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Seven Days Rolls Out Many people predicted that Vermont would be the first in New England to legalize marijuana. But Maine and Massachusetts beat us to it. Last year, voters in both states approved measures to allow recreational use of cannabis products. They’re also legal in Oregon, Washington State, Colorado, Nevada, Alaska, California and Washington, D.C. In all of those locations, public referenda decided the question. In Vermont, only the legislature can change the laws related to a substance the feds still classify as illegal. There have been studies and votes, calculations and considerations since state lawmakers green-lighted medical marijuana in 2004. Long and involved as the process has been, many local observers believe pot legalization is inevitable. In anticipation, Seven Days has created Cannabeat, a section of our website devoted to news and feature stories about the budding industry — from legislative coverage to a glossary of terms such as kief, sativa, shatter and trim.

Look for in-depth articles along the lines of this week’s cover story on “Dr. Bob” Melamede and our marijuana-focused legislative preview by Terri Hallenbeck, who, as a Statehouse reporter, covered the issue for years. The micro-site also includes answers to your burning questions about what’s legal in Vermont now. The local market for products containing cannabidiol is exploding with CBD-infused food, drinks and salves made from the hemp-derived compound. Wondering how we got to the current state of affairs? Check out the nifty timeline we’ve put together, dating back to 2002. And don’t expect any cheerleading — just fact-based reporting. Our goal is to explore the impacts of marijuana on the state. We’ll tell you what’s happening — and why it matters. Questions, comments or story ideas? We’d love to hear them! Email us at And make sure to visit


An inmate locked up in Newport scaled two fences to bust out of prison but was captured on the grounds, according to police reports. Not the greatest escape.


Vermont is the first — and only — state to recognize Ultimate, the Frisbee game with passing and scoring, as a high school varsity sport. Next up: competitive sugaring?


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1. “Former Vermont State Senator Ed Flanagan Dies” by Terri Hallenbeck. Flanagan served from 2005 to 2011, and he was state auditor for eight years before that. 2. “Hong’s Chinese Dumplings Temporarily Closed” by Sally Pollak. The restaurant shut down unexpectedly to sort out several problems, including a faulty payment system. 3. “Carina Driscoll, Bernie Sanders’ Stepdaughter, Considering a Run for Burlington Mayor” by Katie Jickling. Driscoll might run against incumbent Mayor Miro Weinberger in the upcoming March 2018 mayoral election. 4. “City Councilor Quits Job to Vote on Burlington Telecom Sale” by Katie Jickling. Councilor Karen Paul had a work-related conflict preventing her from voting on the sale — so she quit her job. 5. “Scott: Vermont Outages Could Last Days, More Damage Possible” by Mark Davis. Last week’s windstorm left one-third of Vermonters without power, according to Gov. Phil Scott.

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Moosehead, which has used its logo since 1931 and describes itself as “the last major brewery in Canada owned by Canadians,” demands that Hop’n Moose owner Dale Patterson cease using a moose logo and even give up the brand’s domain name, first reported on the federal lawsuit, filed October 30 in Vermont District Court. Patterson, reached by phone Monday, said he had no idea Moosehead filed suit and said he had not been served. The Québec native and former University of Vermont hockey player said his family has long hunted moose, inspiring the name and logo for



Canadian beer maker has sued a Vermont craft brewery that it claims infringed on its trademarked logo: a moose head. The aptly named Moosehead Breweries, headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick, alleges that Hop’n Moose Brewing, an establishment on Center Street in Rutland, uses such a similar image on its beer labels “as to create a likelihood of confusion” for consumers.





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[Re “Fifty Years, 13,450 Students and 5,000 Interviews: UVM’s Garrison Nelson Calls It a Career,” October 18]: Garrison Nelson was one of the best professors, even at the outset of his career in the ’70s. I’m a 1975 psych grad, but he was as responsible as anyone for my trajectory into law and the political sphere, showing the fascinating intersections between psychology and politics. I am just one of the 13,450 and nothing special among his students, but I do hope that others, unlike me, have taken time to thank Nelson for helping many of us develop a curiosity about the way things work. Michael Macleod-Ball



Here’s a clue for the University of Vermont moonbats intent on stifling all free speech on campus [“Overheard Call Spawns a Court Case — and a Campus Free Speech Test,” November 1]: Back off, why don’t you?


Strange as it may seem to pimplyfaced hordes of do-gooder pubescents, my heroes as a kid were Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr. and Muhammad Ali; my favorite teacher was black, as was my boss after school; and musicians like Jimi Hendrix blew our minds. I distinctly remember MLK saying that even though we are commanded to “love one another, we need not like one another,” and saying something stupid like “the only good Indian is a dead Indian” (U.S. general Phil Sheridan) means you are a bigot but doesn’t mean you have committed a crime! It doesn’t mean you are going to kill “Indians” or that you intend to harm any, either, and saying you disdain other races or detest diversity or inclusion doesn’t constitute a hate crime — a stupid statute, as any real violent crime is, in itself, an act of hate. Isn’t it? Whatever happened to the old saw “I may disagree with everything you say but would defend to the death your right to say it”? True free speech means allowing the ignorant, the bigoted and the truly detestable the right to speak their minds and allows one to identify them for who they are as “ye shall know the tree by the fruit it bears.” Get over it. The world is full of a diversity of views, and it has no “safe spaces” to hide one’s mind like you’re trying to do on campuses everywhere. Anything less is a descent into Orwellian mind control. Steve Merrill








Thank you for shining a spotlight on one of the special souls of Burlington: Matthew Minor [“Creature of Habit,” November 1]. We are one of the many families with whom Matthew has worked. He helped care for our daughter from when she was 3 months old until she R EU OD started kindergarten, and we CE-BR feel so lucky to have had Matthew as part of our family. From his strolls around town with our baby in a sling to making Radio Bean a neighborhood café for people of Ed Flanagan all ages, Matthew made our first few years of parenting more fun and musical, as he would often arrive playing one of his many mentioned instruments. Christina Erickson & John Marius BURLINGTON


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Shame on you, Seven Days, for minimizing a life of extraordinary public service to a single incident related to a chronic condition known as traumatic brain injury [Off Message: “Former Vermont State Senator Ed Flanagan Dies,” November 3]. Why did you feel it necessary to mention this? Read the Valley News for an example of how it should be done. Maria Senftleber BURLINGTON

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Gov. Scott’s Vermont Climate Action Commission has just one month remaining for its three climate recommendations [“Vermont Climate Panel Has Three Months to Land Three Ideas,” August 16]. I’m writing in strong support of carbon pricing, so that those businesses that profit from fossil fuels also bear some of the burden represented by the use of fossil fuels. Regarding an affordable and healthy Vermont, the fact is that a clean environment was once something that everyone could take for granted — for “free.” But it is no longer free. A clean environment is expensive, unfortunately. It does not make sense for the costs to fall to residents who live near pollution caused by outmoded technology and outdated sources of energy. Fossil fuels involve a large cost to the environment and to our health. Addressing the effects of releasing the carbon from fossil fuels is increasingly expensive. Someone will pay for the effects of carbon pollution. Allowing the gas and oil industries to continue operating without taking responsibility for the effects of carbon from their products equals an investment in those companies, as the costs then fall to others while the profits stay with the polluters. Many of us in Vermont want to use affordable, clean energy. Technologies and businesses that support this direction are the ones that need and deserve investment. They answer the growing market demands of the future. Please support clean, affordable energy that reduces our use of carbon. Support the health of the

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Data Pool Data can be used for good — or not so good, as recent news about Russian social-media ads in the last presidential election makes clear. Jeff Chester of the Center for Digital Democracy in Washington, D.C., educates listeners on the pitfalls of a datadriven society and how to take action in his talk, “Big Data, Politics and the 2020 Election,” at Burlington City Hall Auditorium. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 54




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he revelations landed like a bomb in Democratic Party circles last Thursday. Spicy excerpts from a new memoir by former Democratic National Committee chair DONNA BRAZILE included allegations that the 2016 primary was “rigged” against Sen. BERNIE SANDERS (I-Vt.) and that the HILLARY CLINTON campaign had effectively seized control of the party. Lauren Andrews, RN | Clinical Aromatherapist There’s been some blowback since 8 State Street • Montpelier, 802-793-6619 then. Senior Clinton campaign ficials wrote a letter saying they “do not recognize the campaign portrayed in the book.” And Brazile herself, in a 12V-Aromeda110817.indd 1 11/6/17 6:39 PM Sunday appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” acknowledged that she had no proof the process was rigged. But wherever the truth may lie, the memoir underscores a profound reality facing the party: Many Sanders supporters are convinced that the charges are true. And that perception is a huge problem for the national party and for Vermont Democrats. “There are a lot of folks who believe the DNC backed Clinton,” acknowledges Vermont Democratic Party chair FAISAL GILL. “This [book] verifies their belief.” “The wounds of 2016 are nowhere close to healing yet,” says TERJE ANDERSON, who supported Sanders’ presidential bid and now serves as one of Vermont’s DNC members. BILLI GOSH, a member of the Vermont party’s executive committee, was on the DNC for 12 years before stepping down in 2016. She clearly respects Brazile but is puzzled by the timing of the book. “What motivated her to do this?” she asks. “The book is coming out the day of the Virginia governor’s race. This will have an effect on the race; some people may decide not to vote. That really concerns me.” As if to validate these concerns, Sanders’ advocacy group, Our Revolution, immediately sought to capitalize on the Brazile excerpts. It sent an email blast claiming that the book is Breakfast proof that the process was rigged and Lunch urging recipients to, you guessed it, Dinner make a donation to bolster its fight for Take Out representation in the party. Top Vermont Dems take pains to distance themselves from the national party in terms of inclusiveness. “We’re in Bernie-land,” says Anderson. “We’ve got good relationships with Bernie and his people … We’re more progressive; we’re 175 Church St, Burlington, VT more for Bernie.” 12 FAIR GAME


Perhaps. But the party has an uneasy relationship with Sanders and with the Progressive Party. And new groups such as Rights & Democracy, Indivisible and Our Revolution are pushing the party to the left — while there are still a lot of moderate Dems who feel at home in the center. State party leaders hope that Brazile’s book will serve as a dose of castor oil for an ailing organization. “The party needs a makeover,” says Gosh. “They need a complete self-examination of 2016. They’re sidestepping it. They need to meet it head-on, have a really serious, honest exchange about what went wrong and how we prevent it from happening again.”



That’s going to be a long, hard slog. And if Gosh is worried about the impact on this week’s Virginia election, what about the Dems’ fight to gain ground in Congress in 2018, not to mention the presidential election in 2020? Sen. ELIZABETH WARREN (D-Mass.), a Sanders ally and possible presidential candidate, seized on Brazile’s writing as proof that the 2016 process was unfair. There’s no better way to whip up the troops than to wave the bloody flag. Sooner or later, the “Sanders wing” of the party will have to choose between confrontation and accommodation. And the Democratic Party will have to do whatever it can to make accommodation the most appealing option.

Musical Chairs, Part One On the eve of Vermont’s 2016 presidential primary, then-lieutenant governor PHIL SCOTT issued a firm rebuke of DONALD TRUMP, without mentioning the candidate by name. In an email to supporters, the Republican wrote, “I cannot support someone who exploits fear for political gain, mocks people with disabilities, attacks journalists who ask difficult questions, [or] makes sexist, racist and other hateful comments.”

The next day, Vermont’s Republican voters ignored Scott’s pleadings and gave Trump a narrow victory. On Saturday, Scott’s advice again fell on deaf ears. At an organizational meeting in Montpelier, Republican delegates elected Trump supporter DEB BILLADO of Essex Junction as state party chair over Scott’s choice, MIKE DONOHUE of Shelburne. And Scott’s advocacy went beyond adding his name to an endorsement list; he formally seconded Donohue’s nomination with a speech from the podium. How often does a state party ignore the wishes of its own sitting governor? Clearly, Trump was not the only factor. Billado is a longtime party activist fresh off two years as Chittenden County GOP chair, while Donohue has been a full-time Vermonter since only last year. But it’s difficult to ignore Billado’s support for Trump. In her written statement to party delegates, she boasted of introducing Trump at his January 2016 rally in Burlington’s Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. On Monday, she told Seven Days her role at the Flynn has been “a little overstated. I also introduced [Ohio Gov.] JOHN KASICH when he was here. My role was to introduce any candidate who came to Chittenden County.” Well, she was the one who touted the Trump intro in her delegate pitch — and never mentioned Kasich. Gov. Scott has continued to be critical of Trump. And while many conservatives appreciate Scott’s electoral success, they find his moderate brand of Republicanism too squishy for their taste. Donohue, who supported Kasich in 2016, acknowledged that his own defeat was due, at least in part, to Republican tensions. “There are divisions within the party nationwide, and certainly here, stemming from the election last year,” he said in an interview after the VTGOP meeting. “It’s understandable when people who strongly supported a presidential candidate … carry that into their selection of party leaders.” In an email interview, Scott downplayed any talk of division. “Vermont’s Republican Party is a big tent with wide-ranging perspectives,” he wrote, “but I believe at its heart the Vermont Republican Party is focused on the affordability challenges Vermonters face and is committed to working to grow Vermont’s economy and protecting the vulnerable.” Scott advocated for “focusing on areas of common ground.”


Billado has suggested creating a “‘contract with Vermont,’ a real set of promises to Vermonters that we can and will keep.” That drew an enthusiastic response at the VTGOP meeting, but Scott threw cold water on the concept. “It never hurts to write down priorities,” he wrote, “but I don’t think we should tell legislators, candidates for office or other elected officials what they can, or can’t, support or propose — people should speak their mind and vote their conscience.” And, really, it’s hard to imagine a contract that would be agreeable to both Scott and his party’s ever-Trumpers.

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Whenever SCOTT WATERMAN’S face appeared on television, it usually meant something awful had happened: a fatal crash, a natural disaster, a high-profile crime. As spokesman for the Vermont State Police, he was often the bearer of bad news But no longer. Waterman left the state police on Monday. Next week, he starts a new job as director of communications and policy adviser for the state Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets. “The position is a career advancement for me,” Waterman explained in an email. “The position offers the opportunity to contribute to policy decisions at the agency.” The new job should also bring more predictable hours, yes? “It was quite rewarding to assist VSP during high-stress situations,” he wrote. “I’ll miss that important role. But I am looking forward to my phone ringing a little less often.” Not to mention, he will no longer be the public face of disaster. m


Meanwhile, it looks like Vermont Democrats may soon have a new party chair. Gill, of Winooski, has been interim chair since March, when he was chosen to replace DOTTIE DEANS. At the time, Gill said he would run for a full term — but now he’s having second thoughts. “I am still going over it,” he says. “I’m figuring out what I want to do. I’ve run for office before; that’s what I’m more interested in.” Gill was a candidate for state Senate in 2016; he finished eighth in a race for six nominations in the Chittenden County district. Even as the incumbent has yet to decide, another candidate has emerged: Anderson, the DNC member, who lives in Montgomery. Anderson was a key Democratic figure in the 1980s and ’90s, serving three terms as a member of the DNC. He was also a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS as the first executive director of Vermont CARES, a support organization for those affected by the disease. He left Vermont in 1997 to do advocacy work elsewhere; when he returned in 2006 he didn’t reenter the political scene. “I jumped back into politics in 2015 with the Sanders campaign,” Anderson wrote in his statement of candidacy. He was a Sanders volunteer in several states and served on the campaign’s LGBTQ steering committee. In 2016, he was chosen to fill one of Vermont’s seats on the DNC. In September, Anderson became chair of a state party committee tasked with recharging its run-down financial reserves. “We’re reevaluating fundraising,” he told me. “We have to get small donors to become active again. We were seeing $600 a month in small donations; that’s now doubled, but it’s not enough.”


Musical Chairs, Part Two

It may be that the party’s dire financial straits played a part in Gill’s rethinking process. The Dems’ coffers have been depleted since spending big on the 2016 campaign; in September, Gill called for a fresh approach to fundraising — after six months as chair of a cash-poor organization. That seems a bit belated. In mid-September, the party had to delay issuing checks for its staff by four days. It barely made the end-of-month payroll. As of September 30, the end of its most recent reporting period, the party had a little more than $8,000 in cash on hand — but also had outstanding obligations of $8,700. Not good. The Dems have a big fundraiser on Thursday evening that will feature U.S. Rep. KEITH ELLISON (D-Minn.), deputy chair of the national party and one of the most prominent backers of Sanders’ presidential bid. The event should generate some muchneeded cash, but the party still faces a struggle to improve its finances. It will be interesting to see how Ellison addresses the Brazile memoir, if he does at all. He was Sanders’ choice to be DNC chair; after he lost, he was given the deputy position as a consolation prize. Will he echo the allegations of a rigged process or defend the party he now serves? Gill says he won’t make a decision on running for party chair until after Ellison’s visit. The state party will hold its organizational meeting on Saturday, November 18.


Vermont Legislature Poised to Approve Legal Weed in 2018




and budgetary concerns are adequately addressed.” There’s little doubt, though, that the debate has tilted in favor of legalization. “It’s more socially acceptable to say you’re for this,” said Eli Harrington, cofounder of Heady Vermont, a legalization advocacy organization. “The tenor of the conversation has become more open.” After years of debating medical marijuana, decriminalization and various forms of legalization, more legislators have grown comfortable discussing legal use of pot. In addition, voter initiatives in other states have normalized legalization. Voters in eight states, starting with Colorado in 2012, have legalized possession and sale of marijuana. Last year, voters in Massachusetts and Maine brought legalization to Vermont’s doorstep. Possession is lawful in both of these neighboring states, which are expected to authorize the opening of pot shops in July. Rep. Maxine Grad (D-Moretown), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, said she talked with legislators from some of those states at a legislative conference over the summer. Learning about the rules they have adopted to implement legalization has made her more confident about Vermont tackling the same issues, she said. Grad noted that, in Maine, lawmakers rejected an effort to set a numeric legal limit for driving under the influence of marijuana, deeming the level untrustworthy. Instead, the legislature increased funding for police drugrecognition training. She said she might advocate for doing the same in Vermont. Just a year ago, Grad was unwilling to go along with legal possession. Her turnaround mirrors those of House colleagues who have steadily grown more used to the idea. LUKE EASTMAN


ettors could prudently put their money on this prediction: Effective July 1, possession of up to an ounce of marijuana will be legal for adults in Vermont. After two years of dramatic legislative twists and turns over whether to make marijuana legal, all inJUL Vermont Legalization Celebration dications are that this proposal 2018 Public • Hosted by Vermont is headed for passage in 2018. When legislators wrapped Vermont invited you up their session in June, the last bit of unfinished business on their agenda was H.511, a bill that would legalize adult possession of marijuana starting in July 2018. That bill will still be on the House calendar when legislators return to Montpelier in January, an immediate reminder that the long-debated issue has not gone away. Passage isn’t certain, of course. said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson Opponents will continue to press their (D-South Hero). case that legal weed will harm young Her statement is revealing. House people and increase the number of members stymied Senate efforts to legalstoned drivers. ize marijuana before coalescing around The House — long reluctant to em- the possession-only bill late in this year’s brace legalization — could send the bill legislative session. But Johnson, who has back to committee to mull its options. long been lukewarm at best to legalizaGov. Phil Scott, who vetoed legal- tion, offered no hint of hesitation about ization legislation in May, could find a the future in an interview last month. reason to yank his support of this revised “The majority of the House is ready,” version as he awaits recommendations she said. from a commission he appointed to Scott told Seven Days that if lawmakers study the topic. adhere to a compromise reached in June, Or a Senate that is eager for full he fully intends to sign the bill next year. taxed-and-regulated possession and sale Based on Scott’s concerns, lawmakers of marijuana could decide to push for agreed to stiffen penalties for providing that in 2018, jeopardizing Scott’s sup- marijuana to youths and for driving with port in the process. kids in the car while high on marijuana. But it very much looks like both Scott pledged that he has no plans to chambers of the legislature and the renege on promises to sign such a bill. “It governor are ready to stick to this year’s depends on the details, but I said before tenuous agreement to legalize posses- I would sign something of that nature,” sion of up to an ounce of pot, as well as he said. cultivation of two mature and four imAnd the Senate — in which a majority mature plants. of members would prefer to legalize, tax “The House will act on something and regulate marijuana sales — appears this [coming] year — I suspect quickly,” willing to settle for legalizing possession in 2018 as a starting point. Follow stories this on... Follow stories like like this on... “Hopefully, within a year, we would have a tax-and-regulate system,” said Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Despite those assurances from key leaders, opponents are not ready to cede defeat.

“I don’t see it as inevitable,” said Kevin Ellis, a Statehouse lobbyist who represents a coalition of opponents called Smart Approaches to Marijuana Vermont. “Someone is going to have to say, ‘This is how much we’re going to spend on education and prevention,’ and that money has to come from somewhere … I don’t know where they’re going to get the money.” Ellis said opponents, including health professionals and school counselors, will continue to argue that legalization will encourage more young people to consume marijuana, which poses scientifically identified risks to the development of their brains. SAM-VT won’t be alone in its opposition, as Vermont police agencies and municipal leaders are poised to voice worries about public safety. The Vermont League of Cities & Towns has agreed on a policy position for next year’s debate that says, “Marijuana should be legalized for recreational purposes only after public safety, public health, and local regulatory


If Vermont’s elected leaders legalize possession of marijuana next year, the state would be the first to do so through legislation rather than voter referendum. When voters in states with referendums are asked about legalization, they answer a simple yes-or-no question, leaving the details of how it will be enacted up to state officials. Vermont lawmakers have had to struggle through those details themselves, running into disagreements that pitted supporters against one another. Advocates of legalizing homegrown marijuana butted heads in recent years with those who pushed for allowing larger-volume retail sales. Those camps still have conflicting interests, Harrington said, but they are starting to work together.




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Vermont’s march toward legalization has involved many small steps: the approval of marijuana for medical purposes in 2004, the addition of medical marijuana dispensaries in 2011 and the decriminalization of marijuana possession in 2013. Legalization bills were introduced many times over the years only to languish. In 2016, the Senate voted to legalize and tax sales, but the House refused to pass the bill. Advocates faced further frustration that year: Democratic governor Peter Shumlin, a supporter who pledged to sign the legislation, retired; Scott, his Republican successor, said the time was not right for legalization. During the 2017 session, the House and Senate finally passed a compromise, voting to legalize personal possession and cultivation. Scott vetoed the bill, contending that it didn’t do enough to address youth drug-abuse prevention and roadway safety issues. Leading up to a one-day veto session in June, Scott agreed to a revised version. But the governor didn’t seek the support of his fellow Republicans in the House, which declined to allow a vote. That bill will be up for action January 4, the second day of the next legislation session. Johnson and Grad said they

have yet to decide whether the House will vote immediately or send the bill to committee for slight changes. But both agree that action on that bill or another like it will be taken early in the fourmonth session. Sen. Chris Pearson (P/DChittenden), who worked on decriminalization legislation before setting his sights on legalization, said the long debate has been healthy. “It’s been heartening to see the sniggering stop and people actually debating it for the issue that it is,” Pearson said. “It doesn’t bother me that it took time to unfold.” David Mickenberg, a Statehouse lobbyist who represents the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project, said that, each year, a greater number of lawmakers has concurred that prohibition of marijuana isn’t working. That has changed the tone of the debate, he said. “What that means is, people will be talking about marijuana in the context of it being in Vermont already and how can we talk about better protecting health and better protecting kids,” Mickenberg said. While all eyes are focused on passage of legal possession in 2018, advocates have made clear that they will push for more changes to follow, including taxed retail sales. Harrington said he plans to lobby next year for Vermont to establish cultivator licenses to allow state residents to legally grow marijuana for sale. But Harrington said those efforts would come only after passage of legal possession. Pressing the issue sooner, he said, could delay that first step or give Scott an excuse to again veto legalization. Scott, meanwhile, is hoping to delay adoption of taxed-and-regulated cultivation and sale until after his commission concludes its work. The panel is scheduled to make preliminary recommendations by November 15, 2017, but will not issue a final report until December 2018. Legalization supporters are wary that Scott will use the commission’s findings to scuttle full legalization. Sears said he is angling toward setting a firm 2019 deadline for full legalization. “I would like to see a commission established to actually implement tax-and-regulate by a certain date,” he said. But the 74-year-old lawmaker takes nothing for granted. Anticipating what his House counterparts will do with marijuana legislation has proven difficult in the past few years, he noted. “We continually hear, ‘We don’t have the votes,’ or, ‘Somebody’s out sick,’” he said. “It’s been very frustrating.” m


Questions Arise About Heroic Response to DCF Worker Shooting B Y M A R K D AV I S

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Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams




ashington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams stood on the floor of the Vermont Senate a year ago to accept a national award for heroism. In front of an audience that included Congressman Peter Welch (DVt.) and then-governor-elect Phil Scott, Williams received a Carnegie Hero Fund Commission medal for attempting to save the life of Department for Children and Families worker Lara Sobel, who was shot as she left her Barre office in August 2015. “He approached the assailant, shouting at her and attracting her attention,” the Carnegie award citation said. “When Williams reached the assailant, he grabbed the rifle from her, disabled it, and set it aside. He then kept himself between Sobel and the assailant, verbally engaging her. Others soon responded and secured the assailant, holding her until police arrived. Williams tended to Sobel, whose wounds were fatal.” The dramatic account mirrors media reports of Sobel’s murder by Jody Herring, who held Sobel responsible for the DCF taking custody of her 9-yearold daughter. But one crucial detail isn’t true, according to documents obtained and interviews conducted by Seven Days. Williams did not grab the rifle from Herring. She had thrown it to the ground and effectively surrendered before he reached her. Two witnesses who arrived moments after Williams — the “others” in Carnegie’s write-up — told Seven Days last week that they have long harbored doubts about the story that Williams grabbed the .270-caliber rifle from Herring. And Herring herself said in her confession that she dropped the rifle before Williams got to her. Even Williams, who has never publicly corrected the record, told police something else in August 2015 — more than a year before accepting the Carnegie medal. “I don’t remember stripping the gun from Jody. It is possible that I did that, but I don’t think I did,” Williams told Det. Sgt. Mark Potter during the investigation into Sobel’s killing, according to a transcript obtained by Seven Days. He later added, “I recognized that it was Lara, and I said, ‘Lara, you’re OK.’ Yeah, I didn’t take the gun away from her.” wIn an interview last week, Williams said that he couldn’t remember what happened in those moments.

LAW ENFORCEMENT “To this day, I don’t recall whether I grabbed the gun or whether the gun was on the ground,” said Williams, 53. “Even now, there’s this blank spot.” So where did the embellished narrative come from? Barre City Police Det. Hal Hayden filed an affidavit in Washington Superior Court three days after the shooting. It read: “Mr. Williams approached the scene and saw the victim lying on the ground and the accused still there with a rifle in her hand. I was informed that Mr. Williams managed to get the gun away

is handling the prosecution because Williams was involved in apprehending the suspect — a conflict of interest, since he can’t be a witness and a prosecutor in the same trial. Herring pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree murder and three counts of second-degree murder in July and faces life in prison. Hours after Herring killed Sobel, 48, police discovered that she had murdered three of her own family members — her aunt, Julie Falzarano, and cousins Regina Herring and Rhonda Herring — at a home in Berlin.


from the accused and with the help of bystanders was able to subdue the accused until police arrived.” Vermont media outlets, including Seven Days, published those details. The Vermont State Police said that the affidavit was a summary of what various officers had gleaned early in a busy investigation — and was filed by a Barre officer because that department had jurisdiction. The new revelation comes as the grisly case is scheduled to conclude. Herring, 43, will be sentenced next week in Washington Superior Court, a stone’s throw from the scene of the killing. The Vermont Attorney General’s Office

Williams, a former defense attorney who was elected state’s attorney in 2014, told Potter that, on the day of the shooting, he was working out in the RehabGYM, a short walk from his downtown Barre office, when he heard two “incredibly loud, very close gunshots.” He said he yelled for someone to call 911, dashed outside and found a woman he recognized as Sobel — he had known the veteran social worker for years — on the ground, with blood pooling around her. Williams heard someone say, “She shot her” and saw Herring. He recognized her, too — he had represented some of Herring’s family members when he was a private attorney, and he was

familiar with her ongoing issues with DCF. Two other men rushed toward Sobel: Gregory McNaughton — coincidentally a former Washington County state’s attorney — and his friend Andy Hockman. Both had been leaving nearby Jerry’s Sports Tavern and briefly ducked for cover behind parked vehicles when the rifle cracked. They hurried over to where Williams was with Herring and Sobel. Each grabbed one of Herring’s wrists while Williams tended to Sobel. In interviews with Seven Days, neither McNaughton nor Hockman had a clear memory of how the rifle came to be on the ground. Both said Herring was fully cooperative. She didn’t try to run and didn’t seem interested in harming anyone else. The two men said they have long been quietly skeptical of accounts that credit Williams with grabbing the weapon away. “I can only attest to what I saw, but I think it’s fair for me to say: Instinctively, I’ve questioned it,” McNaughton said. “I had personal misgivings as to whether that occurred.” Hockman said he has been bothered by another detail. When he got there, the rifle was laying close to Sobel, he said. “I don’t think he took the gun out of her hand,” Hockman said. “If he really disarmed her, he wouldn’t have laid the gun right beside” the fatally injured social worker. Neither man has publicly voiced his doubts before. Scott’s actions on the day of the shooting came to the attention of the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. The fund was launched by famed steel magnate Andrew Carnegie in 1904 and has since awarded nearly 10,000 medals, each of which honors “a civilian who knowingly risks his or her own life to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the life of another person.” The public can nominate potential recipients. Full-time staffers scrutinize each case before the commission reviews the finalists, according to its website. Others who were honored with Williams in 2016 include an Idaho man who jumped into a frigid creek to save a woman from drowning and a 10-yearold California girl who was killed while saving a 2-year-old boy from being hit by



a runaway SUV. Twenty percent of the Carnegie awards are made posthumously. McNaughton and Hockman confirmed that representatives of the Carnegie commission contacted them and requested written statements explaining what they saw. Williams said that he, too, got a call, during which he answered a Carnegie official’s questions about the incident. McNaughton provided Seven Days the written account he gave to the Carnegie commission. McNaughton told the foundation that, by the time he arrived, the rifle was already on the ground. Hockman didn’t have documentation but said that he, too, made it clear that he had not seen Williams disarm Herring.

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So, where did the Carnegie commission get the detail that Williams “grabbed the rifle from her, disabled it, and set it aside?” Its leaders won’t say. Commission president and secretary Eric Zahren refused to answer specific questions about the decision to recognize Williams and the account provided in its citation. “We stand by it,” he said, and offered the following statement: “Our investigation was thorough and included reviews of official records and transcripts, interviews of officials, case principals and eyewitnesses, and supported the award made to Mr. Williams based on our awarding criteria.” Aside from Williams, the person best positioned to know what happened that day is Herring, who has been in prison without bail since the shooting. In July, Herring signed a lengthy confession, credited by both the defense and the prosecution, which serves as the basis for her guilty plea. In that confession, Herring said: “When I saw Ms. Sobel I got out of my car carrying the Remington rifle. I approached Ms. Sobel and intentionally shot her. Ms. Sobel then fell to the ground and I shot her again. I then dropped the rifle. No one disarmed me and I did not resist arrest.”

Last week, Williams spoke to Seven Days in a conference room inside the downtown Barre courthouse. He said he still struggles with emotions related to his unplanned intervention in a murder that shook the state. “If I had thought about it for another 10 seconds, I’d probably [have yelled] at everybody to lock the doors and hide,” Williams said. He can remember what shoes he was wearing that day and how Herring accidentally spit on him as she talked. But he is uncertain, he said, about what he did with the rifle. “You have the issue of trauma-based influence,” he said, referring to the challenge of accurately recalling violent events. Why accept an award knowing the account may not have been completely true? And why did he not correct the record? Williams said he considered it. “The answer is, ‘Yes, I thought about it,’ and, ‘No, I chose not to do it,’” Williams said. His rationale for not speaking up, he said, was twofold: a general distrust of the media and an unwillingness to publicly discuss a case in which he is a key witness. “I’m not a Trumpist, fake-news guy, but I don’t have a lot of trust in the media in terms of what they care about or not,” Williams said. “You get a story and run with it. And I’m a witness in an investigation in an awkward situation, and anything I say or do is potential fodder for her lawyers. Given my role, I’m not going to say anything that can be used in cross-examination.” Not one to miss an opportunity, Herring’s attorney, David Sleigh, seized on the discrepancy. “Obviously, it’s an enormous tragedy, and what Scott did, remaining at the scene, was heroic enough,” Sleigh said in an interview. “But it’s disingenuous and disappointing that he would seek to use this for the purposes of some kind of selfaggrandizement. That’s unnecessary and egregious.” Williams said he has never sought to bolster his reputation. He claimed the most he ever said publicly about the rifle was that he was “able to obtain it.” Eyes reddening, he said he remains proud that, in a dangerous moment, he ran toward gunfire. “If you survey 100 people, I’m not sure many would have gone out there,” Williams said. “So, there’s that.” m


Lake Carmi Pollution Triggers Call for Stricter Regulation of Dairy Farms B Y M O LLY WA LSH

Blue-green algae in front of Dick and Cheryl Benton’s home on Lake Carmi earlier this year

Dick and Cheryl Benton





he thick layer of toxic blue-green algae that shut down late-summer swimming in Lake Carmi is receding. Whitecaps moved across the water on a gray November day last week, and trees bearing flashes of autumn color dotted the sloping landscape that surrounds the lake in dairy-rich Franklin County. The water, though still tainted here and there with green scum, appears to be clearing, but the political climate is not. In a state and region where support for dairy farming has traditionally run deep, the script is changing. Some residents who live near Lake Carmi have joined the voices calling for stricter state regulation of agricultural operations. Those enterprises generate 85 percent of the phosphorous pollution in Lake Carmi, according to a 2009 Vermont Agency of Natural Resources study, and have contributed to algae blooms dating back to 1976. The problem has waxed and waned since then, but residents say they’ve never seen anything like the severe cyanobacteria outbreak that lasted from late August through most of October. The intensity of the bloom shocked residents, and some are worried that their beloved lake could end up like nearby Missisquoi Bay and St. Albans Bay on Lake Champlain, which are plagued by chronic blooms. For too long, dairy has literally been a sacred cow in Vermont, according to retired Vermont Army National Guard lieutenant colonel Judith McLaughlin and her husband, Rob Cormier, a retired U.S. Department of Homeland Security employee, who live in an old stone house on a ridge above Lake Carmi in the town of Franklin. They blame the algae bloom on the spreading of phosphorous-rich cow manure and what they see as lax regulation of dairy farms. “Around here, when you use ‘pollution’ and ‘agriculture’ in the same sentence, it’s not popular,” said McLaughlin. Although she worries about being ostracized by neighbors, she has repeatedly criticized the dairy industry at public meetings, some of which have gotten heated. Last month state officials dispatched armed game wardens to a hearing that took place at a residential facility for seniors. That move generated fresh criticism that the state is trying to intimidate people who live near the lake rather than solve a festering pollution problem. Farmers are exempt from many of the rules that cover other businesses, Cormier insisted.

“Pollution is pollution, but if I’m a farmer and I pollute, that’s OK,” he said. Anson Tebbetts, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets, rejected the idea that dairy farms get a pass when it comes to regulations designed to protect the environment. He said farmers are feeling drubbed by the public debate around Lake Carmi. “Some farmers have told me that it’s been rough, it’s been rough,” Tebbetts said. Farmers are committed to doing the right thing, and the state is working hard to improve the environment, he added. “Our foot is on the gas pedal, trying to get to a better place in Lake Carmi and all of our waterways in Vermont,” said Tebbetts. Dick and Cheryl Benton don’t see it that way. Last Thursday, the retired tool-anddie plant manager and his homemaker wife hosted a state senator at their lakeshore

property and showed him pictures of the recent algae blooms. Thick pea-soup-like water swirled next to the Bentons’ pontoon boat in several photos, and, in another, dozens of crayfish crawled up a cement retaining wall next to the murky water. Some of the creatures died as they tried to escape the toxic water, the Bentons said. The bloom was so bad that the state banned swimming and advised residents not to touch the water. A foul smell accompanied the green gunk. “We couldn’t even open the windows,” said Cheryl Benton. “It was awful.” The couple has owned their property on the relatively shallow lake for almost five decades. Carmi runs three miles from its northern to southern ends and measures 35 feet at the deepest point. The shoreline is dotted with more than 200 summer camps, including some on leased land at Lake Carmi State Park. The Bentons own the land on which their home sits. For years, it was their summer getaway, but now they live there most of the year. They’ve seen occasional blooms on the lake but nothing compared to this year’s. They fear property values will drop. “It’s killing us. I’ve been on the lake since 1970, and this is the first year I’ve ever seen it this bad,” Dick Benton said. McLaughlin and Cormier organized the visit to the Benton home as part of a tour for Sen. Brian Campion (D-Bennington), vice chair of the Senate Committee on

Natural Resources and Energy. A Seven Days reporter also went along. Campion is particularly sensitive to water-quality issues. A suspected carcinogen from a New York plastics company near Bennington recently contaminated the private wells of some of his constituents. “Clean water is a public right,” said Campion, who is leading an effort to scrutinize dairy regulation. He plans to hold a legislative hearing in the town of Franklin later this month. “We want to hear directly from people,” he said. That includes lakeshore homeowners, farmers and other members of the community, he added. “Everybody.” Among the questions: Should farm structures and their accompanying large manure pits continue to be exempted from Vermont’s state land use law, known as Act 250? Campion, who serves on a legislative commission that is examining the act, wants to know: “Where has Act 250 worked, and where has it not worked? And I think the farm exemption is a great place to start.” Campion and other lawmakers have asked Tebbetts and Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore for a report on whether the farm exemption “has contributed to the pollution of the waters of the state,” Campion said. They are expected to respond at the commission’s December 13 meeting in Montpelier. Campion also thinks it’s time to discuss a shift in regulation that would move enforcement of farm water-quality rules out of the Agency of Agriculture and into the Agency of Natural Resources, which is more focused on environmental enforcement. Tebbetts noted that the legislature has discussed that before and opted not to make the shift. He also said that farms, while exempt from Act 250, are already heavily regulated under other state laws and rules. The state’s Required Agricultural Practices mandate buffer strips between croplands and waterways to reduce erosion and runoff. Farms with at least 50 dairy cows are required to create a nutrient management plan for manure spreading and storage; and large and medium farms have to submit annual compliance reports to the agency. In 2015, the legislature increased regulations and gave the agency additional authority to issue emergency orders to protect water quality and require a farmer to sell or remove livestock when the volume of animal waste exceeds farm capacity.









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Critics say the rules are full of holes the farm of Peter and Carolyn Kittell and poorly enforced. in Franklin was flawed in a number of Their view is countered by fears that ways and epitomizes weak Vermont tighter regulation will drive more farms farm regulation. State officials acout of business. Small dairy operations knowledged that tests of the water in have been folding in Vermont for decades, Lake Carmi suggested that high levels despite federal milk subsidies and state of phosphorous were seeping downhill tax breaks designed to protect farm- and from the manure-drenched pond on the forestlands. Kittell property via a The trend is nustream. anced, though. As the Many residents susnumber of dairy farms in pected as much and have Vermont has declined, wanted action for years, those that remain in said Cormier. “It was an operation have more cows. Over the last ecological disaster,” said Cormier. five years, the number of dairy farms The recent spreading of the pond dropped from 1,051 to 786, while the aver- sludge onto the adjacent field won’t solve age number of cows per farm increased the problem, Cormier predicted. from 128 to 164, agency statistics show. “This is all gonna run off down into the The number of farms with more than 700 lake,” he said last Thursday on a visit to the cows increased from 18 to 27. site with Campion. Franklin County is home The Kittells did not reto 141 dairy farms, more spond to a message seeking than any other county in comment. John Roberts, a Vermont. It’s unclear how small-farm water-quality many are in the Lake Carmi specialist at the agency of watershed. As of the 2009 agriculture who directed state study, there were just the cleanup, said he believes five. But counting farms, or it will be a success. The field cows, isn’t the only meawas chisel-plowed before sure of agricultural impact. the spreading, a deep tillage A significant acreage of technique designed to help former pastureland in the the material soak into the watershed is leased to soil. It’s been planted with grow hay and corn for cows oats and rye — cover crops nearby. These fields are that are expected to absorb often spread with truckedthe phosphorous. The line in manure and commercial of trees and other vegetafertilizers. tion between the field and Meanwhile, many the lake also acts as a natuJUDIT H cows on the larger, more ral filter. MCL AUG HLIN mechanized farms in “I think a lot of critics Franklin County rarely need to go and do some — if ever — leave the barn. basic soil chemistry research to fully Critics such as McLaughlin claim these understand the processes whereby phosare not family farms and are calling for phorous is assimilated and held in soils,” regulation of their manure pits, which Roberts said. hold millions of gallons of animal waste, Cormier, McLaughlin and Dick Benton and the traditional practice of spreading are also upset that no fines were levied on it on fields. the Kittell farm and that public tax dollars Former ag operations also present en- financed the pond cleanup. vironmental problems, as demonstrated Roberts confirmed that there were no by one recent cleanup on a defunct state enforcement actions and that the dairy farm near Lake Carmi. The proj- project was the result of several years of ect involved emptying a pond, scrap- negotiation. ing manure-saturated sludge from the One of the challenges is that the bottom and spreading the material on an phosphorous buildup likely dates back adjacent field. many years on the farm to an age when Apparently responding to the outcry “there were no rules of any kind,” at Lake Carmi, the agriculture agency Roberts said. sent out a press release trumpeting the People who live near Lake Carmi say long-planned work, stating that a “criti- it’s time to have a more frank discussion cal Lake Carmi water improvement about strict regulations going forward. project” was under way. Tebbetts was During last Thursday’s tour, Campion quoted saying, “This project signifies pledged to try and lead that conversation. how our team wakes up every morning McLaughlin was encouraged. trying to make our environment better.” “For me, saying that the dialogue is Federal clean water funding totaling going to happen, I say, thank God.” m $60,000 was allocated for the cleanup. But neighbors say that the project at Contact:


The Vermont Department of Corrections is expanding treatment for inmates battling opiate addiction following a Seven Days article that examined the department’s practice of limiting such treatment. Inmates at all state prisons who have prescriptions for methadone or buprenorphine (aka Suboxone) will be able to receive those medications, which diminish cravings and temper the side effects of heroin withdrawal, for up to 120 days, Commissioner Lisa Menard confirmed in an email Tuesday. Previously, inmates at two facilities received a 90-day maximum of medication-assisted treatment, while MAT was only available for 30 days at the other state jails. The department’s revised policy stipulates that inmates won’t be taken off their medications simply because the DOC doesn’t know how long they’ll spend behind bars. Inmates, Menard wrote, will receive “their full dose as long as possible, less the expected duration of a medically compassionate taper,” which gradually reduces the dose of Suboxone or methadone over a period of days or weeks. The new policy won’t formally take effect until next week, according to Menard, but several inmates have told Seven Days that they’re already seeing a difference. The only thing keeping 26-year-old Sam Blatt behind bars in Newport’s Northern State Correctional Facility is a lack of housing — he needs to find a place to live that meets DOC requirements. Less than a month into his prison stay, Blatt reported that corrections staff were reducing his Suboxone dosage because he didn’t have a specific release date. He received what staff told him would be his final two milligrams on November 2.

But, the following day, he wrote to tell a Seven Days reporter that he — and other inmates who were also in the midst of detoxing — had been put back on their meds. “This is a great thing that happened today and will only help so many more in the future,” Blatt wrote. William McGuinness has been held at Swanton’s Northwest State Correctional Facility since October 12 — also for a lack of housing. He told Seven Days that he came in with a Suboxone prescription, but a corrections nurse told him two weeks into his stay that he would soon be tapered off the medication. On November 4, however, he called a reporter with good news: He’d been told he could stay on Suboxone for up to 120 days.


After Tie Vote, Burlington Telecom Bidders Will Attempt Compromise

The two finalists in the bidding for Burlington Telecom will go back to the table — this time as potential partners instead of as competitors. After hours of discussion and gridlock on Monday, the Burlington City Council ultimately decided to ask the Burlington City Council meeting co-op Keep BT Local and the Canadian-based Tucows to come up with a joint venture proposal by Friday. The council voted 11-1 to accept a resolution introduced by Councilor Ali Dieng (D/P-Ward 7). The agreement instructs the two bidders to come up with a proposal that would benefit the City of Burlington and BT subscribers, as well as create a governing structure for the combined group.

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Both sides seemed amenable to working together after the lengthy impasse. “There is some philosophical alignment about doing what’s best for the community,” said Monica Webb, Tucows’ head of market development and government affairs. “Our view is to hold true to [the co-op model] as much as possible,” said Andy Montroll, vice chair of the KBTL board. “We don’t know whether there’s a place to go with this,” but he added that the group is “looking forward to attempting something.” For a time Monday night, it seemed as though councilors on both sides would refuse to budge. On two separate occasions, six councilors voted in favor of the co-op’s $12 million bid, while the remaining six voted for Tucows’ $30.5 million offer. The meeting began with lengthy monologues from each councilor defending their respective decisions. Council President Jane Knodell (P-Central District) said the Tucows’ bid would supply inadequate returns for Burlington and a “loss of local control.” Councilors supporting Tucows claimed that current BT employees favored the publicly traded company over the co-op. Richard Deane (D-East District) offered a biting critique of KBTL’s bid, saying that picking the co-op is “a gamble” for a “future unspecified and unquantified benefit.” Eventually, though, after two votes and two recesses, Tucows’ Webb and KBTL’s Montroll agreed to work together. The councilors voted on the compromise, giving the two organizations four days in which to come up with the joint venture proposal. Knodell envisioned a Tucows proposal with some revisions based on KBTL’s community-based model. If the two groups cannot reach an agreement by Friday, two other bidders, Schurz Communications and ZRF Partners, will be invited back, and the council will select a buyer from those four on November 27. But if the agreement is reached by Friday, the council will vote on the joint venture proposal on Monday. Only Dave Hartnett (D-North District) opposed the resolution. He accused KBTL of “sell[ing] themselves out to Ting,” a reference to the name of Tucows’ mobile network and internet service division.




Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) stepdaughter Carina Driscoll is considering a bid for the Burlington mayorship. The former state legislator and former Burlington city councilor would be the first opponent for Mayor Miro Weinberger, a Democrat who confirmed last Friday that he’ll seek a third term in office. Queen City voters will elect a mayor at Town Meeting Day in March 2018. Driscoll, a 43-year-old South End resident, said she hasn’t decided for certain whether she would throw her hat in the ring. But she said she has been meeting with Burlington organizations and individuals to test the waters. Several people have approached her about running for mayor, both recently and in the past. “This is the first time I’ve seriously considered it,” Driscoll said. She said she has not set a deadline for a decision, and she has not yet decided whether she would run as a Progressive or an independent. Driscoll’s platform — if she runs, she clarified — would be centered on the need for increased citizen engagement in city government. “People are feeling frustrated that the agenda of the city is determined by a small group of people — the mayor and the council,” Driscoll said. Driscoll, a mother of two, is no political novice. She served as a Progressive legislator from 2000 to 2002. From 2003 to 2004 she served on the Burlington City Council, but stepped down before the birth of her first child. Driscoll has also served on the Burlington School Board. She founded and continues to work at the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax. She also volunteered on Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, she said. If elected mayor, Driscoll would follow in the footsteps of her stepfather, who served as Burlington’s mayor from 1981 to 1989.






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even Days writers can’t possibly read, much less review, all the books that arrive in a steady stream by post, email and, in one memorable case, a gaggle of geese. So this monthly feature is our way of introducing you to five books by Vermont authors. To do that, we contextualize each book just a little and quote a single representative sentence from, yes, page 32. Inclusion here implies neither approval nor derision on our part, but simply: Here are a bunch of books, arranged alphabetically by authors’ names, that Seven Days readers might like to know about.  Contact:,,,

Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture Peter Miller, Silver Print Press, 168 pages. $44.95 hardcover, $24.95 paperback.

On the day of the sale, the state sales tax people came down and said he owed them $300,000 in sales tax, declaring what he sold did not come under agricultural exemption.

Reign of Outlaws: A Robyn Hoodlum Adventure

Kekla Magoon, Bloomsbury Publishing, 272 pages. $16.99.

[Merryan] drew a deep breath, reminding herself that others, like Robyn, had already lost everything. In the third and final installment of Kekla Magoon’s adventurous retelling of the classic Robin Hood tale, middle-grade readers find Robyn Loxley on a desperate mission to save her missing parents. But what starts as a personal quest turns into something greater, as she is thrust into a leadership role in the rebellion against the cruel governance of her friend Merryan’s uncle, Ignomus Crown. Given the mythology of the trilogy, which involves mysterious “moon lore” and more conventional dystopian tropes — a militarized police force, checkpoints, tent cities, concrete fortresses, holograms — readers may get more pleasure out of reading the books in sequence. But, given the fast pace and general sense of excitement in this series by a NAACP Image Award winner and Vermont College of Fine Arts faculty member, Reign also stands on its own. S.W.

Earlier in his career, New Yorkborn Peter Miller took pictures of international celebrities, Paris street scenes and current events for LIFE and other magazines. To those who’ve known him over the past few decades, however, Miller seems born to document Vermont — specifically, its disappearing way of life. His 1990 coffee-table book Vermont People came first; A Lifetime of Vermont People, Vermont Farm Women and other volumes followed. Now, at age 83, Miller has released Vanishing Vermont: Loss of a Rural Culture. It contains 24 interviews with Green Mountain State residents, from the well known to the obscure. Along with their black-and-white portraits, Miller includes evocative scenes: a collapsed barn, a barefoot farm girl, a pickup loaded with freshly killed deer. The interviewees offer unvarnished and often bitter commentaries on modern Vermont. While acknowledging the inevitability of change, they seem collectively to question the direction and pace of “progress.” P.P.

