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Volume 47, Number 37

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Sept. 12-18, 2018

New Italian restaurant opens in Ludlow Vail purchase creates buzz in business industry

By Katy Savage


Kurt Schneider is offering a piece of his property to campers through Tentrr. Courtesy

SPARTANS RACE Thousands of athletes will tackle Spartan obstacles as they traverse and climb Killington’s peaks this weekend. Section B

Local makes camping a luxury with Tentrr

By Katy Savage

HUBBARDTON—Kurt Schneider calls his campsite Restoration at Cattail Cove. It sits on an edge of his lakeside property in Hubbardton, surrounded by trees and occasional blue herons at the edge of the water. It features a queen-size, extra thick air mattress, beneath a 10-by-10-foot wall tent.

There’s a wood stove, a shower, portable bathroom and two Adirondack-style chairs on a platform outside, overlooking the lake. Schneider lets guests stay there for $140 a night. He offers home-brewed coffee, homemade muffins and fresh bread and other luxuries for an extra fee. Camping, page 10A


Andrea Weymouth

PIES IN THE FACE Local “celebrities” took pies in the face to raise money for Chase William Kuehl and the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation. The fifth annual event raised $22,000, Sunday. Page 2A

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Artist’s rendering by Detroit Architectural Group, of how the new Starbucks will appear.

Developers of Starbucks seek DRB approval By Julia Purdy

RUTLAND—The developers of the proposed Starbucks restaurant on North Main Street appeared before the Rutland Development Review Board (DRB) and observers Wednesday to present updates to the project and request a conditional use permit to operate a retail store in conjunction with the planned restaurant. The project has encountered public opposition in recent weeks, as Starbucks will replace an early 19th century house, once the renowned Royal’s Hearthside restaurant, which will be torn down. Zoning Administrator Tara Kelly said the project will not require Act 250 review because the parcel is under an acre and Rutland City has a zoning ordinance. P&R Properties LLC, a Mark K. Foley Jr. holding,

currently owns the property. Wednesday’s site plan review hearing focused on the appearance of the building, landscaping, traffic, drainage measures, water and sewer, and parking. The applicant is Alrig USA, a Detroit-based developer of commercial properties, which was represented by attorney James Goss of Facey Goss & McPhee P.C., in Rutland. Matthew Skelly, transportation engineer of Fuss & O’Neill in Connecticut, described the traffic considerations, and Nicole Kesselring, president of Enman Kesselring Consulting Engineers, elaborated on the landscaping and site plan. Goss introduced the project, saying the plan is to construct a 2-unit commercial building with Starbucks coffee shop and drive-through in the

“Gateway Business District 2.” The Starbucks is a permitted use, and the project meets all regulations and technical requirements, he said. Access will be through the CVS parcel via an easement with that property, eliminating traffic “conflicts,” he said. He gave other examples that include Home Depot and Tractor Supply. Goss noted that while nearby businesses have flat roofs and glass fronts, large houses to the north are mainly frame construction with pitched roofs. The Starbucks store is viewed as a “transitional” design. It will feature a pitched, gabled roof, and stone accents and stone coloring, following the suggestions of the architectural review committee, which is advisory to the DRB. Starbucks, page 23A

LUDLOW—A new Italian eatery is set to open next week. La Tavola Ristorante will be open on Route 100 with an extensive wine list, full bar, authentic Italian menu and lounge. The owners, Fernando and Soa Uva, and manager Tony Lavalle run Tavola’s in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Rhode Island and Florida in addition to the new Vermont location. “We’re like restaurant gypsies,” said LaValle. “We like to adapt and get into the town. We’re all here.” This is the latest in a series of restaurants that have opened in Ludlow recently. Sam’s Steakhouse reopened in July after Mark Williams, the owner of Mr. Darcy’s restaurant next door, purchased the building. Du Jour VT, which features an American menu, opened on Pond Street mid-July. Mama’s, another Italian restaurant, opened last year and Harry’s Cafe is scheduled to reopen in nearby Mount Holly this fall. There has been excitement in the Ludlow area with the announcement that Vail Resorts will purchase Okemo Mountain Resort. “With the Vail purchase,it was attracting,” said LaValle. “I know the kind of power a corporation brings.” LaValle didn’t make the decision to open a restaurant in Ludlow solely because of Vail, but some, like LaValle, are anticipating a bump in visitors with Vail’s well-honed marketing team and season pass availability. “As a new business, it’s good timing for us,” said Du Jour VT owner Desiree Guicia. “Hopefully we see a lot of money rolling down the hill.” Vail is expected to close on the purchase of Okemo and its sister mountains, Crested Butte in Colorado and Mount Sunapee in Tavola Ristorante, Inc, page 11A

By Katy Savage

Owners Fernando Uva, his wife Sao and Tony Lavalle are about to open a new restraunt.



The Mountain Times • Sept. 12-18, 2018



Select Board member Jim Haff helps pie Andrea Weymouth in the face for charity. Weymouth received 68 pies.

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$22,000 raised at fifth annual Pie in the Face for Chase

By Polly Lynn Mikula

KILLINGTON— This past Sunday, Sept. 9, 33 local celebrities took hundreds of pies in the face and raised $22,000 for Chase William Kuehl and the Phelan-McDermid Syndrome Foundation (PMSF), a new record for the event. Last year, the event raised $15,000. The pieing took place at Moguls Sports Pub on Killington Road and 100 percent of the proceeds go to Chase William Kuehl and PMSF. Phelan-McDermid Syndrome is caused by the lack of chromosome 22, so two whipped cream pies were sold for $22. Additionally, “Golden” pies (blueberry, cherry or pumpkin pies) and pudding pies were available for $50. And, for the messiest of all, the PMSF Chaser – a Golden pie topped with one pound of pudding and whipped cream – could be purchased for $100. Chase Kuehl was diagnosed PMS in January 2012 when he was a little over 1 year old. He is one of only 1,500 children diagnosed worldwide. The prevalence of those with PMS is estimated to be between one in 20,000 babies born. There is no cure, but it is PMSF’s goal to find effective therapies to help those with PMS, and, eventually, a cure. “This community continues to show Chase and PMSF a lot of love and support,” said event co-founder Dave Hoffenberg. “This charity is near and dear to me and I’m honored that so many people volunteer to get pied over and over and also help us raise much needed money.” The “celebrities” The local “celebrities” who volunteered to be pied in the face to support this cause this year included: Annie Johnson Kuehl and Rick Kuehl (Chase’s parents), Geoff Ahlberg, Jeff Alexander, Sara Filskov, Kelly Champney Lange, Johnny Sharpe, Matt Thayer, Dave Parnell, Skinny Mck, Sara Wall, Kyler Kuehl (Chase’s brother), Jason Evans, Ryan Orabone, Chris Thayer, Dan Wall, Andrea Weymouth, Tucker Adirondack, Matt Hauk, Jeremy Rayner, Beth Roberts, Karri Barrett Tomasi, Karena Kuehl (Chase’s sister), Amy Fuller Ahlberg, Jared Hall, Don Sady, Dave Hoffenberg, Colleen Collord, Sasha Parise, Linda Alberque Ross, Sal Salmeri (owner of Moguls), Kelly Spear and Peter Whittier. For more information visit pieinthefaceforchase. com or the Facebook page of the same name.


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WUHS receives threatening message from student on Sept. 11 About a week after school started, Woodstock Union High School was put into a lockdown Tuesday morning after a student posted a perceived threat on Snapchat. Woodstock Police Chief Robbie Blish declined to give more details regarding the threat, pending investigation. “In today’s environment, the school, appropriately, was abundantly cautious,” Blish said. WUHS Principal Garon Smail emailed parents explaining a number of students received “concerning communication” on their Snapchat

accounts and alerted school officials. Attempts to reach Smail weren’t successful. The decision was made to “shelter in place,” Smail said in the email to parents. Police arrived around 9:40 a.m. After making contact with the student, the school day went back to normal around noon. “It was confirmed that there was not an immediate threat to the students or staff at the school,” Blish said in a press release. The Woodstock school threat was made on the 17th anniversary of Sept. 11.

By Duane Finger

Bernie Sanders held a rally in Middlebury on Labor Day drawing hundreds.

Bernie rallies in Middlebury

By Marguerite Jill Dye

MIDDLEBURY—About 500 crowded onto the Middlebury Green to hear Senator Bernie Sanders and friends speak about labor issues, education, health and child care, discrimination, and the importance of the upcoming elections in Vermont and the nation. The annual Labor Day Rally in Middlebury followed a similar rally in White River Junction and annual AFL-CIO breakfast in New Hampshire. Sanders spoke to Vermont’s workforce where “folks are working two or three jobs to put food on the table and pay bills,” he said. “The reality is that the average American worker is still seeing a decline in his and her wages. People continue to work longer hours for low wages.” Sanders criticized Jeff Bezos the CEO of Amazon, whose “wealth is increasing by $250 million every single day, while he pays thousands of his workers wages that are so low that they are forced to go on food stamps, Medicaid, and subsidized housing,” Sanders said.

Other Vermont Democrats included Rep. Peter Welch, Lt. Gov. Dave Zuckerman, and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist who also shared an economic message. “The working class hasn’t received a real raise since the early ‘80s. When I talk about economic growth, I’m talking about focusing on the bottom 20 percent of the economic ladder,” Hallquist said. Senatorial candidate Ruth Hardy of Addison County, who is the executive director of Emerge VT, said the number of days waiting due to no health insurance has cost many Vermonters their health. Student loans also interfere with young people’s lives and can affect their well being. Due to their debt they put off seeking medical treatment for conditions that could have been treated earlier. “Fighting for universal health care for all Vermonters is an important step forward,” Hardy said. What we don’t need is insurance companies, which in this case are the middle man.”

Rep. Peter Welch shared his experience in a Guatemalan village when widows were fleeing with their children after their daughters’ lives were threatened. He also witnessed the immigrant family separation at our border and the trauma it’s causing refugees and asylum seekers. “It’s now a crime in America for one needing help to ask for the help they need,” he said. Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman encouraged voters to leave their cynicism and complacency behind in this critical election. “Don’t take Vermont for granted,” he said. Sanders said the goal for his 2018 re-election bid is “to make certain that in 2018, we have the largest voter turnout in any midterm election in the history of our state . . . Over the last two years, while Trump tries to divide the country, we are bringing people together in an unprecedented way . . . All across the USA challengers are running and winning . . . Vermont should be model for America as to what Democracy should be all about.”

By Robin Alberti

Time Out Tommy was one of 12 bands that performed in Main Street Park, Saturday.

Punk in the Park rocked downtown RUTLAND—On Saturday, Sept. 8, Punk in the Park celebrated its 13th year with live music from a dozen bands starting at noon at the gazebo in Main Street Park. Time Out Timmy (pictured above) was joined by Jonee Earthquake Band, Augrah, Steel Sorrow, The Tommy Guns, Cruel Miracle, Humdinger & the Bucksnort, Marko & The Bruisers, Chodus, The Bonnets, Middle Son, and The Worst.



The Mountain Times • Sept. 12-18, 2018

Reading parents protest over potential loss of school


Eugene Oler On Aug. 21, 2018, Eugene Oler (a.k.a. Olow), former resident of Pinnacle Condominiums, 201 Old Mill Road, Killington, passed away at the Vermont Veterans’ Home, 325 North St., Bennington. Born on Feb. 11, 1927 in New Haven, Connecticut, he was employed by McKesson & Robbins, Bridgeport, Connecticut. In 1944, he joined the U.S. Navy stationed in Texas and flew the Consolidated PBY Catalina aircraft during World War II. The PBY was involved in almost every major operation in World War II, and figured significantly in defeating the U-boat menace in the Atlantic. During his lifetime, Eugene traveled internationally both for business and pleasure, residing in Connecticut with a winter home in Killington. With his love of skiing and Vermont, Eugene made Killington his permanent home. He was an active volunteer with the Killington Ski Club and the Green Mountain Golf Course. He will be remembered as a great story teller and for his love of apple pie from Mendon Mountain Orchards. He is survived by his long time love, Sieglinda Sherman of Franklin, North Carolina who assisted in providing care and comfort during his time at the Veterans Memorial Home. A celebration of Eugene’s life and military burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Vermont Veterans’ Home, 325 North St., Bennington. Donations in memory of Eugene can be made to the Vermont Veterans’ Home.

By Curt Peterson

READING—The Windsor Central Modnience alone to the detriment of those moving the RES Grade 1 teacher to WES as ified Unified Union School District Board students left behind,” Sluka wrote. “In the a kindergarten teacher,” Sluka wrote. “After (WCMUUSD) voted to remove one full-time small schools in the district, removing just public outcry, the [district] board did not teacher from Reading’s faculty, necessitating a handful of students greatly changes the [remove] Grades 5/6, but stuck with the sugrade reconfiguration and inspiring several numbers in each grade level and decreases perintendent’s plan to move the RES Grade 1 teachers and parents to protest at the board’s the educational opportunities.” teacher to WES. Consequently, RES’s prinAugust meeting. Sluka accused district representatives of cipal was forced to reconfigure the classReading voters, notoriously ambiguous reneging on their guarantee that there would rooms to teach all students with one fewer about joining the consolidated district, first be no loss of faculty and no grade reconfiguteacher. The best she could come up with was accepted, then rejected, then accepted the rations. to create a grades 2/3/4 classroom with one merger in three very close balloting exercisBanios believes Sluka is referring to a bud- teacher.” es. get discussion meeting between the Reading “No other school in the district has three School Board members Justin Sluka and board, teachers and principal, and Richard grade levels to one full-time teacher to my Donna Martin were vocal in their merger op- Seaman, WCMUUSD director of finance knowledge,” Sluka wrote. “As far as I know position, warning Reading would probably and human resources. She told The Mounother classrooms with two grade levels have lose its school if it joined the new consolidat- tain Times her recommendations to the two full-time teachers assigned.” ed district. consolidated board to move one teacher to Sluka also questions spending up to Sluka believes removing the teacher is a Woodstock Elementary School were partially $200,000 of district funds to remediate a precursor to closing the Reading Elementary based on the decrease in Reading student serious mold problem at Prosper Valley, while School (RES), and violates district reprepopulation following the choice exercise. using budget constraints to justify removing sentatives’ promises to maintain a valuable teacher from the Reading “CONSOLIDATION IS ALL NEW TERRITORY, staff and resources according to the School. voter-approved budget. “Where it is abundantly clear that there AND THERE HAS TO BE GIVE AND TAKE The unified district budget is the is a move being made to close RES in the TO MAKE IT A SUCCESS FOR THE KIDS,” conglomeration of all six particinot-too-distant future, the thought of putpating towns’ individual budgets, ting $200,000 into [Prosper Valley], only to SUPERINTENDENT MARY BAINOS SAID. including assumed teacher staffing close RES later, is illogical,” Sluka wrote. and grade configurations, approved by vot“After the first round of choice,” Banios Banios reviewed the order of events leaders at 2018 Town Meetings. told The Mountain Times, “Reading class ing up to Reading’s loss of one teacher. By her According to Superintendent Mary Beth sizes had decreased, WES had a substancount Reading still has three full-time regular Banios, town and district budgets were also tial increase in the number of students and teachers, one paraprofessional, one Title-I based on the number of students in the indineeded another teacher. Also, we needed two licensed teacher and a pre-kindergarten teachvidual schools. teachers to cover the new learning laboratoer, and RES enjoys shared services from physDuring the first round of school choice, ries.” ical education, music and Spanish instructors RES lost four students, while Woodstock Banios said the Board decided to take one who travel the district. Elementary gained eleven. But, he said, a teacher each from Killington, Prosper Valley The superintendent said the Reading prosecond school choice process and first-day and Reading to fulfill their needs within bud- tests may have misunderstood what consolienrolment resulted in an increase of students get constraints. dation of resources might bring. at RES. “The resources in Reading’s budget are “I think it’s just a case of ‘growing pains,’” As a Reading district board member, Sluka now shared within the district,” Banios said. she said. “Consolidation is all new territory, had voted against adopting district-wide “Neither Prosper Valley nor Killington oband there has to be give and take to make it a school choice. jected – only Reading objected.” success for the kids. If we find it isn’t working “Choice came with a danger that a few “The superintendent originally recomlater in the fall, we can always address the families could switch schools for convemended removing Grades 5/6 from RES and issue again.”

Survey gives three-month bridge project high marks By Curt Peterson

WOODSTOCK—Replacement of Bridge No. 51 over Kedron Brook on Route 4 in Woodstock began in April and was completed on June 7, five days ahead of schedule, according to an email from Communications and Public Involvement Coordinator Megan Savage for the Montreal Infrastructure Consulting firm WSP. “And the project came in

under budget,” Savage said. The Town Highway Bridge Program funded the project. Woodstock took advantage of Act 153, reducing its contribution to 2.5 percent of the cost. The federal government paid 80 percent, and the state 17.5 percent. It was the sixth bridge among seven to be rebuilt in the Agency of Transportation’s South Central Ver-

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mont Bridge Project. Construction was performed by Cold River Bridges LLC of Walpole, New Hampshire. Killington’s Bridge No. 33 over the Ottauquechee River on Rte. 4 will be the seventh—to be done in 2020. Between Aug. 1-10, Montreal-based infrastructure engineering consultants WSP solicited responses to a 14-question survey exploring public impressions of the Bridge 51 project. Savage said 87.74 percent of respondents rated the project satisfactory, 55.66 percent said the community impact was “better than expected,” 82.88 percent thought VTrans’s communications were adequate, and 89.42 percent thought progress and traffic issues were communicated helpfully. Overall, the 106 respondents gave the project high marks. By and large comments were positive, including worker politeness and industriousness, and the quality of work done. But four areas inspired some less than glowing remarks.

