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HELPING HANDS Richmond rallies for paralyzed teacher PAGE 14


THE BREAKFAST CLUB Giving thanks for Penny Cluse PAGE 36

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In January, Vermont’s minimum wage will rise to $13.18 an hour. That’s still not enough to live on.

Burlington city councilors approved a measure on Monday that could allow mayoral, school board and election official contests to be decided with ranked-choice voting. They also voted to extend voting rights in local elections to noncitizens who are legal residents. Both changes would require amending the city’s charter, which must be approved by voters, legislators and the governor. Pending approval from Mayor Miro Weinberger, the items will be on the Town Meeting Day ballot in March. But the mayor’s sign-off is no sure thing. In 2020, he vetoed a resolution to use ranked-choice voting in mayoral, school board and city council elections but later allowed a council-only version to pass. As for the latest proposal, Weinberger “is reviewing the resolution and related material on voting systems” and will make a decision before the council’s next meeting on December 5, a spokesperson said. On Monday, the ranked-choice voting item garnered mixed responses; some councilors raised concerns that school commissioners hadn’t had enough time to review it. It passed by a 7-3 vote. Ranked-choice balloting allows voters to choose candidates in order of preference. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of votes in the first round, the contest goes to an instant runoff in which the last-place finisher is eliminated and votes for that person are assigned to voters’ second choices. The process continues until one candidate hits the 50-percent-plus-one threshold.



A hiker on Mount Mansfield spotted a purple crowberry bush, a plant not identified in Vermont since 1908. Its exact location is a state secret.

That’s how many new-to-Vermont bee species were discovered during the first-ever assessment of the state’s bee population.



1. “How Family-Owned Vermont Rail System Became the Little Economic Engine That Could” by Ken Picard. Vermont’s freight railroad network is the unsung workhorse that hauls vast volumes of raw materials, fuel and finished goods throughout the state. 2. “Twenty Years Ago, Champlain College Basketball Went Away, and So Did a Piece of Burlington” by Clayton Trutor. Crowds used to pack Memorial Auditorium to watch the Beavers play. 3. “Barre Family Featured in HBO Max Documentary ‘Santa Camp’” by Sally Pollak. Fin Ciappara’s interest in being Santa is depicted in the new film. 4. “‘Violence and Despair’: The New York Times on Burlington’s Bike Thefts” by Derek Brouwer. The Old Gray Lady painted a bleak picture of the Queen City. 5. “Vermont Fine Builds on the Legacy of Richmond’s Kitchen Table Bistro” by Jordan Barry. Chef-owners Chelsea Morgan and Tom D’Angelo are turning out delicious dishes in a historic building that once housed the Kitchen Table.

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Proponents say ranked-choice voting is more democratic than the city’s current system, which requires just 40 percent of the vote to win. Opponents, however, say the system is flawed and point to the 2009 mayoral election, in which Progressive Bob Kiss won the mayor’s office despite falling short in the first two rounds of ranked-choice voting. Voters repealed the system in 2010 but resurrected it in 2021 for city council elections. It will be used in a special East District election on December 6. The noncitizen voting proposal passed unanimously with no debate. The measure recognizes that noncitizens are equally affected by their local government as those born here but have no say in policies. City voters rejected noncitizen voting in 2015, and, while councilors resurrected the issue in 2019, they left the question off the March 2020 ballot. If the measure were approved, Burlington would join Winooski and Montpelier in allowing all legal residents to vote. Winooski and Montpelier both fought hard to make that happen. Voters there approved charter changes — as did lawmakers — but Gov. Phil Scott subsequently vetoed the proposals in June 2021. Lawmakers overrode the veto, and months later, the Vermont GOP and Republican National Committee sued, claiming the changes violated a provision in the Vermont Constitution that limits voting to U.S. citizens ages 18 and over. Both suits were dismissed earlier this year. Read Courtney Lamdin’s full story at


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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is asking deer hunters to practice some amateur dentistry to help determine the health of the state’s herd. For the seventh consecutive year, officials are asking hunters who kill a buck to yank a middle incisor tooth from the dead animal and send it in for analysis. At the lab, the teeth are cut into cross sections and studied to determine the age of the deer, using a process “similar to counting the rings on trees,” said Katherina Gieder, a biometrician and research manager for the

department. Measuring the proportion of teeth that fall into each age group leads to a population estimate. That allows the state to make informed herd management decisions. “If we know the size of the deer [population], we can estimate the density of each region,” Gieder said. “And then we can assess whether that density is biologically in balance with the ecosystem or not. Or whether it’s changing for another reason that we should have our eyes out for, like climate changerelated habitat changes.” The number of deer that hunters see is also tracked. A video on the department’s website provides a tooth-extraction tutorial for

hunters. Envelopes to submit them are available at all deer reporting stations across the state. The regular hunting season is already under way and runs through November 27. The department has studied deer teeth in the lab since 2005 but has only outsourced the work of collecting them to hunters since 2015. Last season, hunters turned in around 3,000 teeth. Based on their analysis, officials estimated that Vermont’s deer population was about 128,000. Biologists also measure deer weight and characteristics of bucks’ antlers. “All that put together, we do get really quality data,” Gieder said. LILY DOTON





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Last year I died in Burlington. Couldn’t breathe. Called 911. In minutes the ambulance arrived. Six guys threw me on the floor of the ambulance, ripped off my shirt and took my vitals. No heartbeat — no oxygen to the brain. Out came a glowing green square. Someone says, “This will hurt.” They bammed me twice. Two days later I woke up from a coma, and a nurse rushed over to me. “Someone has to tell you what happened: You were dead for six-plus minutes. No heartbeat. No oxygen to the brain. The betting was 7-to-3 for a body bag.” But I woke up. Death sent me back to life. We are old friends. Your article let me know there are many others who have had near-death experiences [“Knocking on Heaven’s Door,” October 26]. Life after death is different, as my girlfriend Diane sings, mangling some lyrics: “…I see my life’s light shining, from the west out to the east. Any day now, any way now, I shall be deceased.” Joseph Moses Suruda



[Re From the Publisher: “Cluse Encounters,” October 12]: Penny Cluse is closing. Heartbreaking news. When a restaurant serves a town like Burlington for 25 years, it is more than just a restaurant. It is a part of the community. I come from a big family. When they visited, Penny Cluse would set up a long table on the second floor so sisters, brothers, spouses, nieces and nephews could all sit down to breakfast together. When I got married, Penny Cluse catered the barbecue on the wedding eve. Once again, a family gathered around a meal to celebrate being together: ribs and hot dogs, roasted corn salad and peach cobbler. When I attended the University of Vermont, we arranged a Convocation of Thanks for families of loved ones who donated their bodies to the Anatomical Gift Program. It was my job to ask for food donations from the business community, just some simple appetizers. Chef-owner Charles Reeves donated massive platters of sandwiches. “People will be hungry,” he noted. He was right. Today when I ate breakfast at Penny Cluse, I looked around: students, families, farmers from the Intervale having a breakfast meeting, prints from a local artist hanging on the walls. Community.

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I wish Charles Reeves and Holly Cluse the very best in their next endeavor. And I thank them for being such a giving, thriving part of our community.

Probably inadvertently, Sullivan has put her finger on the challenge of having “real conversations around the topic of firearms,” to quote prof Donovan. While firearms owners outright enjoy them and find guns useful and adding value to their lives, others, usually non-gun owners, tend to focus on negative imagery and their symbolism vis-à-vis perceived social or political ills. Their representations often seem silly or untethered to the reality familiar to most owners. It’s going to be really difficult having a constructive conversation coming from such divergent perspectives!

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[Re “Warning Shots,” November 2]: Rev. Diane Sullivan’s choice of a pile of .22LR casings as optics for a cover article on gun violence struck me as nothing short of tongue in cheek! That empty shell is most often found wherever tin cans and targets are plinked or small game hunted, or littering the firing line at the national biathlon training center in Underhill. Lying on a city street with a numbered pylon next to it, not so much — unless, perhaps, the shooter’s street name is Squeaky or Mini-Me. Things came into sharper focus upon reading [“Plowshares Into Swords: Matt Donovan’s The Dug-Up Gun Museum Delves Into the American Obsession With Firearms,” November 2], which explains the role of art as “potent metaphor” and useful initiator of “vital conversations” HOUSING JAM DIGGING IT about gun violence and our nation’s ongoing “worshipping,” “fetishizing” and “eroticizing” of firearms. This, from a Smith College poet who doesn’t own any. My granny and all three of her sisters were Smithies.

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[Re “Conservative Legal Group Sues After Randolph Student Suspended,” October 28, online]: Bravo to Randolph Union High School for its response to the ignorant and ill-informed student bullying of the transgender teen involved. But reading a bit of the content of the letter sent by her parent — a coach? — I can see the student is not to be blamed. Before you send your kids out into an ever-changing world, educate yourself so you can educate your child. You do a huge disservice to them by not doing so. Stay strong, Randolph High administrators. It is an important lesson for us all.


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11 Magnificent 7 35 Side Dishes 60 Soundbites 64 Album Reviews 66 Movie Review 105 Ask the Reverend

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Life Lines Food + Drink Culture Art Music + Nightlife On Screen Calendar Classes Classifieds + Puzzles 101 Fun Stuff 104 Personals

FOOD +DRINK 34 No Thanks

A Burlington chef with Abenaki heritage makes his own harvest meal

A Bounty of Gratitude for Penny Cluse Notable devotees give thanks for the soon-toclose landmark Burlington eatery

Last Lunch

The end of an era at Penny Cluse Café



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From the Publisher

Sights for Soaring Eyes

Still Allie

A young teacher adapts to a new reality with the help of her community

Getting Wired

Living and working better thanks to new high-speed internet

Progressive Setback

The party label is losing its luster in Montpelier

In his new book of drone photography, Caleb Kenna rediscovers Vermont from above

44 Perilous Flight

An immigration lawyer-turnednovelist taps her clients’ true stories of gang violence for material

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Book review: I entered without words, Jody Gladding

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Border Lines

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In “Roxham Road to North Elba,” photographer Bill McDowell documents a path to freedom



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In October, husband-and-wife owners Charles SUPPORTED BY: 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.




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Sweet Stuff Much better than seeing how the sausage gets made is seeing how the sweet stuff gets made at Laughing Moon Chocolates’ Candy Cane Making Demonstrations in Stowe. Curious locals watch as sugar workers boil, pull, turn, roll and twist festive treats that taste of peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, wintergreen and — what else? — maple. Onlookers can even make their own for $6 each.




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IN THE LOOP Rhode Island roots rocker Will Evans, formerly of the band Barefoot Truth, stops by the Barre Opera House on his ongoing journey toward solo superstardom. His inventive arrangements display his mastery of the looper pedal, didgeridoo, guitar, beatboxing and more, and his uplifting lyrics reflect his priorities as an environmentalist.

Holiday weekenders jolt themselves out of their Turkey Day stupors at an uproarious screening of the Buster Keaton classic Our Hospitality at Epsilon Spires in Brattleboro. Organist Jeff Rapsis plays a live score to soundtrack this satirical send-up of the legendary Hatfield-McCoy feud, and Keaton superfans enjoy a double dose of comedic genius thanks to the opening short film, “The Scarecrow.” SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 68


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No Strings Marionette turns Randolph’s Chandler Center for the Arts into an intimate performance space for the all-ages fairy tale Wasabi. With puppeteers in full view so the audience can appreciate their handiwork, the story follows spunky Princess Aja as she quests to rescue her love, Prince Olaf, from a nasty neighborhood dragon. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 70


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Anyone who’s got too many holiday parties lined up and not enough ideas for what to bring can find relief at the virtual City Market, Onion River Co-op class Holiday Baked Goods for Gifting. Underhill baker Audrey Bernstein demonstrates how to make three different kinds of chocolate truffles and shortbread cookies perfect for gifts and festive shindigs.

What, Like It’s Hard? In the latest of the Flynn’s touring Broadway offerings, Legally Blonde: The Musical takes Burlington by storm with a high-energy ode to girl power. Elle Woods won’t let sexism, snobby WASPs, or her undying love of all things pink and sparkly stop her from rising to the top of her class at Harvard Law School in this hilarious musical extravaganza.



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Visual artist, musician and stunt performer Sam Bartlett presents a new solo show at McCarthy Art Gallery at Colchester’s Saint Michael’s College. His sardonic, cartoon-inspired sculptures, cut from reclaimed wood and painted freehand, evoke the feral joy of music making and getting eaten by crocodiles. SEE GALLERY LISTING ON PAGE 54



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I’m not a casual shopper. I generally wait until it has to happen, then power through a long list, spending money like a drunken sailor. Last week it dawned on me that my bra — singular — predates the pandemic. About the same time, the cold northwest wind delivered another realization: I needed a hat. And so I found myself at the top of Burlington’s Church Street last Friday just as city workers were erecting the colossal Christmas tree that would light up seven days later. No Nutcracker numbers were being piped in over loudspeakers yet, but Marketplace retailers looked fully stocked for the holiday shopping season. I wandered into Outdoor Gear Exchange and stood just inside the entryway, marveling at the inventory. The place was packed with everything I had totally forgotten I needed: Carhartt overalls, a new thermos, a headlamp, Darn Tough socks, cozy tops, snow pants, earmuffs. I was following the siren song of the camping section when I remembered what I came for. A hat. Right. Where were they? Here, there and everywhere — a brilliant merchandising strategy. I found a great one from Turtle Fur and, using all the willpower I could muster, resisted the temptation to buy everything else in the store. My success at OGE propelled me to Bertha Church — just to look,, I told myself. Minutes later, I was in a dressing room, reluctantly trying on bras. An expert sales clerk brought different models and sizes to me until we found one — even two! — that fit. You don’t get that kind of personal attention online. Two for two, I was feeling good. Confident enough, in fact, to seek out an item the next day on Shelburne Road. When my partner and I took our tree down in midJanuary, I noticed that about half the vintage lights had stopped working. Replacement bulbs were impossible to find, so with some dread I’d made a note to purchase a whole new string this year. That’s how I found myself at the Country Christmas Loft, clutching an empty box that once held our miniature light set. A live Santa Claus greeted customers just inside the door, but he ignored me. An astute store employee swooped in and asked if she could help. I was never happier to see a sales clerk. She led me through the maze of little rooms packed with floor-to-ceiling tchotchkes to where all the lights are — a seizure waiting to happen. If I’d been alone, I wouldn’t have made it past the second

St. Nick — a “Jingle Bell Rock”-ing, animatronic one — in the middle of the store. “This is the closest thing to what you have there,” she said of the box I held, leading me to a small display of incandescent light products. She seemed aware that I had not made the transition to LED Christmas lights, of which there was a much larger selection of varying string lengths and bulb colors. I took it all in, bought what she recommended and followed her back to the front of the store to cash out. The whole shopping experience took all of five minutes. Until, walking back to my car with my purchases, I got to thinking: It might be nice to hang some white icicle lights outside this year. I saw some candles in there, too, that I liked. Surprising myself, I put the first batch of goods in the car, turned around and went back in for more. The Gift Guide inside this week’s Seven Days is full of resilient Vermont retailers. Sourced by our staff, the annual holiday shopping supplement offers creative, local recommendations for everyone we imagined to be on your list. For me, reading it had the same motivational effect as watching Carol I want to buy A Christmas Carol: presents for everyone. Need more reasons to patronize local merchants, who, after two pandemic holiday seasons, are dreaming of a “normal” one? They sell cool stuff made by Vermonters, employ your neighbors, and help finance community events, sports teams, charities and, of course, local media such as this newspaper with their advertising. They show us things we didn’t know existed, then let us touch, feel and try them on. If you value that experience, be sure to support it this year.

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Still Allie

After a life-altering accident, a young teacher adapts to a new reality with the help of her community BY AL IS O N NO VAK •


llie Bianchi’s life was on a sky’sthe-limit trajectory. With a fresh college degree in hand, Bianchi, 23, had finished her first year at Barre City Elementary School working as a special educator, a job she’d dreamed about. She’d started on a master’s degree and still found time to babysit local kids she’d worked with since she was a teen. She was thinking about getting her own place and moving out of her childhood home in Richmond. Bianchi gravitated toward activities that allowed her to move her body. A former field hockey player at SUNY Cortland and high school dance team member, she liked to work off the stress of her job by rising before dawn in winter to scale the slopes at Jay Peak and Bolton Valley and ski back down. So it was no surprise that on a steamy summer Saturday, she’d end up mountain biking at Catamount Outdoor Family Center in Williston with two of her best friends. It was August 6, the day Bianchi’s life would be divided into before and after. The three friends were taking jumps off a rock no more than eight inches high when Bianchi’s front wheel turned slightly to the left as it hit the rock. She was propelled over her handlebars and into the grass. Her neck took the full impact of the fall. Bianchi knew immediately that something was wrong. Her arms dangled and her legs felt like they were above her head. When rescue workers loaded her into an ambulance, Bianchi offered her own prescient diagnosis: “I’m paralyzed, and I’m not going to walk again.” Doctors at the University of Vermont Medical Center found that she had bent her spine and fractured two vertebrae in her lower neck, rendering her quadriplegic, or paralyzed in all four limbs. They inserted two rods and eight screws in her spine. It did not take long for community members to rally to Bianchi’s side. Eleven days later, when she was taken to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston for eight weeks of occupational and physical 14



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therapy, helpers began making the Bianchis’ home in Richmond accessible for the new electric wheelchair she would now be using. It was the start of a season’s worth of supportive actions that friends and neighbors have taken to help Bianchi and her family face a new reality. Almost four months after the accident, Bianchi is adapting. Her injury is considered incomplete — meaning that

her spinal cord is still able to transmit some nerve signals to and from the brain — and she and her family have been encouraged by gradual improvements. Though Bianchi has only limited control of her hands, she has regained full motion in her arms and some strength and contractions in her arm muscles. She’s also getting back some sensation in her lower body. There are days — “a lot of days” — where “you just are like, This sucks. I hate this,” Bianchi said. But she also believes that something good can come out of her new circumstances. STILL ALLIE

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The shelter pod community on Burlington’s Elmwood Avenue won’t house anyone this year. The opening date has been delayed from late November to January, just as cold weather is rolling in. Part of a 10-point plan from Mayor Miro Weinberger to address housing shortages and homelessness, the project includes 30 small shelters outfitted with heat and electricity, plus showers and toilets in a separate modular unit. Samantha Dunn, who is overseeing the project as assistant director of community works at the city’s Community & Economic Development Office, told the Burlington City Council on Monday that the manufacturer of the communal bathroom unit is facing “severe supply chain and labor shortages that have impacted their production.” The pod village can’t open without those facilities, Dunn said. Five additional shelters, built by local company Up End This, are also behind schedule. Dunn said the final structures should be delivered before Christmas with an estimated opening in early January. She acknowledged that her original timeline was “overly optimistic.” The shelter project has faced delays from the start. Plans to open in July were postponed when the city couldn’t find a partner to manage the site. In September, the city found a match in affordable housing developer Champlain Housing Trust, whose CEO, Michael Monte, estimated that the shelters would be operational “before the holidays.” Once the shelters open, guests will be housed for six to eight months while caseworkers help them locate long-term housing. In a memo to councilors, Weinberger wrote that the city is working on plans to open a permanent affordable housing project on the lot once the shelter project ends in three years. The mayor also highlighted other steps the city has taken to help vulnerable Burlingtonians, including hiring a special assistant to end homelessness and using federal funds to increase staffing at the region’s coordinated entry program. The system helped more than 100 households find permanent housing between May and October, officials said. Other housing initiatives in the mayor’s 10-point plan include zoning changes to increase student housing on the University of Vermont Trinity Campus and expand residential development in the city’s South End. The Burlington Planning Commission is currently vetting both proposals, which will go to the council for a vote in January. m

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hen Liv Boyer had to attend a Zoom lecture during the pandemic, she’d shout a warning to her two homeschooled siblings, her mother and her father to power down their devices: “Hey! Everyone off!” the high schooler would yell across the family’s North Bennington home. Multiple users would cause the streaming audio to stutter and the video to freeze; she’d have no choice but to miss class. The slow connection was difficult for the rest of the family, as well. Liv’s father, Bryce, a commercial photographer, often has to send large files to clients. Bryce was used to making a 50-minute roundtrip trek to the town’s library — which has high-speed internet — to submit photography files. Sometimes, he made the trip three or four times per day if his client requested last-minute edits. It was exhausting. The Boyers had tried all sorts of options in an attempt to boost their internet speed. They even invested $500 to install a Starlink satellite dish, which ended up running slower than the cable hookup they had relied on. The family had expected slow Wi-Fi when they relocated to Vermont from Colorado five years ago. But the poor connection, Bryce acknowledged, was more detrimental to his family than anticipated.

All that changed a few weeks ago when the Southern Vermont Communications Union District hooked the Boyers up to high-speed fiber-optic cable as part of the state’s ambitious broadband deployment strategy, which is in its first stages of implementation. “We saw the trucks as they started to lay the cable, and I couldn’t believe it,” Boyer said. Technicians connected the family to a fiber-optic line for free. For $70 a month, the Boyers receive 800 megabits per second of speed — an upgrade, Bryce said, that has changed their lives. Now, Bryce can upload his photos from home, and the whole family can be online at once. “It’s amazing so far,” he said. “I can actually get work done.” The Boyers are among the rural Vermonters who are being connected to fiber for the first time, thanks to an influx of COVID-19 relief money directed at getting the state up to speed. The undertaking is nearly a decade in the making and has had a number of false starts. But the creation of the Vermont Community Broadband Board in 2021, established by Act 71 of the state legislature, is finally paying off — at least for some. Slowly, the state’s communication union districts — which cover 213 of GETTING WIRED

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news Still Allie « P.14 “I think I’m in a neat position where I’ve worked with kids with disabilities for so long, and now I’m someone who has one,” Bianchi said. “What can I do with that?” Her determined spirit doesn’t surprise those who know her well. The youngest of three siblings, Bianchi “was a kid I never worried about,” her mother, Lisa, said. “She’s always been so independent and self-reliant and hardworking.” “Allie is just somebody [whose] attitude does not waver from situation to situation, circumstance to circumstance,” said Rose Bedard, Bianchi’s high school dance coach. “She’s always found a way to shine … and shed her light on others.” That light has been reflected onto the Bianchi family in the aftermath of the accident. To help pay for her living costs and medical expenses, friends organized a GoFundMe page, which has collected more than $109,000 to date. Skida, a local ski apparel company, made hundreds of hats bearing “Allie Strong” tags as fundraising items. Local kids raised more than $1,000 by selling homemade cards at the Underhill Old Fashioned Harvest Market. Countless people sent cards or posted virtual notes on a CaringBridge website, where Lisa, a dental hygienist, writes periodic updates. “They didn’t just raise up Allie,” Lisa said. “They raised up all of us.”

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MAKING STRIDES Five and a half years ago, Ryan McLaren’s life changed in an instant during a Saint Patrick’s Day ski accident at Waitsfield’s Mad River Glen. A staffer for U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), McLaren was paralyzed from the knees down and spent months at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston and other outpatient physical therapy gyms, learning to use a wheelchair and walker and building muscle strength. In March 2018, reporter Molly Walsh wrote about McLaren’s first year after his accident in a Seven Days cover story, highlighting his wedding to college sweetheart Adrienne Shea and his return to working for Welch. In the years since, McLaren, 36, has continued to make strides physically, personally and professionally. After using a manual wheelchair as his main way to get around for a year and a half, McLaren began using a walker, then a rolling walker. Homebound during the early days of the pandemic, McLaren was able to practice using forearm crutches. “By the time we sort of reemerged into the world,” he said, “I was confident enough to use them publicly, and I use them everywhere now.”



Ryan McLaren with Adrienne Shea and their daughter, Devon

Though he hasn’t regained function below his knees, McLaren has continued to strengthen his muscles with the help of a rowing machine and a handcycle. He’s competed in the Boston Marathon twice on his handcycle. McLaren and Shea moved into a singlestory home in Essex about four years ago. The couple had to make a few accommodations to the property, such as adding grab bars to the bathroom and a portable ramp in the garage.

A bigger adjustment was the birth of their daughter, Devon, who is now 2. McLaren calls parenthood “amazing.” For Devon, McLaren’s injury “is totally normal,” he said. “It just is what it is. She’s always sort of noticed, but it’s never been like, Why?” When he takes her to school or the doctor, he uses his wheelchair. Devon rides on his lap or walks alongside him.

Allie’s older brother oversaw the construction of a first-floor addition that would serve as her new bedroom and remodeled the bathroom to make it accessible by wheelchair. A crew of friends and acquaintances pitched in, helping pour concrete, put up Sheetrock and install tile. A local store donated bathroom cabinets, and volunteers from the Rotary Club of Richmond-Williston built an outdoor ramp. Denny Lewis — a dairy farmer who has been a patient of Lisa’s for decades — helped finish the foundation work for the addition after the original contractor got too busy. “The Bianchis are a really good family, and I think they would do the same for any of us,” Lewis said. Lisa and her husband, Dana, have continued to work full time and have relied on friends to keep their daughter company and take her to physical and occupational therapy appointments at the UVM Medical Center’s Fanny Allen campus. One of the helpers is Richmond resident Katie Nelson. Allie Bianchi began babysitting for Nelson’s family when she was 16. At that time, Nelson had a toddler and an infant who required a feeding tube. Bianchi learned how to administer the feeding tube and served as a personal care assistant for Nelson’s younger child. In the early part of this summer, she started tutoring both boys. Nelson said it was difficult to tell her children, who are now 8 and 11, about the accident, because they view Bianchi as

“I wish I could carry her around or throw her around,” he said, “but anything I need to do, I can do. We’ve sort of figured [it] out.” This year, McLaren ran Welch’s successful campaign for U.S. Senate. He said he’s grateful that Welch gave him the opportunity to continue working after his accident, even when he was “a little bit of a disaster” at first and had to take time off for rehab in Boston. McLaren is back on the slopes, thanks in part to the High Fives Foundation, a nonprofit started by Waitsfield native Roy Tuscany. McLaren learned how to use a monoski at a camp at Sugarbush that the foundation ran in partnership with Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports. The first run down the mountain was emotional, McLaren recalled. “But now it’s like, Holy shit, I can be in this place again,” he said. “The thrill is the same. The sense of freedom is the same.” Every Saint Patrick’s Day, McLaren goes back to Mad River Glen to mark the date of the accident. This year, he rode up the single chair to enjoy a beer at the top with the ski patrollers who had come to his aid that day. “It’s like a birthday, almost,” McLaren said. “I have a new life that started then that is great and different than it was, but I appreciate it a lot.” m


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such a pillar in their lives. The first thing they asked was whether their father could build a ramp to their house so that Bianchi could continue to visit them. Nelson told her sons that their relationship was going to look different. “It’s our time to take care of Allie,” she said. The roles haven’t reversed completely, though. Nelson has taken her boys to Bianchi’s house so that she could help them with homework. Bianchi also recently volunteered to read in the classroom of another child she babysat.



Charlotte resident Kelly Brush Davisson, a former Middlebury College skier who was paralyzed from the waist down after a racing accident in 2006, reached out to the Bianchis soon after

the accident. Brush Davisson and her family run the Kelly Brush Foundation, a nonprofit that helps people stay active following spinal-cord injuries. Brush Davisson, now a nurse practitioner and mother of two young children, said her primary message to Bianchi was that life doesn’t have to be completely different from before. “Yes, you’re gonna do some things differently, but there’s still so much that you can do and there’s so much good in your life still,” she said. Brush Davisson said she’s convinced that Bianchi can return one day to teaching and activities such as mountain biking and skiing, through the use of adaptive equipment. “It’s going to take a lot of work, but the more that you can push yourself and force yourself to do those things that feel really hard, the more independent you’re going to be able to live,” she said. Bianchi sounded up for the challenge. “I hate relying on other people, even though I’m so grateful for it,” she said. “I’m like, I want to do it myself now.” Because Fanny Allen doesn’t have expertise in spinal cord injuries, Bianchi’s family wants to get her into an

outpatient program outside Vermont in the coming months, in the hope that skilled staff and specialized equipment will aid her rehabilitation. She’s also awaiting a manual wheelchair, which she’d eventually like to use instead of the electric one. In the meantime, the family has celebrated small victories, like seeing Bianchi manage to tuck her hair behind her ear or pop potato chips into her mouth. She’s working on bending back her wrist in a way that allows the fingers to pick up and release objects, a movement known as a tenodesis grasp. Bianchi said her injury has made her realize how inaccessible the world can be from a wheelchair and has given her a new perspective on what’s worth worrying about. She has begun to picture a life in which her disability might serve to expand her potential, rather than restrict it. She envisions a future helping kids, advocating for wheelchair accessibility or working to promote an active lifestyle. “There are so many different pathways I can go down,” Bianchi said. “And I feel like, Holy cow. How do I choose which one?” m

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Progressive Setback

The party label is losing its luster in Montpelier — and Burlington may be partly to blame BY K E VIN MC C AL L UM •


hile Democrats in Vermont reveled in big wins on Election Day, the state’s Progressive Party didn’t have as much to celebrate. The party ranks in the Vermont legislature dropped by a third — a setback that suggests its brand might be in retreat statewide. Before the election, the party had nine members — seven in the House and two in the Senate. In the next biennium, there will be just six — five representatives and one senator. Significantly, the newly elected Progs are all from Chittenden County districts in Burlington, Winooski and Essex. The party’s loss of seats in Washington, Windham and Windsor counties will mark the first time in 18 years it has no state lawmakers outside its Chittenden County stronghold. Of the 133,578 people who voted in Vermont’s August primary, just 610 cast Progressive ballots — hardly a reflection of a fired-up base. Republicans didn’t fare much better. In fact, the GOP lost five seats in the House and were shut out of federal and statewide races, except for the reelection of Gov. Phil Scott. The reasons for the party’s retreat are numerous. They include the retirements of several longtime Progressive 18


lawmakers, recruitment challenges and the defections of Progs to the increasingly dominant Democratic Party. For instance, longtime Reps. Mollie Burke of Brattleboro and Heather Surprenant of Barnard, who had previously run as Progs cross-endorsed by Democrats, both switched party affiliations and won handily as Democrats. Within the party is a growing recognition that Burlington politics may hinder its ability to thrive statewide. Particularly problematic has been Progressive Burlington councilors’ move to cut the size of the city’s police force in the wake of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police. The fallout from that 2020 decision has put the party on the defensive and forced it to work hard to maintain its standing on the Queen City council. Progressive councilors Jack Hanson and Ali House both recently resigned, and it remains to be seen whether the party can retain their seats. “I think the downside of what goes on in Burlington is that it takes resources away from our work in other parts of the state,” said party chair Sen. Anthony Pollina (P/D -Washington), who is retiring.