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Gerard Michael Poulin, Christopher Matthews Publishing, 259 pages. $16.95 paperback; $2.99 ebook.

Because his head was drooped forward, she thought the older passenger to be asleep. In this small-town crime thriller by Barre native Gerard Michael Poulin, it’s safe to assume that a limp body is actually a corpse until proven otherwise. Set in central Vermont in 1959, the story opens with young schoolteacher Tom Farrell picking out a coffin for his late father; while he’s inside the funeral home, his longtime nemesis, Bob Faith, cuts his brake line. Tom survives the sabotage, but the sociopathic Bob, having gotten a taste of murder, decides to sample the full menu. Meanwhile, debt-ridden Tom resorts to an insurance scam that takes advantage of a desolate spot on the real Barnard lake of the title. Bankers, hit men, desperate dames — no one’s innocent in this twisty tale, written in a hard-boiled, justthe-facts style that harmonizes with its midcentury setting. M.H.

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Geraldine Villeneuve, Balboa Press, 180 pages. $13.99 paperback; $3.99 ebook.

Chronically raised heels create an imbalance of the long foot muscles that propel and assist in balancing the body while moving, throwing the entire body out of kilter.

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Good Fortune Next Time: Life, Death, Irony, and the Administration of Very Small Colleges Will Wootton, Mandel Vilar Press, 288 pages. $17.95.

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Who mourns for Windham College? Or Mark Hopkins College, or Trinity? Why did those Vermont schools bite the dust while Sterling and Marlboro survived? Few are better qualified to elucidate the life (and death) cycles of teensy private colleges than Will Wootton of Craftsbury Common, a former Marlboro administrator and president of Sterling from 2006 to 2012. Now retired, he presents the fruit of his experiences not in a textbook manner but as a freewheeling memoir woven from anecdotes of both his professional and personal lives. Wootton’s quippy, no-holds-barred account won’t make his legacy any less controversial; “Some people are terrifically angry at me in this state,” he told the Associated Press in 2009. But it’s way more fun than you’d expect from a study of nonprofit administration. Being a college president, Wootton writes, reminded him of working in a busy restaurant kitchen: “It’s all fear and the gripping excitement like a rollercoaster.”

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In August, medical journal BMC Public Health published an article on the impacts of wearing high heels. Synthesizing the results of more than 50 studies published in seven languages through 2016, the authors discovered what many women already know: High heels can make them more attractive to men — and damage their bodies. In Put Your Best Feet Forward, Geraldine Villeneuve, a Jerichobased certified reflexologist and massage therapist, describes the reciprocal relationship between foot health and overall health. She reviews the history, theory and practice of reflexology and draws on more than 30 years of experience to offer case studies. In her view, the foot is a mirror and microcosm of the body, and reflexology offers preventive, diagnostic and curative value. Reading this book is likely to inspire many a woman to ask whether catching his eye with those stilettos is really worth it.

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n September, Vermont’s LYRIC THEATRE named a new executive director, JOSÉ RINCON. The Burlington native replaces longtime Lyric ED SYNDI ZOOK, who served in that role for 13 years. Her run culminated in the recent opening of new headquarters in South Burlington that, for the first time in the group’s 43-year history, house all of Lyric’s operations, including costume and set design workshops and storage, rehearsal spaces, and administrative offices. Rincon, 33, appears well suited for the gig. He was a voice major at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, and earned a master’s degree in arts administration from Florida State University. Previously, Rincon was the artistic personnel manager for the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, a New York City chamber orchestra that performs at such venues as Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. As a performer, he belonged to the New York City Gay Men’s Chorus and is part of a NYC-based drag cabaret troupe, Wigsticks. This week, Lyric presents its annual fall show at Flynn MainStage in Burlington: a musical adaptation of the classic holiday movie A Christmas Story. Seven Days recently caught up with Rincon at the theater company’s new home base.

SEVEN DAYS: What was your firstever theater role? JOSÉ RINCON: It was in a production of Aladdin at Mater Christi School. I think I was “Aladdin’s Friend No. 3,” or something like that. SD: Was there a particular role or experience that made you want to pursue the performing arts? JR: Well, my sophomore year at Rice [Memorial High School], I sang “Livin’ la Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin. And that was definitely a highlight of my high school performing career. [Laughs] SD: You have a strong background in opera. Where did that interest come from? JR: I would credit my high school music teacher at Rice, Stephanie Hahn Nolan. She has a beautiful soprano voice and got me interested in listening to great singers, and I’ve been an avid fan ever since. Opera is the epitome of performing arts, in my opinion, because you’ve got theater and music and dance involved, and also the spectacle of producing the sets and the lights; it’s all of these things coming together to produce this fabulous experience. Also, the drama — it’s so melodramatic and over the top. SD: What are some of your key goals for Lyric? JR: Now that we have this space built out for our own purposes, I’m looking forward to seeing how else we can use this, for other theater groups in the area but also for Lyric membership, so they can learn more about how to

CARTOONIST ALI FITZGERALD DRAWS ON IMMIGRATION IN FIRST GRAPHIC NOVEL When cartoonist Ali Fitzgerald moved to Berlin, Germany, nearly a decade ago, she had no plans to write a graphic memoir. At the age of 25, wary of stagnating in a university teaching post, she decided to satisfy her curiosity about the European city. Now, Fitzgerald is wrapping up her first graphic memoir, a work tightly tied to Berlin’s immigrant history, past and present. And she’s doing it a stone’s throw from Vermont, at the CORNISH CCS RESIDENCY. Fitzgerald is the second cartoonistin-residence at the little house in the woods, located just 16 miles from the CENTER FOR CARTOON STUDIES campus in White River Junction. Vermont resident, illustrator and cartoonist for the New Yorker HARRY BLISS purchased the property in the summer of 2016 and announced the monthlong residency program shortly thereafter.

Nick Drnaso was the program’s first resident, from February to March of this year. An MFA graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Fitzgerald has regularly contributed comics to McSweeney’s Internet Tendency since 2013 in the form of the darkhumor column “Hungover Bear and Friends.” Since 2015, she has drawn the contemplative and bitterly funny “ArtZombies” series for the German Art: Das Kunstmagazin,, reflecting on her own experiences in the city’s art scene. Fitzgerald’s book, Fraktur: Drawn Escapes in Berlin,, is slated for release from Fantagraphics Books next spring. Reached in

Cornish by phone, the artist said her work “explores Berlin’s historic and contemporary relationship to refugees and bohemia.” Fraktur is the name of the dramatic gothic font once used for most German printing and later adopted by the Nazi Party. One chapter in particular, Fitzgerald said, is about the aesthetics of propaganda. Fraktur draws heavily on both historical research and Fitzgerald’s own experiences working with refugees. In 2015, she began offering comics workshops at a refugee shelter in Berlin where a friend worked. She led people recently arrived from countries such as Afghanistan, Albania and Syria in using drawing to share memories and tell their stories.

“I didn’t know in the beginning, when I was doing these workshops, that I was going to write a book,” Fitzgerald said. In constructing her narrative, Fitzgerald found great inspiration in the work of Austrian journalist Joseph Roth, who interviewed Jewish refugees in Berlin in the aftermath of World War I and the Russian Revolution. “His views were so progressive and interesting,” she said. “He was the only journalist documenting these forgotten communities [in refugee and homeless shelters].” Today, perhaps, more attention is paid to telling the stories of displaced communities. Nonetheless, Fitzgerald described as “eerie” some of the similarities between her own experiences and those cataloged by Roth. “It’s amazing and fulfilling to see [and] take part in this kind of social art-making community,” Fitzgerald

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for years and brought Lyric to a place where it was able to purchase a home. That’s incredible. So it’s an exciting time to be coming on. And I’m grateful that she has not gone away and is still here to help give me some of the institutional knowledge and introduce me to people who have been involved since 1974. I’m excited to see what else we can do from here. 

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wrote in an email, “but it also exposes the inadequacy [and] casual cruelty of certain asylum laws.” She continued, “It’s also hard to see people who have been traumatized try to navigate a foreign (and sometimes hostile) cultural environment.” Fitzgerald describes Fraktur as more “surreal nonfiction” than “comic journalism,” with a distinct slant toward memoir. “There are moments where I delve into my own psyche,” she said, “and those moments are quite surreal.”




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Do super-geniuses still exist? The world has more people, so there should be more Newtons and Einsteins than ever, but I can’t think of many today like that. — Wesley Clark, via the Straight Dope Message Board






esley, honestly. Have you never heard of Stephen Hawking? He’d rank high on any list of supergeniuses. And, of course, there can be only one super-dupergenius, namely, me. Still, times being what they are, I can appreciate wanting more depth on the supergenius bench. To understand why the breed is rare, let’s look at super-geniuses of the past. Newton and Einstein were geniuses pretty much by acclaim, up there with other favorites like Shakespeare, Galileo and Beethoven. And how about Charles Darwin? He basically created our modern understanding of evolution — giving us, in natural selection, a sui generis theory that could only have issued from a singular mind. Right? Well, no. Another guy came up with roughly the same idea, independently of Darwin, around the same time; the two subsequently copublished a paper. But despite some latterday attempts to correct the historical record, few today have

heard of poor Alfred Russel Wallace. Darwin, moreover, was by his own account no great thinker. The insights for which he’s known are surely genius, but the man himself? Frankly unimpressive. As a 2009 article in Genetics put it, “In his style and from what we can deduce of his mental processes, he does not fit the image of ‘genius’ that we have inherited from physics and mathematics.” What I’m getting at is that whatever we’re calling “genius” is a blurry concept that comprises not just smarts but creativity, timing and starmaking public relations. In its original formulation, genius was thought by the ancient Romans to be a unique talent everyone was born with. More recently, IQ testing has led it to be associated with quantifiable intelligence, though of course one doesn’t guarantee the other. Just ask William James Sidis, once considered by some the smartest man ever. (I wasn’t born yet.) Sidis, who went to Harvard at age 11, produced no great work and died in obscurity in 1944, at 46.

Einstein was the complete package: a high-IQ fellow who was exceptionally creative and productive. Famously, in a single year he produced four papers that changed physics forever. You’ve stumbled, actually, on a point of some anxiety in the sciences today, where future Einsteins aren’t assured. Why not? A few ideas: 1. The disciplines are settled. The super-geniuses we recognize today created their fields (Galileo) or revolutionized them (Einstein). Psychologist Dean Keith Simonton argues that, for a century, no disciplines have been created wholesale but rather combined with existing fields into hybrid forms: astrophysics, biochemistry. “It is difficult to imagine that scientists have overlooked some phenomenon worthy of its own discipline,” Simonton writes. “Future advances are likely to build on what is already known rather than alter the foundations of knowledge.” 2. It takes more work to do that building. The lower-hanging fruit having been picked, would-be super-geniuses now

must spend more time acquiring the background knowledge needed to make higher-order discoveries. A 2005 study of noted inventors and Nobel laureates found that the mean age for making significant discoveries had increased by six during the past century. 3. The implications of today’s discoveries are more abstruse and, so, get less public exposure. Einstein’s work led to the atom bomb. Today, consider the Higgs boson, the so-called god particle — key to understanding the universe. Incredible stuff ? Yes. Immediately consequential? No. 4. Science today demands teamwork. One guy theorized the existence of the Higgs, but it took thousands of very smart people — not to mention a series of increasingly enormous particle accelerators — nearly five decades to prove it. As our pursuits get more complex, that’s increasingly what discovery looks like: teams of experts searching doggedly for answers, rather than one big brain flying solo. And as much as the singular genius has given us, he’s increasingly anachronistic. You’ll notice everyone mentioned here is a white guy, a trend the lone-genius trope does nothing to disrupt. A recent poll of

2,000 academics found that fields where scholars explicitly equated success with brilliance (rather than, say, hard work, philosophy being the egregious example) conferred PhDs on far fewer women and people of color than fields (like psychology) in which respondents were less hung up on sheer intellect. Another survey asked subjects (civilians, not profs) to rate the impressiveness of discoveries described as either having occurred “like a light bulb” or having been “nurtured like seeds.” The participants considered light-bulb-type ideas more impressive — unless the discovery was made by a woman, in which case nurturing scored higher. The way the authors see it, these results comport with “gendered stereotypes of genius as male” — we expect men to have the classic “Eureka!” breakthroughs, with women seen as better off tending their little intellectual gardens. But such biases aren’t advancing the overall enterprise of discovery. Super-geniuses, then, may be on their way out, but we’ll make do without them — in fact, the towering intellects of legend may not be particularly well suited to the present day. Most, anyways. I’ve got no plans to retire.


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built, sidewalks are included,” she went on, “and the city is trying to retrofit the streets that were originally built without sidewalks.” However, Losch noted, getting to all of them will take some time. Burlington has 130 miles of existing sidewalks — which generally last 40 to 50 years — that must be maintained. So far in 2017, the DPW has repaired three miles of sidewalks. Interested parties can see those on the Capital Projects Portal, a website developed to show the public what the department is working on now and its plans for the future. Projects currently at the proposal or design phase include repairs to Lakeview Terrace, a portion of Manhattan Drive and Caroline Street. Earlier this year, DPW completed renovations on Kingsland Terrace, School Street and North Winooski Avenue, among others. In 2018, the department hopes to step up the pace and repair at least five miles of sidewalk. The bump in activity is due in part to “deferred maintenance,”

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idewalks have been around since ancient Roman times. City dwellers take them for granted, but — with a nod to children’s poet Shel Silverstein — there is a place where the sidewalk ends. One Burlington-based Seven Days reader, presumably expecting pedestrian walkways on both sides, wondered why some streets have just one sidewalk and some — wait for it — have none. WTF? Case in point: four-block-long Richardson Street in the South End. One of its blocks has a sidewalk on each side, two have a sidewalk on just one side, and one block is bereft of any sidewalks at all. The short explanation is relatively simple: Cities aren’t built all at once. “As Burlington was developed,” said Department of Public Works senior transportation planner Nicole Losch, “the city did not have a policy to include sidewalks. We now have a policy that aims to have a sidewalk on at least one side of every street and both sides of major streets. As new developments are


meaning that the city has put off some needed repairs. But these plans are for renovations, not new sidewalks. With all that concrete, how does the city decide which streets might get a new sidewalk first? “Currently, we try to prioritize it based on the same system we use for sidewalk repairs,” Losch said. “Neighborhoods that are close to parks, schools, shopping centers, transit [are first in line].” Essentially, any area with heavier pedestrian activity is near the front of the queue. According to the capital plan, the city has identified “seven miles of streets without any sidewalks that would be improved by adding a sidewalk on at least one side of all accepted streets.” But will residents agree with that assessment? It appears that, whether pro or con, people really care about sidewalks. City Councilor Joan Shannon (D-South District) recalled two specific

cases in which residents opposed new walkways: on Flynn Avenue and Cliff Street. “There was no sidewalk on the north side [of Flynn Avenue],” Shannon said, “so, when [the city] announced the plans to put the sidewalks in, the neighbors who lived on that side of the street were very unhappy.” Why? “The complaint was that it was taking away their yard,” Shannon said. But, she added, “The city has always had the right-of-way there.” Until recently, Cliff Street had no sidewalks on either side — a danger to pedestrians who braved the steep incline. “[It] was hard to understand how anybody could object to that one,” Shannon said. “We had to dig out the embankment to put a sidewalk on the north side.” On streets where no sidewalk has existed, residents may indeed perceive a new walkway as usurping their private property. As Shannon noted, the city has right-of-way for public use within a certain distance from the street. That distance, however, varies from one street to the next. “We don’t have a consistent right-ofway,” Losch conceded. “There are a few typical right-of-ways.” But, she added, “Over Burlington’s history, things have been built and evolved [such that] what may be on the books may not be what is functionally a right-of-way we can use. And every street does differ.” DPW public information manager Robert Goulding confirmed: “Rightsof-way may vary as planning needs have evolved over time, in addition to other possible constraints. Burlington is a diverse and dynamic city, and efforts are always being made to evaluate and meet the needs of how our residents are using their rights-of-way.” OK. But this raises a new question for pedestrians: If you reach the end of a sidewalk and continue walking on the grass, are you on private property? “There’s not a straight answer,” Losch said. “It depends on where the right-ofway ends. Most of the time, if you’re on a sidewalk and it ends [but] the street keeps going, so does the right-of-way.” In other words, you’re not trespassing. Probably. m

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ob Melamede was pissed off, which seemed out of character for a laid-back guy who laughs a lot. Plus, he’d begun the day as he always does — by ingesting 80 to 100 milligrams of oil containing tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. That’s enough THC to leave most stoners blissed out for hours. But Melamede saw good reason to be indignant on a late September morning outside Burlington’s Bern Gallery, where the annual Pipe Classic glassblowing competition was in full swing. A retired DNA researcher, microbiology professor and international cannabis activist, Melamede had heard that a Burlington police officer confiscated all the cannabis oil from a medical marijuana patient who’d flown into town for the event. The patient, Courtney Soper, arrived at the gallery a few minutes later. The 40-year-old mother of three from Long Island, N.Y., confirmed that, after checking into her hotel the previous night, she had driven to an Old North End café to meet some friends who were also attending the glassblowing event. While she was parking her rental car, she said, a cop pulled her over for making an illegal U-turn. After smelling marijuana on Soper, the cop searched her car and discovered the cannabis oil. Soper handed over her medical marijuana registry cards from New York and California, explaining that she uses the substance to treat several conditions, including chronic pain. The cop didn’t arrest Soper or issue a ticket, but he took her drugs. “I said, ‘I have a bottle of Adderall in my bag, also prescribed by my doctor. That’s a controlled substance, too,’” Soper told Melamede. “He didn’t say a thing about that.”


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“Who’s the government to tell us what kind of medicine we can use?” Melamede barked. “Fuck them!” He was ready to make that point at the police station, but Soper nixed the idea for fear it could bring unwanted scrutiny to the Bern Gallery event. In a text to Seven Days, Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo explained later that his officer was just following protocol: Vermont doesn’t recognize medical marijuana cards from other states.

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like the thermostat on your wall,” he explained. As Melamede pointed out, the endocannabinoid system also includes the receptors that make pot smokers high, give them the munchies and eventually put them to sleep. Endocannabinoids explain the so-called “runner’s high” of athletes and are found in human breast milk, where, he noted, they ease the trauma of childbirth and increase bonding between mother and child. As he put

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Meanwhile, several twenty- and thirtysomethings milling around outside the Bern Gallery recognized Melamede and greeted him with shouts of “Hey, Dr. Bob!” As it happens, thousands of people know “Dr. Bob,” who’s not a physician but has a doctoral degree in molecular genetics and biochemistry. A former research professor who taught at the University of Vermont, New York Medical College and the University of Colorado, Melamede now appears regularly in the marijuana press and frequently speaks at international cannabis conventions. His presentations, some of which can be found on YouTube, invariably delve into the science of cannabis and its relationship to human health. Melamede is considered one of the world’s leading experts on the human endocannabinoid system, the complex biological network of neurotransmitters and cell receptors that he calls “the great and powerful wizard behind the curtain.” The body’s endocannabinoid system produces natural compounds akin to those found in marijuana — indeed, the system was named for the cannabis plant — that regulate virtually every system in the human body. “It’s

it, “The first thing a mother does is get the kid stoned.” Melamede is almost evangelical in espousing what he sees as the many healing benefits of marijuana. Specifically, he contends that high doses of cannabis, which contain scores of different cannabinoids, can relieve not only the symptoms of many chronic illnesses — cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease, to name a few — but can slow and even reverse those diseases. When asked for the names and contact info of patients who’ve been cured by cannabis, he said, “How many hundreds do you want?” Melamede’s assertions about the plant’s curative properties put him well outside mainstream thinking in academia, medicine and pharmacology. Almost no medical professionals or academics contacted for this story would comment on the record about him. Some said they respected his intelligence and academic credentials but disagreed with his interpretations of the science. For example, Melamede insists that cannabis can cure cancer. There’s insufficient peer-reviewed research to back that claim. Yet, as Melamede and

other cannabis activists point out, such studies have been virtually impossible to perform in the United States. The federal government lists marijuana as a Schedule I drug with no accepted medical use. One Burlington physician, who did not want to be named, noted that Melamede is “a local hero in the eyes of some.” Others, however, find his blunt, inyour-face style off-putting. “He has the potential to alienate people because of the way he communicates sometimes,” said Laura Lipton of Charlotte, the second of Melamede’s three ex-wives. The father of four has five grandchildren. “A diplomatic Bob Melamede would be an oxymoron.” Agree with him or not, “Dr. Bob is about as famous as you can get in the underground cannabis world,” said Dylan Raap, CEO of Green State Gardener, a Burlington-based store that caters to indoor growers, particularly medical marijuana patients. “He’s universally respected and one of the top names in the industry.” Traditional types, too, acknowledge his advocacy. As doctors, legislators and law enforcement officers in Vermont and elsewhere are coming around on cannabis, Melamede looks increasingly prophetic.

RENEGADE HEALER Melamede resembles an R. Crumb character come to life. Lean, fit and balding, with wire-rim glasses and a bushy, ’70s-style mustache that frames his seemingly perpetual grin, he looks a decade younger than his 70 years. He credits his good health and youthful appearance to high daily doses — about 200 milligrams — of high-potency THC oil, his “anti-aging drug.” “I’ll show you shit that will blow your fucking mind, OK?,” he said from the couch in the Burlington South End condo he’s occupied for two years. The self-described “stoned-out hippie” wore shorts and a T-shirt emblazoned with a marijuana leaf and the words “Phoenix

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Tears” — an international nonprofit foundation that promotes cannabis education, research and advocacy. Melamede long served as the group’s science adviser and program director. He’s also been involved with several cannabis-related businesses, including as former president and CEO of Cannabis Science, a publicly traded biotech firm based in Irvine, Calif. Though our interview was scheduled to last about an hour, Melamede talked for more than three, at times following scientific threads all the way back to the big bang, the rise of vertebrates and the emergence of CB1, the first mammalian cannabinoid receptor. He saved his most stinging criticism — and colorful language — for the medical establishment and Big Pharma. “Our government doesn’t want us well. They want us sick. We’re dollar signs,” Melamede ranted. The conversation was regularly interrupted by phone calls from overseas friends and business associates, some of whom, he admitted, were felons with pot-related convictions. Although ostensibly retired, “I’m busier than I’ve ever been in my life, I work harder than I ever have in my life, and I spend more money than I’ve ever had in my life,” Melamede said. He isn’t just a popular former college professor who lectures worldwide on medicinal cannabis; he’s part of a loose global network of underground activists, which he likened to the computer hacker group Anonymous. “Right now, there are people all around the world treating people with all sorts of illnesses, a whole counterculture medical establishment,” he explained. “The difference is: Ours works, and it’s free, or as close to free as we can make it.” Earlier that day, he learned that his girlfriend, Danica Una Petrovic, had been arrested in Belgrade, Serbia, for possession of cannabis oil. According to Melamede, she’d allegedly used cash contributions from anonymous donors to provide cannabis oil to patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, seizure disorders and the like. Most, he noted, live in places where medical cannabis is illegal. “When they arrested her, they said, ‘We know you’re not a criminal,’” Melamede reported. “She said, ‘Then why are you stealing medicine from sick people?’” At press time, Petrovic was no longer in police custody. Melamede has never been convicted of a crime himself, but a Vermont financial institution recently terminated his accounts for reasons

BURNING QUESTIONS So is weed legal in Vermont? No! Drop that blunt. You’re under arrest! In truth, public pot smokers in Vermont rarely get more than a ticket and a fine. Vermont came tantalizingly close to legalizing marijuana last spring. A bill cleared both chambers of the Vermont legislature at the end of the legislative session, but Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed it, citing safety concerns. Speaking for law enforcement, the governor wants better roadside testing at traffic stops. Pot will be back on the front burner when lawmakers return to Montpelier in January. Both Maine and Massachusetts are on track to have legal, retail marijuana locations open in July 2018, which puts some pressure on Vermont. It’s unclear whether the Vermont legislature would legalize home cultivation of marijuana or come up with a taxed-and-regulated system, as found in several other states. Stay tuned for updates.

How is decriminalization different from legalization? Vermont decriminalized marijuana in 2013. That means getting caught with an ounce or less of weed brings a civil charge, not a criminal one. A first offense is a $200 fine, a second offense, $300; every one after that costs $500. Possession of anything more than an ounce is subject to criminal prosecution, as is cultivation of marijuana plants.

When will weed be legal in Vermont? It’ll be a hot topic when the session starts in January. But Scott recently convened a Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission that is not scheduled to report its findings until December 2018 — a month after he’s up for reelection. Some observers think legislators won’t be willing to wait until then and that marijuana could be legal in Vermont by July 1, 2018. (See story on page 14.)

Other New England states have legalized marijuana. If I legally buy it there, can I bring it back with me to Vermont? Technically, no. Regardless of the weed’s legality someplace else, be it Oregon, Colorado, Massachusetts or Maine, it’s still not legal in Vermont.

If I’m a medical marijuana patient in another state, can I use my card to pick up weed while I’m in Vermont? No. The same goes for holders of a Vermont medical marijuana card, which entitles them to use, possess and buy cannabis only in the Green Mountain State. SASHA GOLDSTEIN

WEIRD SCIENCE Melamede didn’t discover science the way most boys did in the wake of World War II. He was born and raised in Manhattan near the George Washington Bridge, the son of a veteran and his German war bride. Bright and bored, he went off to Herbert H. Lehman College in the Bronx at 16 — one year after researchers James Watson and Francis Crick won the Nobel Prize for cracking the genetic code and discovering the double-helix structure of DNA. That revelation became the backdrop for his belief system. “My whole life I was always interested in: What is life?,” he explained. “And that’s why I went into biology.” It took a while to find his path. At least initially, Melamede didn’t take his studies seriously and nearly flunked out. One day, while he was messing around with some chemicals in his bedroom, a mortar and pestle exploded in Melamede’s hands, blowing off his fingertips and severely burning his face and body. He briefly dropped out of college, he said, which gave him time to regroup. And get high. Around this time, Melamede discovered marijuana. As he put it, “The more pot I smoked, the more I realized that, if you go to college, you should be there to learn and not be an idiot.” Melamede soon buckled down with his studies, eventually graduating first in his class. He went on to pursue a master’s degree at Lehman, then a doctorate in molecular genetics and biochemistry

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Yes. Medical marijuana has been legal here since 2004. Patients can grow their own in a “single, secure indoor facility” or have a registered caregiver cultivate it for them. The state is served by four dispensaries: in Burlington, Montpelier, Brandon and Brattleboro. One more, and a satellite shop, are expected to open next year in St. Albans and Bennington, respectively. Each is registered with the state and, according to state legislation, “may acquire, possess, cultivate, manufacture, transfer, transport, supply, sell and dispense marijuana, marijuanainfused products and marijuana-related supplies” to registered patients and their caregivers. Only patients with debilitating medical conditions can get on the registry. Specifically, the State of Vermont defines those conditions as: “cancer, multiple sclerosis, HIV, AIDS, glaucoma, Crohn’s disease, Parkinson’s disease — or the treatment of these conditions, if the disease or the treatment results in severe, persistent, and intractable symptoms.” It also recognizes: “post-traumatic stress disorder, provided the applicant is undergoing psychotherapy or counseling with a licensed mental health care provider; or a disease or medical condition or its treatment that is chronic, debilitating, and produces one or more of the following intractable symptoms: cachexia or wasting syndrome, chronic pain, severe nausea, or seizures.”

Yes. Both are legal in Vermont. The amount of hemp grown in Vermont has increased exponentially in recent years and has led to a surge in products — foods, supplements and ointments, for instance — containing cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical compound found in cannabis. Unlike its close cousin, marijuana, hemp is high in CBD but contains less than 0.3 percent THC, the psychoactive chemical compound that gets users high. And, unlike marijuana, it’s been legal to grow hemp under state law since 2013. While cultivation remains illegal under federal law, authorities haven’t targeted local growers.

it wouldn’t disclose — even to him. Western Union has also banned him from wiring funds internationally, presumably because it suspected he was financing illegal activity. But his pariah status among bankers and mainstream scientists hasn’t deterred Melamede’s followers. During our interview, an unexpected guest, Valorie McMahon, showed up at his door. Originally from Los Angeles, the 49-year-old Woodstock woman credited Melamede with turning her health around after conventional medicine failed her “miserably.” In October 2004, McMahon was diagnosed with a fibrous tumor on her uterus, which, her doctor told her, could be removed via laparoscopic surgery in about 45 minutes. “Eight hours later,” she said, “I came out of surgery, and they’d stripped me of all my female parts.” According to McMahon, a section of her lower intestines, bladder and vaginal wall were wrapped with a mesh that her body later rejected. As her condition deteriorated, so did her finances. Due to her exorbitant medical bills, McMahon eventually lost her home and business. Her son had to drop out of college. As recently as three years ago, she had 26 tumors throughout her body. Today, she said, she has only one benign tumor, which she’s managing. “How did I do that? Cannabis oil,” she asserted. “Chemotherapy almost killed me. Radiation and surgery almost killed me. All the drugs they put me on made me crazy. Dr. Bob recommended a plant.” His motivation is altruistic, according to friends and colleagues. All five patients interviewed for this story said Melamede never asked them for payment of any kind. Lipton, who was married to him from 1972 to 1984, said her former husband travels on his own dime to conventions and has testified as an expert witness at the trials of people jailed for illegally using cannabis medicinally. “One thing important about Bobby is, he marries heart and mind, his science with his compassion,” Lipton said. “If there’s something that can be bettered because people are suffering or ill, his science is telling him that something can be done about it. So he will put himself on the line for what he thinks is right every time.”






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at City University of New York. While working on his PhD, Melamede met his then-adviser, Susan Wallace, who now chairs the UVM Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. Wallace didn’t reply to several requests for an interview about her former student and colleague. Melamede followed Wallace to Lehman, New York Medical College and eventually UVM in the late 1980s. As a research professor, Melamede ran the lab and became an expert in DNA repair and free-radical damage, which he calls “the friction of life.” Cannabinoids, he suggested, reduce that friction.


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In the late 1970s, Melamede discovered the work of Ilya Prigogine, a Belgian chemist who won the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1977 and pioneered a new field known as nonequilibrium thermodynamics. Based on Prigogene’s writings, Melamede began formulating his own theories on the fundamental physics of life. They eventually helped him understand the unique role that cannabinoids play as anti-aging compounds. “All biochemical change, good or bad, is stress. And the way we handle stress is with our cannabinoid receptor system, because it’s what allowed our brain to develop,” Melamede explained. “It’s the No. 1 neurotransmitter system 1 And we haven’t in our brain. No. 1! been teaching it to fucking doctors!” Matthew Hogg is chief editor at Green Mountain Editing Services in Burlington.

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He got his doctorate at UVM and worked for years in the same molecular biology and genetics lab as Melamede. Hogg said that, by the time they met in 1997, Melamede was already “a bit of a celebrity” among Burlington’s stoner set, organizing pro-marijuana rallies and annual 4/20 toke-ins on campus. Throughout the ’90s, Melamede dabbled in politics and the Vermont Grassroots Party. In 1994, he challenged Jim Jeffords for his U.S. Senate seat; in 1996, he ran against then-U.S. representative Bernie Sanders; and, in 1998, he took on Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Though Melamede never garnered more than about 2,500 votes per race, Hogg remembered him as being “very popular” among college students. “I’d walk around town with him putting up posters and go to lunch, and everybody would yell, ‘Dr. Bob! Dr. Bob!’ Kids would run up and high-five him,” Hogg said. “It seemed like everybody knew him.” Whenever Melamede gave lectures on campus on his favorite topic, Hogg added, “the room was standing room only.” If college students were high on Melamede, his fellow faculty members were far less so. This was particularly true, Hogg recalled, among medical faculty who seemed deeply skeptical, even scornful, of Melamede’s views on endocannabinoids. “I don’t think any of them wanted to believe or agree with him, because he’s a crazy hippie walking around in his tie-dyes, long hair and ponytail being goofy,” Hogg said. “I think he found that to be very frustrating — and enlightening in many ways — that these people who are supposedly the paragons of medical knowledge were, and still are, amazingly ignorant about many things in the human body. “But I knew immediately when I met Dr. Bob that he’s a genius,” Hogg continued. “You can’t argue against what he’s saying, because the science is all on his side.” In September 2001, Melamede left UVM and, at the invitation of Karen Newell Rogers, a former UVM colleague, accepted a faculty position chairing the biology department at University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. Efforts to reach Newell Rogers for comment about her former colleague were unsuccessful. A current administrator in that university’s biology department confirmed Melamede’s tenure but didn’t reply to interview requests. For more than a decade starting in 2002, Melamede taught a class called Endocannabinoids and Medical


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Marijuana, which he claims was the first-ever college-level course on the human cannabinoid system. “And then I became an outcast in the scientific community because I talked about cannabis curing cancer,” he said. “They didn’t want to hear that.” As he spoke, Melamede pulled up dozens of before-and-after photos on his laptop of tumors that, he claimed, were healed by cannabis treatments. In fact, he boasted about curing cancers at a rate of about 80 percent. They included at least four people around the world who beat pancreatic cancer — a disease with a patient survival rate of 2 percent after five years — through high-dose cannabis treatments. It’s a claim Melamede readily admitted most experts would find dubious. “That’s why I’m freaked out, OK? You can’t believe it? Trust me, I can’t believe it!,” he said, then cackled loudly. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration doesn’t believe it, either. Last week, it sent letters to four U.S. firms warning them to stop selling cannabis-based products that claim to “prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer” without sufficient scientific evidence. As FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a press statement, “We don’t let companies market products that deliberately prey on sick people with baseless claims.” In an email to Seven Days, Vermont Commissioner of Health Dr. Mark Levine echoed the FDA’s concerns and urged “great caution” about therapies and products that claim to diagnose, treat or cure cancer without sciencebased evidence to support them. But he also called on the federal government to reclassify cannabis — a prerequisite for real research. Melamede said he has all of the evidence he needs and will defend his science against anyone who challenges it. As he put it, “I’m a very, very conservative scientist, and I can back up everything I say.”

ALZHEIMER’S ANTIDOTE? One of the most intriguing Dr. Bob stories came from a relative of his, whose husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease two years ago. “Judy” lives in a southern state where medical cannabis is not legal. She asked that her real name be withheld, for fear of compromising her husband’s ongoing treatments — and her own legal status. “Alzheimer’s was always somebody else’s disease and somebody else’s problem,” she said, “until it became ours.”

Judy’s husband, “Don,” was a surgeon for 50 years. A native of Romania, he spoke four languages. In 2015, after noticing difficulties with his memory, Don went to a neurologist who confirmed the Alzheimer’s diagnosis. As a lifelong physician, Don followed a standard protocol and began taking Aricept, an FDA-approved pharmaceutical drug for the neurodegenerative disease. In February, Don fainted and was taken to the hospital. His doctor took him off Aricept and put him on Namenda, another Alzheimer’s medication. Still, Judy watched Don’s condition worsen. His blood pressure dropped dangerously,

a journal of Don’s condition since he was diagnosed, said she began to notice significant improvements. He started sleeping more, from one hour a day to five. The facility staff reported that he seemed far less agitated and even began recognizing them by name. And, Judy noted, his language skills started to return. Three months after Don began taking cannabis, Judy said, “he has good days, bad days and what I call ‘wow!’ days, when he’s like a completely different person, so much like normal that it’s like, oh my gosh! I can’t believe this!” Melamede wasn’t surprised by Don’s progress, saying a lot of “wellMATTHEW THORSEN


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and eventually he reverted to speaking only Romanian. After suffering a seizure, Don was taken off Namenda, too. By April, Judy said, Don began having hallucinations and delirium and was running away from home on a regular basis. He also slept no more than an hour at a time. When he was awake, she said, he’d rummage around the house, emptying closets and drawers. On April 18, Judy had no choice but to admit Don into a memory-care facility, where a physician diagnosed him with Stage 6 Alzheimer’s, or “severe decline” — Stage 7 is the most advanced. Judy said that the medications Don took to calm him down and help him sleep triggered rapid weight loss and more seizures. Eventually, Don refused to take any pills, including his diabetes medications. In early July, at Melamede’s suggestion, Judy started her husband on cannabis-laced cookies. Judy, who’s kept

documented science” supports his improvements. Cannabis, he explained, is neuroprotective, meaning it stops further deterioration of neurons. How much daily cannabis did Melamede recommend to achieve those results? “Maybe a joint’s worth,” he said. “It doesn’t take a lot.” What looks like a miracle cure to a family member, however, could amount to malpractice if Melamede were a medical doctor. Dr. Joseph McSherry, a longtime neurologist at the UVM College of Medicine, said he finds some of Melamede’s ideas “curious” and agrees with some of his views on the healing potential of cannabis. In the early 2000s, he testified before the Vermont legislature in favor of legalizing medical marijuana. However, he was unwilling to parse the veracity of Melamede’s claims. “Cannabis has many remarkable medical benefits and may work adjunctively

with pharma medications, better than opioids for chronic conditions,” McSherry wrote in an email. “But I have known believers who had cancer and died, so patients (buyers) beware … I know of no one in the Vermont medical community who recommends [Melamede] or follows him, including me.” Karen Lounsbury and Wolfgang Dostmann, both UVM professors of pharmacology, had a similar reaction during a June 2016 Community Medical School event on the subject of medical cannabis. A videotape shows that the two presenters were respectful of Melamede, who was in the audience, but were unwilling to embrace his assertions without clinical research to support them. “I’ve actually looked at all of your videos, because I find them very interesting, with a lot of good content,” Lounsbury told Melamede. “But we are a college of medicine where we rely on evidence-based medicine.” Dostmann agreed, saying that there are “probably thousands” of patients around the world who’ve benefited from cannabis. The problem, he noted, is that clinical and basic research is prohibited by law, “so no one in this room can engage in clinical trials … As of just a few months ago, we weren’t allowed to get cannabis in our laboratories.” When Melamede countered that he and his colleagues have cured “thousands” of cancer patients around the world, Dostmann cut him off. “I’m sorry,” Dostmann interjected, “but these are just anecdotes.” One heavy hitter gives Melamede a little more credit. Roscoe Moore served as a U.S. assistant surgeon general from 1995 until 2003 under thenU.S. surgeon general Joycelyn Elders. Moore is also a former chief epidemiologist with the Center for Devices and Radiological Health at the FDA and a former assistant professor of oncology at Howard University Cancer Center. Moore briefly worked with Melamede in a cannabis-related business but no longer has any professional or financial relationship with him. “I would say the science makes sense,” Moore said of Melamede’s work in a recent phone interview. “The question is the applicability.” He also conceded, “I think that Dr. Bob is on the right trail.” Does Moore see potential dangers in Melamede overstating his case? “Dr. Bob is an advocate. I would compare it to the advocacy for people with HIV/AIDS,” he clarified. “If advocates didn’t push the issue of HIV/AIDS, we may not be where we are today.” m Contact:




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SEVEN DAYS: How did you pick up Nepali Sign Language? STEPHANIE CRAMER: I worked several months with a man who was a Bhutanese refugee. He worked in the [refugee] camp, and he was a teacher for the deaf. When he came to the U.S., he was a spoken-language interpreter for English and Nepali. Then people realized he knew sign language. The hospital and other services would team the two of us up often to work with the families, so he would teach me a lot of Nepali sign. I also started going to some classes with the deaf Bhutanese individuals who were learning American Sign Language, and [I] learned Nepali signs from them.

SD: What are some similarities or differences you’ve noticed between the U.S.-born and Bhutanese deaf communities? SC: The way one gets a deaf person’s attention is the same. The way [deaf parents’] children are with them is really sweet to watch. The children don’t yell or cry. They wave at their parents, or they go over and touch them, or they will literally turn the parent’s face to look at them with their little hands. The role of family is very different. Deaf Americans live independently. But family is so important in the Bhutanese community. Most deaf Bhutanese people live with their family members. The expectations of people who are deaf are very different in the U.S. versus people coming from Bhutan. [The refugees] weren’t allowed [to drive] in those communities in Bhutan and Nepal. When there are deaf events [here], it’s typically some place you need to drive to.

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tephanie Cramer has made a career out of learning new languages. And key to mastering any language, whether spoken or signed, she says, is cultural immersion. After graduating from college with a major in communication disorders, Cramer learned American Sign Language by living and working with deaf people for almost a decade in Washington, D.C., and Boston. “It’s really important to know how to talk about everything, from life to death and everything in between,” says Cramer, who grew up on Long Island, N.Y. In 1998, Cramer moved to Vermont and became a certified sign language interpreter. Since then, she has worked with IBM (now GlobalFoundries), the University of Vermont and the UVM Medical Center. In the past three years, Cramer has developed an unusual specialty: working with deaf Bhutanese refugees. Demand for her services is so high that she no longer works with Americanborn deaf people. When Cramer started learning Nepali Sign Language, she took the same cultural immersion route she’d taken with ASL. She went to stores with deaf Bhutanese. She organized cooking classes for the women. “A lot of them told stories about leaving Bhutan,” says Cramer. She’s still not proficient in Nepali Sign Language, Cramer says, but she can use a mixture of it and ASL with her clients, who are learning the latter. She took time out from her busy schedule to speak with Seven Days.

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There needs to be some education in the American-born deaf community about this new community and about cultural differences. Some of those differences create barriers [that prevent] the American-born community and the foreign-born community from interacting with each other.

In American Sign Language, we set up the tense first. We’ll say “yesterday,” and then we’ll tell the story. So you’d know [that] what I’m talking about happened already. I noticed those markers are missing [in refugees’ signing]. I always have to dig deeper to find out more information. [I ask,] “Is this something that happened in the past in Nepal, or in the near past? Is this something you want to happen?”

SD: How has the lack of formal education in Bhutan affected the deaf refugees’ language acquisition? SC: I had met a woman who used Nepali Sign Language who is from Nepal and grew up in the schools for the deaf in Nepal. Her language is very different from what I’ve seen from the refugees. What I’ve noticed is, a lot of the individuals are not using a lot of grammar when they’re signing. There’s a critical age of language development, and that [was] missed, because in Bhutan there were no schools.

SD: Have there been instances in which you found yourself doing more than interpreting for your clients? SC: For over a year, we were trying to tell a mother, “You’re not allowed to handfeed your child. He’s old enough [to feed himself ] now.” And the mother would say, “OK, I’ll try.” Then it hit me one day while I was interpreting. If you grew up in a refugee camp [and] were given rice and a few staples, would you feed [your children] the way Americans do — by sitting them in a chair and putting a bunch of

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food out and letting them eat whatever they want, whenever they want? I asked for a moment from everybody to stop the conversation. The mother said, “Everybody in Nepal feeds their child until they’re 5, 6, 7 years old. I’m not going to let my child go hungry if I can hand-feed him myself.” I shared with the team what the mother said. SD: Are you training anyone else to work with deaf Bhutanese refugees? SC: I have given workshops to both hearing and deaf interpreters in the area. I think they would like some more training in Nepali sign. Right now, I’m working with Northeastern University on a grant that they have to train interpreters to work with atypical sign language users. Northeastern has a huge deaf studies department.  Contact:

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Heroine’s Journey Local master storyteller Recille Hamrell has inspired generations to share their tales B Y SA D I E W I L L IAMS

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he Shelburne Vineyard routinely attracts visitors who come to sip wine straight from the source. On those occasions, oenophiles gather around the large wooden bar in the center of the tasting room. But, once a month, a small group ventures upstairs to a loft-turnedstage that looks out over the bar. The participants vary in age, profession and background. What they have in common is a desire to share stories — and Recille Hamrell is the person who brings them together to fulfill that desire. Hamrell, 79, stands about 5 feet tall, has a white bowl cut and often wears flowing garments. Her eyes are bright, her step is lively and her face becomes animated when she talks. That’s important, because talking is what Hamrell does best. She’s been leading storytelling workshops and open mic events in the Burlington area since the mid-1990s, first for kids and now for adults. During this time, Hamrell has become something of a doyenne of the personal storytelling movement. Her role was pointed out to Seven Days years ago in a letter to the editor from Michael Jordan Evans of Williston. He expressed frustration that, in an article about the popular Moth storytelling events, Hamrell hadn’t been given her proper due. While she can’t take sole credit for the rise of local storytelling, Hamrell is an important contributor as teacher, cheerleader and community maker. She hosts monthly Wine & Story nights at the Shelburne Vineyard and frequent workshops at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston. She can often be found at other local story nights, too. For example, there’s Storytelling VT at Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington on the first Tuesday of each month and the Moth at ArtsRiot on the second Tuesday. Hamrell describes the storytellers with whom she shares the stage as her family and community. A transplant to the Green Mountain State, Hamrell was born in Chicago in March 1938. Her parents were pharmacists who emigrated from Russia as children. She grew up in the Windy City’s Hyde Park and South Shore neighborhoods.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Hamrell married a medical student. Soon after, she began working in the Chicago school system, which she describes as “an eye-opener,” both for the “terrible segregation” and the overcrowding. “The schools, which were built for, like, 500 [students], had  1,500 in the morning and 1,500 in the afternoon, on double shifts,” she recalls. Hamrell soon realized that she needed more than an undergraduate degree to navigate the myriad obstacles facing some 15,000 children at four or five schools. “You had cerebral palsy, unrepaired cleft [palates],” she says. So, while working, she attended Northwestern University to earn a master’s degree and then started a second master’s in child psychology and development at the University of Chicago. She never finished the latter.

“I was six hours short — in that last six hours, I had a baby,” Hamrell explains. Soon after, “[My husband] had to go into the armed  forces,” she says, and the family moved to Minneapolis. At that time, she notes, “Women didn’t have the gumption to be able to say, ‘I’ll meet you in six months or a year.’ No, you followed where he went. And so off I went.” After two years in Minneapolis, Hamrell again followed her husband — to Vermont. “I didn’t even know where Vermont was on a map!” she exclaims. Nevertheless, in 1969, she found a job as a speech therapist for the Champlain Valley School District, which includes Shelburne, Charlotte, Hinesburg, St. George and Williston. (By the end of her career, she was working only at the Hinesburg Community School.) It was through her work with children and young adults, she says, that she began to appreciate the power of storytelling.


In the mid-’80s, Hamrell says, “mainstreaming came to Vermont.” That meant that children with a variety of cognitive difficulties, who previously had been educated separately from socalled “normal” kids, were integrated into public school classrooms. “We’re talking the delayed, the autistic, all the disabilities — and the teachers had no training,” Hamrell says. “Somehow, the speech therapist was supposed to help these kids communicate and be a part of the whole school.” So she read stories with them. “You read the story together, and, because it’s animated, they’re in [it],” she says. “They’re engaged.” Hamrell continued to work storytelling into her programming in many ways, such as through story-based photography shows and physically moving kids through the plot progressions. After Barnes & Noble arrived on Dorset Street in South Burlington, she began organizing performances there with her Hinesburg students.

The first show, which took place on the store’s whimsical Winnie the Pooh stage, started with 17 storytellers in 1997. Eventually, it grew so big that Hamrell had to move it back to the school. And she wasn’t working just with speech therapy students. “You had the smarty and whoknows-what all lined up, and they were all a part of it,” Hamrell remembers. “And I believed that was integration. There was no way that anybody in the audience could pick out that this kid was different.” Hamrell retired from the school system in 2004, but she wasn’t about to stop working. “That’s when I said, ‘What do I love about my work and my career?’” she says. She answered herself: “the storytelling.” So she launched a storytelling workshop at the Charlotte Senior Center.




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That effort evolved into a workshop at the Alling library in 2007, which continues to this day. In 2008, Hamrell started an open mic night at the Flynndog gallery in Burlington; it soon moved to the First Unitarian Universalist Society church at the top of the Church Street Marketplace. In 2012, she moved the open mic to Shelburne Vineyard. “The vineyard is an elegant place to come out,” Hamrell says. “That’s part of the appeal.” The tasting room loft is also an intimate, cozy setting. Sitting close to other people might make it easier to dig into the life incidents that inform some of the best stories. From personal experience, Hamrell understands the need for comfort, community and a safe space to share those stories. In 1980, her husband of 25 years walked out. That painful separation is partly responsible for fueling her passion for storytelling. “I needed a venue,” she says. “That was so traumatic for me. It took me years to work through [it]. And I ended up telling [stories] about the terrible things I was going through, but only after I was a heroine.”

