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ON A POSITIVE NOTE The 76-year-old Vermont Symphony Orchestra scared up $3.5 million — its endowment goal — in the middle of a recession. That’s virtuoso fundraising.

An Up-Lifting Development Edmunds Middle School in Burlington finally has an elevator; school officials staged a ribbon-cutting ceremony to unveil it last Wednesday. Dozens of parents, students, lawmakers and administrators attended. The new lift is a boon to students in wheelchairs and others with mobility issues, who were previously unable to navigate the historic downtown school. Accessibility advocates have been pushing the district for years to undertake the project, despite the hefty pricetag — $1.5 million.


One week, two teen suicides, many unanswered questions. Including: What drives Vermont kids to such despair?

In 2009, Michael Wood-Lewis, whose son uses a wheelchair, told Seven Days contributing writer Aimee Picchi that the work never seemed to take priority. “Accessibility is the bridesmaid but never the bride,” he lamented. “Every year, accessibility falls off the list.” Picchi attended Wednesday’s ribbon-cutting. “The ceremony unveiling this project was emotional, with speakers and audience members tearing up,” she writes in a post on Blurt, the Seven Days staff blog.


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1/20: Two Native American tribes move one step closer to formal state recognition.

1/21: The Vermont legislature considers pressing Congress to pass an amendment overturning Citizens United.



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Natural Resources Secretary Deb Markowitz is poised to revoke a rule that permit all-terrain vehicles on state land. Our lovely, dark, deep woods are at stake. FACING FACTS COMPILED BY PAULA ROUTLY



1. “Fletcher Allen Tops the Charts in Death by Dialysis” by Shay Totten. A report says renal failure rates at Fletcher Allen’s inpatient dialysis clinic are three times the national average. 2. “Fair Game: Pay It Forward” by Shay Totten. Will Wharf Lane’s low-income residents be forced out to make way for high-rent tenants? 3. “Thinking Inside the Box” by Sarah Tuff. The no-frills approach at Williston’s CrossFit gym is not for amateurs. 4. “Cleansing Me Softly” by Corin Hirsch. Going on a cleansing diet doesn’t have to be torturous — it can even be tasty. 5. “For Health Care Reform, Dr. Hsiao is the Man With the Plan” by Kevin J. Kelley. Seven Days profiles the Harvard economist who wrote the plan to bring single-payer health care to Vermont.

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1/19: Shelburne Museum director Stephan Jost is leaving to take a job in Hawaii.


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Glad to see squirrel stew is on the menu here in Vermont [Bite Club TV: “Squirrel Stew,” January 12]. When I arrived in Burlington in 1983 from the backwoods of Arkansas, I brought with me an old Ozark recipe for “Six Squirrel Stew.” I was thrilled with Alice Levitt’s comment that it reminded her of frog legs. That’s always what I thought, but when people ask me how they taste, I’d just say “chicken,” because not that many folks know how frog legs taste. When my Ozark neighbor, Ed Stedham, died, he left me his squirrel dog, Brownie. Brownie was renowned for running two squirrels up the same tree. When I asked Ed why that was important, he took me into the woods, let Brownie do his stuff, and then proceeded to kill both squirrels with a single shot from his old 22. Ed laughed and said killing ’em two at time saved a lot of time and shells. Craig Fuller



Ken Picard’s article on dismantling Vermont Yankee lacks journalistic integrity [“Report Asks Entergy to Update Price Tag on Dismantling Reactor,” January 12]. His suggestion that the Yankee decommissioning fund is not fiscally sound is based upon conversations


Arnie Gundersen had with a “high-level trust banker from a ‘well-respected financial institution’” who “asked to remain anonymous.” In a court of law this would be called hearsay evidence — and thus not allowed. Bush 43 told the American people he had information uranium was being shipped from Niger to Iraq. The information was fiction, but the war that followed certainly was not. Ken details Gundersen’s ability to predict events at Yankee. When Yankee uprated power output, Gundersen warned radiation levels would increase “exponentially” at the facility’s fence line. No numbers are presented to detail whether this occurred (it did not), but Ken presents Arnie’s forecast as “prescient.” Picard also details as prescient Gundersen’s prediction that the extra stress of a 20 percent increase in power output could cause a cooling tower to collapse. A cooling tower did collapse, but it was due to a rotted timber support, not to the power increase. A golden rule in science is “correlation does not equal causation.” The support has since been repaired and reinforced. Seven Days does not think highly of Yankee, but making statements that cannot be verified, are unreasonable, or are not supported by scientific fact is unacceptable. Remember the words of Aldous Huxley: “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.” A grade

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It would be interesting to find out who dropped the ball on the Wharf Lane and Bobbin Mill properties [“Fair Game,” January 19]. It has been known for 30 years that the leases on these properties are finite. Why didn’t someone start the process of dealing with both issues many years ago? There comes a time when planning for the future and being proactive instead of getting headlines about how “affordable housing” is your mission, gathering accolades from various national groups should be the rule of thumb. I am sure that the people in charge of VHFA, Burlington Housing Authority and Champlain Land Trust can afford to live here, but a lot of us are paying an exceedingly high percentage of our incomes to live within 30 miles of where we work. It is long past time for a change in the leadership of many of Burlington’s nonprofits from those who have been feeding their egos to people who have vested interests in providing and maintaining long-term, truly affordable housing. christopher hill burlingTOn


In “At the Movies with Kisonak and Harrison 2010” [December 29], Kisonak argues, “The problem isn’t that people aren’t making good movies but that people aren’t going to see them. Guess where that’s going to lead,” suggesting that lessened interest in film will result in “civilization’s impending downfall.” He fails to mention statistics to back his claim and, based on numbers ostensibly too obvious to print, makes the assumption that diminished revenue at the box office must correlate to an ecumenically diminished interest in film. Movie theater attendance in 2010 experienced a less than 1 percent decrease from its steady trend of between 1.2 and 1.4 billion admissions annually, according to the National Association of Theatre Owners. This insignificant decrease does not posit that people simply don’t care about movies as much as they used to, but that a trip to the theater, feedback

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Last week’s article, “Fletcher Allen Tops the Charts in Death by Dialysis,” incorrectly attributed the percentages cited from the Northern New England Cardiovascular Disease Study Group study to renal deaths instead of renal failure. The rate of postoperative renal failure for coronary artery bypass surgery patients at FA was 6.3 percent; the regional average is 3.8 percent.

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Is Vermont’s Bottle Bill Ready for Recycling?



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In New Stories, a Vermont Author Revisits Growing Up Italian


20 Metal Sculptor Kat Clear Granted 2011 Barbara Smail Award


Gun Control: On gun laws, Vermont legislators avoid the line of fire

Politics: How the son of a grocer became Montpelier’s most influential pol

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32 Skiing to the Sound of ... Silence

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35 The Sixth Man

Sports: How the Vermont Frost Heaves superfans brought the team back from the brink


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If winter’s gray palette is getting you down, how ’bout a trip to the verdant countryside of the Emerald Isle? With traditional bagpiping by Timothy Cummings (pictured), thundering steps by the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance, Celticfolk refrains by O’hAnleigh and pub songs by Longford Row, Town Hall Theater’s third annual Celtic Festival supplies that missing splash of color.

She’s probably the most famous Northeast Kingdom resident, but Grammy-nominated chanteuse Neko Case generally keeps a low profile. Not this Friday. She’s organized — and will take the stage at — Storytelling? An Evening of Performances, Poetry and Puppetry, a benefit for Catamount Arts. Puppetry Look for “Jabberwocky,” a shadow-puppet act by One Degree Off, as well as readings from Chicago’s Tony Fitzpatrick and altcountry tunes by Freakwater. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 47


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An orphan. Pickpockets. Victorian-era London. Oliver Twist needs no further introduction, but Vermont Stage Company has added new depth and gritty realism to Dickens’ dark second novel by commissioning original music — from sceneenhancing soundscapes to songs — from Burlington’s David Symons. Have a listen, now through February 13.


Blame it on frosty temps and never-ending flurries: Folks either love or loathe Mother Nature this time of year. Whichever camp you’re in, you’ll appreciate her a little more after Stowe Free Library’s Book Publication Celebration for Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental and Place-Based Writing. Seven contributing writers, including Sterling College’s Wildbranch Writing Workshop director David Brown, give voice to environmental lit, poetry and essays.



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et ready to rumble! Or something like that. The longawaited public meeting on Burlington Telecom is scheduled for Thursday night at Burlington City Hall Auditorium. Starting at 6:30 p.m. sharp, residents can ask questions, sound off or both — as long as they can keep it to three minutes or less. Folks who want to forgo the show can submit questions online ahead of time. Organizers say they’ll answer ’em. I expect a mix of spleen venting, finger pointing and loaded questions. Almost two months have passed since city officials told state regulators they had ditched their former financier — CitiCapital — and were in active talks with outside, unnamed financial and strategic partners in an effort to keep BT alive. No deal has emerged, and, for some reason, taxpayers are anxious that the municipal telecom utility might never repay the $17 million it “borrowed” from the city’s checkbook. CitiCapital has yet to tell the city what equipment it wants back and 8v-Isabean012611.indd 1 1/21/11 4:07 PM what repossession would look like. The city reneged on a $33.5 million leasepurchase arrangement late last fall. It remains to be seen whether CitiCapital will ask for cash back with the cables. Sure to come up Thursday night: How, and when, will BT repay the $17 million it borrowed from city taxpayers? That IOU looms large, especially in light of a recent tax-increase request in anticipation of a $1.5 million shortfall in next year’s budget. Meanwhile, the amount BT owes outside contractors and consultants had reached $625,000 as of late December. That figure doesn’t include the costs of defending Chief Administrative Officer JONATHAN LEOPOLD and the city against a state civil suit filed by two city taxpayers. The suing duo wants BT to be sold off and the $17 million paid back immediately; they also want Leopold to be held personally responsible for repayment if BT doesn’t generate that kind of cash. Inspirations “Fair Game” has asked the city to tally ARTS & CRAFTS up those legal costs, which are allegedly Inspirations being paid by the city’s insurance comARTS & CRAFTS pany. Nothing yet. Soft-spoken Mayor BOB KISS will rebut ARTS ARTS & & CRAFTS CRAFTS a recently state-issued report critical of BT and, once again, try to convince w w w. e s s e x s h o p p e s . c o m taxpayers they should retain an interest 21 ESSEX WAY, ESSEX JUNCTION, VT | 802.878.2851 in BT because the telecom is a valuable S U P P L I E S





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“Let’s face it: Nothing is going to be a panacea,” said Wright. “The shutting down of Burlington Telecom means we have little to no chance of recovering the money.”

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Did a comment published in the Ethan Allen Institute newsletter amount to a threat against Vermont Public Interest Research Group staffer JAMES MOORE? At least two news outlets covered this odd little story last week. In EAI’s January newsletter, the founder of the “free market” think tank, JOHN MCCLAUGHRY, wrote about a December debate in which Moore “emphatically declared that the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant ‘hasn’t killed anyone YET.’” To which an unnamed observer commented to McClaughry, “‘I am thinking of James Moore as a candidate.’” Classy.

“Lighten up, fellas,” McClaughry told the folks at VPIRG via the BarreMontpelier Times Argus. “Talk it over with your shrink, is what I say.” At least one other debate participant claims she heard Moore utter the statement, too. MEREDITH ANGWIN, who heads up EAI’s Energy Education Project. Trouble is, Moore never used those words. A review of the debate video revealed it was Moore’s debate partner — Sen. RICHARD “DICK” MCCORMACK (D-Windsor) — who made the VY death connection. McCormack said somebody would likely have to die before Entergy would admit VY shouldn’t be relicensed. To which Moore added, “Or worse.” To which Angwin responded, “That’s extreme.” Even confronted with McCormack’s quotes, Angwin repeatedly said she recalled Moore making the “yet” claim, but admits she didn’t review the video. McClaughry told “Fair Game” he never watched the video before putting the threat in print. “The incident was related to me by a person who I believe to be very responsible, and who followed the recitation with what I considered to have been a droll remark,” McClaughry wrote in an email to “Fair Game.” There’s nothing droll about death threats — not now, not ever.

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State government has kept sloppy track of the number of public records requests received and how much it’s charged for the service. That’s a key finding in a recent study released by Secretary of Administration JEB SPAULDING. In all, there were 1941 completed public records requests in calendar year 2010, compared to 1748 in 2009 and 1593 in 2008. Spaulding’s report is the first of its kind in more than two years. The Douglas administration failed to address the issue in similar reports in 2008 or 2009. It took 1217 hours to fulfill the 2010 requests, or the equivalent of one halftime employee, Spaulding noted. Of the 22,500 pages requested, an additional 460 pages were produced but withheld from the public for a variety of reasons. The single largest public records request — 2000 pages — originated at the

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posts in the upcoming Congress. Welch’s leadership role is due to two key factors, notes University of Vermont political science professor GarriSon nelSon: Welch is a member of the Progressive Caucus, which is the largest bloc in the party, and he’s a proven leader. “He was a legislative leader in Vermont and, historically, people who come to the Congress, and particularly to the House, and have prior leadership, are more likely to be considered for these types of posts because they know what the job entails.”

Middlebury Memories

The official papers of outgoing Gov. Jim won’t be released for six years, but his personal memorabilia is going to his alma mater, Middlebury College. “When I left office early this year, I had accumulated many memorabilia along with a great deal of campaign material,” Douglas wrote in a message published in the Middlebury Campus, the college’s weekly newspaper. “The last Middlebury alumnus to serve as governor was robert t. StafforD ’35, who left office 50 years ago. I hope that the perspective of a half-century between Middlebury governors will be of some interest.” Stafford later served in the U.S. House and Senate, Douglas noted. Could the younger Midd Kid be headed in the same direction?



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On Thursday, eviction notices are going out to the 44 residents at Wharf Lane in Burlington. They’ll be hand delivered by sheriff’s deputies on behalf of the building’s landlord — Pizzagalli Properties. As “Fair Game” noted last week, Burlington Housing Authority and the Vermont Housing Finance Agency hope to buy the building for less than its purported market value of $4.8 million and more than its city-appraised value of $1.6 million. Pizzagalli is playing tough and won’t budge on the upper figure. Money must be tight over at Pizzagalli Construction, which did $373 million in sales last year, making it the state’s seventh-largestgrossing company, according to Vermont Business Magazine. BHA and area housing advocates will meet with Wharf Lane residents Thursday to talk through the relocation process. BHA said it is committed to finding new homes for the tenants if the talks fall through and making sure no one is forcibly removed. A sale could still happen. “I remain hopeful,” said BHA executive director Paul Dettman.

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Much of the pressure to repeal bottle bills is coming from the beverage and bottling industries, which bear most of the cost associated with bottleredemption programs. Clare Buckley, a lobbyist who represents the Vermont Wholesale Beverage Association, calls the bottle bill “a dinosaur.” She says it’s costly and inefficient, has a large carbon footprint, and focuses on just a small fraction of the entire waste stream. “Why do we have one system for a mayonnaise jar and another for a

would put the financial burden for recycling on the manufacturers of packaging and printed material, not just of beverage containers. Vermont has endorsed EPR requirements for other types of waste, such as electronics that contain mercury. Here’s how EPR works: Manufacturers pay a fee that’s based on the volume of their product packaging, as well as how easily it can be recycled. That fee goes into a pool that’s used to cover the cost of reclaiming and reusing or disposing of the product. ©


he 2011 legislative session only just started, and already lawmakers are talking trash — not about each other, but about Vermont’s solid-waste stream and what can be done to reduce it. Environmentalists and representatives of the beverage and bottling industries claim they share the same goal: increasing statewide recycling. But they’re at odds over whether, in pursuit of that objective, the legislature should repeal Vermont’s 39-year-old beveragedeposit law, aka the “bottle bill.” Two bills in the pipeline would expand the scope of the current redemption system to include other beverages, such as wine, juice and bottled water. Sister bills introduced last week, S.21 and H.74, would also require manufacturers and distributors to remit their unclaimed deposits to a “clean environment jobs fund” to support recycling and wastemanagement programs. Different legislation proposed last session would repeal and replace the bottle bill to create a new, “singlestream” recycling program throughout the state. H.696 — a newer version is in the works — would hold manufacturers accountable for the cost of recycling their products when they reach the end of their useful life, much the way Vermont’s electronic-waste law will do when it takes effect later this year. Charity Carbine-March is an environmental health advocate for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. VPIRG strongly opposes the repeal of Vermont’s bottle bill, which she calls “the oldest and most successful recycling program” in the state’s history. “No curbside or drop-off program has ever effectively captured beverage containers because so many of them are used at work, at school and on the road,” she argues. “That’s the benefit of the deposit. It creates a financial incentive to return those containers, even when they’re found outside residential spaces.” According to Carbine-March, about 40 percent of the glass that comes into single-stream recycling programs, such as curbside-collection cans, actually gets landfilled. Another 20 percent is “downcycled,” or put to use as something that won’t be recycled again, such as construction aggregate or landfill cover. In contrast, 98 percent of the glass collected by bottle-deposit programs gets remade into bottles or other highend uses, she notes.

ENVIRONMENT Coke can? It just doesn’t make sense to single out one product and spend so much money on it,” says Buckley, who represents nearly all the beer and wine distributors in the state. “People have an emotional connection to the bottle bill, and it’s hard to get them to look at this from a rational perspective.” The Beverage Association of Vermont, which represents regional soft-drink bottlers of Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Snapple and Polar Beverages, was the chief backer of H.696, a 2010 bill that would have replaced the bottle bill with an “expanded producer responsibility,” or EPR, program. The EPR approach, sometimes called “product stewardship,”

Around the world, EPR mandates take a variety of forms, depending upon the products and materials being recovered. Some industries are required to take back their entire product from consumers once it reaches the end of its useful life. Other industries delegate that duty to a third party, known as a producer-responsibility organization, which is funded by the industry itself. The advantages of EPR or productstewardship programs are obvious: When manufacturers are forced to think about the entire life cycle of their products, and foot the bill for their disposal, it spurs innovation, reduces packaging and promotes cheaper, less

toxic and more reusable and recyclable products. Representatives of the beverage and bottling industries say such an approach is good for business and the environment. Andrew MacLean, a lobbyist for the Beverage Association of Vermont, also acknowledges that his clients have a financial interest in replacing the bottledeposit system, which imposes a 3.5- to 4-cent handling fee on every container, in addition to the 5- to 15-cent deposit paid by consumers. “The bottle bill in Vermont is killing these guys,” he says. “It’s the most expensive bottle bill in the country.” “These guys” includes the state of Vermont. Because the state runs its own liquor stores, it loses between $180,000 and $200,000 a year on the cost of recycling used liquor bottles, according to Mike Hogan, commissioner of the Department of Liquor Control. Vermont’s bottle bill was initially adopted in the 1970s as a litter-control campaign. It still serves that function, but environmentalists say it’s now much more complicated than that. Last week, Carbine-March was in the Statehouse introducing lawmakers to Michael Smaha, the government-affairs manager for Owens-Illinois, the world’s largest glass-container manufacturer. O-I provides bottles to four Vermont beverage companies: Green Mountain Beverage, Long Trail Brewing, Magic Hat Brewing and Otter Creek Brewing. “When we heard rumblings about efforts to repeal the container-deposit law, that was a big concern of ours,” Smaha explains. “Owens-Illinois is very much reliant on bottle-bill states to provide us with clean, uncontaminated glass.” According to Smaha, 80 percent of the glass his company reclaims and uses to make new containers comes from the 10 states, including Vermont, that have bottle bills. Although O-I also accepts glass from curbside-recycling programs, he says it’s more likely to be broken or contaminated with paper, metal or food, making it unusable. Repealing the bottle bill wouldn’t only harm the local environment, Smaha adds. Manufacturing bottles out of raw materials versus recycled glass costs more, increases energy consumption and boosts the carbon output of the entire process. Currently, O-I’s average recycled content is 36 percent, which is actually lower than the company’s goal


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of 60 percent. Why doesn’t O-I use more more recycled glass? Lack of high-quality, available recycled bottles, he says. Several states, including Maine and California, are considering legislation this year to repeal their bottle bills — as Delaware did last year. But Smaha says that at least three other states — Oklahoma, Texas and Florida — are mulling new container-deposit laws. “Vermont was the original bottle-bill state, so I could see industry attempts to repeal that law here being especially attractive,” he adds. “We see this being a bellwether state.” Buckley’s Vermont Wholesale Beverage Association hasn’t endorsed specific legislation to repeal the bottle bill yet, but it doesn’t support its expansion, either. Where do Vermont’s waste handlers and solid-waste districts fall on efforts to tinker with the nearly 40-year-old law? “We’re agnostic on the issue,” says Joe Fusco, vice president of Casella

“We see the bottle bill as a good thing right now in terms of helping us achieve higher rates of recycling,” Holliday says, “but we also know there are inefficiencies in that system,” and it’s not addressing the bulk of what’s ending up in the waste stream. Representative Tony Klein (D-East Montpelier), who chairs the House Committee on Natural Resources and Energy, says it’s time Vermont adopted a more holistic approach to managing its solid waste. But doing so will require abandoning the idea that the bottle bill is a sacred cow. “I don’t know whether I’m getting incensed, irritated or humored by the fact that any mention of changing what we have right now immediately goes to, ‘You’re attacking the bottle bill,’” Klein says. “Nothing could be further from the truth.” Klein, who sponsored last year’s H.696 — an updated version of which is currently being drafted by members of his committee — says the ultimate

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goal of any legislation debated this year must be to boost the state’s recycling rate. Whether the bottle bill stays in place or gets tossed must be part of that conversation. But Klein also admits he’s not sure if it’s “worth the political capital” necessary to abandon such a popular program. He says he’d be “delighted” to end the session with a commitment to enact 100 percent mandatory recycling statewide within five years. For her part, VPIRG’s CarbineMarch says Vermont’s environmental community would welcome the opportunity to have a larger discussion about EPR and boosting recycling rates, provided it doesn’t automatically presuppose the bottle bill’s demise. “This is not an either-or option: Either you have the bottle bill or you have curbside recycling,” she says. “There’s no silver bullet that’s going to get you where you want to go.” m


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or Eric Fitch, beer isn’t just about drinking; it’s about energy. Specifically, the energy that can be produced from a brewery’s spent grain and yeast. Harnessing that power had eluded renewable energy experts until Fitch, founder and CEO of Massaschusetts-based PurposeEnergy, Inc., figured it out. Since July, Magic Hat Brewing Company in South Burlington has hosted Fitch’s technological innovation, the nation’s first digester for byproducts of beer fermentation. PurposeEnergy’s patented anaerobic digester takes the leftover grain that would otherwise be discarded and breaks it down into methane. That methane can be used to power the brewery’s boiler and other systems that run on natural gas. For years, farms have used agricultural digesters to create energy from waste. Fitch, an MIT-trained engineer who has experience with numerous startups, figured the process would work for beer waste, too. But when he went looking for the appropriate digester, Fitch found it didn’t exist. So, with the help of a scientist in Florida, he created his own at a nearby Yuengling brewery. Ultimately, though, Fitch needed a larger facility closer to home, where he could demonstrate the scalability of his technology. He chose Magic Hat because it’s the right size — the brewery produces 154,236 barrels, or 4.8 million gallons, per year. By the end of 2011, Fitch hopes to start shopping the technology around to larger brands such as Coors and Anheuser-Busch. Every day, Magic Hat generates 42,000 pounds of spent grain — and 30,000 gallons of wastewater — that need to be disposed of. The solids can be used as feed for farm animals, but more often they are picked up by a waste hauler at great expense to the company. The cost of managing beer waste can rival a brewery’s energy expenditures. Fitch reasoned that, if spent grain could be used to make methane, which the brewery could buy back, it would save the company money and ease the strain on the local wastewater system. That’s how he sold the idea to Magic Hat. The pitch was convincing, recalls Steve Hill, spokesman for North American Breweries, the Rochester, N.Y.-based company that bought Magic Hat in 2010. “Our initial thought was that it would save us a boatload of money,” Hill says. In 2010, Magic Hat’s estimated wastewater bill was $200,000. Hill figured that an investment in Fitch’s tech would pay off if it saved the company that sum and some of its energy costs.

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ow does it feel to be the first cartoonist laureate of Vermont? “It’s amazing. There are very few things that ever happen to someone that make you feel this good. I just feel great!” So says JAMES KOCHALKA, the Burlington-based, internationally beloved cartoonist, musician and writer. Even over the phone, you can tell he’s beaming about the title recommended by the CENTER FOR CARTOON STUDIES in White River Junction and approved by Gov. PETER SHUMLIN. “Cartooning promotes literacy and literature, two things we can’t have enough of,” the gov pronounced for CCS’ press release this week. Kochalka’s diary-esque “American Elf” runs in this newspaper and appears on his website daily — in fact, Tuesday’s installment is titled “Laureate.” In it, “Leigh,” his agent, calls to talk about the PR opportunities afforded by this new honor. But Kochalka begs off; he’s busy being a dad, making grapefruit-peel candy with his boys. Those would be Eli, 7, and Oliver, 3. Along with mom Amy, cat Spandy and an array of friends, they populate the cartoons, and provide Kochalka

with some of his “kids say the darndest things” moments. As well as moments to muse over, sometimes darkly. Though some readers don’t get his sensibility, Kochalka’s “American Elf” is a veritable “Family Circus” for the indie set, sans the sap. Since the cartoonist embraced children and family life, the naughtiness of previous work has largely disappeared. (One exception: the current adult superhero comic “SuperF*ckers.”) Of course, 43-year-old Kochalka’s fans are aging right along with him, raising families of their own. Not to mention buying his unending stream of sweet children’s books (Johnny Boo), listening to his music with JAMES KOCHALKA SUPERSTAR, and watching one of his animations on Nickelodeon. And then there are the T-shirts. A personal fave? The one where the words “God is cute” encircle a supreme being who looks like a cross between an Amish elder and a troll doll. What particularly pleases Kochalka about being named laureate, he says, is that “I’ve always been sort of wildly patriotic about being a Vermonter — I just love being a Vermonter, and it’s always informed my work. All my stories take place


In New Stories, a Vermont Author Revisits Growing Up Italian








n the Italian-American world of Lost Hearts, a short-story collection by Marlboro writer VINCENT PANELLA, one character literally towers over the rest: Aunt Gina in “The Orchid Room.” “Eat!” she commands the school-aged narrator and his cousins at the breakfast table as she stands over them wielding a wooden spoon. When the youngest, Anthony, a “showoff,” pushes his mother too far, Aunt Gina beats his head until the spoon breaks. “Anthony rubs himself where she struck and finds blood on his fingers,” Panella writes. “‘You struck oil, Ma,’ he says.” In a spare, Hemingway-esque style, Lost Hearts depicts the lives of lowermiddle-class Italian families living in Queens and Brooklyn: men who work seven days a week as bar owners, abandoned but fiercely strong wives, cousins with unacknowledged connections to the mob. Though pervaded by violence, adultery and painful compromises, it’s a world Panella knew intimately and wants to preserve. “This is a book that’s very close to me. All the stories are intensely felt,” he says, adding that he worked on them for 10 years. Panella was born in 1939 in Manhattan and grew up in Queens. His grandparents came from Sicily and the

Naples area in the early 1900s, and both grandfathers worked on the railroads. All this is recorded in his 1979 memoir The Other Side: Growing Up Italian in America, published by Doubleday. But he admits Lost Hearts draws so intensely from those memories that it could be called “an exaggerated or invented memoir.” The stories follow a loose chronology, from “Original Sin,” set in Sicily during the land-reform movement of the late 1800s, to the closing story, “War and Peace,” a touching and undisguised glimpse of Panella’s elderly mother. Many of them are linked through the central character of Charlie Marino, a writer who, in “Chicken Feet,” “fail[s] to sell one story, or even to place one in a nonpaying literary magazine.” It’s a familiar scenario among shortstory writers — even one who, like Panella, attended the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has already been published by the likes of Doubleday. (Panella also wrote a historical novel, Cutter’s Island, published in 2000 by Academy Chicago and reviewed in Seven Days.) “Stories are difficult to sell if you’re not a famous author,” he says. So, Panella self-published to put Lost Hearts into the public’s hands. He created his own imprint, Apollo’s Bow, and contracted with BookLocker,



one of a proliferating number of printon-demand self-publishing companies. The whole operation cost about $4000, he says, a figure that includes hiring a locally based graphic designer to come up with the book’s look and mailing out review copies. He saved money by choosing a cover photo that was already in the public domain: a hauntingly empty black-and-white of the old Manhattan El by Berenice Abbott. Two photos of

Panella’s young parents, to whom he dedicated his book, appear on the first and last pages. His efforts have already paid off: Barnes & Noble is selling copies in 25 East Coast stores, including South Burlington’s, Panella says. Lost Hearts is also available as a Kindle or Nook download. Panella considered reissuing his memoir as an e-book, too, but found when he called Doubleday that they would be doing that instead. “The publishing industry is really behind the times,” Panella declares. “Even though that book isn’t a big seller, they don’t want to give up control.” According to copyright law, Doubleday owns the book “until 70 years after I go to heaven.” Though Panella moved to Vermont in 1976 and taught writing at Vermont Law School until he retired six years ago, his Italian-American past still looms as large as Aunt Gina. “There are certain things you grind away at as a writer, that you can’t let go,” he says. “You write because you don’t want things to die, even though they were painful. If you’re a writer, you can bring them back.”  Lost Hearts by Vincent Panella, Apollo’s Bow, 211 pages. $14.95. ($9.99 Kindle edition at and NookBook at



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right here in Burlington.” Including the kids’ books. Even “SuperF*ckers” storylines, he points out, are generated in a field behind his house. Born in

Springfield, Kochalka was studying art at the University of Vermont when his meteoric rise began — in those days, he gained notoriety as much for stripping naked during his punk-rock shows as for his emerging comix. On March 10, CCS will celebrate Kochalka’s appointment with a series of events in Burlington, Montpelier, Springfield and White River Junction. CCS — which is attracting, and training, a new generation of cartoonists — will host an exhibit of Kochalka’s work. Look for more details on these pages. For more info, visit and

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he winner of the ninth annual Barbara Smail Award is an artist whose normal work could not be created in any of Burlington City arts’ studios. That’s because Kat Clear welds steel sculptures, usually at very large scale. But she is “excited about using the print facility over there,” says Clear. “After receiving the award, I got on the phone with [retired art prof ] Bill Davison — I studied with him at UVM and had a great experience printmaking.” In fact, Clear says she’s attracted by what printmaking and metal sculpture have in common: “They’re both process oriented, and that validates the experience for me.” The Barbara Smail Award, established by family and friends of a beloved Vermont painter who died in 2001, is granted each year to a “mid-career Vermont-based artist who has a desire to expand his or her creative experience and has displayed an enthusiastic support of his or her peers,” explains a BCA release. It grants a $1000 stipend and use of all BCA facilities for a year. The term “mid-career” has been broadly interpreted; Clear is only 31, while some previous winners have been in their sixties. In any event, Clear certainly has expansion in mind. The artist, whose metal works around Burlington include innovative bike racks, a 40-foot quilt-like wall sculpture called “Fabric of Life” for the hospital and signs for such businesses as Bluebird Tavern, Burlington Electric and the Green Room, has also attracted attention with her “Whoopsie Girls” — lifesize manifestations of flirtatious pinups. It was these sculptures that led BCA Gallery Committee member and painter Sally Linder to comment, “Kat works out of the comfort zone of many women artists, and yet stays consistent in her mission to present the feminine in a male-oriented medium.” Indeed, Clear has in mind females of another sort for her next series of

Art sculptures: circus performers. But not “freaks” such as the bearded lady; she’s thinking of characters like a sword swallower who also might be “the girl who sells the tickets, paints, wears a lot of different hats,” Clear explains — someone whose entire identity is defined by this unique subculture. “There’s this really rich community within the circus that doesn’t necessarily translate out into the world, except in their performances.” And that, Clear believes, is akin to the experience of being an artist: “It never leaves you, and you can never leave it. That’s great, but I crave ‘normalcy’ sometimes … and then I get a taste and I just run.” She adds with a laugh, “I do plan on being an accountant in my next life, just to balance things.” Meanwhile, she’ll be conjuring up objects made of heavy metal. The new circus works, Clear promises, will be edgier than her previous ones. “I use found metal and rusty metal to begin with,” she says, “but I want to push the work and make it even grittier.” As for that circus theme, Clear acknowledges it’s been in the air lately — last year the shelBurne MuseuM presented an enormous circus-history exhibit; this week the FleMing MuseuM opens three shows on the topic. “I’ve been thinking about this for more than a year,” Clear says, “and now I feel like I’m behind the times.” But, chances are, a female sword swallower or elephant trainer fashioned from rusted metal will give us a new take on the timeless art. m For more info, visit Also, view Eva Sollberger’s February 2008 “Stuck in Vermont” (episode 65), which visits Clear in her studio, at sevendaysvt. com.

Dear Seven Days readers, Don’t you think it’s time we took our relationship to the next level? It’s been two years since you told us about that time you had sex in a Lutheran church during a Cub Scout meeting. Ditto the blow job you got while piloting a plane. We know you’re dying to tell someone about that guy you pegged in your office bathroom, and what you really want to do with that bulb of garlic you picked up at the farmers market. Why not let it be us? We won’t judge you. We will publish your responses, though — anonymously, of course — in our biennial Sex Issue on February 23. We’d love it if you’d fill out the online version of this form — at But, if you must, you can also fill out and mail in this ballot, and feel free to include extra paper if needed. Please note you must answer at least half of the questions in order for your ballot to count. And be honest! Send it to Sex Survey, Seven Days, P.O. Box 1164, Burlington, VT 05402. Deadline: Monday, January 31, at 5 p.m. XOXO, Seven Days

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I am most turned on by the following body part: ❍❍ Eyes ❍❍ Mouth/lips ❍❍ Chest/breasts ❍❍ Genitals ❍❍ Ass ❍❍ Legs ❍❍ Hands ❍❍ Feet ❍❍ Other____________________________ So far, I have had sex with ___ people. ❍❍ 0 ❍❍ 1 ❍❍ 2-5 ❍❍ 6-10 ❍❍ 11-15 ❍❍ 16-20 ❍❍ 21-30 ❍❍ 31-40 ❍❍ 41-50 ❍❍ More than 50

In the past year I: ❍❍ Cheated on my significant other ❍❍ Was cheated on by my significant other ❍❍ Had sex with someone whose name I don’t know ❍❍ Had sex with my ex ❍❍ Had sex with a friend’s ex ❍❍ Had sex with someone else’s current partner/spouse I have had an orgasm: ❍❍ True ❍❍ False I fake orgasms: ❍❍ Never ❍❍ Sometimes ❍❍ Always If I fake an orgasm, I do it (check all that apply): ❍❍ To boost my partner’s confidence ❍❍ To get the whole thing over with ❍❍ Because I’m too embarrassed to tell my partner he/she doesn’t know how to get me off

When it comes to pubic hair, I prefer that my partner: ❍❍ Has a full bush ❍❍ Keeps that area trimmed and tidy ❍❍ Gets vajazzled ❍❍ Has a landing strip ❍❍ Stays baby-butt smooth with regular Brazilians ❍❍ Works a rotation of various pubic stylings

My main form of birth control is: ❍❍ The pill, or other hormonal treatment ❍❍ IUD ❍❍ Condoms ❍❍ The pull-out method ❍❍ Menopause ❍❍ Vasectomy The sex position that reliably gets me off is ______________________________ . The most ambitious sex position I’ve tried is _____________________________ . In the past year I (check all that apply): ❍❍ Exposed myself on Chatroulette ❍❍ Sexted someone ❍❍ Had sex with someone I met through a website ❍❍ Uploaded a video of myself masturbating or having sex to an amateur porn site ❍❍ Found the love of my life through a personal site I watch porn: ❍❍ Never ❍❍ Once in a great while ❍❍ Once a month ❍❍ Once a week ❍❍ Every day ❍❍ All day long


I have had sex with (check all that apply): ❍❍ Someone 20 or more years older than me ❍❍ Someone 20 or more years younger than me ❍❍ A sibling ❍❍ A parent ❍❍ My boss ❍❍ The babysitter/nanny I hired to watch my kids ❍❍ The babysitter/nanny hired to watch me ❍❍ My teacher ❍❍ An inflatable doll ❍❍ A delivery person ❍❍ A fruit or vegetable ❍❍ An animal

I have masturbated (check all that apply): ❍❍ In a car ❍❍ At work ❍❍ In a movie theater ❍❍ At the library ❍❍ On a plane ❍❍ While my partner watched ❍❍ While my dog/cat watched ❍❍ While typing with the other hand ❍❍ While talking on the phone with someone I know but have no sexual feelings for


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I cannot live without my (check all that apply): ❍❍ Vibrator ❍❍ Artificial vagina ❍❍ Cock ring ❍❍ Nipple clamps ❍❍ Butt plug ❍❍ Anal beads ❍❍ Dildo ❍❍ Other ___________________________ I have had (check all that apply): ❍❍ Crabs ❍❍ Herpes ❍❍ Chlamydia ❍❍ HPV ❍❍ Gonorrhea ❍❍ Syphilis ❍❍ HIV/AIDS I have: ❍❍ Had sex with more than one person at the same time ❍❍ Had sex multiple times in one day with different partners ❍❍ Peed on or been peed on ❍❍ Pooped on or been pooped on ❍❍ Had anal sex ❍❍ Had sex in a public place ❍❍ Pegged or been pegged ❍❍ Paid for sex ❍❍ Taken a class or seen a sex worker to improve my skills


I perform oral sex: ❍❍ Never ❍❍ Occasionally ❍❍ As often as possible

When I perform oral sex on a partner, it’s usually (check all that apply): ❍❍ Because it turns me on ❍❍ Because I love making my partner feel good ❍❍ Because my partner begs me for it ❍❍ To make up for something mean I said ❍❍ To butter up my partner so I can get something out of him/her ❍❍ Because I can keep my virginity that way Anal sex is: ❍❍ Kind of fun every once in a while ❍❍ A regular offering on my sexual menu ❍❍ Gross ❍❍ Too painful to be an option ❍❍ Great, as long as the person on the bottom has just showered/done an anal douche ❍❍ The only way I get off An open relationship: ❍❍ Sounds great but never works out ❍❍ Only works if you set lots of rules ❍❍ Is cheating in disguise ❍❍ Is the key to happiness When I have sex I fantasize about someone other than my partner: ❍❍ Never ❍❍ Occasionally ❍❍ Only when I’m bored ❍❍ Every time If I knew my partner was fantasizing about someone else while we’re having sex, I would feel ____________________ . I tell my partner about my fantasies while we’re having sex: ❍❍ Never ❍❍ Sometimes ❍❍ Always I sometimes have fantasies that wouldn’t be ethical to act on. ❍❍ True ❍❍ False I believe the ideal relationship is a monogamous one. ❍❍ True ❍❍ False Having sex in the guest room when you’re staying with a friend is: ❍❍ Perfectly acceptable ❍❍ Totally rude ❍❍ Fine, if you’re quiet and strip the bed the next morning ❍❍ Only OK if you invite the friend to join

Having sex with a friend’s ex is: ❍❍ Never OK ❍❍ Fine, as long as you’ve discussed it with the friend first ❍❍ None of your friend’s business What is cheating (check all that apply)? ❍❍ The moment you start thinking dirty thoughts about someone else ❍❍ Texting/g-chatting/emailing dirty thoughts to someone else ❍❍ Sending naked or suggestive pictures of yourself to someone else ❍❍ Kissing someone else, with tongue ❍❍ When genitals are involved If I have sex with someone other than my partner and know it’s not going to happen again, it’s best to: ❍❍ Tell my partner right away ❍❍ Wait a few months to make sure it’s over before spilling the beans ❍❍ Pretend it never happened ❍❍ It doesn’t matter; I’m in an open relationship I get my best sex advice from: ❍❍ My best friend ❍❍ My mom/dad ❍❍ My sibling ❍❍ My partner ❍❍ This sex advice columnist: _________________________________ ❍❍ Other ___________________________ Hot or not (check what you think is hot)? ❍❍ Blow-up dolls ❍❍ Sex in public ❍❍ Bondage ❍❍ Rape fantasies ❍❍ Cock rings ❍❍ Fisting ❍❍ Dry humping ❍❍ Dildos that look like celebrities ❍❍ Menstruation ❍❍ Oral rimming ❍❍ Videotaping ❍❍ Amateur porn ❍❍ Pegging ❍❍ Flogging ❍❍ Fuzzy costumes ❍❍ Garlic up the butt I never thought I’d enjoy _________________but, damn, do I ever! I wish my partner would _____________ ______________________________ more.

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taking Elvin back to school. Until this trip, I’d only tooled around the Burlington environs with him, facilitating his shopping excursions. As I thought about it, I realized I didn’t know how he normally got back and forth to Johnson. I knew he didn’t drive himself, because he’s told me he hasn’t obtained an American license … Oh, yeah — probably he catches rides with other students. Duh. “Hey, what are you studying up at Johnson?” I asked. “Have you chosen a major yet?” Elvin chuckled at the question and said, “I don’t know what I’m studying, to tell you the truth. I only ended up at Johnson because I wanted to experience life outside of the big cities where I’ve spent my entire

methods to the development of new dishes.” “That sounds great, Elvin. So, what’s the problem?” “It’s my dad. He says I’m on my own if I want to be a ‘cook,’ as he calls it. He won’t pay for school.” “Well, that’s surprising to me. Doesn’t he know how prestigious the culinary field has become? And lucrative, for that matter?” “Apparently not,” Elvin said, with a sigh, “because he’s dead set against me going into it. My dad is in his seventies and as old school as they come. He escaped to Hong Kong after the Communist Revolution with absolutely nothing to his name. From scratch, he built up a big trading company — a conglomerate, really. He does a lot of

Mired in the post-holiday cabbie doldruMs, I lIked the sound of thIs out-of-town run. life. My dad’s a businessman, and our family’s lived all over the place — California, Taiwan, Brazil and, of course, Hong Kong. But always in a city.” “Well, what are you interested in? That’s a good place to start.” “I really like cooking,” Elvin replied. “I want to be a chef.” That didn’t take a millisecond, I noted. “I’m actually trying to transfer to the Culinary Institute of America,” he added. “I’m fascinated by what they call ‘molecular gastronomy.’ It’s this cutting-edge approach that brings, like, advanced scientific

work in China now that the mainland has become so capitalistic. For him, cooking is something to be done by the servants. ‘Not something worthy of my only son,’ he tells me. Over and over, actually.” “So, if your dad doesn’t want you to be a chef, what exactly does he want you to be?” “For a proper young man growing up in Hong Kong, there are three acceptable careers: business and finance, technology, or scientific research. That’s it, really. The main thing is, he wants me to take over his business. And culinary school isn’t going to help with that.”

I thought, When will fathers ever learn? Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers movies was not that farfetched: Perhaps some part of every dad desires his own Mini-Me. The farther we got from Burlington, the higher the snow blanketing the fields and houses. I never tire of this ride up Route 15, and I harbor a particular fondness for Johnson itself. Many years ago, I lived on Route 100C, just up from the town’s Power House covered bridge. In Johnson, we took the left before the Johnson Woolen Mills store and turned up College Hill — the school’s steep access road. As we approached Elvin’s dorm, I asked, “Have you tried skiing or boarding yet? I guess Johnson students get some kind of great deal at Smugglers’.” “I haven’t yet,” Elvin replied, “but I really plan to this semester.” “Well, I would if I was you. You are in Vermont, after all.” I paused and smiled at my young customer. The conflict he was having with his dad was not alien to me. Sooner or later, every one of us has to contend with our fathers. Elvin’s father wasn’t Dr. Evil — overbearing, maybe, but just a pop. I had a feeling things would work out for the two of them; at least, I hoped so. “Yup,” I continued, “you definitely want to hit the Vermont slopes once or twice before you leave. You know — before you transfer and embark on your culinary career.” m

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’m at the Rite Aid on Cherry Street,” the caller explained, “and I need to get back to Johnson State College. This is Elvin, by the way.” It was a dead January afternoon. Mired in the postholiday cabbie doldrums, I liked the sound of this out-of-town run. I recognized the voice before he gave his name, as I’d been driving the young man every couple of weeks over the last six months. Elvin was a wide-eyed freshman — a little bit lost in Vermont, it seemed, but game. “Sure, Elvin,” I replied. “I’ll be right in front in less than 10.” When I arrived, Elvin was standing there with an ultramodern suitcase of a color somewhere between gray and green. Loading it into the trunk, I couldn’t tell if it was fashioned from metal, rubber or some high-tech composite with which I was unfamiliar. I’m sure it was filled with his clothes and whatnot, but this capsule appeared better suited for the transport of HazMat materials. “How was your break?” I asked as we got under way. “Where were you — in Hong Kong, right?” “Yeah, mostly in Hong Kong with the family, but I actually traveled quite a bit. I spent a week or two in Mongolia.” “Fun,” I said. “I had some great holidays myself. Spent an afternoon in Winooski. No yaks, but I did see a skunk … Well, it could have been a cat, to be honest.” Elvin smiled, though I suspected even that was generous. Sometimes I fear that I’m only about 30 percent as funny as I imagine myself to be. We took Route 15 to the Circ Highway, and then rejoined 15 at the exit for the factory-outlet mall. This was my first time

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brew may be “lightstruck,” meaning you get skunky beer. The first reference to lightstruck beer dates from 1875, but the cause was unknown until the late 20th century. The culprit: hops. You may ask: What are hops, anyway? I confess to being a little vague on the subject myself. Hops are the conelike flowers of the climbing plant Humulus lupulus, used to give beer its bitter flavor. When light reacts with certain hop-derived compounds, it creates a variety of unpleasant-smelling and -tasting chemicals, the biggie being 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol, or MBT.