Condition of the streets in Woodstock inspired strong condemnation from three respondents—“pot holes everywhere except at the new bridge”, “the road [Route 4] is now in serious need of repair”, and “they should have paved while the bridge work was done.” Three more complained about new bridge aesthetics, saying the concrete bridge is “unattractive, especially the railings.” “The choice of style for bridge railings is suitable to German brutalist construction, not colonial Woodstock,” said one critic. Project signage drew seven detractors. One thought the detour signs led heavy vehicles to lowweight-limit bridges and through small villages. Two thought the stop signs at Elm and Pleasant Streets were poorly considered. “I witnessed a few close calls,” one wrote. Another said inattentive flagmen gave confusing, dangerous signals to waiting drivers. A fourth said High Street signs were inaccurate, and one described all the signs as “Dumb.” There was some effect

on businesses as construction ensued. Four businesses were closed completely for short periods, according to one survey-taker. Some felt businesses were undercompensated and that more consideration was given to landlords than to the business owners. A respondent, self-identified as a business owner, wrote the experience was “painful and frustrating.” According to Savage, “Due to site constraints access was blocked to one business and both the building owner and business were compensated. Other adjacent property owners were compensated for construction impacts to the property. Right-of-way expenses were approximately $23,000.” Some of the survey-takers were amazed how smoothly and quickly the bridge project was completed. The VTrans website credits use of “Accelerated Bridge Construction.” Large portions of the bridge are actually built off-site, trucked to the site, and quickly installed using cranes.


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Researcher launches study of LGBTQ teachers in Vermont

By Lola Duffort/VTDigger

Hannah Miller, an education professor at Northern academic literature is similarly scarce. Vermont University, still remembers a handwritten note a “Fortunately, we’re starting to see much more visibility student once left on her desk. in research on the experience of trans and queer-identi“It said basically ‘I think I might be gay. I’m very scared. I fied students, which is great. But there’s much less research don’t know where to go. Can we talk?’ And when I read that on trans and queer-identified teachers,” she said. note, I was too scared myself to respond for fear of losing Miller has put a public call-out to LGBTQ teachers in the my own job and professional standing,” she said. “I think state to assemble a team of between five and 10 educaabout that all the time.” tors. Together, the group At the time, Miller, who will meet five times over “I HEARD A LOT THAT BEING GAY IN is a lesbian, was a teacher the next two months to SCHOOLS, OR QUEER, OR ON THE LGBTQ in Shanghai, China, and share their experiences she wasn’t out at work. and come up with a list of SPECTRUM IS SORT OF A NON-ISSUE. Now, Miller helps train action items. Participants THAT WE’VE MOVED ON. AND I JUST DON’T the next generation of will be anonymous, except K-12 teachers at NVU, and within the group, to proTHINK THAT’S TRUE,” SAID MILLER. works in an environment tect anyone who isn’t out. where both her students and peers are wholly supportThe response has been “overwhelming,” Miller said. ive. And Vermont, the first state in the country to recogMore than 40 LGBTQ teachers had reached out by Friday. nize same-sex unions, is oft-touted as one of the most Some simply wanted to share their experiences. Others gay-friendly places in the U.S. asked to participate in the initiative. But Miller wonders – how uniform across the state is “What I’ve heard so far suggests that there’s a range acceptance for LGBTQ teachers? of experiences, even in Vermont. Some people who are “I heard a lot that being gay in schools, or queer, or on responding are not out at work at all,” she said. the LGBTQ spectrum is sort of a non-issue. That we’ve The group’s findings will be presented at the Translating moved on. And I just don’t think that’s true,” Miller said. Identity conference at the University of Vermont in NoMiller is launching a research project by and for LGBTQ vember. Afterward, the group will set about implementing teachers in Vermont, with the aim of making schools more whatever actions they settle on. Miller said she already inclusive. There is a dearth of information on the experihas a couple of ideas — a regular support group for queer ences of queer teachers. There is no data about the numeducators, for example. ber of educators in Vermont who self-identify as LGBTQ. “The goals are making K-12 schools more inclusive and Neither the state Agency of Education nor the Vermont supportive of LGBTQ teachers. But how we’re going to do NEA collects information on the subject. Miller says the that is really up to us, as a group,” she said.

FDA walks back ‘added sugar’ labelling for maple and honey

By Elizabeth Gribkoff

Vermont maple syrup makers concerned over proposed changes to nutrition labels have received positive news from the FDA, according to Attorney General TJ Donovan. A rule change proposed by the federal Food and Drug Administration would have required “added sugar” claims to nutrition labels for pure maple syrup bottles — even though producers do not use additional sweeteners. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb wrote in a statement Thursday that the final rules, which will be released early next year, will “provide a path forward” for exempting products like maple syrup from the “standard ‘added sugars’ declaration.” After receiving thousands of public comments, the FDA recognized that the proposed requirement “may inadvertently lead consumers to think their pure products, such as a jar of honey or maple syrup, may actually contain added table sugar or corn syrup.” Donovan hailed the news as “a victory for common sense and democracy.” “I want to thank the hundreds of Vermonters who stood up for 100 percent pure maple products. Your voice made a difference,” he said in a statement Friday. Vermont is the nation’s largest producer of maple syrup and industry members were concerned that the labelling requirement would scare off consumers. Roger Brown, co-owner of Richmond-based Slopeside Syrup, said that labelling naturally occurring sugars as “added” “sort of defies the normal interpretation of the English language.” “We just don’t want people to think there’s sugar added to maple syrup.” “From a maple point of view,”

Brown added, “people would have picked up a bottle of maple syrup at $20 a quart, and they would have picked up Aunt Jemima at $1.99 a quart, and said, ‘Well, these both have added sugar. I thought maple syrup was pure, and that’s why I was going to buy it.” He added that “on a broader level, confusing labelling hurts everyone.” “It hurts the whole nutritional cause,” Brown said. The federal administration received over 3,000 public comments largely opposing the rule change in a comment period that ended midJune. The AG’s office set up an online portal for Vermonters to provide input to the FDA to make a “process that’s normally pretty opaque … easy for people to access,” said Christopher Curtis, head of the AG’s public protection division. Ninety-eight percent of comments the FDA received opposed this change, with the majority coming from Vermonters, according to a report from the AG’s office. Curtis said the proposed labelling requirements had the “potential

to confuse consumers by making them think that somehow there was adulteration of the product.” He added that the rule change would have conflicted with a requirement in Vermont law that nothing be added to maple products. Nutritional labels for products like maple syrup currently must list “total sugars.” The FDA hoped that distinguishing between naturally occurring sugars, like those in fruit and vegetables, and added sugars would help consumers make healthier choices, according to their press release. Under the new rules, nutritional labels will have to provide a “percent daily value” for honey and maple syrup — something not presently mandated. The FDA is “not considering changes to the required percent daily value for these products,” according to a press release.The new rules will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020, for manufacturers with $10 million or more in annual food sales and Jan. 1, 2021, for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales. Deborah Kotz, FDA spokesperson, did not return a request for comment.

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White people, break your silence

By Mark Hughes

Racial hate and the systemic response to it (or lack thereof) are what recently forced an African-American political candidate to withdraw her candidacy. Our constitution says that “Every person within this state ought to find a certain remedy, by having recourse to the laws, for all injuries or wrongs which one may receive in person, property or character; every person ought to obtain right and justice, freely, and without being obliged to purchase it; completely and without any denial; promptly and without delay; conformably to the laws.” As we have throughout all history, we stand awaiting a remedy yet again but all we get is silence. Yes, racial hatred remains an issue in Vermont and across the nation. As ridiculous and unfortunate as this situation is, at least it shines a light on a reality that exists in the everyday lives of over 31,000 black and brown folks across the state. The other racism, which has a much more harmful global impact, is systemic racism. Black and brown people are being left out or left behind in the areas of housing, education, employment, health services, economic development and criminal justice every day. The final racism is political in nature and the edifice of policy violence. The current stream of racial inflammatory rhetoric and the Trump administration’s decision to overtly run a campaign on it is stoking the flames. The governor and his entire staff conducted operations from Bennington, ground zero of the activities surrounding the hate triggered campaign withdrawal. There was not a peep from the administration about the overt racist Break the silence, page 7A

End school merger wars By Allen Gilbert

I’ve been reading about the “Vicious Act” of 1892. That’s the law Vermont legislators passed a century ago mandating consolidation of all school districts within a town to a single district. The law was not popular. Vermont is now dealing with a similar law that some feel is the Vicious Act of 2015 – Act 46, the school governance law that mandates further consolidation of town school districts. The Legislature may have felt that consolidation makes sense. And the impact for some towns may very well be benign. But for others, it is not. The way the law has worked to date is to transfer significant resources, through incentives, to merged districts. Many of the merged districts are in the more urban areas of the state. Rural areas help to pay these incentives through Education Fund dollars. Additionally, special grants to small schools that have already agreed to merge will continue – “in perpetuity” in most cases, the law says. Those small schools that haven’t merged may see their grants disappear. It’s a perfect example of the lure of the carrot and the pain of the stick. Most of the districts about to feel the pain of the stick are districts in rural areas. My town, Worcester, is one. The resource drain and a strong attachment to local schools based on community values have led some rural districts to consider “flipping” their public schools to private schools. It’s uncomfortable to acknowledge that Act 46 has turned into an assault on some rural areas of the state, and, ironically, to an assault on public education itself. The state Board of Education has been hosting “listening sessions” around the state to hear appeals from towns that don’t want to be forced into mergers. Two sessions have already been held; a third will be Sept. 19 in Chester. By Nov. 30, the state board must issue orders on what School merger wars, page 7A

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Working to find a better way to pay dairy farmers By Anson Tebbetts

Our country needs to find a better way to pay dairy farmers. This is probably not news to many, but the devil is in the details. Farmers nationwide work 24/7 to produce the fresh milk that becomes the cheese, butter and other dairy products that are always present, with an endless supply and many choices, in the grocery store. However, farmers are not getting a fair price for their product. While “fair trade” is a familiar concept for international products like coffee, farmers right here at home are paid

based upon an outdated, complex system that marginalizes their work and the sustainability of the working lands that we all enjoy. An oversupply of milk nationwide has resulted in suppressed milk prices for more than four years, and put many Vermont farmers into a state of economic insecurity that has forced them to make difficult choices about their future. As part of our work toward a new, fair and predictable dairy pricing system, the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, along with many

Leahy’s no Aiken

By Scott Milne

Patrick Leahy occupies the U.S. Senate seat once held by George Aiken, and a century before Aiken, by Justin Morrill. Aiken and Morrill are two of the most consequential and distinguished senators to ever serve our nation. Morrill was a key source of strength and influence in the United States Senate for President Abraham Lincoln, and the person most responsible for creating America’s state college system. The ability for poor and lower income families to include first generation college graduates is largely due to the work of Justin Morrill. The great achievements of America in the 20th century would not have been possible without an upwardly mobile society of educated people. America, and our world, would be much different today — but for Justin Morrill. George Aiken was an independent Vermonter. His role in ending the influence of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and the era of “McCarthyism,” coupled with speaking of Vietnam and the wrongheadedness of being there, are inspirational profiles in leadership. In 1974, Aiken persuaded President Richard Nixon that resignation was in America’s best interest. Aiken’s realization of the corrupting influence of money in politics is a powerful chapter in his legacy. He walked his talk on this issue — Aiken’s total campaign spending from 1934 through his Senate retirement in 1975 was less than $5,000! Comparing Leahy to Aiken and Morrill is a case study in what has gone wrong with Washington, and will be on full display as we watch the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh. I encourage all Vermonters to consider “what Aiken, page 28A

dairy farmers from our region, participated in a pricing forum in Albany, New York. Sponsored by Agri-Mark, the company’s board directed their leadership to explore new ways to pay farmers. Several proposals, which centered around an innovative milk supply and management system, arose during the day-long meeting, where farmers were heard and the critical nature of the situation was understood. We encourage you to review and comment on these proposals ( ).


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Lieutenant governor needs to build bridges

Dear Editor, One of the important functions of the lieutenant governor is to bring people together and to facilitate balance and collaboration on important issues. The lieutenant governor can break down barriers to inaction and get important things done for Vermonters. Unfortunately, over the last two years, that has not been accomplished. Instead, the position has been used simply as yet another voice for the overwhelming Montpelier Majority to promote their legislative agenda of higher taxes and unsustainable policies. There simply hasn’t been the balance in the lieutenant governor’s office that there used to be. But we have an opportunity to change that. Rep. Don Turner has

served in the legislative minority his entire career and has worked with three different governors, three different speakers, and three different president pro-tems. As minority leader, he has had to build bridges and unify people of otherwise different backgrounds. Don is a true listener respecting every viewpoint and focusing on achieving balance to get things done for Vermonters. As Milton town manager and as a first responder, Don knows the meaning of true public service and always puts his constituents first. I ask you to join me in restoring balance to the lieutenant governor’s office by voting for Don Turner. Peg Flory, Rutland


The Mountain Times • Sept. 12-18, 2018

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CAPITOL QUOTES “Departing Washington, D.C. to attend a Flight 93 Sept. 11 Memorial Service in Shanksville, Pennsylvania with Melania. #NeverForget” Tweeted President Donald Trump.

“Seventeen years ago, we awoke to a typical Tuesday. There was a quiet across the nation, in a less complicated world, and a less complicated time. By the end of the day, all that would change. The events of September 11, 2001 are still clear in my mind, as they are for anyone old enough to understand and remember what happened that morning,” Said Gov. Phil Scott in a statement.

“”We will always remember everyone we lost on 9/11, thank the first responders who keep us safe, and honor all who defend our country and the ideals that bind us together. There’s nothing our resilience and resolve can’t overcome, and no act of terror can ever change who we are,” Said Barack Obama on Twitter.

Today we honor all those who lost their lives 17 years ago in NY, VA, and PA, their loved ones, and the brave first responders who risked their own lives to save others. The best tribute we can pay is to live our lives in a way that redeems the years they could not have,” Said Bill Clinton on Twitter.

School merger wars:

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Carrot-and-stick policy backfiring

continued from page 6A happens next – forced mergers for the 92 hurt kids or waste taxpayer dollars. They’re districts not currently in compliance with our neighbors. the law or accommodations allowing other The state Board of Education has governance structures. worked to maximize Act 46’s benefits; now I’ve been to the first two sessions. Each it must work to minimize its potential started with success stories from districts harms. Work with the districts seeking that have already merged. THIS IS A PLEA WE NOT GIVE UP ON These examples are great. They are happy stories with LOCAL COMMUNITIES, ON LOCAL happy endings. School SCHOOLS, ON LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD administrators report some efficiencies, and teachers MEMBERS. and community members report new opportunities offered children. alternative governance plans to achieve But then come the appeals from the the goals of Act 46 – improving learning non-merger towns, unhappy with the opportunities for kids and saving money state telling them it knows better than for taxpayers. Hold the districts to these local people what’s best for their children. goals. Require them to equal or exceed the The fear, anger and pain of those testifysavings and the new learning opportuniing – some of whom have served as school ties that merger districts achieve. My guess board members for 20 years, or worked in is the non-merger districts will themselves the trenches as principals or superintencome around to merger if locally based dents – is palpable. I watched the hands reform efforts don’t work. If not, a merger of one witness shake so badly he could mandate will seem infinitely more justified barely read the remarks he had prepared. than it seems now. I listened as another raised three fingers This is a plea we not give up on local of one hand in the air to illustrate how communities, on local schools, on local residents in his town greet each other as a school board members. Don’t force them reminder they’ve voted three times against into situations where they consider privatmerger. Several witnesses have been close izing education. Work with them to make to tears when they tried to explain to the public schools better for kids and save strangers before them what their local money for taxpayers. school means to the town and its children. Allen Gilbert retired in 2016 as executive These witnesses are not bad people out to director of the ACLU-VT.

Dairy farmer: continued from page 6A In addition to working with producer partners like Agri-Mark, St. Albans Cooperative Creamery, and Dairy Farmers of America, the Agency has convened a working group comprised of farmers, lawmakers and dairy leaders to improve the system. We continue to meet and gather information and input from farm-

State works with dairyman to improve revenue ers as we define a solution. The fix is not quick, and will involve federal policy makers. Our proposals will likely need Congressional and USDA approval. The lift is heavy. Farmers, dairy producers and policy makers are on the cusp of real change, addressing this complex and overwhelming issue

Break the silence:

with energy and vision. With laser-sharp focus and commitment, we are moving to a better place, on behalf of dairy farmers, and all those who love our working lands, our state and our country. Anson Tebbetts is the VermontSecretary of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, where he’s been since 2017.

Activist challenges white denial

continued from page 6A acts and the systemic response that caused the pullout. The governor’s racially mute visit to Bennington in the middle of this horrific sequence of events goes far beyond him having blind spot or tone deafness. As an African-American in Vermont, it is an arrogant slap in the face. Silence. As a result of my direct involvement I could go on for pages with all of the obstacles that the Scott administration has deployed to block our attempts at legislative efforts to address overt and systemic racism in Vermont. The so-called progressive Legislature has also throttled some of these efforts with the use of procedure and the skillful crafting of language to block significant portions of racial justice reform proposals. The press continues to struggle to responsibly capture and appropriately contextualize the struggle and the historical significance of the legislative work that is being done surrounding racial justice. An example is the lack of coverage in 2018 of HR.25, the first effort to remove slavery from the constitution in Vermont history. Silence. Gov. Scott just reappointed an attorney specializing in law enforcement defense to the State Police Advisory Commission. The Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council broke the newly created law (Act 54) by changing the Fair and Impartial Policing Policy without consulting the Human Rights Commission in November 2017. The chair and vice chair (myself) of the Racial Disparities in the Criminal and Juve-

nile Justice System Advisory Panel resigned in March of this year. Silence. The biggest threat that black and brown Vermonters face today is white silence, because with it comes complicit consent to escalation of overt hate. With this silence black and brown folks will continue to be locked up and locked out as white folks choose to look the other way, pretending to believe the age-old false claims of the inalienable rights of all men. With this silence officials will be elected who in turn create policies with the intent of hurting black and brown people but the majority of the folks impacted will once again be white folks (because while most black people are poor, most poor people are white). People of color pleaded with the neo-liberal progressive white folk to break the silence in 2016. Black and brown folks even comforted white people and welcomed them to the struggle on Nov. 9. Two years later many white people have either normalized, become complicit or have grown numb. Throughout all history white people have ignored the fact that they are directly responsible for the policy violence directed at black folks, which hurts us more but hurts more of you. White folks, save the heart of this nation so the United States of America can for once be one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all. Break your silence. This commentary is by Mark Hughes, of Montpelier, who is executive director of Justice for All.


The Mountain Times • Sept. 12-18, 2018

** denotes multiple times and/or locations.

Tunbridge World’s Fair

8 a.m. 147th Tunbridge World’s Fair! Sept. 13-16. Pig races, children’s barnyard, ox show, dancers, juggling, music, horse show, sheep dog trials, harness racing, pony pulling, rides, midway, fair food, games, maple tent, historical reenactments, more. 8 a.m.-9 p.m. $10 entry; under age 12 free; ride tickets extra.

