Bankman-Fried resigned as CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX last Friday, the same day the Bahamas-based company he founded filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protec tion, costing investors billions. It capped a chaotic week for FTX, which faced an $8 billion shortfall after custom ers withdrew money, prompting federal criminal and civil investigations. Some have likened the implosion to the Enron scandal of the early 2000s, the collapse of Lehman Brothers and Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi swindle.
Keeping the donation “just doesn’t feel right,” Balint told Seven Days on Tuesday from Washington, D.C., where she was attending orientation for new members of Congress. She plans to give $2,900 to the Burlington-based Committee on Temporary Shelter.
“You’ve got so many people, so many consumers who lost their money,” she said. “We want to put this money to good use in Vermont ... We want to turn it back around and make sure that people in Vermont are getting some relief from this mess — as much as we can.”
Bankman-Fried, 30, had dazzled investors and
Washington, D.C., insiders, whom he lavished with bigdollar campaign donations. He spent nearly $40 million this midterm cycle, much of it on Democrats such as Balint.
U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) also got a $2,900 donation from Bankman-Fried for his Senate campaign. In response to a query from Seven Days, senator-elect Welch said on Tuesday that he will give his donation to the Warmth Support Program, which is run by the nonprofit Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.
Bankman-Fried and his brother, Gabe, also created pandemic-preparedness groups that endorsed Balint and Welch and gave each of their campaigns $1,000.
In July, Nishad Singh, head of engineering at FTX, fun neled $1.1 million to the LGBTQ Victory Fund, which used much of the money on ads and mailings for Balint, who is gay. The Balint campaign had no control over the inde pendent expenditures, which by law cannot be made in coordination with a candidate.
Balint reiterated that she does not know Singh and that she had no control over the political action committee’s spending on her behalf. But she acknowledged that Singh’s donation, and the recent news about FTX, “gives me a ter rible pit in my stomach.”
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When Lisa DeNatale set out to obtain Italian citizenship based on her Sicilian lineage, things got complicated fast. Non-Italians can obtain citizenship if an ancestor was born in Italy, even one as far back as great-greatgrandparents. DeNatale’s paternal grandpar ents were born in Sicily and immigrated to the U.S. in the early 1900s.
But the rules for proving such connec tions are byzantine. Would-be Italian citizens must track down birth, death and marriage certificates that might have been recorded on paper decades or even a century ago, and disqualifying exceptions abound.
DeNatale started her citizenship
Vermont transportation officials have closed Route 108 through Smugglers’ Notch until spring. Let it snow!
That’s how much Google will pay Vermont as part of a $400 million multistate settlement over the tech giant’s location-tracking practices.
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odyssey in 2019, and she’s still at it. Her application, filed in March at the Italian consulate in Boston, is now being re viewed in Rome.
Last year, she decided to use her expe rience to help other Vermonters who have been yearning for a closer connection to the nazione of their ancestors. DeNatale, who is president of the Vermont Italian Cultural Association, started holding Zoom classes with genealogy experts to guide Vermonters on their respective journeys.
Aspiring Italians of all ages were interested from the start, DeNatale said. About 75 people have taken part in each of the association’s five citizenship semi nars so far.
Some who sign up, she said, are Vermonters who would like to own property in Italy or want to work or study there. A few have mentioned they’d like to have a place to go if the political situa tion becomes uncomfortable in the U.S.
DeNatale plans to hold the free semi nars in the spring and fall. Those who’d like to participate, she said, can prepare by visiting the website of the Italian consulate in Boston and reviewing its instructions.
“I love Italy, and for me, it’s about having that badge of the Italian pass port,” DeNatale said.ANNE WALLACE ALLEN
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I read with delight Sally Pollak’s [True 802: “Free Fits”] in the October 26 issue of Seven Days. Stu Sporko’s thrift shop, Battery Street Jeans, is spot-on for a number of very important reasons.
1) Helping the community find afford able, often free clothing.
2) Helping people send items to orphanages and other needy persons worldwide.
3) Saving our planet by keeping items from the landfills.
I work at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift shop on Weaver Street in Winooski. It is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have very low prices and free bins of clothing available.
Thanks for a great reminder to shop thrift.Casmera Tagliamonte COLCHESTER
I am in full agreement with Andrea Todd that this process has not been inclusive [“Old North End Sculpture Plan Causes a Stir,” November 4, online]. I was recently informed that the city would hold a public meeting devoted to this topic in early December, which is a positive step forward. A project this monumental — 20 feet tall and 20 feet across — certainly deserves a full process of neighborhood involvement, particularly when it is funded by the Office of Racial Equity, Inclusion & Belonging.
We should not be resigned to the idea that the sculpture is going to be in Dewey Park, given that it’s one of the smallest parks in the city. Rather, we should consider multiple possible loca tions within the neighborhood. The final result and day of unveiling should be something to be celebrated, not some thing that leaves a bad taste in the mouths of residents.Colby Crehan BURLINGTON
Last week’s news story “Packed Powder” incorrectly identified skier Bobby Gaudreau’s profession. He works in marketing. It also incor rectly stated that he secured a park ing pass at Stowe; he did not.
BEVS V. PHEVS
It is good news for present and future electric vehicle owners that Tesla is seeking permission for a sales and repair facility in South Burlington [“Tesla Plans to Open Its First Vermont Dealership in South Burlington,” October 24, online].
Unfortunately, your article contains misleading statistics. You reported that “once dominant” Tesla has slipped to second place in electric vehicle sales in Vermont, behind Toyota. This is a false comparison. Tesla manufactures fully battery-powered electric vehicles, while Toyota’s first battery electric vehicle is just becoming available in the U.S. after a troubled international rollout.
Oddly, plug-in hybrids, widely sold by Toyota and other manufacturers, are counted as electric vehicles by state and federal governments, even though they burn gasoline, slowing progress toward carbon-reduction goals. Policy makers and reporters need to separate BEVs from PHEVs in their statistics to avoid giving a false sense of progress toward a carbon-neutral transportation system. The opening of the Tesla facility in South Burlington will enable more Vermonters to enjoy the many benefits of true electric vehicles!MONTPELIER
Regarding the recent article “Warning Shots” [November 2], I offer my own warning against the creepy, politically correct tone throughout, as if we are somehow at fault or have failed these people who threaten our lives. Where
is the idea, at least referenced in pass ing, that as our guests these people are expected to respect their hosts with decent behavior, understood worldwide across all cultures as appropriate when offered the succor, the honor, of shelter? Why the refrain that somehow we have failed “our youths,” etc.? Hey, we have not failed our youths; these punks are not our youths. They are youths from another culture whom we have invited to enjoy respite and opportunity in ours.
Look to Hartford, Conn., and other New England locales south of here to see our fate if we fail to uphold the values we may have taken for granted too long here in Vermont, now threatened not only by flying bullets but by the stinky PC perspectives suggested in this article. I encourage discussion on this and other pressing matters that is based on common sense, not the pervasive political correct ness that seems to have spread as quickly as COVID-19.Nick McDougal LINCOLN
must have been several seconds I could not pull up to safety.
During that time, panic gave way to resignation. “Oh, so this is how it ends,” I recall muttering more in wonderment than in terror.
I finally did manage to crawl onto the ice and skated numbly to the Community Boathouse, where a worker wrapped my frozen body in blankets.
Afterward, I recalled the oh-so-apt closing lines of Emily Dickinson’s poem “After great pain a formal feeling comes”:
This is the Hour of Lead — Remembered, if outlived, As Freezing persons, recollect the Snow — First — Chill — then Stupor — then the letting go —Kevin J. Kelley ATLANTIC BEACH, N.Y.
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[Re Death Issue, October 26]: Act 169, enacted in June 2022 and going into effect January 2023, allows natural, organic reduction of human remains, aka “human composting,” an alternative to embalm ing and cremation. Vermont is one of five states that have passed legislation allow ing this alternative.Jim Dean BURLINGTON
So exciting to see death highlighted [Death Issue, October 26]! However, I was surprised by a few missed opportunities.
The article [“New Undertakings”] discussed the changing preferences of citizens and a movement away from the conventional funeral model, but I only caught a sentence that alluded to the advent of more environmentally friendly options. Green cemeteries, or places where you can be buried simply and in
[Re “Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” Octo ber 26]: May a former Vermonter and Seven Days contributor add an account of a near-death experience?
It happened in the mid-’90s on a Janu ary afternoon of single-digit temperatures and knifelike winds. I was skating on Lake Champlain off Perkins Pier. Feeling feisty, I glided out to the breakwater and, feistier still, skated around its edge and onto the broad lake.
Then the ice gave way. I plunged into the water up to my shoulders. Panicked, I struggled to lift myself out, but for what
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The Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival launches its first off-season GMCMF Artist Faculty Recital Series with a performance by violinist Elizabeth Chang and pianist Steven Beck at College Street Congregational Church in Burlington. Sonatas by Ernő Dohnányi, Karol Szymanowski and Béla Bartók are on the menu for classical music lovers.
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With movement, folk music, storytelling and ethereal props, local dancer Ellen Smith Ahern and friends present Vulture Sister Song. This wild, transcendent show mixes disciplines, utilizes a migrating herd of lanterns, and examines the connections between humans and the beyond at Artistree’s Grange Theatre in South Pomfret.
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Capital City locals gain an entirely fresh perspective at Montpelier Underfoot, the final two events of North Branch Nature Center’s Montpelier PLACE series. A presentation by director of natural history programs Sean Beckett and a field adventure at Gateway Park teach attendees how the area’s geology has shaped the city’s infrastructure.
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Born in 1929 as Vaudeville Nite, Rice Memorial High School’s Stunt Nite is a beloved community tradition. Guests at the Flynn in Burlington witness an evening of joyful music, hilarious skits and mindboggling feats presented by each grade of students after a month of rehearsals.
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Every year, Christy Mitchell, the owner and creative director of Burlington’s S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, presents a thought-provoking solo exhibit. This fall’s installation, “Object Permanence,” puts a surreal twist on typical household items to create a scene that’s part dream, part evocation of the collective experience of quarantine in the early pandemic.
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Representing the Future
While most of the state — and the nation — was focused on who would win the midterm election in the week leading up to November 8, a group of Vermonters gathered at the Statehouse with a different agenda: celebrating the small-“d” democratic values we have in common.
On November 3, a crowd of 100 attended the Good Citizen Challenge awards reception in the House chamber. The event honored the young people across Vermont who completed the latest Good Citizen Challenge, a nonpartisan civics project organized by Seven Days and our parenting publication, Kids VT.
These students spent the summer doing a variety of civicsrelated activities — such as visiting the Vermont History Museum, reading the newspaper, volunteering for a local charity and making art inspired by Vermont’s motto, “Freedom and Unity.” We compiled these tasks on a bingo-like scorecard that appeared in Seven Days numerous times throughout the season. To finish the Challenge, each participant completed at least one row of five activities. Those who did got an invitation to the Statehouse, where we gave out prizes and recognized some of their outstanding work. You can read about the event, and see some of the submissions, in the winter issue of Kids VT, inside this week’s paper.
The after-hours Statehouse reception in the majestic House chamber invited these students to imagine themselves there in the future — as legislators, activists, members of the media or involved citizens. A question no one in attendance asked or answered: Which candidates or political parties do you support?
It didn’t matter: The message of the Challenge is that anyone can be a good citizen, regardless of political affiliation. Being a good citizen is about understanding our history, our government and local news — and working together with others to improve the communities we live in. It’s OK to disagree about how to do that. In fact, hearing and considering competing viewpoints respectfully is essential to a functioning democracy.
We created the Challenge in 2018 — with support from the Vermont Community Foundation — to make those points and to help young Vermonters learn and practice the skills they’ll need to steward our democracy in the years ahead. I love seeing their submissions; they’re the best antidote to despair over the divisive nature of our politics.
Here’s an example, from a Challenge entry by Callum McGregor of St. Johnsbury. For activity #8 (“Connect to neighbors”), Callum wrote a post for his Front Porch Forum. Because he’s under 14, the minimum age for FPF contributions, he asked his mom to send it.
In the writeup, Callum described his work for the Challenge, which included picking up trash in his neighborhood, listening to primary candidate debates, learning about his town’s history and bringing “a trunk full of donations” to Northeast Kingdom Community Action. “I am going into 6th grade this fall and this helped me improve respectful communication with others and the value of community service,” he wrote.
Included in his entry for the Challenge were some of the responses he received. “Way to go!” wrote one person. “I am so impressed with all that you learned and did. You made my day!
“You are a good neighbor,” wrote another. “Thanks for what you have done and for encouraging others to do the same. It’s not only for 6th graders, but adults of any age as well. Many thanks!!!”
The best one: “Bravo, Callum … In your name I am going to make a $20 contribution to St Johnsbury history and heritage museum. Thank you for inspiring that.”
These kids inspire me, too. For updates on when we’ll be launching our next Challenge, sign up for email alerts at goodcitizenvt.com.
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Construction Begins at CityPlace Burlington SiteBY COURTNEY LAMDIN email@example.com
For the first time in four years, there’s movement at the Pit.
CityPlace Burlington, the long-stalled project in the center of Burlington’s downtown, was an active construction site on Tuesday morning. A crew of hard-hatted workers busied themselves at the site’s entrance along Bank Street. An excavator scraped up mounds of dirt as dump trucks rumbled past, at one point prompting a gaggle of reporters to hastily make way.
To Mayor Miro Weinberger, these were the sights and sounds of progress after years of delay.
“I’ve always believed in this project,” he said. “This is what we need to make our downtown healthy and vibrant decades into the future.”
The activity was a major milestone for CityPlace, which has overcome legal battles, changes of ownership and redesigns since first being proposed in 2014. At that point, then-owner Don Sinex promised to replace the former Burlington Town Center mall with two 14-story towers of shops, apartments and a hotel. He began demolishing the mall in 2017, but little has happened on the site since, earning it the derisive nickname “the Pit.”
Sinex sold his shares of the project in May to three local businessmen: Dave Farrington of Farrington Construction, Al Senecal of Omega Electric Construction and Scott Ireland of S.D. Ireland, all of whom joined the mayor at the site on Tuesday morning to describe their plans.BY SASHA GOLDSTEIN • firstname.lastname@example.org
Vermont has adopted some of the most restrictive cannabis advertis ing rules in the country — regula tions that some entrepreneurs say could stifle small businesses hoping to grow in the fledgling market.
Among the restrictions: All ads must be approved in advance by Vermont Cannabis Control Board staff; media outlets must prove that less than 15 percent of their audience is under 21; ads may not offer samples or prizes, or feature cartoon characters or toys that might appeal to children; and every ad must contain a readable 135-word health warning.
The regulations apply not only to adver tising in traditional media and on websites but also to the social media accounts that many businesses use to reach potential customers.
The restrictive rules pose a challenge for cannabis businesses, which might find themselves forced to skip advertising alto gether and rely on word of mouth; for the
The regs also raise questions about enforcement, as the board will have its hands full reviewing the ads, in addition to the other state-mandated responsibili ties assigned to its small staff. The board has vowed to approve, deny or ask for more information about each ad within 10 business days. But it’s requesting that businesses file the advertisements 15 days before they run.
Cannabis Control Board, which is trying to create a market without losing businesses that might choose to skip the regulatory headaches and operate illegally; and for media outlets that don’t want to miss out on a new source of ad revenue.
“It’s very, very restrictive,” said Dave Silberman, an attorney who advocated for Vermont’s cannabis law and now co-owns FLŌRA Cannabis, a retail shop in Middle bury. “It’s very difficult to advertise in any sort of traditional medium … [We’re] disappointed, but we’re just gonna live with it.”
Once complete, CityPlace will consist of two buildings of about 10 stories with 427 apartments, including affordable units that will be managed by the Champlain Housing Trust. Plans call for ground-level retail, 422 parking spaces, and a rooftop restaurant and observation deck.
On Tuesday, crews were preparing for a new foundation, which will be poured by December 1. Construction will continue through the winter, with a goal to finish the so-called “South Building” on Bank Street in 2024.
The U-shaped “North Building” on Cherry Street, which includes the CHT units, would be complete by summer 2025. At that point, work would begin to rebuild portions of St. Paul and Pine streets that were severed from the city grid by the former mall. The developers aim to finish construction by November 2025.
Farrington estimates a total construction cost of about $200 million. m
In 2018, Rochester High School closed its doors. For years, enrollment had been dropping; the school’s final graduating class had just two students. Prompted by the passage in 2015 of Act 46 — a Vermont education law that encourages school districts to merge into larger units — Rochester joined with Stockbridge to form a unified school district and started sending its high schoolers out of the district.
With the closure came a sobering reality. For years, the space had been the nucleus of the town, hosting meetings, sporting events and performances.
“When the high school closed, I think there was a sense of grief on some level,” said Vic Ribaudo, cochair of the Roches ter High School Repurposing Committee, a volunteer group formed in February 2020 to explore options for the building.
A vote in March will determine whether the town should purchase the building from the school district for $1 to allow the committee to start implementing its plans.
“One of the hopes we have in establish ing this [building] as a multiuse facility is to bring intergenerational connectivity, engagement and energy back to the town center,” explained Ribaudo.
Even before Act 46, schools were closing regularly in Vermont, owing to dwindling enrollment numbers. But with the passage of the landmark education law, the number of school boards in the state was reduced by more than 150.
State officials have not been tracking the number of school buildings that have closed but can say with certainty that at least 20 schools have shut their doors since 1998, according to Ted Fisher, direc tor of communications and legislative affairs for the Vermont Agency of Education. That number is likely higher, though. For many of the newly formed merger districts, closing a school building made the most financial sense.
As Vermont’s education system transforms, so do these spaces. They are being repurposed to help address other longtime and common needs in the state’s rural towns: affordable housing, economic development, childcare and civic gather ings that keep communities cohesive.
“This is not unique to Rochester, Spring field or any other town,” explained Kath ryn Schenkman, cochair of the Rochester High School Repurposing Committee. “It is across the board that these towns are having to figure out how to pivot.”
By reusing old schools, developers can take advantage of existing infrastructure and resources, cutting construction costs significantly. Repurposing old buildings is also one of the most environmentally friendly ways to develop new spaces and homes. Plus, investing in preexist ing community centers is critical for creating vibrant downtowns, said Kati
Vermont Senate Democrats Tap Baruth to Lead the ChamberBY KEVIN MCCALLUM email@example.com
The 23 newly elected Democratic members of the Vermont Senate picked Sen. Phil Baruth (D/PChittenden) on Sunday to lead the chamber in the upcoming biennium.
When the 30-member Senate convenes in January, it will formally elect a Senate president pro tempore, but the majority’s pick is all but certain to win. The longtime University of Vermont English professor, author and former political commentator will succeed Sen. Becca Balint (D-Windham), who is Vermont’s U.S. House representative-elect.
Baruth, 60, was the only candi date to stand for the position.
“We have a new, younger, more diverse Senate, and that’s incredibly exciting,” he said, according to a copy of his prepared remarks. He pledged to make his colleagues proud of their work.
The Burlington resident has been a steadfast advocate for gun control. He has criticized Gov. Phil Scott’s opposition to additional measures beyond the changes he signed into law in 2018, after the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., and the arrest of a teenager accused of plotting gun violence at a school in Fair Haven, Vt.
Baruth will likely press for further gun restrictions, including fully clos ing what is known as the “Charleston Loophole.” It allows someone to purchase a firearm if their federal background check is not completed in three days. That’s how the shooter in a 2015 massacre at a historically Black church in Charleston, S.C., was able to buy a gun.
Vermont lawmakers passed a bill to change the rule in 2022, but Scott vetoed it, arguing that it unfairly restricted law-abiding citizens from obtaining firearms they might need for self-protection. He instead made a counterproposal to extend the waiting period for the background check to seven days. Lawmakers grudgingly approved the change, and Scott signed the revised bill into law.
Baruth was first elected to the Senate in 2010. He’s been chair of the Education Committee, was majority leader from 2013 to 2017 and considered running for pro tem in 2016 but instead backed former Chittenden County senator Tim Ashe, who won the office. m
Ahead of his October 1 grand opening, Silberman said, he tried to run an ad in his local newspaper, the Addison County Inde pendent. But the weekly paper couldn’t prove that less than 15 percent of its audi ence was under 21, according to Silberman, although it almost certainly is. (Angelo Lynn, the paper’s editor and publisher, confirmed Silberman’s account.)
“We went back and forth a couple times with the board, but the data [the newspa per] did have just wasn’t enough,” Silber man said. “And I don’t blame the board for taking that position ... It’s just difficult.”
Jesse Harper, CEO and co-owner of Gram Central in Montpelier, said he’s mostly relied on word of mouth in the weeks since he opened his store.
“Anytime we want to post on social media, we’re paralyzed because we’re worried we’re going to do something wrong,” he said “What can we say? ‘Hi, we’re Gram Central’? Can we say ‘weed’?”
He thinks the rules for print ads are equally onerous.
“Have you ever met anyone who’s under 21?” Harper asked. “They’re not reading the fucking paper.”
If state Rep. Anne Donahue (R-North field) had had her way, there would have been no cannabis advertising at all. In her view, the purpose of the cannabis legal ization bill was to make the production and sale of cannabis safer for people who already consumed weed. Advertising, she argued, would entice new users. So, in February 2020, she proposed a near-total ban on advertising.
Her amendment made it into the House version of the bill but was stripped out in final negotiations. The measure that Gov. Phil Scott let go into law without his signa ture in October 2020 allowed advertising, with restrictions.
Those restrictions are just another way the cannabis industry “is getting singled out and held to sort of unusual standards,” said Noah Fishman, who recently opened a dispensary, Zenbarn Farms, on Route 100 in Waterbury Center. “It effectively makes everything more expensive and slower.”
“If we want to actually get this industry off the ground … we’ve got to find some ways to support businesses, especially if we don’t want it to just be in the hands of the largest companies or those with the deepest pockets,” he continued. “For small businesses, we’re the ones that get the most affected by this stuff. We can’t weather all the storms of all the regula tions and everything.”
The retail weed business is expected to be extremely competitive. As of last week, the board had received about 50 license applications — including seven
in Burlington — and had approved about 25. When faced with such a proliferation, businesses typically use advertising to compete for customers.
“Everybody’s like, ‘Doesn’t it sell itself?’” said JB Sugar, the director of digi tal sales at advertising firm WeedStreet NOW. “Well, what if someone opens across the street? How do you differentiate?”
Sugar is based in Burlington, but his company does business in half a dozen legal-weed states: California, Michigan, Oregon, Massachusetts, Maine and Illi
create a craft market, where quality is an attraction that makes Vermont stand out in an increasingly competitive regional and national sector.
But by implementing such restrictive ad regulations, Fishman said, the state has given up a golden opportunity to market Vermont as a cannabis mecca, a place where tourists should come to find the best weed.
“If you want to reach people that aren’t your typical cannabis users, which is one of our goals, I don’t know exactly how we’re going to do that,” Fishman said.
nois. While all of those states require some sort of health warning label, none of them requires preapproval to run advertise ments, he said.
“We don’t see this in other states, and I’m not sure, as the industry gets larger and the number of dispensaries increases, that it is a scalable model without full-time staff to check, correct and recheck ads,” he said.
Vermont has emphasized creating a market of small businesses by capping the size of cannabis-growing operations and limiting the number of licenses people or corporations can acquire. The idea is to
The rules are crafted to prevent busi nesses from appealing to kids, something all the retailers who spoke with Seven Days said they support. No one under 21 can be depicted in an ad, and ads cannot feature toys, inflatables or cartoons, including those with human features. (For years, Seven Days has used an anthropomor phic cannabis leaf, dubbed “Weed Guy,” to illustrate dozens of stories on the topic — including this one. He’s banned from cannabis advertisements under the state rules, but those rules don’t govern the newspaper’s editorial content.) Ads also cannot contain false, misleading or curative claims; offer samples or prizes; or promote excess consumption.
For now, the control board is notifying businesses of violations and asking that they be corrected; it has sent six warn ing letters thus far. Eventually the board could issue fines or demand that a business create a “corrective action plan.” In the most extreme cases, a business could lose its license to operate.
Eli Harrington, a cannabis advocate and licensed grower in the Northeast Kingdom, worries about enforcement of the rules. Businesses often post to social
I BELIEVE THAT [THE BOARD IS] VASTLY MISTAKEN ABOUT THE EXTENT OF THEIR AUTHORITY TO LIMIT CANNABIS ADVERTISING.
media sites multiple times each day; who is watching to make sure they abide by state guidelines?
“You’ve got to compete with the legacy market,” he said, referring to those who operated before cannabis legalization. “So the incentive for the industry to police itself, which could be well-meaning or could be jealous snitching, is very high. And how that application of ‘justice’ — with these ridiculous restrictions — is meted out by the powers that be remains to be seen.”
The advertising regulations do offer cannabis businesses an alternative way to make themselves known without board review: by publishing “educational mate rial.” The key in determining whether something is an ad or “educational material” is the phrase “induce sales of cannabis,” said Julie Hulburd, a control board member. So something describing the characteristics of a product, or how it was made, would not count as an ad, she said; something that encourages someone to buy the product would.
Silberman, the Middlebury cannabis shop owner, has posted both educational materials and ads on his store’s Facebook page. One educational post is a “Strain Spotlight.” It features a picture of Gelato 33 — a purple, hairy, crystal-covered bud — and a description of its THC content, effects and namesake: “NBA legend Larry Bird,” who wore No. 33. The post doesn’t encourage anyone to buy Gelato 33 or even say that it’s in stock at the store.
Silberman’s advertisement, meanwhile, explains that the store has nine varieties of edibles available and encourages people to “check it out!” The post includes a link to the FLŌRA website.
To satisfy the board’s requirement for a warning label, Silberman posted an image of one in the comments section of the post, a technique he said the board had approved.
“I would encourage any licensee who has questions about how to do things … to reach out to the board and talk to them,” Silberman said. “I’ve always found the board staff to be really proactive and helpful.”
Responsibility for ad review currently falls to two staff members, though the number “will likely expand in the coming months,” according to Nellie Marvel, the board’s education and outreach manager.
As of Monday, five ads — four print and one social media — had been submitted to the board; all were sent back for more information, and one was subsequently rejected.
The board must also investigate complaints, which can be made anony mously through its website. So far, three complaints have been filed about advertis ing, according to Hulburd.
“We did send out some letters of warn ing or have conversations with those folks to get them into compliance,” Hulburd said. “And I think that those have been addressed at this point.”
Several businesses that ran ads in Seven Days ’ Cannabis Issue on September 28 subsequently received warning letters, according to Andrew Subin, an attorney with Vermont Cannabis Solutions. He also co-owns a wholesale distribution business, Ojorojo Cannabis, which ran an ad and received a warning letter from the board. The November 5 letter, which cited guidance the state issued after the ad ran, said the company failed to submit the ad for review; to prove that less than 15 percent of the newspaper’s audience is under 21; and to include the health warn ing label.
Subin said he disagrees with the board’s assessment and argued that the ad presented educational material — it wasn’t offering a cannabis product for sale.
Though the rules regulate commer cial speech, he thinks they violate First Amendment rights.
“I believe that they’re vastly mistaken about the extent of their authority to limit cannabis advertising,” he said of the board. “They’re clearly taking a zerotolerance approach to this advertising thing, and I hope there’s an opportunity
seem an obvious place for ads, and the free weekly has documentation asserting that less than 15 percent of its audience is under 21. Similar papers in legal-weed states contain cannabis advertisements. A recent issue of Westword in Denver, Colo., for example, included a full-page ad featuring weed prices and details about a raffle, with a short health warning label in small print along the bottom. Alt-weekly DigBoston’s website displayed two canna bis advertisements on its home page this week.
“It’s unfortunate that businesses that have finally gotten the green light to sell their products are now having trouble getting the word out to potential custom ers,” Colby Roberts, an associate publisher and the director of sales at Seven Days, said in an email.
For Zenbarn’s Fishman, who’s been involved in the industry since the hemp days, the advertising regs are just another hurdle for cannabis entrepreneurs who have been weathering a risky nascent industry. While the state has legalized weed, the onerous regs could take a toll, he worried.
“We already have to deal with intense taxation, overregulation of the industry,” he said. “Anything we can do to lessen that at this point is what the industry really needs.” m
Gallagher, the sustainable communities program director for the Vermont Natural Resources Council.
Wilmington is a case in point: A school district merger in 2004 left the small Windham County town with a vacant high school smack in the middle of its business district. A group of concerned volunteers formed the Old School Enrichment Council and got to work. “It was a really great spot for something to happen,” explained Meg Streeter, a council member, “other than a vacant building or a hole in the ground.”
The council formed a nonprofit, purchased the school for $1 and began renting out the space to tenants. A neigh bor who had won prize money on the TV show “Sports Jeopardy!” even organized a business competition for the town with a $20,000 prize. Two of the winning proposals — a bakery and a personal fitness company — are now tenants of the Old School Community Center, which opened in 2013. Streeter said the former school’s gym, in particular, has been an asset to the town. A pickleball club has started practicing there, and it’s one of the few places in Wilmington large enough to host gatherings and events.
In Springfield, volunteers are hoping to repurpose the defunct North School, which closed its doors in 1984. Volunteers see the school’s downtown location as an ideal spot for town gatherings.
Community-wide events often disap pear when a school closes. In Wilmington, nonprofit and community groups can use the old school whenever they want, and for free. “Schools have this additional importance when they are revitalized,” Gallagher said. “They once again become ‘third spaces’ as community centers or places of gathering,” she added, using a term for social environ ments aside from work and home.
Old schools are also being used to address Vermont’s chronic childcare short age, which can be acutely felt in rural areas. Windsor County lacks childcare spots for six in 10 of the kids who need it, according to a 2021 Let’s Grow Kids report.
In Bridgewater, a 2015 merger led the town to close the beloved Bridgewater Village School, which served grades pre-K through 6. In 2017, a group of residents came together to save the school from being demolished and turned it into a nonprofit community center, with a top priority of providing childcare. At the time, there was no licensed facility for babies or toddlers in the town.
Bridgewater Community Childcare opened in the old school in 2021. Program director Kristiana Birmingham said obtaining certification for the center was significantly easier than the process atBEN DOYLE
other places she had worked. “The bones were already there for us,” she explained. After only a year of service, Birmingham said she plans on expanding the operation to a second classroom, more than doubling her capacity from 14 to 36 children.
In Wilmington, the inclusion of a child care company in the Old School Commu nity Center has “been a game changer for the community,” Streeter said.
Some old schools could help alleviate another crisis: Vermont’s housing short age. The dimensions of classrooms make the buildings ideal for single-unit and studio apartments, critical for filling the “missing middle” of housing stock. The layouts typically lend themselves well to cohousing and other forms of communal living.
One private developer, Frank Briscoe, thinks a former school in Brandon could ease the small town’s need for missing middle housing. Surrounding Rutland County lacks enough rental property for all income levels, accord ing to a 2021 housing needs assessment commissioned by the Housing Trust of Rutland County. The county’s rental vacancies stood at 3.5 percent, under the 5 percent rate considered healthy.
Briscoe plans to redevelop Brandon High School, which closed its doors in 1981 and has remained empty since. The build ing has high ceilings and huge windows, elements that Briscoe said would make for light-filled, spacious units; tenants could work out in the former gym. The building is in the heart of downtown Brandon.
Briscoe, who specializes in architec tural conservation, said he’s received over whelming support from the town, which approved his building permit. He plans to start construction in the spring and to move people in by the summer of 2024.
There’s a place for below-market-rate housing, too, in these unused build ings. The Champlain Housing Trust has converted two school buildings in Swan ton and one in St. Albans into subsidized housing.
“Both created real opportunities for good, solid, affordable housing,” said Michael Monte, the trust’s chief execu tive officer.
In Rutland, the former Immaculate Heart of Mary School was transformed in 2021 into a mix of 19 one-bedroom and micro-units — apartments with less than 350 square feet of space — for lowincome and formerly homeless residents
in the area. The tight quarters are ideal for community members transitioning out of homelessness, who are often intimidated by large spaces, according to Mary Cohen, executive director for the Housing Trust of Rutland County. The gym was converted into a community space and café, which Cohen said has proven invaluable for community building.
But repurposing old schools comes with its own set of challenges. For one, historic buildings often require expensive upgrades and repairs. Plus, most build ings built before 1980 could contain toxic construction materials, such as PCBs. In some cases, such as Burlington High School, which sits abandoned, contamina tion makes rehabilitation cost-prohibitive.
While developers are required to insti tute an environmental review under the National Environmental Policy Act, PCB testing is not yet mandatory. The legisla ture is expected to decide how nonschool buildings should be regulated for PCBs. For now, though, the state’s focus is on reworking functioning schools.
Adaptive reuse — as many architects coin it — is a well-known strategy for historical preservation. But local zoning regulations aren’t always friendly to the concept. Galla gher estimates that only about half of all municipalities in the state have regs that readily accommodate new purposes.
Reimagining old schools requires a huge amount of volunteer time and resources. “It’s a large commitment to take on a 33,000-square-foot high school build ing without the benefit of a school budget,” admitted Schenkman of the Rochester High School Repurposing Committee. “We’re sort of like the midwives for this whole thing,” Ribaudo added.
And yet, volunteers continue to push forward. Streeter saw a real transforma tion in Wilmington when the old school was converted into a community center. Suddenly the building showed signs of life and turned into a resource for the commu nity once more.
“Now, it looks like we care about our town,” she said with pride.
“Particularly in our small towns, these schools really are the focal point of community,” explained Ben Doyle, execu tive director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont. “There’s a sense of loss and fear that comes up when these schools close. But the adaptive reuse of these buildings offers a way to re-foster that sense of community — and to reaffirm it.” m
Rachel Hellman covers Vermont’s small towns for Seven Days . She is a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms. Find out more at reportforamerica.org.
East Side Story
Burlington City Council candidates have different approaches to housing, public safetyBY COURTNEY LAMDIN • firstname.lastname@example.org
Three political newcomers are vying to fill a city council seat on Burl ington’s east side, where residents have been without full representation for two months. In September, Progressive councilor Jack Hanson stepped down in the East District, which covers Wards 1 and 8, to apply for a job in city government. A few weeks later, Ward 8 Progressive Ali House resigned for personal reasons.
Now, Democrat Maea Brandt, Progres sive Dina John and independent Jake Schumann are competing to fill the first of those two seats. Early voting is already under way for the December 6 special election in the East District, which encom passes the area east of North Willard Street, plus the University of Vermont campus and student-heavy neighborhoods surrounding Buell and Bradley streets downtown. The winner will serve a threemonth term until March, when voters will elect a councilor to a two-year term.
There’s a lot at stake for Burling ton’s two political factions. The council currently has two independents, four Progressives and four Democrats. A Prog or Dem win would give that party a plural ity until Town Meeting Day, when a Ward 8 special election will return the council to its full 12 members. Leaders of both parties see the current contest as a means to stake a claim to the East District seat ahead of the March election.
“It’s like a mini Town Meeting Day in December,” said Adam Roof, chair of the Burlington Democratic Party and a former councilor. “We’re getting our resources aligned and our people excited.”
The election is also the first-ever coun cil race to use ranked-choice voting, an approach voters approved in March 2021. That means if no candidate wins more than half the votes in the first round, an instant runoff begins. The last-place finisher is eliminated, and the votes they received are assigned to those voters’ second choice. The process continues until one candidate hits the 50-percent-plus-one threshold.
To win the December election, all three candidates have focused on housing and public safety, although their approaches differ. Both John and Schumann have emphasized addressing the root causes of crime to make the city safer, while Brandt has said rebuilding a short-staffed police department is paramount. Brandt, who owns two rental properties, has focused her housing platform on expanding supply
to drive down costs. John and Schumann, meanwhile, are both renters who have been housing insecure. They want to expand tenants’ rights and build more affordable housing.
Public safety has been a political flash point since the Progressive-led vote in June 2020 to reduce the city’s police force through attrition. When officers left faster than anticipated, Mayor Miro Weinberger
that someone pilfered her bike and that she knows people whose vehicles were stolen.
“Despite the announcement that crime is lower than before, I’m finding that, according to my neigh bors, it is at an all-time high,” said Brandt, who lives on North Street. “We need a full police force. I think enforcement of laws and ordinances will help reduce violence and crime.”
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and fellow Democrats blamed the Progs for causing a public safety crisis. Progres sives, for their part, have acknowledged they may have acted too quickly amid a groundswell of activism following George Floyd’s killing by Minneapolis police — and allegations of excessive force by Burlington officers against young Black men. The council, including some Progs, has since voted to restore police staffing, though city leaders say it could take years to rebuild the force.
Meantime, an uptick in gunfire inci dents and certain types of crime has fueled a feeling that Burlington is less safe. Brandt, 57, the Democratic candidate, said these concerns were central to her decision to run. With recent shootings downtown, Brandt worries about her children walking home from school. And thefts seem on the rise, she said, noting
A lecturer in the Saint Michael’s College arts department, Brandt has lived in Burlington for 33 years. Besides supporting police hiring, Brandt said she would push for acting Burling ton Police Chief Jon Murad to be named permanent chief. Council Progressives blocked his appointment in January with a 6-6 tie vote, though Weinberger has agreed to keep Murad on “indefinitely.”
Brandt, who is biracial, also empha sized the importance of racial bias training for police and other city departments. She believes Burlington police have done well “recognizing and acknowledging what racial bias is” but said the city can always do more.
John, Brandt’s Progressive opponent, works as a judicial clerk in the Vermont Superior Court system, giving her an insider’s view into crime and disorder in the city. She also sees firsthand the tensions between police and people of color, who have been disproportionately arrested and subjected to use of force in Burlington, data show.
John, 22, moved to Vermont from Kenya when she was 4 years old and lives
in an affordable housing complex with her parents on Riverside Avenue. Cops are a regular presence there, but John said her fellow immigrant neighbors are afraid to report crime because they don’t trust the police. As a result, problems can worsen, she said; people feel unsafe. John said this dynamic has fueled the recent rash of gun violence, which has had an outsize impact on young men from immigrant families. As a councilor, John said she would advocate for “proactive” conversa tions to rebuild trust between people of color and police.
“[The mayor] can hire as much police as he wants, but it won’t solve the issue of public safety nor strengthen the relation ship between BPD and our community,” John said. “If you want community trust … you have to figure out why it was lost in the first place.”
Schumann, the independent candidate, also has a big-picture take on public safety. The 31-year-old is an emergency medical technician and previously worked as a case manager for a COVID-19 emergency housing program. He said the public safety crisis is rooted in the inability of some people to meet their basic needs, a desper ation that leads to crime and drug abuse.
Burlington has counted 180 overdoses this year, more than four times the number in 2019. Schumann said the increase justifies Burlington’s attempts to open a safe injec tion site, an initiative John also supports. Brandt, the Democratic candidate, said
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she needed to do more research before offering an opinion.
Brandt was also unsure about whether to increase civilian oversight of the police. In late 2020, Weinberger vetoed a Progressive-led resolution to form an independent board to investigate and discipline officers accused of misconduct. In recent months, however, a grassroots group called People for Police Account ability has been circulating a petition to put a similar charter change on the March ballot. Both Schumann and John support the effort. Brandt said she wants to talk to constituents before taking a position.
The candidates also offer a mix of views on housing policy, including a Progressive initiative to ban no-cause evictions in Burlington. The measure would have made it illegal to force tenants to move by refusing to renew a lease, a de facto eviction allowed under state law. Landlords would have needed
and inspections, said such arrearages were common during the pandemic.
Brandt acknowledged that she still owes this year’s registration fee but is other wise caught up.
Brandt said she understands that rent ers want more stability in their housing arrangements but thinks that boosting the city’s housing stock is a better fix to the problem.
John and Schumann, however, back the “just cause” eviction measure; both have lost housing in the past. John’s family was evicted from an apartment back in 2008, and in 2021, Schumann had to abandon his tiny home in the New North End after the city determined that it violated zoning ordinances. He ended up paying the city a $1,000 fine after the matter went to court.
to instead provide a “just cause,” such as nonpayment of rent. Queen City voters overwhelmingly passed the ballot item in March 2021, but Gov. Phil Scott vetoed it this past legislative session.
Brandt voted against the measure last year because she believes most landlords try to resolve issues with tenants before evicting them. “The lease requires that they work together,” she said.
She said Burlington has other ways of holding landlords accountable, such as the Housing Board of Review, which mediates conflicts between renters and property owners. Brandt herself lost a case before the housing board in Janu ary; the board ruled that she improperly declined to return her tenants’ security deposit. The board disagreed with the tenants’ assertion that Brandt willfully kept the deposit but ruled in their favor because Brandt didn’t notify them of the 30-day window to appeal her decision.
A review of Brandt’s rental inspec tion records revealed minor violations in her units over the past few years, such as the presence of lead paint and leaky faucets. She also fell behind on her annual registration fees in 2019. She owed the city close to $1,500 at one point, but Bill Ward, the city’s director of permitting
If elected, Schumann said he’d advocate for zoning changes to make it easier to own a tiny home in Burlington. He also proposed a program in which the city would provide seed money to a tenants’ union to purchase rental prop erties. John wants renters to have the right of first refusal if their apartment building goes up for sale. Brandt said the city should pursue denser housing projects, including taller buildings, and suggested new development should be built to strong environmental standards.
All three candidates favor Wein berger’s proposals to rezone parts of the South End for housing and the University of Vermont’s Trinity Campus for more student dorms. And they all want to see more affordable housing in Burlington, including units for homeless residents.
The candidates are making the most of their short campaign season, partici pating in forums, knocking on doors and posting on social media. Brandt has raised nearly $5,000 from 40 donors; John, $1,500 from 14 people. Schumann said he’s not actively seeking donations and was the only candidate who didn’t file a financial disclosure by the November 6 deadline.
Josh Wronski, executive director of the Vermont Progressive Party, said voters are excited about John because she has life experience to back up her policy positions. Roof, the Democratic Party chair, said Brandt is communicative and would give her constituents the attention they’ve been lacking. Schumann said he’d govern with the community’s best inter ests in mind. He hoped that whoever wins would do the same.
“At the end, one of us is going to be the team captain, but we’re still on the same team,” Schumann said. “We can all work on the issues that are near and dear to our hearts and feel like we can get something done.” m
THE CANDIDATES ARE MAKING THE MOST OF THEIR SHORT CAMPAIGN
natural materials that biodegrade, are actually gaining popularity. Taking it a step further, conservation burial grounds, like Spirit Sanctuary in Essex, N.Y., are green cemeteries where all proceeds go toward conservation of the wildlife corridor where the cemetery is located. Most people may not know that cremation and conven tional burials take a heavy toll on the envi ronment. Green burial is a simple, affordable option for letting your body give back.
Same with compost ing. It’s exceptional that Vermont is one of the only states that has succeeded in legalizing human composting! I would have loved to read a story about that! The long road for human composting to become legalized in Vermont and other states, the benefits, the people who are making this option possible — all would be so interesting and beneficial to know. Finally, advanced directives and living wills! Most people do not know they have the option to give detailed instructions for how they would like their end of life to look — and that, even if you are young, it’s important to give clear instructions to loved ones as to your preferences. It really doesn’t take that long to get your wishes down on paper, and if we all did, I think a lot of suffering could be avoided.
Thank you for discussing death!Carly Summers WESTPORT, N.Y.
