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been using these tests, having previously received a different kind of rapid testing equipment directly from the federal government. Despite the state health department’s advice as recently as October to use PCR testing whenever possible, 21 nursing homes in the state had collectively run more than 1,100 rapid tests as of November 15, according to reports the homes must submit each week. Another development in the state’s approach to these tests: While health care providers have been required to report all positive rapid-test results to the health department, the state has not shared those numbers publicly to date. Only “confirmed cases” — detected with PCR laboratory tests — have been counted in the state’s statistics. That will change starting on Wednesday, December 2, when Vermont will begin reporting presumptive cases in addition to confirmed ones, said Levine. Those cases will include people who got positive rapid-test results, as well as patients who were exposed to COVID-19 and have symptoms. Smith said Wednesday’s data update will include 120 presumptive positives detected since September 6. The change in reporting will increase transparency, he said, and will bring Vermont’s reporting procedures in line with those in other states. Read Andrea Suozzo’s complete story at sevendaysvt.com.

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TECH FOOD CHAIN Plenty of people and businesses helped feed those less fortunate during Thanksgiving last week. But the need remains. Now there’s an app for that. The team behind Localvore Passport, a subscriberonly platform for restaurant deals, has teamed up with Vermont Everyone Eats, a hunger relief program, to put free meals into people’s hands easily. Funded by federal CARES Act dollars and an additional appropriation from the Vermont legislature, Everyone Eats has provided thousands of meals during the pandemic, usually at food distribution

sites. But over the summer, the program hired Localvore to create a new, free portal that allows those looking for free meals to browse participating restaurants and order directly through an app. In the months since the system launched in October, more than 1,000 people have signed up to order more than 10,000 meals from dozens of restaurants around the state, according to Localvore cofounders Dan White and Michael Nedell. “It’s been really rewarding for us to see that kind of steady traction and usage,” White said. The company’s technology “doesn’t necessarily mean discounts. In this case, it’s free meals to help people that have been impacted by COVID.” Users visit localvorepassport.com/

everyone-eats and fill out a form to create an account and download the app. The program displays participating restaurants, and users can pick meals for themselves and other members of their households. The restaurants generally prepare meals for the program each day according to nutritional guidelines. Another requirement: 10 percent of the ingredients must come from local producers. The restaurants get reimbursed $10 per meal they provide. “The consumer gets free food and, essentially, financial assistance,” White said. “The restaurant gets revenue and cash flow that allows them to continue to operate and employ people. But they’re

also moving their inventory, which means farmers and producers and distributors are getting that continued economic support.”   The Everyone Eats program is only funded through the end of December. But Nedell said the need isn’t going away. During an interview on Monday, he noted that users had already ordered more than 100 meals just that morning. Other Everyone Eats distribution programs run daily at sites around the state, too. “If someone has lost their job, they’ve been furloughed and they need free meals a couple times a week” and are able to get fed, White said, “that’s awesome, right?” SASHA GOLDSTEIN SEVEN DAYS DECEMBER 2-9, 2020

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Vermont conservatives and especially Donald Trump supporters are indeed media shy [From the Publisher: “Talking Cure,” November 11]. At Trump rallies, attendees tell me they won’t talk to any reporters because they perceive bias. For example: • Online comments have been turned off: This decision by many media outlets — including Seven Days — gives the impression (true or not) that they don’t welcome conservative pushback. VTDigger.org in particular acknowledged that Black Lives Matter backlash influenced its decision to eliminate comments. • Social media blackouts ignored: In October, Facebook blacked out some conservative activists and candidates, including Art Peterson, a House candidate from Rutland and outspoken BLM opponent. Had candidates been kicked off social media for supporting Joe Biden or BLM, one suspects the media would have taken notice. • The rush to cry “racist”: Nothing reinforces conservatives’ negative media stereotypes more than watching news coverage of an event they attended being falsely portrayed as racist. They know they’re not racist. They know the event (say, the Support the Police rally in July) wasn’t racist. But coverage focused on one unknown person making one derogatory comment. Conclusion: The media came with an agenda. • Columnists seeking retribution: On November 12, an Addison County Independent columnist likened some Trump supporters to abusers. He quotes Vermont-born journalist Garrett Graff: “America should watch closely this week and demand a heavy price for those who callously, and cowardly, cast doubt on the integrity of our election system.” Such statements make Trump supporters who just want fair elections wonder if they’ll end up in a reeducation camp.  Guy Page

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TESTING, TESTING

Reports of record COVID-19 cases, absent a proportional fatality spike, invite questions about testing [Off Message: “Vermont Records 109 New

COVID-19 Cases as Surge Continues,” November 12]. Is PCR, which amplifies viral RNA through a series of cycles, truly a “gold standard test”? In August, the New York Times reported that data from three states showed that “up to 90 percent of people testing positive carried barely any virus” and that the CDC’s “own calculations suggest that it is extremely difficult to detect any live virus in a sample above a threshold of 33 cycles.” Likewise, a study in France concluded that “patients with Ct values > 34 do not excrete infectious viral particles and thus may be discharged.” In July, Dr. Anthony Fauci told the “This Week in Virology” podcast: “If you get a cycle threshold of 35 or more, the chances of [the virus] being replication competent are minuscule” — that samples above 35 cycles are “just dead nucleotides, period.” Why does this matter? Because Vermont’s PCR test, manufactured by Thermo Fisher Scientific, sets a cutoff of 37 cycles. And since the Department of Health does not report Ct values with test results, we don’t know which positive tests show harmless viral debris from past infection and which signify live infectious virus. Are all “cases” created equal? Why is the health department treating positive results this way? The COVID-19 PCR assay is not a pregnancy test. “Yes/no” isn’t good enough. We need transparent reporting of Ct values with the test results. The implications for public health policy, given the hysteria of the moment, are obvious. Jeff Euber

BURLINGTON

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I am greatly offended by the comments of Matt Krauss of Stowe [Feedback: “How Many Conservatives?” November 18]. In what universe does he think that only conservatives serve in the armed forces, belong to the local fish and game club, fly an American flag, watch NASCAR, support local police, etc.? Since when do the conservatives own these entities? Yes, perhaps only conservatives donate to Republican presidential candidates, but even this is not a total given. But, for sure, the conservatives do not own the American flag. Lorna-Kay Peal

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to go in. Everyone was wearing a mask except a youngish man with blond hair, a black cap, and an elaborate black and gold jacket. While he was waiting for his order, he cheerfully and loudly chatted up one of the staff behind the counter, who chatted back. His defiance was palpable. It is now the law that people wear masks, especially indoors. COVID-19 numbers are escalating every day in Vermont. None of the employees said a word. No one asked him to leave. I think the rest of us were too intimidated and uncomfortable to say anything. I left. If we cannot count on the people working in an establishment to enforce the rules that keep us safe, then it is no wonder the virus is leaping out of control. Barbara Zucker

BURLINGTON

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Before the “China virus,” as the current president calls it, we had the “Spanish flu” — named for the only place in the world where journalists openly recorded its toll. So explained John M. Barry, author of The Great Influenza, on a recent episode of NPR’s “On the Media.” Countries still involved in World War I discouraged news coverage of the 1918 pandemic that killed 50 million people across the globe. The U.S. went along with the media blackout. The government was promoting patriotism, and the 1918 Sedition Act outlawed publishing “disloyal, profane, scurrilous, or abusive language” that might reflect negatively upon the country. Even the U.S. Postal Service was in on the censorship, monitoring mailed newspapers that did not conform. As a result, there was scant coverage of the influenza virus that ended the lives of 675,000 Americans — roughly 28 percent of the citizenry at the time. Most of them were under age 45. Despite contracting the disease, president Woodrow Wilson never spoke publicly of it. A New York Times story published on May 14 of this year asked, “Why Are There Almost No Memorials to the Flu of 1918?” (The reporter found a rare exception in Barre’s Hope Cemetery: a marble bench, erected two years ago to commemorate the historic scourge and the 100th anniversary of the Wayside restaurant.) Mention of the deadly pandemic was also rare in literature and other art of the time. Referencing scholars, the Times article suggested that “The mass amnesia helps explain the lack of preparation for the Covid-19 crisis.” Vermonters won’t soon forget this global pandemic. From the start, every local media outlet has been on the story, availing themselves of the governor’s twice-weekly press conferences to question the state’s leaders in public health, safety and government. While the officials share a podium in an actual auditorium, most of the journalists call in, often on hard-to-hear phone lines. Chroniclers of all platforms and persuasions, they are exercising the rights of a free press to inform the public and uphold local democracy. And, not surprisingly, the “briefings” are anything but. One lasted two and a half hours. Rebecca Kelley, the governor’s communications director, has started to intervene around the 90-minute mark, noting how many reporters have yet to speak and suggesting they ask no more than two questions each. Her emails are more pointed. In advance of last Tuesday’s briefing, for which 26 reporters had signed up, she suggested participants listen to the whole press conference — so they wouldn’t repeat a question that had already been asked — and issued a warning: “If we continue to have to cut short those reporters at the end of the queue, we’re going to have to reconsider the format to ensure more equal time is given across outlets.” The system is not perfect. On the Friday after Thanksgiving, Steve Merrill of the public access station NEK-TV called in with a dog yapping in the background — “a Jack Russell puppy,” he told an inquiring Gov. Phil Scott. “They bark for affirmation.” Merrill yelled at the dog to “shut up” as Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine was getting ready to answer Merrill’s question about mortality rates. Removing his mask, Support our COVID-19 coverage by Levine cracked a big, ill-timed smile. becoming a Super Reader. At another press briefing, everyone could hear Look for the “Give Now” buttons at the top of U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) ordering a turkey sevendaysvt.com. Or send a check with your sandwich for lunch — an unmuted moment the address and contact info to: Islander’s Mike Donoghue graciously referred to as

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viewer of the Vermont Progressive Party’s candidate forums last month would scarcely have been able to tell that City Councilors Brian Pine (Ward 3) and Max Tracy (Ward 2) are rivals to become the next mayor of Burlington. Over the course of the three virtual events, Pine and Tracy’s talking points overlapped more than they differed. The two men were congenial — even complimentary of one another — as they explained how they’d make Burlington a more equitable place: by addressing the climate crisis, increasing affordable housing and uplifting the voices of the most marginalized. Even the candidates recognized that they had said little to explain their differences, despite being in the midst of a weeks-long sprint to win their party’s nomination. “One of the awkward things about running against Councilor Pine is that we work together really well on a lot of things,” Tracy, the city council president, said at a November 19 forum on economic justice.  12

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“As we have found, there’s not a lot of daylight between us on these issues,” Pine later said. But there are key differences between the candidates that may determine how Progressives vote during their party caucus this week. Pine’s years of public service and his willingness to break with the party line have won him support from the city’s more moderate Progressives. Tracy’s hard-line stance and passionate activism have attracted the party’s more vocal, leftmost members. Backers in both camps told Seven Days in recent interviews that those traits give their candidate the best shot of beating incumbent Mayor Miro Weinberger, a three-term Democrat whom they desperately want to vote out of office on March 2. Neither candidate has had much time to carve out a distinctive niche in the run-up to the party caucus on Tuesday. The nominating event is being held virtually due to the coronavirus. Ballots will be accepted until 7 p.m. on Thursday,

December 3. The party announced Pine and Tracy’s campaigns on November 9, giving them less than a month to hire campaign staff, launch websites and set up social media accounts. Each candidate has said he will get out of the race if he fails to secure the party nomination. That would make for a slightly less crowded field. In addition to Weinberger, the Progressive nominee will face at least two independent candidates in fellow City Councilor Ali Dieng (Ward 7) and South End resident Patrick White. Still other candidates could emerge by the time Democrats caucus on December 6 or before the January 25 filing deadline. Pine has made the most of his fleeting campaign time. He said he’s raised $10,000 since declaring his candidacy and hired eight paid staffers — including a top staffer for Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) 2016 and

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Members of the Colchester Selectboard have been holding in-person meetings for months without wearing masks — but not because they object to the state’s COVID-19 rules.      Instead, town leaders believed Gov. Phil Scott’s mask mandate didn’t apply as long as selectboard members sat more than six feet apart. In reality, the July order requires that masks be worn in all public venues, a state spokesperson said on Monday.   The Colchester misunderstanding apparently went unnoticed until Seven Days contacted Town Manager Aaron Frank about the issue on Tuesday.  In an interview, Frank was initially adamant that the town was on the right side of the mask mandate. “I believe we are in compliance, if you read the governor’s order and look at the facts,” he said.      After the interview, Frank contacted state officials, who clarified the rule. Selectboard members will wear masks at future meetings, the town manager said.      While many Vermont cities and towns have continued to hold public meetings virtually, Colchester Selectboard members opted to return to in-person meetings over the summer. Frank reconfigured the board’s regular meeting space to allow social distancing, buying longer microphone cords, for instance, so members could sit farther apart. Members of the public have continued to participate in person and remotely.  At the beginning of each recent meeting, the board chair has read the town’s COVID-19 meeting policy, which said that board members “may remain unmasked as they so choose, given that we are distanced” and other attendees “may unmask when they are speaking.”     The policy was created without consulting the state. “We’re quite conversant in reading the governor’s orders and determining what they mean,” Frank said.    Video from the first in-person meeting on August 4 shows everyone wearing masks until the end of the meeting, when then-chair Jeff Bartley removed his to announce his resignation from the selectboard. Mask usage diminished significantly at subsequent meetings, including the most recent one on November 10.     As coronavirus cases surged in recent weeks, Scott released an order on November 13 in which he “strongly discouraged” any in-person meetings, municipal governments included.     Colchester has since restricted in-person attendance at town meetings, but Frank said selectboard members were still planning to gather on Tuesday night for a budget work session. 


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2020 presidential bids. His team rolled out a slick website featuring professionalgrade photos of a beaming Pine standing in the newly rebuilt City Hall Park. Pine, 58, announced his run against the backdrop of Burlington’s Northgate Apartments, a low-income housing community he helped save from gentrification in the 1980s. He still serves on the complex’s board. In the mid-1990s, Pine became housing director for the city’s Community Economic Development Office, a post he held for 18 years. Pine now works as a self-employed consultant, helping organizations develop business plans and write grant applications. Pine’s experience earned him an endorsement from New North End resident Mieko Ozeki. The outgoing director of the Burlington Farmers Market, Ozeki said she doesn’t normally participate in party caucuses but is voting for Pine after reviewing his extensive résumé. She thinks Tracy is a commendable council president but that the city needs a mayor with a longer track record. “We need somebody who has strong administrative skills, who understands the inner workings of the government from the get-go,” she said. Tracy, 33, recognizes that Pine has a couple of decades on him but argues that the elder Prog doesn’t have more experience — just different experience. Indeed, with nearly nine years on the council, Tracy is the longest-serving Progressive. He prides himself on his in-the-trenches activism, such as the hunger strike for livable wages that he joined as a University of Vermont student and, more recently, a sit-in at Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-Vt.) office to protest the F-35 fighter jets’ arrival. Tracy was previously an admissions officer at UVM but now works as a field organizer for the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals. Tracy’s campaign maintains a peoplepowered, grassroots feel. His staff are all volunteers, and his campaign website greets visitors with a folksy “Hey, neighbor. I’m Max.” He said he’s raised $1,666 in this election cycle and carried over close to $1,400 from his most recent council campaign. Tracy already has endorsements from high-profile figures such as Reps. Curt McCormack (D-Burlington) and Brian Cina (P/D-Burlington), racial justice advocate Mark Hughes, and Infinite Culcleasure, a community activist who himself challenged Weinberger in 2018. Tracy also has a strong contingent of student backers, including UVM senior Chris Harrell, who cochairs the university’s Progressive club. Harrell, who

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Members of the House Rules Committee voted last week for the chamber to meet remotely through January, and Senate leaders indicated on Tuesday that they would follow suit. During a meeting of the legislature’s Joint Rules Committee, which includes leaders of both bodies, lawmakers also agreed on Tuesday to scale back some of the opening ceremonies that typically mark the start of the two-year biennium — including the swearing-in of constitutional officers and the governor’s inaugural address. Though many details have yet to be worked out, the House currently plans to convene on January 6 at the Barre Municipal Auditorium. Legislators will be sworn in, elect a new speaker and clerk, and approve the rules of the House. The venue was chosen because it is among the largest in the state and can safely accommodate all 150 members of the House, even while social distancing. Nevertheless, members will be given the opportunity to participate remotely, outgoing House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) said at Tuesday’s meeting. The 30-member Senate plans to meet in person at the Statehouse on the same day, according to outgoing Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden). Members will cycle through the Senate chamber to be sworn in and to elect their own officers. Members of the Joint Rules Committee agreed on Tuesday that the ceremonial activities scheduled to take place on January 7 could be conducted mostly remotely. Typically, members of both bodies — as well as dignitaries, cabinet members and the press — squeeze into the House chamber that day. Legislators formally elect and swear in statewide officeholders and listen to the governor’s inaugural address. Rather than relocate those events to the Barre auditorium, committee members decided they could be held in the Statehouse with only key players present and the rest attending remotely. “I really like the idea of keeping with as much tradition as possible, acknowledging that it’s not a great idea for 180 legislators, plus all the constitutional officers, to be in the Barre auditorium,” Johnson said. After the second day of the session, both chambers would move to remote work at least through January. m