It may have also given some voters pause about supporting a party engaged in such a high-profile dustup with Burlington police. Lieutenant governor-elect David Zuckerman, who ran as a P/D and was once again the only Prog to win election to statewide office, ran into voters expressing a new level of skepticism about the Progressive brand after what was framed as the folly of defunding the police, he said. “Whether deserved or not, the high focus on the Burlington Progressive political scene has made it harder” for candidates to run as Progs, he said. Zuckerman recalled speaking to voters who have supported him in the past but this year told him “that label is a bigger concern for me now than it used to be.” It has always been easier to win votes as a Democrat than a Progressive, but it was particularly true this year, he said. That’s because many voters concerned about the national political chaos craved stability. (Zuckerman ran in the Democratic primary for LG and was that party’s candidate in the 2020 gubernatorial election). “I think Progressives still offer stability and progress, but it’s an extra layer of explanation in a moment when people are overwhelmed,” he said.

Sen. Chris Pearson (P/D-Chittenden), who did not seek reelection this year, has a similar assessment. He said he believes Vermont voters were so repulsed by the “Trump swirl” that their impulse was to say, “Let’s just get the Republicans out of there.” “That tends to favor the Democrats,” Pearson said. Josh Wronski, executive director of the Vermont Progressive Party, put a positive spin on the results. Having six members in the general assembly is closer to the party’s historical average, Wronski said. “It wasn’t the best election for us, but it also wasn’t the worst,” Wronski said. Zuckerman’s return to elected office after a two-year hiatus gives the party a highly visible presence in the Statehouse again. Democrats who align with Progressives are gaining influence, including Sen. Phil Baruth (D/P-Chittenden), who has been selected by the majority to lead the Senate as its president pro tempore. Others, such as Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale (D/P-Chittenden), sought and obtained the Progressive label for the first time to run as “fusion” candidates. Those lawmakers caucus with the party identified by the first of the two letters — D for Baruth and Ram, for instance — while

also signaling that they have the endorsement of the second party. The Progs were further able to keep the House seat being vacated by Rep. Selene Colburn (P/D-Burlington), who did not seek reelection. Troy Headrick will succeed her. Incumbent Reps. Emma Mulvaney-Stanak (P/D-Burlington), Brian Cina (P/D-Burlington) and Taylor Small (P/D-Winooski) all handily won reelection, as well. And Rep. Tanya Vyhovsky (P/D-Essex) won a Senate seat representing the newly drawn Chittenden Central District.




Many of the Progs who won — including Kate Logan, who will serve in the Old North End House seat being vacated by Rep. Curt McCormack (D-Burlington) — are young and energetic and point to a bright future, Wronski said. “I think there is a lot of potential for growth,” he said. Mulvaney-Stanak said the party “more than held our own” in the election. Election Day wins are not the measure of a party’s success or effectiveness, she said. She was once the lone Progressive on the Burlington City Council but felt she was still able to advance the party’s ideas. “It’s not about numbers. It’s about leadership skills and the experience and the expertise that people in the caucus bring,” she said.

On Monday, the House Progressive Caucus announced that Mulvaney-Stanak and Small will be the group’s leader and assistant leader, respectively. MulvaneyStanak identifies as a “queer, lesbian,” and Small is a trans woman. The Progs’ diversity is “pretty darn exciting for a party that had a lot of white men leading it over a long period of time,” MulvaneyStanak said. Politics may not be exclusively about numbers, but fewer bodies can diminish influence, especially when a party lacks seats on crucial committees, Zuckerman said. Signs of the party’s challenges emerged over the summer with the defections of Burke and Surprenant to the Dems. Burke said she felt “a little bit adrift” as the lone Prog lawmaker from Windham County, and she wanted to have more influence on the House Transportation Committee. Surprenant, a small organic farmer and the only Progressive to represent a rural area, said she spent much of her time explaining what it means to be a Progressive to constituents, some of whom falsely equated it with communism or attempts to undermine Democrats. Running as a Democrat allows her to focus on issues important to farmers and the vulnerable in her rural community. “Changing parties doesn’t change my values or my heart,” Surprenant wrote in a text to Seven Days. “I’m still the same person as I was last session.” Robin Chesnut-Tangerman is also a Progressive at heart who ran as a Democrat this year. The Middletown Springs resident served two terms in the House as PROGRESSIVE SETBACK


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Ogee, a Burlington-based organic makeup company, has been growing rapidly for the past few years. Investors bet more than $4 million on Ogee in 2017 after the small company won the 2016 LaunchVT pitch competition. Ogee raised another $7 million in capital last year, most of it from the Vermont investment community. Now the beauty company, which focuses on all-natural makeup and skin care products, is poised to expand production and distribution. Starting in February, Ogee products can be found on shelves in Bluemercury, a chain of high-end beauty stores. And later next year, the products will be available at Saks Fifth Avenue department stores. The company manufactures most of its products in California and New Jersey, but it also makes some at Winooski-based Twincraft Skincare, which produces lotions and creams on contract for 150 brands. Next year, Ogee plans to move some of its product manufacturing from out of state to Essex Junction-based Autumn Harp, another contract manufacturer. Vermont has a small but strong beauty industry, according to Ogee cofounder and CEO Mark Rice, who graduated from Middlebury College. He said the company is committed to keeping its headquarters in the state and expanding its local footprint. Ogee has about a dozen employees, most of them in Vermont. “Our long-term plans are to never leave Vermont,” Rice said.

Beauty products don’t generally get the attention that Vermont maple products, skiing and flannel pajamas do. But some startups have found a place in the state’s economy. Tata Harper, a Whiting-based luxury beauty products company that launched in 2010, was sold this fall to a Korean conglomerate called Amorepacific for a reported $125 million. Like Ogee, Tata Harper steers clear of genetically modified products, synthetic chemicals, and artificial colors or fragrances. Ursa Major in Waterbury, another natural products skin care company, received $5 million from an outside investor for a 2019 expansion. Online sales help these companies thrive. Despite a minimal brick-andmortar presence locally, Ogee saw its sales increase 80 percent last year and expects them to increase another 100 percent this year, Rice said. He founded Ogee with brothers Abbott and Alex Stark in 2014. The company then developed its products and obtained organic certification before launching its first offerings in 2016. The Stark brothers grew up in Brandon. Abbott had worked at Autumn Harp and knew how to formulate makeup; Alex had experience with supply chain management. Rice brought decades of experience in the beauty business, including a stint as president of the design brand John Galliano. Now, “we’re creating formulas that don’t exist anywhere else,” Rice said. m

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news Vermont’s 251 towns — are connecting residents to fiber, street by street, home by home. This month, residents in five Chittenden County municipalities voted to form the state’s 10th CUD. Even in Vermont’s most populous county, some residents lack reliable internet. Five of the 10 CUDs have started the build-out, and just under 1,000 customers have been connected. Most CUDs are only starting to work through their list of neighborhoods. Access to high-speed broadband has marked a significant quality-of-life upgrade for families such as the Boyers. They can work remotely with ease; schoolchildren can participate in extracurricular activities, and telemedicine is finally an option. “What this rollout means is that Vermont is going to be a leader in the country in terms of being able to provide world-class broadband virtually anywhere in the state,” said F.X. Flinn, chair of ECFiber, a CUD. “That is going to have profound implications for the next generation or two.” There has been little financial incentive for private providers to build out fiber networks in rural areas; it’s costly to lay lines across sprawling landscapes with few customers. But by establishing CUDs, the broadband board has been able to help pay to establish networks. “You can now say: ‘What’s the best way to do this?’ Not ‘What’s the most profitable way to do this?’” Flinn explained. Most important, though, has been the federal money being funneled into the project. In July, Gov. Phil Scott announced $47.8 million in grants to support high-speed internet connectivity projects across the state. That means the state has more than $245 million in total broadband investments, mostly generated from American Rescue Plan Act funds. But Christine Hallquist, executive director of the broadband board, a state-run group that develops policies and programs to accelerate broadband connection, estimates that it will take $550 million to connect every Vermont household. She’s hoping that the CUDs make up the difference with revenue bonds and creative financing models. Legislators have tried to make sure that the upgrade does not place an undue burden on taxpayers. A CUD can fund its operations by using bonds backed by the revenue from projects, grants or gifts. Currently, around 60,000 households across Vermont do not have access to reliable high-speed internet. Hallquist predicts that the number of homes getting connected by fiber will soar in 2023 and 20



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that the entire state will be connected in five years. “I think there’s a lot of excitement, a lot of anticipation and also a lot of impatience,” said Robert Fish, deputy director of the broadband board. “Everyone wanted this yesterday.” Building out the fiber network is a challenge. Supply chain issues and labor shortages have proven to be the biggest



hiccups so far. Luckily, the broadband board purchased more than 2,000 miles of fiber a year ago, anticipating such problems. But Flinn, chair of ECFiber, said he’s been having trouble staffing his installation routes. “Now that the money situation is in hand, labor is turning out to be a big barrier,” he said. Hallquist, who has set up a robust Vermont-based training program for electrical technicians, told Seven Days that the

broadband board is targeting, recruiting and training people to work on all aspects of the build-out. Through apprenticeship programs, tuition assistance for job training, job placement and an earn-tolearn program, Hallquist is hoping to fill the hiring gap. If worse comes to worst, though, the board is ready to hire technicians from Canada. Despite staffing shortages, Vermonters are getting wired. Ed Sinnamon, a 68-year-old retiree in Bolton, said that just days after technicians associated with Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom came to his neighborhood, they arrived at his house. “And bang!” he recalled, “all of a sudden we had broadband.” Sinnamon and his wife had not been too concerned about their Wi-Fi speed until COVID-19 hit. Suddenly, their lessthan-reliable service was their link to the world. The couple tried to FaceTime with their daughter, who lives in Connecticut, but the connection was too weak. Their church’s live-streamed sermons were difficult to watch. And as members of Bolton’s Economic Resource Committee, the couple struggled to participate in meetings. People would assume they weren’t even attending.

“We would say, ‘We’re right here! We’re talking to you!’ But no one could hear us,” he lamented. Now? “Everyone’s saying, ‘You’ve never looked so good!’ ‘You’re crystal clear!’ ‘We can hear you!’” Sinnamon gushed. The quality of his wife’s telemedicine appointments has improved, he said. For rural Vermonters, broadband access is an issue of equity. Without easy access to telemedicine, remote job opportunities and schooling, Vermont’s rural population could fall behind on multiple fronts. “We’re seeing an economic divide that results from this digital divide,” Hallquist explained. These realities also make it difficult to attract new residents to the state and grow Vermont’s economy. Real estate with reliable Wi-Fi generally fetches a higher price. Without high-speed service, it’s difficult for towns to draw newcomers or retain their young residents. Many rural Vermonters, though, are trying to be patient as they wait for a highspeed connection. Andrea Burke, who lives in Halifax with her husband and four children, was told that her house would be hooked up in the next 12 to 24 months. “It just seems like forever away,” she groaned. “It’s so painful.” Burke, who works remotely for a Connecticut-based company, often spends the day parked in front of her kids’ school, where there is a hot spot, working from her car. When her kids attended school remotely during the pandemic, one of her sons had to choose between having his camera on during class — which his teacher required — or being able to actually hear the lesson. He worries that his first-year GPA, which was negatively affected by his lessthan-reliable Wi-Fi speed, will hinder his chances of getting into his dream college, Burke said. The broadband rollout has been compared to Vermont’s rural electrification project decades ago. It wasn’t until 1964 that the Northeast Kingdom town of Granby was finally connected to the power grid. “The internet is the electricity of our era,” Burke said, citing the huge disparities in rural broadband connection. But she’s looking forward to the day when her family is finally connected. “I’m really excited by how different my life is going to be, how much more efficient it’s going to be.” m Rachel Hellman is a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places journalists in local newsrooms. Find out more at

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yle Thompson knew he was in trouble when the cardiologist walked into his hospital room at the University of Vermont Medical Center last Christmas. “I could tell this was the head guy, the doctor not to fuck with,” Thompson recalled almost a year later, sitting outside a deli in downtown Burlington. Thompson, 52, is better known to local audiences as the rapper and DJ Fattie Bumbalattie — or, more familiarly, Fattie B. In the 1990s, he was the front man of the world-touring acid jazz and hip-hop act Belizbeha, one of the most successful Burlington bands of that era. Later, with fellow rapper Konflik and the late DJ A_Dog, he cofounded Eye Oh You, a local hip-hop trio that paved the way for a generation of local rappers and DJs. As an entrepreneur, he spent many years running the downtown hip-hop fashion boutique Steez. And, for more than two decades, Fattie B served as the grand master behind the decks at Retronome, the popular weekly throwback dance party at Club Metronome in Burlington. The portly nickname Fattie B, which the Bristol native adopted when he started rapping in 1991 at Champlain College, isn’t facetious — Thompson is a large man, in just about every sense. Witness the title of his borderline NC-17-rated 2015 autobiography: I Was a 400-Pound ’80s DJ: My Memoirs Through Music. As that book reveals, Thompson comes by the sobriquet honestly. He has done some hard living, and, as he will tell you, he “has seen some shit.” Thompson shed some pounds after a gastric bypass surgery in 2004, but at six foot two, he still filled out the lawn chair outside the deli as he rubbed a hand along the graying stubble on his chin. His eyes were hidden behind a thick pair of sunglasses, but the emotion in his deep voice was raw and unmistakable as he remembered the doctor’s words. “He looked me square in the eyes and asked if I was trying to kill myself,” Thompson said. “Said I was as good as doing that, the way I was living. He told me I was going to take myself out of the picture if I didn’t change. He was pissed at me.”



Thompson might not have been trying to kill himself, but he was hardly trying to save himself, either. Past warnings — including his family history of heart disease — had gone unheeded, and the combination of regularly drinking to excess and failing to manage diet and stress was slowly killing him. While he couldn’t have known on that Christmas Day that his heart was functioning at a mere 38 percent, Thompson knew something was very wrong with his body, he recalled, and that he should go to the hospital. But he opted instead to drive to his sister’s house in Brandon for a family holiday.


“It’s kind of messed up to say, but I was pretty sure it was my last Christmas, and I wanted to spend it with my sister instead of, you know, dying alone in a hospital,” he admitted, his voice breaking. Thompson’s father had died the year before, and his mother in 2013. She had suffered multiple heart attacks before her passing, and he worried that he had inherited her heart problems. His marriage had recently collapsed. Even his dog had died. Thompson made it to his sister’s that day but could barely maintain a façade of health in front of his family. Back home, he couldn’t make it to his bedroom, collapsing on the stairs and sleeping there for the rest of the night. In the morning, he managed to get himself to the hospital, where he was eventually diagnosed with congestive heart failure. As the cardiologist administered his tough love, nurses prepared Thompson to have a stent inserted into his heart through his wrist. There was talk of open-heart surgery. “I was depressed and blaming everybody and everything other than myself,” Thompson recalled. He cursed his luck as he lay in his hospital bed, doomscrolling on his phone

“Ooh Ooh”

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and posting about his heart The record in question is GUMBO, problems on social media. Near a sprawling, 25-track album featuring midnight, a message popped a who’s who of the Burlington music up. As he read it, something scene, past and present. Out of the hospideep inside Thompson tal — where open-heart surgery turned changed. He felt that out to be unnecessary — Thompson strangest of feelings in wrote and produced the record the darkest time of his in less than six months. He had life: hope. considerable help from a Three years earlier, talented crew of friends at a Belizbeha reunion such as soul and blues show on the Burlington act Dwight + Nicole, waterfront, Thompson Trey Anastasio Band had taken a picture with member Jennifer Hartswick, and some fans and their young recording engineer Urian Hackney son, Reese Payea. He’d kept (Rough Francis, the Armed). in touch with the family Like its creator, GUMBO is ever since. supersize, featuring producers The message came from and musicians spanning the Reese’s mother, Jada, who’d breadth of Thompson’s threeseen Thompson’s post. She decade career. They range from informed him that Reese his old Belizbeha bandmates was going through his own to members of local hip-hop health problems and was a stalwarts such as the Aztext cardiac patient at Boston Chiland Lynguistic Civilians to dren’s Hospital. Reese wanted up-and-comers such as local Thompson to know that the rapper Rivan C. to young Reese rapper was on his mind and he himself. wasn’t alone. As he confronted mortality, Floored by the notion that a Thompson felt the need to 13-year-old boy had his welfare cement his legacy as Vermont Rivan C. in mind while staring down a hip-hop’s elder statesperson serious procedure, Thompson and create a document that could felt equal parts elation and outlast him. The result is a record that shame. is both a career summation and a call to “[Reese] didn’t choose what was action to unite a music scene. GUMBO happening to him, but I knew I’d created is a throwback to the Good Citizen my own mess,” Thompson said. “I was compilations of the 1990s and Thompfeeling sorry for myself, and this kid was son’s own Hop series — star-studded reaching out to me to say keep my head up? collections of local talent that might It lit me up, man.” not have come together without one In that moment, he decided he would person’s relentless passion. do no more moping, no more talking about GUMBO isn’t just a massively ambibad luck and, most importantly, no more tious record. In many ways, it is also the wasting of time. story of Thompson’s life and the connec“I’m lucky if I have 30 years left,” tions among generations of Vermont Thompson said. “I need to be here and be musicians. healthy. So I made a list of all the things I “The tracks tell the tale,” Thompson was going to do as soon as I got out of the said, gesticulating while he talked, ever hospital. And first on that list was make the MC. “You can listen through, and this record.” they’ll tell you.”

After a brief intro track, GUMBO kicks into gear with “Ooh Ooh,” a neon-lit party anthem featuring Thompson’s longtime friend and collaborator Craig Mitchell. A local legend in his own right, Mitchell has a career as a DJ and singer that has run parallel to Thompson’s since the two met in 1994 at the now-defunct Burlington club Prohibitions. “I knew who Kyle was,” Mitchell said by phone, recalling that first meeting. “You have to remember, Belizbeha was putting Burlington on the map before Phish was. Those cats were touring in Italy and South America.” Thompson and Mitchell hit it off immediately. Their friendship has endured for almost 30 years, through multiple eras of the Burlington music scene. When Thompson was released from the hospital last year, Mitchell was one of the first people he contacted about his album idea. “I could tell he was pretty excited about it,” said Mitchell, who currently fronts the Prince tribute act Purple. “He was talking about making this record that would combine all the local beat makers and producers with his friends in the live music scene — the way it used to be in this town, when it didn’t matter what genre you played.” The idea struck a chord in Mitchell — who, like Thompson, felt that Burlington had lost the sense of community and collaboration that defined it in the late 1980s and ’90s. In 1989, Mitchell deejayed at Club Metronome two nights a week, one of which overlapped with Phish’s residency downstairs at Nectar’s. He recalled how people moved back and forth between the two clubs, from the soon-to-be-massive jam band to his DJ set. “All these people would show up — hippies, drag queens, frat boys, you name it,” he said. “It was all one party, no matter the genre. It was so great — and, frankly, those days need to come back.” Thompson brings the party on “Ooh Ooh,” a disco-funk heater that shows off a silky hook from Mitchell, pairing it with a Dave Grippo sax track and Thompson’s trademark bobbing-and-weaving baritone flow. Thompson honed those skills rocking the mic with Belizbeha, who in their 1990s heyday were a powerhouse of funk, jazz and hip-hop. The seven-piece band, formed after Thompson met keyboardist Jeremy Skaller at a house party, averaged STIRRING THE POT SEVEN DAYS NOVEMBER 23-30, 2022

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200 annual gigs at its apex, including playing the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. Mitchell is well acquainted with Thompson’s flow. But GUMBO gave him a new respect for his friend’s skills as a DJ and producer. “I knew Kyle was talented, but honestly, I didn’t know he had an ear like that to make an album like this,” Mitchell said. “He’s really combining his skills as an MC and his time as a DJ, moving a crowd and matching tracks to create flow. He has it all now.” Mitchell told his old friend so when Thompson held a private listening party for GUMBO. “Coming from Craig, that just meant everything,” Thompson said. “We’ve been there for each other through the years, the good and the bad times.”

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“Good Heart Money” Featuring Bob Wagner, Reese Payea, Matt Scott and SkySplitterInk

Reese Payea was 18 months old when doctors discovered he had a congenital heart defect and 7 years old when he learned he’d eventually need surgical intervention. “We’re now getting to the point where it’s a little more intense,” his mother, Jada, said. “Which has been tough, particularly during COVID, when there were a lot of restrictions in place for him that his peers didn’t necessarily have.” Much of Reese’s experience at Milton Middle School has been defined by those restrictions. “When you’re going through that, you end up feeling like you’re in this space that’s totally alone,” Reese said. “Sometimes, people need reminders that they’re not.” That loneliness was on Reese’s mind when his mother told him about Thompson’s struggles. As he asked her to pass along his message to the stricken MC, he had no idea that it would light a fire under Thompson. “I think Reese was shocked by it all, honestly,” Jada confided. “He definitely didn’t expect that sort of reaction from Kyle and the whole album.” In his conversations with Reese and Jada, Thompson discovered that Reese had been learning to play the drums. Earlier this year, he called the two up and asked them to meet him at an address in Burlington’s South End, saying only that he had a surprise for Reese. When the Payeas arrived, they found 28


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Thompson and Hackney waiting outside Hackney’s recording studio, the Box. Nonplussed, Reese asked Thompson what they were all doing there. “I looked at him and said, ‘Yo, we’re going to record your drums today on Urian’s kit and use your beat to make a song on this album,’” Thompson recalled. “And his mind was blown!” Reese felt some trepidation about doing his first studio recording flanked by two older musicians — until Hackney stepped in. “Urian is just so damn good, man,” Thompson said of Hackney. “He could tell Reese was a little intimidated, so he crouched down to talk to him, face-toface, and said not to worry about making mistakes. That the studio is about experimenting until you get something, so just have fun. And it totally worked.” “I get lost in my own world when I’m playing the drums,” said Reese, who’d taken lessons at Soli Music, formerly the Contois School of Music. “It was really cool to be there and work out that beat.”

After the session, Thompson and Hackney looped Reese’s beat. Now they just had to figure out how to build a song on it. The answer was in a studio next door: Bob Wagner, who plays guitar for local soul diva Kat Wright. Wagner and Thompson, friends for 15 years, had never had the opportunity to work together musically before. “The fact that Kyle had this beat and wanted me to write a song about [his] and Reese’s experience just blew me away,” Wagner said by phone. He had a

synthesizer groove and a lyric ready to go: “good heart money.” While backpacking through India in his twenties, Wagner met a “street guru-type guy,” he recalled. “He was a bit of a grifter, but he also told me some wild shit that really resonated with me,” he said. “And he had this phrase, ‘good heart money,’ about this notion of using money purely for good in the world, as opposed to a thing you should hoard. I hung on to that concept.” Wagner composed a track that Thompson described as “B.B. King and Steely

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“Look Where You’ve Been” Featuring Dwight Ritcher, Daniel Bernard Roumain and Urian Hackney

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Dan having a baby” around Reese’s beat. Thompson’s verses recount the story of Reese’s message to him in the hospital and what it meant to him. “I like how the song sounds like this feel-good tune, but there’s this darker aspect to it, too,” Reese said. “There’s this backstory throughout the album that’s there if you know to listen for it.”

High on Thompson’s wish list of collaborators for the album was Nicole Nelson, the singer and bassist of soul trio Dwight + Nicole. He’d long admired her powerful voice and knew she would be perfect for a beat he had ready. “They were crazy busy, though, like so many of the artists I was reaching out to,” Thompson noted. Indeed, Nelson and her partner, Dwight Ritcher, were preparing to leave the country to record in Norway when she got the track from Thompson. Though she was on the road, “I think I had my part ready almost immediately,” Nelson recounted by phone from the couple’s home in South Burlington. “There’s so much spirit behind the music, and I could instantly feel that and connect to it.” Once she was in a studio, Nelson laid down a vocal performance for the ages, singing a hook that is equal parts Nina Simone and James Bond movie theme. “A New Day” is a life-affirming, carpe diem

anthem featuring a verse from Wombaticus Rex, aka Justin Boland, who helms the encyclopedic Vermont Hip Hop website. (Boland is also a regular Seven Days contributor.) “Life is short, death is real, nothing to hold back,” Boland raps. “Continuing traditions, we do it with pride / I’m halfway to my grave, it’s been a beautiful ride.” “I think Fattie’s real legacy will be as an evangelist for the scene,” Boland wrote in an email. “Somewhere between P.T. Barnum and Russell Simmons.” In Boland’s view, this record that embodies Thompson’s desire for a more cohesive Burlington music scene comes along at the perfect time. “Fattie’s approach is full circle,” he wrote, “and a great fit for the new wave [of Vermont hip-hop] coming up, because that’s a much more supportive, cooperative scene.” Ritcher got into the spirit as well, after hearing the track Nelson recorded for GUMBO and learning the story that inspired the record. “Dwight had this song kicking around since he was 19,” Thompson revealed. “He was dating a girl who had a serious drug addiction, and he wanted to write her a song, but he never got to show her.” The lyrics to “Look Where You’ve Been” spent years in Ritcher’s notebook, but he never felt the time was right to use them — until now. He and Thompson met Hackney at the Box and recorded the powerful, heartbreaking ballad. It’s the only track on the album without a beat. “It was so emotional. By the end, Dwight was crying. I was crying. Urian was crying,” Thompson said of the tune, which features Ritcher’s hushed, reverbladen voice over an acoustic guitar. With tracks from Nelson and Ritcher in the bag, Thompson began to see how the record as a whole might unfold. Maybe he really could pull off the giant, collaborative album he envisioned. “This is the time for music like Kyle’s,” Nelson said. “We need to bridge the party energy with serious thought. We need both things. And we need someone like him to bring it all together.”

