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wo intersecting rail projects are planned for Burlington’s downtown waterfront, and on Monday city councilors called for more information about them, in response to objections from some of their constituents. A recent report named Union Station as the best place to park trains overnight once Amtrak’s Ethan Allen Express begins service to the Queen City in 2021 or 2022. Regardless of where the train is stored, the Vermont Agency of Transportation and the Vermont Rail System intend to build a second rail line between King and College streets, Department of Public Works Director Chapin Spencer told the council. It would displace the bike path, which would have to be rebuilt just to the west of its current location. Some residents say the study that produced the report was flawed and that a second track will bring noise and pollution to Burlington’s waterfront, reclaimed long ago from former industrial use. “Once the second track is built ... the railroad will do whatever it wants, and we’ll be powerless to stop it,” resident Ritchie Berger said. Charlie Sudbay, who lives in Main Street Landing’s Wing Building near Union Station, said the second rail line would be just eight feet from his bedroom.

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“Expanding the rail yard north to College Street literally makes my home uninhabitable,” Sudbay said, noting the trains would need to refuel and offload sewage. “Adding a second industrial rail spur next to the ECHO Center for Lake Champlain is a complete oxymoron,” he added, referring to the facility dedicated to lake ecology. VTrans wants to choose an overnight storage site before year’s end, Spencer said; it’s asking the city for a “recommendation” on the matter. But at Monday’s meeting, many city councilors expressed surprise, saying they’re just now being asked to join a conversation that started in 2016. Councilor Sharon Bushor (I-Ward 1) said developers typically engage affected residents early on. “I think this is a significant deviation from that,” she said. Mayor Miro Weinberger said the city wants Amtrak service to enhance the waterfront. “Let’s not lose sight that bringing passenger rail to Burlington after decades of trying will be a great legacy for this council, the city, to have,” Weinberger said. Read Courtney Lamdin’s full story and keep up with developments at


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1. “CityPlace Burlington Developers Unveil Scaled-Down Proposal” by Courtney Lamdin. Executives from Brookfield Asset Management pledged to start construction on the project next year. 2. “Sale of Daily Planet Falls Through, Leaving Its Future Unclear” by Sally Pollak. A deal to sell the Burlington restaurant fell through, and staff walked off the job. 3. “Seven Vermont Producers Win at World Cheese Awards” by Jordan Barry. Two cheeses from the Cellars at Jasper Hill Farm took home gold medals. 4. “WTF Is Richford’s ‘Mystery Spot’?” by Chad Abramovich. On a stretch of dirt road in the northern town, cars are said to roll uphill. 5. “Scott Pulls State-Owned Nazi Rifle Off the Market” by Paul Heintz. The state decided not to sell this World War II-era relic after all.

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ittle can get in the way of the federal government and money it’s owed. Just ask Ed Latimer, a 67-year-old Burlington man who recently learned the Social Security Administration had overpaid him $6,974 over the last decade and planned to get its cash back by deducting $10 from his check — for each of the next 697 months.  Latimer can expect the bleeding to stop when he reaches the ripe old age of 125.  Ed Latimer “I ain’t going to be around, I don’t think,” he said with a laugh. 

According to Latimer, the government says he and wife never disclosed the full extent of their 40-year relationship when she applied for Supplemental Security Income five years ago. Since he was already receiving the benefit, the couple began receiving more money categorized as single people than they would have as a couple, which the government discovered during a review of their benefits last year. That’s nonsense to Latimer, who said he helped his wife apply for the benefits at the Social Security office in Burlington in 2013. “If I wasn’t married to my wife, why would I have been in the Social Security office with her?” he asked.  A Social Security Administration

spokesperson did not return a request for comment. The agency initially intended to take $58 a month, Latimer said, more than 10 percent of his $540 monthly benefit. When he argued that it was too much, the government dropped the deduction to $10, the lowest amount it allows for repayments. Latimer plans to appeal, and he hopes the government will waive the repayment. While the snail’s pace of the debtreduction plan makes it easier for Latimer to get by each month, the meager dollar amount also salts the wound.  “If the government needs $10 this bad … something’s wrong,” Latimer said.  COLIN FLANDERS SEVEN DAYS NOVEMBER 6-13, 2019


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Thank you so much for the all-inclusive article on the mural “Everyone Loves a Parade!” [“American Vandal,” October 23]. It was wonderful to get the background history of it and views and attitudes of all those involved. To engage in public art, one needs to consider many ramifications. The mural is art and the way we were in the ’80s. If someone wants diversity, let them paint their own mural and go through the process. I salute the mayor, police and Burlington City Arts executive director Doreen Kraft for all they did. Vandalism in any form is a pathetic protest. Ruth Furman



Where is the conflict between supporting those who see injury, harm or “erasure” in Burlington’s “Everyone Loves a Parade!” marketplace mural and my belief in and support of free speech? “Book burning” or tearing down a mural I may disagree with? I can express that disagreement while standing right in front of the artwork I’m mentioning. No need to wall it off or hide it; I don’t need a safe space to share my feelings about it.



still very early, but it appears that Sen. Elizabeth Warren or vice president Joe Biden will get the nomination. Neither of them is a spring chicken, either. The key question Sanders’ campaign needs to address is how they should advocate his vision and priorities, regardless of whether or not he gets the nomination. Depending on his health during the primaries, will he choose to go all the way until the convention or call it a day and endorse someone else? If he clinches the nomination, whom would he choose as a running mate? These are important questions. In the latter case, he can use it as a talking point when confronted with these questions on his health. What kind of person is his ideal campaign partner to carry out Sanders’ vision? If the worst happens, he needs someone to keep on the fight. My only advice: Be bold. Dan Sanchez


The person who defaced the mural almost a year ago felt he needed to perform an act of vandalism. Dan Bolles wrote a Seven Days article [“American Vandal,” October 23] that gave voice to those who see inequities in the mural. Bolles didn’t seem to have a need to paint — or write — over public art. Many members of our community see positives in the mural as well. RAD APPLES BTV’S GOT TALENT The confluence of three actions should be an occasion to move forward with collaborative thinking about the future of this mural: the recently completed restoration of the mural damage supervised by Burlington City Arts; the Community Justice Center settling the vandalism case from a year ago; and new placards in Leahy Way, which clarify the evolving perception of the mural by the Burlington community. PAGE 36

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I deplore the tactics employed by Eric Maier and the amount of attention given to him by Seven Days [“American Vandal,” October 23]. If he wanted his voice to be heard on the very important issue of what to do with the “Everyone Loves a Parade!” mural, he should have to come to one of our Mural Task Force meetings during the summer of 2018, all of which were

[Re “From the Heart,” October 9]: Rather than publish all the heartrending tales of those who died as addicts, why not balance it with stories of those who kicked opioids — if there are any? This, like Alcoholics Anonymous’ Big Book, would afford hope rather LARKS AND REC than terminal despair and offer some concrete guidance from real experts, instead of social workers with degrees.

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[Re Off Message: “Sanders Says Heart Attack Will ‘Change the Nature of the Campaign,’” October 8]: Given President Donald Trump’s descent into lunacy in recent weeks, his Democratic challenger’s health in the 2020 presidential election is a real concern. I do not begrudge Sen. Bernie Sanders his desire to keep on campaigning for the nomination. He keeps on bringing issues to the table that other Democratic candidates have not and has been instrumental in shifting policy to the left in Democratic circles. I do not plan to vote for him, however. I backed him in the 2016 primaries, and I sincerely doubt he will get the Democratic nomination this time around. It is



Last week’s cover story about Steve Conant, entitled “Lighting the Way,” misidentified Thomas Longstreth. He is executive director of ReSOURCE but did not found the nonprofit organization. The same article contained inaccuracies about how Bruce Seifer joined Burlington’s Community Economic Development Office and his title there. Seifer was hired by then-CEDO director Peter Clavelle to be assistant director of economic development. Last week’s profile of musician Ben Patton, “He’s Got Rhythm,” miscounted the number of releases from his band Muller & Patton. They released six studio records and one live album. Also in the music section, Jordan Adams’ review of Nechromancer’s Monochrome Dystopia incorrectly identified front person Vilarya Marceline.

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Making a Splash Chill out, man! Polar Plunge participants in South Woodstock brave bone-chilling temperatures when jumping into Kedron Pond to raise funds for the Ottauquechee Health Foundation. Those who prefer to stay dry can get in on live music, handwarming fire pits, and hot food and drink at the Kedron Valley Inn.




World View Triptych Journey is dedicated to telling stories from around the world through multimedia arts. To that end, the nonprofit organization presents Precious Guru: Journey Into the Wild Heart of the Second Buddha, Burlington director Marc Wennberg’s featurelength documentary on Padmasambhava, an 8thcentury Indian yogi who brought Buddhism to Tibet. See it at Burlington’s Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 57


Country Time Country music fans: Break out your dancing boots for a rollicking Veterans Day weekend concert by Vermont artist Jamie Lee Thurston. The singer, guitarist and producer behind the 2018 album The Window takes the stage at Norwich University in Northfield. All proceeds benefit the Veterans’ Place, a nonprofit transitional housing program for those who have served their country. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 58


THROUGH THE AGES Mahaney Arts Center Performing Arts Series director Allison Coyne Carroll has called Grammy Award-nominated Stile Antico the top a cappella ensemble for Renaissance repertoire. “I was intrigued by their special program celebrating the role women played in the Renaissance,” she said in a press release. The 12 vocalists captivate listeners in concerts at Middlebury College and the United Community Church North Building in St. Johnsbury. SEE CALENDAR LISTINGS ON PAGES 58 AND 60


Outer Space HuffPost contributor Ralph A. Miriello called Brian McCarthy Nonet’s 2017 album The Better Angels of Our Nature one of the best jazz releases of the year. At Burlington’s intimate FlynnSpace, the Vermont saxophonist, composer and music educator treats fans to two out-of-this-world concerts of new music inspired by “the arising of a giant stellar dust cloud.” SEE SOUNDBITES ON PAGE 68


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Material Items Vermont artist Janie Cohen gives old cloth new life. The University of Vermont Fleming Museum director collects and combines fabric into fresh handstitched textile assemblages. Amy Lilly reviews “Rogue Cloth Work,” Cohen’s current exhibition at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. SEE REVIEW ON PAGE 78








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s they announced a new scholarship honoring Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and his wife, Marcelle, a parade of University of Vermont officials made sure to thank the corporations and foundations that had contributed to the $3.4 million fund. “We have very generous lead donors that have made this happen in honor of Sen. Leahy and Marcelle,” UVM president Suresh Garimella said during the ceremony, which was held late last month at the Davis Center. Among those Garimella singled out by name was Boeing, the Chicago-based aerospace manufacturer that has faced scrutiny since a pair of its 737 Max airliners crashed, killing all 346 people aboard. Boeing has long supported Leahy, whose powerful perch on the Senate Appropriations Committee gives him outsize influence over government spending. According to Federal Election Commission records, the company’s political action committee has contributed $68,500 to the senator’s campaign account and his PAC over the last decade. In the past year alone, 54 Boeing employees — most of them executives and lobbyists — have donated more than $24,000 to Leahy’s campaign coffers, even though he’s not up for reelection until 2022. But Boeing’s contribution to the scholarship bearing Leahy’s name was an order of magnitude greater. According to UVM, the company donated an eye-popping $1 million to the Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Scholars Initiative in April — a month after its 737 Max planes were grounded. Boeing wasn’t the only corporation with a newfound interest in Vermont’s state university. Seattle’s Microsoft and California’s Walt Disney Company each donated $100,000 to the scholarship program, while a foundation run by former Warner Bros. chair and CEO Barry Meyer gave $1 million. “This is the swamp,” said Meredith McGehee, executive director of the campaign finance reform group Issue One. According to McGehee, corporations that lobby Congress have for decades made an end run around campaign contribution limits by donating to nonprofits associated with lawmakers “to get in the good graces of powerful politicians.” She thinks the practice should be prohibited.

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Sen. Patrick Leahy holding wife Marcelle’s hand at the announcement of the scholarship fund

“It’s not a level playing field,” McGehee fighter jets, helicopters, bombers, missiles, said. “It’s a system that favors those interests drones and satellite systems. That makes that can bring large sums of money to the Congress’ annual defense authorization table.” legislation, which sets levels of spending In a statement to Seven Days, Boeing for the military, particularly important to spokesperson Bryan Watt said the contri- the company. Leahy’s committee helps write bution to the Leahy initiative was part of its the bill. philanthropic commitAccording to federal ment to higher education. data compiled by the “Through global partCenter for Responsive nerships with universities Politics, Boeing spent like UVM, Boeing is helpmore than $15.1 million ing to inspire and cultivate directly lobbying a global aerospace workmembers of Congress force by increasing access last year and paid an to education, accelerating army of 98 lobbyists. Its PAC spent another $4.3 skills development and million during the 2018 enriching the educational experience for students,” election cycle on political Watt said. contributions. C R AIG H O L MAN Craig Holman, a lobbyBut there are limits to ist for the consumer advohow much a company’s cacy group Public Citizen, doesn’t buy that PAC and its employees can donate to a politiexplanation. He noted that, as vice chair of cian, and federal law prohibits corporations the Appropriations Committee and its most from contributing directly to a candidate. senior member, Leahy has the opportunity That’s not the case when it comes to donatto steer billions of dollars in federal spending ing to the nonprofits those politicians favor, to programs that benefit Boeing. Holman noted. “They don’t care about a scholarship “So this is a golden opportunity for influfund,” Holman said. “All they care about ence peddling,” he said. is Patrick Leahy and currying favor with From May 2014 through May 2016, Patrick Leahy.” Boeing’s lobbyists included Ed Pagano Though Boeing is best known for its and the high-powered firm for which he commercial airliners, it’s also a major defense contractor. The company builds SCHOLAR DOLLARS » P.20


The current Y, a 1934 red-brick structure at 266 College Street, is “a rabbit warren” of rooms and stairs where few spaces serve their original purpose, said Bishop. The new facility, just 150 steps from the old Y at the former Ethan Allen Club, will use space more efficiently and purposefully. It complies fully with the Americans with Disabilities Act, equipped with an elevator, wide doors and hallways that can accommodate wheelchairs. Both the lap pool and program pool will be equipped with lift chairs. Young children can enjoy a new “splash pad.” In addition to men’s and women’s changing rooms, a universal changing room with six suites that each include a shower, toilet and changing area will offer an option for nonbinary members and families with young children. The Y will have a designated wing for its childcare program and will add 50 infant and toddler childcare slots through the winter and spring. The opening will mark the culmination of a lengthy process. It was August 2015 when the Greater Burlington YMCA purchased 298 College Street for $2.5 million. Construction began in the fall of 2018. The entire project came in at $28 million, said Bishop. The Y’s Staying in the Heart capital campaign raised more than $19 million, surpassing its $15 million goal. Additional funds came from the sale of the 266 College Street building to a Florida-based investment firm and from the federal New Markets Tax Credit program, which aims to incentivize community development and economic growth. Contact:

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The Mi9 offices in the Champlain Mill on Monday


hen Miami-based e-commerce company Mi9 bought homegrown software firm MyWebGrocer in October 2018, Barry Clogan, the Winooski-based tech darling’s president of retail solutions, hailed the sale as a win for local employees. “It’s wonderful for MyWebGrocer. It’s very positive for the team here,” Clogan told Seven Days at the time. “It’s onwards and upwards.” He assured workers and the public that the acquisition by the larger company was a growth opportunity for MyWebGrocer, founded in Vermont in 1999 by entrepreneur brothers Richard, Jerry and Brian Tarrant. The company specialized in building e-commerce platforms that allowed shoppers to buy groceries online. Clogan said none of the employees remaining in the company’s historic Champlain Mill headquarters would lose their jobs. What a difference 12 months makes. MyWebGrocer is now literally a shell of its former self. The MWG sign that graced the front of the building is gone, and much of the office space the company occupied is empty. One year to the day after the purchase was announced, two Mi9 executives and a human resources coordinator arrived in Winooski to deliver grim news. The team huddled in a fifth-floor conference room before firing off an email asking about 20 people to join them for a 10 a.m. meeting. Workers, some of

whom had been with the company from the beginning, filed in, learned they were losing their jobs and were told to collect their belongings. “I think the way this was done was very cynical and very cruel,” said a current Mi9 employee in Winooski who realized what was going on after noticing colleagues hugging and crying. “It was just like cattle to the slaughter.” The employee is one of two who spoke to Seven Days and requested anonymity to protect their jobs and speak openly about the company’s trajectory under Mi9. The employee said the latest layoffs left about 43 people at the Winooski office, down from 150 when the firm was sold. That means more than two-thirds of the staff have departed or gotten the ax since Clogan’s assurances that there would be no layoffs. Seven Days made multiple requests for comment by email and phone, and visited the cavernous and largely vacant Winooski office this week. Mi9’s general counsel responded and declined to comment. October has been a cruel month for some of the Burlington area’s most prominent tech firms, raising questions about the vibrancy of the much-vaunted tech hub that Burlington has worked so hard to foster.



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news, which creates and manages websites for car dealerships nationwide, said on October 23 it had cut fewer than 15 positions from its 1,100-strong workforce during two rounds of layoffs. The company, owned by Atlanta-based Cox Automotive, stressed that it was still hiring for other positions. The following week, Social Sentinel, which alerts school districts to potentially threatening public social media posts, laid off 19 people, shrinking from 45 employees to 26. Officials characterized the 42 percent workforce reduction as a way to reposition the privately held firm to focus on unspecified markets beyond schools. President Rick Gibbs recently replaced founder Gary Margolis as CEO. The latest round of Mi9 layoffs was never announced publicly. The number of employees affected was below 50, which would have triggered a requirement that the company notify the Vermont Department of Labor. Taken together, however, layoffs at three marquee Burlington-area tech firms, while not necessarily a sign of an underlying problem with the local tech sector, are concerning, said Adam Roof, project manager at BTV Ignite, a nonprofit that promotes the Queen City’s digital economy. “I think we need to start thinking hard about whether we’re competitive and innovative in the marketplace regionally, if not nationally,” said Roof, who is also a Burlington city councilor. The city has excellent broadband internet through Burlington Telecom, a robust investor network ensuring access to capital, and a critical mass of creative and entrepreneurial types willing to take risks, Roof said. This tech ecosystem needs to be large enough that workers can both climb the career ladder and move laterally to other tech companies


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if they want or need to, as in the case of layoffs. The relatively small size of Burlington’s tech sector can make that a challenge, he said. “If there aren’t easy ways to move laterally, that’s a problem,” Roof said. That’s exactly the problem that Richard Tarrant Jr., one of the founders of MyWebGrocer, sees in the local tech economy. Tarrant worries there are fewer large tech companies spinning off startups than there once were. “You need those oak trees to drop the acorns, and the oak trees aren’t there anymore,” Tarrant said. “Burlington has lost a lot of that.”

One such company was IBM, which spun off startups like IDX Systems, the South Burlington-based health care information technology behemoth founded by the Tarrant brothers’ father. It was sold to General Electric Healthcare in 2006 for $1.2 billion. While Tarrant Jr. owns a small stake in Mi9, he now lives in Florida and hasn’t been involved in MyWebGrocer for several years. The company, which has operations overseas, including in Dublin, Ireland, shed dozens of jobs as it positioned itself for the 2018 sale. Like Clogan, Tarrant said he felt the purchase by a more diversified

e-commerce platform provider positioned the company he founded for growth, not steady decline. “Putting those companies together made perfect sense,” he said. “There’s only so much growth you can get in the grocery space.” Tarrant said he was unaware of any recent layoffs at the company but that cutbacks are part of the business cycle and can present opportunities. In many cases, Vermont tech companies’ fortunes are tied to cycles of the broader industries they serve, and that may have been the case with some of the recent cutbacks, said Jeff Couture,


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executive director of the Vermont Technology Alliance, a business group that represents and advocates for 200 tech firms in the state. Mi9 had been posting jobs on the alliance’s website, but that has tapered off, and the company recently declined to renew its membership, Couture said. The smaller scale of the state’s tech industry means “layoffs can be felt here a little harder than elsewhere,” Couture said. But like other tech leaders, Couture sees strong demand at smaller tech firms that are aggressively hiring. “There are a lot of interesting, dynamic, small tech companies you may not have heard of that are growing, that are doing well, that you could be a part of, where you can get paid well and live in Vermont,” Couture said. David Bradbury, president of startup incubator Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, said nothing he’s read about recent layoffs tells him the companies’ futures are anything but “bright and vibrant.” He said the broader tech job market is hot right now. “From our perspective, we are seeing

really large net new hiring demand across sectors,” he said. That’s not only a strong sign for the tech sector, but for individual workers who now find themselves looking for work. The state’s unemployment rate is hovering around a historic low of 2 percent, noted Joan Goldstein, commissioner of the state Department of Economic Development. “We have such a tight labor market that there is no doubt that this talent set will be absorbed,” she said. Two of the three companies laying workers off have taken state dollars on the promise to grow their workforces. The state in 2010 and 2013 approved for grants totaling $6.1 million under the Vermont Employment Growth Incentive program. In 2009, the program granted MyWebGrocer up to $453,000, according to the state. The grants are paid out to companies that grow their workforces. Payments are spread over several years and only paid if workers are retained for a sufficient period, Goldstein said. The state does not reveal whether companies approved for such grants actually received them, Goldstein said. Dealer.

com and the former MyWebGrocer are still in the program, which means one can assume they’ve received most or all of the incentives, she said. If companies that receive funds end up laying off workers and fall below their original baseline levels, the state can recoup the funds, but it is rare, she said. It has not happened at either company. The state does not release the metrics that individual companies need to hit to receive the funds, because that information is considered proprietary, she said. While the local tech sector is small, its diversified nature is undeniable. Marine robotic systems company Greensea in Richmond just announced a wave of new hires. Energy storage systems maker Northern Reliability in Waterbury is seeing 900 percent revenue growth, Bradbury said. For the remaining employees at the former MyWebGrocer, however, the latest round of layoffs feels less like an opportunity and more like a dead end. Previous cuts have seemed strategic, even understandable for a small company subsumed by a larger one, the first

employee said. Just three months after the acquisition, the human resources, finance and legal teams departed. In July, when the email marketing staff left, that too was largely viewed as a natural consolidation following such an acquisition. But the most recent cuts were broad-based, unexpected and immediate, leaving some of the remaining employees worried about Mi9’s commitment to its dwindling Vermont outpost. After the layoffs, there was an “all hands” meeting. Officials merely told employees the goal was to cut costs, according to a second employee. Executives tried to be upbeat, but employees were, and remain, demoralized. “Nobody was even really listening,” the second employee said. “They were just so upset by it all.” Local staff is working hard to support the legacy software while transitioning clients to a new, more flexible e-commerce platform, but the latest cuts leave that shift in doubt. “This one feels like the death blow,” the first employee said. m Contact:

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Big Colonizer on Campus The college named after Samuel de Champlain debates keeping his statue S T O RY & PHO TO B Y MOL LY WAL SH


amuel de Champlain survived more than 20 voyages on the rough seas between Europe and North America 400 years ago. He canoed to the Vermont lake that now bears his name and helped his Algonquin allies defeat their Iroquois enemies by shooting their stunned chiefs dead with the first gun they had ever seen. Now the legacy of the celebrated explorer, who once pulled an arrow from his own neck and lived to write the tale, is facing a new threat at one of his many local namesakes: Champlain College. Some student leaders at the private Burlington school want a larger-than-life bronze sculpture of the Frenchman gazing at Lake Champlain to be removed from a busy campus courtyard. Despite his historical alliance with tribes including the local Abenaki, de Champlain was still one of many colonizers who imposed their own values and suppressed indigenous groups, the critics say. “They created a new society, but through that they erased the history of many people who lived before them,” said Jayy Covert, a 20-year-old junior and the Champlain Student Government Association director of diversity and engagement. Covert introduced a resolution in September that calls for turning the 10-year-old sculpture over to an unspecified local museum. The resolution labels de Champlain a colonizer and recognizes the “pain inflicted” on indigenous people by placing the statue on campus. The student government will host an open meeting on Wednesday, November 6, to discuss the proposal, which has generated hot debate on social media and in classrooms. The meeting runs from 6 to 8 p.m. in — where else? — the Champlain Room. Last week, students streamed past the depiction of a young de Champlain, shirtless and with long hair, crouching on a tall block of Québec granite. The striking sculpture of the nearly naked, motionless man gazing west through a spyglass evokes a distant past. But exactly what past? Covert told Seven Days that one of the many problems with the artwork is that the solitary figure of de Champlain reinforces a false narrative: namely that he “discovered” the lake, when in fact Native people had been living along its shores for centuries and, according to de Champlain’s own written account, led him there. 16


Jayy Covert standing next to the sculpture of Samuel de Champlain at Champlain College

Critics have leveled similar complaints about the “Everyone Loves a Parade!” mural in downtown Burlington, which also features de Champlain. On campus, Covert wouldn’t stop with the statue’s removal. The student thinks the name of the college itself should change but has made no resolution to propose that and figures it would be a multiyear effort. Meanwhile, the student government has not voted on the sculpture resolution. It’s unclear whether approval would influence college administrators or trustees. Interim college president Laurie Quinn declined to comment, and said through college spokesperson Leandre Waldo that she would wait until she had heard directly from students at the meeting. “We’d like to understand the student perspective,” Waldo said. It was former Champlain president David Finney who shepherded and approved the statue, sculpted by one of Vermont’s best-known artists. That’s Jim Sardonis, the Randolph man who created “Reverence,” the landmark sculpture informally known as Whale Tails that can be seen from Interstate 89 in South

Burlington; a slightly different version sits at Exit 4 in Randolph. A college trustee who has since died funded the de Champlain piece, which went up in 2009 amid statewide celebrations of the quadricentennial of the explorer’s arrival on the lake in 1609. Most of those celebrations presented a glowing portrayal of the man known as the father of New France, who lived from roughly 1567 to 1635 and whose name is plastered all over the Champlain Valley region. In 1958 the school, initially founded as Burlington Collegiate Institute and Commercial College, became Champlain College. Some students, including members of the Champlain College Republican Club, view the school’s namesake as a hero and want the artwork to stay put. “Those who are demanding the removal of the statue are not well informed on the history of Samuel de Champlain and the Abenaki people,” Nicholas Chace, a 20-year-old sophomore and club president, wrote in an email to Seven Days. “The demand … is based on a mistaken belief that Samuel de Champlain represents white colonialism and the atrocities committed against Native American tribes

by early American settlers. While in actuality he was an ally of the Native American people that he met.” The Republican Club has acted as something of a provocateur on campus. Last month, members at a table in the student center hung a poster that said, “There are only 2 genders. Change my mind.” About 20 people complained, and the campus bias response coordinator issued a statement in support of gender diversity. Covert, who identifies as nonbinary and genderqueer, has no Native American heritage but says being active on transgender issues has led to a broader sense of social justice. The de Champlain statue erases indigenous people, Covert said. This is not the first student bid to remove the statue. A similar resolution came before the student government last year but stalled. Abenaki leaders including Don Stevens of Shelburne, himself a 1991 graduate of Champlain College, have followed the debate. Stevens isn’t calling for the sculpture to be removed, but he wants art honoring the Abenaki to get similar prominence on the campus. “Why wouldn’t we have an Abenaki statue that would be of equal value?” asked Stevens, the chief of the Nulhegan band of the Coosuc Abenaki nation. “You don’t always have to tear things down in order to build things up.” De Champlain allied with the Abenaki. “We don’t really have that big of an issue with Champlain himself,” Stevens said. Still, the sculpture leaves Native Americans out of the story of the lake. “It was here, it was ours, and we actually worked with the French,” he said. “They helped us; we helped them.” It was Stevens who wrote the application for a grant and helped create a new Western Abenaki exhibit that will open November 9 at the Burlington International Airport. He also pushed officials at Champlain College’s neighbor, the University of Vermont, to formally apologize for the school’s role in funding and harboring the Vermont Eugenics Survey. Directed by UVM professor Henry Perkins from 1925 to 1936, the survey portrayed white Protestant Vermonters of English heritage as the state’s best “seed stock” and targeted Native Americans, French Canadians, people with disabilities and

EDUCATION those with “dusky” skin for possible According to de Champlain’s account, institutionalization. the victory over the Iroquois was quick; UVM then-president Tom Sullivan they fled in shock after their chiefs were apologized in June. Last fall, UVM shot. De Champlain was unsparing in his trustees voted to remove former school descriptions of other violence, namely president Guy Bailey’s name from the what the Algonquins did with their college library because he supported the Iroquois captives. eugenics survey. They tortured one prisoner’s torso That de-naming debate occurred with firebrands. “Then they tore out amid a host of others around the coun- his nails and put the fire on the ends of try involving Confederate statues, high his fingers and on his privy member,” school mascots, geographical place de Champlain wrote. “Afterward they names and federal holidays flayed the top of his head and dripped on top of it such as Columbus Day, a kind of gum all hot.” which Vermont has officially renamed Indigenous Disgusted, de Champlain Peoples’ Day. asked if he could simply While Columbus enslaved shoot the prisoner dead and and oppressed Indians, de end his misery, which his Champlain’s biographers Native American comrades portray him as a strategic eventually allowed. friend to some Native AmeriBut, de Champlain cans and as an enemy to their wrote, “after he was dead enemies. they were not satisfied, for Still, there is no doubt they opened his belly and that de Champlain was, literthrew his entrails into the NICHOL AS CHACE ally, a colonizer. He voyaged lake.” to North America to help The book relates other France stake a claim in the such scenes of torture, as New World, engage in the fur trade and well as fighting between the French and beat other European powers to establish Native tribes along the Eastern seacoast. a faster trade route to Asia. That complicated history is not evident The mission also involved bringing in the de Champlain sculpture. Christianity to what Europeans considSeven Days contacted the artist, ered a savage land. De Champlain wrote Sardonis, last week to ask him about the of that goal in the introduction to his proposal to remove his work. book, The Works of Samuel de Champlain. “This is taking me by surprise,” The tome includes descriptions of Sardonis said. “I hadn’t heard anything Native American tribes de Champlain about it.” met along the coasts of what are now New On first glance, the sculpture could England and Canada, as well as the interior. almost be mistaken for a portrayal of De Champlain recounts how he befriended a Native American. Sardonis said that Indian tribes in what became Québec. They was deliberate; he wanted to portray de helped advance his goals to ward off British Champlain in a way that reflected what rivals and to chart potential trade routes. the artist perceived as the explorer’s In exchange, he helped the natives fight closeness to indigenous people. enemy tribes, sell furs and purchase previ“I did what I was commissioned to ously unavailable goods. do,” Sardonis said. “And I was happy De Champlain’s writing includes a with what I did, and what I felt in some vivid description of the lake he named ways honored the Native people in that for himself in 1609 after traveling there to [de Champlain], I felt, had an affinity for help an alliance that included Algonquins the way that they lived and worked.” to battle the Iroquois. He’s not keen on moving the “Continuing our course in this lake on sculpture. the west side I saw, as I was observing the “I hope it doesn’t happen,” he said. “I country, some very high mountains on the happen to like the piece, and I like where east side, with snow on the top of them,” it is.” m de Champlain wrote, likely referring to what we now call the Green Mountains. Contact:



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n March 2017, Preet Bharara received a that democratic institutions are more simple request he felt he had to refuse: important than party and more important His boss, President Donald Trump, than any particular politician. So I wonder wanted to speak with him by phone. if he would, if he were around today, As a U.S. attorney, Bharara wasn’t mutter to himself like Yogi Berra, “It’s like supposed to communicate directly with déjà vu all over again.” the president. Such a conversation would be all the more inappropriate, Bharara SD: You were born in India and reasoned, because he was the chief federal immigrated to the U.S. as a child — prosecutor in Manhattan, where Trump’s and then spent much of your career legally troubled business empire and char- in public service. I wonder what you ity were based. make of the recent attacks on the The day after Bharara turned down the patriotism of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindpresident’s request, he and 45 other U.S. man, the Ukrainian American National attorneys across the country were asked to Security Council staffer who testified resign. When Bharara refused, he was fired. last week in the House’s impeachThough it remains unclear what Trump ment inquiry? had wanted to speak with him about, PB: I find it disgusting. What I found ProPublica has reported interesting is that all these that the president’s lawyer people who have come wanted Bharara out because to testify, who have been he viewed the hard-charging longtime public servants prosecutor as a threat. — in almost every case, no In the two and a half years evidence of partisanship, since, the former prosecuhave served presidents of tor has become an unlikely both parties — have felt the media star and hero of the need to begin their opening Trump resistance. His two statements with a long and strong recitation of their podcasts, Stay Tuned With Preet and Café Insider, are credentials. For example, hugely popular, and his latest with respect to Vindman, book, Doing Justice: A Proshe begins by talking about PRE E T BHARARA ecutor’s Thoughts on Crime, his military service and Punishment and the Rule of how he was injured by an Law, is a best seller. The Showtime series [improvised explosive device] in battle and “Billions” is loosely based on his prosecu- how he received a Purple Heart and how tion of hedge fund manager Steve Cohen. he came to this country at 3 and a half and On Thursday, November 14, at 5 p.m., how he’s a patriot. Bharara is scheduled to speak at the You have to wonder, in part, are they University of Vermont’s Ira Allen Chapel doing that because they all have the as part of the George D. Aiken Lecture expectation that even if they’re coming Series. Seven Days caught up with him in forward in good faith, if they say someadvance to press him on his views of the thing negative about this president, his president, the rule of law and being a clue allies are going to attack their patriotism, on “Jeopardy!” attack their integrity and make up lies about them? So I think it’s terrible. SEVEN DAYS: You’re coming to Burlington to participate in the George SD: There’s a debate in Congress over D. Aiken Lecture Series. You’re also a whether to focus forthcoming articles former Senate staffer. What do you of impeachment narrowly on the think Sen. Aiken, who retired in 1975, Ukraine scandal or to broaden it to might make of the institution today? include other alleged wrongdoing by PREET BHARARA: He retired at a time the president. What approach do you of great turmoil, where there were a think Congress should take? lot of issues bubbling up in the country PB: That’s a very tough question. that required a return to fundamental Prosecutors deal with this all the principles like equal justice before time because they have interests the law, no man is above the law and that sometimes conflict. On the one





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hand, you have an interest in making an indictment, which is an analog of an impeachment article, concise and streamlined and readily understandable to the jury — in my old line of work, 12 ordinary Americans. On the other hand, you don’t want to leave stuff on the table if there’s an important principle in holding someone responsible for misconduct. But my old way of doing things in the U.S. Attorney’s Office is different from an impeachment in the House and trial in the Senate. That’s a political process. And there are arguable and decent political arguments to keep it simple about what’s happening now and not go back into [special counsel Robert Mueller’s] report and all sorts of allegations of obstruction, because the Ukraine story is more readily understandable. There’s more direct evidence that’s been developed within the [House] Intelligence Committee and it’s more in the public mind, so I think it’s reasonable for members of Congress to decide they want to proceed only on this stuff.

SD: What’s been the hardest job, and what’s been the most rewarding? Law student, lawyer, Senate staffer, U.S. attorney, podcaster or memoirist? PB: I think in some ways the hardest job was working in the Senate because the learning curve was so steep. You can’t read in a book, really, how to be a good Senate staffer, how to understand what makes good legislation substantively but what also needs to be compromised for the purposes of getting something passed. There’s so much rancor and there’s so much hidden agenda and politicizing of everything, and that’s in the nature of the process, right? It’s a political process. It’s why they refer to it as “sausage being made” when they talk about legislation. It can be very, very difficult to navigate that, and Washington is a difficult place. And if you’re involved in the machinery of government there, not necessarily a happy and fun place.


SD: What was the more notable achievement of yours: serving as the basis for a character on Showtime, being featured as a question on “Jeopardy!” or getting fired by a president? PB: I’m gonna go with fired by a president. SD: Safe answer. PB: Is that the Daily Double? SD: What’s the most troubling thing you’ve seen from the president during his time in office? PB: Wow, we don’t have enough time, and they’re hard to rank. But if I have to pick one theme, it’s the complete disregard for the rule of law and the complete obsession with using the tools and institutions of democracy for personal benefit, politically or otherwise, or personal retaliation. SD: It seems that the president could be prosecuted for various alleged offenses when he leaves office. Do you think that whoever the next president is should pardon him to avoid the spectacle of an ex-president on trial — or do you think he should face justice? PB: I think there are arguments on both sides. I do think it’s premature to ask that question, although I think some candidates have made proclamations about that. I think that, in part, depends on what happens with impeachment and if there’s a measure of accountability for the president through this process. And some people think there won’t be, because he can’t be convicted in the Senate. I think we have to see how that process unfolds, see what public sentiment is on the accusations and allegations that haven’t been brought forth yet to make an assessment on whether or not there’s a further need to hold the president accountable. I just think you need to wait and see. SD: A staple of your podcast has been answering questions about the law and current events from your listeners. What have you learned from the types of questions you’ve received? PB: The main thing I’ve learned is how curious people are about the legal system and about the Constitution and how little civic education is readily available. I think

there are lots and lots of thoughtful folks who are paying attention not just to politics but to the law and criminal law and the Constitution than ever before, and they’re looking for voices that have credibility and standing to talk about those things. Really thoughtful folks who will ask basic questions because they’re not in eighth grade anymore, and no one’s going around explaining. SD: Quick lightning round for you, and then I’ll let you go. If you could pass one constitutional amendment, what would it be? PB: That’s so hard! That’s harder than the other question you asked me. You know, I don’t know. There are probably several. But I think we should look at reexamining the breadth of the pardon power. SD: If you could overturn one U.S. Supreme Court decision, what would it be? PB: Again, I hate picking one thing. SD: You can pick two on this one. I’ll give you two. PB: Off the top of my head, just given that we’re in an election cycle, Citizens United. SD: What’s your favorite Springsteen song? PB: “Thunder Road.” SD: Good answer. PB: Finally, an easy one. SD: Finally, what are you most looking forward to during your visit to Vermont? PB: Talking to students and talking about what’s going on in the country. It’s really fun to come and talk to members of a community that I don’t know well and people who attend school. I learn something every time I go there. I probably learn more than people learn from me. m Contact: This interview has been  edited  and condensed for clarity and length.


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Eight lead donors contributed a collective $3.4 million to the University of Vermont’s Patrick and Marcelle Leahy Scholars Initiative. They are:


donors to let them know about the initiative. “He did not make any financial asks. Those were done by the UVM Foundation,” she said. “He did make them aware of his relationship with the University of Vermont.” Leahy joked about the fundraising process during last month’s event at the Davis Center. “I would say gentle things to people, and then they would get a call from Shane, who would fill in the details,” he said. According to Jacobson, he and Sullivan spoke directly with Disney chair and CEO Bob Iger, Boeing lobbyist Tim Keating and Microsoft lobbyist Fred Humphries, among others. “It’s the wink and the nod,” McGehee, the campaign finance reformer, said of Leahy’s warm-up call to prospective donors. “A little bit of Kabuki theater.” At the Davis Center event, Leahy alluded to one donor in particular as a person “who I knew from the days of another part-time career of mine, playing in Batman movies.” That would be Meyer, the retired Warner Bros. chief whose family foundation made the $1 million donation. In the past decade, PACs controlled by the movie studio’s parent companies — Time Warner, WarnerMedia and AT&T — have donated $48,000 to Leahy, according to the Federal Election Commission. Meyer and his wife, Wendy, coughed up $17,800 in that period and cohosted a 2014

fundraiser for Leahy at a Los Angeles mansion owned by Iger, the Disney CEO. Warner Bros. has also given Leahy a gift whose value is hard to calculate: cameo appearances in five Batman films. When one of them, The Dark Knight Rises, debuted at Williston’s Majestic 10 cinema in 2012, Meyer and two other top Time Warner execs joined Leahy for the screening, as Seven Days reported at the time. As the most senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, Leahy has had enormous influence over laws governing intellectual property, privacy, net neutrality and other issues vital to Warner Bros., Disney and Microsoft. The senator also has family ties to the entertainment industry: His daughter, Alicia Leahy, is the lead lobbyist for the Motion Picture Association of America. Asked whether any corporate donors to the Leahy initiative had lobbied the senator or his staff in the past year, Leahy spokesperson David Carle said, “Nothing specific that I know of,” adding, “Of course, most large organizations have ongoing concerns of one kind or another.” According to Dwyer, there’s a simple explanation for the $1 million donation Meyer made: He’s an old friend of Leahy’s. Dwyer said the same is true of Roger Sant, who cofounded the AES Corporation, a Virginia-based Fortune 500 company that generates and distributes electricity. Sant’s family foundation donated $1.15 million to the Leahy initiative at UVM, making it the largest single gift thus far. As for Boeing? “They’ve had a long history with Sen. Leahy and support his long record of public service,” Dwyer said. She repeatedly declined to say what that “long history” entailed. Watt, the Boeing spokesperson, would not say whether the company had recently sought legislative action from Leahy or his committees. Asked whether it was possible that the corporate donors might be seeking to influence the senator, Dwyer said, “I think that’s an inappropriate question, from my perspective. You’re welcome to speculate as you see fit.” According to Jacobson, the UVM Foundation will continue raising money for the Leahy initiative so that it can provide even more support to students. And Garimella, the UVM president, hopes that Leahy will continue to be a rainmaker for the university. “We will be partners for many more years,” Garimella said at the Davis Center last month before cracking a joke about Leahy’s electoral future. “He will run for another term. It’s an announcement, people. You can record that. And we hope to partner with you, sir, for many years to come.” m Molly Walsh contributed reporting. Contact:


Volunteers Aid Intervale Farms With Emergency Flood Harvests B Y J OR DA N B A R RY

It was a day of pleas and carrots for farms at the Burlington Intervale last Friday. The torrential rain that made for a soggy Halloween also triggered a flood warning. Some of the farms that sit in the fertile floodplain recruited volunteers to come harvest as they rushed to bring in crops before fields went under water. Andy Jones, farm manager of Intervale Community Farm, said the farm was hit with three and a half inches of rain overnight. “That’s more than we’ve ever had on the farm in that short a period of time,” he said, “except for Tropical Storm Irene and one other hurricane in the ’90s.” JORDAN BARRY

works, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. A graduate of UVM, Pagano spent nearly two decades working for Leahy, including as his chief of staff, before becoming president Barack Obama’s liaison to the Senate — and then a corporate lobbyist. Pagano is also a UVM trustee. In recent years, he and Carolyn Dwyer, Leahy’s longtime campaign manager and herself a UVM grad and trustee, began working with the university’s then-president, Tom Sullivan, on a project to honor the veteran politician, who has brought millions of dollars of federal funding to the school. “Sen. Leahy thinks about who’s next and who will step up and serve in leadership roles in Vermont and nationally,” Dwyer said. “So the idea of a scholarship fund to recognize the next generation of leaders was very appealing.” Sullivan, Pagano and Dwyer determined that the Leahy initiative would provide funding to undergraduates at the UVM Honors College and to doctoral and postdoctoral students at the Gund Institute for Environment. “To me, it made sense to try to help more students afford education at the University of Vermont,” Pagano said. According to Shane Jacobson, president and CEO of the UVM Foundation, the school’s fundraising affiliate, Pagano and Dwyer provided the names of roughly a dozen potential donors “who might have the greatest affinity to the senator.” Among them were Boeing, Microsoft and Disney. “Ed and Carolyn would give us a sense for who they thought we should call,” Jacobson said. In some cases, Pagano would give potential donors a heads-up. He said he mentioned the scholarship to fellow Akin Gump lobbyist Joel Jankowsky, prompting a $10,000 donation from the Joel and Carol Jankowsky Foundation. Pagano said he also contacted National Association of Broadcasters lobbyist Curtis LeGeyt, who once served as Leahy’s senior counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Seven Days has twice spotted LeGeyt at Leahy fundraisers in Vermont, including a 2013 “fall foliage retreat” and a 2015 Lake Champlain cruise on the Northern Lights. LeGeyt’s organization frequently lobbies the Judiciary Committee, on which Leahy serves and which he used to chair. The broadcasters went on to donate $10,000 to the Leahy scholarship. Neither he nor Jankowsky responded to requests for comment. Aside from Boeing, the other major donors either did not respond to inquiries about their donations or could not be reached. In many cases, according to Dwyer, Leahy himself called the prospective


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Intervale Community Farm and the other farms working the 135-acre Intervale Center are farming directly within the lower Winooski floodplain. “It’s great soil, and it’s right near Burlington,” Jones said. “The only reason it’s not full of housing and businesses at this point is because it’s a floodplain. The good part of being here is also why it can be a challenge.” Fear of fields under water, stranding crops and rendering them unsalable due to contamination with floodwater, prompted Intervale Community Farm to harvest the last of the farm’s carrots as quickly as it could. With six or seven staff members working, the five beds that needed to be picked would have been a mighty task. So the farm took to social media to crowdsource volunteers. When a reporter showed up to help harvest, there were at least 15 volunteers kneeling in the dirt of the carrot rows, pulling up bunches at a time and sorting them for quality. The volunteers were a mix of the farm’s CSA members and concerned citizens. The group worked quickly, chatting across the rows. “We’ve had volunteers showing up throughout the morning, and we’ve picked somewhere in the neighborhood of 12,000 pounds of carrots,” Jones said. The emergency harvest was a great opportunity to catch up with people he hadn’t talked to in years, he added: “It’s not a great reason, but it’s fun with a big group.” m Contact:

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he loved to recount memories from this time of his life. Mel worked as an engineer with Oscar Meyer, American Potato Company, Frito Lay and Wyeth Nutritionals. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, November 16, at Underhill ID School, 10 River Rd., Jericho, VT. Friends are invited to stop by and celebrate between 4 and 7 p.m. The family would like to thank the Bayada Hospice team for their wonderful care during Mel’s last days.

Melvin Litchfield Carl Bessette 1930-2019 WELLINGTON, FLA. | MONKTON, VT.

