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April 3-9, 2019

Solimano launches bid for governor in April Fools’ prank By Katy Savage

By Robin Alberti

PICO TO CLOSE Pico’s last day of the winter season is Sunday, April 7. Originally the last day was scheduled for last weekend, but luckily, excellent spring snow conditions allowed them to extend the season for one bonus weekend, April 6-7. Okemo is scheduled to close the following Sunday, April 14. Killington, however, is still gunning for June 1.


Phil Lamy, a professor at Castleton University and drummer in the Green Brothers Band, will teach a course on cannabis this summer.

Castleton University to offer first cannabis studies program By Katy Savage

Phil Lamy says marijuana sharpens his hearing. Lamy, a drummer in the local Green Brothers Band, consumes cannabis to help his music. “Cannabis calms me,” said Lamy, 63. “Whatever you’re doing seems so much more interesting. You’re hearing better. You’re not focused on the audience and whatever else is going on.” Lamy, who has been an anthropology and

sociology professor at Castleton University for 27 years, is about to combine his love of music and marijuana with teaching. This summer, he and three other professors are teaching Castleton’s first cannabis certificate program. The idea of the program was born during an out-of-office get-together, where Lamy and a group of other professors consumed marijuana together and felt inspired. “We thought, ‘this is something we should Pot class, page 3A

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Killington Resort President and General Manager Mike Solimano was in for a surprise on April 1. As he was driving to work that morning, he found out he was running for governor. Members of his executive team had posted “Solimano for Governor” signs along the Killington Road and throughout town. They created a website to help Solimano launch his 2020 campaign and even wrote a press release for social media. Solimano laughed and pulled over to the side of the road to send a picture to the members of his executive team he thought were involved. “Some people were texting me thinking it was real,” Solimano said. “They were like, ‘what’s going on?’” After years of being fooled by Solimano on April Fools’ Day, some people from his team turned the joke around this year. “We really went for it,” said Killington Communications and PR Manager Courtney DiFiore. “Lucky he’s a good sport,” she said. The prank was organized by Killington Director of Finance Matt Kinsman, who has worked with Solimano on and off since 1996. “He is a big fan of April Fools’ Day,” Kinsman said. “He’s easy going and he likes to have a good time and likes to bust chops. It’s good to get him back.” Over the years Solimano has pranked his employees by gluing a stapler to a desk, putting tape over a computer mouse and hiding a white board. Kinsman had a friend of his create the signs for Solimano. He said only a handful of people knew about the prank. Killington’s Interactive Manager Chandler Burgess created Solimano’s 2020 website. The website shows old photos and videos of Solimano, demonstrating his commitment to his job. “Mike’s work ethic: legendary,” the website says, with a video of Solimano taking a ski trip between meetings. “Mike’s attention to detail: unmatched,” the website adds, with a video of Solimano in a lab coat, performing a “quality assurance” test on the groomed snow with a tape measure. The site dubs Solimano a “handsome genius,” as named by SKI Magazine and says he’s Prank, page 3A

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Party guests dressed for the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge festivities line up for a drink from the shotski.

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Bear Mountain welcomes its biggest party of the season, mogul competition KILLINGTON—The annual Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, and the corresponding spring party on the snow, will heat up again Saturday, April 6 as amateur bumpers take to the slopes of Outer Limits to battle for a place in the finals. The top 32 men and 16 women will compete in a head-to-head competition for the Mogul Challenge cup. Registration is open to skiers only and is limited to the first 150 registrants. On Saturday at 9 a.m., competitors will each have one run, then the top 32 men and 16 women will compete in a dual format at approximately 1 p.m. Pairs of competitors will run a dual course with sudden death format; only the winners remain. Judges award points based on  turns and line (60 percent),  air (20 percent), speed (20 percent). While only 150 will compete, hundreds more will be tailgating and cheering them on in what has legendarily become one of the biggest parties of the season. There will be live music with Jamie’s Junk Show performing in the morning followed by Super Stash Bros.

By Paul Holmes

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A “Solimano for Governor” sign sits outside Sun Up.



The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019

Bentley’s closing marks end of a tradition

By Curt Peterson

WOODSTOCK— Bentley’s, a landmark in the center of Woodstock for 40-plus years, will close permanently on or about April 30, according to owners Maria Fredurra and John Ruggieri-Lam. The partners snatched the iconic eatery and night spot from the jaws of defeat six years ago when previous owners David Creech and Bill Deckelbaum declared the business bankrupt. They claim Bentley’s has been and continues to be profitable, and they intend to pay all obligations, wages, taxes and bills when they shutter the space. Building owner Ken Sturm of Woodstock Investments LLC in New York, allowed building conditions to deteriorate, and has been unwilling to negotiate an acceptable lease agreement, Ruggieri-Lam said. He added that he does not think Sturm wanted to force Bentley’s to leave. Charlie Kimbell, State Representative from Woodstock and co-chair of Woodstock’s Economic Development Commission, also dismissed the idea of an intended forced exit. “I have no specific knowledge of decisions made to intentionally smoke out the existing tenants,” Kimbell wrote to the Mountain Times in an email. “I understand that Ken [Sturm] has plans for the property and has put them off for some time.” The Mountain Times was unable to speak with Sturm. Fredurra and Ruggieri-Lam wanted to buy the building from the previous owner, but Sturm prevailed as bidder. Like many local businesses, Bentley’s thrived on Woodstock’s popularity with tourists, but with popularity have come absentee owners who some feel have little stake in the town. Rent for commercial space has escalated.

Multicultural cuisine, stories come to West Street By Julia Purdy

The silent market tables were covered with colorful bedspreads and cloths for the regular market on Monday, March 25, at the Vermont Farmers’ Food Center on West Street, but there were no vendors. Instead, some 60 paying guests enjoyed an authentic Puerto Rican meal of chicken and rice, the second in a pop-up dinner series, Traditions Table. The previous week featured a Polish dish; April 1 will feature Moroccan cuisine and April 8, Italian. There was a happy buzz of many voices and laughter, and the smells from the kitchen were mouthwa-

tering. Diners sat around polishing their plates and talking. Participants ranged from the very young to the very old, and all income brackets and lifestyles. “It’s a good way to taste food from different countries,” said Pete Italia as he sat with friends after the meal. Traditions Table is a joint effort by the Shrewsbury Institute for Agricultural Education Foundation (SAGE) and VFFC and their collaborative project, Root Words. The Root Words project ties in with the dinners by encouraging storytelling through experiencing the foods of a culture. Viewing ethnic cuisines as a

way to express culture, the dinners aim to “get people talking over the dinner table,” said Stephen Abatiell of SAGE, who returned home from Montana in the fall. The tables held forms for people to write out stories or memories of their family and culture. The pop-up dinner series is an outgrowth of the VFFC’s Farmacy Program, in which doctors write “prescriptions” for local, nutritious produce to qualified recipients. Chef Grace Davy of Everyday Chef, which teaches participants how to prepare fresh, tasty meals from local produce, was at work in the Multicultural cuisine, page 24A

Silver Lake’s ‘George’ will say when ice is out By Curt Peterson

For about 30 years, according to Barnard General Store employee Jessica Reason, a guy named George has sat in a chair out on Silver Lake, tethered to shore, waiting for the ice floor to melt away beneath him. George isn’t actually a man, not in the flesh-andblood sense. He’s a dummy, and his ice-melting vigil has been a Barnard tradition for three decades. He’s been out there every spring, even during a couple of years when the BGS was closed. “Last year Jillian [Jillian Bradley, co-owner of BGS] made the dummy herself, but it didn’t work very well. She made him out of paper,” said Reason. “This year she went out and bought a real dummy.” George’s adventure isn’t just a tourist attraction. Historically sponsored by the store, people can bet on the day and time that George disappears into the lake’s frigid water. Each bet costs the guesser $5, cash only, or one can submit six estimates for $20. Half

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“George” the ice-out dummy sits on a chair on Silver Lake waiting to fall through for the annual “ice out” – a 30-year tradition.




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The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019

Pot class:

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Castleton to prepare students for cannabis industry

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He said there’s a “snicker syndrome” be doing,’” said Joseph Markowski, a associated with cannabis today. philosophy professor who is co-direct“We have to challenge the snicking the Cannabis Studies Certificate Program. er-effect, challenge the fear,” he said. Markowski, Lamy and Brandon Lamy said the recently-announced Laylor, another philosophy professor, cannabis program has already garproposed the idea, winning two-thirds nered interest from a number of majority approval from faculty. students. The three-course Cannabis Studies The program will explore the misinCertificate Program with an internship formation and exaggeration about the is the state’s first. It will teach students use and history of marijuana. about cannabis culture and conLamy said the ancient plant became sciousness, cannabis history, cannabis “demonized” for racial reasons, when cultivation and the business of canna- it was seen used by Latin Americans, bis. Native Americans, Mexicans, avant Jody Condon of the Luce Farm and garde artists and musicians. business professor Paul Cohen will “Marijuana became a symbol of also teach courses, preparing students rebellion,” he said. to join the cannabis Lamy said that field after they earn thought will change “IT’S ALMOST LIKE their certificate. as the culture shifts. Markowski, a skier, THE INDUSTRIAL “The cat is out of said cannabis helps the bag and this is REVOLUTION OR him connect more’s time deeply to nature. He THE BIRTH OF THE to accept it and move started using cannaforward,” Lamy said. DOT-COM AGE,” HE bis in college. “This famous plant is “There’s a flow that SAID. “(IT’S) THIS finally getting its day one realizes through in the sun.” MASSIVE INDUSTRY responsible use,” he Ten states have legalized marijuana said. THAT’S ABOUT TO for recreational use He said marijuana EXPLODE.” so far, with more, helps his joints and including New Jersey pains, in addition to and New York considering it. fulfilling a social need. Thirty-four states have legalized “There’s a community of users who marjiana for medical use. partake in the ingestion and use of cannabis,” he said. “This is already a multi-billion dolVermont legalized the use and poslar industry in the United States alone session of cannabis last July. and it’s only going to grow. This thing is Some colleges, faced with declining here to stay,” Lamy said. “It’s exciting, enrollment, are using the legalization it’s almost like the Industrial Revolution or the birth of the dot-com age,” to attract nontraditional students. he said. “(It’s) this massive industry Castleton University, University of that’s about to explode.” Vermont and Vermont Technical Center are all offering classes or programs Several Vermont companies, includin cannabis, joining about 30 similar ing Grass Roots Medical Marijuana programs in the country. Dispensary in Brandon, Northeast Lamy, who grew up in a musical Hemp Commodities in Fair Haven, family in Salem, Massachusetts, in the Mettawee Valley Hemp, Tokin’ Glass in 1960s, said marijuana was part of his Castleton and Hickory Glass will offer upbringing. student internship opportunities to “I was very much christened in the explore accounting and investment cannabis area,” he said. aspects of marijuana in addition to He has been working to establish business management, hemp fiber the course at Castleton University and hemp oils – giving students what since 2016. they need to join the cannabis field. “The great challenges we have right Lamy wants to build the program to now is trying to change people’s minds possibly offer it as a major someday. about it,” he said. “There’s a lot of igno“This is so exciting. I’m so motivated rance about cannabis.” and passionate about this,” he said.

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Solimano campaign for governor surprises Solimano

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“willing to work any job that needs doing.” The executive team poked fun at Solimano’s tendency to meet with people after work. It highlights the resort’s $100 million worth of new investments, spearheaded by Solimano. “We laugh, we just call him the mayor,” Kinsman said. “We always joke with him and tell him he should run for office.” The pretend campaign also took a stab at Solimano’s desire for feedback about resort operations. The press release said resort executives would be monitoring message

boards from Killington guests for direction on how to manage the resort. In the pretend press release, Solimano said he’d

“THEY GOT ME GOOD,” SOLIMANO SAID. use the same practices he’s used in running the resort to run Vermont.– “Anyone who has skied Killington knows I like to jump in and help wherever I can, whether it’s loading chairlifts, shoveling snow or clearing tables at lunchtime,” Solimano said in the pretend press release. “If elected, citizens can expect to see me helping get the job done across the

state whether it’s plowing roads or helping manage lines at the DMV.” Some joined in on the fun on social media, saying they were moving to Vermont to vote for Solimano. Vermont Tourism Commissioner Wendy Knight sent Solimano a text message and asked if she could stay in her position if he gets elected. “It was a fun day,” Solimano said. Hetook one of the signs to his office as a keepsake. He was strategizing how to get his team back next year. “They got me good,” Solimano said. “I have to work on something.”

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The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019

Sawyer ruled ‘youthful offender’; heading to out-ofstate treatment facility

By Alan J. Keays/ VTDigger

By Robin Alberti

Rutland’s FIRST Robotics Team 2370 - IBOTS won the April 6 district robotics match this past weekend at UNH and Archytas 6933 from Sharon won the Autonomous Award for best performance during the sandstorm portion of the matches. The Archytas 6933 team is pictured above. Front row (l-r): Sean Smith, Jacob Ruben, Emma Durney, Drew Best, Danny Smith, Kenneth Lyman, Ben McIlvaine, Clara Shortle, Collin LaFromboise. Middle Row (l-r): Scott Elderd, Billy Vogt, Carl Groppe IV, Trace Barnhart, John Cassell, Ryan Smith, Jack Barnhart. Back row (l-r): Elliot Tonks, Jack Brandon, Leland Pelletier, Ben Weatherill.

By Robin Alberti

Team 6933, Archytas’ robot moves around the floor. Students operate from behind the glass.

Local teams win robotics match By Robin Alberti

RUTLAND—IBOTS Team 2370, from Stafford Technical Center in Rutland, earned 69 points, making them the top-ranked team at the FIRST Inspires Robotics NE District UNH Event that took place March 29-31 in Whittemore Arena at UNH, in Durham, New Hampshire. Their first place finish at this event now has them ranked 11th out of 203 teams in the entire NE District. Robotics, page 30A

Rutland man accused of murder to remain jailed

By Alan J. Keays/VTDigger

RUTLAND—A Rutland man accused of strangling a woman and leaving her body in the backseat of her car on a remote road has shelved a bid to seek release on bail, at least for now. Shawn LaPlant, 28, has been held without bail since his arraignment last month when he pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Alicia Harrington, 44, of Rutland. LaPlant had been set for a hearing Monday, April 1, in Rutland County Superior criminal court to determine if he could continue to be jailed without bail pending his trial. However, Christopher Montgomery, LaPlant’s attorney, told Judge Thomas Zonay as that hearing was set to begin that his client was conceding, at least at this point, that prosecutors had enough evidence to continue holding him without bail. Under Vermont law, a person facing a possible life sentence can be held without bail on a finding by a judge that the “evidence of guilt is great.” Montgomery told the judge that over the weekend that Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose Kennedy, who is prosecuting the case, provided him with “a substantial amount” of information that has been collected by investigators. For the purposes of determining whether his client could continue to be held without bail, Montgomery told the judge, “We agree that the evidence of guilt is great.” The defense attorney said he still planned to file a motion at some point in the case seeking his client’s release on bail, once he can find an appropriate residence for LaPlant where supervision can also be provided. “I would ask to continue the hold without (bail) until such time I have a residence,” Montgomery said. Judge Zonay then turned to LaPlant. “The court understands, at this time then, you would agree the court would continue its hold without bail?” the judge asked him. “Yes,” LaPlant replied. Jailed, page 22A

The case of a former Fair Haven student who police say had plotted to shoot up the high school has concluded behind closed doors, but authorities are revealing some of the details of the resolution. Jack Sawyer, who had been “adjudicated a Youthful Offender,” will be placed in an out-of-state residential treatment facility, according to a release issued late Friday, March 29, by the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s office, which prosecuted him. And, Sawyer is prohibited from possessing firearms or going back to the Courtesy of VSP town. Jack Sawyer, of Poultney, was accused of three counts attempted murder after planned attack The case against Sawyer, who is now 19, was handled in a judicial process spe- on Fair Haven Union High School. cific to people under age 21, in which all details are confidential and proceedings misdemeanor charges transferred to the take place in Rutland Family Court. family court for a “youthful offender” However, in a rare move, some of those determination. details in Sawyer’s case were released Under the law, once that request is Friday, March 29, “pursuant to a limited made the case must be transferred and waiver of the confidentiality provisions all proceedings regarding the granting of the Family Court,” the release stated. or denial of the youthful offender status Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose take place in family court behind closed Kennedy did not immediately return a doors. message Friday seeking comment. She Under the law, criminal defendants up did say in the release that she could not to age 21 not charged with certain serious comment beyond what was included in crimes are eligible to apply for youth the statement. offender status. Sawyer was 18 when he Vermont Defender General Matthew was arrested in February 2018. Valerio, whose office was defending With the serious felonies he faced Sawyer, said late Friday afternoon due dismissed, Sawyer qualified because to confidentiality requirements of the he only faced those two misdemeanor youthful offender law he could not prooffenses. vide any additional comment. Youthful offender status puts the case According to the release Friday, Sawon a rehabilitation-focused track previyer was “adjudicated Youthful Offender ously only available to defendants under for the offense of Carrying a Dangerous age 18. Weapon.” Gov. Phil Scott cited the Sawyer case in As a result, the release stated, Sawyer signing three laws in April 2018 changing will be jointly supervised by the Departthe state’s gun laws. ment of Corrections and Department for Scott, a Republican, has said the chill­ Children and Families. ing de­tails in a po­lice af­fi­davit in sup­port In addition to placement in an out-ofof Sawyer’s ar­rest prompted him to shift state residential treatment facility and his stance on the need for the added gun prohibition against possessing firearms restrictions. and going to Fair Haven, the release Prosecutors included with the stated that Sawyer “shall not enter any charging documents a notebook kept by premises of any school without the prior Sawyer titled,“The Journal of an Active written approval of both DCF and DOC.” Shooter.” Sawyer will remain under the superSawyer’s arrest came just days after a vision of the two state departments until mass shooting at a Florida high school he turns 22, according to the release. that left 17 students and teachers dead. Fair Haven Police Chief William HumSpeaking shortly after Sawyer’s arrest phries said Friday evening he was glad to on the attempted murder charges, Valehear at least some of the details from the rio, whose office represents Sawyer, said closed door proceedings are being made he believed Sawyer was “overcharged” public. from the start. “I think that there’s been a lot of “Particularly with attempted crimes, mystery around this,” Humphries said, you have to have overt acts in furtheradding that questions have lingered with ance of whatever the attempt is supcommunities members about how the posed to be,” Valerio said at that time. “I case against Sawyer would be resolved. don’t think we’ve really seen that.” “Maybe this can help bring closure to Fair Haven Union High School has some people.” ramped up security in the time since Humphries also said he was pleased to Sawyer’s arrest, spending nearly $500,000 see that Sawyer will remain under some in school safety improvements. form of supervision until he turns 22. Those upgrades included more video In February 2018, Sawyer was charged cameras, new locking systems for doors, in adult criminal court in Rutland with more training for emergency situations, three counts of attempted murder. a redesigned entrance to the high school, Those charges were later dropped by and enhanced communication equipthe prosecutor following a Vermont Sument. preme Court decision stating that mere “This threat has changed our culture,” planning did not rise to the level of an Brooke Olsen-Farrell, superintendent of attempt under state law. the Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union The only charges that remained which includes the high school in Fair pending against Sawyer were both Haven, said late last year at a statewide misdemeanors: criminal threatening school safety forum. and carrying a dangerous weapon with “We look at every decision through the avowed purpose to commit serious a different lens,” Olsen-Farrell said, injury or death. referring to the added emphasis on In July 2018, his public defenders school security. “I personally speak to law filed a motion seeking to have those two enforcement every day.”


The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019

Sometimes you can’t win…

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What about global warming?

By Rep. Jim Harrison

By Sen. Dick McCormack

This past week the Vermont House passed an increase on the home heating fuels to increase funding for the low income weatherization program on an 81-60 vote. Some may consider the increase modest (2 cents more per gallon on heating oil with similar increases on propane and natural gas). However, it was clear to the constituents who contacted me that this was a bad tax to raise, REP. JIM HARRISON one that is regressive and an increase on an essential commodity here in northern New England. I voted No on the tax hike. Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington said during debate on the floor, “We shouldn’t be taxing a necessity of life. Heating oil is a necessity of life.” Easy enough, but before the vote we received a letter from the League of Conservation Voters in strong support of the bill, H.439, indicating the vote would likely be part of their scorecard next election. If I run for re-election in 2020, I’ll expect to see a positive rating from the group for opposing a tax increase to fund more weatherization. Governor Scott has also indicated concern about the tax hike, which could ultimately mean a veto if it reaches his desk. Coupled with the tax on heating fuels, the House also removed the exemption from the tax for certain non-profits, municipalities and schools on the revenue bill, H.541. When public entities have to pay a state tax, like our local library or town office, it is essentially another tax on us. Perhaps it goes without saying that tax bills are often controversial. H.541 has some good components, like raising the threshold for the estate tax to be slightly more competitive with other states. But it pays for it by lowering the current exemption on capital gains tax that other Vermonters pay. It streamlines some of the filing for the land gains tax and levels the playing field

For some time, promoting a serious legislative response to global warming has been a frustrating effort. Many legislators have been fighting the good fight for years, but falling well short. Recently the popular demand for bold action on the Climate has increased dramatically; emails, letters, visits to the State House by large numbers of students. As co-chair of the Legislative Climate Solutions Caucus, I’m gratified by the recent outpouring of support. It’s not only gratifying, it’s absolutely necessary, morally and strategically. Legislators listen to their constituents, as a practical political matter of keeping their jobs, but more admirably as a matter of doing their jobs well, of being faithful representatives. Government hesitancy to do more is confusing given the seriousness of the problem, and the clarity of the issue. The scientific debate about anthropogenic global warming ended many years ago, and the stubborn holdout deniers (who flatter themselves with the label “skeptic”) are really no longer part of any intelligent discussion (Trump notwithstanding). But there are shades of denial. Many folks give lip service to the problem while denying the need to actually do anything. Flat-out denial is less of a problem than minimization. Legislators hear constantly from folks who acknowledge global warming but argue against any climate efforts that cost money or require inconvenient changes of behavior. And the discussion is confused by a faux populism in which environmentally responsible behavior is seen as an “alarmist agenda” and a luxury of the effete privileged. The crisis is real, and we’ve already made commitments like 90 percent renewables by 2050, and declaring our intention to adhere to the Paris Accords despite Trump’s withdrawal. Still we’re falling short, indeed, losing ground. Sadly, this urgency and failure aren’t the context in which the Legislature must function. Rather, we work in the context of minimization and faux populism. So legislators need to hear from the folks back home. We should be expanding renewable energy. To achieve this, we should be identifying sites that won’t be aesthetically degraded by solar collectors; gravel pits, industrial roofs, parking lots. We should be giving more help to homeowners to go solar. We should have an ambitious program to expand mass transit in and

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McCormack, page 7A

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Senate approves single-use Mounta in Times plastic bag and styrofoam ban The Mountain Times is an independently owned weekly newspaper serving residents of, and visitors to Central Vermont Region. Our offices are located at 5465 Route 4, Sherburne Flats, Killington, Vt.

