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That was the windchill on New Hampshire’s Mount Washington last Saturday. The actual temperature was minus 38. Researchers say it was the second coldest location on the planet.




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Furthermore, city parking manager John King noted that the idling ordinance has several exemptions, including to protect the health or safety of passengers and drivers. So was the cold really life-threatening? You betcha. Burlington hit a record low of minus 20 degrees on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. And the city spent a whopping 52 consecutive hours in subzero temps between Friday and Sunday. “In this situation, we would be more relaxed on the idling,” King said. “We can’t expect you to turn your car off and then freeze to death.”


he recent run of bruising cold temps broke records and burst pipes — but did not bust the bank for anyone caught idling their car engine in Burlington. In an effort to reduce air pollution, the Queen City has an ordinance on the books that prohibits idling for more than three minutes. During the two-week cold snap, though, officials apparently looked the other way. That was good news for Burlington-based long-haul trucker Daniel Cohen, who owns a 2000 diesel Freightliner with a sleeper cab.

The older-model rig doesn’t have an auxiliary power unit or engine block heater to help it start in cold weather. “If I don’t idle it in severe weather such as what we just had, it won’t start,” he said. “So when it’s freezing cold, the truck runs all the time.” Cohen was on the road ferrying paper and other products between the Midwest and Burlington during some of the cold snap. When he’s in town, he keeps his truck outside Queen City limits. Turns out he would have been relatively safe in Burlington, too. Authorities issued only six idling tickets in the last 53 weeks, city records show. Each ticket carries a measly $12 fine.



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Pomerleau declined to specify what the feds asked him, but he said he had little to reveal. “There was nothing that I had with [O’Meara Sanders] that meant anything to them,” he said. The federal investigation has proceeded quietly. Former Burlington College board chair Yves Bradley told Seven Days Monday that he spoke to the feds in mid-October and helped arrange the interview with Pomerleau. Former board member Robin Lloyd said this week that the FBI came to her home in October. According to Lloyd, after she refused to speak to the agents without a lawyer, she was subpoenaed to appear in front of a grand jury. She subsequently headed to the federal courthouse in Burlington and answered a federal prosecutor’s questions about the purchase of the North Avenue campus for an hour, she said. Read Heintz’s full posts about the investigation and look for updates at

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ederal investigators interviewed prominent Burlington businessman and philanthropist Tony Pomerleau last month — the latest indication that the probe into a Burlington College land deal involving Jane O’Meara Sanders was ongoing as of December. Two federal agents, at least one from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, questioned the centenarian developer about the college’s purchase of its $10 million North Avenue campus, Pomerleau told Seven Days’ Paul Heintz. The probe began almost two years ago, after Brady Toensing, the vice chair of the Vermont Republican Party, complained to the feds that, as president of the now-defunct college, O’Meara Sanders — the wife of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — had exaggerated pledges in order to secure a loan to buy the campus. Pomerleau advised O’Meara Sanders on the purchase and also provided the college a bridge loan, has reported.

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I follow your paper from afar. My wife, three kids and I live outside of Bellingham, Wash. — a college town similar to Burlington, though a bit bigger. My wife went to college in Plattsburgh, N.Y., and we always look at Vermont as our “if-wedidn’t-live-here-we’d-live-there” place. As we’re both in journalism, we absolutely love Seven Days. It’s consistently informative with good newsy stories when that’s what’s called for and great profiles, as well. It’s really a remarkable paper. I’m reaching out because I just read about the eight Vermonters who passed in 2017 [“Life Stories,” December 27, 2017]. Wow, that was a cool piece of journalism. I loved the concept of it, how broad the subjects were in age and background, and how well each story was told. Vermont is blessed to have such a great weekly; keep up the good work.

have been included. Among other impressive credits, Robert was music director for Harry Belafonte, then for Peter, Paul and Mary. Here in Vermont, he was the founding conductor of the Vermont Symphony Orchestra Chorus and of Counterpoint. Arguably, he also was indirectly responsible for the founding of other groups, including Maple Jam and Bella Voce. Many would agree that it was an honor to know and to work with Robert. How many did he inspire during his long career? It’s impossible to guess. There was a concert to remember Robert on Sunday, January 7, which would have been his 96th birthday. Many singers — including Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey —  gathered at the Grace Congregational Church in Rutland for a tribute to a gentle and loving musician whose legacy will continue to inspire.

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I wonder if Ted Cohen writes from experience [Feedback: “Real Traffic on Church Street,” December 27, 2017]? I had a studio on Church Street 40 years ago. The street was ugly and dingy, the sidewalks narrow; traffic moved inchmeal. The problem was precisely that people expected to park in front of where they wanted to shop.  To its credit, the street had a hardware store, two stationers and a Woolworth’s that sold the odd, cheap gewgaws that can’t be found anywhere now. In their place, we have fresh air, walking space and, still, a lot of locally owned businesses, although most are in the phalanx of food establishments.  Bruegger’s Bagels was one of those. It was founded on a wrong concept of the bagel and should have failed long ago. Good riddance! Fred G. Hill



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[Feedback: “No Place for Kids,” December 20, 2017] takes issue with a mother who works as an itinerant slaughterer and brings her child along to work, saying the child will grow up desensitized to violence and ought to be in daycare. The writer has obviously never been part of a slaughter day on a farm. Our family has been slaughtering our own meat since my children were tiny. They have grown up as active participants and have a deep understanding of where their food comes from, the work it takes to raise and slaughter the animal, and the life that was lost to nourish them. My kids would not think of dumping dinner leftovers; they would consider it disrespectful. In humane, on-farm slaughter, the animal goes from alive and unaware of anything unusual to dead in a matter of seconds. At that point, the rest of the slaughter process is not much different than what most people do in their home kitchens. For instance, one might buy a whole chicken and break it down into parts for several meals. Does this desensitize your children to violence? Probably not. Once the animal is dead, the head, feet, feathers or skin, and entrails are removed, making for a nice, clean piece of meat ready for your dining pleasure and bodily nourishment. That’s it. No violence, no suffering. I applaud Mary Lake for her work and giving her child a real-world understanding of life, death

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Celestial Beings “Lady Moon & the Eclipse is a journey to the cosmic soul,” reads the Brooklyn-based soul band’s bio. Drawing on R&B stylings, Afrobeat rhythms and the multicultural backgrounds of its members, the group uses music to promote positivity. Seven Days’ Jordan Adams catches up with front woman and vocalist Lady Moon herself ahead of this weekend’s gig at Radio Bean in Burlington. SEE INTERVIEW ON PAGE 58


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It took a 12,000-mile bike trip for three friends to prove that it really is a small world. Last year, Cameron Russell, Noah McCarter and Eli Bennett pedaled from South America to Vermont, aiming to forge connections with folks they encountered en route. Russell and Bennett share images and stories from their journey as part of the One World Library Project.






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Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy threads through a multifaceted public gathering at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. Vermont Youth AmeriCorps invites locals to participate in its MLK Day Community Meal, Dialogue and Art Project, where attendees hear an opening message by Justice for All’s Mark Hughes, engage in smallgroup discussions and express their hopes for the future on quilt squares.














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Let’s Talk Affordability

f you created a word cloud of Gov. PHIL SCOTT’S collected speeches, “affordability” might be the biggest word of all. It’s the foundational premise of his administration: Vermont is too darn expensive, and that depresses our economy and hinders population growth. But the governor has a narrow vision of affordability; he views it mainly in terms of taxes. Vermonters can’t afford to pay more of them, he says, so he is drawing the line on tax and fee increases — especially a pending eight-cent rise in the statewide property tax. “We cannot let that happen,” he said in his State of the State address, delivered on day two of the new legislative session last Thursday. “Vermonters can’t afford it, the state cannot sustain it, and I cannot accept it.” At the same time, however, Scott said little or nothing about other costs hitting Vermonters in the pocketbook. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has won state approval for a 9.2 percent hike in health insurance premiums. Two days after Christmas, Green Mountain Power was given the OK for a 5 percent rate increase. And the newly enacted federal tax cuts will seriously scramble Vermont’s tax system, creating big winners and big losers in the state. The price of electricity and federal tax reform were absent from the State of the State speech. Health care got a quick mention, with no specific reference to rising premiums or prescription drug prices. “A dollar out of a Vermonter’s pocket is a dollar, no matter where it goes,” noted Sen. CHRIS PEARSON (P/D-Chittenden) at a Statehouse press conference last week. “We have the ability to influence all three — taxes, health care and utility bills — and yet the governor is silent on the majority of those issues.” MIKE SMITH, host of the call-in show “Open Mike” on WDEV radio, says property taxes are not high on the list of listener complaints. “By far, health care and the premium increases are the things I hear about,” Smith said. “When you have a 9 percent increase in health care costs, a 7 percent increase in property taxes, but also a 5 percent increase in electric costs, [listeners are] saying ‘My wages are going up [only] 2, 2 and a half percent.’ Those are the calls that I’m getting.” Is the governor’s affordability vision too narrow, too focused on the public sector?

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Not at all, according to Scott spokesperson REBECCA KELLEY. His priorities, she wrote in an email, are based on the areas “where the administration has the most control” — that is, taxes and spending. As for other factors, Kelley said Scott would like to see any increases in property taxes, utility rates and health care costs kept at an affordable level. She noted that current “regulatory systems … guide and restrict what can be done on cost containment” in areas such as electricity and health insurance.


Kelley provided a letter Scott penned in response to constituent complaints about the GMP hike. He wrote that he was “very disappointed” in the outcome but asserted that it was the best result possible in the current regulatory system. He criticized current law for ensuring utilities full coverage of their costs — plus a profit margin of “about 8 to 10 percent each year,” and argued that regulators should prohibit rate increases higher than growth in wages and the economy. That would require a fundamental change in the law, and the utilities’ screams would be heard all the way to Brattleboro. Similarly on health care, Kelley says the administration is focused on reforms “to keep people healthier and moderate costs.” Fine, but there’s no resistance from him to what’s happening now with insurance rates or prescription drug prices. If nothing else, Scott could make use of his bully pulpit on health care, utilities and other immediate pressures — just as he does on taxes. Dealing with federal tax cuts is a huge issue that’s only beginning to gain traction in Montpelier. Legislative fiscal analyst GRAHAM CAMPBELL told a House committee last week that changes in the federal tax code mean that households with incomes between $80,000 and $200,000 were likely to see their state taxes go up — and that’s precisely the professional, upper-middle-class sector that Scott wants to summon to Vermont.

“The administration will look to mitigate potential negative impacts due to federal reforms,” Kelley says. But doing so might put the governor in a philosophical box. If Vermonters get a tax cut from the feds, can they afford to pay more to the state? Should those who have to pay higher federal taxes get a break from the state? If so, how do you compensate for lost revenues? And in a dynamic situation with plenty of unknowns, do you try to hold everyone harmless? If not, who wins and who loses?  There’s also a fundamental irony in Scott’s perpetual hammering on taxes. Virtually none of his proposals would deliver lower taxes to Vermonters. He has often sought to shift funds from one part of government to another, but rarely has he called for actual tax cuts. Democrats and Progressives have their own definition of affordability. “If you ask any legislator if affordability is a prime interest, they’d all say yes,” Senate President Pro Tempore TIM ASHE (D/P-Chittenden) said in a meeting with reporters last week. “That touches on everything from health care to utilities to education to general taxes and the cost of goods. [The goal is to] make sure that people of all incomes can live a decent life here.” For top lawmakers, that includes providing paid family leave and raising the minimum wage. Those measures would directly impact affordability for lowincome Vermonters — but Scott warns that they would lead to job losses and competitive disadvantages. His vision is essentially a rising tide that lifts all boats, and his policies are aimed at encouraging the tide to come in.  Finally, there’s a longer-term vision of affordability that involves investing now for a better future. For example, the Scott administration opposes any new revenues to pay for a costly, 20-year, federally mandated water-quality improvement effort but has yet to suggest a funding source of its own. Advocates say further delays will only increase future costs. But the administration’s focus is on holding down immediate costs and waiting for the tide to come in. Scott argues that if Vermont builds a strong economy, we’ll be able to pay for all that stuff with the resulting tax revenues — and if we add costs now, we may never get to that bright, prosperous future.


That’s a very big bet on the risingtide theory. And if it doesn’t work, then we’ll be stuck in the mud.

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Since 1935, the Vermont Press Bureau has covered state politics and policy for the Rutland Herald and, later, its sister paper, the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus. For decades it had a staff of three reporters and was considered the go-to source for Statehouse news. That tradition came to an end last week, with the opening of the new legislative session. Since the bureau’s last reporter, NEAL GOSWAMI, departed in early November for a gig at WCAX-TV, the Vermont Press Bureau has been an empty shell. The papers’ coverage of the new legislative session was written by WILSON RING of the Associated Press. Is this how the venerable bureau ends? Not with a bang, but a wire story? No, according to STEVE PAPPAS, editor of the two papers. “The rumors we have given up are absolutely not true,” Pappas wrote in an email. “We are just taking an allstaff approach until we can hire the right person as political reporter.” The search, he wrote, has included state and national professional outlets, regional colleges, and universities with journalism schools. Last week at the Statehouse, Goswami was musing about whether he’d managed to kill off the Vermont Press Bureau. Quite the opposite, Neal; you’re just a tough act to follow. m




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Last Thursday, the Vermont Republican Party issued a press release praising Gov. Scott’s State of the State address. That’s not unusual. What was odd was who sent the release: VTGOP staffer BENJAMIN GARROW — not the party’s executive director, JEFF BARTLEY, who hasn’t issued a press release since mid-December. Does his apparent absence indicate a problem? Party officials aren’t saying. VTGOP chair DEB BILLADO and vice chair BRADY TOENSING refused to utter a word. Bartley didn’t return multiple requests for comment. Other leaders are just a wee bit more forthcoming. “All I can say is that we have met on a personnel issue,” said Rep. JANSSEN WILLHOIT (R-St. Johnsbury), a member of the party’s executive committee. “As an organization, we have decided not to say anything about it.”



Almost exactly one year after his caucus gave him the boot, Sen. JOE BENNING (R-Caledonia) has returned as Senate minority leader. Last January, his colleagues voted to oust him from caucus leadership in favor of DUSTIN DEGREE, then a senator from Franklin County. But in November, Degree resigned from the Senate to take a job in Gov. Scott’s inner circle. Which left Senate Republicans without a leader. And, well, there are only seven of them, so the pickings were slim. By rule, no committee chair can lead a caucus, which eliminated PEG FLORY of Rutland County, chair of the Institutions Committee. Three relatively new senators, DAVID SOUCY of Rutland County and CAROLYN BRANAGAN and RANDY BROCK of Franklin County, were deemed to be lacking in seniority. Benning said two others, RICHARD WESTMAN of Lamoille County and BRIAN COLLAMORE of Rutland County, weren’t interested in the job. Only Benning was left. His ouster last January was triggered, in large part, by the NORM MCALLISTER scandal. After McAllister’s 2015 arrest on sexual misconduct charges, Benning consistently called for his removal from the Senate — a stance that alienated McAllister supporters in the caucus.   “There were communication problems,” Benning said this week. “The situation in the caucus is healthier now.”

The party is notoriously short on paid staff, so there aren’t many options for the subject of the “personnel issue.” And no one contacted for this story was willing to say that Bartley’s job is safe. Bartley has held the post since December 2014, and his leadership has received mixed reviews. The party has continued to struggle in fundraising and grassroots organization, but Republicans have gained ground in the House and recaptured the governorship during his tenure. If the ball club is winning, do you fire the manager?

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t took just 72 hours for a Friday night tweet to cost the Burlington Free Press’ top editor his job. Three days after executive editor Denis Finley suggested on Twitter that recognizing a third gender option on Vermont driver’s licenses “makes us one step closer to the apocalypse,” his corporate bosses summoned him to a Monday evening meeting and fired him. “We encourage our journalists to engage in a meaningful dialogue on social media, but it’s important that the conversation adhere to our overarching values of fairness, balance and objectivity,” USA Today Network vice president Randy Lovely told the Free Press, which broke the news of its chief’s firing. Finley was just the latest journalist to lose his job after crossing a line in the perilous world of social media, where a premium on speed and snark can clash with traditional standards of reportorial objectivity. In the past year, staffers from the New York Post, the Denver Post and CBS have posted career-killing comments that struck readers as racist, partisan or tasteless. President Donald Trump, himself a prolific and uncensored tweeter, recently called for another reporter, the Washington Post’s Dave Weigel, to be canned over a factual error on Twitter. Closer to home, Finley’s defenders have accused the Free Press of caving to an oversensitive liberal readership and firing the editor for holding a minority viewpoint in lefty Burlington. To other observers, Finley’s posts revealed not just an unpopular opinion but a fundamental disrespect for members of the community the Free Press serves. “Since he’s the editor of a general-interest newspaper, it’s about basic human decency, and it’s about not insulting your audience, your customers — some of whom are transgender, some of whom have family members who are transgender,” said Northeastern University journalism associate professor Dan Kennedy. “I mean, why would you do this?” The episode began late Friday when Rights & Democracy communications director Shay Totten posted a Vermont Public Radio story about the new gender identifier, writing, “This is awesome!” Finley shared that post with a comment of his own: “Awesome! That makes us one step closer to the apocalypse.”


Former Burlington Free Press executive editor Denis Finley

In an interview the next day, Finley told Seven Days, “I was trying to be provocative.” He succeeded. When Totten, a former political columnist for Seven Days, saw the comment and realized it came from the Free Press’ executive editor, his “snarky columnist came out,” he later recounted. “So,” Totten tweeted Friday evening, “is the @bfp_news exec editor transphobic, bad at Twitter, or both?” When Totten signed off for the night, Finley didn’t. For more than three hours Friday, in a string of 16 more tweets, he doubled down on his position — and then some. In response to Vermont Democratic Party chair Terje Anderson, who asked the journalist what drove the apocalyptic comment, Finley quipped: “The world isn’t coming to an end yet. I think it’s just falling apart, piece by piece.” By 11 p.m., Finley was still at it. When a user named Tim Sinnott wrote, “it’s awesome because recognition is awesome,” Finley fired back: “All recognition? Any recognition, Tim? What if

someone said it’s awesome they are going to recognize pedophiliacs on licenses? I’m not being snarky, I’m just asking.” In the Saturday interview, Finley said he didn’t expect the backlash, which was only growing on social media. “I do think the reaction was overboard, but that’s not for me to judge,” he said, adding that his comments were posted from a “personal account” and shouldn’t be considered statements on behalf of the Free Press. By then, journalists and others had scrolled through Finley’s timeline and raised questions about other tweets he’d written. Vermont-based freelance reporter Jasper Craven posted a string of tweets showing that Finley had repeatedly expressed opposition to Hillary Clinton and joked about allegations of sexual misconduct. In another tweet, Finley suggested that former president Barack Obama’s guest appearance on the first episode of David Letterman’s Netflix show is “another reason not to subscribe” to the streaming service.

By Monday, as word of the controversy spread beyond Vermont’s borders, Finley had gone silent. In a brief interview with Seven Days at 5 p.m., Finley said he was still employed as executive editor. A few hours later, the company announced his firing. Finley immediately called Seven Days back, explaining that the move was news to him. “I did not want you to think I lied to you,” he said. “I didn’t. I was actually on my way to the meeting during which we discussed all this.” While Finley would not comment on Gannett’s decision, he reflected on the social media firestorm he’d ignited. “The reaction was overwhelming, I’ll tell you that,” he said. “It was pretty amazing to me.” Tom Kearney wasn’t surprised by the backlash. The veteran Vermont journalist, who holds leadership roles at the Waterbury Record, Stowe Reporter and several other local newspapers, said Finley’s top job comes with the responsibility to represent the Free Press. “When you go into the arena like that, you carry the whole weight of the news organization with you,” Kearney said. “So it’s not just you. There’s a representative factor there that says, ‘I represent the spirit, the quality, the conviction, the integrity of the news organization.’” In that regard, Kearney said Finley fell short. “As I read those tweets, he was trying to pick a fight,” Kearney said. “And I don’t know why you do that.” Traci Griffith, chair of the department of media studies, journalism and digital arts at Saint Michael’s College, rejected Finley’s defense that he was posting from a personal account. “Nope, not buying that,” Griffith said. “The reality is that you’re going to be judged … based on who you are, whether it’s in the private sphere or in that public sphere. You’re putting it out in the environment. I don’t think they’re two separate things.” Based on the controversy Finley sparked, Griffith said, “I don’t think the public views them separately, either.” Burlington resident Llu MulvaneyStanak, who identifies as genderqueer, was among the critics who leapt on Finley’s remarks, tweeting that they were “inexcusable.”



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Dan Feliciano, an Essex business consultant who has run for governor and state auditor, called the move “Orwellian” and “1984ish” in a comment on Facebook. But Kennedy, the Northeastern professor, said Finley’s Twitter feed was so “wildly inappropriate” that the Free Press had little choice. “He’s the one who lowered it into the gutter,” Kennedy said, “because what he’s doing here is, he is not just expressing an opinion, he is talking about human beings, some of whom are part of his audience, in insulting and demeaning terms.” As it announced news of Finley’s firing late Monday, the Free Press reported that planning editor Emilie Stigliani had been named interim executive editor as corporate higher-ups search for Finley’s replacement. Griffith suggested management should rethink that recruitment strategy. “He hadn’t been here very long,” Griffith said of Finley, who joined the Free Press in late 2016 after moving to Vermont from Virginia. “Maybe if you have someone who has a better sense of the community, they would have a better perspective.” She argued that promoting from within the Free Press would help reinforce the paper’s connection to the Burlington community and avoid similar problems in the future. “They’ve had a pretty long string of people coming from high up in the Gannett organization and being put into leadership positions within the Free Press, and maybe they should look at that differently,” Griffith said. 


Mulvaney-Stanak said Finley’s comments showed, at best, a major lack of understanding of the issues facing transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Even if there was no ill intent behind the remarks, Mulvaney-Stanak said, such ignorance is harmful. “I can’t imagine anybody in the queer community reading that tweet and reading it as anything other than transphobic, homophobic or, at the very least, completely out of touch,” the Burlington resident said. MulvaneyStanak said Finley’s tweet was a “textbook example” of a person in a position of social privilege being ignorant of the disconnect between his own life and the lives of marginalized people. As some critics called for Finley’s resignation over the weekend and into Monday, others said the controversy created an opportunity for growth — both for the editor and for the wider community. Even after condemning Finley’s social media conduct, Griffith called it “a shame” that he was fired for it. “I think there could’ve been a moment of ‘Let’s review and reflect on this and talk more about what it meant to the community and people who were affected by it,’” she said, “‘and maybe give voice to people who don’t normally get listened to or get heard, and maybe have more of a teachable moment.’ But he’s gone.” Griffith added that the firing could lead to claims that Finley’s case is one of “political correctness run amok.” Indeed, news of Finley’s departure drew criticism from a number of users on Twitter, some employing the hashtag #MAGA, who said it was darkly ironic for a newspaper called the Free Press to fire an editor for freely expressing his opinion.

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penalties for violating the rental housing health code. Enforcing minimum housing standards is particularly important because of Vermont’s aging housing stock — 43 percent of rentals were built before 1950, according to the Vermont Housing Finance Agency — and a dearth of affordable housing statewide, said Maryellen Griffin, a lawyer with Legal Aid. Under the state’s rental housing health code, landlords are legally required to provide necessities such as a sink, a flush toilet, a working sewage system, a source of heat, and a structure that is weather-tight and rodent-free. (Fire safety regulations are separately enforced by the state Department of Public Safety.) Vermont law “would seem to put tenants in a good position to have reliable and well-maintained housing,”

in addition to responding to tenant complaints, proactively inspect the city’s 10,000 rentals on a rolling schedule. The City of Rutland inspects all apartments before they’re rented. Essex has two paid part-time health officers. In many of Vermont’s small rural towns, the job falls to an untrained volunteer — often someone the selectboard has convinced to take it on. “Most town health officers aren’t compensated,” said Karen Horn, public policy and advocacy director of the Vermont League of Cities & Towns. “They’re definitely under-resourced.”

State government provides limited support to the local enforcers. Last year, that included 10 voluntary trainings for health officers, a manual and a rental unit inspection checklist. The Vermont Department of Health offers advice and guidance when officers call for help.

minimal training and a limited ability to remedy substandard housing. In a report set to be released this week, Vermont Legal Aid concludes that this system fails to protect tenants, essentially trapping them in unsafe homes. The report tells the stories of Vermont renters living with broken furnaces, sparking electrical outlets, cough-inducing mold and leaking toilets. “I think it’s fair to say that the governmental response has been inadequate,” said Jack McCullough, a longtime attorney with the nonprofit law office. Legal Aid’s report calls for creating a landlord registry to allow more oversight of rental units, professionalizing the health officer force and increasing

McCullough said. “The problem is that actually getting those rights enforced has been tremendously difficult.” The health officers responsible are chosen by selectboards and then appointed to three-year terms by the state health commissioner. In addition to housing investigations, health officers respond to reports of rabid animals and help prepare for public health emergencies. “It’s an unfunded position that the state requires each town to have,” said former St. Johnsbury health officer Tim Angell. A few of Vermont’s larger communities assign the job to professionals. Burlington has a code enforcement office with five full-time inspectors who,

“The powers that be came and told me I had a new job,” recalled Stephen Oaks, who is the health officer for the Windham County town of Athens (pop. 442), as well as its constable and “half a dozen other things.” Compensation, in his case, is ad hoc. “When I do something they pay me,” Oak said, but “I don’t charge ’em much. Half the time, I’m working for nothing.” Steve Edgerly is a retiree who volunteers as a firefighter, a cemetery board commissioner and the animal control officer for Newport. Last June, he signed up to be the town health officer, too. How much is he paid? “I don’t have a clue,” Edgerly responded. Why’d he volunteer? “You know what P.T. Barnum said: ‘There’s a sucker born every minute.’”

“We basically serve as the technical support staff for the health officer if they have any questions regarding public health or what their role is or how to accomplish something they need to accomplish,” said Lillian Colasurdo, a DOH public health policy adviser. The department also oversees an email list that allows officers to consult one another for advice. Legal Aid obtained three years worth of those emails through a public records request; the correspondence illustrates the challenges facing local health officers. One officer asked for advice about approaching a hoarder who was known for screaming at people. Another had to make contact with a landlord who had hung up on him.






s Chester’s health officer, Leslie Thorsen is responsible for enforcing Vermont’s rental housing code, meant to protect tenants from inadequate plumbing and heating, contaminated water, rodent infestations, and other healththreatening conditions. Thorsen, an operating room nurse, does all this in her spare time, for just $1,000 a year. And when she responds to a tenant’s complaint, there is little she can do if a landlord refuses to correct a problem. “The [most] you can do is write a health order,” Thorsen said, referring to a legal document that negligent landlords have been known to ignore. Enforcement of Vermont’s rental housing codes depends almost entirely on people such as Thorsen — low-paid or volunteer town health officers with



When an officer asked how to inspect six months and countless phone calls a unit with bedbugs, another responded, for her to get a property manager to “I have gone as far as picking up a dis- fix a tenant’s broken heater. In another posable hazmat or painter’s suit from [a] case, she encountered a family living in hardware store with the booties. I duct- a house with a lead problem; tests had tape the legs and sleeves shut shown an infant had 10 times before my inspections and the normal level of lead, she seal everything in a garbage said. Not confident she could bag when I am done on the resolve the matter promptly, site.” Thorsen advised the Some health officers family to move out. limit what they’ll endure “We have no civil auin service to their towns. thority,” said the nurse, Edgerly said he’s dewho has been acting as clined to inspect a tentown health officer for ant’s complaint about 20 years. bedbugs: “I’m not going That statement is into a bedbug situation not technically true. If — no way.” a landlord won’t volunThat sort of attitude tarily fix the problem, frustrates tenants. officers can, after a local “Our clients will hearing, issue a health make complaints to order legally compeltown health officers and ling the owner to do so. it doesn’t really go anyIn potentially dangerMARYELL EN GRIF F IN where,” Legal Aid lawyer ous situations, they can Sandy Partiz said. issue an emergency “We know that people are radically order, which doesn’t require a hearing underreporting problems because they beforehand. don’t believe in the system,” Griffin said. But if the landlord doesn’t heed an Carl Poulin, a single dad, said bed- order, the officer has little recourse. He bugs started biting him and his two or she can condemn a property if they children a few months after they moved deem it uninhabitable, but then the into a two-bedroom apartment in Derby tenants lose their housing. The officer last March. When Poulin asked the can ask a selectboard to take the matter town health officer, Joseph Noble, to in- to court, but for many small towns, vestigate, Noble told him to take up the this option is unaffordable. Some mumatter with his landlord and come back nicipalities, including Burlington, allow if that didn’t work. code enforcers to impose fines, but most Noble confirmed the conversation health officers cannot. and said he always encourages tenants Thorsen thinks the threat of a fine to work with their landlords because could make health officers more effecthat’s the least adversarial approach. tive. Legal Aid, which is also advocatPoulin and his landlord disagree about ing for financial penalties against landwhether it took months or days, but at lords, suggests that revenue from fines some point, the landlord sent an exter- could help towns establish a landlord minator. Months later, however, the bed- registry. bugs were back. As proof, Poulin began Legal Aid, which plans to advocate saving them in Ziploc bags in his freezer. for some of these changes during the He again asked Noble to inspect, but legislative session, says steps such as it wasn’t until the case landed in court — investing in a better-paid, more profesPoulin had stopped paying rent, and the sional force of town health officers will landlord had moved to evict him — that save the state money in the long run. Noble visited the six-unit building. “His “Something that might have cost a landLegal Aid attorney kind of browbeat me lord a few hundred dollars to fix, like a into doing it,” Noble recalled, noting that mold problem, can end up costing thouhe told the lawyer he had no expertise sands of dollars in health care expenses in such matters. “I found no evidence of to treat a tenant’s resulting respiratory bedbugs, not a dead body.” illness,” the report says. Even when health officers verify a Thorsen agreed that the status quo complaint, it can be challenging to get isn’t acceptable: “The sad thing is, landlords to address the situation. people are paying to live in dumps.”  Thorsen, the Chester health officer, recalled one case during which it took Contact:




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negate any criminal and civil liability,” said Burlington attorney Robert Appel, a former Vermont defender general who has filed several lawsuits against police, including Nokes. “In any investigation, the sooner you interview, the fresher and more accurate your recollection will be. It’s common sense. There’s no possible explanation for that delay except to allow officers to put forward a narrative that conforms with no liability.” Campaign Zero, a national criminal justice reform effort associated with Black

within 24 hours of using lethal force and go on paid leave for at least three days. The policy provides no guidance on the timing of interviews. The Burlington Police Department lacks rules for how criminal investigations of police shootings should be handled. But Burlington Police Officer Dave Clements, who served for years as head of the officers’ union, said cops often find themselves in difficult positions. They are encouraged to submit to questioning, Clements said, even though

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fatal Burlington police shooting four years ago might have played out differently than initially reported, according to documents recently filed in federal court. In November 2013, Burlington police responded to a call regarding a mentally disturbed man, Wayne Brunette, in the city’s New North End. During a brief encounter, then-officer Ethan Thibault fatally shot Brunette. The police corporal justified his actions by saying Brunette was brandishing a shovel when he charged Thibault and fellow officer Brent Navari. But documents filed last month in a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Brunette’s family show that some eyewitnesses disputed basic facts of the police report: whether Brunette was charging Thibault, what he was doing with the shovel, and how far away he was from Thibault and Navari when the shots were fired. Investigators at the time were quickly tasked with figuring out whether the shooting was lawful. Yet authorities waited six days to interview Thibault and two days to question Navari, giving them ample time to prepare for and meet with an attorney, the court records show. That delay is not unusual. Unlike civilians, officers across America who pull the trigger are generally not interrogated right away. Some local examples: Several days passed before law enforcement officers asked former Winooski police officer Jason Nokes why he shot unarmed, mentally ill Isaac Sage in April 2013. (Nokes pleaded no contest to assault charges and avoided jail, while Sage sued the City of Winooski and won $82,500.) The next year, a Windsor police officer opened fire on a drug suspect during a sting. Vermont State Police detectives didn’t interview the officer, Ryan Palmer, until four days later. (Palmer was charged with felony aggravated assault and reckless endangerment but was acquitted after a trial last September.) In response to police shootings across the country, criminal justice reform advocates are starting to question the practice of delaying interviews with the officers involved. “Obviously, it provides an opportunity to square up one’s recollection and testimony with a theory that would

Wayne Brunette in 2003

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Lives Matter, has advocated for a series of reforms to police union contracts. Among them: removing provisions that protect officers from being questioned immediately in use-of-force cases. No laws or statewide policies in Vermont govern when to interview law enforcement officers who have discharged their weapons in the line of duty. Individual departments decide. Vermont State Police policy requires that troopers submit a written report

they have the same right as citizens to invoke Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination. Rick Gauthier, executive director of the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council, which licenses cops and advises police departments, said his organization does not provide model policies or trainings in regard to police-shooting investigations, because the legislature has never requested it. Generally, Gauthier said, law enforcement agencies

in Vermont and elsewhere have long believed in delaying interviews. “There was a school of thought that said you’ll get a better interview out of an officer if you wait a little while, in terms of the officer’s recollection, because of traumatized memory,” Gauthier said. Immediate questioning “was thought to be problematic.” The International Association of Chiefs of Police, an organization of police executives that develops model policies, encourages agencies to delay interviewing officers who use deadly force for a “few hours to several days.” “Whenever feasible, officers should have some recovery time before providing a full formal statement,” its 2013 policy paper states. “An officer’s memory will often benefit from at least one sleep cycle prior to being interviewed, leading to more coherent and accurate statements.” But some experts dispute that assertion. University of Nebraska Omaha criminologist Sam Walker said it’s “not supported by scientific evidence.” In a 2015 report, Walker wrote, “Even if there were scientific evidence that trauma has a negative impact on memory, police unions and their advocates apply that evidence in an inconsistent, hypocritical and self-serving manner, denying the waiting period privilege to crime victims, criminal suspects, witnesses to crimes, accident participants and others whom the police routinely interview.” When Vermont civilians are involved in shootings, police seek to interview them immediately. During a 2008 fracas on a softball field in Chester, Kyle Bolaski of Springfield fired a hunting rifle and killed Vincent Tamburello Jr. Within hours, police had recorded a lengthy interrogation with Bolaski. He claimed Tamburello had come at him with a wood-splitting maul and that the shooting was an act of self-defense. That interview has become a key piece of evidence in a case that has dragged on for years. Bolaski, initially convicted, has now won a new trial expected to start later this year. The Brunette family’s suit is set for a preliminary hearing in U.S. District Court next month. The group is seeking unspecified damages for Brunette’s death. In November 2013, Brunette’s mother called police to report that her son, who had long suffered from mental health


problems, had chopped down a tree in their yard and was out of control. Dispatchers told officers Navari and Thibault that it was a “mental health” call and sent them off to the quiet New North End neighborhood. The cops summoned Brunette outside. Holding a long-handled spade, he approached Navari and, eventually, Thibault and ignored commands to drop the shovel, according to the officers. “You’re going to have to shoot me,” Brunette allegedly said moments before Thibault pulled the trigger, according to Navari’s account. Thibault said he shot Brunette four times during an encounter that lasted two minutes. He radioed for an ambulance and kept his gun trained on Brunette as the man lay bleeding on the ground. Brunette was pronounced dead at the University of Vermont Medical Center an hour after the shooting. Two eyewitnesses provided a different account. Contrary to Thibault’s claims that Brunette charged at him, they said “it was Thibault that came across the lawn and toward Wayne with his gun drawn,” according to court papers filed by the family’s attorney, Richard Goldsborough.



An expert hired by the Brunette family used forensic evidence to determine that Thibault was at least 24 feet from Brunette when he fired one of his shots, the lawsuit claims. Vermont State Police, who handled the investigation, never specified the distance. Thibault has given inconsistent statements about whether he was backing away from Brunette when he opened fire, according to the family’s lawsuit. The lawsuit also raises troubling new questions about Thibault’s character. The officer returned to active duty after authorities cleared him of wrongdoing in the Brunette case, but he soon got into more trouble.

In September 2015, Vermont State Police charged him with domestic assault for allegedly abusing his thengirlfriend. Court documents reveal that Thibault allegedly put a loaded gun to his head and threatened to shoot, and also slid the weapon across a table to his girlfriend. Prosecutors dropped the charges on the condition that Thibault undergo a psychiatric evaluation and complete a firearms training course. He remained on the force. The next year, Thibault made a latenight phone call to a retired Burlington police officer, disguised his voice and threatened him. Thibault said it was a “jovial prank.” He was placed on administrative leave pending an investigation of that incident. He later resigned. Tristram Coffin, the attorney who represents Burlington police in the lawsuit, declined to comment, referring to written responses he has submitted to the court. Coffin has asked a judge to dismiss the case, saying that officers acted within legal bounds. While some details of the incident may be in dispute, Coffin argues, Thibault was following his training when he opened fire on a man with a deadly

weapon — the shovel — who refused to drop it. “There is no police manual that definitively teaches how close one officer should allow an apparently deranged and visibly hostile person, armed with a five-foot-long, metal pointed implement, appearing to intend to do harm and not yielding to commands to advance before using force to intercede,” Coffin wrote. Michael Schirling, who was the Burlington police chief in 2013, declined to comment. The question of how to treat police officers who are involved in shootings isn’t likely to go away. Just last week, St. Albans residents called 911 to report that they saw a man carrying an assault rifle on Lincoln Avenue. When police confronted Jack Laplant, he allegedly aimed his gun at them. Cpls. Michael Malinowski and Jason Lawton responded by shooting and wounding Laplant. Seven Days telephoned police and prosecutors to ask whether and when the officers had been interviewed. The calls were not returned. m Contact:, @Davis7D or 865-1020, ext. 23

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Vermont Senators Get Schooled on Sexual Misconduct The first day of the legislative session is often like the first day of school: After months apart, handshakes and back-patting abound. That wasn’t the case in the Vermont Senate chamber on January 3, when an unusual forum focused on unwelcome personal touches and conduct that crosses the line into sexual harassment. After opening formalities in the Senate, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman turned the floor over to a group of legislative lawyers who provided lawmakers with details on the Senate’s sexual harassment policies — and the process that’s followed if allegations are made against a senator. Five attorneys from the Office of Legislative Council held the floor for more than an hour, explaining the policies that govern senators’ conduct both inside and outside the Statehouse. In an effort to drive their points home, the lawyers cited real-life misconduct in other statehouses to illustrate problems. Some of the examples prompted disgusted eye-rolls from the assembled Vermont senators: A lawmaker was caught watching porn in a statehouse; multiple lawmakers in

another state repeatedly mimicked the sound of fighting cats any time two female Sen. Dick Sears lawmakers debated an issue. A personal example from legislative counsel Jen Carbee illustrated that Vermont’s Statehouse isn’t always a welcoming place. “Eight years ago, I was pregnant in this building,” she said, noting that pregnant women often hear more comments about their bodies than usual. “But in my own experience, I was told by a female lobbyist in front of a group of people in [a Statehouse meeting room] that, at six months pregnant, I must be having twins because I was so huge.” Carbee was not pregnant with twins, and she said comments such as that can disrupt a person’s work even if there is no ill intent. The presentation focused on specific examples of sexual harassment, from obviously problematic butt-smacking to more nuanced issues such as the phrasing of compliments about outfits.

has created some awkwardness in the Statehouse. Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington) said confidentiality makes sense as a protection for those targeted by sexual harassment. But he said that things got awkward for innocent senators in December when Vermont Public Radio reported that an unnamed sitting senator had been accused of misconduct. Sears argued that the confidentiality made it impossible for Vermonters to know if their senator had been investigated for wrongdoing. “Because there’s only 30 of us, any one of us might be the one who’s the subject,” Sears said. “And so we’re all under a cloud.” Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) said Balint’s sexual harassment panel, in addition to investigating allegations of wrongdoing, is looking for ways to improve the sexual harassment policy. Ashe asked senators to raise concerns or questions about the policy with members of the panel to inform that work.

The Senate and House have overlapping but slightly different policies on sexual harassment, said Office of Legislative Council director and chief counsel Luke Martland. Senators’ behavior is governed by the Senate’s policy, which includes a panel overseen by Sen. Becca Balint (D-Windham) that has the power to conduct confidential investigations. Legislative Council made some changes over the past year by naming a group of facilitators among its staff who are experts on the policies. Martland told senators the goal of that change was to provide victims of sexual harassment access to a broader variety of trained professionals, in case they’re not comfortable approaching male supervisors. Nobody was lobbying in favor of sexual harassment, but the discussion made it clear that increased attention to the issue

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of the significant number and the complexity of cases it handles. This decision will also allow me the time to focus on my health,” said Williams, who was first elected in 2014. Gov. Phil Scott on Tuesday named Rory Thibault as interim Washington County state’s Scott Williams attorney. Thibault previously served as a deputy in that office and most recently served as an assistant attorney general in the Vermont Attorney General’s Office. Williams would have faced reelection in November 2018. Williams disappeared from public view

in November as he was scheduled to take the witness stand at the sentencing hearing for Jody Herring, who murdered Sobel and three others in 2015. Williams, who happened on the scene and comforted a dying Sobel, was expected to have to answer questions about his actions that day. A Seven Days story questioned a key detail of Williams’ response. Williams filed a last-minute motion to quash his subpoena to testify and sought care at the Brattleboro Retreat, which provides mental health and addiction treatment. “Williams said that, despite his awareness of PTSD, his desire to serve the community and the progress of criminal justice reform prevented him from recognizing his own health care needs, and that it was

Burlington Democrats Endorse Incumbent Weinberger for Mayor Burlington Democrats on Sunday unanimously endorsed Mayor Miro Weinberger, who is seeking a third term as the city’s top executive on Town Meeting Day in March. A crowd of 250 people inside the Burlington High School auditorium roared with approval, waving “Miro for Mayor” signs as they gave their endorsement with a voice vote. Weinberger avoided what could have been an awkward caucus. Independent mayoral candidate Carina Driscoll initially said she planned to seek the Democratic endorsement, but she later backed down. “Rather than attempting to pull off a political stunt unseating the mayor in his own caucus, I am focused on engaging voters throughout the city and increasing

participation on election day, Tuesday, March 6th,” she said. Driscoll earned the endorsement of Burlington Progressives in December. Weinberger’s wife, Stacy, nominated him for the endorsement. The mayor seemed at ease onstage, cracking a joke about keeping the temperature low inside the chilly auditorium to save taxpayer dollars and sharing anecdotes about members of his campaign team. Weinberger, who faces challenges from Driscoll and independent Infinite Culcleasure, said that his first six years in office “built a foundation for even greater successes” in a third term. The mayor painted a picture of his intervention as Burlington “teetered on the edge

of a true fiscal crisis” before he took office. He described his work investing in the northern waterfront, building affordable housing and selling Burlington Telecom. He said his priorities in his next term would be ensuring that Burlington remains “an equitable and inclusive city.” Weinberger also vowed to invest in infrastructure and public spaces, move forward on energy initiatives, and resist policies of President Donald Trump “that are in conflict with Burlington values.” Though Weinberger never mentioned Driscoll by name, he twice alluded to her in his speech. Driscoll, Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vt.) stepdaughter, could pose a serious challenge to the incumbent. “One of my opponents is trying to reuse

affecting his work performance,” the statement announcing his resignation said. State regulators have been investigating a “community fund” that Williams oversaw. In at least a few instances, defendants who pleaded guilty to charges filed by Williams paid money intended for the fund. And last week, reported that a Washington County judge dropped charges in a child sex case, citing Williams’ office’s “failure” to give it the “attention it deserves.” Prosecutors from other counties have handled some of the caseload in Washington County, which was down to one deputy after Williams went on leave.



