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Gov. Phil Scott visited Maple Hill Farm in Barton to kick off the Christmas season. His trip included cutting down trees and sledding with a WCAX reporter.


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COVID-19 SPIKE IS FILLING HOSPITAL BEDS Vermont hospitals were caring for 84 COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, 20 of whom were in intensive care — both record-high figures. The spike is making it tougher to preserve hospital capacity, which state officials have said is a top priority as they shift toward managing COVID-19 as an endemic virus instead of an emergency pandemic. Statewide, the number of available ICU beds has dropped by 32 percent over the last week, hospitals reported. Approximately 10 ICU beds were available in the entirety of Vermont as of Tuesday morning. Hospitalizations were spiking primarily in southwestern Vermont, Gov. Phil Scott said, where case rates have risen in recent weeks. “Everything you’re seeing today is really two hospitals, and it’s Bennington County and Rutland County,” he said. In a press release on Tuesday afternoon, the University of Vermont Health Network announced plans to add five ICU beds at the UVM Medical Center in Burlington and the equivalent of three ICU beds at Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. The UVM Medical Center is also setting aside 10 additional hospital beds for COVID-19 patients who do not need intensive care. To do so, the UVM Medical Center will postpone some surgeries scheduled in December. Priority will be given to cancer, trauma and other life-threatening procedures, the hospital said.


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“We are committed to providing the emergency and acute care that our communities need, even when that requires difficult decisions,” network president and CEO John Brumsted said in a statement. Scott and Health Commissioner Mark Levine urged all eligible residents to get vaccinated or to get a booster shot and to wear masks indoors. More than two-thirds of people who were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the last week were not vaccinated, according to state data. About 83 percent of eligible Vermonters are vaccinated. State officials are spending money to help hospitals manage a triple threat of surging COVID-19 cases, previously delayed care and a depleted health care workforce. New COVID-19 infections have dipped in recent days from record-high tallies before Thanksgiving, but officials cautioned that the decrease is likely because many fewer people got tested over the holiday weekend. They expect cases may increase in the days ahead and remain high through Christmas. On the horizon looms the newly discovered, highly mutated Omicron variant, which has yet to be detected in the United States. “There’s still a lot we don’t know, and it could be a couple of weeks before we get more information,” Scott said. “Until then, we’re not going to speculate.” Read Derek Brouwer’s full story and keep up with developments at


Walden School fired its head cook after he wrote “Let’s Go Brandon!” — a euphemism for “Fuck Joe Biden” — on a menu calendar. Not what anyone ordered.


Vermont wildlife officials are testing deer for COVID-19 after other states found virus antibodies in the animals. No escaping it, apparently.


The Québec Maple Syrup Producers group released 50 million pounds from its sweetstuff stockpile to prevent a worldwide shortage. Phew.

1. “‘Winter Lights’ at Shelburne Museum Is a Holiday Spectacle” by Jordan Adams. The 42acre grounds have been adorned with dazzling light and sound displays for the holidays. 2. “WTF: How Does the DMV Decide If a Vanity Plate Is Too Rude for the Road?” by Ken Picard. IM2HI and 4NEK8R are just two of the requested license plates that workers declined to issue. 3. “Burlington Beer Opens Taproom-Restaurant in Its Namesake City” by Melissa Pasanen. Everything is big about Burlington Beer’s new South End taproom and restaurant. 4. “Market to Farm: A New Food Waste Disposal Method Raises Fears That Microplastics Will Taint Fields” by Kevin McCallum. A new depackaging facility leaves bits of plastic in waste that ends up on farmland. 5. “Shutdown of Several Vermont Sober Houses Leaves Residents in the Lurch” by Derek Brouwer. Phoenix House residents in Burlington and Brattleboro got little notice that the places were closing.

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SIDEWALK STORIES Compared to museums in other parts of the country, Vermont’s tend to be relatively small. But the Burlington Museum of Natural History, a sidewalk shadow-box installation measuring about two cubic feet, makes small institutions such as the Rokeby Museum or the Montshire Museum of Science look massive by comparison. Its origin story is fairly short. As an abstract joke apropos of nothing, Old North End resident Meghan O’Rourke’s teenage son marked their home at 145 Intervale Avenue on Google Maps as the Burlington Museum of Natural History. But in the two years since the comic lark, O’Rourke took it upon herself to make

good on the listing. She’s curated a tiny yet impressive collection of artifacts and ephemera centered on the natural and cultural histories of Burlington, Lake Champlain and Vermont. “It was really … an exercise in learning about the place I lived,” O’Rourke told Seven Days during an early morning “guided tour” of the collection. The museum itself, which looks like a Little Free Library, is small, but its contents are big in scope. Fossils, plant samples, artworks, historical documents and maps clutter its two shelves. A striking phenology clock tracks the yearly life cycles of Vermont animals. Visitors can scan QR codes with their phones to read more online about the various exhibits. “I’d love to have guest curators come in,” O’Rourke said. She noted that researchers from

various scientific communities are enthusiastic about her project. The museum also introduces visitors to an Old North End scavenger hunt. It asks players to find the oldest house in Burlington, leaves in the neighborhood with serrated edges, and fossils embedded in imported stone curbs and walls. (For the last of those, head to the corner of South Champlain and Peru streets.) It’s difficult to gauge how many visitors stop by, though items frequently go missing. “Most of us just kind of pass through the landscape on our way from one place to another,” O’Rourke said. She hopes the museum will inspire locals to stop, look around and take in the natural wonders of the area — no matter how small. JORDAN ADAMS SEVEN DAYS DECEMBER 1-8, 2021



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[Re WTF: “How Does the DMV Decide If a Vanity Plate Is Too Rude for the Road?” November 24]: Back at the turn of the century, I applied for the vanity plate KWICHI and explained on the form that is was the “phonetic spelling of Quechee.” A couple of days later, the phone rang and the caller ID said “Montpelier DMV.” I picked up. “I’m sorry, I can’t give you the vanity plate you applied for,” the voice said. “What, it’s taken?” I asked, crestfallen. “No, I can’t allow you to have ‘quickie,’” she said. “Oh, that’s not it,” I replied, “It’s Queeee-chi, you know, as in ‘Quechee has a special kind of chi.’” There was a silent pause on the other end. “Oh, yes, I see that in the explanation box now. OK then!” The KWICHI plates arrived … quickly. F.X. Flinn



I found it funny that what the indie romcom Soulmate(s) got “wrong,” according to the writer of [“Sweet and Sour,” November 10], was the exaggeration of “the characters’ prickliness and abhorrence of ‘flatlanders.’” Well, I encourage the publication to consider the message that is sent when another article in the same issue is literally titled “How to Winterize Your Flatlander,” as if they aren’t real, intelligent people. The article had some decent tips, but no new Vermonter would ever get that far in an article that makes fun of other articles for giving sincere, welcoming advice, no matter how obvious it may be. I grew up in Vermont (something that actually means nothing and is given so much weight) and moved back home from Texas last year, and I am starting to get angry at this hypocrisy we have in our state. Another example of “We’re welcoming” but will continue to reinforce negative, unwelcoming stereotypes.





No question about winter is a dumb question. Winter isn’t so obvious, actually. And I hate to break it to you, but our mountains aren’t that high. So, let’s just stop and let people transition into this state without shame. We might just learn a thing or two from them. Brittany Nevins


Editor’s note: Mark Saltveit’s December 10 piece, “How to Winterize Your Flatlander: Cold-Season Tips for Vermont Noobs,” was clearly marked as a humorous essay.


What [“Health Care Premium,” November 3] did not mention about the nursing shortages at the University of Vermont Medical Center is a problem far greater than the pandemic: Our profit-motivated health care system provides incentive for hospital administrations to increase their income by short-staffing their workforce, thus creating unsafe, unsustainable working conditions for doctors and nurses. After being subjected to this environment, many of the local health care workers choose to become locum tenens, aka traveling or temporary, in order to avoid burnout. Others leave the hospital setting altogether. As an internal medicine traveling hospitalist based in Burlington, I saw that the pandemic contributed to the exodus because it increased the workload of an already overburdened workforce. To give a recent example: I just turned down a hospitalist job offered at

Springfield Hospital because it required the hospitalist physician to work 24 hours straight, seven days in a row, which is dangerous for the patients as well as the physician. I have turned down several other hospitalist opportunities in Maine and Vermont for the same reason, even though they would have allowed me to work closer to home. Many doctors go along with such arrangements because of their high educational debts, despite the poor-quality patient care that they know will result. Until hospitals are forced to provide reasonable and safe workloads for their workers, the problem of nursing and physician shortages will not go away. Jay Stearns



Good for U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren [Off Message: “Vermont Publisher Chelsea Green Sues Sen. Warren for ‘Suppressing’ Book,” November 8]. The tenacity of attractively cohesive conspiracy theories that weave together a bit of fact with a whole lot of dangerous nonsense is nothing more than marketing to, and profiting off of, ignorance, fear and mental illness. Dr. Joseph Mercola is a parasite. Perhaps Chelsea Green publisher Margo Baldwin doesn’t know or doesn’t care to know that many modern medicines were an evolutionary development from herbal medicine and intelligent observation to begin with. The continual attraction of “alternative” views to health is that medical research is incredibly specific and has to

be, and there is also plenty of factual accuracy that lifestyle habits can influence disease outcomes, mental or physical. That is everywhere in medical research, yet people continually either want something more mysterious and spiritualized or need an enemy in their inability to know how to go about deciding something. They want someone to explain everything to them neatly, once and for all. There’s also the fact that government is just an organization made up of people and not some nebulous “it.” The question is: At what point does harm become substantial enough for government intervention? How many people have to die believing dangerous nonsense? How is that quantified? Apparently, Baldwin can’t be bothered to ask that question. Chelsea Green is profiting off of fear that can enable death, and the only thing restorative or healthy about Mercola’s conspiracies and muddied bullshit is that he is intelligent enough to make sure there are just enough facts mixed in. Joy Yonan-Renold



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Vermont-trained skier Mikaela Shiffrin wins again in Killington

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Green Mountain Gags Author Bill Mares and cartoonist Don Hooper share wisecracks and insights from I Could Hardly Keep From Laughing: An Illustrated Collection of Vermont Humor. Featuring laugh-out-loud drawings by Hooper and a foreword by Jeff Danziger, the book is an enthusiastic, affectionate romp through 150 years of jokes and japes. Vermont Humanities, Norwich Public Library and the Norwich Historical Society virtually host the authors on December 1, and Phoenix Books virtually hosts them on December 8. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 70


Dance to the Music Vermont’s finest (and only) klezmer band, Nisht Geferlach — whose name in Yiddish translates roughly to “Relax, it won’t kill you” — plays “Klezmer!,” a rollicking, foot-stomping show at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier. Dancing is encouraged. Admission is free for all, but donations benefit the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 70


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SEE THE LIGHT Schoolchildren across Waterbury may already be working on their lanterns for A River of Light, but it isn’t too late for everyone else to get in on the action. The annual tradition provides ample opportunity for participation, from the lit-up parade that kicks off from the State Office Complex to the afterparty in Dac Rowe Athletic Field, where neighbors gather around bonfires to enjoy live music and hot chocolate. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 72

If you missed Listen Up! during its live, statewide tour over the summer, fear not. A filmed recording of the original musical, inspired by the true stories of and performed by Vermont teens, premieres this Friday at the Main Street Landing Film House in Burlington. It also screens December 7 through 12, and livestreamed Q&As with the cast air on December 11 and 12. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 72


Carol of the Pipes Saint Michael’s College professor emeritus and 92-year-old organist William Tortolano plays a captivating Christmas concert at St. Mary’s Church in St. Albans. Joined by vocalists Jake Barickman and John Schreindorfer, the keyboard sage plays carols from around the world and organ solos by Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Pachelbel, Johannes Brahms and more. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 75



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The Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury unveils its annual Holiday Train Exhibit, featuring three levels of tracks, countless Lionel model trains, a realistic Green Mountains backdrop and some teeny-tiny snowboarders on a working ski lift. Locomotive lovers of all ages get to see a train’s-eye view as a camera on the caboose livestreams its journey through the wee winter wonderland.


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The beleaguered college reckons with its latest president B Y CH E L SEA ED GAR •


ailina Mills, a 2018 graduate of Goddard College, spent countless hours over the past year planning her alma mater’s Alumni Weekend, which was scheduled to take place in early October on the college’s tiny, rustic Plainfield campus. This year’s celebration would have marked the first gathering of alumni at Goddard since the school was released from probation by its accreditors in the fall of 2020, and Mills and her fellow organizers felt proud of their efforts to shore up Goddard’s chronically ailing finances: During its previous three gatherings, the Goddard College Alumni Association had raised more than $80,000. So Mills, one of the lead organizers of the 7,300-member alumni group, was shocked when the school’s newly appointed president, Dan Hocoy, announced in a September 17 Facebook post that in-person Alumni Weekend festivities had been canceled. 14


“Regretfully, the Plainfield campus does not have the staff or facilities capacity to accommodate the on-campus, in-person needs of the Alumni Weekend while serving the visit of the Board of Trustees simultaneously,” the post read. To Mills, the abrupt cancellation felt like another manifestation of what she and many of her alumni peers viewed as Hocoy’s callousness to the values of Goddard, where decision making by consensus is a hallowed principle. “They never even consulted us,” said Mills, a kindergarten teacher in Maine who studied anti-racist education at Goddard. On October 9, Mills and several dozen other Alumni Association members — enough to fill two Zoom screens — met virtually and took a vote of no confidence in Hocoy and the board of trustees. In an 11-page statement, the group alleged a pattern of unilateral decision making, a lack of integrity in the process

leading to Hocoy’s hire and a failure to uphold Goddard’s tradition of dissent from the status quo. In reply, the board’s lawyer, Joseph McConnell of the Boston firm Morgan Brown & Joy, sent a cease and desist letter to the eight elected representatives of the Alumni Association, including Mills. McConnell rebuked them for using the Goddard College name and seal without permission and for publishing “misleading, incorrect, and potentially defamatory” statements. If they continued to publish such statements using the Goddard imprimatur, McConnell advised, the college reserved the right to take legal action against them. Rifts between leadership and the school community have a storied tradition at Goddard, an experimental liberal arts college



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Volunteer Group Says Tests Reveal PFAS in the Winooski River B Y K EV I N M C C A L L U M An environmental advocacy group says it has found concerning levels of “forever chemicals” in the Winooski River just downstream from the polluted Vermont Air National Guard base in South Burlington. The Vermont PFAS/Military Poisons Coalition says water samples it took at the Salmon Hole, just below the Winooski Falls dam, contained elevated levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. That’s the class of chemicals that contaminated hundreds of wells in the Bennington area and leached into the groundwater at the Air Guard base. The group says its test samples contained 40.5 parts per trillion (ppt) for the five PFAS compounds regulated by Vermont for drinking water, which must be below 20 ppt. Vermont has no specific threshold for rivers or lakes. Thousands of PFAS compounds have been produced for decades for use in everything from stainproofing rugs to waterproofing clothing and making cookware nonstick. They’re called “forever chemicals” because the carbon fluorine bonds upon which they are based are super strong and don’t break down naturally in the environment. PFAS have been linked to health problems including cancer, suppressed immune systems, reduced fertility and high cholesterol, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Peter Walke, commissioner of the state Department of Environmental Conservation, said the agency has launched a multiyear program to sample bodies of water and fish around the state. Tests for PFAS are very sensitive. The chemicals are ubiquitous in the environment and common in products such as food containers and clothing, so care must be taken to ensure that samples are collected properly. The correct protocols were followed, said James Ehlers, a longtime water quality advocate and a member of the coalition. The availability of home tests can muddy the water when it comes to public confidence and has created challenges for regulators and water supply managers, whose test results can differ from those obtained by volunteers. The state’s sampling program at three locations in the Winooski River has also detected PFAS. In October, two tests detected levels of 10 ppt and 7 ppt for two of the five regulated PFAS compounds. A third sample, taken from where the Winooski enters Lake Champlain, contained none of the regulated compounds, according to the state. m




Fans at Killington

Hometown Hero Vermont-trained skier Mikaela Shiffrin wins again in Killington BY STEVE GOLDSTE IN


his is not ‘hero snow,’” Tina Weirather said as she gazed out the window on Saturday at a grayish curtain of freezing fog hiding a ski slope. “This is the opposite of hero snow.” Weirather was surveying the Superstar race course at the Killington Resort ski complex where, in an hour, the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup women’s giant slalom was to kick off its fifth iteration at the famed Vermont venue; COVID-19 canceled it last year. Following weeks of moderate temperatures and rain but no frozen stuff, a steady dumping of plump snowflakes had begun the previous afternoon. Unlike mortals, who pray for powder, the pros want icy hardpan, slick as a carnival barker. Now, lingering flurries whipped furiously in 25-mile-per-hour gusts, pillow-topping the oncepristine track. Officials delayed the start time in hopes that the wicked wind would diminish. Weirather, a former ski racer herself, enjoyed hero snow in her native Liechtenstein when “it’s really cold and dry, and the snow crystals form tiny balls that grip the skis, and you can go really fast and barely leave tracks.” After 15 years on the World Cup circuit — known by its followers as the “White Circus”— the

32-year-old daughter of ski racers covers the sport for Swiss television. “Maybe you know my mother,” she said, when I mentioned covering Alpine racing at the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1980, and Sarajevo in 1984. At Lake Placid, her mom, Hanni Wenzel, won gold medals — Liechtenstein’s first — in the giant slalom and slalom; she got silver in the downhill. Weirather peered out the window again. “They may have to cancel.” Cancel was a four-letter word in Mike Solimano’s lexicon. Killington’s president had labored for weeks to get the course prepared; he directed 120 snowmaking guns to be spaced every 18 feet to cover the 4,800-foot run with five feet of snow. In yet another plague year, he decided to limit daily attendance to 8,000 spectators a day on Saturday and Sunday — half the typical turnout and well below the record 19,500 who showed up on a Saturday in 2019, briefly making Killington Vermont’s third-largest city. Solimano thought that this would allow a reasonable chance at social distancing. Instead of free admission, he’d charged $5, hoping it would help limit attendance and also benefit a local ski foundation. Solimano knew that this




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Delivery Debacles

Missing mail and crowded post offices: A federal agency’s woes touch down in Vermont B Y A NNE WAL L A CE ALLE N • MATT MIGNANELLI


s the holiday season approaches, Vermont post offices are struggling with staff shortages that customers blame for gaps in mail delivery, unscheduled post office closures and long waits at crowded counters. For months, Vermonters have taken to Front Porch Forum to find the owners of misdelivered packages that they’ve received or their own missing mail. Those who have long-standing relationships with their letter carriers rely on them, or on counter staff, for explanations of what’s going on behind the scenes. “The postmaster is out on leave, one of the carriers is out for six weeks due to a hernia operation; often, there is only one person at the counter, even with a line out the door!” Stowe resident Bari Dreissigacker wrote in response to questions about mail service that Seven Days sent some of its readers on November 13. “These employees are OVERWORKED,” Dreissigacker said. The December holiday season is the U.S. Postal Service’s busiest, and the post office problems are compounding, with no clear solutions in sight. The service is short 100 workers in Vermont, a regional spokesperson said last month. As a result, according to one northern Vermont postal worker, remaining employees are forced to work 12-hour shifts and six-day weeks. “When you work somebody this many hours, it’s very difficult to retain them. People just can’t take it,” the worker said in an interview, asking not to be identified because the agency prohibits employees from talking to the media. “In Williston, you have upper management delivering the mail because there is no one else to do it.” The problems in Vermont are happening all around the country, according to the American Postal Workers Union. For Vermonters, a functional post office is about more than convenience; they value the once-proud institution they’ve relied on for decades, the one that promises that neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night will stay its couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. Vermont’s postal problems vary widely from town to town and even within its cities. A majority of more than 300 people who responded to emailed questions from




Seven Days said their service had gotten worse in the last five years. But others said, in emails and interviews, that their service remains reliable, and they went out of their way to praise their mail carriers. “Our delivery person is nothing short of heroic,” John Koier of Underhill said in an interview. “If we have a package of some kind, she often comes up the driveway and leaves it on our doorstep.” “The mail has always been great,” said Margaret Butterfield of Williston. After noticing that post office staff looked “frazzled,” she said, she recently asked a clerk what was going on. “He opened up about everything,” she said. “He said, ‘We’re overworked; we’re trying to do a good job, but we just don’t have the people.’ They better up the pay.” The post office in East Dorset is only open for two fractions of the day — from 8 to 10 a.m. and then again from 2:45 to 4:45 p.m. Dale Coykendall, a local illustrator who sends out a multitude of packages year-round for her Etsy store, said mail

delivery is fine, but the limited hours create long queues. “It’s such stupid hours. Our teeny little post office is so busy,” said Coykendall, who prints her own shipping labels at home. “If I wasn’t able to create my own postage online, I would have killed myself a few years ago.” Doug Cardin recently followed along online as a package sent to him from Kentucky made stops in Pittsburgh, Denver, Chicago and Springfield, Mass., before ending up at his Burlington condo. He thinks that the problems are probably related to COVID-19 and staff shortages. “It’s what is affecting every other business, too,” Cardin said. “I’m not pointing fingers.” Those who are pointing fingers single out Louis DeJoy, a donor to former president Donald Trump, who was appointed postmaster general in May 2020, around the time the nation’s mail delivery problems became noticeably more vexing. “I think they want people to get so

upset with the Postal Service that it’s easy to privatize it,” Koier said. Under DeJoy’s leadership, the post office removed hundreds of high-speed mail-sorting machines last year. “With him immediately getting rid of a lot of the automated machines, it’s pretty transparently political, to hamper mail-in ballots,” Koier said. It would be very difficult for President Joe Biden to fire DeJoy; he serves at the pleasure of the nine-member Postal Service Board of Governors. But in November, Biden did nominate two board candidates to replace a pair of members who are DeJoy allies. The Postal Service was in trouble long before DeJoy arrived. The agency has lost $87 billion over the past 14 fiscal years, including $9.2 billion in 2020. Since 2009, it has been on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s High Risk List, which said: “USPS cannot fund its current level of services and financial obligations from its revenues.” The acceleration of online ordering has created extra burdens for the Postal Service, which added Sundays to handle the packages Amazon subcontracts it to deliver. “Sometimes we go in the post office and almost can’t see the employees because there are so many Amazon boxes in there,” said Barbie Koier, John Koier’s wife. Vermont’s mail delivery woes are about on par with those in the rest of the Northeast, said Steve Doherty, a regional communications specialist for the Postal Service in Boston. Asked about the reports of days without mail delivery, Doherty said he hadn’t heard details and advised that the best way for customers to get information about missing deliveries is to call the national customer service center at 800-275-8777. “We have staff there around the clock that can document the case, or whatever might be, and follow through to their satisfaction,” Doherty said. But a reporter’s calls to that number about a missed delivery led to an automated message directing callers to submit a service request online. Peter Duquette did just that after a package failed to arrive at his home in Barre Town. “It says ‘Someone will get in touch with you,’ but no, nobody gets in touch,” Duquette said. Three weeks later, he said, the Postal Service sent an email asking whether the problem had been resolved.

“They totally ignored me, and then they care costs 75 years into the future. Sen. want to know if they did a good job.” Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has been working Kathy Callaghan said she and her since 2011 to lift the mandate, which his neighbors recently went without any mail office said costs the Postal Service about for four days. Her calls to the Montpelier $5.5 billion each year. He also cosponsored Post Office rang for a while and then a bill that would create Postal Servicedisconnected; her emails and calls to based banking, making financial services national customer service earned auto- more accessible to low-income and rural mated responses. residents. “This is clearly a management failMeanwhile, the service is showing ure and not at all the fault of the mail the system-wide strain. Last winter, the carriers,” said Callaghan, a retired state Marshfield Post Office sported a handbenefits manager. It’s the lack of clear lettered sign notifying patrons that the communication that irks her. “Don’t office was closed for lack of staff. let your phone ring off Dreissigacker said she the hook 20 times and and her neighbors recently went without any mail for disconnect; just put on three days. She described a voicemail message: ‘We’re having delivery piles of boxes in and outside problems.’” of her local post office. On November 10, “This small community is DeJoy updated the Postal not set up for this,” she said. Service Board of Gover“I feel badly for the people nors on his Delivering for who are working there.” America plan, a manifesto Despite the growing use he released in the spring of online bill paying and outlining how he wants correspondence, the U.S. to modernize the service. public mailed 52 billion KATHY CALL AGHAN DeJoy said the agency pieces of first-class mail last was in a “self-declared year, according to the Postal crisis” when he took over, with a $152 Service. billion deficit and a 42 percent drop in “A lot of us still send letters,” said Lisa mail volume over the last 10 years. The von Kann, a retired librarian in Barnet. organization has 650,000 employees. “We “The fact that you can put a letter outside had not met our delivery standard in the your door for 50 cents and it arrives in my past 10 years, and there was no intention girlfriend’s rural mailbox in the middle of Wisconsin just amazes me.” to do so,” he said at the meeting. Last year, the government agency She added that her rural carrier gets received a $10 billion loan from the U.S. out of his car to put packages on her Department of the Treasury. To save porch, instead of leaving them at the money, DeJoy slowed delivery times for mercy of the elements. first-class mail and shortened some post “I am a huge fan,” von Kann said. “The office hours, changes that went into effect USPS is a first-rate use of my taxes, and I on October 1, 2021. appreciate all the folks who make it work Doherty, the regional postal spokes- so well so very much.” person, said the pay of postal workers Maureen McElaney said she goes starts at $18.51 an hour for city carri- out of her way to spend her money ers and $19.06 an hour for rural ones; with the Postal Service instead of Doherty didn’t know the reason for the other shipping companies because she difference. Rural carriers often use their believes it’s a public service that needs own vehicles and typically don’t have to to be preserved. But she was frustrated wear uniforms. recently when transactions at the In August, the Postal Service raised Colchester Post Office were limited prices for regular, first-class mail by to cash or checks. A clerk told her the 6.8 percent and for packages by nearly internet had been down for 11 days, 9 percent, prompting complaints from McElaney said. the attorneys general of many states. She admires and likes the mail carriers Ultimately, DeJoy has said, he wants the she has encountered and said she doesn’t agency to deliver mail to every address six hold them responsible when her mail is days a week and make the Postal Service late or missing. a self-sustaining organization. “They are overworked, reliable, Since 2006, the Postal Service has been trustworthy good people who are just required to maintain a $72 billion fund to dealing with a really bad system,” she pay for employees’ postretirement health said. m


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news founded in 1938 to promote freethinking and democratic principles in response to the rise of fascism in Western Europe. But this latest dispute between alumni and the board of trustees comes at a crucial juncture in the institution’s long fight for survival. Goddard, which also operates two satellite campuses in Washington State, has no majors or grades in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Instead, students design an individual course of study with a faculty mentor, who provides painstakingly thoughtful feedback on their projects throughout the year. Except for two eight-day residency periods each semester, students learn remotely, an expression of the Goddard belief in abolishing the distinction between academia and the real world. “Goddard is a very complicated place,” said Sarah Van Hoy, who oversees the school’s graduate program. “Students who come here usually have some educational trauma, so there’s a little bit of therapy, too.” Goddard’s enrollment now hovers around 390, roughly half of what it was a decade ago. When residencies aren’t in session, the Plainfield campus has the slightly tumbledown feel of a deserted summer camp, which belies the jaw-dropping list of luminaries who either studied or taught there during its heyday in the ’60s and ’70s: actor William H. Macy, celebrated memoirists Mary Karr and Tobias Wolff, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet, Nobel Prize-winning poet Louise Glück, Phish front man Trey Anastasio. Today, the water features on Goddard’s grounds do not appear to have featured water in some time. The walkways are uneven and missing pavers; one building is currently uninhabitable due to mold. Like most idealistic enterprises, Goddard has often teetered on the edge of financial ruin, and the school has had to reinvent itself a handful of times to stay afloat. “The challenge of changing in order to survive is that you end up with generations of students who say, ‘That’s not the Goddard I went to,’” explained Avram Patt, a 1972 graduate and a former trustee who briefly served as interim president in 2014. For his senior thesis, Patt, a state representative who ran the Washington Electric Co-op for years, wrote a dime novel incorporating the tropes of classical mythology into a tale of the American West. In 2018, after a string of short-lived presidents and years of skeletal revenue from declining enrollment, Goddard was placed on probation by the New England Commission of Higher Education, the accreditation agency for the region’s colleges and universities. If Goddard failed to right itself, the commission warned, it 18



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could revoke the school’s accreditation, which would disqualify Goddard students from receiving federal aid — effectively, a death blow. By last September, things seemed to be looking up. Hocoy’s predecessor, Bernard Bull, managed to reverse a $1.2 million budget deficit, and accreditors discharged Goddard from probation. The school now has an $8 million operating budget and $2 million, or roughly three months’ worth of cash, in reserves. Goddard remains on a formal notice of concern with the accreditation commission, which means that the administration must submit regular financial updates to demonstrate continued stability. But the commission will scrutinize more than Goddard’s bank statements; the college was also placed on probation for failing to meet governance standards, mainly as a result of its high presidential turnover rate. Since 1990, Goddard has had a dozen presidents, including Hocoy. Just one, Mark Schulman, has lasted more than four years. Hocoy, a licensed psychologist who has held leadership roles at other small, financially distressed institutions, believes that Goddard has hamstrung itself by clinging to an overly narrow definition of “participatory democracy.”