By Elizabeth Gribkoff/VTDigger

Vermonters may want to double The bill also requires that restaudown on efforts to remember their rants only provide plastic straws to reusable bags next year if a bill apcustomers upon request. The bag proved by the Senate becomes law. ban and other changes would go into Senators voted on Friday, March effect in July of next year. 29, 27-3 in favor of S.113, which would Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison, said on prohibit stores and restaurants from the Senate floor Friday the bill would providing single-use plastic bags to customers and require THE BAG BAN AND OTHER they charge 10 cents or more for single-use paper bags. CHANGES WOULD GO INTO If enacted, the bill would be EFFECT IN JULY OF NEXT YEAR. the most comprehensive single-use plastic waste state law in the country, according to VPIRG. “start making modest but important The bill must get final approval first steps” to better manage plastics. next week from the Senate before it He added that plastic use has ingoes to the House. creased by 900 percent globally from Gov. Phil Scott has said he is “not 1975-2015. opposed” to the plastic bag ban, “There is an epidemic, a huge though he raised concerns about the challenge we face (from) the impacts paper bag fee. of plastic waste on our environment, Under the Senate bill, retailers on our wildlife and on humans,” said would also be banned from providing Alison Clarkson, D-Windsor, who coffee cups, takeout containers and supported the bill. other food containers made from Due to growing concerns about “expanded polystyrene foam,” complastic pollution, especially in oceans, monly known as styrofoam. Certain bans on single-use plastics have foam products, like egg cartons and started taking effect worldwide. The packaging for raw meat and seafood, European Union voted Wednesday would still be allowed. to ban single-use cutlery, straws and

plates in member states in 2021. Sen. Philip Baruth, D-Chittenden, asked Bray to explain the reasoning to charge for paper bags. Bray said in places where plastic bag bans had gone into effect with no charge on paper, the governing bodies found they had “changed the nature of the problem, but now they had more paper waste to deal with.” While paper can be recycled more easily, supporters of the bill say the aim is to also encourage more use of reusable bags. Sen. Michael Sirotkin, D-Chittenden, expressed support for the bill but voiced some concerns about the impact the charge on paper bags could have on lower income Vermonters. He said that a [similar ban] passed by New York lawmakers Thursday allows retailers to charge 5 cents per paper bag and excludes lower income people from having to pay the fee. “I think it’s going to come as sticker shock and some people in our communities may be questioning our reasoning for doing this,” he said. Residents in Burlington, Manchester and Middlebury voted this Town Meeting Day to urge city leaders to Bag, styrofoam ban, page 10A

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The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019


Paid family medical leave is good for business By Samantha Sheehan

The creation of a universal paid family medical leave system in Vermont would give security to workers who require time off to recover from an illness or welcome a new child and to businesses who rely on qualified and experienced employees. This is a common-sense business-friendly solution that will strengthen our local labor force. Universal Paid family medical leave helps employers by providing predictable employment conditions, and is a critical tool for recruiting and retaining high-quality workers of all ages. In states that have passed Universal Paid family medical leave, studies show a decrease in both employee turnover rates and average per worker payroll expenses.

“THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOUNG PEOPLE WANT... THE COST OF LIVING HERE IS HIGH, POLICIES LIKE PAID FAMILY LEAVE REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE,” DEDIANA SAID. In 2018 Vermont Businesses for social responsibility conducted a Membership Survey where 36.59 percent of respondents reported offering paid family leave benefits – for comparison, 41 percent contribute to the cost of employee’s health insurance. Unsurprisingly, only 13 percent reported challenges with employee retention. VBSR Member business SunCommon has had a Paid family leave benefit since the company was founded seven years ago. “SunCommon’s family leave helps our moms and dads be with their new kids, and then come back ready to work. We hear a lot from our young workforce how important this is to them. I’m sure that families across Vermont will be stronger when this is available to employees wherever they work,” said Duane Peterson, Co-Founder of SunCommon and member of the VBSR board of directors. Kristin DeDiana, solar site evaluation coordinator at SunCommon, had the occasion to take leave after the birth of her second child. At the time, DeDiana was a part-time employee and was unsure of her eligibility for the benefit and worried how news of her growing family would be received at work. DeDiana said that the response from her manager and the HR team at SunCommon was “overwhelmingly positive.” She was able to take 4 weeks of paid leave, and an additional 20 weeks of unpaid leave, with the assurance that her job would be available when she was ready to return to work. For her family, the paid time off was critical. “Knowing that I had a job I could come back to when I was ready, to not stress about that, was huge, so I could just focus on my family,” said DeDiana, “I didn’t spend sleepless nights thinking about if I had a job, I just spent sleepless nights with a newborn.” It is SunCommon’s policy to provide full-time employees 4 weeks of paid leave on top of accrued paid time off, and new mothers are eligible for additional short-term leave insurance provided at no cost to the employee. This is comparable to what other VBSR member businesses offer; other companies’ Family Medical Leave policies include part-time, remote or job-sharing arrangements designed to help employees on-ramp gradually after taking a break. Workers across every industry and earning group benefit from Paid family medical leave, however, it is especially effective in retaining high earning workers in the local labor force. DeDiana feels that this policy is important for young professionals who Vermont businesses are looking to recruit and retain. “This is something that young people want, it would be an attraction to moving to Vermont or staying in Vermont, a positive attraction. The cost of living here is high, policies like paid family leave really make a difference.” SunCommon reports that with near gender parity in its workforce, 6 mothers and 15 fathers have taken paid leave to care for a total of 25 new children since the company was founded. All but one employee has Paid leave, page 7A


No more kicking the can, fund clean water now Dear Editor, These days, it’s nice to have issues we can all agree upon – like the need for clean, safe water for all Vermonters. Unfortunately, clean water is not something we

can take for granted in Vermont right now. More than one hundred of Vermont’s rivers, streams, lakes, and ponds, in every part of the state, are impaired due to water pollution. Polluted

waters are resulting in cyanobacteria outbreaks, beach closures, loss of property value, and damage to our outdoor recreation and tourism economies. We’re already feeling

the impacts of inadequate investments in clean water. Fortunately, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe highlighted clean water funding Clean water, page 10A

We need to reduce plastic

Dear Editor, This is to inform the appalled by plastic pollupublic that there is action tion and dismayed by envithat can be taken now to ronmental bad news, there reduce plastic proliferation are now significant actions and pollution in Vermont. to be taken, supported and I am calling out all enviinsisted upon. ronmentally minded-folk! Vermont is the state Support the legislation without billboards, the first which has been introduced state to legalize same-sex in the Vermarriage by mont Senate state legislaHERE IS THE and House ture. These OPPORTUNITY FOR are forbanning single-use TANGIBLE CHANGE. ward-thinkplastics and ing things limiting that Verplastic pollution in the mont has done. There are state. Phone your repreforward-thinking things sentatives and your senaVermont can yet do. tors to make momentum Vermont can ban for positive change. single-use plastic bags, The world is awash in containers and straws. plastic. News of a whale And Vermont can upgrade starved, full of 88 pounds the current deposit bill of plastic bags, washed to include plastic water upon a beach in the Philbottles as well as cider and ippines. Microplastics in wine containers. We can our food, soil and waters. join other states, such as The North Pacific garbage Maine and Connecticut, patch. Plastics in the Covthat have already commitentry landfill. Or along our ted to addressing the issue roads. of plastic pollution. Both chambers have Write and phone your originated legislation senators and representaaddressing plastic pollutives, as well as the memtion, some bills stronger bers of the Senate and the than others, all indicating House Committees on a mindset which appears Natural Resources. Insist ready to begin to tackle the on the strongest action issue. possible to reduce single Here is the opportunity use plastic in Vermont. for tangible change in Judith Augsberg, Vermont. To Vermonters Randolph

A road-and-trail guide for your town? Here’s how Dear Editor, In 2015 the Montgomery Recreation Board published In the Middle of the Mountains: Scenic Roads & Trails in the Montgomery-Jay Peak Area. Illustrated with color photos and printed on coated (glossy) paper, the pocket-size paperback offers detailed descriptions of eight road tours, seven “easy walks” and 15 hikes, all leading to the most interesting and beautiful scenery in the far-northern Green Mountains. As far as I know, Montgomery is the only city or town in Vermont—and probably one of only a few small communities in the entire world—to have its own professional-quality local travel guide. I hope your community will consider following Montgomery’s example, for many reasons: To raise money for worthy local projects, to advance tourism in your area, to provide a valuable service for residents and visitors alike, to add a feather to your community’s cap and to help bring much needed detailed, high-quality roadand-trail guides toVermont. Unfortunately, local or even regional guidebooks

have been virtually nonexistent for several reasons, including prohibitive editorial, printing and distribution costs and forbidding economies of scale. Happily, our experience with the Montgomery book shows how these obstacles to even expensive local guidebooks can be overcome. Based on what we’ve learned, we’ve written a 2,500-word primer—a short how-to manual—on how to successfully publish a high-quality local travel book. You can order a free copy at 802-326-2054 or at rg.robertgillmore@gmail. com. Robert Gillmore, Montgomery Write a letter The Mountain Times encourages readers to contribute to our community paper by writing letters to the editor, or commentaries. The opinions expressed in letters are not endorsed nor are the facts verified by The Mountain Times. We ask submissions to be 300 words or less. Email letters to editor


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CAPITOL QUOTES “Single use plastics are clogging our landfills, threatening our air and water quality, and endangering aquatic wildlife. In fact, single use plastic bags are estimated to kill 100,000 marine mammals every year. Since easily recyclable alternatives are readily available, the time has come for this ban,” Said Sen. Pro-Temp Tim Ashe in a statement.

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Vermont businesses urge paid family leave

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returned to work with SunCommon. It is important that any statewide Paid family medical leave system be equitable and inclusive - this is an essential benefit for workers of all ages, every gender, and across every industry. In the U.S., unpaid leave is one of the primary contributors to the gender wage gap; today the commonly used figure to describe the gender wage ratio is that a woman earns 80 cents for every dollar earned by a man. A study by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research released in 2018, reveals that “43 percentof today’s women workers had at least one year with no earnings, near77 PERCENT OF VERMONT’S ly twice the rate of men,” and that “For those who INFANTS AND TODDLERS LIKELY TO took just one year off from NEED CARE DO NOT HAVE ACCESS. work, women’s annual earnings were 39 percentlower than women who worked all 15 years between 2001 and 2015.” Making paid family medical leave accessible to all working Vermonters would increase female labor force participation and improve family household incomes, not only for the duration of the leave, but for a lifetime. Another virtue of universal paid family medical leave is improved capacity in Vermont’s strained early childcare system; a serious concern for many growing businesses who are seeing increased absenteeism and losing key employees who lack access to quality, reliable child care. Let’s Grow Kids estimates that 77 percent of Vermont’s infants and toddlers likely to need care do not have access. With this universal benefit, co-parenting partners could take consecutive benefit claims to welcome a new child through birth, adoption or fostering, which would decrease the number of infant and toddler spots required to support our state’s workforce. VBSR, on behalf of our members like SunCommon, urges the legislature to pass H.107, which would establish a universal and mandatory system for paid family medical leave in Vermont – to the benefit of our businesses, workers, and the communities in which they live and work. Samantha Sheehan is the communications manager for Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility.


The fuel taxis will ultimatley pay?

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“We’ll see how this plays out,” Said Gov. Phil Scott in a press conference.

“There is an epidemic, a huge challenge we face (from) the impacts of plastic waste on our environment, on our wildlife and on humans,” Said Alison Clarkson, D-Windsor, to VTDigger.

on how online room taxes are collectunanimously by the House in H.531. ed, both positive in my view. However, Additionally, the House gave near unanincluding a tax on municipalities for heat- imous approval to increase funding for ing fuels was a deal breaker for me. broadband, H.513, in rural areas of the It was a long week on the House floor state. And finally, approval was given to with a number of a workforce developbills up for conment bill, H.533. WHEN PUBLIC sideration. It is Next up on the ENTITIES HAVE TO that time of year agenda is likely to be a when the Chamber mandatory paid famPAY A STATE TAX, LIKE passes along the ily leave program. The OUR LOCAL LIBRARY all-important state House Ways & Means budget, capital Committee has pared OR TOWN OFFICE, construction plan down the original bill, IT IS ESSENTIALLY and revenue bills H.107, but it remains to the Senate. They mandatory with a new ANOTHER TAX ON US. take time to explain, 0.5 percent payroll tax debate and potentially amend. on employees. (Employers can opt to pay The Appropriations Committee, led some or all of the tax if they choose). Paid by Rep. Kitty Toll, D-Danville, deserves family leave in the case of a new child or credit for crafting a bi-partisan package taking care of a family member is a poputhat was approved by the full House on lar benefit to be sure. However, a new $70 a 139-1 vote. The sole No vote was from million tax on working Vermonters raises Rep. Selene Coburn, P-Burlington, who concerns as well. Governor Scott has proargued that not enough money was being posed an alternative voluntary insurance spent on climate change. Toll, however, plan funded by premiums. made clear that increasing pension fund You may reach me at JHarrison@leg. contributions (Teachers plan, for or my cell, 802-236-3001. Mesple, was up $21 million this year alone to sages may also be left at the State House $120 million) was making it increasingly during the legislative session at 802-828difficult to fund other priorities without 2228. more revenue. Harrison is the state representative for Included in the budget was increased Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington & Mendon. funding for child care, which passed


Let’s become more proactive in meeting energy goals

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“I think it’s going to come as sticker shock and some people in our communities may be questioning our reasoning for doing this,” Said Sen. Michael Sirotkin, D-Chittenden to VTDigger.

out of, and between, population centers. We should make roads more friendly to walking and biking, not just for recreation, but as means of transportation. This year the Legislature has focused on less ambitious (and so presumably attainable) goals; maintaining weatherization for the poor, expanding weatherization to the middle class, and modest steps towards electrification of transportation. So tame and inadequate a response is frustrating. But actually, we’re struggling to achieve even these small steps forward. I urge concerned folks to concentrate on these efforts this year. I recognize that many folks believe that the Legislature, as a whole, deserves a sound scolding. Climate change is the overarching existential crisis of our time, and some legislators treat it as someone else’s “agenda”. But some of our legislators have spent years fighting the good fight, and enduring the frustration of our colleagues’ minimization. Please consider acknowledging that and offering support, rather than scolding them. I’ll be speaking on the Legislature’s response to Climate Change at 6:30 p.m. April 12 at the Bugbee Center in White River Junction.

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Story Time

10 a.m. Story time at West Rutland Public Library. Thursdays,10 a.m. Bring young children to enjoy stories, crafts, and playtime. 802-438-2964.

Killington Bone Builders

10 a.m. Bone builders meets at Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Rd., Killington, 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Free, weights supplied. 802-422-3368.

Mendon Bone Builders

10 a.m. Mendon bone builders meets Thursdays at Roadside Chapel, 1680 Townline Rd, Rutland Town. 802-773-2694.

Tobacco Cessation Group


4:30 p.m. Old Brandon Town Hall, Brandon. Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free nicotine replacement therapy and other resources and supports. 802-747-3768.


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Active Seniors Lunch

12 p.m. Killington Active Seniors meet for a meal Wednesdays at the Lookout Bar & Grille. Town sponsored. Come have lunch with this well-traveled group of men and women. $5/ person. 802-422-2921. 2910 Killington Road, Killington.

Lego Club

3 p.m. Lego club at Sherburne Memorial Library, River Road, Killington, Wednesdays 3-4 p.m. during the school year. Ages 6+.

Tobacco Cessation Group

5 p.m. Castleton Community Center, 2108 Main St., Castleton. Wednesdays, 5-6 p.m. Free nicotine replacement therapy and other resources and supports. 802-747-3768.

Rotary Meeting

4:30 p.m. Peer led tobacco cessation support group held first Thursday of every month, 4:30-5:30 p.m. a RRMC CVPS Conference Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland.

Ukulele Lessons

5 p.m. Chaffee Art Center offers ukulele lessons weekly on Thursdays, 5-6 p.m. $20. 16 South Main St., Rutland.

All Levels Yoga

5:30 p.m. All levels flow at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-770-4101.

Bridge Club

6 p.m. Marble Valley Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Godnick Center Thursdays, 6 p.m. Sanctioned duplicate bridge games. 1 Deer St., Rutland. 802-228-6276.

Adult Soccer

7 p.m. Thursday night soccer at Killington Elementary School Gym, 7-9 p.m. Bring $3 and indoor shoes. Adults. Schoolhouse Road, Killington.

6 p.m. The Killington-Pico Rotary club cordially invites visiting Rotarians, friends and guests to attend weekly meeting. Meets Wednesdays at Summit Lodge 6-8 p.m. for full dinner and fellowship. 802-7730600 to make a reservation. Dinner fee $19. KillingtonPicoRotary. org

Trillium Hospice Chorus

Meditation Circle

7:30 p.m. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” at College of St. Joseph, Tuttle Hall Theatre, 71 Clement Road, Rutland. $20 at the door or

6:15 p.m. Maclure Library offers meditation circle Wednesdays, 6:15-7:15 p.m. 802-483-2792. 840 Arch St., Pittsford.

7 p.m. Sparkle Barn hosts performance by Trillium. RN Clinical Manager Stacy Oxley will talk and field questions. Free; donations accepted. Limited seating. 1509 US 7S, Wallingford.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo


5 p.m. Newberry Market in White River Junction hosts monthly pop up markets, 5-8 p.m. Featuring local artisans, jewelry, gift cards, artwork, photography, Lularoe, books, more. First Fridays. $25 vendor space. 19 S Main St, White River Junction.

Opening Reception

5:30 p.m. Exhibit of works by local artists interpreting and inspired by mud. ArtisTree Gallery, 2095 Pomfret Road, So. Pomfret. Free.

Start Order Party

7 p.m. Pre-party for Saturday’s Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge at Killington Resort. Tonight, the start order is determined by bib draw, and will be available for viewing at registration on Saturday morning. Party at Sushi Yoshi, 1807 Killington Road, Killington. Unclaimed bibs will be up for day-of registration.

Our Town

7 p.m. Theater in the Woods presents an expanded, reimagined “Our Town” at Old Tinmouth Firehouse. $20 adults, $10 kids, at the door. Benefits Theater in the Woods Camp for Kids. 5 Mountain View Road, Tinmouth.

One-Act Play

7 p.m. Sparkle Barn hosts performance of one-act play, “Oscar Clyde Denman” by Jennifer Jasper. $15. Limited seating. sparklebarnshop. com. 1509 US 7S, Wallingford.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

7:30 p.m. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” at College of St. Joseph, Tuttle Hall Theatre, 71 Clement Road, Rutland. $20 at the door or

SATURDAY APRIL 6 Pico’s Last Weekend

8:30 a.m. Get your turns in for the final weekend at Pico Mountain. Closing day is Sunday, April 7 at last chair.

Killington Section GMC

9 a.m. Killington Section Green Mountain Club outing: Pharoh Lake Wilderness, Ticonderoga, N.Y. Exact route tbd by conditions. Moderate, 5-6 miles. Meet in Main St Park, near fire station off Center St., to carpool. New members welcome. Bring water and lunch. Dress appropriately. Leader, 802-779-4404.

Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge

9 a.m. Killington’s epic spring party, amateur bumpers take to Outer Limits at Bear Mountain, and the on-snow party goes all day. $50 registration, limited to 150, at Top 32 men and 16 women compete in a head-to-head competition for the Mogul Challenge cup. Get all the details at, or just show up to tailgate. Bear Mountain Base Lodge, off East Mountain Road, Killington.

Hello Spring Fair

10 a.m. Fundraiser benefit for Homeward Bound, humane society in Addison county, at Granville Town Hall, Rt. 100, Granville, Vt. Baked goods, specialty vendors and craftspeople, gift basket raffle, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Free Knitting Class

6:30 p.m. Free knitting classes at Plymouth Community Center, by Barbara Wanamaker. Bring yarn and needles, U.S. size 7 or 8 bamboo needles recommended, one skein of medium weight yarn in light or medium color. RSVP to, 802-396-0130. 35 School Drive, Plymouth.

Song Circle

7:15 p.m. Song circle and jam session at Godnick Adult Center, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Welcomes singers, players of acoustic instruments, and listeners. Donations welcome. 802-775-1182.

Rise of the Divine Feminine

With Frances McManus. Recognize the significance of this misunderstood figure, Mary Magdalene. Creation of Mandala, hand mudra, meditation. Five Elements Salon & Day Spa, 10 Stratton Road, Rutland. $15, limited space, call to sign up: 802-773-8005.


8 a.m. Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 8-9 a.m.; 5-7 p.m. 802-7737187.


10 a.m. Maclure Library offers playgroup, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Birth to 5 years old. Stories, crafts, snacks, singing, dancing. 802-4832792. 840 Arch St., Pittsford.

FRIDAY APRIL 5 Open Swim **

8 a.m. Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 8-9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 802-773-7187.


Level 1 Yoga

8:30 a.m. Level 1 Hatha Yoga at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-770-4101.

Story Time

10:30 a.m. Sherburne Memorial Library holds story time Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m. Stories, songs, activities. All ages welcome! 802-422-9765.

Knitting Group

12 p.m. Maclure Library offers knitting group, Fridays, 12-2 p.m. 802-483-2792. 840 Arch St., Pittsford.

Terrarium Building

3 p.m. Part of First Friday series at Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington. 3-4 p.m. 802-4229765.


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11 a.m. Saturday morning open gym at Head Over Heels, 152 North Main St., Rutland. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All ages welcome. Practice current skills, create gymnastic routines, learn new tricks, socialize with friends. $5/ hour members; $8/ hour non-members. Discount punch cards available. 802-773-1404.

7:30 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts welcomes Ladies of Laughter: Kelly MacFarland, Leighann Lord, and Patty Rosborough for a night of laughs; with up-and-comer Olga Namer. Come laugh out loud with the funny women. Tickets, 71-73 Main St., Randolph.

Lewis Black: The Joke’s On Us

8 p.m. Notably angry, and wildly successful in comedy, Lewis Black brings latest tour to Paramount Theatre, 30 Center St., Rutland. Tickets $55-$75.

Kids’ Saturday Classes

11 a.m. Chaffee Art Center offers different activity for kids each week painting, cooking, craft making and more. $10. Pre-register at 802775-0036.

Slush Cup & Splash For Cash

11 a.m. Register for Okemo’s final event of the season, the Slush Cup and Splash for Cash, at Costumed competitors skim across the pond for prizes; then a kicker is set up to try to jump and grab cash hanging in the air. Over the pond... Okemo Mountain Resort, base area at Jackson Gore, Ludlow.

Gardening Workshop

11 a.m. Ron Krupp gives free presentation/workshop on planning/designing a home garden: Light and shade, warmth and cold, raised beds, container gardening, micro-climates, and more. Bring ideas, sketches. RSVP to 802-773-3531. Chittenden Public Library, 223 Chittenden Road, Chittenden. Free, open to public.

Bridge Club

12 p.m. Marble Valley Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Godnick Center Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Sanctioned duplicate bridge games. 1 Deer St., Rutland. 802-228-6276.

Woodstock Vt Film Series **

3 p.m. 9th annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series: “Landfill Harmonic” at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Documentary of aspiring poor children who make musical instruments out of garbage in landfills of Cateura. $11 adults; $6 kids under 16. Members, discounted price. Billings Farm & Museum, 69 Old River Road, Woodstock.

Artist Reception

3 p.m. Collective-the Art of Craft, holds guest artists reception 3-5 p.m. Artists: T. Breeze Verdant, Jennifer Johnson, Alissa Faber. Free, open to public. 47 Central St., Woodstock.

Matthew Odell

4 p.m. Matthew Odell plays Prokofiev’s War Sonatas, at ArtisTree, 2095 Pomfret Road, So. Pomfret. $10.

Open Swim

5 p.m. Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: Tues., Thurs., Saturday 5-7 p.m. 802-773-7187.


5:30 p.m. Bridgewater Grange Bingo, Saturday nights, doors open at 5:30 p.m. Games start 6:30 p.m. Route 100A, Bridgewater Corners. Just across bridge from Junction Country Store. All welcome. Refreshments available.

Twilight in the Garden

5:30 p.m. Rutland Area Christian Schools silent auction and dinner. Silent/live auctions. Adults only, semi-formal dress. $25 tickets at 802-7750709. 112 Lincoln Ave., Rutland.

Open Gym

6 p.m. Friday night open gym at Head Over Heels, 152 North Main St., Rutland. 6-8 p.m. Ages 6+. Practice current skills, create gymnastic routines, learn new tricks, socialize with friends! $5/ hour members; $8/ hour non-members. Discount punch cards available. 802-7731404.