“Kiss the Trees”

Featuring Scarecrow Beats, Jennifer Hartswick, Dwight Seon, Urian Hackney and Matt Scott

As he gathered his musician friends, such as Wagner and Dwight + Nicole, Thompson also reached out to the best hip-hop producers and beat makers he knew. These included old friends such as Pro Knows Music and Learic, both of celebrated local mid-2000s hip-hop duo the Aztext, and producer ILLu, aka

Luke Gauthier, of Equal Eyes Records. Thompson also contacted producers he had admired but never worked with, such as Matt Scott and Zach Crawford, aka SkySplitterInk. “I keep telling people that this project was just fated,” Thompson said. “We’d start connecting producers and musicians, and all these connections would appear.” “Kiss the Trees” is a sultry R&B slow jam that boasts a hypnotically sanguine hook sung by Hartswick, followed by one of her trademark soulful trumpet solos. Scott, who produces for hip-hop project Jade Relics, said he had to laugh when he started work on the mix for the track. “I grew up in the Northeast Kingdom, and Jenn’s mom was my chorus teacher,” Scott said of Hartswick. “Jenn actually took me to see the Grippo Funk Band in the late ’90s when Fattie was rapping, so the full-circle nature is just crazy.” Those connections were even more poignant for Gauthier, who coproduced many of the tracks on the record. The South Burlington native grew up idolizing Thompson and his whole generation of Burlington hip-hop luminaries, such as the rapper Konflik and DJ A_Dog. Eye Oh You, the trio that Thompson formed with those two musicians, was born from the now locally legendary residency that saxophonist Grippo held down at Burlington’s Red Square. Eye Oh You would eventually have their own residency at the club and inspire the generation of hip-hop talent that emerged in the 2000s, including the Loyalists, the Aztext and the VT Union. Boland emphasized the power of that inspiration. “Fattie would be the first to admit that, for all of Belizbeha’s runaway success, most of that happened outside of Vermont,” he wrote. “In terms of Burlington’s rap scene today, Eye Oh You was far more influential.” That influence was a powerful force in Gauthier’s youth. “I used to go into Fattie’s shop on Church Street, Steez, and buy posters and T-shirts,” he remembered. “I never really thought I’d end up being able to work with him. Like, working on a track, and Mister Burns and Dave Grippo and Craig Mitchell pop up? I was just blown away.” Grippo’s appearance on “Ooh Ooh,” which Gauthier worked on, was especially surreal for the producer because the saxophonist had been his middle school music teacher. Perhaps those moments of connection shouldn’t be surprising. After all, a star of Fattie B’s gravity is bound to pull others into his orbit. STIRRING THE POT SEVEN DAYS NOVEMBER 23-30, 2022

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“I saw firsthand the Fattie effect,” Gauthier said. “He is the perfect guy to bring all this together. I mean, he’s a star, and everything seems attracted to him, like he’s a lightning bolt of energy. He’s super talented and can do all this stuff himself, but he chooses to branch out and interact, bringing out the best of everyone.”

“Late 1 Night (in Burlington)” Featuring Pro Knows Music, DJ Kanga, Shauna Anderson, ILLu and SkySplitterInk

While Thompson raps throughout GUMBO, he views his role in the project as curating the music, assembling the talent and letting the chemistry unfold. “I look at the record like Guru’s Jazzmatazz,” Thompson said, referencing the 1993 record, which featured a smorgasbord of contributors. “When he put that record out, he was the host, not the star. That’s the vibe I want.” No track on GUMBO captures that feeling better than “Late 1 Night (in Burlington),” a song written by Pro Knows Music, aka Brian McVey. The track is an ode to what Thompson and his friends view as the golden days of the city, when live music seemed to spill from every club out onto the street. “That was before all the club owners figured out they could hire DJs instead of bands and save money,” Thompson pointed out. “Which I benefited from 30


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initially, but in the long run it took something from the scene, something we need to get back.” The scene that he and PRO paint in “Late 1 Night (in Burlington)” is that of a rolling party, where each club promises a different artist and a different vibe for the listener to experience. They hop from Bangkok Bistro to Red Square to Finnigan’s Pub to Rí Rá in the first verse alone, over a sample from indie rock band Khruangbin. The track serves as a treasure map of a bygone era when downtown Burlington teemed with live music. It’s a party track with a deeper meaning, something Thompson strives for

these days. Back in his Belizbeha era, one of his own bandmates criticized him for the lack of emotional depth in his rhymes. He was accused of coasting on braggadocio instead of accessing something more substantial. “At the time, that offended me,” Thompson said. “But after some time, I saw the truth in it. I wished I had opened myself up as an MC more then, though you got to remember that it wasn’t exactly cool for a rapper to do that back in the ’90s. But I remember saying to myself, If I ever make my own music again, I’m going to open up my heart and put it on tape. And that’s exactly what I’ve done here.”

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A week or so after Thompson sat outside that downtown deli, telling the story of GUMBO and his health scare, he found himself back in the emergency room. Though he had been feeling well lately, he woke up after a nap short of breath, with his heart rate bouncing from 89 beats per minute to 160 and back to 110, all within a single minute. After having almost let himself die last year before going to the hospital, Thompson wasn’t taking any chances. He immediately checked himself into a place he’d hoped never to see again. By the time he got home the next day, he found himself on even more heart medication and essentially grounded after months of hard work and building momentum. “I’m keeping my head up as best I can,” he said by phone from his New North End home. “I’m frustrated with my health right now,” he went on. “The heart meds have my head all fucked up, too. The mornings are rough. But I’m going to be OK.” He added, “It can’t all be party tracks, you know.” That statement also applies to the otherwise aggressively positive GUMBO, which dips into the darker side on “Call Mister Martin.” Over a looped acoustic guitar figure, Thompson reflects on the deaths of so many loved ones, channeling the losses of his parents and his dear friend A_Dog into somber, almost world-weary verses. “Truth be told, all these losses leave a hole in my soul,” Thompson raps on the track. “Simply to get the chance to say, ‘I love you’ again / So sick of aching from this taking of my friends.” In pain from losing his parents, his marriage, even his dog, Thompson turns the light on himself in the second verse. “Overheating, over-drinking, almost overdid it / Doctor told me bluntly, ‘Boy, you almost bit it,’” he raps. “Refuse to let it fly by, go over my head / Because the job of resurrectors is to wake up the dead.” Speaking about Thompson’s ongoing health struggles, Mitchell can’t hide his concern for his friend. “He’s not doing well,” Mitchell confided. “And it’s really hard to watch it all when he’s not doing well.” Mitchell sometimes worries that his old friend sees GUMBO as a final act. “He’s produced something that is truly incredible,” Mitchell said. “And if it is his swan song, good for him, truly — it’s an

Belizbeha at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, 2018

amazing record. But I really, really hope it’s not.” Thompson understands why Mitchell and other friends are concerned. He doesn’t have the best track record of taking care of himself. But his attitude remains positive. “If I’m going to go out, I want to go out knowing

that I’ve done everything I wanted to do,” Thompson said. “I wake up every day choosing to feel hopeful now. The fact that I owe that to an innocent message from a brave, wise teenager is just wild.” Thompson had planned a massive release show for GUMBO in late November. But, after a conversation with his

doctors, who suggested a few weeks of rest, he moved the date to February 11. “People don’t realize how short our time is,” Thompson asserted. “We can’t waste it while we’re here. I hope when people listen to this record, they’ll understand that and see where I’m coming from.” With the record finished and released

into the world, Thompson isn’t jumping into another project just yet. GUMBO is an album full of samples, snippets of music from other songs that could violate copyright law if it were a majorlabel release. By using those samples, Thompson is taking a legal risk, but he doesn’t seem overly concerned. In the unlikely event that any of the samples send lawyers his way, he’s confident the record would fall under the fair use doctrine as a mixtape release. While that defense doesn’t have an encouraging legal track record, a more important factor might be that he isn’t profiting from GUMBO: All proceeds go to the Boston Children’s Hospital. “It’s been 30 years since I was in Belizbeha,” Thompson said with a note of surprise in his tone. “And that went by in the blink of an eye. I’m going to ride it out with this heart of mine and keep giving to the scene until it’s my time to go.” m

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Sights for Soaring Eyes In his new book of drone photography, Caleb Kenna rediscovers Vermont from above B Y E LIZ A BET H M. SEYLE R •


t first glance, long shadows cast by apple boxes in snow look like a purple cityscape, and solar panels evoke a huge quilt. The drone photography in Caleb Kenna’s new book, Art From Above Vermont, published in October, is an invitation to let the eyes play and the imagination wander. It’s also a stunning reminder of how beautiful — and precious — the Green Mountain State is. In 130 color photographs of everything from farmland and forests to quarries and roads, Middlebury-based Kenna invites viewers to see the state anew from a bird’seye view. Taken anywhere from 50 to 400 feet above the ground, his shots are funny, clever and astonishing. Nordic skiers, so small they look like colorful commas, make a huge flower in snowy Middlebury with their 32


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tracks; a field of dandelions in Whiting looks like wet green velour; the roundabout near Middlebury College is a graceful abstraction of texture, color and line. “I think Vermonters generally love the beauty of this place, but they’ve never seen it quite like this,” Bill McKibben told Seven Days by email. The environmentalist, author and journalist, who wrote the book’s foreword, called Art From Above Vermont “an extraordinary gift.” Kenna’s skill with drones lets us “see the place we love from a new angle,” McKibben wrote. “And his eye is impeccable — the

organic and the manmade meshing in such charmed patterns. “A certain sort of Vermont photography has become a little cliched. This will open up everyone’s eyes again.” The two men met when Kenna photographed McKibben for a 2010 Sierra magazine story. A longtime admirer of McKibben’s journalism and activism, Kenna invited him to write the foreword because he felt that an advocate for the Earth would grasp the significance of his photos. “When you’re photographing landscapes in Vermont,” Kenna noted, “you can’t help but be influenced by the environment and climate change.” Ultimately, though, Kenna shoots for the joy of it and the discoveries he makes along the way. Married with an 8-year-old son,

the professional photographer and Federal Aviation Administration-certified drone pilot said taking photos nearly every day is meditative and calming. It offers a break from the daily chores and responsibilities of life, and he enjoys the “rush of coming back with what you think might be good pictures.” He shoots primarily within about an hour’s drive of Middlebury, often at the same locations in different seasons, so he has trained himself to look closely for subtle changes. Kenna is most inspired by the works of 20th-century American photographers Alfred Stieglitz and Minor White, who convinced the art world of photography’s merits and found elegance and meaning in the quotidian. Of the objects in his own works, Kenna said, “Yes, they are trees. Yes, they are hay bales. But I hope ... they become



Opposite page: A solar array in Middlebury. This page, clockwise from top left: Skiers in Middlebury; trees in Brandon; kayaking in Sudbury; an Addison County apple orchard; the downtown Middlebury roundabout

something more through the photos … maybe a metaphor for something.” Kenna’s photos are currently on view at local galleries, including that of the University of Vermont Medical Center, and he provides drone photography to numerous clients. But the wider public got its first glimpse of his works in a 2020 New York Times photo essay. The colorful spread led to a book deal with Schiffer Publishing, and the Times printed a second Kenna photo essay in 2022. On Sunday, Art From Above Vermont was on the paper’s “What to Read” list. On tour to promote his book, Kenna will present a slideshow and some drone video on Thursday, December 1, at Hotel Vermont in Burlington. He’ll also host a limitededition print sale on Saturday, December 10, at his Brandon studio and online. Prices range from $300 for a 17-by-22-inch print to $700 for a 30-by-40-inch print. Kenna shoots with a DJI Mavic 3 drone: a quadcopter (meaning it has four propellers) with a Hasselblad lens. It can operate for about 45 minutes on one battery charge

and fly nearly nine and a half miles from its operator. A digital screen on the remote control allows Kenna to see everything the drone sees. The best moments are when the drone’s vantage point shows him something completely unexpected, such as a barn otherwise obscured by a field of tall corn. “Those aerial discoveries are the most fun,” Kenna said, “where you put it up looking for one thing, and you see something else.” m Disclosure: Seven Days regularly hires Caleb Kenna as a freelance photographer.

INFO Art From Above Vermont by Caleb Kenna, Schiffer Publishing, 144 pages. $29.99. Kenna presents a slideshow of his drone photography and videos on Thursday, December 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., at Hotel Vermont in Burlington. Open studio and print sale, Saturday, December 10, noon-4 p.m., at 40 Old Farm Road in Brandon and online., SEVEN DAYS NOVEMBER 23-30, 2022


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No Thanks A Burlington chef with Abenaki heritage makes his own harvest meal BY MELISSA PASANEN •

An animal hide that belonged to his late father is rolled in a corner. Jars of mushrooms, herbs and mullein for tea line shelves. Around the windows hang cobs of heirloom corn grown by a friend, ash splints for weaving baskets and what Lawyer described as his “pitiful tobacco harvest.” Lawyer grew up in Richford. His Abenaki paternal grandfather, Peter Lawyer, worked as a cobbler, handyman and farmer in Québec and then Alburgh.



Venison heart on a torched cedar skewer with Calais flint corn mush, maple-roasted squash and morel sauce


essee Lawyer has nothing against roast turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie. “It’s the best fucking meal in the world if it’s done right,” said Lawyer, 35, while taking a smoke break from cooking in his backyard in Burlington’s New North End on a recent Saturday morning. Lawyer spent the last five years as executive chef of the now-shuttered Sweetwaters on Church Street, where he co-led and then led the preparation of at least 1,000 meals for the restaurant’s annual free Thanksgiving dinner. After the cooking and serving wound down, “the last thing I wanted to eat was turkey,” Lawyer said with a laugh. Lawyer now works for the Farmhouse Group, which is renovating the former Sweetwaters space into a new home for its Pascolo Ristorante. This week, once again, he’ll help cook more than 1,000 holiday meals to be donated and distributed through community partnerships, including Vermont Everyone Eats.





But Lawyer, who is Abenaki on his father’s side, prefers to call the free meal a “community dinner” and leave Thanksgiving out of it. He’s glad many people now recognize that the tale of a friendly feast shared by Pilgrims and Native Americans is problematic at best. “That pretty little story they tell in elementary school is bullshit,” Lawyer said. “That story got dark pretty fucking quick.” Mythical Thanksgiving repasts aside, fall is the time for traditional harvest ceremonies, Lawyer said. When he has the opportunity to gather with friends and family for the holiday, Lawyer chooses to focus on gratitude for nature and its bounty — something he does whenever he engages with Native craft and food traditions. On the Saturday morning when Seven Days visited his kitchen, water streamed from Lawyer’s kitchen faucet over a frozen, vacuum-sealed deer heart. The chef was thawing the organ to cook a

distinctly different thanksgiving meal — with a lowercase T. Lawyer said the heart came from a roadkill animal salvaged by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, for which he has presented online cooking demonstrations in partnership with the Vermont Farm to Plate Network. “They save me the heart, the tongue, the moose nose — the parts most people don’t want,” Lawyer explained. Though the chef eats a lot of wild game, he doesn’t describe himself as an accomplished hunter. “I’ve never shot a deer, but I have shot at deer a number of times,” he noted dryly. He’s more adept at hunting smaller game, such as rabbits, squirrels, duck, grouse and partridge. A shallow wooden bowl full of cedar twigs and a bag of finely ground flint corn flour sat on Lawyer’s kitchen counter. He fetched a winter squash and a jar of dried morel mushrooms from his small dining room, which is full of mementos and talismans of his Indigenous roots.




He made baskets from coiled horsehair or ash splints and could carve a chain out of a single piece of wood, his grandson recalled, marveling. Also a skilled craftsman and master carpenter, John Lawyer, Jessee’s father, made moccasins and carved ceremonial pipes. He had two storefronts in St. Albans: John Two Rainbows Trading Post and a shoe and boot repair shop. Lawyer’s inherited handicraft skills were evident from a few examples he shared: an intricate pipe carved from catlinite and a small bow he made for his son from white ash with a bow string braided from goat intestine. By contrast, the family didn’t pass down food traditions. Lawyer’s French Canadian mother’s family hunted and ate venison, bear and moose. “I did grow up with those traditional foods in a nontraditional context,” Lawyer said as he whisked corn flour with water and salt to make corn mush to serve with the heart. Even as he pursued a cooking career, Lawyer didn’t explore Indigenous ingredients and techniques until 2017, when he recalled having a realization: “Hey, start cooking your food. Stop cooking other people’s food.” NO THANKS

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A Colchester native is returning home to open a grab-and-go breakfast and lunch spot at 506 Porters Point Road. On December 5, chef-owner DEVEN BORA, 27, will start serving breakfast and lunch sandwiches, burritos, coffee, smoothies, soup, hot-bar dishes, and take-home dinners at EARLY BIRD CATERING in the former location of Big Apple Deli. The shop will also serve as the home base for the catering business Bora started earlier this year. “I grew up down the road for most of my childhood, so it’s really nostalgic coming back to my hometown,” Bora said. “It’s gonna be a big face-lift in terms of what’s been there in the past.” Bora, who now lives in South Burlington, runs the catering business with his girlfriend, EMILEE WILLARD. JILLIAN WHITE, Bora’s sister, will bake fresh pastries and doughnuts each morning. The hot bar, which will feature dishes such as mac and cheese and spicy Filipino chicken adobo, “will let us have a lot of creativity,” Bora said. Delivery will be available through DoorDash. Bora hopes that his elevated, premade grab-and-go meals, such as lasagna and chicken Alfredo, will fill a void in Colchester’s dining scene. “It gives the store that bit of convenience it’s always had,” he said, “while making it fast, healthy and friendly.” Five years ago, Bora graduated from Community Kitchen Academy, a culinary job training program run by Feeding Chittenden and the Vermont Foodbank. He recently stumbled on the five-year plan he made as part of his curriculum. “It was kind of vague,” Bora said with a laugh. “But it’s ironic how much of it has actually come true.”

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A Bounty of Gratitude for Penny Cluse Notable devotees give thanks for the soon-to-close landmark Burlington eatery BY MELISSA PASAN E N •

Charlotte Dworshak’s rendition of the Penny Cluse Café building


ennies don’t count for much these days, but Penny Cluse Café in downtown Burlington counts for a lot. When married co-owners Charles Reeves and Holly Cluse announced the upcoming closure of the breakfast and lunch restaurant they opened in 1998, legions of customers and employees, past and present, poured their gratitude — and grief — into social media posts and emails and trekked to Penny for one last meal. Reeves and Cluse have revealed only that they will close between Thanksgiving and Christmas. One day soon, we’ll wake up and



there will be no more slabs of warm banana bread slathered with maple-walnut cream cheese; crunchy home fries blanketed with melted cheese and fresh salsa; flaky buttermilk biscuits drenched in creamy herb gravy; or huevos verdes served with a soul-warming puddle of black beans. Like the most beloved restaurants, Penny Cluse delivered far more than thick, greenrimmed plates and bowls filled with unfussy, always satisfying food. The warm, humble restaurant became a symbol of Burlington. Its team, which included longtime kitchen manager Maura O’Sullivan and floor manager Anastasia

Evans, worked smoothly together to welcome and nourish every guest, from regulars to movie stars to a U.S. vice president, now president. From its start, Penny Cluse has always been one of a kind, a very personal enterprise, named for Cluse and her childhood dog, Penny. “Penny Cluse was unique in all the world,” Reeves said. “This was our restaurant.” It was their restaurant — but the unique magic of Penny Cluse is that it became our restaurant, too. Seven Days asked a few notable fans with different perspectives to share what Penny Cluse meant to them in words and images.

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Charlotte Dworshak Artist, 31, Burlington

From 2008 to 2020, my main source of income was working in restaurants. If you have ever worked in the industry, you have dealt with your fair share of shit from people — from customers to your fellow employees to the owners. The most shocking part about my job at Penny Cluse was that customers respected us; my coworkers were dreamy as hell; and Charles, Holly and Maura wanted us to succeed and took care of us in a way I had never experienced. From when I was a kid ordering the breakfast combo with French toast, to my days working there, to the restaurant becoming a cherished and delicious part of my grown-up Burlington life, there will never be another Penny Cluse. We are so lucky to have had it for as long as we did.

Special times, guests here And on some Fridays just ’cuz Cluse always perfect. Mayor Miro Weinberger, 52, and Stacy Weinberger, 51, Burlington

Alex Crothers

Founder and co-owner of Higher Ground, 47, Burlington

Every town needs a truly exceptional breakfast spot, a place that takes the first meal of the day and elevates it to an art form. They come in all shapes and sizes, and they help define the identity of a place — the first recommendation when someone hears you’re visiting that town. For me, that was Penny Cluse. I was one of their very first customers and immediately became a regular. My love for the restaurant was rooted in the food, of course. It’s a rare restaurant where you struggle with your order every time because you love everything on the menu. But our love was equally balanced by the personalities, the attention to detail and the never-ending search for perfection. Penny Cluse is where Anaïs Mitchell and I had countless lunches to manifest the Hadestown tour of Vermont in 2007. It was where I learned, six years earlier, that the World Trade Center had been attacked. It is where I send every band in town looking to fuel up before hitting the road. When those artists talk to their friends about Burlington, they always mention Penny Cluse. As Anthony Bourdain said, “What nicer thing can you do for somebody than make them breakfast?”

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Freelance editor and former executive editor of cookbooks at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 72, Ferrisburgh

When visiting food personalities asked, “Where should we eat in Burlington?” I had one answer. Other cities had their pizza joints, Italian restaurants, sushi bars and Vietnamese places. They did not have Penny Cluse. Penny Cluse was the purest possible representation of Burlington, with its eclectic mix of dishes: tofu scramble, Bucket-o-Spuds, and garlicky kale and eggs. Penny Cluse was not only my favorite restaurant in Vermont, but I could also recommend it without a qualm to cookbook authors and food editors from larger, more cosmopolitan cities. Penny Cluse never had an off day, maintaining a level of consistency other restaurateurs would kill for. And it did so casually, as if it were impossible to make bad food. Eating there always involved several minutes of agonizing indecision, as if you were deciding your last meal: Andouille sausage with corn bread? Biscuits & Gravy? Huevos rancheros? In other cities, food people can slip into the most sought-after restaurant by knowing the chef, or the chef’s literary agent, or a prominent restaurant reviewer. Not at Penny Cluse. In the People’s Republic, the 40-plus minute lines were just part of the deal. You inched forward, past the photo of the myopic-looking dog, up to the imperturbable host, and then you were in, nodding to old friends and breathing a sigh of relief that everything was the same, still the same.

Dear Penny Cluse,

Thank you for immediately recognizing that I was never going to be a good waitress, allowing me to instead develop the infamous “Ms. Pac-Man Model for Super Bussing” and spend countless hours alone in your windowless bathrooms painting and repainting the walls eight times. I am insanely honored that Cup Guy became your mascot, and my handwriting, your font. Thanks for being my home away from home, my patron and my biggest fan. — Abby Manock, artist/prop maker/ scenic painter/set stylist, 45, Brooklyn, N.Y.




“Bucket-o-Spuds” by Charlotte Dworshak

A Bounty of Gratitude for Penny Cluse « P.38 Sarah Ryan

Artist, 50, Colchester

I worked at Penny Cluse at the beginning, from 1998 to 2004 as a cook and kitchen manager. We all were so dedicated to the restaurant. We were a family of people that grew up together and supported each other. As an artist, I was inspired to contribute to the art and gallery space that Holly had fostered there. I made the avocado and orange pieces in the front windows, as well as the egg panel. I had many shows at the restaurant selling these pieces and also worked on signage, menu graphics and the mural in front of the cooking line. The best thing Penny Cluse did was make everything from scratch with commitment and love. It upped the standards for the food scene. It was fresh food made by hand by people who were excited to make it and proud to serve it. Charles understood the importance of the title chef-owner, and that is the reason the heart of the restaurant has sustained and provided a communal place that people have grown to love and depend on for nourishment. Pair that with Holly’s art background and ability to establish a dialogue with the local creative community, and you have a recipe for success.

Some of Penny Cluse Café’s signature ingredients by Sarah Ryan



Benjy Adler

Myra Flynn

Cathy Resmer

When I arrived in town in 2003, Penny Cluse was firmly established as the best brunch in Burlington. In those early years, I worked the late-night shift at our Skinny Pancake cart until the bars closed. In the morning, my greatest indulgence was to roll over to Penny Cluse with the crumpled wad of tips from the night before to enjoy their signature banana bread and maplewalnut cream cheese followed by the Bucket-o-Spuds. I have always been impressed with the integrity Charles and Holly demonstrated in their approach to business. From their food quality, to their reputation as employers, to their choice to stick with one shop, to their decision to close rather than sell, the through line of integrity is so clear. Folks in the industry regularly ask me about scaling up. I often point to Penny Cluse and suggest they consider the many benefits of the alternative. Penny Cluse has made such a steadfast, humble, heart-centered cultural contribution to Burlington. Folks take for granted that an institution like that is here to stay. But in the end, what makes a restaurant precious is in fact that it is human-powered, which means it is finite, just like us.

I think I’ve had about as many first dates at the Penny Cluse bar as I have had breakups. I’ve rolled in for a Bucketo-Spuds after a night of too much “fun” and, as of recently, watched my daughter stuff her face with those very same spuds. Penny Cluse didn’t just make good food, they made soul food — and soul is something you just can’t replace. How lucky we’ve all been to enjoy it for this long.

Where were you on January 1, 2000? I spent that morning bussing tables at Penny Cluse. I’d signed up for the shift because everyone was freaking out about a Y2K apocalypse. At Penny Cluse, at least I knew they’d have food. Bussing there was one of many part-time jobs that sustained me during my early twenties while I pursued a writing career. Waiting tables paid more, but it required mental energy, and I needed mine. I also relished the physicality of the job. On busy weekend mornings, I cleared table after table and lugged heavy tubs full of dishes down the stairs to the kitchen at a brisk, unrelenting pace. Many of my coworkers were also writers or artists. It was a creative crew. At some point, we organized a Penny Cluse writers’ reading at Rhombus Gallery on College Street (RIP). Penny Cluse probably appealed to so many of us because Charles and Holly paid us well — and fed us well at the end of our shift, too. A veggie Reuben with a side of orzo salad was the best meal I was going to have on any given day, guaranteed. I left after a few months but never stopped eating there. It’s one of the last places where I can still catch a glimpse of that era of my life. At least I’ll always have my turn-of-the-millennium story.

Founder-owner, the Skinny Pancake, 41, Stowe

Musician, 38, Brookfield

Deputy publisher and co-owner, Seven Days, 47, Winooski

Last Lunch



Episode 677: The end of an era at Penny Cluse Café

When I’m at Penny Cluse, I feel happy and grateful. Ada Weinberger, 9, Burlington (Ada’s artwork: Tofu scram with salsa ranchera and mango-coconut smoothie)

The last visit Meet me at Penny Cluse for a bottomless cup. We’ll stand in line reading the newspaper, people-watching in the crowded hall. Who’s here? An ex, bussing tables. A former neighbor, seated by the window—looks like they’re on a date. Everyone on staff greets me by name: host, server, busser, cook. The painting above the bar—quintessential Vermont landscape: steeple-church, a green hill dotted with yellow and red. How long has it been since I hung my art on these walls? A decade? Certain pieces never change: the cow skull by the mirror, dried gourds, Abby’s patterns everywhere. Finally, we’re seated—upstairs, as usual. Our server, another old friend, pours coffee while we browse the menu. I notice she’s wearing wooden earrings that match the painting by the window seats: avocado fresco. It’s fun to pretend that we haven’t memorized every item on this menu. Perhaps there’s a dish we’ve never tried. You choose immediately: the banana bread with maple-walnut cream cheese. When it arrives, you moan and sigh with the delight of Sally in the diner scene, to my (and Harry’s) horror. I’m conflicted: old faithful, or the special? We’re familiar with the charm of the biscuits, so I venture into new territory: the fish bowl. You lick the remaining maple cream from your plate, and we both dig into my coconut rice with battered pollock and steamed greens. How is this so good? We shake our heads in disbelief, too full to think of standing up. We rest in bliss. — Frances Cannon, poet, artist and teacher, 31, Burlington


usy kitchens and big video cameras don’t usually mix. So Seven Days video journalist Eva Sollberger went inside Penny Cluse Café with an iPhone to document the final days of the beloved Burlington restaurant. In October, husband-and-wife owners Charles Reeves and Holly Cluse announced that their breakfast and lunch spot would close at the end of the year. The collective mourning began, and the busy eatery got even busier as fans, some from out of town, waited in line for up to four hours to savor one last meal. Eva captured the final extended rush and talked to Reeves, Cluse, customers and staff about the restaurant’s remarkable 25-year run serving delicious food and finding family on both sides of the counter. SEVEN DAYS: Why did you make this video? EVA SOLLBERGER: Like many Burlingtonians, I am a big fan of Penny Cluse and have been eating there for years. I also run a shortterm rental, and I had guests visiting town just to eat there one more time. And as I discovered, many people were traveling back to Burlington for one last meal. Penny Cluse inspires strong emotions in people, so I felt it was important to document this moment in time. SD: They seem really busy. ES: The restaurant was fastpaced before the announcement, and now it has kicked into hyper speed. Charles was worried about having me there because they are working at such an intense pace. But I made my case for documenting this unique time for the history books and was allowed full

Charles Reeves and Maura O’Sullivan in the Penny Cluse kitchen

My first cut was an hour long, and I felt like a sculptor hacking away at it. And then once I got the video down to 20 minutes, I started to weave together the stories with a bit more skill. It felt like running a marathon, which is what the Penny Cluse crew is doing every day. I certainly don’t have the ability to carry four dishes like them, but I can cut and paste together video with aplomb.

access. It is phenomenal to watch them dashing around elegantly like ballet dancers. I filmed with my iPhone and did my best to stay out of the way, often hugging the wall. Holly was kind enough to bring in old photos to help fill in the Penny Cluse history. The staff members were so incredibly generous with their time and helped me find regulars to interview. Talking to George Roland, who is often first in line outside in the morning, was a real treat, too. SD: How many times did you visit? ES: I went there four times to film and tried to get a variety of moments, like the morning line down the block, Anastasia Evans flipping the sign to “Open” and the after-work staff meal. I was so glad to catch chef Maura O’Sullivan making biscuits. The strength and determination that it takes to knead that dough into soft pillows of delight were highly impressive. SD: And this video is longer than most. ES: Yes, this 15-minute video was distilled down from about four hours of raw footage. I was swimming in images of tasty food and heartfelt interviews — just digging through it all took extra time.