By adopting a sort of abridged idea of the hero’s journey — the narrative structure popularized by mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell — Hamrell was able to move forward. She became a character in her own story, with her own motivations and her own voyage. “It was a beautiful life, and I wanted to be able to reach into that, but I had to be able to get through the pain and the shame,” she says. “And I used my opportunity to be in storytelling groups to do it.” Hamrell’s account of her actions in the wake of her divorce won her first place by people’s choice in a 2014 “telloff” in Montpelier. The competition, called Extempo and hosted by Jen Dole, has taken place about once a month since 2010; some of the stories can also be heard online. Dole acknowledges the impact of national organizations like the Moth but adds that, locally, Hamrell has had a strong role in the storytelling phenomenon. “Something Recille is very good at is [reminding] just plain folks that this is something you can do,” Dole says. “You don’t have to be a person who’s had experience. Oftentimes people will wait in the wings and think, I could never do that. Recille is the one that’s out there holding educational events. [She asks,] ‘Do you want to know how to become a storyteller? Do you have a story inside you?’” And, Dole says, Hamrell was the first to do that, citing her early start using storytelling with kids. “There’s a lot of new blood. There are events that feel more youth-oriented, more hipster, but, as far as being the first person out there running workshops, holding events, story-sharing experience, that’s her,” Dole says. “She has decades of experience on us in that industry.” And Hamrell has parlayed that experience into a strong community. Next March, she points out, “I’m turning 80. And my sister says, ‘I’m coming from Chicago. You better have an event for me to come to.’ What do I say? ‘My family, my storytelling family, let’s do a celebration.’ I’m bonded with them.” That celebration will take place at the Shelburne Vineyard. And you can bet that Hamrell will be telling a story. m

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y the time Bev Colston attended college in the 1970s, the Black Power and Black Is Beautiful movements had left a deep impression on her. “I was a young teen in the late ’60s, when these movements were at their height, and benefited from the power and pride they imbued on young, black-identified folks like myself,” she said. As she recalled, she learned to appreciate her beauty and intelligence at a time when “the whole culture is sending you a message that is quite opposite.” More than 40 years later, little has changed. “We’re not ‘post-racial,’” said Colston, director of the Mosaic Center for Students of Color at the University of Vermont. Minority students at UVM, she noted, still have to grapple with the same issues that she faced decades ago. “Racism is still racism,” said Colston, now 62, during an interview in her office at the Living/Learning Center. “I can spot that ... and see how we, as folks of color, have to continue to deal with that as a factor in our lives and learn how to really love ourselves.” At the Mosaic Center, Colston and her staff of five provide direct services to students, help “make space” for them on campus and support their activism. This includes organizing events such as Friday Breakfast and Sisterhood Circle, as well as helping students create new affinity groups. “‘What is it that would make students of color self-loving, well and thriv[ing] on this campus?’ is the question that we must consider daily,” she said. The center’s new Dream Zone is the latest testament to the work that Colston and her staff do to enhance student wellness. The purpose of the space, which will open on Wednesday, November 15, is to assist students who are undocumented immigrants or who have undocumented family or friends. The development is timely, in light of President Donald Trump’s September decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy. “We are really excited about being able to expand what we offer,” said Colston. The Dream Zone will provide resources and organize programming

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to support a community that lives in the African-American & Native American shadows. (ALANA) Student Center. The name A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Colston change to Mosaic Center for Students of graduated in 1976 from the University Color coincided with the center’s reloof Pennsylvania, where she majored cation last year from Blundell House on in psychology. In 1989, she and her Redstone Campus to Living/Learning. husband, Hal, moved Colston said workwith their three children ing with ALANA was a from Philadelphia to dream come true, because Vermont to accept adminit involved counseling istrative positions at the — something she enjoys. New England Culinary But she finds her leaderBE V C O L S TO N Institute, then in Essex ship position “extremely Junction. Colston stayed meaningful,” too. there for about a year and a half, then left “I cannot imagine a better job, beto work at Mount Mansfield Union High cause I am serving communities of School and Saint Michael’s College, color,” Colston said. consecutively. Since the center moved to a more “I went to St. Mike’s because I central campus location, more students wanted to be in communities of color,” have begun using it, according to office Colston explained. There, she managed manager Tatiana Martinez. It’s espeprogramming for international students. cially busy after 6 p.m., when various Her husband went on to found the student groups hold their meetings. nonprofits Good News Garage and “They have made this space theirs,” NeighborKeepers; he is now director of Martinez noted. Partnership for Change, an organizaStudents who frequent the Mosaic tion that works with Burlington and Center described it as a safe haven. Said Winooski schools to support a student- Jordan Quiles, who’s multiracial, “It’s a centered approach to education. place that allows us, as students of color, In 2000, Colston was hired as a to have a home, to feel welcomed at this student services adviser at what was overwhelmingly white institution.” The then UVM’s Asian-American, Latino, free meals and networking opportunities



during Friday Breakfast are also a draw, the junior from Barre added. Last month, UVM campus police cited a continuing-education student, Wesley Richter, for disorderly conduct after he was overheard on the phone using racist and threatening language about black people on campus. The Mosaic Center, Quiles said, has been “the main body that’s been providing us with comfort” after the incident, which he called “rattling.” Before they began their freshman year at UVM last year, Ruth Doe and Pirawan Ratanapratum participated in a summer program organized by the Mosaic Center. “I got connected with all the staff,” said Ratanapratum, who graduated from Peoples Academy High School in Morrisville. “I feel like, if this place didn’t exist, I would kind of hide my identity as a person of color,” she said. “[I’d] feel less confident.” Doe said she likes the diversity of students at the Mosaic Center because it reminds her of her alma mater, Burlington High School. “When I have spare time, I’d come here just to see my friends, who are from different cultures,” she said, adding that simply walking across campus can be “intimidating” when “you’re different.” Now sophomores and members of the Asian Student Union, the young women chose to take work-study jobs at the Mosaic Center. “When we are hiring, a lot of people want to work with us because of the reputation of this place,” said Martinez. Colston is a popular figure on campus, she noted: “We have learned to support students in a nurturing way because we have a leader who has supported us in a nurturing way.” UVM senior Angelica Crespo described Colston as one of the most charismatic women she’s ever met. “She has helped me get scholarships and has supported me when I thought I wanted to leave the university,” Crespo continued. The Mosaic Center and Colston, she added, also offered support of various kinds when she established the Womyn of Color Coalition in 2015. Though the students at UVM have made the Mosaic Center a place of their

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Because much of the center’s work involves celebrating multiculturalism and minority identities, the national climate affects her and her staff, Colston observed. “When Trayvon Martin was murdered, we were all in tears … We could barely work that day,” said Colston. Last year, the Mosaic Center received hate calls about two events it had organized: the Examining White Privilege Retreat and the Racial Aikido Retreat. The previous year, Todd Starnes of Fox News had called attention to the former event, mocking it as “Blame the White Guy 2015.”

“We didn’t feel unsafe,” Colston insisted of the phone calls. But she reported the matter to the administration and trained her student staff to handle similar situations. In her 17 combined years at the ALANA and Mosaic centers, Colston said, she has never heard of a campus threat as “overt” as the one overheard last month. However, such incidents are not uncommon in Burlington, she said. Many Vermonters prefer not to admit that racism exists here, she suggested, because they don’t want to believe that about themselves. Over the years, the center has offered programming to meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body. Colston is particularly excited about the Dream Zone. Graduate student Eloisa A. Romero has been tasked with launching a program that Ruth Doe (left) and Pirawan will serve the undocRatanapratum umented community — one whose size is unclear, given that the university neither inquires about nor keeps records of students’ immigration status. Visitors to the space will find books, resources and “Know Your Rights” cards in several languages. “Immigration is an issue that affects UVM students directly and indirectly, so we, the Dream Zone, will help students with this invisible identity,” Romero said. Not everyone agrees with the mission, or even the existence, of the Mosaic Center, Colston noted. In her mind, though, the center is simply one more student affairs department designed to assist sections of the UVM community. “No one makes it alone,” she said. “We need others in order to make it.” m

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n the early 2000s, just as cellphones became ubiq- / along my father’s arm, tracing the new tattoo.” The uitous, I inadvertently overheard my seatmate on father responds by flicking out his knife and jabbing it a train tell his father he was gay. “Dad, Frank is in their direction. Then he “guns his engine” and chases not just my best friend,” the stranger said into his the gay men off with his car. It’s this same inherited phone. Inches away, I pretended to be engrossed in “bone handle[d],” “rusted but still sharp switchblade” my book, but my whole body tensed, anticipating the that the poet holds, without condemnation, at the end father’s response. Readers of Shaftsbury poet James of the poem. Crews’ second collection, Telling My Father, may find themselves bracing for a similar pivotal moment. Crews edits poetry and nonfiction for Brattleboro’s Green Writers Press and has published in journals such as Ploughshares and the New Republic; his first collection, The Book of What Stays, won the 2010 Prairie Schooner Book Prize. At the outset of this spare and careful volume, which won Southeast Missouri State University’s Cowles Poetry Prize, readers receive numerous cues that Telling My Father is about, among other things, men loving men, in familial and sensual ways. While the title posits a three-word mission, the cover features an archival photograph of the author as a toddler cuddling with his father. The book is dedicated to the poet’s deceased namesake parent, James Crews Sr., and a third of its 47 poems invoke him, chart this father-son relationFROM TELLING ship, or both. The poem that follows, “Elegy for MY FATHER: The book opens with a poem deFaces in a Nightclub, East St. Louis,” “HOW LIGHT LEAVES” scribing the nature of human desire, portrays the speaker’s awakening Light leaves this summer day regardless of sexual orientation. desire for a “wisp thin boy from the way it leaves the eyes, “Human Being” acknowledges our Elgin, Illinois.” At that point, this wants and needs and the arduous, reader grew uneasy, fearing that not all at once, but by slow degrees, often slippery roads we traverse to the father’s paternal love, insinureaching through the blinds, satiate them. ated in the earlier poems, might not touching the tabletop and turning Then, over poems that follow, transcend his prejudice against the the glass of water into fuel, the poet introduces us to his beson’s sexual orientation. We won’t loved dad. Readers meet the padivulge here how Crews handles making it burn before dropping triarch “who smells of sweat and the “reveal,” only say that what his behind poplars and glancing tobacco” (“Chore”) and preserves poems do so well is catalog the moone last time through leaves jars of heirloom tomatoes (“My ments when fallible humans are now shimmering, flickering out. Father Asks for One Last Thing”). good to one another. Crews Sr. teaches his son the “lanThat goodness might manifest in a The light left my father’s eyes guage of manhood … Phillips head, son’s ability to invoke his father’s holike that, until his look became needle nose, catalytic converter” and mophobic past with compassion. It a darkened glass behind which “gets homemade tattoos of lightning might show in a chronicle of actions I knew he was still awake, on his bicep.” He has “grease-black such as the father’s setting out a glass hands” and can “scrape a deer skull of orange juice for his son’s return but lying alone now, waiting clean” (“Halfway-Heaven”); he from a gay nightclub at dawn. Or in for a knock at the door, and then craves the salt and fat of Big Macs the massage the son gives the father the light footsteps of someone (“Strict Diet”). during his final days of a terminal coming for him. Later, in one of this eloquent colillness. Or, on yet another occasion, lection’s most unforgettable poems, when two men make noise-filled love Crews demonstrates everything the in the apartment above a subway. poet risks by telling his father he’s In this excerpt from “What Goes gay. “The Inheritance” portrays Crews’ father, then a On,” Crews turns the music of love-making into liltyoung man, visiting the park near St. Louis where “men ing lyrics. This is one of the few poems in the book went for other men.” There he fields advances from in which he overtly uses rhyme, repeating words and inquisitive males who say, “Hey Baby, running a finger vowel sounds to mimic the lovers’ closeness:







The flame’s the same in each of us though it is not eternal just as I am not eternal no matter how permanent I feel when lying next to my lover and leaning close before bed to leave a kiss as a kind of seal on his lips, to prove that we are real and I feel and fall and try to fit ourselves imperfectly back together. If much of Telling My Father is concerned with the love for father and for lover, love for nature is the third theme of this four-part collection. Sections II, III and IV are sprinkled with straight-up nature poems that exemplify a reverence for creatures residing beyond Crews’ more urban settings. Poems with settings such as “Crater Lake” and “Salmon River Estuary, First Light” are full of lovely observations — “the glance and swoop of heron” and water’s “etched set of ripples in the slick sand,” respectively. But Crews is at his best when his poems chart the more complex intersections of wild and domestic. For example, “Message” rings (more) true when it illustrates not only the love Crews feels for nature but the affair he’s simultaneously carrying on with technology. Even as the poet notices the “heron splashed up from the pond” and “bullfrogs beginning to thrum,” the chirping of the phone in his pocket compels his attention. Unable to resist, he takes it out, “tapping its screen / aglow.” Crews’ attunement to the world beyond nature — the supernatural — is another of the book’s luminous strengths. The volume contains a handful of “visitation poems,” in which people manage to be good to each other even after they’ve ceased to be people. Among the best of these is “Visitation on Telegraph Road” toward the end of the book, which begins, “My dead father came back to me / the night I wrecked my pick up.” Lest readers brace themselves for a farfetched ghost story, Crews’ plainspoken narration offers assurance: “No gauzy white sheets, no face afloat / in the sleet blowing through / the broken windshield — I just knew / he was there in the seat next to me.” Having described his crash on a slippery road, Crews concludes his poem with another pivotal fatherson moment. When the speaker, who has a gashed head and cracked ribs, seems on the verge of joining his father in the beyond, the ghost-father’s steadying presence keeps him from slipping into oblivion, with help from the now-ubiquitous cellphone. “I dialed 911,” Crews writes “…but knew / as soon as I heard that ringing, I was / back in the world, and he was not.” 

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ust as a new home inspires a housewarming party, a new wood-fired oven beckons an oven warming. On October 28, Johnson residents answered just such a culinary call to action on the grassy Legion Field beside Johnson Elementary School. The town of about 3,300 was celebrating an event that was a year in the making: The new community stone oven was ready for its inaugural pizza bake. The project’s two champions, Jen Burton and Mark Woodward — a librarian and a former legislator, respectively — stayed busy at the oven, while more than 50 of their neighbors came by to see, and taste, it in action. Having written grants, attended meetings and organized construction, they were finally ready to make pizza. Burton rolled dough, slathered on tomato sauce from a big pot, and scattered donated local vegetables and cheese on the pies, while Woodward maneuvered them in and out of the wood-burning oven. The first few pizzas were on the well-done side, but nobody complained. “We’ve been lighting fires all week, curing it,” Burton said, describing another kind of oven warming: the process of building up a new stone oven’s heat tolerance. “We didn’t have time to do a test run, and it was probably too hot when we started, but it’s all part of our learning process.” This part of the process certainly looked like more fun than the many hours spent navigating grant applications and questions from the selectboard. But those steps were vital to growing the project from a seed sown by a 2014 Vermont Public Radio story about a community oven in Norwich. “I heard that show and just thought it was the coolest thing,” Woodward said. He mentioned it to Burton, who had also caught the radio piece. The friends agreed that an oven would be





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state legislature. “This is my new community service,” he said with a grin from his spot in front of the oven. Burton, the librarian and technology integrationist at Hazen Union School in Hardwick, has lived in Johnson since 1993. She focused on the practicalities of bringing the oven idea to life, signing up for an oven-building workshop at a local farm and investigating potential funding. Burton had recently helped found the Johnson Arts Council, a nonprofit that works to build community and support a dynamic downtown through the arts, including culinary ones. With the council as the project’s fiscal sponsor, Burton successfully applied for two grants totaling $3,500 from the Vermont Community Foundation, including a Lamoille County-specific grant from the Green Mountain Fund. She also made her first appearance of several in front of the town’s selectboard and pitched the project as an opportunity for the community to come together, first to build the oven, then to cook and bake in it and eat around it. After attending an introductory course, town residents would be able to sign up to use the oven. Historically, community ovens were shared resources that connected people in rural areas, Burton explained at the oven warming. “We hoped the oven would rekindle community around food,” she said. The board and local residents were enthusiastic once issues of location, safety and management had been ironed out, said Eric Osgood, chair of the Johnson Selectboard and an attendee at the oven warming. “We had some questions,” he recalled, “but as long as it wasn’t going to cost the town money, we were all for it.”


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Kindling Community « P.44 Settling on the oven site, Burton said, was probably the biggest issue. While some proposed Old Mill Park at the edge of town, Burton and Woodward always envisioned the oven in the centrally located Legion Field, which hosts Johnson’s popular summer concert series, Tuesday Night Live. “We wanted the oven central and visible, where everyone can see it,” said Burton. The oven warming demonstrated the location’s value. A steady flow of people kept arriving, some with involvement in the project and some without. Warren Mingledorff, 96, said he had enjoyed watching the construction from his apartment across the street. Karissa Lowe, 9, was excited to try the pizza. “We can see it from our school,” she said of the oven. Jasmine Yuris and her husband met when they came to Vermont to attend Johnson State. The couple recently bought a house a few doors down from the oven. Busy with two young children, home renovations and their own business, “We call ourselves passive helpers,” Yuris said. They gave the project access to water through a spigot outside their house. “We are so psyched about the oven. We plan on using it often,” Yuris went on. “We’re considering it an extension of our kitchen.” Longtime local resident Steve Engel arrived and examined the oven with interest. “Like how we included your stones?” Woodward asked him. Engel was among townspeople who had responded to a call to drop off interesting stones as oven construction materials. His donation was blocks of red jasper granite from Johnson’s defunct talc mill. “When the mill closed in the ’80s, I bought about 400 of them,” he said. A sewing machine repairman, Engel has lived in town for 40 years. “It’s a good community, and it’s nice to see younger people gravitating toward it,” he said. The oven, he added, “is beyond cool. It brings people together, brings a little more pride to the community, and it’s something useful.” Local businesses also contributed materials to the project. Sheltered from the elements by a post-and-beam structure, the oven boasts not just various types of stone but quirky antique adornments, including a horse-bridle bit, a star-decorated cast-iron paddle from a cow’s drinking bowl, an elegant marble finial and a fireplace mantel. Its opening arches around an old saw blade. Most of these items came from Woodward’s own collection. “I’m a terrible junk collector,” he admitted.





At a final cost of $8,000, not including donated materials, the oven project outgrew its initial plan and budget, Burton and Woodward acknowledged. “We could have done one for the original number,” said Burton, “but Mark wanted it bigger, and then he made it happen.” Woodward covered the shortfall himself and organized volunteers who helped with construction. “My heart was into doing it,” he said. Stonemason Duffy Gardner, who lives in Worcester and was the only paid

participant in the project, said it was a special one for him. “Jen and Mark are visionary,” Gardner said. “With this bread oven, you could bake bread for the whole village. Coupled with a community root cellar and community garden, you could start having a conversation about food sovereignty, a communitybased type of existence.” After volunteers completed the site work and the wooden structure, Gardner spent about three weeks in August

building the oven with a little heavylifting help from locals. Woodward and Burton had hoped community members would sign up for a workshop to assist with the oven build. No one did, perhaps because of the multi-week commitment required, they speculated. Rep. Matt Hill (D-Lamoille) said at the oven warming that he wished he could have lent a hand. Hill, who grew up in Johnson and now lives in Wolcott, had to give precedence to his own carpentry business, he said. He praised Burton and Woodward for making the project happen. “This kind of thing takes at least one very motivated person, and that motivated person needs a lot of support,” he said. After taking a turn making pizzas, Diane Lehouiller, a Johnson resident since 1978, said the oven warming was even more fun than she’d expected. Having helped gather signatures of support when the project launched, she was pleased with the result. “I think this will help people do more things together,” Lehouiller said. “Every community can use that.”  Contact:

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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0526-4I 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On October 19, 2017, Lark-Inns L.P., Inc., 410 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT 05401 filed application #4C05264I for a project generally described as expansion of an existing Holiday Inn Express building, to include replacing the canopy, reconfiguring the sidewalks, adding Entry “B” foyer with improved handicapped access, adding a service door to Comfort Suites, and improving the dumpster pad/area. The Project is located at 1720 Shelburne 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 “4C0526-4I”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before November 20, 2017, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the

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presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Com11/6/17HW-heney1-110817.indd 4:20 PM 1 11/6/17 12:22 PM mission sets the matter BERLIN I 1251 HILL STREET EXTENSION I #4646147 for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request must be in writing to the address below, must state the criteria or subcriteria 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 interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator Three bedroom home on 6.49 acres, at the telephone number 1.7 miles to downtown Montpelier. listed below for more inforThree season porch, bright and airy mation. Prior to convening eat-in kitchen which opens to living a hearing, the Commission room. Expansive family room feamust determine that subtures Vermont Castings woodstove. stantive issues requiring a Detached two car garage. House is hearing have been raised. on 1.81 acres, second 4.68 acres has Michael Calcagni Findings of Fact and views, well, septic permits in place. 552-0338 Conclusions of Law will $299,500 not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. permit may also be viewed adjoining property owners ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR If you feel that any of on the Natural and other persons to the HW-heney2-110817.indd 1 APPLICATION #4C062711/6/17 12:34 PM the District Commission Resources Board’ s web extent they have a par71 V.S.A. §§ 6001 6093 members listed on the site (http://nrb.vermont. ticularized interest that attached Certificate of On October 23, 2017, 7 gov) by clicking on “Act may be affected by the Service under “For Your Ewing Place Essex, LLC, 250 Database” and enterproposed project under Information” may have a 7 Ewing Place, Unit C, ing the project number the 10 criteria. Non-party conflict of interest, or if Essex Jct., VT 05452 fi led “4C0627-7A”. participants may also be there is any other reason application #4C0627-7A allowed under 10 V.S.A. a member should be disfor a project generally No hearing will be held Section 6085(c)(5). qualified from sitting on described as the construc- and a permit may be this case, please contact tion of a 2,750 issued unless, on or before Dated at Essex Junction, the district coordinator as square foot storage buildNovember 20, Vermont this 25th day of soon as possible, no later ing on Lot 5 of the Ewing 2017, a person notifies the October, 2017. than prior to the response Commercial Park. There Commission of an issue date listed above. will be no water or or issues requiring the By: /s/Stephanie H. wastewater services. presentation of evidence Monaghan Should a hearing be held Th e Project is located at at a hearing or the ComStephanie H. Monaghan on this project and you 7 Ewing Place in Essex, mission sets the matter District #4 Coordinator have a disability for which Vermont. for hearing on its own moNatural Resources Board you are going to tion. Any hearing request 111 West Street need accommodation, Th e District #4 Environmust be in writing to the Essex Jct., VT 05452 please notify us by Nomental Commission is address below, must state 802-879-5662 vember 20, 2017. reviewing this application the criteria or subcriteria stephanie.monaghan@ under Act 250 Rule at issue, why a hearing Parties entitled to partici51 — Minor Applications. is required and what adpate are the Municipality, A copy of the application ditional evidence will be the Municipal Planning and proposed permit are presented at the hearing. Commission, the Regional available for review at Planning Commission, afthe office listed below. The fected state agencies, and application and a draft




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Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. 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 will 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, no later than prior to the response date listed above. Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by November 20, 2017. 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 they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction,

By: Stephanie H. Monaghan District #4 Coordinator Natural Resources Board 111 West Street Essex Jct., VT 05452 802-879-5662 stephanie.monaghan@ BURLINGTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD TUESDAY NOVEMBER 21ST, 2017, 5:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Burlington Development Review Board will hold a meeting on Tuesday November 21st, 2017 at 5:00pm in Contois Auditorium, City Hall. 1. 18-0440CU; 76 Chase St (RL, Ward 1E) Eva Sollberger Permit 1 room in ADU for short term rentals. (Project Manager: Scott Gustin) Plans may be viewed in the Planning and Zoning Office, (City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington), between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Participation in the DRB proceeding is a prerequisite to the right to take any subsequent appeal. Please note that ANYTHING submitted to the Planning and Zoning office is considered public and cannot be kept confidential. This may not be the final order in which items will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at or the office notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard. CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances:

(131) The space in front [to] of [4]20 Allen Street.

the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

(132)-(166) As Written

(2)-(20) As Written

Adopted this 20th day of September, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners:

(21) On the north side of Pearl Street beginning one hundred thirty-two (132) feet west of Pine Street and continuing west for fifty-eight (58) feet, effective from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant Director – Technical Services Adopted 9/20/17; Published 11/08/17; Effective 11/29/17.

(1) As Written

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7A Accessible spaces designated. 11/6/17 11:48 AM No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations, except automobiles displaying special handicapped license plates issued pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 1325, or any amendment or renumbering thereof:

CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances:

(1)-(74) As Written (75) [Reserved.] On the west side of Intervale Avenue in the first space north of Spring Street.

16 Bus Stops. (a) The following spaces are hereby designated as bus stops:

(76)-(89) As Written

(b) The following areas are designated for the parking of tour buses only.

(2) [On the west side of South Champlain Street beginning ninety (90) feet north of Main Street and continuing for a distance of one hundred thirty (130) feet north, for a maximum time limit of three (3) hours between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.] Reserved. (3)-(4) As Written Adopted this 18th day of October, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant Director – Technical Services

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CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances:

CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances:

7A Accessible spaces designated. No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations, except automobiles displaying special handicapped license plates issued pursuant to 18 V.S.A. § 1325, or any amendment or renumbering thereof:

11-1 Thirty-minute parking. No person shall park any vehicle, at any time, longer than thirty (30) minutes at the following locations: (1)-(14) As Written (15) On the north side of Pearl Street beginning one hundred thirty-two (132) feet west of Pine Street and continuing west for fifty-eight (58) feet, effective from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.

(1)-(149) As Written (150) [In front of 45 Lafountain Street.] On the west side of Lafountain Street in the first space south of Manhattan Drive. (151)-(166) As Written

Adopted this 18th day of October, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners:

Adopted this 18th day of October, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners:

Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant Director – Technical Services

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CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances:

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SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS Adopted this 20th day of September, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant Director – Technical Services Adopted 9/20/17; Published 11/08/17; Effective 11/29/17. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add. CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances: 7 No-parking areas. No person shall park any vehicle at any time in the following locations: (1)-(321) As Written (322) [Reserved.] On the north side of Bradley Street. (323)-(541) As Written Adopted this 20th day of September, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners:

Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant Director – Technical Services Adopted 9/20/17; Published 11/08/17; Effective 11/29/17. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add. CITY OF BURLINGTON TRAFFIC REGULATIONS The following traffic regulations are hereby enacted by the Public Works Commission as amendments to Appendix C, Rules and Regulations of the Traffic Commission, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances: 9-2 Four-hour parking. No person shall park any vehicle, at any time, longer than four (4) hours at the following locations: (1) As Written. (2) The north side of Allen Street. The restriction is in effect Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Adopted this 20th day of September, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E.

Assistant Director – Technical Services Adopted 9/20/17; Published 11/08/17; Effective 11/29/17. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add. NOTICE OF LEGAL SALE View Date 11/16/2017 Sale Date 11/17/2017 Stephen Morehouse Unit #307 Tammy Lauchman Unit #221 Easy Self Storage 46 Swift St. South Burlington, VT 05403 (802)863-8300 NOTICE TO CREDITORS I represent Grover Engineering PC. The company sold substantially all of its assets on October 31 , 2017 and is currently in the process of winding up its business. I have been authorized by the company to administer that winding up. If you would like to submit a claim for amounts due to you from Grover Engineering PC. You may do so by sending your claim in writing to:



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Pease Mountain Law PLLC P.O. Box 310 Charlotte, VT 05445-0310 Your claim must commence within 5 years after publication of this notice. If your claim is not received within that 5-year period it will be barred pursuant to 11 V.S.A. §4108. Your claim must include copies of all billing documents in support of your claim. Dated: October 31, 2017 /s/Michael T. Russell Pease Mountain Law PO Box 310 Charlotte, VT 05445-0310 Name of Publication: Seven Days Publication Date: November 8, 2017 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §4442 and §4444, notice is hereby given of a public hearing by the Burlington City Council to hear comments on the following proposed amendments to the City of Burlington’s Comprehensive Development Ordinance (CDO): PROPOSED AMENDMENTS:


ZA-17-10 Green Roof Lot Coverage ZA-17-11 Emergency Shelters ZA-17-14 Preschool Technical Amendments ZA-17-15 Article 4 Development Bonuses ZA-17-16 Replacement Mobile Homes The public hearings will take place on Monday, November 27, 2017 during the Regular City Council Meeting which begins at 7:00 pm in Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT. Pursuant to the requirements of 24 V.S.A. §4444(b): Statement of purpose: • ZA-17-10: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to define green roofs and create clear guidelines for how lot coverage is calculated on sites with buildings which are constructed with a green roof. • ZA-17-11: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to create language related to emergency shelters, as temporary housing in order to differentiate them from community houses, and to establish parameters for calculating the maximum number of units, location, duration of stay, and onsite management.

Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. • ZA-17-14: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to correct two gaps in the CDO regarding preschools by adding standards for use for the NAC-CR zoning district to Appendix A-Use Table, and adding minimum off-street parking requirements to Table 8.1.8-1. • ZA-17-15: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to address duplicity and contradictions between Article 4 and Article 9 regarding development bonuses in neighborhood mixed use and residential zoning districts. In particular, this amendment clarifies the maximum cumulative development bonus allowable for properties in neighborhood mixed use zones by retaining an additional 0.5 FAR bonus, but eliminating reference to a 10 ft height bonus, when providing an additional 5% inclusionary housing over what is required in Article 9. Additionally, this amendment clarifies that development bonuses may be cumulative up to, but not to exceed, the maximum allowable bonuses for properties in residential zones. Finally, this amendment corrects a footnote which applies a setback to properties in the NAC, NMU, and NAC-R zones when abutting residential uses, but not to the NAC-CR. • ZA-17-16: The purpose of this proposed amendment

is to ensure that language in Article 5 review standards for applications involving a mobile home park clarifies that the review standards in Article 3, Part 5 for Conditional Use review apply to new and expanded mobile home parks, but not individually to the alteration or replacement of a mobile home within a park. Geographic areas affected: • ZA-17-10: This amendment applies to all areas and zoning districts within the City. • ZA-17-11: This amendment applies to all areas and zoning districts within the City. • ZA-17-14: This amendment applies to all areas and zoning districts within the City. • ZA-17-15: This amendment applies to all areas of the City within residential and neighborhood mixeduse zoning districts. • ZA-17-16: This amendment applies to areas of the City zoned low and medium density residential (RL, RL-W, RM, and RM-W) where mobile home parks are allowed as a Conditional Use. List of section headings affected: • ZA-17-10: This amendment applies adds Sec.5.2.3 (9) i. through iv., and modifies the definition of “green roof” in Article 13: Definitions.

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• ZA-17-11: This amendment creates Section 5.4.13 Emergency Shelters (a) through (f); adds the use to Article 8, Table 8.1.8-1; adds a definition to Article 13; and adds Emergency Shelter use and Footnote 29 to Appendix A-Use Table. • ZA-17-14: This amendment adds preschools as a permitted use within Appendix A- Use Table for the NAC-CR district, and adds parking standards for preschools within Table 8.1.8-1 Minimum Off Street Parking Requirements. • ZA-17-15: This amendment modifies Table 4.4.2-1; and amends text in Sec.4.4.2.(d)3.A. Inclusionary Housing, Sec 4.4.5.(d)7.C. Adaptive Reuse Bonus, Sec 4.4.5.(d)7.D. Residential Conversion Bonus, and Sec 4.4.5.(d)7.E. Limitations on Residential Development Bonuses. • ZA-17-16: This amendment modifies the text in Sec. 5.4.12 Mobile Home Parks. The full text of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance and these proposed amendments are available for review at the Department of Planning and Zoning, City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington Monday through Friday





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8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or on the department’s website at www.burlingtonvt. gov/pz. PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Roadway Acceptance Request: Staniford Farms Road Pursuant to the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance Section 10.1.12(d), notice is hereby given of a public hearing by the Burlington City Council to hear comments on the conveyance of the following property interests from Staniford Farms, LLC to the City of Burlington: 1) Staniford Farms Road (identified as “Staniford Farms Road (Proposed)” and “Staniford Farms Road”), 2) a 0.15 acre parcel of land, more or less, depicted as “Parcel Z”, 3) “E11 New sewer easement”, 4) “E15 New Water Easement”, and 5) “E19 20’ Wide Water Easement”, all the above as shown on a plat of survey entitled “Plat of Survey Proposed Boundary Adjustments & Subdivision, Staniford Farms, LLC, Appletree Point, Burlington, Vermont,” dated August 22, 2011, last revised August 20, 2017, and recorded in Map Slide 536C of the

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City of Burlington Land Records (the “Plat”). The City Council will also hear comments on the conveyance of a Quit Claim Deed from the City of Burlington to Staniford Farms Road, LLC for portion of a certain sewer easement, depicted as “Part E2 to be Replaced w/E11 and Extinguished” on said plat referenced above. The public hearing will take place on Monday, November 27, 2017 during the Regular City Council Meeting which begins at 7:00 pm in Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT. Staniford Farms Road is located off of Appletree Point Road. The Staniford Farm project file is available for review at the Department of Planning and Zoning, City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. STATE OF VERMONT FRANKLIN UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT DOCKET NO: 90-3-16 FRCV WELLS FARGO BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION v. BRETT M. GOERTEMOELLER AND ERIN J. GOERTEMOELLER OCCUPANTS OF 170 WILKINS ROAD, FAIRFAX, VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the

12, 2004 and recorded in Book 158 at Page 678 of the Town of Fairfax Land Records. The Interest of Richard Bidwell, Sr. was conveyed to Carl J. Lafountain by Quit Claim Deed dated December 29, 2005 and recorded in Book 175 at Page 385 of the Town of Fairfax Land Records.

A parcel of land located on the westerly side of Town Highway #29 in Fairfax, Vermont, Wilkins Road, socalled, and being designated as Lot #2 on a survey map dated September 26, 1988 prepared by Hannon Associates showing a 5 lot subdivision, alt on the westerly side of the Wilkins Road, recorded in the Land Records of the Town of Fairfax in Map File 3 at Page 13, now assigned to Map Slide 7.



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Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description.

Judgment Order and Terms of sale: Said Decree of Foreclosure enwill be sold 11/6/17 3:07 premises PM tered May 15, 2017, in the and conveyed subject to above captioned action all liens, encumbrances, brought to foreclose that unpaid taxes, tax titles, certain mortgage given municipal liens and asby Brett M. Goertemoeller sessments, if any, which and Erin J. Goertemoeller take precedence over to Mortgage Electronic the said mortgage above Registration Systems, Inc., described. as nominee for American Bank, dated July 26, 2012 TEN THOUSAND and recorded in Book ($10,000.00) Dollars of 223 Page 747 of the land the purchase price must records of the Town of be paid by a certified Fairfax, of which mortgage check, bank treasurer’s or the Plaintiff is the present cashier’s check at the time holder, by virtue of an and place of the sale by Assignment of Mortgage the purchaser. The balfrom Mortgage Electronic ance of the purchase price Registration Systems, Inc., shall be paid by a certified as nominee for American check, bank treasurer’s or Bank to Wells Fargo Bank, cashier’s check within sixty NA dated November 10, (60) days after the date 2014 and recorded in of sale. Book 233 Page 642 of the land records of the The mortgagor is entitled Town of Fairfax for breach to redeem the premises at of the conditions of said any time prior to the sale mortgage and for the by paying the full amount purpose of foreclosing the due under the mortgage, same will be sold at Public including the costs and Auction at 170 Wilkins expenses of the sale. Road, Fairfax, Vermont on November 28, 2017 at Other terms to be an10:00AM all and singular nounced at the sale. the premises described in said mortgage, DATED: October 26, 2017 By: /S/Rachel K. Jones, To wit: Esq. Being all and the same Rachel K. Jones, Esq. lands and premises Bendett and McHugh, PC conveyed to Brett M. Goer- 270 Farmington Ave., temoeller and Erin J. GoSte. 151 ertemoeller by Warranty Farmington, CT 06032 Deed of Carl J. Lafountain (860) 255-5080 dated June 11, 2010 and Fax (860) 773-6328 recorded in Book 205 at Page 497 of the Town of STATE OF VERMONT Fairfax Land Records. SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT Being all and the same DOCKET NO. 971-10-17 lands and premises conveyed to Carl J. Lafountain CNCV IN RE: ABANDONED and Richard Bidwell, Sr. MOBILE HOME by Warranty Deed of Ray OF KAHLIE GENEST Lamore, Jr. and Jennifer A, Lamore dated March

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20 WEST CANAL STREET, WINOOSKI • WOOLEN-MILL.COM NOTICE OF HEARING Park (the1“Park”) located 4t-woolenmillapartments110817.indd in the Town of Hinesburg, A hearing on The Housing Vermont. Foundation, Inc.’s Verified 2. Kahlie Genest (“Genest”) Complaint to declare as is the record owner of a abandoned the mobile certain mobile home dehome of Kahlie Genest scribed as a 1987 Titan, 14 located at the Mountain x 70 mobile home, bearing View Mobile Home Park, serial number 19-7-880T29 Bear Lane, Lot #15 in 3497 (the “Mobile Home”), Hinesburg, Vermont and located on Lot #15, Mounauthorize the sale by auctain View Mobile Home tion has been scheduled Park, 29 Bear Lane, Lot on November 15, 2017 at #15 in Hinesburg, Vermont 1:30 p.m. at the Vermont (the “Lot”) according to the Superior Court, Chittenden Hinesburg Land Records. Civil Division, 175 Main 3. Genest leased the Lot in Street in Burlington, the Park from HFI pursuVermont. ant to a written lease. HFI is holding a security Date: October 24, 2017 deposit of $387.00 paid by Jessica K. Merriam, Docket Genest. Clerk 4. Genest’s last known mailing address is 29 Bear VERIFIED COMPLAINT FOR Lane, #15, Hinesburg, ABANDONMENT PURSUVermont 05461. ANT TO 10 V.S.A. § 6249(h) 5. The mobile home has (Auction) been abandoned. The home is empty. The last NOW COMES The Housing known resident of the Foundation, Inc. (“HFI”), by mobile home was Kahlie and through its counsel Genest. Nadine L. Scibek, and 6. Genest was evicted hereby complains as from the Park for nonfollows: payment of rent on April 1. HFI, a Vermont non19, 2017. A Judgment for profit corporation with a the outstanding lot rent, principal place of business court costs and attorney’s in Montpelier, County fees was entered against of Washington, State of Genest on March 27, Vermont, is the record 2017 in the amount of owner of a mobile home $3,724.75. See The Houspark known as the Mouning Foundation, Inc. v. tain View Mobile Home Genest, Vermont Superior

Court, Chittenden Civil Unit, Docket No. 1074-12-16 Cncv. See attached Judgment. 7. The following security interests, mortgages, liens and encumbrances appear of record with respect to the mobile home: a. Genest is in arrears on obligations to pay property taxes to the Town of Hinesburg, Vermont in the aggregate amount of $460.83, plus interest and penalties. The delinquent property taxes are now a lien on the property. b. The Housing Foundation, Inc. v. Genest, Judgment Order dated March 24, 2017 and recorded in the Town of Hinesburg Land Records at Book 253, Page 577. 8. Uriah Wallace, a duly licensed auctioneer, is a person disinterested in the mobile home and the mobile home park who is able to sell the mobile home at a public auction. 9. Mobile home storage fees continue to accrue at the rate of $411.00 per month. Rent, storage fees and late charges due the Park as of October, 2017 total $6,608.61. Court costs and attorney’s fees incurred by the Park exceed $2,300.00. 10. The Park sent written notice by certified mail

to the Town of Hinesburg 11/6/17 4:17 PM on August 23, 2017 of its intent to commence this abandonment action. See attached. WHEREFORE, the Park Owner respectfully requests that the Honorable Court enter an order as follows: 1. Declare that the mobile home has been abandoned; 2. Approve the sale of the mobile home at a public auction to be held within 15 days of the date of judgment, pursuant to 10 V.S.A. § 6249(h); and 3. Grant judgment in favor of the Park Owner and against the mobile home for past due and unpaid rent and mobile home storage charges through the date of judgment, together with Park Owner’s court costs, publication and mailing costs, auctioneer’s costs, winterization costs, lot cleanup charges, attorney’s fees incurred in connection with this matter and any other costs incurred by Park Owner herein. DATED AT Burlington, Vermont this 18th day of October, 2017.

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ORDER The Affidavit duly filed in this action shows that service cannot be made with due diligence by any of the method provided in Rules 4(d)-(f), (k), or (1) of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that service of the Summons set forth above shall be made upon the defendant, Larry Fennell a/k/a Larry M. Fennell, by publication as provided in Rule[s] [4(d)(1) and] 4 (g) of those Rules.

SUMMONS & ORDER FOR PUBLICATION THIS SUMMONS IS DIRECTED TO: Jose A. Lloveras aka Jose Lloveras 1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. The Plaintiff has started a lawsuit against you. A copy of the Plaintiff’s Complaint against you is on file and may be obtained at the office of the clerk of this court, Lamoille Unit, Civil Division, Vermont Superior Court, 154

This order shall be published once a week for 3 weeks beginning on week of October 30, 2017 in the Seven Days, a newspaper of the general circulation in Jeffersonville, VT, and a copy of this summons and


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you, you must still file any Counterclaims you may have. 7. LEGAL ASSISTANCE. You may wish to get legal help from a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer, you should ask the court clerk for information about places where you can get free legal help. Even if you cannot get legal help, you must still give the court a written Answer to protect your rights or you may lose the case. ORDER The Affidavit duly filed in this action shows that service cannot be made with clue diligence by ally of the method provided in Rules 4(d)-(f), (k), or (1) of the Vermont Rules of Civil Procedure. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that service of the Summons set forth above shall be made upon the defendant, Jose A. Lloveras aka Jose Lloveras, by publication as provided in Rule[s] [4(d)(1) and] 4 (g) of those Rules. This order shall be published once a week for 3 weeks beginning on October 30, 2017 in the Seven Days, a newspaper of the general circulation in Lamoille County, and a copy of this summons and order as published shall be mailed to the defendant Jose A. Lloveras aka Jose Lloveras, at 685 Cottage Club Road Fox Hill 9, Stowe, VT 05672 and P.O. Box 13424, San Juan, PR 00908. Dated at HYDE PARK, Vermont this 10TH day of October, 2017. /S/ Hon. Thomas Carlson Presiding Judge Lamoille Unit, Civil Division THE CONTENTS OF STORAGE UNIT 0104449 LOCATED AT 28 ADAMS DR. OR 48 INDUSTRIAL DR., WILLISTON, VT 05495, WILL BE SOLD ON OR ABOUT NOVEMBER 23, 2017 TO SATISFY THE DEBT OF ELAINE WILLIAMS. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.

pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur. THE STATE OF VERMONT IS INTERESTED IN LEASING THE FOLLOWING: Approximately 10,000 - 12,000 SF of garage or warehouse space in the vicinity of Colchester, VT. The property should be within a 5 mile radius of I-89 exits 16, 17, or 18. The space should have at least 2 large overhead doors (14’ wide, 16’ high), and a minimum clear ceiling height of 16’. Ideally, 6 to 8 drive-through bays are preferred. Space should include a small office and break area, and sufficient restroom facilities for up to 10 employees. Outdoor space should provide parking area for at least 15 vehicles.” All questions re: this advertisement should be directed to; Allen Palmer Unit for Planning & Property Management 802-828-1424 allen.palmer@vermont. gov Responses should be received no later than 3:00 p.m. on Thursday November 30, 2017: BGS Unit for Planning & Property Management #4 Governor Aiken Ave. Montpelier, VT 056337001 Attention: Allen Palmer TOWN OF WESTFORD DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. Chapter 117 and the Westford Land Use & Development Regulations, the Development Review Board will hold a public hearing at the Town Offices, VT Route 128, at 7:15 pm on Monday, November 27, 2017 in reference to the following: Waiver Public Hearing – Margaret Nichols Property (+/- 244 acres) on Pettingill Road in the Rural 10 (R10), Water Resources Overlay (WRO) and Flood Hazard Overlay (FHO) zoning districts. The Applicant is seeking a front yard setback waiver to reestablish an accessory structure on a preexisting parcel. For information call the Town Offices at 878-4587 Monday–Friday 8:30am– 4:30pm. Matt Wamsganz, Chairman Dated November 8, 2017



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Main Street, Hyde Park, Vermont. Do not throw this paper away. It is an official paper that affects your rights. 2. PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM. Plaintiff’s claim is a Complaint in Foreclosure which alleges that you have breached the terms of a Promissory Note and Mortgage Deed dated September 7, 2005. Plaintiff’s action may effect your interest in the property described in the Land Records of the Town of Stowe at Volume 621, Page 184. The Complaint also seeks relief on the Promissory Note executed by you. A copy of the Complaint is on file and may be obtained at the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court for the County of Lamoille, State of Vermont. 3. YOU MUST REPLY WITHIN 41 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail the Plaintiff a written response called an Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published, which is week of October 30, 2017. You must send a copy of your answer to the Plaintiff or the Plaintiff’s attorney, LORAINE L. HITE, Esq. of Bendett and McHugh, PC, located at 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151, Farmington, CT 06032. You must also give or mail your Answer to the Court located at 154 Main Street, Hyde Park, Vermont. 4. YOU MUST RESPOND TO EACH CLAIM. The Answer is your written response to the Plaintiff’s Complaint. In your Answer you must state whether you agree or disagree with each paragraph of the Complaint. If you believe the Plaintiff should not be given everything asked for in the Complaint, you must say so in your Answer. 5. YOU WILL LOSE YOUR CASE IF YOU DO NOT GIVE YOUR WRITTEN ANSWER TO THE COURT. If you do not Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published and file it with the Court, you will lose this case. You will not get to tell your side of the story, and the Court may decide against you and award the Plaintiff everything asked for in the complaint. 6. YOU MUST MAKE ANY CLAIMS AGAINST THE PLAINTIFF IN YOUR REPLY. Your Answer must state any related legal claims you have against the Plaintiff. Your claims against the Plaintiff are called Counterclaims. If you do not make your Counterclaims in writing in your answer you may not be able to bring them up at all. Even if you have insurance and the insurance company will defend

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state any related legal claims you have against the Plaintiff. Your claims against the Plaintiff are called Counterclaims. If you do not make your Counterclaims in writing in your answer you may not be able to bring them up at all. Even if you have insurance and the insurance company will defend you, you must still file any Counterclaims you may have.


By: Doreen Phillips, Duly Authorized Agent The Housing Foundation, Inc. SUMMONS & ORDER FOR PUBLICATION VERIFICATION THIS SUMMONS IS DISTATE OF VERMONT RECTED TO: Larry Fennell WASHINGTON COUNTY, a/k/a Larry M. Fennell SS. 1. YOU ARE BEING SUED. At Montpelier, on this The Plaintiff has started 18th day of October, 2017, a lawsuit against you. A Doreen Phillips, duly copy of the Plaintiff’s Comauthorized agent of The plaint against you is on Housing Foundation, Inc., file and may be obtained owner of the Mountain at the office of the clerk of View Mobile Home Park, this court, Lamoille Unit, 29 Bear Lane, Lot #15 in Civil Division, Vermont Hinesburg, Vermont, being Superior Court, 154 first duly sworn, made Main Street, Hyde Park, oath that she has read the Vermont. Do not throw foregoing Complaint, and this paper away. It is an that the facts represented official paper that affects therein are true to the your rights. best of her knowledge. 2. PLAINTIFF’S CLAIM. Before me, Deborah L. Lus- Plaintiff’s claim is a sier, Notary Public Complaint in Foreclosure My Commission Expires: which alleges that you 2/10/19 have breached the terms of a Promissory Note and Mortgage Deed dated July STATE OF VERMONT 25, 2006. Plaintiff’s action SUPERIOR COURT may effect your interest LAMOILLE UNIT in the property described CIVIL DIVISION in the Land Records of DOCKET # 215-11-15 LECV the Town of Cambridge at Filed Oct. 11, 2017 Volume 312, Page 468. The Vermont Superior Court Complaint also seeks relief Lamoille Unit on the Promissory Note executed by you. A copy HSBC BANK USA, N.A., of the Complaint is on file AS INDENTURE TRUSTEE and may be obtained at FOR THE REGISTERED the Office of the Clerk of NOTEHOLDERS OF REthe Superior Court for the NAISSANCE HOME EQUITY County of Lamoille, State LOAN TRUST 2006-3 of Vermont. Plaintiff v. 3. YOU MUST REPLY WITH-

IN 41 DAYS TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS. You must give or mail the Plaintiff a written response called an Answer within 41 days after the date on which this Summons was first published, which is week of Oct. 30, 2017. You must send a copy of your answer to the Plaintiff or the P1aintiff s attorney, Loral le L. Hite, Esq. of Bendett and McHugh, PC, located at 270 Farmington Avenue, Ste. 151, Farmington, CT 06032. You must also give or mail your Answer to the Court located at 154 Main Street, Hyde Park, Vermont 05655.



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Assistant Town Administrator The Town of Hinesburg, Vermont seeks capable, qualified and collaborative applicants for the position of Assistant Town Administrator. The Assistant Town Administrator reports directly to the Hinesburg Town Administrator and supports him or her in the implementation of a variety of Town administrative duties, as assigned. The position is full time and it is expected that the successful candidate will work at the Hinesburg Town Office five days a week from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and be available for evening meetings. A cover letter, resume and at least three professional references are due to Renae Marshall, Town Administrator, by Monday, November 27, 2017. Application materials should be submitted electronically to The anticipated hiring range is between $42,000 - $50,000 plus a comprehensive benefits package. The Town of Hinesburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer and women and minorities are encouraged to apply. A full job description can be found at 11/1/17 5v-TownofHinesburg110817.indd 12:57 PM 1

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Full-Time Operations Coordinator THE NATURE CONSERVANCY in Vermont seeks a full-time Operations Coordinator to join our dynamic and growing office in Montpelier. The right candidate will be responsible for all aspects of office management, accounts payable processing, onboarding new staff, and will serve as liaison to the technology department. Responsibilities also include support with donor and public events and coordinating meeting logistics. The OC will be the public face for our office via telephone and public reception, and a key component in making our conservation engine run smoothly. For a complete position description and to apply for this position, follow this link: or visit and apply online to Job #45857. The application deadline is Midnight EST November 21, 2017. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce.

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Local Motion, a statewide non-profit organization with a mission to bring walking and biking within reach of all Vermonters, seeks a dynamic Executive Director to lead the organization. Founded in 1999 to reconnect the Island Line Rail Trail from Burlington to the Lake Champlain Islands, the organization’s mission has expanded to help communities across Vermont become more bicycle and pedestrian safe, inviting, and sustainable. This full time exempt position, based in Burlington, reports to the Local Motion Board of Directors while overseeing and coordinating statewide activities within the mission of the organization. The Executive Director leads a team of twelve year round employees, many seasonal employees, and an incredible group of 200 volunteers. Responsibilities include leading advocacy efforts for the bike and pedestrian community in Vermont; cultivating collaborative relationships with external stakeholders throughout Vermont, including the business community, local and state government, foundations and other nonprofit/ community groups; leading the implementation of the Board-approved strategic plan; fostering a supportive, creative and exciting internal work environment for staff; overseeing the management of all Local Motion programs to enhance their effectiveness, financial position, and visibility; maintaining and growing Local Motion’s funding sources; and ensuring compliance with all contractual and legal requirements. FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO APPLY ONLINE GO TO Deadline to apply is November 17, 2017. LOCAL MOTION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.