Annual MSJ/CKS Dance & Auction

7 p.m. Annual adult-only, fun-filled evening at Holiday Inn Rutland. Live and silent auctions, dancing with music by MC Sounds. Supports Rutland County Catholic Schools. 7-11 p.m. $15 from students, at the offices, or at the door. Light refreshments, cash bar. mharvey@ Holiday Drive, off Rt. 7, Rutland.

One-Act Play

7 p.m. Sparkle Barn hosts performance of one-act play, “Oscar Clyde Denman” by Jennifer Jasper. $15. Limited seating. 1509 US 7S, Wallingford.

Rupert Wates

7:30 p.m. Brandon Music welcomes favorite Rupert Wates, singer/songwriter. $20 tickets. BYOB. 62 Country Club Road, Brandon.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

7:30 p.m. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” at College of St. Joseph, Tuttle Hall Theatre, 71 Clement Road, Rutland. $20 at the door or

SUNDAY APRIL 7 Pancake Breakfast

7:30 a.m. West Pawlet VFD all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the firehouse, 2806 Vt Rt 153. 7:30-11 a.m. Pancakes, waffles, famous home fries, eggs, meats, beverages. $10/ age 12+. $8/ seniors. $5/ 5-11 yrs. Free under age 5.

Heartfulness Meditation

Killington Bone Builders

10 a.m. Bone builders meets at Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Rd., Killington, 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Free, weights supplied. 802-422-3368.


11 a.m. Maclure Library offers playgroup, Mondays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Birth to 5 years old. Stories, crafts, snacks, singing, dancing. 802-483-2792. 840 Arch St., Pittsford.

Open Swim

11:30 a.m. Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 802-7737187.


7:45 a.m. Free group meditation Sundays, Rochester Town Office, School St. Dane, 802-767-6010.

Pico’s Last Weekend

8:30 a.m. Get your turns in for the final weekend at Pico Mountain. Today is the last day!

Tack Sale

10 a.m. Rutland County Pony Club tack sale at Horse Amour, 804 Eaton Hill E., Castleton. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Open Gym

Ladies of Laughter

11 a.m. 18th annual Vital Communities event, Flavors of the Valley, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Hartford High School gym. 37 Highland Ave, White River Junction. Sample local foods from 45 vendors. $10; $30/ family advance at $12/$35 at the door. Bring plates, etc. to zero waste event.

Ch am ber of

10 a.m. Hand building ceramics studio session for kids and families, 10 a.m.-12 noon at ArtisTree, 2095 Pomfret Road, So. Pomfret. $20/ parent, child; $5 each extra family member. Drop-ins welcome; sign up at

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All Levels Yoga

12 p.m. All levels flow at Killington Yoga with Cristy Murphy. 3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-770-4101.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

2 p.m. Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” at College of St. Joseph, Tuttle Hall Theatre, 71 Clement Road, Rutland. $20 at the door or

Our Town

3 p.m. Theater in the Woods presents an expanded, reimagined “Our Town” at Old Tinmouth Firehouse. $20 adults, $10 kids, at the door. Benefits Theater in the Woods Camp for Kids. 5 Mountain View Road, Tinmouth.

Freedom Gathering

3:30 p.m. Multi-faith encounter at Norman Williams Public Library, 10 the Green, Woodstock. Join friends and neighbors in a moment of reflection 400 years after first slave purchase in North America. Join on continuing quest for freedom. Co-sponsored by multi-denominational churches, congregations.

Science Pub

4 p.m. Science Pub season 7 welcomes Associate Professor of Geology at Middlebury College - Will Amidon - with talk, “Our Teenaged Mountains.” Lecture and lively conversation is free, buy any nosh/ beverages. Mountain Top Inn, 95 Mountain Top Rd, Chittenden.

Klezmer Group

4 p.m. Love Klezmer? Can you play an instrument? Music provided. All welcome to Klezmer Group at Rutland Jewish Center, 96 Grove St., Rutland.

Connection Support Group

4:30 p.m. NAMI Vermont’s connection support group at Rutland Mental Health Services, 78 S. Main St., Rutland. 4:30-6 p.m. First and third Sunday of each month. Free recovery support group for people living with mental illness. Learn from one another, share coping strategies, offer mutual encouragement and understanding.

Arcade Exhibit Opening

6 p.m. Visit a pop-up gallery of retro standup arcade games that you can actually play! Opening reception today. 150 West St., Rutland.

MONDAY APRIL 8 Killington Yoga

8:30 a.m. All Level Flow Yoga, 8:30 a.m. at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-7704101.

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Monday Meals

12 p.m. Every Monday meals at Chittenden Town Hall at 12 noon. Open to public, RSVP call by Friday prior, 483-6244. Gene Sargent. Bring your own place settings. Seniors $3.50 for 60+. Under 60, $5. No holidays. 337 Holden Rd., Chittenden.

Rutland Rotary

12:15 p.m. Rotary Club of Rutland meets Mondays for lunch at The Palms Restaurant. Learn more or become a member,

Tobacco Cessation Group

5 p.m. Free tobacco cessation group. Mondays, 5-6 p.m. at CVPS/Leahy Community Health Ed Center at RRMC, 160 Allen St., Rutland. Free nicotine replacement therapy and other resources and supports. 802-747-3768.

Pop-Up Dinner

5 p.m. Root Words storytelling project hosts fourth pop-up dinner at Vt Farmers Food Center, 251 West St., Rutland, 5-7 p.m. Italian theme. Offer stories and commentary on the food and related customs. $5. 802-870-8387.

All Levels Yoga

6:30 p.m. Chaffee Art Center offers all level yoga class with Stefanie DeSimone, 50 minute practice. $5/ class, drop-ins welcome. 16 South Main St., Rutland.

Citizenship Classes

Vermont Adult Learning will offers free citizenship classes. Call Marcy Green, 802-775-0617, and learn if you may qualify for citizenship at no cost. 16 Evelyn St., Rutland. Also, free classes in reading, writing, and speaking for English speakers of other languages. Ongoing.

TUESDAY APRIL 9 Open Swim **

8 a.m. Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 8-9 a.m.; 12-1 p.m.; 5-7 p.m. 802-773-7187.

Free Cone Day

9 a.m. All Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops in the world offer free cones today! Unfortunately, the Rutland shop closed. But head elsewhere for this “holiday” of free ice cream!

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Mendon Bone Builders

10 a.m. Mendon bone builders meets Tuesdays at Roadside Chapel, 1680 Townline Rd, Rutland Town. 802-773-2694.

Tobacco Cessation Group

11 a.m. Free tobacco cessation group. Free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. Every Tuesday, 11-12 p.m. at Heart Center, 12 Commons St., Rutland. 802-747-3768.

Rutland Chamber Business Show

4 p.m. Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce hosts annual Chamber Business Show at Holiday Inn, Route 7, Rutland. 4-7 p.m. ~80 businesses on display showcasing their services and products. Network with hundreds of people. $5 admission. 4-5 p.m. exhibitor networking; 5-7 p.m. open to general public. Parking/shuttle are free.

TOPS Meeting

4:45 p.m. TOPS meets Tuesday nights at Trinity Church in Rutland (corner of West and Church streets). Side entrance. Weight in 4:45-5:30 p.m. Meeting 6-6:30 p.m. All welcome, stress free environment, take off pounds sensibly. 802-293-5279.

Level 1 Yoga

5:30 p.m. Level 1 Hatha Yoga at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-770-4101.

Heartfulness Meditation

5:45 p.m. Free group meditation Tuesdays, Mountain Yoga, 135 N Main St #8, Rutland. Margery, 802-775-1795.

Clean water:

Bereavement Group

6 p.m. VNAHSR’s weekly bereavement group, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at Grace Congregational Church, 8 Court St., Rutland. Rev. Andrew Carlson facilitates. Free, open to the public. 802-770-1613.

Rugby Open House

6 p.m. Rutland Rugby Club holds open house at Spartan Arena, behind Diamond Run Mall, Rutland. 6-7 p.m. Open to all: men, women, U19. No experience required. Learn basic skills with beginner drills.

Legion Bingo

6:15 p.m. Brandon American Legion, Tuesdays. Warm ups 6:15 p.m., regular games 7 p.m. Open to the public. Bring a friend! Franklin St., Brandon.

Chess Club

7 p.m. Rutland Rec Dept. holds chess club at Godnick Adult Center, providing a mind-enhancing skill for youth and adults. All ages are welcome; open to the public. Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. 1 Deer St., Rutland.

Adult Basketball

7 p.m. Tuesday night basketball at Killington Elementary School Gym, 7-9 p.m. Bring $3 and indoor shoes. Adults. Schoolhouse Road, Killington.

Citizenship Classes

Vermont Adult Learning will offers free citizenship classes. Call Marcy Green, 802-775-0617, and learn if you may qualify for citizenship at no cost. 16 Evelyn St., Rutland. Also, free classes in reading, writing, and speaking for English speakers of other languages. Ongoing.

Needed: a comprehensive, long-term funding arrangement

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as a top priority for the year, and Governor Phil Scott reiterated his commitment to long-term funding to restore and protect water quality in his budget address last month. For the past two years, water funding has been cobbled together from a variety of sources, but lawmakers have punted on implementing a stable, long-term solution. Much of the short-term funding runs out this summer, so it’s essential that we establish new, dedicated clean water funding before lawmakers leave Montpelier this year. Reports from the Vermont Treasurer and Agency of Natural Resources have estimated the cost of clean water obligations of at least $115-$156 million per year. A portion of these costs will fall to regulated entities, or will be addressed through federal funding, and some initial funding has been

approved (from the property transfer tax, unclaimed bottle deposits, and general obligation bonds through the capital bill). Nonetheless, we are continuing to fall far short of meeting our state funding needs. We support the State Treasurer’s recommendation of a minimum initial investment of at least an additional $25 million per year. This level of new funding is necessary to meet our legal obligations to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, as well as the moral and economic imperative of clean water investments. Vermont’s tourist economy, our health, and our enviable quality of life all rely on clean water. Now we need to all roll up our sleeves and work together to develop a funding plan that legislators will support, and the governor will sign into law.

Funding sources must be stable, predictable, and reliable from year to year, to support ongoing, consistent clean water protection and restoration efforts. Funding must be flexible in terms of its use, to meet the full and evolving scope of clean water needs. We also believe that funding sources must minimize negative economic impacts on lower-income Vermonters, who already bear a disproportionate burden of the consequences of contaminated water. Further, lawmakers need to implement a mechanism to distribute clean water funds in a manner that gets money on-theground to projects to clean up and protect waters across the state, with transparency and accountability for how those investments are helping achieve our clean water goals. We are glad Vermont

lawmakers of all political stripes are emphasizing the need for long-term clean water funding. While they haven’t yet figured out the details of how exactly to raise the necessary funds and ensure the money is well-spent, we look forward to hammering out these issues in the next few week. It is time to ensure that we that we have healthy lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, which are so vital to Vermont’s economy and our way of life. This commentary has been signed and co-authored by Vermont Natural Resources Council, Vermont Conservation Voters, Audubon Vermont, Vermont Chapter of the Sierra Club, Lake Champlain Committee, The Nature Conservancy in Vermont, Connecticut River Conservancy, Watersheds United Vermont, and Conservation Law Foundation.

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take action on single-use plastics. Brattleboro became the first town in the state to ban single use plastic bags this summer and some businesses around the state have already adopted a “straws upon request” policy. Erin Sigrist of the Vermont Retailers and Grocers Association, which represents more than 700 businesses in the state, has said that VRGA would prefer statewide legislation to a “patchwork” of different town-bytown requirements. However, she told senators last month that VRGA favors a House single-use bag bill, H.506, that would allow retailers to charge 5 cents for both paper and plastic carryout bags, with a ban on both starting next July. One of the Senate bill’s other targets — expanded polystyrene foam — has gained notoriety for its lengthy breakdown time and challenges to recycle. The absorbent foam acts as a sponge for other

pollutants, which has scientists concerned about the impact it could have on fish and other animals that eat pieces of it. More than 200 municipalities and counties have banned or restricted expanded polystyrene containers, according to the Vermont Public Interest Research Group. Lawmakers in Maryland have passed the nation’s first ban on expanded polystyrene foam containers, which is still awaiting the governor’s signature. Paul Burns, executive director of VPIRG — an environmental group advocating to reduce plastics waste — said in an interview the Senate bill would create the most comprehensive statewide law in the country for addressing single-use plastics. “We’re drowning in single-use plastics and this legislation would be a meaningful step forward,” he said. The plastics bill also creates a working group to figure out ways for

the state to reduce use of single-use products. Sen. Bobby Starr, D-Essex-Orleans, asked why the bans were going into effect before the working group completes its study. Bray said the group’s focus would be more on how to reduce plastics in packaging, which he said accounts for 50 percent of plastics use and seems omnipresent. “That means there is somebody getting ready to sell you something, and they’re putting it in plastic,” he said. Gov. Phil Scott said at a press conference Thursday that he was not opposed to a single-use plastic bag ban, but questioned the charge on paper bags. “I’m concerned about and I’m not quite sure I understand the 10-cent increase in other bags,” he said. “So we’ll see how that works its way through.”


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Music scene by dj dave hoffenberg



[MUSIC Scene] 7:30 p.m. The Foundry Joey Leone Trio

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish Pub McMurphy

6 p.m. Liquid Art

Open Mic with Fiddlewitch

8 p.m. Pickle Barrel Nightclub K Town’s Finest R&B

PAWLET 7 p.m. Barn Restaurant & Tavern Pickin’ in Pawlet

POULTNEY 6:30 p.m. Taps Tavern

Jazz Night with Zak Hampton’s Moose Crossing



9 p.m. Jax Food & Games

11:30 a.m. Bear Mountain Lodge Deck Jamie’s Junk Show

8 p.m. Mangiamos

3 p.m. Bear Mountain Lodge Deck


Super Stash Bros

4 p.m. Pickle Barrel Nightclub Jamie’s Junk Show

Jamie’s Junk Show

5 p.m. Charity’s

9 p.m. Moguls

5 p.m. Outback Pizza

DJ Dave’s All Request Dance Party

LUDLOW 7 p.m. Mojo Cafe George Nostrand

8 p.m. Mangiamos Bob Kennedy Live

Live Piano

Cigar Box Brunch w/ Rick Redington


8 p.m. Pickle Barrel

Joey Leone Trio

9 p.m. Jax Food & Games


9 p.m. Moguls

PITTSFIELD 8 p.m. Clear River Tavern Open Mic Night with Fiddlewitch

POULTNEY 7 p.m. Taps Tavern The Plumb Bobs

RUTLAND 5 p.m. Hop ‘n’ Moose

5 Year Anniversary Party with George Nostrand

9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern Full Backline Open Mic with Robby Smolinski



RUTLAND 7 p.m. Draught Room in Diamond Run Mall Duane Carleton

9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern

Tom’s 60th with Rick Redington & The Luv

10 p.m. Center Street Alley DJ Dirty D


Super Stash Bros


7 p.m. Clear River Tavern

9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern


DJ Mega

Karaoke 101 with Tenacious T

7 p.m. Wild Fern


Live Piano

5 p.m. Outback Pizza Guy and Wayne

7 p.m. Sushi Yoshi

BMMC Start Order Party with DJ Dave

Ice out:

Duane Carleton

Jazz Night with the Summit Pond Quartet

6 p.m. Iron Lantern KILLINGTON

10 p.m. Moguls

9 a.m. Bear Mountain

Open Mic with Host Jim Yeager




9 p.m. Jax Food & Games

Carlo Romeo

7:30 p.m. Bentley’s

6 p.m. Third Place Pizzeria

5 p.m. The Foundry

5 p.m. Charity’s

Dan Blakeslee & Tommy Alexander


7:30 p.m. Brandon Music BOMOSEEN

9:30 p.m. The Killarney

9 p.m. Center Street Alley


Rupert Wates




Jamie’s Junk Show

Our Town


Aaron Audet

4 p.m. The Foundry

3 p.m. Old Firehouse

Open Mic with King Arthur Junior

1 p.m. Pico’s Last Run Lounge

6 p.m. Iron Lantern


DJ Mike with Karaoke

Rick Redington & The Luv


The People’s Jam

8 p.m. Mangiamos


1 p.m. Wild Fern


Slush Cup & Splash for Cash

7 p.m. Wild Fern

7 p.m. Old Firehouse

12 p.m. Wild Fern

11 a.m. Jackson Gore Base Area


The Burds Brothers

4 p.m. Hay Loft at Artistree

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish Pub

Jules Taylor




Ryan Fuller

9 p.m. Jax Food & Games

7 p.m. Taps Tavern

Plumb Bobs Duo

7 p.m. The Foundry

7 p.m. Barn Restaurant & Tavern

Wiley Griffin

7 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern

Matthew Odell plays Prokofiev’s War Sonatas

2 p.m. K1 Base Lodge Chris Pallutto

Open Mic with Host Jay

Guy and Wayne

BMMC After Party with Mullet



Rick Webb

Josh Jakab

7 p.m. Taps Tavern

Open Bluegrass Jam Hosted by Fiddlewitch

RUTLAND 9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern

Open Mic with Krishna Guthrie

Local’s Night with Duane Carleton

Mogul Challenge with DJ Dave

Want to bet on George?

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the proceeds go to the winner, the other half to Barnard Helping Hands. “Most winners just donate their half, too,” Reason said. “It’s really only about fun.” As of last week, 18 bets were registered. Bradley said the total bet revenue is usually $150-$200. “We usually see a rush for bets as the weather gets a little warmer,” she added. In the last four years George’s fall through the ice has occurred on April 23 (2015), March 17

(2016), April 16 (2017) and April 28 (2018). “They say it always depends on the weather,” Reason reported.

inside BGS until he becomes “George on the rocks” again next year. “Of course I don’t place a bet for the contest,” Bradley said, “but if I was going “I WOULD SAY THIS IS THE FIRST to, I would say this is the YEAR HE IS GOING TO MAKE IT first year he is going to make it to May 1, which TO MAY 1,” BRADLEY SAID. would be cool, since that “George” the dummy was will be our sixth anniversary for placed on the ice about two weeks reopening the store. It’s also Joe’s ago. and my 13th wedding anniversaAfter he sinks, indicating the ice ry.” is out, his rope is used to retrieve Barnard General Store is adjahim. Then the dummy is stored cent to Silver Lake, in Barnard.


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Running down a dream

Each block is divided by its own matrix of nine cells. The rule for solving Sudoku puzzles are very simple. Each row, column and block, must contain one of the numbers from “1” to “9”. No number may appear more than once in any row, column, or block. When you’ve filled the entire grid the puzzle is solved.

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CLUES ACROSS 1. Defense Department 4. Diminutive hoopster Webb 8. Cools 10. Chili con __ 11. Quantitative fact 12. Enliven 13. A woman of refinement 15. Where royalty live 16. Beverage made of oatmeal 17. Replaced 18. UK’s largest city 21. Obamacare 22. When you expect to get there 23. Deutschland 24. Consumed 25. Paddle 26. A way to consume 27. “Walter White” 34. The opera has one 35. Honk 36. Disorganization 37. Secret political clique 38. Recounted again 39. Converts to leather 40. Consisting of a single element or component 41. Therefore 42. Clownish 43. The habitat of wild animals

just for fun

CLUES DOWN 1. Dreary 2. Book page size 3. Become less lively 4. Grassy plain 5. Attached a figure to 6. Hungry 7. NY-based department store 9. Pedestal 10. Single-celled animal 12. National capital 14. China’s chairman 15. Al Bundy’s wife 17. Acid in all living cells 19. Told 20. Displays heartbeat 23. Softly 24. Swiss river 25. Small chapel 26. Electronic countermeasures 27. Asian nation 28. Neither 29. Peacock network 30. List of candidates 31. Medieval garment 32. Type of juice 33. “Coach” actor 34. Puerto Rican dance music La __ 36. Texas politician Ted

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It’s been 2 ½ years since I was diagnosed with throughout the day accompanied by a feeling that both cancer. The first year after my treatments was rough. feet were asleep. Not fun. You spend most of that time healing and coming The worst part for me is that I enjoy running. For to terms with what’s transpired. The second year is years prior to cancer, I made it a point to run every other about adjusting to day. It was a way to stay in shape and clear my head, and life post-cancer. while I didn’t always look forward to it, I was always glad Prior to living I did it once it was over. through cancer, I, After cancer, I was certain I would never run again like most people simply because the activity of pounding on my feet felt without reference, so uncomfortable. figured that once you I tried to run a couple times during that first year after got better you would treatment, but gave up. I simply didn’t have the stamina be back to your old or will power to make it happen. This was discouraging self. In reality, this just isn’t true. Cancer changes you mentally and physically. Strangely, the mental changes can be positive as your outlook on life is dramatically altered. The physical side isn’t as cheery. I doubt anyone who has lived through cancer would claim that they were better off physically once they were subjected to radiation and chemotherapy. Those combined treatments do a wonderful job saving your life, but they also wreak havoc on your body. In my case, the radiation on my neck made my throat very dry and caused me to have acid reflux, both of which are easily remedied by constant lozenges and a little maroon pill taken one each morning. I also get cramps in my neck occasionally (which feels very strange), but a quick stretch usually alleviates that problem. The chemotherapy was another story. Chemotherapy is basically poison administered in such a way that it kills some things (namely cancer cells), but not everything (meaning, the person getting it). In the process, it can cause nerve damage. Sometimes the damaged nerves bounce back; sometimes they don’t. I was told I would have some permanent hearing damage, prior to starting treatment. What they predicted happened exactly. I have a nice case of tinnitus that causes a constant, 24-hour a day high-pitched ringing in my ears. This is admittedly annoying when I give it attention, but after a while I’ve found that the human BEACH BUM brain does a respectable job of blocking it out. The one place I really got whacked AFTER CANCER, and which has caused me the most because I missed the experience of discomfort, is the neuropathy in my running. I also knew that daily exercise I WAS CERTAIN I feet. Neuropathy is another form of was a key factor in getting my life back. WOULD NEVER nerve damage that hits the extremities. I I resorted to walking the golf course, initially had it in my hands, feet, and lips, which did wonders in helping me reRUN AGAIN but I now only feel it in my feet. cover. But at the end of last golf season SIMPLY BECAUSE This never damage manifests as a I was aching to stay active so I decided tingling numbness not unlike the feeling to try running again. THE ACTIVITY OF you get when your foot falls asleep after I started slow, only going a couple POUNDING ON sitting on it for an extended period of miles at a time during my weekday time. Again, I’ve learned to deal with outings. After a couple months, I beMY FEET FELT SO this over time but it continues to be an gan lengthening my weekend run to UNCOMFORTABLE. annoyance. Imagine every step you take four and then five miles. As the weeks progressed, I kept adding miles to that weekend run, each time pushing myself past the point of where I didn’t think possible. Last weekend, I made it 10 miles – a double-digit goal that I honestly never dreamed of reaching. At the end, when I got to the base of my driveway, I nearly collapsed from the pain in my feet, but mentally I was high as a kite and I’ve stayed that way for days. This week’s film, “The Beach Bum,” is about another guy my age who likes to feel high, but in his case, it’s the high from constant partying. Starring Matthew McConaughey as the aging poet Moondog, “The Beach Bum,” is about as stream of consciousness as a movie can get. As much as I wanted to like this free-wheeling dive into debauchery, I simply couldn’t stay committed. The laughs are evident, but over time it starts to feel like the same stuff set on repeat. Check this one out if you’re in college paying more attention to partying than classes – you’ll undoubtedly talk about it for years. Most everyone else will want to see a film with a real storyline. A dizzying “C” for “The Beach Bum.” Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email him at


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n o i g e R e h T ’ n R ock i in at Bear Mounta