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lthough we spurn outright trivia, David, we recognize that some of the questions we deal with at the Straight Dope are more consequential than others. The theory of relativity, species collapse and so on … this is the stuff of party chatter. Every so often, however, we get to settle one of the great questions of our times. Today is such a day. Despite the occasional introduction of civet feces (no joke) or other eccentric ingredients, beer is an essentially simple product, typically made from water, malted grains, yeast and hops. These seemingly uncomplicated fixings give rise to more than 600 volatile compounds, with chemical reactions continuing the entire time the beer ages. As with most chemical reactions, heat speeds them up, as can the energy in light. Some of these reactions can yield a mellower flavor. Too much light, however, and your

all. Since dark beers absorb more light than light beers, it’s essential to store stouts, bocks and the like in brown bottles, while lighter beers can be happy in green ones. Or so goes the theory. To see how things worked out in practice, we turned, as so often, to the lab. My assistants Una and Fierra, both experienced home brewers, cooked up a batch of extra-hoppy German-style beer which they dubbed “Cecil’s Dopetoberfest,” containing a modest 4.6 percent alcohol by volume. They bottled it in brown, green, and clear glass and let it age for six weeks in a cool basement. Next they grouped the bottles into five sets of three (each comprising one bottle of each color) and left them outdoors in direct sunlight for different lengths of time, keeping control samples safely hidden. The five groups of bottles were exposed to three, eight, 24, 48 and 72 hours of sunlight respectively. Thanks to cold weather, keeping the bottles cool while in the sun wasn’t a problem, although incursions by squirrels and possums required occasional intervention. After their time in the sun, the bottles from each group plus several control bottles were refrigerated to 35 degrees Fahrenheit and sampled in a double-blind taste test. Results: • After three hours of sun exposure there was no sLug signorino

Dear cecil, The current ad campaign for Samuel Adams beer makes the somewhat dubious claim that the company’s beer, stored in brown bottles, is better preserved than beer in — eew — clear or green bottles. So, time to break out your beakers (and beer bottles) and tell me if there is any validity to this claim, or if it’s just the usual marketing babble. David

There are several ways to prevent beer from becoming lightstruck: brew it without hops, use light-resistant hop extract instead, or add antioxidants. Since all these things affect the taste, though, most brewers prefer to simply keep the beer away from light. Packaging beer in cans is one obvious solution, but beer snobs historically have shunned cans, claiming they impart a metallic taste. Modern high-tech coatings have largely allayed such concerns, and some now claim cans are the ideal way to package beer. But you asked about glass. Colored glass can filter out both visible and ultraviolet light. Brown glass tends to block more light than green; clear glass, predictably, doesn’t block much at

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significant difference among the beers, although both testers rated the control beer the least palatable. Which isn’t so odd — some research suggests that exceedingly small amounts of MBT can improve beer flavor. After eight hours of sun the clear-bottled beer had developed a skunky odor and a bitter chemical taste. The other bottles were judged uniformly good. After 24 hours of sun, the clear-bottled beer produced a strong skunky odor and a taste Fierra noted as “Ewwwww!” The greenbottled beer started to taste metallic. After 48 hours, the clearbottled beer became still more disgusting, and upon opening could be smelled from six feet away. The green-bottled beer had acquired a strong metallic taste — Una, summoning her inner barbarian, could choke it down, but not Fierra. The brown-bottled beer remained indistinguishable from the control. After 72 hours in the sun, even the brown-bottled beer was starting to go.

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on the lifts coming down to make sure everything’s attached properly. SD: What went wrong with the Mount Snow ski lift? RP: On a big engine like that, there’s a carburetor. Inside that is a little float valve that delivers fuel to the engine. The float valve was stuck in the closed position, so there was no more gas. The engine just stopped. That’s unusual. That might happen once or twice a season. SD: What did you think when you saw the ski-lift accident at Sugarloaf in Maine? RP: I saw pictures of people lying in the snow injured. I got slightly sick in my stomach, that sinking feeling … It’s so unusual that I needed to know what happened. I wanted to make sure none of the lifts under my jurisdiction could have that problem. SD: Do any resorts in Vermont use that same kind of lift? RP: The [manufacturer] of the lift is Borvig, and we have some in the state [at Stratton and Suicide Six]. But this incident, I’m sure, has nothing to do with the brand. On each tower there are cable

I saw pictures of people [in Maine] lying in the snow injured.

I got slightly sick in my stomach. Rob er t Pi ri e

Most of Vermont’s resorts have inhouse maintenance staff dedicated to keeping the lifts in working order, but Pirie and his coworkers oversee that maintenance on the public’s behalf. With 184 ski lifts and more than half a million feet of cable to inspect each year, that’s no small job. Pirie, 58, grew up skiing at the nowdefunct Skyline Ski Area in Barre for 50 cents a ride, but he didn’t set out to be a tramway tech. After graduating from

SEVEN DAYS: What are you looking and listening for when you inspect a lift? ROBERT PIRIE: Abnormal noises, overheating, misalignment of the cable. I’ll look at the documentation on hand and make sure the brakes have been tested recently and engines have been run recently. And then I’ll ride the lift. I’ll be checking alignment of the cable on the towers, and checking seat pads and restraint bars of the chairs going past me

catchers, and if the cable comes off the sheave — the wheels — it’s supposed to land in this cable catcher, not go completely past. I really don’t know what kind of mechanical malfunctions they had on that lift. SD: Have you ever ordered a lift shut down for safety? RP: Yes. That’s not common, but the legislature has given [me] the authority to do that if I see an issue that I consider an imminent risk, such as a severe misalignment, nonfunctioning brakes or a backup engine that won’t start. SD: Do you ski or snowboard yourself? RP: Yes. I can ski while I’m inspecting. SD: When you’re skiing for leisure, can you leave your work behind, or are you constantly inspecting? RP: It’s something that’s with me all the time. For instance, at the Great Escape in Lake George, [N.Y.], they have a little, flat chairlift, and I can’t stop looking at it — inspecting! m “Work” is a monthly interview feature showcasing a Vermonter with an interesting occupation. Suggest a job you would like to know more about: news@ Comment? Contact Andy Bromage at 01.26.11-02.02.11 SEVEN DAYS WORK 25

ext time a chairlift deposits you safely on the icy, windswept summit of your favorite ski resort, thank Robert Pirie and his two cohorts. Pirie is one of three skilift inspectors, officially called “passenger tramway technicians,” employed at the Vermont Department of Labor. It’s their job to ensure Vermont’s ski lifts whisk gnar shredders up the slopes without incident.

Vermont Technical College in 1972, he went to work in the nuclear-power industry as a piping designer, first for an engineering firm near Boston and later for a company in San Francisco. Pirie’s first foray into ski-lift mechanics came in 1978 when he took a job as maintenance engineer at Killington Resort. He worked there for 24 years before the promise of more predictable hours lured him to his state job. The issue of ski-lift safety was recently jolted into public consciousness when a lift derailed at Sugarloaf Mountain Resort in Maine, sending passengers plunging 30 feet to the ground. Vermont had its own chairlift emergency just days later when a mechanical failure at Mount Snow forced the evacuation of some 200 passengers from a lift using ropes and harnesses. Each state inspector takes charge of foreseeing and preventing such incidents in a swath of Vermont. Pirie’s territory covers chairlifts at Stratton, Bromley and Magic, plus several smaller slopes with T-bars and rope tows. He does annual inspections and unannounced “spot” checks. Typical winter days involve riding the lifts and reviewing maintenance logs. In the summer, Pirie hikes or drives a four-wheeler up the slopes, where he climbs the steel towers and inspects infrastructure that’s covered with snow all winter, such as tower bases. “I do a lot of hiking,” Pirie says. “I take my backpack, and I’m gone for the day.”

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he recent gunshot suicides of two Vermont teens have apparently failed to persuade politicians to rethink the state’s gun laws, which are considered to be among the most permissive in the nation. State Rep. Linda Waite-Simpson says there’s “zero chance” her bill promoting firearm security will gain a hearing this session in Montpelier. “I’d just like to start a conversation about safe storage,” says the Essex Junction Democrat, one of the few legislators willing to risk political retaliation by gun-rights advocates. “But even that’s not possible.” In fact, Waite-Simpson says she’s received emails urging her to move out of Vermont because she sponsored the bill,

The recent suicides in Jericho and Dummerston made her “at first very sad and then so very angry,” adds Wu, a professor at the University of Vermont. “There will be more of these deaths,” she predicts. The members of Vermont’s congressional delegation are clearly reluctant to talk about gun issues. In response to questions from Seven Days, all three issued general statements through their press secretaries. A spokesman for Bernie Sanders says the senator is “more than aware” of the teen suicides and the carnage in Arizona in which a congressional colleague was shot in the head. “Vermont continues to be one of the safest states in the country,” the Sanders statement declares, noting that the senator is focused on economic issues. “In

Congressman Peter Welch agrees with his colleagues’ state’s-rights spin on the issue, but the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence rates him lowest of the three Vermonters in Congress. “Vermont has a proud tradition of hunting and sporting — and a legacy of responsible gun ownership,” Welch said through a spokesman. The same statement added that Welch “will be reviewing” New York Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy’s (D-NY4) bill to ban the big-volume ammunition magazines used in the massacres in Tucson, Virginia Tech and Columbine High School. McCarthy’s husband was shot dead on a commuter train in 1993. Soon after he became Burlington’s mayor in 2006, Bob Kiss indicated a will-

GUN CONTROL insisting that “means do matter.” Someone who uses a gun to attempt suicide has a 90 percent chance of succeeding — higher than for most other methods, Williamson says. Ed Cutler, legislative director of Gun Owners of Vermont, agrees with Pollina, suggesting, “Locking up guns isn’t going to make anybody safer.” Vermont constitutes “an extremely safe firearms society,” Cutler adds. “Literally thousands of kids out there have access to guns,” he notes. “Sometimes things happen.” Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control suggest that self-inflicted gun violence may not be as rare in Vermont

A TOTAL OF 17 VERMONTERS AGED 15-19 KILLED THEMSELVES WITH FIREARMS BETWEEN 1999 AND 2007. which was prompted by the 2009 suicide of a constituent’s teenage son. The proposal would require state’s attorneys to investigate the storage circumstances of a gun in the event it was used to kill or wound a person. The weapon 15-year-old Aaron Xue used to kill himself outside Essex High School 21 months ago had not been properly secured in the home of one of the boy’s friends, Waite-Simpson notes. Lax storage may also have played a part in the handgun suicide earlier this month of Mount Mansfield Union High School student Connor Menning, 15, as well as in the death of Leah Short, 16, a Brattleboro Union High School sophomore who shot herself with a type of gun that has not been specified by police. “Lawmakers in Vermont are very passive,” says Ge Wu, the mother of Aaron Xue. “There are some who care about children’s safety, but there are more who care most about their own political safety.”

terms of guns,” Sanders’ spokesman adds, “the senator has long believed that, everything being equal, gun decisions are best made at the state level, not in Washington.” Although the country’s leading guncontrol advocacy gives Sanders a favorable rating — the highest among Vermont’s three D.C. delegates — in part for his crucial vote to ban assault weapons, the senator voted last year to allow guns to be checked in baggage on Amtrak trains and to permit visitors to national parks to carry loaded weapons. Sen. Patrick Leahy voted for both those initiatives as well. Leahy’s spokesman says in an email message that the senator has not had a chance this session to discuss gun-control proposals with his colleagues. A lifelong gun owner, Leahy enjoys target shooting on his tree farm in Middlesex, his press secretary adds, noting “he often speaks protectively of Vermont’s right to make its own decisions on gun issues.”

ingness to talk about regulating handguns in Vermont. The comments drew an outraged response from gun-rights activists, and Kiss has not spoken about the issue since. But the mayor did say this week that “we should be having a conversation” on Waite-Simpson’s bill, which he supports. Another well-known Vermont politician with a Progressive pedigree opposes the legislation, however. Washington County State Sen. Anthony Pollina, who gets an “A” rating from Gun Owners of Vermont, does favor having a conversation — but on the causes of teen suicides, not the role that guns may play in them. “I don’t believe in creating laws in kneejerk reaction to recent events,” Pollina says in reference to the two teen suicides. “If teens really want to harm themselves, they’ll find a way to do it,” he adds. Bob Williamson, Vermont coordinator of the New England Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence, objects to Pollina’s view,

as Cutler and similarly minded advocates argue. A total of 17 Vermonters aged 15-19 killed themselves with firearms between 1999 and 2007, the latest year for which CDC numbers are available. That works out to a per-capita rate far higher than that in neighboring Massachusetts, which the Legal Community Against Violence claims has the third-strictest gun laws in the country. California ranks first in this group’s ratings, while Vermont ranks 48th, with only Idaho and Arizona judged to have more lenient gun laws. At least a few prominent Vermonters are taking on the gun lobby. Former governor Madeleine Kunin, for example, serves on the advisory board of Citizens for Safer Vermont Children, a group formed last year to rally support for Waite-Simpson’s bill. The group is led by Ge Wu, who points out that 28 states have already adopted proposals similar to the one that she says could have saved the life of her son. 




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ick Mazza isn’t a cigarchomping political party boss. And, while he does have a “back room,” it isn’t smoke filled. The 71-year-old state senator holds court in the rear of his general store in Colchester, in a modest office plastered with photographs and campaign memorabilia spanning his three decades in Vermont politics. Guests are welcomed like family, usually with offers of food and drink, by a guy who looks like a wise and benevolent grandfather. But make no mistake: Dick Mazza is a power broker. In fact, to hear some Vermont political heavyweights tell it, he’s the most politically influential person in the state. “There’s a popular misconception that Vermont is run out of the fifth-floor governor’s office in Montpelier,” says

Congressman Peter Welch, a Democrat, “when in reality, it’s run out of the deli section of Mazza’s store.” In the course of his 30 years under the golden dome, the moderate Democrat has become a close and loyal adviser to governors of both parties. A notoriously shy man who shuns the limelight, Mazza (D-Grande Isle) has wielded his influence largely behind the scenes. He met weekly with governors Howard Dean and Jim Douglas when they were in office — referring to the ritual as “chit-chats” or “visiting” — and had the ears of Madeleine Kunin and Tom Salmon before them. For governors, Mazza acts as a sort of consigliere, a sounding board and direct connection to regular Vermont voters. To wannabe politicians, he is a lawabiding godfather — or king maker — whose blessing can launch their political careers, those close to him say.

“If you’ve ever driven to Mazza’s store, the road is deep with grooves,” Welch says. “[That’s] the worn travel marks of aspiring Democratic lawmakers seeking an audience with the king maker.” Since many of those pols have prevailed, Mazza is ideally positioned this session to advise the powerful. The new governor, lieutenant governor and Senate president all describe him as a “mentor” and say his advice will be essential in steering state government through another difficult session. “Dick Mazza was an equal partner in helping run the Senate, and he’ll be equally important in helping the state of Vermont,” says Gov. Peter Shumlin, the former Senate leader. “He’s someone that I see as a mentor and an adviser and a great friend.” That doesn’t mean the two men will see eye to eye; Mazza and the

new administration are miles apart on some crucial issues. Shumlin has charted an ambitious course for the next two years that includes making Vermont the first state with its own universal health care system and shutting down the state’s aging nuclear reactor — two policies Mazza opposes. Last year, Shumlin’s decision to impose a mandatory pay cut on legislators caught Mazza off guard, leading to a rare public rebuke by the even-tempered Senate veteran. Mazza says he’s already counseled the new governor to “slow down” and “think things through.” “He wants to go, go, go, go,” says Mazza, sipping from a plastic water bottle during an interview at his store. “It’s a whole new role from Senate leader to governor, and the expectations are high. You don’t want to promise things you can’t deliver.”

didn’t come as a surprise; Scott is like a son to him, Campbell observes. When Scott was sworn in as lieutenant governor, Mazza administered the oath of office. Mazza hung on to his post because Campbell persuaded his caucus that Mazza’s “consistency and historical knowledge” were vital to maintaining “decorum” in the Senate. For Mazza, that includes showing deference to the governor. He says he’s “always respected” the office, no matter who occupies it. A handful of his peers voted him

his power to make things happen, or to make things not happen, do so at their own peril.” n a recent Tuesday, Mazza is holding court at his home away from home — the Statehouse’s Senate Committee on Transportation room. A parade of officials from the Vermont Agency of Transportation is briefing his committee on what to expect from the governor’s upcoming transportation budget. Translation: which projects are likely to get funding priority. photos courtesy of dick mazza

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Mazza, center, with Gov. Madeleine Kunin

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“Governor’s Pet” in Seven Days’ survey of lawmakers last year. More to the point — and the reason govs of all stripes have trusted him: When Mazza does disagree with the governor, Campbell says, he does so privately. “One understanding I’ve always had with governors: We don’t surprise each other,” Mazza says. “If I had an issue, I’d go in and talk to them. I do not want to go to the press and make a statement to criticize the governor.” By the time the governor announces something publicly, it usually already has Mazza’s stamp of approval, or at least his input. Senate presidents, too. “I’m always careful to get Mazza on board on key ideas and policy before I talk to others, because I’ve watched him stop things dead in the tracks,” Shumlin says. Asked for specifics, the governor replies, “There are too many examples to count. But those who underestimate

are “falling off” as Vermonters switch to more fuel-efficient automobiles. Nevertheless, Searles says the governor is committed to funding transportation projects that create jobs, and will propose a budget that prioritizes rail, public transit and bike-pedestrian programs. Rail is of particular interest to Mazza. During the Dean years, he worked to green light the since-aborted Champlain Flyer commuter railroad between Charlotte and Burlington. He wants to expand passenger and freight service along Vermont’s “western corridor” — from Burlington to Bennington — and ultimately imagines trains connecting Burlington and New York City, St. Albans and Montréal. Joe Flynn, VTrans’ rail program manager, reminds Mazza and committee members that the feds have twice rejected Vermont’s funding requests to improve the western corridor. Seemingly unfazed, Mazza asks Flynn what it would cost the state to make improvements needed for train service from Burlington to the Big Apple. “I’m afraid I couldn’t answer that,” Flynn replies, and adds that it would require $74 million just to make needed track upgrades between Burlington and Rutland. Repairing a single dilapidated bridge on that route this year will cost almost $14 million, Flynn notes. In all, there are 83 bridges in various states of disrepair on the tracks connecting Burlington to Bennington. Mazza cuts Flynn off before he’s finished, because two lobbyists have been waiting for a while, and it’s almost time for the committee to break for lunch. Mazza gives a warm welcome to Marilyn Miller, who represents the Vermont Automobile Dealers Association, and she passes him a baby picture of her twin grandchildren. He’s already got a copy tacked to the bulletin board in the committee room. Once they’ve exchanged personal stuff, Miller gets professional: She and the dealers she represents want to discuss legislation that would simplify some aspects of car buying in Vermont. After her comes Allison DeMag, a lobbyist for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, who makes a quick pitch for clarifying legislation that would permit a Shelburne Mercedes Benz dealer to sell cars equipped with “SplitView” screens that allow the driver to see a navigation map and the passenger to watch a DVD. Mazza listens intently but adjourns the committee for lunch without making any promises. It’s way too early in the session for that.

sk Vermont’s political elite what makes Mazza so influential, and you’ll hear the same response over and over: He knows what average Vermonters are thinking. While his colleagues often lose touch with their constituents, Mazza sees his every day in his general store and telegraphs their views to the halls of power in Montpelier. That’s why an endorsement from Mazza is viewed as political gold. “If Dick is ultimately for you, it gives you confidence that he represents a real cross section of practical, down-to-earth Vermonters,” says Welch. Mazza helped Welch with local talkradio hosts Charlie Papillo and Ernie Farrar, whose right-leaning morning show features Mazza as a frequent guest. “They went from overt hostility to grudging acceptance, all because of Dick Mazza,” Welch recalls. Friends describe Mazza as incorruptible, and that’s no small feat for a politician with so much power. Mazza’s positions as chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and vice chair of the Senate Committee on Institutions give him control over millions of dollars in public money. “He could do more wheeling and dealing for his own political gain than any person in the Senate,” says Welch, noting that when, as state senator, he sat on Mazza’s transportation committee, he went “by the book. Projects were funded on the basis of priority and plan, not on political influence. That’s extraordinary. We take that for granted in Vermont, in part because Dick Mazza has established that as a standard.” Officially, much of Mazza’s authority derives from his position on the Committee on Committees, the threeperson Senate panel that doles out committee assignments and appoints members of legislative commissions and conference committees. The other two members are the Senate president pro tempore and the lieutenant governor. The post makes Mazza part of Senate “leadership,” which affords him weekly meetings with the gov. Mazza has held that spot — uncontested — since 1997 and has generally used the power fairly, fellow senators say. That doesn’t mean all senators get the committee assignments they want, or that they’re happy Mazza retains the position. In fact, Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell admits he recently had to put down unrest among senators who wanted to oust Mazza from the post for supporting Republican Phil Scott in the recent lieutenant governor’s race over Democratic candidate Steve Howard. Mazza’s act of party disloyalty

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years later, Mazza grew into a trusted confidant. “When I was governor, he was pretty much in every meeting that mattered,” says Dean, who credits Mazza with helping fund bike-path construction all over the state, among other progressive initiatives. “When it came time to get something done, he was absolutely a very, very important figure.” In the Senate, Mazza is a swing vote. His centrist politics are such that observers have to guess where he stands — sometimes until the roll is called. Even after hours of interviewing him, it isn’t always clear what drives Mazza’s decision making. In 2000, for instance, he voted yes on civil unions — after coming

azza was born big. He weighed 12 pounds at birth, in 1939, and still has a hulking frame with broad shoulders and arms that stretch out like tree limbs. The Mazza clan is big, too, and seemingly ubiquitous in Colchester, where they own a general store, two farm stands and an auto-parts store. Mazza is the youngest of five boys born to Joseph and Mary Mazza, who met in Winooski, where Joseph worked at a bakery owned by Mary’s father. In 1954, the Mazzas sold a vegetable farm they owned and plowed the profits into opening a 22-by-30-foot general store in Malletts Bay. Today it is the much larger Dick Mazza’s General Store, famous for its homemade pies and Thanksgiving turkeys. Despite his father’s urging, Mazza never went to college. He scrapped plans to study accounting at St. Michael’s College or Champlain so Peter Shumlin and Dick Mazza he could work at the store instead. He took over the family business in 1965, the same year he married his wife, Dolly. The two met at a rootbeer stand in Colchester, wher e Dolly worked nights as a carhop. Mazza’s affection for vintage Americana is on display behind his store, where a nondescript building houses a “Corvette museum” with several mint-condition cars, as well as a collection of cherryred Farmall tractors and a ’50s-style diner — complete with a lunch counter, checkered floor and Elvis memorabilia — that Mazza built for family dinners and parties. The political bug was another thing Mazza caught from his father. Joseph served in the Vermont House under intense pressure from his own as a Democrat from 1961 to 1971. Mazza Catholic church to vote no — because, as won his dad’s seat two years later as a he puts it, “It was a rights issue. It’s not write-in candidate after failing to meet going to hurt my marriage by someone a deadline to get on the ballot. After four else having a civil union.” Nine years later, when the issue was years in the house, duty called him back whether to legalize same-sex marriage, to the store full time. His Senate career began in 1985, Mazza took a different approach, voting after Howard Dean, then chair of to let Vermonters decide in a referenthe Chittenden County Democrats, dum. When that measure failed, he recruited Mazza to run for the joined the majority in the Senate that Colchester-Grand Isle seat. “I thought voted in favor of same-sex marriage he would win,” Dean recalls, “and we rights. Asked about that flip-flop today, wanted the seat.” When Dean became governor five Mazza says he opposes legislating by

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azza is virtually untouchable in his home district, which comprises Colchester and Grand Isle County. Voters have sent him back to the Statehouse by substantial margins every two years since Ronald Reagan was president. After senators Bill Doyle and Vince Illuzzi, he’s the longest-serving senator in Vermont — and has repeatedly been endorsed by Democrats and Republicans in uncontested elections. In Colchester, he’s not just the town grocer but a considerable local landowner, with real estate holdings estimated to be worth in excess of $2.2 million, according to town tax records. Another measure of Mazza’s influence: During the governor’s race last fall, Shumlin made a full-court press for the senator’s endorsement. But Mazza played coy, declining to side with Shumlin or GOP rival Brian Dubie, both of whom are longtime friends. When the Dubie campaign started mud-slinging and wouldn’t stop, Mazza finally came

out for Shumlin and, in a rare public dis, criticized Dubie’s tactics. “He should have stopped that campaign,” Mazza says now. “It wasn’t the Brian Dubie that I knew.” Around that same time, Mazza found himself the subject of media inquiries following a meeting in his “museum” with Shumlin and several prominent Vermont business and community leaders. The conservative blog Vermont Tiger alleged that Shumlin told the gathering — which included David Coates, Dave Usher and Maurice Germain — that he could support continued operation of Vermont Yankee if the nuke plant had a new owner. Speaking about it now, Mazza says he wasn’t there when the topic of Vermont Yankee came up — “I came down to the store a couple of times to get cookies,” he says. By all accounts, Mazza rarely wades into partisan political fights and doesn’t leap to defend political allies in the press. There have been a few notable exceptions. He came to Dubie’s defense during the 2006 lieutenant governor’s race when Democratic candidate Matt Dunne accused Dubie of being an absentee. And last fall, Mazza sought to discredit the Seven Days legislator survey in which Shumlin was voted the “most ethically challenged”: He insisted that he and other lawmakers filled out the survey as a “joke.” The story got shopped around to at least two reporters — at Seven Days and the Vermont Press Bureau — who didn’t pursue it because Mazza wouldn’t confirm key details of the alleged gag, such as whether he and other senators actually wrote Shumlin’s name in that category. Vermont Public Radio ultimately reported the story based on Mazza’s word that it was a joke, apparently without confirming the alleged involvement of other transportation committee members, including Phil Scott, who was running for lieutenant governor. Ever the skilled courtier, Mazza emerged unscathed. Mazza says he has no interest in retiring anytime soon — either from politics or the general store. And why would he want to? He’s got the ears of past and present governors, the respect of his colleagues and what might be the safest legislative seat in Vermont. When this popular pol rides into the sunset — behind the wheel of a vintage Corvette — the Vermont Statehouse will no doubt be a less interesting place. Calling Mazza “one of the greats” at the capitol, Welch asserts, “His real legacy, in my view, is the power and the dignity of a citizen legislature. And he runs a grocery store.” m

referendum and doesn’t recall what made him vote the way he did. “It must have been because the voters were adamant about having some input,” he guesses. “But, now that I think back, it’s not a good idea.” Over the years, Mazza has come to believe that legislation can’t fix everything and that unenforceable laws aren’t worth much. That’s why he opposes a bill banning use of cellphones while driving, even though numerous studies suggest the practice impairs driving almost as much as intoxication does. “It’s very tough to enforce,” Mazza says by way of explanation. “And are you really going to enforce the phone or the whole conversation, which I’ve been told is just as distracting as the phone itself?” He has the same opinion of one of Vermont’s most persistent and vexing problems: drunk driving. Until a law was passed last year, Vermont was one of only three states that didn’t use ignition interlocks — breathalyzers that hook to a car’s ignition so it can’t be started unless the person blowing into it is sober — to fight drunk driving. Mazza says he “never knew anything” about interlocks, a preventive tool used in 47 states, and views the technology simply as “one more thing we can do.” “Is it going to solve the problem? No; we all know that. But it makes a lot of sense,” he says. Still, Mazza believes that, “If a person’s going to drink and drive, they’re going to drink and drive. You can give them a penalty. You can make them pay a fine. You can put them through the CRASH program. But if they desire to go out again, what are you going to do?”

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mountains with the aid of climbing skins and kick wax in search of an adventurous descent. Sam von Trapp, 38, is part of a generation that embraces all forms of modern skiing, from Nordic trail and lift-served alpine to backcountry skiing through the woods and wild mountains. “There’s nothing like the feeling of skiing untracked snow,” says Dana Jourdan, who helps manage the ski shop at Trapps, “especially when you catch a great view that you have never seen before.” The Trapp Family Lodge is catering to the growing interest in skiing adventure by offering backcountryoriented instruction, guided tours and gear rentals, and by making its abundance of natural glades and backcountry terrain more accessible. Some of this land — the low-angle glades of the family’s working sugarbush, the gently sloping apple orchard, the more moderately pitched Chapel Woods — is just minutes from the main lodge and outdoor center. A more extended tour,

with steeper tree lines and ungroomed trail descents through the woods, can be found around Roundtop Mountain and off Skytop Ridge, which extends west from the Trapps property toward the Green Mountain divide. “We’re trying to be adaptable to every level of skier,” says Sam von Trapp.

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Over the years, the Heaves have endeared themselves to the people of central Vermont, where they are based, by visiting area schools, holding clinics, and hosting meet-and-greets at local restaurants. After the games, the players pose for photos and sign autographs on the court, even when they lose. The fans reward the players’ good citizenship with staunch loyalty. Some bake cookies and brownies for the team at every game. Others make the players Christmas presents. Still others, like Rouelle, go to extreme lengths to watch them play, whether it’s at their home court at the Aud or in frigid Nova Scotia. The Heaves fans are the only reason the team didn’t fold when former owner Mike Healy was about to pack it in after last season. A core group of devotees hammered out a plan to purchase the team from Healy and, over the summer, Go Heaves, Inc., received official nonprofit status from the state. Like the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, the Frost Heaves are now run by the fans who come to cheer them on.


His journey to superfandom began with a fist bump during the Heaves’ first season. Rouelle, an electrician from Calais, was already a huge basketball nut and figured it would be fun to check out the new team in town. Before the start of Rouelle’s debut Heaves game, Antonio Burks, a 6-foot-6 power forward, ran over to the slight man with the long white beard and extended his fist. Rouelle bumped back. He was hooked. “There was magic in those knuckles,” Rouelle says. Since Sports Illustrated writer and Cornwall resident Alex Wolff brought the Frost Heaves to Vermont in 2006, Rouelle has attended 102 consecutive games. He’s followed the team — which is part of the Premier Basketball League, considered a step below the NBA’s developmental league — to Maryland, New York, Ohio and eastern Canada. To reach a game in Oklahoma, he and his wife, Linda, once braved an ice storm that shut down the interstate. Rouelle isn’t the team’s only megafan. But he’s one of a group of central Vermonters who’ve taken their loyalty a step further — they now own and run the team.


ick Rouelle is impossible to miss at a Vermont Frost Heaves game. His ZZ Top-esque beard, wispy and white, commands attention in the Barre Municipal Auditorium. The bearer of that prodigious facial hair looks like he might be more at home in the woods living with wild animals than sitting courtside at a professional basketball game. But make no mistake: Rouelle is a basketball fan to the core. The beard is bracketed by flushes of royal blue — a Frost Heaves cap on top, a baggy team shooting shirt below. In his hands Rouelle clutches a team jersey given to him by former player Melvin Creddle. He takes it to every game, never letting it leave his side. It’s the only thing in the world that’s been to more Frost Heaves games than he has. The 55-year-old is, by all accounts, a Frost Heaves superfan. He arrives early for the warm-up, critiquing endless layups and jump shots, and lingers postgame while the guys sign autographs and slap hands. If Vermont’s only professional basketball team were a rockand-roll band, Rouelle would be their No. 1 groupie.

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be seen as a little crazy — or, when it involves long-haul driving, dangerous — it has been a “positive influence on the team,” says Heaves head coach Joe Salerno. Fans have helped enhance team chemistry and given the team extra motivation for winning. Without their devotion, there would be no team, he reasons. Salerno had his doubts about whether fans such as Mandelkorn and the Rouelles could save the team through their passion alone. In early INDIVIDUAL & SMALL GROUP TRAINING summer, owner Healy told Mandelkorn STATE OF THE ART FITNESS EQUIPMENT IN A SCENIC SETTING of his plans to fold. But by late June, 1050 Hinesburg Rd, So. Burlington • Go Heaves, Inc., was in place. At least Call for Appointments: 863-4848 • FREE Consultations for now, fan teamwork is keeping the Heaves alive. “I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a 12v-FitnessOptions011911.indd 1 Burlington Area’s1/14/11 2:08 PM little suspect as to whether or not it Newest Indoor could get done,” Salerno says. “But I’m extremely proud of the fact that Growing Supply Store it has happened. The love these fans have for the team — people wanted [the team] to come back.” For Rouelle, following the team — and being part of the organization through Go Heaves, Inc. — has been with this coupon. Expires 2011. a dream. He says he can’t thank Cannot be combined with other offers. Alex Wolff enough for bringing the Heaves to Vermont. PLANT START UP SUPPLIES “Who knows what I’d be doing HYDROPONIC SUPPLIES • ROCK WOOL now if I wasn’t following the team INDOOR GARDENING LIGHTS around? It’s hard to even think about what I was doing back before HIGH MOWING SEEDS (GROWN IN VT) they came,” Rouelle says. “This has really changed my life.” Check us out on FACEBOOK! This year, like all good things, Rouelle’s perfect attendance streak 973 Roosevelt Hwy, Colchester ended. After watching 102 consecutive • 578-1888 Heaves games, he quit traveling. He didn’t want to, but the cost of gas and hotels proved unmanageable. 12v-vtgrowers011911.indd 1 1/13/11 1:46 PM So, Rouelle missed his first toss-up on January 20. When the Heaves fell to the Bluegrass Stallions of Georgetown, Ky., neither he nor his wife were there. Neither was the jersey that had been AFTER DARK to every Heaves game, the one that MUSIC SERIES Rouelle carried for good luck. After the Heaves’ home win against the Dayton Air Chris Smither Strikers on January 15, Rouelle handed it to his wife and said, “You can retire this Saturday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m. now. This is the end of my streak.” United Methodist Church It was a sad moment for both of $18 advance, $20 at the door them, but Rouelle is at peace with his “Smither delivers one of the most decision. He’ll still attend every home riveting live shows you are ever likely game, and maybe some of the closer to see”— away games. And he’ll still be a Frost P.O. Box 684 Middlebury, VT 05753 Heaves superfan. m

One of those fans, Don Mandelkorn, who recently retired from the Agency of Human Services after 30 years, became the team’s general manager. Rouelle and his wife and seven others were tapped for the board of directors. After months of planning, number crunching and hand wringing over whether this collective could pull off a season, the Heaves’ sixth campaign fell into place. To Rouelle’s chagrin, the team succumbed to the Halifax Rainmen in its January 2 season opener. But these are early days, and Rouelle is nothing if not confident in his Heaves. Rouelle is so gaga for Frost Heaves basketball that he can tell you all the players’ stats, and he knows all their strengths and weaknesses. Plus, he’s pals with the guys. He and Linda have them over for dinner and take them snowmobiling — a novelty for men who mostly hail from urban areas. Rouelle has even been known to miss one of his stepgrandson’s basketball games if a Heaves contest happens to be at the same time. Other fans are equally enthusiastic, including Linda Rouelle, Mandelkorn, Mike Squier and Theresa Wood. But Rouelle has outdone them all in attendance: In the past four years, he hasn’t missed a night in the Heaves’ 20-game regular season. Rouelle never played basketball as a student at U-32 High School in Montpelier. Instead of pounding the boards after school, he washed bowling balls and patched pins at Twin City Lanes for $1.25 an hour — a job he started at age 14. As one of six children of a stonecutter and a housewife, Rouelle had to help support his family. But he harbored a love of basketball even if he couldn’t play. When he finished high school, Rouelle stayed on at Twin City Lanes for 28 years and eventually worked his way up to manager, a position he held for the last 10 years of his employment. That’s where he met Linda, to whom he has been married for 30 years. Rouelle used to put notes in the finger holes of her bowling ball with suggestions on how to improve her game. Over the years, Rouelle became a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers. Magic Johnson was his basketball hero, and Lakers games took precedence over everything else in his life. “If there’s a Lakers game on, I don’t care

what I want to watch,” Linda Rouelle says. “The TV is his until the game is over.” But it’s not just pro basketball that gets Rouelle’s heart pumping. When his stepgrandson Stephen Donahue’s team plays, Rouelle will stay and watch all the games, not just the 13-year-old’s. “I’ll watch everything from third or fourth grade on up to professional,” he says. “I can’t explain it. It’s like an addiction. My drug of choice is basketball.” After the first Heaves season, Dick and Linda decided their Christmas present to each other would be to make all the team’s road games. Fan-led charter buses were already traveling to the closer ones in places such as Québec


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di mare. Black River Produce supplies Costello’s with local vegetables and fresh seafood daily, and it’s not out of the ordinary to see sushi-grade unagi or hamachi in the case. Hamilton makes his own crab cakes, and salmon poached in leeks and lemon. At lunchtime, the market fills with Marble Works residents who have trekked through the snow for a fromscratch tuna melt topped with crackling, imported sharp provolone and a light dusting of parmesan, or a fish taco or oyster po’ boy. Costello says dinner, available from 3 to 6 p.m., is also popular with the market’s neighbors. They can make a quick meal of dishes such as seafood pasta with shrimp, scallops, calamari, fresh fish and lemon-basil butter; braised pork with mushrooms and onions over pappardelle; or herbroasted duck leg with fennel and balsamic cippolini-onion glaze. Last week, the market accommodated a slew of Midd kids who had been assigned to blog about their favorite places to eat in town. By noon, so many students were ordering salads and


Italian subs that it was hard to navigate Costello’s network of counters. One young man, brandishing a notebook, inquired about the caffeine options — pour-your-own Seattle’s Best coffee and, to take home, beans imported from Italy. Crowds are no rarity at Costello’s, which doesn’t have indoor seating. In the warm months, a few diners can occupy Adirondack chairs at an outdoor table Hamilton built himself and covered with flower-filled terra-cotta pots. During the summer, Costello says, “There’s lines out the door. Six o’clock at night we can get to the bathroom and drink a glass of water for the first time.” Among the market’s student clientele, a particularly popular sandwich is the “Sicilian.” The 6-inch regular sandwich (yep, the large is bigger) is filled with three enormous meatballs stewed in Hamilton’s zippy “gravy” (tomato sauce) and sweetened with whole basil leaves and large chunks of onion. The meatballs would make your nonna jealous: supersoft, beautifully seasoned loaves that practically fall apart as you bite them. The same combination of cheeses from the tuna melt adds a creamy note to the dish. Another dish thrills without any continental pedigree. Two years ago, Hamilton won the Middlebury Winter Carnival’s chili contest with a wonderful surprise — ground beef and beans stewed in red wine and chocolate. The stew misses none of the chile and cumin high notes of your average chili, but Hamilton adds tangy hints of red wine and creamy, earthy chocolate to the mix for a dazzling combination. While Costello’s serves plenty of locals, aficionados of fine Italian food, drawn by those ads in La Cucina Italiana, have gone out of their way to try Hamilton’s dishes. The listing, says Costello, has brought fans from across LA DOLCE MIDDLEBURY

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The Shelburne space that housed Bistro Sauce has been resurrected as an Adirondack-themed restaurant serving gussied-up American comfort food. Last fall, owners Jack and carolyn kovac and JEnnIfEr sInclaIr purchased and gutted the defunct restaurant at 97 Falls Road; they reopened it in mid-January as BarkEatErs rEstaurant. The 60-seat interior is decorated with odds and ends such as snowshoes and an old canoe behind the bar. “We pretty much love vacationing in the Adirondacks and that whole lodgy Adirondack feel,” says Sinclair, formerly co-owner of Colchester’s clovEr HousE rEstaurant.

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lattes, as well as cold maté based and fruit-infused sodas that they brew at their home in the woods outside Plainfield. The couple and their two children moved here two years ago from Nantucket, where Robert Walder worked as a barista for a caterer who delivered espresso drinks to special events. After a year, the pair began looking for an ideal place for a café — and found it when the former Plainfield Hardware became available. Café Verde showcases single-origin coffees such as a medium-roast Mocha Java and a light-roast Costa Rican. “[Robert] is a complete espresso snob,” says Yana. The sodas include a soursop-and-vanilla “frobscottle,” a thick soda named for a concoction in a Roald Dahl novel. The Walders also offer a range of “fizzleblitzes,” lighter, fruit-infused maté sodas in flavors such as triple citrus, passionfruit and tangerine, and mora berry. “It’s really fun tropical stuff

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Drivers negotiating the sharp turn in the middle of Plainfield may find themselves distracted by a pair of purple-lit windows at 20 School Street, beside local PotIon. It may look like a head shop, but it’s the newly opened café vErDE, and the purple haze comes from grow lights trained on flats of wheatgrass that owners roBErt and yana WalDEr juice up for customers. The Walders, who opened tiny Café Verde in December, also sell a wide range of espresso drinks, Taza hot chocolates and dandelion

[Robert] got the idea,” says Yana. The sodas are pulled from a tap at the three-seat bar, which also displays small morsels including homemade truffles, goji-berry fudge and baklava infused with lime and orange-blossom water.

At the kitchen’s helm is BarBara cotE, most recently the chef at lInks on tHE lakE rEstaurant in Alburgh. Her menu has “a little bit of everything,” says Sinclair. That includes hot sandwiches, salads and grouper tacos at lunch; blueberry pancakes, French toast and breakfast wraps on Saturday mornings; and a Sunday brunch spread with a choice of five “Bark Benedicts.” One is built on a crab cake; another is served atop prime rib with chipotle hollandaise sauce. During dinner, early adopters have been ordering lamb lollipops — an appetizer of grilled lamb, Vermont chèvre and arugula pesto — as well as two entrées: espresso-crusted pork tenderloin, and lobster-andcrab-crusted haddock. The Kovacs are oenophiles, and Barkeaters’ wine list has 16 selections by the glass — including two sparkling wines — as well

as several by the half bottle. The cellar list is heavy on heartier reds and full-bodied whites. Five Vermont beers are on tap, and the bottle selection includes a Flemish sour ale called Rodenbach Grand Cru. The term “barkeater,” a literal translation from the Mohawk, has sometimes been used as a slur against Native Americans, but Sinclair resists that association. Instead, she calls it a symbol of self-reliance. “It’s a name for Indians [who] used to live off the land and eat bark,” she says. “That’s our whole thing.” Compared with the traditional winter sustenance of last resort, the fare at Barkeaters seems pretty refined.

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the country. (The only other Vermont restaurant to have one is Al Ducci’s Italian Pantry in Manchester.) Costello recounts how one diner came for a second visit with about 20 friends, all wanting to eat Hamilton’s porchetta. “They bought two whole ones,” she says. What exactly is porchetta? The classic Italian roast varies, but it’s often a whole pig — skin, fat and all — heavily salted, seasoned, rolled, tied and eshow slid slow-cooked until it’s fall-apart tender. Hamilton describes the porchetta trucks that roam Italy’s roads selling ev sandwiches of sliced meat. “The big end ysvt.c a white truck pulls up, and they slice it for you plain,” he says. Hamilton and Costello first tried porchetta in Umbria. “Just outside Rome

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is known for it, too, but we haven’t tried it there yet,” Hamilton says. “Mine is probably more like in Orvietto, between Umbria and Rome.” One thing that sets his porchetta apart is an abundance of fennel. After rubbing a large, flattened pork roast with salt, cracked pepper, crushed garlic and sage, Hamilton sprinkles the meat with fennel seeds and precious fennel pollen, then places a jungle of the herb’s fronds across the roast and rolls it. The drippingly moist finished product has a strong anise flavor from the fennel, but sage and garlic also sing. Hamilton’s method of smoking porchetta is unique, too. After he throws the roast beast in the extra-large oven, the chef fills a hotel pan with paper, egg cartons and apple wood. Then he sets it on fire and plops it beside the pork. Fruity smoke billows from the oven as if it were a fog machine. Slowly, it fills the whole store with the aroma of

that Hamilton finishes himself for crusty, warm bread. Imported meats, cheeses and other specialty products are also big business for the market. Fans of Hamilton’s porchetta may want to try finocchiona, or Tuscan fennel salami. Other hard-to-find Italian meats include hot and sweet coppa, guanciale and a prosciutto di Parma of such high quality that it retails for $28.95 a pound. The lack of seating gives the market room for a rich array of imported and native goods. Local Castleton Crackers sit not far from Asian green-mustard powder. Hamilton’s own mostarda of fig, pear, dried cherry and apricot occupies one counter; others hold tins of anchovies, both real and made of chocolate, and about 60 varieties of wine from Italy and Vermont.

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ANTIQUES Furniture, postcards, pottery, cameras, toys, medical tools, lab glass, photographs, slide rules, license plates, silver. Anything unusual or unique. Cash paid. Info: 802-859-8966. BUYING DIAMONDS & GOLD Buying fine-quality diamonds of 1-8 carats. Also purchasing gold. Fred Little, Jeweler, Sunshine Boutique and Jewelers, St. Johnsbury. 802-535-5501. WANTED: GOALIE EQUIPMENT To borrow or buy. 5’6, 165 lbs., wear size 6 or 7 goalie skates. 802-922-0762.


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MUSICIANS NEEDED Guitarist & vocalist wanted for all orig. postpunk project. Will be playing several shows in the late spring & early summer in support of an album release. dirtwar@dirtwarmusic. com. PIANO-TUNING SERVICE $75 new customer tuning rate. 802-652-0730. justinrosepianotuning. com.

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BASS LESSONS For all levels/styles, beginners welcome! Learn technique, theory, songs and more in a fun, professional setting. Years of teaching/playing experience. Convenient Pine St. location w/parking. Aram Bedrosian, 598-8861. CLASSICAL GUITAR LESSONS Patient, supportive, experienced, highly qualified instructor. Step-by-step method. Learn to play beautiful music. All levels/ages. Master’s degree, 20+ years experience. 3180889. GUITAR INSTRUCTION Berklee grad. w/ 30 years teaching experience offers lessons in guitar, music theory & ear training. Individualized, stepby-step approach. All ages/styles/levels. Info: rickbelf@myfairpoint. net, 802-864-7195. GUITAR INSTRUCTION All styles/levels. Emphasis on developing strong technique, thorough musicianship, personal style. Paul Asbell (Unknown Blues Band, Kilimanjaro,

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PROFESSIONAL PIANO LESSONS: ADULTS ONLY Any age; any level. 802-865-1224.

1. 11-0545SD: 149 INDUSTRIAL PARKWAY (ELM, Ward 5) BLUE SKY ASSOCIATES Two lot subdivision 2. 11-0525CA: 1251 NORTH AVENUE (RL, Ward 4) SALVATORE MATANO TRUSTEE OF Appeal of administrative permit approval to change of use from convent to group home for 16 residents with 24 hour on site staff counselors. 3. 11-0570CU: 0 LAKE STREET (UR/DW-PT, Ward 3) CEDO Use area for temporary construction staging during Waterfront North and Moran construction including temporary interim skating facility. 4. 10-0654CU: 165 NORTH CHAMPLAIN STREET (RM, Ward 3) GENEVIEVE M JACOBS Amend ZP #10-0654CU to move home occupation from house to garage.