Intro to Starting a Microbusiness 9 a.m. Introduction to Starting a Microbusiness at BROC, 45 Union St., Rutland. 9 a.m.-12 noon. Free, for those looking to start a business or investigating self-employment. RSVP to 802-665-1744.


10 a.m. Maclure Library offers playgroup, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Birth to 5 years old. Stories, crafts, snacks, singing, dancing. 802-483-2792. 840 Arch St., Pittsford.

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.

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Bikram Yoga **

6 a.m. Bikram Yoga holds classes Wednesdays: 6 a.m. 60-min. Bikram; 11 a.m. inferno hot pilates; 4:30 p.m. 60-min. hot power flow; 6:15 p.m. 90-min Bikram. 1360 US-4, Mendon.

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.

All Levels Yoga

10 a.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.

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.


GKWC Annual Gathering

Gentle Yoga in the Barn

Bridge Club

Active Seniors Lunch

A Druid’s Legacy

8 a.m. Pilates mat at 8 a.m.; Yin Yoga at 8:45 a.m., all levels at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-422-4500. 10 a.m. Gentle yoga class, culminating with healing vibrations of Crystal Singing Bowl “Sound Bath.” Beginners to experts. Sol Luna Farm, 329 Old Farm Road, Shrewsbury. Register at 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.

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

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. 802-773-0600 to make a reservation. Dinner fee $19.

Figure Drawing Session

6 p.m. Chaffee Art Center offers figure drawing sessions with live model. $15, no instructor, includes benches, boards, easels, model. 16 South Main St., Rutland. 802-775-0356.

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.

THURSDAY Bikram Yoga **

SEPT. 13

6 a.m. Bikram Yoga holds classes Thursdays: 6 a.m. & 6:15 p.m. inferno hot pilates; 9 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. 90-min. Bikram. 1360 US-4, Mendon.

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.; 5-7 p.m. 802-773-7187.

6 p.m. Greater Killington Women’s Club Meet Your Neighbor Night at the home of Susan Durant. Free. Light refreshments. Returning members and new welcome to attend. RSVP to


7 a.m. 147th Tunbridge World’s Fair! Sept. 13-16. Pig races, children’s barnyard, ox show, dancers, juggling, music, horse show, sheep dog trials, harness racing, pony pulling, rides, midway, fair food, games, maple tent, historical reenactments, more. 7 a.m.-9 p.m. $10 entry; $8 senior citizens; under age 12 free; ride tickets extra.

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., 802-422-4500.

Story Time

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

Breastfeeding Support Group

10:30 a.m. International Board Certified Lactation Consultant leads breastfeeding support group at Norman Williams Public Library, in the children’s section, second Friday of month. Share/swap stories. Free, older siblings welcome. 281-731-7313. 10 the Green, Woodstock.

Spartan Open House

2 p.m. Spartan Open House, for newbies and expert Spartans alike to hang prerace, practice on obstacles, join guided obstacle tour with SGX certified coach, early access to gear, meet new Spartans, plus music and pre-race festival. 2-6 p.m. at Killington Resort. RSVP at All ages and all are welcome! 14+ only on obstacles. Killington Road, Killington.

Magic: the Gathering

3:15 p.m. Sherburne Memorial Library holds Magic: the Gathering Fridays, 3:15-4:15 p.m. Ages 8+, all levels welcome. 2998 River Rd., Killington. 802-422-9765.

Exhibit Opening

5:30 p.m. Opening reception for Local Color, annual autumn exhibit of local artists’ work, influenced and inspired by life lived within the landscape, at ArtisTree. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Exhibit through Oct. 13. 2095 Pomfret Road, So. Pomfret.

Spartan Pre-race Dinner

6 p.m. Beast Feast at Killington Grand Resort Hotel, in the ballroom. Fuel up for race day, meet like-minded Spartans, win raffle prizes. Guest speaker - to be named. Brief from race director, chance to meet Spartan Pro-Team members. Tickets at 228 East Mountain Road, Killington.

The Fantasticks

7:30 p.m. ArtisTree’s Music Theatre Festival presents “The Fantasticks” at Grange Theatre, 65 Stage Road, So. Pomfret. This moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned – only to discover a more mature, meaningful love – is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics. Tickets Opening performance tonight.

6:30 p.m. Marble Valley Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Godnick Center Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Sanctioned duplicate bridge games. 1 Deer St., Rutland. 802228-6276. 6:30 p.m. Phoenix Books Rutland welcomes Fearn Lickfield for a talk “A Druid’s Legacy” on “The Bardic Book of Becoming” by Ivan McBeth. Stories, poetry, toning, the Dragon Dance, and other inspirations. Free, open to all. 2 Center St., Rutland. 802-855-8078;

SATURDAY Spartan Race

SEPT. 15

7 p.m. Adult Soccer at Killington Elementary School, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. $2. Non-marking gym sneakers please. Info,

6 a.m. The Spartan Race returns to the brutal birthplace of the Spartan Beast, Killington Resort, a.k.a., “Joe’s backyard.” Spartan Beast obstacle races include: Vermont Beast, Ultra, Sprint and Kids race. Or just watch! Spectators welcome. Full details, start times, at See section B of this paper.

Open Mic

Fletcher Farm Class

Book Talk


Adult Soccer

7 p.m. Open mic with Jim Yeager at ArtisTree Community Arts Center, Pomfret. Free. All levels, all abilities, relaxed environment. Info, 2095 S. Pomfret Rd., Pomfret. 7 p.m. Vermont film historian Rick Winston talks about new exploration of the McCarthy Era in Vermont, “Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1948-1960.” In the auditorium of Ludlow Town Hall, 37 S. Depot St. Copies of the book available for purchase/signature.

The Fantasticks

Fall season at Fletcher Farm School, Sept. 15-16: Introduction to Chip Carving with Allison Greenberg. 611 Vt-103, Ludlow. for details or to sign up.

SEPT. 15-16

7:30 p.m. ArtisTree’s Music Theatre Festival presents “The Fantasticks” at Grange Theatre, 65 Stage Road, So. Pomfret. This moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned – only to discover a more mature, meaningful love – is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics. Tickets Preview performance tonight.


SEPT. 14

Bikram Yoga **

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The Mountain Times • Sept. 12-18, 2018

Tunbridge World’s Fair

Connection Support Group

Bikram Yoga **

Open Swim

Vermont Great Run/Walk


7:30 a.m. Bikram Yoga holds classes Saturdays: 7:30 a.m. 60-min. Bikram; 9 a.m. 90min. Bikram; 4:30 p.m. inferno hot pilates. 1360 US-4, Mendon. 8:30 a.m. Rutland Regional Medical Center holds 2nd annual Vermont Great 2, 4, 6, 8K Run & Walk. Races start and finish on Center St., Rutland. Fun activities and food follow the race. Registration 8:30 a.m. Race begins 10:30 a.m. Shriner’s parade follows at 2 p.m. Register

Tree Farm Tour

8:30 a.m. Vermont Tree Farm Program presents 2018 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year Tree Farm Tour at Old John Vinton Hill Farm with Julie and Peter Parker. 560 acre certified tree farm. Granville, Vt. Tours depart 9:30 a.m. 11”30 a.m. networking and provided lunch. 1 p.m. awards ceremony and presentations.Register for one of three tours. Pre-registration required by Sept. 10:

Fabulous Flea Market

9 a.m. 11th annual Fabulous Flea Market at Middlebury Town Hall Theater. Antiques, folk art, prints, rugs, jewelry, collectibles and more. 68 S. Pleasant St., Middlebury. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission.

Killington Section GMC

9:30 a.m. Killington Section Green Mountain Club outing: West Hill Cairns, Rochester. GMNF archaeologists lead guide through Smith Farm on West Hill to see over 100 large stone cairns. Moderate, 2 mile loop. Wear sturdy shoes, long pants. Meet at 9 a.m. near firestation in Main Street Park, Rutland. 802-7753855.

Shabbat Shuvah Service

9:30 a.m. Rutland Jewish Center, 96 Grove St., Rutland.

Traditional Craft Saturday

10 a.m. Billings Farm & Museum hosts Traditional Craft Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This week, hand-thrown pottery with Georgia Donnelly of Farmhouse Pottery. Admission. 69 Old River Road, Woodstock.

Chester Fall Craft Fest

10 a.m. Annual Chester Fall Craft Festival on the Green in Chester, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Handmade crafts by 65+ vendors. Children’s tent, beer garden, music by Owen Nied, Will Danforth, Matt Meserve. Shuttle service from Newsbank Parking Lot to green.

Book Signing

10 a.m. Phoenix Valley Misty Valley hosts book signing with “Vermont Wild” author Megan Price, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in conjunction with Chester Fall Festival. Free, open to all. 58 Common St., Chester.

Gentle Yoga in the Barn

10 a.m. Gentle yoga class, culminating with healing vibrations of Crystal Singing Bowl “Sound Bath.” Beginners to experts. Sol Luna Farm, 329 Old Farm Road, Shrewsbury. Register at

Open Gym

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.

4:30 p.m. NAMI Vermont’s connection support group at Rutland Mental Health Services, 78 S. Main St., Rutland. 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.

Impressionist Art Talk

3 p.m. Vt. Humanities Council program with William Hosley. Presentation complemented by exhibit “New England Impressions: Art the the Making of Regional Identity, 1885-1950.” Pawlet Library, 141 School St., Pawlet. Free, open to public. 802-325-3123.

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. 802-7737187. 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.

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. 802-773-1404.

Enerjazz Big Band

7 p.m. Big band era swing music comes to Ludlow Town Hall with Enerjazz. Heald Auditorium. 37 S. Depot St., Ludlow. Free, open to all. Donations appreciated.

MONDAY Bikram Yoga **

SEPT. 17

6 a.m. Bikram Yoga holds classes Mondays: 6 a.m. and 11 a.m., 60 min. Bikram; 4:30 p.m. 60-min. hot power flow; 6:15 p.m. 90-min. Bikram. 1360 US-4, Mendon.



SEPT. 16

Heartfulness Meditation

7:45 a.m. Free group meditation Sundays, Rochester Town Office, School St. Dane, 802-7676010.

Spartan Race

8 a.m. The Spartan Race returns to the brutal birthplace of the Spartan Beast, Killington Resort, a.k.a., “Joe’s backyard.” Spartan Beast obstacle races include: Vermont Beast, Ultra, Sprint and Kids race. Sprint is Sunday only. Or just watch! Spectators welcome. Full details, start times, at killington. com. See section B of this paper.

Tunbridge World’s Fair

8 a.m. 147th Tunbridge World’s Fair! Sept. 13-16. Pig races, children’s barnyard, ox show, dancers, juggling, music, horse show, sheep dog trials, harness racing, pony pulling, rides, midway, fair food, games, maple tent, historical reenactments, more. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. $10 entry; under age 12 free; ride tickets extra.


7 a.m. 147th Tunbridge World’s Fair! Sept. 13-16. Pig races, children’s barnyard, ox show, dancers, juggling, music, horse show, sheep dog trials, harness racing, pony pulling, rides, midway, fair food, games, maple tent, historical reenactments, more. 7 a.m.-10 p.m. $10 entry; under age 12 free; ride tickets extra.

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Bikram Yoga **

9 a.m. Bikram Yoga holds classes Sundays: 9 a.m. 90-min. Bikram; 11 a.m. inferno hot pilates; 4:30 p.m. 60-min. Bikram. 1360 US-4, Mendon.

Chester Fall Craft Fest

All Level Yoga

8:30 a.m. All Level Flow Yoga at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-422-4500.

10 a.m. Annual Chester Fall Craft Festival on the Green in Chester, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Handmade crafts by 65+ vendors. Children’s tent, beer garden, music by Nightcap Band, Root 7, and Chris Kleeman. Shuttle service from Newsbank Parking Lot to green.

Killington Bone Builders

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. 802228-6276.

Kever Avot Memorial Service

Open Swim

Book Signing

Discovery Sunday

Bridge Club

12 p.m. Phoenix Books Rutland welcomes Pat Goudey O’Brien and Lisa Halvorsen for a meet and greet/book signing featuring “Backroads & Byways of Vermont.” Free, open to all. 2 Center St., Rutland. 802-855-8078;

Billings Double Tour

1 p.m. Billings Farm & Museum and Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park partnering for double tour, “Farm House/Manor Tour” 1-3 p.m. $21 adults, $16 for ages 62+. Space limited, RSVP to 802-457-3368 ext 222. Old River Road, Woodstock.

The Fantasticks **

3 p.m. ArtisTree’s Music Theatre Festival presents “The Fantasticks” at Grange Theatre, 65 Stage Road, So. Pomfret. This moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned – only to discover a more mature, meaningful love – is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics. Tickets 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows today.

Vermont 200 Weekend

3 p.m. Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Racing: Vermont 200 Weekend. Ron Casey Memorial Sportsman Modified non-winners shootout, super stocks - 50 laps, 500cc mini sprints - 20 laps, bandit youth mini stocks, sportsman modified open practice. Grandstand admission applies, kids 12 and under are free. 2743 Rt. 22A, West Haven. Track line: 802-265-3112.

Block Party

4 p.m. Town of West Rutland first annual community block party in conjunction with West Rutland School’s homecoming weekend. 4-9 p.m. on the Town Hall Green and Marble Street. Marble St., from Campbell to Main, will be blocked off. Games, vendors, food trucks, music. Free admission. Bring a chair.

Brownsville Fall Kick Off

4 p.m. Community barbecue and potluck plus family fun and games in Tribute Park, Brownsville. Bring a salad or dessert to share; or cash donation. Brownsville-Hartland Road, Brownsville.

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10 a.m. Rutland Jewish Cemetery, Airport Road across from the airport, North Clarendon. 802-773-3455. 11:30 a.m. VINS Nature Center holds Discovery Sunday program: Life Under Our Feet. What lives under our feet as we walk along the ground. 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Included with admission. 149 Nature’s Way, Quechee.

Book Signing

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. 11:30 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. 802-773-7187.

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.

12 p.m. Phoenix Valley Misty Valley hosts book signing with “Charlotte’s Bones” author Erin Rounds, 12-2 p.m. in conjunction with Chester Fall Festival. Free, open to all. 58 Common St., Chester.

Rutland Rotary

Dock Diving Dogs

Children’s Art Class

12 p.m. Rutland County Humane Society’s annual Dog Dock Diving competition at the Palms at Prospect Bay, 111 Prospect Point Road, Lake Bomoseen. 12-3 p.m. Registration 11 a.m. Prizes for longest jump, novice to pro categories. $10 entry fee for dogs. Spectator donations.

Vermont 200 Weekend

1 p.m. Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Racing: Vermont 200 Weekend. 602 Crate Sportsman Modifieds, qualifying and 200-lap main event, King of Dirt Pro Stocks, mini stocks. Grandstand admission applies, kids 12 and under are free. 2743 Rt. 22A, West Haven. Track line: 802-265-3112.

The Fantasticks

2 p.m. ArtisTree’s Music Theatre Festival presents “The Fantasticks” at Grange Theatre, 65 Stage Road, So. Pomfret. This moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned – only to discover a more mature, meaningful love – is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics. Tickets

Historical Society Meeting

2 p.m. 49th annual meeting of Middletown Springs Historical Society, 10 Park Ave., Middletown Springs. Textile conservator Michel Pagan shows how to identify and care for antique textiles. Dessert buffet, followed by brief business meeting, plus election of new trustees. All welcome, free. 802-235-2376.

Fair Haven Community Forum

3 p.m. Town of Fair Haven holds community forum to showcase ideas for downtown improvements, review options, give residents opportunity to provide input. At the gazebo in the park. 802-265-3010 ext 5.

12:15 p.m. Rotary Club of Rutland meets Mondays for lunch at The Palms Restaurant. Learn more or become a member, 4 p.m. Children’s art classes with Sara Elworthy at Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E Main St., Poultney. Today, Out in the Ocean, 4-5 p.m. K-6th grade. $48; scholarships available. Using clay, sequins, colored paper, watercolors. Register

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.

American Legion Meeting

5 p.m. American Legion auxiliary meeting, 33 Washington St., Rutland. 5 p.m. executive committee meets; 6 p.m. bring brown bag food; 6:30 p.m. regular meeting for all members.

Constitution Day Panel Presentation

5 p.m. Vt. Supreme Court and Vt Bar Assn. host Constitution Day Panel presentation featuring panel of Vt. Supreme Court Justices, Vt. Superior Court Trial Judges, and Vt. Law School professor who will provide an informative overview of the U.S. Constitution, focus on “Separation of Powers.” Vermont Law School, So. Royalton. Free, open to public. Receive free pocket constitution.

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.

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Composting Workshop

7 p.m. Composting 101: Managing Food Waste on a Home Scale with Rutland Master Gardeners. Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland. Options, ingredients, bins/styles, compost do’s and don’ts. Powerpoint with Q&A.

Michael McDonald

7:30 p.m. Five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald performs all his hits – plus some new ones – at Paramount Theatre, 30 Center St., Rutland Tickets $79-$99,

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 Bikram Yoga **

SEPT. 18

6 a.m. Bikram Yoga holds classes Tuesdays: 6 a.m. & 6:15 p.m. Inferno hot pilates; 9 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. 90-min. Bikram. 1360 US-4, Mendon.

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.

Art Workshop

10 a.m. Hand-in-Hand open art workshop, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesdays at Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington. Open art workshop - all levels, interests, mediums. Free. Ann Wallen Community Room. 802-299-1777.

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.

Children’s Art Class

4 p.m. Children’s art classes with Sara Elworthy at Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 E Main St., Poultney. Today, Make Your Own Playfood, 4-5 p.m. Ages 4-second grade. $36; scholarships available. Using wood, felt, paint. Register

Chair Aerobics

4:30 p.m. RRMC offers chair aerobics Tuesdays and Fridays, Sept. 18-Oct. 5, 4:305:30 p.m. in CVPS/Leahy Community Health Ed Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland. Intro, review of exercises, workout, and take home exercise. $15. Registration required at; 802-772-2400.

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., 802-422-4500.

Heartfulness Meditation

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

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.

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.

Erev Yom Kippur

6:30 p.m. Erev Yom Kippur and Kol Nidrei service led by Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufmn and cantorial soloist Katie Gartner-Kaplan with professional harpist Carol Emanuel. Rutland Jewish Center, 96 Grove St., Rutland. $100 fee for non-member adults. N/C for college students. 802-773-3455.