“Often, it gets interpreted as everyone has a say in every decision at the college, which is not realistic,” he said. The vote of no confidence from the Alumni Association, he added, carries no weight: “They have no official authority or relationship to Goddard College. And so a vote of no confidence from them really means nothing.” But if the no-confidence vote means nothing, why the cease and desist letter? According to board chair Gloria J. Willingham-Touré, because the 11-page statement contained both outright falsehoods and cherry-picked facts, arranged to discredit Hocoy and the board. For instance, the statement alleged that the presidential search committee was instructed not to google any of the candidates and to base their assessments solely on their application materials. In the cover letter accompanying his application, Hocoy wrote that he was the president and vice chancellor of Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City; in fact, he was president of just one of its five campuses. As a result, the no-confidence statement claimed, Hocoy misrepresented his credentials, and the moratorium on googling candidates suppressed pertinent information about his true qualifications. Willingham-Touré confirmed that she

did, in fact, request that the committee not google any of the candidates — but only, she clarified, to “avoid introducing bias.” “Things that show up on the internet can easily be taken out of context,” she said. She also acknowledged that the way Hocoy characterized his role at Metropolitan Community College in his cover letter and résumé might be construed as misleading. Did she consider that a red flag? “No,” she insisted. “We did our due diligence with each candidate.” Hocoy maintains that he did not misrepresent himself in the hiring process and that he was thoroughly vetted. “This isn’t like applying for a job at McDonald’s,” he said. The tone of the Alumni Association’s statement, said Willingham-Touré, was what made it defamatory: “It presented things that were true as if they were flaws,” she said. In some ways, Goddard’s culture is inherently at odds with hierarchical governance; the reality of presidential leadership does not graft easily onto a place whose pedagogy is based on challenging authority. “I think most presidents just kind of give up,” said Willingham-Touré. “When things are just going along, everyone’s OK. But

when someone has to take responsibility, be accountable, that’s when things get a little bit different.” Over the past few decades, Goddard seems to have fallen into a clockwork rhythm: When money runs short, as it often has, a president attempts to defibrillate the college by cutting costs, and the Goddard community rejects the new regime as a corruption of the school’s core values. “Goddard tries to throw every president out,” said Vermont College of Fine Arts founder Tom Greene. His father, Richard Greene, was himself an embattled Goddard president who had been charged with bolstering the institution’s languishing finances. In April 1996, Goddard faculty demanded his ouster with a vote of no confidence; at a rally shortly afterward, nearly 100 demonstrators blasted him for “threatening the tradition of democracy and collaboration that Goddard was founded on 68 years ago” and “trying to turn the college into a generic cookie cutter corporate institution,” as the Times Argus reported. Greene resigned that summer. More recent presidents have encountered similar resistance. In 2012, a group of faculty members wrote to the board of trustees and then-president Barbara Vacarr, protesting what they perceived as Vacarr’s corporate mindset — during her threeyear tenure, she hired a consulting firm to handle the college’s public relations — and a “pattern of unilateral decision making.” The charges that the Alumni Association has leveled against Hocoy bear striking resemblance to the criticisms of Greene and Vacarr. Among other concerns, the no-confidence statement noted that Hocoy, in a previous role as the president of the State University of New York’s Erie Community College, gave naming rights to a common area to Citibank in exchange for a $200,000 donation. According to the statement, Hocoy expressed interest in “naming opportunities” during his interviews with the Goddard community. “Selling the soul of your campus to a for-profit company is hardly imaginative,” reads one particularly scathing portion of the no-confidence statement. (In a recent interview with the Times Argus, Hocoy qualified his stance on naming opportunities by suggesting that Goddard might partner with a credit union rather than a bank, adding that he understands that, at Goddard, “bank is a four-letter word.”) Hocoy dismisses the notion that Goddard would automatically cease to be progressive if it focused on improving its bottom line. “Goddard’s survival as a college requires that we have a business model that is sustainable,” he told Seven Days. But alumni and faculty are skeptical. Kris Hege, a Goddard graduate and a part-time faculty member who served on the board’s presidential search committee, said that

Hocoy made clear in his interviews that he was interested in preparing the school for mergers and acquisitions. “I thought that was a pretty huge red flag,” said Hege. “We do want to make Goddard attractive for mergers and acquisitions; that’s absolutely true,” said Willingham-Touré, the board chair. Both she and Hocoy firmly denied that they have any plans to sell Goddard. “But we do have to be ready for anything, because who knows what might happen?” she said. “And that’s true for all colleges, by the way, not just for Goddard.” The no-confidence statement’s insinuation that Hocoy was hired to bring corporate partnerships to Goddard, said WillinghamTouré, could sabotage his presidency before he’s had a chance to prove himself. “At Goddard, ‘corporate’ is a code word that can kill a president,” she said. Hocoy has inherited at least one unpopular effort to keep Goddard in the black. Last year, under the leadership of Bull, Hocoy’s predecessor, the faculty



union barely ratified a new contract that reduced its ranks by nearly a third. Of the 89 faculty members who have jobs this fall, 58 have been offered positions next semester, which has only intensified the rancorous atmosphere. “The administration is actively relying on the goodwill of people to work beyond what they’re being paid in order to accomplish what needs to be done,” observed Van Hoy, the head of the graduate program. Van Hoy said she has already logged a handful of uncompensated hours to fulfill the duties of faculty members who won’t be returning next semester, even though she’s officially on leave until January: “That, I think, is pretty demoralizing and unethical.” Under the new contract, the facultystudent ratio will increase from 1-4 to 1-7, and students have already voiced concern that the essence of the Goddard experience, which hinges upon intensive one-on-one relationships between students and their faculty mentors, will be lost. “The end result is a sense of chaos, uncertainty, and distrust in the leadership of Goddard College to deliver what students were promised when we enrolled

at the beginning of this term,” declared the Goddard Student Council in its own statement of no confidence in the administration, sent to Hocoy and the trustees within days of the Alumni Association’s no-confidence vote. Elle Stanforth, a co-organizer of the alumni group leading the no-confidence campaign, fears that everything she holds sacred about Goddard is on the line. “This is not how Goddard raised me,” she said. “We’re taught to challenge the status quo and to challenge powers that want to silence and intimidate us, and the school that taught me those things is trying to silence me.” In this highly charged atmosphere, Hocoy has struggled to articulate his vision for a financially viable Goddard. During a virtual town hall last month, he told faculty and students that he wanted Goddard to become more attuned to the changing needs of society, to, as he put it, “hold tension between mission and market,” to provide a valuable and relevant service in a competitive higher-education market in which other institutions are also providing value and relevance. He suggested that Goddard should fulfill its social responsibilities by opening some dormitories to Afghan refugees, an invitation the Alumni Association has deemed a “publicity stunt,” given that Hocoy ostensibly canceled Alumni Weekend over concerns about the habitability of campus residences. “And lastly, in terms of internal operations, we need to employ best practices and engender a culture of excellence,” he said. “In my mind, we need to operate more like a college than a commune.” This last comment did not go over particularly well. “I understand, Dan, given your worldview and the fact that you come from mainstream academia, why the collaborative nature, the democratic nature, the critical pedagogy, the radical pedagogy, the focus on decolonization, all of those things could give the appearance of a commune,” said Herukhuti Williams, a member of the Goddard faculty and copresident of the faculty union. “But that false binary, that if it’s not what traditional academia is, it is therefore [a] commune, doesn’t allow us to answer authentically and fully and comprehensively.” And yet, even the most radical institutions must battle with inertia. “We’re going to have to find a way to change and make this place radiant and fantastic and better,” said Van Hoy, a few weeks after the town hall. “If we’re not smart enough to figure that out, we shouldn’t be faculty at an experimental institution. And if we’re an experimental institution, and we’re attached to the way it’s been for the last 30 years, we are not, in fact, experimental.” m


What Will Happen to Leahy’s $2 Million Campaign War Chest? B Y A N N E WA L L A C E A L L EN When U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) finishes his final term at the beginning of 2023, he’ll have a much smaller job ahead of him: deciding what to do with the money in his campaign coffers. Leahy’s account holds a little more than $2 million, according to the Federal Election Commission, which maintains detailed reports about candidates’ donations and expenditures. The FEC has strict rules about how candidates and campaigns can spend donations, both during and after political contests. Eligible expenses include charitable giving and contributions to other federal, state and local candidates. Leahy is not going to decide where the money’s going until his term is up, his campaign manager, Carolyn Dwyer, said on Monday. “He’s focused on his Senate responsibilities at this time,” she said. “As we reach the close of his term, he’ll turn his attention to what money remains and how to best disburse it.” Leahy, an eight-term Democrat who was elected to the Senate in 1974, announced on November 15 that he won’t seek another term. When he nears the end of his term, the 81-year-old dean of the Senate will be the third-longest-serving senator in U.S. history. Leahy will have time to think about the money. There’s no limit for how long his account can stay open, according to Dwyer. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) still has presidential campaign accounts from 2016 and 2020. Former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who ran for president in 2004, said he left his campaign account open for many years, using the time to donate to charities and candidates. Records show that Dean had about $854,000 in his campaign account at the end of 2004. He’d pulled the plug on his presidential run earlier that year. Dean said he donated to the Vermont Community Foundation, Saint Michael’s College, federal political campaigns and the Vermont Land Trust. The records show that he also refunded about $349,000 to individual donors, including about $1,600 to Hollywood actor and director Rob Reiner. m



news wasn’t just about bragging rights for the self-styled Beast of the East. State officials told him that visitors pumped $6 million into Vermont’s economy during the 2018 World Cup. Overnight Friday and into Saturday, Killington crews swarmed the Superstar track to make it suitable for racing. Hundreds of so-called “slippers” — many recruited from local ski clubs — literally slid down the track’s 1,200-foot vertical drop on their skis to remove loose snow and massage it into form. At 9:30 a.m., members of the international ski federation inspected the course and pronounced it worthy, but they also took the cautionary step of shortening the run, eliminating the first eight gates of the giant slalom. More than 100 competitors from 20 different countries, at least double the normal turnout, were on hand to attempt to rack up qualifying points for the Winter Olympics in February. Shortening the course turned a tactical run into a hell-bent sprint. With the delay, spectators flooded into the “village,” a makeshift outdoor mall with kiosks selling everything from T-shirts to tires. They scooped up freebie miniature cowbells — the noisemakers of choice on the ski-racing circuit — and queued for raffles and waffles. It was colder than a repossessor’s heart, forcing fans inside the K-1 Lodge, where social distancing was gone with the icy wind. Many sported puffy jackets emblazoned with the names of hometown ski clubs. My Patagonia became a panini. The Wallace family had driven five hours from Pittston in northeastern Pennsylvania so that 13-year-old Audriana, who skis for the Montage Mountain club, could see her first World Cup race and root for ski racing’s GOAT in the making, Mikaela Shiffrin. Shiffrin has never finished second in any race at Killington, bolstering her precocious total of 70 wins in slalom and giant slalom, and leaving her one shy of sainted Swede Ingemar Stenmark’s record 46 victories in a single discipline. Vermont claims Shiffrin as a hometown hero because the Colorado native moved to New Hampshire when she was 8 and enrolled at Burke Mountain Academy in the Northeast Kingdom in middle school. The academy is to ski racing what Hogwarts is to wizardry. Teammate Nina O’Brien is also a “Burkie.” A third US Ski Team member, Paula Moltzan, skied for the University of Vermont and won the NCAA title as a first-year. Shiffrin’s earliest ski memories of Killington include skiing with her mother and gorging at the waffle truck, she told 20



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Mikaela Shiffrin competing in the slalom

reporters before the event. Last year was her annus horribilis, marked by the untimely death of her father, Jeff, which, coupled with pandemic fears, led to a fractured schedule. Shiffrin remarked on a relatively injury-free career, despite a recent back injury, and added in wavering tones, “There’s no cure for a broken heart.” Her introspection went deeper. “The pressure seems crippling at times. I don’t know how well I handle it. I get into this mentality that I have to win; people expect me to win. It feels very lonely. I’d like to set aside the vanity that you’re supposed to win.” Shiffrin had seemed invincible until the pandemic and personal loss intervened. She began this season with a notable giant slalom win in Austria, then finished second twice in Finland to a suddenly invigorated Petra Vlhova of Slovakia. As Saturday’s giant slalom kicked off, Vlhova, enveloped in a swirling fog, managed a reasonably fast run. Shiffrin completed a mediocre run, sliding at one pitch on skis that chattered. After nine women had finished, officials called a time-out, reexamined the course and conditions, and waved a flag of surrender. No giant slalom this year.

Shiffrin appeared relieved as she gave an interview on television, holding her Atomic skis in perfect product placement. “I couldn’t see anything,” she said, almost giddily. Game over, nobody wanted to linger. Later, the organizers offered to refund the $5 admission. By Sunday, when spectators and skiers returned for the slalom, conditions had changed considerably. It was clear, with temperatures in the teens, the wind just a whisper. No need for Saturday’s crystal math; the course was hard but not smooth. At 9:45 a.m., a Jumbotron lit up with the first skier plummeting down the run, triggering a cowbell cacophony. Fans jammed the corral at the bottom, yards from the finish line. They cheered raucously for each racer. Shiffrin, skiing fifth, finished behind the leader, Vlhova, by two-tenths of a second — the time it takes to bat your eyes. By the time the second, decisive runs started, it was snowing and the taut course softened as if it had been microwaved. The 30 fastest skiers went off in reverse order. The course ran fast in some places but bumpy in others, and two skiers wiped out. Moltzan had a great run as 30

family members and hundreds of friends watched, and she finished seventh overall. Conditions were deteriorating as Shiffrin prepared to ski, next to last. She jumped out of the starting hut, slipped, recovered and swiveled through the gates like a whirling dervish. When she hit the finish line, she had bested her first run by nearly a second, which put her ahead of Vlhova. More cowbell. The Slovakian moved into ready position and stared down the course, Shiffrin’s time staring back from a scoreboard. She started well but caught a ski edge, losing her balance and precious milliseconds. Shiffrin claimed a winning margin of more than seven-tenths of a second. Following the postrace awards ceremony, Shiffrin, elated and emotional, contemplated a reporter’s assertion that she had “wanted” it more. She pushed that notion aside. “I had to focus on the things that actually make me a fast skier and not focus on how much I wanted to win,” she explained. “Your will to win is not what gets you down the course.” Killington was hers once more. There was no hero snow, but there was a snow hero. m

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[Re Off Message: “Federal Funding Approved for Bridge to Carry Cyclists, Pedestrians Across I-89,” November 19]: Sen. Patrick Leahy’s ability to land another federally funded plum, the $9.8 million for a bridge over Interstate 89 to serve bicyclists and pedestrians, is laudable. Laughable, however, is his statement that the project will help to “limit the worst impacts of climate change.” Both modes of locomotion are pollution-free now and cannot be made more so. This is an expensive solution in search of a (very minor) problem. Any chance the money could go toward separation of storm drains and sewage systems, mitigating a real problem? Perhaps 50 units of affordable housing?

made several complaints to the University of Vermont Medical Center, as it has a landscaping contractor who does not mask up. These are hospital grounds, and I have seen these people working close to entrances and exits of critical care facilities unmasked, with no way to know whether they were vaccinated. I have noticed United Parcel Service, Green Mountain Messenger and FedEx staff all mask up before going on the hospital grounds. I have reported this situation to UVM Medical Center many times. If any place needs a mask mandate, it is a hospital in a state with the largest percentile increase in COVID-19 cases in the U.S. right now. Joshua Cohen


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[Re Off Message: “Weinberger Proposes Mask Mandate for Burlington, With Exceptions,” November 23]: Regarding mask mandates and common sense, I have


[Re “As Legislators Try to Make School Funding Fairer, Some Districts Are Crying Foul,” November 17]: It’s clear that the pupil weighting system put in place with Act 60 needs adjustment. I know from past experience that there are substantial differences in towns’ abilities to pay for

education. That’s what helped create Act 60. The court determined that the state — not the local community or school district — is responsible for paying for each student’s education. While the system devised may not have been perfect, it has helped many districts to better meet the needs of individual students and many taxpayers to stay in their homes. The recent University of VermontRutgers University study, commissioned by the legislature, suggests revisions of the pupil weights. It was much more scientific than the Act 60 considerations years ago; it would be crazy to ignore the study. Do we simply ignore science because it doesn’t fit current political opinion? Sounds more like Washington, D.C., than Montpelier. A movement toward eliminating the pupil weights would be detrimental to Burlington, Rutland, Winooski and many other communities. It might meet the legislature’s needs, but will it provide equal educational opportunity for all of Vermont’s students, or will it return us to the days of haves and have-nots? George Cross


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OBITUARIES Ursula Carney Langfeldt

Women’s Hospital, rising to head nurse positions at both. In 1971, Ursula met the love of her life, Dr. John C. Langfeldt, on a blind date while he was stationed with the Navy in Rhode Island. The city girl from Boston and the hayseed Nebraskan hit it off immediately and began a romance that lasted the rest of her life and just shy of 50 years of marriage. They were married at Holy Name Church in West Roxbury, Mass., on June 10, 1972, and moved to Middlebury, Vt., later that year. In Middlebury, Ursula and John purchased a 100-plus-year-old Victorian home on Court Street, promptly renovating it into John’s dental office and their first home

together. Ursula continued her career, this time at Porter Medical Center, until the birth of their first child, Carl, in 1976. Like nursing, being a mother was second nature to Ursula, and she had two more children, Evan and Gretchen, in 1978 and 1982, respectively. In 1978, the growing family moved to Halladay Road, where they raised their three children in a household full of love and laughter. Ursula was a wonderful wife and mother who instilled in her children a love of reading and education, encouraging — and sometimes demanding — that they create and achieve lofty summer reading goals at the Ilsley Public Library. Throughout their childhood (and into adulthood), Ursula was forever correcting her children’s grammar, quizzing them on spelling, and ensuring that they drank lots of water, were well fed and were always wearing enough sunscreen. She insisted that they always give a firm handshake, use proper manners, write thoughtful — and prompt — thank-you notes, and be grateful for the many blessings they enjoyed. Ursula gave everything to her family, and they loved her unconditionally in return. When her youngest went off to school, Ursula returned to work, first at Middlebury Pediatrics and then as a school nurse at Mary Hogan Elementary. It was in the latter

position that she made the greatest impact of her professional career through her fierce advocacy for children. She worked at Mary Hogan for close to two decades, improving the lives of countless students over the years. But her greatest passion was always family: her beloved siblings and their families; her husband, John, and their three children and two daughters-in-law; and, more recently, her grandchildren, Harper, Louisa and Rowan, whom she loved with every fiber of her being. Ursula was totally committed to her grandkids’ happiness and healthy development, and she loved them with her heart and soul. Despite knowing no one when they moved to Vermont in 1972, Ursula and John quickly amassed a group of friends that became like family. Those decades-long friendships made Vermont similar in many respects to Ursula’s childhood in Roslindale, where there was a never-ending rotation of friends and family cycling through their home. She helped raise her friends’ children in the same way they helped raise hers. And those friends were there when Ursula needed them through her battle with Alzheimer’s in the same way she had — and would have — been there in their time of need. That has meant so much to her family, and we are eternally grateful for the support.

We are also thankful for the Eastview at Middlebury retirement community, as well as Addison County Home Health & Hospice, for the care and dignity they provided her toward the end. Ursula gave so much to her community over the years, and the community gave back to her by being there when she needed them. Ursula was predeceased by her parents, Thomas and Genevieve Carney. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Dr. John C. Langfeldt; sons, Carl (Amanda) and Evan (Elizabeth); and daughter, Gretchen; as well as her three grandchildren, Harper and Rowan Langfeldt of Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Louisa Langfeldt of Charlotte, Vt. She is also survived by her siblings, Thomas Carney Jr. (Diane), Jane Conaway (Pat), Miriam Hopkins (Mark), Martin Carney (Betty) and Elizabeth O’Neill (Billy); her 16 nieces and nephews; and inlaws, cousins and countless friends. She will be missed by so many. In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be directed in Ursula Langfeldt’s honor to the Friends of Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, Vt. ( A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday, January 15, 2022, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Middlebury, Vt., with a reception to follow at Tourterelle Restaurant & Inn in New Haven.

Gary was born in Montréal, Québec. A remarkable and beloved “genius” as a young man, Gary pursued business communications,

management and advertising at Concordia University in Montréal, and his personal success was the direct result of his positive, personal relationships with his clients — he earned several awards for excellence in business advertising and leadership; launched numerous new products; wrote company catalogs, business course guides and training brochures; and produced wellpraised media kits for use in sales. He was a cofounder of G. Roitman & Associates, along with the Savior Faire Advertising Company, whose approach to brand recognition and sales generated increased revenue for his clients, such as Ford Motors, De Beers Diamonds and Busch Gardens. Gary loved blackjack (which he mastered), traveling, fine dining, great wine and the New York Times crossword puzzles. Gary

was a go-to guy for friends, family and clients at any time of day or night, for any problem or reason — though often cloaked in his dry wit, Gary was a one-of-a-kind listener and always willing to provide heartfelt advice. Above all, Gary loved his wife, Sadie. They met during one of her visits to Montréal, and he ultimately moved to Vermont, where they were married in 2003. They shared many of their days operating the school she founded in South Burlington, Vt., known as the International Children’s School. For Gary, this was a new adventure that he approached with enthusiasm. The students truly loved him and would seek his wisdom and good nature. Gary was calm, patient and generous to a fault — a lover of kids of all ages, animals and those in need. His kindness and love were

evident, and he will be greatly missed. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., at LaVigne Funeral Home (132 Main St., Winooski, VT 05404; 802-655-3480; lavignefh@ A Mass of Christian Burial at Saint Michael’s Chapel (810 Campus Rd., Colchester, VT 05439) will follow on December 4, 2021, 11 a.m. A spring burial will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a gift may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation (Donation Processing, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 217415014) or the Humane Society of Chittenden County (142 Kindness Ct., South Burlington, VT, 05403). Gary would surely appreciate it if you performed one act of kindness in his name.


Ursula Carney Langfeldt passed away in the early morning hours of Thursday, November 18, 2021, from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. She was under the loving care of Addison County Home Health & Hospice and the nursing staff of the Gardensong memory care unit at the Eastview at Middlebury retirement community. Born on January 28, 1947, to Thomas Joseph Carney and Genevieve Donelan Carney in Boston, she spent her formative years in her family home at 22 Edgemont Street in Roslindale, Mass., surrounded by the love of her parents; two brothers; three sisters; grandparents; and countless aunts, uncles, cousins and close family friends who circulated in and out of the house. Raised in a proud Irish Catholic family, Ursula attended Holy Name School and Notre Dame Academy before graduating from Catherine Labouré School of Nursing in 1967, where she met a group of women who became lifelong friends. After graduation, Ursula began her career as an RN, first at Carney Hospital in Boston and then at Brigham and

Gary Roitman MARCH 22, 1945NOVEMBER 28, 2021 WINOOSKI, VT.

Gary Roitman, age 76, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021, in Winooski, Vt., due to complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was the son of the late Pearl (Scholnick) and Itzhak Roitman of Montréal, Québec, and brother to the late Anne Feehan (Paul) of Key Biscayne, Fla. Gary is survived by his best friend of 24 years and devoted wife of 18 years, Sadie Khouri-Roitman; his brother Herschel Roitman; brothers-in-law, Paul Feehan, Dr. Rustom Khouri (Mary), Wafic Khouri (Saada), and Mounir Khouri (Karen); Samuel Khouri (deceased) (Ghada) and Chris Khouri (deceased) (Diana); and several nieces and nephews.



Want to memorialize a loved one? Robert Hudson APRIL 17, 1943NOVEMBER 20, 2021 WEST GLOVER, VT.

Robert “Bob” Hudson, CFP, EA, passed away peacefully from Alzheimer’s disease on November 20, 2021, surrounded by family and his beloved caregiver. Born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., he was married to his high school sweetheart, Brenda, for 58 years. As staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, he worked on the F105 Doppler Radar System. He received his BS from Georgia State University. After 20 years with IBM, where his last position was performing quality assurance on the mainframe computers, he started his own successful financial and tax business. His loves were reading, science fiction, computers and electronics. He published a LISP Interpreter for the Radio Shack Color Computer, taught computers, and helped many clients and friends to retire comfortably. Retirement meant enjoying his lakefront home in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. He is surely playing with Koko and Giaco and finding four-leaf clovers by the handfuls. Life was sacred to him, and he respected and loved all animals. Raven and Ariel will sorely miss him. He is lovingly held in the hearts of his spouse, Brenda; son, Charles; daughter-in-law, Michele; and their girls, his granddaughters. He also leaves three sisters, a brother and their families. Any donations in his memory may be made to the animal shelter of your choice.

IN MEMORIAM Jean Pike Bing This is a message of gratitude, respect and adoration. I celebrate my mother’s passing every day. Please join me with tears of joy. God bless you, Jean.

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Memorial Days The history and uncertain future of Burlington’s derelict downtown auditorium BY C H R IS FAR NS W O R TH •



urlington’s mayor spent three years campaigning for his vision of Memorial Auditorium, battling political rivals, cajoling impatient residents and confronting the building’s rising cost. For a time, it seemed his plans were doomed. No, that mayor was not incumbent Miro Weinberger, who has grappled with Memorial Auditorium issues for much of his decade in office. The man in the hot seat was Republican Clarence Beecher, the city’s leader from 1925 to 1929. In the end, mayor Beecher prevailed, convincing the city to construct the 2,600-seat brick auditorium on Main Street as a prestige event center and tribute to Burlington’s World War I dead. At the new auditorium’s dedication, Beecher promised listeners that Memorial



would “long be a blessing to Burlington,” and for many decades he was right. The building he championed served as both a hometown hall and Vermont’s equivalent of Madison Square Garden. Aviator Amelia Earhart met 4,000 schoolchildren there in the 1930s; Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, and Simon & Garfunkel thrilled audiences in the ’60s. Supertramp and Frank Zappa rocked the place in the ’70s. But Memorial was also the place where generations of Rice High School students staged Stunt Night; where U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) played pickup basketball during his mayoral years; where the region’s finest amateur boxers competed in Vermont Golden Gloves tourneys; and where, from the ’80s into the new century, the city’s teenagers gathered in the basement

punk-rock club 242 Main to see everyone from local bands to Fugazi. Today, many in Burlington view the auditorium not as a blessing but as a deadweight. “Look, there’s no getting around it: The place looks terrible,” Burlington author and historian Bill Mares said last month. The building’s appearance is no surprise: After decades of deferred maintenance, the auditorium was condemned in 2016 for structural reasons. The former showplace stands dark and useless, vexing another generation of city leaders. On Tuesday, Burlingtonians will vote on a $40 million bond issue, $10 million of which is earmarked for repairs and improvements to the auditorium. In an email to Seven Days, Weinberger chief of staff Jordan Redell asserted that

if the bond passes, “the administration will move quickly to stabilize the building with investments in structural and mechanical systems, and finalize a long-term plan for the building and the remaining bond proceeds (expected to be approximately $7 million).” But the bond, like the auditorium itself, faces an uncertain fate. Reappraisal has raised property taxes for many homeowners, and it’s unclear whether they will be willing to foot the bill to save the crumbling hall. It’s also unclear what “saving” Memorial means. In recent years, various proposals have called for reviving the building as an events center or including it in a “superblock” redevelopment project — or doing nothing, which may be what happens if voters reject the bond.

If the people will insist that the Memorial Auditorium be kept always at its best, it will ever be a real tribute to those living and dead who served their country well. M AYO R CL A RENCE BE E CHER


Bill Mares walked up the steps of the auditorium’s South Union Street entrance one day in November, intent on a showand-tell about the building’s origins. Like many Burlingtonians, he has a long history with Memorial, remembering it as a place of high culture where orchestras played and famous actors performed, and as the wood-floored gym where he cheered on the Champlain College basketball team. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to give a tour, as the Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront department denied Seven Days’ request to enter, citing the building’s unsafe condition. So Mares just leaned closer to the window, squinting into the darkness of the lobby. Streaks of pale light crisscrossed the floors, revealing thick layers of dust. “There,” he said. His glasses were slightly fogged over from the steam of his

Exterior historical view of Memorial Auditorium


The bond requires a two-thirds vote to pass. If it doesn’t pass, Redell wrote, “the period of underinvestment and uncertainty about the future of the building will continue and there may be further deterioration of the building that increases the challenge of future renovation efforts.” She added, “No decisions have been made about how the City will proceed without the bond’s passage.” However murky the auditorium’s future is, its long history is rich and colorful. And its importance to generations of Burlingtonians is undeniable. “If Burlington is going to remain the cultural center of the area, places like Memorial Auditorium have to exist,” said Burlington’s Alan Abair, who spent decades booking and promoting concerts at Memorial. “To see a place with such history become what it is now, you just have to wonder how it got so bad.”

View of the balcony and main floor during a concert in the 1930s or ‘40s

own breath in the cold. “See them? Stacked by the wall right there. They’re each brass and weigh almost 200 pounds. So you can imagine what a pain moving them is.” The plaques were just visible in the shadows. They list the names of 75 to 80 Vermonters who served in World War I. Names with stars beside them belong to those who died, Mares said. “I just don’t know what they’ll do with them,” Mares said, wondering about the plaques’ fate should the auditorium be demolished. “You can’t really auction off that stuff. Where would it go? Who puts a few tons of brass in their house?”

A view of the stage from the 1930s or ‘40s

Those plaques recall a different era, as Mares and fellow historian Bill Lipke noted in their book Grafting Memory: Essays on War and Commemoration. The auditorium was one of many “living memorials” erected to veterans in the wake of World War I. “There was a widespread feeling that in addition to erecting a plethora of statues and stone piles, municipalities should honor the veterans with useful objects that would both honor the dead and serve the living by promoting interaction with the dead,” they wrote. While gratitude to veterans may have inspired support for building Memorial

Auditorium, thereafter its local fame arose entirely from the events it drew — charity balls, celebrities and nationally known speakers. One of the first speakers, in May 1928, was Peter W. Collins, then a well-known anti-communist lecturer sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, who lectured on “Subversive Movements in America.” More happily, in July 1939, singersaxophonist Rudy Vallee helped introduce an age of big-time music shows at Memorial. Vallee, a native of Island Pond MEMORIAL DAYS SEVEN DAYS DECEMBER 1-8, 2021

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Memorial Days « P.27 and Vermont’s first pop star, performed with his 30-piece orchestra — a homecoming show for his birthday. Two years later, Cab Calloway came to Memorial just three days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. The big band legend’s arrival was so anticipated that local stores and restaurants advertised his itinerary, including where he would be dining. The Singing Cowboy got an even bigger reception when he rode into Memorial Auditorium in the early 1950s. The mayor declared it Gene Autry Day, and the city organized a parade before his performances. “The stores had Gene Autry sales for days ahead of the show. That’s how much excitement there was for him to come,” Bob Blanchard recalled from his home in St. Albans. Blanchard, 70, grew up in Burlington’s South End and is the founder of the Burlington Area History Facebook group. While any of the group’s 17,000 members can share historical photos and recollections, Blanchard’s painstaking research into the Queen City’s past drives the thriving online community. Some of Blanchard’s own fondest Memorial moments include the locally famous basketball games between UVM and Saint Michael’s College in the early ’60s, when St. Mike’s had a program to be feared. “The fans would get there an hour before the game,” he said, “UVM and St. Mike’s kids just screaming and hollering.” He said he can still hear St. Mike’s fans roar when the band would play “When the Saints Go Marching In” as the team took the court. “It was an incredible place to see a game,” he said. “As a fan, you’re right on the court.” Blanchard’s memories of the auditorium as a music venue begin in the decade after Gene Autry, when folk and rock music replaced big bands and cowboys. In a recent post, Blanchard recalled Simon & Garfunkel’s 1968 show at Memorial. The duo was booked as part of the Lane Series, the University of Vermont arts organization that started bringing top performers to the auditorium in the ’50s. While the folk act put on a show that locals with long memories still remember as legendary, it was most significant, Blanchard said, for being where the duo’s version of “Bye Bye Love” was recorded for the hit 1970 record Bridge Over Troubled Water. The rapturous cheers and syncopated claps that give the live track so much energy are all Burlington. 28


Since it opened in 1929, Memorial Auditorium has hosted thousands of concerts, speakers and events. Here’s a very abridged list of highlights, beginning with the venue’s first concert. Burlington Symphony Orchestra, April 15, 1929 Vermont Sportsmen Show, Hunting Dog Show, March 17, 1931 Thomas E. Dewey, GOP presidential candidate, June 17, 1940 Gene Autry, February 13, 1952 The Beach Boys, August 12, 1963 Pearl Bailey, March 4, 1966 Simon & Garfunkel, March 12, 1968 Duke Ellington, October 23, 1968 Rush, April 17, 1975 Jesse Winchester, April 21, 1977 Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Yo-Yo Ma, January 20, 1985 Philip Glass, November 13, 1985 Vermont Golden Gloves Boxing, January 25, 1986 Chuck Berry, April 3, 1986 Alice Cooper and Motörhead, January 21, 1988

Little Feat, October 17, 1988 Fugazi, October 1, 1989 (242 Main) The Ramones, July 8, 1990 Red Hot Chili Peppers with Pearl Jam and Smashing Pumpkins, November 2, 1991 Bob Dylan, October 27, 1992 WWF World Heavyweight Title Match: the Undertaker vs. Yokozuna, October 20, 1993 Tori Amos, May 7, 1996 Weird Al Yankovic, May 8, 2000 Agnostic Front, October 30, 2001 (242 Main) Ween, October 31, 2003 Deftones, November 23, 2003 LCD Soundsystem, September 27, 2010 Primus, October 13, 2013 The Final 242 Show, December 3, 2016 (242 Main)

The Ramones, 1990

Frank Zappa, 1989


Pearl Bailey poster, 1966


In the 1970s, concerts at Memorial took on an edgier vibe. Though the Lane Series still brought in world-class artists, and sporting events were still a draw, the arena became a rock and roll hub. Nobody remembers that era better than Alan Abair. Abair grew up in Burlington. He perched on his father’s shoulders when Roy Rogers rode Trigger into the auditorium, and he later performed in Rice High School’s annual Stunt Night on the Memorial stage. But he became more than an occasional visitor in the late 1970s, when he was in his twenties. Abair had set up as an independent promoter and began renting the

Memorial is the palace of the city’s spirit.

auditorium for his shows. In 1983, he founded Union Street Management, and the city contracted with him to operate Memorial. Between 1971 and 1993, Abair brought a staggering array of stars to Memorial: Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, Little Feat, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Bonnie Raitt, Jethro Tull, Melissa Etheridge … The list goes on.

Abair retired from the concert business decades ago, but as he stood in the living room of his South End house recently, his passion for preserving Memorial’s legacy was still evident. He had placed three cardboard displays on his couch, each bearing pictures from the decades of Memorial events. Alice Cooper, the Irish Rovers, Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Ray Charles all stared out from the board, beside news clippings of Geraldine Ferraro’s visit in 1984 when she was the Democratic candidate for vice president. Spread out across his kitchen counter were countless ticket stubs, backstage passes and old show posters featuring the likes of a glowering Killer Kowalski, the wrestling star. MEMORIAL DAYS

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Renting Memorial was pretty informal back then. Abair would meet with city treasurer Ray Contois and fill him in on the performers he wanted to bring to town. And then Contois would simply give him the keys to the building. Step by step, Abair also pulled the old hall into modern times. Gone were the days when bookers would assemble a crew of their friends, or kids looking for tickets, to help unload trucks and gear. He made the venue a union hall, further ensuring the quality, safety and legality of the shows. He set up a box office liaison with the Flynn Theater, which made procuring tickets easier for the public. Burlington singer-songwriter Peg Tassey saw many of the shows that Abair booked at Memorial. But she said one stood out. “Metallica was hands down the loudest concert I have ever seen in my life,” Tassey said of the thrash-metal kings’ visit to the Queen City in 1989. She was one of the older people in the audience, she said, and one of very few women. “It was an insanely hot night, and the floors were literally — and I am not exaggerating — flowing with three quarter inches of sweat,” Tassey said, remembering a crowd of shirtless teenage dudes. She recalled bumping into Phish keyboardist Page McConnell and paying him back for a beer he’d bought her at a battle of the bands a few weeks earlier.

Over the years, the auditorium had developed a reputation for its allegedly less-thanstellar sound quality. But Luoma cites one of his favorite Memorial nights, when Frank Zappa played in 1989. Zappa, an infamous perfectionist, dispatched his crew the morning of the show to check on the acoustics. They used pink-noise speakers to flatten the sound in the cavernous, gym-like space and bring out low-end frequencies that would otherwise get swallowed. “And I have to say, it was the absolute best I’ve ever heard that place sound,” Luoma beamed. “It was pristine.” “I’ve always thought Memorial got a bad rap on its sound,” Abair agreed about the venue’s maligned acoustics. “Was it easy? Of course not; it was a big gym with hardwood floors. But if you put the time in, like Zappa did, it could sound great.”