SD: Final thoughts? ES: Big thank-yous to everyone who took the time to share their stories, photos and meals with me. And much gratitude to Burlington musician Kat Wright for making time for an interview and allowing me to use her song “By My Side” for the teary end montage. I haven’t eaten at Penny Cluse since the pandemic, so just being in this bustling space was slightly terrifying. But the smells, sights and warmth of Penny Cluse prevailed, and I felt safe and at home again. Thanks for 25 years of providing this safe space for so many of us and for allowing me to document this memorable moment.

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Lawyer began reading and making connections with other Indigenous chefs around the country, mostly through Instagram. In May 2019, he was invited to prepare a meal at Dartmouth College alongside Sean Sherman, a James Beard Award-winning chef from Minneapolis and a leader in Native American cuisine. The experience was transformative, Lawyer recalled. “When you think of Indigenous foods, you don’t think of it being highly intricate, even though something like Three Sisters Stew of beans, corn and squash is — from growing it to cooking it,” he said. “It’s more than just roasted meat over a fire.” In fall 2019, Lawyer began offering specials at Sweetwaters that featured Native ingredients, such as seared duck breast with toasted cornmeal polenta, blueberry glaze and sunchoke chips. But after a while he stopped, Lawyer said: “It didn’t really seem right, because no money was going into Indigenous hands.” Although Lawyer has since cooked at a few benefit and educational events, he said he is now more focused on cooking for himself and sharing what he learns through his Instagram account, @the_dawnland_kitchen. “I’m just cooking and creating and trying to make tasty things and trying to inspire people to cook wild game,” Lawyer said. “I’d love my target audience to be just Indigenous folks, but that’s not the case.” Eating wild game and other wild foods, Lawyer said, can help address food insecurity, which heavily impacts Indigenous communities. “Native food systems all across this country have been ravaged,” he said. On Instagram, Lawyer met a kindred spirit in Jeff Stewart, a chef and member of the Penobscot Nation who grew up near Old Town, Maine. Unlike Lawyer, Stewart, 43, is an experienced hunter. For his family, he said, eating wild game was not so much about tradition but about sustenance. “It was dinner on the table every night,” he said. As their friendship grew, Stewart sent Lawyer a moose scapula, and the Vermont chef repaid his friend by carving him a ceremonial pipe. In fall 2020, Stewart invited Lawyer to moose camp. Eighteen minutes into the first hunting day, they had their moose. The pair set about breaking down the animal; they were most excited to cook the nose. “It’s fallen out of fashion, but 200 years ago, those fats and oils — you needed them to survive,” Stewart said. “Food is one of those things like language. If no one is cooking moose nose, that knowledge could be lost.”


The friends have since cooked several moose noses together and traveled to Alaska to fish for whale and halibut with other Native chefs. “To find someone like Jessee, where there’s this genuine respect for each other and for our culture, that’s really special,” Stewart said. Lawyer pointed out that, while some tribal communities have maintained foodways, it is hard to know exactly how Indigenous people cooked in past eras. Most documentation comes from accounts written by white Europeans. “The way they tell our story is different than how we would tell our story,” he said. In his kitchen, the chef finished up a sauce of dried morels reconstituted in bone broth with a little cream and homemade maple vinegar. He skewered thin strips of venison heart on the cedar twigs, sprinkled them with salt and scooped some bear fat from a jar onto a griddle. The fat is very mild, he assured this reporter, and has many functions. “You can use it on your hair and skin, to condition your boots and oil guns,” he said. While Lawyer is not a purist, he tries to eat as many wild foods and Native varieties of cultivated ingredients as he can. Jars of pickled ramps, pickled fiddleheads, black beans, Jacob’s Cattle beans, maple sugar and wild rice lined a kitchen shelf. “I cook with bear grease every day,” Lawyer said. Eating traditional foods, he continued, is “not only a way to get closer to my culture [but also] closer to myself. I don’t feel as nourished from an Italian sub. This is something my ancestors have eaten, something that let them thrive.” Unlike the handicrafts Lawyer squeezes in when he can find the time, eating a Native diet is different. “I can practice that every day,” he said. Lawyer plated his thanksgiving meal like a chef: spreading an arc of corn mush on a white plate, topping it with halfmoons of roasted squash, dusting the plate with sumac and dried ramp powder, and setting a skewer of grilled heart on top. With a final flourish, the chef lit the cedar foliage on fire and explained that the ash would become another seasoning. The dish was restaurant-worthy — no surprise — with many layers of sweet, earthy, tangy and smoky flavors. As I savored the rich, lightly chewy venison


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heart, it felt like the nutritious meat was immediately infusing me with energy. We needed that energy on a subsequent futile two-and-a-half-hour squirrel hunt. Despite offering ceremonial tobacco to the land and the animals, we saw zero squirrels, though we did spy a large, immature bald eagle perched on a branch. The sighting, Lawyer said, epitomizes

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Time to Switch to an Electric Vehicle?

supporting e-bike purchases has already maxed out its funding. The incentives are a central component of Vermont’s climate action plan, which aims to cut the state’s climate emissions in half by 2030. For Kevin Thorley, a member of one of Vermont’s volunteer town energy committees who drives an electric Tesla, the potential role of electric vehicles in meeting those benchmarks is substantial. “Forty percent of Vermont’s emissions come from the transportation sector, and personal transportation is a big piece of that,” Thorley said. “So one of the nice things about Vermont is, because of that largely carbon-free electric grid that we have, the emission-reduction benefits of driving an EV are even more significant here.”


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hen Molly Smith started researching electric vehicles in January, she thought she was planning for a purchase much farther down the road. With the price tag of electric models still higher than traditional internal combustion engine vehicles, the Vermont resident assumed going electric wouldn’t be financially feasible just yet. But when she realized she was eligible for roughly $11,000 in incentives through local, state and federal programs, putting her old car in the rearview mirror didn’t seem so far-fetched. Those savings made the decision simple. “Everybody was a little skeptical because it seemed like I did it really quickly and kind of on a whim. But this was right before the price of gas went through the roof,” Smith said. “So I felt pretty good about my decision then.” She’s since put about 10,000 miles on her Hyundai IONIQ 5, and Smith said she’d been impressed with the improvements manufacturers have made to electric vehicles in recent years, from the increased number of size options to the extended driving range. “I thought that this was going to be a sacrifice that I was making to lower my carbon footprint. And that really ended up not being the case,” Smith said. “Driving an EV is so much fun. It’s been cheaper. It’s quiet. The whole experience — I just love my car.” Thanks to the incentives now available



through state programs, federal programs and utility companies, there has never been a better time for drivers like Smith to make the switch to an electric model.

STATE EV INCENTIVES It’s clear that drivers are getting the message. Between July 2021 and July 2022, the number of plug-in electric vehicles registered in Vermont increased by about 50 percent, to more than 7,500 registered vehicles, according to Drive Electric Vermont, with roughly half of those being all-electric models powered only by a battery. Nationwide, EV registrations jumped a whopping 60 percent in the first quarter of 2022, according to a report by Automotive News, even as car registrations overall dropped 18 percent. Electric vehicle owners and transportation advocates say the growth has a lot to do with incentives designed to encourage adoption of EVs, along with the release of new models that appeal to a wider range of drivers. As the energy and community development planner for the town of

Williston, Melinda Scott often fields questions about up-front costs and incentive options when purchasing an EV. She usually points interested residents to the resources offered by Drive Electric Vermont, such as the organization’s incentive calculator, which helps users find out which programs they qualify for. “I think the incentives can really make a difference to make this viable for your average person,” said Scott, who purchased her own EV last winter with about $12,000 in incentives. “Having those incentives can dramatically decrease those up-front costs.” Under Vermont’s incentive program for new electric vehicles, buyers can receive between $1,500 and $4,000 in rebates toward their purchase, while the MileageSmart program covers up to 25 percent, or $5,000 maximum, of the cost of a used high-efficiency vehicle. A new program launched in September offers additional savings for those who scrap and replace their older internal combustion engine vehicles: The Replace Your Ride program offers a $3,000 rebate to income-eligible buyers that can be used for a new or used EV or toward other clean mobility options; a prepaid card option will be available starting on November 16. That means that Vermonters could benefit from up to $8,000 in incentives through state programs alone. And residents are taking advantage of these offers — in fact, one program

The state-sponsored incentives are considerable, but the savings don’t stop there. Drivers could benefit from anywhere between $750 and $2,900 toward the purchase or lease of an EV through their local utility company, with incentives offered by Burlington Electric Department, Green Mountain Power, Stowe Electric Department, Vermont Electric Cooperative, Vermont Public Power Supply Authority and Washington Electric Co-op. And utility-based programs are attempting to address another concern Scott often hears about from potential buyers: charging. “People who are living in a singlefamily home have their own electric meter, and it’s pretty easy for them to charge at home, even if they’re just using a 120-volt outlet,” Scott said. But incentives offered by utility companies make it even easier. Green Mountain Power, for instance, provides a free level-2 charger — which charges faster than your run-of-the-mill outlet — with the purchase of an electric vehicle and offers discounted rates at off-peak hours to customers using compatible charging equipment. Through Burlington Electric, EV owners can benefit from up to $900 in incentives for residential charging. Burlington Electric also covers up to 75 percent of the cost to install workplace chargers, an amenity that Scott said more employers are starting to invest in. Katie and Ben Kinstedt of Burlington, who own a hybrid Toyota RAV4 Prime and an all-electric Nissan LEAF, said powering up with the chargers at Ben’s workplace is a staple of their routine. And while public charging stations still aren’t as ubiquitous as gas stations, the Kinstedts are encouraged to see more public chargers popping up across the state, including on recent travels through the Northeast Kingdom. According to



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Drive Electric Vermont, there were 329 public charging locations in Vermont as of July. “I figured in the country, being more rural, people would lean more towards a gas vehicle,” Ben Kinstedt said. “So to see the infrastructure expanding into remote areas was really great.” Thorley noted that as word has spread about the available incentives over the past several years, Vermonters have appeared eager to jump on the offers. When their town held an informational event about electric vehicles in October, 18 drivers representing a wide variety of models brought their EVs to show off, and about 75 people showed up to learn more. “It’s gone from something of, you’d see one Tesla and it would be a big deal, to now they’re everywhere — the LEAF and the Bolt and newer models, as well,” Thorley said. “So it really seems that Vermont’s incentives and these incentives from the power companies are really having an impact.”

FEDERAL INCENTIVES Electric vehicle owners say one of the best ways to get the most bang for your buck is by combining offers available through different programs. “We were able to take advantage of the three incentives — the federal, state and then our local utility incentives. It definitely made the transition easier,” Katie Kinstedt said. “It might have been a few years out if it weren’t for the incentives, waiting for when the national market price is a little bit more in line with the internal combustion engine counterparts.” At the federal level, buyers are eligible for up to $7,500 in tax credits when purchasing qualified new all-electric cars and hybrid plug-ins. Due to recent changes under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, these credits apply only to models with final assembly in North America, so buyers may need to doublecheck whether the model they have their eye on is still eligible. A new tax credit for used EV purchases will offer up to $4,000 when it launches in January 2023. That’s why taking advantage of the available guidance about the process is so crucial. “Definitely do your research; figure out exactly what you’re entitled to before you start the process,” Smith said. And feel free to reach out to Efficiency Vermont for customer support. ■ IN SUPPORT OF THE FIGHT AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE, THIS ADVERTISEMENT WAS COMMISSIONED AND PAID FOR BY:

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he SOS went out on IG on October 7. Artists Mary Lacy and Corrine Yonce needed material for the mosaic they were making on the Burlington bike path: “Do you have excess tiles/ plates/ plastic or rubber objects/ old kids toys/ plexi glass you’d like to have immortalized forever??” Lacy posted on Instagram. Help arrived in the form of bottle caps, a Wiffle ball, a superhero figurine, a set of wedding plates, jewelry and tiles. The artists had already amassed a large amount of material for their piece, but the wall is “soooo B I G !’’ Lacy wrote on social media. They needed more. “S O SSSS,” she pleaded. The mosaic covers the roughly 10-by-30-foot east wall of an underpass below a bridge over the bike path between North Beach and Leddy Park. Yonce and Lacy, friends as well as fellow artists, created it in five days in early October. “I fangirled Mary,” Yonce said, describing how they met about six years ago. Yonce, 31, who lives in Winooski, is a fair and affordable housing advocate for the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity. She’s also a painter who graduated from the University of Vermont, where she studied English and art. Lacy, 31, of Jericho, is an artist best known for her large-scale painted murals in public places, such as the hummingbird on the corner of College and St. Paul streets in Burlington. She also makes wooden 44


PUBLIC ART puzzles for people to paint and assemble, as well as four- to five-foot wall-hung indoor mosaics, made up largely of broken dishes. The collaboration with Yonce, which Lacy called a “looser” kind of work than her solo pieces, is her first public mosaic. “Corrine and I have the never-ending, ongoing, artist nerdy dialogue,” Lacy said. “We can make connections in each other’s work.” The bike path project was the “aha moment of where we could collaborate,” she said. The vibrant and sprawling mosaic faces rock cliffs, jagged and moss covered, on the west side of the underpass. The work

is composed of broken plates, tiles, toys, plastic letters, bicycle parts, discarded electronics and old Long Trail bottle caps. (What will become of bottle-top street art if the canned beer trend never dies!?) Within it are discrete and fascinating images, phrases and vignettes. Two figures facing each other are prominent, along with a pair of bicycle wheels. The people appear to be fixing a flat tire. (The wheels refer to the location on the bike path, as well as cross-country bike trips each artist took before they knew each other, the collaborators said.) An iPod looks like a relic among broken tiles; a

touch-tone wall phone with a 9-1-1 sticker on its receiver is mounted high on the wall, just out of reach. Lacy scavenged the phone from her parents’ house. She said it’s “trippy” to see it in the mosaic and a little disconcerting when people ask what it is. “Am I that old?” she wondered. The mosaic was a whirlwind of a “passion project” for the artists, Yonce said. It involved a last-minute scramble when the city changed the location about a week before they started. The artists worked a string of long days, an effort that ranged from climbing ladders and mixing mortar to creating a piece that recognized the past use of the site. “Public art is kind of wild,” Yonce said, looking at the mosaic after pedaling to it on her bike. In making the piece, she and Lacy were guided by an on-the-spot mantra: “No time for opinions,” Yonce recalled. “We just had to stick things on the wall.” At the center of the piece is Major Jackson’s poem “On Disappearing,” printed in full on fluorescent pink plexiglass. Lines from the poem by the poet, who taught at the University of Vermont for nearly two decades, appear elsewhere in the mosaic, too, painted in black on tile: “At a glance from across the room, / I wear September on my face.” The wall has been a favored location for people who make graffiti, and they’ve tagged it again and again. Fading tags in purple and red frame the mosaic at its top edge, along with patches of moss and a dried flower emerging from a crack. Yonce said that while she and Lacy were working on the mosaic, people stopped and talked about the graffiti they’d seen on the wall for years. Some recalled certain paintings and tags; others thanked the artists for covering it up. The “secret” of the design, Yonce said, is that it echoes the graffiti, following its general outline and form. “The figures fall into shapes that were left over from past hands,” she said. Considering the wall’s history and making use of it in the current artwork were of particular interest to the artists, Yonce said. “Those are the parts I enjoyed about the wall,” she said. Yonce described a series of design decisions — the layering of aesthetic choices — that are “piling up on each other.” At UVM, Yonce took poetry classes from Jackson, who now teaches at Vanderbilt University. His poem about “connection to place” and the sometimes fragile nature of such connections is fitting for a crumbling wall, Yonce said. Jackson gave her permission to install the poem in the mosaic.

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ifteen-year-old soccer star Petra is just awakening to the realities of the world beyond her tiny village in the hills of Guatemala. The Ladino teen of mixed Spanish and Mayan descent dreams of continuing her schooling in Guatemala City and becoming a physician who can heal her impoverished friends and neighbors. But, like the volcano that looms ominously over her village, a constant threat of gang violence casts its shadow on Petra’s daily life. She becomes the target of a local gang after her mother flees to the U.S. to escape her abusive husband, leaving Petra to live with her older brother, Carlos, and their elderly grandparents. The teen suspects that the gang’s leader, her childhood friend Emilio, had a hand in her best friend’s abduction and murder — and that she will become his next victim. Author Susan Mills didn’t have to conjure up imaginary scenarios for the plot of her first novel, On the Wings of a Hummingbird. During the 20 years she spent as a U.S. immigration lawyer, Mills worked with thousands of Central American migrants, including many Guatemalan teens, who fled their home countries to escape gang violence and sexual and domestic abuse. “I had horrific stories coming out of my ears all the time, sometimes several times a day,” said Mills, who retired from her law practice five years ago to write the book. (She still does pro bono work for the Community Asylum Seekers Project in Brattleboro.) The 62-year-old Baltimore native lived in Rhode Island for four decades before relocating to southern Vermont several years ago. In her early twenties, Mills traveled to Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, where she got involved in the political sanctuary movement. There she learned to speak Spanish, met a Salvadoran with whom she would have a son and “moved politically from being scornful of the law to wanting to become a lawyer,” she said. For her first novel, Mills strayed into dangerous literary territory — that of a white American telling a story through the eyes of an Indigenous Guatemalan adolescent. Jeanine Cummins’ best-selling 2020 novel American Dirt, about the violence experienced by an undocumented Mexican immigrant, ignited a debate about white authors who borrow others’ experiences and traffic in so-called “pity porn.” Mills, whose book bears a blurb from controversial Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Díaz, doesn’t try to duck that charge or rationalize her intentions. “For most of my adult life I have lived, moved, and worked among Central 46



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where there’s decades — centuries — of political violence. So the lines are often blurry. Victims can be perpetrators, and perpetrators can be victims. SD: As a white woman writing from the perspective of an Indigenous teen, did you have any trepidations about publishing this book, given the controversy that surrounded American Dirt? SM: Well, that came out when I was about three-quarters of the way through my book. Certainly, I was like, Whoa! I definitely need to think about this. There are very real issues about white authors getting privilege in the publishing world over Black, Latino and immigrant authors. That continues, and, understandably, there’s anger and resentment about it. But I think the solution is not so much to discredit or cut out the white voices as to elevate and give an equal voice to nonwhite authors. In the end, it seems to me that readers should know who an author is, and they don’t always get the chance to do that. It’s essential that people read my book knowing that I’m not a Guatemalan Mayan immigrant. But I think there’s something of value that I have to contribute, too, given my own experience.

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Americans,” she writes in an author’s note that opens the book. “I have been immersed in the language, the culture, the history, politics, and literature of Latin Americans, all of which gives me a unique perspective to write this story. It does not, of course, change my identity.” Mills spoke to Seven Days about her novel, her work and the teen immigrants who inspired Petra’s story. SEVEN DAYS: I assume that the violence that Petra and her family experience at the hands of Emilio and his gang represents the kind of stories you heard regularly? SUSAN MILLS: Absolutely. I did a lot of cases with adolescent kids from Central

America who were unaccompanied minors when they came to the U.S. They may have had family here, and many of them were being recruited by gangs. It’s a huge issue for people in Central America right now. SD: You chose to portray Emilio, the gang leader, as a victim, too. Why? SM: When I grew up in Baltimore, my mother, then later my brother, were very active politically, advocating for prisoners both before and after they were in prison. So I grew up with a very clear sense of the racism that leads people to commit crimes and then end up in jail. Both parties are often victims. There’s a lot of ambiguity in a place like Guatemala,

SD: Some critics say that no white person, no matter how well-informed, should write from the perspective of an Indigenous or nonwhite person. Your thoughts? SM: The obvious extension of that is, male writers shouldn’t write about women — or, God forbid, a pregnant woman. We all have lots of characters in our books, and the main character is likely to be somebody different from ourselves. I think it’s a question of doing it intelligently and respectfully and trying to equalize the playing field, so that nonwhite authors get at least as much of a chance to get published. SD: Your story draws a lot from Mayan mythology, including the character of Alocinia, the hummingbird. Did you consult experts on Mayan culture to get those stories right? SM: I read the Mayan bible, called Popol Vuh, and a lot of Mayan mythology. I made a deliberate decision to have Petra not be fully Mayan but have Mayan ancestry, with a good portion of her heritage lost two generations ago. The Mayan mythology is very much a part of Guatemalan culture, so it felt very real to me for Petra to blend Mayan mythology and Catholicism. I wanted to explore the blurriness between belonging and being in limbo between two worlds, and the blurriness of good and evil

that comes from suffering persecution in a persecuted place. It’s also where Petra is most able to confront the trauma that’s happened to her. SD: There’s one element of the story not mentioned on the book jacket: teen sexual identity and the romantic love between women. Is sexual identity another reason why some of your clients fled their home countries? SM: Oh, absolutely. There were two major types of asylum cases that came out of Guatemala: gang cases and domestic and sexual violence cases. I can’t say that I did a lot of cases with people who were gay or lesbian or trans, but there were a few. To me, a lot of what this book is about is identity in the old-fashioned sense: Who am I, and how do I figure out my purpose in this world and get out of this community that offers limited choices for me? Petra is looking at the different women in her world and trying to figure out where she fits in — and not finding a lot of room there. SD: Did you have one particular client in mind who inspired this book? SM: At first there was, then later it became a conglomeration of lots of people. But a



very specific immigration client inspired me to think about Petra. She was very unusual. She had short hair, which was fairly uncommon for women from Guatemala. Like Petra, she was also 15 and had a very fiery spirit. Her mother was in the United States, and the girl had been living with her grandparents. She was also really into soccer, like Petra. She just decided to leave Guatemala without telling anybody. And she did that entire trip to the United States by herself. She came across the border and got in touch with her mother, and they came to live together. SD: You chose not to recount much of Petra’s journey north. Why not?

SM: That was a very spe cific choice. I feel like that’s been done, over and over. My focus was really on Petra’s inner journey and who she was going to become, and that physical journey felt too external, and I didn’t want to get lost in the trip. SD: I would imagine that the timing of this book is opportune, given where our country is today on the immigration debate. SM: Unfortunately, you could have said that at any time in the last 20 years. I started the book in 2018, and people were like, “What a great time for this to come out.” But, unfortunately, nothing moves politically on immigration issues. This interview was edited and condensed for clarity and length.

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Book review: I entered without words, Jody Gladding B Y B E NJA M I N AL ESHIRE


hat if you could read a poem 12 different ways? And not in the sense of unraveling all the cryptic allusions in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land. Rather than offering a narrative to be read from left to right, top to bottom, what if the page were a wide-open field where the reader chose the order in which to read the words? Jody Gladding plays with this choose-your-own-path concept in her intriguing new collection, I entered without words. Instead of writing orderly stanzas aligned flush left, Gladding uses the page like a plein air canvas, creating “constellations” of words, as she describes them in a note at the beginning of the book. To guide the reader along the way, she provides what she calls “through lines” — a series of words in bold to keep us on track. These are also the poems’ titles, which appear only in the table of contents. Beyond that, the journey is entirely up to the reader. In the opening poem, for example, the bolded words “the mother tongue licked me into being” jut sideways before proceeding diagonally down the page. Around this through line, a host of surreal possibilities arise. “I entered without words / for purple aster / yellow center star / deep summer / the mother tongue / licked me into being / articulate” is one possible reading. But the poem could just as easily become “Being yellow / I entered / into deep summer / licked / tongue purple / without words / aster for mother / articulate center star.” This concept works especially well when Gladding chooses through lines that have a playful bite. “I still believe in the dark work of idleness.” “The white flame sank offering only the gesture.” “Why everything beautiful hurts.” “Wind wrenches free her tongue.” The table of contents itself makes a fine poem, a cento composed of pieces of what’s to come. Gladding, who lives in East Calais, has taught at the Vermont College of Fine Arts and served as a director of the writing program at the Vermont Studio Center. Her first book, Stone Crop, won the coveted 1992 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. She’s since received MacDowell and Wallace Stegner fellowships, a Whiting Award, a Frost Place residency, and other awards too numerous to list here. And those are just the American honors. Gladding has also translated more than 40 books from French, earning a Centre National du Livre translation grant and a FrenchAmerican Foundation Translation Prize. Among the works she’s translated into English are French scholar Michel Pastoureau’s Yellow: The History of a Color and novelist Jean Giono’s The Serpent of Stars. As Gladding’s website puts it, “Her work explores the places where language and landscape converge” — and converge they do. I entered without words begins in English and switches to French at the author’s whim, with her translations on the facing page. Besides being a refreshing flex, the French versions greatly multiply the poems’

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potential meanings. Translators, after all, must choose one word even when several synonyms exist, each with different shades of meaning. Watching the translation process unfold one word at a time offers another layer of enjoyment, and not just for those fluent in French. Isolated and spreading out on the page, free of the burdens of grammar, Gladding’s words may inspire readers to recall their high school French. If this combination of visual and bilingual

experimentation seems avant-garde, Gladding’s previous work was even more so. In her 2014 book Translations From Bark Beetle, explorations of landscape and language took a quite literal form: She composed on natural objects and transcribed birdcalls. Denying any claim to authorship, she “translated” the paths insects make through wood, treating the marks left behind as if they were texts written in an unknown alphabet. In an essay for Poetry International after the release of her previous collection, the spiders my arms, Waterbury Center writer and artist Darren Higgins described Gladding’s physical translations by saying, “[her words] slid right off the edge. She wrote on icicles, egg shells, slanting chunks of slate, a poetry of objects and objects as poetry.” I entered without words, by contrast, is a sparser and sparer project. Gladding relies on brevity and simplicity to invite multiple meanings, but sometimes these minimalist texts don’t exactly seize the reader’s attention by themselves. The poem “paper white,” for example, is just eight words long (“paper winter / stretches long thin stems / stars open”) and feels more like a simple nature haiku than an exploration of the convergence of landscape and language.


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Border Lines In “Roxham Road to North Elba,” photographer Bill McDowell documents a path to freedom BY PAME L A P O L S T O N •


oxham Road to North Elba” is not a quick trip; the exhibition of seemingly disparate photographs at Burlington’s BCA Center requires a little investment of time to parse. But patient viewers will be rewarded with a visual consideration of some deeply fraught issues, both current and historic: racism, migration, humanity, compassion or lack thereof. And it all takes place on the other side of Lake Champlain. Bill McDowell was born and raised in Plattsburgh, N.Y., just 22 miles south of Québec. He earned a degree at Rochester Institute of Technology in 1986 and worked in commercial photography for several years before returning to academia. McDowell taught initially at RIT, then at Texas A&M University; in 2002, he

January of this year, nearly 10,000 more came through in the first four months. How did McDowell choose to portray this human exodus and this half-mile-long area surrounded by farms, woods and scant habitation? Many of his photographs are oblique: shots of snowy roads, nondescript buildings, scrappy trees that fail to disclose their citizenship. McDowell also shot fascinating objects abandoned by the side of the road. Torn bits of paper turned out to be “an asylum statement written by a Nigerian woman who compellingly documented why she, her child, and husband were no longer safe in Nigeria.” A man’s dress suit, gray with pinstripes, was hanging from a fence post. “Had the owner decided that, in Canada, he would no longer need to wear it?”




