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By Julia Purdy

FIRE GUTS BUILDING A fire destroyed half of a historic building on Central Street in Woodstock, Monday, July 16. The extreme heat sent two firefighters to the hospital. Page 4

RUTLAND— Chaplin Ave. is a short, quiet dead-end street that climbs a gentle hill above Route 7 across from the state fairgrounds. It’s a neighborhood of modest homes of various vintages, some with front porches and the the railroad tracks that are screened by a thick row of deciduous trees. It’s the mixed bag typical of the old Rutland, but also typical is that there is room to improve these city-owned properties to bring them closer to surrounding property values and renew their useful life. 14 Chaplin Ave. is one of three remaining homes for sale through Rutland City’s program to offer its city-owned residential properties for sale to purchasers who can prove their ability to remodel, renovate or replace them. The deadline to apply is July 27. The program launched in November 2017 and 13 properties have been approved for purchase to date. In addition, five empty house lots are about to be offered this summer. All are served by city water and sewer, accord-

ing to Tara Kelly, zoning administrator. Kelly explained that the houses have been offered in batches with different deadlines, to avoid creating a backlog. The properties are typically acquired by the city through tax sale, but one was an owner transfer after a major house fire; the fire department took it over for training, and now it is available. The Chaplin Avenue house is the oldest acquisition, dating to 2014, while 109 Forest St. is the most recent, in November 2017. The amount owed to the city for 14 Chaplin Ave. is $37,031; 109 Forest St., which has been purchased, was in arrears by $27,041. Some properties are former family homes where the owner-occupant died and relatives let things slide. Chris Vota, owner of CV Terrill LLC, wandered through 14 Chaplin Ave. and liked what he saw. A Brandon resident, he has been in business two years and fixes up properties as

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WINE IS FINE JULY 20-22 The Killington Wine Festival, where guests will be able to taste wines produced domestically and from places as far away as France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa, is being held Friday-Sunday, July 20-22 at the Killington Resort K-1 Lodge, and in the region. Pages 18

CASTLETON—Janet Carini is the go-to veterinarian for investigations into animal cruelty cases. The vet with 30 years of experience knows just what to look for. In 2011, Carini provided documents and performed medical exams on 54 Labrador retrievers seized from a puppy mill in Bakersfield in 2011, which helped the State’s Attorney build a case to have the dogs removed. Carini, who owns the the Rutland Veterinary Clinic at Castleton Corners, was presented the 2018 Dave Walker Award from the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association in Burlington June 22. The award is named after Dr. David Walker, a Vermont veterinarian, who was a strong advocate for animal health, agriculture and the well-being of veterinarians. The award is given whenever a veterinarian goes “above and beyond the call of duty,” the association said. Carini was presented the award at the VVMA summer meeting. “I was stunned and surprised,” she said. Carini’s love of animals began when she was 10. She was inspired by a woman veterinarian whom she watched during avet call at her step-father’s farm in Ira. She began working at the Rutland Veterinary Clinic when she was 15. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1985 and shortly after opened her own practice in Castleton. She became involved in VVMA in 1987. “This year it’s been clear to us how much Janet has contributed to the animal welfare issue,” said VVMA Executive Director Kathy Finnie. “She’s seen a lot.” Carini has been a volunteer for the Rutland County Humane Society for 30 years, serving as a board members for 16 years—she has been secretary, vice president and president of the board. She’s also been the veterinarian of

KILLINGTON—Megan Wagner of the new Dream Maker Bakers on Route 4 in Killington created a confectionary masterpiece fashioning this Cheshire Cat cake (Alice in Wonderland themed) for Sage Karr’s birthday party at Mad Hatter Scoops on July 9. Dream Maker Bakers is currently operative, baking for restaurant wholesale accounts, special order cakes and both the Killington and Rutland Saturday Farmers markets. They plan to open the retail portion of the business on Aug. 22. The building was formerly the Pasta Pot. “We are remodeling the bar area and will open that up for to-go and pick for a variety of items,” she said. “We will also launch a lunch menu either at the initial opening or perhaps when we open the cafe a couple months later.”

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RUTLAND—Now entering its fourth year, the Rutland County Farmacy Project opened Wednesday, July 11, at both the Vermont Farmers Food Center (VFFC) on West St. and at the Community Health Center of the Rutland Region (CHCRR) on Stratton Road. Known previously as VFFC’s Health Care Share (HCS), the new name, “Farmacy,” reflects the focus on “food as medicine,” which is prescribed by participating healthcare providers to supplement medical treatment for chronic diseases such as diabetes or high blood pressure. To participate a member must be recommended by a healthcare provider. At 3 p.m. Wednesday, a sign-in desk was ready at the VFFC building (also home to the winter farmers’ market). Members must re-register each year so member-

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ship lists can be updated. Volunteers are on hand to explain the program to first-timers and answer questions. The volunteers are veterans of the program and contribute their time in return for free produce. Wallace, 60, grew up on a hill farm in Shrewsbury and spoke to the value of fresh food and hard work. Another volunteer, Tanya, is a vegetarian. “To eat healthy today in today’s economy is not the easiest thing to do,” she said, “so this program provides other avenues for people who would not normally be able to afford to buy fruits and vegetables.” A signboard lists this season’s participating farms: the Squier Family Farm, Alchemy, Caravan, and Yoder. “We prepay them to grow food, so it gives them a little economic stability,” said Greg Cox, president of the VFFC. “We will be getting more farms as we add more members.” Rutland-born Scott Courcelle grows crops at three locations, Boardman Hill, West Rutland and Shrewsbury. His Alchemy Gardens supplies lettuce greens, cucumbers, green beans, peppers, tomatoes and melons. Later Alchemy and other farms will supply carrots, potatoes and squashes. Courcelle

employs two full-time workers. This year, the program has space for 150 members. On Wednesday, over 100 had signed up. At the Farmacy tent outside the CHCRR, Galen Miller and Grace Davy, who teaches Everyday Chef at the food center, were assisting a steady trickle of customers. They had 49 tote bags left and expected they would distribute them all by the end of the day. Donna waited for The Bus outside the CHCRR on Stratton Road, with her tote bag of produce beside her. She lives in a subsidized apartment complex nearby. This is her first time in the program. “I went right in here and they signed me up,” she said. Barbara lives in Rutland and signed up at the Diabetes Center near the hospital. It’s also her first year. “I think it’s great,” she said. “I found a great recipe for grilled zucchini spears and Parmesan cheese, really good.” Her husband, Roger, chimed in. “I never would have paired blueberries and cucumbers together. We just had a big salad for lunch, cucumbers and lettuce, I had radishes, tomatoes, throw blueberries in, that sounds good too.” Inside the health center, Practice Leader Joan

Grimes said the clinic’s involvement began with one of its physicians, Dr. Kingsbauer. “This was very important to him,” Grimes said. When Dr. Kingsbauer moved out of state, Dr. Wendy Morgan gladly took over the Farmacy program. Providers write a prescription for vegetables for patients who might not otherwise afford market prices, and who they know will actually use the benefit. “One of the nice things about the Farmacy is they give you recipes and teach you how to cook,” she said. “They give samples that actually taste good,” she added. Back at the VFFC, Kate Bilinski described her work as an educator with UVM Extension’s Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). She partners with the Farmacy to educate families and caregivers in nutrition, food storage and food preparation. “I come each year on the first day to showcase one of the EFNEP recipes.” Bilinski also teaches to community groups for adults, in the school system and in clients’ own kitchens. More information is at, click on EFNEP. More than just food distribution, Farmacy has become a major tool

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By Julia Purdy

Building Inspector Bob Tanner, right, and Health Officer Mike Bookman prepare to seal up the front door of 14 Chaplin Ave. again, after the open house July 12.

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continued from page 1 rentals. With one project under his belt, he’s ready to start another. The house is “small enough, easier to work with than some of the larger properties, there’s smaller turnaround time,” he said. He said he approves of the program because it “fixes up the neighborhood, gets old rundown properties looking better and back on the tax list.” 14 Chaplin Ave. has the potential to add old-fashioned grace to the streetscape. Its slate roof and shady porch with turned posts, spindle railings and jigsawed brackets hark back to the end of the 19th century. Tara Kelly, who was at the open house to answer questions, said that seven of the properties from this year’s batch have been transferred to NeighborWorks of Western Vermont. She described some of the projects. Work will start soon on a faded but ornate Queen Anne-style residence on Kingsley Avenue, which was purchased by a woman from Chicago who invests in properties on the East Coast with historic character and has restored houses in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Kelly said she has been out here several times, “fell in love” with the area and has gotten interested in investing in Rutland. Another property, on the corner of Terrill and East streets, will be converted entirely to a single family residence. The new owner plans to remove the back addition and replace it with a garage. The house is quite old, she said, and has not been updated inside for years. “A lot of people look at the structure as is,” said Kelly, and make repairs and renovations without new construction. She noted that the owner is a returning Vermonter and wants to reinvest in the community and be part of it.


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continued from page 1 record for the area for 20 years, spaying and neutering feral cats in Rutland County. She sometimes volunteers up to 60 hours a week in addition to running her practice. “I’m famous for giving up my holidays,” she said. Early in her career, Carini helped found the State of Vermont Euthanasia Board for Animals, which established protocols to ensure that animals are euthanized humanely, by properly-trained, certified technicians. “Janet has been a real leader in working with humane societies and veterinary control officers and police officers in trying to have the things that need to be documents to prove in court animal cruelty cases,” said Finnie. In 1998, following a severe ice storm, Carini was instrumental in forming RADART, the Rutland Area Disaster Animal Response Team, which established evacuation plans for both humans and animals. “She’s always willing to go the extra mile, drive the extra mile. She’s amazing,” said Joanne Bourbeau, New England regional director for the Humane Society of the United States. “I can’t say enough about her.” Every year Carini leads a two-day training to teach Vermont state police what to look for in animal investigations. She takes police to a farm called Forget Me Not in Middletown Springs to introduce them to horses and Shelburne Farms to introduce them to a wide variety of animals. Despite her experience Carini is humble and quiet in her leadership in the veterinary practice. It’s all about the animals for her. “I love animals and I love trying to make them better and help them,” she said.






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A new principal has started her position at Barstow Memorial School. Bianca McKeen, who has worked in Rutland city schools since 2003, was chosen among 13 applicants. “Ultimately, Bianca was chosen through this extensive process for her demonstrated leadership skills in other education poBianca McKeen sitions, her commitment to the community and her excellent instructional leadership track record,” said Superintendent Jeanne Collins. McKeen, 36, comes with numerous teaching awards and recognitions. She was named a University of Vermont Outstanding Teacher for Rutland City in 2017 and Outstanding Vermont Science Teacher of the Year K-8 from the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering in 2012. McKeen was also Rowland Fellow in 2016, allowing her to develop an internship program with her colleagues for Rutland high school students. Students were paired with mentors in Rutland area, such as physical therapists, doctors and real estate agents where they completed a 60hour internship. “We felt that was one of the things missing from the other comprehensive program in Rutland High School,” she said.” I wanted students to see that they had a future in Rutland County.” McKeen has worked with all grade levels, from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade. Her favorite is elementary children. “You’re helping to shape young individuals,” she said. “There are many opportunities for them, both in the local community, and in the larger world and it’s important that they learn to interact with other people.” McKeen studied theater arts and chemistry at Castleton University before she received a master’s degree in elementary education from from the College of St. Joseph. Her husband is also a physical education in teacher in Addison County. McKeen started her position July 1. She is taking over from former principal Renee Castillo was there for three years. Before Castillo, Karen Prescott, who was principal more than a decade. McKeen is a local face. Out of college, McKeen worked at Killington Elementary School where she taught kindergarten as a long-term substitute. She knows many of the students and families in the area through her own children’s, sporting activities. McKeen grew up in the Rutland area. She remembers Barstow as a child. “The school has always had a strong tradition of doing wonderful things ,” she said.