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.

Freelance Family Singers

7 p.m. Freelance Family Singers begin rehearsing for holiday concerts, 7-9 p.m. in First Congregational Church of Woodstock, Elm St. $15, scholarships available. No auditions, all welcome. Concerts Dec. 1, 2. 802-457-3980.

Documentary Screening

7 p.m. Rochester Public Library screens documentary “Burned: Are Trees The New Coal?” Exposes the false science, corporate loopholes, and subsidies for utility scale biomass consuming our forests. Discussion with film makers follows screening. 22 S. Main St., Rochester. Free.

Ziggy Marley

8 p.m. Six-time Grammy Award winner Ziggy Marley brings Rebellion Rises Tour to Paramount Theatre, 30 Center St., Rutland. Tickets $56-$76, paramountvt. org.


A campsite with lakeside views is for rent in Hubbardton from November-May with the help of Tentrr.


‘Roughing it’ in (relative) luxury

continued from page 1A Schneider is one of the first in Vermont to list his land on Tentrr. Tentrr, like AirBnB for campers, is rapidly expanding since it launched in the Catskill Mountains in New York in 2016 with the idea of making camping available to anyone. There are seven campsites listed in Vermont since Tentrr launched in the state this summer with the help of $8 million in fundraising. Tentrr requires hosts to have a quiet location and at least 10 acres of land, far from any roadway. The company keeps 20 percent of the sales and makes the campsite owners responsible for maintenance. The campsites close in November and re-open mid-May. Schneider’s campsite was one of the first in this state. Unlike Airbnb, where hosts are responsible for providing guests their services, Tenterr provides the amenities that make camping a luxury. Schneider’s site was installed two weeks ago, constructed in about four hours by the Tentrr company. A scout came out and looked at different areas of the property to see where the site would be best located. “It was clear down by the lake where it needed to be,” Schneider said. He had his first renters within two days of it’s being listed. A couple from Rhode Island stayed over Labor Day weekend. “It was kind of fun knowing they were down there,”

he said. Schneider has 10 acres of land. He’s lived here since 1981 and has spent the past years converting a 150-year-old post and beam barn into a house. Schneider is always working on the property. He’s an avid golfer, and built his own three-hole golf course. “They call it a labor of love. It’s not over, it’s never over,” Schneider said. He’s been trying to use the campsite location for the past 30 years. “He’s always had an interest in carpentry and home construction,” his brother David Schneider said. The Schneiders grew up in New Jersey. Their father built the home they grew up in before renovating several more homes. Schneider sold manufactured housing before he retired. He thought about posting his home on Airbnb, but the tent concept seemed more suitable. “It’s an opportunity to make a little bit of extra money,” he said. Schneider and his partner, Wendy Clarke, are also avid skiers. Clarke is a volunteer at Vermont Adaptive while Schneider is a ski instructor at Pico Mountain. They already have a request from a person who wants to book the campsite next summer. “It’s peaceful,” said Clarke of the site.


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Music scene by dj dave hoffenberg



9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern College Night with DJ Mega


[MUSIC Scene] 9 p.m. Moguls Sports Pub DJ Dave’s All Request Night


RUTLAND 7 p.m. Draught Room in Diamond Run Mall Live Music

3 p.m. Brandon Music Barn Opera: “Cosi Fan Tutte”

7:30 p.m. Hop ‘n’ Moose Live Music

9 p.m. Center Street Alley DJ Dirty D


5:30 p.m. Feast and Field Market


9:30 p.m. The Venue

6 p.m. Stony Brook Tavern


KILLINGTON 6 p.m. Liquid Art

Open Mic with Tee Boneicus Jones

LUDLOW 6:30 p.m. The Killarney

Irish Session Open Jam with Gypsy Reel

MENDON 6 p.m. Red Clover Inn Jazz Trio

PITTSFIELD 8:30 p.m. Clear River Tavern Open Mic Jam

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

Full Backline Open Mic with Host Robby Smolinksi

STOCKBRIDGE 7 p.m. Wild Fern Rick Redington


SEPT. 14 BOMOSEEN 6 p.m. Iron Lantern Gary Wade

KILLINGTON 7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish Pub Shakespeare in the Alley

Wayne Canney


SEPT. 15 BRANDON 7 p.m. Town Hall

Silent Movie “Sherlock Holmes” 1916

7:30 p.m. Brandon Music Barn Opera: “Cosi Fan Tutte”

Krishna Guthrie

WOODSTOCK 8 p.m. Bentley’s Open Mic Night


9 p.m. JAX Food & Games

SEPT. 13 BARNARD The Party Crashers

9:30 p.m. The Venue


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


Rick Webb


12 p.m. Wild Fern

Cigar Box Brunch w/ Rick Redington

1 p.m. Wild Fern The People’s Jam



9:30 p.m. The Killarney

SEPT. 18


7 p.m. Ramunto’s Brick and Brew Pizza Trivia Night

CASTLETON 6 p.m. Third Place Pizzeria Josh Jakab

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

Open Mic with Krishna Guthrie

9:30 p.m. The Venue Karaoke

Open Mic

BOMOSEEN 6 p.m. Iron Lantern Chad Clifford

KILLINGTON 4 p.m. Umbrella Bar at Snowshed Duane Carleton

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish Pub Shakespeare in the Alley

7:30 p.m. Summit Lodge Duane Carleton

LUDLOW 6 p.m. Mr. Darcy’s Wayne Canney

RUTLAND 9 p.m. Center Street Alley DJ Mega

9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern Karaoke 101, Tenacious T


Tavola Ristorante, Inc:

Italian dining choices expand in Ludlow

continued from page 1A New Hampshire this week for $82 different.” large house for them within walking million. Both LaValle and Uva are Italian distance of the restaurant. “It’s always good when you can and have been crafting the menu “It’s hard to find employees in offer variety,” said Ludlow Select based on meals they’ve made and a town like this just because they Board member Bruce Schmidt, who eaten all their lives. They are used to already have a job or don’t live close is also vice president and general the pace of business in a resort town. enough,” said LaValle. manager at Okemo. “ I think Ludlow Uva opened his first restaurant Tyler Jackson, a family friend, is known for great food.” moved to Vermont from LAVALLE BROUGHT SIX OF HIS MOST Schmidt said it was too Florida to wait tables. The soon to tell what impact surfer and skateboarder DEDICATED EMPLOYEES, INCLUDING Vail’s purchase of Okemo plans to try snowboarding HIS TOP CHEF FROM THE OTHER and the other mountains while he’s here. would have on Ludlow. “It’s a huge change of RESTAURANTS AND HIS MAIN WAIT The Tavola building has scenery,,” Jackson said. STAFF. been through a series of LaValle plans to close changes. It was Bella Luna the restaurant if business Ristorante until that closed about in Cape Cod in 1981, then moved to drops in the summer and re-open five years ago. Harry’s Cafe owner, New York, then Martha’s Vineyard in the winter. He plans to have his Trip Pierce, moved his business from and then Florida around the 1990s. bar and lounge open until 2 a.m. Mount Holly to Ludlow before he He’s had a restaurant in ProvinceHe was waiting on a liquor closed to go back to Mount Holly. town, Rhode Island and Savannah, license to announce an opening Uva and his wife Sao Uva are in a Georgia. date. two-year purchase agreement for LaValle brought six of his most “Hopefully I can pull the trigger the building. dedicated employees, including his at the end of the season and buy the “We’re trying to feel out the top chef from the other restaurants place,” LaValle said. “We’ll see how space,” LaVelle said. “Every place is and his main waitstaff. He rented a it goes.”


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just for fun


the MOVIE diary

By Dom Cioffi

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.

Solutions on page 27A


CLUES ACROSS 1. Feel pain 5. Interest rate 8. Long narrative poem 12. Sedimentary rock 14. No (Scottish) 15. Ribosomal ribonucleic acid 16. Sleep gear 18. One who buys and sells securities 19. Cincinnati ballplayers 20. Of the backbone 21. Car mechanics group 22. Iranian village 23. Canadian peninsula 26. For all ills or diseases 30. Known for his “razor” 31. One who plays the viola 32. Resinlike substance 33. Educational association 34. Inappropriate 39. A team’s best pitcher 42. The cost of bus travel 44. Badgerlike mammal 46. Popular sport in Ireland 47. Written works 49. Pop 50. Consumed 51. Something comparable to another 56. Wild goat 57. One-time space station 58. Outline of a plan 59. Actress Petty 60. An electrically charged atom 61. Chewed and swallowed 62. Bones (Latin) 63. Central nervous system 64. Type of pipe

CLUES DOWN 1. Vipers 2. Pal 3. One who has been to Mecca 4. Energy and enthusiasm 5. Leaf-footed bug genus 6. Southern belle accessory 7. __ de Mornay, actress 8. Print errors 9. Preceding 10. Asian nation 11. The people in a movie 13. Liberate 17. Strong laxatives 24. Tub 25. Happening 26. Polyvinyl acetate 27. Small island (British) 28. Neither 29. The G.O.A.T. 35. What Goodell oversees 36. One who engages in Dawah 37. Tall, rounded vase 38. Electroencephalograph 40. Made of clay and hardened by heat 41. Great happiness 42. Chinese surname 43. Supposed emanations 44. Travelers 45. Loss of bodily movements 47. Los __, rock group 48. Seabirds 49. Used to store grain 52. Whale ship captain 53. “Joker” actor 54. Portends good or evil 55. Organized group of criminals Solutions on page 27A

Life in the fast lane

I spent this past week in Boston. I was there with a couple of my coworkers attending a marketing conference. Our goal was to pick up some valuable knowledge concerning the future of online marketing, which is changing rapidly. It was unseasonably hot and humid in the city, with each day we were there reaching 90-plus degrees. Generally, this wouldn’t matter during a conference since most modern-day venues are climate controlled. However, we were staying in a hotel that required a 40-minute walk to the conference center. Personally, I didn’t mind the walk. Conferences mean a lot of sitting around coupled with extended bouts of eating. The extra exercise, in my mind, would help balance out the hours of inactivity. What I didn’t like was being drenched in sweat just prior to sitting down for the first lecture. The two young women who attended the conference with me had never been to Boston. Given that I’m a New Englander, I raved about the city and promised to show them around during our downtime. When the days’ events drew to a close, I would walk them up to the North End where all the restaurants and pastry shops are. We ate like royalty every night, enjoying various Italian fare for our meals and then delighting in sweets afterwards. And then we would walk home. Walking through any city at night can be unnervPUZZLE ing. Ninety-nine percent of the time it’s not a problem, but every so often you encounter an awkward situation. During this trip to Boston, we seemed to change. She looked horrible with battered teeth and skin hit an awkward situation every day we were there. peppered with open sores. She couldn’t have been more The first morning we walked to the conference than 30 years old, but her visage looked like a woman center we were hit with a small stretch of sidewalk three times that age. that was inundated with homeless addicts. Some I calmly denied her request, telling her that I had no were asking for money, others were too strung-out to cash or change available. My two coworkers stood in communicate. shock as she mumbled a few obscenities before turning I quickly led my coworkers through the maze of and walking away. bodies, commenting afterwards how sad it was. They Again, I apologized for the situation and began deagreed, but also looked slightly disturbed. I then fending the city of Boston. I spent the next 15 minutes realized that neither of them had ever been exposed speaking about the character of the city and the history it to such a situation. encompassed. Unfortunately, the hopelessness was coupled On our last night in town we decided to have a nightwith the pungent smell cap at an Irish pub. We of urine, which was found the perfect spot and SHE LOOKED HORRIBLE WITH exacerbated by the high proceeded to order a round humidity. I could tell my of Guinness. The first NFL BATTERED TEETH AND SKIN coworkers were less than game of the season was on PEPPERED WITH OPEN SORES. impressed. I immediatethe television so the envily started to defend my ronment was electric. We small corner of the country, assuring them that every laughed and told war stories and spent the better part of city had these unfortunate spots. two hours reveling with the rest of the crowd. The next night, as we were exiting a restaurant afAs we were getting up to leave, another patron – a ter dinner, a young woman approached us asking for gentleman in his mid-40s – brushed past us and out the door. We chuckled amongst ourselves at how intoxicated he was, commenting that he should have ended his night an hour or two earlier. Not more than two minutes later, as we opened the door to walk out, there was the 40-year-old guy face down on the sidewalk. Someone was attending to him, and after a minute or two of wondering if he was unconscious, the guy pulled himself up onto a nearby car and then stumbled away. At that point, the women looked at me and insisted I not try to defend the city again. I acquiesced and admitted that even with all its charm, the ills of the urban lifestyle seemed to be getting the better of Beantown. This week’s film, “Puzzle,” also takes place in a big city, but in this story, the problem is not with drugs, but with an unhappy and unfulfilled marriage. It’s been a long time since I have seen a film with this much emotional depth. “Puzzle” is an immensely satisfying portrayal of loneliness and self-preservation in the face of a seemingly unchangeable situation. This isn’t a mass market film so you’ll have to search for it, but I promise it will be worth the effort. A poignant “A-” for “Puzzle.” Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email him at


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The Last Word with Michael McDonald By Alan Sculley

Grammy Award-winning musician Michael McDonald will make an appearance at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland, Monday, Sept. 17 for a 7:30 p.m. show. As McDonald tours this summer to promote the recent release of “Wide Open,” his first album of new original material in 17 years, he is getting a boost of exposure through what might seem like unlikely collaborations with younger and decidedly hip artists. Along with long-time friend Kenny Loggins, McDonald, 66, co-wrote a new song, “Show Me the Way” with Thundercat. McDonald in April 2017 joined Thundercat on stage at the Coachella Music Festival outside of Los Angeles to perform the song, gaining a ton of media coverage in the process. That performance followed an appearance in March 2017 at Florida’s Okeechobee Music Festival alongside Solange Knowles singing McDonald’s 1978 smash hit with the Doobie Brothers, “What A Fool Believes.” Then there was McDonald’s guest vocal turn on the Grizzly Bear song, “While You Wait for the Others.” It’s enough to make one wonder if this was all part of some calculated campaign to make McDonald (who has often been humorously called one of the founding fathers of the yacht rock movement for his soulful, soft rock balladry of the 1970s and 80s) cool for today’s young record-buying audience. McDonald, calling in for a recent interview, however, said nothing could be further from the truth. His recent collaborations were events of opportunity that pretty much fell into his lap. The co-write on “Show Me the Way” happened after Loggins had approached the genre-jumping Thundercat (real name Steve Bruner) after he heard about an interview in which Bruner expressed his admiration for Loggins and McDonald. That grew into an invitation from Bruner to try collaborating on a song. In the case of Solange, getting McDonald to join her at Okeechobee fulfilled a long-time dream of hers to sing “What A Fool Believes” with the artist who made the song famous. “I don’t know how long any of this will last,” McDonald said of the collaborations and the renewed attention he is receiving. “My experience in the music business is everything comes in waves and things get quiet for awhile and you just kind of have to stay in touch with what your muse really is and really should be. It’s anybody’s guess what that will be five years from now.” McDonald certainly knows about ups and downs in a career. He first enjoyed major popularity in the late 1970s as a member of the Doobie Brothers, singing some of the band’s most popular songs, including “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “What A Fool Believes” and “Minute By Minute.”  The Doobies broke up in 1982, and McDonald moved on to a solo career that saw considerable early success before his fortunes faded during the 1990s and he had one of those career lulls. But then he signed with Universal Records, who suggested that he make an album of covers of Motown Records hits. That album, 2003’s “Motown,” became a double-platinum hit that put McDonald back into the

music spotlight in a big way. A 2004 sequel, “Motown Two,” also did well, and in 2008 McDonald released an album of soul-rooted covers, “Soul Speak.” Then came the nine-year stretch without a new album. The gap could have grown longer, as McDonald started writing (or co-writing) and demoing songs thinking he’d pitch them to other artists to cover. Instead, producer/drummer Shannon Forrest, who shared a studio with McDonald liked McDonald’s rough demos and decided to cut new drum tracks for some of the songs and have other musicians add guitars, bass and other instrumentation to the original demos. Eventually, Forrest invited McDonald to listen to the revamped tracks and McDonald agreed with Forrest’s suggestion that they had the makings of a McDonald solo album. “Wide Open” rates with McDonald’s best work as a solo artist, fitting comfortably in his soul/R&B/ pop wheelhouse. There’s an unhurried quality to the album, as simmering and lush tunes like “Strong Enough,” “Hail Mary” and “Honest Emotion” unfold gracefully and set the tone for the album. A few other songs (the funky “Find It,” the perky “Hurt Me” and the bluesy “Half Truth”) kick up the tempos and add a little edge to the proceedings, giving “Wide Open” some welcome peaks and valleys. McDonald is in fine form throughout, with his soulful burnished vocals as strong and immediately identifiable as ever. McDonald started playing songs from his new album last summer and plans to continue featuring selections from “Wide Open” in his shows alongside his hits. “So far, we’ve had pretty good luck with playing the new stuff live, so I think we’re going to kind of pursue that ... There’s a certain thing about playing new stuff live, those little changes that happen and where you put them in the show kind of changes,” McDonald said.

Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m.—LUDLOW—Black River Academy Museum, Friends of the Ludlow Auditorium and The Book Nook welcome Vermont film historian Rick Winston to Ludlow for a talk about Winston’s new exploration of the McCarthy Era in Vermont, “Red Scare in the Green Mountains: Vermont in the McCarthy Era 1948-1960.” This book talk will take place on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Frank Heald Auditorium upstairs in the Ludlow Town Hall. In his new book Rick Winston explores what happened in Vermont when the anti-Communist fear known as the Red Scare swept the country. We see how a small, rural “rock-ribbed Republican” state with a historically libertarian streak handled the hysteria of the time. Far from the klieg lights of Washington D.C., Hollywood, and New York City, the Green Mountain state challenged the national narrative with its own fascinating stories. Here are nine of the most gripping dramas played out in Vermont during “scoundrel time,” including a high-profile academic firing, controversies involving left-leaning summer residents, courageous newspaper editors who spoke out against McCarthy’s tactics, and a conservative senator who helped take down Joseph McCarthy.   Copies of the book will be available for purchase (and to be signed) at the event. Ludlow Town Hall is located at 37 S. Depot St., Ludlow.