PIANO LESSONS FOR ALL AGES Offering lessons to beginner & intermediate students in downtown Burlington. I’m a graduate of McGill’s music school & perform regularly in local venues. Randal, 999-1594.

BURLINGTON DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD Tuesday February 15, 2011 PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Burlington Development Review Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday February 15, 2011 at

Plans may be viewed in the Planning and Zoning Office, (City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington), between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

3-BR, 1-BA. Home in very good condition. New tub and shower. All new carpet and vinyl flooring. Washer and dryer. $34,000. 802-734-4716, 315-412-4560.

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This may not be the final order in which items will be heard. Please view final Agenda, at planning/drb or office notice board, one week before the hearing for the order in which items will be heard. NOTICE OF TAX SALE The resident and nonresident owners, lienholders and mortgagees of Lands in the City of Burlington, in the County of Chittenden and State of Vermont, are hereby notified that the real estate taxes assessed by such City for fiscal/tax year(s) 1996 - 2010 remain either in whole or in part, unpaid and delinquent on the following described lands and premises in the City of Burlington, to wit: Owner(s) of Record: Bilmar Team Cleaners (Margaret Murray). Property Address: 150 Shelburne St., Burlington VT. Tax Account/Map Lot Number: # 054-2028-000. Deed recorded at: Vol. 340, Pg. 480, on. Reference may be had

to said deed for a more particular description of said lands and premises, as the same appears in the Land Records of the City of Burlington In addition, this property is listed on the VT Active Hazardous Sites list (SMS Site #94-1631) and is currently undergoing monitoring to track residual petroleum contamination from a former underground storage tank system. Contamination at this site appears to be focused near the western property boundary and there does not appear to be any impact to the current onsite dwelling. Monitoring work is eligible for coverage under the VT Petroleum Cleanup Fund, with a deductible of $10,000. It is possible that some credit could be granted towards the deductible for previous work that has been conducted at the site. Any monitoring/cleanup work that is required by the state will be eligible for coverage under the VT PCF after the deductible is met. Prior to conducting any subsurface work, excavation, or groundwater extraction in the vicinity of the contamination on this property, the Agency of Natural Resources, Department

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of Environmental Conservation, Waste Management Division must be notified. Information on the site’s status may be obtained from VT ANR/DEC/WMD, 103 South Main St./West Building, Waterbury, VT 05671-0404, (802) 241-3888.

and so much of the lands will be sold at public auction Conference Room 12, City Hall, 149 Church St., Burlington, Vermont 05401 on February 7, 2011 at 10:00 o’clock in the forenoon, as shall be requisite to discharge said taxes together with costs and other fees allowed by law, unless the same be previously paid or otherwise resolved. Dated at the City of Burlington in the County of Chittenden and State of Vermont this 6th day of January, 2011. Jonathan P. A. Leopold, Jr. Chief Administrative Officer Burlington, Vermont PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance PROPOSED ZA-11-06Enterprise – Light


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seven days Manufacturing (E-LM) Expansion Pursuant to 24 V.S.A. §4441 and §4444, notice is hereby given of a public hearing by the Burlington Planning Commission to hear comments on the following proposed amendments to the City of Burlington’s Comprehensive Development Ordinance. The public hearing will take place on Tuesday, February 15, 2010 beginning at 7:00pm on the second floor of the BCA Center (formerly known as the Firehouse Gallery), next to City Hall, Church Street, Burlington VT. Pursuant to the requirements of 24 V.S.A. § 4444(b): (1) The purpose of the proposed amendments is to revise the City’s zoning regulations to: a) ZA-11-06 – Expand the E-LM zoning district to include a property east (43 Birchcliff Parkway) and south (a 25 feet sliver of land owned by the School District) of the Lake Champlain Chocolates location on Pine Street. (Modify Maps 4.3.1-1 Base Zoning Districts, 4.4.3-1 Enterprise Districts, 4.4.5-1 Residential

Zoning Districts) (2) The proposed amendments in their entirety affect the City of Burlington as a whole. (3) The proposed amendments affect the following sections of the Comprehensive Development Ordinance: See references in #1 above. The full text of the Burlington Comprehensive Development Ordinance and the 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 planning. STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT Chittenden Unit CIVIL DIVISION Docket No. S16-10 Cn US Bank, N.A., Plaintiff v. Richard A. Lang, Teresa V. Dombek-Lang a/k/a Teresa V. Lang, United States of America, Department of the Treasury - Internal Revenue Service and

Occupants residing at 28 White Oaks Drive, Jericho, Vermont, Defendants NOTICE OF SALE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by US Bank, N.A. to Richard A. Lang dated January 31, 2003 and recorded in Volume 212, Page 340 of the Land Records of the Town of Jericho, of which mortgage the undersigned is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purposes of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 12:00 P.M. on February 15, 2011, at 28 White Oaks Drive, Jericho, Vermont all and singular the premises described in said mortgage: To Wit: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Richard A. Lang and Teresa Dombek Lang by Warranty Deed of Erik V. Lundberg and Rosa M. Lundberg dated January 30, 2003 and recorded in Volume 212 at Page 337 of the Town of Jericho Land Records.


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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 Jericho. 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 or inquire at Lobe & Fortin, 30 Kimball Ave., Ste. 306, South Burlington, VT 05403, 802 660-9000. DATED at South Burlington, Vermont this 14th day of January, 2010. US Bank, N.A. By: Joshua B. Lobe, Esq. Lobe & Fortin, PLC 30 Kimball Ave., Ste. 306 South Burlington, VT 05403

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STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT Chittenden Unit CIVIL DIVISION Docket No. 129-10 Cnc EverHome Mortgage Company, Plaintiff v. James Yandow, New England Federal Credit Union and Occupants residing at 178 River Road, Colchester, Vermont, Defendants NOTICE OF SALE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by EverHome Mortgage Company to James Yandow dated December 22, 2003 and recorded in Volume 475, Page 154 of the Land Records of the Town of Colchester, of which mortgage the undersigned is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purposes of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 9:30 A.M. on February 15, 2011, at 178 River Road, Colchester, Vermont all and singular the premises described in said mortgage:

Open 24/7/365. Post & browse ads at your convenience. To Wit: Being all and the same land and premises conveyed to Travis Lavallee and April Lavallee by Warranty Deed of Roberta Mattison Smith dated 6 June 2002 and recorded in Volume 391, Page 135 of the Land Records of the Town of Colchester. 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. 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 or inquire at Lobe & Fortin, 30 Kimball Ave., Ste. 306, South Burlington, VT 05403, 802 660-9000. DATED at South Burlington, Vermont this 17th day of January, 2010.

EverHome Mortgage Company By: Joshua B. Lobe, Esq. Lobe & Fortin, PLC 30 Kimball Ave., Ste. 306 South Burlington, VT 05403 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT Chittenden Unit CIVIL DIVISION Docket No. S1098-09 Cnc HSBC Bank, USA, National Association, as Trustee for NAAC 2007-2, Plaintiff v. Anthony J. Sineni, III, Michael J Di Vincenzo and Occupants residing at 882 East Lakeshore Drive, Colchester, Vermont, Defendants NOTICE OF SALE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain mortgage given by HSBC Bank, USA, National Association, as Trustee for NAAC 2007-2 to Anthony J. Sineni, III dated February 2, 2007 and recorded in Volume 578, Page 434 of the Land Records of the Town of Colchester, of which mortgage

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the undersigned is the present holder, for breach of the conditions of said mortgage and for the purposes of foreclosing the same will be sold at Public Auction at 8:00 A.M. on February 22, 2011, at 882 East Lakeshore Drive, Colchester, Vermont all and singular the premises described in said mortgage: To Wit: Meaning and intending hereby to convey all of the same land and premises as conveyed to Anthony J. Sineni by Quitclaim Deed of Peter G. Kopchik, Jr. and Carol A. Kopchik dated October 2, 2003 and recorded October 9, 2003 in Book 467, Page 117-118 of the Colchester Land Records. 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.

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LEGALS [CONT.] 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 or inquire at Lobe & Fortin, 30 Kimball Ave., Ste. 306, South Burlington, VT 05403, 802 660-9000. DATED at South Burlington, Vermont this 24th day of January, 2011. HSBC Bank, USA, National Association, as Trustee By: Joshua B. Lobe, Esq. Lobe & Fortin, PLC 30 Kimball Ave., Ste. 306 South Burlington, VT 05403 STATE OF VERMONT DISTRICT OF CHITTENDEN, SS. PROBATE COURT Docket No. 33552





In re the Estate of GREGORY BARNETT Late of Charlotte, VERMONT NOTICE TO CREDITORS To the creditors of the estate Gregory Barnett, late of Charlotte, Vermont. I have been appointed as Executor of the above named estate. All creditors having claims against the estate must present their claims in writing within four months of the date of first publication of this notice. The claim must be presented to me at the address listed below with a copy filed with the register of the Probate Court. The claim will be forever barred if it is not presented as described above within the four month deadline. Dated: January 24, 2011 Signed: Barry Barnett, Executor. Address: c/o Michael J. Harris, Esq. Counsel for Executor Collins, McMahon &

Address of Probate Court: Probate Court District of Chittenden P.O.Box 511 Burlington VT 05402-0511 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT Chittenden Unit CIVIL DIVISION Docket No. S0190-10 CnC Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Corporation, Plaintiff, v Jennifer Hallee, and Any Other occupants of 305 Lime Kiln Road, So. Burlington, Vermont, Defendants. NOTICE OF SALE By virtue and in execution of the Power of Sale contained in a certain Mortgage Deed dated May 29, 2007 from Jennifer Hallee to Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS), as Nominee for Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company. Said Mortgage Deed was recorded on May 30, 2007 in Volume 784, Pages 195-216 of the City of South Burlington Lane Records. The subject Mortgage was assigned from Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, Inc. (MERS), as Nominee for Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company to Nationwide Advantage Mortgage Company by Assignment dated February 11, 2010 and recorded on February 17, 2010 in Volume 920, Pages 128-129 of the City of South Burlington Land Records. The undersigned represents the present holder for breach of the conditions of said Mortgage and for the purpose of foreclosing the same which will be sold at Public Auction at 12:00 o’clock PM, on the 22nd day of February, A.D. 2011, at the subject premises of 305 Lime Kiln Road, So. Burlington, Vermont, all and singular the premises described in said mortgage will be sold as a whole. To wit: “Being all and the same land and premises

conveyed to Jennifer Hallee by Warranty Deed of Mika Fujiwara dated May 29, 2007 and recorded [May 30, 2007] in Volume [784], Page [192-194] of the Land Records of the City of South Burlington, and being more particularly described as follows: “Being Condominium Unit No. B230 (the “Unit”) of Cedar Bluff Condominium (the “Condominium”) as described and depicted in the Declaration of Condominium for Cedar Bluff Condominiums and all Exhibits thereto, dated October 4, 2001 in Volume 522 at Pages 317-363 of the City of South Burlington Land Records (the “Declaration”) and Amendment to Declaration of Condominium and all Exhibits thereto, dated February 19, 2002 and recorded on February 19, 2002 in Volume 540, Page 561 of the City of South Burlington Land Records, (the “Amendment to Declaration”), together with the Unit’s Allocated Interest in the Common Elements of the Condominium as depicted and described in Exhibit “D” of said Amendment to Declaration (the Unit an dits Allocated Interest are collectively referred to herein as the “Property”). The post office address of the Unit is Unit B230, Cedar Bluff Condominiums, 305 Lime Kiln Road, South Burlington, Vermont 05403. “Reference is hereby made to the instruments aforementioned, and the records thereof, and the instruments therein referred to, and the records thereof, in further aid of this description.”

assessments, if any. In the event the auction terms are confirmed by the Superior Court aforesaid, and the winning bidder is unwilling or unable consummate the sale, the deposit shall be forfeit. In the event the sale is not confirmed the deposit will be returned without interest.

Terms of Sale: Purchaser at the sale shall pay cash or certified funds, or produce a commitment letter from a bank or mortgage company or other lender licensed to do business in the State of Vermont at the time of the sale for the amount of the winning bid. In any case the winning bidder shall be required to produce $10,000.00 (ten-thousand dollars) cash or certified funds at the close of auction as the deposit against the sale. The sale will be subject to the Confirmation Order of the Vermont Superior Court, Chittenden Civil Division. The property will be sold subject to all unpaid property taxes and town/city

By: /s/ Matthew T. Daly Matthew T. Daly, Esq.

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 or inquire at Grant C. Rees, Attorney, PO Box 108, Milton, Vermont 05468, 802-893-7400. By: Grant C. Rees, Esq. Attorney for Plaintiff Publication Dates: January 26, 2011 February 2, 2011 February 9, 2011 STATE OF VERMONT SUPERIOR COURT ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION In Re: Doane Revocable Trust Permit 4C0927R-4E Docket No. 210-12-10 Vtec NOTICE OF APPEAL NOW COMES Richard T. Feeley, by and through his Attorneys, Daly & Daly, P.C., and hereby appeals the District Environmental Commission #4 Land Use Permit (#4C0927R4E) issued November 17, 2010. DATED AT Burlington, Vermont, this 14th day of December, 2010. Richard T. Feeley

NOTICE: To All Customers of Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom is the designated “Eligible Telecommunications Carrier” for universal service purposes in its service area. The goal of universal service is to provide all citizens access to essential telecommunications services. Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom provides single-party residence and business service at rates which range from $13.40 to $26.40 per month per line (excluding all taxes and additional fees that are required by state and federal government agencies). This includes access to: • • •

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Use of these services may result in added charges. Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom offers qualified customers a monthly telephone discount through the Lifeline/Link Up Program. If you are age 65 or older with income less than $25,498 or under 65 with an income less than $21,855 you may be eligible. Applications and information available by calling AHS Economic Services Division at 1-800-479-6151. In addition, Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom provides one copy of its annual local telephone directory without charge. Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom would be pleased to provide specific rates upon request. Questions? Please contact Waitsfield and Champlain Valley Telecom at 800-496-3391. 6h-waitsfieldtelecom011911.indd 1

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The contents of storage unit(s) 01-04488 located at 28 Adams Dr, Williston, VT 05495, will be sold on the 3rth of the month of February, 2011 to satisfy the debt of Debra Million. Any person claiming a right to the goods may pay the amount claimed due and reasonable expenses before the sale, in which case the sale may not occur.

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CHITTENDEN FAMILIES TOGETHER MEETING Wednesday, January 26, 5:30-7 p.m. Vermont Family Network Conference Room, 600 Blair Park Road, Suite 240 Williston. Families Together groups meet in a few locations around the state to provide parents with supportive connections and relevant information. Focus of the groups is on concerns of families with high school youth and adults who have developmental disabilities. Info, Jan Hancock, 802-876-5315 ext. 215, jan.hancock@

EATING DISORDER SUPPORT GROUP This is a therapist-facilitated, drop-in support group for women with eating disorders. Women over 18 only please. This group will be held every other Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:00 PM, our next meeting is January 26th. Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset Street Suite 204, South Burlington. This is free and there is no registration necessary. Please call the center if you have any questions. 802-658-9440. INFERTILITY PEER GROUP Feeling lonely & isolated as you confront infertility? Share feelings, stories & coping strategies at informal, peer-led meetings w/ people facing similar challenges. $5. First Monday of the month, 7-9 PM, Christ Church Presbyterian, Burlington. Presented by RESOLVE of New England. Info: THE COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS Burlington Chapter TCF which meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 277 Blair Park Road, Williston - for more information call Dee Ressler, 802 660-8797. Rutland Chapter TCF which meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church, West St., Rutland, VT - for more information call Susan Mackey, 802 446-2278. Hospice Volunteer Services (HVS) also serves bereaved parents with monthly peer support groups, with short-term educational consultations and referrals to local grief and loss counselors. HVS is located in the Marble Works district in Middlebury. Please call 802-388-4111 for more information about how to connect with appropriate support services.

TRANS SUPPORT GROUP Every first and third Wednesday, RU12? Community Center, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Champlain Mill 1st Floor, Winooski, 6:30-8 p.m. This peer-led, informal group is open to all trans people and to any discussion topics raised. It is a respectful and confidential space for socializing, support, and discussion. Contact for more information.

EATING DISORDERS SUPPORT GROUP This is a therapist-facilitated, drop-in support group for women with eating disorders. Women over 18 only please. This group will be held every other Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, So. Burlington. 802-658-9440.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP This group offers support to those caring for loved ones with memory loss due to dementia. The group meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at The Converse Home, 272 Church St, Burlington. For more info call: 802-862-0401. MAN-TO-MAN CHAMPLAIN VALLEY PROSTATE CANCER Support group meets 6-8 p.m., 2nd Tuesday of each month at the Hope Lodge at the UVM/FAHC campus. 1-800-ACS-2345. VEGGIE SUPPORT GROUP Want To Feel Supported On Your Vegetarian/Vegan Journey? Want more info. on Healthy Veggy Diets? Want to share and socialize at Veggy Potlucks, and more, in the greater Burlington Area? This is your opportunity to join with other like-minded folks., 802-658-4991.

CODEPENDENTS ANONYMOUS Meets on Sundays from 12-1 p.m. at the Turning Point Center, 191 Bank St., Burlington. This is a fellowship of men and women that meet and review the 12 steps of CODA, read stories from the CODA anonymous big book and share their experiences, strengths and hopes as we support each other. Open to everyone. Info: Larry, WLTRS@aol. com, 802-658-9994 or Jeff, JCDANIS@ Burlingtontelecom. net, 802-863-3674. For directions, call the Turning Point Center at 802-861-3150. QUIT SMOKING GROUPS Are you ready to live a smoke-free lifestyle? Free 4-week Quit Smoking Groups are being offered through the VT Quit Network Fletcher Allen Quit in Person program in your community. Free Nicotine Replacement products are available for program participants. For more information or to register, call 847-6541 or wellness@ For ongoing statewide class schedules, contact the VT Quit Network at www.

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SEEKING ACTIVE RETIREES/50+ To form a social group. Snowshoeing, theater, biking, hiking, kayaking, etc. Please call 802864-0604. Lv. msg. if no answer.

ARE YOU HAVING PROBLEMS with debt? Do you spend more than you earn? Get help at Debtor’s Anonymous plus Business Debtor’s Annonymous. Saturdays 10-11:30 a.m. & Wednesdays 5:30-6:30, 45 Clark St., Burlington. Contact Brenda at 338-1170.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS (NA) Drug Problem? We Can Help. If you think you have a problem with drugs, including alcohol, give yourself a break. Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship for individuals who have a desire to recover from the disease of addiction. NA offers a practical and proven way to live and enjoy life without the use of drugs. To find an NA Meeting near you in Vermont or Northern New York, please go to www.cvana. org/Meetinglist.pdf or call our 24-hour, toll free, confidential number, (866) 580-8718 or (802) 862-4516. For more information about NA, please go to http://www. and click on “>Is NA for Me?

ALS (LOU GEHRIG’S DISEASE) This support group functions as a community and educational group. We provide coffee, soda and snacks and are open to PALS, caregivers, family members and those who are interested in learning more about ALS. Our group meets the second Thursday of each month from 1-3 p.m. at “Jim’s House”, 1266 Old Creamery Rd., Williston, VT. Hosted by Pete and Alphonsine Crevier, facilitated by Liza Martel, LICSW, Patient Care Coordinator for the ALS Association here in Vermont. 223-7638 for more information.

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LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace offers peer-led support groups for survivors of relationship violence, dating violence, emotional violence or hate violence. These groups give survivors a safe and supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, and offer and receive support. Please call Ann or Brenda at 863-0003 if you are interested in joining one of these groups or for more information.

NAMI CONNECTION (National Alliance on Mental Illness) NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group for individuals living with mental illnesses. Call Tammy at 1-800-6396480 or email us at BENNINGTON: Every Tuesday, 1-2:30 p.m., United Couseling Service, 316 Dewey St., CTR Center (Community Rehabilitation and Treatment). BURLINGTON: Every Thursday, 4-5:30 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 2 Cherry Street. ESSEX JUNCTION: 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, 2-3:30 p.m., Congregational Church, 39 Main Street. HARTFORD: 2nd and 4th Friday 4-5:30 p.m., Hartford Library. Call Barbara Austin, 802-4571512. MONTPELIER: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., KelloggHubbard Library, East Montpelier Room (basement). NEWPORT: 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 6-7:30 p.m. Medical Arts Building (attached to North Country Hospital), 2nd floor conference room. RANDOLPH: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 5-6:30 p.m., United Church, 18 N. Main Street. BATTLEBORO: Call for details.

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TRANS GUY’S GROUP Every fourth Monday, RU12? Community Center, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Champlain Mill 1st Floor, Winooski, 6-7:30 p.m. This is a social and support group specifically for trans men. This informal, peer-facilitated group welcomes maleidentified people at any stage of transition. As this is currently a closed group, please contact the center to sign up: or 860-RU12.

GLAM CORE GROUP MEETING Wednesdays, 6-7:30 p.m., RU12? Community Center, Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski. We’re looking for young gay and bi guys who are interested in putting together great events, meeting new people, and reaching out to other guys! Core Group runs our program, and we want your input! If you’re a young gay or bisexual man who would like to get involved, email us at glam@ru12. org or check us out on Facebook (http://www.

MALE GBTQ SURVIVORS OF VIOLENCE SafeSpace is offering a peer-led support group for male- identified survivors of relationship violence, dating violence, emotional violence or hate violence. This group will meet in Winooski at the RU12? Community Center and will be facilitated by Damian. Support groups give survivors a safe and supportive environment to tell their stories, share information, and offer and receive support. 802-863-0003.

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LGBTQ GRIEF AND LOSS GROUP Every Monday, noon, RU12? Community Center, Champlain Mill, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Winooski. A once-a-week group is forming at RU12? for those interested in giving voice to their experience(s) with loss and listening to other’s. Topics could include but are not limited to: grieving, letting go, resolution, moving on, self-image, rituals, and learnings. Contact for more information.

SOCIAL SUPPORT GROUP FOR LGBTQ PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES Come together to talk, connect, and find support around a number of issues including: Coming Out, Socializing. Challenges around employment. Safe Sex. Self Advocacy. Choosing Partners. Discovering who you are. And anything else you want to talk about! The first meeting will be on Tuesday, October 26 at 4 p.m. at the RU12? Community Center at the Champlain Mill in Winooski. For more information contact Sheila ( or David (Dave6262002@


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BURDENS WEIGHTING YOU DOWN? Unemployed, homeless, in need of direction? We are people just like you and have found the answer to all of the above problems. We meet every Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. at the Imani Center 293 N Winooski Ave. Please call 802-343-2027. OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS (OA) Meetings in Barre occur every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday 6-7 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St. Info: 863-2655. Meetings in Johnson occur every Sunday 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Johnson Municipal Building, Route 15 (just west of the bridge). Info: Debbie Y., 888-5958. Meeting in Montpelier occur every Friday 12-1 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115 Main St. Info: Carol, 223-5793. Meetings in Morrisville occur every Friday 12-1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 85 Upper Main St. Contacts: Anne, 888-2356 or Debbie Y.,

888-5958. SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE (SOS) Hospice Volunteer Services (HVS) of Addison County and the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will collaborate to sponsor a monthly ongoing support group for people who have lost someone by suicide. The group will meet the 1st Wed. of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. These free peer support groups will be held at Hospice Volunteer Services at the Marbleworks in Middlebury, and co-facilitated by professional representatives from HVS and AFSP, both suicide survivors. For more information and to register call HVS at 388-4111. A NEW PERSPECTIVE A peer support group for people working through the combination of mental health and substance abuse issues. Wednesdays at the Turning Point Center, 5-6 p.m. The group will be facilitated and will be built around a weekly video followed by a group discussions. Some

of the topics will include: Addictions and mental illness, recovery stories, dealing with stress, understanding personality problems, emotions. 191 Bank St., Burlington. 802-861-3150. BEREAVED PARENTS & SIBLINGS SUPPORT GROUP of the Compassionate Friends meets on the third Tuesday of each month, 7-9 p.m. at 277 Blair Park Rd., Williston. Info, 660-8797. The meetings are for parents, grandparents and adult siblings who have experienced the death of a child at any age from any cause. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE AND RELATED DEMENTIA’S SUPPORT GROUP Held monthly at The Arbors at Shelburne. For info. or to register, contact Kathi at 802-985-8600. WOMEN’S RAPE CRISIS CENTER Will be starting a free, confidential 10week support group for adult female survivors of sexual violence. Please call 864-0555 ext. 20 for information.

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LIVING SINGLE SUPPORT GROUP This course is a follow-up to the Divorce Recovery course that is offered at Essex Alliance Church. If you’ve been through the Divorce Care Class, you have an opportunity to continue to grow, heal, rebuild, and start again. Call Sue Farris for more information at 802-734-0695. SUICIDE SURVIVORS SUPPORT GROUP For those who have lost a friend or loved one through suicide. Location: Maple Leaf Clinic, 167 North Main Street, Wallingford, 802446-3577. 6:30-8:00 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month. GLAFF Gay and lesbian adoptive and foster families. GLAFF provides support, education, resources and strategies to help maintain and strengthen gay and lesbian foster and adoptive families in northwestern VT. Open to all GLBTQ foster and adoptive parents and their children. Food, childcare provided. The

AL-ANON Family group 12-step. Thursdays, 12:20-1:20 p.m. Call AWARE at 802472-6463 for information and to register. Free of charge. 88 High Street, Hardwick. BRAIN INJURY ASSOCIATION OF VERMONT Montpelier daytime support group meets first and third Thursday of the month at the Unitarian Church “ramp entrance” from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Montpelier evening support group meets the first Tuesday of each month at Vermont Protection and Advocacy, 141 Main St., Suite 7, in conference room #2 from 6-8 p.m. Colchester evening support group meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Fanny Allen Hospital in the ground floor boardroom from 6-8 p.m. Middlebury support group on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Patricia Hannaford Career Center. Call our helpline at 1-877-856-1772. LAKE CHAMPLAIN MEN’S RESOURCE CENTER MEN’S DROP-IN SUPPORT GROUP All men welcome, weekly group w/cofacilitators. Open discussion format. Varied topics including: relationships, work, parenting, personal growth, healing. Confidential, nonjudgmental. Open to all ethnicities, religions and sexual orientations. Joseph’s House, 113 Elmwood Ave. Every Thursday, 7-9 p.m. More info: call Chris 434-4830 . LYME DISEASE Are you interested in forming a group? Please call Susan at 899-2713. HIV SUPPORT GROUP This is a facilitated HIV/ AIDS support group that aims to foster a greater sense of community, self-acceptance and personal growth. We are a group of survivors and, with all of our experience, will help you understand and enjoy what positive living has to offer. Friday @ 7 p.m. in the white building behind the Universal Unitarian Church. For more info call Alton @ 310-6094. MITRAL VALVE PROLAPSE/ DYSAUTONOMIA Group forming for information

sharing purposes. Please call 863-3153.

or Bennye, 655-3317, or Patricia, 658-6904.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter Meeting. Bethany Church, 115 Main Street, Montpelier. Wednesdays, 5:15-6:15 p.m. For info call Linda at 476-8345.

NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS is a group of recovering addicts who live without the use of drugs. It costs nothing to join. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using. Info, 862-4516, or visit Held in Burlington.

BEREAVED PARENT SUPPORT GROUP Every first Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Enosburg Falls, 10 Market Place, Main St. Parents, grandparents and adult siblings are welcomed. The hope is to begin a Compassionate Friends Chapter in the area. Info, please call Priscilla at 933-7749. EATING DISORDERS PARENTAL SUPPORT GROUP for parents of children with or at risk of anorexia or bulimia. Meetings 7-9 p.m., third Wednesday of each month at the Covenant Community Church, Rt. 15, Essex Center. We focus on being a resource and providing reference points for old and new ED parents. More information, call Peter at 802-899-2554. ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE and Dementia support group. Held the last Tuesday of every month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Birchwood Terrace, Burlington. Info, contact Kim, 863-6384. FAMILY AND FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUP If someone in your family or one of your friends is in an abusive relationship, this new support group is designed especially for you. Info, call Women Helping Battered Women, 658-1996. WOMEN HELPING BATTERED WOMEN offers free, confidential educational support groups for women who have fled, are fleeing, or are still living in a world where intimate partner violence is present. WHBW offers a variety of groups to meet the diverse needs of women and children in this community. Info, 658-1996. VT PARENTS OF FOOD ALLERGY CHILDREN EMAIL SUPPORT TEAM Info, contact MaryKay Hill, 802-373-0351. TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) Chapter meeting, St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. weigh-in, 7-8 p.m. meeting. Info, call Fred

SEX AND LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem with sex or relationships? We can help. Sunday meetings, 7-8:30 p.m. Call Sandy, 863-5708. WEDNESDAYS CIRCLE A Transpersonal support group, every Wed., 6 p.m., Innerharmony Community Wellness Center, Rt. 100N, Rochester, VT. 767-6092. A sharing circle focusing on personal growth, transformation, spirituality and healing, led by Jim Dodds. DECLUTTER’S SUPPORT GROUP Are you ready to make improvements but find it overwhelming? Maybe 2 or 3 of us can get together to help each simplify. 453-3612. PARENTS TOGETHER: Support group will be meeting in Rutland on Monday evenings. Snacks and childcare provided. All groups are free and confidential. Please call 1-800-CHILDREN for more information. SUPPORT GROUP FOR WOMEN who have experienced intimate partner abuse, facilitated by Battered Women’s Services and Shelter of Washington County. Please call 1-877-5439498 for more info. AHOY BREAST CANCER SURVIVORS Join our support group where the focus is on living, not on the disease. We are a team of dragon boaters. Learn all about this paddle sport and its health-giving, life-affirming qualities. Any age. No athletic experience needed. Call Linda at 802-802-9995478 or email: info@ dragonheartvermont. org or go to: www. dragonheartvermont. org. NAKED IN VERMONT The premier Nudist/Skinnydipper organization in Vermont offering information library, message board, chat room, Yahoo group, and more. (ALL FREE.) Visit

SCLERODERMA FOUNDATION New England: Info, Blythe Leonard, 878-0732. MENTAL ILLNESSES The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill holds support meetings for the families and friends of the mentally ill at Howard Center, corner of Flynn and Pine. Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month at 7 p.m. Park in Pine St. lot and walk down ramp. 862-6683 for info. LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, Transgender, Queer and Questioning: Support groups for survivors of partner violence, sexual violence and bias/hate crimes. Free and confidential. SafeSpace, 863-0003 or 866-869-7341 (toll-free). “HELLENBACH” CANCER support: Every other Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. Middlebury. Call to verify meeting place. Info, 388-6107. People living with cancer and their caretakers convene for support. DEBTORS SUPPORT GROUP Mondays, 7-8 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 21 Buell St., Burlington. Saturdays, 10-11:30 a.m., King Street Youth Center, 87 King St., Burlington. Info, call Cameron, 363-3747. BURLINGTON MEN’S GROUP Ongoing Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3742. Area men are invited to join this weekly group for varied discussions and drumming. ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS Daily meetings in various locations. Free. Info, 860-8382. Want to overcome a drinking problem? Take the first step of 12 and join a group in your area. AL-ANON Ongoing Wednesdays, 8 p.m. First Congregational Church, N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Free. Info, 655-6512. Seven other locations also. Info, 860-8388. Do you have a friend or relative with an alcohol problem? Al-Anon can help. DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL violence: WomenSafe offers free, confidential support groups in Addison County for women who have experienced domestic or sexual violence. Info, 388-4205.

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BUSINESS MANAGER for Deep Root Organic Truck Farmers Cooperative

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Qualifications: full-charge bookkeeper and/or accounting degree. Job description: conversion from Quickbooks to industry software, month-end and year-end financial statements, payroll and grower payments, all accounting duties. Workload follows growing season, 3/4 time June - Jan., 1/3 time Feb.May, flexible hours. Compensation starts at $16/hour.

Web Designer Fuse, a leading marketing agency that connects brands with teens and young adults, is seeking a web designer to conceive and create digital work for web and other interactive media.


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HOUSING RESOURCE CENTER COORDINATOR Consider joining the innovative team at COTS and help create solutions to end homelessness! COTS Housing Resource Center is looking for a talented leader to build and strengthen our homeless prevention initiatives. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated success in creating strategic alliances, leveraging resources, and developing or enhancing new programs. Minimum of three years’ experience is required in project management, budgeting and finance, and knowledge of housing issues and resources. Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline is also required.

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AllEarth Renewables is looking for a technically adept, engineering-oriented, self-motivated individual to become part of our Field & Shop Team. This position involves all aspects of field work including site preparation, Solar Tracker / Wind Turbine installation, minor landscaping and any follow-up work necessary. When not busy in the field, this position will work in our manufacturing shop to help assemble Trackers / Turbines. We are looking for a bright individual with a technical inclination who can work collaboratively to solve problems on the spot and who is passionate about growing and promoting renewable energy. A significant amount of outside work and local travel will be required. May also work with others to train new dealers/ installers as we grow and expand our market. Job Requirements: A two-year degree and at least three years’ experience in the workplace; experience using power tools and a Bobcat; ability to work flexible hours and overtime when needed; ability to be a good problem solver; excellent customer service and people skills; above-average communication skills; basic computer skills; average eye-hand coordination; ability to discern colors; ability to perform physically demanding activities such as climbing ladders, bending, stooping, lifting, etc.; valid motor vehicle license; stellar safety record. Please submit a cover letter along with our job application (found on our website, ) to This position will remain open until filled.

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Activities Leader We are looking for an energetic, fun person to lead activities with We offer competitive salaries, benefits, and shift differentials our residents. For more information or to schedule an interview, please call Donna at 802.862.0401 or e-mail Part-time position hours are Sunday, 1-5 p.m., Monday 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m., and a few flexible hours on Wednesday.

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Join our startup hospice program in Burlington, Vermont, as a Clinical Manager. Use your skills and experience to lead a hospice interdisciplinary team and ensure excellent clinical and social care. You will develop relationships within the community, recruit, train and mentor core hospice team members, manage cases and staff, write care plans and participate in fieldwork. • Current VT RN license in good standing (BSN preferred) • Hospice case management experience required • Strong knowledge of compliance and hospice regulations • Passion for focusing on hospice care • Prior supervisory experience a plus Sign-on bonus available upon hire. Benefits include medical, dental and life insurance; paid time off; weekly pay and direct deposit; tuition reimbursement; 401(k) with company match; opportunities for career advancement. To apply send resume to Heather Ratcliffe, Recruiter (973-656-0425), at, or visit

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The primary focus for this temporary assignment will be tracking of Hazard Insurance. This process will entail the tracking of all cancelations, renewals, and continuous monitoring of hazard insurance notifications that the bank has already received. The process will also include the need to set ticklers and inform customers of the lapse of insurance or lack of proper coverage securing loans secured by applicable collateral. The temporary hire may ultimately cross train and expand into the additional areas.

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Merchants Bank is seeking a talented individual to fill our temporary file librarian position in our South Burlington Loan Library. The position is full time, Monday through Friday 8 am to 5 pm. The position is available now and may extend approximately three months. There is potential for this temporary assignment to become regular employment in the future.

Other duties related to this position will be to process paid loan documents on a daily basis. This process will entail the need of communicating directly with the corporate sales department when relating to commercial accounts. The process will also include the need to review loan documents and differentiate between multiple active and paid loan documents.

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• Ability to set own priorities and flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing work demands. • Knowledge of Fiserv Loan System, Nautilus, Windows, Word, Excel and PDF software. • Comprehension of recorded documents for retention/filing purposes. Please visit us in the “Careers” section of for the full position description and to apply online. Equal OppOrtunity EmplOyEr Member FDIC

Carbon Harvest Energy is a developer of greenhouse 5v-Merchants-012611.indd 1 1/24/11 10:57:52 AM aquaponics systems Voices Against Violence, a program providing shelter, (hydroponics + aquaculture) fueled by landfill-gas-tosupport and advocacy services to victims/survivors of energy power plants. Our domestic and sexual violence in Franklin and Grand Isle company is growing rapidly, counties is recruiting for an with projects in Vermont, New Hampshire and New OUTREACH ADVOCATE/EDUCATOR. York. We seek experienced and creative professionals to This position focuses on teen dating and sexual violence lead our design, operations and is responsible for providing support and advocacy and administration teams in services to victims/survivors, providing outreach and the following positions: • Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant Manager • Greenhouse Manager • Aquaculture or Aquaponics Manager • Mechanical Engineer • Administrative / Business Development Assistant See www.carbonharvest for details and contact information. Deadline for applications is February 18, 2011.

training/education to service providers and teens as part of a team and participating in collaborative systems work in service area. BA in human services or educational field or equivalent education and experience in related fields is necessary. Knowledge of domestic and sexual violence issues preferred. Must have excellent presentation and communication skills with ability to relate to youth and adults. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required. 40 hours/week with excellent benefits. Send cover letter and resume to Voices Against Violence, P.O. Box 72, St. Albans, VT 05478 or by February 14, 2011. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Part-time hours, could work into full-time position. Previous food experience great but not necessary. Talent working with people is the thing. Apply at: The Uncommon Market, 1 School St., Montpelier, or email resume to uncommonmarket@

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Specialized community Support Worker 20-year-old woman who enjoys movies, Zumba, animals, art classes and animals needs 20 afternoon hours of support in the Essex/Burlington area. Ideal candidate is a nearpeer-age female who enjoys being active and has considerable clinical experience. Crisis support experience and a unflappable attitude strongly desired. Benefits eligible. intenSive community Support Worker Interesting 16-year-old man on the autism spectrum with a great sense of humor and an active lifestyle needs 20 afternoon hours of support in the Richmond/Burlington area. This guy thrives with structure and with someone who is confident and comfortable, understated, and sensitive to communication issues. Great opportunity to expand your clinical knowledge and learn/practice behavior-management strategies and different communication techniques. Ideal candidate is a near-peer-age male who also enjoys reading, going to the gym and hiking. Benefits eligible.

criSiS intervention SpecialiSt Seeking a skilled and dynamic individual to provide crisis support for people with developmental disabilities. Ideal candidate will have a combination of significant clinical and interpersonal skills. 30 hours/week, nights and potentially weekends. Bachelor’s 1/24/11 hire an 10:29:29 AMdegree preferred. Outstanding opportunity for graduate students.

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Specialized community Support Worker 19-year-old man who enjoys shooting hoops at the Y needs 15 hours of after-school support. Ideal candidate is easygoing and willing to try new activities. Candidates must be comfortable providing personal care and be able to maintain clear boundaries. Weekdays, 1:30 -4:30 p.m. Visit for more details and a complete list of employment opportunities. HowardCenter is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Minorities, people of color and persons with disabilities encouraged to apply. EOE/TTY. We offer competitive pay and a comprehensive benefits package to qualified employees.

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Full-Time Administrative Assistant Downtown Burlington law firm is seeking a full-time administrative assistant. Experience in legal office helpful. Responsibilities include proofing and editing of   documents, production of legal filings, all general office tasks. Qualifications: Strong computer skills, excellent organizational skills, and proven excellence in proofing and editing. Competitive benefits and salary. Interested persons please email letter and resume to kmcclennan@

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The Alchemist is looking for a friendly and motivated

Senior Estimator

Our client, one of Vermont’s leading commercial and industrial construction companies in the Greater Burlington area, is seeking a new member for its Estimating Department. He or she must be a self-starter who is motivated by challenge and change. The candidate should have to work 30-35 hours per week. Decent advanced planning skills and the ability to take the lead on projects, pay, health insurance and meals. Please complemented by the ability to shift gears quickly. A bachelor’s degree forward your resume or work in engineering or a construction-related area and at least 10 years of history to Jennifer at experience, from conceptual estimating during the design phase through purchasing for construction on at least one $15 million project is required. Proficiency in Excel, Ice and OST preferred.The position offers a competitive salary and benefits package including health, dental, HRA, 1-Alchemist-012611.indd 1 1/20/11 3:37:51 PM flexible spending plan, life insurance and 401(k) plan.

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Employment and Training Counselor The Association of Africans Living in Vermont is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is: to promote the equal opportunity, dignity, and self-sufficiency of individuals and families who have a link to the African continent, regardless of race, ethnic group, religious or political affiliation, or sexual orientation.

After School Professionals Wanted


JOb RESPONSIbIlITIES - Evaluates the clients’ education, training, work history, interests and skills to develop a successful employment plan outlining the steps necessary to remove barriers and obtain and sustain employment. - Researches and identifies job leads for assigned case load and provides information and referrals to training programs. - Collaborates with employers, job-training providers, educational programs, to meet program goals related to job placement and training enrollment. - Provides vocationally oriented case management and provides employment information or employment referrals as needed. - Maintains client records, collects and enters data and submits reports within established protocol/timeframe. - Facilitate the execution of job-skills training programs in coordination with contractual and non-contractual project partners, including recruitment, screening, and project troubleshooting; - Help graduates of job-skills training programs obtain employment opportunities relevant to their training; - Conduct outreach to develop meaningful contacts with job-skills trainers and employers; - Liaise with social service providers, the business community, local and state key holders, and others necessary to achieve project success; and - Conduct occasional organizational development activities, as requested by the executive director.

To apply, please send a cover letter, current resume and reference list to:

Holly R. Jones Administrative Assistant for Burlington Kids Burlington School District phone: 802-846-3736 fax: 802-864-8501

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- Reliable transportation and clean driving record required.

EMPlOYMENT ClASSIFICATION AND SAlARY The employment and training counselor position is classified as “full-time, exempt” (40 hours per week). A competitive salary and benefits package is offered.

TO APPlY Please submit a résumé and cover letter to or in person at 72 North Champlain Street, Burlington, Vt. No phone calls, please. If selected, you will be contacted. Position remains open until filled. The AALV is an equal opportunity employer.

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existing accounts, and sell to and service new business. Previous sales experience not required; sign industry training is provided. Please email resume to No calls.

CLIENT ACCOUNT SPECIALIST - Entry-level position with on-the-job training. Ideal candidate must be organized, customer focused, have a good phone voice and clerical skills. Job responsibilities include customer service, walk-in sales, filing, answering phones, quality control of orders, collections and project organization. Computer literacy a must. SIGN*A*RAMA seeks a candidate who works well with others and can multitask. This position is part time to start. Email resume to paula@ No calls.

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- Previous experience in social and human services, refugee resettlement, or economic development required. - Ability to effectively implement planned programs and activities. - Ability to effectively communicate, verbally and in writing, in English and one or more languages. - Bachelor’s-level education preferred or equivalent life experience. - Strong computer proficiency skills in Microsoft Word and Excel required. - Strong familiarity with the transitional experiences of refugees and other immigrants. - Strong interpersonal and conflict-management skills required.

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The Burlington Kids after Gallagher, Flynn & Company school programs seek 55 Community Drive, Suite 401 enthusiastic, creative So. Burlington, VT 05403 individuals to work in our program at the C. P. Smith elementary school. We seek skilled educators and childcare professionals4t-gallagherandflynn012611.indd 1 1/24/11 3:57:36 PM with a passion for creating engaging learning opportunities for students of all interests and abilities. These are part-time OUTSIDE SALES REPRESENTATIVE - Are you interested in businesspositions working with to-business sales? Possess an entrepreneurial drive, excellent students Monday through project-solving skills, positive work ethic? SIGN*A*RAMA is seeking an Friday for approximately aggressive self-starter who can generate leads, develop and manage 15 to 20 hours each week.

The employment and training counselor will conduct outreach activities to enroll job seekers and provide employment-related services to refugees and immigrants to achieve employment placement and job retention consistent with self-sufficiency goals. At the assignment of the executive director, the employment and training counselor will coordinate specific ongoing and new projects related to job skills development and employment and their associated work plans, logistics, resources, and outreach strategies. This person will also devote a portion of his/her time to helping with AALVInterpret, the association’s interpretation and translation service.


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Applications are now being accepted for a qualified installer in the truck equipment industry. Applicant must have a basic concept of truck equipment. Installations will include, but not limited to, dump bodies, snow removal equipment, etc. Job duties may include installing hydraulics, basic welding and fabrication as well as simple automotive electrical tasks. Applicant will be required to provide the majority of hand tools needed and be capable of working with minimal supervision. Hours are 40 hours, daytime Monday-Friday. Viking offers a drug-free workplace with competitive salary and benefits. Applications and resumes will be accepted at 82 Leroy Road, Williston, VT, between the hours of 8-4 M-F, or resumes can be emailed to

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Small Business Loan Assistant The Vermont Community Loan Fund, a nonprofit financial institution, is recruiting a loan assistant to help us meet our goal of providing economic opportunities to low- and moderateincome Vermonters. This full-time position will assist our Director of Business Programs in all aspects of small-business loan processing and servicing.

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with a clean driving record to drive nonCDL 26' straight trucks. Pay ranges between $110$125 per day. Must be able to pass drug and background check. Call 802-338-9048.

Liquid Measurement Systems, located in Georgia,

The ideal candidate will have knowledge and experience in supporting small-business lending and enjoy handling a variety 1t-spirit-111010.indd 1 11/8/10 12:31:02 PM of tasks on a daily basis. Strong working knowledge of Office Are you interested in software is required. Experience with loan-servicing software is expanding your horizons desired. in the dentistry field? Are A complete job description including salary range and benefit you a team player with information can be found at a great attitude? Do you thrive in a diverse, fastSend cover letter, resume and salary requirements to paced environment with V C L F I S A N EQ U A L O P P O R T U N I T Y E M P L OY E R an emphasis on excellent patient care? Then our office is for you.

Help Vermonters pursue their education goals!