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NURSE MANAGER (RN) Monday-Friday, Full Time

STAFF NURSE (LPN or RN) All Shifts Available

Interested candidates please send resume and cover letter to or visit our website,, to complete an application. Wake Robin is an EOE.

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Dental/Orthodontic Assistant Are you a positive, empathetic professional with a passion for helping patients achieve whole body wellness? If so, then we have the job for you! We are currently looking for a trained dental/orthodontic assistant to join our clinical team in our new state-of-the-art facility. Candidates must be organized, detail oriented, have excellent computer skills utilizing electronic charting, quality impression taking skills, experience taking x-rays, knowledge of orthodontic skills as well as have an overall enthusiastic attitude towards the work we do. If you strive for an exciting, challenging, rewarding career opportunity helping improve the quality of life for our patients, then please contact us for an opportunity to join our team. Required experience: Licensed assistant with X-Ray certificate: 2 years experience Orthodontic assisting experience preferred Wage will be dependent upon experience level. We are an equal opportunity employer. We are a Tobacco and Nicotine free facility. Job Type: Full-time Application Questions: How many years of Orthodontic Assisting experience do you have? Have you completed the following level of education: High school or equivalent? Do you have the following license or certification: CDA, COA, TDA or EFDA? Please send Resume to, Attn: Tammy Dubuque.

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Full Time Facilities Cleaner Seventh Generation, recognized as one of Vermont’s best places to work, is currently seeking a talented Facilities Cleaner to join our growing business. Seventh Generation is the nation’s leading brand of household and personal care products that help protect human health and the environment. The Facilities Cleaner is responsible for all custodial tasks of the physical building while providing direct support to the Community & Facilities team. The right person will have an affinity for providing a clean workplace with the ability to prioritize and shift direction based on the needs of the Company. This position is part-time, benefit eligible, and five days/20 hours per week.

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Seeking an experienced, attentive and confident Shared Living Provider (SLP) to support a fun loving 24 year old man. Our client’s wish is to have the support of a strong male role model that exhibits clear boundaries, energy and enthusiasm. Within the SLP’s home and community, our client will require guidance in daily living and self-care skills, support with effective communication and exposure to a variety of leisure options. The SLP should view this residential model as their primary employment and therefore available for transportation and coverage when necessary. Scheduled time off (respite) is built into the budget and encouraged as is time spent with his family who are strong natural supports. Compensation: $30,000 tax free annual stipend in addition to monthly room and board payments. Interested candidates contact or call (802)488-6520. Seeking caring Shared Living Provider(s) to support a 54-year-old woman who enjoys gardening, socializing over a cup of coffee and engaging with the community. She thrives on being social and is open and warm to those who take the time to get to know her. The right provider(s) will be patient, understanding, and able to set firm but kind expectations and have time to devote to providing a warm and safe environment. She receives 30 hours of community support out of the house. Single providers are ideal, with a dog is a plus. Compensation: $32,000 tax-free annual stipend plus $708.69 room and board. Interested candidates contact 488-6525 or email

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Saint Michael’s College is seeking a full-time Technical Trades - HVAC Technician. Duties include maintaining campus HVAC/ Plumbing Systems & kitchen equipment, completing daily work orders and performing repairs on campus systems. This person will also perform routine maintenance, and participate in an on-call rotation. Strong experience with chillers and refrigeration would be desirable.

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Seeking a Live-in Shared Living Provider to support a 30-year-old man who enjoys taking walks, playing music, helping others and participating in hands-on activities. This individual is seeking a roommate to share a furnished, centrally located, home in Essex Junction. (2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, washer/dryer and convenient off-street parking). The right provider will have strong boundaries, clear communication, and the ability to provide on-going supervision in support of building independent living skills. This would be an ideal opportunity for a peeraged professional or graduate student. Compensation: $40,000 tax-free annual stipend and generous respite budget. Interested candidates contact or call (802)488-6506

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Gardener’s Supply is coming to the Upper Valley! In preparation for our newest store in Lebanon, NH, Gardener’s Supply is accepting resumes for the position of Store Manager. We are America’s leading catalog and webbased gardening company, 100% employee-owned and a Certified B Corporation. We offer strong cultural values, competitive wages and outstanding benefits! STORE MANAGER: The Store Manager (SM) has responsibility for all operations at our Lebanon facility. As an ambassador for the Gardener’s Supply brand, the store serves as both a site for retail and wholesale commerce as well as the face of the company in the Upper Valley. The SM will ensure a dynamic and unique experience for our customers with exceptional service, merchandising and ambiance. As part of the leadership team for the retail division, the SM will assist the Retail General Manager in setting the strategic direction for the retail division. Our ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of success leading a multi-departmental or multi-unit retail organization of similar scale/volume; a min of 5 yrs experience in leadership/management; and 4 yrs direct customer service experience. This person will have a proven record of creating, managing budgets & achieving financial goals and have excellent communication skills. Garden Center/Nursery experience strongly preferred. Please send your cover letter and resume to Gardener’s Supply Company, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington, VT 05401 or to

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Town of Waterbury seeks to hire a book keeper to serve in its finance department. Duties also include some HR administration. Responsibilities: keeps all financial books and records, maintains General Ledger accounting module, payroll, AP, AR and other duties as described. Competitive pay and excellent benefits. Subject to pre-employment background check. Anticipated start date: December 2017. Position open until filled. A job description, other information and applications may be obtained at or at the Office of Municipal Manager, 28 N. Main St. Waterbury, VT 05676 or by calling (802) 244-7033.

Waterbury is an Equal Opportunity Employer


The UVM Foundation is looking for a dynamic, career-minded individual with a high level of professionalism and discretion, excellent computer skills, and who is performance-oriented, to succeed in a high energy and fast paced environment. The Donor Stewardship and Development Programs Assistant will be responsible for supporting the stewardship team with key reporting and data management to help ensure adherence to donors’ intent and effectively communicate the impact of their philanthropy. Additionally, this position will provide proactive support to fundraising staff to help maximize development officer productivity. This is an entry level position with opportunity for advancement. For a detailed position description and instructions on how to apply, please visit our website:

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Mainstream Instructional Assistants

Clinical Director of the Wilder School An exceptional alternative school! Do you have the passion and skills to help students balance academic needs with mental health needs? Do you enjoy providing clinical supervision and team integration for an exceptional alternative school? We are looking for a Clinical Director who brings solid clinical expertise as well as creativity in recognizing student strengths and challenges. Are you interested in helping students and families succeed? Consider joining our team and make a difference in a child’s life, the family’s system, and in the community. The Clinical Director is responsible for the overall therapeutic programming of The Wilder School, in Wilder, Vermont - a therapeutic school for students from elementary age through high school. The Clinical Director supervises clinical staff; coordinates resources; consults to mainstream schools; provides ongoing staff development to educational and clinical staff; and provides direct clinical care to children and families. The Director will work with multiple teams in schools and supporting children with emotional challenges. Applicants should be experienced in clinical supervision and have extensive clinical experience with children, adolescents and families. Strong leadership skills, effective communication, effective consultation and familiarity with special education are requirements of this position. Previous experience working in school systems and/or with students or children with emotional and behavioral challenges is preferred. Previous experience as a clinical supervisor preferred. Master’s Degree in Counseling, Social Work, or related field required. License required. We offer a very generous time off policy, matching 403b retirement plan along with appealing medical/dental and vision plans. Clara Martin Center is a rural non-profit community mental health center located in the center of Vermont. We provide a variety of high quality behavioral health services to the residents of the Upper Valley primarily in Orange County and surrounding towns, with multiple offices located in Randolph, Bradford, Chelsea and Wilder. Send your resume to: Rachel Yeager, HR Coordinator • • Clara Martin Center • PO Box G • Randolph, VT 05060




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DIGITAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR The Radio Vermont Group seeks a versatile individual to join our team as the digital services administrator. Responsibilities include • social media management, web development and stream monitoring • creation of sales materials and presentations • development of video products The ideal candidate is collaborative, creative, and willing to take on additional projects. Knowledge of web 11:45 AM design, Wordpress Adobe and Office 365 is preferred. The Radio Vermont Group includes WDEV AM/FM, WLVB, and 101-The One

Essex Westford School District

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Full-time temporary positions available for the remainder of submit a resume to: the 2017-18 school year to assist and supervise assigned special needs students instructionally, behaviorally and physically in the general mainstream program. We currently have positions available at our Essex High 3v-RadioVTGroup110817.indd 1 11/6/17 School, Summit Street School (PK-3), Founders Memorial School (3-5) and Westford School (PK-8). Positions will involve working with a student individually and/or in small groups. Successful experience working with students with emotional challenges and mental health diagnosis required. Additional qualifications include the following: • Associate’s degree (or minimum of two years of higher education) plus 2 to 3 years of directly related experience preferred, or a combination of equivalent training and experience. • Good working knowledge of disabilities of special education students, and special education teaching methods, theories and laws also required. • Good understanding of standard classroom operations and teaching methods; good basic teaching skills. • Demonstrated mastery of the academic subject matter being taught to students. • Flexibility within schedule to meet bus and/or stay with student(s) at the end of the day. Positions pay $14.97/hour for up to 6.5 hours/day with excellent benefits including family medical and dental insurance; life insurance; tuition reimbursement; and paid leaves. For more information or to apply, please visit, Job ID 2863806 (EHS), 2863573 (Summit), 2859979 (FMS) and/or 2855953 (Westford). You must apply separately to each position you wish to be considered. EOE.

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Red Hen Baking Co. is hiring

Café Staff! We are looking for full-time help in our Middlesex café. Previous food service/ cash handling experience necessary. Job requirements include: • Customer Service • Making espresso drinks • Making sandwiches to order This position includes benefits. Please contact Hannah@ 223-5200 x19 or

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Suboxone Prescriber Treatment Associates, Inc. is seeking a qualified applicant to prescribe Suboxone out of our Morrisville treatment center. The applicant must be an MD, OD, Nurse Practitioner or Physicians Assistant. The position would require one consistent day a week. The patient load ranges from 60-80 per prescriber. Qualified clinicians and a nurse are on staff to assist all prescribers.

COMMUNICATION MANAGER Help advance business solutions to issues affecting the planet, people and profit!

Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility (VBSR) seeks a full-time Communication Manager to lead communications on VBSR’s membership, programs, policies and events and educate the business community and public about socially responsible business. Qualified candidates will have outstanding verbal and written communication skills, proven success with digital and traditional media outreach and shared media opportunities. Experience in marketing or communications with a demonstrated progression of responsibility; 5+ years’ experience preferred. VBSR offers a fun & engaging work environment and competitive compensation package. Join us! Complete job description at To apply, send cover letter, resume and three references to Jane Campbell by 11/20/17.

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Customer Sales & Service Lead Vermont Natural Coatings, located in Hardwick, VT, is seeking an engaging, savvy person to support, service and expand our network of devoted customers by providing exceptional customer service and sales initiative. Preferred qualifications: • Four-year degree. • At least two years of customer service experience in a phone and electronic environment. • Positive, motivated team member with enthusiasm for sales and customer service. • Business oriented social media aptitude. • Professional work and personal habits • Developed Microsoft Office and database abilities. Please send your resume and a cover letter to:

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The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board is seeking a Manager of Federal Housing Programs to oversee the day-to-day administration of the HOME Program, the National Housing Trust Fund, Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS, and other federally funded housing programs. Familiarity with federal housing policy and regulations as well as the role of non-profits in the affordable housing delivery system is desired. Experience working with nonprofits, state and federal agencies, and federally funded housing programs is important. Qualifications include experience supervising staff and building and maintaining relationships with state and federal partners; spreadsheet, database, and word processing skills; writing and communication skills; ability to meet deadlines; strong attention to detail; and the ability to be flexible and innovative. Full-time position with comprehensive benefits. Job description at: Position open until filled. Respond with letter of interest, résumé and references to: Laurie Graves [].

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Housing Retention Specialist

The UVM Foundation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Reporting to the President and CEO, the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will have primary management and oversight responsibility for all aspects of the UVM Foundation’s gift acceptance, accounting, budget planning and monitoring, revenue strategies, enterprise risk management, financial reporting, forecasting and controls, human resources and asset management.

As part of a multi-agency collaborative, the Burlington Housing Authority (BHA) seeks a full time (40 hours per week) Housing Retention Specialist to provide eviction prevention and service coordination to low-income seniors, persons with disabilities and families. This position will work as a part of a skilled team and will focus on assessment, intervention and service coordination of at-risk households with diverse barriers to maintaining housing. The ideal candidate should be highly organized with strong written and verbal communication skills and able to be part of a collaborative team.

The CFO will serve as a member of the Foundation’s senior management team and be the liaison to the Finance and Investment Committee of the UVM Foundation’s Board of Directors. The CFO will also need to build relationships with University of Vermont personnel and volunteers, to include the Trustees, President, Provost, senior staff and various finance units.

Bachelor’s degree in Human Services or related field and three to five years of experience working with home-based service provision to diverse populations is required. Outstanding organizational skills, as well as the ability to handle multiple tasks are a must. Valid driver’s license and personal means of transportation to attend meetings within the Greater Burlington Area is strongly desired.

It is critically important that the CFO gain the trust and confidence of the President and the Board of Directors, communicate regularly with the Finance and Investment Committees, and serve as their partner for financial operations and other strategic matters. Therefore, having the technical, as well as the human skills necessary to structure the business activities of a complex institutionally related foundation is of the highest priority.

The BHA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, and an excellent benefit package. Application deadline is Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

For a more detailed description of the position and information on how to apply, please visit our website

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Please send resume and cover letter, including salary requirements, to: Attn: Human Resources Burlington Housing Authority 65 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 The Burlington Housing Authority is an equal opportunity employer.

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Zoning Administrator/ Sewage Control Officer/ Health Officer/ E911 Coordinator


Mansfield Hall is an innovative residential college support program for students with diverse learning needs.

The Town of Charlotte is accepting applications for a Zoning Administrator/Sewage Control Officer/ Health Officer/E-911 Coordinator. The primary responsibility of this position is to administer land use permitting. The position is also responsible for enforcement of the Charlotte Land Use Regulations, wastewater system permitting (with the assistance of a Licensed Designer), performance of the statutory duties of the Health Officer, and issuing E911 addresses.

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Environmental Services Job Fair! AVAILABLE POSITIONS Environmental Services Worker II & III (varied shifts, FT & PT) Lead Environmental Services Worker Environmental Services Supervisor



We are seeking a dynamic

individual to work with our students. The ideal candidate will possess a bachelor’s degree in a related field and have a background in mental health and/or educational programming. Applicants should be able to have some flexibility in their schedule. We have full-time 30 hours and 40 hours/week positions available.

The position is a permanent position approved for 35 hours, paid hourly. Compensation is in accordance with the Town of Charlotte Salary Administration Policy. The starting wage rate is between $18.06 and $20.43, based on qualifications and experience. Generous health benefits are offered. A job description can be viewed at; see right-hand sidebar. To apply, please send a resumé and cover letter to The deadline for submitting an application is November 17th.

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Bring your resume, interview with hiring leaders on site Meet Environmental Services staff and supervisors Tour the hospital work environment Job Fair attendees who are hired may be eligible for a SIGN-ON bonus up to $4,000!

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Finance Associate Population Media Center (PMC) is seeking an eager finance or accounting professional who’s ready to help build a sustainable planet with equal rights for all, one spreadsheet at a time. Us: PMC uses mass media to promote social and cultural change by addressing the interconnected issues of the rights of women and girls, population, and the environment. Our programs empower people to live healthier, more prosperous lives and live sustainably with the world’s renewable resources. You: You are adaptable to working in a rapidly changing office environment and culture. You are excited by opportunities to tackle new projects and for professional growth. The ideal candidate will have 1-3 years’ finance/accounting experience, BS in Accounting/Business Administration. Why Work For Us: Our tight-knit team is energized by our mission and empowered with autonomy and creativity in their day-today work. PMC offers its employees a competitive salary and excellent benefits including paid time off, health and dental insurance, and a generous employer 401(K) contribution. Visit for more information. Send cover letter and resume to Review of applications to begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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OFFICE ASSISTANT Home Instead Senior Care, a provider of home helper services to seniors in their homes, is seeking friendly and dependable people. CAREGivers assist seniors with companionship, light housekeeping, meal preparation, personal care, errands, safety presence and more. Part-time, flexible scheduling, including: daytime, evening, weekend and overnight shifts currently available. Higher pay for weekend shifts. No heavy lifting.

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RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: answering telephones, photocopying, faxing, filing and file management and computer entry. Monday through Friday: 25 hours per week; paid hourly; no benefits.

The position has the flexibility to work from any one of our 3 locations: Waitsfield, Waterbury or Richmond! Prior experience servicing business clients is a requirement. Great benefit plan and pay structure. We are looking for a candidate with the following skills:

• Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written • Excellent customer service skills • High ethical standards • Exhibits patience and empathy • Excellent computer skills • Performs well under stress • Works well with others • Ability to work in both a team and independently

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Registered Nurse – Medication Assisted Treatment Program 5/12/17

MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN – NIGHT SHIFT Lane Press is looking to immediately fill several entrylevel full-time positions in our Bindery and Pressroom departments. We have openings on 1st, 2nd and 3rd shift(s). We are also seeking to fill a Maintenance Technician role on nights. Lane Press offers competitive starting wages as well as generous shift premiums. Employees are eligible to participate in our comprehensive benefit package after 60 days of employment which includes medical, dental and vision insurance as well as paid vacation, 401(k), disability, onsite physical therapy services and an amazing health club membership! We provide on the job training and opportunities for advancement.

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One part-time and one full-time position available. Our nurses are responsible for safely dispensing methadone 2:24 PM and buprenorphine products and maintaining all Nursing Dispensary operations. Must have excellent attention to detail and organizational skills plus strong interpersonal and communication skills.

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Provide high-quality support to children and adults experiencing a mental health emergency. Crisis Assessment Clinicians are mobile throughout Chittenden County, responding to homes, schools, the hospital, police departments and other community locations. Triage Clinicians assess and categorize incoming calls and respond appropriately. Master’s in a mental health field required; license or licensure track strongly preferred. Full-time positions with alternative hours. Inquire for details. Seeking a dedicated full-time LPN who will be responsible for safely dispensing methadone and buprenorphine products and maintaining all Nursing Dispensary operations. Minimum 1-2 years’ experience in nursing and education based on that required by State of Vermont for licensure (LPN). We are looking for someone with excellent attention to detail and organizational skills plus strong interpersonal and communication skills. Must be reliable, polite, motivated and able to work early mornings.

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Jamieson Insurance Agency, is looking for a

Fast-paced law firm located in Burlington seeks parttime office assistant. A good candidate will demonstrate the ability to multi-task, take initiative and have excellent computer and communication skills. Attention to detail and an eagerness to learn are essential. Must be able to work independently and as part of a team. Office, filing and legal experience preferred.

Seeking subs to cover vacancies. Our nurses are responsible for safely dispensing methadone and buprenorphine products and maintaining all Nursing Dispensary operations. Must have excellent attention to detail and organizational skills plus strong interpersonal and communication skills. EOE

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Howard Center offers an excellent benefits package including health, dental and life insurance, as well as generous paid time off for all regular positions scheduled 20+ hours per week. Please visit our website, www.howardcentercareers. org. Enter position title to view details and apply. Howard Center is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants needing assistance or an accommodation in completing the online application should feel free to contact Human Resources at 488-6950 or



St. Joseph Residential Care Home is seeking dedicated LPNs and caregivers for full time and part time positions which will include every other weekend. Apply to:



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Permanent part-time position available for a Building & Grounds Maintenance worker. 20-25 hours per week year-round. Responsibilities include building maintenance, grounds maintenance, custodial work, sidewalk plowing, and other duties as assigned. Must be available 24/7 November 1st – March 30th. Experience in building maintenance to include mechanical systems and building infrastructure. Valid Vermont State Driver’s license is required. Applications can be picked up at the Public Works office at 7878 Williston Road or by calling 878-1239. EOE. Position will remain open until filled.

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King Street Center seeks a personable, detail-oriented Administrative Assistant to support our team. Looking for strong systems management and public interaction. Details at:

Furniture salesperson needed for part-time (3-4 days/week) year-round position. Hours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Looking for outgoing person with sense of humor to work at cool, remarkable furniture store. Prior sales experience preferred. Apply in person at Town and Country. 1515 Shelburne Rd.

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Communications Coordinator

Engaging minds that change the world

Seeking a position with a quality employer? Consider The University of Vermont, a stimulating and diverse workplace. We offer a comprehensive benefit package including tuition remission for on-going, full-time positions. These openings and others are updated daily. Paralegal/Office Manager - VP Legal Affairs & General Counsel #S1360PO - The University of Vermont is seeking a Paralegal/Office Manager to provide paralegal assistance, administrative support and office management for the Office of General Counsel. Perform paralegal work ranging from routine 3:12 PM to complex. Assist University Counsel and office attorneys with legal and factual research, investigations, and document review and analysis. Gather/organize evidence and information and assist attorneys with pleadings, position statements, responses to government inquiries and affidavits. Provide litigation support, real estate support, and convey legal information and follow-up operational advice to university clientele with direction from an attorney. Perform daily office operations to include manage calendars, maintain databases and project files, track expenditures and reconcile administrative budgets, and provide general office and clerical support functions. Minimum Qualifications: Associate degree in relevant field, paralegal certification and five years of experience supporting a legal practice or an equivalent combination of training and experience required. Notary license or ability to obtain within six months required. Experience with a range of business software: spreadsheets, databases, word processing, and online forms. Strong organizational skills with ability to manage diverse and complex caseload and project timelines required. Effective writing skills and attention to detail. Effective interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to interact with diverse individuals and groups at all organizational levels. Ability to maintain high level of confidentiality. Experience in budget management and office procedures. Team player. Accounting Office Manager - UVM Bookstore - #S1361PO - The UVM Bookstore is hiring an Accounting Office Manager to join our team. This position provides oversight for the day-to-day operations of the UVM Bookstore Accounting Office, with direct responsibility for the accurate and timely processing of all accounts receivable transactions affecting the UVM Bookstore and its satellite stores, with total annual sales of more than $10 million and representing in excess of 130,000 stock-keeping-units (SKU). The successful candidate will also be an individual who actively engages in learning and practicing principles of social justice and inclusion, environmental sustainability and delivering outstanding customer service. Minimum Qualifications*: Associate’s degree in a related field, two to three years specialized experience, and working knowledge of software applications used to support retail operations. *Further details in job posting. Electrical Senior Mechanic - #S1322PO - The Physical Plant Department of the University of Vermont is hiring an Electrical Senior Mechanic to perform highly skilled electrical, fire alarm, and emergency system repairs, to do preventative maintenance, emergency service and installation, and to perform highly skilled electric control system troubleshooting for HVAC systems. Minimum Qualifications*: High School Diploma; Vermont State Master Electrician’s License; Fire Alarm TQP Certification; 5 years’ experience in electrical maintenance and repair; Demonstrated proficiency in two or more skilled trades such as boiler operations, HVAC, plumbing and/or controls. *Please see job posting for further details on the position and minimum qualifications. For further information on these positions and others currently available, or to apply online, please visit our website at:; Job Hotline #802-656-2248; telephone #802-656-3150. Applicants must apply for position electronically. Paper resumes are not accepted. Job positions are updated daily. The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications, from women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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The Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP)® is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization dedicated to accelerating the transition to a clean, reliable, and efficient energy future. Are you experienced in producing reports, blog posts, newsletters and able to support various communications tools like a CRM and SharePoint? If so, our Communications team just might be looking for you. Our ideal team member will demonstrate: • Excellent writing and editing skills, and ability to edit and proofread technical documents. • Outstanding organizational and project management skills, including excellent attention to detail. • Ability to maintain our CRM, website, and SharePoint tools. • Capacity to train and support our international team. As our Communications Coordinator, not only will you play a critical role in our organization but also your day will be filled with rewarding interaction. RAP offers a highly competitive salary/benefits combination that is commensurate with experience. If you want to know more about the position, please visit our website at Does it all sound interesting to you? If so, we would love to have you come in for a chat with us. Please send in your cover letter and resume by November 17th, 2017 to, and refer to Communications Coordinator in the subject line. The Regulatory Assistance Project is an equal opportunity employer.

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Need Companion

for our 23-year-old daughter. She is developmentally delayed. She takes full care of herself, just needs a little companionship and company. Must have driver’s license and car. 6 to 8 hours a day for 2 days a week. Other times flexible. $15 to $20 per hour. Please call or email with questions or for interview.

Morton Bostock, 802-862-7602,

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TEMPORARY PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR (job code #17052) The Vermont Judiciary has an ongoing full-time part year opening available in Montpelier. This exciting position supports the operations of 20+ courts across the state. Bachelor’s degree and 6 months’ experience in administrative support, project management and quantitative analysis required. Pays $22-$28 per hour depending on experience. Go to: for more details and how to apply. EOE.

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Let’s get to..... Office Manager

Partnerships for Literacy and Learning is looking for an energetic office manager to support our growing nonprofit. The Office Manager will be responsible for creating and maintaining our operations. Typical responsibilities include: supporting the Executive Director, performing routine office admin, event planning, and working with consultants and the Board of Directors. The duties also include budget and finance support, communications, IT and facilities support. Send resumes to:

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NEED A NEW CAREER BUT DON’T HAVE THE SKILLS? You provide the motivation, we’ll take care of the rest

Train to be a

Green Mountain Solar, a successful Vermont solar energy provider, continues to grow quickly. We are seeking an experienced, energetic VT licensed Master or Journeyman electrician to join our team. Must be comfortable with heights and willing to work 40+ hour weeks for year round installs. Candidate must be courteous to customers, self-motivated and work well with others. Start enjoying going to work every day! Come join a rapidly growing company and industry in Vermont with a great group of down-to-earth people. Excellent benefits include: • Highly Competitive wages • Generous health/medical insurance contributions • Paid Vacation • Paid Holidays We are located in Hinesburg, VT. Drug free workplace. Send resumes to:

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Office Furniture and Supply Delivery Drivers WB Mason is looking to hire Office Furniture and Supply Delivery Drivers. The qualified candidate for these positions will make deliveries to WB Mason customers with a focus on customer service and timeliness. The Office Furniture Delivery Driver will deliver items to customers’ specification at each stop, unpack items, assemble furniture, install boards and remove trash. The Supply Delivery Driver will deliver items to customers’ specification at each stop. The qualified candidate must possess outstanding customer service and communication skills, a valid driver’s license with a clean driving record (CDL strongly preferred for furniture driver). Further requirements include a high school diploma or equivalent, able to frequently lift at least 75 pounds, and able to obtain and maintain DOT medical certificate.

Warehouse Associate WB Mason is also seeking motivated individuals to join our Warehouse team. The ideal candidate must be able to assemble customer orders from stock and place orders on pallets, load trucks for morning delivery, manage work production so trucks are ready to go out on time and in good order and keep communication and information updated to minimize disruption. Other duties as assigned. We will be holding interview sessions at our office on 68 Nesti Drive, South Burlington from November 8th to November 10th from 4:30pm - 7:30pm and by appointment by calling Brittany Thompson at 508-436-1013 or

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YOU WILL GET… • Eight weeks of core education at no cost (unpaid) • Potential to earn college credit • One year state-registered apprenticeship • Students who successfully complete the eight-week core education are guaranteed employment with DealerPolicy. Starting wages: • $15/hour after successfully completing the education program Performance-based increases: • $16/hour after 6 months • $17/hour plus commission after one year Employer-specific benefits may include*: • Healthcare, Dental

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Paid Vacation/Sick Time 401k Program Health Club Discounts Auto Care Discounts

YOU WILL LEARN… • • • • • • •

Fundamentals of Insurance Insurance Law Auto Insurance Homeowner’s Insurance Other Insurance Customer Service/Sales Preparation for Vermont Producer’s Examination for Property and Casualty Insurance • And more… No cost to participate for qualified VT residents *Benefits subject to change in 2018

Your Growth is Our Growth: No experience required! Apply online before December 4, 2017 at: The ITAR Program (Information Technology Apprenticeship Readiness) is a partnership of:

The ITAR Program is funded in part by a grant from the Vermont and U.S. Departments of Labor. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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gbA is currently seeking a Senior Architect to join our highly collaborative, design-oriented studio. Our focus is on community buildings of all types, including mixed use buildings, schools, libraries, multi-family housing, and new and adaptive re-use projects. We go beyond technical and programmatic competence to bring award-winning design and beautiful craft to buildings that are a joy to inhabit. Candidates must have the following qualifications in order to be considered for the position:

Must be positive with a fun attitude, and be a team player with excellent interpersonal skills. This position is primarily responsible for strategic organization and implementation of sales department trade shows, training events, and marketing activities. Strong multi-tasking abilities, detail orientated and related experience.

gbA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes diversity in the workplace. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and portfolio to Sarah Lanzit at:

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The Converse Home, a beautiful Assisted Living Community located in the heart of downtown Burlington, Vermont, is looking for a chef with management experience to be our Food Service Manager. This is a great opportunity for someone to join an established team of skilled cooks and kitchen staff who are committed to preparing delicious food from scratch for our residents.   We offer a regular schedule, competitive salary and excellent benefits including medical, dental and paid vacations.    The right candidate for this position will have: • Prior experience maintaining inventories. • Knowledge of regulations and safety. • A friendly approachable management style. • Attention to detail.   If you are someone who takes pride in your cooking skills and genuinely enjoys creating good food for good people, send your resume to   To learn more about our award winning community or to apply online, visit

Blodgett offers a supportive environment, competitive pay, health, dental and vision plans, 401k, life insurance. Email or mail resume/cover letter to Lynn Wolski, Director of H.R.: Blodgett Ovens 44 Lakeside Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401 Or stop by to fill out application. WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. 5h-BlodgettOven110817.indd 1

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Help Vermonters pursue their education goals!

Outreach Counselor We’re all about mission at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC). Help us fulfill our mission of providing all Vermont students with information and financial resources to reach their educational goals. You’ll work in a relaxed yet challenging environment. VSAC is seeking a VSAC Outreach Counselor to provide career and college readiness services at 3 schools in Northwest Vermont, Enosburg Middle & High Schools, Montgomery & Berkshire Schools (middle school students only). This position has an immediate start date, and is part time (60%) with the option to increase to full time. A Master’s degree in counseling, education or related field is preferred along with experience working with youth in educational settings. The ideal candidate will have experience working with youth; have an understanding of the socioeconomic and academic needs of first generation, modest income students and families; have excellent communication and organizational skills; an ability to work independently; and a working knowledge of adolescent development, career development, post-secondary options and financial aid. The successful candidate will create a curriculum plan that includes the full spectrum of career and college planning services and will have skill working with students in groups and one on one. Presentation skills are essential, as is establishing a good rapport with middle and high school students, area schools, agencies and college personnel. Familiarity with school systems is preferred. Must have a valid driver’s license verified by a Motor Vehicle Record Report, a willingness to travel up to 1,200 miles a month, a properly inspected, registered, and insured motor vehicle for business use and must provide own workspace when working away from VSAC offices. Candidate must also successfully complete a criminal background check. This is a grant funded position that is contingent upon continued grant funds. VSAC offers a dynamic, professional environment with competitive compensation and generous benefits package. Apply online only at

VERMONT STUDENT ASSISTANCE CORPORATION PO Box 2000, Winooski, VT 05404 EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled 9t-VSAC110817.indd 1

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Event Coordinator - Marketing Support

• Bachelor of Architecture or Master of Architecture degree • At least ten years of post-graduate professional experience • Prior experience with community and commercial clients • Demonstrable passion for design • Excellent written, verbal, and visual communication skills with a range of individuals, including clients, consultants, and other architects • Computer experience in Sketch Up and Revit


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Associate Attorney

Bauer Gravel Farnham, LLP seeks an associate attorney with 3-5 years of experience in residential and commercial real estate, including title searches and real estate closings, for its Colchester office. Complimentary experience in drafting UCIOA documents, zoning and developmental law and appeals, business formation, estate planning law, and business/commercial law, is also desired. A thorough knowledge of Vermont Title Standards, Municipal Zoning and State Permitting regulations, and RESPA regulations is mandatory. Candidates should also have excellent research and writing skills. This is a fastpaced office that requires self-motivation and the ability to provide efficient and thorough work on short deadlines. A can-do will-do spirit is mandatory. A client base is unnecessary but is welcome. Please apply in writing with resume to:

Part-time Neighborhood-Based Community Organizer

Parents and Youth for Change is a community-based partner organization of Voices for Vermont’s Children. We are hiring a part-time Neighborhood-Based Community Organizer. The organizer will be responsible for developing relationships with adults and youth through one-to-one meetings and group conversations. The organizer will also support them as they work together to advance an important educational issue, do research, develop their leadership and organizing skills, and take action. Please email resume and cover letter to: or mail to Infinite Culcleasure at Voices for Vermont’s Children, PO Box 261, Montpelier, Vermont. For a job description link here: For more information please call Carlen Finn at Voices for Vermont’s Children - 802.229.6377 5h-VoicesforVermontKids110817.indd 1


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PART-TIME, PERMANENT We are looking for morning bakers in our busy Shelburne store. Some basic baking experience needed. Some weekend availability.

Special Programs Rental Assistant The Burlington Housing Authority seeks a Special Programs Rental Assistant to work with low income and homeless individuals and families that participate in federally subsidized housing programs. This position will be responsible for performing rental calculations, move ins & outs, scheduling housing inspection and general administrative responsibilities.

Stop by our store on Route 7 for an application or call 802-985-2000 for more information.

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The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and goal oriented with excellent oral and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Excel and Word is required.

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Small Burlington law firm seeks legal secretary/ assistant. Proficiency in Word and Excel, experience with transcription equipment, and excellent communication skills required. Previous experience a plus. Those seeking part time as well as full time employment are encouraged to apply. Fax cover letter and resume to Jenny at (802) 658-5685.

Applicants must have an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or similarly related field. Previous experience in the administration of assisted housing programs is preferred but not required. Extensive relevant program administrative experience may substitute for this level of education. BHA offers a salary, commensurate with qualifications and experience, as well as an excellent benefit package. Please submit letter of interest and resume by November 24, 2017 to:

Human Resources Burlington Housing Authority 65 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05401 humanresources The Burlington Housing Authority is an equal opportunity employer.


The UVM Foundation invites high performing development professionals to explore an exciting opportunity. The Director of Major Gifts will be the lead major gifts fundraiser and will have a key role in the coordination of the comprehensive fundraising activities of the University of Vermont Cancer Center (“UVMCC”) as a member of the UVM Academic Health Sciences team. This is a unique opportunity for an experienced professional to lead a program that leverages UVMCC’s national and international reputation and its decades of dedicated service to the community. The Director of Major Gifts reports to the Chief Development Officer, Academic Health Sciences. The Director will be joining the UVM Academic Health Sciences team which integrates the fundraising operations of the University of Vermont with its primary teaching hospital, the University of Vermont Medical Center. This collaborative fundraising model supports increased potential for grateful patient fundraising and the ability to leverage the resources of the UVM Cancer Center, the UVM Larner College of Medicine, the UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences, the UVM Foundation, and the UVM Medical Center. The Director will be part of a highly collaborative, integrated, and successful fundraising team. We are seeking a team player who has collaborative instincts, and an inclination to strategically integrate efforts, as well as effectively navigate ambiguity and uncertainty in a complex environment.

For a more detailed description of the position and information on how to apply, please visit our website



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Seasonal Caregivers Needed! Are you a compassionate person with a little extra time to spare?

Administrative Assistant

Appletree Bay Property Management seeks an administrative assistant. Candidates should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in administrative assistant duties. Duties include (but are not limited to): • Serve as a receptionist - Answer telephones, direct calls and take messages. • Assist in filing duties. • Open, sort and route incoming mail and prepare outgoing mail.

Help Others this Holiday Season as a VNA Personal Care Attendant Convenient FREE evening training sessions! NOVEMBER 27-DECEMBER 1 | 4-8pm DECEMBER 4-8 | 8am - 4pm

• Greet and welcome each visitor in a friendly, warm and professional manner. • Ensure that Administrative Office and Reception area are organized and clean.

$500 BONUS

Help adults remain independent in their homes. No experience necessary. We’ll train you! Evening, night & weekend shifts.

For more information, contact Lisa Barron at 802 860 4449 or

• Prepare and disburse payments to vendors. • Post transactions involving cash receipts, disbursements and/or accounts payable and receivable to ledger accounts.

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Lund offers hope and opportunity to families through education, treatment, family support and adoption.

• Assists the accountant in the preparation of financial statements, cost reports and bank reconciliations as needed. The ideal candidate will work well in a small, fast paced office environment and is willing to take on new challenges. Please email resumes to:

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About the Position:


• Part-time float teacher will work with children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. • Full-time teacher will work with infants and toddlers.

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• Lund’s early childhood team is a play-based center that is mission-driven and committed to supporting vulnerable families. • We practice an emergent curriculum model.

Maintenance Mechanic Middlebury, VT

Agri-Mark has a full-time immediate opening for a THIRD SHIFT (12am-8am) Maintenance Mechanic Technician to work in our Middlebury, VT facility. Flexible work schedule required, including rotating weekends, and working scheduled holidays. Mechanical background is a must. Strong welding experience is preferred. Must be able to work both independently and as a team member. Excellent troubleshooting and maintaining plant equipment in a food production environment. Position provides 40+ hours per week, paid leave and holidays. Offers a competitive starting wage and excellent benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), pension plan, and much more. Apply in person, by email to or send your resume with cover letter to:


What We Look For:

• Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree in childhood education (or related field). • Experience working with children and families required.

• A candidate who is passionate, inspired, and committed to working with a dedicated group of professionals.

Why Join Our Team at Lund:

• Knowledge of adoption services.

• Ongoing training opportunities available.

• Lund is a multi-service nonprofit that has served families and children throughout Vermont for 125 years. • Our mission is to help children thrive by empowering families to break cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse. • Commitment surrounding diversity and cultural competence.

• Lund offers a comprehensive benefit package for full-time positions including health, dental, life insurance, disability, retirement, extensive time off accrual and holiday pay. • Excellent opportunity to join strengths-based team of multi-disciplinary professionals.

Agri-Mark Attn: Mrs. Jacobs 869 Exchange Street Middlebury, VT 05753 EOE M/F/D/V

Please send resume and cover letter to: Human Resources, PO Box 4009, Burlington, VT 05406-4009 fax (802) 864-1619 email: 9t-LundEARLYCHILDHOOD110817.indd 1

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Assistant Professor of Nursing

For position details and application process, visit and select “View Current Openings.” SUNY College at Plattsburgh is a fully compliant employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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Lund’s mission is to help children thrive by empowering families to break cycles of poverty, addiction and abuse. Lund offers hope and opportunity to families through education, treatment, family support and adoption.

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SUBSTITUTE POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Residential Counselor Substitute

• Provide parenting and life skill support to pregnant and parenting women and their children living in a 24-hour residential treatment facility. • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in human services related field and relevant experience. • Shifts include EVENING, WEEKEND, AND AWAKE OVERNIGHT SHIFTS with a shift differential for awake overnight hours 12am-7am. • Independence Place Counselor Substitute • Provide parenting and life skill support to pregnant and parenting women and their children living in transitional living facility. • Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in human services related field and relevant experience. Relevant experience may be substituted for degree.

Childcare Teacher Substitute • Provide nurturing care to children ages 2 weeks to 5 years in play-based center. • Work with collaborative team of educators in responding to the needs of young children. • Relevant experience. Relevant experience may be substituted for degree.

Why Join Our Team at Lund:

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• We honor and celebrate the distinctive strengths and talents of our clients and staff. • Our work encompasses collaboration with a strong team of professionals and a strengths-based approach to providing services to families. • Lund’s adoption program provides life-long services to families brought together through adoption. • Lund’s residential and community treatment programs are distinctive as our work focuses on both treatment and parenting. • Lund’s educators believe in laughter, the importance of fun, community-oriented activities, and non-stop learning. • Ongoing training opportunities are available. • Lund offers competitive pay and paid training, as well as a comprehensive and very generous benefit package including health, dental, life, disability, retirement, extensive time off accrual, 11 paid holidays, and wellness reimbursement. EEO/AA Please send resume and cover letter to: Human Resources, PO Box 4009, Burlington, VT 05406-4009 fax (802) 864-1619 email: 10v-LundSUBS110817.indd 1

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Sharing the Wealth



The requested price of admission to the ninth annual Food and Wine Festival at Shelburne Vineyard is a donation of food for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Bring a non-perishable food item (or two or three) to mark the harvest’s end and the approaching holidays. The vineyard offers wine tastings all day, with food from a variety of local producers including Douglas Sweets, Eden Specialty Ciders, Luiza’s Homemade With Love and the food shelf’s own Good Food Truck. FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL Saturday, November 11, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Shelburne Vineyard. Food donation or financial gift to Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf. Info, 985-8222,

Wine and Food Festival at Shelburne Vineyard

THE DISH A discussion about women who work in the food industry — farmers to chefs, business owners to producers — is the theme of “The Dish: Women in the Food Industry, a Place at the Table.” Panel members include Allison Hooper, cofounder of Vermont Creamery, and Cara Chigazola-Tobin, chef and coowner of Burlington’s Honey Road restaurant. Wednesday, November 8, 5:30-7 p.m., ArtsRiot in Burlington. $5 suggested donation for Intervale Center. Info, 6600440,

PENNYWISE PANTRY You can shop ‘til you drop, or you can shop ‘til your cart is full of food that is healthy and affordable. Get the goods on wise food shopping and stocking your pantry on a tour of City Market/Onion River Co-op. Thursday, November 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m., City Market in Burlington. Free. Info, 861-9700,

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MASTERING STOCKS AND BROTHS In time for soup-making season, learn techniques for preparing stocks and broths from Rachael Mamane, chefowner of Brooklyn Bouillon. Mamane is the author of a new book, Mastering Stocks and Broths. She finds pleasure in the time it takes to make stock, according to her website, where she notes that “making stocks is meditative and meaningful.” Sunday, November 12, 9 a.m.-noon, Shelburne Farms. $25. Info, 985-8686,

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Maple Bacon Roasted Brussel Sprouts • Green Bean Almandine • Vermont Honey Roasted Carrots • Roasted Root Vegetables • Sweet Butter Whipped Potatoes • Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Marshmallows • Old Fashioned Herb Stuffing • Baked Macaroni & Cheese • Green Salad with Selection of Dressings • Panzanella Salad • Antipasto Pasta Salad • Quinoa & Cranberry Salad • Local & Domestic Cheese Platter • Crudité & Dressings Chocolate Fountain • Assorted Seasonal Pies & Cakes • Selection of Fruit Tarts • Individual Pastries, Cookies & Brownies • Sweet Bread Pudding • Fruit Platter


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UVM students in the Central Campus Dining Hall

Dining 101

Eating and learning in UVM’s new $7 million cafeteria







hen Melissa Zelazny was a student at the University of Vermont in the early 1980s, she ate a lot of macaroni and cheese. Zelazny was a runner and hurdler on the track team, and eating carbohydrates was standard practice for runners. And that was the kind of food readily available in the dining halls. “You didn’t have a lot of choices,” Zelazny said. “Fried clam strips and French fries at Living/Learning [Center] was a staple.” As a student athlete, she got little guidance about diet. “There wasn’t much instruction back then,” Zelazny remembered. “I think it was just: Maintain your weight and have enough energy to run.” Zelazny grew up in a farm-to-table family in South Barre, one of nine siblings who ate beef raised by her father and vegetables grown in the family garden. She graduated from UVM in 1984 with a degree in nutrition and dietetics. She worked for 18 years at Yale New Haven Hospital in Connecticut, where she was a registered dietician and food service manager. For the past 12 years, Zelazny has worked at her alma mater, where she is

a resident district manager for Sodexo and director of dining at UVM. Zelazny oversees about 450 dining and food service employees, including 65 or so who work at UVM’s new Central Campus Dining Hall. Located, as its name suggests, in the middle of campus, the facility seats 450 people, serves nearly 20,000 meals a week, and offers a range of things to eat and places to dine. It also has a learning component, with an associated culinary education center called the Discovery Kitchen. At the dining hall, students can eat at dual-purpose stainless steel tables in the teaching kitchen — they double as cooking counters during class — or sit at a communal farm table near the center of the room. They can gather in foursomes at restaurant-style booths that occupy a space off the main dining room or in high chairs at one of several counters situated in the room. Diners can order food from a grill, serve themselves at a salad bar, eat at an allergen-free station, or even sauté their own veggies and chicken. “There’s so much more choice,” Zelazny said, comparing the contemporary dining hall experience to that of her student days. “The food quality and local presence is even greater, and

you have the expertise of the chefs. The whole food system has really changed in 35 years.” Central Campus Dining Hall reflects many of those changes. There are weekly meet-the-farmer events and hands-on classes taught by a chef in the teaching kitchen. Glass jugs of infused water are prominently displayed, while the soda vending machine is tucked away near the bathroom. The Exploration Station is equipped with six individual cooking areas, at which students can tie on a disposable apron, slip on a pair of gloves and make their own meals with guidance from a pro. “It’s easy to get down on the world, but these kids give me hope every day,” said chef Gary Daluisio, who works with students at the cook-your-own station. “They’re so well mannered and cordial, so respectful. It’s certainly more fun and rewarding to do this than cook for them.” Although the station is stocked with prepped ingredients, some students bring food from other parts of the dining hall and improvise, he said. “About 60 percent know what they’re doing, and 40 percent have never touched a pan,” Daluisio noted.

On a Saturday morning in October, he taught students how to flip omelettes with a flick of the wrist. A cheering section gathered to applaud the effort, Daluisio said. Beyond learning that satisfying and useful skill, students gained confidence, he observed. Max Akey, a freshman from Williston who grew up in a restaurant family, cooked lunch for himself the other day, sautéeing onions, peppers, mushrooms and chicken and stirring in cheese sauce. He spooned the ingredients onto a roll to make a hot sandwich. “I recently learned that you could do this, and I’ve been back here ever since,” Akey said. “I like being able to cook my own food. The [cooks] back here are great. They help you a lot.” On a recent rainy evening, freshman Jaylyn Chalco took a counter seat to eat a dinner she had prepared: a baked potato stuffed with broccoli, mushrooms, cheese and bacon. “Back home, me and my mom used to cook together a lot,” said Chalco, who is from the Bronx, “and it reminds me of that.” In addition to the enjoyment students get from cooking their own food, the activity could lead to an enduring practice












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practice and lifelong knowledge, UVM on campuses, UVM pledged that 20 percent of its food would meet certain educators say. “There’s a possibility that you are so- standards of sourcing by 2020 (local, cializing the students into being active sustainable, fair trade and humane). rather than passive consumers of food,” The university exceeded that goal — it said Amy Trubek, faculty director of has already reached 22 percent — and the food systems graduate program. “If has committed to 25 percent by 2020, you’re cooking your own food, you’re according to administrators. more purposeful about what you’re “We’re the University of Vermont, eating. It’s a learning activity.” and Vermont has a way of doing things,” The $7 million dining hall opened at DePaul said. “We want to do it the the start of the fall semester and is con- Vermont way, and we want to teach the nected to the also-new Central Campus Vermont way.” Residence Hall. Students who live in the Sarah Langan, executive chef of 695-bed dormitory, the majority of whom culinary education, teaches classes in are freshmen, are part of an initiative on the Discovery Kitchen. She was an incampus called the Wellness Environment. structor at the New England Culinary James Hudziak, a professor of psychiatry Institute for 22 years and, more recently, at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine, executive chef at the South End Kitchen developed the multifaceted program, on Pine Street before joining UVM. also known as WE. Langan said It teaches students she was somewhat to make healthy and surprised at what a productive choices “good audience” the about their lives in an UVM students are. environment that is “They’re smart. conducive to doing so. They want to know. The dining hall They’re engaged,” complements and she said. “They want promotes the values to get right to the central to WE, acfood. UVM college AMY TRU BEK cording to Dennis students are great DePaul, associate dean for student af- culinary learners.” fairs. This approach involves offering About 80 percent of the students healthy meals, providing nutritional who attend her classes are female, information about the food, posting Langan said, with 12 to 14 students in tips and tidbits about eating healthfully each class. She has taught them about throughout the dining hall, and pro- vegetarian sushi, for example, and she’s viding a dedicated space for teaching developed classes around featured vegabout food and cooking. Any student etables: tomato, squash and kale. with a meal plan can take a class in the This week, Langan is offering a Discovery Kitchen. course called Cook Once, Eat Twice, “This is an intentional approach to and, in mid-November, she will present do lifelong learning around eating and a class on preparing holiday side dishes. eating habits,” DePaul said, “as opposed She plans to teach students who will to just feeding people.” be moving from residence halls to offOn an institutional level, UVM campus housing how to shop and cook dining is committed to transparency in on a budget. sourcing and pricing, he added. And, as “You can’t live on frozen pizza and a participant in the Real Food Challenge, ramen forever,” Langan said. m a nationwide program that aims to increase local and ecologically sound food Contact:


UVM students Julian Wagner (right) and Nicholas Vartanian cooking for themselves in the Central Campus Dining Hall

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VERMONT 2018: PREVIEW OF POLITICAL ISSUES & SOLUTIONS: Panelists from the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont, the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, and Rights & Democracy explore topics that Vermonters can expect to see at the state level next year. Maple Corner Community Center, Calais, 7:30-9:15 p.m. Free. Info, 456-8804.

Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section.


BARGAIN HALL: An indoor yard sale features antique furniture, china, household and garden items, and more. Compass Music and Arts Center, Brandon, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 247-4295.


WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS NETWORK FALL CONFERENCE: Janice Shade of Milk Money and Jovial King of Urban Moonshine share their expertise with area professionals. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, noon-6 p.m. $115. Info, 503-0219.