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That Abair was able to make Memorial such a temple of rock and roll is even more impressive given that mayor Gordon Paquette and the city council banned rock shows on all city-owned property after a particularly troublesome Styx concert at Memorial in 1977. “Oh, jeez,” Abair said, laughing and wincing as he recalled the incident, which he remembered as much milder than the “riot” some people called it. Styx had sold out the auditorium two nights in a row. On the second night, a group of fans who didn’t have tickets took out their frustration by pelting the windows and doors of the building with rocks, breaking glass all around. The city overreacted, Abair insists, by banning rock concerts. He was forced to make do for a few years by booking a very different kind of entertainment — the German Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, for example. That all changed when Bernie Sanders was elected mayor in 1983. Abair had known Sanders for a while; the two men played together on a recreation league 30


Alan Abair with some of his memorabilia

basketball team that also included future Burlington mayor Bob Kiss. (“We weren’t very good,” Abair said, chuckling.) Shortly after Bernie took office, Abair approached the new city treasurer, Jonathan Leopold. “Look, I’m thinking of booking a show with the Animals,’” Abair told him, braced for immediate rejection. “He looked at me and said, ‘The Animals? Great!’ And well, you know, that was it for the dreaded rock ban,” Abair recalled. Rescinding the rock ban came just in time for Mike Luoma, a Massachusetts native who attended St. Mike’s in the 1980s

If Burlington is going to remain the cultural center of the area, places like Memorial Auditorium have to exist. AL AN ABAIR

and became a fixture in Vermont radio, as the music director for WIZN, WNCS and currently the online-only station WBKM. He hasn’t forgotten the first show he saw at Memorial, the Gregg Allman Band. “I can still remember that there was nothing in front of the stage back in those days,” he recalled. “You could get right up against the wood.” The night Luoma became WIZN music director, rocker Eddie Money played Memorial. Luoma laughed maniacally as he recalled Money’s backstage habit of walking up to just about anyone, hand outstretched and exclaiming, “Hi! I’m Eddie Money!” over and over again.

While the big-name acts like Jethro Tull rocked upstairs in the 1980s, in the basement of the old hall, the Mayor’s Youth Office established a space that would serve as an incubator for generations of Burlington musicians and fans: 242 Main. The all-ages hangout opened on March 29, 1986. As much a drop-in center for the city’s teens as it was a venue, 242 Main was for many years the only place in town that offered the sounds of the underground: punk rock, metal, hardcore and other, less corporate forms of heavier music. For the next 30 years, 242 Main was the only place of its kind in Vermont. What started out as a place for Burlington teens to hang out — in a vacated water department office, no less — became so much more. Beloved local bands like Screaming Broccoli, Slush, Hollywood Indians and Dysfunkshun all made 242 Main their home, staging high-energy shows for crowds of kids who would go on to form the next generation of the city’s musicians. Sometimes the club would bring in bigger touring acts and punk legends, such as Agnostic Front and Black Flag. The late punk rocker GG Allin was once kicked out of 242 Main — which had a strict no-alcohol policy — after he threw a bottle of whiskey at local punk band the Wards. But the club was always an odd fit as a city-run entity. As mayors came and went, the club’s funding often did, as well — it even closed for a short period under mayor Peter Clavelle. Nonetheless, it was a vital part of the city’s underground music community for decades. For Big Heavy World, a nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting and preserving Vermont music, 242 Main MEMORIAL DAYS

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was almost like a second headquarters. Executive director and founder James Lockridge still hopes to reestablish the club, which was shut down with the auditorium in 2016. When it closed, 242 Main had the distinction of being the longest-running all-ages punk club in the country. “242 gave Burlington a claim to national history,” Lockridge said. He has been among the city’s most vocal champions of investing in Memorial , because saving the arena could mean reopening 242 Main. He argues that the public firmly supports restoring Memorial, citing a 2018 survey commissioned by the city’s Community and Economic Development Office. More than 2,500 residents responded, and 84 percent supported renovating the building and saw its “meaning to the community as a gathering place,” Lockridge said. Not only can the city revitalize Memorial, it must, he said. “242 put Burlington’s kids, their young musicians, in the national history books. That can’t be neglected any longer.”



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Abair and Union Street Management’s tenure as auditorium stewards ended in 1993 when the mayor at the time, Peter Brownell, turned the site over to Burlington City Arts; later the Parks, Recreation & Waterfront department also played a role. While 242 Main continued in the basement and the upstairs hosted an occasional concert, Abair estimated that more than half the bookings became rent-free city-sponsored events like First Night. “I think everyone meant well,” Abair said, “but I don’t think either organization really understood what Memorial was and how to use it.” Abair recalled mayor Beecher’s words when he dedicated the building in 1928: “If the people will insist that the Memorial Auditorium be kept always at its best, it will ever be a real tribute to those living and dead who served their country well. If our citizens will use the building as their own and make it serve the needs of community, the State and even the Nation, it will long be a blessing to Burlington.” “That sort of dedication to the hall, what mayor Beecher was saying … all those years ago, it just slowly disappeared,” Abair lamented. By most accounts, Memorial has become an eyesore, a graffiti-covered hulk. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in

1988. But by 1992, a consultant hired by the city to assess the auditorium called it one of the most dangerous buildings he had ever been in. Decades of deferred maintenance — “neglect,” as historian Blanchard termed it — led inspectors to condemn it in 2016. The brick exterior, largely untouched since 1928, is in need of refurbishment. Many of the original exterior details, including canopied entrances and elaborate globe lampposts, have long since disappeared. The building’s interior is in even worse shape. Steel beams have rusted through, and the original framework shows signs of degradation. The great steel pylons have similarly corroded. Much of the brickwork is cracked or damaged by moisture — a roof replacement in 2016 didn’t solve that problem. “Why did they build a flat roof in Vermont?” historian Mares wondered. “Brave, maybe? Probably stupid.” Adding to the bill, the auditorium needs a new heating and cooling system. The entire 56,000-square-foot structure is presently heated by two huge boilers installed more than 50 years ago.


Memorial enjoyed one last act before it closed. In 2005, author Alexander Wolff and his wife, Vanessa, founded the Vermont Frost Heaves, an American Basketball Association franchise that played its home games at the arena. For Wolff, who spent 36 years writing for Sports Illustrated and has penned several books on basketball, the chance to run a franchise was a dream come true. Finding an ancient gym like Memorial made the deal even sweeter. “When I used to cover college basketball, I just loved these old rattrap gyms,” Wolff said by phone. “I saw an opportunity to re-create that atmosphere with Memorial. It had this Phantom of the Opera feel to playing there, with dark nooks and crannies and fans hanging off the balconies.” Despite the charm, it was clear to Wolff that the auditorium was in rough shape. The city was short on tenants as the premises became more grim, so it was happy to accommodate the Frost Heaves and installed new hoops and backboards. The gym played a role in the team’s success. The Frost Heaves won league championships in 2007 and 2008 and were dominant at home. “Those first two seasons, I don’t think we lost a game in that gym,” Wolff said. Memorial was designed for high school basketball dimensions, so the cramped court gave the Frost Heaves an unusual home-court advantage, much




Cleanup crew restoring World War I plaques in 2015

like it did Champlain College’s teams decades earlier. The Frost Heaves knew where to press opponents to play to the gym’s quirks. For instance, the balcony would often interfere with passes or deep corner jump shots. “That Union Street side was just nuts,” Wolff explained. “Your player would barrel in for a layup, go too far out the door and suddenly be in the lobby with the popcorn machine.” “I loved the atmosphere so much,” he said. “And it had a great legacy of basketball, with the UVM and St. Mike’s games

of priorities. It may again take a backseat to other pressing projects, according to Redell, Weinberger’s chief of staff. “The Mayor does not intend to commit the balance of the funds until a plan for the new high school is approved and funded out of recognition that the City and School District share their cumulative bonding capacity,” she wrote, “and the new high school is a critical priority.” The mayor and city council have said there is a range of options for spending the $10 million, “from full renovation

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and then Champlain later. It felt like we were part of a tradition for a little bit.” Yet Memorial was, as Wolff put it, “just serviceable enough to sell tickets.” The Frost Heaves played their last game in 2010, unable to survive the economic collapse in 2008. When Memorial closed six years later, Wolff wasn’t shocked. “You can be as attached to a place as possible, but if it isn’t safe, that’s all there is to it,” he said. “And if there isn’t a sustainable way to bring the building into the 21st century, it’s sad, but yeah, you have to move on.” That’s what worries Blanchard, the local history buff. “It might be doomed, to be honest. It might be just too far gone,” he said. “I just don’t see how we can come up with enough money to fix all the things neglected at Memorial.” While some studies have suggested that $20 million is needed to restore Memorial, Weinberger has said $15 million is a more accurate number. But as has been the case in recent decades, Memorial has slipped down the city’s list

to removal.” In other words, the money could be used to raise Memorial — or raze Memorial. It’s the latter scenario that worries Lockridge. “I’m disappointed that the mayor presides over a city government that allowed the negligent structural decline of the building yet is not committing to fixing what the city broke,” Lockridge said. However, Weinberger certainly sounded committed to Memorial in an interview with Seven Days’ Courtney Lamdin in November. “I walk by Memorial Auditorium every day,” he said. “I refuse to be the mayor that allows this building, after decades of neglect and deferred maintenance, to crumble and cease to be usable ever again for the people of Burlington.” If he’s able to follow through, Weinberger’s stance on Memorial may hearten Lockridge and others who see the building not as a crumbling relic but as a symbol of civic pride worth restoring to its former glory. Said Lockridge, “To me, Memorial is the palace of the city’s spirit.” m

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hen Fletcher Joestar of Stowe left her job in March 2020, she expected to start a new one three days later as a production coordinator for musician James Taylor. Then the entire tour was postponed due to the pandemic, leaving Joestar out of a job for the foreseeable future. Because her employment in the music industry is seasonal, Joestar typically files for unemployment in all the states where she works, something she disclosed to the Vermont Department of Labor. However, because the department didn’t take that fact into consideration when Joestar filed for an extension of her benefits, it notified her in December 2020 that she owed the state more than $5,000 in overpayments. “Needless to say, I didn’t have another source of income at the time, so I had already spent that money on bills and rent and whatnot,” said Joestar, whose partner was also out of work because of COVID-19. “So that put me in a real predicament.” Joestar couldn’t afford to hire a private lawyer to help her navigate the labyrinthine unemployment systems of multiple states. So she turned to Vermont Legal Aid. It assigned her case to Burlington-based attorney Emily Kenyon, who helped Joestar compile her evidence and build a case to present to a judge in July 2021. “A day before the hearing, the judge realized that it was kind of ridiculous that it had gone this far … when clearly none of this was my fault,” said Joestar, whose appeal ultimately was successful. “Emily was really wonderful. I don’t think I would have been in such a position right now if it wasn’t for her helping me.” With her impeccable legal credentials, Kenyon could land a prestigious position at any law firm in the country. But rather than seek a job with a high-powered firm in New York City or Washington, D.C., the 33-year-old accepted a two-year position as the poverty law fellow with Vermont Legal Aid. The nonprofit law firm founded the fellowship with the Vermont Bar Foundation in 2008 to address the unmet legal needs of low-income Vermonters. Since then, the program has drawn impressive legal talent to Vermont’s public-interest law firms. Kenyon is the program’s seventh poverty law fellow and its first from the Green Mountains. An eighth-generation Vermonter, she grew up on a farm in Monkton. Her family, which owns Nitty

LAW Gritty Grain in Charlotte, has been working the land in the Champlain Valley since the 1770s. “Public-interest attorneys provide a voice to people who might otherwise not have one,” Kenyon said in a recent interview. Growing up in Vermont, she said, she saw that poverty was a common condition of rural life, and she decided early in her career that she wanted to handle cases for low-income clients. Kenyon attended Cornell University as an undergraduate. In 2017, she graduated magna cum laude from New York University School of Law, where she served as executive editor of the New York University Law Review. While in law school, she worked for multiple public-interest organizations, including the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, which helps people who are transgender, intersex or gender nonconforming; Sanctuary for Families, which aids victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking; and Earthjustice and the Natural Resources Defense Council, both of which work in environmental advocacy and law.

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After law school, Kenyon clerked for federal judges in the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She always hoped to return to Vermont, she said, but she didn’t think it would happen anytime soon — until she read about the poverty law fellowship. Her application immediately caught the selection committee’s attention. “Emily’s academic record and scholarship definitely impressed the committee, but it was her demonstrated commitment to public service and legal issues affecting the underserved/unrepresented that really made her stand out from her peers,” Burlington attorney Renee Mobbs wrote by email. “She has a long record of service, [especially] for someone so young. She is passionate, eloquent and articulate, and a staunch advocate for her clients to boot!” While not well known outside of legal circles, Vermont’s poverty law fellowship attracts as many as 90 applicants annually, including many from Ivy League law schools. According to Eric Avildsen, executive director of Vermont Legal Aid and

a member of the fellowship selection committee, all previous poverty law fellows left indelible marks on the state, often by effecting new legislation or creating important programs and policy changes. All but one have stayed in Vermont to continue their legal careers. Poverty law fellows don’t choose their areas of focus; the nonprofit assigns them based on underserved needs. Vermont’s first poverty law fellow, Grace Pazdan, who served from 2008 to 2010, focused on the foreclosure crisis. She filed predatory lending suits on behalf of dozens of homeowners harmed by unscrupulous lenders and mortgage providers. Pazdan is now a staff attorney at Vermont Legal Aid. Jay Diaz, who served as poverty law fellow from 2012 to 2014, worked on the achievement gap in public education that results from race, poverty and disabilities. His January 2015 white paper, “Kicked Out! Unfair and Unequal Student Discipline in Vermont’s Public Schools,” revealed that Black and Native American students were two to three times more likely to get suspended and expelled from school than other students. The same was true

of students with disabilities. Those findings led to statewide reforms of school disciplinary practices and data gathering. Diaz is currently a staff attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont. “Often, we’ve had to change what we were doing in response to something that came up during the fellowship,” Avildsen said. Jessica Radbord was Vermont’s poverty law fellow when Tropical Storm Irene hit in 2011. Because of her experience earlier that year working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help residents of a flooded trailer park in Barre, Radbord immediately starting taking Irene-related cases. “Within two days we had FEMA sending people to her,” Avildsen said. “It worked out great.”



Kenyon’s fellowship, which began in October 2020, focuses on addressing another crisis that disproportionately affects low-income Vermonters. This one, however, is in a domain the nonprofit doesn’t normally handle: employment. As the number of Vermonters filing for unemployment benefits jumped from about 8,400 in January 2020 to more than 52,000 in April 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the nonprofit law firm was inundated with requests for help. “Legal Aid went from getting five unemployment calls a month on our hotline to more than a hundred,” Avildsen said. “There was a huge explosion of people calling us the month after the pandemic started, and that’s continued now for 18 months.” Early on, Kenyon said, she was shocked by the depth of the problems with Vermont’s unemployment system and how easily laid-off workers can be disqualified from receiving benefits to which they’re legally entitled. Workers leave their employment for all kinds of reasons. Kenyon has represented clients who quit or got fired from their jobs because of COVID-19. Some were at heightened risk from the virus and no longer felt safe; others had to stay home with young children because their schools or daycare centers were closed. Vermont Legal Aid is usually successful in its appeals, Kenyon said. But the process can be complicated and time-consuming. Although the Department of Labor

is supposed to hear appeals within 30 days, many cases drag on for six months or longer due to the enormous backlog. Joestar’s appeal took eight months, during which she had no other income. As Kenyon put it, “The whole purpose of the unemployment system is to be a quick replacement of wages to get you on your feet and back to work.” Particularly stressful are the cases in which the state tells low-wage workers that they owe tens of thousands of dollars. The biggest overpayment that Kenyon has seen, in a case handled by a colleague, was in excess of $35,000. “That’s terrifying,” Kenyon said, “and our legal system isn’t designed to be navigable by non-attorneys, at least not easily. It’s riddled with procedural rules and technicalities that are hard to understand from the outside.” Kenyon doesn’t necessarily see the Department of Labor as the problem. She’s interacted with many employees there, she said, who care about their work and are doing their best. But they’ve had to handle a flood of cases and new federal mandates since the pandemic began. “I think it says that we need to invest in our unemployment system to modernize it,” she said. “They have a really outdated computer system, and apparently it’s a source of a lot of the problems.” As Seven Days reported in October, problems with the Department of Labor’s 1970s-era mainframe computer system prompted a $30 million overhaul. As Kenyon enters the second year of her fellowship, her focus will shift. In year two, all poverty law fellows address a larger systemic issue, sometimes by working with the legislature and other state officials. For instance, Mairead O’Reilly, the poverty law fellow from 2016 to 2018, spent several months testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee to change Vermont’s expungement law for people convicted of crimes related to opioid-use disorder. O’Reilly, who’s now a Vermont Legal Aid attorney, set up expungement clinics in every county in the state, Avildsen said. Though Avildsen wouldn’t specify which project Kenyon will take on, it will be related to her work on unemployment, perhaps addressing the challenges faced by formerly incarcerated Vermonters as they seek jobs. “I’ve always known I wanted to have a career helping people in some way,” said Kenyon, who’s already helped more than 90 clients in the last year. “To me, the meaning of life is to improve the world in some way and make people’s lives a little bit better if you can.” m

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Makea, Alectra and Jill Hussells enjoying some Butternut Squash Pasta (recipe at right)

y dinnertime on a weekday night, after work and soccer practice, everyone in Jill Hussels’ house is hungry. She and her husband have to figure out what to make for themselves and their two girls, ages 5 and 7. “It’s always stressful,” said the Shelburne mom. She and her husband will often turn to old standbys such as macaroni and cheese or grilled cheese sandwiches. If they get stumped or want to jazz up one of those favorites, they jump online and visit for recipe ideas. The site’s Mac ‘n’ Cheese recipe, for example, advises cooking the pasta in boiling milk instead of water — which Hussels said makes for a richer flavor — and then stirring in some veggies, such as spinach, broccoli or mushrooms, to add some extra nutrition to the meal. In fact, dairy plays a major role in many of the Hussels’ meals. For breakfast, the family likes smoothies and yogurt parfaits, and the girls always drink a glass of milk. Hussels, a registered dietitian, is a big believer in dairy — and not just




because she works for New England Dairy. As a native Vermonter, Hussels has deep ties to the state’s dairy farms. Her mom grew up on one. Hussels remembers going to her grandparents’ barn with her cousins, seeing the cows and playing with the other animals. “Yes, I’ve milked a cow,” she said. In high school, Hussels developed an interest in food and healthy eating. She studied dietetics and nutrition at the University of Vermont. After graduating, she completed an extended internship in Muncie, Ind., to qualify as a registered dietitian. Then, Hussels returned to Vermont and worked as a state counselor in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, known as WIC. She helped low-income moms make healthy food choices for themselves and their kids. “Dairy foods such as milk, yogurt and cheese provide a unique package of 13 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin D and more, important for all ages,” Hussels explained. The

2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans — the cornerstone of official government guidance on dietary recommendations across the average life span — reinforce dairy’s nutritional value. These guidelines recommend three servings per day of low-fat and fat-free dairy as part of a healthy diet. Recent studies have found that dairy consumption can lower blood pressure and reduce the risks of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. For more than a century, New England Dairy has worked to spread the word. New England Dairy is a nonprofit organization that works with and on behalf of local dairy farmers, raising awareness and educating communities about the value of dairy as a sustainable and nutritious  local food. And it recently launched a recipe initiative to help busy parents by highlighting healthy foods and cooking tips. Communications specialist Rene Thibault explained why: “Dairy is such an accessible, affordable food group and provides a lot of nutrition for the price,” he said. “You don’t have to put together a 150-step, sixcourse meal. You can make a really

simple dish that provides important nutrition and takes you 10 minutes to prepare.” The recipes on NewEnglandDairy. com range from Ginger-Pumpkin Oatmeal to Milk-Braised Pulled Pork With Mushrooms. The site includes nutritional information, advice on storing and freezing milk and other dairy products, and “Quick & Easy Recipe Guides” for meal planning. The organization turned to home cooks and social media influencers for help developing the recipes and posting them online. Hussels said she often sees people on social media expressing concern about dairy consumption and interest in nondairy alternatives made from soy, almonds and oats. She wants to make sure that people have the facts to make well-informed decisions about their families’ nutritional needs. For instance, some people are confused about the potential for antibiotics and growth hormones to get into the milk supply. That doesn’t happen, Hussels explained. Milk from cows treated with antibiotics or hormones is separated and discarded. Even people with lactose

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intolerance don’t have to give up dairy completely, she pointed out. Lactose-free milk, aged cheese and yogurt with active live cultures are all options for them. “I feel like part of our job is trying to debunk some of these dairy misconceptions,” she said. Hussels also noted that millennial moms in particular want to know more about their food. “They want to know the story behind where it comes from,” she said. New England Dairy is making that easier, too — its website includes a “Meet Farm Families” section that features profiles of some of the 1,000 dairy farms across the region, including a sampling of the hundreds of dairy farms in Vermont. The site also includes videos of virtual farm tours. Those stories are worth exploring, but busy parents looking for dinner inspiration might be more focused on finding something simple and satisfying to eat. Dairy, said Hussels, doesn’t disappoint. For her, it’s the foundation of comfort food — hearty, delicious dishes that her family loves. “It kind of brings that calm and enjoyment,” she said, noting that the stress of the pandemic makes that experience all the more important. “That’s, in my mind, what families need right now.” n




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1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and add the chopped butternut squash. Cook for about 8-10 minutes until soft. Check whether the squash is soft, with a fork. Once the squash is cooked, place it to the side to cool. 2. In the meantime, add the butter or olive oil to a pan. Once warm, add the chopped onion and chopped scallions to the pan. Let them crisp for about 30 seconds on each side and then remove them from the heat and place them on the side. 3. In the same boiling water you used for the butternut squash, cook the pasta until soft according to the package directions and continue stirring. Reserve 1 cup of the pastacooking water before draining.

4. Once cool, add the squash, chopped onions, scallions, garlic powder and a pinch of salt to a blender with 1 cup of milk, and mix. While this is happening, add chopped broccoli to a pan and crisp them up to top your pasta with. 5. If necessary, add additional milk and 1 cup of reserved water to make the pasta sauce smooth. Once it’s to your liking, stop blending. 6. Combine the cooked pasta with the butternut squash sauce in a bowl. 7. Top off your serving with the crisped broccoli or vegetable of choice, Parmesan cheese, pepper seasoning and serve.

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ost mornings, the wood-fired oven at the Tillerman hovers around 500 degrees Fahrenheit. The residual heat is a reminder of the fluffy, whole-grain pizzas that blistered on its deck during the previous night’s service, when the oven was cranked up to 800. “The oven is the first thing you see when you walk in,” chef Justin Wright said, temperature gun and blowtorch in hand. “It’s this showpiece. But we don’t want this place to be a pizzeria.” While the pizza is an undeniable draw, Wright is using every bit of his “showpiece” to prepare a menu of smokeinfused, creative, locally sourced fare. The Tillerman opened at the end of October in the longtime home of Mary’s Restaurant and the Inn at Baldwin Creek on Route 116 in Bristol. Owners Kate Baron and Jason Kirmse have renovated, reinvented and refreshed the 18th-century white farmhouse. While there’s still no sign out front, their presence — like the oven’s — is evident as soon as you walk up the stone path and through the door. Baron, Kirmse and Wright all moved to Vermont from California during the pandemic. Wright returned from the San Francisco Bay Area to settle in Lincoln, while Baron and Kirmse left the same region seeking “an escape route from climate disasters, overcrowding and skyhigh real estate prices,” the couple told Seven Days in August. They bought the property in June from Linda Harmon and Doug Mack, who retired after running Mary’s for 38 years. Sitting at a long, fireside table in the Tillerman’s parlor on a snowy morning, Wright and Kirmse talked about adapting — or readapting — to Vermont’s seasonal rhythms. “And beets,” Wright joked, because sourcing locally in Vermont means relying on root vegetables in the winter. “California is just an endless supply of things









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From left: Sara Chase, Wilson Ballantyne, Stefano Coppola and Chris Ruiz of Pearl Street Pizza


When STEFANO COPPOLA and WILSON BALLANTYNE purchased a light blue, handmade Stefano Ferrara Forni brick oven in April, they put it in storage. Although the two New England Culinary Institute grads had toyed with the idea of opening a pizza business for years, they didn’t have a location in mind. “We both wanted to do it in Barre,” said Coppola, who also owns MORSE BLOCK DELI. “But we had to find the right space.” Now the oven has found its home on the restaurant side of AR MARKET at 159 North Main Street in Barre. Co-owners Coppola, Ballantyne and CHRIS RUIZ are leasing the space and will open PEARL STREET PIZZA by January 1, 2022, executive chef Coppola said. PETE ROSCINI COLMAN

opened AR Market, which is attached to his VERMONT SALUMI curing facility, in fall 2020. He’ll continue to sell specialty meats, cheeses and other grocery items. “Pete really set us

up for success,” said Ballantyne, who will manage the front of the house. “And we’re excited to work with the Vermont Salumi products he’s making inhouse on our charcuterie boards.” The market briefly had a wine bar this summer, and Pearl Street Pizza will bring back a few favorites from those days, including salumi and formaggi plates, and meatball al forno served over polenta with house red sauce, olive oil and fresh basil. The restaurant will also serve Italian dishes such as Caesar salad, housemade pasta specials and seasonal burrata salad with local vegetables. Shareable plates will include wings, mussels and wood-fired octopus. Meat for osso bucco will be sourced from FAIRMONT FARM & MARKET in East Montpelier, and tiramisu will be made with CALEDONIA SPIRITS’ Tom Cat gin and CARRIER ROASTING’s coffee, head chef SARA CHASE said.

The pizza will come in two varieties, Chase added: “We’ll have the fancier, thinner Neapolitan style, and our grandma-style pizza by the slice, which is fluffier with a crispy crust.” Also a NECI grad, Chase was most recently catering coordinator and sous chef at Morse Block Deli. Co-owner and head bartender Ruiz tended bar at AR Market. For Pearl Street Pizza, he plans an approachable menu of wines by the glass and bottle, featuring varieties from ELLISON ESTATE VINEYARD. The classic “New York-style cocktail menu” will include old-fashioneds and two types of Negroni made with VERMONT VERMOUTH, Ruiz said. The bar will also have eight taps for beer, including two Czechstyle Lukr taps dedicated to lagers, said Ballantyne, who previously worked at MAGIC HAT BREWING and HILL FARMSTEAD BREWERY. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, offering takeout and on-site dining. Outdoor seating in the adjacent Pearl Street pedestrian walkway will be added this summer. “We want to make this a family atmosphere,” Coppola said, “and a meeting place for everyone in the community to come enjoy food and drink, no matter what their walk of life or pocketbook looks like.” m

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that are green and delicious all year round, and people eat and drink differently there.” “I love drinking white wines year-round,” Kirmse said. He gave white and red wines equal billing on the restaurant’s wine list, but customers aren’t gravitating toward glasses of Chablis or grüner veltliner the way he expected. “They want red; they want warm,” he said. This isn’t the first time each of these industry veterans has opened a restaurant, but starting a business in a small town requires a different mindset from a market such as San Francisco — or even Burlington, where Wright helmed C’est Ça in fall 2020. “In cities, you have a built-in population of people that live above you, beside you, all around,” Kirmse said. “You always know you’re gonna get people on the day you open.” Outside the small town of Bristol, just past where Route 17 heads up and over the Appalachian Gap, the customer base is a little less obvious. But Wright’s connections in the community have combined with the draw of the new to give the restaurant a busy first month. “It’s been like having a large family dinner party every night,” Kirmse said. “Every single person that walks in here knows each other.” It certainly felt that way the night I visited. Most tables in the main dining room — past the bar and the open kitchen with its white-domed oven — were full at 7 p.m., and conversations jumped among them. I briefly felt like a party crasher or a plus-one who had tagged along to someone’s cool, intimate gathering. But by the end of the meal, my husband and I were joining in on the local chatter — largely thanks to our convivial server, Will Beuscher. As we sat down, Beuscher approached with a bottle of tap water. “Can I interest you



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in a glass of Bristol 2021?” he quipped. “It’s a great vintage.” He kept us laughing throughout the meal while anticipating our every need and those of the other tables — with help from Kirmse, who had greeted us and poured our drinks from behind the bar. The Tillerman staff is still in its opening phase: Kirmse, Baron, Wright and Beuscher run the show with one dishwasher. To keep the service manageable for a small team, they’ve capped the number of reservations available each night and currently don’t accept walk-ins. As they staff up and fill key positions in the front of the house and the kitchen, service will expand to another dining room, Kirmse and Baron said. Expansion will also be seen on the menu, which currently has four sections: “snacks,” “greens & things,” “wood-fired fare” — pizza, for the time being — and “sweets.” As much as Wright downplayed it, the pizza is a draw. The dough is made with stone-ground, organic, Vermont-grown and -milled wheat flour from Elmore Mountain Bread. Wright uses a 24-hour fermentation with a natural levain. The crust is chewy, fluffy, crispy and vaguely Neapolitan — as if Naples were at the base of a mountain in Vermont. My husband and I ordered two pies, which was a bold move for two people who also ordered a bunch of dishes from the other sections of the menu. But we had to try the baseline: a Margherita ($16) with Italian tomatoes and fresh Vermont mozzarella. And we couldn’t resist the Fiorella ($19) with smoked pepperoni, Calabrian chiles, cheddar and honey. The latter pizza’s slowbuilding heat, combined with the proximity of the woodstove, warmed me to the point of taking off a layer. We preceded our pizzas with an order of the wild mushroom and Dutch Knuckle snack ($10), mostly because we were charmed by the name “Dutch Knuckle.” The mushrooms and shaved cheese came on a bed of arugula with two long strips of or scan to order 8h-sweetwheels120121.indd 1

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focaccia, which we promptly devoured. The Dutch Knuckle turned out to be an alpine-style cheese from Sugar House Creamery in the Adirondacks — buttery, nutty and not nearly as silly as its name might suggest. We also went for the chicory salad ($12), which paired crisp radicchio with crunchy apples, sweet dates, Jasper Hill Farm’s Alpha Tolman cheese and a salted-plum vinaigrette. One could make an entire meal of vegetables at the Tillerman: The frisée and anchovy salad ($12) and the simple oven-roasted carrots ($11) caught our eye on other tables. But sticking to vegetables would mean skipping the local meatballs ($16), which I refuse to do as long as they’re on the menu. The two hefty, fist-size meatballs arrived in a pool of tomato sauce, with another two strips of focaccia jauntily poking from the bowl. They’d been cooked in the wood-fired oven, and the smoke had left its haunting touch on them. During my snowy morning visit, Wright told me he roasts the meatballs for about 10 minutes on a rack in the oven when it’s around 500 degrees. With all the wood, time and labor it takes to build the fire each morning, he likes being able to cook with it all day long. “It’s a lot more interactive than just ‘on,’” he said, miming the turn of a dial that would light up a gas or electric stove. Indeed, he hopped up frequently as we talked to add a log. “Searing each individual meatball in olive oil in a pan takes a lot of olive oil and a lot of time,” Wright said. “It’s messy, and you burn yourself a lot. This way, we’re using the oven, and they get caramelized on the outside.” The organic beef and pork come from Longest Acres Farm in Chelsea — a name that, like those of the other farms and producers from which the

restaurant sources, doesn’t appear on the menu. “We don’t want to do that,” Kirmse said. “What we want to do is for people to just know that’s what we do.” “We all know what a box of mesclun from an industrial organic farm looks like,” Baron added. “When you see the chicories from [Starksboro’s] Footprint Farm in the salad — the freshness and the crispness — that doesn’t need to be written down.” The producers are no secret, though, and the team is eager to discuss the sourcing of the menu, which will continue to change weekly with the local growing seasons. During our meal, we chatted with Beuscher about the marjoram and sage he’d grown for one of the pizzas. Another table asked about the Dutch Knuckle, and a third about the source of the rustic carrots. “Talking with guests about this stuff creates a rapport and a trust,” Kirmse said. “We know people are going to come in, especially folks in this community who had a relationship with Mary’s for so many years, and we want them to trust us and be daring with us,” Wright said. The reimagined space lends itself to all kinds of occasions, with the warmth of fireside seating, the cross-table chatter, and the direct view of pizza (or carrots) going in and out of the oven. I’m anticipating return visits for snacks and a beer at the bar; pizza and a Negroni back at that woodstove-adjacent table; and oysters with a glass of wine at a couch in the parlor. Or perhaps I’ll try another all-out stuff-fest with something from each part of the menu. “The experience can be casual, or it can be special,” Baron said. m

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ADAM MONETTE POSITION: Culinary arts chef-instructor, Northwest Career & Technical Center; and Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship” contestant LOCATION: St. Albans AGE: 35 EDUCATION: New England Culinary Institute, associate’s degree in baking and pastry arts and bachelor’s degree in culinary arts EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHTS: Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe; Bistro de Margot, Burlington; Home Hill Inn, Plainfield, N.H.

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his fall on Food Network’s “Holiday Baking Championship,” contestant Adam Monette of St. Albans has performed at the top of the pack through the first five of eight episodes. He successfully married the odd couple of brandy and lemon curd in a choux pastry crown; deployed canned cherries in a showstopper Black Forest pie inspired by his aunt’s no-bake cherry cheesecake; and crafted realistic cabbages and squash from bread dough for a harvest cornucopia challenge. Whether the high school culinary arts instructor lands the $25,000 championship remains to be seen, but so far, he has done Vermont proud. The fact that Monette has performed well under pressure doesn’t surprise his former New England Culinary Institute instructor Hervé Mahé, chef-owner of Bistro de Margot in Burlington. “Adam was super interested, involved in everything and always asking questions,” Mahé recalled. The standout student was 46


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selected to compete in several professional culinary competitions. He placed fourth out of 12 chefs from participating countries when he represented the U.S. in the Académie Culinaire de France’s Trophée Passion International in 2017 in France. “He’s solid. He can adapt. He’s got the training. He keeps his calm,” Mahé said. Monette has worked at Bistro de Margot during summers off from his teaching job. A few years ago, Mahé recounted, Monette was making salads, terrines and desserts that included a rich chocolate mousse lightened with stiffly whipped egg whites. “We used the KitchenAid to whip them, but he wanted to do it by hand,” Mahé recalled. “I said, ‘Knock yourself out.’” Monette grew up in various towns around Vermont. His mother had cooked in the army, but she did not encourage her children to cook at home. “She was sure we would make a mess and never clean it up,” Monette said with a laugh.