Carl William Bessette has ridden off into the sunset. He died at age 89, after a short bout of pneumonia, on October 20, 2019, in Wellington, Fla. A professional horseman, he led a life well-lived, doing what he loved doing the most: sharing his love of people and horses. Carl was born on Rose Street in Burlington, Vt., in 1930 to Arthur and Blanche (Levee) Bessette. Arthur and his brother Paul owned a trucking company and a stable where they rented horses. Carl followed in his father’s footsteps, driving a bread truck to support his horse business. That evolved from the Bessette Brother’s Riding Stable to a stable in Shelburne to Champlain Riding School in Williston in 1964. He served in the Marines from 1948 to 1951. He married Virginia Donaldson in 1951. In 1968, Carl started a series of moves in his

equestrian career. He headed the equitation program at St. Lawrence University and then moved to New Jersey to Tewksbury Farms. In 1977, he was appointed director of riding at Southern Seminary Junior College in Virginia. In 1983, he began his life in Florida, including Little Place Farm and Done Bobbin Farm. Carl is survived by son Eric Bessette, daughter-in-law Jennifer Baker and grandson Noah Bessette; as well as his son David Bessette and grandson Ethan Bessette. He was predeceased by his daughter, Cathy Lynn. The family would like to offer thanks for the extraordinary care Carl was given by his “angels,” who allowed him to maintain his life with horses to the very end: Patti Roberts Blank, Angela Green, M. Douglas Mutch, Kelly Hamshaw, Margaret Bidgood and “super angel” Jill Soderqvist. A celebration of life will be held at the Lakeview House on Route 7 in South Burlington on November 16 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (Casual attire.)

1939-2019 UNDERHILL, VT.

Melvin W. Litchfield Jr., 80, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on October 15 in Underhill, Vt. He was surrounded by love and his favorite music. He is survived by his wife, Cathryn Litchfield; children, Daniel (Laura) Litchfield and Teri Litchfield; and grandchildren, Isaiah and Kira Litchfield. He is also survived by his siblings, Mary, Cheryl and Lawrence (Mary); as well as many nieces and nephews. Mel was well loved and appreciated for his kind, supportive ways and quick wit. He enjoyed building and fixing almost anything, airplanes, skiing, horses, corny jokes, football, music, and spending time with family. He was born in Madison, Wis., on May 10, 1939. He graduated from Madison East High School and the University of Wisconsin with degrees in mechanical and agricultural engineering. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation mechanic patrolling the Pacific Ocean from Midway Island to Alaska, and

Alexa Williams 1986-2019 JOHNSON CITY, TENN.

Alexa Lynn Williams, born February 25, 1986, passed away unexpectedly on the morning of October 26, 2019, from an apparent overdose. She is survived by her loving husband, James Matthew Clement; their son, Ethan Matthew Clement; her mother, April Kovolick Williams, and her partner, Peter Hayden; aunt and uncle Amanda and Ariel Miranda; cousin Ariel Miranda; aunt Kate Kovolick Cook; great-aunt Barbara Poeter Salls and her husband, Derick; her father, Jeffrey Warren Williams, and his wife, Carol Ann Williams; her brother, Jason Warren Williams, and his wife, Kiersten Lea Williams; her nephew, August Warren Williams; her stepsister Harmony and her husband, Kurt Shangraw; niece and nephew Zuzu and

Cash Rooney; her grandfather Thomas Warren Williams and his wife, Helen Williams; great-aunt and -uncle Lorraine and John R. Williams; cousin Stacy Lee and her husband, Michael; aunt and uncle Missy and Tim Williams; cousins Bret, Zakk and Hannah Williams; her mother- and father-in-law Barbara and Jeff Clement; brother-inlaw John Clement and his daughter, Sofie; brotherin-law Timothy Clement; sister-in-law Sarah Clement; and many other loving family members and close friends. Alexa was born in Rutland, Vt., and grew up in Sudbury and Underhill, Vt., attending Sudbury Country School, Browns River Middle School and graduating from Mount Mansfield Union High School. After graduation, she moved to Johnson City, Tenn., to attend East Tennessee State University. Alexa excelled at everything she did and was particularly gifted in math. We had many a road trip with flash cards to keep her entertained. Alexa and James were married on July 10, 2013. On January 15, 2015, she gave birth to the joy of her life, her son Ethan. She loved being a mother and, in many ways, excelled at being a mother more than anything else. Alexa was incredibly empathetic and sought to befriend people who were in need of friendship and companionship. With remarkably large eyes and a big, beautiful smile, Alexa warmed up every room she was in. Due to her sharp sense of humor and

her kind and generous heart, everyone who met Alexa felt an immediate and close connection. Alexa was known for doing everything spectacularly — whether that was school, high school basketball or motherhood. Unfortunately, she was prescribed her first opioid prescription as a teenager, before the true extent and addictive nature of the substance was known. Those early prescriptions altered her life permanently. She regretted her addiction and the impact it had on those she loved. She did not fail in her recovery but fought valiantly and was ultimately failed by a poorly coordinated system of care that could not sufficiently treat her. Alexa was baptized in the name of the Lord in 2018, and her faith was an inspiration to those around her. If there is a lesson Alexa would want her friends and family to take away from her tragic passing, it would be to stay close to those you love and live life to its fullest. A celebration of her life will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2019, at First Christian Church, 200 East Mountcastle Dr., Johnson City, TN 37601. A second celebration of Alexa’s life will be held in South Burlington, Vt., from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, 2019, at the Windjammer Restaurant Garden Room. In the spirit of Alexa’s memory, a donation page has been set up for her son Ethan’s future needs, and the page can be accessed at gofundme. com/4tk7m-for-ethan.

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In Hinesburg, a Couple Dreams Up Recycled, Maximalist Fashion B Y M AR GA R ET GR AY SON


s MEGAN JENSEN opened the door to the turn-of-the-20th-century home she shares with her boyfriend, AARON GIROUX, multiple clues signaled their creative zeal. There was the run-down porch with a large sign advertising the couple’s alterations and mending business. There was Bulleit, a large, friendly mutt clad in a T-shirt that read “Bad Bitch” across the back. And there was Jensen herself, with multicolored hair, wearing platform oxford heels and a pink dress that was actually a sweatshirt she’d scored from a junkyard, she mentioned later. Just another morning in Hinesburg. Seven Days visited the couple to learn the story of ASTROCREEPERS, their handmade clothing line, which they call “guerrilla couture.” Jensen and Giroux are two style oddballs holed up in his grandmother’s old house, scavenging materials and weaving a shared vision for their deconstructed, reconstructed fashion line. Jensen, 33, joined Giroux, 35, in the kitchen, where he was wearing overalls stitched out of two pairs of jeans. A mohawk 24


and one long, dangling earring completed the look. Giroux only recently moved back to his hometown after long stints in New York City and New Orleans. The latter city is where Jensen was born and raised. They met in 2017 working in a restaurant and surviving life in New Orleans, which Giroux described as “cutthroat.” The two butted heads at first, but when they started dating, they found themselves remarkably in sync, they recalled. One day early in their courtship, Giroux described to Jensen a necklace he’d been imagining — sort of a mangled rosary. “I was describing it to her … And she goes, ‘Hold on one second.’ She goes up to the attic and comes down with this box — and I swear to God it was exactly what I was describing,” Giroux said. “It was the coolest jewelry I’d ever seen, and she had made it years ago … I was like, ‘You’ve got to teach me how to do this.’” “We would get off work and just spend hours on the floor making jewelry,” Jensen said. They started buying old jewelry to take

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apart and remake and scavenging along the railroad tracks for “ground scores,” odds and ends they found on the ground and incorporated into their pieces. Eventually, Jensen taught Giroux how to use a sewing machine.

It was a steep learning curve. “We’ve broken a lot of sewing machines,” Giroux said. “Literally, like, eight,” Jensen agreed. In September, they moved to Vermont and discovered the ultimate treasure trove. Giroux’s family owns Giroux Body Shop, which is next door to the couple’s home and has “all the scrap metal we could ever want,” Giroux said. Astrocreepers is somehow both a love letter and a middle finger to consumerism. All the trappings of fashion are on display in layers of sequins and beading and scraps of shiny fabrics. But the overall effect is a little like a rich person who’s turned into a zombie, or what a celebrity might wear after civilization collapses. It’s from this aesthetic that the term “guerrilla couture” originates. Giroux and Jensen overlap fabrics and piece together designs in ways that are often intricate and artful. Each piece of their clothing is one of a kind and involves the detailed handiwork often associated with couture, but they aim for a street look. The name Astrocreepers comes from the couple’s early days of dating in New Orleans. He taught her to play pool after work at a 24-hour bar. They’d stand outside as the sun rose and call themselves night people — the “nocturnal fringe” and, eventually, “astrocreepers.” For Giroux and Jensen, the name represents more than a clothing line: The two have dreamed up a postapocalyptic world in which Astrocreepers is the name of their very small gang (membership: two). The clothes are their gear and a vital part of their identities. In their free time, they are creating a graphic novel about this fictional world, a few panels of which they’ve posted to Instagram. The couple’s materials are the fashion world’s fringes, from thrift store cast-offs to literal trash. “We’re actually more likely to use something if it has holes in it or stains on it,” Jensen said. They’ve developed a relationship with Twice Is Nice thrift shop in Hinesburg, which gives them its unsellable clothing for free. It’s a win-win: Giroux and Jensen get materials, and the store doesn’t have to pay for disposal. When they were new to Vermont, Giroux and Jensen participated in a clothing pop-up organized by STU SPORKO, owner of Battery Street Jeans in Burlington. He recalled them as professional and appreciated their unique options, even buying a shirt for himself. “Their stuff, it’s definitely got a lot of work put into it,” Sporko said. “Everybody’s a cut-and-sew artist, but they definitely have a better sense of texture, and they IN HINESBURG

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he declined to discuss publicly. The trauma of that experience led to a substance-abuse problem, then rehab. By that time, the fortysomething executive was a voting member of the Recording Academy, which grants the annual Grammy Awards. So, when drugs got the better of him, Davis explained, MusiCares, a nonprofit program of the academy, covered the cost of him getting clean. After completing rehab two years ago, Davis relocated to Wallingford to “regroup.” He bought a “quintessential little red schoolhouse,” which he renovated himself, and began tinkering with woodcrafts. “I found myself really attracted to making things,” he explained in a recent phone interview. “It got to a point where I could make just about anything … It was very therapeutic.” FROM HIT SONGS TO TOY CARS

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Burlington Film Series Celebrates a Designer Who Opposed ‘Planned Obsolescence’ B Y AMY LI LLY


ne learns about German industrial designer Dieter Rams at one’s peril. First, I investigated the chairs and shelving system that he created for Vitsœ, whose website has an extremely tempting “Get a system like this” button. Next, I checked out the everyday products he made for Braun, each of which is better designed than the ones I own: hair dryer, coffee maker, watch. Which tempted me to explore eBay. Finally, I learned Rams’ 10 principles of good design, originating in the radical idea that making a product destined for obsolescence is a crime. Which led me to the despairing thought: Why aren’t we living in a Rams-designed world instead of our unsustainably disposable one? The designer shares that despair, as viewers will learn at a screening of the documentary Rams on Wednesday, November 13, at Burlington City Hall Auditorium. The third of eight films in this year’s ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN FILM SERIES, the movie explores not only the 86-year-old’s design philosophy and iconic products but his regrets. Film series cofounder LYNDA MCINTYRE quotes Rams’ surprising words from the film: “If I had to do it over again, I would not want to be a designer […] There are too many unnecessary products in this world.” McIntyre, a painter and retired University of Vermont studio art professor, adds, “If your philosophical approach is to not be wasteful, you run up against [the imperative] to make things more trendy in order to sell more. I think that’s one of the important aspects of this film. We need to have a discussion about this. How much do we really need?” Rams’ influence on design cannot be overstated. He excelled at integrating function with beauty while adhering to the most austere minimalism. “Look at his radios, for example,” Vermont architectural historian DEVIN COLMAN writes in an email. “The decorative and functional elements are one and the same. There’s no extra trim, no decorative patterns, no excess material — only what is necessary both visually and functionally.” Rams is often cited as the inspiration for today’s Apple products. Burlington resident JERRY MANOCK, who worked for Apple from 1976 to 1985 and designed 26



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t h e M a c i n t o s h computer, first studied Rams in 1968 while earning a master’s in product design at Stanford University. Manock recalls Rams’ principle that good design is long lasting: “He didn’t believe in style. The product ought to function clearly and move well beyond the fashion world.” Ironically, Apple now issues new iterations of its products almost biannually. “When they came up with the iPhone, that was incredibly innovative,” Manock says, “but now, when the software goes out of date, yours becomes obsolete. Company profits take precedence over long-term goals. It’s very regrettable.” Manock says that, beyond individual product design, Rams is significant because he “extended the Bauhaus into the modern age” — referring to the multidisciplinary German school of design and architecture that the Nazis shut down in 1933. Rams, born the previous year in Wiesbaden, trained as an architect and took his first job in 1953 with Frankfurt architect Otto Apel. He later headed a collaboration

of the Ulm School of Design — Bauhaus’ successor, established in the 1950s through the Marshall Plan — and Braun, where he was product-design director for four decades. “Much like Frank Lloyd Wright designed architectural structures and furniture and the whole experience of living in a house,” Manock says, “Rams has done the same thing: designed the shell, the chairs, the shelving.” Manock, who teaches a class on integrated product development at UVM, gives his students a list of the 12 most influential designers to study. They include Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Charles and Ray Eames, Buckminster Fuller, and Rams. “He’s an iconic, brilliant, brilliant designer,” agrees MICHAEL JAGER, cofounder and creative director of the Burlington design firm SOLIDARITY OF UNBRIDLED LABOUR. Like Manock, Jager says Rams’ larger influence came from his “system-based sensibility in which form, packaging and messaging were harmonized and synchronized.”

That sensibility “undoubtedly infiltrated” the design for the Microsoft Xbox, a project of Jager’s former design firm, Jager Di Paola Kemp, he says. “The Xbox was thought of as an entirety: The logo is related to the form factor of the console, which is related to the animation of the games, which is related to the packaging.” Jager notes that Rams’ design principles came from his awareness of impending environmental disaster. “He could see consumption escalating through the ’60s and ’70s, and he knew we were going down the wrong path. “It’s worth seeing the film just to hear Rams express his principles of good design,” Jager adds. “He’s like a German Yoda.” McIntyre already knew about Rams when she worked for Condé Nast’s art department in the late 1960s, doing layout and graphics for Vogue and Mademoiselle. “I’ve always been a real fan of Rams’ work from the time I was cognizant of beauty,” she says. McIntyre still enthuses over her first Braun product, a hair dryer, purchased in the late 1960s. “The design was simple, small, no excesses — and it worked for more than 15 years,” she says. “I would probably still be using it if I still dried my hair.” The film series team — McIntyre, architect ANDREW CHARDAIN and eco-flooring business owner KAREN FROST — hopes to display Braun and other Rams-designed objects onstage at City Hall Auditorium for viewing before the film. McIntyre asks anyone who can locate any “turntables, electric shavers, Oral-B toothbrushes, hair dryers, coffee makers, calculators, speakers or alarm clocks” designed by Rams to email the team at McIntyre and Jager are also fans of Rams’ director, Gary Hustwit. The documentarian’s previous films include Helvetica, about the iconic font; Objectified, about industrial design; and Urbanized, a look at city planning with a global scope. “The film is beautiful and engaging,” McIntyre says of Rams.  Contact:

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From Hit Songs to Toy Cars « P.25 Davis, who had no prior training or experience in woodworking, started by buying scrap lumber from a local cabinetmaker and cutting up reclaimed cherry from old discarded tables. He then shaped, sanded and polished those pieces into wooden toy cars for kids. DAVIS TOY, his one-man operation, has about a half dozen rough designs, such as race cars and dune buggies, though each car is unique and individually made. Davis’ wooden cars are now on display and for sale at HANDMADE IN VERMONT in Wallingford and at the Rutland Farmers Market. They’re priced from $86 to $225. And though making wooden cars seems vastly different from vinyl records, Davis sees a synergy between his music- and toy-making careers. “These [toys] will last for generations,” he explained. “It’s like a quality song. It will endure.” Davis knows something about enduring songs. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Hudson Valley, N.Y.,

native moved to New York City in 1989 to pursue a career in the music industry. He landed his first No. 1 record — Keith Sweat’s 1990 hit “Make You Sweat.” He then worked on a string of chart-topping singles and gold-, platinum- and Grammywinning albums, some of which sold more than 100 million worldwide. Davis’ discography includes songs that appeared in hit movies such as Empire Records, Freedom Writers, Mean Girls, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? and P.S. I Love You. Though he considers himself merely “on hiatus” from the recording industry, Davis confessed that making toy cars has become an “all-consuming” passion of late. “It’s like I became one with my Vermontness,” he added. “A lot of people are crafters here. I didn’t know I had it in me.” K E N PI C A R D



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n “Big Yellow Taxi,” Joni Mitchell sings “Don’t it always seem to go / That you don’t know what you’ve got / Till it’s gone.” Well, sometimes when it’s gone, we aren’t even sure what it was to begin with. Such was the case for one Seven Days reader, who emailed us last week to ask what happened to the “diving bell contraption” at Burlington’s Union Station at 1 Main Street. It had decorated the lowerlevel lobby since he moved to the Queen City 11 years ago. “About two weeks ago it was removed and has, to the best of my knowledge, vanished,” he wrote, “probably not in the lake.” Indeed, the large glass and metal orb has rolled on from its former trackside home, but it didn’t disappear into the murky depths of Lake Champlain. And it wasn’t a diving bell after all, but a large, metal ball — albeit one with a headlight, a bell, a cowcatcher and a connection to Seven Days history. “Train Ball,” as the spherical sculpture is titled, was created by Lars Fisk, a Brooklyn-based artist. The 49-year-old Norwich native graduated from the University of Vermont in 1993 and was hired two

years later by Burlington’s then-brash upstart newspaper Seven Days as its first art director. After a year of laying out the independent weekly’s articles, ads and photos, Fisk became the art director for the band Phish in its visual design department, creating performance art, sculptures and concert architecture. He went on to earn a master of fine arts degree at Columbia University in 2005. In the 1990s, Fisk discovered his artistic L AR S niche: reinterpreting the world around him as though it were viewed through a fish-eye lens. It was during a drive along Interstate 89 that he was struck by the inspiration to create ovoid sculptures, he told Seven Days’ Kevin J. Kelley in 2016. “It happened in 1996 as highway hypnosis,” Fisk told Kelley. “I started seeing the road kind of roll up into the horizon. It looked to me like a big ball.” Today, Fisk is known for his globoid versions of normally non-round objects,

including a school bus, a barn, a Mister Softee truck, a John Deere tractor, a Volkswagen bus and a UPS delivery truck. Fisk and his balls get around. In 2015, he created two large, Boston-themed ones that are installed on High Street. One ball closely resembles the famed left field wall, aka the Green Monster, at Major League Baseball’s Fenway Park, including working lights and a scoreboard. The other resembles a Red Line F IS K train of the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. Fisk’s works of art, on view from Minneapolis to the Netherlands, sell for tens of thousands of dollars. In 2007 Melinda Moulton and Elizabeth Steele, CEO/redeveloper and president/owner, respectively, of Main Street Landing, commissioned Fisk to make the rotund, railroad-themed piece. At the time, the businesswomen had recently completed upgrades to the station and were making it available for public events,

including the annual Polar Express Train Ride for kids. And, as Moulton pointed out, Main Street Landing was already accumulating one of the largest local contemporary art collections in the state. “We were collecting art … and thought, How cool would it be to have the train ball sculpture in the train station?” Moulton recalled. Fisk included a number two on the side to represent his two female patrons and designed “Train Ball” so that children could crawl inside and pretend they were driving it. Where is “Train Ball” now? As Moulton explained, in January 2017 the State of Vermont purchased the lower level of Union Station from Main Street Landing in preparation for the expected arrival of regularly scheduled Amtrak service into Burlington. For the last year and a half, Moulton has known that “Train Ball” had to be moved, especially because she and Steele wanted to house it at one of their properties. But although “Train Ball” is round, the one-ton sculpture cannot simply be rolled away, nor would it fit through the doors of Union Station. So early one morning about two weeks ago, Moulton said, Demag Riggers & Crane Service showed up with a team of movers, took off the door frames, covered the sculpture with blankets, and then hoisted it on a forklift and drove down the street “without any flash or fancy.” “Train Ball” is now parked at its new home — on a circular track with railroad ties — in the first-floor lobby of the Lake & College building, across from a Mamava lactation pod. “It looks gorgeous ... like it was always meant to be there,” Moulton said. “And that’s where it’s going to live for a long, long time.” One hopes, anyway. More than a couple of Fisk’s other ball sculptures proved too irresistible to vandals, who pushed and rolled them off their foundations until they were decidedly non-round. As the artist told Gadfly Online magazine in August 1999, he forgave the vandals. “I’m glad they’re so compelling,” he said at the time. “They beg to be rolled.” Talk about a healthy view on life: Sphere today, gone tomorrow. m


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he violin as we know it today dates I didn’t know it was a thing that people back to 16th-century northern really did, and made a career out of, until Italy. The region spawned dynas- sixth grade, because that’s when I started ties of violin makers, whose names are still playing the violin and doing actual woodsynonymous with quality: Giuseppe Guar- working classes at my school. nari, Antonio Stradivari, the Amati family. Some of the oldest and most sought-after SD: Walk us through the timeline of violins, housed in museums, were made by making one instrument. How long does it take, and what are the steps? masters more than 500 years ago. Marcus Bretto is only 24 years old, but MB: Most people make between seven and he’s been making music and designing 12 instruments a year, so it usually takes instruments nearly his entire life. Having about a month and a half of full-time work. tinkered in the craft as a child, he built It starts off with choosing the outline of his first violin from a kit at age 14. After the instrument and building what’s called high school, he immediately the rib structure. You have the entered the private vocational top plate on top and the back NAME North Bennet Street School in plate, and the rib structure is Marcus Bretto Boston, where he studied violin the thin band joining those making for three years with two plates that actually makes JOB the same rigor as others might it into a box. You use the rib Violin maker pursue a college degree. The structure to base the outlines TOWN first two weeks of his studies for your top and your back Burlington were dedicated to learning how plates. You start out with a section to sharpen his tools; the first violin he built from scratch took his entire of a log, and you split it right down the first year. middle so that you have essentially a Today, living in Burlington, he works mirror image of wood on either side, so full time as a luthier — one who makes it has the same tonal properties on both stringed instruments — for Vermont sides. Those two pieces are then perfectly Violins, as well as on his own projects in joined together [by the rib structure]. the Generator maker space. Those [top and back plates] get carved To make his violins, Bretto uses pieces out, basically by hand. All of that arching of wood worth hundreds of dollars, and and flowing is carved with what’s called every cut must be precise within one- finger planes, removing small bits. tenth of a millimeter. Many of the violins That’s when most people will put in he makes for Vermont Violins cost $4,000 the neck and work on the fingerboard of to $5,000, and a top-end violin can cost the instrument. That’s pretty nearly the as much as $10,000. According to Bretto, finished instrument, before varnishing and they’re made to last the violinist’s entire other setup stuff. life. “Violin making, in general, is one of SD: What are the main differences those things that’s very easy to get lost in,” between a lower-end violin and a Bretto said. Seven Days spoke with him $10,000 violin? about the work that goes into a violin and MB: There’s the materials, that’s one thing. how the craft is changing. And a lot of it is the attention to detail and the labor that goes into making the instrument. SEVEN DAYS: How did you get interYou can make a violin-shaped object. You ested in instrument making? see them all the time on eBay for like $150 MARCUS BRETTO: It really started back or $200. It looks like a violin, and it performs when I was maybe 3 years old. Because the basic job of a violin, but all of the my dad is a musician, I had all these attention to detail that makes one actually instruments surrounding me, even back work and sound good or even last for a long at that age. I always liked to change things period of time is completely not there. around and see what kind of weird sounds I could make. When I was older, I started SD: What are you working on at making instruments out of basically Vermont Violins? whatever was around the house — rubber MB: When I started there, a lot of it was bands and strings and cardboard boxes. repair work. We have a rental line, as well,


and I was making sure the instruments that are there, that people can rent, are in good condition and ready to go. But now it’s pretty much full-time making for me. We went from making maybe one every two months when I came in to making two a week. We actually have three shops. There’s one in New Hampshire and one in Montpelier. There are eight people that are part of the process. It’s a team effort, really. What we’re working on is kind of really special. We’re merging the technology, like a high-precision CNC machine and things like that, with hand skills to produce these instruments that are really quite good for most advanced-level musicians but aren’t nearly the cost of an entirely handmade instrument. SD: Is there any resistance against using machining and technology in the violin world? MB: There definitely used to be. And it’s still there, to a certain degree. I think it all depends how you use these tools. Those

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n April of last year, my sister Maddie was led from her cell at a New Hampshire jail to a telephone, where she called in to a hearing that was taking place in a Vermont family court. The matter before the court was not related to her incarceration, which was for failing to report to her probation officer, but the fate of her 3-year-old son. I wasn’t at the hearing, which was closed to everyone except the parties directly involved, but Maddie and our sister Maura each called me later crying. Maura told me Maddie had sobbed as she informed the judge she was voluntarily terminating her parental rights to her son, Ayden, and that the judge commended her for her bravery in taking the step, which would allow Maura and her husband to adopt him. This outcome was what Maura had been advocating for over the past year and a half, but she knew that separation from her son had been an almost unbearable source of pain for Maddie, and we all feared what this final and permanent severing would mean for her. I don’t know of a word that adequately describes what Maddie was feeling when I spoke with her several hours after the hearing — despair and devastation are understatements. She had struggled with substance-use disorder for more than a decade, experiencing the most and least stability since the birth of her son. He had given her a reason to live, and losing him was so painful it became one more trauma she used drugs to survive. That hearing was one of the final chapters in a saga that had been going on for almost three years, since the first time Ayden was removed from Maddie’s custody by Vermont’s Department for Children and Families, after she and her partner relapsed into drug use six months after he was born. They went to rehab, got sober and were reunited with their son before his first birthday. But a year later they relapsed again, and this time were unable to pull themselves out of their addiction in the three to six months they were allowed before



the state began the process of having Ayden adopted. That April court hearing was also one of the last chapters in the saga that was Maddie’s life since becoming addicted to opioids as a teenager. She died less than six months later, a month before Maura and her husband officially adopted her son.

Maddie humanized her and set her free in a way that I wished for my mom, and now I feel like I got it. So thank you.” I can think of many reasons we should care about parents who use drugs and lose custody of their children. The nameless woman who left the voicemail is one of them. My nephew is another. There are hundreds more reasons in the custody of the State of Vermont right now. As a woman named Ashley Messier put it, “The most important relationships for kids are their parents. And broken parents equal broken kids.”


When I proposed to my editors at this newspaper that I write a story about the impact of the opioid epidemic on families with children, they encouraged me to focus on the children. Parents who use drugs and lose custody of their kids are not going to be sympathetic to readers, they warned. And perhaps they were correct; the story I wrote before this one, about pregnant women with opioid-use disorder, was read by far fewer people than any others in this series. But it is impossible to write about the impact of the opioid epidemic on children without writing about their parents. Because that is the impact of the opioid epidemic on children: what’s happening to their parents. Kids are affected both by what they experience in homes where there is opioid-use disorder and by being separated from their moms and dads when they are removed from those homes.  When my sister Maddie died last fall, her obituary went viral, and my family received letters, emails and phone calls from people around the world. “I’m a child of an addict,” a woman with a warm, low voice said in a voicemail she left for my mom. “I grew up in the foster care system. I never got to be reunited with my mother after being taken from her. I didn’t escape all of the things that happen to people that have my upbringing but I fared far better, and I’m alive, and I was able to read that obituary today and realize how it injured me so that people only saw my mom as an addict.  “She was never anything else once that became her burden,” the woman said, crying now. “Your obituary for


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I met Ashley for the first time on a conference call with the Vermont chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. We were talking about incarceration in Vermont, and Ashley runs the ACLU’s Smart Justice campaign in the state, which focuses on criminal justice reform. When I offhandedly mentioned that I was working on an article about the impact of the opioid crisis on families with children, she said she had lived experience and offered to share her story with me. “I have to start early,” she told me a few days later, “so you understand why my kids were taken from me: I was a child that grew up in a very violent home.” There was an evenness to Ashley’s demeanor as she talked about her childhood, almost as if she were describing some other little girl whose father physically abused her mother. “My job was to comfort my mom and clean up the blood,” Ashley said. “When I was 7, my father hung himself, the best thing he ever did for me and my mom, unfortunately.”  After her dad died, Ashley and her mom lived below the poverty line, relying on public assistance to get by. Ashley struggled in school and had behavioral problems that she knows now were a response to the violence she experienced and resulting posttraumatic stress disorder. During our many conversations, Ashley attributed making it to where she is now, with a nascent career in social



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justice, to many things, including a family that didn’t give up on her and a resilience born of trauma. She is among the smartest, most articulate people I’ve met, and it’s easy to imagine a different, smoother path — valedictorian of her high school class, Ivy League college, law school — had she not spent her childhood coping with trauma and poverty. As it was, she barely managed to graduate from high school. Soon after, when she was 19, she met Steve, who, she said, “was very nice — until he wasn’t.” On the day Ashley learned she was pregnant, Steve beat her until she miscarried. The second time she got pregnant, they married. “The cycle repeats itself for women,” Ashley said, referring to her father’s abuse of her mother. “We think, Oh, we can change them if we just love them enough.”

But Steve didn’t change. He continued to physically abuse Ashley, was addicted to alcohol and drugs, and would disappear for weeks at a time. When their daughter was 3 years old, Ashley divorced him. Soon after, she learned she was pregnant again, this time with twins — an unplanned pregnancy in a relationship that didn’t work out. Steve told Ashley he wanted to be with her and their daughter, and that if she took him back he would raise the twins as his own. He’d gotten counseling, and this time, he promised, things would be different. “So, like an idiot, I let him move back in,” Ashley said. Things were different for a while: Steve wasn’t violent, and she needed his support during a high-risk pregnancy. Due to complications, she was prescribed low-level oxycodone. 

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“I wasn’t really taking them,” she said, “because I wasn’t a big fan of meds. But Steve had had a couple of shoulder operations, and he was doing all this stuff for me, so I was giving them to him. I knew nothing about addiction, and I was like, Oh, that’s the least I can do.” In the spring of 2008, she delivered full-term twins; soon after, her 12-inch C-section incision split open. “They were prescribing me ungodly amounts of opiates,” she said, which she needed to manage her pain. When a doctor’s appointment that she thought

would be an hour ended up lasting four, she missed taking her medication. “By the time I got home,” she said, “I was in so much pain I was literally shaking and vomiting.” When she walked in the door, Steve was snorting a couple of her oxycodone, an opioid-based painkiller, which he had crushed into a powder. “It works quicker,” he explained. “I was just so desperate, both physically and emotionally at that point,” she said. When he said it worked quicker, “I was like, Sign me up. I’ll try anything.” Breena Holmes, a pediatrician and the director of maternal and child health for the Vermont Department of Health, told me she talks about opioids “because I know everybody wants to.” But she pointed out that “parents in Vermont drink a lot of alcohol” and experience high levels of isolation, violence, depression and desperation related to lack of economic opportunity. “It doesn’t mean we shouldn’t talk about opiates, but I’d rather talk about root causes,” she said. “Why does someone start using opiates?” Here’s why: “It was like the sun came out and the clouds parted and there were rainbows, unicorns and glitter,” Ashley said of snorting oxycodone for the first time. “Instantly all of my physical pain was gone, all of my emotional pain was gone. And it wasn’t just the pain of what I was going through in that moment; it was all those years. That trauma and abuse was gone. And that is the day I became an addict.”


I interviewed more than 30 people for this story, including parents, kids, grandparents, exes, foster parents, social workers, child psychologists, lawyers, bureaucrats, people who work for various nonprofits, and members of my own family. But if this story has a central character, it’s not an individual, it’s the Family Services Division of Vermont’s Department for Children and Families, which seems to view itself as an overburdened,


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« P.33 under-resourced superhero whose mission is to protect children. Many of the people I spoke with see the department quite differently. A grandparent whose grandkids are in DCF custody described it as a dictator wielding its mission as a sword against families. If you question or challenge DCF, he said, “They start swinging wildly. They say, ‘We’re doing it for the protection of the child.’ If you stand in DCF’s way, they will lop your head off.” A social services professional called DCF “the big, bad wolf,” because of how her clients all live in terror of it. The perception of DCF as an entity to be feared exists not just among families who interact with the agency, but professionals who witness those interactions in different capacities. In the four previous stories I’ve reported for this series, no one except the victims of sex trafficking has asked to be quoted anonymously. For this story, multiple people did — including family members with DCF involvement and professionals who work with them. “I would lose my job,” one person said, if I used her name. Many of the people I interviewed acknowledged that DCF is in an impossible situation: underfunded and overwhelmed with cases. “People believe in what they’re doing,” said Ann Culkin, who for 14 years has served as a family support worker through the Defender General’s Office. “They’re just swamped. Absolutely swamped.” “We are doing our best,” said Ken Schatz, the commissioner of DCF, noting that recent increases in the number of children under state supervision are not commensurate with increases in staffing. Last year DCF requested an additional $2 million from the legislature for its Family Services Division, on top of that division’s annual budget appropriation of almost $120 million, so it could hire more caseworkers. It got $1.7 million. “I’m hopeful that will help address some of our workload issues,” Schatz said, “and … improve the perception of how we operate.” By the time DCF arrives at their door, many families are facing problems that began years, if not generations, ago. “We are one section of a continuum starting with prevention,” said Christine Johnson, the deputy director of DCF’s Family Services Division. “And one of the things I would argue that we’re not doing really 34


well in Vermont is supporting, financially and otherwise, the whole prevention system.” There are probably elements of truth in all of the various characterizations of DCF: well-intentioned but overwhelmed superhero, pitiless despot, fairy-tale villain. But the more I learned about the department, the more I was reminded of the Wizard of Oz. If you peek behind the curtain of the great and powerful Department for Children and Families, instead of an individual humbug pulling levers and pushing buttons, you will find a vast warren of cubicles staffed by overworked employees who are surrounded by stacks of manuals and piles of acronyms and lists of procedures, a system so complex and arcane it seems easiest to just let the curtain fall and walk away. Trying to distinguish the families involved with DCF specifically because of opioid addiction is impossible: DCF doesn’t track that data, and opioid use often cannot be extricated from other substance use, poverty, homelessness, lack of transportation, trauma, mental illness, domestic violence and myriad other issues that can co-occur with opioid-use disorder. It is also impossible to understand the impact of the opioid epidemic on that system. While DCF claims it is overburdened by the opioid crisis, it has no objective data to back this up. In fact, it has very little data about anything, which the agency itself acknowledges.

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“We’re using an information technology system that was created in 1982,” Johnson told me. The scant data that DCF does produce are often contradictory — even something as basic and arguably essential as the number of children in custody in a given year may vary across different DCF documents. And in some instances the department changes what data it reports from year to year, which makes it difficult to track anything over time, which in turn makes it difficult to understand what’s going on behind the curtain. One number that has grown is the count of children in DCF custody, which has risen by about 30 percent since 2011. However, the reason for this increase is not clear. DCF often attributes it to the opioid crisis, which undoubtedly has had a substantial impact. But between 2006 and 2011, when most metrics show opioid addiction was growing in the state, the number of children in DCF custody actually declined by around 35 percent, and it is lower now, at what is hopefully the epidemic’s peak, than it was in 2006, when opioids were just becoming a problem. In 2015, the department attempted to quantify the impact of opioids on its caseload by implementing what it calls a

“manual informal count.” In November of each year, DCF’s 12 district directors are asked how many children up to age 5 on their caseload at that moment came into custody due to opioid-abuse issues. The first year this informal count occurred, district directors reported that 51 percent of those children were in custody due to opioid abuse, a number that is huge. But it’s also quite possibly inaccurate, as it is derived from a question that could elicit a subjective response on the part of directors and indicates only that opioid use was a factor, not necessarily the reason the child is in custody. Opioid use, or any other substance or alcohol use, is not itself enough of a reason for DCF to take custody of a child; the department must establish “risk of harm” associated with it. “For example,” Johnson’s predecessor, Karen Shea, wrote in an email, “the child may have come into custody due to physical abuse but opioid-use disorder was identified after the child entered custody.” While the number of and reasons for children being in custody are not clear, one thing is: The biggest spike of kids in custody occurred after two young children, Dezirae Sheldon and Peighton Geraw, died within two months of each other at the beginning of 2014. Both children had contact with DCF before their deaths “After those child tragedies occurred,” said DCF’s Schatz, “some of the laws were changed to broaden definitions about abuse and neglect, to make sure we were more careful before we reunified families to make sure children were safe.” The year before those deaths, the number of children in DCF custody had increased by 2 percent; in 2014, the year the children died, the number jumped 14 percent; in 2015 it rose 10 percent. That is consistent with what happens nationally when children die in protective custody, according to Larry Crist, a lawyer and executive director of the Vermont Parent Representation Center, a nonprofit advocacy group that works on behalf of parents with DCF involvement: “The pendulum swings hard to taking kids into custody, and then, over time, people realize that was a mistake, and it swings back.” It’s seen as a mistake because, as data from other states show, it doesn’t result in better outcomes for kids.


Soon after Ashley snorted that first pill, Steve became abusive again. When he threw her into a table and broke her back, she was prescribed even more opioid-based painkillers, which she and Steve would crush and snort. When her prescriptions were no longer enough to support their addiction, they started buying pills off the street. As their use intensified, they began injecting

with the child protection system, except to remove their children.” Trine Bech, the center’s founder and coauthor of the report, likened what DCF is doing to “modern-day eugenics.” “It’s class-based, not race-based,” Crist clarified. (At the time of the report’s release, DCF said that it did not agree with “most of the conclusions drawn in the report” but conceded “the child welfare system is overwhelmed and needs to be addressed.”) DCF does not track the income level of parents it is involved with but acknowledges that many of its families experience economic stress. Anecdotally, poverty

services related to visitation, told a story of parents without a car who hitchhiked miles across Washington County to treatment, then to DCF for visits and then back home, a commitment he said was “not unusual” among parents he’d worked with. Even in Chittenden County, my sister had to walk a half mile to the bus stop closest to where she lived in the New North End of Burlington, take an hourlong bus ride to Williston and walk another half mile to the DCF office. If she was more than 15 minutes late, the visit was canceled. And yet she and her partner were so committed to visits that when

independent contractors across the state who are assigned to work with some parents DCF has filed a petition against in family court to remove custody of their kids. Culkin explained that when children are removed from their parents’ custody, DCF develops a “case plan,” which includes a bulleted list of requirements parents must meet in order to regain custody, one of which is inevitably “to secure and maintain safe, stable housing.” But parents who receive a housing subsidy from the state are often at risk of losing that assistance when they lose custody of their child. “Many of my families end up homeless because their kids

they didn’t show up for one, their social worker sent the police to their house to do a welfare check, thinking they might have OD’d — they had missed the bus. “DCF actually has to make it feel possible,” Ashley said of reunification. Instead, “It’s like they’re dangling your child on the other side of a cliff, and there’s no bridge between you and the other side of the cliff, but they expect you to build a bridge. They give you a paper clip and a stick of gum and a shoestring and they expect you to build a bridge, and when you can’t do it, then you’re a failure.” What is the biggest barrier for people with opioid-use disorder trying to get their kids back? “Safe and stable housing,” said Culkin. “And food.” Culkin is one of 12 to 15

are taken into custody,” Culkin told me, creating a new barrier to reunification. After Ashley lost custody of her twins, her aunt and uncle, who had been a stabilizing force in her own life growing up, became foster parents to the twins while Ashley got on her feet. Her daughter was still with her mom and outside of DCF involvement. When DCF gave Ashley the option to stay with the twins at Lund, a residential treatment center in Burlington where mothers can live with their young children, she moved in. While Ashley’s experience at Lund was generally positive — she was passing the mandated classes, staying


the pills, which increased their tolerance, so they needed more and more drugs to keep from going into withdrawal. “We had people coming in and out of our house,” Ashley said, “drug dealers living there on and off and other addicts crashing there.” Their daughter was almost 5, old enough to understand what was going on, so Ashley sent her to live with her mother. But she told herself that the twins were too young to be affected. “You do all the justifications,” she said, “like, Oh, I’m only using in the bathroom while they’re sleeping.” In December 2009, the police raided her house. Steve had been committing burglaries to support their addiction and was detained; Ashley was released the same day. “But I knew they were going to call DCF,” she said, “because they found 756 needles in our house.” On Christmas Eve, she was in family court being served with a petition by DCF to take custody of the twins.  “It was a little complicated,” she said when I asked her a decade later how she felt when she lost custody. “On one hand I knew that they shouldn’t be in my household, that they shouldn’t be exposed to this; it’s not safe, they deserve better. At the same time, those are your kids. And when you’re at that point in your addiction, your kids are the only reason you’re even trying to survive it.”  But what are the kids surviving? Marilyn Gillis, who volunteers as a court-appointed guardian ad litem, or impartial representative, for kids in DCF custody, emailed me a list of things children she represents had been exposed to as a result of their parents’ addiction, from being told to lie for a parent to being aware that a parent is engaging in commercial sex work. Many of the experiences on the list were not specific to opioiduse disorder but some were — seeing a parent inject drugs, fearing that a parent will overdose, drug paraphernalia in the house — and all were things that no child should experience.  When I asked another guardian ad litem, Jacki Murphy, about the impacts she saw on children who were in homes where there was opioid-use disorder, poverty was the first thing she mentioned. It was a major focus, too, of a 2018 report from Crist’s Vermont Parent Representation Center, which offers a detailed and bleak analysis of DCF, as well as suggested improvements. “Opioids have been considered the prime driver in caseload increase and the increase in the number of young children entering state custody,” the report notes. “In reality, poverty has been as great a factor as substance abuse, yet we do little to address the fact of poverty (and accompanying homelessness) among families grappling

Ashley Messier with her youngest son and husband

plays a huge role for people with opioiduse disorder who lose their children or are unable to get them back. “It’s an economic cycle that I just don’t know how people can break,” Murphy said, and one that works against parents trying to reunite with their children. “I think highly functioning people with every resource would have trouble meeting the schedules required” of parents with DCF involvement. Murphy and others talked about the barriers parents experience in just getting to DCF for visits with their kids, and the lengths to which parents will go to make those visits happen. Mark Johnson, vice president of Easterseals Vermont, which holds a contract with DCF to provide


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Weeks into reporting this story, I still didn’t understand the current way. I read reports on DCF’s website, studied my sister’s DCF case file and interviewed everyone from parents to social workers to lawyers, yet I remained confused about many of the basic steps of the sometimes years-long process that occurs when a family becomes involved with DCF. I hoped that Brenda Gooley, director of operations for DCF’s Family Services Division, would be able to help. Her role, as she described it, is “broad oversight of 36



sober and parenting well — Lund doesn’t allow children over 5, so her daughter couldn’t live there. “I felt torn between my kids,” she said, and was also “incredibly overwhelmed.” She knew she couldn’t live at Lund forever — women who complete the program stay on average between eight and 14 months — and she was a single mom with no education or job, no car, no housing of her own, and a trauma history that spanned her whole life. “The avenues for recovering your life are not as supportive as people think they are,” she said. So in October, five months after being reunited with the twins, she asked her aunt and uncle if they would take them back. “‘But this time they’re going to stay for good,’” she told them. When they agreed, she terminated her own parental rights so her aunt and uncle could adopt the kids. When I asked her why she did this, she said she didn’t know what life with a parent with substance-use disorder would mean for her children, and she wanted them to grow up with more than she had. “I made a decision for them to go to people that could give them a life I could not,” she told me. “What was I going to give them? Section 8 and Reach Up?” “But poverty shouldn’t be a reason people don’t have their kids,” I protested, and she agreed. “There are a lot of reasons mothers shouldn’t be without their babies,” she said. “This isn’t 30 years ago when we didn’t know addiction was a disease, not a moral deficiency. This is 2019, and we’re still taking children from moms who are struggling with addiction. We’re still taking children from moms that are victims of domestic and sexual violence. We’re still taking children from moms that can’t make ends meet. I understand that they’re trying to think about what’s best for the kids, but at the same time there’s got to be a better way.”

the functioning of the division,” and she’s worked at DCF for 23 years. “‘You want to be healthy and well; you want to be a safe parent; you want your child to thrive in your care,’” was how she framed DCF’s message to parents. “‘We want that, too. We want the exact same things. We want to be on that path together.’” She said she didn’t want to overwhelm me with policies, yet her answers to my questions were often prefaced with phrases like “We have policy to speak to that,” followed by references to those policies — “the Risk of Harm Policy,” “the Substance Use Disorder Screening and Drug Testing for Caregivers Policy,” “the Case Planning Policy,” “Family Services Policy 50,” “Family Services Policy 52,” “a section of our Family Safety Framework called Complicating Factors.” When I wondered aloud to Gale Burford, a University of Vermont emeritus professor of social work, if the DCF system is intentionally confusing, if the acronyms and policies and procedures are being used to obscure something, I expected him to laugh at my foolishness and explain what I was having a hard time understanding. He did not. “Corporations cover up their nasties by having many, many floors of lawyers,” said Burford, who for more than a decade led the UVM program that provides childwelfare training to DCF employees. “In child protection, they have many, many volumes of policies, and only they know how to work them.”  Regardless of DCF’s motives, if the child protection system is too complicated

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for a healthy, middle-class woman with a master’s degree, her own home and a refrigerator full of food, what is it like for a parent in crisis, someone who grew up in poverty, experienced childhood trauma, didn’t graduate from high school and is actively struggling with addiction? How can they possibly navigate the system that is having a direct and often dire impact on their life, and understand their rights as they are defined within its policies? The answer is, they often can’t, and so they rely on their assigned caseworker and, if their case goes to court, their courtappointed lawyer to help.

But these caseworkers and lawyers are overwhelmed. Culkin, the family support worker in the Defender General’s Office, corroborated the many stories I heard about parents who didn’t meet their lawyer until five minutes before they walked into the courtroom. According to Crist, the American Bar Association recommends that lawyers carry a caseload of no more than 60 parentdefender cases at any given time. “Contrast this to Vermont’s contract public defenders,” he said, “who have hundreds and no real supports or oversight.” And while DCF isn’t able to track data about much, it knows approximately how many kids are on its caseload and how many caseworkers it employs. Federal guidelines indicate that child welfare caseworkers should carry an average load of 12 families; in Vermont it’s 18. Olivia Gaudreau, the caseworker assigned to my sister and nephew, said she had 30 cases at one point. “We don’t have the ability to say we’re maxed out, that we can’t take any more cases,” she told me. “We just have to take them.” This means caseworkers are often “responding to a crisis instead of doing more in-depth social work,” according to Gaudreau, social work that she said could prevent crises from arising in the first place — and is essential to helping parents and children reunite. It also means parents may not be able even to get their assigned worker on the phone. “When we’re not responding, it’s not because we don’t want to,” Gaudreau said. “It’s because we’re responding to the more immediate crisis that day.”