YOU FORGOT RANDOLIN MUSIC
[Re “Ben & Bucky’s Guitar Boutique Opens in South Burlington,” October 28, online]: Small musical instrument shops have historically been the norm in our area for some time, and Ben MacIntyre’s asser tion that “this kind of shop hasn’t existed in Burlington — or Vermont, really — in years” is simply not true.
Nowa Crosby, a master luthier trained in Valencia, Spain, has been building and restoring musical instruments for over 40 years, the past 26 downtown and since 2011 as Randolin Music. Ironically, he was the house luthier for Calliope, Vermont Folk, and Burlington Guitar & Amp, places where Adam Buchwald fondly remembers hanging out as a University of Vermont student. Nowa has recently moved and expanded his showroom to Shelburne, integrating it with his home-based shop to counter the high rents downtown that
small businesses of all stripes are currently facing.
And, much like Buchwald, Nowa has been incorporating native woods into his custom-built instruments for years. In fact, he is currently finishing up a custom build for me, using aged black walnut and spruce stock. He has also used native locust, apple and lavender in other builds, both for their strength and aesthetic appeal. He specializes in custom inlay carvings.
So, good news, instrument lovers nostalgic for the luth ier-owned and -oper ated shop experience!
Randolin Music is alive and well, special izing in repairs, restorations and certified warranty work for Martin, Taylor, East man and Fender and, of course, building that one-of-a-kind personal instrument customized to your specifications.Rene Goodale BURLINGTON
26 YEARS A LUTHIER
I would like to voice my disappointment in [“Ben & Bucky’s Guitar Boutique Opens in South Burlington,” October 28, online]. I applaud and welcome more local and cultural businesses. But they are not the lone surviving locally owned music store. Randolin Music, which recently moved from downtown Burling ton to Shelburne, has been and continues to serve Burlington, northern Vermont and upstate New York, as we have for the past 11 and a half years. I have been a luthier in downtown Burlington for the past 26-plus years.
In your article, Adam Buchwald refers to Calliope and Vermont Folk music store, for which I was the house luthier for eight and 13 years, respectively, as well as Burl ington Guitar & Amp. After the closing of Burlington Guitar & Amp, I opened Randolin Music and offered in one store what had previously been offered in two: new, vintage and used instruments, as well as my own and other makers’ custom instruments. The selection of instru ments includes guitars new and used, banjos, mandolins, violins, ukuleles, and other hand percussion instruments and accessories.
The allotted space here does not allow me to tell you more. It’s odd that you would ignore and dismiss a person and business
that has been and continues to be an inte gral part of the Vermont music scene.Nowa Crosby SHELBURNE
Editor’s note: Music editor Chris Farnsworth offers a mea culpa in Soundbites on page 62.
THE VOTING BOOTH
Here in Cornwall, my small town in Vermont, a precinct of deer and leaves, I like to think
Of my neighbors who are likely to volunteer for anything. Coming to our town hall
to set up enough easily taken down booths. I like to think of them
as little puppet theaters, cabanas for changing our government every
two and four years. Our own version of voting democracy. Where,
if you lived here and stood in the booth next me. Trying to decide who would make a good watcher of fence posts, counter of coal, even a next best president, it wouldn’t surprise you to hear one of us
asking, from booth to booth, Charlie, who are you voting for? How’s your good wife?
Did you get your deer? Questions, I like to think whoever it is next to you answers.
Privacy, a luxury, native and flatlander alike, we give up, for the beauty of stepping outside in the coming
snow. Leaving tracks with our boots and poles, the skis on our snow machines. The privilege of feeling the plow in the middle of the night shaking the house. Like votes from the heavy branches. Falling. Making a country again.Gary Margolis CORNWALL
‘REMARKABLE’ ROLE MODEL
Congresswoman-elect Becca Balint was a remarkable candidate [Last 7: “Ms. Balint Goes to Washington,” November 9]. Her
inspired, inclusive ads reflect her many and varied choices made, challenges met, and life experiences. Becca’s style of quiet intensity, critical thinking and inner confi dence will enable her to bring a refresh ing Vermont perspective to Washington, D.C. Comfortable among all, Becca is an articulate role model who will show up and serve all Vermonters.Ruth Furman JERICHO
WHERE WAS ANTONUCCI?
[Re “Entrepreneur’s Envoy,” October 19]: “John Antonucci connects startups and small businesses with funding — and the right people”! John, where were you when I started my business in 1986?
When I looked for financing for my store, there were no/none/zilch sources of funding for the new Healthy Living Market, except my own savings, a loan from my family and a U.S. Small Business Administration loan guarantee for a basic commercial bank loan (for which I pledged everything I owned, including my home).
There were no angel investors, no equity investors, no venture capitalists and no help from the State of Vermont unless the business was manufacturing, farming or tech. Period. Over and out! The concept of equity investing barely existed. So, it was 13 years before I could quit my second job and support my family from Healthy Living alone. Clearly, the business has succeeded and now employs hundreds of people, but a few more sources of capital in the early days sure would have been helpful!
Kudos to Antonucci, the Dudley Fund, and other forward-thinking investors and funds that now help new businesses, not just in tech, in our little state become successful with a little less financial angst. I am so glad that new businesses in Vermont have these amazing sources to help them get started! Everyone will benefit.Peter Goldsmith SHELBURNE
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OBITUARIES, VOWS, CELEBRATIONS
Philip “Peter” Peltz
APRIL 21, 1946OCTOBER 16, 2022 WOODBURY, VT.
Philip “Peter” Peltz, 76, died on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at his home in Woodbury, Vt., after a long struggle with prostate cancer. Peter was a Vermont state legislator, a committed civic leader, an advocate for children and education, and a champion for Vermont and its natural environment.
His family was at his side throughout the illness and at his ﬁnal moment. He was surrounded by his beloved wife of 49 years, Cacky; his daughter, Aysha, and son-in-law, Todd, and their children, Ellis and Maeve; and his son, Alex, and daughter-in-law, Ann, and their children, Calder and Lyla. His family carried out his wishes for a home burial on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, on his cherished Woodbury property, attended by close friends and family. He leaves behind his wife; his two children; his four grandchildren; his sister, Shawnee Unger, and her children, Tess and Katy; his closest cousins, John and Phil Kerr; and a close community of friends who loved him.
Peter was born in Albany, N.Y., on April 21, 1946, to Philip “Peter” Peltz and Elizabeth Hooper Peltz. He was raised in Sandwich, Mass., graduated from the Wooster School in Connecticut and received a BFA from the Museum School of Fine Arts at Tufts University. Peter realized early that his formal education didn’t motivate him as much as working with his hands. He held many jobs prior to coming to Vermont: apple picker, frozen ﬁsh processor, cabdriver, maraschino cherry maker, boatbuilder, ﬂower vendor at Faneuil Hall in Boston and photography teacher with inner-city children.
Peter was a carpenter by trade and a person who was loving, strong, dependable, determined, endlessly curious, a problem solver and a “bridge builder.” He got involved early in local civic service in Woodbury. He served as
lister, a volunteer for the Woodbury Fire Department, a justice of the peace, and a Woodbury Selectboard member. He ran his own contracting business for many years before becoming a founding partner of Vermont Vernacular Design, a design-build construction company. Following his retirement from this ﬁrm in 2003, he built several energy-efﬁcient, low-impact homes.
Peter supported a wide range of local improvement projects with expertise, enthusiasm and a can-do spirit. He coordinated the voluntary construction of the Woodbury Community Room, adjacent to the Woodbury Community Library. He helped advise the elementary school in its purchase of land to expand the trail network and outdoor learning space. Most recently, he served on the planning committee for an outdoor classroom that will be built on this property. He coordinated the construction of the Woodbury Food Shelf using volunteer student labor from the Green Mountain Technical Career Center (GMTCC) building program. He was on the construction team for GMTCC’s renovation and new Forestry Building project. Peter encouraged teachers, administrators and students in all of these capacities, which led him to enroll in the Vermont Leadership program of the Snelling Center for Government, graduating in 2004.
He became a ﬁerce advocate for public education while serving on the Woodbury Elementary School Board in the 1980s. He continued as a Hazen Union School Board
member, as well as the Green Mountain Technical Career Center Advisory Board. His public career culminated in four consecutive terms (20062015) as a representative to the Vermont state legislature, where he was a member of the Education Committee. He was extremely proud of his work on the Education Committee and advocated tirelessly for the passage of Act 46. In 2008, Peter was elected by his legislative colleagues to serve on the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees. Peter was recognized for having been a tireless advocate for ﬂexible learning pathways for students, twice championing legislation supporting dual enrollment in college for high school students.
Peter’s love for the property around his Woodbury home showed through his dedication to the wellbeing of the land and natural habitat. He maintained a working landscape through yearly ﬁrewood harvesting, logging-road maintenance and hunting. He was an advocate for land conservation and early on put his property into Land Use Practice and later into the Vermont Land Trust. He and Cacky maintained a productive vegetable garden that provided winter storage crops for his family and neighbors. He tended his ﬂower gardens through the spring of 2022 and directed the harvesting of his last potato crop from a chair next to the rows in late September. He was an avid birder, and his last journal entry was, “Jays herald the beginning of the day, guardians of our shared space.”
His love of Vermont and its institutions, land and people drove Peter to action on their behalf. We are better served thanks to friend, neighbor and Vermonter Peter Peltz. A scholarship in Peter’s name will be set up for a graduate of Hazen Union High School who is furthering their education in conservation/environmental studies. Contributions can be sent to Cacky Peltz, P.O. Box 41, Woodbury, VT 05681.
JULY 8, 1961NOVEMBER 14, 2022 FAIRFAX, VT.
Mary (Conroy) Hall passed away at her home in Fairfax, Vt., due to complications from leiomyosarcoma on November 14, 2022.
Mary was born on July 8, 1961, in Brattleboro, Vt. Her younger years were spent in various Vermont towns until she moved to Engelwood, N.J., in 1970.
After graduating from high school, Mary completed her undergraduate degree in economics from Rutgers University. She followed this with a graduate degree in international affairs from Columbia University.
After a brief career in banking and nonproﬁt organizations in New York City, Mary moved to Austin, Texas, in 1990. She would go on to earn an MBA and JD from the University of Texas at Austin. Mary was admitted to the bar in Texas and Vermont. While in Austin, Mary focused her law practice on family law.
Mary moved back to Vermont with her husband, Steve, in 2017.
Mary had a wide variety of jobs over the years, but nothing was more important to her than her daughter, Emily. Mary’s graduate work at Columbia took her to Europe, Asia and Africa.
rough her extensive travels abroad with Emily, Mary instilled in her a love for culture and languages. ey also shared a love for thrift stores and the New York Times crossword.
In addition to Emily, Mary is survived by her husband, Steve; mother, Joy, and father, James;
sisters Jennifer, Paula, Katy and Victoria; stepchildren Melissa and Carrie; and Carrie’s son, Caleb.
e family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dr. Hibba Rehman (University of Vermont Medical Center oncologist) and the staff at Bayada Hospice. In Mary’s memory, please consider making a donation to either Mercy Connections in Burlington, Vt., or to Casa Marianella in Austin, Texas. Both organizations meant a lot to Mary.
e family will have a gathering at their home on Sunday, November 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., to celebrate Mary’s life. Anyone with a connection to Mary is invited to stop by, share a story and meet family. A burial will occur at a later date in Brattleboro, Vt.
Richard “Rick” Jasany
AUGUST 1937NOVEMBER 2012 Remembered, missed,
John Edwards Andrews
NOVEMBER 20, 1938NOVEMBER 3, 2022 SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT.
John Edward Andrews, Lt. Col. U.S. Army (retired), died on November 3, 2022, at his home in South Burlington surrounded by his children. He was 83 years old. John was born on November 20, 1938, in Englewood, N.J., to Evelyn Stiles and Hildegard (Henschke) Andrews. As the youngest of three children, John was taught service, the joy of music, community responsibility and a strong work ethic — values that would shape and steer him for the rest of his life.
John left the New Jersey suburbs to attend the University of Vermont in 1956. It was at UVM that John met his best friend and the love of his life, Jane Templeton Wood. They would be inseparable for the next 62 years, passing away less than a year apart.
John loved UVM. He was ac tive in ROTC and served as the president of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He spent his sum mers working at Grand Teton National Park and attending U.S. Army Basic Training to become an armor crewman and then Officer Candidate School, where he earned a commission into the Army Corps of Engineers. He also took a semester off to sail around the world in the Merchant Marines. John graduated with a degree in economics in 1961.
John and Jane were married on April 28, 1962, in Schenectady, N.Y.,
JUNE 6, 1945NOVEMBER 6, 2022 ESSEX, VT.
Nicholas Leo, age 77, died on Sunday evening, November 6, 2022.
Nick was born in Bloomfield, N.J., on June 6, 1945, to Nicholas and Rose Leo. He was the third of four children and graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1963. He went on to join the U.S. Army National Guard, serving for four years in the reserve. Prior to being activated for the Vietnam War, he married Linda Jacobus,
and initially settled in Essex, Vt. John worked for Aetna Insurance before starting his lifelong career as a sales representative for the Lever Brothers Corporation, retir ing in 1993, and as an officer in the Vermont National Guard. John was a charter member of the Essex Rotary Club and enjoyed playing adult-league hockey, skiing, golfing and boating.
In 1968, John was promoted to captain in the Vermont Army National Guard and was simul taneously deployed to Vietnam as the commander of the 131st Engineers, where he served for 18 months. John was very proud of the men in his unit and their service in the central highlands of Vietnam. While in Vietnam, he fought to keep the local Indigenous peoples (the Montagnard) safe, as well as his own unit, “borrowing” construc tion material from the depot at Cam Ranh Bay to build bunkers and a village that withstood many enemy mortar and rocket attacks.
John also instituted a program to ensure that every member of the
unit learned to read and earned a GED while they were there. When he returned, John was invited to meet with president Richard Nixon at the White House and subsequently received a Bronze Star for his service in combat, but he was most proud of being able to bring every member of his unit home safely.
In 1974, inspired by the men in his unit, who were mostly from Underhill and Jericho, John moved his family into a “fixerupper” on Pleasant Valley Road in Underhill — with a beautiful view of Mount Mansfield — where he and Jane lived for 36 years. John often conducted the 1812 Overture or the “Hallelujah” chorus at peak volume during dinner. He enjoyed every minute of his life with his family in his mountain home — mowing the lawn, shooing squirrels (and bears) out of the bird feeders, building dams in the river, and skiing at Underhill Ski Bowl and Smugglers’ Notch.
John was active in the United Church of Underhill in the choir and at the Harvest Market, where he could be found at the clut ter barn or at the grill. He was a proud member of Hanaford Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps for over 25 years, and he and Jane marched in parades across the country with their children. John loved music, community and parades.
As enthusiastic travelers, Jane loved to plan trips all over the world, and John loved to video tape every minute of them. They also explored North America,
from Mexico to the Yukon, in their RV, eventually settling down as winter campers at MacDill and Patrick Air Force bases in Florida and summering in Vermont.
John had a great sense of hu mor and outlook on life. He often said “Life isn’t easy,” but then he never let the struggles of life get him down. This was the attitude that kept him going the last six years of his life. He was a warrior. He had incredible will to live and to not leave his family. Despite what the doctors told him, he kept going.
John was preceded in death by his wife, Jane (2021); his brother, Harmon (2021); and his parents. John is survived by his children, Ross (Sonja Naylor) of Calais, Vt., Susan (Jay Fayette) of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Evan (Sue Lavalette) of Oak Ridge, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Leah, Lillie, Abbey, John, Molly, Meghan, Evan, Francine and Paul; his sis ter, Marlene Louttit, of Somerset, Pa.; and his sister-in-law, Doris Andrews, of Southbury, Conn. A celebration of his life will be held on June 24, 2023, 11 a.m., at the United Church of Underhill, with interment to follow in the family lot in Underhill Flats Cemetery, where full military honors will be accorded this Vietnam veteran. In lieu of flow ers, donations can be made in his name to Rotary Club Charities of Essex, P.O. Box 8466, Essex Junction, VT 05451, or to the United Church of Underhill, P.O. Box 265, Underhill, VT 05489. Please visit awrfh.com to share your memories and condolences.
also from Bloomfield. Nick was stationed in Alabama, where their first child, Jeffrey, was born.
Upon leaving the Army, the fam ily returned to Bloomfield, where their second son, Kevin, was born. They resided in Bloomfield until they moved to Essex, Vt., in 1983, where Nick was a cabinet maker until he opened Essex Real Estate Inspection Services. He and his wife, Linda, owned and operated For All Occasions Flowers and Gifts in Williston until they retired. Most recently, he resided at Burlington Health & Rehabilitation, where he battled dementia but succumbed to COVID-19.
Nick was blessed with four grandchildren, Nyssa Nguyen
(husband Tuan), Gabrielle Fernandez, Carter Leo and Calvin Leo; as well as many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his wife, Linda; his son Kevin and his wife, Andrea; his son Jeff and his wife, Julie; his grand children; his sister Rosemary Gatti; his sister Virginia and her husband, Joseph Kraus; and his brother Theodore and his wife, Barbara.
A private memorial for Nick will be held at a later date. In lieu of donations in his memory, please ensure you and your loved ones are vaccinated against COVID-19.
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Alight morning fog was just burning o as Vermont Rail System engineer Justin Gibbs eased the throttle forward on locomotive VTR-210 and motored the freight train across a tangle of track crisscrossing the Rutland rail yard. With its bells clanging and horns blowing, the 250,000-pound diesel locomotive slowly rumbled north onto the main line toward Middlebury.
became the little economic engine that could
“RDBD out of Rutland yard at 7:26,” conductor Jonathan Dikeman radioed his dispatcher, his youthful voice barely audible above the roar of the 2,000-horsepower engine. The locomotive hulks behemoth-like from outside, but its control cab is surprisingly small, with room enough for just its two-person crew and a passenger.
The northbound train, a 19-car assortment of boxcars, hopper cars and tankers, had three stops to make before reaching its destination in Burlington by early afternoon. All were pickups or deliveries at Addison County feed mills along the way. When Vermont farmers feed their livestock, it’s usually with grain arriving from out of state, typically by rail.
Vermont Rail System is the public utility Vermonters rarely hear about. Amid this year’s hoopla over the return of Amtrak’s passenger service to Burlington, VRS rumbled on, the unsung workhorse that maintains those tracks and hauls vast volumes of raw materials, fuel and ﬁnished goods that are the lifeblood of the state’s economy. Scores of Vermont businesses — from feed mills to fuel dealers and trucking ﬁrms to craft breweries — rely on the company, which is owned by the same family that resurrected a bankrupt Rutland rail company nearly 60 years ago and built it into a successful conglomerate of six “short-line” railroads operating in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. Many of its 150-plus employees have parents and grandparents
who once worked for the railroad, too. That family tradition includes VRS co-owner and CEO Dave Wulfson, 64.
Most people have no idea how much their daily lives are a ected by the railroad, said Daniel Delabruere, rail and aviation bureau director for the Vermont Agency of Transportation. “They just go ﬁll their cars up, and home heating oil gets delivered to their house. They don’t know that it came a thousand miles on a train to get here.”
Unlike its largest in-state competitor, the New England Central Railroad, VRS is privately held and doesn’t publicly report its earnings. But this short-line railroad, which is deﬁned as one earning less than $40 million in annual revenues, has been steadily growing for decades, adding new customers and buying up struggling or defunct railroads, then breathing new life into them. State o cials hope that growth continues, as they recognize the potential for railroads to help reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions, nearly half of which come from transportation.
But VRS faces a possible disruption that is beyond its control. Though the company’s workforce isn’t unionized, it relies on a nationwide rail network that is, and the looming possibility of a nationwide rail strike in the coming weeks could give Vermonters a crash course on the role that VRS plays in the local supply chain.
On this particular fall morning, though, engineer Gibbs seemed unconcerned as he piloted the northbound freight train through the sun-dappled Champlain Valley. In a shopworn black baseball cap and a Day-Glo yellow safety vest, an elbow resting casually out the window, he silently took in the passing woods and hillsides, ablaze with the colors of peaking fall foliage.
Beautiful as it is, autumn can spell havoc for train engineers. A condition known as “black rail” occurs when fallen leaves cover the tracks, get soggy and deposit a dark, oily sheen.
“You can feel and hear the wheels slipping underneath you,” Gibbs said. Earlier that morning, the Amtrak engineer in Burlington had notiﬁed VRS dispatchers that he had trouble making the grade on a hill because of black rail. Whenever the problem gets serious, Gibbs and other engineers can push a button that dumps sand onto the rails to improve traction.
An 18-year railroad veteran who began his rail career in the VRS maintenance shop, Gibbs has been driving locomotives for eight years. The Poultney native said the job has special demands. Freight trains run 24 hours a day, all year long, so it’s common to works nights, weekends and holidays.
“You miss a lot of things — baseball
turkeys and a herd of white-tailed deer darting across the tracks ahead of the train.
During the course of the six-hour trip, Dikeman would operate the radio, log the deliveries of grain hopper cars, and watch for downed trees and other obstacles, including trespassers.
“I’ve had people sleeping in the middle of the rails twice,” Gibbs said. He didn’t hit either one. “Came close.”
LIKE THE GOOD OLD DAYS
At 8:24 a.m., the train approached its ﬁrst stop: Feed Commodities International in Middlebury.
“It’s a sophisticated system,” Gibbs said, slowing the train. “They have a mailbox to ﬂag us if they want us to pick up a railcar.”
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Dikeman scrambled down the side of the locomotive, then threw a switch on the track in front of the train to divert it onto a siding — a short sidetrack connected to the main line. Though some switches are controlled remotely, most are heavy steel levers still operated by hand, as in the 19th century. Conductors, who also couple and decouple the railcars, spend much of their time walking the long rows of cars and in winter often must trudge through deep snow.
As Gibbs eased the train onto the siding, Dikeman served as his eyes, counting backward by radio until the back of the train had cleared the switch. Dikeman then closed the switch behind the train to allow other trains on the main line to continue past.
The stop in Middlebury — about 90 percent of VRS carloads begin or end their journeys in Vermont — o ered a glimpse at some of the improvements that were made to prepare for Amtrak’s return in July. In 2017, the state, which owns this northsouth corridor of track and leases it to VRS, discovered that signiﬁcant upgrades were needed to accommodate passenger trains — notably, the replacement of a centuryold bridge and 3,500 feet of track running beneath downtown Middlebury.WILLIAM VANTUONO
games, football games, Christmas dinner,” said Gibbs, a 38-year-old father of four.
“But it’s pretty relaxed. You don’t have foremen or bosses over your shoulder all the time. You get on your train, and you do your job.”
Dikeman, his 24-year-old conductor
and the only other crew member on board, joined last year. When he wasn’t scribbling out “track warrants,” the paperwork required to document the times and locations of every stop on the trip, the Rutland resident scanned the view out the windshield, which on this day included wild
For 10 weeks in summer 2020, VRS closed its main line between Rutland and Burlington and diverted its freight traffic through Bellows Falls, White River Junction and Essex Junction to Burlington. A trip of 67 miles suddenly required a 200-mile detour. As a result of the $71 million project, paid for with state and federal dollars, Amtrak trains are able to travel between Burlington and Rutland at 60 miles per hour and the VRS freight trains at 40, rather than at a maximum speed of 25.
But Amtrak’s return also added three hours to this freight trip. Even though
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the southbound passenger train was not scheduled to depart Burlington — 30 miles away — for another 90 minutes, Gibbs was required by federal safety regulations to remain on the siding until after the Ethan Allen Express had sped by.
“Animal feed doesn’t mind waiting a few hours,” Gibbs said, “but passengers can get antsy.”
The freight train continued to its next delivery, at Phoenix Feeds & Nutrition in New Haven. There, Gibbs halted the train before the locomotive could trip the sensors that close the crossing gate on Route 7. This stop would involve dropping o two full grain cars and picking up three empties. If the entire train parked beside Phoenix Feeds, it would halt highway tra c for 10 to 20 minutes. So Dikeman decoupled the rear cars.
“If we’re blocking a crossing, they notice us,” Gibbs said, “beeping the horn, giving you the ﬁnger.”
Dikeman is new enough that he can still get nervous over the awesome scale of the rolling stock he handles; a single, loaded railcar can weigh 130 tons. But the enjoyment he gets working on the railroad — and the origin of his nickname, “Smiley” — was readily apparent as he hung o the back of the moving train on the siding, a broad grin on his face.
By 12:20 p.m., the train was on its way again. In Charlotte, it passed a row of several dozen black rail tankers parked on a siding, then slowed as it chugged passed a road salt facility in Shelburne.
At 1:22 p.m., about six hours after setting out, the freight train pulled into the Burlington rail yard. It was now 15 cars long. Some of the cars would carry diesel fuel to the trackside terminal on Battery Street, while others would connect with the New England Central line just north of Burlington.
In the Burlington yard, Gibbs and Dikeman would board another loaded freight train headed back to Rutland and arrive home by nightfall. Gibbs noted that an advantage of not working for one of the major long-haul carriers, such as Norfolk Southern or CSX, is that he sleeps in his own bed every night.
A RAILROAD FAMILY
Wulfson, VRS’ co-owner and CEO, is often told that his second-ﬂoor o ce on Burlington’s waterfront has the best view
of any railroad executive in the industry. One window takes in Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks while the other overlooks the historic Burlington rail yard and its old roundhouse turntable, which is used to reverse a locomotive’s direction.
Wulfson is a stout man, with the meaty handshake of someone accustomed to physical labor. Taciturn, at least initially, Wulfson rarely has reason to speak to the media except when he’s responding to a community controversy.
For example, in 2015, some residents and town o cials in Charlotte noticed that
VRS was using a siding that had been built for a shuttered commuter line called the Champlain Flyer to store dozens of fuel tanker cars. Concerned about keeping hazardous materials so close to homes, they complained to the state. Wulfson took some heat in the press, but an inspector from the Federal Railroad Administration eventually found no safety violations.
For years, VRS was the target of a lawsuit ﬁled by the Town of Shelburne. The town sued the railroad for locating its large road salt storage facility near the banks of the LaPlatte River, where, the town said, it
risked polluting the waterway. In March 2019, the Shelburne Selectboard voted to drop the lawsuit, which already had cost the town more than half a million dollars.
Wulfson, who happens to live in Shelburne, still has in his o ce some of the protest signs and ﬂyers that environmentalists put up around town during the dispute. They read, “Mr. Wulfson, ﬁx it!” and “Stop reckless rail in Vermont. Our safety and environment are NOT negotiable.”
Wulfson grows relaxed and animated when talking about the history of the railroad and its role in Vermont’s economy.
VRS isn’t the state’s largest railroad; that distinction belongs to the New England Central, owned by Genesee & Wyoming, which operates 115 freight railroads worldwide. But VRS owns or leases the most track in the state — more than 400 miles of it — and is responsible for its maintenance. Each year, 200 million gallons of fuel — roughly a third of all the gasoline, propane, diesel, kerosene and home heating oil sold in Vermont — arrive by rail. Freight trains also move 300,000 tons of food, 100,000 tons of wood products and 100,000 tons of chemicals in and out of the state annually, according to the Association of American Railroads. VRS’ share of that tra c is not publicly released but is substantial.
“We’ll haul anything,” said general manager Shane Filskov, a fourth-generation
railroader from Wallingford. “Granite, limestone slurry, gasoline, home heating oil. If you can put it in a railcar, we move it.”
VRS has a rich history, and much of it is bound up in the Wulfson family’s own saga. Beside Wulfson’s desk sits a 19th-century velocipede, or pedalpowered railcar, a remnant of the days when a track foreman had to patrol 10 to 20 miles of rail each day. Wulfson has pedaled that velocipede. In fact, there are few jobs on the railroad he hasn’t done. Two weeks earlier, Wulfson was out on the rail, driving one of his company’s locomotives.
“I get that from my old man. Never ask somebody to do what you won’t do your self,” he said. “All these people know that if they don’t come to work tomorrow, it might be me who replaces them for the day.”
His father, Jay Wulfson, embraced the railroad from a young age. He built a steam engine in his backyard when he was 13 and got his engineer’s license at 18, becoming the youngest engineer in New Jersey.
Bennington, Vt., and Hoosick Junction, N.Y. The Central Vermont Railway — now the New England Central — would run from St. Albans through Montpelier to White River Junction.
BORN FROM BANKRUPTCY
For decades, the fierce competition between the two railroads reshaped the landscape in ways still visible to modernday residents. In 1901, in order to bypass Central Vermont Railway’s St. Albans hub, Rutland Railroad built a threemile causeway across Lake Champlain between Colchester and Grand Isle to reach Rouses Point, N.Y. That route, now a recreational trail enjoyed by cyclists and joggers, carried freight for 60 years.
By 1961, the Rutland Railroad, strug gling through years of declining profits, competition from trucks and an intrac table strike by its workers, asked the Interstate Commerce Commission for permission to shut down operations. TheSHANE FILSKOV
In 1952, the elder Wulfson launched his own line in Marlboro, N.J., called the Pine Creek Railroad — a tourist train with a steam engine and passenger cars that still operates today. Then, in 1960, he and two partners bought the Middletown & New Jersey Railroad, a 16-mile, freight-only short line. He subsequently turned his attention to the Rutland Railroad, one of two that had powered Vermont’s economy since the first half of the 19th century.
In 1830, a group of businessmen gath ered in Montpelier to discuss plans for a railroad that would connect Boston with the Great Lakes, according to a 1995 documentary, Northern Railroads: Vermont and Her Neighbors. At that time, there were only 29 miles of track on the entire continent.
By 1843, the Rutland Railroad was one of two competing companies, along with the Central Vermont Railway, that were chartered by the legislature to build tracks across the state, with the goal of connect ing the port in Burlington with the rest of New England. The Rutland Railroad reached the Queen City first, connecting it with Bellows Falls on December 18, 1849. The Central Vermont Railway finished its own line just 13 days later.
Rutland’s system also branched outward to Whitehall, N.Y., and south to
state purchased the defunct company’s tracks, then signed a lease agreement with Jay Wulfson to restart train service. Soon after New Year’s Day in 1964, he launched the newly named Vermont Railway, the nation’s first private railroad operating on a publicly owned right of way.
Dave Wulfson was 5 when his father moved the family north from New Jersey. He learned to operate a diesel locomotive at age 12, much the way Vermont farm kids learned to drive tractors. Wulfson was soon traveling up and down the railroad in a tie handler — a small crane that lays railroad ties — and he continued working for Vermont Railway even as a student at Champlain College. He remem bers a business professor telling the class how Jay Wulfson had saved the railroad, apparently unaware that the owner’s son was in the room.
By the time Jay Wulfson died in 1980 of diabetes and liver damage at the age of 49, Vermont Railway’s holdings included the Clarendon and Pittsford Railroad, serving a limestone processing plant that remains the company’s biggest customer.
His father’s absence left Dave Wulfson, then just 22, as chair of the board, though not yet in charge of day-to-day operations.
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In ensuing years, the younger Wulfson would acquire more railroads, including some in distress, whenever it seemed to make ﬁnancial sense: the Green Mountain Railroad, which now operates seasonal passenger excursions such as the Champlain Valley Dinner Train and the Polar Express; the Washington County Railroad; the New York and Ogdensburg Railway; the Delaware & Hudson line, which carries much of the fuel oil that comes into Vermont through New York; and, two years ago, the New England Southern Railroad. VRS is still owned by Wulfson family members. Visitors at the Burlington waterfront may spot a red-and-white locomotive
with the name of Wulfson’s 91-year-old mother, Joan, painted on its side. Wulfson’s sister, Lisa, was a business partner until she died of cancer last year. Wulfson’s youngest brother, Gary, owns an excavation company that works closely with the railroad. The next generation of Wulfsons has already climbed aboard. Wulfson’s daughter, Nicole Carlson, is manager of passenger services; her husband, Ryan Carlson, is VRS’ rightof-way superintendent.
In some ways, the company defied expectations many years ago. A 1963 consultants’ report gloomily predicted that the railroad would never be proﬁtable again, but VRS managed to pay the state back for its purchase of Rutland Railroad’s tracks by 1982 — 12 years ahead of schedule.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for [Wulfson], personally and as a businessman,” said Charlie Moore, a former vice president of RailAmerica, which owned New England Central, VRS’ chief competitor in Vermont, from 2000 until
2012. “Wulfson and I didn’t always see eye to eye, and he pissed me o sometimes. But I tell you, he’s got a heart as big as all outdoors, and the people who work at Vermont Rail System are … glad to be there. And he takes care of them.”
‘FIRST AND LAST MILE’
All six railroads that make up VRS are federally designated as Class III, or shortline railroads. The Staggers Rail Act, which partially deregulated the railroad industry in 1980, gave birth to many such companies.
“If the Class I [railroads] are the main arteries of the North American rail system, the short lines and regionals are the capillaries,” said William Vantuono, longtime editor in chief of the trade publication Railway Age and author of several books on the industry. “They are the ﬁrst and last mile of service.”
Historically, short lines were small
railroads that the major carriers, such as Union Paciﬁc, BNSF Railway and Norfolk Southern, had abandoned or neglected because they weren’t proﬁtable or worth maintaining. For several years, the state subsidized the Washington County Railroad to convince potential customers that the railroad would stay viable.
“We ran trains up there with no cars, just blowing the whistles, letting people know we’re there,” Wulfson said. “Sooner or later, it started to evolve and bring business back.”
Those businesses have come to include North East Materials in Graniteville. The company, which employs 15 people, sells scrap granite, quarried by Rock of Ages, which is then used to build railroad beds, breakwaters and levees.
Eric Morton, North East Materials’ general manager, explained that before partnering with VRS in 2012, the company mostly sold rock to local customers. Now, it transports granite blocks, some weighing 25 tons apiece, as far as Florida and the
Great Lakes, mostly for use by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in its construction projects.
“We wouldn’t be able to use our stone on those projects if it weren’t for the railroad,” Morton said. “To load them onto trucks and haul them hundreds of miles isn’t feasible or cost-e ective.”
Couture Trucking in Troy got on board with VRS in 2004, just as Vermont’s craft beer industry was taking o . For years, the trucking ﬁrm mostly hauled milk for dairy processors Hood and Agri-Mark. But after founder Jean Couture met Wulfson during
companies, short-line companies are “out there hustling and scraping and beating the bushes for every carload they can get,” said Chuck Baker, president of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association, a trade group based in Washington, D.C.
Railroads are more fuel-e cient than trucks, Baker said, able to move a ton of freight 470 miles — equal to the distance from Burlington to Baltimore — on a gallon of diesel. Such efficiency also reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 75 percent.
a vacation in Jackson, Wyo., the fleet began transporting grains for a di erent beverage. Today, 80 percent of Couture’s revenues come from barley shipped by rail from western Canada and the Great Plains, which Couture’s trucks deliver to breweries throughout New England.
“You know what the beer industry has done over the last 20 years,” Couture’s son Dwayne said. “That and us being positioned with Vermont Rail has been very good for us.”
Unlike large national carriers, shortline operators tend to resemble VRS: small, family-owned businesses that often run on shoestring budgets. Because they frequently compete with trucking
And the safety proﬁle of short lines has steadily improved since the 1970s, when derailments were fairly common after years of neglected track maintenance by the major carriers. Whether measured by annual number of wrecks, fatalities or losses in dollars, Baker said, railroads are three to 20 times safer than trucks.
VRS has experienced safety issues in the past. In 2007, a Vermont Railway train derailed near downtown Middlebury, resulting in seven tankers leaking gasoline and forcing the evacuation of about 500 residents. The wreck was blamed on broken track.
WORKING on the RAILROAD
But a review of the Federal Railroad Administration’s safety data on VRS over the last 10 years showed a record free of serious issues, and its railroads enjoy a good reputation with federal regulators. Because VRS rails also carry passengers, they’re held to stricter safety standards that require better-quality track materials and more frequent inspections.
“While we do not rank or compare railroads to their peers,” an FRA spokesperson wrote in an email, “no known major problems or concerns are readily evident
At the main VRS railcar maintenance facility in North Walpole, N.H., railroad history comes with the territory, and Aaron Bridge, superintendent of car repair, is its uno cial keeper. Bridge, 57, is a 22-year railroad employee who sports a Green Mountain Railroad tattoo on his left bicep.
The gritty, red-brick enginehouse where he works was built in 1917 for the Boston and Maine Railroad and looks largely unchanged. Black-and-white photos of 19th-century steam engines and boxcars, shown parked in the same enginehouse, line the halls and door to his o ce.
But there’s another piece of history
that Bridge keeps in mind when he shows up for work each morning at 3:30 a.m. On July 6, 2013, a 73-car freight train of crude oil tankers, which were missing critical safety equipment, rolled out of control into the town of Lac-Mégantic, Québec, and derailed. The ensuing explosion killed 47 people and destroyed more than 30 buildings.
“Horriﬁc,” Bridge said. “That’s what gives you the energy to do your job right.”
Bridge oversees a crew of six railcar maintenance workers, or “car knockers” — a term that comes from the practice of tapping on a car with a hammer and listening for the sound of, say, a loose grab iron that needs ﬁxing.
The North Walpole train facility is akin to an automotive shop, routinely inspecting and repairing the railcars VRS hauls. The company owns its locomotives,
buildings and equipment. But the cars belong to customers throughout North America, who must pay for their upkeep. So when a maintenance worker ﬁnds a damaged brake hose, for example, the car gets “blue ﬂagged,” which prevents it from being moved or coupled to a train until it’s repaired and inspected. That process can take days, weeks or even months because replacement parts aren’t always readily available, Bridge said: “You can’t just buy it at a local hardware store.”
In one of the repair bays, carman Josh Paulette stood beneath a slurry tanker, ﬁxing a defective valve. Wearing a hard hat and headlamp, his arms blackened with grease, Paulette might have stepped out of vintage photo of a coal miner.
For 50 years, Paulette’s great-grandfather, George, worked for the Claremont Railway & Lighting Company in this very
building. After Paulette discovered a photo of his great-grandfather in the engine house, he and his coworkers re-created the image by posing with a Green Moun tain locomotive. All of their job titles — conductor, engineer, foreman, carman — were identical to those of the men in the original photo.
Once Paulette finished his repairs, he’d begin a top-to-bottom inspection of the entire car. After the Québec rail disaster, Bridge’s crew gained federal certification to inspect tankers such as this one to safe guard against a similar wreck.
In August 2011, Bridge’s crew was enlisted to address a different kind of disaster: Tropical Storm Irene. Torrential rain and flooding forced the shutdown of more than half of VRS rail lines. Wulfson called it “the single most serious event I’ve ever had to deal with.” The railroad found 107 track washouts, 11 miles of destroyed track and six rail bridges that suffered major structural damage — a toll that at first appeared likely to require months to repair. Six engineering and design firms were enlisted to get the railroad up and running again.
Wulfson remembers talking with a contractor in Chester at the site of a trestle bridge that floodwaters had knocked off its foundation. The bridge seemed poised to collapse into the river below.
“I said, ‘I want to run a train over that in two weeks,’” Wulfson recalled. “He said, ‘I’m not going to guarantee you two weeks. But we’ll guarantee you three.’ I said, ‘You’ve got the job.’”
Less than three weeks later, a diesel locomotive rumbled across that bridge, and by October 18, the railroad’s network was fully operational.
But VRS didn’t just put its own infra structure back together. VTrans’ Dela bruere said the railroad played a critical role in moving stone from Colchester to repair storm-damaged areas in southern Vermont.
“Without Vermont Railway, Vermont’s highways would have taken a lot longer to be put back together,” Delabruere added. “Not only did they creatively solve the railroad problems, they also helped us solve the highway problems.”
COMING DOWN THE LINE
The next potential crisis could take longer to fix. Rail industry observers say it’s increasingly likely that the U.S. will experience its first national railroad strike in three decades — an event whose shock waves would inevitably shake VRS and other short-line operators, which rely on the large Class I railroads throughout North America to carry their freight long distances.
Last month, at the urging of President Joe Biden, the seven major interstate carriers reached a tentative deal with their unions. But two of the unions later rejected the proposed contract as inad equate, while a pair of the industry’s largest unions — representing locomotive engineers, trainmen and conductors — are expected to release the results of their contract vote on Monday, November 21.
Moore, who now serves on the board of the Vermont Rail Advisory Council, said he’s hopeful the two sides can avert a broad strike, which could freeze about a third of all U.S. cargo shipments. Vermont ers would almost immediately feel the pinch in the price and availability of gaso line, propane, diesel and home heating oil.
Delabruere at VTrans said that while the full impact of a strike on Vermont is difficult to predict — some freight could move on nonunion railroads or through Canada — “it would be a hit to our econ omy, for sure.”
In the long term, though, the future of short lines in Vermont — and nationally — appears brighter. According to VTrans’ May 2021 Rail Plan, the volume of freight moved by rail in Vermont is expected to diversify and “increase substantially” through 2045. Moore said this will be especially true as more bridges and miles of rail are upgraded from a current weight capacity of 263,000 pounds per car to the industry standard of 286,000 pounds. Nearly all Vermont Railway and the Clarendon and Pittsford lines are already at the higher weight standard, Wulfson said, while upgrades to the Green Mountain Railroad are still in the works. Because the state owns much of that track, upgrades and improvements are paid for by taxpayers.
Also under way are efforts to raise the height limit of Vermont’s bridges and tunnels to the industry standard of 21.5 feet. This would enable trains to carry double-stacked shipping containers that are off-loaded from freight ships, further expanding what can move in and out of Vermont.
In the four decades that Wulfson has run the railroad, he said, he’s been approached at least once a month by large corporate entities that want to buy the company. Although the offers were attractive, Wulfson said, he’d never considered it.
“This is a family business. It was my dad’s love, and it’s certainly my long-term love,” he said. “That old saying — ‘If you enjoy what you do, you never work a day in your life’ — that’s what it’s been for me.” m
Learn more at vrs.us.com.
Requiem for the Beavers
Twenty years ago, Champlain College basketball went away, and so did a piece of BurlingtonBY CLAYTON TRUTOR
On a weeknight in February 2002, the Champlain College Beavers basketball team ran past Sage College of Albany for a 76-67 victory before the brimming bleachers and balcony of Burlington’s Memorial Audito rium. It was the last game the team played in the now-abandoned building. When the 2002 season ended, so did Champlain’s varsity athletics program.
Devoted fans still mourn that long-ago evening, when former players, alums and hundreds of enthusiastic locals filled the auditorium to take one last look at the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Asso ciation power that coach Bob Tipson had built in Burlington.
Champlain players, who practiced just before the BHS Seahorses at Memorial Auditorium.
“We used to take the bus [to Memorial] early just to watch,” Bristol said.
The BHS students marveled at the speed, skill and athleticism of the likes of Ashanti Hall, Kojo Mensah-Bonsu and Terrell Baker, members of Champlain’s class of 1997, a group that advanced to the national championship as first-year play ers in 1995-96. The Beavers posted a 31-2 mark the following season before losing in the Sweet 16.
“Here we are, 15-year-old little fresh men on the sideline. They are out there dunking, running up and down the court,” Bristol recalled. “They come off and slap us five. It was amazing.”