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Manager, Delinquency Prevention and Resolution Job Code: BFP302 VSAC is seeking a professional with demonstrated ability to lead others in achieving aggressive collections goals and utilize metrics to improve collection results. The primary job responsibilities are to implement and manage the strategies, activities, dialer technology, and performance metrics to prevent and resolve delinquency of education loans. Qualified candidates will have: • Several years experience supervising and performing collection of unsecured debt • Experience with technology and metrics used in debt collections • Experience with Fair Debt Collection practices, credit reporting and other private loan collection laws and regulations

Sr. Web Systems Administrator

We are seeking a highly motivated

Hygiene Assistant

VSAC offers a dynamic work environment and competitive compensation. To learn more about these and other opportunities, visit our website at To be considered for any of our positions, please submit a resume & cover letter with Job Code by February 4, 2011, to Director of Human Resources via email (, fax (654-3765) or mail.

VERMONT STUDENT ASSISTANCE CORPORATION PO Box 2000, Winooski, VT 05404 Equal Opportunity Employer VSAC Job Info Line 654-376 - EOE.

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LMS is looking for a team player with a can-do attitude who can perform engineering duties in the planning, designing and maintenance of fuel management products relating to the aerospace and defense industries. Knowledge of design techniques, 3-D modeling software and blueprint reading required. Experience with Autodesk Inventor and SolidWorks preferred. LMS offers a competitive benefits package including health, life and AD&D insurance, dental insurance, vacation pay, personal time, vacation stipend, tuition reimbursement, wellness, 401(k), and pension plan.

LMS is an EEO employer. (Equal Employment Opportunity).

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Job Code: BFP304 VSAC seeks a motivated Web Administrator to join its Information Technology Department to manage our existing web infrastructure and provide support for various web projects, issues and initiatives. Candidates should have experience working with the IBM Websphere toolset, DB2 and LDAP. Experience with web application testing and 3v-EssexFamilyDental-012611.indd tuning, JAVA, JSP, Windows Server support and IIS is highly desirable. Qualified candidates will also have a bachelor's degree in computer science; business administration or related discipline preferred. Commensurate business experience may be substituted. Requires strong project-management experience and demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing with business and technical personnel. Must be a proven solution-oriented team leader.

Vt., is one of Vermont’s fastest-growing aerospace companies. LMS specializes in the design, development, manufacture and testing of fuel management systems for the commercial, military and general aviation markets.

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Current radiology certification required; knowledge of Dentrix software is a plus. Competitive salary and excellent benefits.

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in South Burlington is seeking an

inside/outside sales coordinator.

Previous sales experience is a plus. Candidate must have a vehicle. Interested candidates, please send resume to

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Accounting Controller Full time, Burlington, Vt.

The April Cornell companies are seeking a talented manager to oversee the accounting department for their U.S. and Canadian companies. The ideal candidate must be hands on, skilled in all accounting principles and functions; organized; possess management skills and be capable of multitasking and working in a busy office environment. Must be skilled with QuickBooks and the Microsoft Office Suite. Experience with Canadian taxation and accounting regulations a strong plus. Salary D.O.E. Send resume to jisaacson@, full job description at

Ready to Join our Team? Centerpoint School is seeking a

School Social Worker

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to facilitate treatment groups, provide individualized support and counseling, be a primary link between families and school, coordinate services, and support milieu-based treatment in our alternative education & day treatment setting serving students with a variety of mental health and special education needs.

Become a Part of Our Exceptional Team!

Our social workers possess an MSW/MA/MS, have dynamic skill with high-needs teens, are excellent team collaborators and are committed to clinical innovation. Centerpoint offers a variety of employment opportunities for creative staff with a range of educational and clinical talents. Our positions include competitive salary, a comprehensive benefits package, a dedicated staff team, ongoing professional development and creative work with great teens and families. If you would like to be part of our team, please send a letter highlighting your skills and talents along with your resume to: •

Community Rehabilitation and Treatment Program Crisis Support Services Coordinator: Seeking Masters level mental health professional with strong familiarity in recovery approaches for coping with major mental health conditions, as well as excellent leadership, organizational, and teaming skills to coordinate an innovative new project designed to create new resources for adults coping with mental health crises in Addison County. Responsibilities will include coordinating a 1-2 bed crisis support program co-located at a group home site, as well as assisting with other crisis support services in collaboration with our Emergency Team. This is a full time benefit eligible position. Applicant must have a clean, valid driver’s license.

Meeting the mental health, substance abuse, and special education • needs of Vermont teens and their familes.

Crisis Support Consultant: Seeking Masters level or well experienced mental health professional with excellent counseling skills and a strong familiarity with recovery approaches for coping with major mental health conditions to participate in an innovative new project offering residential support, supportive counseling, and service coordination for adults coping with mental health crises in 5v-Howard CntrPoint-012611.indd 1 1/24/11 4:59:34 PMAddison County. Responsibilities include assisting with staffing a residential crisis support program as well as some off site crisis service coordination. This is a full time benefit eligible position. Applicant must have Essex CHIPS, Inc. and Teen Center, an innovative nonprofit that promotes healthy youth development and community wellness in Essex, Essex a clean, valid driver’s license.

Director of Programming

Junction and Westford, Vt., is seeking a dynamic and creative individual with extensive experience in youth-program design and supervision (for ages 9 18) to fill the Director of Programming position. The Director of Programming at Essex CHIPS will: • Supervise design and delivery of innovative direct-service programming for youth (experience with planning and organizing extended outdoor/ wilderness-based programming a plus). • Recruit, train and supervise direct-service staff and volunteers. • Work collaboratively with other staff to manage the Essex Teen Center space. • Build partnerships and conduct community outreach to enhance community awareness and support of Essex CHIPS programs. • Assist with planning and implementing effective fundraising, grant writing and resource-development strategies related to direct-service programming. • Ensure that clear program objectives and the necessary policies and procedures are in place to support high-quality direct-service programming. Full job description and qualifications available at (click on Job Opportunities). This full-time position includes a competitive salary as well as vacation, health and retirement benefits after a probationary period.

Adult Outpatient Program Emergency Team Clinician - Weekends: Master’s-level Mental Health Professionals with excellent clinical skills and crisis experience wanted for a part-time or full-time benefit eligible positions on our agency Emergency Team, working one or three week-end shift(s) per month, 52 hours per shift. This person will provide face-to-face and phone intervention to individuals in crisis. A concentrated Saturday AM through Monday at noon schedule leaves most of your days free. Weekend hours are worked from home with some call-outs. Prior experience providing mental health services in community settings is desirable. Licensure preferred. Strong assessment skills and willingness to collaborate broadly are required. Applicant must live within 30 minutes of Middlebury. Emergency Team Clinician- Weekdays: Seeking an energetic, flexible Master’s level mental health clinician to provide phone and face-to-face crisis intervention. Requires excellent assessment skills, sound clinical judgment, a strong team orientation, and commitment to community mental health. Excellent orientation, supervision and support provided. Prior experience providing mental health services in community settings is desirable. Licensure preferred. Part-time or full-time, some negotiation possible. Benefits available. Applicant must live within 30 minutes of Middlebury. For a complete list of Job Opportunities

Interested candidates should email their resume, cover letter and three references to Essex CHIPS ( no later than 4 pm on February 4, 2011.

visit Apply to: CSAC Human Resources 89 Main Street Middlbury,

Questions can be directed to

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Sales Associates

Shelburne family, flexible schedule. Looking for responsible, trustworthy individual.

Pet Food Warehouse, a locally owned pet food and supply business, is looking for full-time sales associates to provide superior customer $13/hr., approximately service and assist with store projects. Candidates must be reliable 12-16 hrs./wk. Karen, 802-318-8701. and hardworking, have the ability to repetitively lift SEASONAL CALL CENTER AGENTS WANTED! Vermont Teddy Bear’s on-site Contact Center staff take incoming sales and 50 lbs., and a desire to learn about our products. Must also love customer service calls to help our customers find the perfect gift! Previous Licensed pets and have great people skills! Please apply in person at: 1t-KarenSmith012611.indd 1 1/24/11 10:31:01 AM customer service experience and a high level of computer knowledge are required in order to be successful. Includes 20 hours of paid training to Psychotherapist Pet Food Warehouse, 2500 Williston Rd., S. Burlington, or help you learn our DOS-based order entry system as well as lots of tips, Space available in welltools, and techniques to make you a GREAT agent! Flexible scheduling 2455 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne established women‘s practice on with some required weekends. This short-term committment opportunity Burlington waterfront. Sublet is an option. Parking included.

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Administrative Assistant

Health Care and Real Estate Development corporation is seeking an Administrative Assistant to facilitate scheduling and communication for CEO.

Office Assistant The Energy Co-op of Vermont delivers heating oil, kerosene and wood pellets to 2,800 members and customers in northern Vermont. We also service repair and install furnaces, boilers, space heaters and pellet stoves. For more information, go to We are looking for a part-time office assistance to start by February 21. Responsibilities: • accounts receivables: phone calls and letters to members and customers with overdue balances • post fuel deliveries, customer payments and invoices for service work • data entry: heating equipment information, new account setup, budget and price protection information, etc. • general filing • customer service, by phone and in person • other administrative tasks as needed Qualifications: • computer skills, especially with Microsoft Office • general office experience • excellent organizational skills, attention to detail • background in data entry, accounts receivables and bookkeeping • ability to learn about and describe the Energy Co-op’s products and services to potential members

Hiring for all positions, including Directors

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looking for motivated, flexible team players to join our growing

childcare team

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The Red Cross of Vermont and the NH Valley is seeking a dynamic person to be part of the Red Cross team. The successful candidate will lead a region wide development effort in Vermont and part of NH and be responsible for direct mail solicitation, leadership gift growth and maintenance, United Way development and representation, and the leadership of region wide area Advisory Boards supporting Red Cross’s mission. The position will report to the CEO in Burlington. QualifiCaTions: • Candidates must be experienced in a variety of successful efforts: growing and maintaining the development of direct mail campaigns, major gift acquisition, region wide fund-raising volunteer recruitment and leadership, community relations, and coordination and leadership of special events. Capability to travel throughout the Vermont and NH Upper Valley region in own vehicle will be expected. • Candidates should be able to demonstrate strong oral and written communication skills, along with the ability to be well organized. Experience in maintenance, organization, and manipulation of fundraising software and desktop publishing is mandatory.

This position is perfect for a highly organized, detail-oriented individual who has knowledge of web technology and marketing practices. This individual will be responsible for various operations that keep the new media department running as smoothly and efficiently as possible. Duties will include: client relations and communication; Internet marketing ad placement and trafficing; scheduling and coordination of appointments and events; generating performance reports and sending them to clients; as well as other executive support functions. Please submit resumes to or fax to 802 652-6449.

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HOUSING RESOURCE SPECIALIST Consider joining the dedicated team at COTS and helping to make a difference! COTS Housing Resource Center is a community center for those seeking financial assistance and resources to secure housing and prevent homelessness. The Housing Specialist works directly with at-risk households identifying and implementing effective strategies for maintaining their housing. The Specialist collaborates actively with other community programs and resources in order to maximize positive outcomes for clients. The successful candidate should be familiar with the needs of the homeless population, have a working knowledge of housing issues and systems at local and state levels, and be familiar with community social-services resources. Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate discipline is required. Basic knowledge of computer programs necessary. Send cover letter and resume to: Human Resources, COTS PO Box 1616, Burlington, VT 05402-1616 Email: EOE,TTY relay 1-800-545-3323

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Gardener’s Supply Company, an employee-owned company and America’s leading catalog and web source for innovative gardening products, is seeking a talented and experienced full-time Photographer to join its Creative Department.

Staff Photographer We’re searching for an individual who has 10+ years of work experience in the field of photography, particularly in product photography and large-scale photo shoots, both in studio and on location. The Photographer will provide photographic services and expertise in support of product sales, product information, gardening content, and brand communication. The Photographer will ensure that all images follow best practices in digital capture and color management. This person will supervise members of the photo team, including the Photo Producer/Stylist and freelance photo assistants. Successful candidates will have an expertise in camera systems, proficiency in digital capture software and Adobe Creative Suite. This person should have a solid photographic background and portfolio that reflects the breadth and depth of all of our product categories. Now in our 28th year, we’re proud of our commitment to working hard AND having fun. We provide employees with a supportive teamwork environment, strong cultural values, competitive wages and excellent benefits (medical, dental, 3 weeks vacation to start, profit sharing, stock ownership and a terrific product discount). Interested? Please send your resume/cover letter and the most relevant examples of your work to jobs@gardeners. com or Gardener’s Supply Company, 128 Intervale Road, Burlington, VT 05401.

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Client ServiCeS repreSentative Fast-paced local web design firm needs a talented, energetic professional to provide exceptional customer service to our clients. You must be versatile, because no two days will be the same. On a given day, you might coach a client through setting up their email, troubleshoot a broken image on a website, work with our programmers to create estimates, and help to manage new website projects. You will need to perform all of these functions with uncompromising attention to detail and commitment to timely follow-through with customers. As the primary phone answerer, you will take the initiative to identify and resolve client issues, schedule and coordinate website maintenance requests, and troubleshoot minor technical issues. We’re looking for someone who can multitask without losing their cool, communicate courteously with exceptional clarity via phone and email, and work independently and as part of a team. This full-time position offers a competitive salary and benefits. Come help Vermont Design Works continue its exceptional level of customer service. To request an interview, please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to

Event Coordinator Vermont Tent Company is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic individual to join our team as an Event Coordinator. We want candidates who are able to coordinate multiple tasks at once, communicate effectively with clients, and provide excellent customer service. In addition, the ideal candidate will have previous sales experience, excellent writing skills, creativity with color and design, attention to detail, and a great sense of humor. Previous experience in the wedding and special event industry is a must. Send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to: or fax to 802.863.6735. No phone calls, please.

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This position is responsible for servicing registered representatives, branch office supervisors, field staff, clients and internal staff. Calls frequently involve researching discrepancies, performing in-depth research and problem solving. We are looking for candidates with a FINRA Series 7 license and demonstrated ability to perform quality work in a fast-paced environment.

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Securities and investment advisory services are offered solely by Equity Services, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. One National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT 05604 (802)229-3900

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Provide supervision for juvenile probationers and at-risk youth under the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model. Bachelor’s degree in human services or related field and relevant experience preferable (adolescents with delinquent and/or at-risk behavior, substance-abuse issues, group facilitation, positive leisure-time activities, resistant parents). Will work with DCF Family Services; model and teach problem solving, conflict resolution and social skills; do drug screening and risk assessment; and document youth behavior and activities. Must have reliable vehicle, good driving record and good people skills. Deadline February 4, 2011. Addison County Court Diversion & CJP P.O. Box 881, 282 Boardman Street Middlebury, VT 05753

Liberty Mutual will be hosting 2 Career Open Houses at our Williston, VT office. Our management team will be available to meet with prospective candidates to discuss Sales career opportunities for openings in our Williston and Rutland locations. The event will offer the opportunity to learn more about our organization - currently ranked one of Business Week’s Top 50 Employers. If you would be interested to attend, please RSVP with via Rose King (802) 872-7778, to secure a scheduled interview time. Information sessions will be held hourly.

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Please complete the 45-minute online assessment prior to attending. Interested parties who are unable to attend the event are still encouraged to apply! WHO: Entry-Level and Experienced Sales Professionals WHAT’S NEEDED: Please bring a copy of your resume and complete the online assessment. To learn more , please visit: To learn more about this career opportunity and apply online, visit: Job ID# 17923. Inclusion is the answer. Liberty Mutual is an equal opportunity employer.

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Spruce Mountain Inn is a small, nationally known residential treatment program in Plainfield, Vt. We are seeking a detailoriented person with excellent communication, problem-solving and clinical skills. Function as a member of a multidisciplinary team and provide intensive case-management services to a small caseload of young-adult clients within the context of a highly structured therapeutic community. Master’s degree and experience in case management desired. License preferred. Send letter of interest and resume via email to Grant Leibersberger, Assistant Director Spruce Mountain Inn PO Box 153 Plainfield, VT 05667-0153. Email:

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Wanted: Teaching team member to spark curiosity and maintain consistency and kindness with nine toddlers! Must have a strong background in early education, enjoy the company and spirit of young children, plan curriculum, complete paperwork, change diapers, enjoy the outdoors, be able to pass criminal background check and keep sense of humor and calm even when you hear “no” all day long! ACC has been serving the community for 22 years and offers a nurturing and emergent environment for children. Join our dedicated team of professionals and committed families who make ACC a great place to work and play! Great pay, benefits and generous time off. Please send resume and three written references to

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Wake Robin provides a restaurant quality dining experience with full table service for our residents and guests. This support position performs a variety of services in the kitchen area such as dishwashing, basic food prep, linen prep, food storage, general kitchen cleaning and, as assigned, performs bus services in the main or auxiliary dining rooms.

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this newly created position will manage, coordinate and support the dayto-day administrative activities of our many Developmental Services programs and staff while assisting the Director in the leadership of the division. the right individual will possess excellent organizational and interpersonal skills in order to manage the diverse tasks associated with this new role; must be comfortable making hard decisions and sometimes delivering difficult messages. This position will engage in creative problem solving and collaboration among teams, staff and other agency divisions, along with some external venues; thus exceptional oral and written communication is necessary.

Some challenges you will face within the human services system include service delivery and funding accountability alongside strained budgets. therefore, a heavy emphasis on ensuring the division is meeting mandates, and coupling high-quality care with fiscal responsibility is essential. providing leadership in quality initiatives, risk management and program outcomes will be an important aspect of this position. Hence, some familiarity of the developmental services systems is important. master’s degree in appropriate discipline preferred.

Cabot Hosiery Mills Inc., home of the Darn NCSS Inc., 107 Fisher Pond Rd., St. Albans, VT 05478 Tough Vt. brand, a premier manufacturer of men’s and women’s socks, seeks a manager with six to 10 years’ proven leadership and managerial experience in a manufacturing environment as the production planning 5v-NCSSThera-011911.indd 1 1/17/11 5:56:26 PM and inventory control manager.This position, which will have responsibility for planning all of the company’s product lines, with Seyon Lodge State Park special emphasis on improving the production planning and inventory control of our Darn Tough Vermont line, is a growth opportunity for the right person. Reporting to Vermont State Parks is hiring two full-time, seasonal innkeepers for the plant manager, it requires an experienced, well-organized, analytical, hands-on 10-month positions at one of Vermont’s most unique state parks. individual who’s not afraid to make decisions and work with a diverse manufacturing Seyon Lodge is a historic lodge on Noyes Pond in Groton, Vt. team in a very fast-paced setting. This individual will be a key team member in Seeking responsible and creative individuals, a couple, or close selecting and implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning system scheduled for companions to live at and manage operations that cater to fly later this year. Knowledge of well-functioning ERP/MRP systems is required, with fishing, weddings/civil unions, small group functions, dining prior experience in systems implementation a definite plus. Active membership in and overnight lodging. Minimum qualifications: Two to four APICS and their training programs will be given added consideration. years’ experience in hotel/resort, restaurant, or park/recreation management, or a related leisure/travel service field. Positions Salary will be commensurate with related managerial/manufacturing experience. begin mid-April 2011. Competitive benefit package. Please send resume to Visit for information. Richard Carey, Human Resource Manager Send application to Cabot Hosiery Mills, Inc. Parks regional Manager, PO Box 307, Northfield, VT 05663-0307 Five Perry St., Suite 20, Barre, Vt 05641, or you may email to or Cabot Hoisery Mills is an equal opportunity eMployer. Deadline: February 9, 2011.


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Our client, a growing manufacturing firm in Morrisville, is looking for a controller to oversee all day-to-day accounting; own and improve cost accounting and margin analysis; monitor and upgrade internal controls and financial reporting; oversee annual budgeting; manage currency issues, and upgrade the company’s ERP system. The ideal candidate will have significant accounting experience in a manufacturing or process environment; prior controller experience; strong expertise in 2h-DrKarenCleary-012611.indd systems improvement, and excellent communications skills.

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Ascension Technology Corporation (ATC) is growing. To accommodate that growth, ATC will increase its full-time IT staff. ATC seeks a qualified IT specialist with at least 5 years’ experience in a corporate  IT environment. Responsibilties include network administration & maintenance, help desk, telephone PBX & voicemail maintenance, customer technical support and operations database management. Associates degree in a technical discipline or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Network certification a plus. ATC is located a mile from the I-89 Milton, Vt., exit # 17. Email letter of interest and resume to:

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Champlain College’s Advancement office seeks an individual who will take the lead in the development, implementation and refinement of a systematic, strategic prospect-research and analysis program in support of the college’s fundraising mission and goals. A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 3-5 years of prospect/ development-research experience in a higher education or nonprofit environment is required. Must possess strong analytical skills and the ability to synthesize a high volume of information and interpret it effectively for end-users. Ability to multitask and maintain a keen attention to detail is critical. The successful candidate will also possess excellent analytical and time-management skills. Must be adept at meeting frequent deadlines, and be self-motivated and -directed. Ability to identify and solve problems, and translate ideas into actionable steps is essential. The ideal candidate will be computer proficient, including ability with Microsoft Office applications, have experience with web-based research and research tools, and have experience with database operations and usage. Datatel experience is desired, but not required. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills and adherence to the highest standards of confidentiality and discretion is a must.

The Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund seeks a full-time program director for this newly created position. VADP’s purpose is to provide highly specialized technical assistance to growth-stage, value-added agricultural entrepreneurs and enterprises in Vermont, especially those that require risk capital in order to take advantage of new market opportunities.

Submit a resume and cover letter online at www.champlain. edu/hr. The successful completion of a criminal background check is required as a condition of employment. Application deadline: February 13, 2011.

Responsibilities include identifying and working with eligible agricultural entrepreneurs; assisting with technical assistance needs; helping to develop financing packages; and coordinating services with others in the agricultural, business assistance, financial and philanthropic community. The position requires comfort with all aspects of farming and food production, proven expertise in assembling financing packages, and statewide travel.

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“The typical Seven Days reader — a young, hip, active, fun-loving Vermonter — is also the typical Lenny’s customer. The paper gives us statewide coverage for our three stores in Barre, Williston and St. Albans, so it was an economical buy. We also liked the idea of supporting a locally owned print media partner. Michael, our Account Executive, is friendly, energetic and easygoing. He’s a great source of information and ideas. If he has a program he thinks is a good fit for Lenny’s, he’ll let us know — but he never tries to push a “package of the week” that doesn’t make sense for us.




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Costello’s closes Sunday and Monday to allow the couple time to relax. This is, after all, essentially Costello and Hamilton’s retirement job. Before the market opened on February 4, 2007, Hamilton was chef at the Huntington House in Rochester. Costello says he told her, “I can’t be behind a stove working the line, doing 250 heads a night, when I’m 60 years old.” They discussed opening a small

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ean Lawson had brewed beer at home for 20 years. Eventually, Specializing so many friends and neighbors were raving about it that in Vietnamese he decided to get into commercial & Thai Cuisine production. So Lawson built a petite red Lunch & Dinner barn in a pine grove next to his house Dine-in or carry-out in Warren. He fitted the barn with a tiny, one-and-a-half-barrel MoreBeer brewing system as well as a Blichmann Full menu available kettle and fermenter. And he spent the online at next year fine-tuning ales, India pale ales (IPAs) and stout. Downtown Burlington Three years later, he’s delivering Lower Church St • 859-9998 12 cases of Lawson’s Finest Liquids to the Warren Store once a week, where Essex Junction it usually sells out the same day. He 137 Pearl Street • 872-9998 occasionally brings cases of 22-ounce bottles to the Montpelier farmers market, too, where a line of customers is usually waiting. Some of them travel from as far 12v-vietnamrestaurant111010-1.indd 1 11/4/10 11:02 AMaway as New York and Pennsylvania for brews such as Lawson’s Bourbon BarrelAged Fayston Maple Imperial Stout. Why? It could be his thoughtful, innovative blending of yeast and hops, some grown in his yard. Or the ultrasoft well water from beneath his house. Or maybe it’s Lawson’s creative flourishes — the 100 percent maple-sap base for his Maple Tripple; His infusions of cinnamon and sprigs of spruce in Red Spruce Bitter; and the citrus-like hops in his Double Sunshine IPA. It could be, too, that Lawson brews in such small batches, there’s never quite enough of his product to go around. His production size makes Lawson part of the nanobrewery set — that is, breweries with five or fewer barrels. His customer base comprises beer aficionados who, like food localvores, appreciate beer made close to home. On a recent brewing day, Lawson’s barn is filled with yeast-scented steam “Ok, I admit I was a little skeptical. as he brings a batch of IPA to a boil. Another email newsletter trying to get me to do stuff. But I LOVE Seven Days NOw. He alternates between checking its It’s easy to read, it links me to some of the temperature and labeling bottles on coolest stuff, and it tempts me to address a folding table. Ray Daniels’ book my cabin fever and actually DO something Designing Great Beer: The Ultimate this weekend. It’s well designed, and Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles sits tempting. Thanks for putting it together. nearby. Satisfied with the way the boil is I’m going to forward it to my sweetie and going, Lawson invites me down to the find some fun.” basement. — Susanna Weller, Starksboro There, along one wall, six barrels that once held bourbon and whiskey Sign up for... are now aging Farmhouse Rye, Imperial NoteS on the Weekend, Stout and Maple Tripple, among others. our email newsletter, for an update The last has been aging since spring. that directs you to great shows, Lawson appears with two curvy glasses restaurants, staff picks and discounts for the weekend. of his Maple Nipple Ale. Held up to the light, it’s a light amber. “This is barley, We’ll also keep you posted on maple syrup, hops, yeast and water,” he SeveN DayS events and contests. says, pausing to reflect, it seems, on the Sign up on our homepage: transformative alchemy of such simple ingredients — the result is something much greater than its parts. And

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stronger: At 9 percent alcohol, one glass can cause a bit of a haze in the middle of one’s workday. For the Maple Nipple, Lawson uses Maine-grown barley, malted in Montréal, to give the beer a toasty flavor. The nose is wheat and candy; the first sip begins faintly sweet and ends on a bitter note. The sweetness grows on successive tastes. As a wine drinker who previously did not give beer props for complexity, I suddenly find myself searching for other hints of flavor. Lawson pours his newest product, the Double Sunshine IPA. The pale-yellow ale’s head is a full inch thick, pillowy and dense. “You can smell this from an arm’s length away,” he says, and it’s true. It’s the smell of cannabis, as clear as can be. Hops contain cannabinoids, Lawson points out. For this beer, he used a variety “that smells like Juicy Fruit.” The beer has a hoppy bitterness but is infused with citrus flavors. Lawson thinks brewing in tiny batches has its benefits. The small scale allows him to experiment — with different grain and yeasts and minuscule changes in temperature — all the while remaining unhindered by the businessloan payments he might have on a larger

operation. “I’ll raise the temperature on the mash just a degree, and people won’t notice the difference, but I will,” Lawson says. “This is kind of how I perfect my beers. I tinker with the ingredients. I have the freedom as a small brewer to do that.” Lawson notes that he can make “big” beers because his batches are so small. That’s “big” as in strong — up to 11 percent alcohol — with flavor profiles that etch themselves in a drinker’s memory. As he notes how the flavor of his harvested ingredients changes from year to year, Lawson has gained a new appreciation for the consistency with which megabrewers such as AnheuserBusch maintain a beer’s flavor over time. “Each year brings a new crop of hops and barley,” he says. “No way around that changing over time. I thought, Budweiser is a master of blending.”


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Few string quartets merge classical and cutting edge as seamlessly as France’s Quatuor Diotima. While continually executing the work of Classical- and Romantic-era greats, the ensemble also has more modern music, including new commissions, in its blood — and in its name, which is a tribute to 20th-century composer Luigi Nono’s Fragmente-Stille, an Diotima. During a short tour of the U.S., the foursome, winners of the Contemporary Music prize at the London International String Quartet Competition in QUATUOR DIOTIMA 2000, incorporate that contemporary perspective Friday, January 28, 7:30 p.m., at into these oldies but goodies, performed with UVM Recital Hall in Burlington. breathtaking range: quartets by Franz Schubert, Preperformance talk, 6:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 656-4455. Leoš Janácek’s Intimate Letters and Alban Berg’s Lyric Suite.

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this the largest sled dog race in New England, says co-organizer Marian Wafer. Mushers direct the canines through Kingdom Trails Nordic Center courses, and puppy lovers keep tabs on their travels from a snow-covered field — or by snowshoeing out to scenic overlooks. Spectators can also sample the sliding on personal sled dog rides or horse-drawn carriage outings. And don’t miss the early morning skijoring, where dogs take a run with cross-country skiers in tow.





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BURKE MOUNTAIN SLED DOG DASH Saturday, January 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., and Sunday, January 30, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (with 4 p.m. awards party in the lodge), at Burke Mountain in East Burke. $5-70 registration; free to watch; donations accepted for the construction of a Northeast Kingdom community center; $10 for horse-drawn carriage rides; $10-20 for sled dog rides. Weather dependent. Info, 626-7300 or 626-8850. COURTESY OF MARIAN WAFER

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Puck It The eight ice rinks at Fairlee’s Lake Morey Resort have been a long time in the making. It took months of nippy weather and wintry mixes for the all-natural, outdoor ice rinks to form on the water. With a little help from the Zamboni, they’re the perfect setting for this weekend’s second annual Vermont Pond Hockey Championships. Twenty-eight teams from all over New England — and some from beyond — strap on skates and face off in four divisions for the coveted VERMONT POND HOCKEY Golden Sap Bucket trophy. “It’s a laid-back, CHAMPIONSHIPS fun competition,” says Lake Morey Resort’s Saturday, January 29, 8:30 a.m., and Sunday, January 30, 8 a.m., Christine Cecchetti, noting that spectators can at Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee. get in on the action from the ice, the nearby Free to watch. Info, 333-4311. snow banks or the indoor lounge — perhaps with a hot toddy in hand.

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‘COLLEGE 101’: Study up on all things higher ed with educational consultant Nancy Milne. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE CLASS: Speakers with a different native tongue make progress. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. ‘GROW YOUR OWN MUSHROOMS’: Eric Swanson of Vermush leads an examination of the fungus among us as he teaches folks to culture and grow mycelia into fungi. Preregister. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 5-7 p.m. $10-12. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, ITALIAN CONVERSATION GROUP: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Call for cancellations in inclement weather. Room 101, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869. RELAY FOR LIFE OF CHITTENDEN COUNTY KICKOFF RALLY: Folks interested in joining the fight against cancer gather to launch their fundraising efforts. Essex Cinemas, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 800-227-2345. RETIREMENT PLANNING FOR WOMEN: Females keep an eye on the future in this educational seminar. The Vermont Agency, Colchester, 5:306:30 p.m. Free. Info, 318-8524, vermont_agency2@


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‘FINDING NEVERLAND’: Johnny Depp plays author J.M. Barrie as he finds inspiration for Peter Pan in a family of four fatherless boys. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘LIVING DOWNSTREAM’: Dr. Sarah Steingraber, a scientist and cancer patient, links environmental toxins to human health in this documentary produced by the People’s Picture Company. Sugar Maple Ballroom, Davis Center, UVM, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 607-227-4456.

CHOCOLATE-DIPPING DEMO: Fans of cocoa-covered confectionery experience the tempering and dipping process. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 253-9591. THE OPEN TABLE: Chefs Claudine Marlett and Michael Hays prepare a community meal for diners who contribute what they can, whether it be in money, labor, skills or simply their company. LACE, Barre, 6-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 476-4276.

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‘HOW TO REDUCE LOW-BACK PAIN AND SCIATICA’: Dr. Stephen Brandon explains the role of weight, exercise, posture, discs, nerves, muscles and circulation. Seating is limited; call to sign up. Creative Habitat, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-0646. JESSICA STADTMAUER: The naturopathic doctor addresses chronic ear infections, asthma, hay fever, eczema and more in “Treating Allergies in Children With Natural Medicine.” Mountain View Natural Medicine, South Burlington, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 860-3366.


BABYTIME: Crawling tots and their parents convene for playtime and sharing. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 658-3659. ENOSBURG PLAYGROUP: Children and their adult caregivers immerse themselves in singing activities and more. American Legion, Enosburg Falls, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FAIRFAX PLAYGROUP: Multicultural stories and activities accent child’s play. Health Room, Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. HIGH SCHOOL BOOK GROUP: Bookworms crack open the tomes they like to read. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. HIGHGATE STORY HOUR: Good listeners soak up classic fairy tales. Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. ICE SKATING FOR HOMESCHOOLERS: Independent learners hit the ice. Ice Barn, Milton, noon-2 p.m. $3 includes skating and rentals; $10 for skating lessons. Info, 893-4237. MIDDLE SCHOOL BOOK GROUP: Young people discuss their current reads. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. MILTON BABY PLAYGROUP: New moms, dads and babies socialize on a weekly basis. New Life Fellowship, Milton, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 893-4922. WED.26

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Take it from OutKast: “What’s cooler than bein’ cool? Ice cold!” The fifth annual Smuggs Ice Bash proves just how cool the ice can be through two days of gear demos and clinics that take full advantage of the mountain’s varied climbing terrain. Climbers from all over the East Coast converge for on-the-rocks outings ranging from waterfall ice climbing to alpine ICE BASH KICK-OFF climbing and glacier travel, as well as a Saturday Friday, January 28, 6-10 p.m., at Petra Cliffs in Burlington. $5 evening slide-show presentation by New York for spectators includes food climber Ian Osteyee. But the bash, organized by and beverage. Info, 657-3872. Sunrise Adventure Sports’ Bert Severin, actually kicks off on Friday — sans ice. Petra Cliffs hosts SMUGGS ICE BASH the first annual Vermont Indoor Dry-Tooling Saturday, January 29, and Competition, where about a dozen climbers Sunday, January 30, 9 a.m., battle it out on the wall, using IceHoldz to at Smugglers’ Notch Inn in Jeffersonville. Various prices; simulate a glacial experience. It’s a way for preregister for clinics. Info, 730folks to “wear a T-shirt and still experience ice 2978. sunriseadventuresports. climbing,” says Severin. com/ice_bash_page.html

‘CLIENT 9: THE RISE AND FALL OF ELIOT SPITZER’: Alex Gibney’s 2010 documentary investigates the trajectory of the “Sheriff of Wall Street.” Cinema 2, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 748-2600.

grad trying to figure out her next step. Cinema 1, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 748-2600.


RUSSIAN-ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP: Multilingual chatterboxes become more familiar with the most widely spoken Slavic language. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

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Montgomery Story Hour: Little lit lovers flip pages before snacking. Montgomery Town Library, Montgomery Center, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Preschool Story Time: Tots ages 3 to 5 read picture books, play with puppets and do math activities. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. ‘Star Wars’ Club: May the Force be with you: Fans chitchat about favorite characters and moments. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.


Valley Night: Bread & Bones prove their acoustic folk prowess. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $5 suggested cover. Info, 496-8994.


Night Rider Series: Skiers and riders compete in the illuminated terrain parks for prizes. Bolton Valley Resort, 4:30 p.m. $18 includes lift ticket; $12 for season-pass holders. Info, 434-6804. Wax Clinic: Toko representative Dave Boucher helps Nordic skiers learn to wax and race like the pros. Onion River Sports, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 229-9409,


Brown Bag Lecture Series: Will “Chip” Sawyer, manager of the Vermont State Data Center, summarizes how our state has changed in the last decade by analyzing numbers from the 2010 Census and the American Community Survey. Snow date: February 10. St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291, inform@stjathenaeum. org.

Performance & Reading: SafeArt founding director Tracy Penfield introduces On Our Way: An Anthology of SafeArt Writing 2000-2010, a compilation of poetry and prose written by survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Dance, song and spoken-word performances follow. KelloggHubbard Library, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Writers’ Group: Wordsmiths put pen to paper in response to prompts — and then share their results. Johnson Public Library, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 363-5541.



‘Pollinate & Cultivate: Seeding the Future of Our Food’: Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund’s Ellen Kahler keynotes this two-day agriculture law and policy conference that examines food systems. Preregister. Vermont Law School, South Royalton, 8:45 a.m.-7 p.m. Free to the public; $25 for those seeking CLE credits. Info, 603-387-4769.

American Red Cross Blood Drive: Norwich: See above listing, Tracy Hall, Norwich, 1-6 p.m. Chess Club: Checkmate! Board-game players try to attack the king with sly strategies. Faith United Methodist Church, South Burlington, 7 p.m. $2-3. Info, 363-5803. Mt. Mansfield Scale Modelers: Hobbyists break out the superglue and sweat the small stuff at a miniature-construction skill swap. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0765. ‘The Shadow Effect: Illuminating the Hidden Power of Your True Self’: In this fiveweek class and book-study group, students explore the parts of themselves they would rather not be. Unity Church of Vermont, Essex Junction, 7-8:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 876-7696,


‘Blood Simple’: A bar owner suspects his wife is sleeping with one of his employees in this stylish and thrilling 1984 noir, the debut film of the Coen brothers. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer’: See WED.26, 7 p.m. ‘Dirt! The Movie’: Dr. Deborah Neher, of the UVM Plant and Soil Science department, introduces this 2009 documentary about the ground we walk on. Billings Hall, UVM, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8111.


‘Racial Profiling: A Community Report’: Uncommon Alliance’s Wanda Hines hosts speakers Robert Appel, Michael Schirling, Patrick Brown and Christine Longmore in a discussion that hits close to home. Community Room, Burlington College, 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616.

VBSR January Sole Circle: Sole proprietors and microbusiness owners chat about trends and current issues after an address from Rachel Cummings. Networking and drinks follow. Bluebird Tavern, Burlington, 5-6 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 862-8347.

Waterbury Historical Society Meeting: After a short business meeting, speaker Brian Lindner briefs listeners on the five ski areas of Waterbury and Duxbury — and what happened to them. Wesley United Methodist Church, Waterbury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 244-8089.

Vermont Venture Network: Networkers dig into a continental breakfast as Janice St. Onge, deputy director of the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, delivers a lecture. Opening remarks by Lawrence Miller. Hilton Hotel, Burlington, 8-9:30 a.m. $15 for nonmembers. Info, 658-7830.

Benefit Lunch & Dinner: Vermonters take a seat — and a menu — to support Mobius the Mentoring Movement. Ten percent of all sales benefit youth mentoring programs in Chittenden County. Miguel’s on Main, Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 658-9000 or 658-1888.


Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.26, 2 p.m.

‘Oliver Twist’: Charles Dickens’ original words thread through a new take on his novel, presented by Vermont Stage Company and featuring original music by David Symons. FlynnSpace, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $24.30-32.50. Info, 863-5966.

‘Everyone Can Dance’: As part of Winterfest, Lost Nation Theater hosts Big Action Performance Ensemble’s community effort, which celebrates the capabilities of the human body. Montpelier City Hall Auditorium, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 229-0492.

The Met: Live in HD: Palace 9: Deborah Voigt stars in a broadcast of Puccini’s Wild West opera, La Fanciulla del West. Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $20-24. Info, 660-9300.


‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’: Catherine Doherty stars as a guide to visiting extraterrestrials in this one-woman show by Northern Stage. Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, 7:30 p.m. $5-58. Info, 2919009, ext. 10.

CSSU Teacher Apprenticeship Program Informational Session: Individuals with a bachelor’s degree learn about earning teacher licensure. Snow date: February 10. Library, Essex High School, Essex Junction, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 238-9637,


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Donor Month. Dunkin’ Donuts, Riverside Ave., Burlington, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 658-6400.

Lamoille County Osher Lecture Series: Fairbanks Museum meteorologist Mark Breen puts “Snow Under the Looking Glass” in an investigation of ‘flakes and how snowstorms work. Town & Country Resort, Stowe, 1:30 p.m. $5. Info, 253-9011.

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Painted Word Poetry Series: A series highlighting established and emerging New England poets features David Huddle and Meg Kearney. Fleming Museum, UVM, Burlington, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 656-2005.

Media Maven Luncheon: Nonprofits learn how to make a big impact with limited resources by jump starting their marketing and outreach work. Channel 17 Studios, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. $5-20; lunch or webcast available. Info, 862-1645, ext. 21, coordinator@com

Cafecito Hour: Folks share research and personal perspectives on human-rights issues through movement, music, text and visual imagery. Dance Theatre, Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.



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International Film Series: Movie buffs screen Nurse.Fighter.Boy, a 2008 drama about an unlikely urban love story. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. ‘Tiny Furniture’: See WED.26, 7 p.m.

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Benefit Bake: Diners down slices to support Pete’s Greens. A portion of all flatbread sales will benefit the farm. American Flatbread, Burlington, Middlebury and Waitsfield locations. 5 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 496-8856.

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Strong Living Exercise: Fitness enthusiasts undergo strength training for good health. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 8 a.m. Free. Info, 443-1654. Ujjayi Pranayama: Yogis concentrate on breathing in a healing exercise led by Rob Gold of River’s Grace Yoga. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@


Alburgh Playgroup: Tots form friendships over stories, songs and crafts. Alburgh Family Center, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Book Lust Club: Middle and high schoolers dish on reads they love, as well as ones they love to hate. Snacks provided. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6956. Fletcher Playgroup: Little ones make use of the open gym before snack time. Fletcher Elementary School, Cambridge, 9-10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Franklin Story Hour: Lovers of the written word perk up for read-aloud tales and adventures with lyrics. Haston Library, Franklin, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Georgia Playgroup: Provided snacks offer an intermission to free play. Georgia Youth Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Kids’ Story Time: Snacks and activities chase an hour of tales. LACE, Barre, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 476-4276. Music With Raphael: Preschoolers up to age 5 bust out song and dance moves. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Open Computer Time: Teens play games and browse the web on library laptops. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


Igloofest: This outdoor dance party attracts close to 50,000 concertgoers as regional and international electronic musicians heat up the night. Jacques-Cartier Quay at the Old Port of Montréal, 6:30 p.m. $10 for all shows; for ages 18 and up only; $40-55 per pass. Info, 514-496-7678. Shawn Colvin: The three-time Grammy winner continues her legacy of lyrical storytelling. Gregory Douglass opens. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 8 p.m. $39-48. Info, 253-3426.


‘Ski Inn’ & Lunch: Cross-country skiers explore the scenic lodge trails in a group excursion, returning in time for a soup and sandwich buffet. Please call ahead. Highland Lodge & XC Center, Greensboro, 9:45 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted. Info, 533-2647.


Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski: One of Time Magazine’s “10 Best College Presidents” weighs in on “The Role of the Liberal Arts in a 21st-Century Education: Dreams and Values.” McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536. Lunch & Learn: Burlington musician Robert Resnik ponders “Whatever Happened to the Beautiful Music of our Grandparents? The Past, Present and Future of Klezmer Music.” Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, noon. Donations accepted. Info, 863-4214.


‘Oliver Twist’: See WED.26, 7:30 p.m. ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’: See WED.26, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.


James M. Tabor: As part of its Vermont Distinguished Author series, the bestselling author of Blind Descent: The Quest to Discover the Deepest Place on Earth reads passages. Seating is limited; make reservations at New England Federal Credit Union, Williston, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-8568. Story Time: Lit lovers of all ages take in fanciful tales. Bud & Bella’s Bookshop, Randolph, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 728-5509.



‘Pollinate & Cultivate: Seeding the Future of Our Food’: See THU.27, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.


Argentinean Tango: Shoulders back, chin up! With or without partners, dancers of all abilities strut to bandoneón riffs in a self-guided practice session. Salsalina Studio, Burlington, 7:30-10 p.m. $5. Info, 598-1077.


ArmitAge gone! DAnce: An 11-member company finds inspiration in music and science, as shown in “Ligeti Essays,” celebrating song cycles by the late György Ligeti, and “Three Theories,” an interpretation of physicist Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $22-40. Info, 863-5966. contrA DAnce: Max Newman, Jonah Sidman and Corey Walters dole out ditties as dancers in soft-soled shoes beat the winter blues. First Congregational Church, Burlington, 8-11 p.m. $8. Info, 461-3224. ‘everyone cAn DAnce’: See THU.27, 7:30 p.m. internAtionAl Folk DAncing: Ben Bergstein and Louise Brill organize people into choreographed patterns from around the world. North End Studio, Burlington, 8-10 p.m. $5. Info, 540-1020 or 233-3144. tAngo FriDAys: Learn the footwork and adopt the attitude for this sensual dance through a TangoFlow workout and beginning technique class. The Art House, Middlebury, 7 p.m. $20 to drop in. Info, 458-0464.


AmericAn reD cross BlooD Drive: south Burlington: See THU.27, FairPoint Communications, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. BeneFit cocktAil PArty & chinese Auction: Folks raise a glass at this casual-dress fundraiser supporting children in the Northeast Kingdom, held in conjunction with this weekend’s Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash. Sherburne Base Lodge, Burke Mountain, East Burke, 7 p.m. $15-30. Info, 626-7395. lAke elmore PolAr sPlAsh kickoFF: The Old Dirty String Band put a musical spin on this registration and donation party. River Arts Center, Morrisville, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 888-2000.

tertuliA lAtinA: Latino Americanos and other fluent Spanish speakers converse en español. Radio Bean, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3440.

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‘encounter Point’: This 2006 documentary follows the efforts of Israelis and Palestinians who are sparking a movement for peace. Discussion with Vermonter Crow Cohen follows. Band Room, U-32 High School, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0321.

‘wAiting For ‘suPermAn’’: Filmmaker Davis Guggenheim looks at educational systems that limit, rather than bolster, academic growth in this 2010 documentary. Discussion with


‘Alice in wonDerlAnD’: Very Merry Theatre takes a very strange trip down the rabbit hole in this original, musical adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic. Orchard School, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free; tickets required. Info, 863-6607 or 355-1461. comics cluB: Doodlers, writers and readers alike have fun with the funnies. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. DroP-in story time: Babies, toddlers and preschoolers enjoy stories from picture books accompanied by finger plays and action rhymes. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 10-10:45 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6956, FAirFAx PlAygrouP: See WED.26, 9-10:30 a.m. FAirFielD PlAygrouP: Youngsters entertain themselves with creative activities and snack time. Bent Northrop Memorial Library, Fairfield, 9:3011:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. FAmily movie: A modern-day magician takes on an Average Joe for help in battling his archnemesis in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:15 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. kiDs’ movie: Emma Thompson stars in the magical, Mary Poppins-esque Nanny McPhee Returns. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. montgomery PlAygrouP: Little ones exercise their bodies and their minds in the company of adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, Montgomery Center, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. science & stories: Tales, activities and crafts explore the properties of ice. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. swAnton PlAygrouP: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Swanton, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

wAlkover Duo series: Fred Barnes and Bill Carmichael lead listeners through selections of piano jazz, jazz vocal standards, Broadway songs and more. WalkOver Gallery & Concert Room, Bristol, 8 p.m. $15-18. Info, 453-3188.




