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Auer of Need No one died as a result of Lake Champlain’s record rise this spring, but the flooding may yet claim one local casualty — Charlie’s Boat House, also known as the Auer Family Boat House. The beloved family-owned snack shop and boat rental business at the northern end of the Burlington bike path suffered extensive damage, and it’s unclear when — or whether — it will reopen this season.

“It’s never been this bad. Never.” Charlie Auer

Seven Days multimedia producer Eva Sollberger toured the still-submerged property with Charlie Auer for this week’s episode of her web video series, “Stuck in Vermont.” “When you’re by the lake, anybody by the lake, you’ve got this problem,” says Charlie Auer. “But it’s never been this bad. Never.”

Walking into Charlie’s Boat House, which typically opens for the season on May 1, is like stepping back in time. An ancient cash register sits on the counter, surrounded by fishing spears, memorabilia and a piano that Auer’s mother, Ida, used to play during silent films. The instrument was partially submerged during the flood.

Watch Sollberger’s boathouse vid — and an episode about the boathouse that she filmed last summer — at Looking for the newsy blog posts? Find them in “Local Matters” on p.19


Vermont’s three U.S. lawmakers chose not to view pictures of bin Laden’s dead body. The better to sleep at night?


A new website invites Vermonters to correct wrong assumptions about broadband connectivity in their area. This is supposed to inspire confidence? FACING FACTS COMPILED BY PAULA ROUTLY

That’s the percentage of federal and state judges in Vermont who are women — the highest percentage of any state in the country — according to a study by the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.



1. “Side Dishes: Holy Olé!” By Corin Hirsh. A new Mexican cantina is on its way to Church Street in Burlington. 2. “Home, Reinvented” by Megan James. A barn, a silo, and a shipping warehouse see new lives as some of Vermont’s most unusual homes. 3. “With Breath Testers in Doubt, Vermont Prosecutors to Toss Dozens of DUI Cases” by Andy Bromage. A Seven Days investigation finds a long list of alleged problems with breath testers. (Read this story in print on page 28.) 4. “Like Health Care Reform? So Does the Vermont Workers’ Center” by Kevin J. Kelley. How the Vermont Workers’ Center successfully pushed health care reform — and became one of the state’s most important activist groups. 5. “Water World” by Ken Picard. A floodmitigation expert shares some of the dos and don’ts of drying out flooded homes.

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Auer owns and runs the boathouse with his sister, Christine. Charlie turns 80 this summer; Christine will be 84 next week. “We would like to have work as long as we’re healthy, stay right here,” he says. But, “I don’t know what’s gonna happen.”

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On May 14, I received a Facebook update from the weekly paper that could and does, Seven Days, saying it would be publishing an article by Andy Bromage entitled, “With Breath Testers in Doubt, Vermont Prosecutors to Toss Dozens of DUI Cases.” Curious, I read the article and found it alarming. State prosecutors may have to toss out serious DUI cases, sometimes by multiple offenders, due to malfeasance by an employee of the health department. Wanting to look further, I used the Burlington Free Press search. The only article was by Nancy Remsen on April 27, outlining a requested change by the Shumlin administration to move calibration of the DUI testers from the health department to the department of public safety. A minor mention was given about the fact that an employee was accused of improperly adjusting the test equipment used in the DUI test. Remsen did cite an earlier article by Seven Days, noting it had the first report of this controversy. Remsen’s article portrays the problem as a mundane paperwork kind of issue without much consequence. The truth is, Seven Days is right. It is a serious issue. People who were arrested for DUI may be released because the equipment used was in error. What is also bad is that those who are not legally under the influence may have been arrested, fined or lost their license because of faulty test equipment. In other words, they were denied due process under our Constitution. While I support heavy DUI


consequences, I also recognize that in a rural state like Vermont, with little public transportation, a lost license can be the difference between the “working poor” and welfare. Releasing multiple offenders because of faulty test equipment is unacceptable. The technician and the health department supervisors who ignored the issue must be fired. I worked in a standardized test lab for 15 years. I know the importance of accurate, verifiable test equipment, traceable to recognized national standards. An error in this equipment transfers exponentially down the trail. I have talked to police officers in the past about speed-measuring equipment, and the attitude has been cavalier, to say the least. The faulty equipment may not have started on Shumlin’s watch, but his response determines whether he is comfortable with denying due process. The fact that it took a whistleblower and a lawyer to bring this out only proves that Vermont has the best justice system money can buy. Whoever has the money gets justice. Another point: Why is the Burlington Free Press so far behind the eight ball on this story? Is Seven Days hungrier or just plain better? Will McLaughlin


Editor’s note: McLaughlin’s letter is a response to this week’s cover story, which Seven Days published online last Friday.

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As a criminal defense attorney, I should be well qualified to write in response to the letter by Alicia Wallace, “Too Easy on Inmates” [Feedback, May 11, re: “Is It Cheaper to House Vermont Inmates In or Out of State? It Depends,” April 20]. In it she states that we should “remove the incentives for inmates to go back to prison.” I have good news for you, Ms. Wallace: If you want prospective criminals to hate prison, guess what? They already do. They hate it like poison, and will do anything — anything very short term, mind you — to stay out. Prison not only sucks; it sucks beyond the average person’s ability to imagine. Most people cannot imagine a life without privacy, much less living in a starkly Hobbesian society. If Vermont has to spend $40,000 to $55,000 per inmate per year, I assure you, it’s not to lavish “luxuries” on the inmates. It’s because humans are ingenious in looking for ways to escape confinement, and fiendishly ingenious in destroying fellow inmates’ lives and making trouble for those charged with guarding them. What few pleasantries — and they are very few — prisons may have are necessary incentives to reward good behavior and prevent a fall into despair for those who can be salvaged. Thomas Niksa

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I am reading with awe and shock the update regarding whistleblower Thomas Drake [Fair Game, May 4], who was a high school classmate of mine at Burr and Burton Academy in Manchester, Vt., in the mid-’70s. His dad, Bill, was our history teacher there. After reading about Tom’s troubles with the National Security Agency, I am stunned to learn that such a quiet, kind and thoughtful guy has ended up in this situation, trying to do the right thing. As I look at his youthful face in the ’75 edition of our yearbook, I’m taken by the quote under his photo: “Things that are seen are transient, but things that are unseen are eternal!” Truer words were never spoken. I intend to keep current on this case via the blogosphere and send him my support. Please read up on the case and consider doing the same to support a fellow Vermonter being taken to task by our own government for speaking out.

13] about the evils of manufacturing those nasty e-readers [“Bye-Bye, Books,” Feedback, April 20]. I wonder if Harry would have “published five New York Times best sellers” if he was trying to reach that exalted height on an e-reader? Last time I looked, or read his books, he was an illustrator. I am trying to imagine a world of beautiful art digitized on an iPad “app.” I am also weary of the unending demonizing of people who disagree, even if they are wrong. I am a book lover, and I “collect [my] reads like trophies,” including a couple of Harry’s, but I may sell them on eBay so Harry won’t throw up on me, or just recycle them to reduce my polluting ways. However, there are certainly significant environmental issues with those devices, and if Harry thinks one of his e-readers with 94,000 copies of Infinite Jest is going to last as long as one of my books, then he is being ridiculous. I think all those e-readers, and any toxic metals in their components, ending up in the landfill will cement the notion of planned obsolescence, just like those ridiculous telephones people buy every six months or so. Where do you people think all that junk is going to end up? Leaching into your groundwater, no doubt.

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Under the Influence The video trailer for Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble’s Undue Influence provides a recipe for an “environment conducive to sexual assault.” It involves mixing “2/3 cup unrealistic ideas about sex” with ineffective educational programming, a college campus and generous amounts of beer. Appetizing? No. But the original dance-theater work drives home a point about college social environments that’s well worth seeing.




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Can’t Hardly Weight Magic Hat hosts a hoppin’ benefit party for Big Heavy World this week with a big, heavy lineup. Heavyfest includes outdoor tunes by Heloise (pictured) & the Savoir Faire, Rustic Overtones, Waylon Speed, Casio Bastard, Pariah Beat, Japhy Ryder and Jah Red — not to mention brewer-led tours, a barbecue and a special-release brew to mark the festivities. Hit up Nectar’s later on for the after party. SEE CALENDAR LISTING ON PAGE 55


“Sometimes the single image does not or cannot present the idea in the way the photographer conceived it,” notes Keith Johnson in his artist’s statement. So, his exhibit at White River Junction’s PHOTOSTOP arranges sequences of landscapes, people or “accidental discoveries” in grids to tell the full story. View “The Photograph: Extended” through May 28.






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There’s a reason physical comedian Michael Trautman also goes by “The Ping-Pong Guy.” After being the toast of Vermont Vaudeville’s spring show last year, Trautman taps into his repertoire of juggling shenanigans, magical illusions and other tomfoolery in a solo show, Head in the Clouds, this Saturday. Your funny bone is in for a workout.


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“When the Devil Makes Three rips into a tune, it tears it apart with a sweat-drenched energy that jerks people out of their seats and makes drinks jitter across the table and crash to the floor,” writes California altweekly the East Bay Express. Sounds like the work of the Devil, all right. Catch the Santa Cruz trio’s acoustic Americana — played with punkrock intensity — at Positive Pie 2.



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Each year, the true harbingers of spring arrive at Adamant’s Sodom Pond — not spring peepers, not flower buds, but bloodthirsty flies that proceed to plague the residents. Instead of trying to fight them, the intrepid villagers celebrate the little buggers with the annual Adamant Blackfly Festival. This buzz-worthy affair features a campy parade, blackfly fashion show and live music. Mosquito netting is a must.




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If you can’t beat ’em, tease ’em. This seems to be the underlying mantra of Forbidden Broadway, the saucy musical spoof that parodies the Great White Way’s biggest stars and shows, from Wicked to Les Mis. Waitsfield’s Valley Players give it a go this time: Witness their tongue-in-cheek caricatures and songs through May 29.


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he reelection campaign of Gov. PETER SHUMLIN has added a lengthy disclaimer to its emails in response to claims it illegally solicited money from registered lobbyists during the legislative biennium. KEEP YOUR BODY The disclaimer first appeared last STRONG WITH week at the bottom of an email titled “Getting Tough Things Done,” which CHIROPRACTIC touted three of the governor’s legislative RUSHFORD FAMILY CHIROPRACTIC accomplishments, including progress in 100 Dorset Street, Suite 21 • 860-3336 reforming the state’s health care system. The disclaimer reads: “This e-mail is not intended for any registered lobbyist or registered lobbyist employer with the 12v-rusford060210.indd 1 5/28/10 3:36:30 PM State of Vermont. If you are a registered lobbyist or registered lobbyist employer with the State of Vermont, do not read this e-mail. Instead please notify the sender that it was improperly delivered OUR COMMUNITY and return the original transmission to IS PART OF THE” WORLD COMMUNITY. The warning is sandwiched between Shumlin’s signature and a giant HELP US DEVELOP A VACCINE “DONATE” button. FOR DENGUE FEVER You’ve heard the phrase “burn after Outpatient reading,” right? No word yet on whether any lobbyists Clinical received this latest Shumlin solicitation. Research Study JESSE BRAGG, the Vermont Democratic Party’s executive director, said the Shumlin email list has been scrubbed of all known lobbyists. Shumlin has said he will not accept money from any lobbyist who responds to one of his campaign emails, even though Shumlin continues to — wink, wink — claim there really isn’t a reelection campaign going on. Tell that to the • Healthy Individuals folks shelling out big bucks to attend an Ages 18-50 in-state Shumlin fundraiser hosted by • 1 Screening visit environmentalist and Democratic donor • Single dosing visit with CREA LINTILHAC on Thursday night. follow-up visits Vermont law forbids lawmakers and the governor from soliciting and accept• Now screening ing money from lobbyists, or their em• Compensation up to $1,070 ployers, during the legislative biennium. State law does allow Shumlin to accept donations from lobbyists as long as they For more information and are unsolicited — a caveat that doesn’t scheduling, leave your apply to lawmakers. name, phone number, and Earlier this year, an unknown number a good time to call back. of lobbyists received two separate fundraising emails issued by Shumlin’s campaign. That prompted Vermont Republican chairwoman PAT MCDONALD to file a complaint with Attorney General Call 656-0013 or BILL SORRELL, a Democrat, to investigate whether Shumlin violated the law in fax 656-0881 or email doing so. Within days of McDonald’s 12 FAIR GAME





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complaint, the Vermont Democrats filed a similar complaint about former Republican Gov. JIM DOUGLAS, who solicited lobbyists via snail mail during the 2009 legislative session. Deputy Attorney General MIKE MCSHANE tells “Fair Game” that the AG’s office received the complaints, but wouldn’t say how long the office will take to investigate the concerns. For her part, McDonald told “Fair Game” she’s happy the governor’s campaign staff put the disclaimer in the email. “Glad to see that the governor, as, I am sure, others are paying attention,” said McDonald. “Only suggestion on the fundraising email would be to put the ‘do not read’ comment at the top. Otherwise very pleased to see the note.”


SO MANY VERMONT POLS ARE RUNNING AFOUL OF THE LAW. Secretary of State JIM CONDOS, a Democrat, agrees with McDonald that the “do not read” line might be better placed at the beginning of the letter — or struck entirely. Perhaps Lt. Gov. PHIL SCOTT should take note. On April 25 — the same day that McDonald sounded the alarm about Shumlin’s emails — Scott sent out a letter on campaign letterhead inviting people, including lobbyists, to a special event at the Wayside Restaurant in Berlin. “Although it’s not quite time to launch another statewide campaign, I do need to continue to spread my message of common-sense leadership to Vermonters,” Scott wrote in the letter. “Your support now will put me in a good position to do that.” Scott, too, had a disclaimer at the bottom of the letter noting that Vermont law prohibited him from accepting contributions at the event because the legislature was still in session. He neglected to note that he can’t solicit money, either. And once Shumlin’s letter became

a news item, Scott took a closer look at his own mailing list and determined — lo and behold — his was also sent to lobbyists. Whoops! So he issued a second letter informing folks that this was not a campaign event and to ignore the previous missive. “We shouldn’t have sent it,” said Scott. The irony, of course, is that Scott’s campaign manager last year was … Pat McDonald. Small state, eh? Condos said he’s not sure why so many Vermont pols are running afoul of the law. “With all due respect to the people who say there is a gray area, if you look at the statute, there is a lot of explicit language in there,” said Condos. “I think what is happening is that people are forgetting about it, quite frankly.” Historically, the AG’s office hasn’t fined in-state campaigns for violations. Maybe more memories would be jogged if it did.

GOP on the Go

Gov. Peter Shumlin isn’t just sending emails about his legislative victories. He’s putting a lot of miles on the gubernatorial cruiser, making personal appearances all across the state. His victory tour caught Vermont Republicans flat-footed — until House Minority Leader DON TURNER (R-Milton) called a Monday press conference to announce the GOP response. Legislative Republicans plan to launch a statewide tour this summer to drum up public support for their own budget-cutting ideas. As a bonus they hope to inspire a new crop of candidates to run in 2012, in an effort to chip away at the super majority currently enjoyed by legislative Democrats. Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, a fellow Republican, hosted the Republican Partysponsored presser in his Statehouse office. He and other GOP leaders dissed Dems for their reliance on raising taxes and shifting general-fund dollars away from the education fund and increasing the statewide property tax by a penny — moves they warn could lead to propertytax increases down the road. As “Fair Game” noted last week, Scott doesn’t see his role as the GOP voice of opposition. On Monday, Scott told reporters that, despite his public silence, in cabinet meetings he regularly spoke out against health care reform and medical marijuana dispensaries.

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But Scott said he agrees with Shumlin on many issues, especially the gov’s opposition to raising income taxes. “When I hear about the possible increase in the income tax or increase in the sugar tax or other consumption taxes, I think it’s a dangerous path to go down,” said Scott. Scott said he would do all he could to help the GOP recruit candidates to run for office, adding that he believes one-party rule isn’t good for government — no matter which political party is in charge. Guess what? One party has pretty much been the “rule,” not the exception, in Vermont. According to State Archivist GreGory Sanford, a single political party has ruled both the legislative and executive branches 128 times since 1854. Since 1963, when a Democrat was elected governor for the first time in more than a century, Republicans have controlled both chambers and the governor’s office 12 times; the Democrats, seven.

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It’s no secret the Burlington Free Press has it in for Mayor Bob Kiss. As “Fair Game” has noted, the Freeps tends to write about Kiss only when it’s bad news and ignores the mayor when he’s calling attention to some city success. Now City Progressive Party Chairwoman abby ruSSeLL is intimating — in an op-ed on — that the city’s paper of record is refusing to publish her “My Turn” op-ed defending Progressive management of city hall and many city programs. Russell penned the “My Turn” in response to an op-ed by Rep. Jason Lorber, in which he called on voters to “clean house” in the next mayoral election. She submitted the piece three weeks ago. “Instead of publishing my op-ed, the paper ran a ‘My Turn’ in line with their view that Burlington Telecom should be shut down,” wrote Russell in her Digger piece. “A truly ‘free press’ should publish all sides, not just the ones it agrees with.” No word yet from the Freeps on whether it plans to run Russell’s op-ed. If it’s anything like her Digger piece, the Burlington daily should have no problem slapping it on the page. While Russell lauds a variety of Progressiveled programs, she never mentions Kiss by name. m

A new name has emerged as a possible candidate in the 2012 Burlington mayor’s race: Chittenden County State’s Attorney T.J. donovan. Donovan isn’t the source of the rumors; rather, it’s a group of Democrats who are anxious to find a candidate who can recapture the mayor’s office after almost 30 years of Progressive rule. Donovan, a hometown boy, is respected across the political spectrum. Democratic Reps. Mark LarSon and JaSon Lorber are exploring mayoral bids, as is Councilor Joan Shannon (D-Ward 5). Though Donovan has statewide political ambitions — he’s toyed with runs for lieutenant governor and attorney general — being the mayor of Burlington would give him decent exposure in the state’s largest media market. It certainly worked out well for former mayor and now U.S. Sen. bernie SanderS. If Donovan enters the race, he’d likely knock out all the other Dems and possibly Republican kurT WriGhT, too. Donovan’s tough-on-crime reputation would likely take votes away from Wright. Progressive Mayor bob kiSS still hasn’t said he won’t run. And if he does, he’ll likely have to survive a caucus challenge. City Progs expect to pick their

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Two High-Speed Chases and an Armed Standoff: Who’s Behind Vermont’s Recent Wrongdoings? B y K En Pi CA R d


ast Sunday morning’s press release from the Burlington Police Department had an all-too-familiar ring: The night before, on May 14, 43-year-old James Gagner allegedly led Burlington police on a high-speed chase through the Old North End in a stolen car before hitting a tree and fleeing on foot. Although no one was injured in the crash and the suspect was taken into custody without incident, Gagner was already wanted on two outstanding warrants, including one for violent offenses: unlawful restraint and aggravated domestic assault. The reason for his other warrant: escape from furlough supervised by the Vermont Department of Corrections. Gagner’s case is the latest in a string of high-profile crimes perpetrated by offenders who were out on furlough — that is, on supervised release from correctional custody. At a time when the Vermont DOC is facing both political and budgetary pressures to release more low-level, nonviolent offenders back into their communities — S. 108, which passed the Senate last month, would give the DOC even more authority to furlough offenders — a number of those individuals have gone on to commit more violent, headlinecapturing offenses. Does this represent a statistical blip, or a trend that warrants closer examination of the furlough process? Consider some of the crimes committed recently by furlough escapees: On Tuesday, March 22, Robert Berard held Richmond police at bay for seven hours in an armed standoff after he locked himself in a trailer and refused to surrender. Berard, 29, had been released from prison in February after

serving time for a violent home invasion in Colchester, but quickly violated the terms of his release. Police eventually stormed the house and found Berard dead of a selfinflicted shotgun wound. On April 26, Jeffrey Raymond Davis of Johnson was shot by Vermont state troopers while he led them on a high-speed chase on I-89 — from Barre to Williamstown, at speeds exceeding 90 miles per hour — during which, police say, he rammed several police cruisers. Davis, 27, already had a history of trying to elude the cops. In January 2010, DOC officials say, he walked away from furlough and was sentenced to an additional 10 to 12 months behind bars. “We know that this is not an isolated incident for him, rather a pattern of behavior,” Major Walter Goodell, of the Vermont State Police, told WPTZ News. “We’re thankful that Jeffrey Davis’ actions did not place more people in danger or injure more troopers more seriously or members of the public more seriously.” On May 10, Brian Aubuchon of Randolph was arrested by police in Springfield, Mass., in connection with a May 9 robbery of the Mascoma Savings Bank in Hartland. Aubuchon, 34, was already wanted as an escapee from furlough stemming from a 2010 robbery in Braintree. Although his arrest last week didn’t turn up a weapon, Aubuchon allegedly told bank tellers that he had a gun. Do these and similar cases cast an unfavorable light on who is being set free? Commissioner Andrew Pallito claims no. Although high-profile crimes committed by repeat offenders are bound to attract





media attention, he points out that they actually reflect only a tiny percentage of the total number of individuals released from DOC custody each year. Moreover, he says, the percentage of criminal court cases involving offenders under correctional supervision has been steadily declining in recent years, from 24 percent six years ago to 17 percent today. “We’re always watching the data, and [the percentage has] really dropped off,” Pallito asserts.

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It should be noted that when police or the DOC report an individual has “escaped” from furlough, that doesn’t mean an inmate has absconded in a laundry truck or scaled a prison wall. In fact, an offender on furlough is already living and working in the community and must abide by the terms of release set forth by the DOC. Typically, that means no drug or alcohol use, regular check-ins with a probation and parole office, set times when the prisoner must be at home, random house checks, and so on.

Moreover, as Pallito explains, there are several ways an offender may be living in the community: under correctional supervision, or on probation, parole or preapproved furlough. In the cases of probation and preapproved furlough, the sentencing judge determines the criteria for that individual’s release — that is, the timing and conditions under which the offender may be released. For parolees, the parole board sets the conditions. Only in cases of furloughed inmates does the DOC get to spell out the criteria for the offender’s release. In most cases, Pallito contends, his department does a “pretty elaborate risk assessment” of an offender’s likelihood of reoffending, though he admits, “It’s not 100 percent perfect.” Moreover, as Deputy Commissioner Lisa Menard explains, even in furlough cases, the DOC has limited latitude as to when an offender may be released if he or she has already served the statutory minimum sentence. For example, the DOC can justify holding an inmate who’s eligible for furlough for only two reasons: One, if the department can demonstrate that the inmate poses a “clear and identifiable risk of harm to a specific person.” Two, DOC can deny furlough if it can prove that the offender’s level of risk cannot be adequately managed within the community. “We have both the authority and the liability to manage people’s risk, and we’re a department that’s experienced a lot of pressure on our budget,” Pallito says. “For the last 20 years we’ve put a lot of pressure on probation and parole offices to keep people moving through the system, but there’s a lot of resistance [in communities]. So, it’s a balancing act.”



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“But the state police weren’t happy with that. It wasn’t an efficient use of their time,” she says. Today, Menard notes, the DOC will allow offenders a bit more time before starting that process, depending upon their offense. Once offenders sober up, they usually turn themselves in. “Then again, if we go to your house and it’s empty, your suitcases are gone, and the landlord says you moved out, you’re going to get a warrant right then and there, no fooling around,” she says. What do local police agencies say about the job the DOC is doing managing its furloughed offenders? While none was willing to go on the record openly criticizing the work the DOC is doing, several officials did say that they’ve struggled to get adequate information about DOC clients in their community, as well as adequate and timely notification when those individuals go missing. Burlington Police Deputy Chief Walt Decker says his department has “a very robust relationship with the Department of Corrections about channeling information in a timely manner.” In part, he attributes that working relationship to the volume of people in Burlington who are under DOC supervision. Decker couldn’t comment specifically on Gagner’s case or how the details were communicated to his officers, as he hadn’t reviewed the case yet. “But if the Department of Corrections is looking to have a greater number of individuals under supervision in the community,” he adds, “then it’s going to be critical that they have the resources they need to adequately manage and supervise the persons in their custody.” 


That “balancing act” involves the courts as well. If the DOC overrides an offender’s furlough request, the burden of proof is on the department to prove the inmate shouldn’t be let free. “We get ruled against by the courts frequently,” Pallito says. Consider, for example, the case of convicted sex offender Michael Potter of Quechee, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for attempted murder and lewdand-lascivious conduct in a 1997 attack. Potter spent an additional 19 months behind bars because, the DOC argued, he didn’t have state-approved housing to qualify for release. However, in July 2010 a judge ordered him released. “Not a nice guy,” Pallito acknowledges, “but we had to let him out because the court ordered us to let him out.” Just weeks ago, he adds, Potter violated his conditions of release when he was found with pornography on his computer. Part of the problem, explains Deputy Commissioner Menard, is that more than 70 percent of the individuals under correctional supervision come into the system with a history of substance-abuse problems. And, as with most people who struggle with addiction, it typically takes five or six attempts before a person gets clean, she says. In the Richmond police standoff case, for example, Berard was known to have struggled with substance-abuse issues and, as Pallito notes, was found in “a place where you satisfy your addiction needs.” As a result, an “escapee” may simply be an offender who’s “on a bender for 24 hours” and doesn’t answer the door, Menard says. In the past, the DOC would automatically get an arrest warrant and immediately notify the National Crime Information Center.


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As much as one-quarter of the Burlington lakefront bike path’s 7.5mile length may have been at least partly eroded, she calculates. The Lake Champlain causeway, which connects Burlington with Grand Isle via a summertime bike ferry, has been washed away in several sections, says Local Motion membership coordinator Adele Dienno. The ferry’s long-term future is uncertain, she says.

Waterfront Park, built on landfill, is saturated from the high water table and heavy rainfall, Steinbach says. The Community Boathouse listed as the lake rose, leading Vermont Gas Systems to close its connection there, but the 23-year-old structure appears stable, Steinbach says, noting that divers will soon inspect its mooring. The Community Sailing Center had to vacate its premises alongside the sturdy, if ugly, Moran Plant, which does not seem to have sustained damage, Steinbach adds. CONSTRUCTION — If anyone stands to benefit from the recent deluge, it’s builders. “A lot of contractors will be put to work,” suggests Joe Sinagra, director of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Northern Vermont. Sinagra thinks Gov. Peter Shumlin’s estimate of some 600 homes destroyed or damaged by the lake’s rise is probably “a low-end figure,” noting that it will cost about $3000 to dry the basement of his own home in St. Albans. “I bet there are dozens, if not hundreds,

of homes like mine that aren’t included in the governor’s estimate,” Sinagra says. Smeltzer, the state environmental scientist, expresses hope that those with damaged retaining walls will rebuild with rocks, vegetation and environmentally benign materials rather than concrete. The historic high water may further inspire some homeowners to undertake preventive work, Sinagra adds. “You’ve got to call in a professional to deal with mold and mildew,” he declares, “because it can be deadly.” TRANSPORTATION — Ferry service to and from Charlotte remains suspended because the dock in Essex, N.Y., is underwater, says Heather Stewart, operations manager for Lake Champlain Transportation. When will trips resume? “Tell me how much sunshine we’ll get,” Stewart replies, “and I’ll give you an answer.” The big boats currently pyling the waters of Lake Champlian are the Spirit of Ethan Allen III and the Northern Lights, two privately operated cruise vessels. Flooded parts of the company’s Perkins Pier operation require employees to wade around in hip boots, Stewart says. Breakwater Cafe & Grill is submerged, but the optimistic operations chief assures that “it’s all fixable.” Sometime in the coming weeks, Stewart predicts, “people will be sipping margaritas there.” What’s it going to cost to fix? “We’ve not even started to make an estimate,” she says. Stewart’s take on the flood might serve as wise advice for others, close by and far from Lake Champlain: “We try to work with Mother Nature,” she says. “You’re not going to beat her. You’re certainly not going to fool her.” m

in the past eight months, he notes. Hausmann and some other Intervale farmers have been “having discussions about the fact that we do farm on a flood plain,” he reports. Some of his fellow farmers plan to plant different crops this spring and to leave some pieces of land uncultivated, he says. ENERGY — All this water should be good for hydropower, right? Wrong, says Dottie Schnure, spokeswoman for Green Mountain Power. Along with the exceptionally high flow on the state’s rivers has come an inordinate amount of debris, Schnure notes, causing GMP’s eight hydro plants to be shut down periodically. They generate as much as 8 percent of the power the utility sends to its customers — and at a lower cost than any of GMP’s other sources, Schnure says. With rivers now flowing clear, all the hydro turbines are running normally, she adds. Where will the driftwood go? Bill Kropelin, chief forester at the McNeil Generating Station in Burlington, says he anticipates the waste-wood depot there will eventually receive large quantities washed ashore by the flooding. It will come mainly from Chittenden County’s local public works departments, although “John Q. Citizen is also able to bring it in.” Kropelin cautions that the wood has to be untreated and unpainted; “the remains of someone’s deck will not be accepted.” RECREATION — The flood has washed away beaches, trees and some structures along Burlington’s shoreline, says Parks and Recreation Department chief Mari Steinbach. North Beach remains closed more than two weeks after its scheduled May 1 opening date, she notes. The bathhouse is partly submerged, and the boardwalk and seawall have been destroyed. Damage is extensive at Leddy and Blanchard beaches as well, Steinbach adds.




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who have foisted race hatred of whites on their child. It has been seen that some parents of all races will actually train a child to show symptoms, for example, of ADD, to get that all-popular Supplemental Security Income check for the child. How much more valuable for a cabal of educators who have ganged up on a “minority” child and humiliated that child to pay and pay and pay. Drive them from their jobs! The weirdness of the mentality of the minority parent in this case is something that should not be catered to. And with all the emphasis on “mental health” services these days, how is it that minority hatred and confabulation of incidents is not treated as a mental illness?

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The article [“In Burlington, a Racially Charged Investigation Raises Questions About a Principal’s Departure,” May 4] talks about Abi Sessions’ decision to step down as the principal of the Sustainability Academy. The article is noteworthy because her decision happens to coincide with a recent controversy at the school. A 7-year-old boy accidentally wet himself on the playground; the school scolded him, grabbed him roughly and sent him outside, without a coat, to clean up. His mother, Jaquana Tyler, believes that her son was treated this way because he is African American. The poor child is probably embarrassed enough that he had an accident in public, but now his mother has turned it into a public spectacle. Perhaps it was a somewhat harsh way to deal with the situation, but racist? I doubt it. Honestly, I have not seen any evidence, besides Tyler’s personal opinion, that this was the result of racism. The main flaw that I see with Tyler’s allegations is the target itself: the school. According to the article, almost a quarter of Barnes students speak English as a second language; collectively, the students speak 17 different tongues. Also, the school had a ceremony that resulted in 19 immigrants becoming U.S. citizens. Simply put, if you are racist or bigoted, this is not the place where you really want to work. If I hated those of a race other than my own, why would I work at a school that encourages diversity? Richard Regimbal


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Nothing Racist About It

As white people who do not often witness racial bias (unless we have children, friends or family of color, and, in Vermont, many do not), we may find racism hard to imagine or believe. We can get defensive in the face of people of color’s hurt and anger instead of listening. But even in a school where children are loved and supported, all it takes is one incident to erode trust and wound. Every child deserves to be safe. Barnes teachers have treated the New American kids I love with respect and thoughtfulness, and the kids are happy in school. But bias happens. When it does, we need to resist the pull to polarize and learn how to do better so that every child is cherished. As white people, we need to remember that the misbehavior of white children is never in danger of being blamed on their race. I would like that to be the same for all kids. Let’s use every incident to try and understand each other better. Lauren Berrizbeitia Burlington

Minority Mentality?

White racism, so-called, is not behind every incident at every school in which a complaint is made that a child is somehow discriminated against [Re: “In Burlington, a Racially Charged Investigation Raises Questions About a Principal’s Departure,” May 4]. Sometimes an incident is fabricated or made up out of whole cloth due to the persecution complex of the parents,

In “Show Us Your Papers!” [Fair Game, May 4], Shay Totten shines the light on the recently defeated amendment that would have explicitly excluded undocumented workers from Vermont’s new universal health care system. However, I’m concerned that the article might leave some readers thinking that dairy farmers could access the H-2A visa program but are just choosing not to. There is no visa program available to dairy farms. Thus, we have between 1200 and 1500 undocumented workers sustaining Vermont’s dairy farms, who are community members in need of health care like the rest of us. I’m also concerned about the use of the words “illegal” and “illegal immigrants” in this article and more broadly as part of the recent debate about whether the undocumented should have access to Vermont’s health care system. This isn’t a matter of being politically correct; rather, words matter. They shape our thoughts and inform our perspectives. We need folks at Seven Days and in the Statehouse to understand that “illegal” in reference to immigrants has become a highly racialized and politicized word, and it’s impossible to separate it from the Lou Dobbs of the world who use it to criminalize and dehumanize a community of people. No human being is illegal. In Vermont, we have an opportunity to find new language to have new conversations about immigration. I want to ask Seven Days to be a leader in doing this by being the first newspaper in the state to “Drop the I-word” by signing a pledge at Brendan O’Neill Underhill

O’Neill is coordinator of the Vermont Migrant Farmworker Solidarity Project.


Just a Coincidence?

I disagree with Abi Sessions’ claim that her departure from the position of principal at the Sustainability Academy at Lawrence Barnes is unrelated to an incident involving a young African American boy having “a pee accident on the playground” [“In Burlington, a Racially Charged Investigation Raises Questions About a Principal’s Departure,” May 4]. It seems strange that, after claiming that her position as principal was a “dream job,” she suddenly decided that she is no longer qualified to work with such a “racially diverse” group of students. Furthermore, it is strange that her decision to leave coincides with an investigation of the “pee” incident. In the middle of January, a 7-year-old boy was roughly taken from his class by a staff member and forced to grab a bucket and sponge and go outside in the freezing cold without a jacket, sobbing, and clean up a urine stain from the ground. It’s ridiculous, and his mother knew it. If I were in her position, I would be writing an angry letter, as well. I wouldn’t necessarily say that this one incident was fueled by racism, but Sessions’ departure truly is. At the height of a racially charged investigation, she conveniently decides that she’s unfit to teach racial diversity. What else could it be, if not racism? Stanley Blow III


Blow and Regimbal are both 11th-grade journalism students at Missisquoi Valley Union high school.

Preservation Isn’t the Problem

Recent letters to Seven Days confuse dissatisfaction with Burlington Department of Zoning and Planning’s Mary O’Neil with criticism of historic preservation [“Problem With Preservation?” “Seven Days is AntiPreservation,” Feedback, May 11]. Nothing could be further from the truth. Many of us who believe in historic preservation are frustrated with the damage Mary O’Neil is doing to our city every day. The problem is that Mary O’Neil’s brand of historic preservation consists of her myopic view that only two or three design ideas constitute all that represents historic preservation, and there is no need to balance anything else when considering projects under her purview. Far from working with applicants for a zoning permit to address preservation issues while respecting other ordinances, or God bless, common sense, she demands adherence to the three things she remembers from a course she once took on preservation, and nothing else matters.

It is no secret that it is the way she treats residents seeking to improve their homes and neighborhoods, not any disrespect for historic preservation, that is causing the city to remove her authority to enforce her myopic views on applicants whose property is not actually on the state list of historic sites. Anyone who has struggled to get O’Neil to be consistent or truthful understands why Alan Newman referred to his dealings with her as “Kafkaesque” [“The Preservation Police,” September 22, 2010]. The quality and value of Burlington’s housing stock, the quality of life for Burlington residents, and the attitude of Burlington residents toward City Hall can only be improved by Mary O’Neil’s departure from the city’s zoning office. I think it’s time to make a general city tax increase as difficult to get as a zoning permit here. Maybe then the mayor will start to listen to Burlington’s citizen’s objections to Mary O’Neil and her distorted brand of historic preservation. Alan Bjerke



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Two more environmental groups are seeking to intervene in Entergy’s lawsuit against the state of Vermont. The Conservation Law Foundation of Vermont and the Vermont Public Interest Research Group filed motions in U.S. District Court in Burlington last week, following a similar petition from the antinuclear citizens group New England Coalition. Entergy is suing the state to remain operational until 2032, as allowed by a 20year license extension recently granted by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Last week, the company asked a judge to deny NEC’s request to intervene, arguing it would “needlessly inject collateral, time-consuming issues into the case while opening the floodgates to requests to intervene by other Vermont Yankee opponents.” VPIRG and CLF Vermont believe they do have a role to play in this case. “This is an important case that will decide the direction of our energy future,” says Chris Kilian, vice president and director of CLF Vermont. “CLF and VPIRG will support the state of Vermont in its efforts to uphold Vermont law and ensure that the people’s voice and vision for their energy future will prevail over the interests of out-of-state polluters.” Hearings on the merits of Entergy’s lawsuit — whether Vermont has legal authority to effectively shut the plant down in 2012 — are slated for October. Meanwhile, Entergy is seeking an injunction to keep Vermont Yankee open and running as long as its lawsuit is pending. Arguments on that request are set for June 23 and 24 in Brattleboro. S H AY TO T TE N

Vermont’s captive insurance industry qualifies as one of the state’s economic-development success stories. But a recent report in the New York Times raises questions about the wisdom and sustainability of that achievement. With 919 firms headquartered mostly in Burlington, Vermont’s captive insurance sector is the third largest in the world. Only the offshore financial havens of Bermuda and the Cayman Islands have attracted more companies of this kind. Captives, which are subsidiaries formed to provide insurance to their parent companies, account for an estimated 1400 jobs in Vermont — mainly in banks, law offices and accounting firms — and nearly $24 million in taxes. And unlike some big employers, the industry produces no pollution. That pretty picture was smudged, however, by a front-page story in the Times on May 9, in which critics compare captives to the “shadow banking system that contributed to the financial crisis.” Could debt-laden captives in Vermont and elsewhere find themselves without enough money to pay future claims, the article asks. Vermont insurance regulators are responding with a resounding “no.” The state official charged with oversight of the captive insurance sector says the Times story exaggerated the supposed dangers, misconstrued standards of secrecy and failed to recognize the rigor of Vermont’s regulatory process. The captives “pose no additional risk to policyholders,” says David Provost, deputy commissioner of the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration. Provost notes that Vermont has rejected applications by captives that weren’t “wrapped up the way everyone wants it done.” It’s not a “slam dunk,” he says. BISHCA’s Dan Towle adds, “They want to be regulated by us. When someone forms a captive, they’re putting their own capital at risk, so they want close regulation.” K EV I N J . K EL L EY

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concert” Erard at the Frederick Historic Piano Collection in Ashburnham, Mass. In a nearby church, where the nonprofit transfers its instruments for concerts and recordings, the duo recorded some of the impressionists’ works for four hands on the restored instrument. French Piano Four-Hands With the Elegant Erard (1877) was released by Centaur in January. While it’s impossible to cart the Erard they used up to Burlington, Greenfield and Thompson will play selections from the recording on a modern Steinway at St. Paul’s Cathedral this Friday. Dubbed “Steinway ‘B’ (1927) Meets the Elegant Erard (1877),” the concert is part of CATHEDRAL ARTS EVENING/WEEKEND SERIES. Following intermission, the duo’s recording engineer, Christopher Greenleaf, will play excerpts from the CD, and the pianists will repeat them so that audiences can compare the sounds. “It’s quite a different sound. Do you hear how clear the top [register] is?” enthuses Greenfield, 67, over the sound of the recording. She is seated at one of



odern grand pianos, with their cast-metal frames and cross-strung bass notes, offer both concert-hall volume and enormous expressive range. But they became widespread only a hundred years ago. So it’s hard for pianists to know exactly how pre-20th-century composers, many of whom never heard their works played on such powerful instruments, intended their music to sound. South Burlington pianist ELAINE GREENFIELD has illuminated some of that mystery when it comes to the intimate, lucid works of the French impressionists, a group of late-19th-century composers that included Debussy, Ravel and Fauré. She and her piano-duo partner, Arizona State University music professor Janice Meyer Thompson, decided to play the impressionists on the same type of piano the composers favored: the French-made Erard, which went out of production in the early 1900s. Greenfield and Thompson, who perform as the TRANSCONTINENTAL PIANO DUO, located an 1877 “extra-grand modèle de

The cheekily titled show, “Maximum Minimalism,” is a response to the minimalist theme prevalent at the Flynn this season. “At the beginning of the year, I saw what was being programmed and said, ‘Hey, I could do a whole concert,’” Johnson says. “That’s what I can do.” He played “a lot of this kind of music in New York City” in the 1980s, Johnson adds, when he was living in Hartford, Conn. He had attended the Hartt School, a conservatory in West Hartford, and spent several years as an artist-in-residence at an experimental arts center called Real Art Ways. Johnson was indeed maximally immersed in minimalism, at a time when critics — and the public — were still scratching their heads over the sounds produced and recorded by John Cage. The minimalism and “chance music” pioneer was “endlessly defending his compositions as music,” Johnson says. His own five-piece concert this week will reflect the influences of composers

Paris, has 90 keys rather than the nowstandard 88 — two more in the bass. When asked how modern performers handle compositions that include those missing notes, Frederick explains with a laugh that “modern pianos are so muddy in the base, it doesn’t matter!” The prospect of hearing and watching

MUSIC and experimental filmmakers Johnson met and worked with at the time; it will “exemplify the methods of sound exploration that came to be called minimalism,” he says. In other words, expect pulse patterns, drones, microtonal pitch collisions, tape loops and other ways of minutely manipulating the acoustic qualities of nonpitched instruments. “I told ARNIE [MALINA, Flynn artistic director], ‘My concert will make Philip Glass’ music sound like nurseryschool music,’” says Johnson. He doesn’t hold back his disdain for that near-iconic composer, who performed solo as well as with Lucinda Childs Dance at the Flynn in April. Those more deeply invested in avantgarde arcana will recognize the name of Phill Niblock, director of New York City’s Experimental Intermedia — “a heavy-duty new music and media series, basically,” explains Johnson. The Niblock films collectively called The Movement of People

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someone who “broke all the rules” in a way that was always really interesting. “Composers just give you the music to work with,” she says. “If you listen, you know what to do.” m

Working will provide a silent visual backdrop at the concert. “These are beautiful films he’s made of people throughout the world laboring,” Johnson says. “The minimalist aspect is, the same reactions are repeated, over and over” by workers in countries all around the globe. Johnson will perform Niblock’s piece “Timps in E,” accompanied by a recording of same by Jan Williams many years ago. Prepare to listen acutely to “a very small vein of sonic occurrence” in the key of E. This will segue directly into Johnson’s own composition, “I Tend Towards the East.” The live performance explores the acoustic properties of amplified suspended cymbal and voice, he describes. And then, that triangle. Back in 1987, the composer Alvin Lucier wrote a solo piece on the instrument, called “Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra,” just for Johnson. When Lucier retires next year from teaching at Wesleyan University, Johnson says, “I’m going to play that piece for him.” Meanwhile, Johnson will demonstrate the triangle’s surprising sonic versatility to the FlynnSpace audience Friday night. Without giving everything away, suffice it to say that the final two pieces bring in other drums and mallet-struck instruments — xylophone, orchestra bells,

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“You talking about over on North Winooski?” I asked. “Yeah, I gotta do something and then return.” “Let’s do it,” I said. On the ride over, the couple talked with each other in the backseat. Despite the hour, they were wide awake, which is possible when you’re 20 years old. I’d have bet dollars to doughnuts on the purpose of this mission: scoring some weed. Their relaxed and fresh-faced demeanors argued against stronger drugs, but they were most certainly going to cop; there is simply no other likely reason for a 3 a.m. round-tripper. I turned into the food bank’s parking lot, and the girl said, “Do you want me to go with you, Justin?” “I don’t think so, Caitlin. You might as well just wait with the cabbie. I’ll just be, like, five minutes.” Justin got out, walked up North Winooski and entered a three-story apartment. Caitlin chuckled and said, “Brother, you might as well cut the engine. Five minutes for Justin is not like five minutes for other people.” I took Caitlin’s suggestion, and, after eight hours in a rumbling taxi, the quiet was amazingly peaceful. I did leave the radio on, though, and the silence was


ull over, pull over — I gotta hurl.” For cab drivers worldwide, these (or some variation thereof ) are the magic words. “You got it,” I said as I immediately braked, killed the radio and pulled off the shoulder onto the edge of a farm field. We were on Route 116 somewhere between St. George and Hinesburg on the night of Cinco de Mayo — or, as I like to call it, Psycho de Mayo. I’m a great fan of the cross-cultural experience, but Vermont gringos tanked up on rum and tequila cocktails are not bueno. “Now get completely out of the cab,” I called out. My customer roundly ignored the protocol. But he did manage to open his rear door fully and extend his torso away from the vehicle so that, when the eruptions commenced, the cab was spared. As he petered out, I passed him back a few napkins. “Man, you are prepared,” he said with a weak laugh. “Like a Boy Scout,” I said, shifting back into drive. When we reached his place — a trailer park up past CVU High School — he requested a pen. “Why do you need a pen?” I asked, fearing the one possible answer. I flashed on my long and checkered history with Hinesburg. When a fare goes south to this town, it really goes south. “I got a check.” Bingo. “When you got in the cab I asked you if you had cash, and you said yeah.” “Well, alls I got is a check. Is that OK?” “Suuure,” I replied, trying — but not that hard — to contain the dripping sarcasm. “Sure, I’ll take a check. Why the hell not?” I handed him a pen, and he extracted a beat-up check from his wallet, inscribed it and passed it over to me. The check had been made out to a local grocery store, and my customer had crossed out that name and written that of my cab company above it. The thing was sketchier than Picasso in his blue period and probably bouncier than a baby boy on a trampoline. “Are you kidding me?” I asked. “Hey, it’s good — I promise you,” the guy replied, putting a dubious version of “genuinely hurt” on his face. I pocketed the check (as if I had a choice) and headed back to Burlington. Near the spot where the guy had made his farm-field deposit, a black cat shot across Hinesburg Road, and I swerved to miss it.