He landed his first kitchen job at 15 at Smugglers’ Notch and worked for four years at the now-shuttered Edelweiss Bakery in Johnson. That job did not start auspiciously. “One of the first things I did was scoop cookie dough,” Monette recalled. The baker/co-owner came over to check how he was doing and immediately scraped all the dough back up to redo it himself. It took a few months for Monette to earn back cookie-scooping rights. He was not academically inclined and never imagined he’d go to college until his girlfriend (now wife) filled out his NECI application. “She kind of did it behind my back because she believed in me,” he said. Monette spoke with Seven Days about baking to win, starting holiday traditions and how he creates gluten-free, championship-worthy treats for his wife. SEVEN DAYS: What has been most challenging so far on “Holiday Baking Championship”? ADAM MONETTE: The obscurity of some of the challenges, like having to write on a pie. Nobody writes on pie; they write on

episodes of “Holiday Baking Championship,” Monette has made vanilla-glazed, eggnog custard-filled doughnuts; apple and Brie tarte tatin with rosemary and orange zest; Paris-Brest with lemon curd, salted caramel and vanilla-brandy crémeux; pistachiowhite chocolate mousse yule log; peach upside-down madeleine cake with almond tuile and white chocolate nonpareil garnish; coffee crémeux parfait with espressosoaked ladyfingers and coffee ganachefilled macaron; and an almond-encrusted pound cake with port-soaked dried fruit.

cakes. And turning bread into a cornucopia, making bread look like vegetables and fruits, which is not something that I do every day — during the holidays or at all. Also the time frames. To make good bread takes time, [but] you don’t have time, so you have to make subpar bread, and then you have to make it look like a vegetable or fruit. SD: We hope to keep seeing you rise to those challenges in the final three shows. Turning to holiday traditions, your Food Network bio mentions that your dad keeps a Christmas tree up year-round. Did he do that when you were a kid? AM: No, it’s more recent, but it’s true. It’s an artificial tree. He really loves the look of the lights. That part of their house in Brownington almost looks like a satellite Christmas Tree Shop [laughing]. SD: You and your wife have two daughters, right? What holiday traditions are you trying to start with them? AM: Yes, Olivia is 6, and Amelia is 4. We cut down a tree every year. I think we started maybe three or four years ago. The second year I asked, “Are we going to get a tree?”

food+drink And my wife said, “Yes, it’s a tradition!” And I was like, “Well, we did it once. But, OK, it’s a tradition now.”

they’re absolutely delicious, and they make people really happy. They don’t take that long, and they’re the perfect accompaniment to every holiday meal. [See for Monette’s recipe.]

SD: When we chatted before the first episode aired, you said your favorite holiday baked good was tourtière, SD: Multiple friends asked for your a French Canadian meat pie. Sadly, that hasn’t made it onto the show, advice on gluten-free baking. AM: My wife is gluten-free. King Arthur’s but how do you make it? AM: We did have a pie challenge, but it just gluten-free flour is probably one of the didn’t fit. I make it most years, but if I don’t, better products out there. The only my Aunt Liz will make it, or my mom. Tour- issue is that it’s very grainy, so you have tière is the punctuation on this granular texture on the holiday here. It wouldn’t the palate. When you’re be the same without it. making something, you Some people use a gotta let it sit and hydrate; blend of meats, but I prefer that will diminish some of just using pork and a little the graininess. stock. I do a mashed potato [I] go to French cakes that I blend in and also a that are made with ADAM MONET TE diced potato that I fold in, [mostly] almond flour, like so you have two different dacquoise [almond and textures. The spice blend is what makes hazelnut meringue] or financiers [almond it: the clove and the nutmeg. I like to butter cakes]. Those beautiful cakes use toast the spices to get a really beautiful, whipped eggs to establish great structure. perfumed flavor. Anything that has physical leavening and no chemical leavening can have good results SD: On the show, it seems like everywith gluten-free flour and almond flour. one thinks that if they give a shoutYou don’t have to sacrifice flavor or texture. out to Grandma, it’ll charm the The hardest thing is to take a recipe judges. My grandmothers were not you like and try to make it gluten-free. bakers. What can someone like me [But] a quick bread, like apple or pumpdo who doesn’t have family recipe kin, can be delicious made with glutentraditions? free flour. AM: Start small. Some of the favorite things that I remember are not very SD: How about tips for the seemcomplicated, like date bars or just bar ingly simple but often problematic cookies in general. The thing is to sit piecrust? down and eat them together. A lot of it has AM: The best way to make a bulletproof to do with the company and the memory piecrust is use a food processor. Use iceof being with that person. cold butter and process it very fine. You want to really pulse the flour and the SD: Baking with kids sounds like fun, butter together with the least amount of water possible. If you don’t cut the butter but then, like your mother said, it can be a mess. Do you bake with your into the flour enough, it gives you a false girls yet? sense of how much hydration is required. AM: We have this little three-step [stool] You then add [too much] water, [which that I pull up to the counter, and they both creates] gluten, and the pastry becomes love it. You know they love to be part of tough. I like to use an egg yolk. That the baking or cooking. That’s really the gives you fat and gives you hydration. start, right? Just to be around when some- And you’ll always have something that’s one else is doing it. incredibly flaky and delicious. They want to crack the eggs. And it’s just a question of being patient as you’re SD: Do you worry about eating too picking out eggshells. They want to be in many sweets during the holidays? it as much as possible. We’re getting there AM: You should never feel guilty about with stirring, mixing or putting things on having pleasure and enjoying yourself. a tray. In the holidays, that’s the time to do it. Be with the people you love and eat the foods SD: I solicited holiday baking quesyou want to eat. m tions from friends, and one asked whether it’s really worth making This interview has been edited and homemade yeast rolls. condensed for clarity and length. AM: Absolutely. It’s not even close. The rolls I make are actually a variation INFO of a challah roll. They’re fast-rising, Learn more at


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elissa Lourie seems to know everyone in Weybridge. While volunteering at the town’s recycling center, which she oversees some Saturday mornings, she calls many locals by name. She jumps into casual conversations easily, as if picking up an earlier narrative thread. The lifelong thespian’s social fluency isn’t surprising. Not only has Lourie spent plenty of time studying the human condition, she’s also used to speaking in front of large audiences, whether onstage as an actress or in her current gig as artistic director of Middlebury Acting Company. Since arriving in Vermont in the early 1990s to teach on an adjunct basis at the University of Vermont, Lourie has become integral to the state’s theater community. Before she cofounded MACo in the early 2000s, Addison County had no theater company quite like it, she said. “I wanted to have a certain level of professionalism … so I felt like I needed to start my own thing,” Lourie recalled of cofounding MACo, which, until 2020, was called Middlebury Actor’s Workshop. (The name change signified no major changes in the company’s operation.) Unlike the Middlebury Community Players, another long-standing and wellreceived group in the area, MACo pays its actors, and it often casts professionals from the Actors’ Equity Association. Lourie said that, in those cases, she uses a special appearance contract, which is less of a financial burden on “little, tiny companies” such as MACo. Beyond financial considerations, though, Lourie wanted to fill what she considered a void in the region’s theater offerings. “I wanted to bring really challenging, literary, provocative, honest, high-quality theater,” Lourie said. She aims to illuminate Vermont stages with works that compel audiences to ponder human nature. Past shows have included everything from Kate Redway and Stephen Rosenfield’s American Radical, a chronicle of suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton; to Paul Zindel’s dysfunctional family drama The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. The company’s next show is a seasonally appropriate version of Charles Dickens’

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novella A Christmas Carol, adapted and directed by MACo board of directors president Gary Smith. It runs at MACo’s home base, Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater, for two weekends: December 3 through 5 and December 9 through 12. Trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and a veteran of stages in New York City and its environs, Lourie cofounded the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in 1987. She produced its first show, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and starred in it as feisty ingénue Hermia. MACo’s first production in 2001, under its former name, was a series of six 10-minute plays called “Streaks of Theatrical Lightning.” “They were very funny. We picked hilarious plays,” Lourie recalled. Though many of its productions skew serious, such as William Shakespeare’s Macbeth and Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, MACo produces comedies, too. Its most recent show was John Patrick Shanley’s comedy-drama Outside Mullingar, which the playwright recently adapted into the feature film Wild Mountain Thyme.

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“She’s done a great job of balancing familiar work with more challenging work,” said Mark Nash, former artistic director of Vermont Stage. Nash was one of the first people Lourie worked with in Vermont. She appeared alongside him and his wife, Kathryn Blume, in Jane Anderson’s The Baby Dance during Northern Stage’s 1997-98 season. Originally planned for a 2020 run at Town Hall Theater, Outside Mullingar was paused and rescheduled for fall 2021 when the pandemic disrupted live events. Ultimately, MaCo presented the fourperson Irish play not in the theater but in a large tent on the grounds of Middlebury’s Swift House Inn. Before the final performance, Lourie took to the makeshift platform stage to address ME LISSA the show’s unusual circumstances and the company’s adaptation to performing during a pandemic. “We stripped away everything we could possibly strip away,” she told the audience of the production — for instance, by eliminating complicated set changes and excess props. “What we’re left with … is what is essential: the actors, the characters, the playwright’s words and the audience.” She wasn’t exaggerating. Set dressings were flipped, inverted and altered to look different from scene to scene, and lighting alone was used to signify the boundaries of certain locations. “She tends to take fairly out-of-thebox approaches,” Nash said. Smith’s A Christmas Carol exemplifies those tendencies. Formerly the producing artistic director of the Theater of the Seventh Sister in Lancaster, Pa., Smith has produced the beloved holiday classic many times and once starred as Ebenezer Scrooge. In his view, most adaptations of A Christmas Carol err by losing Dickens’ voice. “What is almost always taken out is his stunningly powerful, poignant, provocative [narration],” Smith said by phone. “If you’re not using Dickens’ voice, you’re really not doing A Christmas Carol. You’re just stealing the plot.” Smith’s version puts Dickens’ prose front and center: The members of the large cast take turns as narrator. All the familiar story beats remain, but they’re tied together with more social commentary than most adaptations offer. Lourie and Smith described MACo’s production of A Christmas Carol as an opportunity to showcase the organization’s values. Holiday productions tend to be priced to fill the coffers. For this one, however, the company will offer tickets on

a sliding scale, keeping things “in the spirit of the transformed Scrooge,” Lourie said. Smith called it a “pay-it-forward production.” MACo will expand its offerings in 2022 with a new summer play festival called American Dreaming. An incubator of sorts, the festival builds on the exploration of race and identity that MACo undertook with the American Dream Project, a series it presented online in late 2020 in response to the racial reckoning that exploded earlier that year. Burlington-based New York City transplant Gina Stevenson, a playwright and new member of MACo’s board, pitched American Dreaming to Lourie after watching the 2020 online series. “We’re really trying to focus in on plays that LOU RIE are saying something important about where we are at this moment in time, social issues that they can communicate or discuss through storytelling,” Stevenson said by phone. “This new play festival will be an opportunity to do more diverse plays,” Lourie noted. American Dreaming will culminate in a series of staged readings of three brand-new works, which have yet to be selected. After 100 submissions poured in during a single week from around the nation, Lourie, Stevenson and a panel of 12 readers have begun combing through the plays to find those that best answer a central question: What does the American dream mean today? The staged readings will be presented in a tent at the Swift House Inn — with a “festival atmosphere,” Lourie said. From the big social issues raised in the American Dream Project to the clever stagings of Mullingar, MACo’s pandemicera programming underscores Lourie’s commitment to thinking outside the box. “She does know what she likes, but she’s always willing to let people explore and experiment,” Smith said. For his part, Nash praises Lourie’s touch with actors and her ability to meet their needs, saying, “This is a true humanist when it comes to working with artists.” m


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Beyond the Barn A walking tour of Bennington College reveals a rich architectural legacy BY AMY L IL LY •

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ennington College was once known as “the college in a barn,” but there’s nothing hidebound about this rural school. Progressive from its inception, the college began offering human reproduction classes to its then all-female student body in 1940. That progressive orientation hasn’t changed; today, students create their own majors and can choose to earn evaluations rather than grades. But the number of buildings on campus has increased considerably since its founding in 1932 on donated agricultural land that included a barn — hence the early nickname. Still modestly sized, the campus is home to 700 students and encompasses 68 buildings whose siting preserves its rural character. None is massive or flamboyant; the college has adhered to the “no monumental buildings” clause of its founding prospectus. Yet the campus is a treasure trove of architectural gems and restored historic structures, from the circa 1775 Shingle Cottage to the 2011 Center for the Advancement of Public Action, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien. Having already landed on multiple lists of the most architecturally significant campuses in the country — including Architectural Digest’s “15 College Campuses with the Best Architecture” in 2011 — Bennington will soon be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That listing will enable the college to develop long-term historic preservation plans, access certain grant money and draw more visitors. The college committed to submitting the nomination in 2019, when it renovated its original Commons building, a Colonial Revival structure built in 1931. Prepared by Brattleboro-based historic preservation consultant Paula Sagerman, the nomination will go to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for review in February 2022 and then on to the National Park Service for approval. What does this mean to the public? As of this spring, visitors will be able to tour 24 of the campus’ most significant buildings with the help of a brochure designed by 2021 Bennington graduate Akanchya Maskay with Andy Schlatter, vice president for facilities management and planning. Schlatter holds master’s degrees in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and has practiced and taught architecture. On a recent weekday, he led Seven Days on a campus walking tour along with consultant Sagerman and state architectural historian Devin Colman, who works for the historic preservation division. Our walk focused on highlights built during the third quarter of the 20th century. Following the initial development of the

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campus in the 1930s and ’40s, this was a supporting grid, hides lights that the key period of construction — one in which college is gradually changing to LED. the college sought to demonstrate its radi- The panels are so brittle, Schlatter said, cal progressiveness through architecture. that they require the same handling as It worked. In a state with relatively fine china. few structures from the modern period, Beside the central stairway is another Bennington boasts several outstanding original fixture: a double-height floorand inventive examples. These include to-ceiling metal post supporting podlike the 1959 Edward Clark Crossett Library lights. Students reading in period chairs by Pietro Belluschi, the 1968 Edward nearby looked amused as Sagerman and I Larrabee Barnes Houses, and three 1970s snapped photos. buildings by Ward Robertson Jr.: Dickin“I think it’s in some ways the best buildson Science Building, Tishman Lecture ing on campus,” David Grahame Shane Hall, and the Visual Arts and Performing said of Crossett in a phone interview after Arts Center, aka VAPA. the tour. The London-born architect, now We started our tour from Schlatter’s 76, earned a doctorate in architecture at office in the maintenance building, which Cornell University and taught architecture also houses the campus biomass plant — at Bennington from 1976 to 1982. the college is working to become carbon “The way the wood is used to make the neutral by 2030. Our first stop was the light-control screening, the whole entry Crossett Library. sequence and the way it works with the The elegant, white-painted Interna- hill — it’s a crucial piece,” Shane said. In tional Style building is square, flat-roofed 1960, the American Institute of Architects and made entirely of named Crossett one wood. It’s three stories of the four best new tall, with a ground libraries in the country. floor built into the Next, we walked past rise of the hill that the Commons building, leads to the campus’ with its historically sensitive renovation original central green. Belluschi, who was by architecture firm Christoff : Finio. The dean of Massachusetts Institute of Technolpreserved south façade ogy’s architecture and overlooks a sweep of town green-like lawn, planning department when he designed the across which rows of DE VIN COLMAN building, sought to Colonial Revival houses avoid dominating the modest Colonial face each other. In this striking, symmetriRevival houses lining the green even as he cal Beaux Arts layout, the green ends in an echoed their materials. apparent drop-off that students call the End The top two stories, filled with windows, of the World; it offers a spectacular view of have a wraparound, cantilevered deck the hills beyond. shaded by the cantilevered flat roof. The Step past this original campus core, and whole thing seems to float over the recessed a trio of identical white-painted dorms ground floor, which extends outside to a appears, their geometrical massing of brick-walled reading garden. A series of triangles and rectangles signaling the column-like vertical elements — or “fins,” International Style again. Like Crossett, as Glenn Andres and Curtis Johnson call they are built into a slope so that their them in Buildings of Vermont — span the triple-floor height doesn’t dominate the double height. Belluschi intended that original campus. These are the Barnes Houses by the these elements, which resemble pairs of spaced two-by-fours with their narrow architect who would later design the 1971 edges facing outward, echo Colonial Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and Revival pilasters. The fins support railings the Cathedral of the Immaculate Concepand louvered sunscreens. tion in downtown Burlington. Like an We could see that the exterior was in absorbing sculpture, their design seems need of a paint job — a daunting task, given to change as one walks around them. the number of wood slats and louvers. But Kevin Alter graduated from Benningthe gravel roof has never leaked, Schlatter ton in 1985, earned his architecture degree said. at Harvard University’s Graduate School Crossett still has its original interior of Design and currently heads Alterstudio materials, including wood window Architecture in Austin, Texas. Asked by screens, light fixtures and cork flooring phone whether Bennington’s architec— a radical choice at the time, Schlatter ture influenced his career choice, he said, noted. A tray of corrugated plastic ceil- “Absolutely. They are great buildings and ing panels, magically lacking a visible


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auditorium where the convocation and other events are held. Standing in the auditorium, Schlatter noted that the interior wood walls are the exterior cladding. “Yeah, I think I see daylight,” Colman said with a laugh, spotting a gap between two panels. Shane was the first architecture professor to teach in VAPA. “It was freezing, and the roof leaked, but I loved teaching there,” he said. “My mistake,” he continued, “was that I thought it was a wood building; I didn’t recognize it as a steel building turned to wood. That was Robertson Ward’s peculiar invention,” he said, referring to the combination of steel bracing and light wooden walls. Alter recalled a similar impression. “It feels light the way a steel building does,” he said of VAPA, calling it “the most amazing barn.” A ceramics, architecture and math major, Alter had two studios in VAPA as an undergrad. His ceramics studio was “50 feet tall and had all this northern light,” he said, as well as a view into painter Matthew Marks’ studio a level above. (Marks became a major gallerist in New York City.) The two could easily check out each other’s work; VAPA’s open spaces encourage cross-pollination. The building succeeds, Alter said, because “it was like a primed canvas for the things that went on inside it. It was an invitation to use it; it didn’t tell you how to use it. VAPA captured the ethos of Bennington: serious and casual and open to everything.” VAPA was designed to meet wellarticulated faculty demands rather than to make a visual impression, according to “VAPA: A Genealogy,” a 40th-anniversary history written by current Bennington architecture professor Donald Sherefkin. (The college generally has only one at a time.) The college didn’t want a

“statement” building, Sherefkin noted, and the administration chose Ward because the architect “was not interested in formalism.” Though Alter’s own firm specializes in beautifully designed houses, he spoke approvingly of VAPA’s lack of visual impact. “I loved that building’s essential modesty. You could look right past it,” he said. “It’s a building that needs to be filled [with activity] to work well, and those are the best buildings.” A host of Bennington graduates have emerged from this architecturally significant campus to become luminaries in the arts, including painter Helen Frankenthaler, photographer Sally Mann, composer Joan Tower, novelist Donna Tartt, food writer Michael Pollan, gender theorist Judith Butler and poet Mary Ruefle. Of course, Bennington has always been associated with the elite, too. When Shane arrived, he recalled, “I thought I was going to the boondocks; I didn’t understand what Bennington was. It was more expensive than Harvard. It had a 1-to-8 ratio of teachers to students. Parents would arrive by helicopter.” Money certainly helps run a campus. But a commitment to the arts and architecture helps carve out a college’s national profile, and Bennington’s commitment is for the long haul. “What I think is so interesting about Bennington,” Colman opined, “is that here’s this tiny little school with this tradition in excellent architecture that they continue today. They emphasize it as part of their identity. It’s one thing if MIT and Harvard and Yale hire a big-shot architect to do a new dorm; that’s expected. But a 700-student campus in rural Vermont? It’s kind of ridiculous for them to have achieved such an amazing campus.” m

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Mystery Repeating Cathy Cone layers past and present in “There Was Once” at Minėmå Gallery B Y PA M EL A POL ST O N •


ike visual analogues of a foreign language, Cathy Cone’s black-andwhite photographs elude easy interpretation. Viewers might find themselves wondering what happened just before an image was created, or whether clues to the mystery lurk beyond the frame. What are we to make of, for example, the tableau in “Setting Place”? Shot from directly overhead, a dead pheasant lies on a clear glass dish. Next to the stilled creature is a white triangle — a folded paper napkin — with a fork laid in its center. We recognize the objects. We admire the photograph’s saturated black and crisp white, the texture of feathers, the neat alignment of bird beak and pointed napkin. Yet it seems that mystery itself is the subject. “Some people call it recognizing the unrecognizable,” Cone said. She doesn’t take photos; she makes them, Cone emphasized. Through some alchemy of intuition, meditation and technology, she achieves images that make us linger, absorbed, before them. Seven of Cone’s black-and-white Piezography photos, richly printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper, are currently on view at Johnson’s Minėmå Gallery. Six share one wall of the modest space, one is displayed in the storefront window, and all merit a viewer’s contemplation. Clamoring for attention, though, are the half dozen works in vivid color hung around the rest of the room. These represent quite a different direction in Cone’s work: tintype portraits that she scans, enlarges and reproduces in limited-edition archival pigment prints. She then hand-paints them in gouache or watercolor or digitally draws on their surfaces. These evocative images are rooted in both the history of early photography and the long-ago lives of their subjects. As such, they give meaning to the exhibit’s title, “There Was Once.” Cone said she has been collecting tintypes since the 1970s. Popular when the American Civil War was raging and into

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the early 20th century, the format allowed ordinary people to obtain portraits. Eventually, images of these forgotten ancestors ended up in antique stores and estate sales. Most of the manipulated portraits exhibited at Minėmå are individual faces, and most are female. In one piece, titled “Poise,” Cone cut a young woman’s portrait into enigmatic, organic shapes, printed them on rosy-pink paper and drew on the resulting picture in a darker pink shade. A group composition, called “Three Guys,” depicts a trio of men who might be brothers, friends or coworkers. Cone gave it a magenta watercolor wash, yet the fixed stares of the three guys come through. In the exhibit’s largest work — a long horizontal piece titled “A Capella Crack” — Cone combined multiple faces, male and female, in two tiers. She augmented the portraits with stylized drawings and botanical shapes and bordered the lower tier with swaths of vintage floral wallpaper. The whole composition, framed in yellow and red, is lively and luscious. What would these serious-looking folks think of their visages now? All the tintypes have one thing in common: static poses — the subjects had to hold still for a long time and apparently did not smile. Cone finds nuance in the faces, though.

“There’s something in the glance that I became interested in,” she said. “There’s an inner reflection that has its own space.” Once she has scanned the portraits — many originals are quite tiny — and enlarged them to a workable size, Cone makes her additions, which she likened to “painting their aura. “These people are time travelers,” she posited. “They’re messengers from another time.” But the messages are obscure. Both the photographers and the subjects are now unknown. The images are like documents with most of the facts redacted. In response, it’s tempting to make up stories or personalities for these individuals — who they might have been, what their clothing or hairstyles or expressions tell us. Of the “Three Guys,” one looks a little impish, another morose, the third like he’s got better things to do. But these are imaginings; the artist herself is “not interested in a linear story,” she said. Cone prefers to “sit with that frozen gesture and contemplate it. “It’s like a duet — the twin-ness comes through, the photo and the painting,” she continued. “Each has its own integrity, but they come together — it’s a kind of magical meeting place.” Cone said she likes the presence of

her hand in these artworks. But she also appreciates the layering made possible with photographic and printing processes. For that, she has the considerable advantage of working at Cone Editions Press — the renowned printing and teaching facility in East Topsham. She and her husband, master printer Jon Cone, founded the studio in Port Chester, N.Y., in 1980 as an artists’ printmaking collaborative. Four years later, Jon Cone began experimenting with computers and went on to invent a number of printmaking technologies over the years — Cone Editions is considered a digital pioneer in the field. He has also developed inks and software processes for Epson inkjet printers. The couple moved their home and business to Vermont in 1990.


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Cathy Cone is the creative director for Cone Editions. “I do a lot of outreach, originating print dates for artists, brainstorming with the team about what’s next,” she described. “May through October we offer various workshops, and we have new programs including residencies.” But Cone’s “main stuff” is editing, she said. “When people bring in their work, I really enjoy that — helping people sort out their portfolios.” Though Cone generally does the sorting of her own work, for this exhibition she credits Minėmå owners and life partners Kyle Nuse and Michael Mahnke for their role in the curation. “I think they have a beautiful, poetic vision,” Cone said. That vision, it appears, matches her own. m

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CHAMPLAIN COLLEGE CREM STUDENT SHOW: Artwork by students in the Creative Media program, in the Main Reading Room. December 2-9. Info, 863-3403. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.

responds to this global crisis, as well as sketchbooks that reveal how the two artists respond to the world around them. Reception: Friday, December 3, 5-8 p.m. December 3-January 16. Info, 224-6827. Susan Calza Gallery in Montpelier.

f WILL GEBHARD: “So It Goes,” a solo show of vivid, graphic paintings by the Vermont artist. Reception: Friday, December 3, 5-8 p.m. December 3-January 22. Info, 324-0014. Soapbox Arts in Burlington.

f GROUP SHOW #46: Gallery members exhibit their works in this group show. There’s also a holiday sale of items less than $100 for the first two Fridays and weekends in December. Art Walk reception: Friday, December 3, 4-8 p.m. December 3-26. Info, The Front in Montpelier.

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JEFFREY TRUBISZ: “On the Trail: Scenes and Images,” photographs taken during hikes in New England, the Pacific Northwest and abroad; exhibited on the second-floor gallery wall. December 1-30. Info, 846-4140. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall.


f ‘CLIMATE CHANGE’: A mixed-media, multisensory exhibition by Susan Calza and Ken Leslie that

f JACOB GRAHAM: “The Creatures of Yes: Snowflake Revue,” an experimental television show by the Brooklyn-based artist about people discovering the world around them and learning to appreciate each other’s differences. Puppetry by Graham and Stoph Scheer, sets made in collaboration with the gallery. Reception: Friday, December 3, 5-9 p.m. December 3-January 2. Info, 347-264-4808. Kishka Gallery & Library in White River Junction. NEW THIS WEEK

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of new work by local artists Roxcell Bartholomew, Schuyler Gould, Collin Leech, John Loggia, Tina Olsen, Markie Sallick and Lydia Thomson, along with holiday cards and affordable gift options. Reception: Friday, December 3, 5-8 p.m. December 3-31. Info, 118 Elliot in Brattleboro.

f SUSAN BREAREY: Paintings of animals in which primal, totemic images take the place of photorealistic details and are set against abstract surfaces. Reception: Friday, December 3, 4-6 p.m. December 3-February 20. Info, 387-0102. Next Stage Arts Project in Putney.

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f FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE WITH LAURA POITRAS: “Terror Contagion,” an immersive, activist exhibition by the London-based research collective in collaboration with the journalist-filmmaker. Narration by Edward Snowden; data sonification by Brian Eno. Roundtable with members of Forensic Architecture and Laura Poitras: Wednesday, December 1, 6 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance; space is limited. December 1-April 18. Info, 514-8476226. Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art.

ART EVENTS 2021 HOLIDAY CRAFT MARKET: More than 25 artisan craft vendors offer baskets, ceramics, decorative and wearable fiber, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, 362-1405. 2021 WOMEN’S FESTIVAL OF CRAFTS: Due to the ongoing pandemic, browse the 32nd annual event virtually for locally made crafts and other items by more than 100 artisans and makers at Through December 18. ARTIST TALK: WILLIAM RANSOM: The Vermont-based artist discusses the work in his current sculptural installation, “Keep Up/Hold Up.” Register for Zoom event at brattleboromuseum. org. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Thursday, December 2, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 257-0124. CAROL MACDONALD HOLIDAY SALE: The artist opens her studio for an annual sale of monoprints and limited-edition prints, cards, sketchbooks and more. Carol MacDonald Studio, Colchester, Friday, December 3, 2-6 p.m., and Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Info, 373-8650. HOLIDAY JUBILEE: OPEN STUDIOS & ART MARKET: For this seasonal event, VSC is opening the print archive in the Wolf Kahn Gallery and offering prints by visiting artists for sale. Artists and staff studios are open as well. Masks are required in all VSC buildings. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Friday, December 3, 4-7 p.m. Info, 635-2727. HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE: The history museum offers special prices in its gift shop, handmade door swags and a pop-up shop from the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, Saturday, December 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Info, 877-3406. MINIATURE CHRISTMAS TREE RAFFLE: Online auction of artist-decorated tiny trees for the holidays. View trees and place bids at Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury. Through December 21. $5 for one ticket; $20 for five. Info, 388-2117.

‘PANDEMIC PASSAGES’: A monthly online workshop presented by the Passing Project using art to open the unexpected gifts that the pandemic life has given us. Participants can explore their experiences through writing, drawing, dancing or other means. Details at Sunday, December 5, 4-5:30 p.m. Sliding-scale donations, $10-25. Info,

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RICHARD BISSELL WORKSHOP TOUR: BMAC presents a tour of the woodworker’s shop in Putney. Bissell, who makes furniture in Shaker, Mission and custom styles, is featured in a current exhibition of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers. Register at for details and directions. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Sunday, December 5, 2 p.m. $10; free for museum members. Info, 257-0124. TALK: ‘MAKING HISTORY WITH MRS. M-----’S CABINET: IMAGINING A FEMINIST PERIOD ROOM’: Middlebury’s Henry Sheldon Museum presents a virtual lecture by Sarah Anne Carter, executive director of the Center for Design and Material Culture Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, that explores the use of a period-room project at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibition asks, among other things, what a museum does and who it’s for. This is part of the “Elephant in the Room: Exploring the Future of Museums” series. Preregister for Zoom link at Wednesday, December 8, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2117. VERMONT CLAY GUILD HOLIDAY POTTERY SALE: Original works by 10 local ceramic artists. Masks appreciated. Queen City Brewery, Burlington, Friday, December 3, 4:30-7 p.m., and Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Info,



which previously filled Burlington City Hall, features locally made goods from paintings to macramé kits. The upside of going online? The festival isn’t just one weekend; it extends to December 18 at “I was surprised by how well it did last year,” said Martha Hull. “It was nowhere near the event in person, but people want to support local artists.” Hull, a regular vendor at this and other craft fairs, also sells her prints, cards and magnets at Thirty-odd in Burlington. Locals will likely recognize what she calls her “cute & deadly art.” Trained as an illustrator, Hull turns out outré drawings of anthropomorphized food and evil but endearing animals. In her hands, the apocalypse is … filled with kittens? As her website says, “Martha Hull likes to make pretty, twisted pictures which make people laugh.” One popular image is of a tarted-up cube of cheddar — think bedroom eyes, red stilettos, cigarette in hand — with the caption “When cheese goes bad.” Hull’s


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


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JULIE CRABTREE & AMANDA ANN PALMER: Fiber-art landscapes inspired by the Scotland coast, and hand-thrown pottery, respectively. December 1-February 28. Info, 295-4567. Long River Gallery in White River Junction.

MONTPELIER ART WALK: Pedestrians stroll through downtown venues to look at art, meet artists, and explore shops, galleries and restaurants. Art Walk guidebooks available at participating locations. Various Montpelier locations, Friday, December 3, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-9604.


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“Wishing you all the Christmas joy you deserve” depicts an orange cat staring morosely at its bowl of coal kibble. “Mistletoe Girl With Gas Mask” (pictured) just speaks to the times. During her childhood in Jericho, Hull was thrilled to find a kindred spirit in Edward Gorey, she said. Among other gifts, the illustrator and writer had a talent for thinking up bizarre ways in which people might die. Hull’s challenge, she added, is to find that “sweet spot” between light and dark. She doesn’t want to be too cute, but she doesn’t want to drive patrons over the abyss. The artist has numerous thematic collections; some illustrations are offered as prints on paper or canvas. New this year is a 2022 calendar. Its theme is North American Wild Life, and each month features different critters. Examples: a fox couple enjoying cocktails, a possum graffiti artist, adorably fornicating bunnies. “It’s the first time I’ve made something with an expiration date,” Hull exclaimed. “The time to buy it is now!” In addition to the Women’s Festival of Crafts website, Hull’s artwork can be found at and in select local stores.