Regardless of the circumstances, this game would have drawn a crowd. Cham plain basketball games were a genuine event in the Queen City. Night after night, Champlain played an exciting brand of basketball, relying on pressure defense to force turnovers, which often led to fast-break buckets and slam dunks. Often, the outcome of a Beaver basketball game was no longer in doubt by halftime. Fans stayed to see the show anyway. An evening of Champlain basketball at Memorial Auditorium had the best entertainment value in the region, and the team almost never lost at home.
“Not once did my players make a scene or get angry,” Tipson, who coached Cham plain from 1968 until 2004, said of that final season. “The only time we ever talked about it ending was the game against Albany, the last game for the Champlain program.”
Tipson had starred at Champlain in the mid-1960s, captaining one of the Beavers’ first great teams. After finishing his educa tion and playing career at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, Tipson returned to Champlain as head basketball coach in 1968. Over the next 36 years, his teams won more than 700 games, making him one of the winningest coaches in junior college history. On five occasions, Champlain reached the junior college national championships in Hutchinson, Kan. Along the way, the Beavers and their fervent supporters made dreary old Memorial Auditorium come alive for a dozen home games each year, deep in the doldrums of winter.
On-court ambassadors for the college,
the Beavers were also exemplary represen tatives of the institution in the classroom. More than 90 percent of Tipson’s players graduated with their associate’s degrees, a greater percentage than the student body at large.
Dozens of Champlain basketball players went on to complete four-year degrees while playing Division I, II or III college ball. Beaver basketball alums played in some of the country’s top collegiate conferences, including the Big East, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the Atlantic 10 and the PAC-10 (now the PAC-12). Every player on that
final Champlain team either finished his education in Burlington or completed an associate’s degree elsewhere.
For many young athletes in Chitten den County, the Beavers were also great role models. Justin Bristol, who played freshman basketball for Burlington High School in the winter of 1995-96, remembers the daily encouragement that he and his teammates received from
After watching Tipson put the Beavers through loud, intense and fastpaced practices, Bristol said he and his teammates felt a surge of energy going into their own workouts. The Champlain players always spoke with Bristol and his teammates afterward on the sidelines, talking basketball and sneak ers and encouraging the high schoolers to come to the games.
Unsurprisingly, several BHS players became regulars at the Champlain games. Bristol remembers spotting players from other high school teams also coming out to see big-time basketball in Burlington. But the opportunity proved a fleeting one.
In 2000, Champlain president Roger Perry won the support of the college’s board of trustees to do away with its athletic programs and channel the money toward other forms of campus recreation that would appeal to the broader student body. The move ended not only basketball but also Champlain’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, which were consistently among the best junior college programs in the country.
Champlain leaders sold the decision as part of the school’s transition from a two-year institution to a four-year college. Perry cited budget limitations and a survey indicating that potential students were more interested in outdoor leisure and
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fitness than in four-year varsity athletic programs.
The board of trustees concluded that Champlain could either keep its varsity teams or provide its student body with opportunities to go rock climbing or skiing, or play intramural volleyball. Twenty years later, Champlain continues to present the heyday of Beavers athletics as part of its junior college past.
“Following its transition from a junior college to a four-year institution starting in the early 1990s, Champlain College disbanded varsity athletics in 2002 in
Bob at Champlain in the early 1990s “When I played, my mom was working the door, taking money. My dad and my uncle were doing the score book and the clock. Uncle Bob was coaching. My brother was doing statistics. Bob’s sons were the ball boys.”
“He did more than anyone for diversity in athletics and education in the history of the state,” former UVM basketball coach Tom Brennan said of Bob Tipson, his friend and colleague.
For much of his run at Champlain, Tipson recruited heavily from the New York City area. During the height of Beavers basketball, a clear majority of the players on the team were Black at a
favor of robust intramural, fitness, and club sports offerings,” a Champlain repre sentative wrote in response to a question about the future of intercollegiate athlet ics at the school. Champlain also touts its new esports program, where students play video games competitively (see “Game On,” October 19, 2022).
But for fans of athletics, particularly those in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown, Champlain basketball gave a sense of rhythm to the long winters. Whether it was following the team in the Burlington Free Press or building a weeknight or weekend around seeing the team at Memorial Auditorium, the games offered an affordable night out during the darkest months of the year.
“It was never more than three bucks to get in,” Bob Tipson recalled. “If they didn’t have the money at the door, we’d let them in, knowing that they were going to see a great show and come back next time with a couple bucks.” At the door, his sister-in-law, Sally Tipson, ripped tickets.
“The program was a family affair,” said Scott Tipson, who played for his uncleSCOTT TIPSON
time when Burlington itself had few Black residents. According to Tipson, opponents recruited against Champlain by citing the predominately white makeup of Vermont.
The Black Champlain basketball alums interviewed for this piece spoke glowingly of their experiences at the school and in the city of Burlington.
“Vermont is one of the greatest places in the world,” Baker, the former Cham plain guard, said. Baker helped lead Champlain to the 1997 national cham pionships before becoming an All-ACC performer at Florida State University.
“The city [of Burlington] and the people never treated us differently. It was the greatest experience I ever had. We never felt different.”
“At first it was a shock because of the weather,” Willie Ladson, the star of
the first Champlain team to reach the national championships, in 1989. “It took me a while getting used to being right off the lake,” said Ladson, who had attended high school in New Rochelle, N.Y. He found friends and community at Champlain, even spending the summer between his first and sophomore years in Burlington completing additional classes. Ladson still remembers the kindness of the family friends of coach Tipson who provided him a home for the summer.
Those associated with the Champlain basketball program still express dismay about its rapid demise.
“I’m still in shock. The program had a solid foundation, and I thought it would continue for years to come,” said Ladson, who finished his college career at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. He later played professionally in Europe and Latin America before becoming a coach himself.
“He was an educator,” Ladson said of Tipson. “He was like a father figure because I didn’t have one at home. He gave me a lot of confidence. My freshman year I was kind of raw, and he molded me as a player.”
The fraternity of Champlain basket ball players remains a remarkably strong one. Many former players, coaches and
others associated with the program speak regularly or remain in contact through social media.
“You would not understand the genu ine love we had for each other in that community,” Baker said of the lifelong bonds he forged at Champlain. “That community loved us, and we loved them.”
After a sabbatical, Tipson took a posi tion as an assistant basketball coach at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., before completing his career as a compliance officer for the univer sity’s athletic department. He lives in Connecticut but said he still consid ers Vermont home. And for as long as there are people who remember all that this basketball program meant to the community, the Champlain Beavers will have a home in Burlington. m
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Clayton Trutor holds a PhD in U.S. history from Boston College and teaches at Norwich University. He is the author of Loserville: How Professional Sports Remade Atlanta—and How Atlanta Remade Professional Sports (2022) and the forthcoming Boston Ball: Jim Calhoun, Rick Pitino, Gary Williams, and College Basketball’s Forgotten Cradle of Coaches (2023). He’d love to hear from you on Twitter: @ClaytonTrutor.
Santa Fin Is Coming to Town
A Barre family is featured in an HBO Max documentaryBY SALLY POLLAK • email@example.com
For a person who likes to travel by sleigh, Fin Ciap para lives in the right place: a house in a hilly neighborhood in Barre where a sled would pick up speed with ease on a snowy eve. The porch is adorned with a red-and-white striped pole and a sign that reads “North Pole.” At the front door, the welcome mat is decorated with a picture of Santa Claus and printed with the word “Believe.”
Inside the house on a recent morning, Fin announced his fond ness for Santa by wearing a redand-green vest covered with the word “ho,” as in “Ho ho ho.” His sister, Rose, wore a white Santa T-shirt, and his mother, Suki, was dressed in sparkly red.
Fin, 32, was born with a rare form of spina bifida, Suki said. He is nonverbal but for about two dozen words and phrases — “Ho ho ho” is a favorite. He commu nicates with the assistance of iPad app Dialogue AAC, which generates speech from typed text. Fin used the device to tell Seven Days the story of wearing a Santa suit to greet children at a daycare center. He gave a big thumbs-up to describe the kids’ delight.
“Being Santa is important because it makes people happy,” Fin said. “I want to be a real Santa because I love Christmas.”
Fin’s fascination with and inter est in being Santa are depicted in the new HBO Max documentary Santa Camp , to be released on Thursday, November 17. The movie was filmed at Santa Camp in Greenfield, N.H., an annual summer event that’s organized by the New England Santa Society. At the rural gathering of Santas, Mrs. Clauses and elves, participants commune about their roles, learn the tricks of the trade and antici pate the season.
Fin is featured in the movie along with two other camp
members who don’t fit the Santa stereotype of a roly-poly older white man with a long white beard. Chris Kennedy is a Black Santa from Arkan sas, and Levi Truax is a transgender Santa from Chicago. The documen tary depicts their experiences at the camp, which Fin attended with Suki, aka Mama Claus, for three days in summer 2021.
Dan Greenleaf, or Santa Dan, is cofounder of the New England Santa Society. He told Seven Days by email that it was “fantastic” to have Fin at Santa Camp. “His enthusiasm and dedication to becoming Santa was obvious to all,” he wrote. Beyond that, Fin’s participation was beneficial to the camp community, according to Greenleaf. “Most of us relish the opportunity to meet with children and adults with disabilities,” he wrote.
“And we are continually trying to learn more on how best to interact with them. Being with Fin and his mother, Suki, … gave us all a better understanding and appreciation.”
Santa Camp also follows its subjects to their hometowns the next winter, when they are Santa in their communities.
For Fin, that meant appearing as Santa at the annual A River of Light festival in Waterbury. In a scene at the end of the movie, Santa Fin rides in a sleigh in the parade, waving to a cheering crowd — as he learned to do at camp — as snowflakes fall on Main Street.
“It was magical,” Rose, 29, said.
Fin said he hopes the movie helps people understand that it’s important to be “nice to people who are differ ent.” The documentary also carries another message, he said: “Believe in your dreams. Don’t give up.”
Guided by Suki, Fin and his family have lived by those words for more than 30 years. Suki, 67, is an art teacher and artist who works primarily in textiles. She studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design, both in New York City, where she worked
as a costume designer and maker. As a young woman, she was a crew member on yachts and a costumer with Brattleboro-based Monteverdi Artists Collaborative.
Suki is also an advocate for people with disabilities. She began her advocacy with Fin’s 1990 birth in England, where his father is from. When doctors advised her to minimize her expectations for her son, she decided otherwise.
“That’s not how I roll,” Suki said.
The family moved to the States, where Fin underwent successful brain surgery at age 2 and a half at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Suki was pregnant with Rose at the time of Fin’s surgery. His younger sister has been a “developmental motivator, a guide, an inspiration” to Fin since she was a baby, Suki said.
When Rose started to walk, Fin stood up. Over time, he learned to walk, developing his skills with great determination and years of physical therapy.
“When Finbar wants to do something, he gets the job done,” Suki said. (Finbar is his formal name; he goes by Fin.)
Rose remembers riding on the back of Fin’s electric wheelchair on the way to Union Elemen tary School in Montpelier, which they both attended. The siblings graduated from Montpelier High School a year apart.
“I’m known as Fin’s sister,” Rose said. A fashion and web designer who lives in Wales, Rose traveled to Vermont to visit family and attended last weekend’s Santa Camp premiere in New York City.
Fin and Rose always loved Christmas. Fin’s interest in Santa intensified about a decade ago, echoing his childhood fascinations with Spider-Man and Super man. One day at Halloween time in a local costume shop with family friend Miriam Bernardo, Fin saw a Santa costume. He waved at it and pointed to himself. Bernardo told Suki about Fin’s desire for the costume; the next day, Suki bought it for him.
It’s one of numerous Santa-related activities and endeavors that Suki has pursued for Fin. Her efforts include sewing a big cushiony belly for him to wear under his Santa suit, booking Santa gigs for him at the Berlin Mall and arranging for him to hand out presents to kids at daycare. She bought him a red silk suit with a pale pais ley print for the Santa Camp premiere. “It was like a fairy tale,” Suki said of the NYC event. She’ll roll out a red carpet at the Savoy Theater in Montpelier on December
9 for a special, private hometown screen ing of the documentary. Suki is planning a little parade before showtime.
Bernardo, a singer who lives in East Montpelier, worked with Fin one-onone after school for a decade. She picked him up at school, helped him with homework and assisted with other aspects of his care. She suggested that the documentary is meaningful in the context of Fin’s many Santa experiences and the effort required to make them happen.
“What the movie really means to the family is that Suki provided a dream come true for Finbar,” Bernardo said. “It’s a good testament to some real hard work and love.”
About six years ago, Fin decided he wanted to go to Santa school to become a certified Santa. Suki contacted six such schools around the country and got a “no” from all but one: the International Univer sity of Santa Claus, held in Philadelphia in 2017. A framed diploma, dated June 11 of that year, hangs in Fin’s Santa-themed bedroom. It certifies that Santa Fin completed classes and training in “SantaClausology.”
Suki attended Santa school with Fin and said it was a touching experience. The 15 or so participants, like Fin, felt a calling to be Santa, she said.
“There was an element of magic to their stories,” Suki said. “Every single person had some sort of epiphany when they were Santa.”
Listening to Santa stories and partici pating in school activities had a similar effect on her.
“I realized that I was being called to do it, as well,” Suki said. “It was not just Finbar’s dream, but it became mine, too.”
Suki is creating a curriculum designed for people with disabilities who want to be Santa. She intends to complete it in time for Santa Camp in 2023. She’s also doing her usual seasonal hustle of book ing Santa gigs for Fin at the Berlin Mall, the Village Grocery in Waitsfield and other local spots.
Suki said her hope is that the movie will inspire people who have a disability and want to become Santa.
Fin, a jolly and friendly Santa, offered a cheer for aspiring Santas: “Ho ho ho!” m
Santa Camp is on HBO Max starting on Thursday, November 17. Learn more at santafin.com and sukiciappara.com.
food+drink Mighty Fine
New chef-owners build on the legacy of Richmond’s Kitchen Table BistroBY JORDAN BARRY • firstname.lastname@example.org
In July, when Chelsea Morgan and Tom D’Angelo announced their plans to open Vermont Fine in Richmond, the chef-owners explained that the name is a playful attempt to sum up the state’s unofficial dress code: a flannel shirt and a Carhartt jacket.
“You can come here right off the farm,” Morgan told Seven Days at the time.
Since the couple opened Vermont Fine in early October, all kinds of folks have stopped in to check out what they’ve done with the former Kitchen Table Bistro — local farmers included, D’Angelo said.
The historic brick building, visi ble from Interstate 89, was home to the Kitchen Table for 19 years, until November 2021, when chef-owners Lara and Steve Atkins closed their farm-to-table destina tion restaurant and put it on the market — building, assets, name and all. This
summer, Morgan, 33, and D’Angelo, 36, purchased it with the support of investors. Now the young married couple are following in the Atkinses’ footsteps, working side by side in the kitchen as
Founders Sell Vermont Fresh Pasta After 30 Years
TRICIA and KEN JARECKI have sold the fresh pasta business that they started in 1992 to newly minted food entrepre neur CHAD BROSHER for an undisclosed price.
VERMONT FRESH PASTA began in the basement of the couple’s Killington restaurant and has grown over the years to operate in a 5,500-square-foot facility in Proctorsville where a team of 10 produces an average weekly 2,000 pounds of ravioli and other pastas. Bestsellers include ravioli in flavors such as quattro formaggio and but ternut squash. The product line, which also features sauces such as pesto and Alfredo, is distributed fresh to res taurants, colleges, hospitals and retail stores throughout New England and western New York, the Jareckis said.
The couple, both 66, started looking for a buyer because “We’re retirement age,” Tricia said. “We thought it was
time — not to spend more time together, because we spend a lot of time to gether,” she said with a laugh, “but to do more skiing, biking and travel more.”
Brosher, 48, moved from Columbus, Ohio, to buy the business. His wife, who’s a teacher, and their two young children will join him after the end of the school year, he said. The Jareckis are three months into a six-month commitment to work with Brosher on a smooth transition of the business.
Brosher said his background is in information technology and electronics manufacturing. “I wanted to get back into manufacturing, but in something I had a passion about,” he said. The Jareckis’ quality products and solid business impressed him.
“And Vermont was an easy choice,” he added.
co-chefs. They’re well aware that they have big shoes to fill. But they’re putting their own spin on the restaurant, with casual service and signature dishes drawn from their extensive experience in the industry.
“That was one of the main reasons we changed the name; we didn’t want that comparison of ‘Well, this is how the Kitchen Table did it,’” D’Angelo said. “We’re not the Kitchen Table.”
And, while their restaurant may be called Vermont Fine, Morgan and D’Angelo don’t call what they offer “fine dining.”
“I like to say we have finer food with a more approachable feel,” Morgan said.
Both chefs were fixtures of the Burling ton restaurant scene, with nearly 40 years of combined experience in the industry. After moving to Vermont from New Jersey, D’Angelo got a job at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill and worked his way up to head chef at the Farmhouse Group’s El Cortijo. Later, he worked under Frank Pace at the Great Northern. Morgan was head chef at Sorriso Bistro, a short-lived Italian spot that opened in South Burlington in late 2018. She also cooked at Hen of the Wood, Mule Bar, Junior’s Rustico and Splash at the Boathouse.
In January 2022, D’Angelo and Morgan launched Butter Bar and Kitchen with Carina Driscoll and Blake Ewoldsen,
serving elevated bar food and weekend brunch in Burlington’s New North End. That arrangement “wasn’t a good fit,” Morgan previously told Seven Days, and lasted slightly more than three months.
Now, in a restaurant that is fully their own, the couple have assembled a team of friends and former coworkers from Butter, the Farmhouse and Hen of the Wood — plus a former Kitchen Table employee or two.
“When you work in the industry, you think of all the people you’d call if you ever were to open a restaurant,” Morgan said. “The industry has changed, and a lot of the
people on my dream team have moved on to do their own things. But we have great people behind us.”
When my in-laws, my husband and I walked in to claim our Friday evening reservation, the restaurant felt as approachable as D’Angelo and Morgan said they hoped it would. Staff members were warm and efficient in welcoming and seating us, with no formality or stuffiness.
Morgan and D’Angelo have retained the Kitchen Table’s cozy, multiroom farm house layout. Not much has changed in the interior beyond new bluish-gray trim, a
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repainted bathroom, linen-covered tables replacing wood tops and new local art. Metal signs made by Rebecca Chomyn of VT Steel hang above the door to each of the three main dining rooms, now named Maple, Garnet and Clover after Vermont’s state symbols. The Maple room features a photo of Jenne Farm in Reading, where Morgan grew up.
We dined in the Clover room, a smaller space with mostly two-top tables, and had it to ourselves for most of our meal, thanks to the early hour. Even when people filled the tables nearby, the room remained quiet enough for our group of five to chat easily rather than shout over the standard restaurant drone.
The multiroom setup “gives us the chance to be busy without it being over whelming or loud,” D’Angelo said.
“And each room has a different vibe,”
with potato and Cabot cheddar, then served with housemade maple-garlic sausage, broccoli-stem sauerkraut and pickled mustard seeds.
Cider-steamed mussels were a beloved staple of the Kitchen Table menu; Morgan said customers were asking for the dish even before they opened. They complied, but with a twist: While Kitchen Table’s mussels were steamed in fresh cider and served with smoked bacon and aioli, Vermont Fine boozes the bivalves up with hard Stowe Cider and swaps the bacon for housemade sausage.
“Every chef has their own recipe,” D’Angelo said. “Even though we bought the recipes with the [Kitchen Table] business, we’re just trying to put our flair on things.”
We mopped up the broth with perfectly grilled pieces of bread from Red Hen Baking — and I ripped off a corner to swipe
my father-in-law hadn’t gotten enough seafood for the evening; he ordered the cioppino ($28). The Italian American fish stew, one of Morgan’s recipes from her Sorriso days, was loaded with fresh scal lops, mussels, clams and calamari from Wood Mountain Fish.
The cioppino and braised beef have been top sellers so far, D’Angelo said. Another popular dish is the sage tortellini ($25) with butternut squash from 1000 Stone Farm, kale, candied pepitas and apple gastrique. The pasta is hand-rolled. My brother-in-law was smart enough to order it, and everyone was jealous when the stunning, colorful dish arrived.
Like Kitchen Table, Vermont Fine gives menu credit to the many farms from which it sources. Some of those farmers and producers supplied the former restau rant, while others are ones with whom D’Angelo and Morgan have worked for years. Next season, they hope to expand their roster of suppliers and grow their own produce on a plot on their investors’ land — supplementing the extensive herb and flower gardens that Lara planted over the years on the restaurant property.
I’d eaten too much over the course of the meal to dwell on dessert. But, as our server dropped the menu on the table, I remem bered that Vermont Fine’s pastry chef is Sarah Howley, owner of Only Cannoli. To entice Howley — Morgan’s “dream pastry chef,” she said— to join the team, the couple offered to let her use their kitchen space to produce cannoli for her own business.
“She’s so incredibly talented,” Morgan said.
Pho Vo Reopens in South Burlington
Although the sign and door at 2026 Williston Road in South Burlington still bear the name of the previous restaurant occupant, PHUONG LAM reopened PHO VO in the building she owns in late October.
New signage is coming, said Lam, 42. She originally opened Pho Vo in that location right before the pandemic in early 2020, she said, but soon closed it due to health safety concerns and a death in the family. Next, she rented the building briefly to a partnership that ran the Himalayan Asian Fusion Restaurant there.
Lam moved with her family to Vermont in December 1991. “It was the coldest day of my life,” she said. Pho Vo is the second Vietnamese restaurant she has launched; the first was the now-closed Pho Nguyen, at 1130 North Avenue in Burlington.
Pho Vo’s small takeout menu is largely Vietnamese staples, such as fresh spring rolls made with shrimp, bánh mì sandwiches and pho noodle soup. The restaurant is currently open Monday through Friday from noon to 8 p.m. Orders can be placed by phone (8643625) or through several third-party delivery services. See Facebook for the full menu. m
through the remains of the pierogi plate.
We started with drinks: Hill Farm stead Brewery’s Edward for my husband and brother-in-law, Whirligig Brewing’s Sour Bunnies! for me, and glasses of rosé and pinot noir for my mother- and fatherin-law. The bar also offers cocktails, which Morgan said have proved popular. I don’t often get to visit a new restaurant with a larger group, and dining with four people is a great way to try most of a menu in one trip. We started with Vermont Fine’s Caesar salad ($11) and poached pear and beet salad ($13), the latter featuring beets from Jericho Settlers Farm and Jasper Hill Farm’s Bayley Hazen Blue cheese. From the “share” section, we chose ginger-cider mussels ($19) and sausage and pierogi ($17).
The pierogi dish is something D’Angelo and Morgan often cook for themselves for dinner, the couple said. Made from scratch, the pillowy pierogi are stuffed
The generously portioned main courses all rang up at less than $30 — a rarity these days as consumers feel the increased costs of restaurant ingredients and operations. We each chose something different. Our server praised our adventurousness, saying it’s “more fun that way.”
I was drawn to the braised LaPlatte River Angus Farm beef ($26) served on smooth, rich polenta with cider-braised greens from Jericho Settlers Farm. The hearty yet tender dish is exactly the sort of thing I want to eat as the weather gets cold and darkness falls before 5 p.m.
My husband ordered the pork chop ($28), which came stunningly seared with sweet, maple-glazed carrots and crispy fingerling potatoes. My mother-in-law opted for the house burger ($19): Boyden Farm beef, Cabot cheddar, big slabs of North Country Smokehouse bacon, dijon naise and arugula on a nicely toasted bun with a choice of fries or greens.
Despite eating most of the mussels,
We considered ordering everything on the dessert menu — including the Floren tine bowl featuring Howley’s cannoli filling — before settling on the lemoncranberry tart ($12), s’mores entremet ($12), and several scoops of housemade chocolate and vanilla ice cream.
Each was plated beautifully, but the entremet was a showstopper. The glutenfree treat consisted of a fluffy chocolate mousse cake on a housemade Oreo equiv alent, fully enrobed in a torched “camp fire” meringue. I devoured it.
My mother-in-law, who spent years working in restaurants and can occasion ally be a tougher food critic than I am, called the dark chocolate ice cream “the best I’ve ever had.”
From service to mussels to dessert, Vermont Fine holds up to its predeces sor’s reputation while forging its own identity. You’ll be sure to catch me there again as D’Angelo and Morgan continue to settle in — flannel and all. m
Vermont Fine, 1840 W. Main St., Richmond, 434-8686, vermontfine.com
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Flavors of Our Travels brings global vegan cuisine to Rutland CountyBY LILY DOTON
Driving up Route 7 just north of Rutland, it’s hard to miss the bright purple-and-orange sign on Flavors of Our Travels, a takeout-only vegan restaurant open Friday through Sunday.
The colors evoke the sunset that co-owners and partners Christian Cabrera, 31, and Katie Salomon, 30, see from their combination home and restaurant. They are “the colors of love,” Cabrera said.
Like its building, Flavors of Our Travels stands out for the care and devotion the couple have invested in their food enterprise. It began with Cabrera and Salomon transitioning to a fully vegan diet in 2017, when family health issues encouraged them to be more mindful of what they were consuming. They started their business with small catering gigs and a farmers market stand.
Cabrera and Salomon began offering takeout in June 2021 to more widely share the food that nourished them. “We’re healing through food in the best way we can,” Salomon said. “We’re trying to pass it on to the public.”
The Flavors of Our Travels menu is vegan and also free of gluten, soy, peanuts, chemical additives, caffeine and alcohol. The couple cook without refined sugar and added salt, though customers can request a free packet of pink Himalayan salt with their order.
Most compelling about the food selection is not what it lacks but how vibrant and varied it is despite the omissions.
From my first bite of El General Steve’s ($16 lunch; $31 dinner), my taste buds were pleasantly surprised by the crispy, legume flour-battered cauliflower florets coated in a syrupy sauce that balanced sweet, sour and a little kick. I later learned that the best-selling dish was created by accident when Cabrera discovered that his best friend’s hot sauce recipe made Flavors of Our Travels’ cauliflower fritas taste like General Tso’s. It did, in fact, hit every note of that Chinese American classic.
While neither Salomon nor Cabrera has formally studied cooking, Cabrera has worked in restaurants since he was 16. The pair, who have been together for 11 years, grew up in New Jersey, but Cabrera visited Vermont often as a child. In 2019, Salomon, Cabrera and his mother, Susan Kafka, fulfilled their dream of moving to the Green Mountain State and now run the restaurant together.
The menu takes inspiration from the couple’s diverse backgrounds, which include Greek, Puerto Rican and Polish heritage. They joke that their two young children are “like the United Nations — so many flags.”
The couple’s multicultural experiences are reflected
in dishes such as the Mercado de Englishtown taco ($7 each), featuring marinated portobello mushroom steak and onions. It resembles one Cabrera had at a New Jersey flea market when he was young. He credits this “most powerful food experience” with his realization that simple ingredients can taste delicious when put together the right way.
In addition to El General Steve’s, I ordered the combo platter ($17 lunch; $33 dinner), which included more cauliflower and South Asian-style onion-and-leafy green fritters called tempura-pakora. The crisp shells of the latter yielded to a fluffy, richly flavored interior. Housemade maple hot sauce added a sweet-spicy touch.
Ample portions came with a daily vegetable, such as creamed greens or sautéed kohlrabi, or a small Kalamatianós salad. I was impressed with the salad’s creamy, cashew-based dressing, sweet with figs and tangy from cider vinegar.
Flavors of Our Travels, 45 Sugarwood Hill Rd., Rutland, 908-675-6090, flavorsofourtravels.com
The vinegar is among many locally sourced ingredients, and Cabrera and Salomon make nearly everything from scratch, including the freshly ground brown rice, black bean and mung bean flours used to batter fritters. They even sunferment and dry their own chile flakes using a Nepali method.
Jenny Davis-Boyd, a repeat customer who lives in Rutland, has been vegan for 16 years. “I love being able to try things that I’ve never tried before,” she said by phone. Past favorites have included Polish-style pierogi and the Ague’zilla sushi roll made with spicy tahini “nayonnaise” and a mix of seasoned cashew and sunflower seeds substituted for spicy tuna. Flavors of Our Travels always nails compelling combinations of flavors and textures, she said.
I agree with Davis-Boyd. I tried being vegan during my first year of college but quickly grew bored of the options. I might have stuck with it if Cabrera and Salomon had been cooking nearby. m
replaced by a trip to a Wawa convenience store for coffee and doughnuts.
They’ve never left their childhood home, staying to take care of their parents through old age and death. Whether it was a noble sacrifice or a neat way to avoid maturity, it’s left them both jobless and ill-equipped for productive lives. Sonia avoided dating, and Vanya is gay but far from acknowledging it, so their life’s work has been perfecting the art of complaining to each other and indulging the oddities of their cleaning lady, Cassandra.
Masha, their sister, left home to pursue acting and has made it to the low-B-list level thanks to an early job in a silly, sexy action movie franchise. She owns the house and pays the bills and has her own source of self-pity: She’s now getting offered grandmother roles.
Silly PityBY ALEX BROWN • email@example.com
Human vanity is always a prime source of comedy, especially when family members compete to top each other with their suffering or their success. Christopher Durang’s 2012 Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a rogue’s gallery of the selfabsorbed, all occupying the same fuzzy line between misery and foolishness that Anton Chekhov explored. Durang tops it off with his tangy absurdism sauce, and Girls Nite Out serves up a community theater production with warm humor.
The play won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, an honor few comedies earn. The central event is a costume party that ignites sibling jealousy, but Durang rest lessly tosses out a host of goofy events to keep the audience distracted.
In a comfortable house in Bucks County, Pa., middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia are settled into daily routines. They have coffee, look out at the pond, disagree about the number of trees neces sary to constitute a cherry orchard and gently needle each other. They complain about their wasted lives while smack-dab in the middle of them. In other words, they behave a bit like characters in a Chekhov play in which the samovar has been
Masha pays a visit and is eager to show off her all-body/no-brains boyfriend. Spike is way too young for her, and Masha alternates between delight in sustaining his sexual interest and anxiety that he’ll wander off like a puppy seeking a chew toy. During her visit, that danger appears in the form of young Nina, who lives across the pond and dazzles Spike. But Nina is more interested in Vanya, who strikes her as a father figure, giving her a good excuse to call him Uncle Vanya.
The three siblings were named for Chekhov characters by intellectual parents devoted to community theater; the names doom them to a life of intro spection. Enjoying the play doesn’t require getting the Chekhov in-jokes, though it does feel like each one you spot should bring you closer to earning your Russian Drama badge.
It’s been 12 years since the two found ers of Girls Nite Out appeared onstage together. Jennifer Warwick, playing Masha, and Janet Stambolian, playing Cassandra, reunite in this show. The company’s mission to involve women onstage and backstage remains alive and well.
The play is filled with small comic spec tacles that viewers can enjoy in smorgas bord fashion, but Durang’s real skill here is redirecting the audience’s attention with eccentric excess.
As Vanya, Kris Johnson buries the char acter in dry disdain until Vanya nervously shares his avant-garde play with the family. This cringe-worthy masterwork is a mockery of a mockery, Durang’s takeoff of Chekhov’s symbolist play-within-a-play in The Seagull
Nina performs the play, converting an abstract description of postapocalyptic Earth into a dance piece that becomes exquisite physical comedy. Shannen Dando is hilarious at conveying Nina’s inane sincerity and captivating as she romps with the abandon that bad art requires.
Spike is eager to show off his body and spends a lot of time in nothing but attention-getting underwear. Nate Beyer pulls off a fun reverse striptease and courageously maintains an imbecile’s pride in his physique.
douses her in hellscape red light as she issues prophecies that are at once true, hard to believe and ignored. Stambo lian goes in and out of her accent but never stops scampering, much to the delight of the audience. She plays to the gallery with an indomitable love of performance itself.
As these vignettes suggest, Durang’s play is a collection of fits and starts, and the comedy runs from smart repartee to cartoonish voodoo spells. Funny but formless, the play asks viewers to sit back and enjoy a ride without a destination.
Masha plans to dress her siblings as supporting cast to her costume at the party. Instead of accepting the demean ing outfit Masha has in mind, Sonia dons a sequined gown and tiara. Raquel Aronhime brings out the character’s joy in one-upping her sister, then shows Sonia gaining self-esteem in a sweet phone call.
Masha spends the whole play seeking an admiring audience from her family now that she’s losing her screen fans. With comic neediness, Warwick can land a joke and launches her zingers with precision. Masha aches for control, and Warwick gives her gestures the deport ment of a tantrum.
Cassandra cleans house, but not before hyperbolic lighting periodically
Director Nan Murat keeps the pace lively. A large crew created set, costumes, lighting and sound. The visual highlight is a cherry orchard evoked with a single well-made, well-lit tree shimmering before a mural of other trees.
The script flirts with the danger of steeping viewers in too much baseline despondency, not to mention a Vesuvian rant about the good old days. It’s only funny if it’s not too tedious, and this production is occasionally stuck on the surface, enacting complaints rather than pinpointing the folly of them. But true geysers of laughter spout up, and there’s an abiding warmth in watching amateur actors enjoying themselves while connecting with an appreciative audience. m
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, by Christopher Durang, directed by Nan Murat, produced by Girls Nite Out Productions, Wednesday, November 16, through Saturday, November 19, 7:30 p.m., at Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, in Burlington. $23-25. girlsniteoutvt.com
Book review: A Million Views, Aaron StarmerBY JORDAN ADAMS
Aaron Starmer’s new middlegrade novel A Million Views starts with a bottomless pit. Actually, it’s a regular hole that 12-year-old Vermonter Brewster Gaines hopes will look like a bottomless pit in a 10-second video.
Making videos is Brewster’s raison d’être, and he spends most of his free time plotting them out, filming solo, edit ing them on his nearly obsolete Mac and uploading his work to YouTube. That and watching his view counts slowly tick upward.
Most of Brewster’s videos have petered out in the low hundreds, and he hopes someday he’ll make one that garners a million views, a self-imposed benchmark that he believes will validate his craft and existence. A one-man crew, Brewster prides himself on being self-reliant. Or maybe he’s just a maladjusted loner who tells himself that.
But Brewster can’t realize his latest video concept, “What Do You Do With Friends Who Don’t Return Your Messages?” without some help. He enlists new classmate Carly, a skateboarding New Jersey transplant, as his second cast member.
After a day of shooting, word spreads about the project. Carly introduces Brewster to rich girl Rosa, who’s willing to bankroll a bigger-budget, expanded version of the clip — to the tune of $5,000. She also wants to be credited as its producer.
Brewster’s vision for the video is a onepunch-line, meme-able joke that would have played well on the defunct platform Vine. Rosa and Carly have different ideas. In their hands, the video becomes the trailer for a fantasy film epic in which Carly plummets through a portal into a netherworld full of monsters. The girls figure that if the trailer goes viral, a movie studio will snatch it up and give them a proper budget.
Brewster reluctantly agrees to these changes, tantalized by the semiprofes sional gear that Rosa can supply. But as the kids proceed, each problem they face requires a new player. Slowly, a team emerges: ostentatious cosplayer Godfrey, who signs on to play the villain; his quippy little sister, Izzy, who takes on art direc tion; preternaturally gifted CGI specialist Harriett, who can render complicated
3D effects despite being a year younger than the others; and eager-beaver Liam, an affable if overbearing classmate who happily joins as a production assistant.
As this misfit crew coalesces, it becomes clear that, while Brewster is brimming with vision and heart, he doesn’t know much about making movies beyond proper script format. By contrast, Izzy seems to have done her homework: She knows all about automated dialogue replacement, Dutch angles and what to include in a call sheet. Hell, she knows what a call sheet is. Brewster experiences a quiet humbling as he realizes he’s out of his depth.
As new challenges emerge in produc tion, the team deftly adapts to the circum stances. Only in the story’s third act does a problem present itself that requires a dramatic solution. (No spoilers, but it involves a go-kart.)
Brewster’s real evolution in the book is coming to terms with his family situation. His mom and dad seem more like room mates lately, and Brewster’s 17-year-old nonbinary sibling, Jade, is in their own little world. We get the impression that everyone has drifted apart.
As Brewster becomes acquainted with the families of some of his crew — particu larly Godfrey and Izzy’s parents — he takes note of the affection that his own family lacks. While Brewster’s parents pick up lackluster takeout for dinner, every night at Godfrey and Izzy’s house is a taco party, and the fixings are often strange and creative.
What’s really missing from Brews ter’s family is love, and his parents seem oblivious to how they’re letting him down. When his dad accidentally sends a suspicious text to Brewster instead of its intended recipient, the boy grasps that his family is falling apart. Instead of confronting his father, he ices him out and throws himself even more into the project.
Brewster’s peers have their own prob lems. Though she doesn’t let on, Carly struggles with being a new kid. Wealthy latchkey kid Rosa is cagey about where exactly she got $5,000. And Brewster’s neighbor Piper, a late addition to the team, is a shell of her former self, making Brewster wonder what happened to the effervescent girl next door he used to know.
Through crisp prose heavy on action and immediate thoughts and feelings, Waterbury author Starmer magnifies his characters’ personalities as they figure out how their skills are complementary — and how they clash. A lot of the book’s humor comes from those clashes, as well as from Brewster’s inner monologue. Though some of the kids have skills that strain credulity, their excitability and eagerness remind us that they’re a bunch of fifth and sixth graders. Take Carly and Rosa’s “script” for their film:
There’s bunches of color or dark ness or maybe some lightning bolts … It’ll feel epic and there will be music that’s all violins and boom ing drums but we can’t give away too much of the plot because that’s always annoying and we haven’t figured it all out anyway.
Ultimately, A Million Views is about chosen family. As Starmer’s characters come together, they find the answers to questions they didn’t know they were asking. While sifting through the dailies may not always be fun, they relish the
time spent goofing on each other and eating snacks around Carly’s enormous TV.
FROM A MILLION VIEWS
Carly had agreed to play the role of the friend. She was a skateboarder and accustomed to falling. In fact, she was quite good at it.
“What time do you want to start?” she asked.
“As soon as school is over,” he said. “Maybe sooner. Would you be willing to skip?”
“Would you be willing to dress up as me and take my detention?”
Starmer has made a splash with young adult novels such as the internet-savvy thriller Meme (2020) and the darkly absurdist Spontaneous (2016), in which members of a high school class start spontaneously combusting. The latter was adapted into a favorably reviewed 2020 film of the same name. While tamer in content, A Million Views is charming. The book’s flawed characters don’t magically fix them selves or each other by the final page. In fact, certain plot points feel realistically unresolved, including some of Brewster’s parents’ drama. Starmer doesn’t try to convince his malleable young readers that life always ties itself up in a neat package. Though the characters never say it out loud, they do eventually realize that using arbitrary metrics such as view counts to measure their self-worth isn’t worth the stress.
A Million Views also offers a workable blueprint to young digital natives who might want to try their hand at semipro filmmaking, including examples of how to format a script and call sheet, clues about setting up a shot to get the best lighting, and cautionary examples of how mounting costs can gobble up a budget.
Most importantly, Starmer lets readers know that it’s OK to reach out for help — and that life is more fulfilling when you’re part of a team. m
“I would,” Brewster replied.
This wasn’t a lie. Brewster had proven he was willing to suffer for his art. He’d broken bones — two fingers during GoPro recording of a go-kart stunt at a local carnival. He’d contracted a stomach virus — after which he decided that working with toddlers, even well-behaved ones, might not be worth it. He’d been kicked out of Target more than once — store managers aren’t always appreciative of stop-motion video productions being filmed in the produce section with borrowed toys. So yes, he was always ready to make some sacrifices to ensure top-notch productions.
Short Takes on Five Vermont Books
Seven Days writers can’t possibly read, much less review, all the books that arrive in a steady stream by post, email and, in one memorable case, a skulk of foxes. So this monthly feature is our way of introducing you to a handful of books by Vermont authors. To do that, we contextualize each book just a little and quote a single representative sentence from, yes, page 32. m
Charles Barasch, Finishing Line Press, 70 pages. $19.99.
A gifted poet can find immeasurable beauty in life’s darkness. For 50 years, Charles Barasch of Plainfield has been publishing poems that reveal tenderness and joy just as they chronicle loss and human frailty. A retired speech language pathologist who worked with young children, Barasch has filled this retrospective with poems on a wide array of subjects, including relationships, nature, life in Vermont and baseball.
“A Man and a Woman Are Lying in Bed” traces myriad events and decisions that brought a couple to an intimate moment. Little dead quadrupeds face their fate with aplomb in “Elegy for Mice.” Neighbors are neither too friendly nor too unfriendly in “On Our Dirt Road.” And the 13 short lines of “World Series,” which is excerpted above, take the reader from the thrill of a celebrated 1975 game to the heartache of a marriage mismatch.
Reading Home Movie is like stepping inside the mind of a highly observant, imaginative and sensitive soul.ELIZABETH M. SEYLER
Yosemite, despite the claims of its promoters, was not a wilderness. In this account of the influential work of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, coauthors Rolf Diamant and Ethan Carr focus on the Civil War era. Drawing a connection between the rebuilding of the nation and the emergence of national parks, the authors examine Olmsted’s role in the latter phenomenon.
Best known as the designer of Central Park, Olmsted was the landscape architect of Shelburne Farms in the 1880s. This volume, enlivened by primary source material, considers (and reprints) his 1865 work “The Yosemite Report,” in which Olmsted presents his “vision for a reconstructed postwar nation where great public parks were keystone institutions of a liberal democracy,” the authors write. Key parks discussed in the book are bound by Olmsted’s assertion that access to the natural world should be as equitable as it is beneficial.
Diamant, who teaches at the University of Vermont, is a former superintendent of Marsh-BillingsRockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont’s only national park.SALLY POLLAK
Alzheimer’s Canyon: One Couple’s Reflections on Living With Dementia
Jane Dwinell and Sky Yardley, Rootstock Publishing, 272 pages. $18.99.
Some [posts] might even begin to rhyme / others have slipped their anchors to time / WELCOME TO MY WORLD!
In 2016, at age 66, Sky Yardley was diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s. In response, he and his wife of 30 years, Jane Dwinell, launched the Alzheimer’s Canyon blog “as a way to erase the stigma attached to dementia and to increase understanding of the way it affects people on a day-to-day basis,” they wrote.
The above excerpt is from Yardley’s first entry in this collection, which spans five years: the first year after his diagnosis through the year of his death in 2021. Yardley writes of everything from having trouble sleeping and feeling stupid in the first year to his hallucinations and poor balance in the third, the last year he blogged. Dwinell’s posts are sporadic near the start and become the only ones in years four and five, when the disease took its greatest toll. In accessible and honest prose, the couple reveal how learning, creativity, flexibility and love helped them navigate a path neither wanted.
My mother begged the Virgin to protect me; she promised I would never cut my hair for as long as I lived.
For children, a beach is a playground. For developers, a get-rich opportunity. And for the sea turtles that nest on the picture-perfect stretch of Mexican Pacific coastline in Middlebury College professor Estela González’s new novel, a beach is the difference between survival and extinction.
All these factions and more converge in Arribada — or “arrival,” a term also commonly used for the sea turtles’ synchronized nesting.
In 1990, concert pianist Mariana returns to her coastal hometown, where her beloved uncle has vanished and her mother has suffered a stroke. On her uncle’s trail, she reconnects with an Indigenous friend who opens her eyes to the damage that decades of development — spearheaded by Mariana’s late father — have done to the landscape they both love.