Dr. richArD Foote: A UVM professor simplifies “Symmetry and the ‘Monster’: Mathematics as the Ultimate Complex System” for general audiences. Cheray Science Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 3:45 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.

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JorDAn BArnett-PArker: The world-renowned sculptor, designer and master goldsmith illuminates his adventures around the world as a jewelry artist through slides and discussion. Room 219, Wilson Hall, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6 p.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. Peter lynch: Through video clips and slides, the director of Green Across the Pacific recaps a decade of an environmentally charged exchange between high schoolers in Vermont and south China. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 7-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 229-6206.


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FAculty tAlent show: Teachers form a Motown choir and rock bands, complete with student backup dancers, to support student scholarship funds. Auditorium, Essex High School, Essex Junction, 7 p.m. $5 suggested donation. Info, 857-7000, ext. 1581. ‘oliver twist’: See WED.26, 7:30 p.m. ‘storytelling? An evening oF PerFormAnces, Poetry AnD PuPPetry’: Grammy-nominated indie-rock singer Neko Case presides over an evening of performances by Tony Fitzpatrick, Freakwater and One Degree Off. Partial proceeds benefit Catamount Arts. Alexander Twilight Theatre, Lyndon State College, Lyndonville, 7:30 p.m. $39-100. Info, 748-2600. ‘the seArch For signs oF intelligent liFe in the universe’: See WED.26, 7:30 p.m.

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‘Poor womAn’s encAustics’: Mixedmedia artists learn how to mimic the effect of hot beeswax paintings through cheaper and quicker methods. Preregister. Davis Studio, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700.

DAn tyminski & ronnie BowmAn: The bluegrass heavyweights pair up onstage. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $25-30. Info, 728-6464. iglooFest: See THU.27, 6:30 p.m.

‘rememBer the ‘50s: A sAlute to the DriFters AnD the PlAtters’: Early rock-androll and doo-wop hits make a comeback as the

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ice BAsh kickoFF: Just before the Smuggs Ice Bash, folks gather for Matt McCormick’s presentation on “Climbing and Culture,” as well as the first annual Vermont Indoor Dry-Tooling Competition. See calendar spotlight. Email info@sunrisead 16t-sharppark012611.indd 1 to compete. Petra Cliffs, Burlington, 6-10 p.m. $5 for spectators includes food and beverage. Info, 657-3872.


QuAtuor DiotimA: The European string quartet’s repertoire spans more than 200 years, from works by Haydn to major works from the last five decades. See calendar spotlight. Preperformance talk, 6:30 p.m. UVM Recital Hall, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $20-25. Info, 656-4455.

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‘kitchen tunk’: Experienced adult dancers gather for an old-fashioned dance party with live, acoustic 6v-UVM-Deptof Med060210.indd 1 music. North End Studio, Burlington, 8 p.m. $5. Info, 863-6713. SAT.29

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‘insiDe JoB’: Charles Ferguson’s 2010 documentary shines a harsh spotlight on those responsible for 2008’s economic meltdown. Cinema 1, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.

health & fitness

Beginner yogA clAss: Newbies practice the physical and mental aspects of this Indian discipline with instructor Don Randall. Randall Retreat, Monkton, 6:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 233-8403.

the gleBe lAnD coFFeehouse: Open-mic participants present acoustic tunes with a storytelling theme. Preregister to play. Unitarian Church, Burlington, 6:30-9 p.m. Donations accepted for local social-service agencies. Info, 658-4747.


‘Boxing gym’: Frederick Wiseman’s 2010 documentary captures the spirit of a Texas institution founded by former professional boxer Richard Lord. Cinema 2, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.

chocolAte-DiPPing Demo: See WED.26, 2 p.m.

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stowe winter cArnivAl: A multi-day snow fest starts with a snow golf tournament, and continues with a screening of Warren Miller’s Wintervention, an ice-carving competition, snow volleyball tournament and carnival games. See stowewintercar for schedule. Various locations, Stowe, noon-6 p.m. Various prices. Info, 253-6138.

food & drink

Corvettes Doo Wop Revue take the stage for a roundup of memorable tunes. Barre Opera House, 8 p.m. $26-30. Info, 476-8188.

‘nAme thAt movie!’: Cinemaddicts try to correctly title films by screening a barrage of short clips at happy hour. The CinéClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. $2.50. Info, 229-0598.

local educators follows. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 603-646-2422.


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Norwich Contra Dance: Experienced dancers in soft-soled shoes take a turn on the dance floor to music by Arigana Highway. Tracy Hall, Norwich, 8 p.m. $10. Info, 603-448-2950.

Read to a Dog: Stories form a bond between young readers and Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


Stowe Winter Carnival: See FRI.28, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.


Ski-a-Thon: Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports supporters hit the slopes at a fundraiser where skiers complete as many runs as possible from 1-3 p.m. Après-ski party, 4 p.m.; dinner, 4:30-6 p.m.; silent auction and raffle, 6:30 p.m. Bolton Valley Resort, $50-60 minimum donation includes lift ticket and dinner; $20-30 for dinner only. Info, 353-3178,

Igloofest: See THU.27, 6:30 p.m.

Smuggs Ice Bash: This fifth annual ice-climbing festival features clinics for climbers of all levels, a slide-show presentation by Ian Osteyee, climbing sessions and more. See calendar spotlight. Preregister for clinics. Smugglers’ Notch Inn, Jeffersonville, 9 a.m. Various prices. Info, 730-2978 .

Family Day: Prospective students and their families wander through classrooms, meet teachers and engage in school activities. Orchard Valley Waldorf School, East Montpelier, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 456-7400.

Winter Festival: Brr! Relish the nippy weather at cross-country ski demos and dog-sled rides — or warm up inside at a carnival or chili tasting. Various locations, Bennington, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 447-3311.

School Open House: Experience the Waldorf education firsthand through educational activities and tours of the center. Child’s Garden, East Montpelier, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 456-7400.



50-Plus & Baby Boomers Expo: Exhibits and seminars offer goods and services in the areas of health and wellness, finance, travel, retirement and more. A fashion show, music performance by the Lyric Theatre Company and afternoon dance party boost the mood. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $4-5. Info, 872-9000, ext. 19, American Red Cross Blood Drive: Berlin: See calendar spotlight. Berlin Mall, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 658-6400. Computer Training for Seniors: Technology tutor Emily Moynihan helps folks decode laptop lingo, surf the web and more. Registration required. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Digital Video Editing: Final Cut Pro users learn basic concepts of the editing software. Preregister. VCAM studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.



Final Cut Pro Open Lab: Apprentice film editors complete three tracks of exercises as a VCAM staff member lends a hand. Preregister. VCAM studio, Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.


New England Women’s Ski Day: Cross-country skiers, from first timers to seasoned masters, join ski clinics, wax demonstrations and more. Bolton Valley Nordic Center, 8:45 a.m.-3:30 p.m. $25-30 includes Nordic ticket and lunch at the Ponds. Info, 207-688-6503.

Shelburne Winterfest: This cold-weather carnival boosts spirits with sledding, snow play, sleigh rides and mouthwatering treats. Shelburne Farms, noon-3 p.m. Donations accepted for Shelburne Parks and Recreation; $2 per person for a sleigh ride. Info, 985-8686.


‘Boxing Gym’: See FRI.28, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. ‘Inside Job’: See FRI.28, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. ‘Tiny Furniture’: See WED.26, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 6:30 p.m. & 8:45 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. Woodstock Film Festival: Winter Series: Movie buffs view Legend of Pale Male, a remarkable tale about a red-tailed hawk, on the “big screen” in the museum’s newly renovated theater. Billings Farm & Museum, Woodstock, 3 p.m. $10, or $50 per six-film package. Info, 457-2355.

food & drink

Chili Cook-off & Dance: Pros and amateurs throw down in meat and veggie categories enhanced with cornbread, drinks, dessert and danceable tunes by In the Pocket at 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Monkton Community Coffeehouse. Monkton Fire Station, 5:30-9:30 p.m. $5-10; $25 per family. Info, 453-6067.

Folk Concert & Contra Dance: Fiddle tunes, choral works and early Americana music play a prominent role in performances by folk duo John Kirk and Trish Miller, and others. Contra dance begins at 8 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, Grace Congregational Church, Rutland, 6:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 775-4301.

Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.26, 2 p.m.

Homesteading Workshop: Tim King and Markey Read of Honey Dew Homestead help participants create a vision of sustainability in “Rethinking the Modern Home.” Preregister. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. $12-15. Info, 359-5000, ext. 223.

health & fitness

Plant Dyes for Wool: In a colorful demonstration, instructor Joann Darling demonstrates how to extract hues from flowers and barks. LACE, Barre, 1-3 p.m. $15. Info, 476-3350. Singles Party: Eyes lock and live I-Spy connections are made on a big video screen at this Seven Days mixer, featuring ‘80s music by Hot Neon Magic and a dance party into the wee hours. Higher Ground Showcase Lounge, South Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $5; ages 21 and up. Info, 864-5684. ‘Vermont Commons’ Dance Party: A screening of the Green Blooded: Vermont at a Crossroad teaser gives way to dance-floor action and tunes by Phineas Gage and Sugar Shack. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 6 p.m. $5 suggested cover. Info, 496-8994.

fairs & festivals

Celtic Festival: Patrick Webb emcees an evening of rousing pub tunes and sprightly dance steps. Performers include Tim Cummings, the McFadden Academy of Irish Dance, O’hAnleigh and Longford Row. Town Hall Theater, Middlebury, 8 p.m. $17. Info, 382-9222.

‘Save Our Steeple’ Benefit Dinner: Beef on biscuits, salad, pickled beets, vegan alternatives and more support the restoration of the church steeple. Reservations appreciated; takeout available. United Church, Northfield, 5-7 p.m. $5-10. Info, 458-5793.

Cervical Cancer Screenings & HPV Vaccinations: The Hicks Foundation launches a six-month-long “Mission Possible” campaign to eradicate cervical cancer from Vermont. Un- and underinsured women are encouraged to call ahead to register for a screening; walks-ins are welcome for vaccinations. Maitri Health Care for Women, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 862-7338.


‘Alice in Wonderland’: See FRI.28, 6:30 p.m. Old-Fashioned Winter Carnival: Tiny ones relish indoor amusements, such as the ring toss, face painting and Joey the Clown. Center Court, University Mall, South Burlington, noon-3 p.m. 25¢ per game. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. Open Tot Gym & Infant/Parent Playtime: Snacks fuel feats of athleticism. Bellows Free Academy, Fairfax, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. ‘Physics Fun!’: What do fish have in common with scuba divers and hot-air balloons? It’s not a riddle ... UVM Society of Physics students investigate buoyancy and water’s other fascinating properties in demonstrations. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Regular

admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386.

Adirondack Wind Ensemble: A professional ensemble performs its annual winter concert, including works by Ferdinand David, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Leonard Bernstein and more. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 4 p.m. $10; free for students. Info, 518-564-2243. Recorder-Playing Group: Musicians produce early folk and baroque melodies. Presto Music Store, South Burlington, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 6580030, ‘Ricky Nelson Remembered’: Matthew and Gunnar Nelson perform their father’s hit songs in front of big-screen footage of the original “teen idol.” Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 2 p.m. $25-32. Info, 253-3426. Sweet Honey In the Rock: African chants, ancient lullabies, blues, gospel and reggae blend in works by this all-female a cappella ensemble. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 8 p.m. $29-47. Info, 863-5966.


Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash: Racing teams compete in this family-oriented event for pet enthusiasts. Children have the opportunity to participate in the one-dog event. See calendar spotlight. Burke Mountain, East Burke, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5-70 registration; free to watch; donations accepted. Info, 626-7300 or 626-8850. Lake Elmore Polar Splash: There may be inches of ice on the water, but determined swimmers in various states of undress take a dunk to raise funds for Laraway Youth and Family Services and the Morrisville Rotary Club. Near Elmore Town Hall, Lake Elmore, 11 a.m. Pledge to participate; free to watch. Info, 888-2000. Penguin Plunge: Stout-hearted swimmers take a dunk to raise funds for Special Olympics Vermont. Lake Paran Boat Launch, North Bennington, 11 a.m. $25 registration fee plus $75 fundraising minimum; free to watch. Info, 863-5222. Sleigh Rides: Weather permitting, jingling horses trot visitors over the snow on a wintry tour of rolling acres. Rides depart every half hour from the Welcome Center. Shelburne Farms, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. $6-8; free for kids under 3. Info, 985-8442. Winter Ecology Nature Walk: Naturalist George Lisi explores the amazing adaptations of plants, animals, birds and amphibians on a seasonal jaunt. Herbal tea served at 3 p.m. Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury, 1:30 p.m. $15. Info, 456-8122, Winter Wildlife Walk: Naturalist Anna Berger leaders a nature wander. St. Johnsbury Town Forest, 10 a.m.-noon. $8; free for children under 12. Info, 748-9498.


Gatorade Free Flow Tour: Up-and-coming snowboarders and freeskiers under age 21 show off their mountain skills in slopestyle and superpipe showdowns. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. $20-30 entry free, plus lift ticket. Info, 630-908-6334. Mobius Mentor Bowling Party: Local mentor pairs — and individuals interested in getting involved — down pizza slices and strike out on the lanes. RSVP by January 21. Spare Time Family Fun Center, Colchester, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 658-1888,

Vermont Pond Hockey Championships: Teams from all over New England and beyond face off atop eight all-natural ice rinks. See calendar spotlight. Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, 8:30 a.m. $100 entry fee for individuals; $300 entry fee for teams of four to six players; registration closes January 21; free to watch. Info, 333-4311.


‘ComedyFix’: Half a dozen local yuksters deliver standup material. Martha Tormey headlines. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 8-9:30 p.m. $8. Info, 863-9429. ‘Oliver Twist’: See WED.26, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Open Mic Night: Community singers, dancers, magicians and others share their talents. Chandler Gallery, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $5, or $4 with the donation of a nonalcoholic beverage to share. Info, 522-6877, ‘Piecework: When We Were French’: Vermont playwright and actor Abby Paige leads a one-woman show that tells the stories of 10 vivid FrancoAmerican characters. Auditorium, St. Johnsbury School, 7:30 p.m. $10-20. Info, 748-2600. ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’: See WED.26, 7:30 p.m.


League of Writers Annual Meeting: Speakers — including bestselling author Chuck Hogan, attorney and author Charlotte Dennett, and journalist Gerard Colby — discuss important issues for writers, such as legal issues and Internet piracy. Doubletree Hotel, South Burlington, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. $4248. Info, 349-7475. Story Time: See THU.27, 11 a.m.

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‘Everyone Can Dance’: See THU.27, 2 p.m. Israeli Folk Dancing: Movers bring clean, soft-soled shoes and learn traditional circle or line dances. Partners not required. Ohavi Zedek Synagogue, Burlington, 7:25-9:30 p.m. $2; free to first-timers. Info, 888-5706, James Sewell Ballet: This long-standing troupe explores the technical boundaries of the dance form. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $28-35. Info, 253-3426.


‘Challenge Corporate Authority: Assert the People’s Rights’: Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom holds a five-week study group focusing on corporate personhood, global corporatization and democracy. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211.

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French-english conversation group: Novice and fluent French speakers brush up on their linguistics — en français. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. indoor garden Workshop: Green-thumb guru Peter Burke offers simple steps for sprouting pea shoots. Preregister. City Market, Burlington, 1-2 p.m. $10 includes all materials. Info, 861-9700.


BanFF Mountain FilM Festival: Adventure hounds feast on eye-catching cinematography of mountain themes ranging from extreme sports to culture to environment. Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 7:30 p.m. $18-21. Info, 518-523-2512. ‘Boxing gyM’: See FRI.28, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. ‘harry potter and the deathly halloWs: part 1’: The Boy Who Lived begins his final battle against He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘inside JoB’: See FRI.28, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

verMont youth orchestra: This winter concert opens with Robert Paterson’s Suite for String Orchestra, followed by Carlos Chavez’s Toccata for Percussion, Mozart’s Flute Concert no. 2 in D Major and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5 in E Minor, op. 64. Flynn MainStage, Burlington, 3 p.m. $6-15. Info, 863-5966.


Burke Mountain sled dog dash: See SAT.29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ice on Fire: This community celebration of all things cold gets heated up with a parade, winter games, storytelling and a bonfire. Bring crosscountry skis, snowshoes and sleds for romping around outside. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 2-5 p.m. $1-3; $5 per family. Info, 223-0577. sleigh rides: See SAT.29, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Winter tracking: Read the story of winter wildlife from the snow and ice in a full-day workshop at Wolfrun in Jericho. Preregister. Meet at the Richmond Park and Ride to carpool, 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. $35. Info, 434-3068.


food & drink

cheese saMples: Cabot Cheese representatives decked out in plaid dole out dairy products on the slopes and in the Base Lodge. Bolton Valley Resort, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 434-6804.


gatorade Free FloW tour: See SAT.29, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. sMuggs ice Bash: See SAT.29, 9 a.m. verMont pond hockey chaMpionships: See SAT.29, 8 a.m.

‘oliver tWist’: See WED.26, 2 p.m.

health & fitness

‘the search For signs oF intelligent liFe in the universe’: See WED.26, 5 p.m.

elizaBeth FrishkoFF: The social worker and HANDLE practitioner discusses nondrug treatments in “Beyond Labels: Treating Neurodevelopmental Disorders at Their Roots.” Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, 7-9 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 472-3285 or 413-528-0477.

open Meditation classes: Harness your emotions and cultivate inner peace through the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5-25 suggested donation. Info, 684-0452,


read to a dog: See SAT.29, 1-2 p.m.

adirondack Wind enseMBle: See SAT.29, E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 2 p.m. $10; free for students. Info, 518-564-2243. art herttua: The musician serenades brunchers with jazz guitar strains. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2569.

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“Only You” “My Prayer” “The Great Pretender”

BARRE OPERA HOUSE Friday, January 28, 8PM sponsored by Community National Bank media support from WDEV

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Book-puBlication celeBration: Seven contributing writers to Wildbranch: An Anthology of Nature, Environmental and Place-Based Writing share powerful essays and poetry. A reception and book signing follow. Stowe Free Library, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 253-6145.

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poetry open Mic: Scribes speak in stanzas of their own creation. Block Gallery, Winooski, 1-3 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5150.


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These educational offerings are presented by Community Health Improvement at Fletcher Allen.


‘a neW look at aging’: Interactive conversations thread through this five-week workshop about perceptions of old age, processing life experiences, changing roles and identities, and more. All Souls Interfaith Gathering, Shelburne, 6:45-8:45 p.m. $10 materials fee. Info, 985-3355 or 985-3819. ‘creating a Financial Future’: Folks with basic money management under control learn how to build long-term wealth in a course about mutual funds, Roth IRAs, APYs and more. 294 North Winooski Ave., Burlington, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 104.

Winter Vegetables

John Barton, Chef, New England Culinary Institute WH E N

Sunday, February 6, 2:00-4:00 p.m. South Burlington


Growing Older on a Changing Planet Joan Dye Gussow, Columbia University WH E N

Wednesday, February 9, 7:00-9:00 p.m. Davis Auditorium, Medical Center Campus, Burlington



Alternative Carbohydrates: Beyond Potatoes, Pasta and White Rice!

‘Boxing gyM’: See FRI.28, 7 p.m.

John Barton, Chef, New England Culinary Institute

ciné salon: A film series seeks to enlighten with selections and discussion surrounding epiphanies. This week, Dartmouth animation wiz Jody Mack introduces movie buffs to the animations of Émile Cohl. Howe Library, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. Free. Info, 603-643-4120.


‘inside JoB’: See FRI.28, 7 p.m.

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Sunday, February 13, 2:00-4:00 p.m. South Burlington


Pre-registration is required by calling 802-847-2278 or by registering online at You will be given the class location and directions when you register. Free on-site parking is available for all classes!


‘druMMing For haiti’: Seven-member ensemble Linda Warnaar and the Drumatics play traditional rhythms of the Caribbean to support Seeds of SelfReliance. A community potluck follows. Cabaret Room, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 3 p.m. $10 suggested donation. Info, 592-3221.

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lollipop ski race: Young skiers don racing bibs for a fun zip down the “Mighty Mite” hill. Olympian Barbara Ann Cochran works the stopwatch and offers encouragement. Cochran’s Ski Area, Richmond, 1 p.m. Free with purchase of a $14 youth lift ticket. Info, 434-2479.


herBs For dental care: Treat those pearly whites well with input on oral-health issues from herbalist Sandra Lory. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 1-2:30 p.m. $10-12. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202,


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chocolate-dipping deMo: See WED.26, 2 p.m.

alzheiMer’s FaMily education prograM: Folks gain a basic understanding of memory loss, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and the day-to-day changes to expect. The Arbors at Shelburne, 1-4 p.m. $25 for two sessions; $40 per family. Info, 985-8600.


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Book Discussion: Readers chat about fantasy works from the 2010-11 Green Mountain Book Award nominees list. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. Infant Story Hour: Kiddos up to age 2 absorb spoken-word yarns. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-7550, aldrichlibrary@ Learn to Knit: All materials are supplied for this stitching circle with Joan Kahn. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Music With Mia: Tots form a circle for a special story hour with sing-along tunes. Center Court, University Mall, South Burlington, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11. Music With Raphael: See THU.27, 10:45 a.m. Pajama Story Time: Comfy-clothed kiddos get a bedtime tale and snack. Preregister. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 876-7147. Stories With Megan: Preschoolers ages 2 to 5 expand their imaginations through storytelling, songs and rhymes. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. Swanton Playgroup: Kids and caregivers squeeze in quality time over imaginative play and snacks. Mary Babcock Elementary School, Swanton, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

music 01.26.11-02.02.11 SEVEN DAYS

‘Boxing Gym’: See FRI.28, 7 p.m.

Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.26, 2 p.m. Food Tasting & Community Forum: The St. Johnsbury Area Local Food Alliance hosts an evening of Vermont edibles, acoustic music by Jen Corkins, and discussion about food projects and action plans. St. Johnsbury House, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 748-9498 or 748-1772. Soup & Bread Night: Vermonters support the Enosburg Food Shelf by filling up on hearty homemade eats. Champions Sports Tavern at the Dairy Center, Enosburg Falls, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Food is free; donations accepted. Info, 933-2030.

health & fitness

Dr. Stephen Brandon: The speaker introduces natural solutions and approaches to overcoming pain associated with fibromyalgia. Preregister. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@hungermountain. com. Laughter Yoga: What’s so funny? Giggles burst out as gentle aerobic exercise and yogic breathing meet unconditional laughter to enhance physical, emotional, and spiritual health and wellbeing. Miller Community and Recreation Center, Burlington, 9-10 a.m. Free. Info, 355-5129.

Mad River Chorale Rehearsals: No auditions are necessary to join this community choir, which meets weekly to give voice to song selections from America’s greatest composers. Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 496-4781.

Children’s Story Hour: Two- to 5-year-olds tune in for audible prose. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-7550, aldrichli

Chris Bohjalian: The local author of Secrets of Eden excerpts passages of the book. Borders Books & Music, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-2711. Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group: Budding wordsmiths improve their craft through “homework” assignments, creative exercises and sharing. Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 10 a.m.noon. Free. Info, 388-2926, cpotter935@comcast. net.

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Roundtable Discussion Series: A local expert helps small-biz owners sort out financial reports. Office Squared, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 951-6762.


‘Local Farms & People’: A forum creates connections through food. A localvore meal and displays precede the 6 p.m. discussion. St. Johnsbury School, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8912. Pause Café: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Borders Books & Music, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088. ‘Spend Smart’: Vermonters learn savvy skills for stretching bucks and managing money. Preregister. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-9 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 104,

Joshua Bell: This classical music virtuoso performs Brahms, Schubert and Grieg masterworks on the violin. Sold out; contact the box office for any tickets that become available. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $10-75. Info, 603-646-2422.

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Grieg. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2536.

‘Inside Job’: See FRI.28, 7 p.m.

Afro-Brazilian Percussion Class: Community band Sambatucada! teach the pulsating rhythms of samba, samba reggae and baião. No experience required. 71 Main Street, Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 343-7107.

Vermont Fiddle Orchestra Rehearsals: New and established members of the nonprofit community orchestra fiddle around in a jam session at 6 p.m. before practice time at 7 p.m. St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, Montpelier. Free. Info, 877-3433531,



Alburgh Playgroup: Tots form friendships over stories, songs and crafts. Alburgh Elementary School, 12:15-1 p.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

Craftacular Tuesdays: Creative kids get caught up in low-tech projects. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Fairfax Story Hour: Songs, tales and crafts captivate kiddos. Fairfax Community Library, 9:3010:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Kids’ Story Hour: Literature hounds show up for tall tales. East Barre Branch Library, kids under 3 meet at 10 a.m.; ages 3 to 5 meet at 10:30 a.m. Free. Info, 476-5118. Preschool Discovery Program: How much wood can a woodchuck chuck? Three- to 5-yearolds distinguish fact from folklore in a Groundhog Day celebration. North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier, 10-11:30 a.m. $5. Info, 229-6206. Science & Stories: Tales, activities and crafts shed light on shadows just in time for Groundhog Day. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/ Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. South Hero Playgroup: Free play, crafting and snacks entertain children and their grown-up companions. South Hero Congregational Church, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. St. Albans Playgroup: Creative activities and storytelling engage the mind. St. Luke’s Church, St. Albans, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Story Time for Tots: Three- to 5-year-olds savor stories, songs, crafts and company. CarpenterCarse Library, Hinesburg, 11 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 482-2878. Toddler Story Time: Tots 3 and under discover the wonder of words. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 9:30-10 a.m. Free. Info, 482-2878.


‘Chamber Music From the Romantic Era’: Pianist Paul Orgel, flutist Laurel Ann Maurer, violinist Ira Morris and cellist John Dunlop reproduce classics by Schubert, Schumann, Chopin and


‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’: See WED.26, 7:30 p.m.


Kate Braestrup: The award-winning memoirist of Here If You Need Me introduces her latest work, Beginner’s Grace. Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774.

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‘Market Your Business Without Spending a Fortune’: Marketing expert Scott Vogel suggests wallet-friendly ways for businesses to wow the world. Seating is limited; preregister. Highland Lodge & XC Center, Greensboro, 9-11:30 a.m. & 1:15-3:45 p.m. $10 includes networking lunch. Info, 533-2647, Small Agricultural Business Workshop: A series of six 90-minute seminars educates ag organizations about marketing strategies and computer technology. Computer lab, Hazen Union High School, Hardwick, 7:15 p.m. $15 per class. Info, 472-5840, ext. 3.


Nancy Milne: Study up on all things higher ed with this educational consultant. Carpenter-Carse Library, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878.


Chittenden County Philatelic Club: Stamp collectors of all levels of interest and experience swap sticky squares, and stories about them. GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington, 6:15 p.m. Free. Info, 660-4817, Milton Historical Society Meeting: Never mind the frosty temps; folks reminisce about picnics and drive-in eateries over hot dogs, salads and root beer ... and a screening of A Hot Dog Program. Milton Historical Society, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 8934546 or 363-2598, ‘Plauderabend’: Conversationalists with a basic knowledge of the German language put their skills to use over dinner. Zen Gardens, South Burlington, 6 p.m. Free; cost of food. Info, 862-1677 or 863-5036.


‘Boxing Gym’: See FRI.28, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. ‘Fitzcarraldo’: A big dreamer wants to build an opera house in the jungle in Werner Herzog’s 1982 masterwork. Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-7. Info, 603-646-2422. ‘Inside Job’: See FRI.28, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. ‘The Treasure of the Sierra Madre’: Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston star in John Huston’s 1948 adventure film about gold and greed. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581,

Fairfax Playgroup: See WED.26, 10-11 a.m. Highgate Story Hour: See WED.26, 10-11 a.m. Ice Skating for Homeschoolers: See WED.26, noon-2 p.m. Milton Baby Playgroup: See WED.26, 10-11 a.m. Montgomery Story Hour: See WED.26, 10-11 a.m. Preschool Discovery Program: See TUE.01, 10-11:30 a.m. Science Magic: Kids in grades three and up use simple household materials in fantastical tricks. Preregister. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


‘Dartmouth Idol’ Semi-Finals: Student superstars strut their stuff at a karaoke competition. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $3-7. Info, 603-646-2422.


Night Rider Series: See WED.26, 4:30 p.m.


Aine Donovan: In a world of ever-shifting social norms, the executive director of Dartmouth College’s Ethics Institute presents a path to “Reconstructing Honor.” St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291, ext. 301. ‘Borders, Boundaries and Bullies’ Lecture Series: A weekly series explores the mental and physical walls that divide us, as well as the ties that bind us together. Rural Vermont director Jared Carter discusses “The Cuban Embargo: Separation From Our Nearest Neighbors.” Burlington College, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 862-9616. Clay Jenkinson: The award-winning historical interpreter portrays one of our most colorful presidents in “The Life and Times of Theodore Roosevelt.” Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 388-4095. Irene Kacandes: A Dartmouth College professor studies the lasting appeal of Anne Frank and her diary. Goodrich Memorial Library, Newport, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 334-7902. Jim Leach: Mind your manners! The chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities discusses good etiquette and respectful engagement in “Civility in a Fractured Society.” Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. Sienna Craig: In “The Science of Healing: Practicing, Producing and Consuming Tibetan Medicine,” the Dartmouth anthropologist ruminates on the meeting point of conventional biomedical standards and cultural authenticity. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7211. Tom Luxon: This Dartmouth College professor explains the impact of 17th-century poet John Milton on paving the way toward same-sex marriages. Norwich Public Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 649-1184.


‘Oliver Twist’: See WED.26, 7:30 p.m. ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’: See WED.26, 7:30 p.m.


Cynthia Huntington: In the face of a changing environment, the former New Hampshire poet laureate elaborates on “Poetry of the Earth: Reimagining Nature.” Rutland Free Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 773-1860. Writers’ Group: See WED.26, 7-9 p.m. m

food & drink

Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.26, 2 p.m. The Open Table: See WED.26, 6-8 p.m.


Enosburg Playgroup: See WED.26, 9-11 a.m.

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ART CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU: 200 winter/spring offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194, Two watercolor classes with Ginny Joyner, Pastel Portraits, Drawing for Beginners, Painting with Water Soluble Oils, Print Making, Calligraphy, Solar Etching, Darkroom Use. Culinary arts: One-night hands-on classes where you eat well! Thai Cuisine, Vietnamese Specialties, Turkish, Colombian Specialties, Indian, Dim Sum, Szechuan, Moroccan, Greek Coastal, Argentinian, Chicken Parm Classico, Winter Soups/ Foccacia, Beef Bourguignon, Raw Foods, Gelato, Berry Pie, Valentine Cookies, Cheese Making: Chevre/ Feta From Goat’s Milk. Full descriptions online. Senior Discount 65+.


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clay HAND BUILDING BEYOND THE SLAB: Mon. & Wed., Jan. 31-Mar. 2 (no class Feb. 21 & 23), 6-9 p.m. Cost: $350/class. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Info: 802-253-8358, Learn multiple techniques to produce unique hand-built pieces. A mixture of wheel-thrown, extruded and slab pieces will be used to produce refined work. Prior wheel experience helpful but not necessary. Limited to four students and held in the clay studio at Blackcap Coffee. Instructor: Chris Townsend. 10% discounts for members; 10% discount for early registration by January 21. INTERMEDIATE WHEEL THROWING: Tue. & Thu., Feb. 1-Mar. 3 (no class Feb. 22 & 24), 6-9 p.m. Cost: $350/class. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Info: 802-2538358, This class will explore producing specific shapes as well as assembling wheel-thrown pieces. The emphasis will be on making pottery for daily use. Students should be able to center and throw basic forms. Limited to four students and held in the clay studio at Blackcap Coffee. Instructor: Chris Townsend. 10% discounts for members; 10% discount for early registration by January 21.

computers ADOBE CS5 WORKSHOP: Jan. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $100/full day (other discounts offered). Location: Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center/Film House, 60 Lake St., Burlington. Info: AIGA Vermont, Michelle Hobbs, 802-578-8222, president@, vermont. Join AIGA Vermont and Randy Hagan from Adobe as he provides a solid foundation of the capabilities and features of Adobe Creative Suite 5. In addition, one lucky attendee will receive a licensed copy of Adobe Creative Suite 5!

cooking FIVE SPICE COOKING LESSONS: Call to schedule lesson time. Location: Burlington, Vermont. Info: Jerry, 802-864-4175. Learn dim sum and Asian cooking from the former owner of Five Spice Cafe in Burlington.

craft CRAFT CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU: 200 winter/spring offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194, Beach Glass Birdbath, Mosaic Birdbath, TiffanyStyle Garden Frame, Woodworking, Welding, Wood Carving, Bead/Wire Jewelry Making, Metalsmithing, Spindle and Knobs, Wooden Bowl Turning, Rug Hooking: 2 levels, 3 Bag Sewing, Pillows Sewing, Clothes-Making Skills, Crochet, Cheap/Dirty Framing, Mosaic Garden Frame, Cake Decorating (3 choices), Knitting (3 choices), HulaHoop Making. Full descriptions online. Senior discount 65+.

dance 2011 OPEN STUDIO WEEKEND: 1st weekend in Feb., all weekend long; visit the website to find schedules, prices, early registration discounts for workshops & to sign up to reserve your space in free classes. Location: Burlington Dances (Chace Mill, top floor), 1 Mill St., 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 802-8633369, Info@BurlingtonDances. com, Lift your body, mind and spirit, naturally! Celebrate dance and creativity for happiness in life: Pilates, yoga, Laban, belly dance, modern dance, YogaDance, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Zumba, Delsarte Creative Expression Group, Feldenkrais, Musicality & Movement, and West Coast Swing. Join one or all classes for creative fun, fitness and beauty! BALLROOM DANCE CLASSES: Location: The Champlain Club, Burlington. Info: First Step Dance, 802-598-6757, kevin@firststep, Beginning classes repeat each month, and intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and dance!

david studio DESIGNER JEANS: Feb. 1-15, 6:308:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $100/class. Location: Davis Studio, 4 Howard St., Burlington. Info: 802-425-2700, info@davis Learn to embellish jeans by focusing on applique, stitching, sewing and printing techniques to create a one-of-akind pair of designer jeans! Bring in the jeans in your life that need a little lift. We will provide all other


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BODY & MIND CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU: 200 Winter/ Spring offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194, access. Core Strength, Weight Training, Zumba, Yoga (4 choices), Swing or Ballroom, Salsa, Hip Hop, Jazzercise, Clawhammer Banjo (2 levels), Voice-Overs, Guitar (2 levels), Beg. Piano, Piano:

WORKING W/ FIBROMYALGIA: Mar. 26-27, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $275/($250 if paid by Mar. 5; $50 nonrefundable if you withdraw after Mar. 5); 16 CEUs. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, Burlington, VT. Info: Dianne Swafford, 802-734-1121, swafford The principles of Ortho-Bionomy can be applied in many different circumstances and situations, providing participants with more specialized approaches and applications. This class focuses on the characteristics of fibromyalgia and the stressors that may help create the physical imbalances that cause its discomfort. We will explore the ways in which Ortho-Bionomy can help those with fibromyalgia. Terri Lee, instructor.

BURLINGTON’S BEST SALSA: DAVID LARSON & SOUTH END STUDIO: Burlington’s newest (& nicest) place to dance. Interested in checking us out? New class series begins Feb. 3. Beginner classes, Thu., 7-8 p.m. Drop in and make some new friends. Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., near Lake Champlain Chocolates, just behind New World Tortilla, Burlington. Info: Sabrina, 802540-0044, southendstudiovt. com. Yes, now there are two salsa dance studios in Burlington. Why take lessons from us? It’s fun! And no membership fees! “David & Shannon are great teachers and a lot of fun to learn from. They are just beautiful dancers.” -John and Sarah, salsa lovers. Little-known fact: David, the founder and cocreator of S.A.S.S., UVM’s swing and salsa society. Thanks to all who supported our fundraiser at the Courtyard Marriot Hotel. Thanks, DJ Raul, for your music, and Nelson and Joe, Marriot Hotel, and Vermont Tent Co. for your donations. All proceeds went to the Red Cross. Muchas gracias. DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Cost: $13/class. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 802-598-1077, info@salsalina. com. Salsa classes, nightclubstyle. One-on-one, group and private, four levels. Beginner walk-in classes, Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Argentinean Tango class and social, Fridays, 7:30 p.m., walk-ins welcome. No dance experience, partner or preregistration required, just the desire to have fun! Drop in any time and prepare for an enjoyable workout! LEARN TO SWING DANCE: Cost: $60/6-week series ($50 for students/seniors). Location: Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington. Info: lindyvermont. com, 802-860-7501. Great fun, exercise and socializing, with fabulous music. Learn in a welcoming and lighthearted environment. Classes start every six weeks: Tuesdays for beginners; Wednesdays for upper levels. Instructors: Shirley McAdam and Chris Nickl. TANGO FRIDAYS AT THE ART HOUSE: Jan. 28-Feb. 11, 7-10 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $20/any single class; $90/whole series. Location: Art House, Marble Works, Middlebury. Info: The Art House, Anne Ryan, 802-3821513, poetmadancer@yahoo. com, Explore the passionate art of Argentine tango! Each evening features two classes: TangoFlow! Dance Workout, followed by Tango Technique, with Cathy Salmons and Robert Zartarian. Then, stay for Practica and social time. No experience necessary. No partner required. Priority given to those enrolling for entire series. Drop-ins welcome as space allows.


Call 802-865-7166 for info or register online at Teacher bios are also available online.


COMPUTER CLASSES IN HINESBURG: 200 winter/spring offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 802-4827194, Computer & Internet Basics Tutorial, iWant iPods & iPhones, Google Aps, Improve Your Internet Experience, Windows Security: File and Control Panels, OpenOffice, Google Sketch Up, Skype, PowerPoint, Publisher, MS Word Basics and More, MS Excel Basics, Excel Up: The Next Steps, Excel Data Analysis, Website Design Fundamentals, Dreamweaver: Web Essentials, Social Networking for Families, Personalized Lessons. Full descriptions online. Senior discount 65+.


CLAY: HAND BUILDING: Feb. 2-Mar. 23, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $210/nonmembers, $189/BCA members (Clay sold separately at $20/25 lb. bag. Glazes & firings incl.). Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Gain a solid foundation or stretch your abilities in the hand-building process. Includes a variety of techniques including pinch, coil, slab construction, mold making and casting. Learn to create functional teapots, boxes, cups and more. Over 20 hours per week of open studio time included in addition to the class! Limit: 10. CLAY: TEAPOTS & JARS: Feb. 12-Mar. 19, 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Weekly on Sat. Cost: $175/nonmembers, $157.50/BCA members. Clay sold separately @ $20/25 lb. bag, glazes & firings incl. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Have you wanted to work in sets? Learn new techniques to help you throw and shape precisely. Must be able to

Return to Keyboard, SongBasket: Karen Sutherland, Creative Dance 4-7 year olds, Mindful Meditation, Emotional Freedom Technique, Mother’s Day Manicure, Soapmaking, Fabulous Facial, Energy Medicine, and Juggling. Full descriptions online. Senior discount 65+.


BANJO: Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194, Intro to Clawhammer Banjo with Pete Sutherland, Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m., 12 weeks beginning February 7. Limit: 10. Fee: $125. Designed for guitar players or those with some string experience, Pete focuses on the elements of Americana music on the five-string banjo. Also presented: Advanced Beginner Clawhammer, Mondays, 7:15-8:30 p.m., 12 weeks, beginning February 7. Limit: 10. Fee: $125. Pete will take those with a beginner’s knowledge of banjo and introduce the next level of play to all. Two great offerings.

center and pull walls with at least two pounds of clay. Over 20 hours per week of open studio time included in addition to the class! Limit: 10. ILLUSTRATION: Feb. 7-Mar. 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $145/nonmembers, $130.50/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center, Burlington. Learn a variety of illustration techniques! Whatever your interest, (children’s books, news stories, scifi or political blogs) there’s a technique for you. Using traditional materials such as pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, and watercolors, students will be encouraged to draw the human figure, likenesses, animals, landscapes, interiors and more. Limit: 12. JEWELRY: JEWELRY & METAL DESIGN: Weekly on Wed., Feb. 9-Mar. 23 (no class Feb. 23), 6-8:30 p.m. Cost: $175/nonmembers, $157.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Make your own earrings, bracelets, necklaces and more, while discovering the art of fine metal craftsmanship. Students will learn many techniques including sawing, forming, polishing and soldering while working with copper, brass or silver. Some basic supplies and equipment will be provided. Limit: 12. PAINTING: CONTEMPORARY FIGURE: Feb. 2-Mar. 23, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $285/ nonmembers, $256.50/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center, Burlington. For intermediate and advanced painters, this class explores the vitality of nontraditional figure painting, emphasizing fresh color, dynamic composition and personal expression. Use water-soluble oils and work from clothed and nude models each week. Small class size allows for individual feedback, demonstrations and informal critiques. Figure-drawing experience helpful. Limit: 10. PHOTO: DIGITAL WORKFLOW: Feb. 17-Mar. 24, 6-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $250/nonmembers, $225/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center’s Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Prerequisite: Intro Film/Digital SLR Camera or equivalent experience. Upload, organize, edit and print your digital photographs in this comprehensive class using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Importing images, using RAW files, organization, finetuning tone and contrast, color and white balance adjustments, and archival printing on an Epson 3880 will all be covered. Limit: 6. PHOTO: VACATION CAMP: Feb. 22-25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost: $150/ nonmembers, $135/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center’s Digital Media Lab, Burlington. Explore digital photography in this four-day vacation camp! This

camp will include guided photo shoots in downtown Burlington and will cover the basics of making edits in Photoshop. Students will also print their own 8x10 images on our photo printer. Bring a charged camera and cords on the first day. No experience necessary. Ages 9 to 12. Limit: 6. PRINT: DRYPOINT: Feb. 16-Mar. 23, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $175/nonmembers, $157.50 BCA/members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Discover the ancient printing technique of drypoint, which is etching onto materials such as plexiglass and copper. This method is wonderful for artists who love to draw and want detailed prints with an almost painterly quality. No experience needed. Over 20 hours per week of open studio time! Limit: 10. PRINT: SILKSCREENING: Feb. 10-Mar. 17, 6-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Thur. Cost: $195/nonmembers, $175.50/BCA members. Location: BCA Print Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Design and print posters, T-shirts, fine art and more! Learn a variety of techniques for transferring and printing images using handdrawn, photographic or borrowed imagery. Learn how to apply photo emulsion, how to use a silkscreen exposure unit. Cost includes over 20 hours per week of open studio hours. Limit: 8. WATERCOLOR: Feb. 16-Mar. 23, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $135/nonmembers, $121.50/BCA members. Location: Firehouse Center, Burlington. 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. Class may move outdoors to paint en plein air on nice days! Limit: 12. JEWELRY: STACKING RINGS WORKSHOP: Mar. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost: $75/nonmembers, $67.50/ BCA members. Location: BCA Clay Studio, 250 Main St., Burlington. Make a set of silver rings that you can stack up together on one finger to wear individually in this daylong workshop. This is a great intro into the world of jewelry making, while creating a finished, stylish product. Some basic supplies and equipment will be provided. Limit: 12.

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necessary materials. Register online at Adult class. Instructor: Claudia Venon. FIGURE DRAWING FOR MODEST INDIVIDUALS: Jan. 5-Feb. 23, 6:30-8 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $15/cash or check due upon arrival. No preregistration necessary. Location: Davis Studio Gallery, 404 Pine St., Burlington. Info: 802-425-2700, This weekly drop-in gives you the opportunity to practice drawing the human figure. The model will be fully clothed. Bring your own sketchbook and drawing materials (pencils, charcoal, etc.) or use what we provide. Learn tips to help you draw the human figure. Beginners are welcome. Register online at Adult class. Facilitator: Clark Derbes. PRINTING ON FABRIC: Feb. 1-15, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $100/class. Location: Davis Studio, 4 Howard St., Burlington. Info: 802-425-2700, Learn how to effectively use stencils, carve your own linoleum blocks, and even print with potatoes to create unique, sophisticated or whimsical designs. You can print onto pillowcases, dish towels, placemats, curtains and anything else you can dream of! Register online at Adult class. Instructor: Erike White.





dreams INTRODUCTION TO DREAMWORK: Feb. 17-Mar. 10, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $60/class. Location: 55 Clover Ln., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 802-244-7909. Learn how to work with your dreams, connect to your inner life and empower yourself in a safe, supportive setting. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author.

empowerment EMPOWERMENT CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU: 200 Winter/ Spring offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194, cvuhs. org/access. Lose Weight, Feel Great, Genealogy, Beekeeping, Fly Fishing, Foreign Affairs, Write Better, Resumes, Garden Jumpstart, Container Gardening, Pruning Trees, Goats, Islam and the Western World, Donner Party Story, Solar Energy 101, Bio Fuels 101, Energy=R We?, Cinema Club, Map & Compass, Motorcycle Awareness, The Toddler Years, Fathers & Children Together Group, Bridge (2 levels), Mah Jongg, Knots, VT

Architecture, Civil War Book of Days, Grief Etiquette, Suburban Homesteading 101. Full descriptions online. Senior discount 65+.


BALLET MASTERCLASS W/ ARMITAGE GONE! DANCE: Intermediate & advanced: Sat., Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cost: $20/class. Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Info: 802-6524548, flynnarts@flynncenter. org. Known early in her career as the “punk ballerina” and most recently honored with a Tony nomination for her choreography of the Broadway revival of “Hair,” choreographer Karole Armitage builds on classical and modern dance idioms from the Balanchine and Cunningham traditions, infusing experimental thinking into the geometric balance, speed, rhythm and beauty of dance steps. The company’s rehearsal director, Christina Johnson, leads this class for intermediate and advanced dancers, which will include barre and center exercises, and the chance to learn work from the company’s repertoire.