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ARTWORK AT UVMMC: Oil paintings of cows by Stephanie Bush, wood shadowboxes by Sam Macy and abstract butterfly paintings by Maria Angelache in the Main Street Corridor and Ambulatory Care Center 3; mixed-media paintings by Kathleen Grant in McClure 4; acrylic paintings and monotypes by Elizabeth Powell and photographs by Kristina Pentek in ACC 2. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through January 24. Info, 865-7296. University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington. ‘UNBOUND’: Painting, sculpture and works on paper by Kirsten Reynolds, Rob Hitzig and Rachel Gross that explore contemporary approaches to abstraction as it relates to architecture, space and materials. BRADLEY BORTHWICK: “Objects of Empire,” sculptural installation that evolved from the artist’s research on the Dorset marble quarry and ancient Roman storehouses, and ponders shared cycles of civilization. Through February 5. Info, 865-7166. BCA Center in Burlington. JOHNINE HOEHN: Humorous ceramic works that are heavy on nostalgia, monster movies and personal foibles. Through December 1. Info, 338-7441. Thirtyodd in Burlington. MALTEX ARTISTS: Paintings by Dierdre Michelle, Judy Hawkins, Nancy Chapman and Jean Cherouny and photographs by Caleb Kenna and Michael Couture in the building’s hallways. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through March 31. Info, 865-7296. Maltex Building in Burlington. VANESSA COMPTON: “Grandmother,” mixed-media collages inspired by the artist’s grandmothers, both artists and of different cultures. Through December 9. Info, Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington. ‘...WILL YOU SING?’ MURAL: A 43-foot, wall-size mural, a project of Big Heavy World, features photographs of more than 200 Vermont musicians and audio clips of their music. Collaborators include photographers Luke Awtry and Jim Lockridge, design firm Solidarity of Unbridled Labour, Vermont Folklife Center and Gamma Imaging of Chicago. On view during business hours in the building’s entry hallway. Through December 31. Info, info@bigheavyworld. com. Howard Space Center in Burlington. WOLFGANG SCHWARTZ: “Divided as One,” an exhibit of ink on paper, gel works and limited-edition screen-prints that bring together nature and the last two years of our collective, and sometimes divided, emotional roller coaster. Through December 31. Info, 406-223-1333. Flynndog Gallery in Burlington.

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ADRIENNE GINTER & ERIKA LAWLOR SCHMIDT: Hand-cut paper works that tell stories from nature, and monotypes that reflect the natural world and the interconnectedness of all life, respectively. Curated by Burlington City Arts. Through January 31. Info, 865-7296. Pierson Library in Shelburne. ELLIOT BURG: Photographic portraits shot on the streets of Havana, Cuba. Gates 1-8. SHANNON O’CONNELL: Paintings with phosphorescent and UV-sensitive pigments mixed into the paint, allowing secondary paintings to be revealed. In the Skyway. Through December 31. Info, 865-7296. Burlington International Airport in South Burlington. ‘EYESIGHT & INSIGHT: LENS ON AMERICAN ART’: An online exhibition of artworks at that illuminates creative responses to perceptions of vision; four sections explore themes ranging from 18th-century optical technologies to the social and historical connotations of eyeglasses in portraiture from the 19th century to the present. Through October 16. ‘IN PLAIN SIGHT: REDISCOVERING CHARLES SUMNER BUNN’S DECOYS’: An online exhibition of shorebird decoys carved by the member of the ShinnecockMontauk Tribes, based on extensive research and resolving historic controversy. Through October 5. ‘PATTERN & PURPOSE: AMERICAN QUILTS FROM THE SHELBURNE MUSEUM’: The museum presents 20 textile masterpieces from its



CALL TO ARTISTS ARTFUL ICE SHANTIES: BMAC and Retreat Farm invite entries to the second annual ice shanty exhibition in February. Details and registration at brattleboromuseum. org. Deadline: December 15. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. Info, 257-0124. ARTIST DEVELOPMENT GRANTS: Artist development grants support Vermont-based artists at all stages of their careers, funding activities that enhance mastery of a craft or that increase the viability of an artist’s business. Funding may also support aspects of the creation of new work. Grant amounts range from $250 to $2,000. Details and application at Deadline: February 14. Vermont Arts Council, Montpelier. ‘FACE IT’: We are hardwired to look carefully at what other people’s faces reveal — the lines of age, a gamut of emotions, even an attempt to disguise what’s on their mind. We want to share portraits and self-portraits, abstract or realistic, masked or unmasked, in any medium that convey a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, emotions and

expressions. Submission info at Deadline: December 4. Studio Place Arts, Barre. $10 for nonmembers; free for SPA members. Info, 479-7069. ‘LET’S COLLAGE ABOUT IT!’: Submit collage art for an opportunity to be exhibited at the center’s 2022 community exhibition, January 1 through April. Exhibition form at, or email jess@ Deadline: December 15. Center for Arts and Learning, Montpelier. Free. MICRO-GRANTS FOR ARTISTS: The Montpelier Public Arts Commission is offering a micro-grant program for Vermont-based artists for up to $1,500 for permanent or temporary art installations throughout the city. The request for proposals is open for an indefinite period; artists may submit at anytime during the year. The commission will review and award grants twice yearly; the next deadline is March 30. For more info and to review the RFP, visit Info, 522-0150.

collection dating from the first decades of the 1800s to the turn of the 21st century, organized by associate curator Katie Wood Kirchhoff. Online only at Through February 1. WINTER LIGHTS: The museum’s buildings and grounds are bedecked with multicolored lights for this holiday extravaganza. Purchase timed tickets in advance. Thursdays-Saturdays, 5-8 p.m. $15 for adults; $10 for children ages 3-17. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum. ‘THE GIFT OF ART’: An off-season exhibition featuring a changing collection of artworks. Open by appointment or during special events. Through April 30. Info, 434-2167. Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. ‘HOMETOWN WATERCOLORISTS’: Five members of the Vermont Watercolor Society show their work in landscapes, portraits, abstract and still lifes: Joey Bibeau, Lynn Cummings, Alice Eckles, Martin Lalonde and Lauren Wooden. Through January 7. Info, 536-1722. South Burlington Public Art Gallery. JULIA HECHTMAN AND MELISSA POKORNY: “Kindred,” an artist collaboration including video, photography and sculpture, combining materials generated on research trips to Iceland and other locations. Through December 10. Info, bcollier@ McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. MAREVA MILLARC: “Drawn to the Rhythm,” bold works in oil, acrylic, ink and mixed media. Through December 15. Info, 662-4808. ArtHound Gallery in Essex. ‘ONLY MAPLE’: Watercolors by Harald Aksdal, works in wood by Carl Newton and Toby Fulwiler, and ceramics by Lucia Bragg. Through December 19. Info, 899-3211. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.


‘THE CATAMOUNT IN VERMONT’: An exhibition that explores the feline symbol of Vermont through the lenses of art, science and culture. Through May 31. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

SMALL AND LARGE WORKS: Submit up to 10 works smaller than 12 inches for this annual unjuried exhibition. Up to three large works measuring two to six feet per person are displayed in the halls of the Soda Plant. Deadline: Saturday, December 4; drop-off noon-5 p.m. Details at The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery, Burlington. $3 per piece. Info, 578-2512. ‘STICK WITH LOVE’: Artwork submissions are welcome on themes of love, compassion and social justice for an exhibition January 14 to February 18. Due to gallery size, not all submissions can be accepted. Details at Deadline: December 27. AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon N.H. $10. Info, 603-448-3117. ‘TRACKS’: Established and emerging artists are invited to submit one or two pieces of artwork that relates to the theme. Any medium accepted. Work must be able to be hung on a gallery hanger system (not picture hanger). For registration and more info, email catherine.mcmains@ Deadline: December 23. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery, Jericho.

‘CELEBRATE!’: An annual exhibition featuring fine art and crafts created by more than 60 SPA member artists, displayed on all three floors of the building. Masks required. Through December 29. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre. EMMA NORMAN: “In the Night of Day,” photographs of San Francisco Bay as the skies turned amber from wildfire smoke and fog on September 9, 2020. Through December 31. Info, Center for Arts and Learning in Montpelier. JENNIFER BRYAN: “Liquid Mind,” abstract paintings by the NU alumna ’05. Through December 10. Info, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. JUDY GREENWALD: Pastel paintings by the local artist; prints of each work also available. Through December 29. Info, Espresso Bueno in Barre. SUSAN BULL RILEY: Three large oil and 32 watercolor paintings, from landscapes to intimate studies of plants and birds. Through December 31. Info, 229-6206. North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. TUMBLING BLOCKS COMMUNITY QUILT PROJECT: Montpelier Alive exhibits the Capital City’s newest piece of public art, a project intended to help “stitch together” the community during the pandemic. More than 250 individuals, including more than 100 students, contributed designs for panels that Sabrina Fadial collated and made into a “quilt.” Through December 31. Info, 488-4303. Montpelier Transit Center. WILL C.: Vibrant original paintings by the Vermont artist. Through December 7. Info, fillingstationvt@ Filling Station in Middlesex.


f 2021 MEMBERS’ ART SHOW: The 40th annual unjuried exhibition that showcases member-submitted artwork alongside the Festival of Trees & Lights. Reception: Friday, December 3, 5-7 p.m. Through December 31. Info, 253-8358. The Current in Stowe.

f BFA EXHIBIT: Students Jakob Aigeldinger, Garrison French and Caroline Loftus exhibit their artworks. Reception and artist talk: Thursday, December 2, 3-5 p.m. Through December 15. Info, 498-3459. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Northern Vermont University, in Johnson. ‘CALL AND RESPONSE’: An exhibition of images by eight members of the Photographers Workroom. KRISTINA SNOOK: “Tradition/Improvisation,” fiber works by the Vermont artist. Through January 15. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville. CATHY CONE: “There Was Once,” hand-painted photographs and black-and-white Piezography by the Vermont artist. Through January 8. MICHAEL MAHNKE: “A River Moving in You,” a large-scale, site-specific work by the gallery cofounder, located on the Johnson Village Green, that reflects the natural environment and our relationships to one another. Through December 31. Info, 646-519-1781. Minema Gallery in Johnson. ‘GEMS AND GIANTS’: A holiday showcase featuring large and small artworks from more than 80 member artists. Through December 19. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. THE LAMOILLE ART & JUSTICE PROJECT: LISTENING OUTSIDE THE LINES: A sound installation featuring oral histories and corresponding artists’ interpretations, focused on creating community and cultural preservation, and providing a mirror for those who have lacked reflection. Through December 17. Info, 635-2727. Red Mill Gallery, Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson.

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‘FLUID EXPRESSIONS’: The annual awards show by the Vermont Watercolor Society features 30 outstanding paintings in a variety of styles, both realistic and abstract. Through December 17. Info, 496-6682. The Gallery at Mad River Valley Arts in Waitsfield. SMALLS GROUP SHOW: Annual holiday exhibition of petite artworks with affordable prices. Through December 24. Info, 244-7801. Axel’s Frame Shop & Gallery in Waterbury.

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“HENRY AT 200’: An exhibit celebrating the museum founder and collector of New England history with documents, photographs, scrapbooks, autographs, Middlebury imprints, diaries, music ephemera, relics and even a lock of Napoleon’s hair. Through December 31. ‘SIGHTLINES’: Photographs by Caleb Kenna and paintings by Jill Madden that explore the Joseph Battell and Breadloaf Wilderness areas of the Green Mountains. Through December 31. HOLIDAY TRAIN EXHIBIT: The popular Lionel trains return with a Green Mountain backdrop and a brand-new feature: a caboose that livestreams a video of the train traveling through its layout. Book timed visits on Saturdays at Masks are required. Through January 8. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury. ‘ITTY BITTY: TINY TEXTS IN SPECIAL COLLECTIONS’: Books from the 17th to 21st centuries that measure between 1.8 and 10 centimeters, from religious manuscripts to cookbooks, children’s books to Shakespeare. Visitors are not currently allowed in the library but may view the works online at Through May 31. Davis Family Library, Middlebury College. MORE ‘SMALL WORKS, BIG IMPACT’: New small works from Julia Purinton, established gallery artists and new Edgewater artist Susan Abbott. Through December 31. Info, 989-7419. Edgewater Gallery on the Green in Middlebury. ‘PRIDE 1983’: Through interviews with organizers, photographs and scanned images of historic documents, the exhibit, curated by Meg Tamulonis of the Vermont Queer Archives, explores the origins and lasting legacies of Vermont’s first Pride March on June 25, 1983, in Burlington. It can also be viewed online


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CORRINE YONCE: “Excerpts from Estate Sale,” mixed-media works that consider the intimacies of home and the figures who share that space, on display in the venue’s windows. Through January 15. Info, 77ART in Rutland. GINGERBREAD SHOWCASE: Original gingerbread house creations by community members. People’s choice awards are given in a variety of categories. Through December 10. Info, 775-0356. Chaffee Art Center in Rutland.

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f HOLIDAY SHOW: Prints and handmade gift cards by artist members. Reception: Friday, December 3, 5-7 p.m. Through January 29. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. PAULA CLOUDPAINTER: “Cloudmaps and Other Travels Through the Atmosphere,” watercolors and mixed-media paintings. Through December 31. Info, 457-2295. Norman Williams Public Library in Woodstock.

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‘A LIFE IN LISTS AND NOTES’: An exhibition that celebrates the poetic, mnemonic, narrative and enumerative qualities of lists and notes. The objects on display span myriad creative, professional, bureaucratic, domestic and personal uses of lists through the ages. Through May 31. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover.

B. LYNCH: “Pull Back the Curtain,” a fantastical universe of the Reds and the Greys, disparate societal factions set in the 18th century, using puppetry, drawing, painting, linoleum block printing and digital animation. Through February 13. DELITA MARTIN: “Between Worlds,” a year-long installation in the museum’s front windows that reimagines the identities and roles of Black women in the context of Black culture and African history. Through May 31. GUILD OF VERMONT FURNITURE MAKERS: “Evolving Traditions,” contemporary works in wood crafted



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‘HIROSHIGE AND THE CHANGING JAPANESE LANDSCAPE’: An exhibition of Japanese woodblock prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858) that depict how the political climate of 19th-century Japan influenced its art and how the art influenced politics. Through February 27. Info, 367-1311. Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester.

ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOW: Unique creations by members, including ornaments, paintings, fiber, hand-blown glass, woodworks and more. Through January 8. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

‘PIECING TOGETHER’: A group exhibit of artists and makers focusing on the transitional use of “pieces” to create a whole work of art. Through December 4. Info, The Satellite Gallery in Lyndonville.

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‘TRANSIENT BEAUTY’: An exhibition of work by 25 contemporary photographers in response to Vermont icon Snowflake Bentley; a closed-bid auction of the photos benefits the museum and the artists. Info, 447-1571. DUSTY BOYNTON: “Boundless,” new paintings and mixed-media works by the Vermont artist, curated in collaboration with Stowe’s 571 Projects. Through December 31. Info, Bennington Museum.


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‘LOCAL COLOR’: Nature-inspired works in a variety of mediums by members of Caspian Arts. Through December 31. Info, 533-2000. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro.

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ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXHIBITION AND SALE: “Wintry Mix,” works in a variety of mediums by member artists from Vermont and New Hampshire. Through December 30. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. ‘ECOLOGIES: A SONG FOR OUR PLANET’: An exhibition of installations, videos, sculptures, paintings, drawings and photographs that explore the relationship between humans and nature, and disruptions to the planet’s ecosystems caused by human intervention. Through February 27. ‘HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR ONE VOICE TO REACH ANOTHER?’: An exhibition of major works from the museum’s collection, along with new acquisitions and loans, that explore the theme of voice in both physical and metaphorical registers. Through February 13. ‘THE WORLD OF YOUSUF KARSH: A PRIVATE ESSENCE’: A showcase of 111 silver-gelatin portraits by the renowned Armenian Canadian photographer, shot and printed himself; donated by the artist’s estate and his widow. Through January 30. RAGNAR KJARTANSSON: “Sumarnótt” (“Death Is Elsewhere”), an immersive installation by the Icelandic artist, filmed under the midnight sun, consisting of a seven-channel video and musical soundscape that surround the viewer. Through January 2. Info, 514-285-2000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. ‘THORNTON DIAL: THE TIGER CAT’: Part of a new acquisition of 10 artworks from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, the exhibition looks closely at the late artist’s work and the ways in which it broadens an understanding of American art. Through February 27. Info, 603-646-2808. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. m


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n Saturday, November 6, Burlington’s ArtsRiot was packed to capacity. The occasion was a hip-hop showcase organized by New York City-based music video director Kelly Butts-Spirito, who has built a platform on YouTube and Instagram under his Love, Kelly brand. He assembled a stacked lineup, putting viral Atlanta stars Zaia and KBFR alongside young Burlington talents Rivan C., Brazii, HAKIM XOXO, Real Ricky, LooD (aka Yvng Ohm), Heady Betty and breakout star North Ave Jax. The Love, Kelly showcase exceeded Butts-Spirito’s already high expectations. “It honestly left me speechless,” he said a week later. “We had a line around the whole building for hours and had to turn away hundreds of people.” Inside, the crowd danced and shouted along with every hook — even carrying the artists for a few memorable stage dives. Although it was a triumph for his team, Butts-Spirito was focused on the bigger picture. “It was a win for all of us, the youthful music community of Burlington,” he said, noting plans for an even bigger Love, Kelly showcase in the New Year. Not long after the show, his friend and collaborator North Ave Jax announced that



he had signed with LVRN, an Atlanta-based imprint of Interscope Records. The two recently commemorated the occasion with a killer new single, “Trust Nobody,” and a music video to match, shot at Burlington High School and Al’s French Frys. But North Ave Jax is hardly the only developing story in Burlington hip-hop. The scene is booming, driven by a new generation of hungry, young talent. This Saturday, December 4, fans can get another taste of the burgeoning scene, once again at ArtsRiot. The Queen City Kickback team presents a packed bill of hip-hop and punk for an all-ages celebration, including Guy Ferrari, Yvng Ohm, Don Rico, Suspect Behavior, Greaseface, Rivan C. and DJ David Chief. During the peak of the pandemic lockdown, the QCKB brand became synonymous with DIY underground shows promoted by word of mouth and cryptic Instagram posts. The duo behind the hype are two unassuming hard workers: Jesse Rivers and Rivan Calderin, aka Rivan C. The two met three years ago when Rivers approached Calderin to model for a clothing brand Rivers was starting. “He was a sophomore in high school trying to



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start his own company, so I could tell he had drive in him,” recalled Calderin, who is a ferocious force onstage but humble and easygoing in person. When the quarantine era hit, they created QCKB for a virtual concert at Waterbury Center’s Zenbarn, but the plan fell through. Instead of ditching the idea, the two decided to form a group under the name. As soon as state restrictions on gatherings were lifted, they started hosting underground shows in locations around Burlington. According to Calderin, QCKB’s first “real show” in a legit venue was over the summer, a sold-out event at Burlington dance studio and performance space Swan Dojo. “That’s when we started to realize what we could make out of this,” he said. For artists and audiences alike, the QCKB series offered respite from a long pandemic nightmare. “I’ve done two shows with them so far, and both of them were stupid fun,” LooD said. “Everyone definitely needed to release some energy. As soon as I walked in the building, the vibe in there just took control.” The series is about much more than vibes, though. “I don’t think enough people realize the raw talent these artists have,” Rivers said. “Our goal is to give as big of a platform as we can for these guys.” This recent explosion of activity in Burlington is driven by young artists, young entrepreneurs and young fans. Hip-hop has always been a youth culture, after all. But the lineage of Vermont hiphop stretches back nearly two decades, from the pioneering work of Eye Oh You, the Loyalists and VT Union to secondgeneration icons such as the Aztext and Lynguistic Civilians. Still, nothing in that history looms quite so large today as the inspirational saga of 99 Neighbors, the seven-artist crew of hometown heroes who signed to Nice Work, a Warner Records imprint, in 2019. They dropped their magnificent major-label debut LP Wherever You’re Going I Hope It’s Great in September and are currently on a nationwide tour. “It definitely gives Burlington artists hope,” Calderin said of 99 Neighbors’ success. He doesn’t think that their formula will be easy to replicate, however. “They managed to make the right connections at the right time and took full advantage of them,” he observed. Connections are everything in the music business, but so is having good mentors. Butts-Spirito learned from a cast of artist managers, video directors and label executives from coast to coast. Rivers’ big influences were closer to home. “I have learned everything I do

now from Tim Cece and Kevin Statesir,” he said, citing his years of working for them at the Double E Performance Center in Essex Junction. Equally crucial is support from older artists. There are plenty of old heads grumbling about the new wave, but there are even more established names happy to help. Several of Burlington’s young MCs said eager mentors in particular have included Burlington legend Konflik, poet and activist Rajnii Eddins, prolific superproducer Es-K, and rapper/singer Charlie Mayne, formerly known as Chyse Atkins. The love is mutual, too. “I see a lot in these young artists, man. So much potential,” Mayne said. The collaborative, cooperative nature of the latest wave is key to the young artists’ success, he noted: “It’s a strong, positive wave, everyone respecting each others’ talents, not wondering who’s better or who’s not. There’s too many lanes and too much money to go around to have to compete anymore.” David Chief is another young producer, DJ and tastemaker who has been an active part of the scene since he arrived from New Jersey in 2017. He got his start as a Champlain College student at Red Square, “playing for pretty much nobody,” he said, and he’s been networking hard ever since. Today, he’s an institution unto himself. Chief was behind the DJ decks for the Love, Kelly showcase, and he’ll be back for the QCKB celebration this Saturday. He’s also been organizing hip-hop shows of his own for years, building a reputation for all-killer, no-filler lineups. Burlington has no shortage of up-andcoming hip-hop talent, but the musicians would be nothing without fans. Longtime scenesters and young artists alike agree that Burlington is a special place with special fans. As Butts-Spirito put it, “All the out-of-town artists continually commented that the energy in Burlington is insane.” As for the ArtsRiot team, it’s happy to keep hosting. “Kids are excited to show up for what they like and what they relate to,” production manager Elise Albertini said. “I think that Burlington has a lot more to offer than the stereotypical Dead and Phish cover bands that take up a lot of space in the night scene.” Older artists watching the hip-hop scene know that young energy is helping it grow. “The kids show more support for music than the adults out here, for some reason,” Mayne observed. “This momentum is exactly what Vermont needs.” m






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Chris Pureka with Anna Tivel (singer-songwriter) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $20/$23.


Irish Sessions (celtic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Irish Sessions (celtic) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

Josie’s Ring (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. Free. The Ray Vega Band (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

Pathways Benefit Concert featuring Uncle Sweet Cheeks, No Lemon (benefit show) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 9 p.m. $10.

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

The Ray Vega Band (jazz) at Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. Free.

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Lily Seabird, Jon Ehrens and Silt (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7:15 p.m. $5.

The Elovaters with Joe Sambo and Jarv (reggae) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12/$15.


The Lizards: Phish Tribute (Phish tribute) at Nectar’s, Burlington, 8:30 p.m. $15.

Guy Ferrari, Brenden and the Trout, Lake Over Fire and the Dead Shakers (indie rock) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free.

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Freya Wilcox (singer-songwriter) at Radio Bean, Burlington, 10 p.m. $5. Green Mountain Cabaret (live cabaret) at Club Metronome, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15/$20. Jocelyn & Chris (rock) at Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $15/$18.


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The Wormholes with Night Protocol (rock) at Orlando’s Bar & Lounge, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5.


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Anthony DeVito (comedy) at Vermont Comedy Club, Burlington, 7 p.m. $20.


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The mood on Repelican’s new EP, Tough Light, recalls sitting around a bonfire or taking a dip in an outdoor hot tub in January. The five-track collection of psychedelic folk-rock churns and simmers, yet it keeps something dark and still at bay. Its heat cocoons the listener from cold and darkness, which circle like hungry wolves. Repelican is the project of producer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Ehrens, a recent transplant based in Panton. Formerly of mid-Atlantic cities Baltimore, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., Ehrens is known for his work in synth-pop groups White Life and Dungeonesse, among others. The latter was a collaboration of Ehrens and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner. The duo’s self-titled 2013 record was a kaleidoscopic collection of capital-P Pop that Pitchfork’s Lindsay Zoladz called “light, infectious [and] effortlessly cool.” In February, Ehrens released I’m Not

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“Evolution has come to weed us out!” screams Flypaper Scissors singer/multiinstrumentalist E.D. Friedman on “Modern People.” The first track on Life After Tomorrow, Friedman’s latest LP under the Flypaper Scissors moniker, the song is something of a fake-out, a nod toward pop and R&B on a record that sits a lot closer to early aughts nu metal and hardcore music. Life After Tomorrow is the third release of Flypaper Scissors, a solo project for Friedman. The Champlain College associate professor has been putting out alt-rock records since the early 2000s, when he was known as Oblique and located in South Florida. After a lengthy hiatus, Friedman reemerged as Flypaper Scissors, first with the 2017 EP The Inevitable, then 2019’s space-rockleaning So Far Gone.


One: Vol. 1, an album full of noteworthy collaborations. He brought in electro maverick Drew Daniel (the Soft Pink Truth, Matmos), bassist Bakithi Kumalo (Paul Simon’s Graceland) and Samuel Herring of synth-pop outfit Future Islands. Ehrens’ work as Repelican goes back much further. His Bandcamp page includes nearly 20 releases from 2003 to present. Tracing his records through the years, it’s clear Ehrens is prone to experimentation. The earliest Repelican songs are sketch-like and raw. Tough Light keeps the grit and sprawling sense of exploration, but the songwriting and instrumentation are more focused, and the overall sound is streamlined. Ehrens’ melodic guitar work often stands out the most. His spiderweb riffs are intricate and circular, creating hypnotic motifs throughout the 20-minute EP. Vocals frequently arrive in layered, choral harmonies imbued with reverence. Opener “Telling on Ourselves” and middle cut “Try Not to Beg” have similar ambience, both edging into math-rock territory. Ehrens’ fingers trip up and down the fret board throughout the EP,

but he’s exceptionally dexterous in these tracks. They share a stinging vibrance and spacious atmosphere. “In Hiding” is all country vibes. Rattlesnake shakers hiss behind a bouncing bass line as Ehrens sings Appalachian-influenced harmonies. Trills of acoustic guitar swirl throughout. Percussion bubbles up on “Flat Snakes.” Shakers, congas, cymbals and claps converge in a crackling mosaic around 8 SO. MAIN STREET, Ehrens’ spindly acoustic guitar. ST. ALBANS Closer “That Is the Last Time I Saw the 524-3769 Sun” builds from a clattering groove to a turbulent trudge. Ehrens’ majestic choir of RAILCITYMARKETVT.COM vocals peeks through the din like patches of sun through storm clouds. In the track’s final minute, Ehrens’ 12v-railcity120121.indd 1 11/29/21 11:07 AM voice comes through clearly and intimately as he sings, “Driving through the snow / Wondering where we’re gonna go / That is the last time I saw the sun.” The lyrics conclude the record with an unsettling tone of finality. Having lived in the state for less than a year, Ehrens is a Vermont newbie of considerable interest. His intriguing sound and numerous connections should lead to further delights. Tough Light is available at repelican.

On his latest album, Friedman ties it all together with something of a theme. The songs are “reflecting on human behavior in a changed world,” he wrote by email. The album sports suitably dystopian cover art of a dilapidated basketball goal and a snow-spotted, soggy field. Visible through fog are skeletal trees and the pale husk of a building. The cover, designed by Friedman, matches the sounds he creates. For most of the eight tracks on Life After Tomorrow, Friedman dwells in the realm of Deftones-like metal, by way of the Cure. “Fat Mooney” is a pounding song full of knife-edged guitar tones and a driving bass. Friedman’s singing is often gentle by comparison. The verses in “A Calmed Relax” show pop-punk influences, and playful harmonies and a simple guitar riff form the bedrock. Credit Friedman for possessing the chops to sound not only like a full band but also one whose individual pieces have personalities. The guitars are gnarly,

distorted to a blunt edge and chugging like machinery. The bass has a pop that adds some needed buoyancy to Friedman’s explosive drum work. However, in a record so devoted to the heavy sounds of the late ’90s and early aughts, one element is missing: the neonlit edge of the best Deftones records. Amid all the darkness and loud-quiet dynamics, Life After Tomorrow could use a few slashes of color. Friedman does a capable and often intriguing job with his vocal melodies, but they don’t possess the firepower of Chino Moreno. The place to add some of those splashes would be in the instrumental mix, but overall he opts for a stark, punishingly hard tone. Perhaps that’s fitting in a record that seems to dwell in the ruins. “I suffocate alone without you here,” Friedman sings over a piano dirge on “A Crown.” Like much of the album, the tune evokes a sense of loneliness and space, of being an agoraphobe left to one’s own devices in an abandoned world. Check out Life After Tomorrow at




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orror tales often involve powerful forces working underground. Mycorrhizae, or symbiotic relationships between plant roots and fungi, fit the bill. Given that mycorrhizae are non-sentient and benign, however — ecologists tout their soil-enhancing properties — they make an unlikely star for a horror movie. That didn’t stop Ben Wheatley, who wrote and directed this trippy oddity from the UK that premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival and is now streaming on Hulu.


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Will you like it?

Director Wheatley is something of a parttime auteur. A fan of his dark, absurdist dramas Kill List and Sightseers, I was discouraged when his remake of Rebecca for Netflix was a swoony romance with nothing wicked or weird about it. His next big project is the sequel to the killer-shark blockbuster The Meg. But somehow, in between making those two highly commercial movies, Wheatley directed In the Earth, which seems designed to be the very essence of WTF cinema. The film shows the influence of several genres and generations of cult horror. Shot in just 15 days, In the Earth has the grubby, low-budget feel of ’70s horror movies such as The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Though it’s not a found-footage film, the sylvan setting inevitably recalls The Blair Witch Project, especially combined with the key role played by the fable of a woodland spirit. There are strong hints of eco horror. And Dr. Wendle, when we finally meet her, embodies the mad scientist


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archetype beautifully, thanks to Squires’ electric performance. Wheatley subverts some of these familiar motifs in clever ways. The main characters represent a reversal of traditional horror’s gender roles, for instance: Alma is stoic and physically competent, while Martin is continually groaning, moaning and hurting himself. Zach occupies the place of the scary local who looms large in every variation on the “cabin in the woods” story. Far from a hick, however, he’s an educated transplant to the forest who expounds selfimportantly on the virtues of herbs and the pleasures of darkroom photography. He also has a knack for disturbing deadpan humor, assuring one victim that a blow won’t hurt because “My ax is very sharp.” When the movie isn’t busy walking the line between gross horror and absurdist comedy, it hints at big, vague ideas. Dr. Wendle attempts to use light and sound to communicate with the forest’s mycorrhizal network, which she believes may be sentient. Martin’s festering wound evokes primal fears about contamination of the human by the inhuman. And the pandemic setting — no disease is ever named — makes human civilization seem inherently precarious. Maybe we’ve had our day, and it’s time for those resourceful plants to take over. The problem with In the Earth is that Wheatley never commits to any one of these ideas. Fans of body horror will wait

in vain for a horrific union of man and mushroom, while enthusiasts of more subtle psychological scares will lament the characters’ lack of interiority. For all the actors’ skill, they feel like players in an improv sketch — vivid but shallow. Powered by Clint Mansell’s throbbing electronic score and Wheatley’s strobing visuals — photosensitive folks, beware! — In the Earth is undeniably a trip. But it’s a trip that only takes us on a tour of references to better movies. MARGO T HARRI S O N

IF YOU LIKE THIS, TRY... KILL LIST (2011; AMC+, IFC Films Unlim-

ited, Shudder, rentable): Wheatley got a jump on the recent folk horror revival with this cult flick that starts like a crime thriller and gradually becomes something much weirder. ANNIHILATION (2018; Paramount+, Sling,

rentable): Alex Garland’s adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s sci-fi novel is also a trippy tale of plant life run amok, but it offers more substance. Season 1, Episode 2 (2013; Hulu, rentable): If you are a body horror fan who wants to see man become mushroom (I’m sure there are a few of you!), watch this episode of Bryan Fuller’s cult horror series. You’ll never see composting the same way again. “HANNIBAL,”




NEW IN THEATERS C’MON C’MON: Joaquin Phoenix plays a traveling radio journalist who finds himself becoming his young nephew’s guardian in this indie drama from writer-director Mike Mills (20th Century Women). (108 min, R. Roxy, Savoy)

NOW PLAYING BELFASTHHHH Kenneth Branagh wrote and directed this semi-autobiographical film about coming of age in the turbulent Northern Ireland of the 1960s. With Jude Hill, Caitriona Balfe and Judi Dench. (98 min, PG-13. Essex, Playhouse, Roxy, Savoy) CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOGHHH The children’s books about a beloved giant pet come to the screen in a semi-live-action adventure. Walt Becker directed. (97 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Star) DUNEHHH1/2 Director Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) takes on the first half of Frank Herbert’s epic sci-fi novel. Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac star. (155 min, PG-13. Bijou, Majestic; reviewed 10/27) ENCANTOHHHH A young girl living in a charmed Colombian enclave sets out to discover her own magical powers in the latest Disney animation, cowritten by Lin-Manuel Miranda. (99 min, PG. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Paramount, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) ETERNALSHH1/2 The latest Marvel adventure introduces a new group of heroes who are literally gods, played by Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, Kumail Najiani and others. Chloé Zhao (Nomadland) directed. (157 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Sunset) THE FRENCH DISPATCHHHH1/2 Wes Anderson’s latest is a love letter to the vintage New Yorker. With Benicio Del Toro, Adrien Brody, Tilda Swinton, Frances McDormand and Bill Murray. (108 min, R. Big Picture, Roxy) GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFEHH1/2 A new generation of Ghostbusters emerges as two teens (Finn Wolfhard and Mckenna Grace) discover their grandpa’s spooky legacy. Jason Reitman directed. (124 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Paramount, Roxy, Star, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) HOUSE OF GUCCIHHH Lady Gaga plays a newcomer to the storied fashion family in this biographical crime drama from director Ridley Scott, also starring Adam Driver and Jared Leto. (157 min, R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Roxy, Star, Welden)


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RESIDENT EVIL: WELCOME TO RACCOON CITYHH1/2 This prequel to the action-horror saga based on a video-game series unveils the mysteries of Spencer Mansion. Kaya Scodelario and Robbie Amell star. (107 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Sunset) SPENCERHHHH Pablo Larraín (Jackie) does his arty-biopic magic on Princess Diana (Kristen Stewart), depicting her decision to leave Prince Charles (Jack Farthing) over a family holiday. (111 min, R. Roxy; reviewed 11/10)



NO TIME TO DIEHHH1/2 James Bond returns from retirement to tackle a villain (Rami Malek) who targets people’s DNA in Daniel Craig’s swan song as the superspy. (163 min, PG-13. Majestic)


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JULIAHHH1/2 Directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West (RBG) tell the story of Julia Child in this documentary. (95 min, PG-13. Roxy, Savoy) KING RICHARDHHHH Will Smith plays the father and coach of tennis superstars Venus and Serena Williams in this biopic, also starring Aujanue Ellis. (138 min, PG-13. Capitol, Majestic, Roxy, Stowe)

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WOMEN’S FESTIVAL OF CRAFTS: The artisan market goes virtual, with gifts from more than 100 vendors available online. Various prices. Info, womensfestvt@

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JOY FACOS: The financial services professional illuminates how investors can take environmental responsibility into account. Presented by Vermont Humanities. Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.