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Washington County State’s Attorney Scott Williams has resigned, two months after going on health-related leave and seeking care at the Brattleboro Retreat. In a statement released Monday by the Vermont Department of State’s Attorneys and Sheriffs, Williams suggested that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and specifically mentioned the 2015 murder of Department for Children and Families social worker Lara Sobel. “The office cannot function efficiently under reduced staffing, particularly in light



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the old campaign slogan that ‘Burlington is not for sale,’ suggesting that Burlington Democrats are recklessly selling off the city’s assets,” Weinberger said. “Nothing could be further from the truth. We aren’t selling Burlington.”



Vermont House Votes to Legalize Marijuana The Vermont House last Thursday voted 81 to 63 to legalize possession of marijuana for recreational use. The early-evening vote capped a daylong debate, during which a flurry of last-minute amendments and procedural tactics had legalization proponents rooting against establishment of a retail pot market and opponents advocating for one. The bill now returns to the Vermont Senate, which, like the House, passed a version of the legislation last year. If the Senate approves it without changes, the bill could land on Gov. Phil Scott’s desk within weeks. The Republican, who vetoed a similar version last year, has said he would sign it this time. If the bill becomes law, possession of up to an ounce of weed would be legal in Vermont for those 21 and older, starting in July. The legislation also allows possession of four immature and two mature pot plants. The action was complicated by reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is reversing Obama-era guidance allowing state-approved marijuana businesses to exist without federal intervention. Citing that development, Rep. Brian Savage (R-Swanton) proposed delaying consideration of Vermont’s legalization bill for two weeks so that officials could better understand the impact of the

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federal changes — but the House voted to move forward right away. Representatives spent much of the day debating and rejecting minor amendments to the bill, which would have pushed back the effective date of the legislation and increased penalties for smoking pot in an enclosed space with minors. The Senate could vote this week on the legislation. Rebecca Kelley, a spokesperson for the governor, said that while marijuana legalization is not a priority for the governor, he is willing to sign the bill as currently drafted. Scott appointed a commission last year to study the possibility of establishing a regulated retail market for marijuana, and a report from that committee is expected by January 15.




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or 160 feet. Voters approved the heavily debated allowance for taller buildings after Sinex insisted he could not revamp the decaying mall without building higher. Demolition on the outdated mall began last month and will transform the property, adding 270 apartments and condos, smaller store spaces, and offices. Two 14-story buildings are planned. The construction project at the roughly five-acre mall property is the largest in downtown Burlington’s history, according to the city’s Community & Economic Development Office. The city has issued a request for proposals calling for a consultant who could help neighboring businesses remain viable during the construction. The deadline for responses is February 2.


The man who is redeveloping Burlington’s downtown mall plans to buy the adjacent building where an ailing Macy’s department store is set to close in March. Don Sinex and his partners at Rouse Properties expect to close on the purchase of the Macy’s building at 67 Cherry Street in the next two or three weeks, Sinex said via email Tuesday. He would not disclose plans for the property, which is assessed at $11.1 million. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger said the purchase is good news. The deal means the site will not sit vacant for an extended period, and a team that has already proven its commitment to Burlington with the mall makeover plan will reimagine its future, Weinberger said via email Monday. Macy’s is Burlington’s only downtown department store. Last week, the struggling national retailer announced that the local store would be among 100 Macy’s stores to be shut down this year. The Macy’s building is in a downtown swath that was rezoned to increase allowable building heights from 10 to 14 stories,

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Stephen J. Cain





1952-2017, BURLINGTON

Stephen J. Cain, age 65, passed away of natural causes on Christmas Eve of 2017. Steve was born on May 18, 1952, in Burlington, Vt., the second of seven children born to L. John Cain and the late Paulina P. Cain. Steve had a wonderful time growing up in Burlington. He loved summers at Starr Farm Beach and playing Little League baseball. Steve attended Burlington High School, where he excelled academically. He also found that his true passion was for sports. Whether Steve was swimming laps at the BTC, chasing his friends around at flag football, skiing for BHS or playing high school football, Steve was “all in.” He showed up for every game or practice with a big smile and gave it all he had. Steve was so friendly and popular that he was elected president of his senior class in 1970. Steve loved sports because they embodied what he valued most: a common


cause, team effort, optimism, commitment, friendly competition and being surrounded with friends. Steve was a relentless sports fan to the end of his life because of the values and good times he had playing sports in high school and college. Steve went to the University of Vermont, where he majored in political science. Steve was always interested in politics and closely followed the state and national elections. Of course, Steve was immersed in intramural sports and played every game he could. Baseball, softball, flag football, tennis, soccer — you name it; he played it. He even decided it would be fun to play rugby barefoot! Steve graduated in 1974 and went looking for a job in politics. Steve got lucky when he got a job as driver for Burlington mayor (and uncle) Frank Cain’s campaign for United States congress. Jim Jeffords won the job, but this did not dim Steve’s passion for politics. His next job was as an aide for the newly elected United States Sen. Pat Leahy. Steve was in his glory in Washington, D.C., as he watched the business of politics play out before his eyes. Steve worked in D.C. for three years before returning to Burlington. When he returned to Burlington, Steve began showing signs of mental illness. Steve had to deal with mental health challenges for the last 40 years of his life. Our brother did not let this disease define him; in fact, he made the best of his life. Steve was always cheerful and friendly, and he also managed to hold down a job and live

independently. These are remarkable achievements, and we are very proud of Steve. Steve was always good at making friends. He had an affinity for people that most of us can only aspire to. People could see that he had no ulterior motives; he talked to them because he liked them and wanted to brighten their day. Steve always had a joke to tell; some were actually really funny, and if you missed one, he would be happy to repeat it. He related to so many people through discussion of politics, the weather and sports — he was very bright and could converse on just about any topic. Part of Steve’s legacy is all the friends he left behind. Steve was one of the most optimistic people anyone ever met. Steve always spoke so positively about how beautiful the day was or how well his sports teams were playing. Steve certainly had plenty to complain about, but he chose to approach life in a positive way. Our family gives special thanks to Steve Polewacyk and the other fine folks at Vermont Pub & Brewery, where he enjoyed many years of employment. We also want to recognize and thank Shannon from Magnolia restaurant, Bill Kamela from Washington, D.C., and all of Steve’s many friends from all walks of life. Steve is survived by his father, L. John Cain, and his six brothers and sisters and their families: John Cain (Betsy Cain), Dr. Paul Cain (Kathryn Cain), Dan Cain (Joan Lyons), Larry Cain (Cara Cain), Connie Ramsey (Jack Ramsey) and Elizabeth Steinman (Paul Steinman). He is also survived by Louise and John

Stimets, 12 nieces and nephews, and two great-nephews. Steve is predeceased by our beloved mother, Paulina Powers Cain, who passed away in 1989. Arrangements are by LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Visiting hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, January 12, 2018. Funeral services will be at Christ the King Church at 11 a.m. on January 13, 2018. If you would like to share your condolences, please visit

Florence Saucier

1919-2017, WINOOSKI Florence Saucier, who has been called a “Queen of Winooski,” passed away peacefully at the Converse Home in Burlington, on December 21, just shy of her 99th birthday. Florence was a citizen of Winooski for more than 70 years, coming to the city in 1945 as a new bride. She remained in her own home on Florida Avenue until moving to the Converse Home two years ago. She was born Florence Marie McKeough in Amsterdam, N.Y., on January 3, 1919. She graduated high

school from St. Marie’s Institute, where she met her future husband, a Vermonter, Lafayette Saucier. She earned a bachelor’s degree at the College of St. Rose in Albany, N.Y., graduating in 1941. Lafayette and Florence were married on June 9, 1945. Florence was Lafayette’s anchor, providing stability and devotion as he proceeded from teacher to superintendent in the Winooski school system. She was also the wonderful homemaker and mother to one son, John. She worked for Saint Michael’s College for 25 years as an executive secretary. Florence found much joy and comfort in the Catholic faith. She was active in the Catholic Daughters, soliciting for the bishop’s fund and helping in other functions of St. Stephen’s Parish in Winooski. In later years, Florence and Lafayette had many happy times traveling with the senior bus tours, camping at Malletts Bay, meeting with many dear friends at the Winooski Senior Center and enjoying visits with their granddaughter Kristin. In 1987, Lafayette died unexpectedly. Florence learned to drive at the age of 75. She delighted in the birth of her second granddaughter, Abby, in 1988, a year to the day after Lafayette’s death. Florence lived independently in her own home until two years ago, when she moved to the Converse Home. She remained close to her Winooski friends and neighbors while receiving the help she needed from the wonderful caring staff at Converse. Florence retained a positive outlook and held

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a true interest in the lives of all she met. She was always kind and welcoming. She was an exemplar in how to age gracefully. Florence is predeceased by her husband, Lafayette Saucier; her parents, John and Helen McKeough; and her brothers, John and Robert McKeough. She leaves her one son, John Saucier MD, and daughterin-law, Karen Saucier, of Yarmouth, Maine; granddaughter Kristin Saucier and her husband, Jose Romero, and great-grandson Leo Saucier Romero, all of Washington, D.C.; and granddaughter Abigail Saucier and her fiancé, Alex Gallant, of Augusta, Ga. The family would like to thank the wonderful support of the many friends of the City of Winooski and the compassionate care of Dr. Dan Donnelly and the staff of the Converse Home. There was a funeral service at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 8, at St. Stephen’s Parish in Winooski, followed by a reception. Arrangements were under the care of LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., Winooski, VT 05404. Florence gave to a number of charities, but the following were the most significant in her life. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to: St. Michael’s College, 1 Winooski Park, Box 256, Colchester, VT 05439; St. Stephen’s Parish, 115 Barlow St., Winooski, VT 05404 (655-0318); the Winooski Historical Society, Champlain Mill, Suite 42, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski, VT 05404; or the Winooski Senior Center, 27 W. Allen St., Winooski, VT 05404.


Leonard W. McDonald

COLCHESTER, 1943-2017 Leonard W. McDonald of Colchester went home to be with his heavenly Father on December 24, 2017, in the arms of his beloved wife, Emily, at the McClureMiller VNA Respite House in Colchester.

Leonard owned and operated E & L Siding for 40 years. Leonard loved woodworking and fixing things for folks. His biggest passion in life was fishing. He spent countless hours on Lake Champlain in search of “the big one.” Leonard is survived by his wife, Emily, and four children: Pierre Dufrense and Melanie of Colchester; Kathy Parrow of Rutland; Brian and Jill Knudson of Brookfield; and Colleen Berg and Bruce of New Brighton, Minn. He is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Wanda Shorb, and Jim of Cody, Wyo.; brother Carl McDonald of Cody, Wyo.; several cousins and their families; extended family; and countless friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Fred McDonald

and Doris Brace; his brother Eldridge McDonald; and son Brian Knudson. The family wishes to thank Dr. Nunnink, the VNA Hospice and nurse Heather, and the McClure-Miller Respite House for the wonderful care and compassion he received while in their care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Len’s memory to the McClureMiller Respite House in Colchester or to an animal shelter of your choice. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on January 11, 2018, at LaVigne Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 132 Main St., Winooski, VT 05404. A private burial service will be held at a later date at the convenience of the family. Condolences may be shared at

MEMORIAL Eric H. Charbonneau JANUARY 6, 1963-MARCH 10, 2015

My birthday gift to you will be Days go by and turn to years. Every step I take, a memory of you. Our tears are never too far from our love for you. In life, as in death, you will never be forgotten. Words alone are not nearly enough To say how much we miss you and love you. Happy 55th birthday, Eric. Love, Your family

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Short Takes on Five Vermont Books

Horse-Drawn Yogurt: Stories From Total Loss Farm Peter Gould, Green Writers Press, 212 pages, $19.95 paperback.

It was 1970, and communes had begun to poke up everywhere, like skunk cabbage in springtime.







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 colony of penguins. 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:,,,

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Poems and translations by Greg Delanty, chosen by Archie Burnett, Un-Gyve Press, 244 pages, $19.

The alarming, silhouetted bird has a preternatural quality as it flutters about my head, drawing me from sleep’s underworld. (from “The Splinters”) Poet-in-residence at Saint Michael’s College, GREG DELANTY is Irish and American, and that status has significance beyond conferring dual citizenship. While he splits his time physically between Ireland and the U.S. — specifically Vermont — Delanty infuses his poems with the slang, rhythms and insider sensibility of both places. More than a dozen published collections illustrate the effectiveness of his energetic language, the through line of old world and new. For this volume, Boston University English professor Archie Burnett has culled poems from 10 of Delanty’s previous collections, as well as a few translations. They hew to the themes of nature, politics, intimate observations and transitions. Most often the poems, as Burnett writes in his introduction, “emerge humanely on the side of decency and hope.” P. P.

Earth Striders

Brattleboro writer, performer and musician PETER GOULD first blew into the farm/commune at Packer Corner late one summer night in 1968. In this patchwork collection of stories, poems, drawings and recipes, Gould describes his arrival in Guilford as the outcome of a pivotal choice. Either he would get in the car to join the rioting fray at Chicago’s Democratic Convention, or get in the car to find “the Farm” using a hand-drawn map from his sister. Gould’s heartfelt account of option No. 2 is warmly written; it feels as if you’re right with him at, say, the kitchen table or the woodpile. In a soft but not lighthearted tone, he recollects the personal and collective pains that drew him back to the land, drawing parallels to current upheavals in American politics, and writing in the second person to drive these connections home. Some of the stories are taken from the commune’s fresh, youthful days, like those originally published in Gould’s 1972 autobiographical “commune book” Burnt Toast. Others are recollections penned more recently. Together, they make for an intimate, thoughtful contribution to the history of a vital cultural moment, in both Vermont and the nation at large. R .E.J .

Kathleen McKinley Harris, Finishing Line Press, 46 pages, $14.99.

The fall finally he went deer hunting, a bear chased him across an open field and he thought he was a goner for sure until he came to a summer camp, dove headfirst through a window. With titles that evoke farming, horses and wildlife, these poems by KATHLEEN MCKINLEY HARRIS transport readers into a childhood of wonder and adventure amid everyday life in rural Vermont. In “Bear Fear” (excerpted above), the protagonist’s imagination, fueled by tales of bear encounters, builds to such a feverish pitch that the sighting of a true bear is anticlimactic and disorienting. “Winter Afternoon” captures riding in a horse-drawn sleigh so completely that one can almost see the horse’s breath and hear the clomp of hooves. In “Horse Trading,” the way news of a shady financial transaction travels from one person to another conjures a town-wide game of telephone. An editor and former teacher, Harris has been writing poetry and prose for more than 30 years, and her works have appeared in publications such as Vermont Life and Snowy Egret, a long-standing journal of nature writing. In this collection of poems — many set in Hyde Park or Stowe — Harris recounts her youth with playful, wistful zeal. E.M .S .



announced that PAUL SCHNABEL was handing over the reins. One of four founders, in 2010, of the 65-seat black-box space in Burlington’s Old North End, he had held those reins almost single-handedly for the past five years. Over the past year or so, however, a collective of theater Laura Roald artists gradually formed itself into a board, taking on some of the work of maintaining the space, booking rentals, and planning shows and special events such as the Burlington Fringe Festival. With that group in place to carry on the center’s mission — providing an affordable rehearsal and performance space to the board last year. Along with fellow local artists — Schnabel could finally member and actor ALEX DOSTIE, Roald step down as president. (He remains is “shepherding online stuff and on the board.) The next generation of marketing,” she says. “But we’re a Off Center management has named small, volunteer team, so everyone is involved with everything.” LAURA ROALD to his former position. The tasks that lie ahead range A lifelong theater artist from from maintenance — upgrading the Vancouver, B.C., Roald, 43, earned fireproofing on the curtains, keeping an MFA in directing from the the venue clean — to mission-critical. University of Alberta. She moved to “Our priority is to invite new groups Vermont in 2013 with her husband to use the space,” Roald says. “We and two children, now 7 and 9. have great renters — VERMONT STAGE She’s since founded, with MARY [for rehearsals], Green Candle, SAINTS BETH MCNULTY, a theater enterprise called COMPLICATIONS COMPANY. Its AND POETS [PRODUCTION COMPANY] — mission is to nurture “the creation, those are our pillars,” she continues. development and production of new “But we have pockets of space and plays,” according to its website. want to make sure everyone knows Toward that end, Complications we’re available.” will present short readings of works To encourage new solo artists or by local female dramatists as part of theater groups, the Off Center board International Women’s Voices Day, is developing a space grant “to honor a January 21 event initiated by the Paul,” Roald reveals. “We would offer a Washington, D.C., Women’s Voices ‘make cool shit’ grant to new people. Theater Festival. Held at Off Center, We don’t have money, but we have the local event will also feature a space. potluck supper. “We want to continue to support Between starting a family and the incubation of [local] artists,” moving to a different country, Roald Roald adds. “That’s what Paul has “fell off the grid a bit,” she says, nurtured. Off Center is a space, but referring to her theatrical aspirations. it’s also become a community.” But she’d only been in Vermont a PAMELA POLSTON short time before she was “trolling Contact: Facebook,” as she puts it, looking for local thespians. “Then I fell in with INFO the bad boys at GREEN CANDLE THEATRE,” Complications Company presents she says with a grin. International Women’s Voices Day, Before long, Roald was taking on Vermont Playwrights Edition (and potluck tasks at Off Center, from handling the dinner), Sunday, January 21, 5-8 p.m., Off venue’s social media to managing Center for the Dramatic Arts in Burlington. Free., the stage and technical aspects for “a lot of shows.” She officially joined


Aging With Wisdom: Reflections, Stories & Teachings Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle, Monkfish Book Publishing, 224 pages, $16.95.

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brings to her subject a lifetime of experience — including her own aging process and that of her husband, who spent his last years navigating Alzheimer’s disease. A psychologist, teacher and practicing Buddhist, Hoblitzelle developed one of the first mind/ body medicine programs in the U.S. She champions the ideas, common in Asian and indigenous cultures, that one’s elder years are a time for reflection and deepening spirituality — and that elders deserve respect and compassion. Conversely, Hoblitzelle rejects the ageism of Western society and offers, using role models she calls “wayshowers,” guidelines for a mindful, graceful and even playful passage through life’s final chapter.

When we meet teenage Marvin Herkimer, the narrator of this third novel from Brookfield author L.E. SMITH, he’s already hanged himself in his prep school dorm room with a school tie. “It was just easy,” he tells us with the casual confessionalism of the Twitter generation. But is anything that simple? Smith’s novel takes us on a flashback tour of the events leading to Marvin’s demise, including a road trip through a landscape of scary rednecks, seductive cougars and cockeyed collectivists. Though Marvin declares that Holden Caulfield “[doesn’t] rate,” he often reads like a self-conscious updating of J.D. Salinger’s mouthy hero. Smith conveys the kid’s addled sense of self using neologisms of the kind you usually find only on Urban Dictionary: “calculasms,” “genderalities,” “Googleheimer.” While the prose has other stylistic quirks that slow the reader down, Smith’s playful linguistic inventiveness makes Marvin one of the livelier literary stiffs you’ll ever meet.


With his observation about “slowth,” with its faint echo with the word “sloth” (indeed, sloths go very slowly), I realized how much we were now living in different time zones.

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rtists’ books, true to their makers and the genre, come in myriad sizes and formats and with their own truths. Some are handmade in limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist. Others are commercially oriented, mass-produced endeavors. Photographer MARY ZOMPETTI’s new publication, 45 Degrees North, straddles the line between those extremes: It’s both precious and commercial. Only 75 copies of the fall issue were made, and each is signed and numbered by the artist. But, produced by VILLANTI PRINTERS in Milton, the book has a clean, professional look. 45 Degrees North is petite, just 6.5 by 7 inches, with 24 pages featuring mostly color photographs: of cedar trees, dry grass stalks in barren fall fields, faded fences. Multiple-exposure images combine shots of the lake or clouds with terrestrial elements. The subject is Zompetti’s home in Grand Isle, or, more accurately, “the physical and psychic landscapes of home and place,” she writes in an artist statement. This is Zompetti’s first book, partially funded by a grant from the Vermont Arts Endowment Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. She plans to publish an installment quarterly for an indefinite period, with each new issue coming out at the end of a season. If the form is new to her, the work is familiar in its extrasensory explorations. Zompetti, 38, earned her MFA in visual arts at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University; she is currently the photography program director and a teaching artist at BURLINGTON CITY ARTS. Her eye tends to find intangible, emotive elements within natural and human environments or to create such elements through experimental techniques. Past projects that succinctly demonstrated that vibe include Zompetti’s eerie documentation of the now-closed Memorial Auditorium in downtown Burlington, and a haunting installation with OVERNIGHT PROJECTS in the former St. Joseph’s Orphanage on North Avenue.

In 45 Degrees North, a reference to the approximate latitude of Zompetti’s house, the photographer manipulates her negatives in a variety of ways. She uses food coloring and sandpaper on them, and even microwaves them, embracing imperfection and transformation in the process. “Through this work,” Zompetti writes in her statement, “I seek to explore the fluid boundaries of past and present, the tensions between domestic comfort and unease, and the energetic imprints that emotional experience can leave behind in the everchanging physical and psychic terrain of the home.” The results certainly create a sense of tension in the viewer.


of house and home. That quest is aided by a quote in Zompetti’s opening essay, from Yi-Fu Tuan’s 1975 book Space and Place: The Perspective of Experience: “Place is security, space is freedom. We are attached to the one, and long for the other.” The images in 45 Degrees North exist outside the “place” or the home in that they depict the natural landscape. This terrain appears in a wild, overgrown state that is simultaneously barren and exciting. But these images are not free from the home, any more than is Tuan’s concept of space. They depend on it and call to it, as when the house appears at a distance through trees or more closely in the center spread. 45 Degrees North evokes the feelings we may have about where we live, the reasons we stay and what it might be like to test the boundaries. Zompetti is currently working on the winter issue, “which will be quiet, dark and reflective,” she says. “Last week, I shot a roll of film layering exposures of the winter sky, the frozen lake and the waxing moon. It is currently sitting, unprocessed, in a jar of snow outside my studio.” Even the weather inspires Zompetti to experiment. “I am curious to see the environmental impact of melting, freezing and refreezing, [and what they] do to the emulsion of the film before it’s processed,” she explains. “Looking ahead, I imagine the summer issue to be a riot of color, light and life, a very different experience,” Zompetti continues. “I am thinking about ‘planting’ some negatives in the garden in the spring, just to see how the soil and wetness damage the emulsion of the film.” 



Rather than stemming from a particular object depicted, that tension is a poetic effect created by Zompetti’s habit of excerpting or enlarging pieces of one image to craft a new photo. The technique invites the viewer to compare the new image and the original, trying to place the detail and understand its context, as well as why Zompetti has asked us to focus on it. That quandary is evident in a rare image of her house in the book’s centerfold. (Most of the photos depict the landscape; with this placement, Zompetti may be stressing the importance of the house to, or its absence from, the rest of the publication.) The image shows a red farmhouse beyond an overgrown

field. A cluster of red-ringed black dots, an effect of some unknown process, obscures most of the structure. The preceding spread features two excerpts from that image. One shows blurred, bare branches against a blue sky. In the other, four images bring our visual field successively closer to the dots, until they fill the frame. Viewers can only speculate on the significance of those excerpts, toggling between pages in search of source material and possible clues. The effort is engaging, puzzle-like. This is not a book you “read” from front to back, or just once; Zompetti’s methods encourage sustained attention. So does her subject matter. The artist’s focus on the natural landscape, with brief glimpses of her home’s exterior, invites the viewer to question the meaning


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Recently it was announced that medical experts had lowered the numbers of what acceptable blood pressures are, so now nearly half of all adults are considered to have high blood pressure. Is this a drug-company ploy to get even more people on medications?

— Pressured in Michigan




unny, isn’t it? What with the fast food, the sedentary lifestyles and the increasingly hair-raising national politics, we Americans shouldn’t really need help getting diagnosed with high blood pressure — doing just fine, thanks. Yet along come these goalpost-moving guidelines: Where previously hypertension meant 140 over 90 and up, the new threshold is 130/80 — meaning that, yep, quite literally overnight, a full 46 percent of Americans now have HBP. The change came via a report in November from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology, part of a regular, federally sanctioned process to guide medical practices across the country. Redefining a worrisome medical condition to include 14 percent more patients sounds drastic, but how big a deal is it really? I’d submit to you that what we’re looking at is a little more nuanced than the breathless news coverage would suggest — though you’re

certainly not wrong, Pressured, to cast a skeptical eye. The shady stuff we’ll get to in a minute, but first the official line on the matter — why, in theory at least, the new guidelines aren’t simply a big drug-company ploy. According to defenders, the idea isn’t to get more folks on medication but to keep more folks off it by motivating them into bloodpressure-lowering lifestyle changes before meds become necessary. Anyway, hypertension drugs work best on those with systolic blood pressures of 140 and above, so the newly designated HBP sufferers, the 130to-139 crowd, aren’t even the target market; according to one estimate, the new numbers will mean only a 1.9 percent increase nationwide in the prescription of blood-pressure meds. (Which admittedly shakes out to about 4 million people — not nothing.) So the half-the-country’s-got-HBP framing is maybe a little hyperbolic — one could reasonably argue the AHA et al. just want to get you to quit smoking, while it’s the headline

writers who are trying to give you a heart attack. If the guidelines are broadly unobjectionable, you honestly can’t say the same about the medico-corporate milieu whence they emerged, which has taken deserved heat. The last time blood-pressure guidelines underwent major revision, back in 2003, the change prompted a Seattle Times investigation focusing on the links between the new rules and the pharmaceutical companies uncomfortably close to their creation. The 2003 report created a new condition called “prehypertension” (eliminated in the 2017 update); it recommended the wider use of hypertension drugs — and, conveniently enough, nine of the 11 authors of the report, the Times found, had ties to Big Pharma. That’s a conflict of interest basically baked into this particular system. Groups like the American Heart Organization and the American Cancer Society are what’s called patient advocacy organizations, or PAOs, and over time have

come to be heavy hitters on the American medical scene: authoring guidelines, influencing policy and regulatory decisions, sponsoring research, etc. Who can disagree with patient advocacy? Unfortunately, that kind of work ain’t cheap, and many PAOs receive substantial funding from for-profit companies, including pharma manufacturers and medical-device makers. A 2017 sample of PAOs found that 67 percent received at least some cash from forprofit companies, and 12 percent got more than half their budget that way. This study was part of a series of JAMA Internal Medicine articles on the growing problem of industry influence on things like medical guidelines; it was noted elsewhere, for instance, that the industry-funded National Osteoporosis Foundation “continues to promote the idea of a widespread ‘disease,’” while “others point to concern about the condition’s overdiagnosis and overtreatment.” The problem was described a bit more heatedly in a 2009 article in the New York Review of Books by Marcia Angell — longtime editor at a little pamphlet out of the Northeast called the New England Journal of

Medicine — about the infiltration of industry money into things like “expert panels” on health issues. Angell cited as an example the National Cholesterol Education Panel, which in 2004 recommended lowering acceptable levels of “bad” cholesterol; eight of whose nine panel members proved to have financial ties to cholesterol-drug makers. Angell’s conclusion? “It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines.” So there you have it. The specific guidelines you’re asking about seem harmless enough, Pressured — most of us, anyway, could stand to exercise a little more. (We’ll note that one big doctors’ organization, the American Academy of Family Physicians, decided not to endorse the new hypertension guidelines — citing, among other issues, potential conflicts of interest on the authors’ part.) But going forward, you’d be wise to take this sort of medical-pronouncement-fromon-high with a grain of salt — or, depending on your dietary restrictions, the low-sodium flavor enhancer of your choice.


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Seventeen in ’18 Day turned and smiled sweetly at the old dude. When you’re 17 and a kind person, making allowances for the old folks is undoubtedly a common practice. “No, I don’t actually own a record player,” she explained patiently. “I use the speakers for my iPhone.”

ANY MENTION OF THE BEATLES SETS MY BABY BOOMER HEART AFLUTTER, AND I REACTED ACCORDINGLY. “Oh, of course,” I replied. Of course. “Stop me if you’re sick of this question,” I said, “but what’s the deal with your first name?” “No, it’s OK,” she said. “My parents were big fans of Billie Holiday. One of her nicknames was Lady Day.” “Oh, that’s quite sweet,” I said. “That has some real meaning. Not like one of those vacuous hippie names — you know, like Flower or Sunshine. Do you ever listen to Billie’s music? She’s a gorgeous singer, one of the greatest of all time.” “I didn’t like her music when I was younger, but I’m starting to appreciate it the last few years. I like to sing myself.” “Oh, cool. What kind of stuff do you like?” “All kinds of genres, really. I like the Beatles a lot, which most of my friends can’t understand, but I grew up on their music.” Any mention of the Beatles sets my baby boomer heart aflutter, and I reacted accordingly. “Awesome! Hey, my satellite radio has an all-Beatles channel. Wanna listen?”

We sang along — quietly, because Day was shy when it came to her singing. By the time we crossed over into Vermont at Fair Haven, she had angled her seat back and was curled up, asleep. When I noticed, I turned down the volume on the radio to support her peaceful dreams. Day was a particularly lovely young woman and living proof that God blesses racial and ethnic mixtures. Her mother is Chinese, her father half Egyptian and half Swiss. Just 50 years ago, such a pairing was unusual, but it’s more common in the modern global economy. One can only hope that the growing number of hybrid humans will eventually eliminate the tribalism roiling the planet. Multiracial and multiethnic people may hold the key to a peaceful future. Day awakened just south of Vergennes. “Is this Vermont?” she asked, stretching her arms. “It sure is,” I replied. “We’re about an hour into Vermont.” “Should we text my dad?” “Sure, you can if you want to, but I

figure we’ll shoot him an ETA when we’re about 45 minutes from Montpelier.” “Sounds good,” she said, fishing out her Smartfood and M&M’S. “You know, I normally have really clear skin,” she said, “but I’ve been eating junk food, like, nonstop since Christmas. My grandmother has it in, like, these dishes all over her house. I’m starting to see breakouts on my forehead. It’s OK, though, because we eat really healthy at home.” Everything Day shared was touching to me. It’s been a thousand years since I was a teenager. And, even back then, teenage girls were a mystery to me. Getting a glimpse into her world made me smile. We reached Burlington and accessed Interstate 89 going south. I texted Day’s father, giving him a 7:15 arrival time at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, the agreed-upon rendezvous point. When we got there, right on time, I called and he was 15 minutes out. “My dad is not real good with time,” Day told me, chuckling. “I think I inherited that from him.” Paul McCartney’s acoustic gem “Blackbird” came on the radio. “Oh, I love this one,” Day said. “My dad plays it on the guitar, and I sing.” Eventually Dad arrived, pulling up behind us at the hotel. Day climbed out, and they embraced warmly. Looking me directly in the eyes, he said, “I can’t thank you enough for transporting this ‘cargo.’” “Yes, precious cargo,” I said, smiling. “Thanks for trusting me with the job.” m All these stories are true, though names and locations may be altered to protect privacy.



n my considered opinion, the single best buy in modern America is the shopping mall easy-chair massage. For one measly dollar, you get to sink into a cushy seat and enjoy a three-minute, startlingly effective mechanical back massage. I grab one every chance I get. I got such a chance on New Year’s Day at the Crossgates Mall in Albany, N.Y. My customer, Day Abdallah, was going to be about 45 minutes late to her scheduled 3 p.m. pickup in front of Dick’s Sporting Goods, so I used the opportunity to splurge on three massage sessions. Duly revived (and figuring YOLO), I hit the Cinnabon kiosk before making my way over to Dick’s. My customer arrived, driven by her mother. As I transferred bags from Mom’s vehicle to my taxi, the two women hugged and said their goodbyes. Day’s parents are divorced, so there’s a lot of this in her life. Getting under way — en route to Montpelier, where we would hook up with her father — I initiated conversation. I had driven Day down to Albany a couple days before Christmas, so we had some preexisting rapport. “So, what was your best Christmas gift?” Looking up from her iPhone, Day replied, “I got, like, these really good speakers.” Digitally speaking, I am hopelessly, haplessly lost. In our wired-up world, such technical illiteracy is beginning to approach the stigma of actual illiteracy. I do try to keep up, but I sense it’s futile. “Speakers, huh? Do you have, like, an actual record player? I mean, what will you use speakers for?”

“Yeah, that would be nice.” To the sound of the Fab Four, we made our way north to Vermont. The temperature outside was frigid — the entire Northeast had been stuck in a deep freeze for well over a week — but inside the vehicle it was a comfy 70 degrees. More importantly, from my vantage point behind the wheel, the roads were clear of ice and snow. That’s the silver lining to this arctic weather: Near-zero temperatures generally forestall any significant precipitation.

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movie-ready 19th-century drugstore, a hornet’s nest, Pectoral Elixir, an accordion, a wedding dress, a camera that belonged to “Snowflake” Bentley and a quilt made by that lifelong bachelor’s mother. What do these items have in common? Each is an artifact tended by one of Vermont’s historical societies. Landgrove (pop. 158) has a historical society. So does Tinmouth (pop. 613). In fact, some 190 Vermont towns have one. Size is no deterrent, clearly, to a community’s passion for keeping track of itself. Typically operating on a shoestring budget and stewarded by elders, local historical societies — especially the teensy ones — represent a sort of benign fringe element throughout the state. Their members meet on third Mondays or fourth Thursdays, but not always; many close down in winter or convene when members are able. Historical societies might be headquartered in former schoolhouses or freight stations; at least one is above a police station. Others have no formal location at all. Like the hyper-local histories they strive to document and archive, town historical societies often lead a precarious existence, dallying with obscurity in both content and form. Though their patchwork archives may read like non sequiturs, and the rewards of collecting may look slim to outsiders, what’s at stake is the very identity and continuity of these communities. The website for the Londonderry (pop. 1,709) Arts and Historical Society puts it like this: “The mission … is to be a beacon — helping people understand

A photograph from the Waitsfield Historical Society’s digitized collection of 800-plus glass slides

the rich history and culture of our little town.” Eileen Corcoran is community outreach coordinator at the Vermont Historical Society; it’s her job to act as liaison between the state and local organizations. She’s known some societies to officially disband, as Brandon’s did last year, and others to exist in name only. “Some of them just kind of go dormant,” Corcoran said. “They might still technically exist; there might be a tiny bit of money sitting in a bank for a couple of years.” Historical societies can also be resurrected: Ripton’s relaunched in 2013, as did neighboring Hancock’s in 2016. Corcoran described the smaller groups as “great community-based organizations that are doing the work for VHS in a lot of ways.” Of Vermont’s

nearly 200 groups, 60 to 70 percent have some sort of physical location, she estimated. Volunteers, often senior citizens, run most of them. “The general demographic of historical societies tends to be an older generation,” Corcoran acknowledged. “It’s always sort of been that way.” Managing or even participating in a historical society requires “spare time,” she added, and that’s something young professionals or parents of small children tend to lack. (Exceptions exist — see Paul and Rachel Putney of the Randolph Historical Society on page 34.) Corcoran speculated that the impetus for historical society work comes from “starting to see that kids growing up now don’t know or recognize the stuff you grew up with, and wanting to preserve and share some of those [things].”

Vermont, she noted, is an “old state,” referring to its aging population. It’s rare to see a new historical society form in Vermont, Corcoran added, partly because the state is already saturated with them and partly because the traditional models are “not speaking to newer generations.” Nationally, many such groups were established in the mid1970s and ’80s, she said, spurred by the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial and countering the trend of widespread urban renewal. Corcoran suggested one path to kindling new interest in historical societies: “We do have to start talking about the 20th century as history.” For many people, she noted, the Victorian and Civil War eras just don’t have a lot of pull. Some organizations are already working this line of thought: In 2017, the


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The “Brides of the Century” exhibit featured gowns from 1845-1945

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collection of glass slides from the town’s history. More than 800 images, from sour-faced children posing on fur rugs to landscape photographs, give an intimate view A leather shoe found during restoration of Waitsfield as it was a of the General Wait House hundred years ago. Historical society member Sandra Reilly assists with digitizing the photos, while Dodds’ husband, Jim, is responsible for uploading them to the WHS website, which he manages. Dodds described herself as more of a handson type. “I try to do two exhibitions a year,” she said. “The one we had before [the furniture show] was ‘Brides of the Century.’ It was so popular.” That exhibition included bridal gowns from 1820 through the mid-20th century. Prior to moving north, Dodds worked as a curator of costumes and decorative arts at the Louisiana State Museum in her hometown of New Orleans. In Vermont, she’s had a second career as a fiber artist, selling her appliqué wall hangings in galleries across the country. That flair for fabric and fashion is evident even in the current exhibit at the WHS. A cardboard cutout of a woman dressed in a floral vest, white top and skirt “holds” a feather duster tied to her poster-board hand. Asked why she has stayed with the historical society for so long, Dodds had a simple answer: “They needed me, and I could do it. I had 30 years of experience.” That’s changing now. “I used to do a lot more,” she said. “But I don’t have the energy anymore.” Even as Dodds ramps down her involvement in the society, she’s noted that general membership has dropped off. “The membership ages, and young people are so busy now,” she said. “It doesn’t mean enough until you get older and you start thinking about who came before you.”




ike many historical society members and administrators all over Vermont, Judy Dodds is reaching the end of a long tenure. The curator consultant and board member of the Waitsfield Historical Society recently celebrated her 90th birthday at the General Wait Judy Dodds House, home to the society’s collections and operations. Dodds has been with the organization for some 40 years, ever since she moved to the Mad River Valley town from New Orleans (via Boston) in the 1970s. Though she’s finally ready to step aside, “I’ll still have some sort of influence,” Dodds said. “It’s sort of like my baby.” “It” is a modest affair. The historical society occupies the former home of Waitsfield’s founder, Revolutionary War general Benjamin Wait. Dodds recalled assisting with the fundraiser that enabled the town to purchase the wooden structure in the 1990s. For a while, the town’s visitor center and some administrative offices resided on the first floor, and the historical society on the second. When the town operations recently moved to a new building, the society relocated downstairs; various businesses rent out the upper floor. Upon entry, visitors see a permanent exhibit of information and artifacts related to general Wait, such as his sword, as well as a rotating exhibit put together by Dodds. The current show features wooden furniture made in Waitsfield and donated by local families. In the first-floor office, WHS director Lois DeHeer cataloged new acquisitions while this reporter interviewed Dodds. Nearby, a storage room teemed with neatly labeled items, including old manuscripts and a leather shoe found during the restoration of the Wait House. DeHeer said she plans to expand the exhibitions space into the office area over the next year. She’s already set up a small tabletop exhibition of household objects belonging to an area family. Another treasure of this historical society is its digitized


Norwich Historical Society mounted the exhibition “Mad for Mid-Century PAGE 35 Modern.” The same year, the Milton Enosburg Historical Society Historical opened “The History Society of Racing in Milton,” PAGE 36 harking back to when the town was a hub Tinmouth for stock-car racing. Historical & And VHS is Genealogical Society encouraging local historical societies to PAGE 36 mount more shows like these. Last April, the organization introduced a new venue for sharing the work of such groups, the Local History Gallery at Montpelier’s Vermont History Museum, and invited historical societies statewide to submit an exhibition for consideration. At the end of this month, the Chelsea Historical Society will be the first to mount its original show, which examines barns from a historical and artistic perspective. Corcoran said she hopes the new gallery will help mitigate the loss of the Vermont History Expo, a statewide history event that ran from 2000 to 2016. As we enter a new year, we naturally look — hopefully or with fingers crossed — to the future. But it helps to keep a little historical perspective, too. In this first cover story of 2018, we visit some of the people devoted to cataloging and preserving Vermont’s ever-accumulating past.