Info: Vermont Center for Energy Medicine, Cindy Carse, 802-9859580, cindy@energymedicinevt. com, Learn this ancient healing art that facilitates health on all levels (body, mind and spirit). Many find Reiki to be a powerful tool for personal growth and transformation. In this class you will be attuned to Reiki and trained to practice Reiki on your self, loved ones and animals.


150-HOUR CHINESE HERB PROGRAM: Sep. 24-Jun. 18, 2:15 p.m., Monthly on the 4th Mon. Cost: $1,750/150 hours. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 802-288-8160, This program will teach the fundamentals of Chinese medicine theory as well as a detailed study of assessment skills. We will cover well over 100 commonly used herbs and formulas for health and illness. This class is appropriate for beginners as well as other health care practitioners. scott@ HONORING HERBAL TRADITION 2011: Cost: $850/9 a.m.-5 p.m. FORZA SAMURAI WORKOUT: Feb. Sat./mo. for 8 mos. Location: 1x1-FlynnPerfArts093009.indd 1 9/28/09 3:32:51 1PM 3-Apr. 21, 4-5 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Horsetail Herbs, 134 Manley Rd., BASICS OF SEED STARTING: Feb. Cost: $120/12 weeks. Location: Milton. Info: Horsetail Herbs, 2, noon-12:45 p.m. Location: Perkins Fitness Consulting & Kelley Robie, 802-893-0521, hthe Gardener’s Supply Williston Store, Personal Training, 3060 Williston, Horsetailherbs. 472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: Rd., S. Burlington. Info: stephanie org. Herbal Apprenticeship pro802-658-2433. Lunch & Learn shohet, 802-578-9243, steph@ gram held on a horse farm. Covers Educational Series. Instructed by, Forza, a herbal therapies; nutritional supDavid Boucher. Registration not unique, full-body, cardiovascular port; diet; detox; body systems; required. Free. workout, allows you to burn lots medicine making; plant identificaof calories, build upper body and tion; tea tasting; plant spirit mediBREATHE NEW LIFE INTO core strength, cultivate inner cine and animal communication; SEASONALLY BLOOMING focus, and build self-esteem. No wild foods; field trips; iridology; PLANTS: Feb. 9, noon-12:45 p.m. martial arts experience necessary, women’s, children’s, men’s and aniLocation: Gardener’s Supply Forza is safe for any fitness level. mal health! Textbook and United Williston Store, 472 Marshall Experience the feeling of power Plant Saver membership included. Ave., Williston. Info: 802-658that comes from working out with VSAC grants available. 2433. Lunch & Learn Educational a sword. Series. Instructed by Judith Keyes. ROMANCE IN A BOTTLE W/ Registration not required. Free. LAURA: Feb. 2, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Cost: $20/2-hr. hands-on workHOUSEPLANT CARE: WATERING, shop. Location: Purple Shutter FERTILIZING & REPOTTING: Jan. LAUGH ATTACK: STANDUP Herbs, 7 W. Canal St., Winooski. 26, noon-12:45 p.m. Location: COMEDY FOR ADULTS: Jan. Info: Purple Shutter Herbs, Gardener’s Supply Williston Store, 31-Mar. 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Purple Shutter Herbs, 802-865472 Marshall Ave., Williston. Info: Weekly on Mon. Cost: $185/8 4372,, 802-658-2433. Lunch & Learn weeks. Location: Flynn Center, Let’s sort out Educational Series. Instructed by Burlington. Info: 802-652-4548, the truth regarding aphrodisiacs: Denyse Butler-Ayres. Registration Join Is it true oysters, peas, honey not required. Free. the supportive and hysterically and roses excite the libido? Let’s MASTER GARDENER 2011 funny folks in this performanceexplore aphrodisiacs that can add COURSE: Feb. 1-Apr. 26, 6-9 p.m., based workshop! Learn the eleenjoyment to your love life! We’ll Weekly on Tue. Cost: $365/incl. ments of comedy, try fun writing whip up some exciting concocSustainable Gardening book. Late exercises, and develop and practions that’ll stimulate the body fee: $20 after Jan. 25. Noncredit tice your own standup material in and mind. Recipes, ideas and titilcourse. Location: Various locaevery class. Class ends with the lating, fun secrets will be shared. tions, Bennington, Brattleboro, ultimate challenge: an optional WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Johnson, Lyndon, Montpelier, live performance in FlynnSpace on Winter Ecology Nature Walk w/ Middlebury, Newport, Randolph Monday, March 28. Instructed by George Lisi, naturalist, Saturday, Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Josie Leavitt. Jan. 29, 1:30-3 p.m., $15. Wisdom Albans, Waterbury, White River TEEN ACTING WORKSHOP: of the Herbs Certification Junction. Info: 802-656-9562, Feb. 3-Mar. 31, 3:45-5:15 p.m., Program begins April 23-24, 2011,, uvm. Weekly on Thu. Cost: $135/8 & runs 1 weekend a mo. through edu/mastergardener. Learn how weeks. Location: Flynn Center, Nov. We are currently interviewto create a healthy and sustainBurlington. Info: 802-652-4548, ing for this program. Wild Edibles able home landscape. A wide Spring Term will be held May 8, variety of horticultural topics are High school students acquire a Jun. 5 & Jul. 10. Plan ahead & apcovered: fruit and vegetable prodynamic arsenal of performance ply now for VSAC nondegree grant duction, flower gardening, botany, skills in this eight-week intensive, for 2011 programs while funds soil fertility, plant pests, disease including vocal and physical are plentiful. Location: Wisdom management, healthy lawns, characterization, objectives, of the Herbs School, Woodbury. invasive plants, and more! UVM tactics, audition techniques, and Info: 802-456-8122, annie@ faculty experts focus on gardening more. Actors build confidence and, in Vermont! develop the ability to make strong choices and create truthful charEarth skills for changing times. acters. Students share their new Experiential programs embracing and powerful expressive selves in local, wild, edible and medicinal USUI REIKI: 1ST DEGREE: Feb. 26, an end-of-session presentation. plants, food as first medicine, sus10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $175/6-hr. Grades 9-12. Instructor: Craig tainable living skills, and the inner class (NCBTMB approved proMaravich. journey. Annie McCleary, director, vider). Location: Vermont Center and George Lisi, naturalist. for Energy Medicine, Hinesburg. TALK SO KIDS WILL LISTEN: 4 2-hr. weekly sessions, Mon., 6:30-8:30 p.m., Jan. 24-Feb. 14. Cost: $95/class, materials incl. Location: Demeter Resolutions LLC, Burlington. Info: 802-8640624, Learn and practice the skills for communicating more productively and peacefully with your kids from toddler to teen. Join this workshop or call to find out how we can bring a workshop to your group. Groups led by Anthe Athas, educator, mediator and facilitator. Preregistration required. Call or sign up on the website.




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language JAPANESE LANGUAGE CLASSES: Level 1: Tue., 7-8:30. Level 2: Thu., 7-8:30. Cost: $195/10 1.5-hr. classes. Location: St. Michael’s College, 1 Winooski Park, Colchester. Info: Japan-America Society of Vermont, Larry Solt, 802-8653113, l.solt@burlingtontelecom. net, The Japan-America Society of Vermont (JASV) is again offering Japanese language lessons. Beginning Japanese Language Classes, Levels 1 and 2, will be offered starting February 8 and 10. LANGUAGE CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU: 200 winter/ spring offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194, Beginner French, Conversational Immersion French with Laure Angel, Spanish (3 levels plus Advanced Conversational Spanish), Italian for Travelers, Beginning Mandarin (2 levels), German for Beginners. Low cost, hands-on, excellent instructors, limited class size, guaranteed. Materials included with few exceptions. Full descriptions online. Senior discount 65+. LEARN SPANISH & OPEN NEW DOORS: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Center. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 802-585-1025,, Expand your opportunities and connect with a new world. We provide high-quality, affordable instruction in the Spanish language for adults, teens and children. Learn from a native speaker via small classes, individual instruction or student tutoring. See our website for complete information or contact us for details. PARLEZ-VOUS FRANCAIS?: Location: At your home or scheduled meeting place, Burlington, Mad River Valley, Stowe, Montpelier. Info: 802-4967859, Communication and vocabulary enrichment, some grammar review. Fun and useful. Taught by Yves Compere, French native.

martial arts AIKIDO: Adult introductory special: Join by February 1st and receive a three-month membership and uniform for $175. Adult introductory classes meet on Tue. & Thu. at 6:45 p.m. Classes for adults, children (ages 5-12) & teenagers meet 7 days/week. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal and Light), Burlington. Info: 802-951-8900, Aikido is a dynamic Japanese martial art that promotes physical and mental harmony through the use of breathing exercises, aerobic conditioning, circular movements, and pinning and throwing techniques. We also teach sword/ staff arts and knife defense. The Samurai Youth Program provides scholarships for children and teenagers, ages 7-17. AIKIDO: Tue.-Fri., 6-7:30 p.m.; Sat., 9-10 a.m.; & Sun., 10-11:30 a.m. Visitors are always welcome. Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave. (2nd floor), Burlington. Info: Vermont Aikido, 802-862-9785, vermontaikido. org. Aikido training teaches body

and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility and flowing movement, martial awareness with compassionate connection, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Adult Beginners Class: Intro to Aikido Practice, four consecutive Tuesday evening classes beginning February 2. Class time 6 to 7:30 p.m. Intro Class fee of $60 includes beginner’s uniform. COMBAT FITNESS MMA: Mon.Sat. Location: Combat Fitness MMA, 201 Main St., Winooski. Info: Combat Fitness MMA, Vince Guy, 802-655-1035, vteguy25@gmail. com, Certified and experienced instruction in Brazilian jujitsu, muay Thai kickboxing, boxing, MMA and fitness for adults and children; from beginners to the serious competitor. Pro shop. Home of Catamount BJJ. Trial classes and punchcards available. Student/military/law enforcement discount. Most reasonable prices in the area. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIU-JITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 802660-4072,, Classes for men, women and children. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enhances strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and cardio-respiratory fitness. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training builds and helps to instill courage and self-confidence. We offer a legitimate Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu martial arts program in a friendly, safe and positive environment. Accept no imitations. Learn from one of the world’s best, Julio “Foca” Fernandez, CBJJ and IBJJF certified 6th Degree Black Belt, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu National Featherweight Champion and 3-time Rio de Janeiro State Champion, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

massage ASIAN BODYWORK THERAPY PROGRAM: Weekly on Mon., Tue. Cost: $5,000/500-hour program. Location: Elements of Healing, 21 Essex Way, suite 109, Essex Jct. Info: Elements of Healing, Scott Moylan, 802-288-8160,, 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 5-Element Theory. Additionally, 100 hours of Western anatomy and physiology will be taught. Program starting September 2010. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB assigned school.

meditation INTEGRATED AWARENESS MEDITATION: A MEDITATION WORKSHOP: Feb. 12, 2-6 p.m. Cost: $75/workshop. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga and Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 802658-9440, We will practice meditation by focusing on optimal posture, breath and balance through the principles of the Alexander Technique. We will use creative visualizations and guided meditations to liberate the

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wisdom of our hearts. A wonderful introduction to meditation for beginners and an opportunity for experienced meditators to go deeper. Introduction to Zen: Sat., Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Cost: $30/half-day workshop, limited-time price. Location: Vermont Zen Center, 480 Thomas Rd., Shelburne. Info: Vermont Zen Center, 802-985-9746, ecross@, The workshop is conducted by an ordained Zen Buddhist teacher and focuses on the theory and meditation practices of Zen Buddhism. Preregistration required. Call for more info, or register online. LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sunday mornings, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., or by appointment. The Shambhala Café meets the first Saturday of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-noon. An Open House occurs every third Wednesday evening of each month, 7-9 p.m., which includes an intro to the center, a short dharma talk and socializing. Location: Burlington Shambhala Center, 187 So. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 802-658-6795, 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.


Control Paper Clutter For Good: 6-session online class beginning Feb. 13, running for 6

Basic Photography: Exposure: Feb. 5, 5-7 p.m. Cost: $20/2-hr. class. Location: Dark Room/Vermont Photo Space Gallery, 12 Main St. (Five Corners), Essex Jct. Info: Dark Room/ Vermont Photo Space Gallery, Ken Signorello, 802-777-3686,, Exposure is the place to start with photography. How does your camera decide how much light to let it? What is f-stop all about? Why does your camera consistently expose incorrectly in certain situations? This and more explained. CAMERA CLASSES IN HINESBURG AT CVU: 200 winter/spring offerings for all ages. Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194, Photoshop Basics, Digital Camera: Buttons/ Menus, Share Photos, Aperture Info, Shutter Speed Skills, Digital Spectrum, Next Layers of Photoshop, Advanced Digital Photography: Blending/Filters. Full descriptions online. Senior discount 65+. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY I: Tue., Feb. 1, 8, 15, & Mar. 1, 9:30 a.m.noon. Cost: $150/class. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Info: 802-253-8358, Improve your digital photography skills in this beginning-level class. Students will learn the basics of digital photography, including camera operation, proper image exposure, file types, Photoshop file editing, and preparation of photo files for web or print. Instructor: Paul Rogers. 10% discounts for members; 10% discount for early registration by January 21. DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY II: Tue., Feb. 1, 8, 15, & Mar. 1, 1-3:30 p.m. Cost: $150/class. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Info: 802-253-8358, For those who have a working knowledge of digital photography. Participants will learn how to manage and retouch digital photos using Adobe software and discuss composition and other aspects of photo aesthetics.

psychology Mythology: Feb. 16-Apr. 6, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $75/ class. Location: 55 Clover Ln., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 802-2447909. Discover some of the myths you are living in this Jungoriented workshop. Led by Sue Mehrtens, author and teacher.

reiki REIKI (USUI) LEVEL 1: Cost: $175/ Sat., Feb. 12, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Location: Rising Sun Healing Center, 35 King St., Burlington. Info: Chris Hanna, 802-881-1866,, Learn this powerful hands-on healing art for healing and personal growth and be able to give Reiki energy to yourself an others by the end

snowkiting Snowkiting Lessons: Daily lessons while ice is safe (generally Jan.-April). Cost: $120/3-hr. beginner class ($95 for 2-hr. advanced). Location: Lake Champlain, Sand Bar State Park, South Hero/Milton. Info: Stormboarding, Rachael Miller, 802-578-6120, rachael@storm, stormboarding. com. Snowkite in your first lesson! Use the same alpine, tele or snowboard as on the mountain. We provide experienced, professional, fun instruction and modern gear. Great for skiers/riders ages 10 to no limit, cruise or go big. Makes an excellent gift. Gear discount after lesson. Lesson/gear gift certificates available.

spirituality Druidry Training in VT: 1 weekend/mo. for 9 mos. in the year. Cost: $1,700/9 weekend sessions throughout the year. Location: Dreamland, Worcester. Info: The Green Mountain Druid Order, Ivan McBeth, 802-505-8010, ivanmc, A three-year training of self-transformation in preparation to become a caretaker of the Earth: an empowered human being, capable of communicating with nature and other humans, radiating peace and healing. We provide the map and the method, you provide the enthusiasm and commitment. Come change the world with us! The New Dispensation: Feb. 11-Mar. 4, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Fri. Cost: $60/class. Location: 55 Clover Ln., Waterbury. Info: Sue, 802-244-7909. Learn about the new form of religious expression that Carl Jung felt would be appropriate for the Age of Aquarius in this experiential course rooted in the Biblical teachings of Jesus.

tai chi Snake Style Tai Chi Chuan: Beginner classes Sat. mornings & Wed. evenings. Call to view a class. Location: BAO TAK FAI TAI CHI INSTITUTE, 100 Church St., Burlington. Info: 802-864-7902, 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. Yang-Style Tai Chi: Beginning Jan. 12, Yang Style Tai Chi Part 1

tai chi chih tai chi chih: Feb. 1-Apr. 5, 12-1 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $85/10week session. Preregistration not required. Location: Ira Allen Chapel on UVM campus, Burlington. Info: Freddy, 802343-6422. This easy-to-learn, 20-movement practice is done standing up. It’s purpose is to circulate and balance the “Chi” or “vital energy.” Some call it a moving meditation. Freddy has been teaching in the Burlington area for over 10 years and his classes are fun and purposeful.

women Sustainable Weight-Loss Group: 5-6 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $45/1-hr. group sessions. Location: Otter Creek Associates, 112 Lake St., Burlington. Info: Otter Creek Associates, Stephanie von Doering, MA, Clinical Psychology, AFPA Certified Nutrition/Wellness Consultant, 802-865-3450, vondoering. Learn evidence-based CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) skills to successfully address unhealthy eating habits while developing an individual eating plan built on key nutrition and health information. Comprehensive assessment prior to entering group to determine individual needs and goals. Skills and knowledge offer sustainable results!

wood turning Wood Turning: Location: CVU High School, 10 min. from exit 12, Hinesburg. Info: 802-482-7194, Spindles and Knobs: Intro to the Lathe with Ralph Tursini, Thursday afternoon or evening for two weeks beginning February 10. Limit: 6 per time slot. Fee: $95. Also, Wooden Bowl Turning for Beginners, Thursday afternoon and evening beginning March 3. Limit 6. Fee: $135.

yoga Anxious Body, Anxious Mind with Lindsay Foreman: Feb. 1-Mar. 15, 6-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $105/series. Location: Vermont Class for Yoga Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 802-658-9440, Do any of these symptoms apply to you? Trouble sleeping? Feel restless and then exhausted? Can’t stop worrying? Difficulty focusing? Or do you want to just find more rest in your life? In a compassionate and

safe environment, we will explore gentle and spacious yoga, guided meditation, breathing exercises, deep relaxation, and mindfulness for daily living. Drop-in Yoga with Deb Sherrer: Every Fri. this winter, 12-1:30 p.m. Cost: $12/class. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 802-658-9440, Move. Breathe. Strengthen. Relax. A Vajra-inspired class, with Deb Sherrer, CYT, MA, that focuses on alignment, breath-informed movement, mindfulness and in-depth poses to enhance strength, flexibility and grounding. Leave class with a greater sense of well-being and relaxation. All levels welcome. EVOLUTION YOGA: Daily yoga classes for all levels from $5-14, conveniently located in Burlington. 10-class cards and unlimited memberships available for discounted rates. Mon.-Fri. @ 4:30 p.m., class is only $5!. Location: Evolution Yoga, Burlington. Info: 802-864-9642, yoga@evolutionvt. com, Evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginneradvanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, Anusara-inspired, Kripalu, and Iyengar yoga. Babies/kids classes also available! Prepare for birth and strengthen postpartum with pre/postnatal yoga, and check out our thriving massage practice. Participate in our community blog: evoblog. Laughing River Yoga: Daily yoga classes & monthly yoga workshops. $13 drop in; $110 for 10 classes. By-donation classes (pay what you can) Mon.-Fri. at 9 a.m. & Mon.-Thu. at 7:30 p.m. Location: Laughing River Yoga, 1 Mill St., Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: Laughing River Yoga, 802-343-8119, emily, Yoga studio now open downstairs in the Chace Mill. Experienced and compassionate teachers offer Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vajra, Flow, Yin, Restorative, Kundalini, Iyengar and Groove yoga. Educate yourself with monthly workshops and class series. Lots of light. River view. Parking. All levels welcome! Deepen your understanding of who you are. RehabGYM Yoga: Mon. & Wed., 6-7 p.m., & Sat., 5-6 p.m. All levels welcome. Cost: $12/ class, $10 w/ valid student ID. Location: Campus RehabGYM, 257 S. Union St., Burlington. Info: the RehabGYM, Cara Moorby, 802-876-6000, cara.moorby@, Yoga is now being offered at our Campus RehabGYM in Burlington! Sara Gunning teaches the Vinyasa Flow style of yoga, an aerobic yoga that connects movement with breath. Classes include elements of spirituality, strengthening and proper alignment with intention to support all students in listening to their bodies, while encouraging fearlessness in their path to connect with their authentic selves. Yoga Vermont: Location: 113 Church St., 4th floor, Burlington. Info: 802-238-0594, Gift certificates are available. Daily drop-in classes. Ashtanga, Vinyasa, gentle and yoga teacher training. Experienced instructors — we would love to share our practices with you. m

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2011 Open Studio Weekend: 1st weekend in Feb., all weekend long; visit the website for early registration discounts for workshops & free classes. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, Chace Mill, top floor, at the Winooski River Falls bridge, 1 Mill St., suite 372 , Burlington. Info: 802-863-3369, lucille@naturalbodiespilates. com, Lift your body, mind and spirit, naturally! Celebrate dance and creativity for happiness in life: Pilates, yoga, Laban, belly dance, modern dance, YogaDance, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Zumba, Delsarte Creative Expression Group, Feldenkrais, Musicality & Movement, and West Coast Swing. Join one or all classes for creative fun, fitness and beauty! ALL Wellness: Location: 208 Flynn Ave., Studio 3A (across from the antique shops, before Oakledge Park), Burlington. Info: 802-863-9900, allwellnessvt. com. We encourage all ages, all bodies and all abilities to discover greater ease and enjoyment in life by integrating Pilates, physical therapy, yoga and nutrition. Come experience our welcoming atmosphere, skillful, caring instructors and light-filled studio. Join us for a free introduction to the reformer, every Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and the first Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m.: Just call and reserve your spot! Core Studio Pilates and MORE!: We are open 7 days a week, from as early as 7 a.m. to as late as 7:30 p.m. Costs vary, as low as $10-$25/per class depending on format. Location: Core Studio Pilates and Personal Training, 431 Pine Street, suite 101, Burlington. Info: Core Studio Pilates and Personal Training, Kathy Brunette, 802-862-8686, kathy@corestudioburlington. com, Enjoy the amazing mind/body benefits of Pilates, Yoga, Massage & the challenge of Personal Training with high quality, professionally led classes 7 days a week. Mat, reformer & boot camp classes (which include Spinning, TRX, strength, balance & EXO Chair options) are available in our warm & friendly studio.

Beginner’s class, Wed., 5:306:50 p.m. $150 for 10 classes. All levels on Sat., 8:15-9:45 a.m. $16/class; monthly: $60/1 class per week, $115/2 classes per week. 3 calendar mos.: $160/1 class, $275/2 classes per week. Beginning in Feb.: Yang Style Tai Chi Part 2. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, 187 St. Paul St., #5, Burlington. Info: 802-318-6238. Tai Chi is a slow-moving martial art that combines deep breathing and graceful movements to produce the valuable effects of relaxation, improved concentration, improved balance, a decrease in blood pressure and ease in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. Brought to you by Vermont Tai Chi Academy and Healing Center. Janet Makaris, instructor.


Intro to Gypsy Jazz Guitar: Jan. 29, 1-5 p.m. Cost: $50/workshop. Location: Art House, Marble Works, Middlebury. Info: The Art House, Anne Ryan, 802-4580464, poetmadancer@yahoo. com, Explore the music of Django Reinhardt! Learn about gypsy jazz rhythms, soloing, picking technique and improvisation. Then, have fun trying out your new skills in a facilitated jam. For all levels. Led by Greg and Aidan Ryan of They Might Be Gypsies. theymightbegypsies. com.

FAUX PAINTING AND TROMPE L’OEIL: Thu., Feb. 3-17, & Mar. 3-10, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost: $165/class. Location: Helen Day Art Center, 5 School St., Stowe. Info: 802-2538358, Explore faux and tromp l’oeil (deceive the eye) painting. Learn about decorative techniques such as faux wood grain, stone, brick, marbling, stucco and foliage motifs that can be used in a variety of applications. Work from sketches all the way to a final product. Basic drawing skills helpful, but not required. Instructor: Rick Loya. 10% discounts for members; 10% discount for early registration by January 21.


of the class. Plenty of in-class practice. Learn the history of Reiki, an ethics of a Reiki practitioner. Individual sessions and classes available. Member VRA. Reiki II Class Okuden: Feb. 12-13, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Cost: $175/10-hr. class. Location: HeartSong Reiki, Stockbridge. Info: HeartSong Reiki, Kelly McDermott-Burns, 802-7468834,, This class will introduce the first three Reiki symbols. The student will experience the energy of each symbol through the three attunements, use of the precepts, jumon and mantras. Meditation techniques will be practiced. A manual and certificate included. Reiki I Shoden: February 19 and March 5. Animal Reiki I: February 26 and 27.




Students must have their own DSLR or small digital camera with manual adjustments. Instructor: Paul Rogers. 10% discounts for members; 10% discount for early registration by January 21.

2011 Open Studio Weekend: 1st weekend in Feb., the 5th & 6th! 1st weekend in Feb., all weekend long; visit the website for early registration discounts for workshops & free classes. Location: Burlington Dances, Chace Mill, top floor, at the Winooski River Falls bridge, 1 Mill Street, suite 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 802-8633369, info@burlingtondances. com, Lift your body, mind and spirit, naturally! Celebrate dance and creativity for happiness in life: Pilates, yoga, Laban, belly dance, modern dance, YogaDance, Bartenieff Fundamentals, Zumba, Delsarte Creative Expression Group, Feldenkrais, Musicality & Movement, and West Coast Swing. Join one or all classes for creative fun, fitness and beauty!

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they’re not just walking out because they don’t think I’m funny, which I’d be fine with. But when you yell “Boring!” when I’m talking about the war, I lose it because you’re being disrespectful, in general. You’re pretty much saying, “I don’t care about the war. I don’t care about the rights of other people.” That puts me over the edge.







ccording to right-wing TV host Glenn Beck, standup comedian Jamie Kilstein is a “doofus.” According to comedian Janeane Garofalo, Kilstein is “like watching a combination of Bill Hicks and George Carlin.” Who’s right? That depends on whom you ask. Kilstein cohosts the web-based “Citizen Radio” with his wife, writer Allison Kilkenny. Much like the hypercharged, progressive political banter that fuels their renegade radio program, Kilstein’s standup act is characterized by provocative and often confrontational commentary on political and social issues. Kilstein wants to get under your skin, to push your buttons. And, much like the late, great Messrs. Hicks and Carlin, his acerbic wit and probing intellect equips him to do exactly that. Just ask Glenn Beck. Seven Days recently caught up with Kilstein by phone in advance of his upcoming gig at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge on Friday, January 28. SEVEN DAYS: How did you get started in comedy? JAMIE KILSTEIN: I started making jokes as a kid because I was being picked on. I think that’s how most comics start, using comedy as a defense mechanism. Also, I wasn’t good at anything else. SD: Misery seems to be a key character component for a good comic. JK: The kind of comedy that I hate is the kind of comedy where someone is ... bragging about their good life, like, “Yeah, all these fuckin’ bitches!” And it’s like, wait a second … you’re not a real comic unless you’re miserable.

SD: Are any topics off limits for you? JK: I think anything can be made funny, and I’m not overly PC. I’m actually super-offensive with my standup. But the kind of comedy that makes me mad is the overtly racist or homophobic shit. Or comics who go after the homeless. It’s like, “Yeah, way to knock them down a peg!” Do we really need to attack these people? It’s so cowardly. SD: So, what makes great comedy? JK: I think comedy is this sort of David and Goliath tool for little guys to take down big establishments. Look at what

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Stephen Colbert did at the White House press correspondents’ dinner [in 2006]. That was a comic completely throwing a wrench into corrupt political and media systems. To me, that’s what comedy should be about. SD: You were successful in Europe long before you were here. Why is your brand of comedy better received overseas than it is in the U.S.? JK: The not-as-romantic reason is that the UK and Australia have the same problems we do. I went to Australia and thought I wouldn’t be able to do my gayrights jokes. But then I found out that gay marriage isn’t legal in Sydney, which has a huge gay population. So, I ended up putting together a fundraiser for this gay-marriage rally. They use America as a whipping boy. But they still make the same mistakes we do. We’re just louder about it. You know in mob movies how there’s always one guy who can’t keep his fucking mouth shut? We’re that guy. We brag about our intolerance. They just do it in much posher accents. SD: And the romantic reason? JK: They just respect comedy more. Comedy is seen as a stand-alone art form.

The problem with comedy in America is that comedy is not the end goal. Comedy is a stepping-stone — you do comedy to become an actor or become a writer. But when comedy is the end goal, and you play theaters that pay you well and don’t censor you, what’s naturally going to happen is that you’ll push the boundaries as much as possible. Whereas in America, everyone is trying to get their seven-minute Hollywood showcase set where they’re as safe as possible, not pushing any buttons and certainly not offending the networks. SD: Does originally using comedy as a defense against bullies play a role in your approach to hecklers? JK: I’ve somehow become notorious for attacking hecklers. SD: Well, there’s a clip of you ripping into one on the front page of your website. JK: Is that still up there? I don’t like doing that, necessarily. I work really hard at writing my jokes. So, when that happens, I think the reason that I go into kind of a Hulk rage is because I talk about politics. So, when somebody walks out when I’m talking about gay rights,

SD: Why is heckling so much more prominent in standup than other performance arts? JK: One, some people do it not knowing they’re ruining the show. All comedy clubs care about is selling drinks, and they don’t police the shows. So, you’ll get these drunk guys coming up to you after the show saying, “Hey, I really helped you out, didn’t I?” And it’s, like, “The bit you interrupted I spent 10 years working on, and it was about my relationship with my father and coming to terms with who he is as a person, and I remember crying over my notebook. But I’m really glad you chimed in with that Mexican joke that had nothing to do with the conversation! That was awesome.” SD: Are there rules of engagement? JK: My rule is that I never engage them unless they’re starting to bother the people around them. Then I go after them, because I’m defending the people around them who paid to see my act … and you’re bothering me. SD: OK. Why did Glenn Beck call you a “doofus”? JK: My wife and I did an anti-Glenn Beck episode on our show, where besides just making fun of him, we had on two guests who, during the election, he had pretty much blamed for the destruction of society. It was Bertha Lewis from ACORN, a community-organizing group that helps poor people — and was the reason “community organizing” suddenly became a bad term. And we had Bill Ayers who [Beck] called a terrorist because he was part of the Weather Underground during [the Vietnam War]. But it was the most moving episode we’ve ever done. Bertha Lewis coined the term “political necrophilia” — “We’re already dead, and yet you’re still fucking us.” Anyway, [Beck] got wind of it and started going after us on the show — while playing our clips. It’s the best blurb I’ve ever had.  Jamie Kilstein performs at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge on Friday, January 28, at 8 p.m. $12/14. 18+. Martha Tormey opens.


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Without question, the biggest news on the local music front this week involves the lovely and talented Neko Case. The Northeast Kingdom resident — and two-time Grammy loser! (her words) — has a pair of VT shows this weekend as she kicks off a brief Northeast tour. Interestingly, the second of those VT dates, at the Higher Ground Ballroom this Sunday, marks her first appearance at the club since “the incident,” when she infamously kept a sold-out crowd who had paid astronomical sums of money to see her waiting for, like, four hours before she finally showed up and totally sucked … whoops! Wrong incident. That was Lauryn HiLL. My bad. Sorry, Neko. Case’s incident at the club

happened last year. Or didn’t happen, I guess. To refresh your memory, her old band, the new PornograPHers, were touring their new album, Challengers, and had a show lined up at the Ballroom. B-town fans, both of Case and the NPs, were quite justifiably excited, as the show would mark Case’s first Queen City appearance since moving to VT the year before. But then something went horribly wrong. Despite being at the club for the sound check, Case never made it to the stage for the show, a vacant mic standing where she should have been. Long story short, people were freakin’. Some even demanded their money back due to Case’s no-show — oddly enough, no one who cried “refund!” seemed to mention that vocalist/ guitarist dan Bejar, who is arguably a more critical component to NP than Case, also went missing. Dude

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Theatre, Case is headlining a charity show for St. Johnsbury’s Catamount Arts entitled “Storytelling?” The singer curated the night to be something of a variety show, and an exploration of the art of storytelling in various forms. To wit, she’s billing the show as “An Evening of Performance, Poetry and Puppetry.” Perfect. Fulfilling the last part of that alliterative hat trick is Chicago-based troupe one degree off, performing a paper shadow-puppet adaptation of Lewis CarroLL’s classic “Jabberwocky” — because that poem isn’t weird enough. Also on the poetry angle, and also from the Windy City, artist and bard tony fitzPatriCk will read choice selections of his own poetry, as well as leading a discussion on the art of storytelling. Rounding out the performance, and joining Case for the remainder of her tour, are Kentucky/ChiTown-based Thrill Jockey signees, freakwater. I love this band. And if you’re a fan of close-harmonizin’ female duos who uniquely marry classic Americana templates to modern storytelling devices, you will, too. True story.

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writes, like, half the songs. What’s a guy gotta do to get some respect? (Weird concidence, Bejar’s girlfriend is a Vancouver-based songwriter named sydney Vermont. No kidding.) Anyway, you may recall that the official word from the Case camp was “food poisoning” — note the sarcastic quotation marks denoting skepticism — which most folks accepted as a “perfectly reasonable” and “legit excuse” for missing the gig … ahem. Not surprisingly, the explanation didn’t satisfy everyone — or, more accurately, anyone. I actually bought it, though. What can I say? I’m a sucker for redheads. Also, I haven’t heard any other valid theories about why she’d simply bail. Just doesn’t make sense, especially in light of how anticipated the show was locally. (If I could chat privately with Neko for a sec: Neko, by this point you’re probably like, Holy shit. These people are still talking about this? Get a life.” They are, they should and, I know, it’s crazy. But we Yankees are notorious for holding grudges. Welcome to New England. Call me!) But enough about the past. Sunday’s HG show is clearly the big-ticket item in the Burlington area. However, it’s actually the lesser of Case’s two Vermont performances this weekend. Friday at Lyndon State College’s Alexander Twilight


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1/2 LOUNGE: DJ Kanga presents: The Lounge Lizard (hip-hop), 9 p.m.

The Joshua Panda Band Winter Waltz Residency

CLUB METRONOME: Dub Fiyah Tour 2011: Zion Train, Dub Gabriel, Noble Society with Jah Dan Blackkamore and Satta Sound (reggae), 10 p.m., $12/15. 18+. FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Emancipator & Blockhead, Chris Are & Thelonius X (electro), 8 p.m., $12/15. AA.

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Real Estate’s Matthew Mondanile. While his solo work exudes a hazy, nostalgic vibe like that of his band, on his own the guitarist’s sparse psych-pop less evokes a dreamy seaside getaway than a decaying boardwalk in a forgotten beach town. Wednesday, February 2, Angioplasty Media presents Ducktails with NYC’s WOODS

and Burlington’s TOBY ARONSON at the Monkey House in Winooski.

LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Paul Asbell & Clyde Stats (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

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ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Pine Street Jazz (jazz), 7 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. Irish Sessions, 9 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Close to Nowhere (rock), 7 p.m., Free. DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free. SHELBURNE STEAKHOUSE & SALOON: Carol Ann Jones (country), 8 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Joshua Panda's Vermont Winter Waltz Residency (soul), 8 p.m., $5 donation.

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BIG PICTURE THEATER & CAFÉ: Bread & Bones (folk), 7:30 p.m., $5. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Open Mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

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CITY LIMITS: Karaoke with Let It Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Open Bluegrass Session, 7:30 p.m., Free. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Open Mic Night, 9 p.m., Free.


BEE'S KNEES: Alan Greenleaf & the Doctor (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

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MUDDY WATERS: Jamie Masefield, Doug Perkins & Tyler Bolles (bluegrass), 8:30 p.m., Free. NECTAR'S: Bluegrass Thursdays with Something With Strings (bluegrass), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. NIGHTCRAWLERS: Karaoke with Steve LeClair, 7 p.m., Free. O'BRIEN'S IRISH PUB: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., Free. ONE PEPPER GRILL: Karaoke, 8 p.m., Free. ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Joe Moore's Blues Band (blues), 7 p.m., Free. PARIMA MAIN STAGE: Burgundy Thursdays with Joe Adler, John Smyth, Matt Lorenz, Two Shoes Off (singer-songwriters), 8:30 p.m., $3.

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ROADSIDE TAVERN: Sound Waves Entertainment (Top 40), 7 p.m., Free. Sound Waves Entertainment (Top 40), 7 p.m., Free.

RADIO BEAN: Jazz Sessions (jazz), 6 p.m., Free. Shane Hardiman Trio (jazz), 9 p.m., Free. The Unbearable Light Cabaret (eclectic), 10 p.m., $3. Soul Session (soul), 11 p.m., $3.



RASPUTIN'S: 101 Thursdays with Pres & DJ Dan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.


MONOPOLE: Open Mic, 8 p.m., Free.



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1/2 LOUNGE: Zack duPont Trio (indie folk), 9:30 p.m., Free.

RED SQUARE: Selector Dubee (reggae), 6 p.m., Free. A-Dog Presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Cre8 (house), 9 p.m., Free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Longford Row (Irish), 8 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Phineas Gage (folk), 8 p.m., $5 donation.


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51 MAIN: The Gabe Jarrett Trio (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Open Irish Session, 8 p.m., Donations. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: DJ Jam Man (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.


BEE'S KNEES: Dan Liptak's Casimir Effect (funkjazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations. THE BREWSKI: Tall Grass Get Down (bluegrass), 8 p.m., Free. MATTERHORN: Matt Bolton (singer-songwriter), 9 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. ROADSIDE TAVERN: Mark Brisson & Friends (rock), 7 p.m., Free.


MONOPOLE: Peacock Tunes & Trivia, 5 p.m., Free. MONOPOLE DOWNSTAIRS: Gary Peacock (singersongwriter), 10 p.m., Free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Karaoke with Benjamin Bright and Ashley Kollar, 6 p.m., Free. Therapy Thursdays with DJ NYCE (Top 40), 10:30 p.m., Free. TABU CAFÉ & NIGHTCLUB: Karaoke Night with Sassy Entertainment, 5 p.m., Free.


BACKSTAGE PUB: Open Mic with Jess & Jeff, 8 p.m., Free.

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CLUB METRONOME: 2KDeep presents 12th Planet, Guttstar, 2KDeep Crew (electro), 9 p.m., $10/15. 18+.


FRANNY O'S: Balance DJ & Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

LANGDON STREET CAFÉ: Flat Top Trio (acoustic), 9 p.m., Donations.

THE GREEN ROOM: Connor McQuade and Ryan McCrea (alt-country), 8 p.m., Free.

NUTTY STEPH'S: Bacon Thursdays with Noble Savage (electro), 10 p.m., Free.

LEUNIG'S BISTRO & CAFÉ: Ellen Powell & Andrew Moroz (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

OUTBACK PIZZA & NIGHTCLUB: Dub Fiyah Tour 2011: Zion Train, Dub Gabriel, Noble Society with Jah Dan Blackkamore and Satta Sound (reggae), 9 p.m., $5.

CLUB METRONOME: No Diggity: Return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5.

SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN: Open Mic, 7 p.m., Free. DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

THE GREEN ROOM: DJ Oh-Jay Fresh (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.





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raised her profile during last summer’s Discover Jazz Fest with her band, VJP offshoot the HOLY SMOKE OFF. Following that, Pardenik and the VJP released one of the finer local albums of this or any other year, Kicking Sawdust. After a summer of VJP touring, Pardenik and band cofounder BENNY STROSBERG left VT for Europe, where they reside currently, and we haven’t really heard from the band since. Until now, that is. This Saturday, four-sixths of the Vermont Joy Parade will reunite at Radio Bean for a late-night hootenanny to benefit their veggie-oilpowered tour bus. They’ll need it in good working condition when Pardenik and Strosberg return from Europe to tour with the band this summer. Stay tuned… Local rockers REVERSE

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that Allison has drastically changed the group’s sound and “given us some fresh energy.” Color me curious. Band Name of the Week: TELEPORT. Also on the bill at Manhattan this Saturday are newbie Montpelier outfit Teleport. I had a chance to catch these guys at a Magic Hat reunion party a few weeks ago (full disclosure — once upon a time, we worked together at MH) and, I gotta say, I came away impressed. One, they were awfully tight for a new band, which is less surprising when you find out they used to play together as THE YEAR’S BEST back in the day. And two, they mine inspiration from the synthdriven pop-rock of LOGGINS AND MESSINA without a shred of irony … and it works. Really. And that fact may be less surprising when you learn that bassist SEAN MARTIN has tattoos of DARYL HALL and JOHN OATES, respectively, on each of his forearms. (Note to Teleport: I demand you learn and cover the theme song from the 1986 movie Rad.) It’s been a while since we’ve heard from PARIAH BEAT. The genre-jumping, Thetfordbased outfit last assaulted our eager ears in 2008 with an excellent full-length, Pariah Beat Radio. They’re back this weekend with

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another fine addition to their canon, Bury Me Not. Catch them this Friday at the greatest bar in the world, or at least Montpelier, Charlie O’s, or Saturday at the Main Street Museum in White River Junction. Seasonal affective disorder got you down? Starting Wednesday, January 26, at the Skinny Pancake, local soul man JOSHUA PANDA may have the sonic tonic to cure what ails you, as he begins a four-week Wednesday-night stint he’s dubbed “Joshua Panda’s Vermont Winter Waltz Residency.” And if that doesn’t work, try whiskey.

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themselves. It’s really easy to do, and it helps your friendly neighborhood music scribe out tremendously — I’m often at a loss for interesting, high-quality pics of local acts, which I always prefer to run when given a choice. Anyway, thanks to cosmic Americana outfit RED HOT JUBA as the first local act to oblige, for which they win … their picture in the paper! (See how this works?) I should note they lose points for directly violating my rule banning “band on a wall” pics. But at this point, I’ll take what I can get. You can catch Juba at the Monkey House this Friday. 

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look and sound when they take the stage at Burlington’s Manhattan Pizza & Pub this Saturday. Founding guitarist PAUL COMEGNO has left the group to focus his efforts on filling DYLAN GIAMBATISTA’s shoes in ROUGH FRANCIS. In his stead, RND have enlisted Berklee-trained Boston transplant GREG ALLISON on … violin? How urbane! RND’s GEOFF BENNINGTON writes


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Once again, this week’s totally self-indulgent column segment, in which I share a random sampling of what was on my iPod, turntable, CD player, 8-track player, etc., this week.


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POSITIVE PIE 2: DJ Haitian & the 2K Deep Crew (drum and bass), 11 p.m., $3.

HIGHER GROUND BALLROOM: The ONE Fashion Event (fashion show), 8 p.m., $25/30. AA.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Jamie Kilstein (standup), 8 p.m., $12/14. 18+.

PURPLE MOON PUB: Wiley Dobbs (bluegrass), 8 p.m., Free.

HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: I-Spy Live: the V-Day Edition (dating game), 7:30 p.m.

JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Paydirt (rock), 5 p.m., Free. The Blame (rock), 9 p.m., Free. PARIMA MAIN STAGE: Side Pony with Myra Flynn & Gregory Douglass (’80s covers), 9 p.m., $5. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Dirty Merge (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: Megan Luttrell (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. A Fragile Tomorrow (folk-rock), 8 p.m., Free. Flabberghaster (rock), 9 p.m., Free. The Treehouse Gang (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Mac Swan & the Black Holly Band (rock), 11:15 p.m., Free. RASPUTIN'S: DJ ZJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE: Rick Redington (rock), 6 p.m., Free. Sophistafunk (funk), 9 p.m., $5. Nastee (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $3. RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Stavros (house), 9 p.m., $3. RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free. SHELBURNE STEAKHOUSE & SALOON: Caitlin Canty (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free. THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 8 p.m., $5 donation.


CHARLIE O'S: Pariah Beat (Americana), 10 p.m., Free. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. LANGDON STREET CAFÉ: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9:30 p.m., Donations. Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9:30 p.m., Donations.





NECTAR'S: Seth Yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., Free. Groundfood, Dr. Ruckus (hip-pop, funk), 9 p.m., $5.

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MONKEY HOUSE: Red Hot Juba (cosmic Americana), 9 p.m., $5.

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29, at Charlie O’s in Montpelier — the latter show marks a homecoming for GF

MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: The Trio featuring Paul Cassarino, Tracie Cassarino & Jeff Wheel (acoustic), 8 p.m., Free.

are a study in

contrasts. The sextet is as adept at crafting tight, cohesive pop songs as it is at

LIFT: Salsa Friday with DJ Hector Cobeo (salsa), 9 p.m., Free.

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SLIDE BROOK LODGE & TAVERN: The Dog Catchers (rock), 9 p.m., Free. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Savoy Brown, Nobby Reed (blues-rock), 8 p.m., $30. AA.

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MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Reverse Neutral Drive, Teleport (rock), 10 p.m., Free. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Anthony Santor Group (jazz), 8 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: The Steph Pappas Experience, Dave Nerbak and Linda Bassick, Mickey Western (rock), 9 p.m., $5.

CITY LIMITS: Top Hat Entertainment Dance Party (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.

NECTAR'S: Adam King (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., Free. Barika, DJ Chia (Afrobeat), 9 p.m., $5.

ON THE RISE BAKERY: Open Jazz Session with Dan Silverman (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations.

NIGHTCRAWLERS: Big Boots Deville (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: The Grift (rock), 10 p.m., $3.

ON TAP BAR & GRILL: Radio Flyer (rock), 9 p.m., Free.


PARIMA MAIN STAGE: Rusty Belle, Dave Keller Band (blues, Americana), 9 p.m., $5.

BEE'S KNEES: Patrick Fitzsimmons (singersongwriter), 7:30 p.m., Donations. THE BREWSKI: Gordon Stone Band (bluegrass), 9 p.m., $2. THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Conscious Roots (reggae), 9:30 p.m., Free. MATTERHORN: Dub Fiyah Tour 2011: Zion Train, Dub Gabriel, Noble Society with Jah Dan Blackkamore and Satta Sound (reggae), 9 p.m., $5. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

RADIO BEAN: Less Digital, More Manual: Record Club (open turntables), 3 p.m., Free. Shady Alley (blues), 8 p.m., Free. My Glorious Mess (rock), 10 p.m., Free. Ghost Weapon (rock), 11:15 p.m., Free. Vernon Jo Par De (rock), midnight, Free. RASPUTIN'S: Nastee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: DJ Raul (salsa), 5 p.m., Free. Myra's Guest List (neo-soul), 6 p.m., Free. Girls, Guns & Glory (rock), 9 p.m., Donations. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $3.

ROADSIDE TAVERN: Mindtrap (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: The Complaints (rock), 10 p.m., Free.


SHELBURNE STEAKHOUSE & SALOON: Tiffany Gassett & Rising Tribe (reggae), 8 p.m., Free.