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uses they/them pronouns, said they are inspired by Tracy’s student activism and how the councilor continues to show up, as he did at a recent climate strike in Burlington. To Harrell, Tracy represents the polar opposite of Weinberger, who has taken more moderate approaches to police reform, supported the CityPlace Burlington project and advocated for the F-35s to come to Burlington. Tracy has embraced this contrast in his campaign messaging, while Pine has been less critical of the sitting mayor. “Burlington has demonstrated, time and time again, that it is ready for radical change,” Harrell said, adding, “There is no room for another moderate.” Harrell pointed to Tracy’s record on racial justice as a primary reason they’re not voting for Pine. The nation reckoned with race and policing this summer, but Tracy had supported a resolution to “defund the police” nearly a year earlier. He was one of just three councilors who voted in June 2019 to shrink the police force and require that cops wear body cameras, among other accountability measures, after incidents of police violence in Burlington came to light. Pine voted against the resolution, saying that the concept of cutting police was “objectionable.” He’s since joined the council’s other Progressives in adopting a resolution this summer to reduce the police force by attrition. “All those demands had a very

different meaning as we moved into 2020,” Pine said. “The community consensus had shifted a bit over that one-year period.” Harrell appreciates that Pine has evolved but says Tracy’s consistency makes him a more attractive candidate. Tracy has “stood up when it has not been politically convenient to do so,” Harrell said. Tracy said sticking to Progressive Party values is a selling point for his candidacy and creates trust among voters. “When we talk about this question of electability, I think that that consistent record is exciting for people on the left,” he said. Others think Tracy’s ideology may be a tougher sell in a citywide race. Former council president Kurt Wright, a Republican, said that despite their near-identical voting records, Pine is more moderate than Tracy and would appeal to a wider electorate. Wright said he thinks Tracy will harness the youth vote to win the nomination but may not be able to beat Weinberger in the general election. “He will have challenges, because he is viewed as very, very far left in almost every circumstance,” Wright said of Tracy. “Anybody that’s to the right of center or in the center of the political equation would never consider Max.” UVM economics professor Stephanie Seguino said she’s supporting Pine because he can find common ground with political opposites. She thinks Pine can


unify a city divided over racial justice and development projects such as CityPlace. “He is not dogmatic,” Seguino said. “His ultimate concern is the well-being of this community, rather than political purity.” One example, Seguino said, was Pine’s advocacy for reinvesting the city’s proceeds from its sale of Burlington Telecom to become a part-owner of the company and obtain a seat on its board. Pine joined Wright and former independent councilor Sharon Bushor in making a pitch that the proposal was a rare chance to increase city revenues without raising taxes. Tracy voted against the measure, which failed in an 8-3 vote. The candidates’ stances have diverged a handful of other times. In 2016, before Pine was elected to the council, he filmed a promotional video urging Burlingtonians to approve the allocation of $21.8 million in tax increment financing funds to rebuild streets around the CityPlace project. “As a city, we have an opportunity

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that we need to seize now,” Pine said in the two-minute clip. “We have available a project that’s really gonna lay the groundwork for downtown Burlington for many years to come.” Instead, the project has been stalled for years, and the city has sued the developers for failing to build it on time. Tracy has voted against CityPlace from the start. Pine and Tracy also differed on a proposal to reduce parking spaces on North and South Winooski avenues to make room for dual-direction bike lanes. Tracy, who doesn’t own a car and commutes by bike, was in favor. “We have to make the hard choices if we want to become a world-class city for walking and biking,” Tracy said in a recent interview. Pine opposed the plan after several Old North End entities — including restaurants, the Feeding Chittenden food shelf and Muwahi African Market — complained that their clientele relies on street parking. In the end, the council green-lighted bike lanes for South Winooski Avenue but agreed to study

parking needs on North Winooski before building them there. Bike transportation is important, Pine said, but many elderly and physically disabled people rely on a vehicle to get around. “I didn’t feel like that process was as inclusive as it needed to be,” he said. But perhaps Pine’s clearest departure from the modern-day Progressive party was in 2019, when he nominated former council president Jane Knodell for the Central District seat over newcomer Perri Freeman. In his pitch, he hailed Knodell’s pragmatism, moderation and willingness to compromise — principles that he himself espouses — as reasons she should continue to serve. Freeman’s victory ushered in the new class of Progs that make up the council’s majority today. Pine said he welcomes the party’s newest members and added that the younger pols bring a sense of urgency “that’s long overdue.” He credited them for pushing the council to take on bigger issues, such as racism and the climate crisis, and said even though he doesn’t always align with their positions, he believes “there’s certainly way more that unites us than divides us.” Tracy said the party has tried to move past the “old Prog, new Prog” divide and instead focus on growing the party. At the same time, Tracy pointed out that he’s “much closer” to the newer Progs, including Freeman and Councilors Jack Hanson (East District), Jane Stromberg (Ward 8) and Zoraya Hightower (Ward 1), who is serving as his campaign treasurer. “The entire Progressive caucus is backing me because I’ve supported them,” Tracy said. If Hanson and Freeman are with Tracy, they’re not saying. They both served on a party committee that agreed not to endorse a candidate before the caucus, Hanson said. Stromberg, meanwhile, has endorsed Tracy. She said Tracy has been a calm and collected leader through both the coronavirus pandemic and the summer’s racial justice protests, during which Tracy moderated the longest public forum in city council history. Tracy has shown that he values hearing directly from the people, Stromberg said. “That’s something I want to see in a mayor,” she said. Stromberg said she respects Pine and Tracy and that the competition between the candidates will only strengthen their party’s position come March. “I’m hoping that no matter what happens … that things are civil,” Stromberg said. “Of all people, Brian, Max and Miro are going to keep that in mind.” m

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news businesses, meaning they can operate at 50 percent of their capacity. “We believe the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on New York’s treatment of places of worship in its executive order does not adversely impact Vermont’s executive order,” said Charity Clark, chief of staff for Attorney General T.J. Donovan. “Churches aren’t treated more stringently than any other institution.” When it comes to enforcing the executive order, state officials have chosen not to lead with penalties, Clark said: “Our first step is always to provide outreach and education.” Since late October, the state’s Department of Public Safety has received two complaints about Ignite Church. One, submitted by someone who attended a service with several family members, stated that an unmasked greeter asked them to crowd into a waiting room before he let them into the worship space. The person who filed the complaint asked the greeter why he wouldn’t put on a mask; the greeter ignored the question. Another complaint, in November, cited social media posts from several Ignite members proclaiming that their church “doesn’t do masks.” The state police forwarded these complaints to Bart Chamberlain, a detective sergeant in the Williston Police Department. On November 17, Chamberlain spoke with Callahan on the phone. Based on their conversation, Chamberlain explained, he felt reasonably confident that there was no need for further intervention.  “Sounds like what they’re doing is pretty comprehensive,” he said. “They have some sort of UV light thing that they do before and after every service. They have a special spray that they’re using in there, and they have someone wipe all of the public door handles multiple times throughout the service.”  According to Chamberlain, Callahan said that people are required to wear masks while walking to and from their seats; once they’re sitting with members of their household, they can take their masks off. “Todd’s belief is that people who are watching the online broadcast see people in the pews without masks on, so they assume that they’re just not wearing masks,” Chamberlain said. He added that he hadn’t attended a service himself, but he thought Ignite was operating under the same general principles as the restaurant industry. If he received additional complaints, he said, he would follow up with Callahan in a similar fashion. “We’ve been told to do education four or five times,” he said. “It’s going to 16

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take a business or a company that’s really blatantly violating the rules before the Attorney General’s Office will take action.” In theory, the AG’s office could impose a fine of up to $1,000 for persistent noncompliance with public health mandates. The state has only taken legal action once, in May, when it filed a cease-and-desist order against a Rutland gym owner for reopen-

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ing before Gov. Scott permitted fitness centers to resume operations. Most of the time, said Clark, a lighter touch suffices. Just before Easter, AG Donovan called the pastor of a church in Bennington County who had been planning to hold in-person services for the holiday, despite the stay-at-home order in effect at the time. According to Clark, the pastor agreed not to hold the service.   “I think everyone really hears what these guys are saying when they say spiritual nourishment is incredibly important, especially during these times,” said Clark. “So trying to strike a healthy balance of keeping everybody safe while honoring that is a real challenge.”  On Sunday, November 22, roughly 120 people attended a service at New Hope Bible Church in Irasburg. A few days later, pastor George Lawson received a call from the health department to advise him that someone who had been present that Sunday had tested positive for COVID-19.

Lawson told Seven Days that he contacted the person in question, who denied testing positive. Given the conflicting accounts, Lawson explained, he decided not to inform his congregation. “I wasn’t trying to be noncompliant. But I want the truth,” he said. “I don’t want to put out something for no reason.” Contrary to the state’s directives, Lawson said that people are not required to wear masks in his church: “I’m not an enforcement person.” When the health department asked Lawson for the names of all the people who had been present that Sunday, he told them he didn’t keep a list. Last Friday, the health department issued a press release urging anyone who had attended the New Hope Bible Church service to get tested, an action Lawson deemed “out of bounds of any authority [the department] should have.” The Sunday after Callahan, the Ignite pastor, spoke with Williston police, he told his congregation the only true authority rested with God. “There are people that watch online and just want to stir things up and do everything that they can to prevent us from doing what we’re doing this morning,” he said during his sermon. He emphasized that he, personally, was not opposed to masks, but he believed people should be able to choose for themselves whether they wore one in church.  “I’ve got pastors saying to me how horrible we are for doing what we’re doing,” he said. “Those are the same pastors who will be shocked when they’re standing in hell. They’ll say, ‘It was culturally expected. We were told we had to do this.’ The state’s suggesting that we shouldn’t sing or play music, because it would require people to talk loudly — it’s all about trying to change the sound in the earth,” he continued. “But we are God’s people. We make a different sound.”

Some people, he said, would never understand the need to assemble before God. “But we know the word of God, which says do not forsake the assembling of saints, as is the habit of some. The word of God says that when there are sick, that we need to lay hands on the sick. We have to lay hands on the sick,” he repeated. “We are to lay hands on the sick.” Ignite posted a video of the sermon on its website; several days later, the video disappeared without explanation. Callahan did not respond to multiple interview requests. On Sunday, November 29, I attended a service at Ignite. Two unmasked greeters approached me as soon as I walked in; when I mentioned that it was my first time at Ignite, one of them touched my elbow and instructed me to fill out a visitor card. Inside the dark, high-ceilinged worship space, awash with the sound of live Christian contemporary rock, were two laminated signs — one advertising a COVID-19 liability waiver and another stating that the surfaces in the building had been disinfected with VitalOxide, recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a coronavirus-killing agent. Some 60 people, all unmasked, were standing in front of their chairs, bobbing and singing along to the music. Every other row of seats was occupied; the rows between were empty. As the worshippers trickled in, they occasionally brushed against each other to get to their seats; several elderly people squeezed through the aisles with their walkers. I lingered by the doors and watched at least a dozen people enter and exit without masks. At one point, an unmasked woman walked up to me, leaned in close and asked if I wanted to take a seat. Onstage, the keyboardist shouted into his microphone, “Praise the Lord! Let’s get vocal about it!” A man standing a few feet away from me whooped. Shortly after that, I left.  In his sermon that morning, which was later posted online, Callahan extended a welcome to “members of the local media.” He then proceeded to accuse the media of “stirring up all kinds of gossip online” and ignoring Christians “when you’re giving backpacks and school supplies away to those in need.” “I rebuke every spirit that seeks to tear down the kingdom of God,” he continued. “And we’ll repeat, right now, in Jesus’ name, you have no power. You have no influence. You have no ground to move here.” “I’m telling you,” he urged his congregation, his voice hoarse from shouting, “that no matter what any governor says, the king of kings and lord of lords says that you can sing all you want!” m Colin Flanders contributed reporting.


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‘It’s Just Really Hard’ Burlington High School students feel the impact of remote learning B Y A L ISON NOVAK • alison@kidsvt.com

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urlington High School senior Parker Ballard misses high-fiving his friends in the hallway and doing hands-on chemistry experiments. Firstyear student Myriam Huener longs for the time when it was a given that she’d leave her house every day. And sophomore David Mutar wishes he were able to casually ask his math teacher questions when he doesn’t understand something. Ballard, Huener and Mutar are three of the roughly 970 teens at BHS who are navigating the impacts of many months of remote schooling. While about 84 percent of Vermont public high school students have resumed at least some in-person instruction this fall, BHS students haven’t returned to their building. The pandemic is not to blame: The day before in-person classes were to begin in September, the school closed indefinitely because elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a cancer-causing chemical, had been discovered on the North Avenue campus. Mental health professionals, parents and the kids themselves say the prolonged period of virtual instruction has been bad for students’ psychological well-being. And while Vermont Education Secretary Dan French has characterized elementary school kids as “more vulnerable” to academic and developmental harm when they’re not in school, national data show that adolescents are suffering, too. The big kids, it seems, aren’t all right. “School was a place to just get away from all the distractions and focus on one thing,” Mutar said. At home, he said, he’s surrounded by electronics and his short attention span sometimes leads him to abandon his mountains of schoolwork to play video games. And it’s difficult to get 18

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individualized help in a remote-learning format. Consequently, his grades are suffering, especially in math. “It’s not working out,” he said. “It’s just really hard.” Ballard, the senior student, said he was really looking forward to the September start of his final year. Because he and his classmates hadn’t been in school for so long, “It was going to be the best first day times three,” he said.

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There are glimmers of hope. Last week, BHS students started a half day of in-person learning at Edmunds elementary and middle schools in downtown Burlington while plans are in the works to transform the former Macy’s store into a temporary school. Those renovations will take until at least the end of February, Burlington School District superintendent Tom Flanagan said. Some families aren’t waiting around. About 25 students have transferred out of BHS since the beginning of the school year, according to district spokesperson Russ Elek. Around a dozen of them — including Ballard’s ninth-grade sister — have enrolled at Rice Memorial High School, a private Catholic school in South Burlington that offers four days a week of in-person learning. The other departing students have

moved away, used school choice to transfer to another public school or switched to homeschooling, Elek said. The students who remain have been left to slog their way through the semester on district-supplied Chromebooks. That has underscored “the importance of social and emotional learning that happens in person,” said Flanagan, who started on the job in July. Though he says the district has developed a strong model for online learning, data show that “virtual learning programs across the country don’t have a great engagement and success rate.” Unhappy with the situation, some parents formed Open BHS, a group that’s pushed the district to restart in-person learning at the North Avenue campus. Suzy Garrity, a member whose daughter is a BHS first-year student, said she’s received “desperate emails” from parents whose children are struggling psychologically. Pre-pandemic, some of these students were outgoing, athletic and academically successful and hadn’t experienced mental health problems, she added. Garrity and the 130 members of her group argue that the state has overblown the health risks posed by PCBs, especially when compared to the damage social isolation can inflict on students. The effects of that isolation have been documented nationally. A study released in June by America’s Promise Alliance, an organization geared to improving the lives of young people, found that 30 percent of 13- to 19-year-olds reported feeling unhappy or depressed more often than usual this spring, when remote learning was in full swing. And data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in November show that between

April and October of this year, mental health-related emergency room visits for 12- to 17-year-olds were approximately 31 percent higher than in the same period in 2019. The local picture reflects these national trends. Maggie Weintraub, a school counselor at BHS, said she’s seeing “a pretty wide range” of reactions in students, including increased anxiety and depression, screen fatigue, and difficulty learning at home and staying engaged. “Mostly, we see kids just missing other kids,” Weintraub said. “The socialization piece is really big.” “It’s difficult to be motivated and happy and emotionally well when you don’t have that outdoor time or time with friends,” said Huener, the first-year student. Because she’s just started high school and half the kids in her classes are from a different middle school, “It’s hard to connect with students and teachers and feel comfortable,” she said. Most kids turn their cameras off during virtual classes, exacerbating that feeling, she added. Sophomore Damascene Niyongere says her online learning is often interrupted by members of her household playing music or her younger brother coming into the room where she’s working. Sometimes, with 20 students in an online class, it’s difficult to find a way to ask questions. Earlier in the fall, her Chromebook would sometimes crash or load slowly, which made it difficult to access her work. Annalisa MacDonald is assistant director of school services at the Howard Center, which contracts with the Burlington School District to provide mental health services to students. Since the pandemic started, she’s seen an increase in stress, anxiety, depression, and feelings of hopelessness, helplessness and isolation in the kids she works with — feelings their caregivers experience, too. These conditions can be magnified in students who are learning entirely online, especially if their home lives are unstable, MacDonald added. Students of color, English language learners and those with learning challenges are especially vulnerable.

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news ‘It’s Just Really Hard’ « P.18 That’s what one mother of a BHS student has found. The parent, who asked to remain anonymous to protect the identity of her child, said that when school went remote in the spring, things quickly went downhill for her son, then a junior with learning differences. He has never loved “the ‘school’ part of school, but he loves the social part,” she said. When the pandemic took that away from him, he lost all motivation to engage in schoolwork. In the spring, she said, he logged on to his online classes so that his attendance would be counted, but then he tuned out or went back to sleep. As a result, he failed three classes. She credits his teachers and counselors with working hard to get him back on track. They let him make up missing work this fall, and he turned his spring failing grades into passes. His special educator began coming to his house to check in, bringing him little treats like homemade cookies or something called “Thinking Putty” to help him concentrate while studying. His college counselor has also stopped by. “Instead of giving up and letting go, they are showing up at our doorstep,” his mother said. LeVar Barrino, the student achievement adviser at BHS, uses bags of gummy bears and messages scrawled on sticky notes as secret weapons. He leaves them on students’ doors to let them know there’s a caring adult to provide help if they need it. Barrino, a member of a team that helps students engage in school and resolve conflicts, said he and his colleagues have been “boots on the ground” since COVID19 hit, helping to distribute food and Chromebooks and checking in on kids who are struggling or disengaged. He also helps run weekly afterschool programs for students of color — My Brother’s Keeper and My Sister’s Keeper — out of the O.N.E. Community Center so they can connect in person. A three-day-a-week afterschool homework club also operates from that space. Team sports, which 275 BHS students participated in this fall, have also allowed students to connect face-to-face. Huener said playing field hockey this fall “helped me stay in a good head space.” Mutar put it more bluntly: “If I didn’t have soccer, I probably would have gone insane.” Winter sport athletes won’t necessarily have the same outlet: Given the recent surge in coronavirus cases, Gov. Phil Scott postponed the season until further notice.