This Saturday, April 6, the Bear Mountain Mogul having fun. It makes it like a community atmoChallenge returns and it’s the biggest spring party on sphere.” It also helps that the Pickle has a great staff. snow. If you’ve never been, it’s like a Jimmy Buffet/ He added, “They’re super supportive, fun and amazDave Matthews Band parking lot party combined ing. I like my peeps, my fans, my friends that support with any football stadium tailgate. There will be us and the Pickle Barrel staff.” barbecues with plenty of The Super Stash Bros have been around for about food and drink, couches, four years. They have a winter residency at Moguls costumes, sick mogul/ Sports Pub on Saturday nights, so you can catch rockin’ aerial skiing and music. them there after the event. The SSB is made up of the region Two bands will be playing Josh Jakab (lead vocals/guitar), Vince Fitzgerald by dj dave on the deck, and it’s kind (lead guitar/vocals), Billy Comstock (bass/vocals) hoffenberg of like old school Killingand Aaron Normand (drums/vocals). Jakab said ton meets new school. they’re a party band with a lot of throwback tunes. Jamie’s Junk Show will be “We play everything from Aretha Franklin to Wuplaying at 11:30 a.m. – their 12th mogul challenge. Tang Clan. It’s party and high energy. It can be unexSuper Stash Bros are playing at 3 p.m. and this is pected with some of the songs and sometimes the their first time at the event. lineup. We have a lot of different people that we play JJS will be made up music with from all over of Jamie Livesey (lead the state.” vocals/guitar), Jeff “Stone Jakab met Fitzgerald E. Love” McKinney (bass) at Johnson State College and Donny “Boom” Forin Vermont and started tin (percussion). Livesey playing music together. said to expect them to One of their first gigs mix it up with a reggae, in Killington was at country and rock show. Moguls Pig Roast ,which He also said to expect they’ll be playing April “Footloose,” which I was 14 along with myself happy to hear since I’ve and Duane Carleton. interviewed Kevin Bacon The band has started before, so this brings to branch out of this it full circle. Livesey area. Jakab plays every really enjoys playing the Tuesday in Castleton BMMC because it’s an 6 p.m. at Third Place outdoor show. He said, Pizzeria. The band has “I’m really hoping for been playing once a month up at Red Square good weather. We never and has also played a get to do a Killington outBy Jess Gabeler few times at Orlando’s door event, hardly ever as Jamie Livesey Bar and Lounge in Burfar as the Junk Show goes. We’re pretty much a winter nightclub band. I feel I lington. Jakab has family in Long Island, so they’re do my best work on the outdoor stage. I’m excited about to take their fourth trip there to play some that it’s a day-drinking event on a deck. Patio parties shows in May. One will be a charity event at Port Jeff scream Jamie’s Junk Show.” Brewing Company. JJS plays every Saturday happy hour at the Pickle Jakab really enjoys his Moguls shows and said, “It’s Barrel and will be heading there at 5 p.m. to play been great. Killington is an awesome community. the pre-party before Mullet. Next Saturday, April 13 We’re friends with everyone that works there and the they’ll be playing a night show for the Pickle’s last locals that come out. We have people that come back party of the season. This is Livesey’s 29th season every year to see us.” He agreed with Livesey and playing in Killington. Ski house people are the main said it’s a great community of people. crowd for JJS so on Saturday, April 27 at The FoundJakab said Moguls is a great spot to try out new ry 6 p.m., when they’ll be playing the Killington Ski material because it’s their comfort zone. Speaking House Appreciation Party. Livesey says they are the of new, they just started writing originals and will be reason he comes back every year. He also likes the going in the studio soon to record. He said, “Playing tourists who come and see him every year on the those has definitely been my favorite thing lately; same weekend. Livesey said, “They come in and they getting together with the guys and working on a lot remember me and I remember them and it’s sick. of original songs that we’ll be adding as we go.” The It makes the shows awesome. They look forward to writing is mostly done by Jakab and Fitzgerald with it and I look forward to running into those people a funk and hip-hop feel. Two songs that have gone every year.” over well are “I remember 18” and “Look and Try.” He’s been doing this a long time and the Pickle Jakab enjoys playing out and said, “There’s nothBarrel is a great home for him. He said, “The band ing like playing in front of people. It’s all the energy has really grown over the years. When I step on that that a room can give you. It takes everybody to the Pickle Barrel stage, it drives me – the way the people next level. You see the people dancing and really react. It’s improving, they’re interacting and we’re enjoying it. It takes your energy level way up.”

Courtesy Dave Hoffenberg

Super Stash Bros

Today’s season passes, deal or dilemma

By Karen D. Lorentz

Twenty to 25 years ago, there were adult and junior (usually 12 and under) season passes for midweek or full season. There were no early-bird discounts, college, senior, super senior, young adult, military, child (six and under), or year-round season passes. Passes to one area that let you ski another area for free were rare (they did exist as far back as the 1970s but were not abundant or even widely known. I once paid for a Killington day ticket not knowing my Great Gorge season pass could be shown for a free ticket). Today, such benefits are touted for partnership passes. Additionally, the perks of a pass to one area often include a miscellany of discounts – food, retail, lessons, etcetera – and freebies like summer lift rides. Additionally, it surprises some to note that those adult and junior passes were often more expensive than today’s passes, when inflation is factored in. An adult Killington season pass in 1987-88 cost $600. Using the U.S. Inflation Calculator, in 2019 with a cumulative rate of inflation of 122.5 percent that pass would cost $1,335.08. A day ticket in 1987-88 cost $25; inflation adjusted ticket would be $55.63 – less than the current “rack rate” ticket. Buying a day ticket requires finding a deal to do as well as the season pass rates of today – using frequent skier tickets, going online to find a deal, or joining a ski club to get a ski council club rate. Early-birds require commitment, planning The thinking used to be that a person with a season pass would ski 25 times. Today, scanning shows that number is far less; many passholders ski fewer than 10 times while few ski 100 days or more. With day lift ticket prices over $100 at most major resorts, a person needs to plan and figure out where they will be able to ski the most days and what benefits they can use and then purchase by early-bird deadlines to get the best possible price on a season pass. The offering of Ikon and Epic passes complicate the decision because they come with variations and some carry restrictions. However, they provide access to resorts around the world and western vacations so have become appealing to many. Killington is a partner area on the Ikon Pass but as an independently owned resort offers its own passes, which include skiing at Pico, as well as Pico only passes. The new Beast 365 introduced last year is good for all seasons at Killington and Pico – $102 a month for adults, $82/month for seniors (65+) and young adults (19-29), and $72/month for youth (7-18). It includes unrestricted winter access at both ski areas, summer mountain bike and hiking/scenic rides lift access to the trails, golf course greens fees, and access to the Adventure Center and comes with various benefits. Killington’s all-ages 2019-20 Midweek Pass is $549 and includes skiing at Pico and comes with benefits. The Vermont Student Pass for grades K-12 is $369. An unlimited pass for adults is $959. Kids under 6 ski free. For details on ages, deadlines, and benefits, call l-800-887-3257 or visit the website at As a Vail Resorts owned ski area, Okemo is on the Epic Passes— full, local, and new day pass. Okemo’s former Ultimate Pass gave unrestricted access to Okemo and Mount Sunapee for $1,139 but now is $699 on the early-bird Epic with access top 12 additional resorts! There is also a midweek pass valid at Okemo and Mt. Sunapee with holiday restrictions for $429 (ages 7-69) and a Super Senior pass (70-79) for $279. Age 6 and under and 80+ unlimited are just $39 for the season. At a presentation, to ski writers, Doug Pierini, COO of Vail Resorts Northeast Region, was asked about cut-off dates for purchasing Epic Passes (not sold after November last year). He said Epics are “incredible product offerings for guests” with great prices. Citing their tremendous value with access to all Vail Resorts areas and partners worldwide, he added that in return the company seeks a commitment from guests with upfront payments early, but did not announce the deadline. He noted that other partner passes like the Ikon passes are good for competition and “keep us on our toes” while also benefiting skiers.

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This weeks living Arts, Dinning and Entertainment!

Actors’ Rep Theatre takes a trip to 1930s social event April 4-7, 11-13—RUTLAND—Take a trip back in time to December of 1939 in Atlanta, Georgia, when Vermont Actors’ Repertory Theatre presents “The Last Night of Ballyhoo” by Alfred Uhry on April 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m. and April 7 at 2 p.m. The show will be presented at Tuttle Hall Theatre on the campus of College of St. Joseph at 71 Clement Road, Rutland. “Gone With The Wind” is having its world premiere and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta’s elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the holiday season. Most involved is Adolph Freitag’s family which includes a widowed sister, a

widowed sister-in-law and two nieces who are courted by two very different men. This family gets pulled apart and then is mended together with plenty of comedy, romance and revelation along the way. Events take several different turns as the characters face where they come from and are faced to deal with who they really are. Tickets are $20 per person and there is a 75-seat limit for each performance. Tickets are available at the door, but advanced purchase is encouraged. Advance tickets can be purchased at:, or in person at the Rutland Herald, 77 Grove St., suite 102, Rutland; Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Design a garden with VPR’s Ron Krupp Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.—CHITTENDEN—Spring is here! Join Ron Krupp, gardener, author, and VPR commentator, for a free presentation and workshop on Saturday, April 6 at 11 a.m. at Chittenden Public Library. Krupp will guide participants to plan and design this year’s home garden. Krupp will talk about such factors as light and shade, warmth and cold, raised beds, container gardening, micro climates,

the use of windbreaks and cold-frames as well as planting (herbs, flowers, vegetables, shrubs) appropriate for garden sites. Bring some garden ideas or a sketch of your garden plan. The library will provide graph paper and pencils to draft a plan in the workshop.  Reserve a spot by emailing or calling the library: chittendenpl@gmail. com or 802-773-3531. The library is located at 223 Chittenden Road, Chittenden.



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Courtesy Theater in the Woods

Front: Rainbow Squier, Garrett Robin, Meg Bouchard Back: Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, Emma Luikart, Bruce Bouchard, Wheaton Squier, Molly Luikart, Marshall Squier, Julie Redington, Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Kate Kelly Bouchard, Chris Larson, Beth Wolven

Theater in the Woods Vermont presents expanded and reimagined ‘Our Town’ April 5, 7—Theater in the Woods Vermont Co. presents a production of Thornton Wilder’s masterpiece of small town life, “Our Town,” on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m. at the Old Tinmouth Firehouse, and Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at Stone Valley Arts in Poultney. “Our Town” has endured as a staple of theater companies throughout the nation ever since it first premiered 81 years ago, with good reason: its cleareyed look at the stability of

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traditions and family, the steadfastness of the natural environment, and the transience of human life is just as illuminating today as in 1938. “Our Town” is often done in period costume. Director Meg Bouchard said, “The period disconnected me from the text. Wilder’s intention was for this to be an experimental piece of theater. So we’re experimenting.” Bouchard’s production is intimate and connective. “The world is so overwhelming that we’re retreating instead of



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binding together. There is an impulse to dissolve into disease of isolation. You see it in things closing, lack of attendance, how we drift apart from our neighbors. We slowly separate from life and miss the vitality of the day-to-day maintenance. Community is about tied shoelaces, the importance of just showing up for one another. We’re walking around with these broken hearts about what’s happening in the world and it is just the moment our hearts are open to reconnect. It’s all about connection.” The cast is composed entirely of Rutland county Vermonters, including Rainbow, Wheaton and Marshall Squier; Bruce Bouchard; Kate Kelly Bouchard; Melissa and Robin Chesnut-Tangerman; Garrett Robin; Julia Newirth Redington; Beth Wolven; Chris Larson; Sam Filloramo; and Emma and Molly Luikart. The two performance venues, the Old Tinmouth Firehouse and Stone Valley Arts in Poultney were chosen specifically to enhance the intimacy of Meg Bouchard’s vision. Proceeds from ticket sales support Theater in the Woods Camp. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.

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Courtesy Chandler Center for the Arts

The Ladies of Laughter, Kelly MacFarland, Leighann Lord, and Patty Rosborough; and Olga Namer, 2018 National Comedy Newcomer Competition winner will seek laughs in Randolph.

Courtesy Sonsini Media

Wiley Griffin, center, performs with Twiddle. Griffin and Mihali of Twiddle met at an early age, and began jamming together.

Wiley Griffin performs special show at Jax Food & Games

Thursday, April 4, 9 p.m.—KILLINGTON—New Jersey transplant and Killington area resident Wiley Griffin is set to throw down all the rhythms at Jax Food & Games, Thursday, April 4. You may recognize his name from the Pickle Barrel’s Gubbulidis show back in February where Griffin opened for Mihali Savoulidis and Zdenek Gubb. Griffin’s rise to success is attributed to his ambition and drive as a young musician. At the fresh age of 10 years old, he started playing the guitar. Just one year later, Griffin started performing at gigs with the Wiley Griffin Tree-O, his Maplewood, New Jersey, jam band. From the moment Griffin would strum the opening notes to the band’s most popular cover, Phish’s “Wilson,” his fellow peers would explode with excitement and encouragement. Early influences on the young guitarist include Jimi Hendrix, the Grateful Dead, and Phish.  In attendance at these early shows was a young Mihali Savoulidis, the current lead vocalist and guitarist of the Vermont jam band, Twiddle. At the time Griffin would teach Savoulidis basic chords and riffs. Later, as they both progressed they would jam at high school parties for their friends. Their friendship illustrates the power music has to create lasting memories and good times for all. 



Three years at Temple University in Philadelphia led to Griffin pursuing a full time career with his then band, the Subliminal Orphans. Highlights of the band’s success include opening for Cyprus Hill multiple times, recording “Soul Remote Control,” and playing at Warped Tour.  Since his graduation from Goddard College, Griffin has recorded four albums and toured with different jam bands including MoPhat, MUN, and Teddy Midnight. He has also played at countless festivals. Twiddle has invited him to open numerous shows around the Northeast, as well.  Recently, Griffin played at the Higher Ground Showcase Lounge with Strange Machines and completed a residency at Nectar’s in 2017. He opened for the band Annie in the Water and has played for local events at the Salt Ash Inn in Plymouth.  Griffin has been focusing on his independent venture, Wiley Griffin Acoustic, where he blends cover sets while sprinkling in some newer, original content. Catch the definitive sounds of Wiley Griffin at 9 p.m. for this special performance at Jax Food & Games. Jax Food & Games is located at 1667 Killington Road, Killington. For more information, visit


Four of American’s funniest women take to Chandler stage Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.—RANDOLPH—The Ladies of Laughter – three of the nation’s funniest standup comedy veterans plus a rising young star on the scene – will bring their Funny & Fabulous tour to Chandler Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. The lead Ladies of Laughter are Kelly MacFarland, Leighann Lord, and Patty Rosborough – all acclaimed standup comics who have headlined major festivals and appeared frequently on Comedy Central and other cable and streaming channels. MacFarland will host the evening of hilarity, introducing each of her fellow comics, interspersed with her own standup routine. The cool comic trio of MacFarland, Lord, and Rosborough will be joined at Chandler by a rising star on the national comedy scene – Olga Namer, winner of the 2018 National Comedy Newcomer Competition. For tickets and more information about the Ladies of Laughter comedy show, spotlighting the wildly diverse styles of humor of four of America’s funniest women, call the Chandler Box Office at 802728-6464, visit the website at, or stop by Chandler weekdays between 12-4 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 71-73 Main St., Randolph. The Mud Season Variety Show, originally scheduled for this week, has been postponed to April 13.



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By Donald Dill

Okemo’s Slush Cup and Splash for Cash sees many costumed characters hitting the chilly waters of the 80-foot slush pond.

Okemo hosts wet weekend: Slush Cup, Splash for Cash

Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.—LUDLOW—Okemo Mountain celebrates spring skiing with its annual get-wet events, the Slush Cup and Splash for Cash, Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Starting at 11 a.m., costume-clad Slush Cup competitors schuss toward a specially constructed 80foot slush pond at Okemo’s Jackson Gore base area, and try to make it across without falling in. It’s a chilly spring dip for those who don’t make it. The event is open to the first 125

participants who register online, in advance. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories such as biggest splash, best costume, driest, and more. Following the Slush Cup, the Splash for Cash sees athletes launch off a kicker and grab a dangling bag o’ cash before splashing into the chilly slush pond. Successful skiers and riders keep the cash! The start time is slated for 1 p.m., or following the Slush Cup. The events will be held at the

Jackson Gore Village base area. Registration will take place from 8:30 -10 a.m. outside the Roundhouse at Jackson Gore. Anyone that has not claimed their bib number by 10 a.m. forfeits their spot to the waiting list. This event is open to everyone, although participants must be at least 4 feet tall and 7 years of age or older. Any competitor between 4 and 5 feet tall must wear a life vest.  For more information, visit

Annual dance, auction supports Rutland Catholic schools Saturday, April 6, 7 p.m.—RUTLAND—Shake off those winter blues for a good cause on Saturday, April 6 at the MSJ-CKS annual Auction & Dance at the Holiday Inn in Rutland. This is an adult-only, fun-filled evening that kicks off with a silent and live auction, followed by dancing with music provided by MC Sounds. The annual community event supports the Rutland County Catholic Schools. It is graciously made possible by generous members of the community

and MSJ and CKS alumni. The event runs from 7-11 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased from a CKS or MSJ student; at either school office; or at the door on the night of the event. Light refreshments will be served with a cash bar available. Donations, large or small, are also welcomed. Anyone interested in donating an item or a service, contact Mary Lou Tedesco Harvey at mharvey@ or call 802-236-3485.

Presents: An Expanded, Reimagined


Directed by Meg Bouchard

with Kate Kelly Bouchard, Rainbow Squier, Melissa Chesnut-Tangerman, Br uce Bouchard, Garrett Robin, Julie Newirth Redington, Marshall Squier, Wheaton Squier, Robin Chesnut-Tangerman, Chris Larson, Beth Wolven, Sam Filloramo, Emma Luikart, Molly Luikart

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Admission: $20 Adult / Children $10

Verdant, Johnson, Faber to be featured at Collective studio

Saturday, April 6, 3 p.m.—WOODSTOCK—Collective – The Art of Craft, a working artists cooperative gallery, will hold a guest artists reception Saturday, April 6 from 3-5 p.m. Featured in the gallery through the month of June are Brattleboro jeweler T. Breeze Verdant; Brookfield fiber artist Jennifer Johnson; and Burlington glass artist Alissa Faber. Verdant’s wooden jewelry is defined by a technique he refers to as marquetry which is more commonly known as inlay. Different species of wood are used to create different colors in his nature inspired and environmentally conscious work he produces. Also with Collective is Plant Spirit Fibers artist Jennifer Johnson. With a holistic approach to connecting people with nature, Johnson’s business was born out of a deep love for plants, color and realizing the healing power that botanicals contain. “Wear your medicine,” is how she would like her wearable art to be considered. Alissa Faber is an artisan and designer creating sculptural glass and ceramic works. She will be showing her Blackened Timber sculptures while a guest artist at Collective. This body of work explores the relationship between the use of wooden forms and the hot glass production process. The reception for the guest artists is free and open to the public. Collective–The Art of Craft is located at 47 Central St., Woodstock. For more information, call 802-457-1298 or visit

Celebrate local food at Flavors of the Valley

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Silk scarf by Plant Spirit Fiber artist Jennifer Johnson is featured at Collective-the Art of Craft in Woodstock.

Proceeds benefit Theater in the Woods Camp for kids 7-16. Theater in the Woods Vermont Co. is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Sunday, April 7, 11 a.m.—HARTFORD—Taste the flavors of the Upper Valley at the region’s premier local food expo, Flavors of the Valley. The 18th annual Vital Communities event is set for Sunday, April 7 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Hartford High School gymnasium. Attendees sample local foods from more than 45 vendors – including fresh produce, artisan breads, award-winning cheese, tasty jams, hand-crafted sweets and more. “Every year, Flavors of the Valley kicks off spring in the Upper Valley. It’s really a celebration! Attendees get to taste everything our farms have to offer, connect with old and new businesses, and visit with old and new friends,” said Becka Warren, Food & Farm Communications Coordinator at Vital Communities. “The Hartford High School gym is full of smiles and satisfied taste buds. We can’t wait,” Warren exclaimed. Attendees should bring their own

plates, cups and utensils to help make this zero-waste event a success. Those who bike to Flavors of the Valley can enter to win special prizes. This year’s Vital Communities 25th Anniversary Super Quest will debut at the event, so Questers can get a head start on the adventure before the official May 1 launch date. New in 2019, Vital Communities is selling a limited number of discounted advance tickets at flavors. Advance ticket holders can enjoy a quieter first hour of the event from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. General admission tickets will be available at the door starting at 12 p.m. Tickets are $10 per person or $30 per family in advance, or $12 per person or $35 per family at the door. Children under age 7 are free. Cash, check, and creditcards will be accepted at the door. Hartford High School is located at 37 Highland Ave., White River Junction.





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Food Matters 506 Bistro

Inn at Long Trai


Looking for something a little different? Hit up McGrath’s Irish Pub for a perfectly poured pint of Guinness, live music on the weekends and delicious food. Guinness not your favorite? They also have Vermont’s largest Irish Whiskey selection. 802-775-7181

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The Back Country Café is a hot spot for delicious breakfast foods. Choose from farm fresh eggs, multiple kinds of pancakes and waffles, omelet’s or daily specials to make your breakfast one of a kind. Just the right heat Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Bellini, VT Craft Brews, Coffee and hot chocolate drinks. Maple Syrup and VT products for sale Check our Facebook for daily specials. Open 7 days a week at 7 a.m. (802) 422-4411


Back Country Café

Headed north from Killington on Route 100? Stop in to the Clear River Tavern to sample chef Tim Galvin’s handcrafted tavern menu featuring burgers, pizza, salads, steak and more. We’re nestled on 10 wooded acres in Pittsfield, 8 miles from the Killington Road. Our live music schedule featuring regional acts will keep you entertained, and our friendly service will leave you with a smile. We’re sure you’ll agree that “When You’re Here, You’re in the Clear.” www. (802) 746-8999

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 and Bar 506 Serving locals and visitors alike since VT highlights Serving a seasonal menu featuring 506 Bistro 1998, and dinner at Bar the Birch Ridge Inn

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day in Killington. Featuring Vermont inspired New American cuisine in the The Foundry, Killington’s premier inns dining room Pianist and Great Room Lounge, you will also find6:30 a nicely- stocked dining destination, offers fine Live Jazz Every Wednesday 8:30 p.m. 802.457.5000 | bar, hand crafted cocktails, fineLocated wines, seafood andThe vegetarian and cuisine in a stunning scenic setting. in On Riveroptions, Inn, Woodstock VT wonderful house made desserts.| (802) 422-4293 Waterside seating welcomes you 802.457.5000 A short scenic drive from Killingtonto relax and enjoy craft beer and wines selected by the house sommelier. Located in On The River Inn, Woodstock VT Impeccable, chef-driven cuisine features locally sourced meats and A short scenicCasey’s drive from Caboose Killington cheeses, the freshest seafood, homemade pastas and so much more. www. (802) 422-5335 Come for fun, amazing food, great drinks, and wonderful people. A full bar, fantastic wines and the largest selection JAX of craft beers with 21 on tap. Our chefs create fresh, healthy and interesting JAX Food & Games, Killington’s cuisine. Try our steaks, or our gourmet hometown bar, offers weekly live burgers made with 100% Vermont entertainment, incredible food and ground beef, U.S. lamb or home-grown pork – we have 17 burgers on our an extensive selection of locally crafted beers. Locals favorite menu items menu! Or try our famous mac’n’cheese with or without lobster. Yes! the train is include homemade soups of the day, burgers, nachos, salads and daily still running... 802-422-3795 specials. JAX offers $.50 wings and $1 corn dogs from 3-6pm and serves late night food until last call. (802) 422-5334

Charitys This 1887 Saloon features burgers, its famous French Onion Soup, craft beer and so much more. Find something 1887 SALOON for everyone on the expansive menu. The live music line up includes live piano Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights. So come chill out and fill up after skiing or riding and get a taste of the renovated Saloon style that’s been 131 years in the making! (802) 422-3800

Choices Restaurant P I A N O P L A Y E R &Rotisserie

Choices Restaurant and BRAD MORGAN Chef-owned, Rotisserie was named 2012 ski magazines F R I D A Y & S AT U R D A Y favorite restaurant. Choices may be the

name of the restaurant but it is also what you get. Soup of the day, shrimp CRAFT BEER cockatil, steak, hamburgers, pan seared chicken, a variety of salads and pastas, scallops, sole, lamb and more await you. An extensive wine list and in house made desserts are also available. (802) 422-4030



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The 506 Bistro serves a simple, seasonal menu featuring Vermont highlights. Set in the open bar and lounge, the atmosphere is casual and warm. Your are likely to be served a yankee pot roast, a great organic burger from a nearby farm or fresh strawberry shortcake with Vermont berries. Local, simple, home cooked is what we are all about. (802) 457-5000

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Food Matters Killington Market Take breakfast, lunch or dinner on the go at Killington Market, Killington’s on-mountain grocery store for the last 30 years. Choose from breakfast sandwiches, hand carved dinners, pizza, daily fresh hot panini, roast chicken, salad and specialty sandwiches. Vermont products, maple syrup, fresh meat and produce along with wine and beer are also for sale. www.killingtonmarket. com (802) 422-7736 or (802) 422-7594.