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Jericho Historical Society

4A Red Mill Drive, Jericho, 899-3225; January to last week of March, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; last week of March through December, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.,

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Left: “Snowflake” Bentley and one of his original cameras; right: a Bentley print




nn Squires is the president of the board of the Jericho Historical Society, but she may be better known for her pumpkins. Each Halloween, with some help from their friends, Squires and her husband, Dick, carve hundreds of their homegrown pumpkins to light up and display. The two-night event, the Cilley Hill Pumpkin Glow, draws thousands of spectators. The historical society, located in a red former mill on the edge of Browns River, isn’t quite that busy. It houses a petite assemblage of Vermontiana and, in another building, a town archive consisting of photographs and newspaper clippings. The highlight of the society’s collection won’t surprise anyone familiar with the story of Wilson Alwyn Bentley (1865-1931). The self-educated Jericho farmer — his family’s homestead was at the base of Bolton Mountain — was a lifelong bachelor and avid musician better known by his nickname, “Snowflake.” Bentley earned that moniker after he developed a method for photographing snow crystals by combining a microscope with a camera. He was the first to posit that no two snowflakes are alike. Two of Bentley’s cameras are housed at the JHS, although only one is currently on display. The latter is a bellows camera, kept behind glass as part of a tableau that features a life-size photograph of Bentley, a side table decorated with items he may have kept near him while working and a piece of knitting that appears to be a scarf — useful, no doubt, when collecting snow samples. The same room holds a selection of Bentley’s snowflake images, ranging from delicate flakes that look like lace or insect wings to a rare triangular crystal. Although these images have been widely published online and in print, it’s pleasing to see Bentley’s original prints and slides up close, as well as montages of images that he created to give away as gifts. A few other curiosities show up in the collection, including Bentley’s “magic lantern” slide projector. In a letter to an admirer, graciously accepting a $3 payment for 60 of his photographs, Bentley writes, “As usual, when good snowflakes are falling, I did not stop for dinner, or anything else, tho I had callers, and became ravenously hungry.” A quilt made by Bentley’s mother echoes the patterns in Bentley’s snowflake photographs, serving as a reminder that human arts and crafts frequently mimic nature. The second highlight of the JHS is its prodigious gift shop, the proceeds of which help maintain the building and collections. Jam-packed with the works of local artisans, along with old milling equipment, the store has something for just about every taste: scarves, turned wooden bowls, photographs, pot holders and pottery. The snowflake theme is strong here, too. Metal, lace and etched-glass ornaments, dog biscuits, T-shirts and other items come decorated with patterns that reflect Bentley’s work. By the front door, shoppers can pick up a collection of Bentley’s images or works directly inspired by them. Squires pointed out an intricate snow calendar in which Bentley’s images are arranged by month, demonstrating how crystal patterns change with the weather. Squires, who is retired from teaching at Mount Mansfield Union High School, said she never set out to be president of the JHS. But now she’s responsible for “everything from the gift shop to the septic system,” she said. Squires has found millennials to be less interested in the past than their forebears have been. When it comes to the future of historical societies, “Who knows what will happen?” she wondered aloud.

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6 Salisbury Street, 728-9780 or 685-7725; open May through September on third Sundays, 2-4 p.m., STOWE PHOTOS: SALLY POLLAK




wooden sled that belonged to Oliver Luce is mounted on the wall of the Stowe Historical Society. Luce, who cleared the hills and helped settle the town, hauled his family’s possessions on that sled in 1794, making the final leg of his trek from Woodstock. Beside the historic rig hangs a blue plastic sled with metal runners — an alpine toy designed for 20th-century speed and fun. A little wall space and about 200 years separate these two conveyances that preside over a fascinating collection of objects at the historical society in this Lamoille County town. A current exhibit of Stowe Guide & Magazine covers (1984 to 2017) presents depictions of the physical beauty and outdoor culture for which Stowe is known. “For much of its history, Stowe was self-aware,” said Barbara Baraw, the society’s president. “Right from the get-go, there were people in Stowe who told Stowe’s story in various places and ways.” In recent years, Baraw and other volunteers with the society, which was founded in 1956, have collected and disseminated those stories. She receives hundreds of queries a year about Stowe history and genealogy, often from people seeking information about their family’s ties to the region. “We try to respond to all of them,” she said. “I love it.” Baraw, 73, has been a member of the SHS since 2000 and president since 2005. With the exception of five years away, she has lived in Stowe since 1963. A University of Vermont graduate, Baraw said her interStowe Historical Society est in history took root president Barbara Baraw in childhood. “I grew up traveling across the country, and my parents made a point of visiting historical places and putting wherever we were in historical perspective,” she said. “You have to know something about the past in order to make good decisions in the present and future.” The big story of Stowe is Mount Mansfield; at 4,393 feet, it’s Vermont’s highest peak and the site of Stowe Mountain Resort. Yet, with a logging and agricultural past, this was a tourist town before it was a ski town, Baraw said. Evidence can be found in the historical society’s image of the Mount Mansfield Hotel. With capacity for 400 guests, it stood on Main Street from 1864 until 1889. Many objects at the SHS belonged to local families, such as a ceramic platter from the Luces, an 1813 hope chest that originated with a parson’s family, and an 1890s Bible. Other objects speak to village life. Musical instruments recall an era when the town had marching bands; a set of spikes comes from the railroad that ran between Waterbury and Stowe from 1897 to 1932. Model train cars made by Stowe resident and surgeon George Rahilly replicate that bygone railroad. A copy of a map drawn in the late 19th century depicts Stowe when it encompassed towns that no longer exist — Mansfield and Sterling. The historical society’s building is itself a piece of town history: Built on Luce Hill Road in 1878, it served as a one-room schoolhouse, then an Episcopal church. Later, the structure was renovated and moved to School Street; it opened as the Stowe Historical Society in 2011. Previously, the organization had occupied one room of the Akeley Memorial Building. “We wouldn’t exist if we didn’t have this building,” Baraw said.


onths after Paul Putney Jr. and his wife, Rachel, moved into their house on Hospital Hill in 2010, an older gentleman stopped by to inquire about the home’s architect. The two men started talking, and Putney learned that his new acquaintance was Larry Leonard, whose family had run Leonard’s Drug Store in Randolph from 1893 to 1958. Leonard was also a longtime president of the Randolph Historical Society. Though he now lives in New Hampshire, he continues to attend auctions to purchase items related to his ancestral town. At Leonard’s encouragement, the Putneys joined the historical society. Since then, Barre native Paul said, he’s learned a great deal about Randolph’s past. Though the Randolph Historical Society president thirtysomething couple is much Marilyn Polson and Paul Putney Jr. younger than most members, both are passionate about preserving the town’s history. “I’m interested in that kind of stuff,” said Paul. “I like to be involved in the community.” Located above the police station, the Randolph Historical Society Museum is probably one of the best-protected sites in the town. Surprised by the sound of footsteps when the museum is normally closed, Police Chief Daniel Brunelle scrambled upstairs during this reporter’s recent museum tour with Paul Putney and society president Marilyn Polson. Visitors will find a relaxed and easygoing atmosphere at the museum. They’re allowed to touch most of the exhibits, including the tombstone of Justin Morgan, whose horse, Figure, was the father of the Morgan horse breed. The museum proffers eclectic displays: a painting of Abraham Lincoln’s War Department members, including Randolph native Albert Chandler; a disc used in a music box made by local Porter Music Box Company; a vintage Union Market signboard painted by Jim Sardonis, regionally famous for the South Burlington sculpture “Reverence,” aka the “whale tails.” A relatively new acquisition, a wheelbarrow made by Sargent, Osgood & Roundy Co., hangs from the ceiling — there’s no other space for it, said Putney. The police, he added, are looking to build a new station, and he hopes the museum will eventually be able to expand into the department’s vacated space.


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Norwich Historical Society and Community Center

277 Main Street, Norwich, 649-0124; open year-round Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and June through October on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to noon; or by appointment,





live in Norwich, and they had an interest in the world, Sarah Rooker modern so they engaged modern architects and built these homes,” she said. “Mid-Century Modern” has since been taken down to make way for “Back to Our Routes.” The new show examines the origins of Norwich street names, which also qualify as contemporary history: As is common in Vermont, many town roads didn’t have official names until relatively recently. It’s another example of how Rooker and her volunteer staff try not to get stuck in the past — at least not the distant past. “Looking at modern history as a way to engage a new part of the community is something we want to continue,” said Rooker of the turn to contemporary-ish exhibits. She stressed that the society boasts a wealth of more traditional historical curios, such as the town’s (presumably decommissioned) horse-drawn hearse and the old jail. Both are housed in a barn adjacent to Lewis House and are crowd favorites — especially among the K-6 students from Marion Cross School across the street. While Rooker respects those traditions, she emphasized that the modernization strategy has helped the NHS thrive. “It’s brought in new members and new collections, blueprints and other mementos from that era that you don’t necessarily think of as being historical,” she said, “but [that] actually are now.”



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Other exhibits have closer-to-contemporary origins. A glass case holds a piece of melted metal from the B-17F Flying Fortress that crashed on Fish Hill in 1943. Less than a foot away stands a mounted collection of photographs of the 10 airmen, seven of whom parachuted to safety, and their personal possessions. A few years ago, the family of one of the airmen who died in the crash visited the museum, Putney noted. The museum’s pride and joy is the complete, threegeneration-old Leonard’s Drug Store, which includes a well-preserved soda fountain and medical reference books. “I don’t know many Stoves and places in the state that have wheelbarrows a period drug store,” observed Putney. The installation is so precious that the museum hires a security guard for its opening on the Fourth of July, he said. While many history museums might have a couple of medicine bottles, Randolph has an entire pharmacist’s set, Putney pointed out. The containers still hold “all the original period drugs.” In winter, some of the shelves are empty because the bottles need warm storage for preservation. “I think if we advertise this more and more, people that have no real interSwitchboard used in Randolph est in Randolph history [would come] just to see a period drug store,” Putney mused. “Movie companies,” added Brunelle, “if they were aware of this setup, [they’d be] ready to film scenes in it.”

World War II, a wave of intellectuals — including refugees from Germany — moved to the Upper Valley town, which is a bedroom community of Dartmouth College in nearby Hanover, N.H. “They came to teach at Dartmouth or


Leonard’s Drug Store installation

ined with white picket fences, stately old homes and brick buildings, Main Street in Norwich has a picture-postcard feel. Children playing in the snowy schoolyard and skating on the town green’s ice rink give the place the idyllic, all-American warmth of a Norman Rockwell painting. Especially on a brilliant January morning following a fresh snow, Norwich is every bit the quintessential olde New England town. One might expect that wholesome Yankee pride to extend to the Norwich Historical Society and Community Center, and it does. Housed in one of those stately homes, the NHS is the protector and preserver of the well-to-do Windsor County hamlet’s 250-plus-year history. The 211-year-old Lewis House contains vast, immaculately archived stores of Norwich knickknacks and ephemera — textiles, books, family and town documents, furniture, weapons — some dating back to the Revolutionary War. But, as director Sarah Rooker explains to visitors, there’s much more to the town’s past than muskets and mothballs. “One thing we’ve done that maybe other historical societies haven’t done before is look at the contemporary world,” she said. “The early settlement part and the roots of Vermont are important, too. But what happened after World War II has really contributed to what has made this community what it is today.” That explains why, on a recent tour, the ground floor of the 1807 building was done up as if for a Christmas party hosted by Dean Martin rather than, say, the Daughters of the American Revolution. The space-age decorations, such as a gaudy, metallic silver Christmas tree and classic toys from the 1950s and ’60s, were part of the society’s 2017 exhibit, “Mad for Mid-Century Modern.” “Many people, when they think of what a Vermont community is, it’s a whitesteeple church, brick Federal buildings,” said Rooker, who could be describing the view from the NHS’ front windows. “But, if you turn left here,” she continued, pointing north along Main Street, “you’ll find houses built by apprentices of Frank Lloyd Wright.” Rooker explained that during and after



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55 Railroad Street, Enosburg Falls, 933-2102; open June through October on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment



state,” noted historical society treasurer Ward Heneveld. Kendall produced medicines for human consumption, too, many of which are also on display: Kendall’s Quick Relief, advertised as remedying “all pain internal and external”; Blackberry Balsam Compound “for all summer troubles”; a Tonic and Blood Purifier “for all diseases of the blood and liver”; and Pectoral Elixir “for coughs, colds and all lung troubles.” Though not pure snake oil, many such “remedies” provided dubious health benefits. Geraw removed a bottle of Quick Relief from its display case, noting that her mother used to take it. Then she gave the bottle a closer read: “‘Alcohol 72 percent’? Oh, my gosh!” Indeed, many of the medicines on display list alcohol — or opium — as their main ingredient. Said historical society president Barbara Hayes, “It made you feel good, whether it cured you or not.” The replacement of horses by automobiles and stricter government standards for drug manufacturers eventually spelled the demise of Enosburg Falls’ medicine-producing companies. But they left their mark on the town. The Kendall Company, which closed in 1957, built the Enosburg Opera House, an aqueduct system, the electric power network, sewers, public parks, sidewalks and the public library. Geraw had no formal training as a historian or curator when she was asked to help found the historical society in 1980, she said. Five years later, she published a book on Enosburgh’s history. Asked why Enosburgh is spelled with an H but Enosburg Falls is not, Geraw declined to wade into what’s apparently a long-standing mire of contention. “I’m an outsider who came here 40 years ago,” Heneveld chimed in, “and I’m still trying to get an answer to that.”

Enosburgh Historical Society


9 Mountain View Road, Tinmouth, 446-2498; open Monday and Thursday, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.,

he 1790 building that houses the The Old Creamery holdings and nearmonthly meetings of the Tinmouth Historical & Genealogical Society has additional uses: It also houses the town offices and children’s library. A hornet’s nest brought in by a local hangs from the front window, surrounded by leafy plants, a set of Wedgwood china and crystals collected by town clerk Gail Fallar. A Tinmouth resident since she was 4 months old, Fallar has been town clerk since 1985. On a recent Saturday, she met a reporter along with Grant Reynolds, a seventh-generation Vermonter, trustee of the Vermont Historical Society and editor of the local society’s quarterly publication, the Tinmouth Channel. “You’re looking at almost all of the town bureaucracy,” Reynolds said, adding, “Gail is treasurer of most everything in town.” Fallar was a cofounding member of the historical society in 1988 and again when it reorganized in 1999. She was its president from 2011 to 2014, and she reluctantly identified as a “collector.” “When I started [as town clerk], these shelves were all empty,” Fallar said, gesturing to the wall-to-wall shelves now filled with books, photographs and donations for the local food pantry. Reynolds joined the group in 2003 when he began living in Tinmouth part time; he moved there permanently in 2010. A former professor of environmental law, Reynolds described his primary historical interest as “Civil War, particularly Vermont, particularly Tinmouth.” Accordingly, he’s compiled a spreadsheet titled “Who Fought for Tinmouth?” that documents everything known about the 82 Civil War soldiers with Tinmouth connections. “Needless to say,” Reynolds observed, “that represents an awful lot of work.” The research took him about five years. One of Reynolds’ favorite subjects is William Grace, a soldier whom he believes was actually named Benjamin Hall. This young man enlisted multiple times under three false names, initially in Tinmouth, and collected a veteran’s pension for 23 years until a postmaster realized that Hall/Grace was also receiving a pension check addressed to John Riley. His pension was revoked — but later reinstated by Congress. One mission of the Tinmouth historical society has been the preservation of the Old Creamery right next door. In 2008, Tinmouth traded another plot in town for the parcel containing the structure, primarily seeking control over its office-adjacent parking. The fate of the dilapidated creamery became a town issue. “There was a large faction that said, ‘Take a match to it,’” Reynolds said. “There are a large number of people who can only view a building as what goes on in it.” In 2013, the selectboard voted not to tear the building down and appointed a committee to figure out how to proceed. “The Old Creamery Committee happens to resemble the town historical society executive committee pretty closely,” Fallar admitted. At an estimated $100,000, the price of a proper historic restoration was high. After being turned down twice for preservation grants, the committee began to muster its own funds to fix the building. So far, it’s raised $22,000 and made many repairs, such as adding a porch similar to the one the creamery had in a 1904 photograph. Asked what she gets out of her work with the society, Fallar didn’t hesitate: “The rewards are that we’re preserving stuff for future generations to know how we got to where we are.”

Dr. B.J. Kendall’s Blackberry Balsam Compound

ach of the industries that once fueled the growth of Enosburg Falls — dairy farming, medicine and the railroad — is well represented at the Enosburgh Historical Society Museum. Headquartered in a former freight station of the Missisquoi Valley Railroad, the museum features a caboose parked on 300 feet of track alongside the Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail. And there’s a small but fascinating exhibit of memorabilia from Effie Bashaw, an Enosburgh nurse who worked on the battlefields of France during World War I. But the town boasts a more notable spot in medical history: From the 1880s until the 1950s, it was home to as many as six pharmaceutical companies, whose products were sold worldwide. A recent museum tour with curator Janice Geraw revealed an intriguing display of medicinal items. The origins of each one can be traced to B.J. Kendall, an Enosburgh physician who studied in Minnesota under William Mayo, founder of the Mayo Clinic. After returning to Enosburgh in the 1870s, Kendall opened a drugstore on Main Street. “He came back with all these recipes and prescriptions and would fool around with them in the back of his drugstore,” Geraw explained. “He’d come up with all these medicines and sell them over the counter.” Kendall’s most successful medicine was for his horse, which developed a spavin, or joint disorder. He concocted a treatment that he later marketed under the name Kendall’s Spavin Cure. Among local farmers, the product was an instant success. Kendall couldn’t keep up with demand for the medicine, so he took on several partners and launched the Dr. B.J. Kendall Company. They built a manufacturing plant at the north end of town, the Spavin Cure Building. “It’s still there but in a fairly dilapidated

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obin MacArthur resides on the hillside in Marlboro where she was born. She is a third-generation Vermonter and granddaughter of legendary folkmusic collector and performer Margaret MacArthur. Robin MacArthur is also an impressive singer and songwriter, as well as cocreator with her husband, Tyler Gibbons, of three tart and moody albums released under the band name Red Heart the Ticker. MacArthur has an MFA in fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts and was twice awarded Creation Grants by the Vermont Arts Council. Her first book was the collection of stories Half Wild (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2016), which won the 2017 PEN/New England Award for fiction and was a finalist for both the New England Book Award and the Vermont Book Award. She also edited Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology (Green Writers Press, 2014). Half Wild is a sensuous and feisty book, peopled with characters we recognize from a place that’s changing: a landscape of overrun pastures and weatherbeaten cabins, but also of ski lodges and late-model Volvos. MacArthur captures the anything-but-easygoing coexistence of young and old, traditional and “alternative” rural folks. Smart and inventive, Half Wild is uneven and at times repetitive. Yet MacArthur’s apprenticeship was well spent, and her new novel, Heart Spring Mountain, is more ample and substantial in every way. The multilayered drama catches the momentum of a storm in its initial pages and never eases up. The novel begins with the assault of Tropical Storm Irene as experienced by a blitzed heroin addict named Bonnie, who is standing on a bridge just before it collapses into the floodwaters below. The water of Silver Creek, usually running languid twenty feet away, has climbed the concrete embankment and crossed the parking lot, is kissing the soles of her sneakers. “Holy water,” she whispers, kneeling to touch it. It’s cold and rust orange — a color she’s never seen water before. It’s climbed ten feet, at least, maybe fifteen. It crashes


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against the basement windows on the far side of the building, deafens the air with its roar. After appearing in this brief prologue, Bonnie vanishes. For the rest of the novel, her daughter, Vale, will search for her among the ramshackle streets of an unnamed town and in the surrounding woods and meadows, where their ancestors have lived for many generations. Vale left home years before to put as much distance as possible between herself and her chaotic mother. Now, living in New Orleans and watching TV footage of Irene’s destruction, she receives a phone call from her Aunt Deb with the news that Bonnie has disappeared.

So Vale takes a bus back to Vermont, where her challenge is not only to try and find her lost mother but also to relocate herself. That necessitates unearthing pieces of the stories of the women from whom she’s descended — Bonnie, Lena, Jessie and Marie — none of whom can be easily discerned from a distance. Vale had not planned to come home, but, once there, she resolves to find out where she comes from and to uncover the confusions that compelled her to leave. MacArthur has built her novel in four parts, each with a title and a date that tracks time as it rolls out for one season in the storm’s aftermath: River (September), Woods (October), Fields (November) and House (December).

In the kitchen things were out of place — clean dishes to the right of the sink instead of in the dish rack. A halfeaten apple in the cabinet next to the plates. The milk sitting, warmed, in the cupboard next to the refrigerator. Hazel, Deb thought, heart sinking, reaching for the apple and putting it into the compost bucket near the door, pouring the sour milk down the drain. When she returned to the living room her mother-in-law was asleep, head tipped back on the blue armchair. Deb spent the rest of the day cleaning houses in town — a doctor’s renovated farmhouse, the apartment of a divorced lawyer. She doesn’t mind the work — she takes strange comfort in the gratification of a scrubbed floor and glistening countertops. What a shock it would be if the people she cleans for saw her own home, Deb thinks — its spider webs and rough pine walls that never get clean. The organism her home is, separated from the woods around it by a thin scrim only, and how she loves it that way… From the porch where Deb sits now, the relief of Danny’s well-being settled into her chest, she sees a light flick on in Vale’s camper. A Thoreau line rings in her head (how often they appear there): The most I can do for my friend is simply be his friend.

But within that progression is a countercurrent that explodes chronology. Each individual chapter is titled with the name of a family member — Vale, Lena, Deb, Hazel, Stephen — and a date: August 29, 2011; June 14, 1974; and so on. These chapters unfold like a mosaic of bright shards, each change of frame accompanied by a shift in point of view. Part by part, MacArthur parcels out her narrative almost entirely in present tense. This is a risk, because, over a whole novel, unremitting present tense can seem static and unreflecting, lacking temporal resonance or depth. But in Heart Spring Mountain, MacArthur gains a ramifying scope by placing her multiple presenttense narratives side by side and repeatedly disrupting the artifice of linear time.

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hat isn’t better with a little bit of bacon? Strips of cured and smoked pork belly show up on nearly every restaurant menu: in breakfast sandwiches, as a crunchy topping on burgers and as a necessary ingredient in pasta carbonara. Over the last few years, bacon — sometimes called “the gateway meat” for its ability to tempt vegetarians back to flesh — has even made its way into cocktails, candies and chocolate desserts. While nearly everyone is familiar with bacon, not everyone knows that it — and its first cousin, ham — are examples of charcuterie. The French term sounds fancy, but it refers to something elemental: meats that are preserved so that they will store better. Some kinds of charcuterie can last for weeks or months; others, such as jerky, have an almost indefinite shelf life. There are many ways to prevent flesh from spoiling. Strips or hunks can be dried in the sun or smoked over flavorful woods. They can be salted or brined and hung in a cool place until somewhat desiccated. They can be cooked slowly in fat until tender and then packed away in crocks to be kept in a root cellar or other cool place. Nearly every culture has its own recipes for these types of long-lasting and delicious meats. After getting burned out on a teaching job, Erika Lynch, owner of a Waitsfield business called Babette’s Table, became interested in curing. The Kentucky native packed up and headed to Gascony, France, with her partner and their two children to study classic French technique with master butchers Kate Hill and Dominique Chapolard. Today, less than a year after starting her business, Lynch’s line of cured meats is Vermont’s most extensive. Plenty of fine-dining establishments do their own preserving and offer charcuterie-board appetizers. Other businesses — including Vermont Smoke & Cure, McKenzie, and Harrington’s of Vermont

Erika Lynch with her slow-cured salami

— turn out thousands of pounds of bacon, ham and summer sausage each year. However, just a few commercial meatcuring operations in the state offer drycured products made using traditional European techniques, in part because of the legal hurdles involved in making and selling such goods. (Cooked products, such as pâté and confit, and fresh and smoked meats that will be cooked before eating, such as sausage, ham and bacon, are governed by a different set of regulations.) Because certain cured-meat products hang out in the so-called food-safety “danger zone” as they age, sometimes for months, they are considered potentially hazardous. If not made correctly, they can harbor pathogenic bacteria. Therefore, LISTEN IN ON LOCAL FOODIES...

dry-cured products can’t be produced for retail sale without something called a HACCP plan. HACCP — which stands for “hazard analysis and critical control points” — was developed by NASA in the 1960s and is regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It can cost between $5,000 and $15,000 to create and receive approval for a workable plan for a single type of product. That’s a high bar for a new business and is most likely the reason why, until recently, no Vermonters were legally making and selling prosciutto, coppa or country ham. Peter Roscini Colman, owner of Plainfield’s Vermont Salumi, believes he was the first Vermonter to receive approval for a HACCP plan for cured salami, in


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2013. Since then, he has produced pepper, chorizo, fennel, and red-wine-and-garlic salami at the Mad River Food Hub in Waitsfield. He also makes fresh products and a cured and cooked ham called prosciutto cotto. Like the Vermont Food Venture Center in Hardwick, the Food Hub is an inspected and licensed food-processing facility that lets businesses rent its equipment and storage space. Allowing GOING FOR THE CURE

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In 2014, when the team at BUTCH + BABE’S was preparing to open in the Old North End of Burlington, they interviewed JACLYN MAJOR for the job of sous chef. At the time, Major had a 9-month-old baby, and the job wasn’t a good fit for her. But Major was a good fit for the restaurant, so owner KORTNEE BUSH created a job for her as prep cook and pastry chef. A year later, Major pioneered the restaurant’s brunch offerings. This week, she steps into the role of Butch + Babe’s head chef, replacing NARIN PHANTHAKHOT, who has held the post since the restaurant opened in 2015. A grad of the Art Institute of New York City’s culinary program, Major worked at nowclosed Savoy in New York City, helmed a restaurant off the coast of Maine and learned to make sweets at BARRIO BAKERY. Her new menu debuted last week. What’s she cooking? Lots of veggies, for one thing. “Even people who aren’t vegetarian don’t necessarily want meat to be at the center of the plate all the time,” Bush said. “It’s by no means a vegetarian restaurant, but we feel like that’s what people want.” In addition to its famed pork patties, mac-and-cheese pancakes and dressed-up hot dogs, Butch + Babe’s now offers Major’s creations: a polenta-andcrispy-mushroom bowl, chicken and stuffing, and a poultry-based

watercress-and-bok-choy soup. The restaurant still has weekly ramen nights on Thursday, fried foods on Friday, and weekend hot dog and beer specials. But, with so many veggie foods on the menu, Vegan Tuesday will be replaced by TV Dinner Tuesday, said Bush. On that day, along with the regular menu, diners can get meals served in compartmentalized trays, with protein, starch, veggie and desserts in their proper spots. “Cooking is fun, and you can feel that in my food,” said Major.

Beau last month, she’s been doing freelance bartending and working special events. “I’m actually staying pretty busy,” she said. At Beau, where the meat and cocktail programs were “competing for space,” the plan is to focus on and expand the butcher side of the business, co-owner CRYSTAL MADERIA said. The eight-seat shop still serves beer and cider (and sandwiches and soups) on-site. “Our meat program is really successful at Beau, and in our tiny space we saw the opportunity to expand the meat program,” she said. “We’re going to work on additional recipes and new products.” The program’s development will include getting Beau products onto the shelves of stores beyond the Montpelier shop later this year, Maderia said.


businesses to share bulky and expensive apparatus — and offering training on how to use them — makes the economics of a value-added operation more feasible. At these facilities, farms and artisan food businesses make products including soup, salsa, pet food, bean patties and booze. The Food Hub offers everything needed for curing meat. There, in addition to Colman, brothers Jacob and Justin Finsen of Artisan Meats of Vermont make salami — chorizo, a saucisson sec called Joan of Arc, and a hard salami dubbed Cicero — as well as fresh meat products. Lynch, who started Babette’s Table in May 2017, also makes her products at the Food Hub. She purchases most of her pork — approximately 24 back legs and a few shoulders and loins per month in winter — from the nearby von Trapp Farmstead and from Sugar Mountain Farm in West Topsham. In summer, when she has more sales outlets, she buys about three whole pigs a week. Lynch says that Robin Morris, who runs the Food Hub and helped her develop HACCP plans for whole-muscle products, such as coppa and lomo, has been an invaluable help. “He’s been a fantastic resource,” she explained. “He’s really helped incubate my business, which is what the food hub is meant to do.” Morris is also responsible for the Mad River Taste Place, an elegant food shop located in a former bank just off Route 100 in Waitsfield. There, nearly every Vermont-made cheese is for sale. There’s a cold room for storing six-packs and other perishable products, and visitors can stock up on bread, chocolate, honey and maple syrup. Lynch, the Finsen brothers and Colman sell products there. What sets the Taste Place apart from many gourmet shops, though, is its elegant décor, culinary-school-educated staff, reasonably priced cheese and charcuterie boards, and beverage offerings, including French-pressed coffee, pints of beer, and flights of wine or cider. Aside from the Waitsfield Farmers Market, which doesn’t operate during the winter, the Taste Place is Lynch’s main retail outlet, although she’s poised to start supplying a few other gourmet stores in the area and, potentially, sell at the famed Formaggio Kitchen in Boston’s South End. Lynch is also in the process of outfitting a USDA-approved mobile “meat cart” that will allow her to slice cured meats to order at the market. At her first farmers market, Lynch recalled, despite not yet having name recognition in the community, she sold out in two hours. Since then, she noted, she’s had the “good problem” of trying to keep up with orders.


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Erika Lynch cutting her slow-cured salami

MEET THE MEAT The French word charcutier means “pork butcher,” but that doesn’t mean charcuterie is restricted to pork products. On a charcuterie platter, one might find pheasant sausage, rabbit liver pâté, duck prosciutto or air-dried beef bresaola. In Italy, that same combination of meats would be referred to as salumi. Here’s a glossary of some of the cured and agedmeat products made by Vermont producers and available in shops, restaurants and farmers markets around the state. • CAPICOLLA/COPPA: The cured neck muscle of a pig, served in very thin slices. • CHORIZO: A dried Spanish pork sausage seasoned with smoked paprika, garlic and salt. • CONFIT: Meat cooked slowly in fat at a low temperature. Often made with goose or duck fat, but can be made with other meats, as well. • LOMO: Cured pork tenderloin. • MORTADELLA: A large Italian pork sausage made of pork meat and fat that are emulsified to create a super-smooth texture. Can be studded with pistachios. Bologna’s fancier cousin. • PANCETTA: Pork belly that is seasoned and dried. Kind of like bacon without the smoke. • PROSCIUTTO CRUDO: An Italian-style, dry-cured ham. • PROSCIUTTO, WATERFOWL: Duck or goose breast cured in the manner of prosciutto crudo. • SALAMI: Fermented and air-dried sausage. • SAUCISSON SEC: Classic, midsize pork salami. Lynch noted: “It’s one of my best sellers. It’s a simple combination of salt and pepper, with just a little bit of garlic in there, as well.” • TERRINE: The name of a loaf-style pan and of foods that are cooked in such a pan. Terrine can be made with ground meat, vegetables, seafood or any combination thereof. Think fancy meatloaf. • TOSCANO: An Italian salami flavored with fennel.

Although Babette’s Table is currently the only Vermont business making wholemuscle dry-cured products, Lynch says that the goal is eventually to share her HACCP plan with other producers, which would allow them to jump into the biz

with less preamble. And she’s not afraid of competition. “It’s a community; it’s a small state. You have to work together,” she said. The demand for cured meats is so high, Lynch suggested, that it would

take a lot of meat makers to saturate the market. Despite the hunger for lomo and coppa, Lynch is opting to grow her business slowly, keeping a strict eye on quality. To do so, she invokes the spirit of her mentors back in France. Lynch noted that she frequently asks herself: “If Dominique were to walk in when I was processing, would he be proud of me? If he tasted my stuff, would Cured meats from Babette’s Table he be happy with what I’d SUZANNE M. PODHAIZER made?” And, she said, her overarching goal is to bring people together. “That’s the idea behind the name Babette’s Table,” Lynch explained. “It’s about making something good enough that people will linger over it and spend time with the people they love.” In France, she pointed out, “We took two hours to eat lunch every day, no matter how much work still needed to be done, no matter how many pigs’ heads still needed to be split.” Thus far, her unhurried business model seems to be working, said Lynch: “The outlook for Babette’s Table is really promising. Things keep getting better. It’s a nice position to be in.”  Contact:


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ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0139-5 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On December 18, 2017, the Town of Colchester filed application #4C0139-5 for a project generally described as improvements to the Blakely Road-Laker Lane intersection, designed to more safely and effectively accomodate vehicular and pedestrian traffice during high volume times. The project is located 125 Laker Lane in Colchester, 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 “4C0139-5”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before January 22, 2018, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for 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 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 January 22, 2018. 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, Vermont this 28th day of December 2017. By: /s/ Rachel Lomonaco Rachel Lomonaco District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05495 802-879-5658 Rachel.Lomonaco@ ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0648-32 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On December 29, 2017, Marshall Realty, LLC, 108 Deer Run Drive, Shelburne, VT 05482 and Bryan Harnett, 200 Commerce Street, Williston, VT 05495 filed application #4C0648- 32 for a project generally described as construction of a 17,400 s.f. emergency veterinary and specialists hospital with 68 paved parking spaces and an additional 18 spaces to be built in the future if necessary. Also, a boundary line adjustment between Lots 26 and 27 will increase Lot 26 to 3 acres and decrease Lot 27 to 5.87 acres. The project is located on Lot 26 of Production Park on Marshall Avenue in Williston, 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:// by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the project number “4C0648-32”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before January 26, 2018, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for 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 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 January 26, 2018. 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, Vermont this 5th day of January, 2018. By: /s/ Stephanie H. Monaghan District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 802-879-5662 stephanie.monaghan@ ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C0824-5B 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On December 18, 2017, Rice Lumber Company, Inc. and Rice Realty, Inc., 4088 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT 05482 filed application #4C0824-5B for a project generally described as construction of four single family residences on previouslyapproved Lots #7-10 (LUP #4C0824-5) by someone other than the Permittees. The project is located at 4188 Shelburne Road in Shelburne, 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 “4C0824-5B”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before January 22, 2018, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for 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 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 January 22, 2018. 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, Vermont this 21st day of December, 2017. By: Stephanie H. Monaghan District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05495 802/879-5662 stephanie.monaghan@ ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C1160R-10 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On December 14, 2017, South Village Communities, LLC, c/o SD Ireland Companies, P.O. Box 2286, South Burlington, VT 05407 filed application #4C1160R-10 for a project generally described as construction of road and utility infrastructure and buildings associated with Phase III of South Village. The Project includes construction of 22 single-family dwellings, four two-unit family dwellings, two three-unit multi-family dwellings, and 24 multi-family dwelling units in two buildings. The Project is located at 1840 Spear

Street 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 “4C1160R-10”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before January 22, 2018, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for 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 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 January 22, 2018. 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, Vermont this 20th day of December, 2017. By: Stephanie H. Monaghan District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05495 802/879-5662 stephanie.monaghan@ ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION #4C1308 10 V.S.A. §§ 6001 - 6093 On December 13, 2017, Mark J. Letorney Revocable Trust, and Rovers North, Inc. filed application #4C1308 for a project generally described as an after-the-fact approval of an existing commercial warehouse and distribution center constructed in 1980 without an Act 250 permit, new construction of a 5,000 square foot storage building, and the removal of one bedroom from an existing residential structure. The project is located 1319 VT Route 128 in Westford, 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 “4C1308”. No hearing will be held and a permit may be issued unless, on or before January 17, 2018, a person notifies the Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the Commission sets the matter for 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 adjoin-

ing 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 January 17, 2018. 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, Vermont this 21st day of December, 2017. By: Rachel Lomonaco District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05495 802-879-5658 Rachel.Lomonaco@ 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: 17 Designation of parking meter zones. (a) [Fifteen (15) minute

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS zones. The following streets or portions of streets are hereby designated as fifteen (15) minute parking meter zones:

(8) On the north side of College Street in front of 230 College Street.

(1) On St. Paul Street between Bank Street and College Street on the west side in front of 95 St. Paul Street.

(10) Second space north of Maple Street on the east side of Church Street.

(2) On the south side of Pearl Street between Clark Street and South Winooski Avenue there shall be designated two (2) fifteen (15)-minute metered spaces. (3) In the second space west of North Winooski Avenue on the north side of Grant Street. (4) On the north side of Pearl Street in front of 86 Pearl Street. (5) On the east side of Pine Street, in the two most southern spaces in front of 84 Pine Street. (6) First space east of St. Paul Street on the south side of Bank Street. (7) On the north side of Main Street, in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth spaces west of Church Street.

(9) In front of #126 College Street.

(11) The first two (2) meters north of Main Street on the west side of St. Paul Street. (12) In the space in front of 101 College Street. (13) On the north side of Main Street between Church Street and North Winooski Avenue, in the parking spaces in front of 176, 188, and 206 Main Street. (14) On the north side of Cherry Street in the second space east of Church Street. (15) In the first two (2) spaces south of King Street on the east side of Church Street. (16) On the north side of King Street in the first space west of South Champlain Street. (17) On the south side of King Street in the sec-

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ond space west of South Champlain Street.

most southern spaces in front of 84 Pine Street.

second space east of Church Street.

(18) On the north side of King Street starting one hundred and twenty-five (125) feet west of St. Paul Street and extending forty (40) feet west.] Reserved.

(13) First space east of St. Paul Street on the south side of Bank Street.

(22) In the first two (2) spaces south of King Street on the east side of Church Street.

(14) On the north side of Main Street, in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth spaces west of Church Street.

(23) On the north side of King Street in the first space west of South Champlain Street.

(b) Thirty (30) minute zones. The following streets or portions of streets are hereby designated as thirty (30) minute parking meter zones: (1)-(7) As Written. (8) On St. Paul Street between Bank Street and College Street on the west side in front of 95 St. Paul Street. (9) Two (2) spaces on the south side of Pearl Street between Clark Street and South Winooski Avenue in front of 163 Pearl Street. (10) In the second space west of North Winooski Avenue on the north side of Grant Street. (11) On the north side of Pearl Street in front of 86 Pearl Street. (12) On the east side of Pine Street, in the two


(15) On the north side of College Street in front of 230 College Street. (16) In front of #126 College Street. (17) Second space north of Maple Street on the east side of Church Street. (18) The first two (2) meters north of Main Street on the west side of St. Paul Street. (19) In the space in front of 101 College Street. (20) On the north side of Main Street between Church Street and North Winooski Avenue, in the parking spaces in front of 176, 188, and 206 Main Street. (21) On the north side of Cherry Street in the

(24) On the south side of King Street in the second space west of South Champlain Street. (25) On the north side of King Street starting one hundred and twenty-five (125) feet west of St. Paul Street and extending forty (40) feet west. (c)-(g)

As Written.

Adopted this 15th day of November, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant Director – Technical Services Adopted 11/15/17; Published 01/10/18; Effective 01/31/18. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add.

Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. 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)-(448) As Written (449) [In front of 35 Strong Street.] Reserved. (450)-(541) 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 Adopted 10/18/17; Published 01/10/18; Effective 01/31/18. 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 Chapter 20 MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, Article III. Parking, Stopping and Standing, and the City of Burlington’s Code of Ordinances: 20-88 Periods when payment is required. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b) of this section, the provisions of Section 20-87(a) shall be effective during the hours from [8:00] 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. [on] Monday through Saturday[s, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and during the hours from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Fridays]; provided, however, that said section shall not be effective on legal holidays or on Mondays succeeding legal holidays which fall on Sunday. (b) In the Downtown Core, which is bounded by South Winooski Avenue on the East, Pine Street on the West, Cherry Street on the North, and Main Street on the South, and includes both sides of each of these boundary streets within the core, the provisions of Section 20-87(a) shall be effective during the

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hours of [8:00] 9:00 a.m. to [10:00] 9:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, except when such day is a legal holiday or is a Monday succeeding a legal holiday which falls on a Sunday, in which cases Section 2087 shall not be effective. Adopted this 15th day of November, 2017 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant Director – Technical Services Adopted 11/15/17; Published 01/10/18; Effective 01/31/18. 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





[CONTINUED] vehicle at any time in the following locations: (1)-(529) As Written (530) On the [south] north side of Haswell Street. (450)-(541) As Written Adopted this 17th day of February, 2016 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant Director – Technical Services Adopted 02/17/16; Published 01/10/18; Effective 01/31/18. Material in [Brackets] delete. Material underlined add.





HOWARD CENTER If you received services from Howard Center and would like a copy of your record, please contact Howard Center’s Health Information Department at 488-6000. In order to protect individuals’ privacy, the agency routinely destroys healthcare records after retaining them for the number of years required by law. LAKE IROQUOIS RECREATION DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Lake Iroquois Recreation District, a Union Municipal District located in Chittenden County, Vermont, will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 to receive public comment on its proposed operating budget for Fiscal Year 19. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at the Williston Town Hall Annex meeting room. Please contact Bruce Hoar, staff person, Lake Iroquois Recreation District at 878-1239 for copies of information relating to the proposed budget. NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Burlington Housing Authority is preparing its Annual Plan for the fiscal

year July 1, 2018 - June 30, 2019.

hensive Development Ordinance (CDO):

A public hearing to obtain comments regarding the proposed Annual Plan will be held on Tuesday, March 16th, 2018 at 65 Main Street at 2:00 PM at 65 Main Street, Burlington, Vermont.