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WOODSTOCK—A family was displaced and multiple businesses were impacted by a fire on Central Street Monday, July 16. The fire started around 3:30 a.m. and damaged the historic 55 Central St. building, which housed Pi Brick Oven Trattoria, The Collective art gallery, apartments and the Vermont Standard’s offices. Two fire fighters went to the hospital from the excessive heat and humidity, said Woodstock Fire Chief David Green.The American Red Cross assisted a family that was displaced. Half of the building, where the restaurant and apartment were located, was a total loss, said Ellaway Property Services, Inc. President Elizabeth Deignan. The Collective and a portion of the Vermont Standard’s offices were saved. Deignan, which manages the property, said people would be able to get back into the building and start cleaning Tuesday. “It will be a combination of demolition and clean-up, depending what side you’re on,” Deignan said. This was the second time the Vermont Standard’s offices were damaged in recent years. The former building beside the Woodstock Farmer’s Market was lost in Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. The newspaper then moved offices to Lincoln Street for about five years before moving to 55 Central St. The weekly paper, which is the oldest in the state, publishes Thursdays and has never missed a week in its 160-year history. Soulfully Good owner Vicki Ferentinos at 67 Central St., got to work around around 5:45 a.m. to bake. She saw only flames, fire and police trucks when she arrived, she said. Ferentinos baked egg sandwiches for the fire crews, she said. She said Vermont Standard employees worked there for the day to work on that week’s paper. “We manage a lot of properties and we’ve been through a lot of events but this was the first catastrophic experience —not something I want to repeat,” said Deignan.

The Mountain Times • July 18-24, 2018

FY18 Homestead $1.761 $1.743 $1.544 $1.741 $1.615 $1.679 $1.580 $1.597 $1.575 $1.589 $1.471 $1.568 $1.559 $1.459 $1.480 $1.382 $1.407 $1.351 $1.344 $1.475 $1.292 $1.366 $1.395 $1.240 $1.290


FY19 Homestead $1.777 $1.674 $1.674 $1.633 $1.625 $1.607 $1.594 $1.539 $1.536 $1.509 $1.487 $1.475 $1.475 $1.470 $1.464 $1.418 $1.395 $1.392 $1.373 $1.359 $1.335 $1.328 $1.288 $1.259 $1.238

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Avg. Change in Homestead $0.02 ($0.07) $0.13 ($0.11) $0.01 ($0.07) $0.01 ($0.06) ($0.04) ($0.08) $0.02 ($0.09) ($0.08) $0.01 ($0.02) $0.04 ($0.01) $0.04 $0.03 ($0.12) $0.04 ($0.04) ($0.11) $0.02 ($0.05)

Half of Vermont towns will pay higher property tax rate than last year. This chart shows towns with the highest rate in 2019 at the top. Pomfret has the largest increase (shown right); Middletown Springs the largest decrease.

Half of Vermont’s towns will see increased property tax rates

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The numbers are in. Samsom, commissioner of the Department of Taxes. Two weeks after lawmakers and the governor Changing property values are factored into propresolved a budget impasse centered on a dispute over erty taxes each year through the common level of property taxes, the Department of Taxes published the appraisal, or CLA, adjustment that’s applied to rates. rates taxpayers will see reflected in their bills this year. Every year the tax department conducts a study to More than half of the towns in Vermont, 135 out of determine how much the market value of the prop249, will see higher average homestead property tax erty in that town differs from their last assessment of rates than last year — even though Gov. Phil Scott was the town’s cumulative property value (or grand list). able to harness surplus money to prevent a hike in the The CLA adjustment accounts for the difference average residential property tax. between the two figures—municipalities with But that’s no surprise. In May, the Legislative Joint increasing market values typically see a bump, and Fiscal Office predicted that this would happen. those with decreasing values see a slight break, in Scott and lawmakproperty tax rates. ers brought down the “Statewide there will 222 OUT OF 249 TOWNS WILL PAY average statewide rates, be an upward pressure HIGHER NONRESIDENTIAL TAX RATES. but that doesn’t change on average tax rates just the fact that some towns because of market value voted to spend more on education than others and growth not reflected in grand lists,” Samsom said of will see higher rates. the fiscal year 2019 rates. While Scott was able to level the average residential Douglas Farnham, Tax Department economist property tax rate, he wasn’t able to fully buy down the and director of policy, said much of Vermont is seeaverage nonresidential property tax rate: a levy paid ing rising property values. on property like small businesses, rental homes and “Anecdotally, I can say that we have commercial summer camps. That rate was set at $1.58 — a 4.5 cent areas, Burlington, Stowe and other places that are hike over last year. consistently seeing their CLAs going down — meanBecause of this, the vast majority of towns — 222 ing we’re measuring that there’s an increase in the out of 249 to be exact — will pay higher nonresidenvalue related to the listed value.” tial tax rates than they did in fiscal year 2018. But he noted that this isn’t the case across the In general, the rates trend slightly higher than the board. ones set in the budget and tax bill Scott agreed to “In Southern Vermont in particular we have many allow to become law last month because of increastowns where their properties are either not appreciing statewide property tax values, according to Kaj ating or losing value.”

Stored energy saved money, carbon during heat wave The heat wave is over, the numbers are in. Green Mountain Power’s innovative network of Tesla Powerwall batteries in homes and solar installations leveraged stored energy to accomplish the equivalent of taking 5,000 homes off the grid, creating savings for customers that could reach $500,000. GMP customer Mike Wheeler kept track on an app while GMP drew from shared energy in his Powerwall during a hot afternoon. “It was so cool! I thought, ‘It’s going to grid right now,’” Wheeler said. “We signed up to have Powerwall battery backup at home so our family can get through occasional outages and not rely on a fossil fuel generator. But knowing our choice to get a Powerwall helped all GMP customers to cut costs during the heat wave is a great extra benefit, like you’re doing something for the common

good.” ISO-New England is a nonprofit regional power transmission organization that serves the six New England states. According to ISONE, regional power demand hit its peak so far this year between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, July 5. The yearly regional peak hour is used by ISO-NE to calculate annual grid costs for utilities, so reducing power demand during that hour can produce significant savings for customers. Along with GMP’s solar-storage facilities in Rutland and Panton and about 500 Tesla Powerwalls, GMP also partners with thousands of its customers to tap into stored energy in their water heaters or reduce electricity flow through their EV chargers when power demand is high, increasing savings for all customers. During the hours of peak demand, this helped GMP offset

approximately 17,600 pounds of carbon, the equivalent of not using about 910 gallons of gasoline. GMP’s everyday power sources are 90 percent carbon free. “This is a game changer. We’re thrilled that our work is really paying off for all of the customers we serve,” said Mary Powell, GMP’s president and CEO. “During the heat wave, we were able to leverage these innovations to think differently about managing the energy system affordably, allow our customers to use their cooling systems to stay safe and comfortable, all while lowering the peak, ensuring the stability and safety of the grid, and driving down costs. This is what our energy future looks like,” she added. 2018 is not over, so GMP will continue to monitor demand and deploy its growing network of stored energy to offset carbon and costs for customers.


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Some Homestead State Payment adjustments have not been applied to mailed Killington bills KILLINGTON—Tax bills have been mailed out and it has come to the town of Killington’s attention that some of the Homestead State Payment adjustments have not been applied. The Tax Department has held some Homestead Declarations aside for review, state officials have explained to town officials. These State Payment Adjustments should be applied by the next tax upload scheduled for Aug. 1.  Revised Tax Bills will be mailed out as soon as the State Payment File is received from the Tax Department.

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The Mountain Times • July 18-24, 2018


Stop the madness!

By Angelo Lynn

If you’re an American patriot and a believer in democracy, these goals for the country should resonate: As a nation, we should strive to create a society and government that diffuses power to the many, not concentrating it in the hands of the few; embrace the diverse, not just the similar; don’t use up the future to serve the immediate (yes, that refers to climate change); and champion a society that respects and protects basic human rights and decencies, not a crazed pursuit of power and money. Most Americans would agree with those broad principles and goals. President Trump does not. Cartoonist and blogger Tom Toles of the Washington Post articulated that list of objectives in a piece Wednesday, along with describing the tactics behind Trump’s leadership: “President Trump thrives in an environment of chaos,” Toles writes. “He takes advantage…of others when they are off balance. That is why he needs to create and maintain an envelope of constant chaos around him… The whole world is often included. “The formula is: Create disturbance, and pick off foes and recruit the disturbed,” Toles continues. “Trump did not invent this pattern of behavior; it is the instinctive habit of the authoritarian character. Disturb, reward, punish, repeat. It works until it doesn’t, but before you get to the doesn’t, a world of damage can pile up. “How should we respond,” Toles asks? “Don’t play his game. Stop the game. Don’t reward him on the rare occaMadness, page 7

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Public comment and then? Dear Editor, Last month, the U.S. Forest Service opened the Robinson Integrated Resource Project for 30 days of public comment. The 67 responses from individuals and organizations are found online. I write now to ask what is next? This outpouring of comments indicate a need for further public discussion. Might the USFS consider a public meeting or forum? The project proposes substantial change to the area’s forest and wilderness zones. With the excitement of plans and vision to develop recreational use of this area it

potential for both wonderful and detrimental outcome. Many may know of my family’s efforts to prevent what we believe to be unnecessary and environmentally destructive motorized access through the basin via our property. It is all just fascinating that this issue lives concurrent to the proposal for new facilities and increased activity in the Bingo Basin. I personally hope that in our eagerness for progress we may at all times prioritize the landscape’s needs over our own usage desires.