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SEVEN DAYS: What does your job entail? CHUCK COURCY: From the front gate to the end of the point is all my responsibility. In the winter, I’m the plow guy and shovel walks for four or five families who live and work here. We have a sugarhouse in back of the school, which the kids helped build, so we tap trees in March and make 40 or 50 gallons of syrup. We also keep bees, and the kids

manage the apiary as part of their education and use the honey throughout the school.

confrontation with them, it’s a loselose. If I show that I kind of get it, then they respect that.

SD: Have spring floods caused a lot SD: How do you handle having a of damage here? private campus so close to public CC: We’re lucky that we’re built on property? rock. There’s something CC: In the summertime, to be said for building we actually post a person your church on rock. down at North Beach Name I’m sure we’re going and meet the public that Chuck to have erosion. The comes walking down Courcy beaches that are usually and wants to just sneak Town swim areas are both unthrough the fence and Burlington derwater right now. use the place. We have a pass system that enables Job SD: What kind of wildlife people to use the propProperty manager, calls this place home? erty. They have to check Rock Point School CC: We have at least five in to the administrative deer that have been cruisoffice and get a walking around this winter. And ing pass. You have to be 18 years or older to get a pass, and it anything from fisher cat to fox. I saw a coyote run through my yard a couple doesn’t cost anything. years ago. Every once in a while there’s a skunk that’s rabid, and I’m the one they SD: People go cliff jumping off the point. Is that a problem for you guys? call. It’s one of the parts of the job that’s, CC: It’s our Achilles’ heel. I understand like, arghhh. why they do it. Having the [guard] SD: Is it hard for just one person to posted kind of deflects it. keep tabs on such a big property? CC: I have a lot of eyes and ears in SD: If you spot cliff jumpers, what do neighbors who use the place freyou say to them? What’s your rap? CC: I would say, “OK, guys. One quently. They’ll tell me if there’s a tree more jump and then head back to the down or if there’s a fire pit that has to beach.” I try and be as reasonable as be cleaned up. possible, knowing that if I get into a

SD: Is there a lot of lawn to mow? CC: There is a lot of lawn. I would say eight to 10 hours of mowing a week. It’d be nice to have sheep and goats that could do part of our mowing. I’ve thrown away my gas push mower, and I do that with a traditional rotor mower for places where I can’t get the riding mower. SD: Does your military training ever come in handy doing this job? CC: Not really. But it was one of those things where, I’m a way-left-leaning liberal, and having been in the service gives me a lot of respect for the guys who are doing it. SD: What are your hours like? CC: This time of the year I’m getting up at 4:30. I take the dog for a run around the property, and that gives me a handle on what I want to do that day. The day ends these days at 9 p.m., because I’ve got a big vegetable garden. The only reason I come in is because I have a family, and they’re like, “Dad, stop working!” m

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s a teenager at Burlington High School, Chuck Courcy used to “romp around” in the woods and beaches belonging to nearby Rock Point School. Now, as the school’s live-in property manager, Courcy, 49, is the one policing teens who sneak onto the lakeside property for bonfires, cliff jumping and other summer fun. It’s an irony Courcy chalks up to “karma.” Owned and run by the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, Rock Point is a private school that serves 40 teenagers in grades nine through 12 with behavioral or academic challenges. The 130-acre private campus is a magnet for walkers, sunset watchers and whole classes of geology students who come to study a rare, ancient rock formation called an overthrust that presents in the sheer rock cliffs. Sandwiched between BHS and North Beach, the property is also a draw for skinny-dippers and party animals — some of whom may not even realize they’re on private land. Courcy came to Rock Point School as a dorm parent in 1993. Before that, he cleared trails for Mad River Glen and the Green Mountain Club. He also did three years aboard a submarine, training to be a Navy diver. On the day before graduating from the program, however, Courcy was hospitalized with an illness that prohibited further diving, and his military career came to an end. Seven Days caught up with Courcy last week at Rock Point, where he was breaking up a homeless encampment in the woods and leading student volunteers in digging a vegetable garden.

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udging from the cruiser-cam video, the case against accused drunk driver Brian Grenier looked like a slam dunk. When a Washington County sheriff ’s deputy stopped him for a busted headlight on North Main Street in Barre last May, Grenier admitted he’d been watching a Celtics game with a buddy, drinking Bud Lights. Asked by the officer to stand on one leg and count backward, Grenier swayed like a tree in the wind. Back at the police station in Montpelier, Grenier blew into the DataMaster DMT breath tester. His blood alcohol registered .172 — more than twice the legal limit of .08. Grenier, a 50-year-old electrician with four prior drunk-driving convictions, was cited for his fifth DUI — a felony punishable by up to five years in jail. On the video, you can hear him muttering, “I’m screwed.” Under normal circumstances, Grenier likely would be. But his case is anything but normal. Grenier is one of three codefendants in a court case that’s blowing the lid off Vermont’s alcoholtesting practices. Grenier’s lawyer is David Sleigh, a tenacious and crafty criminal defense attorney based in St. Johnsbury. Together with Burlington lawyer Frank Twarog, Sleigh is using Grenier’s case, and those of two other DUI clients, to attack the credibility of the DataMaster breath testers used by police, and the state health lab that certifies and maintains them. Their star witness is Darcy Richardson, a former state chemist

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turned consultant who has supplied the the most serious instance, the DataMaster lawyers with reams of internal health- used at the Vermont State Police barracks department memos and potentially in Royalton was set up wrong and had damning testimony about malfeasance been malfunctioning for almost a year she claims to have witnessed inside the when it got fixed last month. Vermont Department of Health lab. As a result, dozens of drunk driving Richardson and state chemist Amanda cases in Windsor and Orange counBolduc, who remains employed at the ties are now being reopened or tossed. health lab, complained to supervisors Prosecutors say some drivers whose last year that a coworker, lab techni- licenses were suspended may get them cian Steven Harnois, used unorthodox back immediately. methods to repair DataMasters and to There’s more. A Seven Days invesget them to “pass” routine performance tigation shows that numerous other checks over a period of years. The health DataMasters deployed to police departdepartment investigated Harnois last ments around the state were set up inyear and cleared him of wrongdoing. correctly or passed performance checks Since Seven Days first reported the when they should have failed. In each story last month, case, multiple the problem has individuals — inEditor’s note: An earlier version of this snowballed. On cluding police story was published last Friday, May 13, the last day of the and health-lab on the Seven Days website. Some additions legislative sesemployees — and corrections have been incorporated sion, lawmakers signed off on the into this iteration. in Montpelier inspection. passed fastIn the last few tracked legislaweeks, prosecution, at Gov. Peter Shumlin’s urging, that tors have disclosed that health lab ofwill move the alcohol-testing program ficials last August installed DataMasters from the Department of Health to the ac- in Winhall and Manchester without credited forensic lab at the Department activating sensors that control for temof Public Safety — an attempt to restore perature and interfering compounds. the program’s credibility. Four months later, the breath tester at Meanwhile, Sleigh and other crimi- the Northfield Police Department went nal defense attorneys report that DUI in, but no one activated its temperaturecases are settling “fast and furious” as a monitoring function. Each of those result of questions raised by Richardson problems was fixed within a day or two, about the breath-testing program. before any breath samples were taken. Why? Sleigh now has proof that nuBut at the state police barracks in merous DataMasters were improperly Derby, a breath tester that failed a rouinstalled or passed routine performance tine performance check in October was checks when they should have failed. In never pulled from service. In reviewing

LAW ENFORCEMENT the paper trail associated with the instrument, Richardson deduced that simulator liquid was leaking into the breath tester. With liquid in there, Richardson says, there would have been no way to tell how much alcohol was from a suspect’s breath and how much was from contamination within the DataMaster. Using that slipup to his advantage, Sleigh successfully argued that his three DUI clients who were processed in Derby should have their civil license suspensions tossed. It’s unclear how many other machines around Vermont have been similarly compromised. The Vermont Department of Health had not answered questions about the scope of the problem by the time Seven Days went to press. To Sleigh, the revelations are evidence of the state’s “incompetent, arrogant and unethical” breath-testing program. They raise legitimate questions about whether innocent drivers have been convicted of DUI based on faulty evidence. Equally troubling, though, is the prospect of dangerous drunk drivers

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getting off the hook and back behind the wheel. In Vermont, drivers charged with DUI face two penalties — a criminal misdemeanor or felony charge, and a civil license suspension. License suspensions are based solely on the breath test and a state chemist’s sworn statement affirming that a breath-testing machine is accurate and reliable. A breath test isn’t necessary to secure a criminal conviction if there’s sufficient evidence of impairment — a video showing the driver stumbling, for instance, or empty beer cans littering the car. Criminal proceedings can often take several months to resolve. Vermont adopted the civil suspension system to get dangerous drivers off the road immediately. The DataMaster has been effective in that regard. At least Windsor County State’s Attorney Bobby Sand still believes in the machine. “In my experience, the instrument is really good,” he says. “It is human error that has caused many of the problems.” Although Sand believes he could establish the Royalton

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uses infrared light to measure a driver’s blood-alcohol level. Vermont first started using the DataMaster, manufactured by Ohio-based National Patent Analytical Systems, in the late 1980s. The machine was a workhorse and, despite a series of legal challenges brought by defense attorneys, was repeatedly upheld by the Vermont Supreme Court as a reliable and accurate instrument. And, unlike the old “crimper” breath testers, which captured a sample of breath and physically shipped it to a lab, the DataMaster produced results instantly, making it faster and easier to disable dangerous drunks. But by 2005, the DataMaster fleet was aging, and the Vermont Department of Health began testing new instruments to replace it. At the time, Darcy

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arrested for driving under the influence in 2009 — a rate of nine per day — and more than a third of those were repeat offenders. Every year, roughly a third of all traffic deaths in Vermont are alcohol related. In 2007 that number was 20. For drivers ages 15 to 20, the proportion of fatalities that are booze induced is even higher. For more than two decades, the state’s weapon in the war on drunk driving has been the DataMaster, a breath-testing instrument that

Richardson was a chemist in the state health lab in Burlington tasked with testing and evaluating various instruments for evidentiary use. According to Richardson, that’s when the trouble began. Internal memos indicate Richardson and fellow state chemist Amanda Bolduc documented all kinds of problems with the machines. The first batch of 10 DataMasters was returned to the manufacturer because they wouldn’t turn on, Richardson says. Others arrived with loose screws rattling around in boxes. In another instance, the health lab returned a DataMaster that emitted a plume of smoke after it was turned on. Richardson says she encountered so many problems with the new DataMasters that she ultimately recommended her bosses purchase another instrument. Bolduc, who is presently the state’s sole expert witness on the DataMasters, concurred. But the supervisors overruled the two chemists, in part because Vermont courts trusted the DataMaster brand; it was the only breath-testing instrument they accepted for evidentiary purposes. So the state purchased a fleet of new, improved touch-screen DataMaster DMTs, with more bells and whistles than the old DataMasters. They’re currently in use at 67 police agencies around Vermont. Sand describes the device as “goldstandard technology.” Richardson stayed at the health department until last September, when she left to start her own consulting firm. As sole proprietor of Miltonbased Vermont Forensic Services, she’s been an expert witness in numerous drunk-driving cases. Richardson, who is married to a South Burlington cop, has shared her detailed accounts of alleged problems in the health lab with any defense lawyer who hired her. In January, Richardson penned a three-page affidavit for one of Twarog’s cases that chronicles all the DataMaster’s failings she had observed, both during the test phase and after they were being used to collect evidence. In one such example, Richardson observed that the reported alcohol value on the instrument’s screen was not always the value printed on the ticket. John Fusco, president of National Patent Analytical Systems, the DataMaster’s manufacturer, defends his product’s reliability and insists the health lab’s mistakes could not have affected an instrument’s accuracy. He says


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many problems alleged by Richardson were solved during the testing phase — and that such modifications are standard procedure. Fusco says Vermont, more than any of the dozen states that use DataMaster DMTs, developed a “complex system” to test the readiness of the machines. As a result, he suspects the process was not perfect. “There’s more and more for someone to remember,” Fusco says. Fusco defends Steven Harnois as “one of the best lab techs in the country” and claims that the health lab’s chemists, Richardson and Bolduc, were “not well skilled in the technology” — even though Fusco’s own company certified both chemists to “use, maintain and perform repairs on the DataMaster DMT.” Fusco blames Shumlin for “politicizing” the problems and believes the ongoing court case will ultimately vindicate the health lab and the DataMaster itself. In the meantime, prosecutors and judges around Vermont have been disclosing Richardson’s statement to defense lawyers as possible “exculpatory” evidence — that is, discoverable evidence that could be helpful to the defendant in a criminal trial. Numerous defense attorneys tell Seven Days that information supplied by Richardson has helped them settle DUI cases for lesser charges. “I’ve had several cases in which prosecutors have resolved cases with an understanding that there is a significant question regarding the accuracy and reliability” of the instrument, says Paul Volk, a well-known criminal defense attorney from Burlington. Health department spokesman Robert Stirewalt previously told Seven Days there were software issues with the new DataMasters, but nothing that would affect the accuracy of a subject’s breath sample. And while the manufacturer continues to make “hardware modifications,” Stirewalt said, all instruments in service for evidential use “have met and continue to meet” the performance standards established by Department of Health rules and regs. That was on April 4. On April 27, Department of Health Commissioner Harry Chen was summoned before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Montpelier, where he revealed that a DataMaster at the state police barracks in Royalton has been malfunctioning for almost a year — and no one in the health department had noticed. “I’m just wondering,” said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick

Sleigh became aware of the problem because his law partner, Corby Gary, had a DUI client who was prosecuted using that instrument last year. When Gary reviewed the DataMaster printout, Gary noticed the simulator solution had been outside the acceptable range, but the breath test was accepted anyway. The machine had failed to abort. The case ended up settling last September for other reasons, Sleigh says, so Gary never brought up the technical problem. “We didn’t understand the significance of it at the time,” Sleigh says. Even if he had understood, Sleigh maintains he was under no legal or ethical obligation to reveal the problem to authorities. “It’s the state’s burden of proof. My ethical obligation is to the client. The government is in charge of taking care of itself.” Public records show that three different health lab employees signed off on

Sears (D-Bennington) at the hearing, addressing Chen. “Are there other problems out there that aren’t going to come to light until some employee or former employee speaks up?” Days after that, lawmakers amended the drunk-driving bill to move the alcohol-testing program from the Department of Health to the Department of Public Safety. o understand what went wrong with the Royalton DataMaster, it helps to understand how the machines work. Before a suspect blows into the tube, the machine conducts a series of self-tests — first, a “blank” test using ambient air from the room, followed by a simulator test using a premixed solution of known alcohol content. If everything checks out, and the driver supplies an adequate breath sample, the DataMaster will produce a printout that shows results of the self-

evaluate each case individually and only grant reprieve to those where it’s clear the machine malfunctioned. “If we don’t see a scientific basis for it being an inaccurate result, we’ll still use it,” says Orange County Deputy State’s Attorney Michael Kainen. Practically speaking, winning the civil case after the fact will mean little for drivers who have already been inconvenienced by a suspended license. Those who are mid-suspension could get their licenses reinstated, Sand says. Others could be relieved of having to purchase special automobile insurance and participate in the Project CRASH driver rehabilitation program — which together cost hundreds of dollars. For drivers convicted on the Royalton DataMaster, that’s all the free justice they’ll get. Neither Sand nor Porter plans to offer any other form of restitution. Sleigh suggests that, with a lawyer’s

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tests and the breath test. However, if the alcohol content of the simulator solution falls outside an acceptable range — which could indicate a problem — the machine is supposed to shut down and abort the test. When that happens, the DataMaster printout indicates “simulator out of range.” That fail-safe is referred to as the “tolerance” function, or “accuracy test.” It has to be activated as part of the software setup before a DataMaster can begin collecting breath samples. In Royalton, the tolerance function was not activated during the machine’s initial setup in May 2010. Apparently, no one from the health lab or the state police noticed until April 17, 2011, when Sleigh pointed it out.

the Royalton DataMaster: State chemist Amanda Bolduc certified the instrument and Richardson signed off on Bolduc’s paperwork. Technician Steve Harnois, the health lab’s go-to guy for troubleshooting the breath testers, installed it at the barracks. Richardson describes it as a “perfect storm of dropping balls” by lab employees under pressure to get the newly purchased DataMasters tested, calibrated and deployed into the field to meet a federal grant-funding deadline. Health department officials have since said new procedures are in place to ensure such an oversight couldn’t happen again — essentially a checklist of setup options. But for prosecutors in Windsor and Orange counties, that horse has left the barn. Recently, Orange County State’s Attorney Will Porter sent out letters to nine people in his jurisdiction who were charged with drunk driving based on tests from the Royalton DataMaster. Rather than tossing all the civil license suspensions, as Sand is doing in Windsor County, Porter’s deputy says they’ll

help, affected drivers could petition the courts for redress. But he isn’t sure their awards would even be enough to cover attorney’s fees. Prosecutors aren’t the only ones reopening old files in light of the DataMaster debacle. Public defenders such as Dan Sedon of Orange County are digging into old cases, too, and concluding that, in some instances, prosecutors are underestimating the number of impacted people. Drivers who don’t request a hearing on their civil suspension might not show up on the prosecutor’s rolls, says Sedon, in which case there could be “several dozen” impacted drivers in Orange County, rather than nine. Sedon isn’t reassured by Bobby Sand’s assertion that the Royalton DataMaster was producing valid tests even with the tolerance function switched off. Sand maintains that if a DataMaster printout shows no “simulator out of range” warning, then it can be assumed it’s working correctly. It’s crucial for the instrument to be able to distinguish naturally occurring compounds such as acetone from blood

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osh Wilker was born to a pretty typical American family in the 1960s. But by the early 1970s, that typical family was anything but. His free-spirited mother, still married to his father, took a lover, Tom. Tom would soon move into their New Jersey home — where Wilker’s father also still lived. In 1973, his mother and Tom moved Wilker and his older brother to East Randolph, Vt., in a naive attempt to, as Wilker puts it, “get back to the land.” In short, Josh Wilker had an unusual upbringing. To make sense of it, he wrote an unusual memoir, Cardboard Gods, released in hardcover in 2010 and republished in paperback this March. Wilker was an avid baseball-card collector as a child. But, unlike most kids,

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who might collect cards out of fandom, fetish or simply to stick in their bicycle spokes, he sought emotional refuge in his stacks of Topps. A lonely misfit and the frequent target of bullying by his rural schoolmates, he found an escape in baseball cards the way others might lose themselves in books or movies. In his book, Wilker recounts his childhood through the prism of his glossy heroes. He pinpoints defining moments of his life by associating them with specific cards and players, ranging from icons such as Reggie Jackson, Jim Palmer and Tom Seaver to long-forgotten players, 5/10/11 1:44 PM

“When I started looking at them again, I found that some of my cards had already attached themselves to moments in my life pretty strongly,” says Wilker, who now lives in Chicago with his wife and child. He cites George Foster as an example, saying the Cincinnati Reds slugger’s 1978 card evoked clear memories of walking down Route 14 in East Randolph on his way to the general store to buy baseball cards. “I had a lot of time on my hands, and was kind of casting around creatively and started playing around with the cards as a writing exercise,” he says.

he says. “But it was also a way to share my writing a bit more immediately.” Wilker adds that, before the book version of Cardboard Gods, he’d had trouble getting his work published. “I was sick of filling up notebook after notebook and having it just sit there.” Writing his blog became a daily practice for Wilker. “It was fun,” he says. “And at times kind of ridiculous and absurd. But it kept kind of pulling me along and pulling stories out of me.” Wilker says he would often begin his exercise by simply describing a card. In his book, he goes into vivid and sometimes fancifully inventive detail about his otherwise two-dimensional subjects. Pitcher Paul Lindblad’s cards were among Wilker’s favorites, and not because the longtime Oakland Athletics

BOOKS reliever was a particularly good hurler — though he was for a time. During his often tumultuous childhood, Wilker found comfort in Lindblad’s predictable sameness. Each year, he knew that Lindblad “always had been and always would be • mustache free, • a current or recent champion [as noted in the blurb on the back of each card], • a member of the Oakland A’s, • and puzzled.” Until 1978, that is.

The comfort of predictability is a recurring theme. In baseball, Wilker saw structure, a defense against the cosmic tornado. Chalk lines clearly defined boundaries. Statistics and numbers were immutable. Baseball made sense in a world that didn’t. Writing about his baseball cards helped Wilker make sense of that world. J OSH WILKER “It gave me a better understanding about my childhood,” he says. “The cards helped me bring everything back.” Buster Olney grew up in Randolph Center and was a close friend of Wilker’s older brother, Ian. He was also a fanatical card collector. He’s not surprised Wilker chose baseball cards as a path to revisiting his childhood. “Every time you look at an old baseball card, it conjures up memories,” says Olney, now a senior baseball writer for ESPN The Magazine. “I can remember specifically where I was … when I opened up a pack and saw a particular card. It makes sense he would use that method.” Olney adds that he’s never considered selling his collection because “it would be like selling [my] childhood.” Wilker stops just short of calling the experience of writing Cardboard Gods cathartic, though he admits it’s helped put his peculiar childhood to rest. At least somewhat. “The strange thing is that I feel different about my memories,” he says. “I’ve turned them into a narrative, and I’m less sure than ever about what actually happened.” Perhaps Wilker needs his own baseball card? 




That year, Lindblad moved from the championship-caliber Athletics club to the woeful Texas Rangers. He also grew a luxurious ’stache. The only remaining constant: that familiar befuddled look. Wilker uses Lindblad’s strained expression — and new lip tickler — as a springboard to riff on the impermanence of life, musing that Lindblad looked every bit a man whose world had been toppled, which it had. At the time, Wilker grappled with a fractured family as his mother and her boyfriend attempted to build an idyllic life in rural Vermont. Meanwhile, his father toiled away, alone, at his job in New York City, until funding for a project he had long been immersed in was cut. “To grow a mustache or not grow a mustache? That is the question,” Wilker writes. “The implied answer — What’s the difference? — lingers on the horizon like some kind of cosmic tornado with the power to level your world.”

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LIZ FORD’S TIPS ON HOW NOT TO LOOK LIKE A RUBE Chalk your cue gently, swiping it on from the edges of the chalk, instead of screwing the chalk on like a cap. In a crowded bar, always look behind you before you get down to shoot to avoid unexpected or unwelcome intimacy. Don’t crowd your opponent by standing at the table while he or she shoots. Instead, lean mysteriously in a corner — you’ll be polite and enigmatic. Never set your drink on the table. The bartender will yell at you like your mom does, and that’s never sexy. This isn’t Olympic gymnastics, so you don’t need a lot of talcum powder on your hands. You’re not going to slip and fall off anything other than your barstool.


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trying and playing pool,” Ford says. “But they were so much better.” Still, she didn’t give up, much to the detriment of her psychology coursework. She practiced in the college’s pool room for six hours at a stretch, partly to stave off the isolation she felt during those years and partly to prove to the guys she could hang with them.


to live a life without pool. She applied for jobs in the “real world,” but nothing panned out. Turns out when you’ve spent the past 17 years of your life playing pool, it’s pretty tough to find gainful employment, especially in a down economy. But Ford says she couldn’t divorce herself entirely from pool, a game with which she maintains a “love-hate relationship.” She didn’t work all those years building her skills and climbing the professional ladder to give it all up. So she decided to invest in an APA franchise. The league, composed of three divisions of six teams each, currently plays at Van Phan Sports in South Burlington. The five- to eight-person teams play each other on league night, and the winning team in each division earns the right to compete in Las Vegas in the APA national tournament. Ford, originally from Massachusetts (she jokingly refers to herself as a Masshole), came to pool by accident during her freshman year at Reed College in Oregon. She always had tomboy ambitions, Ford says, but wasn’t good at any traditional tomboy activities. So, when a few male friends from her dorm invited her to play pool, she jumped at the chance. At first, Ford was terrible. So bad, in fact, that she couldn’t hit the cue ball. But she persisted, mostly so she could be one of the guys. “I tried to keep up with them — drinking and succeeding at school without


musician named Frank, and introduces herself as the proprietor of the new Green Mountain American Poolplayers Association. Would he be interested in joining the league? As they talk, it becomes clear that Ford is actually a professional pool player, not just an enthusiast. Playing pool is her job, and she knows what she’s talking about. Frank seems impressed. He whispers to the bouncer, asking him to squeeze Ford into the bar. The O.P. is Ford’s last stop on a Fridaynight tour of local pool tables. Before this, she was hustling at Nectar’s — not cheating people out of their money, but spreading the word about her league, one of 300 such amateur APA programs in the country. Ford didn’t find much in the way of action at Nectar’s. Just a handful of shaggylooking college-age guys playing doubles, badly, and trying not to rip holes in the bright-orange felt. But the O.P. — now, that place holds promise. Ford, 35, came to Vermont nearly a year ago seeking a change. She’d spent the previous decade based in New York City and traveling the world playing pool. But the city lost its shimmer, and so did the constant touring. She needed a break. So, Ford moved with her cat, Gary, to Waterbury, where she has family, and tried


t’s a Friday night, and Liz Ford is in a line to get into the O.P. in Burlington. A hand-tooled leather pool-cue bag hangs over her left shoulder. In her right hand Ford holds a zippered portfolio emblazoned with the letters APA — it stands for American Poolplayers Association. As she waits, she peers through the open window toward the pool table at the rear of the bar. Ford is on the hunt for players. She heard the O.P. might have some. Ford, who is a petite 5-foot-4, stands on the tiptoes of her black patent pumps to see in. Within seconds, she has surveyed the scene. The guy in the glasses and collared shirt bent over the table is a pool player. His challenger, a plodding man in a flat cap and dress pants, is not. Ford explains: Often it’s the intangibles that point to a person’s adeptness at the sport. In this instance, it’s how the bespectacled player carries himself, where his eyes are looking, even how he’s standing that helps Ford recognize him as one of her own. She can’t go into more detail — she just knows it when she sees it. As Ford looks on, the collared-shirt guy summarily dispatches his opponent with an authoritative smack to the eight ball, which sails into the right corner pocket. Then he comes outside for a cigarette. This is when Ford gets to work. She strides up to the victor, a local

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From her seat facing the blue-felted table, Ford surveys the local billiards talent — which at the O.P. is known to be pretty competitive. Besides Frank, there’s Lou, a glum-looking middle-aged man in a Hawaiian shirt; Matty, a wild-haired guy in cutoff jeans and a threadbare T-shirt; and Matty’s girlfriend, Kathie, an intense twentysomething with a high-pitched voice. A regular remarks that Matty and Kathie run the bar’s table. She calls Kathie the “queen of the O.P.” Sipping her beer, Ford watches as players rack and break, laser in on shots and jostle for position with the many patrons packed on the perimeter. The table is shoehorned into a corner at the back of the bar, making it a tight squeeze for those wielding a cue stick. The jammed quarters make the prospect of playing a game or two less enticing for Ford. For one, she’s wearing a short denim skirt and black tank top. She’d rather not have bar rats leering at her when she bends over to take a shot. Plus, she’ll have to make sure none of the onlookers take a mouthful of her fancy cue on the backstroke. Still, after nearly two hours of spectating and chatting and passing out business cards to anyone who seems interested in furthering their pool game, it’s finally Ford’s turn. She unpacks a cue stick and a break stick from their case and screws them both together. Her opponent breaks and sinks a few 8v-OneMoreTime051811.indd 1 5/16/11 balls. But within minutes, Ford has routed her challenger and is ready to play another game. Next on the list is Kathie, the resident shark. Ford draws back her break cue and, with a crack, sends the balls ricocheting around the table. She’s playing for fun, but her face suggests otherwise. Her eyes are narrowed and focused, and her mouth is pulled into a stern, straight line. She doesn’t say a word to anyone. Her opponent is unfazed. As amateur pool players go, Kathie is no joke. The women seem nearly evenly matched, and, for a moment, it doesn’t look good for Ford. She drains all her balls before Kathie does, but she misses her last shot as the eight ball nicks the corner of the cushion. Her opponent also misses, and again it’s Ford’s turn to end the game. She stands over the table, calculating her shot. With a brisk knock of the cue, it’s over. The eight ball spins in the pocket before dropping. until May 31st Ford shakes Kathie’s hand and packs up Help! We are overflowing with great her sticks. By now it’s after 1 a.m., and it’s a lamps! Many other deep discounts! long drive back to Waterbury. She gathers her things and heads for the door — but not before pausing to pass out just one more business card. m

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“I was totally there for the wrong reasons — spite, anger, loneliness. But I did grow to love the game,” Ford says. During her last year in college, she petitioned Reed to send her to the Association of College Unions International’s regional pool tournament in Seattle. Ford won, and secured a spot at the national competition. It wasn’t long before playing pool for a living seemed like a real possibility. Soon Ford was playing in every regional amateur tournament she qualified for, supporting her pool habit with odd jobs. She became intimately acquainted with strip malls across the United States, where many of these events were held. “When I think about how many meals I’ve had at Denny’s...” she says, chuckling. Pool suited Ford’s temperment — it’s a game for control freaks, she explains, and rewards intense concentration and perfectionism. The thousands of hours she spent drilling herself at the pool table paid off, and, in 2005, Ford earned her pro card and began competing on a bigger stage. By

now, she reckons, she’s hit just about every Native American casino in the country — Turning Stone, Soaring Eagle and River Spirit, to name a few. Since earning her stripes as a pro, Ford has represented the U.S. in tournaments in China, Taiwan, Belgium and the Netherlands. At present, she ranks 16th on the Women’s Professional Billiard Association tour. This is something the folks shooting pool at the O.P. don’t know. Ford’s build is slight — Minnesota Fats she is not — and her face unwrinkled, making her look at least a decade younger. She has long blond hair, which she still gets styled at her old salon in New York. Her hands are the size of a child’s but equipped with long fingers that she uses to construct the many bridges that support her cue. Once Ford is inside the O.P., she adds her name to the list of people waiting for the table. At this point in the evening, it’s at least six deep. Some of the games are moving at a glacial pace, ensuring it’ll be nearly last call when Ford gets on the table. But she doesn’t seem to mind. She’s happy to watch. That’s what she came here to do.

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SEVEN DAYS: How does the original vision compare with this week’s 10thanniversary event? LESLIE HALPERIN: I never imagined that a gathering of a few friends would turn into what the Clothes Exchange is today, but it happened. The scale has changed, absolutely, but the core is the same. It’s not really about the clothes. We had the first gathering in my living room right after 9/11. My friends and I wanted to do something to improve the lives of others who are suffering. Yes, we’ve gotten bigger. Yes, the clothes are better. And, yes, we raise more money than ever. But the essence is the same. The Clothes Exchange is a fundraiser that doesn’t feel like one. I really feel that being able to use your power as a consumer to support causes you care about really resonates with people in this community. It is the concept of reusing your waste and leveraging the value of our excess to help improve life for all. And that will never change. SD: What happens when the doors open and the fun starts? LH: The fun actually starts before the doors open. Some women tailgate with picnics. We serve King Street Lemonade and cookies for people waiting in line.

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little retail therapy can go a long way at the Burlington Clothes Exchange. The event, now in its 10th year, offers one-stop shopping for great garments and good karma. Every penny earned from the sale of clothing — gathered from individuals’ closets as well as area retailers — benefits a local nonprofit. Last year’s CE pulled in $70,000 for the King Street Center. This year, in honor of its 10th anniversary, half the funds raised will go to Spectrum Youth & Family Services; the other half will be divided equally among previous recipients (see time line below). Since the first event — which took place in 42-year-old founder Leslie Halperin’s Burlington living room — the Clothes Exchange has raised nearly a quarter-million dollars for local organizations. This year’s event takes place over two nights, May 18 and 19, at the Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center. Seven Days talked shop with Halperin in advance of the fashion frenzy.

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This year, Stephen & Burns will be doing “instant makeovers” in the queue. We try to make being in line part of the experience. Inside, the CE has a vibe, energy and excitement. You will be greeted by the team and get your cute complimentary tote bag. The CE is not a rummage sale. We make the shopping experience pleasurable. Everything is hung, folded, and sorted by type and size. The quality of clothes is exceptional. We have a dressing tent, courtesy of Vermont Tent Company, which serves as one huge

2010 King Street Center $70,000

2009 Vermont Works for Women $56,000

2008 The Hicks Foundation $32,000

dressing room. That’s where the party really happens. There will be a lounge outside the dressing room, too. Café Barista Prima is setting up an Italian-style coffee bar — offering samples of coffee and chocolates. Barista Prima is doing Facebook promo, too. So, for every “like” they get, they are donating $1 to the Clothes Exchange, up to $2500. There’s also a cash bar. Folks from Seventh Generation are going to DJ the event and host a game in which the winner gets a year of cleaning supplies.

2007 The Visiting Nurse Association $25,800

SD: How do you decide which clothing donations make the cut and how to price the ones that do? LH: We don’t choose anything that has a stain — or any flaws, for that matter. Every find at the CE has to be something special. We price based on brand, desirability and condition. It’s an art, not a science. Say we get a pair of 7 for All Mankind jeans; they sell for over $100, but we’ll mark them for around $60. We need to price items to generate revenue, but keep them at a certain price to wind up in people’s bags.

2006 NeighborKeepers $15,000

2005 Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program $6500

2004 The Vermont Women’s Fund $3200

The clothes Exchange, May 18, 6 to 9 p.m. (for shop-first ticket holders only; sold out); and May 19, 5 to 9 p.m. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington. $10 tickets at the door. Watch Eva Sollberger’s “Stuck in Vermont” video about the 2008 Clothes Exchange at

with people doing really important work. SD: Where is this event going? Do you teach other folks how to create and host a clothes Exchange? LH: I started to create an operations manual, business plans and licensing agreements, but my energy got pulled away and focused on sustaining the Burlington CE. We have real costs: insurance, rent, etc. As soon as this year’s event is over, I will go back to figuring out how it will work. My hope is that our “pop-up shops,” like the one we set up last year during the Art Hop that garnered $6000 in one weekend, will go toward sustaining the idea. Then all profits from the annual event will go to support our venture.

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rish-born playwright George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) employed an acid-dipped pen to analyze society. In proper, prosperous Victorian England, he rejected what he called “romantic commonplaces of the stage” to tackle issues such as class and gender inequality. For the published editions of Shaw’s plays, he often wrote impassioned introductions that explained the political theory behind his theater. “Indictment of society is the thing that most needs saying,” Shaw notes in the preface to Mrs. Warren’s Profession. Why, he asked, “wast[e] my energies on ‘pleasant plays’ for the amusement of frivolous people, when I can build up such excellent stage sermons?” A play that preaches, however, risks alienating the audience, who must get engaged by the characters or story. To deliver his message, Shaw’s most powerful weapon is irreverent wit. Unlike his waggish contemporary Oscar Wilde, Shaw’s humor often emphasizes timely social critique over timeless human foibles. And it is tough to make a dated plot feel fresh, as Theatre MosaicMond’s current production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession at Burlington’s Off Center for the Dramatic Arts demonstrates. Director Georgette Garbès Putzel

chooses not to stage the very British play in a period setting. The admirable attempt to shift focus — from Victorian hypocrisy to family tensions — ultimately doesn’t work. Too much of the dialogue and plot hinge on periodspecific issues. And flat direction of the ensemble deflates the energy of individual performances, never allowing the script’s humor to take flight. When Shaw first penned Mrs. Warren’s Profession in 1893, the ensuing controversy got the script censored from public performance in London for 32 years. What was so risqué? Shaw portrays the title character, a madam who owns several legal “private hotels” overseas, as a confident mother and businesswoman, instead of a desperate wretch who pays dearly for her sins. The playwright, in fact, implies that society sins by giving a poor English girl no other viable career options. The play opens with Mrs. Warren visiting her daughter Vivie in the English countryside. Math-whiz Viv, who just graduated from Cambridge, has no idea what her mom does for a living. She has spent her life at boarding school; Mrs. W. visits from continental Europe briefly every year. Two of Mrs. Warren’s old friends accompany her on this trip, including wealthy geezer Sir George Crofts.