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“‘She doesn’t return my phone calls’” is one complaint Easterseals’ Johnson hears “a lot. And that breeds suspicion, hurt, everything bad you can think of,” he said. A timely response from their caseworker is crucial for parents: Once their children are taken into custody, a metaphorical clock starts ticking. Federal guidelines designed to prevent children from languishing in DCF custody encourage states to permanently terminate the rights of parents whose kids have been in state custody for 15 of the past 22 months. For children under age 6, the recommendation is that “permanency reviews” begin at three to six months. In Vermont, this age group represents the biggest increase in children coming into the system. Parents may also have difficulty accessing the services mandated in their case plans. Culkin, who works with families in Chittenden and Addison counties, told me that the department will usually order parents with opioid-use disorder to get substance-abuse and mental-health assessments. In Addison County, the wait list for those assessments can be several months long.  “For parents who are dealing with substance abuse and people who are in recovery, the cogs and wheels just don’t turn fast enough,” Culkin said. The courts are backed up as well, and if parents challenge the merits of the case DCF has filed against them, as is their legal right, “often that can be to their detriment,” Gaudreau, the DCF caseworker, said. They might wait more than six months just for a hearing, while their child is in foster care and that clock is ticking. 


When a child is in DCF custody, he or she is on one of two “tracks”: reunification, where DCF is working to reunite the family, or adoption, where DCF’s plan is to terminate the mom and dad’s parental rights so the child can be adopted by another family. These are also the primary mechanisms

caseworkers have to remove children from their caseloads — returning kids to their parents or putting them up for adoption. On either track, what comes first for the child is foster care, which has its own problems. “When DCF places a child with a pre-adoptive foster family, they’ve set the stage for that family not to cooperate with the biological family,” said Crist. In case after case, he said, the foster family “will make it almost impossible for the biological family to maintain a relationship with the child.” Culkin confirmed this, saying she didn’t see too many families fostering young children with the goal of reunification. “They don’t say it out loud necessarily,” she noted. “It’s unspoken.”  When DCF took custody of my 6-month-old nephew for the first time, it was because my sister and her partner had both relapsed, though their lives hadn’t devolved beyond testing positive for drugs. Yet DCF placed Ayden with a family who later told us they had been led by DCF to believe they would be allowed to adopt him. Before children can be adopted out of foster care, DCF must obtain a termination of parental rights, or TPR. Between 2010 and 2016, while the number of children in DCF custody grew by 37 percent, the number of TPRs increased by 87 percent — a figure DCF characterized as “a data anomaly.” But according to the Vermont Center for Parental Rights report, the Green Mountain State “consistently ranks among the highest in the nation for its rate of terminating parental rights for very young children.” In 2016, Vermont terminated the rights of parents to their babies and toddlers at a higher rate than any other state in the nation except Oklahoma. The federal Adoption and Legal Guardianship Incentive Payments program rewards states for each adoption they make over an established baseline, HOOKED

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between $5,000 and $10,000 depending on the child’s age. According to the federal Office of the Administration for Children and Families, Vermont didn’t receive any incentive money between 2008 and 2013, but it has earned more than a million dollars in incentives in the last five years — $657,000 in fiscal year 2017 alone. The purpose of these incentives and timeline is to provide children with “permanence.” Sharon Lamb, a child psychologist who has worked evaluating parents and children for the family court system, said that while permanence is especially important for infants who’ve never lived with their birth parents, for older children, “It depends on the kid, whether they need that permanence.” She said it can be traumatic for kids “to go back and forth and not know where they are,” but she’s also seen kids “who could really benefit from continuing a relationship even if the parent wasn’t able to be there for them and take care of them.”  Ashley Messier argues that for most children, biological parents are their permanence. “So if you believe in permanency, why are you not doing everything you can to keep that kid where they belong?” She, and everyone from Lamb to Mark Johnson to Crist to Culkin, noted that these timelines for permanence are incompatible with the timeline for recovery from opioid-use disorder, which on average takes between five and eight years and involves multiple relapses and attempts at treatment.  “As opposed to saying, ‘Look, this is an illness, here are the circumstances around it, so let’s work with the families to figure this out,’ the first move is to remove the kids,” said Crist. “There seems to be a total disconnect between the state’s approach to opioid addiction as an illness and DCF’s approach. They deal with it as a criminal activity that puts kids at risk, as opposed to an illness that kids are exposed to.” In recent years DCF has taken at least one measure to assess people for substanceuse disorder and refer them to treatment. As of 2017, DCF, in collaboration with Lund, had placed a case manager in each of its 12 offices who screens parents for substance use, refers them to treatment and tries to help them overcome obstacles to getting it.


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medication, the most effective treatment for opioid-use disorder, but even then, the rate of relapse is around 50 percent. And recent research indicates that relapse from opioid-use disorder is even higher among people who experienced “adverse childhood experiences,” such as poverty and violence, as Ashley did as a kid. Lamb pointed out that while a decade ago relapse was interpreted as a lack of commitment to recovery, now there is awareness that “relapse is actually part of getting better.” Ashley’s first relapse occurred after she gave up the twins. She quickly got sober again, but although she was doing well, when she got pregnant DCF opened a case on her. Ashley had been warned this would happen — DCF “scores” parents based on certain factors they perceive as risks to children. If parents score high enough, the agency will become reinvolved in their lives no matter how long it’s been or how well they’re doing. “There’s no fresh start,” Ashley said. According to Crist, even when someone who becomes involved with DCF has been in recovery for a decade, the department will include in the affidavit it files with the court to take custody of the person’s children that he or she has “a long history of substance abuse.” “It was a long history because it was a long time ago,” he noted, “but they don’t say that.” One Vermont family filed a case in federal court in August, alleging, among other things, that DCF coerced the mom into taking medication to treat opioiduse disorder, from which she had been in recovery for more than a decade. In a statement at the time, a DCF spokesperson said that the department disagrees with the facts as described in the complaint, and that it “has appropriate procedures in place consistent with federal and Vermont state law that provides due process in the child abuse/ neglect substantiation process.” The same laws forbid DCF officials from discussing specific cases. Ashley was sober and successfully navigated her reinvolvement with DCF, continuing to build a life for herself and her new baby girl, who was born in August 2011. She got an apartment and custody of her oldest daughter back, bought a car, became a certified recovery coach and was hired at the Turning Point Center, started taking college classes, and visited regularly with the twins. But two and a half years into her second attempt at recovery, Ashley started to struggle, and because of her previous DCF involvement, she was scared to ask for support. “I felt like I had to make everything look really perfect because I was afraid they

addiction, injecting instead of taking it orally. Soon she had tried heroin for the first time. Ashley sent her oldest daughter to live with a neighbor but kept her youngest, then almost 2, with her. She doesn’t know why DCF paid her a visit in the summer of 2013, but when they did, she was honest about what was going on. “‘I’m shooting dope,’” she told them, and asked for help. “DCF sort of gave me this guise like, ‘Oh, we’ll just keep the kids [with your aunt and uncle] while we help you get your life together,” and indicated they wouldn’t take her children. But, she said, DCF didn’t Sharon Lamb live up to its word and “out of nowhere” filed for custody of her youngest daughter. “At this point,” she said, “I was like, I would take my kids from me again. I didn’t can’t. I just can’t. They took my kids from feel like I could reach out for help.” me again. I’ve repeated the cycle again. And According to professionals I spoke with I lost my mind.”  who work with parents with opioid-use When she was doing well, stable and disorder and DCF involvement, this fear sober, Ashley had positive experiences of asking for help is common, and founded.   with a caseworker she said went above “My families have to be on their and beyond to help her. But those positive knees,” Culkin told me. “Parents will say, experiences were specific to one person ‘I just don’t dare have an open, productive inside a larger culture that she and others dialogue with [DCF] because it’s going to described as dysfunctional and punitive. be used against me.’” “DCF needs to decide if they’re going “Their whole approach ... is very, very to foster a culture of transparency and punitive,” said another social services honesty and support,” Ashley said, “or if professional, who didn’t want to be iden- they’re going to foster a culture of secrecy tified, “so people are scared to death of and punishment. Because for most people, DCF, scared so much that they hide things that’s the reality.” they don’t need to hide because they’re so When I read this quote to Schatz, the scared to make mistakes.” And then this DCF commissioner, his first response was person corrected herself; perhaps these to make sure I understood that there are parents do need to hide things from DCF.  six divisions within DCF, and that he’s not “It started slowly,” Ashley said of her “directly involved in overseeing the day-torelapse in 2013. She began by misusing day of Family Services.” He did acknowlthe medication she was taking to treat her edge that he has “substantial responsibility,


“Think of the person who is a piece of you the most,” Ashley said to me. “Or even when you lost Maddie. When you lose somebody who is part of your identity, it changes your identity.” For children, she said, this person is their parents. She said her twins and youngest daughter all have attachment issues; research has also shown that children who experience early parental loss are more likely to have depression, anxiety, and substance-use disorders as adults. But kids also suffer trauma when exposed to the things on the list from guardian ad litem Marilyn Gillis, some of which Ashley’s children experienced while living with her. No one, including Ashley, is arguing that children should be with parents who are in the throes of their disease. But if she’d had support, perhaps she could have returned more quickly from that place, in time to reunite with her children. When I asked what that support would look like, it was clear it was something she had thought about a lot. The first thing on her list reflected the crucial culture shift many people I spoke with believe is necessary for DCF: “If somebody had said to me, ‘Listen, we’re going to help you. We’re going to help you stay with your kids. We’re going to help you bring that kid home, and we’re going to do whatever it takes to help you get there.’” Other ideas ranged from individualized, wraparound support services to addressing the poverty and homelessness families experience to helping find transportation to visits to a peer-advocacy program. A peer advocate, Ashley said, is someone the many parents who feel like they can’t be honest with their DCF caseworker could turn to and say, “Listen, this is what’s really going on. Can you help me figure out how to talk to my worker? Can you help me make a plan? What do I need to do?” After she relapsed and lost custody of her youngest daughter, she began using again in earnest. She moved to the Bronx for a while and transported drugs to Vermont from New York and Philadelphia. Within months she ended up in Detroit, where she was locked in a basement and beaten and raped by drug dealers for four days.

After that, she embarked on what she described as a “death mission” that would last on and off for another year and a half, during which she was sexually assaulted, trafficked and beaten up, and she lost count of how many times she overdosed. She went to jail, was released, got sober, relapsed. During this time, her parental rights to her youngest daughter were permanently terminated, and her oldest spent two years in foster homes and with her father, Steve, before returning to live with Ashley’s mom. But Ashley rarely saw any of her kids.

Anecdotally, poverty plays a huge role for people with opioid-use disorder who lose their children or are unable to get them back. In May 2016, she was reincarcerated for testing positive for drugs; when she was released three months later, she made two promises to herself: She was not going to use again, no matter what, and she was going to do the next right thing, whatever that meant in a given moment. “And that’s how I am where I am today,” she told me as we sat on the back deck of the Jericho home she shares with her husband, whom she met three years ago, their 2-year-old son, and her oldest daughter, who is now 15 and finished ninth grade last year on the honor roll. They all regularly see the twins and her younger daughter, who live nearby. Ashley has her job at the ACLU and has been in stable recovery for three years. As we talked, her oldest and youngest children were playing inside and her husband passed through with a platter of steaks for the grill. Above us, a row of fragile saplings grew in the gutter — seeds from a nearby oak tree that had fallen and germinated. But what was different three years ago, I wanted to know. Why did it work that time when it didn’t before, when it doesn’t for so many others?

She listed a few things: a stable, loving relationship; her family, who gave her “a thousand chances” and stepped in repeatedly to help her and her kids; a good therapist; a Mercy Connections volunteer who served as her mentor when she was incarcerated and pointed her in the direction of the work she does now. “All it took for me was a few people who saw that I still had worth and value in this world,” she said. “Just a couple people who just love you, with no conditions to it. It doesn’t matter if you’ve done 75 million bad things, they can still see the good in you. And most people don’t really get that.”  Most people who’ve had a childhood like Ashley’s followed by DCF involvement with their own children also don’t get a second chance with their kids, a chance to stop that cycle of poverty and violence and depression and isolation that are prevalent in Vermont families and the “root causes” of why people use everything from alcohol to heroin to cope. If her oldest daughter hadn’t stayed with her mom, or her aunt and uncle didn’t want Ashley to see her three middle kids, she would have no recourse, no relationship with them. Parents whose kids are adopted by relatives are anecdotally more likely to see their children, but this is not guaranteed, and less than half of adoptions out of DCF are with kin. “What really bugs me about this system,” Sharon Lamb, the psychologist, said, “is that for most cases there isn’t anything in between” adoption and reunification. “I just wish there was an alternative, newer arrangement.” It most likely would have been years before my sister Maddie could have successfully parented her son without some form of support, at which point taking him from Maura would have been traumatizing to both her and Ayden. My sisters were pitted against each other in a black-and-white system — one of them was going to get him, and the other was not, which often left Maura feeling like she couldn’t support Maddie as she might have otherwise. “We should just all try to prevent loss,” said Lamb, who has written a book about her experience as an evaluator for this system. “We should prevent it for the children, we should prevent it for the birth parents, and we should prevent it for the foster parents who have opened themselves up and are just rooting for that child — the child needs them, too.” One way DCF is trying to keep kids connected with their parents when they’re adopted is through post-adoption contact agreements, which are exactly what they sound like: legal contracts where biological and adoptive families agree on contact that will occur after the adoption. The DCF

policy on the subject describes agreements that range from contact by mail to one-way contact in which adoptive parents send a school photo to periodic visits. But according to Lamb, those agreements are “much lighter weight than a child would need.” Another possibility within the existing system is permanent guardianship, where, in the case of my family for example, my sister Maura could have served as Ayden’s legal guardian without Maddie having to terminate her parental rights. Guardianship, including visitation, is guided by the courts, not DCF, and can evolve over time. The parent can’t petition the court for custody or to end the guardianship but is allowed to visit, know where their child lives and have information about their child. But the DCF policy on the subject discourages guardianship for children under 12. “When I am clean and sober, I am a great parent,” Ashley said, but she acknowledged that her oldest daughter has emotional behavioral issues and PTSD, for which Ashley takes full responsibility. “All of it is related to me and her father, whether it’s because of the violence she witnessed, our addiction, being in different homes. I and her father are the reasons that she has the issues she does, 100 percent unequivocally. There’s no question. Now it’s my job to fix it.” 

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including issues related to culture,” and said he found the quote from Ashley “distressing to hear.” It wasn’t how he wanted DCF to be perceived, he told me; its role is to protect the safety of children and help them find their “forever homes.” “I don’t think we engage in punishment,” he added. Given the agency’s role, however, “We understand that we are not going to be the popular party even when we try to support families.”

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Climbing to the Challenge Vermonters prepare for a regional pole dance competition


obody seemed concerned that Vickie Wacek was hanging 15 feet in the air. Wacek dangled from the metal crossbeams affixed to the ceiling like a kid on the monkey bars at a playground, grinning and pointing her toes, while a few other women chatted and stretched below her. Then she slid down the way she had come up — via the tall metal pole attached to the floor. This is what constitutes a warm-up at Bohemienne Fitness, Winooski’s pole fitness studio. Scaling a pole is a breathless feat of athleticism, too. Wacek seemed to climb to the ceiling effortlessly, maintaining the graceful lines of a dancer the entire time. Pole dancers learn to use every inch of their legs to grip the pole, so the work they’re doing with their arms to pull themselves up looks almost easy. They can often sit midair or flip upside down looking as relaxed as if they were on the ground — but every muscle is engaged. Wacek and seven other dancers were preparing for the Pole Sport Organization’s northeast competition in Boston, to be held November 16 and 17, under the tutelage of Alison Mathes, who opened Bohemienne in 2016. This is the third 40


year that dancers from Bohemienne will compete. Pole dance garnered widespread attention in the wake of the September release of the movie Hustlers, which has already topped $100 million in American box office receipts. Hustlers is about a lot more than pole dance — there’s also stripping, journalism, drugs, crime and Constance Wu’s bangs — but the movie does showcase the art of mastering the pole. Jennifer Lopez released a behind-the-scenes video of her training regimen, and she of the rock-hard six-pack declared it one of the hardest things she’d ever done. Bohemienne holds pole dance classes at all levels for all ages. For dancers who’ve become hooked on the sport, competition offers a new challenge and an opportunity to immerse themselves in the pole dance community. Mathes, 38, began dancing ballet, contemporary, jazz and tap at age 6 in Florida, where she grew up, but chose not to pursue dance professionally when she was a teenager. As an adult, she found it harder to meet people who shared her passion for dance, especially after moving to Essex in 2014, away from most of her friends and family.

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“I always considered myself a dancer, even though I wasn’t taking classes,” Mathes said. “There aren’t that many dance classes for adults. It’s kind of like gymnastics … There wasn’t really a community of adults dancing, until I found pole dance.” She installed a pole in her living room, just to try it, and was immediately hooked. It felt intuitive, Mathes said. Vermont had no pole dance studios, so she taught herself via the internet and realized that there were dancers all over the world bonding over their love of pole dance and sharing knowledge online. “I would take my son to preschool and then come home and dance for, like, four hours at a time,” Mathes said. She thought someone ought to open a studio in Vermont. Then she started thinking, Well, why not me? “I bought some poles, not knowing if anyone wanted to do it, not knowing if I could fill a class,” Mathes said. Today, Bohemienne typically sees 40 to 70 students per month. Wacek, 36, said she was one of the first to sign up for Mathes’ classes in 2016. A professional opera singer, she’d been awed by pole dance since seeing it in an opera

production. In place of the usual ballerina, the company had hired a pole dancer. “A lot of us have seen stripper pole dancing … but I’d never, ever thought of circus, or ballet,” Wacek said. “The minute the opera was over, I was on my phone looking for pole dancing classes.” Wacek was quick to defend stripping as a legitimate career choice that deserves a better reputation. But she and other Bohemienne dancers said pole dance isn’t inherently sexual. It’s a combination of sport and art that can be technical or erotic or emotional — or all of the above. Pole dance also has a steep learning curve. “It hurt a lot,” Wacek said. Beginning dancers often find their inner thighs speckled with bruises from gripping the pole, and Mathes said this puts off some would-be dancers. But, she said, getting used to the pole is like being a ballerina dancing on pointe — at some point, your body adapts. “It’s so invigorating to finally nail something that felt completely impossible a few weeks ago,” Mathes said. After warm-ups, the women took turns performing their routines for the group. Mathes said each dancer’s routine is pretty much finalized; now the dancers are

focused on fine-tuning. They spent some time working individually before presenting their whole routines once more at the end of the hour. Dancers can perform on both a pole that spins and one that doesn’t during a single routine; the type of pole determines the choreographic options. Some dancers focus entirely on the technical aspects of the performance, executing as many high-level moves as possible during their routines. Others, such as Madison MacMahon, 21, are more theatrical. Her routine is set to a show tune from the musical On the Town, complete with jokey props that help her poke fun at female stereotypes. MacMahon said she followed Bohemienne dancers for a while on social media before she found the nerve to take ALISON a class. Feeling comfortable at the gym where she weightlifted had taken her a long time. When she finally signed up for her first Bohemienne class in 2017, she showed up 30 minutes early because of her nerves. But pole dance clicked immediately for her. “Holy crap. Why have I been waiting?” she recalled asking herself. Since then, MacMahon said, she’s taken some 70 classes at Bohemienne and has installed a pole in her living room. Clad in a tank top bearing the Bohemienne logo, Mathes demonstrated moves and offered each dancer tips. She told the group that at competition, the performers who come in with a focused mind and confidence stand out above the rest.

“When someone comes out and they come to slay, you can tell,” Mathes said. After the second run-through of her routine, Wacek was breathless, but she slapped the studio floor enthusiastically. “That felt awesome!” she declared. The dancers attribute their enthusiasm for the art form to Mathes and the welcoming environment she creates in the studio. “Alison is just such a genuine teacher,” MacMahon said. “She’s so gentle in her teaching style.” Wa c e k a g r e e d . “She’s not a football coach. She is endeavoring this herself, and she encourages other people to come in and experience whatever it is they experience,” she said. “She’s not preenMATHE S ing her feathers. She recognizes her journey as a dancer.” At the competition on November 16 and 17, the dancers will not only perform but also volunteer to take tickets, clean the poles between routines and cheer on other dancers. “You can be a level one, which is the lowest level, and give an awesome performance with your face and your theatrics,” Mathes said. “That’s what I remember most about the performance — how the performer made me feel.” m



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Still Life of Riley


A longtime musician slows down to photograph wildlife — and wins acclaim B Y D A N BOL L ES | PHOTOS BY PE TE R RILEY


t was a windy day at Red Rocks Park Riley and I didn’t encounter many of in South Burlington. Too windy, those on our trek through Red Rocks, the perhaps, according to nature photog- suburban oasis close to the quirky neighrapher and musician Peter Riley, who borhood of Queen City Park along Lake knows such things. Gazing at a thicket of Champlain. It was sunny and warm for tree limbs whose rusty leaves danced in a late October, but also blustery, which is gusting breeze just beyond the entrance problematic for birding. Aside from the of the woodsy park, he tempered my stray squirrel or chipmunk and a handful expectations. of cackling crows, there wasn’t much for “I’m not sure we’ll see all that much Riley to train his lens on. today,” he said. “But you know what? But that didn’t seem to trouble him. For That’s fine, too.” Riley smiled, gently patted the long telephoto Eastern kingbird feeding a Japanese beetle to its lens of his Canon and fledgling at Colchester Pond began to stroll down the access road that leads to the park’s miles of meandering trails. As he and I made light conversation, I could sense his eyes and ears constantly pinging like radar, searching for odd rustles in the underbrush or the twitching branches of maples and white pines. He was looking for hidden treasures, and that meant birds. Riley, 63, has been a birder for about 40 years and a fixture of the Vermont music scene since the late 1970s. Over the past eight years or so, he’s paired his birding passion with a Riley, the process is at least as important as second artistic one and become an accom- the results, and probably more so. plished nature photographer. “As a birder, you go to a place and you Birds remain Riley’s focus, though walk trails,” he explained. “As a photograhe’s shown an aptitude for capturing all pher, you go to a spot that seems likely, and manner of creatures. Recently, he took a you stand there — and you stand there, and top prize in the National Wildlife Federa- you stand there. tion’s annual photo contest, which this “People ask me all the time how I year drew more than 23,000 entrants. His get these photos, because when they shot of bluet damselflies laying eggs on approach birds, the birds fly away,” he the mirror-like surface of Indian Brook continued. “They fly away from me, Reservoir, near his home in Essex, won too. But if you stand somewhere for five first place in the “Insects and Other Inver- minutes, you start to notice things, things tebrates” division. that didn’t just appear — they were there, “I just love critters,” Riley said. but you were looking past them. You have 42


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A painted lady at Colchester Pond

to slow down and let the photo come to you.” It’s a far cry from the hectic life of a gigging musician. But Riley has also brought that Zen-like approach to other life pursuits, for which he’s earned a higher profile in Vermont than he has with photography — at least for now. For the past 30 years, Riley has primarily made his living as a piano tuner. Decades ago, he inherited many of his clients from Dan Lindner, otherwise known as Vermont bluegrass godfather Banjo Dan. Lindner was retiring from the profession, and Riley, who was about to become a father, needed a steadier gig than playing music.

He’s since become the go-to tuner for some of Vermont’s biggest musical names. Riley tunes the piano at Phish’s studio, the Barn, as well as noted Tank Recording Studio in Burlington. He’s lately added the piano at Grace Potter’s childhood home in Waitsfield to his rounds, befriending the rock star’s mother, Peggy, along the way. “I’ve been really lucky that I’ve been able to do a lot of really cool things in my life,” Riley reflected. Most of those things “have just sort of come up” without any exceptional ambition on his part, he added. But if timing was a factor in his good fortune, so was talent. During his musical career, Riley played


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Slender bluet damselflies laying eggs in Indian Brook Reservoir in Essex

with some of the state’s most influential and successful acts, including seminal Burlington rock bands the N-Zones and the X-Rays. He collaborated regularly with eccentric songwriter Michael Hurley. And he was a founding member of Breakaway, which featured banjo ace Gordon Stone and was one of the most successful bluegrass bands — if not bands, period — ever to call Vermont home. As we wandered through Red Rocks, Riley — who still plays with various local groups — reflected as much on his musical careers as on his photography. He told stories of playing white-knuckle

shows in Greenwich Village with the famously unpredictable Hurley and bouncing from band to band in Burlington. He reminisced about the rise and fall of Breakaway and reveled in one particular tale that involved a member of Phish well before it became a jam band legend. In the late 1980s, Breakaway played a weekly Wednesday residency at the original Sneakers restaurant in Winooski. Largely thanks to Riley’s efforts, the band was noted for its exceptional vocal harmonies. During a set break one night, Phish drummer Jon Fishman chatted with Riley on the street outside. “He told me, ‘Let me tell you something, Peter,’” Riley recalled, grinning. “‘If my band sang as well as yours, we’d be famous.’” Despite his clear, tuneful tenor singing voice, Riley still hasn’t found exceptional fame in music — though you’ll be happy to know that those Phish

A great blue heron crossing Colchester Pond

guys did OK in the end. In photography, by contrast, Riley has found not just national recognition but inspiration — and, in some ways, a complement to his musical work. “My mother used to call me the most sociable loner she knew,” Riley said, speaking about the difference between his music, a collaborative art, and his photography, largely a solitary one. “I think of it like fishing,” P ET ER he continued. “It doesn’t always matter if you catch anything. Sometimes it’s enough just being out there.” “He understand birds; he thinks like a bird,” Rob Swanson said of Riley. Formerly a staff photographer at the Burlington Free Press and the Vanguard Press, Swanson is a veteran local shooter whose work has appeared on the front pages of the New York Times and the Boston Globe and in numerous international magazines. He has known Riley since the two attended Saint Michael’s College together in the 1970s. Swanson used to shoot photos of Riley as a musician in the 1980s; now he trades tips with him as a colleague.

“I emulate his work,” Swanson said. “I started shooting dragonflies just because I was so enamored of his work.” Near the end of our walk, we still hadn’t come across much to photograph. Then, Riley stopped dead in his tracks, pausing in the middle of a sentence about Swanson’s influence on him. “Look. There,” he said, pointing to some rustling underbrush along the trial. R I L EY It wasn’t immediately clear to this reporter’s untrained eye what he was seeing. But sure enough, a tiny, yellow-chested bird emerged from the tangle of leaves. Riley identified it as a male common yellowthroat, a rare bird for the season. “Oooh, that’s a good bird,” he said with a contented grin, watching as the wind gusted and the bird took flight. m




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Let’s Do Dinner

The new cookbook from Williston’s award-winning Molly Stevens delivers more than recipes B Y M E L I SSA PASANEN



uring a recent cooking session arranged to highlight her brandnew cookbook, Molly Stevens did not cook from the book. Instead, she walked into Louissa Rozendaal’s small Burlington apartment kitchen and headed for the fridge. “My favorite kind of cooking is just opening up the fridge and seeing what we have,” Stevens said. “I love repurposing leftovers, too. But you can’t really write a cookbook based on either of those.” Stevens, 59, a longtime Williston resident, is a cooking instructor, food writer and cookbook author. Earlier in her career, she worked at the famed École de Cuisine La Varenne in Paris, at the French Culinary Institute in New York City (now the

Louissa Rozendaal (left) and Molly Stevens

Molly Stevens dishing out a vegetable-and-lentil soup

International Culinary Center) and at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier. Bon Appétit and the International Association of Culinary Professionals have both named her cooking teacher of the year. Each of Stevens’ previous cookbooks, All About Braising: The Art of Uncomplicated Cooking (2004) and All About Roasting: A New Approach to a Classic Art (2011), won prestigious James Beard Foundation and International Association of Culinary Professionals awards. Her latest, All About Dinner: Simple Meals, Expert Advice, hit bookstores on November 5. Rozendaal, the daughter of a good friend of the author’s, had offered up her kitchen and fridge for a demonstration of Stevens’ approach to cooking and teaching. The 22-year-old Starksboro native recently graduated from college in Colorado and works for a Burlington afterschool program. These days, Stevens teaches mostly one-off classes while traveling the country to promote her cookbooks, such as recent events at Stonewall Kitchen Cooking School in York, Maine, and Milk Street Cooking School in Boston. Unfortunately for Vermonters, she does little teaching in her state of residence. The next best thing to taking a class with Stevens is to pore over one of her books, which offer impeccably written and thoroughly tested recipes along with sensible tips and bigger-picture cooking advice, all delivered in her signature warm and humble tone. On a recent Monday afternoon, Rozendaal got the best of both worlds. Stevens brought her a copy of All About Dinner and provided an impromptu hands-on cooking lesson that touched on key points from her new cookbook, even as that book remained unopened on the counter. LET’S DO DINNER








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Church Street Marketplace will get a new coffee shop early next year when KRU COFFEE launches a Burlington location at 2 Church Street, co-owner Kyle Brock said. The family-run business, based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., will occupy the first floor of the building at the corner of Church and Pearl streets. The café will serve espresso drinks and drip coffee made from beans that Kru roasts in Saratoga Springs, Brock said. Two varieties of drip coffee will be ready to go, while pour-over options will be made to order; cold-brew coffee and hot teas will also be available. Breakfast sandwiches will be made in a new kitchen, part of the space’s ongoing renovation. The 60-seat café, to be open daily, will have various seating options, including places for people to work on their laptops or gather for small meetings. “It will be a nice place to meet and have a conversation,” Brock said. Kru Coffee was founded in 2016 by husband-and-wife team Kyle and Kristi Brock and Kristi’s brother, Ryan Miller. Another sibling of Kristi and Ryan, LISA WEBER, will manage the Burlington café with her husband, TOMMY, Kyle said. The Webers are moving to Vermont from Vail, Colo., to run the coffee shop, in which they have an ownership stake, Kyle added.



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Kyle said several factors figured into the decision to open a Burlington café, including a “strong partnership” with HEALTHY LIVING MARKET & CAFÉ, which sells Kru coffee beans and coffee drinks at its stores in South Burlington and Saratoga Springs. “They’re an awesome company, and we’re very happy they’re coming,” said NINA LESSER-GOLDSMITH, chief operating officer of Healthy Living. “They have a great product, and they’ve been a really good partner.” The arrival of Kru Coffee coincides with the imminent closing of another coffee shop,


after 25 years on Church Street. Vintage Photography Emporium, the most recent occupant of the spot that Kru will fill, has moved its business downstairs in the same building. Sally Pollak


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Rozendaal really likes vegetables, she said, and added, “I have red lentils, and I’d love to do something with them. I don’t really know how to cook them.” With those two building blocks, Stevens suggested a vegetable-and-lentil soup. “Oh, that’s good,” Rozendaal said. “I

together to get carrots, onions and garlic into the soup pot with a generous glug of extra-virgin olive oil and a good sprinkle of coarse salt. “I always add a little bit of salt at the start,” Stevens said. “It’s like inviting the kind of person to a party who gets every-

The new book has a more general purview than Stevens’ two previous All About cookbooks, which the author considers both a strength and a bit of a marketing challenge. The single-technique volumes had clear hooks; this one, in the broader “meal” category, competes with a plethora of books, magazines and online resources to which people turn to meet their daily cooking needs. “I couldn’t have sold this book if it was my first,” Stevens conceded. MO L LY S TE VE NS Despite an abundance of free online recipes, cookbook sales remain strong, Vegetable-and-lentil soup alongside Molly she added. “If you know what you want to Stevens’ cookbook All About Dinner make, like onion soup, you google,” Stevens said, “but if you’re looking for real inspiration, for something besides what you’re making for dinner that night, you’ll flip through a cookbook.” All About Dinner is not a five-ingredients-or-fewer, get-dinner-on-the-tablein-30-minutes kind of cookbook; it is more like a several-months-long cooking course in book form. This book will not only help you make dinner, it will make you a better cook. On top of a wide range of recipes, including variations and templates that empower cooks to use on-hand ingredients, Stevens shares foundational techniques and concepts, such as how salt and acid can bring a dish to its full potential. Even the humblest of staples merit her close one talking. The salt draws out the moisattention. While cookture so flavors can start to mingle.” (Habit ing through the book, this No. 7: “Salt early and salt often.”) “We’re reporter acceded to Stevens’ not only cooking the vegetables but infusFind a one-pan recipe for roasted chicken urging to cook “a good pot ing the olive oil with all that flavor,” she with butternut squash and kale from of beans” from scratch: I set added. (Habit No. 8: “Take advantage of All About Dinner: Simple Meals, Expert Advice two pots simmering simulfat’s ability to carry flavor.”) at taneously. I ate a small bowl The anchovies and a couple sprigs of each type warm from the of fresh rosemary and thyme from stove, liberally drizzled with Rozendaal’s herb garden went in next, good olive oil, and felt nourished to my never make soup. I like to make a couple along with some smoked paprika that core. Over the next week or so, I used big meals for the week so I can have Stevens had brought fresh from the store. the beans in Stevens’ satisfyingly simple leftovers.” (Habit No. 10: “Make sure your spices are crusty-topped bean, tomato and sausage No stock was on hand. But, as Stevens fresh.”) The warm smokiness “is almost gratin and in her grain bowl recipe. I also notes in her book, while stock adds a like fake meat flavor,” Stevens said. “It also deployed them in fresh hummus and savoriness, water allows good flavors to gives it a nice color.” tossed some with pasta. shine more brightly. “With vegetables this Breaking up cauliflower florets, she “My editor wanted to cut the beans, but fresh, water will be fine,” Stevens assured continued, “We’ll use the leaves and I pushed back,” Stevens admitted. “This her student. “We’ll add that Parmesan rind stems, too. Just wash them well and chop book is not about fireworks. It’s not about from the fridge and a couple of the ancho- them like you would kale stems. I hate high-wire-act cooking. I wanted to write vies I brought to give it some umami, that to waste anything. If I can use it, I use a book that represents the way I cook, the savory edge.” it.” As she writes in the book: “You paid way I eat.” All About Dinner’s “Scratch Basics” for the entire head, why not make the After the fridge investigation in chapter includes a recipe for Parmesan most of it?” Rozendaal’s kitchen revealed a variety of broth, which makes great use of rinds. “Oh, I’ve never done that,” Rozendaal fresh vegetables, Stevens asked her, “What The anchovies, Stevens explained, would said with appreciation, pausing to breathe do you like to cook?” This is the starting melt into the soup and bring flavor with- in the aromas filling her tiny kitchen. “This point highlighted in her book’s introduc- out fishiness. “You won’t even taste it,” she smells so good!” tory list of “15 Habits of Highly Effective promised. Cauliflower, stems and all, headed into Cooks.” Habit No. 1: “Cook what you love The cooking lesson continued with the pot along with a cup of rinsed red to eat.” some basic knife skills as the pair worked lentils and several cups of water, plus the






Parmesan rind. Stevens gave it all a stir and adjusted the heat to simmer. “I think we’ll make a little toast to serve with it and maybe a relish with olives, scallions and preserved lemon?” she suggested, pulling out a couple items she had brought. Preserved lemons, Stevens detailed, are just whole lemons cured with salt. “You can easily make your own; they just take a few weeks,” she said, cutting a morsel for Rozendaal to try. (Habit No. 5: “Taste, and keep tasting.”) In a small bowl, Stevens stirred together minced scallions, preserved lemon, chopped green olives, olive oil, a little salt and freshly squeezed lemon juice. “Lemon juice or vinegar are both good ways to pop up flavor at the end,” she said. (Habit No. 9: “Don’t overlook acid.”) The two cooks hovered over the pot, tasting. “It’s pretty good,” Stevens said, sounding a little surprised. “I’m always surprised,” she conceded with a chuckle. “We’ll let it sit for a few minutes so the flavors meld while we make the toasts. I like to let everything sit for a bit before serving.” (Habit No. 13: “Don’t rush hot food to the table.”) “I don’t have a toaster,” Rozendaal said ruefully. Stevens proposed using the oven, though it took longer than expected to get the broiler element hot enough. (Habit No. 11: “Get to know your stovetop and oven.”) Eventually, however, the toasts, drizzled with olive oil and rubbed with a garlic clove, perched on bowls of soup crowned with the olive and lemon relish, to which Stevens had added a pinch of Korean chile pepper flakes. “Mmmmm,” Rozendaal enthused through a mouthful. “That is amazing. I didn’t know you could make a soup with just water, and I really liked those simple tricks like the garlic toast and the relish that take a meal up [to] the next level.” One of her biggest takeaways, the young woman added, “is that you don’t always need to go to the store. You can cook just using what you have. I’m so inspired.” “Write that down,” Stevens joked to this reporter. “That’s my favorite thing: inspiring people to cook. I know cooking can be a chore, but it can be so fun and relaxing. If there’s any way I can make it less stressful, that makes me happy.” (Habit No. 15: “Relax. It’s just dinner.”)  Contact:

INFO All About Dinner: Simple Meals, Expert Advice by Molly Stevens, W.W. Norton, 400 pages. $40. Signing and tasting, Friday, November 8, 5-6:30 p.m., at Kiss the Cook in Middlebury. Free. Learn more, including details of other upcoming local events, at

food+drink Side Dishes « P.45 bridge, according to owner KERRY WINGER. The BOARDROOM at 3 Mill Street launches with a soft opening on Thursday, November 7, at 6 p.m. by reservation only. The café’s full opening will follow on Friday at 4 p.m., Winger said. In addition to its vast menu of games, the Boardroom will offer food with service at the gaming tables. Sandwich choices include grilled cheese, grinders, peanut butter and jelly, and riffs on that staple (such as peanut butter and apple, peanut butter and Nutella, and other nut butter sandwiches). For sweets, the Boardroom will serve cookie dough (made without eggs), candy and hot cookies. Among the beverages are

coffee, tea, beer, wine and milkshakes. The café will be open every day but Monday, starting at 10 a.m. on Saturdays, 11 a.m. on Sundays and 4 p.m. on weekdays. To reserve a spot at Thursday’s soft opening, send a Facebook message or call 540-1710. S.P.


There’s a new place to grab a cup of coffee and hang out on St. Johnsbury’s rapidly revitalizing Railroad Street. CENTRAL CAFÉ, which held its grand opening on Wednesday, October 30, sits at 418 Railroad Street, just across the street from KINGDOM TAPROOM AND TABLE.

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saw a need for a locally owned, affordable place for the community to gather, Balmes said. “Everything starts in a coffee shop,” he said. “It’s where people meet up.” The spacious café features a variety of seating options, including what Balmes called “Asianstyle booths” with floor seating and cozy cushions. Free Wi-Fi and plenty of outlets could draw in local students looking for a place to settle in and study. On Friday and Saturday nights, Central Café will host live music, featuring its very own baby grand piano. “We’re really focusing on the ambience, seating and aroma of the place,” Balmes said. “It looks different from other places in the area, and we want

Central Café in St. Johnsbury

Frappuccino-style drinks in various flavors. The coffee comes from West Burke’s KINGDOM COFFEE ROASTERS. One special roast, Central Blend, follows a recipe that Larabee was known for when he operated Vermont Kingdom Coffee Roaster with his late partner, Yves Morrissette. “It’s Robert’s famous blend,” Balmes said. The café currently serves pastries from AUNTIE DEE DEES HOMEMADE

to be really local-friendly. When you come in, you smell the good coffee, and you don’t have to spend a lot of money.”

Prices start at $2 for freshly brewed coffee. The menu also features espresso drinks, tea and blended

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ay you’re a sociological researcher and need to observe drunken human behavior in the wild. The first place you might look is a bar. Ironically (and theoretically), that’s actually the last place you should look around here: In Vermont it’s against the rules to sell alcohol to anyone who is drunk, appears drunk or likely will become drunk if they keep drinking. And if you are drunk, establishments may not just want you to leave; they’re required to make you. So it goes in the Green Mountain State, which arguably has some of the strictest alcohol regulations in the country. Most are designed with public safety in mind, whether by controlling pricing or discouraging quick or excessive consumption of alcohol. “Bartenders have a very tough job of


[serving] impairing substances while not impairing people,” said Skyler Genest, director of the office of compliance and enforcement for the Vermont Department of Liquor and Lottery. That department regulates the sale and distribution of alcohol at the wholesale level and also licenses manufacturers, dealers, distributors and establishments that serve alcohol. “We like to think of our bartenders as a very professional, highly credible … workforce,” Genest continued. “Much like a pharmacist … we are training these people to, on a routine basis, dole out substances … [that] can have disastrous effects if imbibed incorrectly.” Seven Days talked with Genest about some of Vermont’s stickier alcohol regulations, designed to help bar patrons avoid getting into trouble.


Ever seen a bartender replace a keg or fill a glass with too much head and pour pint after pint of foam down the drain? Have you thought, I would totally drink that? Well, you can’t. Sometimes we need rules to save us from ourselves. Rationale: It’s a rule that goes back at least a century, when bars would sell “swill drinks” — a collection of over-pours, head dumps, etc. — at a reduced price. Problem is, it’s impossible for bartenders and patrons to know exactly what’s being served; the alcohol by volume of a swill drink could be incredibly high, depending on how much double IPA and imperial stout was dumped in the pan on any given night. From the regulation: “No licensee shall





If you’ve spent enough time in bars, you’ve definitely run into the happy drunk who buys people drinks, spills glasses of water the bartender has pointedly placed, and forgets his or her credit card. Such mishaps are precisely why bartenders cannot drink on the job, much less be drunk or appear to be so while working. Rationale: It’s hard for bartenders to check IDs, pour accurately and monitor the inebriation levels of patrons when getting loaded themselves. Duh. From the regulation: No one involved in the sale or furnishing of alcoholic beverages “shall consume or display the effects of alcohol or any illegal substance while in the performance of their duties.”


Order a pitcher of beer in Vermont and you might feel like the kid from Big after he turns into Tom Hanks. It’s not that you turned into a giant; it’s that pitchers — or any combination of containers — can be no more than 32 ounces. Perhaps the minipitcher lobby is stronger than we thought. Additionally, spirituous liquor servings are capped at four ounces at one time or in the making of a single drink. And bartenders can’t serve more than two drinks at once. What does this mean? Crazy-strong cocktails are out, a shot and a beer are OK, and triple fisting is a violation. In 2014, the Vermont legislature exempted sampler flights for beer, wine and spirits — as long as the flights are no more than 32 ounces combined. So at least we have that.



use a container under any alcoholic beverage taps to catch drippings. The drip pan shall be connected to a plumbed drain to discard the waste in a sanitary manner.”

Rationale: As with construction zones and speed bumps, Vermont would like you to slow down at the bar. Also, establishments are tasked with metering out the volume of alcohol to a single patron to avoid over-service, aka aiding and abetting your drunken night out. From the regulation: “…No licensee may

food+drink serve malt beverages otherwise than in glasses, mugs, pitchers, or other containers, of a maximum capacity of thirty-two ounces,” nor “serve more than four fluid ounces of spirituous liquor to any individual at one time or in the making of a single mixed drink, nor serve more than two of the above containers to any individual at one time.” So much math.


On a weekday almost anywhere in the United States between 3 and 5 p.m., you’re bound to find establishments serving discounted drinks to day-jobbers who believe that only schmoes work the last few hours of the workday. We know it as Happy Hour, a time between work and home during which people can get a warm belly at a discount. Except in Vermont, which is one of eight states to outlaw the hour of happy. The loophole? While establishments can’t reduce drink prices for a limited time, they can reduce them for an entire day. So, even if the boss makes you work late that drink special will still await. Rationale: If drink prices drop for a limited time, consumers might be encouraged to drink more than they normally would. Then, considering the timing of most happy hours, they’d get in their cars when traffic is busiest. And in a state where every road is either full of potholes or under construction, danger lurks. From the regulation: “First class or first and third class licensees shall not offer alcohol beverages at reduced prices for any period of time during daily legal hours. This Regulation shall not … prohibit lower alcohol beverage prices for a full business day.”


What could be more Vermont than sliding a sudsy mug of beer down a frozen table to a teammate who catches the mug as it flies off the table, then chugs it? Unfortunately, the extreme drinking sport of gelande quaffing and other public drinking games such as beer pong are banned. Boozing, apparently, shan’t be any more fun than it already is. Rationale: Drinking games generally have one magical power in common: getting humans drunk, and fast. From the regulation: “No licensee or licensee employee shall offer, permit or suffer on the licensed premises games, contests, or promotions, which encourage


the rapid or excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages.”


Think your witty banter or eyelash batting might get a drink or two knocked off your bar tab? Think again. Establishments are prohibited from giving out booze for free. Selling alcohol for less than wholesale price (which is set by the state) is also prohibited, meaning bars serving dollar beers are still making a profit. Now you know just how much Narragansett costs. However, certain Vermont licenses allow for free tastes or samples. So, when a bartender slides you a nip of the new vanilla porter, you can just go ahead and savor it. Probably no one’s going to lose their liquor license. Rationale: Studies have found that the lower alcohol is priced, the more it attracts heavy and problem drinkers and encourages everyone to drink more than they might otherwise. The regulations also prevent establishments from undercutting competitors with lower and lower prices, stabilizing pricing statewide. From the regulation: “No licensee or licensee employee shall furnish alcoholic beverages to any individual for no charge … First or second class licensees shall not sell malt or vinous beverages at a price lower than the price in effect at the time of purchase from the wholesale dealer…”

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In almost every way — value and taste, for example — you’re better off ordering wine by the bottle instead of the glass when dining out. But sometimes one or two glasses is all you want or can handle without getting sloppy. Thankfully, Vermont allows consumers to take their open bottles home. As long as the bottle is properly capped by the establishment and out of the reach of a driver, Genest said, you’re good to go.