MIGHT THE USFS CONSIDER A PUBLIC MEETING OR FORUM? is essential that people stay informed and can contribute to the discussion. Development in an area that has been largely wild and quiet has the

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Habitat for Humanity seeks buyers Dear Editor, I am writing in response to Jill Dye’s column, “Why volunteering is not enough.” Habitat for Humanity of Rutland County is currently seeking qualified Habitat home buyers. We are currently building in Rutland. If you are looking

Current monthly housing expenses exceeds 50 percent of annual gross income. Willingness to work in Partnership with Habitat: Habitat homebuyers contribute a significant number of volunteer hours known as “sweat

HABITAT BUILDS HOMES WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE UNABLE TO OBTAIN MORTGAGES THROUGH TRADITIONAL SOURCES. to buy an affordable home, you may qualify to become a Habitat homeowner. Habitat builds homes with people who are unable to obtain mortgages through traditional sources. Habitat considers four distinct criteria when reviewing potential homeowners to become a Habitat owner: Residency, willingness to work with Habitat, need, and ability to pay. Residency: You must have lived or worked in Rutland County for the past 12 months or longer. Need: Your current housing is unsafe, temporary, or inadequate in very basic ways such as: Serious damage or problems with heat, water, electrical, or sewage systems that the landlord will not repair. Too small for your family size. Neighborhood is unsafe for children.

equity” before closing on their new home. Ability to pay: Since homebuyer will be purchasing a home, an adequate and stable source of income, a low debt load, a good credit history is needed. A credit score of 680 is desired. Monthly payments to Habitat will continue for the length of your interest-free mortgage, which could be for 30 years. An example of Rutland County’s low gross annual income for a family of four is $32,350 to $45,290. Habitat accepts applications from families that range in size of 1 to 8 members. To learn more about becoming a Habitat for Humanity family visit our website at Andrew W. Salamon Co-president of Habitat for Humanity of Rutland County

Keefe and Browning notably absent Dear Editor, I was among the 77 concerned residents participating in the recent Vermont’s Act 250 review meeting held at the Inn at Manchester. Sen. Campion, a member of the legislative commission, was there, Rep. Bill Botzow was there. Jim Sullivan, executive director of the Bennington County Regional Commission, attended, so did Rep. Linda Joy Sullivan from Dorset, Annette Smith of Vermonters for a Clean Environment and Kathleen James, candidate for representative of

SEVEN LEGISLATORS FROM THROUGHOUT VERMONT WERE PRESENT. the Bennington District 4. The Commission on Act 250: The Next 50 Years was important enough for seven legislators from throughout Vermont to be present to discuss our environmental and economic future. Notably absent was our local Manchester representative Brian Keefe and local Arlington representative Cynthia Browning. Steven E. Berry Manchester

Don’t forget to vote Dear Editor, The political campaign season is here once again. Vermonters have another chance to make a much needed course correction in the relationship we have with our state government. The forced school closures and mandated mergers involved with ACT 46 are tyrannical. Local stakeholders, which include parents, grandparents, taxpayers and every voter, should be determining if their rural schools should stay open or be closed. These decisions should never belong to Gov. Phil Scott, the Vermont Agency of Education, or the current Windsor county senators who voted for ACT 46. Windsor County has three liberty minded, Republican candidates running for the Vermont Senate. These three are dedicated to putting an end to the forced school mergers, school closures and the tyranny of ACT 46. Please support and vote for Randy Gray, Jack Williams and Wayne Townsend. These good men will fight to return control of our public schools to local democratically elected town school boards. The primary election is on Tuesday, Aug. 14 Please go to the polls and vote. Sincerely, Stu Lindberg Cavendish

The Mountain Times • July 18-24, 2018



CAPITOL QUOTES “The nomination of Judge Kavanaugh is the result of a reckless decision by President Trump to outsource his solemn responsibility to fill court vacancies to a rightwing group determined to advance his extreme agenda…Our founding fathers established the judiciary as a separate and independent branch of government, not a rubber stamp for any president.” Said Rep. Peter Welch in a statement July 9.

“Brett Kavanaugh, contrary to 200 years of Supreme Court precedent, believes a president ‘may decline to enforce a statute . . . when the president deems the statute unconstitutional.’ He ruled against a migrant teenager seeking to be released from custody in order to obtain an abortion. He believes a president can only be indicted after he leaves office and should not be subjected to civil suits while in office. He ruled the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was unconstitutional. And he would not uphold the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate,” Said Sen. Bernie Sanders in a July 9 statement.

“The heavy burden is now on Judge Kavanaugh to use his nomination hearing to be forthright with the American people.  He must not evade fundamental questions that judicial nominees have answered for decades until recently.  He needs to explain why we should believe he would be a justice for all Americans, independent of the President and the ideologically driven interest groups that selected him,” Said Sen. Patrick Leahy July 9.

“*Flash Flood Warning Tonight at 9PM EST* This is not a joke. Liberal tears will be flowing like Niagara Falls when #POTUS announces his second #SCOTUS pick. Please take all necessary precautions & bring an inner tube or boogie board to ride this blue wave. #maga” Tweeted Donald Trump Jr. July 9.


The state announced $4 million in school safety grants to strengthen security infrastructure More than 250 Vermont schools have applied for funding to make security upgrades to their facilities, according to a news release July 16. The state will award $4 million in grants by this fall to help schools strengthen security, using guidance from a statewide safety assessment conducted earlier this year. Governor Phil Scott ordered the assessments after an alleged school shooting plot was uncovered and averted in Fair Haven in February. Scott proposed the $4 million funding package and it was passed by the Legislature. “The number of schools applying for funds is encouraging,” Scott said. “Administrators are clearly committed to making kids safer at school and I’m pleased we were able to work together to provide the funding, training and support they need to work toward those goals.” The assessment identified door locks, indoor and outdoor public-address systems, cameras and other infrastructure schools can purchase to improve safety. A working group with representatives from the school community, emergency services, and the state has developed a recommended equipment and technology list that assisted schools in their applications for grants. A 12-member committee of school administrators, emergency responders, and state representatives are reviewing the applications and will notify schools of awards by Aug. 1. Funds will be distributed by Sept. 1. Grants of up to $25,000 per school are available and each school is required to provide a 25 percent match to the grant amount. Vermont Emergency Management and the Vermont School Safety Center are also helping schools through a series of safety trainings in July. More than 100 superintendents, principals, and school staff are taking part in a series of classes around the state focused on emergency response.

Festivalgoers who got stiffed may receive refunds

By Elizabeth Gribkoff/VTDigger

Attendees of a botched music festival in Irasburg now have another way to recoup money they spent on tickets. The Attorney General’s Office announced Friday that it has required organizers of Shrinedom 2017 — a festival held last fall to benefit Montpelier’s Mount Sinai Shriners — to provide up to $10,000 in reimbursement for ticket holders. Last September, hundreds of people traveled to Irasburg for the two-day 80s rock extravaganza. Midway through a song by one of the opening bands, the power was cut. Concert goers and bands were initially told a faulty generator was to blame, but low ticket sales had prompted bands to leave because they had not been paid, according to court documents. All bands departed except the Nashville Country Band and the locally based Raized on Radio and MindTrap, leaving festival goers with a significantly pared down lineup than what they had expected. Following complaints from ticket holders, the Attorney General’s Office began an investigation into allegations that festival organizers had committed “unfair and deceptive acts” by holding a music festival without most of the advertised bands going on stage. PayPal already provided around $10,000 in reimbursements to festival goers who had purchased tickets online, but at least $25,000 worth of tickets were sold overall, according to court documents. Although held as a benefit for the Mount Sinai Shriners, two Irasburg men — Adam Johnson and Marcus Clay — had planned the festival. The Shriners provided Johnson, through his nonprofit King-


dom Cares, with $95,000 to organize the event— though he had limited experience fundraising and had never put on a music festival before. Johnson contracted with Clay, who runs the events company Crossova Concepts, to hire bands and a production company, according to court documents. Ticket sales and other money for the event went through Kingdom Cares. In late August of 2017, a consultant told the organizers not enough tickets had been sold to put on the festival in a month, according to court documents. His advice went unheeded. Organizers needed to sell 4,000 to 6,000 tickets to pay for the festival, but had only sold between 500 and 1,000 by the day of the show. “A more experienced event organizer would have recognized this and canceled or postponed the event,” wrote lawyers for the AG’s office in the settlement. The Mount Sinai Shriners had to pay $10,000 to reimburse ticket holders because neither Johnson nor Clay has sufficient income or assets to contribute to the ticket reimbursement fund. Mount Sinai Shriners did not return a phone message seeking comment Friday. The settlement requires Johnson to dissolve his nonprofit and bans him from directing “any fundraising efforts” for five years. Clay cannot hold any concerts or events with an audience of 1,000 or more in Vermont for five years. The AG’s office instructed Mount Sinai Shriners to implement training to ensure more careful vetting for any future fundraisers to which the group lends its name.No additional penalties, said Assistant Attorney General Ryan Kriger.

What makes Donald Trump tick?

continued from page 6 sions he plays nice. Those are the false moments. His long game is to accumulate power and prerogative. Our long game needs to be to disempower him and his enablers. “Trump wants to create enough disturbance that we lose our bearings and forget what it means to be a decent human being and a decent society,” Toles continues. “He wants to create an environment that looks as though it’s every man for himself and everyone should grab while the grabbing is good. This never ends well. And the later the ending, the worse the ending.” It’s an astute observation by Toles. His advice going forward? “Stop the madness. Vote in November, and meanwhile, remember your values.” Amen. Angelo Lynn is the editor and publisher of the Addison Independent, a sister publication to the Mountain Times.



The Mountain Times • July 18-24, 2018

** denotes multiple times and/or locations.

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.

Seven to Sunset Concert

7 p.m. Seven to Sunset summer concert series in Rutland’s Main Street Park, corner of West and Main streets. This week, Reflection. Free. Bring a chair or blanket and picnic!

Music at the Riverbend

7 p.m. Brandon’s Music at the Riverbend free summer concert series, on the lawn behind Brandon Inn, 20 Park St., Brandon. This week, EmaLou and the Beat.

Intro to Kabbalah


WEDNESDAY Bikram Yoga **


7 p.m. Intro to Kabbalah, taught by Rabba Kaya Stem-Kaufman. Class 1 of 3. At Sister Wicked, 3 West Seminary St., Brandon.

Bike Bum Race Series

Killington Mountain Bike Club Bike Bum race series Wednesdays through Aug. 29 at Killington Resort, all ages - individuals or teams. 1807 Killington Rd, Killington.

THURSDAY Bikram Yoga **


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.


5 p.m. Beginning ukulele with Linda MaFarlane at Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill. Learn to play ukulele, easy chords, fun summer songs. Bring your own ukulele. Ages 18+. $10 for SVA members, $12 for non-members. RSVP to 145 East Main St., Poultney.

All Levels Yoga

5:30 p.m. All levels flow yoga at Killington Yoga Karen Dalury, E-RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-422-4500.

River Road Concert Series

6 p.m. Thursdays on the lawn at Sherburne Library, 2998 River Road, Killington. This week, Dan Brown. Bring a lawn chair and picnic. Free, all welcome.

Bridge Club

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.

Author Appearance

6:30 p.m. Donald and Carol Thompson talk on their book “Perseverance: The Life and Work of Painter James Hope” at Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center St., Rutland. Free, open to all.

Adult Soccer

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

F.H. Concerts in the Park

7 p.m. Fair Haven Concerts in the Park Summer Series, Thursdays, 7 p.m. Park open 5 p.m. - bring a picnic! This week, Blue Jay Way. Refreshments available. 802-265-3010. 3 North Park Place, Fair Haven.

Film Lecture

7 p.m. FOLA features special lecture by Amanda Gustin on how Vermont has been portrayed in Hollywood films, in Heald Auditorium of Ludlow Town Hall. Free, open to all. 37 S. Depot St., Ludlow.

FRIDAY 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.

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


Open Swim **

Story Time

Level 1 Yoga

Killington Bone Builders

CSJ Open House

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.

Magician Tom Joyce

10 a.m. Join for laughs and amazement with magician Tom Joyce, at Pittsford Rec Area. Free, open to kids and their parents.

Active Seniors Lunch

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

KMF Young Artists

12 p.m. Killington Music Festival Young Artist Concert Series at Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St., Rutland. Free admission.

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. 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. 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.

Summer Encore Theatre

Wednesdays with Farmer Fred

Libraries Rock! Drum Circle

Pawlet Reading Program

1 p.m. Summer Encore Theatre presents “In Search of a Song” 1-2:30 p.m. at Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington. Includes pre-performance workshop to enhance audience participation. Ages 5-12. 2 p.m. Master drummer Saragail Benjamin bring drums to Norman Williams Public Library. Teaching, then drum a story. Dance, sing. Creative fun for all ages. 10 the Green, Woodstock. Free. 802-457-2295.