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


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: An educational and entertaining film takes viewers on an epic adventure through some of Earth’s wildest landscapes. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy

Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11:30 a.m., 1:30 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘THE BOY WITH THE GREEN HAIR’: A boy orphaned in the blitz faces ridicule when his hair magically turns emerald in this 1948 anti-war parable. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: Moviegoers join scientists on a journey through a surreal world of bug-eyed giants and egg-laying mammals. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $14.50-18; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: A tenacious mammalian matriarch fights to protect her family in a desolate environment. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m., 12:30, 2:30 & 4:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: Sparkling graphics take viewers on a mind-bending journey from the beginning of the time through the mysteries of the universe. Northfield Savings Bank 3D Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30

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SENIOR CENTER WEEKLY LUNCH: Age Well and the Kevin L. Dorn Senior Center serve a hot, sit-down lunch. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 12:30 p.m. Donations; preregister; limited space. Info, 923-5545. WEEKLY WINE TASTING: Themed in-store tastings take oenophiles on an adventure through a wine region, grape variety, style of wine or producer’s offerings. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2368.

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ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION EXERCISE PROGRAM: Those in need of an easy-on-the-joints workout gather for an hour of calming, low-impact movement. United Community Church, St. Johnsbury, 1:302:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 751-0431. AYURVEDA PROGRAM ONLINE: Maryellen Crangle and Dorothy Alling Memorial Library lead a 12-week introduction to this ancient Indian and Nepalese healing and lifestyle tradition. 2-3:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, CHAIR YOGA: Waterbury Public Library instructor Diana Whitney leads at-home participants in gentle stretches supported by seats. 10 a.m. Free. Info, 244-7036. FALL PREVENTION SUNSTYLE TAI CHI: Humans

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HIV, THEN & NOW: Vermont Cares and GLAM Vermont mark World AIDS Day with an evening of storytelling, art and intergenerational dialogue. Masks required. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 371-6222.

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Derring-Do Audiences in more than 22 countries have been oohing and aahing over dance troupe MOMIX’s fantastical use of props and lighting for decades. Now, in celebration of the group’s 40th anniversary, founder, artistic director and native Vermonter Moses Pendleton returns to Dartmouth College, his alma mater, for three spectacular shows. The two-act set features vignettes from past performances, as well as new pieces: Dancers fly through the air, transform into many-legged extraterrestrials and flash shocking colors like so many birds of paradise. Pendleton gives an artist talk at Dartmouth before the Saturday show, recounting his journey from displaying his family cows at the Caledonia County Fair to directing an international acrobatics sensation.

‘VIVA MOMIX FOREVER’ Friday, December 3, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, December 4, 2 and 7:30 p.m., at Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H.; and Sunday, December 5, 7 p.m., at Lyndon Institute in Lyndon Center. $15-52; free for students. Info, 603-646-2422 or 802-748-2600, or boost their strength and balance through gentle, flowing movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 223-3322. TAI CHI SUN 73 CLASS: Practitioners enjoy a peaceful morning of movement. Ages 55 and up; prerequisite is Tai Chi for Fall’s Prevention series 1, 2 & 3. Middlebury Recreation Center, 1011:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, TAI CHI: SUN-STYLE 73: A sequence of slow, controlled motions aids in strength and balance. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 11:20 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 223-3322.


FESTIVAL OF TREES: DOWNTOWN TREE WALK: Local businesses deck out their display windows with quirky and captivating Christmas trees. Downtown St. Albans. Free. Info, MERCY MARKETPLACE: Mercy Connections hosts an online holiday craft fair

populated with goods from local artists. Various prices. Info, 846-7063. PUBLIC MENORAH LIGHTING: Chabad Vermont marks each night of Hanukkah in advance of an enlightening show on December 5. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 658-5770.


‘SUPERDOGS: THE MUSICAL’: Musical theater meets stunt dog spectacle to make for a barking good time for the whole family. Sylvan Adams Theatre, Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 7 p.m. $25-67. Info, 514-739-7944.


STUDENT PERFORMANCE RECITAL: University of Vermont music students prove their chops in a variety of genres. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. WILD WOODS SONG CIRCLE: Singers and acoustic

instrumentalists gather for an evening of music making. Zoom option available. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 775-1182.


AARON GOLDBERG & JEFF POTASH: Two archivists illuminate the Lost Mural Project’s efforts to restore a forgotten relic of Jewish Burlington. Presented by Vermont Humanities and Ilsley Public Library. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-4095. DAMIAN COSTELLO: Vermont Humanities and St. Johnsbury Athenaeum host the historian as he explores the legacy of the Lakota philosopher and medicine man Nicholas Black Elk. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 748-8291. DAVID MOATS: The Pulitzer Prizewinning journalist and author of Civil Wars: The Battle for Gay Marriage shares insights from 45 years of reporting. Presented by Vermont Humanities. Goodrich WED.1

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


FFL YOUNG WRITERS: Budding authors, scriptwriters and graphic novelists ages 10 and up learn more about the craft via prompts and group exercises. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3403. ITTY BITTY PUBLIC SKATE: Coaches are on hand to help the rink’s tiniest skaters stay on their feet. Gordon H. Paquette Ice Arena, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $8. Info, 865-7558.

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STORY TIME: Little ones from birth through age 5 learn from songs, sign language lessons, math activities and picture books. Masks required. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


HOLIDAY COMMUNITY TOY SWAP: Kids get in the giving spirit by bringing up to five gently used playthings to trade. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. HOLIDAY GIFT & CARD MAKING: Creative youngsters make crafts to give as presents to loved ones. Ages 6 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 888-3853. TEEN ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: Teenagers snack on free food and take an active role in their local library. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info,

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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. Masks required; proof of vaccination required for everyone 12 and older. Welden Theatre, St. Albans, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 527-7888. NO-SEW SNOWMEN: Crafters ages 8 and up make cuddly snow friends that will never melt. Fairfax Community Library, 3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: Little library patrons listen to stories, sing songs and take home a fun activity. Fairfax Community Library, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

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ZENTANGLE HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS: Doodlers ages 12 through adulthood

learn how to draw intricate, winterthemed patterns as a form of meditation. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 2-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

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


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


BABYTIME: Librarians bring out books, rhymes and songs specially selected for young ones. Ages birth to 18 months. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:1510:45 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. CRAFTERNOON: Weaving, knitting, embroidery and paper crafting supplies take over the Teen Space. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


BABY & TODDLER MEETUP: Tiny tots and their caregivers come together for playtime, puzzles and picture books. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. MIDDLE SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD MEETING: Students ages 10 through 12 kick off the library’s new participatory program for preteens. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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READ WITH HENRY: A big, friendly Newfoundland makes for a perfect friend to read stories to. 15-minute time slots available. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420.

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PARENT & CAREGIVER MEETUP & PLAYGROUP: Those with new and prewalking babies gather to chat and sip coffee while the little ones play. Older siblings welcome. BYO mug. Norwich Public Library, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, TODDLER STORY TIME: Toddling tykes 20 months through 3.5 years old hear a few stories related to the theme of the week. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.

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


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

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PAJAMA STORY TIME: Puppets and picture books enhance a special prebedtime story hour for kids in their PJs.

Birth through age 5. Masks required. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. PLAY TIME: Hoops, stepping rocks and parachute games help kids ages 2 through 5 make friends and build social skills. Masks required. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-6956.


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


DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Players ages 9 through 13 go on a fantasy adventure with dungeon master Andy. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:304:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-3853.


HOLIDAY LIGHTS!: Families pack into their cars and tune in to 89.3 FM for a journey through larger-than-life light displays, soundtracked by Saint Nick himself. Vermont State Fairgrounds, Rutland, 6-9 p.m. $25-30 per car. Info, 775-0903.

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FESTIVAL OF TREES: THE TRAVELLING STORYTELLER’S HOLIDAY PUPPET SHOW: Ernie and his felty friends recount the dramatic tale of Nanook, an Alaskan polar bear. St. Albans City Hall, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info,

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FESTIVAL OF TREES: SANTA’S WORKSHOP: Elves ages 14 and under visit with Santa and make their own gifts. Saint Albans Museum, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info,


ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.1, 10:15-11:15 a.m.


DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: FIGHTING THROUGH A WINTER WONDERLAND: Warlocks and warriors battle mutant snowmen in this seasonally appropriate adventure from dungeon master Robby. Ages 10 and up. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3403.

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FAMILY PLAYSHOP: Kids from birth through age 5 learn and play at this school readiness program. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:15-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


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

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BABY STORY TIME: Librarians and finger puppet friends introduce babies 20 months and younger to the joy of reading. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.


‘THE NUTCRACKER’: Sugarplum fairies of all ages drink hot cocoa, take photos with a ballerina and dance along to a filmed performance of the holiday ballet. Barn Opera, Brandon, noon-2 p.m. $5-10. Info, HOLIDAY LIGHTS!: See FRI.3.




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ONLINE PRENATAL YOGA: See WED.1, 8:30-9:15 a.m.

UKULELE JAM SESSION: Young strummers of every age circle up for a fun afternoon of making music. Ukuleles available to borrow. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 888-3853.


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

EILEEN CHRISTELOW: Phoenix Books hosts the author and illustrator of Five Little Monkeys Looking for Santa for a special holiday story time. 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 448-3350.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: The 5-andunder crowd meets up for an hour of stories, songs, crafts and playtime. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

SOCIAL SUNDAYS FAMILY ART: Registered families pick up take-home kits to complete with video or typed instructions. Milton Artists’ Guild Art Center & Gallery. Free; preregister. Info, 891-2014.

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MUSIC & MOVEMENT: Little ones ages 2 through 5 and their caregivers move along to songs. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 10-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 603-640-3268.

games and crafts, including paper airplane races, Lego competitions and origami. Ages 6 and up. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


ITTY BITTY PUBLIC SKATE: See WED.1. STORIES WITH MEGAN: Bookworms ages 2 through 5 enjoy fun-filled reading time. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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AFTERNOON STORY TIME: Books, toys and crafts are on the docket for kids ages 3.5 through 5. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120. PLAYGROUP FOR AGES 0-2: See WED.1.



STEAM SPACE: Kids explore science, technology, engineering, art and math activities. Ages 5 through 11. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.

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HOLIDAY GIFT & CARD MAKING: See WED.1. P.E.N. TEEN CREATIVE WRITING GROUP: Writers of anything from poetry to fan fiction convene to discuss their work. Ages 12 through 18. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, SQUIRREL NUT ZIPPERS HOLIDAY CARAVAN TOUR 2021: The familyfriendly band plays holiday favorites and classic hits alongside special guests Atom & the Orbits. Livestream available. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $15-55. Info, 760-4634.

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PRESCHOOL STORY TIME: See WED.1. PUZZLE PIECE SNOWFLAKES: Turns out that old puzzles make for pretty snowflake decorations! Ages 8 and up. Fairfax Community Library, 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.


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

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




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DON HOOPER & BILL MARES: The illustrator and author, respectively, launch I Could Hardly Keep From Laughing: An Illustrated Collection of Vermont Humor. Presented by Norwich Public Library, Norwich Historical Society and Vermont Humanities. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 649-1184.



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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.1. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.1. ‘KURT VONNEGUT: UNSTUCK IN TIME’: Vermont International Film Foundation presents a startlingly intimate documentary following filmmaker Robert B. Weide’s decades-long friendship with Vonnegut. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7-9:15 p.m. $6-12; free for VTIFF members. Info, 660-2600. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.1. ‘NO MAN’S LAND’: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart lead the cast in National Theatre Live’s revival of Harold Pinter’s comic classic. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $7-21. Info, 748-2600. ‘PAPER AND GLUE’: Academy Award-nominated director JR travels the world for his most ambitious project yet. Presented by Vermont International Film Foundation. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. $6-12; free for VTIFF members. Info, 660-2600.



INTRODUCTION TO THE FARM SUCCESSION PLANNER: University of Vermont Extension specialists teach farmers about new tools to help transfer ownership to the next generation. Noon-1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 476-2003.


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HIRING2DAYVT VIRTUAL JOB FAIR: The Vermont Department of Labor gives job seekers a chance to meet with employers from around the state. 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 828-4000. LARRY SWEDROE: The investment expert uses data to eliminate the guesswork for investors looking toward 2022. Presented by Copper Leaf Financial. Noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, MARKETING YOUR MAKING: Artisans and other creative types learn how to get their names and products out there. Presented by Generator. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 540-0761.


THURSDAY ZOOM KNITTERS: The Norman Williams Public Library fiber arts club meets virtually for

seasonal Vermont produce and meat. See for menus. Richmond Community Kitchen, 6-8 p.m. Various prices. Info, gustogastronomics@gmail. com.


WHIST CARD GAME CLUB: Players of all experience levels congregate for some friendly competition. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 12:30-3 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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CHAIR YOGA WITH LINDA: Lowimpact moves are the order of the day at this weekly sit-down yoga practice. Zoom option available. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 10:15-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.


FESTIVAL OF TREES: DOWNTOWN TREE WALK: See WED.1. FESTIVAL OF TREES: RUNNING OF THE BELLS: Runners jingle all the way to benefit Operation Happiness, which provides families in Franklin and Grand Isle counties with food and kids’ toys. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 6-8 p.m. $10-15. Info, vtfestivaloftrees@ MERCY MARKETPLACE: See WED.1. PUBLIC MENORAH LIGHTING: See WED.1. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier.

‘WINTER STARTS NOW’: Warren Miller Entertainment presents its annual film tour focused on the winter sports scene. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 6-8 & 9-11 p.m. $21-22. Info, 382-9222.

WINTER LIGHTS: Warm drinks in hand, visitors take in the all-aglow museum grounds. Shelburne Museum, 5-8 p.m. $10-15; free for kids 2 and under; preregister. Info, 985-3346.

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


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‘CONFESSION PUBLIQUE’: Performance artist Angélique Willkie gets metaphysical in this bilingual piece choreographed by Mélanie Demers and composed by Frannie Holder. La Chapelle, Montréal, 8 p.m. $20-30. Info, 514-843-7738.


KLEZMER!: Central Vermont’s Nisht Geferlach Klezmer Band plays Eastern European and Yiddish folk music. Dancing is encouraged! Donations benefit the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Donations. Info, 223-3631. PERCUSSION ENSEMBLE: Students play marimbas, kettledrums, cymbals and gongs to pieces from Ghana, Japan and Guatemala. University of Vermont Southwick Ballroom, Redstone Campus, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.


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‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY’ Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, 2-3:45 p.m. & 6-7:45 p.m., at Royall Tyler Theatre, University of Vermont, in Burlington. $10-22. Info, 656-0094,


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


RED BENCH SPEAKER SERIES: PETER RADACHER & J.G. GERNDT: The author and snowboarder, respectively, ollie and slide their way through 600 years of boarding history. Presented by Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 253-9911.


‘SHE KILLS MONSTERS’: A young woman discovers that her sister’s imaginary world of monsters and magic is real. Wright Memorial Theatre, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 443-6433.


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BRENÉ BROWN: Phoenix Books and Penguin Random House present the best-selling self-help author’s latest work, Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience. 8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 448-3350.


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LEGISLATIVE PREVIEW: The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce gathers together experts to discuss how issues such as childcare, climate change and housing affect local businesses. 8 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 229-5711. REFLECTING ON 2021: A CELEBRATION OF OUR ACHIEVEMENTS: Women Business Owners Network Vermont remembers and celebrates members’ achievements over the past year. 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, 503-0219.


‘VIVA MOMIX FOREVER’: The dance group celebrates its 40th anniversary with a stunning display of athleticism and illusion. See calendar spotlight. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $15-45. Info, 603-646-2422.



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‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.1. ‘LISTEN UP’: An original live musical based on the true stories of Vermont teens now gets its film premiere. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 7 p.m. $15; preregister; limited space. Info,

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COFFEE CORNER MORNINGS: The new senior center opens its doors for tea, coffee and friendly conversation. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 8:3010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 846-4107. DOWNTON-INSPIRED DINNER & ETIQUETTE TALK: Diners learn all about soup spoons and silver sherry funnels so they’ll never be the target of one of Lady Mary’s scathing looks. Governor’s House in Hyde Park, 6-9 p.m. $47.50; preregister. Info, 888-6888.

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BEG, STEAL OR BORROW: Bluegrass fans tap their toes to warm harmonies and virtuosic instrumentals. Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 8 p.m. $15. Info, info@doublee DARK SHADOWS ENTERTAINMENT: BISHOP LAVEY & PHANTOM OCEAN: The doom rocker and blues duo, respectively, team up with local favorites AliT and BJ Cain for a rollicking night of music. Merchants Hall, Rutland, 8-11 p.m. $10. Info, darkshadows MT. JOY: SOLD OUT. Audiences witness the songs of triumph and sorrow on the folk-rock band’s sophomore album. Songwriter Amy Allen opens. Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $35-45. Info, 863-5966.


BROADWAY DIRECT: The beloved annual musical theater revue returns, featuring veterans alongside up-and-coming local performers. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10-20; cash bar. Info, 877-6737. ‘THE HELLO GIRLS’: Lebanon High School’s Wet Paint Players present the story of America’s first female soldiers during World War I. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7 p.m. $4. Info, 603-448-0400.

‘MATILDA THE MUSICAL JR.’: The tiny thespians of Rutland Youth Theatre present Roald Dahl’s classic tale of magic and mischief. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $10-12. Info, 775-0903. ‘SHE KILLS MONSTERS’: See THU.2.


VIRTUAL POETRY HOUR: Lit lovers bring a few of their favorite poems for an hour of sharing, discussing and celebrating works of verse. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 439-5338.

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CANNABIS EXPUNGEMENT CLINICS: Vermont Growers Association and Vermont Legal Aid lawyers team up to help remove past possession and plant count convictions. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, expungement@

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VECAN CONFERENCE 2021: The Vermont Energy & Climate Action Network hosts its annual conference to work toward a more sustainable future. See for full schedule. 9 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 223-2328, ext. 112.


MOSES PENDLETON: The Dartmouth College alum and MOMIX founder speaks in advance of his dance troupe’s final performance at the Moore Theater. See calendar spotlight. Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘VIVA MOMIX FOREVER’: See FRI.3, 2 & 7:30 p.m.

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A RIVER OF LIGHT: Homemade lanterns light up Main Street, and the parade concludes at Dac Rowe Athletic Field for an evening of bonfires, music and hot chocolate. Waterbury State Office Complex, 5 p.m. Free. Info, ariveroflightinwaterbury@


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.1. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.1. ‘EURYDICE’: The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts its live performance of a new, epic adaptation of the tragic myth. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College,


Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $10-22. Info, 603-646-2422.

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‘THE MAGIC BOX’: The hotel throws a 70th anniversary party for a classic film of the “movies about making movies” genre. Best Western Plus Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 518-802-1220.

ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR AND BAKE SALE: Santa’s elves — or their emissaries at the church, at least — get a head start on the season by serving up sweet treats and selling holiday gifts. Stowe Community Church, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 253-7257.

‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.1. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.1. ‘WINTER STARTS NOW’: See THU.2. Flynn Main Stage, Burlington, 4-6 & 7-9 p.m. $23. Info, 863-5966.

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DOWNTON-INSPIRED AFTERNOON TEA AND ETIQUETTE TALK: An etiquette historian unfolds the mysteries of tea-time manners to scone eaters and Earl Grey drinkers. Governor’s House in Hyde Park, 2-4 p.m. $25; preregister. Info, 888-6888. DOWNTON-INSPIRED DINNER & ETIQUETTE TALK: See FRI.3. MIDDLEBURY FARMERS MARKET: Produce, prepared foods and local products are available for purchase at this year-round bazaar. Middlebury VFW Hall, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, middleburyfarmers WEEKLY WINE TASTING: See WED.1. Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Wine Bar, Stowe, noon3 p.m. Info, 585-7717.


BEGINNER DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Waterbury Public Library game master Evan Hoffman gathers novices and veterans alike for an afternoon of virtual adventuring. Teens and adults welcome. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

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BIPOC COVID-19 BOOSTER SHOT CLINICS: Vermont Health Equity Initiative administers vaccines to BIPOC Vermont residents and their households. Transport and interpreters available on request. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, info@vermonthealthequity. org. FALL PREVENTION SUN STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.1. Father Lively Center, St. Johnsbury, 10-11 a.m.


‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY’: New University of Vermont faculty member Johann Robert Wood recasts a Christmas standard as a diverse, queer spectacular filled with jazz, voguing and joy. See calendar spotlight. Royall Tyler Theatre, University of Vermont, Burlington, 2-3:45 & 6-7:45 p.m. $10-22. Info, 656-0094. ‘A CHRISTMAS MEMORY’: This one-night-only stage reading of Truman Capote’s Prohibitionera holiday story is recorded and filmed with a live audience. Stage 33 Live, Bellows Falls,

BELLA VOCE: The women’s chorus puts on a festive show featuring the Northern Bronze Handbell Ensemble. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. $17-25. Info, 999-8881. BOSTON BRASS FOR THE HOLIDAYS: The lively ensemble gets audiences in the holiday spirit. Peacham Congregational Church, 7 p.m. $20-40. Info, 748-2600. CHANUKAH BONFIRE: Revelers enjoy stories, songs and latkes around the fire. BYO dishes and utensils. Donations benefit Living Tree Alliance programming and Montpelier’s Good Samaritan shelter. Living Tree Alliance, Moretown, 5:30-9:30 p.m. $12-150. Info, 603-387-8697. CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM: Merrymakers dip candles, toast s’mores and snowshoe across the grounds, all while taking in traditional 19th-century decorations. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $8-16; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 457-2355. ‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: See FRI.3. FESTIVAL OF TREES: DOWNTOWN TREE WALK: See WED.1. FESTIVAL OF TREES: TAKEOUT DINNER: Folks take home a holiday meal of mashed potatoes, chicken Parm, pork loin and biscotti to support Martha’s Community Kitchen and Northwest Family Foods. Martha’s Community Kitchen, St. Albans, 4-6 p.m. $20; preregister. Info,

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FESTIVAL OF TREES: TREE SHOWCASE: Up North Dance Studio and Electric Youth Dance Company bring the cheer in moving performances, and First Congregational Church sells cookies. St. Albans City Hall, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, GREEN MOUNTAIN CHORUS & BARRE-TONES: Two choirs get together for a two-toned holiday concert. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Hunger Mountain Christian Assembly, Waterbury Center, 2-3:30 p.m. $10. Info, greenmountainchorus+holiday@ HOLIDAY MAKER’S MARKET: Neighbors shop local from a rotating roster of crafters and farmers. Kraemer & Kin tasting room. GreenTARA Space, North Hero, noon-6 p.m. Free. Info, MERCY MARKETPLACE: See WED.1. O.N.E. WORLD HOLIDAY MARKET!: More than 20 local and international vendors display their wares, while Mulu’s Kitchen and Sabah’s House serve Ethiopian, Eritrean and Iraqi food. Masks required. Center of Recreation & Education, O.N.E. Community Center, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 518-649-6464. OUTDOOR WINTER MARKET: The Burlington Farmers Market gets in the holiday spirit with 40 producers of local food, art and crafts. 345 Pine St., Burlington, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, burlington

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STRAFFORD HOLIDAY CRAFT SALE: Holiday shoppers come from far and wide to browse the high-quality crafts at this intimate village market. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Barrett Memorial Hall, South Strafford, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 765-4076. VIRTUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES BENEFIT AUCTION: Bidders raise their virtual paddles for gift cards, local art and sports tickets at the Paramount Theatre’s annual fundraiser. Various prices. Info, 775-0903.


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Remarkably quiet on the road, thanks to the unique tread pattern that minimizes tire noise.



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CLOUDBELLY: The folk duo displays its dreamy, Joni Mitchellmeets-Cowboy Junkies vibe. Livestream available. Presented by Ripton Community Coffee House. Masks and proof of vaccination required. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30-9:45 p.m. $10-20. Info, 388-9782. OREBOLO: SOLD OUT. The acoustic trio, composed of members of the rock band Goose, plays an energetic show. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $30-35. Info, 760-4634. SENIOR RECITALS: Undergrad music majors cap off their college years with performances for voice, saxophone, clarinet and trombone. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. SOULE MONDE: Power drummer Russ Lawton and organ wizard Ray Paczkowski are joined by special guest Cyro Baptista for an evening of bold avant-funk grooves. Double E Performance Center’s T-Rex Theater, Essex Junction, 7:30 p.m. $20. Info, SOUP & SONGS: Locals warm up with some hearty nosh, then join a choir out on the library lawn. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853. STUDENT COMPOSITION SHOWCASE: University of Vermont faculty members play 12 new works composed by Department of Music students. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040. VERMONT FIDDLE ORCHESTRA: The string ensemble gives its first live concert in two years, featuring tons of traditional tunes. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 476-8188.

A durable internal construction helps the tire keep its shape when driving over rough and

Confidently tackle the changing seasons with sawtooth grooves to enhance snow traction and control in wintery conditions.

‘MISSA PANDEMICA: MASS IN TIME OF PANDEMIC’: The Vermont Choral Union premieres a new work by Maarten van Ryckevorsel. First Congregational Church, St. Albans, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15-40. Info, 524-4555.

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RUTLAND COUNTY AUDUBON ANNUAL BIRDSEED SALE: Birders stock up on snacks for their avian neighbors and learn more about conservation and safe bird feeding practices. Garland’s Farm and Garden, Rutland, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, birding@rutland



Multicultural Market Burlington’s Old North End bustles with artists, makers and holiday shoppers this weekend during the O.N.E. World Holiday Market. More than 20 local and international vendors display a plethora of crafts, from handmade brass jewelry to crocheted dolls to stunning paintings and prints. Mulu’s Kitchen and Catering serves up Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine, and Sabah’s House doles out Iraqi delights. HANDS — Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors — accepts donations of wish-list items for its Holiday Dinner program, which delivered more than 100 meals and gift bags to Vermont seniors last year.

O.N.E. WORLD HOLIDAY MARKET Saturday, December 4, 3-6 p.m., at Center of Recreation & Education, O.N.E. Community Center, in Burlington. Free. Info, 518-649-6464,


FRIENDS OF ILSLEY LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE: Books go for $2 or less at this sale benefiting Ilsley Public Library programming. Masks and social distancing recommended. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. MARTIN GITLIN: The pop culture historian and author of The Greatest Sitcoms of All Time hosts an evening of trivia, rankings and laugh-outloud clips. Presented by Waterbury Public Library. 8-9 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

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


become videographers as they learn the basics of camera placement, light and perspective. Presented by Vermont Dance Alliance. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@vermont ‘VIVA MOMIX FOREVER’: See FRI.3. Lyndon Institute, Lyndon Center, 7 p.m. $15-52; free for students. Info, 748-2600.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.1. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.1. ‘EURYDICE’: See SAT.4. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 12:55 p.m. $23. Info, 775-0903. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.1. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.1.

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


‘IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY’: See SAT.4. BELLA VOCE: See SAT.4, 3 p.m. CHANUKAH CAR PARADE & LED ROBOT SHOW: A rolling parade, robotic dance-off and menorah ceremony close out the Festival of Lights. Dinners and car-top menorahs available for purchase. Chabad of Vermont, Burlington, 4 p.m. $25 per car. Info, 658-5770. CHRISTMAS AT THE FARM: See SAT.4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.



‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’: See FRI.3, 2 p.m. FESTIVAL OF TREES: DOWNTOWN TREE WALK: See WED.1. FESTIVAL OF TREES: TREE SHOWCASE: Northside Baptist Church sells baked goodies in between performances from the BFA Orchestra and the 40th Army Band. St. Albans City Hall, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, HOLIDAY MAKER’S MARKET: See SAT.4.

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


‘SUPERDOGS: THE MUSICAL’: See WED.1, 11 a.m. & 4 p.m.

MERCY MARKETPLACE: See WED.1. SHINE A LIGHT SKI TRIP: University of Vermont Hillel marks the final night of Hanukkah by inviting students and Jewish community members to carry electric menorahs down the slopes. Bolton Valley Resort, 10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 355-6695. VIRTUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES BENEFIT AUCTION: See SAT.4.


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

WILLIAM TORTOLANO: The renowned organist is joined by vocalists Jake Barickman and John Schreindorfer for a program of multicultural carols. St. Albans St. Mary’s Church, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 524-2585.


‘MISSA PANDEMICA: MASS IN TIME OF PANDEMIC’: See SAT.4. Cathedral of St. Joseph, Burlington, 3 p.m. $15-40. Info, 658-4333. SENIOR RECITALS: See SAT.4, 2:30 & 5 p.m. VIRTUAL COMPOSERS OF COLOR WORKSHOP SERIES: Scrag Mountain Music hosts a packed panel of musicians to discuss the impact of composers of color on classical chamber music. 7-8:30 p.m. Donations; preregister. Info, 377-3161.





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GARY IRISH: The local historian unfolds the peculiar history of the Underhill Flats and signs copies of the newly released third volume of Jericho Town History. Masks required. Community Center in Jericho, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info,


3D PRINTING WORKSHOP: Instructors unfold the basics of the Fletcher Free Library’s 3D printer, and attendees get one free print to use at their leisure. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3403.


‘THE HELLO GIRLS’: See FRI.3, 1 p.m.



Turn to the Classifieds section or go to for a list of legal notices including: • Act 250 Permit applications • Foreclosures • Notices to creditors • Storage auctions • Planning and zoning changes

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VECAN CONFERENCE 2021: See SAT.4, 12-1:15 p.m.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.1. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.1. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.1. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.1.




AGRITOURISM AS A TOOL FOR RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT: Community leaders from Uganda, North Macedonia, Peru and the U.S. discuss how tourism helps farming women around the world. Presented by the International Workshop on Agritourism. 11 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@







CHAMBER ENSEMBLES: Student musicians in twos, fours and sixes play intimate compositions by Mozart, Brahms, Haydn and Tchaikovsky. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.


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


See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.1. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.1. ‘LISTEN UP’: A filmed version of an original live musical based on the true stories of Vermont teens streams online. 7 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 556-2652. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.1. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.1.


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MANAGING MONEY FOR MAKERS: Christine McGowan of Vermont Sustainable Job Fund teaches crafters and artisans how to budget. Presented by Generator. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 540-0761.



VECAN CONFERENCE 2021: See SAT.4, 12-1:15 p.m.

LET’S PLAY CHESS: Players of all ages and experience levels come together to play the king’s game. Coaching available. Feel free to BYO board. Masks required. Norman Williams Public Library, Woodstock, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 457-2295.


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VERMONT COMMUNITIES AT A TURNING POINT: COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FORUM DISCUSSIONS: Vermont Community Development Association holds its annual conference on the pressing issues facing Vermonters. Lt. Gov. Molly Gray keynotes. 9 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 598-4782.

FALL PREVENTION SUN-STYLE TAI CHI: See WED.1, 10-11 a.m. NO CRYSTAL BALL: ADVANCE CARE PLANNING IN UNCERTAIN TIMES: Medical ethicists Cindy Bruzzese and Cristel Giglio discuss how to take proactive steps to get the care you need. Presented by the University of Vermont Health Network. 6-7:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 844-886-4325.


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FESTIVAL OF TREES: DOWNTOWN TREE WALK: See WED.1. HULADAY MARKET: The tech campus pitches its first holiday market, featuring more than 45 vendors and mulled wine from the bar. Hula, Burlington, 4-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 540-8153. MERCY MARKETPLACE: See WED.1. UGLY SWEATER MAKING PARTY: With baubles, decals and glitter, old sweaters are given new life as hideous holiday getups. Fairfax Community Library, 5:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. VIRTUAL FESTIVAL OF TREES BENEFIT AUCTION: See SAT.4.


PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATIONS: Francophones and French-language learners meet pour parler la belle langue. Burlington Bay Market & Café, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 343-5166.



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NONET & LATIN JAZZ ENSEMBLE: The two student jazz combos present the music of Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente and others. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.

VECAN CONFERENCE 2021: See SAT.4, noon-1:15 p.m.

MEET YOUR (NEW) NEIGHBOR: DECEMBER EDITION: Next Stage Arts rolls out the virtual welcome wagon for new Vermonters in the Putney area. 7 p.m. Free. Info, 387-0102.