Written comments should be sent to: Allyson Laackman, Executive Director Burlington Housing Authority 65 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 Copies of the proposed plans will be available at BHA’s 65 Main Street Administrative offices on March 1, 2018. Supporting documents will also be available for review. Equal Housing Opportunity NOTICE OF SELF STORAGE LIEN SALE BURLINGTON SELF STORAGE 1825 SHELBURNE RD SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT 05403 Notice is hereby given that the contents of the self storage unit listed below will be sold at public auction by sealed bid. Tenant Name/Storage Unit: Robenstein Unit# 85 Auction will take place on Friday, January 26, 2018 beginning at 11:00am at Burlington Self Storage, 1825 Shelburne Road, South Burlington, VT 05403. Unit will be opened for viewing immediately prior to auction. Sale shall be by sealed bid to the highest bidder. Contents of entire storage unit will be sold as one lot. The winning bid must remove all contents from the facility at no cost to BSS. BSS reserves the right to reject any bid lower that the amount owed by the occupant. 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 Compre-

ZA-17-17 Retaining Walls The public hearings will take place on Monday, January 29, 2018 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-17-17: The purpose of this proposed amendment is to add requirements to the Comprehensive Development Ordinance regarding retaining walls which encroach into a required property setback, design review standards for retaining walls, and provide definitions to distinguish between retaining walls and seawalls. Geographic areas affected: • ZA-17-17: This amendment applies throughout the City. List of section headings affected: • ZA-17-17: This amendment modifies text in Sec. 5.2.5 (b) and Sec.6.2.2 (m), and adds two defintions to Article 13 Definitions. 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 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or on the department’s website at www. REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) The City of Burlington Department of Parks, Recreation & Waterfront (BPRW) is requesting proposals from qualified, experienced professional design, engineering, and landscape architecture consultants to assist in the design and construction of a new multi-use path. The project is located at 311 North Avenue in Burlington, Vermont. BPRW seeks a consultant to advance an existing 25% donceptual design and cost estimate for an 8-foot-wide multi-use pathway and to develop the conceptual path alignment to 100% construction-ready

design. In addition, the selected consultant will provide additional services to prepare the project for construction in the Summer/Fall of 2018. Questions concerning this RFP must be made via email per the schedule outlined below. Full details can be found online: enjoyburlington. com/opportunities/ requests-for-proposals/ Questions due: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM Proposals due: Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 8:00 AM Inquiries/submissions to: Max Madalinski, Parks Project Coordinator Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront 645 Pine Street, Suite B, Burlington, VT 05401 (802) 881-4000 STATE OF VERMONTCALEDONIA UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT DOCKET NO: 135-6-16 CACV U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION v. BRANDON ALLING A/K/A BRANDON J. ALLING AND ALICIA ALLING OCCUPANTS OF: 841 Concord Avenue, St. Johnsbury VT MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE OF REAL PROPERTY UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 et seq. In accordance with the Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered April 17, 2017, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Brandon Alling and Alicia Alling to Union Bank, dated November 8, 2013 and recorded in Book 377 Page 271 of the land records of the Town of St. Johnsbury, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from union bank to U.S. Bank National Association dated November 8, 2013 and recorded in Book 377 Page 346 of the land records of the Town of St. Johnsbury for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 841 Concord Avenue, St. Johnsbury, Vermont on January 29, 2018 at 12:00PM all and singular

the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being a parcel of land, together with dwelling and other improvements thereon, located at 841 Concord Avenue in St. Johnsbury, Vermont; and being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Brandon J. Ailing and Alicia Ailing by Warranty Deed of Raoul P. Houde and Marcelle E. Houde, dated of even or near date and recorded prior to or simultaneously herewith in the St. Johnsbury Land Records. Further being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Raoul P. Houde and Marcelle E. Houde by Warranty Deed of Jeffrey J. Stewart and Betty S. Stewart, dated October 12, 2001, and recorded in Book 262 at Pages 442-443 in the St. Johnsbury Land Records; and being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Jeffrey J. Stewart and Betty S. Stewart by Warranty Deed of Mae L. Silsby, dated August 24, 2000, and recorded in Book 255 at Page 537 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records. Reference is also made to a Warranty Deed from Mae L. Silsby to Janet S. Dunham and Carolyn M. Silsby, dated January 14, 2000, and recorded in Book 252 at Page 569 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records and to a Warranty Deed from Janet S. Dunham and Carolyn M. Silsby to Mae L. Silsby, dated August 24, 2000, and recorded in Book 255 at Page 536 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records. Further being all and the same land and premises conveyed to John T. Silsby (deceased prior) and Mae L. Silsby, as husband and wife, by Warranty Deed of Gilbert J. Moyles and Mary J. Moyles, dated May 27, 1941, and recorded in Book 80 at Page 180 of the St. Johnsbury Land Records. Reference may be had to the aforementioned deeds and the records thereof and to all prior deeds and their records for a further and more complete description of the land and premises hereby conveyed. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description.

Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale.

conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 17 Fletcher Road, Fairfax, Vermont on January 31, 2018 at 11:00 AM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage, To wit: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Kristina M. Morley by Warranty Deed of Steven W. Hubbard and Kathy J. Hubbard dated_____, of record in Volume______ at Page_____ of the Town of Fairfax Land Records.

The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale.

Being all the same land and premises as conveyed to Steven W. Hubbard and Kathy J. Hubbard by Warranty Deed of Russell W. Gagnon and Sharon A. Gagnon dated April 29, 1994 and recorded May 4, 1994 in Volume 67 at Page 442 of the Land Records of the Town of Fairfax and being more particularly described as follows:

DATED: December 20, 2017 By: /S/Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032

Being a parcel of land together with buildings thereon located on the easterly side of Town Highway No. 3 leading from Fairfax to Fletcher. Said parcel being more particularly described as follows:

STATE OF VERMONT FRANKLIN UNIT, CIVIL DIVISION VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT DOCKET NO: 428-1015 FRCV U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION v. KRISTINA M. MORLEY OCCUPANTS OF: 17 Fletcher 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 Judgment Order and Decree of Foreclosure entered May 15, 2017, in the above captioned action brought to foreclose that certain mortgage given by Kristina M. Morley to Union Bank, dated July 12, 2012 and recorded in Book 221 Page 11 of the land records of the Town of Fairfax, of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of an Assignment of Mortgage from Union Bank to U.S. Bank National Association dated July 12, 2012 and recorded in Book 230 Page 267 of the land records of the Town of Fairfax for breach of the

Commencing to a point in the centerline of said highway, said point marking the southwest corner (incorrectly referred to as the southeast corner in the hereinafter warranty deed) of the within premises and the northwest corner of other lands now or formerly of Ovitt, and proceeding in a general easterly line along the north line of other lands now or formerly of Ovitt, 100 feet, more or less, to a point; thence turning to the left and proceeding in a general northerly direction 138 feet, more or less, to a point of the property line of lands now or formerly owned by the Methodist Parsonage; thence turning to the left and proceeding in a general westerly direction in and along the Parsonage south line 114 feet, more or less, to a point in the centerline of Town Highway No. 3 marking the northwest corner of the within parcel; thence turning to the left and proceeding in a general southerly direction in and along the centerline of said highway to the point or place of beginning. Reference is hereby

made to the aforementioned instruments, the records thereof and the references therein contained, all in further aid of this description. Reference is hereby made to the above instruments and to the records and references contained therein in further aid of this description. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: November 17, 2017 By: /S/Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT CHITTENDEN UNIT CIVIL DIVISION DOCKET NO. 1098-1115 CNCV U.S. Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for LSF9 Master Participation Trust, Plaintiff v. Charles C. Brooks, V a/k/a Charles Brooks, V a/k/a Charles C. Brooks, Tracy L. Brooks a/k/a Tracy Brooks, Citibank, N.A., Capital One Bank (USA) NA, Midland Funding, LLC and Occupants residing at 237 Shady Lane, Colchester, Vermont, Defendants NOTICE OF SALE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale

SEVENDAYSVT.COM/CLASSIFIEDS contained in a certain mortgage given by Charles C. Brooks, V a/k/a Charles Brooks, V a/k/a Charles C. Brooks and Tracy L. Brooks a/k/a Tracy Brooks to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. as nominee for Mortgage Lenders Network USA, Inc. DBA Lenders Network dated September 14, 2006 and recorded in Volume 567, Page 548, which mortgage was assigned to U.S. Bank Trust, N.A., as Trustee for LSF9 Master Participation Trust by an instrument dated August 8, 2016 and recorded on October 6, 2016 in Volume 807, Page 436 of the Land Records of the Town of Colchester. Pursuant to the power of sale in the subject mortgage, of which Plaintiff is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purposes of foreclosing the same, the collateral property will be sold at Public Auction at 9:00 A.M. on January 16, 2018, at 237 Shady Lane, Colchester, Vermont all and singular the premises described in said mortgage:

Deed of Thomas A. Bean and Nancy R. Bean dated April 29, 2005 of record at Book 523, Page 427 of the Town of Colchester Land Records.

Grant C. Rees Attorney, PLC 30 Kimball Ave., Ste. 307 South Burlington, VT 05403 Attorney for Plaintiff

Terms of Sale: $10,000.00 to be paid in cash or cashier’s check by purchaser at the time of sale, with the balance due at closing. The sale is subject to taxes due and owing to the Town of Colchester and any liens against the property.


The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of Timothy D. Comolli late of Williston, VT. I have been appointed to administer this estate. All creditors having claims against the decedent or the estate must present their claims in writing within four (4) months of the first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy sent to the court. The claim may be barred forever if it is not presented within the four (4) month period.

Other terms to be announced at the sale or inquire at Grant C. Rees Attorney, PLC, 30 Kimball Avenue, Ste. 307, South Burlington, VT 05403, (802) 6609000. This sale may be cancelled at any time prior to the scheduled sale date without prior notice. Dated at South Burlington, Vermont this 7th day of December, 2017.

Date: 1/2/2018 /s/ Joseph Cronin Signature of Fiduciary

To Wit: Being all and the same U.S. Bank Trust, N.A., as Joseph Cronin lands and premises Trustee for LSF9 Master Executor/Administrator: conveyed to Tracy L. Participation Trust, 100 Kennedy Drive #15 Brooks and Charles C. South Burlington, VT Brooks V by Warranty By: Grant C. Rees, Esq. Using the enclosed math operations as a guide, 05403fill the grid


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Name and Address of Court: Chittenden Probate Court PO Box 511 Burlington, VT 05402

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TO: Nathan Shaffer, father of K.S. The State of Vermont MORTGAGEE’S NOTICE has filed a petition to OF FORECLOSURE SALE terminate your residual OF REAL PROPERTY parental rights to J.P. UNDER 12 V.S.A. sec 4952 You are hereby notified et seq. To wit: that the hearing to ALL THOSE CERTAIN consider the termination In accordance with the PARCELS OF LAND IN of all residual parental Judgment Order and TOWN OF HARTFORD, rights to K.S. will be held Decree of Foreclosure WINDSOR COUNTY, on March 1, 2018 at 8:30 entered March 6, 2017, in STATE OF VT, AS MORE a.m. at the Vermont Suthe above captioned acFULLY DESCRIBED IN perior Court, Chittenden tion brought to foreclose BOOK 427 PAGE 591 ID# Family Division, at 32 that certain mortgage 8-190, BEING KNOWN Cherry St., Burlington, given by Todd C. Stanley AND DESIGNATED AS A Vermont. You are notiand Jerry O. Stanley to METES AND BOUNDS fied to appear in conCitiFinancial, Inc., dated PROPERTY . BEING nection with this case. May 30, 2008 and reALL AND THE SAME Failure to appear at this corded in Book 430 Page LANDS AND PREMhearing may result in the 205 of the land records ISES CONVEYED TO THE Complete termination of allthe of yourfollowing of the Town puzzle of Hartford, by using the


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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. Terms of sale: Said premises will be sold and conveyed subject to all liens, encumbrances, unpaid taxes, tax titles, municipal liens and assessments, if any, which take precedence over the said mortgage above described. TEN THOUSAND ($10,000.00) Dollars of the purchase price must be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check at the time and place of the sale by the purchaser. The balance of the purchase price shall be paid by a certified check, bank treasurer’s or cashier’s check within sixty (60) days after the date of sale. The mortgagor is entitled to redeem the premises at any time prior to the sale by paying the full amount due under the mortgage, including the costs and expenses of the sale. Other terms to be announced at the sale. DATED: December 28, 2017 By: /S/Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Rachel K. Jones, Esq. Bendett and McHugh, PC 270 Farmington Ave., Ste. 151 Farmington, CT 06032 NOTICE OF LEGAL SALE View Date: 1/24/2018 Sale Date: 1/25/2018 Heather Dion Unit #329 Robert Villa Unit #437 Easy Self Storage 46 Swift Street South Burlington, VT 05403 (802)863-8300

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of which mortgage the Plaintiff is the present holder, by virtue of the following Assignments of Mortgage: (1) Assignment of Mortgage from CFNA Receivables (MD), Inc. f/k/a CitiFinancial, Inc. to CitiFinancial Servicing LLC dated October 20, 2015 and recorded in Book 516 Page 740 and (2) Assignment of Mortgage from CitiFinancial Servicing LLC to Bayview Loan Servicing, LLC dated July 13, 2017 and recorded in Book 539 Page 31, both of the land records of the Town of Hartford for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 826 Old River Road, White River Junction, Town of Hartford, Vermont on February 6, 2018 at 12:30PM all and singular the premises described in said mortgage,

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memory loss disorders and their care partners can come together to connect and support one another. Second Saturday of each month, 10-11:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Info: 223-2518. MYELOMA SUPPORT GROUP Area Myeloma Survivors, Families and Caregivers have come together to form a Multiple Myeloma Support Group. We provide emotional support, resources about treatment options, coping strategies and a support network by participating in the group experience with people that have been though similar situations. Third Tuesday of the month, 5-6 p.m. at the New Hope Lodge on East Avenue in Burlington. Info: Kay Cromie, 655-9136, NAMI CONNECTION PEER SUPPORT GROUP MEETINGS Bennington, every Tue., 1-2:30 p.m., CRT Center, United Counseling Service, 316 Dewey St.; Burlington, every Thu., 3-4:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Cathedral, 2 Cherry St. (enter from parking lot); Montpelier, every Fri., 2-3:30 p.m., Another Way, 125 Barre St.; Newport, first Wed. of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., St. Mark’s Church, 44 2nd St.; Rutland, every Sun., 4:30-6 p.m., Rutland Mental Health Wellness Center, 78 S. Main St.; St. Johnsbury, every Thu., 6:30-8 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 47 Cherry St. If you have questions about a group in your area, please contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Vermont, program@ or 800639-6480. Connection groups are peer recovery support group programs for adults living with mental health challenges. NAMI FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Brattleboro, 1st Wed. of every mo., 6:30 p.m., 1st Congregational Church, 880 Western Ave., West Brattleboro; Burlington, 3rd Wed. of every mo., 6 p.m., Community Health Center, Riverside Ave., Mansfield Conference Room; Burlington, 2nd & 4th Tue. of every mo., 7 p.m., HowardCenter, corner of Pine & Flynn Ave.; Berlin, 4th Mon. of every mo., 7 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, Room


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p.m. Thayer Building, 1197 North Ave., Burlington. 316-3839. QUEER CARE GROUP This support group is for adult family members and caregivers of queer, and/or questioning youth. It is held on the 2nd Monday of each month from 6:30-8 p.m. at Outright Vermont, 241 North Winooski Ave. This group is for adults only. For more information, email QUIT TOBACCO GROUPS Are you ready to be tobacco free? Join our FREE five-week group classes facilitated by our Tobacco Treatment Specialists.  We meet in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.  You may qualify for a FREE 8-week supply of nicotine replacement therapy. Contact us at (802)-847-7333 or QuitTobaccoClass@ SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION NEW ENGLAND Support group meeting held 4th Tue. of the mo., 6:30-8:30 p.m. Williston Police Station. Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732. SEX & LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem w/ sex or relationships? We can help. Ralph, 658-2657. Visit slaafws. org or for meetings near you.


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SURVIVORSHIP NOW Welcome, cancer survivors. Survivorship NOW has free wellness programs to empower cancer survivors to move beyond cancer & live life well. Regain your strength & balance. Renew your spirit. Learn to nourish your body with exercise & nutritious foods. Tap in to your creative side. Connect with others who understand the challenges you face. Go to survivorshipnowvt. org today to sign up. Info, 802-7771126, info@ SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE — BURLINGTON Who: Persons experiencing the impact of a loved one’s suicide. When: 1st Wed. of each mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Location: Comfort Inn, 5 Dorset St., Burlington. Facilitators: Myra Handy, 951-5156 or Liz Mahoney, 879-7109. Request: We find it important to connect with people before their first meeting. If you can, please call one of the facilitators before you come. Thank you! SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE If you have lost someone to suicide and wish to have a safe place to talk, share and spend a little time with others who have had a similar experience, join us the 3rd Thu. at the Faith Lighthouse Church, Rte. 105, Newport (105 Alderbrook), 7-9 p.m. Please call before attending. Info: Mary Butler, 744-6284. THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP The Compassionate Friends international support group for parents, siblings and families grieving the loss of a child meets every third Tuesday of the month, 7-9 p.m., at Kismet Place, 363 Blair Park Rd., Williston. Call/email Jay at 802-373-1263, compassionatefriendsvt@

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapter meeting. Hedding United Methodist Church, Washington St., Barre. Wed., 5:15-6:15 p.m. For info, call David at 371-8929. VEGGIE SUPPORT GROUP Want to feel supported on your vegetarian/ vegan journey? Want more info on healthy veggie diets? Want to share & socialize at veggie potlucks, & more, in the greater Burlington area? This is your opportunity to join with other like-minded folks. veggy4life@, 658-4991. WOMEN’S CANCER SUPPORT GROUP FAHC. Led by Deb Clark, RN. Every 1st & 3rd Tue., 5-6:30 p.m. Call Kathy McBeth, 847-5715. YOGA FOR FOLKS LIVING WITH LYME DISEASE Join as we build community and share what works on the often confusing, baffling and isolating path to wellness while living with Lyme disease. We will have a gentle restorative practice suitable for all ages and all levels from beginner to experienced, followed by an open group discussion where we will share what works and support one another in our quest for healing. By donation. Wear comfortable clothing. March 5, April 2, May 7, June 4. 2-3:30 p.m. More information at laughingriveryoga. com XA – EVERYTHING ANONYMOUS Everything Anonymous is an all encompassing 12-step support group. People can attend for any reason, including family member challenges. Mondays, 7-8 p.m. Turning Point Center, 191 Bank St., Burlington. Info: 777-5508, definder@


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OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA) Meetings in Barre Tue. 5:30-6:30 p.m. and Sat. 8:30-9:30 a.m., at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St. Info, Valerie 279-0385. Meetings in Burlington Thurs. 7:30-8:30 a.m., at the First United Church, 21 Buell St. Info, Geraldine, 730-4273. Meetings in Johnson occur every Sun., 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the Johnson Municipal Building, Rte. 15 (just west of the bridge). Info, Debbie Y., 888-5958. Meetings in Montpelier occur every Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St. Info, Joan,

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OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS 12-step fellowship for people who identify as overeaters, compulsive eaters, food addicts, anorexics, bulimics, etc. Tue., 7 p.m., St. James Episcopal Church, 4 St. James Place, Essex Jct. All are welcome; meeting is open. Info: Felicia, 777-7718.

OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS Do you worry about the way you eat? Overeaters Anonymous may have the answer for you. No weigh-ins, dues or fees. Mon., 5:30-6:30 p.m. Temple Sinai, 500 Swift St., S. Burlington. Info: 863-2655.

223-3079. Steps to Food Freedom Meetings in Morrisville occur every Sat., 10-11 a.m., at the First Congregational Church, 85 Upper Main St. Contacts: Anne, 888-2356. Big Book Meetings in Morrisville occur every Tue., 6 p.m. at the North Central Recovery Center (NCVRC), 275 Brooklyn St. Info: Debbie, 888-5958.


NORTHWEST VERMONT CANCER PRAYER & SUPPORT NETWORK A meeting of cancer patients, survivors & family members intended to comfort & support those who are currently suffering from the disease. 2nd Thu. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 11 Church St., St. Albans. Info: 2nd Wed. of every mo., 6-7:30 p.m. Winooski United Methodist Church, 24 W. Allen St., Winooski. Info: hovermann4@comcast. net.

then you eat the whole bag? Have you tried every diet possible and nothing works? There is hope. Come to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting and find out about a 12 step program of recovery. There is a solution! Turning Point Center, 191 Bank Street, Suite 200, Burlington. Weekly on Thursdays, 7 p.m. Info: Elise, 302-528-6672. OA Big|Book Solution Group of Burlington.


NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live w/ out the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516 or Held in Burlington, Barre and St. Johnsbury.

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Technical Solutions Specialist PCC, an award-winning provider of software for pediatric practices, is growing! Our 70+ employee company is located in the Champlain Mill in Winooski, VT. We offer a friendly, casual, and professional work environment. Our Technical Solutions Team provides a range of technical services for our clients nationwide, including telephone technical support and remote systems administration, and occasionally travels to client sites to install servers, networks and perform upgrades. Candidates will have two or more years of professional, clientfacing IT experience including Linux system administration, networking (firewalls, routers, wireless, VPN, DHCP, DNS), good security practices, and comfort with hardware configuration and installation. This position requires a blend of technical expertise and exceptional customer service and communication skills. As a Benefit Corporation, we place high value on client, employee and community relationships. PCC offers competitive benefits as well as some uncommon perks. To learn more about PCC, this position, and how to apply, please visit our website at The deadline for submitting your application is January 28, 2018. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

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

Jennifer Welsh, Office Manager Lynn, Lynn, Blackman & Manitsky, P.C. 76 St. Paul Street, Suite 400 Burlington, VT 05401







Support Specialist Position

Come meet businesses from across the region who are looking for workers like you. Representatives from a variety of industries will be on hand to meet candidates: Staffing Services: Spherion Manpower Westaff Adecco Labor Ready

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Innovative, statewide Employee Assistance Hilton Burlington Program inHotel partnership with Vermont CVS Association of Business, Industry and VT Department of Labor Northlands Job Corps Rehabilitation seeks organized and reliable Janitech professional to provide excellent customer service to April 22, 2014 9am-4pm Exclusive Media Partner: members and colleagues. Tasks range from daily data entry, Hilton Burlington telephonic and web customer support, Presented resource by: Openbased to all candidates! research, mailings, and work in Office 365. Potential other duties may include updating Microsoft Excel files, crafting letters, using online technology to embed links and graphics, and using data to create simple graphs.

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Furniture Manager SLATE is currently seeking a dynamic, positive, and hardworking Furniture Manager for our rapidly expanding brand, located in the heart of Church Street. The ideal candidate will oversee our furniture sales and events, as well as our in-home consultation. 20-40 hours per week. Send resume and cover letter to:

Candidates must have reliable transportation, Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in the Human Services Field, be proficient with current technology, have the ability to work independently, take directives and abide by the highest professional ethical standards and confidentiality.

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To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Marc Adams at before 1/24/2018.

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

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• Evening Counselor Position available – hours are afternoon through midnight. • Awake Overnight Counselor Position available – hours are late evening through early morning.

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• Full time counselor will have the opportunity to provide parent education and life skill support to pregnant and parenting women and their children in residential treatment setting. • Shift differential offered for 12am-7am hours.

SCHEMATIC DESIGNER AND CABINETRY & SPECIALTY MILLWORK PRODUCTION DESIGNER Connor Mill-Built Homes is seeking an experienced Interior Production Designer, with a major emphasis on kitchen design and specialty millwork. Must be proficient in AutoCAD. This position also includes schematic floor plan and elevation design. With both roles you will work directly with clients to collaborate on custom design requests while adhering to classic architecture, scale, proportion and detail. You will also design interior design elements such as stairs, wainscoting, chair rail and other design features that are based in historic details. Salary compensation is negotiable depending on experience and skill. Our company has a national reputation for producing exquisite historic architectural replications, so a knowledge of historic architecture is a plus, but can be learned on the job by an interested and motivated candidate. Excellent benefits package and salary starting at $45,000. Please send resume and cover letter detailing your experience and interest in our company to Thomasina Magoon, Vice President of Operations


• Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in human services related field. • Experience providing care to young children. • Ability to multi-task and work in a fast-paced environment; flexibility, adaptability, and open-mindedness necessary. • Experience working in residential treatment setting preferred. • Valid driver’s license required. • Knowledge of adoption services.

Why Join Our Team at Lund:

• 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.

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WE’RE HIRING! Lawson’s Finest is looking for highly qualified people to join our team! We’re currently hiring for a • Brewery Operations Director • Finance & Administration Director • Sales & Distribution Manager. If you are honest, hard working and extremely skilled – we want to hear from you! All positions are based in Waitsfield, Vermont, and will be instrumental in expanding our leadership team and helping us kick off our next chapter of the new Lawson’s Finest Brewery, Taproom, and Retail Store.

Do you want to contribute to work that matters to Vermont and Vermonters? Do you have diverse financial experience and keen attention to detail? Do you want to be part of a fun and passionate team dedicated to the stewardship of Vermont’s environment? The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation seeks a skilled Financial Administrator to manage multiple grant programs to support of the work of the Department and partners. This employee works collaboratively with colleagues and partners who are committed to protecting Vermont’s forests and lands, promoting recreation, and operating Vermont’s State Parks. Responsibilities include budget monitoring, reporting, reconciling and drawing funds, and providing general support as part of a small and dynamic business office team. The ideal candidate brings accounting experience including federal grant administration, takes initiative, and shares an interest in our mission.

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OPEN POSITIONS At Vermont Creamery, we pride ourselves in producing the highest quality cheeses, butter and crème fraiche while supporting and developing family farms. We aim to exemplify sustainability by being profitable, engaging our staff in the business, and living our mission every day at the Creamery.

Vermont Creamery is hiring for the following positions: • Industrial Mechanic • Creamery Supervisor • Human Resources Manager • HR Administrator & Executive Assistant

Howard Center has an ongoing need for foster parents or weekend buddies for children in our program. These children range in age from 7 - 16. Some need caring adults to support them over the weekend, others need a family for a school year, and some are looking for adoptive families. On any given day there are over 1,300 children in the Vermont foster care system and over 60 children in need of an adoptive family. You don’t have to be married, rich or own a home. You will be supported every step of the way!

SEEKING SHARED LIVING PROVIDERS The Howard Center’s Shared Living Program creates opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities to live in the community. The Shared Living Program is currently accepting expressions of interest from experienced caregivers to provide a home, day-to-day assistance, and support tailored to the needs of individuals seeking caregivers. This is a rewarding employment opportunity for individuals who are interested in working from home while making a meaningful difference in someone’s life. We use a careful matching process to ensure that each placement is mutually compatible. A generous tax-free stipend, Room & Board, respite budget, training, and team support are provided. Potential Opportunities below: 1. Young SLP to support a 22 year old woman who enjoys music, dancing, theatre and who can create a safe environment where she can thrive, join in lively conversations about equity, and be herself.

Job Fair/Open House: on-site January 18th from 9am-6pm. Candidates will have an opportunity to discuss open positions, complete an application, and have a cheese tasting.

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2. A medically aware SLP to support a sweet, funny, musical loving 59 year old woman in need of full personal care. 3. Experienced, attentive and confident 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. 4. Seeking a live-in SLP 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. 5. Happy young woman who utilizes a wheelchair is looking for a home. This is a 2 week on 2 week off position. Must be willing to learn special care procedures and how to use a lift. The ideal home will be wheelchair accessible or be willing to make the necessary alterations. 6. An individual or couple with a background in mental health / human services who can create a safe and nurturing home for a 25-year-old male. He is a user of facilitated communication, enjoys his alone time, walks and hikes, and swimming.

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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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The Vermont Judiciary is recruiting a temporary full-time partyear Programs Manager to administer the Vermont Juvenile Court Improvement Program (CIP). This position is the content expert in child protection and juvenile cases and programs. This person will analyze trends, make recommendations and manage CIP grants. Job location can be remote or at the nearest State Court. Bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience in program management, grants administration, and/or policy development experience required. Starting at $30.00 per hour. The Judiciary does not guarantee 40 hours of work per week. Open until filled. Go to

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• Coordinator oversees all medical care to clients and their children living in residential treatment facility and supervises Nurse and Medical Case Manager in all aspects of health care and medication administration. • Responsibilities include assessment of health care needs of residents, connection of clients to community healthcare providers, oversight of medication administration, referrals, and support to clients including transportation to appointments. • Provides educational opportunities for prenatal care, childbirth education, making healthy lifestyle choices, teaching the client to become an advocate for self and child in health care, newborn care, developmental and cognitive growth of children. for a detailed job description and application.

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The Department of Health’s Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program is looking for a highly organized individual to strengthen its workforce. You will coordinate trainings and conferences, develop and administer grants. Should have strong project management, planning and writing skills, working knowledge of adult education and public administration. For information contact Marcia LaPlante at marcia.laplante@ Reference job posting #622559. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: 01/22/2018.

E N V I R O N M E N T A L H E A LT H & S A F E T Y C O O R D I N A T O R – MONTPELIER Seeking an environmental/occupational health (industrial hygiene) specialist to coordinate resolution of building related issues involving IAQ or potential hazardous substance exposures in a complex portfolio of state owned facilities/leased spaces. This position provides expert opinion and advice to staff as a member of the Department’s Management Team in areas of occupational, environmental, and public health protection. Responsible to maintain and submit EPA Tier II/ VTCRTK reports for multi sites statewide, coordinates pollution prevention efforts, and track generation and disposal of hazardous and other wastes from Buildings and General Services sites. For more information, contact John Hebert at Reference Job ID #622367. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: Open until filled.


INSTITUTIONAL MAINTENANCE MECHANIC – BURLINGTON Buildings and General Services is looking for a trades person with good mechanical skills to join our maintenance team handling installation, repair and maintenance of buildings, systems, equipment, and machinery. Must have commercial construction or structural maintenance experience and be able to read and interpret blueprints, follow and communicate complex oral and written instructions. Experience with computerized systems helpful. Background Check and Valid Driver’s License Required. For more information, contact Joshua Reese at Reference Job ID #622622. Status: Full Time. Application Deadline: 01/18/2018.

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• Provides ongoing education to staff related to health care of clients, blood–borne pathogens, labor-support, and infant safety issues.

What We Look For:

• Must be a Licensed Registered Nurse with the State of Vermont. • Experience in working with women and children in hospital and community settings, use of women centered recovery model, family centered nursing care, and experience in psychotropic medications. • Ability to work and collaborate with multiple disciplines in providing nursing care to this population. • Valid VT Driver’s License and access to reliable transportation required.

Why Join Our Team at Lund:

• 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 strengthsbased 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.

The Office of Public Guardian seeks an independent, energetic and organized person to protect and monitor the legal and human rights of individuals under. Ut voluptatis minctur as est, occulparum rerchic aboreiciis qui doles quo tem et quam harias dolupta sperionsed quia voluptus, ut quid qui ut quo optatque nusandi temperi atquae occaecus ernatis nonsequis aut odi bernati officab orectur, sam num fugia. For more information, contact John Manager at Department: Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, Job ID: 620056, Application Deadline: 2/15/18.

• 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

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FULL TIME AND PART TIME EVENING AND NIGHT SHIFTS Come work with a well established team. Deficiency Free! LNAs. Full and part time shifts available. Come make a difference in someone’s life! For more information or to apply: Sue Fortin RN, DNS Birchwood Terrace Healthcare 43 Starr Farm Rd. Burlington, Vermont 05408 or email Sue.Fortin



Community Capital of Vermont seeks a dynamic, effective Executive Director with a strong commitment to our mission. CCVT is a statewide small business and microenterprise lender serving low and moderate income entrepreneurs. CCVT specializes in providing loans to business owners who lack the collateral or credit history to qualify for traditional bank loans.

Join the Career Center team! This position is responsible for developing strategic marketing campaigns, coordinating communications, producing print and digital media, supervising student staff, and managing our brand and assets. Must have a Bachelor’s degree, 1 - 3 years related experience, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity.

Reporting to a Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day management of the organization and supporting the Board’s leadership on policy and long-term planning.

For further information and to apply, search for posting #S1414PO. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are found.

Please submit resume and cover letter via email to Position remains open until filled. EOE

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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Join a dynamic team of dedicated professionals at an exciting institution! Middlebury seeks a Donor Relations and Annual Giving Coordinator/Assistant to Executive 2:12 PM Director of Annual Giving and Donor Relations to support the activities of the Annual Giving and Donor Relations Offices, by providing administrative and operational support. These offices seek to build strong relationships with donors and potential donors, by engaging them through events, compelling donor communications and activities, and a variety of solicitations. Associates degree required; Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office, excellent organization skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks. To view the complete job description and apply online, visit

Must be able to respectfully assist with personal care, and drive. Nursing or LNA experience preferred but not required.

Middlebury College employees enjoy a high quality of life with excellent compensation; competitive health, dental, retirement, and vision benefits; and educational assistance programs. EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability

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VERMONT FOODBANK FINANCE ASSOCIATE - BARRE, VT This full-time finance associate position consists primarily of maintaining A/P and A/R and assisting the CFO and HR. An ideal candidate is confident, comfortable making independent decisions, able to maintain confidentiality, can provide a high level of quality customer service and problem solving, is organized, familiar with accounting procedures and accounting 12:16 PM software, detail-oriented, accurate, tactful and diplomatic. Please submit application online at; be sure to include a cover letter & resume. Attention: Human Resources Department, Francine Chittenden.

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The Vermont Arts Council is searching for a dynamic and experienced administrator to serve as deputy director. Working closely with the executive director, the person in this position will be responsible for managing the Council’s programs and day-to-day operations. The deputy director will also have primary responsibility for oversight of the Vermont Creative Network – an innovative statewide collective working to advance Vermont’s diverse creative sector. More information available at Applications, accepted until January 22, 2018, will be kept strictly confidential.

The Town of Essex is seeking a professional, experienced facilitator (or facilitators) to engage residents on the important topic of whether or not to modify the Town’s firearms ordinance. The facilitator(s) will organize and oversee a public engagement process featuring in-person workshops as well as participation options for residents unable or unwilling4t-VTArtsCouncil011018.indd to attend workshops. Application materials and more information: or 878-1341.


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Legal Administrative Assistant Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C., a Burlington, VT law firm, is seeking to hire a highly motivated individual to provide administrative support to attorneys within several practice groups. Candidates should be detail-oriented while maintaining efficiency and have strong verbal, written and comprehension skills. Flexibility and the ability to manage multiple projects for multiple attorneys, strong technology skills and a working knowledge of MS Office applications a must. Prior office/business experience or legal education is preferred. Forward cover letter and resume to: Human Resources, Sheehey Furlong & Behm P.C., PO Box 66, Burlington, VT, 05402-0066, or by email to

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• Full-time Cook will provide meal planning, preparation, and food service to pregnant and parenting women and their children in residential treatment setting. • Primary responsibility will be food prep and service, however Cook will have opportunity to interact with clients and their children, provide individual coaching, and teach cooking and nutrition classes.

Stewardship Coordinator VHCB seeks a highly capable, self-motivated individual with strong communication skills, attention to detail, and ability to work as part of a team to join our conservation staff. Primary responsibilities include managing VHCB’s conservation stewardship program, GIS mapping, digital document and database management. The Stewardship Coordinator will also support project underwriting, measuring and conveying program impact, public outreach and policy development. Prior experience and training in agriculture, natural resources, and/or land conservation, and a commitment to the mission of VHCB required. A working knowledge of stewardship on conserved lands and proficiency with GPS and GIS is a must. Experience with Word, Excel and Arc View is required. Experience and proficiency with program tracking and database and document management systems is strongly preferred. This position requires some travel and field monitoring so a valid driver’s license and ability to work outdoors is necessary. Full time position with comprehensive benefits. EOE. See the job description at send resume and cover letter by January 26 by email to

Legal Assistant Innovative funding agency supporting land conservation and the development of affordableViability housing is seeking a highly capable, self-motivated individual Program Assistant with attention to detail to work as a part-time Legal Assistant with the General Counsel. Responsibilities include preparation of legal documents, maintenance of legal files, and managing administrative systems for tracking legal documents and payments. Prior experience and training in real estate legal closings required. Experience with electronic document management systems is a plus. The applicant will have an associate’s degree in business, legal studies, or a similar discipline, along with one to three years of relevant real estate experience, including at least two years of legal assistant or paralegal training/experience or equivalent education and experience. This is a part-time (20 hours per week) position with prorated, comprehensive benefits. EOE. See the job description at Please send resume and cover letter by February 5 by email to: laurie@vhcb. Celebrating 30 years supporting affordable housing and the conservation of agricultural and recreational land, forestland, natural areas and historic properties.

• Position works late morning through dinner service. What We Look For: • Looking for candidate with strong nutritional knowledge and ability to multi-task. • Food preparation and service experience required. Why Join Our Team at Lund: • 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, communityoriented 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:

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Director of Development Join a mission-driven, high energy team committed to improving the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and building more inclusive communities through sports. Special Olympics Vermont seeks a Director of Development to create and implement a fundraising strategy to grow our revenue base through individual giving, corporate sponsorships, and special events. This full-time position reports to the President and CEO and works closely with our Board of Directors. The successful candidate will have 5+ years of experience in Development/nonprofit management, and demonstrated success with donor cultivation. If you have a passion for our mission and a strong background in non-profit development, we encourage you to apply. Visit for the full job description.

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The Flynn Center for the Performing Arts seeks applicants for part-time Teaching Artist positions in both School Programs faculty as well as FlynnArts faculty within the Education team of northern New England’s premier performing arts center.

School Programs Teaching Artists

Practicing actors/directors, dancers/choreographers, and musicians/composers who plan and co-lead artsintegrated curriculum with educators in Vermont schools. They evaluate, refine, and document workshops, lessons, and units as a part of the Flynn’s Words Come Alive program. Ideal candidates have several years of relevant teaching experience; familiarity with youth and child development, standards and curriculum planning, and classroom management.

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Design and lead on-going classes and camps for the Flynn Center. Experience with youth, adult, and crossgenerational learning in a community arts setting preferred. Resumes in any performing arts genre are currently being accepted. For a detailed job description and more information, visit our website at: Please submit application materials by January 12, 2018 to:

Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Human Resources Department 153 Main Street Burlington, Vermont 05401 or email No phone calls, please. EOE

LEGAL SECRETARY Vermont Legal Aid seeks a highly-organized team player, with a desire to further our mission, for a full-time position in Burlington. Responsibilities include general office management and secretarial duties (answering phones, client contact, data entry, typing, file/document/database management), as well as supporting the work of ten attorneys and paralegals. Experience as a legal secretary or formal secretarial training is preferable. Proficiency with Microsoft Office required. Starting salary is $30,685+ DOE with excellent benefits and four weeks’ vacation. Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references as a single PDF file with the subject line “Last Name - Burlington Support Staff Application 2018” to Eric Avildsen, Executive Director c/o Rose Wunrow (rwunrow@ Application deadline: January 15, 2018. VLA is an equal opportunity employer committed to cultural competency in order to effectively serve our increasingly diverse client community. Applicants are encouraged to share in their cover letter how they can further this goal. Visit our website for more information and complete application instructions.

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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.

CHEMISTRY LABORATORY COORDINATOR & LECTURER IN CHEMISTRY Seeking an individual who will assist faculty in the development, implementation, preparation and set-up of undergraduate chemistry teaching laboratories. The coordinator will supervise work-study students, oversee the chemical stockroom and coordinate purchasing for the teaching laboratories. Essential functions include providing leadership for the safe and efficient operation of the chemistry teaching laboratories; managing the inventory and storage of supplies, lab ware and reagents essential to the operation of the chemistry teaching laboratories; and working with lab instructors and department chair to ensure timely set-up and break down of labs and efficient scheduling of labs for various courses in the same lab space. Requirements - minimum of a master’s degree in chemistry or related field required; experience in the use of at least one class of major chemical instrumentation and some teaching experience preferred. To view a complete description and apply for these and other great jobs: Norwich University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing a positive education and work environment that recognizes and respects the dignity of all students, faculty and staff. Reasonable accommodations will be made for the known disability of an otherwise qualified applicant. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at for assistance. All candidates must be US Citizens/Permanent Residents legally eligible to work in the US without sponsorship, now or in the future. A post offer, preemployment background check will be required of the successful candidate. Norwich University offers a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental, vision, group life and long term disability insurance, flexible-spending accounts for health and dependent care, 403(b) retirement plan with employer match, employee assistance program, paid time off including parental leave, and tuition scholarships for eligible employees and their family members.


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• Full-time position provides direct supervision to clinicians within the Residential and Community Treatment programs and clinical supervision and training in the area of cooccurring treatment to staff pursuing licensing. • Coordinator provides oversight of clinical services for pregnant and parenting women with mental health and substance use disorders living in residential facility. What We Look For: • Preferred Applicants will be dually licensed, or license eligible, in Substance Abuse and Mental Health counseling. • Minimum 3 years experience in treating co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders with an integrated background in evidence-based practice; and at least two years of providing clinical supervision. • Experience working on a multidisciplinary team preferred. • Experience in working with women centered recovery model. • Ability to work and collaborate with multiple disciplines in providing therapeutic care to this population. • Valid VT Driver’s License and access to reliable transportation required. Why Join Our Team at Lund: • 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 strengthsbased 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-LundCLINICSVCCoord011018.indd 1

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Clinician – First Call for Chittenden County

Human Resources Director Lane Press, one of America’s most prestigious printers of short and medium run publications, has a unique opportunity for a Human Resources Director. Our HR Director is directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination and evaluation of our busy HR department. Responsibilities include (but are not limited to) leading HR policy and procedure communications to ensure consistency and adherence, developing and managing employee benefits, oversight of Worker’s Compensation processes, developing workplace initiatives to increase safety, health and wellness, inspiring and leading a team of managers to recruit and hire the very best talent for the organization and supporting employee relations. A Bachelor’s degree with at least 5-7 years of professional HR experience is required. Experience working with employees, managers, and executives in both individual and group settings, with a proven ability to influence all levels of the organization through trusting, respectful, and highly communicative relationships, is necessary. Demonstrated ability to reason. Understands the impact and implications of business decisions. Safety and environmental program and regulation knowledge is strongly desired. Lane Press offers a competitive salary along with a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), paid vacation, an unbelievable health club membership, on site physical therapy services and the opportunity to work with a great team! Qualified applicants should respond with their resume and salary requirements to: Lane Press P.O. Box 130 Burlington, VT 05402 Attn: Human Resources Or, EOE

Provide life-changing support in a compassionate environment focused on professional development. Howard Center is hiring skilled Crisis Assessment and Triage Clinicians for its integrated crisis program. First Call for Chittenden County is the 24/7/365 mobile crisis service for anyone of any age in Chittenden County, Vermont. One team. One number. Master’s Degree req. Visit www. and enter “First Call” to learn more.

Community Health Social Worker New Position: Facilitate access to health care, provide case management and provide community resource referral for New-American patients at Adult Primary Care – Burlington (UHC). Master’s Degree req.

LPN – Medication Assisted Treatment Program 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 VT 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.

Medical Home Early Childhood Clinician Provide home/community based consultative services to children and families, as identified by UVMMC - Medical Home Team. Services include assessment of child/family needs, targeted therapeutic interventions, on-going collaboration with medical team and case management to support linkages to external services. Master’s Degree req.

Residential Counselor - Awake Overnight Establish and maintain a therapeutic, clean, and stable environment in a residential program serving adults with severe mental illness and/or substance use issues. Must have the ability to exercise sound judgement and be compassionate and respectful. Bachelor’s degree required.

Registered Nurse – Medication Assisted Treatment Program 1 PT and 1FT position available. 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.

SUB - Registered Nurse – Medication Assisted Treatment Program 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.