Great Brandon Auction

4 p.m. Rescheduled from July 17! The Great Brandon Auction, making sales since 1989. Preview items at 2 p.m., auctioneer Barb Watters hits the gavel at 4 p.m. It’s Brandon’s liveliest event, and largest fundraiser, so come downtown, bid and buy! Brandon Lions provide concessions. Bring a chair, and cash or good check. Held in Estabrook Park, one mile north of Brandon on the left.

10 a.m. Pawlet Public Library summer reading program - Libraries Rock! - 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays, July 18, 25. For children grades 1-6. Activities and books, prizes for advancement. Free, registration requested at 802325-3123. 141 School St., Pawlet.

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.

Rotary Meeting

Killington Farmers’ Market

Cavendish Summer Concert

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.


3 p.m. Killington Farmers’ Market continues! Third Thursday of each month, May-October, 3-6 p.m. with the hope of more frequency if interest. Mission Farm Church of Our Saviour, Mission Farm Road, Killington. Interested in vending? 802-422-3932.

6 p.m. Town of Cavendish summer music series on the Proctorsville Green. Free! This week, The Gully Boys. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic to enjoy. Pizza wagon in the park, too.

Tobacco Cessation Group

Life/Figure Drawing

Tobacco Cessation Support Group

6 p.m. Expand observational and drawing skills with figure drawing sessions with live model. Benches and boards provided, bring drawing materials. Advance registration required. $15/ $10 members. Chaffee Art Center, 16 S. Main St., Rutland.

10 a.m. College of St. Joseph open house and CSJ Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tour the college, meet faculty and students, apply for admission, register for classes, meet the new president. Lunch included. RSVP; 802776-5205. 71 Clement Road, Rutland.

Kids’ Craft Activity

4:30 p.m. Escape Room at the Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington. Mythology themed challenge for grades 5+. 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.

8:30 a.m. Level 1 Hatha Yoga at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-422-4500.

10 a.m. Wednesdays Afternoons with Farmer Fred at Pres. Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Showcasing historic farming activities and wagon rides. 780 VT-100A, Plymouth.

3 p.m. Slate Valley Museum holds Create on Slate for kids in pre-K through high school. Drop in, parents must accompany. This week, Pet Rocks, create little pet rock with variety of craft materials. 17 Water St., Granville, N.Y.

Escape Room

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. 802-7737187.

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

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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.

Divas of Dirt Rides

4 p.m. Female mountain bikers of all levels welcome to join Friday night group rides and happy hour events at Killington Bike Park. 4-6 p.m. Free with your own bike and valid bike park ticket/pass. Rentals available., 802-422-6232. Killington Resort.

Friday Night Live

5 p.m. Friday Night Live in Downtown Rutland, a free concert on Center Street featuring Kat Wright. Story Walk, live painting demonstration by Peter Huntoon, Rutland Youth Theatre mini-performance, photo booth, bouncy house, food trucks and outdoor dining. Free entry to Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum. 5-10 p.m.

VFW Event

5 p.m. Wing night at VFW, 15 Wales St., Rutland. 5-7 p.m. 50 cents per wing - plus fried mozz, zucc, cauliflower, fries; and Queen of Hearts drawing. Public welcome.

Brown Bag Concert Series

5:30 p.m. Brown Bag Summer Concert Series on the Woodstock History Center back lawn, 26 Elm St., Woodstock. Free, donations welcome. This week, Marc Berger and Ride.

5th annual Shabbat Unbound

5:30 p.m. 5th annual Shabbat Unbound: A Rollicking Rock Shabbat with DAHG band at Crystal Beach Pavilion on Lake Bomoseen. Free for age 12 and under. Adults $15, includes entrance and grilled kosher burgers and hot dogs. RSVP to 802-773-3455.

Killington Wine Festival

6 p.m. Killington Wine Festival at Killington Resort, July 20-22. Today, Premier Tasting at Killington Peak Lodge, 6-8 p.m. Meet vintners and reps behind the wines at this semi-formal event. Light hors d’oeuvres. $125 tickets. Running concurrently, the Wine Trail will showcase local establishments offering a special wine or food and wine pairing, 6-10 p.m. Tickets and participating venues at

Inn at Neshobe Concerts

6 p.m. Sunset Concert Series 6-9 p.m. on Fridays, at Inn at Neshobe River, 79 Stone Mill Dam Road, Brandon. Free. Rain or shine. Food, beer and wine available for purchase. No dogs. This week, Eastern Mountain Time.

Meet and Greet/Book Signing

Blueberry Festival

Bridge Club

Morning Yoga

11 a.m. Phoenix Books Rutland hosts Nash Patel and Leda Scheintaub, authors of “Dosa Kitchen” for meet and greet, book signing, and free samples of dosas. Free, open to public. 2 Center St., Rutland. 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.

Killington Wine Festival

12 p.m. Killington Wine Festival at Killington Resort, July 20-22. Today, the Grand Tasting at Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars and K-1 Base Area, 1-4 p.m. Signature event of the festival, pair wine and spirits with local artisanal foods. Tickets include tastings, wine-friendly fare, round-trip gondola ride, and signature tote with wine glass. Dress to impress. $90 tickets. Upgrade to VIP for 12 p.m. admission for $100. Wine dinners at area Killington region restaurants tonight. Tickets and participating venues at

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.

EVO Summer Concert Series

3 p.m. Enjoy a fun summer afternoon with live music, games, and bbq with Dale’s Pale Ale, at Okemo’s Evolution Bike Shop, 77 Okemo Ridge Road, Ludlow.

SATURDAY Bikram Yoga **


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.

Village Farm Work Day

8 a.m. Pittsford Village Farm holds farm work day, 42 Elm St., Pittsford. Volunteers needed, bring gloves, rakes, shovels. Meet at the farm for general cleanup. 8-11 a.m.

Audubon Trip to Museum

8 a.m. Carpool to Birds of Vermont Museum in Huntington, with Rutland County Audubon Society. Meet at Home Depot in Rutland at 8 a.m. or Otter Valley UHS at 8:30 a.m. Bring lunch. $7/ adult; $6/ seniors; $3.50 ages 3-17.

Battlefields Tour

9 a.m. Summer of ‘77 Battlefields Tour at Hubbardton Battlefield, 5696 Monument Hill Road, Hubbardton. Crown Point Road Association hosts carpool caravan tour of the Revolutionary War battlefields and other sites of the summer of 1777, starting at the Hubbardton Battlefield and traveling to the Bennington Battlefield. Other stops include Poultney, Manchester, Arlington, and the Bennington Battle Monument. Experts speak at each stop. Museum entry fees to be paid; bring lunch. 802-388-2967 for details.

Killington Section GMC

9 a.m. Killington Section Green Mountain Club outing: Hapgood Pond, Peru, the annual hot dog roast. Nice swimming area, loop trail around pond for hiking. Bring utensils, beverage, and what you want to roast. Chips, cookies, condiments provided. Meet at 9 a.m. at Rutland’s Main St. Park, near Firehouse. 802-779-4404.

Libraries Rock Story Hour

4 p.m. New summer music series at Willie Dunn’s at Okemo Valley Golf Club. All welcome. This week: Andy Lugo. 89 Fox Lane, Ludlow.


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

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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.

Killington Music Festival

7 p.m. Killington Music Festival Music in the Mountains concert series at Ramshead Lodge, Killington Resort. This week, “Dancing into the Quiet Night.” Works by Bach, Shostakovich and Vaughn Williams’ piano quintet. $25 tickets.


7 p.m. FOLA presents film showing of “Harry & Snowman” at Ludlow Town Hall, in Heald Auditorium. Free. Donations appreciated. Popcorn and water provided. 37 S. Depot St., Ludlow.

Illuminations Project

7 p.m. Steven Kirby Group presents the Illuminations Project at Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Road, Brandon. Concert begins 7:30 p.m. $20 tickets. Dinner available before show. BYOB. RSVP to

Vermont Pride Theater

7:30 p.m. Vermont Pride Theater, part of summer pride festival at Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph. Tonight, “A Perfect Fit,” exploration of sexuality, followed by talkback and reception. $20 advance/$22 at the door. Students, $15/$17. Pride Pass tickets available. Theater July 20-22; 27-29. 71 Main St., Randolph.

Pond Hill Rodeo

8 p.m. Pond Hill Ranch Pro Rodeo. A real rodeo complete with classic events like roping, barrel racing, and bronc riding. Excitement for the whole family, affordable admission. 1683 Pond Hill Ranch Road, Castleton. pondhillranch. com, 802-468-2449.

SUNDAY Glacier Grinder


Glacier Grinder gravel bike race at Killington Resort, starts and finishes at Skyeship Lodge, Rt. 4. 40-mile bike ride on scenic gravel and unmaintained town roads Post-ride bbq, vendors, raffles. 4,400 vertical. Registration and information,

10 a.m. Join Chittenden Public Library for music-themed story hour with songs, crafts, free play and a snack. Geared at children age 5 and under, but all welcome. Free, open to public. 223 Chittenden Road, Chittenden.

Heartfulness Meditation

Open Gym

Bikram Yoga **

11 a.m. Saturday morning open gym at Head Over Heels, 152 North Main St., Rutland. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All ages. Practice skills, create routines, learn new tricks, socialize. $5/ hour members; $8/ hour non-members.

Willie Dunn’s Summer Music Series

Goshen Gallop

SUP Yoga

10 a.m. Standup Paddleboard Yoga with Karen Dalury, Saturdays and by appointment. No experience needed, for anyone who loves yoga and the water. $35 includes equipment rental and 1.5 hour lesson; $15 with no rental. RSVP to 802-770-4101. Killington Yoga.

2:30 p.m. Part of the Killington Wine Festival, the Wine & Nine Golf Tournament closes the weekend, held at Green Mountain National Golf Course, Barrows Towne Road, Killington. It’s 9 holes of golf, nine specialty wine tastings, dinner and prizes at the clubhouse. $70; $45 tastings only. Reservations and information, 802-422-4653,

4 p.m. Town of Hubbardton sponsors family fun afternoon and evening, with music, food, and activities for all ages. Frying pan contest and more. Fireworks at dusk. Rain date, July 22. 802-273-2282 for details. Hubbardton Battlefield, 5696 Monument Hill Road, Hubbardton.

Open Swim

7:30 p.m. Vermont Pride Theater, part of summer pride festival at Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph. Tonight, “Aunt Jack,” a screwball comedy by S.P. Monahan, followed by talkback and reception. $20 advance/$22 at the door. Students, $15/$17. Pride Pass tickets available. Theater July 20-22; 27-29. 71 Main St., Randolph.

Killington Wine Festival

Hubbardton Days

KMF Young Artists

Vermont Pride Theater

10:30 a.m. Gentle Vinyasa Flow Yoga class with Dawn Sunday mornings through the summer at Plymouth Community Center, 35 School Drive, Plymouth. $12 or 10 classes for $90. All levels welcome, bring your own mat. 10:30-11:30 a.m.

3:30 p.m. Cooler in the Mountains Summer Concert Series at Killington Resort, Saturdays at 3:30 p.m. K-1 Base Area. Free! Beverages and food available, or bring your own. This week, Barefoot Truth.