Lookout Tavern


With a free shuttle, take away and call ahead seating, Lookout Tavern is a solid choice. Nachos, quesadillas, sweet potato fries, salads, soups, sandwiches and dinner options are always a good selection and happy hour is from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Open daily at noon and serving until midnight. on Friday. (802) 422-5665

Lake Bomoseen Lodge The Taproom at Lake Bomoseen Lodge, Vermont’s newest lakeside resort & restaurant. Delicious Chef prepared, family friendly, pub fare; appetizers, salads, burgers, pizzas, entrees, kid’s menu, a great craft brew selection & more.  Newly renovated restaurant, lodge & condos., 802-468-5251.

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Liquid Art Forget about the polar vortex for a while and relax in the warm atmosphere at Liquid Art. Look for artfully served lattes from their La Marzocco espresso machine, or if you want something stronger, try their signature cocktails. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, they focus on healthy fare and provide you with a delicious meal different than anything else on the mountain.

Moguls Voted the best ribs and burger in Killington, Moguls is a great place for the whole family. Soups, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, buckets of chicken wings, salads, subs and pasta are just some of the food that’s on the menu. Free shuttle and take away and delivery options are available. (802) 422-4777

Mountain Top Inn & Resort Whether staying overnight or visiting for the day, Mountain Top’s Dining Room & Tavern serve delicious cuisine amidst one of Vermont’s best views. A mix of locally inspired and International cuisine – including salads, seafood, poultry and a new steakhouse menu - your taste buds are sure to be satisfied. Choose from 12 Vermont craft brews on tap.Warm up by the terrace fire pit after dinner! Just a short drive from Killington., 802-4832311.

Pickle Barrel The house that rocks Killington is the largest and most exciting venue in town. With 4 bars, 3 levels and 2 stages, The Pickle Barrel offers 1 legendary party featuring live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Dining options include pizza, chicken wings, chicken tenders and French fries.

Red Clover Farm to Table Vermont Food and Drinks. Thursday night Live Jazz. Monday night Chef Specials. Open Thursday to Monday, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. 7 Woodward Road, Mendon, VT. 802775-2290,

Seward’s Dairy If you’re looking for something truly unique and Vermont, check out Seward Dairy Bar. Serving classic homemade food including hamburgers, steaks, chicken, sandwiches and seafood. Craving something a little sweeter? Check out their own homemade 39 flavors of ice cream. Vermont products also sold. (802) 773-2738.

Sugar and Spice Stop on by to Sugar and Spice for a home style breakfast or lunch served up right. Try six different kinds of pancakes and/or waffles or order up some eggs and home fries. For lunch they offer a Filmore salad, grilled roast beef, burgers and sandwiches. Take away and deck dining available. (802) 773-7832.

Sushi Yoshi
 Sushi Yoshi is Killington’s true culinary adventure. With Hibachi, Sushi, Chinese and Japanese, we have something for every age and palate. Private Tatame rooms and large party seating available. We boast a full bar with 20 craft beers on draft. Lunch and dinner available seven days a week. We are chef-owned and operated. Delivery or take away option available. Now open year round. www.vermontsushi. com (802) 422-4241

Vermont Butcher S hop Vermont Butcher ShopAs Vermont’s only sustainable whole animal butcher, we are passionate about our craft and delivering the highest quality meats. Each cut of meat you select comes from a partner that shares our commitment of respect for the environment, the animals and our customers. We are here to ensure that you know where your food comes from and guarantee that you’ll be able to see and taste the difference.




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Food Matters West Pawlet Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast Sunday, April 7, 7:30 p.m.—WEST PAWLET—On Sunday, April 7, the West Pawlet Volunteer Fire Department will serve an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast at the West Pawlet Fire House located at 2806 Route 153. Breakfast will be served between 7:30-11 a.m. The facility is a handicap accessible site. The menu includes pancakes of several varieties including regular, chocolate chip, blueberry, and cranberry pancake and served with local maple syrup; as well as waffles, West Pawlet’s World famous home fries, scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, and beverages Breakfast prices are $10 for 12 years and older, $8 for seniors 65 years and older, $5 for 5-11 years of age, and free under 5.  As one of many charity fund-raiser events, all profits from the breakfast are dedicated for the department’s equipment and training needs. Donations are appreciated and are gratefully received. New members are welcome.

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is April 9 Tuesday, April 9— Mark your calendar, set your alarm, and get ready for the Ben & Jerry-est day of the year. Free Cone Day is April 9! Every year, Ben & Jerry’s fans (and future fans) get a scoop of the good stuff absolutely free at any Ben & Jerry’s scoop shop. The tra-

dition started in 1979, when Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield wanted to thank the Burlington community for helping them make it through their first year in business. Forty years later, the flavors are seemingly limitless and the cones are still free for a day.

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Get your free cone at any Ben & Jerry’s shop in the world this April 9.

Spring writers’ program focuses on storytelling Registration ends April 9

April 13—ROCHESTER—On April 13 writers will have the opportunity to explore the art of storytelling and learn how to shape their own writing to tell a compelling story at the League of Vermont Writers’ spring program. “People Need Stories” will be held at the Pierce Hall Community Center, 38 South Main St., Rochester, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. The registration fee is $54 for League members, $74 for non-members, and covers lunch and morning refreshments. Registrations will be accepted until April 9. To register, visit The agenda includes talks by three writing professionals, beginning with Paula Diaco, a writing coach and mentor from Underhill Center. Her presentation, “How to Recognize a Story When You See One,” will delve into the universal structure of the story, which was invented by Aristotle and provides a template all writers can use for creative storytelling. In her workshop, “Writing What Hurts: From Dark Memories to Powerful Stories,” Melanie Brooks will show writers how to uncover and write the stories at the core of their personal, and often painful, memories. 

The third speaker, Jenna London, will address the topic, “Story: What is it, where has it been, and where is it going?” She will provide a basic history of the role of the story, with a special emphasis on today’s social-media and self-promotion-driven society, and help writers reevaluate their purpose in writing and how to generate fresh ideas and approaches to enhance their individual stories. Attendees also will have a chance to tour the town library for a librarian’s perspective on books and writing and participate in a generative writing exercise with local writer Amy Braun. The program concludes with a Q & A on storytelling and books with Sandy Lincoln, owner of Sandy’s Books and Bakery and a former Rochester town librarian and current board member of the Antiquarian Book Club of Vermont. In addition to the all-day program, the League is sponsoring Spring Open Mic & Gathering, a free open mic night, the evening before from 7-8:30 p.m. at Sandy’s Books and Bakery, 30 North Main St., Rochester. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Anyone planning to attend should email Amy Braun at amy. by April 10.

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The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019

Rupert Wates returns to ‘best little venue in Vermont’

Saturday, April 6, 7:30 p.m.—BRANDON—A prime figure in American music, the talented singer-songwriter and guitarist Rupert Wates will perform at Brandon Music Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. Rupert Wates is the quintessential singer-songwriter. His prolific career spanning more than 25 years really took off in 1994 when he signed a publishing deal with Eaton Music (London) and became a full time songwriter. A move to the U.S. in 2007 helped to establish him as “a prime figure in American Music,” according to the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange. As a skilled and accomplished singer-songwriter, Wates has released nine solo albums, won over 40 songwriting and performing awards and performed in over 3,500 concerts averaging 120 per year in every state in the U.S., Canada and Europe. In December 2018, he finished recording his new CD, “Full Circle.” Wates wrote, “This CD is a return to my roots – hence its title … It’s intended partly as a homage to the artists I grew up listening to – among them Leo Kottke,

John Martyn, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake – who have made me the musician I am today.” Wates is a regular guest at Brandon Music where audiences respond enthusiastically to his warm and expressive vocals, his beautiful acoustic guitar playing and his calm, relaxing performance style. Wates, too, prefers performing in more intimate venues, claiming that Brandon Music is “the best little venue in Vermont”

where the audience is up close and the emphasis is on the music. Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. For more information, call 802-247-4295 or email for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon.

Saturday, April 6, 3 p.m.—WOODSTOCK—The ninth annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at the Billings Farm & Museum will feature the award-winning documentary “Landfill Harmonic” on Saturday, April 6, at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. in HD projection and surround sound, with complimentary refreshments. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended. “Landfill Harmonic” takes us onto the garbage heaps of Cateura (Asuncion, Paraguay) where poor but aspiring child musicians, unable to afford instruments, salvage bits and pieces of usable scrap wood and metal to fashion their own wind, percussion and string instruments. Under the mentorship of their inspired bandleader, the slum kids

fashion an orchestra that beautifully shows the transformative power of music. The film was directed by Brad Allgood, Juliana Penaranda-Loftus and Graham Townsley. It is a winner of the Audience Awards, at AFI Fest and South by Southwest. Tickets prices: $11 adults (16 and up); $6 children (under 16). BF&M members receive discounted prices. For a complete list of screenings and to purchase tickets, visit or call 802-457-5303. Billings Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Route 12. It is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a charitable non-profit institution.



Sparkle Barn welcomes Trillium, hosts one-act play By Flip Buttling

Rutland Rugby is seeking players for its coming season.

Rutland Rugby Club holds open house events: players wanted

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Tuesday, April 9, 6 p.m.—RUTLAND—Come out to support and learn about the Rutland Rugby Club and the sport. The club is hosting a Rugby 101 Open House event. Club coaches, all certified by World and USA Rugby, will be running a training session of rugby basics at Spartan Arena at Diamond Run Mall in Rutland on April 9, 6-7 p.m. All interested people are welcome (men and women for adult teams, and students in at least ninth grade) to join and see what the fastest growing sport in the United States is all about. No experience with the sport necessary, just a positive attitude and a willingness to try. Questions can be sent to the club on Facebook (Rutland Rugby Club) or via email to rutlandrugbyboard@gmail. com. The club is committed to providing a positive atmosphere where athletes, families, and fans can enjoy the spirit of competition, camaraderie, and sportsmanship.

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Thursday, April 4, 7 p.m.—WALLINGFORD— The Sparkle Barn is pleased to announce a performance by the Trillium Hospice chorus and a discussion about Hospice, April 4 at 7 p.m. Trillium, a volunteer choral group established in 2007, will perform a sampling of the songs of comfort repertoire they do for Hospice patients and their families in their homes or in other (assisted living) locations. Small groups, of three to eight Trillium singers, visit patients and sign a cappella, in three or four part harmony, or in rounds. In the middle of the program RN Clinical Manager Stacy Oxley will share information about Hospice, and when and how people elect to become Hospice patients. Visit to reserve seats. There is no cost to attend, but donations will be accepted to support the Trillium singing group. Seating is limited. Also at Sparkle Barn, two performances of “Oscar Clyde Denman,” a one-act play by Jennifer Jasper, will be held Friday and Saturday, April 5-6 at 7 p.m. “Oscar Clyde Denman” is about a young woman who, with the aid of her butler, is collecting her thoughts and things as she prepares for life out in the world. This short play, by award-winning playwright Jasper, premiered off-Broadway at Theatre Row as part of “Pressing Matters,” a collection of her short works produced by MBL Productions. She will be performing additional pieces from her collection of short plays and storytelling. The Sparkle Barn is located at 1509 Route 7, Wallingford.


The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019

Lewis Black brings ‘The Joke’s on Us’ tour to Rutland

Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m.—RUTLAND—The Paramount Theatre welcomes comedy to the stage this Saturday, April 6, as Lewis Black brings his “The Joke’s on Us” tour to Rutland for an 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $55-$75. Known as the king of the rant, Lewis uses his trademark style of comedic yelling and animated finger-pointing to skewer anything and anyone that gets under his skin. His comedic brilliance lies in his ability to make people laugh at the absurdities of life, with topics that include current events, social media, politics and anything else that exposes the hypocrisy and madness he sees in the world. Born in Washington D.C. on Aug. 30, 1948, Black was raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Colicky as a baby, he was destined to be angry and easily irritated. His mother, a teacher, and his father, a mechanical engineer, instilled the importance of education and the necessity to question authority – lessons that influenced Black throughout his life. He fell in love with the theatre at age 12, after seeing his first play, which led to pursuing a career in drama. Degrees followed from the University of North Carolina and Yale Drama School, with a stint in Colorado owning a theatre with a group of friends in the interim. During his tenure at UNC, Black ventured into stand up, performing at Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill. Stand up was a steady presence as he pursued his career in theatre. Black eventually settled in New York City and became the playwright-in-residence at the West Bank Café’s Downstairs Theatre Bar. He oversaw the development of more than 1,000 plays, including works by “West Wing” creator Aaron Sorkin, “American Beauty” writer Alan Ball, as well as his own original works. In addition to overseeing the works on stage, Black emceed every show. As the West Bank grew, so did Black’s stand up skills. He left the West Bank in the late 1980s to pursue stand up full time. In 1996, his friend Lizz Winstead tapped him to cre-

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ate a weekly segment for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” The segment, a three-minute rant about whatever was bothering him at the moment, evolved into “Back in Black,” becoming one of the most popular and longest-running segments on the show for both the Jon Stewart era, and now “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” Black has also taped four specials for the “Comedy Central Presents” series, co-created “Last Laugh with Lewis Black” and presided over “Lewis Black’s The Root of All Evil.” His popular appearances on Comedy Central helped to win him Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards in 2001. Increased exposure from “The Daily Show” generated a record deal with Stand Up! Records. His first CD, “The White Album,” was released in 2000 to critical acclaim. Black followed with eight more—six under the Comedy Central Records label. He has received five Grammy nominations and two wins for his work. The first nomination came in 2006 for “Luther Burbank Performing Arts Center Blues,” the second in 2009 for “Anticipation.” In 2007 he won the Grammy for Best Comedy Album for “The Carnegie Hall Performance,” and again in 2011 for “Stark Raving Black.” His 2012 release, “In God We Rust” (Comedy Central Records) was also nominated for a Grammy. Black has filmed two specials for HBO, including “Black On Broadway” and “Red, White and Screwed.” The latter was nominated for an Emmy in 2007. He had a regular feature for two seasons on “Inside the NFL” (for which he earned a Sports Emmy) and in 2006, he was asked to participate in “Comic Relief.” In 2009 Lewis filmed his first feature length concert film, “Stark Raving Black,” at the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit. The film had a limited run in theaters across the U.S. and Canada in the summer of 2010. At the end of the theater run, premium movie channel EpixHD picked up the film

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For competitors The competition fills up fast, so organizers recommend pre-registering to guarantee a spot. The entry fee is $50 for all divisions. All competitors must check-in at the third floor of Bear Mountain Lodge between 7-8:30 a.m. to pick up competitors bibs. A waiting list will start at 7 a.m. for non-registered competitors. A drawing will take place for unclaimed bibs. Divisions include men and women, in five different age categories: 13 and under; 14-20; 21-34; 35-49; and age 50-plus. The start order for qualifiers is determined at the pre-party, held at Sushi Yoshi at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5 and will be available for viewing at registration on Saturday morning. Awards will be presented to the first, second, third and fourth place overall male and female winners. First through fourth place winners’ names will be engraved on the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge trophy. For tailgaters Tailgate set-up will commence Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m. No Friday set-up will be allowed and Bear Mountain parking gates will be locked at 5 p.m. Friday evening. Lifts operate until 4 p.m., but the Skye Peak Express Quad will reopen at 4:30 p.m. allowing guests By Chandler Burgess, Killington Resort to ski or ride back to other base areas. Free shuttles will Amateur bumpers race down Outer Limits at the BMMC. run from 6:30 a.m. until after the event to transport guests between base areas. ing donkeys. Personal consumption is permitted. But please note it No bonfires, fire pits or fireworks allowed. is against Vermont state law to dispense alcohol. No kegs. Please clean up after yourselves. There will be dumpDon’t drink and drive! sters available for postTaxis and shuttles are availevent clean-up in addition PLEASE LEAVE ALL NON-SERVICE able for a safe ride home. to trash cans throughout ANIMALS AT HOME,  Skiing or riding to the the venue. Restrooms are event from other base areas available on the first floor INCLUDING DONKEYS. can help in avoiding traffic of Bear Mountain Lodge congestion leaving Bear Mountain after the competiwith portable toilets available throughout the venue. tion. Food will be available inside Bear Mountain Lodge in Please leave all non-service animals at home, includ- addition to a BBQ on the Bear Mountain deck.

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Lewis Black

for its channel, along with the accompanying documentary, “Basic Black.” Both are aired regularly and can be found in the EpixHD on-demand queue. In 2011, he produced his second full-length concert, “In God We Rust,” which also airs on EpixHD. In August 2013, Black recorded his ninth stand-up special “Old Yeller: Live At The Borgata.” In 2015, Black joined the cast of “Madoff” (ABC mini series). Black portrays Ezra Merkin, who, after investing with Madoff and receiving great returns, brought many famous and well-to-do Jewish clients, including Elie Weisel and The Hadassah Organization, to Bernie’s fold. In the midst of a rigorous touring schedule, regular TV appearances and movie roles, Black has written three best-selling books: “Nothing’s Sacred,” “Me of Little Faith,” and “I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas.” All garnered critical praise as well commercial success and spent numerous weeks on the New York Times best sellers list. Black has penned more than 40 plays, many of which have been produced around the country. “The Deal,” a dark comedy about business, was made into a short film in 1998 and picked up by the Sundance Channel. In 2011, his play “One Slight Hitch” was produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and then again in 2012 at both the ACT Theatre in Seattle and The George Street Theatre in New Brunswick.

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The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019


LAKES REGION r l Mettawee produces geography wiz

By Julia Purdy

By Julia Purdy

Iron put Pittsford on early maps

Each year elementary/middle schools throughout the United States participate in the National Geographic Bee (“Geobee”), using materials prepared by the National Geographic Society. The contest is designed to encourage the teaching of geography, spark student interest, and increase public awareness about’s series “This Place in History” brought a production crew and Vermont Historical Society Executive Director Steve Perkins to Pittsford March 7 to do a spot on Pittsford’s important iron industry that gave Furnace Brook its name before 1800. The Pittsford Historical Society has a significant collection of Granger stoves made in Pittsford with local iron 200 years ago by the Granger Stove Company, an iron foundry that “really defined the iron industry in Pittsford,” society member Stephen Belcher said. Joining Belcher was noted local historian Bill Powers. The ironmaster’s imposing two-story brick home still stands at the edge of fast-flowing Furnace Brook outside of Pittsford village. The spot was aired by ABC Local 22 News.

geography. This year, sixth-grader John Smith moved up from second place last year to win for Mettawee School in West Pawlet and headed to the National Geographic state championship competition at Southern Vermont College on March 29. The state champion will travel to Washington, D.C., for the national championship in May.

Jailed: LaPlant declines release on bail

Proctor H.S. senior trip coming up

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Kennedy, the prosecutor, said in court affidavit. Monday that she had more than 30 Harrington, when questioned by exhibits to submit in support of her argu- police, did not confess to the killing, but ment that the “evidence of guilt is great.” did reveal that he knew how she died: by Harrington’s body was found on strangulation, a detail that had not been March 6 in her car parked along a road made public from investigators, the with few nearby residences in Proctor affidavit stated. about 10 miles from her home. LaPlant added, according to the police Harrington had earlier been reported filing, he had never left Rutland on the missing by her husband, who told police LAPLANT SAID TO HER: that she did not pick up their son at school and “THIS IS WHAT LOVE DOES.” did not return home. An autopsy by the chief medical examiner’s office deterday Harrington was reported missing. mined that Harrington’s death was a ho“He said his routine was the same micide and she was strangled, according each day,” the affidavit stated. “He said to a police affidavit filed in the case. after he woke up, he drank his coffee LaPlant, who had a relationship with and played video games.” Harrington, reportedly told friends he LaPlant has no previous criminal had killed Harrington. record. As for the reason, the affidavit stated, Steven Howard, an attorney repreone of the those friends told police that senting Jaime Harrington, attended the LaPlant said to her: “This is what love hearing Monday. does.” “Our understanding of the state’s Jaime Harrington, Alicia Harrington’s case is that the weight of evidence is husband, told investigators that his very significant,” Howard said. “It’s my wife had an affair with LaPlant and client’s position clearly that (LaPlant) then broke it off, and that she had been needs to be held until this matter is scared of him after that, according to the fully heard.”

Jacob Perkins, a student at the Proctor Junior-Senior H.S., came before the Quarry Valley Unified Union School District Board in February to present plans for the senior trip during the spring break, April 15-19. The itinerary will include traveling to New York City by Amtrak and a hotel stay. Activities include visits to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty and the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero, interspersed with elective recreation, shopping, museums, and Central Park. Of the 18 students in the class, 14 will make the trip. Principal Chris Sell, two parents, two chaperones and two advisors will accompany the students. The trip is budgeted at $5,500. Jacob Perkins explained that the 9/11 memorial will be especially educational, since many students were born around that time. The board voted unanimously to approve the expenditure.

Fair Haven forges ahead on hydro plan The energy committee of the Fair Haven Select Board learned at its regular meeting March 12 that the Fair Haven electrical grid needs to be upgraded to a minimum 120,000 volts to support a proposed local hydropower facility. The committee has been exploring the possibility of reinstating hydropower, using an old dam site. A feasibility study for low-impact hydro was completed in 2014 by engineer Jay Boeri of Hartland at the board’s request. The only eligible site is the Upper Falls on the Castleton River downstream of and visible from the Depot Street bridge, as the state requires a site with a preexisting dam. The falls have historical importance as well, having powered Matthew Lyon’s ironworks during the 1700s. Committee chair Mike Stannard warned that due to stricter environmental regulations, the town should be prepared to defend itself in court.