BHS students have had other opportunities for in-person interaction, including some physical education and music classes, as well as pop-up choir performances, Elek said. School counselors also offer drop-in office hours, in-person or through Google Meet, for students who need support. Recently, the district rented a 14,000-squarefoot space above L.L.Bean on Cherry Street to create the Seahorse Center, an office space for teachers and staff to use for one-on-one and small-group meetings. It’s just down the street from the future downtown home of BHS. Some students have looked beyond school to meet their needs. In June, Ballard got a part-time job as a fry cook at the Farmhouse Tap & Grill, which allows him to work with his hands and be around other people; he calls it “a refuge.”

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This spring, he also joined the Vermont 251 Club, an organization that encourages members to visit the state’s 251 towns and cities. He recently checked the last one off his list. In November, the school board approved a three-and-a-half-year lease agreement with the owners of the Macy’s building. If all goes smoothly, Flanagan anticipates that the space would be ready to welcome students for two days a week of in-person learning by the end of February. In the interim, high schoolers will receive half a day of in-person learning at Edmunds on Wednesdays, the day the younger students learn remotely. One thing is clear: Students seem eager to turn the page on fully electronic learning. “I have high hopes,” Mutar said of returning to school in the Macy’s space. “I can’t wait to get to school.” Ballard said that learning at home wasn’t bad in the spring, but he’s hopeful he can spend the last semester of his high school career in school, at least part time. He compared the situation to winter in Vermont: The first snow of the season is pretty nice, but by midFebruary it’s just gray and cold and everyone is over it. “There was a little novelty before,” he said, “but now, it’s just sludge.” m


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OBITUARIES Margery Gessford MacLeod Glass

NOVEMBER 26, 1923-NOVEMBER 25, 2020 BURLINGTON, VT. Margery Glass died on November 25, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. Born in Washington, D.C., on November 26, 1923, and descended from a long line of Washingtonians on both sides — including her parents, Ruth and Rodger Gessford — Margery was a graduate of George Washington University. President of her Pi Beta Phi sorority chapter, she made lifelong friends and dined with Pi Phi “sister” Margaret Truman at the White House. After World War II, Margery married John (Jack) MacLeod, whom she had met in kindergarten. There had been significant competition for her hand; one suitor came to the Gessfords’ home the morning of the wedding to try to convince Margery to marry him instead. Margery and Jack had three daughters — Sally, Anne and Lauren — while Jack’s advertising career thrived in downtown Washington. In 1960, with Jack suffering from heart disease, they settled in Burlington in search of a quieter life. They were warmly welcomed by Jack’s boyhood friend Bob Adsit and his wife, Mary Lou, as well as several other couples who formed a close-knit circle. Margery and Jack restored a house and barn/ studio on South Union Street. Jack became

a partner in the firm Wheeler, Wood and MacLeod, which produced the state marketing campaign “Vermont, the Beckoning Country”; it changed the face of Vermont forever. In 1965, Margery and Jack designed and built a house in Williston. Jack died, age 42, within months of their move. A year later, introduced by Eve Shakespeare, Margery and Eve’s brother David Glass married. Margery gained three stepchildren — Gordon, Nancy and Dickson Glass — who were mostly grown but with whom she established lasting close connections. Margery was an effortless hostess, supporting David’s career while also volunteering for numerous organizations, including the Lane Series, Mary Fletcher Hospital and Girl Scouts of America. Margery also took classes at the Shelburne Craft School to learn pottery making and went on to have a pottery studio of her own for several years. She also worked at Eve’s shop, Kado Gifts. Her family will never forget Margery’s excitement about special occasions, including birthdays. She had to be

talked out of bringing a very special fourlegged gift to Lauren inside to her through the house; the horse was undoubtedly as relieved as David was when she relented. Margery and David retired to Washington, N.C., and were delighted when Sally and her husband, Marcus, also moved to town. Volunteer activities included the Red Cross, the local library and teaching literacy skills. In 2007, she and David returned to Vermont and lived in South Burlington until his death in 2008. They had traveled repeatedly to their beloved Bermuda and to Hawaii and Europe; Margery made two solo trips to Jerusalem to visit Anne and her family. She also traveled to Greece; she was thrilled to tour the Parthenon, which she had drawn in grade school. An “it’s just a game” golf and tennis player, lifelong gardener, gifted and adventurous cook, seamstress, and antiques and animal lover, Margery was an innovator, the first in her group of friends to paint a room “Chinese red” or serve quiche. She read widely and questioned broadly. A child of the MasonDixon line, she was ecstatic to see President Barack Obama at close range in Burlington. Late in life and twice widowed, Margery met Martin Levitt, a former art teacher and painter from the New York City area. They became devoted companions, savoring the beauty of Vermont, enjoying sunsets until the last cloud faded and petting many a passing dog down by the lake. Margery’s warmth and easygoing nature came to the fore in her final years. She became unusually easy to please, inclined toward delight while sensitive to the needs of others. Margery’s unselfconscious beauty

and talents, wry humor, graciousness, and personal style are unforgettable. Margery leaves behind daughters Sally MacLeod Reichert (husband Marcus) of St. Hippolyte-du-Fort, France; Anne MacLeod, of Vergennes; and Lauren MacLeod of Rutland, Mass.; grandson Luke Brownell (a graphic designer like his grandfather Jack) (wife Cierra) and great-grandson Logan Brownell of West Boylston, Mass.; stepsons Gordon Glass of West Falmouth, Mass.; Dickson Glass (wife Mary) of South Burlington; stepdaughter Nancy Glass Angelopoulos (husband Spyros) of North Haven, Conn.; and their families including Ben Glass, Jill Campos, Hilary Glass, Matt Glass, Margo Angelopoulos and Saki Angelopoulos. She also leaves her devoted and beloved friend Emily Rossheim of Starksboro. Margery’s family is deeply indebted to the entire staff of the Converse Home; Ellen Watson, APRN; Amelia Gerlin; Bayada Hospice; and the incomparable Emily Rossheim, for their tender, expert care. Special thanks also to Lisa Simon and Diane Foulds for their love and support. In her final days, Margery was “in a zone of gratitude,” strewing “thank yous” in every direction. She was deeply thankful for her life. We, too, are profoundly grateful. A celebration of Margery’s life will be held when the COVID-19 risk has passed. Contributions to nonprofit the Converse Home in her memory would support their remarkable care for our elders. The Converse Home, 272 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401. Arrangements are in care of Stephen Gregory and Son.

Edwin Skolnick FEBRUARY 15, 1938NOVEMBER 27, 2020 SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT.

Edwin Skolnick died at home, in South Burlington, Vt., on Friday, November 27, 2020, surrounded by his family. He was born in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1938, to Sarah and Abe (Avrum) Skolnick and lived for most of his life in New York City. He taught in the New York City public schools for 36 years. Most of that time, he was teaching social studies to middle school students. Ed was passionately active in the United Federation of Teachers, both as a member and chapter leader and, after retirement, working in the UFT office, helping other retirees with health and insurance questions. He was a lifelong activist for the voiceless and, most especially, for workers’ rights. Ed was married to Susan Skolnick for more than 56 years. In their life together they enjoyed going to concerts, theater and traveling all over the world. He greatly enjoyed history, Yiddish culture (his first language), chess and all types of music. In his later years, Ed also greatly enjoyed drawing. He was a charming curmudgeon with exceedingly dry wit, often

telling one-liners or bad puns with a twinkle in his eye. Ed’s greatest joy was his family. His generous heart and his smile that could light up a room will be deeply missed by all of his family including his wife, Sue; daughter Nora (Braintree, Vt.); son Josh (Harwich, Mass.); daughter-in-laws Laura Davidson and Judy Skolnick; and grandchildren, Becky and Alex. Ed was preceded in death by his sister and her husband, Bianca and Meyer Zola. When it is safe to gather, a celebration of his life will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont or the South Burlington Food Shelf.

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lmost every day for the better part of a decade, photographer JOHN HUDDLESTON took his camera into the woods around his home in Weybridge and tried to capture the subtle transformation of the forest. He would return to one spot over and over to chronicle the same view through different seasons; sometimes, he trained his lens on the ground, mesmerized by the chaotic accumulation of debris. Huddleston, who taught visual art at Middlebury College from 1987 to 2017, has memorialized this slow documentary in his latest book of photography, At Home in the Northern Forest: Photographs of the Changing Vermont Landscape, a hefty 12-by-9inch hardcover published in February. “My vision is really sort of ordinary vision,” he said. “It’s not about looking for that culminating moment — like Ansel Adams and his grand landscapes, where God is in the landscape, or shining down upon the landscape, or something like that. Mine are much more matter-of-fact daily pictures, but there’s something special about them, too, if you have the patience to look for it.” For Huddleston, ordinary does not mean uncomplicated. His images of stick-season hillsides look like a sea of barbed-wire brambles; his extreme close-ups of beech tree bark resemble weathered human skin. Seven Days spoke with Huddleston about seeing the world clearly, capturing the passage of time, and the difference between the mind and the brain.

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SEVEN DAYS: You spent all these years walking in the woods around your house, taking pictures of a landscape that must be so familiar to you that you can mentally re-create it. What are the challenges of photographing a place you know so well? How did you know when you’d managed to capture what you set out to capture? JOHN HUDDLESTON: That’s on my mind all the time — how I might be misinterpreting or mislabeling things, or constricting things or solidifying things that really aren’t solid at all, because everything is moving and changing all the time. That particularly comes to bear with trying to capture the sense of constant change in photographs of the forest. I think one of the very positive things about photography is that it teaches you to really look each time, to quiet your mind and perceive. If you don’t, your photographs 24

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are going to be totally disillusioning, because when you go back to them, you’ll realize that you were trying to capture what you were thinking as opposed to what you were actually seeing. This is a big life lesson that applies to lots of things, but photography can point it out pretty quickly. As far as knowing when you’ve gotten the image, I think the success

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rate is pretty low. I took hundreds and hundreds of pictures to make this book. Most of them did not work out — I didn’t get the right visual relationships, or it just wasn’t compelling in the way that I wanted it to be. As a photographer, you’re constantly reminded of how you’re not seeing things accurately. SD: In his introduction to your book, BILL MCKIBBEN writes that the “unintentional and mostly unnoticed renewal of the rural and mountainous East represents the great environmental story of the United States and, in some ways, the whole world.” What role do you think art can play in shaping our response to the climate crisis? JH: I hope my book can show people the value of the forest through the beauty that I find in it. In 1870, a little over 20 percent of the state was forested. The rest was cleared for farmland, which devastated a lot of species. Now, that balance has been reversed — today, 80 percent of the state is covered in forest. That regrowth happened largely because of human negligence.

We’ve got something so beautiful around us, and it’s come back from this state of devastation not too long ago. And that same destruction could happen again. So I think we have to really value what we have, to slow down and see our connection to other entities on the planet. STEPHANIE KAZA, one of the writers I quote in the book, talks about the inequality of the human voice over everything else. We don’t hear the animals or the trees talk, but they have a right to exist as much as we do. It’s our job to try to listen, to imagine what their needs might be. SD: In your foreword to the book, you refer to the philosopher Gaston Bachelard, who thought of the forest as an infinite space within the mind. You wrote: “This immensity is within us.” What does that mean to you? JH: Our minds are much bigger than our brains. In part from working on this book, I’ve come to think that we are so intimately interconnected with everything — and we’re changing, too, like everything else is changing. So to think that there’s this little concrete entity of “John” is kind of foolish, in a way. My mind is big, but it’s not exactly John that’s big: It’s my connection to everything that’s big. m

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to needless fear” he writes in “Aye-Aye.” Rather than the singsong gallop of Shakespearean sonnets readers may remember from English class, the terza rima structure allows Delanty’s deft rhymes and wordplay to permeate the poems while simultaneously feeling conversational. Divided into three parts, the alpha-bestiary comprises the first and third sections, slyly titled “A Field Guide to People.” The middle section, “Breaking News,” provides a respite from both the formal sonnet structure and the animals, and it allows the poet to stretch out and more clearly articulate the political project of the book. In “The Great Ship,” an evening song of cicadas and crickets transforms into a Titanic serenade: “…the quartet / that comes out on deck and plays away // as the great ship goes down. We listen quietly / from our deck’s lifeboat. Nearer, my God, to thee. // Nearer to thee. Play on, brave, noble souls. Play on.” Is this melodramatic? Science says no: According to a chorus of recent studies, the Earth has entered a sixth extinction, with 30 percent of North American birds already gone, in addition to, as the New York Times put it in 2017, the “insect Armageddon.” Many of the animals Delanty enumerates are on the brink of disappearing; some are already gone, as he

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he latest collection of poems from Saint Michael’s College professor Greg Delanty, No More Time, is many things: a bestiary, an abecedarius, a glittering display of formal craftsmanship. And the book is a fist shaking in the face of humanity’s failure to take meaningful action against mass extinction and eco-collapse. Sound complicated? It’s actually not at all. While the poems adhere to a rhyming structure with which few poets dare to experiment, they’re also remarkably straightforward and easy to read. “…The honeybees / are more waning than waxing, warns apiology: / queens, drones, nurses, guards, whole communities. // Protect them, the amber labor force of ecology. / Already, this word-comb is a fossilized apology,” Delanty writes in “Honeybee.” A bestiary is exactly what it sounds like: a compendium of animals. Popular since ancient times, the form has been constantly revived over the years by writers and artists, including Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Jorge Luis Borges and, most recently, Brattleboro author GennaRose Nethercott,, whose collection of stories 50 Beasts to Break Your Heart is forthcoming from Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. But because No More Time’s bestiary is also an abecedarius — that is, it proceeds in the order of the alphabet (golden toad, honeybee, ibex, and so on) — Delanty’s book bears closer resemblance to University of Vermont professor Antonello Borra’s 2011 AlphaBetaBestiario, a bilingual (Italian and English) poetry collection by Burlington’s Fomite Press and illustrated by Delia Robinson. Borra’s book endows the animal kingdom with speech, letting every creature from l’albatro (the albatross) to la zanzara (the mosquito) ruminate on their place in the family of things. How is Delanty’s alphabet-bestiary different? Well, it’s composed in formal sonnets, for one thing. As if that rigid structure weren’t enough, Delanty writes them in flawless terza rima — the three-line chain of rhymes that Dante Alighieri invented for the Divine Comedy.. Such is his control of the form that Delanty often employs a few internal rhymes, too: “Your extraterrestrial, wide-eyed dread / and manicured long nails scare, / magnify into nightmare. Folks are misled // by their imaginations

observes in “Golden Toad”: “Scary / to read frogs and toads are our coal miners’ canary.” The sonnet is an almost comical understatement of the frightening news of widespread species loss. And what about the fate of our own species facing the climate crisis? The worst-case scenarios might still be avoided if humanity takes drastic action now. Still, the late physicist Stephen Hawking once called for humanity to colonize Mars within the next century in order to save ourselves from extinction. Delanty confronts these sobering facts with honesty instead of shrugging cynicism. One poem from the book’s middle section, “Any Way You Look at It,” is an unpunctuated fugue of the book’s title:

While I shilly-shally, she closes her eyes, nowhere else now to go but sleep. The angle of her head on the pane reminds me of the tilt of the earth. Bingo, I knew she looked familiar: Gaia, leaning on the window.

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INFO No More Time, by Greg Delanty, LSU Press, 84 pages. $17.95.


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he HELEN DAY ART CENTER in Stowe will turn 40 next year. Just in time for middle age, the center will acquire a new name and a new identity. Or at least a “rebrand.” The new name and accompanying rebrand are intended to better convey the work and mission of the center, said RACHEL MOORE, executive director and director of exhibitions. These include the center’s focus as a presenter of contemporary art, a gallery that’s working with international artists, and a community organization that’s welcoming and inclusive, she said. Changing the name of the center is also a reckoning with its past: Helen Day, for whom the center is named, engaged in anti-Semitic business practices. “We really do want to complete a name change to reflect the values of our organization,” Moore said. “We have thought about this for a long time.

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We really want people to be able to see what we are in our name.” Founded in 1981, the nonprofit art center shares a building with the library on Pond Street in the middle of town. Helen Day houses a gallery, classrooms and an “art lounge” equipped with coffee, Wi-Fi, materials related to the exhibits, and space to hang out and think about art (or something else, or nothing at all). The center is named for Helen Day, also known as Helen Day Montanari, a onetime Stowe resident. She left a bequest to the Town of Stowe for the establishment of a library and art center, according to Town Manager CHARLES SAFFORD. The $200,000 was used to help cover the cost of renovating the former Stowe High School to house both institutions, he said. In recent years, center officials determined that its name doesn’t fully reflect the organization, Moore said. NEW DAY COMING

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“He really didn’t have a choice,” Heyer said. “He used every cent he had to build the inn. He needed the business.” According to Heyer, her father was told: “‘If you want to be part of this town, don’t rock the boat. Say ‘gentiles only’ on your listing.’ He wasn’t antiJewish. He wanted to get business.” Given the historical context, the art center is “standing up to a bigoted history and turning a new chapter for Stowe and Vermont,” Fainsilber said. “This is a moment of remembering and education, a moment of reflection, hopefully on the ways in which Stowe has not always been a welcoming place, and how we all can do better and continue to grow.” Moore concurred that changing the name of Helen Day Art Center presents a time for reflection. She emphasized that the full story of the center, including its founding, will continue to be told. “I think that it’s important to be as knowledgeable as you can about MOORE history,” Moore said. “This isn’t a political move,” she went on. “We’re not trying to smear anyone’s reputation or cancel history. It’s acknowledging it and moving forward and reflecting on who we are.” LANCE VIOLETTE , a former board member, runs a brand strategy/design/ marketing agency in Stowe, the VIOLETTE STUDIO, with his wife, VANESSA VIOLETTE. The studio will work on the rebrand with the art center. The process involves identifying the center’s core, its “north star,” Lance Violette said, and building from that. The rebrand needs to reflect how the center has evolved, especially in recent years, he said, and it should convey its role in the region: a presenter of contemporary art, an education center, a place that supports the community, a space that challenges people. He lived in Stowe for seven or eight years before visiting Helen Day Art Center, Violette said, noting that he had no idea the gallery exhibited contemporary art. Rather, he thought it displayed paintings that would perhaps cater to tourists. “I remember distinctly setting foot in there, seeing the [art] and thinking, This is the reason that we take our kids to the city,” Violette said. “And here it is, right in our town.” m

In 2012, the art center undertook a “rebranding and renaming exercise,” she said. “It didn’t amount to anything at the time. We didn’t proceed with it.” This time, the name change and rebrand are part of a broader strategic plan the center is calling “Seizing the Future.” The initiative includes expanding the educational component of the center, building a ceramics studio with two kilns and 10 wheels, and creating spaces for making glass art and printmaking. “I’d love to see this building filled with people,” Moore said. She became executive director of the center in 2016. The Stowe resident is an artist herself who works in several mediums, including installation, drawing and sculpture. “I really feel strongly that art can be a catalyst for change,” Moore said, adding that art can be used as a tool to examine topics R A C HEL such as equity and inclusivity. “I want to be sure that art is presented in a safe place, where everyone feels welcome, where there’s humanity and understanding,” Moore said. The discussion of inclusivity and equity is relevant to the rebrand because a factor in changing the name concerns a business practice of Helen Day and her partner, Marguerite Lichtenthaeler. The latter was a physician in Stowe. The women owned a lodging facility called Attic & Barn. As was the practice of the time — the late 1930s and ’40s — they advertised that their inn, which accommodated 50 guests, served a “restricted” clientele. The words were “code for Jews not allowed,” said DAVID FAINSILBER, rabbi of the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe. “It was a prolific practice. The supermajority of lodging places in Stowe had this practice. Jews weren’t welcome in the area.” In a brochure from the late 1930s that lists Stowe inns and lodges, nine of 11 businesses advertise as “restricted,” including Attic & Barn. LYNDALL HEYER of Stowe, whose father, Larry Heyer, built a lodge on the Mountain Road in 1941, said the town fathers “seriously encouraged” him to run a gentiles-only business. (The inn was originally called the Larry Heyer’s, and INFO later Ski Inn.) Learn more at helenday.com.