6 p.m. Okemo’s Jackson Gore Summer Music Series, free Friday night concerts through the summer. Grounds open 5 p.m. Concert 6-9 p.m. This week: Deadgrass. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Rain site inside. Dining options. 7 p.m. Killington Music Festival Young Artist Concert Series at Ramshead Lodge, Killington Resort. Free admission.

10 a.m. Celebrate all things blueberry at Okemo Mountain Resort. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Blueberry pancake brunch, live music, games, local vendors, pie-eating contest, and more. Courtyard, Jackson Gore Village at Okemo.

Cooler in the Mountains Concert

4 p.m. 40th annual Goshen Gallop, 10.2K or 5K, race hosted by Blueberry Hill Inn, with runs through Moosalamoo National Recreation Area. “The toughest 10K in New England.” 1245 Goshen-Ripton Road, Goshen. Registration at

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

Sundays on the Hill

4 p.m. Vermont’s professional vocal ensemble Counterpoint performs at the Church on the Hill, Weston. Program “Flowers in the Field” features works by violinist Elizabeth Reid and pianist Paul Orgel. $5 adults, age 12 and under free.

Devil’s Bowl Dirt Racing

6 p.m. Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Racing: Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Racing: Brown’s Night. 500cc mini sprint special event, street-legal spectator races. Grandstand admission applies, kids are free. 2743 Rt. 22A, West Haven. Track line: 802-265-3112.

Rochester Concerts on the Park

6:30 p.m. Summer concerts on the park in Rochester, Route 100. This week, Rick Redington & the Luv. Bring a chair and a picnic! Free.

Rutland City Band

7 p.m. Rutland City Band performs Sundays at 7 p.m. in Main St. Park, corner of Main St. (Rt. 7) and West St. in Rutland. Free.

Film Screening

7 p.m. “Coming Through the Rye” to be screened at Brandon Town Hall. Director James Sadwith will attend and participate in on-stage Q&A with Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival producer Lloyd Komesar after. $12 at the door. 1 Conant Square, Brandon.

Vermont Pride Theater

7:30 p.m. Vermont Pride Theater, part of summer pride festival at Chandler Center for the Arts, Randolph. Tonight, “Bright Half Life,” exploring the stages of a relationship between two lesbians, followed by talkback and reception. $20 advance/$22 at the door. Students, $15/$17. Pride Pass tickets available. Theater July 20-22; 27-29. 71 Main St., Randolph.

MONDAY Bikram Yoga **


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.

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.

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.

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Open Swim

Mendon Bone Builders

Monday Meals

Tuesday Tales

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

Rutland Rotary

10 a.m. Mendon bone builders meets Tuesdays at Roadside Chapel, 1680 Townline Rd, Rutland Town. 802-773-2694. 10 a.m. Tuesday Tales of the Notch at Pres. Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Guided tours with site administrator. 3780 VT100A, Plymouth.

Tobacco Cessation Group

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

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.

CLiF Summer Book Bonanza

Tobacco Cessation

Tobacco Cessation Group

Summer Reading Program


TOPS Meeting

1:30 p.m. Join Maclure Library in the Lothrop School gym for storytelling event, and pick out two free books. Free event for 6th graders and under. 3447 US-7, Pittsford. 4:30 p.m. Free tobacco cessation group. Free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. Every Monday, 4:30-5:30 p.m. at RRMC Physiatry Conference Room (PM&R) off Outpatient Physical Therapy Waiting Room. 160 Allen St., Rutland. 5 p.m. Intermediate group SUP skills with Karen Dalury. Reservations required, 802-770-4101,

Legion Dinner/Meeting

6 p.m. American Legion Auxiliary Unit #31, 6 p.m. light meal; 6:30 p.m. regular meeting for all members. 33 Washington St., Rutland.

Sundaes and Sonatas

7 p.m. Killington Music Festival musicians perform concert at Castleton Community Center, along with ice cream social - Sundaes and Sonatas. 2108 Main St., Castleton. Free, open to public. 7 p.m. sundaes; 7:30 p.m. concert. RSVP to 802-468-3093 by July 19.

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 **


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.

11 a.m. Quit smoking workshop at Sherburne Library, 2998 River Road, Killington. July 10, 17, 24, 31, from 11 a.m.-12 noon. Free nicotine replacement patches, gum or lozenges with attendance. Register at 747-3768. 4 p.m. Summer reading program at Roger Clark Library, Pittsfield. July 10-31. Part of Libraries Rock! Music for ages 3+. 40 Village Green, Pittsfield. RSVP appreciated, 802-746-4067, 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.

Golf League

5 p.m. Killington Golf Course golf league night, 5 p.m. shotgun start Tuesdays. 9-hole scramble, themed event with contests and prizes. Sign up at 802422-6700 by 2 p.m. each Tuesday.

Tobacco Cessation Group

5 p.m. Castleton Community Center, 2108 Main St., Castleton. Tuesdays, 5-6 p.m.

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.

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.

Castleton Concert Series

7 p.m. Castleton University’s 23rd annual Summer Concerts at the Pavilion series, in the Castleton Pavilion. Tuesdays through the summer. This week, Twangbusters. Free, open to public. Non-perishable food donations encouraged. 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton.

By Robin Alberti

Donning No. 1, Clearly Moguls’ right fielder Tucker Zink jumps for a catch, while Brandon Remmick looks on.

Playoff seeds set, with a tie for third

Season’s end is near and two teams have solidified their playoff seeding. One was expected due to their winless season, but McGrath’s Sushi was a shock since they fell to the fifth seed for the first time in team history. Clearly Moguls and Killington Resort are battling for the one seed while FSMBC and the OmyaRamas are battling for the three seed. It will make for an interesting Monday as CM takes on OR and KR takes on FSMBC, all at the same field. Get out the brooms

because a few season sweeps took place last week. KR got a sweep of MS. The game started and ended the same for MS as they went down 1-2-3 including a “Cold Beer K” by “Bus” Bob Schaffner and Joe Montemurro, respectively. Everything in between was practically all KR as they scored 12 runs over five innings. They also scored in the “CBK” department after Mike Stoodley and Paul Blodorn each suffered one. MS could only muster up four runs. KR had a similar game against CM, but with a bigger victory. They scored in all seven innings, totaling 21 runs. They suffered two “CBKs” by the “Matts,” Peters and Kinsman. CM only got nine runs in the loss. There were home runs aplenty. KR totaled three, all in the fifth inning. Evan Killington softball league, page 13

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Music scene by dj dave hoffenberg



6 p.m. Brandon Inn Lawn

Music at the Riverbend w/ Phinaes Gage

POULTNEY 7 p.m. Taps Tavern

Jazz Night w/ Zak Hampton’s Moose Crossing


[MUSIC Scene] STOCKBRIDGE 7 p.m. Wild Fern Rick Redington


JULY 20 BOMOSEEN 6 p.m. Iron Lantern Cooie

3:30 p.m. Killington’s Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series w/ Barefoot Truth

4 p.m. Umbrella Bar at Snowshed Duane Carleton

7 p.m. Ramshead Base Lodge

Killington Music Festival: Dancing into the Quiet Night

7 p.m. The Foundry


6 p.m. Tap Room

7 p.m. Main Street Park Marc Berger Duo


7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish Pub

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

7 p.m. Draught Room in Diamond Run Mall

7:30 p.m. Summit Lodge

Full Band Open Mic w/ Robby & Jimmy

9:30 p.m. The Venue Jenny Porter



5:30 p.m. Feast & Field Market Fu’chunk

BOMOSEEN 6 p.m. Lake House Aaron Audet

KILLINGTON 6 p.m. Liquid Art

Open Mic w/ Tee Boneicus Jones

6 p.m. North Star Lodge Pool Stash Bros Acoustic

6 p.m. Sherburne Memorial Library River Road Concert Series w/ Daniel Brown

MENDON 6 p.m. Red Clover Inn Jazz Trio

LUDLOW 5 p.m. Okemo’s Coleman Brook Tavern Date Night w/ Ryan Fuller on the Patio

6:30 p.m. The Killarney

Irish Session Open Jam w/ Gypsy Reel

PITTSFIELD 7 p.m. Clear River Tavern Open Mic Jam w/ Bubsies

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

Throwback Thursday Video Dance Party w/ DJ Mega

SOUTH POMFRET 7 p.m. Artistree

Aaron Audet

Jenny Porter

Erin’s Guild

Andy Lugo

POULTNEY 12 p.m. Cones Point General Store Music at The Moose w/ Brendan O’Bryan

RUTLAND 7 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern The Bubsies

7 p.m. Main Street Park Rutland City Band

9:30 p.m. The Venue Open Mic

Duane Carleton


7 p.m. The Foundry


12 p.m. Wild Fern

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish Pub

Wayne Canney

Duane Carleton Ryan Fuller

Erin’s Guild

LUDLOW 6 p.m. Jackson Gore Courtyard

6 p.m. Mr Darcy’s POULTNEY 5 p.m. Cones Point General Store Music at The Moose w/ One for the Road

Summer Concert Series w/ Deadgrass



7 p.m. The Moose Club

6 p.m. Center Street

9 p.m. Center Street Alley

Friday Night Live w/ Kat Wright

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

9 p.m. Center Street Alley DJ Dirty D

9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern The Get Messy

9:30 p.m. The Venue Aaron Audet

STOCKBRIDGE 6 p.m. Stony Brook Tavern Wayne Canney

WOODSTOCK 5:30 p.m. History Center Lawn Mark Berger & Ride



7:30 p.m. Brandon Music Steven Kirby Group

BOMOSEEN 6 p.m. Iron Lantern Nikki Adams


Ryan Fuller DJ Mega

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

9:30 p.m. The Venue Half Stash

SOUTH POMFRET 7:30 p.m. Artistree Jay Nash

WOODSTOCK 7 p.m. Bentley’s Jamie Ward: Piano

10 p.m. Bentley’s

Dancing after Dark w/ Guest VJ



Cigar Box Brunch w/ Rick Redington

1 p.m. Wild Fern The People’s Jam



9:30 p.m. The Killarney Open Mic w/ The Bubsies

PITTSFIELD 7 p.m. Clear River Tavern Matthew Runciman

RUTLAND 9:30 p.m. The Venue Krishna Guthrie

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



6 p.m. Lake House Ryan Fuller


11 a.m. The Foundry

7 p.m. Ramunto’s Brick & Brew Pizza

5 p.m. The Foundry


Jordan Snow Brunch Jenny Porter

9 p.m. JAX Food & Games

Trivia Night

7 p.m. Castleton Pavilion Twangbusters

Duane Carleton



Bluegrass Jam

10 a.m. Jackson Gore Courtyard Blueberry Fest

1 p.m. K-1 Base Area

8 p.m. Taps Tavern RUTLAND 9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern Open Mic w/ Krishna Guthrie

Wine Fest Grand Tasting

9:30 p.m. The Venue

Open Mic

Rutland Farmacy: continued from page 2 for community-building, a good way for people to get to know each other. Some romances have even blossomed through the program, said Heidi Lynch, native Rutlander and director of the Farmacy Project. “There’s a lot of great activity happening around increasing access to fruits and vegetables and the food system,” she said. Organizers are

4 p.m. Willie Dunn’s Grille at Okemo Valley Golf Course


Fresh, whole foods “prescribed” to promote wellness

already seeing changes in eating habits that cut back on sugar and include more raw, whole foods, and kids are motivated to eat their veggies with flavorful recipes. The Farmacy Project also puts out a newsletter. In addition to a calendar of events, reminders and cooking tips, this year a new project is being launched, Root Words, soliciting person-

al stories from members. Root Words asks people “as Vermonters” to think about their relationship to the land through forebears who farmed, traditions, memories — “the ordinary stuff of life rooted in Vermont.” Vermont is part of a national effort to promote preventive wellness, said Lynch. Grants and donations support the movement now, she

said, but insurance policies still don’t recognize it as a billable service. Proponents hope that food programs will eventually be viewed as promoting wellness in the way that some policies reward healthy activities and gym memberships. “There’s precedent for those systems to expand into the general public. Everybody’s moving in that direction,” she said.