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+hrs/week. Please visit our website Enter position title to view details and apply. Howard Center is an Equal-Opportunity Employer. Applicants needing assistance or an accommodation in completing the on-line application should feel free to contact Human Resources at 488-6950 or

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Sillycow Farms, a leading national premium hot chocolate manufacturing company, has two openings on our management team. If you qualify you will be part of a fast-growing national player in the cocoa market, as we continue to expand our sales both nationally and overseas. The positions require strong written and verbal communication, administrative and organizational skills. Must be able to work independently on projects from start to finish and must be able to work under pressure at times and to handle a wide variety of activities and confidential matters. Good starting wages based on experience. Benefit package includes medical, retirement plan, vacations and paid holidays, advanced food training program and hot chocolate privileges. To apply, and for more information on the positions, please call 802-429-2920 or email your resume and letter of interest to: 4h-SillyCowFarms011018.indd 1

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Care & Service Coordination Supervisor, RN ASK-int Tag is a premier manufacturer of RFID products. At ASK, quality is always paramount and we take great pride in satisfying our customers with the very best products and services we can provide. Currently, the following job opportunities are available at our Essex Junction, Vermont facility:

Manufacturing Systems Integrator

This key position will provide technical support by supporting ASK’s manufacturing hardware and software platforms and applications, and their overall system architecture. The incumbent will also coordinate and drive the development and execution of select customer product requirements into technical data packages by supporting technical exhibits for customer RFP/RFQ/RFI proposals and quotes, as well as create data packages for production on orders won. Bachelor’s degree in IT, or equivalent required, as is experience in one or more of the following programing languages: SQL, C++, VisualBasic, PLC programming. Proficiency with encoding preferred, and familiarity with RFID products and services a plus.

Production Team Members

Production team members will contribute an excellent work ethic and attention to detail toward the manufacture of ASK’s quality RFID products and services. Minimum requirements for a position working on our production floor include a high school diploma or equivalent, 1 year previous manufacturing experience which includes the ability to operate different pieces of equipment as well as the ability and desire to grow in the job, and a strong commitment to achieving excellence in job execution. ASK-intTag offers employees a standard benefits package which includes medical/dental/vision coverages and 401(k) participation after completing 60 days of satisfactory service. To apply for one of the positions above, please forward a resume with cover letter to:

ASK-int Tag, LLC Attn: Demetra Fisher, HR Mgr 1000 River Street, Mailbox 169 Essex Junction, VT 05452

About the Position: Age Well seeks a Care & Service Coordination Supervisor and Registered Nurse with creative instincts, strong interpersonal and leadership attributes excited by the prospect of helping to create a new template for aging services in an evolving healthcare environment. This position will lead our highly-skilled team of Care & Service Coordinators in Franklin County and help to conceptualize and implement Age Well’s region-wide practice model, with a focus on client-centric risk detection, wellness and improved clinical outcomes and quality of life for those we serve. Central to this work will be a keen understanding of the social determinants of health and the leading role that community-based organizations like Age Well should play in interfacing with the healthcare system to prevent & mitigate chronic disease, rather than chasing it. We are seeking candidates dedicated to providing outstanding support to our staff, the seniors & families we serve. Age Well is committed to providing a culture that embraces change, where our staff are energized and feel proud to work, and where they’re reminded frequently that their work makes a profound difference in people’s lives. This is an opportunity for a candidate at mid-career excited by the prospect of developing strong leadership skills and participating in strategic planning and program implementation in a mission-driven, high-performing organization that emphasizes work-life balance and places a premium on creating a healthy, high-morale culture. Applicants must be licensed in Vermont or eligible for licensure by reciprocity and have demonstrated experience working with at-risk patients in home-based or primary care settings. The Care & Service Coordination Supervisor will develop a deep understanding of the Franklin County community and represent Age Well as a key member of OneCare Vermont’s Franklin County Core Team, and serve as a member / participant of other community collaborations. The CSC Supervisor’s time will be split between Age Well’s Central Office in Essex Junction and providing “boots on the ground” support to our team in the St. Alban’s field office.  If you are interested in joining Age Well and learning more about this position, send a cover letter, along with your resume to, or fax to (802) 865-0363.  Age Well is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About the Organization: Age Well is the largest elder services organization in Vermont, providing Care & Service Coordination, Meals on Wheels, the Senior Helpline and a network of services and support to seniors and their families in Chittenden, Addison, Franklin & Grand Isle counties. A growing nonprofit with a staff of 63 and an annual budget of $6 million, Age Well works with nearly 1000 volunteers and 10,000 clients each year, to provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence.

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(CL-27/28) $48,170 to $93,831 Green Mountain Transit has an opening for you! From Part-time Sedan Drivers to

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U.S. Probation Officers work for the federal court, conduct bail and pre-sentence investigations, and supervise federal defendants released to community supervision. The minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree in an approved major with two years of specialized experience. The position is hazardous duty law enforcement with a maximum age of 37 at appointment. Prior to appointment, applicants considered for this position will undergo a full background investigation, as well as undergo a medical examination and drug screening. Starting salary range is from $48,170 to $93,831 (CL 27 to CL 28), depending on qualifications. For further information and application instructions visit Deadline for complete applications is the close of business January 31, 2018. EOE

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

P S Y C H I A T R I C C L I N I C A L S P E C I A LT Y N U R S E REGISTERED NURSE I, II & III - BERLIN Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital (VPCH), a 25 bed state - of - the art, recovery oriented facility located in beautiful Central Vermont, has immediate openings for Registered Nurses on all shifts. Nurses function as fully integrated members of a multidisciplinary team while providing excellent psychiatric nursing care. Whether you are an experienced psychiatric nurse or a nurse seeking a new opportunity, you can make a difference in the evolving landscape of mental health care at VPCH. In addition to an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement and loan repayment assistance may be available for eligible applicants. Apply Online at Registered Nurse I (Psychiatric Clinical Specialty Nurse) – Job Opening ID# 622070 Registered Nurse II (Psychiatric Clinical Specialty Nurse) – Job Opening ID# 621711 Registered Nurse III (Charge Psychiatric Clinical Specialty Nurse) – Job Opening ID# 621805

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DEVELOPMENT OFFICER Saint Michael’s College seeks an energetic and self-motivated professional fundraiser for the full-time position of Development Officer within the department of Institutional Advancement. Responsibilities include identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individuals as assigned, actively seeking new donors and involving the College’s IA staff, as well as Saint Michael’s College faculty and staff as appropriate in the development process. Benefits include health, dental, vision, life, disability, 401(k), generous paid time off, employee and dependent tuition benefits, and discounted gym membership.

Providing innovative mental health and educational services to Vermont’s children and families. “Make a difference in the life of a child!”- NFI Vermont a leader in specialized trauma and adolescent development is looking to expand our team of innovators. Full time and part time positions available. Competitive wages, training opportunities, flexible work schedules and family oriented culture. Excellent benefits with tuition reimbursement offered for 30 or more hour employees. Visit our career page at to learn more!

Hospital Diversion Program Program Clinician

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JOIN THE VYCC TEAM! VYCC’s mission is to teach young people personal responsibility through meaningful work that connects us to the land, community, and one another. All full-time staff are based out of the VYCC Headquarters Office at the historic West Monitor Barn, in Richmond, VT. Our office is a collegial, bustling, and fun open office atmosphere, which offers staff opportunities to interact and collaborate. Successful staff are able maintain focus and productivity, balance personal initiative and independence, and plug into our team in ways that help us do our best work as an organization. Staff enjoy the perks of the Farm at VYCC and forest campus year-round. We are looking for our next awesome teammates to join our full-time and seasonal staff in 2018 in the following positions: • Development Coordinator • Finance Specialist • Program Logistics Coordinator

The NFI Hospital Diversion Program is looking for a full time mental health professional to join our clinical team working with adolescents and families experiencing a psychiatric crisis. This Program is a short-term, inpatient facility working with adolescents in psychiatric crisis. The program clinician is a multifaceted position to include: clinical consultation with community members, initial clinical 4:04 PM assessments/mental status evaluations, family and treatment team meetings, supervision of residential counselors, coordination of referral and participation on the leadership team. The ideal candidate will possess a master’s degree in counseling, social work or a related field and have significant experience working with adolescents who have mental health and/or behavioral challenges. In addition, a candidate will be able to work well in crisis, be flexible and collaborative, function in a fast-paced environment, have the ability to navigate the system of care, and multi-task effectively. This is a full time position with benefits. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to

Residential Counselors (per diem) The Hospital Diversion Program of NFI VT is seeking relief Residential Counselors. This is a part time, entry level position, with a flexible schedule ideal for those looking to gain experience in the field or graduate students. Hospital Diversion provides crisis stabilization, clinical consultation, individual treatment and discharge planning in a small, safe residential setting. Counselors provide supervision and support to youth, as well as provide a sense of safety and security. Superior interpersonal skills and ability to function well in a team atmosphere a must. B.A. in psychology or related field required. Position is per diem. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to

Community Based Services

Clinical Case Manager Looking for an exciting new opportunity? NFI has one for you! CBS is seeking a full time Clinical Case Manager to join our amazing team of mental health professionals and our positive and supportive work environment. Responsibilities include working with children, adolescents, and families with mental health challenges, both in the community and in their homes. Ideal candidates will work well both autonomously and collaboratively on treatment teams, have related work experience, a valid driver’s license, and reliable transportation. A Master’s degree in mental health or social work preferred, or a Bachelor’s degree with equivalent work experience. Come be a part of our positive culture, which includes a generous benefits package, tuition reimbursement, paid time off, and more. Please send cover letter and resume to

• Operations Coordinator

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• Conservation Field Assistants (seasonal) These are all key positions, open until filled, that are great for young professionals. We are committed to creating a diverse environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applications from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, women and gender fluid individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Full descriptions and how to apply at

Family Engagement Specialist Family Engagement Specialists work directly with children and families involved with DCF, who experience multi-system issues, including substance abuse, domestic violence, and mental health challenges. Responsibilities include coordinating and facilitating large meetings, teaming with community service providers, creating treatment plans through collaboration with DCF, and parent education. We are looking for candidates with strong communication and documentation skills, who work well in a team setting. Experience with Family Time Coaching, Family Safety Planning and Family Group Conferencing preferred. This full time position with benefits and a $500 sign-on bonus requires a Bachelor’s degree and/or two years’ experience in related field. Please submit cover letter and resume to resume

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Marketing Director Looking for marketing genius to develop social media for the Vermont 420 Friendly brand. Job involves development of website and develop branding of products. Looking for partner who wants to make Vermont 420 Friendly the premier location for information regarding all Vermont business connections which will be open to the cannabis culture. Looking to share profit from branding through website revenue and sales of branded products. Send resumes to:

America’s premier innovator, designer and manufacturer of high performance wire and cable with a 60-year history of providing solutions to the toughest problems in the world’s most extreme environments. We excel at developing customized products, utilizing our cross-linked irradiation technology, that meet power, signal and data transmission needs—no matter how demanding the challenge—while exceeding standards for quality, durability and safety.

SUPPLY CHAIN INVENTORY CONTROL ANALYST We are looking for an Inventory Control Analyst/Buyer who will be responsible for inventory control company-wide serving multiple manufacturing facilities. Some responsibilities are performing cycle counts and reporting results monthly, analyzing inventory data and cycle counts, requesting quotes and placing POs, resolving inventory discrepancies, and training others on inventory practices and procedures; also responsible for the procurement of non-production and production items. Requirements: • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of experience in inventory control and operational procedures in a manufacturing environment. • Business Administration or related major with a minimum of an Associate’s Degree, a Bachelor’s Degree being a plus. • Proficient in Excel. Able to collate physical cycle counts, inventory data, analyze that data and make recommendations as to corrective action should data indicate an inventory control issue. • Problem-solving and time management are critical. • Learn Champlain Cable’s ERP system, AXIOM, and be able to communicate effectively using the terms unique to AXIOM and Champlain Cable. • Procurement experience a plus. Responsibilities: • Provide operations management with recommendations to improve inventory accuracy. To include review of cycle counts and usage ensuring that our bill of materials accurately reflect the actual material usage. • Be customer centric, always looking at how we impact our customers.

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• Ensuring shipments reflect the customer requirements, specifically footage. • Work with Quality Assurance when a customer reports a quantity discrepancy, analyzing the reason(s) and assisting with submitting an 8D (corrective action) to the customer. • Cross-shift coverage required to get a full understanding of the product flow, inventory issues, meeting with shift supervisors and group-leaders and conducting training on cycle counting. • Some travel required to other Champlain Cable facilities in El Paso, TX and Benton Harbor, MI. • Other duties as may be assigned by Manager.

DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER FOR R&D This position will be responsible for the development of our wires and cables at our Colchester, VT facility. The primary responsibility is to design and formulate polymer/elastomer compounds to develop new products and or improve current products. You will work in our R&D department from 8am to 5pm in collaboration with other engineers and technicians. There will be occasional travel to customers, vendors, and professional conferences. This position reports to our R&D Senior Technologist & Scientist. Specific responsibilities: • Design and formulate polymer/elastomer compound specific to wire and cable industry. • Work collaboratively to develop products from R&D to Production scale. • Challenge status quo and drive the product development to production scale in a timely fashion. • Keep abreast of latest developments in the polymer/elastomer technology and recommend to the company. • Use DOE and preferably 6 sigma tools to trouble shoot and developing new compounds. • Work closely with R&D head to streamline day to day trouble shooting and new developments. • Pursue high standards to keep company’s commitment to customers in an accountable way. • Knowledge in polymer/elastomer processing equipment and know how in tying additives with properties required like fire retardants and antioxidants. • Knowledge in using processing aids facilitating processing. • Knowledge in characterization tools with Standards such as ISO, SAE, UL, CSA preferred. • Unwavering commitment to safety. • Keep meticulous documentation. Qualifications: • BS or MS in polymer science or materials engineering. • 1-5 year’s experience in polymers. • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills both verbal and written. • Ability to present ideas effectively to diverse constituencies, internal and external. • Strong understanding of Polymer processing. • Strong decision making skills with emphasis on analytical thinking. • Team oriented working with peers and direct labor in transferring the product to production. • Self-motivated with high energy. • Six sigma and 5S methodology preferred as well as knowledge of polymer/elastomer suppliers. We are ISO & TS-16949 certified, offer excellent benefits and competitive wages based on experience and education. Apply here or you can email your resume and/or cover letter to If you prefer, you can mail your resume and cover letter to Champlain Cable Corp. Attn: HR Dept., 175 Hercules Drive, Colchester, VT 05446. No phone calls please. 14-ChamplainCable011018.indd 1 4v-CountryHomeCALLctr011018.indd 1

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Side Dishes « P.41 Drinks have included classics — think Moscow mules and margaritas — and unusual specials, including one called #rumAF, made with a blend of rums, sherry, “burnt cinnamon, salt H20” and bitters. “He’s been lighting a lot of stuff on fire at the bar to make smoky drinks,” noted Greene. As for the food to go with those smoky drinks, “We have huge visions,” Greene said. “We want to have a motelinspired menu.” That could mean soft pretzels with beer mustard and beer cheese, hot dogs with homemade toppings, and “fun desserts inspired by vending machines.” Some snacks will be available this week, and the menu will grow as the owners have time to add to it.

Both Greene and Hyjek grew up in Ludlow, but it wasn’t until the couple started traveling the world, Greene said, that they were inspired to return to Vermont. Their travels convinced them their hometown needed a hostel that could provide affordable accommodations in the otherwise pricey home of Okemo Mountain Resort. Now Main and Mountain is ready for the après-ski crowd. “We have great seating,” Greene said. “It’s very loungelike, so it’s inviting to stay for as long as you want.”


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CONSCIOUS KITCHEN: FERMENTED HOT SAUCE, DRESSINGS & DIPS Winooski’s Candace Jennifer Taylor is a yoga teacher, doula, healing arts practitioner, chef and founder of a business called Conscious Kitchen, through which she teaches and caters. In this class, she shows participants how to make fermented condiments — including hot sauce, salad dressings and hummus — all of which are good for the gut and the taste buds. Wednesday, January 10, 6-7:30 p.m., Community Teaching Kitchen, City Market/Onion River Co-op (South End), Burlington. $5-$10. Info, 861-9700,

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THE GIFTS OF MINDFULNESS Nosh slowly and thoughtfully on a BYO bag lunch while listening to a panel share thoughts on cultivating a mindful relationship with food. Panelists will discuss approaches to attentive eating and offer strategies they’ve used in their own lives and with

clients to build healthy dietary habits. Wednesday, January 10, noon-1:15 p.m., Burlington City Hall Auditorium. $5-15 donation. Info,

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WARM ME UP! In the coldest months of the year, herbs can help keep the circulatory system healthy and promote a feeling of warmth. In this workshop, Shona MacDougall, owner of Earth Rhythm Herbal in Middlesex, will hand out samples of fire cider, as well as share and discuss a variety of warming herbs. Wednesday, January 10, 6-7:30 p.m., Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free. Info, 223-8000,

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Each year, in America, we throw away approximately 400 pounds of food per person, yet 42 million Americans are food insecure. At this multifaceted event, participants can check out City Market, Onion River Co-op’s new South End location, watch the co-op’s Michael Clauss and Shelburne Farms’ Jim McCarthy demonstrate how to cook with foods that might otherwise be relegated to the compost, and check out Burlington’s first screening of Wasted! The Story of Food Waste. The film features famed chefs Dan Barber, Anthony Bourdain and (ahem) Mario Batali talking about how to create a more secure and less wasteful food system. WASTED: A FILM SCREENING & EXPLORATION OF FOOD WASTE IN OUR COMMUNITY Thursday, January 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m., City Market, Onion River Co-op (South End), Burlington. $15. Info, 861-970,

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Owners Mark Frier (left) and Chad Fry at Tres Amigos in Stowe

Tres Restaurantes With the newly opened Tres Amigos, Waterbury restaurateurs have a hat trick







few days before Christmas, a friend and I kicked off the holiday season in festive fashion at Tres Amigos, a Mexican restaurant that opened last September on Mountain Road in Stowe. We drank $6 house margaritas and ate a selection of appetizers that left us too full for a main course, though I eyed my bar neighbor’s roast chicken longingly. We snuck a peek at the connected music club — that newlook Rusty Nail, now known as Rusty Nail Stage. Though dark that night, it still evoked memories of long-ago shows. But it was the current vibe that held sway: fast and friendly service, hearty and flavorful food at an affordable price, and a bar crowd in a chitchatty mood. Two patrons started talking to us just for the fun of it. One, a 26-year-old skier from Florida, regaled us with his cinematic life story and strongly held view on nachos (every chip should hold every ingredient, he insisted). We also met Sally Hynes, 70, of Stowe, who was enjoying the new neighborhood restaurant with her husband and grandson. Fast-forward two weeks, to the end of the winter holiday, when I sat at a different bar — the Reservoir in Waterbury — for a meal and a beer. The bartender

greeted regulars with hopes for a happy New Year. A string of lights glittering above the bar and a slight warming — it was 17 degrees that night — kept the holiday spirit alive three days into 2018. The place was humming at 6:30 p.m., packed by 7. I tried an appetizer I’d never heard of, roasted buffalo cauliflower, and became an instant fan. My kid-size cheeseburger came with a grown-up-size kale Caesar on the side. My server was observing the cheerful activity from behind the bar. “I keep getting a whiff of something, and it smells so good,” she told me. “I think it’s your Caesar salad. I want one now.” I stopped eating long enough to reply, “I recommend it.” The restaurants that bookended my holiday were two of three owned by business partners and Waterbury residents Mark Frier and Chad Fry. Their trio of eateries is rounded out by the Bench, which is located, like Tres Amigos, on Mountain Road in Stowe. All three restaurants showcase Vermont beers — a business model that was far less common when Frier, then working on his own, opened the Reservoir in 2009. “Chad came on a year later,”

Frier, 37, said, “when I realized I didn’t know what I was doing.” Frier had moved to Waterbury from Chicago in 2006 for a job as an engineer at Burton Snowboards in Burlington. He focused on “wearable electronics,” products like heated jackets with a control panel in the arm for taking phone calls. “It was interesting,” Frier said, “to say the least.” Having chosen Waterbury as his home for its proximity to the mountains, Frier became a regular at the Alchemist, then a brewpub on Main Street. “This will be my town,” he remembered thinking. “This will be my restaurant. I got my dream job at Burton, and life is good.” Eating at the Alchemist four or five days a week, he observed the trending craft-beer market. In the summer of 2007, while attending the Vermont Brewers Festival at Burlington’s Waterfront Park, Frier had a thought: Why isn’t there a restaurant that does what the brew fest is doing? — that is, bring an array of Vermont-made beers to a single venue. “It was such a scene,” Frier said, “and there was not one restaurant that seemed to have a lot of the breweries’ [products] in one place.” He quit his job at Burton in fall 2008 and opened the Reservoir in April 2009

in the former Waterbury Wings building on Main Street. The restaurant boasts 40 tap lines, about three-quarters of which are dedicated to Vermont beers. The New Year’s Eve beer list at the Reservoir featured 42 Vermont beers and ciders. Fry estimated the Reservoir serves 250 to 300 different beers a year. “Even Church Street isn’t as exciting to me as what’s happening in Waterbury,” said Frier, who serves on the town’s selectboard. With no experience running a restaurant, he ran out of money almost immediately, Frier said. He had to learn about restaurant cash flow and how to get profitability out of the kitchen. But, with his engineering background, he had “math on his side.” Frier decided to hire someone with experience in restaurant management and the expertise to help him design a locally focused menu “that didn’t make you close the doors.” He learned about Fry, then a manager at Rí Rá Irish Pub in Burlington, from one of his servers. By sheer coincidence, in winter 2010, before the two could formally meet for an interview, they ran into each other on the Stowe Mountain Resort gondola. They started talking and realized they had upcoming plans to discuss working together. “I had one foot out the door of Vermont,” said Fry, who was ready to leave for Portland, Ore. He decided to stay on to manage the Reservoir with the understanding that, if things worked out, he and Frier would become business partners. Fry, now 41, graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a degree in business management. His experience includes property management at Bolton Valley Ski Area and serving as regional director of operations for Hyatt Hotels from his base in Savannah, Ga. “I was able to get my arms around the operational ends of the business,” Fry said of managing the Reservoir. “It was a lot of work at first, but it was a smaller project in scope. “Very early on,” Fry continued, “after I felt like we had a handle on this, we started looking around for other opportunities.” The men now own three restaurants, each of which seats 110 to 120 people. They have 150 employees, including chef Paul Moran, 54, who has cooked in Vermont restaurants for about 30 years. He started with the pair at the Reservoir and has stayed on to open both the Bench and Tres Amigos, where he runs the kitchen.


The restaurants source most of their protein locally, Fry said, including ground beef from Shelburne-based LaPlatte River Angus Farm. In season, they use local produce as much as possible while trying to maintain an affordable price point.

tip). The apps — ample in size and satisfying in taste — were $10 apiece. The priciest thing we had, recommended by the bartender, was a terrific margarita called Motorcycle Diaries made with blood orange, chiles and cilantro. (The price has

Tucker Band and Tito Jackson of the Jackson Five. Bobby Roberts, who owned the Rusty Nail for about 20 years, is also the Stowe real estate agent who helped Fry and Frier purchase the building and the business. “I

Stowe since she was a teenager. A Stowe homeowner since 1985, she remembers the original Rusty Nail and praised the building’s renovation and reincarnation. On January 4, when weather conditions made travel treacherous in Stowe,

Left to right: The tequila bar, El Día de los Muertos mural and nachos at Tres Amigos


A BUSINESS MODEL THAT WAS FAR LESS COMMON WHEN THE RESERVOIR OPENED IN 2009. dropped from $13 to $12 since our visit.) It had a double kick — the spice and the booze. In creating the Mexican restaurant, Fry and Frier took ownership of a legendary Stowe business: the Rusty Nail. Opened as a rock ’n’ roll club in 1969, the music venue has brought to town performers such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Marshall

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love those guys,” Roberts said. “You know why I love them? Because when they bought it, these guys called me every day and asked the question, ‘Hey, Bobby, what do you think about this?’ ‘What do you think about that?’ They were sort of paying homage to the guys who came before.” Hynes, my fellow Tres Amigos diner, is a native of Barre and has been going to

Hynes and her husband, John, celebrated their 49th wedding anniversary at Tres Amigos. “It was not a smart thing to be out,” she said. “But we had a wonderful time.” m


For Tres Amigos, the partners wanted to create a menu that wouldn’t compete with the nearby Bench, Frier said. “We are making a decision on what people are going to eat before they walk in the door.” The core Mexican menu is augmented by an array of entrées that includes chicken, steak and seafood dinners ($12 to $20). “I think we’ve got a good read on the public around here,” said chef Moran. “We kind of have our stamp, and we try to stay in those lanes and be fair to everybody.” When my friend and I ate at Tres Amigos, we shared three appetizers, including a delicious tuna tostado, and three drinks for $57 (not including tax and



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WED.10 art

Find visual art exhibits and events in the art section.

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.



STEPS TO START A BUSINESS: Entrepreneurs learn what it takes to get a new enterprise off the ground. Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, 5:307:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 391-4870.


GREENER DRINKS: Supporters of common sense cannabis reform sip beverages and discuss the culture, industry and politics of the agricultural product. Zenbarn, Waterbury, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, info@


GREEN MOUNTAIN CHAPTER OF THE EMBROIDERERS’ GUILD OF AMERICA: Needleand-thread enthusiasts finetune 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.




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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. $5-10. Info, 232-3618. CUBAN MODERN DANCE MASTER CLASS: Movers ages 16 and up learn new steps in an intermediate-level lesson with Malpaso Dance Company artistic director Osnel Delgado. Straus Dance Studio, Berry Sports Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 5:30 p.m. $10. Info, 603-646-2422.

IS CLIMATE CHANGE REAL?: A 2016 documentary featuring Leonardo DiCaprio focuses on the effects of global warming. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581.


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,


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘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, 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. ‘THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE’: A 2009 crime drama follows Lisbeth Salander, a hacker accused of murder. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. ‘THE ROOM’: Johnny’s fiancée seduces his best friend in this 2003 drama. Palace 9 Cinemas, South Burlington, 8 p.m. $12.50. Info, 660-9300.

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‘STILL MINE’: James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold star as an elderly couple battling local authorities to build their rural home. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6-8 p.m. $5. Info, 533-9075. ‘UNTOUCHABLE’: A 2016 documentary raises tough questions about sex offender laws. A panel discussion follows. Black Box Theater, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 5:30-8 p.m. Free; limited space. Info, 662-0001. ‘WONDER OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: Pioneering scientists seek to answer questions about the impact of human activities on this fragile frontier. 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.

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Follow the Tracks Locomotive enthusiasts journey through the history of toy trains with local collector Paul Bortz in the lead. Owner of more than 1,000 toy trains, Bortz goes full steam ahead at the Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury with “The History of Lionel Toy Trains and Others.” In this hands-on demo and discussion, the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History train-crew member highlights the brand’s innovation and identifies models for fellow fanatics. After the talk, folks can chug along to the museum to view its three-level model-train layout. All aboard!

PAUL BORTZ Saturday, January 13, 11 a.m., at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury. Free. Info, 388-2117,

JAN.12 & 13 | THEATER

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 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. CONSCIOUS KITCHEN: FERMENTED HOT SAUCE, DRESSINGS & DIPS: Live demonstrations, tastings and take-home recipes familiarize foodies with gut-healthy eats. Community Teaching Kitchen, City Market, Onion River Co-op, Burlington South End, 6-7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 861-9700. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: Local products — veggies, breads, pastries, cheeses, wines, syrups, jewelry, crafts and beauty supplies — draw shoppers to a diversified WED.10

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World on a String In the winter of 2016, Sandglass Theater, in conjunction with the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, began conducting interviews with new U.S. residents. Their stories became the foundation of Babylon, a new show by the Putney-based puppetry troupe premiering at the FlynnSpace in Burlington. A fiveperson ensemble pulls the strings as puppets portray seven refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, El Salvador and Burundi, making their cases for asylum through original four-part choral songs. “In Babylon,” reads Sandglass Theater’s website, “the blending of actual testimony with unreal figures gives us a view into how we respond to the enormity of this crisis.”

‘BABYLON’ Friday, January 12, and Saturday, January 13, 8 p.m., at FlynnSpace in Burlington. $35. Info, 863-5966,

JAN.11 & 12 | DANCE


MALPASO DANCE COMPANY Thursday, January 11, 7:30 p.m., and Friday, January 12, 8 p.m., at Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. $13-40. Info, 603-646-2422,


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JAN.12-17 | FILM

Billed as “seven days of film for thought,” the MountainTop Film Festival is a cinematic celebration honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Now in its 15th year, the lineup features 11 films including documentaries and dramas focusing on social and environmental issues at home and abroad. Throughout the week, movies such as the Israeli drama In Between, the Netflix documentary Chasing Coral and the 2017 refugee-crisis doc Human Flow (pictured) hit the screen at Big Picture Theater and Café in Waitsfield. An opening reception with live music by Pappy Biondo, a poetry slam by Muslim Girls Making Change and filmmaker MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL Friday, January 12, through Wednesday, Q&As round out this entertaining January 17, at Big Picture Theater and and informative program. Café in Waitsfield. See website for


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hanks to a weeklong residency at Dartmouth College, Havana meets Hanover, N.H., in the form of the Malpaso Dance Company. As part of its stay, the Cubanbased company showcases three works by international choreographers during performances on Thursday and Friday. Led by artistic director Osnel Delgado, 11 touring dancers bring ballet and contemporary dance training to the stage in commissioned pieces by American Ronald K. Brown, Canadian Aszure Barton and Delgado, who is also the group’s resident choreographer. A discussion with the artists follows each of these passionate displays of forward-thinking contemporary dance.

calendar WARM ME UP!: Herbalist Shona MacDougall offers a taste of herbs that bring the heat during cold winter months. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info,


BRIDGE CLUB: Players have fun with the popular card game. Burlington Bridge Club, Williston, 9:15 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. $6. Info, 872-5722. MAH-JONGG: Players of all levels enjoy friendly bouts of this tile-based game. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 1-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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GENTLE YOGA IN RICHMOND: A gong savasana closes out an all-levels class benefiting the Williston Community Food Shelf. Partial proceeds are donated. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 11 a.m.-noon. $10; preregister. Info, GENTLE YOGA IN WATERBURY: Practitioners with limitations and seasoned students alike hit the mat for an all-levels class. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10 a.m. $12. Info, studio@zenbarnvt. com. 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. NIA WITH LINDA: Eclectic music and movements drawn from healing, martial and dance arts propel an animated barefoot workout. South End Studio, Burlington, 8:30-9:30 a.m. $14; free for first-timers. Info, 372-1721. PRIMAL CORE FLOW: A varied vinyasa class promotes balance, body control, coordination, strength and flexibility. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:30-8:30 a.m. $12. Info, studio@zenbarnvt. com. RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: Folks in recovery and their families enrich mind, body and spirit in an all-levels class. All props are provided; wear loose clothing. Turning Point Center, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 861-3150.

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: Online calendar management becomes 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.


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. LEGO CLUB: Kiddos ages 6 and up snap together snazzy structures. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420. READ TO A DOG: Book hounds ages 5 through 10 curl up with a good story and a furry friend. Fairfax Community Library, 3:154:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.






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

DOWNSIZING: LET GO OF STUFF & ORGANIZE WHAT’S LEFT: Professional organizer Deb Fleischman helps folks tackle household chaos. Waterbury Public Library, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 244-7036.

SCIENCE & STORIES: ICE: Brrr! Curious minds explore the properties of frozen water and create a cool craft. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Regular admission, $11.50-14.50; free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386.

YOURS, MINE & OURS — MONEY WITH YOUR HONEY: Partners get on the same page regarding personal finances in a four-week class covering everything from bills and spending to savings and debt. Capstone Community Action, Barre, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 477-5215.

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


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. 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 CLASS: Students build a foundation in reading, speaking and writing. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. INTERMEDIATE-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Pupils improve their

distinctly American music. Trinity Episcopal Church, Rutland, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.


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


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.

ZUMBA EXPRESS: A shortened version of this guided, beatdriven workout gives students a much-needed midday surge of energy. Marketplace Fitness, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-noon. $12; free for members and firsttimers. Info, 651-8773.

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.


ATHLETES PRIMAL FLOW: Yoga meets primal movement, animal flow, plyometrics and isometrics. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 5:30-6:30 p.m. $12. Info, studio@

WEDNESDAY GUIDED MEDITATION: Individuals learn to relax and let go. Burlington Friends Meeting House, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8605.

speaking and grammar mastery. Private residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.


bazaar. Vermont Farmers Food Center, Rutland, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 342-4727.

RESILIENCE FLOW: Individuals affected by a traumatic brain injury engage in a gentle yoga practice. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


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WOMEN’S PICKUP BASKETBALL: Players dribble up and down the court during an evening of friendly competition. Lyman C. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $3; preregister at Info, 540-1089.


FAITH EXAMINED: A faith-based discussion of the essay collection Christian Voices in Unitarian Universalism focuses on life’s big ideas. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10:15 a.m. Free. Info, ‘GIFTS OF MINDFULNESS’: Listeners lunch during a panel discussion on developing healthy relationships with thoughts, food and the body. BYO lunch. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, noon-1:15 p.m. Donations. Info, MICHAEL ARNOWITT: In “Aaron Copland’s America,” a First Wednesdays series presentation, the pianist performs and discusses Copland’s iconic and

INTERGENERATIONAL BOOK DISCUSSION: Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona brings students and seniors together. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. KATHERINE ARDEN: Faced with the options of marriage or life in a convent, Vasya flees her home in the new novel The Girl in the Tower, discussed by the author. Vermont Book Shop, Middlebury, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-2061. UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST BOOK CLUB: Bookworms sound off on a popular pageturner. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920. 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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TOXIC WHITENESS 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-11 p.m. Free. Info, 8632345, ext. 6.

preregister; limited space. Info, 863-1175.


JUMP/START LECTURE SERIES: 01 MARKET ANALYSIS: Christine Hammer of the Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont teaches entrepreneurs to effectively promote their goods and services. Generator, Burlington, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 540-0761.

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UVM MEDICAL CENTER FARMERS MARKET: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. Davis Concourse, University of Vermont Medical Center, Burlington, 2:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 847-5823.

ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE: Movers infuse technique with improvisation, composition and play. North End Studios, Burlington, 10-11:15 a.m. $15. Info, CONTEMPORARY DANCE: Hoofers explore movement from a decolonial perspective. Swan Dojo, Burlington, 7:30-9 p.m. $10; free for first class. Info, 210-577-1441. 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, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $15. Info, MALPASO DANCE COMPANY: Cuban contemporary dance takes center stage. An artist discussion follows. See calendar spotlight. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $13-40. Info, 603-646-2422.


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. 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.10.

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

‘THE GIRL WHO KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST’: A reporter aims to clear the name of his friend, a computer hacker accused of murder, in this 2009 thriller. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


‘NEUROTYPICAL’: A 2013 documentary explores autism from the point of view of autistic individuals themselves. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 6:30 p.m. $5. Info, 533-9075.

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BURLINGTON BUSINESS ASSOCIATION BUSINESS SUMMIT: Local professionals look toward the future and the challenges that Burlington faces as a 21st-century city. See for details. Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, Burlington, 7:30-11 a.m. $65;

‘SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE’: A documentary dials into the impact of tech time on childhood development. Parents and kids ages 10 and up are welcome. Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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.

WASTED: A FILM SCREENING & EXPLORATION OF FOOD WASTE IN OUR COMMUNITY: Cooking demos and a Q&A with a Chittenden Solid Waste District representative give way to a viewing of the 2017 documentary Wasted! The Story Of Food Waste. City Market, Onion River Co-op, Burlington South End, 5:30-8:30 p.m. $15. Info, 861-9700.


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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BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SUNSTYLE 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. CHAIR YOGA: Students with limited mobility limber up with modified poses. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 2-3:15 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. 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. EARTH: REMEDIES FOR DIGESTION & ENERGY: Baylen Slote of Black Turtle Taoist Clinical Medicine touts supplements, acupressure tools and other methods for boosting wellbeing. Community Room, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, info@

LIST YOUR EVENT FOR FREE AT SEVENDAYSVT.COM/POSTEVENT 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. GENTLE FLOW YOGA: Individuals with injuries or other challenges feel the benefits of a relaxing and nourishing practice. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10 a.m. $12. Info, studio@ HEALING THROUGH YOGA: Participants with a history of cancer boost their energy, strength and flexibility. Sangha Studio — North, Burlington, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. KARMA KLASS: DONATIONBASED 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. SLOW FLOW YOGA: Tailored to meet students’ needs, this foundational class facilitates overall wellness. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:30-8:30 a.m. $12. Info, VINYASA FLOW: A well-balanced flow pairs movement with breath to create a stronger mind-body connection. Kismet Place, Williston, noon-1 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084. Y12SR YOGA: Modeled on the structure of 12-step meetings, this class includes a group sharing circle and an intentional, themed practice. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 448-4262.


BABY TIME: Books, rhymes and songs entertain tiny tots. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

READ TO A CAT: Lit lovers share stories with a registered therapy feline. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 878-4918.

UKULELE KIDS: Musical munchkins sing and play to favorite children’s songs. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

BEGINNER-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Basic communication skills are on the agenda at a

SONGWRITING WORKSHOP: Seth Melvin Cronin guides Burlington Writers Workshop musicians and singers in structuring original strains. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.


A STARRY NIGHT AT AUDUBON: Folks sporting headlamps or flashlights hear stories of celestial bodies, peek through telescopes and warm up with cider. Education Barn, Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 5:30-7 p.m. $5; free for members. Info, 434-3068.


FIRST AMENDMENT: FREEDOM OF SPEECH PANEL DISCUSSION: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Moats moderates a constitutional conversation. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. FIRST WEDNESDAYS ENCORE: A video screening treats attendees to musician Ray Vega’s 2015 talk “The Roots of Latin Jazz.” Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. MIKE DEBONIS: The Green Mountain Club executive director retraces his steps in “Wool Knickers & White Blazes: A Retro Hike on the Long Trail.” Green Mountain Club Headquarters, Waterbury Center, 7-9 p.m. $5-8; free for kids under 12. Info, 244-7037. ONE WORLD LIBRARY PROJECT: Cameron Russell and Eli Bennett share images and stories from their 11-month, 12,000-mile bike trip from South America to Vermont. Lawrence Memorial Library, Bristol, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 453-2366. R.J. THOMPSON, ANGUS MCCUSKER & AMY KELSEY: Maps and photos illustrate “Backcountry Fever: New Terrain, New Huts, New Frontiers,” a Thirsty Thursday series roundtable discussion. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum, Stowe, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 253-9911.


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.

MARK BUSHNELL: The local author discusses his new volume, Hidden History of Vermont. Phoenix Books Rutland, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 855-8078. NONFICTION BOOK GROUP: Readers connect to text during a discussion of Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Fairfax Community Library, 6:30-8 p.m. Free. Info, 849-2420.

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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, rajnii@


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MASTERING TIMEMANAGEMENT SKILLS: Members of the business community gain tools for making the most of the minutes in a day. Center for Women & Enterprise, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $10; preregister. Info, 391-4870.


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.


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.


ADVANCED CONTEMPORARY TECHNIQUE: See THU.11, 10:3011:45 a.m. 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: Rich Sbardella calls the steps at a Queen City Contras shindig. Bring clean, soft-soled shoes. Shelburne Town Hall, beginners’ session, 7:45 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m. $9; free for kids under 12. Info, 371-9492. ECSTATIC DANCE VERMONT: Jubilant motions with the Green Mountain Druid Order inspire divine connections. Christ FRI.12

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LINDA RADTKE: Clad in period costume, the singer gives voice to popular songs and personal letters from Vermont’s Civil War era. Richmond Free Library, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 434-3036.


KATHERINE ARDEN: See WED.10, Phoenix Books Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $3. Info, 448-3350.


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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CHESS CLUB: Checkmate! Registered players face off in friendly bouts. Fairfax Community Library, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 849-2420.




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.

guided lesson. Private residence, Burlington, 6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757.

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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, MALPASO DANCE COMPANY: See THU.11, 8 p.m.


BEACH PARTY: Revelers dressed in flip-flops, shorts and beach hats dance the night away to summer favorites spun by DJ Codlings. Barre Elks Club, 7-11 p.m. $5; cash bar; for ages 21 and up. Info, 479-9522. 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. AFTERNOON FOREIGN FILM: Cinephiles broaden their horizons with an international flick. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.10.

MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL: A week of films centered on human and civil rights honors the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. See mountaintopfilmfestival. com for details. See calendar spotlight. Big Picture Theater and Café, Waitsfield. $10-100. Info, 496-8994. ‘WONDER OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.10.



‘LADY BIRD’: Laurie Metcalf and Saoirse Ronan star as a mother and daughter with a complicated and comic relationship. Woodstock Town Hall Theatre, 7:30 p.m. $7-9. Info, 457-3981.

health & fitness

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. 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. BUTI YOGA: See WED.10, 1010:45 a.m. & 6-7 p.m. 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. FRIDAY NIGHT POWER YOGA: Practitioners get their sweat on during a full-body, flow-style mindful workout. Kismet Place, Williston, 5:15-6:15 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084. LIVING RECOVERY YOGA: An all-levels class targets those in addiction recovery or affected by the addictive behavior of others. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. RECOVERY COMMUNITY YOGA: See WED.10. REFUGE RECOVERY: A LOVE SUPREME: Buddhist philosophy is the foundation of this mindfulness-based addictionrecovery community. Turning Point Center, Burlington, noon. Free. Info, 861-3150. TAI CHI FOR ALL LEVELS: Instructor Shaina shares the fundamentals of Yang style, including standing and moving postures. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 9-10 a.m. $12. Info,


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. ‘ALMOST, MAINE’: The Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School drama program presents John Cariani’s comedy about the residents of a remote town and their midwinter adventures in and out of love. South Burlington High School, 7-9 p.m. $6-10. Info, 652-7100. DUNGEONS & DRAGONS: Imaginative players in grades 6 and up exercise their problemsolving skills in battles and adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. 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. GROOVAROO: Parents and caregivers bond with their babies through soulful movement with a certified babywearing dance teacher. Visit for a list of approved carriers. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. LIVE ACTION ROLE-PLAY: Gamers in middle and high school take on alter egos for mythical adventures. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. MUSIC WITH RAPH: Youngsters sing and play the morning away. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. MUSIC WITH ROBERT: Singalongs with Robert Resnik hit all the right notes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. STORY TIME: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers drop in for books, rhymes, songs and activities. Winooski Memorial Library, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 655-6424.