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returned to the North Country for a faculty position at the University of Vermont, which he still holds. In June 2017, McDowell began to visit Roxham Road, which runs from northern New York into Québec, west of the Champlain-Lacolle border crossing. It isn’t entirely clear how this blip in the border became “the primary route for asylum seekers entering Canada,” McDowell observes in a book accompanying his exhibition. Chalk it up to “growing recognition of a ‘loophole’ in the 2004 Canada-U.S. Safe Third Country Agreement.” What also became obvious to asylum seekers was the increasingly hostile and highly politicized American attitude toward immigration. And so, many continue to brave long and perilous journeys en route to Canada. “From 2017 to 2020 (when the pandemic closed the border), more than 90% of the nearly 60,000 asylum seekers who entered Canada through irregular routes did so at Roxham Road,” McDowell writes. When the border reopened in

McDowell muses. A pile of American coins, mostly pennies, was useless to someone who didn’t plan to return. Some images are more on point — and heartrending. Stills from videos show asylum seekers with suitcases and sometimes children walking toward a bland white building and attendant officers of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. McDowell obscured their identities completely. “I still-captured a frame and digitally produced a soft, white pod-like shape over each seeker’s head,” he writes. “Even though their backs were to the camera, the pod nonetheless denies the viewer the ability to fully witness moments of profound vulnerability.” McDowell noted in a recent talk at BCA that the Roxham Road corridor has a “mind-blowing” precedent: the Underground Railroad. “The major east/west thoroughfare running along the border that takes you to Roxham is called North Star Road,” he writes. “The road was named years ago for the use of the North


photo, but the long shadow of racism remains. McDowell pairs photographs from his Underground Railroad and Roxham Road explorations because they are all germane to an unfortunate human story. He eloquently explains this in audio available to gallery visitors via QR codes. And in two photos — selfies by way of his shadow — he inserts himself in the story, interrogating his role as a white, privileged man. Though he refrains from overt moralizing, McDowell perhaps hopes viewers will also be moved to self-examination, if not activism, in what he calls “a country still divided by the myth of race.” At the very least, “Roxham Road to North Elba” illustrates the profound and ongoing consequences of intolerance. m

INFO Bill McDowell, “Roxham Road to North Elba,” through January 28 at BCA Center in Burlington.,


Star as a navigational aid by enslaved people seeking freedom.” His dive into that upstate New York history led McDowell to the North Star Underground Railroad Museum in Ausable Chasm; to the town of Keeseville, where escaped slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass spoke in 1843; and to North Elba, where white abolitionist John Brown lived and his farmhouse still stands. “Considering that freedom seekers are once again traveling through the North Country to Canada,” McDowell writes, “the sites become monuments to the racial equity work yet to be done.” One photo that speaks volumes is the entrance to an Underground Railroad tunnel: a hole in the dirt floor, wooden door propped open, of the First Congregational Church of Malone, N.Y. An image that needs explanation is the shadow of a so-called lawn jockey in a yard near Keeseville. McDowell digitally removed the offensive statue from the


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art Christy Mitchell Object permanence, as many will remember from college psychology class, refers to the understanding that things and people continue to exist even when you can’t see or hear them. First documented by child psychologist Jean Piaget, that realization is a necessary milestone in a baby’s brain development, even if it dashes the hilarity of playing peekaboo. “Object Permanence” is also the title of Christy Mitchell’s current exhibition at Burlington’s S.P.A.C.E. Gallery. She borrows the term to refer to the expectations we had about the world when we were shut-ins during the pandemic and how we experience the world now. “During COVID, we were confined [at home], but we had this sense that things would still be the same,” she said during a gallery visit. “They’re not, in so many ways.” One significant change for Mitchell was losing her grandmother to the virus early on, when travel was verboten. “Having to say goodbye over Zoom is hard,” she said. Mitchell is the proprietor of the S.P.A.C.E. Gallery and the executive director of the South End Arts + Business Association. Despite those responsibilities — which include organizing September’s South End Art Hop — she continues her tradition of mounting a solo show each year. Doing so allows the Savannah College of Art and Design graduate to be an artist and not just an advocate for others, she noted. “Object Permanence” includes several dozen framed prints hung in orderly rows along gallery walls, most featuring a rotary phone set against vintage-looking wallpaper. Each also contains a single word, which Mitchell wrote in cursive. Examples: mindful, frozen, hopeful, timeless, gone, loved. “Many of them are pep-talk words,” she acknowledged. The largest gallery room presents a startling, quite disorderly installation of antique furniture. Four chairs are suspended from the ceiling at various angles and heights; a coffee table emerges from a wall — or perhaps is trying to depart? A dark wood cabinet hangs atilt and holds a rotary phone with multiple handsets, which spill out onto the floor. This jumble is reflected in a large, ornate mirror that Mitchell said she unearthed at a secondhand store. It’s easy to interpret the installation as a metaphor for loss of control; furniture isn’t supposed to behave like this. But for Mitchell the pieces relate to her grandmother, who was a collector. “I’m trying to do a little timeline of the furniture, a little time travel,” she said. “Those chairs are older than we are.” And the mirror? “That represents a portal — coming in and out of time.” The (almost) post-pandemic world may be altered, but some key elements of Mitchell’s annual exhibitions carry on. One is her penchant for nostalgia. “I have this nostalgia for times that I didn’t live in,” she explained. It’s as if memory passed from her grandmother and mother like genetic code, tucked into the strands of DNA. The 52


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rotary phone, which Mitchell has used in previous exhibits, is a symbol of this flux. “It’s also about who spoke through these phones,” she said. “Women’s voices, plotting and planning.” Mitchell said she likes to explore a different medium each year; this time it was learning an artificial intelligence program. But she did a form of time travel again, using the cuttingedge technology to produce prints of outdated phones and wallpaper. Inexplicably, the program would not allow her to type in her own name and instead would turn out some variation of the word

“Christ.” Mitchell finally gave in and produced a small square image in which a cross pendant hangs over the wallpaper. This is exhibited above a vintage caned chair next to a green table at the show’s entrance. A guest book, also vintage, greets visitors and invites their comments. Evocations of the past, of loss and of grappling with impermanence ripple through this exhibition. “Everyone who sees the show has their own stories,” Mitchell said. “Object Permanence” is on view through December 2.


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‘WINTER LIGHTS’: The buildings and gardens glow in multicolored illuminations for the holiday season. Purchase timed tickets at November 25-January 1. $15 for adults; $10 for ages 3-17; free for children under 3. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.

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‘DEFINE SMALL’: An annual exhibition of petite paintings, 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.

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: Members and guest artisans present an array of handmade items, including paintings, pottery, knitwear, sculpture, jewelry and more. November 25-January 6. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

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f JOE NORRIS: “Elemental Abstractions: Works,” paintings that explore the space between representational and abstract art using typography,


collage and graphic elements. Reception: Saturday, November 26, 3-5 p.m. November 26-February 13. Info, 387-0102. Next Stage Arts Project in Putney.

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BREAD AND PUPPET GALLERY OPENING: The venue launch features sacred harp singing, a ritual to cleanse the former veal farm, a class in Tears-of-Joy Production from the University of the Valley of Tears, and a performance of the brand-new B&P heavy metal band’s rendition of Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.” Bread and aioli available, along with cheap-art posters, books and other items. If interested in volunteering for the event, contact puppetvolunteers@gmail. com. Bread and Puppet Gallery, Glover, Sunday, November 27, 2-5 p.m. Info, 525-3031.

f AVA MEMBERS HOLIDAY EXHIBITION: A show and sale of items by Vermont and New Hampshire artists. Open house: Saturday, December 3, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., with open studios and demonstrations, followed by reception, 5-7 p.m. November 25-December 30. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H.

ART EVENTS 44TH PUTNEY CRAFT TOUR: Twenty Vermont makers — glassblowers, potters, jewelers, woodworkers, painters and specialty food producers — present their wares. Details at Putney Mountain Winery, Friday, November 25, through Sunday, November 27, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, 323-627-4625. AO OPEN HOUSE: The artisan glassmakers celebrate 15 years on Small Business Saturday with demonstrations and specialty products. AO Glass, Burlington, Saturday, November 26, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Info, 540-0125. ARTIST TALK: ROBERT WALDO BRUNELLE JR.: The Howard Center Arts Collective presents a virtual talk with the Vermont painter, kinetic sculptor, art educator, book illustrator and political cartoonist, a founding member of the

BTV WINTER MARKET: A European-style outdoor market featuring a rotating group of 20 local artists, makers and food vendors. Burlington City Hall Park, Friday, November 25, noon-6 p.m.; Saturday, November 26, noon-6 p.m.; and Sunday, November 27, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. OPEN STUDIO: Make art alongside other artists, socialize, get feedback and try out new mediums. No experience required; art supplies provided. Hosted by the Howard Center Arts Collective, whose members have experience with mental health and/ or substance-use challenges. ONE Arts Center, Burlington, Monday, November 28, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, VIRTUAL VISITING ARTIST TALK: WYLIE GARCIA: The Charlotte-based artist talks about her work using textiles, painting, drawing, sound and performance. Register to receive Zoom




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‘ANYWHERE FROM ANYWHERE’: A collection of drawings by more than 20 artists. Through December 1. Info, 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 AT THE MALTEX: Paintings by Pievy Polyte, Shannon O’Connell, Nancy Chapman and Ashley MacWalters and photography by Brian Drourr and Robert Fahey. Through April 8. Info, 865-7296. The Maltex Building 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.


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‘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.

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‘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’: Largescale 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 (18821971) from the Ralf C. Nemec collection. Through December 9. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington.

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installation that is part dream and part allegory of our collective experience with COVID-19 and the new world that surrounds us. Closing reception: Friday, December 2, 5-8 p.m. Through December 2. Info, The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. CLARK DERBES: “Skateboarding Is Performance

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‘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@ 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 installation 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, O.N.E. Community Center in Burlington.

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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.

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‘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, 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, 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,” photographs. 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 photographs 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, McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. SMALL WORKS: An exhibition of petite paintings by Anne Cady, Charlotte Dworshak, Maria Flores Gallindo, Edward Holland, Julia Jensen and Hannah Sessions. 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, South Burlington Public Art Gallery.


ANNE DAVIS: “Fresh Paint,” new paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 9. Info, anne@ 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 exhibition in two parts: “Creature Habits,” miniature paintings 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.

CALL TO ARTISTS ARTFUL ICE SHANTIES: The museum and Retreat Farm invite artists, ice fishing enthusiasts, tiny house aficionados, designbuilders, and creative groups and individuals of all ages and experience levels to enter this annual exhibition of creative shanties. Details and registration at 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 thoughtprovoking exhibits that examine the human experience. CAL is an interdisciplinary art center that celebrates diversity, equity and inclusion in all forms. Submit artwork at Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier. Through December 31. 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 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 from December 3 to 23. Details and application at Online. Through November 23. $10. Info, info@ 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 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 or picked up in person at the museum. Online. Through December 16. Info, 257-0124. 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

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. 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, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier.

landmarks in the built environment and connect the people, the land and the lake. Info at Online. Through December 16. Info, cstorrs@burlington ‘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 for info and to sign up. Village Wine and Coffee, Shelburne. Through December 31. $20. Info, SMALL AND LARGE WORKS: The annual holiday exhibition features pre-framed artworks 12 inches or smaller, as well as pieces 2 to 6 feet in any direction. Open to all ages and mediums; studio members get the first entry free in both shows. Details and application at The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Burlington. Through December 5. $3 per entry. 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 Online. Through December 9. 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 Heritage Winooski Mill Museum. Through November 30. Info,

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‘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,

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‘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. Info at Studio Place Arts, Barre. Through December 10. $10; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069.

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‘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.

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‘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. 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.

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‘WHEN THE WELL IS DRY: An exhibition featuring 11 artists who explore the interconnection of environment, climate change, culture and community. In partnership with Visura. Through December 10. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe.

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PHOTOGRAPHERS WORKROOM EXHIBIT: “Imagination,” featuring several images by each photographer, chosen because they relate to one another and the subject. Through November 25. Info, Waterbury Congregational Church. 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.

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‘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 paintings by the Vermont artist. Through November 30. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes.

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A MERRY LITTLE MARKET: A maker market featuring fine artwork, pottery, candles, jewelry and more by local artisans, plus handcrafted ornaments and holiday cards. Through January 14. Info, 989-7225. Sparrow Art Supply in Middlebury. ‘NO OCEAN BETWEEN US: ART OF ASIAN DIASPORAS IN LATIN AMERICA & THE CARIBBEAN, 1945-PRESENT’: Seventy important works in a variety 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.

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXHIBIT & SHOPPE: An all-member exhibition of items in a variety of mediums. Through December 10. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.

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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.

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‘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. ‘I NEVER SAW IT THAT WAY: EXPLORING SCIENCE THROUGH ART: This self-curated exhibition of mixed-media works by artists, sculptors, photographers and crafters on the museum staff considers science from fresh perspectives. Through January 31. 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, 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.

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‘1,111 COPPER NAILS’: A 36-year retrospective of the Bread and Puppet calendar. Through December 31. Info, 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. ELLY BARKSDALE: “The Beauty of Horses,” paintings. Through December 28. Info, 525-3366. The Parker Pie Company in West Glover. EMILIA 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. ‘TIME OF CHANGE’: A group exhibition featuring works in a variety of mediums by 21 local artists. Through January 4. Info, The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville. ‘WINTER LIGHT’: An exhibition that celebrates winter in the Northeast Kingdom, as well as other cultures and traditions. Through January 7. Info, 334-1966. MAC Center for the Arts in Newport.

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‘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, memory, 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.

f ‘ART FOR ALL SEASONAL GROUP SHOW’: More than two dozen local artists present their works in a variety of mediums, sizes and prices in celebration of the gallery’s sixth year. 3rd Friday Gallery Night: Friday, December 16, 5-7 p.m. Through January 7. ‘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 paintings 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, vermont@hallart 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.


ARTISAN HOLIDAY MARKET: Local makers present knitwear, cards, calendars, art prints, comestibles,

salves, jewelry and more for the gifting season. Through December 24. Info, 728-9878. Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph.


‘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. ‘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 Pride Center of Vermont. 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.

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‘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.

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‘MADAYIN: EIGHT DECADES OF ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIAN BARK PAINTING 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. 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. 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@ Galerie 203 in Montréal. NELSON HENRICKS: Immersive video installations by the Montréal artist in which visual and sound editing create a musical dynamic and which explores subjects from the history of art and culture. Through April 10. Info, 514-847-6226. Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art. m

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State of the Scene Hey, it’s a big week for the local music scene in this issue! Hopefully, you’ve already perused my story about FATTIE B and his frankly bonkers new album, GUMBO (page 26). While it’s certainly not my first cover this year, it is the first stand-alone music story I’ve written solo for the paper’s marquee spot. (Culture coeditor DAN BOLLES and I teamed up on a Waking Windows cover package back in May.) We couldn’t think of a more perfect cover story subject than Fattie. As an MC and a DJ, the dude has been front and center for so many happenings in Burlington’s music scene over the past 30 years, but he’s never before attempted something as ambitious as GUMBO. The record is beyond worth checking out, even before you factor in that it’s a charity album, raising proceeds for Boston Children’s Hospital. Listening to a killer hip-hop record and doing a good deed during the holidays is next-level living, folks. The other nice thing about having a music story on the cover is that I get to go into a little more depth on it in my column. One part of Fattie’s story that very much intrigued me was a notion he and other interviewees expressed: that the Burlington music scene has been hopelessly sundered since the halcyon days of the ’90s. Back then, the likes of Fattie’s 60



WAIL and the PANTS ruled a scene where

it seemed like every club that could fit a PA had bands playing most nights of the week. To hear Fattie and CRAIG MITCHELL tell it, as well as many other elder statespeople of the scene, the loss of live music venues in Burlington has prevented area musicians from working together as frequently as they once did. According to Fattie, artists a few decades ago benefited from an incredibly strong spirit of collaboration, regardless of their genre. For evidence, one could cite the scene-wide compilations produced by the late local music zine Good Citizen, or Fattie’s own Hop comps. Fattie also pointed out that shows were Matt Vita and Collen Doyle

more eclectic in those days; it wasn’t outlandish to see hip-hop, rock, acid jazz or country acts and DJs all on the same bill. Listening to these reminiscences, I had to ask myself: Is today’s scene really fractured, or is this a case of older artists just not recognizing how new scenes work? Maybe it’s a little of both. Burlington definitely has fewer venues where artists can play these days. While I can’t speak to the ’90s scene, I know that when I started playing gigs in and around Burlington in 2002, you could find live music not only at traditional rock clubs but also at Rí Rá, Finnigan’s Pub, Mr. Mikes, Manhattan Pizza and Pub, 242 Main, the Waiting

Room (now Pizzeria Verità) — hell, even the VFW had punk shows. Red Square was full of bands almost every night. The Church Street nightclub still has live music multiple times a week, but most of its schedule is filled with DJs. “Burlington used to be a live music town,” Mitchell told me last week. “There’s still so much great stuff happening, but it’s a lot harder to find a band on a given night of the week than it used to be. DJs took over.” Mitchell is uniquely positioned to make that assertion, being successful both as a musician and as a DJ. “Having a DJ is great,” he said. “It’s nothing against booking DJs; there are some amazing DJs in this area. But the balance has been off since club owners figured out how much cheaper it is to get a DJ instead of booking bands.” Far be it from me to argue with someone like Mitchell about DJ culture. Nor am I going to contest his claims, given that every booker I talked to agreed: Booking DJs is just cheaper. It’s worth noting, however, that Burlington’s current music scene still boasts loads of live music venues. Radio Bean, Nectar’s and Club Metronome, the Monkey House, Foam Brewers, and the 126 are all spots where live music remains king. As for collaboration, well, Burlington could certainly use a little more among its bands. The idea of a new Burlington Does Burlington album is so tantalizing. LILY SEABIRD covering ERIC GEORGE? The DISCUSSIONS taking on an IVAMAE song, maybe? RIVAN C. doing a remix of an EYE OH YOU track? Take my fucking money. (Ha. That’s funny. Music costing money. Sigh.) There may be help on the way, though. Among the many local artists who have been pondering this very issue are blues and soul duo DWIGHT + NICOLE. “Dwight and I have been fantasizing for a while about going on tour with other Vermont musicians, a sort of local music revue,” NICOLE NELSON told me during an interview for the Fattie B cover story. “It would be so fun to do a theater tour or something and just put the unity and friendship that exists in our scene out there for everyone to see.” They’ll test out that idea on New Year’s Eve when they play a showcase at the downtown First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington. Fattie B himself will join the group, as well as roots rocker ALI MCGUIRK and Burlingtonvia-Madagascar singer-songwriter MIKAHELY. I can only hope that albums like


GUMBO and shows like BOB WAGNER’s local star-studded ’72 Review gigs and Dwight + Nicole’s planned NYE party will keep pushing our local musicians together. The more unified Burlington’s music scene is, the better it is for everyone. AC







Things are getting funny down in southern Vermont. From Thursday through Sunday, December 1 through 4, the inaugural Vermont Comedy Festival will bring local and touring comedians to an array of venues in the area, including Ramunto’s Brick & Brew Pizza and Long Trail Brewing in Bridgewater Corners; the Grange Theatre at Artistree Community Arts Center, Theatre & Gallery in South Pomfret; and the Rivershed in Killington. The festival was founded by comedians and actors MATT VITA and COLLEN DOYLE, the latter of whom owns the Woolen Mill Comedy Club in Bridgewater. The two met during a virtual comedy show and went on to become comedy-minded business partners and dream up the festival. According to a press release, one goal of the Vermont Comedy Festival is to highlight business owners and members of the comedy community as they “com[e] together to nurture and support what will surely prove to change the landscape of entertainment in the region for years to come.” The festival closes on Sunday at Pentangle Arts in Woodstock with a headlining set from New York Citybased comedian JOE LIST, who recently appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and Netflix’s “The Standups.” For more information and to snag tickets, check out


Indie pop singer-songwriter FRANCESCA BLANCHARD released a new video this week, “je sais plus quoi te dire.” Shot and directed by Galin Foley, the vid finds Blanchard leaning into the French ingenue side of her musical profile. As

she sings over a ’60s pop jam, with just a few touches of modern production, the Burlington-based chanteuse alternates between swaying drunkenly with a cocktail in hand, smoking cigarettes as she shoots smoldering glances into a rearview mirror and lounging seductively in front of a fireplace. It’s a vibe, and Blanchard and Foley absolutely nail it. To celebrate Francesca Blanchard the video, Blanchard will play a show on Friday, December 16, at the Winooski United Methodist Church, which she described as her last performance with the full band “for the foreseeable future.” So don’t miss it! BRIAN BOYES’ 22-piece SATURN PEOPLE’S

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debut, self-titled album. 8V-BentNailsBistro112322.indd Recorded over two nights in August in front of a live audience at Tank Recording Studio in Burlington, the album boasts an eclectic mix of jazz, progressive and post-rock sounds. Boyes’ massive band features performances from Burlington poet RAJNII EDDINS, along with four vocalists, two percussionists, 12 horns, guitar, vibraphone, Rhodes piano and bass. Myles David Jewell filmed the sessions, which are up on YouTube. A release party for Saturn People’s Sound Collective is planned for Saturday, December 17, at the Goddard College Haybarn Theater in Plainfield.


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Singer-songwriter EMMA COOK releases a new single on Wednesday, November 30, called “Meet My Maker.” The Michigan native and University of Vermont alum recorded most of the song back in her home state with her EMMA COOK & QUESTIONABLE COMPANY

drummer ANDY FELTUS before finishing it up in Vermont, adding fiddle from the WORMDOGS’ DANICA CUNNINGHAM. According to Cook, “Meet My Maker” is a tune about growing older and the anxiety and subsequent reality checks that follow. “While it’s a little melancholy, it’s a little hopeful,” Cook wrote in an email. “As we grow older, might we grow wiser and embrace change.” 4T-ChandlerTerrestrials112322 1



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name in the ’90s after hosting his wildly popular MTV show


Bluegrass & BBQ (bluegrass) at Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, 6:30 p.m. Free.

“The Tom Green Show.” Films such as Freddy Got Fingered,

Cozy (funk) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 6 p.m. Free.

standing as one of his generation’s most popular comedians

Craig Mitchell (soul) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

before a battle with testicular cancer caused a career hiatus.

Fran Briand (folk) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Keepin’ It Real Crew, as well as releasing a solo album in

Road Trip and Stealing Harvard further cemented his

Green returned, dabbling in hip-hop and fronting the 2019 featuring the song “I Wanna Be Friends With Drake.”

George Nostrand (singersongwriter) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free.

He swings through Burlington on Friday, November 25, and Saturday, November 26, for four shows at the Vermont

Irish Sessions (Celtic folk) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.

Comedy Club.

Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Seth Yacovone Band (blues, rock) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10.

Jazz Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Tom Bisson (bluegrass) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free.

Jazz Night with Ray Vega (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Tom Pearo (ambient) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Jazz Sessions with Randal Pierce (jazz open mic) at the 126, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Wendigo (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Live Jazz (jazz) at Leunig’s Bistro & Café, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Wild Leek River (country) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Mansfield Mountain Band (bluegrass) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.

WTF Are Genres?! (reggae, hiphop) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free.

Metal of the Month with Bearded Belligerents, Speak of the Witch (metal) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. Free.

Thanksgiving Eve with BarbieN-Bones (rock) at the Depot, St. Albans, 9 p.m. $5.


Rangus, Bugbite (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. $5/$10.

Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $5.

Eric Nassau (folk) at Foam Brewers, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free.

Singer Songwriter Sessions featuring IVA, Mary Esther Carter (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:45 p.m. Free.

Lahnah, Greaseface, Remi Russin (indie rock) at Monkey House, Winooski, 8 p.m. $5/$10. 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.

Chris & Erica (folk) at 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 1 p.m. Free.

Sunday Brunch Tunes (singersongwriter) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.


Alex Stewart Quartet and Special Guests (jazz) at the 126, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. Grace Palmer and Socializing for Introverts (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free.


Covet, the Velvet Teen, No Stranger (indie rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $18/$22.



Abby Jenne & the B.E.D.S. (roots) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. Bon/Fire (rock) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free. Brett Hughes (country) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. The Cobras (rock) at the Old Post, South Burlington, 8 p.m. Free. Dark Star Project (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8 p.m. $10. Dave Mitchell’s Blues Revue (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. ELEVEN (rock) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free. Joe Capps (jazz) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Jon Wagar & Friends (rock) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

TUE.29 Mark Legrand & Sarah Munro, Tinyus Smallus (folk, rock) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Moose Crossing (jam) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free. Nancy Druids, the Keychains (psych-pop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6 p.m. $5/$10. Pleasant Boys, LIFTING LIGHTERS, SoBe, Foz. (hip-hop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10/$15.

The Apollos, Jesse Taylor Band (rock) at Charlie-O’s World Famous, Montpelier, 9:30 p.m. Free. Bearly Dead’s Grateful Deadsgiving (tribute) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 8 p.m. $15/$18. Bob Gagnon (singer-songwriter) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Elizabeth Begins (singersongwriter) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free. Eric Nassau (folk) at the Den at Harry’s Hardware, Cabot, 6 p.m. Free. Felix Brown (covers) at Pickle Barrel Nightclub, Killington, 9 p.m. Free. Full House (rock, country) at Babes Bar, Bethel, 8 p.m. Free.

Dirty Looks Band (covers) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 9 p.m. Free.

Joshua Glass (pop) at Bleu Northeast Kitchen, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Left Eye Jump (blues) at Red Square, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free.

Sanctuary (rock) at Red Square, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Drunk Off Diesel, Ham Job, Executive Disorder, Lungbuster (metal) at Monopole, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 p.m. Free.

Shane Murley Band (Americana) at Jericho Café & Tavern, 7:30 p.m. Free.

DuoMango, Beneath Blackwaves (synth pop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10/$15.

Rough Suspect Acoustic (rock, blues) at On Tap Bar & Grill, Essex Junction, 5 p.m. Free.

Tim Brick (country) at Stone Corral, Richmond, 7 p.m. Free.




Mei Semones, Vega, Amaal (jazz, pop) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $5/$10. Quadra, Phil Abair Band (rock) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $15/$18.

The Bad Plus, Billy Martin (jazz) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $30/$35. Bluegrass Jam (bluegrass) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 7 p.m. Free. Dead Ringers (bluegrass) at Bent Nails Bistro, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday Night Dead (Grateful Dead covers) at Zenbarn, Waterbury Center, 7 p.m. $5.

djs WED.23

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.


DJ Chaston (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 11 p.m. Free.

Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 7 p.m. $10.

DJ Two Sev (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, midnight. Free.

Honky Tonk Tuesday featuring Wild Leek River (country) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10/$15.

Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJ Big Dog (reggae and dancehall) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 9:30 p.m. Free.

Lily Smith, tall child (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free.

Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


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.

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Vinyl Night with Ken (DJ) at Taps Tavern, Poultney, 6 p.m. Free. Vinyl Thursdays (DJ) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free.


DJ Atak (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. DJ C-Low (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. DJ Taka (DJ) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 11 p.m. $10/$15.


Debby Nights (DJ) at Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $10/$15. DJ 2Rivers (DJ) at Gusto’s, Barre, 9 p.m. Free. DJ A-Ra$ (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. DJ Trinidad & Graceful Belly Dancers (DJ) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Emo Night Brooklyn (DJ) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $17/$20. Molly Mood (DJ) at Red Square, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free. No Scrubs: ’90s Night with DJ Ron Stoppable (DJ) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. Reign One (DJ) at Red Square Blue Room, Burlington, 10 p.m. Free.


Mo’ Monday with DJs Craig Mitchell and Fattie B (DJ) at Monkey House, Winooski, 7 p.m. Free.


Mersiv, A Hundred Drums, SuperAve., Kyral x Banko, Path (DJ) at Higher Ground Ballroom, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $20/$25.

open mics & jams WED.23

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 with Justin (open mic) 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.

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Tom Green (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9 p.m. $35.


Tom Green (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 & 9 p.m. $35.

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Comedy Open Mic (comedy) at the 126, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.


Unrehearsed: An Underprepared Sketch Show (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $5.

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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 Nectar’s, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Trivia Thursday (trivia) at Spanked Puppy Pub, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free.


Open Mic Night (open mic) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Venetian Karaoke (karaoke) at the Venetian Soda Lounge, Burlington, 7 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.


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Memorials are meant to serve as a reminder of what was — to keep us from forgetting our pasts. They are not, historically, introductions to something new. In that sense, Memorial is a curiously disruptive title for a debut album. But then again, Thus Love are a curiously disruptive band. Holding space for complexity is Thus Love’s specialty, and it only makes sense that this is the context in which the wider world meets them. Listening to the Brattleboro-based trio, you can easily trick yourself into believing that what you’re hearing isn’t a 2022 release but a lost, underground

Clam, Watercolor Travels (SELF-RELEASED, DIGITAL)

I’ve never been able to pin down Burlington singer-songwriter Alex Vitzthum, musically speaking. But he always intrigues me. He has zigzagged between styles, playing with multiple groups and under various monikers. They include quirky indie rock bands Homeboy Aurelio and Count Hamilton, trivial one-offs such as beer-soaked the Mouthful, and Clam, an avant-garde solo project that keeps evolving. I first encountered Clam with 2016’s Sonnendruck, a mashup of electronica and Gregorian chanting. Vitzthum continues in the electronic vein with his new album, Watercolor

LP found tucked away in the newwave or post-punk bins of your favorite record store. For all its nods to past musical lineages, Memorial has a DIY quality that feels entirely its own — because it is. Band members Echo Mars, Lu Racine and Nathaniel van Osdol recorded the album’s 10 tracks in a makeshift studio that they constructed in the rented apartment they share in downtown Brattleboro. That the band members live and create in such close quarters may explain how Thus Love have honed in on such a cohesive sound — and message. From opening track “Repetitioner” to album highlight “Anathema,” these songs are concerned with loneliness,

wreckage and grief. However, they are equally if not more concerned with how we keep growing after we encounter these things. Over Johnny Marr-like riffs on “Repetitioner,” Mars sings, “This is an ending / But please don’t worry.” The line could be Memorial’s epigraph. Thus Love have found ways to rise above pain in their own lives, as well. Mars, Racine and van Osdol are each transgender and came of age in poor, rural communities in which they often felt isolated and unlike their peers. However, these struggle-filled years built the foundation for their strong musical and personal bonds. For all of the record’s more serious overtones, there is also a great deal of room for play. On “Family Man,” Thus Love deliver tongue-in-cheek commentary on modern capitalist society and our place in it. On “Pith and Point,”

Mars utters clever quips such as “Jesus Christ / One died for their own sins.” One would be remiss to talk about Thus Love and not acknowledge the influence of David Bowie. Mars’ voice embraces a Bowie-like flair for melodrama and quirk, especially in its lower registers. This is most apparent on “Crowd,” the upbeat, fast-driving track hailing from outer space dreamscapes fit for Ziggy Stardust. The album’s title track arrives at the very end and is a three-plus-minute soaring instrumental number. Depending on what ear one listens with, one can hear angst — or healing. Thus Love, of course, implore you to hear both. Thus Love play the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge in South Burlington on Sunday, December 11. Memorial is available at

Travels. And this time he adds gnomes to the mix. A collision of high tech and high fantasy, the eight-song LP consists largely of live takes of Vitzthum’s analog PolyBrute synthesizer. The hypnotic, often formless tracks introduce a new electronic subgenre the artist dubbed “gnomewave.” The collection’s album art represents the fantastical land from which the music emanates. Vitzthum created the images using the artificial intelligence image generator DALL-E. Back up a minute … did he say gnomes? Is this a joke? you might be wondering. According to Vitzthum, it is and it isn’t. “I think gnomes are a funny vehicle to base serious music around,” he wrote by email. He explained that many artists in electronic subgenres take their

work über seriously, which, I inferred, can suck some of the fun out of it. He mentioned a category called “dungeon synth” that I’ve yet to venture into. Vitzthum’s gnomewave is quite cinematic. With eyes closed while listening to the instrumental Watercolor Travels, I recalled Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch’s score for Blade Runner 2049 and M83’s chilling recording of Anthony Gonzalez’s song for Oblivion. The album’s song titles indicate a journey of some kind (“Discovering Gnomelandia,” “The Majesty of the Gnomedom,” “Gnometta’s First Waltz), but the listener must fill in the blanks — or not. Though broken up into tracks, the album works as a fluid piece. The airy tones of opener “The Tower” swell and recede, breathing and sighing their way into aqueous “The Sea.” The second cut expands the emotional impact of Vitzthum’s instrument, employing richer, fuller timbres that linger and resonate.