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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 27


CLUES ACROSS 1. Owns 4. Beef intestine 9. Expression of contempt 14. Expression of horror 15. Famed architecture couple 16. Escape 17. “The Raven” author 18. Chiefs’ tight end 20. Removes 22. Pesto dish 23. One who roots against 24. Type of writer 28. Old woman 29. Early multimedia 30. This (Spanish) 31. Part of a play 33. Elephant’s name 37. Home of the Flyers 38. Builder’s trough 39. Tell 41. Google certification 42. Electric current 43. Belonging to them 44. Nostrils 46. Arranges 49. Commercial 50. Skywalker’s mentor __-Wan 51. Single-reed instrument 55. Voodoo 58. World of Warcraft character 59. Paddling 60. Most agreeable 64.Chafed 65. A way to analyze 66. Remove 67. Metal-bearing mineral 68. Remains as is 69. Large predatory seabirds 70. The Science Guy

CLUES DOWN 1. Central Chinese province 2. The marketplace in ancient Greece 3. Covered the sword 4. Cleanser 5. Body parts 6. Returned material authorization (abbr.) 7. Mega-electronvolt 8. One from Asia 9. A superior grade of black tea 10. Thin 11. Circles of light around the head 12. General’s assistant (abbr.) 13. Tiny 19. Evildoing 21. __ Connery, 007 24. British sword 25. Type of cyst 26. Musical composition 27. Advises 31. Herring-like fish 32. Chocolate powder 34. Somalian district El __ 35. Indicates position 36. Refurbishes 40. Exclamation of surprise 41. Football field 45. Hilly region in India near China 47. Come to an end 48. Most mad 52 Sheets of glass 53. Department of Housing and Urban Development 54. Stares lecherously 56. Consisting of a single element or component 57. Monetary unit of Zambia 59. Bones (Latin) 60. Frames-per-second 61. Tell on 62. Gall 63. Cologne Solutions on page 27

Slipping into form

As of this past weekend, my son has reached the mid-way point in his month-long stay at a summer military camp. His mother and I struggled with the decision to send him to this camp, but ultimately decided the experience might deliver a few important messages that we weren’t necessarily getting across. Don’t get me wrong – my son is a great kid and has zero disciplinary issues; this wasn’t a punishment on any level. Basically, we felt that he needed a reality check. He’s become a fairly unmotivated 14-year-old and nothing we were doing or saying was making him see the need to kick his young adulthood into the next gear. He’s also let school slip into a low priority, several levels behind video games and sleeping. We would have never considered this option had his cousin not attended the same camp and come out a much more confident and focused young man. I’m not expecting massive changes, but I do think pushing him out of his comfort zone for a few weeks might liven him up. At the mid-way point in the camp, parents are invited to visit for a couple hours to spend some time with their sons. They also can check in with the teachers to see how their child is progressing with their summer studies (yes, school is a part of this adventure). My wife and I were both excited to see our boy. Admittedly, our house has become painfully quiet. His absence and the curiosity about his condition kept us in constant dialogue, with each of us wondering how he was handling the day-to-day activities, which not only involved school, but also numerous outdoor activities like camping, whitewater rafting, and ziplining. When we arrived, they summoned our son. After a couple minutes he came around the corner, hair cropped into a tight military cut, with a big smile on his face. He didn’t want to admit it openly, but he was excited to see us as well. We hopped into the car and took a half hour ride to a nearby town where we planned to eat lunch and catch up. On the way, we peppered him with questions about the school, the other kids, and how the experience was unfolding. He launched into several stories about kids being thrown out for a variety of disciplinary reasons, conquering his fear of heights on the climbing wall, and how competitive the basketball scene was. All in all, he seemed to be navigating the experience with a good level of success and a positive attitude. We asked about the school program since this was our biggest concern, and he claimed to be doing well. He had just taken his mid-term tests that morning and was confident he would receive good grades. (I had thrown out a carrot prior to the start of camp, telling him that if he received all B’s or better, we would buy


him a new drum set). Over lunch we heard several more stories, some that made my wife’s toes curl (teenage boy stuff) and others that had us laughing out loud. It seems that not everyone at this camp was there by choice, with some kids ordered there as a last resort by parents or schools in a last-ditch effort to get them on track. As such, there is an element present that my son isn’t used to hanging with. This frightened my wife, but I assured her that life requires us to be able to relate to all types and this experience would help him socially. Right after lunch as we were getting into the car, my son announced that he needed to sleep. He proceeded to borrow my phone and then threw on a pair of headphones and within minutes was unresponsive in the backseat. When we arrived back at the school, he ran up to his room to get a container for the snacks we brought him. While he was gone we relayed some of the stories our son had told us to the officer on duty. He confirmed several of them and laughed at a few others. But just before our son arrived back, the officer told us how great he was and how he wished he had 10 more of him. He was adamant that our boy was doing a stellar job and that we should be proud. That short declaration sent us home with broad smiles and the belief that this experience was going to be a big success. This week’s film, “Leave No Trace,” is about another teenager who is far away from home. In fact, this young woman hasn’t had a home in years. Set in the mountainous region of the Pacific Northwest, “Leave No Trace” chronicles the life of a homeless father and daughter as they attempt to elude authorities to live life outside of the normal confines of society. This is a rough, emotionally compelling film that speaks to the devastating effects of mental illness and its repercussions on family bonds. This is a limited-release film so you may have to travel to see it. However, the effort will be rewarded as this picture is beautifully made, wonderfully acted, and full of quiet, dramatic sequences. A reticent “B+” for “Leave No Trace.” Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email him at

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n o i g e R e h T R ock i n’ usic Fest w ith NoTow n M

‘Tis the festival season. NoTown Music Festival in Stockbridge is back for its third year. This do-not-miss fun fest happens July 27-29. If you bought a VIP ticket, then you get early admission on Thursday, July 26. Camping is included with a festival weekend pass, which includes all shows and activities. The camp-style kids’ programming was specifically designed so parents rockin’ can watch the music while the region their kids play. With plenty by dj dave of grass to spread out on and hoffenberg the nearby river to cool off in, NoTown Music Festival is the quintessential summer music festival for the entire family. It is put on by Stockbridge residents Matt and Chris Lillie. I had the pleasure of speaking with Chris to learn more about NoTown. I have not been able to attend this festival in prior years, but you’ll definitely see me this year as there are so many acts I’m looking forward to seeing. Many of my friends and past article interviewees are on the ticket, like Hamjob, Rick Redington and The Luv, Krishna Guthrie Band, Super Stash Bros, Bow Thayer, Miss Guided Angels and last but certainly not least, Nathan Byrne, who played at the Out-

back in Killington on Sundays this past season. There are plenty more acts and Chris Lillie talked about them and how this all came about. Chris and her husband Matt used to do production for the Tweed Fest that happened on the same site for a few years (last held in 2013). Chris said, “When the Tweed broke up, we thought now is the time to do a festival in our hometown. It’s only a mile-and-a-half from our house. The first year we just did it for fun: local people, friends and family. The second year, we had about 800 attend and this year we expect about 1,500. I keep it smaller than some festivals because I want it to be fun for me and I want families to be able to come.” There are many activities for families like the Art Bus and camp-style activities. Kids can paint, draw, make pet rocks, and play giant checkers. There’s even yoga for kids. And if you’re a music fan, this festival’s for you. It’s not a big festival, but it’s a great place to chill out, listen to good tunes and cool off in the Tweed River. Chris said, “Everyone on that stage is a friend of mine.” Besides the local bands that they already know, people will suggest bands to them or a band will pop up on social media. Chris said, “I’ll go listen and if I like them, I’ll inquire more. Then we’ll put them up for a group to decide.” The screening process

By Chris Lillie

The stage at NoTown Music Festival features bands that bring the audience to its feet.

seems like what it is on TV talent shows. Bands go through the screening process with Matt and Chris and if they make it, they move on. Chris added, “It’s about the music, yes, but it’s also about their online presence. I always like bands that are doing new music or a new album. We don’t do this to make money – we do this to promote music.”] Each night there’s two headlining slots that each do a 90-minute set. Friday is Redington and the Welterweights, and Saturday is Bow Thayer and Hamjob. For the VIPs on Thursday, there’s River Frog and Bow Thayer. Sunday is filled with good music, too. You have Miss Guided Angels, Rick and Hezzie show (Redington and Heather from The Luv) and Mama’s Marmalade. Rounding out the fest are SoulTree, New Nile Orchestra, Jennings & McComber, Seven Leaves, Hudson’s Crew, Choir of Aether, Jake Wildwood, Sisterhood of the Silk Road (Chris said she loves the dancers) and Georgetown, which is George Nostrand doing open mic. That’s another one I’m looking forward to. Practically every band on the bill is releasing a new album at NoTown, including Bow Thayer, Hamjob, Rick Redington, Welterweights, Mama’s Marmalade and Krishna Guthrie – although his will be released later. It’s hard for Chris to narrow down her favorites since she’s friends with all the bands, but said, “I’m looking forward to Hamjob because I booked them for three years and this will be the only one with the original lineup. Those boys have a cool thing happening. I listen to all these bands on CD in my car – this is the music I listen to. I think the Welterweights are going to kick ass on Friday night. Kelly Ravin’s guitar sound is one of the sweetest things I’ve ever heard. Rick’s music is always changing and now he’s kind of rockin’ it out. Bow is bringing back some of his old band, so that will be good. I don’t usually put solo acts on the main stage, but I did with Nathan Byrne because he’s a talented kid.” Chris looks forward to this because “I get to pick the music and I get to pick the sound guy [Matt] so it sounds good. I went around to some other festivals and they just sounded bad. So it sounds good and that makes everyone happy. They love every band that comes because every band sounds good. Bands have a good time as well because of the good production. Everyone is friendly. I have two rules: write a good song, and don’t be a ‘jerk’ [not her actual word].”