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

SPEAR STREET BIKE/PED IMPROVEMENTS PUBLIC FORUM: South Burlington’s Bicycle & Pedestrian Committee hears community feedback about a proposed shared-use path. Virtual option available. Room 301, South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, aparker@



DIGITAL ACCESS: KEY ELEMENTS FOR INCLUSION OF DISABLED PEOPLE: Inclusive Arts Vermont and the Vermont Arts Council partner up for a series of seminars on creating more accessible arts programming. See vermont for full schedule. 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 828-3291. MAP!: MAKE AN ACTION PLAN: Guest speakers and the Mercy Connections team teach students how to live their best post-pandemic lives. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 846-7063.


COMPUTER WORKSHOPS: Those who have already taken the Fletcher Free Library’s Introduction to Excel class expand their knowledge of spreadsheets and data analysis. 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-3403.


POETRY CLINIC: Writers set their pens and minds in motion with group exercises and critiques in this ongoing drop-in gathering. 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 888-1261. VIRGINIA BARLOW, DAVE MANCE III & PATRICK WHITE: Phoenix Books hosts the editorial team behind Vermont Almanac: Stories From & for the Land, Volume II. 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 448-3350. WORK IN PROGRESS: Members of this writing group motivate each other to put pen to paper for at least an hour, then debrief together. Morristown Centennial Library, Morrisville, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 888-3853.

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See what’s playing at local theaters in the On Screen section. ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN FILM SERIES: ‘RUNNING FENCE’`: An unprecedented public art project takes shape in this uplifting 1977 documentary. Presented by Burlington City Arts, 118 Elliot and AIA Vermont. Free. Info, 865-7166. ‘AUSTRALIA’S GREAT WILD NORTH 3D’: See WED.1. ‘DINOSAURS OF ANTARCTICA 3D’: See WED.1. ‘EURYDICE’: See SAT.4. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $1024. Info, 382-9222. ‘LISTEN UP’: See TUE.7, 1 & 7 p.m. ‘MEERKATS 3D’: See WED.1. ‘SPACE: UNRAVELING THE COSMOS’: See WED.1.

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MOSAIC OF FLAVOR: KENYA: Zahra Mohamed shares some of her favorite Kenyan recipes. Presented by City Market, Onion River Co-op and US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants Vermont. 5:30-7 p.m. Donations. Info, info@ SENIOR CENTER WEEKLY LUNCH: See WED.1. TAKE-OUT COMMUNITY DINNER: Local chefs Aya Altaani and Halah Jumaa cook a delicious Jordanian and Iraqi meal. Presented by Winooski Partnership for Prevention. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 4-6 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, jhenderson@



PUZZLE SWAP: Puzzlers trade 250-and-higher-piece jigsaws that they’ve already conquered. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 846-4140.

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STUDENT PERFORMANCE RECITAL: See WED.1. UKULELE SING-ALONG: Local strummers jam with Ukulele Clare and Rebecca Padula. Songbooks are provided. South Burlington Public Library & City Hall, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info,


‘THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE’: Four siblings discover a world of talking animals and nefarious winter witches in this C.S. Lewis classic performed by Northern Stage student actors. Byrne Theater, Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 7:30-9 p.m. $19-29. Info, 296-7000.

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DON HOOPER & BILL MARES: See WED.1. Presented by Phoenix Books. Info, 448-3350. FFL BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Readers share their thoughts about Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. Hosted by Fletcher Free Library. 6:30-8 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, bshatara@ m


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art DAVIS STUDIO ART CLASSES: Discover your happy place in one of our weekly classes. Making art boosts emotional well-being and brings joy to your life especially when you connect with other art enthusiasts. Select the ongoing program that’s right for you. Now enrolling youth and adults for classes in drawing, painting and fused glass. Location: Davis Studio, 916 Shelburne Rd., South Burlington. Info: 802-425-2700,


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HOLIDAY GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN: Learn to make homemade, delicious gifts for family and friends to complement their holiday table from start to finish. In addition to step-by-step preparation of the recipes, Chef Emery will provide tips on presenting and shipping your homemade gifts to faraway friends and family. Preregister by Dec. 1. Sat., Dec. 4, 10-11:30 a.m. Cost: $15 /person; $10 BF&M member. Location: Billings Farm & Museum, Zoom. Info: Marge Wakefield, 802-457-2355, mwakefield@, classes-workshops.

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CUSTOM PRINTED CARDS WORKSHOP: This workshop teaches participants to create hand-printed cards by editing a digital image, etching it into a woodblock using the laser machine and hand-printing the block onto paper with a printing press. It’s the perfect opportunity to create thank-you notes, cards or any other type of printed materials. Mon., Dec. 6, 13, 5:308:30 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 802-540-0761,, MITTEN SEWING WORKSHOP: Create your own mittens from recycled sweaters (Bernie mittens anyone?) with help from instructor Eliza West. We’ll provide materials, and you’ll leave with greater knowledge of sewing knitted fabrics and a great pair of mittens for yourself or someone on your holiday list. Basic knowledge of machine sewing is required. Wed., Dec. 15, 6-8:30 p.m. Location: Generator, 40 Sears La., Burlington. Info: Sam Graulty, 802-540-0761,,

PANDEMIC PASSAGES WORKSHOP: In this monthly series, we’ll explore the landscape of our pandemic lives, opening the unexpected gifts, sadnesses, letting-go, longing and missing. We’ll utilize movement, guided meditation and storytelling. Bring your own materials for writing, drawing, music, dance — whatever you wish! Sharing what you create is optional. Drop-ins welcome! 1st Sun. of each mo., Nov. to Apr. at 4 p.m. Cost: $10-25; sliding scale; donations appreciated. Location: The Passing Project, Zoom. Info:, VOICE MOVEMENT THERAPY: The holidays can be a difficult time for anyone who’s ever struggled with food or food-related coping patterns. In this five-week Voice Movement Therapy group, we’ll explore our relationship to nourishment and care through voice work, movement, mindfulness and creative expression. Every Wed. in Dec., 5:15-6:45 p.m. Cost: $115 /5-wk. series. Location: Nataraja Studios, 215 College St., 3rd Floor, Burlington. Info: Got This Voice, Denise Casey, 443695-9264, denise.e.casey@gmail. com,

language ADULT LIVE SPANISH E-CLASSES: Join us for adult Spanish classes this winter, using Zoom videoconferencing. Our 16th year. Learn from a native speaker via small group classes and individual instruction. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Five different levels. Note: classes fill up fast. See our website or contact us

for details. Beginning week of Jan. 10. Cost: $270 /10 classes of 90+ min. each, 1 class/wk. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 802-5851025,,

martial arts VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: This school was developed to communicate the importance of proper, legitimate and complete Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instruction. We cover fundamentals of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with a realistic approach to self-defense training skills in a friendly, safe and positive environment. All are welcome; no experience required. Develop confidence, strength and endurance. Julio Cesar “Foca” Fernandez Nunes was born and raised on the shores of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Earning his black belt and representing the Carlson Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Team, Julio “Foca” went on to become a five-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Champion, three-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion and two-time IBJJF World JiuJitsu Champion! Julio “Foca” is the only CBJJP, USBJJF and IBJJF-certified seventh-degree coral belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and self-defense instructor under late grand master Carlson Gracie Sr. currently teaching in the USA. Accept no Iimitations! Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 802598-2839,,

music DJEMBE & TAIKO DRUMMING: JOIN US!: New classes (outdoor mask optional/masks indoors), starting Sep. 7, Nov. 8 and Jan. 18. Taiko: Mon., Tue., Wed. and Thu.; Djembe: Wed. and Thu.; Kids and parents: Tue., Wed. and Thu. All Thursday classes at Camp Meade Middlesex behind Red Hen! Schedule/register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington. Info: 802-999-4255, spaton55@,

photography ADOBE LIGHTROOM 1-DAY WORKSHOP: Adobe Lightroom Classic has quickly become one of the industry’s leading photo editing software applications. Join professional photographer Kurt Budliger for this one-day workshop, where you’ll learn to harness the power of Adobe Lightroom for organizing, editing and making your images sing. Sat. Dec. 11, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $225 /1 -Day Workshop. Location: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, Montpelier. Info: Green Mountain Photographic Workshops, Kurt Budliger, 802223-4022, info@kurtbudligerphoto, greenmtnphoto




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You can give a gift that gives back this holiday season! From adoptable animal sponsorships to permanently installed memorial tiles, HSCC offers unique ways to show your loved ones that you care while supporting pets and people in need. Visit naming-opportunities for more info! Sponsored by:

Visit the Humane Society of Chittenden County at 142 Kindness Court, South Burlington, Tuesday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 862-0135 or visit for more info.



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No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before December 15, 2021, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing, or the Commission sets the matter for a hearing on its own motion. Any person as defined in 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1) may request a hearing. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or sub-criteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other person eligible for party status under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c)(1)(E) must include a petition for party status under the Act 250 Rules. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law may not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.

Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 22nd day of November, 2021. /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5662 BURLINGTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD TUESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2021, 5:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Physical location: 645 Pine Street, Front Conference Room, Burlington VT 05401 and Zoom: ?pwd=UllSc25QaU9XclMwdnNWWURzY3NjQT09 Password: 817716



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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C10724A 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On November 17, 2021, Milton Commons, LLC, P.O. Box 21, Colchester, VT 05446 filed application number 4C1072-4A for a project generally described as the subdivision of Lot 3 of Interstate Commerce Park into 4 lots which would become Lots 3-6. The project includes installation of water and sewer infrastructure along the eastern property line to serve the future development. The project is located at Route 7 South in Milton, Vermont.





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Webinar ID: 898 6643 6310 Telephone: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833 1. ZAP-21-11; 164 North Willard Street Appeal (RL, Ward 1E) Luke Purvis Appeal of zoning application denial for installation of fence and related gates. Continuance requested by appellant. 2. ZP-19-567; 15 Conger Avenue (RL-W, Ward 5S) Karen Maynard / Patricia Stratmann Time extension for approval to demolish existing structure and construct new single family home and related site improvements. 3. ZP-21-509; 72-76 Elmwood Avenue (RH, Ward 2C) Michael Alvanos / PBGC LLC Construct three-unit detached residential building on site of former Methodist Church. One single family dwelling remains. 4. ZP-21-759; 77 Pine Street (FD6, Ward 3C) Grace Ciffo / Nedde Pine LLC Reconsideration of condition #22 “Rooftop mechanicals shall be screened”, for ZP21- 118OG, also related to ZP21-0927CA. Plans may be viewed upon request by contacting the Department of Permitting & Inspections between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participation in the DRB proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. Please note that ANYTHING submitted to the Zoning office is considered public and cannot be kept confidential. This may not be the final order in which items will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at drb/agendas or the office notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard. The City of Burlington will not tolerate unlawful harassment or discrimination on the basis of political or religious affiliation, race, color, national origin, place of birth, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, HIV positive status, crime victim status or genetic information. The City is also committed to providing proper access to services, facilities, and employment opportunities. For accessibility information or alternative formats, please contact Human Resources Department at (802) 540-2505.

CITY OF BURLINGTON - AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS The City of Burlington is soliciting applications from community organizations and City departments for funding through its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. Funding will be targeted to the priorities identified in the current Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA). Project proposals from community organizations will be reviewed and scored competitively according to the process outlined in the NOFA. Application packets may be requested from the Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) or online at . Applicants will be invited to submit a final application by January 10, 2022 at 4:00 pm.

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That Appendix C, Rule and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, Section 7 No-parking areas, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended as follows: Section 7 No-parking areas.

CITY OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-ONE. A REGULATION IN RELATION TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION— SECTION 4 LOCATION OF YIELD-RIGHT-OF-WAY SIGNS. Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: __Approved___ Date: __11/17/2021__ Attestation of Adoption: ___ Phillip Peterson EI Public Works Engineer, Technical Services Published: 12/01/21 Effective: 12/22/21 It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix C, Rule and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, Section 4 Location of yield-right-ofway signs, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended as follows: Section 4 Location of yield-right-of-way signs. Yield-right-of-way signs are authorized at the following locations: (1) Reserved. Sixty (60) feet in advance of the east entrance the one lane Queen City Park Road Bridge (2) Reserved. Sixty (60) feet in advance of the west entrance the one lane Queen City Park Road Bridge ** ***

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CITY OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-ONE. A REGULATION IN RELATION TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION— SECTION 7 NO-PARKING AREAS. Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: __Approved__ Date: __11/17/2021__ Attestation of Adoption: Phillip Peterson EI Public Works Engineer, Technical Services Published: 12/01/21 Effective: 12/22/21 It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix C, Rule and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, Section 7 No-parking areas, 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) – (49) As written. (50) Reserved. On the east side of North Willard Street, beginning immediately south of Brookes Avenue and extended south for seventy (70) feet. ** ***

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CITY OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-ONE. A REGULATION IN RELATION TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION— SECTION 7 NO-PARKING AREAS. Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: __Approved___ Date: __11/17/2021__ Attestation of Adoption: __ Phillip Peterson EI Public Works Engineer, Technical Services

No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations: (1) – (331) As written. (332) Reserved. On the east side of Charlotte Street from December 1 through March 31. (333) Reserved. On the south side of Catherine Street from Hayward Street to Caroline Street from December 1 through March 31. (335) Reserved. On the north side of Catherine Street from Caroline Street to Saint Paul Street from December 1 through March 31. ** ***

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CITY OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY-ONE. A REGULATION IN RELATION TO RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE TRAFFIC COMMISSION— SECTION 27 NO PARKING EXCEPT WITH RESIDENT PARKING PERMIT. Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: _Approved_ Date: __11/17/2021____ Attestation of Adoption: Phillip Peterson EI Public Works Engineer, Technical Services Published: 12/01/21 Effective: 12/22/21 It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows: That Appendix C, Rule and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, Section 27 No parking except with resident parking permit, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended as follows: Section 27 No parking except with resident parking permit. No person shall park any vehicle except (1) a vehicle with a valid residential street sticker or valid license plate number via a digital permitting program; (2) a vehicle with a valid transferable residential hanging tag; (3) a clearly identifiable service or delivery vehicle while conducting a delivery or performing a scheduled or requested service ; (4) a clearly identifiable car share vehicle; or (5) a vehicle displaying a valid state-issued special registration plate or placard for an individual with a disability on any street, or portion thereof, designated as “residential parking.” (f) Permits. The police department Parking Services shall issue resident parking permits only to residents of streets, or portions thereof, that are designated “resident parking only” for parking on that street pursuant to subsection (i) of this section. (1) Residents may apply for up to four (4) permits if their property has one (1) dwelling unit, and up to three (3) permits per unit if the property has more than one (1) dwelling unit. The number of dwelling units at a property is the number of units authorized by the city zoning department. Of the permits issued per dwelling unit, up to two (2) may be in the form of a transferable residential hanging tag or valid license plate number via a digital permitting program and the remaining permits shall be residential street stickers that must be affixed to a permitted vehicle or valid license plate number via a digital permitting program. A resident may also be eligible for a thirty (30) day temporary resident permit in order to secure and produce proof of residency in accordance with subsection (g)(1) of this section subject to compliance with the

(6) A resident may request up to eight (8) contractor permits valid for thirty (30) day increments for construction purposes. The cost of each permit shall be ten dollars ($10.00) per thirty (30) day period. A contractor providing services to a resident located on a street with resident only parking may request a permit valid for any and all designated Resident Parking Streets throughout the City. The cost shall be five dollars ($5.00) for a one (1) month permit, thirty dollars ($30.00) for a six (6) month permit, or fifty dollars ($50.00) for a one (1) year permit. The permit shall only be used when the contractor is providing service to a residence on a street with resident only parking. (7) The police department Parking Services may, with twenty-four (24) hour advance notice, grant a resident an exception to the limitation of spaces for a special activity. (8) The police department Parking Services may, with twenty-four (24) hour advance notice, grant a nonresident an exception to the limitation of spaces for a special activity in exchange for payment of an established administrative fee. (9) A dwelling unit whose resident(s) receive three (3) or more lawn parking violations per year shall automatically lose all residential parking permits (transferable residential hanging tags, residential street stickers, or digital permits ) for the remainder of the year. (g) Specific conditions. (1) Proof of residency. In order to receive a residential parking sticker, or transferable residential hanging tag or digital permit , an individual must produce a valid government issued photo identification and proof of residency. Acceptable documents to prove residency on the designated street or section of street are: (2) Upon showing of proof of business occupancy, owners and employees of small businesses on streets with designated “resident parking” only will be considered residents and issued a resident parking permit if sufficient off-street parking or metered long-term parking at the business location is not available. The conditions of the business’s zoning permit must be used to determine if a business has sufficient, available off-street parking at its location. The owner or employee(s) will be issued a choice of a residential street sticker, or a transferable residential hanging tag, or digital permit. Customers of these small businesses may legally park on the street under the authority of the permit.

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digital permits . Buildings with more than ten (10) residents may receive one (1) additional transferable residential hanging tag or equivalent digital permit for every four (4) adult residents beyond the first ten (10) residents, not to exceed five (5) additional transferable residential hanging tags or equivalent digital permits in total. The maximum number of transferable residential hanging tags or equivalent digital permits , that any one (1) fraternity or sorority may have is seven (7). (h) As written. (i) Parking voucher. One (1) parking voucher per year shall be issued with each residential street sticker or transferable residential hanging tag which can be returned to parking enforcement within that year with a resident parking ticket and the ticket will be voided. See Chapter 20 MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC. Article III. Parking, Stopping, and Standing. Division 1. Generally. 20-80 Limited Violation Forgiveness. (j) As written. (k) Streets designated for resident parking at all times, except between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., nonresidents shall not park a vehicle for a period longer than four (4) hours; this four (4) hour time limit shall not apply to residents with a valid residential parking sticker properly displayed or to visitors at a residence with a valid guest pass properly displayed or digital permit. (l) As written. ** ***

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CITY OF BURLINGTON, VERMONT NOTICE & WARNING OF VOTE TO INCUR A BONDED DEBT The legal voters of the City of Burlington, Vermont are hereby notified and warned to come and vote at a Special City Meeting on Tuesday, the 7th day of December, 2021 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. in their respective wards, at the voting places hereinafter named, and designated as polling places, viz: Ward One/East District: Mater Christi School, 100 Mansfield Ave. Ward Two/Central District: H.O. Wheeler School (Integrated Arts Academy), 6 Archibald St. Ward Three/Central District: Lawrence Barnes School (Sustainability Academy), 123 North St. Ward Four/North District: Saint Mark’s Youth Center, 1271 North Ave. Ward Five/South District: Burlington Electric Department, 585 Pine St.

(3) Display of stickers. When used, Residential street stickers must be affixed to vehicles on the left-hand side of the rear bumper and must be visible without obstruction at all times. In order to be valid the sticker must have the resident street code designation or neighborhood designation and license plate number affixed to it.

Ward Six/South District: Edmunds Middle School, 275 Main St.

(4) Display of transferable residential hanging tags. When used , Transferable residential hanging tags must be hung from the rearview mirror with the side displaying the resident street code designation or neighborhood designation affixed to it and visible without obstruction through the front windshield at all times. If a transferable residential hanging tag cannot be hung from the rearview mirror it must be placed on the front dashboard on the driver’s side with the side displaying the residential street code designation or neighborhood designation visible without obstruction through the front windshield at all times.

The polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. for the following purposes:

(5) Fraternities and sororities. Upon showing proof of residency, residents of fraternities and sororities upon properties separate and distinct from institutions and which abut resident parking only designated streets will be issued a permit and a residential street sticker for each resident’s registered vehicle or equivalent digital permit. Each of these buildings may receive two (2) transferable residential hanging tags or equivalent

Ward Seven/North District: Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, 130 Gosse Ct. Ward Eight/East District: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St.

To vote upon two special articles placed on the ballot by request of the City Council, said special articles being as follows: 1. APPROVAL OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR CITY CAPITAL PLAN PROJECTS “Shall the City Council be authorized to issue general obligation bonds, or notes in one or more series in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed Forty Million dollars and 00/100 ($40,000,000.00) to be borrowed in increments between Fiscal Year 2022 and Fiscal Year 2025 for the purpose of funding capital improvement infrastructure projects of the City and its departments in furtherance of the City’s 10-Year Capital Plan?” 2. ISSUANCE OF REVENUE BONDS FOR BURLINGTON ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT PROJECTS



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“Shall the City be authorized to issue revenue bonds or notes in one or more series on behalf of the Electric Light Department, in an amount not to exceed $20,000,000 in the aggregate, to be issued pursuant to the City Charter, as may be determined by the City Council, and payable from the net revenues of the electric system, for the purpose of paying for (i) capital additions and improvements to the City’s electric system, and energy conservation systems, in furtherance of the City’s Net Zero Energy goals, including improvements to the City’s technology systems, customer and financial information systems, electric grid upgrades, electricity generation plants and dams (the “Project”), and (ii) funding a debt service reserve fund and paying costs of issuance?”

If you have physical disabilities, are visually impaired or can’t read, you may have assistance from any person of your choice. If any voters you know have disabilities, let them know they can have assistance from any person of their choice. You may also use the accessible voting system to mark your ballot. If you want to use the accessible voting system tell the entrance checklist official. An election official will take you to the accessible ballot marking device, enter a security code, and then leave you to mark and print your ballot privately. More details about our new accessible ballot marking device are available at https://sos. If you know voters who cannot get from the car into the polling place let them know that ballot(s) may be brought to their car by two election officials. If you have any questions or need assistance while voting, ask your town clerk or any election official for help. NO PERSON SHALL:

NOTICE TO VOTERS FOR DECEMBER 7, 2021 ELECTION BEFORE ELECTION DAY: CHECKLIST POSTED at Clerk’s Office by Sunday, November 7, 2021. If your name is not on the checklist, then you must register to vote. You may also check your voter registration status at https:// SAMPLE BALLOTS will be posted by Saturday, November 27, 2021. HOW TO REGISTER TO VOTE: There is no deadline to register to vote. You will be able to register to vote on the day of the election. You can register prior by visiting the town clerk’s office or going online to EARLY or ABSENTEE BALLOTS: All registered Burlington voters will be automatically mailed absentee ballots for this election. The latest you can request ballots to be mailed for the December 7, 2021 Election is the close of the City Clerk’s office at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2021. Ballots can be requested in-person at the City Clerk’s office until 1:00pm on Monday, December 6, 2021. WAYS TO VOTE YOUR EARLY BALLOT:

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∙ If you are sick or disabled before Election Day, ask the City Clerk to have two justices of the peace bring a ballot to you at your home. (Ballots can be delivered on any of the eight days preceding the day of the election or on the day of election.) ON ELECTION DAY:

∙ Vote more than once per election, either in the same town or in different towns. ∙ Mislead the Board for Registration of Voters about your own or another person’s true residency or other eligibility to vote. ∙ Hinder or impede a voter going into or from the polling place. ∙ Socialize in a manner that could disturb other voters in the polling place. ∙ Offer, bribe, threaten or exercise undue influence to dictate or control the vote of another person. FOR HELP OR INFORMATION: Call the Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-439-VOTE (439-8683). (Accessible by TDD) If you believe that any of your voting rights have been violated, you may file an Administrative Complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office, 128 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05633. If you believe you have witnessed efforts to commit any kind of fraud or corruption in the voting process, you may report this to your local United States Attorney’s Office. If you have witnessed actual or attempted acts of discrimination or intimidation in the voting process, you may report this to the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice at (800) 253-3931. INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTERS using Vote Tabulator Ballots CHECK-IN AND RECEIVE BALLOTS: ∙ Go to the entrance checklist table. ∙ Give name and, if asked, street address to the election official in a loud voice.

If your name was dropped from the checklist in error, or has not been added even though you submitted a timely application for addition to the checklist, you can fill out a new registration form.

∙ Wait until your name is repeated and checked off by the official.

∙ If the clerk or Board for Registration of Voters does not add your name, you can appeal the decision to a superior court judge, who will settle the matter on Election Day. Call the Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-439-VOTE (439-8683) for more information.

∙ Enter within the guardrail and go to a vacant voting booth.

If you are a first time voter who submitted your application to the checklist individually by mail and did not submit the required document, you must provide a current and valid photo identification, or a bank statement, utility bill, or government

∙ An election official will give you a ballot.

MARK YOUR BALLOT: For each office listed on the ballot, you will see instructions to “Vote for not more than one, or Vote for not more than two, etc.” ∙ To vote for a candidate, fill in the oval to the right of the name of the candidate you want to vote for. ∙ WRITE-IN candidate(s). To vote for someone whose



name is not printed on the ballot, use the blank “write-in” lines on the ballot and either write-in the name or paste on sticker, then fill in the oval.

III, Parking, Stopping and Standing, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Burlington is hereby amended to read as follows:

CAST YOUR VOTE by depositing your voted ballot into the vote tabulating machine.


LEAVE the voting area immediately by passing outside the guardrail.

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Articles I-II. As written. Article III. Parking, Stopping and Standing Division 1. Generally

THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 01-01543 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DRIVE , WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE OF DECEMBER 16TH 2021 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF MICHAEL LEACH. 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 01-02422.0103511 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DR, WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE OF DECEMBER 16TH 2021 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF SCOTT NICHOLSON. 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 01-04165 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DR, WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE OF DECEMBER 16TH 2021 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF KEMISOLA OLADOYIN. 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 01-04914 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DR, WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE OF DECEMBER 16TH 2021 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF ALLISON BEAN. 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.

20-53-20-66. As written. 20-67. Waiver of issuance of process in a trial; voluntary payment of penalty; appeal. (a) The owner or operator of a vehicle who has violated any ordinance regulating metered parking or nonmetered parking in the city must either pay the waiver fee or appeal the ticket within thirty (30) days of the date of the offense. (b) Any person who has violated any ordinance regarding parking in the city may within thirty (30) days from the date of such violation waive in writing the issuance of any process in a trial by jury or hearing and voluntarily pay to the police department of the city the penalty prescribed in Section 20-66. Payments may be made by cash, check, money order, credit card or online payment. (c) Any person whose vehicle has been ticketed, other than for a first violation of Section 20-66(a) or 20-66(b)(2) in a twelve-month period, may appeal the propriety and/or legality of the ticket by submitting to the city grand juror in writing within thirty (30) days a short and plain statement of his or her objections. The city grand juror shall review the objections and notify the appellant of his/her findings in writing. Any appeal of a first violation of Section 20-66(a) or 20-66(b)(2) in a twelve-month period shall be made pursuant to the procedure outlined in Section 20-80. (d) If the city grand juror denies the appeal in whole or in part, then the appellant may seek review by arranging for a court hearing on the alleged violation within thirty (30) days of the date the appeal was denied.

THE PUBLIC WORKS COMMISSION CITY OF BURLINGTON IN THE YEAR TWO THOUSAND TWENTY ONE A REGULATION IN RELATION TO CHAPTER 20, MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC— ARTICLE III, STOPPING, PARKING AND STANDING Sponsor(s): Department of Public Works Action: __Approved___ Date: __10/20/2021___ Attestation of Adoption: ______ Phillip Peterson E.I. Public Works Engineer, Technical Services Published: 12/01/21 Effective: 12/22/21 It is hereby Ordained by the Public Works Commission of the City of Burlington as follows:

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(a) Within 30 days of a first violation in a twelvemonth period, any person whose vehicle has been ticketed pursuant to Section 20-66(a) or 20-66(b) (2) may appeal such violation by providing a written attestation to the Parking Services Manager that such violation is their first within the preceding twelve-month period. (b)Upon confirming that the violation on appeal is for a violation of Section 20-66(a) or 20-66(b)(2) and the first for the appellant within the preceding twelve-months, the Parking Services Manager or his or her representative shall administratively void the violation. (c)If upon review as outlined in (b), the Parking Services Manager or his or her representative determines the violation is not eligible for administrative voiding, the appeal shall be forwarded to the city grand juror and shall be processed in accordance with the procedure outlined in Section 20-67(c). 20-81-20-82. Reserved. Division 3. Parking Meters. As written. Division 4. City Owned or Leased Lots. As written.

(c) Reserved.

TOWN OF RICHMOND DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD AGENDA DECEMBER 8, 2021 7:00 PM Richmond Town Center Meeting Room, 3rd Floor – 203 Bridge Street, Richmond, VT Meeting may also be joined online or by phone Join Zoom Meeting: OVjhRNWJlNkVOSTBMWnZWbitxZz09 Meeting ID: 811 1543 8175 Passcode: 376237

20-80 Reserved. Limited Violation Forgiveness.

Ward One/East District: Mater Christi School, 100 Mansfield Ave. Ward Two/Central District: H.O. Wheeler School (Integrated Arts Academy), 6 Archibald St. Ward Three/Central District: Lawrence Barnes School (Sustainability Academy), 123 North St. Ward Four/North District: Saint Mark’s Youth Center, 1271 North Ave.

Ward Seven/North District: Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, 130 Gosse Ct. Ward Eight/East District: Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St. The polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of electing certain city officers as follows: The legal voters shall also vote upon two special articles being placed on the ballot by request of the City Council by Resolutions duly adopted and approved said special articles being as follows: 1. APPROVAL OF GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS FOR CITY CAPITAL PLAN PROJECTS

Public Hearings:

“Shall the City Council be authorized to issue general obligation bonds, or notes in one or more series in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed Forty Million dollars and 00/100 ($40,000,000.00) to be borrowed in increments between Fiscal Year 2022 and Fiscal Year 2025 for the purpose of funding capital improvement infrastructure projects of the City and its departments in furtherance of the City’s 10-Year Capital Plan?”

Sketch Plan Harold and Anje DeGraaf Parcel ID#VB0365


Applicant requests Subdivision Sketch Plan Review for a +/-284.66 acre lot into 2 lots of +/-280.40 and 4.26 acres respectively. Proposed smaller lot fronts West Main Street and is not within the FHOD. Sketch Plan requirements as per §200 and §210 of the Town of Richmond Subdivision Regulations. Proposal located in the Agricultural/ Residential (A/R) Zoning District and Flood Hazard Overlay District (FHOD) 365 Verburg Lane, Parcel ID# VB0365.

“Shall the City be authorized to issue revenue bonds or notes in one or more series on behalf of the Electric Light Department, in an amount not to exceed $20,000,000 in the aggregate, to be issued pursuant to the City Charter, as may be determined by the City Council, and payable from the net revenues of the electric system, for the purpose of paying for (i) capital additions and improvements to the City’s electric system, and energy conservation systems, in furtherance of the City’s Net Zero Energy goals, including improvements to the City’s technology systems, customer and financial information systems, electric grid upgrades, electricity generation plants and dams (the “Project”), and (ii) funding a debt service reserve fund and paying costs of issuance?”

SPR 2021-04 Noyes Properties, LLC Parcel ID# RR0160/RR0198 Applicant requests Site Plan Review for a proposed new 18,750 sq. ft. Richmond Market with associated parking and infrastructure on 2 parcels of 0.88 and 1.65 acres respectively; parcels to be combined. Site Plan Review required as per sections 3.5 and 5.5 of the Town of Richmond Zoning Regulations. Village Commercial District (VC) 160 and 198 Railroad Street, Parcel ID# RR0160 and RR0198.

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WARNING & NOTICE 2021 SPECIAL ELECTION The legal voters of the City of Burlington, Vermont are hereby warned and notified to come and vote at the Annual City Meeting on Tuesday, the 7th day of December, 2021 between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m, in their respective wards, at the voting places hereinafter named and designated as polling places, viz:

Ward Six/South District: Edmunds Middle School, 275 Main St.

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Application materials may be viewed at http:// development-reviewboard/ one week before meeting. Please contact Keith Oborne, Zoning Administrator, at 802-434-2430 or by email at with any questions.

(b) Notice to owner. Notice to the owner of an impounded vehicle shall be provided as set forth in Section 20-74(c).

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Division 2. Removal of Unlawfully Parked Vehicles

(a) Any motor vehicle parked in violation of city ordinance at any time upon any public highway of the city or at the Burlington International Airport, including such ways, streets, alleys, lanes or other places as may be open to the public, the owner of which has accumulated unpaid parking violations totaling two-hundred seventy-five dollars ($275.00) or more, not including the amount attributable to the present violation, may be removed and stored pursuant to this division. In order to reclaim the impounded vehicle, the owner shall pay all charges for all outstanding violations such that the total amount owed in fines and fees pursuant to ordinance violations is reduced to less than $275, all outstanding removal charges previously assessed and the charges imposed by this division for such removal and storage or until the requirements of Section 20-73(b)(1) have been met. Fines shall not be avoided by the transference of title or registration, or the purchasing of a different vehicle.

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Ward Five/South District: Burlington Electric Department, 585 Pine St.

20-68-20-70. As written.

20-71-20-78. As written.

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Articles IV-IV. As written.

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20-79. Towing and storage of vehicles for nonpayment. THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT(S) 0102426,01-02506,01-04444 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DR, WILLISTON VT, 05495 WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT THE OF DECEMBER 16TH 2021 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF DAVID VON BRAUN. 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.

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Total Estimated Project Cost: $20,000,000 City Electric Department Share of Total Cost: $20,000,000 Miro Weinberger, Mayor Publication Dates: Seven Days, December 1, 2021 Burlington, Vermont



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Development and Communications Associate The Development and Communications Associate will assist with fund development and help tell the stories of communities and their exceptional leaders in line with our mission to support rural VT communities and advance policies that create a prosperous and sustainable future. We’re looking for someone who is eager to advance rural communities and work with our team in donor solicitation, grant writing and reporting; demonstrates excellent written, oral, and social media communication skills; and is a self-starter with the ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Competitive salary starting at $44,000, with potential incentives depending on skills and experience and an attractive benefit package. The position is based in the VCRD Montpelier office and remotely. Application deadline is December 9th, 2021. See the full job description and application instructions here:

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ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES WORKER Now offering sign on bonuses up to $5,000!