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PRACTICE SESSION: INTERRUPTING HATE & ADDRESSING UNINTENDED BIAS: Have you ever wished you knew how to respond to racist comments and jokes? Join Central Vermont Showing Up for Racial Justice to hone effective reactions. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 223-7861, ext. 2.


BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE: In a 10-week class presented by the Center for Women & Enterprise, aspiring entrepreneurs gain the confidence and knowledge to launch a small business. Rutland Economic Development Corp., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 391-4870. JUMP/START BUSINESS OF ART: NONPROFIT EXHIBITION MODEL: CURATOR, ARTIST & GRANTOR: Burlington City Arts curator Heather Farrell, creative Elliott Katz and Vermont Arts Council director Karen Mittelman weigh in on their experiences in the world of mission-driven art. Generator, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0761.


POLICY & ADVOCACY CONFERENCE: Guided by the theme “Just Systems and Thriving Communities, for Every Child and Youth,” a Voices for Vermont’s Children meeting features a range of speakers sharing current research on policies aimed at improving youngsters’ lives. Capitol Plaza Hotel &

Conference Center, Montpelier, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $65-75. Info, 229-6377. VERMONT DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE: Discussions of growth, permitting, economic trends and other topics are on the agenda at a gathering of development and real estate professionals. Hilton Burlington, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. $170; preregister. Info, 862-1225. VERMONT REGIONAL WORKFORCE SUMMIT: One of a dozen summits taking place around the state provides actionable solutions for employers and promotes partnerships among regional and statewide service providers and educators. Sugarbush Resort, Warren, employer session, 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m.; service provider and educator session, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 223-4654.


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


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



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Beloved characters from Charles M. Shulz’s comic strip “Peanuts” come to life in the ArtisTree Community Arts Center’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Lucy, Linus, Schroeder and, of course, Charlie and his pooch, Snoopy, take the stage in a revue of vignettes and songs presented in a style meant to mimic the feel of reading the comic. Musical numbers performed with a live band include “Happiness,” “Little Known Facts” and “My Blanket and Me.” Ashley Barrow directs a revised version of the 1967 musical comedy that is sure to warm the hearts of new and longtime fans alike.

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RETHINK RUNOFF POP-UP: Environmentally conscious community members stop by an information table where they learn to make waterfriendly changes in their homes and lives. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’ Thursday, November 7, and Friday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 9, 3 and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 10, 2 p.m., at the Grange Theatre in South Pomfret. $20-25. Info, 457-3500,


CHITTENDEN COUNTY STAMP CLUB MEETING: First-class collectibles provide a glimpse into the postal past at this monthly gathering. Williston Fire Station, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 660-4817.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: Some of the Pacific Ocean’s most beautiful islands and marine national monuments grace the screen. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: Advanced filming techniques expose the planet’s top hunters on land, under the sea and in the air. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50;


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NOV.7-10 | THEATER Star Power “Why do so many people care so much about celebrities? Who decides who gets to be a star?” These are among the questions driving The Drama of Celebrity, a 2019 book by Columbia University Orlando Harriman professor of English and comparative literature Sharon Marcus. Drawing on extensive research and archival materials, including scrapbooks, personal diaries and vintage fan mail, Marcus examines celebrity culture throughout the last two centuries. “Celebrity has always been the result of unpredictable interactions between media, publics and stars themselves,” she explains in a Q&A

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with publisher Princeton University Press. Pop-culture enthusiasts hear all about it at a book talk benefiting the Vermont Foodbank.

SHARON MARCUS Saturday, November 9, 4 p.m., at Phoenix Books in Burlington. $3. Info, 448-3350,


Musically speaking, Infinitus have their cake and eat it, too. The beatboxing string trio subverts traditional genre expectations by infusing classical masterworks and original arrangements and compositions with elements of jazz and hip-hop musical styles. Cellist Alex Cheung, violist Anthony Cheung and violinist John “Adidam” Littlejohn create a unique sound by augmenting their bow-andstring playing with beatboxing — a technique of making percussive sounds with the mouth. In the culmination of a four-day educational residency, the Vancouverbased ensemble gives a unique concert including a live remix of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Double Violin Concerto, as well as a collaborative work with Upper Valley Music Center students.


INFINITUS Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m., at First Congregational Church of Lebanon, N.H. $10-23. Info, 603-448-0400,


Get Woke When The Normal Heart debuted at New York City’s Public Theater in 1985, it became the longest-running show in the venue’s history. The drama by playwright Larry Kramer struck a chord by addressing the AIDS crisis in America head-on, calling out individuals and institutions for their apathy toward the epidemic. The University of Vermont Department of Theatre presents the story of activist Ned Weeks — a character based on Kramer — as he fights to awaken the world to the seriousness of the disease. Representatives from Vermont Cares, a nonprofit working for Vermonters affected by HIV/AIDS, are on hand with information about their services. The organization’s executive director Peter Jacobsen participates in a talk-back following Thursday’s performance.


‘THE NORMAL HEART’ Wednesday, November 6, through Friday, November 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, November 9, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 10, 2 p.m., at Royall Tyler Theatre, University of Vermont, in Burlington. $10-22. Info, 656-2094,



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admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: Actor Kate Winslet narrates a virtual odyssey into the largest and least-explored habitat on Earth. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘THE POLLINATORS’: Following migratory beekeepers around the United States, a documentary film reveals the flaws in the country’s chemically dependent agriculture system. Marquis Theatre & Southwest Café, Middlebury, 1, 4 & 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 388-4841. SENEGALESE FILM FESTIVAL: ‘HYENAS’: Shown in French with English subtitles, a 1992 comedic drama centers on a once-prosperous Senegalese village and the return of a newly wealthy former resident. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, lclerfeuille@smcvt.edy. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: An immersive film reveals the astonishing lives of the smallest of animals — think chipmunks and grasshopper mice. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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COOKBOOK CLUB: Home cooks bring and discuss dishes prepared from The New Mediterranean Diet Cookbook by Nancy Harmon Jenkins. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


Public Library, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. RESILIENCE FLOW: Individuals affected by traumatic brain injuries engage in a gentle yoga practice. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. SEATED TAI CHI: Movements are modified for those with arthritis and other chronic conditions. Nonresidents are welcome. Grandway Commons, Cathedral Square Corporation, South Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. YOGA4CANCER: Meant for anyone affected by the illness, this class aims to help participants manage treatment side effects and recovery. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.


BEGINNER & INTERMEDIATE/ ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES: Learners take communication to the next level. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Community members practice conversing auf Deutsch. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: ¡Hola! Language lovers perfect their fluency. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


LUNCH WITH BOI CHAPLAIN: Those questioning, seeking or needing spiritual friendship drop in for a chat with minister in training Danielle. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.

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BRIDGE CLUB: Players have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6. Info, 872-5722.


MAH JONGG IN BARRE: Fun, friendship and conversation flow as players manipulate tiles. Barre Area Senior Center, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512.


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ALL-LEVELS ACROYOGA CLASS: The mindfulness and breath of yoga meet the playful aspects of acrobatics in a partner practice. No partners or experience required. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 798-2651. CHAIR YOGA: Whether experiencing balance issues or recovering from illness or injury, health-conscious community members drop in for a weekly low-stress class. Waterbury

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


‘MYTHIC’: Audience members bop along with the North American premiere of a new poprock musical about the Greek goddess Persephone, presented by the Segal Centre for the Arts. Sylvan Adams Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 1 & 8 p.m. $53-67. Info, 514-739-7944.


Find club dates in the music section. OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: Be they accomplished or beginner musicians, young players find harmony in the traditional music of Burlington’s past and present immigrant groups. Boys & Girls Club, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 881-8500. SONG CIRCLE: Singers and musicians congregate for an acoustic session of popular folk tunes. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-1182. VERMONT PHILHARMONIC CHORUS REHEARSALS: Experienced singers prepare for annual recitals of Handel’s Messiah. Bethany United Church of Christ, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, vpchorus@vermont


HAVE YOU HAD A SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE?: Members of Vermont Eckankar host an open discussion for those who have had moments of strong intuition, déjà vu or past-life recall. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390. REAL ESTATE INVESTING WORKSHOPS: Local professionals provide resources and up-to-date information when sharing their experiences with investment properties. Preferred Properties, Williston, 6-7:15 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9106.


AARON KUNTZ: Hailing from the University of Alabama, the education scholar and author of The Responsible Methodologist: Inquiry, Truth-Telling and Social Justice schools listeners with a public lecture. Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000. ARTHUR MAKARIS: “Sparks of Life: The Concept of Qi in Chinese Medicine and Naturalist Philosophy” engages learners as part of the Current Topics in Science Speaker Series. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 4 p.m. Free. Info, les.kanat@ ELLIOT BURG: The Middlesex photographer shares stories and images from his time documenting the work of sea turtle conservationists Javier Mayo Huerta and Lucy Carmona Liborio. North Branch Nature


Center, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6206.

noon & 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955.

JARED CARTER: “Homeless in Paradise,” presented by the local attorney, delves into homelessness in Vermont. Center of Recreation & Education, O.N.E. Community Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 255-4968.


JIM BALLARD: Dedicated students of local history join the Milton town historian for the talk “Milton’s Societies, Service Groups and Fraternal Orders.” Milton Historical Society, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1604. JOSIE LEAVITT: In “So This Happened: A Comic Confronts Cancer,” the Green Mountain State storyteller walks audience members through her journey of illness and treatment. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. PAMELA JORDAN: The speaker, of the Netherlands’ HEADGenuit-Foundation, analyzes the implications of the soundscapes on each side of the Berlin Wall. Room 125, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. PAUL SEARLS & AMANDA GUSTIN: The conversation “Repeopling Vermont: How We Got to Where We Are” addresses the changing face of the state, as well as efforts to bring muchneeded development while preserving rural values. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. RICHARD WRIGHT: Emerging patterns of diversity and segregation on national, state and local levels come to light in “The Racially Fragmented City?,” presented by the Dartmouth College professor. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. SUZANNE BROWN: In “Immigration Restrictions Then and Now: Short Stories of Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far),” the speaker examines the effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. TYLER DOGGETT: “The Ethics of Raising Children” examines parenthood from a philosophical standpoint. Norwich Congregational Church, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184. WILLIAM GALSTON & MICHAEL KAZIN: Two experts consider the question “Should the Democratic Party Have a Centrist or Radical Future?” in a Hamilton Forum Dialogue. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 443-5310.


IDENTITY THEFT IN THE DIGITAL WORLD: AARP representative Bill April details different types of scams and how to avoid them. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. TECH HELP WITH CLIF: Electronics novices develop skill sets applicable to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. Brownell Library, Essex Junction,

‘THE NORMAL HEART’: When Ned Weeks’ lover dies of AIDS, the gay activist fights to awaken the world to the global health crisis in Larry Kramer’s acclaimed drama. See calendar spotlight. Royall Tyler Theatre, University of Vermont, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10-22. Info, 656-2094. ‘THE SLEEPOVER — A COMEDY OF MARRIAGE’: Six couples attend an overnight marriage retreat at a remote, run-down ski lodge — what could go wrong? Presented by Girls Nite Out Productions. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $23-25. Info, 393-4667.


MICIAH BAY GAULT: Fiction fans file in for an appearance by the local author of Goodnight Stranger. Chaplin Hall Gallery, Northfield, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2000. WRITING CIRCLE: Words pour out when participants explore creative expression in a lowpressure environment. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 303.



FARM TO PLATE NETWORK GATHERING: The Farm to Plate Network cultivates Vermont’s food system plan with two days of talks, breakout sessions and socializing. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. $65230. Info, 865-5202.


VERMONT AMAZON.COM MARKETING SOCIAL MEETUP: Green Mountain State retailers that sell through the online marketplace meet face-toface to forge connections. Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 866-232-9423.


LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETING: Nursing mothers share breastfeeding tips and resources. Essex Free Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, QUEEN CITY BICYCLE CLUB MONTHLY RIDE: Folks who identify as women, trans, femme and nonbinary empower one another on a group excursion complete with glitter and a giant boom box. A drink ticket awaits each rider at Zero Gravity Craft Brewery. Old Spokes Home, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info,

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.6. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.6. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.6.

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CRIBBAGE: Friends connect over a fun-spirited card game. Barre Area Senior Center, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512.

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ACUPUNCTURE TALK SERIES: In the first of a four-part series, Christina Ducharme describes treatment of depression with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Seniors rise and shine with an exercise program meant to increase bone density and muscle strength. Barre Area Senior Center, 8:309:45 a.m. Free. Info, 479-9512.

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

CHITTENDEN COUNTY CHESS CLUB: Checkmate! Strategic thinkers make calculated moves as they vie for their opponents’ kings. Shaw’s, Shelburne Rd., South Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5403.


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BEGINNING QIGONG & TAI CHI: Beginners and interested advanced players focus on various breathing and movement practices. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. CHAIR YOGA: Comfortable clothing is recommended for this class focused on balance, breath, flexibility and meditation. Barre Area Senior Center, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 479-9512. CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Champlain Senior Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS: A 20-minute guided practice with Andrea O’Connor alleviates stress and tension. Tea and a discussion follow. Winooski Senior Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-1161. FALLS PREVENTION TAI CHI I & II: Students improve their ability to stay steady on their feet. Barre Area Senior Center, 3:45-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512. SEED CLINIC: Small magnetic beads taped to acupressure points offer support for those experiencing difficult or THU.7

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stressful times. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations. Info, clinicseed@ YANG-STYLE TAI CHI: Slow, graceful, expansive movements promote wide-ranging health and fitness benefits. Wright House, Harrington Village, Shelburne, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. YOGA: A Sangha Studio instructor guides students who are in recovery toward achieving inner tranquility. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.

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FRENCH CONVERSATION: Speakers improve their linguistic dexterity in the Romantic tongue. Bradford Public Library, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4536. PLAUDERSTUNDE: Conversationalists with basic knowledge of the German language put their skills to use over lunch. Zen Gardens, South Burlington, noon. Cost of food. Info, 862-1677.


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INFINITUS: The Vancouver-based beatboxing string trio concludes a four-day educational residency with a performance featuring a live remix of Bach’s Double Violin Concerto. See calendar spotlight. First Congregational Church of Lebanon, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-23. Info, 603-448-0400.


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

FINANCIAL WELLNESS WORKSHOP: New England Federal Credit Union’s Amanda Seeholzer talks dollars and sense, offering tips to help folks meet their monetary goals. New England Federal Credit Union, St. Albans, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8790. 1/13/14 5:06 PM


DALE COCKRELL: “The Hutchinson Family Singers: Huzzas, Horrors and Bumps in the Night” tells the story of one of 19th-century America’s bestknown musical groups. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $5; free for members; preregister; limited space. Info, 388-2117. AN EVENING WITH DAVID BOLLIER: A Q&A and reception follow a talk inspired by the author’s latest output, Free, Fair and Alive: The Insurgent Power of the Commons, cowritten with Silke Helfrich. Walkover Gallery and Concert Room, Bristol, 6:308 p.m. $5-10. Info, 453-7728. GREAT DECISIONS: Hard-hitting issues come to the fore in a group discussion of Nicholas Burns’ article “The State of the State Department and American Diplomacy.” South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. JACK PEREZ: Speaking via video chat, the Hollywood director best known for his work on television’s “Hercules: The Legendary Journeys” and the movie Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus offers a behind-the-scenes look at his job. PEG TV, Howe Center, Rutland, 6-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

BROADWAY SING-ALONG: Musical theater mavens lift their voices in popular show tunes. The Dutch Deli, Winooski, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 655-5003.


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Find club dates in the music section. BRIAN MCCARTHY NONET: Far out, man. The noted Vermont jazz saxophonist and composer presents his latest, intergalactically inspired nonet. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 863-5966.

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presenters offer a scientific perspective on how social norms affect children’s engagement with substances. Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-2827, ext. 212.


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


TECH SUPPORT: Need an email account? Want to enjoy ebooks? Bring your phone, tablet or laptop to a weekly help session. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.


‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’: Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and Lurch appear in this creepy, kooky and altogether spooky musical adaptation of the classic 1960s TV sitcom presented by Lyric Theatre. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $24-42. Info, 863-5966. ‘BRONTË’: Written by Polly Teale, this student production features characters from the minds of 19th-century sisters and novelists Ann, Charlotte and Emily Brontë. Dibden Center for the Arts, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 7 p.m. $5. Info, tim.mikovitz@northern ‘THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED]’: Experience the Bard’s entire canon in one sitting in this witty, fast-paced comedy staged by the Middlebury Community Players Company Be. Vermont Coffee Company Playhouse, Middlebury, 8-10:30 p.m. $10. Info, 735-8041. ‘INTO THE WOODS’: Classic Grimm characters get entangled in the darker side of fairy tales in a student production of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical. Hartman Theatre, Myers Fine Arts Building, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $6-15. Info, 518-564-2243. ‘THE MURDER OF THE ALREADY DEAD ROCK STAR’: Suppertime sleuths crack a case during an interactive dinner theater production by October Theatre Company. The Double E Lounge at Essex Experience, dinner, 6 p.m.; murder mystery, 6:30 p.m. $35-40. Info, 876-7152. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘HANSARD’: Simon Wood’s latest play about a wealthy family whose lives are not as blissful as they seem is broadcast from London to the Vermont screen. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 2 & 7 p.m. $18. Info, 863-5966. ‘THE NORMAL HEART’: See WED.6. ‘RHAPSODY IN BLACK’: Leland Gantt wrote and stars in this one-person portrait of a black man attempting to understand and ultimately transcend racism in America. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $15. Info, 760-4634. ‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: Audience members see their favorite comic characters in the musical produced by the ArtisTree Community Arts Center. See calendar spotlight. The Grange Theatre, South Pomfret, 7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 457-3500. ‘THE SLEEPOVER — A COMEDY OF MARRIAGE’: See WED.6.



MEGAN PRICE & BOB LUTZ: The writer and illustrator celebrate the sixth installment of the humorous and sometimes harrowing Vermont Wild: Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens series with storytelling and a talk. Phoenix Books, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.





BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING: Singles, couples and beginners are welcome to join in a dance social featuring waltz, tango and more. Williston Jazzercise Fitness Center, 8-9:30 p.m. $10. Info, 862-2269. ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Inspired by the 5Rhythms dance practice, attendees move, groove, release and open their hearts to life in a safe and sacred space. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, QUEEN CITY CONTRA DANCE: Atlantic Crossing come through with live tunes while Richard Hopkins calls the steps. North End Studio A, Burlington, beginners’ session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $9; free for kids under 12. Info, 877-3698.


CENTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT LAUNCH: All are welcome to celebrate the college’s commitment to young environmental scholars. A reception with hors d’oeuvres follows. Courtyard, Dion Family Student Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.


BARN RAISING: Helping hands assist in closing up the exterior of the future Barn Opera House site. 1321 Pearl St., Brandon. Free; preregister. Info, 247-4295. CIRCUS ARTS TRAINING JAM: Daring individuals perfect skills ranging from juggling to tight-rope walking with CAMP Burlington members. Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. Donations. Info, MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEKEND & FALL CASE SALE: Co-op subscribers feel the love during a weekend of retail specials, product samples, raffles and local vendor demos. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free. Info, MONTSHIRE UNLEASHED: Grown-ups let their scientific curiosity run wild during afterhours activities. Local fare, wine and Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse brews are available for purchase. Montshire Museum of Science,

Norwich, 6:30-9 p.m. $7-10; free for members. Info, 649-2200. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD: High school students put their heads together to plan programs for the library. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ANIMÉ NIGHT: Enthusiasts view and chat about the latest animated shows from Japan. Enter through the side door. Laboratory B, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 777-9012. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.6. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.6. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.6.

deep relaxation. Yoga Roots, Williston, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $18. Info, 318-6050.


SANTA WORKSHOP SALE: The Christmas shopping season commences with an emporium of gifts, collectibles and baked goods. Waterbury Center Community Church, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8089.

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MOLLY STEVENS: Home cooks get a taste of the recipe developer’s forthcoming book All About Dinner: Simple Meals, Expert Advice. Kiss the Cook, Middlebury, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 349-8803. PUBLIC CUPPING: Coffee connoisseurs and beginners alike explore the flavor notes and aromas of the roaster’s current offerings and new releases. Brio Coffeeworks, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 777-6641. VETERANS DINNER: Members of the public join those who have served their country for a turkey feast. Proceeds benefit Fowler’s R&R Ranch Corp. Barre Elks Lodge, 6-8 p.m. $10; free for veterans; preregister. Info, 479-9073.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.6, 9:15 a.m. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Imaginative teens and adults exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures. Arrive early for help with character design. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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CHAIR YOGA: Students with limited mobility limber up with modified poses. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. GONG MEDITATION: Sonic vibrations lead to healing and

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CIDERTERRA HARVEST CELEBRATION: Fans of applebased beverages sample local ciders and cheeses, meet cider makers, and learn about heirloom and cider apple varieties. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 6:309:30 p.m. $20. Info, 861-2951.

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VETERANS DAY DINNER: Allston Joe Gilmond delivers the keynote speech at a student-served meal for Vermont veterans. Stearns Performance Space, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, happy hour, 5:30-6 p.m.; dinner, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 635-1227.


BURGER WEEK: Foodies take a bite out of specially priced meat and veggie patties served with all the fixins from participating restaurants. See burgerweek. for details. Various locations statewide. Cost of food. Info, 864-5684.

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CONCERT BAND: D. Thomas Toner conducts a varied program featuring student musicians. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. KATIE & KENNY HUTSON: The artists recount their experience of illness in “Music, Faith, Family ... and Cancer?,” composed of songs of hope and struggle. Katie also shares poetry from her book Now I Lay Me Down to Fight. Essex Alliance Church, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 989-8795.

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MARK LEGRAND: The music man launches This Dream I’m In, his latest collection of honky-tonk tunes. Sugarhouse Soundworks, Waitsfield, 7-10 p.m. $21. Info, 512-461-5879. PETER YARROW & NOEL PAUL STOOKEY: Two-thirds of the beloved folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary perform classics from that band’s 1960s and ’70s heyday, including “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and “Puff (the Magic Dragon).” Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $1873. Info, 603-448-0400. SCRAG MOUNTAIN MUSIC: Soprano Mary Bonhag, double bassist Even Premo and guest artists delight the young and the young at heart with a concert of childhood-inspired music, including new songs created in the community as part of the Lullaby Project. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 377-3161.


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


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in Burlington’s history. Sanctuary, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $5; $45 for the series. Info, 658-6554. KATHY & STEVEN LIGHT: With photos, videos and music on hand, the speakers retrace their steps in “Kathy and Steven’s Long Walk on the Camino de Santiago.” The Old Meeting House, East Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 249-0404.


‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’: See THU.7. ‘BOEING, BOEING’: Parisian bachelor Bernard is engaged to three stewardesses in three different cities. Catastrophe looms when all three are in the City of Lights simultaneously in this comedy by playwright Marc Camelitti. Presented by the Lamoille County Players. Hyde Park Opera House, 7 p.m. $18. Info, 888-4507. ‘BRONTË’: See THU.7. ‘THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED]’: See THU.7. FANTASYFEST: A TENFEST HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA: Thespians interpret 10-minute fantastical plays by 10 local playwrights. Presented by the Vermont Playwrights Circle. Grange Hall Cultural Center,

Waterbury Center, 7:30 p.m. $1012. Info, 244-4168. ‘INTO THE WOODS’: See THU.7. ‘THE LIVING’: A handful of residents struggle in the face of a terrifying epidemic devastating 1665 London in this Department of Theater production. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $15. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘MOONSHINE IN VERMONT’: Comedy, romance and drama play out in J.C. Myers’ theater work set in a fictional Vermont town during Prohibition. Tom Blachly directs this Plainfield Little Theatre production. Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, Plainfield, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 229-5290. ‘THE NORMAL HEART’: See WED.6. ‘OTHER DESERT CITIES’: After a long absence, a writer returns from the East Coast to Palm Springs, Calif., and announces that she is about to publish a memoir dredging up a pivotal and tragic event in the family’s history in this drama staged by the BarnArts Center for the Arts. Barnard Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $1520. Info, 234-1645.

aerials and acrobatics into the story of a girl in a troubled home and her triumphant escape to the moon. Recommended for ages 14 and up. New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro, 7:30-9 p.m. $10-25. Info, 254-9780. ‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: See THU.7.


ART & AUTHOR NIGHT: Nadine Budbill, daughter of Vermont scribe David Budbill, reads selections of her late father’s poetry following a reception for four Plainfield creatives. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, art opening, 6 p.m.; reading, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. NER OUT LOUD: Middlebury College students lend their voices to original prose and poetry from the New England Review. For mature audience members. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. WRITER’S BLOCK: Scribes bring essays, short stories, one-act plays and poems to be critiqued by a supportive audience. Barre Area Senior Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-9512.



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VERMONT CONFERENCE ON CHRISTIANITY & THE ARTS: A faith-based gathering offers something for everyone — from fans of the arts to practicing creatives to those seeking to incorporate arts into their ministry. Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly, Waterbury Center, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $44-82. Info, 989-8795.




FUELING SENIOR POWER: Former governor Madeleine Kunin is among the speakers at a Vermont Alliance for Retired Americans forum. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 includes handouts and light lunch; preregister. Info, 229-0850.


CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW: Handcrafted items fill more than 60 tables. Lamoille Union Middle & High School, Hyde Park, 10 a.m.3 p.m. Free. Info, 309-0603. CRAFTER/VENDOR EVENT: Handmade goods find new homes at an annual benefit for the Josh Pallotta Fund. St. Albans City Hall, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, SKI & SKATE SALE: The longestrunning ski sale in the Mad River Valley has been outfitting winter sports enthusiasts with used equipment and clothing since 1979. Waitsfield Elementary School, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 496-3643.



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

‘XOXO MOONGIRL’: The autobiographically inspired circus fantasia incorporates breathtaking

CRAFT FEST: Punch cards in hand, shoppers browse Holy Family Church Community Hall, St. James Episcopal Church, the Essex Senior Center and the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction. Those who fill their cards enter to win one of four gift baskets. Five Corners, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8972. MOUNT ABE CRAFT FAIR: What better way to kick-start holiday shopping than by browsing the many goods on display at this fundraiser for Project Graduation? Mount Abraham Union High School, Bristol, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, mountabecraftfair@


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talented New England performers” to the stage in this bodypositive variety show. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $20-30. Info, 863-5966. TWILIGHT PLAYERS DANCE ENSEMBLE: Student choreographers showcase a wide variety of styles, ranging from hip-hop to ballet to lyrical. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 7:30 p.m. Donations; free for NVU students with ID. Info, 274-9314. VDA SYMPOSIUM: CREATING COMMUNITY, WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER: Vermont Dance Alliance presents a day of networking, discovery and learning for the state’s movers and shakers. Capital City Grange, Berlin, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $20-40; preregister. Info, info@vermont


FALL HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: Parents and potential pupils learn about the high school curriculum by sitting in on sample lessons, meeting faculty members and chatting with current students. High School Campus, Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 985-2827, ext. 212.


BARN RAISING: See FRI.8. CATAMOUNT ARTS BENEFIT AUCTION: Patrons bid on everything from concert tickets to furniture at this 35th annual fundraiser. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, reception, 5:30 p.m.; auction, 7 p.m. $50. Info, 748-2600. LEGAL CLINIC: Attorneys offer complimentary consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. 274 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 383-2118. MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEKEND & FALL CASE SALE: See FRI.8. MISS VERMONT & MISS TEEN VERMONT: Contestants compete to represent the Green Mountain State at the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants later this year. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $30-65. Info, 760-4634. POTLUCK DINNER & SWING DANCE: Energized by shared meal, movers and shakers in clean-soled shoes hit the floor for a free beginner lesson followed by a deejayed dance. Champlain Club, Burlington, dinner, 6:30-8 p.m.; lesson, 7:30-8 p.m.; dance, 8-10:30 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382. SANCTUARY CITY COFFEEHOUSE: Locals bring a dish to pass and a song, poem or story to share in an

open-mic setting. First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, STUNT KITE FLIERS & ARCHERY HOBBYISTS MEETING: Open to beginning and experienced hobbyists alike, a weekly gathering allows folks to share information and suggestions for equipment, sporting locations and more. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030. TAKE APART DAY: Ever wonder what’s inside the household objects you use every day? Families take a closer look inside toasters, hair dryers and other common objects. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, noon-3 p.m. Regular admission, $13-16. Info, 649-2200. WILLISTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY ANNUAL MEETING: A short business meeting paves the way for Cameron Clark’s presentation on the history of Clark Farm, one of the earliest homes in Williston. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS: Cinephiles lose themselves in a curated showcase of new

animated short films from around the globe. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6 & 8:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘FOR SAMA’: A 2019 documentary shown as part of the Woodstock Vermont Film Series focuses on the female experience of war. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 & 5:30 p.m. $6-11. Info, 457-2355.

‘THE SOUND OF A WILD SNAIL EATING’: Adapted from the award-winning memoir of the same name, this 2019 live-action short film tells the story of a bedridden woman who forges a relationship with a snail living on her nightstand. Shown with additional films. Latchis Hotel & Theater, Brattleboro, 1-2:30 p.m. $10; free for students and seniors. Info, 257-2461. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.6.


WARREN MILLER’S ‘TIMELESS’: Skiers and snowboarders get stoked on the upcoming season with the release of the latest edition of the long-running wintersports film franchise, which this year features Vermont native Jim Ryan. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $24.50-25.50. Info, 603-448-0400.


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‘HELLO, DOLLY!’: Barbra Streisand lifts her voice in the 1969 film adaptation of the Tony Awardwinning play about a socialiteturned-matchmaker. Shown on reel-to-reel 16mm film. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Donations. Info, serious_61@

‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.6. ‘PRECIOUS GURU: JOURNEY INTO THE WILD HEART OF THE SECOND BUDDHA’: Filmed by a Burlington-based crew, the documentary explores the story of Padmasambhava, the eighthcentury Indian yogi who brought Buddhism to Tibet. A reception follows. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $15. Info, 249-0397.

BURGER WEEK: See FRI.8. BURLINGTON WINTER FARMERS MARKET: More than 30 stands overflow with seasonal produce, prepared foods and artisan wares. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, burlingtonfarmers CHOCOLATE TASTING: Candy fanatics get an education on a variety of sweets made on-site. Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft

Co., Middlesex, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 229-2090. GREEK PASTRY SALE & TAKEOUT DINNER: Phyllo-dough delights complement hearty offerings of chicken souvlaki, falafel and gyros. Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, Burlington, sale, 10 a.m.; dinner, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Cost of food. Info, 862-2155. LASAGNA SUPPER: Pans of cheesy baked pasta are the centerpiece of a buffet of greens, bread and dessert. Takeout is available. Vergennes United Methodist Church, 5-6:30 p.m. $5-9. Info, 877-3150.

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HANDS-ON HERBALISM: MAKING MEDICINAL TONICS FOR HEALTH & VITALITY: Participants whip up four natural pick-me-ups with Kelley Robie of Horsetail Herbs. Milton Public Library, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644. NEWBIE NOON HOT YOGA: First-timers feel the heat as they get their stretch on in a (very) warm environment. Hot Yoga Burlington, noon. Free; preregister. Info, 999-9963.


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Lunch is available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. United Church of Colchester, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7641. HOLIDAY ARTFEST: Maquam Winery, Mansfield Provisions and Champlain Island Candy Lab are among the artisans selling Vermont-made goods at this 15th annual bazaar. Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery, 9 a.m.4 p.m. Free. Info, 891-2014. HOLIDAY VENDOR & ARTISAN FAIR: Regional crafters, artists and vendors converge at this eclectic gathering of goods. Bristol St. Ambrose Parish, 9 a.m.2 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2488. SANTA WORKSHOP SALE: See FRI.8, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. TAG SALE SPECTACULAR & HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Baked goods, crafts, Christmas items, books and toys change hands. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 863-6764.


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



Upper Valley, Norwich, 7-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 649-8828.


DARTMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Filippo Ciabatti conducts the Hop’s resident orchestra in works by Mozart and Sibelius. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $15-25. Info, 603-646-2422.

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

‘MYTHIC’: See WED.6, 8 p.m.


Find club dates in the music section. AURORA SINGERS: The local chamber music vocal ensemble presents Bach’s Magnificat and Vivaldi’s Gloria chorus with orchestra and vocal soloists. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25. Info, info@aurora BERNIE LUSSIER & THE CRAFTSBURY VIBRATIONS & FRIENDS: Lovers of local music boogie to an up-tempo blend of pop, rock and country by the Craftsbury dance band. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7-9 p.m. $10-12.50. Info, 533-2000. CAMEO BAROQUE: Founded in 2014, the ensemble specializes in historically informed performance of the baroque repertoire on period instruments. Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the


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DAVID NAIL: Party country crooner and part indie rocker, the music maker serves up selections from albums such as 2016’s Fighter. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $45. Info, 775-0903. DWIGHT & NICOLE: The soulful trio serves a mashup of blues and rock on songs from the 2018 EP Electric Lights. Helen Hummel opens. Vergennes Opera House, 7 p.m. $15-20; cash bar. Info, 877-6737. ELEVA CHAMBER PLAYERS: Central Vermont’s only professional string chamber orchestra hits all the right notes in “Suite Sounds.” United Church of Christ/ Waterbury Congregational Church, 7 p.m. $10-20; free for Green Mountain Youth Symphony students. Info, 244-8354. GLORIOUS LEADER: Multiinstrumentalist Kyle Woolard of the orchestral indie group the Anatomy of Frank brings his solo project to the Vermont stage. Music Box, Craftsbury, 7-9 p.m. $10; free for kids under 16. Info, 586-7533.

THE HITMEN: A live band propels a night of boogying. Essex Junction VFW Post, food available, 6-8 p.m.; music, 7-10 p.m. Donations. Info, 878-0700. JAMIE LEE THURSTON: Northfield gets a dose of Nashville when the country singer serves up a rollicking set to benefit the Veterans’ Place. Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield, 8-10 p.m. $25-30. Info, 485-2886. SATURDAY KARAOKE: Amateur singers belt out their favorite tunes. Burlington VFW Post, 7:3010:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-6532. SCRAG MOUNTAIN MUSIC: See FRI.8, Unitarian Church of Montpelier. SOCIAL BAND: Burlington’s lively vocal ensemble explores dreams through song and poetry in its new program “Measure of the Stars.” United Church of Hinesburg, 7:30 p.m. $15-18. Info, STILE ANTICO: The innovative Grammy Award-nominated ensemble explores the divine polyphony of Renaissance-era vocal music. Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. $6-28. Info, 443-3168. SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Compositions by Rossini, Tchaikovsky and others come to life in a student concert conducted by Yutaka Kono. University of

Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. VT BLUEGRASS PIONEERS: Banjo Dan and Willy Lindner join forces with Danny Coane of the Starline Rhythm Boys for a night of pickin’ and grinnin’. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $10; free for kids and teens. Info, 388-6863.


MOUNT MANSFIELD HIKE: A difficult trek with the Green Mountain Club’s Burlington section covers five miles of ground and gains 3,000 feet in elevation. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info, robynnalbert@ POLAR PLUNGE: Swimmers shed layers and submerge in icy waters to raise funds for the Ottauquechee Health Foundation. Kedron Valley Inn, South Woodstock, festivities, 1-4 p.m.; plunge, 1:30 p.m. $5-20; free for spectators under 12. Info, 457-4188.


LEARN ABOUT BECOMING A CENSUS WORKER: Jeanne Zimmerman shares opportunities to join the 2020 census team, including full- and part-time paid positions, in Chittenden County. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’: See THU.7, 1 & 7:30 p.m. ‘AS YOU LIKE IT’ AUDITONS: Thespians vie for roles in Plainfield Little Theatre’s production of this Shakespearean comedy, in which Rosalind and Orlando face the trials and triumphs of love. Plainfield Community Center, noon-5 p.m. Free. Info, 229-5290. ‘BOEING, BOEING’: See FRI.8. ‘BRONTË’: See THU.7. CIRCUS CABARET: Guest performers from all over the country step into the spotlight for a diverse spectacle of circus artistry. New England Center for Circus Arts, Brattleboro, 8-9:30 p.m. $10. Info, 254-9780. ‘THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED]’: See THU.7. FANTASYFEST: A TENFEST HALLOWEEN EXTRAVAGANZA: See FRI.8. ‘INTO THE WOODS’: See THU.7, Through 7:30 p.m. ‘THE LIVING’: See FRI.8. METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘MADAMA BUTTERFLY’: Soprano Hui He takes on the title role in this famous opera about a Japanese geisha who believes her arrangement with an American naval officer is a loving and

legitimate marriage. Shown on screen. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $1025. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘MOONSHINE IN VERMONT’: See FRI.8. ‘THE NORMAL HEART’: See WED.6, 2 & 7:30 p.m. ‘OTHER DESERT CITIES’: See FRI.8. ‘THE SLEEPOVER — A COMEDY OF MARRIAGE’: See WED.6. ‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: See THU.7, 3 & 7:30 p.m.


CHAPTERS IN HISTORY FOUR: TURMOIL PERENNIALLY SWIRLING: Nonfiction fans sink their teeth into Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. EMMA JACOBS: The author and illustrator discusses The Little(r) Museums of Paris: An Illustrated Guide to the City’s Hidden Gems, her new book about artsy destinations in the City of Lights. Alliance Française of the Lake Champlain Region, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 881-8826. KATHERINE ARDEN: The New York Times best-selling novelist leads a Young Writers Project workshop for middle and high school

students. Karma Bird House, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 324-9538. LEAVE NICE TRACKS: Action sports enthusiasts share intimate stories and striking visuals from Vermont’s backcountry. Outdoor Gear Exchange, Burlington, 8:45 p.m. $10-15. Info, 860-0190. SHARON MARCUS: Who decides who gets to be a star? Do celebs deserve the attention they receive? The Columbia University professor pursues answers to these and other questions in her 2019 publication The Drama of Celebrity. See calendar spotlight. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 4 p.m. $3. Info, 448-3350. VERMONT BOOK AWARD GALA: The Vermont Book Award winner is revealed at a celebration of literature complete with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live jazz by the Geza Carr Quintet. Alumni Hall, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 6:30 p.m. $45. Info,

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SKI & SKATE SALE: See SAT.9, 10 a.m.


PITCH YOUR PASSION: Student entrepreneurs present their ideas in this annual competition. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.


VETERANS’ DAY PATIENT & VETERAN GIVEAWAY: Medical patients and veterans ages 21 and up pick up complimentary products in advance of Veterans Day. Heady Vermont, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, info@


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


SEWING PARTIES: Folks of all ages and ability levels pitch in with everything from cutting fabric to quilting to make baby blankets for a Congolese hospital. BYO sewing machine and scissors, if possible. Williston Federated Church, 4-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-1588.


BARN RAISING: See FRI.8. MEMBER APPRECIATION WEEKEND & FALL CASE SALE: See FRI.8. MISS VERMONT & MISS TEEN VERMONT: See SAT.9, 2 p.m. NEEDLEMAN’S BRIDAL EXPO: Brides-to-be prepare for the big day by bidding in a silent auction, watching a runway fashion show and tasting food from local caterers. Proceeds benefit the MakeA-Wish Foundation. Hampton Inn, Colchester, noon. $10. Info,

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HARVEST BARTER FAIR: My canned tomatoes for your homemade bread? Locavores swap handmade goods at this informal gathering. Lakeview Union School, Greensboro, 2-4 p.m. Free; bring items with an estimated value of $5, or $5 increments, to swap. Info, 755-6336.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘13TH’: Director Ava DuVernay’s 2016 documentary takes a hard look at the role of race in the United States justice system. A discussion follows. First Congregational Church,

Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 532-3030. BEST OF VTIFF 2019: ‘TONI MORRISON: THE PIECES I AM’: This 2019 documentary examines the life and work of the late Nobel Prize-winning author of novels such as Beloved and The Bluest Eye. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 3 p.m. $10. Info, 533-2000. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.6. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.6. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.6. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.6.

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DISCOVER THE ELECTRIC HEALTH THROUGH SOUND: Listeners plug into Biofield Tuning founder Eileen McKusick’s presentation on how addressing the body from an electric perspective can make health more attainable. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 391-9012.


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


LGBTQ FIBER ARTS GROUP: A knitting, crocheting and weaving session welcomes all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and skill levels. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.


‘MYTHIC’: See WED.6, 2 & 7 p.m.


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SCRAG MOUNTAIN MUSIC: See FRI.8, Warren United Church of Christ, 4 p.m.

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SOCIAL BAND: See SAT.9, College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 3-4 p.m.

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STILE ANTICO: See SAT.9, United Community Church North Building, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $16-43; free for students. Info, 748-2600.

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UKULELE MÊLÉE: Fingers fly at a group lesson on the fourstringed Hawaiian instrument. BYO uke. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

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FAREWELL ANGELINA: The pop-country quartet features four vocalists, two blazing fiddles and, according to Rolling Stone, “wickedly smart songwriting delivered with a healthy dash of sass … and deft playing in one sonic knockout punch.” Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $20-30. Info, 603-448-0400.

MERZ TRIO WITH CAROLINE COPELAND: The string ensemble and dance soloist perform “Those Secret Eyes,” an original production about Lady MacBeth that includes music by Brahms, Schumann, Verdi, Johannes Maria Staud and Charlotte Bray. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 2 p.m. $40. Info, 863-5966.

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ELEVA CHAMBER PLAYERS: See SAT.9, Inn at the Round Barn Farm, Waitsfield, preconcert reception, 2:30 p.m.; concert, 3 p.m.

FREVO: Four Vermont musicians serve up an eclectic sampling of chamber music for flute, clarinet, cello and classical guitar. United Church of Westford, 4-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 879-4028.

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8 CUERDAS: Soprano Sarah Cullins and guitarist Daniel Gaviria join forces for a spirited program dedicated to classical and traditional Latin American and Spanish rhythms. First Congregational Church, St. Albans, 3-4:30 p.m. Donations. Info,

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der Roost make up a program conducted by D. Thomas Toner. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.

Donations; limited space. Info, 525-3031.


‘INTO THE WOODS’: See THU.7, 2 p.m.

CAMELS HUMP VIA MONROE TRAIL HIKE: Outdoor adventurers join members of the Green Mountain Club’s Burlington section for a difficult 6.8-mile excursion. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info,


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


JAMES R. ‘JIM’ JONES: The Chittenden County Historical Society member takes listeners on a journey through Adirondack hotels, industries and railroads, as well as the region’s highway development. Bobbin Mill Community Center, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4088.


‘THE ADDAMS FAMILY’: See THU.7, 1 p.m. ‘BOEING, BOEING’: See FRI.8, 2 p.m. ‘BRONTË’: See THU.7, 2 p.m. ‘THE COMPLETE WORKS OF SHAKESPEARE (ABRIDGED) [REVISED]’: See THU.7, 2-4:30 p.m. ‘EXISTIBILITY’: The socially and politically charged Bread and Puppet Theater presents a new show about “existence or the ability to exist.” Bread and Puppet Theater, Glover, 3 p.m.

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‘THE LIVING’: See FRI.8, 2 p.m. METROPOLITAN OPERA LIVE IN HD: ‘MADAMA BUTTERFLY’: See SAT.9, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover N.H. ‘MOONSHINE IN VERMONT’: See FRI.8. ‘THE NORMAL HEART’: See WED.6, 2 p.m. ‘OTHER DESERT CITIES’: See FRI.8, 2 p.m. ‘YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN’: See THU.7, 2 p.m.


AUTHORS IN CONVERSATION: Four middle-grade authors — Daphne Kalmar, Kekla Magoon, Lindsey Stoddard and Nicole Valentine — discuss the challenges and rewards of writing for 8- to 14-year-old readers. Shelburne Town Hall, 4 p.m. Free. Info,

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


350VERMONT BURLINGTON NODE MEETING: Environmentally conscious individuals deepen their involvement in issues related to the climate crisis. 350Vermont, Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, btvnode@350vt. org.


AMERICAN VETERANS VERMONT POST 1: Those who have served or are currently serving the country, including members of the National Guard and reservists, are welcome to join AMVETS for monthly meetings. American Legion, Post 91, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 796-3098.


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

Find club dates at local venues in the music + nightlife section and at

‘13TH’: See SUN.10, Room 207, Bentley Hall, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1408.

All family-oriented events are now published in Kids VT, our free parenting monthly. Look for it on newsstands and check out the online calendar at Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.



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BTV POLY COCKTAILS: Those who are polyamorous, in an open relationship or just curious connect over drinks. Deli 126, Burlington, 7 p.m.-midnight. Free. Info, 253-310-8315. BURGER WEEK: See FRI.8.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.6, 6:30 p.m. CORN HOLE: Competitors vie for points in this popular lawn game during 10 weeks of league play. Barre Elks Lodge, registration, 6 p.m.; games, 6:45 p.m. $10; cash bar. Info, 479-9522. MAGIC: THE GATHERING — MONDAY NIGHT MODERN: Tarmogoyf-slinging madness ensues when competitors battle for prizes in a weekly game. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 7-11 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498. PITCH: Players compete in a trick-taking card game. Barre Area Senior Center, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 479-9512.

health & fitness

CHAIR YOGA WITH SANGHA STUDIO: Supported poses promote health and wellbeing. Heineberg Senior Center, Burlington, 10:45-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: Supervised clinical interns offer guidance and support to those looking to care for themselves using natural remedies. By appointment only. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, and Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 4-8 p.m. $10-30; additional cost for herbs; preregister. Info, 224-7100. GUIDED GROUP MEDITATION: In keeping with the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, folks practice mindfulness through sitting, walking, reading and discussion. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:158 p.m. Free. Info, 505-1688.


VETERANS DAY OPEN HOUSE: Community members mark the holiday with pizza and cookies. Essex Junction VFW Post, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-0700.


PLATTSBURGH CONVERSATION GROUP: French speakers maintain their conversational skills in a weekly meet-up. Plattsburgh Public Library, N.Y., 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, ajobin-picard@


PANORAMA: Joined by a facilitator, parents, caregivers and adult family members of LGBTQ youth ask questions and share their experiences. Outright Vermont, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-9677.


‘MYTHIC’: See WED.6, 7 p.m.


Find club dates in the music section. JOE BONAMASSA: The Grammy Award-nominated blues-rock guitarist tours in support of his latest album, Redemption. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $95.50-212.50. Info, 863-5966. SAMBATUCADA OPEN REHEARSAL: Burlington’s own samba street percussion band welcomes new members. No experience or instruments required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017.