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ooking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Want to spruce up your Zoom background? Consider patronizing a local artist. In-person artist markets are rare this holiday season, but finding and buying work by Vermont artists online is easier than ever. And there are many options.

“You don’t have to spend a lot of money to support a local artist,” says Patricia Trafton, owner of Burlington’s Soapbox Arts. “There’s a price point for everyone.” For example, a 5-by-7-inch hand-embroidered wildflower garden from Jennifer Carusone of Burlington-based Pixie Twine, a vendor at this year’s Women’s Festival of Crafts, sells for $35. At the other end of the spectrum, artist Mary Lacy’s largescale self-portrait — a mosaic made of broken dishes — is listed at Soapbox for $16,000. That may be steep for many of us. But Trafton points out that people routinely spend $2,000 on a couch but “stop short of doing the same with a great piece of art.” Why? “It can feel really self-indulgent,” she suggests. But it’s actually “a beautiful thing” to support local art and the people who create it. The presence of so many local artists is “one of the reasons we all love Burlington and Vermont,” Trafton adds. “This is a place that has so much culture for its size.” Indeed. Vermont’s creative sector, including artists and arts organizations, accounts for more than 9 percent of jobs in the state — a higher than average percentage. But it’s been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. In July, the Vermont Arts Council revealed that the 200 arts organizations and 400 individual artists who had applied for support grants collectively projected losses of $38.6 million.

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Raj’s Revival? WhistlePig founder Raj Bhakta’s purchase of Green Mountain College places Poultney’s fate in his hands B Y D EREK BR OUWE R • derek@sevendaysvt.com

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here’s no mistaking who owns Raj Bhakta’s farm. The roof of the tallest barn on his Shoreham property broadcasts his surname in enormous red letters. Last year, the WhistlePig Whiskey founder purchased these remnants of a merino sheep farm, which sit behind a 220-year-old, honey-hued farmhouse along North Orwell Road that a previous owner rebuilt. This year, Bhakta set about renovating the barns, as well. “Poultney slate,” he noted of the new roof. It was a sunny Tuesday afternoon in September, but Bhakta, who turns 45 this week, was dressed for the weekend. His blue NASA T-shirt, peppermint-striped shorts and Nike sneakers projected the laid-back look of someone who wouldn’t be coming home streaked with dirt or grass stains. He was walking and talking along a large swath of sod that he had laid over the summer in time to host his annual Fourth of July party, complete with professional fireworks, a New York choir and inflatable bounce houses for the kids. This year’s festivity doubled as a product launch. BHAKTA 50 — all caps, like the roof — is an aged brandy that Bhakta purchased from southwest France, then blends, finishes and bottles in his barns. The $300-per-bottle liquor is the first he’s released since leaving WhistlePig last year. He’s marketing limited batches directly to consumers, pitching his bottles as “appreciating assets” that will be worth tens of thousands of dollars over time. Each one comes with a hardbound booklet that tells the liquor’s story — and his own. When Bhakta started WhistlePig in 2010, he was a fading reality TV goof who’d flirted with Donald Trump’s assistant as a contestant on “The Apprentice,” and then tried to exploit his marginal notoriety for a congressional run in a

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A few Main Street businesses shuttered soon after the announcement, adding to a list of casualties in recent years. Poultney also lost a theater, shop space, and the renewable supply of ingenuity that college students and faculty lent the community. While residents were relieved that the campus sold and ecstatic about the prospect of its revival as a college, some feared Bhakta’s outsize persona might loom over town. Poultney Rotary Club president Mandy Mitnik worried that the hard-charging new owner might be “a Great Gatsby kind of a guy,” referring to the opulent, irrepressible figure from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tragic novel whose desire becomes destructive. In other words: Is this guy for real? Bhakta says he is driven by noble inten-

That’s when he learned about the auction. “I decided, Well, what the hell, let’s take a look at it.”

‘SEE RAJ RUN’

The son of an Indian father and Irish mother, Bhakta grew up in an affluent Philadelphia suburb. His family ran car dealerships and hotels, enabling him to attend the elite Hill School as a teenager, where Donald Trump Jr. was his younger schoolmate. Bhakta then studied history and economics at Boston College, graduating in 1998 before starting a tech company focused on valuing used cars. It didn’t go

cast for the second season. Bhakta, Harper told Vail Daily, could recite Napoleon’s speeches by age 16 and sported bow ties and a walking cane. “One of the most fascinating, distinctive things that Raj has is his paradoxical nature,” he said. “He’s very old-fashioned in terms of traditional constructs, but at the same time he’s a guy who will ride his Harley-Davidson 130 miles per hour through Wyoming, will ride wild horses with me in Colombia in the jungle…” A restaurant manager in the Bhaktas’ hotel was more to the point: “Raj is a pretty boy born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but he’s very intelligent,” he told Vail Daily. Bhakta thrived on the reality show, his personality a caricature of the preppy

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district outside of Philadelphia. During his campaign, he put on his then-signature bow tie and rode a circus elephant into the Rio Grande, a mariachi band playing alongside him, ostensibly to highlight a need for more border security. His BHAKTA 50 booklet says the escapade was inspired by “an entire bottle of tequila.” Bhakta carried his eccentric, at times reckless, behavior with him to WhistlePig. There, though, he found success. The company created and cornered a high-end market for aged rye whiskey, initially by blending Canadian liquors at a farm four miles north of the new Bhakta property. His clever approach established the brand while he simultaneously embarked on the more ambitious process of planting Vermont rye and distilling and aging the whiskey. Just as the business took off, WhistlePig’s investors sought to oust Bhakta, alleging shady financial practices and drunken misdeeds. A no-holds-barred power struggle ensued, and Bhakta eventually left the company with an undisclosed fortune in hand. The payday allowed him to start his new spirits enterprise unbeholden to investors. Across the street from the barns, a small vineyard is already rooted, surrounded by acres of dirt that Bhakta has cleared of thick brush. Bhakta said the company is an expression of his long-held passion for restoration, which to him is also a social imperative to return to the land. Long a fan of largerthan-life historic figures Winston Churchill and Napoleon Bonaparte, Bhakta waxes philosophical about Thomas Jefferson’s ideal of the yeoman farmer and the virtues of honest work. “Deep in my bones,” he said, “I love the idea of taking things that were failing and broken and bringing them back.” In July, with his barns finished and his new brandy ready to ship, Bhakta became intrigued by a different sort of fixer-upper. His best friend and longtime personal lawyer, Leo Gibson, sent him an advisory for a live auction of Green Mountain College, which closed in 2019 under financial pressure from declining enrollment. The 155-acre campus, the economic and cultural center of Poultney for nearly two centuries, had become a ghost town. Bhakta went to the auction in August and bested two others with his $4.55 million bid. Shortly thereafter, he floated vague plans to reopen the campus as an agriculturally focused work college where students could graduate with little debt. He’s aiming to have some students back on campus next year. The future of Poultney, population 3,300, is riding on it. Green Mountain College’s closure cost the town more than 150 jobs and hundreds of students.

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tions and has put his drunken escapades behind him. One of his uncles died in January, and in April, Bhakta said, he felt chest pains and feared he might be having a heart attack. He wasn’t, but the reminders of mortality left him contemplating what his personal “highest and best use” might be. “I thought, You might drop dead, so what are you doing with your life? You’re just going to go create a couple spirits companies and make a billion dollars or $10 billion and join the other ranks of the graveyards of the world that are full of rich and indispensable men?”

anywhere, and he fell into the family business as a partner in a Holiday Inn project in West Vail, Colo. Bhakta didn’t particularly enjoy working with his dad, he’s said in media interviews over the years. In Bhakta’s tellings, his boarding school friend and college roommate Henry Harper — now of high-end Tata Harper Skincare, based in Whiting — suggested he audition for “The Apprentice,” the elder Donald Trump’s entrepreneurial reality show, which debuted in early 2004, as a way to move on. Harper talked up his peculiar friend to the ski town newspaper after he was

businessman who drops a pickup line during a job interview. Trump fired him on the ninth episode, in front of roughly 16 million viewers; Bhakta asked for his assistant’s phone number on the way out. In the following months, Bhakta ventured into Republican politics, beginning with an advocacy group he dubbed the Coalition for Advancement of the Republic. Wearing a bow tie and a banker stripe shirt, he moderated a panel on Social Security reform at the Young Republicans National Convention in 2005. RAJ’S REVIVAL? SEVEN DAYS DECEMBER 2-9, 2020

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The following year he decided to run for U.S. Congress in the suburban district where he grew up. Against a strong Democratic incumbent, former representative Allyson Schwartz, Bhakta put together a platform that hit the same notes that Trump would ride to an insurgent victory 10 years later, with slogans like “Save the Northeast” and an emphasis on crime and border security. Most observers didn’t take his campaign seriously, especially after it came to light that the 30-year-old candidate had twice been arrested for DUI, in Massachusetts and Colorado. The shoestring campaign operated out of a conference room in a Best Western hotel his family owned. Bhakta’s craving for the spotlight seemed to overshadow his policy convictions. Bhakta hired a crew to film his every move — “See Raj Run” videos are still on YouTube — and reportedly promised to host an “Apprentice”-style contest to determine which intern he’d hire as a congressional staffer. Raymond Smalley was 23 when he worked for the campaign. Smalley’s job, he recalled, was to generate buzz for Bhakta online, especially through the bubbling political blogosphere, the midaughts predecessor to today’s online fever swamps. On most days, Smalley said, the campaign seemed to be shooting from the hip. When then-senator Joe Biden said on camera that you couldn’t go into a Dunkin’ Donuts or a 7-Eleven in Delaware “unless you have a slight Indian accent,” Smalley managed to score Bhakta an appearance on the conservative pundit Hugh Hewitt’s syndicated radio show to react to Biden’s comment. The next day, Bhakta dropped by the conference room. “Raj came in, sat down on the edge of my desk, and he’s like, ‘How do we do more with this?’” Smalley recalled. The “7-Eleven challenge” was born. Bhakta stood in front of a convenience store and filmed an ad seeking $7.11 donations to commemorate Biden’s “silly” comment. Bhakta drew even more attention for his elephantine stunt on the Texas-Mexico border, which would become a canonical episode in his personal mythology. That stunt’s aggrandizing absurdity obscured an earlier moment on the trip when Bhakta and his cameraman tried to confront two men whom they’d witnessed wading across the Rio Grande and into the United States. “Señor! Señor!” the sunglasses and polo-wearing candidate called out to the shirtless men, who kept walking as Bhakta’s staffer pointed his camera at their faces. 32

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In the homestretch of the losing campaign, Bhakta bombarded voters with robocalls featuring a sobbing, unnamed woman who claimed she had had an unwanted abortion at a clinic his opponent once headed. Schwartz’s staff condemned the calls, saying Bhakta’s campaign had “no decency and no shame.” Asked about that assessment, Smalley, who no longer works in politics, let out a long laugh. “Sounds about right,” he said. Bhakta got trounced, earning just 34 percent of the vote, but he continued to look for a political platform. In 2008 he started a blog — Go America Go! — that called itself “an organization dedicated to educating today’s youth about American exceptionalism.” The long-defunct site, accessible through an internet archive, featured Bhakta’s screeds about the “socialist” threat to the country, which would lead only to “managed decline and pathetic emasculation.” He called upon the words of Jefferson to promote the “tempestuous sea of liberty” and praised Trump’s protectionist policy prescriptions at a time when the reality TV host was better known for promoting the false “birther” conspiracy about thenpresident Barack Obama’s citizenship. Though Bhakta was unable to transform his own blend of showmanship and populism into a political career, he found in them the seeds of a different, more lucrative, sort of brand.

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Down on his luck after his failed congressional bid, Bhakta again took the advice of his longtime friend Harper, who by 2007 was living in the Champlain Valley. Harper, who did not respond to an interview request for this story, suggested the Green Mountains would help ground him, Bhakta later told Worth magazine. Bhakta bought farmland in Shoreham and figured out what to do next. He also reconnected with a friend, Wilco Faessen, from an early-career stint at a New York City investment banking firm. Bhakta and Faessen created a series of entities under the name GoAmericaGo to explore business opportunities in alcohol, an industry in which Faessen had experience. They looked at beer, vodka and a shooter drink they called Petro, but scrapped each pursuit. By late 2009, Bhakta was out of money and getting desperate. He needed a concept that could generate profit quickly. Aided by $375,000 in loans from the Vermont Economic Development Authority, Bhakta purchased barrels of aged rye whiskey, then an obscure niche, from Canada, to bottle it, he later said in a deposition, with a “cool name and a great package.” It worked. By the end of 2010, WhistlePig’s high-priced rye was moving off shelves in New York City and Chicago,

allowing the company to “effectively break even” during its first six months, the company reported. WhistlePig, actually a term for a groundhog, embraced a brash, porcine persona, with releases such as Boss Hog. The company kept two Kunekune hog mascots, Mauve and Mortimer, who joined Bhakta at public events in New York City. WhistlePig won some local admirers, including Magic Hat Brewing cofounder Alan Newman, who credits Bhakta with recognizing and capitalizing on an overlooked opportunity. Bhakta also projected WhistlePig as a craft distillery, with plans to create a farm-to-bottle product from rye grown on the company farms and aged in barrels made with Vermont lumber. “The whole story about building the farmhouse distillery was engaging,” Newman said, “and, I thought, was a great way to build that brand.” But Bhakta’s farm-to-bottle product didn’t become reality for years, held up in part by a protracted regulatory dispute with his neighbors. Bhakta built out WhistlePig without seeking an Act 250 permit, and neighboring farmers George Gross and Barbara Wilson worried that mold spores from aging whiskey barrels would spoil their berry crops. Gross and Wilson accused WhistlePig of “egregiously dodging” the state’s landmark land-use RAJ’S REVIVAL?

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assistant in 2011. The two soon became romantically involved and later married, continuing to work together. WhistlePig’s investors accused Bhakta of secretly granting Danhee a stake in the company when he hired her. They also accused him of intermingling the company with his personal property and misallocating funds. They accused him of spending $28,000 at a European bordello on a company credit card, and

employee as being “extremely intoxicated” at the time and said employees talked him into going home. Bhakta denies he was drunk, saying he showed up to invite former coworkers to a bonfire. “It was all in good Vermont country farm-life fun,” he said. The company did not respond to a request for comment, but Bhakta acknowledged that WhistlePig banned him from the property. CALEB KENNA

rules while building a multimillion-dollar “whiskey importing” company. Bhakta contended that the business should fall under the state’s agriculture exemption. He lost: WhistlePig paid a $19,000 fine and agreed to limits on its storage capacity. Bhakta’s presence proved divisive in small-town Vermont. While many respected the economic activity he brought to Addison County, others didn’t trust him. To Steve Belanus, the owner of Cornwall Auto Body, his onetime customer carried himself like a “king.” Several years ago, the two got into a dispute over the agreed-upon price for restoration work on Bhakta’s vintage black Cadillac. “We tried to discuss it politely,” Belanus said. Bhakta “was so arrogant, I told him if he didn’t leave, he’d have to pick himself off the floor and leave.” Bhakta recalled “being charged more than the agreed price for a job.” An elderly couple sued Bhakta in 2015, alleging that he had bulldozed a road through woods that they refused to sell him. Jeanne and Jon Whitaker alleged in court filings that they’d rejected his request twice — first when he stopped by their house, and again the next day when they went to WhistlePig headquarters to reiterate their position because Bhakta had appeared drunk during the first encounter. Bhakta testified that he’d never asked to purchase their land because he believed he owned it. He also countersued them. “The credibility of Mr. Bhakta is the central issue that the jury will decide,” the Whitakers’ attorneys wrote in an August 2016 filing. The parties settled later that month. Bhakta told Seven Days he had “nothing to do” with the bulldozing. In one bizarre episode, Bhakta reported being kidnapped by two men he was only trying to help. The men knocked on Bhakta’s door in the middle of a cold winter night in 2013 and asked for a hand retrieving a stuck vehicle. On the way, the men accused him of making a sexual advance on one of their ex-girlfriends during a job interview, a claim the woman later told police was untrue. Sensing a setup, Bhakta jumped out of the moving truck in his “Vermont flannel pajamas” before a confrontation in a field, a police report detailed. “Maybe 3 minutes after the point that I realized I had been kidnapped, I attempted to strike a meaningful blow on my assailant, but his accomplice shows up on my flank,” Bhakta said in a statement to police. “Not knowing if he was armed, I pulled back into a purely defensive position. The accomplice asked his thug friend to ‘fucking flatten him (being me).’”