COFFEE HOUR: Friends, neighbors and AARP Vermont volunteers catch up on upcoming activities and issues facing older Vermonters. Cups of coffee are free! The Skinny Pancake, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 951-1313. GREENER DRINKS: Supporters of commonsense cannabis reform sip beverages and discuss the culture, industry and politics of the agricultural product. Zenbarn, Waterbury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, SEVENDAYSVT.COM


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CONTACT IMPROV: Movers engage in weight sharing, play and meditation when exploring this style influenced by aikido and other somatic practices. The Everything Space, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $510. Info, 232-3618. DROP-IN HIP-HOP DANCE: Beginners are welcome at a groove session inspired by infectious beats. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 540-8300.






VERMONT CREATIVE NETWORK SUMMIT: Those interested in developing the state’s creative sector meet to swap ideas and learn from experts. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 8:30 a.m. $75120. Info,


GREEN MOUNTAIN CHAPTER OF THE EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD OF AMERICA: Needleand-thread enthusiasts fine-tune their techniques. Living/Dining Room, Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 9:30 a.m. Free for first-timers; bring a bag lunch. Info, 372-4255.

VISITING MORNING: Class observations and faculty meet and greets give parents a taste of the learning community. High School Campus, Lake Champlain Waldorf School, Shelburne, 8:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, 985-2827.


EXTREME WEATHER: HOW CAN WE TALK TO EACH OTHER ABOUT CLIMATE?: Climate Reality leader Jenn Wood trains attendees to have more constructive conversations about the environment. Grand Isle School, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, browningkj@ ‘SAVING OUR WATERS’ TOWN HALL: An episode of a new Vermont PBS three-part documentary on the Lake Champlain basin gives way to a panel discussion between scientists, advocates and policy makers. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 775-0903. WORKSHOP ON EXTREME WEATHER: The Climate Reality Project leader Jenn Wood facilitates a multifaceted discussion on the causes of warming waters and delayed fall foliage. Grand Isle School, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info,


AIGA VERMONT’S WORK//PLAY SERIES: INNOVATION PLAYGROUND: Creatives learn about interactive game design and let their imaginations run wild with ECHO’s current special exhibit. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 5:307 p.m. Free. Info, 333-0312. ENVISION YOUR FUTURE: Move toward the future by making a vision board and outlining goals with career consultant Elly Moriarty. Community College of Vermont Middlebury Campus, 1-2 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 388-3032. OPEN MIC NIGHT: Feats of comedy, music, poetry and storytelling fill five-, 10- and 15-minute time slots. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info,




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After nearly 40 years in the biz, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash’s career is soaring. Her most recent release, The River & the Thread, won three Grammy Awards in 2015, and, in the same year, she was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Cash — the daughter of musical legend Johnny Cash — mixes country, folk, pop, rock, blues and Americana in a signature sound that’s garnered four Grammys and 11 Grammy nominations. In addition to her 15 albums, Cash has authored four books, including the memoir Composed, which the Chicago Tribune called “one of the best accounts of an American life you’ll likely ever read.”

ROSANNE CASH Saturday, November 11, 7:30 p.m., at Barre Opera House. $25-56. Info, 476-8188, Sunday, November 12, 7 p.m., at Paramount Theatre in Rutland. $4045. Info, 775-0903,

Shining Song In the darkening days of autumn, music can lift us toward the light. For nearly 50 years, the Howard University Gospel Choir has been a beacon of contemporary and traditional gospel, church hymns, Negro spirituals and classically arranged anthems. The first of its kind in the world, the musical ministry of Howard University students and alumni, along with Washington, D.C., community members, HOWARD UNIVERSITY uses “the gift of music to GOSPEL CHOIR spread the good news of Jesus Saturday, November 11, 7 p.m., Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph. $30Christ,” reads its website. 32. Info, 728-6464, They’ve rocked the stage Sunday, November 12, 2 p.m., Town Hall with Stevie Wonder, Patti Theater in Middlebury. $27. Info, 382-9222, LaBelle and Tony Bennett, among others, and will uplift Vermont audiences in two appearances this week.



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NOV.11 & 12 | MUSIC

Poetic License Great art often arises from adversity. For the eight artists of Poets Resist: Voices of Dissent, current issues such as the divisive political climate, racism and injustice provide ample fodder for creativity. Vermont poet laureate Chard deNiord introduces the evening of political poetry by Reuben Jackson, Tina Escaja (with translator Kristin Dykstra), Sara Browning, Simone John and Muslim Girls Making Change (pictured). Intended to inspire hope, change and action, the event benefits the ACLU Foundation of Vermont.

POETS RESIST: VOICES OF DISSENT Tuesday, November 14, 7-9 p.m., at Unitarian Church of Montpelier. $5. Info, 229-0774,


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hough the holiday season has barely begun, some kids are already making their Christmas lists. In the 1983 movie classic A Christmas Story, 9-year-old Ralphie Parker has his heart set on a Red Ryder BB gun. His mother, teacher and even Santa Claus refuse his request, but someone else is on his side. Lyric Theatre presents the musical adaptation of Ralphie’s story, set in the Midwest in the 1940s. It features songs by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who composed for this year’s Tony Award-winning Dear Evan Hansen. Kids and grown-ups alike revel in this heartwarming tale of a family, a furnace, pesky neighbors and a leg-shaped lamp. ‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’


November 9 through 12: Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.; and Sunday, 6:30 p.m., at Flynn MainStage in Burlington. $24-42. Info, 863-5966,







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BURGER & BEER: Boyden Farm beef and craft brews help patrons beat the midweek slump. Mary’s Restaurant, Bristol, 5-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 453-2432. CABERNET FRANC TASTING: Learn about vino while you sip. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 4-6 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 253-5742. COMMUNITY MEAL: Diners dig into a hot lunch. United Church of Johnson, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1247. COMMUNITY NIGHT: Eat up for a good cause at an evening benefiting the Peace & Justice Center. Partial proceeds are donated. Bluebird Barbecue, Burlington, 4:30-9:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 448-3070. COMMUNITY SUPPER: A scrumptious spread connects friends and neighbors. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300. VERMONT RAIL ACTION NETWORK ANNUAL DINNER & AWARDS: Locomotive lovers toast the coming “golden age” of passenger trains in the Green Mountain State with an evening of networking and nibbles. Train ride to event included in ticket price. Southside Steakhouse, Rutland, 5:307:45 p.m. $69. Info,

STORY TIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Picture books, songs, rhymes and early math tasks work youngsters’ mental muscles. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. WEDNESDAY STORY TIME: From timeless tales to new adventures, books transport tots to another world. Phoenix Books, Essex, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. R




YOGA FOR KIDS: Yogis ages 2 through 5 strike a pose to explore breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.







BEGINNER ENGLISH LANGUAGE : ‘W GI H O’ CLASS: Students build a foundation in S AF RAID O F VIR reading, speaking and writing. Fletcher Free NIA WITH LINDA: Eclectic music and moveLibrary, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. ments drawn from healing, martial and dance arts DUTCH LANGUAGE CLASSES: Planning a trip propel an animated barefoot workout. South End to Amsterdam? Learn vocabulary and grammar Studio, Burlington, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $14; free for basics from a native speaker. Fletcher Free Library, first-timers. Info, 372-1721. Burlington, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, bheeks@ RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: Folks in recovery and their families enrich mind, body and spirit in an INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Pupils imall-levels class. All props are provided; wear loose prove their speaking and grammar mastery. Private clothing. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 10:30residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. 11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. E

‘WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: PREHISTORIC PLANET 3D’: Moviegoers follow a herd of planteating dinosaurs in Cretaceous Alaska through the seasons and the challenges of growing up in a prehistoric world. Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, noon & 2:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

HERBAL MEDICINE MAKING SERIES: OIL PREPARATIONS: Clinical herbalist Emma Merritt instructs greenhorns in crafting oil- and plant-based medical supplies for a healthy home. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 540-0595.


TOURNÉES FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL: Shown with English subtitles, the animated My Life as a Zucchini depicts a young boy who learns lessons of love and trust. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info,

STORY TIME: Children are introduced to the wonderful world of reading. Richmond Free Library, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036.


‘RUBENS: AN EXTRA LARGE STORY’: A film sets out to correct misconceptions about the life and work of Peter Paul Rubens. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 11 a.m. $8-13. Info, 382-9222.



‘PETER AND JOHN’: Jay Craven directed this Nantucket-based 2015 movie about two brothers who must reevaluate their relationship as love and money come into play. The Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $7.50-9.75. Info, 229-0598.

SECRET BOOK BOX: Crafters hollow out old titles to create clandestine storage spaces. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


‘JOHN LEWIS: GET IN THE WAY’: This 2017 documentary turns the lens toward a civil rights and congressional leader. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

exploration of mindfulness and its wide range of outcomes. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Coop, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


‘I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO’: James Baldwin’s unfinished novel Remember This House informs a hardhitting 2016 documentary about race in modern America. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

GINGER’S EXTREME BOOT CAMP: Triathletes, Spartan racers and other fitness fanatics challenge themselves to complete Navy Seal exercises during an intense workout. Come in good shape. Private residence, Middlebury, 7-8 a.m. $8-12; for ages 16 and up. Info, 343-7160. |T

‘THE FIFTH ELEMENT’: Milla Jovovich and Bruce Willis star in a futuristic film in which a cabbie and an alien try to save the world. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6-9 p.m. $5. Info, 533-9075.

GENTLE YOGA: Individuals with injuries or other challenges feel the benefits of a relaxing and nourishing practice. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 8:309:30 a.m. Donations. Info,


‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: A National Geographic film takes viewers to the front lines of powerful storms, widespread fires and rising waters. Northfield Savings Bank Theater: A National Geographic Experience, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. & 1 & 3:30 p.m. $3-5 plus regular admission, $11.50-14.50; admission free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.

BUTI YOGA: A fusion of vinyasa yoga, plyometrics and dance is set to upbeat music. Bring water and a towel. Women’s Room, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 829-0211.

winter. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Regular admission, $11.5014.50; free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386.



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

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


PAST LIVES, DREAMS & SOUL TRAVEL: An open discussion with Eckankar helps participants tap into their inner wisdom. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390.



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RESILIENCE FLOW: Individuals affected by a traumatic brain injury drop in for a specialized stretching session. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 3:45-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.

INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASS: Learners take communication to the next level. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

SUNRISE YOGA: Participants of all levels enjoy slowing down, moving mindfully and breathing deeply while building strength and stamina on the mat. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 6-7 a.m. Donations. Info,

LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: SPANISH: ¡Hola! Language lovers perfect their fluency. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

UPBEAT YOGA: Instructor John McConnell leads a fun-spirited stretching session. Railyard Yoga Studio, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. $14. Info, 318-6050. WEDNESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Individuals learn to relax and let go. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605. ZUMBA EXPRESS: A shortened version of this guided, beat-driven workout gives students a much-needed midday surge of energy. Marketplace Fitness, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-noon. $12; free for members and first-timers. Info, 651-8773.


BOOK DISCUSSIONS FOR HOMESCHOOLED STUDENTS: Grouped by age, youngsters chat about celebrated titles. Call for details. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. HERBALISM CLASS SERIES FOR TEENS: Young adults deepen their awareness of global natural medicine traditions. Wild Faith Herb Farm, South Burlington, 3:30-5:30 p.m. $15; preregister. Info,


CINEMANIA: Movie lovers flock to the theater for French-language flicks by seasoned filmmakers and rising talents. See for details. Centre Cinéma Impérial, Montréal. $8.50185. Info, 514-878-2882. ‘THE HOCKEY SWEATER: A MUSICAL’: Ice takes center stage in a family-friendly theatrical tribute to one of Montréal’s great passions. Segal Centre for Performing Arts, Montréal, 1 & 8 p.m. $52-66. Info, 514-739-7944.


Find club dates in the music section. SALLY PINKAS: The Hopkins Center pianist-inresidence tickles the ivories with clarinetist Patricia Shands. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-27. Info, 603-646-2422.


THE DISH: WOMEN IN THE FOOD INDUSTRY, A PLACE AT THE TABLE: A moderated panel discussion on female farmers, chefs and entrepreneurs provides food for thought. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5. Info, 540-0406. ‘FROM OPIOID REPLACEMENT TO MANAGING CHRONIC PAIN: WHAT IS CBD?’: Therapeutic benefits of a non-intoxicating compound found in hemp plants are at the center of a panel discussion. Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-9266. HEATHER PEMBROOK: The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources Department of Environmental Conservation biomonitoring supervisor dives into the effects of acid rain on Vermont lakes. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1327. JOHN A. FATHERLEY: In “A Portrait of Margaret Bourke-White: Woman of Firsts,” the speaker offers a close-up look at the life and work of the late Life magazine photographer. Bradford Public Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4808. RAYMOND W. KELLY: A book signing and Q&A follow an address by the former New York City police commissioner and author of Vigilance: My Life Serving America and Protecting Its Empire City. Plumley Armory, Norwich University, Northfield, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2633. SIMON SINEK: Students and members of the public get fired up for a broadcast talk by the author and motivational speaker. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1247. STEPHEN TAYLER: Attendees learn about the history of alms houses and poor farms from a dark chapter of New England history. Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, 7 p.m. Free. Info, info@ THOMAS MACIAS: “Diversity, Trust and a Sociological Path out of Ecological Calamity” explores what can be learned from the variety of perceptions and experiences around environmental issues. Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3166.


INTRODUCTION TO EXCEL: Columns, rows, cells, formulas and data entry become second nature at a tutorial on electronic spreadsheets. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217. TECH HELP WITH CLIF: Electronics novices develop skill sets applicable to smartphones, tablets and other gadgets. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, noon & 1 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-6955. TECHNOLOGY NIGHT: Basic operations of Macs and PCs become second nature during a class with Vermont Technical College’s Ken Bernard. Bring your own device. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


FINANCIAL/ESTATE PLANNING SEMINAR: Participants look to their financial futures with money manager Daniel Kimbell and elder law professional Jay Abramson. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 5:30-6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393.

‘PICASSO AT THE LAPIN AGILE’ AUDITIONS: Actors vie for roles in a Middlebury Community Players production of Steve Martin’s absurdist comedy about a meeting between Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info,

HERBS FOR SINGERS, PREACHERS & SCREAMERS: Lost your voice? Students discuss the physiology of vocalization and make take-home throat sprays. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $7. Info, 224-7100.

‘QUANTUM DOG IN A DEEP BLUE JAGUAR’: Green Candle Theatre captivates audiences with Stephen J. Goldberg’s work of quantum physics, agoraphobia and family conflict. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 8 p.m. $15. Info,

READ TO DAISY: Budding bookworms join a friendly canine for ear-catching narratives. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

LET’S GROW VERMONT: The Vermont Chamber of Commerce facilitates a workshop focused on solutions to the state’s workforce challenge. St. Albans City Hall, 8-10 a.m. Free; preregister. Info, 524-2444.

SCIENCE & STORIES: ANIMALS IN NOVEMBER: Kiddos look at ways in which critters prepare for

WHAT ARE YOU REALLY PRACTICING?: Psychologist Robert Kest lends his expertise to an

‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’: Presented by the UVM Department of Theatre, an exciting new adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel follows the fortunes and misfortunes of the Dashwood sisters. Royall Tyler Theatre, University of Vermont, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $18-25. Info, 656-2094.

LEGO CLUB: Kiddos ages 6 and up snap together snazzy structures. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. NATIONAL STEM/STEAM DAY: Science, technology, engineering, art and math meet in a full day of hands-on activities, exhibits and scavenger hunts. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $11.50-14.50; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 864-1848.



BOOK DISCUSSION: FAMILY HISTORY: Readers look closely at Gilead by Marilynne Robinson as part of a series focused on how a clan’s past plays into its present. South Burlington Community Library, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 652-7080. BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP: Fans of the written word delve into Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. BOOK DISCUSSION: SEMINAL STATEMENTS OF AMERICAN VALUES: Martin Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington address inspires conversation. Davies Memorial Library, Lower Waterford, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-4609. SHORT FICTION WORKSHOP: Readers give feedback on stories penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. Jensen Beach teaches. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST BOOK CLUB: Bookworms sound off on The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-726-6499. WRITING CIRCLE: Words flow when participants explore creative expression in a lowpressure environment. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218.

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FREE TRADE VERSUS FAIR TRADE: Locals learn the basics of globalization and how certain policies pave the way for companies to profit at the expense of people and the planet. Room 101, Cheray Science Hall, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345.

Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Info, bestirredfitness@


PROTECT THE WINOOSKI WATERSHED: MANUAL REMOVAL OF INVASIVE SPECIES: Remove pesky plants with the Friends of Coburn Pond. Bring work gloves and shovels and wear appropriate attire. Follow the path down from yellow access gate in back, bearing right. Plainfield Hardware, East Montpelier, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 454-7303.


JOB HUNT HELP: Community College of Vermont interns assist employment seekers with everything from résumé writing to online applications. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 745-1393.

LNT•AID Benefit Concert

Vermont Stars Come Out for Lost Nation Theater featuring

Patti Casey, John Gailmor, Taryn Noelle, George Woodard, AND SPECIAL GUEST Gordon Clapp (performing Robert Frost)

PECHAKUCHA NIGHT: Presenters share designs, projects, thoughts and ideas in a fun and fast-paced format. Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education, Shelburne Museum, 6-8 p.m. $6. Info, 985-3346. TROPICAL FISH CLUB MONTHLY MEETING: Speakers ranging from local hobbyists to nationally known aquarium aficionados share their expertise. Essex Junction VFW Post, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 372-8716.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.8. ‘FAHRENHEIT 9/11’: Director Michael Moore’s hard-hitting 2004 documentary examines the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attack on the United States. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.

Thursday, November 16 7:30 pm | $25 montpelier city hall arts center 802.229.0492 | sponsored by

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WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE FOR PEACE & FREEDOM MEETING: Socially conscious ladies convene to discuss upcoming programs and community-related topics. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-4929.

‘KRISTALLNACHT’ (‘NIGHT OF BROKEN GLASS’) SHORT FILM & DISCUSSION: Viewers discuss the events that led to the Holocaust after watching the film. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 498-7973. 8V-LostNation110817.indd 1 REEL ROCK FILM TOUR 12: Climbing’s biggest stories and athletes are the subjects of four new films full of edge-of-your-seat action. Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $8-10. Info, 657-3872.




BARGAIN HALL: See WED.8. NEWBERRY MARKET: Shoppers browse specialty foods, clothing, pottery, décor, collectibles and more at a weekly indoor bazaar. Newberry Market, White River Junction, 2-7 p.m. Free. Info,





FOR REAL WOMEN SERIES WITH BELINDA: GIT UR FREAK ON: R&B and calypso-dancehall music is the soundtrack to an empowering sensual dance session aimed at confronting body shaming. Swan Dojo,

Chicken Souvlaki & Beef Gyro & Falafel Dinner includes Rice Pilaf & Greek Salad

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COMMUNITY LUNCH: Farm-fresh fare makes for a delicious and nutritious midday meal. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 309. PENNYWISE PANTRY: On a tour of the store, shoppers create a custom template for keeping the kitchen stocked with affordable, nutritious eats. City Market/Onion River Co-op, Burlington, 6:307:30 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. SIP SCHOOL: Wine and knowledge are on the menu at a guided sipping session with the theme “Burgundy versus Beaujolais.” Cork Wine Bar & Market, Waterbury, 6:30-8 p.m. $20. Info, 882-8227. WOODBELLY PIZZA POP-UP: Foodies take away wood-fired sourdough slices, farinata and other tasty eats made with local ingredients. Call ahead to order whole pies. Woodbelly Pizza, Montpelier, 4-7:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 552-3476.


GAME NIGHT: From Monopoly to Bananagrams, players participate in tabletop pastimes. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 6 p.m. Donations. Info, 356-2776. POKÉMON LEAGUE: I choose you, Pikachu! Players of the trading-card game earn weekly and monthly prizes in a fun, friendly environment where newbies can be coached by league leaders. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0498.




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RAGE IN THE FACE: Revelers raise money for various nonprofits while chucking paint-filled balloons at certain political figures. A Single Pebble Food Truck fuels the fun while DJ Luis Calderon keeps tempo. Parking lot, Karma Bird House, Burlington, 5-9 p.m. Free. Info,



SELL YOUR STORY: A SPEED-PITCHING SOCIAL: Students learn how to give a better pitch with a panel of media professionals. Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6 p.m. Free. Info, 516-660-3034.



Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section.

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calendar BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SUN-STYLE TAI CHI, LONG-FORM: Improved mood, greater muscle strength and increased energy are a few of the benefits of this gentle exercise. Winooski Senior Center, 6:45-8 p.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. BEGINNERS TAI CHI CLASS: Students get a feel for the ancient Chinese practice. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. BEYOND THE BROWNIE: HERBAL PREPS & THERAPEUTICS OF MEDICAL CANNABIS: Stephanie Boucher covers the basics of cannabis pharmacology and therapeutics, including tinctures, topicals, edibles, blending with herbs and proper dosages. Participants walk away with their own hempinfused salve. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. $20-25. Info, 540-0595. CHAIR YOGA: Individuals with physical limitations limber up with modified poses. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 2-3:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.

HEALING THROUGH YOGA: Anyone with a history of cancer and their care providers are welcome in this stretching session focused on maintaining energy, strength and flexibility. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262.




KARMA KLASS: DONATION-BASED YOGA FOR A CAUSE: Active bodies hit the mat to support local nonprofits. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 540-0186. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: A peaceful, guided meditation helps participants achieve a sense of stability and calm. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 777-8602. POWER YOGA IN WILLISTON: Individualized attention ensures that poses burn in all the right ways. Kismet Place, Williston, noon-1 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084. YOGA: A Sangha Studio instructor guides students who are in recovery toward achieving inner tranquility. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’: The classic tale of a boy growing up in the 1940s whose holiday hopes repeatedly fall short hits the stage in a Lyric Theatre production. See calendar spotlight. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $24-42. Info, 863-5966.


BABY TIME: Books, rhymes and songs entertain tiny tots. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:1510:45 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


KIDS’ CARTOONING CLUB: Aspiring artists ages 8 through 12 create their own comics in a six-week program. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. PRE-K ART PLAY: Children let their imaginations run wild during a free-form paint-and-canvas session. Caregivers must stick around. Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Info, 253-8358.


BEGINNER-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Basic communication skills are on the agenda at a guided lesson. Private residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.



WILL MILLER SOCIAL JUSTICE LECTURE SERIES: STEVE SALAITA: The scholar, political commentator and activist speaks in “Palestine: Long Road to Freedom” at the centenary of the Balfour Declaration. Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info,


BUILD YOUR OWN WEBSITE: Professionals and small business owners pick up tips on planning, curating and managing online content using platforms such as Squarespace, Wix and Wordpress. Study Hall Collective, Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. $25. Info, 870-0903. TECH SUPPORT: Need an email account? Want to enjoy ebooks? Bring your phone, tablet or laptop to a weekly help session. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291, ext. 302.



‘ANTIGONE’: A revised version of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy, performed by student actors, reflects SI E the influence of social media on ALASDAIR FRASER & NATALIE HAAS C| UT SC B I R ARpublic opinion. Dibden Center for the CONCERT: The bow-and-string masters A- M OU C HE: A T Arts, Johnson State College, 7 p.m. $10. Info, have audience members in awe with spirited 635-1476. renditions of Celtic tunes. The Old Meeting House, East Montpelier, 7:30-9:15 p.m. $20-25; $50 per ‘CABARET’: Dartmouth College Department of family of four. Info, 249-0404. Theater actors travel to Weimar-era Germany in this time-tested musical centered on a Berlin JUST JAMMIN’: Music lovers dance, listen or join in nightclub during Hitler’s rise to power. Moore with a group of local instrumentalists. Light supper Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth items are available for purchase. VFW Post 309, College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-15. Info, Peru, N.Y., 6 p.m. Free. Info, 518-643-2309. 603-646-2422. Find club dates in the music section.


FORZA: THE SAMURAI SWORD WORKOUT: Students sculpt lean muscles and gain mental focus when using wooden replicas of the weapon. North End Studio A, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

THURSDAY PLAY TIME: Kiddos from birth to age 5 and their caregivers convene for casual fun. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 11 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.


FIRE: REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY & SLEEP: Acupuncturist Baylen Slote outlines how qigong exercises, food and acupressure techniques can lead to restful nights. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,

READ TO ARCHIE: Budding bookworms join a friendly therapy dog for entertaining tails — er, tales. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.

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COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS: A 20-minute guided practice with Andrea O’Connor alleviates stress and tension. Tea and a discussion follow. Winooski Senior Center, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 233-1161.

READ TO A DOG: Tots share stories with a lovable pooch. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.

SEAN BECKETT: The master naturalist leads listeners on a photographic exploration of the ecology and culture of the Arctic’s wildest inhabitants. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


JEFF CHESTER: “Big Data, Politics and the 2020 Election,” a talk by the executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, dissects possible changes to politics and democracy. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, reception, 5:30 p.m.; talk, 6-8 p.m. $10. Info, 862-1645.


MORTGAGE BASICS FOR VA LOANS: Veterans discover the benefits of acquiring home loans through the New England Federal Credit Union. Hampton Inn, St. Albans, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 800-400-8790.


BILL SCHUBART: Locals join the Lila & Theron author for a discussion of the ways in which rural America has changed over time. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. MARIA WOLFF: Linguistics lovers lean in for “The Unwritten Language of Hula,” in which the JSC faculty member interprets the language of indigenous Hawaiian people. Stearns Cinema, Johnson State College, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1331. MARK RICHARD: Examples of anti-immigration sentiments in the United States illustrate “Nativism in the Northeast: A Historic Look.” Krinovitz Recital Hall, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free. Info, richarmp@ ONE WORLD LIBRARY PROJECT: Laurie Sravrand of the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program and Aden Haji, a Somali Bantu refugee, speak out in “First Welcome for Refugees: Laying Solid Foundations for Renewed Lives in the U.S.” Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. SALLY & PAUL BERMANZOHN: The 1979 Greensboro Massacre survivors speak in “Through Survivors’ Eyes: Charlottesville, Greensboro and the Fight to Resist White Supremacy.” Silver Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 1.


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PRESCHOOL MUSIC: Tykes up to age 5 have fun with song and dance. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


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Studio — North, Burlington, 7:30-8:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-4262. FICTION BOOK GROUP: Bibliophiles break down Georgia: A Novel of Georgia O’Keeffe by Dawn Tripp. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. SOUNDCHECK: Slam poet Rajnii Eddins leads teen wordsmiths in a writing workshop followed by an open mic. Pizza fuels the fun. BCA Center, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, STEPHEN KIERNAN: The Vermont-based writer commands attention with passages from his new novel, The Baker’s Secret, a tale of courage set in a Normandy village on the eve of D-day. Phoenix Books, Rutland, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 855-8078. WILL SCHWALBE: The New York Times best-selling author lets lit lovers in on his 2016 title, Books for Living. Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2061.

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ALL-AGE PEACE TEAM FOCUS GROUPS: The Peace & Justice Center explores the idea of forming a collective of individuals to de-escalate conflict on Burlington streets. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 863-2345. TOXIC WHITENESS BAG LUNCH DISCUSSION GROUP: Peace & Justice Center representatives facilitate a conversation on the harmful effects of white supremacy on communities and individuals. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 383-2345, ext. 6.


Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section.

‘THE IDIOT’S TALE’: Vermont playwright Tom Blachly’s work about an aging actor in a nursing home hits the stage, courtesy of the Plainfield Little Theatre. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10-12. Info, 229-5290.


‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’: Rutland High School’s Encore Theatre enchants with Shakespeare’s comedy about lovers, actors and meddling fairies. Rutland High School, 7 p.m. $5-8. Info, 770-1134.

FEAST TOGETHER OR FEAST TO GO: Senior citizens and their guests catch up over a shared meal. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, noon-1 p.m. $7-9; preregister. Info, 262-6288.

NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘AMADEUS’: Music, power and jealousy thread through this Tony Award-winning musical about the rivalry between a young Mozart and composer Antonio Salieri. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7-10:15 p.m. $10-20. Info, 457-3981. NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE: ‘WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF’: Imelda Staunton stars in a broadcast staging of Edward Albee’s dramatic examination of a middle-aged married couple. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $10-17. Info, 382-9222. ‘PETER AND THE STARCATCHER’: Teen actors of the Spaulding High School Drama Club capture imaginations with this Tony Award-winning prequel to Peter Pan. Spaulding High School, Barre, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, ‘QUANTUM DOG IN A DEEP BLUE JAGUAR’: See WED.8. ‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’: See WED.8, 7:30-10 p.m. ‘THE SPITFIRE GRILL’: U-32 Middle and High School students stage a production based on the 1996 film about a paroled convict looking for a new start in rural Wisconsin. U-32 High School, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10-12. Info, 229-0321. ‘THE WHALE’: Samuel D. Hunter’s humorous play, presented by Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre, examines ways in which family, friends and religion shape our lives. Brick Box, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $20. Info, 775-0903.


BOOK CLUB: Yogis deepen their practice through reading and discussion. Call for title. Sangha




CRAFTY CRAP NIGHT: Participants bring supplies or ongoing projects and an adventurous attitude to share creative time with other people in recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150.


BALLROOM & LATIN DANCING: Learn new moves with Ballroom Nights, then join others in a dance social featuring the waltz, tango and more. Singles, couples and beginners are welcome. Williston Jazzercise Fitness Center, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; dance social, 8-9:30 p.m. $10-14; $8 for dance only. Info, 862-2269. CONTRA DANCE: Lindy Leslie calls the steps to music by Kick ’Em Jenny while hoofers in soft-soled shoes move across the floor. Shelburne Town Hall, beginners’ session, 7:45 p.m.; 8-11 p.m. $9 adults; 12 and under free. Info, 371-9492. ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Jubilant motions with the Green Mountain Druid Order inspire divine connections. Christ Episcopal Church, Montpelier, 7-9 p.m. $10. Info, 505-8011. FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Merrymakers cut a rug to the rhythms of the ’90s. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8 p.m.-midnight. $5-7; BYOB. Info,


NORTHERN VERMONT UNIVERSITY FALL OPEN HOUSE: Prospective students learn the ABCs of NVU’s Lyndon campus, programs, faculty and community. Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, 9:15 a.m. Free. Info, 800-225-1998.



MONTHLY WOMEN’S SHARING CIRCLE: Those who identify as female gather to laugh, cry and connect on a spiritual level. Essex Hub for Women & Business, Essex Junction, 6:30-8 p.m. $10. Info, MONTSHIRE UNLEASHED: AN EVENING FOR ADULTS: Grown-ups unleash their scientific curiosity during after-hours activities. Local fare, wine and Jasper Murdock’s Alehouse brews are available for purchase. Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich, 6:30-9 p.m. $7-10; free for members; for ages 21 and up. Info, 649-2200.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘D-DAY REMEMBERED’: Rare archival footage and pictures enliven an award-winning documentary on the invasion of Normandy during World War II. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. Regular admission, $4-15; free for kids 2 and under and veterans. Info, 457-2355.

Studio — Pine, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Donations. Info, 448-4262. QIGONG: Students are schooled on the ancient Chinese health care system. Waterbury Public Library, 11-11:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036. RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.8. REFUGE RECOVERY: A LOVE SUPREME: Buddhist philosophy is the foundation of this mindfulnessbased addiction-recovery community. Turning Point Center, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 861-3150. TAI CHI AT WATERBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY: Instructors demonstrate the moving meditation passed down through generations. Waterbury Public Library, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 244-7036. TAI CHI AT ZENBARN STUDIO: Instructor Shaina shares the fundamentals of Yang style, including standing and moving postures. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10 a.m. Donations. Info, studio@




‘RASPUTIN: THE MAD MONK’ & ‘HORROR EXPRESS’: Both starring Christopher Lee, two movies shown on 16mm film mark the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Newman Center, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Donations. Info,

VETERANS DAY DINNER: The theme “You served us, now let us serve you” is the tie that binds a meal, live music and a keynote speech by student and retired Army veteran Kevin Deraps. Stearns Performance Space, Johnson State College, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister; cash bar; limited space. Info, 635-1200.

‘VICTORIA AND ABDUL’: An unlikely friendship blossoms between a queen and a young clerk in this 2017 drama starring Judi Dench. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $7-9. Info, 457-3981. ‘WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: PREHISTORIC PLANET 3D’: See WED.8.

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MURDER MYSTERY NIGHT DINNER: Sleuthers slip into character to follow clues and find a killer while enjoying fabulous fare and taking a tour of a preprohibition cellar. Costumes encouraged. Stowe Inn and Tavern, 7 p.m. $50. Info, 253-4030. WILD ABOUT VERMONT GAME DINNER: Diners dig into the bounty of the state at a special fish-andgame supper. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 6 p.m. $95; limited space. Info, 651-0080.


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ACUDETOX: Attendees in recovery undergo acupuncture to the ear to propel detoxification. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150. ADVANCED TAI CHI CLASS: Participants keep active with a sequence of slow, controlled movements. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

BUTI YOGA: See WED.8, 10-10:45 a.m. & 6-7 p.m.

FRIDAY NIGHT POWER YOGA: Practitioners get their sweat on during a full-body, flow-style stretching session. Kismet Place, Williston, 5-6 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084.

LIVING RECOVERY: Folks overcoming substance abuse move, breathe and make positive change in a moderately paced flow yoga class. Sangha

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ACORN CLUB STORY TIME: Little ones up to age 4 gather for read-aloud tales. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 748-8291. COMOTION: Little ones and their grown-ups explore movement and rhythm. The Everything Space, Montpelier, 9:30-10:15 a.m. $9 per family. Info, 232-3618. EARLY-BIRD MATH: Books, songs and games put a creative twist on mathematics for tots ages 2 through 5. Richmond Free Library, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. HERBAL CLASS SERIES FOR KIDS: Magic, potions and fairies appear in every installment of this plant-based learning experience. Wild Faith Herb Farm, South Burlington, 2-4 p.m. $15; preregister. Info, PRESCHOOL YOGA WITH DANIELLE: Yogis up to age 5 strike a pose, then share stories and songs. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. SCIENCE MUSEUM DAY: From experiments to scavenger hunts, hands-on activities for all ages celebrate learning. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Regular admission, $11.50-14.50; free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 864-1848.




Find club dates in the music section. CHUCK MILLER & FRIENDS: Jazz fans expect the unexpected during an improvisational program. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 7:30 p.m. $15. Info, 382-9222. HIRED HAND BREWING’S ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CONCERT: Craft beer lovers tip back pints against a background of live music by the Meat Packers. Vergennes Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $10. Info, 877-6737. NORTHERN FLYER: Four veteran Vermont musicians band together, bringing their first-rate harmonies and instrumental expertise to hard-driving


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Today, Amazon captures $1.00 out of every $2.00 spent online, a reality that negatively impacts the strength and independence of our local economy. This issue affects all of us, but there are ways to strengthen our community in the face of the threat that Amazon and other internet retailers pose. Let’s start by educating ourselves on the consequences of the current retail landscape. Join Phoenix Books, along with leaders from the Institute for Local SelfReliance and Vermont’s Fran Stoddard, in a community forum to discuss ways to change the flow from the internet back to Main Street.

This event is free, open to the public and special needs accessible. MEET THE AUTHORS

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KUNDALINI YOGA: Mantras, meditation and breathing techniques meet in the practice known as “the yoga of awareness.” Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, noon-1:30 p.m. $14. Info, 318-6050.

Participants receive the 12-session course at no cost and up to $75 to complete study measures.


FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT: Aches and pains, be gone! The physically challenged to the physically fit increase flexibility and body awareness with this form of somatic education. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. $10. Info, 560-0186.

You may be eligible to participate in a research study testing a cognitive-behavioral course to prevent a depression relapse while you are off your meds.


BONE BUILDERS: Folks of all ages ward off osteoporosis in this exercise and prevention class. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 7:30-8:30 a.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

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BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.8, 9:15 a.m.

VETERANS DAY LUNCHEON: The senior center says “thank you for your service” with a mouthwatering meal. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. $5-6; free for veterans; preregister. Info, 223-3322.



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bluegrass numbers. John Davis opens. Williston Old Brick Church, 7-9 p.m. $11-15. Info, 764-1141. UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT CONCERT BAND: D. Thomas Toner conducts a varied program featuring student musicians. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.



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MISS VERMONT USA & MISS VERMONT TEEN USA PAGEANTS PRELIMINARY COMPETITION: Ladies vie for the chance to represent the state in nationally televised spectacles of beauty and talent. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $30-60. Info, 760-4634. |M


FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: From weavers to woodworkers, more than 140 artisans and crafters proffer their products. Field House. SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $3; free for SUNY Plattsburgh students with ID and kids under 12. Info, 518-564-3054.


PRE-HOLIDAY BAZAAR: Gift givers get a jump on shopping at an emporium of crafts, photography, children’s books, makeup, jewelry and more. Essex Memorial Hall, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $1. Info, 881-8557.



‘I HATE HAMLET’: To be or not to be a “real” actor is at the center of the Shelburne Players’ comedic dilemma, which features John Barrymore’s ghost, girlfriend, realtor and agent/former lover. Shelburne Town Center, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 343-2602. ‘THE IDIOT’S TALE’: See THU.9. ‘MEDEA’: Ben Power’s version of Euripides’ ancient tragedy, presented by the Dartmouth College Department of Theater, explores the relationships between revenge and betrayal, magic and mythology, and love and the body. Warner Bentley Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $4. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM’: See THU.9. SEVENDAYSVT.COM


CRAFT FAIR: Unique, locally made items tempt holiday shoppers. Enosburg Opera House, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 933-6171.

HINTERLANDS: Historical accounts of the radical left of the 1960s and ’70s inform the boundarypushing theater company’s production of The Radicalization Process. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $30. Info, 863-5966.

‘MILL GIRLS’: Students stage a new original play about the lives of 19th-century women who worked in New England mills. McCarthy Arts Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, ‘PETER AND THE STARCATCHER’: See THU.9, 7:309:30 p.m. ‘QUANTUM DOG IN A DEEP BLUE JAGUAR’: See WED.8. ‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’: See WED.8, 7:30-10 p.m.


LEGAL CLINIC: Attorneys offer complimentary consultations on a first-come, first-served basis. 274 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 383-2118.


‘ANTIGONE’: See THU.9, 7 p.m.



Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section.

CRAFT & VENDOR FAIR: Browsers bag notable objects. A tea-cup auction, raffles and food concessions add to the fun. Lamoille Union Middle & High School, Hyde Park, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 309-0603.

MICHAEL LIPSON: Matters of mindfulness thread through “How to Be More in Love With the World: Meditation and Presence.” Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 522-2773.



INDEPENDENT COMMUNITY MEETING PLACE: Brainstorming leads to forming activity groups for hobbies such as flying stunt kites and playing music. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-0030.

GRATITUDE CAN MAKE YOU HEALTHY, HAPPY & BETTER: Happiness Paradigm founder Ginny Sassaman promotes regular expression of thanks. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info,

EDUCATION & ENRICHMENT FOR EVERYONE: Pablo Bose, director of the University of Vermont Global and Regional Studies program, shares his expertise in “Refugee Resettlement in Vermont.” Sanctuary, Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 2-3 p.m. $5. Info, 864-3516.


to educating health care workers to save lives. Goodwater Brewery, Williston, 8-11 p.m. $20-25 includes food. Info, 999-7396.



FRIDAY MORNING WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths offer constructive criticism on works in progress by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. NER OUT LOUD: Middlebury College students lend their voices to original prose and poetry from the New England Review. A reception follows. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.

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GLOBAL EMERGENCY CARE BENEFIT: SAVING LIVES IN UGANDA: Suds lovers sip craft brews to support a nonprofit organization dedicated

CHANTING, MANTRAS & MEDITATION: Brandy Oswald puts meditators on the path toward deeper relaxation. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. $12-15. Info, 448-4262. METAMORPHOSIS: STORIES OF TRANSFORMATION — KAVA LOUNGE + OPEN MIC: Kava and musical interludes by Robin Sunquiet set the tone for transformational exchanges of personal stories. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $3. Info, 540-0595. ‘WHAT WOULD JANE DO?’: A screening of the 2016 documentary Citizen Jane: Battle for the City paves the way for a panel discussion on the consequences of urban planning and development on Burlingtonarea residents. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 1-4 p.m. Free. Info,


MAKE A FERAL CAT HOUSE: Animal lovers build abodes for outdoor-dwelling furry friends. Colchester’s Mead Hall, 5-6 p.m.; arrive at 4:45 to purchase ticket on-site; space is limited. $15 includes four mead samples. Info, bmeeartdesign@


SKI & SKATE SALE: ’Tis the season! Skiers, riders and skaters stock up on new and used gear at this yearly event. Proceeds benefit the school’s PTA. Waitsfield Elementary School, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 496-3643.



TOWARD NET ZERO HOME TOUR: Eco-conscious community members view energy-saving dwellings. Private residence, Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info,


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘D-DAY REMEMBERED’: See FRI.10. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.8. ‘JULIETA’: Faced with the thought of her long-lost daughter, the middle-aged woman at the center of this 2016 Spanish-language drama reflects on her checkered past. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ‘VICTORIA AND ABDUL’: See FRI.10. ‘WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: PREHISTORIC PLANET 3D’: See WED.8.

food & drink

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT HUNTERS’ BREAKFAST BUFFET: Early birds fill up on sausage, ham, bacon, eggs, biscuits, pancakes, home fries, toast and coffee. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 5-11 a.m. $5-8. Info, 223-3322. CHOCOLATE TASTING: With the help of a tasting guide, chocoholics of all ages discover the flavor profiles of four different confections. Lake Champlain Chocolates Factory Store & Café, Burlington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1807.

UPCYCLED JOURNAL WORKSHOP: Crafters transform old volumes into usable notebooks in the second of a two-part class. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $15; limited space. Info, 482-2878.

DEER & COMMUNITY BREAKFAST: Friends and neighbors greet the day over a hearty spread of bacon, sausage, eggs, home fries, pancakes, toast, juice and coffee. Fairfax Fire Department, 4-9 a.m. $7-10. Info, 309-8878.


F.O.L.K. HUNTER’S BREAKFAST: Rise and shine! Diners start their day with bacon, eggs, pancakes, sausage gravy, biscuits and French-toast casserole. Lowell Graded School, 6-11 a.m. $3-7. Info,

DANCE! FACULTY/STUDENT WORKS-INPROGRESS: Seasoned and developing dancers twist and twirl through a variety of forms in an informal presentation. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 229-4676. SWING DANCE: Quick-footed participants get into the groove with live rockabilly tunes by the Starline Rhythm Boys. Champlain Club, Burlington, beginners’ lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8-11 p.m. $15. Info, 864-8382.


GREEK PASTRY SALE & TAKEOUT DINNER: Phyllodough delights including baklava and spanakopita complement hearty offerings of chicken souvlaki and beef gyros. Greek Orthodox Church Community Center, Burlington, sale, 10 a.m.; dinner, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Cost of food. Info, 862-2155. MURDER MYSTERY DINNER: See FRI.10.

health & fitness

NORTHERN VERMONT UNIVERSITY FALL OPEN HOUSE: Prospective students learn the ABCs of NVU’s Johnson campus, programs, faculty and community. Johnson State College, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-635-2356.

MONTPELIER MEMORY CAFÉ: Dance instructor Sara McMahon and Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin demonstrate ways to keep the mind and body active through gentle exercise. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 229-9630.

OPEN HOUSE: Prospects and parents experience GMC in person through tours, faculty meet and greets, and a student panel. Green Mountain College, Poultney, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 800-776-6675.

R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

YIN YOGA: Students hold poses for several minutes to give connective tissues a good stretch. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 8-9:30 a.m. Donations. Info, YOUTHFUL ENERGY OPEN HOUSE: Healthconscious individuals give a consumer medical device a spin with hopes of increasing blood flow through eight minutes of relaxing therapy. Youthful Energy, St. Albans, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 233-6392. ZUMBA: Movers and shakers work up a sweat in a beat-driven exercise routine benefiting the Josh Pallotta Fund. 14th Star Brewing, St. Albans, 1011:30 a.m. Donations. Info,


CHRISTMAS BAZAAR: Baked goods and a homemade lunch sustain shoppers as they browse offerings ranging from woodworking to knitwear and beyond. United Church of Colchester, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 879-7641. ‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’: See THU.9, 2 & 7:30 p.m. HOLIDAY BAZAAR & TAG SALE SPECTACULAR: Baked goods, crafts, Christmas items, books and toys tempt shoppers. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7014. HOLIDAY WINE TASTING PARTY: The inside scoop on more than 20 different wines gets oenophiles dinner-party ready. Cork Wine Bar & Market, Waterbury, 5-8 p.m. $25. Info, 882-8227. MEET THE GRINCH!: The young and the young at heart get acquainted with Dr. Seuss’ meanest, greenest character. Phoenix Books, Essex, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. VETERANS DAY CONCERT: InoraBrass honors the holiday with selections by American composers. Waitsfield United Church of Christ, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 595-0601. VETERANS DAY OBSERVANCE: Brigadier Gen. Michel Natali offers remarks during a ceremony honoring the men and women who have served our nation. Norwich University, Northfield, 3:15-4 p.m. Free. Info, 845-2886. VETERANS DAY SERVICE: Special speakers and a luncheon honor folks who have served in the military. VFW Post 309, Peru, N.Y., 11 a.m. Free. Info, 518-643-2309.


EXORDIUM: LEAF ART: Mr. K helps kiddos unlock their creativity with a nature-inspired craft. Fairfax Community Library, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420. HAWKS, OWLS & FALCONS!: Fans of feathered fliers meet live birds of prey and learn about their unique characteristics. Shelburne Farms, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5-6. Info, SATURDAY STORY TIME: Timeless tales and new adventures spark imaginations. Phoenix Books, Essex, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. STORY TIME SATURDAY: Tykes sit tight for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato by Lauren Child, then get their fill of themed healthy foods. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 861-9700. YOUTH TENNIS CLINCS: Kiddos ages 6 and up build their skills on the court. Cambridge Community Center, 10:15 a.m.-11:15 p.m. $10. Info, 644-5028.




PRIDE YOGA SERIES: LGBTQ+ individuals of all skill levels drop in and hit the mat. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, 5 p.m. Free. Info, taylor@ THE SKY WRITING GROUP: Creative storytelling supports health and community cohesion in a critique-free environment. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info,





Find club dates in the music section.


CAPITAL CITY CONCERTS: Soprano Hyunah Yu brings her powerful pipes to “The Music of J.S. Bach.” Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. $15-25. Info, CATAMOUNT ARTS BLUEGRASS NIGHT: Parker Hill Road and Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing are the featured performers during an evening chock-full of traditional tunes. Masonic Hall, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 748-2600.



GRANT STINNETT: Utilizing his customized guitar and looper pedal, the singer-songwriter simulates the sound of a full band. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295. HOWARD UNIVERSITY GOSPEL CHOIR: Singers and musicians raise the rafters with contemporary and traditional gospel numbers. See calendar spotlight. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7-9 p.m. $30-32. Info, 728-6464.


SCAR-A-MOUCHE: A TRIBUTE TO QUEEN: Backed by local rockers Clint Bierman, Peter Day, Tyler Mast and Steve Hadeka, Josh Panda channels Freddy Mercury. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 382-9222.

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SOCIAL BAND: The Queen City choral group gets in tune for the program “Let the Sky Fall Into Your Mouth: Songs of Food and Drink.” United Church of Hinesburg, 7:30-9 p.m. $15. Info, 355-4216.




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UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Melodies by Tchaikovsky, Liszt and others come alive in a program conducted by Yutaka Kono. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.




SHAWN COLVIN & HER BAND: The “Sunny Came Home” songwriter celebrates the 20th anniversary of her breakthrough album, A Few Small Repairs, by performing the record in its entirety. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $47.5062.50. Info, 603-448-0400.


Farm-Scale Decision Making Workshop Series


ROSANNE CASH: “Seven Year Ache” and other country crossover hits get boots tapping. See calendar spotlight. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $25-56. Info, 476-8188.

$15 Make A Feral Cat House! Four drink samples!


PUDDLES’ PITY PARTY: Melancholic pop anthems are this sad, singing clown’s specialty. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 8 p.m. $25-30. Info, 775-0903.



PASSION FOR PURPLE: Jenni Johnson & the Junketeers get hoofers on their feet at a benefit for area Alzheimer’s disease organizations. Sunset Ballroom, Comfort Suites, South Burlington, swing dance lessons, 7-8 p.m.; music, 8-10 p.m. $35. Info, 316-3839.

$30 Paint & Sip Your Pet Fundraiser!


Joe K. Walsh Sweet Loam

MATT FLINNER TRIO: Three string players strike a chord with their brand of mandolin-driven bluegrass. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $10; free for kids and teens. Info, 388-6863. MISS GUIDED ANGELS SINGLE & MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE PARTY: Music fans get the first taste of the local band’s new song, “Lost-n-Found.” The Sparkle Barn, Wallingford, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 446-2044.



ELEVA CHAMBER PLAYERS: Central Vermont’s only professional string chamber orchestra hits all the right notes in “Breathless.” United Church of Christ/Waterbury Congregational Church, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 244-8354.


Rough Francis

Singles Night

CHAQUE FOIS!: Cajun twin fiddles, guitar and accordion set a festive tone for an evening dance presented as part of the Summit School of Traditional Music & Culture’s Fall Sampler. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 793-3016. DARTMOUTH COLLEGE GOSPEL CHOIR: Musical selections from movies such as Hidden Figures and Fences pepper a program aimed at amplifying female voices. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $10-18. Info, 603-646-2422.



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ENERGIZE DEMOCRACY: HOW TO RUN FOR OFFICE: Community members with political aspirations learn the basics of running a campaign in a workshop with former governor Madeleine Kunin and others. Chase Community Center, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 831-1000.

TRACEY MEDEIROS: The author signs copies of her taste-bud-tempting title The Vermont Non-GMO Cookbook: 125 Organic and Farm-to-Fork Recipes From the Green Mountain State. Bridgeside Books, Waterbury, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 244-1441.