MOUSSA BOCOUM: Speaking as part of the Senegalese Film Festival, the filmmaker and human rights advocate focuses on Senegalese cinema, as well as his work with an NGO fighting forced marriages. Room 315, St. Edmund’s Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, lclerfeuille@smcvt.edy. STATE OF THE WORLD COMMUNITY DISCUSSIONS: Activist Sandy Baird leads an open forum reflecting on and analyzing current events in a nonjudgmental setting. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.


PLAYMAKERS: Playwrights develop new work in a collaborative setting. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:309:30 p.m. Free. Info,

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RACIAL JUSTICE ALLIANCE MEETING & JUSTICE SYSTEM DATA FORUM: A monthly meeting covers membership, internal organizing and the legislative agenda. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 532-3030. RACIAL JUSTICE ALLIANCE MEETING & JUSTICE SYSTEM DATA FORUM: Panel discussions touch on topics related to data collection in the justice system. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 532-3030.


BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE: In a 10-week class presented by the Center for Women & Enterprise, aspiring entrepreneurs gain the confidence and knowledge to launch a small business. Center for Agricultural Economy, Hardwick, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 391-4870. DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR CUSTOMERS ARE?: DEFINING YOUR IDEAL CUSTOMER: In this workshop, businesspeople learn to clearly define the attributes of their ideal clients, with the goal of honing their marketing strategies. KW Vermont, South


Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-5899.


COMMUNITY DROP-IN CENTER HOURS: Wi-Fi, games and art materials are on hand at an open meeting space where folks forge social connections. GRACE, Hardwick, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 472-6857. LEGISLATIVE COFFEE HOUR: Local residents and Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce members stay in the loop on highlights from the 2019 legislative session and expectations for the upcoming 2020 session. St. Albans City Hall, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 524-2444.

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

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


ANNUAL MEETING & DINNER: Vermont author Bill Schubart serves as guest speaker at a gathering replete with a meal and cash bar. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, 5:30 p.m. $50; preregister. Info, 388-2117. VERMONT HEALTH CONNECT INFORMATIONAL MEETING: A navigator answers questions about the 2020 open enrollment season. Milton Public Library, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 893-4644.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.6. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.6. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.6. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.6. TUESDAY MOVIE: Folks watch a PG-rated film while munching on popcorn and sipping drinks. Call for title. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2:45-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


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BURGER WEEK: See FRI.8. TUESDAY LUNCH: An in-house chef whips up a well-balanced hot meal with dessert. See for menu. Barre Area Senior Center, noon. $6; preregister. Info, 479-9512.


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BURLINGTON GARDEN CENTER 128 INTERVALE RD., BURLINGTON, VT Saturday, 11/9 • Adirondack Basket Making • 10:30am–5pm • $155 Wednesday, 11/20 • Birch Bark Ornaments • 5pm–8pm • $60 Sunday, 11/24 • Block Print Holiday Cards • 11am–2pm • $40 Sunday, 12/8 • Holiday Swag • 2pm–4pm • $40 Sunday, 12/15 • Mantle Garland • 2pm–4pm • $75


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.6, 7 p.m.

health & fitness

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See THU.7. COMMUNITY HERBAL CLINIC: See MON.11, Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.


REIKI CLINIC: Thirty-minute treatments foster physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203.

Sunday, 11/24 • Floral & Foraged Centerpieces • 2pm–4pm • $60 Sunday, 12/1 • Holiday Swag • 2pm–4pm • $40 Saturday, 12/7 • Plant Press • 2pm–4pm • $40 Sunday, 12/15 • Holiday Centerpieces • 2pm–4pm • $40

SUN-STYLE LONG-FORM TAI CHI: Improved mood, greater muscle strength and increased energy are a few of the benefits of this gentle exercise for intermediate and advanced players. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 10:30 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 735-5467.

LEBANON GARDEN CENTER 220 MECHANIC ST., LEBANON, NH Saturday, 11/16 • Dish Gardens • 10am–11:30am • $45 Saturday, 12/7 • Air Plant Ornaments • 10am–11am • $40 Sunday, 12/8 • Kissing Balls • 10am–12pm • $45 Saturday, 12/14 • Terrariums • 9:30am–11am • $45

TAI CHI FOR FALL PREVENTION: Beginners boost their strength and balance through a gentle guided practice. South Burlington Recreation & Parks Department, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 735-5467.

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TUESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Participants learn to relax and let go. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605.


ITALIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Parla Italiano? Language learners practice pronunciation and more in an informal gathering. Hartland Public Library, 12:302:30 p.m. Free. Info, 436-2473. ‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners say it all in French at a social

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conversational practice. Red Onion Café, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: ITALIAN: Speakers hone their skills in the Romance language over a bag lunch. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652.


‘MYTHIC’: See WED.6, 8 p.m.


Find club dates in the music section. BURLINGTON SONGWRITERS OPEN MIC: Area songsters make their music heard. O.N.E. Community Center, Burlington, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 899-1139. CATHEDRAL ARTS: Champlain Consort transport listeners to another time and place when performing Renaissance and Elizabethan music on period instruments. BYO lunch; tea and coffee are provided. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 879-5360. MILTON COMMUNITY BAND REHEARSAL: New musicians may join the ensemble as its members hone their skills in preparation for their holiday concert. Cornerstone Community Church, Milton, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 578-3467. OPEN MIC: Singers, players, storytellers and poets entertain a live audience at a monthly showcase of local talent. Wallingford Town Hall, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 446-2872. PINCHAS ZUKERMAN: Bow in hand, the world-renowned violinist bands together with pianist Angela Cheng for an allBeethoven program. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $18-60. Info, 603-646-2422. TATSUYA NAKATANI: An evening of improvised music by the trailblazing drummer, joined by professor of music Matthew Evan Taylor on sax and flute, changes the way listeners hear the drum set. Robison Hall, Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.




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


BRYNN PERKINS & JODY MCGRATH: “Brainwaves, Stress Response and Trauma”

stimulates thought as part of the Integrative Community Practitioner Forum. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-9266. COMMUNITY MEDICAL SCHOOL: University of Vermont assistant professor of surgery Eike Blohm provokes thought with the talk “How Knowledge, Belief and Truth Impact Medical Practice.” University of Vermont Robert Larner College of Medicine, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0733. CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION GROUP: Sandy Baird moderates a forum for lively and courteous expression of views on the issues of the day. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. MATT SULLIVAN: Students and members of the public hear from the filmmaker, who speaks as part of the university’s Meet the Artist series. Room 111, Harvey Academic Center. Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 11:30 a.m. Free. Info, barclay.


INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT WORD: Toolbars, menus and icons, oh my! A computer whiz teaches techniques such as copying, pasting and formatting text and pictures. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217. INTRODUCTION TO WORDPRESS: Looking to go live on the internet? Participants prepare to create their own websites without knowledge of design or coding. Waterbury Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 244-7036. VERMONT WEB MARKETING SUMMIT: National experts and local professionals convene for an in-depth exploration of the digital marketing industry. Hilton Burlington, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $190-215. Info, 862-8783.


BURLINGTON FREE WRITE: Aspiring writers respond to prompts in a welcoming atmosphere. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 999-1664. CHRISTOPHER WREN: The author discusses his recent book, Those Turbulent Sons of Freedom: Ethan Allen’s Green Mountain Boys and the American Revolution, as well as the nearly 30 years he spent as reporter, foreign correspondent and editor for the New York Times. Fairlee Town Hall Auditorium, 6:30 p.m. $10. Info, 331-0997. INTRODUCTORY ORAL HISTORY WORKSHOP: Participants learn the theory, techniques and equipment behind capturing stories told aloud. Lunch is provided. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 426-3581.


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FIGHTING HUNGER IN OUR COMMUNITY: Helping hands learn how they can get involved in ending hunger in Vermont. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, info@hunger


BUSINESS PLANNING COURSE: See WED.6. JUMP/START BUSINESS OF ART: ARTIST PANEL: THE DIY MODEL: Creatives Corrine Yonce, Abby Manock and Adriana Saipe weigh in on their experiences transforming artistic practices into successful enterprises. Generator, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0761. VERMONT WOMENPRENEURS FALL SHOWCASE: THE POWER OF TWO: Budding entrepreneurs find inspiration in a curated exhibition and networking event spotlighting five Vermont-based business partnerships that include a woman as cofounder, co-owner or company leader. Foam Brewers, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $20-55. Info, 870-0903.


‘AN OVERVIEW OF CANNABIDIOL (CBD) — MAGIC ELIXIR OR NOT?’: The Marna and Stephen Wise Tulin 2019 Fall Community Education Series continues with a panel presentation by Vermont Cannabinoid Clinic founder Paul Jerard and Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Department of Pharmacy Practice associate professor Clayton D. English., Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 488-6912.


HIGH FIVE APPRECIATION AWARDS: Special friends of the organization for kids and families get a pat on the back for their support. Autumnal drinks and hors d’oeuvres fuel the fun. King Street Center, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 862-6736. WINOOSKI AVENUE TRANSPORTATION STUDY: Community members become familiar with 13 different designs for improving access to the busy roadway. O.N.E. Community Center, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free; preregister for interpreters. Info,


VERMONT REGIONAL WORKFORCE SUMMIT: See WED.6, Kirk Alumni Center, Middlebury College, employer session, 8:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; service provider and educator session, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 777-8349.



AMERICA: Needle-and-thread enthusiasts fine-tune their techniques. Ascension Lutheran Church, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free for first-timers; bring a bag lunch. Info, 922-8936.









GAP YEAR INFORMATION NIGHT: Gap Year Association CEO Julia Rogers outlines the benefits, challenges and opportunities that come with taking time off before college. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 609-529-1459.


ANIMALS ARE SOUL TOO: Eckankar hosts an open discussion on how creatures can bring love and insight into humans’ lives. Upper Valley Food Co-op, White River Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘HIDDEN PACIFIC 3D’: See WED.6. ‘INCREDIBLE PREDATORS 3D’: See WED.6. ‘OCEANS: OUR BLUE PLANET 3D’: See WED.6. ‘SEED: THE UNTOLD STORY’: This 2016 documentary about the importance of heirloom seeds provides food for thought. Waterbury Public Library, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. ‘TINY GIANTS 3D’: See WED.6.

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BURGER WEEK: See FRI.8. COOK THE BOOK: Foodies bring a dish from The Art of the Host: Recipes and Rules for Flawless Entertaining by Alex Hitz to a palate-pleasing potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. TASTE OF THE NORTH COUNTRY: Gourmands sample specialties from area restaurants and vendors while bidding on hundreds of live and silent auction items. SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5 p.m. $15-18. Info, 518-563-1000.





‘MYTHIC’: See WED.6.


Find club dates in the music section. MENTALLY INTUNE: Singers find harmony in a community chorus for people living with depression. No experience or talent required. Rumney Memorial School, Middlesex, 6:30-8 p.m. Donations. Info, 272-7209. OLD NORTH END NEIGHBORHOOD BAND TEEN MUSIC JAM: See WED.6. UKULELE JAM: Musicians ages 10 through 100 sing and strum along with Ukulele Clare. Some instruments are provided. South Burlington Community Library, University Mall, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. VERMONT PHILHARMONIC CHORUS REHEARSALS: See WED.6.



ANTHONY D’AMATO: “Sustaining the Northern Forest in the Face of Global Change” engages learners as part of the Current Topics in Science Speaker Series. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Northern Vermont University-Johnson, 4 p.m. Free. Info, les.kanat@ JAY BARRETT: Locals listen in on “A Bit of Quechee History Including Dewey’s Mills and the Woodstock Railway.” Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 296-3132.



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

TECHNOLOGY NIGHT: Connecting to various wireless networks becomes second nature during a class with Vermont Technical College’s Ken Bernard. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.





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art MINDFUL FLOWER DRAWING: This workshop is for all levels and will cover the fundamentals of observational and mindful drawing. Learn to notice and truly see details to create drawings from flower arrangements. This class will give anyone a jumping-off point to be able to draw more frequently and with more confidence. Sun., Nov. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: $20/2-hour class. Location: Railyard Apothecary, 270 Battery St., Burlington. Info: 540-0595,,

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Burlington City Arts Fall Class Registration is now open! Find these classes and many more at FRIDAY ADULT WHEEL, OPTION 8: Curious about the pottery wheel? Spend a Friday night with our pottery instructors at the BCA Clay Studio. A ticket includes a wheel-throwing demonstration at the beginning of class, access to a wheel, and time to try making a bowl or cup. There is a $5 additional fee per clay piece to be fired and glazed by the studio. Ticket purchases for this class are nonrefundable. Fri., Nov. 8, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-5355,,

visit. Ticket purchases for this class are nonrefundable. Fri., Nov. 8, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-5355,, LIFE DRAWING, OPTION 8: Purchase a drop-in card and get the sixth visit for free! Spend the evening with other local artists drawing from one of our experienced models. Please bring your drawing materials and paper. Purchase a ticket to hold your spot; drop-ins are welcome if space is available. Ticket purchases for this class are nonrefundable. Fri., Nov. 8, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-5355,, MONOPRINT: In this four-week class, you will explore monoprint printing as you get oriented in the print studio and learn how to use the etching press. Monoprinting is a fun painterly method of printing, and each print is unique. You will learn basics of print making: paper, registration and proper inking techniques. This class is a fun opportunity to make cards and art to share. Open studio access during the weeks of your class. No previous experience needed. Tue., Nov. 12-Dec. 10 (no class Nov. 26), 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $150/person; $135 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-5355,,

FRIDAY FAMILY CLAY, OPTION 8: Spend a Friday night with your family at the BCA Clay Studio. A ticket provides a wheel demonstration at the beginning of class, wheel access (for ages 6+), hand-building for any age, unlimited clay and time to create. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Additional tickets are required for adults who’d like to join the fun and either hand-build or use a wheel of their own. If you’d like your work to be fired and glazed by the studio, there is a $5 fee per piece. Finished pottery will be available for pickup three weeks after



PENDANTS: Come check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your own copper, brass or nickel pendant using basic cutting, stamping and sawing techniques. Open to all skill levels. All materials included. Thu., Nov. 7, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/ person; $33.30 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-5355, jflanagan@, PHOTOGRAPHING ARTWORK, OPTION 1: Learn how to take professional-quality digital images of your work in this hands-on workshop in our lighting studio. Whether you’re applying to art school, submitting work for an exhibition or putting together a website, you’ll leave this workshop with techniques that will improve your images and enhance your presentations. Bring up to five pieces no larger than 40x60 inches. Digital camera use and flash drive provided. Thu., Nov. 7, 10-1 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-5355,,

drumming TAIKO & DJEMBE CLASSES IN BURLINGTON!: New sessions start in November! Classes for adults, kids and parents. Parade and conga classes, too. Intermediate Taiko, Mon., 6-8:20 p.m. Taiko for Adults, Tue., 5:306:20 p.m. & Wed., 6:30-7:50 p.m. Djembe for Adults, Wed., 5:30-6:20 p.m. Kids and Parents World Drumming, Wed., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Kids and Parents Taiko, Tue., 4:30-5:20 p.m. Drums provided. Schedule/register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255,

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

BIRCH BARK ORNAMENTS: Learn to create beautiful ornaments using birch bark. Register online. Wed., Nov. 20, 5-8 p.m. Cost: $60/ person. Location: Gardener’s Supply-Burlington, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: Meredith White, 660-3505, meredithw@, store.


WOODEN PICTURE FRAME: Includes wood shop training. A picture frame is a simple but very broad woodworking project. Building a frame can teach the user many aspects of the shop, as well as attention to details and safety. With many choices of wood to choose from, the end result will be a keepsake frame and full training of the woodshop. Limit: 6. Week 1: prep, cutting and gluing. Week 2: refinement and finishing. Wed., 2 weeks, Nov. 20-Dec. 4 (no class Nov. 27), 6-9 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: Sarah Sprague, 540-0761, education@, generator

RINGS: Come check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your silver ring. Open to all skill levels. All materials are included. Sun., Nov. 10, 12:30-3:30 p.m. Cost: $37/person; $33.30 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-5355,, SUNDAY FAMILY JEWELRY: Spend a morning with teaching artist Sarah Sprague in BCA’s jewelry studio. Using our studio equipment, fine metals and beads, your family will create beautiful and wearable works of art. All supplies are provided, no experience needed. Youth must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may assist their child(ren) free of charge. Additional tickets are required for adults who’d like to make their own work. Ages 6 and older. Sun., Nov. 10, 10 a.m.-noon. Cost: $10/person; $9 for BCA members. Location: BCA Studios, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: John Flanagan, 865-5355,,

Location: Gardener’s SupplyBurlington, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: Meredith White, 660-3505, meredithw@, vermont-gardening-workshopsand-seminars.

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fitness RIPPED: TOTAL BODY WORKOUT: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance. Using free weights; body weight; driving, motivating music; and a new focus and activity every few minutes, participants jam through R.I.P.P.E.D. with smiles, determination and strength. It is tough yet doable and fun. Beginners welcome! All moves are modified to meet your fitness level. Tue., 6-7 p.m.; Sat., 9-10 a.m. Cost: $13/1-hour class. Location: North End Studio A, 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Tweak Your Physique, Stephanie Shohet, 578-9243, steph.shohet@, instructor/stephanie_shohet.

gardening ADIRONDACK BASKET MAKING: Weave your own Adirondack pack basket with Alexa Rivera of Wovn.Country. Register at Sat., Nov. 9, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $155.

VIBRATIONAL SOUND THERAPY: Enjoy this educational and interactive workshop exploring the energetic causes of disease, the vibrational nature of the body and what simple steps we can take to come into harmony. Using singing bowls, gongs, tuning forks, inner and outer listening, and breath we can activate our inherent wellness. Nov. 3. Cost: $30/2-hour class. Location: The Wellness Collective, 431 Pine St., 3rd Floor, Burlington. Info: Evolvlove Sound Therapy, Kirk Jones, 510-697-7790, love@,

language LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers’ lesson package. Our 13th year. Small classes, private lessons and online instruction with a native speaker. Also live, engaging, faceto-face online English classes. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025, spanishparavos@gmail. com,

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WEEKLY SOUND BATH MEDITATION: Relax. Release. Reset. Join Kirk Jones for a sound bath with sound massage, featuring 24 Tibetan singing bowls, three crystal bowls and one gong. The sounds and vibrations offer relaxation for the mind, melt away stress, vibrate away pain and bring the body into coherent, peaceful, elevated, harmonic wholeness. Starts Oct. 30, Wed., 7:30-8:45 p.m. Cost: $20/1.25-hour class. Location: Wellness Collective, 431 Pine St., 3rd Floor, Burlington. Info: Evolvlove Sound Therapy, Kirk Jones, 510-697-7790, love@,


EXTRAORDINARY REALITIES: Evidence of shamanic practice goes back 50,000+ years all around the world. Learn how to journey into the spirit realms to meet with compassionate helping spirits. The session will include an overview of shamanic divination and healing. Meet your power animal and spirit teacher in a core shamanic introduction. Sat., Nov. 23, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $123/ 9-hour class. Location: Shaman’s Flame Workshop Center, 644 Log Town Rd., Woodbury. Info: Peter Clark, 456-8735, peterclark13@,

200-HOUR AYURVEDA INTEGRATION PROGRAM: Join us in learning and immerse yourself in the oldest surviving preventive health care system. This program is ideal for yoga teachers, counselors, therapists, bodyworkers, nurses, doctors, wellness coaches, herbalists, etc. VSAC approved and payment plans available. Can transfer hours to Kripalu’s Ayurveda Health Counselor program. More information at ayurvedavermont. com/classes. 2020 schedule: Feb. 8-9, Mar. 7-8, Apr. 4-5, May 2-3, Jun. 6-7, Jul. 11-12, Aug. 15-16, Sep. 12-13, Oct. 17-18, Nov. 14-15. Cost: $2,795/person. Location: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, 34 Oak Hill Rd., Williston. Info: Allison Morse, 872-8898, ayurvedavt@,

tai chi NEW BEGINNER TAI CHI CLASS IN BURLINGTON: We practice Cheng Man-ch’ing’s “simplified” 37-posture Yang-style form. The course will be taught by Patrick Cavanaugh, longtime student and assistant to Wolfe Lowenthal, student of Cheng Man-ch’ing and founder of Long River Tai Chi Circle. Patrick is a senior instructor at LRTTC in Vermont and New Hampshire. Starts Nov. 6, 8-9 a.m.; open registration Nov. 27. Cost: $65/ mo. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Long River Tai Chi Circle, Patrick Cavanaugh, 490-6405, patrick@,

WOMEN AND NONBINARY FILMMAKERS SHOWCASE: Meet some of our region’s talented women and nonbinary filmmakers. We will be watching locally produced videos on the big screen, followed by a conversation with the filmmakers about their creative process and film tips! Register at or call 651-9692. Fri., Nov. 15, 7 p.m. Location: Media Factory, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 2G + 2K, Burlington. Info: Gin Ferrara, 651-9692, ginf@,

meditation LEARN TO MEDITATE: Taught by qualified meditation instructors at the Burlington Shambhala Meditation Center: Wed., 6-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Free and open to anyone. Free public meditation: weeknights, 6-7 p.m.; Tue. and Thu., noon-1 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-noon. Classes and retreats also offered. See our website at Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 658-6795.


psychic YOUR PSYCHIC/SPIRITUAL GIFTS: Come explore your psychic gifts. Are you clairvoyant, clairsentient, clairaudient or clair-cognizant? Using the ancient and effective technique of Reading Roses, we’ll have a fun and dynamic time practicing! Sun., Nov. 10, 1-5 p.m. Cost: $55/person. Location: Lightheart , 236 Wild Apple Rd., New Haven. Info: Maureen Short, 453-4433,,

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

ESSENTIAL SOUND: Join essential oil expert Liz Perkins and master sound healer Kirk Jones for the essential sound series! We present two therapeutic vibratory healing modalities together, integrating essential oils plus sound for immunity and stress relief. Apply oils with bowls, then relax in a sound bath. Every first Monday, Nov. 4-Feb. 3, 6:30-8 p.m. Cost: $24/person includes essential oils plus sound bath Location: The Wellness Collective, 431 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Liz Perkins, 324-0860, lizperkins5@, wellness


ART OF AYURVEDIC SELF MASSAGE: We invite you to learn this staple self-care tool from the Ayurvedic tradition on the cusp of our Winter season, right when we’ll be needing it the most. Tue., Nov. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $35/1.5hour class & materials. Location: Railyard Apothecary, 270 Battery St., Burlington. Info: 540-0595,,

YONI STEAM WORKSHOP: Join Adena Bright of Adena Rose Ayurveda for this class to learn when (and when not) to steam, why and exactly how. This healing modality can be powerful medicine when used correctly. It is also easily done at home. Sat., Nov. 9, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $55/3-hour class & materials. Location: Railyard Apothecary, 270 Battery St., Burlington. Info: 540-0595,,

yoga EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. All are welcome. Try our Beginners

Series, Tuesdays, November 5 to December 17. We are all beginners. This is your invitation to enjoy learning the basics and start exploring the benefits of a yoga practice. Daily drop-in classes including $10 community classes, Yoga Wall and Yoga Therapeutics classes led by physical therapists. Dive deeper into your practice! $10-$15/class; $140/10-class card; $10/community class. New students $100/10-class card. New! Student Monthly Unlimited just $55/mo. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, LAUGHING RIVER YOGA: Located in a beautiful setting overlooking the Winooski River. We offer highquality classes, workshops and trainings taught by experienced teachers who honor the beauty and wisdom of the yogic tradition. Learn more about our Teacher Enhancement Program and ongoing workshops, including Yin Yoga, December 6-8. All bodies and abilities welcome. Daily classes, workshops, 200- and 300-hour yoga teacher training. Cost: $49/ first month of unlimited classes; workshop & training prices vary. Location: Laughing River Yoga, Chace Mill, Suite 126, Burlington. Info: 343-8119, laughingriveryoga. com. SANGHA STUDIO: NONPROFIT, DONATION-BASED YOGA: Sangha Studio builds an empowered community through the shared practice of yoga. Free yoga service initiatives and outreach programs are offered at 17 local organizations working with all ages. Join Sangha in both downtown Burlington and the Old North End for one of their roughly 60 weekly classes and workshops. Become a Sustaining Member for $60/ month and practice as often as you like! Daily classes. Location: Sangha Studio, 120 Pine St. & 237 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 448-4262, info@sanghastudio. org,

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on Funches is one of the most positive people in comedy. His bits and jokes consistently punch up, deriving humor from relatable observations and anecdotes without tearing anyone down or crossing into a negative space. To be clear, his material isn’t squeaky clean. He can be as raunchy as the next comic. But any vulgarity heard in his routines serves his greater mission of positivity. Funches does standup, writes for television and hosts a podcast. He also acts, with an emphasis on voice acting. Some may know him from his frequent appearances on the fast-paced Comedy Central game show “@midnight,” which ended in 2017, while others may recognize his writing credits on “The Eric Andre Show” and “Kroll Show.” Anyone who’s seen the 2016 animated comedy Trolls should recall Funches as the voice of Cooper, the endlessly upbeat, harmonica-playing sidekick. Even younger viewers than that film’s target audience may recognize the charismatic comedian’s voice from children’s programs such as “Final Space” and “Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh.” The father of a teenage son with autism, Funches talks openly about the nuances of rearing a child who has special needs. Listen to the segment “Autism Parenting” on his 2019 album Giggle Fit to hear a particularly sidesplitting cautionary tale. In spring 2020, Funches will unveil his new game show, “Nice One!” — part of the initial block of programming on Quibi, a forthcoming short-form video streaming service. The comedian likens the show to “@midnight,” but with a positive twist. Funches performs on Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington. Seven Days caught up with the comedian by phone and email to learn more. SEVEN DAYS: What can you tell us about your new game show, “Nice One!”? RON FUNCHES: Like “@midnight,” it’s a panel show with three comedians; I’m the host. We ask them to talk about topics. Some of them are situations that people would normally look at as bad, like man buns or Crocs. Or perhaps the Titanic sinking. And then we force the comedians to say something positive about them. It’s just kind of a fun way for people to showcase their humor without having to burn through their jokes. And it’s the type of humor I enjoy creating, which is looking



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at the bright side of bad situations. And it just breaks down to this compliment battle between the comedians. I really enjoyed that part, because a lot of comedy tends to be about tearing down other people or saying that you’re better than someone else. This is a show that, at the very end of it, is about praising your peers and talking about their accomplishments and what you like about other people. SD: Speaking of “@midnight,” I understand you’re the show’s most decorated contestant of all time. RF: Yeah. Why did you say that with hesitance? Say it proudly! SD: Well, I said it hesitantly because I only saw an oblique reference to that in an article from the A.V. Club, not ronfunchesisthemostdecorated@ RF: [Laughs.] SD: I was wondering if appearing on that show was as stressful as it looks. Having to come up with anything on the spot is stressful to some degree. RF: Well, you get a little bit of time, like an hour or so, to look at the topics. But I thought it was a great mental exercise, having to write jokes about topics that I didn’t cover in my act. I really loved it, and I liked how it showcased so many people’s different talents and types of humor. Since it went away, I feel like there’s been a major hole in that style of show and of introducing people to new comedians. SD: Your podcast, Gettin’ Better With Ron Funches, is all about positivity. How did you arrive at that concept? RF: I just wanted to make a podcast talking about the things I like talking about that I wasn’t hearing from other comedians. Self-help and the act of getting better is full of missteps and hilarious situations. I wanted to talk to my friends about their respective journeys. SD: The shelves you’re sitting in front of in the first episode are covered in what appear to be graphic novels and professional wrestling collectibles. If you could pick one graphic novel character and one wrestler to square off in a duel, who would win? RF: Hulk Hogan versus the Hulk. The Hulk destroys Hogan, and he knows why.


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Where did we come from? How did we get here? What is the nature of the universe? For Christ’s sake, is there someone out there pulling the strings, or is it all just random? Obviously, no one can definitively answer any of these questions. But that doesn’t stop philosophers, scientists and artists from trying to come up with satisfying explanations for life’s biggest mysteries. Enter local jazz composer and saxophonist BRIAN MCCARTHY. Along with his nonet, the Saint Michael’s College and University of Vermont instructor is set to unveil his latest composition, a heady work of modern jazz called After|Life. He’ll debut it in a pair of back-to-back performances on Thursday and Friday, November 7 and 8, at the FlynnSpace in Burlington. McCarthy points to a famous quote from Carl Sagan as an inspiration for his new project. “The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff,” the famed cosmologist wrote in his 1980 book Cosmos. McCarthy’s last nonet project, The Better Angels of Our Nature, which he released as an album in 2017, was a

high-concept piece that reflected his extensive research into Civil War-era music. In partnership with his manager, nonet player and wife, LINDA LITTLE, McCarthy reinterpreted the 19thcentury works and composed modern jazz pieces inspired by them. The album was well received locally and nationally, garnering attention from major outlets such as the Huffington Post and DownBeat. “[I’m] being more adventurous, pushing myself a lot further [to] see if I can go deeper and push concepts further,” McCarthy said of After|Life in a recent phone interview. McCarthy offered some abstract descriptions of the concert’s sound, noting that the suite interprets the formation and dissolution of the primordial nebula, the reigning scientific explanation of how our solar system was formed. For now, the two shows are the only scheduled performances of After|Life, with the possibility of more dates in the near future.

Double-Checking the Boxes

Last week, I mentioned a new survey of Vermont’s music economy from local music incubator and archive Big Heavy World. Available on the nonprofit’s

website, the survey asks musicians and other industry professionals a series of questions on topics ranging from demographics to income to the connectivity of local music networks. Modeled on a similar census in Austin, Texas, the questionnaire is the result of a partnership between Big Heavy World and consultant firm Sound Diplomacy. After thinking about what I wrote last week and taking into consideration some conversations that resulted from it, I realize I may have breezed through it all a bit. Not that I can go too far down the rabbit hole now — the survey results haven’t been published yet — but I did think it was worth checking in with Big Heavy World executive director JIM LOCKRIDGE for a smidge more context. “The survey is meant to help figure out what the needs are for Vermont’s music industry,” Lockridge wrote in an email. “With the help of Sound Diplomacy, we should be able to land on a few priorities that can become part of a public conversation that includes policy makers.” In a subsequent phone call, Lockridge explained that the survey results will foster “data-driven conversations” and that “anybody who contributes to this is contributing to a significant analysis of how Vermont could better serve creative people and businesses.” He compares his effort to Building on a Legacy of Creativity: Understanding and Expanding the Creative Economy of the Northeast Kingdom, a report produced for the Vermont Arts Council and Vermont Creative Network in 2018. The nearly 100-page document presents hard data about the ins and outs of making art in the rural, tri-county region. On Monday, Lockridge let me take a peek at anonymous data that had been collected so far from slightly less than 50 respondents. The info already showed some interesting trends and perplexing revelations. I shouldn’t say too much more about that, since responses are still being collected until roughly the end of November. But I strongly encourage anyone who plays music in Vermont or works in the music industry to fill out SOUNDBITES

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Give it up for one of the sauciest and most in-your-face Burlington bands, the DIRTY BLONDES. The group, which features Seven Days art director REV. DIANE SULLIVAN, celebrates 20 years of bitch slapping, throat punching and ball crushing its way through the local scene on Saturday, November 9, at the Monkey House in Winooski. Surf-rock outfit BARBACOA, who are led by Seven Days circulation technician BILL MULLINS and often feature other 7D staffers, open the show.

“I thought it was really just an elaborate Halloween costume-slashprank,” Sullivan said of the group’s vodka-soaked first show at Club Metronome in 1999. “We had to scramble to get people to pretend to be a band.” In recent years, the Blondes have usually come out for special occasions, such as the impending double-decade debauchery. And, while I would never advocate unsafe consumption of alcohol or other substances, the Dirty Blondes are best experienced three sheets to the wind. That way everyone’s on the same level. 

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Ali T, Sabrina Comellas (singer-songwriter) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $10/12.

Light Club Jazz Sessions and Showcase at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. Free.

Big Wild, EVAN GIIA, Ark Patrol (pop) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $22/25.

Roan Yellowthorn (indie) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. Free.

Danny & the Parts, Zack DuPont (country) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Roy Cutler Duet (Americana) at North Hero House Inn & Restaurant, 5:30 p.m. Free.

Discount Face Tattoos, the Silent Mile, Snow Day, Potentially Lobsters (punk) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.

The Schroons, Strange Purple Jelly (jam) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free/$5. 18+. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Egg Drop Soup, Savage Hen (punk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8:30 p.m. $3/8. 18+.

The Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Ensemble V (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Upstate, the Way Down Wanderers (folk, soul) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15.

Funk You (funk) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. free/$5. 18+. Jim Charanko (Americana) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 8 p.m. Free. John Fealy (folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Mosaic featuring special guests and members of Kat Wright (jam) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. The Ray Vega Quartet (jazz) at Juniper, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Arc Iris present: The Music of iTMRW (experimental) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10. B-Town (blues, rock) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Zion I, Mister Burns, Eva Rawlings (hip-hop) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $15.

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boys cruise, Another Sexless Weekend, LEAN TEE (rock) at SideBar, Burlington, 10 p.m. $3. Chris Lake, Harder They Come (house) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $25/30. Climbing PoeTree (hip-hop, global) at the Engine Room, White River Junction, 7 p.m. $25.

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Bluegrass Session at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7 p.m. Free. Irish Sessions (traditional) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. John Lackard Blues Jam at CharlieO’s World Famous, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Andy Lugo at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Austtin at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

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

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ADL Project (rock covers) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9:30 p.m. Free.

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


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

Albert Cummings (blues) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $17/20.



Wave Image, Fossa (alt-rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $3/8. 18+.

blues guitar with island rhythms, resulting in a psychedelic rock sound that touches on reggae and soul. Catch Paul Beaubrun on Saturday, November 9, at Zenbarn in Waterbury.

Bruce, Bill and Bob (covers) at 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free. Burning Monk: A Tribute to Rage Against the Machine, 20 Years of Dookie: A Green Day Tribute at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $8.

Colin McCaffrey and Friends (folk) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free.

Ira Friedman and Organ Donor (jazz) at Parker Pie Co., West Glover, 7 p.m. Free.

Chris and Erica (rock, country) at Twiggs — An American Gastropub, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.

Comedy & Jazz: A Rat-Packish Rabblin’ Good Time at Rabble-Rouser, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.

The Jeff Salisbury Band (blues) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free.

Cooper & Corn (Americana) at the Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant & Lounge, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Cooie Sings (Americana, jazz) at Village Tavern, North Ferrisburg, 7 p.m. Free.

John Lackard Blues Duo at Deli 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Elizabeth Renaud (singer-songwriter) at Gusto’s, Barre, 5 p.m. Free. FRI.8


Coffee Corner Jam Session (acoustic) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Irish Session at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free. Open Mic at Gusto’s, Barre, 8 p.m. Free. Open Mic Night at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 8:30 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Alex Budney at Localfolk Smokehouse, Waitsfield, 8:30 p.m. Free.

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Open Stage with Blair and Friends at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.



Open Circuit: Puppets, Crankies and Pantomime at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

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


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


Southern Old Time Music Jam at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free.

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

Open Mic at SideBar, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Blues Jam at Twiggs — An American Gastropub, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free. Irish Sessions See WED.6. Open Mic Night at Stone Corral Brewery, Richmond, 8 p.m. Free. Open Mic with Andy Lugo See WED.6. Open Mic with Austtin See WED.6.


REVIEW this Band of the Land, Deep Into the Trees (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

It should come as no surprise that Band of the Land feel deeply connected to nature. The Burlington group revels in the splendor of its home state, threading field recordings of trickling streams, red-winged blackbird and mourning dove calls, and the sound of riverbed stones crunching underfoot into a debut full-length album, Deep Into the Trees. The band — vocalist Lillian Seibert, guitarist/ vocalist Dan Hibbs, multi-instrumentalist Eli Goldman, drummer Michael O’Connor and multi-instrumentalist Ron Rost — enlisted a swarm of some of Vermont’s finest musicians to fill out its folk- and reggae-driven


Mark LeGrand has long been a voice for the voiceless in Vermont. Over the course of seven albums, the Montpelier songwriter has cast a keen and compassionate eye on humanity in all its faults and glories. LeGrand has made a career of probing the depths of the choices we make and why we make them. On his last record, Wrong Turn (2017), he explored how poverty and addiction can lead good people down dark and desperate paths, conditions he knows well through his past struggles with alcohol — LeGrand has now been sober for more than 30 years. On his recently released This Dream I’m In, LeGrand again points an unsparing lens on the personal and political

sound, and there are too many to list. But even this powerful posse can’t save the album completely. Along with some sophomoric lyrics, Band of the Land’s stylistic dichotomy is their biggest weakness. When Band of the Land lean into their folk and soul inclinations, they make some truly lovely and groovy music. Right from the get-go, opener “Love Is Strong” oozes with Motown panache. A dense network of horns, organ and strings cushions Seibert and Hibbs’ sensual back-and-forth. It’s a dynamite way to kick off a record, and it shows major progress from their scrappy 2016 self-titled EP. “Generations” introduces Appalachian vibes, a staple of the group’s sound. Banjo pickin’ and saucy fiddlin’ lead the jaunty tune, the lyrics of which artfully express the nearly silent, omnipresent dread of living in the present. “House Song” is an atmospheric campfire ballad. Seibert’s vocals oscillate between steely resolve and raw vulnerability as the string section wraps her up in glowing tendrils. But things have already started to go off the rails at this point. “It Is the Earth,” a reggae-bluegrass hybrid, skews heavily toward the indie side. It hints at what’s to follow.

Cloying sentiments thicken on “Constantly,” a more down-the-line reggae song than “It Is the Earth.” “Life on Earth is such a miracle / Our existence is spiritual,” Hibbs sings without a hint of irony. It’s bumper-sticker philosophy with a dash of daily affirmations purchased from Urban Outfitters. The lyrics of “Revolution,” yet another reggae-aping number, come off like a fact sheet given to first-year college students at their first political protest. “We got oil in the ocean / Plastic spinning ’round / You know the drills keep drillin’ / And we gotta shut ’em down.” It’s the kind of on-the-nose messaging expected from a troupe of activist educators who perform at elementary school assemblies. Actually, that might be something for Band of the Land to consider, because they’d likely be great at it. On Deep Into the Trees, Band of the Land get lost fighting causes — an absolutely worthy pursuit in real life. But it’s hard to imagine that anyone listening to this music would be swayed by such blatant messaging. They’re likely already aligned with the band philosophically, at least to some degree. Nearly half the record proves that the group has so much more to offer artistically. Deep Into the Trees is available at bandoftheland.

factors that conspire to keep us down. But unlike the bleak Wrong Turn, which made no pretense about having solutions to dire problems, This Dream subtly offers something novel: hope. That difference in emotional tone is evident in the new album’s production and in LeGrand’s shift away from straight-ahead country into new stylistic terrain. Where the Colin McCaffrey-produced Wrong Turn favored a cool, unfussy aesthetic that suited LeGrand’s gothic country material, This Dream, produced by Eric Sigsbey, is warmer, almost joyful at times. Despite its dour title, album opener “Lonely Boy” struts and strolls like a Randy Newman tune as LeGrand sings wistfully of the promise of youth over Ray Paczkowki’s chipper piano. Fueled by Jason Jack Merrihew’s stinging lead guitar and Russ Lawton’s unrelenting backbeat, the following cut, “Duct Tape County,” is a dusty blues-rock tune in the vein of It’s Only Rock & Roll-era Waylon Jennings. Here, LeGrand riffs on the lighter side of low-class living, singing, “Duct Tape County, Saturday night / Anything that’s open’s got a neon light.” On the next several songs, including the title track, LeGrand sort of speak-sings the lyrics with uneven success. The tactic adds a nifty disorienting element to

“Somebody Else’s Crazy,” a slinky number about losing your mind in another’s drama. But the spoken-word approach stumbles on “Homeless.” Here LeGrand presents a detailed, thoughtful and affecting tale about a soldier returning from Afghanistan. How much more compelling might the song be if LeGrand gave the verses a melody, as he does at the chorus? That’s a minor gripe, especially given the sheer excellence found throughout the album’s latter half. In particular, “I’m Leavin’ Again” and “When You Don’t Want Me” stand as some of LeGrand’s best writing, by turns funny, touching and biting. Ditto “Mary Jane’s Waltz,” a cheeky pseudo-ode to marijuana in which LeGrand’s eerie vocal similarity to Willie Nelson adds an extra layer of irony. The piano ballad “True North” closes This Dream on a sweet, hopeful and lovestruck note, leaving little doubt as to which way LeGrand’s musical compass is pointing. This Dream I’m In is available on Spotify. LeGrand plays a release show on Friday, November 8, at Sugarhouse Soundworks in Waitsfield. You can also catch him most Fridays hosting Honky-Tonk Happy Hour at Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier.






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FRI.8 CONTINUED FROM P.72 Everyone’s Invited (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5. Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Fruit Bats, Andrew Combs (indie) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $17.



Gas Station Mentality (rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. The Get Messy (funk-rock) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

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Good Morning Gils (rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11:30 p.m. $5. The Hasbens (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free. Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 5:30 p.m. Free.


A House on Fire (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.


The Insiders (blues, jazz) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free.


Jester Jigs (rock covers) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. $5.


John Howell (rock) at El Toro, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free.

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communities have reappropriated and reclaimed the harness-like contraption. With a similar sense of irony, all-women Seattle rock outfit CHASTITY BELT sport their name as a badge of honor. With elements of ’90s indie rock and shoegaze, the quartet’s wry, honest music sounds free of hindrances. Check out Chastity Belt on Monday, November 11, at ArtsRiot in Burlington. STRANGE RANGER add support.

Leno, Young & Cheney (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Raised By Hippies (blues, rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 5 p.m. Free.

Mark LeGrand (album release) (honky-tonk) at Sugarhouse Soundworks, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $21.

The Medicine Tribe at Notte (rock, funk) at Notte, Middlebury, 10 p.m. Free/$3. The Motet, Star Kitchen, Jennifer Hartswick & NIck Cassarino Duo (funk, soul) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $20/23.

Reid Parsons (folk-rock) at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Ron Funches (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $25-32. Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Shane Murley (folk) at Stone Corral Brewery, Richmond, 8:30 p.m. Free. Stuyedeyed, Greaseface (rock) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10/12.

The Notables (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Tragedy: All Metal Tribute to the Bee Gees at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $15/18.

Paper Castles, Zip-Tie Handcuffs, the Onlys (indie) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Val Davis (rock) at Highland Lodge Restaurant, Greensboro, 6:30 p.m. Free.

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


D Jay Baron (hip-hop) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

DJ Cre8 (open format) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Pilaf (open format) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


Back to Black featuring DJs Andy Kershaw, Oliver Twisted and Luis Calderin (house) at Waterworks Food + Drink, Winooski, 8 p.m. $35. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5. DJ Dakota (hip-hop) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

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Waves of Adrenaline (folk) at the Tap Room at Switchback Brewing Co., Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Chris and Erica (rock, country) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Wild Roots (folk, rock) at the Den at Harry’s Hardware, Cabot, 7 p.m. Free.

Cooie Sings (Americana, jazz) at Rutland Moose Lodge, 7:30 p.m. Free.


Dan Johnson (singer-songwriter) at Stone Corral Brewery, Richmond, 8 p.m. Free.

Abby Sherman Band (folk) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 9 p.m. Free. Barry Bender (singer-songwriter) at Bagitos Bagel and Burrito Café, Montpelier, 11 a.m. Free. BIRA (pop, soul) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. Bob Gagnon (jazz) at the Old Foundry at One Federal Restaurant & Lounge, St. Albans, 6:30 p.m. Free. Bow Thayer and Patrick Ross (folk) at Babes Bar, Bethel, 8 p.m. Free. Brickdrop, Northeast Traffic (funk) at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Dylan LeBlanc, Night Moves (Americana) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $15/18. Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

DJ Earl (hits) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9 p.m. Free.

Open Decks at Half Lounge, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

DJ Kaos (hits) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9:30 p.m. Free.


DJ Raul (Latin) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.

DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5.

Jack Bandit (hip-hop) at Half Lounge, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

Hyperglow Vermont! (EDM) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $30-100.

DJ A-RA$ (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.

Donna Thunder and Friends (rock) at the Den at Harry’s Hardware, Cabot, 7 p.m. Free.

DJ Two Sev (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.

DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5.


Dirty Blondes 20th Anniversary, Barbacoa (rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. $5/10. 18+.

DJ ATAK (house) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. $5.

DJ Raul (Latin, reggaeton) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.

We Are Your Friends: Indie vs Dance with DJ Disco Phantom at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

The Devon McGarry Band (rock) at SideBar, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


DJ Scott Carlson (open format) at Half Lounge, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Big Mood (open format) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.

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Paul Asbell (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

DJ Bay 6 (hits) at Gusto’s, Barre, 8 p.m. Free.


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Lake Superior, Carton (rock) at Sweet Melissa’s, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

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Reign One (house) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.


Disco Brunch with DJ Craig Mitchell at Misery Loves Co., Winooski, 11 a.m. Free.

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Jack Bandit and Friends (EDM) at Half Lounge, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Motown Mondays (Motown DJs) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. Free.


CRWD CTRL (house, techno) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


DJ Ianu (open format) at Half Lounge, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ Two Sev (open format) at Red Square, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.

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


Dream Team! Comedy Hour (improv) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10. The Mainstage Show (improv) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.


Ron Funches, Gavin Matts (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9:30 p.m. $25/32.


Good Clean Fun! (family-friendly improv) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 5 p.m. $5/10. Ron Funches, Gavin Matts See FRI.8. Vinnie Mark (standup) at Jerry’s Sports Tavern, Barre, 7:30 p.m. $10/15.


Flying V (standup) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $7.



live music SAT.9 CONTINUED FROM P.74 George Murtie (country, rock) at El Toro, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free. The Hasbens See FRI.8. James Harvey (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Seafood, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Jeff and Gina (Americana) at Twiggs — An American Gastropub, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free. Kaleigh Clowery (indie folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

TV shows, movies and commercials. But that chart-topper was merely a blip in the Mesa, Ariz., band’s long career. Since its origin in 1993, the group has released 10 studio albums. That includes this year’s Surviving, a stylish and hard-hitting collection of songs with hooks to spare and a palpable punk edge. Jimmy Eat World perform on Wednesday, November 13, at the Higher Ground Ballroom in South Burlington. PRONOUN open.

Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Linda Bassick (rock) at Smitty’s Pub, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Honky-Tonk Tuesdays with Pony Hustle at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. Jesse Agan (singer-songwriter) at 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free. John Smyth and Ivan Goldstein (blues, folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

NuroDivergence Band (psychrock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Nina’s Brew (album release), Josh West (blues, roots) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10.

Tavo Carbone (experimental, folkpop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Oats Holy Roller (indie folk) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Trench, Community Garden, Phantom Suns (rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $5/8. 18+.

The Outcrops (blues, rock) at the Double E Lounge at Essex Experience, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free.

Ukulele Kids with Joe Beaird at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free.

Paul Beaubrun (roots, blues) at Zenbarn, Waterbury, 9 p.m. $8/10.



Audrey Bernstein (jazz) at Juniper, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Phantom Airwave (funk, soul) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free. PIZZR (experimental) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11:30 p.m. $5. Radio Tokyo (covers) at Pickle Barrel Nightclub, Killington, 8 p.m. $10-20.

Tar Iguana (Reunion), Nico Suave and the Bodacious Supreme (rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.

Robin Gottfried Band (rock) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 6 p.m. Free.


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Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk) at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

LuxDeluxe (rock) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5.


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Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5/8. 18+.

Lowell Thompson and Friends (roots-rock) at Hatch 31, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free.

A Very Schmerry Get Together: Benefit for Jerry Collins Foundation with Something Sneaky, the Way Ways, Bloodweiser (rock) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 6 p.m. $5.



Billboard’s Hot 100, Top 40 and Alternative charts, and was used in numerous

Raise the Woof Benefit featuring the Smokey Newfield Project, Declan David Couture, Sarah Brooks (rock) at 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans, 5 p.m. Donation.

Pullin’ Yo Chain Comedy Showcase at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.


their 2001 smash hit “The Middle.” The pop-rock tune landed in the top five on

Comedy & Crêpes featuring Dan Perlman (standup) at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. The Moth: Gratitude (storytelling) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $15.

Rocky Ridge String Band (Americana) at Parker Pie Co., West Glover, 8 p.m. Free. Ron Funches See FRI.8. Roy and the Wrecks (rock covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free. Some Hollow (folk-rock) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9 p.m. Free.

High Hopes « P.68 SD: What happens when a joke bombs? Do you retool it, or kick it to the curb? RF: Both. Work on it for a while if I love it. But if it doesn’t work, it just doesn’t work. Like any bad relationship, it’ll be more painful to keep trying. SD: You voice Cooper in the Trolls movie franchise. How was the character developed? Is there any Ron in there, or do you just show up and act? RF: It’s a great job and a fun collaboration. I get to do my fair share of improvising. I am really excited about his 76

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Cordovas (roots-rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. free/$5. 18+.


City Mouse, Jonee Earthquake Band, DownBoy, Lake Waves, Comrade Nixon (punk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7 p.m. $10/15. 18+. Helen Hummel (singer-songwriter) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Joe Moore Band (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

MC Chris, Lex the Lexicon Artist, Schaffer the Darklord (hip-hop) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $15/18. Mel (Americana) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Old Sky (Americana) at the Skinny Pancake, Burlington, noon. Free. Old Sky and Friends (Americana) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Roomful of Blues at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $25/30. Yolanda Yolanda (Latin, rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10:30 p.m. Free. Zach Rhoads Trio (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free.

Maple Street Six (jazz) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.


Andrew North (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free. Chastity Belt, Strange Ranger (rock) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $15. Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk) at Monkey House, Winooski, 5 p.m. Free. Gary Wade (singer-songwriter) at Moogs Place, Morrisville, 7 p.m. Free. Ryan Sweezey (singer-songwriter) at Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 5 p.m. Free.

The Dip, Erin & the Wildfire (R&B, soul) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $12/15. Eamon Fogarty, Dead Island, (rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $3/8. 18+. Flux Capacitor (jam) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free/$5. 18+. Jason Baker (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Jimmy Eat World, Pronoun (rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $35/39. Lekko (folk, Slavic roots) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

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

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

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TEARING DOWN OTHER PEOPLE. role in the sequel and series. It’s just enough but doesn’t dominate my time. SD: By its very nature, voice acting seems less stressful than acting in front of a camera. What’s something that’s difficult about voice acting that people might not realize?


INFO Ron Funches performs Friday and Saturday, November 8 and 9, 7 & 9:30 p.m., at Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington. $25/32. 18+ recommended.

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trivia, karaoke, etc. WED.6

Godfather Karaoke at SideBar, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Karaoke with DJ Amanda Rock at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9 p.m. Free. String Band Karaoke at the Skinny Pancake, Hanover, N.H., 6 p.m. Free. Trivia Night at Parker Pie Co., West Glover, 7 p.m. Free. Trivia Night at City Sports Grille, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free.


Karaoke at Hatch 31, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free. Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.

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Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry & DJ Coco at Olive Ridley’s, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. Free. Trivia Mania at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock at Monopole Downstairs, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5 p.m. Free. Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Karaoke with Dave Bourgea at Burlington St. John’s Club, 8:30 p.m. Free.


Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke) at Espresso Bueno, Barre, 7:30 p.m. $5. Karaoke at JP’s Pub, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. Karaoke with Mike Lambert at Park Place Tavern, Essex Junction, 9:30 p.m. Free.


Karaoke with Samantha Dickey at Ruben James, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. ‘My Father’s Vietnam’ (film screening) at ArtsRiot, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.


Karaoke with Rob Jones at Manhattan Pizza & Pub, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.


Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Monday Night Trivia at 14th Star Brewing Co., St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. ‘Yesterday’ (film screening) at Babes Bar, Bethel, 7 p.m. Free.


Karaoke with DJ Molotov at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. Trivia Night at the Skinny Pancake, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. Free.


Godfather Karaoke See WED.6.


House of Madam’s Drag Bingo at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Karaoke See WED.6.


Karaoke with DJ Amanda Rock See WED.6. Trivia Night See WED.6.



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“To Wrap Our Love”

Textile Interventions “Rogue Cloth Work” by Janie Cohen, Vermont Supreme Court Gallery B Y AMY LI LLY


anie Cohen has served so long at the helm of the Fleming Museum of Art in Burlington — as chief curator from 1991 to 2002 and as director since then — that her identity as an artist may still be news to many. She first showed her handstitched cloth work in a duo exhibition at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington in 2016 and has participated in three group shows since. “Rogue Cloth Work,” now at the Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier, is Cohen’s first solo show. Given that she recently acquired a dedicated studio space at the Vaults in Burlington — a step up from her home studio — there may be more exhibitions to come. Cohen’s deft assemblages, using only reversible, hand-sewn interventions, treat the materials with enormous respect for their former lives. “I want these amazing and gorgeous fabrics to be seen and appreciated,” she explains.




Yet the fabrics she used in the 13 works on display aren’t show stoppers in the expected sense. They are worn and faded, the relics of everyday usage and care — usually at the hands of women. “I tend to go for old cloth that has visible history to it,” Cohen says, though she also incorporates new fabrics, including printed hand towels by Laura Wiles and contemporary tie-dye by Deb Lacativa. “My palette is this huge stash of cloth I’ve collected over 35 years.” “Strata” uses a representative sample of Cohen’s wide range of materials: a 19th-century Japanese kimono, a piece of Chinese silk, a French tassel, vintage and contemporary American fabrics, paintspattered khakis, and vintage thread. The work consists of three unevenly faded brownish vertical kimono panels; the

left-most one is longer and folded so that it hangs half hidden behind the center panel. Sewn to this dark backdrop are three main elements that give the work a compositional balance: a vertical stack of small, colorful fabric samples framed by a rectangular border; a white square of crochet work; and a white tassel. The strata captured here in fabric could as well represent layers of time a n d g e o g r a p h y. With her own barely discernible horizontal lines stitched in red, green or white vintage thread, extending from either side of the tall rectangle, Cohen seems to be joining her work with that of the many weavers and sewers embodied in the fabrics’ histories. This act of joining is the physical equivalent of painters’ abstract formal gesturing to past styles and artists.



The exhibition could have benefitted from more detailed labels. True to her training as a curator, Cohen has learned as much as possible about the histories of her fabrics. At the exhibition’s opening, for example, she said that the rust-red 20th-century Kuba cloth from the Democratic Republic of the Congo used in “To Wrap Our Love” is traditionally woven by men and embroidered by women. But the label only identifies the fabric; it doesn’t explain why it interested the artist. In a separate conversation by phone, Cohen said that she confined her labels to lists of materials because, for the show, “I had more of an artist’s hat on than my museum hat. Which is interesting, because I’m all about interpretive materials” at the museum, she adds. She directs viewers to her website to learn more. Her online text for “To Wrap Our Love,” for example, indicates that the work’s unifying factor is that all the fabrics were handwoven or handmade, including Japanese mosquito netting woven from


hemp, and used to “clothe or protect loved ones.” Cohen added during the phone call that the pattern of thread-outlined geometric shapes on the Kuba cloth is original to the fabric and sewn with an unusual stacked stitch. The echoing geometric L shape, stitched onto the mosquito netting in an identical manner, is Cohen’s own work — an undertaking that, she said, helped her appreciate the materiality of the Central African cloth in a new way. In general, however, Cohen’s subtle interventions are meant to make it impossible to determine who did what. Cohen’s diverse hanging methods are intriguing. Some works hang from found wooden dowels by added fabric loops or an overseam. “We Hold These Truths” memorably drapes a vintage flag on a Middlebury Union High School majorette’s baton. Burlington metal forger John Marius created several wrought-iron curtain rods; one supports “Natural History,” made from a faded pink curtain. For the latter, Cohen pushed the curtain into gathers on one side to partly hide a stitched botanical detail she had added as an echo of a cut-out printed form beside it. A similarly teasing quality infuses “Terminus,” a black-and-white assemblage of layered, differently sized pieces. The work is one of a few that use only contemporary fabrics, including an embroidered-text piece and shibori-dyed denim by Massachusetts artists Yasmin Arshad and Rachel Switzer, respectively. While the embroidered text’s crude letters spell out “The End” 12 times, the work is hung from the shaft of a headless arrow whose fletching indicates that it points left, leading the eye in the opposite direction from that in which English is read. Assuredly, there is no clear end — either here or in the other embodied histories that constitute Cohen’s unique work. For the artist, her work is an antidote to the times. As she writes in her artist statement, “In a time of … lessening heed to history, the stitching needle helps me to examine, honor, and remember.” m Contact:

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f ‘WORD OF MOUTH’: In a solo exhibition, gallery director Christy Mitchell uses 1950s symbolism and imagery to comment on her own modern experience, including observations on how we communicate and what is shared through networks in small towns. Reception: Friday, November 8, 5-9 p.m. November 8-30. 578-2512. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.

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f AMÉLIE BRINDAMOUR: “In Oscillation,” mixed-media installation based on the mycorrhizal network that examines whether we could find inspiration from intelligent natural systems in order to alleviate power dynamics in contemporary communication systems. Reception: Thursday, November 7, 6-7 p.m. November 7-December 6. 654-2851. McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College in Colchester.


f ‘CELEBRATE’: Three floors of fine art and crafts created by more than 80 SPA member artists, including decorative and functional items for the household, ornaments, jewelry, cards and more. Reception: Saturday, November 16, 4-6 p.m. November 13-December 27. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. f ‘I AM…: EXPLORING WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A VERMONT ARTIST’: More than 20 artists present 2D work, music and sound, spoken word, poetry, dance and movement within a digital compilation. The exhibition is the culmination of a yearlong “I am a Vermont Artist” e-newsletter series documenting how artists’ creative expressions reflect their experiences of ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability or age. Reception: Friday, November 8, 5-7 p.m. November 8-December 20. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier.


f STUDENT EXHIBITION: Works by BFA students

Gillianne Sheppard, Adriana Eldred and Will Burney Lewis. Reception: Wednesday, November 13, 3-5 p.m. November 11-22. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University in Johnson.


f ‘CELEBRATE WITH ART’: All-member, all-media holiday gift show. Also, the debut of three new artist-members: Catherine Palmer (colored pencil), Winslow Colwell (photography on kite forms), and Michael DiMeola (photography). Reception: Friday, November 8, 5-7 p.m. November 8-January 28. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild. f ‘SEASON OF GIVING’: A holiday show featuring

gift-able works by gallery members in a variety of mediums. Reception: Friday, November 8, 5-8 p.m. November 8-January 3. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.

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f THE 99 FACES PROJECT: Photographic portraits, without labels, featuring people on the bipolar or schizophrenia spectrum and those who love them. Reception: Tuesday, November 11, 4-6 p.m. November 11-March 2. Donations. Info, 748-7313. Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury.

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f 12TH ANNUAL LEGO EXHIBIT: A display of LEGO constructions by creators of all ages. Prizes in six age groups. Reception and awards ceremony: Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m. November 7-11. Free with museum admission. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.


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political protests, people living with schizophrenia, Appalachian farmers, cloistered nuns and others. Part of the First Wednesdays series, a Vermont Humanities Council program. Rutland Free Library, Wednesday, November 6, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.


f KATE REEVES: “My Winter World,” a solo show of acrylic and watercolor paintings by the Barnard artist. Reception: Sunday, November 17, 2-4 p.m., with artist talk. November 13-February 18. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library in Tunbridge Village.

TALK: ‘TINTORETTO AT 500’: Robert Echols ’69, curator of landmark retrospective shows in Venice and Washington, honors Jacopo Tintoretto with a new assessment of the painter and his contributions. Mahaney Arts Center, Middlebury College, Wednesday, November 13, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


WESTERN ABENAKI EXHIBIT OPENING: An exhibition of artifacts celebrating the region’s original residents is unveiled on the second floor of the airport. Burlington International Airport, South Burlington, Saturday, November 9, 1 p.m. Info, 989-6717.

ART & CONVERSATION WITH SANDY SOKOLOFF: The painter, whose practice is largely rooted in his Jewish heritage, discusses his work in conjunction with the current exhibit “Transcendent.” Open to adults and lifelong learners 50-plus. BCA Center, Burlington, Wednesday, November 13, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.


‘ARTIST PANEL: THE DIY MODEL’: A presentation in the Jump/Start Business of Art series. Generator, Burlington, Wednesday, November 13, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0761.


ART HOP JURIED SHOW: A group exhibition of works selected by a guest juror, with first, second and third prize winners. Open during Flynn performances or by appointment. Through November 30. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.

ARTIST TALK: AMÉLIE BRINDAMOUR: The artist talks about her work in current exhibit “In Oscillation,” before a reception at the McCarthy Arts Center Gallery. Cheray Science Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m. Info, 654-2851.

‘THE ART SHOW’: Artists bring one piece each to this non-juried monthly exhibition of work in a variety of mediums. Winner of people’s choice award takes home collected entry fees. Through November 30. Info, 540-3081. The Gallery at RL Photo in Burlington.

ARTIST TALK: GLEN COBURN HUTCHESON: The member artist presents his class “How to Draw Everything,” and Hasso Ewing follows with a discussion of her work. The Front, Montpelier, Wednesday, November 6, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 552-0877. ‘AUTUMNAL COLORSCAPES’ WORKSHOP: Retired art teacher Nancy Oakes leads a class in watercolors, with a focus on exploring color and value mixing. Call to register. Waterbury Public Library, Saturday, November 9, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $5 for materials. Info, 244-7036. COMMUNITY LANTERN BUILDING WORKSHOP: Work with artists Mame McKee, Sarah-Lee Terrat and MK Monley to build a simple lantern to carry in the 10th annual River of Light Lantern Parade on Saturday, December 7, in downtown Waterbury. Tools and materials provided. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Preregister by emailing Thatcher Brook Primary School, Waterbury, Sunday, November 10, 10 a.m.-noon & 1-3 p.m. Donations. Info, 272-6557. ESSEX ART LEAGUE MEETING: The arts group’s monthly meeting includes social and business time and a guest speaker or presentation. First Congregational Church Essex, Essex Junction, Thursday, November 7, 9-11 a.m. FIRST THURSDAYS: The monthly event features four AIR Artists in multiple media. AIR Gallery, St. Albans, Thursday, November 7, 4:30-7 p.m. Info, 528-5222. GALLERY TALK: JOHN SEYLLER ON SHAHZIA SIKANDER: The University of Vermont professor discusses the intersection of the tradition of Indian miniature painting and the contemporary videos of the featured artist in current exhibition “Transcendent.” BCA Center, Burlington, Wednesday, November 13, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. “I AM” PANEL DISCUSSION: Prior to the opening reception of an exhibit at the Vermont Arts Council, Shanta Lee Gander moderates a discussion with Christal Brown, Toby MacNutt, Will Kasso and Vera Longtoe Sheehan on how their art forms and life experiences inform their work as Vermont artists. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, Friday, November 8, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 828-3291. ‘NONPROFIT EXHIBITION MODEL: CURATOR, ARTIST & GRANTOR’: A presentation in the Jump/Start Business of Art series. Generator, Burlington, Wednesday, November 6, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0761. OPEN ART STUDIO: Seasoned makers and first-timers alike convene to paint, knit and craft in a friendly environment. Bring a table covering for messy projects. Swanton Public Library, Tuesday, November 12, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info,



Ceili Seipke Exhausted by 11 years as a behavioral interventionist, Seipke

writes, she abandoned her former creative outlet, painting, and took up photography. But

a solo exhibition of her images at the Davis Studio in South Burlington shows that Seipke still has plenty of juice. For “Who Are You?” she asked family members and friends to pose for her fantasy portraits. “Are you a fairy tale princess? An evil ruler?” she writes in an artist statement, referring to roles her models might adopt. “We would go out on location or shoot in my garage,” she explains, “and I would refine the scenes in Photoshop.” On view are Seipke’s photographs on fine-art paper, with colored-pencil details. An opening reception on Sunday, November 10, includes a photo booth set with a winter scene. Proceeds from the photo booth benefit the Davis Studio Scholarship Fund. Pictured: “Winter White Tea.” ROLAND BATTEN LECTURE: ‘THE CIRCUMSTANCES OF DESIGN AND REALITY’: James Cutler, FAIA and founding member of Cutler Anderson Architects of Bainbridge Island, Wash., outlines his design method through examples of his work. Participants learn the importance of site selection, program and materials, how each affects the final design, and how the placement of public versus private spaces affects building design. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, Thursday, November 7, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-2775. TALK: ‘DREAMING ABOUT DESIGN’: Cameron Visiting Architect Ben Allred, visiting assistant professor and associate at TruexCullins Architecture in Burlington, presents the top five projects he obsessed over by day and dreamed about by night. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, Thursday, November 7, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. TALK: ‘FROM REMBRANDT TO VAN GOGH AND BEYOND’: Art historian Carol Berry discusses Vincent Van Gogh’s life, the development of his art, and the artists who influenced him. Part of the First Wednesdays series, a Vermont Humanities


Council program. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, Wednesday, November 6, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. TALK: LUIS CALDERIN: In “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” the Burlington DJ, marketer and activist, who has worked at Rock the Vote and in Sen. Bernie Sanders’ first presidential campaign, explores the roles of music, pop culture and art in “shouting truth to power.” Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Friday, November 8, noon. Free with museum admission. Info, 656-0750. TALK: MILDRED BELTRÉ: The artist discusses “Slogans for the Revolution That Never Was,” her ongoing series of text-based drawings and objects that reword and recontextualize language borrowed from other texts. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. Info, 656-0750. TALK: PHOTOGRAPHY AS SOCIAL JUSTICE: Photographer Dona Ann McAdams discusses her work and shows her empathetic black-and-white portraits of performing artists, AIDS activists,


‘BE STRONG AND DO NOT BETRAY YOUR SOUL’: Photographs by 47 artists from the collection of Light Work, a nonprofit based in Syracuse, N.Y., that explore topics of politics, social justice, identity and visibility. ‘RESIST! INSIST! PERSIST!’: Curated by UVM students in a fall 2018 art history class, the exhibit draws works primarily from the museum’s collection to explore how historical and contemporary artists have countered adversity and hardship with empowerment and expression. Through December 13. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington.

f ‘CONTRAST’: A new exhibition by the Art Tribe — Melanie Brotz, Annie Caswell, LaVerne Ferguson, Kara Greenblott, Billie Miles, Lynne Reed, Kelley Taft and Beth Young — who are dedicated to supporting and encouraging each other in making art. Reception: Thursday, November 7, 5-8 p.m. Through December 27. Info, 598-7420. Flynndog Gallery in Burlington. DAVID HOLUB: Digital illustrations that combine words, images, whimsy, heartbreak and humor. Through November 30. Info, 862-9647. The Daily Planet in Burlington. GARRETT MORIN: “Crowd Sorcery,” new works in pastel by the New York-based artist, inspired by Neolithic monuments to the dead. Through November 16. Info, 233-2943. Safe and Sound Gallery in Burlington. MARTIN SEEHUUS: “Far Away and Moving Very Fast,” paintings that focus on playful honesty. Through November 30. Info, 391-4083. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington. ‘TRANSCENDENT: SPIRITUALITY IN CONTEMPORARY ART’: A group exhibition of nationally recognized artists who explore or evoke themes of spirituality through their work, reflecting on questions of human nature, cultural identity and sanctity in everyday life. Artists include Anila Quayyam Agha, Leonardo Benzant, Maïmouna Guerresi, Shahzia Sikander, Zarina, and Vermontbased artists Sandy Sokoloff and Shelley Warren. ‘TRAVIS SHILLING: TYRANNOSAURUS CLAN’: The Canadian-Ojibwe painter debuts a new series of work that explores the environmental impact of industry and the threat of extinction to the animal realm and indigenous culture. Through February 8. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.




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f CEILI SEIPKE: “Who Are You?” limited-edition

photographs on fine-art paper with pencil detail. Reception: Sunday, November 10, 4-6 p.m., with winter photo booth 3-4 p.m. Through November 30. Info, 578-3829. Davis Studio in South Burlington. ‘JOEL BARBER & THE MODERN DECOY’: The first major exhibition to explore the life, collections and artwork of Barber (1876-1952), with objects including decoys, drawings, photographs and watercolor paintings from the museum’s collection. Through January 12. Info, 985-3346. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum. JUDITH LERNER: Vividly colored landscape paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 20. Info, 660-8808. Dorset Street Dermatology in South Burlington. NEIL DAVIS: Abstract-expressionist paintings by the Montpelier artist. Through November 30. Info, 461-3629. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. SAM MACY: “Natural Color,” Vermont scenes assembled in hand-cut native and exotic wood forms using natural, untouched and unstained wood. Through November 24. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne. TOM WATERS: “Forest, Field & Stream,” landscape paintings in oil. Through November 24. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.


‘200 YEARS—200 OBJECTS’: In the final celebratory year of the university’s bicentennial, the museum exhibits a curated selection of artifacts, documents and images from the school’s collections. Through December 21. Info, 485-2886. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. ADELAIDE MURPHY TYROL: “Anatomy of a Pond,” acrylic paintings and drawings, including larger fine-art paintings and small natural history armature illustrations. Through December 31. Info, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. CHRIS JEFFREY: Kinetic wall pieces that encourage the viewer to become involved in bringing the art to life, plus light boxes that seem to project colorful UV-lit structures into infinity. Through November 30. Info, 585-0867. Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier. ELIZABETH NELSON: “Northward,” paintings by the Vermont artist. Curated by Studio Place Arts. Through December 14. Info, info@studioplacearts. com. Morse Block Deli & Taps in Barre.


TASIOPOULOS: Photographs from the streets of Havana, Cuba, and mixed-media collages, respectively. Reception: Thursday, November 7, 5-7 p.m. Through January 3. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. JANIE COHEN: “Rogue Cloth Work,” hand-stitched pieces of old cloth combined and transformed into new textile assemblages with new contexts. Through December 27. Info, 828-0749. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. ‘NORMAN ROCKWELL’S ARLINGTON: AMERICA’S HOME TOWN’: An exhibit chronicling Rockwell and other artists who lived in Arlington, as well as many local residents who posed for the scenes of everyday life they portrayed. A collaborative effort of the Canfield Gallery and the Russell Collection of Vermontiana. Through January 31. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier. SHOW 35: Recent works by members of Montpelier’s sole collective art gallery. Through November 30. Info, The Front in Montpelier. SUSAN WAHLRAB AND CHRIS MILLER: ‘UNCHARTED’: After a lifetime of artistic investigations, the central Vermont artists leap into uncharted waters with challenging materials, subject matter and presentation. Through November 22. Info, 738-3667. The Garage Cultural Center in Montpelier.


2019 SMALL WORKS SHOW: An annual exhibition that celebrates the little things, in 2D and 3D pieces 24 inches or less. Through November 9. Info, 253-8943. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. BRIAN FEKETE: “Quixotica,” an exhibition of five large-scale oil paintings on canvas that explore abstraction, gesture and color. Through December 20. Info, 881-0418. 571 Projects in Stowe. ELIJAH HAMILTON-WRAY: Oil paintings by the MFA student in studio arts. Through November 8. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson. HEARTBEET LIFESHARING FIBER ARTS: Collaborative works of fiber artists and the therapeutic woodworking studio at the lifesharing communities in Hardwick and Craftsbury that include adults with developmental disabilities. f JENNIFER HUBBARD: “The View From Here,” landscape paintings featuring scenes from Lamoille and Orleans counties. Reception: Thursday, November 14, 5-7 p.m. Through December 27. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville. ‘MOUNTAIN AIR’: A group exhibition of the mountain landscape featuring painting, photography and sculpture, curated by Kelly Holt. Through November 22. Info, 760-4634. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort. ‘UNBROKEN CURRENT’: Photography, painting, sculpture and mixed-media works by Mildred Beltré, Sanford Biggers, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, Rashid Johnson, Harlan Mack and Carrie Mae Weems investigate cultural and personal identity, social justice, and history. VASILIS ZOGRAFOS: “Studio of Archeo-virtual Spiritings,” contemporary paintings by the Greek artist that borrow from archaeological traditions and aesthetics. Through November 9. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe.





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mad river valley/waterbury 2019 ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY SHOOT-OUT: A group photo exhibition on the theme of trees of Vermont. Through November 27. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury.

‘BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL’: Juried paintings by members of the Vermont Watercolor Society illustrate diverse styles and techniques. Through December 21. Free. Info, 496-6682. Vermont Festival of the Arts Gallery in Waitsfield.

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‘CEMETERIES OF ADDISON COUNTY’: Photography by Kathryn Wyatt that portrays the quiet beauty of local cemeteries through an artistic lens. Through November 30. Info, 349-0991. Lincoln Library. ‘CONJURING THE DEAD: SPIRIT ART IN THE AGE OF RADICAL REFORM’: Photographs and original drawings acquired by Solomon Wright Jewett (1808-94), a Vermont farmer, legislator and spiritualist who claimed supernatural powers, including bringing back the deceased. DANA SIMSON: “The animals are innocent,” mixed-media/ceramic sculptures and paintings featuring animals that address loss of habitat and food sources, among other perils. Through January 11. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. CORRINE YONCE: “Somewhere Between Place and Home,” a multimedia exploration of three projects by the community organizer, artist and documentarian that considers what it means when one’s primary residence is something other than fully home. Through February 29. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.


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‘ELEMENTS OF GLASS: FROM THE WORKSHOP OF SIMON PEARCE’: A collaborative exhibition with the renowned Vermont glassmaker explores the transformation from sand to glass, from design to finished product. Through March 31. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.

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

MYRA MUSGROVE: “Say Nice Things to Me,” acrylic paintings by the Brooklyn artist that “dissect an affair.” Through December 5. Info, 295-0808. Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction.

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

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

SMALL WORKS: A curated exhibition of new and favorite small-scale works by the gallery’s established and emerging artists. Through December 31. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury.

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

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

KAREN HENDERSON: “Contemplate,” landscapeinspired textiles and mixed-media artworks. Through November 22. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. ‘THE PIVOT AND THE BLADE: AN INTIMATE GLANCE AT SCISSORS’: A collection of objects that conveys the long human relationship to scissors and explores their design and myriad professional, creative, superstitious, violent and domestic uses. Through December 31. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover.


DONA ANN MCADAMS: Acclaimed Vermont photographer and activist Dona Ann McAdams’ expansive oeuvre features historic black-and-white portraits of avant-garde performers, pioneers of queer liberation, portraits of people living with schizophrenia, Appalachian farmers, cloistered nuns, race track workers and luminous images of horses, oxen and goats. Through January 4. Info, 579-9501. Castleton University Bank Gallery in Rutland. JOHN BROWDOWSKY: “Why 40 Still Lifes,” paintings resulting from the artist’s project of painting one still life a week over 12 months. Through November 11. Info, B&G Gallery in Rutland. WHITNEY RAMAGE: “(Dis)Embodiment,” multimedia works that utilize sculptures, performance videos, photographs and drawings to explore how the human body relates and interacts with the world. Through November 11. Info, The 77 Gallery in Rutland.

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

ROBERT MALLORY KLEIN: “The Character of the Kingdom,” paintings of the villages and hamlets of the Northeast Kingdom by the retired diplomat turned artist. Through December 22. Info, 533-9075. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

Myra Musgrove The Brooklyn-based artist describes the contents of her exhibit “paintings and comics.” And so they are. But that doesn’t really explain her unique

combination of cartoony line drawing, acrylic paint and fabric-inspired backgrounds (specifically, William Morris textiles). With speech bubble overlays, the works are memeready. In “Say Nice Things to Me,” currently at Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction, Musgrove further explains in an artist statement that she explores memoir through various modes. Visitors to the petite jewelry shop and gallery can ponder paintings that the artist says dissect an affair “for the purpose of posterity, insight and reckoning.” Through December 5. Pictured: “Smoking.”

‘WINDOWS FROM THE OLD BARN’: Framed paintings of farm and wild animals on barn windows. Through December 3. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.

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‘ALCHEMY: METAL, MYSTERY AND MAGIC’: A group show featuring sculptures and painting by Jeanne Carbonetti, Sabrina Fadial, Alexandra Heller, Peter Heller, Pat Musick, Dan O’Donnell, Gerald Stoner and Johny Swing. Through February 29. Info, 258-3992. The Great Hall in Springfield. DOUG TRUMP: “By Rail,” 12 oil and mixed-media works on repurposed wood. Through February 9. FAFNIR ADAMITES: “Interfere (with),” a sculptural installation created with felted wool and burlap that focuses on intergenerational trauma and generational emotional turmoil. Through March 7. GORDON MEINHARD: “The Lives of Tables,” modernist still

CALL TO ARTISTS 12TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOWCASE & CRAFT FAIR: Seeking arts, crafts and specialty food items for event that benefits the BFA Fairfax cheer and softball teams. Deadline: November 22. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax. Info, 355-0832. 3RD ANNUAL LYNDONVILLE ART WALK: Artists and makers in all mediums are invited to create work in the theme of opposites, such as black/white, spring/fall, hot/cold, or whatever comes to mind. Deadline: November 8. Green Mountain Books and Prints, Lyndonville. Free. Info, 229-8317, ‘ABSTRACTION’: Abstract images combine shapes, color, pattern, texture and imagination to create an image largely independent of visual reality. For an exhibition in January, we seek abstract images made in whatever way you choose. Curator: Kirsten Hoving. Deadline: November 11. PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury. $39 for up to five images; $6 per each additional image. Info, ‘THE ART SHOW’: All sizes and mediums of artwork accepted, one piece per artist, to this monthly non-juried exhibition. $10 cash entry fee. Drop-off time for artwork is every first Friday of the month from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Opening reception is 6-9 p.m., with people’s choice awarded a mini-grant. Deadline: January 2. The Gallery at RL Photo, Burlington. Info, 540-3081,



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life paintings of tables that appear to become more animated as the series progresses, by the cofounder of the museum. Through March 7. MARÍA ELENA GONZÀLEZ: “Tree Talk,” an installation that uses rubbings and tracings of birch bark as templates for laser-cutting paper piano rolls. Through February 9. THELMA APPEL: “Observed/Abstract,” a survey of the career of a cofounder of the Bennington College Summer Painting Workshop, whose work now centers on the tarot. Through February 9. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. ‘MADE IN VERMONT’: A group exhibition of new and recently completed work by Vermont artists, including paintings, works on paper and sculpture by Arista Alanis, Steve Budington, Clark Derbes, Jason Galligan-Baldwin and Sarah Letteney. MALCOLM

MORLEY: Approximately 40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper created between 1964 and 2016 by the British-born American artist and founder of super-realism. RICHARD ARTSCHWAGER: Some 40 paintings, sculptures and works on paper that reference everyday objects, symbols, people and places, often made from unconventional and industrial materials. The American painter, sculptor and draftsman died in 2011. Through December 1. Info, 952-1056. Hall Art Foundation in Reading.


‘AUTUMN ANGLES’: The juried exhibition features works by SVAC artist members. ANDO HIROSHIGE: Woodblock prints by the Japanese master (1797-1858), curated by Steven Schlussel. Through

November 17. Info, 362-1405. Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester. ‘VISIBLE IN VERMONT: OUR STORIES, OUR VOICES’: A multigenerational photo and story exhibition highlighting the experiences of people of color living in or attending school in Vermont. ASA CHEFFETZ: VERMONT WOOD ENGRAVINGS: Works by the late printmaker (1896-1965). Through December 30. Free with museum admission. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.


‘COLORS IN LIFE’: More than 30 paintings by the Connecticut River Chapter of the Vermont Watercolor Society. Through November 10. Info, 889-9404. Tunbridge Public Library.

JANET VAN FLEET: “Hanging Around,” mixed-media constructions of found materials. Through November 9. Info, 685-4699. North Common Arts in Chelsea.

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



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omebody has to say it: The new film from gifted director Bong Joon-Ho (Okja) is neither his best nor the year’s. It’s fun and wonderful in many ways and cleverly conceived. It’s also self-indulgent, riddled with plot holes and thematically vapid. Movies aren’t required to make profound statements, of course. I point out that Parasite doesn’t only because virtually every other reviewer has insisted it does. Critics have praised its “savage commentary on economic inequality and the violence inflicted by capitalism” (Dana Stevens, Slate). I suppose that’s because the story concerns a family that’s wealthy, a family that’s poor and the zaniness that ensues once the twain meets. But that’s like hailing Geostorm for its “savage commentary on humanity’s failure to halt climate change.” Referencing a social ill isn’t the same as saying something new, useful or insightful about it. Parasite doesn’t say anything about inequality that Bong’s Snowpiercer (2013) didn’t say already and with more imaginative panache. How poor are the Kims? Father, mother,


son and daughter live in a cramped semibasement Seoul apartment and make ends almost meet by folding boxes for a nearby pizzeria. When the son, Ki-woo (Choi Woo-sik), hears about an opportunity to tutor a wellto-do high school student, his sister, Ki-jung (Park So-dam), whips up a fake diploma to get him in the door. In short order, the entire Kim clan has adopted false identities to scam its way into lucrative gigs with the family. How wealthy are the Parks? Father, mother, son and daughter live on top of the world on the other side of town in an ultramodern compound surrounded by concrete walls. Each is a one-dimensional doodle. The daughter instantly falls in love with Ki-woo, who’s changed his name to Kevin. The family’s temperamental young son instantly and inexplicably submits to the will of Ki-jung, who’s changed her name to Jessica and cooked up credentials to work as an art therapist. So far, so amusing, in a con-job comedy kind of way. The director describes the first half of the film as a “nerdy family version of Mission: Impossible.” Frothy, fast-paced fun. Nothing wrong with that. But the second half. That’s where things go off the rails. Bong sets a new world record for the number of tonal and genre shifts in

FAMILY PORTRAITS Bong’s latest offers the zigzaggy saga of a poor clan and a rich one mingling with meaninglessly violent results.

a single cinematic work. Which is great in that he keeps you guessing, but — it evidently needs pointing out — doesn’t in itself make the movie meaningful or artistically significant, just unpredictable. And much of it is unpredictable because what happens makes little or no sense. After the great flood, ask yourself, Where’d everybody get the beautiful dry party clothes? After the script spends time setting up a Morse code situation, ask yourself, Given what comes of it, was that time sensibly spent? After what happens with an incriminating cellphone photo, ask yourself, Whatever happened to that cell? After

The Lighthouse ★★★★


n 2016, I sang the praises of Sully Seagull, the real star of the shark-attack movie The Shallows. But that squawky avian actor looks like a hack beside the one-eyed gull who menaces Ephraim Winslow (Robert Pattinson) in the genially bizarre indie film The Lighthouse. Ephraim is doing a stint as an assistant “wickie” (lighthouse keeper) on a rocky island off New England, and the solitude is getting to him. “I saw ye sparring with the gull,” observes his boss, Thomas Wake (Willem Dafoe), who sagely warns the younger man that killing sea birds is bad luck. This being a film directed and cowritten by Robert Eggers, the history geek/ dark prankster behind The Witch, what do you think happens next? Animal trainer Guillaume Grange told Jezebel that the gull that sparred with Pattinson (via green screen) was actually three gulls, and they are high-strung birds that “will not come cuddle.” That also serves as a remarkably apt description of the only two human characters in the movie — unless you count those who flit through Ephraim’s dreams and hallucinations. Shot on black-and-white film in an aspect ratio rarely seen since the 1920s, The Lighthouse suggests a lost expressionist classic chronicling the degeneration of one man’s fragile psyche under the onslaught of nature and human cruelty. The movie’s big — and welcome — surprise is that it’s funny, in a Samuel Beckett-writing-fartjokes sort of way. While Pattinson gives a fully committed performance, he’s the straight man



WICKIE-PEDIA Dafoe and Pattinson play an odd couple of lighthouse keepers in Eggers’ surprisingly funny experimental film.

to Dafoe, who goes way past camp in his portrayal of an irascible old sea dog. Ephraim eventually declares his boss “a goddamn parody,” and he’s not wrong, but it’s a parody for the ages. The Lighthouse doesn’t have much of a plot beyond “Things are bad and getting worse.”

But the conflict between the principals keeps us engaged, aided by their florid dialogue. (Eggers and his cowriter brother, Max, used 19thcentury Maine author Sarah Orne Jewett as a dialect model.) By banning Ephraim from the upper chamber where the magnificent

the blood-drenched climactic sequence, ask yourself, WTF? You get the idea. To make matters less meaningful, the film offers zero thoughtful comment on capitalism or inequality. It simply gives us poor characters gaming rich characters and assumes we’ll side with the poor. That’s not “savage commentary.” That’s condescension. This is by far the filmmaker’s most commercially successful work to date. Getting fat off a fractured fairy tale about class, Bong acts like a parasite here if anyone does. He’s better than that. So are you. RI C K KI S O N AK

Fresnel lens resides, Thomas hoards the one source of beauty in their world for himself. Is he just being a petty tyrant, or are more sinister forces at work? Turning on a dime from murderous rage to tenderness and back, the two men’s relationship evokes the father-son conflict in a Kafka story, or possibly even — if you want to go out on a limb — the rivalry of a boomer and a millennial in a modern office setting. While Ephraim derides Thomas as a Captain Ahab wannabe, Thomas gets his own back by replying with the 19th-century equivalent of “Cool story, bro” whenever his younger colleague tries to offer a soul-baring confession or a vital piece of backstory. This breezy dismissal of precisely the information the audience wants to know is an effective running joke. As a psychological thriller, The Lighthouse doesn’t offer much we haven’t seen hundreds of times before. Unlike The Witch, it doesn’t build up a sense of cosmic dread so much as a sense of cosmic WTF. But it does so with art and gusto. Eggers seems to delight in shooting Pattinson’s matinee-idol face in foreshortened ways that make him look monstrous; in this movie, nothing pretty stays pretty except the unattainable light. The result is an absurdist parable that may or may not be for our time or any particular time at all, its perspective summed up in the businesslike glare of that uncuddly gull. The lighthouse beacon works fine, but everybody stays in the dark. MARGO T HARRI S O N


NEW IN THEATERS DOCTOR SLEEP: In this adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining, grown-up Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) tries to protect a girl with powers similar to his own from a cult. With Rebecca Ferguson. Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game) directed. (151 min, R. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Stowe, Welden)

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JOJO RABBIT: Everybody has an opinion on this anti-Nazi satire from Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok), in which a young follower of Hitler (Roman Griffin Davis) makes discoveries that change his world. With Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell and Rebel Wilson. (108 min, PG-13. Roxy) LAST CHRISTMAS: In this Hallmark-sounding rom com, a young woman (Emilia Clarke) meets her new beau while playing a department-store Santa’s elf. With Henry Golding and Emma Thompson. Paul Feig (A Simple Favor) directed. (102 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Welden) MIDWAY: Director Roland Emmerich (Independence Day: Resurgence) transports audiences to a key World War II battle for control of the Pacific in this drama starring Woody Harrelson, Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson and Dennis Quaid. (138 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Stowe) PAIN & GLORY: Has Pedro Almodóvar made his equivalent of Federico Fellini’s 8 1/2? In his latest drama, a film director recalls his origins in vivid flashbacks. With Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Julieta Serrano and Penélope Cruz. (113 min, R. Roxy) PLAYING WITH FIRE: Rescuing three boisterous kids is a tough job even for fearless firefighters in this family comedy. Judy Greer, Keegan-Michael Key and John Cena star. Andy Fickman (Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2) directed. (96 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace)

NOW PLAYING ABOMINABLEHHH1/2 Lost in Shanghai, a young yeti needs help to return to his Everest home in this DreamWorks animated adventure. Jill Culton (Open Season) directed. With the voices of Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai and Eddie Izzard. (97 min, PG; reviewed by M.H. 10/2) AD ASTRAHHHHH Brad Pitt plays an astronaut sent across the solar system on a mission to find his father (Tommy Lee Jones), who disappeared on a mysterious expedition, in this sci-fi film from director James Gray (The Immigrant). With Liv Tyler and Ruth Negga. (122 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 9/25) THE ADDAMS FAMILYHH1/2 Charles Addams’ creepy cartoon family becomes a family animation directed by Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon (Sausage Party), with the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Chloë Grace Moretz. (105 min, PG) ARCTIC DOGSH1/2 An arctic fox (voiced by Jeremy Renner) who dreams of becoming a sled dog uncovers a nefarious plot in this family animation directed by Aaron Woodley (Spark: A Space Tail). With John Cleese, Anjelica Huston and Alec Baldwin. (93 min, PG) COUNTDOWNH1/2 An app that helpfully tells you when you’ll die? That’s the premise of this horror flick from first-time director Justin Dec. With Elizabeth Lail, Anne Winters and Charlie McDermott. (90 min, PG-13) DOWNTON ABBEYHHH The story of the to-themanor-born Crawley family and their servants continues in this offshoot of the TV series, which includes a royal visit. With Michelle Dockery, Matthew Goode and Maggie Smith. Michael Engler directed. (122 min, PG)




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Doctor Sleep GEMINI MANHH Will Smith plays an aging hitman who finds himself facing off against his own equally lethal clone (also Smith) as director Ang Lee (Life of Pi) makes a return to action cinema. With Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Clive Owen. (117 min, PG-13; reviewed by L.B. 10/16)


JOKERHHH In this stand-alone backstory for Batman’s nemesis, he’s played as a struggling funnyman by Joaquin Phoenix. Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy also star. Todd Phillips (The Hangover) directed. (121 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 10/9) JUDYHH Renée Zellweger portrays Judy Garland in this biopic that focuses on the star’s attempt at a London concert comeback in 1968, with flashbacks to her unhappy youth. With Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock and Rufus Sewell. Rupert Goold (True Story) directed. (118 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 10/16) THE LIGHTHOUSEHHHH Robert Eggers (The Witch) directed this critically acclaimed, reputedly trippy tale in which Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson play the keepers of a remote lighthouse in the 1890s. (109 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 11/6) MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVILHH Angelina Jolie’s sharp cheekbones return, along with more drama between humans and fairies, in this dark fantasy from director Joachim Rønning. Elle Fanning is the newly engaged Princess Aurora; Michelle Pfeiffer, the scheming mother-in-law-tobe. (118 min, PG) MOTHERLESS BROOKLYNHHH A detective with Tourette’s syndrome investigates the murder of his mentor and discovers a larger plot in this adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel, directed by and starring Edward Norton. With Bruce Willis, Dallas Roberts and Willem Dafoe. (144 min, R) PARASITEHHH An unemployed family finds plenty to do — and money to be made — in an affluent home in this satirical drama from Bong Joon-Ho (Snowpiercer), which won the Palme d’or at the Cannes Film Festival. With Kang-ho Song and Yeo-jeong Jo. (132 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 11/6) TERMINATOR: DARK FATEHH1/2 Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is back to protect yet another kid endangered by a time-traveling cyborg in this sequel set 20 years after Terminator 2: Judgment Day. With Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mackenzie Davis and Natalia Reyes. Tim Miller (Deadpool) directed. (128 min, R) ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAPHH A decade after the events of Zombieland, the undead have evolved into superzombies. Changing “family” dynamics mean that Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin’s characters must evolve, too — or, perhaps, perish. Ruben Fleischer again directed. (99 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 10/23)


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48 Carroll Rd. (off Route 100), Waitsfield, 496-8994,

wednesday 6 — thursday 7 Gemini Man Maleficent: Mistress of Evil friday 8 — thursday 14 Harriet Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Closed on Mondays.


Route 100, Morrisville, 888-3293,

wednesday 6 Arctic Dogs Joker Maleficent: Mistress of Evil Terminator: Dark Fate thursday 7 *Doctor Sleep *Last Christmas *Playing With Fire Terminator: Dark Fate Rest of schedule not available at press time.