González’s incantatory prose drifts freely among various perspectives and eras, its fluidity evoking the continuity of family tradition even as Mariana makes discoveries that redefine home for her. It makes for a powerful, immersive read.MARGOT HARRISON
Frederic Martin, NthSense Books, 302 pages. $12.99 paperback; $2.99 ebook.
Misfit teens with superpowers aren’t exactly new to young adult fiction. But Richmond author Frederic Martin inventively rewrites that formula with his self-published Vox Oculis series, which opens with Not Alone. Fourteen-year-old foster kid Blue can hear people’s thoughts.
Fiercely protective of her secret, she thinks she’s the only one left of her kind until she moves to a placement in small-town Vermont and meets Will and his family, who can communicate using the same silent method she does. Will’s scientist dad has researched their unusual trait — which he calls vox oculis (voice to the eyes) — and discovered that it isn’t as supernatural as it may seem.
Martin, who won the 2018 Vermont Writers’ Prize, spins an effective tale that recalls an earlier era of YA fiction. Will’s supportive, science-minded family may remind readers of the Murrys in Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time, and Martin folds facts about bioluminescence and other real phenomena into his exciting thriller plot. Two sequels are also available.M.H.
Why, when Carlton Fisk / hit the home run, / did the man in Section 22, / … raise his hands for joy...Olmsted and Yosemite: Civil War, Abolition, and the National Park Idea Rolf Diamant and Ethan Carr, Library of American Landscape History, 186 pages. $28. Arribada Estela González, Cennan Books of Cynren Press, 234 pages. $30.
Drawing was about the only positive thing that came from all her otherwise useless therapy sessions.
Perfectly OddEmilia Olson pairs Renaissance landscapes and 20th-century toys in “Painting With the Past” BY PAMELA POLSTON • firstname.lastname@example.org
No one looks at a 15th-century Italian painting and thinks, SpongeBob SquarePants! No one except Plainfield artist Emilia Olson, that is. Her takeoff on Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” — “Birth of Venus With Toys” — replaces the supporting figures of the original with the perpetually excited blue-and-yellow cartoon star, as well as Bert and Ernie of “Sesame Street” renown. All three are draped in flowy fabric, the sartorial standard of the Renaissance; a diaphanous veil streams from Bert’s topknot. A bunch of tiny toys, including rubber duckies, tumbles through the 63-by-109-inch scene as if on a breeze. The naked Venus is nowhere to be found.
This is one of five large oil paintings in Olson’s current exhibition at the High land Center for the Arts in Greensboro. The works are startling for their ambi tious scale, refreshing humor and flaw less execution. Each of these paintings includes bright toys or small animals, set against a subdued landscape much like that of the Italian original. Helpfully, a sheet of paper hung alongside each of Olson’s works contains an image of the classic work and the artist’s commentary.
The exhibit title, “Painting With the Past,” is a double entendre. Not only does Olson borrow from the Renaissance, she also revisits her own history. In fact, this exhibition, organized by Highland Center curator Maureen O’Connor Burgess, is something of a resurrection.
After graduating from Montpelier High School in 1997, Olson earned a degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University. For a time, she appren ticed with a muralist in Boston. And then she put her artwork on the shelf — or, actually, in a box in her parents’ home. Olson moved back to Plainfield and began an interior painting business. She didn’t paint on canvas again for 15 years.
“I was really hit with how complicated and difficult being an adult was going to be, paying my own bills, being in a studio 12
hours a day,” Olson said in a phone inter view. “Now I had to work full time, keep a relationship going, etc. I was torturing myself every day that I wasn’t painting. I felt bad every day.”
Her solution was to abandon the idea of being an artist. But the irony is not lost on Olson that she continued to handle the medium. “I even worked in a paint store for a couple years!” she said.
Enter Burgess, who also curates the gallery at the Central Vermont Medical Center in Barre and whose own children had attended school with Olson in Mont pelier. In 2018, Burgess approached Olson and cajoled her into putting an exhibition together for the hospital the following year.
By that point, Olson was ready to recon sider making art. Almost. “For several months I just had anxiety dreams around it and no constructive work,” she said. “At the same time, I was thinking a lot about the storage box with all my old paintings. I put my whole self as an artist in that box.
I was fearful of what I would see in there. But when I had this show, I had this goal in front of me.”
Olson opened the box. “For some reason, I saw the work more clearly,” she recalled. “I thought, Now I need to actually finish these paintings. They’re not done, and I have the opportunity to actu ally finish them.”
The works that Olson pulled from her box and reworked were smaller paintings on panel — some of which are included in the Highland show. To her, finishing meant scraping and scratching them,
sometimes revealing an underpainting, sometimes adding more paint.
Since school days, she had the idea of integrating toys into her compositions, evident in such works as an 18-inchsquare oil titled simply “Sponge Bob.” In it, the character is perched on a sort of platform and faces an abstracted yellow mass that might be a tree. A heavy shadow behind Bob — and nothing else — emphasizes the stage-set-like quality of the work.
In other paintings on panel, Olson variously scraped away to reveal tiny animals, or added text, or played off another of her obsessions: cheesy greet ing cards. In a 48-by-24-inch piece, a green column down the center of the surface has been scraped so that the titu lar words “I Promise I Will Always Love You” can barely be deciphered. A little mouse holding a hunk of cheese poses at the bottom of the column.
“I was trying to point out the camp,” Olson said, “but my mother hung that painting in her office for years.” Ulti mately, the artist believes, her works are sincere.
Olson noted that three of the large canvases in the Highland show were started back in 2002 but were rolled up
NEW THIS WEEK
‘DEFINE SMALL’: An annual exhibition of petite paint ings, featuring new work from established gallery artists Sara Katz, Kay Flierl and Duncan Johnson, as well as work from new Edgewater artist Larry Horowitz. November 23-December 31. Info, 989-7419.
Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury.
f A MERRY LITTLE MARKET: A maker market featuring fine artwork, pottery, candles, jewelry and more by local artisans, plus handcrafted ornaments and holiday cards. Holiday party: Friday, November 18, 5-7 p.m. November 18-January 14. Info, 989-7225. Sparrow Art Supply in Middlebury.
ELLY BARKSDALE: “The Beauty of Horses,” paintings. November 16-December 31. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie in West Glover.
‘WINTER LIGHT’: An exhibition that celebrates winter in the Northeast Kingdom, as well as other cultures and traditions. November 19-January 7. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts in Newport.
f NELSON HENRICKS: Immersive video instal lations by the Montréal artist in which visual and sound editing create a musical dynamic, and which explore subjects from the history of art and culture. Reception: Wednesday, November 16, 6-8 p.m. November 16-April 10. Info, 514-847-6226. Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art.
ART SOCIAL: Meet the artists currently exhibiting and listen to a cello performance by Michael Close. Masks required. Studio Place Arts, Barre, Saturday, November 19, 4:30-6 p.m. Info, 479-7069.
ARTIST TALK AND WORKSHOP: PAUL BOWEN: The Wales-born artist spent decades scavenging materials on Cape Cod and around his Vermont home to convert into unique creations. After his presentation, participants can build their own small wood sculptures with provided hand tools and materials. All skill levels welcome. HatchSpace, Brattleboro, Thursday, November 17, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 257-3539.
BTV WINTER MARKET: A European-style outdoor market featuring a rotating group of 20 local artists, makers and food vendors. Burlington City Hall Park, Saturday, November 19, noon-6 p.m., and Sunday, November 20, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.
‘COLLECTIONS IN FOCUS: WOOD ENGRAVINGS AND WOODCUTS’: Explore the versatility and highcontrast style of the medium that inspired Rockwell Kent, in conjunction with his current exhibition of prints. Presented by Alice Boone, curator of education and public programs. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, November 16, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-0750.
CRAFT VERMONT SHOW: The 70th annual fine craft and art show featuring works by Vermont artists, demonstrations, prizes and more. More info at vermonthandcrafters.com. DoubleTree by Hilton, South Burlington, Friday, November 18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, November 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, November 20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 for three days; $8 for Sunday only. Info, officemanager@ vermonthandcrafters.com.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE MAKING WORKSHOP: All ages are invited to make and decorate an edible house, along with snowmen made of cotton balls and trees from sugar cones. Chaffee Art Center, Rutland, Saturday, November 19, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-0356.
HOLIDAY AUCTION EXTRAVAGANZA: The Shelburne Museum’s annual fundraising
San Francisco-born and now Brooklyn-based artist Jana Flynn makes a foray into New England with an exhibition at Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction. Collectively titled “Blind Spot,” the half dozen mixedmedia works consist of silk-screened prints on paper sewn together. The images — layers of concentric rings in contrasting colors — are trippy, pulling in the eye. It’s an artistic sensibility she may have absorbed in childhood, Flynn surmised in a phone interview.
“My parents were 1960s hippies, and my mom collected posters from the Fillmore,” she said, referring to the iconic San Francisco rock club. “I do love a good op art.”
Born in that city in 1980, Flynn earned her undergraduate degree at San Francisco State University, then headed to Manhattan for an MFA at Parsons School of Design. Now she lives in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn with her husband and two children and is the artistic director of StoryCorps.
“Blind Spot” demonstrates Flynn’s fluency with graphic design, but, for her, the work has a deeper significance than visual gyrations.
“A blind spot is a hole in your consciousness; it can be about childhood trauma or things you can’t quite comprehend,” she explained. “I went away during the pandemic. I had experienced a lot of anxiety and went into some paranoid states that I didn’t know I was capable of. I went to a retreat and confronted some of these blind spots, looking at spaces that were really dark.”
Though working through these feelings wasn’t fun, Flynn said, it was healing. Similarly, on her website she describes her artistic practice as “spiritual
centeredness.” Her process involves creating designs digitally, then silk-screening “hundreds of them,” composing arrangements of the concentric circles and sewing them together.
“I sort of think of them as like quilts,” Flynn said, “puzzle pieces that I put together. Sort of like creating my own artwork to then collage.”
Unlike a puzzle or quilt — or a typical collage — her finished pieces are not rectangular. Rather, they are seemingly capricious arrangements of separate papers stitched together. The unorthodox polygons have a roguish appeal — you get the sense they might rebel and fly apart if not bound by a literal thread.
The works seem to mirror Flynn’s process itself, which she said helps her “remove myself from the chaos.” But, she added with a laugh, “I just moved my studio home, so we’ll see how that goes.”
What’s not evident in her Kishka exhibition is that Flynn also makes ceramics. Her website indicates that proceeds from sales of her bowls, plates and pots “will be donated to organizations that support human rights, ending gun violence, police reform, women’s health, BLM, and protecting our earth.” At the beginning of the pandemic, she said by phone, she stopped making art, “but ceramics always gets me going. But I couldn’t just make art for art’s sake — I had to give money away.”
Asked if she’ll continue to make silk-screened prints, Flynn replied: “I think it’s always evolving. I can’t do the same thing for very long. I have to move on to something else.”
“Blind Spot” is on view through November 27. Learn more at janaflynn.com. Pictured, from left: “Lean In 2” and “Lean In 3.”
VISUAL ART IN SEVEN DAYS:
LISTINGS AND SPOTLIGHTS
auction offers more than 100 items, including experiences on the museum grounds, Vermontmade products and items from the museum store. Online. Through November 20. Info, 985-3346.
MEET THE ARTIST: ASHLEY ROARK: A reception for the creator of the library’s newest installation. Light refreshments provided. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, Wednesday, November 16, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
PEBBLE ART WORKSHOP: Participants create a one-of-a-kind pebble art piece while sipping brews. Limited seating available; sign up at onceuponarockvermont.com. 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, Wednesday, November 16, 6-8 p.m. $35. Info, email@example.com.
‘ANYWHERE FROM ANYWHERE’: A collection of drawings by more than 20 artists. Through December 1. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington.
ART AT THE HOSPITAL: Photographs by Greg Nicolai and Caleb Kenna (Main Street Connector, ACC 3); relief monotypes by Erika Lawlor Schmidt (Main Street Connector); acrylic paintings by Sandra Berbeco (McClure 4 and EP2); oil and mixed-media paintings by James Vogler (EP2); and oil paintings by Julia Purinton (BCC). Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through January 23. Info, 865-7296. University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington.
ART HOP JURIED SHOW: Artwork by more than 70 artists submitted for competition in the 30th annual South End Art Hop; juried by David Griffin. Through December 10. Info, 859-9222. The Vaults in Burlington.
BILL MCDOWELL: “Roxham Road to North Elba,” color photographs that challenge viewers to consider complex ideas around borders, migration, privilege and racism. MATT LARSON: Acrylic paintings by the local artist. VALERIE HIRD: “The Garden of Absolute Truths,” small interactive theaters, hand-drawn animated videos, paintings and drawings by the Burlington artist that utilize familiar childhood stories to examine current power inequities. Through January 28. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington.
‘BLACK FREEDOM, BLACK MADONNA & THE BLACK CHILD OF HOPE’: Designed by Raphaella Brice and created by Brice and Josie Bunnell, this mural installed for Burlington’s 2022 Juneteenth celebration features a Haitian-inspired image of liberation. Through June 18. Info, 865-7166. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.
‘CALL AND RESPONSE’: Artworks by 15 members of the Howard Arts Collective, each inspired by a piece in the museum’s collections. ‘DARK GODDESS: AN EXPLORATION OF THE SACRED FEMININE’: Large-scale black-and-white photographs by Shanta Lee, based on the inquiry, “Who or what is the Goddess when she is allowed to misbehave?” ROCKWELL KENT: Prints by the iconic American artist (1882-1971) from the Ralf C. Nemec collection. Through December 9. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington.
CHRISTY MITCHELL: “Object Permanence,” an installation that is part dream and part allegory of our collective experience with COVID-19 and the new world that surrounds us. Through November 26. Info, email@example.com. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.
CLARK DERBES: “Skateboarding Is Performance Art,” trompe l’oeil objects, shaped paintings and sculptures featuring colorful grids and bands that pay homage to the architecture that skateboarding utilizes. Through January 12. Info, 233-2943. Safe and Sound Gallery in Burlington.
CLARK RUSSELL: “Riddleville,” an alternate universe featuring thousands of still-life scenes constructed of metal structures and found objects, from family heirlooms to dumpster discards. Through November 19. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.
‘CONNECTIONS’: Howard Center Arts Collective presents an art installation of painted mailboxes and mosaics, inviting viewers to reflect on the benefits of old-fashioned mail delivery and to consider whether mailboxes have become relics of the past. Through July 31. Info, artscollective@ howardcenter.org. Howard Center in Burlington.
DANA PIAZZA: “Processing,” acrylic abstract drawings on paper, panel and canvas that follow algorithms conceived by the Massachusetts artist. Through December 3. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington.
‘GUARDIANS OF THE GREAT OUTDOORS’: An exhibition in which young explorers can roam forests, navigate streams and become backyard adventurers while learning to become thoughtful stewards of the land. Through January 15. Info, 864-1848. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington.
‘MORE THAN A MARKET’: An exhibit celebrating local, immigrant-owned markets in Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski, featuring an instal lation that re-creates the feel of a busy market, as well as wall panels with archival and contemporary photographs. Third floor. Through December 23. Info, 989-4723, firstname.lastname@example.org.
O.N.E. Community Center in Burlington.
SAM WYATT: “Writing on the Wall Project,” paintings that explore graffiti as a reflection of this moment in American society and culture, curated by Burlington City Arts. Through December 7. Info, 865-7296. Burlington City Hall.
‘VOICES OF ST. JOSEPH’S ORPHANAGE’: Photographs and stories of abuse and recovery from the Catholic-run Burlington orphanage, which was home to more than 13,000 children from 1854 to 1974. Presented by the St. Joseph’s Orphanage Restorative Inquiry and the Vermont Folklife Center. Through December 16. Info, 656-2138. Billings Library, University of Vermont, in Burlington.
‘ABENAKI CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE VERMONT COMMUNITY’: A series of murals designed by Scott Silverstein in consultation with Abenaki artists Lisa Ainsworth Plourde and Vera Longtoe Sheehan and members of Richmond Racial Equity; the 10 panels celebrate the Abenaki origins of practices still important to Vermont culture. Through May 31. Info, email@example.com. Richmond Town Hall.
BRECCA LOH & KRISTINA PENTEK: Abstracted landscape paintings and color photographs, respectively. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through February 14. Info, 865-7296. Pierson Library in Shelburne.
DEB PEATE: A solo exhibit of 20 whimsical paper animal heads featuring William Morris textile designs and vintage jewelry. Through December 31. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. Healthy Living Market & Café in South Burlington.
‘FOR THE LOVE OF ABSTRACT ART’: A curated exhibition of paintings by Vermont artists. Through December 31. Info, 662-4808. ArtHound Gallery in Essex.
NORTHERN EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP: “A Diverse View of Our Land and Our Sky,” photo graphs. Through December 22. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.
‘OUR COLLECTION: ELECTRA HAVEMEYER WEBB, EDITH HALPERT AND FOLK ART’: A virtual exhibition that celebrates the friendship between the museum founder and her longtime art dealer, featuring archival photographs and ephemera, a voice recording from Halpert, and quotations pulled from the women’s extensive correspondences. Through February 9. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.
ROB HITZIG & BEAR CIERI: Abstract geometric paintings on birch panels (Skyway) and photo graphs from the artist’s Quarry Survey (Gates 1-8). Through December 6. Info, 865-7296. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington.
SAM BARTLETT: “Low Stakes: Plywood Cutouts and Everyday Comix,” cartoonish 2D sculptures in wood by the artist, musician and stuntologist. Through December 3. Info, email@example.com. McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester.
f SMALL WORKS: An exhibition of petite paint ings by Anne Cady, Charlotte Dworshak, Maria Flores Gallindo, Edward Holland, Julia Jensen and Hannah Sessions. Reception: Friday, November 18, 4-6 p.m.
Through December 31. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters Annex Gallery in Shelburne.
SOUTH BURLINGTON SHOWCASE: An exhibition of more than 60 paintings, photographs and mixed-media works by local artists Gin Ferrara, Jeffrey Pascoe and Michael Strauss. Through December 13. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. South Burlington Public Art Gallery.
ANNE DAVIS: “Fresh Paint,” new paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 9. Info, anne@ annemadecards.com. Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.
AXEL STOHLBERG: “House,” collages and sculptures that consider the concepts of dwelling and place. Through December 30. Info, 279-5558. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier.
‘CELEBRATE!’: A holiday show featuring works by more than 70 SPA member artists, displayed on all three floors. Through December 28. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.
JAMES SECOR: “Chirping in the Thickets,” an exhibi tion in two parts: “Creature Habits,” miniature paint ings made for the children’s book Off the Wallabies & Other Creature Habits; and “Freedom Fries,” paintings featuring fast food, religion, consumption, energy production and lots of American flags. Through November 27. Info, 552-0877. The Front in Montpelier.
MARCIA HILL & CINDY GRIFFITH: Vibrant pastels that capture the spirit, energy and intensity of the natural world. Through December 28. Info, 479-0896. Espresso Bueno in Barre.
‘STORIES FROM RED OCULUS’: In-process video of stories collected from visitors to Calza’s “Red Oculus” installation in 2021 and 2022, plus a new video by Kelly Holt. MONTPELIER VIDEO SALON: A screening of 12 short videos, selected in response to the theme “We Wonder.” Through November 19. Info, 224-6827. Susan Calza Gallery in Montpelier.
ROBIN CROFUT-BRITTINGHAM: Large-scale watercolor paintings that address themes of nature, extinction and mythology. A portion of sales support the center’s mission of connecting people with the natural world. Through December 31. Free. Info, 2296206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.
‘THE WORLD THROUGH THEIR EYES’: Watercolors and drawings by 19th-century Norwich alumni William Brenton Boggs and Truman Seymour depicting scenes in North and South America, Asia, Europe and Africa. Through December 16. Info, 485-2886. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.
‘GEMS & GIANTS’: An annual exhibition of large and small artworks including landscapes, abstracts, florals, portraits and still lifes by gallery members.
2022 LEGACY COLLECTION: An exhibit of works by 16 distinguished New England landscape artists plus a selection of works by Alden Bryan and Mary Bryan. Through December 24. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.
MARYA LOWE: “Scattered Cohesion,” contemporary wall quilts and textiles by the Vermont artist. Through January 14. Info, 646-519-1781. Minema Gallery in Johnson.
MFA INVITATIONAL: A student exhibit featuring recent work by MFA candidates. Through November 18. Info, 635-1469. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson.
TARANEH MOSADEGH: Paintings by the IranianAmerican artist based in Halifax, Vt., and Brooklyn, N.Y. Through November 30. Info, 635-2727. Vermont Studio Center in Johnson.
‘WHEN THE WELL IS DRY: An exhibition featuring 11 artists who explore the interconnection of environ ment, climate change, culture and community. In partnership with Visura. Through December 10. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe.
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f PHOTOGRAPHERS WORKROOM EXHIBIT: “Imagination,” featuring several images by each photographer, chosen because they relate to one another and the subject. Reception: Saturday, November 19, 4-6 p.m. Through November 25. Info, email@example.com. Waterbury Congregational Church.
SAM COLT: Recent work in grassello on masonite, using oils, gold leaf, gouache, charcoal, shellac and varnishes. Through November 19. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery in Waterbury.
VERMONT WATERCOLOR SOCIETY AWARDS SHOW: An exhibition of paintings by society members, juried by nationally acclaimed watercolor artist Antonio Mass, president of the American Watercolor Society. Thirteen awards will be presented. Through December 16. Info, 496-6682. The Gallery at Mad River Valley Arts in Waitsfield.
‘ADDISON COUNTY COLLECTS’: An eclectic exhibition of objects and personal stories from 36 area collectors, celebrating the local and global community. ‘ADDISON COUNTY KIDS COLLECT’: A continually growing exhibition of photos of Addison County children with their personal collections.
‘ARTISTS IN THE ARCHIVES: COMMUNITY, HISTORY & COLLAGE’: Collage prints by 23 artists from seven countries that reflect upon the idea of community in the 21st-century world. Curated by Kolaj Institute director Ric Kasini Kadour. ‘THE ELEPHANT IN THE ARCHIVES’: An experimental exhibit reexamining the museum’s Stewart-Swift Research Center archival collections with a critical eye toward silences, erasures and contemporary relevance. CHUCK HERRMANN: “Sculptures of Perseverance,” eight poignant works by the Shoreham wood carver created in response to the ongoing Ukrainian tragedy. Through January 7. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.
BONNIE BAIRD: “Tethered,” new landscape paint ings by the Vermont artist. Through November 30. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes.
‘NO OCEAN BETWEEN US: ART OF ASIAN DIASPORAS IN LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN, 1945-PRESENT’: Seventy important works in a va riety of mediums by Latin American and Caribbean artists of Asian heritage that demonstrate how the work emerged from cross-directional global dialogues between artists, their cultural identities and interaction with artistic movements. Through December 11. Info, 443-5007. Middlebury College Museum of Art.
f ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXHIBIT & SHOPPE: An all-member exhibition of items in a variety of mediums. Reception: Friday, November 18, 5-7 p.m., with seasonal music and sweet treats. Through December 10. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.
JUST IMAGINE: A HOLIDAY GIVING MARKET: Handcrafted wares including pottery, stained glass, jewelry, photography, ornaments, dolls, and original works by more than 30 Vermont artists. Through January 29. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild.
‘NEW DATA/NEW DADA’: An open-call exhibition of 40 collage and 3D assemblages that explore, echo, translate or reinvent Dada, by artists from the U.S. and Canada. ‘THE STORY’: An open-call exhibition of contemporary photographs whose visual narratives evoke a response in the viewer, by artists from
CALL TO ARTISTS
ARTFUL ICE SHANTIES: The museum and Retreat Farm invite artists, ice fishing enthusi asts, tiny house aficionados, design-builders, and creative groups and individuals of all ages and experience levels to enter this annual exhibition of creative shanties. Details and registration at brattleboromuseum.org. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Through December 16. Free. Info, 257-0124.
CALL FOR EXHIBITORS: Enter your group show, traveling exhibit or new body of work for the 2022-23 season in our community gallery. We seek thought-provoking exhibits that examine the human experience. CAL is an interdisciplinary art center that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion in all forms. Submit artwork at cal-vt.org. Deadline: December 31. Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier. Info, 595-5252.
CALL FOR MEMBERS: Become part of a thriving hub for music and art education. CAL is committed to enhancing the cultural life of central Vermont through its founding member organizations, as well as embracing individual artists, musicians and other nonprofits in a collaborative and welcoming community. Register at cal-vt.org. Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier. Through December 31. $36 annually. Info, 595-5252.
GINGERBREAD CONTEST: Bakers, schools, organizations, businesses, families and individuals of all ages are invited to submit their gingerbread creations, which will be displayed at the Chaffee Art Center in Rutland December 3 to 23. Details and application at chaffeeartcenter. org. Online. Through November 23. $10. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE COMPETITION: After two years of holding the annual contest remotely, the event is back as a hybrid: in person and online, December 6 to 16. Prizes awarded in a number of categories; the public can vote on people’s choice. Details and registration at vtfolklife.org. Vermont Folklife Center, Middlebury. Through December 1. $10. Info, 388-4964.
GLASSTASTIC 2023: The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center invites children in grades K-6 to submit drawings for imaginary creatures, which professional glass artists from around New England will turn into 3D glass sculptures for a spring exhibit. Guidelines and entry forms can be found at brattleboromuseum. org or picked up in person at the museum. Online. Through December 16. Info, 257-0124.
Vermont, New York, California and Texas. Through November 20. Info, 325-2603. Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill in Poultney.
‘BEYOND WORDS’: A group exhibition of bookinspired art by invited artists in the Connecticut River Valley region. Through November 30. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction.
NEVER SAW IT THAT WAY: EXPLORING SCIENCE
THROUGH ART: This self-curated exhibition of mixed-media works by artists, sculptors, photogra phers and crafters on the museum staff considers science from fresh perspectives. Through January 31, 2023. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich.
JANA FLYNN: “Blind Spot,” silk-screened works on paper that reflect the Brooklyn-based artist’s confrontation with unmanageable thoughts. Through November 27. Info, 347-264-4808. Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction.
JENNIFER MAHARRY: Fine art wildlife photography by the Woodstock, N.Y., artist in celebration of VINS’ 50-year anniversary. Through November 30. Info,
GREAT STREETS: MAIN STREET PROJECT:
Burlington City Arts is issuing a request for qualifications from artists or artist teams for public art works to be incorporated into the Main Street project in downtown Burlington. Selected works will reflect the diversity of the city’s residents, explore its history, create meaningful landmarks in the built environment and connect the people, the land and the lake. Info at greatstreetsbtv.com. Online. Through December 16. Info, email@example.com.
‘THE HEART SHOW’: Seeking submissions to an exhibition in which artists create unique works in the universal heart shape. An online auction in February will benefit local nonprofits selected by the artists. DM or email firstname.lastname@example.org for info and to sign up. Village Wine and Coffee, Shelburne. Through December 31. $20.
VERMONT STUDENT WILDLIFE ART
CONTEST: The Vermont Wildlife Coalition’s Education Fund and Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro invite Vermont students in grades 7 to 12 to submit wildlife art in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pencil, ink or pastel. The top 40 will be exhibited in February; prizes awarded. Details and application at vtwildlifeeducationfund.org. Deadline: December 9. Online. Free. Info, 434-3135.
WELCOME BLANKET PROJECT: The public is invited to submit handmade blankets and welcome notes to gift to refugees and new Americans. Both will be displayed in an upcoming exhibition before distribution. Welcome Blanket was created by Jayna Zweiman, cofounder of the Pussyhat Project. Instructions and drop-off locations at themillmuseum.org. Heritage Winooski Mill Museum. Through November 30. Info, email@example.com.
‘WHAT MAKES A LAKE?’: Another Earth is seeking submissions from Vermont artists and current or former residents of photography, cyanotypes, drawings, writing, video stills, field recordings and historical images that are in some way connected to Lake Champlain. Those accepted will be included in a visual guide to what makes a lake, published in spring 2023. Details and submission instructions at another-earth.com. Online. Through January 31. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘WHIR, CLANK, BEEP’: An upcoming show is about machines: simple levers and pulleys, farm equipment, robots, computers and AI. Kinetic sculpture, working machines, 2D and 3D depictions of real and invented machines, and sculptures made from machine parts are all welcome. Deadline: December 10. Info at studioplacearts.com. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069.
359-5000. Vermont Institute of Natural Science in Quechee.
‘MENDING THE SPACES BETWEEN: REFLECTIONS AND CONTEMPLATIONS’: Prompted by a vandalized Bible, 22 artists and poets respond to questions about how we can mend our world, find ways to listen and work together. Through November 30. Info, 649-0124. Norwich Historical Society and Community Center.
‘1,111 COPPER NAILS’: A 36-year retrospective of the Bread and Puppet calendar. Through December 31. Info, email@example.com. Hardwick Inn.
‘COMING CLEAN’: An exhibition that considers bathing practices throughout time and across cultures, including religious immersion and ritual purification, bathing as health cure, methods of washing in extreme environments, and much more. All kinds of bathing and scrubbing implements are on display. Through April 30. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover.
artEMILIA OLSON: “Painting With the Past,” oil on canvas paintings incorporating objects from the artist’s childhood. Through November 27. Info, 5332000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.
MICHELE JOHNSEN: “Do You Believe in Magic,” intimate landscape paintings. Through November 19. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.
‘TIME OF CHANGE’: A group exhibition featuring works in a variety of mediums by 21 local artists. Through January 4. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville.
‘WE FEEL OUR WAY THROUGH WHEN WE DON’T KNOW’: A group exhibition of works by Mariel Capanna, Oscar Rene Cornejo, Cheeny CelebradoRoyer, Vessna Scheff, Gerald Euhon Sheffield II and Lachell Workman, guest-curated by Michael Jevon Demps, that address themes of community, mem ory, dissonance, displacement, intimacy and loss. Through February 12. ALISON MORITSUGU: “Moons and Internment Stones,” watercolor paintings of rocks gathered by the artist’s grandfather while he was imprisoned at the Santa Fe Internment Camp during World War II paired with oil paintings of the moon. Through February 12. JUDITH KLAUSNER: “(De)composed,” sculptures of objects usually considered ruined, meticulously crafted from a child’s modeling medium, expressing a reevaluation of the under-appreciated. Through March 4. MADGE EVERS: “The New Herbarium,” works on paper using mushroom spores and plant matter as artistic mediums. Through February 12. OASA DUVERNEY: “Black Power Wave,” a window installation of drawings by the Brooklyn artist, inspired by images of Chinese Fu dogs, the cross and the Yoruba deity Èsù. Through May 6. RENATE ALLER: “The Space Between Memory and Expectation,” an immersive, site-specific installation of large-format landscape photographs of mountains, glaciers, trees, ocean and other natural landscapes, plus an assemblage of lichen-covered rocks from the West Brattleboro home of artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason. Through February 12. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.
‘THE AMENDMENT XXIX RIGHT TO PRIVACY SHOW’: A collection of artworks signifying artists’ personal expression on a Right to Privacy amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Artists include: Clare Adams, Nancy Fitz-Rapalje, Corinne Greenhalgh, Yevette Hendler, Marcie Maynard, Roxy Rubell and Jeanette Staley. Through December 10. ALISSA BUFFUM: The mixed-media painter and sculptor is the first recipient of the gallery’s Working Artist Program, which provides studio and exhibition space. Visitors are welcome to experience her art-making process during gallery hours. Through November 28. Info, 289-0104. Canal Street Art Gallery in Bellows Falls. f ‘FIGURING IT OUT’: Figure drawings and paint ings by John Loggia, Jason Alden, Matthew Beck, Peter Harris, Marki Sallick, Martha Werman and Tina K. Olsen. First Friday gallery walk: Friday, December 2, 5-9 p.m. Through December 30. Info, 380-4997. 118 Elliot in Brattleboro.
LEON GOLUB: Nearly 70 expressive figurative paintings that explore man’s relationship with the dynamics of power, spanning the American artist’s career from 1947 to 2002. LOIS DODD: A survey of some 50 paintings by the American artist from the late 1950s through last year that depict places she lives and works, from rural Maine to New York City. Through November 27. Info, email@example.com. Hall Art Foundation in Reading.
‘WHERE ARE WE?’: An exhibition of works in multiple mediums by Andrea Stix Wasserman, Elizabeth Billings and Evie Lovett, the inaugural Climate Change Artists in Residence at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Through December 19. Info, 257-0124. Michael S. Currier Center, Putney School.
‘MANY AMERICAS: ART MEETS HISTORY’: More than a dozen artworks and installations that use divergent histories as a point of departure to address present-day issues. Curated by Ric Kasini Kadour. Through November 27. Info, 362-1405. Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester.
‘PERSPECTIVES: THE STORY OF BENNINGTON THROUGH MAPS’: A collection that shows the changing roles of maps, from those made by European colonists showcasing American conquests to later versions that celebrate civic progress and historic events. ‘THE WALLOOMSAC EXHIBITION’: Objects from the historic former inn and the museum’s permanent collection. Through December 31. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.
‘ACTION FIGURES: OBJECTS IN MOTION’: A virtual exhibition from the Shelburne Museum that explores the theme of movement and action in art. Through April 30. Free. Info, 985-3346.
f ‘PRIDE 1983’: Castleton University Bank Gallery presents an online exhibition of photographs and other documents of Vermont’s first Pride March on June 25, 1983, in Burlington; organized by the Vermont Folklife Center and the Pride Center of Vermont. Reception: Friday, November 18, 6-8 p.m. Through January 15. Info, 1-800-639-8521.
CAMPUS THEATER MOVIE POSTERS: The Henry Sheldon Museum Archives presents a virtual exhibit of posters and other ephemera from Middlebury’s former movie theater, which opened in 1936. It was later converted to the current Marquis Theater. Through January 7. Info, 388-2117. Online.
‘DIANE ARBUS: PHOTOGRAPHS, 1956-1971’: Nearly 100 black-and-white prints shot by the late American photographer primarily around New York City. Through January 29. ‘SEEING LOUD: BASQUIAT AND MUSIC’: The first large-scale multimedia exhibition devoted to the role of music in the work of the innovative American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, organized in collaboration with the Philharmonie de Paris museum. Through February 19. ‘VIEWS OF WITHIN: PICTURING THE SPACES WE INHABIT’: More than 60 paintings, photographs, prints, installations and textile works from the museum’s collection that present one or more evocations of interior space. Through June 30. SABRINA RATTÉ: “Contre-espace,” digital artwork by the Montréal artist that creates an interaction between architecture and landscape, projected onto the façade of the Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion from dusk to 11 p.m. Through November 27. SHARY BOYLE: “Outside the Palace of Me,” a multisensory exhibition that explores how identity and personality are constructed in the age of social media. Through January 15. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.
EIGHT DECADES OF ABORIGINAL
FROM YIRRKALA’: The first major exhibition of Aboriginal Australian bark paintings to tour the U.S., a contemporary interpretation of an ancient tradition of Indigenous knowledge expression. Through December 4. Info, 603-646-2821. PARK DAE SUNG: “Ink Reimagined,” 23 ink paintings, some on view for the first time in the U.S., by the renowned Korean artist; curated by Sunglim Kim, Dartmouth College associate professor of art history. Through March 19, 2023. Info, 603-646-3661. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H.
MARK HITCHCOX: “The Sixty-Four Project CAN-AM Edition,” an installation of photos of women’s breasts displayed on randomly rotating cubes, based on images and words submitted by 64 women, including breast cancer survivors. The exhibition celebrates women’s beauty, diversity and strength while promoting realistic body imagery. Through November 27. Info, thesixtyfourproject@ gmail.com. Galerie 203 in Montréal. m
unfinished. She completed them and added two more.
In “Sacred and Profane Love With Toys” (64 by 137 inches), a white plush rat inexplicably wearing a tigerlike head piece sits on a carved stone wall opposite a Hummel-esque figurine of a big-eyed boy. Both of them hold tiny toy bunnies, while a three-eyed Martian toy at the center rides atop a bright-yellow oversize insect. The
— the only detail in the painting that is not replicated. Somehow, it’s OK to have no idea what this means.
Olson’s “Joachim Among the Shep herds With Cats” (44.5 by 47.75 inches) removes the men and sheep from Giotto’s original, leaving a stark rocky outcrop ping that presents a mysterious doorway. But, as Olson writes in the caption, “I’ve taken the liberty of adding two of my cats,
painting’s 1514 predecessor is by the Vene tian master known in English as Titian.
The oddest painting in the show is arguably “Virgin of the Rocks With Toys” (46 by 57 inches). In fact, writes Olson in her description: “Leonardo da Vinci’s landscape in this painting is quite strange. I’ve made it even stranger by mirroring the painting.” Also by replac ing the Virgin and her entourage with plush white rats.
Da Vinci’s grim, apocalyptic grotto is grim times two in Olson’s remake. And, in her arched images, the identical rodents seem to be playing catch with a red ball
Elliott and Cinder.” One of the felines is disappearing into the doorway, tail held high. The other is washing its face under neath a green plastic lawn
“Painting With the Past” brings together Olson’s love of exquisite Renais sance tableaux, her delight in painting bright, incongruous toys and her restored interest in going big. One hopes she is out of the box for good. m
S UNDbitesBY CHRIS FARNSWORTH
Calls From the Public
One of the first messages I received after taking the music editor post last year had the subject line “Hey, Shithead.” No “Nice to meet you” or “Hey, have you heard so and so?” Nope. Just a terse message accusing me of having feces for brains because I didn’t cover a concert that the reader thought I should have.
While the vast majority of correspondence I’ve received has been very positive, this one stuck with me for a few reasons. For one, I’d been on the job for all of two weeks. I’m not even sure how he found my new email address at that point! Dude was ready.
The show in question was indeed a local all-star affair, one of those giant, how-thehell-is-he-going-to-pull-this-off shows that BOB WAGNER just loves to produce, with 20 musicians and amazing performances of classic songs. I remember reading the email, even skimming over the part where my public school education was called into question (Hey, I’ll have you know that North Carolina is ranked No. 29 in public
education in the U.S., sir! That’s basically a B- as far as I’m concerned, and I’ll take it!), and thinking, You know, this incredibly rude guy who just wondered if I ‘even like to rock’ actually has a point
Not about me being a shithead — I’m a lovely guy, I swear! — but about the work and talent involved in these kinds of shows. Amid the colorful metaphors and f-bombs in his email, the reader stressed how lucky we all are to have musicians like Wagner — who, it should be noted, did not write the email — doing the hard work to make those big shows happen.
Well, Wagner is at it again, so this is my chance to avoid being bullied online. And to see a night of incredible music, of course. The über-busy guitarist, who is most often spotted onstage with KAT WRIGHT and bassist JOSH WEINSTEIN in their current Americanaleaning format, is throwing another edition of his ’72 Review concert. On Wednesday, November 16 — the day this issue hits the stands — Wagner and his massive collection of friends take over the Higher Ground Ballroom to pay tribute to what America was listening to half a century ago.
Wagner and company held the first ’72 Review back in March at the South Burlington club. It was a rollicking affair featuring just about every big name in local music, including JOSH PANDA, DWIGHT + NICOLE, SETH YACOVONE, CRAIG MITCHELL, Wright and so many others.
“When we did it last time, it was such a cool night. The vibe was incredible,” Wagner told me by phone. He added that Higher Ground holds dates open throughout the year for him to produce shows, “so I knew we’d run this one back. We’ve still got an insane lineup,” he went on, “but we’re doing all new songs, no repeats from the last show.”
Not only is ’72 Review a chance for Wagner to play some of his favorite music with some of his favorite musicians, but the show also offers him a chance to give back to the community.
“When I realized how close to Thanksgiving the show would be, I reached out to the folks at the Vermont Foodbank,” Wagner revealed.
How does one get more than 25 musicians onstage for a series of charity gigs, you ask? Between the eternal conundrum of artists having to scrap for every dollar and the financially fraught state of touring post-pandemic, Wagner admitted that it’s no easy feat.
“You have to get a little creative these days when booking stuff like this,” he said. Which he did by securing AARP Vermont as a sponsor. While there’s definitely a joke
to be made about 50-year-old music being sponsored by AARP, the pairing makes too much sense to laugh at, especially considering the result is one hell of a loaded bill.
So be sure to pop over to Higher Ground for a night of killer songs played by some of our best talent. This shithead will be there.
Speaking of correspondence, perhaps you perused our Feedback section this week, starting on page 6? A recent online story I posted about the new Ben & Bucky’s Guitar Boutique in South Burlington caught a little flak in two letters to the editor, including one from NOWA CROSBY, the owner of Shelburne’s Randolin Music.
Both correspondents were disappointed in my coverage of the new shop, particularly in my failure to challenge any assertion that Ben & Bucky’s offers a type of service no longer found at other Burlington-area instrument retailers. As Crosby pointed out, his business, originally based in downtown Burlington, offers many of the same services as Ben & Bucky’s and has been doing so for many years.
I’m not going to speak for everyone involved, but I’m pretty sure that Ben & Bucky’s owners, BEN MACINTYRE and ADAM BUCHWALD, intended no more disrespect than I did. It was just passionate guitar people talking about what they do. That said, I have to concede Crosby’s point.
It’s on me to challenge assertions and provide other commentary, and I failed to do that here. I’ve patronized Randolin in the past. I even bought a Takamine acoustic guitar from Crosby years ago when he worked as house luthier at the late, great Calliope, an instrument shop on Main Street in Burlington.
So, take note. There are no bad guys here, and no one is starting luthier beef. (That would be the worst reality show of all time.) I just should have taken a few sentences in the article to shout out Randolin and Crosby’s long history of serving the area. The good news? I’m doing that now. Check out Ben & Bucky’s and Randolin, because you can never have enough gorgeous guitars in your life.
We have a new date and location for the Love, Kelly fall fest, which was originally planned for October 7 at City Hall Park in Burlington and called off due to safety concerns. Now taking place at the Higher Ground Ballroom on Friday, December 9, the show features a slate of up-and-coming Vermont hip-hop artists, including NORTH AVE JAX, 99 NEIGHBORS and HAKIMXOXO
“It’s really special that we have overcome frustrations with the city and decided to team up for the greater good of the community,” the Love, Kelly team wrote in
an email from Burlington City Arts, which is coproducing the show. “This reschedule is a moment of unity for our City.”
The original plan for a free, outdoor event became a subject of public concern because it had permits for no more than 300 people but seemed likely to draw higher numbers into the park. Now held at the club with a $5 ticket price, the sold-out show will donate all proceeds to a BCA fund that assists local artists in procuring studio space and equipment.
“These are young artists who care deeply about their community,” BCA executive director DOREEN KRAFT wrote in a press release. “Helping to connect these artists to audiences has been an integral
part of BCA’s mission for 30 years.”
of confidence and emotional maturity. “What I know has me wishing well for my rivals,” Wes intones as he bops around Brattleboro. Shout-out to the TURN IT UP! record store, which makes a cameo as Wes flips through the stacks. Check out “Over a Decade” on YouTube.