Find club dates in the music section. CATHEDRAL KEYBOARDS: Pianist Elaine Greenfield and organist Mark Howe showcase the beauty and range of their respective instruments. The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $15-20; free for kids under 14. Info, 879-5360. FRIDAY NIGHT WINE DOWN: Locals welcome the weekend with the musical stylings of Lil and Rocky. Elfs Farm Winery & Cider House, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-2750. SHAI WOSNER: Classical connoisseurs revel in an all-Schubert piano program. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. $628. Info, 443-6433. SIXTH FLOOR TRIO: Drawing on bluegrass, klezmer, classical and other styles, this chamber group captivates listeners with wideranging tastes. Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph, 7:30-9:30 p.m. $10-30. Info, 728-6464. WINTER WINE DOWN MUSIC SERIES: Oenophiles let loose with live music by Bob Boyd, award-winning wine and mouthwatering eats. Snow Farm Vineyard, South Hero, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 372-9463.


CHAMBER SMARTS & CENTS: Business people pick up tips for spotting phishing emails, fake logins and other cybersecurity threats. Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce, Berlin, registration, 7:30-7:50 a.m.; program, 7:50-9 a.m. $15-20. Info, 229-5711.


SEAN BECKETT: Nature lovers embark on a photographic odyssey through the wilderness of the west via “Thunder Beasts and Swamp Donkeys.” North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations. Info, 229-6206.



‘BABYLON’: Sandglass Theater’s musical puppet show tells seven refugees’ stories using actual testimony and fictional figures. See calendar spotlight. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $35. Info, 863-5966.

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.

‘42ND STREET’: A chorus girl is thrust into the spotlight in a Very Merry Theatre teen production of this 1933 musical comedy. Very Merry Theatre, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Donations. Info, 355-1461.


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.

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MONTPELIER MEMORY CAFÉ: Individuals living with dementia and their care partners enjoy jazz standards and new classical works performed by pianist Luke Rackers. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, montpeliermemcafe@


CONTRA DANCE: Don Stratton is the caller at a spirited social dance featuring live music by Red Dog Riley. Cornwall Town Hall, 7-9:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 462-3722. SWING DANCE WITH LEWIS FRANCO & THE MISSING CATS: Live music by a local band gets feet kicking. Champlain Club, Burlington, beginner lesson, 7:30 p.m.; dance, 8 p.m. $15. Info, 864-8382.

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.

SLEIGH RIDE WEEKEND: Horses offer scenic rides across frosty farm fields, followed by screenings of A Time for Justice in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $4-15; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 457-2355. VERMONT FANCY FELINES CAT SHOW: Animal lovers get their fix of purrfectly groomed kitties. Vendors, an open forum and the Presentation of Breeds round out the fun. Hotel Burlington & Conference Center, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-7. Info, 865-6620.


See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘BEACH RATS’: Director Eliza Hittman and producer Brad Becker-Parton are on hand for a Q&A following a screening of their 2017 drama about a Brooklyn teen grappling with his sexuality. Dana Auditorium, Sunderland Language Center, Middlebury College, 3 & 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.10. ‘I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO’: James Baldwin’s unfinished novel Remember This House informs a 2016 documentary about race in modern America. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 & 5 p.m. $9-11; preregister. Info, 457-2355. ‘LADY BIRD’: See FRI.12. MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.12. ‘THE OPERA HOUSE’: An immersive 2017 documentary gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the building of New York

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City’s Metropolitan Opera House. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 4 p.m. $10-15. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘WONDER OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.10.

food & drink

BURLINGTON WINTER FARMERS MARKET: A bustling indoor marketplace offers fresh and prepared foods alongside crafts, live music and lunch seating. Davis Center, University of Vermont, Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, burlingtonfarmersmarket. 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. NORWICH WINTER FARMERS MARKET: Farmers and artisans offer produce, meats and maple syrup alongside homemade baked goods and handcrafted items. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447. ROAST PORK SUPPER: Families feast on pork, mashed potatoes, stuffing, vegetables, applesauce and dessert, served buffet-style. Vergennes United Methodist Church, 5-6:30 p.m. $5-9. Info, 877-3150. VERGENNES FARMERS MARKET: Local food and crafts, live music, and hot eats spice up Saturday mornings. Kennedy Brothers Building, Vergennes, 9 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 233-9180. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: See WED.10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


health & fitness

NEWBIE NOON INTRO TO HOT YOGA: First-timers in loosefitting clothing get their stretch on in a comfortably warm environment. Hot Yoga Burlington, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 999-9963.

R.I.P.P.E.D.: Resistance, intervals, power, plyometrics, endurance

HARRY POTTER CLUB: Wizards, witches and Muggles mingle over discussions, trivia, snacks and crafts inspired by J.K. Rowling’s best-selling series. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 2-3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. HOPSTOP FAMILY SHOW: TANGLEWOOD MARIONETTES: Puppeteers breathe fire into the Chinese folktale “The Dragon King.” Alumni Hall, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 11 a.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. SATURDAY STORY TIME: Timeless tales and new adventures spark imaginations. Phoenix Books Burlington. Info, 448-3350. Phoenix Books Essex. Info, 872-7111. 11 a.m. Free. WEBBY’S ART STUDIO: Temporary and permanent exhibitions inspire specialized art activities for all ages. Shelburne Museum, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular admission, $5-10; free for active military and kids under 5. Info, 985-3346. WINTER WILDLIFE CELEBRATION: Guided tours and talks lead to outdoor and indoor games, crafts and activities that culminate around a campfire. Vermont Institute of Natural Science Nature Center, Quechee, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Regular admission, $13-15; free for members and kids 3 and under. Info, 359-5000.


DUTCH LANGUAGE CLASSES: Planning a trip to Amsterdam? Learn vocabulary and grammar basics from a native speaker. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, bheeks@


PRIDE YOGA: LGBTQ individuals and allies hit the mat for a stretching session suited to all levels. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 5-6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 448-4262. 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,


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PUBLIC SKATING: Active bodies coast across the ice. Stafford Ice Arena. Plattsburgh State Fieldhouse, N.Y., noon-2 p.m. $2-3. Info, 518-564-4136.


PAUL BORTZ: Choo-choo! Collectors are captivated by “The History of Lionel Toy Trains and Others.” See calendar spotlight. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 388-2117.



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NEKO CASE: SOLD OUT. The Grammy Award-nominated indie-rocker belts out Americana tunes. Mt. Joy open. Barre Opera House, 7:30 p.m. $28-45. Info, 476-8188. PATTI CASEY & TOM MACKENZIE: Folk tunes get feet tapping. Burnham Hall, Lincoln, 7:30 p.m. $10; free for kids and teens. Info, 388-6863. RECYCLED PERCUSSION: Keeping a beat on industrial junk, power tools, buckets and more, the group delivers a jaw-dropping performance. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7:30 p.m. $25-40. Info, 775-0903. STUDIO STOMP WITH DJ LUIS CALDERIN: A beat-driven set keeps the dance floor full. Highland Center for the Arts, Greensboro, 8:30 p.m. $5. Info, 533-9075. VERMONT VIRTUOSI: Arias carry through the air in a reprisal of the program “Proper Opera.” Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Donations. Info, 881-9153.


ADIRONDACK SURPRISE: Eats, drinks and a fireplace await fast-paced hikers who complete this difficult 10-to-12-mile trek. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info,


GRATITUDE FOR A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER, BETTER YOU: Participants learn the mental, physical and spiritual benefits of giving thanks. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $15-20. Info, 863-2345.

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.


‘42ND STREET’: See FRI.12, 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. ‘BABYLON’: See FRI.12.


BOOK SALE: Shoppers browse gently used CDs, DVDs, puzzles and page-turners. Rutland Free Library, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860.

SUN.14 activism

FAIR TRADE VERSUS FREE 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. Arrive at 2:30 p.m. for a PJC new volunteer orientation. Peace & Justice Center, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2345, ext. 7.


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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.


‘CANDID CAMERA: 8 DECADES OF SMILES’: Host Peter Funt brings this long-running TV program to life in a gut-busting stage show. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 4 p.m. $26. Info, 775-0903.

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,




See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.10. ‘LADY BIRD’: See FRI.12, 3 p.m.

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.


DIMANCHES FRENCH CONVERSATION: Parlez-vous 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.


LGBTQ FIBER ARTS GROUP: A knitting, crocheting and weaving session welcomes all ages, gender identities, sexual orientations and skill levels. Pride Center of Vermont, Burlington, noon-2 p.m. Free. Info, 860-7812.



WARREN MILLER’S ‘LINE OF DESCENT’: Big names in skiing and snowboarding tackle daunting peaks around the globe in this tribute to all things snow sports. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $16. Info, 760-4634.

ALTHEA SULLYCOLE: The composer plucks the 21 strings of the kora, a West African harp, in a recital of new works. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, South Pomfret, 4-6 p.m. $10. Info, 457-3500.


food & drink

CHOCOLATE TASTING: See SAT.13. 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.


POKÉMON LEAGUE: See THU.11, noon-5 p.m.

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BUTI YOGA: See WED.10, Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7-8 p.m. $12. Info, studio@zenbarnvt. com. KARMA YOGA: Attendees practice poses while supporting the Richmond Food Shelf. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 10:30-11:30 a.m. $10; $5 with a food donation. Info, NEW MOON FLOW: Attendees learn to align their yoga practice and intentions with the lunar cycle. Sangha Studio — Pine, Burlington, 8-9:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 448-4262. 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. $12. Info,


FAMILY DROP-IN ART FUN: Creative projects for all age groups banish the winter blues. Milton Art Center & Gallery, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 355-6583. PEER-LED MINDFULNESS MEET-UP FOR TEENS: South Burlington High School junior

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THE BROTHER BROTHERS: Close sibling harmonies and compelling songwriting propel Americana compositions. Richmond Congregational Church, 4-6 p.m. $20-25. Info, 434-4563. SUNDAY OPEN MIC BRUNCH: Listeners whet their whistles from a build-your-own-Bloody Mary bar while aspiring musicians test their talents onstage. Elfs Farm Winery & Cider House, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-563-2750. UKULELE MÊLÉE: Fingers fly at a group lesson on the fourstringed Hawaiian instrument. BYO uke. Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-6 p.m. Free. Info, VERMONT VIRTUOSI: See SAT.13, First Baptist Church of Burlington, 3 p.m.


MOUNT ELMORE HIKE: Outdoor adventurers don showshoes for a moderate excursion covering four to six miles of ground. Contact trip leader for details. Free; preregister. Info, kfarone@ 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,


PUBLIC SKATING: See SAT.13, 1:30-3 p.m. 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. SUN.14

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REFLEXOLOGY FOR WINTER WELLNESS: A workshop covers points on the body for relieving pain and tension. Balance Yoga, Richmond, 4:30-6 p.m. $20-25. Info,





INTRO CROSSFIT CLASS: Folks looking to get fit bring a water bottle and sneakers and prepare to get their sweat on. Mountain Trail CrossFit, Colchester, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info,


JOEL CAGE: Acoustic rock songs ranging from evocative to raucous delight music lovers. Brandon Music, 7:30 p.m. $20; $45 includes dinner; preregister; BYOB. Info, 247-4295.

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.


FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Ma’am, yes, ma’am! Exercise expert Ginger Lambert guides active bodies in an interval-style workout to build strength and cardiovascular fitness. Middlebury Recreation Facility, 8-9 a.m. $12. Info, 343-7160.

YIN YOGA: Students hold poses for several minutes to give connective tissues a good stretch. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 8-9:30 a.m. $12. Info, studio@

AN EVENING WITH CHAD HOLLISTER LARGE BAND: Positive vibes and catchy poprock tunes lift spirits. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7:30 p.m. $20-35. Info, 760-4634.


CORN HOLE: Teams toss beanbags in a double-elimination contest benefiting Barre Elks Club charities. Barre Elks Club, 5-10 p.m. $10; cash bar. Info,

and diet define this high-intensity physical-fitness program. North End Studio A, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. $10. Info, 578-9243.

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WRITING AS A SPIRITUAL JOURNEY: Wordsmiths of all genres and experience levels sharpen their storytelling skills with the help of creative exercises. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info,

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CONTACT IMPROV: See WED.10, 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 cha-cha. North End Studio A, Burlington, fundamentals, 7 p.m.; intermediate, 8 p.m. $12. Info, 227-2572.


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MLK DAY COMMUNITY MEAL, DIALOGUE & ART PROJECT: A midday meal paves the way for justice-focused speakers, discussion and activities. Unitarian Church of Montpelier, 11 a.m.3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 225-8694. DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION: Community members gather to engage in meaningful service and reflection. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 864-1848. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. CELEBRATION: Storyteller, musician and environmentalist M. Kalani Souza offers a keynote speech in the spirit of the late civil rights activist. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2923. T. LEON WILLIAMS & MARLA DYKEMA ERB: The authors of The View from the Mountaintop: What Would Dr. King Have to Say Today? keynote a day of talks honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Champlain Room & Terrace at Champlain College, Burlington, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info,





See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.10. ‘LADY BIRD’: See FRI.12.


YIN YOGA: See SAT.13, 12-1:15 p.m.

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.

JOB HUNT HELP: See THU.11, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.



BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.10, 6:30 p.m. 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.

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BUTI YOGA: See WED.10. CAPOEIRA: A blend of martial arts, music and dancing challenges adults and kids. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 4:30-5:30

KIDS’ YOGA: Young yogis strike a pose. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 3:30-4:15 p.m. $12. Info, studio@


ADVANCED-LEVEL SPANISH CLASS: Language learners perfect their pronunciation with guest speakers. Private residence, Burlington, 4:30-6 p.m. $20. Info, 324-1757. 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. SPANISH GROUP CLASSES: Speakers brush up on their language skills en español. New Moon Café, Burlington, 5-6:30 p.m. $25. Info, maigomez1@


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ROBERT FORRANT: Themes of immigration, workers’ rights and industrialization thread through “Still They Persisted: Immigrant & Community Solidarity in the


SCIFI+ BOOK CLUB: Writer M.T. Anderson is in the house for an exploration of his latest pageturner, Landscape With Invisible Hand. Bear Pond Books Montpelier, 7-8 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774.

BLOOD DRIVE: Healthy donors give the gift of life. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, 800-733-2767. BRANDON FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Hop to it! Get fit with strength, endurance, agility and coordination exercises. Otter Valley North Campus Gym, Brandon, 5-6 p.m. $12. Info, 343-7160.

VOICES OF COLOR SHOWCASE: People of color exercise their artistry when sharing stories and poetry. Light Club Lamp Shop, Burlington, 8-10:30 p.m. $1. Info, 660-9346.

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. GENTLE FLOW YOGA: See THU.11.

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MEDITATION: A group practice including sitting, walking, reading and discussion promotes mindfulness. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info,


BURLINGTON GAP YEAR FAIR: High school students interested in taking time off before college discover travel and educational opportunities. Burlington High School, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 508-864-8808.




RENTAL INCOME SEMINAR: Those seeking financial freedom and security get wise to the ways of real estate investment. Preferred Properties, South Burlington, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 318-7654.


FEAST TOGETHER OR FEAST TO GO: See FRI.12. 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.


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, burlingtonwestie@gmail. com. 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.


HATHA YOGA FLOW: This practice provides a great stretch and strengthens the body through a combination of sustained and flowing poses. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 5:30-6:45 p.m. $12. Info, studio@


‘42ND STREET’: See FRI.12, 6-8 p.m.

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1912 Bread & Roses Strike.” Vermont History Center, Barre, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 479-8500.



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DANCE, PAINT, WRITE: DROP-IN: Creative people end their day with an energetic meditation, music, movement, intuitive painting, free writing and de-stressing. Expressive Arts Burlington, 7-9 p.m. $15. Info, 343-8172.





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See what’s playing at local theaters in the movies section. ‘CHASING ICE’: National Geographic photographer James Balog uses time-lapse cameras to capture the world’s changing glaciers in a 2012 documentary. Craftsbury Outdoor Center, 6:308:30 p.m. Free. Info, 533-9370. ‘EXTREME WEATHER 3D’: See WED.10. ‘GIGI’: A friendship between a rich playboy and a courtesan-intraining turns into something more in this classic comedy starring Leslie Caron. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600. MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.12. ‘WONDER OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.10.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.10, 7 p.m.

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50/50 POWER/YIN YOGA: Physical therapist Kyle McGregor designed this class to address the needs of cyclists and those with a sedentary lifestyle through a strengthening warmup and restorative poses. Kismet Place, Williston, 4-5 p.m. $12. Info, 343-5084. 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. BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE SUN-STYLE TAI CHI, LONGFORM: 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.


HOLIDAY AFTERMATH: BOOSTING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM: Health coach Cathy Dodge offers tips for fortifying the body against bugs. Waterbury Public Library, 6:30-8 p.m. $5; preregister. Info, 244-7036.

PRESCHOOL STORY HOUR: 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. SEWING CLUB: BEGINNING QUILTING: Needle-and-thread neophytes stitch together new skills in a two-part class. Fairfax Community Library, 3-4:30 p.m. Free; preregister; limited space. Info, 849-2420. 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, 3:15-4:30 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.10.


LOW-IMPACT FITNESS BOOT CAMP: Strength, agility, coordination and heart-healthy exercises are modified for folks of all ability levels. Charlotte Senior Center, 9:15-10 a.m. $10. Info, 343-7160.

‘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.

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

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.

PILATES: Active bodies utilize core strength, build body awareness, improve posture and alleviate pain with this innovative system of exercise. Zenbarn Studio, Waterbury, 7:30-8:30 a.m. $12. Info, PRENATAL YOGA: Moms-to-be prepare their bodies for labor and delivery. Women’s Room, Burlington, 6-7 p.m. $15. Info, 829-0211. REIKI CLINIC: Thirty-minute treatments promote physical, emotional and spiritual wellness. JourneyWorks, Burlington, 3-5:30 p.m. $10-30; preregister. Info, 860-6203. R.I.P.P.E.D.: See SAT.13, 6-7 p.m. VINYASA FLOW: See THU.11. YOGA AT THE WINOOSKI VFW: Certified instructors guide veterans and their families through a series of poses. Arrive five to 10 minutes early. Second floor, Winooski VFW Hall, 6-7 p.m. Donations. Info, 655-9832.


CREATIVE TUESDAYS: Artists exercise their imaginations with a variety of craft materials. Kids under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

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. BURLINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY AUDITIONS: Sopranos, altos, tenors and basses interested in joining the group for the first time lift their voices for artistic director Richard Riley. Details are provided upon registration. Free; preregister. Info, bcssingerz@ OPEN JAM: Instrumentalists band together for a free-flowing musical hour. Borrow an instrument or bring your own. The Pathways Vermont Community Center, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. Info, 888-492-8218, ext. 300.



ADDISON GODINE: Architecture aficionados lend their ears for a talk by the director of construction for the tiny-house hotel company Getaway. Room 304, Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-3168.


VERMONT SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL 2018 SEASON GENERAL AUDITIONS: Trained actors vie for roles in well-known works by the Bard. North End Studios, Burlington, 6-9 p.m. Free; preregister. Info, jena@


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. WINTER LITERATURE READING SERIES: Ambitious readers cover selected pages of George Eliot’s Middlemarch: A Study of Provincial Life. 110 Main St., Suite 3C, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; preregister at; limited space. Info, 383-8104.

MOUNTAINTOP FILM FESTIVAL: See FRI.12. MOVIE NIGHT: Film buffs keep their eyes glued to the screen during a popular picture. Call for title. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581. ‘WONDER OF THE ARCTIC 3D’: See WED.10.

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COMMUNITY DINNER: The Winooski Partnership for Prevention hosts a neighborhood feast. O’Brien Community Center, Winooski, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 655-4565. COMMUNITY SUPPER: See WED.10. VERMONT FARMERS MARKET: See WED.10.


BRIDGE CLUB: See WED.10. 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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THE ILLUSIONISTS: Five magicians dazzle audience members of all ages with acts of levitation, mind reading and more. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 7 p.m. $25-70. Info, 863-5966.

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



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. READ TO DAISY: See WED.10. SCIENCE & STORIES: TRACKS IN THE SNOW: Footprints offer insight into animals’ secret winter lives. ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Regular admission, $11.50-14.50; free for members and kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. STORY TIME: See WED.10. STORY TIME FOR PRESCHOOLERS: See WED.10. WEDNESDAY STORY TIME: See WED.10. YOGA FOR KIDS: See WED.10.


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.


A COURSE IN MIRACLES: A monthly workshop based on Helen Schucman’s 1975 text delves into the wisdom found at the core of the world’s major religions. Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Plattsburgh, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 518-561-6920. YOURS, MINE & OURS — MONEY WITH YOUR HONEY: See WED.10.



FREE CLASSES — WINTER REGISTRATION NOW OPEN HealthSource education programs and healthy lifestyle classes are offered by Community Health Improvement at The University of Vermont Medical Center. This program is FREE. Mastering Stocks and Broths

Stocks and broths are the foundation of good cooking, yet information on their use is often relegated to the introductions or appendices of cookbooks. Join Rachael Mamane, a self-taught cook and owner of small-scale broth company Brooklyn Bouillon, as she takes us on a culinary journey into the science behind fundamental stocks and the truth about well-crafted bone broths. WHEN WHERE

Tuesday, January 23, 6 – 7:30 pm UVM Medical Center, Main Campus, Davis Auditorium

Pre-registration is required by calling (802) 847-7222.


CURRENT EVENTS CONVERSATION: Newsworthy subjects take the spotlight in this informal discussion. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 878-4918.

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LAZ SCANGAS: “The Life and Cruel Death of Penn Station” lays out the history, construction, glory days and demise of an iconic New York City train station. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30-7:45 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. TEDX BROWNELL LIBRARY: Lifelong learners watch TED Talk videos centered on the theme of “Our Future.” Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.






RACHEL ZINMAN: No prior yoga experience is required to enjoy a reading, signing and Q&A by the author of Yoga For Diabetes: How to Manage your Health with Yoga and Ayurveda. Phoenix Books Essex, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. WRITING CIRCLE: See WED.10. m



‘THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL’: An unexpected death leads to adventure for a concierge and his trusty lobby boy in this Wes Anderson comedy. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-2600.


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FIBER RIOT: Crafters get hooked on knitting, crocheting, spinning and more at an informal weekly gathering. Mad River Fiber Arts & Mill, Waitsfield, 6-9 p.m. Free. Info, 496-7746.




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200 Classes for Everyone. CVUHS Campus HINESBURG. Full descriptions at ART CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Watercolor with Ginny Joyner, Drawing 1 and 2, Zentangle, Pop-Up Cards, Acrylic Landscape, Oil Painting, Journal Sketching, and Calligraphy. Culinary Arts: one-night, hands-on classes where you eat well! Chinese Feast/chef Jim McCarthy, Italian Cuisine/chef Jim, German/chef Jim, Vegetarian/chef Jim, Middle Eastern, Persian, Chocolate, Argentinian, Paella, Vegetarian, Quiche, Fermented Foods, Ethiopian/Eritrean, Injera, Cake Decorating. Yum! Full descriptions at, or google “access cvuhs.” Senior discount. 10 minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194. COMPUTER CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings. Excel 1 and 2; Word 1, 2 and 3; File Management; Data Analysis; Adobe Photoshop; and Web Design. Full descriptions at, or google “access cvuhs.” Senior discount. 10 minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194. ACCESS CRAFT CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Pottery (10 choices), Bowl Turning, Metals Workshop, Woodworking, Welding, Carving a Spoon, Rug Hooking, Bracelet Making, three Bag Sewing classes, Clothing, Basket Making, Needle Felting, Quilting, Cake Decorating, Knitting. Full descriptions at, or google “access cvuhs.” Senior discount. 10 minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School,

Mandolin, Banjo, Ukulele, Mindful Meditation, Self-Hypnosis, Emotions/Health, Juggling. Low cost, excellent instructors, guaranteed. Materials included. Full descriptions at, or google “access cvuhs.” Senior discount. 10 minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194.

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369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194. ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Beekeeping, Birding (three choices), SAT Boot Camp, Memoir Writing, Songwriting, Mindfulness for Activists, Guided Imagery, Feldenkrais, Massage Therapy, talks on: Politics, Mt. Philo, Donner Party. Also, Solar Energy 101, Bridge (two levels), Mah Jongg, Behavior, Reiki, Herbals (three choices), Luscious Lotions, Juggling, VMAP Motorcycle Awareness, Hunter Education 101. Guaranteed. Full descriptions at, or google “access cvuhs.” Senior discount. 10 minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194. ACCESS LANGUAGE CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings. All ages. French (three levels), Spanish (six choices), French or Spanish for Kids, Italian for Travelers, Beginning Mandarin (two levels), German (three levels)! Low cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions at, or google “access cvuhs.” Senior discount. 10 minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194. ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings for all ages. Beekeeping, Birding With Maeve Kim (four choices), Tree ID, Woodlot Management, Growing Blueberries, Edible/Medicinal Plants, Odonates, Growing Mushrooms, Flower Arranging, Terrarium Making, Hoof Health, Animal Communication, Tree ID, Backyard Astronomy, Cat Behavior, Herbals (three choices), Soapmaking, Homesteading. Guaranteed. Full descriptions at, or google “access cvuhs.” Senior discount. 10 minutes from Exit 12. Location: CVU High School, 369 CVU Rd., Hinesburg. Info: 482-7194. ACCESS CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU HIGH SCHOOL: 200 offerings, all ages. Core Strength (Tue. and Thu.), Weight Training for Women, Cycling Conditioning, Strength Training, Yoga (six choices), Swing or Ballroom with Terry Bouricius, Hip Hop for Kids, Hip Hop for adults, Jazzercise Dance Mixx, Tai Chi, Chi Kung, Voice-Overs, Guitar (two levels),

ADULT WHEEL DROP-IN: Curious about the pottery wheel? Spend a Friday night with our pottery instructors learning the basics of wheel throwing with clay. This is a great introduction to our studio for those who don’t have time for an eight-week class or who just want to have fun with other beginner potters. There is a $5 additional fee per clay piece to be kept, fired and glazed. No registration necessary, but space is limited. First come, first served. Groups larger than six people are encouraged to set up a private workshop. Fri., Jan. 26-May 18 (no class Mar. 6), 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit free! Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7157. FAMILY WHEEL DROP-IN: Explore BCA’s clay studio while hanging out with the family. Try the pottery wheel or create fantastic clay sculptures while our staff gives demonstrations. There is a $5 additional fee per clay piece to be kept, fired and glazed. No registration necessary, but access to wheels is limited. Groups larger than six people are encouraged to set up a private workshop. All ages. Fri., Jan. 26-May 18, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit free! Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7157. ABSTRACT PAINTING: Explore the many exciting possibilities of abstract painting through a variety of fun demonstrations and exercises designed to help you open up and work intuitively. Experiment with paint of your choice (water-soluble oils, acrylics or watercolor) and a variety of other mixed media. Learn from fellow students and discuss techniques and ideas in a supportive setting. Beginners are welcome. Thu., Jan. 25-Mar. 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. ADOBE LIGHTROOM: Learn how to easily upload, organize, edit

and print your digital photographs using Adobe Lightroom. RAW file management, exposure/white balance corrections and printing high-quality archival inkjet prints on our Epson printers will be covered. Students will leave with the skills and confidence to join the digital lab as a member. Bring a Mac-compatible portable drive with your images to the first class. No experience necessary. Mon., Mar. 19-Apr. 23, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $275/person; $247.50/ members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. BANGLES: Come check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your silver, copper or brass bangle. Open to all skill levels. All materials included. Thu., Feb. 15, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $37/person; $33.30/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. COLOR FILM PROJECTS: Learn how to scan, edit and print your color film and receive feedback on your work in this introduction to working with color film in a digital workflow. Film scanning basics, editing techniques and printing on our large format Epson archival color printers will be covered. This class will also explore ideas in contemporary photography through special readings, and we will discuss the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your work in supportive critique sessions. Thu., Mar. 29-May 17, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $360/person; $324/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166, CONTEMPORARY FIGURE PAINTING: Intermediate and advanced painters, revitalize your painting practices with a contemporary approach to the figure. Use fresh color and dynamic composition to strengthen your personal expression. Work from live models each week, explore a variety of contemporary techniques with nontoxic water soluble oils and get supportive feedback in a small group environment. Figure drawing experience is recommended. Wed., Mar. 21-May 2, (no class Apr. 25), 1:30-4:30 p.m. Cost: $270/person; $243/BCA members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405, Burlington. Info: 865-7166. CRAZY CREATURES: Create awe-inspiring creatures out of the pages of your favorite book, from your favorite movie or your imagination. Will your creature have two or four heads? Will it be an animal or vegetable? You get to decide in this fun one-day camp that lets you get creative, through drawing, painting and craft. Ages 6-8. Wed., Apr. 25, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIY DESIGN: MINI SUCCULENT GARDEN: Whether you are a master gardener or think you have a black thumb, you can

design and grow your succulent garden. Using easy-to-care-for succulent plants and a variety of fun containers, you will come away with a fully planted mini garden of your own and plant care instructions. All materials provided. Registration required. Mon., Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/ person; $27/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIY DESIGN: SCREEN-PRINTED TOTE BAGS: Learn to pull a print from an existing silk screen and decorate your tote bag! We’ll discuss the process of creating silk screening from start to finish, and, using one of four designs, you will use fabric ink to create your washable tote bag that will be ready to take home and use at the end of the workshop. All materials provided. Registration required. Mon., Mar. 12, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/person; $27/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIY DESIGN: SUN PRINTS: Create unique prints using photo-sensitive paper and everyday objects. Local artist Laura Hale will lead you through this simple way to create beautiful artwork and will show you how to frame the results. All participants will leave with one framed sun print. All materials provided. Registration required. Mon., Apr. 30, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/ person; $27/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIY DESIGN: TERRARIUMS: Join artist Laura Hale and create your custom-designed terrarium. You’ll learn how to choose the right plants and create the right soil conditions for them to thrive. You’ll leave with your custom creation and care instructions for keeping it healthy and vibrant. All materials provided. Registration is required. Mon., May 14, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $30/ person; $27/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DARKROOM CRASH COURSE: Explore the traditional, analog black-and-white darkroom! Learn how to properly expose black-and-white film, process film into negatives, and make silver gelatin prints. Students will leave with the skills and confidence to join the darkroom as a member. All film, paper and darkroom supplies included. Bring your manual 35mm or medium-format film camera to the first class. No experience necessary. Mon., Mar. 19-Apr. 9, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DARKROOM PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECTS: Refine your blackand-white darkroom skills and receive feedback on your work in this supportive, project-based class open to all levels of experience. Guided sessions to help you improve your printing and film processing techniques and discussion of the technical, aesthetic and conceptual aspects of

your work will be included. Bring a selection of recent darkroom prints to the first class. Thu., Jan. 25-Mar. 15, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $360/person; $324/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIGITAL PRINTING CRASH COURSE: Are you comfortable with organizing, editing and sizing your digital photographs in Photoshop or Lightroom but have never printed your work? Are you curious about testing paper surfaces or printing large? This intensive workshop will go through all of the basics of printing to the large format, archival inkjet Epson printers at the BCA Photo Labs. Bring a selection of digital files prepped and ready to print on a Mac-compatible external hard drive. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 31, 6-9 p.m.; Option 2: Fri., Mar. 30, 10-1 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DIGITAL SLR CAMERA: Explore the basic workings of the digital SLR camera and learn how to take the photographs you envision. Demystify f-stops, shutter speeds, sensitivity ratings and exposure, and analyze the basics of composition. Bring your camera and owner’s manual to the first class. Pair with Adobe Lightroom to learn how to edit and print your images. Option 1: Mon., Jan. 22-Mar. 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. (no class Feb. 19); Option 2: Thu., Feb. 8-Mar. 15, 3:30-5:30 p.m.; Option 3: Tue., Apr. 3-May 15, 10-noon (no class Apr. 24). Cost: $180/person; $162/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DOCUMENTARY STORYTELLING: Learn how to tell a compelling story with your photographs! This six-week class will introduce participants to the process of documentary storytelling and include discussions of subject matter, composition, editing and story structure. Group discussion and critiques as well as shooting assignments, readings and writing exercises will give participants the opportunity to begin a new photographic project or refine works in progress. Film or digital photography acceptable. Thu., Feb. 8-Mar. 15, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. DRAWING: Learn a variety of drawing techniques including basic perspective, compositional layout and use of dramatic light and shadow. Students will work mostly from observation and will be encouraged to work with a variety of media including pencil, pen and ink, ink wash, and charcoal in this small group setting. All levels of experience, including beginners, are welcome. Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 7 (no class on Feb. 14), 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.


EXPERIMENTAL DRAWING: Expand on your drawing skills while discovering the possibilities of abstract drawing styles and compositions. A variety of drawing mediums, sizes and techniques will be explored, with plenty of flexibility to incorporate individual visions. Benefit from constructive feedback and gentle coaching in this supportive environment. Class price includes basic drawing materials. Prerequisite: Some drawing experience is recommended. Thu., Jan. 25-Feb. 15, 9:30-12:30 p.m. Cost: $180/person; $162/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. FAMILY ART SATURDAY AT BCA CENTER: Get creative and make art together! Families are invited to drop in to the BCA Center and enjoy an art activity inspired by our current exhibitions. On each scheduled Saturday, BCA will offer a different art-making project that will ignite the imaginations of kids and adults. Admission is free. Third Sat. of the month, 11-1 p.m. Location: BCA Center, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: 8657166, GLAZE CHEMISTRY: For ceramics artists, glazing can be a daunting and mysterious process: part alchemy, part magic and part pure luck. During this two-hour lecture, we will pull back the curtain to reveal the science behind this mysterious process. We will cover families or types of glazes, the breakdown of components in a glaze, common and less-common raw materials, and the basics of what you can do to start making and troubleshooting your glazes. Mon., Apr. 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $25/person; $22.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

JEWELRY: Learn the basics of creating metal jewelry. Techniques covered will include sawing, piercing, filing, annealing, soldering, texturing, cold connections, basic hollow construction, ring sizing and more, so that students can create at least two completed pieces. The class includes copper and brass and use of all basic tools, as well as studio access during the weeks of your class. Tue., Jan. 23-Feb. 27, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

OIL PAINTING: Learn how to paint with nontoxic, watersoluble oils. With an emphasis on studio work, this class will begin with fun exercises. Using direct observational skills, we’ll work on still life and referencing photographs, and we’ll explore the landscape. Discover a variety of painting techniques and learn how to apply composition, linear aspects, form and color theory to your work. Beginners are welcome. Tue., Jan. 23-Mar. 20, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/person; $306/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

LIFE DRAWING DROP-IN: Spend the evening with other local artists drawing from one of our experienced models. Please bring your drawing materials and paper. No preregistration is necessary. Ages 18 and up. Fri., Jan. 26-May 18, 7:30-9 p.m. Cost: $10/person; $9/members. Purchase a drop-in card and get the 6th visit free! Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. MINI WORLDS: Shrink down with us and create small beautiful worlds. Campers will be encouraged to explore a variety of craft media to develop tiny, intricate terrariums, doll houses or fairy worlds. Ages 6-11. Thu., Apr. 26, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. MIXED-LEVEL JEWELRY: This is a less-structured fine metals jewelry class for students who would like to work on a specific project, brush up on their techniques or learn some new techniques with the aid of an instructor there to coach them. Open to all skill levels, but some experience is helpful for this open-style class. Tue., Mar. 13Apr. 17, 5:30-8 p.m. Cost: $255/ person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Explore photography in our black and white darkroom and digital lab! Campers will go on guided photo shoots and will create prints in this fun, hands-on day. Ages 9-11. Wed., Apr. 25, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

PAINTING: This one-day camp is designed for the young painter who wants to go beyond the typical tempera. Join us at BCA’s painting studio to experiment with watercolors and acrylic on paper or canvas, large or small. Have fun while learning new techniques that will help you make even better paintings. Ages 6-11. Tue., Apr. 24, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. PAINTING SEMINAR: COLOR HARMONY: Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of color in this one-day, hands-on seminar. Focus on the vital role of color harmony and how to achieve it. Guided exercises will stimulate awareness of color changes and temperatures and will show how to mix colors simply and accurately. Also, learn how various application techniques affect the appearance of color. Sat., May 5, 9:30-4 p.m. Cost: $100/ person; $90/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

POTTERY WHEEL: This day is all about learning the basics of the ever-popular pottery wheel. Students will have all day to get their hands into clay, spinning it into small bowls or cups to be fired and glazed by the studio. All items will be dishwasher safe and lead-free. Ages 6-11. Fri., Apr. 27, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

RINGS: Come check out the jewelry and fine metals studio by making your silver ring. Open to all skill levels. All materials are included. Thu., May 3, 5:308:30 p.m. Cost: $37/person; $33.30/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. SILKSCREENING: Expert screen printer Aaron David will introduce you to silkscreening and show you how to design and print t-shirts, posters, fine art and more! Students will learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using hand-drawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Students will learn how to apply photo emulsion, how to use a silkscreen exposure unit and how to print on a variety of surfaces. No experience necessary. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 21, (no class Feb. 14), 6-8:30 p.m.; Option 2: Thu., Mar. 29-May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/person; $306/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. WATERCOLOR: Learn how to paint with watercolor. This class will focus on observational painting from still life, figure, landscape and photos. Students will paint on watercolor paper and gain experience with composition, color theory, layering, light and shade. The class may move outdoors to paint en plein air on nice days! No experience necessary. Thu., Mar. 29-May 3, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

POTTERY WHEEL: This day is all about learning the basics of the ever-popular pottery wheel. Students will have all day to get their hands-on clay, spinning it into small bowls or cups to be fired and glazed by the studio. All items will be dishwasher safe and lead-free. Ages 6-11. Mon., Apr. 23, 8-3 p.m. Cost: $70/ person; $63/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

WHEEL THROWING: This class is an introduction to clay, pottery and the ceramics studio. Students will work primarily on the potter’s wheel, learning basic throwing and forming techniques, while creating functional pieces such as mugs, cups and bowls. Students will also be guided through the various finishing techniques using the studio’s house slips and glazes. No previous experience needed. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 14, 9:30-noon; Option 2: Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 21 (no class Feb. 14), 6-8:30 p.m.; Option 3: Thu., Jan. 25-Mar. 15, 6-8:30 p.m.; Option 4: Wed., Apr. 4-May 23, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/person; $306/members. Class includes first bag of clay; additional bags can be purchased separately. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

PRINTMAKING: This introductory class will show you a whole

WOODCUT: Discover the unique process of woodblock printing

with local artist Ashley Stagner. Students will focus on fundamental relief printing techniques and will be able to transform their designs into unique prints. The class will then progress to more sophisticated processes, including multi-color printing and 2-3 color reduction block printing. Wed., Apr. 4-May 9, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $225/person; $202.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. SEE.THINK.DO!: See.Think.Do! invites youth and adults to the BCA Center for an interactive arts experience. Visits begin in the gallery with inquiry-based exploration, lively discussion and active multidisciplinary learning. Programs conclude in the studio classroom where students explore artists’ processes and materials and create works of art inspired by exhibition themes. Groups may schedule a one- or two-part program, with tours lasting approximately one hour, and full programs lasting 1.5 to two hours. Weekly on Mon., Tue. & Fri., 9:30-11:30 a.m. Custom scheduled days and times are based on availability. Cost: $5/ per student; individuals and groups are invited to apply for a partial or full scholarship. Location: Burlington City Arts, 135 Church St., Burlington. Info: Melinda Johns, 865-7551,,

climbing FRIDAY NIGHT KIDS CLUB: Parents, enjoy an evening out while your children burn energy, develop coordination, build selfconfidence and practice group problem-solving under Petra Cliffs’ supervision. Kids will have the opportunity to experience the high ropes course, climb, play games, learn climbing knots and much, much more! Includes pizza. Ages 6+. Pre-registration required. Every Fri. night. Cost: $30/child includes climbing gear rentals and pizza. Location: Petra Cliffs Climbing Center, 105 Briggs St., Burlington. Info: Andrea Charest, 657-3872, andrea@,

craft BOOKBINDING: Students will learn to make an Accordion book, a Pamphlet Stitch book and 7 different folded books. Supplies provided. Instructor: Chiyomi McKibbin. Jan. 27-28 (Sun. optional). Sat., 9:30 a.m.3:30 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. only: $100 (member), $125 (nonmember). Both days: $190 (member), $215 (nonmember). Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 2538358,,




PHOTOGRAPHING PAINTINGS & PRINTS: Learn how to take professional-quality digital images of your paintings or prints in this hands-on workshop in our lighting studio. Whether you’re applying to art school, submitting

PHOTOSHOP CRASH COURSE: Learn the basics of photo editing and printing using Adobe Photoshop in this three-evening intensive workshop. You’ll learn to upload and save images for print and the web, navigate the workspace and adjustment layers, and use basic editing tools. Bring images on a Mac-compatible portable drive to class. No experience necessary. Mon., May 7-21, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $135/person; $121.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

range of printing techniques that can be used on their own or in combination to create unique artwork. Over six weeks, you’ll be introduced to the studio’s equipment and materials and learn techniques such as block printing with linoleum, collograph (a low-relief intaglio technique) and monoprinting. Thu., Jan. 25-Mar. 1, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166,


MIXED-LEVEL WHEEL THROWING: Mixed-Level Wheel supports students across a range of skill and experience levels who have thrown on the wheel. This eight-week course is rooted in fundamentals and encourages individual projects. Demonstrations and instruction will cover centering, throwing, trimming and glazing, as well as forms and techniques determined by students. Prerequisite: wheel-throwing experience required. Option 1: Wed., Jan. 24-Mar. 21 (no class Feb. 14), 1:30-4 p.m.; Option 2: Wed., Mar. 28-May 16, 9:30-noon; Option 3: Wed., Apr. 4-May 23, 1:30-4 p.m.; Option 4: Thu., Mar. 29-May 17, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $340/person; $306/members. Class includes first bag of clay; additional bags

work for an exhibition or putting together a website, you’ll leave this workshop with techniques that improve your images and enhance your presentations. Bring up to five 2-D pieces no larger than 40 x 60 inches. Wed., Apr. 11, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166. PHOTOGRAPHING POTTERY & CERAMIC ART: Learn how to take professional-quality digital images of your ceramic work in this hands-on workshop in our lighting studio. Whether you’re applying to art school, submitting work for an exhibition or putting together a website, you’ll leave this workshop with techniques that will improve your images and enhance your presentations. Bring a selection of pieces. Wed., Apr. 18, 6-9 p.m. Cost: $45/person; $40.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.