Community barbecue kicks off fall in Brownsville Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.—BROWNSVILLE— Tribute Park in Brownsville will be the location for the Brownsville Community Church’s community barbecue and potluck on Saturday, Sept. 15, 4-7 p.m. The event will include family fun and games. Volunteer hosts will serve up hamburgers, hotdogs (with fixin’s) and soft drinks. Community attendees are asked to bring a favorite salad or dessert to share. In lieu of potluck dishes, cash donations will be gratefully accepted. In addition to food,

the AHGirls will lead a STEM project and team building activity. The Trail Life Boys will be demonstrating some of the skills they learned this past year. The BCC Christian Education Team will unveil their programs for the coming year. Tribute Park and the Brownsville Community Church are located on the Brownsville-Hartland Road, between Albert Bridge School and the Brownsville Town Hall. For more information, visit



Stafford Technical Center Student Openings By Timothy White

Women’s Club to host community gathering opportunity to meet new people and catch up with fellow members after the summer. Returning members are encouraged to invite other women who are new in the community to attend and learn more about the club. For more info, visit To RSVP, go to The GKWC (formerly known as the Sherburne Women’s Club) is a civic organization founded in Killington

Author, historian to talk about Vt. McCarthy Era


Michael McDonald

Thursday, Sept. 13, 6 p.m.—KILLINGTON—The Greater Killington Women’s Club (GKWC) begins its 2018 fall season with the annual Meet Your Neighbor Night tradition. This year the event is being hosted at the home of Susan Durant on Thursday, Sept. 13, 6-9 p.m. This event is free to attend. Light refreshments and appetizers will be provided by the GKWC Board members. It is a great


over 50 years ago. In more than a half century, the club has given away over $100,000 in local student scholarships as well as to area non-profit organizations, charities and schools. The club invites members (current, former, and potential) to join or rejoin and consider supporting this worthwhile organization that does so much for the community. Membership applications can be found on its website.

Limited day program space available! Auto Body Repair Cosmetology Culinary Arts Natural Resources & Forestry Human Services Public Safety Engineering Video For more information contact Sue Dodge at




Join the Vermont Great 2, 4, 6, 8 race in Rutland

Saturday, Sept. 15, 8:30 a.m.—RUTLAND—Join Rutland Regional Medical Center on Saturday, Sept. 15 for the second annual Vermont Great 2, 4, 6, 8K Run and Walk in downtown Rutland. The race will start and finish on Center Street, and participants will enjoy a wide variety of activities and food options after the race. For one day only, take advantage of the Green Street Challenge with green grass on Center Street creating a natural play space for children and families. Visit the unique

shops and restaurants along Center Street, check out the Farmer’s Market, and enjoy the Shriner’s Parade that follows the race, at 2 p.m. in downtown Rutland. The first 100 participants will get a race t-shirt. Day-of registration will be open on Center Street from 8:30-10 a.m., costing $30 per person. The race will start at 10:30 a.m. All routes will start and end on Center St. To pre-register and for more information, visit



Learn to compost with with Master Gardeners Monday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.—RUTLAND—The Rutland Master Gardeners host Composting 101: Managing Food Waste on a Home Scale, Monday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Godnick Center, 1 Deer St. Learn to reduce your trash size and odor, improve the health of your lawn and garden, and save money. This enthusiastic and simple approach will surely activate your interest and demystify the processes of composting. The presenter will cover the spectrum of practical compost options, compost ingredients, bins and styles, the conflicting lists of compost do’s and don’ts, and the role of compost in managing soil health. Leave feeling inspired. There will be an engaging Powerpoint presentation with Q&A.

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The big band era comes to Heald Auditorium, featuring Enerjazz Saturday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m.—LUDLOW— On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Enerjazz Big Band will be cooking up a storm of great music at 7 p.m. in the Heald Auditorium of the Ludlow Town Hall. The 18 members of EnerJazz, Vermont’s high energy big band, are dedicated to playing favorite hits of the swing era in their original style, using the original arrangements whenever possible. In addition to the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and others, the band’s repertoire also includes arrangements by contemporary big bands from Maynard Ferguson to Gordon Goodwin as well as jazz interpretations of popular tunes from other genres. Whether dancing or just toe-tapping and listening, the audience will undoubtedly be entertained by this group of hard working, fun loving musicians. The event is free and open to all ages. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call 802-228-7239 or visit


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Chester Craft Festival to be held on the Green Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 15-16—CHESTER—The annual Chester Fall Craft Festival will be held Sept. 15-16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., on the Green in Chester. Crowds converge on the Green to explore the unique handmade crafts offered by over 65 vendors lining the green. Handmade crafts include wood products, glass, jewelry, photography, watercolors, fiber arts, pottery, quilts, soaps and more. A children’s tent will keep kids entertained.  Discover the beer garden behind the Fullerton Inn on Saturday, stroll through the quaint stone village, listen to music, explore local shops and galleries, and sample a wide variety of interesting food.     The musical entertainment schedule for Saturday includes: Owen Nied at 11 a.m.; Will Danforth at 12:30 p.m.; and Matt Meserve at 2:30 p.m. Musical entertainment on Sunday includes: Nightcap Band at 11 a.m.; Root 7 at 12:30 p.m.; and Chris Kleeman at 2 p.m. The festival is held rain or shine and there is something for everyone. Admission is free. A shuttle service will be available between the Newsbank parking lot and the Green. Follow signs off Cobleigh Street. Also held in conjunction, Phoenix Books Misty Valley will host two book signings during the weekend. “Vermont Wild” author Megan Price will visit the store on Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Erin Rounds, author of the picture book “Charlotte’s Bones,”will appear on Sunday, from 12-2 p.m. For more information, visit

Town of West Rutland to host first Homecoming Block Party Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m.—WEST RUTLAND—The Town of West Rutland presents the first annual community block party in conjunction with the West Rutland School’s Homecoming Weekend. The block party will take place on the Town Hall Green and Marble Street on Saturday, Sept. 15 from 4-9 p.m. (immediately following the Homecoming soccer games at the West Rutland School). Marble Street from Campbell to Main Street will be blocked off to traffic to host the evening’s festivities. Games, vendors, food trucks and musical entertainment will be provided by Phil Henry, the West Rutland Alumni Rock Lab and Blue Jay Way. Admission is free. Bring a chair.



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The quarry access road (Dairy Rd) is located on the east side of Rt. 7, 2 miles south of Middlebury, VT and 1 mile north of the Rt. 125 & Rt. 7 intersection to East Middlebury. The turn (between Connor Homes & Foster Motors) will be marked on the day of the event. For more information, call our Community Feedback Line at:

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Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m.—RUTLAND— Phoenix Books Rutland will welcome Fearn Lickfield on Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m., for a talk on “The Bardic Book of Becoming,” by Ivan McBeth, cofounder of Vermont’s Green Mountain School of Druidry. Lickfield will offer a presentation titled “A Druid’s Legacy,” to include stories, poetry, toning, the Dragon Dance and other inspirations. “The Bardic Book of Becoming” is a warm, user-friendly, eclectic introduction to modern druidry that invites the reader to take the first steps into the realms of magic and mystery. Readers are introduced to the various techniques and practices of a Druid in training. Written with Fearn Lickfield,

the book incorporates lessons, visualizations, rituals, and magical stories. Many different activities and exercises are included that provide the reader with handson learning. The book also provides personal stories that demonstrate McBeth’s journey from spiritual seeker to Druid. Ivan McBeth was a Druid in the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids who founded the Green Mountain Druid Order, a modern mystery school based in Worcester, with his partner, Fearn Lickfield. He passed gracefully into the Otherworld at Fall Equinox of 2016. This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St., Rutland. For more information, call 802-855-8078 or visit

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Ivan McBeth is cofounder of Vermont’s Green Mountain School of Druidry. He died in 2016.


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we all look forward to. Instead of the cliche PSL (pumpkin spice latte) or cinnamon apple cider, consider a refreshing glass of Clown Shoes beer! Straight from Ipswich, Mass., this craft brewery will be featured at The Foundry for Spartan weekend. After conquering the course, defending your personal title, and posting on social media about how sore your body is, simmer down with a tasting of Clown Shoes Galacti-

Feast & Field Farmers’ Market

Depot Park, Rutland (75+ vendors!): Wednesday, 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Clark Farm, Barnard: Thursday, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Market on the Green

Estabrook Park, Brandon: Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Village Green, Woodstock: Wednesday, 3-6 p.m.

Clown Shoes ought to fit! Crisp air and cool nights signify the change in seasons, a time that

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Rochester Farmers’ Market & Exchange

Lakes Region Farmers’ Market

On the Park, Rochester: Friday, 3-6 p.m.

Main Street, Poultney: Thursday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

ca, Space Cake, and The Stranger. Galactica is straight out of this world hopping forward with pine and citrus notes to make you feel like the ultimate Spartan champion. Space Cake, on the other hand, may be the utmost reward for conquering one of the craziest courses the world of exercising has to offer. After a rigorous diet of healthy food, water, and sleep (can’t relate), what more could an athlete want other than a creamy malt-like Mosaic? It’s a regenerative fruit smoothie mixed with a caramel dessert suitable for everyone. Tastings are always fun, so don’t be a Stranger to the melon, citrus, herby flavors of Clown Shoes beer this coming weekend. 

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Brandon Farmers’ Market

Ludlow Farmers’ Market

Killington Farmers’ Market

Okemo Mountain School, Ludlow: Friday, 4-7 p.m.

Mission Farm Road, Killington: Third Thursday of each month, 3-6 p.m.

Fair Haven Farmers’ Market On the Park, Fair Haven: Thursday, 3-6 p.m.

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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. (802) 422-4411

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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






Mendon Mini Golf and Snack Bar

Mendon Mini Golf and Snack Bar serves a variety of dining options that include Handmade Burgers, Dogs, Grilled Chicken, Fish, Hand-cut Fries, and many other meals and sides. Also choose from 11 flavors of Hershey’s Ice Cream. 802-776-4921

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

Enjoy an intimate dining menu or tavern specials at Killington’s only waterside dining that also has live entertainment every Friday and Saturday. Appetizers include crab cakes, buffalo drumsticks and a cheese slate while the entrees include chicken Marsala, meat loaf, steamed lobster and more. The tavern menu features nachos, fried fish sandwich, teriyaki steak sandwich and others. (802) 422-5335

Whether staying overnight or visiting for the day, Mountain Top’s Dining Room & Tavern serve delicious cuisine overlooking 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. Dine on the terrace for lunch or dinner and enjoy the view! Just a short drive from Killington. 802483-2311


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Rosemary’s will be open Friday and Saturday nights from 6 until 9 pm during the Summer season serving a delightful menu of fresh and superbly seasoned selections. Built around an indoor boulder, we also feature an illuminated boulder garden view, and photographs capturing the Inn’s history. Chef Reggie Serafin , blends the flavors of Ireland with those of countryside New England created with a host of fresh local Vermont and New England seafood products. We take pride in serving you only the best quality, and supporting the local farmers. Reservations appreciated. Call: 802-775-7181

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.

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. (802) 422-4241

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As 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. (802) 776-4005

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ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival continues with ‘The Fantasticks’ Sept. 13-29—SO. POMFRET— The ArtisTree Music Theatre Festival continues with its second show of the season, “The Fantasticks,” the longest running musical in history! Performances will be held Sept. 14-29 (with a special preview performance on Thursday, Sept. 13) at the Grange Theatre on Stage Road in South Pomfret. “The Fantasticks” is the longest-running musical in the world and with good reason: at the heart of its breathtaking poetry and subtle theatrical sophistication is a purity and simplicity that transcends cultural barriers. The result is a timeless fable of love that manages to be nostalgic and universal at the same time. “The Fantasticks” is the funny,

romantic musical about a boy, a girl, and the two fathers who try to keep their children apart. The narrator, El Gallo, asks the audience to use its imagination and follow him into a world of moonlight and magic, as the boy and the girl fall in love, drift apart, and finally find their way back to each other. They’ve come to realize the truth in El Gallo’s words: “Without a hurt, the heart is hollow.” This moving tale of young lovers who become disillusioned – only to discover a more mature, meaningful love – is punctuated by a bountiful series of catchy, memorable songs, many of which have become classics. Broadway actor Ken Prymus (“The Wiz,” “Ain’t Misbehaving,” “CATS”) returns to Vermont as

Henry, The Old Actor. Broadway and award-winning cabaret performer Michael McAssey plays Hucklebee, father of the boy with James Rio (“Phantom of the Opera”) as the girl’s father. Scott Moreau (“1st National Million Dollar Quartet”) plays the storyteller – El Gallo. Local comedian Collen Doyle (“Woolen Mills Comedy Club”) brings his talents to the role of Mortimer. Renée Kathleen Koher (“Tokyo Disney’s The Little Mermaid in Under The Sea”) is featured as The Mute. Nick Kuhn (ArtisTree’s “Godspell”) and Sarah Lasko (Dorothy in the National Tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Wizard of Oz”) play the young lovers. For ticket and more information, visit


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Rutland Regional to offer chair aerobics

Submitted by Vermont Countil on the Humanities “Art and the Making of Regional Identity in Pawlet” is the title of the exhibit at the Pawlet Public Library.

William Hosley to talk on New England Impressionist artists

Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.—PAWLET—On Sunday, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m., the Pawlet Public Library hosts Vermont Humanities Council speaker William Hosley, whose talk explores “New England Impressions: Art and the Making of Regional Identity, 1885-1950.” An exhibit of paintings, prints and photography of Pawlet and

the region from the library’s permanent collection complements his presentation. Hosley, a collector, photographer and preservationist, will talk about generations of aspiring New England artists who applied history, landscape, environment and traditional industries as subject matter and muse. He will tell the story of the paint-

ers, printmakers and photographers who pictured New England. The exhibit of the library’s art collection includes works by artists Bill Graveline, Eva Bowker, Dean Fausett, Janice Goehz, J. P. Jensen, and M. Brown and by photographers Peter Miller, Neil Rappaport, Stephen M. Schaub, and Glen Munson.

The exhibit, which runs through December, will be on display downstairs in the Waite Room. The Pawlet Public Library, housed in a renovated historic grammar school building, is located at 141 School St., Pawlet. For more information, visit pawletpubliclibrary. or call 802325-3123.

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m.—RUTLAND—For those that have difficulty standing or walking, it doesn’t have to mean exercise is out of the question. Rutland Regional Medical Center is offering a chair aerobics class, Tuesdays and Fridays, Sept. 18-Oct. 5, 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen St., Rutland. The class, instructed by Allyson Taggart, NASM-CPT, will focus on strength, endurance, and flexibility by using a chair as a platform for workouts. The class is suitable for most beginner levels, and geared towards those who are disabled, recovering from an injury, experiencing joint problems, and/or have difficulty performing exercises that require standing, walking, or running for any length of time. Each class will open with an introduction on a topic, a review of the exercises, a workout and a take-home exercise assignment. Topics covered throughout the course will include shoulder mobility/flexibility, endurance and isometric exercise, balance and core strength, and education on the health benefits of aerobic exercise. Cost for this course is $15. Registration is required. For more information or to register call 802-772-2400 or visit

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Canine diving competition to benefit RCHS Sunday, Sept. 16, 12 p.m.— LAKE BOMOSEEN—The Rutland County Humane Society’s annual Dog Dock Diving competition, to benefit the shelter, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 12-3

p.m. at The Palms on Lake Bomoseen (off of Route 30). Registration begins at 11 a.m. There will be prizes for first, second, and third place longest jumps in categories from novice to pro. There

Scores of farm owners face higher taxes after failing to submit ‘current use’ form By Elizabeth Gribkof/VTDigger

is a $10 entry fee for dogs, and a donation suggested for spectators. Stop by to watch or compete.  For more information, call 802-483-9171 ext. 208 or visit the website at

Vermont attorney general to investigate Catholic Church abuse By Colin Meyn/VTDigger

Owners of at least 190 parcels of agricultural land or farm buildings failed to return a form certifying that their property is still being used for farming and have been removed from the state’s “current use” program, a tax department official told VTDigger on Thursday. Unless the decision is overturned, the result is that these farmers will have to pay significantly higher taxes on their land. Vermont’s current use program was created in 1978 to tax agricultural land and forests at special rates lower than the land’s market value. The program also exempts farm buildings from property taxes. The Legislature passed Act 57 in 2015, adding a requirement that agricultural landowners enrolled in current use certify with the tax department each year that their land is still being used for farming. Sen. Alison Clarkson, D-Windsor, who served on House Ways & Means during the session when the committee sponsored the certification, said the requirement was seen as a “pretty non-intrusive, trusting way to have people sign off on the fact that they’re doing what they say they’re doing.” In 2015 and 2016, the tax department sent out pre-populated copies of the certification form to thousands of landowners enrolled in current use, said Tax Commissioner Kaj Samsom. The department did not remove landowners who failed to meet the new requirement during those two years, he said. The department sent out forms again in September

Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan will open an investigation into abuse within Vermont’s Catholic Church, including at the St. Joseph’s orphanage. The announcement comes days after BuzzFeed published a lengthy investigation into horrifying abuses at the Catholic-run facility in Burlington. “We’ll do an investigation,” Donovan said in an interview Friday. “Certainly it will be about the allegations specifically about St. Joseph’s, but my sense is we will also look at some larger issues involved here.” He added that he would hold a press conference with other law enforcement officials next week to give further details about the investigation. “I think we will have more to say Monday morning, but obviously what’s in my mind certainly is the grand jury report from Pennsylvania,” he said. That report accused 300 Catholic priests across the state of sexually abusing children over seven decades. “We are concerned about any allegations of abuse,” Donovan added, “any allegations of any sort of cover up is something we will look at.” Donovan said the task force conducting the investigation will include the Attorney General’s Office, Vermont State Police, the Chittenden County State’s Attorney’s Office and the Burlington Police Department. Adam Silverman, a Vermont State Police spokesperson, said in an email Friday that the agency “will investigate any complaints received in our area of responsibility and work

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The Mountain Times • Sept. 12-18, 2018

Archery deer season starts Oct. 6 The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department says hunters are looking forward to Vermont’s upcoming Oct. 6- Nov. 2 and Dec. 1-9 archery deer hunting season. A hunter may take up to two deer in Vermont’s two-part archery season with the purchase of two archery licenses. No more than one of the deer taken during archery season may be a legal buck. Antlerless deer hunting is allowed statewide this year during archery season. In Vermont a hunter may take up to three deer in a calendar year in any combination of seasons (Archery, Youth Weekend, November Rifle Season, December Muzzleloader). Of these, only two may be legal bucks, and only one buck may be taken in each season. A “legal buck” is a deer with at least one antler having two or more points one inch or longer. All three deer in the annual bag limit may be antlerless deer.