FATHER FIGUER have released a video for the track “Garden,” off their 2021 album Jack of All Fruits. Filmed by BEN COLLINS, band members ERIN WHITE, ELISE ALBERTINI and DAVID ROCHE rock out in the woods, decked out in tuxedos, interspersed with shots of burning wood. Eventually, the musicians end up sitting on a bridge together and sharing a joint. Perhaps there’s some meaning in that, as they’ve announced on social media that their latest record, a self-titled EP that dropped in October, will be their final
project based in Burlington. One can never be too
MC celebrates his maturity and longevity with “Over a Decade.” In the classic hip-hopinflected joint, Wes’ baritone flows easily over the beat as he lays down raps full
surprised when a young band leaves town; it’s almost a tradition here. But we’ll miss
Father Figuer and hope to keep hearing great afar. m
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CLUB DATES music+nightlife
’72 Review: Part Deux (tribute) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $15/$20.
Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.
Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.
Jazz Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.
Live Jazz (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Multibeast — A Tribute to Phish (tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5.
Peter Wayne Burton (singersongwriter) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.
SA-ROC, Sol Messiah, Cambatta (hip-hop) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20/$23.
Shanty Rats (folk) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.
Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $5.
Abhi the Nomad, Charlie Curtis-Beard (hip-hop) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $15/$20.
Alex Stewart Quartet and Special Guests (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.
Brett Hughes (country) at Filling Station, Middlesex, 6 p.m. Free.
Faith Kelly, Caswyn Moon (folk) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.
Grace Palmer and Socializing for Introverts (alt rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.
Hope DeLuca (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. $5/$10.
Matt the Gnat & the Gators (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
Peter Wayne Burton (singersongwriter) at Black Flannel Brewing & Distilling, Essex, 5 p.m. Free.
River, Aida O’Brien, Rangus (indie rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $5/$10.
Ryan Sweezey (singersongwriter) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.
Will Lawrence, Wren Kitz (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $5/$10.
FRI.18 // NIKKI GLASER [COMEDY]
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Randal Pierce (jazz) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
Sanctuary (rock) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.
Shane’s Apothecary (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.
Southtown (bluegrass) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free.
Vermont Bluegrass Pioneers (bluegrass) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Wadenick (folk) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Who and I (hip-hop, reggae) at Positive Pie II, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. $5.
Amberjack (rock, blues) at Parker Pie, West Glover, 6:30 p.m. Free.
The Ammonium Maze: A Percy Hill Production, Supraluke (rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $17/$20.
Art Thief, the Celestial Company (rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. $10/$15.
Bob Gagnon Trio (jazz) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
Boom Box (covers) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free.
CATWOLF (rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $5/$10.
Corner Junction (bluegrass) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free.
Comedian NIKKI GLASER first caught the public eye by absolutely destroying celebrities on various Comedy Central Roasts. “I had such a crush on you when I was a little girl,” she told actor Rob Lowe during his roast. “If only I’d known that’s when I had my best shot.” Burn! When not reducing famous people to ash, Glaser hosts the HBO Max reality dating series “FBOY Island” and “The Nikki Glaser Podcast” and had her own reality show, “Welcome Home Nikki Glaser?” On Friday, November 18, she brings her One Night With Nikki Glaser tour to the Flynn Main Stage in Burlington.
90 Proof (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.
Andy Pitt & Jess O’bryan (singer-songwriter) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 7 p.m. Free.
Avery Cooper Quintet (jazz) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.
Bruce Sklar (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Dave Mitchell’s Blues Revue (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.
Elizabeth Begins (folk) at Gusto’s, Barre, 6 p.m. Free.
The Frank White Experience (Notorious B.I.G. tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 10 p.m. $10.
Heavy Nettles (bluegrass) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.
Honey & Soul (folk) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free.
James Harvey & the H-Mob (jazz) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $15.
Ludid Trio, Sabo (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.
Maple Run Band, Barbacoa, the Romans, Construction Joe (Americana) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10/$15.
Mitch & Devon (acoustic) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.
No More Blue Tomorrows (folk rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
Pink Talking Fish, No Showers on Vacation (covers) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $20/$23.
The Plumb Bobs (rock, folk) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.
Dead Sessions Lite (tribute) at Moogs Joint, Johnson, 9 p.m. Free.
Duncan MacLeod Trio (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Forged From the Ashes (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.
Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mat Ball (rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $30/$35.
Harvest & Rust: A Neil Young Experience (tribute) at Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. $27-$37.
High Summer (soul) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.
IncaHoots (rock) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.
The Jack Moves, Satyrdagg (R&B, soul) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $12/$15.
Jamie’s Junk Show (covers) at Pickle Barrel Nightclub, Killington, 8 p.m. Free.
Jerborn (rock) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.
Kowalski Brothers (acoustic) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.
Last Kid Picked (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.
Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.
The Lloyd Tyler Band (folk) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7:30 p.m. Free.
The Mallett Brothers Band, Golden Oak (Americana) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $14/$16.
Metal Night featuring Desolate, Vigil, Ancient Torment, Lightcrusher (metal) at CharlieO’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.
Spirit Envy (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
Third Shift (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.
Tinyus Smallus (’90s covers) at City Limits Night Club, Vergennes, 9:30 p.m. Free.
Zenbarn 6th Anniversary featuring the Wormdogs, Pappy Biondo (bluegrass) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 8 p.m. Free.
Mark Mandeville & Raianne Richards (folk) at Stage 33 Live, Bellows Falls, 3 p.m. $12 /$15 door.
Mikahely (singer-songwriter) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.
Sunday Brunch Tunes (singersongwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.
SunDub, the Reflexions (reggae) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12/$15.
WD-40s (folk) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 1 p.m. Free.
The Babes of Butcher Holler (Loretta Lynn tribute) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5/$10.
Bluegrass Jam (bluegrass) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.
Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10.
Freedom Seeds (jam) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Honky Tonk Tuesday featuring Pony Hustle (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10.
Peter Wayne Burton (singersongwriter) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Cozy (funk) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.
Craig Mitchell (soul) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
Fran Briand (folk) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
George Nostrand (singersongwriter) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.
Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.
Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.
Jazz Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.
Live Jazz (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Phantom Airwave (funk) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.
Robbery, the Nailers (rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.
Thanksgiving Eve with BarbieN-Bones (rock) at the Depot, St. Albans, 9 p.m. $5.
Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $5.
DJ Chaston (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.
DJ Two Sev (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, midnight. Free.
Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJ Big Dog (reggae and dancehall) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.
Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.
Vinyl Night with Ken (DJ) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.
Vinyl Thursdays (DJ) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.
D Jay Baron & Friends, DJ EASE (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.
DJ Atak (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.
DJ C-Low (DJ) at Monkey House, Winooski, 9 p.m. Free.
DJ Craig Mitchell (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.
DJ LaFountaine (DJ) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free.
DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10/$15.
Adult Prom (adult prom) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 7 p.m. $25/$40.
BASSment 014 (DJ) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.
Crypt (goth DJ) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.
DJ A-Ra$ (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, midnight. Free.
DJ Raul (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.
DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10/$15.
Just Another House Party: A Night with DJ Cre8 (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5.
Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.
Reign One (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.
Local Dork (DJ) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.
DJ LaFountaine (DJ) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free.
Queer Bar Takeover (DJ) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.
open mics & jams
Lit Club with John-Francis Quiñonez (poetry open mic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Open Mic (open mic) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.
Open Mic with Danny Lang (open mic) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.
Open Mic (open mic) at Whammy Bar, Calais, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Open Mic (open mic) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.
Open Mic Night (open mic) at Parker Pie, West Glover, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Open Mic Night (open mic) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
Open Mic Night with Justin at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m.
Open Mic with D Davis (open mic) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free.
Open Mic (open mic) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.
Open Mic with Danny Lang (open mic) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free.
Standup Comedy Open Mic (comedy open mic) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.
American Werewolf: Comedy Showcase featuring Nico D’Elisa, Jeremy Rayburn, Maisie Laud, Maddie Cross (comedy) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. $5/$10.
Kingdom Kids (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $5.
Live Standup Comedy (comedy) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.
Mothra! A Storytelling/ Improv Comedy Show (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.
Eddie Pepitone (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9 p.m. $25.
Nikki Glaser (comedy) at the Flynn, Burlington, 7 p.m. $36.50-151.75.
Comedy Night (comedy) at the Woodchuck Cider House, Middlebury, 6 p.m. $15/$20.
Eddie Pepitone (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9 p.m. $25.
Comedy Open Mic (comedy) at the 126, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
trivia, karaoke, etc.
Karaoke Night (karaoke) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. Free.
Trivia & Nachos (trivia) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6 p.m. Free.
Trivia Night (trivia) at 1st Republic Brewing, Essex Junction, 6 p.m. Free.
Trivia Night (trivia) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.
Trivia Night with Downeast Cider (trivia) at Babes Bar, Bethel, 7 p.m. Free.
Trivia Thursday (trivia) at Spanked Puppy Pub, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free.
Venetian Karaoke (karaoke) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.
Trivia with Brian (trivia) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 8 p.m. Free.
Trivia with Craig Mitchell (trivia) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7 p.m. Free.
Karaoke with DJ Party Bear (karaoke) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free.
Trivia Night (trivia) at the Depot, St. Albans, 7 p.m. Free. m
Tommy Crawford, Athena and the Moon(SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)
Recently, Seven Days experimented with a new algorithm created by the music writers. It was supposed to listen to and catalog the massive numbers of new music submissions sent to the paper, eventually writing its own 500-word reviews. Using
terms such as “a genre unto themselves” and “this was cooler in 2004,” the program was meant to revolutionize local music reviewing.
After achieving sentience, the algorithm declared print media dead and is now a
social media influencer named 7dayz_rrr. Welp. But what does it know, anyway?
Back to square one! Read on for (human) music editor Chris Farnsworth’s thoughts on a fresh batch of Vermont albums. m
Ben Burr, The Vibulon
One of a score of musicians flocking to the Green Mountains in recent years, Tommy Crawford moved with his family to White River Junction in 2021. An actor, composer and member of musical theater collective the Lobbyists, Crawford is also a folk singer-songwriter. His latest release, Athena and the Moon, is something of a tribute to settling down and the joys of country life with the family. From the title track to songs such as “Shenandoah Valley,” Crawford’s tunes dwell on finding peace in nature. There’s a lullaby-like quality to the music, even when the songs take a more melancholy bent, such as the regret-filled “Heaven Help Me.” Crawford is an engaging songwriter and a talented multi-instrumentalist, and both are evident in abundance on Athena and the Moon
KEY TRACK: “Lonely Sparrow” WHY: Crawford channels more modern folk, his pounding acoustic guitar rhythm creating Fleet Foxes vibes. WHERE: tommycrawford.bandcamp.com
Greg Freeman, I Looked Out(SPIRIT OF ETHAN ALLEN RECORDS, CASSETTE, DIGITAL)
Ever wondered what would happen if you gave Pavement a horn section? What if Neil Young wrote lyrics like “My uncle was a gambler with a butterfly tattoo / Somewhere down in Florida he did a favor for some dude”? Greg Freeman’s debut LP, I Looked Out, is an inkblot of indie rock/alt-country goodness, with songs capable of morphing in and out of form by the minute. Usually found playing guitar with indie rockers Lily Seabird, Burlington-based Freeman steps to the front of the (metaphorical) stage on his new record — though his bandmates, Noah Kesey, Zack James, Cam Gilmour and Lily Seward, are all over the tracks.
In 10 songs, Freeman puts his prodigious talents on display, outing himself as one of the area’s best and most unique songwriters. Whether indulging in a full-fuzz freak-out on “Connect to Host” or leaning into folk with “Souvenir Heart,” Freeman excels at painting scenes rife with dreamlike detail.
KEY TRACK: “Right Before the Last Waves Took Vestris” WHY: Freeman channels a Kurt Vile-esque groove, while guest guitarist Ben Rodgers lays down a gorgeous pedal steel melody. WHERE: gregfreeman1.bandcamp.com
Jack Langdon, Three Fanfares(SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)
The way Jack Langdon deconstructs sound on his latest release, Three Fanfares, creates the illusion that the music might fall apart at any moment. Langdon, a native of Keyeser, Wis., who now resides in Thetford, composed all three pieces for his new EP on a pipe organ tuned to meantone temperament, a tuning system popular in Renaissance and baroque music that narrows the fifths.
The way Langdon explores the tonal possibilities of an organ tuned in meantone goes from pastorally beautiful — as on “Big Loud,” a song full of shifting movements and tonal color — to pure ambient weirdness, as on “Shivering River Valley.” The latter is a 25-minute-plus drone that ends up splitting like a beam of light through stained glass, going into full cacophony before subsiding into a fading chord.
It’s hard to place exactly where an album such as Three Fanfares belongs. Is it experimental? Not really, since Langdon is using a tuning system even Johann Sebastian Bach occasionally employed. It is ambient? Here and there, but there’s too much structure on some tunes to qualify. Is it weird? Hell yes. And that’s a good thing.
KEY TRACK: “Landfill Lightbulbs” WHY It’s hard to top a piece of music that sounds like a Renaissance fair on acid. WHERE: jacklangdon.bandcamp.com
From the wilds of Northfield comes the sound of the future — or at least what I thought the future would sound like 20 years ago. Ben Burr’s latest record, The Vibulon, indulges in one of my favorite movements in pop art: retrofuturism. The seven tracks on Burr’s glitchy, beeping and oddly chilled-out record sound something like what might happen if Ween fell into a cryogenic chamber and thawed out half a century later. There are shades of Canadian indie weirdo Mac DeMarco in Burr’s vocal delivery and synth melodies that sound sampled from old public access science shows.
Beneath the shiny yet distorted exterior, there’s a wonderfully bizarre songwriter at the heart of The Vibulon. At times humorous, sometimes bittersweet — even occasionally grotesque — Burr presents an album fit to properly confuse any time traveler.
KEY TRACK: “Better Food” WHY: File under way too much information as Burr sings, “Last night, I puked so hard that I farted / The mess was everywhere / It smelled like cake and Doritos.” WHERE: benburr.cool
Kind Bud, Jenuine
Two things turn me off from a record: over-devotion to the Grateful Dead (a recurring theme in the Vermont music scene) and self-help lyrics. Seriously, if you all had any idea how many album submissions I get that are essentially just soundtracks for a “guru” telling me to adopt a macrobiotic diet or do tai chi on Mount Mansfield, you’d understand my reticence to review that kind of music.
None of this boded well for acoustic troubadour and Grateful Dead lover Kind Bud — aka Bud Johnson, formerly half of local duo the Kind Buds — as I got into his latest release, Jenuine. Inspired by the poetry of dynamic healer, performance coach and group facilitator Jen Ward, Kind Bud’s record doubles as a daily affirmation for those in need. Song titles such as “Healers Reunite,” “Transcendence” and “Empowerment” fill out a record full of axioms and formless advice.
As a songwriter, Johnson has more than a small share of skill and shows off some impressive acoustic guitar chops. If you can get past the vibes of saccharine and motivational speakers, there’s some interesting folk music in there.
KEY TRACK: “Homage to the Foliage” WHY: This song is just begging to be the score of a Vermont Public commercial. WHERE: Spotify
Pat Markley, Blood
Jazz bassist Pat Markley goes all out on his debut record, Blood. Just observe the album’s cover for proof: It features (presumably) Markley standing buck naked, his bare ass to the camera as he stares at a snow-covered Vermont vista. On his Bandcamp page, Markley writes that the album is music where “the human, the spiritual, and the natural collide. Embrace the birth and death of every moment. Wake with the sun, dance with the wind, and die in the blood. Every day.”
That sort of “be here now” mantra can get wearisome in the wrong hands (see Kind Bud, above), but Markley espouses his philosophies through erudite, unpredictable jazz fusion and high-level musicianship. It’s a stunning debut for Markley, who is something of an MVP in the Burlington jazz scene, playing alongside some of the city’s best, such as Andriana Chobot, KeruBo and Breathwork. Stepping out on his own with Blood, Markley shows off his prodigious bass skills as well as his abilities as a composer and bandleader.
KEY TRACK: “Adobo” WHY: Amid all the instrumental pyrotechnics, Markley’s bass bobs and weaves like a boxer about to strike. WHERE: patmarkley.bandcamp.comCHRIS FARNSWORTH
Every autumn brings a new crop of prestige ﬁlms, some of which are shoo-ins for Oscar consideration while others lack the mainstream appeal to gain a voting majority. For moviegoers willing to gamble on something new, however, the latter group often contains the best surprises.
Case in point: this debut feature from Scottish director Charlotte Wells, which won a jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival, screened at the Vermont International Film Festival, and is currently playing at the Savoy Theater and Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas.
In the era of the “Macarena” dance craze (i.e., the 1990s), young father Calum (Paul Mescal) and his 11-year-old daughter, Sophie (Frankie Corio), take a package vacation to Turkey to soak up the sunlight. The two don’t live together, so it’s a rare opportunity for father-daughter bonding, and Calum has brought a MiniDV camcorder to record their adventures.
Granted, nothing that we would normally consider an “adventure” happens on this vacation. There’s sunning, swimming, sightseeing, awkward conversations — and, for Sophie, the chance to get a preview of puberty by closely observing some teenage vacationers.
For the adult Sophie looking back, however, the camcorder footage of this mundane holiday will be an object of troubled fascination, a piece of evidence to study for clues.
Will you like it?
Many filmmakers try to mess with our heads on a subliminal level. A few succeed. Aftersun reminded me of my experience with the found-footage horror hit Paranormal Activity: I wasn’t scared until after the movie, when I tried to sleep. Somehow I’d been conditioned to be agonizingly attentive to every nocturnal sound, alert for the signs of a demon on the prowl.
There are no supernatural monsters in Aftersun, yet it induces a similar level of attentiveness with a simple device: Periodically, the images we’re watching pixelate into fast-forwarded DV footage, and we catch glimpses of a woman’s reﬂection in a TV screen. Though the adult Sophie (Celia
Rowlson-Hall) barely appears on-screen until late in the ﬁlm, she’s always present by implication as the person who’s combing through the camcorder footage. When that footage gives way to sun-drenched scenes, we assume they are her memories.
Those memories are scripted so naturalistically that they might be documentary footage. Thanks to the superb performances of both lead actors under Wells’ direction, we immediately get a sense of Calum and Sophie’s relationship: the a ectionate teasing and easy physical intimacy, but also the awkward conversational impasses and constant negotiation of boundaries.
Corio gave me flashbacks to young Anna Paquin in The Piano . She doesn’t need to telegraph emotions to us in child actor style, because we read them on her face. She has the physical exuberance and imprecise speech of a real kid, tempered by a tween’s dawning self-consciousness.
While Sophie is still a little wild, Calum seems trapped. Mescal, who starred in “Normal People,” gives him glittering, watchful eyes and cagey body language. Only when Calum is doing tai chi or dancing (in classic goofy dad manner) does he seem to relax.
But what is troubling Calum? What is older Sophie seeking in the vacation footage? Why are the memory scenes framed
so idiosyncratically — some intimate, others dreamily distant, others focused on objects rather than actors? We have the unsettling sense that all these banal events are pieces of a puzzle, even if we can’t grasp the whole picture.
Some viewers may leave still feeling mystiﬁed — and frustrated. Aftersun is no mystery in any traditional sense; the “reveal,” if it could be called that, is a blinkand-you-miss-it a air. Don’t go looking for answers in interviews with Wells, either; while she acknowledges the ﬁlm is autobiographical, she hasn’t been forthcoming about precisely how.
Other viewers may find the film a ecting them with a power they can’t fully explain. Aftersun lulled me with its sunlight and its vérité quality, keeping me teetering on the edge of boredom — until, toward the end, a scene came along and cast all the preceding scenes into stark relief. Then, for no reason and all the reasons, the tears ﬂowed. The emotional current that had been coursing beneath the ﬁlm’s surface surged into my consciousness, defying rational analysis. Nothing remotely tragic happens on-screen, yet the ﬁlm’s ending left me wrung out as the credits rolled.
Was I projecting my own feelings and experiences onto a movie that could be called maddeningly vague? Or has Wells
found intuitive ways to show us what she chooses not to tell us? For some, Aftersun may simply not land. But those of us who love it will ﬁnd ourselves in Sophie’s situation, unable to dispel its ﬁnal images from our memory.MARGOT HARRISON email@example.com
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PETITE MAMAN (2021; Kanopy, Hulu, rentable): French director Céline Sciamma has a talent for drawing naturalistic performances from child actors. Short but indelible, this ﬁlm explores the bond between an 8-year-old and her mother as they cope with a common loss.
THE LAST DAYS OF CHEZ NOUS (1992; Kanopy, rentable): Australian Gillian Armstrong helped pave the way for today’s women ﬁ lmmakers with her raw, intimate art-house dramas. She excelled at depicting familial relationships in movies such as this one and High Tide (1987; not streaming).
THE TALE (2018; HBO Max, rentable): Laura Dern plays a middle-aged documentarian whose entire sense of self crumbles as she reassesses her childhood memories in this underrated #MeToo drama from Jennifer Fox.
NEW IN THEATERS
THE MENU: A culinary adventure goes awry in Mark Mylod’s horror comedy about a young couple who pay for an exclusive tasting menu experience. Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes star. (106 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Roxy)
SHE SAID: Carey Mulligan and Zoe Kazan play the New York Times reporters who broke the story of Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct in Maria Schrader’s fact-based drama. (128 min, R. Essex, Majestic)
SPIRITED: Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds star in a musical version of A Christmas Carol. Sean Anders directed. (127 min, PG-13. Star)
OPENING WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 23:
BONES AND ALL: Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet play two down-and-out lovers on a road trip across America in the latest from Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name). Expect horror elements. (130 min, R. Essex [opens Tue])
DEVOTION: Based on the nonfiction book, this drama tells the story of the friendship between two U.S. Navy fighter pilots (Glen Powell and Jonathan Majors) during the Korean War. J.D. Dillard directed. (138 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex [opens Tue], Roxy, Star, Welden [opens Tue])
STRANGE WORLD: A family of explorers ventures onto an alien planet in this Disney family animation inspired by classic pulp magazines. With the voices of Jake Gyllenhaal and Jaboukie Young-White. Don Hall and Qui Nguyen directed. (102 min, PG. Capitol, Essex [opens Tue], Marquis, Paramount, Star, Welden [opens Tue])
AFTERSUNHHHHH A woman tries to reconcile memories of a childhood vacation with her dad with what she knows about him now in Charlotte Wells’ ac claimed debut feature. With Paul Mescal and Frankie Corio. (102 min, R. Roxy, Savoy; reviewed 11/16)
AMSTERDAMHH1/2 Director David O. Russell returns with a fact-inspired mystery about three friends (Christian Bale, Margot Robbie and John David Washington) caught up in a politically motivated murder plot. (134 min, R. Marquis)
ARMAGEDDON TIMEHHH1/2 In 1980 New York, a young boy (Banks Repeta) confronts changing expec tations in this autobiographical drama from James Gray (Ad Astra). With Anne Hathaway and Anthony Hopkins. (115 min, R. Capitol, Majestic, Palace)
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERINHHHH1/2 The end of a long friendship between two men (Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson) has unintended consequences in this drama from writer-director Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). (114 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Roxy, Savoy)
BLACK ADAMHH The villain (Dwayne Johnson) of the D.C. Comics film Shazam! gets center stage in this showcase for his anti-heroism. Jaume ColletSerra directed. (124 min, PG-13. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Star, Stowe, Welden [ends Mon])
BLACK PANTHER: WAKANDA FOREVERHHH1/2 In Marvel Comics’ fictional African kingdom, the Wakandans mourn King T’Challa and protect their nation from new threats. Letitia Wright, Lupita Nyong’o and Danai Gurira star; Ryan Coogler again directed. (161 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Playhouse, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)
CALL JANEHHH In pre-Roe v. Wade America, a suburban housewife (Elizabeth Banks) gets involved with a network that connects women with abortion services in this drama from Phyllis Nagy. (121 min, R. Palace)
DECISION TO LEAVEHHHH1/2 A detective (Park Hae-il) investigating a man’s death becomes danger ously involved with his widow in this suspense drama for which director Park Chan-wook (Oldboy) was honored at the Cannes Film Festival. (139 min, NR. Roxy, Savoy; reviewed 11/9)
HALLOWEEN ENDSHH1/2 The final installment of David Gordon Green’s “H40” trilogy bills itself as the last rampage of horror icon Michael Myers. (111 min, R. Sunset)
LYLE, LYLE, CROCODILEHH1/2 A lonely kid befriends a singing crocodile in this family comedy based on the children’s book. (106 min, PG. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Star, Welden [ends Tue])
ONE PIECE FILM: REDHHH1/2 A beloved singer promises fans a live concert in this animation from Gorô Taniguchi. (115 min, PG-13. Majestic)
SMILEHHH1/2 A doctor (Sosie Bacon) is plagued by terrifying visions in this horror debut from writerdirector Parker Finn. (115 min, R. Majestic, Palace)
TARHHHHH The Venice Film Festival honored Cate Blanchett for her performance as Lydia Tár, a promi nent classical composer with some dark secrets, in this drama from Todd Field (Little Children). (158 min, R. Palace, Roxy, Savoy; reviewed 11/2)
TICKET TO PARADISEHH1/2 Julia Roberts and George Clooney play a divorced couple who join forces to sabotage their daughter’s wedding. Ol Parker directed. (104 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Stowe, Sunset, Welden [ends Tue])
TILLHHHH The mother (Danielle Deadwyler) of murdered teen Emmett Till fights entrenched racism to bring his killers to justice in this historical drama from Chinonye Chukwu (Clemency). (130 min, PG-13. Majestic, Palace)
TRIANGLE OF SADNESSHHH A luxury cruise for influencers and the super-rich goes very wrong in this dark comedy from Ruben Östlund (Force Majeure), starring Harris Dickinson and Charlbi Dean. (147 min, R. Catamount, Roxy)
OLDER FILMS AND SPECIAL SCREENINGS
ALICE’S RESTAURANT (Catamount, Wed 16 only)
BACKCOUNTRY FILM FESTIVAL (Big Picture, Thu only)
THE CHOSEN SEASON 3: EPISODE 1 & 2 (Essex, Fri-Tue)
A CHRISTMAS STORY (Sunset)
THE GOONIES (Star)
PANIC IN THE STREETS (Catamount, Wed 23 only)
TCM BIG SCREEN CLASSICS PRESENTS: TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 60TH ANNIVERSARY (Essex, Wed 16 only)
(* = upcoming schedule for theater was not available at press time)
BIG PICTURE THEATER: 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994, bigpicturetheater.info
BIJOU CINEPLEX 4: 107 Portland St., Morrisville, 888-3293, bijou4.com
CAPITOL SHOWPLACE: 93 State St., Montpelier, 229-0343, fgbtheaters.com
CATAMOUNT ARTS: 115 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, 748-2600, catamountarts.org
ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER: 21 Essex Way, Suite 300, Essex, 879-6543, essexcinemas.com
*MAJESTIC 10: 190 Boxwood St., Williston, 878-2010, majestic10.com
MARQUIS THEATER: 65 Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841, middleburymarquis.com
*MERRILL’S ROXY CINEMAS: 222 College St., Burlington, 864-3456, merrilltheatres.net
*PALACE 9 CINEMAS: 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610, palace9.com
PARAMOUNT TWIN CINEMA: 241 N. Main St., Barre, 479-9621, fgbtheaters.com
PLAYHOUSE MOVIE THEATRE: 11 S. Main St., Randolph, 728-4012, playhouseflicks.com
SAVOY THEATER: 26 Main St., Montpelier, 229-0598, savoytheater.com
STAR THEATRE: 17 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, 748-9511, stjaytheatre.com
*STOWE CINEMA 3PLEX: 454 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4678, stowecinema.com
SUNSET DRIVE-IN: 155 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 862-1800, sunsetdrivein.com
WELDEN THEATRE: 104 N. Main St., St. Albans, 527-7888, weldentheatre.com
NOVEMBER 16-23, 2022
WEBINAR: Various regional farming associations host fundraising adviser Christine Graham for a lunchtime discussion of how annual donations, wills and more can be used to support community organizations. Presented by NOFA-VT. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 434-4122.
QUEEN CITY BUSINESS NETWORKING
INTERNATIONAL GROUP: Local professionals make crucial contacts at a weekly chapter meeting. Burlington City Arts, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 829-5066.
WHAT CLIMATE CHANGE MEANS TO
YOU: A virtual panel of experts takes stock of the climate crisis’ impact on Vermonters. Presented by Kellogg-Hubbard Library and the League of Women Voters. 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.
‘ALICE’S RESTAURANT’: Arlo Guthrie plays himself in this film based on the song of the same name about a fateful Thanksgiving dinner. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.
‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: Viewers experience 19thcentury explorer Henry Bates’
journey through the Amazon rainforest. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admis sion free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.
ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN FILM SERIES: ‘THE LAST ARTISANS OF VENICE’: Viewers enjoy a peek behind the scenes of a vaunted city, courtesy of its long time inhabitants, in this documentary. Virtual option available. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166.
‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: Cameras positioned in nests, underwater and along the forest floor capture a year’s worth of critters coming and going. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.
‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: An adventurous dolichorhyn chops travels through the most dangerous oceans in history, encountering plesiosaurs, giant turtles and the deadly mosasaur along the way. 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, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.
‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: Sparkling graphics take viewers on a mind-bending journey from the beginning of time through the mysteries of the universe. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon, 2 & 4 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admis sion free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.
‘THE BURNING FIELD’: An immersive documentary depicts one of the world’s largest electronic waste dumps in Accra, Ghana. Presented by Sustainable Woodstock. Free. Info, 457-2911.
food & drink
COOK THE BOOK: Home chefs make a recipe from That Noodle Life: Soulful, Savory, Spicy, Slurpy by Mike and Stephanie Le and share the dish at a potluck. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.
PUZZLE SWAP: Folks of all ages looking for a new chal lenge trade their old puzzles. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.
health & fitness
ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Those in need of an easy-on-thejoints workout experience an hour of calming, low-impact movement. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.
BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in an exercise and prevention class. Online, 7:30 a.m.; Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 9 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.
CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.
LONG-FORM SUN 73: Beginners and experienced practitioners learn how tai chi can help with arthritis, mental clarity and range of motion. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 10-11:30 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, beverlyblakeney@ gmail.com.
YANG 24: This simplified tai chi method is perfect for beginners looking to build strength and balance. Bixby Memorial Library, Vergennes, 1-2:30 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, email@example.com.
ELL CLASSES: ENGLISH FOR BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: Learners of all abilities practice written and spoken English with trained instructors. Presented by Fletcher Free Library. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@ burlingtonvt.gov.
IRISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Celticcurious students learn to speak an Ghaeilge in a supportive group. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
THRIVE QTPOC MOVIE NIGHT: Each month, Pride Center of Vermont virtually screens a movie centered on queer and trans people of color. 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NRBQ: R&B, British Invasion pop, rockabilly and jazz combine for a foot-stomping performance. The Kris Lager Band opens. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30-10 p.m. $3540. Info, 877-6737.
SKY BLUE BOYS: The acoustic duo delivers folky authenticity and the excitement of old-time string band music. Wallingford Town Hall, 7-9 p.m. Free; dona tions accepted. Info, 446-2872.
of Self-Discovery and Letting Go talks about confidence and how to cultivate it. Mascoma Bank, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 503-0219.
‘VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA & SPIKE’: Girls Nite Out Productions presents Christopher Durang’s Tony Award-winning comedy that blends Chekov’s keen eye for family dynamics with modern angsts over social media and fame. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $2325. Info, 448-0086.
FABLES STORYTELLING: Scott Ainslie and Michelle Green tell tales in an intimate, cabaret-style setting. Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, 7 p.m. $10 suggested do nation; cash bar. Info, 380-1077.
REBECCA & SALLYANN MAJOYA: The local couple sign and read from their joint memoir, Uncertain Fruit: A Memoir of Infertility, Loss and Love Pickering Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, majoyawriting@gmail. com.
HATE-FREE VERMONT FORUM: The Office of the Vermont Attorney General and the Rutland Area NAACP host a conversation on hate crimes, bias incidents and how to respond. Virtual option available. Community College of Vermont, St. Albans, 5:307:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-3171.
HIRING2DAYVT VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: The Vermont Department of Labor gives job seekers a chance to meet with employers from around the state. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 828-4000.
VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER FAIR: The American Red Cross connects with prospective disaster responders, blood drive volunteers and more across Northern New England. 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, email@example.com.
SEWARD WEBER LECTURE: AMY SEIDL: An ecologist ponders how a more culturally diverse Vermont might be more equipped to enact environmental change in this Audubon Vermont-hosted talk. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3068.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.
ADVANCED EDITING WITH DAVINCI RESOLVE: Experienced attendees practice perfecting their film footage in a popular program. Presented by Media Factory. RETN & VCAM Media Factory, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free; donations accepted; prereg ister. Info, 651-9692.
‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.16.
‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘NO ORDINARY LIFE’: The Department of Communication Studies screens a stirring documentary about fearless female photojournalists. Panel discussion follows. Yokum 200 Auditorium, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.16.
‘THE BURNING FIELD’: See WED.16.
food & drink
FRESH CATCH THURSDAYS: Fresh Massachusetts oysters are shucked onsite alongside $5 pints of stout. Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Waitsfield, 4-7 p.m. Price of food and drink. Info, 496-4677.
VERMONT WILD KITCHEN: COOKIES WITH MARYA MERRIAM: Vermont Fish and Wildlife and Rural Vermont livestream a sweet baking demonstration. 5 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
health & fitness
FALL PREVENTION TAI CHI: Humans boost their strength and balance through gentle, flowing movements. St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Vergennes, Levels 1 and 2, 9-10 a.m.; Level 3, 10-11 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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music + nightlife
WILD WOODS SONG CIRCLE: Singers and acoustic instrumentalists gather over Zoom for an evening of music making. 7:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 775-1182.
GREEN MOUNTAIN TABLE TENNIS CLUB: Ping-Pong players swing their paddles in singles and doubles matches. Rutland Area Christian School, 7-9 p.m. Free for first two sessions; $30 annual membership. Info, 247-5913.
C. JANE TAYLOR: The author of Spirit Traffic: A Mother’s Journey
CONFERENCE: Discussions of growth, permitting, economic trends and other topics are on the agenda at a gathering of develop ment and real estate profession als. Hilton Burlington, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $175; preregister. Info, vdc@ whiteandburke.com.
KNITTING GROUP: Knitters of all experience levels get together to spin yarns. Latham Library, Thetford, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.
YOGA FOR STRENGTH & BALANCE: Movers bring a mat and focus on building align ment and stamina. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: Student drummers keep the beat to works by John Beck, Richard Kvistad and others. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.
WESTERN VERMONT CHORAL LAB: Led by Moira Smiley and other local musicians, the Queen City’s newest community choir
FAMI LY FU N
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‘GREAT EXPECTATIONS’: Very Merry Theatre brings Dickens’ classic comingof-age tale to the stage. Ideal for fami lies with kids ages 8 through 14. O.N.E. Community Center, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, ben+shows@ verymerrytheatre.org.
BABYTIME: Librarians bring out books, rhymes and songs specially selected for young ones. Pre-walkers and younger. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
CRAFTERNOON: Crafts take over the Teen Space, from origami to stickers to fireworks in a jar. Ages 11 through 18. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2546.
STEAM SPACE: Kids explore science, technology, engineering, art and math activities. Ages 5 through 11. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
VEGAN EVENING WITH PINGALA CAFÉ: Teens learn about the local plant-based pit stop, swap cookbooks, ask questions and enjoy delicious desserts. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2546.
AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITY: STEAM FUN: Little engineers and artists gather for some afternoon fun. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
BABYTIME: Teeny-tiny library patrons enjoy a gentle, slow story time featur ing songs, rhymes and lap play. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.
COMICS CLUB!: Graphic novel and manga fans in third through sixth grades meet to discuss current reads and do fun activities together. Hosted by Brownell Library. Essex Teen Center, Essex Junction, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
LEGO BUILDERS: Elementary-age imagi neers explore, create and participate in challenges. Ages 8 and up, or ages 6 and up with an adult helper. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.
PLAY TIME: Little ones build with blocks and read together. Ages 1 through 4. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 1010:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
CHESS CLUB: Kids of all skill levels get one-on-one lessons and play each other in between. Ages 6 and up. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
mad river valley/ waterbury
TEEN ART CLUB: Crafty young’uns ages 12 through 18 construct paper jellyfish lanterns to bring underwater ambience to their bedrooms. Waterbury Public Library, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.
PEABODY AFTERSCHOOL FUN FOR GRADES 1-4: Students make friends over crafts and story time. George Peabody Library, Post Mills, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 333-9724.
SCIENCE YOGA: This full-body, playful program combines body awareness with an introduction to early science topics ranging from dinosaurs to planets. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Regular admission, $15-18; free for members and kids under 2. Info, 649-2200.
STORY TIME!: Songs and stories are shared in the garden, or in the com munity room in inclement weather. Norwich Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 649-1184.
‘THE FRUGAL CHARIOT’: The young stu dent actors of StoryTown Theatre turn fairy tales on their heads over the course of three short plays. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 748-2600, ext. 109.
THURSDAY MOVIE MATINEE: Every Thursday, tweens and teens watch a fun PG-13 movie together. See fletcherfree. org for each week’s selection. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2546.
KIDS’ BOOK CLUB FOR KIDS K-2 AND THEIR PARENTS: Little bookworms and their caregivers learn to love reading together through sharing, crafts and writing activities. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-4140.
LEGO CLUB: Children of all ages get crafty with Legos. Adult supervision is required for kids under 10. Winooski Memorial Library, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.
PRESCHOOL MUSIC WITH LINDA BASSICK: The singer and storyteller extraordinaire leads little ones in indoor music and movement. Birth through age 5. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Books, songs, rhymes, sign language lessons and math activities make for well-educated young sters. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
FUSE BEAD CRAFTERNOONS: Youngsters make pictures out of color ful, meltable doodads. Ages 8 and up. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Energetic youngsters join Miss Meliss for stories, songs and lots of silliness.
OPENS NOV. 22 | FAMILY FUN
Back on Track
Northern Stage presents a new family musical perfect for theatergoers of all ages: The Railway Children, running through New Year’s. Adapted from Edith Nesbit’s classic children’s novel of the same name — with the action transposed, happily, from England to the Green Mountain State — the play follows three siblings who find themselves uprooted to a small railroad town during the Great Depression. As the kids meet their new neighbors and forge new adventures along the tracks, they discover the value of kindness, determination and community.
‘THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’ Tuesday, November 22, and Wednesday, November 23, 7:30 p.m., at Barrette Center for the Arts in White River Junction. See website for additional dates. $19-69. Info, 296-7000, northernstage.org.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.
mad river valley/ waterbury
PRESCHOOL PLAY & READ: Outdoor activities, stories and songs get 3- and 4-year-olds engaged. Waterbury Public Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.
‘THE FRUGAL CHARIOT’: See WED.16.
FALL CONCERT: The Lebanon High School Music Department presents an end-of-term shindig featuring band, choir, jazz and more. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 603-448-0400.
KIDS’ MOVIE: Little film buffs congre gate in the library’s Katie O’Brien Activity Room for a screening of a G-rated movie.
See southburlingtonlibrary.org for each week’s title. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.
TEDDY BEAR SLEEPOVER: Kiddos drop their plushy friends off at the library on Friday, then pick them up the next day and learn what they got up to overnight. Ages 2 through 7. Milton Public Library, 3-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644.
SCIENCE YOGA: See WED.16.
STORY TIME: Preschoolers take part in stories, songs and silliness. Latham Library, Thetford, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.
ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: Kids 5 and under play, sing, hear stories and take home a fun activity. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 745-1391.
FAMILY PLAYSHOP: Kids from birth through age 5 learn and play at this school readiness program. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
KARMA KIDZ YOGA OPEN STUDIO
SATURDAYS: Young yogis of all ages and their caregivers drop in for some fun breathing and movement activities. Kamalika-K, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 871-5085.
KIDS’ CHESS CLUB: Clever kiddos ages 5 and up learn the ins and outs of the King’s Game. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 846-4140.
SATURDAY STORIES: Kiddos start the weekend off right with stories and songs. Ages 3 through 7. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
TEDDY BEAR SLEEPOVER: See FRI.18, 10 a.m.
BILLY SHARFF: Christmas comes early at a reading of the author’s holiday picture book, When Santa Came to Stay. Norwich Bookstore, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114.
MATT TAVARES: The illustrator of a new edition of ’Twas the Night Before Christmas conjures visions of sugar plums. Phoenix Books, Essex, 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 872-7111.
STORIES WITH SHANNON: Bookworms ages 2 through 5 enjoy fun-filled reading time. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
THANKSGIVING SKIT: Actors age 5 through 10 learn a holiday scene, then per form for parents. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5-6:45 p.m. Free; prereg ister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.
ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: See FRI.18, 2-2:30 p.m.
SING-ALONG WITH LINDA BASSICK: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers sing, dance and wiggle along with Linda. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
CHRIS LAFRANCE: Kids ages 7 through 12 learn about Abenaki culture and his tory from a tribal member. Craft follows. Milton Public Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 893-4644.
welcomes singers of all abilities and performs songs in diverse languages. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 7-8 p.m. $120 for 10 weeks; preregister. Info, info@ moirasmiley.com.
AUDUBON WEST RUTLAND
MARSH BIRD WALK: Enthusiastic ornithologists go on a gentle hike and help out with the monthly marsh monitoring. Meet at the boardwalk on Marble Street. West Rutland Marsh, 8-11 a.m. Free. Info, birding@rutlandcounty audubon.org.
THOUGHT CLUB: Artists and activists convene to engage with Burlington‘s rich tradition of radical thought and envision its future. Democracy Creative, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, email@example.com.
ESTATE PLANNING — PERSONAL PLANNING STRATEGIES: New England Federal Credit Union advisers help attendees understand the ins and outs of writing a will and leaving assets to heirs. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 764-6940.
RED BENCH SPEAKER SERIES: VASU SOJITRA: The amputee skier discusses his groundbreaking descent of Denali. Presented by the Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum. 7-8:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 253-9911.
EXCEL WORKSHOP: Learners master spreadsheet methods in this final workshop in the series. Computers available to borrow. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.
‘THE DROWSY CHAPERONE’: Hazen Union High School student thespians present a rau cous, musical romp through the 1920s. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 533-2000.
‘VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA & SPIKE’: See WED.16.
ERICA PLOUFFE LAZURE: Every character’s life is delicately in terwoven with the others in this author’s debut story collection, Proof of Me and Other Stories Norwich Bookstore, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1114.
EVENING BOOK GROUP: ‘HOW TO GET FILTHY RICH IN RISING ASIA’: Readers dissect Mohsin Hamid’s riveting novel about love, wealth and exploitation in a time of shocking upheaval. South Burlington Public Library
& City Hall, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.
INQUISITIVE READERS BOOK
CLUB: Bookworms discuss a new horizon-expanding tome each month. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, henningsmh@ yahoo.com.
KHL BOOK DISCUSSION
GROUP: Kellogg-Hubbard Library patrons unpack The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee. 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3338.
VIRTUAL POETRY OPEN
MIC: Wordsmiths read their work at an evening with local performance poet Bianca Amira Zanella. Presented by Phoenix Books. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 855-8078.