All Roads, All Weather... Vivie flirts casually with her neighbor, Frank, the aimless son of the local parson. But, as with her mother, Viv’s true passion is business; she plans to become an accountant in London. “I like working and getting paid for it,” she says. When Mrs. Warren confesses the painful path that led her to take up her profession, Vivie seems to understand. But daughters and mothers judge each other harshly, and a later revelation puts the future of their relationship in serious jeopardy. Mrs. W. has a rough tale to tell her refined daughter: Prostitution was her only escape from poverty, or possibly death — the fate of her sister in a lead factory. She recognizes that there should be “better opportunities for women,” but that “a girl must make the best of it.” Taking the play out of historical context devalues its dramatic impact, because this stark “either/or” for working-class women is, thankfully, no longer a reality. Without the underlying Victorian moral peril of social condemnation, many long conversations drag or become pointless in the current production. Modern Vivie shops at Old Navy, so why would she spend two seconds entertaining skeezy Sir George’s money- and status-centered marriage proposition? What might be quirky charm in 19th-century Frank becomes downright annoying, such as his incessant use of antiquated nicknames “Gov’nor” and “Vivvums.” Catherine Domareki portrays Vivie with polish and self-assurance. Mary Scripps blends brass and vulnerability as her mom, Mrs. Warren. But Garbès Putzel too often stages long portions of their scenes with one or both actresses facing the audience, gazing into the

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t’s probably best to avoid asking a candy maker about her recipes, but I make that mistake while watching Margie Battaglia dip small logs of caramel into viscous, midnight-dark melted chocolate. “So, what’s in there, exactly?” I ask as she pulls out a dripping form and places it on a sheet of white paper. “If I told you, I’d have to kill you,” Battaglia answers with no sign of either humor or malice. “Every chocolatier has their own blend.” She divulges the source of the caramel, though: Red Kite Candy in Thetford, about a half hour away. While major producers such as Lake Champlain Chocolates have linked “Vermont” and “candy” in the public mind, boutique candy makers such as Red Kite and Battaglia’s Vermont Chocolatiers are staking out a claim in the Upper Valley — with sweet success. I’m visiting Battaglia at the Route 4 Country Store in Quechee, at the back of an intensely bright room that reeks of cacao. When Battaglia and her husband, Tony, purchased Vermont Chocolatiers from its previous owners a little over a year ago, they didn’t just cart home the molds, massive enrober and two temperers — one for milk chocolate and one for dark — that now line this chocolatemaking room. They also purchased a reputable name and the recipes that give it value. “When you buy into the company, you buy into the name,” says Tony. What they didn’t need to buy was a retail space. The fiftysomething couple had purchased the Route 4 Country Store, formerly known as the Ottauquechee Country Store, in 2009. The barnlike building with a long, covered porch attracts travelers headed toward the Quechee Gorge, Woodstock or Killington. Out front, customers can sit and devour creemees. Inside, a hodgepodge of wine, hats, local cheeses, grinders, videos, popcorn — everything you might need for a weekend in the country — shares space with prominent glass cases of housemade candies such as patties, clusters, barks, lollipops, chocolate-dipped pretzels, caramels and chocolate-covered nuts. Margie Battaglia spends part of each

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day molding, chilling and decorating chocolate behind a wall of glass at the back of the store. She takes heavy blocks of Peter’s Chocolate — a Pennsylvaniabased premium brand made for chocolatiers and chefs — and chunks them into a temperer. Here the chocolate is melted at 85 to 90 degrees to ready it for molds or dipping. Battaglia also loads chunks of hard chocolate into the enrober, where


they melt and then cover nuts and fruit peels in a dark, wet cloak that eventually dries to a sheen. Chocolate making can seem so simple: melt, mold, chill, eat. But each early step in that process is a tango of temperature and timing. With a gloved hand, Battaglia dips Red Kite caramels one at a time into the temperer, a machine with a wheel that looks like it


could nick her fingers. It spins slowly, though, mixing the chocolate to prevent it from crystallizing. When Battaglia has dipped and removed three caramel logs, dripping with dark chocolate, she sprinkles them with brown sea salt and offers me one. The layered confection is sinfully delicious — and hip. Though the Battaglias satisfy traditional tastes, they also keep up with chocolate trends, and nothing is trendier right now than salted chocolates. Of chocolate-covered potato chips, Margie Battaglia remarks, “Oh, those are fun!” The couple purchased their country store after moving to Vermont from Hartford, Conn., where Tony Battaglia worked as a marketing director for a manufacturing company. A chocolatemaking biz seemed like the ideal complement: The store flourishes in summer and fall, while candy makers are busiest from October through Easter. After they bought Vermont Chocolatiers, Tony quips, “I thought, Hey, I better learn about chocolate!” So Margie headed to “chocolate boot camp” at Peter’s Chocolate headquarters, and Tony took a three-day workshop at the University of Wisconsin. Both earned certification as chocolatiers. And their secret recipes, they decided, would employ as much Vermont cream, butter and maple as possible. The result is an understated, crowdfriendly product; the milk chocolate is softly sweet and creamy, and the dark chocolate lacks bitterness. On whatever it “enrobes” — pretzels, orange peels, popcorn, peanut butter, caramel — the chocolate’s flavor complements rather than dominates. Tony Battaglia notes that the “allAmerican classics” — such as clusters and chocolate bark — are perennially popular at the country store. Clusters win hands down, he adds. As if to confirm this claim, a customer sidles up to the display case and begins to scan the goods. After a few minutes, he asks for a quarter-pound of dark-chocolate, SUGAR FIX

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No hearing will be held unless, on or before June 14, 2011, a party notifies the District Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request shall be in writing to the address below, shall state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the District Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.

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The construction of a 6,000 s.f. warehouse with associated infrastructure. The project is located off of Oliver Wight Drive in the Town of Essex, Vermont. The District 4 Environmental Commission will review this application under Act 250 Rule 51 — Minor Applications. Copies of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the Essex Town Office, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission located at 110 West Canal Street, Suite 202, Winooski, and the office listed below. The application and proposed permit may also be viewed on the Natural Resources Board’s web site (www. by clicking on “Act 250 Database” and entering the case number above. No hearing will be held unless, on or before May 31, 2011, a party notifies the District Commission of an issue or issues requiring the presentation of evidence at a hearing or the commission sets the matter for hearing on its own motion. Any hearing request shall be in writing to the address below, shall state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the District Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing. Should a hearing be held on this project and you have a disability for which you are going to need accommodation, please notify us by May 31, 2011.

Parties entitled to participate are the Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, affected state agencies, and adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. Section 6085(c)(5). Dated at Essex Junction, Vermont this 9th day of May, 2011. By /s/Stephanie H. Monaghan Stephanie H. Monaghan Natural Resources Board District #4 Coordinator 111 West Street Essex Junction, VT 05452 T/ 802-879-5662 E/ stephanie. ACT 250 NOTICE MINOR APPLICATION 10 V.S.A., SECTIONS 6001 - 6092 On May 6, 2011, D.E.W. Rte. 2A Investments, LLC filed application #4C0988-3 for a project generally described as The construction of a Planned Unit Development consisting of two 8-unit office/ warehouse buildings (total of 38,400 s.f.) and seven mini storage buildings (total of 35,700 s.f.) on a 9.95 acre parcel of land accessed by a new 450 foot drive off of Route 2A. The project is located at 2209 Main Street (VT Route 2A) in the Town of Colchester. The District 4 Environmental Commission will review this application under Act 250 Rule 51 — Minor Applications. Copies of the application and proposed permit are available for review at the Colchester Town Office, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission located at 110 West Canal Street, Suite 202, Winooski, and the office listed below. The application and proposed permit may also be viewed on the Natural

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Municipality, the Municipal Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Commission, adjoining property owners and other persons to the extent they have a particularized interest that may be affected by the proposed project under the 10 criteria. Non-party participants may also be allowed under 10 V.S.A. § 6085(c) (5).




on its own motion. Any hearing request shall be in writing to the address below, shall state the criteria or subcriteria at issue, why a hearing is required and what additional evidence will be presented at the hearing. Any hearing request by an adjoining property owner or other interested person must include a petition for party status. Prior to submitting a request for a hearing, please contact the district coordinator at the telephone number listed below for more information. Prior to convening a hearing, the District Commission must determine that substantive issues requiring a hearing have been raised. Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law will not be prepared unless the Commission holds a public hearing.




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Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company and Centennial Insurance Company were determined to be insolvent and ordered liquidated by the Supreme Court of the State of New York, by an order dated April 26, 2011 and effective as of April 27, 2011. The order of liquidation provides that all policies or contracts issued by Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company and Centennial Insurance Company are cancelled and terminated for all purposes effective forty-five days from April 27, 2011. Under Vermont law (Vermont Statutes Annotated Title 8, Chapter 101, §§3611 et seq.) the Vermont Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association (the “Association”) is required to pay certain claims arising under certain kinds of policies issued by Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company and Centennial Insurance Company. The Association does not cover reinsurance, life, title, surety, health, credit, mortgage guaranty, or ocean marine insurance. The Association’s obligations are unlimited in the case of workers’ compensation claims and are limited to $500,000 for all other claims. A claim for unearned premium must be in excess of $25.00. A claim must be filed with the Association no later than the final date set for the filing of claims against the liquidator or in any event no later than three years from April 27, 2011 for claims with Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company and Centennial Insurance Company, or such claim(s) will be barred. Any person with a claim (including an unearned premium claim) arising under a policy issued by Atlantic Mutual Insurance Company or Centennial Insurance Company should immediately notify the Association of such claim. The Association should be notified care of:





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(10) At the intersection of Walnut Street and Willow Street causing [north and south bound traffic on Walnut Street to stop at Willow Street] all traffic to stop. (11) Through (280) As Written Adopted this 20th day of April 2011 by the Board of Public Works Commissioners: Attest Norman Baldwin, P.E. Assistant DirectorTechnical Services

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If you received services from our CRASH Program located in Chittenden County prior to January 1, 2004 and would like a copy of your record, please contact HowardCenter’s Health Information Department at 488-6722 by June 15th, 2011. In order to protect your privacy, the agency will be destroying your CRASH record if we do not hear from you by the date noted above. INVITATION TO BID The Northlands Job Corps Academy invites vendors to submit bids on the following goods and services on Center. For the Contract period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 Food Services Prime Vendor for Cafeteria Services Fuel Services #2 Fuel Oil

Propane12/10/10 Gas Bulk3:51 PM Welding Gas and Cylinder Rental Others services to Include: Exterminator Laundry service Linens/Trade Uniforms Optometrist Rubbish Removal Student Payroll Security Fire Safety Equipment Services Student Clothing Inventory Consignment Bids must be received by June 1, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Specifications may be obtained by contacting the Purchasing Coordinator, Annette Paquette at Northlands Job Corps Academy 100A MacDonough Drive Vergennes, VT 05491 802-877-0149 The Northlands Job Corps Academy reserves the right to accept or reject any and all bids. Small Businesses and Minorities are encouraged to reply.

Guaranty Fund Management Services One Bowdoin Square Boston, MA 02114-2916 Telephone: (617) 227-7020 By: Paul M. Gulko, Executive Secretary Vermont Property & Casualty Insurance Guaranty Association 3v-GuarantyFund051811.inddParks 1 and Recreation


ROBERT MILLER COMMUNITY & RECREATION CENTER LEASE SPACE RENOVATIONS: TENANT - CHILD CARE PROVIDER The City of Burlington’s Department of Parks and Recreation seeks proposals from child care and/or infant care providers to occupy the lease space at the Robert Miller Community & Recreation Center. Beginning Friday, the full RPF will be available at the Department of

or downloaded at www. Issue Date: Friday, May 20, 2011 at 8:00 AM Submission Deadline: Friday, June 10, 2011 at 5:00 PM The contents of storage unit(s) 01-04219 located at 28 Adams Dr, Williston, VT 05495, will be sold on the 05/25/11 of the month of May, 2011 to satisfy the debt of Dale Irish. 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. This is not a public auction. The contents of storage unit(s) 01-02851 located at 28 Adams Dr, Williston, VT 05495, will be sold on the 05/25/11 of the month of May, 2011 to satisfy the debt of Wyatt Edgerly. 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. This is not a public auction.

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support groups DON’T SEE A SUPPORT group here that meets your needs? Call Vermont 2-1-1, a program of United Way of Vermont. Within Vermont, dial 2-1-1 or 866-652-4636 (toll free) or from outside of Vermont, 802-652-4636, 24/7. LGBTQ GRIEF AND LOSS GROUP This RU12? socialsupport group is open to all who have lost a loved one, through death or separation. Whether your loss is recent or from the past, please join us to share thoughts, feelings, strengths, and coping skills in a safe and supportive environment. This group will meet three times this summer: June 7, July 11, August 2 at RU12? from 6-7:30 p.m. Info: 802-860-7812. AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S LOOK GOOD... FEEL BETTER PROGRAM Monday, May 23, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center in Berlin. Register: Joanie Kavenaugh, 802-496-2582. This free program teaches female cancer patients beauty techniques to help restore their appearance and help them feel good about the way they look during chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Volunteer cosmetologists teach women about make-up techniques, skincare and options related to hair loss.

CELIAC AND GLUTENFREE GROUP Every 2nd Wednesay, 4:30-6 p.m. at Central VT Medical Center Conference Room #3. Free and open to the public! To learn more, contact Lisa at 802598-9206 or lisamase@ LIVE WITH CHRONIC PAIN? Want more support? Join us to focus on the tools necessary for day to day living through open dialogue, knowledge, and personal experience. Lets find a healthy balance along with an improved quality of life. Mondays, 1-2:15 p.m., Burlington Community Health Center. Martha, 415-250-5181 or Esther, 802-399-0075.

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 Monday of each month at Vermont Protection and Advocacy, 141 Main St. Suite 7, in conference room #2 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Colchester evening support group meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Fanny Allen Hospital in the Board Room Conference Room from 5:30-7:30 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. OUTRIGHT VERMONT FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP For family members of youth who are navigating the process of coming out

AL-ANON For families and friends of alcoholics. For meeting information: www. vermontalanonalateen. org or call 1-866-97-AlAnon (1-866-972-5266) FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP Outright Vermont now offers support group meetings to family members of youth navigating the process of coming out as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning. Meetings are open to parents, guardians and other close care-givers and are held one Sunday evening and one Wednesday morning each month at Outright Vermont. For more information, email or call 865-9677 ext. 3#. 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 Counseling 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. Every Sunday, 5-6 p.m., Unitarian Universalist Church, 152 Pearl St. (basement classroom). HARTFORD/ WRJ: 2nd and 4th Friday 4-5:30 p.m., Hartford Library. Call Barbara Austin, 802-457-1512. MONTPELIER: 1st and 3rd Thursdays, 6-7:30 p.m., Kellogg-Hubbard Library, East Montpelier Room (basement). NEWPORT: 2nd and 4th Tuesday, 6:30-8 p.m. Medical Arts Building (attached to North Country Hospital), 2nd floor conference room. RUTLAND: Every Monday, 7-8:30 p.m.,

Wellness Center, Rutland Mental Health, 78 South Main St. SPRINGFIELD: 2nd & 4th Mondays, 11:30-1 p.m., Health Care and Rehabilitation Servies, 390 River St. ST. JOHNSBURY: Every Thrusday, 6:30-8 p.m., Universalist Unitarian Church, 47 Cherry St. If you would like a group in your area, would like to be trained as a facilitator, be a Champion for a group in your area or have questions about our groups please contact Tammy at 1-800-639-6480 or email us at DIVORCE CARE CLASSES Divorce is a tough road. Feelings of separation, betrayal, confusion, anger and self-doubt are common. But there is life after divorce. Led by people who have already walked down that road, we’d like to share with you a safe place and a process that can help make the journey easier. The 13-week Divorce Care Class (for men and women) will be offered on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, March 9 June 1, 2011, at the Essex Alliance Community Center 37 Old Stage Road, Essex Jct., VT. For more information and to register call Sandy 802-425-7053. SEX AND LOVE ADDICTS ANONYMOUS 12-step recovery group. Do you have a problem with sex or relationships? We can help. Ralph,

802-881-8400 or Valerie, 802-825-5481. Visit or for meetings near you. 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

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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.

TRANS GUY’S GROUP Every fourth Monday, RU12? Community Center, 20 Winooski Falls Way, Champlain Mill, 1st Floor, Winooski, 6-7:30pm. This peer-led, informal group is open to trans men at any state of transition and to any discussion topics raised. It is a respectful and confidential space for socializing, support, and discussion. Contact for more information.

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.

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, LGBTQ SURVIVORS OF safe-sex, self advocacy, choosing partners, VIOLENCE SafeSpace discovering who you offers peer-led are, and anything else support groups for that you would like to survivors of relationship talk about. Tuesdays at violence, dating violence, Sudoku 4:30pm at the RU12? emotional violence or puzzle These by using the CommunityComplete Center, the following hate violence. numbers 1-9 only once in each row, column located in the andChamplain 3 x 3 box. groups give survivors Mill in Winooski, VT. a safe and supportive 2 For more information environment to tell their contact Emma (Emma@ stories, share informa6 7 tion, and offer and 1 receive support. 9 4 Please GLAM CORE GROUP call Ann or Brenda at 9 3 4 5 are MEETING Wednesdays, 863-0003 if you 6-7:30 p.m., RU12? interested in joining 6 8 9 4one Community Center, of these groups or for 2 Champlain Mill, 201 more information. Winooski Falls Way, 5 6 Winooski. We’re looking for young gay and bi 2 9 8 guys who are interested 1 8 2 in putting together great No. 168


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IS THIS GRIEF OR DEPRESSION? Wednesday, June 15, 9:30-11 a.m. 687 Harbor Rd., Shelburne, VT. How can you tell when the feelings of sadness are a normal reaction to loss, or when they are

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.

as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, or questioning are invited to attend. Group meets twice a month with one Wednesday morning meeting and one Sunday evening meeting. Info:, 802-865-9677 ext. 3,

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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. Currently, there is a group on Wednesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Burlington and Thursdays from 4-5 p.m. in South Burlington. Free Nicotine Replacement products are available for program participants. Info: 847-6541, For ongoing statewide class schedules visit www.

BRAIN INJURY SUPPORT GROUP STARTING IN ST. JOHNSBURY Monthly meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of every month, 1-2:30 p.m. at the Vermont Department of Health, 107 Eastern Ave., Suite 9. The support group will offer valuable resources and information about brain injury. It will be a place to share experiences in a safe, secure and confidential environment. Info: Tom Younkman, tyounkman@, 1-800-639-1522.

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CHITTENDEN FAMILIES TOGETHER MEETING Wednesday, May 25, 2011, 5:30-7 p.m. Vermont Family Network Conference Room, 600 Blair Park Rd. #240, Williston. Save Friday, June 24th! FT Family BBW/Pizza at Whittle House, Williston, 5:307:30 p.m. Focus of the group is on concerns of families with high school

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. 802-6589440. Upcoming dates: 5/18, 6/1, 6/15.

the signs of depression? Whether facing the passing of a loved one or a loved one’s journey through dementia, loss, grief, and depression can be difficult to distinguish. Join us to learn about the difference between grief and loss.

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CENTRAL VERMONT PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP May 18, 2011, 6-7:45 p.m. Central Vermont Medical Center, Conference Room #2. Central Vermont Man to Man regular monthly meetings are open to the public, especially for recently diagnosed men with prostate cancer, those successfully treated, or men dealing with side effects from cancer treatment. Additionally, it is for men having problems with recurrence. Info: Fred Cook, 802-223-2933, Jennifer Blacklock, 1-866-466-0626 (press 3 at greeting, ext. 6308).

youth and adults who have developmental disabilities. No RSVP. Info: Jan Hancock, 876-5315 ext. 215, jan.


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Program Assistant Central Vermont Solid Waste Management District

CVSWMD is seeking a Program Assistant to work with our School Zero Waste and Hazardous and Special Collections Programs to provide services to residents. The ideal candidate will enjoy a varied workload and be comfortable working both outside and with elementary- and high-school-aged children, as well as residents who attend collection events. Additional qualifications include strong organizational skills, physical strength sufficient to lift 50 pounds, understanding of basic mathematical processes, effective communication skills, and the ability to work independently and with others.

Are you an LNA who truly loves caring for others and making a difference in someone’s life, who wants to work in an exceptional environment, caring for wonderful elders? If so, we may have the right opportunity for you. Our Lady of Providence is a Level III Residential Care facility located on 2 1/2 lovely acres in Winooski, housing 44 elders. We are looking for highly motivated, talented, compassionate LNAs for evening and night shifts. These are per diem positions that could lead to full-time employment with benefits for the right persons. Want to learn more about us? Go to To apply, click on “Links” and “Employment Application.” Send your resume and a completed employment application to:

For more information and a copy of the job description, visit our website: WWW.CVSWMD.ORG.

Administrator, OLP, 47 W. Spring St., Winooski, VT 05404.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Program Assistant Search, CVSWMD, 137 Barre St., Montpelier, VT 05602, or email, by June 15, 2011.

A POPE is required before employment commences. (We cover the cost.)


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Addison Central Supervisory Union Vacancies for the 2011-2012 School Year School District

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Must maintain positive relationships and work effectively with children/ parents, assist families in solving problems, work collaboratively with a team and independently to organize the work. Effective communication is also a priority.

Early Education Program Coordinator, .60 FTE

Must possess knowledge of best practices regarding the successful delivery of integrated services, Act 62 and community collaboration. Experience with Essential Early Education Program preferred.

Middlebury Union Middle School & Middlebury Union High School

Must be fluent in Spanish and/or French, Latin, Mandarin Chinese.

Anticipated Foreign Language Teacher Grades 7-12

Shared position fluent in Spanish and knowledge of at least one other language (French and Latin).

Early Education Family Wellness Coach, .5 – 1.0 FTE

Field Service Engineer Q.A. Engineer Web Application User Interface Designer Web Application Developers Production Project Engineers

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Draker supplies turnkey technology solutions to commercial and utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) power providers that improve the efficiency and profitability of their systems. Our leading-edge hardware and software and professional services have earned us a reputation as the premier solar monitoring provider in North America.

Anticipated Foreign Language Teacher, Grades 9-12

All positions require the ability to work with a team; demonstrated effectiveness regarding rapport with students; communication with parents; success in a diverse classroom setting; knowledge of standards-based curriculum and instruction and exemplary oral and written communication skills. Additional position details are available on or by contacting the Superintendent of Schools’ office at 802-382-1274. Apply by sending letter of interest (specify position), resume, complete education transcripts, evidence of licensure and three current letters of reference to:

As a result of our rapid growth, we have immediate openings for talented individuals with a passion for renewable energy and innovative technology to help us develop and market the next generation of solar PV monitoring solutions. Draker’s headquarters offer a comfortable work environment in a beautifully renovated, historic building with easy access to the lake, bike trails, restaurants, shops and other local attractions that have earned Burlington, Vt., a reputation as the healthiest and most livable city in the U.S. We understand the need to balance work with personal time and offer a well-rounded benefits and compensation package. Please visit us at

Wm. Lee Sease, Superintendent, Addison Central Supervisory Union, 49 Charles Ave., Middlebury, VT 05753 EOE. Applications accepted until positions are filled.

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Cathedral Square Corporation Cathedral Square Corporation, a nonprofit organization providing housing and services to seniors throughout Vermont, is seeking the following:

Senior Accountant Reporting to the Controller, the Senior Accountant will provide tactical and project leadership to our Finance staff. He/she will be responsible for researching and handling complex accounting/finance issues, preparing reporting for external agencies per schedule, and accounting and financial reporting tasks related to properties/clients (we own/manage 24 communities). Must possess a BS in accounting, five to seven years of progressively responsible experience, multiple-entity accounting experience, extensive knowledge of accounting principles and procedures, and supervisory and process improvement experience. The ideal candidate will have the ability to handle multiple projects within established deadlines. CPA and experience working in the nonprofit sector are desirable. CSC offers a competitive salary, excellent benefit package and friendly working environment. Mail resume or application to CSC, HR, 412 Farrell St., Suite 100, So. Burlington, VT 05403, fax to 802-863-6661, or email to EOE

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Tetra Tech ARD ( has an immediate opening for a Cost Proposal Specialist based out of our corporate headquarters in Burlington. The Cost Proposal Specialist works under the general supervision of the Business Manager, with oversight from the vice president of administration. The Cost Proposal Specialist will work closely with the technical staff in developing the cost proposals and detailed budgets Please respond to: Cheryl for government projects, primarily USAID. This position McCaffrey, Practice also will manage the budget realignments throughout Administrator, Thomas the life of the project. This is a FT position that includes a Chittenden Health Center, 586 Oak Hill Rd., Williston, comprehensive benefits package. Qualifications include: BA VT 05495, cheryl.mccaffrey@ in business, finance, accounting or a related field. Very level proficiency in MS Excel, including the development of budgets and formula utilization. Speaking and reading proficiency in a foreign language highly desired. Must have 2v-ThosChittendenHealthCtr-051811.indd 5 1/16/11 6:24:35 PM very strong interpersonal and communication skills and very strong organizational skills and high attention to detail. Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced and sometimes intense work environment.

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Burlington Kids offers academic enrichment and recreational opportunities alongside exceptional academic support on a schedule that matches families’ need for quality after school care. We seek creative, organized leaders to design, implement and manage these programs in close partnership with multiple stakeholders. Ideal candidates will have significant experience working with elementary-age children in educational and/or licensed childcare settings. This position also requires strong administrative and supervisory experience.

Join our growing company in our new LEED-certified corporate headquarters in South Burlington. We are looking to hire: > Insurance Manager > Project Superintendent > Project Engineer > Staff Estimator

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COTS provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are without homes or who are marginally housed, with the belief that housing is a fundamental human right. COTS currently has an opening for a full-time Case Manager working with our single-adult population. Our case managers work with individuals who are experiencing homelessness or who are at imminent risk of homelessness. Case Managers provide a full range of services to clients while working as a team within COTS’ programs and with community partners. Willingness to learn and the ability to work with individuals with mental health, medical, substance abuse and employment issues is required. Previous experience with homeless population, crisis intervention and housing are desirable. This position requires a BSW or BA in a related field, plus three to five years of relevant experience. Master’s degree preferred. Send cover letter and resume to:

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RN Opportunities Available in the following areas: • Surgical Care Unit – part-time positions on all shifts • Women’s & Children’s Unit – per diem • Rehab Unit – part-time on night shift • ICU – part-time on night shift Our RNs advocate and utilize the nursing process in the care of all age populations along the health continuum. This process includes assessment, diagnosis, planning, implementation and evaluation derived from scientific, evidence-based knowledge. Our nurses partner with the patient, family, and care team to provide holistic care and achieve the best possible outcomes, recognizing that each plays an integral role in that care. To apply, please To qualify, candidates must be a graduate of an accredited school contact: of nursing; BSN preferred. Prior unit related nursing experience Diane Graham preferred. Current Vermont state licensure, CPR Certification and unit-specific certifications as required (ACLS, TNCC, PALS, (T) 802-747-3674 ENPC, CPI). (F) 802-747-6248 rutland regional Medical Center 160 Allen Street, rutland, Vt 05701 Rutland Regional Medical Center is an equal opportunity employer.

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Seeking an organized, energetic, strong team player to provide leadership for the Intensive Case Management team on the Community Rehabilitation and Treatment Team (CRT). Candidates need to be highly organized, have strong interpersonal skills, be flexible and work well in a team setting. Responsibilities include both administrative oversight, coordination of medication deliveries with the ICM, nursing office and multiple doctors. Candidates must have an extensive background in working with individuals with severe and persistent mental illnesses, knowledge of mental health recovery principles, co-occurring disorders and working knowledge of community resources. Administrative experience a plus. Must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a human services field; prefer a candidate with master’s-level degree or progress toward.

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Daytime hours! Sneakers Bistro in Winooski is looking for an experienced, reliable line cook in fast-paced, lively, fun environment. Weekends and holidays a must. Not a “summer job” for students returning to full-time school in the fall. Submit resume to info@sneake, or send to 28 Main St., Winooski, VT 05404.

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Join the team at Gardener’s Supply Company! We work hard AND offer a fun place to work with summer bocce games, BBQs, ping-pong tournaments, employee garden plots and much more! We keep our employees in-the-know with monthly staff meetings and newsletters. We also offer strong cultural values, competitive wages and outstanding benefits (including an awesome discount on plants & product!).

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Town of Jericho Planning and Development Coordinator The Town of Jericho, Vt. is seeking a Planning and Development Coordinator to manage the town’s land use planning and development review process. The Town of Jericho (pop 5000) is a rural town on the edge of the developed core of Chittenden County, Vermont’s most populous county. Located between Burlington, Vermont’s largest city, and Mount Mansfield, the state’s highest peak, Jericho contains a diverse landscape of rolling fields, mountain vistas and historic New England settlements. Jericho’s three distinct village centers, Riverside, Jericho Corners and Jericho Center, have each been awarded the “Village Center Designation” by the Vermont Downtown Board. Jericho has strived to maintain its distinctive character while progressively planning for the future, and is home to an active Land Trust, a growing smallbusiness community (including the oldest country store in Vermont), the UVM Research Forest and the Ethan Allen Firing Range. The Planning and Development Coordinator is the sole staff person responsible for overseeing planning and development activities. The Planning and Development Coordinator will provide staff support to the Planning Commission and Development Review Board, and serve as liaison to other town boards and organizations. The Planning and Development Review coordinator will also work closely with other staff and the general public and is responsible for identifying and implementing planningrelated projects and tasks. The ideal candidate would have: A bachelor’s degree and three years’ experience in planning, zoning enforcement or related, and preferably a master’s degree in planning and AICP certification. A proven ability to use the tools of planning to shape future land use, economic development and overall character of the community. Grant-writing and grant-administration experience, including the ability to oversee the development of sidewalk construction plans and other small infrastructure projects. Experience with redevelopment projects and infill development. A full job description is available on the Town’s website at Salary range is $45k to $50k depending on qualifications. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to Todd Odit, Town Administrator, P.O. Box 39, Jericho, VT 05465, or via email to Resume review will begin on May 27, 2011.

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Developmental Services provides innovative supports to people with Developmental Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Please contact our Staff Recruiter Sue Smithson at 802-488-6533 to learn more. Specialized community Support Worker 17-year-old high school student working on independent living skills needs 20 after school hours of support. This guy plays in a jazz band enjoys writing and drama class. Ideal candidate is a young adult who is musically inclined or has a deep appreciation for music. Creativity and dedication to staying active needed. Must be able to set and maintain boundaries. Knowledge of autism spectrum disorders a plus. Benefits eligible.

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FACILITIES MANAGER Hunger Mountain Coop, a natural food store located in Montpelier, Vt., has an opening for a facilities manager. Candidate must possess excellent customer service skills. Should have experience in overseeing the maintenance of building, equipment, mechanical sysyems and grounds, and knowledge of electrical, HVaC, and refrigeration systems. We offer a competive salary including health, dental and vision benefits and paid time off. Candidates should send a resume and the names of three references with their email address to:

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reSidential inStructor(S) — three poSitionS Excellent opportunity to work with males living in residential settings while receiving clinical supervision, participating in staff meetings, and working as part of dynamic and skilled teams. Applicants must have exceptional crisis management skills and be experienced working with adults/adolescents with developmental and psychiatric disabilities. Homes are in the Hinesburg/Starksboro area. Three benefits-eligible positions, weekday and evening hours.

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Specialized community Support Worker Independent 29-year-old man needs 20 hours of support exploring his community. This man enjoys social activities and is looking for a job. Best match is a motivated person able to provide positive reassurance and creative problem solving while maintaining a positive attitude. Knowledge of or desire to learn facilitated communication is required. Current schedule would be Monday through Friday mornings.

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the Berlin elementary School anticipates the need for a .4 Fte Spanish teacher beginning in the 2011-2012 school year. the successful candidate will possess the ability to engage learners in preschool through sixth grade in a Spanish program that brings the language and culture to life in dynamic and developmentally appropriate ways. ability to contribute positively to the school climate, with unconditional respect toward students, families and staff required. experience with the responsive classroom approach strongly preferred. ability to function as part of a team of skilled educators is essential.

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Responsibilities: This position is part of the production team; fabricating and assembling multiple components of our sta,e-of-the art biomass gasification systems. The successful candidate will have the ability to produce fabricated steel components and assemblies from CAD prints with a minimum of supervision. The ability to work with all aspects of steel welding and assemble mechanical gear drives and understanding hydraulic systems are important elements of this job. In addition, this position will provide excellent field technical support in the repair and maintenance of currently installed systems, as well as the installation of new equipment throughout the U.S. Requirements: Three years or more of fabrication shop experience and field service work or a willingness to learn from our current technicians. Computer literacy in MS Office, Excel and Word together with welding certification are helpful. Frequent, overnight and extended travel is required. Experience in refractory/masonry skills and/or lean manufacturing are big pluses. Chiptec is a 25-year-old biomass energy company, with several patented, world-class technologies. Our business niche is growing very fast and offers a great opportunity in a fast-paced, high-energy, informal environment. Chiptec offers competitive salary and benefits. Candidates should forward resume and cover letter detailing work and compensation history to Carolyn Green at, or fax to 802-660-8904. Do not email the contact on the Chiptec website, as that will just duplicate the number of resumes received, and will not go to the correct person. No phone calls or visits, please.

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Accountant/Auditor Are you an accounting or auditing professional? The State of Vermont, Division of Rate Setting, is looking for a motivated, organized, creative and hardworking individual to join a small team of professionals in our office in Waterbury. This position entails working on Medicaid reimbursement for private nonmedical institutions (PNMIs) and nursing homes. Duties include using Microsoft Excel for analysis of financial information. The candidate must also be able to lead meetings to discuss the application of State regulations. The position title is “PNMI Medicaid Provider Audit and Rate Specialist.” Additional information, including education and experience requirements, can be found at, reference job posting #28215. Application must be made online at this website. The State of Vermont is an equal opportunity employer.

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The Vermont Oxford Network

(VON) is dedicated to improving the quality and safety of medical care for newborn infants and their families. VON offers a casual, flexible and professional workplace and the opportunity to work with great people, leading technologies and state-of-the-art tools.

Lead Web deveLoper — aSp.NeT This position is responsible for researching, developing, maintaining and enhancing multiple custom web applications. We require an individual with very strong design and userinterface experience as well as creative visualization skills to provide analytical health care data and data tools to our endusers. Meticulous attention to detail is required. Candidates must have at least five years of professional experience developing ASP.NET applications; a degree in computer science or equivalent experience; mastery of AJAX, ASP.NET, CSS, HTML, IIS, JavaScript, SQL Server, VB.NET, Visual Studio, Web Services and XML, and a strong knowledge of web security. The ideal candidate will have experience in the health care sector.

SofTWare QuaLiTy aSSuraNce aNaLyST As QA Analyst, you will assure the quality of all client-server and web applications developed at VON. You will develop, maintain and document use cases, test plans, and manual and automated test scripts. You must be familiar with validation, functional, regression, concurrency and installer test cases. You will execute tests as required, and provide accurate, timely feedback to the development team and management. Meticulous attention to detail and superior problem-solving skills are required. Candidates must have at least two years of professional experience performing software QA in a professional capacity; be well versed in best practices, process methodologies and toolsets including the use of automated test tools; and have a degree in computer science or equivalent experience. The ideal candidate will have experience in the health care sector. VON offers a competitive salary and benefits package. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to:, with subject “IT Position.” For more information, visit

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Seeking applicants for a half-time individual to be responsible for applying administrative policies, processes, and protocols; facilitating continuous improvement in administrative support of academic quality, academic integrity, academic process, competitive advantage, and retention; admitting students; and training and managing instructors.


Take ownership of the strategy, design, and maintenance of the School of Graduate & Continuing Studies’ Website www. and SGCS social media activities, including a comprehensive new website kick-off (estimated launch late 2011-early 2012).


Assist international students with regulatory visa paperwork and processing, advise students on study abroad opportunities, and manage the University-run exchange programs with various foreign institutions. This full-time position also assists in the development of cultural programming on campus.


Full-time, 10-month staff position with benefits. Assist the Head Athletic Trainer in coordinating the daily operation of all athletic training facilities, evaluation of athletic injuries, developing and implementing effective therapeutic and rehabilitation programs. Norwich is a Division III member of the NCAA, supporting 20 varsity intercollegiate teams.


Join our customer-focused financial services team; assist in student account billing and payment processing. Coordinate counter services and perform daily cash out. Answer and direct incoming telephone calls. Advise parents and students on student account matters and financial aid procedures. Process student loan checks and other payments. Administer internal payment plan. Please visit our website: for further information and how to apply for these and other great jobs. Norwich University is an Equal Opportunity Employer offering a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental, group life and long-term disability insurance, flexible-spending accounts for health and dependent care, retirement annuity plan and tuition scholarships for eligible employees and their family members.

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Senior Activities and Operations Planner Champlain College seeks a dynamic, highly motivated and organized individual to plan, organize and assess student activities. Monitor student involvement, assist with data collection and facilitate daily operations of the Student Life Center. This position is also responsible for the supervision of student employees. The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree, outstanding organizational and interpersonal skills, and the ability to take initiative. A master’s degree is preferred, as is experience working in higher education, developing student leaders and working with databases. Regular job duties will include evening and weekend hours. Submit cover letter and resume online at by May 27, 2011. The successful completion of a criminal background check is required as a condition of employment. Champlain College values, supports and encourages diversity of backgrounds, cultures and perspectives of students, faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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EatingWell Media Group is seeking a sharp web developer to assist in website feature development and optimization of REQUIREMENTS:

• 3+ years of development with Drupal and/or other web programming language such as Javascript, PHP, Ruby, Python, etc. • Experience with large-traffic sites and how to optimize them. The successful candidate is required to be nimble and effective in a deadline driven and fast paced environment. This position is in our Charlotte, Vermont offices, just south of Burlington on Route 7. We have a lively staff in a dogfriendly office near the Charlotte beach, and we are often pressed into service in the EatingWell Test Kitchen tasting new recipes. We work hard and have fun! Please respond to

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Hunger Free Vermont, Vermont’s leading anti-hunger advocacy and education organization is hiring three full-time positions. Join a dynamic team of smart, creative, and professional advocates and educators while enjoying a culture that promotes professional development, a strong work/life balance, and the joy of sharing meals together! For more information on these positions, please visit

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Nutrition Education Manager

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to lead the organizational nutrition education initiatives. This position is responsible for the development and implementation of new programming for the established Learning Kitchen program.

to lead the administrative team in supporting the technical, clerical, database, and facilities needs of the organization. This position also provides HR management and assistance to the executive director and Board of Directors.


Community Advocacy Manager to lead statewide advocacy initiatives that improve, promote and increase Vermont’s participation in federal nutrition programs. This position also supports the program team with education and outreach to individuals and organizations nationwide.

Applications will be accepted through May 25. For more information and how to apply, visit our website at

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Building MaintenanceTechnician Seeking a reliable, trustworthy professional to join our Facilities team. Duties include performing a wide variety of building maintenance, repairs and janitorial tasks. The ideal candidate will have good knowledge in basic building maintenance, good communication skills, attention to detail, the ability to work independently and a desire to learn. A valid driver’s license and clean driving record is required. Work week is Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 6:30pm with occasional nights and holidays.

Horse Helper Wanted Two senior horses, 1.5 hours every day. $9 per hour. Must be able to work independently, communicate easily, have transportation and be very responsible. Horse care experience preferred. In Westford, Vt. Call 802-522-3826.

Early Childhood Center Directors

The Y’s Center Director has full responsibility for all child care 1-WolfBarn-051811.indd 1 Plumbing5/16/11 Benoure and program operations and staffing in the center. The centers have on Heating is seeking a average 50 to 60 children. Candidates must be familiar with NAEYC and Vt. Stars programs and preference will be given to candidates full-time with Creative Curriculum experience. BD in education or related field and three years early education classroom, administrative and supervisory experience. Current certifications in infant/child CPR and first aid. The positions are located in Winooski and St. Albans. for residential and light

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Positions above are full time, with health, dental, life, disability, pension, a free family Y membership, child care benefits and 25 days of paid time off per year.

Waterfront Director Camp Greylock – North Ferrisburg

The Y is looking for a Waterfront Director for our coed day camp who will safely organize and manage the waterfront area, including supervising lifeguards and camp staff at the waterfront, as well as planning daily water activities for campers. Qualifications are current CPR for the Professional Rescuer and current Lifeguarding, to include waterfront certification. We also prefer current WSI certification and someone who is 21 years of age or older.

Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, operating in Chittenden County for over 25 years, seeks a full-time Development Director to drive the fundraising activities for the Affiliate. Preferred experience: a proven ability to raise funds for nonprofit organizations; experience in developing business partnerships; grant writing, media/public relations, event coordination and direct appeals. Looking for a team player with creativity, self-motivation, excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to work in a constrained-resource, volunteer environment. The Development Director will report to the Executive Director. Salary is commensurate with experience. Please submit resume by June 10, 2011, to Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 381, Burlington, VT 05402. or email it to

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Camper Advocate Camp Greylock – North Ferrisburg

The Camp is also seeking a Camper Advocate who will assist in the administration of Camp and handle camper and staff issues. Qualifications include in-depth experience in education/recreation and experience in a leadership role in youth programs. Ideal candidates will be mature, able to mediate issues and display good 2v-Benoure-051811.indd judgment. The camp runs from June 20 to August 19.

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Junior Counselor Camp Abnaki – North Hero

Located on the lake, Camp Abnaki provides a traditional boy’s resident summer camp experience, with an emphasis on character development, skill building and fun. The Jr. Counselor assists in the supervision of a group of 6 to 10 children in a cabin. The requirements include an interest in working with young people and experience developing and implementing age appropriate activities for children ages 6-13. Must be at least 17 years of age.

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Customer Care Coordinator Submit resume in person to 120 Main Street, Burlington, Vt.


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Investigator needed for Chittenden County Public Defender’s Office, Burlington, Vermont. Demanding criminal and juvenile caseload in a fast-paced office environment. Must be extremely well organized and able to work both independently and as part of a legal team. Duties may require irregular hours and travel for which private means of transportation is needed. Previous investigation experience required. Criminal investigation experience, legal knowledge and computer expertise strongly preferred. Full-time position with State of Vermont benefits. EOE. Email resume, cover letter and salary requirements by Friday, May 27, to: A more detailed job description is available at:

Sailing Program Coordinator Camp Abnaki – North Hero

Are you a sailor? The camp is seeking a Sailing Program Coordinator 1t-UrbanSalon-051811.indd with working knowledge of sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and general boating. Oversees all staff, campers, activities, equipment and facilities related to boating. Two years of sailing experience, preferably in a resident camp setting. Must be a certified lifeguard, have First Aid certification and be at least 21 years old. Please visit for more information about the camp and these positions.

Group Fitness Instructor

Join the movement toward healthy living! The YMCA is looking for an enthusiastic, energetic personality who can present a motivating class in kickboxing, boot camp type programs or Les Mills Body Attack. You must be able to present a safe, effective group fitness class in accordance with the guidelines set forth by national certifications such as: YMCA Group Exercise Instructor, AFAA, IDEA and ACE. Qualifications include current adult CPR, AED, and First Aid certifications, and national certification as an instructor. For all positions, please send cover note and resume to Human Resources, 266 College St., Burlington, VT 05401, or email, specifying the position for which you are applying. We are for youth develo p m e n t, h e a l t hy l i v i n g a n d s o c i a l re s p o n s i b i l i t y. The Y is an equa l o p p o r t u n i t y e m p l oye r a n d p rov i d e r.

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Accountant/ Office Mgr. Alpine Shop, a locally owned outdoor specialty store in South Burlington, is seeking an experienced (preferably in retail) full-time accountant to manage all financial information for the company. Please send cover letter, resume and references to team to

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Pet Food Warehouse, a locally owned pet food and supply business, is looking for a full-time stock clerk to work at our Williston Road location. Duties include receiving product, stocking retail floor, picking and packing orders, inventory control, maintaining clean warehouse. Forklift and pallet jack experience a plus; detailed, organized, team player, good communicator. Repetitive heavy lifting. Competitive pay and excellent benefits. Please apply in person at: Pet Food Warehouse, 2500 Williston Rd., So. Burlington.