Hunters must have a standard hunting license in order to purchase an addon archery deer hunting license, except that nonresidents may purchase an “archery only deer license” costing $75. Licenses may be quickly and easily purchased on Fish & Wildlife’s website ( Hunters planning a Vermont archery deer hunting trip should download a copy of the 2017 Whitetailed Deer Harvest Report from Fish & Wildlife’s website. It has the number of deer taken in each town in last year’s deer hunting seasons. Hunters took 3,578 deer during the 2017 archery season, and the average of the last three years is 3,481. For more information and a summary of regulations, download the 2018 Deer Season Guide on Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s website. For more help, Email (fwinformation@ or call 802828-1000.

AG announces probe

continued from page 19A with any other agencies if they ask for assistance.” He added, “We have received no complaints or requests at this time.” Following the Attorney General’s announcement of Monday’s press conference, Silverman sent another email confirming that state police will be part of the task force. Burlington Police Chief Brandon del Pozo confirmed his police department’s plans to Seven Days earlier in the day. Contacted by VTDigger later in the afternoon, he confirmed his comments in that story, but declined to answer further questions until the press conference on Monday. Allegations contained in the BuzzFeed article date back as far as the 1940s. The orphanage closed in the 1970s. The statute of limitations in Vermont for adults to bring civil claims is six years after a person “realizes they were damaged,” which has hindered previous cases against the St. Joseph nuns. There is no statute of limitations on a criminal charge of murder in Vermont. Vermont will join at least seven other states whose attorneys general have opened some sort of investigation or review of the Catholic Church following a bombshell report on systemic and sustained abuses at the hands of the clergy in Pennsylvania. The other states that have announced probes into the Catholic Church are New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, Missouri, Nebraska and New Mexico. The states differ in how they are going about this work. New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood on Thursday subpoenaed all Roman Catholic dioceses in the state. New Jersey will set up a task force with subpoena power to compel testimony and obtain documents. Following the BuzzFeed report describing decades of child abuse at St. Joseph’s — and even nuns killing children — Donovan told the website in an article published on Aug. 29 that he was “horrified and angry.” “My heart breaks for all the victims that endured and suffered this abuse,” Donovan said. “My office remains committed to the prevention, investigation and prosecution of child abuse wherever it may occur.” Donovan is running for re-election in November against Rep. Janssen Willhoit, R-St. Johnsbury, a defense attorney who is leaving his seat in the House and made a late entry into the statewide race. He also announced this week that Vermont is suing Purdue Pharma, the producer of the opioid painkiller OxyContin, for deceptively marketing the drug for years, leading to an opioid crisis gripping Vermont and the nation. Alan Keays contributed reporting.

By Lani Duke

Vermont’s first fine arts academy

VEDA helps Maple Ridge Meats expand The Vermont Economic Development Authority (VEDA) approved $150,000 in financing to help Maple Ridge Meats, LLC, of Benson to help the USDA-inspected slaughter and processing facility expand to meet increased demand for its services. The company processes animals raised by local growers for sale and for private consumption. The expansion will double cooling/freezer storage capacity, improving efficiencies in animal processing and product handling. In all VEDA recently approved $100 million in loans for commercial, agricultural, small business, and energy projects.


Castleton University plans to open the Vermont Academy of Fine Arts on the CU campus in the fall of 2019. Attending high school students may earn an average 30 college credits in creative writing, music, and theater while living on campus. Students learn more than the subjects they are studying, University President Karen Solforo stated. They learn to “take initiative, engage with their peers, problem solve as a group, demonstrate creativity, and take risks.” Acquiring these desirable skills appeals to employers. To apply students must submit a portfolio or audition. If accepted they can enroll in their high school senior year. Vermont high school students can attend tuition-free through the early college education program; out-of-state students pay a reduced

tuition rate. Younger high school and middle school students may participate in summer classes and camp experiences. The academy is an important element in combatting Castleton’s declining enrollment. CU officials believe the academy is the first art academy in the state with potential to attract serious budding artists, Dean of Enrollment Maurice D. Ouimet, Jr. said. Plans call for promoting the academy in every high school in Vermont in the coming year. More information is available through the school admissions office,, by phone at (800) 639-85214, and via the website A dedicated page for the academy is in planning. Application deadline for the inaugural class is June 1, 2019.

Virtual reality educational applications Castleton University has been exploring uses for the virtual reality lab it purchased in March. Assistant professor of psychological sciences Greg Engel said the virtual reality lab is already enhancing the student experience; students can design and implement science studies that could not be done without this technology, he explained. One

study currently underway examines the effects of caffeine on stress. Users are immersed in a virtual world. The system sends separate images to each eye to create three-dimensional images and precisely tracks head and hand movements using special infrared cameras to enable interaction in virtual space. Junior

psychology student Weslee Thompson plans to use the equipment to see how virtual reality can be used in a medical setting. Using cutting edge technology prepares students for careers in science after school, Engel said. They learn more than what is already known, “how new knowledge is generated and evaluated.”

Under consideration in Rutland

continued from page 1A Nicole Kesselring described the landscape plan as achieving a balance between aesthetics and maximizing space for parking. A buffer strip along Route 7 of juniper and hydrangea will line the sidewalk, and a rain garden at the rear of the lot will capture parking lot runoff, exceeding the city standard for significant reduction in runoff, she said. A cluster of birches will mark the driveway. The ordering window would be on the side facing Route 7. As many as eight cars can queue at the window, transportation engineer Matthew Skelly said, although Starbucks criteria nationally are for three to four cars in line at any one time. In a memo, the city engineer had recommended planning adequate space for cars to queue at the ordering window rather than trying to direct longer lines to stack in the parking lot during peak periods. Lighting will be as unobtrusive as possible, with four pole lights and decorative lighting, and there will be no floodlights. Skelly noted that the Route 4-Route 7 intersection is the busiest intersection in Rutland. According to his firm’s traffic impact study, VTrans counted 24,962 vehicles passing through the intersection over a 24-hour period. The Rutland Herald had reported in 2011 that the 24-hour count was 22,800 vehicles. The traffic study also noted the Five Guys hamburger shop proposed for the Mobil Station location 500 yards away and concluded that it would attract less traffic than the

Mobil Station has. In his memo, the city engineer expressed “no concerns” for an adverse impact on traffic patterns or wait times. Skelly said patrons will use the existing left turn lane into the CVS lot, and the timing of the traffic signal is not expected to be changed, although longer queues can be expected. The lane length can be increased, he added. No one at the hearing asked about traffic safety, but the traffic study includes a crash analysis. The study notes that although this intersection is included on VTrans’ High Crash Location map for 2012-2016, there is no proposal to alter traffic patterns. While 2015 saw a high of eight crashes here, 2017 only saw one, and the average per year has been four, all occurring within 200 feet of each intersection. VTrans crash data shows the majority occurred on Route 7 before noon or in late afternoon, in most cases in good weather. The majority of crashes were “sideswipes” of vehicles moving in the same direction as they failed to keep to their lane. VTrans plans to install rumble strips and new pavement markings in 2018, the study reported. Skelly stated that sight distance meets VTrans standards. Observers remained silent but attentive. Questions from the board concerned parking, snow removal, the sewer layout, what the retail area would consist of, what the enclosure will be made of, and the number of people to be employed

by Starbucks. Retired architect Alvin Figiel of the ARC stood to thank the planners for incorporating changes requested by his group. The ARC requested the exterior elements be light-colored clapboard siding of either wood or “simulated wood” and brick, stone or wood, with simulated wood trim around the windows, and that the center gable be larger than the other two. The final comment from “behind the rail” included a plea on behalf of the Northwest Neighborhood, which claims North Main Street as its east boundary, to preserve the historic Hearthside building and move it elsewhere to be repurposed as a cultural resource. The DRB has 45 days to render its decision, followed by a 30-day appeal period to the Vermont Superior Court, Environmental Division. Zoning approval is the first step, Kelly told the Mountain Times. The DRB will make its decision within 45 days, followed by a 30-day appeal period. If appealed, the proposal goes to the Superior Court’s environmental division. Actual construction will need a building permit plus a permit from the fire safety division. The Starbucks property will include the present parking area on the north side of the Hearthside, and the building will take up most of the frontage on Route 7. The total footprint of the building will be about 5,700 sq. ft., with the retail section taking up about 2/3 of the total.


The Mountain Times • Sept. 12-18, 2018

By Lani Duke

CCV’s new semester shows strong numbers

About 90 students attended one of four orientation sessions at the Rutland campus of Community College of Vermont, Ginger Gellman, CCV coordinator of academic services, told the Rutland Herald. Enrollment for fall semester is higher than the school expected, she noted. New programs from the workforce education program this year include bookkeeping certification after three classes, and a production technician certification program that lead to manufacturing jobs. Another new program enables students to complete their senior year of high school while a freshman at CCV.

Rutland Beerworks plans benefit A series of short projects to make inoperable or not, in a roadway or in repairs to West Street was scheduled to the space between a roadway and the begin Sept 6. The string of one- and twosidewalk, a restriction added to Rutland day projects will disrupt traffic for this City’s parking regulations, enacted by the kind of project can Board of Alderbe so short because men Sept. 4. The THE ORDINANCE IS NOT each one consists ordinance is not INTENDED TO TARGET of a different type intended to target of work using difapartment resiAPARTMENT RESIDENTS ferent equipment. dents who leave a WHO LEAVE A VEHICLE Rutland Beer vehicle parked in Works, beer supthe street in front PARKED INTHE STREET. plier for the Hop’N of their apartMoose, is planning ments for a couple Rutland’s very first homebrewing comof days at a time, City Attorney Matthew petition to raise funds for the Rutland Bloomer commented to the Rutland County Humane Society. The brewery Herald. The ordinance was written in rewill produce the winning beer in RBW’s sponse to concerns over storage vehicles 700-gallon system. being parked on city streets and rights of Forty-eight hours is the maximum way and contributing to a perception of time an individual may leave a vehicle, neglect.

City holds security drills Christ the King and Rutland Middle School staffers met with representatives of security consultants Soteryx of Saratoga Springs, New York and Rutland City police officers Jason Williams and Brendan Reilly Aug. 30 for what CTK president Sarah Fortier described as the last step in a new crisis response plan. Participants listened to a security briefing by Soteryx co-owner Shaun Wiggins, then learned about police response to active shooter situations and performed a security sweep of the school. Williams said that installing a direct line to Rutland City police bypasses the need for a 911 call to dispatch and may result in a quicker response time. The city’s 18 sworn police officers would promptly form a perimeter around the school while they enter. They would clear all open classrooms

before following up with a systematic clearance of closed doors. If teachers believe an active shooting is taking place, teachers should never open the classroom door unless certain that the person on the other side of the door is a police officer. In an evacuation, people leaving through a window should be prepared to have their hands in the air and empty, and not be overly startled to see a police officer pointing a rifle directly at them. Participants then took part in an active shooter drill. Students will also take part in active shooter drills so that they are not as frightened in the event of a problem in the future. Middle schools received a new security system with camera and buzzer entrance to unlock from the inside. Students and faculty will receive ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) training.

City deems Dunklee Pond dam hazardous The Board of Aldermen examined the Public Safety Committee’s recommendation to declare Dunklee Pond dam declared a hazard and begin working with property owners and state officials for its removal. Alderman Scott Tommola claimed the city need not be involved, but that the state should work out problems with the private property owners affected. Built in the 1890s to form a pond for an ice-harvesting business, the dam has seemed to be ready to fail for a long time. Removal of the dam

and the sediment collected behind it is estimated to cost $300,000. Dan owners Shanel and Michelle Shah are willing to have the dam removed but lack the

dam’s removal. Alderman William Gillam believes the city can’t afford to do nothing; he cited the property damage Tropical storm Irene caused without having sound emer-

THE DAM A HAZARD WITH PLANS TO DEVELOP A SPECIFIC PROPOSAL FOR THE DAM’S REMOVAL BEFORE MAKING ANY EXPENDITURE. resources to do it themselves. They live out of state and have not participated in public discussions about the dam. Tommola believes the city can not afford to pay for the

gency plans in place. Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation river management engineer Todd Menees told the aldermen some grant funds for removing the dam

Mt. Ascutney Hospital purchases defibrillators with $12,500 gift WINDSOR—Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center, a not-for-profit critical-access hospital located in Windsor, has received a $12,500 gift from the Mt. Ascutney Hospital Auxiliary. The donation was presented to the hospital’s president, CEO and chief medical officer Dr. Joseph Perras at the auxiliary’s annual appreciation luncheon held in the hospital’s boardroom on June 29. The donation was used to help pur-

lar fibrillation and pulseless ventricular tachycardia, both manifestations of improper electrical activity in the heart. The device can treat these conditions with defibrillation, sending electricity to stop the arrhythmia and reset electrical impulses so the heart can resume beating properly. According to Dr. Perras, the Auxiliary’s donation will cover the majority of the $17,000 cost of the new equipment. Karen Hill, president of AEDS ARE PORTABLE ELECTRONIC the Auxiliary, said that the group is gratified to be able DEVICES THAT ARE DESIGNED TO to support the Hospital’s AUTOMATICALLY DIAGNOSE LIFEwork in a tangible way. “AEDs will help Mt. Ascutney THREATENING HEART CONDITIONS. Hospital’s skilled professionals directly save lives. That’s chase twelve new automated external what these devices are made to do.” defibrillators (AEDs), which have been “Our Auxiliary represents the deep deployed throughout Mt. Ascutney Hoscommitment of our community to the pital and its Ottauquechee Health Center mission of our hospital, ‘to improve the in Woodstock. lives of those we serve,” Dr. Perras said. AEDs are portable electronic devices Thanks to the Auxiliary, with their passion that are designed to automatically diagand generosity, we can reach farther, do nose life-threatening heart conditions more, and be more effective. We’re very such as cardiac arrhythmias of ventriculucky to have them.”

are available to municipalities; others, for private property owners. Although some grants may accept in-kind contributions as a match, the project would require monetary input as well. The board agreed to declare the dam a hazard with plans to develop a specific proposal for the dam’s removal before making any expenditures, the Rutland Herald reported. Dunklee Pond is located alongside North Main Street, south of Steward’s Restaurant. Its outflow passes under the highway.

Roots moves to Center Street Marketplace Park Localvore Rutland restaurant Roots plans to be moved into new digs in the former Strand Theater building on the recently christened Center Street Marketplace Park, chef and owner Donald Billings told the Rutland Herald Sept. 4. Currently, Roots has space for 36 patrons; the new space, designed by developer Mark Foley, has seating for 70, including a 14-seat bar. Although the space is less visible than Roots’ current space at 51 Wales St., Roots has an established brand, and loyal customers, with a reputation for intriguing craft cocktails. Billings said the restaurant will maintain the current name and concept, with design work by Malgosia Urbunowicz, who also designed the original eatery for its 2011 opening. Purchasing Baba-a-Louis, Billings moved it to West Street, renamed The Bakery. The Bakery Annex, opened at 58 Merchants Row, continuous with The Bakery on West Street , in November, satisfies Rutland’s need for a full-service breakfast and brunch establishment on the weekend and is available for private events during the week. The Board of Aldermen approved the new Roots for the water bill incentive program, with a waived activation fee and a 50 percent water and sewer bill for its first year, increasing the bill by 1 percent each year for the following five years.

Red Cross seeks ethnically, racially diverse blood donors RUTLAND—The American Red Cross urges people of all races and ethnicities to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need. The vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major A-B-O groups. However, some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar racial or ethnic background. Twelve-year-old

Braden Green required blood transfusions to treat complications from sickle cell disease. “It saved his life, that blood transfusion,” said his mom, Brenda Green. “A blood donation can give a patient another chance at life or an opportunity to get through the day.” Blood given to patients with rare blood types or those who need repeated transfusions for conditions such as sickle cell disease or thalassemia must be matched very closely. All blood types are needed to ensure that the right blood product is available at the right time for all patients. Make an appointment to donate blood

by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting RedCrossBlood. org, or by calling 1-800RED CROSS (1-800-7332767). As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets through Sept. 30 will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations. More information is available at sport-clips. Upcoming blood donation opportunities, Sept. 16-30: • Bellows Falls: Sept. 27, noon-5 p.m., United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School St. • Bennington: Sept. Blood, page 28A



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Pick apples for a cause this Hunger Action Month September is National Hunger Action Month, and local apple orchards are teaming up with the Vermont Foodbank to give Vermonters a fun way to take action. In partnership with sponsors, Front Porch Forum, and 18 local apple orchards, the foodbank is mobilizing groups and individuals throughout the state to pick apples for people facing hunger through the Pick for Your Neighbor Program. The Vermont Foodbank then distributes the fresh-picked apples to food shelves and meal sites throughout the state. Food insecurity is closely linked to health. Hunger also coincides with diet-related illnesses, with 23 percent of Vermont Foodbank clients suffering from diabetes and 46 percent living with high blood pressure. According to Hunger in America 2014, 72 percent of the people served by the Vermont Foodbank report having to purchase inexpensive, non-nutritious food because they could not afford healthier options. By meeting the needs of Vermonters with fresh, nutritious foods, programs like Pick For Your Neighbor can help them achieve better health, lower health care bills, and a higher quality of life.