TAKING A CRITICAL LOOK AT MULTICULTURALISM: THE BEGINNING OF A NATIONAL DIALOGUE: The vast differences between trans-culturalism and multiculturalism come into view during a workshop coordinated by Offie C. Wortham of the TransCulturalism Awareness Institute. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $10; preregister; limited space. Info, 479-3339.


VCAM’S DIGITAL EDITING CERTIFICATION: Adobe Premiere users get familiar with the most recent version of the editing software. Prerequisite: VCAM Access Orientation or equivalent, or instructor’s permission. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.

WHITE FRAGILITY TALK: Attendees take steps to stay involved in conversations about racism, even when they become uncomfortable. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 3-4 p.m.; arrive at 2:30 p.m. for a PJC new-volunteer orientation. Free. Info, 383-2345, ext. 6.



ONLINE GENEALOGICAL SEARCHES AT THE 95 REGIONAL ARCHIVES OF FRANCE: Family-tree factfinders pick up tips for researching French ancestors. Vermont Genealogy Library, Fort Ethan Allen, Colchester, 10:30 a.m.-noon. $10. Info, 310-9285.

ADULT INTRODUCTION TO TENNIS: Rackets in hand, newcomers get a feel for the sport. Cambridge Community Center, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $15. Info, 644-5028. GRANITE CITY 5K RUN/WALK FOR VETERANS: Athletes make strides for Capstone Community Action’s veterans’ services. Capstone Community Action, Barre, 9-10:30 a.m. $40-50. Info, 477-2967.


TECH HELP: Electronics novices bring their questions and devices to a hands-on help session with a trained troubleshooter. Fairfax Community Library, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.


‘ANTIGONE’: See THU.9, 7 p.m. ‘CABARET’: See THU.9, 8 p.m. HINTERLANDS: See FRI.10. ‘I HATE HAMLET’: See FRI.10. ‘THE IDIOT’S TALE’: See THU.9, 7:30 p.m. ‘MEDEA’: See FRI.10.


‘MILL GIRLS’: See FRI.10. NIGHT OF NATIONS: Students perform in a multicultural showcase that takes viewers on a journey around the world. E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, ‘PETER AND THE STARCATCHER’: See THU.9, 7:309:30 p.m.



‘QUANTUM DOG IN A DEEP BLUE JAGUAR’: See WED.8, 8 p.m. ‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’: See WED.8, 2-4:30 & 7:30-10 p.m.

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NANOWRIMO WRITE-IN: Writers work toward penning 50,000 words of a novel as part of National Novel Writing Month. Sharing your work is not required! Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:15 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 863-3403.


5K DOE RUN/WALK: Women make tracks in a ladies-only race marking the first day of rifle deer season. Collins-Perley Sports Complex, St. Albans, Registration, 8:30 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. $10-20. Info, 782-6376.

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BURLINGTON WRITERS WORKSHOP ANNUAL MEETING: BWW leaders read into the results of an annual members survey and answer questions about the organization. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

‘THE SPITFIRE GRILL’: See THU.9. ‘THE WHALE’: See THU.9, 7:30 p.m.


BOOK DISCUSSION: PORTRAITS OF THE ARTISTS: Jan Schilling facilitates a conversation on Harriet Scott Chessman’s Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper. Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 644-2025.


STANDING ON THE SIDE OF LOVE MEETING: A faith-in-action public advocacy group seeks to harness the power of love to stop oppression. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920.

Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section.


ANTIQUES MARKET: The past comes alive with offerings of furniture, artwork, jewelry and more at this ephemera extravaganza. Canadian Club, Barre, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $2-5. Info, 751-6138. BARGAIN HALL: See WED.8, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR: See SAT.11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


COMMUNITY MINDFULNESS WITH THE CENTER FOR MINDFUL LEARNING: Peaceful people gather for guided meditation and interactive discussions. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5-7 p.m. $10. Info,


BALKAN FOLK DANCING: Louise Brill and friends organize participants into lines and circles set to complex rhythms. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 3-6 p.m. $6; free for first-timers; bring snacks to share. Info, 540-1020. ISRAELI FOLK DANCE: New and experienced steppers connect over joyous choreographed routines. Bring clean-soled shoes. Social Hall, Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:15-9:30 p.m. $2; free for first-timers. Info, 864-0218.


GAME + SF/F NOVEL SWAP: Indoor types gear up for the winter months by trading old gaming and reading materials for fresh finds. Groennfell Meadery, Colchester, 12:30-4 p.m. Free. Info, MISS VERMONT USA & MISS VERMONT TEEN USA PAGEANTS FINAL COMPETITION: Activewear, swimsuit and evening gown competitions determine which promising contestants will serve Vermont for a year. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 2 p.m. $45-60. Info, 760-4634. NEEDLEMAN’S BRIDAL & FORMAL 15TH ANNUAL BRIDAL EXPOSITION: Brides-to-be survey offerings from area vendors while admiring gowns in a fashion show. A silent auction and door prizes round out the afternoon. Proceeds benefit Make-a-Wish Foundation. Hampton Inn, Colchester, noon-3 p.m. $15. Info, 660-7212. SKI & SKATE SALE: See SAT.11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.




See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘D-DAY REMEMBERED’: See FRI.10. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.8.

Voices of Dissent

Center of Vermont, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.

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Tina Escaja, Sarah Browning, Simone John and Muslim Girls Making Change! NOV. 14, 2017 7:00 PM at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier


‘VICTORIA AND ABDUL’: See FRI.10, 3-5 p.m.




food & drink

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT BREAKFAST: Area residents shoot the breeze over pancakes, eggs, breakfast meats, home fries, toast and beverages. Alburgh Volunteer Fire Department, 7 a.m.-noon. $7-9; free for kids 5 and under. Info, AUTHENTIC ETHIOPIAN NIGHT: Mulu Tewelde and Alganesh Michael serve up traditional African dishes. ArtsRiot, Burlington, 4:30-10 p.m. Cost of food and drink; preregister. Info, 540-0406. CHOCOLATE TASTING: See SAT.11. KNIFE SHARPENING: Dull blades, be gone! Jim Cunningham of JRC Knife Sharpening whets cutting tools. Chef Contos Kitchen & Store, Shelburne, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $4-5 per knife. Info, 497-3942. MASTERING STOCKS & BROTHS: Cookbook author Rachael Mamane shares her passion for traditional techniques and slow cookery influenced by her Moroccan heritage. Shelburne Farms, 9 a.m.-noon. $25; preregister. Info, 985-8686. TORTILLAS: FLOUR & CORN: Home cooks learn to whip up two types of flatbreads. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

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Find club dates in the music section. DIANA FANNING: The Middlebury College affiliate artist showcases her piano prowess in works by Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and Villa-Lobos. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

HOWARD UNIVERSITY GOSPEL CHOIR: See SAT.11, Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 2 p.m. $27. Info, 382-9222. ROSANNE CASH: See SAT.11, Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $40-45. Info, 775-0903. SOCIAL BAND: See SAT.11, Charlotte Congregational Church, 3-4:30 p.m.

health & fitness

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

SOUND BATH: Participants don eye masks and embark on a sonic journey of relaxing and restorative vibrations. Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. $10-20; preregister for a cushion. Info, TRADITIONAL YOGA FLOW: Breath accompanies each transition during a vinyasa flow focused on body awareness and self-acceptance. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10:15 a.m. Donations. Info, 244-8134.

holidays kids

KIDS’ BASKETBALL CLINIC: Aspiring athletes in grades K through 8 sharpen their skills on the court with JSC players and coaches. SHAPE Fitness Center, Johnson State College, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. $25. Info, 233-6012. KIDS’ DANCE WORKSHOP: Movers and shakers hit the studio for a fun-filled class. McClelland Hall, Johnson State College, ages 5 to 7, 4-5 p.m.; ages 8 to 12, 5-6 p.m. $15. Info,

DIMANCHES FRENCH CONVERSATION: Parlezvous français? Native speakers and students alike practice the tongue at a casual drop-in chat. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 363-2431.

VERMONT WIND ENSEMBLE: Compositions by the likes of Percy Grainger and John Mackey are part of a program conducted by Chris Rivers. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 656-3040.


CAMELS HUMP VIA MONROE TRAIL HIKE: Trekkers embark on a 4.5-mile trip gaining 2,500 feet in elevation. Contact trip leader for details . Free; preregister. Info, WILDLIFE TRACKING CLUB: Outdoor enthusiasts seek signs of species in Burlington’s urban wilds. Rock Point Nature Trails, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info,


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American Medical Association American Society of Addiction Medicine American Academy of Pediatrics American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

CHRONIC PSYCHOSIS: Daily 12-18% THC marijuana use raises risk 5 times — from 1 out of 100 to 1 out of 20. Di Forti M, et al. Proportion of patients in South London with first-episode psychosis attributable to use of high potency cannabis: a case-control study. Lancet Psychiatry. 2015;2(3):233-8

DEPRESSION and ANXIETY: Marijuana use raises the risk 1.8 times. Fairman, B. J., & Anthony, J. C. (2012). Are early-onset cannabis smokers at an increased risk of depression spells? Journal of Affective Disorders, 138(1-2), 54-62.

BIPOLAR DISORDER: Marijuana use raises risk 2.7 times.

AUNT DOT’S PLACE 5K RUN/WALK & FAMILY FOOD RELAY: Joggers pound the pavement to support a new community food shelf. Aunt Dot’s Place, Essex Junction, 12:15-3:30 p.m. $20-25; $40 per family. Info,

Henquet, C., Krabbendam, L., Graaf, R. D., Have, M. T., & Os, J. V. (2006). Cannabis use and expression of mania in the general population. Journal of Affective Disorders, 95(1-3), 103-110

PUBLIC SKATING: Active bodies coast across the ice. Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse, N.Y., 1:30-2:45 p.m. $2-3. Info, 518-564-4136.

Silins E, et al. Young adult sequelae of adolescent cannabis use: an integrative analysis. Lancet P sychiatry 2014; 1(4): 245-318. Even after a prior history of depression is accounted for: Clarke MC, et al. The impact of adolescent cannabis use, mood disorder and lack of education on attempted suicide in young adulthood. World Psychiatry. 2014;13(3):322-3. Colorado now has highest suicide rate in history of state.

WOMEN’S PICKUP SOCCER: Swift females shoot for the goal. Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $3; $50 for unlimited drop-in pass. Info, 864-0123.


BEN SCOTCH: The multimedia presentation “Who Decides About War?” delves into the legal, political and historical factors that have influenced America’s use of military force. Old Labor Hall, Barre, 4-5:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 479-5600. CHARLIE WILSON: Listeners learn about the role states and territories west of the Mississippi played in Southern states’ secession. Woodstock History Center, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 457-1822.



SUICIDE: Marijuana use raises the risk 7 times.

IQ SLIPS: If marijuana is used while brain is developing. Meier MH, et al. Persistent cannabis users show neuropsychological decline from childhood to midlife. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2012;109(40):E2657–E2664

Decriminalization doesn’t make it safe.


SPANISH GROUP CLASSES: Students roll their Rs while practicing en español. New Moon Café, Burlington, 2:45-4:30 p.m. $20. Info, maigomez1@

LGBTQ FIBER ARTS GROUP: A knitting, crocheting and weaving session welcomes all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and skill levels. Pride

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‘ANTIGONE’: See THU.9, 2 p.m. SUN.12



Good for the Body, Better for the Soul!


PEER-LED MINDFULNESS MEET-UP FOR TEENS: South Burlington High School junior Mika Holtz guides adolescents toward increased awareness through music, movement and other techniques. Stillpoint Center, Burlington, 9-10:30 a.m. Donations. Info, 720-427-9340.

*Cash donations appreciated; proceeds to benefit Long Trail Canine Rescue.


‘A CHRISTMAS STORY’: See THU.9, 2 & 6:30 p.m.


HABIB KOITÉ & BAMADA: One of Africa’s most recognized guitarists brings selections from his decades-long career to an intimate setting. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $40. Info, 863-5966. HELIAND CONSORT: The woodwind ensemble whisks listeners away on an imaginative journey with the classical and folk program “Crossing the Bar.” United Church of Westford, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 735-3611.

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ELEVA CHAMBER PLAYERS: Central Vermont’s only professional string chamber orchestra hits all the right notes in “Breathless.” First Church in Barre, Universalist, 3 p.m. $10-20. Info, 244-8354.


POKÉMON LEAGUE: See THU.9, noon-5 p.m.

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‘CABARET’: See THU.9, 2 p.m. ‘I HATE HAMLET’: See FRI.10, 2 p.m. ‘MEDEA’: See FRI.10, 2 p.m. ‘SENSE AND SENSIBILITY’: See WED.8, 2-4:30 p.m. ‘THE SPITFIRE GRILL’: See THU.9, 2-4 p.m.


DEDE CUMMINGS, MEGAN BUCHANAN & JAMES CREWS: Poetry pundits revel in readings of original works of verse. Phoenix Books Misty Valley, Chester, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 875-3400. TRACEY MEDEIROS: See SAT.11, the Eloquent Page, St. Albans, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 527-7243.

MON.13 art

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STACY MITCHELL & OLIVIA LAVECCHIA: Two Institute for Local Self-Reliance representatives reveal the findings of their in-depth study of Amazon and what the company’s growing dominance means for Vermont’s small businesses. First Unitarian Universalist Society, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111.


THE LOG JAM: Members of the Leftover Society host an improv mixer dedicated to longer two- or three-person scenes followed by a big group mixup. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5. Info,


CONTACT IMPROV: See WED.8, Aikido of Champlain Valley, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $4. Info, 864-7306.


SALSA MONDAYS: Dancers learn the techniques and patterns of salsa, merengue, bachata and chacha. North End Studio A, Burlington, Fundamentals, 7 p.m.; intermediate, 8-9 p.m. $12. Info, 227-2572. SHAKE IT OFF: A diverse array of music propels an instruction-free dance party. The Everything Space, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 232-3618. WEST AFRICAN DANCE: Live djembe and dundun drumming drive a family-friendly class with teacher Seny Daffe of Guinea. Drop-ins are welcome. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 5:30-7 p.m. $10-16. Info,





CAMPUS TOUR: Potential students ages 16 through 24 check out a facility offering free housing, meals, career technical training, high school diplomas, driver’s licenses and job placement. Northlands Job Corps Center, Vergennes, 9:45 a.m.-noon. Free; preregister. Info, 877-0121.


AMERICAN VETERANS VERMONT POST 1: Those who have served or are currently serving the country, including members of the National Guard and reservists, are welcome to join AMVETS for monthly meetings. American Legion, Post 91, Colchester, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 796-3098. COMMUNITY SOCRATES CAFÉ: Philosopher Christopher Phillips joins in a discussion inspired by his best-selling book. Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, JOB HUNT HELP: See THU.9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ANIMATION SHOW OF SHOWS: A discussion with curator Ron Diamond follows a showcase of new animated short films from around the globe. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $5-8. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.8. MOVIE: Snacks are provided at a showing of a popular flick. Call for details. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. ‘VICTORIA AND ABDUL’: See FRI.10. ‘WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: PREHISTORIC PLANET 3D’: See WED.8.

ages 6 and up to create. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. GO CLUB: Strategy comes into play during a 4,000-year-old game suitable for players in grades 1 and up. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. LEGO ROBOTICS: Building and programming keep youngsters engaged. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918. PRESCHOOL MUSIC: See THU.9, 11 a.m. ROBIN’S NEST NATURE PLAYGROUP: Outdoor pursuits through fields and forests captivate little ones up to age 5 and their parents. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. Donations. Info, 229-6206. STORIES WITH MEGAN: Lit lovers ages 2 through 5 open their ears for exciting tales. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

food & drink

BTV POLY COCKTAILS: Those who are polyamorous, in an open relationship or just curious connect over drinks. Drink, Burlington, 7 p.m.-midnight. Free. Info,


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.8, 6:30 p.m.


ADVANCED-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: SU OR Language learners perfect their proN. NS 12 O | MU C nunciation with guest speakers. Private SI C | H E L I A N D residence, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. T


MAGIC: THE GATHERING — MONDAY NIGHT MODERN: Tarmogoyf-slinging madness ensues when competitors battle for prizes in a weekly game. Brap’s Magic, Burlington, 6:30-10 p.m. $8. Info, 540-0498.

LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE: Bring a bag lunch to practice the system of communication using visual gestures. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

MAH JONGG: Longtime players and neophytes alike compete in the popular Chinese tile game. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 264-5660.


health & fitness

ADVANCED SUN-STYLE TAI CHI, LONG-FORM: Elements of qigong thread through the youngest version of the Chinese martial art. Winooski Senior Center, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 735-5467. ADVANCED TAI CHI CLASS: See FRI.10. BUTI YOGA: See WED.8. LYME MAGNETIC PROTOCOL: Opposite forces attract when magnets are placed on the body to eliminate pathogens. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $8-10; preregister. Info, MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS FOR SENIORS: Attendees choose the topics for group-driven discussions offering accurate information and helpful resources. Champlain Senior Center, McClure Multigenerational Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 316-1510. NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS & THEIR TREATMENT: In the first of a two-part lecture series, naturopath Dr. Maria Dronyn discusses homeopathic, botanical and nutritional treatments for neurological issues such as autism and Lyme. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0595. QIGONG: Basic movements and fundamental breathing principles engage participants. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 505-1688. RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.8. SEATED TAI CHI: Movements are modified for those with arthritis and other chronic conditions. Winooski Senior Center, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 735-5467. YIN YOGA: Students hold poses for several minutes to give connective tissues a good stretch. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, noon-1:15 p.m. $10. Info, studio@


THANKSGIVING CRAFTERNOON: Creative kiddos assemble pine-cone turkeys. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956.


CRAFTERNOON: FOREST ANIMAL FINGER PUPPETS: A themed activity motivates children

Find club dates in the music section. SAMBATUCADA! OPEN REHEARSAL: Burlington’s samba street band welcomes new drummers. Neither experience nor instruments are required. 8 Space Studio Collective, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017. SEMER ENSEMBLE: From klezmer selections to cabaret numbers to prayer music, an all-star cast of musicians makes rare Jewish songs heard. University of Vermont Recital Hall, Burlington, Preshow talk, 6:30 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m. $5-30. Info, 656-4455.


BEN SAUNDERS: A conversation comes after a viewing of the TED Talk “A First for Human Exploration: Walking to the South Pole and Back.” Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. DAN BEAN: History fanatics follow along with an overview of orphan trains and their riders. Colchester Historical Society, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info,




MUST-READ MONDAYS: Lit lovers cover Straight Man by Richard Russo. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. POETRY WORKSHOP: Wordsmiths analyze creative works-in-progress penned by Burlington Writers Workshop members. Poet Alison Prine leads. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. ‘TALK OF THE PORCH 2.0’: A ‘NEW YORKER’ FICTION DISCUSSION GROUP: Local writers Stark Biddle and Julia Shipley direct a dialogue on the short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” by Alice Munro. Craftsbury Public Library, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 586-9683.

TUE.14 art

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BUSINESS PLANNING: GETTING STARTED: Entrepreneurs prepare to take the plunge in a 10week course covering everything from funding to marketing. Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Office, 6-9 p.m. Free for Rutland residents; preregister. Info, 391-4871. CANNABIZ PITCH COMPETITION: Five entrepreneurs vie for a cash prize and business development services in a contest presented by Heady Vermont. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, SAVVY PROFESSIONAL WOMEN NETWORKING SOIRÉE: Local ladies forge connections. Bluebird Barbecue, Burlington, 6-8 p.m. $33. Info,


FEAST TOGETHER OR FEAST TO GO: See FRI.10. THANKS & GIVING DAY: Members of the Green Mountain College campus community give back to the town of Poultney through a series of service events. The day begins with a 7 a.m. breakfast at the church. Poultney United Methodist Church, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 800-776-6675. TUESDAY VOLUNTEER NIGHTS: Helping hands pitch in around the shop by organizing parts, moving bikes and tackling other projects. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Free. Info, 264-9687.


IN STITCHES: A CRAFTING CIRCLE OF FRIENDS: Pals toil away at knitting, crocheting and other types of projects. Grange Hall Cultural Center, Waterbury Center, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 244-4168.


BEGINNER WEST COAST SWING & FUSION DANCING: Pupils get schooled in the fundamentals of partner dance. North End Studio B, Burlington, 8-9 p.m. $11-16. Info, INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED WEST COAST SWING: Fun-loving folks learn the smooth, sexy stylings of modern swing dance. North End Studio A, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $11-16. Info, SWING DANCING: Quick-footed participants experiment with different forms, including the Lindy hop, Charleston and balboa. Beginners are welcome. Champlain Club, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $5. Info, 448-2930.


DANCE, PAINT, WRITE: DROP-IN: Creative people end their day with an energetic meditation, music, movement, intuitive painting, free writing and destressing. Expressive Arts Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $15. Info, 343-8172. AN EVENING WITH VERMONT ABENAKI ARTISTS ASSOCIATION: Music, storytelling and drumming range from traditional to contemporary. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $12. Info, 863-5966. LA LECHE LEAGUE MEETING: Nursing mothers share breastfeeding tips and resources. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 720-272-8841.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.8.


‘I AM JANE DOE’: A 2017 documentary focuses on American mothers battling for their daughters who have fallen victim to sex trafficking. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO’: See WED.8, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. KNIGHTS OF THE MYSTIC MOVIE CLUB: Cinema hounds view campy features at this ode to offbeat productions. Main Street Museum, White River Junction, 8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 356-2776. ‘WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: PREHISTORIC PLANET 3D’: See WED.8.

food & drink

TIKI TUESDAYS: Imbibers sip tropical cocktails mixed with Stonecutter Spirits liquor and topped with tiny umbrellas. Hotel Vermont, Burlington, 4-11 p.m. Free. Info,


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.8, 7 p.m. TUESDAY NIGHT BINGO: Participants cover squares and dip into refreshments. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322.

health & fitness

50/50 POWER/YIN YOGA: Physical therapist Kyle McGregor designed this class to address the needs of cyclists and those with a sedentary lifestyle. Kismet Place, Williston, 4-5 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084. AS ABOVE, SO BELOW: AYURVEDA FOR WINTER WELLNESS: Attendees learn about dietary and lifestyle practices to bring warmth to chilly bodies and winterized minds, flow through a half-hour restorative yoga session, and nibble on balancing treats. Railyard Apothecary, Burlington, 6-7:30 p.m. $20 in advance; $25 day-of. Info, 540-0595. AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT LESSON: From reducing pain to improving mobility, this physical practice reveals new ways to live with the body. Come with comfy clothes and an open mind. The Wellness Collective, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $10. Info, 504-0846.

BEGINNERS TAI CHI CLASS: See THU.9. DE-STRESS YOGA: A relaxing and challenging class lets healthy bodies unplug and unwind. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 5:45-7 p.m. $14. Info, 434-8401. DHARMA YOGA: Students at all levels are welcome to hit the mat. Railyard Yoga Studio, Burlington, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $14. Info, 318-6050.

HARNESS THE POWER OF YOUR THOUGHTS: Folks looking to quiet inner chatter learn a mind-body tool called Emotional Freedom Technique, or tapping. RehabGYM, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 349-7098.

MORE ENERGY & LESS STRESS: Three secrets leave participants with more vitality, passion and zest for life. Cedar Wood Natural Health Center, South Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 349-7098.

POWER YOGA IN WILLISTON: See THU.9. PRENATAL YOGA: Moms-to-be prepare their bodies for labor and delivery. Women’s Room, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $15. Info, 829-0211.

CHILDREN’S UNDERGROUND FILM SOCIETY: Monthly movie screenings encourage viewers of all ages to think critically about artful cinema. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield, 5:30 p.m. $5. Info, 496-8994. CREATIVE TUESDAYS: Artists exercise their imaginations with recycled materials. Kids under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. FALL STORY TIME: A wide variety of titles boost preschoolers’ early-literacy skills. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.




RICK HUBBARD: Citizens weigh in during “A Conversation About the State of Our Democracy” via iClicker response devices. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 999-3905.


MEDICARE & YOU: AN INTRODUCTION TO MEDICARE: Members of the Central Vermont Council on Aging clear up confusion about the application process and plan options. Central Vermont Council on Aging, Barre, 3-5 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 479-0531.


PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR WITH FARMER VIRGINIA: Imaginations blossom when kids up to age 6 engage in themed tales and activities. Fairfax Community Library, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

PICKUP PICKLEBALL: Beginners and seasoned players get their hands on paddles and plastic balls to play the game that combines elements of tennis, badminton and Ping-Pong. Cambridge Community Center, 7-9 p.m. $5. Info, 644-5028.

READ TO WILLY WONKA THE VOLUNTEER THERAPY DOG: Kiddos cozy up for story time with the library’s furry friend. Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester, 4:15-4:45 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 264-5660.


SPANISH MUSICAL KIDS: Amigos ages 1 through 5 learn Latin American songs and games with Constancia Gómez, a native Argentinean. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:45 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. STEAM TUESDAYS: Creative activities are based in science, technology, engineering, art and math. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. STORY TIME FOR BABIES & TODDLERS: Picture books, songs, rhymes and puppets arrest the attention of children and their caregivers. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:10-9:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. STORY TIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS: See WED.8.


‘LA CAUSERIE’ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Native speakers and learners are welcome to pipe up at an unstructured conversational practice. El Gato Cantina, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0195. LUNCH IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE: ITALIAN: Speakers hone their skills in the Romance language over a bag lunch. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. PAUSE-CAFÉ FRENCH CONVERSATION: Frenchlanguage fanatics meet pour parler la belle langue. Meet in the back room, ¡Duino! (Duende), Burlington, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 430-4652. SOCIAL GATHERING: Those who are deaf or hard of hearing or want to learn American Sign Language get together to break down communication barriers. The North Branch Café, Montpelier, 4-6 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 595-4001.


Find club dates in the music section. HANDEL SOCIETY OF DARTMOUTH COLLEGE: Directed by Robert Duff, 100 vocalists lend their powerful pipes to pieces by Morten Lauridsen and Mozart. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-20. Info, 603-646-2422. JOE BONAMASSA: Fingers fly as the guitar icon serves up songs from 2016’s Blues of Desperation. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $95-158. Info, 863-5966. OPEN JAM: Instrumentalists band together for a free-flowing musical hour. Borrow an instrument or

KINVIN WROTH: Brown-bag lunches are welcome at a lecture on the potential for United States electoral-college reform. Room 012, Oakes Hall, Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 12:45 p.m. Free. Info, 831-1228.


INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT WORD: Toolbars, menus and icons, oh my! A computer whiz teaches techniques such as copying, pasting, and formatting text and pictures. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.


BOOK DISCUSSION: SEVEN DEADLY SINS: Lit lovers look closely at short stories from The Seven Deadly Sins Sampler, focusing on sloth and greed. Kimball Public Library, Randolph, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 728-5073. CREATIVE NONFICTION WORKSHOP: Folks give feedback on essays, poetry and journalism written by Burlington Writers Workshop members. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104. PETER MILLER: Thoughts from Green Mountain State residents fill the pages of the writer and photographer’s volume Vanishing Vermonters: Loss of a Rural Culture. Phoenix Books, Essex, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. POETS RESIST: VOICES OF DISSENT: Writers Reuben Jackson, Tina Escaja, Sarah Browning, Simone John and Muslim Girls Making Change perform original works that speak to the current political climate. Proceeds benefit the American Civil Liberties Union of Vermont. See calendar spotlight. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7 p.m. $5. Info, 229-0774. SEARCH FOR MEANING DISCUSSION GROUP: Readers reflect on A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920.

WED.15 art

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JAMES GASCOYNE: The ATC Group Services senior project manager sounds off in the talk “Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs): An Overview of an Emerging Contaminant in the Environment.” Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 4-5:15 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1327.


CASINO NIGHT: Let the chips fall where they may while raising money for the American Red Cross and the Okemo Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce. Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mountain Resort, Ludlow, 7-10 p.m. $29 in advance; $39 at the door. Info, 228-1400. MULTIFAMILY PASSIVE HOUSE TOUR & NETWORKING: Folks get a feel for an energy-efficient senior center before mingling at a reception — with appetizers! Elm Place, Milton, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $15-25. Info, 735-2192.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EERO SAARINEN: THE ARCHITECT WHO SAW THE FUTURE’: Shown as part of the Architecture + Design Film Series, this 2016 documentary focuses on the life of a 20th-century architectural giant. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 6 p.m. Free. Info, ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.8. ‘HIDDEN FIGURES’: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monáe portray a team of African American mathematicians who help NASA reach new heights in the early years of the U.S. space program. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. MOVIE NIGHT: Film buffs point their eyes to the screen for a popular picture. Call for title. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. ‘WALKING WITH DINOSAURS: PREHISTORIC PLANET 3D’: See WED.8.

food & drink

BURGER & BEER: See WED.8. COMMUNITY SUPPER: See WED.8. CONSCIOUS KITCHEN: SOAK, SOUR & SPROUT: Live demonstrations, tastings and take-home recipes help foodies make the most of legumes, nuts, seeds and grains. Burlington Herb Clinic, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. NOVEMBER WINE SERIES: WHITE BLENDS FROM CALIFORNIA: Imbibe West Coast varietals while learning what makes them unique. Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, 4-6 p.m. $20; preregister. Info, 253-5742. TOUR OF SCOTLAND WHISKEY TASTING: With guidance from certified whiskey ambassador Kevin McKough, guests sip their way through a variety of Scotch whiskeys. Light bites and a take-home gift round out the evening. Rí Rá the Irish Local & Whiskey Room, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. $50. Info,


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.8. CHESS CLUB: Strategy comes into play as competitors try to capture opposing game pieces. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.



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PEACEFUL WARRIOR KARATE: Martial-arts training promotes healthy living for those in recovery. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 861-3150.

‘CHICKEN DANCE’: Two plucky birds stand up to a barnyard bully in a high-spirited musical stage show. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 10 & 10:30 a.m. $4-10. Info, 603-448-0400.

OPEN MIC: Singers, players, storytellers and poets entertain a live audience at a monthly showcase of local talent. Wallingford Town Hall, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 446-2872.



KUNDALINI YOGA: See FRI.10, Railyard Yoga Studio, Burlington, 7-8:15 p.m.




FELDENKRAIS AWARENESS THROUGH MOVEMENT: See FRI.10, Sacred Mountain Studio, Burlington, 9:30-10:30 a.m. $15; free for first-timers. Info, 735-3770.

R.I.P.P.E.D.: See SAT.11, 6-7 p.m.

bring your own. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 888-4928218, ext. 300.


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

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

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BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC: A nurse from Support and Services at Homes screens for healthy circulation. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. BUTI YOGA: See WED.8. GENTLE YOGA: See WED.8.






GIS DAY: Curious minds in grades K and up observe National Geography Awareness Week with a local geographer. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:304:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. HERBALISM CLASS SERIES FOR TEENS: See WED.8.


KIDS’ MOVIES: Youngsters and their grown-ups feast their eyes on a 30-minute film before digging into a community supper. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.



STRESS, ENERGY & THYROID HEALTH: Hannah Morgan prescribes herbal remedies and techniques for taming tension and supporting the nervous system. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. $10-12. Info, 224-7100.





‘WALL-E’: The fate of mankind depends on a wastecollecting robot in this 2008 animated adventure. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 533-9075.





Find club dates in the music section. FREE ENERGY DRUMMERS OPEN REHEARSAL: The percussion group seeks alternate players to contribute to renditions of West and North African

and Brazilian rhythms. Extra drums available. 83 Nottingham Lane, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-5017. PIANO RECITAL: Students of Diana Fanning tickle the ivories. Robison Hall, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. SING-ALONG WITH PAT MAYHEW: Voices soar in musical merriment. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 1-2 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3322. SONG CIRCLE: Singers and musicians congregate for an acoustic session of popular folk tunes. Godnick Adult Center, Rutland, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Donations. Info, 775-1182.


AARP SMART DRIVER CLASS: Drivers ages 50 and up learn to safely navigate the road while addressing the physical changes brought on by aging. Hinesburg Recreation Department, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $15-20; preregister. Info, 482-2281, ext. 230.


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MINING THE SPIRITUAL GOLD OF ADVERSITY: Eckankar representatives reveal spiritual keys that can unlock the secrets of effective problem solving. Rutland Free Library, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 800-772-9390.


BOYD COOLMAN: The Boston College associate professor speaks on the influence of medieval philosophers and mystics on the development of Saint Edmund of Abingdon’s treatise Speculum Religiosorum. A reception follows. Dion Family Student Center, Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, 4 p.m. Free. Info, CARRIE BROWN: “Rosie’s Mom — Women in the War Industries During World War I” tells the story of patriots who paved the way for Rosie the Riveter. Richmond Free Library, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036. CURRENT EVENTS CONVERSATION: Newsworthy subjects take the spotlight in this informal and open discussion. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.

DEBORAH LEE LUSKIN: The novelist takes listeners on a journey in “Getting From Here to There: A History of Roads and Settlement in Vermont.” Orwell Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 948-2041.

Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

JOSEPH MAZUR: The award-winner author presents on his work, including Fluke: The Math and Myth of Coincidence. Kreitzberg Library, Norwich University, Northfield, 4 p.m. Free. Info, 485-2886.

COMPUTER FOR BEGINNERS IN FRENCH: Francophones become familiar with the mouse, keyboard, operating system and other aspects of Windows 10 devices. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 865-7217.







LAUREL JENKINS: In a Carol Rifelj Faculty Lecture Series event, the assistant professor of dance presents “Rigorous Play: Choreographing Theory and Practice.” Room 103, Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.

Adirondack Regional Theatre and Chazy Music Theatre. Auditorium, Chazy Central Rural School, N.Y., 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, adirondackregionaltheatre@

MARK BUSHNELL: Past meets present in a talk about the author’s new book, Hidden History of Vermont. Phoenix Books, Burlington, 7 p.m. $3. Info, 448-3350.

‘DISNEY’S THE LITTLE MERMAID’: Northern Stage presents a musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale about the under-the-sea adventures of Ariel, who longs to live above water. Barrette Center for the Arts, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $15-69. Info, 296-7000.

ROWLY BRUCKEN: “Restorative Justice: How Vermont, Argentina and Rwanda Wrestle With Crime, the Past and Rebuilding Community” captivates audience members. Room 207, Bentley Hall, Johnson State College, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1474. TEDX BROWNELL LIBRARY: Lifelong learners watch TED Talk videos centered on the theme of “play.”

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art DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING PRODUCTION: This workshop will introduce participants to methods of filming interviews, recording professional-quality audio, using different camera techniques, gathering b-roll, doing archival research and shooting to edit. Participants will practice techniques and become familiar with different equipment available for film production. Feedback, critique, brainstorming and discussion will play an important role. Fri., Nov. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $95/6-hour class. Location: Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St., Middlebury. Info: Bob Hooker, 388-4964,,





STILL LIFE IN WATERCOLOR: Montreal instructor Marc Taro Holmes will focus on capturing the essence of complex objects in watercolor. He’ll begin with observational drawing and move into watercolor. Sat., Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: $150/person; $135/members. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358,,

6 p.m. $15/person for one-hour class. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington, Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@, DSANTOS VT SALSA: Experience the fun and excitement of Burlington’s eclectic dance community by learning salsa. Trained by world famous dancer Manuel Dos Santos, we teach you how to dance to the music and how to have a great time on the dance floor! There is no better time to start than now. Mon. evenings: beginner class, 7-8 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15-9:15 p.m. Cost: $12/1-hour class. Location: North End Studios, 294 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: Jon Bacon, 355-1818, crandalltyler@hotmail. com,

ayurveda AYURVEDA INTEGRATION PROGRAM: This 200-hour training is ideal for yoga teachers, counselors, therapists, body-workers, nurses, doctors, wellness coaches, herbalists and anyone wanting to improve their own health and the health of their family. We will focus on integrating Ayurveda as lifestyle medicine for chronic disease, longevity and prevention. Kripalu School of Ayurveda approved, continue your education to become an Ayurvedic health counselor by transferring these hours to the Kripalu program. See our website for more details. One weekend (Sat. & Sun.) per month, Feb.-Nov., 2018, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 200-hour training (payment plan avail.). Location: Ayurvedic Center of Vermont, Williston. Info: 872-8898,,

dance DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Salsa classes, nightclub-style, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wed.,

LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Come alone or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Private lessons also available. Cost: $50/4week class. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,,

design/build IMAGINING ECOLOGICAL ECONOMICS: Transitioning toward a fair and just economic system, we need new ways to think about the economy. This workshop covers some of the concepts of ecological economics. Together we’ll think about how to transform

our community’s economic metabolism as well as what (and how) we produce and consume in Burlington. Nov. 8, 6-8 p.m. Presentation and discussion. Location: Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, 235 College St., Burlington. Info: Burlington Permaculture, Rowan Cignoni, 413-320-8002,,

drumming DJEMBE & TAIKO: Classes in Burlington, Hyde Park and Montpelier. Drums provided. Classes for adults (also for kids with parents) Mon., Tue. & Wed. in Burlington. Wed. a.m. or Friday a.m. in Hyde Park. Thu. in Montpelier. Most classes are in the evenings or after school. Conga classes, too! Visit our schedule and register online. Location: Taiko Space, 208 Flynn Ave., Suite 3G, Burlington; Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte. 12, Berlin; Moonlight Studios, 1670 Cleveland Corners Rd., Hyde Park. Info: 999-4255,

healing arts REIKI II TRAINING: In Reiki II, students will be given the three Reiki II attunements, learn to offer Reiki long distance, and learn three main symbols of work to allow more intensive healings. Students will also be taught core positions and lots of time to practice the hand positions on each other. Wed., Nov. 15, 22 & 29, Dec. 6 & 13. Cost: $200/Total class. Location: JourneyWorks, 1205 North Ave., Burlington. Info: Jennie Kristel, 860-6203,,

LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Connect with a new world. We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, students and children. Travelers lesson package. Our 11th year. Personal instruction from a native speaker. Small classes, private lessons and online instruction. See our website for complete information, or contact us for details. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,,

embodiment THE EVERYTHING SPACE: Skillful and accessible somatic education curated by Abbi Jaffe and Amanda Franz. Join us for Re-Embodiment Training, Being TraumaInformed Training, ContactImprov Foundations Series, Mindful-Eating, PlaybackTheater, Contact-Improv Jams, Bodies-in-Wild Retreat, CoMotion-Dance for Families, Somatic-Movement Series, Dance-Connect, Shake-ItOff, Monthly Community Practices of Resilience with Potluck, private sessions and more. Trauma-Informed. Everyone welcome. Schedule a private session most days of the week, or register for a class, training or series. Location: The Everything Space, 64 Main St., 3rd Floor, Montpelier. Info: Abbi Jaffe, 318-3927,,

family PARENTING YOU WORKSHOPS: Does your child push your buttons? Are you parenting defensively? Parents, you are definitely not alone! Discover the secrets to empowered parenting. Hint: It’s not about your child. Children benefit by how well parents know and take care of themselves. Kimberly Hackett, MA, LMHC is a parent coach, educator and writer who has developed a new model of parenting focused on parent leadership and personal growth. Space is limited. Oct. 21, 9 a.m.-noon, Montpelier; Nov. 18, 9 a.m.-noon, Burlington. Cost: $25/person. Info:

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN SPANISH: Join Carlos Reyes, a native Spanish speaker, for a weekend of Spanish immersion. 3 days, 16 hours and all the Spanish you can absorb. A full cultural and language experience: Speak, sing, cook, play, and learn conversational and listening skills. Learn Spanish Vermont will help you break the language barrier. Beginners: Nov. 17-19; Intermediate: Dec. 1-3. Cost: $250/16 hours over 3 days; some discounts apply. Location: Learn Spanish Vermont, Montpelier. Info: Carlos Reyes, 279-2070, learnspanishvt@,

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hypnosis TWO CLINICAL HYPNOSIS WORKSHOPS: BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF CLINICAL HYPNOSIS AND INTERMEDIATE SKILLS & APPLICATIONS OF CLINICAL HYPNOSIS: Eligible: licensed health and mental health clinicians and graduate students of same disciplines. CEUs (pending): LCMHC’s, nurses, psychologists, social workers. American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) approved. Sponsored by Northeastern Society for Clinical Hypmosis ( Nov. 1012, 9:15 a.m.-5 p.m. Location: Jackson Gore Inn, Okemo Mtn., Ludlow. Info: 338-8040,

ACHIEVE YOUR POTENTIAL: Come to Wu Xing Chinese Martial Arts. Join other thoughtful, intelligent adults to learn and practice tai chi, kung fu, meditation and dynamic physical exercises. Maximize your mental tranquility and clarity, physical health and fitness, and self-confidence. For people who never thought this would be for them. Fri., 6-7 p.m. & 7-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m.; Tue., 6-7:30 p.m. Cost: $12/1-hour class; $40/mo. (incl. all classes offered); $5/trial class. Location: 303 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 355-1301,,

language ABSOLUMENT FRENCH! KIDS AGES 7-14!: FRArt! Kids Immersion French Class. FRArt combines language learning with games, art, nature and fun in an interactive setting. Wingspan Studio’s Madame Maggie leads in a beautiful working art studio. Fluent French speaker, longtime educator, lived in France, West Africa. Encouraging, experiential learning at its best. Allons-y! Thu., Nov. 9-Dec. 21, 3:30-5 p.m.; no class Nov. 23. Cost: $190/6-week session of 1.5-hour classes, materials incl. Location: Wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: Maggie Standley, 233-7676,,

MARTIAL WAY: Colchester and Milton locations. Classes in self-defense, Karate, Kung Fu, Jiu Jitsu and Tai Chi. We have 14 different age and experience levels, so the training is always ageand skill-appropriate. Beginner or experienced, fit or not yet, young or not anymore, we have a class for you! Days and evenings; see website for schedule and

fees. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 73 Prim Rd., Colchester, Colchester. Info: David Quinlan, 893-8893,, VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Brazilian jiujitsu is a martial arts combat style based entirely on leverage and technique. Brazilian jiujitsu self-defense curriculum is taught to Navy SEALs, CIA, FBI, military police and special forces. No training experience required. Easy-to-learn techniques that could save your life! Classes for men, women and children. Students will learn realistic bully-proofing and self-defense life skills to avoid them becoming victims and help them feel safe and secure. Our sole purpose is to help empower people by giving them realistic martial arts training practices they can carry with them throughout life. IBJJF & CBJJ certified black belt sixth-degree Instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr.: teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. A five-time Brazilian National Champion; International World Masters Champion and IBJJF World Masters Champion. Accept no Iimitations! Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 598-2839, julio@,

meditation HOW TO BE MORE IN LOVE WITH THE WORLD: MEDITATION AND PRESENCE: Daylong workshop with Dr. Michael Lipson on meditative themes, presented by the Green Mountain Branch of the Anthroposophical Society in America. Sat., Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. $75-100/workshop. Location: Heartbeet Lifesharing, 218 Town Farm Rd., Hardwick. Info: 522-2773, eileen.jonesvt@ LEARN TO MEDITATE: Through the practice of sitting still and following your breath as it goes out and dissolves, you are connecting with your heart. By simply letting yourself be, as you are, you develop genuine sympathy toward yourself. The Burlington Shambhala Center offers meditation as a path to discovering gentleness and wisdom. Shambhala Cafe (meditation and discussions) meets the first Saturday of each month, 9 a.m.-noon. An open house (intro to the center, short dharma talk and socializing) is held on the third Sunday of each month, noon-2 p.m. Instruction: Sun. mornings, 9 a.m.-noon, or by appt. Sessions: Tue. & Thu., noon-1 p.m., & Mon.-Thu., 6-7 p.m. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 S. Winooski Ave., Burlington, Info: 658-6795,


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See website for daily class schedule. Cost: $15/drop-in class; $130/10-class card; $70/5-class card; $120/ monthly unlimited. Workshop cost will vary. Location: Balance Yoga, 840 W. Main (1 minute from exit 11), Richmond. Info: Lynn Clauer, 9220516, balanceyogavt@, balanceyogavt. com.

SNAKE-STYLE TAI CHI CHUAN: The Yang Snake Style is a dynamic tai chi method that mobilizes the spine while stretching and strengthening the core body muscles. Practicing this ancient martial art increases strength, flexibility, vitality, peace of mind and martial skill. Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: Bao Tak Fai Tai Chi Institute, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 864-7902,

well-being YOGA & RECOVERY GROUP FOR FOLKS LIVING W/ LYME DISEASE: Join as we practice gentle restorative poses suitable for all levels. Afterward, join the discussion as we share and support one another on the often confusing and isolating journey to wellness while living with lyme disease. Wear comfortable clothing. Sign up or find more information at Oct. 29, Nov. 19, Dec. 17, 2-3:30 p.m. By donation. Location: Laughing River Yoga, The Chase Mill, 1 Mill St., Burlington.

yoga BALANCE YOGA CLASSES/ WORKSHOPS: Offering a variety of yoga classes and wellness workshops to meet individual needs, from beginners to experienced yogis seeking to deepen their practice. Our welcoming community offers support to experience and explore yoga, meditation, sound therapy and bodywork. First class free for Vermonters! Schedule private and group sessions at

EVOLUTION YOGA: Practice yoga in a down-to-earth atmosphere with some of the most experienced teachers and therapeutic professionals in Burlington. Daily drop-in classes including $5 community classes, Yoga Wall and Yoga Therapeutics classes led by physical therapists. Join our Yoga for Life Program to dive deeper into your practice or register for our Yoga Teacher Training for Healthcare Providers. We offer specialty workshops, series and trainings, rooted in the art and science of yoga as a healing practice for body, mind, and spirit. Cost: $15/ class; $140/10-class card; $5-10/ community classes. Location: Evolution Yoga, 20 Kilburn St., Burlington. Info: 864-9642, HONEST YOGA: Honest yoga offers practices for all levels. We

just expanded to have two practice spaces! Your children can practice in one room while you practice in the other. No need for childcare. Yoga and dance classes ages 3 and up. Brandnew beginners’ course: This includes two specialty classes per week for four weeks plus unlimited access to all classes. We have daily heated and alignment classes kids classes in yoga and dance. We hold yoga teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels, as well as children and dance teacher training courses. Check our our website for dance classes and yoga summer camps! Daily classes & workshops. $50/new student (1 month unlimited); $18/ class; $140/10-class card; $15/ class for student or senior; or $110/10-class punch card; $135/ mo. adult memberships; $99/ mo. kid memberships. Location: Honest Yoga Center, 150 Dorset St., Blue Mall, next to Hana, South Burlington. Info: 497-0136,,

programs are offered at 17 local organizations working with all ages. Join Sangha in both downtown Burlington and the Old North End for one of their roughly 60 weekly classes and workshops. Become a Sustaining Member for $60/month and practice as often as you like! Daily. Location: Sangha Studio, 120 Pine St. and 237 North Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 448-4262, Info@

SOBER YOGIS: Are you looking for support on your path through sobriety? Join others in a safe environment to develop supports in your life to keep you on track toward your goals. Sober Yogis is designed to support your yoga practice and enhance your recovery. Participants of all ages and levels of fitness in sobriety may participate. Mindfulness practices continue to gain notoriety for their ability to assist individuals in recovery with retaining sobriety. Participants take yoga class five days and attend one group therapy session per week. Those who complete this over 8-weeks will receive a month of unlimited yoga. The teaching staff will guide you through the practice with care and accuracy. Sober Yogis offers rolling admissions. Watch Ted Talk “On the Mat to Recovery” by Sara Curry. Cost: $200/8-weeks. Location: Queen City Bikram Yoga, 40 San Remo Dr., South Burlington. Info: 489-5649, info@ queencitybikramyoga. com,

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ultural conversations constantly fluctuate, expand and evolve, and the buzziest topic at this year’s roundtable is power: who has it, how they retain it and how it might best be distributed among those systemically deprived of it. Lately, formerly local singer-songwriters Caroline Rose and Abbie Morin have been thinking a lot about power, especially with regard to the music industry. It’s no secret that the sector is male-dominated. After brainstorming with Morin’s manager and booking agent, Jenna Brower, and Katy Hellman of Burlington indie-rock band Julia Caesar and the Tuned In Collective, the musicians came up with an idea to help balance the gender scale, at least locally: Stage a show in which virtually every major role is performed by women or nonbinary people. And that’s exactly what they did. Rose and Morin — the latter of whom performs as Hammydown — and Julia Caesar perform on Thursday, November 16, at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Behind the scenes, a female team of professionals is producing and promoting this show. Higher Ground Presents — the off-site arm of South Burlington nightclub Higher Ground — is copresenting. All event proceeds will benefit the nonprofit day camp Girls Rock Vermont, a summer

music and empowerment program for girls and gender non-identifying kids ages 8 to 18. “We were chatting about the lack of diversity among bills in Burlington,” says Brower in a recent conference call with Seven Days, Rose and Morin. “We wanted to do something about changing it. Not just people on the stage, but [also] who’s booking the show, who’s promoting and marketing it, and who’s doing production the night of. We wanted to pull in as many non-men as possible.”

Rose and Morin cut their teeth, musically speaking, in the Queen City before moving to New York City and Northampton, Mass., respectively. Both say they rarely, if ever, participate in events with an agenda as clear-cut as this one. “I think what’s different about this show is that we’re putting it together through a particular lens,” says Rose. “You don’t really understand that anything’s wrong unless you have the short end of the stick.”



Brower owns and operates the artist support company Paper Boy. She coordinated marketing and promotion with Betsy Rose Besser, ArtsRiot’s marketing assistant and creative director of the online music publication and production company Noise Ordinance. (Be on the lookout for some ephemeral pieces of promotional street art around the city this week.) On the night of the show, ArtsRiot’s Alyssa Solomon serves as production manager.