93 State St., Montpelier, 229-0343,

wednesday 6 — thursday 7 Arctic Dogs Downton Abbey (Wed only) Joker (Wed only) *Last Christmas (Thu only) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (Wed only) *Midway (Thu only) *Playing With Fire (Thu only) Zombieland: Double Tap friday 8 — wednesday 13 Arctic Dogs (Sat & Sun only) Downton Abbey (except Tue) *Last Christmas Maleficent: Mistress of Evil *Midway *Playing With Fire Zombieland: Double Tap (except Wed)


21 Essex Way, Suite 300, Essex, 879-6543,

wednesday 6 — thursday 7 Abominable The Addams Family Arctic Dogs Countdown *Doctor Sleep (Thu only) The Great Alaskan Race Joker *Last Christmas (Thu only) **Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour (Thu only) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil *Midway (Thu only) *Playing With Fire (Thu only) Terminator: Dark Fate Zombieland: Double Tap friday 8 — wednesday 13 The Addams Family Arctic Dogs *Doctor Sleep **John Fogerty — 50 Year Trip: Live at Red Rocks (Mon only) Joker *Last Christmas Maleficent: Mistress of Evil **Met Opera: Madama Butterfly (Sat only) *Midway **Mountaintop: Neil Young (Tue only) *Playing With Fire **TCM Big Screen Classics Presents: The Godfather Part II (Sun, Tue & Wed only) Terminator: Dark Fate Zombieland: Double Tap


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friday 8 — wednesday 13 Abominable The Addams Family Arctic Dogs *Doctor Sleep Downton Abbey Joker *Last Christmas Maleficent: Mistress of Evil *Midway *Playing With Fire Terminator: Dark Fate Zombieland: Double Tap


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wednesday 6 — thursday 7 Judy **The Pollinators (Wed only) Terminator: Dark Fate

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

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wednesday 6 — thursday 7 The Addams Family Arctic Dogs Countdown Downton Abbey Joker **Lynyrd Skynyrd: Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour (Thu only) Maleficent: Mistress of Evil **National Theatre Live: Hansard (Thu only) **Slayer: The Repentless Killogy (Wed only) Terminator: Dark Fate **The Tony Alva Story (Wed only) Zombieland: Double Tap

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SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21):

Studies suggest that, on average, each of us has a social network of about 250 people, 120 of whom we regard as a closer group of friendly acquaintances. But most of us have no more than 20 folks we trust and only two or three whom we regard as confidants. I suspect that these numbers will be in flux for you during the next 12 months, Scorpio. I bet you’ll make more new friends than usual and will also expand your inner circle. On the other hand, I expect that some people who are now in your sphere will depart. Net result: stronger alliances and more collaboration.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Aries psychologist James Hillman said we keep “our images and fantasies at arm’s length because they are so full of love.” They’re also quite flammable, he added. They are always on the verge of catching fire, metaphorically speaking. That’s why many people wrap their love-filled images and fantasies in metaphorical asbestos: to prevent them from igniting a blaze in their psyches. In my astrological opinion, you Aries folks always have a mandate to use less asbestos than all the other signs — even none at all. That’s even truer than usual right now. Keep your images and fantasies extra close and raw and wild. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Poet James Merrill was ecstatic when he learned the Greek

language. According to his biographer, he felt he could articulate his needs “with more force and clarity, with greater simplicity and less self-consciousness, than he ever could in his own language.” He concluded, “Freedom to be oneself is all very well; the greater freedom is not to be oneself.” Personally, I think that’s an exaggeration. I believe the freedom to be yourself is very, very important. But for you in the coming weeks, Taurus, the freedom to not be yourself could indeed be quite liberating. What might you do to stretch your capacities beyond what you’ve assumed is true about you? Are you willing to rebel against and transcend your previous self-conceptions?


(May 21-June 20): Musician Brian Eno made a deck of oracular cards called Oblique Strategies. Each card has a suggestion designed to trigger creative thinking about a project or process you’re working on. You Geminis might find it useful to call on Oblique Strategies right now, since you’re navigating your way through a phase of adjustment and rearrangement. The card I drew for you is “Honor thy error as hidden intention.” Here’s how I interpret it: An apparent lapse or misstep will actually be the result of your deeper mind guiding you to take a fruitful detour.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): We devote a lot of energy to wishing and hoping about the meaningful joys we’d love to bring into our lives. And yet few of us have been trained in the best strategies for manifesting our wishes and hopes. That’s the bad news. The good news is that now is a favorable time for you to upgrade your skills at getting what you want. With that in mind, I present you with the simple but potent wisdom of author Maya Angelou: “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it.” To flesh that out, I’ll add: Formulate a precise statement describing your heart’s yearning, and then work hard to make yourself ready for its fulfillment. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): What are the key parts of your life — the sources and influences that enable you to be your most soulful self? I urge you to nourish them intensely during the next three weeks. Next question: What are the

marginally important parts of your life — the activities and proclivities that aren’t essential for your long-term success and happiness? I urge you to corral all the energy you give to those marginally important things and instead pour it into what’s most important. Now is a crucial time in the evolution of your relationship with your primal fuels, your indispensable resources, your sustaining foundations.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “When she spoke of beauty, he spoke of the fatty tissue supporting the epidermis,” wrote short story author Robert Musil. He was describing a conversation between a man and woman who were on different wavelengths. “When she mentioned love,” Musil continued, “he responded with the statistical curve that indicates the rise and fall in the annual birthrate.” Many of you Virgos have the flexibility to express yourself well on both of those wavelengths. But in the coming months, I hope you’ll emphasize the beauty and love wavelength rather than the fatty tissue and statistical curve wavelength. It’ll be an excellent strategy for getting the healing you need. LIBRA

(Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Libran blogger Ana-Sofia Cardelle was asked, “What is your signature perfume?” She said she hadn’t found one. But then she described how she would like to smell: “somewhere between fresh and earthy: cinnamon and honey, a rose garden, saltwater baked in the sun.” The coming days will be an excellent time to indulge in your own fantasies about the special fragrance you’d like to emanate. Moreover, I bet you’ll be energized by pinpointing a host of qualities you would like to serve as cornerstones of your identity: traits that embody and express your uniqueness.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I blame

and thank the Sagittarian part of me when I get brave and brazen enough to follow my strongest emotions where they want to lead me. I also blame and thank the Sagittarian part of me when I strip off my defense mechanisms and invite the world to regard my vulnerabilities as interesting and beautiful. I furthermore blame and thank the Sagittarian side of me on those occasions when I run three miles down the beach at dawn, hoping to thereby

jolt loose the secrets I’ve been concealing from myself. I suspect the coming weeks will be a favorable time to blame and thank the Sagittarian part of you for similar experiences.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Persian polymath Avicenna (980–1037) wrote 450 books on many topics, including medicine, philosophy, astronomy, geography, mathematics, theology and poetry. While young, he tried to study Metaphysics by Aristotle but had difficulty grasping it. Forty times he read the text, even committing it to memory. But he made little progress toward fathoming it. Years later, he was browsing at an outdoor market and found a brief, cheap book about Metaphysics by an author named al-Farabi. He read it quickly and for the first time understood Aristotle’s great work. He was so delighted he went out to the streets and gave away gifts to poor people. I foresee a comparable milestone for you, Capricorn: Something that has eluded your comprehension will become clear, at least in part due to a lucky accident. AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In addition to being a key figure in Renaissance art, 15th-century Italian painter Filippo Lippi had a colorful life. According to legend, he was once held prisoner by Barbary pirates but gained his freedom by drawing a riveting portrait of their leader. Inspired by the astrological factors affecting you right now, I’m fantasizing about the possibility of a liberating event arriving in your life. Maybe you’ll call on one of your skills in a dramatic way, thereby enhancing your leeway or generating a breakthrough or unleashing an opportunity. (Please also reread your horoscope from last week.)

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): “Stand high long enough and your lightning will come,” writes Piscean novelist William Gibson. He isn’t suggesting that we literally stand on top of a treeless hill in a thunderstorm and invite the lightning to shoot down through us. More realistically, I think he means that we should devotedly cultivate and discipline our highest forms of expression so that when inspiration finds us, we’ll be primed to receive and use its full power. That’s an excellent oracle for you.


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FALL FOLIAGE TOURIST NEEDS DIRECTIONS Grand Isle, New York plates. You: mowing lawn wearing tight overalls, straw hat and a low-cut pink top as you leaned down to give directions to the NEK. Told you I wanted to pick some wild mountain berries. Felt like I was on the expressway to your heart. Sensed we had a moment. Like to groove with you on the way back. When: Saturday, October 26, 2019. Where: Grand Isle. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914900 YOU’RE DEAD TO ME I saw you dancing from across the room at Manahana Magic. You were dressed as Day of the Dead, and you were the best-looking guy in the room! We exchanged a couple of smiles. Thank you for the beers, and I hope we can share some drinks and laughter again soon. When: Saturday, October 26, 2019. Where: Old Lantern, Charlotte. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914899 MILTON LAUNDROMAT, SUNDAY, 10/27 You were driving a Ford Expedition with tinted windows and were there using the dryers. I held the door for you when you came back in and I was leaving, and we exchanged smiles. Your smile made my day. Thanks for that moment of happiness.  When: Sunday, October 27, 2019. Where: Milton laundromat. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914898 I’M CORNY FOR YOU! You: tall, cute and wearing a black “dad hat” with a red heart emblem. Me: short and adorable, but wearing brown heels not suited for the maze. Our friends left to go to the bathroom, and our eyes met in mutual amusement at their inability to preemptively pee. There was an undeniable spark! When: Sunday, October 13, 2019. Where: Danville Corn Maze. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914897


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NOTRE DAME JACKET, WAITSFIELD FARMERS MARKET I asked, “College or high school?” and then became so flustered by the smiling, handsome man answering me that I stuttered! When you came back, I was too busy working to ask if you were local (and single?). When: Saturday, October 5, 2019. Where: Waitsfield Farmers Market. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914889

LOST DISC GOLF DISC, WILLISTON I spied a wandering disc golf disc that may belong to you, spotted at the course behind the Williston Central School. No name/number, but it’s from an event, so it may have some sentimental value! Check the Lost & Found section on Craigslist for more ways to contact me if it’s yours. When: Sunday, September 29, 2019. Where: Williston. You: Nonbinary person. Me: Man. #914884

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GOT A LOOK THAT KILLS You were helping a dude in a scooter wash windows. I yelled, “You missed a spot” out the car window, and you shot a look that could stop a heart, and you kind of did mine. I’d like to know more about you. How’d you hurt your ankle? Let’s get a coffee. When: Monday, October 14, 2019. Where: outside Penny Cluse. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914891

BESPECTACLED FELLA IN MEHURON’S I grabbed an unruly bunch of kale and may have shaken water on your shoes. You said goodbye as you left and waved as I drove away. Do I know you? I’m still curious a few weeks later, so I figured ... maybe this guy also likes to do the crossword and occasionally browse the I-Spys for fun? When: Monday, September 30, 2019. Where: Mehuron’s. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914886

AUBURN HAIR, GRAY DRESS, SUNGLASSES Lake Placid corner store, 11:30 a.m. You: amazingly attractive with your slender legs, big smile and beautiful auburn hair. You walked by me next to the juice cooler. I said, “It’s a beautiful day,” and you smiled and said it’s an “amazing day.” Any day would be amazing with you. Find me, babe, and let’s seize the day. When: Wednesday, September 18, 2019. Where: Lake Placid. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914880

MILTON SAND BAR SUNDAY You: on an orange Harley, long blond hair. Enjoying the sun and your music for about an hour. Me: across the road, sitting on my tailgate. Wanted to walk over and say hi, but didn’t want to disturb you. We waved to each other as your drove off. Should have crossed that road. Single? Maybe a coffee sometime? When: Sunday, October 13, 2019. Where: Route 2, Sand Bar. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914890

DINNER AT SHELBURNE FARMS, 9/29 You sat behind me at a table in a cream-colored outfit, at the end of the table. I sat at the end of my table. We made eye contact several times and exchanged smiles. No rings on your hand ... Single? When you left, I said goodnight and wished you safe travels. Would enjoy seeing that smile again. Coffee? When: Sunday, September 29, 2019. Where: Shelburne Farms. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914885

BRIGHT EYES, NO BS ATTITUDE You: blue eyes, tall, no-bullshit kind of attitude, always in uniform. Me: curious about you. I see you often, and randomly, in Montpelier, always working hard. Always on the move. You’re tough to find, but I seize up when you’re right in front of me. I want to become acquainted with you. Do you drink? I’ll buy. When: Wednesday, October 2, 2019. Where: Montpelier. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914879

WILLISTON STARBUCKS You came in with a fellow bald-headed buddy. They called “Patrick” when your coffee was ready. Wish I had made eye contact with you before you were on your way. Single? Next one on me? When: Wednesday, October 16, 2019. Where: Starbucks, Williston. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914892


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Dear Reverend,

My best friend, whom I’ve known since high school, is transitioning from male to female. I think that’s fantastic, but I keep making mistakes by using the wrong pronoun and calling her by her old name. She says it doesn’t bother her, but it bothers me. How do I train myself to get it right?

Flummoxed Friend (male, 29)

Dear Flummoxed,

It’s great that you understand the importance of respecting your friend’s transition by learning to transition your own language — because not everybody does. You two have been pals for a long time, and it’s obvious that you’re supportive of her journey, so you shouldn’t get too stressed out about the occasional slipup — especially since she’s told you that it doesn’t worry her all that much. Lord knows, I have friends who changed their last names when they got married, and I still goof up years later. When something changes with an old friend, be it as simple as a hairstyle or a new

spouse, or as complicated as a gender transition, it’s going to take some time to adjust. Such is life. When you make a mistake, don’t freak out; just quickly correct yourself. There’s no need to issue a big apology every time and make it all the more awkward, and you

don’t want your friend to have to keep consoling you for your mistake. Just keep the flow moving forward. Who knows how many more times you’re going to mess up, but the proper pronoun will become second nature sooner or later. The most important thing is that she knows you’re there for her no matter what, and it sounds like that’s the case. Transitioning is no easy road, but having a solid best friend along the way makes it a little less bumpy. Good luck and God bless,

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[CONTINUED] City of Burlington as follows: That the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington be and hereby is amended by deleting Chapter 8, Buildings and Building Construction, Article V, Illuminated Signs, therefrom to read as follows: ARTICLE V. ILLUMINATED SIGNS1 RESERVED DIVISION 1. GENERALLY 8-76 – 8-99 Reserved. Defined. As used in this article “illuminated signs” shall be construed to mean and shall include any and all contrivances, projections, frameworks or fixtures in the form of, or upon which there may be, one (1) or more letters, words, models, signs, devices, designs or representations, attached or affixed to a building and extending

in front of the building line, whether used for advertisements, announcements or directions, and whether luminous tube or incandescent, the character and design of which is visible and clearly discernible at night by illumination especially designed for and connected therewith, and which is habitually illuminated with a minimum illumination of eight (8) candlepower per square foot on a single-faced sign and sixteen (16) candlepower per square foot on a double-faced sign. 8-77 License required. No illuminated sign shall be erected, maintained or renewed, unless a license for the same shall have been issued pursuant to this article. 8-78 Authority to license. The city council is hereby authorized to issue licenses for illuminated signs as permitted by this article. 8-79 Application for license. Prior to the erection of any illuminated sign, the applicant shall file with the city clerk an application to the city council in writing for a license to erect such sign, such application to be made


on proper blanks to be furnished by the city clerk, and shall also file with the application plans and statements of the proposed illuminated sign, including the method of attachment of the same to the building with the approval of the city engineer and inspector of electric wiring endorsed thereon. 8-80 Contents of application. The application for a permit required by this article shall set forth: (a) The full name and residence and business address of the owner of the building upon which the illuminated sign is to be erected; (b) The name and address of the party erecting the sign; and (c) Such information as may be required by the city engineer and the inspector of electric wiring. 8-81 Expiration of plan approval. The approval by the engineer and the inspector of electric wiring of the plans required by this article shall expire unless a license to erect such sign is secured and such sign is erected within three (3) months from the date of such approval. 8-82 License fee. The fee for the license

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required by this article shall be five dollars ($5.00). 8-83 Issuance of license. When the application, plans and specifications, with the approval thereof by the city engineer and the inspector of electric wiring, have been filed, the city council may then grant a license for the erection and maintenance of such illuminated sign according to the plans so approved and the city clerk shall then issue such license to the applicant. 8-84 Revocation of license. All licenses issued pursuant to this article shall be revoked upon repeal of this article or may be revoked by the city council at any time. 8-85 License not to be issued without permit. No license to maintain an electrical sign over any street in the city shall be granted by the city council unless the application therefor is accompanied by the electrical permit required under section 12-21. 8-86—8-90 Reserved. DIVISION 2. STANDARDS AND REQUIREMENTS 8-91 Method of construction. All illuminated signs, including all supports


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No illuminated sign hereafter erected, constructed, reconstructed or materially altered shall extend more than six (6) feet beyond the street line, nor shall it be less than ten (10) feet in the clear above the level of the sidewalk beneath such sign. article may be ordered illuminated sign which 8-93 Contents of sign. removed whenever, in is parallel to and against FSBO-Grosselfinger103019.indd 1 No illuminated sign shall the opinion of the city the face of the building contain any words of council, public necessity, or wall to which the same advertisement except safety or convenience is attached; provided in connection with the requires such removal, that no part of any such business or occupation which shall be at the sign shall extend more carried on in the building owner’s expense. than ten (10) inches to which the sign is atoutward from such buildtached. 8-95 Excepted signs. ing or wall and provided 8-94 Removal. The provisions of this further that no part of Any illuminated sign article shall not be any such sign shall be erected pursuant to this deemed to apply to an illuminated or used for sign purposes, except the Complete the following puzzle by using the front or face thereof. numbers 1-9 only once in each row, column 8-96—8-99 Reserved. 1 and 3 x 3 box. Charter reference—Authority to regulate signs, § 48 (XXXVII).




and braces for the same, shall be: (a) Constructed entirely of metal and glass or other incombustible material; (b) Properly drained; (c) Supported entirely and securely from the building; (d) So constructed under plans approved by the city engineer as not to be or become a source of danger to persons or property; and (e) Any electric wiring used shall be so designed and executed as to meet the approval of the inspector of wiring. 8-92 Location and height restricted.

CITY OF BURLINGTON SPONSOR: OFFICE OF CITY PLANNING ORDINANCE 7.09 In the Year Two Thousand Nineteen Public Hearing Date: 10/28/19 First reading: 09/23/19 Referred to: Ordinance Committee Rules suspended and placed in all stages of passage: Second reading: 10/28/19 Action: adopted Date: 10/28/19 Signed by Mayor: 11/01/19 Published: 11/06/19 Effective: 11/27/19 An Ordinance in Relation to COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE – Zoning Administrative Officer ZA #19-09

Sought after Dorset Farms neighborhood! This four bedroom 2-1/2 bath home is in an exceptional community and schools, “bike-able” neighborhood, and close to downtown, UVM, and the airport. Contact: 802-2333081 or grosselk@ $473,000 It is hereby Ordained by the City Council of the 10/28/19 10:44 AM City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix A, Comprehensive Development Ordinance, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington be and hereby is amended by amending Section 2.3.2, Appointment, thereof to read as follows: Sec. 2.3.2 Appointment The director of planning and zoning shall serve, ex officio, as the city’s zoning administrative officer (ZAO or administrative officer), and upon the recommendation of the planning commission shall be appointed by the mayor with approval of a majority of the whole number of the city council legislative body for a term of up to three (3) years. The ZAO may be removed for cause at any time by the legislative body after consultation with the planning commission. **Material stricken out deleted. ***Material underlined added. INVITATION FOR BID Winooski Housing Authority is soliciting bids from qualified General Contractors for the Elm and Franklin Street Family Housing Selective Rehabilitation project. This project consists of selective rehabilitation of 75 units of occupied housing on two sites in Winooski, VT. The scope of work includes selective siding, soffit, trim, and brick repair, gutter

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS removal, attic insulating, road and parking area paving, new sidewalk installation, and electrical panel replacement. Bid packages are available electronically by request. Please contact Nathaniel Jamison, Owner’s Project Representative, at (802) 999-4764 or email at nathaniel@ to express interest and request access to bid documents.

NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE LIEN SALE MALLETTS BAY SELF STORAGE, LLC, 115 HEINEBERG DRIVE, COLCHESTER, VT 05446 Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self storage units listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid. Name of Occupant Storage Unit

A pre-bid conference will meet at 87 Elm Street, Winooski, Vermont, on November 13th, at 8:30 AM ET. Interested bidders and trade contractors are highly encouraged to attend.

Kevin Randall #48

Sealed bids will be accepted at Winooski Housing Authority’s office at 83 Barlow St., Winooski, Vermont, until December 4th at 2:00pm ET. Sealed bids may be delivered via mail or in person. Only hard copies will be accepted. Davis Bacon wage rates will apply. Late bids will not be accepted. Bids will be opened and publicly read aloud.

Units will be opened for viewing immediately prior to auction. Sale shall be by sealed bid to the highest bidder. Contents of entire storage unit will be sold as one lot. The winning bid must remove all contents from the facility at no cost to MBSS, LLC on the day of auction. MBSS, LLC reserves the right to reject any bid lower that the amount owed by the occupant or that is not commercially reasonable as defined by statute.

Minority-owned and women-owned businesses are encouraged to participate.

Said sales will take place on 11/22/19, beginning at 10:00am at Malletts Bay Self Storage, LLC, (MBSS, LLC)115 Heineberg Dr, Colchester, VT 05446.

REQUEST FOR BIDS: DERWAY COVE DEMOLITION Winooski Valley Park District is requesting bids for demolition of existing structures and utilities, re-grading and reseeding at Derway Cove Park (3090 North Ave. Burlington). Project fully permitted/funded, with demolition completion by February 28, 2020. Bidders provide references from similar projects to demonstrate qualifications. Women and Minority owned businesses, small locally owned businesses, and Section 3 businesses strongly encouraged to submit bids. For information, bid forms, and questions contact Donal Dugan@ Donal.dugan@ by 4 PM Friday November 15, 2019. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS The County of Franklin, Vermont, is requesting proposals from qualified firms of Certified Public Accountants to audit its financial statements for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017 and June 30, 2019. Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. § 261, biennially, all of the accounts of the county treasurer, including any reserve funds, shall be subject


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to a financial audit conducted according to the generally accepted government accounting standards as established by the federal government accounting office. Proposals are to be submitted by 4:00 PM on Friday, November 22, 2019 to: Kelly J.F. Gosselin Michael R. McCarthy Assistant Judges County of Franklin, Vermont 17 Church Street St. Albans, VT 05478 The County of Franklin reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Proposals will be evaluated by the County based on firm experience and reputation, understanding of County requirements, and cost for service. During the evaluation process, the County reserves the right, where it may serve in the County’s best interest, to request additional information or clarification from proposers. At the discretion of the County, firms submitting proposals may be requested to make oral presentations as part of the evaluation process. Interested firms shall submit proposals sepa-

rated into two sections: the technical proposal and the cost proposal. There is no expressed or implied obligation on the part of the County of Franklin to reimburse responding firms for any expenses incurred in preparing or presenting proposals in response to this request. The County of Franklin reserves the right to accept or reject any proposal, at their sole discretion, and to award a contract based solely on their determination of the best proposal considering all of the circumstances. Please direct all questions regarding this request for proposals to James Pelkey, County Clerk, 802524-3863 or James. STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT FRANKLIN UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 40-2-17 FRCV METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY v. ERNEST H. BAPP OCCUPANTS OF: 2895 Tyler Branch Road, Enosburgh Falls VT

Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. 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 March 26, 2019, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Ernest H. Bapp to CitiFinancial, Inc., dated August 17, 2006 and recorded in Book 108 Page 156 of the land records of the Town of Enosburgh, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from CFNA Receivables (MD), Inc. f/k/a CitiFinancial, Inc. to CitiFinancial Servicing, LLC dated February 4, 2016 and recorded in Book 130 Page 49; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from CitiFinancial Servicing, LLC to Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC dated February 4, 2016 and recorded in Book 130 Page 50, and (3) Assignment of Mortgage from Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC to Metropolitan Life Insurance Company dated November 28, 2016 and recorded in Book 131 Page 400, all of the land records of the Town of Enosburgh for breach of


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TO ERNEST H. BAPP , BY QUIT CLAIM DEED, DATED 06/06/1995 RECORDED ON 06/14/1995 IN BOOK 77, PAGE 243 IN FRANKLIN COUNTY RECORDS, STATE OF VT. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the












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I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. The claim must


To the creditors of David William Racusen late of Shelburne, Vermont.






Name and Address of Court: Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Unit, Probate Div. 175 Main St. Burlington, VT 05401


Publication Date: November 6, 2019


DATED : October 15, 2019 By: /s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032


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Other terms to be announced at the sale.


Executor/Administrator: Richard H. Racusen 7063 Marriottsville Rd Marriottsville, MD 21104 410-795-5019


sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale.


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In accordance with the ATTENTION REALTORS: LIST YOUR PROPERTIES HERE FOR ONLY $35 Judgment Order and (INCLUDE 40 WORDS + PHOTO). SUBMIT TO: ASHLEY@SEVENDAYSVT.COM BY MONDAYS AT NOON. Decree of Foreclosure entered April 1, 2019 ,in the above captioned acRENOVATED INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY PROFESSIONAL OFFICE CONDOMINIUM tion brought to foreclose ESSEX JUNCTION | 1 JACKSON ST. COLCHESTER | 85 PRIM ROAD that certain mortgage given by Rodney Hale and the late Mattie Mitchell to Mortgage Electronic Registration System, Inc., as nominee for Delta Funding Corporation, dated June 8, 2005 and recorded in Book 169 Page 379 of the land records of the Town of Lyndon, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from to Mortgage Electronic This industrial building offers both This office condo features hardRegistration System, warehouse and office space startwood floors, central A/C and heatInc., as nominee for Delta ing at 1,955± SF up to 7,228± SF. It ing, open floor plan, elevator and includes 3 loading areas, 3 Phase parking. It has 5 offices, a conferFunding Corporation to 280 & 480 Volts/400 AMPS power, ence room and a reception area. HSBC Bank USA, N.A., as Fernando Cresta Fernando Cresta ample parking and a full sprinkler Zoned GD1. Located near Malletts Indenture Trustee for the 802-343-1305 (cell) 802-343-1305 (cell) system. $8.50/SF NNN Bay and Route 127. $2500/month registered Noteholders 802-651-6888 (office) 802-651-6888 (office) of Renaissance Home Equity Loan AssetBacked Notes, Series 2005-2 dated October 2, 2006 and recorded in Book 187 Page 34 of the land records of the Town DON, IN THE COUNTY OF CEAED VERA RENAUD, TATE WHEREOF THE SAID Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. of Lyndon for breach ofCW-Nedde3-110619.indd 11/4/19 4:01 PM DIED 1 11/4/19 3:56 PM Publication Dates: Bendett and McHugh, PC CALEDONIA AND1 STATE BY WARRANTY DEED OF VERA E.CW-Nedde2-110619.indd RENAUD the conditions of said October 30, 2019 270 Farmington Ave., OF VERMONT DESCRIBED SAMUEL W. HATHAWAY SEIZED AND POSSESSED mortgage and for the Ste. 151 AS FOLLOWS, VIZ: BEING AND JAYNE A. HATHAIN STATE OF VERMONT. purpose of foreclosing Name and Address of Farmington, CT 06032 PREMISES CONSISTING WAY DATED OCTOBER 17, the same will be sold at Court: OF TWO ACRES, MORE OR 1989, AND RECORDED IN Reference is hereby Public Auction at 139 Vermont Superior Court, LESS, WITH A DWELLING BOOK 100 AT PAGE 217 made to the above STATE OF VERMONT Calendar Brook Road, Chittenden Unit Probate HOUSE AND IMPROVEOF THE LYNDON LAND instruments and to the SUPERIOR COURT Lyndonville, Vermont on Division MENTS THEREON RECORDS. REFERENCE IS records and references CHITTENDEN UNIT November 20, 2019 at PO Box 511, 175 Main LOCATED ON CALENDAR HEREBY MADE TO THE contained therein in PROBATE DIVISION 12:00 PM all and singular BROOK ROAD, AND BEING AFOREMENTIONED DEED Street further aid of this deDOCKET NO. 1214-9-19 the premises described Burlington, VT 05401 ALL OF THOSE PREMISES AND ITS RECORD AND TO scription. CNPR in said mortgage, REMAINING TO VERA E. THE DEEDS REFERRED In re estate of Mary RENAUD WHICH WERE TO THEREIN AND THEIR Terms of sale: Said STATE OF VERMONT Evelyn Parker To wit: CONVEYED TO HER AND RECORD IN FURTHER AID premises will be sold VERMONT SUPERIOR THE FOLLOWING HER HUSBAND EDWARD OF THIS DESCRIPTION. and conveyed subject to COURT WINDSOR UNIT, NOTICE TO CREDITORS DESCRIBED LAND IN LYN- RENAUD, WHO PREDEAND BEING THE REAL ES- all liens, encumbrances, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET unpaid taxes, tax titles, NO: 362-8-17 WRCV To the creditors of municipal liens and asWELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Mary Evelyn Parker late sessments, if any, which v. of South Burlington, take precedence over FROM P.C-5 FROM P.C-4 ARTHUR FROGEL, JOAN Vermont. the said mortgage above FROGEL, QUECHEE LAKES described. LANDOWNERS’ ASSOCIAI have been appointed to TION, INC. AND VERMONT administer this estate. TEN THOUSAND DEPARTMENT OF TAXES All creditors having ($10,000.00) Dollars of OCCUPANTS OF: 530 claims against the the purchase price must Morgan Road, Quechee, decedent or the estate be paid by a certified Town of Hartford VT must present their check, bank treasurer’s claims in writing within or cashier’s check at the MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF four (4) months of the time and place of the FORECLOSURE SALE OF first publication of this sale by the purchaser. REAL PROPERTY UNDER notice. The claim must The balance of the pur12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. be presented to me at chase price shall be paid the address listed below by a certified check, bank In accordance with the with a copy sent to the treasurer’s or cashier’s Judgment Order and court. The claim may be check within sixty (60) Decree of Foreclosure enbarred forever if it is not days after the date of presented within the four tered January 3, 2019 in sale. the above captioned ac(4) month period. tion brought to foreclose The mortgagor is entitled that certain mortgage Date: 10/23/2019 to redeem the premises given by Arthur Frogel at any time prior to the and Joan Frogel to Wells /s/ Reed L Parker sale by paying the full Fargo Bank, N.A., dated Signature of Fiduciary amount due under the April 8, 2013 and recordmortgage, including the ed in Book 487 Page 469 Executor/Administrator: costs and expenses of of the land records of the Reed L Parker the sale. Town of Quechee, Town 374 Zephyr Rd Other terms to be anof Hartford, of which Williston, VT 05495 nounced at the sale. mortgage the Plaintiff 802-310-0351 is the present holder, for DATED : October 9, 2019 breach of the conditions Name of publication By: /S/ Rachel K. Ljungof said mortgage and for Seven Days gren, Esq.


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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.

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SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 530 Morgan Road, Quechee, Town of Hartford, Vermont on December 4, 2019 at 12:30 PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Meaning and intending to mortgage and convey all and the same lands and premises as conveyed to Arthur Frogel and Joan Frogel by deed of Elizabeth B. Hyra dated 15 October 2002 and recorded at Book 337, Page 65 in the Hartford Land Records. The Property is described in that deed as follows: Being Lot 3031 as shown on a plan of lots entitled “Quechee Lakes Corporation Section III, Old Quechee Road, Quechee, Vermont, Scale; 1”= 100’, Date: September 18, 1970, Proj. No. 109970, K.A. LeClair Assoc., Inc., Civil Engineers, Hanover, NH”, a copy of which plan is on file on page 2 of Book 1 of the Land Plats in the office of the Hartford, Vermont Town Clerk, to which reference may be had for a further and more particular description of said lot. The above lot is conveyed subject to the restrictions and obligations and with the benefits of the rights and privileges enumerated in a Declaration of Covenants, Restrictions, Rights and Benefits pertaining to Quechee Lakes Subdivision dated March 25, 1970 and recorded in Book 64, page 182 of the Hartford Land Records, as the same may from time to time be amended. Meaning to convey hereby all and the same land and premises together with buildings and improvements thereon and appurtenances thereto belonging that was conveyed to Harry Hyra and Elizabeth B. Hyra by Warranty Deed of Steven A. Usle and Diane S. Usle dated November 10, 1983 and recorded in Book 101, Pages 348-349 of the Hartford Land Records, to which deed and record and the deeds and records therein referred to, reference may be had for further description. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said

premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED : October 21, 2019 By: /S/ Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 TOWN OF WESTFORD DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117 and the Westford Land Use & Development Regulations, the Development Review Board will hold a public hearing at the Town Offices, VT Route 128, at 7:15 pm on Monday, November 25, 2019 in reference to the following: Sketch Plan Review & Final Plat for 3 Lot Subdivision – Owner: Beverly Hall, Lois Jerome, Alice Giroux, Raymond Hall, James Hall & Francis Hall (134.2 acres) on Old Stage Road in the Rural 10 & Water Resource Overlay Zoning Districts. This is a proposal to subdivide the subject property into three single family dwelling building lots. For information call the Town Offices at 878-4587 Monday–Friday 8:30am– 4:30pm. Matt Wamsganz, Chairman Dated November 4, 2019 NOTICE OF ADOPTED ZONING AMENDMENT BURLINGTON COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT

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Finding you just the right housemate for over 35 years! Call 863-5625 or visit for an application. Interview, refs, bg check req. EHO ORDINANCE Homeshare-temp2.indd 1 ZA-19-06 ARTICLE 7 SIGNS Statement of purpose: The purpose of this proposed amendment is a comprehensive update to the City of Burlington’s sign regulations in an effort to create a more prescriptive and objective series of sign types by which to regulate the dimensions, number, size, location, lighting, and general design of each type and thereby maintain content neutrality. Geographic areas affected: the proposed amendments are applicable to all areas of the City of Burlington, Vermont. List of section headings affected: The amendment modifies all sections of Article 7 of the Burlington CDO in the corresponding ways: Amends Sec. 7.1.1 Authority and Intent to update the purpose of this article. Amends Sec. 7.1.2 Permit required to include maintenance standards. Amends Sec. 7.1.3 Exemptions to enable in-kind repair and replacement without a new zoning permit; delete Political, Directional, Contractor, Home Occupation, Residential, Memorial/ Interpretive Markers, and Real Estate/ Rental signs; modify standards for Highway and Official Signs, Flags, Property Management, Information, and Directional Signs; and add Street Address

Identification; Signs Inside Buildings, Vending Machines and Gas Pumps, Athletic Fields, Historic Markers, Temporary Signs, and Murals. Amends standards under Sec. 7.1.4 Prohibited Signs to preclude signs on public infrastructure; that obstruct view of intersections, traffic signs, or operation of vehicles and pedestrians within public rights of way; that mimics governmental signs and E-911 naming and addressing; that interfere with building openings and appurtenances for ingress, egress, light, air, or drainage; off-premise signs; signs on roofs, or displayed on nonmoving boats, trailers, and vehicles not used for the normal conduct of business; and signs with movable, flashing, florescent or reflective, inflatable portable, windblown, and lighted projection elements. Replaces Sec. 7.1.5 with a table of prescriptive standards for the number, type, area, height, illumination, or duration/frequency for types of temporary signs including banners, general signs, real estate signs, election signs, construction site signs, and construction wrap signs. Amends Sec. 7.1.6 to prohibit the replacement of non-conforming signs after one-year postdestruction or damage, except to be conforming to Article 7. Replaces Sec. 7.1.7 Off Premise Signs with

standards for the Discontinuance and Removal of signs after 60 days of discontinuance of the business or service being promoted by the sign, and removal of the sign hardware after one year. Amends Sec. 7.1.8 to clarify permit application requirements for various sign types provided for in the ordinance, lighting standards for electronic changeable message signs, to enable DRB review for nonconforming signs, and enable the Church Street Marketplace District to review signs placed on the Marketplace. Replace Sec. 7.1.9 Types of Signs with Calculation of Sign Area and Height diagrams and text to specify the methodology for measuring various sign types. Replace Sec. 7.1.10 Location and Area, Sec. 7.1.11 Sign Lighting, and Sec.7.1.12 Electronic Message Display with a new Sec. 7.1.10 Sign Lighting including detailed standards that apply to all sign types eligible to be lighted, based on the type of illumination used. New Sec. 7.1.11 Alternative Compliance to include standards for the DRB and DAB to grant relief from the provisions of Article 7. Replace Article 7, Part 2 District Regulations with Part 2: Sign Types by replacing all current standards and replacing with tables 7.2.1-A Sign Type Combinations, Table 7.2.1-B Sign Types

10/28/19 12:12 PM Permitted by Form/ Zoning District, and tables 7.2.2 through 7.2.14 to include prescriptive standards for the description, number, type, area, height, depth, projection, specification and miscellaneous provisions for each type of sign, including awning and canopy, band, blade, directory, freestanding, freestanding yard, marquee, monument, outdoor display case, projecting, sandwich board, wall, and window signs.

Amends Sec. 7.3.2 Applicability to clarify existing standards, and expand to include signs located on city property or by city departments, and for permit applications for multiple signs under a master sign permit.

throughout to update the clarity of the language of the ordinance, and to correct grammar punctuation. The full text of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance and the proposed amendment is available for review at Office of City Planning, City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or on the department’s website at: https://www. CDO/Recently-AdoptedAmendments

NOTICE OF ADOPTED ZONING AMENDMENT BURLINGTON COMPREHENSIVE DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE ZA-19-10 INCLUSIONARY ZONING Statement of purpose: The purpose of this amendment is to comprehensively update the City of Burlington’s Inclusionary Zoning standards in a way that is consistent with the recommendations forwarded by the City Council as a result of the City’s two-year Inclusionary Zoning review. These amendments include adjustments to the offsets provided for the development of inclusionary units, promoting greater inclusion across residential areas of the city, and addressing a number of administrative elements. Geographic areas affected: the proposed amendments are applicable to all residential and mixed-use areas of the City of Burlington, Vermont.

Amends Sec 7.3.4 Flexibility from Existing Standards to establish standards for consistency with the property, the form or zoning district, surrounding area, architecture of building, and to include standards for the DRB to grant exceptions to the requirements of Article 7, Part 2 for mater sign plans.

List of section headings affected: The following sections of the Burlington CDO have been amended in the corresponding ways:

Amends Sec. 13.1.12 Definitions to add definitions for “banner,” “flag,” and “nit;” modify the definition of “electronic message display;” and strike all sign type definitions under “(e) business signs” to be replaced by the descriptions contained in Article 7, Part 2.

Modifies previous Sec. 3.3.3 (c) Affordable Housing Waivers to Sec 3.3.3 (d), and applies previous fee waivers to affordable housing units that are built in excess of those required by Article 9.

Extensive amendments

Adds a new Sec. 3.3.3 (c) Inclusionary Housing Exemption to exempt inclusionary housing units provided per Article 9, Part 1 from impact fees.

Renumbers previous Sec 3.3.3 (d) to Sec. 3.3.3 (e). Deletes Sec 4.4.5 (d) 7. An Inclusionary Housing

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Requirement, which contained additional lot coverage and density allowances for the construction of inclusionary units, and relocates these standards to Sec. 9.1.12 for consistency. Adds Sec 8.1.8 (c) and modifies Table 8.1.8-1 Minimum Off-Street Parking Requirements to allow for a reduction to the minimum parking requirement for projects containing on-site inclusionary units at an equivalent percentage to the required percentage of inclusionary units in Article 9. Modifies 9.1.4 Miscellaneous Definitions to update the definitions for “affordable” and “median income” add definitions for “Area Median Income,” “Campus,” “Exclusive Use by Students,” “Off-Campus Housing Cost,” “Off-Campus Student Housing,” and “Metropolitan Statistical Area.” Amends 9.1.5 Applicability to apply this ordinance to offcampus student housing projects for the exclusive use of students, and to ensure that an applicant may elect to apply the standards and benefits of Article 9 to projects of any size not otherwise required to comply. Amends Table 9.1.8-1 Inclusionary Zoning Percentages to add a requirement for Off-campus student housing. Amends 9.1.6 Exemptions to specify on-campus housing projects within the Institutional zoning district are exempt from the requirements of Article 9. Amends 9.1.9 Percentage of Inclusionary Units to clarify that the section covers the method for calculating the number of inclusionary units, adds methodology for calculating beds required for off-campus student housing projects, and clarifies rounding for fractional numbers. Amends 9.1.10 Income Eligibility to correct a section reference number, include a provision that Section 8 vouchers satisfy eligibility requirements, and adds eligibility standards for occupants of off-campus student housing projects. Amends 9.1.11



of AMI, and precludes its use in waterfront zoning districts.

[CONTINUED] Calculating Rents and Selling Prices to lower the sales price for Inclusionary units from 75% AMI to 70% AMI, enables the Housing Trust Fund Manager to modify the amount used in the calculation of condominium fees, and adds a standard for calculating rent for off-campus student housing projects. Amends 9.1.12 Additional Density and Other Development Allowances to incorporate standards previously located in Sec. 4.4.5 (d) 7, to increase the additional allowable height for projects in RH, RM-W, NMU, NAC, NAC-R, and NAC-CR from 10 ft to 12 ft, and to ensure that the maximum lot coverage, density, intensity and height allowances are by-right, and may not be limited by applicable design standards. Also deletes Sec. 9.1.12 (b), which contained parking waivers and impact fee waivers. Amends 9.1.13 Off-Site Option to Off-Site and Payment in Lieu Options. Amends off-site standards to enable off-site option for projects located in census areas where more than 51% of residents are below 80% AMI, remove the unit multiplier when built off-site, clarify that additional development allowances to do not apply to off-site units, and clarify that off-site is not permitted in census areas where less than 51% of residents are below 80% AMI, in waterfront zoning districts, nor for off-campus student housing projects. Further amends Sec. 9.1.13 to add (b) Payment in Lieu Option. This updates the in-lieu fee, establishes a marginal fee approach for the fee per unit, sets limits on the size of projects that may utilize the fee in lieu based on its location within a census block that has either more or less than 51% of residents below 80%


Amends 9.1.14 General Requirements for Inclusionary Units to adopt Housing Trust Fund Administrative procedures into the ordinance, including allowing inclusionary units to “float” and either be grouped or distributed throughout a project, to require that the number of owner and renter occupied inclusionary units is proportional to the number of each type within the project, to clarify that parking is an amenity to which residents of inclusionary units must have equal access, to require inclusionary units to be 90% of the average GFA of market rate units of the same number of bedrooms, and adjusts the eligible income range for households purchasing for-sale inclusionary units. Amends 9.1.16 Continued Affordability Requirements to strike the resale provision that requires prior approval by the Housing Trust Fund Manager, strikes the provision requiring rent changes to be approved by the Housing Trust Fund Administrative Committee, clarifies the city’s right of first refusal applies to owner-occupied units first offered for sale, adjusts the income threshold for sublet provisions to be consistent with the income eligibility for inclusionary units, and adds standards for annual compliance reporting for off-campus student housing projects. Amends 9.1.20 Administration to enable a designee of the Housing Trust fund to administer the requirements of Article 9. Amends applicable sections of Articles 3 and 9 to ensure all references to “Housing Trust Fund,” “HTF,” “Trust Fund,” “Housing Trust Fund Manager,” and “Manager,” “Area Median Income,” “AMI,” “Metropolitan Statistical Area,” and “MSA” are consistently used and abbreviated throughout the ordinance. The full text of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance and the proposed amendment is available for review at Office


of City Planning, City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or on the department’s website at: https:// www.burlingtonvt. gov/PZ/CDO/RecentlyAdopted-Amendments

support groups VISIT SEVENDAYSVT. COM TO VIEW A FULL LIST OF SUPPORT GROUPS ADDICT IN THE FAMILY: SUPPORT GROUP FOR FRIENDS AND FAMILIES OF ADDICTS AND ALCOHOLICS Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish, 4 Prospect St., Essex Junction. For further information, please visit thefamilyrestored. org or contact Lindsay Duford at 781-960-3965 or 12lindsaymarie@ ADULT SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE LOSS SUPPORT GROUP Support group forming. Meetings are every third Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. starting September 19, 2019, in Williston, VT. The support group is for anyone who has been touched by suicide loss recently or long ago who wants to work through their grief in a safe, respectful environment. Contact Joanna at joanna. or 802-777-5244. Maria at mariagrindle@msn. com or 802-879-9576. Please leave a message so we can get back to you for a mutually acceptable time to talk. AL-ANON For families & friends of alcoholics. For meeting info, go to vermontal or call 866-972-5266. ALATEEN GROUP Alateen group in Burlington on Sundays from 5-6 p.m. at the UU building at the top of Church St. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Daily meetings in various locations. Free. Info, 864-1212. Want to overcome a drinking problem? Take the first step of 12 & join a group in your area.

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

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

your life with this confidential 12-Step, Christ-centered recovery program. We offer multiple support groups for both men and women, such as chemical dependency, codependency, sexual addiction and pornography, food issues, and overcoming abuse. All 18+ are welcome; sorry, no childcare. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; we begin at 7 p.m. Essex Alliance Church, 37 Old Stage Rd., Essex Junction. Info: recovery@essex, 878-8213. CELEBRATE RECOVERY Celebrate Recovery meetings are for anyone with struggles with hurt, habits and hang ups, which includes everyone in some way. We welcome everyone at Cornerstone Church in Milton which meets every Friday night at 7-9 p.m. We’d love to have you join us and discover how your life can start to change. Info: 893-0530, julie@ CENTRAL VERMONT CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP Last Thu. of every month, 7:30 p.m. in Montpelier. Please contact Lisa Mase for location: lisa@ harmonizecookery. com. CEREBRAL PALSY GUIDANCE Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a very comprehensive informational website broadly covering the topic of cerebral palsy and associated medical conditions. It’s mission it to provide the best possible information to parents of children living with the complex condition of cerebral palsy. cerebralpalsy cerebral-palsy. CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS CoDA is a 12-step fellowship for people whose common purpose is to develop healthy & fulfilling relationships. By actively working the program of Codependents Anonymous, we can realize a new joy, acceptance & serenity in our lives. Meets Sunday at noon at the Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. Tom, 238-3587, DECLUTTERERS’ SUPPORT GROUP Are you ready to make improvements but find it overwhelming?