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By Carolyn Lorié

The Cooper’s hawk

Once, when I was living in a house on the edge of a forest in Western Massachusetts, an early-spring storm


blew in and left about a foot of snow in its wake. Worried about the birds, many of which had just returned to their northern breeding grounds, I spent the day replenishing the feeders and scattering extra seeds on the deck and in the yard. I watched through the sliding glass doors, as dozens of songbirds flitted in and out my view. It was a mesmerizing scene. My reverie was broken, however, when a large bird torpedoed out of the woods and snatched one of the songbirds off the ground. It flew with such speed, I barely had time to register its presence. All of the birds, however, instantly dispersed, as if vaporized. The incident unsettled me. It also left me feeling guilty for having created an artificially abundant feeding ground, which also turned out to be an ideal hunting ground. I was so focused on the songbird that had been killed that I made no effort to identify the predatory bird. Recently, however, I conveyed the story to Todd Katzner, a research biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and he had a pretty good idea of who the hunter was: a Cooper’s hawk. These crow-sized birds are found year round in most of the United States, including Southern New England. (Typically, however, they are not winter residents in Northern New England.) As members of the accipiter genus, which also includes sharpshinned hawks and goshawks, Cooper’s hawks have broad, round wings

and long tails. Their top feathers are greyish, while their chest feathers are a ruddy brown. They have hooked beaks, red eyes, and a stern gaze. Unlike hawks in the Buteo genus, such as red-tailed hawks, that tend to soar, accipiters’ flight pattern is a series of wing flaps, followed by a glide. They are adapted to hunting in thickly wooded areas and can move at lightning speed in pursuit of prey. Is it possible I was visited by a sharp-shinned or goshawk that day? Yes, but less likely, according to Katzner. Cooper’s hawks tend to be more prevalent than the other two, and the bird I saw, however fleetingly, was crow-sized. Sharp-shinneds tend to be smaller and goshawks larger. Also, goshawks are especially secretive and elusive. Though now widespread, Cooper’s hawks were once dwindling in numbers, thanks to the unregulated use of the pesticide DDT. As use of the chemical diminished, the birds rebounded and are now thriving, especially in urban areas. The resurgence of the Cooper’s hawk is great news; watching one dispatch a songbird, however, wasn’t great. The hawk I encountered many years ago did not become a regular in my yard, in part, I believe, because I never again flooded the area with so much seed. But these hunters do take up residence around feeders, which raises the question: What should one do? “Some recommend taking down your feeders for a couple of weeks and the hawk will look for food elsewhere,” said Jennifer McCabe, a postdoctor-

al research associate at the University of Wisconsin. But it’s not a recommendation she herself makes. “It is part of the natural balance of predators and their prey. In fact, removing a natural predator can cause prey to lose their antipredator behavior skills. So my advice would be to leave the feeder up to allow for the natural predator-prey relationship to persist,” she added. Though my heart still breaks when I think of that songbird lured to my backyard for what turned out to be its last moments, I agree with McCabe. As a bird lover I wanted all the birds caught in that snowstorm to survive – the songbird whose life was taken and the hawk that took it. Carolyn Lorié lives in Post Mills. The illustration for this column was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol. The Outside Story is assigned and edited by Northern Woodlands magazine ( and sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

Don’t just work for money, work for meaning In a recent survey of 12,000 workers worldwide conducted by the Energy Project, only 50 percent of respondents found meaning in their jobs. Imagine spending 40 hours a week doing meaningless work. It’s soul-sucking, but it doesn’t have to be that MONEY MATTERS way. We understand BY KEVIN THEISSEN why so many people stick with jobs that don’t provide meaning—it’s the money. And working “for the money” is not all bad. Having financial security so we can provide for our families is obviously a worthy reason. However, as important as money is, feeling that the work we do is meaningful matters too. It’s better for our health. It’s better for our relationships. And it just makes getting up in the morning much more desirable. In an article in The Atlantic, author and cultural commentator David Brooks said, “There is no income level at which people are not desperate for meaning.” The good news is, there are proactive things we can do to derive more meaning from our work. For some of us, finding meaning in work might require a company or career change. For others, it could be as simple as reframing how we think about our current jobs and finding new ways to engage our talents. Here are a few

strategies for maximizing your sense of meaning from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. Craft a new job out of your current job Hospital custodian isn’t a job that most people would consider meaningful, or even desirable. But Amy Wrzesniewski, now a professor at the Yale School of Management, found that many of the custodians she talked to didn’t consider their jobs low skilled or unfulfilling. Instead, they felt they were part of a team that was helping people get better. They may not have been performing surgery or prescribing drugs, but they believed their job was an important part of a bigger process. In addition to basic cleaning duties, these custodians also went out of their way to bond with patients and visitors. They talked to unvisited patients, and even kept in touch with some after they were discharged. Rather than trying to find a different job, these custodians had crafted a more meaningful job out of their assigned work. The job crafting concept can provide a new perspective on the work you do. Your current job might provide opportunities for expression, connection, and creativity that you never realized were there. Try to reconfigure your approach to daily work tasks around these opportunities. Focus on why, not what It’s easy to get so bogged down in the things we have to do at work that we lose sight of why we do them. It can be helpful to your sense of meaning to consider the end result of your work, especially as it impacts other people. For those happy hospital custodians, the “why” was Money matters, page 25A

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Releasing pent up feelings helps alleviate back pain I’m living life at a slower pace and learning to savor the little things: a cup of hot coffee in bed in the morning with my husband of 39 years, the songbird that greets us, the note from a friend, FaceTime with our grandson, slowly walking down the street. My back is improving but I’m still on morphine to manage the persistent Mountain pain. Some days on Meditation I can walk withBy Marguerite te out the cane; Jill Dye other times, both walking sticks are needed. I don’t recall ever walking so slowly (because my left hip and leg still hurt), but it has its advantages: I can look up at the trees and not trip! I love to admire their magnificence, to see them dance in the wind, and hear their songs of rustles and creaks, in all seasons, without and with leaves. Yesterday, I was startled to find a big old tree fully wrapped by another persistent, aggressive tree’s tentacles. Its limbs, like a web, grew in different directions, holding the grandmother tree in its grasp. It was stunning to behold against the blue sky, but disturbing and perplexing, as well. What kind of tree would smother another, strangling it in an unrelenting stronghold? For some reason, it brought to mind “The Divided Mind” by Dr. John E. Sarno, a rehabilitation physician whose observations are impacting modern medicine. When my new writing group friend told me Dr. Sarno had changed her life, I gladly read the article she wrote about healing from crippling back pain. “Dr. Sarno’s theory included issues relating to a mind-body connection. He discovered that, rather than a herniated disc or scar tissue, what causes the pain could be not enough oxygen getting to the muscles,” she wrote. “According to Dr. Sarno, the muscles get tight because feelings of anxiety or anger are not acknowledged. Instead, pain is created to divert one’s attention away from what is really bothering the person. In addition, we convince ourselves that doing certain things are going to hurt. For example, since it hurts when I sit, I became more and more tentative about sitting since I was sure it would hurt.” She was so impressed by Dr. Sarno’s book that she traveled to New York City to meet him in person. When Dr. Sarno examined her, he confirmed his diagnosis that she was suffering from “goodism” (his term), which he believes is one of the main causes of back pain. “I had been too busy worrying about everyone else and the pain of it went to my back. Yale and I listened to a three-hour lecture given by Dr. Sarno concerning his theory. At the end of the lecture, I was given an assignment to write about everything that was bothering me. If I were able to look at what bothers me, according to Dr. Sarno’s theory, it would free up the oxygen flowing to my muscles. Every time I thought of a resentment or hurt, I wrote it down.” She filled a journal with whatever bothered her. Requests for things she’d rather not do and little irritations in marriage and life. Weeks later, she felt better but not better enough, so she followed Dr. Sarno’s suggestion to further explore her feelings through psychotherapy. Although she didn’t believe she had an emotional problem, she did believe in Dr. Sarno’s theory, and six weeks later, her back pain was gone. “I had let go of the feelings I had bottled up and in doing so freed my back of pain … It was hard to believe. My husband is a psychiatrist and he wouldn’t have believed it if he hadn’t seen it.” Over the past 25 years, she’s walked in 2 1/2 marathons and played tennis often. “It is a miracle,” she concluded. I’m going to delve more deeply into feelings I’ve suppressed to loosen their grip, and in the process, release tight, painful muscles. I’d rather confront what I’m hiding from than allow all I’m holding in to “protect” me (control me!) through distracting back pain. Join me, if you dare, in asking yourself, “What’s bothering me? What’s making me angry?”Write it down. We hold so many experiences in that are held in our cellular memory. No wonder our wellbeing’s affected.




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As a countermeasure to rising rents, the EDC will subsidize new businesses wanting to occupy downtown space. “There is a balance to be achieved that keeps the Village a desirable tourist destination while keeping it a place where residents can afford to live, work and play,” Kimbell wrote. “It is not easy to keep that balance and it requires some creative approaches.” Area opinion has it that another restaurant may move into Bentley’s location. Sturm is said to have interests in New York dining establishments. Ruggieri-Lam and Fredurra have offered to sell their interior furnishings and equipment to Sturm, or to an interested new tenant. If they have no takers, they plan to move it all out. “I know Ken Sturm has taken out some kind of permit,” Ruggieri-Lam told the Mountain Times. “It may be for renovations of some kind, but I don’t know exactly. In any case, he has shown no interest in buying our equipment.” The Bentley’s partners are planning to keep the Bentley’s trade name alive and registered. “We are exploring opportunities,” Ruggieri-Lam said. “If we can find another appropriate location with terms that allow for profitability, we would love to re-establish Bentley’s somewhere in Woodstock.” Seasonal weather is also a challenge for tourist-town business. Foliage and skiing bring fall and winter visitors, mud keeps them away in the spring, and summer attracts a whole new group of customers. As unemployment rates go down and the cost of living near Woodstock rises, many businesses, including Bentley’s, have had difficulty attracting staff. Fredurra owns The Catch of the Day restaurant on Pleasant Street and another on Hanover Street in the North End of Boston. How do Bentley’s owners feel about closing the landmark restaurant? “We are very happy to have been stewards of Bentley’s tradition for six years,” Ruggieri-Lam said. “We love being in Woodstock, we’ve supported the community in many ways and the support has been mutual. We hope residents and visitors to Woodstock will come in and celebrate the long and rich run Bentley’s has had in the community between now and when we close.”


MSJ Senior Rory Carrara received a D.A.R. Good Citizen Award.

MSJ student receives Good Citizen Award Mount St. Joseph Academy Senior Rory Carrara has been selected to receive a Good Citizen Award, sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution Ann Story Chapter. Rory has attended MSJ for four years and also went to Christ the King School. She was chosen for the award because she is dedicated to the betterment of MSJ and the community. “It means a lot. It’s really humbling to be called a good citizen. I think everyone strives to be that, whether it is in their school or community or in the lives of people around them,” Rory said. “It’s humbling but also encouraging to be recognized as a good citizen. It’s encouraging to know that helping others is appreciated and doesn’t go unnoticed.” Money matters, page 28A

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kitchen, cleaning pots and pans after the meal. “We have local greens, carrots, potatoes,” Davy said, who heads up the project. A local Puerto Rican family provided the recipe and a grocery list and told their story, she explained. Why Puerto Rican? “This is their dish, they brought their spices from home. This is their food, this is their story, this is where they’re telling it. We don’t have a lot of diversity in Vermont. Last week we had Polish food and a story from West Rutland” she added. Dinner is served between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. or “until the food runs out.” On Monday tickets were sold out and the food was consumed before 7 p.m. That was partly because the number of tickets sold

almost doubled that of the week before. Tracy Weatherhogg, pastor at Christ Church in Rutland, sold tickets on this night. She said about 60 tickets were sold. The Mountain Times caught up with the Puerto Rican women, Yamira Alomar and her mother, Natividad Torres, who provided the recipe and spices for the meal. The family lives in Rutland. Alomar has lived in Rutland 15 years. She said her little sister moved here first and the rest of the family followed. The dinner consisted of a traditional chicken stew over white rice with tomato sauce, herbs and sea salt. Dessert was flan, a Spanish custard made with cream cheese. Alomar said they got involved because the family used to sign up for the Farmacy bags of food and Alomar also did some volunteering. Root Words is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The project has received its second matching grant for 2019 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The 2019 local share is $6,000, and the local goal for 2020 is $15,000, to be raised during 2019 and matched by NEH, reported VTDigger.


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Sgt. Dion promoted to commander of Rutland station Detective Sgt. Michael Dion with the Major Crime Unit – North has been promoted to lieutenant/station commander at the Vermont State Police Rutland Field Station. The promotion was effective March 31. Lieutenant Dion has served the people of Vermont for more than 13 years. Following his graduation from the Vermont Police Academy in Sgt. Dion 2006, he was assigned to the Bradford Barracks as a trooper. He was promoted to sergeant/patrol commander at the Bradford Barracks in 2012 before transferring two years later to the New Haven Barracks. He became a detective sergeant in 2015 and served in that role at the Rockingham, Royalton and Westminster barracks and with the Major Crime Unit – North. A field station commander is responsible for overseeing delivery of law enforcement services to the communities served by that station. Field station commanders are the local representative of thestate police to the community it serves, and they work with local officials and residents to address public safety and law enforcement concerns in their service area. The Rutland Barracks provides police coverage throughout Rutland County, including primary law enforcement services for the towns of Benson, Chittenden, Clarendon, Danby, Hubbardton, Ira, Mendon, Middletown Springs, Mt. Holly, Mt. Tabor, Pawlet, Pittsfield, Pittsford, Poultney, Proctor, Rutland Town, Killington, Shrewsbury, Sudbury, Tinmouth, Wallingford, Wells, West Haven and West Rutland. The field station also provides assistance as requested to police departments in Brandon, Castleton, Fair Haven and Rutland City, and works in close coordination with the Rutland County Sheriff’s Department. Troopers based in Rutland also patrol 270 miles of state highway within the county. In addition, the Rutland Barracks has a satellite station at the Castleton Police Department.

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helping the ill. Your “why” doesn’t have to be that altruistic – although, somewhere at the end of all that paperwork and accounting there’s a person with a need you helped fill, a problem you helped solve, an experience of joy you helped deliver. Your “why” could be the meaning you find from engaging your unique skillset. Instead of sagging under the weight of all that copy you have to edit, appreciate how your work engages your writing skills. Maybe a problem along the company’s supply chain engages your critical thinking. The company itself could also be your “why,” if you’re working for a business that has a mission that you really believe in. You could also find a meaningful “why” in the social bonds you create with the people you work with and the customers who rely on your products and services. Examine your mindset If adopting a new mindset about your work doesn’t help you find more meaning … try examining your mindsets. Business writer Dan Pontefract believes that we have three distinct ways of thinking about our work as it relates to our sense of meaning. 1. The Job Mindset is a “paycheck mentality,” in which people perform their jobs purely for compensation. 2. The Career Mindset is triggered when we focus on advancement: making more money, getting that big promotion, increasing our power or sphere of influence. 3. Finally, the Purpose Mindset engages our feelings of passion, innovation, and commitment, and an outward-looking focus on serving your employer as a whole. Pontefract recommends spending a week tracking your mindset. At the end of every day, write down approximately how much time you’ve spent in the job, career, and purpose mindsets. At the end of the week, tally up the totals. What do these numbers tell you about your mindset at work? Are you spending the majority of your time grinding towards that Friday paycheck, or looking for ways to get ahead? How does your time spent in the job and career mindsets compare to the time you spend in the purpose mindset? Can you use job crafting to adjust your mindset and focus your energy more on how your work contributes to something bigger than money? Kevin Theissen is the owner of HWC Financial in Ludlow.

Cause of fire, explosion is unknown Police aren’t sure how a home in West Windsor exploded before catching fire. The West Windsor Fire Department was dispatched to 905 Ski Tow Road in West Windsor on March 29 at approximately 02:51 a.m. for the report of an explosion and subsequent fire at a residential structure. Upon their arrival to the scene the fire fighters observed heavy smoke and fire coming from the center portion of the building which quickly spread to the rest of the house. They noted a debris field that extended in some locations approximately 75 feet in some directions. After the fire was extinguished West Windsor Fire Chief Mike Spackman called the Department of Public Safety Fire and Explosion Investigative Unit to request assistance in determining origin and cause for the explosion/fire. A scene examination was performed on the heavily consumed remains of the house. Based upon their findings this explosion/fire is classified as undetermined. Interviews of the caretaker and two persons, uninjured in the event, who were asleep in the house at the time of the explosion, turned up no immediately identifiable reasons for the explosion which prompted the fire. There was LP gas supplied to the home which was utilized in three different appliances to include a stove, dryer and hot water furnace. The origin of the explosion and fire was identified as in the basement but what caused the leak or failure is unknown at this time. No one was injured by this explosion/fire and it is not considered to be suspicious at this time. The building is considered to be a total loss and estimated value of approximately $300,000. Anyone with further information regarding this fire is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Steven Otis at 802-722-4600.

Police stop 22 in Rutland saturation patrol On March 26 during the morning hours, troopers from the state police Rutland Barracks conducted a saturation patrol on Route 4 and Route 7 in the Mendon, Rutland Town and Clarendon. Troopers carried out 22 motor vehicle stops, issuing four Vermont civil violation complaints and 18 written warnings for the observed violations.

Missing snowmobiler found A Randolph man who went missing on his snowmobile in the Killington Resort area was later found. Friends of Jason Haskins, 41, of Randolph, contacted the Rutland Barracks around 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, to report Haskins apparently missing in the area of Killington Resort. Haskins had been missing approximately 4 ½ hours while snowmobiling. Killington Ski Patrol, Killington Search and Rescue, and the Vermont Army National Guard assisted the state police in attempting to locate Haskins. A limited search continued through the evening hours. Haskins later made it out of the woods himself and went to the hospital with minor injuries.


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CINNABUNN - Adult. female. Rabbit Lionhead Mix. Black and white. I am a little shy but super-duper adorable. I would love to find a nice home to live in forever and ever. I love carrots and grapes! If you’re looking for a sweet little girl like myself, then look no further because here I am! PATCHES - 1-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic short hair. Black and white. I am a very sweet and affectionate lady who loves to have my ears and chin scratched. I would prefer a home without younger children because a lot of noise causes me to be stressed. I would really like to stay as an indoor cat. TED - 6 Month Old. Neutered male. Hound mix. I am sweet and fun and have lots of energy! I will need lots of exercise and play time. And, of course, I’m not housetrained yet! I love to run and play and dig holes and do of those fun puppy things! Stop by and say hi!

PETPersonals KARMA - 10 Week Old. Spayed female. Domestic short hair. Brown tiger. I’m a fun-lovin’ puffball and I love to play as all kittens do! There are other kittens at the RCHS shelter so please stop by and say hi to all of us and maybe adopt one (or two!) of us!

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PIP - 10 Week Old. Spayed female. Domestic short hair. Black. I love to frolic and play! I can’t wait to meet my new family and run around and get into trouble! There are other kittens at the RCHS shelter so please stop by and say hi to all of us and maybe adopt one (or two!) of us! BUGGS - Adult. female. Rabbit Lionhead Mix. Gray and white. I am a little shy and anxious and super-duper adorable. I would love to find a nice home to live in forever and ever. I love carrots, grapes, and oh my, apple tree branches are just delicious!

LILLY - 6.5-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Long Hair. Gray. Can I just mention how pretty I am? I’ll admit I’m a bit shy and am rather independent. I am an indoor cat, and would prefer to stay that way. I might do better in a home by myself. Stop by and say hi!

DUKE - 4-year-old. Neutered male. Domestic short hair. Brown tiger. I am not a typical house cat. In fact, I’m called a barn cat. If you have mice roaming around your barn or other outdoor buildings then I am the guy you need! I’ve never been socialized with people and I find them to be a bit scary.

PENELOPE - 2 -year-old. Spayed female. Domestic short hair. Black and white. I was a wonderful caring mom and now I can focus on myself and finding my forever home. While in foster I was introduced to dogs and young children and I enjoyed both of them. I am very sweet and gentle!

GRACIE 8-year-old. Spayed female. Golden Retriever. I’m friendly and I’m easy to have around. I do love to play and, I’m sure it’s no surprise that I like to fetch snow balls! I am very overweight and need to get back to my slender self.

IVY - 5-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Long Hair. Gra tiger. I am very sweet, and I love being around my favorite people. I may spend a lot of time on your lap so, I hope that’s okay! I am very playful and can’t wait to find new games to play with my new family!

BIG FOOT - 6-year-old. neutered male. Domestic short hair. Brown and white tiger. I am a lovable guy and I miss having a nice couch to snuggle on. One more important fact about me: I have been declawed. I won’t scratch your furniture, but I can’t go outside because I have no way to defend myself.


If your perfect day includes going for a walk, binge watching TV and sharing popcorn while cuddled with your best friend, then Regina is the girl for you! Regina is a 35-pound Labrador mix. She is a bit shy, but loves people. She does well with dogs, but no cats, please. Stop by 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, Wednesday through Saturday from 12-4:30 p.m. Call 802-885-3997 for more information.

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Hi! My name’s Lilly and I’m a 2-year-old spayed pit bull mix. I’ve had a couple of homes in my short life, and I’m thinking it’s time that I finally settled down! I can’t wait until I have a family of my very own, because I really like people. My human friends here at Lucy Mackenzie know how much I like cuddling and going for walks. I particularly enjoy the more leisurely-style of walk, one where I can stop and smell the roses, and everything else in between. I’m proud to say that I’m a pretty smart girl, and am well-behaved, too. I’m open to meeting other dogs, and could maybe even live with one, if we got along. I can’t live with cats, though – sorry. If you’ve been thinking it’s time you adopted an adorable and adoring dog, stop in and meet me today! Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society is located at 4832 Route 44, West Windsor. We’re open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 12-4 p.m. Reach us daily at 802-484-LUCY. Visit us at, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. I hope to see you soon!


The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019

The story of April 1

By Cal Garrison a.k.a. Mother of the Skye

This week’s horoscopes are coming out under the light of an Aquarius Moon, a Moon that will enter Pisces at around 10:48 a.m. on April 1. Yes, it’s April Fools’ Day. When we’re done putting salt in the sugar bowl it might do us good to get real about a few things. One of them might be: How come we celebrate April Fools’ Day? April Fools’ Day was invented back in the 16th century, around the time that the Julian calendar was officially traded in for the Gregorian calendar. Up until 1582, the Vernal Equinox marked the beginning of each New Year. When the Gregorian calendar got introduced, the people who made that switcheroo decided to turn Jan. 1 into the beginning of the calendar year. But old customs die hard, and because of this, the majority of the population continued the practice of celebrating the New Year between the end of March and the first day of April. Anyone knows that a trick inevitably makes the person who falls for it look foolish. Hell bent on enforcing their new approach to marking time, whenever the Spring Equinox celebrations rolled around, the people in charge made it a popular pastime to play tricks on people who refused to follow along and accept the Gregorian system. Anyone who adhered to the old ways was publicly ridiculed as an “April Fool,” or a “Poisson d’Avril.” Over time, in order to avoid looking foolish, slowly but surely

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hen you decided to drop all the BS, what made you think there wouldn’t be an earthquake or two? In the process of reinventing yourself you’ve found out that upheaval goes with the territory. Don’t get freaked out over things that have come about as a natural response to whatever your Karma consists of at this point. Once you stop driving yourself nuts you’ll calm down enough to see that at times like this, it’s your inner resources that pull you through. And part of the lesson has to do with you figuring out that absolutely everything comes from within.

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etting tangled in situations that don’t belong to you has wasted too much of your precious time. Maybe in your next life you’ll learn how to let other people and their BS run its course. If I were you I’d lose the need to play the codependent role; because your real gifts will not develop until you release yourself from the urge to always put everything ahead of yourself. You may not realize it but things have changed so completely that the old you isn’t even here anymore. As soon as you figure out who you’ve become you will lose the need to give all of your power away.


hings seem to be running at cross purposes. You aren’t too psyched about juggling too much at once but you’re learning to live with it. All of this is teaching you about the relative importance of this, versus that. You are beginning to see that what we call a ‘crisis’ is really an opportunity to blow the dust off our lives. As far as that goes, all of a sudden half of what you’re involved in has lost its meaning and you’re unclear about what needs to be kept and what needs to fall away. Don’t worry about it. Nature will sort everything out if you just keep remaining true to yourself.




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f the rate of change seems to be accelerating, get used to it. Everything hinges on your ability to keep up with events that have come to turn your world around. For many of you, this is one of those transformational milestones that requires you to rock the boat in ways that others find hard to understand. For the first time in a long time you’re ready to embrace yourself and the kind of life that you know you want to be living. To allow custom or the belief that remaining a slave to convention will get you where you want to go will keep you from making the most of this.