But the gender disparity is not just about representation onstage, she notes. In April, a Burlington Free Press piece titled “Meet Your BurlingtonArea Music Booking Agent” indirectly pointed out the lack of diversity among talent buyers at six of the most popular music venues in the area. Spoiler alert: They’re all men. “How many times do you see articles [with headlines] like, ‘This man is running the music industry,’ or, ‘This man is

behind the latest trend in music.’ How come there aren’t any women in these articles?” Rose asks. “The story isn’t necessarily who’s booking. The bigger question is who isn’t, and why. “If there was more diversity in positions of power, you would see more diversity onstage, on magazine covers, in movies,” Rose continues. “People are fed up with how male-dominated [life] is, [and we’re] starting to see little inklings of change.” One of those “little inklings” is the Tuned In Collective, which Hellman founded earlier this year. The burgeoning member-owned cooperative of women, transgender and nonbinary musicians is putting marginalized people at the center of its discourse on ways to shift power away from male dominance in the local music scene. In the coming months, the collective plans to roll out a system of shared resources, such as musical equipment and rehearsal spaces. Tuned In Collective staged its first live music event on October 28 at Maglianero Café in Burlington. According to Hellman, about 200 people passed through. Morin points out that male dominance affects every aspect of the music industry, onstage and off. CONTROL SHIFT

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reason. Please be safe while you enjoy your VR session!) Simultaneously, photographer MONIKA RIVARD offers free portrait services to local bands and artists. Remember earlier this year when I gently suggested that all local music makers get themselves some highresolution, print-quality promo pics? If you haven’t already done so, this is your chance! The shoot is drop-in, meaning it’s first come, first served. And did I mention it’s free?


Speaking of 242, local documentary filmmaker and Vermont Community Access Media’s BILL SIMMON is working on a forthcoming flick about the venue, No Stage Diving: The Story of 242 Main. Simmon delighted audiences the last time he chronicled a slice of the Burlington music scene with his 2016 feature High Water Mark: The Rise & Fall of the Pants. Those eager to catch a glimpse of the new film should head over to ROUGH FRANCIS’ show on Friday, November 10, at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Local punkers BLOWTORCH open the show, but not before a freshly cut trailer is debuted. (Also, be sure to check out our review of Blowtorch’s new record, Justice or Else, on page 71.) Nostalgia for the compact music hub runs deep. Earlier this year, local metal-heads ROCKETSLED reunited at Higher Ground in South Burlington to honor 242. As a surprise treat, retired prog-rockers the CANCER CONSPIRACY dropped in unannounced. It was a tease: The group is reuniting for a full set on Friday, November 17, at the Monkey House in Winooski. More on that show next week.

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Finally, another engaging and worthwhile event in the weeklong series is a panel discussion at SEABA’s gallery space, on Wednesday, November 8 — aka the street date of this column (apologies for the last-minute notice!). GRIFFIN JONES (Friends + Family), SCOTTIE RAYMOND (Anthill Collective), BRIAN LACLAIR (BETTER THINGS) and MEREDITH DAVEY (GESTALT) discuss building music communities in Vermont. If you want to listen but can’t make it in person, you’re

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Just under a year ago, Burlington bid adieu to the city-owned, allages DIY venue 242 Main. The club provided a substance-free creative space to Vermont’s youth for more than 30 years. Municipal entities such as Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront, the Fletcher Free Library, and Burlington City Arts each retained governance over the scrappy music hub at one point or another. As former Seven Days music editor DAN BOLLES once wrote, “Essentially, 242 is like a troubled orphan bouncing around from foster home to foster home. No one really seems to know what to do with it.” Earlier in 2016, the building that housed the club, Memorial Auditorium, was deemed unsafe due to structural instability. All tenants were ordered to be out by the end of the year. 242’s three-decade run culminated in a monumental final concert on December 3, 2016. If you weren’t able to attend the blowout, there’s now a way for you to time-travel back to the night of the show — metaphorically speaking. (At best, time travel is still six to eight years off. Right, ELON MUSK?) On Saturday, November 11, drop into the offices of Burlington’s Big Heavy World — or, more accurately, the adjacent South End Arts and Business Association’s gallery space — to strap on some HTC Vive virtualreality goggles to experience the historic music marathon firsthand. The high-tech event is just one of many things happening with BHW this week as part of its Winter Music Summit. (Visit the nonprofit’s website for details.) Cinematographer DON BATEMAN, of the Los Angeles-based virtualreality production company Mean Cat Entertainment, captured selections of the commemorative concert. The 360-degree views are from a dizzying, omnipresent vantage point mounted above the stage. Relive the final show from an elevated, godlike perspective. (Pro tip: If you’re prone to motion sickness, maybe come on an empty stomach. But if your constitution is ironclad, feel free to head-bang and mosh your way through it — within

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True Grit You might know Burlington-born musician David Satori from his danceable, globally

CITIZEN CIDER: Brett Hughes (country), 6 p.m., free.

minded electronic-fusion band Beats Antique. But he also cuts a rug in DIRTWIRE, a forward-thinking, electro-

CLUB METRONOME: Orgone (funk, soul), 9 p.m., $15/18.

country trio from Oakland, Calif., that also includes Bolo’s Evan Fraser and Jed and Lucia’s Mark Reveley.

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: The Peterman Quintet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Mike Martin (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Thor & Friends (chamberpop, avant-garde), 9:30 p.m., $5.

The three tunesmiths blend roadhouse Americana and electro-pop with pointedly non-American influences. Latin American and Middle Eastern instrumentation commingles with dirty, down-home guitar riffs and triphop percussion, resulting in a hybrid sound that seems derived from the far reaches of planet Earth. Dirtwire perform on Thursday, November 9, at Club Metronome in Burlington. Locals SCUBA PARTY open.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Hayley Jane (Solo) (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: DJ Two Sev (eclectic vinyl), 4 p.m., free. Liz Hogg (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Nancy Druids (indie psych-pop), 10 p.m., free. Lapis Pop (electro-pop), midnight, free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Michelle Buteau (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $15-27.

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BACKSTAGE PUB: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Open Mic and Improv Jam, 7 p.m., free. Songs in the Key of Slink (improv), 9 p.m., $5.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Yonder Mountain String Band, the Last Revel (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $27/30. JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Justin Panigutti Band (rock), 7 p.m., free.





JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Bluegrass Session, 7 p.m., free.

WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Jim Charonko (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.


CLUB METRONOME: Dirtwire, Scuba Party (electro-country, world), 9 p.m., $10. DRINK: BLiNDoG Records Acoustic Sessions, 5 p.m., free. FOAM BREWERS: Matt the Gnat and the Gators (narrative-noir), 7 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

middlebury area TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Daddy Longlegs Homegrown Revivial (jazz fusion), 10 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. My Mother’s Moustache (Album Release), the Hydes (folk-rock), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

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LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Shay Gestal (Americana), 7:30 p.m., free. Hannah Fair and Eric George: A Tribute to Patsy Cline, 9 p.m., free.

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Bow Thayer (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Friday Morning Sing-Along with Linda Bassick & Friends (kids’ music), 11 a.m., free. DJ Ryan Kick (eclectic), 4 p.m., free. Mike Herz (folk), 7 p.m., free. Daniel Miller (Americana), 8:30 p.m., free. Cal Folger Day (pop-opera), 10 p.m., $5. Good Lord the Liftin’ (funk, soul), 11:30 p.m., $5.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Gumbo Yaya (soul, calypso), 8 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Nina’s Brew (blues, soul), 7 p.m.

SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation. Cookie’s Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 8 p.m., donation.

RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Supersounds (hits), 10 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Haitian and Dave Villa (hits), 10 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Hotel Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.


NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Strange Machines, Goose (rock, electro-funk), 9 p.m., $5.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 10 p.m., $5.

RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 7 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Yautja, Pyrrhon, Ghastly Sound, Gorcrow (metal), 7 p.m., $3/8. 18+.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Fort Vine (indie), 10 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: Ellen Powell (jazz), 4 p.m., free. Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers (blues), 7 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (hits), 11 p.m., $5.

RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: Reagh Greenleaf Jr. with Gypsy Reel (folk, Irish), 7:30 p.m., free.

chittenden county

Weintraub and Dan Weintraub (folk), 9 p.m., free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5.

RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: Tyler and Ryan (rock covers), 9 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: DJ Chia (house), 4 p.m., free. Among the Acres (folk-rock), 7 p.m., free. Shane

Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. Triage (jazz), 11 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: The Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (mashup, hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Josh Dobbs Presents (jam, eclectic), 10 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Oddjob Ensemble (eclectic instrumental), 7 p.m., free. Matt Flinner Trio (jazz, bluegrass), 8 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Michelle Buteau (standup), 7 p.m., $15-27. The Daily Grind: Wendy Farrell (improv), 9 p.m., $5.

chittenden county BACKSTAGE PUB: Trivia, 9:30 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: All Them Witches, King Buffalo (rock, psychedelic), 8:30 p.m., $12/15. MONKEY HOUSE: Selector Sets with DJ Disco Phantom and Mule Bar DJs (eclectic), 8 p.m., free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Timothy James Blues & Beyond, 7 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Fred Brauer (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free.


SWEET MELISSA’S: The Cadillac Twins (country), 8 p.m., donation. WHAMMY BAR: Dave Keller (blues), 7 p.m., free.


MARTELL’S AT THE RED FOX: Open Mic & Jam Session, 9 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Open Mic with Allen Church, 8:30 p.m., free. THE RESTAURANT AT EDSON HILL: Thursday Night Music Series (eclectic), 6:30 p.m., free.

middlebury area CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: James Towle (rock), 8 p.m.

northeast kingdom PARKER PIE CO.: Can-Am (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free.

outside vermont

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Karaoke with DJ Jon Berry & DJ Coco, 9 p.m., free.



ARTSRIOT: Rough Francis, Blowtorch (garage, punk), 8:45 p.m., $10/$12.

STOWE INN AND TAVERN: Singles Night (mixer), 5 p.m., $5.

CLUB METRONOME: Zach Deputy, Sarah Blacker with Aaron Z. Katz (soul, funk), 9 p.m., $15.

mad river valley/ waterbury

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

LOCALFOLK SMOKEHOUSE: Open Mic with Alex Budney, 8:30 p.m., free.

ZENBARN: Joe K. Walsh & Sweet Loam (Americana), 8 p.m., $12/15.

FOAM BREWERS: Triage (jazz), 8 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Zach Nugent (acoustic rock), 9 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Marcie Hernandez (singersongwriter, Latin), 7:30 p.m., free. Carissa Mastrangelo, Hannah

MONKEY HOUSE: Untapped: A Night of Burlesque and Drag, 9 p.m., $10. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Troy Millette and Dylan Gombas (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Bombay (FKA Radio Flamingo) (covers), 9 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Jeff Bragg & Dead Till Morning (blues, bluegrass), 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Stelvis Carbo (rock, jazz), 9 p.m., free. GUSTO’S: Elizabeth Renaud (acoustic), 5 p.m., free. Cyn City (rock), 10 p.m., $5. POSITIVE PIE (MONTPELIER): UnDun (rock), 10 p.m., $5. SWEET MELISSA’S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., donation. The Starline Rhythm Boys (rockabilly), 9 p.m., $5. WHAMMY BAR: Kelly Ravin and Halle Toulis (country), 7 p.m., free.


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for Thought tour. Last weekend, the two MCs embarked on a 20-date, sevenstate tour. They’re zipping around the Northeast region, spitting rhymes in support of local food banks. The fellas return to VT this weekend with two shows: Friday, November 10, at Two Brothers Tavern in Middlebury; and Saturday, November 11, at Charlie-O’s World Famous in Montpelier. 


Last weekend, Radio Bean’s annual birthday bash was another high-octane mishmash of 802 music. I didn’t marathon the whole thing like I did last year — although a few people I talked to during my four-hour sojourn assumed I was doing that again. C’mon, guys. I’m only human. I’m still recovering from last year’s 19-hour binge. One of the most invigorating performances I caught was the debut of FAUXBOTS, a newly formed group consisting of multi-instrumentalists and scene veterans CAROLINE O’CONNOR (STEADY BETTY), AYA and ERIC SEGALSTAD (the WEE FOLKESTRA), and drummer DALTON MUZZY (BINGER). The quartet presented a languid blend of smooth R&B and hypnotic soft rock with heavily filtered cybernetic vocals. It was glorious. Also, fun fact: O’Connor is the only person to have played every single birthday bash. That’s 17 years in a row, people! As of right now, it’s unclear whether we’ll get to see another performance before the group drops its as-yetuntitled debut EP — and that’s a strategic choice. “We’re trying to do everything differently in this band,” Eric Segalstad told Seven Days after their set. He clarified that, rather than emphasizing the live aspect, as the musicians have in their past projects, the band is working on getting the EP out into the world before focusing on performance. I’m a little sad to think that we’ll have to wait a while before we get to see Fauxbots perform again, but their plan is solid. I have nothing against the old-

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MOOGS PLACE: Chris Lyon (solo acoustic), 6 p.m., free. Greenbush (blues, funk), 9 p.m., free.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Unfortunate Son (rock), 9 p.m., free. HATCH 31: The Big Pick (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., free.

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for years. She served as cohost of VH1’s pop-culture recap show “Big Morning Buzz Live” before its cancellation in 2015. She has appeared on a number of Comedy Central programs, including “Key & Peele,” “Broad City” and her own half-hour standup special. Buteau’s debut album, Shut Up, is a hodgepodge of insightful observational humor about life in the city. She cracks wise about her cross-cultural in-laws, getting high and organizing her bathroom, the legacy of racism in Europe, and her parents’ questionable marital advice. Buteau performs Thursday through Saturday, November 9 through 11, at the Vermont Comedy Club in Burlington. Saturday shows feature a special surprise guest.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Jarv and Mister Burns (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3.

AUTUMN RECORDS: Sandy Ewen featuring Gahlord Dewald (experimental), 8 p.m., $5.

MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Happy Hour Tunes & Trivia with Gary Peacock, 5 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Carbon Leaf, Will Evans (alt-country, indie rock), 8 p.m., $20/22.

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: All Request Night with DJ Skippy (hits), 10 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: The Movement, New Kingston, Seamus the Great (reggae), 8 p.m., $15/17.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Oddjob Ensemble (eclectic instrumental), 8 p.m., free.



BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Tiffany Pfeiffer (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

FOAM BREWERS: Gretchen & the Pickpockets (soul), 8 p.m., free.

JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN: Roy and the Wrecks (rock), 7 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: The Orchestrator (electro-soul), 11 p.m., $3/8. 18+.



THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Big Night (cajun-country, Western swing), 9 p.m., free.

chittenden county

MONOPOLE: Ampevene (progressive rock), 10 p.m., free.


SIDEBAR: A Mighty Lion (indie), 7 p.m., free. SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Michelle Buteau (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $15-27.

outside vermont


RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (Latin), 6 p.m., free.

SOCIAL CLUB & LOUNGE: Magic Male Revue (erotic entertainment), 7:30 & 10:30 p.m., $20.

TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Dan Rahilly and Ty Cicia (folk), 7 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE: Left Eye Jump (blues), 3 p.m., free. Gowanus (jam), 7 p.m., $5.

SMITTY’S PUB: Dave Keller (blues), 8 p.m., free.

champlain islands/northwest

CLUB METRONOME: Retronome With DJ Fattie B (’80s dance party), 9 p.m., free/$5.

free. Soggy Po’ Boys (jazz), 10 p.m., $5. Harry Jay & the Bling (R&B, soul), 11:30 p.m., $5.

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Ethan Stokes (folk), 9 p.m., free.

Control Shift « P.66 “I think, in 13 years of playing [live], I’ve maybe had two sound engineers that were not men,” says Morin. That’s why seasoned sound technician Rachel Capobianco, owner of Vermont Sound and Light, will handle the mixing console on the night of the show. In the ’90s, Capobianco (née Bischoff ) spent years drumming alongside sisters Alice and Julia Austin in the Burlington-based power-pop band Zola Turn. She’s also a member of the allfemale ska and rocksteady group Steady Betty. “Anytime I get to work with women, it’s a totally different dynamic,” says Capobianco over the phone. She notes that non-male musicians seem visibly “more relaxed” when they see her in the sound booth. Girls Rock Vermont director Linda Bassick (Steady Betty, Mellow Yellow) notes a similar level of comfort between her students and their female

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Friendship, ouzkxqlzn, Paper Castles, Jordan Holtz (indie), 7 p.m., free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5.

instructors. She explains that the camp focuses as much on empowerment as on learning to write music and play instruments. “Girls are socialized to be really conscious of what they look like, how loud they are, and whether or not they’re upsetting anyone,” Bassick says by phone, adding that problem solving, group dynamics and building self-esteem are keys to the GRVT curriculum. “This is something that’s sometimes hard for men to understand. Growing up with privilege your whole life [makes it] hard to see your own.” The guitarist, who also hosts a weekly children’s music show at Radio Bean, recently began an after-school program similar to GRVT at the culturally diverse King Street Center. “There’s nothing like seeing a bunch of girls in head scarves with electric guitars,” Bassick says. In the past year, both Rose and Morin unveiled updated versions of their respective sounds — for reasons not unlike

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Waiting on Mongo (jam, funk), 10 p.m., free.

RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Dodg3r (EDM, hits), 10 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Purple: A Tribute to Prince featuring Craig Mitchell, the Full Cleveland, 9 p.m., $11.

RADIO BEAN: River Halo (roots, folk), 7 p.m., free. Lines West (post-Americana), 8:30 p.m.,

the forces driving the upcoming show. Namely, the limitations the industry puts on female solo artists. “It feels dramatic to say that I laid Abbie Morin to rest,” the songwriter chuckles. “I felt boxed in by my acoustic guitar and the way that I felt I fit into the Americana genre. I was tired of wistful love songs and needed to harness more power.” One of the ways she did that was to write from a new perspective: behind her drum kit. Morin also cased her acoustic guitar and picked up an electric. This switch intensifies the feelings of frustration and the “fear of the mundane,” as she puts it, on her latest release, Pizzaface. “It felt really cathartic,” says Morin. Rose has similar reasons for transitioning out of Americana into the razorsharp pop rock of her forthcoming LP, LONER, which drops in February. “I’m curious what my music would be like now if the branding for women with acoustic guitars was a

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little bit more open-minded,” she says. “Especially being a queer woman with a guitar, people will be like, ‘Oh, you’re the next Melissa Etheridge!’ No disrespect, but I don’t really identify with [her].” Rose and Morin note that nearly half of the performers onstage at their event will be men — and that’s cool with them. “I don’t think it’s the kind of thing that has to be all or nothing,” says Rose. “Just balance it.” Of course, the journey toward equilibrium is likely to be difficult for some — particularly those lousy with privilege. “In order to give power to other people, you do have to relinquish some of [yours],” says Morin. m Contact:

INFO Caroline Rose and Hammydown perform with Julia Caesar on Thursday, November 16, 8:30 p.m., at ArtsRiot in Burlington. $15/17. AA.




Sean Hood is consumed with inevitability. Throughout the 10 tracks of his band Eastern Mountain Time’s latest album, Mountain Country, he writes and sings with a leery and foreboding selfawareness. Losing, he seems to suggest, is as habitual as the vices evidenced by the empty bottles and cigarette butts that litter his songs. The tracks are not entirely defeatist. But if Bob Seger’s “beautiful loser” were to write a shambling, lowkey country album, it might sound a lot like Mountain Country. And that’s a compliment. On the surface, the Burlington band’s second full-length — a follow-up to 2016’s Back Home — checks all the thematic boxes that a classically rooted country record should: bad choices, broken hearts, regret — and booze. But throughout, our not-always-reliable narrator navigates

a minefield of human frailty and failure with equal parts cynicism and empathy. This is shuffling, 1970s-style country music as much by way of urban poet Charles Bukowski as Gram Parsons. As a result, the album has an edge that saves it from sad-sack navel-gazing. “Fool That I Am,” the record’s third cut, is a prime example. Here, Hood excoriates himself for clinging to a bad relationship. “I try to talk like I hate you, then I try to forget / I’ve been drinking like a bigger man, and it ain’t working yet,” he sings in plain, unvarnished tones. Then, “’Cause if you came back running / I’d probably let you in / If you told me that you’re sorry / I’d probably believe you, fool that I am.” But by song’s end he understands his lingering heartache isn’t noble; it’s just another bad habit to be stamped out: “But I meant it when I said it, honey, I’ll quit smoking.” Similar revelations occur throughout the record, discovered like crumpled

dollar bills in your jeans pocket after a long night out. “I Guess I’ve Had Enough Too” is a cunning and cutting tale of letting go. On “Same Ways,” Hood ruminates on the predestination of family. Cheeky and woozy, “(If You’re Missing Me) You Ain’t Missing Much” is selfloathing at its finest. Hood’s band matches his unhurried style with taste and restraint. Drummer Danny LeFrançois and bassist Jason Pappas form a perfectly understated rhythm section, colored by pedal steel player Brennan Mangan’s ringing, elastic tones. Altogether, Mountain Country could serve as either the soundtrack to wasted nights or to the odd clarity of the hangover that sometimes follows them. Bottoms up. Mountain Country is available at Eastern Mountain Time celebrate the release of their new record on Wednesday, November 15, at the Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington.















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that make listening to punk a fun and subversive experience. His vocal style holds no trace of the immature whine or over-the-top egomania of certain punk vocal icons. TICKETS | ARTIST INFO | EVENTS | BROCHURE: It all feels genuine, well aged and refined rather 802.656.4455 O R than a youth-reclaiming UVM.EDU/LANESERIES product of a midlife crisis. Perhaps that’s because the injustices LAN.205.17 7D Broberg/Cantus Ad: Nov 8th issue, 1/6 Vert: 4.3" x 7.46" that have plagued society and inspired punk Untitled-5 1 11/7/17 from the beginning remain woefully relevant decades later — perhaps even more so in the current climate. As young and inventive modern bands such as Guerilla Toss and Downtown Boys push punk, sonically and idealistically, into new terrain, there’s a temptation to view the classic sound and message of bands like Blowtorch as dated or out of touch. But it’s worth remembering that certain bands have carried the (blow) torch for a long, long time. And, if nothing else, longtime fans of the band will be stoked to finally have a recording to add to Blowtorch’s legacy. Justice or Else is available at The band plays an album-release show on Friday, November 10, at ArtsRiot in Burlington in support of Rough Francis.


By the time I arrived on Earth in the early 1990s, punk music was already in the throes of an awkward and possibly well-deserved death, its coffin lined with clearance-sale Hot Topic T-shirts. The formula was stretched too thin, the scene too toxic, and almost everyone needed a break from thrashing in mosh pits. More than a decade before that mess, however, Blowtorch’s Bill Mullins and Clark Russell were fostering Burlington’s early punk movement in the basement of the University of Vermont’s Christie Hall with a band called No Fun. Later, the two participated in Safari 500, a performance art and musical improv ensemble. After following separate paths for several years, Mullins and Russell reconnected in, of all places, Egypt. “Sipping tea in ancient Thebes,” writes Russell, the duo conceived Blowtorch as an act of Cold War-era rebellion against the Reagan administration. Although the band has since played venues from Burlington’s 242 Main to Manhattan’s CBGB, Justice or Else is its first album release. These 16 tracks are both a time capsule and an interesting case study of

an aging countercultural movement. Blowtorch aren’t breaking any creative ground on their belated debut, but they certainly understand their influences. Justice or Else blends the best bits of ’80s Cali art-punk and D.C. melodic hardcore. This makes sense, considering that Russell attended art school on the West Coast in 1983 and Mullins originally hails from the D.C. area. The tracks on the album are nostalgically formulaic and heavy with stylistic similarities to ’80s icons the Dead Kennedys, the Adolescents and the Descendents. Blowtorch had a revolving membership aside from its cofounders, so Mullins plays every instrument on Justice or Else. In concert, brothers Noah and Justin Crowther (both ex-Waylon Speed) currently hold down the band’s rhythm section on bass and drums, respectively. The layers of instrumentation on the album are tight and edgy, favoring dynamic control over chaos. We get it, Mullins: You can shred on anything you pick up. Sick guitar solos pop up all over the album. Russell’s clever, politically motivated lyrics contain the expected dark humor and the distaste for capitalist absurdity


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BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Irish Session, 2 p.m., donation.





CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Mister Burns and Jarv (hip-hop), 9 p.m., donation. DEMENA’S: My Mother’s Moustache (folk-rock), 8:30 p.m., $5.

POSITIVE PIE (BARRE): John Lackard Blues Band, 9 p.m., free.

WHAMMY BAR: Papa’s Porch (bluegrass), 7 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 7 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

EL TORO: Chris & Erica (pop, rock), 6:30 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Red Hot Juba (cosmic Americana), 9 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Hotel Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

RUSTY NAIL: Mellow Yellow (psychedelic), 10 p.m., $10.

NORTH HERO HOUSE INN & RESTAURANT: Ed Schenk (piano), 5:30 p.m., free.

TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Ellen Powell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

outside vermont

MONOPOLE: Ausable Branch (folk), 10 p.m., free. OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Gang of Thieves (funk, rock), 10 p.m., free.






FOAM BREWERS: Dale and Darcy (acoustic), noon, free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Game Night, 8 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Mi Yard Reggae Night with DJs Big Dog and Jahson, 9:30 p.m., free/$3. 18+. RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: DJ Supersounds (hits), 10 p.m., free. RADIO BEAN: Clare Byrne (singer-songwriter), 11 a.m., free. Maple Street Six (jazz), 1 p.m., free. Andrew Stearns (Americana), 4 p.m., free. Brianna Musco (folk), 7 p.m., free. Concrete Jumpers (indie, folk), 8 p.m., free. Talay (power-pop), 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bluegrass Brunch, noon, $5-10 donation. SOTTO ENOTECA: Xenia Dunford (jazz, blues), 7 p.m., free.


VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Tinder Nightmares (improv), 7 p.m., $5. Boom City (improv), 8 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Hayley Jane (Solo) (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Castle Creek, About Time (acoustic), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

RADIO BEAN: DJ Two Sev (eclectic vinyl), 4 p.m., free. Asaran Earth Trio (eclectic world), 7:30 p.m., free. The Green Flames (soul, groove), 10:30 p.m., free. Zeus Springsteen (psych-rock), midnight, free.

SWEET MELISSA’S: Duroc (’80s covers), 9 p.m., $5.

champlain islands/northwest

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Open Mic with Andy Lugo, 9 p.m., free.

RÍ RÁ THE IRISH LOCAL & WHISKEY ROOM: The County Down (Americana, reggae), 7 p.m., free.

GUSTO’S: DJ Lafounatine (hits, trance), 9 p.m., $3.

TAP 25: Cooie Sings (Americana), 7 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. Eastern Mountain Time (Album Release) (country), 9:30 p.m., $5.

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Nina’s Brew (blues, soul), 7 p.m. ROUGH FRANCIS

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release of their latest LP, MSP3: Counter Attack, which arrives on January 1. Throughout 2017, they’ve previewed much of their new material in live performances and through a limited-edition cassette-tape release. Given that this week marks the one-year anniversary of the 2016 presidential election, it’s fitting that the outspoken band of brothers returns to the stage. Might its members have something to say about the current state of affairs? All signs point to yes.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Open Mic and Improv Jam, 7 p.m., free. Songs in the Key of Slink (improv), 9 p.m., $5.

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GOOD TIMES CAFÉ: Richard Smith (fingerstyle guitar), 8:30 p.m., $20.

Catch Rough Francis on Friday, November 10, at ArtsRiot in Burlington. Local punks BLOWTORCH add support.

STONE CORRAL BREWERY: Bluegrass Session, 7 p.m., free.

chittenden county

WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Black to the Future featuring DJs Craig Mitchell and Dakota (soul, R&B), 5 p.m., free.

HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE: George Voland, Jody Albright and Mike Hartigan (jazz), 6 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Jared Mancuso, the Good Morning Gills (rock), 7:30 p.m., $3/8. 18+.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Southern Old Time Music Jam (traditional), 10 a.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m., donation.

outside vermont

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Pickin’ Party with Dave Clark (bluegrass), 3 p.m., free.

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LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 8 p.m., free. MAGLIANERO: Tuned In Collective Gathering and Open Mic (discussion, acoustic), 7 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Papa’s Porch (bluegrass, folk-rock), 7:30 p.m., free.

(standup), 7:30 p.m., free. Jamba performs Shel Silverstein (spoken word), 9:30 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (hits), 7 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Mike Maurice (singer-songwriter), 9:30 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Family Night (open jam), 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 8 p.m., free.

chittenden county BACKSTAGE PUB: Open Mic, 9:30 p.m., free.

MONKEY HOUSE: Erin CasselsBrown (indie folk), 6 p.m., free. Motown Mondays! (Motown DJs), 8 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free.



CLUB METRONOME: Better Things, OC 45, On the Cinder, Suburban Samurai (alternative, punk), 8 p.m., free/$5. 18+. FOAM BREWERS: Local Dork (eclectic vinyl), 6 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

THE GRYPHON: P’tit Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Metal Monday #235 featuring Smokestack Lightning, KiefCatcher, Acid Roach, 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Pullin’ Yo Chain Comedy Showcase

NECTAR’S: Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute), 10 p.m., $3/5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: DJ Lee J (eclectic), 4 p.m., free. Stephen Callahan Trio (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Jukebox George & the Last Dimes, 10 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: DJ A-RA$ (hip-hop), 8 p.m., free. SIDEBAR: Cam Will (folk), 7 p.m., free. Blackout Barbie and SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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MONKEY HOUSE: The Green Flames (soul, groove), 8:30 p.m., $3/8. 18+. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Karaoke with DJ Vociferous, 9:30 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA’S: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Christine Malcolm (folk), 8 p.m., free.

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HATCH 31: Erin Cassels-Brown (indie folk), 6 p.m., free. Kelly Ravin and Lowell Thompson (country), 7 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Karaoke with DJ Chauncey, 9 p.m., free.

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

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CITIZEN CIDER: Brett Hughes (country), 6 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: The Ray Vega Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Cody Sargent Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.



SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation. John Lackard Blues Jam, 8 p.m., donation. WHAMMY BAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free.


MOOGS PLACE: Trivia Night, 6:30 p.m., free. Jim Charonko (folk), 8 p.m., free.

middlebury area CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom PARKER PIE CO.: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.

outside vermont MONOPOLE: Open Mic with Lucid, 10 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Bow Thayer (folk), 7:30 p.m., free. 

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AUTUMN RECORDS, 11 E. Allen St., Suite 2, Winooski, 399-2123 BACKSTAGE PUB, 60 Pearl St., Essex Jct., 878-5494 GOOD TIMES CAFÉ, Rt. 116, Hinesburg, 482-4444 HIGHER GROUND, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington, 652-0777 HINESBURGH PUBLIC HOUSE, 10516 Route 116 #6A, Hinesburg, 482-5500 JAMES MOORE TAVERN, 4302 Bolton Access Rd. Bolton Valley, Jericho, 434-6826 JERICHO CAFÉ & TAVERN, 30 Route 15, Jericho, 899-2223 MONKEY HOUSE, 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563 ON TAP BAR & GRILL, 4 Park St., Essex Jct., 878-3309 PARK PLACE TAVERN, 38 Park St., Essex Jct. 878-3015 ROZZI’S LAKESHORE TAVERN, 1022 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, 863-2342 STONE CORRAL BREWERY, 83 Huntington Rd., Richmond, 434-5767 WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, 497-3525


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BUSTIN BELLY GRILL AND DELI, 201 Lower Main St. E, Johnson, 332-3354 CORK WINE BAR & MARKET OF STOWE, 35 School St., Stowe, 760-6143 EL TORO, 82 Lower Main St., Morrisville, 521-7177

MARTELL’S AT THE RED FOX, 87 Edwards Rd., Jeffersonville, 644-5060 MATTERHORN, 4969 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8198 MOOGS PLACE, Portland St., Morrisville, 851-8225 PIECASSO PIZZERIA & LOUNGE, 899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411 THE RESTAURANT AT EDSON HILL, 1500 Edson Hill Rd., Stowe, 253-7371 RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN, 394 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9593 TRES AMIGOS AND RUSTY NAIL, 1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-6245 STOWEHOF INN, 434 Edson Hill Rd., Stowe, 253-9722 SUSHI YOSHI, 1128 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4135


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SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN, 3180 German Flats Rd., Warren, 583-2202 ZENBARN, 179 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-8134




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“My Modest Opinion” by Angel Ricardo Ríos

ince former president Barack Obama eased restrictions on Cuba-U.S. relations in late 2014, America’s awareness of its island neighbor has slowly grown, seeping into public consciousness from a foggy realm of exile. Maybe you know someone who’s made the trip, returning with the requisite photographs of 1950s cars or even with the classic contraband of cigars. Cuba, however, is much more than the touchstone images and cultural stereotypes ingrained in Americans’ minds. “El Yuma: Contemporary Cuban Art,” now on view at the McCarthy Art Gallery at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, aims to complicate and enhance mutual island and mainland understanding. Curated by Sachie Hernández of Havana and Aynel David Guerra of Boston, the show features works by 14 Cuban artists who were asked to present their perspectives on the giant next door. The show first opened in November last year as the debut exhibition of Boston’s A R E A Gallery, which Guerra codirects. “El Yuma” is in good company. Before the presidential election, and predilections, of Donald Trump threatened to close the newly opened channels of communication, numerous Cuban art exhibitions were ushered into the U.S. Abby Ellin recently chronicled, in the New York Times, some of the considerable

roster of shows: at El Museo del Barrio in New York, the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis and the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Even the Cuban slang for the U.S., el Yuma, is entangled in the cultural flow between the two countries. Hernández explained during a recent curator’s talk that the name comes from the 1957 American western 3:10 to Yuma, set in Arizona. The frankest of the works on view is Mari Claudia García’s “Genealogy of the Metaphor.” For this silent video, García asked her family members to reflect on the meaning of el Yuma, bringing Guerra and Hernández’s charge outside the artistic sphere. Sitting in front of a white background, each family member looks intensely — and silently — into the camera, while the text of their interview appears in English subtitles below. The word yuma, says one older man, is a rude expression for an American, often “used by a lower stratum of the population, people who didn’t want to have access to culture.” A young woman notes that the word “represents desire for many Cubans”; for her, it evokes ideas of consumption, accumulation and tension. Another young woman says, “I think of a lot of ads” and “sadness.” The association of the U.S. with capitalist consumerism is a thread


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running throughout the show. For “Capital Cutout in Transit Sites,” Jesús Hdez-Güero has sacrificed $185 in American bills ($100, $50, $20, $10 and $5) in service of a simple and surprisingly effective intervention. From each bill, he has cut the monument or structure represented and used it to frame the real thing in a photograph; he holds an altered $20 bill, for example, in front of the actual White House. The resulting photo series is a reminder of the intrinsic links between financial power and specific physical places — which, whether we think about it or not, both operate through an economy of shared symbols. Another American symbol interventionist is Angel Ricardo Ríos. The installation “My Modest Opinion” appropriates and recontextualizes the iconic imagery of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. On the wall hang 30 black-and-white photographs of homemade Mickey and Minnie piñatas, each photo uniquely altered with colorful paint, scribbles and graffiti-like symbols. As Hernández points out in her curatorial essay, Ríos’ style of manipulating one American icon invokes another: Andy Warhol. The work’s overall effect is fun, funny and violent. A wall-mounted iPad illustrates the work’s aggression, playing a looping video of children beating Disneyinspired piñatas in slow motion. The duo billed as Meira y Toirac (Meira Marrero and José Angel Toirac) addresses violence and consumerism in a completely different (but still cheeky) way. Their series “Remember the Maine” includes nine artist-made commemorative souvenir plates, some of which feature real historical images and others, invented ones.

The plates’ commentary likely will not be obvious to the average American; it centers on the eagle monument erected at Havana’s Malecón esplanade in honor of the American victims of the USS Maine. The explosion of that ship in 1898 sparked the Spanish-American War, which launched the U.S. into international affairs and subsequent imperialism. Throughout its more than 100-year tenure, the monument has been damaged, altered and deliberately vandalized, a living metaphor for turbulent politics. With their plates, Meira y Toirac subvert a classic form of industrial kitsch to memorialize more obscure histories and to propose imagined futures. Another, more scathing critique of American imperialism is Levy Orta’s “Against the Will to Forget.” The installation consists of printed pages from the U.S. government’s KUBARK interrogation manual; first published in 1963, the document outlines “coercive techniques” of torture used during U.S. military interventions in Latin America and, more recently, in Afghanistan and Iraq and at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp. The manual was further declassified in 2014; as Orta’s title implies, the artist fears its existence will be quickly swept under the rug. “El Yuma” is not a sad show, but it is a serious one, and its gravity builds gradually. Overall, the exhibition provides a welcome primer on a complex history, as well as a promising glint of that thing art types love: expanded dialogue. Most significantly, it asks American viewers to really try to see how we’re being seen. 



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“El Yuma: Contemporary Cuban Art,” on view through December 15 at McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester.


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ARTIST TALK: EMILY MASON: The longtime New York abstract painter discusses her printmaking in a current exhibit. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts, Brattleboro, Sunday, November 12, 5 p.m. Info, 251-8290.


STELLA MARRS: “Disco Deployment Unit” consists of the artist’s inflatable, room-size silver dome, complete with a dance-floor disco ball and accompanied by videos of protest and disco music. Reception: Thursday, November 9, 5-7 p.m. November 9-16. Info, dheffern@champlain. edu. Champlain College Art Gallery in Burlington.

ARTIST TALK: SHARON HARPER: The photographer and Harvard professor of visual and environmental studies speaks about her work and process. Williams Hall, University of Vermont, Thursday, November 9, 6 p.m. Info, james. BLUEBIRD FAIRIES: Emily Anderson offers readings using her singular oracle deck, as well as cards and other artworks. ArtsRiot, Burlington, Friday, November 10, 5-10 p.m. Info, emily@


 ‘CELEBRATE!’: Annual local arts celebration featuring a wide variety of art and crafts created by SPA member artists. Reception: Saturday, November 18, 4-6 p.m. November 15-December 28. Info, 479-7069. Studio Place Arts in Barre.



JIM WESTPHALEN: The Vermont photographer uses an adapted vintage camera to capture dynamic winter landscapes, blurring the line between photography and painting. November 11-January 14. Info, 253-8943. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe.

Stewart, Donna Summer, the Weather Girls, the Trammps, Thelma Houston, Sylvester,

New York-based abstract painter’s explorations in prints from 1985 to 2016. Reception: Saturday, November 11, 5-7 p.m. November 11-January 7. Info, 251-8290. Mitchell Giddings Fine Arts in Brattleboro.




notions of women’s spaces — from Mamava’s breastfeeding “pods” to the menstrual hut — Stella Marrs brings this mobile dance site to Burlington’s Champlain College Art

 EMILY MASON: “Explorations,” a survey of the


Joyfully riffing on cultural

PLACES’: A juried group exhibition featuring 100 works by 53 artists who were asked to depict places that exist only in their minds. Reception: Sunday, November 12, 1-4 p.m. Artist roundtable: 1 p.m. November 9-December 23. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.

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‘Disco Deployment Unit’

 WINTER MEMBER SHOW: A group exhibition of works by artist-members in a variety of mediums. Reception: Saturday, November 11, 2-4 p.m. November 11-December 30. Info, 362-1405. Yester House Galleries, Southern Vermont Arts Center, in Manchester.


 ‘WONDERLAND FOREVER’: A group exhibition of works inspired by the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Gallery. Constructed of silver Mylar, ripstop nylon, printed cotton, vinyl, sandbags and tent poles, the DDU beckons guests to enter the “interactive sculptural experience” through a red-lipsticked mouth. Once inside, a disco ball spins to the music of Amii Isaac Hayes, Andrea True, John Travolta and Blondie — among others — while performance footage is projected on the enclosure’s edgeless walls. A dance party reception is Thursday, November 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. Through November 16. Pictured: “Disco Deployment Unit” at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, N.Y.

Featured artists include Valery Mahuchy, Robert Rae, Jon Stroker and Trisa Tilson. Reception: Friday, November 10, 6-8 p.m. November 10-December 31. Info, 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton.

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‘LEONARD COHEN: A CRACK IN EVERYTHING’: A collection of brand-new works commissioned from and created by local and international artists who have been inspired by Leonard Cohen’s style and recurring themes, in honor of the late poet and musician. November 9-April 9. Info, 514-847-6226. Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art.

CALL TO ARTISTS ‘TELL ME’: There are currently 6,909 living languages. What do the connected sounds and symbols of words suggest for the visual arts? Studio Place Arts is seeking diverse languages and letterforms (real or invented), new communication technologies, censorship, graffiti, collage and urgent messages to create a Tower of Babel in the center of the gallery. Proposals for this structure in whole or part are welcomed. Deadline: April 6. For info and submission guidelines, see Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 479-7069. CITY HALL PARK INTEGRATED PUBLIC ART PROJECT: Burlington City Arts is issuing a Request for Qualifications from artists or artist teams to join the project design team to integrate art and narrative into the stormwater and green infrastructure systems within City Hall Park. This project will not result in a stand-alone public art piece; instead, it emphasizes the potential to illuminate green infrastructure elements within the existing concept through collaboration of the artist/artist team, project team and design consultants. Find the full RFQ at Deadline: November 10. Burlington City Arts. Info,

ART EVENTS 60+ ART GROUP: A free meet-up for folks 60 or older who’d like to be creative and make art in a social environment. River Arts, Morrisville, Thursday, November 9, 10 a.m.-noon. Info, 888-1261. AIGA’S WORK/PLAY SERIES: INNOVATION PLAYGROUND: AIGA Vermont invites creatives to get their innovative sparks flying by building, making, mixing and mingling in ECHO’s newest exhibit. Hear about the process of interactive game design from members of the science center’s exhibit design team and Champlain College’s Emergent Media Center. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, Wednesday, November 8, 5:30-7 p.m. Info,

‘GOLDEN’: Submissions relating to aging, broadly conceived, are invited for a January exhibition. Traditional and nontraditional media, 2D and 3D works, and small installations are welcome. Deadline: December 9. For details and to submit, see Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members free; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 479-7069. ‘MY FAVORITE THINGS’: Established and emerging artists are invited to submit one or two pieces of 2D artwork in any medium for an exhibition January through April. The work must depict one or more identifiable person, object and/or place and be able to hang on a wall. For info and to register, email Deadline: December 15. Jericho Town Hall. ‘PLEASED TO MEET YOU!’: This 2018 show will bring to life fantastical, imaginative creatures and beings of the nonhuman variety, whether based on folklore, ancient myths, wild imagination or a memorable dream. Any medium welcome. Deadline: February 2. For more info and submission guidelines, see Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 479-7069. RIVER ARTS PHOTO CO-OP PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST: Welcoming photography submissions from all photo enthusiasts involved with the River Arts Photo Co-op. Contest participants must attend at least one Photo Co-op meeting to qualify. Each photographer may

FIGURE DRAWING MARATHON: Artists and art lovers of all experience levels draw, paint or sculpt during an immersive weekend. There will be a variety of poses and models — traditional to clothed and costumed. Free coffee, tea and bagels in the mornings; wine reception and friendly critique Sunday afternoon. Gallery at River Arts, Morrisville, Saturday, November 11, and Sunday, November 12, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $40 per day; $65 for two days. Info, 888-1261. HOLIDAY ART FEST: The Milton Artists’ Guild celebrates this 13th annual event featuring holiday shopping, live music, an artist raffle and refreshments. More than 20 members of the guild feature their work, alongside 80 other local artists and makers. Milton Art Center & Gallery, Saturday, November 11, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., and Sunday, November 12, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Info, 355-6583. ‘LOST AND FOUND’: An “art treasure hunt” instigated by Vermont artist DJ Barry, in which he places stenciled woodcuts in various locations, free to those who find them in exchange for paying it forward. Find the artist on Facebook for clues. Various Vermont locations, Wednesdays, November 8 and 15. Info, NEW ENGLAND GIFT BOX: An immersive public art piece that represents the way in which human traffickers entice their victims with false promises, and presents stories of three local survivors of human trafficking. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, November 8, through Friday, November 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Info, OPEN ART STUDIO: Seasoned makers and first-timers alike convene to paint, knit and craft in a friendly environment. Bring a table covering for messy projects. Swanton Public Library, Tuesday, November 14, 4-8 p.m. Free. Info, PECHAKUCHA NIGHT: A broad range of participants presents designs, projects, thoughts and ideas

enter up to three digital photographs. For details and to submit, visit Deadline: December 17. River Arts, Morrisville. Info, 888-1261. SCHOLASTIC ART & WRITING AWARDS: Vermont students in grades seven through 12 are invited to submit art and writing entries to this prestigious national recognition initiative for teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent. There are dozens of categories, including ceramics, digital art, painting, photography, poetry, humor, science fiction, personal essay/memoir and more. For details, visit or email Deadline: December 14. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. ‘THE STATE OF AMERICA’: PhotoPlace Gallery welcomes submissions of photography that consider contemporary America for an upcoming show to be juried by National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson. For details and to submit, visit photoplacegallery. com. Deadline: November 13. PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury. One to five photographs, $35; $6 for each additional. Info, 388-4500. VERMONT DANCE ALLIANCE TEE: Artists are invited to design a new T-shirt for the Vermont Dance Alliance, inspired by the motto “Bringing Dance to Life!” To submit, email your full name and design to Deadline: November 13.


at this informal and fast-paced event. Shelburne Museum, Thursday, November 9, 6-8 p.m. $6 suggested donation. Info, 985-3346.

Cuba,” photographs taken in Cuba in March 2017 by the local photographer. Through November 26. Info, 503-7666. Black Horse Gallery in Burlington.

‘SAVOR: ART, YOGA AND SWEETS’: Visitors are invited to savor the moment with a private tour of “Sweet Tooth: The Art of Dessert,” followed by an all-levels yoga class from Yoga Roots and ending with a sweet treat to enjoy with all senses. Shelburne Museum, Tuesday, November 14, 2-4 p.m. $25; $15 for museum members. Info, 985-3346.

‘HERBERT BARNETT: VERMONT LIFE AND LANDSCAPE, 1940-1948’: An exhibition that reexamines the contribution of this midcentury modernist painter through the subject matter and time period in which his distinctive style found its greatest expression: Vermont landscapes of the 1940s. Through December 15. ‘SPIRITED THINGS: SACRED ARTS OF THE BLACK ATLANTIC’: An exhibition featuring objects from the Yoruba religion of West Africa, as well as Haitian Vodou, Cuban Santería, Brazilian Candomblé and Caribbean Spiritism. These faiths emerged from the practices of enslaved Africans who blended their ancestral cultures with that of their captors. Through December 16. Info, 656-0750. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, in Burlington.

TALK: ‘THRONES OF THE GODS & ALTARS OF THE SOUL’: Santería Obá-Oriaté Daniel Rodríguez explains the hidden meanings and the spiritual power of the anniversary altar on display. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, November 15, 6 p.m. Info, 656-0750. TALK: ‘VIGOROUS TECHNIQUE, STRONG INDIVIDUALITY: HERBERT BARNETT IN AN ART HISTORICAL CONTEXT’: Fleming Museum curator Andrea Rosen speaks about the painter’s hybrid landscapes that both relate to and depart from the prevalent styles of his time. Fleming Museum of Art, University of Vermont, Burlington, Wednesday, November 8, noon. Info, 656-0750. VERMONT CREATIVE NETWORK SUMMIT: Vermonters with a stake in the health and advancement of the state’s creative sector gather, with a focus on policy development. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, Wednesday, November 8, and Thursday, November 9, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. $60-100. Info, WINTER IN VERMONT: Our festive holiday show featuring the work of 40-plus guild artists and artisans. Fresh work in painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more. Choose from unique artist-made ornaments on the gallery holiday tree. Brandon Artists Guild. Through January 29, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Info, 247-4956

ONGOING SHOWS burlington

ART HOP GROUP SHOW: An exhibition of works by more than 35 area artists. Through November 30. Info, 859-9222. VCAM Studio in Burlington.

‘BOUNDARIES’: The Vermont Watercolor Society presents this group exhibition showcasing the medium’s possibilities. Curated by SEABA. Through November 30. Info, 859-9222. Art’s Alive Gallery @ Main Street Landing’s Union Station in Burlington.

‘FRAME, FOCUS, CLICK’: Photographs by participants of VSA Vermont’s course in digital photography, taught by Alexandra Turner in the spring of 2017. Through November 30. Info, 238-5170. Penny Cluse Café in Burlington. FROM OUR MINDS AND HEARTS GROUP ART EXHIBIT: Oil and pastel paintings by members of the local artists’ group. Through November 30. Info, 862-7757. New Moon Café in Burlington.

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PETER PEREZ: Paintings by the Mexican American artist and founding member of Burlington’s annual South End Art Hop. Through November 30. Info, 656-9511. Allen House Multicultural Art Gallery in Burlington. ‘PHISH IN THE NORTH COUNTRY’: An exhibition of posters and show flyers to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the WaterWheel Foundation, the charitable partnership of Phish and their fan community. Through December 30. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington.

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ROSS SHEEHAN & RUEBEN VIDRIO: Abstract paintings and expressionistic pop sculptures, respectively, by the Vermont artists. Through December 31. Info, 363-4746. Flynndog in Burlington. SEB SWEATMAN: Large, colorful abstract canvases, recent works from a Vermont Studio Center residency that explore depth, light, movement and subject matter. Through December 4. Info, 516263-7335. Karma Bird House Gallery in Burlington. SOUTH END ART HOP ORIGINAL JURIED WINNERS CIRCLE SHOW: Works by winners of the South End Art Hop juried show, selected by New York gallerist Asya Geisberg: Jeffrey Robbins, Eleanor Lanahan and Teresa Celemin, with people’s choice winner Patrick Krok Horton. Through November 30. Info, 859-9222. SEABA Center in Burlington.


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VERMONT COMIC CREATORS GROUP SHOW: Works by members of this statewide comic arts organization. Through December 31. Info, 859-9222. The Gallery at Main Street Landing in Burlington.