Killington softball league: Teams seeded for playoffs

continued from page 10 Anderson and Stoodley hit them back-to-back and then Blodorn added one. CM got two from Brett “The Hitman” Regimbald who has been on a home run tear as of late. “Ronzoni” Hacker had his first inside-the-park home run, but an error by the umpire negated that. Unfortunately for CM, the “CBKs” were plentiful, too. They got one each from Jeremy “Graduated to Full K” Livesey, Scott “Lay off the Lemonade” Watelet, Jesse Mike Pelland and Russell “The K Muscle” Dalglish. “Tall” Tom Gilligan added to his web gem total with a sweet over-his-head catch, robbing a home run. What was sweeter was “Ronzoni” adding a web gem on the same out as he saved the ball from going out of play, blindly grabbing the ball in mid air. KR avoided the sweep from OR and finally secured a win against them with a 15-5 victory. They had home runs from Kinsman and Chandler “KOS” Burgess, a two-run and a three-run, respectively. MS and OR had a back and forth battle with OR squeaking out the win which left MS with a losing week. It was 4-4 after one, but MS got to 8-4 until OR cut in it half, 8-6 after three innings. MS bats went cold but the OR were heating up, making it six unanswered to take a 10-8 lead. MS got two back in the top of the sixth but OR cemented the win with five in the bottom and eventually won 15-11. OR avoided a sweep from FSMBC with a close 9-6 win and then FSMBC rebounded with a close 7-3 win over the Karrtel for their only sweep of the season. CM had a double-header of sweeps. First up, they crushed the Karrtel 16-5 for sweep one. The Karrtel was wearing eye black to protect them from the sun but it almost became the opposite, black eyes from getting too heated. CM brought in Livesey to pitch and put “Ronzoni” in right. He showed the young bucks how it’s done being a wall out there, including a web gem. Judd “Fired Up” Washburn started the scoring, driving in Regimbald in the first. They made it 4-0 after “Ronzoni” and “DJ” Dave Hoffenberg combined for five RBI. Washburn blasted a three-run shot for 8-0. The Karrtel finally scored in the

third and fourth. The Karrtel had some sweet “D” shutting down CM 1-2-3 in the fourth, including a web gem from Forrest Baker as he robbed “Ronzoni” of an extra-base hit. Regimbald jacked one in the fifth to add three to the total. CM was too much for the Karrtel to handle and they suffered a 16-5 loss. Regimbald was one triple away from the cycle, but still ended a perfect 3-3 with a walk, four runs scored and five RBI. Livesey pitched the complete game to stay the league’s winningest pitcher. He also delivered a “CBK” to his fellow employee, Luke Carey. CM sweep 2 was against FSMBC. “Ronzoni” went back to the mound and Livesey went back to striking out. CM took an early 5-0 lead off a three run shot by Washburn that saw Livesey with the “CBK.” Collin “Hungry Like The” Wolf got three back with a rare bases-clearing single. Tyler Lysakowski suffered his team’s first “CBK,” looking.

The scoring resumed in the third with another five from CM and the “CBKs” resumed for FSMBC with one by Wyatt Mosher. Each team suffered one in the fourth with Dalglish for CM and Sam Budusky for FSMBC with the score now 11-5. Pitcher Johnny Sharpe fired up his team in the fifth when he struck out Angel Shannon. They used that momentum to score five runs in the bottom to come within one. Washburn sent another over the fence for an insurance run in the sixth and Gilligan added another with his slippery pickle move that frustrated FSMBC. Budusky joined Lysakowsky in the “CBK looking” department to add to his “CBK” total. In the end CM got the sweep by a slim 13-10 margin. Playoffs begin with games in Killington and Bridgewater at 5:50 p.m./7 p.m. July 18,There will be a post game party at McGrath’s Irish Pub at 8 p.m.

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Blue Jay Way brings classic rock to Fair Haven concert series



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Thursday, July 19, 7 p.m.—FAIR HAVEN—The Fair Haven Concerts in the Park will feature rock ‘n’ roll with Blue Jay Way on Thursday, July 19 at 7 p.m. This band is making its second visit to the Fair Haven Park. Blue Jay Way began in the early 1970s when Submitted Dave Sabatino and Tim Sean Hood Brown began to perform locally at the Checkmate in Castleton. The duo asked Terry Jarrosak to join them as their drummer. “Dave and I played music together growing Friday, July 20, 6 p.m.—BRANand beverages will be available for up. We were doing the DON—Sean Hood brings his original purchase. Beatles when the Beatles country/folk band Eastern Mountain The Inn at Neshobe River is located were still doing the BeatTime to the Inn at Neshobe River’s at 79 Stone Mill Dam Road, Brandon. les,” joked Jarrosak, who Sunset Concert series on Friday, July For information, visit innatneshobeis well known in the area 20 from 6-9 p.m. There’s no admission, as Terry Jaye, the morning deejay at WJJR. The trio expanded over the years with local musicians coming and going, Saturday, July 21, 1 fered Aug. 18, Sept. 15, and both homes and to Billings but they have assembled p.m.—WOODSTOCK—Bill- Oct. 20. The cost for adults is Farm & Museum is included a solid core in the past ings Farm & Museum and $21, and $16 for ages 62 and in the fee. Space is limited, few years that includes Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller over. The tours meet at the and reservations are strong- keyboardist Brad Morgan, National Historic Park are Billings Farm & Museum ly suggested by calling 802- guitarist Rob Henrichen partnering to offer a special Visitor Center; admission to 457-3368 ext. 222. and sax players Pete double tour, called “Farm Giancola and Steve MaHouse/Manor House,” cLaughlin – all of whom exploring work, life and have performed with the leisure in their respective band Satin and Steel. showcase historical homes. This concert will also The second tour will be held feature free ice cream Saturday, July 21, from 1-3 cones; and caramel popp.m. corn, water, soda, and The double tour will take hot dogs will be available visitors back in time – first for sale. to the Billings Farm House, Concerts go on rain or restored to appear as it did shine. The rain location circa 1890, and then to the is the First CongregaMarsh-Billings-Rockefeller tional Church located Mansion, which features at the north end of the original furnishings and Courtesy BFM park. Call 802-265-3010 personal effects from 1869 Billings Farm & Museum’s 1890 Farm House is one of ext. 301 after 4 p.m. on through 1997. two historical stops on a tour being offered five times this the day of the concert, to Future tours will be ofsummer/fall. confirm.

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‘Coming Through the Rye’ to be screened at Brandon Town Hall

Co-authors to talk on their titles at Phoenix Books

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Nash Patel and Leda Scheintaub, authors of “Dosa Kitchen,” will be available for meet-and-greet — and have samples of dosas available.

July 19, 21—RUTLAND—On Thursday, July 19 at 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host Donald and Carol Thompson for a talk on their book, “Perseverance: The Life and Work of Painter James Hope.” James Hope (1818-1892) was an American portrait and landscape painter who excelled at capturing the beauty of mid-19th century Vermont. He is best known for his five large paintings of the Civil War Battle of Antietam done from sketches made while serving as captain in the Second Vermont Volunteers. These are displayed at the Antietam National Battlefield Visitors Center in Maryland. Then, on Saturday, July 21, Phoenix Books Rutland will host Nash Patel and Leda Scheintaub, authors of “Dosa Kitchen,” for a meet-and-greet/book signing from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The authors will have free samples of dosas for attendees to try. Dosas, a popular Indian street food, are thin, riceand lentil-based pancakes that can be stuffed with or dipped into a variety of flavorful fillings. Both events are free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St. Copies of the books will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, call 802-855-8078 or visit

Great Brandon Auction postponed to July 18

KMF brings ice cream for “Sundaes and Sonatas”

Wednesday, July 18—BRANDON—Due to the forecast for thunderstorms, hail and heavy rain the 2018 auction is being postponed one day to Wednesday, July 18. It will occur at the same time and place: 2 p.m. preview, 4 p.m. gavel falls at Estabrook Park, (1 mile north of Brandon). This will be the 30th year for the annual Great Brandon Auction, sponsored by the Brandon Area Chamber of Commerce to benefit community projects of the Chamber.



Monday, July 23, 7 p.m.—CASTLETON— On Monday, July 23, the Castleton Community Center will host the talented musicians from the Killington Music Festival for an evening of “Sundaes and Sonatas.” Guests can come 30 minutes before the concert for a “make your own sundae” treat. The

sundae service starts at 7 p.m. and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m. RSVP to the center by Wednesday, July 18, by calling 802-468-3093. Both the concert and the dessert are free and open to the public. The Castleton Community Center is located at 2108 Main St., Castleton.

By Polly Mikula

Sunday, July 22, 7 p.m.—BRANDON—“Coming Through the Rye,” a popular feature-length film that debuted at The Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in 2016, will be screened at the Brandon Town Hall on July 22 at 7 p.m. Director James Sadwith of Woodstock will host an on-stage Q&A with MNFF Producer Lloyd Komesar following the film. “We are delighted to share this fine film with the Brandon community and look forward to having Jim Sadwith here to meet audience members and talk about the film,” said Komesar. “The film was a gem at our 2016 Festival and is one we remain truly proud of supporting.” “Brandon is a wonderful artistic community and we’re thrilled to share this film here,” said Phoebe Lewis, associate producer of MNFF. “We like to feature films with New England ties, like this one.” Written and directed by Sadwith, “Coming Through the Rye” is inspired by the filmmaker’s own true story. Set in 1969, the film follows a 16-year-old boy who is desperate to be a worldly adolescent. After stumbling through disastrous relationships at boarding school, and, accompanied by a local town girl, he travels the mountains of New Hampshire in search of J.D. Salinger, the reclusive author of  “The Catcher in the Rye.” “Coming Through the Rye” screened at the second annual Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival in August 2016 and went on to gain national attention and glowing reviews from the Washington Post, and the New York Times. The film showcases strong performances from Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper and a turn by Alex Wolff who has since embarked on a remarkable, burgeoning career, including the leading role in this summer’s smash horror film, “Hereditary.” “This screening is also a great preview for the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival Aug. 23-26,” said Lewis. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door, night of show. For more information visit




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The Mountain Times • July 18-24, 2018

Courtesy Chandler Center for the Arts

In “A Perfect Fit,” college student Nicole explores her sexuality – leading her mother to begin questioning her own marriage and assumptions.

Vermont Pride Theater’s eighth annual summer festival starts Friday

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July 20-22—RANDOLPH—Vermont Pride Theater at Chandler is slated to run Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 29. The lineup for the eighth annual summer pride festival includes a world premiere, the screwball farce “Aunt Jack”; a northeastern premiere, the late-in-life sexual-identity drama “A Perfect Fit”; and a New England premiere, the long-term relationship study “Bright Half Life.” The 10-day festival will also feature a benefit screening of the film Philadelphia and a showcase of Gabriel Q’s visual artistry.’ About “Aunt Jack”: In S.P. Monahan’s screwball comedy, Norman’s grown a little distant lately. After a sudden series of anxiety attacks, he broke up with his longtime boyfriend Ian and moved clear across the country, leaving his fathers George and Jack in a tizzy. With George – a prominent gay activist – in failing health, Norman has returned home to make things right and to introduce them to his new partner, Andy. Let’s just say she’s not what they expected. Directed by Gene Heinrich (St. Albans), the play features Randolph resident Jeff Tolbert in the title role, plus Tristan Goding (Rochester), Susan Loynd (Fayston), Joshua Huffman (Randolph), Nimue Washburn (Rochester), and Bob Carmody (Charlotte). About “A Perfect Fit”: Lia Romeo’s story is about Nicole, a college sophomore involved in her first lesbian relationship, and her mother Janet. Nicole’s exploration of her sexuality has caused her mother to begin questioning her own marriage and her own assumptions. “A Perfect Fit” asks what it takes to be happy as a woman in the 21st century. Directed by Cher Laston (Williamstown), the play casts Leah Romano (Norwich), Marissa Mattogno (Williamstown), Rae Merrill (Brookfield), Lindsay

Stratton (Hanover, N.H.), and Andra Kisler (Northfield). About “Bright Half Life”: Taking place over a 45-year period, this play movingly explores the stages of a relationship between two lesbians. In a non-linear way, the audience comes to understand how the women met, why they married, how they lived as a couple, and how their marriage came to end in divorce. The New Yorker described it as “a well-written, engaging portrayal of smart women finding themselves, and each other.” Written by Tanya Barfield and directed by Kim Ward (Montpelier), the cast consists of Carly Bennet (Burlington) and Fabienne Nadeau (Milton). Performances will all go on at 7:30 p.m. and all are followed by a talkback and a reception: “Aunt Jack” will be held Friday, July 20 and Sunday, July 28;“A Perfect Fit” will be held Saturday, July 21 and Sunday, July 29; and “Bright Half Life” will be held Sunday, July 22 and Friday, July 27. On Wednesday, July 25 at 7 p.m., a free 25th-anniversary showing of Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-winning “Philadelphia” will be screened, with donations accepted to Vermont CARES and the HIV/HCV Resource Center Acclaimed visual artist Gabriel Q. will exhibit his puppets, masks, and costumes throughout the festival period. A pre-film reception for this exhibit will take place on Wednesday, July 25. Festival ticket prices are: adults, $20 advance or $22 at the door; students up to age 17, $15 advance or $17 at the door. Three-ticket pride passes are available. For info or tickets, visit Chandler Center for the Arts is located at 71-73 Main Street, Randolph.