“The Copse” adds more rhythm and structure with a bouncy, randomized arpeggiator. It also explores the lower end of the sonic spectrum with searing bass synths that buzz through the song’s woodsy landscape like dragonflies moving in slow motion. “Discovering Gnomelandia” disorients by pairing meandering, staccato tones with more of the jagged bass heard in “The Copse.” Subsequent track “Gnometta’s First Waltz” begins with a childlike quality before cascading into a swirl of sawtoothed synth. For Vitzthum, Clam seems to scratch an itch not satiated by his rock-leaning projects. Perhaps it’s a way to cleanse his palate or explore his weird side. Whatever it is, the project always yields a puzzling but undeniably fascinating result. Watercolor Travels is available at








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lack Friday is upon us — which means that, for the next month, we won’t be able to venture into busy shopping areas without hearing the joyful jingling of bells and intermittent cries of “Ho ho ho!” Full disclosure: I haven’t believed in jolly old St. Nick since I was 5. While I may not be a devotee of the man in red, however, my cold heart couldn’t help being warmed by the new HBO Max documentary Santa Camp. Directed by Nick Sweeney, it spotlights a group of seasonal Santas who gather each summer to hone their ho-ho-ho-ing skills in Greenfield, N.H., under the auspices of the New England Santa Society. Among the newcomers spotlighted in the doc is Fin Ciappara, a Barre resident whom Sally Pollak profiled in last week’s Seven Days.

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The film opens with a meeting of the New England Santa Society at a New Hampshire country store. Decked out in summer versions of Santa regalia, the members chuckle over anecdotes of their experiences as St. Nick. Then Santa Dan, the group’s founder, brings up something that silences everyone: the time someone asked him if all the local Santas he knew were white. They were. Now Dan would like to recruit a more diverse crew of Clauses — ones who “aren’t the cookie-cutter white, 65 years old, fat,” as he puts it, describing most of the group around him. The society’s members go online to find less traditional Santas to invite to their annual Santa Camp. They discover Santa Chris, who received racist hate mail from a neighbor after he put up an inflatable Black Santa as part of his Christmas décor. The incident solidified his determination to become a real-life Black Santa for kids like his daughter. Santa Levi bills himself as “Trans Santa” and appears with his partner, Heidi, who is not just a Mrs. Claus, like most of the other women at Santa Camp, but a Dr. Claus. And Vermonter Santa Fin has a rare form of spina bifida and communicates mostly through a text-to-speech iPad app, though he sometimes lets loose a resonant “Ho ho ho!” The Santa Camp old-timers welcome the three new recruits with a mixture of warmth and awkwardness. We follow Levi, Chris and Fin as they sharpen their 66


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Will you like it?

Director Sweeney is doing two things in Santa Camp: painting an affectionate portrait of a quirky subculture — you haven’t seen Christmas obsession until you’ve seen these folks — and exploring broader American cultural conflicts. Fox News pundits love to harp on liberals’ so-called “War on Christmas.” In that heated atmosphere, a lot is riding on the Santa Society’s first, fumbling attempts to be inclusive. At best, this session of Santa Camp could be a powerful affirmation that Santa Claus isn’t a symbol of division but a generous spirit that lives in all our hearts. At worst, the elder Santas could alienate their new recruits rather than make them feel truly included, leaving the effort a token one. What actually happens? It’s hard to say for sure. Sweeney shows us several conflicts between the longtime Santas and the newcomers, each of which appears to be resolved in an uplifting group bonding moment. After seething silently while several Mrs. Clauses expound on the importance of

Fin Ciappara of Barre is one of three nontraditional Clauses featured in the heartwarming documentary Santa Camp.

being the perfect Santa spouse, for instance, Heidi makes an impassioned speech about the importance of representing queer and other nontraditional relationships. She gets applause, but only after a shocked silence. Can she find common cause with the bolder Mrs. Clauses who demand equal pay with Santa? One hopes so. There’s a lot of goodwill in all these self-styled Santas, but the friction among generations and cultures is palpable. Fin’s mom admits that she’s constantly on guard, waiting for someone to call her son the “R-word.” His enthusiasm and good cheer seem to win over everyone at camp, though, and we later see him waving triumphantly from a sleigh in Waterbury’s annual A River of Light lantern parade. Chris’ arc in the film has a happy holiday ending, too. But when Levi and Heidi organize a Trans Santa event in their hometown, a group mobilizes to protest them — including the Proud Boys. It’s painful to watch that scene, especially after the shootings over the weekend at Club Q in Colorado Springs, which coincided with the Transgender Day of Remembrance. The Santa spirit is powerful, but so is the rage of those who claim it as their exclusive property. Santa Camp offers no

solutions, only a potent spark of hope for a future when kids will expect — and perhaps even demand — to see Santas of all kinds.


IF YOU LIKE THIS, TRY... KRAMPUS (2015; fubo, Peacock, rent-

able): If all the Santa-related paraphernalia in Santa Camp is a little too much for you, rediscover the darker side of Christmas folklore with this horrorcomedy about a demon who punishes the not-so-nice children. SAINT NICHOLAS: THE REAL STORY (2015;

Kanopy, tubi, rentable): Twice in Santa Camp, people suggest that the original St. Nicholas may not have been white. In this hourlong documentary, an archeologist explores the known facts behind the legend. COSPLAY UNIVERSE (2022; rentable):

While playing Santa can be a seasonal job, for the red suit-obsessed folks in Santa Camp, it also seems a lot like a form of cosplay. This documentary explores how playing dress-up can help adults explore and express facets of their identity.



NEW IN THEATERS BHEDIYA: A young man transforms into a werewolf in this Hindi-language horror comedy from Amar Kaushik. Varun Dhawan stars. (156 min, NR. Majestic) 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, Majestic, Palace, Roxy) 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. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Star, Welden) GOOD NIGHT OPPY: This documentary from Ryan White (“The Keepers”) tells the story of how NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity roamed the planet for nearly 15 years, defying expectations. Angela Bassett narrates. (105 min, PG. Savoy) 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. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Welden)

CURRENTLY PLAYING 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. 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 Collet-Serra directed. (124 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace)

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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, Welden) DECISION TO LEAVEHHHH1/2 A detective (Park Hae-il) investigating a man’s death becomes dangerously 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. Savoy; reviewed 11/9)


OPEN THEATERS (* = upcoming schedule for theater was not available at press time) BIG PICTURE THEATER: 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994, BIJOU CINEPLEX 4: 107 Portland St., Morrisville, 888-3293,

THE MENUHHH1/2 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, Palace, Roxy)

CATAMOUNT ARTS: 115 Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury, 748-2600,

SPIRITEDHHH Will Ferrell and Ryan Reynolds star in a musical version of A Christmas Carol. Sean Anders directed. (127 min, PG-13. Star) TARHHHHH The Venice Film Festival honored Cate Blanchett for her performance as Lydia Tár, a prominent classical composer with some dark secrets, in this drama from Todd Field (Little Children). (158 min, R. Catamount; 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, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe) 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. Savoy, Stowe)

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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)

SHE SAIDHHH1/2 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)

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ESSEX CINEMAS & T-REX THEATER: 21 Essex Way, Suite 300, Essex, 879-6543, MAJESTIC 10: 190 Boxwood St., Williston, 878-2010, MARQUIS THEATER: 65 Main St., Middlebury, 388-4841, *MERRILL’S ROXY CINEMAS: 222 College St., Burlington, 864-3456, *PALACE 9 CINEMAS: 10 Fayette Dr., South Burlington, 864-5610, PARAMOUNT TWIN CINEMA: 241 N. Main St., Barre, 479-9621,

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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.


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’: 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; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘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.

‘PANIC IN THE STREETS’: A doctor 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’: An adventurous dolichorhynchops 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; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

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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. BURLINGTON VIRTUAL TEAM HOPE WALK: Power walkers choose their own course to support the

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


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Huntington’s Disease Society of America. Donations. Info, 978-905-5588. 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, 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,


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, IRISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Celtic-curious students learn to speak an Ghaeilge in a supportive group. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


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.

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

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

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



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JOHN P. ADAMS MEMORIAL TURKEY TROT: The Peru New York Lions Club hosts its annual Thanksgiving 5K and 10K races. Virtual options available. Peru Junior Senior High, N.Y., 9 a.m.noon. $20-25; preregister. Info, 518-524-3650.


MODERN CONUNDRUMS, ANCIENT TEXT: Rabbi Eliyahu Junik introduces students to the rich tradition of rabbinic responsa literature, including the Talmud. Presented by Chabad of Burlington. 7-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 822-6460.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.23. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.23. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.23. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.23.

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BURLINGTON VIRTUAL TEAM HOPE WALK: See WED.23. 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. 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.


CANDY CANE MAKING DEMONSTRATION: Merry makers watch as sugar workers boil, pull, turn, roll and twist festive treats. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; $6 to make a candy cane. Info, 253-9591. CELEBRATION OF TREES: Stupendously decorated Christmas trees are raffled off to raise funds for ANEW Place’s services for homeless Vermonters. University Mall, South Burlington, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Free; $5 per raffle ticket. Info, eregan@anewplacevt. org. FESTIVAL OF TREES: DOWNTOWN TREE WALK: Local businesses deck out their display windows with quirky and captivating Christmas trees. See calendar spotlight. Downtown St. Albans. Free. Info, vtfestivaloftrees@ FLANNEL FRIDAY: Festive fairies bestow gifts and prizes upon

plaid-wearing holiday shoppers. Downtown Montpelier, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604. A FOREST OF LIGHTS: The VINS forest canopy walkways and surrounding woodlands transform into a twinkling winter wonderland open for strolling. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 5-7 p.m. $5-10; free for members under 17; preregister. Info, 359-5000. TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY: Carolers ring in the Christmas season before the illumination of the towering tree. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1648.


ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE ITALIAN CONVERSATION: Semifluent speakers practice their skills during a slow conversazione about the news. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


NCAA NORTHERN CLASSIC: Division 1 basketball players from across North America throw down in a three-day tournament. Place Bell, Laval QC, 2, 4:30 & 7 p.m. $20-90. Info, 514-492-1775.


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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.23. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.23. ‘OUR HOSPITALITY’: Composer Jeff Rapsis plays a live score for this silent Buster Keaton classic, as well as the opening short film “The Scarecrow.” Epsilon Spires, Brattleboro, 8-10 p.m. $5-20. Info, 401-261-6271. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.23. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.23.

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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.


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.

MUSIC JAM: Local instrumentalists of all ability levels gather to make sweet music. BALE Community Space, South Royalton, 7-10 p.m. Free. Info, 498-8438.

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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.




CELEBRATION OF TREES: See FRI.25, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

WESTERN TERRESTRIALS: The cosmic country outsiders deliver their signature brand of wry cowpunk soul. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7 p.m. Pay what you can. Info, 728-9878.

FESTIVAL OF TREES: DOWNTOWN TREE LIGHTING & LASER LIGHT SHOW: Revelers take in the lights, warm themselves by the bonfire, and meet Santa when he rides in on a fire truck. See calendar spotlight. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, vtfestivaloftrees@



AUDI FIS SKI WORLD CUP TOUR: Superstars of snow sports hit the slopes for the women’s giant slalom and slalom races. See for full schedule. See calendar spotlight. Killington Resort, 3-10 p.m. $5-100. Info, 800-734-9435.

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CVU HANDCRAFTER’S FAIR: More than 140 local artisans converge on the school to sell their wares. Champlain Valley Union High School, Hinesburg, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info,


SONIC BLANKET: Listeners sip hot chocolate and take in a multimedia radio project combining music, poetry and field recordings. Retreat Farm, Brattleboro,

A FOREST OF LIGHTS: See FRI.25. ‘THE NUTCRACKER’: Albany Berkshire Ballet presents its 48th annual tour of Tchaikovsky’s beloved Christmas spectacle. The Flynn, Burlington, 3 p.m. $34-56. Info, 863-5966. SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: Neighbors enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides while they support local shops. Downtown Montpelier, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604.




WILL EVANS: The Rhode Island roots rocker displays his mastery of the looper pedal, didgeridoo, guitar, beatboxing and more. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. $25-50. Info, 476-8188. SAT.26

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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.


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.

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DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Imaginative players in grades 5 and up exercise their problem-solving skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

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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.

TEEN NIGHT: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Local wizards and warlocks ages 12 and up play a collaborative game of magic and monsters. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


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.

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‘THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’: Based on the classic children’s novel by Edith Nesbit, this holiday musical by Northern Stage celebrates kindness and community. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $19-69. Info, 296-7000. 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 community room in inclement weather. Norwich Public Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 649-1184.



SANTA PARADE: Saint Nick kicks off a festive procession and visits with kids at Homeport, joined by special guests Emoji Nightmare, Miss Vermont and Champ the lake monster. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 863-1648.


JASON BISHOP: An award-winning magician knocks audiences’ socks off with displays of levitation, sleight of hand and illusion. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 3 & 7 p.m. $35-50. Info, 760-4634.

TWEEN BOOK CLUB: Readers in grades 5 through 7 discuss a new book each month in a group run by tweens, for tweens. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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Thanksgiving gets a blast from the past at Billings Farm & Museum. The centerpiece of the weekend is a historically accurate and appetizingly aromatic 1890s table setting, featuring such delectable 19th-century delights as oyster soup, mashed turnips and baked apples. Families get in on the action at the Learning Kitchen, where they can make their own mini pies and craft a woven place mat. And after reading Chief Jake Swamp’s Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message along the StoryWalk, everyone warms up with s’mores and cocoa around the bonfire.


TEEN WRITING WORKSHOP: Local novelist Ann Dávila Cardinal answers questions and offers fun writing prompts for teenage wordsmiths. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 4-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

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ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: See FRI.25, 2-2:30 p.m.

Friday, November 25, through Sunday, November 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock. Regular admission, $8-17; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 457-2355,



PIZZA & PAPERBACKS: Teen bibliophiles discuss their latest reads over a slice. Ages 11 through 18. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

‘RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL’: Everyone’s favorite flying friend takes to the stage and ushers in the Christmas season. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 3 & 7 p.m. $25-35. Info, 775-0903.

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‘THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’: See WED.23. SCIENCE YOGA: See WED.23. THANKSGIVING WEEKEND: Fun farm activities such as games, crafts, historical recipes and s’mores around the fire make for a delightfully down-home holiday. See calendar spotlight. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $8-17; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 457-2355.

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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 ART SATURDAY: Artists of all ages make a collage based on the current Bill McDowell photography exhibit. BCA Center, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166. 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. SLED DOGS LIVE: October Siberians brings its impressive team of huskies for a meet and greet on the terrace. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular admission, $14.50-18; free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. VISIT SANTA: Little ones tell the big man their Christmas wishes. Homeport, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1648.


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FIND A PEN PAL: Kids in grades 1 through 5 get matched with a correspondent and decorate a mailbox. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-11 a.m. Free; limited space. Info, 878-6956. 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.

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‘THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’: See WED.23, 6:30 p.m. FOREST FAIRY HUNT: Fae-loving families furnish tiny houses with acorn caps and milkweed pods, then hunt for winged wonders in the woods. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Regular admission, $15-18; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 359-5000.

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.

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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, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. JEWELRY MAKING: A three-part series kicks off with a crafty paper beadmaking workshop. Grades 3 through 5. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.



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AUDI FIS SKI WORLD CUP TOUR: See FRI.25, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.



‘WASABI’: No Strings Marionette presents an intimate puppet show for all ages, with the puppeteers in full view so the audience can appreciate their handiwork. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7-9 p.m. $10-15. Info, 728-9878.


POETRY EXPERIENCE: Local wordsmith Rajnii Eddins hosts a supportive writing and sharing circle for poets of all ages. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.



BASKET DRIVE: Volunteers build housewarming baskets for moms transitioning out of Lund’s residential recovery program. Ridgeline Real Estate, Williston, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 310-5823.


SONIC BLANKET: See SAT.26, 2-3 p.m.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.23. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.23. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.23. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.23.

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WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Shoppers sip a local beer while browsing local bites at this wintertime hub for local growers, bakers and crafters. Four Quarters Brewing, Winooski, noon-3 p.m. Free. Info, 391-9120.

health & fitness

BURLINGTON VIRTUAL TEAM HOPE WALK: See WED.23. COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS PRACTICE: New and experienced meditators are always welcome to join this weekly practice in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hahn. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, newleafsangha@ 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, 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,


Oh, Christmas Tree The Christmas season starts as soon as the turkey’s cold in St. Albans, with the annual spruced-up Festival of Trees kicking off the day after Thanksgiving and running into December. This week, locals can stroll the Downtown Tree Walk and take in the lights, BYOB to a Holiday Paint Party at Awaken Yoga & Creative Arts Studio, and play winter games and ride sleighs at Taylor Park. Families can check out the Holiday PJ Story Time at the St. Albans Free Library and the surprise free movie at Welden Theatre. And, of


CELEBRATION OF TREES: See FRI.25, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. FESTIVAL OF TREES: DOWNTOWN TREE WALK: See FRI.25. FESTIVAL OF TREES: PAINT PARTY: Artists of all abilities paint a winter scene. BYOB. Partial proceeds benefit the Josh Pallotta Fund. See calendar spotlight. Awaken Yoga Studio, Warren, 3-5 p.m. $40; preregister; limited space. Info, 309-3934. HOLIDAY SMATTERINGS MARKET SERIES: BTVFlea presents a festive bazaar featuring local makers, live jazz and, of course, BBCO brews for sipping. Burlington Beer


course, one and all are welcome at the spectacular Downtown Tree Lighting & Laser Light Show at Taylor Park.

FESTIVAL OF TREES Starts Friday, November 25, at various St. Albans locations. See website for additional dates. Most events are free. Info, vtfestivaloftrees@gmail. com,

Company, noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2337.





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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, wirlselizabeth@


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; preregister; donations accepted. Info, 223-3322.

NCAA NORTHERN CLASSIC: See FRI.25, 11 a.m., 1:30 & 4 p.m.


AUDI FIS SKI WORLD CUP TOUR: See FRI.25, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

MON.28 film

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ADVANCED TAI CHI: Experienced movers build strength, improve balance and reduce stress. Holley Hall, Bristol, 11 a.m.-noon. Free; donations accepted. Info, jerry@

YANG 24: This simplified tai chi method is perfect for beginners looking to build strength and balance. Congregational Church of Middlebury, 4-6 p.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, wirlselizabeth@


FESTIVAL OF TREES: HOLIDAY WINTER GAMES & SLEIGH RIDES: St. Albans Recreation and St. Albans Free Library transform the park into a winter wonderland of all-ages fun. See calendar spotlight. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, vtfestival



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HOLIDAY BAKED GOODS FOR GIFTING: Baker Audrey Bernstein demonstrates how to make chocolate truffles and shortbread cookies perfect for stocking stuffing. Presented by City Market, Onion River Co-op. 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,




‘L DU DÉLUGE’: Dance and theater collide in this mythic, cosmic collaboration between Marilyn Daoust and Gabriel Léger-Savard. Presented in French. La Chapelle, Montréal, 7:30 p.m. $15-30. Info, 514-843-7738.


ADDISON COUNTY WRITERS COMPANY: Poets, playwrights, novelists and memoirists of every experience level meet weekly for an MFA-style workshop. Swift House Inn, Middlebury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, MONTHLY BOOK GROUP FOR ADULTS: Marrying the Ketchups by Jennifer Close inspires a lively conversation. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.

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

INSIGHTS ON THE PARSHA: Attendees discuss a different portion of the Torah every week with Rabbi Eliyahu Junik. Presented by Chabad of Burlington. 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 822-6460.

ITALIAN BOOK CLUB: Intermediate and experienced Italian speakers read and discuss Fino al Quando la Mia Stella Brillerà by Liliana Segre and Daniela Palumbo. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

WELCOME TO WINTER: A five-day online course presented by instructor Jo Bregnard battles the cold weather blues with simple self-care techniques. 10-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, jo@jobregnard. com.

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, 7:309 p.m. $5. Info, 864-8382.


NONBINARY SOCIAL GROUP: Genderqueer, agender, gender nonconforming and questioning Vermonters gather for a virtual tea time. Presented by Pride Center of Vermont. 6:30-8 p.m. Free;

YAEL KANAREK: An Israeli American artist reveals how her new translation of the Torah reveals the concepts of the feminine divine in the ancient text. Chittenden Bank Room, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info,









CHROMATICATS & JAZZ VOCAL ENSEMBLE: Pittsburgh composers such as Erroll Garner and Mary Lou Williams get their time in the spotlight in a concert directed by Tom Cleary and Amber deLaurentis. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.



NONFICTION BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe takes readers on a deep dive into the weird world of ichthyology. Presented by Latham Library. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 785-4361.

See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.23. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.23.

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BURLINGTON VIRTUAL TEAM HOPE WALK: See WED.23. FALL PREVENTION TAI CHI: Humans boost their strength and balance through gentle, flowing movements. Congregational Church of Middlebury, 10-11 a.m. Free; donations accepted. Info, St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Vergennes, Levels 1 and 2, 9-10 a.m.; Level 3, 10-11 a.m. Info, lhfrancis839@ SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See FRI.25.


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, pause-cafe+owner@


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NANOWRIMO WRITE-IN: Writers participating in National Novel Writing month gather to put pen to paper and offer each other encouragement. Cobleigh Public Library, Lyndonville, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 626-5475. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

OLGA TOKARCZUK ‘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, POETRY GROUP: A supportive verse-writing workshop welcomes those who would like feedback on their work or who are just happy to listen. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 846-4140.



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Winter Takes It All Alpine superfans from all around descend upon Vermont’s most freewheeling ski town for three days of revelry and the roar of the crowd. The world’s best female slalom and giant slalom competitors vie for the top prize across four separate runs. Between all the downhill thrills, spectators enjoy a packed slate of festivities, such as live music by Stephen Kellogg, Michael Franti, Noah Kahan and DJ Angie Vee. The festival village is open early every day, there are fireworks on Friday, and guests are invited to two rollicking after-parties.

AUDI FIS SKI WORLD CUP TOUR Friday, November 25, 3-10 p.m.; Saturday, November 26, 7 a.m.-midnight; and Sunday, November 27, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., at Killington Resort. $5-100. Info, 800-734-9435,


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QUEEN CITY BUSINESS NETWORKING INTERNATIONAL GROUP: See WED.23. VETERANS & COMMUNITY JOB FAIRS: Vets get early access — but all are invited — at this local hiring event. Josh’s House, Colchester, noon-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-7676.


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‘AMAZON ADVENTURE 3D’: See WED.23. ‘BACKYARD WILDERNESS 3D’: See WED.23. ‘MINARI’: Cinephiles enjoy this Academy Award-winning drama 10/19/22 10:05 AM

about a Korean American family that starts a farm in 1980s Arkansas. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘SEA MONSTERS 3D’: See WED.23. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.23.


BINGO FUNDRAISER FOR GREEN MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY SCHOOL: Players compete for prizes including top-shelf brandy and private yoga sessions. Proceeds go toward elementary school supplies. Withey Hall, Green Mountain College, Poultney, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $2 per card. Info, 884-4080. BOARD GAME NIGHT: Lovers of tabletop fun play classic games and new designer offerings. Waterbury Public Library, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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‘L DU DÉLUGE’: See MON.28.

music, storytelling and special guests. Shelburne Vineyard, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 985-8222.



STUDENT PERFORMANCE RECITAL: University of Vermont music students prove their chops in a variety of genres. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.




ZACH NUGENT UNCORKED: The sought-after guitarist plays a weekly loft show featuring live


‘LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL’: In the latest Broadway tour to stop by Burlington, sorority girl Elle Woods takes Harvard Law School by storm — what, like it’s hard? The Flynn, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $67-98. Info, 863-5966. ‘STRAIGHT WHITE MEN’: The University of Vermont Theatre Department presents a provocative comedy in which a father and his three sons spend their

Christmas pondering privilege and politics. Royall Tyler Theatre, University of Vermont, Burlington, 7:30-9:15 p.m. $10-22. Info,


MATTHEW HONGOLTZ-HETLING: A local journalist reads from his book A Libertarian Walks Into a Bear: The Utopian Plot to Liberate an American Town (and Some Bears). George Peabody Library, Post Mills, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 3339724. m

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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. PAGES, A BOOK CLUB FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS: Neighbors discuss the highs and lows of raising tweens, guided by the book Fourteen Talks by Age Fourteen by Michelle Icard. Childcare available. Essex CHIPS & Teen Center, Essex Junction, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. PLAYGROUP & FAMILY SUPPORT: Families with children under age 5 play and connect with others in the community. Winooski Memorial Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: A librarian leads half an hour of stories, rhymes and songs. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. 4T-ValleyPlayers112322 1

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TODDLERTIME: Kids ages 1 through 3 and their caregivers join Miss Alyssa for story time. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.


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.

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ISSUES AND IDENTITIES BOOK GROUP: Using current and past Golden Dome Award nominees, readers ages 9 through 12 discuss social issues like race, gender and disability. Waterbury Public Library, 3:45-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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FESTIVAL OF TREES: PJ STORY TIME: Festive stories and songs fill the air as kids of all ages cuddle up for a cozy evening. See calendar spotlight. St. Albans Free Library, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-1507.


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.


COLLEGE & CAREERS: PERSONALIZED SUPPORT PLANNING: Young people with disabilities and their parents learn about higher education opportunities available to them. Presented by Vermont Family Network. 10-11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 876-5315.


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: See WED.23. 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.

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AFTERSCHOOL ACTIVITY: CRAFT: Handy kiddos make homemade key chains and ornaments. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. BABYTIME: Teeny-tiny library patrons enjoy a gentle, slow story time featuring songs, rhymes and lap play. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4140. JILL WALSH: A sociologist advises parents on how best to guide kids through digital spaces and tech-related challenges. Vermont Day School, Shelburne, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 495-5150. LEGO BUILDERS: Elementary-age imagineers 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. MAKE A FORT: Little bookworms build bases to read in out of chairs, tablecloths and more. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. PLAY TIME: Little ones build with blocks and read together. Ages 1 through 4. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. TEEN GENRE BOOK CLUB: Young adults read any food-related book they wish, then get together to discuss and vote on next month’s genre. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5-5:45 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


CHESS CLUB: Kids of all skill levels get one-on-one lessons and play each other in between. Ages 6 and up. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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FESTIVAL OF TREES: FREE HOLIDAY MOVIE: Viewers have to wait and see which festive, family-friendly film is screened this year. See calendar spotlight. Welden Theatre, St. Albans, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 527-7888.

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‘THE RAILWAY CHILDREN’: See WED.23, 11 a.m. & 7:30 p.m. 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: See WED.23. STORY TIME!: See WED.23. K



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Facing Change: Life’s Transitions and Transformations

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Living with Loss: A Gathering for the Grieving

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Art From Above Vermont: Book Launch

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

SPANISH CLASSES FOR ALL AGES: Premier native-speaking Spanish professor Maigualida Rak is giving fun, interactive online lessons to improve comprehension and pronunciation and to achieve fluency. Audiovisual material is used. “I feel proud to say that my students have significantly improved their Spanish with my teaching approach.” — Maigualida Rak. Read reviews on Facebook. Info: Spanish Courses VT,,, 881-0931.