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‘EL YUMA: CONTEMPORARY CUBAN ART’: An exhibition of work by contemporary Cuban artists examining images, histories and fantasies about the United States. Curated by Sachie Hernández and Aynel David Guerra. Through December 15. Info, McCarthy Art Gallery, Saint Michael’s College, in Colchester. ‘IMPRESSIONS OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN & BEYOND’: New paintings by Helen Nagel, Ken Russack, Athenia Schinto and Carolyn Walton. Through December 30. Info, 985-8223. Luxton-Jones Gallery in Shelburne.


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GARY HALL & DON ROSS: An exhibition of photography by the Vermont artists. Through November 18. LAUREN STORER: “The Magic of

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CORRINE YONCE: “Voices of Home,” an initiative of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition pairing audio stories of individuals who live in affordable housing with painted portraits. ‘IMAGINING HOME’: Original home designs created through the collaboration of socially engaged architects and seven community members who have experienced homelessness. Through December 31. Info, 865-7211. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington.


CHRISTY MITCHELL: “Don’t Be a Stranger,” the artist and gallery director’s annual solo exhibition, a mixed-media installation about the ever-present power flow of dating rituals. Through November 25. Info, 540-6840. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.

‘MAPPING EXPERIENCE’: Art Shape Mammoth presents this group exhibition featuring nine artists who consider self-exploration and the documentation of experience through manipulating materials. Through December 9. Info, asm. . Living/Learning Center, University of Vermont, in Burlington.

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‘THE ART SHOW’: A community-sourced exhibition featuring works by area artists. Opening reception visitors are invited to vote on one work to receive the People’s Choice award. Through November 24. Info, RLPhoto in Burlington.

INNOVATION PLAYGROUND EXHIBIT: An exhibit celebrating lifelong play and its role in sparking technological, social and artistic innovation in our community. Features giant blue blocks, virtual galaxies, a cardboard spaceship and a fully equipped maker space. In partnership with Champlain College Emergent Media Center and Generator. Through January 15. Free with admission or ECHO membership. Info, 864-1848. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain in Burlington.


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‘THE ART OF WORD’: Mixed media, collage, installation and paintings by six Bristol artists: Rachel Baird, Reagh Greenleaf Jr., Lily Hinrichsen, Basha Miles, Annie Perkins and Karla Van Vliet. Through November 30. Info, kvanvlie@middlebury. edu. ARTSight Studios & Galleries in Bristol.

PHIL HERBISON: Assemblages of wood created intuitively by the Stowe artist. Through January 28, 2018. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne. SUSAN SMEREKA: The interdisciplinary Burlington artist displays monoprints, which she has been making since 2001. Through November 11. Info, 482-2878. Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg.

‘BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN’: An exhibition of three Vermont artists who use live natural materials in their works: Krista Cheney, Aurora Davidson and Susan Goldstein. Through November 12. Info, 338-6607. Art on Main in Bristol.

‘SWEET TOOTH: THE ART OF DESSERT’: An exploration of the American appetite for sweets and its impact on modern visual culture. Through February 18. Info, 985-3346. Shelburne Museum.

‘DRAW ME A STORY, TELL ME A TALE’: Paintings, illustrations, photographs and completed books by 18 contemporary Vermont children’s book authors and artists. Through January 13. Info, 388-2117. Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History in Middlebury.

THOMAS WATERS: “Changing Seasons,” an exhibition of oil paintings inspired by the natural world. Through November 12. Info, ealexander22@yahoo. com. Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho.


ETHAN HUBBARD: “Driving the Back Roads: In Search of Old-Time Vermonters,” a retrospective of the photographer’s work in Vermont. Through January 6. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.

CRAIG MOONEY: “Green Mountain State of Mind,” paintings of pastures, cities and seascapes. Through December 29. Info, 828-0749. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery in Montpelier. ‘EXPLORERS OF NORWICH’: An exhibition exploring the lives of Norwich University alumni who shaped and changed the U.S. during the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. Through June 30. Info, dlarkin@ . Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield.

GWEN MARSTON: “Rose and Pomegranate,” quilts by the celebrated artist, author and teacher. Through November 26. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes.

‘FABRIC OF OUR LIVES’: An exhibition featuring a wide variety of textile art by regional artists. Through November 21. Info, grangehallcc@gmail. com. Grange Hall, Berlin. ‘FREAKS, RADICALS & HIPPIES: COUNTERCULTURE IN 1970S VERMONT’: An exhibition that explores the influx of people and countercultural ideas to the state, from communes to organic agriculture, progressive politics to health care reform, alternative energy to women’s and gay rights. Through December 31. Info, 479-8500. Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre.

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PORTRAIT PROJECT: Portraits of IAA families taken by photographer Michelle Saffran, accompanied by stories written by students. Reception: Friday, December 1, 4-7 p.m. Through December 28. Info, 828-3291. Spotlight Gallery in Montpelier.




‘NEW AMERICAN REALISM’: Paintings by Heidi Broner and August Burns. Through December 22. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. NICK NEDDO: “Primeval Pigments,” works created using primitive skills from tools and materials including fibers, furs, berries, beeswax, mud, sticks and stones. Through December 29. Info, 828-0749. Governor’s Gallery in Montpelier. NIKKI EDDY: Paintings by the Vermont artist. Through November 15. Info, 595-4866. The Hive in Middlesex. RENÉ SCHALL: “New England Stone Portraits,” paintings of rocks by the Vermont artist. Through December 15. Info, Morse Block Deli in Barre. ‘SHOW 21’: The collective gallery showcases the latest works by its contemporary artist members, as well as drawing, printmaking and sculpture by Alisa Dworsky. Through November 18. Info, 552-0877. The Front in Montpelier. STEVE SHARON: Vermont Contemporary Art Space presents large, abstract color paintings by the Burlington mixed-media artist and musician. Through December 15. Info, sebsweatman@gmail. com. Goddard Art Gallery, Pratt Center, Goddard College, in Plainfield. WENDY SOLIDAY: “As I Pass By,” pastel paintings by the East Montpelier artist. Through November 18. Info, . Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin.

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goes on. Among those cultural giants to whom we bid farewell was legendary Canadian poet and musician Leonard Cohen. To properly salute him, his home city of Montréal from a roster of contemporary artists, including Tacita Dean, Thomas Demand, Jenny Holzer and Taryn Simon. In addition to visual art and installation work, the Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art offers “Listening to Leonard,” with musical tributes from the likes of Basia Bulat, Feist, Lou Doillon, Moby, the National with Sufjan Stevens, and many others. Through April 9. Pictured: Stills from “I’m Your Man (A Portrait of Leonard Cohen)” by Candice Breitz. transformation of self-images and identity. Curated by Sarah McCutcheon Greiche. MICHAEL ROCCO RUGLIO-MISURELL: “Enough to Divide a Room,” a solo exhibition of recent sculptures and prints by the Berlin-based artist. Through November 11. Info, 253-8358. Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. CINDY GRIFFITH: “Magic in the Landscape,” paintings by the Vermont artist. LIZ NELSON: “ĺsland í Maí: Iceland in May,” paintings inspired by the country’s raw and dramatic landscape. Through December 29. Info, 888-1261. River Arts in Morrisville. ‘LEGACY COLLECTION 2017’: Works by 19 living and 14 deceased artists whose art continues the legacy of Alden and Mary Bryan. Through December 23. Info, 644-5100. Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville.

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100 small drawings, photographs and digital works created by 34 Lyndon State College students. Reception: Thursday, November 9, 4-6 p.m. Through November 17. Info, 635-1481. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College.

‘VERMONT LANDSCAPES’: A group exhibition featuring 38 paintings by 18 artists, curated by Bryan Memorial Gallery. Through December 30. Info, 644-5100. Lamoille County Courthouse in Hyde Park.

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‘FABRIC OF OUR LIVES’: An exhibition of textile art that addresses the weaving together of communities, curated by Monica Callan. Through November 21. Info, 244-4168. Grange Hall Cultural Center in Waterbury Center. MARTIN BROMIRSKI: Paintings by the Vermont artist. Through November 17. Info, martin@ . Pete’s Greens Waterbury Farm Market in Waterbury Center. MICHELLE SAFFRAN: “Anonymity of In-Between: body place and time,” photo-based installation works. Through November 11. Info, msaffran@gmavt. net. Axel’s Gallery & Frame Shop in Waterbury.

‘A STORY OF ART’: GIFTS AND BEQUESTS FROM CHARLES MOFFETT ’67 AND LUCINDA HERRICK: Organized by assistant professor of art history Carrie Anderson and her students, this eclectic selection of drawings, photographs, paintings and sculpture tells a story of artistic production from its conception to its afterlife. ‘LAND AND LENS: PHOTOGRAPHERS ENVISION THE ENVIRONMENT’: A comprehensive survey of photographs drawn primarily from the museum’s collection, featuring some 70 images that address environmental appreciation, concern or activism. Through December 10. Info, 443-3168. Middlebury College Museum of Art. LYN DUMOULIN: “Places of the Heart,”watercolors by the Middlebury artist that reflect her passion for nature and outdoor activities. Through November 12. Info, 382-9222. Jackson Gallery, Town Hall Theater, in Middlebury. PAUL BOWEN: “Bridge Wharf Raft” the Vermont sculptor’s first solo exhibition with BigTown. Through December 2. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery Vergennes. ‘SMALL WORKS HOLIDAY GROUP SHOW’: A group exhibition of small-scale works by many of the gallery’s artists, including Joe Bolger, Matt Brown, Jane Davies and Sage Tucker-Ketcham. Through November 30. Info, 458-0098. Edgewater Gallery at Middlebury Falls. ‘THE SOVIET CENTURY: 100 YEARS OF THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION’: Highlights from the museum’s holdings of Russian art, including photographs, luxury items by Fabergé and a recently acquired Soviet poster. Through December 10. Info, 443-5258. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College.


THE GUILD OF VERMONT FURNITURE MAKERS: An exhibit of handcrafted works including tables, chairs, mirrors, bowls, chests, desks and more. Through December 9. Info, 287-8398. Feick Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney. JOAN CURTIS: “Living With the Earth,” three collections of paintings by the Brandon artist. Through March 31. Info, Rutland City Hall. ‘NETWORKS: THE CRACKERJACK ART OF CHUCK WELCH AND THE FE’MAIL’ CONSPIRACY’: Mail art contributed by Chuck “The Cracker Jack Kid”

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‘ART OF THE SELFIE’: An exhibition featuring work by Andy Warhol, Suzy Lake, Carrie Mae Weems, Marina Abramovic, Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and emerging artists who explore the expression and






Welch and hundreds of artists from more than 20 countries, as organized by Tara “Sinclair Scripa” Verheide. Through November 8. Info, 504-3583137. Christine Price Gallery, Castleton University. RICHARD WEIS: “The Figure,” drawings by the Vermont artist. Through December 15. Info, The Alley Gallery in Rutland.

champlain islands/northwest MIMI MAGYAR: Hand-created graphic artwork by the Vermont artist. Through December 31. Info, 326-3269. The Black Lantern Inn & Brewpub in Montgomery.

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HOOKED FIBER ARTS: Hand-hooked rugs designed by regional fiber artists, showcasing a contemporary approach to a traditional American craft. Through November 27. Info, 333-9607. Pompanoosuc Mills Showroom in East Thetford. ‘THE LIGHT AROUND US’: An interactive, educational exhibition exploring the physics of light and how we see it. Through May 2. Free with museum admission. Info, 649-2200. Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich. LOIS MASOR BEATTY & MAUREEN O’CONNOR BURGESS: Prints by the local artists. Through November 30. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

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‘BELLS & WHISTLES’: An exhibition exploring the myriad forms and associations connected to these ordinary objects. Through May 1. Info, 626-4409. The Museum of Everyday Life in Glover. ‘BORDERLINES’: Four Northeast Kingdom artists reflect on gender, culture, politics and the environment: mixed-media collages by Vanessa Compton, acrylic paintings by Chuck Trotsky, illustrated books by Anna Weisenfeld and sculptural installations by Gampo Wickenheiser. Through November 26. Info, 533-9097. Highland Center for the Arts in Greensboro. CECELIA KANE: “A Year of Forgetting,” a selection of new paintings mapping a year of daily mental lapses. Through December 1. Info, 592-3216. Peacham Town Library.

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DENISE BEAUDET: “Roots to Resistance,” a public art installation of 12 eight-foot portraits of women activists from across the globe. Through January 31. Info, Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro.

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‘WILDLANDS’: Works by 10 artists that celebrate public lands, national parks and wilderness. Through March 30, 2018. Info, 885-3061. The Great Hall in Springfield.


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ALEXANDRA BELL: The acclaimed media artist mounts her large-scale revised texts around campus. Through November 10. Info, 440-4399. Bennington College. BARBARA ACKERMAN: “Personal Geography,” new mixed-media works by the Bennington artist. Through November 28. Info, 447-6388. Southern Vermont College in Bennington. ‘PHOTOGRAPHS BY LAURA GILPIN AND HER CIRCLE: GERTRUDE KÄSEBIER, CLARENCE H. WHITE, AND CLARA SIPPRELL’: Early 20th-century photographs by the noted photographer and her friends and acquaintances. Through December 30. Info, 447-1571. Bennington Museum.


AUTUMN EXHIBIT: Artworks by South Royalton School students. Through November 8. Info, 763-7094. Royalton Memorial Library in South Royalton. JOHN F. PARKER: Sculptural assemblage works by the veteran designer and homebuilder. Through December 31. Info, 498-8438. White River Gallery @ BALE in South Royalton.

f PAUL BOWEN IN ROCHESTER: “Bridge Wharf Raft,” the first solo exhibition of the Vermont sculptor. Closing reception: Saturday, December 2, 5-7 p.m. Through December 2. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

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MARY HART: “Hours,” an exhibition of works by the Portland, Maine, artist. ROBYN WHITNEY FAIRCLOUGH: Recent floral paintings by the Vermont artist. VIVIEN RUSSE: “Lumen,” paintings by the Portland, Maine, artist. Through November 10. Info, 603-448-3117. AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. ‘MNEMOSYNE’: An exhibition pairing ancient and modern European works with contemporary art by Canadian artists. Through May 20. MERYL MCMASTER: “In-Between Worlds,” photographic self-portraits that explore the combination and transmutation of bicultural identities and cultural histories. Through December 3. Info, 514-2852000. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts.


‘RESONANT SPACES: SOUND ART AT DARTMOUTH’: Seven sound commissions by internationally recognized artists Terry Adkins, Bill Fontana, Christine Sun Kim, Jacob Kirkegaard, Alvin Lucier, Laura Maes, Jess Rowland and Julianne Swartz. Through December 10. Info, 603-646-3661. Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. m

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‘IN-SIGHT EXPOSED’: An exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of this program, featuring images by In-Sight students curated by Rachel Portesi. Through January 8. ‘TOUCHSTONES, TOTEMS, TALISMANS: ANIMALS IN CONTEMPORARY ART’: An exhibition exploring the deep connections humans have with animals, both domestic and wild, with works by Walton Ford, Bharti Kher, Colleen Kiely, Stephen Petegorsky, Shelley Reed, Jane Rosen, Michal Rovner, Rick Shaefer and

COMMUNITY ART SHOW: An exhibition of works in diverse mediums by local artists, including Edward Cooney-Moore, Nancy Lanoue Kathleen Maynard Giurtino, Iris Morehouse, Amber Paris, Jeanette Staley and Delia Thompson. Through November 19. Info, Main Street Arts in Saxtons River.


‘HOPE AND HAZARD: A COMEDY OF EROS’: A group exhibition curated by American artist Eric Fischl featuring some 65 artists and more than 80 paintings, photographs, works on paper and sculptures. Artists include Tracy Emin, Nicole Eisenman, Yves Klein, Jeff Koons, Robert Mapplethorpe, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Jason Rhoades, Hannah Wilke and many more. ‘READY. FIRE! AIM.’ AT HALL ART FOUNDATION: Joint exhibition curated by former BCA curator DJ Hellerman, inspired by Andy and Christine Hall’s art-collecting philosophy. DAVID SHRIGLEY: A solo exhibition of roughly 25 works by the British artist, including drawings, animations, paintings and sculpture. Through November 26. Info, 952-1056. Hall Art Foundation in Reading.

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W. DAVID POWELL: “Curiosities of History and Science in the Old World and New,” collages, digital prints, tapestries, paintings and assemblages by the Underhill artist and professor. Through November 18. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.


Andy Warhol. Through February 11. ‘YOUR SPACE: FLIGHTS OF FANCY’: Images of iconic artworks inspired by birds, from Leonardo’s sketches of flying machines to Ai Wei Wei’s design for the Olympic stadium in Beijing, assembled by education curator Linda Whelihan. Through February 11. ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA: “Shimmering Mirage,” a sculptural light installation inspired by Islamic architecture. Through March 10. ROGER SANDES: “Constellations,” a new series of kaleidoscopic works featuring the artist’s colorful, patterned paintings surrounded by secondary manipulations of these originals. Through January 8. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.



tand long enough on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Brattle Street in Cambridge, Mass., in front of the Harvard Coop, and every cultural figure of consequence will come to you. That’s not an exaggeration. Because it’s within the bubble of privilege that is Harvard, people who create the artifacts of our age are pulled to this spot by the magic of unlimited money and influence. I know, because I worked there. One day I’d escort Deborah Harry up the escalator. The next, I’d order books for John Updike. I met Philip Glass and the Dalai Lama on the same day. One typical Thursday, Tom Wolfe walked in. White suit. Homburg. I handed him a copy of The New Journalism I’d picked up in my travels. “The British version!” he said with a smile and inquired which of the anthology’s writers was my favorite. Hunter S. Thompson. He put his ornate swirl on a page, spun the book and tapped a name. “You’d like this,” he offered. Not Joan Didion. Or her husband, John Gregory Dunne. James Mills. I never got around to Mills. Or Dunne, or Didion. But, having watched Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold, I feel up to speed on two of the three. The new Netflix production offers a provocative introduction to the author’s work. It’s an intimate portrait of the artist, directed by her nephew, Griffin Dunne. Much

Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold ★★★★ of the picture was shot in Didion’s Manhattan apartment and feels less like an interview than a family reunion. Dunne’s approach is as traditional as Didion’s essays were unconventional. In archival footage, we see her at Vogue. Calvin Trillin talking-heads the period when he worked at Time with John Gregory Dunne, the marriage of the two writers and the friendship that survived that tempestuous union. “He was a hothead,” Didion declares. “I’m not.” Dunne was also, we see, perpetually in second place. Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968) put Didion on the map. In 1979, The White Album cemented her standing as an important voice. Playwright David Hare and theater critic Hilton Als comment on Didion’s themes, including the notion of a broken social contract, what Hare terms “a horror of disorder” and an inability to locate meaning in the events about which she wrote. Of course, she often wrote about inherently meaningless events: the Manson killings, the Central Park wilding, Ramon Novarro’s murder. She had a sort of night vision. Where contemporaries saw the Summer of Love, Didion visited HaightAshbury and saw anarchy loosed upon the world, “misplaced children” and “torn cities.” The viewer of this film begins to question her perspective. Didion’s later darkness is understandable. Her husband and daughter died in quick suc-

MAGICAL RETHINKING Dunne didn’t intend that his big-screen birthday gift to nearly 83-year-old Didion would prompt a reassessment of her work, but it just might.

cession. The work she wrought from grief — The Year of Magical Thinking (2005) and Blue Nights (2011) — is wrenching. But why was she so bummed out before? Dunne withholds what The White Album reveals —  the author’s precarious psychological state throughout adult life. While the film describes her father as “severely depressed,” no mention is made of the nervous breakdown Didion suffered in 1968, her psychiatric treatment or her diagnosis of multiple sclerosis.

Repeated viewing tends to suggest there’s some validity to Barbara Grizzuti Harrison’s controversial 1980 assessment that Didion’s “subject is always herself” and her writing “sounds good” but “doesn’t signify.” The film performs a service by exposing viewers to just enough work and just enough disapproving worldview to equip us to judge whether this is journalism that holds up now that it’s no longer new. RI C K KI S O N AK





Thor: Ragnarok ★★★★


he Marvel movies use laughter as their secret weapon, walking a fine line between comic relief and outright self-spoofing. Comedy bridges the gap between lifelong fans and those who are just along for the ride; you don’t have to know what the Infinity Stones are (I didn’t) to enjoy jokes at the expense of tropes like the heroic charge and the talky villain. So it’s no surprise that the studio hired Taika Waititi, director of the low-budget mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, to helm the enormous vessel that is the third Thor movie. With his breakout film, he demonstrated that he could take a tired concept — vampire spoof! — and make it hilarious by sheer dint of commitment and timing. Waititi’s approach turns out to be a fine match for Marvel’s version of the Norse god Thor (Chris Hemsworth) — who, with his pecs, tankard-quaffing bravado and pseudoarchaic diction, already verges on self-parody. The film’s core conflict — an existential threat to Thor’s home — is rote stuff, yet even those who couldn’t care less about superhero battles and Asgardian family dynamics will find plenty of incidentals to enjoy. In his Avengers outings, Thor is more of a straight man, but in Thor: Ragnarok, he gets in on the self-aware quipping from his very first scene. Dangling from a chain while a skull-crowned fire giant natters on about

HAMMERED Cate Blanchett steals Thor’s signature weapon in Waititi’s pleasantly goofy addition to the franchise.

the prophesized apocalypse of the title, the Thunder God keeps interrupting to apologize for rotating out of earshot. It’s a Terry Gilliam gag, juxtaposing the sublime and the silly, and there will be many more. Back home, Thor stumbles into a playhouse where gloriously hammy thespians are reenacting the events of the previous film (Thor: The Dark World) with a suspicious bias toward Loki (Tom Hiddleston). Besides featuring a savory celebrity cameo, the scene pokes fun at the grandiosity of superhero

films in general, reminding us of their roots in stage spectacle. The villain of this particular spectacle is Hela (Cate Blanchett), an antler-crowned death goddess with a fetish for fascist warrior culture. While Blanchett clearly relishes her chance to camp it up, the Hela/Ragnarok plot that bookends the film proves way less interesting than the sizable digression that occupies its midsection. Stripped of his hammer and tossed through space and time, Thor lands on a

candy-colored “garbage planet” straight out of Guardians of the Galaxy, where he’s forced into arena combat with an old ally. If you’ve seen the trailer, you know who it is. But what makes this absurdist sci-fi twist on Gladiator so much fun are, again, the incidentals: Jeff Goldblum as a megalomaniac sporting Dr. Seuss-style blue hair; Waititi himself voicing a mild-mannered alien Spartacus made of rocks; the ’80s-tastic exuberance of the production design. It all has squat to do with Norse mythology, and that’s fine. We’re lucky to have such distractions, because Ragnarok, when it arrives, offers none of the eerie grandeur of the descent into primal chaos chronicled in the Poetic Edda. It’s your standard world-threatening superhero conflict, complete with anonymous extras to represent common humanity. By the end, Thor has learned that he can be pretty mighty even without his hammer, just as Peter Parker learned last summer in Spider-Man: Homecoming that he can be super without his suit. Marvel continues to remind us that being an ethical, self-realized human is more important than being a superhuman. Which is a nice takeaway and all, but my takeaway is that, as the Hulk might put it, “Funny Marvel good.” MARGO T HARRI S O N


NEW IN THEATERS DADDY’S HOME 2 More daddy issues? In this sequel to the 2015 comedy, the “cool” dad (Mark Wahlberg) and the “uncool” stepdad (Will Ferrell) must deal with their own dads (John Lithgow and Mel Gibson) during the holidays. Sean Anders again directed. (100 min, PG-13. Bijou, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Welden) THE FLORIDA PROJECT: A 6-year-old (Brooklynn Prince) and her friends enjoy lives of minimal supervision in a down-market, Disney Worldadjacent motel in this acclaimed drama from director Sean Baker (Tangerine). With Willem Dafoe and Valeria Cotto. (111 min, R. Savoy) THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER: A teenager turns a wealthy surgeon’s perfect life upside-down in this offbeat Palme d’Or nominee from writer-director Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster). With Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone and Colin Farrell. (120 min, R. Roxy) MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS: In a new version of Agatha Christie’s oft-adapted mystery, detective Hercule Poirot (Kenneth Branagh, who also directed) must race against the clock to ID the killer on a luxury train. Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe and Johnny Depp are among the suspects. (114 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace) WONDERSTRUCK: Todd Haynes (Carol) directed this adaptation of Brian Selznick’s book about a young boy and girl who share a mysterious connection despite living a half century apart. Oakes Fegley, Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams star. (116 min, PG. Palace)

NOW PLAYING AMERICAN MADEHHH1/2 Tom Cruise plays Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who worked for both the CIA and drug cartels in the 1980s, in this fact-based action comedy from director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow). (115 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 10/4)

BATTLE OF THE SEXESHHHHH Steve Carell and Emma Stone play Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs in this comedy-drama about their historic 1973 tennis match. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine) directed. (121 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 10/11)

BREATHEHH1/2 Actor Andy Serkis makes his directorial debut with this fact-based period piece about a couple (Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy) who are determined to live full lives despite the ravages of polio. With Hugh Bonneville and Tom Holland. (118 min, PG-13)

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JIGSAWHH The villain of the gruesome horror series has been dead for a decade, but someone appears to be carrying on his work in this belated sequel to Saw 3D: The Final Chapter. With Matt Passmore and Tobin Bell. Michael and Peter Spierig (Daybreakers) directed. (91 min, R) LBJHH1/2 Woody Harrelson plays President Lyndon B. Johnson in this biopic from director Rob Reiner (The American President). Jennifer Jason Leigh plays Lady Bird Johnson. (98 min, R) THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIEHHH In the second spin-off of The LEGO Movie, a team of teen LEGO ninjas is tasked with defending their island from evil. Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan directed. (101 min, PG)

LOVING VINCENTHHH In this oil-painted animation, a young postman starts to have suspicions about the nature of Vincent Van Gogh’s demise. With the voices of Chris O’Dowd and Saoirse Ronan. Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman directed. (94 min, PG-13)

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LUCKYHHHHH The late, lamented Harry Dean Stanton played a 90-year-old atheist Navy veteran confronting his mortality in this indie drama from actor-turned-director John Carroll Lynch. With David Lynch and Ron Livingston. (88 min, NR; reviewed by R.K. 10/25) MARSHALLHHH1/2 Chadwick Boseman plays Thurgood Marshall, the first African American Supreme Court Justice, in this biopic from director Reginald Hudlin (House Party). With Josh Gad, Kate Hudson and Sterling K. Brown. (118 min, PG-13) THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN USHH1/2 Two strangers (Idris Elba and Kate Winslet) stranded in the wilderness by a plane crash fight to survive in this drama from director Hany Abu Assad (The Idol). (103 min, PG-13) MY LITTLE PONY: THE MOVIEHH The Mane 6 must use the magic of friendship to save Ponyville in this family animation. With the voices of Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth and Liev Schreiber. Jayson Thiessen directed. (99 min, PG) ONLY THE BRAVEHHH1/2 Elite firefighters combat a wildfire in this biographical drama that sounds all too relevant to today’s headlines. Josh Brolin, Miles Teller and Jeff Bridges star. Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion) directed. (133 min, PG-13) NOW PLAYING



HAPPY DEATH DAYHH1/2 In this horror twist on Groundhog Day, a girl must relive the day of her murder until she figures out whodunit. Jessica Rothe and Israel Broussard star. Christopher Landon directed. (96 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 10/18)



GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBINHH1/2 Domhnall Gleeson plays Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne in this biopic about his testy relationship with his son, who was also his subject. With Margot Robbie and Kelly Macdonald. Simon Curtis (Woman in Gold) directed. (107 min, PG)


BLADE RUNNER 2049HHHH1/2 Ryan Gosling plays an LA cop tracking down a long-missing slayer of androids (Harrison Ford) in this sequel to the landmark 1982 sci-fi film. Denis Villeneuve (Arrival) directed. (163 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 10/11)

GEOSTORMH1/2 Humanity learns that using geoengineering satellites to combat climate change was not such a smart move in this disaster flick directed by Independence Day producer Dean Devlin. Abbie Cornish, Gerard Butler and Jim Sturgess star. (109 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 10/25)


A BAD MOMS CHRISTMASHH The three “bad moms” from last year’s comedy hit must confront their own moms as they navigate the chaos of the holiday season. Starring Kristen Bell, Mila Kunis and Justin Hartley. Jon Lucas and Scott Moore return as directors. (104 min, R)

THE FOREIGNERHHH Jackie Chan plays a businessman who seeks help from a British government official (Pierce Brosnan) to bring to justice the terrorists who killed his daughter. Martin Campbell (Green Lantern) directed the action thriller. (114 min, R)

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THE SNOWMANH Detective Harry Hole (Michael Fassbender) seeks a missing woman in this adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s crime novel, directed by Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). With Rebecca Ferguson and Chloë Sevigny. (119 min, R) SUBURBICONHH Matt Damon plays a family man who spirals into a criminal life after a home invasion in this satirical thriller directed by George Clooney and cowritten by Joel and Ethan Coen. With Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac. (104 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 11/1) THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICEHHH University of Vermont alum Jon Kilik produced this drama about Iraq War veterans reintegrating into civilian life, directed by American Sniper screenwriter Jason Hall. Miles Teller, Haley Bennett, Joe Cole and Amy Schumer star. (108 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 11/1) THOR: RAGNAROKHHH1/2 Director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows) brings a light touch to this latest chapter in the Marvel franchise, in which the thunder god (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself forced to fight a former ally. With Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett and Idris Elba. (130 min, PG-13; reviewed by M.H. 11/8)

VICTORIA AND ABDULHHH This historical drama from director Stephen Frears (Philomena) traces the friendship between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young Indian clerk (Ali Fazal). With Tim Pigott-Smith and Eddie Izzard. (112 min, PG)



THE GLASS CASTLEH1/2 In this adaptation of Jeannette Walls’ best-selling memoir, Brie Larson plays a young woman contending with a family of itinerant dreamers and schemers. With Woody Harrelson. Destin Daniel Cretton directed. (127 min, PG-13; reviewed by R.K. 8/16) INGRID GOES WESTHHH1/2 Aubrey Plaza plays a young woman who moves to LA to stalk her favorite Instagram star (Elizabeth Olsen) in this Sundancelauded comedy, the feature debut of director Matt Spicer. (98 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 10/4)


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years of dating and seeking romance, I would never be able to attract women solely on the basis of my physical appearance. I was compelled to cultivate a wide variety of masculine wiles. I swear that at least half of my motivation to get smarter and become a good listener came from my desire for love. Do you have comparable stories to tell, Taurus? Now is an excellent time to give thanks for what once may have seemed to be a liability or problem.



(OCT. 23-NOV. 21)

Remember the time, all those years ago, when the angels appeared to you on the playground and showed you how and why to kiss the sky? I predict that a comparable visitation will arrive soon. And do you recall the dreamy sequence in adolescence when you first plumbed the sublime mysteries of sex? You’re as ripe as you were then, primed to unlock more of nature’s wild secrets. Maybe at no other time in many years, in fact, have you been in quite so favorable a position to explore paradise right here on Earth.

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): I had pimples when I was a teenager. They’re gone now, although I still have a few pockmarks on my face as souvenirs. In retrospect, I feel gratitude for them. They ensured that in my early

CANCER (June 21-July 22): “Things to say when in love,” according to Zimbabwe poet Tapiwa Mugabe: “I will put the galaxy in your hair. Your kisses are a mouthful of firewater. I have never seen a more beautiful horizon than when you close your eyes. I have never seen a more beautiful dawn than when you open your eyes.” I hope these words inspire you to improvise further outpourings of adoration. You’re in a phase when expressing your sweet reverence and tender respect for the people you care about will boost you physical health, your emotional wealth and your spiritual resilience. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Are you working on solving the right problem? Or are you being distracted by a lesser dilemma, perhaps consumed in dealing with an issue that’s mostly irrelevant

the dead-end fantasy that always makes you crazy? There is a good possibility that exposing yourself to bad influences like those I just named could have a tonic effect on you, Sagittarius. You might get so thoroughly disgusted by them that you’ll never again allow them to corrupt your devotion to the righteous groove, to the path with heart.

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Every one of us experiences loneliness. We all go through periods when we feel isolated and misunderstood and unappreciated. That’s the bad news, Virgo. The good news is that the coming weeks will be a favorable time for you to make loneliness less of a problem. I urge you to brainstorm and meditate about how to do that. Here are some crazy ideas to get you started. 1. Nurture ongoing connections with the spirits of beloved people who have died. 2. Imagine having conversations with your guardian angel or spirit guide. 3. Make a deal with a “partner in loneliness”: a person you pray or sing with whenever either of you feels bereft. 4. Write messages to your Future Self or Past Self. 5. Communicate with animals.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): In the coming months it will be crucial to carefully monitor the effects you’re having on the world. Your personal actions will rarely be merely personal; they may have consequences for people you don’t know as well as those you’re close to. The ripples you send out in all directions won’t always look dramatic, but you shouldn’t let that delude you about the influence you’re having. If I had to give 2018 a title with you in mind, it might be “The Year of Maximum Social Impact.” And it all starts soon.

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): The drive for absolute perfection could undermine your ability to create what’s very good and just right. Please don’t make that mistake in the coming weeks. Likewise, refrain from demanding utter purity, pristine precision or immaculate virtue. To learn the lessons you need to know and launch the trends you can capitalize on in 2018, all that’s necessary is to give your best. You don’t have to hit the bull’s eye with every arrow you shoot — or even any arrow you shoot. Simply hitting the target will be fine in the early going. SAGITTARIUS

(Nov. 22-Dec. 21): As a courtesy to your mental health, I minimize your exposure to meaningless trivia. In fact, I generally try to keep you focused instead on enlightening explorations. But in this horoscope, in accordance with astrological omens, I’m giving you a temporary, short-term license to go slumming. What shenanigans is your ex up to lately, anyway? Would your old friend the bankrupt coke addict like to party with you? Just for laughs, should you revisit


(Jan. 20-Feb. 18): The punk ethic is rebellious. It transgresses conventional wisdom through “a cynical absurdity that’s redeemed by being hilarious.” So says author Brian Doherty. In the hippie approach, on the other hand, the prevailing belief is “love is all you need.” It seeks a “manic togetherness and all-encompassing acceptance that are all sweet and no sour — inspiring but also soft and gelatinous.” Ah, but what happens when punk and hippie merge? Doherty says that each moderates the extreme of the other, yielding a tough-minded lust for life that’s both skeptical and celebratory. I bring this to your attention, Aquarius, because the punk-plus-hippie blend is a perfect attitude for you to cultivate in the coming weeks.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): I’m falling in love with the way you have been falling in love with exciting possibilities that you once thought were impossible. Oh, baby. Please go further. Thrilling chills surge through me whenever you get that ravenous glint in your mind’s eye. I can almost hear you thinking, “Maybe those dreams aren’t so impossible, after all. Maybe I can heal myself and change myself enough to pursue them in earnest. Maybe I can learn success strategies that were previously beyond my power to imagine.”


ARIES (March 21-April 19): Adriana Martinez and Octavio Guillen got engaged to be married when they were both 15 years old. But they kept delaying a more complete unification for 67 years. At last, when they were 82, they celebrated their wedding and pledged their vows to each other. Are there comparable situations in your life, Aries? The coming months will be a favorable time to make deeper commitments. At least some of your reasons for harboring ambivalence will become irrelevant. You’ll grow in your ability to thrive on the creative challenges that come from intriguing collaborations and highly focused togetherness.

(May 21-June 20): The next two weeks will be one of the best times ever to ask provocative, probing questions. In fact, I invite you to be as curious and receptive as you’ve been since you were 4 years old. When you talk with people, express curiosity more often than you make assertions. Be focused on finding out what you’ve been missing, what you’ve been numb to. When you wake up each morning, use a felt-tip marker to draw a question mark on your forearm. To get you in the mood for this fun project, here are sample queries from poet Pablo Neruda’s Book of Questions: “Who ordered me to tear down the doors of my own pride? Did I finally find myself in the place where they lost me? Whom can I ask what I came to make happen in this world? Is it true our desires must be watered with dew? What did the rubies say, standing before the juice of the pomegranates?”

to your long-term goals? I honestly don’t know the answers to those questions, but I am quite sure it’s important that you meditate on them. Everything good that can unfold for you in 2018 will require you to focus on what matters most — and not get sidetracked by peripheral issues or vague wishes. Now is an excellent time to set your unshakable intentions.


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WALKING DOWN THE SUNNY SIDE Just a reasonable and caring guy, and fit. A retired physician, a gardener (just one garden, not a dozen). Normal guy. Seems failures outnumbered successes. If you like to have morning coffee with another, let’s meet. There’s not much I will not at least try to do with/for/to you if the chemistry is there and you desire it. Tolkaiya, 69, l HAPPY, OPEN-MINDED FRENCHMAN Hello. I’m a fun, open-minded, relaxed yet sometimes intense Frenchman. I’m in town often, as I travel for work. Looking for companionship to do fun things while here. Happyfrenchman, 50 VERNACULARIST An original mind; / without the without / within within. / Keep traveling within / and when the substance / becomes not, and the / Divine grace of the Feminine / becomes hot / the kiss of

SINGLE, FUN, SPONTANEOUS Single, proud father of two children. Been in Vermont most of my life. ‘80s child at heart. Walking/hikes, art and concerts. Road trips are a definite, and the casual Netflix binge along with reading books round it out. Looking forward to meeting new people! burtonsteeev, 37, l SINGLE AND LOOKING I am 65 and looking for a good time. However, I am on home confinement for the next four months due to the State of Vermont. We can talk about that. Anyway, I have some physical limitations due to aches, but I also enjoy a very good time together, if you know what I mean. Please get in touch! kenny65, 65, l GOOD SLICE OF PIE When I go out for for food or drinks, I’d catch your eye. Handsome, polite, well dressed, yet too shy to say hello. Once the ice is broken, it’s easy because I’m easy to talk to. Looking for a companion to be confident in ourselves. Good company. Great food. Better sex. Manandhisdog, 25, l PETER PAN ISO TIGER LILY An authentic gentleman — independent, self-actualized, self-employed, healthy, powerfully built and well informed — seeking a fascinating exchange of ideas, romance and sensual synergy in the love of his life. Interests include field and stream sports, photography, travel, exercise, cooking, dining, dancing, movies and shows, golf, singing karaoke, and joining in stimulating conversation. careyjames, 63, l WHY DINE ALONE? Been single for a while. Now I’m ready to share some laughs with someone. Active, outdoor oriented. Let’s see what happens. BriVermonter, 60 COUNTRY BOY LOOKING FOR SOMEONE I am a good-looking guy, and I enjoy the outdoors and like to hunt and fish. I like to have a good time, so hit me up. Harley51, 46, l ARTIST, MUSICIAN, ATHLETE Looking for a reasonably attractive, outgoing woman who wants a lover not a fucker and will allow me to be myself. pstn7, 66, l HUMOROUS, FUN-LOVING SENIOR I’m looking for an honest, fun, outgoing woman who will enjoy spending time with me going to movies, going out for a quiet dinner, sharing a good laugh and generally enjoying each other’s company. I’m not looking for drama — just someone to share good times with. Mr1950, 67, l ON THE GO Hopeless romantic but still believe. Reserved, but the right woman will draw me out. Sentimentalist not afraid to shed a tear. Enjoy visual and performing arts and volunteering. Play sports, hike and bike. Like music and dancing. Garden and fruit trees. Looking for someone who wants to share their interests, join me in mine and explore new ones together. Kemosabe, 66, l HONEST, DEPENDABLE, PASSIONATE, ROMANTIC I consider myself to be one of the most honest and straightforward people

you will ever meet. I am comfortable dressing up, being casual or being naked. Whatever the occasion calls for. LOL. I was raised a gentleman. Having a relationship with someone I’m attracted to physically, mentally and spiritually is what I’m looking for. Gentlemanlover, 50, l LOVE THE LIFE YOU LIVE Looking for a hippie girl who’s into nature, gardening, hiking, rivers and making art. Let’s do some healthy activities to recharge and maintain our mind, body and spirit! How about a yoga class at the Zenbarn? All loving women welcome! Come check me out! Not a social butterfly, but still a butterfly. ;) maplelion, 35, l THOUGHTFUL, COURAGEOUS AND CURIOUS Clean, fit, discreet man, early 60s, seeks partner(s?) for exploration of nonbinary-exclusive, non-hierarchical relationship paradigm-shifting. If the old way(s) of being in relationship(s) no longer work or make sense for you, let’s try out some new ones. Curiosity, a sense of adventure, a bit of courage and a good sense of humor would probably help. toferburl, 62, l WORK HARD, LIVE, LOVE HARDER I love life and family. I work hard and am an honest, caring person. I treat people as I want to be treated. Looking for someone with that in common. Love the outdoors and the fun things that come with it. 4535479, 44, l LOVE PUPPY UP FOR ADOPTION I’ve always been a hopeless romantic, but now I’m a hopeful romantic. I’m a straight-up working guy who’s looking for the real deal. I’ve always worked physically, so I’m in good shape. I love to bike, take walks, hold hands and kiss in the rain. Come and join me in my pursuit of happiness. If we connect, this could be a beautiful thing! ranman55, 62, l

WOMEN Seeking WOMEN CREATIVE, INTELLIGENT, KIND Hello there! I am looking for you. You are a strong, independent woman who can melt my heart with lingering glances and your intelligent conversation. You match my enthusiasm for the outdoors and can be happy in companionable silence or lively conversation. We can dance, sing along to the radio, and laugh long and hard. It’s all good. PurpleThistle, 50, l

KIND, COMPASSIONATE, REFLECTIVE I am looking for someone interested in becoming so present in life and all it may be. I enjoy tinkering in the home, making creations in my woodshop, getting dirty in the garden and writing my deepest thoughts. Would enjoy warming the sofa and sharing a meal, learning about myself and you through connection. abcvt, 45, l

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HUGGER I am looking for friendship and a partner to love and for a partner to love me, too. Like to go places with a man — nightclubs, movies, out to eat. Also like dinners at home and hugging and being with the man I love. Watching movies together and having a beer together. And traveling together also. Bearliker, 61

who is interested in FWB, then dating to serious/long-term relationship. I am athletic, sociable and always happy. #L1104 50-plus man seeks bright, funloving woman who enjoys arts/ music/theater, nature, creative living, cooking, humor; who’s active physically, culturally, sociopolitically, philosophically, spiritually liberal and openminded. Friendship and/or romance. No punk/metal/hard rock. #L1103

White bi male, 60s, seeking bi or gay Asian male. Friend or steady lover. I have my own place. I don’t smoke or do drugs. Let’s have dinner and drinks. I’m passionate and versatile. Love massages. I’m attracted to a young, smooth man. Spend a night or weekend in my bed. I’ll show you love. #L1108 I’m a gay white man, 64, seeking gay white male. Seeking someone to get together. Like dinner, movies and Nascar. I’m 5’7, 160 pounds, brown eyes, gray hair. #L1107 I’m an active 64-y/o SWF seeking a SM to share life’s

riches and adventures. I’m not a computer/social media person; more old-fashioned and like to write, read and enjoy the great outdoors. Love letters to meet someone who also wants to explore, discover, learn and have fun. Write me. #L1106 I am a woman. Sincere, simple, happy. Compromise, listen, love nature. Looking for a man 46 to 56. Friends first. No alcohol, drugs, tattoos. Extremely honest, healthy in daily life, like to share, nice, intelligent, understanding, kind heart. #L1105 SWM, 53, Colchester. I am looking for a SWF, 40 to 53,


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SWM seeking SWF age 48 to 58. I’m funny, handsome and honest. Just looking for a nice, average lady for long-term relationship. Someone to adore and care about. All letters will be answered graciously. #L1098

63-y/o SWM, semiretired, active, love the outdoors, skiing, boating, hiking, bicycle riding, riding my Harley everywhere, holding hands. Romantic. ISO like-minded woman, outdoorsy, active, intellectual, to discuss current events. Are you looking for that one last relationship? So am I. #L1038 Young-spirited; fit/trim middleage female. Enjoy walks; music; theater; sci-fi/adventure movies. Am into awesome friendship, not last-chance love drama. Desire to meet single, like-minded male 40 to 60ish; average/fit for companion to share interests. Can be poetic … Inspire me. #L1037 ISO a travel partner. Lady preferred, gent OK. Each pays own way. Not a sexual thing. U.S. and Caribbean cruises. WWF, 70 y/o. Very fit and healthy, active and outgoing. #L1035 25-y/o bi woman seeking companions to explore the woods and eat delicious food with. Looking for friendship or

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you and dance together, but that would’ve been out of character for me. Maybe next time, when I’m not in costume, I will! —The quiet one in the Canadian tux. When: Tuesday, October 31, 2017. Where: Nectar’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914167 STRAWBERRY BREAD BAKER Happy birthday, and congrats! Change of heart, huh? My heart ceaselessly aches, and tears roll; the only salve is that I once held perfection. Keep doing right by the world. —B. When: Monday, October 30, 2017. Where: Wasson Hall. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914166 WHAT’S YOUR COSTUME? You were in red plaid behind the counter. You came over and asked me about my costume. I had a Jiji cat doll despite being Wednesday Addams. I wanted to talk to you more, but I was with a friend and am kinda awkward in general. I would love to know what your costume is going to be. When: Saturday, October 28, 2017. Where: the Archives. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914165 SEXY OWL WOMAN AT P. PIE You were the sexy owl woman. I had gray pants and a black T-shirt. Your wings were wonderful, your mask mesmerizing, your tail feathers tantalizing. We pressed into each other for Carlo’s set, and I loved it! Let’s dance together again sometime, owl outfit optional. When: Friday, October 27, 2017. Where: Positive Pie, Montpelier. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914164 PETTY TRIBUTE You wore a long-sleeve green shirt with a dark tank top underneath. Blond hair. I stood next to you, near the stage, in a blue(ish) coat and knocked into you a million times. You just smiled. Loved dancing next to you. Hated leaving without asking your name. When: Thursday, October 26, 2017. Where: Higher Ground. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914162 GRAZIN’ AROUND STARBUCKS I was out on a girls’ day with my daughter and her friend in June when we saw you at Starbucks; you may have been on your morning coffee break, dressed in your shirt and tie. You held the door when we left. I saw you again a few weeks later at Grazers. We smiled as you walked out. Coffee sometime? When: Thursday, June 1, 2017. Where: Starbucks and Grazers. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914161

SUPERDAVE IN MIDDLEBURY You: usually spotted biking around Midd or other places with jokes, sidewalk chalk and crazy costumes. You have a remarkable talent for getting people to smile/join flash mobs/wear costumes and so much more. Me: super lucky to be your partner. You made my week. You’re the best. I’ll apply for a grant with you any day. When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017. Where: Middlebury. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914160 AA MIKE Words can’t express my gratitude to you for stopping on the interstate to change my flat tire. Sorry you got soaked. I would love to see you again. My treat — dinner and a drink? Soda, of course. Get back to me with my name and what’s on your trailer so we can talk more if you’re interested. When: Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Where: Colchester. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914159 MR. MIKES I was enjoying a slice and a beer when a pretty young lady in the back of car at the light gave me a warm smile and a friendly wave. I just wanted to thank you for brightening my day! When: Sunday, October 22, 2017. Where: South Winooski and Main. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914158 HEALTHY LIVING You were behind me on the way in, in your goldish Impala with New York plates. Then I saw you in your black blouse and red-and-white skirt at the juice bar. Were you getting a smoothie or a baked good? I was at the deli looking for a wrap for lunch but was sorely disappointed. When: Monday, October 23, 2017. Where: Healthy Living Market & Café. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914157 TECH PARK, SOUTH BURLINGTON I assisted you in finding the person you needed to drop off a laptop to; you smiled and asked “Nutri Bullet?” but I didn’t understand. You asked me again — then you pointed to my smoothie. Wish I had noticed your name on your vendor ID. Would love to continue a conversation if you’re not committed to someone. When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Where: Tech Park, South Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914156 WESTON, YOU STONER! The next time you drive 47 miles for coffee, borrow Rachel’s car. When: Wednesday, October 18, 2017. Where: “Rachel Lives Here Now.” You: Man. Me: Man. #914155 BEST FIRST DATE, MOOGS PLACE It started awkwardly at a friend’s wedding and proceeded to become the best first date I’ve had! I passed your test on the deck, and you far surpassed mine: Dead Sessions, dancing, smiles and a best friend for life. Will you be there with me “when I paint my masterpiece”? When: Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Where: Moogs Place. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914154

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ASK ATHENA Dear Athena,

My wife and I are in our forties and are in a strong relationship. She has, however, been struggling with a chronic health condition for several years that leaves her in pain and sleep-deprived most of the time, despite consultations and interventions with many medical experts. So, she is understandably not in the mood for sex. Even when we do have sex, maybe once a month, I initiate, and it feels like she participates because she feels sorry for me, rather than because she wants it. Then I feel like a callous idiot and regret it. It feels like our sex life is effectively over, but I am not ready for that yet. How can I reignite it?


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This is a tough situation — one that requires sensitivity, frank conversations and creative thinking. Don’t give into the notion that your sex life is dead. Instead, summon the faith that you and your wife can make it through anything. After all, you’ve already gotten through so much. Have you talked to her about how you’re feeling? Your partnership depends on it. It will be tough to share, but she should hear your fears and concerns — they concern her, too. She should know that you’re feeling insecure and that you don’t want to pressure her, but that you miss your old bedroom connection. I have confidence that you can talk gently about this without blaming or shaming her. Then you can learn how this change is affecting her. Just because her illness is causing her pain and zapping her energy doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to share intimacy and pleasure. Maybe you can’t reignite your sex life to what it was, but you can certainly redefine your intimate connection. Do closeness and pleasure always have to mean intercourse? Are there other ways of showing your love? What about sharing showers and baths, touching, masturbation, massage, holding hands, or learning something new together? Maybe you can do restorative yoga or take a pottery class (yes, I’m imagining that scene in Ghost). A therapist could also help you brainstorm exciting alternatives and set realistic, fair and loving expectations. Chronic illness changes lives, but with every challenge comes an opportunity to learn and grow. Go down that road together.




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