MONOPOLE: Eat Sleep Funk (rock), 10 p.m., Free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Benjamin Bright (singersongwriter), 6 p.m., Free.


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BACKSTAGE PUB: Justice (rock), 9 p.m., Free. CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5. FRANNY O'S: Balance DJ & Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. THE GREEN ROOM: Bonjour-Hi! presents Gucci Crew Saturdays (eclectic DJs), 10 p.m., Free.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Autumn Hollow (folk), 8 p.m., $5 donation.


BIG PICTURE THEATER & CAFÉ: Phineas Gage, Sugar Shack (bluegrass), 8 p.m., $5 donation. CHARLIE O'S: Groundfood (soul), 10 p.m., Free. LANGDON STREET CAFÉ: Gabriel Miller Phillips, Dan Zura and Simple Heart (indie rock), 9 p.m., Donations. Gabriel Miller Phillips, Dan Zura, Simple Heart (indie rock), 9 p.m., Donations. PURPLE MOON PUB: Fourtet (rock), 8 p.m., Free.


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The Fizz, Oh Mama, Hope You Know (SELF-RELEASED, CD)

made more effective by her compelling vocal performance. She’s always been a naturally gifted singer, but her lines here, and throughout the record, showcase a nuanced approach. She coaxes every weeping ounce of emotion from her straightforward prose. Not that McDermott lacked talent with which to surround herself in the Green Mountains — the Dixie Red Delights featured a number of excellent local players, most notably guitar ace Doug Perkins. But one of the reasons songwriters have long sought their fortunes in Nashville is the city’s overabundance of elite instrumentalists. McDermott has practically enlisted a Who’s Who of Nashville session players on Time to Go, including Rounder Records’ Stuart Duncan on fiddle and cello, Sugar Hill recording artist Bryan Sutton on acoustic guitar, and legendary songwriter Tim O’Brien on backing vocals, to name a few. The results are predictably sparkling. Without exception, McDermott’s finely expressive performances are framed with immaculate and impeccably played arrangements, especially on album standouts such as the stunning “Truth of Suffering,” “Already Leaving” and the grasspop barn burner “Louise.” Not to be

It’s All About the Music




Friday, Jan. 28 • 8:00 p.m.

PAT TRAVERS BAND Friday, Feb. 11 • 8:00 p.m.

The Tupelo Experience “I attended your recent David Bromberg concert. The new venue looks great! From the original wood floors to the artisan glass over the wall lights, I was impressed by how great the freight house looked with simple touches. Then there’s the sound! Every note by each instrument was captured perfectly. It was as if we were all having an amazing living room concert experience. Thank you so much for bringing this kind of venue to the Upper Valley. It is a one of kind experience and I will be back as often as possible!” - M.C., Lebanon, NH


Erin McDermott, Time to Go (SELF-RELEASED, CD)

DONNA THE BUFFALO Saturday, Feb. 12 • 8:00 p.m.



8:00 p.m.

JAMES HUNTER Sunday, Feb. 27 7:00 p.m. Get tickets for these and many more at:

188 South Main Street

White River Junction, VT 802-698-8341

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outdone, local mando whiz Matt Schrag more than holds his own on the title track. Vermont represent. But the clear star here is McDermott, who walks a fine line between glossy country sheen and down-home Americana grit — doubly tough to do in fancy cowboy boots, mind you. To be sure, there are moments here that tread uncomfortably close to Nashville schmaltz — “Fowler Farm,” for example. But more often than not, McDermott stays true to her roots, suggesting that, sadly enough, it may indeed be time for her to go. Erin McDermott performs with her trio on Saturday, February 5, at 1/2 Lounge in Burlington.


Since releasing Bear Hoot,, her debut offering with the Dixie Red Delights in 2008, central-Vermont-based songwriter Erin McDermott has set her sights on bigger and better stages. Shuttling back and forth to Nashville, that rhinestone-studded Mecca for Americana artists with commercial ambitions, McDermott aims to bring her full-voiced twang to the masses. On her latest solo effort, the perhaps prophetically titled Time to Go, McDermott proves she’s got the chops and sensibilities to make a go of it on the national stage. Where Bear Hoot presented a sassy songwriter with a knack for downhome, boot-stomping revelry, Time to Go reveals a deeper, more refined side of McDermott. “Going Home” is a heartfelt ode to road-weary dreamers. McDermott hardly breaks the mold, lyrically. But her efficient wordplay is


When last we left the Fizz, they were, well, not the Fizz, actually. After releasing two albums under the curious name Flood in the Fizzy Factory, the Burlington-based quartet trimmed their moniker to a slightly less unwieldy one. Led by songwriter/realtor Dave Kleh, the group trades in an off-kilter, decidedly lo-fi brand of New Waveinspired electro-rock. Their latest release, Oh Mama, Hope You Know, continues the, ahem, Devo-lution started on their lackluster 2008 debut, Flood in the Fizzy Factory, and revisited on their improved 2010 effort, A Song for the Troops. Much as the band’s first two releases dredged the shallows of the vast New Wave waters charted by the likes of Talking Heads’ David Byrne and Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh, Oh Mama similarly reveals Kleh’s affinity for skewed surrealism. However, the tandem lead cuts, “Think of You (Prelude)” and “Think of You,” suggest Kleh holds equal reverence for the darker, more muscular rock musings of Mark Knopfler. That’s not to say Kleh remotely approaches the Dire Straits guitarist’s otherworldly instrumental prowess — few do. But he’s clearly drawn inspiration here. “Love Is a Grand Piano” more closely resembles the frantic aesthetic of the group’s earlier efforts. Just as the album’s cover art is comically crude, Kleh’s emotionally stunted lyrics are strangely compelling — though whether creepily or endearingly so is open for debate. “Love is a grand piano, love is an interstate,” he sings with a slight, nebbish Brit twang. Then, “Love is an El Camino, love is a roller skate.” What does it mean? Does it matter? Do you dare find out?

More than on their first two offerings, Kleh’s band frames the songwriter’s cracked tirades with something approximating compositional polish. To be sure, these are still rudimentarily arranged and raggedly performed tunes. But especially on cuts such as “Ladies Man” and “Life During Peacetime” — the latter featuring local guitar god Bill Mullins — the Fizz are tight and focused. For every honed track like those, however, others are bewilderingly strange. For example, the title cut. Over a haphazard hodgepodge of tinny synth sounds, Kleh babbles about bank bailouts, 9/11 and, um, Lord of the Rings. It’s meant as absurdist social commentary, the likes of which made Devo revolutionary. But the Fizz lack the nuanced substance to balance their surrealism — which is why Devo’s formula worked. Instead, Kleh favors nonsensical non sequiturs. Absurdity for absurdity’s sake has its place. But what made bands such as Devo and Talking Heads great was how they used surrealism to illustrate and skewer the absurdities of society. The Fizz, while compelling at moments and perhaps capable of similarly artful feats, could stand to take those lessons to heart. The Fizz celebrate the release of Oh Mama, Hope You Know at Radio Bean on Saturday, February 5.

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The San Francisco-based emcee is the son of noted Japanese author Takao Shimura, which may account for his clever way with words. And his mother is an American union organizer, which perhaps explains his topical, socially progressive subject

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The ReseRvoiR ResTauRanT & Tap Room: Red Hot Juba (cosmic americana), 10 p.m., Free. slide BRook lodge & TaveRn: citigrass (bluegrass), 9 p.m., Free.

BaR anTidoTe: Grant/Black (blues rock), 9 p.m., Free. ciTy limiTs: Dance party with DJ Earl (top 40), 9 p.m., Free. Two BRoTheRs TaveRn: cooper & Lavoie (blues), 7:30 p.m., $3.


Bee's knees: Open mic, 7:30 p.m., Free. The BRewski: canyonero (country), 9 p.m., $2. The huB pizzeRia & puB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free. maTTeRhoRn: John taglieri Band (rock), 9 p.m., $5. RimRocks mounTain TaveRn: DJ two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.



Roadside TaveRn: Hard Luck (rock), 9 p.m., Free. RusTy nail: Last Kid picked (rock), 9 p.m., $5-10.


monopole: sinecure (rock), 10 p.m., Free. TaBu café & nighTcluB: all Night Dance party with DJ toxic (top 40), 5 p.m., Free.

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Tupelo music hall: cheryl Wheeler (singersongwriter), 8 p.m., sold out.


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1/2 lounge: Funhouse with DJs Rob Douglas, moonflower & Friends (house), 7 p.m., Free. cluB meTRonome: Black to the Future with DJ Dakota (r&b), 10 p.m., Free. higheR gRound BallRoom: Neko case, Freakwater (alt-country, rock), 9 p.m., $23/25. aa. monkey house: arctic Death, Fridge and the spins (indie rock), 9 p.m., $5.


Bee's knees: Folk by association (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. ye olde england inne: corey Beard, Dan Liptak and Dan Haley (jazz), 11:30 a.m., Free.


burlington area

1/2 lounge: Zack dupont (singer-songwriter), 7 p.m., Free. Heal-in sessions with Reverence (reggae), 10 p.m., Free. higheR gRound BallRoom: Robyn, Diamond Rings, Natalia Kills (pop), 7:30 p.m., $20/23. aa.

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51 main: Quizz Night (trivia), 7 p.m., Free. Two BRoTheRs TaveRn: monster Hits Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.


Bee's knees: slick martha's Hot club (gypsy jazz), 7:30 p.m., Donations.


burlington area

1/2 lounge: DJ Kanga presents: The Lounge Lizard (hip-hop), 9 p.m.

necTaR's: Birchwood coupe (americana), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

cluB meTRonome: Lyrics Born, Lynguistic civilians (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $14/16. 18+.

on Tap BaR & gRill: comedy Open mic, 5:30 p.m., Free. Open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., Free.

fRanny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.

Radio Bean: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free.

leunig's BisTRo & café: paul asbell & clyde stats (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

Red squaRe: industry Night with Robbie J (hiphop), 8 p.m., Free. Hype 'Em (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

lifT: DJs p-Wyld & Jazzy Janet (hip-hop), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+.

Rozzi's lakeshoRe TaveRn: trivia Night, 8 p.m., Free.

manhaTTan pizza & puB: Open mic with andy Lugo, 10 p.m., Free.

RuBen James: Why Not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

monkey house: am presents: Woods, Ducktails, toby aronson (indie), 9 p.m., $10.


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1/2 lounge: Rewind with DJ craig mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free.

necTaR's: timbre coup (prog rock), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. on Tap BaR & gRill: Leno & Young (rock), 7 p.m., Free. Open Blues session (blues), 8 p.m., Free. Radio Bean: Ensemble V (jazz), 7:30 p.m., Free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., Free. Red squaRe: DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., Free.

cluB meTRonome: Bass culture with DJs Jahson & Nickel B (electronica), 9 p.m., Free.

shelBuRne sTeakhouse & saloon: carol ann Jones (country), 8 p.m., Free.

leunig's BisTRo & café: Dayve Huckett (jazz), 7 p.m., Free.

The skinny pancake: Joshua panda's Vermont Winter Waltz Residency (soul), 8 p.m., $5 donation.

monkey house: Queer Night with DJ Gunner (house), 10 p.m., Free.


monTy's old BRick TaveRn: Open mic Night, 6 p.m., Free. necTaR's: Zack dupont (indie folk), 9 p.m., Free/$5. 18+. on Tap BaR & gRill: trivia with top Hat Entertainment, 7 p.m., Free.

chaRlie o's: Brett Hughes (country), 8 p.m., Free. gReen mounTain TaveRn: Open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., Free.

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ciTy limiTs: Karaoke with Let it Rock Entertainment, 9 p.m., Free.

monTy's old BRick TaveRn: George Voland JaZZ: with Joe capps, Jeremy Hill, steve Wienert (jazz), 4:30 p.m., Free.

Radio Bean: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., Free. Zack dupont (singer-songwriter), 8:15 p.m., Free. Honky-tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.

necTaR's: mi Yard Reggae Night with Big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., Free.

Red squaRe: upsetta international with super K (reggae), 8 p.m., Free.

Radio Bean: Old time sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., Free. trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., Free. Wahnder Lust (rock), 9 p.m., Free.


chaRlie o's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free.

The shed ResTauRanT & BReweRy: sound mind (rock), 8 p.m., Free.


main sTReeT gRill & BaR: Dan Haley (rock), 7 p.m., Free.


langdon sTReeT café: Little Engine (acoustic), 3 p.m., Donations.

Two BRoTheRs TaveRn: Open mic Night, 9 p.m., Free.


Bee's knees: The american spirit (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

monopole: Open mic, 8 p.m., Free. m slide BRook lodge & TaveRn: tattoo tuesdays with andrea (jam), 5 p.m., Free.


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Chandler Music Hall Randolph acclaimed bluegrass musicians and vocalists, collectively awarded the iBMa’s Male Vocalist of the year seven times.

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51 mAiN, 51 Main St., Middlebury, 388-8209. bAr ANtiDotE, 35C Green St., Vergennes, 877-2555 thE briStoL bAkErY, 16 Main St., Bristol, 453-3280. cAroL’S huNgrY miND cAfé, 24 Merchant’s Row, Middlebury, 388-0101. citY LimitS, 14 Greene St., Vergennes, 877-6919. cLEm’S cAfé 101 Merchant’s Row, Rutland, 775-3337. DAN’S PLAcE, 31 Main St., Bristol, 453-2774. gooD timES cAfé, Rt. 116, Hinesburg, 482-4444. thE fArmErS DiNEr, 99 Maple St., Middlebury, 458-0455. oN thE riSE bAkErY, 44 Bridge St., Richmond, 434-7787. StArrY Night cAfé, 5371 Rt. 7, Ferrisburgh, 877-6316. tWo brothErS tAVErN, 86 Main St., Middlebury, 388-0002.


bEE’S kNEES, 82 Lower Main St., Morrisville, 8887889. thE brEWSki, Rt. 108, Jeffersonville, 644-6366. cLAirE’S rEStAurANt & bAr, 41 Main St., Hardwick, 472-7053. choW! bELLA, 28 N. Main St., St. Albans, 524-1405. thE hub PizzEriA & Pub, 21 Lower Main St., Johnson, 635-7626. thE LittLE cAbArEt, 34 Main St., Derby, 293-9000. mAttErhorN, 4969 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-8198. muSic box, 147 Creek Rd., Craftsbury, 586-7533. oVErtimE SALooN, 38 S. Main St., St. Albans, 524-0357. PArkEr PiE co., 161 County Rd., West Glover, 525-3366. PhAt kAtS tAVErN, 101 Depot St., Lyndonville, 626-3064. PiEcASSo, 899 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4411. rimrockS mouNtAiN tAVErN, 394 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-9593. roADSiDE tAVErN, 216 Rt. 7, Milton, 660-8274. ruStY NAiL bAr & griLLE, 1190 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-6245. thE ShED rEStAurANt & brEWErY, 1859 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-4765. ShootErS SALooN, 30 Kingman St., St. Albans, 527-3777. SWEEt cruNch bAkEShoP, 246 Main St., Hyde Park, 888-4887. tAmArAck griLL At burkE mouNtAiN, 223 Shelburne Lodge Rd., E. Burke, 626-7394. WAtErShED tAVErN, 31 Center St., Brandon, 247-0100. YE oLDE ENgLAND iNNE, 443 Mountain Rd., Stowe, 253-5320.

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giLLigAN’S gEtAWAY, 7160 State Rt. 9, Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-8050. moNoPoLE, 7 Protection Ave., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-563-2222. NAkED turtLE, 1 Dock St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-6200. oLiVE riDLEY’S, 37 Court St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-324-2200. tAbu cAfé & NightcLub, 14 Margaret St., Plattsburgh, N.Y., 518-566-0666.


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ArVAD’S griLL & Pub, 3 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-8973. bLAck Door bAr AND biStro, 44 Main St., Montpelier, 223-7070. big PicturE thEAtEr & cAfé, 48 Carroll Rd., Waitsfield, 496-8994. thE cENtEr bAkErY & cAfE, 2007 Guptil Rd., Waterbury Center, 244-7500. chArLiE o’S, 70 Main St., Montpelier, 223-6820. grEEN mouNtAiN tAVErN, 10 Keith Ave., Barre, 522-2935. guSto’S, 28 Prospect St., Barre, 476-7919.

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1/2 LouNgE, 136 1/2 Church St., Burlington, 865-0012. 242 mAiN St., Burlington, 862-2244. AmEricAN fLAtbrEAD, 115 St. Paul St., Burlington, 861-2999. AuguSt firSt, 149 S. Champlain St., Burlington, 540-0060. bAckStAgE Pub, 60 Pearl St., Essex Jct., 878-5494. bANANA WiNDS cAfé & Pub, 1 Market Pl., Essex Jct., 879-0752. biStro SAucE, 97 Falls Rd., Shelburne, 985-2830. thE bLock gALLErY, 1 E. Allen St., Winooski, 373-5150. bLuEbirD tAVErN, 317 Riverside Ave., Burlington, 428-4696. brEAkWAtEr cAfé, 1 King St., Burlington, 658-6276. brENNAN’S Pub & biStro, UVM Davis Center, 590 Main St., Burlington, 656-1204. citY SPortS griLLE, 215 Lower Mountain View Dr., Colchester, 655-2720. cLub mEtroNomE, 188 Main St., Burlington, 865-4563. frANNY o’S, 733 Queen City Park Rd., Burlington, 863-2909. thE grEEN room, 86 St. Paul St., Burlington, 651-9669. hALVorSoN’S uPStrEEt cAfé, 16 Church St., Burlington, 658-0278. hArbor LouNgE At courtYArD mArriott, 25 Cherry St., Burlington, 864-4700. highEr grouND, 1214 Williston Rd., S. Burlington, 652-0777. JP’S Pub, 139 Main St., Burlington, 658-6389. LEuNig’S biStro & cAfé, 115 Church St., Burlington, 863-3759. Lift, 165 Church St., Burlington, 660-2088. thE LiViNg room, 794 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester. mANhAttAN PizzA & Pub, 167 Main St., Burlington, 864-6776. mArriott hArbor LouNgE, 25 Cherry St., Burlington, 854-4700. miguEL’S oN mAiN, 30 Main St., Burlington, 658-9000. moNkEY houSE, 30 Main St., Winooski, 655-4563. moNtY’S oLD brick tAVErN, 7921 Williston Rd., Williston, 316-4262. muDDY WAtErS, 184 Main St., Burlington, 658-0466. NEctAr’S, 188 Main St., Burlington, 658-4771. NEW mooN cAfé, 150 Cherry St., Burlington, 383-1505. NightcrAWLErS, 127 Porters Point Rd., Colchester, 310-4067. o’briEN’S iriSh Pub, 348 Main St., Winooski, 338-4678. oNE PEPPEr griLL, 260 North St., Burlington, 658-8800. oN tAP bAr & griLL, 4 Park St., Essex Jct., 878-3309. oDD fELLoWS hALL, 1416 North Ave., Burlington, 862-3209. PArimA, 185 Pearl St., Burlington, 864-7917. PArk PLAcE tAVErN, 38 Park St., Essex Jct. 878-3015. rADio bEAN, 8 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington, 660-9346. rASPutiN’S, 163 Church St., Burlington, 864-9324. rED SquArE, 136 Church St., Burlington, 859-8909. rEguLAr VEtErANS ASSociAtioN, 84 Weaver St., Winooski, 655-9899. rÍ rá iriSh Pub, 123 Church St., Burlington, 860-9401. rozzi’S LAkEShorE tAVErN, 1022 W. Lakeshore Dr., Colchester, 863-2342. rubEN JAmES, 159 Main St., Burlington, 864-0744. thE ScuffEr StEAk & ALE houSE, 148 Church St., Burlington, 864-9451. ShELburNE StEAkhouSE & SALooN, 2545 Shelburne Rd., Shelburne, 985-5009. thE SkiNNY PANcAkE, 60 Lake St., Burlington, 540-0188. thE VErmoNt Pub & brEWErY, 144 College St., Burlington, 865-0500.

hEN of thE WooD At thE griSt miLL, 92 Stowe St., Waterbury, 244-7300. hoStEL tEVErE, 203 Powderhound Rd., Warren, 496-9222. L.A.c.E., 159 N. Main St., Barre, 476-4276. LANgDoN StrEEt cAfé, 4 Langdon St., Montpelier, 223-8667. mAiN StrEEt griLL & bAr, 118 Main St., Montpelier, 223-3188. NuttY StEPh’S, 961C Rt. 2, Middlesex, 229-2090. outbAck PizzA & NightcLub, 64 Pond St., Ludlow, 228-6688. PickLE bArrEL NightcLub, Killington Rd., Killington, 422-3035. PoSitiVE PiE 2, 20 State St., Montpelier, 229-0453. PurPLE mooN Pub, Rt. 100, Waitsfield, 496-3422. thE rESErVoir rEStAurANt & tAP room, 1 S. Main St., Waterbury, 244-7827. SLiDE brook LoDgE & tAVErN, 3180 German Flats Rd., Warren, 583-2202. South StAtioN rEStAurANt, 170 S. Main St., Rutland, 775-1736. tuPELo muSic hALL, 188 S. Main St., White River Jct., 698-8341.

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“The Arrangement” at Vermont Photo Space Gallery

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Burlington-area gallery owner has to be a bit of a barker to keep such a risky enterprise afloat. And, sure enough, Ken Signorello, proprietor of the Vermont Photo Space Gallery at Essex Junction’s Five Corners, promises a double dose of aesthetic pleasure to ladies and gentlemen who step right up to see his current show. “It’s art squared,” Signorello says of “The Arrangement,” a group exhibit of photos that can be loosely categorized as still lifes. “First, there’s the laying out of a work of art, and then there’s the photographing of it.” Within the thematic framework, the 50 pieces on display range radi“Fish and Broom” by Pam Steeg cally in subject matter and technique. There’s geographical diversity, too: The 30 photographers represent several U.S. states as well as Canada, France and Israel. “Fan Art” by Laurie McCormick In “Caught by a Breeze,” Keith Parks of La Mesa, Calif., presents a rhythmic abstraction of thick sheaths of paper gently bent into a complex geometric array. Parks’ photo combines the classicism and modernism of a Martha Graham pose. Michael Lew-Smith has done something similar in “Orogeny.” The cracks, swirls and smudges seen in close-up turn out to be patterns of weathered paint that this Hardwick, Vt., resident photographed on the roof of an old fire truck. A few of the images in “The Arrangement” were clearly inspired by traditional still-life paintings — specifically, those of 17th-century Dutch masters and 19th-century French postimpressionists. Stephanie Luke’s picture of a dead rabbit nestled next to some onions could have been composed in the Hague four centuries ago rather than and Broom,” one of the images from the in California last year. The legacy also show that may linger longest in a visitor’s comes to life in the glinting light and memory. Pam Steeg, who lives in Huntangible textures of olives and chest- tington, Vt., claims in a wall text to have nuts photographed by Jane Soodalter happened on this boffo combo while bikof South Salem, N.Y. And, à la Cézanne, ing through a village in Thailand. Steeg St. Albans photographer Polly Raine has could not have produced a more artful captured the essence of tangerines — contrast of color and geometry if she had stems and leaves included — by shoot- labored for hours to arrange this brown, ing a pair of them against a deep black handmade broom and green bucket of background. sardines atop a blue-slatted bench. Memorable photos are often based Some photographers clearly conon odd juxtapositions. So it is with “Fish structed groupings of items to achieve




an intended effect. Margaret Hiden tried but failed with that approach in “America, f@ck yea!” Successful political satire is seldom seen in galleries these days, and this Atlanta photographer doesn’t break that streak with her cryptic tableau of a piggy bank trailed by three wads of play money. “Fan Art” by Laurie McCormick of Los Angeles is another example of a contrived composition. It shows a purple, diaphanous scarf knotted to a room fan that’s blowing it partly across a framed

photo of a woman wearing a yellow cocktail dress. The whole thing was shot off-kilter from an iPhone to accentuate its weirdness. “Fan Art” did, nonetheless, appeal to the exhibit juror Paula Tognarelli, director of the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Mass., who designated it best in show. Viewers of different tastes can have their say by taking part in “people’s choice” balloting organized by Signorello as part of his populist approach to running the gallery. Just check off five personal favorites from a list of titles and deposit the slip in a box on your way out. The winner will be announced on the gallery’s website. Signorello, who runs an information-systems company from his home in Essex, looked to PhotoPlace Gallery in Middlebury as a model for his eightmonth-old operation. Like the gallery opened in 2009 by Middlebury College art prof Kirsten Hoving, Vermont Photo Space solicits submissions via the Internet for themed and juried shows that run for about a month. Both galleries pay their rent mainly through the fees they charge photographers for entries — in Signorello’s case, $20 for up to three shots. It helps that he got “a great deal” on the renovated, ground-level space alongside Martone’s Market & Café. Signorello says the coffee house draws foot traffic to his gallery in a location associated more with traffic-light tailbacks than with browsing boulevardiers. For each of the 11 shows he’s organized so far, Signorello has had no trouble finding photographers eager to show their work. About 100 paid to have their images considered for inclusion in “The Arrangement.” “There’s a real hunger by photographers for opportunities to have their stuff seen,” Signorello notes. The next challenge is to persuade locals to feed ravenous artists by actually buying their work. This month at Vermont Photo Space, the special is highly palatable still lifes. K EV I N J . K EL L EY

“The Arrangement,” a group photography show. Vermont Photo Space Gallery, Essex Junction. Through February 4.

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AlisA Dworsky: "Drawing Strength," rope and bamboo installations suggestive of topographical maps, in the First Floor Gallery. Through March 5, at BCA Center in Burlington. Info, 865-7166. BenjAmin BArnes: "Gasoline," paintings reflecting the artist's connection to Vermont history and rural culture, and offering commentary on our obsession with automobiles. Through February 28 at Art's Alive Gallery in Burlington. Info, 310-3211. 'Burlington electric: energy-efficient Art': Drawings by Burlington public school fourth graders inspired by their discussions about renewable energy with BED employees. Through February 2 at Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. Info, 865-7166. chris gluck: "Art from Nature," paintings, leaf mandalas and reeds in shadow boxes by the Vermont artist. Plus, leaf collages by the artist's students, ages 6-12. Sales of the children's greeting cards benefit Mount Mansfield Union High School's Project Graduation. Through January 30 at New Moon Café in Burlington. Info, 899-3659. christine DemArAis: "Stichin' and Twitchin'," art quilts and ornate bellydance costumes by the Vermont seamstress. Through January 29 at Fletcher Room, Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 863-3403.

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flying high: SPA is seeking artwork for a multimedia exhibit called “Flying High,” which shows the dynamic qualities of flight. Works will be “flying” from the ceiling of the gallery and the walls. Deadline: January 28. Info, 479-7069 or studioplacearts. com. cAlling inDie crAfters: VT’s own indie craft show is now accepting applications for the Spring 2011 Queen City Craft Bazaar. Deadline: March 4. Apply online at gAllery seeks new Artists: Art on Main in Bristol seeks new exhibitors in a variety of media; limited space for 2D. Jury February 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Application at under Artists Forms.

elise whittemore-hill: "Paper," works by Whittemore-Hill and other artists who use the material's narrative possibilities for explorations in collage, sculpture, pattern and fashion. Whittemore-Hill's work stems from studies of hands, both cartoon and real, representing possibility, power and need. Through February 6 at 215 College Gallery in Burlington. Info, 863-3662.

Vermont Artists week: Call for applications from practicing visual artists and writers. Info on application guidelines, accommodations, facilities and fees at Deadline: January 31.

emily & kyle root: "Paintings by M.L.E.," abstract work inspired by nature, music and personal experiences. Through January 31 at Speaking Volumes in Burlington. Info, 338-2832.

open fArm & stuDio tour: July 9-10 in the Lake Champlain Islands. Seeking more farms and artists to participate. Guidelines/ application at openfarmand Grand Isle County residents only. Deadline: January 31.

eric DAniels: "Hope Epoch," brightly colored acrylic paintings based on imagery from folk and outsider art such as thistles, hearts and spades. Through January 31 at Salaam in Burlington. Info, 658-8822. 'finissAge': This first annual exhibition will feature works by all the artists who have shown at the SEABA office gallery throughout the year. Curated by the South End Arts and Business Association. Through January 31 at SEABA Center in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.

hAley Bishop & chris hArper: Bishop contributes a collage like display of old and new work in acrylic, watercolor and ink; Harper's calligraphic acrylics and watercolors convey a sense of movement and symmetry. Through January 31 at the Skinny Pancake in Burlington. Info, 540-0188.

‘fAshioning photogrAphy: Where do art and fashion meet? Are you a part of the next wave? Juried photography exhibit. Juror: Bobby Mozumder. Submission deadline: February 14. Info, ex12.

tAlks & eVents VAl rossmAn & jAnis pozzi-johnson: “Extravagant Color,” a joint show combining Rossman’s paintings, which imagine life as a patchwork quilt, and Pozzi-Johnson’s processdriven, layered abstract oil paintings. January 29 through February 20 at West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park in Stowe. An open house features an artists’ talk by Rossman and Pozzi-Johnson: Saturday, January 29, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Info, 253-8943.

inty & yuAri muenAlA VegA: "Mushuk Pacha | Nuevos Tiempos | New Times," paintings reflecting the culture of the Kichwa people of the Ecuadorean Andes. Through February 28 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 734-5546. jAcquelyn heloise: Fashion illustrations in pen and ink, watercolor, gouache, prints and notecards by the local designer. Through January 31 at Trinket in Burlington. Info, 862-5051. jAVier cintron & jAcquelyn heloise: Cintron, who alternates among Puerto Rico, New York and Vermont, combines printing, collage and watercolor techniques to explore themes of identity and place; Heloise, a former New York City fashion designer, contributes watercolor paintings called "Champlain in Brushstrokes." Through January 31 at Block Gallery in Winooski. Info, 373-5150. jessicA nissen: "Rorschach Drawings," painted-over inkblots exploring perception, the subconscious and the extremes of spontaneous creativity, based on the controversial psychological

art listings and spotlights are written by pAmElA polStoN. listings are restricted to art shows in truly public places; exceptions may be made at the discretion of the editor.

‘new Voices’: Photographs from the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program. January 28 through April 1 at Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Two films will be screened at a reception: “New Voices,” by a group of Bhutanese women, and “Welcome to Vermont,” a work-in-progress documentary by Mira Niagolova: Friday, January 28, 6-8 p.m. Info, 654-0513. ADAm forguites: "Insufficient Funds," paintings by the Vermont artist. Through January 31 at The Green Bean Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Reception: Sunday, January 30, 2-4 p.m. Info, cheryl DAye Dick: "Memories: North and South," portraits and landscapes exploring African American history. January 27 through February 27 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Reception: Sunday, January 30, 2-4:30 p.m. Info, 899-3216.

test of the same name. Through March 26 in the Second Floor Gallery at BCA Center in Burlington. Info, 865-7166.



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kAitlyn BArr: "Winter-scapes," acrylic paintings by the Vermont artist. Through January 31 at Davis Studio in Burlington. Info, 425-2700. kAthleen Berry Bergeron: Watercolor paintings of rural Vermont scenes by the Jericho artist. Through February 28 at The Essex Culinary Resort & Spa in Essex. Info, 899-4628. kAtie o'rourke: Abstract acrylics, Bar; AmANDA VEllA: mixed-media landscapes on canvas, Dining Room; AAroN StEiN: mixed-media assemblages, Greenhouse. Through January 31 at The Daily Planet in Burlington. Info, 862-9647.


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eXposeD! Helen Day Art Center is accepting submissions for the 20th annual “Exposed!” exhibition. Deadline is March 21. See for details.

kAte mueller: “Color and Curve,” pastel and oil portraits that play with shapes from the landscape. Through February 18 at Christine Price Gallery, Castleton State College. Reception: Wednesday, January 26, 4-6 p.m. Info, 468-1119.


hArry Bliss: "Genius," a retrospective of the world-renowned cartoonist and children's book illustrator includes original New Yorker covers, cartoons, student work, book jackets and children's books; also original work from artists in Bliss' personal collection. Through March 26 at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center in Burlington. Info, 652-4500.

college stuDent eXhiBit: Looking for Vermont college students to participate in an upcoming art exhibit at the Chaffee Art Center. Info, 775-0356,


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'georges rouAult: cirque De l'Étoile filAnte': The French artist's print portfolio, published from 1926-38, includes color etchings and wood engravings of clown figures. Through May 22 in the East Gallery at Fleming Museum, UVM in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.

true story: photo eXhiBit: A picture tells a thousand words. For “A True Story,” we’re looking for the documented event, person or place. Submission deadline:

Bring us your DreAms: “Dreams,” February 7-April 27. Drop off art and completed paperwork at Artists’ Mediums in Williston, through February 7. For guidelines and forms visit


christopher grAhAm: Dog and cat portraits, in oil on canvas. Through January 31 at Red Square in Burlington. Info, 318-2438.

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heArts AflAme: Rose Street Gallery is accepting submissions for “Hearts Aflame.” Open to visual and performing artists. Submission deadline: January 29. Info, artpmchal

BhAkti ziek & holly wAlker: "Continuum," weavings that explore how language imposes artificial divides between continuous processes by Ziek; and "Haptikos," hand-built earthenware pots by Walker. Through February 20 at Chandler Gallery in Randolph. Ziek discusses her work: Sunday, January 30, 1-3 p.m. Info, 431-0204.

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t’s difficult to tell when cartoonist Harry Bliss is kidding. His artist’s statement, which currently hangs in Burlington’s Amy E. Tarrant Gallery as part of his exhibit “Genius,” is clearly tongue in cheek: “The show is a testament to the brilliance that is Harry Bliss … this collection should not only visually entertain those who are fortunate enough to view it, but also physically enhance their sexual stamina, or a full refund will be given … wait, the show is free, forget the refund part.” But when Bliss calls himself a genius, he’s really not kidding at all.

Harry Bliss

The gallery bills his show as a retrospective, but Bliss says he just picked whatever he already had framed, along with work by members of his artistic family and pieces from his own collection. Those include original art by Maurice Sendak, William Steig and Jack Kirby, and a letter from Andrew Wyeth. Art has always been central to Bliss’ life. His parents met at the former Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art and started their family in Rochester, N.Y., where his father, graphic designer Jack Bliss, ran an art studio with his brothers. “I basically grew up sitting by the fire, watching my dad paint three or four nights out of the week … listening to Sinatra,” Bliss says.

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“I hate people who use the word genius, and I think it’s thrown around way too much,” he says. “But yeah, I think there’s a creative piece to my brain that is genius.” Fair enough. The South Burlington cartoonist and children’s book illustrator, best known for his internationally syndicated single-panel cartoon “BLISS” — which appears in this paper — and his New Yorker cover art, drops by the gallery one recent morning. He’s 47, but talks with the alternating coolness and excitability of a teenager, especially when the conversation tends toward ice hockey, movies and music. “Jaws is just amazing, on so many levels,” he declares, when asked about his favorite. “Citizen Kane is one of the saddest movies I’ve ever seen. I cry every time I see it.”

At 6 years old he was drawing; by 13, typesetting for his dad. Itching to get out of Rochester, Bliss studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, and at Syracuse University. He worked nearly every job in the restaurant business until he reached 30, when he could support himself on his art alone. “I feel like I’m enlightened when it comes to my vision,” Bliss says. “It’s probably the only part of me that’s enlightened.” Bliss speaks reverently about the artists who have inspired him. He’s that guy in the art museum who crouches next to a painting, inspecting the artist’s technique. “You have to look to the edges,” he explains, to find the painting’s scaffolding, the layer of color the artist put down first. “I’ll spend a lot of time checking a piece out,” he says, “because I want to learn from it.” Bliss considers himself an expert in oil and watercolor painting, but, as much as he respects technique, the idea is paramount. He gestures to an arresting watercolor he did right out of college, a portrait of an Amish teenager. The boy sits upright in his white shirt and suspenders, clutching a brightyellow Walkman. It’s a beautiful painting. “But this is a better piece,” Bliss says, pointing to a New Yorker cover — which never ran; the Atlantic Monthly ended up publishing it. Actors Jamie Lee Curtis and Christopher Guest bought the original art. In it, President Obama stands behind the desk of the Oval Office in silhouette, his back turned to the viewer. The red, white and blue of the American flag are the only colors in the piece. “It’s a better concept, it’s smarter,” Bliss says. “A certain cartoon, with the economy of line that expresses so much with so little … I have so much more respect for that.” No surprise, considering his chosen medium: the single-panel cartoon. Bliss points to one depicting a man

and a woman facing New Yorker each other at a table. cover His head is slightly bent in apology; her eyes are impossibly wide; one fat tear rolls down her cheek. Bliss drew the cartoon initially without a caption, then looked for narrative possibilities. He knew it had to include this line: “I swear that’s all that happened.” After some thought, he settled on this: “And the next thing I knew, I was kissing her, and two of her friends, I think one was a dude, then we all did Ecstacy, rented a limo, and went to Vegas — but I swear that’s all that happened.” So, what’s next for the genius? Bliss says he wants to move to Costa Rica and do nothing. “I just want to read and go for walks,” he says. “I don’t have the energy anymore. I just want to stop [drawing] and sit and read.” It’s not convincing; Bliss’ ideas keep coming. “The Keith Richards autobiography is hilarious; he’s like a superhero,” he says. “That would be a funny cartoon: Keith Richards as a superhero. I wonder if anyone’s done that. You can’t kill him, even with the strongest heroin.” m

“Genius,” by Harry Bliss at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington. Through March 26. Artist talk on Friday, February 4, at 6 p.m. Info, 863-5966.

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Kei egan: Traditional and magnetic collages with themes of spirituality, childhood, aviation, tranquility and time. Curated by the South End Arts and Business Association. Through February 28 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. 'MaKe art, repeat': The group show that began at S.P.A.C.E. and Backspace galleries has moved and picked up a few more artists. Alecia Geno, Ashley Roark, Christy Mitchell, Greg Mamczak, Adam DeMasi, Clark Derbes and Carleen Zimbalati explore the theme of repetition in silk-screen prints, paintings, mixed media, and light-andshadow installations. Curated by the South End Arts and Business Association. Through February 26 at VCAM studio in Burlington. Info, 859-9222. Marion C. Honors: "The Wild and the Sacred," mixed-media work by the New York-based nun, artist and organic gardener. Through February 28 at St. Paul's Cathedral in Burlington. Info, 864-0471. 'MasKed speCtaCle: CoMMedia dell'arte and Bread & puppet tHeater': Prints by Hungarian-American artist Giuseppe Pecsenke featuring characters and scenes from the historical theater form, as well as masks and puppets from Vermont's radical theater troupe. Through May 8 in the Wilbur Room at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Megan HuMpHrey: "Valentine Vestiges," paper artwork honoring the holiday of love by the owner of Sweet Basil Cards. February 1 through 27 in the Pickering Room at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 863-3403. MiCHael alesHire: Black-and-white photographs by the Vermont artist. Through January 31 at North End Studio in Burlington. Info, 863-6713. 'Mind sets': Andrew Carnie contributes prints; Terry Gipps, photography; and Meg Walker, sculpture, exploring the science of memory, mind-body connections, creativity and mortality. Through February 11 at Living/Learning Center, UVM in Burlington. Info, 656-4200. Morgan sweeney: The Colchester photographer plays with perception in this colorful display. Through January 31 at Uncommon Grounds in Burlington. Info, 865-6227.

'tHe arrangeMent': Traditional, whimsical and satirical still-life photography by local, national and international artists. Through February 4 at Vermont Photo Space Gallery in Essex Junction. Info, 777-3686. tHoMas e. sHearer: "The Fog Frost," photographs of emerging light and atmospheric hues from a single commute between Bristol and Essex Junction during a mystical meteorologic winter event. Through January 31 at Brownell Library in Essex Junction. Info, 878-6955. 'under tHe Big top: tHe fine art of tHe CirCus in aMeriCa': Work by modern and contemporary American artists fascinated by the circus and its performers' bohemian lives outside the ring. Through May 22 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. 'VerMont landsCapes in BlaCK & wHite': Photography by Ashley Arcury, Jeff Clarke, Natalie Stultz and Katelyn Ziegler. Through February 28 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222. winter group sHow: Work in a variety of media by Steve Campbell, Isaac Wasuck, Greg Mamczak, Dave Davidson, Kevyn Cundiff, Diane Gabriel, Lorraine Manley, Perry Bartles and Gaal Shepherd. Through February 28 at Maltex Building in Burlington. Info, 865-7166.


pippo lionni: Animations from the Paris-based artist's ongoing body of work, "Facts of Life," in the New Media Niche; a related large-scale print called "Urbanopolis," in the European and American Gallery. Through May 22 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.

Jenna Kelly: "New and Used," abstract mixedmedia explorations of the human figure, Third Floor Gallery; "thE DArk SiDE," work by Annemie Curlin, Dan Moran and Gerard W. Rinaldi, among others, Main Floor Gallery; "whEN No oNE iS lookiNG," work exploring private moments by Robin La Hue, Ken Signorello and Janet Van Fleet, and others, Second Floor Gallery. Through February 26 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069. Jess graHaM: Illustrative, irreverent and textural work by the Vermont artist. February 1 through 28 at the Cheshire Cat in Montpelier. Info, 223-1981. Joan Curtis: "At One With Nature's Wiles: Recent Paintings and Sculptures," acrylics and mixedmedia constructions depicting human figures at ease amid upheavals of nature. Through February 11 at Feick Fine Arts Center, Green Mountain College in Poultney. Info, 287-8398.

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george lawrenCe & JaCquelyn JiMoi: "Two Views," landscape paintings and pastels by the husband-and-wife artists. Through February 12 at Tunbridge Public Library in Tunbridge Village. Info, 889-9404.

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sareet rosenstein: "Why Did You Just Take a Photo of That?" a personal perspective on what gets interpreted through the lens of her camera in everyday life. Curated by the South End Arts and Business Association. Through February 28 at Speeder & Earl's (Pine Street) in Burlington. Info, 859-9222.


tessa HolMes: Oil-on-canvas paintings based on the artist's photographic work. Through February 14 at Muddy Waters in Burlington. Info, 658-0466.

pete sutHerland: Cut-paper collage by the Vermont composer and musician. Through January 31 at Village Wine & Coffee in Shelburne. Info, 453-3795.

roBert waldo Brunelle Jr.: "General Baxter's Mansion 1858," acrylic paintings based on 19th-century photographs of the Rutland building. Through March 30 at the Wing Building in Burlington. Info, 899-1106.

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'sMall worKs': Work by local artists that is no bigger than 12 inches. Through January 28 at S.P.A.C.E. Gallery in Burlington. Info, 578-2512.

2010 Holiday sHow: An eclectic mix of art and craft by Mark Goodwin, Arlene Grossman, Cristina Salusti, Nancy H. Taplin, Annie Witte, Jose Benitez Sanchez, Pat Dipaula Klein and Bhakti Ziek. Through February 13 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670.

reid CrosBy: "Layers," acrylic paintings by the Vermont artist. Through January 31 at Artspace 106 at The Men's Room in Burlington. Info, 864-2088.

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'siMple gifts: a sHow for all seasons': Watercolor paintings of pears by Kate Hartley. Also, work by Mary Alcantara, Elizabeth Allen, Anne Austin, Annelein Beukenkamp, Matt Brown, Tom Dunne, Jeri Lynn Eisenberg, Steven P. Goodman, Holly Hauser, Kathleen Kolb, Alice Murdoch, Lynn Rupe, Gail Salzman, David Smith, Adelaide Murphy Tyrol, Laura Von Rosk, Barbara Wagner, Dick Weis and Nancy Weis. Through January 29 at Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery in Shelburne. Info, 985-3848.

patriCia le-Bon HerB: Acrylic paintings, Skyway; michAEl StrAuSS: acrylic paintings, Gates 1&2; GrEG mAmczAk: oil on canvas, Escalator. Through January 31 at Burlington Airport in South Burlington. Info, 865-7166.

'sHadows of tHe saMurai': Armor, swords, prints, masks and other artifacts representing Japanese warrior traditions. Through May 11 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750.

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Margot Lasher: "Shiro in Manhattan," photos of the Vermont artist's dog in the big city. February 1 through 28 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, Mark Chaney: "Guiding Light," digital photographs that have been layered and blended to create optical illusions in a technique called triptography. Through January 31 at The Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Info, 445-5123. the haLe street gang: "Portraits in Writing," a multimedia exhibit featuring Jack Rowell's photographs of members of the Randolph Senior Center's writing group. Each portrait is accompanied by audio-recorded excerpts from the writers' memoirs-in-progress. Through January 31 at Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.

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Zoë barraCano: "Fidel, the End of an Era," intimate contemporary Cuban portraits and landscapes by the Vermont photographer. February 1 through 28 at Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio in Montpelier. Info, 229-4676.

CLay studio student show: The Bristol Recreation Department's third annual show features creations by school-age through adult students who have taken the studio class in recent months. February 1 through 28 at Art on Main in Bristol. Info, 453-4032. dane Verret: "Combining Communities: Dance and Photography," images of recent performances by Dance Company of Middlebury and the student artist's home community of New Orleans. Through February 10 at Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College. Info, 443-6433.

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VerMont PasteL soCiety's Juried exhibition: An annual show of landscapes, portraiture and abstract images by members of the organization. Through January 26 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-5657.

'an exhibit of their own: six featured woMen artists': Paintings by Tiffany Torre, Cameron Schmitz, Claudette Enman, Josephine Habeski, Georgina Forbes and Carrie Bagalio. Through February 13 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356.

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'woMen town CLerks of VerMont: refLeCtions on deMoCraCy': A multimedia exhibit by New York-based photographer Sandra Elkin combining photographic portraits and the recorded voices of 19 clerks from around the state. Whether plainspoken or boldly provocative, the women speak frankly of the obligations of citizenship, state government and their towns. February 1 through March 31 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964.

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sCott & keLLy funk: "More Than Snow," winter photographs by the Richmond artists. Through February 28 at Gallery 160 in Richmond. Info, 434-6434. 'the highLow ProJeCt': Large-scale photographs by Ned Castle depicting re-creations of decisive moments in the lives of young, at-risk Vermonters. Accompanying each photograph is an audio narration by its subject. The exhibit is simultaneously on display in the Battell Building, at 10 Merchants Row in Middlebury. Through January 29 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Info, 388-4964.