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We are now accepting applications for a full-time temporary Bookkeeper for the 2011-12 school year. Position begins 8/1/11 through 6/30/12. The Bookkeeper will be responsible for performing various bookkeeping functions, including budget management of 15 programs, and a wide variety of clerical/secretarial and administrative tasks for our Center for Technology. Qualified candidates will have high-volume budget-management experience, will be proficient in Microsoft Excel, including the ability to manipulate data and create reports, and the proven ability to multitask and work in a fast-paced environment. Position pays $15.34/hour, 8 hrs/day. Excellent benefits package available. For more information or to apply, please visit (Job ID 50351)

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For position details and application process, visit and select “Professional Positions.” SUNY Plattsburgh is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Experienced educators needed for undergraduate teaching assignments beginning August 2011. We anticipate assignments in biology, mathematics, geology, nursing, physics, sports medicine, sociology, and medical ethics, which meets on Thursday evenings. 2v-PlattsburghState-051811.indd Assignments are dependent on pending student enrollment.


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The FlynnTix Regional Box Office is searching for a part-time customer-service supervisor. Job duties include supervising sales staff for ticket order fulfillment and “in person” sales, as well as night-of-show responsibilities and general office tasks. Requirements include outstanding customer service and supervisory skills, flexibility, attention to detail, and computer literacy. Previous retail/ supervisory experience is highly desirable. This is a part-time position that includes some evening and weekend hours, in addition to some weekday hours. To apply, send cover letter and resume to Flynn Center Box Office, Attn: Leeeza, 153 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401, or email No phone calls, please. EOE

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The Burton Corporation is searching for an Accounts Payable Supervisor to manage a team of accounts-payable representatives responsible for the company’s invoice processing and payment function. This position will be responsible for enhancing and maintaining internal controls around the payment process and for providing reporting and analysis on accounts payable. This is a high-visibility position requiring excellent customer service skills. The Accounts Payable Supervisor position requires an associate’s degree (bachelor’s degree is a plus) in accounting and a minimum of five years of related experience with a working knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles and the proven ability to manage a team. Experience with SAP is a plus. Please apply online at

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Shared Living Provider Opportunities

Must have: • 2 summers experience • Good work ethic • Ability to work 40 hours weekly Lafayette Painting • Over 30 Years in Business • Eco-Friendly Company • Specialize in High-End, Professional Work • Commercial/ Residential Work • Call Paul, 802-863-5397.

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When people visit our Champlain Mill office, they almost always tell us, “I wish I could work in a place like this!” Perhaps you, too, desire the friendly, casual, hardworking, customer-focused environment offered by our 45-employee company. PCC has been designing, developing and supporting our pediatricspecific practice management software for the last 28 years. We recently launched a new clinical product and are excited about the demand for this software.

Software Solutions Specialist PCC is looking for motivated, dynamic individuals who understand the meaning of customer care to join our Software Solutions Team. Enjoy helping our pediatric practice clients build their Practice Management and EHR software skills and confidence, while working as part of a dedicated, customer-centered team. Interest in a career that features solving challenging problems, training and travel is a must. Prior experience in health care technology desired, but not required.

Technical Architect The Technical Architect is responsible for designing and building the basic system and network infrastructure for PCC’s clients, selecting and developing tools to assist PCC’s staff in supporting these networks, and working with our staff to increase their technical knowledge and skills. The basic network infrastructure for PCC’s clients must be extremely secure, available 24 hours a day, yet easy for our clients to administer. The ideal candidate has a strong background in open source software, uses Linux and understands its design philosophy, has experience with OpenVPN, DHCP, and DNS, and is able to explain these technical topics to her/his grandparents. Experience with basic shell and perl scripting is a must. Experience with other programming languages or with Postgres, Asterisk or Mirth is a plus.

To learn more about PCC, and how to apply for these positions, visit our website at The deadline for submitting your application is May 27.

HowardCenter’s Shared Living Provider program matches people with developmental disabilities with individuals, couples or families to provide a home, day-to-day assistance and individualized support needs. Shared Living Provider sought for active 23-year-old woman with PDD and co-occurring mental illness. This dedicated equestrian requires a couple or single person, without children living at home, who is looking for a professional stay-at-home career. Provider will be an integral part of a multidisciplinary team providing innovate self-care 1:30:51 PM and independent living skills. Ideal home is located in rural Chittenden County (Jericho/ Underhill) and will welcome her yellow-Lab-mix therapy dog. Very generous stipend coupled with room and board and respite budget make this an exciting professional opportunity. Anne Vernon, 488-6309. a SingLe femaLe (or couPLe) sought to provide home to a young woman with developmental disabilities. If you are creative, active, and good with setting and maintaining boundaries, you could be a great match for this 20-year-old who enjoys animals, art, Zumba and friends. Ideal candidate has experience supporting individuals with challenging behaviors, however there is a comprehensive support team and afternoon staff who accompany this high school student. She would do best with a family or person without children or other clients living in the home. Ideal location is within 20 minutes of Burlington/ Essex Junction. Having a backyard is a big plus. Generous tax-free stipend and room and board payment included. Margot Smithson, 488-6326. SingLe woman sought to share her home with a 23-year-old woman. Help this charming woman increase her independence by providing guidance as part of a supportive team. Ability to provide supervision around males and young children required. Marisa Hamilton, 488-6571. 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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Senior IT Project Manager

Qualified candidates will have come up through the IT ranks through the development tract in IT and/or IT architecture, plus have proven experience in SDLC and IT project management. A health care background is highly preferred. Consider joining BLUE CROSS and BLUE SHIELD OF VERMONT. We offer competitive salaries, a complete benefits package and a challenging working environment with opportunity for advancement.

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Are you an enthusiastic selfstarter? Do you love interior design? Do you enjoy working with customers? Are you passionate about lighting and metalwork? Are you looking for a great sales opportunity? Would you like the chance to help grow a small company? If you answered “yes” to all of the above questions, we’d like to hear from you! Please introduce yourself, with wage expectations, to:

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Reporting to the corporate director of information technology, the senior project manager is primarily responsible for the planning, execution and delivery of project results for BCBSVT’s IT organization. The senior project manager will be responsible for special projects within the corporate project portfolio, ranging in size from small to large in scale and tending to impact multiple areas of the organization. While these projects are primarily technical in nature, they are to be planned, managed and delivered in the context of improving processes and product capabilities for a managed health care plan. The senior project manager should be knowledgeable in health care business terminology, operations and IT. The PM will facilitate and manage the Information Technology Architect Committee (ITAC) meetings, review and manage vendor contracts to ensure SLA consistency, perform project feasibility studies, determine budget and resource needs for special projects, and prepare RFQs, RFIs and RFPs from technical vendors. This role is more strategic in nature than a typical project manager role. Interpersonal, negotiation and presentation skills are key to the Senoir Project Manager’s success.

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Guardsman with three tours of duty under his belt, two in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, from which he returned last December. “There’s always a chance of going back, but after three deployments, they tend to leave you alone,” he says. He and O’Neil plan to marry on June 18, and Beaulieu will graduate with his bachelor’s in business later this year. Depending on weather, they plan to run their cart Wednesdays through Sundays from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m., and later on Friday and Saturday nights. Burlington is a long way from Istanbul. In that city’s Tophane neighborhood, muzo Vurgun owns a café where patrons gather around a lemon tree to drink tea and smoke a cOrin hirsch

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with white cheese, scallions, herbs and spices. Though customers can grab and go, Vurgun’s cart invites lingering: Turkish coffee is served in real ceramic cups swirled with ornate designs; his black tea and apple tea come in tear-shaped glasses. Like his fellow newcomers up the street, Vurgun sold out of his treats long before closing


hookah. Though love carried him afar — Vurgun married a native Vermonter, and the two moved here to raise their family — cooking and brewing are in his blood. This spring, Vurgun landed a permit for a Church Street food cart serving tea, Turkish coffee and light, savory dishes from his native land. His trio of opening lunch items includes mercimek koftë, a red-lentil burger with bulgur and herbs rolled up in lavash bread; tantuni, a mélange of seasoned ground beef, tomatoes, parsley and onions, also served in lavash; and börek, a pastry filled

While most of us were shivering through an exceptionally snowy winter, Pierre Mesa was tasting the tropics. The former Culinary Institute of America chef-instructor returned to Vermont this spring following a four-month taqueria tour of Mexico and the southwestern United States, which he vigilantly documented on a Facebook page devoted to his new restaurant. By the end of June, Mesa and his lifelong best friend and business partner, CamEron mosHEr, will open Don PEDro’s autHEntIC mExICan taquErIa at 46 Main Street in Winooski. Don’t expect the new restaurant to look like the Quiznos that until recently occupied the space. Mesa, a native of Telluride, Colo., has enlisted local family members to paint a trompe l’oeil to make Don Pedro’s look like “basically, a 3-D Mexican village,” he says. “It will be like ordering out of a faux marketplace.” The décor may sound elaborate, but Mesa says the biggest difference between his and other Mexican joints in the Burlington area will be simple: “The difference is, our food is going to have flavor.” Fresh flavor, at that. His relatives will grow much of the produce on their Elmore farm, and BlaCk rIVEr ProDuCE is hooking up Don Pedro’s with local meat. That will come in handy for the taqueria’s signature item, al pastor tacos. Spanish for “shepherd style,” the chile-rubbed pork is roasted on a gyros-style spit, which Mesa plans to display in the restaurant’s window. He’ll also showcase Mexican-style rôtisserie chickens, which will be available in meals for four or five people with rice, beans, tortillas and a range of homemade salsas for less than $20. Those salsas, prepared in small batches in the open kitchen, will incorporate pickled carrots, onions and jalapeños, along with fresh cilantro, flavored sour creams and a homemade version of Cholula hot sauce. They’ll dress burritos, quesadillas, taquitos and salads, all of which can be made vegetarian with tempeh or tofu fillings. Vegans can eat the black, pinto and refried beans that come with combo meals, and the tortilla soup will be joined by vegan black bean. Mesa plans to update daily specials on Don Pedro’s Twitter feed, @bigmanpierreDon. For now, Mexicanfood lovers may want to stay posted for news of the opening.

The food-cart clientele on Burlington’s Church Street Marketplace must have been hungry for new fare. Both new ventures that opened there on Friday — the HanDsomE Potato and muzo’s Cay BaHCE — sold out way before closing time. In front of Sox Market, mIkE BEaulIEu and katIE o’nEIl fielded an opening-day crush at the Handsome Potato. The pair grilled so many flattened patties of “smashed” potatoes — topped with chives, bacon, cheddar cheese, sour cream or barbecue sauce — that they had to close up shop early. The idea was born when Beaulieu and O’Neil attended a wedding featuring a “mashed potato bar,” with the whipped stuff served in wine glasses. “People loved it. And we thought, This would be a great food cart,” says Beaulieu. He began working on a business plan in one of his classes at Champlain College. “And I thought, This could work.” The couple began working out a recipe in their home kitchen in Burlington. But they were stymied by the challenge of heating their mashed russets on a Church Street cart. They decided to use a griddle on a propane-fired grill. “Keeping the potatoes at 160 degrees all day is difficult without power. But heating it up on the griddle gives it a lot of flavor,” says Beaulieu. The pair melt butter, flatten the potato-and-milk mixture onto the griddle and fold in condiments as they work the edges toward “a nice, crispy brown.” The cart’s debut marks a new chapter in the life of Beaulieu, an Army National


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ew sweet treats are more all-American than a buckeye, the humble candy that sent young Elaine McCabe on her professional path. When she was growing up in Eaton, Ohio, McCabe learned to make buckeyes — peanut-butter balls encased in chocolate — and eventually began turning out the candies as gifts. Using real cream instead of sweetened condensed milk made a marked flavor difference, she tOm mcneil l

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learned; she also realized that caramel — a gooey mass of reduced sugar and cream — was one of her favorite confections, along with toffee. As McCabe became more skilled in candy making, she would shudder at the mass-market buckeyes that stare from store counters like eyeballs. Three kids and several states later, McCabe went professional, and her meltingly tender caramels and toffee — sold under the name Red Kite Candy and made in her home kitchen in Thetford, Vt. — are now available in the King Arthur Flour Baker’s Store in Norwich, FH Gillingham & Sons General Store in Woodstock and the Whole Foods Market in Hadley, Mass. Her sales have doubled since 2010, and McCabe is now producing several thousand pounds of candy per year. How did her homemade buckeyes become world-class confections? McCabe might credit the fresh Vermont butter and cream and organic sugar and nuts she uses, as well as the lengthy cooking times that impart intense flavors. But the real catalyst for her business was a crisis: In 2007, McCabe was diagnosed with breast cancer. During her treatment, she began to think about all the times friends and family told her she should be selling her caramel and

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toffee commercially. “One day I was on the radiation table, and I thought, Good Lord, what do I have to lose?” she says. “It’s one thing to keep a hobby. It’s another thing to take that hobby and turn it into a business.” With the help of her husband, Michael, a mapping geographic information systems consultant, McCabe formulated a business plan. When her youngest child, Jack, was about to enter kindergarten in fall 2009, she plopped a trusty pressure cooker bottom on the stove and began making caramel by hand. “For over a year, I made every single batch here, stirring for three hours,” McCabe says, waving at her gas stove. She would position a stool nearby to keep a foot raised while she patiently tended to batches of the sticky stuff. McCabe hawked her caramels at local farmers markets under the name Thetford Hill Candy Company, augmenting her table with baked goods such as cookies and butter-almond cake. When a customer asked McCabe if she could turn out a maple caramel, she did, using syrup from her neighbor. When someone else asked for a dark-chocolate toffee, McCabe brought some to the market the following week. Her candy was so popular that she dropped the baked goods and focused on it exclusively, selling the caramels in local general stores, as well. McCabe had her home kitchen inspected and certified by the state as she added confections such as pecan caramel and sea-salted caramels, harnessing her husband’s help to finesse formulas and temperatures. “He’s got a science mind. He’ll help me develop flavor,” says McCabe. Together, they perfect the balance of texture, taste and the proper amount of sweetness; 7-year-old Jack is a trusted tester. Now, Michael McCabe carts home loads of cream from Strafford Organic Creamery. Elaine also uses cultured butter from Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery, organic sugar, NielsenMassey Vanillas and Belgian Callebaut and Guittard chocolates for her toffee. She gets organic nuts from various sources and toasts them herself; another addition is corn syrup, which is needed Vermont chocolatiers, 3699 Woodstock Road, Quechee, 698-8521. Red Kite candy, Thetford.

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appetizers such as kashk o’bademjan — sautéed eggplant and tomato topped with fried mint and onion. She also has dolme, hummus and an herbaceous yogurt soup topped with fried onions and oil. Down at 112 Lake Street, Japanese restaurant San Sai has opened after what must have been a frenetic setup. Ramps have a prominent place among the appetizers, and the sushi menu offers twists such as salmon topped with carrot sauce and ikura, seared uni, and chopped toro with pickled radish. In Montpelier, the black DOOr bar anD bIstrO has reopened under new chefowner IgnacIO ruIz, formerly of Plainfield’s River Run. The dinner menu features tapas and Spanish-influenced

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to “interfere with the process of sugar wanting to go back to its crystalline state,” she explains. “I could talk caramel all day,” says McCabe as she narrates the process of bringing cream and sugar up to a “certain temperature.” Asked to elaborate, she pauses momentarily and then says with a laugh, “That’s proprietary!” All she’ll reveal is that a higher temperature — such as 250 degrees — yields a harder caramel; McCabe likes hers soft and chewy. Her careful attention to ingredients and slow-food approach to candy making are evident in the caramel, which is sumptuous in its scent and depth of flavor. While sweet, the original formula is buttery, pillow soft and not at all cloying; the maple caramels are darker and smokier. The salted caramels are only slightly granular, but the salt adds an addictive zing that complements the sugars. Red Kite’s toffee is simply out of this world. McCabe coats each flat piece on both sides with chocolate, then sprinkles it with crushed almonds. Each bite offers successive waves of buttery toffee, bitter chocolate and nutty dust. “We have a hard time keeping it in the store,” says a clerk at Dan & Whit’s, a general store in Norwich.

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ay is National Barbecue Month, which almost guarantees we’ll hear or read the perennial pontifications about men’s obsession with barbecuing: that it derives from a latent desire to reconnect with our “primitive” selves. The theory goes something like this: Once upon a prehistoric time, men of a certain age participated in the ritual stalking and slaying of free-range protein. After weeks in the bush, they returned triumphantly to the tribe, parading around with their vanquished mastodon filet or saber-tooth rump roast, which was then grilled over a bonfire and shared with their unwashed kinfolk. During the gluttonous meat orgy, the hunters most likely regaled their clan with tales of bravery and/or idiocy. One such event was memorialized on the walls of a cave in what would later become France. Fast-forward to the emasculated modern man: Each spring, he rekindles a flickering ember of his primeval masculinity by puncturing a package of shrink-wrapped frankfurters with the pointy edge of a spatula the size of a badminton racquet. Then, he roasts said wieners over a fossil-fueled flame until they resemble withered penises. You can serve this theory with a heaping portion of bitter irony and garnish with liberal embellishments on the male fascination with war, conquest and bloodlust. “What is it with men and barbecues? It so frustrates me,” wrote celebrity chef and cooking-show douchebag Gordon Ramsay in the June 2006 issue of Olive magazine. “For God’s sake, all you men, leave the barbecue to the ladies and go and sort out the drinks instead. You are pretty much all useless.” Useless? Oh, to hear the “Hell’s Kitchen” hellion mutter that Scottish tripe near my grill. I’d bury a stainlesssteel skewer in his chest and cap it with an organic grape tomato! Still, I’ll refrain from offering my own presumptuous theories on what draws male Homo sapiens to an open flame like summer moths. Personally, I like to barbecue for two reasons: One, it’s a socially acceptable way to play with fire near the house. And two, it’s about the only way

I can make myself useful during dinner preparations. The gas grill has expanded my culinary repertoire exponentially. Without it — as my wife, Stacy, often reminds me — my dinner-menu offerings would be limited to a handful of “dishes” that have improved only marginally since my college days: black beans and instant rice. Browned hamburger meat mixed with tomato sauce over angel hair pasta. Chicken Parmesan. Cheese omelettes. And my fail-safe standby: Progresso soup from a can. However, when I fire up the gas-powered, three-burner Weber Genesis Silver, suddenly I’ve got the culinary chops of Bobby Flay and am grilling like the pros: Corn on the cob, still in the husk.

Marinated salmon filets. Asparagus spears and broccolini with Italian spices. Ribeye steaks with Montréal dry-rub seasoning. And my grilling schedule hardly begins with National Barbecue Month, which coincides with National Salad Month, National Egg Month, Better Sleep Month, National Good Car Care Month, Revise Your Work Schedule Month, Date Your Mate Month and — my personal favorite — Fungal Infection Awareness Month. Try coming up with interesting recipes for that last one. No, at my house, grilling is a fourseason activity. During last winter’s record-breaking snowstorms, I could often be found on the back deck, sporting a headlamp and pushing a cone of


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Grilling potatoes is a no-brainer: Cut them into thin slices, drizzle them with olive oil, salt and rosemary, wrap them in aluminum foil, and cook them on the upper grill for 10 to 15 minutes. Stacy usually nukes them for a few minutes in the microwave beforehand (not in the foil!) to ensure they cook evenly. Beets should be sliced a bit thicker and either marinated or drizzled with olive oil, then barbecued until they’re slightly soft and grill marked on both sides. Grilled beets retain their sweet taste and somewhat crunchy texture. However, a word of warning to parents who feed them to a child who isn’t potty trained: Don’t be alarmed when, a day or two later, your little one’s diaper resembles a crime scene. Another handy tip: Slice veggies such as zucchini and eggplant lengthwise rather than in rounds. The latter tend to fall through the slats and become charred sacrifices to the grill gods. I’d love to provide advice for grilling vegan/ vegetarian options such as tofu dogs, black-bean burgers and seitanic offerings, which don’t cook so much as blister on the grill. But the only meatfree protein I’m adept at preparing is the portobello mushroom. This you can only screw up if you drink too many brews and pass out in the chaise lounge. Drizzle the mushrooms with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, heat both sides for a few minutes, and plate — preferably on a serving dish not flooded with steak drippings. Finally, I must confess that my wife generally makes all the important seasoning decisions, even for the barbecue. But dinner guests often don’t know, or care, who spent hours concocting the marinade or making the coleslaw. All the attention goes to the guy who walks into the house with singed eyebrows and a steaming plate of blackened food and shouts, “Dinner’s ready!” m

the white stuff off an ice-encrusted grill hood. The fabric cover retained its frozen-grill shape even after it was removed, like a Jell-O mold, and stood up on its own. Barbecue purists will no doubt take me to task for referring to my patio practices as “barbecuing” rather than “grilling.” Technically, “barbecue” refers to slow cooking of food over an indirect flame, which is timed with the use of a calendar. “Grilling” is what most of us do — that is, charring food enough so it’s defrosted and can be drenched in condiments. Said purists will also scoff at my Hank Hill-like preference for propane, but I never bought into the oft-cited belief that charcoal-grilled food tastes better. At a mesquite-smoking steakhouse that keeps its grill piping hot for hours on end? Perhaps. But in a friend’s backyard, it’s more likely that briquette-braised burger will taste like starter fluid. Even if the aroma and flavor of charcoalgrilled foods triggers fond memories of barbecues at grandpa’s house, the effluent coming off those smoldering briquettes contains carbon monoxide and volatile organic compounds. Besides, I prefer eating my grilled entrée within six hours of doling out the potato salad. Here’s a helpful grilling tip I learned last summer from chef Jon Turner of the University of Vermont’s Davis Center: Pressing burger patties flat with a spatula as they cook, as amateurs often do, is akin to waving a Polaroid photo to make it develop more quickly. It may be psychologically satisfying, but it’s actually counterproductive, as the flattening squeezes out the juice and results in dry, crumbly meat. In recent years, I’ve become better and more creative at grilling veggies, which is a good thing, since we get loads of them from a local farm. Last winter, after Stacy bought a root-vegetable share, we had a plethora of parsnips, potatoes and beets.

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RIDE OF SILENCE: In order to draw attention to the need for safer roads in Vermont and honor the memory of bicyclists killed or injured in related car crashes, riders embark on a silent, 12-mile excursion. Vermont Statehouse lawn, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 225-8904.


KELLEY MARKETING MEETING: Marketing, advertising, communications, social-media and design professionals brainstorm ideas for local nonprofits over breakfast. Nonprofits seeking help apply online. Room 217, Ireland Building, Champlain College, Burlington, 7:45-9 a.m. Free. Info, 865-6495.


MONTRÉAL SKETCH COMEDY FESTIVAL: Teams of yuksters from Toronto, New York, Montréal and Chicago create sidesplitting scenarios in a sevenday ode to improvisational fun. Theatre Ste. Catherine, Montréal, Québec, 8 p.m. $10-12. Info, 514-284-3939,


TALK TO THE TRAINER: Wild-bird handlers share tricks of the trade. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 2 p.m. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 359-5000.

fairs & festivals

ALL-COMMUNITY YOUTH ART FESTIVAL: A sixday affair includes live music, visual art, theater and more. Various locations, Woodstock, 6-9 p.m. Various prices. Info, 457-3301.


‘3 BACKYARDS’: Eric Mendelsohn’s 2010 drama chronicles the personal journeys of three smalltown folks over the course of one fall day. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.



‘MOTHER NATURE’S CHILD: GROWING OUTDOORS IN THE MEDIA AGE’: Vermont filmmaker Camilla Rockwell’s new documentary addresses youth’s increasing distance from the natural world. Shelburne Farms, family screening with children’s activities, 4-5 p.m.; adult screening, discussion and reception, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-0327.

CENTRAL VERMONT HABITAT FOR HUMANITY ANNUAL MEETING: Community members learn more about the organization, getting involved and the home-application process. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 6 p.m. Free. Info, 583-2902.


RAPTOR ENCOUNTER: Visitors get a glimpse into the fascinating lives of flying hunters in this intimate meet-up. Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. Info, 359-5000.

‘GROWING AWARENESS’: This documentary examines community-supported agriculture through the stories of several Pacific Northwest organic farmers. LACE, Barre, 5:30 p.m. & 7 p.m. Free. Info, 476-4247.

WAY TO GO! COMMUTER CHALLENGE: Vermonters reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by carpooling, biking, telecommuting, walking and taking the bus. Visit for details. Various locations statewide, all day. Free. Info, 658-6060, ext. 1067.


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CLOTHES EXCHANGE: SHOPFIRST PREVIEW: Fashionistas of all ages browse gently worn, donated duds and new garments at this annual fundraiser. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 6-9 p.m. $110. Info, COMMUNITY BIKE SHOP: Cycle fanatics fix up their rides with help from neighbors and BRV staff. Bike Recycle Vermont, Burlington, 5-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 264-9687. CREDIT REPORT REVIEW DAY: Credit counselors dole out financial advice to those with household incomes of less than $50,000 at one-on-one appointments. Walk-ins welcome, but preregistration is recommended. Champlain Housing Trust, Burlington, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 100,


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ichael Trautman’s physical comedy practically screams, “Don’t try this at home!” The Portland, Maine, performer has been known to balance a folding chair on his chin — with a kid sitting in it. Such daredevil tricks, pulled off with aplomb, are the allure of this new vaudevillian who grew up watching Dick Van Dyke and silent-film comedians. His solo show, Head in the Clouds, is something of a “best-of” gig, including feats developed over the course of his career in theater venues, circuses, festivals and street corners. Brace yourself for gut-busting illusions and ‘HEAD IN THE CLOUDS’ clowning around in the vein of Saturday, May 21, 8 p.m., at old-time variety shows. Oh, yeah, Hardwick Town House. $5-10 and juggling. The Portland Press suggested donation. Info, 533-2589. Herald didn’t call Trautman the “ping-pong wizard” for nothin’.

‘OF GODS AND MEN’: Xavier Beauvois’ fact-based 2010 drama catches up with a group of Trappist monks living in a Algerian monastery ... until a civil war disturbs their peaceful world. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.

food & drink

BARRE FARMERS MARKET: Crafters, bakers and farmers share their goods in the center of the town. Main Street, Barre, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, CHOCOLATE-DIPPING DEMO: Fans of cocoacovered confectionery experience the tempering and dipping process. Laughing Moon Chocolates, Stowe, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 253-9591.


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Chances are you’ve never walked a llama through an obstacle course. As long as you watch out for spit, that’s one of the many ways to have fun with fiber at this weekend’s Farm to Yarn Tour. In a rather hairy turn of events, 13 of the Northeast Kingdom’s fiberFARM TO YARN TOUR producing farms open their doors to visitors eager to get up close and personal Saturday, May 21, and with sheep, goats, alpacas, angora rabbits and other hirsute creatures. Spin wool Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at various Northeast into yarn at Lyndon’s Will-Ewe Farm on Saturday, or catch a dyeing demo at Kingdom locations. Brigid’s Farm in Peacham. On Sunday, greet baby farm animals — kids, lambs Free. Info, 656-8511. and chicks — before sampling some goat’s-milk fudge at Montgomery’s Dillner Hillside Farm. Can’t bleat — er, beat — that.

Storytelling plays a strong role in Jeni & Billy’s pair of thematic albums featuring original Appalachian folk songs. Jewel Ridge Coal, released in 2008, plays out like a love note to a coal-mining town, while last year’s Longing for Heaven explores the concept of home. Virginia-bred Jeni Hankins honed her impressive songwriting skills while studying with Pulitzer Prizewinning poet Paul Muldoon, and bandmate Billy Kemp lends “austere and subtle acoustic arrangements” to their collection of old-time ballads and spirituals, writes Bluegrass Unlimited. Catch the duo’s selfdescribed “new old music” at the MountainFolk Concert Series.


Just a week before the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon,, hundreds of runners hit the pavement — and not for last-minute training. The eighth annual Girls on the Run Vermont 5K Run/ Walk is a similar celebration of strength, but the noncompetitive dash also GIRLS ON THE RUN recognizes the power of healthy choices and self-image. That’s why each VERMONT 5K RUN/WALK Saturday, May 21, at Champlain racer sports the number “1” on his or her bib. An extension of the Girls on Valley Exposition in Essex the Run and Girls on Track programs for third through eighth graders, the Junction. Registration and open run is a feel-good finale to weeks of training, lifestyle education and packet pick-up, 8:30-9:30 community service, notes GOTR volunteer coach and board member Sarah a.m.; 5K begins at 10 a.m. $10-20. Info, 246-1476. info@ Zobel. As the girls make a run for it, she says, “You can just see how proud they are.”


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‘Golf: How to Improve Your Game and reduce InjurIes’: Chronic back pain? Wellness consultant and chiropractic physician Stephen Brandon discusses natural approaches to prevent physical distress. Preregister. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 8632569, ext. 1. sprInG actIvItY proGram KIcKoff: Gov. Shumlin addresses attendees and leads them on a short walk around the Statehouse as part of “‘Round the World in 80 Days,” an effort to increase physical activity among Vermonters. Vermont Statehouse, Montpelier, noon. Free. Info, 241-1534.


BIrd walK: Sky watchers stretch their wings on a scouting field trip with guide Bill Mercia. Preregister. Geprag’s Community Park, Hinesburg, 7 a.m. Free. Info, 863-2436,

munIcIpal Bonds semInar: A financial-planning specialist discusses potential tax-free benefits, different types of municipal bonds and ratings, and structuring a municipal-bond portfolio. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 652-6039.


aIne donovan: Dartmouth College Ethics Institute’s executive director takes changing social norms into account in “Reconstructing Honor.” St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 748-8291,


donna roBerts & joHn moodY: An Abenaki elder and an ethnohistorian, both involved with the Winter Center for Indigenous Traditions, expound upon Abenaki history in the White River Valley, with a focus on 1761. Greater Hartford United Church of Christ, White River Junction, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 295-9635.

cHIldren’s storY staGe: Award-winning tales of the circus fuel little ones’ imaginations. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 864-7505. 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 all manner of tomes, from plays to graphic novels to short stories. 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, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426.

mIddle scHool BooK Group: Young people dish about their current reads. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. movInG & GroovInG wItH cHrIstIne: Young ones jam out to rock-and-roll and world-beat tunes. Recommended for ages 2 to 5, but all are welcome. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 11-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

HaBlemos español: Fluent or just learning, folks say hola. Phoenix Books, Essex, 6-7 p.m. Free. Info, 872-7111. luncH In a foreIGn lanGuaGe: Break bread in Hebrew on Mondays, Italian on Tuesdays, Spanish on Wednesdays, French on Thursdays or German on Fridays. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, noon-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

valleY nIGHt: Liquid courage fuels 15-minute talent segments. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $5 suggested cover. Info, 496-8994.


tHe met: lIve In Hd: Patricia Racette, Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Álvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Željko Lucic star in a broadcast of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. Palace Cinema 9, South Burlington, 6:30 p.m. $20-24. Info, 660-9300.


BooK launcH: Montpelier’s Kevin MacNeil Brown reads from Highway in the Blood and plays songs on the steel guitar. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338. dIne & dIscuss potlucK serIes: UVM professor of English and women’s studies Mary Lou Kete leads a chat about “The Lesser-Known Works of Louisa May Alcott: Naughty and Naughtier.” Space is limited; preregister. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:15-8 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955.

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transItIon town montpelIer: Those concerned about global changes in our environment and economic systems learn how to leave a small ecological footprint in “Freedom Through Fragility: Spend Less, Have More.” Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 6-8 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.


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Register Today! at Wednesday, May 25: Senator Leahy Business Breakfast, sponsored by VELCO President Obama’s leading economic policy advisor, U.S. Department of Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary Don Graves, will explain efforts to expand small business lending. Opening Ceremonies 2010 Deane C. Davis Outstanding Business of the Year Award winner announced. Thursday, May 26: Transforming Customer Engagement sponsored by Comcast Business Class Steve Phelps, VP of Marketing at NASCAR, shares lessons learned about transforming customer engagement in any size business.



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Build Your Own Rain Barrel: Participants build containers to capture roof runoff and conserve water in this workshop hosted by the Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District and South Burlington Stormwater Utility. Public Works Building, South Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. $25. Info, 828-4493, ext. 113, Clothes Exchange: Fashionistas of all ages browse gently worn, donated duds and new garments at this annual fundraiser. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 5-9 p.m. $10. Info, mount 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. Raptor Encounter: See WED.18, 11 a.m.

Alburgh Playgroup: Tots form friendships over stories, songs and crafts. Alburgh Family Center, 9-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Children’s Story Time: Parables and playtime entertain kiddos. Look for the bookmobile. Maple Tree Place, Williston, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.


‘Of Gods and Men’: See WED.18, 7 p.m. ‘The Greenhorns’: The documentary digs into the lives of America’s young farming community. Fresh bread provided. Preregister. City Market, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’: Gregory Peck took home an Oscar for his portrayal of Atticus Finch in this 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel. Westview Meadows, Montpelier, 1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

food & drink

Benefit Bake: Folks down slices to support Stowe Land Trust. One hundred percent of dine-in pizza sales will be donated. Pie in the Sky, Stowe, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost of food and drink; donations accepted. Info, 253-7221. Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.18, 2 p.m.

After-School Programs: Flower-crafting, ropebraiding and Lego activities keep youngsters on the go. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Montpelier, 3:30 p.m. Free. Info, 223-3338.

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.

‘3 Backyards’: See WED.18, 7 p.m.



fairs & festivals

All-Community Youth Art Festival: See WED.18, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.


Yoga Class: Instructor Deb Malgeri leads yogis in pranayama breathing techniques and a variety of postures. Essex Teen Center, 9-10:15 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 878-6982,

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.

Talk to the Trainer: See WED.18, 2 p.m.


Women’s Zumba Class: Fast-paced rhythms fuel a Latin-inspired dance-fitness party led by Casey Clark. Chabad of Vermont, Burlington, 7-8 p.m. $5. Info, 658-5770.

Farm & Food Tour: A caravan-style expedition to Hardwick-area farms and food businesses introduces visitors to a bustling agricultural community. Preregister. Center for Agricultural Economy, Hardwick, 10 a.m. $50; free for children 10 and under. Info, 472-5840. Fletcher Allen Farmers Market: Locally sourced meats, vegetables, bakery items, breads and maple syrup give hospital employees and visitors the option to eat healthfully. Held outside. Fletcher Allen Hospital, Burlington, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Free. Info, 847-0797, tanya.mcdonald@vtmednet. org. Waterbury Farmers Market: Cultivators and their customers swap veggie tales and edible inspirations at a weekly outdoor emporium. Rusty Parker Memorial Park, Waterbury, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 279-4371,


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.

health & fitness

Meditation Class: This heart-centered practice, based on the work of Hazrat Inayat Khan and Pir Zia of the Sufi Order, focuses on music, movement, breath and concentration. Call for specific location. Private home, Colchester, 7-8 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 658-2447. Strong Living Exercise: Fitness enthusiasts undergo strength training for good health. Aldrich Public Library, Barre, 8 a.m. Free. Info, 443-1654.

Georgia Playgroup: Provided snacks offer an intermission to free play. Georgia Youth Center, 9:30-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Montgomery Playgroup: Little ones up to age 2 exercise their bodies and their minds in the company of adult caregivers. Montgomery Town Library, 10-11:30 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. 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 surf the web on library laptops. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403. Spring Carnival: Coming to a mall near you: the Tilt-A-Whirl, the Tornado, the Zipper and all the cotton candy you can handle. University Mall, South Burlington, 5-10 p.m. Free. Info, 863-1066.


Media Maven Luncheon: Change the world, one phone at a time! Katrin Verclas of Mobile Active outlines best practices and basic functions for mobile applications. Channel 17 Studios, Burlington, noon-1:30 p.m. $5-15; additional $5 for lunch. Info, 862-1645, ext. 19 .


Booked for Lunch: Bill Schubart, author of The Lamoille Stories: Uncle Benoit’s Wake and Other Tales From Vermont, pinpoints how “Our Stories Survive Us.” Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, noon1 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3403.


‘Forbidden Broadway’: The Valley Players roast Broadway favorites such Wicked, Les Misérables and The Phantom of the Opera with fast-paced musical spoofs. Valley Players Theater, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $18. Info, 583-1674. ‘Mrs. Warren’s profession’: Theatre MosaicMond reprises this play by George Bernard Shaw, the story of a mother-daughter relationship that becomes strained. See review, this issue. Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-20 ‘The Crucible’: St. Johnsbury Academy Theatre presents a dramatization of the Salem girls who cried “witch!” Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury Academy, 7:30 p.m. $5-10. Info, 748-2600.


Book Talk & Luncheon: The Complete Kitchen Garden author Ellen Ecker Ogden gives an illustrated talk on veggie-garden design at a meal featuring early produce from the farm. Inn at Shelburne Farms, noon-2 p.m. $25. Info, 985-8686. Story Time: Lit lovers of all ages take in fanciful tales. Bud & Bella’s Bookshop, Randolph, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 728-5509. The Moth: Phantom Theater’s Tracy Martin hosts an evening of storytelling with a metamorphosis theme. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7 p.m. $10. Info, 496-8994.

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Beginning English Conversation: Adults benefit from some tailored language instruction. Look for the bookmobile. Maple Tree Place, Williston, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

Montréal Sketch Comedy Festival: See WED.18, 8 p.m.

Lunch in a Foreign Language: See WED.18, noon-1 p.m.

Working With Youth Conference: People whose personal or professional lives impact youth gather to forge tighter networks, share common tools and deepen their commitment by attending workshops and lectures. Killington Grand Resort Hotel, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. $70; preregister. Info, 865-5202.


An Evening of Song With Piero Bonamico: Funny and upbeat numbers fill a cabaret-style show of original songs by this Berlin resident. Timbers Restaurant, Warren, 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m. $20; $45 with dinner. Info, 800-537-8427. ‘Mir Zaynen Do — We Are Here: Yiddish and Hebrew Songs From the Old Country’: Choral ensemble Counterpoint pair music with readings from the stories of Sholem Aleichem by members of WordStage in this celebration of Jewish History Month. Proceeds benefit the gallery’s collection care and educational programs. T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier, 7:30-9 p.m. $10-20. Info, 828-8743.


Morning Bird Walk: Naturalist Matt Kolan and other binocular fans search from grassland to wetland for feathers in the air. Preregister. Shelburne Farms, 7-9 a.m. $6. Info, 985-8686.


‘Facebook 101 and More’: Social-media guru Kayte Munger simplifies the networking website for folks with laptops. Preregister. Franklin Conference Center, Rutland, 8-10 a.m. $20-25. Info, 773-2747.



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. Ballroom Lesson & Dance Social: Singles and couples of all levels of experience take a twirl. Jazzercize Studio, Williston, lesson, 7-8 p.m.; open dancing, 8-10 p.m. $14. Info, 862-2269. Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble: Ford Evans directs this original choreographic work examining sexual assault in a college atmosphere. Moore Theater, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 8 p.m. $5-16. Info, 603-646-2422. West Coast Dance: Two hourlong lessons at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. prime folks for a dance party from 7 to 10 p.m. The Art House, Middlebury. $15 per lesson; $10 for dance only. Info, 458-0464.


Way to Go! Commuter Challenge: See WED.18, all day.


‘Name That Movie!’: Cinemaddicts try to correctly title films by screening a barrage of short clips at happy hour. The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier, 5-6 p.m. $2.50. Info, 229-0598. Raptor Encounter: See WED.18, 11 a.m. Talk to the Trainer: See WED.18, 2 p.m.

fairs & festivals

Barre Bike & Fitness Festival: Cyclists spin their wheels during three days of fitness classes, family activities and criterium races. Various locations, Barre, 4:30-8 p.m. Free.


‘Ask Us Who We Are’: Bess O’Brien’s documentary puts a face to the foster care system, focusing on those young Vermonters’ search for family and a sense of belonging. Town Hall, Norwich, 7 p.m. $510. Info, 592-3190. ‘Certified Copy’: Juliette Binoche stars in Abbas Kiarostami’s provocative romantic drama about a gallery owner and a British author who go on a tour of the Tuscan countryside. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600. Monthly Movies With Milarepa: Unwind with popcorn at an insightful Buddhist film. This month’s pick is Dharma River. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 7-9 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136. ‘My Perestroika’: Robin Hessman’s documentary illuminates life behind the Iron Curtain through the eyes of five people who grew up in Moscow, reaching adulthood just as the world was changing. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, 7 p.m. $4-7. Info, 748-2600.

food & drink

Chelsea Farmers Market: A long-standing town-green tradition supplies shoppers with meat, cheese, vegetables and fine crafts. North Common, Chelsea, 3-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 685-9987, Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.18, 2 p.m. Hardwick Farmers Market: A burgeoning culinary community celebrates local ag with fresh produce and handcrafted goods. Granite Street, Hardwick, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 533-2337, Lyndonville Farmers Market: A seasonal rotation of fresh fruit, veggies, meats, cheeses and more makes its way into shoppers’ hands, courtesy of more than 20 vendors. Bandstand Park, Lyndonville, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 533-7455,

health & fitness

Exercise for Balance: Participants focus on balance and flexibility through gentle cardiovascular movement to music, strength training and stretching. Pines Senior Living Community, South Burlington, 10-11 a.m. $5. Info, 658-7477, sheskies@ .


After School Book Discussion: Middle school page turners chat about favorite comics, short stories, books and graphic novels. Hunt Middle School, Burlington, 3-4 p.m. Free. After-School Programs: See THU.19, 3:30 p.m. Auditions for ‘Rent: School Edition’: Students ages 14 to 18 hope to land a role in this adapted musical put on by Café Noir Productions as part of its summer educational programming. Harwood Union High School, South Duxbury, 3 p.m. Free; by appointment only. Info, 496-4781,

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‘Big: The Musical’: A boy in a man’s body finds out that being an adult is more than he bargained for in this adaptation by Rutland Youth Theatre. Paramount Theatre, Rutland, 7 p.m. $8-10. Info, 775-0903.