A STITCH IN TIME BOOK
DISCUSSION SERIES: Members of a textile historythemed reading club discuss All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake by Tiya Miles. Presented by Latham Library. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 785-4361.
CRAFT VERMONT FINE CRAFT &
ART SHOW: Creative members of the Vermont Hand Crafters put their jewelry, photography, botanical products and more on display for the 70th year running. DoubleTree by Hilton, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5429.
ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCE: Locals get their Jane Austen on at a British ball where all the dances are run through before hand. Wear casual, comfort able clothes. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, newcomers’ lesson, 6:30 p.m.; social dance, 7-9:30 p.m. $10-15; preregister. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘VULTURE SISTER SONG’: With movement, folk music, storytell ing and ethereal props, local dancer Ellen Smith Ahern and friends present a wild, tran scendent show. Grange Theatre,
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See what’s playing at theaters in the On Screen section.
music + nightlife
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Learn more about highlighted listings in the Magnificent 7 on page 11.
Pip, Pip, Hooray
From Motown superstardom to James Bond theme songs to “30 Rock” cameos, Gladys Knight has done it all. The seven-time Grammy Award winner got her start as the front person of Gladys Knight & the Pips, which dominated the charts throughout the 1960s and 1970s with hits like “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” and “Midnight Train to Georgia.” Audiences at the Flynn enjoy this icon’s deep reservoir of hits across the R&B, gospel and pop genres and witness the fact that Knight can still command a crowd with her high-octane performances and incomparable pipes.
Saturday, November 19, 7:30 p.m., at the Flynn in Burlington. $69-99. Info, 863-5966, flynnvt.org.
NOV. 19 | MUSIC
South Pomfret, 7-8 p.m. $1-50. Info, email@example.com.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.
‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.16.
‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.16.
‘THE BURNING FIELD’: See WED.16.
health & fitness
FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.16.
COMMUNITY HOOP CLASSES: Hula hoopers of all ages get loopy at this weekly class.
Champlain Elementary School, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 355-8457.
MEDITATION: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library invites attendees to relax on their lunch breaks and reconnect with their bodies. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, programs@ damlvt.org.
SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: A sequence of slow, controlled motions aids in strength and balance.
Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 229-1549.
ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN CONVERSATION: Semi-fluent speakers prac tice their skills during a slow
conversazione about the news. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, Noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
‘HIS DEAR NIGHTINGALE ...’: Sarasa Chamber Music Ensemble highlights the clarinet in two stellar piano trios. Brattleboro Music Center, 7 p.m. $25; free for kids under 18. Info, 978-766-9408.
MCCAFFREY & ROONEY
PRESENT: PATTI CASEY & COLIN MCCAFFREY: Two Vermont na tives lend their smooth vocals and skilled picking to a folksy concert. Seven Stars Arts Center, Sharon, 7-9 p.m. $20-25. Info, 763-2334.
MUSIC JAM: Local instru mentalists of all ability levels gather to make sweet music. BALE Community Space, South Royalton, 7-10 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8438.
MUSICAL STORIES OF WAR: Pianist Stevie Pomije tells musical tales of soldiers and the home front. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 6 p.m. Donations. Info, info@ mainstreetmuseum.org.
PHILLIP PHILLIPS: The chart-topping Georgia rocker looks back on 10 years of hits. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $35-60. Info, 775-0903.
QWANQWA: An Ethiopian supergroups blends genres and sounds for a psychedelic show. Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, 7:30 p.m. $18-22. Info, 387-0102.
MONTPELIER PLACE: MONTPELIER UNDERFOOT
PRESENTATION: NBNC educator
Sean Beckett tells locals how how Montpelier’s geology has shaped the city’s infrastructure. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 229-6206.
LINDA RADTKE: The singer and historian dresses in turn-of-thecentury suffragette garb for a musical talk celebrating over 100 years of the 19th Amendment. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291.
TECH HELP: Experts answer questions about phones, laptops, e-readers and more in one-onone sessions. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 846-4140.
DEB MARGOLIN: The actor and playwright talks to Flynn execu tive director Jay Wahl about her creative process. Flynn Space, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free; pre register. Info, 863-5966.
‘THE DROWSY CHAPERONE’: See THU.17.
TIM JENNINGS: 50 YEARS OF STORYTELLING: The legendary local folk storyteller is joined by guitarist Grant Orenstein for an evening of tales, music and reflections on a long career. Masks required. Virtual options available. Lost Nation Theater, Montpelier City Hall, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 229-0492.
‘VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA & SPIKE’: See WED.16.
HOMESHARE VERMONT TALK AND Q&A: Homeowners who could benefit from some ad ditional income and renters looking for an affordable housing option find out how a compatible housemate could work for them.
Latham Library, Thetford, 11 a.m.1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-5625.
OLD NORTH END REPAIR
CAFÉ: Volunteers troubleshoot computers, bikes, furniture and more — and teach locals how to fix their things themselves. Old North End Repair Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 540-2524.
SILENT & LIVE AUCTION
FUNDRAISER: Sales of signed memorabilia, ski lift tickets, golf outings and more benefit recovery programs. Jenna’s House, Johnson, 4-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 343-8741.
CRAFT VERMONT FINE CRAFT & ART SHOW: See FRI.18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
MONTPELIER CONTRA DANCE: To live tunes by the Gaslight
Tinkers and gender-neutral calling, dancers balance, shadow and do-si-do the night away. N95, KN94, KN95 or 3-ply surgi cal masks required. Capital City Grange, Berlin, 7:40-11 p.m. $520. Info, 225-8921.
‘VULTURE SISTER SONG’: See FRI.18.
EBIRD PROGRAM FOR TEACHERS: Educators learn about a birding app that can turn their students into community scientists. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 877-3406.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.
‘HER SISTER FROM PARIS’: Composer Jeff Rapsis plays a live score for this silent battle of the sexes comedy. Brandon Town Hall, 7 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, brandontownhallfriends@ gmail.com.
‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.16.
‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.16.
‘THE BURNING FIELD’: See WED.16.
WOODSTOCK VERMONT FILM SERIES: ‘COME BACK ANYTIME’: A delectable dinner reception fol lows a series kickoff screening of a documentary about Japanese ramen master Masamoto Ueda. Preregister by November 14. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3-7 p.m. $100; pre register. Info, 457-2355.
food & drink
FREE SATURDAY CHOCOLATE TASTINGS: A sommelier of sweet stuff leads drop-in guests through a tasting platter. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807.
A NIGHT OF AFGHAN FOOD AND FILM CURATED BY THE ARTLORDS: A grassroots refugee collective serves up a delectable dinner, followed by a screen ing of the animated film The Breadwinner. Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, 8-10 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, 401-261-6271.
BEGINNER DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Waterbury
Public Library game master Evan Hoffman gathers novices and veterans alike for an afternoon of virtual adventuring. Teens and adults welcome. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.
CHESS CLUB: Players of all ages and abilities face off and learn new strategies. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 11 a.m.2 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.
CAPITAL CITY THANKSGIVING FARMER’S MARKET: From produce, meats and cheeses to baked goods and handmade crafts, local products delight holiday shoppers. Montpelier Farmer’s Market, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 272-6249.
CHRISTOPHER MCWILLIAMS: The pianist and organist stirs gratitude in the hearts of audience members with a Thanksgiving concert also featuring handbells and flutist Denise Ricker. Bethany United Church of Christ, Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. $20. Info, 989-5045.
HOLIDAY FEST AND SILENT AUCTION: Bids, baked goods and the beloved chocolate fountain benefit the church’s work with its hungry and houseless neighbors. Rutland United Methodist Church, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 236-3136.
LOADED TURKEY RAIL JAM: Shredders kick off the season with runs through the rail park, the best of which counts toward prizes. Thanksgiving dinner fol lows. Killington Resort, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $20. Info, 800-734-9435.
READING HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR: Southern Vermonters find unique gifts for loved ones at a wintry artisan market presented by the Reading Historical Society. Reading Town Hall, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 384-2100.
SFX ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR: The school pres ents its 15th annual holiday ba zaar featuring crafters, vendors, a raffle, a bake sale and lunch sponsored by the 8th grade class. St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 655-2600.
SPECIAL ADULT CRAFTERNOON: HOSTESS GIFT: Handy locals make a fall-scented sugar scrub for their Thanksgiving hosts. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 878-4918.
‘BOHEMIAN BAROQUE’: The singers and strings of Burlington Choral Society play a flamboyant concert featuring theatrical works by Biber and Zelenka. Elley-Long Music Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $825. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GLADYS KNIGHT: The enduring soul music legend pulls from decades of hits such as “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “I Heard it Through the Grapevine.” See calendar spotlight. The Flynn, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $69-99. Info, 863-5966.
GMCMF ARTIST FACULTY RECITAL SERIES: ELIZABETH CHANG & STEVEN BECK: Sonatas for violin and piano make for an exciting off-season show from Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival. College Street Congregational Church, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. $25; free for students. Info, 503-1220.
HARVEST & RUST: A NEIL
YOUNG EXPERIENCE: A tribute band plays hits including “Hey Man,” “Heart of Gold” and “Hey Hey, My My.” Strand Center for the Arts, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 p.m. $27-37. Info, 518-563-1604, ext. 105.
JOSEPH KECKLER: The intensely original musician shares songs, arias, monologues and commen tary from his works in progress. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, info@mainstreetmuseum. org.
MONTPELIER PLACE: MONTPELIER UNDERFOOT FIELD WALK: Locals take to the trails to see the impact of geology and geography on their city’s bridges, roads and buildings. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 229-6206.
‘THE DROWSY CHAPERONE’: See THU.17.
JAG JUKE JOINT: Artists who have worked with JAG Productions in the past dazzle supporters with note worthy performances alongside Southern home cooking at this 1920s-themed gala hosted by burlesque performer the Maine Attraction. See calendar spot light. Cornerstone Community Center, Hartford, 6 p.m. $150; preregister. Info, 714-585-7070.
music + nightlife
‘A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC’: An actress, her lovers and their wives gather for a drama-filled weekend in the country in this Stephen Sondheim musical set in turn-of-the-century Sweden. Presented by Wild Goose Players. Next Stage Arts Project, Putney, 2 & 7:30 p.m. $25. Info, 387-0102.
TIM JENNINGS: 50 YEARS OF STORYTELLING: See FRI.18.
‘VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA & SPIKE’: See WED.16.
NOV. 19 | THEATER
Patrons of the arts flock to JAG Productions’ Juke Joint, a fundraiser gala for the Upper Valley’s premiere Black theater organization. It’s dinner and a show to rival any other: Burlesque performer the Maine Attraction (pictured) emcees a 1920s-themed night of musical theater, tap dance, poetry and opera. A live auction offers further opportunities to support, and JAG founder Jarvis Green’s mom, Peggy Ware, serves up authentic South Carolina soul food. The evening ends with an awards ceremony honoring the talents and impact of several local creatives. Guests are invited to dress to match the immersive “House of Black Dandyism” motif.
JAG JUKE JOINT
Saturday, November 19, 6 p.m., at Cornerstone Community Center in Hartford. $150; preregister. Info, 714-585-7070, jagproductionsvt.com.
NANOWRIMO WRITE-IN: Writers participating in National Novel Writing month gather to put pen to paper and offer each other encouragement. Ages 16 and up.
South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.
POETRY SOCIETY OF VERMONT’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY: Poets read from the PSOV’s journal, the Mountain Troubadour as well as their solo work. Rutland Free Library, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 442-5520.
WRITERS’ WERTFREI: Authors both fledgling and published gather over Zoom to share their work in a judgment-free environ ment. Virtual option available.
Waterbury Public Library, 10 a.m.noon. Free; preregister. Info, judi@ waterburypubliclibrary.com.
TOM SHARPLEY: The Homestead’s head gardener tells the story of Ethan Allen’s botanist wife, Fanny, and her efforts to grow food and flowers.
Museum, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4556.
CRAFT VERMONT FINE CRAFT & ART SHOW: See FRI.18, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.
‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.16.
‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.16.
‘THE BURNING FIELD’: See WED.16.
health & fitness
PRACTICE: New and experienced meditators are always welcome to join this weekly practice in the tradi tion of Thich Nhat Hahn. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, newleafsangha@ gmail.com.
KARUNA COMMUNITY MEDITATION: Participants
practice keeping joy, generosity and gratitude at the forefront of their minds. Jenna’s House, Johnson, 10-11:15 a.m. Donations; preregister. Info, mollyzapp@live. com.
SUNDAY MORNING MEDITATION: Mindful folks experience sitting and walking meditation in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Shambhala Meditation Center, Burlington, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, email@example.com.
SIDE DISHES: Nutritional therapist Lili Hanft walks home cooks through a nourishing, whole-food holiday menu. Presented by City Market, Onion River Co-op. 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@citymarket. coop.
MUSIC AT THE MUSEUM: BILLINGS FARM CHAMBER
MUSIC CONCERT: The Balourdet Quartet plays a selection of works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and more. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 2-3 p.m. $15. Info, 457-2355.
THE ROBERT CRAY BAND: The Blues Hall of Famer and his funky friends play Grammy-winning hits and new songs from his lat est album. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. $48-57. Info, 476-8188.
‘A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC’: See SAT.19, 2 p.m.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.
‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.16.
‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.16.
‘THE BURNING FIELD’: See WED.16.
health & fitness
ADVANCED TAI CHI: Experienced movers build strength, improve balance and reduce stress.
Holley Hall, Bristol, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; donations accepted. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.16.
LONG-FORM SUN 73: Beginners and experienced practitioners learn how tai chi can help with arthritis, mental clarity and range of motion. Holley Hall, Bristol, noon-1 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, email@example.com.
WEEKLY CHAIR YOGA: Those with mobility challenges or who are new to yoga practice balance and build strength through gentle, supported movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 3 p.m. Free; prereg ister; donations accepted. Info, 223-3322.
YANG 24: This simplified tai chi method is perfect for begin ners looking to build strength and balance. Congregational Church of Middlebury, 4-6 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
BOOK CRAFTERNOON: Library patrons make a Thanksgiving turkey centerpiece out of a book saved from the recycling. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, email@example.com.
TECH HELP: See FRI.18, 5-6:30 p.m.
ADDISON COUNTY WRITERS COMPANY: Poets, playwrights, novelists and memoirists of ev ery experience level meet weekly for an MFA-style workshop. Swift
House Inn, Middlebury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CURRENT EVENTS DISCUSSION GROUP: Brownell Library hosts a virtual roundtable for neighbors to pause and reflect on the news cycle. 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.
SWING DANCING: Local Lindy hoppers and jitterbuggers convene at Vermont Swings’ weekly boogie-down. Bring clean shoes. Beginner lessons, 6:30 p.m. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.
‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.16.
‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.16.
health & fitness
FALL PREVENTION TAI CHI: See THU.17. Congregational Church of Middlebury, 10-11 a.m. Info, email@example.com.
SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See FRI.18.
PAUSE-CAFÉ IN-PERSON FRENCH CONVERSATION: Francophones and French-language learners meet pour parler la belle langue Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
STUNT NITE: Rice Memorial High School students compete to perform the most miraculous songs, skits and feats of derringdo in this century-old tradition.
The Flynn, Burlington, 4 & 8 p.m. $25-30. Info, 863-5966.
BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB: Readers voice opinions about This Tender Land by William Kent Krueger over lunch.
Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
NANOWRIMO WRITE-IN: See SAT.19. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 626-5475. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.
‘FLIGHTS’ BOOK DISCUSSION: The Burlington Writers Workshop Lit Group ponders the Nobel Prize winner’s novel over five weeks. 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, msevy@ burlingtonwritersworkshop.com.
QUEEN CITY BUSINESS NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL GROUP: See WED.16.
CURRENT EVENTS: Neighbors have an informal discussion about what’s in the news.
Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.
See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section.
‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.16.
‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘PANIC IN THE STREETS’: A doc tor and a police captain must prevent an outbreak of plague in this 1950 thriller. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.
‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.16.
‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.16.
health & fitness
BONE BUILDERS/ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: See WED.16.
CHAIR YOGA: See WED.16.
LONG-FORM SUN 73: See WED.16.
YANG 24: See WED.16.
ELL CLASSES: ENGLISH FOR BEGINNERS & INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS: See WED.16.
IRISH LANGUAGE CLASS: See WED.16.
GREEN MOUNTAIN TABLE TENNIS CLUB: See WED.16. m
Find even more local events in this newspaper and online: art
Find visual art exhibits and events in the Art section and at sevendaysvt.com/art.
music + nightlife
KIDS’ DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Little ones learn to play D&D and build their teamwork and problem-solving skills.
Ages 8 through 11. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
PLAYGROUP & FAMILY SUPPORT: Families with children under age 5 play and connect with others in the commu nity. Winooski Memorial Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME ON THE GREEN: Dorothy Alling Memorial Library leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and songs. Williston Town Green, 1010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.
SCHOOL VACATION CRAFTYTOWN!: From painting to printmaking and collage to sculpture, creative kids explore different projects and mediums. Ages 8 and up, or ages 6 and up with an adult helper. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 846-4140.
TEEN WRITERS CLUB: Aspiring authors unleash their creativity through collab orative and independent writing games.
Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6956.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: See THU.17.
ROBIN’S NEST NATURE PLAYGROUP: Outdoor pursuits through fields and forests captivate little ones up to age 5 and their parents. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Free; donations accepted. Info, 229-6206.
mad river valley/ waterbury
LEGO!: Kids engage in a fun-filled hour of building. Waterbury Public Library, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.
‘THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’: Based on the classic children’s novel by Edith Nesbit, this holiday musical by Northern Stage celebrates kindness and community. See calendar spotlight. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $19-69. Info, 296-7000.
YOUTH EMPOWERMENT & ACTION: Activists ages 14 through 18 discuss community service, climate action, LGBTQ rights and social justice. BALE Community Space, South Royalton, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8438.
CRAFTERNOON: See WED.16.
GET YOUR GAME ON: Countless board games are on the menu at this drop-in meetup for players in grades 6 through 12. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.
CHESS CLUB: See WED.16.
‘THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’: See TUE.22. SCIENCE YOGA: See WED.16.
STORY TIME!: See WED.16. K
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Discover your happy place in one of our weekly classes. Making art boosts emotional well-being and brings joy to your life, especially when you connect with other art enthusiasts. Select the ongoing program that’s right for you. Now enrolling youths and adults for classes in drawing, painting and fused glass. Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., S. Burlington. Info: 425-2700, davis studiovt.com.
GENERATOR is a combination of artist studios, classroom, and business incubator at the intersection of art, science, and technology. We provide tools, expertise, education, and opportunity – to enable all members of our community to create, collaborate, and make their ideas a reality.
FROM PROJECT IDEA TO PROJECT PLAN WORKSHOP: Explore the design process via the creation of plans for a simple product. Participants will collaboratively
think through and discuss design problems from ideation to proto typing to building. We will discuss topics such as requirementsgathering and design for manu facturing. This workshop will help bring your ideas to fruition! Mon., Dec. 5, and Wed., Dec. 7, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $95/person. Location: Generator Makerspace, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: 540-0761, email@example.com,
SPANISH CLASSES FOR ALL AGES: Premier nativespeaking Spanish professor
Maigualida Rak is giving fun,
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AIKIDO: 25 FREE CLASSES!: Celebrate our 25th anniversary and discover the dynamic, flowing martial art of aikido. Learn how to relax under pressure and how aikido cultivates core power, aerobic fitness and resiliency. Aikido techniques emphasize throws, pinning techniques and the growth of internal power. Visitors are always welcome to watch a class. Starting on Tue., Nov. 8, 6 p.m.; meets 5 days/week. Nov. classes free for new adult members. Membership rates incl. unlimited classes. Contact us for info about membership rates for adults, youths & families. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine
St., Burlington. Info: Benjamin Pincus, 951-8900, bpincus@ burlingtonaikido.org, burlingtonaikido.org.
VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: We offer a legitimate Brazilian jiu-jitsu training program for men, women and children in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Julio Cesar “Foca” Fernandez Nunes; CBJJP and IBJJF seventhdegree Carlson Gracie Sr. Coral Belt-certified instructor; teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A two-time world masters champion, five-time Brazilian jiu-jitsu national champion, three-time Rio de Janeiro state champion and Gracie Challenge champion. Accept no limita tions! 1st class is free. Location:
Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 5982839, email@example.com, vermontbjj.com.
DJEMBE & TAIKO
DRUMMING: JOIN US!: New classes (outdoors mask optional/masks indoors). Taiko Tue. and Wed.; Djembe Wed.; Kids & Parents Tue. and Wed. Conga classes by request! Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave, Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: spaton55@ gmail.com, 999-4255.
VISION CAMP LIVE: During this workshop, participants will be connecting, writing and creating an energetic alignment to their vision. In addition, participants will get to hear real stories of transformation from current Steps and Stages clients, enjoy a variety of delicious treats, and leave with tools to transform their lives. Sat., Nov. 19, 10 a.m. Cost: $45. Location: Hula, 50 Lakeside Ave., Burlington. Info: Coach Christal, 919-292-9305, sevendaystickets.com/events/ sample-workshop-9-17-2022.
WANT MORE PUZZLES?
AGE/SEX: 2-year-old spayed female ARRIVAL DATE: September 20
SUMMARY: Guppy is athletic, energetic, inquisitive and eager to learn — a total type A personality in a super-cute package! She’s looking for a new home where she’ll have plenty of opportunities for physical and mental exercise with people who are ready to work with her on learning some new skills and becoming her very best self. She enjoys training and will thrive with consistency, structure and, of course, lots of rewards. Guppy is always up for a good snuggle and really likes to be close to her favorite people. If you’re looking for a laid-back couch potato, Guppy isn’t the pup for you, but if you’re looking for an active dog who’s ready to learn, she could be your new best friend.
CATS/DOGS/KIDS: Guppy will be most successful as the only dog in her new home. Needs a home without cats. Limited experience with kids. Visit the Humane Society of Chittenden County at 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 862-0135 or visit hsccvt.org for more info.
DOG FOSTERS NEEDED!
HSCC has limited space for dogs, and we’re looking to expand our foster program so we can take in more animals from the community. We provides supplies, training and resources. If you’re interested, visit hsccvt.org/Foster-Care to learn more and apply!
2015 INFINITI Q40 AWD
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housing FOR RENT
OFFICE SPACE TO SUBLET
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ROOM FOR RENT
Spacious room for rent. Private entrance, private heat, wall-towall carpeting, fully furnished. On bus line, near hospital & stores. Parking, use of kitchen, W/D. Background check, deposit & 1st mo.’s rent req. Please incl. 3 nonfamily refs. 802-655-7053.
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WINOOSKI HOUSING AVAIL.
Winooski Housing Authority is accepting applications for our waiting list for 1-BR apartments for elders ages 62+ & adults w/ disabilities. Eligible applicants pay no more than 30% of their income for rent, incl. heat & electricity. Call 802-655-2360. winooskihousing.org.
HOMESHARE IN BTV
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EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY
All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 and similar Vermont statutes which make it illegal to advertise any preference, limitations, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, handicap, presence of minor children in the family or receipt of public assistance, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or a discrimination. The newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate, which is in violation of the law. Our
readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. Any home seeker who feels he or she has encountered discrimination should contact:
HUD Ofﬁce of Fair Housing 10 Causeway St., Boston, MA 02222-1092 (617) 565-5309 — OR —
Vermont Human Rights Commission 14-16 Baldwin St. Montpelier, VT 05633-0633 1-800-416-2010 firstname.lastname@example.org
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DIFFICULTY THIS WEEK: ★★
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ACT 250 NOTICE APPLICATION 4C1106-5 AND HEARING 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111
On September 26, 2022, O’Brien Eastview LLC, 1855 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403, filed application number 4C1106-5 for a project generally described the development of approximately 102 acres of land including subdivision of 42 new lots, construction of 155 dwelling units and construction of infrastructure improvements consisting of 7608 feet of roadways, recreation paths and sidewalks. The project is located in South Burlington, Vermont, adjacent to Old Farm Road, Kimball Avenue, Kennedy Drive and Eldredge Street.
The Applicant requests full findings of fact and authorization to construct the infrastructure and park spaces shown, as well as 155 for-sale single family, duplex and triplex dwelling units. This Application seeks Master Plan findings of fact for the remaining lots not associated with the 155 housing units and park spaces proposed under Criteria 1 (Air Pollution), 1(A) (Headwaters), 1(D) (Floodways), 1(F) (Shorelines), 1(G) (Wetlands), 5(A) and (B) (Traffic and Transportation), 8 (Historic Sites, 8(A) (Necessary Wildlife Habitat), 9(B) (Primary Agricultural Soils), 9(C) (Productive Forest Soils), 9(D) and (E) (Earth Resources), and 9(L) (Settlement Patterns).
The project is located at 500 Old Farm Road in South Burlington, Vermont.
The District 4 Environmental Commission will hold a site visit on 12/01/2022 at 8:00AM and a public hearing on the application following the site visit on 12/01/2022 at 9:30AM. The public hearing will be held at 111 West St. Essex Junction, Vermont.
This application can be viewed on the public Act 250 Database online (https://anrweb.vt.gov/ANR/ Act250/Details.aspx?Num=4C1106-5). To request party status, fill out the Party Status Petition Form on the Board’s website: https://nrb.vermont.gov/ documents/party-status-petition-form, and email
SEVENDAYSVT.COM/LEGAL-NOTICES OR CALL 802-865-1020, EXT. 142.
it to the District 4 Office at: NRB.Act250Essex@ vermont.gov.
If you have a disability for which you need accom modation in order to participate in this process (including participating in the public hearing), please notify us as soon as possible, in order to allow us as much time as possible to accommodate your needs. For more information, contact Kaitlin Hayes, District Coordinator before the hearing date at the address or telephone number below.
Dated November 2, 2022.
By: /s/Kaitlin Hayes Kaitlin Hayes District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 (802) 622-4084 email@example.com
BURLINGTON CITY COUNCIL OPENINGS
BURLINGTON CITY COMMISSIONS/BOARDS
Airport Commission Term Expires 6/30/23
Chittenden Solid Waste District Board – alternate Term Expires 5/31/24
Development Review Board - alternate Term Expires 6/30/24
Electric Light Commission Term Expires 6/30/23
Fence Viewers Term Expires 6/30/23
Parks and Recreation Commission
Term Expires 6/30/23
Vehicle for Hire Licensing Board Term Expires 6/30/24 Two Openings
Vehicle for Hire Licensing Board Term Expires 6/30/25 Two Openings
Applications may be submitted to the Clerk/ Treasurer’s Office, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401 Attn: Lori NO later than Wednesday, December 7, 2022, by 4:30 pm. If you have any questions, please contact Lori at (802) 865-7136 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org .
City Council President Paul will plan for appoint ments to take place at the December 12, 2022 City Council Meeting/City Council With Mayor Presiding Meeting.
REVIEW BOARD TUESDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2022, 5:00 PM
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE
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1. ZAP-22-5; 170 Park Street (RM, Ward 3C) Iryna Poberezhniuk
Appeal of zoning application denial ZP-22-505 to install gravel extension to existing driveway and rear parking lot.
Plans may be viewed upon request by contacting
the Department of Permitting & Inspections between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participation in the DRB proceeding is a prereq uisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. Please note that ANYTHING submitted to the Zoning office is considered public and cannot be kept confidential. This may not be the final order in which items will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at www.burlingtonvt.gov/dpi/drb/agendas or the office notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard.
The City of Burlington will not tolerate unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status, crime victim status or genetic information. The City is also committed to providing proper access to services, facilities, and employment opportunities. For accessibility information or alternative formats, please contact Human Resources Department at (802) 540-2505.
The programs and services of the City of Burlington are accessible to people with disabilities.
Individuals who require special arrangements to participate are encouraged to contact the Zoning Division at least 72 hours in advance so that proper accommodations can be arranged. For information call 865-7188 (TTY users: 865-7142).
NOTICE CITY OF BURLINGTON
FULL BOARD OF ABATEMENT OF TAXES
The Full Board of Abatement of Taxes of the City of Burlington will meet in Contois Auditorium and via ZOOM: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83052473069 on Monday, November 21, 2022* to hear and act upon the request for abatement of taxes and/or penalties from:
Terry Krinsky & Brenda Laquer 35 Cherry Street, Unit 404 044-2-145-404
*The City Council Meeting usually begins at 7:00 p.m. The Full Board of Abatement of Taxes Meeting is part of this agenda, no set start time.
NOTICE OF CORPORATE DISSOLUTION TO ALL CREDITORS OF AND CLAIMANTS AGAINST INFISENSE, INC.
Pursuant to Section 280(a) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL). On November 7, 2022, InfiSense, Inc., a Delaware Corporation, filed a Certificate of Dissolution with the Delaware Secretary of State. In accordance with the Certificate of Dissolution, InfiSense was dissolved effective November 7, 2022. If you believe that you have a claim against InfiSense, Inc. said corporation requests that you present your claims immediately, and no later than 60 days from the date of this notice, by letter to: InfiSense, Inc. C/O Tim Guiterman 121 Summit Circle Shelburne, VT 05482. Your letter must provide a summary of your claim that includes the following information: 1. The name, address and telephone number of the claim ant; 2. The amount of the claim; 3. The basis for the claim; and 4. Documentation of the claim. NOTICE: A claim against InfiSense, Inc. and its shareholders shall be barred unless a proceeding to enforce such claim is commenced within three years after the publication date of this notice. The foregoing notice shall not be construed as a waiver of the defense of statute of limitations by InfiSense, Inc. or its shareholders. In accordance with the provisions of Sections 280 and 281(a), InfiSense, Inc. and its shareholders expressly reserve their right to assert the defense of statute of limitations where any claimant fails to bring a proceeding to enforce the cause of action prior to the expiration of the statute of limitations applicable to the cause of action. InfiSense may make distributions to other claimants without notice. In the three years prior to dissolution, InfiSense has made zero distribu tions to stockholders.
Shelburne, VT 05482
Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self storage units listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid.
William Kinnear Unit #A27 Arthur Hathaway Unit #723 Galen Sampson Unit #901
Said sale will take place at Shelburne Village Self Storage, 3933 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, Vermont 05482, on November 19, 2022 beginning at 10:00 am.
STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION LAMOILLE UNIT DOCKET # 22-CV-00827 FREEDOMMORTGAGE CORPORATION Plaintiff
v. JOSHUA M. LUCIER
OCCUPANTS OF: 616 Cochran Road n/k/a 594 Cochran Road, Morristown VT Defendants
SUMMONS & ORDER FOR PUBLICATION
THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO: Joshua M. Lucier
1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. A copy of the Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is on file and may be obtained at the office of the clerk of this court, Lamoille, Civil Division, Vermont Superior Court, P.O. Box 570, Hyde Park, Vermont. Do not throw this paper away. It is an official paper that affects your rights.
2. PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM. Plaintiff’s claim is a Complaint in Foreclosure which alleges that you have breached the terms of a Promissory Note and Mortgage Deed dated September 27, 2013. Plaintiff’s action may affect your interest in the property described in the Land Records of the Town of Morristown at Volume 194, Page 312-325.. The Complaint also seeks relief on the Promissory Note executed by you. A copy of the Complaint is on file and may be obtained at the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court for the County of Lamoille, State of Vermont.
3. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 41 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS.
You must give or mail the Plaintiff a written response called an Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published, which is November 16th, 2022. You must send a copy of your answer to the Plaintiff or the Plaintiff’s attorney, LORAINE L. HITE, Esq. of Bendett & McHugh, PC, located at 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151, Farmington, CT 06032. You must also give or mail your Answer to the Court located at Lamoille, Civil Division, Vermont Superior Court, P.O. Box 570, Hyde Park, Vermont 05655.
4. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer.
5. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT GIVE YOUR WRITTEN ANSWER TO THE COURT. If you do not Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published and file it with the Court, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the complaint.
6. YOU MUST MAKE ANY CLAIMS AGAINST THE PLAINTIFF IN YOUR REPLY.
Your Answer must state any related legal claims you have against the Plaintiff. Your claims against the Plaintiff are called Counterclaims. If you do not make your Counterclaims in writing in your answer you may not be able to bring them up at all. Even if you have insurance and the insurance company will defend you, you must still file any Counterclaims you may have.
7. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal
help from a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you should ask the court clerk for information about places where you can get free legal help. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still give the court a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case.
The Affidavit duly filed in this action shows that service cannot be made with due diligence by any of the method provided in Rules 4(d)-(f), (k), or (l) of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that service of the Summons set forth above shall be made upon the defendant, Joshua M. Lucier, by publication as provided in Rule[s] [4(d)(l) and] 4 (g) of those Rules.
This order shall be published once a week for 3 weeks beginning on or before November 20, 2022 in the Seven Days, a newspaper of the general circulation in Lamoille County, and a copy of this summons and order as published shall be mailed to the defendant, Joshua M. Lucier, at 5926 Thomas Street, Apartment 2, Hollywood, FL 33021.
Dated at Hyde Park, Vermont this 1st day of November,2022
Electronically Signed pursuant to V.R.E.F. 9(d) /s/ Daniel Richardson Daniel Richardson Superior Court Judge
STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 22ENV-00095 IN RE: BROWNELL/LAMARCHE WW PERMIT
NOTICE OF CROSS-APPEAL
NOW COME Interested Parties Craig and Chiuho Sampson, by and through their counsel, MSK Attorneys, and pursuant to Rule 5(b)(2) of the Vermont Rules for Environmental Court Proceedings hereby files this Notice of CrossAppeal concerning Natural Resources Wastewater Permit No. WW-4-4800-1 dated September 6, 2022.
This appeal concerns property located at 4354 South Brownell Road in Williston, Vermont and proposed to be accessed by Rosewood Drive. Appellants are residents of Rosewood Drive and their property is in the immediate vicinity of the proposed development and the development proposes certain improvements on land they own or control. Thus, the proposal will or may have an adverse impact on the Appellants’ protected property interests. They are interested parties as that term is defined in Title Ten, Chapters 64 and 220 with a right to appeal.
TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS: In order to participate in this appeal, you must enter an appearance in the Vermont Superior Court, Environmental Division within twenty-one (21) days of receiving this Notice of Appeal. Notices of Appearance should be mailed to Jennifer Teske, Court Operations Manager, Vermont Superior Court – Environmental Division, 32 Cherry Street, Suite 303, Burlington, VT 05401.
DATED at Burlington, Vermont this 2nd of November 2022.
Respectfully submitted, MSK ATTORNEYS
By: /s/ Alexander LaRosa_ Alexander LaRosa, ERN 5814 275 College Street, P.O. Box 4485 Burlington, VT 05406-4485
Phone: 802-861-7000 (x119)
Attorneys for Cross- Appellants
STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT PROBATE UNIT DISTRICT OF CHITTENDEN DOCKET #22-PR-05005
In re the Estate of: THERESIA MARIE L’ECUYER
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TO: The Interested Persons in the Estate of Theresia Marie L’Ecuyer
NOTICE OF HEARING ON MOTION FOR LICENSE TO SELL
Fiduciary has made a Motion for License to Sell Decedent’s real estate located at 9 Gorge Road, Colchester, VT.
TAKE NOTICE that Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Probate Unit, 175 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401, has scheduled a Hearing to decide said Motion on the 20th day of December , 2022, at 10:00 o’clock, in the a.m.
IF YOU DESIRE to be heard on this Motion, you must participate by phone or by video at the Hearing.
The telephone number of Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Probate Unit is 802-651-1518. If you wish to appear by video, contact the Court Register for instructions on how to attend the Hearing by video.
If you have questions about the Motion for License to Sell or about this Notice of Hearing, you may inquire by calling Fiduciary’s Attorney, Paul R. Morwood, Esq., 802-862-2135, or by calling the Register of the Probate Unit, 802-651-1518.
Dated at Burlington, Vermont, this 25th day of October, 2022.
Electronically signed pursuant to V.R.E.F. 9(d) 10/25/2022 5:13:55 PM
THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 01-02823 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE, WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE 1ST OF DECEMBER 2022 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF ERIC MAILLE.
Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.
THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 01-03676 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE, WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE 1ST OF DECEMBER 2022 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF NAOMI SHAW.
Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.
THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 01-04156 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE, WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE 24TH OF NOVEMBER 2022 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF DANIEL SISCO.
Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur
THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 01-04282 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE, WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE 1ST OF DECEMBER 2022 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF ANDREA MYRES .
Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.
TOWN OF ESSEX ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT
PUBLIC HEARING/AGENDA DECEMBER 1, 20226:00 PM
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1. UNSPECIFIED USE: High River Real Estate, LLC: Short-Term Rental @184 River Road in the R2 Zone. Tax Map 4, Parcel 10, Lot 2.
2. Minutes: November 3, 2022
3. Other Business: Update on Working Groups
Note: Visit our website at www.essexvt.org if you have questions or call 802-878-1343.
Submitted by SKelley, Z.A. on 11/13/22
CITY OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-TWO AN ORDINANCE IN RELATION TO ELECTIONS-RANK CHOICE VOTING IMPLEMENTATION
Sponsor: Ordinance Committee
First reading: Referred to:
Rules suspended and placed in all stages of passage: 10/24/22
Published: 11/16/22 Effective: 12/07/22
It is hereby Ordained by the City Council of the City of Burlington as follows:
That Chapter 2, Administration, Section 2-9, Implementation of Ranked Choice Voting in City Council Elections, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington be and hereby is amended to read as follows:
2-9 Implementation of Ranked Choice Voting in City Council Elections.
(a) Purpose and authority. The purpose of this sec tion is to implement ranked choice voting for the election of city councilors. This section is adopted pursuant to the Charter of the City of Burlington, Section 5, Acts of 1949, No. 298, Vermont General Assembly, as amended.
(b) Definitions. For the purposes of this Section, the following terms have the following meanings:
1. “Active candidate” means any candidate who has not been defeated or elected.
2. “Highest-ranked active candidate” means the active candidate assigned to a higher ranking than any other active candidate.
3. “Inactive ballots” are ballots that do not count for any candidate for any of the reasons given in subdivision (d)1.
4. “Overvote” means an instance in which a voter has ranked more than one candidate at the same ranking.
5. “Ranking” means the number available to be assigned by a voter to a candidate to express the voter’s choice for that candidate. The number “1” is the highest ranking, followed by “2” and then “3” and so on.
6. “Round” means an instance of the sequence of voting tabulation described in subsection (c).
7. “Skipped ranking” means a voter has left a ranking unassigned but ranks a candidate at a subsequent ranking.
8. “Undervote” means a ballot that does not contain any candidates at any ranking in a particular contest.
(b c) Instant runoff retabulation. In the election of city councilors, if no candidate receives a majority of first preference, an instant runoff retabulation shall be conducted in rounds. In each round, each voter’s ballot shall count as a single vote for whichever continuing active candidate the voter has ranked highest. The candidate with the fewest votes after each round shall be eliminated until only two (2) candidates remain, with the candidate then receiving the greatest number of votes being elected. If there are two or more candidates tied with the lowest vote totals, the tied candidates will be eliminated in a round so long as the vote total sum for all the tied candidates is less than the vote total for the next active candidate with the fewest votes and the number of active
candidates is at least one more than the remaining number of positions to elect.
1. In any round of tabulation in a contest conducted by ranked choice voting, an inactive ballot does not count for any candidate. A ballot is inactive if it does not contain any active candidates and is not an undervote.
2. An undervote does not count as an active or inactive ballot in any round of tabulation.
3. Write-in votes shall not be excluded for the initial tabulation.
4. If a voter skips a ranking or rankings, any valid subsequent rankings will be moved forward.
5. An overvote shall be treated as a skipped ranking.
(e) Ties. If two or more candidates are tied with the fewest votes, and tabulation cannot continue until the candidate with the fewest votes is defeated, then the candidate to be defeated shall be deter mined by the forward-looking method whereby the system will attempt to break ties using vote totals in previous rounds going forward from first round to the round preceding the current round. If the forward-looking method fails to resolve the tie, the tie shall be resolved by lot.
(f) Rulemaking Authority. The City Clerk shall have the authority to promulgate whatever rules consistent with the ordinance are necessary to implement this Ordinance.
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CITY OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-TWO AN ORDINANCE IN RELATION TO PARKS— ADDITION OF KIESLICH PARK BCO SECTION 22-1 ORDINANCE 5.28
Sponsor(s): Councilors Barlow, Carpenter
Rules suspended and placed in all stages of passage: 10/24/22
Signed by Mayor: 11/08/22
It is hereby Ordained by the City Council of the City of Burlington as follows:
That, Chapter 22, Parks, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington be and hereby is amended by amending Sec. 1 thereof to read as follows:
22-1 City parks enumerated.
The following shall constitute the parks of the city to be used and enjoyed as such by the public under the rules and regulations of the park commissioners:
(1)-(37) As written.
(38) Kieslich Park. The land and premises consisting of approximately twelve (12) acres located at 311 North Avenue, bordered by Lake Champlain, BCCH properties, North Avenue and the City public land noted as “Texaco Parcel” conveyed to the City of Burlington by warranty deed of VLTBTV Parkland, LLC dated February 11, 2019, and recorded in Volume 1434 at page 232-233 of the land records of the City of Burlington.
TM/CW/Ordinances 2022/ CHAPTER 22, PARKS— SECTION 1, Addition of Kieslich Park 10/19/2022
FNESU IS SEEKING PROPOSALS TO PROVIDE SCHOOL BUS SERVICES FOR SCHOOL YEARS 2024-2026.
For more information or a bid packet, contact Morgan Daybell (802-848-7661; morgan.daybell@ fnesu.org). Bids are due on December 20.
A CIRCLE OF PARENTS FOR MOTHERS OF COLOR
Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes!
Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Wed., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at hniquette@pcavt. org, 802-498-0607, pcavt.org/ family-support-programs.
A CIRCLE OF PARENTS FOR SINGLE MOTHERS
Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes!
Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Fri., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at hniquette@pcavt. org, 802-498-0607, pcavt.org/ family-support-programs.
A CIRCLE OF PARENTS W/ LGBTQ+ CHILDREN
Please join our parent-led online support group designed to share our questions, concerns & struggles, as well as our resources & successes!
Contribute to our discussion of the unique but shared experience of parenting. We will be meeting weekly on Mon., 10-11 a.m. For more info or to register, please contact Heather at hniquette@pcavt. org, 802-498-0607, pcavt.org/ family-support-programs.
For families & friends of alcohol ics. Phone meetings, electronic meetings (Zoom), & an Al-Anon blog are avail. online at the Al-Anon website. For meeting info, go to vermontalanonalateen.org or call 866-972-5266.
Do you have a drinking problem? AA meeting sites are now open, & online meetings are also available. Call our hotline at 802 864-1212 or check for in-person or online meetings at burlingtonaa.org.
ALL ARTISTS SUPPORT GROUP
Are you a frustrated artist? Have you longed for a space to “play” and work? Let’s get together and see what we can do about this! Text (anytime) or call 802-777-6100.