Join The University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington as an Environmental Service Worker. The EVS Worker is responsible for the cleaning of all areas of the facility with the exception of the OR. Qualifications: • High school diploma or equivalent preferred. • Prior health care or hospitality industry cleaning experience is highly desirable. Employees at UVM Medical Center receive comprehensive benefits packages, including medical, dental, retirement and paid time off. E.O.E.

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The EVS Supervisor coordinates all routine and project assignments and activities for EVS, maintains all schedules, training, evaluations and performance improvement plans. Eligible for a sign on bonus up to $5,000.

Doubletree Hotel, 870 Williston Rd. South Burlington, VT 05403 Join The University of Vermont Medical Center at our upcoming entry-level job fair to learn about career opportunities that make a difference in people’s lives each day. Opportunities include: Environmental Service Workers, Food Service Workers, Security Officers, Mental Health Technicians, and more! Masks are required at this event.

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This position reports to the Vice President for Advancement and provides administrative support as well as maintains their own fundraising portfolio. The appointee will work as a gifts officer and participate in stewardship, cultivation, and solicitation. Through this position you will help Sterling College's donors accomplish their ambitions to support our mission to advance ecological thinking and action. The College is currently raising ~$3M annually between unrestricted and restricted giving. Experience using and administering Raiser's Edge is a plus as is being an alumnx of Sterling College. Candidates must have mission alignment.

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The GSA Network Coordinator supports the network Gender and Sexuality Alliances that work in schools to effect positive change for LGBTQ+ youth. The ideal candidate will have the ability to center youth power and leadership, skills in experiential learning and facilitation, and organizing experience in community and school settings. Working collaboratively with youth, colleagues, community partners, and staff and faculty in schools is essential.

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ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT The Town of Hinesburg, Vermont is seeking a qualified person to fill an Administrative Assistant position that supports the Planning and Zoning Department. This position provides administrative and clerical support. The Administrative Assistant is responsible for assisting applicants, processing development applications, scheduling meetings and hearings, filing, coordinating distribution of correspondence and materials, responding to public inquiries, and other general office duties as assigned. This position reports to the Director of Planning and Zoning. For an employment application and a full job description with requirements and education/training, visit the Town website or contact the Town Manager’s office:; 482-4206. The Town of Hinesburg is an equal opportunity employer. This is a part-time position of approximately 16 hours/week with a starting pay range of $17.00 to $19.00 per hour based on qualifications and experience. This position is not eligible for benefits. Hinesburg (population 4,700) is a vibrant community located in northwest Vermont, approximately 12 miles from the City of Burlington. Hinesburg is a rural Chittenden County community with a thriving village center surrounded by rural agricultural and forest lands.

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The Town of Northfield, Vermont (population 6,100) is seeking to hire an Economic Development Director to support local businesses in their sustainability, growth, and expansion; to build a network within the State and region to attract potential employers and residents to Northfield; and to support the town’s vision for housing and other key development priorities.


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The Colchester School District is seeking a qualified Technology Specialist. This position is responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of all technology-related systems and equipment. This includes, but is not limited to, managing the Technology Helpdesk, supporting PC operating systems, providing on-site and remote support to multiple schools in our district, and installing, updating & supporting a wide range of software. CSD offers employees a generous benefits package including a competitive wage and an excellent BCBS healthcare plan. Benefits also include dental insurance, long-term disability, retirement plan, life insurance, and tuition reimbursement. Apply online: - #3728187


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The University of Vermont is hiring a program support generalist to support the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Institute to manage all aspects of program and project administration. This will include supporting the Research Program Administrator to prepare, receive and organize requests for proposals (RFPs) and responses to RFPs for Lake Champlain Sea Grant, the Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center, and the Northeastern States Research Cooperative, to compile information and data to create draft reports to federal sponsors, to process incoming invoices, and to assist in tracking federal, cost share, and leveraged funds, and contract status with partners. It will also include assisting with meeting and workshop logistics and coordination, processing service agreement contracts, and communicating with partner organizations.


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KITCHEN COORDINATOR The Vermont Studio Center seeks two Kitchen Coordinators to assist with daily functions in the kitchen. This position will include helping to provide nourishing meals for up to twenty-five artists in residence at our campus in Johnson, learning the general kitchen jobs such as dishwashing and cleaning, and assisting in training resident kitchen volunteers on duties, and filling in shifts, as necessary. The Kitchen Coordinators will work closely with the Executive Chef to develop menus and oversee general kitchen operations. This is a part-time, 20-25 hours per week, year-round position. Compensation is $16 per hour; benefits include paid time off and retirement. Please see for more information, the full job description and application form. To apply, please submit an application form and optional resume to with the e-mail subject line “Kitchen Coordinator Application.”

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Goddard College, a leader in non-traditional education, has the following 6 position full-time, benefit eligible openings:


JMM & Associates, a Colchester, VT CPA firm, is looking for a full-time receptionist/office assistant with experience in Microsoft Office; bookkeeping and HR experience a plus. The ideal candidate has a "peoplefirst" attitude with strong communication skills, is able to multitask while paying attention to details, has a good work ethic and sense of humor, possesses solid organizational skills, and the flexibility to work additional hours during busy season.






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Northfield Savings Bank, founded in 1867, is the largest banking institution headquartered in Vermont. We are committed to providing a welcoming work environment for all. Do you find investigating risk 3v-JMM&Associates112421.indd related to business fascinating? Consider joining our team as a Risk Management Officer in Central Vermont or Chittenden County! This is one of our newest positions!



The Risk Management Officer will cross-functionally coordinate risk management functions specific to Business Continuity, Vendor Due Diligence, Internal/External Audit to ensure the identification, management, and mitigation of risk exposure and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. A successful candidate will have experience with identifying, evaluating, mitigating, and monitoring risk. We are looking for someone who can maintain effective working relationships at all levels of our organization as well as interact with Federal, State, and other regulatory agencies. Three to five years of experience in a related position, or a bachelor’s degree is required.


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NSB encourages professional development in all areas of the bank. There are trainings available and tuition reimbursement for classes you take on your own! The average years of service for an NSB employee is 9! If you’re looking for a long-term career, join our team!


Competitive compensation based on experience. Well-rounded benefits package. Profit-Sharing opportunity. Excellent 401(k) matching retirement program. Commitment to professional development. Opportunities to volunteer and support our communities. Work-Life balance! Please send an NSB Application & your resume in confidence to:, or Northfield Savings Bank, E.O.E. Human Resources PO Box 7180, Barre, VT 05641

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MRI RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIST Temporary Per-Diem The MRI Center for Biomedical Imaging, a core research facility at The University of Vermont, Robert Larner College of Medicine is looking for a temporary per-diem MRI technologist to work at least one Saturday per month performing research MRI scans. The UVM MRI Center has a dedicated state-of-the-art 3 Tesla Philips MRI research scanner. Variable daytime (Saturday) hours, typically 3-8 hours per shift. This position is likely to be extended beyond 12 months.


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IT AND NETWORK ADMINISTRATOR Part-Time Opportunity La Minita Coffee is looking for the right person to join our growing team as we expand our business. Initially the role will be 20 hours/week. This is a permanent position and likely to grow to full time in the future. This is an Admin position dealing with coffee logistics out of our Hinesburg office. Tentatively 10AM – 2PM with a little flexibility on start and finish timing. Send resumes to:

PROGRAM SPECIALIST VWW seeks a Program Specialist to create content and deliver trainings, coordinate speakers, and research data to enhance program initiatives. Full job description and how to apply, visit vtworksforwomen. org/about/employment. If reasonable accommodation is needed to apply, contact us at or 802-655-8900 x100.

Vermont Legal Aid has reopened its search for a full-time IT and Network Systems Administrator. Three years of network experience in a Microsoft Windows environment and bachelor’s degree in computer science, or equivalent education and relevant experience is required. The ideal candidate has would have experience with Azure, Active Directory, Exchange Online, Office365, IP telephony, LAN/WAN, server and WS management (hardware and software), as well as providing help desk support to staff. Familiarity with case management systems (SaaS and proprietary), social media platforms, mobile devices, cloud migration, and cybersecurity are a plus. Applicants must have clear oral and written communication skills, an eagerness to learn, and the ability to work both independently and as part of a small IT team. In-state travel (vehicle required), some evening and/or weekend work, and the ability to occasionally lift and move up to fifty pounds is required. Vermont Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm providing legal services to low-income Vermonters in five offices across VT. We are committed to building a diverse, social justiceoriented staff, and encourage applicants from a broad range of backgrounds. We welcome information about how your experience can contribute to serving our diverse client communities. We are an equal opportunity employer committed to a discrimination and harassment-free workplace. Salary range for this position is $61,610 - $91,560 depending on relevant experience. We offer a generous benefits package including 4 weeks paid vacation, 12 paid holidays, 401(k) retirement plan, and excellent health benefits. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

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JOB TRAINING. WELL DONE. Join the Community Kitchen Academy! Are you interested in a career working within the food service industry? At Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) you’ll learn from professional chefs in modern commercial kitchens and graduate with the skills and knowledge to build a career in food service, food systems and other related fields. Throughout the seven-week course, you’ll develop and apply new skills by preparing food that would otherwise be wasted from grocery stores, restaurants, and farms. The food you cook is then distributed through food shelves and meal sites throughout the community. CKA is a program of the Vermont Foodbank, operated in partnership with Capstone Community Action in Barre and Feeding Chittenden in Burlington. Next sessions start in early January and mid-March. APPLY ONLINE:

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Join one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont! We invite you to bring your unique experience to our work as a Controller on our Finance & Accounting Team. United Way of Northwest Vermont is looking for a Controller who will provide strategic financial leadership to the organization. IN THIS ROLE, YOU WILL: • Be directly responsible for providing financial leadership to UWNWVT’s strategic planning process and annual operating budget preparation. • Prepare various month-end and year-end activities as they relate to finance & accounting (including but not limited to processing monthly recurring journal entries, bank and balance sheet reconciliations). • Assist Directors and other budget managers with monthly reviews of their respective general ledgers and needed reclasses. • Manage and coordinate the independent financial audits for the organization. UWNWVT employees enjoy a range of excellent benefits, including health, dental, and vision insurance, a generous paid vacation policy, 11 paid holidays, 403(b) contributions, a robust wellness program, and more! United Way of Northwest Vermont is committed to building an inclusive culture—in our workplace and the community at large—that celebrates the diverse voices of our employees, volunteers, donors, community partners, and the individuals and families we serve. Interested candidates may visit for the full job description.


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Position requires excellent communication skills, strong proficiency producing technical drawings with Revit, detailed knowledge of construction documentation and related systems, and a willingness to collaborate. Experience with Revit, AutoCAD, and Adobe Creative Suite programs required. Commitment to and experience with energy efficiency and sustainability strategies in buildings a plus. Send letter of interest and resume to gwen@vermont

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CLEANING CREW (P/T positions) Starting hourly rate of $20/hour. Join our team and help us keep our brewery and taproom looking their best. Evening and weekend shifts. Experience preferred.

TAPROOM & RETAIL BEERTENDER (P/T positions): A multifaceted position providing outstanding customer service in both our taproom and retail operations.

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THE VERMONT JUDICIARY IS NOW HIRING POSITIONS ACROSS THE STATE Permanent, Limited Service offer full benefits including healthcare, sick leave, holidays, and paid time off. Temporary positions available. For a full listing of positions available:

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

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Full time permanent position reporting to the State Court Administrator providing legal advice and services. Manages public information requests, drafts contracts, review proposed legislation and consult on administrative directives. Starting salary approximately $105k annual. VT license to practice plus 5 years of related experience required.



Limited-Service position until 6/30/23 in Access & Resource Center (ARC), Language Access Program: scheduling court interpreters, planning logistics and coordination of community outreach for court interpreter certification plan, processing interpreter invoices and other activities affiliated with optimizing language access in the courts. Starting Salary $21.64 per hour. Associate’s Degree and 3 years of customer service experience.


Multiple Limited-Service positions until 6/30/23. Act as the first contact for litigants, attorneys and other customers who need assistance navigating the court’s primary software application. Will learn court procedures and deliver excellent service over phone and computer. Starting Salary $21.64 per hour. Associate’s Degree and 3 years of customer service experience.


Several permanent, Limited Service and Temporary Docket Clerk positions available. Will perform specialized clerical duties including data entry customer service, multitasking, legal processing, courtroom support and record keeping. Hiring throughout Vermont. High School graduate and two years of clerical or data entry experience required. Starting at $17.49 per hour.

All positions are open until filled. The Vermont Judiciary is an equal opportunity employer.

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

Contact Center Supervisor We’re searching for a supervisor to join our Contact Center team! As the supervisor you will support and supervise a team of Sales & Service Specialists, coaching the team to continuously improve performance. This position will also maintain a high degree of availability for questions to be able to assist in resolving operational or customer service issues. Our ideal candidate will have previous leadership experience within a customer contact center and have strong interpersonal & communication skills. The shift is Sunday - Thursday, with closing responsibilities. Interested? Please go to our careers page at and apply online!

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TruexCullins, a 30-person architecture and interior design firm in downtown Burlington, seeks a staff accountant to join the team.

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Begin a career in 2022, don’t start a job! Spend your time doing work that makes a real difference. We need great people who want to help great people. Are you compassionate, kind, resilient, and adaptable?

SALES ASSOCIATE Established men’s clothing store in downtown Burlington seeking a full-time and part-time sales associate. Must be SALES motivated, good at developing customer relationships and be available to work weekends.

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Interested candidates should preferably drop their resumes off between 11am-5pm, Monday through Saturday.

Experienced Cook needed for Shrine on Lake Champlain in beautiful northwestern Vermont.

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

Please contact us at 802-388-6388 Saint Anne’s Shrine, in Isle La Motte, Vermont is looking for a Web: Email: creative individual to prepare and serve delicious meals from Or email: scratch, using fresh local products, year-round, for retreat groups of varying sizes with an average of 30-40 guests as well as serving the public in our cafeteria on Sundays and Wednesdays during the2v-MKClothing112421.indd 1 11/22/21 10:36 AMTOWN OF PITTSFORD summer pilgrimage season, plus a few special events per year. Compensation is competitive and may include health and dental insurance, 403b retirement plan, life insurance, and paid time off. St. Anne’s Shrine is conducted under the sponsorship of the Society of St. Edmund, a Roman Catholic religious community of priests and brothers. Visit us at, contact Nancy at 802.928.3362 or for more information or an application. Please see our full listing at

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OPERATIONS MANAGER Slate Valley Trails is seeking an Operations Manager to advance our mission through providing administrative and systems management across all areas of the organization. Responsibilities Daysadministration, varySeven from general communications, and fundraising Issue: 12/1 toDue: event coordination trail 11/29 byand11am maintenance. This full-time, Size: 3.83 xis5.25 salaried position based in Poultney, VT, and offers Cost: $476.85 (with 1 opportunity for growth and development. Learn more and apply at

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. Business Support Generalist - CALS Dean’s Office - #S3240PO The University of Vermont is seeking a Business Support Generalist to assist and support the faculty, staff, and students of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences with financial transactions based on a 2v-SlateValleyTrails112421.indd 1 11/23/21 comprehensive knowledge of University policies and procedures, as well as the ability to operate various financial systems. Position location is flexible and may be on campus in Burlington, Vermont or in one of our UVM Extension field offices located statewide. Effective communication, Operations and analytical and team-collaboration skills, and a demonstrated commitment Maintenance Manager to customer service required, as well as proficiency in spreadsheet, database, and word-processing applications. An Associate’s degree Are you a good electrical and in a related field and one to three years of specialized experience is mechanical troubleshooter required or equivalent combination of education and experience. A with strong office and basic understanding of PeopleSoft software is desired. We offer a organizational skills? If so, comprehensive benefit package for this 37.5 hour per week position. we want you to join our Applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to be considered for the team of skilled solar energy position. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants professionals. This is a fullare encouraged to include in their cover letter how they will further this time permanent position. goal. An electrical license and solar experience would be For further information on this position and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit Applicants must preferred but not required. apply for positions electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. We offer great benefits Open positions are updated daily. Please call 802-656-3150 or email and a competitive salary. for technical support with the online application. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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The Town of Pittsford, Vermont seeks a collaborative and dynamic full-time Town Manager. Pittsford (pop.2,991) has a $2.8 million budget and 11 full-time employees. The community features a rural area and lifestyle, scenic beauty and natural resources, as well as a quality school system and is located between Rutland and Middlebury. The Town Manager is responsible for supervising and coordinating the overall operations of the town and is responsible for managing the day-to-day affairs under the general direction of the five-member selectboard as provided for under Vermont law. A detailed job description is available week online) at employmentvolunteering-opportunities. The successful candidate will have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in business administration or public administration along with 4 to 6 years of relevant technical and administrative experience or an equivalent combination of experience and training.

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Champlain Housing Trust is growing and we need great people to join our team. One of Vermont’s Best Places to Work in 2020, CHT is a socially responsible employer offering an inclusive, friendly work environment and competitive pay commensurate with experience. Our excellent benefit package includes a generous health insurance plan, three weeks of paid vacation, 14 paid holidays, sick leave, 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution after one year, disability and life insurance and more.

The Vermont Historical Society seeks a full-time Museum Educator. The Educator is responsible for developing and teaching school programs at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier, as well as administering the Vermont History Day competition. Bachelor’s degree in history, museums, education, or related field required. Advanced degree or training in museum education or history preferred. Full job description and details at To apply, send a cover letter and resume to

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a critical role in ensuring the long-term financial sustainability of CHT’s complex real estate asset portfolio. The ideal candidate will have extensive knowledge of real estate asset management concepts, strong financial analysis and data management skills and a keen attention to detail. Experience working with affordable housing programs including LIHTC, HUD, and USDA RD are a strong plus. Positive attitude and significant level of self-motivation a must.

RENTAL APPLICATION SPECIALIST: The Rental Application Specialist will perform a variety of data entry, administrative, and customer service functions to process applications for people who wish to find a home with CHT. As a member of the Property Management Compliance Team, this entry level position provides an excellent opportunity to learn about and grow with the organization. The ideal candidate will have work experience in customer service, data entry, or administrative roles. A positive attitude, acute attention to detail, and significant level of self-motivation are a must. Affordable housing experience is a plus, but not required. SHARED EQUITY COORDINATOR: Position offers an opportunity to learn and grow with CHT’s signature Shared Equity Program of permanently affordable home ownership. It provides an opportunity to work with applicants and home owners from a wide variety of cultures & backgrounds to help them achieve the dream of owning a home. The ideal candidate will have experience in customer service, data entry, or administrative roles and basic understanding of real estate principles. A positive attitude, outstanding attention to detail, and significant level of self-motivation are a must. Real estate, affordable housing, mortgage lending or related experience are strongly preferred but not required. Multiple language fluency is a strong plus. MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN: Join Champlain Housing Trust’s Property

Management team in Burlington and use your building maintenance and customer service skills to serve the affordable housing needs of people from numerous countries, cultures, and walks of life. Perform a variety of tasks including painting, cleaning, light maintenance, grounds maintenance and snow removal. Experience in light carpentry, plumbing, electrical, and grounds maintenance are preferred but will train the right person. The ideal candidate will also exhibit a positive attitude, self-motivation, and work well independently and as part of a team. Equal Opportunity Employer - CHT is committed to a diverse workplace and highly encourages women, persons with disabilities, Section 3 low income residents, and people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to apply.

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Are you an inspiring, enthusiastic, and collaborative leader who believes in green development, multi-sector community partnerships, and an equitable world that can be enjoyed by all? Real Estate development done with heart DOES work – we know – we’ve been doing it for 40+ years and have consistently turned a profit all the while caring for and supporting our local community and beyond. The Executive Director will be a highly collaborative, visionary, thoughtful, and transparent leader who will possess well-developed communication skills, have strategic perspectives, and maintain a commitment to working effectively with staff, tenants, board members, community partners, and supporters.

REPORTING TO MSL’S OWNERS AND BOARD, THE ED’S PRIMARY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY WILL INCLUDE: • Vision, Mission, and Strategic Planning • Organizational Leadership • Infrastructure and Day-to-Day Operations • Financial / Legal • People Management • Public Relations and Marketing • Real Estate

IDEAL CANDIDATE EXPERIENCE & ATTRIBUTES: • Organizational leadership experience with a commitment to a triple bottom line business model - people, planet, profit • A strategic thinker and changemaker who enjoys collaboration and co-creation with a commitment to mission and vision of the greater good • Solid business acumen, including budgetary and strategic business skills; experience managing a $3M operating budget • Strong marketing and public relations experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures

• Creating an engaged culture, leading a committed team of professionals, and serving as the head of HR • Problem-solver with day-to-day operational experience; thoughtful and decisive decision-maker • An understanding of commercial real estate and/or real estate development • Capacity to understand federal, state, and regional laws, regulations, funding, and reporting and their relevance to the needs of the waterfront community and beyond • Experience working with, and reporting to, a board of directors

For those interested in learning more about this role, we invite you to contact our search partner Etienne Morris of Morris Recruiting & Consulting at to arrange for a confidential exploratory conversation.


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“All my days I have longed equally to travel the right road and to take my own errant path,” wrote Norwegian Danish novelist Sigrid Undset. I think she succeeded in doing both. She won a Nobel Prize for Literature. Her trilogy about a 14th-century Norwegian woman was translated into 80 languages. I conclude that for her — as well as for you in the coming weeks and months — traveling the right road and taking your own errant path will be the same thing.

ARIES (Mar. 21-Apr. 19): It’s a favorable time to get excited about your long-range future — and to entertain possibilities that have previously been on the edges of your awareness. I’d love to see you open your heart to the sweet dark feelings you’ve been sensing, and open your mind to the disruptive but nourishing ideas you need, and open your gut to the rumbling hunches that are available. Be brave, Aries! Strike up conversations with the unexpected, the unknown and the undiscovered. TAURUS (Apr. 20-May 20): A Tumblr blogger named Evan ( addressed a potential love interest. “Do you like sleeping, because so do I,” he wrote. “We should do it together sometime.” You might want to

extend a similar invitation, Taurus. Now is a ripe time for you to interweave your subconscious mind with the subconscious mind of an ally you trust. The two of you could generate extraordinary healing energy for each other as you lie together, dozing in the darkness. Other recommended activities: meditating together, fantasizing together, singing together, making spiritual love together. (PS: If you have no such human ally, sleep and meditate with a beloved animal or imaginary friend.)

selflessness, being present, and all that shit. Fake love is magic, excitement, false hope, infatuation, and getting high off the potential that another person is going to save you from yourself.” I will propose, Leo, that you bypass such ridiculous thinking about love in the coming weeks and months. Here’s why: There’s a strong chance that the real love at play in your life will feature magic and excitement, even as it requires responsibility, compromise, selflessness and being present.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sep. 22): Virgo author Andre Dubus III describes times when “I feel stupid, insensitive, mediocre, talentless and vulnerable — like I’m about to cry any second — and wrong.” That sounds dreadful, right? But it’s not dreadful for him. Just the opposite. “I’ve found that when that happens,” he concludes, “it usually means I’m writing pretty well, pretty deeply, pretty rawly.” I trust that you will entertain a comparable state sometime soon, Virgo. Even if you’re not a writer, the bounty and fertility that emerge from this immersion in vulnerability will invigorate you beyond what you can imagine.

Chuck Klosterman writes, “It’s far easier to write why something is terrible than why it’s good.” That seems to be true for many writers. However, my life’s work is in part a rebellion against doing what’s easy. I don’t want to chronically focus on what’s bad and sick and desolate. Instead, I aspire to devote more of my energy to doing what Klosterman implies is hard, which is to write sincerely (but not naïvely) about the many things that are good and redemptive and uplifting. In light of your current astrological omens, Gemini, I urge you to adopt my perspective for your own use in the next three weeks. Keep in mind what philosopher Robert Anton Wilson said: “An optimistic mindset finds dozens of possible solutions for every problem that the pessimist regards as incurable.”

CANCER (Jun. 21-Jul. 22): An organization in Turkey decided to construct a new building to house its workers. The Saruhanbey Knowledge, Culture, and Education Foundation chose a plot in the city of Manisa. But there was a problem. A three-centuries-old pine tree stood on the land. Local authorities would not permit it to be cut down. So architects designed a building with spaces and holes that fully accommodated the tree. I recommend that you regard this marvel as a source of personal inspiration in the coming weeks and months. How could you work gracefully with nature as you craft your future masterpiece or labor of love? How might you work around limitations to create useful, unusual beauty? LEO (Jul. 23-Aug. 22): Author Melissa Broder wrote a preposterous essay in which she ruminated, “Is fake love better than real love? Real love is responsibility, compromise,

LIBRA (Sep. 23-Oct. 22): “The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get 22.” Author Dashiell Hammett said that, and now I’m passing it on to you — just in time for a phase of your cycle when putting two and two together will probably not bring four but rather 22 or some other irregularity. I’m hoping that since I’ve given you a heads-up, it won’t be a problem. On the contrary. You will be prepared and will adjust faster than anyone else — thereby generating a dose of exotic good fortune. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): In her poem “Is/Not,” Scorpio poet Margaret Atwood tells a lover, “You are not my doctor, you are not my cure, nobody has that power, you are merely a fellow traveler.” I applaud her for stating an axiom I’m fond of, which is that no one, not even the person who loves you best, can ever be totally responsible for fixing everything wrong in your life. However, I do think Atwood goes too far. On some occasions, certain people can indeed provide us with a measure of healing. And we must be receptive to that

possibility. We shouldn’t be so pathologically self-sufficient that we close ourselves off from tender help. One more thing: Just because that help may be imperfect doesn’t mean it’s useless and should be rejected.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn author Susan Sontag unleashed a bizarre boast, writing, “One of the healthiest things about me — my capacity to survive, to bounce back, to prosper — is intimately connected with my biggest neurotic liability: my facility in disconnecting from my feelings.” Everything about her statement makes me scream No! I mean, I believe this coping mechanism worked for her; I don’t begrudge her that. But as a student of psychology and spirituality, I know that disconnecting from feelings is, for most of us, the worst possible strategy if we want to be healthy and sane. And I will advise you to do the opposite of Sontag in the coming weeks. December is Stay Intimately Connected With Your Feelings Month. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): In some

small towns in the Philippines, people can be punished and fined for gossiping. Some locals have become reluctant to exchange tales about the sneaky, sexy, highly entertaining things their neighbors are doing. They complain that their freedom of speech has been curtailed. If you lived in one of those towns, I’d advise you to break the law in the coming weeks. In my astrological opinion, dynamic gossip should be one of your assets. Staying well-informed about the human comedy will be key for your ability to thrive.

PISCES (Feb. 19-Mar. 20): “Originality consists in thinking for yourself, and not in thinking unlike other people,” wrote Piscean author James Fitzjames Stephen (1829-1894). Another way to say it: Being rebellious is not inherently creative. If you primarily define yourself by rejecting and reacting against someone’s ideas, you are being controlled by those ideas. Please keep this in mind, dear Pisces. I want you to take full advantage of your astrological potential during the next 12 months, which is to be absolutely original. Your perceptions and insights will be unusually lucid if you protect yourself from both groupthink and a compulsive repudiation of groupthink.


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Dear Reverend,

I’m the youngest of five children. My siblings have complicated relationships, and we haven’t had a real family gathering in a very long time. My father passed away many years ago, and my mother is 87 years old now. She would love to have us all together for Christmas like in the old times, but I don’t know whether that will be possible, since nobody gets along. What can I do?

Potential Peacemaker (FEMALE, 50)

TRYING TO CONTACT SMARTY PANTS I’m looking to be reunited with the most amazing girl. I made a mistake, and I’ve paid dearly for it. Please reach out to me. #Sunshine #Smartypants #Montpelier When: Monday, November 1, 2021. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915453 BERLIN PLANET FITNESS You: beautiful, very curvy blond girl with black leggings, white shoes and half shirt. Me: guy admiring your amazing physique on Saturday and Sunday, October 30 and 31. When: Saturday, October 30, 2021. Where: Berlin Planet Fitness. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915452 DUNKIN’ DONUTS, EARLY 11/1 You: an adorable tiny lady, full of fire. Me: just a guy on his way to work. We both shook our heads at the garbage truck flying through the parking lot. Just wanted you to know I thought you were adorable. Be careful of those candy trucks. When: Monday, November 1, 2021. Where: Williston Dunkin’ Donuts. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915451 HOT WOMAN CHATTING WITH ME We were chatting waiting in line. Then an older lady was trying to cut, and you made it a point to tell her, “You’re behind him!” That was hot! I could be wrong, but I felt a connection. I liked what I saw; did you? I’m game if you are. Chat or even more — send you home smiling. ? When: Friday, October 29, 2021. Where: Hannaford, North Ave., in line. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915449 THREE ENCOUNTERS: TWO HEARTS The morning we met across the counter, we had a pleasant conversation and I was drawn to your quiet charm. Twice since then, I’ve visited, and each time, you’ve left hearts with my order. If you were looking to make an impression, it happened that very first time. Look me up? When: Sunday, October 3, 2021. Where: North Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915448 SHELBURNE JIFFY GINGER You: polished and so cute. Me: not so much. So glad we shared a smile. When: Monday, October 11, 2021. Where: Shelburne Jiffy Mart. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915445

Dear Potential Peacemaker,

I hope your mother has many happy and healthy years ahead of her, but tomorrow is guaranteed to no one — especially when you’re nearing 90. I’ve known people who have keeled over out of the blue before they were 50, so age really makes no difference. None of us knows how much time we have here on Earth, so your siblings would be wise to take heed and make better use of theirs. Unless they are complete jerks, I’d imagine that your family members would show up to your mother’s funeral and act decently

RANDI WITH THE GRAY CURLS I’ve always secretly admired you and like talking to you when you come into my work, but I haven’t seen you in a while. Let’s hang out sometime. Maybe I could be your winter warmth. If you see this, please respond or come see me. I hope you are doing well! When: Friday, October 1, 2021. Where: South Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915447

I MISS YOU, SUNSHINE I made a mistake, and it cost me the best woman I ever knew. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my Montpelier girl. I do wish the best for you but wish we split on better terms. You will always be in my heart, Smarty Pants. When: Monday, September 27, 2021. Where: Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915428

WHERE’S THE ‘MAILMAN’? Mailman, where did you go? I was just about to send you a flirt, and you were long gone. Bummer, dude! I’d really enjoy sharing a white Russian with you sometime. When: Sunday, October 24, 2021. Where: Seven Days personals. You: Man. Me: Woman. #915444 BEAUTIFUL IN BLUE You were dressed all in blue, walking your dog, who seemed to have plans of his/her own. I watched you from another parking lot. You told me your dog was flirting. You were so beautiful. When: Friday, October 22, 2021. Where: UVM Trinity Campus. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915441 STONE SOUP Me: 60 y/o. You: about the same. We caught each other’s eye at the café. I was with a friend having a piece of pie and a tea. You were with a younger woman, possibly your daughter. I would be interested in finding out more about you. When: Saturday, October 16, 2021. Where: Stone Soup café. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915439 CITY MARKET SUNCATCHER You: basking like a lizard outside the downtown co-op at the table closest to the entrance. Me: finding nothing to say that could possibly enhance the pearl-perfect moment you seemed to be enjoying. Let’s have a moment like that together at my favorite sunset spot. It’s an obvious one, but few people seem to know it. When: Wednesday, October 13, 2021. Where: City Market downtown. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915436 THOUGHT YOU SHOULD KNOW! Our paths are running next to each other. I hope they cross sooner rather than later. I hope you turn here as much as I do. When: Sunday, October 10, 2021. Where: my daily read. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915432

ON TAP, SATURDAY 9/25 I was sitting alone in the back corner. You and your friend were at the table in front of me. You got up and came over and introduced yourself and didn’t come back. I would love to buy you a drink and chat. When: Saturday, September 25, 2021. Where: in the back room of the bar. You: Woman. Me: Couple. #915427 SHELBURNE ROAD, ADVANCED AUTO PARTS You and your guy were waiting at the counter as I walked by and wished you good luck on your project. Did I imagine it, or did you come over by me a few times and then bend over in front of the air fresheners for my benefit? If so, I’m really glad you did. Meet for a drink? When: Friday, September 24, 2021. Where: Shelburne Rd. auto parts store. You: Couple. Me: Man. #915425 BURLINGTON CUMBERLAND FARMS, GAS, SMILES You: F, light brown hair in a bun, blue Volkswagen wagon parked at the pump. Me: M, tall, salt-and-pepper hair, shorts, floral mask, held the door for you as you came in. We caught each other’s eye, smiled as you walked to the pump. I said hi. I should’ve come over to talk. Care to do that sometime? When: Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Where: Cumberland Farms, Pine St., Burlington. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915424 FOREVER, EVER? Forever never, seems that long until you’re grown / And notice that the day-by-day ruler can’t be too wrong. / I wish I could become a magician to abracadabra all the sadder / Thoughts of me, thoughts of she, asking what happened to the feeling that her and me had. When: Sunday, October 14, 2018. Where: separate ways. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915416

toward each other. So they need to suck it up, check their differences at the door and show up for Mom while she’s still here. Making that happen might be up to you. Start by calling your siblings individually and letting them know how important a family gathering is to your mother. Keep the expectations simple and time commitment small. Make it clear that you’re not trying to force everyone to mend fences; you just want to give your mother some peace and happiness for the holiday. If they don’t listen to you, call in the big guns and get Mom on the horn. Good luck and God bless,

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