‘The Next Generation’: Seventeen high schoolers who’ve seriously studied classical music perform works for solo piano, flute, violin, vocals and string ensembles. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $10-15. Info, 728-6464.

Plant Sale: A master gardener is on hand to answer question as growers pick out annuals, perennials, veggies and herbs. Proceeds benefit the senior center. Charlotte Senior Center, 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 425-6345.

‘Draw Comics!’: Teens sketch and share illustrated narratives. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-4:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.

The Transcontinental Duo: Pianists Elaine Greenfield and Janice Meyer Thompson play piano four-hands in “Steinway ‘B’ (1927) Meets the Elegant Erard (1877).” St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 7:30 p.m. $15-20; free for ages 15 and under. Info, 863-5966.

Raising Layers: Small-Scale Egg Production: Do-it-yourselfers learn how to keep happy hens in a backyard coop. Shelburne Farms, 9 a.m.-noon. $25. Info, 985-8686.

East Montpelier Story Time: Lively narratives, rhymes, finger plays, crafts and games transfix tots. Four Corners Schoolhouse, East Montpelier, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 223-4665. Fairfax Playgroup: See WED.18, 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. Kids Movie: Potterheads journey through the wizarding world in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Children under 13 must have parental permission. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. Montgomery Tumble Time: Budding gymnasts burn off energy. Montgomery Elementary School, 10-11 a.m. Free. Info, 527-5426. Science & Stories: Kids have aha! moments regarding fireflies and why they light up. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. Info, 877-324-6386. Spring Carnival: See THU.19, 5-10 p.m. 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.



Auditions for ‘Oliver!’ & ‘Guys and Dolls’: Thespians give it their all for a role in Enosburg Opera House’s summer musicals. Gymnasium, Enosburg Falls Junior/Senior High School, 3-7 p.m. Free. Info, 933-6171, ‘Chicago’: The Community Theatre Players “give ’em the old razzle dazzle.” Lake Placid Center for the Arts, N.Y., 8 p.m. $12-16. Info, 518-523-2512, ‘Epic Proportions’: Two actors strive to reach the promised land of stardom in QNEK Productions’ comedy about the filming of a biblical story. Haskell Free Library & Opera House, Derby Line, 7:30 p.m. $12-14. Info, 334-2216, qnekproductions@ ‘Forbidden Broadway’: See THU.19, 7:30 p.m. ‘Mrs. Warren’s profession’: See THU.18. Spielpalast Cabaret: Get dolled up for an evening of vaudeville and vintage burlesque with dancing ladies, a troupe of satirists and a saucy house orchestra. Come an hour early for cocktails. Burlington City Hall Auditorium, 8 p.m. $23-25; for mature audiences only. Info, 863-5966. ‘The Crucible’: See THU.19, 7:30 p.m. ‘The Very Dickens’: Actor Neil Flint Worden channels the famous Victorian novelist, performing snippets of David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby. Vergennes Opera House, 7 p.m. $6-12. Info, 877-6737.

Lunch in a Foreign Language: See WED.18, noon-1 p.m. Tertulia Latina: Latino Americanos and other fluent Spanish speakers converse en español. Radio Bean, Burlington, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Info, 863-3440.



Karaoke Night: Cowboy Dan spins tunes on request. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 9 p.m. Free. Info, 496-8994.






Split Tongue Crow: Rutland’s rising Americana band breaks out the folk. Joe Redding opens. Partial proceeds go to the Charlotte Trails Fund. Old Lantern, Charlotte, 7 p.m. $10, or $5 with a donation of two nonperishable-food items for the Burlington Food Shelf; cash bar. Info, 425-2120.

Lilac Q&A: From planting to pruning, lilac collection curator Jeff Young doles out advice for the flowering spring shrubs. UVM Horticultural Research Center, South Burlington, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 864-3073. Open Farm Work Day: Citizen farmers get some hands-on experience in sheet mulching before a light meal. Peace of Earth Farm, Albany, 2-5 p.m. Free. Info, 755-6336.

Art & Play: Building With Blocks: Block sculptures tempt builders of all ages to play, learn and create their own designs. ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery, Woodstock, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 862-8399. Saturday Art Sampler: Adults and teens learn how to add visual interest to walls, ceilings and even furniture in “The Underappreciated Art of Découpage.” Preregister. Davis Studio Gallery, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. $24. Info, 425-2700. Wood-Carving Demo: Visitors avid about avians see trees being whittled into models of various bird species. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 1-2 p.m. Free with regular admission, $3-6. Info, 434-2167.


Antiques & Funky Junk Flea Market: Treasure hunters sort through an oddball collection of items. Lang Barn Antique Center, Essex Junction, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 879-0122. BCA Summer Artist Market: Local artisans display contemporary craft and fine-art objects as weather permits. Burlington City Hall Park, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7166, kmacon@ Yard, Plant, Book & Bake Sale: People take their pick from donated lilacs, vegetable seedlings, furniture, household items and more. Donations accepted through May 20; baked goods can be dropped off on the morning of the sale. Proceeds benefit the library. Craftsbury Public Library, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 586-9683.


Josie Leavitt: Covering run-ins with sharks, neardeath experiences and days gone horribly wrong, the standup comic explains why she’s “Horrified but Laughing.” FlynnSpace, Burlington, 8 p.m. $12-16. Info, 863-5966. Montréal Sketch Comedy Festival: See WED.18, 8 p.m.


Citizen Leadership co in a Connected Age: ur te Matt Dunne keynotes sy of D anielle Levit t this conference centered on how the internet helps leaders in education, community development, business and nonprofit sectors be more effective. Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $20 includes lunch. Info, 922-7101.


Vermont Law School Commencement: “Democracy Now!” host and executive producer Amy Goodman offers words of wisdom. Town Green, South Royalton, 10 a.m. Tickets required. Info, 831-1106.


Way to Go! Commuter Challenge: See WED.18, all day.


Civil War Reenactment: History buffs commemorate the mustering of the First Vermont Regiment with a military drill, cannon and medical displays, and educational talks. Main Street Park, Rutland, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 468-3097. Farm to Yarn Tour: Folks have fun with fiber from angora goats, alpacas, llamas, sheep and rabbits at farm demos and tours. Visit for details. See calendar spotlight. Various Northeast Kingdom locations, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 656-8511. Horse Sense Demonstration: Certified equine guided educator Lucinda Newman explores human leadership and group dynamics by observing horse and herd communication. Preregister. Meet at the co-op and carpool to Horses & Pathfinders in Moretown. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. $10-12. Info, 223-8004, ext. 202, info@ Raptor Encounter: See WED.18, 11 a.m. Talk to the Trainer: See WED.18, 2 p.m. VCAM Access Orientation: Video-production hounds get an overview of facilities, policies and procedures. Preregister. VCAM Studio, Burlington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 651-9692.

fairs & festivals

Adamant Blackfly Festival: Don’t bug out — get revenge! Blackfly Jeopardy, a fashion show, a pie contest and a town parade “honor” pesky insect pests. Adamant Co-op, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Info, 223-1772. All-Community Youth Art Festival: See WED.18, 1-9 p.m. Barre Bike & Fitness Festival: See FRI.20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Bloomtime Festival & Plant Sale: Green thumbs check out lilacs, flowering crab-apple trees and magnolias before perusing garden items gathered by the Burlington Garden Club or taking a guided walk. UVM Horticultural Research Center, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 864-3073. Heavyfest: Heloise & the Savoir Faire, Rustic Overtones, Waylon Speed, Casio Bastard, Pariah Beat, Japhy Ryder and Jah Red perform at an outdoor beer-garden party benefiting Big Heavy World. Brewer-led tours, barbecued eats and a live graffiti expo round out the affair. Magic Hat Brewing Company, South Burlington, noon-5 p.m. Cost of food and drink. Info, 658-2739.


‘Certified Copy’: See FRI.20, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. ‘My Perestroika’: See FRI.20, 7 p.m. & 9 p.m.


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The Kingston Trio: This San Francisco group sparked the folk-pop boom of the 1950s and ’60s, and continues to spread the sound today. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 7:30 p.m. $28-38. Info, 603-448-0400.

Annual Plant Sale & Silent Auction: Green thumbs add to their gardens at this benefit for scholarships and civic projects hosted by the Burlington Garden Club during the Bloomtime Festival. UVM Horticultural Research Center, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 372-4058.

‘(Re)Presenting the Past’: ReviveArchive’s Jewel Feldman explores how photographic processes of the past link to present-day technology. Artists’ Mediums, Williston, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 879-1236.

Montpelier Contra Dance: Jeff Petrovitch calls the steps as folks in soft-soled shoes move to live airs by Spare Parts. Capital City Grange, Montpelier, 8 p.m. $8. Info, 744-6163.


Senior Week Choral Concert: Alumni join the Middlebury College Choir in favorite selections from the last four years. Mahaney Center for the Arts, Middlebury College, 8 p.m. Free. Info, 443-6433.


Lebanon Ballet School: Balletomanes watch dance students plié and chassé in an annual performance. Lebanon Opera House, N.H., 2 p.m. $12. Info, 603-448-0400.



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PossumHaw: Tight harmonies thread through the Vermont band’s original bluegrass and folk. Private home, Grand Isle, 7:30-10 p.m. $15. Info, 372-1165.

Eric Nuse: The author of Wild Vermont: Adventures of Vermont Fish and Game Wardens shares hilarious and true stories. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 482-5189.

Spring Plant Sale: Gardeners select perennials and annuals from community donations. Proceeds benefit the library. Jericho Town Library, plant drop-offs accepted at 8:30 a.m.; sale begins at 9 a.m. Free. Info, 899-4686.

Dartmouth Dance Theater Ensemble: See FRI.20, 2 p.m.


Brian Johnson: In “Maximum Minimalism,” the percussionist incorporates film and video into a concert of rarely perur te formed compositions. FlynnSpace, sy of Kevi Burlington, 8 p.m. $12-16. Info, 863-5966. n Tit terton

Brown Bag Book Club: Readers gab about Katherine Howe’s The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane at lunch time. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918.

‘Seed Saving for the Future: Preserving Open-Pollinated Vegetable Varieties to Support Our Local Food System’: Organic gardener Sylvia Davatz emphasizes the importance of seed diversity in a basic discussion of pollination, isolation, timing, spacing, harvesting and more. Hartland Public Library, 2-4 p.m. $15 suggested donation; preregister. Info, 436-3300.



Middlebury Farmers Market: Crafts, cheeses, breads and veggies vie for spots in shoppers’ totes. The Marbleworks, Middlebury, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 388-0178,

Sarah Dillard: The author and illustrator of Perfectly Arugula sips tea and turns pages with little ones. Brown Dog Books & Gifts, Hinesburg, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 482-5189.

Morrisville Farmers Market: Foodies stock up on local provender. On the green. Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy, Morrisville, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 888-7053,

Spring Carnival: See THU.19, noon-10 p.m.

Northwest Farmers Market: Stock up on local, seasonal produce, garden plants, canned goods and handmade crafts. Taylor Park, St. Albans, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 373-5821. Norwich Farmers Market: Neighbors discover fruits, veggies and other riches of the land, not to mention baked goods, handmade crafts and local entertainment. Next to Fogg’s Hardware & Building Supply and the Bike Hub. Route 5 South, Norwich, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 384-7447, Prerace Dinner: The evening before the 5K Red Neck Road Race & Fitness Walk, entrants carbo-load on fettucine alfredo, marinated chicken and tossed salad. Danville School, 5:30 p.m. $3-7; $30 per family; takeout available. Info, 684-3651,

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Waitsfield Farmers Market: Local bands enliven an outdoor outlet for homegrown herbs, flowers and fruits, and handmade breads, cheeses and syrups. Mad River Green, Waitsfield, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734.


High School Monopoly Tournament: Ninthto 12th-grade students in two-person teams “pass go” and “collect $200” in semifinals and championship games held on a life-size playing board. University Mall, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Registration is full; free to watch. Info, 863-1066, ext. 11.

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Climb the Bennington Monument: Stair climbers test their physical strength, stamina and lung power over the course of 417 steps. Proceeds support the American Lung Association. Bennington Battle Monument, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $35. Info, 876-6861.


Auditions for ‘Rent: School Edition’: See FRI.20, U-32 High School, Montpelier, 9 a.m. Big Truck Day 2011: Fire trucks, dump trucks, tow trucks — oh, my! Little ones get a chance to sit in the driver’s seat for once. Funds raised support Robin’s Nest Children’s Center. Parking lot, St. Joseph School, Burlington, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5 per family. Info, 864-8191. ‘Big: The Musical’: See FRI.20, 7 p.m. Children’s Story Time: Little ones sidle up to the story stage. Barnes & Noble, South Burlington, 11 a.m. Free. Info, 864-8001.

Bird Day Festival: The Swing Peepers and the Fiddleheads enliven an avian affair celebrating spring migrants with birds walks, banding demonstrations, games, crafts and scavenger hunts. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Info, 434-2167.


Arioso: A seven-member chamber group performs compositions by Mendelssohn, Schubert and Schumann, as well as a world premiere of Erik Nielsen’s Viola Sonata. United Church of Christ, Greensboro, 7:30 p.m. $12 suggested donation. Info, 221-4697. City Hall Centennial Tribute Concert: Myra Flynn is Janis Joplin, Gregory Douglass is Kate Bush and other local singers perform a song as their favorite artist in this benefit for Reach Care Bank and the Montpelier Senior Activity Center. Gymnasium, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Montpelier, 7 p.m. $15-20; cash bar. Info, 229-4427, Green Mountain Chorus: In “Unforgettable,” the ensemble revisits Nat King Cole hits in barbershopstyle four-part harmonies. Road Show also perform. South Burlington High School, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 505-9595. Gumbo Loco: Andy Stewart, Mary Jo Slattery and Ivan Goguen let the good times roll with toe-tapinducing Cajun music. Plaza (weather permitting), Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 11 a.m. Free. Info, 603-646-2422. Handel Society of Dartmouth College: Through Handel’s Chandos Anthem No. 6, Bach’s Fürchte Dich Nicht, Britten’s Cantata Misericordium and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, the 100-member choral ensemble explores “Be Thou My Comfort: The Healing Power of Music.” Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins ou rt Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, es yo f Jo N.H., 8 p.m. $5-28. Info, 603-646-2422. n

Bird-Monitoring Walk: Beginning birders fine-tune their eyes and ears to recognize winged residents. The information gathered will be entered into a Vermont “e-bird” database. Green Mountain Audubon Center, Huntington, 8-10 a.m. Donations. Info, 434-3068, Spring Wildflower Walk: Naturalist Laurie DiCesare puts an emphasis on edible, medicinal and practical uses of seasonal blooms. Preregister. Niquette Bay State Park, Colchester, 10 a.m.-noon. Donations accepted. Info, 893-1845.


Jon Anderson: The former lead singer of Yes and a prolific solo musician shares songs from his forthcoming album, Survival and Other Stories. Town Hall Theatre, Woodstock, 7:30 p.m. $29.70. Info, 457-3981. Montpelier Community Gospel Choir: Plainfield’s John Harrison directs band members in a repertoire of jazz, soul, blues and gospel music. Universalist Church, Barre, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 778-0881. Piano Master Class: Janice Meyer Thompson tutors advanced students on the ivory keys. St. Paul’s Cathedral, Burlington, 9:30 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 864-9209 or 864-0471. Seahorses Rally for Cindy: Carol Jones, Will Patton, Colin McCaffrey, Jon Sochin and Dono Schaber make music in honor of Cindy Barrows, who is battling cancer. Old Lantern, Charlotte, 6-9 p.m. $20; bring a potluck dish to share. Info, 3633861,





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5K Power Run & Walk-a-Thon: Folks go the distance to support medical research for Parkinson’s disease. Stowe Bike Path, 9 a.m. $25. Info, 888-763-3366.

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Jeni & Billy: Tales of coal miners, preachers, ramblers and lovers wind through the duo’s Appalachian folk. See calendar spotlight. Tunbridge Town Hall, 7:30 p.m. $15-20. Info, 431-3433,


‘A Night of Hope’: In the wake of local flooding and national tornadoes, Nan O’Brien and Tim Kavanagh organize music, comedy and dance acts benefiting American Red Cross disaster-relief efforts. Country singer Matt Kennon performs. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, Stowe Mountain Resort, 7 p.m. $25. Info, 760-4634. ‘Chicago’: See FRI.20, 8 p.m. ‘Epic Proportions’: See FRI.20, 7:30 p.m. ‘Forbidden Broadway’: See THU.19, 7:30 p.m. ‘Head in the Clouds’: Michael Trautman cooks up a mixture of slapstick, magic, illusion, juggling and PingPong improbables suitable for the family. See calendar spotlight. Hardwick Town House, 8 p.m. $5-10 suggested donation. Info, 533-2589,

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.


Rutland County Farmers Market: Downtown strollers find high-quality fruits and veggies, mushrooms, fresh-cut flowers, sweet baked goods, and artisan crafts within arms’ reach. Depot Park, Rutland, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 773-4813.


Ride for Mikaela: Riders push the pedal on a 7- to 8K charity ride for a Burlington girl in need of a liver and kidney transplant. Rain date: May 22. Catamount Outdoor Family Center, Williston, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $50 minimum donation; additional fundraising encouraged. Info, 223-1402, ross.

Dandelion Run: Runners pass through fields of sunny flowers in a half-marathon recreational event, which includes relay options and a five-mile alternate course. Proceeds support the Orleans County Victims Assistance Fund and IROC’s Healthy Changes Initiative. Derby Beach House, Lake Salem, 9 a.m. $10-125. Info, 334-8511.

Evergreen Preschool Community Golf Tournament: Fore! Seasoned golfers and newbies alike take a swing at this inaugural benefit. Preregister. Basin Harbor Club, Vergennes, 8:45 a.m. $90. Info, 475-7813, Girls on the Run Vermont 5K Run/ Walk: Participants celebrate their health at a family-friendly, noncompetitive excursion. See calendar spotlight. Champlain Valley Exposition, Essex Junction, registration, 8:30-9:30 a.m.; race, 10 a.m. $10-20. Info, 2461476,

Magic Show: Four performers pull off enchanting illusions for kids and grownups alike. Funds raised benefit Magicians Without Borders. Film House, Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center, Burlington, 11 a.m. $8. Info, 453-5425. ‘Mrs. Warren’s profession’: See THU.18. ‘Peace and Pardon in the Parlor’: Merry Shernock, Page Guertin and Cybil Aitken let loose a stream of poetry, song and trivia from the turn of the 19th century. Northfield’s Mark Lester opens and closes the show with acoustic guitar. United Church, Northfield, silent auction preview and bidding, 6 p.m.; show, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 483-6139. Spielpalast Cabaret: See FRI.20, 8 p.m. & special “scandalous show,” 11 p.m. ‘The Crucible’: See THU.19, 7:30 p.m. The Met: Live in HD: Bryn Terfel, Deborah Voigt, Jonas Kaufmann, Eva-Maria Westbroek and Stephanie Blythe star in a broadcast of Wagner’s Die Walküre. Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury, noon. $16-23. Info, 748-2600. ‘The Very Dickens’: See FRI.20, 7 p.m.


Mary Holland: The author of Naturally Curious: A Photography Field Guide and Month-by-Month Journey Through the Fields, Woods and Marshes of New England takes listeners through the four seasons. CarpenterCarse Library, Hinesburg, 3 p.m. Free. Info, 482-2878.

Introductory Bicycle Ride: Folks new to road cycling set a leisurely pace while learning the rules of the road and how to ride in a group. Helmets required; riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Dorset Park, South Burlington, 10 a.m. Free. Info, 399-2352.

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Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.18, 2 p.m.

Rolfing Clinic for Kids: Kids up to age 10 receive a 30-minute session with certified Rolfers who specialize balance and alignment. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 865-4770,

Mount Tom Farmers Market: Purveyors of garden-fresh crops, prepared foods and crafts set up shop for the morning. Mount Tom, Woodstock, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 763-2070,


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.


Capital City Farmers Market: Fresh produce, perennials, seedlings, home-baked foods and handmade crafts lure local buyers throughout the growing season. 60 State St., Montpelier, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info, 223-2958,

Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra: A spring concert, “Symphonic Treasures,” highlights arrangements by Milhaud, Grieg and Dvořák. Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, 7:30 p.m. $5-15. Info, 728-9878.


Burlington Farmers Market: Dozens of vendors sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to ethnic cuisine to pottery to artisan cheese. Burlington City Hall Park, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free.

James Pelkey Heart Strong Golf Tournament: Swingers tee off in support of the American Heart Association and in memory of a Vermont resident who died of heart disease. Williston Country Club, 8 a.m. $90 per person; $360 per team of four. Info, 598-7394.


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ShuggarFest 2011: Stone Bullet, Play the Angel, Casu Consulto, the Devyl Nellys and Lifted break out the tunes at this Habitat for Humanity benefit. Unitarian Church, Montpelier, 6 p.m. $10 includes snacks and face painting. Info, 497-2392.

Kids’ Night Out/Parents’ Night Out: Adults go out on the town while kiddos ages 4 and up immerse themselves in art, dance and storytelling activities. Proceeds support a teen jazz dance tour to New York City. Preregister. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 5-9 p.m. $5 per child per hour. Info, 229-4676.


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find select events on twitter @7dayscalendar Russell Belding: After combing local 19th- and 20th-century newspapers for fascinating stories, the author shares his finds in Hidden History of Barre, Vermont. Rivendell Books, Montpelier, 1 p.m. Free. Info, 229-0774. Story Time: See THU.19, 11 a.m.



The Great Richmond Root Out! Knotweed Whacking: Horticulturalists give the invasive perennial the boot to make room for native plants. Cochran’s Ski Area, Richmond, 2-4 p.m. Free. Info, 434-7775. Open House & Farm Tours: Greet pigs, chickens, cows, sheep and horses on a horse-drawn, farmerled tour. Kids’ activities, trivia tables and grilled edibles augment the affair. Maple Wind Farm, Huntington, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Info, 434-7257.


‘Phish: Live in Utica’: Concert footage captures nearly three hours of music from an October 2010 show in the Mohawk Valley. Proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington’s music program. Merrill’s Roxy Cinemas, Burlington, 8 p.m. $8; $5 suggested raffle donation. Info, 864-4496. Slow Food Vermont’s Reel Good Food Film Series: A Spanish family-style dinner at Small Step Farm precedes a screening of Pedro Almodóvar’s 1988 cult classic Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 4-9 p.m. $30 includes dinner and movie admission. Info, 660-0440, ext. 101.

food & drink

Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.18, 2 p.m. Culinary Experience Gala: Hungry? This eclectic tasting event features celebrated Vermont chefs, local agricultural products, artisan food and cheese, fine wines, and more. Southern Vermont Arts Center, Manchester, 6-10 p.m. $70. Info, 362-7070. Stowe Farmers Market: Preserves, produce and other provender attract fans of local food. Red Barn Shops Field, Stowe, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 472-8027 or 498-4734, info@

Antiques & Funky Junk Flea Market: See SAT.21, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Montréal Sketch Comedy Festival: See WED.18, 8 p.m.


Contact Improvisation & Movement Exploration Jam: Attendees practice spurof-the-moment movements after a half hour of skill building. Musicians are welcome to chime in. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, Montpelier, 10 a.m.-noon. $3-5. Info, 778-0300 or 318-3927.

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Barre Bike & Fitness Festival: See FRI.20, 7:10 a.m.-4:15 p.m.

Spring Carnival: See THU.19, 12-6 p.m.

Meet the Singers: Cast members of the Opera Company of Middlebury mingle over drinks and hors d’oeuvres before sharing a favorite song or aria at this reception. Middlebury Inn, 5 p.m. $25. Info, 382-9222. Montpelier Community Gospel Choir: Plainfield’s John Harrison directs band members in a repertoire of jazz, soul, blues and gospel music. Bethany Church, Montpelier, 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 778-0881. Pine Street Jazz: These smooth operators span works by Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Charles Mingus, as well as bebop, Latin and funk genres. Grand Isle Lake House, 5 p.m. $20-25. Info, 863-5966.

Read to a Dog: See SAT.21, 1-2 p.m. Sundays for Fledglings: Youngsters go avian crazy in hiking, acting, writing or exploring activities. Preregister. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 2-2:45 p.m. Free with museum admission, $3-6. Info, 434-2167.

Spring Benefit Cabaret: Twenty young singers and voice coach Bill Reed present the best of Broadway show tunes to benefit Second Harvest Japan. Spotlight on Dance, South Burlington, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 989-5599. Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra: See SAT.21, Hardwick Town House, 3:30 p.m. Young Singers Chorus of Vermont: More than 75 kids spanning grades 1 to 12 come together in Peter Pan’s “I Won’t Grow Up,” a Sweeney Todd medley and a fully choreographed “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire. Barre Opera House, 7 p.m. $12-15; free for children ages 11 and under. Info, 496-4781.


Early Morning Bird Walk: An a.m. ramble through the woods rewards early risers with glimpses of feathered chirpers ... and coffee. Birds of Vermont Museum, Huntington, 7-8:15 a.m. Donations accepted. Info, 434-2167.


5K RedNeck Road Race & Fitness Walk: Sprinters cover ground over picturesque hills to benefit Autism Speaks. Danville School, Checkin, 8:15 a.m.; race, 9 a.m. $15-20. Info, 684-3651, Rouses Point Bicycle Ride: Helmet wearers take a 60-mile loop over the Rouses Point Bridge and along scenic lakeside roads in New York before returning via ferry. Meet in the Grand Isle Ferry parking lot, 9:15 a.m. Free; cost of ferry ride. Info, 899-2908.


‘A Variety Show for Japan’: A showcase of local talent benefits Catholic Relief Services to help its work in rebuilding Japan. West Rutland Town Hall, 3:30 p.m. $5-8; $20 maximum per family. Info, 438-2263 or 438-2490. Auditions for ‘Oliver!’ & ‘Guys and Dolls’: See FRI.20, 2-6 p.m.

‘The Very Dickens’: See FRI.20, 2 p.m., pay what you can.

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The Great Richmond Root Out! Knotweed Whacking: See SUN.22, 5:30-7 p.m.


West Coast Dance: See FRI.20, 6 p.m.


Raptor Encounter: See WED.18, 11 a.m. Talk to the Trainer: See WED.18, 2 p.m.


‘Certified Copy’: See FRI.20, 7 p.m. ‘My Perestroika’: See FRI.20, 7 p.m.

food & drink

Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.18, 2 p.m.

health & fitness

Community Herbalism Class: Folks get an introduction to Tibetan medicine. Preregister. Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, Montpelier, 6-7:30 p.m. $10-12. Info, 224-7100, ‘Discovering Your Inner Stability’: Can’t find your core? Instructor Robert Rex integrates Kundalini yoga, Tai Chi, Rolfing Movement Integration and more in exercises designed to stabilize spines, strengthen muscles and maintain flexibility. Preregister. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Exercise for Balance: See FRI.20, 10-11 a.m. Strong Living Exercise: See THU.19, 8 a.m.


After-School Programs: See THU.19, 3:30 p.m. 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@ Kids in the Kitchen: Beginning with sauce from scratch and ending with fresh garlic bread, little ones put together a favorite meal of “pasghetti” and meatballs. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 3:304:30 p.m. $20 per child; free for an accompanying adult. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1. Music With Raphael: See THU.19, 10:45 a.m. 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. Teen Advisory Board: Middle and high schoolers have a say in program planning and the teen collection. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 4-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216.


Lunch in a Foreign Language: See WED.18, noon-1 p.m.


Afro-Brazilian Percussion Class: Community band Sambatucada! teach the pulsating rhythms of samba, samba reggae and baião. No experience required. Call for specific location. Burlington, 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 343-7107. mon.23

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‘My Perestroika’: See FRI.20, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Essex Children’s Choir: This spring concert, a prelude to the 25th anniversary season in 2012, includes baroque to contemporary song selections with a “Family and Thanksgiving” theme. The Boys Chorus from Charlotte Center School also perform. McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 3 p.m. $8-10; free for kids under 12. Info, 863-9161.

The Met: Live in HD: See WED.18, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 1 p.m. $10-27.50. Info, 603-646-2422.


‘Big: The Musical’: See FRI.20, 2 p.m.

‘Certified Copy’: See FRI.20, 1:30 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Arioso: See SAT.21, United Church, Northfield, 4 p.m.

‘Mrs. Warren’s profession’: See THU.18.




All-Community Youth Art Festival: See WED.18, 5:30 p.m.



‘Forbidden Broadway’: See THU.19, 7:30 p.m.

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Walk for Epilepsy: A bike path jaunt, barbecue and silent auction raise cash for the Epilepsy Foundation of Vermont. Preregister. Oakledge Park, Burlington, 10 a.m. $25. Info, 800-565-0972.

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Open Meditation Classes: Harness your emotions and cultivate inner peace through the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Laughing River Yoga, Burlington, 1-3 p.m. $5-15 suggested donation. Info, 6840452, vermont@

Talk to the Trainer: See WED.18, 2 p.m.



health & fitness

Raptor Encounter: See WED.18, 11 a.m.



Burlington-Area Scrabble Club: Triple-lettersquare seekers spell out winning words. New players welcome. McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington, 12:30-5 p.m. Free. Info, 862-7558.

Farm to Yarn Tour: See SAT.21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.





‘The War Before the War’ Rokeby Museum Opening Day: Museum director Jane Williamson reviews 30 years of abolitionist history in an initial commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, 2 p.m. Free. Info, 877-3406,


UVM Commencement Ceremony: Tennis champion and women’s-sports pioneer Billie Jean King addresses 2011 graduates. University Green, UVM, Burlington, 9 a.m. Tickets required. Info, 6563272,


Middlebury College Commencement: More than 5000 folks attend this graduation ceremony, keynoted by National Ski and Paralympic Hall of Famer Chris Waddell, a Middlebury ’91 grad himself. Meet at the main quadrangle behind Voter Hall on College Street. Middlebury College, 10 a.m. Tickets required. Info, 443-5500.



‘Epic Proportions’: See FRI.20, 2 p.m.

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.


Israeli Dance: 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,

Sunday Dinner: Members of Food Salvage, a University of Vermontsponsored club, prepare and serve a hot meal for the community. Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, Burlington, 5:30 p.m. Free. Info,


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‘Keys to Credit’: A seminar clears up the confusing world of credit. Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 104.


Adult Floor Hockey: Male and female players ages 18 and up work up a sweat with the Greater Burlington Hockey Club. Sports & Fitness Edge, 4 Gauthier Dr., Essex, 7-9 p.m. $5; sticks provided. Info, 399-2985.


Auditions for ‘Oliver!’ & ‘Guys and Dolls’: See FRI.20, 6-8 p.m.


Book Discussion Series: Tobias Smollett’s The Expedition of Humphrey Clinker sheds light on the rise of the English novel. Wake Robin Retirement Community, Shelburne, 7:30 p.m. Free. Info, 985-0659. 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,

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AARP Safe Driver Course: Motor vehicle operators ages 50 and up take a quick trip to the classroom — with no tests and no grades! — for a how-to refresher. Preregister. Northwestern Medical Center, St. Albans, 5 p.m. $12-14. Info, 372-8511. Raptor Encounter: See WED.18, 11 a.m. Talk to the Trainer: See WED.18, 2 p.m.


‘Certified Copy’: See FRI.20, 7 p.m.



‘My Perestroika’: See FRI.20, 7 p.m.

food & drink

Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.18, 2 p.m. Food Preservation Overview: Asparagus: While a local-asparagus-and-cheese tart bakes, foodies learn easy methods for saving the harvest at peak freshness. Preregister. Integrated Arts Academy, H.O. Wheeler Elementary School, Burlington, 5:45-7:15 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700. Johnson Farmers Market: A street emporium bursts with local agricultural products, ranging from produce to herbs to fresh-baked bread. United Church, Johnson, 3-6 p.m. Free. Info, 635-1682.

Creative Tuesdays: Artists engage their imaginations with recycled crafts. Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 3-5 p.m. Free. Info, 865-7216. 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. Open Computer Time: See THU.19, 3-4:30 p.m. Science & Stories: Kids have aha! moments regarding wiggly worms. ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center/Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Burlington, 11 a.m. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; 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.


Lunch in a Foreign Language: See WED.18, noon-1 p.m. Pause Café: French speakers of all levels converse en français. Borders Books & Music, Burlington, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 864-5088.


Green Mountain Chorus: Men who like to sing learn four-part harmonies at an open meeting of this all-guy barbershop group. St. Francis Xavier School, Winooski, 7-9:30 p.m. Free. Info, 505-9595. Milton Community Band Rehearsal: Director Phil Mears oversees bandmates and new members in a varied repertoire jumping from patriotic tunes to Broadway favorites. Band room, Milton Elementary School, 7-8:45 p.m. Free. Info, 893-1398. Waterbury Community Band Rehearsals: Brass and wind musicians join the band in playing marches, swing medleys and Broadway faves at this open practice session. Waterbury Congregational Church, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, info@ William Tortolano: St. Michael’s College’s organist emeritus jumps genres in “An Organ Blast: Bluegrass, Gospel, Liturgical Jazz and American Folk Music.” Chapel, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 12:30 p.m. Free. Info, 654-2000.


‘Spend Smart’: Vermonters learn savvy skills for stretching bucks and managing money. Preregister. ReSOURCE, Burlington, 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Info, 860-1417, ext. 104.


Enosburg Playgroup: See WED.18, 9-11 a.m. Fairfax Playgroup: See WED.18, 10-11 a.m. High School Book Group: See WED.18, 5-6 p.m. Highgate Story Hour: See WED.18, 10-11 a.m. Middle School Book Group: See WED.18, 4-5 p.m. Moving & Grooving With Christine: See WED.18, 11-11:30 a.m.


Italian Conversation Group: Parla Italiano? A native speaker leads a language practice for all ages and abilities. Room 101, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 899-3869.


Garden Workshop Series: Greenskeepers explore the differences among container gardens, raised beds, wide rows and more. St. Johnsbury Food Co-op, 4:30-6:30 p.m. $5 donation. Info, 748-9498.

Lunch in a Foreign Language: See WED.18, noon-1 p.m.


Dartmouth College Glee Club: Gleeks honor the work of Stephen Sondheim in the 1993 musical review Putting It Together. Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover, N.H., 7 p.m. $5-18. Info, 603-646-2422.


Vermont Business & Industry Expo: Exhibitors from Vermont companies attract attention at this businessto-business trade show. Sheraton Hotel & Conference Center, South Burlington, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 registration after May 20. Info, 223-3443.




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,


Ballroom & Latin Dance: Dance-floor disciplines — including cha-cha and tango — keep feet on the move. Union Elementary School, Montpelier, 5:30-7:30 p.m. $12-14. Info, 225-8699 or 223-2921,

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



After-School Programs: See THU.19, 3:30 p.m.

Babytime: See WED.18, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Children’s Story Time: See SAT.21, 10 a.m.


Global Supply Chain Management Conference: Biz kids involved in cross-border distribution, importing or exporting connect with industry and government leaders. SUNY Plattsburgh, N.Y., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. $199-495. Info, 518-564-3054.


Winton Pitcoff: The executive director of the New England Farmers Union leads a presentation about national agriculture policy and how it affects us in “What’s the Farm Bill Got To Do With Local Food?” City Market, Burlington, 7-9 p.m. Free. Info, 861-9700.




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, 5 p.m. Free. Info, 355-5129.

Amy Miller: In “Cultivating True Happiness Through Establishing a Practice,” the director of the Milarepa Center offers a fun and relaxed approach to spiritual practice through meditation and discussion. Milarepa Center, Barnet, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Donations accepted. Info, 633-4136.


Exit 16 Traffic Study Meeting: The Town of Colchester and Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization share proposed design alternatives to improve safety and decrease congestion at the U.S. 2/7 corridor in the vicinity of I-89 Exit 16. Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Colchester, 5-7 p.m. Free. Info, 865-1794.

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Rutland County Farmers Market: See SAT.21, 3-6 p.m.





Global Supply Chain Management Conference: See TUE.24, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m.


Community Bike Shop: See WED.18, 5-8 p.m. Raptor Encounter: See WED.18, 11 a.m. Spring Move-Out Project: Savvy shoppers scrounge for secondhand clothes, books, furniture and more before it’s all donated to charity. Loomis St. and Bradley St., Burlington, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Info, 872-8111 or 656-1103. Talk to the Trainer: See WED.18, 2 p.m.


‘Certified Copy’: See FRI.20, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m. ‘Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind ‘Little Women’’: Literary lovers screen Harriet Reisen and Nancy Porter’s documentary, an intimate portrait about the American novelist’s struggles with poverty, fame and happiness. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-6955. ‘My Perestroika’: See FRI.20, 1:30 p.m., 4 p.m., 7 p.m.

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Barre Farmers Market: See WED.18, 3-6:30 p.m. Chocolate-Dipping Demo: See WED.18, 2 p.m. ‘Make It Tonight: Affordable Inspiration’: Home cooks learn a healthy recipe that won’t break the bank with chef/instructor Donna Vartanian. Preregister. Healthy Living, South Burlington, 5:307 p.m. $15. Info, 863-2569, ext. 1.

The Davydov-Fanning Duo: Cellist Dieuwke Davydov and pianist Diana Fanning perform Bach, Barber, Shostakovich and Debussy works from their 2011 European tour program. Community Church, Stowe, noon. Free. Info, 253-7257. Valley Night: Phineas Gage and Christopher Williams grace the lounge with grassicana sounds. Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield, 7:30 p.m. $5 suggested cover. Info, 496-8994.


Devin Colman: An architectural historian at the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation gives a talk on “Modernist Architecture in Chittenden County” inside of one of the country’s early examples. St. Mark’s Church, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 864-7686. Story Crafters Series: Andrea Rogers, former executive director of the Flynn Center, shares her experiences turning a decrepit theater building into a vibrant cultural center. Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston, 6:30 p.m. Free. Info, 878-4918. ‘The Monetary System and You!’: Spenders and savers get acquainted with currency basics by screening and discussing Paul Grignon’s Money as Debt: Part 3 in order to understand the current financial crisis. Jaquith Public Library, Marshfield, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 426-3581, jaquithpubliclibrary@ ‘The Wisdom of the Heart’: A PowerPoint presentation illuminates the Gnostic-Hermetic perspective. Fletcher Free Library, Burlington, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 524-9706, vermont@goldenrosycross. org. ‘Your Most Interesting Ancestor — Here or Afar’: Resident dig back through their family roots to share life stories of interesting forebears. Bradford Public Library, 7 p.m. Free. Info, 222-4423. m

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ayurveda AYURVEDIC CLEANSE & REJUVENATION WORKSHOP: Jun. 1-15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Wed. Cost: $125/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, During this three-week workshop, you will be supported through a seven-day Ayurvedic cleanse. The workshop will explore the fundamentals of Ayurveda, examine how Ayurveda supports optimum health and explain how this medical system applies to you. BALANCE YOUR HORMONES, BALANCE YOUR LIFE, BALANCE YOUR BREATH: Jun. 11, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Cost: $75/class. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, International speaker Dr. Claudia Welch joins VTCYT for a workshop on women’s health. Dr. Welch combines Eastern medicine with Western science to provide insights about the power of breath, diet and lifestyle to create optimum health.

BCA offers dozens of weeklong summer art camps for ages 3-14 in downtown Burlington from June to August – the largest selection of art camps in the region! Choose full- or halfday camps – scholarships are available. See all the camps and details at CLAYMATION: Jun. 20-24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost: $170/camp. Location: Burlington City Arts, Burlington. Campers will make their own 3-D characters come alive through the art of stop-motion animation. Forming small “production companies,” teams of campers will write original stories, sculpt characters, construct sets and then animate their creations for the camera. Aspects of postproduction work, including some computer editing, may be incorporated to create individual CDs of the campers’ work. Pair this with Mosaic Glass Design for a full-day experience. Ages 9-11.

3-DAY PMP EXAM BOOT CAMP: Jun. 28-30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $1,999/camp. Location: DoubleTree Hotel, 1117 Williston Rd., S. Burlington. Info: Desai Management Consulting, LLC, Vijay Desai, MBA, PMP, P.Eng., 363-9260,, The 3-Day PMP Exam Preparation Boot Camp by DMC (Desai Management Consulting LLC) is a thorough and accelerated course focused on a single goal: Equipping project managers with the knowledge and techniques they need to pass PMI’s Project Management Professional Certification Exam.

camps ART CAMP: A: Jun. 27-Jul. 1, 9-2, ages 6-11; B: Jul. 11-15, 9-2, ages 8-13. Cost: $270/incl. all materials. Location: Art Camp, 614 Macrae Rd., Colchester. Info: Art Camp, Carol MacDonald, 862-9037,, Come work in Carol MacDonald’s print studio! Drawing, painting, linoleum block printing, monotype, collagraph, clay and handmade artist books. “I believe in supporting the creative voices of children by providing quality materials and an opportunity for them to experiment with their individual imagery and process in a small group setting.”