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS
Support groups meet to provide assistance & info on Alzheimer’s disease & related dementias. They emphasize shared experiences, emo tional support & coping techniques in care for a person living w/ Alzheimer’s or a related dementia. Meetings are free & open to the public. Families, caregivers & friends may attend. Please call in advance to confirm date & time. 4 options: 1st Mon. of every mo., 2-3 p.m., at the Residence at Shelburne Bay, 185 Pine Haven Shores, Shelburne; 4th Tue. of every mo., 10-11 a.m., at the Residence at Quarry Hill, 465 Quarry Hill Rd., South Burlington; 2nd Tue. of every mo., 5-6:30 p.m., at the Alzheimer’s Association Main Office, 300 Cornerstone Dr., Suite 130, Williston; 2nd Mon. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., at Milton Public
Library, 39 Bombardier Rd., Milton. For questions or additional support group listings, call 800-272-3900.
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION TELEPHONE SUPPORT GROUP
2nd Tue. monthly, 4-5:30 p.m. Preregistration is req. (to receive dial-in codes for toll-free call). Please dial the Alzheimer’s Association’s 24-7 Helpline, 800-272-3900, for more info.
ARE YOU HAVING PROBLEMS W/ DEBT?
Do you spend more than you earn? Get help at Debtor’s Anonymous & 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 & PREGNANT WOMEN
Pregnancy can be a wonderful time of your life. But it can also be a time of stress often compounded by hormonal swings. If you are a pregnant woman, or have recently given birth & feel you need some help w/ managing emotional bumps in the road that can come w/ motherhood, please come to this free support group led by an experienced pediatric registered nurse. Held on the 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 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 w/ breathing issues, their loved ones or caregivers. Meets on the 1st Mon. of every mo., 11 a.m.-noon at the Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland. For more info call 802-776-5508.
BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP
Vermont Center for Independent Living offers virtual monthly meetings, held on the 3rd Wed. of every mo., 1-2:30 p.m. The support group will offer valuable resources & info about brain injury. It will be a place to share experiences in a safe, secure & confidential environment. To join, email Linda Meleady at email@example.com & ask to be put on the TBI mailing list. Info: 800-639-1522.
BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT
Montpelier daytime support group meets on the 3rd Thu. of every mo., at the Unitarian Church ramp entrance, 1:30-2:30 p.m. St. Johnsbury support group meets on the 3rd Wed. of every mo., at the Grace United Methodist Church, 36 Central St., 1-2:30 p.m. Colchester evening support group meets on the 1st Wed. of every mo., at the Fanny Allen Hospital in the Board Room Conference Room, 5:30-7:30 p.m. White River Jct. meets on the 2nd Fri. of every mo., 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. via conference call. Newly diagnosed? Prostate cancer reoccur rence? General discussion & sharing among survivors & those beginning or rejoining the battle. Info, Mary L.
Guyette RN, MS, ACNS-BC, 274-4990, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Overcome any hurt, habit or hang-up in your life w/ this confidential 12-step, Christ-centered recovery program. We offer multiple support groups for both men & women, such as chemical dependency, codependency, sexual addiction & pornography, food issues, & over coming 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@ essexalliance.org, 878-8213.
Celebrate Recovery meetings are for anyone struggling w/ hurt, habits & hang-ups, which include everyone in some way. We welcome everyone at Cornerstone Church in Milton, which meets every Fri. from 7-9 p.m. We’d love to have you join us & discover how your life can start to change. Info: 893-0530, julie@ mccartycreations.com.
CENTRAL VERMONT CELIAC SUPPORT GROUP
Last Thu. of every mo., 7:30 p.m. in Montpelier. Please contact Lisa Mase for location: lisa@harmo nizecookery.com.
CEREBRAL PALSY GUIDANCE
Cerebral Palsy Guidance is a very comprehensive informational website broadly covering the topic of cerebral palsy & associated medical conditions. Its mission is to provide the best possible info to parents of children living w/ the complex condition of cerebral palsy. cerebral palsyguidance.com/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 Sun. at noon at the Turning Point Center, 179 S. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, Burlington. Tom, 238-3587, coda.org.
DECLUTTERERS’ SUPPORT GROUP
Are you ready to make improve ments but find it overwhelming? Maybe 2 or 3 of us can get together to help each other simplify. 9893234, 425-3612.
will be offered on Sun., 5:30-7:30 p.m., Sep. 8-Dec. 1, at the North Avenue Alliance Church, 901 North Ave., Burlington. Register for class at essexalliance.churchcenter.com. For more info, call Sandy 802-425-7053.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT Steps to End Domestic Violence of fers 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 w/ others, to heal & to recover. In support group, partici pants talk through their experiences & 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 relation ship. Tue., 6:30-8 p.m. Childcare is provided. Info: 658-1996.
EMPLOYMENT-SEEKERS SUPPORT GROUP
Frustrated w/ the job search or w/ your job? You are not alone. Come check out this supportive circle. Wed. at 3 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602.
FAMILY & FRIENDS OF THOSE EXPERIENCING MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS
This support group is a dedicated meeting for family, friends & commu nity members who are supporting a loved one through a mental health crisis. Mental health crisis might include extreme states, psychosis, depression, anxiety & other types of distress. The group is a confidential space where family & friends can discuss shared experiences & receive support in an environment free of judgment & stigma w/ a trained facilitator. Wed., 7-8:30 p.m. Downtown Burlington. Info: Jess Horner, LICSW, 866-218-8586.
FAMILY RESTORED: SUPPORT GROUP FOR FRIENDS & FAMILIES OF ADDICTS & ALCOHOLICS
Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., Holy Family/St. Lawrence Parish, 4 Prospect St., Essex Junction. For further info, please visit thefamilyrestored.org or contact Lindsay Duford at 781-960-3965 or email@example.com.
FCA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
THE POWER OF CHOICE!
SMART Recovery welcomes anyone, including family & friends, affected by any kind of substance or activity addiction. It is a science-based program that encourages absti nence. Specially trained volunteer facilitators provide leadership. Sun. at 5 p.m. The meeting has moved to Zoom: smartrecovery. zoom.us/j/92925275515. Volunteer facilitator: Bert, 399-8754. You can learn more at smartrecovery.org.
DIVORCE CARE SUPPORT GROUP
Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger & 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 w/ you a safe place & a process that can help make the journey easier. This free 13-week group for men & women
Families Coping with Addiction (FCA) is an open community peer support group for adults (18+) struggling with the drug or alcohol addiction of a loved one. FCA is not 12-step-based but provides a forum for those living the family experience, in which to develop personal coping skills & to draw strength from one another. Our group meets every Wed., 5:30-6:30 p.m., live in person in the conference room at the Turning Point Center of Chittenden County (179 S. Winooski Avenue, Burlington), and/or via our parallel Zoom session to accom modate those who cannot attend in person. The Zoom link can be found on the Turning Point Center website (turningpointcentervt.org) using the “Family Support” tab (click on “What We Offer”). Any questions, please send by email to thdaub1@ gmail.com.
FIERCELY FLAT VT
A breast cancer support group for those who’ve had mastectomies. We are a casual online meeting group found on Facebook at Fiercely Flat VT. Info: stacy.m.burnett@gmail. com.
FOOD ADDICTS IN RECOVERY ANONYMOUS (FA)
Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat?
FA is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeat ing, under-eating or bulimia. Local meetings are held twice a wk.: Mon., 4-5:30 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church, Norwich, Vt.; & Wed., 6:30-8 p.m., at Hanover Friends Meeting House, Hanover, N.H. For more info & a list of additional meetings throughout the U.S. & the world, call 603630-1495 or visit foodaddicts. org.
G.R.A.S.P. (GRIEF RECOVERY AFTER A SUBSTANCE PASSING)
Are you a family member who has lost a loved one to addic tion? Find support, peer-led support group. Meets once a mo. on Mon. in Burlington. Please call for date & location. RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-3301 (message says Optimum Health, but this is a private number).
GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT GROUP
Sharing your sadness, finding your joy. Please join us as we learn more about our own grief & explore the things that can help us to heal. There is great power in sharing our experi ences w/ others who know the pain of the loss of a loved one & healing is possible through the sharing. BAYADA Hospice’s local bereavement support coordinator will facilitate our weekly group through discus sion & activities. Everyone from the community is welcome. 1st & last Wed. of every mo. at 4 p.m. via Zoom. To register, please contact bereavement program coordinator Max Crystal, email@example.com or 802-448-1610.
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUPS
Meet every 2nd Mon., 6-7:30 p.m., & every 3rd Wed. from 1011:30 a.m., at Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice in Berlin. The group is open to the public & free of charge. More info: Diana Moore, 224-2241.
HEARING VOICES SUPPORT GROUP
This Hearing Voices Group seeks to find understanding of voice-hearing experiences as real lived experiences that may happen to anyone at anytime. We choose to share experi ences, support & empathy. We validate anyone’s experience & stories about their experience as their own, as being an honest & accurate representation of their experience, & as being acceptable exactly as they are. Tue., 2-3 p.m. Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 North Winooski Ave.,
Burlington. Info: 802-777-8602, firstname.lastname@example.org.
HELLENBACH CANCER SUPPORT
Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living w/ cancer & their caretakers convene for support.
INTERSTITIAL CYSTITIS/ PAINFUL BLADDER SUPPORT GROUP
Interstitial cystitis (IC) & painful bladder syndrome can result in recurring pelvic pain, pressure or discomfort in the bladder/pelvic region & urinary frequency/urgency. These are often misdiagnosed & mistreated as a chronic bladder infection. If you have been diagnosed or have these symptoms, you are not alone.
For Vermont-based support group, email bladderpainvt@ gmail.com or call 899-4151 for more info.
KINDRED CONNECTIONS PROGRAM OFFERED FOR CHITTENDEN COUNTY CANCER SURVIVORS
The Kindred Connections program provides peer support for all those touched by cancer. Cancer patients, as well as caregivers, are provided w/ a mentor who has been through the cancer experience & knows what it’s like to go through it. In addition to sensitive listening, Kindred Connections provides practical help such as rides to doctors’ offices & meal deliveries. The program has people who have experienced a wide variety of cancers. For further info, please contact email@example.com.
KINSHIP CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
A support group for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. Led by a trained representative & facilitator. Meets on the 2nd Tue. of every mo., 6:30-7:45 p.m., at Milton Public Library. Free. For more info, call 802-893-4644 or email library@ miltonvt.gov. Facebook.com/ events/561452568022928.
LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE
The SafeSpace Anti-Violence Program at Pride Center of Vermont offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship, dating, emo tional &/or hate-violence. These groups give survivors a safe & supportive environment to tell their stories, share info, & offer & receive support. Support groups also provide survivors an opportunity to gain info on how to better cope w/ feelings & experiences that surface because of the trauma they have experienced. Please call SafeSpace at 863-0003 if you are interested in joining.
LIVING THROUGH LOSS
Gifford Medical Center is announcing the restart of its grief support group, Living Through Loss. The program is sponsored by the Gifford Volunteer Chaplaincy Program & will meet weekly on Fri., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., in Gifford’s
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Chun Chapel beginning on Aug. 6. Meetings will be facilitated by the Rev. Timothy Eberhardt, spiritual care coordinator, & Emily Pizzale MSW, LICSW, a Gifford social worker. Anyone who has experienced a significant loss over the last year or so is warmly invited to attend & should enter through the hospital’s main entrance wearing a mask on the way to the chapel. Meetings will be based on the belief that, while each of us is on a unique journey in life, we all need a safe place to pause, to tell our stories &, especially as we grieve, to receive the support & strength we need to continue along the way.
Do you have a problem w/ marijuana? MA is a free 12-step program where addicts help other addicts get & stay clean. Ongoing Wed., 7 p.m., at Turning Point Center, 179 S. Winooski, Suite 301, Burlington. 861-3150.
MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP
Area Myeloma Survivors, Families & Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emo tional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies & a support network by participating in the group experience w/ people who have been through similar situations. 3rd Tue. of every mo., 5-6 p.m., at the New Hope Lodge on East Ave. in Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136, kgcromey@ aol.com.
NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS
Weekly virtual meetings. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@ namivt.org or 800-639-6480.
Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living w/ mental health challenges.
NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
Weekly virtual meetings. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, info@ namivt.org or 800-639-6480.
Family Support Group meetings are for family & friends of individuals living w/ mental illness.
NARCONON SUNCOAST DRUG & ALCOHOL REHABILITATION & EDUCATION
Narconon reminds families that overdoses due to an elephant tranquilizer known as Carfentanil have been on the rise in nearly every community nationwide. Carfentanil is a synthetic opioid painkiller 100 times more powerful than fentanyl & 1,000 times stronger than heroin. A tiny grain of it is enough to be fatal. To learn more about carfentanil abuse & how to help your loved one, visit narconon-suncoast.org/ drug-abuse/parents-get-help. html. Addiction screenings: Narconon can help you take
steps to overcome addiction in your family. Call today for a no-cost screening or referral: 1-877-841-5509.
NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live without the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516 or cvana. org. Held in Burlington, Barre & St. Johnsbury.
Group meets every Mon. at 7 p.m., at the Turning Point Center, 179 S. Winooski Ave., Suite 301, in Burlington. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of addiction in a relative or friend. Info: Amanda H. 338-8106.
NEW (& EXPECTING) MAMAS & PAPAS! EVERY PRIMARY CAREGIVER TO A BABY!
The Children’s Room invites you to join our weekly drop-in support group. Come unwind & discuss your experiences & questions around infant care & development, self-care & postpartum healing, & community resources for families w/ babies. Tea & snacks provided. Thu., 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Bring your babies! (Newborn through crawling stage.) Located in Thatcher Brook Primary School, 47 Stowe St., childrensroomonline.org. Contact childrensroom@wwsu. org or 244-5605.
NORTHWEST VERMONT CANCER PRAYER & SUPPORT NETWORK
A meeting of cancer patients, survivors & family members intended to comfort & support those who are currently suffer ing from the disease. 2nd Thu. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info: hovermann4@ comcast.net.
OPEN EARS, OPEN MINDS
A mutual support circle that focuses on connection & self-exploration. Fri. at 1 p.m., Pathways Vermont Community Center, 279 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Abby Levinsohn, 777-8602.
OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA)
A 12-step program for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. No matter what your problem w/ food, we have a solution! All are welcome, meetings are open, & there are no dues or fees. See oavermont.org/meeting-list for the current meeting list, meeting format & more; or call 802-863-2655 anytime!
PONDERING GENDER & SEXUALITY
Pondering Gender & Sexuality is a twice-monthly
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facilitated mutual support group for folks of any identity (whether fully formed or a work in progress) who want to engage in meaningful conversations about gender, sexuality & sexual orientation, &/or the coming-out process. Discussions can range from the personal to the philosophical & beyond as we work together to create a compassionate, safe & courageous space to explore our experiences. The group will be held on the 2nd Sun. & 4th Tue. of every mo., 1-2:30 p.m., either virtually or at Pride Center of Vermont. Email pgs@ pridecentervt.org for more info or w/ questions!
POTATO INTOLERANCE SUPPORT GROUP
Anyone coping w/ potato intolerance & interested in joining a support group, contact Jerry Fox, 48 Saybrook Rd., Essex Junction, VT 05452.
QUEEN CITY MEMORY CAFÉ
The Queen City Memory Café offers a social time & place for people w/ memory impairment & their friends & family to laugh, learn, & share concerns & celebrate feeling understood & connected. Enjoy coffee, tea & baked goods w/ entertainment & conversation. QCMC meets on the 3rd Sat. of every mo., 10 a.m.-noon, at the Thayer Building, 1197 North Ave., Burlington. 316-3839.
QUEER CARE GROUP
This support group is for adult family members & caregivers of queer &/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Mon. of every mo., 6:30-8 p.m., at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. This group is for adults only. For more info, email info@ outrightvt.org.
READY TO BE TOBACCO-FREE GROUPS
Join a free 4-5-week group workshop facilitated by our coaches, who are certified in tobacco treatment. We meet in a friendly, relaxed & virtual atmosphere. You may qualify for a free limited supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Info: Call 802-847-7333 or email quittobaccoclass@uvmhealth. org to get signed up, or visit myhealthyvt.org to learn more about upcoming workshops!
RECOVERING FROM RELIGION
Meets on the 2nd Tue. of every mo., 6-8 p.m., at Brownell Public Library, 6 Lincoln St., Essex Junction, unless there’s inclement weather or the date falls on a holiday. Attendees can remain anonymous if they so choose & are not required to tell their story if they do not wish to, but everyone will be welcome to do so. The primary focus of a Recovering From Religion support group is to provide ongoing & personal support to individuals as they let go of their religious beliefs. This transitional period is an ongoing process that can result in a range of emotions, as well as a ripple effect of consequences throughout an individual’s life. As such, the support meetings
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are safe & anonymous places to express these doubts, fears & experiences without biased feedback or proselytizing. We are here to help each other through this journey. Free.
SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND
Support group meeting held on the 4th Tue. of every mo., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Williston Police Station. Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732.
SEX & LOVE ADDICTS
ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Shawn, 660-2645. Visit slaafws. org or saa-recovery.org for meetings near you.
ADDICTS ANONYMOUS, MONTPELIER
Do you have a problem w/ compulsive sexual behavior? A 12-step program has helped us. SAA Montpelier meets twice weekly at 6 p.m: Mon. virtual meeting, details at saatalk.info; Thu. face-to-face at Bethany Church, Montpelier, details at saa-recovery.org. Contact email@example.com or call 802-322-3701.
SEXUAL VIOLENCE SUPPORT
HOPE Works offers free support groups to women, men & teens who are survivors of sexual violence. Groups are avail. for survivors at any stage of the healing process. Intake for all support groups is ongoing. If you are interested in learning more or would like to schedule an intake to become a group member, please call our office at 864-0555, ext. 19, or email our victim advocate at advocate@ sover.net.
STUTTERING SUPPORT GROUPS
If you’re a person who stutters, you are not alone! Adults, teens & school-age kids who stutter, & their families are welcome to join 1 of our 3 free National Stuttering Association (NSA) stuttering support groups at UVM (join by Zoom or in person).
Adults: 5:30-6:30 p.m., 1st & 3rd Tue. monthly; teens (ages 13-17): 5:30-6:30 p.m., 2nd Thu. monthly; school-age children (ages 8-12) & parents (meeting separately): 4:15-5:15 p.m., 2nd Thu. monthly. Pomeroy Hall (489 Main St., UVM campus).
Info: nsachapters.org/burl ington, burlingtonstutters@ gmail.com, 656-0250. Go, Team Stuttering!
SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP
For those who have lost a friend or loved one through suicide.
Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 N. Main St., Wallingford, 446-3577. 6:30-8 p.m., on the 3rd Tue. of every mo.
SUICIDE HOTLINES IN VT Brattleboro, 257-7989; Montpelier (Washington County Mental Health Emergency Services), 229-0591; Randolph (Clara Martin Center Emergency Service), 800-639-6360.
VERMONT PUBLIC IS HIRING!
Warehouse Material Coordinator
POST YOUR JOBS AT: JOBS.SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POST-A-JOB PRINT DEADLINE: NOON ON MONDAYS (INCLUDING HOLIDAYS) FOR RATES & INFO: MICHELLE BROWN, 802-865-1020 X121, MICHELLE@SEVENDAYSVT.COM
Conant Metal & Light is hiring production makers with room to grow into leadership. You must be a creative problem-solver, team player, good with your hands & capable of mastering a broad array of processes. Please visit: conantmetalandlight.com/employment for more information or send a resume detailing your interest, experience, and skills to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NUTRITION TEAM MEMBERS
Lamoille Union High School seeks a motivated individual to join our school nutrition team.
This position performs a wide range of cooking tasks to prepare student meals, cook from scratch and follow standardized recipes, comply with all state sanitation guideline requirements, and operate POS cash register system.
Must be willing to attend trainings in child nutrition and take online trainings. Minimum of a high school diploma, or equivalent, plus one to two years of cooking experience preferred, but can train the right individual. Familiarity with public school hot lunch programs desirable. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. School year position, 7.5 hrs/day.
Please send resume with 3 references to: Karyl Kent 736 VT Rt 15w, Hyde Park VT 05655 or email email@example.com.
Professional Careers in Worldwide Travel
Join Country Walkers and VBT Bicycling Vacations, an awardwinning, Vermont-based active travel company, and be part of our high performing, international team.
We have amazing opportunities for Accounting and Service Professionals interested in supporting worldwide travel adventures with a leader in the industry, positively impacting established brands and working with a team of collaborative and gifted travel pros.
We’re seeking professionals for the following full-time positions:
Must be able to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Vermont Public is a proud equal opportunity employer.
GUEST SERVICES AGENT
If you’re passionate, driven by excellence, want to make a difference and are looking for balance in your quality of life – check us out!
Ready to learn more? Visit our career pages at VBT.com or countrywalkers.com & submit your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
VERMONT REGIONAL HOSPITAL is seeking a Senior Accountant.
This is a great opportunity to work in a variety of Healthcare Finance topics. Tasks include monthend closing, fixed asset reporting, assisting with budget preparations, grant reporting and monthly variance analysis.
NVRH offers excellent benefits, including student loan repayment, generous paid time off, health/dental/vision,401k with company match, and more!
APPLY TODAY AT NVRH.ORG/CAREERS
MAINTENANCE TECH III
Winooski Housing Authority is looking for a Maintenance Tech III position to help manage our apartment properties. We are looking for a person to work with a team to provide skilled maintenance services for our 400+ apartments. The ideal candidate will have more than ten years’ experience in maintenance, have certifications in plumbing, electrical, HVAC or other maintenance-related activity. Certification or the ability to become certified in Housing Quality Standards is expected.
We are also looking for a person who can enter data in spreadsheets and databases to keep information current. Our goal is to maintain our apartments at the highest possible standards.
If you are interested, please send a resume or letter outlining your experience to email@example.com
As a Server at the Residence at Shelburne Bay, you will work closely with our Culinary Associ ates to bring a restaurant quality experience to our Residents. You will review daily specials and preferences with Residents 1:1 and in small groups to create an exceptional dining experience. Each meal in the community is an opportunity for socialization and nutrition. You are key to that! We offer transportation assistance and are conveniently located on Shelburne Road on the bus route.
Apply online or via QR code: lcbseniorliving.com
Youth First Mentoring (formerly known as Girls/Boyz First Mentoring) seeks the right person to help match youth in Central Vermont with adult mentors to enrich their lives. Our program director will recruit, support, train and inspire mentoring pairs. We seek a leader who will bring strong organization and communication skills and knowledge of the Montpelier region to take our program to the next level. 0.75FTE position with opportunity for full-time. Flexible schedule and benefits.
Read the full job description here: https://girlsboyzfirst.org/seeking-new-program-director
Email resume & letter of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join Our Auction Team
We offer competitive wages & a full benefits package for full time employees. No auction experience necessary.
• Sales & Marketing Director: Develop, grow, & sustain our forty-fouryear brand reputation of providing amazing results for our commercial, auto, and real estate clients. Have experience in email, print, & digital marketing? Adobe
Creative Cloud & Microsoft Office skills are essential, web & SEO knowledge a huge plus. Bring your knowledge and passion, you’ll find something to explore - we sell it all!
Thomas Hirchak Company is an at will employer. See details at: THCAuction.com
Email Us: Info@THCAuction.com
STATE HOUSING AUTHORITY
Offering an excellent beneﬁts package that includes health insurance with an HRA, 100% employer-paid dental, life insurance, retirement, and generous paid time off including 13 holidays!
Seeking friendly, customer-service oriented individuals to ﬁll several administrative support and management positions. Openings include:
Field Representative Housing Program Specialist
Client Services Specialist
Landlord Relief Program Manager
These positions are full-time, 40 hours per week. Please visit vsha.org for more information.
VSHA is an equal opportunity employer.
Assistant Director for Integration
Iconic residential deli/ mart looking for a cook/ manager with some experience. Must be dependable, responsible, and able to work 35+ hours/week (includes some weekend hours).
Fast paced, fun vibe, generous starting hourly wage plus tips!
Apply at: email@example.com
PREVENTION PROJECT DIRECTOR (FT)
COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR (PT to FT)
Are you a leader in public health for youth?
Are you a creative communicator who cares about community?
CVNDC seeks public health/community development professionals to lead our grant-funded efforts to support more partnerships that encourage healthy behavior and decreased substance use for youth in Washington County. Based in Montpelier, we want to hear about your skills and experience.
Generous pay, paid time off, HSA and flexibility.
See full job descriptions at cvndc.org/new-directions-is-hiring/ Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Full-Service Magazine Printer
We have immediate needs for:
Entry-Level Bindery Production Crew
Work on our bindery production line, performing tasks to complete magazine binding and prepare ﬁnished magazines for shipping. This is a fun, fast-paced, and active role – your shi will go by quickly! Shi : 7am-3pm. Pay rate: $18/hour.
Learn to perform technical, manual, and machine tasks in our pressroom. Assist in the set-up, maintenance, and operation of web presses, as well as stacker and roll-stand units. Shi : 3pm-11pm. Pay rate: $18/hour plus 6% diﬀerential.
General Maintenance Technician
Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair controls, mechanical and electrical aspects of manufacturing equipment, and facility systems. Basic plumbing and carpentry skills desired. Shi : 11pm-7am. Pay rate: Commensurate with experience.
To learn more & apply, visit: careers.lanepress.com Lane Press is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Join the staff of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board, working collaboratively with a team to add new rental and homeownership opportunities statewide, addressing the critical need to increase the supply of housing affordable to Vermonters!
VHCB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Learn more at: www.vhcb.org/about-us/jobs
BURLINGTON HOUSING AUTHORITY (BHA)
Located in Burlington, VT, is seeking candidates to continue BHA’s success in promoting innovative solutions that address housing instability challenges facing our diverse population of extremely low-income families and individuals. Join us & make a difference in our community!
SPECIALIST provides assistance to community members who are without housing and have barriers to locating and securing housing in the community. This grant funded position works closely with our Rental Assistance department and Chittenden County Coordinated Entry and is a part of a skilled team that focuses on assessment, intervention, and service coordination of at-risk households.
SENIOR STAFF ACCOUNTANT manages the accounting operations of the Authority. The responsibilities for this position include preparing timely and accurate accounting records and financial reports; managing operating budgets; and maintaining a comprehensive and effective system of internal controls, all of which are designed to ensure the accuracy of BHA’s reported results, mitigate risk, and ensure that resulting financial statements comply with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requirements.
***To learn more about these career opportunities, please visit: burlingtonhousing.org
BHA serves a diverse population of tenants and partners with a variety of community agencies. To most effectively carry out our vision of delivering safe and affordable housing to all, we are committed to cultivating a staff that reflects varied lived experiences, viewpoints, and educational histories. Therefore, we strongly encourage candidates from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, and women to apply. Multilingualism is a plus!
BHA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience. We offer a premium benefit package at a low cost to employees. Benefits include medical insurance with a health reimbursement account, dental, vision, short and long term disability, 10% employer funded retirement plan, 457 retirement plan, accident insurance, life insurance, cancer and critical illness insurance and access to reduced cost continuing education. We also offer a generous time off policy including paid time off, sick, and 13 paid holidays. And sign on bonus of up to $2,000.
If interested in these career opportunities, please submit your resume and cover letter to: email@example.com
BHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Keens Crossing – Winooski, VT 05404
Full Time, 40 Hours, Pay Rate $24.72
Are you looking to learn new skills or to start a career? Are you looking to join a supportive team and a dynamic company? We are so sure you will love it at HallKeen Management that we are offering a $1,000 hiring bonus for the right candidate. All bonuses to be paid per company policy. Will entertain employees looking to relocate to Vermont.
Responsibilities of Maintenance Technician are quite diverse including but not limited to Apartment turnovers, grounds keeping, various janitorial duties, painting, appliance, electrical, heating, plumbing and safety equipment repair & replacement & provide assistance at other company properties when needed.
The qualified candidate must have reliable transportation and have the ability to assist in carrying appliances and climb ladders as needed.
Please e-mail resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to Join an Award-Winning Best Places to Work?
Rhino Foods is an open hire employer, meaning that we don’t conduct lengthy drug screens, background checks* and recognize your future, not dwell on your past!
3rd Shift Production is Hiring--Shift Premium Pay
Make delicious dough, work with cool people! This shift takes place from 10:40PM-7AM and you’ll learn the various steps to make delicious products, including mixing, depositing, baking, assembling, and packaging. Join us today and start your career at one of the fastest growing companies in Vermont.
This important team helps Rhino to shine! This is a 2nd shift position; shift hours are 2:30PM-10:30PM. In this role, you’ll be trained on following established sanitation standards and procedures including use of chemicals, hot water, heavy equipment and equipment assembly.
Rhino offers weekly pay, bonuses, and benefits to support you and your family. Please see more on these openings on our career page at rhinofoods.com/about-rhino-foods/jobs-and-careers
Do you enjoy working both independently and collaboratively with a team? Do you have experience in accounting practices, human resources and town government? Do you enjoy tracking trends, collecting information, and finding creative solutions? Can you communicate comfortably with a wide range of volunteers, staff and constituents? Are you able to communicate sometimes complex financial information to community members? Would you like to help support the Calais select board with town business?
Perhaps this partially home-based job is for you! We are looking for someone with strong organizational, administrative, communication and technical skills and interests.
This is a well-paid full-time position with excellent benefits. For a complete job description, go to calaisvermont.gov; to apply contact Denise Wheeler at email@example.com
Vermont CARES is hiring a part-time bookkeeper. We are seeking a person who has extensive experience with QuickBooks, MS Excel and MS 365. The successful candidate will work both cooperatively with leadership, as well as independently. This role is an inperson position at our downtown Burlington office, with limited remote work when appropriate. This position is responsible for maintaining and reconciling the general operating and emergency assistance accounts, handling payables, receivables and other required grant needs. Regular communication with the Executive Director is essential to this role. We are currently building new financial systems and are looking for someone who can learn and grow with us.
To learn more about this position please visit us at: vtcares.org. Or visit commongoodvt.org to see the full job description. Please send letter of interest and resume to Theresa Vezina, at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Rhino Foods does run sex offender checks on all employees
Do you want to work for an Agency that positively impacts the lives of over 20,000 individuals?
The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence by “bridging gaps and building futures.” We are a part of the communities in which we work and live and together we create belonging and connection. Feeding Chittenden, a Program of CVOEO, brings critical nutrition, comfort and wellbeing into the lives of over 11,000 neighbors. They strive to make people feel heard and supported as they expand their critical programming to reach more vulnerable Vermonters. Are you highly effective in working objectively with a diverse group of people, groups and organizations?
Feeding Chittenden has an opening for Chef Instructor. In this position you will provide instruction to student trainees both in classroom culinary theory, hands on practical skills and career readiness development.
The Chef Instructor will be responsible for managing and overseeing all aspects of operating the Community Kitchen Academy including meal production and activities associated with production. Community Kitchen Academy is a statewide program of the Vermont Foodbank that operates in partnership with Feeding Chittenden in Burlington.
We’re looking for a highly motivated individual with a passion for the mission of Feeding Chittenden!
If you have an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts with 3-5 years of professional culinary experience or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field; experience in an academic setting working with adults and/or experience teaching in an academic culinary arts program; strong culinary, teaching and interpersonal skills; demonstrate problem solving and decision-making abilities; excellent organizational skills; effective verbal and written communication skills; bilingual abilities a plus; we’d like to hear from you!
When you come to work for CVOEO you’re getting so much more than a paycheck! We offer a great working environment and an excellent benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, generous time off, a retirement plan and discounted gym membership. Please visit cvoeo.org/careers and include a cover letter and resume with your application. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until suitable applicants are found.
CVOEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer
HOPE is looking for some new team members.
Homeless Services Coordinator: Work with persons experiencing homelessness, assisting them in identifying housing barriers, accessing services, formulating individual action plans, and obtaining stability. Minimum of two years’ experience with houseless adults, persons with substance use disorders and/or mental illness.
Data Entry Specialist: Enter data points into a Homeless Management Information System, according to terms of signed releases and privacy notices. Must have demonstrated skills in accurate data entry.
Resale Store Associates: Assist in evaluating and preparing donated goods for the sales ﬂoor, working in store operating a cash register, providing professional customer service.
HOPE o ers excellent compensation including paid holidays, competitive wages, predictable schedules, platinum medical coverage, dental, life, disability, and matched retirement savings. All positions may be full or part time. What works for you?
To apply, email resume and brief letter to: email@example.com. Equal Opportunity Employer.
Do you have a passion and drive to apply your talents to make a difference? Green Mountain Habitat is seeking a part time HR Generalist to guide the organization through an exciting period of growth
Come join our team as we help local families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership
For a full position description: vermonthabitat org/employment
The Facilities Manager’s focus is the efficient and safe operation of all Farm & Wilderness’ buildings, vehicles, and infrastructure, provide training and mentorship, and support Work Projects programming at our summer camps. Send resumes to: julie@ farmandwilderness.org
Full description at: bit.ly/ FandWfacilities
DIRECTOR OF IT
Sheehey Furlong & Behm, an established, growing law firm located near the Burlington waterfront, is accepting applications for a Director of IT.
The Director of IT will:
• Manage, direct, and implement the firm’s IT operations and infrastructure,
• Provide efficient and effective technologies and technical support services to the end user,
• Provide technical support, tools and guidance to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the firm,
• Lead development and implementation processes for the organizations IT systems and department,
• Collaborate with firm leadership to establish the firm’s technical vision and lead all aspects of the firm’s technological development.
The ideal candidate will have experience in a law firm environment; however, it is not a requirement. Candidates should be familiar with Microsoft Office, document management systems, and email systems. Preference will be given to candidates familiar with O365, Worldox, Mimecast and other legal industry specific programs and tools such as Relativity, Juris, iPro, and Westlaw. Salary will be commensurate with experience and will include a comprehensive benefits package. Please forward your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Climate Program Manager
You could be meaningfully engaged in climate actions in Vermont’s Champlain Valley!
The nonprofit Climate Economy Action Center of Addison County (CEAC) seeks a part-time Community Climate Program Manager (CCPM). The CCPM will play a vital role in building and maintaining the CEAC network and in implementing CEAC’s ambitious Climate Action Plan. The goal: help direct our community’s efforts to bring down greenhouse gas emissions while growing a sustainable local economy.
Applications will be accepted through December 5th or until the position is filled. Please email applications to Steve Maier at sbmaier55@gmail.
com. Applications should include a cover letter, resume, three references, and up to three relevant work samples. More details are available at: tinyurl.com/4zhc8mbd
Minifactory (cafe & grocery) homes V Smiley Preserves (jam company) in downtown Bristol, Vermont. This hybrid restaurant, grocery and production model hums with daily activity. 16 Main St (our location) has operated continuously as a bakery/cafe for over 4 decades.
We serve coffee, manufacture and sell our preserves in house while serving an all-day-style menu. Biscuits w/ Ham & Peach Tomato Jam, 24 Hour Yogurt w/ Braised Greens and Crispy Lentils, Radicchio w/ Honey Creme Fraiche & Lemon, Chickpea Pancakes w/ Herby Urfa Biber Chicken.
We are currently hiring:
• DAYTIME COMMUNITY CAFE COOK
Part time, $22-26/hr
Bristol Vermont is located in Addison County. The area is agricultural and adjacent to the mountain communities of Lincoln and Starksboro. We are a 40 minute drive to Burlington, 25 minutes to Middlebury.
V Smiley Preserves and Minifactory are queer owned/run.
Full descriptions and application details: vsmileypreserves.com/jobs
Shared Living Providers
Seeking a Shared Living Provider for 2 older adults (male & female) with intellectual disabilities who have lived together for the past 22 yrs. Minimal personal care for both–female is beginning dementia. No mobility concerns, no violent behavior, good with children & animals. A budget to pay others for time in the community for walks & seasonal activities. They assist with household chores & do puzzles. Clients cannot be left home alone but can be independent within the home. Must have 2 available bedrooms. Compensation: Combined annual tax-free stipend is over $81,000.00 plus monthly room and board and contracted supports. Contact Sheila Spencer at email@example.com or 802-343-3974.
Seeking Part-time Shared Living Provider in Chittenden County for a woman in her 30’s. Ideal candidate will be able to provide clear boundaries, clinical support while helping the client develop independent living skills and integrate into the community. Ideal candidate does not have young children. Compensation: $50,000 tax free annual stipend for part time schedule plus room and board. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-488-6553.
Seeking a Shared Living Provider for a 33-year-old man who loves video games and Magic the Gathering. He requires all day supervision but can be alone in his room or left at home for up to an hour. This position will require daily supervision and helping the client with meal preparation, some transportation, and emotional support. The ideal placement would be a person or couple without children in the home, but pets are fine. Compensation: $40,000 tax-free annual stipend plus room and board and contracted sup ports. Contact email@example.com or 802-488-6581
Seeking a Shared Living Provider for a 50-year-old male that loves movies, sports, and hiking. This position can be part-time or full-time as the current provider is flexible about transition date. This client would need to be supervised at home and in the community but can be alone in his bedroom or in the bathroom. He is high energy and curious about his surroundings. He will require some emotional supports and help with personal care. The ideal provider would be a female or cou ple living without children in the home. Pets are ok. Compensa tion includes a yearly tax-free stipend of $30,385 plus monthly room and board payments. Please contact Autumn Rakowitz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-307-2705
Full details & to apply: bluehousemushroom.com/ job-opportunities
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SPORTS EXCHANGE PROGRAM MANAGER
For International NGO
PH International is seeking two full-time Program Managers for the Sports for Social Change Program (SSC). Through the SSC Program, PH will coordinate reciprocal international sports exchanges and manage a small grants program to support innovative participant initiatives. The program will include both in-person and virtual exchange components that will engage athletes, coaches, and sports administrators from around the world and the United States.
PH International (Project Harmony, Inc.) is an international non-profit with 35 years of experience focusing on civic engagement, cross cultural learning, and increased opportunities in the digital age. The U.S. headquarter office is located in Waitsfield, VT with field offices in Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Republic of Georgia, Moldova, and Montenegro with projects implemented in ten additional countries.
FULL JOB DESCRIPTION & APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS AT ph-int.org/vacancies/ Application deadline: November 30, 2022
Associate State Director Advocacy and Outreach
Do you have a passion for public service? Does working with numbers bring you joy?
AARP is the nation’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to empowering people 50 and older to choose how they live as they age. With a nationwide presence and nearly 38 million members, AARP strengthens communities and advocates for what matters most to families: health security, financial stability, and personal fulfillment.
We are looking for an Associate State Director - Advocacy and Outreach. This Associate State Director develops and implements advocacy strategies and campaigns at the local, state, and federal levels while collaborating with internal and external partners to achieve the organization’s legislative goals.
Apply today at careers.aarp.org.
AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
If you answered yes, please consider our position at Green Mountain Transit!
As the Controller, you’ll serve as a team leader in the Finance Department, ensuring the department creates accurate and timely financial records for the organization, including but not limited to the production of periodic financial reports, maintenance of an adequate system of accounting records, and a comprehensive set of controls. Ensures that reported results comply with generally accepted accounting principles and state and federal financial reporting standards. Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting or Finance, or other relevant fields of study; equivalent experience may be substituted; a minimum of five (5) years of progressive experience working in the daily operations of a financial department, with at least three (3) years in a management level position is required.
Senior Accounting Specialist
HOME BASE INC. is a small nonprofit that provides residentially based support to developmentally disabled adults through education, guidance and direct care. The Director is responsible for overseeing the staff, programs, and strategic plan of the organization. Other key duties include general administration, handling the budget, working directly with clients, case management, and coordinating with the contractor, Champlain Community Services.
Send letter and resumes to: efabbioli@Gmail.com
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE
As the Senior Accounting Specialist, you’ll support the Finance & Grants Departments accounts receivable functions and program billing/financial monitoring as well as perform activities necessary to oversee and process the organization’s payroll functions efficiently and accurately ensuring that pay is processed on time and in compliance with government regulations. Requirements include an Associate’s degree in Accounting or in a related field; a minimum of three (3) years’ experience. A Certified Payroll Professional (CPP) designation is preferred. Years of experience in the Accounting and/or Payroll field may be substituted for education. Apply online today at RideGMT.com/careers
Experienced Residential Carpenter
Silver Maple Construction is hiring for the position of Experienced Residential Carpenter. Our company is dynamic, high energy, and team-oriented; our culture is one of customer service, collaboration, and agility; and our projects are unique opportunities to create beautifully crafted homes.
Qualified applicant will be:
• a collaborative team player with a willingness to wear many hats on any job
• an experienced start-to-finish carpenter capable of bringing a building out of the ground from foundation to finish
• a production-oriented craftsperson capable of generating exceptional quality work at a blistering pace
• a problem-solver who approaches challenges as opportunities to collabo rate and learn
• a customer service ambassador to our clients, architects & the community
If you are interested in joining our team in any capacity, please reach out. We are eager to hear from you! silvermapleconstruction.bamboohr.com/careers
The Northwest Regional Planning Commission is hiring a Transportation Planner. The Planner will help our region with a coordinated approach to transportation planning and project implementation. The Planner will coordinate with local, regional and state officials and serve as staff support for the region’s Transportation Advisory Committee and various modal or project-based committees. The Planner will provide technical assistance to municipalities, help to administer local transportation construction projects, and complete traffic counts, and bike and pedestrian plans.
The ideal candidate has 4+ years of professional, educational or volunteer planning experience in multi-modal transportation or a related field. They will be a self-starter with skills in collaboration, project management and communication. A college degree in a related field is preferred but not required if lived experiences, education and/or professional experience demonstrate an ability to succeed at this position.
More information is available at nrpcvt.com. Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in transportation planning, a resume and three references to Catherine Dimitruk, Executive Director at email@example.com, or 75 Fairfield Street, St. Albans, VT, 05478. This position will remain open until filled; interviews will begin in early December, 2022.
SEASONAL HOLIDAY POSITIONS
VOCREHAB SENIOR COUNSELOR II
If you want to join an organization with a mission that is focused on continuous improvement, this is the position for you. The White River Junction Office of HireAbility Vermont (formerly VocRehab) is recruiting for a skilled Senior Counselor II.
This position involves counseling and supervisory work at an ad vanced professional level for HireAbility involving the provision of vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with physical and emotional disabilities. Positions in this class generally carry a caseload requiring special expertise and skills with difficult populations. Supervision is exercised over professional, para professional, and clerical employees. Assistance in managing limited district resources is provided in conjunction with a VR Regional Manager. Duties are performed under the general direction of a VR Regional Manager.
A Master’s Degree in rehabilitation counseling, psychology, social work, special education or counseling, education with a special education focus, or a related counseling field AND two (2) or more years of experience at a professional level in the provision of vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities.
All employees of the Agency of Human Services perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships, and results orientation. This is an opportunity to join a highly innovative team of professionals with the mission of helping Vermonters with disabilities to go to work & advance in their careers.
For more information on HireAbility’s mission and programs, visit hireabilityvt.com. Apply online: careers.vermont.gov
Are you looking to make some extra money around the holidays? Dakin Farm is currently seeking applicants to join our holiday team for a fast-paced exciting work environment. No experience is required. These seasonal positions are available from the middle of November through early January.
We have both full and part time positions available in our Warehouse Department. We o er competitive wages, generous employee discounts, and hours that meet your schedule.
For an application or more information please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
You can also give us a call or stop by our retail store : 5797 Route 7, Ferrisburgh 1-800-99DAKIN
OFFICE SUPPORT PROGRAM GENERALIST
northern New York. Assist with other related topics by supporting faculty and staff as they disseminate content, trainings, education, support, and other evidence-based resources.