HIGH SCHOOL PHOTOGRAPHY: Tell your story with photographs in this six-week session for high school students! You will explore your ideas, go on group photo shoots, process and print digital photos and zines in our digital lab, experiment with film photography in our darkroom, and participate in supportive discussions and critiques. All supplies and cameras provided. Scholarships are available. Ages 14-18. No experience required. Fri., Feb. 2-Mar. 16 (no class Mar. 2), 4:30-6:30 p.m. Cost:

can be purchased separately. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.


GRAPHIC NOVEL: Learn the art of visual storytelling through this immersive class in the comics discipline. Students will learn a broad range of techniques for communicating with both words and pictures, with an emphasis on using pen and ink. The class will also review the work of a variety of cartoonists as inspiration for student work. Some basic drawing experience is encouraged; students should be comfortable with and enjoy doodling. BCA will provide all basic materials. Wed., Mar. 21-Apr. 25, 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $255/person; $229.50/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

$150/person; $135/members. Location: Burlington City Arts, 405 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 865-7166.

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CLASSES IN CLAY FOR ADULTS: Think spring! Our sun-filled clay studio is the perfect place for you to find respite and make beautiful objects. Join one of our many clay classes and develop the skills to center, trim and glaze. We offer a fun and supportive environment for all skill levels. 8-week classes start Mar 26, Mon.-Fri. Cost: $335/person, member discount avail. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: 985-3648. Info@,

WORKSHOP: WATERCOLOR: Instructor: Frances Cannon. New to watercolor? Learn how to translate a three-dimensional object onto a two-dimensional surface through basic drawing techniques, how to set up a color palette and how to apply basic color theory. We will also explore various approaches to texture and composition with still life. Sat., Jan. 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost:



WOODWORKING FOR ADULTS: Spend Spring 2018 in our 3,000sq.ft., light-filled wood shop! As a renter or student with access to our tools and equipment, you have the opportunity to make something exciting and memorable. Intro level classes and workshops. All skill levels welcome. Schedule varies. Cost: $165/varies depending on usage. Location: The Shelburne Craft School, 64 Harbor Rd., Shelburne. Info: The Shelburne Craft School, 985-3648. Info@theshelburnecraftschool. org,

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

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 Fri. 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 Route 12, Berlin; Moonlight Studios, 1670 Cleveland Corners Rd., Hyde Park. Info: 999-4255,

empowerment BEING A BETTER ALLY: WHITE ALLY TOOLKIT WORKSHOP: This workshop, ran by Dr. David Campt, is specifically designed to provide a practical framework of empathetic listening for addressing racism within white communities. See the SURJ-BTV (Showing Up For Racial Justice, Burlington) Facebook page for more information. Sat., Jan. 13, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost: $30/person suggested minimum; sliding scale $10-60. Location: Memorial Lounge, Waterman Building, University of Vermont, 85 S. Prospect St., Burlington. Info: 557-2848, surj.burlington.vt@gmail. com, surj-btvwhiteallytoolkit.brown

their meals. Presenter: Ethan Thompson. Sat., Jan. 27, 9:30-11 a.m. Cost: $15/person. Location: Gardener’s Supply, 128 Intervale Rd., Burlington. Info: 660-3505,

jewelry JEWELRY CLASSES: Learn how to make your own jewelry in a fully equipped studio with a German-trained goldsmith in a private and bright atmosphere. Besides creating my own collections and custom designs, I also teach all skill levels, “make your own wedding bands,” summer camps for teenagers, private lessons, etc. For existing students: drop-in hours are Mon. & Thu., 1-4 p.m. Mon. or Thu., 9:30-noon. Cost: $160/10-hour class + cost of silver ($3/gram). Location: 26 Spring St., Burlington. Info: Jane Frank Jewelry Design, Jane Frank, 999-3242. Info@janefrank. de,

gardening STONE WALL WORKSHOPS: Our introductory stone wall building workshops for homeowners and tradespeople promote the beauty and integrity of stone. The one-day workshop covers basic techniques for creating dry-laid walls using stone native to Vermont. Workshops are held in warm greenhouses in Hinesburg. Space is limited; gift certificates available. Sat., Jan. 20, Feb. 10, & Mar. 3 & 17, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Cost: $100/1-day class. Location: Red Wagon Plants, 2408 Shelburne Falls Rd., Hinesburg. Info: Queen City Soil & Stone, Charley MacMartin, 318-2411,, GROWING MICRO GREENS: Learn to grow nutrient-dense, flavorful greens year-round. Microgreens are rapidly increasing in popularity as people recognize the benefits of adding them to

language ABSOLUMENT FABULEUX FRENCH: Oh la la! Winter French classes for all ages: tots, kids, teens, adults. Check that New Year’s resolution off. Interactive, fun, structured, supportive.

SPANISH CLASSES STARTING SOON: Spanish classes start next week; sign up now! Our 12th year. Learn from a native speaker in lively small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. You’ll always be participating and speaking. Lesson packages for travelers. Also lessons for children; they love it! See our website or contact us for details. Start week of Jan. 15; 10 weeks. Cost: $225/10 weekly 90-minute classes. Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: 585-1025,, ALLIANCE FRANCAISE WINTER WARM-UP!: Is learning French part of your 2018 resolutions? The Alliance Francaise can help: 6-week session designed to take you where your language competencies are, reviewing and firming up your skills, and readying you for your next full-term course. Starts Jan. 15. Cost: $140/course. Location: Locations in Burlington, Colchester, Montpelier. Info: Micheline Tremblay, 881-8826,,

martial arts ACHIEVE YOUR POTENTIAL: Change your life at Wu Xing Chinese Martial Arts. Join other thoughtful, friendly adults to learn traditional arts taught in a contemporary manner. We teach tai chi, kung fu, meditation, dynamic physical exercises and effective self-defense techniques to maximize your mental tranquility and clarity, physical health and fitness, and selfconfidence. Fri., 6-7 p.m. & 7-8 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-noon & noon-1 p.m. Cost: $12/1-hour class; $40/ mo. (incl. all classes offered); $5/ trial class. Location: 303 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Info: 355-1301., 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@, 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 age- and skill-appropriate. Beginner or experienced, fit or not yet, young or not anymore, we have a class

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Experienced instructor: lived in West Africa/Paris. Held in a cozy, working art studio. Learn French the fun way. Immersion FRArt program for youth: French and art. Schedule: Adults: Wed., Jan. 17-Feb. 28, 7 weeks, $210. Beg. French: 5-6:30 p.m., Adv. Beg./ Interim French: 6:30-8 p.m. Kid FRArt Class: Weekly on Fri., Jan. 12-Feb. 23, 3:30-5 p.m., $230/7 weeks. Ages 5-12. School Closure Art & French Day Camps: Jan. 15, 16, 17 or 18, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. $70/ day includes materials. Aftercare avail. until 5:30 if needed. Ages 5-12 and teens 13-16 years. Teeny Ones FRArt: Fri. & Sat., Jan. 12 & 13-Feb 16 & 17, $110/6 weeks. Ages 0-4 with an adult. Location: Wingspan Studio, 4A Howard St., Burlington. Info: Madame Maggie Standley, 233-7676,,

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for you! Days and evenings; see website for schedule and fees. Location: Martial Way Self Defense Center, 73 Prim Rd., Colchester. Info: David Quinlan, 893-8893. Info@martialwayvt. com,

massage ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: This program teaches two forms of massage: amma and shiatsu. We will explore oriental medicine theory and diagnosis as well as the body’s meridian system, acupressure points, yin yang and fiveelement theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology are taught. VSAC non-degree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. Starts Sep. 2018. Cost: $5,000/600hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Scott Moylan, 288-8160, scott@,


EARTH MEDITATION/ CLOUD HANDS: In this workshop, participants will learn the Cloud Hands short set and Earth Meditation. These foundational

movement NOYES NATURE RHYTHM MOVEMENT: Rejuvenate, relax, play and find deep healing in this open-to-all-movers class. Take a journey in nature imagery. You’ll be led through techniques that both strengthen and align you, invited to move creatively and join a group flow. Lots of fun with beautiful live piano music and a supportive teacher. Second Sat. starting Jan. 13, 10-11:30 a.m. Cost: $15/1.5-hour class and reflection; sliding scale. Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: Emily Mott, 617-872-4432, emilyarwenmott@,

outdoors INTRO TO COLD WEATHER TREKKING: In this workshop, you will learn what to wear, what to bring and what gear you need for a safe and successful winter trek. We will discuss food, base- versus mid-layers, shells, socks, snowshoes, sweat, hats, hand-warmers, hydration, boots, traction and more! Preregistration required at greenmountainclub. org. Wed., Jan. 24, 6-8 p.m. Cost: $35/workshop; 20% discount for GMC members. Location: Green Mountain Club Headquarters, 4711 Waterbury-Stowe Rd., Waterbury Center. Info: Green Mountain Club, Rob Rives, 241-8329, rrives@,

photography PHOTOGRAPHER’S WORKROOM: Instructor: Marcie Scudder. This class on project and portfolio development emphasizes process and practice to develop a body of

work with a set intention or story. Tue., Jan. 23-Mar. 27, 10 a.m.noon. Cost: $265/person; $240/ members. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. Info: 253-8358, education@,


lyme disease. Wear comfortable clothing. Sign up or find more information at laughingriveryoga. com. Dec. 17, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 18, Apr. 8, 2-3:30 p.m. By donation. Location: Laughing River Yoga, The Chase Mill, 1 Mill St., Burlington.

NEW YEAR, FABULOUS YOU SERIES: Make 2018 the year you invest in your health! Join dietitian Gina Rancourt for a three-week healthy jumpstart. Learn how to incorporate whole foods into your day and manage stress better, and enjoy a hands-on, mindful eating and cooking session at Healthy Living. Reserve your space today! Starts Tue., Jan. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Location: Whole Health Nutrition, 366 Dorset St., Ste. 10, South Burlington. Info: 999-9207.

ISRAEL’S MILESTONES & MEANINGS: Memory: a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. Through major historic moments, we’ll grapple with different ideas and values that shape the meaning of Modern Israel, Zionism and Jewish identity. Jan. 14 & 28, Feb. 4 &18, Mar. 11 & 25, Apr. 8 & May 6. 2-hour class. Location: Temple Sinai , 500 Swift St., South Burlington. Info: Judy Alexander, 862-5125, ext. 3,,

tai chi 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


MINDFUL EATING: Learn the basics of Mindful Eating: How to: tune into signals of hunger and fullness; slow down, savor and enjoy your food; recognize and take care of feelings instead of stuffing them; respond to cravings with mindfulness; bring loving-kindness and compassion to your body; and be more grateful for food. Three Thu., starting Jan. 18. Cost: $90/three 1.5-hour workshops. Location: online. Info: Eating with Grace, Anya Raven Hunter, 233-6116,, INTUITIVE AWARENESS, ENERGY WORK, E.F.T. & EXPRESSIVE ARTS CLASSES: Open to joy! Tune into your body, mind and spirit. Learn tools to clear and reset your energy; develop clarity, awareness and compassion; and live from a place of well-being, truth and joy. Taught by Naomi Mitsuda, Reiki Master, certified practitioner of E.F.T., Intuitive

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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 practices. 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 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 St., Richmond. Info: Lynn Clauer, 922-0516,,




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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. Brand-new 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.

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,



SANGHA STUDIO | NONPROFIT, DONATION-BASED YOGA: Sangha Studio builds an empowered community through the shared practice of yoga. Free yoga service initiatives and outreach 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@

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 mo. 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,,


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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 Café (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,

practices from the Tao Ahn Pai system of internal Qigong help to improve health, increase vitality and set the foundation for further Qigong practice. The workshop will be led by Scott Moylan L.Ac. Jan. 27 & 28, 9 a.m.-noon. Cost: $75/workshop. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, Essex Junction. Info: Carrie Abair, 999-9717,,








ne of the most memorable events of 2017 was August’s much-hyped total solar eclipse. A portion of the United States was lucky enough to be situated in its path of totality. All of a sudden, “eclipse tourism” was a thing, and people flocked to the Midwest — the country’s prime viewing location. In the weeks leading up to the grand celestial display, Brooklyn-based Afrofunk fusion band Lady Moon & the Eclipse embarked on a special Eclipse Tour — which makes sense, given both their name and conceptual architecture. Front woman Ngonda Badila — aka Lady Moon — and her band, which she refers to as “the Sun,” create an entangled, eclipse-like union for their audiences, who, whether they know it or not, participate in the imagined extraterrestrial event as “the Earth.” Thus, the union of Earth, Moon and Sun is complete, resulting in a trippy, R&B-tinged journey into what Badila calls the “cosmic soul.” (More on that below.) Born in Paris and raised in New York State, Badila came of age singing and dancing with her family in the Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre in Hudson, N.Y. Originally founded by Badila’s parents in Paris as a traditional Congolese dance troupe, the Africanheritage performing arts group evolved into a full-blown theatrical company. Much of the visual artistry seen in LM&TE can be traced back to Badila’s work with her family. And she’s not the only one of her nine siblings to pursue a career in music. Two of Badila’s sisters, Ntangou and Nkoula, provide backup vocals in LM&TE. And her brother, Milandou, performs under the moniker Young Paris. The rapper is currently signed to hip-hop superstar Jay-Z’s label, Roc Nation. LM&TE perform on Saturday, January 13, at Radio Bean in Burlington. Seven Days caught up with Badila by phone. SEVEN DAYS: In addition to your upcoming performance, you’re here for a retreat. What’s that all about? NGONDA BADILA: It’s a music-writing retreat. We come together, live together, cook and eat together. We write music, rehearse and kind of vibe with each other in a more intimate way. It’s kind of complicated how we create music. It’s not just me telling the

Sun — I really want them to initiate all of the songs. I want them to have a lot more say in the whole process. They could even tell me what to sing. Usually, I write all of the songs. Sometimes I come with them already arranged. But sometimes the band jams on something, and I really like the idea, and I turn that into a song. But for the Sun phase, I really want them to create it. SD: You’ve been performing for most of your life, correct? NB: I moved [from Long Island] to Hudson, N.Y., when I was 11. That’s when the [Diata Diata International Folkloric Theatre] became more family-based. We were doing performances for arts education events, black history concerts, a lot of different things. That’s how our family sustained ourselves financially. Ngonda Badila (center) of Lady Moon & the Eclipse

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band what to do. It’s more me working as the Moon with the Sun — a community of fire, of ideas. I share my message — this journey to the cosmic soul. [It’s a] way of living — a lifestyle of peace. It’s a journey to becoming your best self. Who are you without the traumas or the layers of insecurity? [It’s about] releasing, so you can keep rising. SD: Do you have any particular goals for this retreat? NB: This retreat is an initiation for the third phase of our [upcoming fulllength] album. We’re recording it in three phases: the Sun, the Earth and the Moon. It’s a way to share with our audience what we’re trying to say. The message we’re sending is more than just the music. It’s a lifestyle, a way to work with each other as a music community of beings from all different cultures.

It’s also a metaphorical message of our cosmic world, which is a big part of what inspires us to be our best selves. We’re trying to figure out how to send this message with clarity. SD: Tell me more about these “phases.” NB: The first phase was the Moon phase. The songs [from that session] are about expressing the light. I want them to feel like you’re speaking to the light. I want you to imagine a light in your head when you hear these particular songs. The second phase is the Earth phase — vibrating [with] the spirit of the Earth and what it’s feeling right now. It’s gonna feel a little crazy, because the world is crazy right now. For [the third] phase — since I consider the people I work with [to be] the

SD: What would a typical performance look like? NB: We wore the traditional pieces: the raffia, the lapa, the armbands, beaded jewelry. Sometimes we wore headpieces — the whole regalia. We would also cover our faces with dots and lines that are spiritual and symbolic to the sacred element of the stories. When you did these religious and sacred dances in the folklore world of the Congo, you wore certain pieces as part of the message. I feel like that’s something that’s been incorporated into Lady Moon & the Eclipse. I believe that what we wear is sending a message. Everything I do is about frequency. How is the frequency of the colors that I’m wearing on my body affecting your frequency? SD: So, how about that eclipse last summer? Were you able to experience it in a meaningful way? NB: Oh, yes! I got married on the solar eclipse. SD: No shit! NB: I mean, this is my life. SD: Several years ago, you put the band on pause for a little while, right? NB: Yeah, I did — when I left Hudson to study music at Hunter College [in New York City]. When I was doing that, I wasn’t [performing] for about three NEXT PHASE

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One hot piece of news that came in too late to make it into our final issues of 2017 was a major announcement from the Monkey House in Winooski. The Onion City hot spot has a new talent buyer, and he’s a scene favorite: BRIAN NAGLE — aka DJ DISCO PHANTOM. The vinyl champion broke the news on social media just a few days before the end of the year. It’s an exciting development — if not somewhat predictable. Just like the two talent buyers who preceded him, PADDY REAGAN and MATT ROGERS, Nagle is a founding member of Waking Windows Presents, the team behind a buttload of the area’s most cutting-edge indie music shows — not to mention its multiday

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music festivals in Winooski, Detroit and Portland, Maine. Nagle plans to continue what we all love about the Monkey: a splendiferous mix of regional and national talent that also leaves room for the local scene to thrive. In an email to Seven Days, he also notes that he hopes to bring in more live electronic/dance music acts, which he feels are underrepresented in the area. The new booker’s first crop of shows begins this week: Washington State’s KARL BLAU and HEATWARMER hit the stage on Saturday, January 13, with support from locals PAPER CASTLES; Philadelphia’s RAMONA CÓRDOVA and SARAH M. perform on Monday, January 15, with Burlingtonbased singer-songwriter IVAMAE; and Montréal post-punks BLANKA stop by on Wednesday, January 17, with local dancespazzes APPALLED EAGLES and DJ sets from the Phantom himself. (Also, check out Blanka’s spotlight on page 64.) And just in case you were wondering: Nagle’s new positions won’t interfere with his jam-packed DJ schedule. He’ll still be out and about eight nights a week.

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Howdy, folks! I hope you all had a restorative and satisfying holiday season. Now that we’re into the second week of the New Year, you’ve probably settled into your routine and are sick of reading the never-ending parade of annual recaps and prognostications about the year to come. I apologize for stretching it out a little bit more. My predecessor, DAN BOLLES, was fond of writing predictions about the local music scene, which were sometimes serious and other times facetious AF. I’ll spare you my own prophecies for now, satirical or otherwise. But I do have a couple of hopes for 2018. One of my most burning desires is to hear some proper recordings from JULIA CAESAR. Don’t get me wrong: I get great pleasure from seeing them perform and listening to the various live recordings that are available on the internet. But I’m overwhelmed with curiosity as to what a bedroom recording would even sound like, let alone a studio record. What choices would they make? Which songs from their ever-growing catalog would make the cut? Seriously, JC: No pressure. I just like y’all a whole dang lot. Another somewhat related hope: I would love to receive more album submissions from female-identifying and gender-nonconforming artists. After taking a quick look at the albums we

reviewed in 2017, only about 15 percent had a strong female presence. I’d love to see that percentage go up. And I know I’m not alone here. Seven Days arts writer SADIE WILLIAMS noted in her December 6 story about the Facebook group Sensi-Babeington that Burlington’s prince of twang, ERIC GEORGE, dispatched a similar plea to that forum. He encouraged more diversity at Radio Bean’s monthly open mic night, which he hosts. According to the piece, George’s appeal was at least moderately successful. Perhaps mine will be, as well.

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

Americana feel. Norwegian American singer-songwriter Siri Undlin leads the ethereal group, which unveiled back-

THE DAILY PLANET: John Abair and Collin Cope (Americana), 8 p.m., free.

to-back companion EPs in the summer of 2017. Titled Elsewhere and Where Else, the records stand on their own as

HALF LOUNGE: DJ Two Sev (bass), 10 p.m., free.

Catch Humbird on Friday, January 12, at the Light Club Lamp Shop in Burlington. Singer-songwriter ELIZA EDENS co-

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

self-contained pieces. But they also combine to create a long-form, continuous flow of acoustically rooted folktronica. headlines.

FOAM BREWERS: Dan Ryan Express (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Honey Twist (rock), 10 p.m., free.

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


FINNIGAN’S PUB: DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 10 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 8:30 p.m., $5-10. Avery Cooper Group (jazz), 10:30 p.m., free.

LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Irish Sessions (traditional), 7 p.m., free. MODA (folk, jazz), 9:30 p.m., free.


THE DAILY PLANET: The Mike Santosusso Experience (rock), 8 p.m., free.

JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul Asbell Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free.



HALF LOUNGE: SVPPLY (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

JUNIPER: The Ray Vega Latin Jazz Ensemble, 8:30 p.m., free.



NECTAR’S: Super Smash Bros plus Special Guests (funk, hip-hop), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

NECTAR’S: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free. Ska Party! (featuring members of Gang of Thieves, Swimmer and Dr. No), the Bonnets, 9:30 p.m., $3/5. 18+.

RADIO BEAN: DJ Two Sev (eclectic vinyl), 4 p.m., free. Stolen Moments (jazz), 6:30 p.m., free. Eben & Amelia (acoustic), 8:30 p.m., free. Justin Panigutti Band (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: DJ Chia (house), 4 p.m., free. Sean Patrick McGraw (Americana), 8:30 p.m., free. Khaosity and Drive (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. One Time Weekend (funk, rock), 11:30 p.m., free.

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

RED SQUARE: Gneiss (rock), 7 p.m., free. D Jay Baron (mashup, hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: The County Down (Americana, reggae), 7 p.m., free. Gypsy Reel (traditional Irish, folk), 7:30-10 p.m., free.

RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Erin Cassels-Brown and Evan Allis (indie folk), 8 p.m., free. Hotel Karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Jessica Kirson (standup), 7 p.m., $15-27. The Daily Grind: Eric Ford (improv), 9 p.m., $5.

SIDEBAR: Paper Castles, Ellen Degenerates, Stace Brandt (indie), 9 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Open Mic and Improv Jam, 7 p.m., free. Songs in the Key of Slink (improv), 8:30 p.m., $5.



Cookie’s Hot Club (gypsy jazz), 8 p.m., donation.

MOOGS PLACE: Abby Sherman (Americana), 7:30 p.m., free.

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

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BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Jason Dick (reggae, soul), 6 p.m., free. CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: All Request Video, 9 p.m., free. SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation.



IDLETYME BREWING COMPANY: The Idletyme Band (blues, rock), 8 p.m., free.

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ZENBARN: Zach Nugent’s Acoustic Dead Duos (Grateful Dead tribute), 7 p.m., free.



the brief period when third-wave ska reached its peak in the 1990s. Practically every musician I knew back then was in or associated with a band that had either the word “tones” or “ska” in its name. But, like all trends, the genre eventually fizzled and faded from the mainstream. Shortly after the turn of the century, ska was a fuzzy, two-toned memory. Given that nostalgia is the thing now, I suppose a night of noskalgia is in order.

(See what I did there?) On Thursday, January 11, GANG OF THIEVES’ TAYLOR WHIPPLE and TOBIN SALAS, former GoT members NATE REIT and SEAN KEHOE, and SWIMMER’s MATT DOLLIVER join forces at Nectar’s in Burlington for an epic night of throwback jams, dubbed simply Ska Party! Expect to hear the music of the MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, LESS THAN JAKE, REEL BIG FISH and others — and maybe NO DOUBT, if we’re lucky.

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.

BACKSTAGE PUB & RESTAURANT: Trivia, 9:30 p.m., free. MONKEY HOUSE: Selector Sets with Julia Petras, Amy Wild and DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic), 8 p.m., free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Bob McKenzie Blues Band, 7 p.m., free.

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WHAMMY BAR: Louisa Franco and Friends (The Silver Maples, Lewis Franco) (folk, swing), 7 p.m., free.

HALF LOUNGE: Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Eric George (country, folk), 9 p.m., free.


LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Humbird and Eliza Edens (indie folk), 9:30 p.m., free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5.

mad river valley/ waterbury

MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Among the Acres (folk-rock), 10 p.m., free.

MOOGS PLACE: Open Mic with Allen Church, 8:30 p.m., free.

LOCALFOLK SMOKEHOUSE: Open Mic with Alex Budney, 8:30 p.m., free. ZENBARN: Durham County Poets (blues, jazz), 8 p.m., $12/$15.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: James Towle (rock), 8:30 p.m., free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Da.Root (hits), 10 p.m., free.

rutland/killington PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Kung Fu (electro-fusion), 8 p.m., free.

northeast kingdom PARKER PIE CO.: Chickweed (folk), 7:30 p.m., free.

outside vermont

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



ARTSRIOT: Al Moore Blues Band, the Devon McGarry Band, 7 p.m., $8/10.

CLUB METRONOME: The Medallions Metronome 2: With a Vengeance (disco and funk covers), 9 p.m., $10. FOAM BREWERS: The High Breaks (surf), 8 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. TUNDRA (jazz), 8 p.m., free. CoPilot (indie pop), 10 p.m., $5. Nikita (funk, soul), 11:30 p.m., $5.



MONKEY HOUSE: Happy Hour with the Willoughbys (Americana), 5 p.m., free. Untapped: A Night of Burlesque, Drag and Dance, 9 p.m., $10. Finkle & Einhorn (jam), 10 p.m., free.


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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Nerbak Brothers (blues), 5 p.m., free. The Tricksters (rock), 9 p.m., free. STONE CORRAL BREWERY: My Mother’s Moustache (folk-rock), 7 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Warm Water (experimental, groove), 9:30 p.m., $5.



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RED SQUARE: Shrimptunes (rock), 4 p.m., free. Good Lord the Liftin’ (blues, jazz), 7 p.m., $5. DJ Craig Mitchell (open format), 11 p.m., $5.

BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Red Clay (jazz), 6 p.m., free.

WHAMMY BAR: Red Hot Juba (country, jazz), 7 p.m., free.

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


THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Bow Thayer (folk-rock), 8 p.m., $3. THE TAP ROOM AT SWITCHBACK BREWING: Dan Tomaino (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., free. VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Jessica Kirson (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $15-27.

chittenden county BACKSTAGE PUB & RESTAURANT: Karaoke with Jenny Red, 9 p.m., free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Swimmer, Brickdrop, Nina’s Brew (rock fusion), 8:30 p.m., $10/12.

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EL TORO: Sergio Torres (rock, folk), 7 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Chris Lyon (solo acoustic), 6 p.m., free. Eames Brothers Band (blues, rock), 9 p.m., free. TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Suburban Sensi (reggae), 9 p.m., $5.

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CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: DJ Amanda Rock (hits), 9 p.m., free.

rutland/killington PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Garden State Radio (pop covers), 8 p.m., free.

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ZENBARN: Small Change (Tom Waits tribute), 9 p.m., $5.


Back in November, while writing a profile of singer-songwriter STEPHANIE HEAGHNEY, I spoke with a few of her bandmates from JUPTR — the neo-soul outfit that kinda, sorta used to be SMOOTH ANTICS. And by that I mean that Smooth Antics is over, and JUPTR is the sexy phoenix that’s risen from its ashes. You can see what all the hype (that I’m trying to generate) is all about when they perform on Saturday at Nectar’s. Nearly all of that conversation with the bandmates was cut from the profile. But now that JUPTR are taking the spotlight once again, I thought it prudent to revisit a particularly juicy analogy keyboardist Derek Rice served up regarding what to expect from future performances.


SWEET MELISSA’S: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark LeGrand, 5:30 p.m., donation.

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

SIDEBAR: L Yeah (eclectic), 7 p.m., free. Haitian and Dave Villa (open format), 10 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Bishop LaVey (acoustic), 6 p.m., free. The Dolphin Strikers (ska), 9 p.m., free.


BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Ira Friedman (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.

NECTAR’S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. The Last Revel, the Tenderbellies (Americana), 9 p.m., $5.

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champlain islands/northwest TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Uncle Jimmy (classic rock), 7 p.m., free.

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

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): The Matchsellers (bluegrass, blues), 8 p.m., free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Reid & Co. (Americana), 7 p.m., free.

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VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: WTH Are You Watching?! Podcast (cinematic banter), 6 p.m., free. Jessica Kirson (standup), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $15-27.

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HALF LOUNGE: Parks, Gunn, D-Lav, Matt Mus (house), 10 p.m., free. JP’S PUB: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free. JUNIPER: Warm Water (souljazz), 9 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Greenbush Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. Frink (jazz, experimental pop), 9 p.m., free. DJ Taka (eclectic vinyl), 11 p.m., $5. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Dentist (indie, surf), 10 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Mikey Sweet (singer-songwriter), 6:30 p.m., free. Vorcza (jazz), 8:30 p.m., $5. JUPTR (neo-soul), 11:45 p.m., $5. RADIO BEAN: AM Radio (Americana), noon, free. Andy Lightening (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Future States (psychedelic pop), 10 p.m., $5.

SMITTY’S PUB: Troy Millette (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., free.

CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: Papa Greybeard (blues), 6 p.m., free. Lake Superior, Jessica Rabbit Syndrome (indie rock), 9 p.m., free. ESPRESSO BUENO: Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke), 7:30 p.m., $5.

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OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Glass Onion (The Tragically Hip tribute), 10 p.m., $5.

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE (HANOVER): Among the Acres (folk-rock), 8 p.m., free.

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FOAM BREWERS: Eric George (folk), noon, free.


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HALF LOUNGE: Comedy Open Mic and Showcase, 8 p.m., free. Sunday Scene (UK bass), 10 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Game Night, 8 p.m., free.


WHAMMY BAR: Stelvis Carbo (rock, funk), 7 p.m., free.


EL TORO: Stefani Capizzi (folk), 7 p.m., free. MOOGS PLACE: Eames Brothers Band (blues, rock), 9 p.m., free.

TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Emma Cook & Questionable Company (indie pop), 9 p.m., $5.

mad river valley/ waterbury

ZENBARN: The Full Cleveland (yacht rock), 9 p.m., free.

different directions. He was more digital, and I wanted the live side of it.

middlebury area

CITY LIMITS NIGHT CLUB: DJ Earl (open format), 9:30 p.m., free.

rutland/killington PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: Garden State Radio (pop covers), 8 p.m., free.

RADIO BEAN: Maple Street Six (jazz), 1 p.m., free. Old Sky and Friends (Americana), 6 p.m., free. Henry Finch: Randy Newman Power Hour Pump-Up, 8:30 p.m., free. Schuyler Grant (rock, blues), 10:30 p.m., free. Del Rue (alternative), midnight, free. SIDEBAR: The Mountain Carol, Night Protocol, Adam Wolf (electro-pop), 10 p.m., free. SUN.14

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years. I was trying to focus on understanding [music] a little bit more — gaining a little bit more knowledge and perspective that’s more written and mathematical — not just traditional African drumming, dancing and vibing.

GRIZZLY’S AT THE BASE LODGE AT STRATTON MOUNTAIN RESORT: The Josh Panda Party (rock and pop covers), 3 p.m., free.

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

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MONKEY HOUSE: Karl Blau, Heatwarmer, Paper Castles (indie), 8 p.m., $3/8. 18+. Dr. No (funk, rock), 10 p.m., free.


PARKER PIE CO.: Open Mic, 8 p.m., free.

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

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for his expertise on bygone American ephemera.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Johnny A. (instrumental rock), 8 p.m., $25/30.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Mitch & Devon (rock), 5 p.m., free. Sammich (jam), 9 p.m., free.

TWIGGS — AN AMERICAN GASTROPUB: Chris Parker (folk, rock), 7 p.m., free.

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


obsessed with mid-20th-century nostalgia? If not,

SIDEBAR: Sam DuPont (folk), 8 p.m., free. Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

BLEU NORTHEAST SEAFOOD: Paul Asbell (jazz), 8:30 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Raul (salsa, reggaeton), 6 p.m., free. DJ Reign One (EDM), 11 p.m., $5.

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

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RED SQUARE: Left Eye Jump (blues), 3 p.m., free. Ben Bevins and Co. (jazz), 7 p.m., $5. Mashtodon (hip-hop), 11 p.m., $5.

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

OLIVE RIDLEY’S: Glass Onion (The Tragically Hip tribute), 9:30 p.m., $5. All Request Night with DJ Skippy (hits), 10 p.m., free.


Lady Moon & the Eclipse (soul, Afro-funk), 11:30 p.m., $5.


INFO Lady Moon & the Eclipse perform on Saturday, January 13, 11:30 p.m., at Radio Bean in Burlington. $5. AA.




Plastique Mammals have hardly been around long enough to rack up the cachet — let alone the catalog — required for a “greatest hits” retrospective. So, by titling their debut full-length The Best Of, the new-ish Burlington duo scoffs at the recording industry’s capitalistic habit of distilling a selection of an artist’s work to a streamlined, repackaged commodity. Though they’re hardly the first to make the joke, it’s clear that these are smart Mammals with an eye, and ear, for the subversive. Composed of multi-instrumentalist Remi Russin and Entrance to Trains’ one-man rhythm section Evan Raine, the emergent post-rock duo makes wordless, groove-based tunes that pull influence mostly from synth-pop and alt-rock. It’s a blessed union. The pair concocts enough

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Patrick Biondo on banjo, and guitarist Val McCallum (Jackson Browne). Stykos adds instrumentation and arrangements, giving The Detangler a classic, tight sound. “Cold Hearted Empath” sounds like Carole King if she had discovered the Riot Grrl movement; it’s a supercatchy anthem. “Lonely Boat” enters ’90s college-rock territory with a vocal delivery that teeters between spoken and 175 sung. It’s easy to picture rural liberal arts school students getting down to that track at SolarFest. Untitled-26 1 The title track has an unexpectedly cinematic quality that augments the grander themes present in Zevon’s songwriting — this is perhaps a theatrical holdover from “Marshlands,” the rock operetta she wrote with Montpelier’s Duffy Gardner. “Bitches Cry Too” is an excellent, humorous folk song about the liberation of bitchdom. It’s a simple song with interesting instrumental details — such as the uncommon combination of trumpet and banjo, for example. Zevon keeps it just weird enough to be slightly challenging. Zevon plays a release party for The Detangler on Saturday, January 27, at Sweet Melissa’s in Montpelier. The Detangler is available at

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is rebellious, honest and unhampered by fear of criticism. Those qualities are undoubtedly enhanced by the work of producer Kristina Stykos, yet another defiantly off-the-grid songwriter. Zevon recorded the album at Stykos’ Pepperbox Studios, which is completely powered by solar and wind energy. Zevon pulls from a diverse range of decidedly rock-and-roll influences, making it difficult to ignore her very famous last name. She is indeed the daughter of rock icon Warren Zevon. Once this connection is known, it is next to impossible to avoid comparison — even if it’s unfair. The most striking similarity is that father and daughter share a powerfully rebellious spirit and affinity for witty, articulate lyricism. Biting, feminist humor is present in Zevon’s songwriting, coupled with instrumentation that has a bit of a ’90s barefoot jam quality. The Detangler might convince you — if you aren’t already there — that single moms are probably the only hope for the future. Zevon has assembled a stellar band: drummers Jeff Berlin (Bow Thayer Band) and Matt Musty (Grace Potter), Cabinet’s

synth effort. Electronic hi-hats and snares break through multiples layers of seesawing synths and shimmering pads. Twinkling slow jam “Swanton, OH” blends phased bass synth with dueling melodic overtones. All that’s missing is an overblown, Auto-Tuned singer to turn it into an R&B chart-topper. Some listeners may find slow-burning rock numbers such as “Endoplasmic Reticulum” to be the album’s tentpoles. Synths take a back seat to multiple layers of looped guitar, each adding counterpoint and melodic depth to the collage-like song. Russin tops off his teetering tower of guitar power with an overdriven, wriggling riff and imposing synth tones The Best Of is a record with which you might need to spend some extra time before judging — like a potential suitor after a perplexing first date. It’s familiar but also strangely alien, meaty but most definitely ephemeral. The Best Of is released on Friday, January 12, at plastiquemammals. Plastique Mammals perform on Wednesday, January 17, at the Burrow in St. Albans.


Ariel Zevon lives off the grid in Peacham with her sons and goats. Before discovering the freedom of rural Vermont 20 years ago as a student at Marlboro College, she grew up between Paris and Los Angeles, becoming selfreliant and inventive as the only child of a single mother. Now a single mother herself, she has built a sanctuary for her family in the woods with her own hands, an escape from the hypocrisy and destructive nature of modern culture. But she remains connected and dedicated to society through a variety of endeavors, from the now-closed LACE food co-op in Barre to the Brookview R&R in West Barnet — the latter a community center she runs with her mother, Crystal Zevon. And, on January 1, Ariel Zevon released a fulllength debut album, her dispatch to the outside world. The Detangler is an off-the-grid album in every sense. Zevon’s writing

sparkle and grit to satisfy listeners who prefer either end of that spectrum. Hardly a collection of breakaway pop hits, The Best Of is more like an extended lucid dream. It is self-assured, unafraid and locked into a contented, mid-tempo sweet spot. A few songs could easily soundtrack an artsy, late-’90s computer game adventure — think “The Curse of Monkey Island” or the third installment of “The Legend of Kyrandia.” Others lean more into the foreground, trading lackadaisical, electro bliss for hard-hitting, guitardriven rock. “There Are Bigger Men Than Me” is the most disruptive song included — and that’s a good thing. After about two minutes of looped, syncopated guitar lines over a basic bar-band beat, the tempo quickens as the track transforms into a snarling banger. The melodic theme from the song’s first movement returns — with teeth. “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2” — a name plucked straight from the shelves of GameStop — is the duo’s finest progressive

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VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Girl Crush Comedy (standup), 7 p.m., $5. Open Michelle/Jam (female open mic standup), 8:30 p.m., free.

Sean Kehoe (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Justin Panigutti Band (rock), 10:30 p.m., free.


RED SQUARE: DJ KermiTT (eclectic), 7 p.m., free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB & WHISKEY ROOM: The County Down (Americana, reggae), 7 p.m., free. Gypsy Reel (traditional Irish, folk), 7:30-10 p.m., free.

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HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: G Jones, Eprom, Ana Sia (EDM), 8:30 p.m., $18/25.

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

MONKEY HOUSE: Emo Night BTV (emo DJs), 8 p.m., free.

VERMONT COMEDY CLUB: Standup Open Mic and Improv Jam, 7 p.m., free. Songs in the Key of Slink (improv), 8:30 p.m., $5.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Southern Old Time Music Jam (traditional), 10 a.m., free. Bleecker & MacDougal (folk), every other Sunday, 11 a.m., free.

chittenden county HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: Charles Phoenix (comedy), 8 p.m., $20/23/50.

SWEET MELISSA’S: Standup Comedy Showcase, 6 p.m., donation. Live Band Karaoke, 8 p.m., donation.

MONKEY HOUSE: Blanka, Appalled Eagles, DJ Disco Phantom (electronic, post-punk), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.


TRES AMIGOS & RUSTY NAIL STAGE: Gubbulidis (acoustic, jam), 9 p.m., $20/25.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Jason Dick (reggae, soul), 6 p.m., free.

rutland/killington PICKLE BARREL NIGHTCLUB: The Nerds (covers), 8 p.m., free.


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HALF LOUNGE: Four-D (house), 9 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: Lamp Shop Lit Club (open reading), 8 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.




RADIO BEAN: Kaomi Kingsley (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. The Matchsellers (bluegrass, blues), 8:30 p.m., free.


CHARLIE-O’S WORLD FAMOUS: All Request Video, 9 p.m., free.

SIDEBAR: Open Mic, 7 p.m., free. Family Night (open jam), 9 p.m., free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE (BURLINGTON): Comedy & Crêpes (standup), 8 p.m., free.

chittenden county MONKEY HOUSE: Ramona Córdova, Sarah M, Ivamae (indie), 8:30 p.m., $5/10. 18+.


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



ARTSRIOT: Stranger Things Trivia, 7:30 p.m., free. FOAM BREWERS: Local Dork (eclectic vinyl), 6 p.m., free.

SWEET MELISSA’S: D. Davis (acoustic), 5:30 p.m., donation. BLANKA

released its debut recording, Yasuda. The six-track EP has

all the trappings of classic-era gothic post-punk: overdriven bass, clanging riffs and discordant synths that writhe as if from within a dimly lit echo chamber. Based on their recent single, “Fall in Love,” the two have even more darkness to unleash. The new cut marks the group’s shift into misanthropic goth-techno, in which razor-sharp electronic beats slice through the murky gloom. Blanka perform on Wednesday, January 17, at the Monkey House in Winooski. Locals

APPALLED EAGLES and vinyl superstar DJ DISCO PHANTOM add support. THE GRYPHON: P’tit Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free. HALF LOUNGE: David Chief (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free. LEUNIG’S BISTRO & CAFÉ: George Petit Trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. LIGHT CLUB LAMP SHOP: FLYNN (neo-soul), 9 p.m., $5-10. Danza Del Fuego (gypsy-infused world music), 9 p.m., free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Jack Schroeder (singer-songwriter), 9:30 p.m., free. NECTAR’S: Dead Set (Grateful Dead tribute), 9:30 p.m., $5. 18+. RADIO BEAN: DJ Lee J (eclectic), 4 p.m., free. Lokum (music of the Near East), 6:30 p.m., free. Michael Farmer (Americana), 7:30 p.m., free. Grup Anwar (classical Arabic), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky Tonk Tuesday with Ponyhustle, 10 p.m., $5. RED SQUARE: DJ A-RA$ (open format), 8 p.m., free.


SIDEBAR: Sean Kehoe (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., free. Ron Stoppable (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

chittenden county ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Trivia with Top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., free. WATERWORKS FOOD + DRINK: Trivia Night, 7 p.m., free.