Hubbardton welcomes all to join for its fourth annual celebration




Saturday, July 21, 4 p.m.—HUBBARDTON—The fourth annual Hubbardton Day event returns for its summer celebration on Saturday, July 21, 4 p.m., to the Hubbardton Battlefield. There will be fun, food, music, games, concerts and fireworks. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, and tents will be provided. In the event of rain, the celebration will be held the next day, Sunday, July 22 – same place and time. To confirm, call 802-273-2911. At 4 p.m. children’s games and contests will take place, with prizes given. For the adults, there will be a corn hole toss competition, and pick up volley ball games. Also, the popular females only frying pan throwing contest will be held. In addition, there will be a kids and “senior ladies” throwing contest. Cash prizes will be awarded to all contest winners. During the day, fried dough, water, and souvenir t-shirts will be available to purchase. Other events include a variety of raffles, and the face painting lady. From 5-6:15 p.m., enjoy a a pig roast and chicken barbecue with all the fixins. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for kids under 10. Free ice cream will also be given out. For advanced tickets call 802-2732651 or stop by Castleton Pet Supply, 700 Route 4a West, Castleton. Or, bring a picnic! During the evening music will be provided by Steve Kyhill and David Hughes, and the Mt. Independence Seth Warner Fife and Drum Corps will perform. Square dancing will follow the dinner, with Pete Tobin calling. At 7 p.m. bluegrass and Americana musicians, Northern Homespun will play covers and high energy, foot-tapping style music. Fireworks will close out the evening. Call 802-273-1129 for more info.

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Counterpoint returns to Weston Sunday, July 22, 4 p.m.— WESTON—The Sundays On The Hill concert series is delighted to have Counterpoint, Vermont’s professional vocal ensemble, with violist Elizabeth Reid, grace Weston’s historic and acoustically perfect Church on the Hill (Community Church) on Sunday, July 22, at 4 p.m. The church is located on Lawrence Hill Road and is just a few steps up the hill from the Weston Village Green, off Route 100. Parking is available at the church and along the road and village green. This concert is sure to delight audiences young and old. Founded by legendary choral director and arrang-

er Robert De Cormier in 2000, and based in Montpelier, Counterpoint is dedicated to performing choral chamber music and engaging with student musicians in Vermont and beyond. Praised for their “clarity, skill” and “sophisticated musical expressiveness,” the ensemble presents concerts throughout New England and the surrounding region, and has toured the Midwest. Counterpoint has recorded seven CDs with Albany Records and has released four further CDs independently. Their repertory ranges all over the map, including folksongs from around the world, African-American

spirituals, sacred music of many traditions, and concert works by classical composers of the past and our own age. Counterpoint reflects what many seem to be longing for: cooperation, harmony, listening to others, and responding openly, with some history and humor thrown in. For more information, visit All Sundays On The Hill concerts are $5 for adults (children 12 and under are free). This is the same admission cost as when the concert series started 22 years ago. A handicap ramp will be available for those needing it. For additional information, visit

Courtesy DRP

Kat Wright and her band make their way to Rutland for a free concert on Friday night.

Kat Wright is next up at Friday Night Live Friday, July 20, 5 p.m. —RUTLAND—Catch Kat Wright for free in downtown Rutland on Friday, July 20. It’s the second of three Friday Night Live events, following the opener on July 13, 8084. Activities start at 5 p.m. with a Story Walk, Rutland Youth Theatre mini-performance, live painting demonstration by Peter Huntoon, outdoor dining and more. Headliners perform in the “pit” parking lot, which is transformed into a unique, amphitheater-like concert venue. Merchants and vendors set up along the street in open air fashion with fun for the whole family!Bring lawn chairs to sit and enjoy the music. There is no smoking at downtown events. Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum offers free entry during all

Friday Night Live events. Kat Wright, whose voice is both sultry and dynamic, delicate yet powerful, gritty but highly emotive and nuanced, has been described as “a young Bonnie Raitt meets Amy Winehouse.” Add to that voice enough stage presence to tame lions, and the combination of feline femininity proves immediately enchanting. There’s soul flowing in and out of her rock ‘n’ roll with a serpentine seduction. Wright sings gently like a heartache’s apology. It’s funky in spots and beautiful all over. And it hurts a little … like it should. Find the full list of participating vendors as well as who’s up in the next free concert, at fridaynightlive.

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Elevate your taste buds at the Killington Wine Festival Tastings, wine trail, wine dinners and even golf on weekend agenda

By Jerry LeBlond

Friday-Sunday, July 20-22—KILLINGTON—The Killington Wine Festival has earned a reputation for being one of the Killington region’s signature summer events. Over the years, the festival has grown immensely and now features more than 500 wines from a collection of over 40 vineyards around the world. Organized by the Killington Pico Area Association and hosted by Killington Resort, the annual event is a weekend well spent, tasting fine wines with Killington Peak and the Green Mountains of Vermont serving as a scenic backdrop. The festival returns to the region Friday-Sunday, July 20, 21 and 22. Break out the fancy attire and plan to attend one or more of the events. Kick off the weekend in style with the Premier Tasting at Killington Peak Lodge on Friday, July 20, 6-8 p.m. Enjoy a scenic gondola ride to the peak for an exclusive wine tasting. Meet the vintners and representatives behind the weekend’s wines and take in the best views in Vermont.  Tickets include light hors d’oeuvres. This is a semi formal event. Designated driver tickets are available for those not drinking. Done tasting? Is wine with food more your thing? Hit the wine trail, with participating Killington region restaurants offering a special wine or food and wine pairing. The trail runs 6-10 p.m., and participating restaurants include: Inn at Long Trail, Peppino’s, The Foundry, JAX Food & Games, The Garlic, Sushi Yoshi, Liquid Art, Birch Ridge Inn, Highline Lodge, Choices Restaurant, Domenic’s Upscale Pizza Joint, Killington Art Garage, Lookout Tavern, and Preston’s at Killington Grand Hotel. Contact the individual restaurants for details. The grand tasting is the signature event of the festival, held Saturday afternoon, July 21, Killington’s Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars, 1-4 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to move through the different venues, enjoying a seemingly endless variety of wines produced domestically

and from places as far away as France, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, New Zealand, Japan, Chile, Argentina, and South Africa. The grand tasting will also feature Vermont wines and spirits as well as local artisanal foods including cheeses, chocolates and more. Admission to the event includes tastings, wine-friendly fare, a round-trip scenic gondola ride, and signature tote with wine glass. VIP tickets gain early access, for an upgraded experience. Dress to impress for this event! Saturday evening, the Killington region’s most discerning restaurants will hold special culinary events ranging from wine samplings to multi-course gourmet wine dinners. Special guests from the wineries represented throughout the festival weekend accompany many of these dinners and offer interactive discussions on a variety of wine topics. Space is limited at these events and early reservations are encouraged. Capping off the weekend is the Wine and Nine golf tournament at Green Mountain National Golf Course on Sunday, July 22, at 2:30 p.m. Enjoy champagne and snacks at registration, then a shotgun start at 3 p.m. Play 9 holes of golf with friends, taste nine specialty wines selected from Baker Distributing’s extensive portfolio, and then enjoy a delicious dinner and prizes in the clubhouse. The Garlic Restaurant will host a special on-course “tapas tent” with delicacies prepared by Chef Bryan Guldelis and paired with wines from The Garlic’s wine list. Call 802-422-4653 to make reservations for this event. All information, dates and times are subject to change. Guests must be 21 or older to attend tasting events. Day care is available at Ramshead Lodge. For additional information, or to pre-purchase ticket to any of the events, visit



By Jerry LeBlond

Riding to End Addiction

Tour de Slate Bike Ride AUGUST 4, 2018 - MIDDLETOWN SPRINGS, VT

6th Annual Chili Cook-Off

From Metric Century ride to a Rails/Trails Family ride

A Fundraiser Benefiting Killington Parks & Recreation

FOUR DIFFERENT ROUTES – something for every level of riding skill!

With Live Music from Chad Hollister

This is a fundraising event. All net proceeds will be donated to Teen Challenge VT. Our goal is to assist them as they help to rehabilitate those with lives marred by drug and alcohol addiction. Help us help them change lives.

For more information go to OR email Tour de Slate is hosted by the Middletown Springs Community Church

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Wine sampling and lingo lessons From premier wine tastings to exquisite hors d’oeuvres, there’s no better way to wind down after Wine

Fest’s activities than relaxing at the Summit Pond. After a day of tasting some of the world’s most prestigious wine from Austria, Italy, Spain, and Ja-

pan, pick a spot on the deck and have a glass of Silverado Vineyards’ Merlot, straight from the home country (we know you’re so over those tasting portions). With decadent flavors of rosemary and mint, compounded by spice, blackberry and a hint of cocoa to finish, this tasty little number is perfect for any California dreamer. Quite the relaxing getaway all within minutes of Killington Peak. The acclaimed Napa Valley is home to Silverado Vineyards. With six distinctive vineyards in the heart of Napa, the property prides itself on

flavor and character; the two aspects wine-lovers crave. Fruity notes within the vineyard’s acclaimed Chardonnay paint the imagination with a blur of color from pear, green apple, lemon zest, and honeysuckle. It’s reminiscent of the sunset you hopefully saw from the Gondola ride to the Peak that you may have taken! Don’t forget to use your new wine lingo from Wine Fest to have a great conversation with the Foundry’s sommelier, Will Spanos! It’s most likely the only time someone will understand what you’re talking about, so have at it.

Next Killington farmers’ market is Thursday


Mission Farm Bakery’s Tim Owings set up a table selling home baked goods during a previous farmers’ market at Mission Farm Church.

Thursday, July 19, 3 p.m.—KILLINGTON— The first two Killington Farmer’s Markets, co-sponsored with Killington Parks & Rec, the Killington-Pico Area Association and Mission Farm, were deemed a success. The June market had six quality vendors providing a wide variety of goods. They included Poli Gardens, Manna Pet Treats, Dream Maker Bakery, Farm and Wilderness,

Killington Coffee Roasters and Tim Owings’ Mission Farm Bakery. The next third Thursday Killington Farmer’s Market is July 19, from 3-6 p.m. Organizers are expecting even more vendors.  To be a vendor at this or an upcoming market, call Cathy Foutch at 802422-3932.  For more information, visit them on Facebook at

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