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 prototyping to building. We will discuss topics such as requirements gathering and design for manufacturing. This workshop will help bring your ideas to fruition! Mon., Dec. 5, & Wed., Dec. 7, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $95/person. Location: Generator Makerspace, 40 Sears Ln., Burlington. Info: education@, generatorvt. com/calendar#!event/2022/12/5/ from-project-idea-to-projectplan-workshop, 540-0761

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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,,

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! Schedule/register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 999-4255, spaton55@gmail. com,

martial arts VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: 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 limitations! 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839,,

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CITY OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY TWO A REGULATION IN RELATION TO BURLINGTON CODE OF ORDINANCES— CHAPTER 20, MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC— ARTICLE III. PARKING, STOPPING AND STANDING— DIVISION 1. GENERALLY— SECTION 20-56, PARKING BAN Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: Approved Date: 11/16/22 Attestation of Adoption: __________________________________ Phillip Peterson, PE Public Works Engineer, Technical Services Published: 11/23/22 Effective: 12/14/22 It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows:

(f) Delineation of parking ban zones: Zone A shall include all streets to the east of North Avenue, including North Avenue, beginning south of Institute Road moving north to the northern boundary of the city, with the exception of the northern and eastern portion of Franklin Square. Zone B shall include all streets to the west of North Avenue, including North Avenue, beginning south of Institute Road moving north to the northern boundary of the city. Zone C shall include all streets bounded by the following streets: The northernmost boundary shall be defined by Kilburn Street and Adams Street but not including Kilburn Street and Adams Streets. The easternmost boundary shall be defined by and include South Winooski Avenue from Adams Street to St. Paul Street, as well as Shelburne Street. The southernmost boundary shall be defined by the southernmost boundary of the city. The westernmost boundary shall be defined by Lake Champlain.

That Chapter 20, Motor Vehicles and Traffic, Article I. In General, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended as follows:

Zone D shall include all streets bounded by the following streets:


The easternmost boundary shall be defined by and include South Prospect and all of its adjoining streets.

Articles I—II. As written.

The southernmost boundary shall be defined by the southernmost boundary of the city.

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20-53 – 20-55 As written.

The westernmost boundary defined by South Willard Street from Main Street to Maple Street not including this section, South Winooski Avenue from Maple Street to Adams Street not including this section, South Winooski Avenue from Adams Street to St. Paul Street including this section, St.


For more information contact Aaron Brondyke at the address or telephone number below.


(a)-(e) As written.


No hearing will be held, and a permit will be issued unless, on or before December 6, 2022, a party notifies the District 4 Commission in writing of an issue requiring a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing, must state the criteria or sub-criteria at issue, why a hearing is required, and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. To request party status and a hearing, fill out the Party Status Petition Form on the Board’s website: https://nrb. petitionform, and email it to the District 4 Office at: NRB. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.

By: /s/ Aaron Brondyke Aaron Brondyke District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-595-2735


ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 4C1149-2A 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6111 On June 15, 2022, Champlain School Apartments Partnership, 410 Shelburne Road, Burlington, VT 05401 filed application number 4C1149-2A for a project generally described as amend an existing Land Use Permit # 4C1149-2 for revisions to the Multi-Family Building, consisting of increasing the number of residential units from 74 to 83, and eliminating the previously proposed north parking deck in favor of underground parking underneath the building. All other portions of the Project to remain unchanged from current approval. The project is located at 1068 Williston Road in South Burlington, Vermont. The application was deemed complete on November 4, 2022. This application can be viewed online by visiting the Act 250 Database: ( Details.aspx?Num=4C1149-2A).


Paul Street from South Winooski Avenue to South Union Street including this section, Shelburne Street from South Union Street south to the city’s southern border including this section. The northernmost boundary defined by Main Street from South Willard Street to Prospect Street including this section, Maple Street from South Winooski Avenue to South Willard Street including this section. Zone E shall include all streets bounded by the following streets: The easternmost boundary shall be defined by the easternmost boundary of the city. The southernmost boundary shall be defined by Main Street from the city boundary east to South Willard Street including that section of Main Street and University Heights. The westernmost boundary shall be defined by and include Hyde Street from Riverside Avenue to North Willard Street including this section, all of North Willard Street including North Willard Street, South Willard Street from Pearl Street to Main Street not including this section of South Willard Street. The northernmost boundary shall be defined by the northernmost boundary of the city. Zone F shall include all streets bounded by the following streets: The easternmost boundary shall be defined and include South Willard Street from Pearl Street to Maple Street. The southernmost boundary shall be defined by and include Maple Street from South Willard Street to South Winooski Avenue, South Winooski Avenue from Maple Street to Adams Street, Adams Street from South Winooski Avenue to St. Paul Street, St. Paul Street from Adams Street to Kilburn Street, and Kilburn Street. The westernmost boundary shall be defined by Lake Champlain. The northernmost boundary shall be defined by and include Sherman Street; North Champlain Street from Sherman Street to Peru Street; Peru Street; Elmwood Avenue from Peru Street to Grant Street; Grant Street; North Union Street from Grant Street to Pearl Street; and Pearl Street from South Union Street to South Willard Street. Zone G shall include all street bounded by the following streets: The easternmost boundary shall be defined by and but not include Hyde Street from Riverside Avenue to North Willard Street and North Willard Street from Hyde Street to Pearl Street. The southernmost boundary shall be defined by but not include the following streets: Pearl Street from South Willard Street to South Union Street; North Union Street from Pearl Street to Grant Street; Grant Street; Elmwood Avenue from Peru Street to Grant Street; Peru Street; North Champlain Street from Peru Street to Sherman Street; and Sherman Street. The westernmost boundary shall be defined by the lake. The northernmost boundary shall in the old north end be defined by and include Manhattan Drive and on North Avenue all streets south of the intersection of Institute Road and North Avenue. Zone H shall include the northern and eastern portion of Franklin Square. 20-57—20-70. As written. Division 2. Removal of Unlawfully Parked Vehicles. As written. Division 3. Parking Meters. As written.


Division 4. City Owned or Leased Lots. As written. Articles IV—VI. As written.


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(60) On the south side of Cherry Street in the first space for one hundred and fifty (150) feet east of the crosswalk at 67 Cherry Street. (61)-(580) As written.

* Material stricken out deleted. ** Material underlined added. CITY OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-TWO A REGULATION IN RELATION TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION— SECTION 7 NO-PARKING AREAS AND SECTION 12-1. NO PARKING EXCEPT VEHICLES LOADING OR UNLOADING. Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: Approved Date: 11/16/22 Attestation of Adoption: __________________________________ Phillip Peterson, PE Public Works Engineer, Technical Services

Section 12-1 No parking except vehicles loading or unloading. No person shall park a vehicle at the following locations unless engaged in loading or unloading the vehicle: (1)-(44) As written. (45) Reserved. On the north side of Cherry Street, in the first three spaces west of Pine Street, effective between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from August 20 of any year to June 20 of the succeeding year. (46) As written.

Published: 11/23/22 Effective: 12/14/22 It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, Section 7 No-parking areas and Section 12-1 No parking except vehicles loading or unloading, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended as follows: Section 7 No-parking areas. No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations: (1)-(59) As written.

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(47) On the south side of Cherry Street beginning twenty (20) feet east of the crosswalk at 67 Cherry Street and extending east forty (40) feet, effective between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 109:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from August 20 of any year to June 20 of the succeeding year. On the south side of Cherry Street, in the first three spaces east of the mid-block crossing at 41 Cherry Street, effective between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from August 20 of any year to June 20 of the succeeding year. (48) On the north side of Cherry Street beginning twenty (20) feet west of the crosswalk at 67 Cherry Street and extending west sixty (60) eighty (80) feet, effective between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 109:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday

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through Friday, from August 20 of any year to June 20 of the succeeding year. (49) On the south side of Cherry Street beginning twenty (20) forty (40) feet west of the crosswalk at 67 Cherry Street and extending west forty (40) sixty (60) feet, effective between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 109:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from August 20 of any year to June 20 of the succeeding year. (50) On the east side of Pine Street in the first two (2) spaces south of Bank Street, effective between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 109:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from August 20 of any year to June 20 of the succeeding year. (51) On the north side of Bank Street beginning directly east of the vehicle loading zone and extending east four (4) parking spaces, effective between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 109:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, from August 20 of any year to June 20 of the succeeding year. (52) As written. ** Material stricken out deleted. *** Material underlined added. CITY OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-TWO A REGULATION IN RELATION TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION SECTION 26. MOTORCYCLE PARKING Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: Approved Date: 11/16/22 Attestation of Adoption: __________________________________ Phillip Peterson, PE Public Works Engineer, Technical Services EMAILED ADVERTISEMENT Published: 11/23/22 Effective: 12/14/22 ADVERTISING

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That Chapter 14. Solid Waste, Article I. In General of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington be and hereby is amended to read as follows: 14-1 Purpose. As written. 14-2 Definitions. The following definitions shall apply to this article: - Authorization by the City of Burlington: Authorized pursuant to a legal contract or other written authorization entered into by the city and a private third person as defined herein. - Curbside: an area adjacent to the street, curb, or roadside ditch, but in no case greater than ten (10) feet from the curb or roadside nor directly on the traveled portion of any road or sidewalk. - Designated area: an area selected for placement of solid waste for collection, which must be readily accessible at all times by a conventional solid waste collection vehicle and not directly on the traveled portion of any public road or sidewalk. An area may be so designated through mutual agreement between a person and their hauler. However, the location of a designated area shall not violate any applicable local or municipal ordinance. - Hazardous waste: any waste or combination of wastes of a solid, liquid, contained gaseous, or semi-solid form, including those that are toxic, corrosive, ignitable, reactive, strong sensitizers, or that generate pressure through decomposition, heat, or other means, that in the judgment of the Secretary may cause or contribute to an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness, taking into account the toxicity of such waste, its persistence and degradability in nature, and its potential for assimilation, or concentration in tissue, and other factors that may otherwise cause or contribute to adverse acute or chronic effects on the health of persons or other living organisms, or any matter that may have an unusually destructive effect on water quality if discharged to ground or surface waters of the State. All special nuclear, source, or by-product material, as defined by the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 as subsequently amended and codified in 42 U.S.C. § 2014, is specifically excluded from this definition. - Hauler: any person who collects, transfers, or transports solid waste generated within Chittenden solid waste District borders for compensation, including any operator of a vehicle or trailer, or a container on or attached to such vehicle or trailer, to collect solid waste from self-haulers. - Household hazardous waste: any waste from households that would be subject to regulation as hazardous wastes if it were not from households. - Person: Any person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind. - Recyclable: Recyclable material as specifically identified in regulations promulgated pursuant to these provisions Solid waste which may be reclaimed or processed so that it may be used in the production of materials or products.

CITYEMAILED OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO TO:; THOUSAND TWENTY-TWO AN ORDINANCE IN - Self-hauler: any person who transports and RELATION TO CHAPTER 14. SOLID WASTE— delivers his or her own solid waste or solid waste ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL— UPDATE OF SOLID from other individuals within a member municipalWASTE & RECYCLING REQUIREMENTS RE ity for no compensation. SEPARATION, STORAGE, AND COLLECTION Ordinance 8.06 Sponsor: Department of Public Works, Department of Permitting & Inspections; Ordinance Committee First reading: 08/15/22 Referred to: Ordinance Committee Second reading: 11/07/22 Action: adopted Date: 11/07/22 Signed by Mayor: 11/17/22 Published: 11/23/22 Effective: 12/14/22 It is hereby Ordained by the City Council of the City of Burlington as follows:

- Solid waste: Any solid waste as defined in Title 10 V.S.A. section 6602. 14-3 Solid waste regulation. In accordance with section 48(VI) of the City Charter, the collection, removal and disposal of all solid waste, including recyclables, within the limits of the city shall be regulated by the city council. Such Any regulations as are necessary and appropriate to effectuate the aims of this chapter shall may be proposed by the public works commission for approval by the city council.


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Legal Notices [CONTINUED] 14-4 Collection. (a)-(b) As written. (c) Those businesses, landlords or institutions that elect to implement their own collection or disposal programs may do so only with the approval of the public works commission and shall register with the department of public works, which shall have the authority to monitor such programs for compliance with regulations adopted pursuant to these provisions any provision of this chapter. (d) The department of public works may establish, and modify as necessary, a schedule for the collection of recyclables by the city from residential properties. 14-5 Public safety. Reserved. No person having the custody or control of residential, industrial or business premises in the city from which solid waste, including recyclables, is collected shall permit or cause any solid waste, including recyclables, within their control to become a hazard to public travel, health or safety or to become a nuisance of any sort. Solid waste, other than yard waste, may not be deposited or otherwise left out-of-doors unless it has been placed in the proper container as defined by regulations promulgated pursuant to this article. All containers must be kept covered with a tightly fitting lid. The public works commission shall promulgate regulations, subject to approval by the city council and consistent with health and zoning regulations, to ensure the public health and safety, including aesthetic concerns, regarding the placement and screening of waste containers. Household hazardous wastes may only be disposed of in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to this article. 14-6 Illegal dumping. As written. 14-7 Open fires and incinerators. As written. 14-8 Solid waste in proper container; separation and storage of recyclables. (a) No person having the custody or control of residential, industrial or business premises in the city from which solid waste, including recyclables, is collected shall permit or cause any solid waste, including recyclables, within their control to become a hazard to public travel, health or safety or to become a nuisance of any sort. Solid waste, other than yard waste, and household hazardous wastes may not be deposited or otherwise left out-of-doors unless it has been placed in the proper container. (a) (b) Except as hereinafter provided, recyclables from all residences shall be kept separate from other solid waste in a covered wheeled recycling container with a minimum capacity of thirty-five (35) gallons either provided or approved by the department of public works (“toters”), except as provided for in Section 18-111 of this Code of Ordinances, and either delivered to a collection facility or placed at the Curbside or designated area for pickup as defined in regulations adopted pursuant to this article and on file with the city clerk. (b) (c) Businesses, institutions and industries located within the city shall separate recyclables from all other solid waste in accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to this article. Once separated, such materials shall be placed in city-approved containers and in clearly marked designated areas as described in the regulations. (c) (d) In accordance with regulations adopted pursuant to this article, Any person within the city may properly dispose of recyclables at private collection



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(d) (e) Placement requirements may be waived by the department of public works if for reasons of age, infirmity or handicap or disability a resident is unable to comply. Cross reference—Minimum Housing Standards Ordinance of the City of Burlington, § 18-111. 14-9 Collection by unauthorized person. As written. 14-10 Penalties and enforcement. (a) Any person violating any provision of this chapter or the regulations enacted hereunder A violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute a civil offense enforceable under section 1-9 of this Code of Ordinances. Each day that a violation is continued shall constitute a separate offense. (b) The city, or its designated agent, reserves the right to refuse to collect solid waste or to refuse to allow disposal at any facility operated by the city or for the benefit of the city where these the provisions or the regulations promulgated hereunder of this chapter are ignored or violated. The city further reserves the right to terminate the authorization of any hauler who violates these the provisions or the regulations promulgated hereunder of this chapter. (c) As written. (d) The city may, upon the violation of any provision of these provisions this chapter, maintain an action to enjoin the violation of these provisions, or any regulations adopted to implement the same, but the election of the city to proceed with an application or petition for an injunction shall not prevent a criminal prosecution for the violation of these provisions bring an action for injunctive relief in addition to or in lieu of any fine imposed under 1-9 of this Code of Ordinances. (e) Expenses incurred by such action taken by the city shall be recovered by against the person whose legal duty it was to comply with these provisions. Cross reference—General penalty; continuing violations, § 1-9. 14-11 Inconsistent repeal. As written. 14-12 Severability. As written. 14-13 Effective date. [The provisions of this article shall become effective June 27, 1991.The November 7, 2022 amendments to this Article shall be effective on May 1, 2023. 14-14 Solid waste generation tax. (I-XIII) As written. (XIV) ADMINISTRATIVE RULES AND REGULATIONS: The public works commission with concurrence of the city council shall have the power and it shall be its duty from time to time to adopt, publish and enforce rules and regulations for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this section and it shall be unlawful to violate or fail to comply with any such rule or regulation.

If a toter that is properly placed in a designated area is damaged by the city beyond repair from normal use, the city shall replace the toter. 14-17—14-18 Reserved. * Material stricken out deleted. ** Material underlined added. CITY OF ESSEX JUNCTION DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD PUBLIC HEARING DECEMBER 15, 2022 6:30 P.M. This meeting will be held in person at 2 Lincoln Street in the conference room and remotely. The meeting will be live-streamed on Town Meeting TV. • JOIN ONLINE: d=YlhlRG4vVW4veXp1TmllWkdsUEY1Zz 09 Visit for meeting connection information. • JOIN CALLING: Join via conference call (audio only): Dial 1(888) 788-0099 (toll free) Meeting ID: 839 2599 0985 Passcode: 940993 PUBLIC HEARING Appeal of Administrative Officer’s decision to deny a Home Occupation permit for the cultivation of cannabis at 5 Shawn’s Way in the R-1 District, by Adrian Lanza, owner of Passionfruit Farms, LLC, owner. PUBLIC MEETING Conceptual plan to remove an existing duplex and construct 18 residential units with parking at 161 Pearl Street in the HA District, by 161 Cheeseman, LLC, owner. This DRAFT agenda may be amended. Any questions re: above please call Terry Hass – 802-878-6950 ESSEX TOWN PLANNING COMMISSION AGENDA DECEMBER 8, 2022-6:00 P.M. IN PERSON OR VIA ZOOM 81 MAIN ST., ESSEX JCT., VT CONFERENCE ROOM - Zoom link: Join-Zoom-Meeting-Essex-PC - Call (audio only): 1-888-788-0099 | Meeting ID: 923 7777 6158 # | Passcode: 426269 - Public wifi is available at the Essex municipal offices, libraries, and hotspots listed here: public-wifi-hotspots-vermont 1. Public Comments 2. SKETCH CONT’D PUBLIC HEARING FROM 9/8/22: Kenan Heco-9-unit residential subdivision 60 Colonel Page Road, Tax Map 010/071/000, in the (R1) Zone. 3. PRELIMINARY PLAN: PUBLIC HEARING: Negesse & Juanita Gutema: 8-unit, 5-lot PUD-R located at 137 Towers Road in the AR & R1 zones. Tax Map 14, Parcel 39-11. 4. Minutes: November 10, 2022 5. Other Business

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14-15 Hazardous wastes and household hazardous wastes. Hazardous wastes and Household hazardous wastes shall only be disposed of either at specific locations designated by the Chittenden Solid Waste District or by pick up by mobile household hazardous waste collection initiatives designated by Chittenden Solid Waste District.

INVITATION TO BID CRESCENT CONNECTOR ESSEX JUNCTION STP 5300(13) The City of Essex Junction is accepting sealed bids from pre-qualified contractors for the construction of the Crescent Connector.

14-16 Replacement of Damaged Containers

Work to be performed under this project includes the construction of a new roadway (Railroad Street)

on a new alignment; the addition of turning lanes on Park Street and Maple Street; reconstruction of Railroad Street; installation of traffic signals; and installation of concrete sidewalks, granite curbs, street lights, drainage improvements, pavement markings, signs, and other highway-related items. Sealed bids will be received at the City Office, 2 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction, Vermont, 05452, until 2 PM (local time) on Thursday, January 12, 2023. Bid opening will occur immediately after the bid submittal deadline. The time of receiving and opening bids may be postponed due to emergencies or unforeseen conditions. A non- mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held for the project at 10:00 AM (local time) on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, at the City Office, 2 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction, VT. Digital project plans and bid documents may be obtained at no cost from: Contact Ken Robie, Design Project Manager, at 802-728-7238 or for assistance or questions. Plans and bid documents may be viewed at the City Office, 2 Lincoln Street, Essex Junction, VT. The City of Essex Junction, through its Authorized Representative, reserves the right to waive any informalities in or reject any and all bids, in whole or in part, or to accept any bid deemed to be in the best interest of the City of Essex Junction. 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 claimant; 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 distributions to stockholders. NOTICE OF DISSOLUTION OF VERMONT RESERVE INSURANCE COMPANY Pursuant to Title 11, §4108 of the Vermont Statutes Annotated, notice is hereby given that articles of dissolution for Vermont Reserve Insurance Company (the “Company”) have been filed with the office of the Secretary of State for the State of Vermont. Notice is hereby given that all unknown creditors of and claimants against the Company are required to present their claims within five (5) years of publication of this notice. The claim will be barred unless a proceeding to enforce the claim is commenced within five (5) years of publication of this notice. Notice is hereby given that all claimants with contingent claims, or claims contingent upon the occurrence or nonoccurrence of a future event, or which are otherwise conditional or unmatured, against the Company are required to present their respective claims in writing to the address below within 120 days of this notice. Any such claim will

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS be barred unless such claim is delivered by such date. Notice is further given that all claims must be in writing, provide a detailed description of the basis for the claim (including supporting documentation, if applicable), and be sent to the Company’s agent: Vermont Reserve Insurance Company c/o Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC 199 Main Street, 6th Floor P.O. Box 190 Burlington, VT 05402-0190 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS FOR ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES Cathedral Square is seeking proposals from Architectural firms for Schematic Design work associated with the new construction of an affordable, 30 unit, senior living community in St Albans, VT. Qualified applicants should contact Cathedral Square’s Project Manager, Greg Montgomery (, for complete RFP details. Responses are due by 3pm on December 9, 2022. Cathedral Square is an equal opportunity employer. Women Owned, Minority Owned, Locally Owned, and Section 3 Businesses are encouraged to apply. STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CIVIL DIVISION LAMOILLE UNIT DOCKET # 22-CV-00827 FREEDOM MORTGAGE 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


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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. ORDER 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

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SHON D. LACOSS AND MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., AS NOMINEE FOR FIRST FRANKLIN, A DIVISION OF NATIONAL CITY BANK OF INDIANA OCCUPANTS OF: 206 Charles Street, Lyndon VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered April 29, 2022, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Shon D. Lacoss to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for First Franklin, a division of National City Bank of Indiana, dated March 7, 2006 and recorded in Book 174 Page 302 and re-recorded in Book 188 Page 153 of the land records of the Town of Lyndon, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage; (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for First Franklin, a division of City Bank of IN to Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, as Trustee for First Franklin Mortgage Loan Trust 2006-FF9, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-FF9 dated February 1, 2008 and recorded in Book 188 Page 253; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. to Deutsche Bank National Association Trust Company, as Trustees for the Holders of the First Franklin Mortgage Loan Trust 2006-FF9, Mortgage Pass-Through Certificates, Series 2006-FF9 dated July 19, 2011 and recorded in Book 207 Page 171, both of the land records of the Town of Lyndon, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 206 Charles Street, Lyndon, Vermont on December 19, 2022 at 11:30 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit:

Electronically Signed pursuant to V.R.E.F. 9(d) /s/ Daniel Richardson Daniel Richardson Superior Court Judge

Being certain premises consisting of a lot of land with a dwelling house and improvements thereon, located in the Village of Lyndonville, known and numbered as 206 Charles Street (formerly 17 Charles Street).


Being all the same land and premise conveyed to Gene H. Before by Warranty Deed of Judy Dufour, widow, dated April 4, 1994 and recorded in Book 114, page 347 of the Lyndon Land Records.

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Further described as, the premises herein conveyed are all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Roland E. Dufour (now deceased) and Judy Dufour, husband and wife, by warranty deed of Frank P. Hall and Madeline H. Hall, dated September 28, 1982 and recorded in Book 79, Page 109 of the Lyndon Land Records; and being further described as all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Frank P. Hall and Madeline H. Hall by warranty deed of John J. Downes and Charlotte D. Downes, dated July 30, 1971 and recorded in Book 55, Page 316 of the Lyndon Land Records.

I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the date of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the Court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period. Dated: 11/17/22 Signature of Fiduciary: /s/ Andrew H. Montroll, Esq. Executor/Administrator: Andrew H. Montroll, Esq. PO BOX 1045 Burlington, VT 05402-1045 802-540-0250 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: November 23, 2022

Reference is hereby made to the aforesaid deeds and their records and to all prior deeds in the chain of title and the records thereof for a further and more particular description of the lands and premises hereby conveyed. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description.

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

Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described.


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

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checks should be made payable to “Bendett & McHugh, PC, as Trustee”. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: November 7, 2022 By: /s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 STATE OF VERMONT VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CALEDONIA UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO: 21-CV-03311 J.P. MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION CORP. v. KAREN WRIGHT AND STATE OF VERMONT AGENCY OF TRANSPORTATION OCCUPANTS OF: 399 US Route 2B, St. Johnsbury VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered April 6, 2022, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Karen Wright to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc., as nominee for MetLife Home Loans, a Division of MetLife Bank, N.A., dated October 1, 2010 and recorded in Book 350 Page 208 of the land records of the Town of St. Johnsbury, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage; (1) Assignment of Mortgage from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. to MetLife Home Loans, a Division of MetLife Bank, N.A. dated September 20, 2011 and recorded in Book 356 Page 653; (2) Assignment of Mortgage from MetLife Home Loans, a Division of MetLife Bank, N.A. to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. dated February 19, 2014 and recorded in Book 382 Page 162; (3) Assignment of Mortgage from JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. S/B/M Chase Home Financial LLC S/B/M Chase Manhattan Mortgage Corporation to Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC dated May 31, 2017 and recorded in Book 424 Page 96; and (4) Assignment of Mortgage from Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC to J.P. Morgan Mortgage Acquisition Corp., dated October 14, 2021 and recorded in Book 476 Page 159, all of the Town of St. Johnsbury Land Records, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 399 US Route 2B, St. Johnsbury, Vermont on December 19, 2022 at 10:30 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being a parcel of land, said to contain 7.93 acres, more or less, together with a dwelling and other improvements thereon, known and numbered as 399 US Route 2B, in the Town of St. Johnsbury, Vermont; and being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Karen Wright by Warranty Deed of Thomas Moore and Sharon Moore, dated of even or near date and recorded prior to or simultaneously herewith in the St. Johnsbury Land Records. And being all and the same lands and premises conveyed to Thomas Moore and Sharon Moore by Limited Warranty Deed of Passumpsic Savings Bank, dated August 10, 1998, and recorded in Book 244 at Page 475 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records. And being all and the same lands and premises the subject of a foreclosure action entitled Passumpsic Savings Bank v. Carl Lewis Gamba, Jr., et al in the Caledonia Superior Court, Docket No. 203-9-96 Cacv as follows: 1. Certificate of Non-Redemption, dated April 15, 1998, and recorded in Book 242 at Page 150 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records. 2. Judgment and Decree of Foreclosure, dated



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March 16, 1998, and recorded in Book 242 at Page 151 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records. 3. Amended Certificate of Non Redemption, dated June 24, 1998, and recorded in Book 244 at Page 472 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records. 4. Amended Judgment and Decree of Foreclosure, dated June 13, 1998, and recorded in Book 244 at Page 473 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records. Reference may be had to the aforementioned deeds and the records thereof and to all prior deeds and their records for a further and more complete description of the land and premises hereby conveyed. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a bank wire, certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date the Confirmation Order is entered by the Court. All checks should be made payable to “Bendett &McHugh, PC, as Trustee”. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: October 20, 2022 By: /s/ Rachel K. Ljunggren Rachel K. Ljunggren, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 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 01-04282 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. THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 0200101 LOCATED AT 48 INDUSTRIAL AVE WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE 8TH OF DECEMBER 2022 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF ROBERT RICKNER. 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 BOLTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD PUBLIC HEARING: DECEMBER 8, 2022 The Town of Bolton’s Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on December 8, 2022, at 6:30pm. Place: Virtual or Municipal Conference Room, 3045 Theodore Roosevelt Highway, Bolton, VT, 05676. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom. us/j/86439624985 Call (audio only): +1 646 558 8656| Meeting ID: 864 3962 4985 The following application will be reviewed: 2022-53-DRB; Applicant & Property Owner: Mathew and Katelin Morrissette. Seeking site plan approval and a setback waiver to install a second curb cut and construct a ~864 garage on 193 Wentworth Rd. The property is in the Resort Residential District (Tax Map #4-9000193). Additional information can be obtained through email by calling 802-434-5075, or by email at . Pursuant to 24 VSA § 4464 and § 4471, participation in this local proceeding, by written or oral comment, is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. TOWN OF COLCHESTER SELECTBOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to Title 24 VSA, Chapter 059, Sec. 1972(c), Section 103 through 109 of the Town of Colchester Charter, and Section 1-4 of the Colchester Code of Ordinances, the Colchester Selectboard will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 13, 2022 at 6:35 PM for public comment regarding the following proposed amendments to the Colchester Code of Ordinances, Chapter 8: - Re-title chapter to be known as the “Colchester On-Site Sewage Disposal Regulations” - Replace Sec. 8-2 with “Purpose” of new chapter, including the designation of the enforcer of new regulations - Add definitions for “Health Officer” and “Sewer Ordinance” to Sec. 8-3: Definitions - Remove “Sec. 8-5: Performance Standards” and outlined purposes and replace with “Sec. 8-4: Private Wastewater Disposal” and outlined sewer guidance - Remove “Sec. 8-6: Procedure for application for permit” and outlined procedure and replace with “Sec. 8-5: Health Officer Responsibilities” and outlined responsibilities A complete set of the changes and a memo explaining the rationale for the proposal is available here: The meeting is currently scheduled to take place at the Town of Colchester Town Offices, 781 Blakely Road, Colchester, Vermont, in the Outer Bay Conference Room on the third floor. Alternatively, you can email a note, up to 1,000 words, to with “Proposed Edits to Chapter 8” in the Subject and include your name. As with in-person Citizens to be Heard, we ask that you SHARE YOUR ADDRESS. The email will be shared with the entire Selectboard prior to the meeting and included in the information packet at the next meeting. You may watch the Selectboard meeting on live stream TV: If you have questions regarding these amendments, please contact the Colchester Department of Public Works at 802-264-5620. For publication no later than November 23, 2022 (15 days prior to Public Hearing).