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ou’ve learned your lessons when it comes to what you’re worth. Seeing how much you bring to your experience will soon expand your life to include more. Most of the time it is the love that we feel that brings everything to us. Getting over yourself enough to express and embody it has made it easier for your life to flow smoothly. In response to this, the universe keeps your heart swirling in a matrix that is unified by love. You are now open to possibilities that would never have arrived if you fell prey to fear and self-pity and lost sight of the need to take the High Road.



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ou can’t micromanage everything. If anyone should know this by now, it’s you. Your best attempts to map out your future and make everything OK come from growing up in an environment that was nuts, at best. The adult in you has lived long enough to see what happens to your best laid plans, so give it up. Over the next few months life will call you to trust your instincts and to limit your associations to those who are on the same wavelength. Everything is about to turn around. The shift will be easier if you let go, let God, and take your hands off the wheel.



y the time you read this, these words will make perfect sense or they will seem to have no bearing on your current situation. Try to expand your perceptions far enough to understand it as it applies to your higher self. Many things are in the process of changing. You are being called to step into your power. If the messages that you are receiving through your experiences can no longer be ignored, the only question you need to be asking is; how big can I allow myself to be and what will it take to release the issues that keep me stuck on the notion that I can’t be who I am?

f you’re procrastinating I can understand why; I wouldn’t want to make this choice either. Sooner or later you’ll have accept the fact that it won’t go away. What isn’t clear now would be clearer to you if you gave yourself a chance to focus on it, instead of scattering your attention all over the place. You need to stop and address some of the fears that keep making you think that your life won’t be worth much if you stop doing this. None of us are what we do. Your truer fear may be about finding out who you really are and what you’re really worth underneath all of this.





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ombshells have dropped. Plowing through the wreckage you’re wondering what made you think anyone was ready for the truth. Over-defensive responses to things that got way out of hand are already coming from multiple sources. You had enough on your mind before all this started. Having to be the one who seems to have caused it, the deeper question is now; where did it really come from? It seems to me that if everyone can be accountable for the part they played in bringing this on, the blame that’s being cast on you will fade away before the Summer Solstice.


ou can’t expect people to get where you’re coming from. Honor your own expectations and leave it at that. This scenario has its own version, depending on who you are; if there is a common denominator it’s about “standards.” Yours are usually so high it’s hard for others to dream of meeting them. You didn’t come here to make lesser mortals feel inferior. When it comes to others, toning it down wouldn’t be a bad idea. When it comes to you, shutting up, staying humble, and keeping the light on, will be enough to show the rest of us how it’s done.


ou could have this in a heartbeat if you wanted it less and were willing to give it all the time in the world. Unfortunately others are not as clear about things as you are. To try to hang on, or nail them down won’t work. In situations like this it’s always best to let absence let the heart grow fonder and go out and find better things to do. What will happen in the meantime could go either way but if you use this approach, at least you will be happy with the outcome no matter how it goes. Keep the faith. If you’re lucky, getting what you want could be exactly what you need.

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ou just woke up to too many things all at once. When life dishes out one thing after another we go into shell-shock. Don’t expect yourself to have it all under control. Sort through the rubble and get in touch with who, and what you’re dealing with before you even dream of making a plan. Right now the plan is about baby-steps – and it would help if you could resurrect a little faith. Because the key to pulling out of this has to do with seeing the blessing in it and believing with your whole heart that you are totally supported by life no matter how mind boggling it gets.

Mother of the Skye has 40 years of experience as an astrologer and tarot consultant. She may be reached by email to


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RENTALS MOUNTAIN GREEN main building, very large studio. Best views in Vermont. Most utilities included. Available til November, $795; or lease year round $1,195/month. or 610-633-0889. RUTLAND - 1 BR furnished apt. Available April 1, $1500/ mo. all utilities included. Off street parking. Great back yard! 1st/ security - Lease terms flexible. 802-345-3913. ONE BEDROOM, year round, $600/ month, all included. Plymouth, Vt. 802-672-3719. KILLINGTON SEASONAL rental 2 BR, 1 BA, woodstove, excellent location. $8,000 seasonal + utilities. 781-7495873, KILLINGTON SEASONAL rental 3 BR, 2 BA, fireplace, dishwasher. $9,000, Nov. 1-April 30, + utilities. 781749-5873, WINTER RENTAL: 3 BR 2 BA furnished chalet w/ open living room/kitchen/dining, Master Suite with loft & vaulted ceiling, DEN w/ platform for queen, NEW efficient VT Castings wood stove,  DECK, workshop, storage, new laundry. $8,500, Jan. 1 thru May, + utilities and plowing. Louise Harrison Real Estate, 802-747-8444.



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ADELE STANLEY APARTMENTS RUTLAND, VT, 05701 AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. ONE AND TWO-BEDROOM APARTMENTS Utilities, snow, trash removal included Laundry Facility on Premises for tenants only USDA Guidelines Do Apply. Call or write to: THM PROPERTY MANAGEMENT 129 LINCOLN AVENUE MANCHESTER CENTER, VT. 05255 1-802-367-5252 OR 1-800-545-1833, EXT. 326 (HEARING IMPAIRED ONLY) We do not discriminate against tenant applications on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, age, creed, gender identity, gender related characteristic or because a person intends to occupy a dwelling unit with one or more minor children or because a person is a recipient of public assistance, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY THM is an equal opportunity provider and employer

ONE BEDROOM apartment, second floor on Rt. 100 in Rochester, utilities included $650 per month, plus deposit, no pets, no smoking. 802-7673241. 802-767-3318.

EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNITY All real estate and rentals advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Federal Fair Housing Act of 1968 as amended which makes it illegal to advertise “any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, family status, national origin, sexual orientation, or persons receiving public assistance, or an intention to make such preferences, limitation or discrimination.” This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertisement which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. If you feel you’ve been discrimination against, call HUD toll-free at 1-800-6699777.

FOR SALE SLIGHTLY USED Yakima Q Tower complete gutterless car roof rack system. Includes 4018 boatloader canoe and kayak side load assist, bow down kayak cradle and locks. $250 (new was $600). Bernie@ 802-422-4419. MASTER BEDROOM furniture: Dresser, bureau, 2 night tables. Frank, 802-3538177. $100. FIREWOOD for sale, we stack. Rudi, 802-672-3719.

FREE FREE REMOVAL of scrap metal & car batteries. Matty, 802-353-5617.

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SERVICES P R O F E S S I O N A L CEMETERY TOURS throughout Vermont. 406270-4790. CHIMNEYS CLEANED, lined, built, repaired. 802-349-0339. BEAUREGARD PAINTING, 25 years experience. 802436-1337. ELECTRICIAN: Licensed/ insured, 35 years experience. Email BoiseElectric@outlook. com or call 802-747-4481.

WANTED STILL BUYING and appraising coins, stamps, precious metals, watches, art and historical items. I have moved from VT, but can easily help new and existing clients through email and US Postal Service. Member ANA, APS, NAWCC and New England Appraisers Association. Royal Barnard 802-775-0085 or email

LEGAL NOTICES This is notification to owner or lien holder only to recover their vehicle by April 14, 2109, or it will be sold at public auction as per Section SC Law 2915=10. To recover call Quality Towing (843) 626-5309. 1. 1987 Honda Shadow - VIN JH2RC1909HM302437 - Tag VT HR918 - Owner Christopher Rarick, Bennington, VT and Thomas Sapinski, Saddle Brook, NJ 2.  2004 Honda Civic Black VIN 2HGES16524H576944 - Tag VT GMY537 - Owner Brian Pizzuti, Wilmington, VT

EMPLOYMENT KILLINGTON RESORT / Summer Jobs - Now hiring summer positions. Adventure Center, Food & Beverage, Housekeeping, Spa and more. To view all of our opportunities visit or in person at 4763 Killington Rd. Killington, VT. Open daily 8-4. 800-300-9095. EOE.

Good citizens award:

V E R M O N T S TAT E P a r k Manager positions available. Previous experience in parks or college education in related field preferred. Weekend work required. On-site housing is provided. $13.45-$16.30 per hour. For more info & to apply: employment.html SUMMER JOB: 2019 midMay until mid-October. Kitchen worker & preparation, with some experience. 150 seat restaurant with 30 seat tavern. Open nightly. Hard worker who is open to many hours and a will to learn. Whitman House Restaurant, 7 Great Hollow Road, Truro, Mass - Cape Cod. Housing provided if needed. Salary based on experience. $13-$15/ hr. Contact Bob - cell # 508-237-2491. Resume - CASHIER: A.M. preferable. PT/FT/Year round. Competitive wage. Killington. Please call 802-558-0793. DELI: Sandwich/Prep cook. Experience would be great, but if you enjoy working with food, we will train. Competitive wage. Please call 802-558-0793. EXCITING NEW restaurant and lounge on the Killington access road looking for reliable, well organized help who can multi task. Positions include Front desk, kitchen prep and dishes, weekend breakfast service; flexible days hours and shifts. Contact Kristen@highlinelodge. com. DREWSKI’S is hiring P/T waitstaff AM and PM shifts available. Please call, email or stop by 802-422-3816. MOGULS: WAITSTAFF, P/T bar staff, dishwasher, line cook needed to work at fun locals bar. Apply in person: see Sal at Moguls. PROMOTIONAL HELP NEEDED: Looking for responsible, outgoing, professional candidates to promote Anheuser Busch Products in a bar/restaurant environment during the Winter season. Ideal person is punctual, friendly, knowledgeable about products and comfortable with large crowds. Responsibilities include: Arriving on time, setting up t-shirts, hats, and other prizes, and executing games/ activities. Anheuser Busch is a premium company that does promotions for brands such as Bud, Bud Light, Rolling Rock and many others. Candidates must be 21 years of age, and be willing to converse with strangers. Pay is fifteen dollars an hour with a flexible schedule, most promotions will be held in the Killington Mountain Area, must be available to work some nights during the week, and weekends for aprés. Email Don.sady@

Awarded to Rory Carrara

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It’s hard for Rory to go unnoticed around MSJ. She competes in softball, basketball and cheerleading, serves as senior class representative for student government, participates in band and chorus, Spanish National Honors Society president, and is a student ambassador. She also served as an intern in the office of Rutland County State’s Attorney Rose Kennedy. “There are a lot of things I like about MSJ, but my favorite is that the possibilities are endless. You can do anything you want, which a lot of people would be surprised about because it is such a small school,” Rory said. “I played two sports in one season. I wanted to take a specific AP class this year and it was set up for me. Everything I wanted to bal-

ance my education is thanks to the MSJ community. My coaches, my teachers - they understood that I wanted to do more. Not only did they support me, but they made it happen.” Rory plans to pursue a degree in political science and public policy after graduation. She has not committed to a college, but is leaning toward Simmons University. The Daughters of the American Revolution, Ann Story Chapter sponsors the Good Citizen Award in area high schools. The winners are recognized at a chapter meeting with certificates and Good Citizen pins. Each student was selected by the school as best representing the qualities of dependability, service, leadership, and patriotism.


The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019

Present for the memories

By Karen D. Lorentz

After 60 years of skiing, I had a “first” experience on March 20 with three hours of the most perfect skiing on the first day of spring. I had recently read that “being present” in the moment is as simple as taking a deep breath and being observant of thoughts and what one is seeing. So when I boarded the lift at Coleman Brook, I decided to try “being present” as I headed over to South Face. When I stopped on Lower Arrow, I was aware of the sounds from the adjacent terrain park and pipe. But it was the sight of a reddish orange parka that reminded me of my dad who had taught me to ski that brought back the first flood of memories. It was uncanny on how many runs that day I saw a similar, or the same, jacket and felt my dad, who died last May, was still with me. Riding the Orange Six Express I had company, and it was fun to learn two men were from D.C., but didn’t know each other. One said he worked for the Attorney General – we gasped – then he added, for Maryland, and we laughed. At the top, I took Muellers Run, a trail renamed in the former owner’s honor, and I thought of them and the joy they created for so many when over 36 years they improved and expanded Okemo. As I rode the South Face Quad alone, the memory of John Denver explaining how he composed Annie’s Song while riding a lift popped into my mind. He talked about his acute senses, and I found myself listening, looking, and feeling the sun and breezes – and wishing I could be so creative! Watching skiers on Wild Thing below brought back memories of friend Kitty’s “yard sale” and laughing her head off in full view of a loaded lift. It was the 1990s and I

had never heard that expression before but always think of her at that “spot” now. Runs down Blind Faith brought memories of all the friends I had enjoyed it with. After just a few sporadic ski days this winter, I was now getting my confidence back and enjoyed cruising the steeps. Stump Jumper brought back memories of skiing with my college aged sons and their delight in discovering the rollers with drop-offs. A run on Dream Weaver broughtback memories of taking Jon and his new wife to South Face on a Sunday afternoon 15 years ago. We had outfitted them with ski gear for a wedding gift. They had enjoyed whipping down Dream Weaver and wanted to do it again. I said but you’ll love Stump Jumper. “No, no we love this.” So two runs later they discovered even more glorious fun on Stump Jumper, Wild Thing, and Blind Faith before we caught the last chair to the top and hightailed it over to Jackson Gore. With all the trails to ourselves – it was 4 p.m. and snowing hard – it was heaven when we met the groomers on Solitude and took the side they had just carpeted. Now, as I was focusing on turns on Rim Rock which had three different conditions on it depending on where the sun hit it, my run with poet Diana Lee Velie flooded back. It had been snowing big gloppy flakes and I had commented, it was like “God was shaking out her dust mop.” Only this time the sun was out and my legs were starting to tire so back to the Six for favorite Sapphire and back up for a return to Jackson Gore. Each run I saw that red jacket and, pondering the meaning, realized how skiing really is about making marvelous mountain memories.


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F&W to host turkey hunting seminars April 6-7—HARTLAND—The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is hosting three free turkey hunting seminars this spring: • Saturday, April 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Barre Fish & Game Club • Sunday, April 7, 9 a.m-1 p.m., Hartland Fire Department • Thursday, April 18, 6-9 p.m., Vermont Fish and Wildlife office in Essex A shotgun patterning clinic will be held at the Barre seminar. Participants should bring their own shotgun and ammunition and keep them secured in their vehicles until instructed to bring them to the range. If you do not have your own firearm,

shotguns and ammunition will be provided. Eye and ear protection will be available. “Both experienced and first-time turkey hunters stand to benefit from these seminars,” said Hunter Education Training Coordinator John Pellegrini. “We will provide hunting information, including safe hunting practices, specialized equipment, calls, site setup, and other strategies for harvesting turkeys.” Certified Volunteer Hunter Education Instructors Jeff Blanchard and Brett Ladeau will be leading the seminars, with Jeff teaching on April 7, and 18, and Brett instructing on April 8. Online registration is required: regis-

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Property transfers completed in Killington, 2019 Seller Steinberg, Edwin A RKR Enterprises LLC Day, Roger & Barbara Lee, Linda J Post, Martin & Jill M Gammel, Thomas L & Ellen E Abrams 2005 Trust, Edwin D; Abrams Trustee, Edwin D Tesi, Marae D Kimball Jr, David E & Margaret G Lacey, Estate of John R Tucker, Denise M Lototski, Nicholas T Fers Jr, Robert S & Dorene A

Lewis Black:

Buyer Jackson, Michael & Lussier, Danielle Anderosn Teicholz, Petra Wild, Thomas R & Staudenmayer, Kathy Herguth, Patrick W & Sunny L Kulina, Jr, Joseph C & Marianna T Spadafora, Tina & Gushka, Matthew Cariati, Don

Address South Boston, MA Boston, MA Rochester, NY Sudbury, MA Enfield, CT Ocean City, NJ Meriden, CT

Property Location Hemlock Ridge, 2B Whiffletree, C1 Woods, A8 Fall Line, D5 174 Cricket Hill Rd Mountain Green, IIB1 Colony Club, D19

Sale Price 152,500.00 63,250.00 143,000.00 135,000.00 440,000.00 127,500.00 261,000.00

Closed 1/31/19 1/28/19 1/31/19 2/1/19 2/4/19 2/18/19 2/15/19

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Mountain Green, IIE3 Sunrise, NSA2 Hemlock Ridge, 1C Mountain Green, IIE9 Trail Creek, #63 Woods, F7

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Robotics: IBOTS, Archytas win awards

Baby-boomer standup comic skewers everything, supports causes

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In 2006, Black had a break-out year as an actor, co-starand was honored by The Brady Center for his commitment ring with Robin Williams in Barry Levinson’s “Man of the to ending gun violence. In 2012, he was honored by the Year.” He also appeared as “the fake dean of a fake colACLU of Georgia with their National Civil Liberties Award. lege” in Steve Pink’s “Accepted” and as the harried airport At the Williamstown Theatre Festival, he established the manager in Paul Feig’s “Unaccompanied Minors.” He William Foeller Fellowship, having taught and performed lent his voice to Jimmy in Bob Saget’s parody “Farce of the at the festival for more than a decade. Black also supports Penguins.” our military personnel and has In 2015, Black notably voiced the performed in three tours with the “I’LL BE REMEMBERED character “Anger” in the Academy USO, visiting several Middle Eastern AS THIS LITTLE RED GUY Award winning film from Pixar, “Inand European military bases with side Out.” Early film pitches actually Robin Williams, Lance Armstrong, WHO YELLS AND HIS named the comedian to illustrate Kid Rock, Miss America Rachel Smith HEAD GOES ON FIRE,” how an iconic voice like Black’s could and Kellie Pickler. bring a character like Anger to life. Black resides in both Manhattan BLACK SAID. and Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Still Black, who’s a fan of all things Pixar, loyal to his alma mater, he’s worked with UNC students to calls the opportunity a career-defining role. “I knew from create the Carolina Comedy Festival, a yearly festival on the very beginning that this was going to be special,” he said. “I’ll be remembered as this little red guy who yells and the UNC campus that highlights performances and prohis head goes on fire.” vides workshops and lectures for budding comics, writers As a long time mentor with the 52nd Street Project, and performers. With his involvement at UNC, Black Black was roasted in Charred Black 2007, which drew the continues a life-long commitment to education and the largest fundraising numbers in the Project’s history. He’s a arts. He continues to tour heavily, playing countless dates member of their advisory board, is co-chair of their capital each year and providing a cathartic release of anger and campaign, and in 2000, the Ron Black Memorial Scholardisillusionment for his audience. In his leisure time, Black ship Fund was created in memory of his late brother. Black likes to play golf, even though golf hates him. is also committed to raising funds for the Rusty Magee Get tickets to see him at the Paramount Theatre at Clinic for Families and Health. He’s a strong supporter of The theater is located at 30 Center St., both the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Autism Speaks Rutland.

Comprised of high school students from all over Rutland County, IBOTS Team 2370 have been competing in FIRST events since 2008. In only their second year of competition, Archytas Team 6933, based out of Sharon, which currently has two members from Killington (Clara Shortle and Emma Durney-who were pictured cheering on their teammates in the Mountain Times two weeks ago EVALUATION IS BASED at their first event ON THE ROBOT’S of the season) came home from the event ABILITY TO SENSE ITS with the Autonomous SURROUNDINGS. Award Sponsored by Ford. Explained on, this award “Celebrates the team that has demonstrated consistent, reliable, high-performance robot operation during autonomously managed actions. Evaluation is based on the robot’s ability to sense its surroundings, position itself or onboard mechanisms appropriately, and execute tasks.” Though they did not rank high in the standing, this award reinforces the hard work, skill and dedication shown by the students on Archytas, who travel from many different towns to gather for meetings in Bethel 2-3 per week to prepare for competitions. Great job. Team 885, Ro-bovines, from Randolph Center, gave a strong performance as well, being named as a event finalist.




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The Mountain Times • April 3-9, 2019

Mother of the Skye:

Tomfoolery of April Fool’s Day can have lasting repercussions

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the people relented, went along with the new agenda, and adopted the Gregorian calendar. It is worth noting that when the powers that be switched the calendrical system, they “tricked” the masses into something that totally distorted our relationship both to nature, and to time. Since then, every year on April 1, the sleeping masses celebrate the fact that all of us were duped into embracing a totally unnatural relationship to the rhythms of the cosmos. Without thinking, we play tricks on others, totally oblivious to the fact that we are paying homage to one of the most heinous tricks of all time – a trick that was played on us. So much for “Poisson d’Avril”: we have bigger fish to fry. What I am about to share with you is just beginning to peek over the horizon. I decided to intro-

duce it this week because, forewarned is forearmed; it’s good to have a sense of what lies up on the road ahead. Astrological aspects most often come into play when the contacts are exact – but when it comes to the slower moving, outer planets, there is always a little bleed time, before and after the point of exactitude. Looking ahead, there is an upcoming conjunction between Saturn and Pluto. This is such a big deal, every astrologer on the planet is talking about it. The aspect is already making its influence felt. As most of you know, I am a big fan of Martha Lang-Wescott’s research. Her most recent newsletter just arrived in my inbox. Reading it through several times, I have decided to include it here, verbatim, because she does such a good job of outlining the possibilities that come into play whenever Saturn and Pluto conjoin. If you’re an astrologer take notes

and look into Ms. Wescott’s introductory comments. If you are unfamiliar with astrological parlance, cut to the chase and skip ahead to the list of bullet points to get a rundown of what’s in store for us. “Although it’s not until next January, Saturn has begun its approach to Pluto. It will be the first conjunction since 1982 and since it will occur essentially in the Aries Axis in 22 Capricorn, we’re all liable to see plenty of it in world events! Since the TNP, Cupido, is close to the Aries Axis in early Capricorn, much of the Saturn-Pluto (conjunction) will disturb relationships and the already weakened sense of Community. As Saturn makes its applying contact, even if that degree area (and its pattern) isn’t a big deal in your chart, you will find at least a month or so when you have Saturn/Pluto angular on one of your return charts. So I thought it’d be a good

idea to mention some of the ways it can manifest. You’ll just have to incorporate the other radix and return factors that are keeping angular company with the Saturn-Pluto. (For instance, nowadays, the asteroid, Hopi, has been in proximity. How much have you heard about territory, the importance of borders, racism, prejudice and the use of knives? How many “personal attacks” with sleazy motives are in the news every day?) As of May 15, 2019, Saturn will be in 20 Capricorn and Pluto in 23 Capricorn, both retrograde. Sure is gonna’ be a lot for us to watch over the coming months! Happy Spring!” I hope that what’s included here is helpful to you, I wish you all a happy “April Fools’ Day”, and I invite you to take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.







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Spotlighting women business owners, leaders in Rutland

Women business owners in Rutland make up about a third of the total, but what they lack in numbers they make up for in entrepreneurial spirit. We profiled six, see pages 2B and 5B.

Lori Lapenna, Downtown Gentlemen’s Salon

Jessi Travers Moulton, Unlimited Potential

Profiles of the Rutland Community


The Mountain Times is a proud to feature business profiles in our Rutland community. This year, in coordination with the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, the Mountain Times is publishing Community Profiles in advance of the Rutland Chamber business show on April 9 to help showcase businesses that make up the strong foundation of our city, towns and county, and to tell our collective story: We have job openings, diverse recreation, top schools, friendly people and enjoy a great quality of life!