“All year long, we look forward to the harvest season and the bounty it brings our state,” said Vermont Foodbank CEO, John Sayles. “Spending a day picking apples with friends and family is always a highlight of the season. This is a great opportunity to add a great cause to that experience. As you make your annual orchard visit, take a little extra time to pick a few apples for someone who doesn’t always have access to the incredible fresh food our state has to offer. This is a wonderful opportunity for businesses to offer their employees a fun team-building day while giving back to the community,” Sayles added. Last year, Woodchuck Hard Cider employees visited Champlain Orchards and picked 2,000 pounds of apples to donate. “The impact you can have when you share healthy food with people is incredible,” Sayles said. “In this case, an apple a day really can keep the doctor away!” Since its inception, Pick for Your Neighbor has brought more than 100,000 pounds of fresh, local apples to Vermonters facing hunger. To learn more and to see a list of participating orchards, visit

FEMA approves $160K grant to Brandon Fire BRANDON—The Brandon Fire Department will receive an Assistance to Firefighters Grant in the amount of $160,477 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The grant will be used to purchase new breathing apparatus for Brandon’s firefighters. The primary goal of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) is to meet the firefighting and emergency response needs of fire departments and nonaffiliated emergency medical service organizations. Eligible applicants

include local fire departments, fire districts, nonaffiliated EMS organizations, tribal fire departments and state fire training academies. The applications are submitted directly to FEMA, where they are reviewed and scored by fire service personnel from throughout the nation. FEMA obligates funding for this project directly to the recipient agencies. It is the recipient agency’s responsibility to manage the grant award within federal guidelines with technical assistance and

monitoring provided by FEMA fire program specialists. Since 2001, AFG has helped firefighters and other first responders obtain critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training and other resources necessary for protecting the public and emergency personnel from fire and related hazards. Additional information about FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program(s) may be found at

Rutland’s history honored as community adds to downtown art RUTLAND—”Stone Legacy,” a 10-foot, 10-ton statue of a stone carver, is the initial piece in a series of planned marble sculptures to grace downtown Rutland, will be dedicated Sept. 20 in a ceremony in the new Center Street Marketplace at noon. The sculpture celebrates the art and commerce that were the foundations of the region. The event will include a special acknowledgement of Vermont Quarries, operators of the largest underground marble quarry in the world, which is donating the marble for the series. “Stone Legacy” is a collaboration between American and Italian artists, Vermont Quarries, The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, MKF Properties and Green Mountain Power. The statue features a lifesized stone carver with a chisel in one hand and a carving hammer in the other. He appears to lean upon a piece of Vermont marble – the same block from which he is actually carved. The piece, in Danby White marble from Vermont Quarries’ Dorset

Mountain quarry, was designed by Kellie Pereira and carved by Stephen Shaheen, an artist affiliated with the Carving Studio, and Italian carvers Alessandro Lombardo and Andrea Ingrassia. MKF and GMP funded the work, which has been donated to the City of Rutland.

tion, funded by Rutland Regional Medical Center; a piece honoring Revolutionary War hero and local resident Ann Story, funded by the Costello family; and a sculpture of Andrea Mead Lawrence, an Olympic star and renowned environmentalist, funded by John and Sue Casella.

THE EVENT WILL INCLUDE A SPECIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF VERMONT QUARRIES, OPERATORS OF THE LARGEST UNDERGROUND MARBLE QUARRY IN THE WORLD, WHICH IS DONATING THE MARBLE FOR THE SERIES. The project is part of an ongoing series involving GMP’s Rutland Blooms program, MKF, Vermont Quarries, and the Carving Studio. Organizers hope to install one or two new sculptures honoring local history each year for the foreseeable future. Work continues on a sculpture highlighting Rutlanders’ and Vermonters’ role in the 54th Regiment, the first black regiment created in the Union Army after the Emancipation Proclama-

All three pieces are expected to be completed and installed downtown this fall. “The Jungle Book,” by Barre artist Sean Hunter Williams and funded by Phoenix Books, has already been installed on Center Street at the entrance to the bookstore. The public art series is intended to instill pride in local and regional history, beautify the downtown, and support the ongoing revitalization of Rutland.

Fair Haven forum invites community members for feedback Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m.—FAIR HAVEN—The Fair Haven Downtown Revitalization Committee will host a community forum in the park Sept. 16, 3-5 p.m. The event will feature makeyour-own sundaes while members of the committee are on hand to listen to ideas, suggestions, and feedback. On display will be possible solutions to economic development, parking, traffic, and beautification concerns raised during the group’s survey collection during July and August.  As part of a grant, the Town of Fair Haven has hired consultants Dubois & King to use information provided by the committee to make recommendations in three areas: traffic calming, economic development, and down-

town beatification. This forum will showcase ideas for downtown improvements, review options, and give residents an opportunity to provide input. The purpose of the committee is to give input to improve the safety of pedestrians and motorists, revitalize economic development, improve parking, and make the town more beautiful. The committee aims to make Fair Haven a destination with amenities to attract visitors and increase the quality of life for its residents. For more information, visit or email Town Manager Joe Gunter at fhmanager@


The Mountain Times • Sept. 12-18, 2018

By Laurie D. Morrissey

Thank a thistle

“There will always be thistle,” said the late U.S. Poet Laureate Maxine Kumin in one of her poems, because “Sheep will not eat it / nor horses nor cattle / unless they are starving.” She described it “choking the sweet grass / defeating the clover,” and pricking the hands with its spines. Okay, I guess thistles are not everyone’s favorite wildflower, but I’ve always liked them. I’m not a farmer,

THE OUTSIDE STORY so it’s easy for me to say. I like them because they’re pretty, they remind me of Scotland, and they’re like grocery stores for goldfinches. Maxine Kumin didn’t exactly hate thistles, either. On her sidehill farm not far from where I live, she wrote poems inspired by her deep love of New Hampshire’s pastures, meadows, and woodlands. The final stanza of “Why There Will Always Be Thistle” features chrome-yellow goldfinches exploding from thistle seed heads after gorging on the contents. Members of the sunflower family, thistles thrive in almost any environment except deep woods: open fields, sand and gravel pits, vacant lots, roadsides, and the edges of wetlands. The U.S. has more than 200 species, growing from two to 10 feet high and bearing pink, purple, white, or yellow blooms. The flowers are large; most thistle plants only flower once in a lifecycle, so a lot of energy goes into producing seed in that one bloom. Some species produce 4,000 to 10,000 seeds per plant. The Northeast has native and non-native thistles. The one you’re most likely to see in northern New

England, according to New Hampshire’s state botanist Bill Nichols, is a native one: the swamp thistle. It grows up to eight feet tall and has pink, lavender, and purple flowers. In the Midwest, this plant has a special niche as the host for an increasingly rare butterfly, the swamp metalmark, which lays its eggs on the underside of the leaves. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars dine exclusively on swamp thistle flowers. Native thistles also include the field thistle and the pasture thistle. Also native, but less widespread, is the yellow thistle, the only one on the New Hampshire Natural Heritage Bureau’s rare plant list. It grows near the seacoast, at the edges of salt marshes and meadows, and has prickly leaf bracts that earn it the species name Cirsium horridulum. The thistle’s bad reputation is mostly due to the weedy and invasive nature of several non-native species. They compete with crops, and their deep tap roots make them difficult to eradicate. They’re also very prickly. Native species,

on the other hand, have stems that range from hairy to slightly prickly. Non-native thistle species in the Northeast include the bull thistle, the nodding thistle, and the Canada

I’ll have an order of purchasing power parity, please! Purchasing power parity, or PPP, is a simple idea with a tongue twister of a name. When two countries have PPP, a basket of goods costs the same amount in both countries after MONEY MATTERS the exchange rate has been factored BY KEVIN THEISSEN in. The Economist developed an entertaining measure of PPP. It’s called “The Big Mac Index.” The index doesn’t measure a basket of goods. It simply considers the cost of a hamburger in 120 countries around the world. The index was updated for January 2018 and showed burger costs varied when translated into U.S. dollars. For example: In Switzerland, a burger costs $6.26 In United States, a burger costs $5.28 In the euro zone, a burger costs $4.84 In Britain, a burger costs $4.41 In China, a burger costs $3.17 Money matters, page 28A

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thistle (which is misnamed, since it was brought from Europe to North America). So hated is the Canada thistle that many states have taken legal measures to control it, starting with Vermont in 1795. Non-native thistles get a lot of people’s goats. (Goats will eat thistles, though they save them for last.) Unfortunately, native thistles suffer as a result. According to the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, native thistles are often targeted for eradication along with non-native ones, putting several species at risk of extinction. The society’s scientists point out that, in some regions, monarch butterflies visit native thistles more than any other wildflower during their migration. Other butterflies and bees do not discriminate. Whether native or introduced, thistles are a favorite food for pollinating insects and many birds. The thistle’s biggest bird fan is the American goldfinch. Goldfinches rely heavily on thistle plants for food and use thistledown in their nests. Unlike most songbirds, goldfinches rarely eat insects or feed them to their babies. They are late breeders, building nests in late June and early July and raising nestlings in late summer when thistle seed heads are abundant. Upside-down goldfinches are a common sight as they bend thistle stalks over completely and cling to flowers to peck at the seed heads. With all the current threats to pollinators, including habitat loss, pollution, climate change, and light pollution, native thistles deserve some love. Laurie D. Morrissey is a writer in Hopkinton, New Hampshire. 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 the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation:

We welcomed our friends from Avignon, France, Colette and Jean-Paul Pascal, with a fête. We explored our region on “Very Vermont” excursions and hikes. One lovely day at Silver Lake, Judy took Colette on her first kayak trip. We hiked Bear MounMountain tain, Pico Peak, and on Meditation the Appalachian Trail By Marguerite te alongside Kent Pond. Jill Dye We listened to geese fly overhead and coyotes howl in the nearby woods; we thrilled at views from the Mountaintop Inn, and at sighting deer, geese, and ducks. While scouting out our own backyard, Jean-Paul encountered a wild turkey flock! The only thing missing was a black bear encounter. We feasted on lobster and vegetarian fare at friends’ homes and diners where locals gather. I strove to prepare cuisine they would like, and we frequently shopped in our favorite stores, including Home Depot’s appliance sale. Colette won $40 at the Saratoga Race Track (minus her $20 initial investment), and when we were pooped out we watched Netflix: “Anne with an E” and “When the Heart Calls.” (The guys watched “Frontier” because men are from Mars.) Colette and I learned to stitch books by hand at a bookmaking workshop with Pen Women. The Woodstock Historical Society taught us about early Vermont at King Farm. The Clark Art Institute show in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Women Artists in Paris—1850-1900, inspired us with fabulous, little-known art. Colette also noticed their recent addition resembled a museum in the south of France which was also designed by the same architect. The Bennington Museum’s current exhibit, Crash to Creativity, demonstrated the creative and innovative culture fostered by the New Deal’s Works Progress Administration in Vermont among artists, writers, and civil workers. The WPA art represented typical rural people, the landscapes, and the need for better working and living conditions. (The exhibit runs through Nov. 4) At the Labor Day Rally in Middlebury the next day, Sen. Bernie Sanders and fellow Vermont candidates also advocated for a living wage, an agricultural economy for American food producers, health care for all, affordable education, and against discrimination. Gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist (who rose from a factory job to Vermont Electric Coop CEO) said if the minimum wage in the late 1960s were adjusted with the increase in the cost of living, it would be now $22 per hour. U.S. Rep. Peter Welch said it’s now a crime for those seeking asylum to ask for help. “If you want to reconsider who you elected president you have an opportunity every two years to change the House of Mountain meditation, page 28A

The days of cows and horses When you have lived long enough in the City of Rutland to remember the days of cows and

Looking Back by mary eellen shaw horses then you know that you have been around for awhile! Back in the 50s there was still some farmland in the city. One piece of property that had that designation was about a mile from my family home on Howard Avenue. I remember happily playing outside in my sandbox, when I was scooped up and taken inside. When I asked my mother why we were going

indoors she told me that some cows were coming up Sargent Avenue and would soon be at our house. I guess my mother didn’t want me to be trampled by the cute cows that were soon in our back yard. I have no idea how they got back home but they must have made an interesting sight as they traveled from Howard Avenue back to the Stratton Road area near Jackson Avenue and Allen Street. Cows once again had a connection to Howard Avenue as they stood in the back of a cattle truck in the driveway of the Myers’ home. They were in the process of being transported from one location to another and Sol Myers must have stopped at his house along the way. Since I was friends with the Myers’ son and daughter, I was at their house quite often. As I walked to

their door I often heard the cows mooing in the back of the truck. Even at a young age I knew it wasn’t a sight or sound that one expected to find on a city street. Horses also had a place in our city. You could find quite a few of them in the stalls of a barn on the Hendee property located on North Street Extension. Back in the 50s it was nothing for kids to use their bicycles to get from one end of the city to the other. From my house it was about a 4-mile round trip to the stables. My cousin, Betty, was much more of a horse lover than I was. But I never wanted to be left behind, so I would ride up there with her. We always had carrots or sugar cubes in our bike bags for the horses. I remember a beautiful palomino horse that belonged to Mary Ellen Ryan. She was there about Looking back, page 28A



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Athlete of the Week Raider Girls soccer team opened the season with two of the toughest opponents in Vermont girls’ soccer, 2017 Defending State Champions CVU and 2017 semifinalists Colchester. Elise Margo maintained composure and leadership throughout both matches to keep the Raiders in situations for offensive opportuni-

ties. She had an impressive performance and forced an overtime period with CVU, saving 20 out of 21 shots put on net. She rallied two days later and continued to provide leadership and guidance against a strong Colchester team. She repeatedly gave

the Raiders offensive opportunities and saved 9 out 13 shots out on net. Elise is a skillful goalkeeper and she is always encouraging and directing her teammates from the back. She is the glue to the Raider defense and the first playmaker for the offense.

When the wind gets in the way Question: Terry and Jim are playing in a tournament. On the 5th hole, Terry’s ball rests on the green. He marks his ball. He then replaces his ball without removing the ball marker. A burst of wind then moves his ball away from the ball marker. He then plays the ball from the new position. Jim says he must replace the ball where the ball marker is located. Is Jim correct? Answer: A ball is in play when it is

Name: Elise Margo Age: 17, senior School: Rutland High School Sport: Soccer Position: Goalkeeper

replaced even when the marker is in a new position. Therefore, Terry must play the ball from its new position. Jim is incorrect. See USGA Decisions on the Rules of Golf, 2016-2017, 20-4/. Decisions on the Rules , 2017-2018 have not yet been printed. Golf clinics for this week have been cancelled. This is the opening of Middlebury College football and as a graduate, I normally attend the games.

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PETPersonals IVORY - 4-year-old. Female. Pit Bull. I’m an adorable, outgoing, super sweet gal who will make you smile and giggle. I’m an on the go dog who will need lots of exercise and play time. Walks and hikes sound great!

TIGER - 9-year-old. Neutered male. Domestic Short Hair. Brown and white tabby. I arrived at RCHS as a stray. I am a big ole bundle of love and fur. My green eyes are quite lovely if I do say so myself. I am missing a few teeth on the top but I am not ready for dentures!

ELSA - 1-year-old. Spayed female. Pit Bull/Labrador Retriever mix. I’m an active, on the go gal who enjoys walks, hikes and other outdoor adventures. Exercise and play time will be important for me because I’m still young and I have lots of energy.

JONAH and NOAH - Parakeets. I am Jonah and this is my best friend Noah and we are a bonded pair looking for a new forever home together. We are both very neat, clean and love to groom ourselves. We’re cute!

MELODY 3-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Short Hair. Black and white. Hi, my name is Melody. Do not let my mustache fool you, I am a girl. Actually, I am a mother of 6 kittens who are also here at RCHS. I love playing with feathers and getting belly rubs!

MIA - 3-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Short Hair. Black with white. I am a sweet natured little girl, but can also be a little feisty at times. Once you meet me you will see how affectionate I am and my purring won’t stop. My previous owner said I eat fast!

CHESTER - 4-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Short Hair. Dilute Calico. I am a very pretty lady who is a new arrival at RCHS. I really enjoy being cuddled and if you scratch my ears, I will tuck my head and turn on my back for even more cuddles, while purring.

DJANGO - 5-year-old. male. Pit Bull/Labrador Retriever mix. Most dogs have one or two toys they love but I have to admit that I love one or two baskets of toys. Or maybe even more. You have to understand, I love toys. Like, I really love, love toys!

BODIE - 8-year-old. Neutered male. Domestic Short Hair. Black and White. I am a very shy guy but I do have a lot of love to offer. I was brought into RCHS on May 2 because my previous owner was moving and could no longer take care of me. I love catnip!

FIREBIRD - 3-year-old. Neutered male. Domestic Short Hair. Orange tabby. I am a new arrival to RCHS thanks to a nice person who found me wandering the streets alone. I already stand out from the other cats here because of my pretty orange coloring.

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CLAUDIA Is your life a little boring? Do you need a friend to make it more interesting and less lonely? If so I am the girl for you! I have a unique leg caused by a birth defect, but trust me I get around as well as any other cat! I am the most loving playful girl and will always be there for you. I do have to be your only fur-child. If I sound PURRfect stop by stop by Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m. The shelter is located at 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield. Call 802-885-3997 for more information.

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PIGLET - Adult. female. Tri-colored. Guinea Pig. I am a sweet and slightly overweight little girl who was brought to the Rutland County Humane Society because I did not get along with the other guinea pigs at my previous home.