BURLINGTON’S BEST SALSA: DAVID LARSON & SOUTH END STUDIO: We’re growing! Classes continuing Thu., 7-8 p.m., Beginning Salsa. A great way to get started & make some new friends. Then, 8-9 p.m., Cuban styling & cool turning combinations (all the fun stuff you’ve seen at Red Square Sat. night salsa dance parties). Location: South End Studio, 696 Pine St., near Lake Champlain Chocolates, just behind New World Tortilla, Burlington. Info: Sabrina, 540-0044, Burlington’s best salsa with David Larson and South End Studio (still the newest and nicest place to dance). Summer Salsa Dance Nights return with a tribute to Grammyaward-winning Conguero Poncho Sanchez and his Latin jazz band. Come help us celebrate Burlington’s 2011 Discover Jazz Festival and Poncho Sanchez concert June 10 at the Flynn Main Stage. June 2, 7-7:30 p.m., new Funky Latin Cha Cha class (all levels)! 7:30-9:30 p.m., DJ Raul plays salsa hits, bachata and reggaeton. DANCE ARTISTS COLLECTIVE: Mon., 7:00-8:15 p.m. Location: Burlington Dances (Chace Mill, top floor), 1 Mill St., 372, Burlington. Info: Burlington Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863-3369,, The Modern Dance innovators were students of Rudolph Laban and Francois Delsartes systems for

DANCE STUDIO SALSALINA: Cost: $13/class. Location: 266 Pine St., Burlington. Info: Victoria, 598-1077, info@ Salsa classes, nightclub-style. 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:, 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. LEARN TO DANCE W/ A PARTNER!: Cost: $50/4-week class. Location: The Champlain Club, 20 Crowley St., Burlington, St. Albans, Colchester. Info: First Step Dance, 598-6757,, Come alone, or come with friends, but come out and learn to dance! Beginning classes repeat each month, but intermediate classes vary from month to month. As with all of our programs, everyone is encouraged to attend, and no partner is necessary. Three locations to choose from!

davis studio 425-2700 ENVIRONMENTAL ART EXPLORATIONS TEEN CAMP: Aug. 15-19. Cost: $400/ camp. Location: Davis Studio, 4 Howard St., Burlington. Students will spend the week working in nature, creating sculptures using found objects. At the end, each student will receive a professionally bound book containing images of the sculptures. FASHION DESIGN INTENSIVE TEEN CAMP: Jul. 4-8 or Jul. 1115. Cost: $400/camp. Location: Davis Studio, 4 Howard St., Burlington. You will design your own clothing line from concept to creation. Learn hand stitches, advanced sewing techniques and characteristics of fabrics. Fashion show at the end!


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VERMONT CLIMBING & ADVENTURE SCHOOL: Location: Vermont Climbing & Adventure School, 76 Venus Ave., Burlington. Info: Regina, 858-9034. Overnight Yoga and Climbing Retreat, Jun. 17 & 18, $125/person. Mother and Child Outdoor Climbing Day, Junn 26, $125/two people. Women’s Day on the Rocks, Jul. 9, $75/person. Individual and small-group rockclimbing instruction available by appointment.

ARGENTINE TANGO FOR BEGINNERS: May 22-Jun. 12, 7-8 p.m., Weekly on Sun. Cost: $50/1-hr. class. Location: North End Studio, 294 N. Winooski Ave., suite 116B, Burlington. Info: In collaboration with Queen City Tango, Elizabeth Seyler, 862-2833, eseyler@temple. edu. Improvise, express yourself, collaborate, play. If you can walk, you can tango. Learn the basics in a friendly, welcoming environment for all ages. Instructor Elizabeth Seyler holds a PhD in dance and has taught tango since 2006. No partner or experience necessary. Wear comfortable shoes with hard soles.




DANCE CONDITIONING & BALLET: Ballet Barre & Adagio, Wed. 5:45-7 p.m. Dance Conditioning Wed. 7-7:45 p.m. Location: Burlington Dances, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369, lucille@, Perfect for beginning-level students, Ballet Barre and Adagio is taught by classically trained teachers for the experience of elegance, personal growth and fun. One of the best ways to condition the body for any eventuality, Dance Conditioning draws upon the wisdom and traditions of dancers for a balanced physique.

WEEKLONG INTENSIVES FOR TEENS & ADULTS: Location: Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. Info: 2294676. Discover Contact Improvisation with Abbi Jaffe: May 31-June 2, 5:30-7 p.m. $35 with a full Contact Improv Jam June 3, 6-8 p.m. $5-$10. Advanced Contemporary Modern Technique with Pauline Jennings: June 6-10, 5:30-7 p.m. $60. Intermediate/Advanced Hip-Hop with Olivia Zoecklein: June 6-10, 7-8:30 p.m. $60. Tap 1-2 w/ Olivia Zoecklein: June 1317, 6-7 p.m. $40. Intermediate/ Advanced Street Jazz with Kelly Sturgis: June 13-17, 7-8:30 p.m. $60. Advanced Performance Intensive with Polly Motley: June 20-24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and June 25, noon-4 p.m. $200 (must be 18+). Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Modern with Kaitlyn O’Donnell: June 20-24, 5:30-7 p.m. $60. Beginner/ Advanced Beginner Hip-Hop with BJ Paulin: June 20-24, 7-8:30 p.m. $60. Intermediate/ Advanced Ballet and Pointe with Shelley Ismail: June 27-July 1. Ballet, 4:30-6:15 p.m. $75. Pointe, 6:15-7 p.m. (Teacher approval required for pointe.) $40. Open-Level Capoeira with Fabio Nascimento: June 27-July 1. 6-7 p.m. $40. Intermediate/ Advanced Hip-Hop Fusion with Mary Jo Cahilly-Bretzin: July 5-8, 6-7:30 p.m. $45. Register by printing summer 2011 registration form at


TINY HOUSE RAISING: Cost: $250/workshop. Location: Montgomery, Vermont. Info: Peter King, 9336103. A crew of beginners will help instructor Peter King frame and sheath a tiny house on May 28. Info, vermonttinyhouses. com.


enhancing expressive capacity, engaging the whole self and experiencing harmonious movement. Increase awareness of your body as it relates to function, relationships, decision making and creativity, and discover your own choreographic artistry. Community class (by donation).



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SILK-SCREEN DESIGN: Jun. 20-24, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Cost: $170/camp. Location: Print & Clay Studio, Burlington. Learn how to create your own unique designs using silk screens. Teens will be introduced to BCA’s professional print studio, will learn some basic silk-screen techniques, and will create posters, banners and more. By the end of the week, participants will have reproduced a variety of images while learning the silk-screening process. Pair this with Teen Photo for a fullday experience. Ages 12-14.


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INTRO TO OIL PAINTING TEEN CAMP: Jul. 25-29. Cost: $400/ camp. Location: Davis Studio, 4 Howard St., Burlington. Begin working in oil paint. Instruction will emphasize composition, color and step-by-step process of creating a satisfying result. Students will paint at least three finished pieces to take home.






FINDING YOUR MISSION IN LIFE: Jun. 2-23, 7-9 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $120/course. Location: 55 Clover Lane, Waterbury. Info: Sue, 244-7909. Discover the unique way you are meant to make a difference in the world and open your life to joy, meaning and wonder. Led by Dr. Sue Mehrtens, teacher and author, with a personal reading by a member of the Life Mission Institute team.

fitness SAMURAI SWORD WORKOUT: May 26-Jul. 21, 6-7 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $80/8 1-hr. classes (no class Jun. 9). Location: Perkins Fitness Consulting & Personal Training, 3060 Williston Rd., S. Burlington. Info: Stephanie Shohet, 578-9243,, forzavt. com. FORZA is an intense, empowering, full-body workout, allowing you to burn lots of calories, build lean muscles, and cultivate inner focus and self-esteem. No martial arts experience necessary; Forza is safe for any fitness level. Other class times offered in Burlington and South Burlington. Check website or forzavt on Facebook.


fairy tales, animals, Dr. Seuss, Mo Willems (Pigeon/Knuffle Bunny) books, sea monsters (Champ), ballet, world cultures, costumes and history. AUDITION WORKSHOP W/ THEATRICAL DREAM TEAM: MARK NASH, KATHRYN BLUME & BILL REED: Ages 11-18; Aug. 8-12; noon-4 p.m. Cost: $265/limited scholarships avail. Location: Flynn Center, Burlington. Spend a week learning how to nail cold readings, monologues and songs (if you choose a musical theater track), and how to manage anxiety and rejection in the theatrical world. Good for seniors embarking on college auditions, and for anyone planning to audition for a school show.

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EXPRESSING SELF W/ THE ARTS: May 31-Jun. 21, 7 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $100/ series. Location: JourneyWorks HORSES & LEADERSHIP office, 11 Kilburn St., Burlington. WORKSHOP: May 28-29, 10 a.m.Info: 860-6203, journeyworks@ 4 p.m. Cost: $175/person incl., journeyworksvt. beverages, snacks & catered com. Using an open studio, lunch for both days. Location: 652-4548 participants will integrate Horses & Pathfinders Center meditation, movement and art for Equine Guided Education, PMa safe and loving environment Leadership & Coaching, 68991x1-FlynnPerfArts093009.indd 1 9/28/09 3:32:51 in to seek deeper intuitive self Rte. 100B, Moretown. Info: DANCE IMPROVISATION LAB: that come from life experiences. 223-1903, info@horsesandpathAdults & teens; Wed., May Exploration through specific, horsesandpathfind18-Jun. 22; 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost: meditation exercises, movement Through a grounded $130/6 weeks. Location: Flynn creative arts and open studio process of self-assessing an Center, Burlington. Taught by time so connections are individual’s own current patterns Lida Winfield, this unique class made between self and of behavior, perceptions and helps movers and dancers the world. performance, participants will deepen their knowledge of be encouraged toward a healthy personal movement patself-image and supported to externs and develop and plore new practices for achieving refine their individual personal and professional goals. creative expression. Everyone is coached through an Class includes equine-guided learning process. warm-ups We will not be riding horses. that increase awareness of anatomical systems, YOGADANCE W/ NANCEY followed by KINLIN: Tue., 6:45-8:15 p.m., structured improthrough Jun. 7. Cost: $14/single visations and movement class, ($12 w/ BD class card). studies. Location: Burlington Dances SUMMER CAMPS ENStudio, 1 Mill St., suite 372, ROLLING NOW: Over 30 Burlington. Info: Burlington full-day performing arts Dances, Lucille Dyer, 863camps with after care 3369, Info@BurlingtonDances. until 5 p.m. for ages 4-18. com, Location: Flynn Center Combining the traditions of for the Performing Arts, yoga with music and movement, Burlington. Drama, movieYogaDance uses the chakra making, radio, comedy, hipsystem as a template to explore hop and jazz dance, pupand express our life energies. For petry, slam poetry, musical all bodies of any age or ability, it theater, voice, and historic is a sacred practice for a way of improvisation. Themes opening to the abundant riches for younger kids include of self-discovery. spies, pirates, royalty,


herbs VERMONT’S SCHOOL OF HERBS: Monthly Sun. workshops MayNov. Mon. evening herb walks, 6-7 p.m. Wed. evening workshops, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Herbal boot camps one weekend per month May-Nov. Call to register for classes, early bird discounts. Location: Vermont School of Herbs, 5914 Lower Newton Rd., St. Albans. Info: Tajeanhus Herbal Shop, Tammy Hudson, 527-1212,, vermontpureherbs. com. We will be outside among the plants learning to identify and harvest wild edible plants for food and medicine. In the kitchen we will be cooking and brewing up wild edibles and making herbal remedies for health and wellness. Learn what’s in your backyard! Tammy Hudson is a Master Herbalist, Holistic Practitioner, Nutritional Consultant for over 15 years and owner of Tajeanhus Herbal Shop and Vermont Pure Herbs. WISDOM OF THE HERBS SCHOOL: Wild Edible Intensive spring/summer term will be held May 15, Jun. 5 & Jul. 10, & summer/fall term will be held Aug. 21, Sep. 18 & Oct. 16. Join either or both terms of Wild Edibles. VSAC nondegree grants may be avail. Monthly Wild Edible & Medicinal Plant Walks w/ Annie, & Naturalist Walks w/ George, $10, dates announced on our Facebook page, join our email list, or call us. Location: Wisdom of the Herbs School, Woodbury. Info: 456-8122, annie@ wisdomoftheherbsschool. com, Earth skills for changing times. Experiential programs embracing local, wild, edible and medicinal plants, food as first medicine, sustainable living skills, and the inner journey. Annie McCleary, director, and George Lisi, naturalist.

language DON’T WAIT, LEARN SPANISH: Location: Spanish in Waterbury Center, Waterbury Ctr. Info: Spanish in Waterbury Center, 585-1025,, Broaden your horizons 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, including AP. See our website for complete information or contact us for details.

martial arts AIKIDO: Adult classes meet 7 days a week. Join now and receive a 3 mo. Membership (unlimited classes) for $175. Location: Aikido of Champlain Valley, 257 Pine St. (across from Conant Metal and Light), Burlington. Info: 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, 862-9785, Aikido trains body and spirit together, promoting physical flexibility with flowing movement, martial awareness with compassionate connection, respect for others and confidence in oneself. Beginners Intro: Thursday evenings through May 19, 6-7:30 pm. $65 fee includes practice uniform. NEW 5-week class for kids starts June 11th! Saturday mornings from 9:30-10:30 a.m. FUN SUMMER AIKIDO FOR CHILDREN AGES 6-12: Location: Vermont Aikido, 274 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. Info: 862-9785. 5-week class meets Saturday mornings 9:30-10:30 a.m. starting June 11. $60 includes uniform you get to take home! Questions or want to learn

more about aikido? Call or visit website. VERMONT BRAZILIAN JIUJITSU: Mon.-Fri., 6-9 p.m., & Sat., 10 a.m. 1st class is free. Location: Vermont Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, 55 Leroy Rd., Williston. Info: 660-4072, Julio@bjjusa. com, 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 JiuJitsu instructor under Carlson Gracie Sr., teaching in Vermont, born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! A 5-time Brazilian JiuJitsu 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, 2888160, elementsofhealing@, elementsofhealing. net. This program teaches two

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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. VSAC nondegree grants are available. NCBTMB-assigned school. Focus on Extremeties 14 CEUs: Jun. 11-12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Cost: $245/14 CEUs; $225 when deposit of $50 is received by May 27. Inquire about the Introductory Risk Free Fee. Location: Touchstone Healing Arts, Burlington. Info: Dianne Swafford, 734-1121, We will learn specific techniques for facilitating release in the shoulder, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet. By using comfortable positioning and movement, we access the innate, self-corrective reflexes, achieving pain relief and structural balance. Using orthobionomy we will explore a simple and natural means of working with neuromuscular tension patterns that is gentle, effective and transformative.


Got food security?: May 14-Sep. 18. Cost: $500/workshop. Location: Outdoors, Burlington & surrounding areas. Info: Eric Garza, 881-8675, DeepGreenResilience@gmail. com. Join local forager and hunter Eric Garza for two programs that will help participants develop relationships with wild foods. One workshop focuses on wild edible and medicinal plants, another focuses on hunting. The hunting workshop is not a substitute for a hunter safety course and will not harm any animals.


ALL Wellness: Location: 128 Lakeside Ave., Ste. 103, Burlington. Info: 863-9900, 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!

Hwa Yu Tai Chi, Montpelier: Jun. 6-Jul. 25, 5-5:45 p.m., Weekly on Mon. Cost: $63/45min. class, 7 sessions. Location: Montpelier Shambhala Center, 63 Main St., 3rd floor, Montpelier. Info: Ellie Hayes, 456-1983, The practice of Hwa Yu Tai Chi can help you experience the deep release that comes with giving in to gravity, aligning the posture and moving from the core in delicious, fluid movements. Join the summer semester and benefit from a mixedlevel learning environment.

Natural Bodies Pilates: For a whole new body. Daily classes & private sessions. Location: Natural Bodies Pilates, Chace Mill, top floor, 1 Mill St., suite 372, Burlington. Info: 863-3369,, For a whole new body: daily classes and private sessions. Bring a friend, join the group! Get that fantastic feeling of deep internal strength while feeling relaxed and flexible. Reform your body, move and dance with confidence. Join classes at Natural Bodies Pilates and Burlington Dances, upstairs at Chace Mill.

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: 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.

psychotherapy Breaking Through AddictiveCompulsive Behavior: May 19-Jun. 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Thu. Cost: $120/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 6589440, Learn the innovative Basic Mindfulness System developed by Shinzen Young using the Basic Mindfulness Game Board. Transform addictive behaviors such as addiction to sugar and carbs, computers, sex, thinking, pornography, spending, alcohol/drugs, etc.


Anxious Body, Anxious Mind: May 24-Jul. 12, 6-7:30 p.m., Weekly on Tue. Cost: $120/series. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., suite 204, S. Burlington. Info: 658-9440, Would you like to feel less anxious and more comfortable with yourself? In a supportive environment, participants will examine their own inner “critical” voice in order to find their way to a more compassionate and loving self. Gentle yoga postures, breathing exercises, journaling and guided meditation practices will be introduced. 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: 8649642,, Evolution’s certified teachers are skilled with students ranging from beginner-advanced. We offer classes in Vinyasa, Anusarainspired, 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, monthly unlimited $130, summer unlimited (Jun. 1-Aug. 31) $330. By-donation classes ($5-$15 suggested) Mon.-Fri. at 9 a.m. Location: Laughing River Yoga, 1 Mill St., Chace Mill, suite 126, Burlington. Info: Laughing River Yoga, 343-8119,, laughingriveryoga. com. Yoga studio downstairs in the Chace Mill. Experienced and compassionate teachers offer Kripalu, Jivamukti, Vajra, Flow, Yin, Restorative, Kundalini, Iyengar, PranaVayu and DJ 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. Old School Ashtanga Workshop!: July 22-24, Fri. 6-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Cost: $250/16-hr. workshop. Location: Yoga Vermont, Contois Auditorium, Burlington City Hall, Burlington. Info: Yoga Vermont, Kathy McNames York, 238-0594,, David Swenson and Shelley Washington will be back in Burlington leading an ashtanga yoga extended weekend workshop. 16 hours over three days. CEUs available. Guaranteed to be fun and educational for all. No previous ashtanga experience necessary. Renew your practice, increase your understanding and maybe learn to jump through. m

yoga 30 minute, Drop-in community practice — donation only: May 24-Jul. 12, 5:20-5:50 p.m. Donation to the Vermont Community Yoga Project vcyp. org. Location: Vermont Center for Yoga & Therapy, 364 Dorset St., Suite 204, South Burlington. Info: 658-9440, Class begins with 15 minutes of gentle mindful yoga postures and flows into a 15 minute meditation with some guidance and inspiration. 60% of your donation will go to the Vermont Community Yoga

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REIKI (USUI) LEVEL 1: Cost: $175/ Sat. May 21, 9:30-5:30. Location: Rising Sun Healing Center, 35 King St., #7, Burlington. Info: Chris Hanna, 881-1866, chris@, Receive an attunement enabling you to use Reiki energy for healing and personal growth. Learn the hand positions for giving a complete Reiki treatment to yourself and others, the ethics of a Reiki practitioner, and history of Reiki. Member Vermont Reiki Association.

Yang-Style Tai Chi: Beginner’s class, Wed., 5:30. All levels class on Sat., 8:30 a.m. No class on May 14 or 28. Cost: $16/class. Location: Vermont Tai Chi Academy & Healing Center, 180 Flynn Ave., Burlington. Turn right into driveway immediately after the railroad tracks. Located in the old Magic Hat Brewery building. Info: 3186238. 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. Janet Makaris, instructor.

Project bringing yoga to underserved populations. The other 40% is a donation to VTCYT.


Dig. Photography & Photoshop: Jun. 4-5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost: $125/day; $200/ weekend. Location: HUHS Digital Imaging Lab, 458 Rt. 100, S. Duxbury. Info: Sam K, 882-1124, sambovermont@gmail. com. A two-day, comprehensive workshop. Participate in one day or both. Day 1: digital cameras, exposure tricks and better photography. Day 2: digital workflow: importing, organizing, Photoshop, printing. Contact instructor for more info about this excellent workshop held in a modern, fully equipped digital imaging lab in the Mad River Valley.

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Introduction to Zen: Sat., May 21, 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, 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.



Chod: Cutting Through the Ego: Jun. 17-19, 7:30-3 p.m. Cost: $120/weekend. Location: Laughing River Yoga Studio, Chace Mill, 1 Mill St., Burlington. Info: Rime Shedrub Ling Vermont, Sarah Snow, 684-0452,, Rime-Shedrub-Ling-Vermont. Khachab Rinpoche will bestow the empowerment and teachings of Chod. Through this esoteric Tibetan Buddhist practice, one aims to cut through the obstacles of premature death, disturbing emotions, bodily and mental sufferings, and unawareness. The fruition is the recognition of mind’s essence, free from grasping, anger and confusion.

LEARN TO MEDITATE: Meditation instruction available Sunday mornings, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., or by appointment. The Shambhala Cafe meets the first Saturday of each month for meditation and discussions, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 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: 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.



Rock-and-Roll Fantasy 8084 ride again






or a brief, shining moment in the mid- to late 1980s, 8084 were among the biggest rock bands ever to call Vermont home. They toured prodigiously, sharing the stage with several of the day’s stars: Blue Oyster Cult, Whitesnake and Toto, to name a few. They signed a major-label deal, were sponsored by Coors and worked with one of the era’s most accomplished producers. 8084 lived a rockand-roll lifestyle most can only dream about. Not bad for a hair-metal act from Burlington. “Actually, we prefer the term ‘arena rock,’” says guitarist Andre Maquera. Duly noted. 8084 formed in Burlington in 1982 and remained active for nearly a quarter century, though with varying rosters in their later years. This Thursday, May 19, at the Higher Ground Ballroom, the band takes the stage with the surviving members of its original lineup for the first time since 2000. The show kicks off a string of reunion dates and harks back to what vocalist Randy Smith describes as “the golden days” of Burlington’s rock scene. “Back then, it was a little bit different in Burlington,” says Smith by phone from his current home in Charlotte, N.C. “The scene was really starting to pop.” 8084 made their name playing the local circuit, at bars and clubs now mostly forgotten in the haze of hair spray and fog machines — places such as Neutral Grounds, Texas, Hunt’s and a large Shelburne Road nightclub called Club New England. “If you were anybody with a name, you


played Club New England,” Smith recalls. He says the club would book the band for five or six nights at a time, and they’d draw upward of 500 fans per night. “It was nuts back then.” “Everybody knew each other,” Smith continues. “It wasn’t unusual to see all the bands in town come out for a Sunday night show. There was a nice camaraderie. You’d walk in to Nectar’s and Nectar [Rorris] would know you by name. It was a great time.” He adds it was also a wilder time. “Back then, DUI didn’t exist,” says Smith. “Or they didn’t have a name for it. There were things that you just did, and you did them because everybody was doing them.” Smith prefers not to elaborate on what “things” those were, exactly. But anyone who has seen an episode of VH1’s “Behind the Music” can likely connect the dots. In 1986, 8084 left Burlington for Manchester, N.H., to be closer to the rock scene in Boston. There they met producer Hirsh Gardner, who helped the band write, record and release its self-titled debut album. The following year, 8084 won Rock Search International at Olympic Stadium in Montréal, a battle-of-the-bands-style contest judged by a panel of industry bigwigs. Soon after, the band signed a deal with CBS Records subsidiary MCM. 8084 were on their way. MCM tagged Aldo Nova to helm the band’s next record. Nova was — and still is — a highly regarded producer in industry circles whose résumé includes Bon Jovi, Cyndi Lauper and Celine Dion.

“It was a dream come true,” says Smith, adding that Jon Bon Jovi himself wrote a song for what would have been 8084’s major-label debut. But a funny thing happened on the way to rock stardom. Roughly five months in, and threequarters of the way through completing the record, MCM inexplicably backed out of the project. The label shelved the album, which has sat gathering dust in a Montréal recording studio ever since. “We have a joke we use to this day,” says Smith. “‘Don’t you realize who we almost were?’” The end of the 1980s would also bring about the end of the original incarnation of 8084, when keyboard player Charlie Hawthorne died in a car accident on Christmas Eve, 1989. That night, 8084 played a gig in White River Junction. Woody Harrelson, then part of the cast of the popular sitcom Cheers, was in attendance and hung out with the band after the show. “That was pretty cool,” recalls Smith. Later, Smith and Hawthorne parted ways at a gas station, the former headed north to Burlington, the latter southbound on I-89. “We gave each other big hugs and said, ‘Merry Christmas,’ and that was that,” he says. Hawthorne fell asleep at the wheel on his way home, crashed and died. Coincidentally, Smith also fell asleep driving home. His car merely went off the road and into a ditch near Williston. He was towed out and drove home, where his wife await-

ed him with news of Hawthorne’s death. “Signing a big record deal, losing a big record deal and then losing your best friend. That was pretty much the ’80s,” Smith says. 8084 continued playing off and on with a rotating cast for another 15 years, though Smith says the group was never the same. “It wasn’t the end of the band,” says Smith of Hawthorne’s death. “But it was the end of the band as it was.” Eventually, even aspiring arena-rock stars have to pack away the spandex, flatten feathered bangs and grow up. Now 8084’s members have families and “real” jobs. Maquera operates West Street Digital studios in Fairfield, Vt. Smith owns a web-design company in North Carolina. Bassist Frank Barnes is the vice principal at Mount Anthony Union High School in Bennington. Drummer Gary Spaulding works in software and lives in White River Junction. This week, 8084 have a chance to recapture their youth, if only for a few nights. While they probably won’t don outrageous outfits or tease what remains of their hair, Smith and Maquera promise the band will evoke memories of the halcyon 1980s, in both sound and spirit. “There will definitely be leg kicks,” says Maquera. “And maybe some splits.” 

8084 play the Higher Ground Ballroom on Friday, May 20, 8:30 p.m. $12/15. AA. Justice open.


Blame It on the Rain (or Tom Messner)

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. Just not this Saturday, OK? You see, Rain, there’s big doin’s at the Magic Hat BRewing coMpany and peRfoRMing aRts

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the best part. The best part is that the show is free. And the best best part is that there will be an outdoor beer garden, which is, well, outdoors. Where we’d all like to have been this week. But we weren’t, because you just wouldn’t let up. Thanks for that. Not only is there a beer garden, there is a free shuttle between Nectar’s and the brewery, so folks can get to the show, enjoy themselves and not worry about having to drive home. Pretty thoughtful, right? But wait, there’s more. There’ll be a BBQ, which, like the beer garden, works much better when you’re not around. There will also be prizes and guided brewery tours, neither of which are weather dependent, really … but still. The big thing, and the real reason I’m asking you to sit this one out, Rain, is that the show is a benefit for the do-gooders at Big Heavy woRld. Those kids operate on less than a shoestring budget, and any opportunity to help fill their coffers is a good one. I don’t mean to be rude, but I’m just afraid that, if you show up, no one else will. You have that effect


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on people. Kind of like how you’ve driven a normally rational music critic to write half a column like an open letter to precipitation. See what I mean? So, yeah. Go check out for all the details. Then go to and go fuc … ahem.

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As I’m sure many of you have, I’ve spent a lot of time recently pondering the impending closure of Montpelier’s Langdon Street

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Café. And I’ve come to one indisputable conclusion. Ready? It sucks. In all seriousness, losing one of the state’s most vibrant music hubs is a major, major downer. But I think there are at least two takeaway lessons here. Lesson 1: If you’re gonna go out, go out with some pizzazz. The café’s calendar between now and D-Day, May 28, is chock-full of goodness. Just this weekend, for example, LSC has got Kat wRigHt & tHe indoMitaBle soul Band on Thursday, J.p. HaRRis & tHe tougH cHoices with the

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red jumpsuIt apparatus lIsten to the sky THU, 5/26 | $22 aDv / $25 DOS | DOORS 7, SHOW 8:00PM 104.7 THE POINT WELCOMES

brett dennen daWes THU 5/26 | $22 aDv / $25 DOS | DOORS 9, SHOW 9:30PM aSaP ENTERTaINMENT PRESENTS


WIth colby stIltz, ap & the stack boyz + dj dakota FRI 5/27 | $45 aDv / $45 DOS | DOORS 6, SHOW 7 104.7 THE POINT WELCOMES BEN & JERRy’S CONCERTS ON THE MIDWay LaWN

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the undeRscoRe oRKestRa on Saturday. Which brings me to… Lesson 2: If you can, steal a similar venue’s biggest weekly draw. I’m kidding, of course. LSC didn’t steal Wright and her Thursday-night soulsessions band from Radio Bean. I’m told they gleefully accepted the gig. In fact, the Bean’s lee andeRson is rumored to be making a cameo behind the bar at LSC to pour drinks at what the club’s Ben MatcHsticK

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for you to muck it up like you’ve done for most of the spring. You’ve overstayed your welcome even more than your flaky cousin, snow. And I thought that sumbitch would never leave. But I digress. Like so many folks around town, I’ve really been looking forward to Heavyfest at the ol’ brewery this Saturday. There are a slew of top-notch local and regional acts slated to play, including waylon speed, JapHy RydeR, casio BastaRd — great name, right? — paRiaH Beat and JaH Red. Plus, our old disco-rockin’ friends Heloise & tHe savoiR faiRe, who’ve been hard at work on a new album, will co-headline with Rustic oveRtones. I know. I was kind of surprised those cats are still around myself. I wonder if they’ll play “Slowly”… Anyway, the lineup is great. But that’s not even

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MakEs thrEE as playful irony. That’s exactly what the Devil

would want you to do. More hellion than hayseed, this ain’t no bluegrass band. Instead, they deliver a firestorm of subversive punk, ragtime, folk and country that would likely please the Devil himself. The band wraps up an East Coast tour at

Montpelier’s Positive Pie 2 this Saturday, May 21.


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Franny o's: karaoke, 9 p.m., free.


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MonoPoLE: open mic, 8 p.m., free.

CLub MEtronoME: return of the Boom Bap with the aztext, the Beatbiters, Wombaticus rex, lynguistic civilians (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5.


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on taP bar & griLL: Jenni Johnson & friends (jazz), 7 p.m., free. PariMa Main stagE: Burgundy Thursdays with Joe adler, the move it move it, Greg alexander, e-s guthrie, John Daly, eleanor krause (singersongwriters), 7 p.m., $5. raDio bEan: Jazz sessions, 6 p.m., free. shane hardiman trio (jazz), 8 p.m., free. The unbearable light cabaret (eclectic), 10 p.m., $3. kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 11 p.m., $3. funkwagon (funk), 11 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.

LiFt: DJs p-Wyld & Jazzy Janet (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. Manhattan Pizza & Pub: open mic with andy lugo, 10 p.m., free. MonkEy housE: am presents: Beat vision with Jonny aquadora and DJ Disco phantom (indie), 9 p.m., $5. 18+. nECtar's: adam king (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., free. on taP bar & griLL: leno & young (rock), 7 p.m., free.

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gusto's: open mic with John lackard, 9 p.m., free. LangDon strEEt CaFé: Jane Boxall ragtime marimba (vaudeville), 9 p.m., Donations. PurPLE Moon Pub: 440hz: fox, hock and Jones (blues), 7 p.m., free.

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rasPutin's: 101 Thursdays with pres & DJ Dan (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

thE skinny PanCakE: Dan Blakeslee (folk), 10 p.m., $5-10 donation. VEnuE: karaoke with steve leclair, 7 p.m., free.


grEEn Mountain taVErn: Thirsty Thursday karaoke, 9 p.m., free.

City LiMits: karaoke with let it rock entertainment, 9 p.m., free.

LangDon strEEt CaFé: Brett hughes (cosmo-rural), 7:30 p.m., Donations. kat Wright & the indomitable soul Band (soul), 10 p.m., Donations.

on thE risE bakEry: matt schrag and friends (bluegrass), 8 p.m., Donations.

nutty stEPh's: Bacon Thursdays with Noble savage (electro), 10 p.m., free.

51 Main: Blues Jam, 8 p.m., free.

tWo brothErs taVErn: DJ Jam man (top 40), 10 p.m., free.


bEE's knEEs: Butterbeans (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. Moog's: adam Witkowski (singersongwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. ParkEr PiE Co.: howie cantor (acoustic), 7:30 p.m., free. riMroCks Mountain taVErn: DJ two rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.


MonoPoLE: peacock tunes & trivia, 5 p.m., free. Jam out with members of lucid & shameless (rock), 10 p.m., free. MonoPoLE DoWnstairs: Gary peacock (singer-songwriter), 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.

1/2 LoungE: myra flynn (neo-soul), 7 p.m., free. Bonjour-hi! (house), 10 p.m., free.

rED squarE: sunyata (rock), 7 p.m., free. DJ cre8 (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.

Franny o's: karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free.

on thE risE bakEry: Gabe Jarrett & friends (jazz), 8 p.m., Donations.

o'briEn's irish Pub: DJ Dominic (hip-hop), 9:30 p.m., free.

rED squarE: selector Dubee (reggae), 6 p.m., free. a-Dog presents (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

CharLiE o's: abby Jenne (rock), 8 p.m., free.

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raDio bEan: ensemble v (jazz), 7:30 p.m., free. irish sessions, 9 p.m., free.

CLub MEtronoME: DJ oh-J freshhh presents homegrown Wednesdays fashion showcase with s.i.N. siZZle, colby stiltz (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5.

sLiDE brook LoDgE & taVErn: open mic, 7 p.m., free. DJ Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

nECtar's: trivia mania with top hat entertainment, 7 p.m., free. rubber revolver (Beatles tribute), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

1/2 LoungE: Dan liptak (jazz), 7 p.m., free. rewind with DJ craig mitchell, 10 p.m.

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MonkEy housE: hell or highwater, Bunny's a swine, the porters (indie folk, country), 12 p.m., free.


LEunig's bistro & CaFé: paul asbell & clyde stats (jazz), 7 p.m., free.

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LiFt: Get lifted with DJs Nastee & Dakota (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free.

PariMa Main stagE: vermont Joy parade, maryse smith & the rosesmiths (old-time, indie folk), 7:30 p.m., $6.

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1/2 LoungE: Jen crowell (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., free. harder They come with DJs Darcie and chris pattison (dubstep), 10 p.m., free.

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bEE's knEEs: chris Bell (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations.

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baCkstagE Pub: karaoke with steve, 9 p.m., free. banana WinDs CaFé & Pub: seawolves (irish), 7:30 p.m., free. CLub MEtronoME: No Diggity: return to the ’90s (’90s dance party), 9 p.m., $5. thE grEEn rooM: DJ a-Dog (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free. highEr grounD baLLrooM: 8084, Justice (rock), 8:30 p.m., $12/15. aa. highEr grounD shoWCasE LoungE: homegrown metal with Blinded By rage, Negativ2, vicious intent, seven year silence, motion of the ocean (hardcore), 7:30 p.m., $10/12. aa. JP's Pub: Dave harrison's starstruck karaoke, 10 p.m., free. LiFt: salsa friday with DJ hector cobeo (salsa), 9 p.m., free. Marriott harbor LoungE: Dave Grippo trio (funk), 8:30 p.m., free. MonkEy housE: The Queers, slingshot Dakota, the front, trapper keeper (punk), 9 p.m., $10. 18+. nECtar's: seth yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 7 p.m., free. Burlington food shelf fundraiser with thye aztext, DJ Dakota, siN siZZle (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5. oLD shED bar & griLL: The Boomflowers (rock), 9:30 p.m., free. on taP bar & griLL: paydirt (acoustic rock), 5 p.m., free. pleasuredome (rock), 9 p.m., free.


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calls Radio Bean’s “kissin’ cousin.” And who knows? The Bean has managed to keep its doors open despite speculation its days could be numbered. Perhaps some of that Lee Anderson magic could inspire someone to save LSC? (Wishful thinking, I know.) Anyway, Montpeculiarians, ISB’s Thursday-night residency at the Bean is just about the hottest thing going in the Queen City right now. The band is crazy tight, and Wright reincarnated as a soul singer is nothing short of stunning. If you like her stuff with her band LOVEFUL HEIGHTS, wait until you get a load of this. Trust me.


BITERS, takes the stage for a

rare non-Jazz-Fest-related performance. With prodigal MC THIRTYSEVEN back in town for a hot minute, WOMBATICUS REX continue their pseudoreunion run. And, though they’re not exactly hermits, LYNGUISTIC CIVILIANS round out the bill. And now let’s pause for a two-word review of AUDREY RYAN’s new album, Thick Skin: Holy fuck. The Burlington expat celebrates the new record with a show at the 1/2 Lounge this Tuesday. This Sunday, Merrill’s Roxy Cinema is showing a special advance screening of PHISH’s upcoming concert DVD, Live in Utica, in conjunction with the Waterwheel Foundation, the charitable arm (fin?) of the Phab Four’s mighty jampire. The showing is a benefit for the Boys & Girls Club of Burlington and, specifically, the organization’s music program. The DVD doesn’t officially hit shelves until Tuesday, but will be available for purchase at the screening. The BGC will also raffle off copies of the film, as well as tickets to Phish’s Super Ball IX phreedom bonanza over July Fourth weekend.

Band Name of the Week: the BRASS BALAGAN. I think I’ll just let bandleader DAVID SYMONS describe his latest project. David? “The Brass Balagan is an amorphous, amoebic, ever-changing assemblage of noisemaking humans which appears in odd places, and less odd places, on the surface of the Earth. Our arrival is often sudden, like a slow-moving, out-of-tune cavalry, and our departure is typically swift, leaving only minor damage.” Thanks, David. Catch the Brass Balagan at Parima this Sunday with locals LOKUM, and the aforementioned Underscore Orkestra.

felt — and kinda smelled — just like a basement rock club should. Last but not least, according to several batshit-crazy religious groups, Judgment Day is coming this Saturday, May 21, 2011 — for the punctual among us, at 6 p.m. EST. (Yes, really.) While the End of Days itself won’t come for another five months — October 21, to be precise — our old pals LAWRENCE WELKS & OUR BEAR

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chances. To curry favor with12v-Nectars051811.indd the Big Fella during the Rapture, they’re throwing a rowdy experimental show in hopes of staving off eternal damnation. The lineup features CARING BABIES (clearly going to Heaven), SON OF SALAMI (Hell, definitely), TOBY ARONSON (could go either way), and LW&OB2X (oh, man). The show is Saturday, but it’s at an underground venue, so I can’t really tell you where ’tis, mon cheri. (Wink, wink.) Then again, if the world’s gonna end anyway… 

Burlington expats PRETTY & NICE are back in town this week, and with a sparkling new seven-inch single in tow, Fantastic Artifact. Catch them at the Monkey House this Sunday. If you haven’t checked out recording studio/altvenue Signal Kitchen yet, Friday might be a good time to do so, as VILLANELLES, ERRANDS, WAVE OF THE FUTURE, Brattleboro-based electro duo STARFAWN and DJ DISCO PHANTOM get down and dirty in the basement. I caught Villanelles’ CD release there a few weeks ago and had a great time. The joint looked,

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Listening In

Okkervil River, I Am Very Far

J.P. Harris and the Tough Choices



If you read the review of their newly released EP, Who Cares If We’re Dope? Vol. 3 (page 67), you already know that the AZTEXT are coming out of hiding to play their first live show in years, dubbed Return of the Boom Bap, this Thursday at Club Metronome. What you may not know is that there will be sightings of a few other seldom-seen Burlington hiphop luminaries that night. In addition to the Aztext, FATTIE B’s all-star hip-hop funk ensemble, the BEAT









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No Problem Trouble. It’s the foundation of 99 percent of pop and rock music.

But the trials and travails of most lovesick songwriters, antiestablishment punks and punch-drunk country singers seem downright quaint compared to the horrors experienced by SIERRA LEONE’S REFUGEE ALL STARS. The band grew out of refugee camps in war-torn West Africa, and its members have lived through unimaginable atrocities. They could be forgiven for dwelling on sadness — but their music does quite the opposite. SLRAS’s latest record, Rise & Shine, is a gleeful,


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PARIMA MAIN STAGE: Blue Gardenias (jazz), 6:30 p.m., $3. Bonjour-Hi! (house), 10:30 p.m., $5. PARK PLACE TAVERN: Radio Flyer (rock), 9:30 p.m., Free. RADIO BEAN: The Steph Pappas Experience (rock), 7 p.m., Free. Butterfly Starpower, James Kochalka Superstar (rock), 8 p.m., Free. RASPUTIN'S: DJ ZJ (hip-hop), 10 p.m., $3. Diamond Tiger & Friends (electro-rock), 11 p.m., Free. RED SQUARE: Rick Redington (rock), 6 p.m., Free. A Fly Allusion (rock), 9 p.m., $5. Nastee (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5.


RED SQUARE BLUE ROOM: DJ Stavros (house), 10 p.m., $5.




RUBEN JAMES: DJ Cre8 (hip-hop), 10:30 p.m., Free. RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Supersounds DJ (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

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VENUE: Shakedown (rock), 9 p.m., $3.


CHARLIE O'S: Vermont Joy Parade (indie folk), 10 p.m., Free. GREEN MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Jonny P (Top 40), 9 p.m., $2. LANGDON STREET CAFÉ: The Concrete Rivals (surf rock), 9 p.m., Donations. JP Harris & the Tough Choices (country), 10:30 p.m., Donations.

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THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Cinder Conk (Balkan), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation.

PURPLE MOON PUB: Wiley Dobbs (bluegrass), 8 p.m., Free. THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: DJ Slim Pknz All Request Dance Party (Top 40), 10 p.m., Free.

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TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Eilen Jewell (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., $20.

BACKSTAGE PUB: The Blame (rock), 9 p.m., Free.

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CLUB METRONOME: Retronome (’80s dance party), 10 p.m., $5.

CITY LIMITS: The Grift, Kevin Brisson (rock), 9 p.m., Free. ON THE RISE BAKERY: Stone Cold Roosters (bluegrass), 8 p.m., Donations. TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Floating Bridge (rock), 10 p.m., $3.


BEE'S KNEES: Tammy Fletcher Mountain Girl (bluegrass), 7:30 p.m., Donations. THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Eames Brothers Band (mountain blues), 9:30 p.m., Free. MATTERHORN: Sound Mind (rock), 9 p.m., $5. MOOG'S: Canyonero (country), 9 p.m., Free. PARKER PIE CO.: Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: Friday Night Frequencies with DJ Rekkon (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


MONOPOLE: Shameless Strangers, Eat Sleep Funk (rock), 10 p.m., Free. OLIVE RIDLEY'S: Benjamin Bright (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free.


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1/2 LOUNGE: SinOrgy with DJs T-Watt, R2 & QDO (house), 10 p.m., Free.