Pennsylvnania couple moves to Rutland for ‘change of pace’

Karen Scolforo, Castleton University

Stay to Stay intitiative and Red Carpet concierge service help dozens move to Vermont

By Katy Savage

Chad Crisp was looking for something different. tor Mary Cohen. “It helps them start building a network After 10 years of working as an English professor in and start asking questions—where do I find a dentist?” the Pennsylvania suburbs, he quit his job in 2017 to be Crisp’s realtor, who helped him find his apartment, is outside everyday. He worked as a landscaper and did also helping him get connected for a teaching position at maintenance work at a country club, spending his days the Community College of Vermont. Crisp also attended mowing and raking. Now, Crisp is moving so he can a job fair at Killington Resort to work in the bike park, but spend even more time outside. Crisp isn’t worried about where he’ll work. Crisp, his two cats and his wife are packing their bags “From our perspective, we’re not coming here for jobs,” and moving to Rutland this he said. “We’re coming for quality month. of life.” “FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE, “I wanted a change of pace,” About 88 people have particiWE’RE NOT COMING HERE FOR said Crisp. “I’m looking for pated in the Stay to Stay program friendlier people, beautiful since it started. Of those, eight JOBS,” CRISP SAID. “WE’RE scenery and a sense of commupeople have moved to Vermont COMING FOR QUALITY OF LIFE.” nity.” and are now living in Bennington, Crisp chose Vermont after Rutland, Brattleboro and Burlingvisiting one fall through Vermont’s Stay to Stay program, ton. Another 22 are in the process of house hunting, said which he randomly came across on the internet. Cohen, and 15 are planning to move this year. “It was October and it was beautiful,” he said. In addition, Vermont’s remote worker incentive grant Stay to Stay provides social and business connections launched in January in an effort to boost the economy to visitors over a weekend in an effort to boost the state’s and Vermont’s dwindling, aging population. The state will population. pay up to $10,000 to anyone who wants to move to VerIn tandem with the Stay to Stay program, the Rutland mont and work remotely. So far, 19 applicants have been Region Chamber of Commerce launched the Red Carpet approved, bringing 53 new residents to Vermont. concierge service in January, to help new Rutland resiCohen said most people come to the state to get away dents feel welcome. from the “rat race” of heavy traffic they experience in Crisp is one of 22 families on the Red Carpet list. other states. “These are people saying, ‘Yes, I want to come,’” said “It’s exciting to be welcomed by the community,” Crisp Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Executive Direcsaid.

Candace Munson, Head Over Heels

Erynn Connors, Wanderlust Canine Services

Shelby Collett, Cobra Gymnastics

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Lori Lapenna, Downtown Gentlemen’s Salon


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For more than three-quarters of a century, Farrell Distributing & Anheuser-Busch have been catering to customers large and small. A third-generation Vermont family business, our diverse workforce and strong ties to the community help us provide exceptional service, value and variety to every corner of the state. Farrell Distributing is dedicated to promoting social responsibility by supporting programs for responsible drinking, preventing drunk driving and underage drinking throughout Vermont.

Mountain Times: How long have you owned your business? Lori Lapenna: Downtown Gentlemen’s Salon has been open for just over a year. I’ve been cutting hair 26 years. MT: What are some traits you think great leaders possess? LL: For me great leaders possess the ability to appreciate their employees and let them know they are appreciated, be appreciative of their clients and public that help them succeed, and also to be able to think outside the box and not just stay in the norm. To push themselves out of their comfort zone. MT: What’s one leadership lesson you Lori Lapenna, Downtown Gentlemen’s Salon learned in your career? LL: Stay humble. Say thank you. MT: What advice to you have for other women who want to start a business in Rutland? LL: Advice that I have for other women who want to start a business in Rutland and succeed is be strong, work hard, take care of yourself. Have all your information together,use the resources available in the area to help you grow your business and think outside the box. You need to find your niche and discover what’s special about your business that you want to start for this area that will attract customers. MT: Do you have any business-related pet peeves? LL: My business-related pet peeves would be that some things seem to be more difficult than they need to be, to start a business.

Jessi Travers Moulton, Unlimited Potential Mountain Times: How long have you owned your business? Jessi Travers Moulton: I have owned Unlimited Potential for almost a year. May 21 is our one-year anniversary. MT: What are some traits you think great leaders possess? JTM: In my opinion, great leaders possess the ability to see others for who they are and more importantly see who they can be. When you help nurture others on their journey to their highest potential, you know you are being a great “leader.” That feeling of seeing them grow is amazing and so fulfilling. MT: What’s one leadership lesson Jessi Travers Moulton, Unlimited Potential you’ve learned in your career? JTM: One leader lesson that I have learned is that not everyone is ready to be led when you are ready to lead them. It’s on their time, not yours. MT: What advice to you have for other women who want to start a business in Rutland? JTM: My advice to other women who would like to start up a business in Rutland or anywhere, is find someone who has done your business before. Contact them, see if they want to be your mentor or even just sit down for lunch. Chat about the pros and cons of their business. What would they do over? What worked best for them and why? Questions like that will save so much time and money in your first year! I’m super grateful for June Bug (Jenna and Marie) in Middlebury for being my mentors. They are amazing ladies. MT: Do you have any business-related pet peeves? JTM: I guess my biggest business and even personal pet peeve is when people are not considerate of others.

Karen Scolforo, Castleton University Mountain Times: How long have you been president of Castleton University? Karen Scolforo:I began my tenure at Castleton University on December 1, 2017. MT: What are some traits you think great leaders possess? KS: I believe that strong leaders surround themselves with qualified, intelligent colleagues who think differently from them, who aren’t afraid to challenge them, and who will embrace healthy conflict and professional debate. I am passionate about collaboration and shared governance; I believe in tapping into the talents of those on our teams, recognizing that we can learn a great deal from them, and trusting them to perform with excellence. Karen Scolforo, Castleton University MT: What’s one leadership lesson you learned in your career? KS:I learned early in my career that yes-people do not serve leaders well. It is critically important that we are challenged in our thinking, that risks are fully assessed, that a wide array of options or possible solutions are considered. I rarely default to my idea. MT: What advice to you have for other women leaders in Rutland and elsewhere? KS: I encourage women leaders to seek out mentors, to strive towards excellence, to appreciate the power of partnerships, and to do their part to raise up other women. I always quote Madelaine Albright, who said, “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women.” We (finally) have the power to bring about change, to help others, and to celebrate diversity, for this is what enriches us every day and points us toward a bright future. Women have a natural instinct for service before self, and this serves us well in our leadership endeavors.

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Organizations participating in the Rutland Business Show, April 9 Ballroom Vermont Adult Learning Frank Webb Home Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty 04 BROC-Community Action 05 Douglas M. Wilson, OD, PC 06 AAA Northern New England 07 Shear Heaven Salon & Day Spa 08 Killington Grand Hotel 09 Coldwell Banker Watson Realty 10 Northstar Fireworks 11 IBF Solutions 12 Rutland County Solid Waste 13 Vibe Portrait Art 14 Foley Distributing/Foley Services 15 Keyser Energy 16 Symquest 17 Catamount Radio 18 Rutland Regional Planning Commission 19 Awesome Graphics 20 Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce 21 Casella Waste Systems 22 Community Care Network 23 Criterium-Lalancette & Dudka Engineers 24 NBT Bank 25 Vermont Business Magazine 26 Vermont Public Radio 27 Rotary Club of Rutland 28 Rutland Redevelopment Authority 29 State of Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center 30 Rutland Economic Development Corp 31 ClearChoiceMD Urgent Care 32 Vermont Department of Labor 33 Efficiency Vermont 34 The Pines at Rutland 35 The Bank of Bennington 36 Rutland Recreation & Parks Dept. 37 Garvey Nissan 38 VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region 39 MVRTD/The Bus 40 Community College of Vermont 01 02 03

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The Rutland Region Chamber Business Show will be held on Tuesday, April 9 from 4-7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn, Route 7 in Rutland. The show will feature about 80 area businesses representing a diverse group of members exhibiting everything from home services and products, health care, retailers and much much more. Additionally, there will be door prizes, raffles and lots of fun! Door prizes will be raffled, provided by local businesses. New this year, the first hour of the show will be reserved for exhibitors to network. “The Chamber’s Annual Business Show is a great way to get in front of hundreds of potential customers and market your business to gain the customers you need. This is an excellent networking opportunity and a good way to build business contacts,” stated the chamber on its website. The event is open to the public. Admission is $5; parking and shuttle service is free. The Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization whose purpose is the promotion of member businesses through marketing, networking and advocacy. For more information call 802-773-2747 or email

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The Mountain Times Wright Construction Co Inc. Tuttle Printing Same Sun of Vermont Disaster Recovery Inc Edward Jones Investments Jeremy Carroll 47 TLC Homecare 48 Rutland Appliance and Parts 49 Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region 50 Bayada Home Health Care & Hospice 51 Employer Support of the Guard & Reserve 52 Vermont Veterans Home 53 Omya, Inc. 54 At Home Senior Care 55 NewStory Center 56 Rutland Post Office 57 Physical Rehabilitation & Health Center 58 MKF Properties 59 The Maples Senior Living Community Foyer Table Business/Organization Name 60 The Graphic Edge 61 Leddy Group 62 The Richards Group 63 Heritage Family Credit Union 64 Homeless Prevention Center 67 Rutland Regional Medical Center 68 101 The One Radio 69 Holiday Inn Rutland/Killington 70 Chaffee Art Center Green Mountain Room Table Business/Organization Name 71 Housing Trust of Rutland County 72 Bar Harbor Bank & Trust 74 Downtown Rutland Partnership 75 Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce 76 Vermont Farmer’s Market 78 Credit Union of Vermont 79 Apex Solar 80 Suburban Propane Outside Garvey Nissan

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BUSINESS SHOW SAVE THE DATE - APRIL 9TH 5-7 P.M. HOLIDAY INN, RUTLAND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC RUTLAND REGION CHAMBER EVENTS: Upcoming mixers April 16 Rutland Country Club May 14 Frank Webb Home June 11 Garvey Nissan July 9 Castleton University Aug. 27 Community Health Centers of the Rutland Region



RRCC/REDC Legislative Breakfast Series sponsored by Omya, Inc.

Guest Speaker Governor Phil Scott

7:30 a.m. at Franklin Conference Center $15 per person, RSVP Required



RRCC/REDC Legislative Breakfast Series sponsored by Omya, Inc.

Legislative Wrap Up

7:30 a.m. at Franklin Conference Center $15 per person, RSVP requested



Winter In August Celebration

5-8:00 p.m. Merchants Row, Rutland $10 per person

Sep. 10 The Bank of Bennington Oct. 8 Allen Pools & Spas Nov. 12 Staples Dec. 10 Heritage Family Credit Union



Chamber Golf Classic

1:00 p.m. at Rutland Country Club $500 per team, teams of 5



Chamber Fireworks Extravaganza

9:45 p.m. Vermont State Fairgrounds Free to the public



3rd Annual Real Rutland Feud

7:00 p.m. at Paramount Theatre $25-35 per person

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Rutland by the #s By train:

14,267 Amtrack passengers to the Rutland station By plane:

31,770 Aircraft operations to the Rutland–Southern Vermont Regional Airport, an average of 87 per day: 75% general aviation, 22% air taxi, and 3% military.  10,901 passenger boardings on Cape Air in 2018 520,000 pounds total air cargo was carried in 2006 1,560 cargo operations via FedEx and UPS By Bus:

“What began in my garage has become a household name. I am so pleased that Rutland has received us so warmly. We continue to be the best we can be, offering superior customer service and a better value.” ~ Robert M., Owner A house isn’t truly a home until you have the right appliances. At Rutland Appliance and Parts, we have a great selection of home appliances and we care about taking the time to help you find the very best ones. Sure, we have the brands you’re looking for and the savings you’re after. In fact, we work harder than most to help you find the best values, rebates and interest free financing to make your appliances last longer and your money work harder.

475,000+ riders per year on Marble Valley Regional Transit District’s (a.k.a. “The Bus”) 285,000 rides in Rutland City 65 vehicles in “The Bus” fleet

$42,666 avg. income in Rutland City $159,000 avg. house value in Rutland City 939 square miles in Rutland County 28 towns in Rutland County 59,310 people in Rutland County 6,735 total firms in Rutland County (2,068 owned by women) 73” of snow per year on average in Rutland City (over 6 feet of snow) $1.3 million visitors to Pine Hill Park contribute to the Rutland economy 16 miles of singletrack trail at Pine Hill Park 325 acres of terrain 80+ million pounds of recycling processed by Casella in Rutland over the past year 90,000 dumpsters 200,000 trash bins 1,400 trucks 2,300 employees

By car: (day trips from Rutland) • 2 hours 10 minutes to Albany, N.Y. (100 miles) • 3 hours to Boston, Mass. (170 miles) • 3 hours 10 min to Montreal, Canada (160 miles) • 3 hours 20 minute to Portland, Maine (200 miles) • 4 hours 20 min to New York City, N.Y. (240 miles) Entertainment

50,000 approximate total annual attendance at the Paramount Theatre 160 “doors open” days averaged per year $21,000 in retail value (468 tickets) distributed free to Rutland youth 600 volunteer ushers for 50 main stage events 3,000 volunteer usher hours

However, it’s more than that for us. We like to say we’re in the people business. It just so happens that we sell appliances. So, when you come and see us, you know you will get the attention you deserve and the help you need. We’re all about that first, appliance experts ts second!”

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Candace Munson, Head Over Heels Mountain Times: How long have you owned your business? Candace Munson: I have owned Head Over Heels for nine years, and worked here for 15 of the 23 years we have been in business. MT: What are some traits you think great leaders possess? CM: Honesty is in the forefront. Determination, flexibility and open ears create a business people want to be a part of. MT: What’s one leadership lesson you learned in your career? CM: Be consistent in your decision. Stay on the path, hold true to your goals and everything falls in place. MT: What advice to you have for other women who want to start a business in Candace Munson, Head Over Heels Rutland? CM: Write down your vision, work toward your dream, be willing to compromise and continue to persevere. Time and patience will bring what you are looking for. If you have a passion for what you do, it will be. MT: Do you have any business-related pet peeves? CM: My only pet peeve would be people that feel I can provide a service for free.

Erynn Connors, Wanderlust Canine Services Mountain Times: How long have you owned your business for? Erynn Connors: I initially opened Wanderlust Canine Services out of my home in 2014. After outgrowing the space I took a bit of a hiatus to work for another facility in Utah to learn about having a larger scale facility back here in Rutland. I reopened with this new knowledge in January of 2019. MT: What are some traits you think great leaders possess? EC: Commitment and passion, I feel these traits can be contagious to your team. Erynn Connors, Wanderlust Canine Services MT:What’s one leadership lesson you’ve learned in your career? EC: Communication is key. Whether it is good, bad or indifferent it is important to effectively communicate your thoughts with your clients and your team of employees. MT: What advice to you have for other women who want to start a business in Rutland? EC: Use the resources available to you. We are fortunate to have a community that wants to see people succeed. I personally used Rutland Economic Development Corporation and have attended Rutland Young Professionals events. MT: Do you have any business-related pet peeves? EC: Clients asking for discounts on services. The services we and any other service-related small business offers are made up of experience and education.

Shelby Collett, Cobra Gymnastics Mountain Times: How long have you owned your business? Shelby Collett: I opened Cobra Gymnastics & Dance Center in September of 2010, so this is my ninth season running the gym and studio. MT: What are some traits you think great leaders possess? SC: Strength in character; the ability to hold to boundaries and enforce them with compassion. The ability to see above the daily struggles and keep your sights set on the larger picture. MT: What’s one leadership lesson you learned in your career? SC: To ride out the waves. To trust that positive work ethic and good intentions Shelby Collett, Cobra Gymnastics will provide positive results. The only thing you can control in your life is your own mindfulness, actions and reactions, so when outside events occur that seem debilitating, trust that it’s just a part of a cycle and things will shift in your favor. On a daily basis, I teach my students to be patient with the learning process, to honor their mistakes as experience and to keep a strong work ethic, so when I’m feeling overwhelmed, I often reference the sport of gymnastics or dance and I’m reminded of the patterns of growth and learning. MT: What advice to you have for other women who want to start a business in Rutland? SC: There are spectacular people in this town who deserve great opportunities. If there is a demand for what you want to do, believe in yourself, stick to your truth and go for it! MT: Do you have any business-related pet peeves? SC: I have tried to answer this, but I really feel like I’m complaining and I don’t want to! So if I don’t have to answer this one, I’ll pass!


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A pictoral review of last year’s Business Show Vendors and attendees share smiles at last year’s Rutland Chamber Business Show. A wide variety of vendor booths showcased the plethora of offerings in the Rutland area, as well as potential career paths.

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Vermont’s largest community hospital has a goal to improve the health of every life we touch by delivering the highest quality care, absolute patient safety & more…

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Compassionate Team, Innovative Care Our 37 specialty clinics are supported by 258 highly dedicated and skilled medical staff, and over 1,700 additional employees providing exceptional care to over 250,000 patients annually. We continue to keep pace with the latest medical innovations evidenced most recently by the installation of two new generation 3D Breast Imaging machines. This new 3D technology will enable superior breast imaging and assist in the detection of abnormalities at an earlier stage which can help save lives. We are the first facility in Vermont to have this newest generation of 3D technologies for our patients.

Positive Place to Work We are the largest employer in Rutland County. We have been awarded the Advisory Board 2018 Workplace of the Year Award, and are one of 378 out of 6,000 US healthcare organizations re-designated as a Magnet® organization for excellence in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program. We offer many diverse professional healthcare job opportunities. Visit to learn about joining our team.

Hospital of Distinction For the second year in a row, we are the only hospital in Vermont to be named a “Best Regional Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report for 2018-2019. We have also been recognized by Healthgrades® as among the top 10 percent in the nation, and the only hospital in Vermont, for Joint Replacement as well as 5-star recipients for Total Knee Replacement, Total Hip Replacement and treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). For the sixth consecutive time, we are one of 855 hospitals out of 2,600, and the only one in Vermont, to receive an “A” rating in hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group.

Community Collaboration We have teamed up with local primary care physicians to create a community care management system that organizes the care management efforts of all the healthcare providers under one umbrella. Whatever course of treatment the patient is receiving at Rutland Regional, their primary care physician is informed every step of the way. This collaborative approach to healthcare is in line with the hospital’s focus on prevention, wellness, and the management of chronic diseases. The hospital offers numerous free or low-cost classes and workshops on pain management, diabetes, tobacco cessation, weight loss, and exercise, all designed to improve the region’s overall population health.

Health & Wellbeing Our campus offers lovely gardens, an outdoor gazebo and ¼ mile walking/ jogging path called “the loop” with exercise stations along its pathway. Over the past few years, we have partnered with Come Alive Outside, an organization dedicated to encouraging children to be more physically active. Using several acres of hospital land, local elementary schools have gathered to plant squash and sunflowers in June and return to harvest their bounty in September. Our campus and clinics are 100% tobacco-free.


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Your Community Hospital at a Glance: 2018 Established: September 6, 1896 Number of Beds: 144 Emergency Department Visits: 33,193 Number of Births: 335 Rehabilitation Visits (Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy): 31,794 Medical and Radiation Oncology Visits: 32,471 Outpatient Registrations: 233,744 Inpatient Admissions: 7,105 Value of Free Care Provided: $4,702,339 Medical Staff (Doctors, NPs and PAs): 258 Medical Specialties: 37 Employees: 1,984 Volunteers: 350

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Volunteer Hours Contributed: 52,181

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On March 17, the Rutland Economic a 7 percent drop in students who said they Development Corp revealed survey results were planning on leaving Vermont. from the annual Sophomore Summit. Each The survey also found that after the fall, the Rutland Region Workforce Investsummit, there was a 9 percent increase in ment Board (RRWIB), Heritage Family Credit Union, “WE WILL KEEP ENCOURAGING and local organizations AREA STUDENTS TO EXPLORE THEIR come together with 450 area high school students for a LOCAL OPTIONS AND THE POSITIVE day of career preparation, PERCEPTIONS OF RUTLAND COUNTY next step planning, and budgeting for life after high WILL CONTINUE,” ORGANIZERS school. STATED IN THE NEWS RELEASE. This year, students were asked the same questions before and after the event to measure the students who noted that they would evenimmediate impact of the summit. The tually return to Rutland to live. Students questions centered around the students’ also found that they have career opporperception of career opportunities in the tunities available to them in Vermont and area, and the overall desirability of remain- there was a 6 percent increase in students ing in the region after graduation. who believe they can build a career here. The results were a positive testament Overall, there was a 4 percent increase not only to the effectiveness of the day for in students who agreed with the statement the students’ education but also for their “Rutland County is a great place to live.” confidence in Rutland County. The RRWIB is working with students After the summit, the survey results during their transformative high school indicated that students’ positive percepyears where big decisions about the future tion of Rutland County went up in many start being made and have done a great job categories. educating students on real-world scenarWhen asked if they planned to move out ios. of Rutland County, there was a 7 percent “We will keep encouraging area studrop in those who indicated that they were dents to explore their local options and the interested in leaving in the final survey positive perceptions of Rutland County compared to the survey completed at the will continue,” organizers stated in the beginning of the event. Similarly, there was news release.


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15,000 1,271 pounds of batteries

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11,852 gallons of hazardous waste


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7,545 lightbulbs with & without ballast

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In what would be the largest broadwrite plans for how to roll out broadband investment Vermont has made in band. years, the House on Wednesday, March The bill also funds a new permanent 27, passed a package of funding and staffer in the Department of Public Serpolicy measures designed to expand in- vice who will advise municipalities and ternet access in rural areas of the state. rural communities that are interested The broadband bill, H.513, would in building out broadband. establish a new loan program for small Much of the bill reflects a package of “startup” internet providers, allocate proposals that Gov. Phil Scott pitched $700,000 to help municipalities plan to lawmakers earlier this year. broadband buildout, and raise $1.5 The legislation includes the govermillion annually to subsidize internet nor’s proposed loan program for “start service providers to expand infrastrucup” broadband providers that would ture in rural areas. be administered by and funded annuRep. Tim Briglin, D- Thetford, who ally through the Vermont Economic chairs the House Energy and TechDevelopment Authority. nology VEDA Committee, would loan VEDA WOULD LOAN OUT $10.8 said about out $10.8 milMILLION TO SMALL PROVIDERS 17,000 lion to small Vermonters providers in IN RURAL AREAS, AND GIVE UP TO lack basic rural areas, $1.8 MILLION TO EACH COMPANY. internet and give up to access and $1.8 million to 50,000 whose internet is “not even reeach company. motely up to 21st century standards.” Briglin said small broadband proBriglin said delivering good internet viders often struggle to raise startup access to every last address in the state capital. would be prohibitively expensive, and “So a funding model that allows come with a price tag of hundreds of these entities not to have principal millions of dollars. payments on $1.8 million in loans, but “That’s money that the state doesn’t essentially provides the forbearance have,” Briglin said. for those entities to kind of get up and But there has been fresh momentum running,” he said. “It’s very difficult to in both the Statehouse and the goverfind that from a bank or from the capinor’s office this year to give municipali- tal markets.” ties, communities and small businessThe bulk of the bill’s funding – $1.5 es the tools and financing to build out million – lands in the state’s connectivbroadband themselves. ity fund, which is used to help telecom “This really a huge investment in providers build out to areas where they building the capacity to get this job are otherwise not financially incentivdone,” said Rep. Laura Sibilia, I-Dover, ized to expand. vice chair of the Energy and TechnolThe money for “connectivity grants” ogy committee and an architect of the would come from a 0.5 percent hike on broadband legislation. the 2 percent universal service charge: “We’ve basically said the federal a tax on consumer phone bills. government isn’t fixing it for you, the Connectivity initiative grants are not providers aren’t fixing it for you, so reg- a new concept, but they haven’t been ular town folk governing your towns, funded for several years. you’re going to have to figure this out,” Briglin said the grants could be as she said. small as $20,000, and could be used as The legislation includes $700,000 for an incentive for telecom providers to up to 12 grants that towns and comreach two or three houses at the end of munication union districts can use to a dirt road.


* Figures from 2017 VNAHSR Annual Report

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Cassie Polhemus, incoming CEO of the Vermont Economic Development Authority, center, listens as current VEDA CEO Jo Bradley, right, testifies on March 12 about bringing broadband internet to under-served areas of the state.

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