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Everything is fated, up to a point

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

This week’s Horoscopes are coming out under the light of a brand new, Virgo Moon with Venus moving from Libra to Scorpio, and Mars moving from Capricorn to Aquarius. Of course there are a lot of other aspects to consider – Venus is squaring the Moon’s Nodes and opposing Uranus, and there are a number of other configurations that we could talk about that if we wanted to. Instead of going down that list, for now, I’d like to look at what’s happening to Venus and Mars as they get ready to change signs. Venus rules Libra. She has been passing through that sign since Aug. 6. When a planet passes through the sign that it rules, the energies it embodies have an easy time expressing themselves. If we take Venus to govern love, and the spirit of cooperation that allows us to co-exist in a conscious, equal relationship with others, we could assume that things have been relatively harmonious in those areas of our lives for the past month or so. If we apply the same principle to what’s happening globally, it suggests that even in a state of turmoil and conflict, we have managed to reconcile our differences and maintain life on planet earth in a state of peace and harmony. Mars retrograded back into Capricorn, on Aug. 16. Previous to that, it was in Aquarius, having entered that sign on May 16. The fact that it dipped back into Capricorn for a few weeks may have been a blessing. Why? Mars rules the male principle. It holds sway over the way we choose to inseminate the matrix with our dreams and desires. Its sign placement has a lot to say about how we direct those dreams and desires, for better or worse. Mars happens to be exalted in Capricorn. Its presence in that sign allows the forces that it governs to come from a place of total integrity in ways that serve and protect the greater good of all. With Venus shifting from Libra to Scorpio, a different set of principles is about to come into play. Venus is in its detriment in Scorpio. We could say a lot about what that means, but suffice it to say that the spirit of love and cooperation that are easy to access in Libra are harder to come by when Venus is in Scorpio. Finding any sense of balance,or conscious and equal expression requires us to come from a deeper, more spiritual place. Under this influence it becomes important to accept and embrace everything and everyone, including the dark stuff, and the things we can’t abide, unconditionally. Most human beings are not open-hearted, conscious, or evolved enough to readily adopt that perspective. As far as Mars goes, it is about to leave the sign of its exaltation and move into Aquarius. Mars is not good or bad in this sign, but it has two different modes of expression. In some situations Mars in Aquarius manifests according to the status quo. It becomes totally committed to the idea that it’s best to stick to the plan and conform to the ideals, traditions, and precepts that have been handed down from generation to generation. In other situations. Mars in Aquarius surfaces as the rebel, the iconoclast, or the revolutionary spirit whose actions serve to move life on this planet beyond the old patterns, into patterns that allow us to evolve beyond

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ial back about 12 years. Since then, time and experience have changed you to the point where whatever you thought you were doing no longer applies. Whether you are aware of it or not, the rest of your life is ready to begin. While you will be able to build upon the past, what happens next is bound to lead you into a whole new realm. For things to take off you need to step out of your comfort zone. This could include a move. Whatever it takes, the idea that you are about to put on your Superman suit and step out of the phone booth is all over your life right now.

ou can do this. On some level you have already figured that out and are ready to get down to business. Be watchful of the need to rush things. Let yourself remain grounded in that gut-level place that knows you’ve got it made regardless of any doubts that the past keeps shoving in your face. The desire to proceed is strong. Your will is even stronger. Try to understand that you are subject to the law of time. It will be at least one more month before you will see the fruits of your labors. Be patient in the face of forces that know more about what needs to happen than you do.


ou are at a crossroads. In the next few month the forces that have kept you in a bind will release you to find out what you’re here for. Up until now, life has been about making sure everyone has what they need. For many of you that mode of expression was connected to old debts, and beliefs that no longer apply to you. Circumstances have conspired to show you that whatever you owe to others has been paid off in spades. On some level, this is where the sidewalk ends and the only question you need to ask is “What do you want, and who are you now?”


ou have been subjected to tests that would have flattened lesser mortals. Things are still in a state of tension, and you have yet to be released from what could go one way or another. If there is light at the end of the tunnel, it takes the form of opportunities that will allow you to extricate yourself from situations that have been too much to bear. With your hopes about to be dashed or realized, the power of positive thinking is your best ally. Events that involve taking the good with the bad are on the menu. Don’t fall prey to overconfidence. Remain humble and keep the faith.





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s you do your best to detach from the past, whatever’s left of it keeps calling you to pay attention. Fears that you have made a mistake, and the idea that your safety and security rely upon remaining attached to people and things that you’ve outgrown could be on the loudspeaker. Whatever’s falling away needs to be released. Your tendency to try to keep it all patched together is either working for you, or it isn’t. The plain truth is what’s needed at times like this. Even if others choose to sidestep the issues, put your cards on the table before the week is out.




aking up to the awful truth has its good points. At least you know where you stand. From that position it becomes possible to make realistic choices about what to do with your life. That question has been on your mind for quite some time. You aren’t sure who you are, these days. And the whole matter of where to go and what to do is wide open. If it bothers you to have very little to cling to it will help you to realize that it is at these points that we light up like fireflies and are able to illuminate the crux of the issue long enough to get back on that path and find our way home.


inding your strength will be easy once you stop looking for it in other people. At this point they can’t do much but make your situation harder. If you are already losing it for lack of support, it’s up to you to behave like a grown up long enough to achieve some level of sanity. Part of the problem is the lines of communication are down. Beyond that, too many people are confusing the issues with the kind of petty gossip that comes up whenever there is this much to talk about. Balance is what’s needed here. Do you know where to look now that it’s your turn to provide it?


ou are about to have your limits tested. People and things will call you to stretch past all of the issues that make you see everything only your way. It looks like there will be huge needs to be magnanimous enough to open your heart to those who disagree, or to those whose beliefs challenge everything you hold to be true. In situations like this taking the high road becomes a matter of detaching, or getting far enough away from the fray to be able to smile at the ways in which human beings differ - and at the irony that suggests that this may be all we have in common!





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h boy! When you guys get taken for a ride, you wind up going whole hog. This is either looking absolutely wonderful, or it is the weirdest set of circumstances that you have ever been in. In the former case, I see opportunities galore and openings that invite you to make the best of whatever they contain. In the latter case the pitfall seems to be your craving for attention and your addiction to intensity. Some of you are here by choice; others wound up here by default. Finding your way out will require all of your best insight and a round of honest soul searching.


ometimes it’s hard to know if we’re on the right road. In your case the things that you were absolutely sure about are either coming up short, or don’t seem to be working for you at the moment. Those who think they know you are rolling their eyeballs and keeping their opinions to themselves. At times like this it becomes important to regroup and get clear about your chosen path. There is no need to change your ways, or your tune. If it’s just a matter of time, and you’re 100% clear, keep up the good work. But if you’re being stubborn about the wrong things, get over it.


ou have become a wizard at getting things to work. It looks to me like you just waltzed right into something that seems too good to be true. Depending on a number of things, this is going to pan out or it isn’t. If I were you, I would give it time to show you if you’re clear, or if you’re just seeing what you want to see. Feedback from others is positive. You need to sit down and get a beam on where the next choice is coming from, just long enough to see if you’re doing this because it’s the right thing for you, or because you’re not sure you can get anything else to work.

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oing back and forth between one thing and another has you questioning all of it. On some days whatever this involves feels like it’s working like a charm. At other times, you go into panic mode, thinking that maybe all of this is heading right down the tubes. Finding the center point that could allow you to feel, and sense, and know what the truth is, is next to impossible in situations like this. Learning how to maintain your balance when the level of uncertainty is off the charts, begins the moment you get comfortable with the fact that it’s totally OK to not know what’s going on.

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Representatives. The Republicans went AWOL.” Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman said, “Don’t take Vermont for granted. Help elect the people you think should be in office. No more complacency.” “This is the most divisive and reactionary president in the history of America,” U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders said. “Today we tell Mr. Trump that we are not going backward. We are going forwards. All across the USA challengers are running and winning.” We discussed French health care with Jean-Paul and Colette, who said their government manages and provides for all through a single-payer (wagebased, sliding-fee) subsidized system. We know that every other industrialized nation has better care, at a lower cost, and provides a longer life expectancy. What is the difference? They don’t pay a middle man—health insurance companies. That is key to providing universal primary care for all Vermonters, an important step forward. In France, public education and public higher education is free (other than a university registration fee of a few hundred euros). We said American education is free through public high school, but most jobs now require a higher degree. America has fallen behind in the global workforce, in part because indebted students can’t afford health care, housing, or security. Unlike all other developed nations, America’s failure to provide for students of modest means sets up our society for injustice and failure. Bernie and others advocate free college tuition because it’s out of reach for many and causes overwhelming debt. Through the crowd of 500, determined, Colette approached and shook Bernie’s hand. She said, “I am French. Please sign this book on the ‘Best of Vermont’ because that’s what you are.” Marguerite Jill Dye is an artist and writer who divides her time between the Green Mountains of Vermont and Florida’s Gulf Coast.

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Milne takes Patrick Leahy to task

continued from page 6A would Aiken or Morrill be doing?” as we watch Sen. Leahy’s efforts to buck Kavanaugh with demands of transparency and questions of candor. And yet, back here in Vermont, Leahy has a different ethos regarding transparency and candor. He remains unwilling to release documents and communications surrounding his role in a giant Ponzi-like scheme enabled by EB-5 legislation he wrote. Vermont’s EB-5 criminal allegations dwarf any other financial crime in our history, and Leahy appears at its nexus. Not only is Pat Leahy unwilling to be transparent about his program-gone-wrong, he’s been cozy with its perpetrators. His campaigns have been supported and funded by EB-5 beneficiaries. He has vacationed at EB-5 funded resorts, been handed roles in Batman movies by EB-5 beneficiaries in Hollywood, and his daughter has been employed as a lobbyist representing some of the most powerful EB-5 interests in America before the U.S. Senate. And Vermont is not unique in seeing EB-5 programs run by friends of Leahy infected with fraud. Other notable EB-5 debacles were run by relatives of Leahy friends Hillary Clinton and Harry Reid. I am hopeful Gov. Phil Scott will get serious about putting the full force of Vermont behind investigation of the EB-5 Ponzi scheme, and what we can learn from the mistakes. This will require Pat Leahy’s transparency and candor on all he knows, has said, heard, and done with EB-5 and its promoters. For this week though, and for this Supreme Court nomination, when Leahy speaks, let’s be aware we will not be witnessing Senator Sunshine, but a man in a proverbial glass house lobbing stones. We will not be seeing anything close to Aiken or Morrill, and we will not be seeing the best Vermont can do. Scott Milne of Pomfret ran against Gov. Peter Shumlin in 2014 and against U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy in 2016.

Horses to ride, cows in the street were a normal scene in Rutland

every day grooming her horse and riding it. Many of the “regulars” who frequented the stables liked to curry the horses, and Mr. Hendee welcomed the help. But yours truly stayed away from that chore. I think I was more fascinated by the plethora of kittens that seemed to keep coming and coming. They were always in the hay area, and playing with them seemed a lot safer than getting kicked by a horse that didn’t like my grooming methods. Horses were available to ride, and Mr. Hendee matched the horses to the experience of the riders. There was a work horse named Susie, who was slow and steady. When I finally got brave enough to give horseback riding a try she was the horse I was given. There was a cement trough that

we climbed onto so we could mount the horse. I got basic instructions and off I went into the paddocks. The horse must have sensed my nervousness and she found a way out of the enclosure and headed back to the barn with me still on her! I remember ducking as we went through the door and down into her stall. The more experienced riders were allowed to ride off into the fields and wooded area right near the barn. Obviously, I was not one of them. In fact, after ending up in the horse’s stall, I hung out with the kittens on all future visits! My friend Betty Ann, who lived on Howard Avenue, kept her horse at the O’Rourke stables in Castleton. One day the horse was at her house for a short period

of time, so we took him down to Moon Brook in the area of Piedmont Pond. There were lots of apple trees in a field by the brook, so we had one happy horse with apples to eat and water to drink. Seeing two young girls walking a horse down to Moon Brook must have been an unexpected city sight even in that era. I haven’t seen a horse or cow on Howard Avenue since the 50s. As I look back I see that period of time as an opportunity for a “city girl” to have a taste of the “country”. However, the experiences I had must have curtailed my desire to get “up close and personal” with these animals. Since the 50s I have only seen cows grazing in the meadows through my car windows. Ditto for horses!


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Current use:

Failure to complete forms results in loss of tax advantage

continued from page 19A 2017 and informed land owners they were due back that November, said Elizabeth Hunt, an official in the property valuation division of the Tax Department. Another reminder was sent out to 1,069 parcels who had not returned the form in February 2018, due back in March, she said. The owners of the 229 parcels who had still not returned the form were given a chance to file an appeal with the department to be reinstated in current use, she said. About 40 appeals were filed and those owners may be added back to the program. Samson said that the remaining individuals — owners of about 190 parcels of land — have been removed for the 2019 tax year. That accounts for about 3 percent of more than 7,000 land parcels whose owners were asked for a reply. The number of landowners impacted is not significantly lower than the number of parcels, said Hunt.

One of the reasons the department needs to have a “cutoff date” is that agricultural certifications need to be collected for next year, said Samsom. “It’s time to close the books on tax year ’19.” Samsom noted that there is no requirement in the statute that the department notify agricultural landowners of this requirement. The department worked with the Agency of Agriculture to provide additional outreach about the certification, he added. Elise Annes, of the Vermont Land Trust, said the land trust was concerned that working farms would now be penalized simply for not sending in the form. “As a state, we strongly value our working lands, and as you can imagine a lot of the margins are quite slim for agricultural operations,” said Annes. “So even a year of paying taxes at the full market value could be quite difficult or even crippling for an operation.

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It seems like we should be doing all that we can to support these operations, so my concern is that not submitting a form might be doing unintended harm with that withdrawal from current use,” she added. Annes said the land trust would like the state to consider another process for preventing perceived misuse of the current use program, such sending out certified mailings to ensure farmers had the forms “in hand.” Clarkson called current use “the most important land conservation program we have in Vermont.” “The whole purpose of current use is to keep our working landscape viable…and to enable people to keep that land productive and afford it,” she said. Clarkson added that current use has benefited not just farmers and foresters, but also anyone who enjoys the scenic views of Vermont’s pastoral land-

scape. “New Jersey was the ‘Garden State’, do you see many gardens when you drive through New Jersey?” she said. The Legislature’s goal with the certification requirement was to bring the “agricultural community into the same degree of oversight as those who have their land in forestry,” said Clarkson. Forest landowners have to submit management plans and have their land inspected by their county forester to remain enrolled in current use. “It’s hard because we don’t want to put an undue burden on farmers,” said Clarkson. “On the other hand, for a program that is this important and that gets this much scrutiny, you have to make sure it has integrity.” Samsom said he was not sure what more the department could have done to inform agricultural landowners of this requirement.


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continued from page 27A the boundaries of the past into new forms of expression, forms of expression that make it possible for us to unfold and connect with our deeper evolutionary purpose. I find it interesting that as of September 11th, a date that lives in infamy, Venus and Mars will not only change signs, they will line up in a ninety-degree aspect that puts us at a crossroad. With the spirit of love and cooperation stressed out by Scorpio, and Mars caught between the worn out values of the old paradigm, and the uncertainties that go along with not knowing how to behave in the new one, it’s safe to say that the next month or two, will keep us on tenterhooks, waiting to see if human nature will find a way to take the high road. There are 360 degrees in the zodiac. Each one is significant, and subject to specific meanings. It disturbs me

to note that the first degrees of Scorpio are points where “plots” become the order of the day – and the early degrees of Aquarius are highlighted by “sacrifices, strange events, and danger from Reptiles.” At the moment we appear to be entering the belly of the beast. If what they say is true, and we really are “the ones we have been waiting for,” maybe what we are looking at is what happens when the grand cycle comes full circle, and through trial and tribulation human nature steps up to the plate and is transformed at the point where the Ouroboros introduces us to the darkness that is always there, right before the dawn. Let me leave you with that, pray for what is in our highest and best interests to keep us on the high road, and invite you to take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.

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WINTER FAMILY SKI SHARES AVAILABLE! Beautiful 6BD, outdoor hot tub, close to everything! Full or half shares. We have two teens. Dec. to April. Call Sue at 781234-8123. CEDARWALK AT KILLINGTON. 3 BR DUPLEX, Rutland, near Rt. 4 and Rt. 7. Perfect for small family. Cleaner available and required. For seasonal rental. Contact acobbbalk@ KILLINGTON 4 BR w i n t e r r e n t a l s .   w w w., 802-558-4622. WANTED TO PURCHASE/ or season rental: 2-bedroom w/loft or 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo close to Killington, preferably on shuttle route, for upcoming season. Please call 201-444-8945. PRECISION POWER WASHING Most everything and anything. Insured. Call Jeff, 802-558-4609. KILLINGTON SEASONAL rental 3 BR, 2 BA, fireplace, dishwasher. $7,500, Nov. 1-April 30, + utilities. 781-7495873, CHITTENDEN WINTER Seasonal Rental: 2 BR/ 2 BA + loft, den, dining area. Fully furnished, equipped. Master bath w/ jetted tub. 2 miles from Mountain Top Inn. 10 miles to Pico, 16 miles to Snowshed. Pellet stove in living room and den. Bedroom upstairs has propane stove. Deck w/ grill. Pond in back yard for ice skating, snow shoeing. XC skiing, snowshoeing near. Fenced in front yard. Trained dog considered. Louise@, 802747-8444. SEASONAL RENTAL: 2 BR on Burr Pond, East Pittsford. 1.5 bath, laundry. $7,000 + utilities. 802-747-8444. PICO 3BR avail. now through mid-Nov. Furnished, equipped. WIFI, cable included. $1,350., 802747-8444. K I L L I N G T O N R O YA L FLUSH Rentals/Property management. Specializing in condos/winter & summer rentals. Andrea Weymouth, Owner. www., 802746-4040.

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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.

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Instacart starts grocery delivery service in Rutland By Polly Lynn Mikula

RUTLAND — “From our store to your door, groceries delivered to you� states we-deliver. Starting Thursday, Sept. 13, the service will be available to customers in the Rutland area through a partnership with Instacart. Instacart is a grocery shopping website and mobile app that allows customers to select items from a variety of local grocery stores and have them delivered. Orders are fulfilled by personal shopper and delivered to the customer’s home (or work) within the same day. Prior to Thursday’s launch in Rutland, Instacart serviced Vermonters in the Burlington area, in-

cluding Burlington, South Burlington, Essex, Essex Junction, Shelburne, Winooski, Colchester, Milton, Richmond, and Williston. Instacart was started by Apoorva Mehta, a former Amazon employee, in 2012. He envisioned the service eliminating the trip to the grocery store altogether by employing a team of smartphone-equipped drivers who get paid to shop and deliver goods on a customer’s behalf. The services were first launched in San Francisco, Mountain View and Palo Alto, California. Instacart now operates in thousands servicing every state in the U.S. and by the end of 2018, will service 16 Canadian markets, too.

Classifieds continued from page 30A HANDYMAN SERVICE Brian Bowen home services do you need some help at your home? Painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, roof washing or other services. Over 30 years of experience. Call ‪ 8 02-299-1621,  email brianshomeservice@mail. com. PET SITTING, dog walking, non-toxic housecleaning. Serving all points between Poultney/Rutland/Middlebury. 802-273-2143. CHIMNEYS CLEANED, lined, built, repaired. 802-349-0339. PRECISION POWER WASHING Most everything and anything. Insured. Call Jeff, 802-558-4609.

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 PRECISION POWER WASHING Most everything and anything. Insured. Call Jeff, 802-558-4609.

EMPLOYMENT BREAKFAST CHEF WANTED: Creative breakfast chef wanted for farm-to-fork luxury inn in the Woodstock market, to start ASAP. 802457-2065.

WAITSTAFF: Birch Ridge Inn at Killington seeks full time - part time wait staff for evening dinner service. For an interview call 802-422-4293. LIQUID ART Coffeehouse and Eatery is hiring a full time breakfast/lunch cook. Must have experience running a line and be available morning and weekends. Please drop off resume or email to beth@ CHOICES RESTAURANT is looking for a part time waitperson, knowledge of wine service a plus. Contact us at 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

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Enjoy Fall in the Mountains at the Killington Adventure Center Saturday, October 6 Live Music, Craft Beer and family favorites like Pumpkin Painting, Horse Drawn Hay Rides, Bounce House, Apple Launching and Stein Hoisting

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