The men, Bhakta alleged, called him a “rich mother fucker”who thinks he “owns this town.” One of the men was convicted of felony unlawful restraint and was sentenced to prison time. Drinking has fueled some of Bhakta’s misadventures. While running WhistlePig, Bhakta racked up at least two more DUI charges and one boating while intoxicated charge between 2012 and 2015. Yet Bhakta has never been convicted

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of drunk driving, only of lesser misdemeanors. Following the two more recent DUI arrests, including a wreck where he flipped his car and broke his hip, he denied the DUI charges and declined to submit to blood-alcohol tests. Today he admits to excessive drinking only in general terms. “I have drank too much at times in my life, and it’s gotten me into trouble,” he said. Bhakta said he removed alcohol from his daily life a couple years ago: “I taste, but I don’t drink.” By 2016, however, Bhakta’s investors, including Faessen, wanted Bhakta out of the way. The board orchestrated his ouster, but Bhakta refused to step aside. He sued them, which spilled the dispute into public view. Bhakta saw himself as being in a “state of war,” he later said in a deposition. Bhakta had hired a Columbia University grad named Danhee Kim as his

then lying about the trip. Bhakta, who declined to comment on other aspects of the case, insisted in a joint interview with his wife last month that he was merely a victim of fraud. “I didn’t approve those charges,” he said. “I was there; it turned out to be a bordello. And they got my credit card and started running it like hotcakes.” Bhakta eventually stepped down as a managing member of the company as part of the litigation settlement. He continued to own 30 percent of its shares, Bhakta testified in 2017, and worked for a time as “chief steward of the brand.” By early 2019, he had sold his stake and no longer had any association with WhistlePig. Later that year, Bhakta acknowledges, he showed up at his former company with a shotgun and fired a shell into the air. A redacted police report matching the incident describes a gun-toting former

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As things worsened at WhistlePig, Bhakta, his wife and their children moved to Florida, where they have family connections, to escape the bitterness that had consumed their life in Vermont. “It was very emotional for us,” he said. “We built that company together from the farm. Our kids were raised on that farm.” Shortly after cashing out of WhistlePig last year, Bhakta bought a 1,000-acre ranch in Vero Beach, Fla. The property is in a designated “opportunity zone,” an impoverished area where wealthy individuals can get tax incentives for reinvesting capital gains. At the same time, Bhakta went looking for a new project. The search took him to French spirits company Maison RAJ’S REVIVAL?

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each barrel he releases — one to taste and one to save. In a recent interview conducted with one of his children on his lap, Bhakta claimed the bottles will be worth at least $10,000 in time and that he purchased 10 for his mother as an investment. (RystDupeyron’s 1868 vintage Armagnac currently ships online in Europe for the equivalent of about $5,300.) Just before the July launch, Bhakta made an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s primetime Fox News program to expound on his message of rural rejuvenation. The segment began with Carlson speaking over video of a New York City Police Department cruiser that protesters had set ablaze. “You may be dreaming about moving out of the city to somewhere pastoral, to rural America. Raj Peter Bhakta did that,” Carlson said. Bhakta appeared by teleconference, a bottle of his soon-to-be-released brandy featured in the camera frame.

the most distinctive. The brick, federalstyle Ames Hall stands elegantly at the head of Poultney’s Main Street, and on the greens around it, students learned in unconventional ways. They turned lawns into organic gardens, invested in sustainable energy and sang Welsh language hymns in a renowned college choir. Commencements were a town-wide affair, as tasseled students walked through Main Street to the college green. On a recent November afternoon, the campus was empty and eerily preserved. Banners on light posts still touted the former school’s ranking, and ethos, as “first in sustainability.” Leaves were piled in neat rings around the trees that dot the quads; the grass was freshly mowed. Raj and Danhee were standing around a couple of red barns in a far corner of campus watching their children ride horses in a small pen. They took their youngest to one of the barns and called out to an assistant for a diaper change, and

The whole story about building the farmhouse distillery was engaging and, I thought, was a great way to build that brand. AL AN NE W MAN

we’re going to tick off the neighbors,” but Saville said he appreciates the renewed activity and investment down the road. “He likes the term ‘revivalist,’ and I feel like that fits him to a T,” Saville said. Bhakta said he settled on the concept while putting together promotional material for his brandy. The 52-page booklet says the BHAKTA brand is about “reviving farming in America,” beginning with his own properties. The liquor, with its blends of history-spanning vintages, imparts the same spirit, Bhakta writes. “This bottle is a monument to Revival,” he continues. “These spirits herein were born, lived and were forgotten. Long have they lain in the cave … Now they are risen.” He’s pitching BHAKTA 50 as a mindset in a bottle, enticing prospective customers with promises of an “exquisite” product. Customers can join Bhakta’s Revivalist Society, or a recently introduced “stockholder” program, which costs $19,000 and guarantees the buyer two bottles from CALEB KENNA

Ryst-Dupeyron, whose portfolio includes cellars full of vintage Armagnac, a regional brandy, dating as far back as 1868. He bought the company’s Armagnac division and started shipping barrels across the Atlantic. The entrepreneur launched BHAKTA 50 on the Fourth of July with his typical flair, pandemic notwithstanding. Bhakta, who is Catholic, invited the head of the Vermont diocese, Bishop Christopher Coyne, to bless his new business venture and the Shoreham barns that house it. After Coyne completed the ritual, the bishop told Seven Days, Bhakta asked him to sit in on a performance. Coyne, who was dressed in liturgical vestments, complete with a cross hanging on his chest, said he didn’t quite know what he was getting into. What the bishop was getting into was a raucous online ad for Bhakta’s reemergence as an irreverent spirits maven. The nearly four-minute skit features eight men in white robes and parliamentary wigs (plus Coyne and one of Bhakta’s four children) debating the relative merits of whiskey versus brandy. Brandy, of course, wins the day. Coyne is shown raising an arm to proclaim something before the shot cuts to BHAKTA 50 being bottled. The message “Buy now and decide for yourself” flashes across the screen. In a brief interview, Coyne was quick to say he didn’t intend to promote Bhakta’s brandy, or even drinking. “I just thought it was a harmless bit of fun,” he said. The celebration spilled over into an Independence Day barbecue, though Coyne said he ducked out. “Some people weren’t being careful about wearing masks and stuff, so I said, OK, it’s time for me to leave,” he recalled. The bishop drove home with a souvenir bottle of brandy. A party under an enormous tent followed, with about 70 friends, neighbors and spirits promoters from around the

country. Francesca Scorsese, the 21-yearold actress and daughter of director Martin Scorsese, posted photos with the hashtag #bhaktafarms. One neighbor, Matt Saville, said the outdoor celebration featured a choir and bounce houses for kids, as well as fireworks. “He sure knows how to throw a party,” he said of Bhakta. Saville said their families have hit it off since the Bhaktas introduced themselves. They have children of similar ages, and Bhakta sometimes invites Saville to join him on walks along their properties. He describes the businessman as energetic and exciting. The website for B h a k t a ’s n e w farms quips that it’s “likely that

“People have got a conception that moving out to the country reduces opportunity,” he said, “but if you’ve got an optimistic, revival, positive mentality, you can find a niche, like I did.” Besides the new vineyards in Shoreham, Bhakta plans to grow sugarcane in Vero Beach to use one day for a rum product, and he recently bought an apple orchard in the Champlain Valley for use in apple brandy. Bhakta seems to be finding opportunity everywhere he looks. In mid-August, after the notion of restarting a college had percolated for a few weeks, Bhakta walked outside the Withey Hall dining room, where the Green Mountain College auction was held, as the historic campus’ soon-to-be owner. His winning bid was less than a quarter of the site’s $20 million appraised value. Wearing white pants and a green T-shirt that read “BOOKNERD” in the form of a Vermont license plate, he flashed a big smile at a WCAX-TV camera crew and promised “to do great things in Poultney and Vermont and in America.”

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then led a Seven Days reporter through a darkened building to his second-floor office. Portraits of former college figureheads hung from one wall, and against another stood a beautiful display hutch lined with old books and BHAKTA 50 bottles. Bhakta has introduced his plans as a rough idea for a “work college,” where students perform practical labor as part of their studies. Some higher education institutions, including Sterling College in Craftsbury, incorporate such a model. Bhakta’s vision is much more ambitious and very experimental, even communelike. He imagines transforming the 22-building campus into an intergenerational learning community for preschoolers to seniors. Someday, at least. With the help of a local teacher, Danhee has started a small homeschool for the family’s kids, which she hopes will serve as the germ for a forward-thinking community school. Raj has talked about turning one of the old dorms into housing for “active seniors” but said plans aren’t certain. Next year’s offering, if there is one, would be modest, Bhakta said. He intends to launch with a short, perhaps “one-year RAJ’S REVIVAL?

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postgraduate program” that trains enrollees about the ins and outs of the alcohol business as he knows it. “There’s nothing dedicated to the business of beverage alcohol, which is booming, which has its particularities and which we’re masters of,” he said. “And if I can impart that knowledge to young people who can be part of the revival, the regeneration of this campus and surrounding areas in beverage alcohol, that would be an amazing first step.” Bhakta doesn’t sound particularly interested in seeking accreditation for his new school, saying the people he’s spoken with “in the accredited world” have urged him to focus instead “on the education itself and giving your students all the tools to kick ass.” Bhakta thinks of the program as a “fellowship” in which students complete internships at companies across Vermont’s bustling craft distilling and brewing scene, including at Bhakta Farms, while also pursuing some liberal arts studies. He plans to teach some of the courses himself. Interns have figured prominently over the course of Bhakta’s careers, beginning in his days as a congressional candidate. He once told Yankee magazine that WhistlePig’s first bottling line took place on two picnic tables in a barn with the help of “four Middlebury students who liked weed.” Interns who’ve excelled have gained spots in Bhakta’s inner orbit. Johnathan Page started out as a WhistlePig intern in 2017, during which time he got WhistlePig’s “WP” logo tattooed on his middle finger. Today his job title is Bhakta’s aide-de-camp, a French military term for a general’s assistant. This year, Bhakta Farms employed interns in viniculture and marketing, drawing them with job postings such as “Spirits Baron Seeks Historian.” Bhakta is keeping the Green Mountain College name for now and plans to structure it as a nonprofit. He doesn’t yet have any board members lined up. Linked to the college, he said, will be an array of Green Mountain College brands — for-profit companies, including Bhakta Spirits — that he’ll eventually run as B Corporations, a designation for socially conscious businesses. Those companies will in turn pump some profit back into the college. As with Bhakta’s liquor brands, the college’s initial entry into the industry won’t quite reflect his longer-term vision. But Bhakta also knows the power of a good story. “I think what the novel piece is,” he said, “is that the actual sales component and the marketing component is going to 38

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be deeply interwoven into the education of the students. Because that’s the biggest problem. “I’m not telling you it’s easy to be a farmer,” he continued. “I’m not telling you it’s easy to grow great produce, but the much tougher thing is finding a market and being able to serve it.”

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The college’s shuttering “changed the complexion of the town completely,” said longtime resident Chuck Colvin. Some staff and faculty have moved away. The longer-term livelihoods of many who remain are pinned to renewed activity on campus. “That’s their only hope, frankly,” Colvin said. Colvin and his wife, Kate, have owned the three-story Journal Press building on Main Street for decades; it long housed the family printing business. They sold the business, and it eventually shut down. The Colvins have since converted the building into a small business center, which also houses artist studios and educational space. Theirs is but one of the ways Poultney residents have adapted to economic and social change. Public and private benefactors get things done in Poultney, whether that’s lighting sidewalks or starting the community arts center, Stone Valley Arts. Hundreds turned out for a series of brainstorming sessions convened last year by the Vermont Council on Rural Development in response to the closure. They came up with an action plan to help “revitalize” the community, based on priorities such as wooing a bank and expanding the bikes and trails network.

In September, a couple of recent Green Mountain College graduates opened a nonprofit maker space, REclaimED, just off Main Street in a long-vacant metalworks facility. The name pays homage to the college’s Renewable Energy & Ecological Design program, of which cofounders Carl Diethelm and Danny Lang are alumni. On a recent tour of the partially developed space, Lang, 26, eyed potential — for textiles, ceramics, metalworks, yoga — in every unfinished corner. He sees the budding maker space as a community hub that will help keep his alma mater’s spirit alive. Bhakta’s purchase of the campus received a mixed response from alumni. The individualist businessman may not have fit in at the community-oriented former college, but Lang says he’s personally willing to give him a chance. “We don’t have the luxury to pick and choose what happens there,” he noted. Lang said he’s watching to see whether Bhakta will treat the new Green Mountain College as a community endeavor or a personal enterprise. Ben Doyle, the new president of Preservation Trust of Vermont, contends that Bhakta’s revival mission can only succeed as the former. “Revitalizing a community,” he said, “takes everyone working together.” Some locals have already sent letters to Bhakta about their ideas. Retired art professor Richard Weis said he emphasized the public value of the college’s arts amenities. Educator and Green Mountain College grad Kyle Callahan published an open letter urging Bhakta to pursue an educational model that “puts the campus at the center of the community.” The Bhaktas say they’re committed. “This isn’t some vanity project,” Danhee said of her primary school concept. “I want to work with people that ... can really

stand by what I’m trying to do and work in partnership.” Their family recently moved into the former college president’s house on Main Street and patronizes the diner down the block. Their new residence is temporary, however. They may “eventually” relocate to a larger property nearby, called the Meeting House, that currently serves as a free community meeting center and as office space for the Nature Conservancy. With four kids, they’ll need extra bedrooms, the couple said. Included in the campus purchase, the impressive Queen Anne-Colonial Revival house was restored in 2014 using a reported $750,000 in public and private donations. In exchange, the college agreed to maintain part of the home as a public venue. College trustees returned the Preservation Trust’s $100,000 contribution as part of the campus sale, Doyle said. The organization hopes to put the money to future projects, “ideally in Poultney,” he said. Early in the fall, Bhakta hosted a small, invitation-only barbecue outside Withey Hall. Colvin made the guest list — he wasn’t sure how — as did Poultney Selectboard chair Jeff King. Poultney’s newest resident lubricated the meet and greet with samples of BHAKTA 50, which a server poured directly into guests’ personal cups. The specialty spirit registered a rave review from the selectboard chair, who seemed hopeful that the drink would prove a harbinger of bigger things to come. “Oh, my goodness, it has such a flavor!” King said later. “Yeah, that was very good. That was very smooth. I’ll be buying some of that when that comes out.” In late October, Bhakta accepted an invitation to speak to the Poultney Rotary Club. He had been the “universal answer” to a member survey about their preferred guest speakers, club president Mitnik said. Members easily filled the building to its 18-person, COVID-19-compliant capacity, rapt as Bhakta gave an overview of his vision. Colvin, a rotary member, said he was as impressed by Bhakta’s casual comportment as by his ambitious plans. Bhakta’s young daughter sat in his lap, playing with her father’s tie as he made small talk with the crowd. “He’s either one heck of an actor, or he’s one really decent human being,” Colvin concluded. For Mitnik, who had been somewhat skeptical of the mysterious new owner, the event was reassuring. “It was nice to see he was not The Great Gatsby kind of a guy,” she said. “He didn’t come across like that at all.” m


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ethany Andrews-Nichols has dedicated her life to patterns. Through her Burlington-based business Beenanza Design, she specializes in colorful, graphic motifs and even offers monthly downloads of funky laptop wallpaper. But her very first design job, in Minneapolis, wasn’t quite so artistically oriented. “I did Betty Crocker press kits when they were releasing a new type of stovetop potato,” she recalled in a recent phone interview. “Being 22 and actually doing work for what I went to college for, I was like, ‘I’m feeling successful, even though I’m designing these potato boxes.’” Potato boxes are a far cry from Andrews-Nichols’ work today. She creates print, package and pattern design, including fabrics. She also teaches workshops and even prints large murals at local businesses. While her patterns are contemporary, with simple repeated shapes and lively, contrasting colors, the designer’s favorite medium is an ancient one: a method of block printing — dyeing fabric or paper using carved wooden blocks — that developed in northern India. Andrews-Nichols, who lives in Burlington, said she couldn’t remember a time when she wasn’t awed by beautiful prints.

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“I remember the wallpaper in my house when I was 5 years old,” she said. Growing up in Ohio and upstate New York, Andrews-Nichols took up art to entertain herself when her older siblings were out of the house. She started working at Magic Hat Brewing in 2008, when she and her partner moved to Burlington. There, she found the freedom to be creative, experimenting with projects such as designing a beer label out of felt. “The experience I had while I was [at Magic Hat] was unlike any other,” she said. “I can’t think of a better place to have developed as a designer. Because it was constantly like, ‘Make it weirder’

… If I had worked for eight years at a bank, I would’ve been a very different designer.” In 2017, Andrews-Nichols, now 36, was laid off from Magic Hat. She was ready, she said. She’d had two kids by that point and didn’t want to manage employees anymore. She’d already reduced her hours to work just four days a week and found that having a day to pursue her own projects was a boon to her creativity.