Maybe two or three of us can get together to help each other simplify. 989-3234, 425-3612. DISCOVER THE POWER OF CHOICE! SMART Recovery welcomes anyone, including family and friends, affected by any kind of substance or activity addiction. It is a science-based program that encourages abstinence. Specially trained volunteer facilitators provide leadership. Sundays at 5 p.m. at the 1st Unitarian Universalist Society, 152 Pearl St., Burlington. Volunteer facilitator: Bert, 3998754. You can learn more at smartrecovery. org. DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share with you a safe place and a process that can help make the journey easier. This free 13-week group for men and women will be offered on Sunday evenings, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sep. 8 through Dec. 1, at the North Avenue Alliance Church, 901 North Ave., Burlington, VT. Register for class at essexalliance. For more information, call Sandy 802-425-7053. DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT Steps to End Domestic Violence offers a weekly drop-in support group for female identified survivors of intimate partner violence, including individuals who are experiencing or have been affected by domestic violence. The support group offers a safe, confidential place for survivors to connect with others, to heal, and to recover. In support group, participants talk through their experiences and hear stories from others who have experienced abuse in their relationships. Support group is also a resource for those who are unsure of their next step, even if it involves remaining in their current relationship. Tuesdays, 6:30-8 p.m. Childcare is provided. Info: 658-1996.

EMPLOYMENTSEEKERS SUPPORT GROUP Frustrated with the job search or with your job? You are not alone. Come check out this supportive circle. Wednesdays at 3 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602. FAMILIES, PARTNERS, FRIENDS AND ALLIES OF TRANSGENDER ADULTS We are people with adult loved ones who are transgender or gender-nonconforming. We meet to support each other and to learn more about issues and concerns. Our sessions are supportive, informal, and confidential. Meetings are held at 5:30 PM, the second Thursday of each month at Pride Center of VT, 255 South Champlain St., Suite 12, in Burlington. Not sure if you’re ready for a meeting? We also offer one-on-one support. For more information, email or call 802-238-3801. FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS This support group is a dedicated meeting for family, friends and community members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety and other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family and friends can discuss shared experiences and receive support in an environment free of judgment and stigma with a trained facilitator. Weekly on Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586. FCA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Families coping with addiction (FCA) is an open community peer support group for adults 18 & over struggling with the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step based but provides a forum for those living this experience to develop personal coping skills & draw strength from one another. Weekly on Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Turning Point Center, 179 So. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington.

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Small Dog Electronics, located at 316 Flynn Ave in Burlington, is seeking a full time Mac Technician and a Full Time Sales Associate. Applicants should have a knowledge of computer repairs and sales, but specific Mac knowledge is not required. Please send resumes to

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This position is responsible for developing and executing both internal and external marketing plans to increase enrollment and retention at LCWS and to increase the visibility of the Lake Champlain Waldorf School in local communities.

The Lake Champlain Waldorf School promotes respect for all students, employees and applicants, and prohibits discrimination to the full extent required by law, including discrimination based on race, color, ethnic or national origin, religion, creed, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, pregnancy, familial or marital status, military status, or any other category which is protected by applicable federal, state or local law.



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LAMOILLE VALLEY TRANSPORTATION IS GROWING! Now Hiring for the following positions: Fleet Maintenance Supervisor, Fleet Mechanic, Motor Coach, School Bus Drivers and Trip Drivers. We are a local, family-owned business providing quality transportation services. We offer competitive pay and full time employees receive paid holidays, time off, health insurance, retirement plan, optional dental, vision, flex spend and AFLAC. If interested in joining our team, please email or call (802) 888-2103 ext 107 for more information.

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FedEx Delivery Driver Full time, $750/week. Part-time option available. Work seasonally or year round. Send contact info to: Vermontfedexdriver@


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Grant Writer Opportunities Credit Union is seeking a full-time Grant Writer who will work closely across departments to gather data, write grant applications and maximize foundation and government giving. The position reports directly to the CEO/President.

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Healing Winds Vermont, a 6-year-old nonprofit based in Burlington, Vermont, has a full-time opening for an Executive Director. We honor those who battle cancer by harnessing the healing powers of sail, wind and water. Our mission is to create lasting memories through the therapeutic experience of sailing for those individuals and their loved ones who battle cancer. Our competitive salaries are market-based and experience rated. In addition, we offer a flexible health insurance program.

This is a great opportunity to join a distinguished developmental service provider agency during a time of growth. Send cover letter and application to David Crounse,

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KITCHEN TEAM! Steeple Market is looking for several people with a culinary passion to join our Kitchen Team! The ideal candidates will have stellar customer service skills, a flexible schedule, short-order cook experience, and deli knowledge. Ability to prioritize tasks and attention to detail are a must. We are happy to train if the appetite is there. Please submit an application in person or email your resume to: No phone calls please.

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Data Center Operator/ Technical Analyst (3rd Shift)

Tech Vault is seeking a 3rd Shift Data Center Operator/ Technical Analyst to add to its team of professionals. Ideally this candidate has strong mechanical and computer skills. Candidates must be self-motivated, organized, fast learners, detail oriented, and flexible to working various shifts. Data Center operations experience is a plus, but not required. This position is a contract (1099) to hire position. If interested, email resumes:

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DRIVERS & DRIVER’S AIDES We’re looking for personable and reliable Drivers and Driver’s Aides for our Ready To Go program in Barre, Burlington, Hartford and Morrisville. Full-time and part-time positions available to assist in safely transporting our clients and their children. Vans and mobile phones provided. For a full job description and to apply, visit: ASCENTRIA CARE ALLIANCE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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Sheridan Journal Services, an established provider of publishing services for scientific, technical, medical & scholarly journals, is seeking a Financial Analyst. We are looking for someone who can work independently to develop, maintain, interpret and distribute periodic financial reports for management to monitor business performance and evaluate business trends. In addition, this position will oversee estimating, customer billing and author billing functions and supervise a group of 3 to 5 employees. We provide a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental and vision coverage, 401(k), paid time off and flexible working schedules, to name a few! We have a stunning office with a positive, friendly work culture. This could be a great opportunity for you! Please submit your resume to

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Development and Communications Manager Responsible for development activities with the end goal of increasing both revenue and recognition for the nonprofit, through fundraising appeals, public relations, communications, social media, marketing and more. Send resume and cover letter with job title, to employment@ EOE.

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Our Colchester, VT campus is hiring a Help Desk Technician to assist students, faculty and staff with the setup, activation and basic troubleshooting involved in classroom, conference room and AV/web conferencing technologies.

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Ensures seamless, culturally appropriate and effective service delivery to those accessing services through all Steps to End Domestic Violence programs. The person in this position is responsible for the supervision of direct service staff and for overseeing the overall direction of direct service programs.

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The City seeks a Senior Capital Projects Accountant to be responsible for the financial lifecycle of capital projects. This is a unique opportunity to help define and implement improved practices and to serve as the liaison between the departmental project managers and the Treasurer’s team, in addition to being responsible for tracking and reporting on capital projects. The successful candidate must have (5) years’ capital project accounting experience, strong collaboration skills, the ability to communicate across functions, and an understanding of project management as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. For a complete description, or to apply online, visit: Job# 1237-04-001/10/19 WOMEN, MINORITIES AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. EOE.

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Interested in joining the Quality team of Velan? We are currently searching for a Quality Control Documentation Administrator. If you like autonomy in your work, taking initiatives, are proactive and enjoy administrative work, we have the position for you.


Your main responsibilities will be to take ownership of generating quality documentation for Velan products, using internal documents for submittal to customers. A High School degree, experience with Office 365 Suite (Word, Excel, Power Point, etc), experience in Certified Material Test Reports (CMTRs), and experience with Engineering Drawings will definitely be beneficial for this position.

The Clinical Patient Safety Attendant (CPSA) is responsible for specific aspects of direct patient care and monitoring focused on safety, under the direct supervision of a Registered Nurse.


If you are interested in a permanent administrative role with benefits and a competitive salary, we look forward to receiving your candidature. Send resumes to:

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Monaghan Safar Ducham PLLC, a downtown Burlington law firm, has an immediate opening for a full time administrative assistant position, in a fast-paced, exciting environment. Responsibilities include drafting and proofing legal documents for the firm’s real estate and estate planning practices, and general office assistance. Competitive salary and benefits.

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SYSTEMS INTEGRATOR Saint Michael's College is seeking an experienced Systems Integrator to assume responsibility for the College portal, other web related projects, and integrations. The position requires a bachelor's degree in computer science, software engineering or equivalent combination of education and experience. Successful candidates will possess excellent communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, staff, IT Assistant Directors, the CIO, GMHEC staff and various vendors and developers.


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True North Wilderness Program is a wilderness therapy program for adolescents and young adults. We are seeking a full-time, year-round Operations Support person. The VHCB HEALTHY & LEAD-SAFE HOMES 4t-StMichaelsCollegeSYSTInt110619.indd 1 11/1/19Untitled-40 1:15 PM 1 9/13/19 1:25 PM ideal candidate is an adaptable PROGRAM DIRECTOR team player with a positive attitude who is willing to work indoors and The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) seeks a Program outdoors performing a variety Director to administer the Healthy & Lead-Safe Homes Program. This of tasks associated with the supervisory position, based in Montpelier, is responsible for the daylogistics of running our program. EVENT SUPPORT COORDINATOR to-day management of all aspects of the program. The ideal candidate Tasks including food packing UNIVERSITY EVENT SERVICES will have direct experience with lead hazard control and/or residential and rationing, gear outfitting, rehabilitation, as well as experience overseeing federally funded houstransportation and facilities Direct on-site event operations in UVM’s Dudley H. Davis ing or social service programs. maintenance. Candidates must Center, working collaboratively with various campus Requirements: strong communication skills and the ability to utilize be willing to work weekends and partners. Oversee scheduling, planning and delivery common software tools. occasional evenings. A clean and of events. Directly supervise a production team of valid driver’s license is required. Funded by federal grants from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban

approximately 20 student employees. Bachelor’s Degree and 1-2 years of related experience, and commitment to diversity, social justice required. Experience in event management, hospitality or similar service industry required. For further information and to apply, search for Posting #S2311PO The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

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Development, the program provides critical services to families and children statewide. Read the job description at Reply with cover letter and resume to: Laurie Graves at Position remains open until filled. Questions? Call Ron Rupp at (802) 828-2912 or email:

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Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits offered including health, dental, vision and accident insurance and a retirement savings plan. Send resumes to:

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Immediate part-time opening for a reliable, caring and skilled massage therapist to join the chiropractic office team of Dr. Laura Ramirez. Responsibilities also include operating medical equipment, using touchscreen computer technology for notes and charting.

Responsibilities will include: reviewing and processing supplier payables, researching and resolving invoice discrepancies, preparing and completing check runs, correspondence with purchasing team regarding payment status and credit card charges, vendor correspondence, maintaining accounting documents, and limited general administrative and back-up reception duties. Compensation is based on experience and capabilities. Benefits include medical and dental, 401k with profit sharing, and an engaging work environment.

Finally, you’re someone who is excited to work with dedicated and curious people who take what they do seriously but appreciate a good sense of humor. Read the full job description and the application process on


VPR provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

Full Listing: 208 Flynn Ave., Burlington, VT (802) 864.9075


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We are growing and are hiring! All of the following positions offer competitive pay and excellent benefits including health coverage, retirement options, and paid time off.

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First Baptist Church, Burlington, VT, is seeking a Sexton to start immediately. This is a part-time paid position and it includes general janitorial cleaning, building and grounds upkeep, and church setup.


Select is looking for a detail-oriented and energetic individual with strong communication and organizational skills to join our accounting team in a fast-paced, highly transactional business.

If you have a passion for Vermont Public Radio and helping businesses grow, consider becoming the new VPR Corporate Support Associate, focusing on the Upper Valley region. You’ll work out of VPR’s Norwich office and/ or your home office, and, ideally, at least one day a week at our headquarters in Colchester. In this role, you’ll work with businesses and organization that use VPR to reach the desirable public radio audience through traditional broadcast underwriting on VPR and VPR Classical, as well as through sponsorship of podcasts, web and mobile sites, livestream services, and special programs and events. You’ll exercise your creativity, strategic thinking, and strong communication skills daily as you present opportunities to prospective underwriters. Your account management prowess means you’ll provide exceptional service, and be on top of renewals and copy deadlines.

Please send resume to: penny@ contemporarydentalartsvt. com. This position is with Contemporary Dental Arts, the office of Dr. Lauren Shanard. Excellent compensation! E.O.E.


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We are looking for an organized professional with a positive attitude to complete our team. Must be an upbeat self starter, with experience in all phases of dentistry. We are a busy, high-end practice with a focus on exceptional dentistry. X-ray certification required. A great smile is a must!

Applicants must have therapeutic massage training and/or equivalent experience, knowledge of SOAP charting and be willing to pitch in with laundry and light office cleaning. Background in health care helpful.


If you enjoy great food and coffee and enjoy customer service, you would love working in our bustling cafe!

Patient Access Job Fair

Job requirements include:

Monda, November 11 | 4-7 pm Fann Allen Campus: 790 College Parkwa, Colchester Fanny Allen Boardroom

Our Ourcall callcenter center isis expanding expanding and and we we are are seeking seeking looking for numerous Patient Specialists. Access Specialists Full numerous Patient Access Full time positions in in Colchester with health insurance, time positions Colchester with health insurance, paidtime timeoff, off, on-site on-site parking parking and and more. more. paid

If interested, please contact the church office at 802-864-6515 between 9 – 1 PM daily or by email at

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• Previous food service/cash handling experience necessary. • Customer Service • Making espresso drinks • Making sandwiches to order *This position requires more than seasonal employment —we are interested in long term commitment. Contact Hannah at or 802-223-5200 x16

DISHWASHING AND BUSSING We have a full-time position available for a person who enjoys physical work, working with a team, and serving the public. In addition to competitive pay and benefits, this position offers one of the best times you can have while at work. Contact Randy at Red Hen Baking Company: (802) 223-5200 or randy@redhenbaking. com or come fill out an application at our Middlesex café.

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Champlain Community Services is a growing developmental services provider agency with a strong emphasis on selfdetermination values and employee and consumer satisfaction.


RESPITE SUPPORT WORKER Open your accessible home to a delightful gentleman in need of evening and weekend overnight respite. A clean, safe, caring and wheelchair accessible environment as well as an extra bedroom is required. Weekends and days are flexible with generous pay available for both hourly and 24-hour shifts. A portable ramp is available for individuals who have a limited number of stairs at their home as well as a wheelchair accessible van. The ideal candidate will be kind, compassionate, and comfortable with assisting with daily living skills.

The Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District – a nineteen-member union municipality located in Montpelier, Vermont -- is hiring a General Manager. The General Manager oversees nine full-time and five part-time employees, manages an annual budget of $1 million and is responsible for the performance of the District. The primary role includes staff assistance to the Board of Supervisors in formulating and implementing policies, managing personnel and financial resources, and representing the District with municipalities, members of the public and solid waste partners. The For more information contact Pam at 802-324-7012 or General Manager’s duties include coordination of solid waste planning and implementing projects; budget and Building a community where everyone participates, and everyone belongs. capital plan preparation and monitoring; human resources administration; oversight of ongoing programming and E.O.E. operations; personnel management; grant administration; compliance with federal and state laws; technical assistance to the Board of Supervisors, local officials, and persons 4t-ChamplainCommunityServices110619.indd 1 11/4/19 1:50 PM requesting to communicate with the District. Untitled-28 This is an exempt full-time position. Starting range of $62,000 to $75,000 (negotiated rate), plus generous benefits package. For full details please visit To apply send resume, cover letter, writing sample and three references to, or General Manager Search, CVSWMD, 137 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602.

COORDINATOR The Vermont Agricultural Water Quality Partnership (VAWQP) seeks a full-time Coordinator to advance its mission of improving agricultural water quality in Vermont by coordinating partner efforts to provide educational, technical and financial assistance to the farming community. The VAWQP is a collaboration of Federal, State and Local agencies and organizations working to improve water quality, soil health, wildlife habitats and the viability of Vermont’s working landscape. The Coordinator will convene, lead and support the steering committee, working groups and regional coordinators to implement the Partnership’s strategic plan, which includes research, implementation of conservation practices, public outreach and discussion of standards and policy. Knowledge of Vermont’s agricultural water quality challenges and opportunities, strong facilitation and organizational skills, ability to maintain neutrality working with a variety of stakeholders, experience with event coordination, aptitude for public speaking, excellent written communications, and effective use of social media are required. Salary range is $44,000-$50,000 annually, depending on experience. Benefits and paid leave provided. Visit for detailed job description. Send resume, cover letter and three references in a single pdf file by 8 am, Monday, November 18th to EOE.

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Bakers and Retail staff in our busy Shelburne store. Experience preferred, but we can train the right candidates. Apply in person: 5597 Route 7 Shelburne, VT


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Requires: Experience working with adults. Reliable transportation. Preferred: MA degree, 5v-CVSWMD102319.indd 1 10/21/19 5:21 PM knowledge of child development/child abuse, Northern Lights certified instructor. EOE. Send resume and 3 references Engaging minds that change the world to: or Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, Prevent Child Abuse a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package Vermont, Search Seven Days including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions. PO Box 829, Issue: 11/6 Medical Office Specialist - Center for Health and Wellbeing Montpelier, VT 05601

#S2308PO - We are looking for a friendly, energetic and organized person to work Due: 11/4 by noon in our Student Health Services (SHS) in the Center for Health and Wellbeing. This position is responsible for scheduling appointments and providing information to Size: 3.83 x 5.25 students, staff and the public on the telephone and in person in a professional and respectful manner. Responsibilities include scheduling appointments, utilizing our 2v-PreventChildAbuseVT110619.indd 1 11/1/19 1:47 PM Cost: $476.85 (with 1 week electronic health record system and checking students in and out of appointments. This position is also responsible for supporting the process for billing and MEMBER SERVICES immunization review, in adherence with federal compliance laws. Minimum qualifications include an Associate’s degree, and at least 2 years related work experience in a medical office. Experience with electronic health records. Ability to organize work priorities, plan, and adhere to structured regulations. Ability to adhere to confidentiality and ethical standards and maintain a high level of discretion. Promote and support the philosophy, policies, and procedures for comprehensive university health services that incorporate multicultural diversity, inclusivity, and social justice concepts and principles to support student wellbeing. Responsible for supporting the mission and philosophy of the Center for Health and Wellbeing, Division of Student Affairs and the University of Vermont. This is a 12 month full-time position. Salary is commensurate with experience and includes a full benefit package. Cover letter should include a statement of experience/commitment to working with issues of diversity. For more information about CHWB, please visit our website at For more information regarding the University of Vermont’s diversity initiatives, please visit the President’s web site at: For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit Applicants must apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Open positions are updated daily. Please call 802-656-3150 or email for technical support with the online application.

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CarShare Vermont is looking for an enthusiastic Member Services Coordinator to help ensure our members have the best possible carsharing experience. An ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to CarShare’s mission, stellar interpersonal and communication skills, an aptitude for learning new software and a quick problem-solving ability. We offer a fun and creative environment and the opportunity to learn and grow within our nonprofit organization. To learn more, please visit:

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PARKS GROUND MAINTENANCE WORKER This position is responsible for maintenance of public parks, conservation property, trails, bike paths and other public open space, and may be responsible for grounds/ building maintenance and repair projects of other City owned facilities. $21.46 - $23.90 Hourly Regular Full-Time, Non-Exempt

HOPE seeks a Client Services Manager. This person will be responsible for supervising receptionist; coordinating schedules of food shelf and other volunteers; meeting with people requesting assistance; communicating with housing providers, utility companies, and other vendors; preparing check requests; maintaining files and databases; working with individual clients to determine and help meet their needs; and more. Candidates should have a minimum of five years’ experience with disadvantaged adults; excellent communication skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office programs; organizational skills; the ability to lift up to 25 pounds; and the ability to remain calm and patient in a sometimes hectic environment. Supervisory experience would be a plus. Resume and three professional references to

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We are seeking to immediately hire a full time installer to add to our growing family business. This job is full time, 40 hours per week, 8-4:30 PM Monday through Friday. General experience in at least two of the following duties are key: Sheetrock , Mudding, Taping, Tile work, carpentry, gas work, electrical, driving a box truck, comfortable on ladders, roofing, dealing with customers. Also must be willing and able to promote our company and its products. Please email your resume to: Sarah@ or call 802-279-1902. Salary is commensurate with experience.

Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership. For full job description and to apply online go to:

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There is no better time to join NSB’s team! Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are looking for a professional to join our team as Mortgage Banker for Central Vermont. This position offers a strong opportunity to work for an established and growing premier Vermont mutual savings bank.

• The Mortgage Banker will be responsible for originating a variety of new residential loans. Responsibilities for this position include interviewing applicants, collecting financial data and making recommendations regarding Northfield Savings Bank loan products. We are looking for someone who has an understanding of the borrower’s needs and who will provide assistance to our customers with the purchase process from application to closing. Requirements • The Mortgage Banker must possess excellent communication and customer service skills. A Bachelor’s Degree and two to four years of experience in a financial institution or related area is required along with registering with the Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System. Mortgage origination experience and a good understanding of banking products, services, policies and procedures are preferred. Find out what NSB can offer you • NSB offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, profit sharing, matching 401(K) retirement program, professional development opportunities, and a positive work environment supported by a team culture. Northfield Savings Bank hours of operation are Monday through Friday generally 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please submit your application and resume in confidence to: (Preferred)

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Saint Michael’s College has an opening for a full-time temporary Payroll Accountant. The ideal candidate will have 3 plus years of payroll/accounting experience with demonstrated knowledge of state and federal pay and employment regulations.

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Are you interested in improving and developing new industrial products and technologies? Do you enjoy working in a Product Development Mechanical dynamic, fun and engaging environment? Are you eager to join a team of innovative engineers working for the leading global JOB DESCRIPTION: supplier of injection molding equipment? If you answered yes, Responsible for developing injection molding mac Within a team environment, and with a high sens this role is for you.

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Our global Development Team is looking to hire experienced Mechanical Engineers. With a greatRESPONSIBILITIES: sense of ownership, the Concept, Design and Engineer innovative h successful candidate will participate in lead the technical • and principles development of new hot runner components and products. • Evaluate design thru simulations (FEA and You’ll be closely involved in product validation and subsequent • Design of test models, test cells, for the ve launch into our manufacturing operations. • Analyze large datasets and make data drive

• Contribute to the formulation of business c • Support business commercialization phase • Concept, Design and Engineer innovative hot runner solutions • May participate in or lead continuous impr Create and manage development project p • engineering using a systematic approach and solid principles Product Development Mechanical Designer, R&D for Hot Runner • Formally communicate project status and h • Evaluate design thru simulations (FEA and CFD), JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsible for developing injection molding machinery sub-systems in a dynamic, fun and engaging environment. prototyping and Lab testing TECHNICAL/PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE: Within a team environment, and with a high sense of ownership you will invent, concept, design and implement new solutions and products that improve hot runner value, performance, cost, lead-time and/or application range. Advanced CAD user in modeling and detail •communicate • Manage development project and updates to RESPONSIBILITIES: • Strong background and knowledge in mech • Concept, Design and Engineer innovative hot runner products using a systematic approach and solid engineering principles Management • Proficient in use of Finite Element Analysis • Evaluate design thru simulations (FEA and CFD) and prototyping • Design of test models, test cells, for the verification and validation of design concepts • Solid understanding of manufacturing, join EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS: • Analyze large datasets and make data driven decisions or recommendations • Contribute to the formulation of business cases and product definitions • Ability to analyze, compile and report on la • Support business commercialization phases • May participate in or lead continuous improvement or isolated service issue activities • University degree in Mechanical Engineering (B.A.Sc./M.Sc.) • Proven ability to analyze and solve comple • Create and manage development project plans & budget • Formally communicate project status and health during the development stage • Strong sense of project ownership and in m • 5 or more years’ experience in a related industry preferred TECHNICAL/PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE: • Advanced CAD user in modeling and detailing techniques (GD&T) • Strong background and knowledge in mechanical design, stress analysis, fluid dynamics and heat transfer Positions are available in both Bolton, Canada and Milton, • Proficient in use of Finite Element Analysis (Thermal & structural) and CFD tools EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS: • Solid understanding of manufacturing, joining and assembly processes of precision machinery Vermont. We offer a great work environment, competitive • Ability to analyze, compile and report on large dataset analysis using statistical tools • University degree in Mechanical Engineerin • Proven ability to analyze and solve complex technical problems with innovative solutions Strong sense of project ownership and in meeting established commitments • compensation 5 or more years design experience in a rela • and attractive benefits package. EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:


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Husky’s benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, 401K, Paid Time Off, On-site Fitness Center and Café! E.O.E.

Or mail: Northfield Savings Bank - Human Resources P.O. Box 7180, Barre, VT 05641-7180 Equal Opportunity Employer/Member FDIC

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The City of Montpelier, Vermont seeks a dynamic and energetic individual with strong customer service and communications skills to fill the full-time Executive Assistant to the City Manager position. The Executive Assistant serves as the first point of contact for the City Manager’s office and performs a variety of duties by providing administrative, analytical, and technical support to the City Manager and Management Team. The incumbent of this position will communicate extensively with staff, department directors, elected officials, community organizations, consultants, volunteers, the press, and general public. Additionally, the Executive Assistant will be responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing activities and external communications. The Executive Assistant will perform general office administrative duties, respond to citizen enquiries, schedule events and meetings, assist with monitoring the City’s website and social media platforms, prepare and post City Council meeting agendas, and the City Manager’s Weekly Report. A bachelor’s degree or five years of increasingly responsible administrative experience, including two years of executive support; OR any combination of experience, education and training that would provide the level of knowledge and ability required is preferred. The salary range is $42,000 to $53,000 annually based on qualifications. Please submit a cover letter and resume by November 22, 2019 to Montpelier is an equal opportunity employer. A full job description available at ExecutiveAssistantavailable at

Software Engineers @ Cox Automotive Corporate Services, LLC (Burlington, MANUFACTURING TECHNICIAN POSITIONS VT) F/T. Work as part of Location: Essex Junction, VT Night Shift: 7pm to 7am an Agile team to dsgn, dvlp, Sr Technician Level 3 - Manufacturing Engineering Req. # 18002106 test, implmnt & maintain Position Requirements: • Assoc. Degree in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering or related degree. core integtn softw tech & sys Principal Technician Level 4 - Manufacturing Engineering Req. # 18002732 integtns. Reqts: Bach's deg Position Requirements: or frgn equiv in CS, Comp • Assoc. Degree in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering or related degree. • 10 years of relevant experience. Engg, Comp & IS or rltd & 2 Pay Rates: Starting at $26.00 per hour (not including shift differential). yrs exp in job offrd, Sr Tech Schedules: Work approximately 14 Days per Month!! Anlyst or rltd. Must have 1 yr • Includes long 4 day weekends every other week! exp in each of fllwng skills: Eligible for Benefits on Day 1: Dsgng & implmntng web ap• Medical, Dental, & Vision Coverage. • Paid Vacation Time: Approx. 3 weeks per year (accrued). plics w/ highly optimized & • Paid Sick Time: 80 hours per year. scalable arch; OO lang incl., • 401k Investing Options. Java; Unit testing frmwrks Education Assistance: > Up to $5,250 per year in a degree related field. w/ Junit; Db dvlpmnt skills Apply online at or for more incl an understanding of db information email tech & logical & physical data modeling; & Ver cntrl w/ Git. Emp will accept any suit10/18/19 11:24 AM able combo of edu, training 4t-GlobalFoundries102319.indd 1 or exp. Send resume to: S. Chokshi, HR, Cox Automotive Corporate Services, LLC; FARMERS TO YOU, a disruptive 6205 Peachtree Dunwoody collaboration of families and farmers, Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328. Indiis looking for a Marketing Coordinator cate job title & code "C51to optimize our marketing and 2019" in cvr ltr. EOE


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communications programs, articulate the value of our products & services and to support Farmers To You in our mission of 11:13 AMconnecting Vermont producers with Boston area families.

As Marketing Coordinator you will be responsible for executing a broad array of activities and media outreach including digital advertising, grassroots marketing, event coordination, project management, social media execution, inbound marketing, and content development. Your creative thinking skills and strategies will be an essential part in driving our narrative, enhancing company image, strengthening customer relationships, and encouraging business growth through effective campaigns.

Select is seeking a Full Stack Developer and technologist with a focus on market innovation through software. This position will lead ongoing feature development, maintenance, and overall operation of a web-based custom client application and custom ERP system. This opportunity is ideal for a highly experienced coder that is looking for a high level of product and platform ownership in a fast paced, entrepreneurial environment. See our full listing online for more details.

The ideal candidate will be creative and innovative, multimedia savvy, well-organized, and must be an excellent writer and communicator. We are looking for a Marketing Coordinator who will contribute to the total effectiveness of Farmers To You, communicating openly, solving problems proactively, offering creative ideas and working as a positive and engaged team member. Complete Job Description can be found at:

Responsibilities: • Major feature planning and development, including collaboration with partners • Application performance monitoring and tuning; dependency tracking and patching • Collaboration with teams to identify workflow opportunities and implement solutions • Inter-system integration via APIs • Bug tracking, resolution, and hotfixes

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• BS in Computer Science or equivalent experience • Experience with modern front-end Javascript frameworks (Elixir.js,React.js)

Farmers To You is a web based regional food marketplace that matches appropriately scaled regenerative farms with a deeply relational retail delivery system that meets families’ desires for clean, vibrant flavorful food from people they know and trust, where they want to be met – close to home.

• Experience with functional back-end frameworks (Elixir/Phoenix or Ruby on Rails) • 4+ years software programming experience • Knowledge of current database-driven web application MVC architecture and design

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Associate Retirement Plan Administrator

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We are a locally owned Retirement Plan Consulting and Administration Firm seeking a creative, energetic and detail oriented individual to join our professional team to provide support and assist Senior Pension Consultants within a team environment. The successful candidate will develop a thorough knowledge of the regulatory environment surrounding qualified retirement plans and gain experience with plan design and operation. Professional growth potential through training is offered; prior experience is not required. We offer a full benefit package. This is not a telecommute position. Qualifications include: proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Excel and Word), mathematics/accounting skills, excellent written/verbal communication with sound problem solving and decision making skills. Full job description on Seven Days job page: Email your resume to or mail to:

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR FULL TIME Interested candidates, please apply by going to:

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CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Instrumart is looking to hire a detail-oriented and hard-working person to join our Customer Service team. Our CSRs are the primary contact for order entry and sales processing.

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The ideal candidate will have: • Customer service orientation. You pride yourself on being helpful and are enthusiastic about making a difference for our customers. • Experience with the sales cycle of a reseller or distributor: quotes, customer sales orders, vendor purchase requests, inventory, shipping, returns.

(INTERIM OR PERMANENT) Copley Hospital is a vital and integral part of our local community, our employees are skilled in their areas of responsibility and our size allows us to offer a personal touch to our patients. Supporting one another is central to our culture. We are looking for a seasoned IT professional interested in either a permanent or an interim position serving as Copley’s Director of Information Technology. This person will lead and support the Information Technology Team, plan and direct all aspects of design, implementation and maintenance of information systems to effectively apply technology solutions, and is responsible for translating the mission, strategic goals and program priorities of the organization into department operations. The Director will evaluate IT resources and structure and provide leadership focused on service, accountability and delivery with a concentration on clinical decision-making and process integration. The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science (Master’s preferred) and five years of successful IT leadership in a healthcare setting. VISIT WWW.COPLEYVT.ORG/CAREERS OR APPLY IN PERSON TO: COPLEY HOSPITAL HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICE HEALTH CENTER BUILDING, 2ND FLOOR 528 WASHINGTON HIGHWAY MORRISVILLE, VERMONT 05661

• High levels of self-motivation and personal initiative. • Technical aptitude. You’re tech-savvy and can quickly figure out new systems. • Intellectual curiosity. You have a natural interest in learning new things and considering process improvements. • Strong written and verbal communication skills. You will be communicating with all of our internal departments on a daily basis, as well as our external customers, both over the phone and via email. • Excellent attention to detail and a capacity to work in a fast-paced environment. This position values a balance of speed and accuracy. • A strong aptitude for multitasking and organizational skills.

COMPANY/TEAM CULTURE The right team member will: • Be flexible, trusting, and willing to share a workload with their fellow team members. • Be a motivated self-starter. • Maintain a positive attitude and tone even when dealing with stressors. We want to hear your smile in the office and on the phone! • Recognize that contributing to the success of your coworkers, and the company as a whole, is an integral part of one’s own success at Instrumart. • Be solution focused. Previous experience and/or prior knowledge of our products would be beneficial in this position, but are not required. Experience working with NetSuite (or similar business management software) and multi-line telephone systems preferred.

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Help Vermonters pursue their education goals! We’re all about mission at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Help us fulfill our mission of providing all Vermont students with information and financial resources to reach their educational goals. You’ll work in a relaxed yet challenging environment. We offer many top-notch benefits.

OUTREACH COUNSELOR/GUIDE COUNSELOR (VSGU) This position is responsible for supporting Vermont middle, high school and first-year postsecondary students in their pursuit of education and training as part of the Vermont state GEAR UP (VSGU) Grant. VSGU is a grant provided to VSAC through the Federal Department of Education (ED) which is designed to increase the high school graduation and postsecondary/technical training enrollment rates for low-income, first-generation students. This position works with students and families in middle and secondary school(s) in Franklin County to provide education, career, and financial aid information and counseling in support of postsecondary education or technical training goals. The position supports students through the transition from high school into, and through, first year of postsecondary education or technical training. The position will provide support to GUIDE (Giving Undergraduates Important Direction in their Education) students; liaise with postsecondary and technical training institutions in support of GUIDE students; and develop, implement, and monitor social networking opportunities for GUIDE students and their parents. Our ideal candidate will have a Master’s in counseling or education, 3+ years of experience in counseling or education, an understanding of the socioeconomic and academic needs of the clients served, ability to work independently, ability to work with groups, plus develop and deliver presentations.

For complete job description and requirements: We offer an excellent benefit package including health insurance, paid holidays, vacation, sick leave and a retirement plan. To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to: The review of applications begins immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are found. CVOEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Driving a motor vehicle is required as a regular part of this position. Candidate must also successfully complete a criminal background check. This is a grant funded position that is contingent upon continued grant funds.

Are you a hard worker who takes pride in your work? If so, the Essex Westford School District is seeking an afternoon/evening custodian to join their team. As a member of our custodian team, you would be responsible for helping to provide our students with a safe and respectful learning environment, which is necessary for student success.

OUTREACH COUNSELOR, TALENT SEARCH PROGRAM Do you want to change some lives? Are you energized by the enthusiasm of teenagers? Then apply for one of two full-time positions with VSAC as an Outreach Counselor in our Educational Talent Search program—one in Franklin County and one in Washington and Orange Counties. Outreach Counselors provide career and college readiness services to students at middle and high schools. The target start date is mid-December.

Position is full-time 12-month and pays $15.13/hour, 8 hours/day. Excellent benefits package available including family medical and dental insurance; 30K term life insurance; professional development funds; retirement plan with up to 6% employer contribution; and paid vacation, sick, personal and holiday leaves.

Our ideal candidate will have a Master’s Degree in counseling, education or related field, experience working with youth in educational settings, an understanding of the socioeconomic and academic needs of first-generation, modest-incoming students and families, excellent communication, organizational and group presentation skills, proven success working independently and a comfort creating and maintaining relationships with people in a variety of settings.

Knowledge and skill related to routine housekeeping and maintenance work and/or commercial cleaning experience desirable. On-the-job training is available for those without this experience. Hours are expected to be weekdays from 3:00 PM to 11:00 PM plus overtime as requested. Hours may be flexible during school vacations. Some weekend hours may be required for special events.

The successful candidate will create a curriculum plan to cover the full spectrum of career and college planning services, meet with students regularly in groups and one-on-one, offer workshops and presentations to students, parents and professionals and develop rapport with middle and high school students, area school staff and faculty, and agency and college personnel. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license, a willingness to travel up to 1,200 miles a month, a properly inspected, registered, and insured motor vehicle for business use and must provide their own workspace when working away from VSAC offices. Candidate must also successfully complete a criminal background check. This is a grant funded position that is contingent upon continued grant funds.

For consideration, please apply electronically through (Job ID 3169167). If you do not have access to a computer and/or are having difficulty completing the Schoolspring application, please stop by to complete an application at 51 Park Street, Essex Junction. EWSD is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive environment.

VSAC offers a dynamic, professional environment with competitive compensation and generous benefits package. Positions are open until filled. Apply ONLY online at

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Are you passionate about economic justice? If so, you might be the perfect fit for our team! CVOEO’s Financial Futures Program supports people with low and moderate incomes to learn, earn, save and own. The Coach assists clients to create financial stability through one-onone coaching, financial classes, and appropriate referrals; the position also includes community outreach/marketing and other administrative activities as needed.

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ROUTE SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Foley Services is looking for a Route Service Representative (RSR) to service, manage and grow customer accounts in our Linen, Uniform and Mat Rental business. If you are interested in a career in service and driving with great opportunities, this is the position for you.

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Wake Robin is adding new members to its team!

MAINTENANCE - Full Time Wake Robin seeks a Maintenance person to join our Staff. Our maintenance team utilizes a variety of technical skills to repair and maintain electrical, plumbing, security, and air quality systems throughout the facility and in resident homes. Qualified candidate will have well-rounded maintenance skills and must have specific experience and/or training in HVAC systems, as well as a strong aptitude for computer-based operational systems. This is an opportunity to join a stable and talented team of individuals dedicated to doing good work, for great people, in a beautiful setting.

HOUSEKEEPER - Full Time Sometimes “cleaning” just isn’t enough. Our housekeepers care for people by caring for their homes. Housekeepers are critical to the wellbeing of residents, and the residents tell us this every day. If you love to clean and want to be an active part of our residents’ wellbeing, this is the community for you. We offer a beautiful work environment, excellent benefits, and a chance to be thanked every day. Candidates with previous training or experience as professional cleaners preferred.

RSRs drive a truck along an established route and service and sell within an existing customer base. It is a physical, fast-paced, indoor/outdoor position in which the RSR delivers and picks up soiled linen, uniforms, mats and other rental products. RSRs are the face of Foley Services to our customers and must work to build rapport with key decision makers, ensure quality standards, and proactively solve customer concerns. Responsibilities also include growing our existing customer base by upselling and cross-selling additional services, negotiating service agreement renewals, and controlling inventory all while working professionally, safely, and complying with any applicable State or Federal regulations. Qualifications - Qualified candidates must meet all requirements outlined by the DOT for driving a regulated vehicle weighing more than 10,000 lbs. In order to comply with DOT requirements qualified candidates must, prior to their first day of employment: • Have a valid driver’s license • Be at least 21 years of age • Obtain a DOT medical certification • Provide documentation regarding their previous employment Successful candidates will also possess: • The ability to meet the physical requirements of the position. • A High School diploma, GED, or Military Service, preferred. • The ability to demonstrate strong customer service skills, preferred. • Self-motivation and the drive to work in an environment that relies on teamwork to meet goals. • A positive attitude, along with ambition, organization and strong communication skills. This is a rewarding opportunity! To support our growth plans, we offer unique opportunities, including advancement, ongoing training, mentoring and the opportunity to develop your business skills.

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CUSTODIAN - Full Time Evenings This service position performs a variety of custodial, floor maintenance, light maintenance and repair duties under general supervision throughout the Wake Robin campus, common areas, independent living units, and health center. A minimum of one year of hands-on experience as custodian/housekeeper or an equivalent combination of education and experience is required. Wake Robin offers an excellent compensation and benefits package and an opportunity to build strong relationships with staff and residents in a dynamic community setting. Interested candidates can send their resumes to or fill out an application at Wake Robin is an EOE.

Medical/Prescription Wellness Program Basic Life Insurance Short/Long-Term Disability

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Foley Services is team driven, and the true spirit we share gives us a competitive edge. It’s a culture that exudes a high degree of professionalism at every level of our business. It’s a culture that maximizes the career development of all of our employee-partners, regardless of their job title and description. Foley Services is an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer and will make all employment related decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. For more than 125 years, Foley Services has offered highly-specialized services to businesses of all types. Foley provides uniforms, linen and mat rental to a wide and diverse variety of business customers throughout Vermont, New Hampshire and New York. We are service professionals, providing valuable services to meet the needs of our customers, large and small businesses, alike. We operate from our 50,000 sq. ft. production facility in Rutland VT, and our distribution center is Colchester VT. Call 1-800-639-0110 x222 to schedule an interview or email your resume and request an application to 12t-Foley110619.indd 1

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CLERICAL ASSISTANT OPENINGS The Vermont Judiciary is recruiting for several full-time, permanent Docket Clerk positions. Will perform specialized clerical duties including data entry customer service, multi-tasking, legal processing, courtroom support and record keeping.

ASSISTANT REGISTRAR Saint Michael's College seeks a student-centered, data-driven professional to serve as an Assistant Registrar. The Assistant Registrar collaborates with the Registrar to develop and deploy systems that support student success, retention and timely graduation. This individual is responsible for transfer credit evaluation, academic components of study abroad, program evaluations and degree clearance/completion processes. The Assistant Registrar prepares reports to support data-driven decision-making. Knowledge of Colleague, Informer, and the National Student Clearinghouse are strongly preferred.

Hiring for Burlington, Barre, Chelsea, Newport & White River Junction. High School graduate and two years of clerical or data entry experience required. Starting at $16.88 per hour with excellent benefits, paid holidays and generous leave time. Candidates shall submit a complete and up-to-date Judicial Branch Application and resume for the location they are interested in. An electronic version of the Application and further details may be found at: Open until filled.

Equal opportunity employer.

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WHERE YOU AND YOUR WORK MATTER... DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SERVICES DIVISION DIRECTOR – WATERBURY Have you been looking for a leadership role in human services where you can be part of a dynamic state-wide system dedicated to supporting Vermonters with Developmental Disabilities? Are you interested in helping Vermont develop innovative, modern solutions to bring our developmental disabilities service system into the future? If so, this may be the right fit for you! We are currently seeking a Division Director to lead Vermont’s Developmental Services program and the Office of Public Guardian. For more information, contact Liz Perreault at Department: Disabilities Aging & Independent Living. Status: Full Time. Job ID # 3146. Application Deadline: November 18, 2019.

VR COUNSELOR/ASSOCIATE – NEWPOR T Voc Rehab is recruiting for a rehabilitation/career counselor with the ability to support consumers with physical, psychological or cognitive disabilities in their efforts to gain employment. Job duties include assessment, guidance and counseling, working with employment staff to secure employment and work experiences, case management, documentation, and collaboration with community providers. Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition. For more information, contact Hib Doe at 802527-5443 or Department: Disabilities Aging & Independent Living. Status: PartTime, Temporary. Job ID # 3142 for VR Associate, ID #3131 for VR Counselor I, ID # 3144 for VR Counselor II. Application Deadline: November 10, 2019.

B U S I N E S S A N A LY S T - M U N I C I P A L S Y S T E M S C O O R D I N A T O R MONTPELIER Are you well-versed in tax and property valuation software? Do you love to problem-solve and work with a team, yet are self-sufficient and driven to provide results? Do you enjoy working with a variety of individuals and in different software programs? Do you thrive in an environment of continuous improvement? The Department of Taxes is seeking an individual to serve as a Business Analyst: Municipal Systems Coordinator for the Division of Property Valuation and Review. This position serves as the key coordinator for two large-scale implementation projects for the Division of Property Valuation and Review. For more information, contact Jill Remick at Department: Taxes. Status: Full Time. Job Id # 3124. Application Deadline: November 12, 2019.

VOC REHAB COUNSELOR (TRANSITION) – WHITE RIVER JUNCTION The Transition Counselor provides support to high school students with physical, psychological or cognitive disabilities in the career development process and will assist students in preparing for careers and employment through assessment and related guidance. The position works closely with an Employment Consultant to develop a variety of work experiences including job shadows, unpaid internships and employer-paid jobs. Previous work with adolescents is extremely helpful. Local travel required. Please Note: This position is being recruited at multiple levels. If you would like to be considered for more than one level, you MUST apply to the specific Job Requisition: VR Associate Job ID #3159, VR Counselor I Job ID #3158 or VR Counselor II Job ID #3140. For more information, contact Shaun Donahue at (802) 295-4144 or Department: Disabilities Aging & Independent Living. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: November 12, 2019.

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

The Department of Buildings and General Services (BGS) at the State of Vermont is seeking a District Facilities Manager (DFM) to oversee the Southwest region. This is a multi-faceted position that will be responsible for administrative, planning, maintenance and supervisory work at several locations within the district. Strong candidates will have supervisory and or managerial experience in the facilities field working with a diverse staff. For more information, contact John Hebert at Department: Buildings and General Services. Status: Full Time. Job Id # 3122. Application Deadline: November 20, 2019.

B U S I N E S S A N A LY S T I I I – B U R L I N G T O N

This is an exciting opportunity for a someone with advanced business analysis skills and experience on projects managed via Agile/Scrum to do work that matters. You will work hand in hand with public health professionals and developers to implement and maintain systems critical to the work of protecting and improving the health of Vermonters. Responsibilities include requirements management, QA testing and helping business leads succeed as product owners. For More information, contact Tim Berry at tim. Department: Digital Services. Status: Full Time. Job ID #3114. Application Deadline: November 13, 2019.

TOBACCO PREVENTION SPECIALIST – BURLINGTON The Vermont Department of Health Tobacco Control Program is seeking a team player to manage community-based grants, trainings and communications to reduce tobacco-related diseases and health disparities in Vermont. If you are committed to making an impact on population-level health, are experienced with project management and program implementation, and passionate about applying tobacco prevention best and promising practices, this job is for you. For more information, contact Rhonda Williams at Status: Full Time. Job ID # 3138. Application Deadline: November 19, 2019.

VOCATION AL REHABILITATION JOB COACH – NEWPOR T The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Job Coach will provide time limited on-site support for State/VR consumers in education and or training settings. The VR Job Coach may assist VR counselors in preparing consumers to apply for competitive employment. This might include direct, one to one, support at job specific trainings, or tutoring at workshops or classes. May provide hands-on job training and job coaching in a workplace to help consumer become fully independent. Local travel required. For more information, contact Hib Doe at 802-527-5443 or Department: Disabilities Aging & Independent Living. Status: Part-Time, Temporary. Job ID # 3130. Application Deadline: November 10, 2019.

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