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, 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, 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, family-support-programs. AL-ANON For families & friends of alcoholics. Phone meetings, electronic meetings (Zoom), & an Al-Anon blog are avail. online at the AlAnon website. For meeting info, go to or call 866-972-5266. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS 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

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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.

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.

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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

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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 & community 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 12lindsaymarie@ FCA FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP 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 accommodate those who cannot attend in person. The Zoom link can be found on the Turning Point Center website ( using the “Family Support” tab (click on “What We Offer”). Any questions, please send by email to 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, overeating, 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


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Highway Maintenance Worker The Town of Jericho is accepting applications for a Highway Maintenance Worker Level II. This is a full-time position which requires a CDL (min Class “B”) and the ability to routinely work outside of regular working hours. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience in highway maintenance, snow plowing, construction procedures and methods at the municipal level. Equipment operation experience is a plus. The starting hourly wage is dependent on qualifications. The Town of Jericho offers excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance and a retirement plan. Application & job description can be downloaded from They are also available at: Jericho Town Hall 67 VT Rt. 15, Jericho Mon-Fri, 8:00 am – 3:00 pm Completed applications can be submitted to Paula Carrier in person, via email at pcarrier@ or via mail to PO Box 39, Jericho, VT 05465. Position is open until filled.

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The Department of Computer Science (CS) at Saint Michael's College invites applications for one faculty position to begin in the fall of 2023, at either the level of Instructor or Assistant Professor (the latter being a tenure track position) – depending upon the candidate’s qualifications. The successful candidate will teach one or more of our three introductory programming courses: Intro to CS 1, Intro to CS 2, and/ or Data Structures. They will also teach several upper-level CS courses, chosen from the following topics (depending on the candidate’s expertise): artificial intelligence and/or machine learning, programming languages, software engineering, operating systems, computer networks, data bases, cryptography and/or cybersecurity. We would also encourage the introduction of new courses, in areas not listed here, that would be appropriate for an undergraduate major in CS. For a complete job description, benefits information, and to apply online, please visit:

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Candidate must be able to juggle multiple priorities, be a self-starter and have excellent computer and technical skills. People with disabilities 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 programs, visit Apply online:

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OUTREACH COORDINATOR $47,500 -$49,500 DOE w/ excellent benefits. Seeking a creative, highly-organized, tech-savvy professional. Provides admin. & marketing support with seasonal programs, activities and special events. In-person, phone and email-based customer service.

Program Coordinator Yestermorrow Design/Build School is seeking a Program Coordinator to perform a variety of project support, facility maintenance and custodial services. Duties include classroom setup, material coordination, basic tool maintenance, assisting with various construction and maintenance projects and light custodial work. This position will play a critical role in ensuring that our facilities (classrooms, dormitories, etc) are prepared for the weekly turnover of programming. The ideal candidate will have basic carpentry skills and knowledge, be enthusiastic about working on a team, flexible and self directed. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to Please use the following format in the subject line LAST NAME Program Coordinator. For a full job description, please visit

Marketing & outreach for programs and events via social/ traditional media, creates promo materials, flyers, brochures and announcements. Website maintenance, content creation, copy editing. Schedules and reserves facilities, processes program DS 302-3 payments, inbound/outbound mail, and other admin. duties. 25-0-95-0 Excellent communication and IT skills, associate’s degree & two years of professional exp., or equivalent combo of education and exp. Bachelor’s degree preferred. Mon – Fri 7:30AM – 4:30PM. Requires evening and weekend availability. If you’re looking for a positive, fun & rewarding work environment, with a collaborative team, we want to hear from you! To view a complete job description, and to apply online for consideration please visit: Human-Resources today! EOE. Open until filled.

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The Office of the Defender General is seeking a Financial Director & Administrative Services Manager to lead the department’s financial operations. This management position operates with considerable independence, reporting directly to the Defender General, and is responsible for all financial functions for the department.

Evernorth is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing and community investments in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. We have an exciting opportunity for a construction Project Manager to join our real estate development team in Vermont. This position manages all aspects of design development and construction for our affordable housing projects from pre-development through construction completion. The successful candidate will be an excellent communicator, team builder and problem solver with strong experience in construction project management and commitment to our mission.

In this role, you will be responsible for the department’s budget development and maintenance, including preparing annual budget projections, analyzing special patterns, advising the DG about needed adjustments, and projecting future needs.

We believe in equal access to affordable housing and economic opportunities; the power of partnerships based on integrity, respect, and teamwork; and a collaborative workplace with professional, skilled, and dedicated staff.

Financial Director – Montpelier

You will also serve as the primary financial liaison for the department, including responding to inquiries from legislators and members of the criminal justice system. You will also have a significant supervisory role and will further support the department by taking responsibility for contract administration, property management, and overseeing procurement of goods and services, among other tasks.


The ideal candidate has excellent communication skills and is positive, self-motivated, assertive, and able to handle a diverse community of personalities and opinions. Prior management experience is preferred. This is an exempt, full-time position with excellent State benefits. Salary: $61,963 - $97,156. EOE.

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To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to Gina Puls, HR & Special Counsel, at

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Vermont Legal Aid seeks candidates for a full-time legal helpline position within the Office of the Health Care 11:33 AM Advocate (HCA) in our Burlington office. The advocate will provide legal help over the phone to Vermonters with health care or health insurance problems. We encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds, and welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a discrimination- and harassment-free workplace. Responsibilities include advising consumers on their rights, investigating and resolving problems, and maintaining a high caseload and detailed case records. The successful candidate must be able to work on a team and have excellent communication and research skills. Four years’ professional work experience or bachelor’s degree, or a comparable mix of education and experience desired. Experience in advocacy, health care, health insurance, or human services is desirable but not required. Prior legal experience is not required. See website for additional information: Base salary is $41,281 with salary credit given for relevant prior work experience. Four weeks paid vacation, retirement, and excellent health benefits. Application deadline is Sunday, December 11th. Your application should include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and three references combined into one pdf, sent by e-mail to with “HCA Position” in the subject line. Please let us know how you heard about this position.

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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:


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The Unitarian Church of Montpelier is seeking a team-oriented individual to fill the position of Congregational Administrator beginning January 1, 2023. This individual will directly support those who carry out the mission of the church by managing our daily operations. The Administrator is responsible for supervising several critical financial and operational areas, including bookkeeping, budget review, database management, IT support, and building management. To learn more about this full-time position and how to apply please visit:


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Workforce Development Manager

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The Department of Business and Workforce Development (BWD) is seeking a Workforce Development Manager. This role will be in charge of conceiving, structuring, launching and managing workforce training programs for the City of Burlington.

Vital Communities, a regional nonprofit located in White River Junction, VT, seeks a full-time program manager for our Early Care & Education (ECE) initiative, which aims to increase the availability and affordability of high-quality ECE in the Upper Valley.

The focus of this position is on creating, sustaining and retaining a viable workforce that can support current and future business and industry. Our ideal candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in economic development, economics, community development or related field and 2 years of related experience.

Successful candidates will have experience with Collective Impact models, and outstanding facilitation and project management skills. ECE experience and expertise preferred but not required.

Excellent communication, strong attention to detail and willingness to take initiative are the vital skills necessary for success in this role. The City of Burlington is an equal opportunity employer.

The full job description is at Email resume and cover letter to

We encourage applicants who can contribute to our growing diversity. We offer a comprehensive benefits package and the salary range for this position is $76,085.60 - $84,908.54 annually.

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PRODUCTION & MEDIA SYSTEMS SUPPORT ENGINEER Hours: Full Time Compensation Range: $22-$26/hour Advertising Description: CCTV Center for Media + Democracy is a nationally recognized community media center based in Burlington, Vermont. We are looking for a creative and organized technical systems engineer who is excited to apply technical solutions to community needs in our mission of opening the doors to local democracy & community participation. For complete job description go to: Hours, Salary and Benefits: The position is part-time, hourly with weekday evenings and occasional weekend hours. Starting wage of $22-26/hour commensurate with experience, skills, education and training. This position has the opportunity to move to a full-time position with benefits. CCTV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Send resume and cover letter to Meghan O’Rourke, Project Director, Position open until filled.

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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 offers 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: Equal Opportunity Employer.




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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@

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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. Cloud Engineer - Department of Psychiatry - #S4008PO Research Center for Children, Youth, and Families, Inc. (RCCYF, is seeking a talented Cloud Engineer to support and modify the cloud environment hosting development and customerfacing applications. RCCYF develops proprietary software and internet applications to administer and score empirically based behavioral health assessments used world-wide by researchers and mental health clinicians. In addition to ASEBA® software licensed for PC and onpremises data centers, RCCYF hosts over 2,500 tenant accounts (12,000+ users) containing nearly a million assessments in a secure and compliant Microsoft Azure cloud environment. Successful candidate shall secure, monitor, troubleshoot, and implement cloud resources, collaborate with development team, and track prevailing trends in healthcare IT and data privacy compliance matters. Team player verifies and validates that systems meet internal and external requirements related to security, reliability, and accessibility; analyzes, develops, modifies, tests, and maintains the environment, and serves as subject matter expert on infrastructure, data security, and compliance; diagnoses problems and provides recommendations for improvement on existing and new cloud resources; manages platform-provider and other licensing agreements. For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit Applicants must apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Open positions are updated daily. Please call 802-656-3150 or email for technical support with the online application. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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If you want to join an organization with a mission that is focused 5v-Graystone112322 1 on continuous improvement, this is the position for you. The Positions include a sign on bonus, White River Junction Office of HireAbility Vermont (formerly strong benefits package and the VocRehab) is recruiting for a skilled Senior Counselor II. This position involves counseling and supervisory work at an advanced 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, paraprofessional, 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 Apply online:

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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:



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Join our growing team! This part time position works closely with the Finance & Operations Director to ensure accuracy, integrity and timeliness of all financial transactions for Mercy Connections. EOE. Position is open until filled. To apply, send cover letter & resume to:


Line Cook Located in an historic, 1880's freight house in South Royalton, VT, Worthy Burger is looking for a motivated, experienced and hardworking line cook to round out our exceptional kitchen crew. Focus is locally-sourced food, cooked to order on our wood-fired grill, paired with the best of Vermont's craft beers, craft cocktails and local ciders.

The Town of Jericho is accepting applications for If this sounds good to you and a Highway Maintenance/ you’re a good fit, please reach Mechanic Worker Level 3. out: This is a full-time position which requires a CDL (min. Class “B”) and the ability to 10/27/22 12:22 PM respond to emergencies 2v-MercyConnections110222 1 and snow removal outside of regular working hours. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of experience in highway maintenance, construction procedures and methods and the operation of large trucks, graders and excavators, preferably at the municipal level. Supervisory experience is a plus. Work includes general laboring duties, heavy lifting, physical work, equipment operation, and on-call duty (nights, weekends and holidays). The starting hourly wage is dependent on qualifications. The Town of Jericho offers excellent benefits, including health and dental insurance, and a retirement plan. Application & job description can be downloaded from They are also available at: Jericho Town Hall 67 VT Rt. 15, Jericho Mon-Fri, 8:00 am–3:00 pm Completed applications can be submitted to Paula Carrier in person, via email at or via mail to PO Box 39, Jericho, VT 05465. Position is open until filled.

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OPERATIONS/GRANTS MANAGER 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. QUALIFICATIONS: · Degree in business administration or equivalent experience. · Good communication/interpersonal skills. · Project management skills. · Excellent organizational skills. · Budgeting and accounting experience. · Computer literacy. · Strong writing skills. SALARY: $35/hour, 30 hours/week Deadline for submission of resumes is December 15, 2022. Send resumes to:

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 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 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 supports. Contact 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 couple living without children in the home. Pets are ok. Compensation includes a yearly tax-free stipend of $30,385 plus monthly room and board payments. Please contact Autumn Rakowitz at or 802-307-2705.

Full-time, Part-time, and Substitute Positions Available • Flexible Schedules • Competitive Compensation • Great Benefits, including 36 days of paid time off • Inclusive Work Culture 802-488-6946 Howard Center is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. The agency’s culture and service delivery is strengthened by the diversity of its workforce. Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. EOE/TTY. Visit “About Us” on our website at to review Howard Center’s EOE policy.




NOVEMBER 23-30, 2022

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

Family Strengthening Worker / Home Visitor The Janet S. Munt Family Room is a Parent Child Center located in the old north end of Burlington. Our Mission is to provide a space that builds healthy, connected communities by supporting families and young children. Our vision is that every family is connected, healthy, and strong. We are a leader in fostering community and accompanying families as they realize their potential. The Janet S. Munt Family Room is seeking enthusiastic staff to join us to support our community-driven Family Room programs. Family Strengthening Worker / Home Visitor supports on site programs at the Family Room and families in the community. This person works on a team to support playgroups, parents education and support groups, child care, planning and cleaning. As a home visitor this staff will visit families providing child development information, parenting strategies, and other family supports as needed. Ideal candidates should be caring, passionate, be self-directed, have experience working with children and families in culturally diverse communities, and have home visiting experience. This position is full time, 37.5 hours per week. Compensation is $19 per hour or more based on experience. Benefits packages are available. Please view our full job description on The Janet S. Munt Family Room website, How to apply: Please send a detailed, personalized cover letter and resume to our Executive Director, Josh Miller at This position will remain active until the right candidate is found. The Janet S. Munt Family Room is an Equal Opportunity employer

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Compensation: · Competitive salary with a comprehensive benefits package Candidates can submit an application by email to: 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.

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DIRECTOR 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:

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Transportation Planner

The Program Associate position provides administrative support to VSAC’s Outreach department, including working on a federal GEAR UP grant. GEAR UP is a grant provided to VSAC through the federal Department of Education, which is designed to increase the high school graduation and post-secondary enrollment rates for modest-income, first-generation students. Apply online: asp1. hapss_index.apss

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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 Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in transportation planning, a resume and three references to Catherine Dimitruk, Executive Director at, or 75 Fairfield Street, St. Albans, VT, 05478. This position will remain open until filled; interviews will begin in early December, 2022.

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VERMONT COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS welcomes applications for the Director of the MFA in Graphic Design Program. The Program Director is a managerial, administrative position reporting to the Academic Dean.

Responsible for supporting the UVM Center on Rural Addiction administrative needs. Provide scheduling and logistical support for a variety of settings including groups, individual clinics, hospitals, and homes, and help with follow up. Support other newly requested projects from the funding agency focused on substance use disorder treatment in rural Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and 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.

The Program Director provides administrative leadership for the program, working closely with the Faculty Chair(s), who provide academic leadership through a system of faculty governance. The Program Director role is characterized by administrative experience; a commitment to creating and fostering equity, inclusion, and belonging; entrepreneurial, managerial, and team-building abilities; attention to detail; demonstrated budget management experience; excellent writing and interpersonal communication skills; and ability to collaborate. This is not a faculty appointment, and does not include teaching duties.

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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:

Successful candidates will have experience in higher education that includes: demonstrated aptitude for collaborative leadership; familiarity with post-secondary educational institutions and organizational systems; a background working with adult students; entrepreneurial, managerial, and team-building abilities; a customer service orientation toward various constituencies; and exemplary written, oral and interpersonal communication skills. Experience with low-residency, online, or remote education a plus. A masters degree in higher education administration, non-profit management, a related field, or comparable experience is preferred. VCFA administrative offices are in Montpelier, VT. This position can be performed in-person, hybrid, or remotely. Travel to residencies is required, and other travel may be required as necessary. Candidates are encouraged to consult VCFA’s website to acquaint themselves with our distinctive academic schedule, unique pedagogy, and educational philosophy. Please see full job description here: To apply, please send the following to with “Program Director, MFA in Graphic Design” in subject line: • • •

Cover Letter CV/Resume Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, outlining your professional skills, accomplishments, experience, and willingness to engage in activities to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. For full consideration, submit an application by 12/16/22. Position will remain open until filled.




NOVEMBER 23-30, 2022

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 and make a difference in our community!

Do you have a passion for public service? Does working with numbers bring you joy?

RAPID REHOUSING SPECIALIST provides assistance to community members who are without housing and have barriers to locating and securing housing in the community. This grant funded position works closely with our Rental Assistance department and Chittenden County Coordinated Entry and is a part of a skilled team that focuses on assessment, intervention, and service coordination of at-risk households.

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Controller 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.

Duties and Responsibilities • Responds to referrals from Coordinated Entry to assess need for housing search services and level of support needed to secure housing • Provides direct retention services which may include home visits, supportive counseling, making referrals on behalf of household, accompanying member(s) of household to appointments, providing/coordinating transportation when needed, coordinating services which may benefit the household, and work to stabilize the housing as necessary • Coordinates services which are beyond scope of housing search and makes appropriate referrals back to housing retention team or other agencies when necessary • Supports households in meeting with landlords and attending showings in BHA’s service area • Support the household’s awareness of resources, increase overall resiliency, and promote stability and proactivity over crisis management • Collects and maintains required data and case notes in centralized database

Senior Accounting Specialist 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.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree required in human services or related field. Previous experience in direct service and advocacy preferred. Exhibits effective verbal and written communication skills. Knowledge of the social services network is preferred. Proficiency with Microsoft Office and internet navigation required. Excellent time-management skills and the ability to work independently are required.

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To learn more about our organization, please visit: 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.

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Vermont is facing a public health crisis. FACT: Over 50% of people receiving developmental services require direct supports in their homes, communities, or places of employment.

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Sagittarian rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z has stellar advice for his fellow Sagittarians to contemplate regularly: “Ain’t nothin’ wrong with the aim; just gotta change the target.” In offering Jay-Z’s advice, I don’t mean to suggest that you always need to change the target you’re aiming at. On many occasions, it’s exactly right. But the act of checking in to evaluate whether it is or isn’t the right target will usually be valuable. And on occasion, you may realize that you should indeed aim at a different target.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): One of your callings

as an Aries is to take risks. You’re inclined to take more leaps of faith than other people, and you’re also more likely to navigate them to your advantage — or at least not get burned. A key reason for your success is your keen intuition about which gambles are relatively smart and which are ill-advised. But even when your chancy ventures bring you exciting new experiences, they may still run you afoul of conventional wisdom, peer pressure and the way things have always been done. Everything I have described here will be in maximum play for you in the coming weeks.

TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): Your keynote

comes from teacher Caroline Myss. She writes, “Becoming adept at the process of self-inquiry and symbolic insight is a vital spiritual task that leads to the growth of faith in oneself.” Encouraging you to grow your faith in yourself will be one of my prime intentions in the next 12 months. Let’s get started! How can you become more adept at self-inquiry and symbolic insight? One idea is to ask yourself a probing new question every Sunday morning, like “What teachings and healings do I most want to attract into my life during the next seven days?” Spend the subsequent week gathering experiences and revelations that will address that query. Another idea is to remember and study your dreams, since doing so is the No. 1 way to develop symbolic insight. For help, I recommend the work of Gayle Delaney:

GEMINI (May 21-Jun. 20): The TV science

fiction show “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” features a ragtag team of imperfect but effective superheroes. They travel through time trying to fix aberrations in the timelines caused by various villains. As they experiment and improvise, sometimes resorting to wildly daring gambits, their successes outnumber their stumbles and bumbles. And on occasion, even their apparent mistakes lead to good fortune that unfolds in unexpected ways. One member of the team, Nate, observes, “Sometimes we screw up — for the better.” I foresee you Geminis as having a similar modus operandi in the coming weeks.

CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): I like how Cancerian poet Stephen Dunn begins his poem “Before We Leave.” He writes, “Just so it’s clear — no whining on the journey.” I am offering this greeting to you and me, my fellow Cancerians, as we launch the next chapter of our story. In the early stages, our efforts may feel like drudgery, and our progress could seem slow. But as long as we don’t complain excessively and don’t blame others for our own limitations, our labors will become easier and quite productive. LEO (Jul. 23-Aug. 22): Leo poet Kim Addonizio writes a lot about love and sex. In her book Wild Nights, she says, “I’m thinking of dating trees next. We could just stand around

all night together. I’d murmur, they’d rustle, the wind would, like, do its wind thing.” Now might be a favorable time for you, too, to experiment with evergreen romance and arborsexuality and trysts with your favorite plants. When was the last time you hugged an oak or kissed an elm? JUST KIDDING! The coming weeks will indeed be an excellent time to try creative innovations in your approach to intimacy and adoration. But I’d rather see your experiments in togetherness unfold with humans.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): In her book Daughters of the Stone, Virgo novelist Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa tells the tale of five generations of Afro-Cuban women, her ancestors. “These are the stories of a time lost to flesh and bone,” she writes, “a time that lives only in dreams and memories. Like a primeval wave, these stories have carried me, and deposited me on the morning of today. They are the stories of how I came to be who I am, where I am.” I’d love to see you explore your own history with as much passion and focus, Virgo. In my astrological opinion, it’s a favorable time for you to commune with the influences that have made you who you are. LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): In accordance with astrological omens, here’s my advice for you in the coming weeks: 1) Know what it takes to please everyone, even if you don’t always choose to please everyone. 2) Know how to be what everyone wants you to be and when they need you to be it, even if you only fulfill that wish when it has selfish value for you. 3) DO NOT give others all you have and thereby neglect to keep enough to give yourself. 4) When others are being closed-minded, help them develop more expansive finesse by sharing your own reasonable views. 5) Start thinking about how, in 2023, you will grow your roots as big and strong as your branches. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Even if some people are nervous or intimidated around you, they may be drawn to you nonetheless. When that happens, you probably enjoy the power you feel. But I wonder what would happen if you made a conscious effort to cut back just a bit on the daunting vibes you emanate. I’m not saying they’re bad. I understand they serve as a protective measure, and I appreci-

ate the fact that they may help you get the cooperation you want. As an experiment, though, I invite you to be more reassuring and welcoming to those who might be inclined to fear you. See if it alters their behavior in ways you enjoy and benefit from.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You now have extra power to exorcise ghosts and demons that are still lingering from the old days and old ways. You are able to transform the way your history affects you. You have a sixth sense about how to graduate from lessons you have been studying for a long time. In honor of this joyfully tumultuous opportunity, draw inspiration from poet Charles Wright: “Knot by knot I untie myself from the past / And let it rise away from me like a balloon. / What a small thing it becomes. / What a bright tweak at the vanishing point, blue on blue.” AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In accor-

dance with current astrological rhythms, I am handing over your horoscope to essayist Anne Fadiman. She writes, “I have always felt that the action most worth watching is not at the center of things, but where edges meet. I like shorelines, weather fronts, international borders. There are interesting frictions and incongruities in these places, and often, if you stand at the point of tangency, you can see both sides better than if you were in the middle of either one.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): Over the course of my life, I have been fortunate to work with 13 psychotherapists. They have helped keep my mental health flourishing. One of them regularly reminded me that if I hoped to get what I wanted, I had to know precisely what I wanted. Once a year, she would give me a giant piece of thick paper and felt-tip markers. “Draw your personal vision of paradise,” she instructed me. “Outline the contours of the welcoming paradise that would make your life eminently delightful and worthwhile.” She would also ask me to finish the sentence that begins with these words: “I am mobilizing all the energy and ingenuity and connections I have at my disposal so as to accomplish the following goal.” In my astrological opinion, Pisces, now is a perfect time to do these two exercises yourself.


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WHO HAS THE REMOTE? Older gentleman wondering who had the remote for the TV at Handy’s Toyota waiting room. We started talking about downtown Burlington, and then my car was ready. When: Thursday, November 10, 2022. Where: Handy’s Toyota, St. Albans. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915672 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 SHAMWOW 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 SAXON MOUNTAIN BIKER, GREAT SMILE You finished your ride and loaded up your orange mountain bike onto your black Subaru. There 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. Then 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

HELLO, SLOWWALKER 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 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: Thursday, 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 WHATCHYA READIN’? 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: Thursday, October 27, 2022. Where: the Marquis. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915663


Irreverent counsel on life’s conundrums

Dear Reverend,

My best friend and I have known each other for more than 20 years. I love her to pieces, but she is the worst gift giver ever. Whenever I open a present from her, it’s like it’s from someone who has no idea who I am. I don’t want to hurt her feelings, but I also don’t want to keep getting useless stuff from her. What do I do?

Chris Mist

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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 of mixed race with long curly hair, also seeking a woman. Let’s create our own story. When: Saturday, October 22, 2022. Where: Vermont International Film Festival. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915662

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

MORE KELLBEL 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

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: Thursday, October 20, 2022. Where: Essex. You: Man. Me: Man. #915655

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? That was the case when I saw you and your dog in the woods by the creek. The pool’s closed, so how about a walk? When: Friday, October 21, 2022. Where: Essex Junction. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915660 BLUE 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 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

Dear Chris Mist,

Picking the perfect gift is a talent, and it sounds like your friend just doesn’t have it. Telling her that she’s been missing the mark with her presents all these years is bound to be awkward, no matter how you broach the subject. A better bet would be to switch up the sort of gifts you give each other going forward. You could suggest that, rather than exchanging material items, the two of you celebrate holidays and birthdays by doing something special

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. There 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 I WISH... You’re in my thoughts constantly. I want to reach out to tell you how much I miss you, but we made a deal. I wish our circumstances were different, but here we are, pining over what could have been. I miss our banter and texting you photos of the sunrise, wishing you a good morning. I miss you. When: Saturday, October 26, 2019. Where: Grazers. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915647

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 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 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 PIKMIN DEBATE SATURDAY NIGHT Your car group pulled up next to me at a red light in SB and asked if the sprout I had was a Pikmin reference. Just wanted to say it made my night to hear you were debating about a little sprout decoration and to have another fun game reference for my car. When: Saturday, October 15, 2022. Where: South Burlington near Staples. You: Group. Me: Woman. #915649

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 SWIMMING WITH AMY Looking to reconnect with Amy, whom I met at Bolton Potholes this September. We talked about traveling and ADHD and swimming spots! You sent me a text, but before I could save your number, my phone completely died for good! I would love to reconnect somehow. When: Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Where: Bolton Potholes. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #915645 PARKING LOT, NNE HANNAFORD Around 1 p.m. Windy! My door made contact with the door of a parked Nissan black SUV. Saw no dent, moved on. Ten minutes later, I realized there’s a dent in my door, and I should have looked more closely at the other car. Went back, but the car was gone. If this was you, contact me with photo of car/ damage. When: Sunday, October 2, 2022. Where: NNE Hannaford parking lot. You: Group. Me: Man. #915644

together. Have dinner at a fancy restaurant, take a class, go to a show, treat yourselves to a spa day — the possibilities are endless. If she balks at that idea for some reason, you can easily say you’re trying to downsize your belongings and that spending quality time together is more important to you. If she persists in giving you goofy gifts, I suggest that you just suck it up. The old saying “It’s the thought that counts” is cliché because it’s true. You should thank your lucky stars that you have such a good friend. There are plenty of people in the world who have none, let alone one who cares enough to give them crappy presents. Good luck and God bless,

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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’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

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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

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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

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Congratulations, Haley Pero! I shop local not only because it keeps dollars and jobs in our communities, but because it’s usually a better choice for the planet, too. I’d much rather spend money at local stores than give it to corporate giants like Amazon — and Vermont’s small businesses have amazing products! I love that, from food to gifts and everything in between, I can shop in my own community.

Haley won $500 to gift local courtesy of New England Federal Credit Union. Ready to tackle some home improvement projects, she selected Barge Canal Market, an antique and vintage home goods store in Burlington, and rk MILES, a building materials supplier with eight Vermont outlets.

See the list of the shops who received the most support in this weeks’ Seven Days Holiday Gift Guide and at



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