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“It just opened the floodgates, that one day a week,” she said. “When I was finished at Magic Hat, I was like, ‘That’s what I want my other four days to be.’” So she launched Beenanza — after a nickname a friend gave her — and went about building a freelance career. She also cofounded Vermont Womenpreneurs, a network for female business owners, with Mieko Ozeki, who’s the market director of Burlington Farmers Market. In 2017, Andrews-Nichols visited Jaipur, capital of the state of Rajasthan in northern India, to learn about block printing, which emphasizes repeated patterns and layers of color. Printers typically stamp patterns with handheld wooden blocks that are carved by artisans who specialize in the task. Though the carvers can make the blocks incredibly accurate — a perfect circle, for example — Andrews-Nichols likes the fact that the wood and the process create prints with imperfect texture. “I prefer there to be flaws,” she said, “because then you can see that someone touched it and loved it.” In Jaipur, everything clicked for Andrews-Nichols. “All of this design work that I’ve been doing my entire adult life, now it makes sense,” she explained. “I started block printing obsessively.” She had an exhibition at Burlington’s Foam Brewers, and then designed a line of beer labels for the company. She hosted her first block-printing workshop at Foam alongside Jeremy Fritzhand, the owner of Studio Bagru, a block-printing facility in India. Foam is also where Andrews-Nichols created her first mural. It’s impossible to use wood for block printing murals, so she had to find another material. She wandered around Lowe’s, “touching the bottom of all the rugs and floor mats,” she said, and eventually found a mat that would work. Since then, Andrews-Nichols has completed a banana-print mural at Momo’s Market in the Old North End and two murals in an Airbnb in Underhill. “I totally want to do more murals,” she said. “It’s so satisfying.” Walls aren’t the only unique surfaces Andrews-Nichols has block printed. She’s been collaborating with Flatlander Supply in Vershire to produce patterned leather goods, including a clutch printed with red and blue repetitions of the word “vote.” Andrews-Nichols sends her designs for woodblocks to the artisans at Studio Bagru, who carve them for her. She has also designed — and sold out of — backpacks that were printed at the India studio. “Some of the fabrics I do print myself, here, but a lot of my fabrics were printed in India by this group of amazing printers and carvers,” she said. “That is their wheelhouse. These prints are so beautiful,


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The print, Andrews-Nichols said, has held a lot of meaning for mothers, cancer survivors and others. She wants to give back to those whose causes she aims to represent. When she first began freelancing, Andrews-Nichols said, about 70 percent of her work was creating traditional design projects; the rest was pattern work. Now, those proportions have flipped, and she’s started to become known for her patterns. She wants to introduce her colorful aesthetic to organizations and corporations that may

be tired of using stock imagery and traditional design. The patterns, Andrews-Nichols said, come to her instinctually, after years of practice. But she also believes pattern designing is for everyone, even those who think they aren’t artistic. She’ll bring woodblocks in familiar shapes to workshops and be completely surprised by students’ creative uses of them. “The beautiful thing about making prints and patterns is that it’s so accessible,” Andrews-Nichols said. “Anybody can do it. That’s why I love doing workshops and sharing my blocks and letting people explore.” m

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ometime in the not-too-distant future — think years, not decades — the skies above Vermont will likely hum with swarms of commercial drones completing their appointed rounds. Small, unmanned copters could deliver holiday gifts from Amazon, groceries from Walmart, and medications from CVS Pharmacy and Walgreens. They would be left at people’s doorsteps, much the way the U.S. Postal Service, UPS and FedEx deliver today. Though the above description may sound far-fetched and even dystopian to some, Eddie Duncan suggests that Vermonters get ready for it. Duncan is a noise control engineer and director of acoustics at Resources Systems Group, a Vermont-based research and analytics firm. He said the seemingly sci-fi drone scenario has already become a reality in a small but growing number of communities around the United States, where some of the nation’s largest national retailers have launched drone delivery services, or plan to shortly. According to Duncan, the sooner Vermont lays the groundwork for managing the environmental impacts of commercial drones — notably, noise pollution — the better it will be prepared when the tiny aircraft finally take off in the Green Mountain State. Three Dartmouth College professors founded RSG in 1986. The firm has since worked in all 50 states and more than 30 foreign countries on a variety of projects, many involving transportation, energy and land-use planning. The employee-owned company, with offices in Burlington and White River Junction, has also made a name for itself in recent years by helping to mitigate noise from wind turbines. As Duncan put it, “We’ve had our hand in, in one form or another, virtually every wind farm in Vermont.” RSG is one of the few American companies that has studied the community-wide impacts of commercial drones — those used for business, nonprofit or educational use, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. (Drones used by amateur photographers and backyard hobbyists fall in a different category.) In September, RSG released a self-funded white paper: “Three Considerations Around Drone Noise and Strategies for Mitigation.” As the paper noted, research by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has determined that people find the “distinctive

and irregular buzzing sound of drones” incredibly irritating. That pronouncement may seem as groundbreaking as declaring that water is wet. But Duncan explained that, in order to limit drone noise pollution, it’s important to first understand the specific acoustical properties that get under people’s skin. Several factors make some sounds more irksome than others, he said. Residents who live in the flight path of Burlington International Airport may find the roar of F-35 fighter jets more aggravating than the buzz of a single-engine propeller plane, but that doesn’t necessarily mean louder noises are more annoying than quieter ones. Many

people find the rumble of a passing freight train calming, though the sound of someone chewing gum or the buzz of a mosquito can be maddening. As the white paper notes, “Think of nails on a chalkboard. This noise is not louder than a neighbor’s lawnmower, but it produces a much stronger and visceral reaction among listeners.” Indeed, drones generally aren’t louder than other transportation sounds, such as vehicles on highways, Duncan explained, but several factors make them more bothersome, including their tonality. Vehicle traffic sounds tend to be more broadband and atonal, he said, akin to white noise. In contrast, a drone’s whine is more like

the hum of an electrical transformer, and people can find it as distracting as a buzzing insect. Another reason for drones’ sonic irritation, Duncan continued, is that its tones aren’t consistent. Commercial drones may have as many as 15 propellers, each of which can spin at different speeds. Duncan likened those sound variations to a slide whistle, making their combined noise less like the buzz of a single bee and more like an entire swarm. Understanding those and other acoustical properties can help planners figure out how best to mask or mitigate drone noise, including planning routes that affect the fewest number of people on the ground.


Why did RSG undertake months of research on this topic without a client to foot the bill? As Duncan explained, he and white paper coauthors Erica Wygonik and Kenneth Kaliski found the topic an interesting acoustical challenge. Though drone technology has existed for years, he noted, currently there’s no regulatory framework governing drone noise the way there is for conventional aircraft. They also took on the research because COVID-19 has accelerated the adoption of commercial drone technology for consumer use. In October 2019, Wing, a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, launched the nation’s first drone delivery service in Christiansburg, Va. According to a Walgreens press release, Wing partnered with Walgreens and FedEx to enable Virginia-based pharmacy customers to get drone deliveries of more than 100 over-thecounter medications, wellness products, foods and beverages. That market took off once the pandemic began. As RSG’s white paper noted, “Wing representatives cited a 350 percent monthly increase in signups from February to April 2020 as the pandemic began and stay-at-home orders were issued.” In April, UPS announced a similar partnership with CVS in Florida to deliver prescription meds and other consumer items to the Villages, that state’s largest retirement community, home to more than 135,000 residents. As the pandemic and stay-at-home orders forced people indoors and shuttered many businesses, drone-delivered items such as coffee and toilet paper became among the most sought-after items — and new applications are being identified all the time. In mid-June, Wing began delivering library books to homebound Virginia schoolchildren for their summer reading. Though Vermont is typically a year or more behind such cutting-edge trends — think of its slower adoption of ride-share services such as Uber and Lyft — new technologies arrive eventually. But Duncan advised that new commercial drone operators will need to avoid many of the pitfalls that have hampered test projects elsewhere. In October, Duncan presented a more technical version of RSG’s white paper at the Quiet Drones 2020 international symposium, originally scheduled to be held in Paris but moved online due to the pandemic. While the symposium included many highly technical presentations on the science of building quieter drones, Duncan said, he was surprised by the dearth of

information on community-wide planning for drone noise management. In Vermont, RSG used existing noise maps of the Burlington area to plot potential flight paths that commercial drones could follow, either to mask their noise or to minimize the number of people who could hear them. For example, Duncan theorized that commercial drones could be required to follow Vermont’s existing roadways before heading off to their final destinations. Other routes could take them over less-populated areas, where they wouldn’t pose much of a nuisance to humans. He envisions that some Burlington-based drones heading north and south might be routed over Lake Champlain to minimize their impact on local neighborhoods. Of course, any such decisions likely will need to consider the impacts on nonhuman ears, too, which Duncan acknowledged could be much more challenging to evaluate. “For protected species, we might have some values we can use,” he said, “but for unprotected species” — cows, sparrows, dogs, bears — “there’s just not enough research to know what levels impact certain animals.” Another critical issue to consider, he emphasized, is social equity, especially if Vermont establishes flight paths only through areas that already have high ambient noise levels. Duncan pointed out that lower-income people, through no fault of their own, tend to live in areas with more noise pollution. “So we want to be careful about strictly flying over those areas,” he added, “especially if they’re flying to a more advantaged community, where Joe, Becky and Sally are all ordering their coffees at 8 a.m. and having them delivered.” No operator has yet proposed commercial drone deliveries in Vermont, so one might assume that it’s too soon for state lawmakers and local municipalities to begin planning their regulation. But given that the commercial drone market is projected to climb to more than $63 billion by 2025, Duncan advises differently. “If we frame it like that, we don’t start thinking about [drones] until there’s a developer at the doorstep,” he said. “At that point, I think there’s a question of whether or not the regulation is being developed for the people or for the developer. “We know they’re coming,” he added. “We just can’t say exactly when.” m

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I’ll drive 76 miles round trip for an olive and an anchovy, but I won’t do it two days in a row. So when Dedalus Wine Shop, Market & Bar in Stowe was out of its skewer that stabs a briny green olive, a salty and slimy slick of anchovy, and a pickle-y pepper, I was bummed. But I wasn’t going to return the next day, when the deli case would hold a new load of this $2 treat. My spirits picked up when I spotted a jar of chicken liver mousse. I know this item from Dedalus in Burlington, where I’m a superfan of the brandy-and-cognaclaced mousse. (Dedalus has a wine club; if they started a chicken liver mousse club, I’d be a charter member.) The mousse is

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inter in Vermont can be full of joy: catching snowflakes, bluebird days, the twinkling candles and lights of beloved traditions. It also brings challenges: truncated daylight hours, holiday stress, a whole lot of cold and gray. And this year, we’re approaching a season that likely will present extra trials. In the face of all of this, the Seven Days food and drink team is aiming to bolster the joy factor while supporting local food and beverage makers, farmers, restaurants, bakeries, and food retailers. A reader email about a unique and affordable pastry prompted us to consider how a small, unexpected treat can perk up a day. It inspired us to launch a new column we’re calling Small Pleasures. Each column will feature a delicious

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best at room temperature, when the slab of fat atop it melts, and the puréed liver and smear of fat go together like PB&J. I bought a jar of chicken liver mousse in Stowe as a kind of compensation for my olive/anchovy/piparra loss. At the cash register, I thought I’d gotten the wrong order when the $8 jar came with baguette slices, grainy mustard and cornichons. (In Burlington, the mousse stands alone.) Nope, I was told, this is how Dedalus does it in Stowe. “Tell your friends!” the cashier said.

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organic agriculture and cofounder of BUTTERWORKS FARM in Westfield with his wife, ANNE, died at home around midnight on Saturday, according to their daughter, CHRISTINE LAZOR. Jack, who was 69, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2010 and had been on dialysis for seven years for cancer-related kidney failure. Christine described her father as “just an amazing presence and contributor to Vermont” who “meant lots of different things to lots of different people.” On the home farm, his daughter reflected with a chuckle, Jack “could be great and super-helpful with his thoughts and opinions, as well as a huge pain in the butt.” Until a few days before his death, she said, he continued to advocate for his priorities: “He wanted to make sure we made cottage cheese out of the skim milk so it wouldn’t get wasted.” Butterworks Farm’s flagship yogurt is made from the milk of its small, grass-fed herd of Jersey cows and sold throughout the Northeast. The farm also produces cream, buttermilk and kefir. Gross sales in 2019 were $1.2 million, Christine said. As detailed in a 2017 Seven Days cover story, the elder Lazors have been gradually shifting ownership of the business to Christine and her husband, COLLIN MAHONEY. Jack and Anne were honored in 2019 with a VERMONT AGRICULTURAL HALL OF

FAME Lifetime Achievement award. The couple always worked closely as a team, but Jack was the primary face and voice of Butterworks Farm, building a network of knowledge and mentorship that had an impact far beyond the farm’s products.

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In 2013, Chelsea Green Publishing put out Jack’s comprehensive The Organic Grain Grower: Small-Scale, Holistic Grain Production for the Home and Market Producer, which provided even broader access to his expertise. He was also one of 24 organic farming pioneers invited to California’s Esalen Institute for a gathering of “agrarian elders.” A 2014 New York Times article about the group quoted Jack as saying, “We went out of our way to give everything to the earth, and the earth gives back to us.” Fellow “agrarian elder” Eliot Coleman of Maine has known Jack for decades. In an email, he called Jack “a friend and … pioneer” whose “granary and processing plant were miracles of ingenuity.” Even Stonyfield Farm founder Gary Hirshberg, a competitor in the organic yogurt business, called Jack his hero in an Atlantic article. Jack grew up in Springfield, Mass., where his father was a chemist for agrochemical giant Monsanto. Young Jack filled a wagon with backyard vegetables and peddled them to neighbors. He went on to earn a self-designed degree in the history of agriculture from Tufts University. Part of the wave of backto-the-landers, Jack and Anne

and he wanted to offer it,” Darby said. When she cold-called Jack as a brand-new Extension agent, Darby recalled, she was nervous. But “it was like he was just waiting for me to call,” she said. “That’s how he made every single person feel.” Local farmers of every generation have similar stories. When MARJORIE SUSMAN and MARIAN POLLACK of ORB WEAVER FARM in Monkton arrived in Vermont in 1980, they read about the Lazors in a farming publication and wrote them a letter to which they received an immediate response. Whenever she spoke with Jack, Susman said, “You got the feeling you were the only person in the room. He was so giving with his information, Call A Single Pebble to cater your with the young people he next event and order your gift cards mentored, sharing his love of the land and his cows.” 802.865.5200 The first cows at BREAD asinglepebble.com & BUTTER FARM in Shelburne 1 3 3 B a n k S t re e t • B u r l i n g t o n , V T and South Burlington came from the Lazors back in 2009. Later, farmer-owner CORIE PIERCE recounted how 11/13/20 a colleague called Jack “out 8V-SinglePebble112520 1 of the blue to ask for advice growing grain for pigs. Jack talked to him for two hours straight. It felt like he would drop anything to talk to you.” Jack thrived on the giveand-take, but sometimes even he needed a break. When he Dinner Pickup wanted “to chill,” as Jack put it in 2008, he climbed into Wednesdays-Saturdays! the observation tower of his Call Lara to place your order. granary to relish the view of lush fields, grazing cows and “beautiful compost piles.” KTB Gift Cards for the holidays! Aside from watching his Feed your soul. daughter and her family kitchentablebistro.com settle on the farm, little seemed to give him more satisfaction than seeing the rewards of his decades of investment in the soil. Christine said the family planned to throw a big 70th birthday party for her father in May 2021 and still hopes to celebrate his life at that time. Donations in Jack’s memory can be made to a Northern Flint Corn Consortium and Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe food Closed Sunday - Tuesday sovereignty partnership at northerngraingrowers.org/ @kitchentablebistro remembering-jack-lazor. 

started Butterworks Farm on a Northeast Kingdom hilltop in 1976. They bought their first 60 acres with $20,000 earmarked for sending Anne to graduate school. Christine, their only child, was born in 1979. They never planned to build a million-dollar business. But, as Jack told Seven Days in 2017, “We gradually realized we needed to make a living.” The couple made yogurt on their stove and sold it to friends and neighbors. “Jack’s such a born marketer. We would make stuff, and he would just go door-to-door,” Anne told this reporter during a 2008 interview. Jack relished the variety of challenges in farming. “It’s like going to Las Vegas, but it’s more exhilarating because it’s more direct,” he joked in 2008. “There’s no chance of getting bored.” University of Vermont Extension agronomist HEATHER DARBY partnered with Jack for 17 years on research and education, traveling with him all over North America and even to Denmark. Darby said that whatever Jack did — whether growing animal forage, developing seed stock for cold climate-hardy corn or teaching an organic graingrowing course at UVM — it always came back to taking care of the land. “He had so much to offer,

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ny business opening is a cause for celebration this year. But when the doors at 88 Oak Street in Burlington opened for not just one but two new hotly anticipated restaurants in early November, it seemed like the universe was throwing a party for all the holiday gatherings we’ve missed. Café Mamajuana and Poppy Café & Market had each built up a loyal following with pop-ups, filling holes in the local food scene and frequently selling out. Residents of the Old North End and beyond were ready for both to open something permanent. The two restaurants share one space in a cooperatively owned building. That business model was planned before the pandemic but seems uniquely suited to the challenges many restaurants now face. Poppy operates during the day, serving souped-up sandwiches from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., Café Mamajuana starts slinging Dominican-fusion dishes such as empanadas and whole-roasted fish for dinner. Sisters Abby and Emily Portman own and operate Poppy. Café Mamajuana owner-operator Maria Lara-Bregatta is “third-wheeling on their sisterhood,” she said with a laugh. For an hour or so each day, as Poppy cleans up and Café Mamajuana revs up, they fully embrace that sense of sorority. The three women 46

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— all originally from New Jersey — listen VERMONT to upbeat playlists of oldies and millennial faves while shuffling from one staff, cuisine and enterprise to the other. They weren’t sure people would get the two-in-one concept at first. But now that they’re open, Lara-Bregatta said, the model is setting a precedent — and it’s working. The building most recently housed the Chubby Muffin and a commissary kitchen as part of the Skinny Pancake restaurant group. It was purchased in late June by the Oak Street Cooperative, an effort led by founding members Emily Portman, LaraBregatta and Matt Cropp, co-executive director of the Vermont Employee Ownership Center. Café Mamajuana and Poppy lease the building from the cooperative, and they also sublease production space to All Souls Tortilleria. “The three businesses are for-profit businesses,” Emily said. “But we’re guided by some of the founding co-op principles: sharing access to space and resources.” The pandemic delayed the sale of the building and has slightly adjusted both

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restaurants’ business plans. Poppy didn’t serve just sandwiches initially, but their practicality for takeout appealed to the sisters. Now the duo is carving out a niche with the most surprising veggie-forward sandwiches in town. “I’m happy that we’re opening now and we’re able to build this business around this crazy obstacle, rather than having to really quickly adapt to it,” Abby said. The menu at Poppy changes frequently, with one new sandwich a week rotating onto the five-sandwich list. When I first visited, I ordered what I later learned was Abby’s favorite: the Liza Fennelli ($10). I’d never considered the prospect of a fennel sandwich, let alone one with fennel five ways: roasted, salad’ed, pesto’ed, pickled and aioli’ed. The layers of flavor were an exploration of fennel’s adaptability, hugged by perfect slices of housemade focaccia. The only bad news? It’s a seasonal offering that’s no longer on the menu.