FRANNY O'S: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free. THE GREEN ROOM: Bonjour-Hi! presents DJ Craig Mitchell (house), 10 p.m., Free. HIGHER GROUND SHOWCASE LOUNGE: Junip featuring Elias Araya, Jose Gonzalez & Tobias Winterkorn, Acrylics (indie folk), 7 p.m., $16/18. AA. JP'S PUB: Dave Harrison's Starstruck Karaoke, 10 p.m., Free. MANHATTAN PIZZA & PUB: Villanelles, Furiosity, Hello Shark (rock), 10 p.m., Free. MARRIOTT HARBOR LOUNGE: Queen City Quartet (jazz), 8:30 p.m., Free. MONKEY HOUSE: Nathruzym, Hivesmasher, Abaddon, DJ Tyrant and Gabriel (metal), 8 p.m., $5. 18+. NECTAR'S: Heavyfest After Party with Rustic Overtones, Japhy Ryder, Casio Bastard (rock, funk), 9 p.m., $5.

THE SKINNY PANCAKE: Adrian Bourgeois, Ricky Berger (indie folk), 8 p.m., $5-10 donation. VENUE: Jimmy T & the Sleepy Hollow Boys (country), 8:30 p.m., $5.


CHARLIE O'S: The Northern Skies (bluegrass), 10 p.m., Free. GUSTO'S: Prana (rock), 10 p.m., Free. LANGDON STREET CAFÉ: Laci Harmon (acoustic), 1 p.m., Donations. Underscore Orchestra (Gypsy), 9 p.m., Donations. POSITIVE PIE 2: The Devil Makes Three (Americana), 10:30 p.m., $15. THE RESERVOIR RESTAURANT & TAP ROOM: One Way Out (rock), 10 p.m., Free. TUPELO MUSIC HALL: Nobby Reed Project (blues), 8 p.m., $15.

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CITY LIMITS: Dance Party with DJ Earl (Top 40), 9 p.m., Free.

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

TWO BROTHERS TAVERN: Karaoke, 9 p.m., Free.

RADIO BEAN: Less Digital, More Manual: Record Club, 3 p.m., Free. Micah Plante (singer-songwriter), 6 p.m., Free. WeMustBe (rock), 7 p.m., Free. Erin Lang (singer-songwriter), 8 p.m., Free.


RASPUTIN'S: Nastee (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.

MOOG'S: Old Dirty String Band (bluegrass), 9 p.m., Free.

RED SQUARE: Cats Under the Stars (Jerry Garcia Band tribute), 5:15 p.m., Free. Events Are Objects (rock), 9 p.m., $5. DJ A-Dog (hip-hop), 11:30 p.m., $5.

MUSIC BOX: Tracy Wolters and Peter Miller (folk), 8 p.m., $5/10. AA.

RÍ RÁ IRISH PUB: Groove Junkies (funk), 10 p.m., Free.

BEE'S KNEES: Mark Mandeville (Americana), 7:30 p.m., Donations. THE HUB PIZZERIA & PUB: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., Free.

PARKER PIE CO.: The Porters (indie folk), 8 p.m., Free. RIMROCKS MOUNTAIN TAVERN: DJ Two Rivers (hip-hop), 10 p.m., Free.


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The Aztext, Who Cares if We’re Dope? Vol. 3



themselves in grits and kick out the jams. “Cereal Killer Whale” opens the disc like a more vicious version of “Summertime Hit,” the lead cut from the band’s debut. The hook at the chorus beckons you to sing it for days when lead man Tristan Baribeau coos, “She ate me for breakfast.” The rollicking riff comes on like the Sonics all hopped up on energy drinks. Great hooks are quickly becoming this band’s stock-in-trade, and Baribeau can’t help but “ooh-ah” himself to high hallelujah a few times on this one. It’s hardly the last time. Villanelles keep that rambunctious mood through the next two songs. Keyboardist Zane Gundersen gets ample time to pound his keys on “See You at Eight.” “Kiss My Grits” offers a jerky little riff and attempts to pound it into your brain in a white-boy boogie — and a good one at that. “Parking Lot” presents a brief change of pace with ballad-ish chord picking at the start. For a moment, the boys sound a bit serious. Then they really — like, really — rock out. Halfway through the song Baribeau unleashes one honey of a power riff while

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drummer Seth Gundersen lays it heavy on the crash cymbal. It was this riff that had me playing the song over and over again, and not just because I was reviewing the album. Admittedly, Kiss My Grits isn’t Villanelles’ most memorable stuff, but it’s not supposed to be. Rather, it sounds exactly like what it is: a short and sweet interlude between their proper debut and sophomore outing. It’s a pleasure to hear the band become newfangled advocates for rock. They, like many others, know it will never steer you wrong. Villanelles play Manhattan Pizza & Pub in Burlington this Saturday, May 21, with Furiosity and Hello Shark.


With their latest EP, Kiss My Grits, Burlington’s Villanelles aimed to get the rock out, as bassist Evan Borden told Seven Days last month. Makes sense, too. Who wouldn’t like a break after an eponymous debut that channeled comparatively mellow styles ranging from psychedelic art rock to shimmering pop? Here they simply rock, delivering something like pop-punk for grown-ups. Or rather, pop-punk for twentysomethings weaned on Blink 182 and Green Day who have outgrown those bands but still haven’t grown up, per se. Villanelles still worry about most of the same things they presumably did when they were 16 — mainly, girl troubles — but now their sound is peppered with the confusion of midtwenties, postcollege life. It comes out in the oft-nervous energy that bounces through their music. Rather than fret over paltry details such as The Future, however, they do the right thing: cover


To the floods and flower buds of spring, Vermont hip-hop trio the Aztext emerge from the studio with the third volume of their serially released Who Cares If We’re Dope? A five-track installment of a four-EP project that began with December’s Vol. 1 and continued with an early 2011 sequel Vol. 2, Who Cares If We’re Dope? Vol. 3 channels all the buzz and energy of a thawed-out Green Mountain State. Produced by Romanian beatmaker XPL, Vol. 3 is a departure from the futurist soundscapes of the second installment — produced by Touchphonics, of VT expats the Loyalists — and the sometimes frenetically paced Vol. 1 — produced by E-Train, also of the Loyalists. The soulful samples and funky beats of this latest episode provide a comfy nest into which MCs Pro and Learic lay their lyrical eggs. And it’s on the highest branches of the hip-hop tree that the Aztext do their thing. A single line from opening track “Ol‘ Skool” sums up the group’s high road and wistfully truthful approach to their music: “Hate-rap / With every new Kanye track / it only gets worse / got me dreaming of an ADAT.” Vol. 3 conveys a yearning for the purer, more innocent days of hip-hop before corporate greed capitalized on — and then force-fed us — the bombast and self-aggrandizement that characterizes so much of the genre’s mainstream scene today. The past, present and future become thematic fodder for the cleverly conceptualized “Down the Road (Part 1),” in which the speaker has a chance encounter with an aged version of

himself and must decide whether or not to find out how his life ends up. In a cool twist worthy of a Focus Feature film, the concept is reprised on “Down the Road (Part 2),” only this time told from the point of view of the aged rapper. The sci-fi slant of the two tunes does not overshadow a welldelivered insistence that we embrace the uncertainty of the present and future and do what we love, regardless of possible outcomes. The solid but underwhelming “Break It Down” features guest rapper Skilltester Stabbone and unfortunately relegates itself to afterthought status. The hook is forgettable, the repetitive string-sound sample more sleep inducing than groove setting. It’s a testament to the strength of the other four tracks that this one so underperforms. “Nothing I Say,” featuring guest rapper Memms, shows off the Aztext’s sensitive side. A love song of sorts, the ballad impresses with its attention to melody, both in the hook and the verses, which are more sung than spat. MCs who can hit notes (and harmonize)? Dope, indeed. The Aztext perform their first live show in almost a year on Thursday, May 19, at Club Metronome in Burlington.


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1/2 lounGe: funhouse with DJs rob Douglas, moonflower & friends (house), 7 p.m., free.

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Club metRonome: black to the future (urban jamz), 10 p.m., free.

monkey house: tan Vampires, Xylos (indie), 6 p.m., $5. 18+. Pretty & nice, bozmo, Vetica (indie rock), 9 p.m., $5. 18+.

monty's old bRiCk taveRn: sunday Jazz with ray Vega, brian mccarthy, Dan skea (jazz), 4:30 p.m., free. neCtaR's: mi yard reggae night with big Dog & Demus, 9 p.m., free. paRima main staGe: The underscore orkestra, Lokum, brass balagan (gypsy jazz, balkan brass band), 7 p.m., $8. seventh sundays with midnight Jones (blues), 7 p.m., free.

Radio bean: open mic, 8 p.m., free.

Club metRonome: DJ oH-J freshhh presents Homegrown Wednesdays with Prolyphic, earegulars, Wombaticus rex and aleck Woog (hip-hop), 9 p.m., $5.

Red squaRe: ZDP band presents massive mondates (rock), 8 p.m., free. Hype ’em (hip-hop), 11 p.m., free.


mooG's: seth yacovone (solo acoustic blues), 8 p.m., free.


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1/2 lounGe: audrey ryan (singersongwriter), 7 p.m., free. turntable tuesday with DJ Kanga (turntablism), 10 p.m., free. Club metRonome: bass culture with DJs Jahson & nickel b (electronica), 9 p.m., free. hiGheR GRound showCase lounGe: sierra Leone's refugee all stars (world music), 7:30 p.m., $15/17. aa. leuniG's bistRo & Café: cody sargent trio (jazz), 7 p.m., free. manhattan pizza & pub: Vaporizer (metal), 8:30 p.m., free. monkey house: speakin (poetry), 6:30 p.m., free. John Daly, John smyth (singer-songwriters), 9 p.m., free. monty's old bRiCk taveRn: open mic, 6 p.m., free. neCtaR's: isaac young Quartet (jazz), 9 p.m., free. on tap baR & GRill: trivia with top Hat entertainment, 7 p.m., free. Radio bean: Gua Gua (psychotropical), 6 p.m., free. Linda bassick (singer-songwriter), 8:30 p.m., free. Honky-tonk sessions (honky-tonk), 10 p.m., $3.

Radio bean: old time sessions (old-time), 1 p.m., free. trio Gusto (gypsy jazz), 5 p.m., free. randal Pants (jazz), 5 p.m., free. chimneys (rock), 8 p.m., free.

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


lanGdon stReet Café: solid Gold sing-a-Long with Jay ekis (acoustic), 8 p.m., Donations.

bee's knees: shannon Hawley (folk), 7:30 p.m., Donations. sweet CRunCh bake shop: John compagna (easy rock), 10:30 a.m., free.

mooG's: open mic/Jam night, 8:30 p.m., free.

1/2 lounGe: rewind with DJ craig mitchell, 10 p.m. The Leland shuffle (acoustic), 7 p.m., free.

lanGdon stReet Café: extempo (storytelling), 8 p.m., Donations.

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on tap baR & GRill: comedy open mic, 5:30 p.m., free. open mic with Wylie, 7 p.m., free.


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Ruben james: Why not monday? with Dakota (hip-hop), 10 p.m., free.

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neCtaR's: metal mondays with nefarious frenzy, Wrathchild, musical manslaughter (metal), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+.

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ChaRlie o's: Karaoke, 10 p.m., free.

slide bRook lodGe & taveRn: tattoo tuesdays with andrea (jam), 5 p.m., free.

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fRanny o's: Karaoke, 9:30 p.m., free. hiGheR GRound ballRoom: The red Jumpsuit apparatus, Listen to the sky (rock), 7 p.m., $15/17. aa. leuniG's bistRo & Café: Paul asbell & clyde stats (jazz), 7 p.m., free. lift: DJs P-Wyld & Jazzy Janet (hip-hop), 9 p.m., free/$5. 18+. manhattan pizza & pub: open mic with andy Lugo, 10 p.m., free. monkey house: Green mountain comedy festival (standup), 8 p.m., $5. beat Vision with DJ Disco Phantom (eclectic DJ), 9 p.m., $1. neCtaR's: adam King (solo acoustic), 7 p.m., free. mushpost presents seLect Kickoff Party (bass music), 10 p.m., free/$5. 18+. on tap baR & GRill: Pine street Jazz, 7 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. starline rhythm boys (rockabilly), 8 p.m., free.


ChaRlie o's: Don & Jen (folk), 8 p.m., free. Gusto's: open mic with John Lackard, 9 p.m., free. lanGdon stReet Café: tumbleweed company (folk), 8 p.m., Donations. puRple moon pub: chicky stoltz (acoustic), 7 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, 8 p.m., free.


bee's knees: collin craig blues trio (blues), 7:30 p.m., Donations. mooG's: The ramblers (country), 8:30 p.m., free.


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n a corner of the PHOTOSTOP Gallery, three photographs of turbulent gray sky are printed almost edge to edge on a broad white background. In the first frame, a Delta passenger jet flies toward the left side of the image, jet trails billowing behind it. The trails extend, disjointed, through the center and right frames, suggesting the plane’s movement as well as its absence. Austere and sequential, the work reframes an utterly common occurrence as a narrative event with visual and emotional resonance. It is quietly, beautifully elegiac. The work, “Disturbed Air,” is one of 17 photographic pieces by Keith Johnson that are currently on view at the White River Junction gallery. The Connecticut-based artist studied with photography legends Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1970s, and he has been teaching, working and exhibiting photographs ever since. Johnson’s works at PHOTOSTOP could be thought of as miniexhibitions. In each picture, between three and 25 neatly arranged images hover in mathematically precise grids on clean, white backgrounds. The images relate like works in series — for example, multiple frames of turquoise pond water, or roiling clouds in a stormy sky. The title of Johnson’s exhibition, “The Photograph: Extended,” refers to images placed in sequence, as in the grids seen here, or in film. He writes in his artist’s statement, “Extended imagery is similar to what a poet might do when combining paragraphs, or a filmmaker does when splicing film into a montage … Sometimes extended viewing of a visual idea would reveal not only the idea but, additionally, [changes in] time, light, color and comparison.” Gallery owner Lia Rothstein points out that Johnson’s lens seems particularly focused on changes at the intersection of the natural and manmade worlds. In “Plano Pool v 2.0,” three photographs of a section of a brilliant aqua swimming pool at first seem identical. With careful observation, it’s clear the photographs are cropped slightly differently, and that the trio illustrates a breeze traveling across

the surface of the water. In the first frame, the water’s surface is wavy and crystalline; in the second, it looks like lightly frosted glass. In the last, the pool’s surface has a matte patch, as though ruffled by a gust of air. Johnson’s repetitious technique draws the eye to subtle differences in the frames and to the effect of the environment on the subject, as well as implying the passage of time. In his “Found Alphabets — Lost Languages Series,” Johnson’s gift for seeing pattern is put to use in exploring “found” language. In “Cuneiformulaic,” he photographed white symbols spraypainted on a black asphalt surface. The artist captured each mark sequentially, as he found it, and arranged them left to right, top to bottom, in the same order in his grid. Taken together, the 16 frames progress from painterly diamond shapes with lines through them to uncrossed diamond shapes, before ending with a diffuse diamond shape that seems swept over, nearly erased. The forms are recognizable as a language — a series of symbols understood to mean something — yet their meaning is hidden from the viewer. The simultaneous clarity and mystery of the figures underscores the human desire to assign meaning to symbols, to know and communicate. Johnson’s often-restrained palette and linear format may feel repetitive or demanding to some viewers, as these works require them to look closely. But, with thoughtful attention, Johnson’s works unfold in surprising and complex ways. “Extending” these photographs gives viewers a unique glimpse into the process and vision of the photographer. Johnson writes, “The viewer is given a bunch of picture ideas … just as I had when I made the pictures.” He creates a multiplicity of storylines, and viewers can choose their own adventure.




Keith Johnson, “The Photograph: Extended,” PHOTOSTOP Gallery, White River Junction. Through May 28.


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'A VisuAl FeAst': Food-themed artworks by more than 20 local artists are presented in conjunction with Seven Days' Vermont Restaurant week and curated by seAbA. Through May 28 at backspace gallery in burlington. info, 578-2512. Alison goodwin: "Returning home," charcoal drawings and paintings. Curated by seAbA. Through May 30 at seAbA Center in burlington. info, 859-9222. 'All things Must PAss': Figurative works on paper by estefania puerta; black-and-white photographs by ben Aleshire; and wood and linoleum carvings by Francis Cannon. Through June 6 at speaking Volumes in burlington. info, 540-0107. AMeriCorPs Volunteers show: Artwork by volunteers serving in antipoverty projects around burlington. Through May 31 at City Market in burlington. info, 861-9700. Ann street BAiley: "The 11th Dimension/ shift in Realism: Cosmic Abstracts," acrylic, oil and mixed-media works inspired by astrophysics, string theories and the universe as a symphonic cosmos. Through May 31 at Red square in burlington. info, 310-3211. 'Beyond the text: Artists' Books FroM the ColleCtion oF roBert J. ruBen': A decadeslong collection of accordion, box, pop-up and tunnel books, as well as scrolls. They're made of paper, wood, plastic, and even lead and glass. Through May 31 at bailey/howe library, uVM, in burlington. info, 656-1493. Bill MCdowell: "Ashes in the night sky," black-and-white images reminiscent of stars, which are actually photographs of the artist's father's cremated ashes. Through June 18 at bCA Center in burlington. info, 865-7166. Bonnie ACker: "Color speaks," oil paintings, pastels, woodcuts and paper collages that celebrate the Vermont landscape. Through June 1 at Furchgott sourdiffe gallery in shelburne. info, 985-3848.

CCV student Art show: Acrylic paintings, drawings, photography, graphic design, pottery and sculpture, in the First Floor gallery; dAnA heFFernAn: "unicorn wars," paintings examining the u.s. involvement in the iraq and Afghanistan wars, in the second Floor gallery. Through May 27 at Community College of Vermont in winooski. info, 654-0513.

Christy MitChell: "The Tile project, Art for the Masses," tiles from building sites embellished with paint, marker and paper from vintage children's books. Through May 28 at s.p.A.C.e. gallery in burlington. info, 578-2512.

ABstrACt PhotogrAPhy: phoTosTop gallery is seeking abstract photographs for the exhibition “light-struck: Abstract photography Today.” Juror: ellen Carey. info,, 698-0320, CAll to Artists: A fine-art festival that caters to Vermont artists! Jeffersonville, saturday, August 13. Deadline: May 31. info, ChAndler gAllery CAll to AreA Artists: Chandler gallery’s Area Artist show will take place May 28 through July 10. This year’s exhibit theme is “eARTh.” work will be accepted May 24, 3-7 p.m., and May 25, 9 a.m.-noon. The opening reception will be held on May 28, 7-9 p.m. info, betsy Cantlin, 431-0204, outreach@, FlAMingo Fling! The southern bird flies again! Twenty flamingos are available for artists’ interpretation to benefit seAbA for this year’s Flamingo Fling and annual meeting at the soda plant. pick up a flamingo at the seAbA Center, 404 pine street, Monday through wednesday, 9-5 p.m. Decorate and bring back by June 8 for participation in the event. info,, 859-9222.

tAste oF stowe Arts FestiVAl: sell your artwork at our summer festival, the Taste of stowe, July 29, 30 and 31. get on board! You will contact fans, create new collectors and connections, and increase your artist links.  Deadline: May 20. info, the Art oF networking networking Art event for Vermont Artists on June 16; showcase your work of any medium and meet with other artists during the seAbA annual meeting at the soda plant. Drop-off, benefits and entry info at spacegalleryvt. com. submission forms are also available in the s.p.A.C.e. gallery, 266 pine street, Thursday through saturday, 11-4 p.m. Deadline: June 10. unBound: Book Art show: Art using the book as a material or format. Cash prizes. submission guidelines:; Adrian, 457-3500. Deadline: June 27.

tAlks & eVents BCA ArtlAB resident esteFAniA PuertA: The burlington artist, who focuses on portraiture and magic realism, hosts an open studio session: saturday, May 21, 2-5 p.m., bCA Center, burlington. info, 865-7166. BCA Print & ClAy sAle: original, handmade prints and ceramics, plus raffle tickets for a Jeremy Ayers teapot. A portion of sales supports the

'digitAl ConCePt/ digitAl ConstruCt': Digitally manipulated photographs that raise the question “Do truth and lies exist in digital art photography?” Through May 29 at Vermont photo space gallery in essex Junction. info, 777-3686.

gAry hAll: black-and-white photographs, skyway; lorrAine MAnley: Acrylic paintings, gates 1 & 2; stePhen BeAttie: Color photography, escalator. Through May 31 at burlington Airport in south burlington. info, 865-7166.

reCePtions kAte donnelly: "The Yardage project: Material in the Making," newspaper, cereal boxes and plastic bags woven and sewn into material.Through May 22 at 215 College gallery in burlington. Reception: Friday, May 20, 5-8 p.m. info, 863-3662. the PeoPles ACAdeMy student Art exhiBit: work from the visual arts program through June 1 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Reception: Thursday, May 19, 6-8 p.m. info, 888-1261. AnnuAl MeMBers' show: An eclectic mix of techniques and media by sculptors of all levels. May 21 through June 26 at Carving studio and sculpture Center in west Rutland. Reception: saturday, May 21, 5-7 p.m. info, 438-2087. Chittenden County high sChool seniors' Art show: Artwork by students about to graduate. Through May 25 at Art's Alive gallery in burlington. Reception: wednesday, May 25, 6-8 p.m. info, 310-3211.

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'disCoVering CoMMunity student exhiBition': student-produced audio, photography, video and multimedia projects offer a portrait of learning inside and out of the classroom. Created in collaboration with the Vermont Folklife Center’s statewide educational outreach program. May 20 through June 3 at Vermont Folklife Center in Middlebury. Reception: Friday, May 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. info, 388-4964.

genese grill: "Aphrodisiacal Anagoges," eggtempera paintings and mixed-media works exploring the heights of spiritual and romantic ecstasy and the depths of memory and darkness. Through May 31 at block gallery in winooski. info, 863-4649. JACkie MAngione: "The south end industrial watercolor series" and work by the painter's students. Through May 31 at Jackie Mangione studio in burlington. info, 598-1504. JAnet FrederiCks: paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 15 at Marilyn's in burlington. info, 658-4040.

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'Four seAsons MurAl ProJeCt: PlAnting the seeds oF ChAnge': student artwork from the lACe at-risk youth program, in the spA classroom. Through May 24 at studio place Arts in barre. Reception: wednesday, May 18, 3-5 p.m. info, 479-1925.

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dJ BArry: "primary imaginations ii," acrylic paintings. Through June 17 at The skinny pancake in burlington. info, 461-5814.

'glow: liVing lights': explore the ecology of bioluminescence with activities and live specimens, from the familiar firefly and glow worm to the alienlooking angler fish and siphonophore, the longest living creature on earth. Through september 5 at eCho lake Aquarium and science Center/leahy Center for lake Champlain in burlington. info, 877-324-6386.

studios: saturday, May 21, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., bCA Center, burlington. info, 865-7166.


Children's Pet PortrAits: paintings by children of their favorite animals. An online auction of the work benefits the humane society of Chittenden County. Through May 31 at Davis studio in burlington. info, 425-2700.

50th AnnuAl Art in the PArk FestiVAls: Art in the park will be held August 13 and 14 and october 8 and 9. if you are an artisan who handcrafts unique products, there is still time to apply for space in this juried show. space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. no applications will be accepted after July 5 for the August show or after september 5 for the october show. Visit the Chaffee Art Center website — — for information and to download an application. 747-7900.

seeking donAtions For Art100 ART100 is an “everyone wins” raffle of original art. River Arts needs your donation of original artwork to make this event a success. A $100 ticket entitles two people to attend the event, enjoy delicious, hearty appetizers, listen to live jazz music and choose an original, handmade work of art with a value of at least $100 as numbers are randomly drawn. event will be saturday, June 11, at 6 p.m. To donate, contact lauren philie, 888-1261 or

BruCe Pendelton: "positive images," photographs that demonstrate things that we may take for granted. Curated by seAbA. Through May 30 at speeder & earl's (pine street) in burlington. info, 793-8482.

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Phil Godenschwager in his studio

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he cluttered walls of artist Phil Godenschwager’s Randolph studio tell a story. Amid the knickknacks and photographs is the first paint-spattered palette he used as a child, his framed 1969 draft card, and one of his college drawings: a visual record of 1970, the year he graduated from Ohio University. This layering of Godenschwager’s personal history is merely incidental on his studio walls — the result of 12 years working there. But, in his drawings, sculpture and stained-glass pieces, it’s a concept the 62-year-old artist has been developing for decades, giving common threads to a career whose diversity is indicated by the title of his current retrospective, “Scattered Art,” at Randolph’s Korongo Gallery. Influenced by the comic books and Sunday funnies he devoured as a child, Godenschwager depicts political conflicts with playful cartoons, but “rather than do a comic book, I put the whole thing on one page,” he explains. His drawing “Vermont Memory Map,” for example, is as busy as his studio walls. Tape measures, trains and trumpets, all of which have faces, fly around a pinball machine shaped like Vermont. Godenschwager seems to be representing 30 years in his adopted home state here. Well known in Vermont for his stained glass, Godenschwager made the windows for Randolph’s Vermont Veterans’ Cemetery Chapel and was recently commissioned to create a commemorative window for the renovated Chandler Center for the Arts in the same town. He teaches stained-glass classes at the White River Craft Center Stu-

dios and an architectural drafting course at Vermont Technical College. The son of a military officer, Godenschwager grew up all over the world. He started drawing before he could walk, he says. He learned to paint in the Philippines at age 8 and spent time during high school in Athens, Greece, drawing from life on the steps of the Acropolis. Godenschwager’s family believed he’d follow in the footsteps of his father, a 30year army officer who served in three wars. But, by the time he got to Ohio University, he had made up his mind to pursue art. Godenschwager joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) for two years as a compromise, to “smooth the ripples in my family,” he says. Then came the tumultuous year of 1969. Godenschwager left the ROTC and devoted himself to ending the war in Vietnam. The “ripples” in his family returned, big time. His father saw the younger Godenschwager’s antiwar protesting as an affront to his own life’s

work. In the spring of 1970, when student riots at Ohio University grew out of control in response to the Kent State shootings, Godenschwager and his classmates were sent home without a commencement ceremony. “I’ve never forgiven them for that,” he says. “A lot of my work is still informed by that time.” The influence is clear in a mixed-media sculpture in the entryway to Godenschwager’s studio, a response to September 11, 2001, called “It Just So Happened, That Day, the Whole World Was Watching.” A 1960s-era television set sits atop twin-tower legs, bent and painted with flames above the point where the real towers were struck. Inside the TV, a crowd of toys — from Mr. Potato Head to Felix the Cat — reenacts the famous photo from Tiananmen Square: a tiny cowboy on a white horse staring down the barrel of a toy tank. After college, Godenschwager moved to Vermont with a gang of fraternity brothers and a degree in graphic design. He got a job

Godenschwager’s “characters” are usually anthropomorphized buildings — humble cottages as common-man heroes; domed capitols as greedy villains.

art as a carpenter — a fallback position, he says, but it synergized with his art. “I draw about buildings and build about drawing. It’s all the same,” says the artist, who’s currently building an addition on a local friend’s house. In the ’90s, Godenschwager earned an MFA in glass sculpture in the inaugural class at Vermont College (then of Norwich University). Today, he considers himself a commercial artist. In his early years, he designed packaging for Proctor & Gamble and posters for rock concerts. Working for Stockbridgebased Advanced Animations in the ’80s, he directed the creation of the original 30-foot clock tower at FAO Schwarz in New York City. Godenschwager is currently working on a “time-out room” for a Boston family, who asked him to design a clear-walled pod for the backyard into which they can send their young son when he acts up. Godenschwager designed a tubular structure with Plexiglas walls, a colorfully painted wooden floor and a domed roof. He’s thinking of outfitting the pod with a cool swivel seat. It’s a weird request, Godenschwager admits, but “Why not?” he says. It’s not as strange as a job he did 10 years ago, when a client paid him to carve a miniature replica of a Chevrolet Suburban from a block of Velveeta cheese — “It was a gag birthday gift,” he explains — or the 35-foot kaleidoscope, the second largest in the world, that he designed and built for a roadside attraction in the Catskills. These days, Godenschwager rarely has time to draw, but when he does, his cartoons are as politically charged as ever. His most recent drawing, a response to the BP oil spill, depicts the Capitol building sinking below yellow-green Gulf waters. It’s called “Mission Accomplished.” Godenschwager points to the old palette on the wall. “I still use the same colors,” he says, referring to the primary hues of Spiderman and Archie comics. But his “characters” are usually anthropomorphized buildings — humble cottages as common-man heroes; domed capitols as greedy villains. “I don’t like to draw people. I never learned very well,” he says. He does just fine without them. In his drawing “Don’t Forget to Floss,” the Vermont Statehouse, which has arms and Mickey Mouse-type white-gloved hands, passes a long string of dental floss through its Ioniccolumn teeth. Out come oil rigs, churches and skyscrapers. “Government exercising a little oral hygeine,” Godenschwager explains. All the layers of the artist are there: his love of buildings, his playfulness and his protestor’s spirit. You get the feeling that, in Godenschwager’s hands, those little picketing cottages really could make a difference. m “Scattered Art,” a retrospective by Phil Godenschwager at Korongo Gallery in Randolph, through June 5. Cartoonist Steve Bissette joins Godenschwager for a talk on June 2, 7 p.m. Info, 728-6788. korongogallery.;

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John Brickels: "Used Cars," vintage pedal cars retrofitted with stoneware clay trompe l'oeil mechanical parts. Through May 31 at Brickels Gallery in Burlington. Info, 825-8214. June campBell: "Two Bodies of Work," one series of acrylic paintings that riffs on the tax maps used by local governments and another that is more unplanned. Curated by SEABA. Through May 30 at Pine Street Deli in Burlington. Info, 793-8482. karen Dawson: "Twenty Five Years Later," paintings by the Vermont artist whose work was shown on the same walls a quarter century ago. Through May 30 at The Daily Planet in Burlington. Info, 865-1208. kei egan: Magnetic and traditional paper-glue collages inspired by childhood, aviation, spirituality and time. Through June 30 at Nunyuns Bakery & Café in Burlington. Info, 683-8804. lisa lilliBriDge: Mixed-media work on wood. Through June 30 at Metropolitan Gallery, Burlington City Hall. Info, 865-7166. 'lock, stock anD Barrel: the terry tyler collection of Vermont firearms': The 106 firearms on display represent a lifetime of collecting and document the history of gunmaking in Vermont from 1790 to 1900; 'paperwork in 3D': Work by 25 contemporary origami, cut-paper and book artists; 'BehinD the lens, unDer the Big top': Black-and-white circus photography from the late-1960s by Elliot Fenander. Through October 30 at Shelburne Museum. Info, 985-3346. marni mckitrick & laurel fulton: "Spring Impressions," flowers and landscapes in acrylic, oil and pastel. Through May 31 at Shelburne Vineyard. Info, 985-8222. may featureD artists: Work by Peter Weyrauch, Shayne Lynn, Karen Henderson, Katie Brines, Stephen Beattie, Amanda Vella, Tom Cullins, Lynn Rupe and Bill Wolff. Through May 31 at Maltex Building in Burlington. Info, 865-7166. memBer show: Artwork by members and students. Through June 3 at Shelburne Art Center. Info, 985-3648. michael lew-smith: Abstract photographs exploring the weathered paint on old cars, trucks and tractors. Curated by Kasini House. Through June 30 at Opportunities Credit Union in Burlington. Info, 264-4839.

montshire museum Benches: Vermont artisans created five unusual benches for the museum's woodland garden. Through May 31 at Frog Hollow in Burlington. Info, 863-6458.

rick marcotte central school stuDent show: Artwork by kindergarteners through 5th graders. Through May 31 at Barnes & Noble in South Burlington. Info, 864-8001.

susan aBBott & colin arisman: "The Colors of the Batey," paintings and photographs that draw attention to the issues facing Haitians in the Dominican Republic. Through May 31 at Livak Room, Davis Center, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-3131. 'the golDen cage: mexican migrant workers anD Vermont Dairy farmers': Photographs, text and audio exploring the relationship between these two groups of workers at Addison County farms, by photographer Caleb Kenna and the Addison County Farm Worker Coalition's Cheryl Connor and Cheryl Mitchell. Through June 11 at Amy E. Tarrant Gallery, Flynn Center, in Burlington. Info, 652-4505.

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'the roaD less traVeleD': Artwork by Rock Point School students. Through May 29 at Rose Street Artists' Co-op in Burlington. Info, 863-1104. 'the Voice proJect': Drawings, paintings, sculpture and writing by children with incarcerated family members, in the Pickering Room. Through May 31 at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. tom cullins: "Photophoto +," advertising photographs distorted by reflection or shadow. Through June 15 at Artspace 106 at The Men's Room in Burlington. Info, 864-2088. '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; pippo lionni: Animations and a print, in the New Media Niche and the European and American Gallery; 'georges rouault: cirque De l'Étoile filante': Color etchings and wood engravings of clowns, in the East Gallery. Through May 22 at Fleming Museum, UVM, in Burlington. Info, 656-0750. Vsa Vermont community garDen exhiBit: A garden made of papier-mâché, cardboard armatures and found objects by HowardCenter artists, in the Fletcher Room. Through May 27 at Fletcher Free Library in Burlington. Info, 865-7211. w. DaViD powell: "Everything Must Go 2.0," a retrospective of paintings, drawings, prints, collages and computer-generated work by the artist responsible for the iconic Allman Brothers logo "Eat a Peach." Curated by SEABA. Through May 31 at VCAM Studio in Burlington. Info, 793-8482. 'works of the founDers': Acrylics, oils, installation and up-cycled whimsy by Kimberley Hannaman Taylor, Maya Urbanowicz and Ren Weiner, the artists responsible for the new collective. Through May 31 at The Firefly Collective in Burlington. Info, 660-0754. Zoë Barracano: Painterly photographs of New York City and other U.S. locations. Through May 31 at August First in Burlington. Info, 323-666-2425.


'a celeBration of grace': Paintings and drawings by more than 20 self-taught artists. Through July 17 at T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-8743. annie tiBerio cameron: "In the Abstract," photographs that combine keen observation with a strong emotional connection to the natural world. Photo ID required for admission. Through May 31 at Governor's Office Gallery in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.

scott lenharDt: "Good House," drawings, paintings and illuminated, multilayered paint-on-glass light boxes by the artist well known for his Burton snowboard designs. Through May 28 at BCA Center in Burlington. Info, 865-7166.

'art anD play: BuilDing with Blocks': Block sculptures created by visitors from the open-ended toys of Burlington-based company Learning Materials Workshop. May 21 through June 5 at ArtisTree Community Arts Center & Gallery in Woodstock. Info, 862-8399.

spring exhiBition: Seasonal work by Essex Art League members (through May 30). Also, work by Poker Hill School students (through May 15). At Phoenix Books in Essex. Info, 872-7111.

arthur Zorn: "Blooms Into Spring," acrylic representational abstract impressions. Through May 30 at The Skinny Pancake in Montpelier. Info, 229-4431.

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roger coleman: Art Affair by Shearer presents acrylic and mixed-media paintings by the Vermont artist. Through June 30 at Shearer Chevrolet in South Burlington. Info, 373-2321.

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peter roBinson smith: Handmade high-relief mesh screen sculptures inspired by Austrian painter Egon Schiele. Through May 31 at Salaam in Burlington. Info, 658-8822.

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michelle saffran & erik rehman: "Searchers," a photographic journey by Saffran, and "Eclectic," sculpture and drawings by Rehman. Through June 24 at Flynndog in Burlington. Info, 363-4746.

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Brian D. Cohen: "Retrospective," work by the printmaker and founder of artist book publisher Bridge Press. Through May 31 at Two Rivers Printmaking Studio in White River Junction. Info, 295-5901. Central Vermont art resourCe assoCiation show: Work by more than 20 member artists. Through June 3 at City Center in Montpelier. Info, 229-6718. Christine hartman: Paintings and mixed-media collage by the Vermont artist. Through June 30 at Montpelier City Hall. Info, 229-9416.

A Multimedia Concert of Music for Percussion Instruments Friday, May 20 at 8 pm

Daisy roCkwell: "Political Animal," acrylic and tempera paintings by the granddaughter of Norman Rockwell. Through July 1 at Main Street Museum in White River Junction. Info, 295-6370. DaViD smith: Lyrical landscapes by the Peacham artist. Through June 30 at Vermont Supreme Court Lobby in Montpelier. Info, 828-0749.

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emily Johansen: "Here and There," watercolor scenes of Vermont and Maine. Through May 31 at Capitol Grounds in Montpelier. Info, 426-3411. 'From the GarDen to the Forest': Paintings of the natural world by Anne Unangst, Cindy Griffith and Marcia Hill. Through June 30 at Red Hen Bakery & Café in Middlesex. Info, 223-3591.

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Bill ramaGe: "A Centripetal Photo Project: An Installation: The GITF Piece: The Men's Group," a large-scale work featuring self-portraits in graphite and biomorphic drawings in colored pencil. Through June 20 at Gallery in-the-Field in Brandon. Info, 247-0145. 'FairFielD Porter raw: the CreatiVe ProCess oF an ameriCan master': Finished and unfinished works by the artist and critic, a realist during an era when abstraction dominated American art. May 19 through August 7 at Middlebury College Museum of Art. Info, 443-6433. 'human = lanDsCaPe: aesthetiCs oF a CarBon-ConstraineD Future': A selection from the 2009 exhibit created by Burlington City Arts, including Nancy Dwyer and Caroline Byrne’s furniture made from Styrofoam packing materials, and R. Elliot Katz's cast plaster oil-industry portraits. Through June 18 at Chaffee Art Center in Rutland. Info, 775-0356. lori hinriChsen: "Familiar Ground," monotypes, intaglios and photography inspired by nature. Through June 30 at Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington. Info, 434-2167.

harriet wooD: "For the Love of Paint," new paintings. Through May 31 at The Drawing Board in Montpelier. Info, 456-8708.

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JenniFer Perellie: Floral works made with watercolors, pastels and tissue paper. Through May 31 at Big Picture Theater & Café in Waitsfield. Info, 496-8994. or call 86-flynn 4t-Flynn05181.indd 1

Glen hutCheson: "Other Hand Drawings, With Color," figure studies the artist did with his left hand. Through May 31 at The Shoe Horn at Onion River in Montpelier. Info,

'the art oF CreatiVe aGinG': The Central Vermont Council on Aging's juried show of artwork seniors have created since their 70th birthdays. Through June 30 at Kellogg-Hubbard Library in Montpelier. Info, 476-2681.

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katrina moJzesz: "Sensitive to Light," photographs of and journal excerpts about the artist's solo cross-country camping trips. Through July 8 at Tunbridge Public Library. Info, 889-9404. keith Johnson: "The Photograph: Extended," sequences and assemblages, often arranged on a grid, by the acclaimed photographer. Through May 31 at PHOTOSTOP in White River Junction. Info, 698-0320.

mark GooDwin: "An Introduction," sculpture and drawing by the artist who recently moved to Vermont from New Mexico. Through May 29 at BigTown Gallery in Rochester. Info, 767-9670. Peter huntoon & heather Corey: Watercolors by Huntoon and stained glass by Corey. Through June 30 at Collective — the Art of Craft in Woodstock. Info, 457-1298.


Phil GoDensChwaGer: "Scattered Art," cartoons, prints and stained-glass works by the Randolph artist. Through June 5 at Korongo Gallery in Randolph. Info, 728-6788. Phyllis Chase: Colorful landscapes and interiors by the Vermont artist, in the portico between Cornell Library and Debevoise Hall. Through August 5 at Vermont Law School Environmental Law Center in South Royalton. Info, 831-1106.


'reFuGe': Sanctuary-themed work in a variety of media, in the Main Floor Gallery; susan m. russell: A retrospective of the late artist's work, in the Second and Third Floor Galleries. Through June 4 at Studio Place Arts in Barre. Info, 479-7069.



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T.J. Cunningham hasn’t even hit 25 years old, but his paintings have the look of an impressionist master. “It almost makes you believe in past lives,” an Art House gallery assistant said last year of his talent. Since then, Cunningham, who grew up in Addison, has supported himself through commissioned portraits, many of which

roBin lahue: "Oil and Water Do Mix," water-based oil paintings. Through May 31 at O'Maddi's Deli & Café in Northfield. Info, 485-7770.

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'sPirits in the material worlD': Work in a variety of media by area artists. Through June 19 at Nuance Gallery in Windsor. Info, 674-9616.

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'surViVinG to thriVinG: realization oF asPirations, hoPe anD Potential': Work by clients of the Art Therapy Association of Vermont. Through May 31 at Vermont Statehouse Cafeteria in Montpelier. Info, 434-4834.

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gallery in a show called “Winterworks” had a show there, he used the proceeds fiancée. Swoon. Pictured: a portrait by Cunningham.

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117 jobs Estefania Puerta

Beautiful losers. Outsiders. Tender souls.

That’s how Estefania Puerta describes the people — and other creatures — she depicts in her paintings and drawings. Inspired by her upbringing as a Colombian in the U.S., the Burlington artist creates “elicit reverence in their strong poses and confident dejection,” she writes in her statement. As the BCA Center’s newest ArtLab resident, Puerta invites the public into her studio there to watch her work on can also check out her work in a group show called “All Things Must Pass” at Burlington’s Speaking Volumes through

'the lippitt Morgan': A photographic exhibit of early Vermont breeders and the old-fashioned Morgans so dear to them. Through July 31 at The National Museum of the Morgan Horse in Middlebury. Info, 388-1639.

Student art ShoW: Selected works by Stowe and Morrisville students, in the East Gallery; more student work displayed in various downtown Stowe locations and along the recreation path. Through May 29 at Helen Day Art Center in Stowe. Info, 253-8358.


'big ideaS, SMall bookS': The Book Arts Guild of Vermont presents artists' books and bindings no bigger than 5-by-5 inches. Through May 22 at Emile A. Gruppe Gallery in Jericho. Info, 899-3211. ellen WelCh granter: "Flight and Light," paintings of birds in lush hues with a hint of a Chinese aesthetic. Through July 10 at Green Mountain Fine Art Gallery in Stowe. Info, 253-1818. JaCob Martin: Illustrations inspired by cartoons, old video games and cheap yard-sale junk. Through July 10 at Bee's Knees in Morrisville. Info, 586-8078. Judy daleS: “Curves in Motion,” quilted wall hangings that feature layers of curves and subtle shifts in color. Through June 10 at River Arts Center in Morrisville. Info, 888-1261.