Apply online: uvmjobs.com/postings/55986
BEST PRACTICES OUTREACH COORDINATOR
Coordinate, manage, and provide in-person and remote support to providers and staff in HRSA-designated rural counties in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and northern New York in the implementation and use of scientifically-supported assessments and interventions for opioid and other substance use disorders for the Best Practices Core of the UVM Center on Rural Addiction.
UVM CORA is a HRSA-funded Center in the UVM Larner College of Medicine aimed at identifying, translating, disseminating, and implementing science-based practices to address the rural OUD epidemic, as well as future drug epidemics as they emerge. Its Best Practices Core is aimed at providing technical assistance in evidence-based treatment and prevention to rural providers and staff as well as other interested parties across multiple states. Requires occasional travel to rural implementation sites in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, or northern New York.
Apply online: uvmjobs.com/postings/57466
VICE PRESIDENT OF FINANCE
The Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems seeks a Vice President of Finance to be based in Montpelier. This role is a key part of the VAHHS leadership team and includes a range of duties (listed below). The position reports to the Chief Executive Officer and works closely with VAHHS’ advocacy and public policy staff to serve member hospitals. This is a full time, exempt position.
Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
· Interface with the Green Mountain Care Board on regulatory matters including all dimensions of the annual hospital budget review process; attend GMCB meetings and hearings
· Make strategic recommendations for VAHHS members on managing regulation, implementing health reform, submitting budgets and understanding market conditions
· Manage and build the VAHHS budget and oversee internal finances and operations; supervise accounting personnel
· Monitor and work with DVHA and other Vermont agencies related to health care and hospital activities including but not limited to waivers, provider tax and DSH policies
· Support advocacy activities and messages with financial information and data analyses that can help inform and strengthen arguments made in the regulatory and legislative spaces
· Provide input as a member of the VAHHS senior team to form strategy and tactics for association challenges and activities; perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned
Specific skills desired:
· Strong working knowledge of health care and hospital finance, reimbursement, contracting and Medicare and Medicaid payment policy
· Understanding of the Green Mountain Care Board’s regulatory portfolio and specific responsibilities relative to hospitals
· Complete fluency with financial reports, audits, budgets and related processes, especially in relation to non-profit organizations
· Expertise in hospital and health care policy at the state and federal level
· Problem solver, strong thinker
· A degree in accounting, finance, health business administration or related field is required
· Master’s degree and/or licensure as a Certified Public Accountant is preferred
· Competitive salary with a comprehensive benefits package
Candidates can submit an application by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted through December 9, 2022.
VAHHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. VAHHS makes employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, veteran status, military status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, place of birth, age, crime victim status, citizenship, having a positive test result from an HIV-related blood test, or any other legally protected characteristic. In compliance with applicable law, VAHHS will provide reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, pregnancy-related conditions, and for religious beliefs and practices.
ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES COORDINATOR I
If you want to join an organization with a mission that is focused on continuous improvement, this is the position for you. HireAbility Vermont (formerly VocRehab Vermont) is seeking an Administrative Services Coordinator who is team-orientated with very strong administrative skills. This position will support the Division Director and senior managers with managing calendars, assist with events planning, document creation as well as some financial operations. This position will also support the Youth Transition Program, Youth Advisory Council as well as VCAP (Vermont Career Advancement Project).
Candidate must be able to juggle multiple priorities, be a self-starter and have excellent computer and technical skills. People with dis abilities are strongly encouraged to apply. This is an opportunity to join a highly innovative team of professionals with the mission of helping Vermonters with disabilities to go to work and advance in their careers. For more information on HireAbility’s mission and pro grams, visit hireabilityvt.com. Apply online: careers.vermont.gov
THE VERMONT INDIGENOUS HERITAGE CENTER
The operations manager portion of the job includes oversight and management of all the finances, classes, workshops, programs, and events at the Vermont Indigenous Heritage Center. They will work with the Alnôbaiwi Council in their mission to teach and learn Abenaki heritage.
The grants management portion of this position will include managing overall grant efforts, optimizing the grant administration process, overseeing fund-raising, preparing progress reports, ensuring compliance with grant regulations, reviewing grant proposals, managing grant databases, and preparing financial reports. Your skills and expertise in successful grants management will aid our organization in serving the public by securing continuous funding, improving business opportunities through effective funding programs, and executing meaningful projects.
The ideal candidate for this role should have superior organizational skills, great leadership qualities, and exceptional budgeting and monitoring skills. The outstanding grants manager should ensure that grant programs operate efficiently, streamline grant administration, and keep our organization fiscally sound. The grants manager should also exhibit interpersonal skills as they navigate between the Alnôbaiwi Council, other bands, volunteers, and the broader community.
· Degree in business administration or equivalent experience.
Deadline for submission of resumes is December 15, 2022. Send resumes to: email@example.com
Are you recently retired or between careers? Just looking for something for a few weeks or months? We have seasonal positions to make The World’s Finest Ham, Bacon and Smoked Meats, as well as positions in our call center and warehouse fulfilling orders. Flexible shifts to meet most schedules, paid training, a fun work environment.
Apply in person: 210 East Main St, Richmond (Just 15 minutes from Burlington or Waterbury)
Sales Director, Organic Herbal Apothecary
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
For full description go to: bit.ly/3tlzOE0
Paw Print & Mail is looking to add a new member to our amazing team! Join us in our Bindery department, where every day brings a new set of projects and challenges, giving you the opportunity to operate several types of equipment, including: Cutters, Graphic Whizard, Mail Machines, Tabbers, Folders, Paper Drillers, and more.
Whether you have bindery experience or want to learn, please submit your application – we would love to meet you!
Why not have a job you love?
Positions include a sign on bonus, strong benefits package and the opportunity to work at one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont”
Senior Manager: Are you a QDDP (Qualified Developmental Disabilities Professional) with strong clinical and organizational skills? Join CCS and provide leadership to our service coordinators, advocate for funding for the people we serve, and be an integral part of our dynamic, award-winning team. $58,240 annual salary.
Service Coordinator: Continue your career in human services in a supportive environment by providing case management for individuals either for our Adult Family Care program or our Developmental Services program. The ideal candidate will have strong clinical, organizational & leadership skills and enjoy working in a team-oriented position. $47,000 annual salary.
Residential Program Manager: Coordinate staffed residential and community supports for an individual in their home. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a team-oriented position, have strong clinical skills, and demonstrated leadership. $45,900 annual salary.
Direct Support Professional: Provide 1:1 supports to help individuals reach their goals in a variety of settings. This is a great position to start or continue your career in human services. Full and part time positions available starting at $19/hr.
Shared Living Provider: Open your home to someone with an intellectual disability or autism and open a whole world to them, and to you. There are a variety of opportunities available that could be the perfect match for you and your household. Salary varies dependent on individual care requirements.
Join our dedicated team and together we’ll build a community where everyone participates and belongs: ccs-vt.org/current-openings.
BUILDERS | MAKERS | DOERS
There is no better time to join our Team! Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are committed to providing a welcoming work environment for all. Are you looking to start or continue a career in the finance industry? Consider joining our team as a Community Banker! To see all our available positions, please visit NSBVT.com/careers/open-positions.
JOB RESPONSIBILITIES & REQUIREMENTS
This frontline position is crucial in creating a positive, welcoming and inclusive experience for NSB customers. The successful candidate will have exceptional customer service and communication skills.
The Community Banker will be responsible for receiving and processing customers’ financial transactions as well as opening and maintaining customer accounts and services. We are looking for someone who can develop and maintain relationships with our valued customers, protect bank and customer information, and uphold customer confidentiality. A high school diploma, general education degree (GED), or equivalent is required.
If you have customer service, previous cash handling or banking experience, we encourage you to apply!
OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH
NSB has training opportunities to engage employees and assist with professional development within our company. The average years of service for an NSB employee is 9! If you’re looking for a career in an environment that promotes growth, join our team!
WHAT NSB CAN OFFER YOU
Competitive compensation based on experience. Wellrounded benefits package. Profit-Sharing opportunity. Excellent 401(k) matching retirement program. Commitment to professional development. Opportunities to volunteer and support our communities. Work-Life balance! We understand the importance of having evenings and weekends with our friends, families, and the communities we serve!
Please send an NSB Application & your resume in confidence to: Careers@nsbvt.com or Northfield Savings Bank | Human Resources | PO Box 7180, Barre, VT 05641
Equal Opportunity Employer/Member FDIC
Human Resources Recruiting & Administrative Coordinator
a part of the communities in which we work and live and together we create belonging and
Become a part of our HR team! Our Administration program seeks a motivated Human Resources professional with a passion for our mission! Working with the Human Resources Director, you will have the opportunity to help attract and retain action-oriented people by having a direct impact on candidate recruiting and onboarding experiences, and partnering with all levels of the agency to manage the talent acquisition process across our pro grams. You will be responsible for a variety of human resources tasks and ensuring compliance with employment regulations. Together we will develop a motivated, diverse and engaged team.
Interested in working with us? If you have an Associate degree in Business, Human Services, or a related field (Bachelor degree preferred) three years of office administrative experience, with at least one year in human resourc es; and effective verbal and written communication skills, bilingual abilities are a plus, we’d like to hear from you! To apply, please visit cvoeo.org/careers to submit a cover letter and resume. We embrace the diversity of our community and staff. CVOEO is interested in candidates who can contribute to our diversity and excellence. Appli cants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until suitable applicants are found.
When you come to work for CVOEO you’re getting so much more than a paycheck! We offer a great working environment and an excellent benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance, paid holidays, gen erous time off, a retirement plan and discounted gym membership.
CVOEO is an Equal Opportunity Employer
JOIN OUR TEAM!
Work at an organization that cares as much about you as the clients it serves! Our employees appreciate their health insurance benefits, employer paid retirement plan contributions, flexibility, professional development opportunities, and positive work environment.
We are the leading experts and advocates in healthy aging for central Vermonters. One of five Area Agencies on Aging serving seniors and their families in Vermont, Central Vermont Council on Aging serves adults 60 and older living in Central Vermont, their caregivers, partners, and families without discrimination and regardless of income. For certain programs, we may provide services for younger adults with disabilities. Supporting older Vermonters to live with dignity and choice is critical for our families, neighbors, and communities!
Looking for a place to work, grow and collaborate with amazing coworkers & benefits? Come join our team!
For more information, visit: cvcoa.org/employment.html
Program located in Middlesex, Vermont. This position is primarily responsible for the implementation and evaluation of program operations and staff training. This is primarily a Monday- Friday position with some flexibility required. For more information, contact Troy Parah at email@example.com. Department: Mental Health. Location: Essex. Status: Full Time. Job Id #43121. Application Deadline: November 27, 2022.
Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive beneﬁt package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions.
Horticulture Research & Education Center Operations CoordinatorDepartment of Plant and Animal Biological Facilities - #S4007POThe UVM Department of Plant and Animal Biological Facilities (UVM Farms) is seeking applicants for a full-time, knowledgeable, experienced, and creative individual to coordinate operations at the Horticulture Research and Education Center (HREC) and support activities at Miller Research and Education Center (MREC) in support of our research, extension, and teaching functions. You will lead and supervise farm staff and maintain facilities infrastructure and equipment, including tractors, implements, irrigation systems, and high tunnel facilities. These facilities have a variety of uses that support researchers, educators, and Extension personnel from UVM College of Agriculture and Life Science and the University of Vermont as a whole. They support the research, outreach, and teaching activities of 15+ faculty and professional staff and their associated undergraduate and graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. These activities are conducted in the areas of ecology, entomology, agroforestry, plant pathology, forages, ﬁeld crops, soils, sustainable agriculture, orchards, vineyards, vegetables, weed ecology and control, and woody and herbaceous ornamentals. Bachelor’s degree and three years’ farm-related experience required. Minimum educational qualiﬁcation may be decreased in the case of signiﬁcant and related work experience. Thorough knowledge of mechanical concepts to operate and oversee maintenance of farm equipment required. Frequent lifting and carrying of 50 lbs. and occasional lifting up to 100 lbs. Government Certiﬁed Pesticide Applicator’s license from the state of Vermont or the ability to obtain prior to commencement of growing season required. Valid driver’s license and driver’s check required.
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are encouraged to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.
For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit www.uvmjobs.com Applicants must apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Open positions are updated daily. Please call 802-656-3150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for technical support with the online application.
Do you want to work for an Agency that positively impacts the lives of over 20,000 individuals?The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence by “bridging gaps and building futures.” We are connection.
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THU., NOV. 17 RED POPPY CAKERY, WATERBURY
THU., NOV. 17 THE UNDERGROUND, RANDOLPH
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SAT., NOV. 19 HULA, BURLINGTON
WED., NOV. 30 TINY COMMUNITY KITCHEN, BURLINGTON
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FRI., DEC. 2 SAINT ALBANS CITY HALL, ST. ALBANS
FRI., DEC. 2 AND SAT., DEC. 3 IN TANDEM ARTS, BURLINGTON
SAT., DEC. 3 AND SUN., DEC. 4 HULA, BURLINGTON
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“After this, let’s pee on Machu Picchu.”
(OCT. 23-NOV. 21)
Scorpio author Sylvia Plath had a disturbing, melodramatic relation ship with romance. In one of her short stories, for example, she has a woman character say, “His love is the twenty-story leap, the rope at the throat, the knife at the heart.” I urge you to avoid contact with people who think and feel like that — as glamor ous as they might seem. In my view, your romantic destiny in the coming months can and should be uplifting, exciting in healthy ways and condu cive to your well-being. There’s no need to link yourself with shadowy renegades when there will be plenty of radiant helpers available.
ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): Virginia Woolf wrote a passage that I suspect will apply to you in the coming weeks. She said, “There is no deny ing the wild horse in us. To gallop intemper ately; fall on the sand tired out; to feel the earth spin; to have — positively — a rush of friendship for stones and grasses — there is no getting over the fact that this desire seizes us.” Here’s my question for you, Aries: How will you harness your wild horse energy? I’m hoping that the self-possessed human in you will take command of the horse and direct it to serve you and yours with constructive
actions. It’s fine to indulge in some intemper ate galloping, too. But I’ll be rooting for a lot of temperate and disciplined galloping.
TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): “The failure of love might account for most of the suffering in the world,” writes poet Marie Howe. I agree with that statement. Many of us have had painful episodes revolving around people who no longer love us and people whose lack of love for us makes us feel hurt. That’s the bad news, Taurus. The good news is that you now have more power than usual to heal the failures of love you have endured in the past. You also have an expanded capacity to heal others who have suffered from the failures of love. I hope you will be generous in your ministrations!
GEMINI (May 21-Jun. 20): Many Geminis tell me they are often partly awake as they sleep. In their dreams, they might work over time trying to solve waking-life problems. Or they may lie in bed in the dark contemplating intricate ideas that fascinate them, or perhaps ruminating on the plot developments unfold ing in a book they’ve been reading or a TV show they’ve been bingeing. If you are prone to such behavior, I will ask you to minimize it for a while. In my view, you need to relax your mind extra deeply and allow it to play luxuriously with nonutilitarian fantasies and dreams. You have a sacred duty to yourself to explore mysterious and stirring feelings that bypass rational thought.
CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): Here are my two key messages for you. 1) Remember where you hide important stuff. 2) Remember that you have indeed hidden some important stuff. Got that? Please note that I am not question ing your urge to lock away a secret or two. I am not criticizing you for wanting to store a treasure that you are not yet ready to use or reveal. It’s completely understandable if you want to keep a part of your inner world off-lim its to certain people for the time being. But as you engage in any or all of these actions, make sure you don’t lose touch with your valuables. And don’t forget why you are stashing them.
LEO (Jul. 23-Aug. 22): I know I don’t have to give you lessons in expressing your sensuality.
Nor do you need prods and encouragement to do so. As a Leo, you most likely have abun dant talent in the epicurean arts. But as you prepare to glide into the lush and lusty heart of the Sensuality Season, it can’t hurt to offer you a pep talk from your fellow Leo bon vivant, James Baldwin. He said: “To be sensual is to re spect and rejoice in the force of life, of life itself, and to be present in all that one does, from the effort of loving to the breaking of bread.”
VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): Many Virgos are on a lifelong quest to cultivate a knack described by Sigmund Freud: “In the small matters, trust the mind. In the large ones, the heart.” And I suspect you are now at a pivotal point in your efforts to master that wisdom. Important decisions are looming in regards to both small and large matters. I believe you will do the right things as long as you empower your mind to do what it does best and your heart to do what it does best.
LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): Social media like Facebook and Twitter feed on our outrage. Their algorithms are designed to stir up our disgust and indignation. I confess that I get semi-caught in their trap. I am sometimes seduced by the temptation to feel lots of umbrage and wrath, even though those feel ings comprise a small minority of my total emotional range. As an antidote, I proactively seek experiences that rouse my wonder and sublimity and holiness. In the next two weeks, Libra, I invite you to cultivate a focus like mine. It’s high time for a phase of minimal anger and loathing — and maximum rever ence and awe.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): I like Sagittarian healer and author Caroline Myss because she’s both spiritual and practical, compassionate and fierce. Here’s a passage from her work that I think will be helpful for you in the coming weeks: “Get bored with your past. It’s over! Forgive yourself for what you think you did or didn’t do, and focus on what you will do, starting now.” To ensure you make the most of her counsel, I’ll add a further insight from author Augusten Burroughs: “You cannot be a prisoner of your past against your will — because you can only live in the past inside your mind.”
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): How would you respond if you learned that the $55 Tshirt you’re wearing was made by a Haitian kid who earned 10 cents for her work? Would you stop wearing the shirt? Donate it to a thrift store? Send money to the United Na tions agency UNICEF, which works to protect Haitian child laborers? I recommend the latter option. I also suggest you use this as a prompt to engage in leisurely meditations on what you might do to reduce the world’s suffering. It’s an excellent time to stretch your imagination to understand how your personal life is interwoven with the lives of countless others, many of whom you don’t even know. And I hope you will think about how to offer extra healings and blessings not just to your allies, but also to strangers. What’s in it for you? Would this bring any selfish benefits your way? You may be amazed at how it leads you to interesting connections that expand your world.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian philosopher Alfred North Whitehead wrote, “The silly question is the first intimation of some totally new development.” He also said, “Every really new idea looks crazy at first.”
With these thoughts in mind, Aquarius, I will tell you that you are now in the Season of the Silly Question. I invite you to enjoy dreaming up such queries. And as you indulge in that fertile pleasure, include another: Celebrate the Season of Crazy Ideas.
PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): We all love to fol low stories: the stories we live, the stories that unfold for people we know, and the stories told in movies, TV shows, and books. A dispropor tionately high percentage of the entertain ment industry’s stories are sad or tormented or horrendously painful. They influence us to think such stories are the norm. They tend to darken our view of life. While I would never try to coax you to avoid all those stories, Pisces, I will encourage you to question whether maybe it’s wise to limit how many you absorb. The coming weeks will be an excellent time to explore this possibility. Be willing to say, “These sad, tormented, painful stories are not ones I want to invite into my imagination.”
Try this experiment: For the next three weeks, seek out mostly uplifting tales.
In October, husband-andwife owners Charles Reeves and Holly Cluse announced that beloved Burlington eatery Penny Cluse Café will close this year. Eva visited a few times to talk with staff and regulars about what this spot has meant to the community for the past 25 years. And she had her favorite meal one last time.
LOVE TO EXPLORE!
Relationships take time and develop with honesty. I hope to get to know someone who wants to be spontaneous and head out for the weekend. Explore museums, castles, trails and more. I do love being on the back of a motorcycle, too. Exploring New England to start.
crystalrene, 50, seeking: M, l
VIVACIOUS FEMME VITALE
Here we are, searching for that special person who can add the missing element. Hoping to find someone genuine and secure in himself, solvent in finance and enjoying some of the things I like — outdoors, cooking, watching movies, walking in woods or talking over a cuppa something good. Simple pleasures shared can become memorable and cherished moments. I await your call. sunni1sotrue 68, seeking: M, l
INTUITIVE, CARING, LOVE BEING OUTSIDE
I am a passionate, fit, caring, downto-earth woman looking to share adventures. I love to be active — hiking, skiing, running, yoga. I love to travel, as I am fascinated by the different ways people live their lives. I hope to have honest, interesting, authentic conversations where we really get to know each other. Let’s meet for coffee or a drink!
lovemountains 57, seeking: M, l
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I’m a people person who needs nature and witty friends. I’m politically engaged but not obsessively so. I’m humanist; love animals and nature. I do improv and teach it. I love traveling and large bodies of water and swimming in them. I love cycling. tobeytomorrow, 64, seeking: M, Q, l
MAN BITES DOG
This is the worst part because there is no right answer, and it’s a pass/fail exam. I’m a Unique Woman (standard package, no upgrades). I like a comfortable silence almost as much as comfortable banter. Lead with your second-best opener, unless it’s late in the season.
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MATURE, INDEPENDENT AND LOYAL
I have a variety of interests and am always open to learning about what others do for fun. I’m not really a couch potato, but I’m not a regular at the gym either. I’m completely comfortable in my own space, keeping myself happily occupied most of the time. That being said, a special someone would be a welcomed diversion. SJ065 57 seeking: M, l
ENERGETIC, CREATIVE, HONEST, INDEPENDENT
I am a combination of outdoorswoman, ballroom dancer and retired application developer. Hardworking, honest, funloving, romantic. Family is important to to me. I have a log cabin in the NEK that I love. Hoping to find someone to laugh, learn and explore with.
Friends first. College grad, Caucasian. Cabingirl 66, seeking: M, l
LOVER OF GOD SEEKS SAME
Tall and slender, athletic, active and fun, pretty enough and youthful, mother of adult kids, Swiss German American. I’m passionate and singleminded, vulnerable yet capable. I would love to rest in the arms of a kindred spirit. Love to travel, hate to pack. Ivy League education. Have always asked the big questions of life. Hope you do, too. Govinda 66 seeking: M, l
NATURE LOVING ARTIST
Looking for new friends for local hikes, bikes, boating, concerts. Would love a travel partner, especially to warmer climes in the winter, and if love grows, that would be fabulous. I am widely traveled. Creative lifelong learner. I prefer a chat on the phone or FaceTime rather than lots of typing! Also love to just be at home, cooking, gardening, reading, watching movies. Artfulllife, 65, seeking: M, W, l
START WITH FRIENDSHIP
Easygoing and loyal woman looking for friends first, casual dating and seeing what the future holds. Love everything about nature and being outdoors. Avid reader. Road trips. Art. Music. Wildlife. Open to trying almost anything! New experiences help us learn and open our minds. Vaccinated, boosted and masked as appropriate. Happy to share photos privately.
Artfully_Outdoors 57, seeking: M
ENJOY LIFE BEFORE I’M DEAD
Looking for someone to share time with. Traveling is one of my passions. I enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking, walking, snowshoeing, music, dancing and playing cards. I love spending time with family and friends and my little dog. ladyinvt 66, seeking: M, l
SEEKING LIFE PARTNER
I giggle a lot and have a tendency to talk fast. I love to read, write, explore new towns, travel, grow flowers, dance and spend time with my dogs. I am looking for a man who will appreciate me, make me feel safe, be patient and kind — someone not afraid of honesty and who can communicate his feelings well; someone who knows himself. _bluesky_kindofday, 36, seeking: M, l
INFP DOESN’T FIT ANY BOXES
Fiber artist, long-distance backpacker, writer, weaver, teleskier, farmer. Uses a chain saw, dresses up as needed. Never makeup or heels. Strong and physical. Sometimes wants holding and comfort. Friendships are the most important things in my life. Seeking a true partnership, committed to seeing the best in each other. Mutual support, working through difficult moments and sharing playtime are all important to me. Ann 65, seeking: M, l
CREATIVE WOMAN WITH PASSION FOR SUNSETS
Vermont and Florida. Best of both worlds. Looking for a best friend. Last first date. Happy camper. Love photography, reading, birding, movies, cooking, writing, together time, some alone time, a pal who has time and wants to warm up in the winters. Readunderthetrees 72 seeking: M, l
CARPE DIEM, EXPLORE!
Active lifestyle. Curious about all things! Humor and laughter are important. Creating, Building, Hands on. Good food w/ great conversation. DeNe, 65, seeking: W
GRINNING GRANOLA GLAMPER
Currently single in central Vermont/ New Hampshire, seeking compatible peeps for fun and friendship (possible LTR and/or FWB). Clean, energetic, love to laugh, create new projects/events and volunteer. Yoga, meditation and sound/ vibrations connect me to Source (or your preferred name for It). ShivaShakti 61, seeking: M, W, TW, NC, NBP, l
I CAN’T TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY
Looking for someone who’s maybe just a little bit crazy but definitely not any crazier than me! (If you’re not a little bit crazy, there’s something very seriously wrong with you.) I expect to get a huge response to this ad, so please be patient and I will get back to you as time permits. Stilgar, 70, seeking: W, l
OLDER FUN LOVER
LOOKING FOR GOOD TIMES
Tall, a little fluffy, experimental, clean and mostly smooth. Looking to meet other fun people. weldon72, 74, seeking: M
I am a decent and hardworking man. People love to see the moon and stars in the sky, but my eyes just love to see my love’s happy and smiling face! abelfirm, 55, seeking: W, l
CONTENT IN THE NEK
I’ve relocated to Vermont as part of several very positive changes in my life. Glad and grateful for how things are shaking out up here in the Kingdom. Still, I’d like to meet someone as keen as I am for conversation, exploring the state/region and seeing what might develop. NeitherFoldedNorSpindled 56, seeking: W, l
HERE COMES FUN
Looking to jump back in and meet someone new. Sami, 59, seeking: W, l
JUST A GUY FISHING
First, I work weekends, Thursday evening to Sunday morning. I spend my free time traveling. I don’t have a type. There is something beautiful in all, but it would be nice if you could ride with me or beside me on a motorcycle — not a deal breaker. Skinny or voluptuous, it’s your mind that makes you attractive and sexy. Gs1250a, 64 seeking: W, l
We will see. jasorro, 30, seeking: W
READY TO PLAY
I am looking for a fun-loving, beachloving activity partner. I love playing in water; you should, too. I enjoy some good humor. I can laugh at myself. I enjoy cards and board games when the weather chases me indoors. vtswimmer 54, seeking: W
EARLY MORNING FUN,
I am 52-y/o bi white male. 5’9, 185 pounds, average build, dad body, good-looking. Want to explore another side of myself with the right person. Looking for someone who is honest, loyal and can be discreet. Must be early mornings near Burlington. I’m open-minded and versatile. AsherLindon2113, 52 seeking: M
SMART, KIND AND PLAYFUL
Easygoing, quick to smile, quiet observer with a handsome profile, living in the mountains of Vermont. A confirmed HSP and INFJ with an eye for the arts, a good listener, an appreciator of intelligence, soul and silence. Searching for a friend and long-term companion to create and share a celebration of this short life. divinecomedy, 66 seeking: W, l
ARE YOU THE ONE?
Short and sweet: I’m a proud dad of four boys all grown up. I enjoy being outdoors and have interests in off-grid country living. Was a dairy farmer for 15 years, so know my way around the farm and critters. Looking to share a great life with a special person. If you want to know more, just ask. Milchmann1968, 54, seeking: W
FOR SERIOUS RELATIONSHIP
I am a pastor and the executive director of ELOI Ministries, a nonprofit organization promoting human rights in Africa. I live in Colchester and am a donor impact and relationship manager for the DREAM Program. I am looking for a serious relationship. I love getting together with friends, traveling and growing vegetables in my garden. Originally from Uganda. STENDO 37, seeking: W, l
NONBINARY PEOPLE seeking...
SENIOR LADY LOVEBUG
Hello, want to be email pals first? Are you cute, young 60ish? Looking for a straight, educated man, sorta wealthy, loving, easygoing. Friends to start, flirting OK. Try new foods, places, etc. In the end, I would love to love and be loved, like the old-schoolers did. Sammyd 73, seeking: M
REALIST WHO IS OPEN-MINDED
I’m an honest, down-to-earth person who has been through a lot in life and is looking for companionship since I’m new to the area. I’m not like most people in that I feel people are afraid to talk to me. I don’t go out of my way to make friends. I wait for them to come to me. BreBri2022, 37, seeking: M, W, Cp
EASYGOING COUPLE LOOKING FUN
Married couple looking to spice it up with other like-minded people. Jandjsovt, 52, seeking: Cp
LOVERS OF LIFE
We are a 40s couple, M/F, looking for adventurous encounters with openminded, respectful M/F or couples. Looking to enjoy sexy encounters, FWBs, short term or long term. sunshines, 42, seeking: M, W, Q, Cp
LOOKING FOR OUR MAN!
Ideally hoping for a throuple/FWB situation. Us: established M/F couple. DD-free. (She: 44, straight BBW; he: 46, bi MWM). Drinks, 420-friendly, fires, get outside, music, Netflix and chill, always horny. You: DD-free, clean, masculine bi male(30ish to 50ish) who works and knows how to enjoy life! A little rough/hard (top, real man, etc.) with a compassionate heart and a bit of a snuggler. Connection is key. Let’s chat and get to know each other, then play! ginganddaddy 46, seeking: M
EXPLORING THREESOMES AND FOURSOMES
We are an older and wiser couple discovering that our sexuality is amazingly hot! Our interest is another male for threesomes or a couple. We’d like to go slowly, massage you with a happy ending. She’d love to be massaged with a happy ending or a dozen. Would you be interested in exploring sexuality with a hot older couple? DandNformen 66 seeking: M, TM, NC, Cp, l
COUPLE LOOKING FOR SOME FUN
My husband and I are looking for some fun with a woman or a couple to join us for some drinks and a good time. Let us know if you are interested.
Torshamayo 40, seeking: M, W, Cp
EXPERIENCE SOMETHING NEW
We are a loving couple of over five years. Love to play and try new things. Spend free time at the ledges. Looking for people to play with. Perhaps dinner, night out and maybe breakfast in the morning. Looking for open-minded men, women or couples who enjoy fun times and new experiences. 2newAdventurers, 54 seeking: M, W, Cp, Gp 2 + 1 = 3SOME
My husband and I are a very happily married couple looking for a woman to add to our relationship. We have talked extensively about a third and look forward to meeting the right woman. We are a very down-to-earth, outdoor-loving couple. Very secure in our relationship. We would like a relationship with a woman with an honest persona. Outdoorduo1vt 53, seeking: W, l
WHY KNOT BE THEIR SQUARED?
My GPS brought me to your location twice. I didn’t catch your name, and I bet you can’t guess mine! When: Saturday, November 13, 2021. Where: in the eyes of the world. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915671
I saw your message a month after you posted it. Sorry for the late reply. I bet Ruby is out of treats; should I bring some more? When: Saturday, September 24, 2022. Where: Shelburne Bay Park. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915669
SAXON MOUNTAIN BIKER, GREAT SMILE
You ﬁnished your ride and loaded up your orange mountain bike onto your black Subaru. ere were numerous glances between us while I stood chatting with my friends. As you drove away, you gave a very friendly smile and wave. It would be great to say hello, maybe do a bike ride or hike, or even just have a drink sometime. When: Sunday, November 6, 2022. Where: Saxon Hill Rd. parking lot. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915668
HAVE WE MET?
Maybe, or in another life? Like me, you’re weary of running away from, running to catch up, running in circles. Let’s be still, be patient and have faith; we will be together soon. en let’s practice those qualities in our union every day. How will we know we have found each other? Love, it will be love that feels right. When: Saturday, November 5, 2022. Where: to be destined by summer 2023. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915667
Two and a half years, and you still visit my dreams and almost every thought day-to-day! When: Saturday, June 6, 2020. Where: in my dreams. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915670
BEAUTIFUL BRUNETTE, VFCU
I was in a black truck at the teller window at lunchtime, in South Burlington. You are a stunning brunette with a great smile! You helped me with a shared branch banking transaction. Wanna grab a coffee sometime? When: ursday, October 27, 2022. Where: VFCU. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915666
I SPY MVISLANDDREAMIN
Saw your proﬁle in the personals; sent a message. Please read and hopefully get back to me. When: Sunday, October 30, 2022. Where: Personals. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915665
You were walking up Church Street with a bag from Phoenix and an iced matcha. I am envious of your afternoon with new books and a sweet drink. If you’d be interested in having company next time, I’d be thrilled to join you. When: Saturday, October 29, 2022. Where: top block of Church St. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915664
HELP WITH CROSSWORD?
I was with someone else when we met at the movie theater — unfortunately. We’re fellow alumni, and you were wearing ... maybe a reddish sweater? Dressed like a professor? I dashed out to the nearest pile of Seven Days speciﬁcally for the puzzles, since you didn’t have one to share. I haven’t ﬁnished the crossword yet; I thought maybe you’d like to help? When: ursday, October 27, 2022. Where: the Marquis. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915663
I was going to message you, but it looks like you are now off this site. If you see this message, holler back. I, too, like to take long car rides. When: Wednesday, October 26, 2022. Where: Seven Days Personals. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915661
FILM FESTIVAL BEAUTY
We spoke at the festival at the entrance of Alcarràs (7 p.m.). While I was fussing about being late, I sensed signs of attraction. It’s mutual. I noticed your gorgeous face and long, curly dark hair. I’m a woman (seeking a woman), mixed race, with long curly hair. Let’s create our own story. When: Saturday, October 22, 2022. Where: Vermont International Film Festival. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915662
JUST A STONE’S THROW AWAY
You know when you meet someone, still remember their name months later, run into them again and only say “hi” but not their name because you don’t want them to feel uncomfortable? at was the case when I saw you and your dog in the woods by the creek. e pool’s closed, so how about a walk? When: Friday, October 21, 2022. Where: Essex Junction. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915660
ADIDAS AT COMEDY CLUB
If your name is James, you wear blue Adidas sneakers, like brown boots and have half a brain, maybe we could ﬁnish that conversation face-to-face? When: Friday, October 21, 2022. Where: Comedy Club. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915659
HIKER PLAYING ‘WOULD YOU RATHER’
“Would you rather fart all day or have a booger hanging out?” I mean, what guy can resist a line like that? Your smile almost stopped my heart. Also, no ring on your left hand. I hope someone in your hiking group sees this. Would you like to get together for a few friendly rounds of “Would you rather”? When: Saturday, October 22, 2022. Where: on the trail of Stowe Pinnacle. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915658
SAW YOU AT SHAW’S
You are very beautiful, and I would like to date you. Some of my interests include reading, working out, bicycle riding and other things. I can cook, too! I would like to ﬁnd out your interests, as well. I live across from the store. Please get back to me. I want to see you! Sincerely, Jay. When: Monday, October 10, 2022. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915657
WE SAW EACH OTHER AT SHAW’S
Hello. You are very beautiful. If you were here, I would invite you into my life. When: Monday, October 10, 2022. Where: Shaw’s. You: Man. Me: Man. #915653
De Holl O’Dea,
CROSSING PATHS AT PRESTON POND
I was surﬁng on a rock, trying to cross a puddle at Preston Pond with my pup during peak foliage, and you were hiking solo. In our brief encounter, you pointed out the snow-capped mountains in the distance. Want to hike together sometime? When: Saturday, October 8, 2022. Where: Preston Pond trail. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915656
BEAUTIFUL BRUNETTE IN BLUE VAN
I see you in Essex driving in your blue van. You have gorgeous dark hair and a pretty face. Sometimes you leave Dunkin’ in your scrubs. People are fortunate to be in your care. If you have a family, they must be very lucky. You may see me waving at you from my red Jeep. I hope you wave back. When: ursday, October 20, 2022. Where: Essex. You: Man. Me: Man. #915655
COLORFUL LIGHT, MAIN STREET LANDING Your orange puffy coat was the perfect match for the light made pink by the trees. When: Tuesday, October 18, 2022. Where: Main Street Landing. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915654
BURLY BAGEL BAKERY & CAFÉ
I spied a dude with longish hair working behind the counter. I glanced at you and then again — awkwardly (sorry). I was wearing a Carhartt beanie and clear glasses. I thought you were super cute and am wondering if you’re single. If so, coffee sometime? When: Sunday, October 16, 2022. Where: South Burlington Bagel Bakery. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915650
ARCHIE’S IN SHELBURNE
I saw you being sweet with your kids and wished I could have joined in your Frisbee game. I was in a yellow puffy coat at the next table with my parents. ere was excited talk of the playoffs. Something in your smile and presence struck me, and I wish I knew your name. When: Friday, October 14, 2022. Where: Archie’s Grill. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915648
BEAUTY WAITING OUTSIDE POCO
You were sitting on the bench outside, right by the door, waiting with a couple of friends. I’m the guy in the jean jacket. We had an eye contact that was electric. Please tell me you are single. If not, my apologies, and your partner is lucky. When: ursday, September 29, 2022. Where: Poco restaurant in Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915640
GEORGIA MARKET, SUNDAY 10/9/22
It was near 2 p.m. We were waiting to check out. You had two bags of sugar, and you were wearing a black coat and jeans. I was also in a black coat and wearing shorts in the cold weather. If by chance you’re single, I would enjoy getting to know you. Hope your Sunday (and assumed baking) went well. When: Sunday, October 9, 2022. Where: Georgia Market. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915646
You have been spied, young lady! We should talk! When: ursday, September 29, 2022. Where: here. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915639
THANK YOU FOR DOG TREATS
You left some dog treats for Ruby at my car at Shelburne trails. Can I thank you with a drink? When: Saturday, September 24, 2022. Where: Shelburne Bay Park. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915636
GIRL AT THE THRIFT SHOP
We chatted and shared a few laughs. You are the cute brunette with the Tigger shirt. I’m the man who’s gray around the edges and told you a joke. ought maybe we had a moment. Would you like to grab a coffee and chat? When: Saturday, September 17, 2022. Where: Replays. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915632
ON CAMEL’S HUMP SUMMIT
We talked about the trails on the mountain and about your work as a traveling nurse — up here until December. Afterward, I was sorry we weren’t going down the same way. If you’d like to get together for a hike or a coffee, that would be cool. When: Saturday, September 17, 2022. Where: the summit of Camel’s Hump. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915631
Saw you dropping off my trash and recycling at CSWD. You were in scrubs. I was questioning my parking abilities. Your smile made my day, and your encouragement for better parking days ahead felt right. Coffee? Talk trash? When: Wednesday, September 14, 2022. Where: CSWD drop-off center. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915629
De Rev end,
My partner always defers to his parents and older brother when planning holidays. He and I would love to host or at least just not have to travel every time. His brother says work is too busy for him to take time off, and the parents guilt my partner into making the trip. How do I get him to stand up for what we want?
Holl O’Dea (FEMALE, 34)
I’m the youngest of eight kids, and I was well into my forties before I started hosting anksgiving at my house. As the baby of his family, your partner is most likely used to going with the festive ﬂow. But just because that’s how things have always been doesn’t mean that’s how they have to stay.
It’s probably too late to change plans now, but you can use this year’s visit to start a conversation about switching things up. Confrontation can be uncomfortable, but be honest and handle it as a team. His family needs to realize that it’s not fair for you two to do all the traveling — it’s
expensive and stressful. If you get the parents on board, they can help convince the brother to come to you. Surely he could make arrangements with his job well in advance.
If his family can’t be swayed, be prepared to tell them that you’re going to sit the next one out. ey’ll be disappointed and probably try to change your minds, but stick to your guns. You aren’t selﬁsh for wanting to have a holiday at home. You can get creative with virtual family bonding via Zoom or FaceTime — and there will always be more celebrations in the future.
Good luck and God bless,
What’s your problem?
brother could with prepared You
I’m a 57-y/o woman. Not married, no children. I stay as healthy as I can. Educated, mostly by deep life experience. Need a dedicated relationship with a man who understands me and treats our unit as No. 1. Need to live in the country. Calm, gardens, sounds of nature, sunset. Please be honest, thoughtful and kind. Be able to relate well to others and be well liked. Phone number, please. #1620
I’m a 70-y/o WF seeking a 70-plus WM. (#1604, I’m interested.) Was widowed 10 years ago and am lonely and seeking a companion. I love being outdoors and seeing birds and animals. Car travel is fun for me. #1618
Young-looking baby boomer woman seeks the same in a male partner. Time is precious. I’m a humanist looking for a nonsmoking, honest, good person. Seeking an occasional drinker without drug or anger issues. Ninety-ﬁve percent Democrat and young-at-heart woman who doesn’t drink is looking for a partner, not a serial dater (aka bachelor). #1619
Calling all bottom fem guys, trans into stockings, high heels, painted ﬁngers, toenails. Any race, young or old. Gay, bi, straight. Always horny. Spend the weekend together. No drugs or smoke. Clean. Phone. #1617
Along life’s highway: 1967 Canadian traditional sedan, high mileage but good steelbelted radials and rust-free, AM/FM radio, power steering, child’s car seat, seeks lightly used sporty 2000 Christian, low-maintenance family van (no child seat), 8-track a plus, for shared travel. #1614
Discreet oral bottom. 54-y/o SWM, 5’8, slim, dark hair, blue eyes. Seeking any well-hung guys, 18 to 55 y/o, who are a good top and last a long time for more than one around. Phone only, but text. Champlain Valley. #L1615
I am a SWM, young-looking 52 y/o in search of a trans woman. Not into drugs or 420 and not into a lot of drinking. Someone who wants to be treated like a lady in public and freaky in private. I am very respectful, romantic, physically passionate and enjoy some kinky situations. I enjoy a lot of outdoor activities, like swimming (sometimes skinny-dipping), camping, ﬁshing, walks and bike rides. I also like quiet nights at home, snuggling and watching movies. If you want to know more about me, please write. #1616
I’m a GMW (59 y/o) looking for younger guys who like to have fun with older men. I’m very adventurous, like everything and am in need of a good workover. Rutland area. Call or text. #1613
Happily married older couples who’ve enjoyed some wonderful sensual encounters with other single M/F and couples. Seeking sensual encounters. Chat, sensual massage for starters. Well traveled, fun and outdoorsy. #1612
I’m a male, 78, seeking a female, 50-plus, to come live with me and do cooking and house cleaning. I have two dogs to take care of. I like outdoor work and hunting. I need someone to be with me to love. #1611
41-y/o male, formerly moderately handsome, now world-weary, depressed and socially isolated, looking for 30- to 50-y/o female to share time with. I’m über friendly and considerate, but years of depression and self-doubt have rendered me something of a self-hating loner. Interested to hear about you and your story. #1609
I’m a SWM seeking a SBF. Kinkier the better. Love women’s clothes, high heels and stockings. Very clean. Phone. #1605
I’m a female seeking the person who waved at me (almost two months ago) by the liquor warehouse in Winooski. You were interested in me, but I told you I had someone else. Now I realize I’m interested in you. You drove a newer-model gray truck. #1610
Gracious, attentive, educated, humorous soul seeks a ﬁt, tender and natural female counterpart (52 to 65) to bask in autumn splendor. I prefer simplicity over complexity, quiescence over commotion and creativity over conformity. Hot cider and ginger cookies await! #1607
Female, 60, seeks an intelligent, curious and open man to ponder/explore things like the perfect bite of a meal, the wonder of the stars, the meaning behind a piece of art, the answers to a crossword puzzle and more. #1606
I’m a 70-y/o male seeking a woman, 60 to 75 y/o. I’m active, love the outdoors, walks on beaches and camping. Alone and lonely. Would like to meet for companionship. #1604
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