Another fleeting favorite is the Carmela ($14), which left the menu last week. The sandwich is Poppy’s take on a classic Italian sandwich. The combination of spicy eggplant, soppressata, prosciutto, arugula, radicchio, basil, ricotta salata, pickled red onions and an artichoke-Parmesan aioli on crusty Trent’s Bread is a fitting homage to my second-favorite character from “The Sopranos.” Other recent offerings include the Ramen Guy, a ramen-influenced sandwich with soy egg, miso-roasted mushrooms and nori aioli; and the vegetarian (or vegan) First Date, with tahini, dates, spiced cauliflower and preserved lemon. Poppy is not your classic deli, but if you go in with an open mind about what a sandwich can be, you won’t be disappointed. I placed my orders online at prime lunchtime during a workday, and both times they were ready to be picked up in less than 20 minutes. The takeout-only model has also benefited Café Mamajuana as the popular pop-up switches to its permanent home. Lara-Bregatta has been outspoken about her difficulties in securing traditional investment, noting that “white old men” had been wary of supporting her in the early stages of developing her business plan. “It’s funny, because all of their commentary is kind of useless nonsense now,” she said in mid-November. “They wanted me to turn the dining room 15 times in one night. It’s obsolete. I can do that through takeout.” Thanks to crowdfunding and community support, Café Mamajuana is now flying through takeout orders. I got lucky on opening night, placing an order at about 6 p.m. Online ordering opens at 4 p.m., and getting your order in early is the best way to ensure you get the pick of the whole menu. The second time I ordered, a couple weeks later, things were starting to sell out by 5. If your first choice is 86’ed for the evening, though, you get to try something new. Having tasted Café Mamajuana’s Dominican-fusion dishes several times before, I’d been hoping for a canoa de pernil the first night: caramelized plantain sliced down the center and stuffed with rice, beans, slow-roasted pork and pickled red onions. Instead, I opted for two plantain-based sides — fried sweet maduros and fried salty tostones — along with a smattering of empanadas. I also ordered the Sicilian salad, a pleasant bright and citrus-filled surprise and a nod to the Italian side of Lara-Bregatta’s DNA (another thing she shares with the Portmans). Lara-Bregatta said she and her team will soon add traditional Dominican holiday foods to the menu, such as sancocho,


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in Bloomfield that our mom had always gotten them from,” Abby noted. Lara-Bregatta hopes to stock her section of the market with Latin ingredients but said it’s been time-consuming to get distributors to ship those items to Vermont. In the meantime, she’s focusing on local products made by women, including women of color. “I’m trying to support other women who are in the same position as me, working from home to grow their businesses and trying to succeed in a time where it’s hard,” Lara-Bregatta explained. “That’s my goal: to uplift and bring more people into the industry.” The restaurant owners say they’re already seeing repeat customers — including some who frequent both establishments in the same day. “People have been so vocal about that,” Abby said. Their cuisines may be different, but Poppy and Café Mamajuana have fresh energy and innovation in common. “They’re not just a sandwich shop, and I’m not just a Latin place,” Lara-Bregatta said. “There’s nothing like it in town, for either of us.” m

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She also included some explicitly nonholiday material that dwells on related themes, among them covers of pop heavy hitters Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson and a new version of the perennial classic (and geographically appropriate) “Moonlight in Vermont.” A successful musical theater performer, Linehan has drawn international acclaim for her dramatic interpretations of the songbooks of artists such as U2, Petula Clark and Barbra Streisand. In 2016, she and her producer/husband Andrew Koss left New York City and settled in Manchester, Vt., where they write and record at their state-of-the-art Studio at Strawberry Fields Lane. Seven Days recently caught up with Linehan there by phone.

SEVEN DAYS: Since there are so many holiday albums out there, I imagine there’s quite a bit of nuance to putting one together. How did you strike a good balance in your selection? MAXINE LINEHAN: People have asked me to do a holiday record for many years. I never wanted to do one, because a lot of them are very tired. People churn out a holiday album as an effort to fill a record deal with their label or just to throw something out quickly. And it’s full of covers and never feels cohesive to me. They’re not telling you something that hasn’t been said a million times. If you want to hear Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” listen to Mariah Carey singing it.

But this year was just different to me. I’m a very emotive performer. I don’t do a lot of fluff in my work. This year I realized we could make a serious Christmas record that was not about sleigh bells and Santa Claus, that could actually be about something very deep and emotional around this time of year. It’s not happy for a lot of people, and more people than ever are feeling that this year. It’s a much more universal feeling. It’s not all Champagne and joy for everyone at this time of year. SD: You wrote the title track independently of that context, correct? ML: Yes. We wrote the title track last year, thinking we would just record it as a single. And then it was gaining a lot of attention


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in Nashville for other artists. So it was on hold for a long time for some pretty huge country stars but never got picked up. This year, I said, “That song can’t sit here gathering dust.” This was the year we were going to release it, and I would sing it myself. And then we started thinking about what that song meant and started expanding on the themes of nostalgia and loss and hope, but still cloaked in this melancholy feeling. That song gave me the hook for the album. SD: Why did you rework your tune “I Think of You” into a holiday song? How does the original’s sentiment lend itself to the concepts you’re describing? ML: My husband wrote “I Think of You” as a surprise for me for my birthday. We still were living in New York at the time, and it was just the whole idea of the hustle and bustle of the city. We had both lived there for many years. Finding your sanity in New York is often linked to a person. And then, four or five years ago, he wrote the holiday version of it. It takes on a whole new meaning in the holidays with what MAX INE New York City becomes at Christmastime. We thought it was a perfect opportunity, given the world we live in today and all of the things we all relate to — and the album needed some levity, too. There’s a lot of weight in a lot of the tracks, and we really needed a moment or two for people to take a break from the Kleenex box and have a little fun.

Someone wrote to me the other day and said, “I’ll listen to this all year round. There are tracks on it that I won’t stop listening to just because Christmas is over.” And that was part of the plan. SD: Which track was the most challenging to complete? ML: It would be interesting to hear what my husband — or my music director, or the mix engineer — says about this. As a vocalist, there are two that were equally challenging for me. One was “Underneath the Tree,” because it’s a famous Kelly Clarkson song, and I don’t sound anything like her. And I have such deep admiration for her. So I really struggled with finding my version of that song. I kept listening to it and going, “No, hers is better. I don’t bring anything to this song.” Right up until the last second, I wanted to cut it. But I was convinced otherwise and gave in to democracy, because everybody else wanted to keep it. The other was “This Perfect Year.” It’s a big Broadway tune, and it’s the 11 o’clock number in Sunset Boulevard. I wanted it to be its own identity so that Broadway people weren’t LINEHAN thinking about the show when they listened to it. So we ended up restructuring the song and putting the chorus at the beginning to let people hear the hook and making it sound more like a pop tune.

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SD: How do the non-holiday songs fit into the album’s vibe? ML: Again, I didn’t want an album where you looked at the track list and went, “Ugh.” They’re not all necessarily Christmas songs — but they are if you treat them right. They really lend themselves to what we feel around, I keep saying it, this time of year. You look at Maroon 5’s “Memories.” It’s based on Pachelbel’s “Canon in D,” and it’s a song where you’re toasting, you’re celebrating, but you’re also remembering the people who are not with you. It’s a sentiment we’re all feeling right now. And “Moonlight in Vermont” — I really wanted a Vermont track on the album because Vermont is quintessential Christmas. I mean, they make movies about it. This is the place, the winter wonderland.

SD: What holiday albums do you associate with your childhood? ML: Growing up, it was always really traditional. Bing Crosby and Judy Garland, that was the soundtrack. And I really do gravitate to that still, as a grown-up. I do want to hear those classic voices on a lot of the Christmas records. But there’s some good contemporary Christmas music — I won’t say there’s a lot. I feel like a lot of contemporary Christmas music is not that groundbreaking. So I definitely tend to lean toward the oldschool Christmas music. m This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity and length.

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appears on the track “God Is Love/Love Is Everything.”) Keller celebrates how and why he’s able to do what he does by sharing the spotlight. Additionally, all proceeds from the album will be donated to racial equity nonprofits. You Get What You Give calls on the effervescent Stax Records influence heard on Keller’s other albums. As always, his horn arrangements are the lifeblood of his work, flavoring the tunes with gusto and grace. Conceptually, the album dabbles in topics related to the tumult of 2020 but is generally a reflection of the biggest concepts anyone ever wrote (or gave a damn) about: love, loss, heartache and belonging. Opening track “One More Tear” and follow-up “That Thing We Do” are thematically linked. The former, a duet with Houston-based singer Annika Chambers, wallows in a breakup. The

latter, on which Keller pairs up with Washington, D.C., vocalist Carly Harvey, celebrates finding love. Whether or not it was Keller’s intention, placing the songs in that order implies hopefulness about romance and contentment. Stark piano ballad “The Evil That Men Do” is the album’s emotional core. That it’s a group effort, vocally speaking, makes perfect sense. Keller, Chambers, Minnesota-based Annie Mack, Houston’s Trudy Lynn and the acclaimed bluesman Johnny Rawls take turns lamenting the ultimate horror of Black life, naming George Floyd in the process. Keller takes a fairly guileless approach to his songcraft, which may jar listeners who favor a more subtle or impressionistic approach to songwriting. But You Get What You Give isn’t meant to be subtle or artsy; it’s a heart-splosion of emotion and deep gratitude, not to mention a showcase for a heap of talented musicians and singers. You Get What You Give is available at davekeller.bandcamp.com.

That package comprises heavy, funky, hip-hop-influenced R&B, as heard on album opener “Clearing a Path.” It’s a Zappstyle liftoff that sets the tone for the LP: a house party at the end of the world where everyone’s on mushrooms. “Here’s a sticky situation,” Scott sings, “when we’re facing enemies we don’t even see.” Scott writes timely and topical stuff, but it’s always rooted in the personal, even spiritual, dimensions of our claustrophobic era. As he observes on “Meaning” a few songs later: “Someone’s always trying to change your mind / So how do you create meaning? / How do you create your love?” He knows better than to give prescriptive answers. And he doesn’t go it alone. Remote collaboration has always been possible, but a global pandemic has made it necessary. Scott tags in some of his longtime coconspirators, such as Adam Turner and Mike Sutton (drums), JJ Beck (piano), and fellow Nektone Alex Wolston on trumpet. Scott also brings along some surprising guest vocalists, including Philadelphia

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J.D. Vance (played as a kid by Owen Asztalos) is the offspring of a fiercely loyal Appalachian hill clan. His grandparents moved to the industrial town of Middletown, Ohio, in search of opportunity, but as the decades passed, the factories closed. Now J.D.’s Mamaw (Glenn Close) struggles to make ends meet, while his single mom, Bev (Amy Adams), hops from one job and boyfriend to the next, developing an opioid addiction along 4:29 PM the way. Years later, the adult J.D. (Gabriel Basso) attends Yale Law School and has a girlfriend (Freida Pinto) who makes awkward concern-faces when he tells her about his family’s troubles. Paying his tuition for the coming year depends on a single interview, but back in Ohio, his mom has just OD’d. Rushing to her side, J.D. must decide whether his future is worth putting on the line for a loved one who appears to be her own worst enemy.

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ur streaming entertainment options are overwhelming — and not always easy to sort through. This week, I watched Ron Howard’s star-studded adaptation of J.D. Vance’s best-selling 2016 book Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis. Released last week on Netflix, it’s currently in the streamer’s top 10.

Pretty much every review of Hillbilly Elegy mentions that when Vance’s memoir was published in 2016, media commentators seized on it as the key to “explaining” Donald Trump voters. But the resulting debates are tangential to the movie, which doesn’t come across as timely or provocative or, really, as anything much besides syrupy Oscar bait. In Howard’s hands, this is a standard take on the time-honored story of a poor boy made good who must come to terms with the people he left behind. Its main distinction is the novelty of A-list stars playing the kind of women who generally pore over celebrity rags in the checkout line rather than appear in their pages. Close and Adams are indeed convincingly de-glammed, and they act up a storm — some would say a perfect storm

DOLLAR-STORE DIVAS Close and Adams play the family J.D. Vance left behind in Howard’s adaptation of his memoir.

of camp — as the tough-talkin’, cigarettechompin’ Mamaw and the scene-making, self-destructive Bev, respectively. The rest of the film serves as a tasteful frame for these over-the-top performances — including the whole character of J.D. He seems to function partly as viewer surrogate, wincing primly at his family’s bad behavior. Neither J.D.’s own brief bad-boy stage nor his supposed deep, dysfunctional connection to his mom come across as organic aspects of his character. Perhaps that’s because of the film’s unwieldy dual-narrative structure, which alternates between scenes of J.D.’s childhood and adolescence and ones of his adulthood. The parallels never clearly emerge. Or perhaps the problem is Vanessa Taylor’s screenplay, which keeps the characters at the level of stereotype. Bev can’t seem to go anywhere or do anything without lurching off into the realm of chaos, but why is she so full of rage? A single flashback to violence in her childhood, played for lurid thrills, doesn’t do much to illuminate the character. No one in the movie ever mentions mental illness, as if “hillbillies” had no acquaintance with such concepts. Watching the movie, you might also think that no one in the audience is expected to have an everyday acquaintance with people who look or talk like Bev and Mamaw. They’re presented to us like figures in a museum diorama, unsung Americans to be elegized for their pride and toughness

and pitied for their failure to adapt to modern life. To this resident of a rural state, that kidgloves approach just seems weird. If movies are going to depict the reality of class in America — and they should! — then they need to acknowledge that “hillbillies” live in the same dynamic, ever-changing world as so-called “elites,” and that there are plenty of gradations in between.

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• Frozen River (2008, rentable): Shot in the Plattsburgh, N.Y., area, Courtney Hunt’s indie drama about a low-income mom who turns to cross-border smuggling to make ends meet gave Melissa Leo the role of a lifetime. Unlike Adams’ Bev, her angry character feels lived-in and real. • Winter’s Bone (2010; Kanopy, Cinemax, rentable): Jennifer Lawrence was arguably at her best as an Ozarks teenager supporting her younger siblings and searching for her disreputable dad in this drama that doesn’t condescend to its “hillbilly” characters. • The Florida Project (2017; Netflix, rentable): Sean Baker’s drama about a 6-year-old girl and her unstable mom living in a seedy Orlando motel dares viewers to condemn its characters as the “undeserving” poor. Whether you judge them or not, their vitality comes through loud and clear. MARGO T HARRI S O N


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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C11064 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On November 16, 2020, O’Brien Family Limited Liability Company; O’Brien Home Farm LLC; and O’Brien Brothers, LLC, 1855 Williston Road, South Burlington, VT 05403

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No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before December 18, 2020, 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

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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #300021-9 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On August 21, 2020, Falcon Property Management Partners, L.P., 239 South Union Street, Burlington, VT 05401 filed application number 300021-9 for

The District 4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51— Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb. vermont.gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “300021-9.”

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a project generally described as relocation of three mobile home units in the Riverview Mobile Home Park to along Meadow Lane and the extension of existing water and wastewater service to the relocated units. The project is located on River Road in Richmond and Jericho, Vermont. The application was deemed complete on November 16, 2020 after the receipt of supplemental evidence.

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filed application number 4C1106-4 for a project generally described as (a) the subdivision of existing Lot 16 (7.23 acres) into new Lot 16 (6.72 acres) and new Lot 18 (0.51 acres) and (b) the subdivision of existing Lot 1 (8.20 acres), existing Lot 2 (5.50 acres) and existing Lot 3 (64.51 acres) into new Lot 1 (8.61 acres), new Lot 2 (6.19 acres), new Lot 3 (13.96 acres), new Lot 4 (12.16 acres) and new Lot 5 (37.29 acres). The project is located to the east and west of Old Farm Road in South Burlington, Vermont. The District 4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51— Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb. vermont.gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C1106-4.” No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before December 16, 2020, 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. If you feel that any of

the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the District Coordinator as soon as possible, and by no later than December 16, 2020. If you have a disability for which you need accommodation in order to participate in this process (including participating in a public hearing, if one is held), please notify us as soon as possible, in order to allow us as much time as possible to accommodate your needs. Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent that they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the Act 250 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 23rd day of November, 2020. By: /s/Rachel Lomonaco Rachel Lomonaco, District Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5658 Rachel.Lomonaco@ vermont.gov

ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C1331 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On September 17, 2020, Underhill Rod and Gun Club, PO Box 23, Westford, VT 05494 filed application number 4C1331 for a project generally described as after-the-fact construction and renovation of a clubhouse. The project is located at 37 Buchanan Lane in Westford, Vermont. The application was deemed complete on November 19, 2020 after the submission of supplemental evidence. The District 4 Environmental Commission is reviewing this application under Act 250 Rule 51—Minor Applications. A copy of the application and proposed permit are

available for review at the office listed below. The application and a draft permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (http://nrb. vermont.gov) by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C1331.” No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before December 18, 2020, 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. If you feel that any of the District Commission members listed on the attached Certificate of Service under “For Your Information” may have a conflict of interest, or if there is any other reason a member should be disqualified from sitting on this case, please contact the District Coordinator as soon as possible, and by no later than December 18, 2020. If you have a disability for which you need accommodation in order to participate in this process (including participating in a public hearing, if one is held), please notify us as soon as possible, in order to allow us as much time as possible to accommodate your needs. Parties entitled to participate are the


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NOTICE OF TAX SALE TOWN OF COLCHESTER The resident and nonresident owners, lien holders and mortgagees of lands in the Town of Colchester in the County of Chittenden are hereby notified that the taxes or delinquencies assessed by such Town remain, either in whole or in part, unpaid on the following described lands in such Town, to wit: Property Owner: Tonya Gabert (Love) with interest of Ditech Financial, LLC Property Address: 102 Canyon Estates Drive, Parcel ID # 22-048003-0000000. All and the same lands and premises conveyed to the said Tonya Gabert by Quitclaim Deed of Brian Gabert dated August 14, 2007 and recorded at Volume 594, Page 346, and by Warranty Deed of Benjamin C. Martin, II and Gail E. Martin to Brian Gabert and Tonya Gabert dated March 27, 2001 and recorded at Volume 346, Page 213. Ditech Financial, LLC’s interest is by Complaint for Foreclosure in the matter Ditech

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as shall be requisite to discharge such taxes with interest, costs and penalties, unless previously paid. Property owners, mortgagees, and lien holders may pay such taxes, interest, costs and penalties in full by cash or certified check made payable to the Town of Colchester. At tax sale, successful bidders must pay in full by cash or certified check. No other payments accepted. Any questions or inquiries regarding the above-referenced sale should be directed to the following address:

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Reference may be made to said deeds for a more particular description of said lands and premises, as the same appear in the Town Clerk’s Office of the Town of Colchester. So much of such lands will be sold at public auction at the Town of Colchester, 781 Blakely Road, Colchester, Vermont 05478, on the 14th day of January, 2021 at 10:30 a.m.,

That all persons are born equally free and independent, and have certain natural, inherent, and unalienable rights, amongst which are the enjoying and defending life and liberty, acquiring, possessing and protecting property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety; therefore no person born in this country, or brought from over sea, ought to be holden by law, to serve any person as a servant, slave or apprentice, after arriving to the age of twenty-one years, unless bound by the person’s own consent, after arriving to such age, or bound by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like slavery and indentured servitude in any form are prohibited.