Georges Rouault: Cirque de L’Etoile Filante Like countless artists

before him, this French printmaker was drawn to images of the circus — but Rouault was one of the first to capture the performers’ human side. He identified with the clown, who put on a smile and played along with life’s charade despite his suffering. From 1926-38 he published this print portfolio, which translates to “Circus of the Shooting Star,” stripping away the elaborate costumes to reveal the clown as a tragic figure. The show is at the University of Vermont’s Fleming Museum, along with two other circusthemed



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MIKEY WELSH: "If Such a Thing Exists, Then Yes," abstract and representational paintings by the Burlington artist. Through April 17 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-6131. MUFFIN RAY: Recent two-dimensional, mixedmedia textile assemblages by the Vermont artist. Through January 31 at Catamount Arts Center in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-2600. ROBIN MASSEY: "Allusions of Nature," works that mix photographic methods with drawings to mimic how we view and remember the natural world. Through February 15 at Hazen's Notch in Montgomery Center. Info, 326-4799.

Peter Fried & Angelo Arnold

Come to Stowe’s Helen Day Art Center this week for Mikey Welsh’s exuberant abstract and representational paintings; stay for Peter Fried’s tender oil paintings of highway signs and Angelo Arnold’s upholstered loveseat, which threatens to swallow all those who sit there. Fried finds beauty in the geometry of the manmade world thrust into the natural one. Arnold creates a whole new world, in which familiar living room furniture is distorted, as if to say, “You are not welcome here.” Don’t say we didn’t warn you. Fried and Arnold’s show, in the East Gallery, is up through February 27; Welsh’s, through April 17. Pictured: “Loved Seat 2” by Angelo Arnold.

ALEX BOTTINELLI: Mixed-media and encaustic paintings with a luminous, ethereal quality. Through March 6 at Bee's Knees in Morrisville. Info, 586-8078.

JAMES LUCIANA: Selections from "Light and Stone" and "Italy: Facades" by the photographer and Marist College art professor. Through March 5 at Julian Scott Memorial Gallery, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469.

MARC AWODEY: Paintings by the Vermont artist. Through August 8 at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469.

LAUREN WATROUS & WENDY CROSS: “Map of Memory,” paintings by Watrous; “Not a Pretty Picture,” oil paintings depicting modern socioeconomic struggles by Cross; LINDA KAYE-MOSES: sculptural jewelry. Through February 28 at Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro. Info, 257-4777.

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'FRANK STELLA: IRREGULAR POLYGONS': An exhibit marking the museum's 25th anniversary presents one of each of the artist's 11 monumental compositions for his 1965-66 series, along with preparatory drawings and other works. Through March 13 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808. JANUARY GROUP SHOW: Recent work, including oil-based ink on paper by Patty Castellini; oil paintings by Charlie Goodwin; reclaimed wood paintings by Duncan Johnson; and mixed-media collages by Gordon Meinhard. Through February 5 at AVA Gallery and Arts Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 603-448-3117. JENNY QIAN: "Basic Space," painting and installation by the Dartmouth College studio art intern. Through February 7 at Barrows Exhibition Rotunda, Hopkins Center in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-3651.


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'MARKING TIME': The Guild of Book Workers pres- CY ents a traveling exhibition, including traditional and contemporary bindings in codex format, CMY complex folded structures, wooden constructions, K handheld toys and sculptural objects. Through March 20 at Baker-Berry Library, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-3998. 'TRADITION TRANSFORMED: TIBETAN ARTISTS RESPOND': Contemporary Tibetan artists use traditional forms in innovative ways to explore themes of technology, travel, displacement and personal artistic freedom. Work in a variety of media by Dedron, Gonkar Gyatso, Losang Gyatso, Kesang Lamdark, Tenzin Norbu, Tenzing Rigdol, Tsherin Sherpa and Penba Wangdu. Through March 13 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808. 

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MARDY BOGAR: "Mountains and Waters of Maine," a collection of pastels, oils, acrylics and painted tiles recording the seasons and rhythms of rural Maine. Through January 31 at Townsend Gallery at Black Cap Coffee in Stowe. Info, 279-4239.



LARRY GOLDEN: "Winter in the Kingdom: Landscapes and Landmarks," mixed-media paintings of buildings, streetscapes, mountains, woods and fields by the former St. Johnsbury Academy teacher. Through March 2 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-0158.

WENDY SOLIDAY: "Brilliant Colors/Delicate Dust," pastel and watercolor landscapes capturing vibrant moments of life arrested. Through March 31 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818.


ANGELO ARNOLD & PETER FRIED: Arnold's upholstery-covered sculptural forms are reminiscent of furniture; Fried's paintings are inspired by English and French 19th-century landscapes. Through February 27 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-6131.

THE JACOB WALKER GROUP & ALEX ANGIO: Work by members of the local arts organization, including Louisa Blair Pfaelzer, Ann Volatile, Phyllis M. Gable, Mable Sulham, Jane Desjardin, Ann Thursty, Marcia Shafer and more, in Gallery I; abstract paintings and Japanese woodblock prints by New York City artist Angio, in Gallery II. Through March 4 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.



STEPHEN HUNECK: "Words of Wisdom from Martin Luther King Jr. and Angel Artwork by Stephen Huneck," an exhibit curated by Gwen Huneck in honor of the civil rights leader and her late husband, both of whom, she believes, worked to bring love, healing, peace and tolerance to the world. Through February 28 at Stephen Huneck Gallery and Dog Chapel in St. Johnsbury. Info, 800-449-2580.


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or director and cowriter Derek Cianfrance, making this movie was literally a labor of love. He spent 12 years working on it, and his subject is, in fact, love. Or, more accurately, love's often evanescent nature. Blue Valentine chronicles the final two days in the marriage of a working-class Pennsylvania couple, interspersed with scenes from their courtship six years earlier. Ryan Gosling is Dean. Michelle Williams is Cindy. The picture is all before and after — the answers to the questions it raises are, unfortunately, contained in its nonexistent middle. The movie opens on the older version of the pair trudging through the motions of a typical morning. Dean jokes around with Frankie (Faith Wladyka), the 6-year-old daughter he’s mad for and who is not his. Cindy, bone weary and near 30, clings to her bed for dear life. He’s a house painter without an ounce of ambition to be anything else. She’s an overworked medical aid who once dreamed of becoming a doctor. The first of several inexplicable developments follows shortly: As his wife unsmilingly cleans the house, Dean picks up the phone and makes a reservation for the night at a cheesy fantasy motel. “Cupid’s Cove or

the Future Room?” he asks her. She is not amused. She is not, we soon learn, any longer in love. Yet she agrees to go. Something tells us this will not end well. Next thing we know, we’ve boomeranged back to the couple’s first date. Both Gosling and Williams are 15 pounds lighter, he’s lost the receding hairline, and she’s regained her glow. He carries a ukulele as they walk a dreary street at night and launches into (deep meaning alert!) “You Always Hurt the One You Love,” as Cindy tapdances in the light of a store front. Ah, young love. Then a flashback to Cindy’s home life. We seem to be observing an ordinary family dinner when, suddenly and without explanation, her father (John Doman) begins hollering and hurling meatloaf as Cindy says in a voiceover (foreshadowing alert!), “I never want to be like my parents. I know they must have loved each other at one time. Did they just get it all out of the way before they had me?” Whiplash alert! Cianfrance shoots us back to the future and the fateful night at the motel. Again, given what’s about to ensue, Cindy’s actions are hard to explain. She not only agrees to come, she goes out and buys a shopping cart of booze. Gosling’s character is as unprepared as the viewer for her

PERFORMANCE ANXIETY Gosling and Williams play a couple who wind up making not-so-beautiful music together.

wrenching rejection of his advances and subsequent display of revulsion when the two do attempt drunken sex. How the MPAA figured this sequence justified a rating of NC-17 is beyond me. There’s more flesh in your average teen comedy. The rating has since been changed to R; I guess someone from the organization got around to watching the film. From that point, things just get darker. How and why Cindy’s love curdled is left to our imagination. One minute, they’re head over heels. The next, they’re at each other’s figurative throats. What happened? Fill in the blank. Blue Valentine was a smash



camp, he requests permission to finger her. She declines. Their next encounter finds them in college, where she asks him on a date ... to her father’s funeral. Their third encounter is equally awkward; their fourth involves a depressed Adam making a mass booty call. But when he and Emma do fall into bed, almost randomly, the awkwardness disappears. They may not exactly be “friends,” or have anything in common — he’s an easygoing aspiring TV writer; she’s a workaholic doctor — but they do enjoy the benefits of their casual hookups. It’s an interesting enough premise for a rom com, especially because Emma is the one who shuns commitment — relationships make her “weird and scary,” she says. Portman, who co-executive produced the movie, has enough residual neurotic intensity left over from Black Swan that you believe her. What she lacks is much chemistry with Kutcher, who, as always, shoots for nothing more complex than meathead affability. But who cares? Should the leads bore you, the filmmakers are ready with a rogue’s gallery of entertaining supporting players: Jake Johnson and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Adam’s buddies; Greta Gerwig and Mindy Kaling as Emma’s roommates; Lake Bell as Adam’s geeky-hot colleague; and a gaggle of



No Strings Attached ★★★ hen action movies aren’t active, I blame the director. When comedies aren’t very funny, I blame the writer. The problem is, it’s hard to know exactly whom to blame. Beneath a single writing credit can lurk a roomful of script doctors — and marketers — who contributed to turning the final product into a let’s-please-everyone muddle. Such is the case of No Strings Attached, a busy, overstuffed romantic comedy that aims enough jokes at enough demographics that some of them hit the mark. So many funny people do so many sort-of-funny things in this R-rated saga of two “friends with benefits” that genre fans may come out satisfied. For my money, it’s more of a misfire. The single credited screenwriter is Elizabeth Meriwether, a twentysomething Yale graduate with bona fides in the New York theater: In the Times, the director of one of her plays called her “the whip-smart nextgeneration alternative to groundbreaking male writers like Chris Durang, Woody Allen and Judd Apatow.” So I guess we can give Meriwether credit for the opening of the movie, which comes off like an absurdist version of When Harry Met Sally... When Adam (Ashton Kutcher) meets Emma (Natalie Portman) at summer

at Cannes and has earned great reviews, so maybe I’m missing something. I agree the actors do affecting, realistic work. The picture just doesn’t offer a whole lot else, as far as I can see, and I’ve seen it half a dozen times. What I see is a more or less point-free festival of depression. A bummerthon. Come on, does the family dog really need to die? Beats me how this movie made it even marginally into the award-season conversation. Of course, it would be another matter altogether if there were an award for feel-bad film of the year.

ROOTING FOR ROMANCE Kutcher offers his “sex friend” Portman an appropriate bouquet in Reitman’s romantic comedy.

fresh-faced kids who sing and dance as the cast of the “Glee”-like show where he works. Then there’s Ophelia Lovibond as Adam’s fatuous ex; and, for those old enough to appreciate his dropping in, Kevin Kline as our hero’s youth-chasing dad. It all sounds fun. But the dialogue never rises to Apatovian heights of inspired raunch; the naughty bits are a bunch of cheap shots. The script offers some surprisingly honest moments, as when Emma calls Adam from her sister’s wedding, and he acidly informs her that her lovey-dovey mood won’t last. It also has plot points and characterizations worthy of a third grader. Either Meriwether

is Hollywood’s most uneven writer, or the film was assembled by a committee. For what it’s worth, No Strings Attached still has more laughs than your average rom com, and more than most of the recent oeuvre of once-great comedy director Ivan Reitman. But I couldn’t help wishing that Gerwig and Kaling — both likable, with great timing — would go off and make their own noholds-barred farce about women navigating modern relationship minefields. Oh, well. Stinging comedy? That’s what TV and YouTube are for. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N

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BlUE VAlENtiNEHHH Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams play a married couple struggling to mend their relationship in this first feature from director Derek Cianfrance, which has generated awards buzz for both actors. (120 min, R. Palace) mADE iN DAGENHAm: Women at a British Ford factory fight for equal pay for equal work in this drama based on events that really happened in 1968. Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson and Bob Hoskins star. Nigel (Calendar Girls) Cole directs. (113 min, R. Roxy) tHE mEcHANic: Simon (Con Air) West directs this meditative tale of a top-flight assassin (Jason Statham) on the war path to avenge his mentor (Donald Sutherland). OK, I was kidding about the meditative part. Expect ass kicking. With Ben Foster. (100 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace) tHE RitE: In this thriller, Anthony Hopkins plays a creepy priest who educates a doubting seminarian in the ways of the devil, which may reach all the way to the Vatican. It really is mid-January, isn’t it? With Colin O’Donoghue and Alice Braga. Mikael (1408) Hafström directs. (112 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace) SAiNt miSBEHAViN’: tHE WAVY GRAVY moViE: Director Michelle Esrick tells the story of the counterculture legend also known as Hugh Romney in her documentary. (87 min, NR. Savoy)

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127 HoURSHHHH1/2 James Franco stars in this dramatization of the story of Aron Ralston, a Utah hiker who found himself literally between a rock and a hard place in 2003. Danny (Slumdog Millionaire) Boyle directs. With Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara. (93 min, R. Palace)

GENiUS WitHiN: tHE iNNER liFE oF GlENN GoUlDHHH1/2 This documentary from Michele Hozer and Peter Raymont explores the life of the iconic piano prodigy — a “nut” who was also a genius, as one interviewee puts it. (108 min, NR. Savoy; ends 1/27) tHE GREEN HoRNEtHH Seth Rogen plays a superhero who’s a newspaper publisher by day and a crime fighter by night. Take that, decline of print media! Michel (Be Kind Rewind) Gondry directs this big-screen adaptation of the action franchise that began with 1930s radio serials. With Jay Chou, Cameron Diaz and Christoph Waltz doing his bad-guy thing. (108 min, PG-13. Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis [3-D], Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Welden)

i loVE YoU pHillip moRRiSHHH1/2 Writerdirectors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, the team behind Bad Santa, bring us the fact-based comic tale of a con artist (Jim Carrey) who meets his soulmate (Ewan McGregor) in prison. (102 min, R. Palace; ends 1/27) tHE KiDS ARE All RiGHtHHHH Lisa (Laurel Canyon) Cholodenko directed this acclaimed study of modern family values in which a pair of teens with two moms (Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) decide they want to get to know their sperm donor. With Mark Ruffalo, Mia Wasikowska and Josh Hutcherson. (104 min, R. Palace)

tHE cHRoNiclES oF NARNiA: tHE VoYAGE oF tHE DAWN tREADERHH1/2 Two and a half years after Prince Caspian, Walden Media carries on with its adaptations of C.S. Lewis’ classic fantasies. This one involves an eventful sea trip to the end of the world. With Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, Ben Barnes and Will Poulter. Michael (49 Up) Apted directs. (115 min, PG. Essex [3-D], Palace; ends 1/27)

littlE FocKERSH1/2 Ben Stiller strives once again to prove his manhood to father-in-law Robert DeNiro in the second sequel to comedy hit Meet the Parents, this time with his offspring getting in the way. With Blythe Danner, Owen Wilson, Jessica Alba and Barbra Streisand. Paul (About a Boy) Weitz directs. (98 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Paramount, Welden)

coUNtRY StRoNGHH1/2 Gwyneth Paltrow plays a washed-up country star who tries to restart her career with help from a young singer-songwriter (Garrett Hedlund) in this show-biz drama from director Shana Feste. With Tim McGraw and Leighton Meester. (112 min, PG-13. Majestic)

No StRiNGS AttAcHEDHH1/2 Natalie Portman’s next step after impersonating a ballerina and delivering a Golden Globe-winning performance? Starring in this rom com about a busy doctor who seeks, er, stress relief from her buddy Ashton Kutcher. The original title was Friends With Benefits. With Kevin Kline, Cary Elwes and Greta Gerwig. One-time comedy great Ivan Reitman directs. (110 min, R. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Welden)

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SEASoN oF tHE WitcHH1/2 Wicker Man fan alert: Someone has cast Nicolas Cage in another witch movie. He and Ron Perlman play medieval Crusaders transporting an accused witch to a monastery in this supernatural thriller from director Dominic (Swordfish) Sena. With Claire Foy and Ulrich Thomsen. (98 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Palace; ends 1/27) tHE SociAl NEtWoRKHHH Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin retell the story of Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), the college kid who invented Facebook and became richer than most of us put together. With Justin Timberlake, Andrew Garfield and Rashida Jones. (120 min, PG-13. Palace) tANGlEDHHH1/2 The tale of Rapunzel lets down its hair and goes 21st century in this Disney animation about a rakish bandit who finds himself in the clutches of a bored, tower-bound teenager with 70 feet of hair. With the voices of Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi. Nathan Greno and Byron Howard direct. (100 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace) NOW PLAyING



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BlAcK SWANHHHH1/2 A sheltered ballerina (Natalie Portman) gets the role of a lifetime and finds it’s tearing her apart in this psychological thriller from director Darren (The Wrestler) Aronofsky. With Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel and Barbara Hershey. (110 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Roxy, Stowe)

tHE FiGHtERHHHH Mark Wahlberg fights to win a boxing championship with the help of his dissolute half-brother (Christian Bale) in this sports/family drama from David O. (Three Kings) Russell. With Amy Adams, Melissa Leo and lots of Massachusetts vowels. (114 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Roxy, Stowe)

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GUlliVER’S tRAVElSH1/2 Jonathan Swift gets only the third writing credit on this family comedy updating his classic, with Jack Black as the traveler who lands on a strange island and finds himself grappling with major culture shock. Rob (Monsters vs. Aliens) directs. With Emily Blunt, Jason Segel and Amanda Peet. (85 min, PG. Majestic [3-D])

tHE KiNG’S SpEEcHHHHHHCritics have predicted Oscars for this period piece about how England’s George VI (Colin Firth) found a strong voice with the help of an oddball speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush). The rating is for naughty language, which figures in his therapy. With Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce and Derek Jacobi. Tom (The Damned United) Hooper directs. (118 min, R. Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Roxy, Savoy, Stowe, Welden)

tHE DilEmmAH1/2 Bachelor Vince Vaughn has to decide whether to tell his best friend and business partner (Kevin James) that he saw his wife out with another man in this star-studded comedy, the latest from Ron Howard. With Winona Ryder, Jennifer Connelly and Channing Tatum. (118 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Stowe, Welden)

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REAL free will astrology by rob brezsny month Jan 27—feB XX-XX 2

aries (March 21-april 19): What rewards do you deserve for all the good living and the hard work you’ve done since your last birthday? and what amends should you make for the mediocre living and the work you’ve shirked since your last birthday? if you choose this week to take care of these two matters with purposeful clarity, you will ensure the best possible outcomes. The reward you earn will be the right one and the amends you offer will provide the proper correction. taUrUs (april 20-May 20): sometimes i fly

in my dreams. The ecstasy is almost unbearable as i soar high above the landscape. but there’s something i enjoy dreaming about even more, and that’s running. For years i’ve had recurring dreams of sprinting for sheer joy through green hills and meadows, often following rivers that go on forever. i’m never short of breath. My legs never get tired. i feel vital and vigorous and fulfilled. Does it seem odd that i prefer running to flying? i think i understand why. The flying dreams represent the part of me that longs to escape the bonds of earth, to be free of the suffering and chaos here. My running dreams, on the other hand, express the part of me that loves being in a body and exults in the challenges of this world. given your astrological omens, taurus, i think you’re ready for whatever is your personal equivalent of running in your dreams.

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turning toward the storm cloud, i lost sight of the bird.” let this haiku-like poem by Julius lester serve as a cautionary tale, Cancerian. you’re at risk of getting so fearfully fixated on a storm cloud that you may lose track, metaphorically speaking, of a rare and beautiful

a key factor in developing self-knowledge. and often the only way to do that is by pursuing what you think you want. Ultimately you’ll be purged of your lesser longings and superficial wishes and be able to crystallize a clear vision of what you truly desire more than anything else.

leo (July 23-aug. 22): shockwaves of toxic


misinformation pulse through the internet on a regular basis. one of the latest infections attacked the subject of astrology. an astronomer in Minneapolis proclaimed that due to the precession of the equinoxes, everyone’s astrological sign is wrong. He was perfectly mistaken, of course, for reasons i explain here: but few journalists in the major media bothered to check the accuracy of the sensationalist allegation before publishing it, and soon the collective imagination was on fire. Hundreds of thousands of people suffered unnecessary identity crises and felt emotions that were based on a fallacy. in the coming week, leo, you should be on high alert for a comparable outbreak or two in your personal sphere. be vigorously skeptical — not just toward the stories other people tell, but also toward the theories and fantasies that rise up in your own brain. Don’t believe everything you think.

Virgo (aug. 23-sept. 22): you are usually conscientious about attending to the details. it’s one of your specialties to take care of little necessities. you often know what to do in order to fix mistakes and messes caused by the imprecision of other people. For now, though, i encourage you to take a break from all that. in my opinion, you need to regenerate and replenish yourself, and a good way to accomplish that is to let your mind go blissfully blank. at least consider it, please. give yourself permission to space out about the intricacies. steep yourself in the primordial ooze where everything is everything. liBra (sept. 23-oct. 22): i’ll be interested to see how you shift your attitudes about love in the coming weeks, libra. Fate will be bringing you good reasons to move away from longheld opinions about the nature of romance and intimacy. your subconscious mind will be stirring with new dispensations about how

Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18):

You may have no idea of how much power you have right now to start fresh — to escape the muddle of murky old failures. Your imagination might not yet be sufficiently lubricated to glide you into the expansive version of the future you deserve. But I’m hoping that this little horoscope of mine changes all that. I’m praying that you are already registering the pleasant shock I’m trying to jolt you with, and are awakening to the rampant possibilities. On your mark. Get set. Go! best to deal with and express your life-giving longings. all in all, the process should be pretty enjoyable, especially if you relish psychospiritual riddles that impel you to probe deeper into the mysteries of togetherness.


(oct. 23-nov. 21): “Dear rob: i am a professional obsesser. i mean i obsess on things a lot. but here’s the thing. When i do obsess on something and work with manic intensity to achieve it, i am changed in the process — frequently to the point of no longer desiring what i was once obsessed by! This makes me crazy! any advice? - Flagrant scorpio.” Dear Flagrant: This is a gift, not a problem. Figuring out what you don’t want is

(nov. 22-Dec. 21): “The greatest challenge to any thinker is stating the problem in such a way that will allow a solution,” said philosopher bertrand russell. in other words, the words you use to describe your dilemma are crucial. if you’re lazy or pessimistic about framing your big question, you minimize your chances for finding a useful answer. if you’re precise and creative, you’re more likely to attract the information and inspiration you need. This is always true, of course, but especially so for you right now.

caPricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): a “karma whore” is someone who performs an abundant number of favors and acts of kindness in the hope of accumulating extra good karma. Judging from the astrological omens, i’m thinking this week will be prime time for you to flirt with being such a person. Why? because the blessings you bestow in the near future are more likely than usual to generate specific blessings coming back your way. you don’t necessarily have to go to ridiculous extremes — holding the door open for five people behind you, allowing 10 cars to merge in front of you on the highway, flinging out casual but sincere compliments with reckless abandon. but from what i can tell, the more help you dole out, the more you’ll get in return. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): i’ve never been

a fan of gurus. My view is that everyone should be his or her own guru. but there was one guy whose antics were pretty entertaining. He was one of those crazy wisdom types who borrowed liberally from the trickster archetype. This is what he told his followers about how to interpret their dreams in which he appeared. “if you dream of me and i’m not kicking your butt, it wasn’t really me.” i’ll say the same thing to you, Pisces: The only teachers worth listening to, studying and dreaming about in the next two weeks will be those who kick your butt.

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gemini (May 21-June 20): an interviewer asked me if there’s any special ritual i do before writing these horoscopes. i told her that i often say a prayer in which i affirm my desire to provide you with these three services: 1. that what i create will be of practical use to you; 2. that it will help you cultivate your relationship with your inner teacher; 3. that it will inspire you to tap into and use the substantial freedom you have to create the life you want. i hope i’m doing a good job, gemini, because in the coming weeks your inner teacher will be overflowing with practical clues about the art of liberation.

bird. and the thing is, the storm cloud isn’t even harboring that big a ruckus. it will pour out its flash and dazzle quickly, leaving virtually no havoc in its wake. That’s why it would be a shame for you to let your perverse fascination with it cause you to get separated from a potential source of inspiration.

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A security officer called police after noticing blood and two trays of empty razor-blade packages at a Walmart store in Venango County, Pa. Deducing that a shoplifter had cut himself while removing the blades, state troopers followed the trail of blood to Michael Barton, 29. (Erie Times-News) Zannish Frazier, 28, called police in West Linn, Ore., to say she was stranded in a park and needed a ride to the transit station. Officers who showed up found the woman toting six duffel bags, two of which turned out to be filled with stolen laptops, clothes and jewelry. “It was almost like she went Christmas shopping,” police Sgt. Neil Hennelly said after arresting Frazier for burglary and theft. (Portland’s Oregonian)

Another Nail in the Post Office’s Coffin

As more Netflix customers switch from mail-order DVDs to Internet downloads, its streaming movie service is hogging North America’s bandwidth, threatening the Internet’s capacity to handle other uses, according to the network management company Sandvine. Its annual report on broadband usage said that just under 2 percent of Netflix subscribers account for 20 percent of all Internet traffic during peak home Internet usage hours in the United States and Canada. Sandvine forecasts Netflix will strain broadband capacity as more and more customers abandon the mail. (Slate)

Hard Times

When his girlfriend turned down his marriage proposal at a Burger King in Pico Rivera, Calif., Francisco Hernandez, 22, went to his car, which still had “Stacy Will You Marry Me?” written on the back window. He drove onto the sidewalk, through some bushes and into the restaurant parking lot, where he reportedly tried to run the ex-girlfriend down. He narrowly missed, then tried to drive away with two flat tires. Hernandez abandoned the car and ran, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Hernandez, but “then our helicopter guys spotted him walking down the street carrying a bouquet12v-blurt.indd of flowers.” (Los Angeles Times)

Little Things Mean a Lot

An unnamed man in Granby, Québec, appeared before a small-claims court demanding compensation for a penis enlarger he insisted didn’t work, although he spent 500 hours trying to make it function. The man said he paid $262 for the X4 Extender Deluxe Edition because an advertisement promised results. (Canadian Press) Surgeons at Taiwan’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering said their experiments showed that electricity is a safer alternative to scalpels for performing penile surgery. Their report, “Determination of Human Penile Electrical Resistance and Implication on Safety for Electrosurgery of Penis,” noted that a highly concentrated electrical current performs a cleaner cut with much less blood. Because of the potential risk of determining how much electricity a penis could safely withstand, Dr. Vincent Tsai noted the researchers performed their experiments on themselves, attaching electrodes to both the head and the shaft of the organ, then applying voltage — but not anesthetic. Their conclusion, Tsai said, was to use less power for shorter durations. (Australia’s

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Reporting on Iowa’s Treasure Hunt program to return unclaimed cash, stocks and property to residents, State Treasurer Michael Fitzgerald said the person who stands to gain the most, an 85-year-old man in Storm Lake, refuses to file the necessary paperwork to claim what’s owed him: $1,632,427 in cash, and stocks valued at $446,874. “We have made overtures to him,” Fitzgerald said. “He knows the money is there. It appears to be a situation of him not wanting to be bothered.” (Des Moines Register)

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Joseph Jones, 73, told sheriff’s investigators he was awakened by a phone call to his motel room in Spartanburg, S.C., from someone claiming to be the manager. The caller explained that a prior guest had left behind some “highly sophisticated cameras” that were hidden and needed to be gotten rid of. Following the caller’s instructions, Jones smashed the television with the ceramic toilet tank cover, then threw the set outside and shattered all the mirrors in the room. Next, the caller said that a midget was trapped in an adjoining room, and Jones “needed to help police get to him.” Jones dutifully broke through the wallboard. By then, the real motel manager had received noise complaints from nearby guests and called the authorities, who

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concluded that Jones was the victim of an elaborate prank, which had targeted guests at other motels. No charges were filed, but the manager asked Jones to leave. (Spartanburg’s WXII-TV)

Executions in the United States declined 12 percent in 2010, in part because of “the high costs of the death penalty at a time when budgets are being slashed,” according to the Death Penalty Information Center’s annual report. Texas led the nation, carrying out 17 of the 46 U.S. executions. (Reuters)


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Witty Beisbol Enthusiast Seeks Same Moving from rural Arizona makes me feel like a fish out of water. Here’s what’s under my down coat: I’m an outgoing, quick-witted woman who loves music, lively dinner parties & a good laugh. I’d like to share life w/ a fellow romantic who has worked through his core beliefs & would welcome company on an adventure we create together. SolaE, 42, l, #120018 FROM HER ONLINE PROFILE: I consider myself an openminded person, but my deal breakers are cruelty and frugality of any kind. What are you waiting for At the end of the night I never want to go to sleep angry. EnthusiasmAbound, 26, l, #116723 just me I am 58 & laid back. I am honest & don’t play headgames. I am looking for the same in a woman. kennyatw, 58, u, l, #101036 Adventurous, athletic, loving & single! This is the hardest part. Well, here goes: I am a fun-loving guy who enjoys having a good time & being outdoors. I enjoy hiking, canoeing, camping & just being in the woods. Jim073, 37, #120037 Ahem. Uh, Hello. Nice boy. Low on money. Very content to enjoy life. Aspiring this & that. Writing, art, animation & film. Trained artist. Many schemes. Unrealized connections in high places. Plucky, driven & motivated. Enjoys cooking, movies, music, nighttime frolics, travel, Europe, Asia, storms & intrigue. Looking for amiable young woman to drench w/ affection. Classical Jane Austen types a plus. LilMarmot, 32, l, #120035 Opening Headline Is I’m Me Apparently, this is where I make my “pitch.” Hell, I dunno what to write! I’m just hanging out, kinda bored, looking for friends/a date. I enjoy music (I play guitar, piano, mandolin, bass & I sing). I love my friends & family & I try to be as easygoing as possible. Screw it, I’m done; this feels weird. Insertmynamehere, 19, l, #120031

dates! Be who you are, love what you Do! i_maginary, 22, l, #119604 Living the life. 26 y.o. guy that likes to just have fun in life. Looking for someone to get to know and see what happens. I have many interests, but particularly love music :) Kind, honest, funny & sexy guys take a seat up front. Jupiter_ Lightning_Flash, 26, u, l, #104620 Hey All Hi, guys. Looking for NSA winter buddies to play with; friends cool, too. I’m 40, 5’10, 170, dark hair & eyes, not bad looking with nice package. Looking for guys 18-48 who are height/weight prop. 6”+. Discretion assured - hope to hear from ya! Buster, 42, u, #111080 ACTION NOW Hi, men. A 45-year-old guy is tired of waiting. I want some man-to-man and I want it now. If you don’t mind getting the room or if you live in Rutland, how about today? elvis1977, 48, u, #104119

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Caring, charismatic, looking for challenge Passionate, cuddly, happy-go-lucky, brunette/hazel. I love nature & the arts. I’m looking for someone who’s


Insert fantasic headline here :) This is fun :) What do we have to lose, no? I am in a phase of radical self-acceptance & enjoying life’s gifts. Nonprofit girl by day & poet by night. I’m looking to meet new people (hope that didn’t sound too cheesy, but it is true!) for whatever develops organically. Nothing forced, no expectations. No U-Hauls, LOL. bluefire5151, 33, l, #119788

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Fun-loving, kind music lover I’m a fun-lovin’ gal looking for companionship that just might lead to something deeper. I consider myself funny, sarcastic (sometimes), outgoing & intelligent. I am a teacher working toward a master’s. I’m big, blonde & beautiful & trying to lose some inches around the waist. I’m far from perfect, but rather a work in progress. Musicteach6, 27, l, #120011

Must love dogs & music If I didn’t strive to be humble & useful in the world, my head could get quite big from all the love & praise bestowed upon me by my friends & family. Truly blessed to be told often that I’m one of the most loving, caring & patient people they know. I love animals, children & music. You, too? Interested? ladydj, 38, l, #120060

meet new people, after that? I’m looking for that special girl; I know you’re out there. Must like same things, be honest, real, faithful. Llooking for that special girl who is ready to fall in love & enjoy life on life’s terms. tata, 39, #119891

Loverboy, Loverboy... Hi, I’m me, it’s True! Just a kid in town you may know, or wish to. You may find me in a certain coffee shop, wearing some colorful scarves, maybe glitter. I hope to intimidate none & invite anyone w/ a little strength in their heart to know me better. Love


Joyous & contemplative extroverted introvert I am attractive, athletic & spontaneous. I love laughter, dancing to ‘70s & ‘80s music, and deep conversation w/ friends. I’m constantly looking for new challenges & new ways to grow, mentally, emotionally & spiritually. Kindness, compassion, generosity & living in truth are among my most important values. spiritedone, 44, #119846

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Cute Geek Grrl Seeks Same I’m a 31 y.o. first-year law school student looking for new friendships & the possibility of something more. I tend to look at life from a slightly off angle & my sense of humor shows it. I’m looking for someone who loves music & dancing. I’m looking for someone who could enjoy meshing our interests & exploring new ones. phoenixgrrl42, 31, l, #119958

Self-absorbed, Inactive, Recluse Just looking for someone real who likes to just hang out when they have time, watch TV, play Wii, hang at the mall. Kids are OK since I have 1 myself. Anything else? Just ask. Flyseyes31, 33, l, #111409

For Gawd’s Sakes! This state is beginning to feel like Alabama, Utah or S. Carolina. Ain’t that pathetic. Where in the world are the guys who love living life? Creative guys w/ some edge, beyond the mainstream. Where’s the Vermont spirit? Have we all been drinking the same Kool-Aid they are drinking in Alabama, Utah & S. Carolina? I’ve got some ideas ... LOL. Harryhaller, 58, l, #110373

Oh wat ben je mooi! I don’t like this part, though I do like myself! Looking for a creative, energetic, generous man who’s looking for that special someone. ArtinVermont, 46, l, #108077

Inside & Out I am an independent woman enjoying her life. I have good friends, a wonderful family & enough interests to keep me occupied. Each person adds to the fabric of my life & there is always room for one more. If I get nothing more from this experience than a friend, it was worth it. Musicislife, 49, l, #119982

PASSIONATE WOMAN IS SEARCHING FOR How to describe what I want in just a few lines ... I want happiness, health, positive energy, humor, someone to share an amazing time w/thru all of life’s crazy U-turns. REANE69, 36, l, #116728

Looking for Love in VT Hi, I am a single father trying to find someone to share an awesome life with. CirrusCool, 45, #120038

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Looking for Mr. Goodknots? Me: knot geek. You: fit to be tied. I’m looking for a play partner who likes rope! Other toys rock, too, but rope is a must. A decorative, artistic tie takes time, but prolonging the anticipation of what’s coming next is SO delicious, don’t you think? goodknots, 52, #119769

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Big Beautiful Oral Sexpot I am a very big beautiful woman w/ a heart of gold. I am looking for someone who will take care of me but not boss me around. I am a Christian woman with a high school diploma & a college certificate. I have long brown hair & blue eyes. Let’s hook up! TooHot4u, 48, l, #120020 Shy & Discreet I am a shy individual who is looking into finding a lady to send naughty emails & possibly an encounter in the future. Politat2, 25, l, #119886


Looking for a playmate! I am a young fun& looking for a fun lady friend, I am BI curious, and want to find a nice outgoing girl who isn’t shy to get down and dirty with a girl! I am clean and STD free and work in a professional environment and just want to have some fun in the bedroom. Lindzs3240, 25, l, #119862

him w/ another & he loves to watch! Looking for a dominant, too. Hubby must watch. 3isbetter, 38, l, #104249

he’s willing to not be involved or be involved, whichever we decide. I’m FF & curvy. gardengirl, 41, l, #118313

Bunny I like sex nothing wrong with that, I am currently in an open relationship. My goal here is to make a few friends to have some steamy sexual conversations with. I want to be strictly online with e-mail only. Don’t be afraid I am they bunny let me be your prey. Bunnyofsnow, 19, l, #119307

real woman for grown-up play Happily married woman in an openminded relationship seeking a similar F friend w/ benefits for one-on-one play. btvplayer, 41, l, #118193

No BS, just real Just let me show you. mybe, 61, #118996 Let’s get curious together Looking for a woman or couple (if the fit is right) to play in a way I’ve never tried before but always wanted to. Have a family & a career, so discretion a must. Looking for a new, fun adventure. Send me a message & we’ll see where it leads. tanqueraygirl, 43, #119021 Always bi, never tried,,, I’m a 41 & have a wonderful man in my life who wants me to experience my “bi side”. He knows it’s a part of me I have kept hidden & wants me to experience it. We have a solid relationship;

hungry In a committed relationship with a much less hungry man. He knows I am looking around but, out of respect, discretion is a must. I am looking for a man who wants discreet encounters to leave us breathless and wet. Laughter, playfulness, mutual respect a must. Into light bondage, oral play, etc.; mostly I want to get laid. penobscot, 41, u, #119855

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Sweet ‘n Sassy I’m a sweet petite, sensual lady, 1x1c-mediaimpact030310.indd 3/1/10 1:15:57 PM with soft skin and gentle1 curves longing to be caressed by your strong hands. You must be fit, healthy, respectful, with a sharp wit and sense of humor. Not into domination or heavy kink, but rich ‘n sweet vanilla is ohhh sooo good!!! Seeking sexy cougar??? SweetThing, 38, #119790 In Need, Can You Help Looking for like-minded women or couples who want to have great sex. I’m not shy & love to enjoy a woman. No need for drinks. We meet, we XXXX, we leave. I am married. Can play alone but really want him involved. I love to watch

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A very naughty gentleman I’m on my knees before you & begging is not my purpose. I’m also a hell of a kisser. All I can say is, ladies, don’t pass this one up. I can make you levitate. I’m 6’, 200 lbs., muscular, an all-around nice, neat guy w/ good manners &, as you can tell, a sense of humor. TheBoat, 51, l, #120042 tigger pooh I bounce like Tigger all over the place. I am full of energy in every way. I am like Pooh who likes to lick the jar clean of all of the honey I can get, so if you’re not satisfied w/ what you have, come see me. I am home alone every day. tigger, 41, u, #120040 Wanna? Hook up w/ me & let’s see where it might go. Message me if you like. vtgranolageek, 48, #106511 Dtown Btown Just looking for some like-minded women who want to have some NSA fun times, maybe see a show, or even just hang out & talk about “stuff.” 6’4, 210, brown/blue, into Goth/alt/industrial, playing pool, having sex & cooking good food. If this sounds like you, take a chance! KMFDMer, 38, l, #119995 The Performer Hello, my name is Jimmy. Interested in a girl who will take chances & does not mind getting dirty. Wanna meet up & cum over. If you fancy an orgasm, “I knock them out for free.” Let me know. Funny girls, sweet, candy, sarcasm. HighLife85, 25, l, #119969 A firm hand Typical white-collar professional by day, dominant kinky M by night. I work out & I expect my partners to be in shape, as well. I’m attractive enough that girls come up to talk to me, but looks are only part of the picture. If you need a firm hand, then maybe I can teach you a thing or two. sursno1, 30, #119966 Church St. Romp Shop! I live in Burlington 4 months a year. I went to college in S. Carolina, and live between there, Arizona & Burlington. I am a person who loves going out & meeting new people. I am looking for someone who seeks new experiences. HurricaneSeason, 21, l, #119956 old man in a young body Looking for a good time; nothing out of control. JLR59, 51, l, #119945

older, hungry, lonely I’m just looking for sensuality. Discreetness is a must. Short turn might turn into longer relationship. adayatthezoo, 68, u, #119925 Always Hard Always Horny 55, MM & sexless; not my choice. Looking for a playmate who knows what to do w/ her mouth. Must enjoy being licked from head to toe w/ lengthy stops in between. Should also be uninhibited; anywhere, any time. An “all holes open” kinda girl. BBW welcome to apply. Me?

set type; it varies from person to person. So if you’re willing, maybe we might get in touch. damnright, 28, #119857 young able willing charming capable I’m looking for a woman or couple who is discreet & willing to start w/ phone or text & then let’s see where it goes. I’ve often been called a handsome man but have no set type. I’m open to women of all ages & makes, so message me & I’ll be worth your while. memphishigs, 27, l, #119856

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Real Experienced Swingers No Games We are a younger couple & we have been swinging for 7 years. This does not make us “rock star” swingers.

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Odysseus seeking his hot Circe Where’s my hot little enchantress? Come & play w/ me for a little while! Get hot, sweaty & sore w/ me. Go w/ me to places where you’ve only gone in your mind before. Let’s go to the brink of imagination & lust. Are you ready? I’m welleducated, professional, strong & fit. Excellent imagination & willing to use it. Odysseus62, 48, u, l, #120026 FROM HIS ONLINE PROFILE: What’s the kinkiest thing you’ve ever done or want to do? I’ve had plenty of threesomes, but I’ve never been in a dp. I’m ready for it! 7” cut, thick & thirsty for your juices. 4hourErection, 54, l, #119919 married to dull sex partner I am looking for a nice-looking girl w/ nice personality. Must be discreet & D/D free. I like young & older women. gemini49, 49, #119916 adventure seeker out for older Good-looking, average/athletic build, college senior looking for someone (preferably older) to explore with. Nice, quiet person but open to all kinds of experiences. Contact me for a carefree romp. jrd890, 22, #116670 Get your YA YAs I’m a rocker w/ a heart of gold; a true lover who loves to make deep connections. ZshayZshay, 24, l, #119892 want to learn something new Looking to learn & share my experiences w/ someone who isn’t afraid to explore & enjoy what life has to offer. okwhatsnext, 47, #119867 Adventurous, Discreet, Sensual Playmate Experienced M looking for F playmate for exploration & mutual pleasure. Erotic fantasies explored, sensual adventures indulged to the max. There is no such thing as too kinky if 2 people enjoy it. Always discreet. anytimeuwant, 57, l, #119869 willing, able, skilled, charming, handsome I’m open to a M/F couple or any woman. I’ve oft been described as a capable, handsome man but irony is I have no

Looking for: F, attached, married or not, Bi or wanting to try; couples w/ BiF or both Bi. Must keep body in good order, clean, groomed, smell nice, trimmed or shaved. Manners, respect & honesty are required. sexyvtcpl, 33, l, #119971 Innocent New to all of this! Just want to explore w/ my roomie & another woman. innocentgirl, 34, l, #119961 Big gaping holes 18/19 y.o. couple. Fierce & sassy ginger and a hot & horny homo looking for a third (or fourth) playmate to spice up the bedroom w/ whips & chains. Sibling groups are also VERY welcome. Not afraid to get down & dirty in the mud ... or snow. kittycats_sm, 20, l, #119952 Shyly Ferocious Naughty Librarian Handsome BF (40, fit, sensual) & I seek a slender, attractive woman. I am bi, skinny, romantic. He has my heart & I have his; this is just for fun. Chittykitty, 30, l, #119934 Just for fun Married, but not to each other... we’re looking tof add a woman for discreet daytime encounters. If you want to come play with us email. 2njoy3, 45, #119469

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The Bees to my Knees It was Saturday night & you were working hard behind the line. Wish I could work you hard! You have brown eyes & were wearing a green cap that made me envy you. Was wondering if I could cook for you one night. I was sitting at the second or third table in w/ blond hair & green eyes. When: Saturday, January 22, 2011. Where: kitchen at the bees knees. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908488 The MtN Mutt Girl At the OP we talked after others failed getting your attention. You got my number, gave me a kiss & never called. Would love to meet again! When: Saturday, January 22, 2011. Where: the Other Place. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908487

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I had been dating someone and it was going great. Then, BAM! — he went back to his ex. From what he says, she cheated on him, said terrible things to him and is an all-around bad person. Why do some people go back to toxic situations, even when they have had a taste of a healthy, warm, loving relationship? Is he just addicted to the drama, or is it something deeper? Why would he be willing to go back to a situation where he was treated like shit? I consider myself a trustworthy, loving and all-around good person — and yet I’m still single. Meanwhile, all the awful, self-centered people seem to have all the luck in love and never really get what they deserve. What gives?


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I couldn’t take my some numbers? When: Saturday, Holy water is your new best friend. eyes off of you & would love to know January 15, 2011. Where: Liberty Tax. When: Sunday, March 20, 2011. more about you. When: Thursday, You: Woman. Me: Man. #908470 Where: Nowruz in Lebanon. You: January 20, 2011. Where: Moe’s. Woman. Me: Man. #908479 You: Woman. Me: Man. #908484 Interested in “ta2dinVT” Cloud 89 Came across your profile & I am bc1 in Two 2Tango intrigued by you. Would like to learn Warmest winter. Waking w/ you in my Bc1, I’m not a member on Two2Tango, more. Please message me if you arms, sunlight dancing on your face. but saw your profile & am interested. would like to, too. When: Sunday, Rumi speaks when you laugh. Marry Hoping you might be interested January 16, 2011. Where: Two2Tango. me? I’d marry you every Saturday; even in taking a chance, maybe email? You: Man. Me: Woman. #908469 after the day you say “I do.” Loving You said you like to ski. Maybe you is the only thing I’m any good at. meet & ski Smuggs? If you feel like Friday Night outside KKD I will never leave you alone. ILULP. taking a chance, email me. Hope We were walking alongside each other Restez avec moi. Safest bet you ever you do. When: Thursday, January & all of a sudden we were holding made. When: Thursday, January 20, 20, 2011. Where: Two2Tango. You: hands, walking down the sidewalk. 2011. Where: within me all along. Woman. Me: Man. #908483 We parted after heading down St. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #908478 Paul for a bit. I’m intrigued. Dinner Black Door, New Year’s Eve the one who waited & drinks perhaps? When: Friday, You complimented my dancing to Dave January 14, 2011. Where: Outside KKD. I still wonder about you sometimes. Keller blues. Taken by your presence You: Woman. Me: Man. #908468 I hope you’ve found someone who & many attractive outward qualities. gives you what I couldn’t; you Would love to get to know any inward deserved more. 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