BAGITOS BAGEL AND BURRITO CAFÉ: Old Time Music Session (traditional), 6 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), 7 p.m., free.

mad river valley/ waterbury ZENBARN: The Matchsellers (bluegrass, blues), 7 p.m., $10.

middlebury area

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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Matthew Monk, College Hall Gallery, Vermont College of Fine Arts B Y A MY LI LLY College Hall Gallery

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he Vermont College of Fine Arts’ spacious College Hall Gallery has undergone a transformation since its days as the T.W. Wood Gallery. Sporting a new maple floor, and no longer darkened by partitions, the high-ceilinged room is now fully illuminated by daylight entering the tall, arched windows on either end. It’s among the grandest spaces for showing art in Vermont. The current show comprises nearly 50 works by Matthew Monk, who teaches in the MFA graphic design program at VCFA. Monk founded the program in 2010 while still a tenured graphic design professor at Rhode Island School of Design, one of the East Coast’s most prestigious art schools. Attracted by VCFA’s lowresidency graduate-arts model, he left RISD in 2012 to become the college’s academic dean. Monk created all the works in the show over a six-month period in 2017; it began with a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson and concluded with a sabbatical from his deanship. The show is titled “Painting as Language,” a phrase that arose from conversations between Monk and Sumru Tekin, a painter and multimedia artist who cocurated the exhibition.

Untitled collage/mixed media on plywood by Matthew Monk

Tekin serves as exhibition coordinator for VCFA’s visual art program. “Painting” shouldn’t be taken literally. These works are mixed-media collages wrought from discarded paper ephemera and paint, in rectilinear format. Their layered surfaces have been abraded, scratched, scored with a straight edge, dry-brushed, punctured and sanded — among other treatments — giving them a subtle texture. (In an artist’s statement, Monk ambiguously adds “corrected” to his list of processes.)

The works’ palette is governed by the colors of used paper: whites, grays, creams and browns, accented here and there by a thin, red, dotted line or a suggestion of pale green or yellow. One 12-panel group departs from the whitetoned neutrality to explore contrast using black and white. Most of the compositions are on thick plywood. Four 30-by-36-inch works consist of plywood boxes five inches deep whose collaged surfaces wrap around the sides in a bid for threedimensionality. Other compositions, on

art old book covers, hang nearly flush with the wall. In these, discarded material constitutes not just the surface but the work itself. As for the titular “language,” viewers will notice it everywhere: a shred of a child’s multiple-choice answer sheet, a partial list of defunct addresses, math problems, technical illustrations, scribbled words on torn index cards, columns of printed text. Yet, in every case, the language is inscrutable. Blocks of text are smudged to the point of illegibility. The scribbles could have been made by your doctor. On one 12-by-18-inch plywood panel, printed material is applied facedown to be read in reverse, if at all. (All works are titled either “Untitled collage/ mixed media on plywood” or “Untitled collage/mixed media on book covers.”) An old-fashioned library catalog card is blank. The only complete, non-puzzling word in the show — which, given the context, strikes a note of irony — is “new.” What to make of such works as language? In one sense, everything is language, to be parsed, interpreted, imitated, challenged. College Hall Gallery’s bright white walls offer a kind of language themselves: They speak of the shift in the art world from 19th-century salon-style exhibitions of paintings, crowded on busily papered walls, to the reverent display of each work at eye level in a neutral field of white. If language is a method of communication, “Painting as Language” appears deliberately to fail. Or perhaps viewers must make their own meanings — as was the intent of Dadaist Kurt Schwitters, who collected street trash for his post-World War I collages. Monk cites Schwitters as an influence, along with Robert Rauschenberg, Pablo Picasso’s Cubist collages, and such fabricators of rectilinear purity as Piet Mondrian and Le Corbusier. As a graphic designer, Monk engages regularly with the world of new books. He designs covers and interior layouts for books published by art, architectural and educational institutions. The



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cover he designed for a 2005 book on the photographer Irving Penn was selected for AIGA’s “50 Books/50 Covers” that year. Monk’s interest in the materiality of old books is therefore intriguing. There’s a kind of spare beauty in his book-cover compositions, where serrated edges, wrinkles and water stains take on a painterly dimension within Mondrian-like gridded compositions. Cast-off papers, in both the book-cover and plywood compositions, become the vehicle for compositional perfection. That uniting of “the purity of ideas” and “the impurity of the physical world,” as Monk writes in his artist’s statement, prompts associations that will vary with the beholder. This viewer’s associations veer toward the practical: the need to create a world integrating widely disparate socioeconomic levels of society; the value of reuse in a consumer world oriented toward the new. At some level, written language can only get us so far in these pursuits. That point is reinforced by Monk’s 12-panel black-and-white


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collages at the Hive collective in Middlesex

f JOHN GONTER: Landscapes of spring, summer and fall by the Burlington painter. Reception: Friday, January 12, 7-9 p.m. January 12-February 3. Info, Half Lounge in Burlington.

represents a year’s worth of “postelection anxiety syndrome,” the artist says. A glossy,

f MARY LACY: “Pollination,” new works by the Vermont painter, inspired by pollinators and their counterparts, flowers. Reception: Thursday, January 18, 6-9 p.m. January 14-March 2. Info, marylacy4@ Karma Bird House in Burlington.

grinning magazine family exercises their right to bear arms; a Native American sits atop his horse in front of an anonymous


cityscape that boasts a Wigwam Motel.

f ‘THE ART OF GRANITE’: An exhibition exploring

Geary taps into collage’s long history of

the use of Barre granite in sculpture, highlighting a continuity between classical techniques and the innovation and creativity of today’s artists. Reception: Monday, January 15, noon-4 p.m. January 15-March 30. Info, 479-8500. Vermont History Center in Barre.

appropriating accessible materials to disorient, challenge and express anger. Juxtaposition — hopefully therapeutic — is the name of the game here, but Geary

f SHOW 23: A showcase of the latest works by

gallery members plus paintings by guest artist Jeanne Thurston. Reception: Friday, February 2, 4-8 p.m. Info, 552-0877. The Front in Montpelier.

sees continuity in his narratives. He describes his work as “telling stories of the


future using cutouts of the past.” Through

f RORY JACKSON: “Coming in From the Cold,” a

March 1. Pictured: an untitled collage.

new collection of Vermont landscape paintings. Reception: Saturday, January 13, 5-7:30 p.m. January 13-February 20. Info, 760-6785. Edgewater Gallery in Stowe.

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JEFFREY ROBBINS: Works in watercolor by the Burlington artist and the 25th South End Art Hop Jury Winner. Through February 28. Info, 658-6016. Speeder & Earl’s Coffee in Burlington.

f ‘UP HOME: HAND-COLORED PHOTOGRAPHS BY SUSANNE AND NEIL RAPPAPORT’: Images that document the late Minnie Griswold’s Pawlet home. Reception: Thursday, February 1, 5-7 p.m. January 16-March 31. Info, 388-4964. Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury.

LAURA HALE: “A Bug’s Eye View: Macro Photography of the Natural World,” images of insects, amphibians and flowers that show the hidden life of tiny things in Vermont. Through January 31. Info, 238-7994. Nunyuns Bakery & Café in Burlington.





f NICK NEDDO: “The Wildcrafted World of Nick Neddo: Merging Craft and Art,” nature scenes created from materials foraged and handcrafted by the sixth-generation Vermonter. Reception: Friday, January 19, 5-7 p.m. January 16-February 13. Info, 287-8398. Feick Arts Center, Green Mountain College, in Poultney.

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CHARLES TROTSKY & BEN BARNES: A new series of enamel and mixed-media prints that blend printmaking and graffiti, accompanied by furniture by local designer Barnes. January 12-February 28. Info, 748-0158. Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury.

ARTIST TALK: JOAN O’BEIRNE: The artist discusses her work and process in conjunction with her solo exhibition “The Scarf.” Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Thursday, January 11, 7 p.m. Info, 257-0124. ARTISTS’ TOWN MEETING: The Rockingham Arts and Museum Project and artists Chris Sherwin, Jeanette Staley and Clare Adams host this creative community gathering. 33 Bridge St., Bellows Falls, Thurday, January 11, 6-8 p.m. Info, 463-3252.

f CHIP TROIANO: Travel photography by the Vermont artist. Reception: Wednesday, January 10, 5-7 p.m. Artist talk: 6 p.m. January 10-February 4. Info, 533-9370. Brown Library, Sterling College, in Craftsbury Common.

CLASS: ‘UNUSUAL LANDSCAPES FROM AROUND THE WORLD’: Instructor Jan Danziger leads this educational visual art series. Call to register. Twin Valley Senior Center, East Montpelier, Friday, January 12, 3-5 p.m. Info, 223-6954.

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‘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, January 10 and 17. Info,

f BRIAN COHEN: Works on paper by the founding member of Two Rivers Printmaking Studio. Reception: Thursday, January 18, 5:30-7 p.m. January 16-February 23. Info, 869-2960. Main Street Arts in Saxtons River.


f PETER SCHUMANN: Postapocalyptic woodcuts by the Bread and Puppet Theater founder. Reception: Saturday, February 3, 3-5 p.m. January 15-March 2. Info, White River Gallery @ BALE in South Royalton.

SOCIAL SUNDAYS: A weekly community event featuring music, refreshments and art workshops. Milton Art Center & Gallery, Sunday, January 14, noon-3 p.m. Info, 355-6583.

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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, January 11, 10 a.m.-noon. Info, 888-1261.

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TALK: ADDISON GODINE: The Middlebury alum and construction director for Getaway, a “tiny-house hotel” company in Brooklyn, speaks about his work in architecture and design. Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College, Tuesday, January 16, 4:30 p.m. Info, 443-5258.

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‘CONSTRUCTED GESTURES’: Collages, montages and digitally manipulated photography by Wendy James, Greg Merhar, Sandy Milens, Bruce Pendleton, Paul Reynolds and Derrick Senior. Through March 31. Info, 652-4500. Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington. ‘EVERYTHING, MAYBE LESS’: Works by students of Iskra Print Collective’s fall 2017 class. Through January 12. Info, Karma Bird House 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.


LYNN CUMMINGS: “Shapes, Signs & Symbols: Legacy of the Ancients,” works inspired by the artist’s observations of evidence of the ancients, particularly in the southwestern U.S., as well as several cultures in the South Pacific, Peru and Colombia. Through March 31. Info, 859-9222. SEABA Center in Burlington. MARTIN BOCK: Photographs and paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. SHARON RADTKE: Photographs and paintings of Vermont’s landscape and wildlife by the Milton artist. Through January 31. Info, 863-3403. Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. ‘POST-APOCALYPSE FOR 3/4 EMPIRE’: A selection of Bread and Puppet Theater banners that previously hung in the barns of the radical puppet circus’ campus. Through January 13. Info, freealexis@ Black Horse Gallery in Burlington. ‘SMALL WORKS’: An annual seasonal exhibition featuring works measuring not more than 12 inches by local artists. Through January 20. The S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington.

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JUDI MACULAN & JOHN PENOYAR: Paintings by the Hinesburg artists. Through January 13. Info, 482-2878. Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg. ‘PAINTING FOR A CURE’: A collection of recent works by local artist/architect Ted Montgomery. Proceeds support the University of Vermont Cancer Center research team, headed by Dr. David Krag. Through March 30. Info, 985-8222. Shelburne Vineyard.




PHILIP HERBISON: Assemblages of wood created intuitively by the Stowe artist. Through January 28. Info, 985-9511. Rustic Roots in Shelburne.

Calais-born teacher, craftsman, storyteller, artist, hunter and grandfather. Through January 26. Info, 479-8519. Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

‘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.

JAQUITH INVITATIONAL GROUP ART SHOW: Works by Terry Allen, Lorilla Banbury, Jennifer Barlow, Chuck Bohn, Juliana Fletcher, Diane Fitch, Tracey Hambleton, Viiu Nuiiler, Marge Pulaski, Helen Rabin, Frederick Rudi, Michael Schumacher and David Smith. Reception: Friday, January 12, 6-8 p.m. Through February 28. Info, 426-3581. Jaquith Public Library in Marshfield.

‘WATER’: Water-themed works by 13 Burlingtonarea photographers. Through February 27. Info, 434-5503. Healthy Living Market & Café in South Burlington. ‘WILD THINGS’: Works by Susan Raber Bray, Wendy Copp, Cindy Cowles, John Hodgson, Max Hodgson, Juliet McVicker, Bethany Myrick and John Rivers. Through January 31. Info, 985-3819. All Souls Interfaith Gathering in Shelburne.


f CLAIRE VAN VLIET: “Sky and Earth,” pulp paintings using mineral pigments and handmade paper by the renowned Vermont artist between 1995 and 2011. Reception: Thursday, January 11, 4-7 p.m. Through March 30. 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, 485-2183. Sullivan Museum & History Center, Norwich University, in Northfield. ‘FAMILY TRAITS: ART, HUMOR & EVERYDAY LIFE’: An exhibition originating from the Vermont Folklife Center that tells the story of Stanley Lyndes, a

f LINDA MIRABILE: “Avian Inspired,” bird-inspired paintings by the Vermont artist. Reception: Thursday, January 11, 4-7 p.m. Through March 30. Info, 828-0749. Governor’s Gallery in Montpelier. LINDA S. FINKELSTEIN: Eco-art creations made with eucalyptus, indigo and rust, as well as “transformations” combining photography, collage and drawing. Through February 7. Info, 479-0896. Espresso Bueno in Barre. MARGARET SPARROW: “Still Time,” fine paintings by the northern Vermont artist. Through January 31. Info, 279-6403. Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. MATTHEW MONK: “Painting as Language,” 50 recent works by the artist and academic dean of VCFA. Through January 20. Info, 828-8556. College Hall Gallery, Vermont College of Fine Arts, in Montpelier.

NITYA BRIGHENTI: “Street Scapes of Vermont,” paintings in watercolor by the Vermont artist. Through January 30. Info, 223-3338. KelloggHubbard Library in Montpelier. RYAN GEARY: “America Falling,” one year of collages processing postelection anxiety syndrome. Through March 1. Info, 595-4866. The Hive in Middlesex. ‘SEVEN WAYS OF SEEING’: Works by members of the f7 photography group. SUSAN ABBOT AND AXEL STOHLBERG: New paintings by the Vermont artists. . Through February 23. Info, 262-6035. T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier.


‘CURIOUS & COOL’: Unusual and seldom-seen artifacts of ski culture from the museum’s archives. Through October 31. Info, 253-9911. Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum in Stowe. JIM WESTPHALEN: The Vermont photographer uses an adapted vintage camera to capture dynamic winter landscapes, blurring the line between photography and painting. Through January 31. Info, 253-8943. West Branch Gallery & Sculpture Park in Stowe. JOAN BRACE O’NEAL: “The White Slip Drawings,” an ongoing series of figurative works in graphite. Through February 25. Info, 888-1261. Gallery at River Arts in Morrisville.

MERRY SCHMIDT: Watercolor paintings by the local artist. Through February 12. Info, 223-2518. Montpelier Senior Activity Center.

CALL TO ARTISTS ART AT THE DAILY PLANET: The restaurant in downtown Burlington seeks fine and/or scenic artists to showcase work. Shows last two months; all proceeds go to artist. For immediate consideration, email Deadline: January 31. The Daily Planet, Burlington. Info, 862-9647.

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‘10 YEARS: THE CAMERON PRINT PROJECT’: Works created by Cameron Visiting Artists, in collaboration with students of Hedya Klein’s silk-screen and intaglio classes, including Mark Dion, Derrick Adams, Tomas Vu, Kati Heck and Rona Yefman. Through April 29. Info, 443-5258. Middlebury College Museum of Art. ‘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. ‘AN INSTALLATION OF FOLK, ETHNIC, VINTAGE & CONTEMPORARY ART INSPIRED BY ANDRÉ BRETON’S STUDIO AT THE CENTRE POMPIDOU’: An installation featuring African and European objects, as well as works by gallery artists. Through January 31. Info, 349-0979. BigTown Gallery Vergennes.


‘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. CATHEDRAL SQUARE PUBLIC ART PROJECT: Seeking proposals for public art to be installed at the new South Burlington housing community Allard Square. For details and to submit, visit Deadline: January 12. Cathedral Square, Burlington. Info,

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‘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. VERMONT ARTISTS WEEK: Vermont-based artists and writers are invited to apply to participate in this weeklong program, April 30 to May 7. For details and to submit, visit Deadline: January 15. Vermont Studio Center, Johnson. $15. Info, 635-2727.

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CALL TO ARTISTS: ‘SCORCHED’: This 2018 group show involves work in which the effects of heat and fire can be easily seen and experienced, including encaustic media, singed paper and other ephemeral materials, charred wood, pit-fired vessels, and hammered metal and blown-glass objects. Deadline: May 18. For more info and submission guidelines, see Studio Place Arts, Barre. Free for members; $10 for nonmembers. Info, 479-7069.

‘THE RIVER WORKS PROJECT’: The final designs and sketches for the partnership of River Arts and Johnson State College, designed to increase awareness about the Lamoille River and its social, economic and environmental impact. Through January 18. Info, 888-1261. Morrisville Post Office.

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‘LANDSCAPE RE-IMAGINED: THE AUTUMN CAMPUS’: Large-scale images of the Middlebury College campus created by students ofJim Butler’s fall class “Landscape Re-Imagined: Painting, Drawing, Photography and Glass.” Through January 15. Info, 443-5258. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. MARK BENTON: “Rural Industry: An Embellishment or Blemish on the Landscape?” a series of paintings exploring the rustic aesthetics of the energy and agricultural industries in the rural landscape. Through January 31. Info, 453-7011. WalkOver Gallery and Concert Room in Bristol. ‘MORE LIGHT’: Small works by Molly Bosley, Anne Cady, Edward Holland, Julia Jensen, Pamela Smith and Sobelman Cortapega. Through January 28. Info, 877-2173. Northern Daughters in Vergennes.


‘WINTER IN VERMONT’: A festive holiday show featuring works by more than 40 artists and artisans, including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry and more. Through January 29. Info, 247-4956. Brandon Artists Guild. ‘ART OF RUTLAND COUNTY’: Inaugural gallery show featuring works by 34 area artists, including Bonnie Baird, Joan Curtis, Kerry O. Furlani, Warren Kimble, Grace Mellow and Erika Lawlor Schmidt. Through March 30. Info, The 77 Gallery in Rutland. JOAN CURTIS: “Living With the Earth,” three collections of paintings by the Brandon artist. Through March 31. Info, Rutland City Hall.

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HELEN SHULMAN: “Art of Place,” an exhibition of abstract oil and cold wax paintings. Through February 1. Info, Scavenger Gallery in White River Junction. HOLIDAY SHOW: Annual exhibition featuring small, gift-size matted prints. Through January 31. Info, 295-5901. Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction.

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‘IT’S COLD OUTSIDE’: New paintings by members of the Odanaksis ArtGroup. Through February 14. Info, 436-2473. Hartland Public Library.

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‘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.

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‘ARTS CONNECT AT CATAMOUNT ARTS’: An exhibition juried by Hood Museum of Art director John R. Stomberg, featuring outstanding work submitted by emerging and established artists from across the country. Through February 16. Info, 748-2600. Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. ‘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. GAYLE GIBSON: “South and North,” watercolor and oil paintings of Key West and West Glover by the Vermont artist. Through January 23. Info, 525-3366. Parker Pie Co. in West Glover.

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‘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 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

Print Project at Middlebury College has been pairing students in professor Hedya Klein’s printmaking classes with an exciting range of international contemporary artists since 2008. Offering up 29 prints made collectively by 140 students, this exhibition at the college including Derrick Adams, Mark Dion, Kati Heck, Tomas Vu, Rona Yefman and more. Through April 29. Pictured: “Hug (We Are Still Feeling Extremely Well) by Yefman. February 11. ANILA QUAYYUM AGHA: “Shimmering Mirage,” a sculptural light installation inspired by Islamic architecture. Through March 10. Info, 257-0124. Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. DENISE BEAUDET: “Roots to Resistance,” a public art installation of 12 eight-foot portraits of women activists from across the globe, intended to make a connection for the viewer to the pathways of social change. Through January 31. Info, Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro. ‘WILDLANDS’: Works by 10 artists that celebrate public lands, national parks and wilderness. Through March 30. Info, 885-3061. The Great Hall in Springfield.


NANCY TAPLIN: A select retrospective of paintings by the Vermont artist. Through March 31. Info, 767-9670. BigTown Gallery in Rochester.

ROSS SHEEHAN: “Cuprum Papyrus,” more than 25 artworks including copper sculptures and works on paper, all sharing common archaeological themes from skeletal blueprints to studies in identification. Through February 20. Info, 800-431-0025. Hartness Library in Randolph Center.

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KADER ATTIA: “Reason’s Oxymorons,” a researchdriven video installation consisting of a range of interviews with philosophers, psychiatrists, anthropologists, traditional healers, historians, musicologists, patients and immigrants. The conversations are organized around the ways in which non-Western and Western cultures approach psychiatric conditions and emotional breakdowns. Through March 18. Info, 603-646-2426. Hood Downtown in Hanover, N.H. ‘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. Through April 9. Info, 514-847-6226. Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art.

‘MNEMOSYNE’: An exhibition pairing ancient and modern European works with contemporary art by Canadian artists. Through May 20. Info, 514-285-2000. ‘ONCE UPON A TIME ... THE WESTERN ‘: A multidisciplinary exhibition offers a new interpretation of the Western film genre by examining its links to the visual arts from the mid-19th century to today. Through February 4. NADIA MYRE: “Scattered Remains,” the first survey exhibition of the indigenous Québec artist. Through May 27. Info, 514-285-1600. Montréal Museum of Fine Arts. ‘SWEET MUSIC NEVER HEARD UNTIL DIVERSITY PLAYS CATCH-UP: CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN AMERICAN THOUGHT’: Works by Sadikisha Saundra Collier, Dr. Myrah Brown Green, Al Johnson, Otto Neals and Eric Pryor. Through January 26. Info, 518-563-1604. Strand Center for the Arts in Plattsburgh, N.Y. m

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ichard Nixon didn’t tweet. He just looked into the TV cameras and lied. Donald Trump doesn’t secretly record meetings and telephone conversations. Yet the first thing out of his mouth after James Comey dropped the Michael Flynn bomb last May was a threat that he could prove Comey was fibbing. He had a tape. As the parallels between 2017 and 1971 piled up, Steven Spielberg had an aha moment. He’d seen a script about the publication of the Pentagon Papers, which the White House had attempted to block. The filmmaker noted echoes of Nixon’s contempt for the press in the antipathy Trump displayed daily. Spielberg saw an opportunity to comment on our strange American moment and committed himself to realizing his vision in record time. The 70-year-old announced the project last March, had principal photography under way by June and put the finishing touches on his mix in November. Fast work for a director half his age. The Post, to be sure, is a notable achievement. With Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep attached from the start, it practically screams “prestige picture.” But is it a great one? Not really (as I wrote days before Spielberg’s

table left the Golden Globe Awards emptyhanded). Hanks throws himself into the role of the gruff, gutsy editor but comes off as Ben Bradlee Lite. As Washington Post heiress Katharine Graham (the country’s first female newspaper publisher), Streep is given only two gears. Early on, Graham’s unsure of herself. Having taken the reins after her husband’s suicide (the true story of their marriage has the makings of a far more exciting film), she relies on her all-male board to run things. Her moment of truth comes when Daniel Ellsberg (Matthew Rhys) leaks classified government files to the New York Times. Shortly after the first excerpts appear, Nixon gets a court order to hold the presses. The report commissioned by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara (Bruce Greenwood) revealed that five administrations had lied about U.S. prospects for victory in Vietnam. President after president knew the war was unwinnable but continued sending young Americans to die. Given what we know, the picture does a reasonable job of generating suspense as Bradlee and his team scramble to get their hands on a copy of the report so the Post can become a player by picking up where the Times left off.

A WOMAN’S PLACE Streep stars as Washington Post owner Katharine Graham, the country’s first female newspaper publisher.

Streep finally gets to shift into noble-risktaker gear when press time rolls around, and Graham’s forced to choose between Bradlee’s agenda (print!) and her board’s (follow the court order!). It pains me to say it, but, as staged, the movie’s penultimate moment is not 100 percent corn-free. Like the film as a whole, it’s diminished by dot connecting and self-congratulation. Hey, Trump brags to North Korea about the size of his nuclear button. Nixon had to be restrained by Henry Kissinger from nuking Hanoi. Any film that reminds audiences a free press is vital because it wields the power to unseat a dangerous president is a welcome one.

Still, I do wish Spielberg hadn’t raced to make awards season, left so many of the questions suggested by this rich material incompletely considered, and played fast and loose with history in places. Overall, his latest is competently written, efficiently acted and earnest as all get-out. The fact that it features the 28th score composed for the director by John Williams (a ho-hum one, at that) is emblematic, however. As movies about the role of journalism go, The Post, unfortunately, is old news. RI C K KI S O N AK





Molly’s Game ★★★


aron Sorkin likes to explain things. The writer behind “The West Wing,” The Social Network, “The Newsroom” and a host of other acclaimed projects has seldom allowed his themes to remain implicit when a smart character could be unpacking them for us. So it’s no surprise that Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game, leaves little unsaid as it retells the strange true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), a former Olympic-class skier who made and lost a fortune running high-stakes poker games. The talkheavy approach works beautifully as Sorkin introduces us to the colorful subculture of ultra-rich gambling addicts but becomes painfully heavy-handed when he attempts to dissect Molly herself. And that dissection covers a lot of the film’s 140-minute running time. Molly narrates her story in voice-over, introducing childhood vignettes to shed light on her motivations. Her poker career is likewise presented in flashback. Meanwhile, in a present-day framing narrative, Molly justifies her actions to Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba), the lawyer she’s enlisted after being caught in a federal prosecution of the Russian mobsters who patronized her game. It’s in the flashbacks to Molly’s heyday as a poker impresario that the film comes alive. Steely, hyper-observant and competitive, the ex-Olympian enters this world by chance. She quickly figures out how to ma-

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nipulate powerful men with a weakness for cards — first the Hollywood elite in LA, then financiers, trust funders and mobsters in Manhattan. Clicking along with Goodfellas pacing, the poker scenes abound in delectable performances and subplots, such as Molly’s duel with an unnamed movie star (Michael Cera) who’s a shark in slacker’s clothing. Sorkin uses his talent for exposition to demonstrate just how perilous Molly’s game often was,

both to her and the players, beneath its surface glamour. But whenever the film returns to Molly’s heart-to-heart with the lawyer, it loses steam. Instead of crafting an organic relationship between the two characters, Sorkin offers corny dramatic symmetry: While Molly’s life was shaped by the conflict with her perfectionist dad (Kevin Costner), Jaffey is himself a dad who burdens his brilliant daughter with extra homework. And, yes,

when Molly congratulates this scoldy surrogate father on being a hard-ass, it’s a sign that she’s coming to terms with her past. Molly’s Game finally goes off the rails in its last 20 minutes, when Sorkin apparently decided that showing Molly dealing with her childhood issues wouldn’t suffice. In a succession of scenes — one of them so jawdroppingly odd that you might mistake it for a dream sequence — he lays out those issues, then uses Molly’s two father figures to deliver a verdict on her. Despite the questionable means by which she enriched herself, we are informed, she’s a heroine in a corrupt world. In an interview with National Public Radio, Sorkin said he was attracted to Molly’s story by her “decency,” a quality exemplified by her refusal to name names of the players in her game. Her discretion cost her a hefty book advance, we’re shown in the film, and, later, exposed her to possible jail time. Certainly, principled silence is admirable and all too rare. But one can’t help wishing the filmmaker had observed the virtue of not speaking, too. Rather than doubling down on courtroom rhetoric and allusions to The Crucible, he could have trusted us to find Molly’s decency in her actions. At its best, Molly’s Game is a lively, entertaining, bracingly articulate film. But the final act may have audiences sorely wishing Sorkin had quit while he was ahead. MARGO T HARRI S O N



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NEW IN THEATERS THE COMMUTER: Yes, Liam Neeson is punching things again, and this time he’s doing it on a commuter train that’s fallen prey to a criminal conspiracy. Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop) directed the action thriller, also starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson. (104 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace) I, TONYA: This no-holds-barred biopic tells the story of former Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding (Margot Robbie), banned from her sport for her role in conspiring to injure a rival, as a dark comedy of errors. Allison Janney and Sebastian Stan also star. Craig Gillespie (The Finest Hours) directed. (120 min, R. Roxy) PADDINGTON 2: The marmalade-loving bear embarks on a search for the thief of a coveted pop-up book in this sequel to the family adventure hit, again directed by Paul King. With Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Sally Hawkins. (103 min, PG. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Stowe, Welden) THE POSTHHH1/2 Steven Spielberg’s drama chronicles the days in 1971 in which the Washington Post’s leadership struggled with the dilemma of whether to publish the explosive Pentagon Papers. With Tom Hanks as Ben Bradlee and Meryl Streep as Katharine Graham. (115 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace; reviewed by R.K. 1/10) PROUD MARY: A professional hit woman (Taraji P. Henson) finds herself questioning her career path in this action thriller from director Babak Najafi (London Has Fallen). With Neal McDonough and Danny Glover. (89 min, R. Palace)


THE DISASTER ARTISTHHH1/2 James Franco directed and plays would-be auteur Tommy Wiseau in this comedy-drama about the making of The Room, celebrated by many as one of the most brilliantly bad films ever produced. Dave Franco and Ari Graynor costar. (104 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 12/20) DOWNSIZINGHHH1/2 Alexander Payne (The Descendants) directed this comedy about a near future in which the solution to economic insecurity is shrinking oneself down — literally. Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz and Hong Chau star. (135 min, R; reviewed by R.K. 12/20)

THE GREATEST SHOWMANHH1/2 This original musical, “inspired by the imagination of” circus entrepreneur P.T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman), appears to be less about the gritty facts of his life than about celebrating show biz. With Zendaya, Rebecca Ferguson and Zac Efron. Michael Gracey makes his directorial debut. (105 min, PG) INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEYHH1/2 Lin Shaye returns as the ghost-whispering psychologist who (sort of) ties together this supernatural horror series. With Kirk Acevedo and Javier Botet. Adam Robitel (The Taking of Deborah Logan) directed. (103 min, PG-13)


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LADY BIRDHHHH Actor Greta Gerwig wrote and directed this acclaimed coming-of-age tale about a Sacramento teen (Saoirse Ronan) navigating her senior year. With Laurie Metcalf and Lucas Hedges. (93 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 11/29) MOLLY’S GAMEHH1/2 Writer Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut with this fact-based story of a young woman (Jessica Chastain) who made and lost her fortune running a high-stakes poker game. With Idris Elba and Kevin Costner. (140 min, R; reviewed by M.H. 1/10)



THE SHAPE OF WATERHHHH1/2 A mute janitor (Sally Hawkins) at a government lab falls for a mysterious marine creature in this arty riff on classic monster flicks from cowriter-director Guillermo del Toro. With Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer. (123 min, R)


STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDIHHHH1/2 Rian Johnson (Looper) helmed Episode VIII in the space opera series, in which Rey (Daisy Ridley) teams up with Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) on her journey of apprenticeship in the Force. With John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver. (152 min, PG-13)

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PITCH PERFECT 3HH Aca-why? The a capella Bellas face the temptation of adding instruments to their act as they compete at an overseas USO tour. Trish Sie (Step Up All In) directed the latest entry in the comedy series, starring Anna Kendrick, Ruby Rose and Rebel Wilson. (93 min, PG-13)

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COCOHHHH In this Disney-Pixar family animation, a boy must explore the Land of the Dead to find out why his family opposes his musical aspirations. With the voices of Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt. Lee Unkrich (Toy Story 3) and Adrian Molina directed. (109 min, PG)


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JANEHHHHH This documentary from Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) chronicles anthropologist Jane Goodall’s early fieldwork with apes. (90 min, NR. Savoy; reviewed by R.K. 11/15) JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLEHHH Four teens are trapped in a video game where they’re represented by human movie clichés (Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan, Kevin Hart and Jack Black) in this belated sequel to the 1995 action comedy. Jake Kasdan (Bad Teacher) directed. (119 min, PG-13)


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ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLDHHH1/2 Director Ridley Scott dramatizes the 1973 kidnapping of teenage oil heir John Paul Getty III and the family’s desperate efforts to recover him. Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Williams, Charlie Plummer and Christopher Plummer star. (132 min, R)

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Three centuries ago, Capricorn genius Isaac Newton formulated principles that have, ever since, been fundamental to scientists’ understanding of the physical universe. He was also a pioneer in mathematics, optics and astronomy. And yet he also expended huge amounts of time and energy on the fruitless attempt to employ alchemy to transform base metals into solid gold. Those efforts may have been interesting to him, but they yielded no lasting benefits. You Capricorns face a comparable split. In 2018, you could bless us with extraordinary gifts, or else you could get consumed in projects that aren’t the most productive use of your energy. The coming weeks may be crucial in determining which way you’ll go.

CANCER (June 21-July 22): My high school history teacher Marjorie Margolies is now Chelsea Clinton’s mother-in law. She shares two grandchildren with Hillary Clinton. Is that something I should brag about? Does it add to my cachet or my happiness? Will it influence you to love me more? No, nah and nope. In the big scheme of things, it’s mildly interesting but utterly irrelevant. The coming weeks will be a good time for Cancerians like you and me to renounce any desire we might have to capitalize on fake ego points like this. We Crabs should be honing our identity and self-image so they’re free of superficial measures of worth. What’s authentically valuable about you?

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): If I were your mentor or your guide, I’d declare this the Leo Makeover Season. First I’d hire a masseuse or masseur to knead you firmly and tenderly. I’d send you to the nutritionist, stylist, dream interpreter, trainer and life coach. I’d brainstorm with the people who know you best to come up with suggestions for how to help free you from your illusions and infuse your daily rhythm with 20 percent more happiness. I’d try to talk you out of continuing your association with anyone or anything that’s no damn good for you. In conclusion, I’d be thorough as I worked to get you unlocked, debugged and retooled. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): “It takes an extraordinary person to carry themselves as if they do not live in hell,” says writer D. Bunyavong. In accordance with the astrological omens, I nominate you Virgos to fit that description in the coming weeks. You are, in my estimation, as far away from hell as you’ve been in a long time. If anyone can seduce, coax or compel heaven to come all the way down to Earth for a while, it’s you. Here’s a good way to get the party started: Gaze into the mirror until you spy the eternal part of yourself. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): In accordance with the astrological omens, I encourage you to move the furniture around. If you feel inspired, you might even want to move some of that old stuff right out the door and haul it to the dump or the thrift store. Hopefully, this will get you in the mood to launch a sweeping purge of anything else that lowers the morale and élan around the house: dusty mementoes, unflattering mirrors, threadbare rugs, chipped dishes and numbing symbols. The time is ripe, my dear homies, to free your home of deadweight. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): When he was 16 years old and living in New York, Ralph Lifshitz changed his name to Ralph Lauren. That was probably an important factor in his success. Would he have eventually become a famous fashion designer worth $5.8 billion dollars if he had retained a name with “shitz” in it? The rebranding made it easier for clients and customers to take him seriously. With Ralph’s foresight as your inspiration, Scorpio,

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In 1956,

the prolific Spanish poet Juan Ramón Jiménez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The award committee praised his “high spirit and artistic purity.” The honor was based on his last 13 books, however, and not on his first two. Waterlilies and Souls of Violet were works he wrote while young and still ripening. As he aged, he grew so embarrassed by their sentimentality that he ultimately tried to track down and eradicate every copy. I bring this to your attention, Sagittarius, because I think it’s a favorable time for you to purge or renounce or atone for anything from your past that you no longer want to be defined by. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): A rite of passage lies ahead. It could and should usher you into a more soulful way of living. I’m pleased to report that this transition won’t require you to endure torment, confusion or passiveaggressive manipulation. In fact, I suspect it could turn out to be among the most graceful ordeals you’ve ever experienced — and a prototype for the type of breakthrough that I hope will become standard in the months and years to come. Imagine being able to learn valuable lessons and make crucial transitions without the prod of woe and gloom. Imagine being able to say, as musician P.J. Harvey said about herself, “When I’m contented, I’m more open to receiving inspiration. I’m most creative when I feel safe and happy.”

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): The Kalevala is a 19th-century book of poetry that conveys the important mythology and folklore of the Finnish people. It was a wellspring of inspiration for English writer J.R.R. Tolkien as he composed his epic fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. To enhance his ability to steal ideas from The Kalevala, Tolkien even studied the Finnish language. He said it was like “entering a complete wine-cellar filled with bottles of an amazing wine of a kind and flavor never tasted before.” According to my reading of the astrological omens, Pisces, in 2018 you will have the potential of discovering a source that’s as rich for you as Finnish and The Kalevala were for Tolkien.


ARIES (March 21-April 19): I’m happy to inform you that life is giving you permission to be extra demanding in the coming weeks — as long as you’re not petty, brusque or unreasonable. Here are a few examples that will pass the test: “I demand that you join me in getting drunk on the truth;” “I demand to receive rewards commensurate with my contributions;” “I demand that we collaborate to outsmart and escape the karmic conundrums we’ve gotten ourselves mixed up in.” On the

other hand, Aries, ultimatums like these are not admissible: “I demand treasure and tribute, you fools;” “I demand the right to cheat in order to get my way;” “I demand that the river flow backward.” TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Are you familiar with the phrase “Open Sesame”? In the old folk tale “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” it’s a magical command that the hero uses to open a blocked cave where treasure is hidden. I invite you to try it out. It just may work to give you entrance to an off-limits or previously inaccessible place where you want and need to go. At the very least, speaking those words will put you in a playful, experimental frame of mind as you contemplate the strategies you could use to gain entrance. And that alone may provide just the leverage you need. GEMINI (May 21-June 20): While thumping around the internet, I came across pointed counsel from an anonymous source. “Don’t enter into a long-term connection with someone until you’ve seen them stuck in traffic,” it declared. “Don’t get too deeply involved with them until you’ve witnessed them drunk, waiting for food in a restaurant for entirely too long, or searching for their phone or car keys in a panic. Before you say yes to a deeper bond, make sure you see them angry, stressed or scared.” I recommend that you take this advice in the coming weeks. It’ll be a good time to deepen your commitment to people who express their challenging emotions in nonabusive, nonpsychotic ways.


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LOVE YOUR DARK HAIR! Nobody does that adorable style anymore, and that caught my eye as you tended bar — even before the smile you gave me that absolutely lit up your pretty face! I hope you are there January 13 for Vorcza! I will be, and I want to talk to you! Hope you want to talk to me, too! When: Saturday, December 16, 2017. Where: Nectar’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914226

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RED BEARD, COLD CIGARETTES You: outside. We started talking about beards and then EMF and nerdy electrical things. Me: feather earrings and goatskin boots. I’d 6v-uvmvaccinetesting(HAPPYmosquito)0906017.indd 1 9/1/17 10:03 AMlove to continue the discussion with you sometime if you want. :) When: Sunday, December 31, 2017. Where: Nectar’s. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914230

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AMAZING BLUE EYES, CBD OIL The week prior to Thanksgiving, you checked out in front of me. You: CBD oil purchase, $99. Me: two bottles of wine for Thanksgiving dinner, $24. When: Friday, November 23, 2018. Where: Healthy Living Market & Café. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914229 HEINEKEN, RED SQUARE, NEW YEAR’S You went out of your way to buy a Heineken and deliver it and just say “Happy New Year.” Are you really that kind or anything more? We locked eyes among many others’ eyes targeted at you. I was just in awe of how good-looking you were. You were blond and beautiful and a really good dancer. Are you seeing this? When: Monday, January 1, 2018. Where: Red Square. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914228

HONEY, I’D SPLIT YOUR KINDLING You were on the other coast, and I was in Vermont imagining you were home so I could split your kindling and make you feel warm and cozy throughout. When: Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Where: G&T’s. You: Woman. Me: Man. #914225 SUPERMAN SIGHTING IN RUTLAND It was evening late January/early February 2017. I was short on funds for a deposit near a downtown bank across from a church parking lot. You handed me a $20 bill. Handsome and probably married — if you’re taken, she’s a lucky woman. Nobody knows you have an S on your chest underneath those civvies. Thank you. When: Saturday, January 28, 2017. Where: Rutland. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914224 SERENDIPITOUS HAT MOMENT Met at a crosswalk outside of the Roxy. It was freezing, and you offered me your hat. Your energy was immediately infectious. You seem like a super nice lady — I can totally see us being friends! I wish I asked to get a coffee with you sometime. Xo. When: Sunday, December 17, 2017. Where: between the Roxy and City Market. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #914223 MIKE FROM BRISTOL Chemistry is interesting. You gave me your number outside, but my BAC prevented me from saving it to my phone. If your real-life status permits, I’d like to reconnect. When: Friday, December 15, 2017. Where: Red Square. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914222 EBARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ, SUNDAY DECEMBER 17 You were behind me in line; I had on a purple coat, and you were wearing Carhartts. Didn’t get the chance to say hi, but wish we did. Single? When: Sunday, December 17, 2017. Where: Barnes & Noble café. You: Man. Me: Woman. #914219

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ASK ATHENA Dear Athena,

My hubby is wonderful, but he is a farmer and his nails are always rough. Sometimes they scrape the outside of my vagina, and it’s sore for days. What can I use to heal the scratch quickly? Thank you.


Dear Nailed,


Ouch! Sometimes it’s fun to mix pleasure and pain during sex. This is not one of those times. Simple vaginal tears, like those you’re experiencing from fingernail scratches, can be a common but unfortunate side effect of sex. Rough intercourse, vigorous fingering, awkward positions — all of these can result in soreness down there. See your doctor if it’s a deep cut or if you’re experiencing major discomfort — it’s possible you have an infection. But most light tears will heal on their own in a few days, like any other minor cuts. In the meantime, there are a number of ways to soothe your scratched vajayjay and feel better faster. First, lay off all sexual activity — including masturbation — for a few days. Bummer, I know! But you’re only going to reopen the wound if you jump back into bed before fully healing. Also, avoid tampons and tight or lacy underwear. In fact, you might be happiest going commando. Keep your lady bits clean with a daily shower or rinse, making sure to use gentle soap. Your doc might also recommend a topical ointment. But don’t settle for simply treating your scratches. Talk to your husband about caring for his calloused fingers and unkempt nails so this never happens again. I don’t care what his job is; sex should not leave you wounded. Let him know how much you enjoy your sexy time together but that it’s causing you some pain. Gift him a nail file this Valentine’s Day and make sure he knows to scrub and moisturize his hands before putting them on you. Ask him to wear gloves during his farmwork and use plenty of lube during sex to reduce friction from dry fingers. If your husband is as wonderful as you say, none of this should be a problem. And until you get the results you want, tell him to keep his hands off and use his mouth instead!

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