Student ShoW: Local art instructor Sally Ziegler showcases her students' work. Through May 19 at Fairfax Community Library. Info, 849-2420.


terry Jenoure & laurel hauSler: Jenoure presents “Abuela’s Last Wedding,” a mixed-media installation celebrating pivotal personal moments, and Hausler contributes new oil paintings. Through June 28 at Gallery in the Woods in Brattleboro. Info, 257-4777.


eSMé thoMpSon: "The Alchemy of Design," paintings, collage, ceramics and installation by the Dartmouth College professor of studio art. Through May 29 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808.

'MagiC CarpetS: the rugMaker'S art': Hooked, braided and hand-felted pieces by some of Vermont's finest rug makers. Through June 15 at Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild Backroom Gallery in St. Johnsbury. Info, 748-0158. MarC aWodey: Paintings by the Vermont artist, in the Wings Gallery. Through August 8 at Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson State College. Info, 635-1469.

paedra braMhall: "Parallel Universes: Transfigured Collages," pigmented prints on canvas. Through June 10 at AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, N.H. Info, 672-5141.

May exhibit: Work by jeweler Holly Spier, pastel artist Genie Rybicki-Judkins, and painters Corliss Blakely and Rebecca Anne Bennett. Through May 31 at Artist in Residence Cooperative Gallery in Enosburg Falls. Info, 933-6403.

‘the art oF War’: The museum’s 50 most important artworks, exhibited together for the first time. May 20 through October 20 at Fort Ticonderoga, N.Y. Info, 518-585-6370. m

riChard haeSSler & MeliSSa o'brien: Photographs: "American Landscapes," by Haessler; "Other People, Other Places," by O'Brien. Through May 31 at Abel & Lovely in Charlotte. Info, 425-2345. Sandy Mayo: "Square Paintings," abstract work informed by nature, architecture, music and the unknown. Through June 28 at Brandon Artists' Guild. Info, 247-4956.

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Middlebury College Student exhibition: Senior studio-art majors present their work. Through May 22 at Johnson Memorial Building, Middlebury College. Info, 433-6433.

'FluxuS and the eSSential QueStionS oF liFe': Work by the international network of artists, composers and designers, led by George Maciunas, who blurred the boundaries between art and life and became the 1960s cultural phenomenon known as Fluxus. Through August 7 at Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H. Info, 603-646-2808.



June 6. Pictured: “Ladrones.”

liSa diaMondStein: Photographs that capture a moment in time. Through June 27 at Claire's Restaurant & Bar in Hardwick. Info, 472-7053.



Saturday afternoons through June 4. You

peg raCine: Serene Vermont landscapes. Through June 26 at Bryan Memorial Gallery in Jeffersonville. Info, 644-5100.

a world in which her lonely subjects

t.J. CunninghaM: "Winterworks," new paintings by the local artist. Through June 30 at The Art House in Middlebury. Info, 458-0464.

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movies Bridesmaids ★★★★★


hristopher Hitchens famously asserted in a 2007 Vanity Fair piece that women are not funny. If that was a dubious contention then, it’s an utterly indefensible one today. Tina Fey is single-handedly responsible for one of the funniest shows currently on the air, and, along with cowriter Annie Mumolo, Kristen Wiig has now concocted the year’s funniest film. Bridesmaids revolves around the character she plays. Annie is a Milwaukee thirtysomething whose life has hit a rough patch. The recession shut down the bakery shop she started, reducing her to working as a clerk in a jewelry store. Because her boyfriend just dumped her, she tends to scare off couples shopping for, say, engagement rings by venting her cynical views on romance. Among the film’s trove of random warped touches is Annie’s living situation: For reasons that never become clear, she shares an apartment with gnome-like British siblings. The one thing in her world that’s functional and a source of reliable joy is her lifelong friendship with Lillian, played by real-life pal Maya Rudolph. Just when she thinks

things couldn’t get any worse, Lillian gets engaged, and Annie’s expected to put on a happy face and act as maid of honor. Director Paul Feig, creator of the television series “Freaks and Geeks,” deftly introduces the various members of the bridal party. He does a commendable job of controlling the flow of traffic so that each of these singular creations has enough screen time to come into focus without compromising the momentum of Annie’s emotional meltdown. Standouts include Rita (Wendi McLendon-Covey), the mother of three teenage boys, who complains that her “house is covered in semen”; and Megan (Melissa McCarthy of TV’s “Mike & Molly”), the groom’s sister, who suggests a female Zach Galifianakis. When the time arrives to plan the bridal shower party, the latter proposes a Fight Club theme. Rose Byrne costars as Helen, a pampered control freak whom Annie quickly comes to view as a rival. One of the picture’s first big laughs happens during Lillian’s engagement party when Annie and Helen offer dueling toasts, neither willing to let the other have the last sentimental word.

GIRLS GONE WILD Wiig’s character starts the bachelorette party early on a plane to Vegas.

And the laughs just keep coming as Wiig and Mumolo take all the conventions of the wedding movie, turn them inside out and twist them into deliriously demented moments unlike anything we’ve previously seen. If you think I’m exaggerating, ask someone who’s seen the film about the bridal shower food-poisoning sequence. You’ve watched “Say Yes to the Dress”? Welcome to “Say Yes to the Mess.” It’s guaranteed to go down in history as one of cinema’s truly timeless gross-out scenes. Bridesmaids is so good, so relentlessly

original, that it would be wrong to give away more. Suffice it to say the writing is inspired, and every performance is loopy perfection. I should point out that Judd Apatow served as producer. He invited Wiig to pitch him ideas after being knocked out by her work in Knocked Up. And his influence is evident throughout, in the sense that Wiig and Mumolo rework the formula he’s popularized, crossing the chick flick with the raunch comedy. The result is a marriage made in Hollywood heaven. RICK KISONAK






Certified Copy ★★★★


ast winter’s Blue Valentine chronicled the brutal breakdown of a relationship while ironically contrasting it with flashbacks to the couple’s meeting and halcyon early days. It was a smart cinematic experiment, but it has nothing on Certified Copy (Copie Conforme), which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Writer-director Abbas Kiarostami, known as a leading example of Iran’s “New Wave” cinema, has made a two-person drama that superimposes falling in love on falling out of love. It’s like watching the two halves of Blue Valentine playing simultaneously. Or that old “Kids in the Hall” comedy sketch where a couple on a first date decides to skip the movie and go right to the sex. Then they decide to skip the sex and go straight to the guilt they know will follow. How do they know? Human beings are creatures of habit, which is why we should probably stop chasing originality — in art and in life — and just get ourselves a good copy. That’s the thesis of a popular book by protagonist James Miller, a dapper intellectual played by British opera baritone William Shimell. (Only in a European art film could a book about artistic reproduction be described as “popular.”) The film begins with Miller expounding

his ideas in a Tuscan lecture hall. In the audience sits antique dealer Juliette Binoche — who, her preteen son (Adrian Moore) cheekily suggests, is smitten with the writer. A few scenes later, Binoche and Shimell meet up for a drive in the countryside, but what seems like a first date quickly becomes something more fraught and enigmatic. While Shimell is polite, courtly and just a bit self-important, like a man trying to impress a woman he’s just met, Binoche is ... angry. She acts as if she’s known Miller forever, and not always in a good way. This impression only intensifies when a café owner (Gianna Giachetti) mistakes them for a married couple, and Binoche does nothing to dissuade her. As we like to say in America, this woman has issues. The viewer can’t be sure whether her neglectful husband actually is Miller or an absent third party who shares his aloof, cerebral attitude. But, by the time Miller starts playing along with her, it hardly matters. If his book is to be believed, the copy is as good as the original. Films about two people talking aren’t exactly box-office gold, but when they work, they really work: Think Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. Those films were about chemistry and connection, though, while Certified Copy deals with just the opposite. In one tiny but memorable

INTIMATE STRANGERS Binoche and Shimell get awfully close for recent acquaintances in Kiarostami’s unclassifiable film.

scene, we watch an elderly man yelling at his wife, or so it seems ... until he moves, and we see the cellphone in his hand. (It’s not the only moment in the movie where a cellphone underlines the rift between a couple.) Binoche’s character yearns for romantic and sexual connection every bit as abjectly as Ryan Gosling’s did in Blue Valentine, but she can’t stop killing the mood with her ax grinding. When she’s most sure she’s going to get what she wants — and triumphantly steps into the bathroom to retouch her makeup — she’s wrong. It’s a tragicomedy of errors. Without an actress as physically stunning and formidable as Binoche in the lead role, all this drama might be agony to witness. Playing to a vacuum — a sparring partner who often refuses to engage with her — she

somehow makes desperation watchable. Kiarostami uses lush visuals to lull us into acceptance of his leisurely pace and jarring scenario. When the couple drive, reflections of the sky flow across their windshield, a painterly image almost more beautiful than direct views of the Tuscan countryside. Once again, a copy trumps the original. But it’s not the artistic artifice that makes Certified Copy worth seeing — it’s the emotional realism. Call it authenticity or what you will, but Binoche’s rage gives the movie an energy many art-house films lack. Shimell’s character may be the love of her life or just a stand-in for him, but she is the real deal. M A R G O T HA R R I S O N

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HANNAHHH1/2 Director Joe Wright, who introduced Americans to creepily mature young actress Saoirse Ronan in Atonement, showcases her in this action thriller about a teen whose father (Eric Bana) raised her in isolation to be the perfect assassin. With Cate Blanchett and Jason Flemyng. (111 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Marquis)

pAUlHHH The British comedy team of Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) takes on the science fiction genre in this tale of two nerds who encounter a real, live alien (voiced by Seth Rogen). With Jason Bateman, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader. Greg (Adventureland) Mottola directs. (100 min, R. Sunset)


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pRomHH1/2 Disney offers the interrelated stories of several couples on the big night in this teen drama that seems unlikely to veer in a Carrie direction. Joe (Sydney White) Nussbaum directed. With Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell and DeVaughn Nixon. (103 min, PG. Essex, Majestic, Palace, Welden)

RioHHH1/2 A pampered pet macaw heads to Brazil in search of his lady macaw counterpart in this comic family animation from director Carlos (Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs) Saldanha. With the voices of, Jesse Eisenberg, George Lopez and Leslie Mann. (96 min, G. Bijou, Capitol, Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Palace, Sunset, Welden)



pRiEStHH Another vampire apocalypse CGI action movie. Based on a Korean comic book. With Paul Bettany in religious regalia. Scott (Legion) Stewart directed. With Cam Gigandet, Karl Urban and Maggie Q. (87 min, PG-13. Essex [3-D], Majestic, Palace, Paramount)

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JUmpiNG tHE BRoomHHH In our first weddingthemed comedy of the week, two disparate families come together for an uptown girl’s lavish nuptials to a downtown boy on Martha’s Vineyard. With Angela Bassett, Paula Patton, Laz Alonso and Loretta Devine. Salim Akil directed. (108 min, PG-13. Essex, Majestic; ends 5/19)

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FASt FiVEHHH Fast & Furious not fast enough? The fifth film in the street-racer action franchise has an even shorter title. This time around, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and their fellow speed freaks try to evade G-man Dwayne Johnson in Rio de Janeiro. Justin Lin directed. (130 min, PG-13. Bijou, Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Marquis, Palace, Paramount, Roxy, Stowe, Sunset, Welden)

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BRiDESmAiDSHHHH1/2 Can a wedding-centric comedy from a female point of view be ... funny? Director Paul Feig and writer-star Kristen Wiig attempt to beat the odds with this Judd Apatowproduced tale of a single woman who agrees to be her best friend’s maid of honor. With Maya Rudolph and Rose Byrne. (125 min, R. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Sunset)

tHE coNSpiRAtoRHHH Robert Redford directed this historical drama about the trial of the one woman (Robin Wright Penn) charged with involvement in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. James McAvoy is her lawyer. With Kevin Kline, Evan Rachel Wood and Norman Reedus. (122 min, PG-13. Palace, Savoy)

AFRicAN cAtSHHH Big kitties of the savanna take center stage in a Disney nature documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson, which claims to portray a real-life version of The Lion King. Alastair (Earth) Fothergill and Keith Scholey directed. (89 min, G. Capitol, Majestic; ends 5/19)

and reality from acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. (106 min, NR. Roxy; ends 5/19)

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Something Borrowed 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:25. Thor (3-D) 1, 3:50, 7, 9:40. Atlas Shrugged: Part 1 12:25, 7:20, 9:40. Fast Five 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:35. Hoodwinked too! Hood vs. Evil (3-D) 2:40, 4:55. Prom 12:30, 2:45, 5, 7:15, 9:45 (Wed only). Water for Elephants 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:25. Rio (3-D) 12:15, 2:30, 4:45, 7, 9:15. friday 20 — wednesday 25 *The Hangover Part II Wed: midnight. *Pirates of the caribbean: on Stranger tides 12:15 (3-D), 1 (3-D), 1:45, 3:15 (3-D), 4 (3-D), 4:45, 6:30 (3-D), 7 (3-D), 7:45, 9:20 (3-D), 9:50 (3-D). Bridesmaids 1:15, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50. Priest (3-D) 12:45, 3, 5:10, 7:35, 10. Something Borrowed 1:10, 4, 6:50, 9:25. Thor (3-D) 1, 3:50, 7, 9:40. Fast Five 12:45, 3:45, 6:45, 9:45. Prom 7:20, 9:45. Water for Elephants 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:25. Rio (3-D) 12:15, 2:30, 4:45.

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wednesday 18 — thursday 19 Bridesmaids 1:25, 4:05, 6:45, 9:10. certified copy 4:10, 8:45. Winter in Wartime 3:40, 9:15. Something Borrowed 1:15, 3:30, 6:30, 9:05. Thor 1:10, 3:50, 7, 9:25. Fast Five 1:20, 4, 6:50, 9:20. Water for Elephants 1:05, 6:40. Jane Eyre 1, 6:20. friday 20 — tuesday 24 *Everything must Go 1:15, 3:30, 7, 9:20. *Pirates of the caribbean: on Stranger tides 1, 3:40, 6:30, 9:15. *Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest movie Ever Sold 1:20, 3:20, 7:10, 9:05. Bridesmaids 1:25, 4:05, 6:40, 9:10. Something Borrowed 3:35, 8:45. Thor 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:25. Jane Eyre 1:05, 6:20.


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wednesday 18 — thursday 19 Thor 7. Fast Five 7. Water for Elephants 7. friday 20 — wednesday 25 *Pirates of the caribbean: on Stranger tides Fri: 6:30, 9. Sat: 2:30, 6:30, 9. Sun: 2:30, 7. Mon-Wed: 7. Thor Fri: 7, 9:15. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:15. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7. Mon-Wed: 7. Water for Elephants Fri: 7, 9:15. Sat: 2:30, 4:40, 7, 9:15. Sun: 2:30, 4:40, 7. Mon-Wed: 7.


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wednesday 18 — thursday 19 Bridesmaids 8:20, followed by Paul. Fast Five 8:15, followed by Your Highness. Rio 8:30, followed by Rango. Thor 8:25, followed by true Grit. friday 20 — wednesday 25 *Pirates of the caribbean: on Stranger tides 8:20 followed by Thor. Fast Five 8:25, followed by Your Highness. Rio 8:40, followed by Rango. Bridesmaids 8:30, followed by Paul.


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wednesday 18 — thursday 19 Thor 7, 9. Fast Five 7, 9:15. Prom 7, 9. friday 20 — wednesday 25 *The Hangover Part II Wed: midnight. *Pirates of the caribbean: on Stranger tides 2 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9:15. Thor 2 & 4 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9. Fast Five 4:15 (Sat & Sun only), 7, 9:15. Rio Sat & Sun: 2, 4. thursday 26 *The Hangover Part II 7, 9. *Kung Fu Panda 2 7, 8:45. *Pirates of the caribbean: on Stranger tides 7, 9:15.

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SomEtHiNG BoRRoWEDHH In our second wedding-themed comedy, Ginnifer Goodwin plays a singleton with a dangerous yen for her best friend’s groom. With Kate Hudson, John Krasinski and Colin Egglesfield. Luke (The Girl Next Door) Greenfield directed. (103 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy) SoUl SURFERHH1/2 A teenager tries to summon the courage to return to the ocean after being maimed by a shark in this drama from director Sean (Bratz) McNamara, based on the true story of Bethany Hamilton. With AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt and, yes, Carrie Underwood. (105 min, PG. Big Picture, Bijou) tHoRHHH Another Marvel Comics hero gets his own movie when the Norse god of thunder (Chris Hemsworth) finds himself in modern America. Advance word suggests that director Kenneth (Hamlet) Branagh was the right choice for this. With Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston and Anthony Hopkins. (114 min, PG-13. Big Picture, Bijou, Capitol [3-D], Essex [3-D], Majestic [3-D], Marquis [3-D], Palace, Roxy, St. Albans, Stowe, Sunset, Welden) tRUE GRitHHH The latest from Joel and Ethan Coen is a remake of the 1969 western classic, with Jeff Bridges in the John Wayne role of a U.S. Marshal who reluctantly helps a teen track down her father’s killer. With Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld and Josh Brolin. (110 min, PG-13. Sunset; ends 5/19) WAtER FoR ElEpHANtSHH A veterinary student joins the Depression-era circus and falls in love with one of its stars in this adaptation of Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel from director Francis (I Am Legend) Lawrence. Reese Witherspoon, Robert Pattinson and Christoph Waltz star. (122 min, PG-13. Capitol, Essex, Majestic, Palace, Roxy, Stowe)

WiNtER iN WARtimEHHH In 1945, a boy in the occupied Netherlands tries to save a downed British pilot in this drama from director Martin Koolhaven. With Martijn Lakemeier, Yorick van Wageningen and Jamie Campbell Bower. (103 min, R. Roxy; ends 5/19) WiN WiNHHHH Paul Giamatti plays a small-time lawyer and wrestling coach who unexpectedly becomes the guardian of a troubled teen in this drama from Tom (The Visitor, The Station Agent) McCarthy. With Amy Ryan, Burt Young and Alex Shaffer. (106 min, R. Palace, Savoy)


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YoUR HiGHNESSH1/2 Also known as “recent Oscar nominees chilling in a stoner comedy.” Danny McBride and James Franco play princely brothers trying to save their kingdom from an evil wizard in this fantasy satire. Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel are comely damsels. David Gordon (Pineapple Express) Green directs. (102 min, R. Bijou, Sunset)

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The Los Angeles County sheriff’s department solved a 2004 murder case after homicide investigator Kevin Lloyd recognized the crime depicted in a tattoo on the chest of Anthony Garcia, 25. The 30-year department veteran had been at the scene of the liquor store slaying and remembered the details when he spotted Garcia’s elaborate tattoo while reviewing snapshots of gang members’ markings. Deputies arrested Garcia and put him in a cell with an undercover detective posing as suspect. Garcia soon began bragging about the liquor store killing, which the undercover detective dutifully recorded and played at Garcia’s trial. “Think about it,” Capt. Mike Parker said after Garcia’s conviction. “He tattooed his confession on his chest.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Atlanta police responding to a 3 a.m. break-in at a middle school quickly nabbed one suspect, but the other ran away. As an officer gave chase, the man grabbed a fire extinguisher and tried to discharge it at the officer but ran smack into a wall. He was treated for a head injury, and police took both suspects into custody. (Atlanta’s WSB-TV)

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Requests seeking public documents from Mike Huckabee’s 12 years as governor of Arkansas brought a response from current Gov. Mike Beebe’s chief legal counsel, Tim Gauger, that “former Governor Huckabee did not leave behind any hard-copies of the types of documents you seek. Moreover, at that time, all of the computers used by former Governor Huckabee and his staff had already been removed from the office and, as we understand it, the hard-drives in those computers had already been ‘cleaned’ and physically destroyed.” Huckabee and his aides have also blocked access to videotapes of his sermons as a Southern Baptist minister. An official at one of the churches he led said that much of the archival material pertaining to Huckabee’s tenure had been destroyed. Some of Huckabee’s gubernatorial papers do exist and are in the hands of Ouachita Baptist University, which indicated the records wouldn’t be accessible until after the 2012 presidential campaign. (Mother Jones)


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When a 73-year-old school crossing guard in Lansing, Mich., tried to break up a fight between a 6-year-old boy and his 7-year-old classmate, the parents of the 6-year-old attacked him. James Thompson wound up with a broken tooth, and police charged Shareka McKinney, 29, and Darell Livingston, 26, with assault and battery and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Before Thompson stepped in, the 4t-7drecycle-cmyk.indd 1

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Friends Indeed

After driving a friend to a pharmacy in Mountain View, Calif., to pick up her prescription for painkillers, a husband and wife demanded the 50-year-old woman hand over the drugs. When she refused, according to police official Liz Wylie, the wife, who was riding in the front seat with her husband driving, reached back, stole $160 from the victim’s purse, took the bottle containing about 90 oxycodone pills and punched her three times in the face. When the victim tried to phone for help, the husband took her cellphone. The wife then threw the victim’s dog out the window, and the husband shoved the victim out of the moving car. “We know who the suspects are,” Wylie said. “I think they’ve been friends for years.” (Palo Alto Daily News)

Occupational Hazard

Human cannonball Matt Cranch, 23, was shot 50 feet into the air as part of Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show, which was performing at England’s Kent County Showground, but the cannon’s recoil caused the safety net to collapse. Cranch hit the ground headfirst, according to witnesses, and died at the hospital. (Britain’s Daily Mail)

End of an Era

The Florida House voted to repeal the state’s “potty parity” law, which was enacted in 1992 after women complained of long lines at restrooms at football games. The law mandated a male-to-female toilet ratio in public buildings. A staff analysis leading to the provision’s repeal found that including the International Plumbing Code into Florida’s Building Code provides a better standard based on overall building occupancy. (Associated Press)

Don’t Have a Cow, Man

A man wearing a cow costume stole 26 gallons of milk, retail value $92, from a Walmart store in Stafford County, Va. He was observed crawling out of the store, imitating a cow. Witnesses said the man handed the milk to passersby, then rose up on two feet and was last seen “skipping down the sidewalk,” according to sheriff’s official Bill Kennedy. A deputy responding to a call of a disturbance at a nearby McDonald’s spotted a man, not wearing a cow suit, who seemed to match the thief’s description. The deputy found a cow suit in the man’s car and charged Jonathan Payton, 18, with a misdemeanor. “I suspect it was a prank that went too far,” Kennedy said. “It would have been funny if he hadn’t taken the milk.” (Manassas News & Messenger)

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Taurus (april 20-May 20)

In order to capture the spirit of the landscapes he painted, French artist Claude Monet used to work outside in all kinds of weather. When I look at masterpieces like “Snow at Argenteuil” or “The Magpie, Snow Effect, Outskirts of Honfleur,” I like to imagine he was so engrossed in his work that he barely even registered the bitter chill. I bet you’ll be able to achieve a similar intensity of focus in the coming week, Taurus. You could be so thoroughly absorbed in an act of creation or a ritual of transition or an attempt at transformation that you will be virtually exempt from any discomfort or inconvenience that might be involved.

leo (July 23-aug. 22): last year a group of

wealthy germans asked their government to require them to pay higher taxes. “We have more money than we need,” said the 44 multimillionaires. They wanted to help alleviate the ravages of poverty and unemployment. i urge you to make a comparable move, leo. in what part of your life do you have more abundance than most people? are there practical ways

liBRa (sept. 23-oct. 22): When it’s flood season, the amazon river rises as much as 60 feet. at that time, the adjoining forests earn their name — várzea, a Portuguese word meaning “flooded forests.” The river’s fish wander far and wide, venturing into the expanded territory to eat fruit from the trees. in the coming weeks, libra, i imagine you’ll be like those fish: taking advantage of the opportunities provided by a natural windfall. scoRPio

(oct. 23-nov. 21): Provocative new influences are headed your way from a distance. Meanwhile, familiar influences that are close at hand are about to burst forth with fresh offerings. it’s likely that both the faraway and nearby phenomena will arrive on the scene at around the same time and with a similar intensity. try not to get into a situation where they will compete with or oppose each other. your best bet will be to put them both into play in ways that allow them to complement each other.

sagittaRiUs (nov. 22-Dec. 21): are you desperate for more companionship? Have your night dreams been crammed with soulful exchanges? are you prowling around like a lusty panther, fantasizing about every candidate who’s even remotely appealing? if so, i have some advice from the poet rumi: “your task is not to seek for love, but merely

caPRicoRN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): if you live in the United states, your chocolate almost certainly contains insect parts. The Food and Drug administration understands that the mechanisms involved in making chocolate usually suck small passers-by into the works, which is why it allows manufacturers to include up to 60 bug fragments per 100 grams of chocolate. a lot of basically positive influences have a similar principle at work: Unpalatable ingredients get mixed in with the tasty stuff, but not in such abundance that they taint the experience. This week, Capricorn, you may be unusually tuned in to the unpalatable side of some good things in your life. Don’t overreact. aQUaRiUs (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): i went to a literary event in which young poets read their work. one poet, shelby Hinte, began her segment by talking about what inspires her. “i like to write about women who are more interesting than me,” she said. i was full of admiration for that perspective. it suggests she’s cultivating the abundant curiosity and humility that i think are essential to the creative process. as you slip deeper into an extra fertile phase of your personal cycle, aquarius, i urge you to adopt a similar voracity for influences that surprise and fascinate and educate you. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic,” said science fiction writer arthur C. Clarke. so in other words, if you were able to time-travel back to medieval england with a laptop computer and a solar-powered battery charger, the natives might regard you as a wizard with supernatural powers. i think there will soon be a similar principle at work in your life, Pisces: you will get a vivid glimpse of amazing things you could accomplish in the future. They may seem fantastic and impossible to the person you are right now — tantamount to magic. be alert for expanded states of awareness that reveal who you could ultimately become. m

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ter revels in chaos, says loyola University philosophy professor John Clark: “it’s an assault on excessive order, authority and seriousness.” angelic laughter, on the other hand, “expresses delight in the wondrousness of life and in the mystery of the order and fitness of things.” i’d like to suggest, Cancerian, that the time is ripe for you to revel equally in the devilish and the angelic varieties of laughter. so get out there and seek funny experiences that dissolve your fixations and celebrate your life’s crazy beauty. The healing that results could be spectacular.

(aug. 23-sept. 22): “i don’t know what i’m looking for,” sings brendan benson in his bouncy pop song “What i’m looking For,” “but i know that i just want to look some more.” i suspect those words could come out of your mouth these days, Virgo. i worry that you’ve become so enamored with the endless quest that you’ve lost sight of what the object of the quest is. you almost seem to prefer the glamour of the restless runaround — as painful as it sometimes is. That probably means you’re at least somewhat out of touch with the evolution of your primal desires. Check back in with the raw, throbbing source, please.



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to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” in other words, sagittarius: to foster the search for intimate connection, identify the patterns within yourself that are interfering with it. by the way, this is good counsel even if you’re only moderately hungry for closer connection.



gemiNi (May 21-June 20): What’s going to happen for you in the coming week will be the metaphorical equivalent of gaining the ability to see infrared light with your naked eye or to detect the ultrasonic sounds that only dogs can hear. With this virtual superpower at your disposal, you just may be able to figure out how people’s unspoken feelings have been covertly affecting your destiny. you will intuit lucid inklings about the probable future that will help you adjust your decisions. you might even tune in to certain secrets that your own unconscious mind has been hiding from you.

you could express your gratitude for the extravagant blessings life has given you? i think you’ll find that raising your levels of generosity will ultimately lead to you receiving more love. (Here’s more on the story about rich germans:

aRies (March 21-april 19): today i received this email: “Dear Chosen one: My name is boopsky, also known as ‘The impossible.’ i rule a small kingdom that exists in a secret place — an island with abundant riches and rhinoceros playgrounds. to make a long story short, you have won our ‘naked’ lottery. Please come visit

us to claim your prizes. We will carve a statue of you out of butter and strawberry jam. your funny ways of walking and talking will be imitated by all of our citizens. Then you will be caressed as a monarch on a pile of tVs and sung songs to by our reincarnation chorus. Can’t wait to see you be so happy!” i suspect you may soon receive an invitation as puzzling as this one, aries — an apparent blessing that carries mixed messages or odd undertones. My suggestion is to hold off on accepting it until you find out more about it. Meanwhile, make sure it doesn’t distract you from taking advantage of a less flashy but more practical opportunity.


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Intelligent, warm, humorous comfy woman I have a generous heart and a body to match. I’m artistic, creative and insightful. I believe that each and every person has gifts and intrinsic value. I’m introverted, intuitive, a thinker and a perceiver. I like good food and old movies. I want to date, go slow and really find the right person to spend my


I could be your sunshine I start college in the spring. I just moved to Vermont. I’m looking for a girl who I can make smile every day. sunshinesunday, 20, u, #119811

i’m a gay cd Love cuddling, kissing and many affectionate ways to make love. I love a man that’s very affectionate and looks to date possibly. If you are the man contact me asap. tiffanyann1950, 60, #120850


every day’s a new day Are you active and enjoy outdoors? Enjoy learning new things? I’ve been single for a few years and love my independence, but I’m tired of doing everything solo. I’m always active; running, biking, hiking, gardening. Last year I tiled my bathroom. This year I’m building a chicken coop. Looking for someone who is financially and emotionally stable. chslakers2004, 51, l, u, #110661

As an arrow flies ... in windless skies. I have learned that the little things count just as much as the big ones. The perfect solution to most irritations in life is a long drive with the music turned up and the map, forgotten, on the back seat. I’m open to passengers. I’m open to being one. Bleu, 39, u, #120829

Love Less Not Fade Away I like words. That doesn’t mean

willing Hello! I’ve been with one guy before but I’m still new to this. I’m bisexual and am looking for a guy to talk with and help ease me into some fun. I enjoy intelligent conversation, good food and good people. Send me a message and a pic and I’ll return the favor so we can chat. Joevt57, 24, #120907


Rock Star Garden Girl Enthusiastic, cheerful, playful, independent and hard-working woman who is looking for an open hearted and genuine man to play, work and venture into life with. Must be caring, intelligent, fun to be with and humble with a sense of humor. Would love a man who is confident without the cocky and who encourages me to be my very best. bek, 27, #118973

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Introspective Affectionate Queer seeks Laughter Push the edges of thought and society. I’m looking for interesting conversation, new ideas, flirting, and laughter. I’m an active, quiet intellectual who enjoys nature and experiencing new things. Botrychium, 35, u, #120173

active nice guy So here I am living in the noosk. I work hard all summer and play hard too. I would be interested in someone who isn’t afraid to get out and have fun and get a bit dirty hiking, biking, etc. There is sailing on friday nights for free. Want to go? hanzbrix, 29, u, #114776

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Lovely, Funny, Cute, Good Food! Looking for friendship, fun, maybe new love? New back to Burlington after a five year absence. Was out west with the cowboys. I don’t want a cowboy. I love to cook, eat, drink good wine, hike, and sit on my terrace and watch the sun set over the lake. Looking for sexy, fun, smart, focused and most of all kind. Are ya out there? lovelylady37, 37, u, #121020

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Laugh, Eat, Dance, Live I am always looking for some new recipes to try and friends to try them with. If you like good conversation and laughing then we should go out for a drink sometime. Most weekends you can find me outside or downtown for drinks and dancing. I am interested in exploring the music scene in Burlington. Care to show me around? SpiritGuide, 32, u, #121023

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Sexual exploration needed! Caucasian woman seeking another fun female to be naughty with me and my bf. Slim, muscular, blond and anxious to teach/learn. So ready to try some new things. izkatya111, 52, #120972 Heavensangel for you I am a vibrant woman looking for that special man who is loving, caring, honest and who likes to play sometimes. I am also D&D free. Heavensangel4u, 48, u, #120934


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Man of Many Talents Get a hold of me and find out for yourself. We can meet up (Bolton potholes). You know who you are :). samson68, 42, u, #120894

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Bi-Girl looking for fun Searching for a woman to satisfy my needs. Would love to meet someone who like a curvy girl and knows what they are doing in bed. Looking for casual, summer fun! If interested please message me and I would love to pursue the connection. dirtygirl, 22, u, #117664

Sensual Masculinity I’m a 52 year young counselor/ professor type, longing for touch and experimentation, creativity and sensuality, orally oriented, clitorally

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Need more fun I usually don’t do this, but I need a little spice in my life. Tired of the same old stuff every day! I am willing to try new things, so give me a shout! lookn4fun, 22, #118014

Your sexy, sultry, flirty addiction Looking for M/F dom to show me the ropes ;) I’m interested in exploring my dominant side and need some instruction. Want sexy, eager subs to play with! Ages 26/34. InkedAngel, 29, l, u, #120649

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sweet, gentle hearted, funny Looking to make new friends and explore my options. TheGoddessFreya, 49, u, #120282 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 fun Hello! I’ve hooked up with a guy once before but I’m pretty new to this. I’m bisexual and would love a partner for some discrete fun. I’m very talented with my mouth and wouldn’t mind trying my hand at being a bottom. I’m thin, attractive and confident. Send me an email with a pic so we can chat. Age means nothing. Joevt56, 24, #120905

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sexy, naked, sun, sports, hot tubs Looking for some summertime playmates! Love going to Bolton Falls. mashelle29, 29, u, #109076 MUCH-TO-LUV REDHEAD Okay, I am sooo new to this! If you are out there, hope you find me! I am new to the BDSM scene, let’s say books “aroused” my curiosity, and I think it’s what’s been missing from my life, I just need to find the right teacher! I’m a full figured-gal, not your thing, don’t respond! (Also, no married or cheaters!). much2luv, 38, #101862

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Lets have fun now Just looking for some people to have some fun with. notoncrack, 23, #121039 NSA or FWB Just looking for fun sex! Into most anything, no pain though! Let’s just relax and play and we’ll both enjoy! sav99303, 49, u, #120993 Let’s please one another I am looking for a woman who wants a mutual discreet relationship based on caring and being there for one another in and out of bed. However, your privacy will be respected. Let’s nurture one another. Life is too short to be lonely or unhappy, or both. Pleasure, 55, #105389 good looking, taking my time Handsome man, mid-fifties, cutting loose after my (mostly happy) marriage ends. I’m adventurous, passionate, playful. Free to travel. Wanting to explore, safely (naturally), but break on through into sensual delight. This ad is aimed at scratching the itch, fully, and well, but there are a lot of other great things I can share, if we get there. Now_is_the_time, 53, l, #120947 Extremely Passionate and Long lasting Good sex is important to overall health and vitality. My strong hands will massage and relax you. I am an expert tickler. Be ready for lots of passion and hotness. ticklesgalore, 34, u, #120942 sk8 VT Hi, I’m Jeff. Just here to find a girl to have fun with any way she wants. So

free your mind Imaginative, open-minded couple looking for play dates with other open-minded couples who enjoy sex. Experience and age not as important as a sense of humour, wit and creative sexual ability!Will entertain endless combinations. open_up, 37, u, #120713 Explore the Possibilities Educated, attractive, Causasian, edgy couple looking for three- or four-way action with another couple, an active male to female transsexual, or a feminine man, including multiple oral play. Live your fantasy! STD free and expect same. funtimes, 50, u, #120682 2 Hotties and A doctor 25-year-old normal and attractive couple. I want to know what it’s like being with another girl, and he is all about it. Discreet, one-time thing, unless everyone is begging for more. Looking for an attractive 21-27-year-

Kink of the w eek: Men seeking? cougar bait, come on 27 y/o male looking for NSA older, beautiful, delicious women to tear into and leave dripping. Please be proportionate and highly sexual. Need to hear the screams of a mature goddess approaching bliss. s/d/420 friendly. Highly oral. HIGHLY. gomez, 27, #121031 FROM HIS ONLINE PROFILE: Describe your wildest fantasy. My body gets used as an erotic amusement park for all the goddesses of the world until it wears out. guided, tongue extended. Up for a probe? sensualmale, 52, u, #120881 strong sex drive tender Wanting to meet new people and see where it goes. Never done this before. Not into the bar scene. Have a nice day. maybeyou, 48, #120874 I want to learn I am looking to get into cross-dressing and looking for someone who is willing to show me the ropes, or dress me up! I also can’t get enough of people playing with my sexy feet. I am mainly looking for an older, more mature person(s), but don’t be afraid to message me if you are interested! colrivt, 21, u, #120864 can breathe through my ears I am really into giving you pleasure. I love it when you cum on my face. I stay “down” for multiples or until you beg me to stop, hehe, really. You get yours first, every time, and then we can explode together. 420licker, 48, #120855

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You only live once... We are a happily married couple looking to spice things up a bit. Looking for another woman or couple to share some good times. Must be clean and discreet. OtherSideOfUs, 30, u, #121040 TWO for YOU We are a clean, active couple looking for an outgoing and attractive girl to have some fun with. We are very laid-back and easygoing. Your picture gets ours. DJSNOW, 24, #120879

old clean girl. We want to talk via email and then buy you a drink. 2HottiesAndADoctor, 25, u, #120622 Feeling free to explore Happy, straight couple looking for woman to add some spice. D/D free, discreet, professionals, tried it once and want more. Him: very endowed, loves to please and watch two girls get it on. He loves two girls giving him oral at once. Her: likes big breasts, oral and applying kink. She would like to learn how to squirt. Feelfree, 45, #120111 vacationland kayakers Lovely couple seeks outdoor types for kayaking on Adirondack lakes. vacationland, 33, u, #120220 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. 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, u, #119971

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Crosswalk Chemistry I said hello to you awkwardly as we waited for the signal, then we talked about crosswalk frustrations and about your bike. In that fleeting moment of convergence there was chemistry in the warm spring air. You were wearing a purple polka-dotted skirt, and I wish I had been wearing something equally memorable. When: Thursday, May 12, 2011. Where: Corner of Battery and College. You: Woman. Me: Man. #909004 you: cab driver Me: going for knee injection. Since then: thinking about your warm alluring eyes, sensual buff physique, captivating nature. Longing for connection, intimate or platonic. Dreaming of 4 AM visit or random text/phone message. One time or many. 752 When: Tuesday, April 26, 2011. Where: Burlington. You: Man. Me: Woman. #909003 Starbucks in Williston Hope this won’t be too far of a drive for you all the way from Shelburne. I’ll be driving as well since there will be few places around as extra options. Now, time frame would be?:) When: Friday, May 13, 2011. Where: Two to Tango. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #909002

Cutest Grad Ever! Can’t wait to see that perfect smile as you walk across the platform on Saturday! Such hard work, such incredible dedication. Finally, the offical reward. You amaze me, and wherever you go from here you will bless the world. When: Saturday, May 21, 2011. Where: UVM, Patrick Gymnasium. You: Woman. Me: Woman. #908995


Sailing with you? I just received a flirt from someone, and I would like it if he emailed! I think you are rssail. Care to go sailing? You’re in Northfield. I’m EarthAirFireWater in Burlington. When: Tuesday, May 10, 2011. Where: personals. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908990 You I-spied my lisp! My first I-spy, I dunno how to respond! Any guy would be outright dumb to not pick a meet up with you. You’re dancing made me blush, and you’re vegan. Though my moves don’t need practice, and the next FF is too far away. How about a dance off? Winner takes all. You decide what that means. When: Thursday, May 5, 2011. Where: First Friday. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908989 simplicity If you can handle a diverse past, I am not affraid to talk about it. I will miss the sarcasm and jokes you threw out there when nobody seemed to be paying attention. You have caught my attention, which is not an easy task. The ball is in your court. When: Sunday, May 1, 2011. Where: Someplace warm. You: Man. Me: Woman. #908988 Re: Richmond beauty The time was 2:20 on Monday. You were at the corner of West Main and Bridge Street in Richmond. Let’s hang out! You look incredible. When: Monday, May 9, 2011. Where: Downtown Richmond. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908987

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Richmond beauty You were at the corner of Bridge Street and Rt. 2, possibly going down Bridge Street? Wearing dark shirt and grey pants on this beautiful day. You put a smile on my face today possibly we could meet up for a crème or something along those lines? When: Monday, May 9, 2011. Where: Richmond. You: Woman. Me: Man. #908986

mistress maeve Dear Mistress Maeve,

A friend just told me that a mutual friend of ours referred to me as a “serial dater.” First of all, I don’t even know what that means. Second of all, why do women find it so amusing to talk about other women behind their backs? The woman in question is in a marriage she clearly detests with a man who has about as much personality as a corpse, but you don’t see me out there telling the whole world about it. I’m a 32-year-old female, and, yes, I’ve had a series of short relationships (three to six months), but I’ve also had a couple long-term relationships. I just haven’t found the right match for me yet — is that a crime? Even if I am a serial dater, is that something to apologize for?


Dear Are You Serial?,

Are You Serial?


Serial Thriller,


Sadly, women (and men) like to gossip about other people’s relationships — especially when their own love lives leave something to be desired. If I were you, I would pull that “friend” aside and say, “Hey, I heard you were concerned about me being a serial dater. Would you like to talk about it?” She may spit out a surprised apology, to which you can respond with “It’s OK — just please only discuss my private life with me in the future.” Or she will take you up on the offer to discuss the ins and outs of your dating life, to which you can respond, “Thank you for your concern, but I’m happy with my choices — and it’s really none of your business.” Either way, you’re addressing the issue head on and taking your power back. As far as your serial-dating status is concerned, don’t lose sleep over it, but be mindful. Serial dating — the act of jumping from one relationship to the next, staying single as briefly as possible — allows people a happy medium between polyamory (having multiple partners at once) and lifelong monogamy. However, serial dating can breed both a fear of commitment and a fear of being alone — what a conundrum! If you find yourself rushing into relationships with people you’re not gung-ho about, it may be time to take a break and indulge in some alone time. Better to do some serious soul searching now than to look back at your dating life and think, What the hell was I doing?!


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