Monaghan Safar Ducham PLLC, and the Town of Colchester give no opinion or certification as to the marketability of title to the above-referenced properties as held by the current owner/ taxpayer. Dated at Colchester,

Vermont, this 19th day of November, 2020. Julie Graeter, Collector of Delinquent Taxes Town of Colchester

PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF VERMONT. The 2019-2020 General Assembly proposed two amendments to the Constitution of the State of Vermont, and the upcoming 20212022 General Assembly must concur with each proposed amendment in order for it to be submitted to the voters for final approval. The proposed amendments are described as follows: Proposal 2 would amend the Vermont Constitution to clarify that slavery and indentured servitude in any form are prohibited. Article 1 of Chapter I of the Vermont Constitution would be amended to read: Article 1. [All persons born free; their natural rights; slavery and

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Wake Robin seeks a Maintenance person to join our staff. Our maintenance team utilizes a variety of technical skills to repair and maintain electrical, plumbing, security, and air quality systems throughout the facility and in resident homes. Qualified candidate will have well rounded maintenance skills and must have specific experience and/or training in HVAC systems, as well as a strong aptitude for computer-based operational systems. This is an opportunity to join a stable and talented team of individuals dedicated to doing good work, for great people, in a beautiful setting.

Howard Center is seeking a Shared Living Provider (SLP) for overnight support (8 pm - 8 am M-F, 4:30pm-8:30am weekends) of a creative adult with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities and co-occurring issues. The provider will serve as a role model and support in the areas of: independent living, social skills, and personal care. Provider will be expected to: exhibit positive and healthy social role modeling, provide oversight of residence, comply with program safety and medication protocols and guidelines, respond to client needs and utilize emergency services as necessary, and collaborate with teammates to design, implement and maintain individual client plans. Provider will live rent-free in a house in downtown Burlington.

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HUMAN RESOURCE DIRECTOR TOWN OF COLCHESTER, VERMONT

The Town of Colchester is seeking a Human Resource Director to provide the overall administration, coordination, evaluation and compliance of the Human Resource Department. The ideal candidate will act as a liaison for employee/employer issues and is a resource of all levels of employment, including staff and management. The ideal candidate will also have excellent communication skills and have the ability to provide sound advice on business and policy matters to the Town Manager.

SHARED LIVING PROVIDER Howard Center is seeking a Shared Living Provider for a woman in her 50s who enjoys crocheting, reading, writing, and watching TV. The ideal provider(s) will be female, or a couple with no children in the house. Pets are welcome. The provider needs to be able to provide 24-hour support in the home, as this individual has significant behavioral needs and cannot be left alone. The provider will work with a team of clinical staff to provide support.

Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Business Administration, or related field desired, or nine years of experience in the HR field. Hiring range is $68,265 -$78,770 depending on qualifications and experience, plus a competitive benefit package.

Compensation includes a tax-free annual stipend of $75,000, room and board payments, and a generous respite budget. For more information or to request an application, please contact Patrick Fraser at patfraser@howardcenter.org or 802-871-2902.

Submit application, cover letter, resume, and references to Sherry LaBarge, Human Resource Director at: slabarge@colchestervt.gov. For full job description visit: colchestervt.gov/321/ Human-Resources. Application deadline is 12/17/20. E.O.E.

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OPERATIONS ANALYST VEDA is looking to hire a full-time Operations Analyst based out of our Montpelier office (location is flexible). Due to COVID-19, this position is expected to be remote-based until sometime in 2021.

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This new position’s primary responsibilities are to support all loan servicing functions and work with management to develop and implement procedures and workflow solutions that result in optimal operating efficiencies. The position requires a solid understanding of VEDA’s programs and services, information technology, loan systems and processes. Other responsibilities include inputting and analyzing loan data; processing loan payments; preparing reports, reconciliations, and information dashboards; synthesizing data for, and responding to, inquiries from varied audiences. VEDA’s Operations Analyst will be a member of VEDA’s Operations team, working under the supervision of the Director of Servicing. This job has a wide variety of responsibilities and will reward the right candidate with a breadth of experience within a non-profit, mission-oriented workplace.

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When you work for the State of Vermont, you and your work matter. A career with the State puts you on a rich and rewarding professional path. You’ll find jobs in dozens of fields – not to mention an outstanding total compensation package.

PROJECT MANAGER, GLOBAL WARMING SOLUTION – MONTPELIER Lead the way in implementing Vermont’s Global Warming Solutions Act (GWSA)! We are seeking a Project Manager to support the Vermont Climate Council and manage the crossagency work needed to implement the GWSA. Candidates should have an advanced degree in an environmental, natural resources, economics, energy or public policy discipline with a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education, certification, and experience. For more information, contact Jane Modica at Jane.Modica@ vermont.gov. Department: Agency of Natural Resources. Location: Montpelier. Status: Full Time. Job ID #10560. Application Deadline: Open until filled.

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SHARED LIVING PROVIDER Howard Center is seeking a Shared Living Provider to provide a fulltime home to a social 16-year-old girl who likes animals and dancing. Ideal provider would be an excellent collaborator and have strong observation, interpersonal, and communication skills. This role requires a provider who is able to be engaging and compassionate while being able to establish routine/structure, provide consistent supervision, and follow a detailed support plan. Ideal applicant would have knowledge or experience related to mental health, developmental disabilities, and/or supporting teens. Compensation: $35,000 tax-free annual stipend and access to a generous respite budget. Interested applicants contact patfraser@howardcenter.org or call (802)871-2902.

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HELP DESK OPERATOR Union Bank, headquartered in Morrisville, Vermont and with offices throughout northern Vermont and New Hampshire, is seeking a Help Desk Operator for our Information Technology department. The Help Desk Operator is a key member of our IT team whose primary responsibility is to provide technical support for approximately 200 end-users. Essential tasks include excellent communication skills, a keen ability to troubleshoot and resolve technical problems, and providing software support in a LAN/WAN environment. Additional responsibilities include maintaining the help desk ticket system, knowledgebase creation, computer training, and assisting with ongoing network administration and other Information Technology operations as needed. Position requirements include proficiency in Windows, MS Office, and a basic understanding of computer networks and the ability to learn additional software and hardware is required. Experience with IBM iSeries operating systems is a plus. Computer certification and/or one to three years of related experience is preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills, the ability to work independently, and a high degree of trust and integrity is essential. This position is located at our Morrisville corporate office. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Union Bank offers a comprehensive benefits program including 3 medical plan and 2 dental plan options, 401(k) retirement plan with a generous company match, fully paid life and disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and technology education opportunities. To be considered for this position, please submit a cover letter, resume, references and salary requirements to:

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CVOEO has an exciting opportunity to help individuals who are most in need. We are currently running one of the largest homeless shelters in the State of Vermont at the Holiday Inn in South Burlington. Currently we have 136 guests and an amazing team of people working with them to find housing, employment and other social and health supports. Hotel Housing Advocates will assist individuals who are experiencing homelessness and who have low income to find or maintain suitable housing, including advocating for clients with local social service agencies organizations, landlords, and funding sources. Overnight week and weekend hours may be required. Successful applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree and 2 years’ relevant experience, the ability to work with diverse populations, and excellent verbal and communication skills. Bilingual abilities are a plus. Hotel Housing Advocates are temporary, 40 hour/week positions slated to run through June 30, 2021. Pay starts at $33.66/ hour. To learn more, please visit cvoeo.org/careers. To apply please submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to: HIHousing@cvoeo.org. The review of applications begins immediately and will continue until qualified candidates are found.

The Town of Hinesburg, Vermont (population 4,600) is seeking candidates for the position of its first town manager pending a vote by Hinesburg voters in March of 2021. If the vote does not support a town manager, the position will remain a Town Administrator. Hinesburg currently has a Town Selectboard/strong Town Administrator form of government, and has a municipal budget of $4.2 million with 23 FT and PT municipal employees. Known for its engaged community, rural character, recreation opportunities, working landscape and green space, waterways (Lake Iroquois, etc.), vibrant village and a mix of industry and commerce, the town has the largest union high school enrollment in Vermont. With a great location in the Green Mountain foothills near Lake Champlain and access to Vermont’s largest city (Burlington, Chittenden County), Hinesburg is poised to grow significantly.

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ies. More than any other sign of the zodiac, you Rams want to be yourself, to inhabit your experience purely and completely — not see yourself from the perspective of outside observers. Now is a good time to emphasize this specialty.

SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21):

“Pictures of perfection, as you know, make me sick and wicked,” observed Sagittarian author Jane Austen. She wrote this confession in a letter to her niece, Fanny, whose boyfriend thought that the women characters in Jane’s novels were too naughty. In the coming weeks, I encourage you Sagittarians to regard pictures of perfection with a similar disdain. To accomplish all the brisk innovations you have a mandate to generate, you must cultivate a deep respect for the messiness of creativity; you must understand that your dynamic imagination needs room to experiment with possibilities that may at first appear disorderly. For inspiration, keep in mind this quote from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich: “Well-behaved women seldom make history.”

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(March 21-April 19): An anonymous blogger on Tumblr writes the following: “What I’d really like is for someone to objectively watch me for a week and then sit down with me for a few hours and explain to me what I am like and how I look to others and what my personality is in detail and how I need to improve. Where do I sign up for that?” I can assure you that the person who composed this message is not an Ar-

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): “Humans like to be scared,” declares author Cathy Bell. “We love the wicked witch’s cackle, the wolf’s hot breath, and the old lady who eats children, because sometimes, when the scary is over, all we remember is the magic.” I suppose that what she says is a tiny bit true. But there are also many ways to access the magic that don’t require encounters with dread. And that’s exactly what I predict for you in the coming weeks, Taurus: marvelous experiences — including catharses, epiphanies and breakthroughs — that are neither spurred by fear nor infused with it. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In 1994, the ani-

mated movie The Lion King told the story of the difficult journey made by a young lion as he struggled to claim his destiny as rightful king. A remake of the film appeared in 2019. During the intervening 25 years, the number of real lions living in nature declined dramatically. There are now just 20,000. Why am I telling you such bad news? I hope to inspire you to make 2021 a year when you will resist trends like this. Your assignment is to nurture and foster wildness in every way that’s meaningful for you — whether that means helping to preserve habitats of animals in danger of extinction or feeding and championing the wildness inside you and those you care about. Get started!

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Is there anyone whose forgiveness you would like to have? Is there anyone to whom you should make atonement? Now is a favorable phase to initiate such actions. In a related subject, would you benefit from forgiving a certain person whom you feel wronged you? Might there be healing for you in asking that person to make amends? The coming weeks will provide the best opportunity you have had in a long time to seek these changes. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Scientists know that the Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down — but at the very slow rate of two milliseconds

every 100 years. What that means is that 200 million years from now, one day will last 25 hours. Think of how much more we humans will be able to get done with an extra hour every day! I suspect you may get a preview of this effect in the coming weeks, Leo. You’ll be extra efficient. You’ll be focused and intense in a relaxing way. Not only that: You will also be extra appreciative of the monumental privilege of being alive. As a result, you will seem to have more of the precious luxury of time.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Adventurer Tim Peck says there are three kinds of fun. The first is pure pleasure, enjoyed in full as it’s happening. The second kind of fun feels challenging when it’s under way but interesting and meaningful in retrospect. Examples are giving birth to a baby or taking an arduous hike uphill through deep snow. The third variety is no fun at all. It’s irksome while you’re doing it and equally disagreeable as you think about it later. Now I’ll propose a fourth type of fun, which I suspect you’ll specialize in during the coming weeks. It’s rather boring or tedious or nondescript while it’s going on, but in retrospect you are very glad you did it. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “I made the wrong mistakes,” said Libran composer and jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. He had just completed an improvisatory performance he wasn’t satisfied with. On countless other occasions, however, he made the right mistakes. The unexpected notes and tempo shifts he tried often resulted in music that pleased him. I hope that in the coming weeks you make a clear demarcation between wrong mistakes and right mistakes, dear Libra. The latter could help bring about just the transformations you need. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): “Home is not where you were born,” writes Naguib Mahfouz. “Home is where all your attempts to escape cease.” I propose we make that one of your mottoes for the next 12 months, Scorpio. According to my astrological analysis, you will receive all the inspiration and support you need as you strive to be at peace with exactly who you are. You’ll feel an ever-diminishing urge to wish you were doing something else besides what you’re

actually doing. You’ll be less and less tempted to believe your destiny lies elsewhere, with different companions and different adventures. To your growing satisfaction, you will refrain from trying to flee from the gifts that have been given you, and you will instead accept the gifts just as they are. And it all starts now.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Capricorn novelist Anne Brontë (1820-1849) said, “Smiles and tears are so alike with me, they are neither of them confined to any particular feelings: I often cry when I am happy, and smile when I am sad.” I suspect you could have experiences like hers in the coming weeks. I bet you’ll feel a welter of unique and unfamiliar emotions. Some of them may seem paradoxical or mysterious, although I think they’ll all be interesting and catalytic. I suggest you welcome them and allow them to teach you new secrets about your deep self and the mysterious nature of your life. AQUARIUS

(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Aquarian philosopher Simone Weil formulated resolutions so as to avoid undermining herself. First, she vowed she would only deal with difficulties that actually confronted her, not far-off or hypothetical problems. Second, she would allow herself to feel only those feelings that were needed to inspire her and make her take effective action. All other feelings were to be shed, including imaginary feelings — that is, those not rooted in any real, objective situation. Third, she vowed, she would “never react to evil in such a way as to augment it.” Dear Aquarius, I think all of these resolutions would be very useful for you to adopt in the coming weeks.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): In June 2019, the young Piscean singer Justin Bieber addressed a tweet to 56-year-old actor Tom Cruise, challenging him to a mixed martial arts cage fight. “If you don’t take this fight,” said Bieber, “you will never live it down.” A few days later, Bieber retracted his dare, confessing that Cruise “would probably whoop my ass in a fight.” If Bieber had waited until December 2020 to make his proposal, he might have had more confidence to follow through — and he might also have been better able to whoop Cruise’s ass. You Pisceans are currently at the peak of your power and prowess.

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Dear Reverend,

Spending so much time at home during lockdown has caused me to go on a decluttering kick. I came across a big box full of photo albums that belonged to my deceased parents — mostly scenic photographs from trips they took. I don’t really want to keep them, but I can’t bring myself to throw them away. What should I do with them?

Shutterbugged (FEMALE, 51)

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Dear Shutterbugged,

I’m ridiculously sentimental, so I feel your pain. Here’s what I would do. Look through the albums and take out any photos of your parents that you want to keep. Take another fast pass through them and pull out anything that grabs your heart. Don’t think about it too hard, or you’ll get bogged down. Put everything into one album as documentation of your parents’ adventures. As for the remaining photos, is there anyone in your family who might be interested in them? Know anybody who does collage? If not, send those albums on

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WHITE ACURA To the white Acura almost every morning I’m heading north and you are heading south: Would be nice to catch up sometime. You have been spied. When: Monday, October 19, 2020. Where: Route ???. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915165 HARDWICK GAS STATION, SUNDAY 10/11 You were a lovely blond woman. I asked you if I had cut in front of you in line. You were nice and said “no,” and we smiled outside again outside. I wish I had said more but would like a rain check. You drove off in your Subaru while I leaned up against my car. When: Sunday, October 11, 2020. Where: Hardwick convenience store. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915164 LADY153 ISPYW/MYLTLI We seem to have a lot in common. Please let me know what your thoughts are. I have a few thoughts and ideas. Would love to discuss them with you. When: Sunday, October 4, 2020. Where: Seven Days. You: Woman. Me: Man. #915158

their own adventure and donate them to a thrift store. They might just turn into the treasure someone didn’t know they were looking for. I’m fairly certain those who have gone on to the other side are no longer concerned with the worldly goods they’ve left behind. They’ve got more important things to do. Hang on to anything that holds special memories for you. If the only reason you’re keeping something is because it belonged to someone who passed, it’s time for it to go. You won’t be hurting their feelings. Good luck and God bless,

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