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Volume 47, Number 24

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June 13-19, 2018

MTB GROWS A new bike park debuts, connector trails advance, a MTB event expects to draw 100s and a new MTB guide, GRIP, hits stands. Page 3A & 15A

By Polly Lynn Mikula

A couple enjoys spanning views and flawless weather from the top of Killington Peak, Vermont’s second highest mountain, on Sunday, June 10.

Vermont officials fret as Trump feuds with Trudeau

By Colin Meyn, VTDigger

36 YEARS AT OKEMO The Muellers’ legacy is building Okemo into a world class resort. Page 24A

WASHINGTON — Tensions between the and weak” in a tweet. United States and key allies reached new Earlier this month, Trump imposed tariffs heights over the weekend as President Donon imports of steel and aluminum from ald Trump attacked Canada and other VERMONT EXPORTED $1.2 Canadian Prime MinAmerican allies, a reister Justin Trudeau for versal from a previous BILLION IN GOODS TO retaliating against a indication that those CANADA IN 2016. new set of tariffs. countries would have After leaving the G-7 conference with an opportunity to avoid the tariffs. world leaders in a Quebec resort town SaturTrudeau, who hosted the major diplomatic day, Trump called Trudeau “very dishonest convention, has called the move an insult to Vt. exports, page 11A

Failing drinking water system costs condo association $19.5K in fines

By Robin Alberti


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KILLINGTON—The Agency of Natural Resources’ Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that the Hemlock Ridge at Killington Owners Association, Inc., a condominium complex in Killington, was fined $19,500 for many years of failing to properly manage and maintain the public drinking water system supplying the complex.  Public community

water systems in Vermont are systems that provide drinking water to a range of users, from condominium users, like the water system serving Hemlock Ridge at Killington, to residents in the largest municipalities in the state. Regardless of size, managing a public drinking water system comes with the responsibility to maintain water quality standards and protect public health. DEC oversees public water

systems by issuing permits, completing inspections, and reviewing water quality reports. The division also provides resources and guidance about routine sampling to measure water quality and how to manage emergencies. “Protecting the quality of Vermont’s drinking water means that we take care of the resource from source to tap,” said Emily Boedecker, DEC Commissioner. “From protecting

John Cumming steps down as CEO of Powdr On Thursday, June 7, Powdr announced key changes to its executive team, including that John Cumming, founder and chairman, will step down as CEO. Powdr is Killington Resort and Pico Mountain’s parent company. Stepping up are Wade Martin, who has served as president of Powdr Enterprises and chief revenue officer for the last five years, and Justin Sibley, who has served as chief financial officer for the past four years; they will serve as co-presidents. Powdr also promoted Tim Brennwald, who previously served as chief operating officer of Powdr resorts, to chief operating officer of Powdr. Cumming, who founded the independent, family-owned and operated Powdr nearly 25 years ago, will remain involved in shaping the company’s strategy and vision while he


PITTSFIELD—After 27 New York and Idaho. years, there’s a new face in the Meanwhile, Fryer, 47, who town office. has a background working Trish Fryer started training in childcare centers in Bristo be the new town clerk and tol, Conn., and her husband treasurer about three weeks moved to Vermont last winter ago. She will be taking over to be near their children who from Pat Haskins, who is retirattend Killington Mountain ing after 27 years in August. School. Their son is a senior “It will be very bittersweet and their daughter is a sophbut I’m ready to go off and do omore at the school while other things,” said Haskins. their oldest adult son stayed in Haskins, 62, and her husSubmitted Connecticut, where he serves band, 65, who works for the ski Trish Fryer as a firefighter and works for the patrol at Killington Resort, is town. also retiring this year. Fryer was appointed to the clerk position by Haskins said they wanted to be able to spend the Select Board and she plans to run for elecmore time visiting their children, who live in tion at Town Meeting next march.

focuses on his ongoing and increased roles as chairman at American Investment Company, Snowbird, Crimson and The Cumming Foundation. “Wade and Justin have been great partners and leaders over the recent years, building a strong team, helping to diversify and integrate our portfolio, refining our strategy to be the best version of ourselves locally at our resorts and camps, and accelerating our long-term vision,” said John Cumming. “Tim has served Powdr in many capacities for 10 years, and I am confident in his ability to continue to elevate the guest experience and align our Woodward and resort operations.” “Powdr has established phenomenal adventure lifestyle offerings and the enduring values John set forth when he founded the company remain our beacon,” said Wade Martin. “These new roles are a natural continuation and elevation of Justin’s and my existing partnership. Our skill sets are complementary, and I look forward to working with Justin and the teams across Powdr in this new capacity.” In their joint role, Martin and Sibley will have shared responsibilities around strategy, structure and capital allocation, and Martin will lead organic growth while Sibley will lead

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Powdr, page 4A

Water system, page 7A

Pittsfield names new clerk By Katy Savage



The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018

Longtime Ludlow Select Board chair dies By Katy Savage

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LUDLOW—Howard Barton Jr., an active community member who always put his family first, died June 2. He was 55. Barton was chair of the Ludlow Select Board, a position he held for 15 years. He previously served as captain on the fire department. He was on the cemetery commission and he was a trustee for the Fletcher Farm Foundation. Barton was known for his leadership ability. He had strong opinions, but he focused on what needed to be done for the town. “Howard had a strong sense of giving back to the community,” said Frank Heald, who was Ludlow’s town manager for 15 years until stepping down last month. Barton ran Select Board meetings like a business, not prone to anything other than getting the job done, said Heald. “He was a great believer in consensus building,” Heald added. “I don’t think in 15 years we had more than one or two issues that were anything but unanimous — that speaks to his leadership.” Barton was born Jan. 25, 1963. He grew up in Ludlow and graduated from Black River High School in 1981. He completed four years of electrical school through the state of Vermont and had completed a program at the University of New


Howard Barton Jr. Hampshire for management. Barton was a lineman and assistant superintendent for the Village of Ludlow Electric Light Department for 35 years, following in his father Howard Barton Sr.’s footsteps, who is superintendent of the light department. Barton was also a skilled carpenter who had a reputation as a perfectionist. “Anytime you lose an individual at that age, it creates a hole,” Heald said. “There’s no question. But that hole will be filled in. We have to go on. The town has to go on but he will be sorely missed.” Barton stepped down from the fire department after more than 20 years to spend more time with his family — the people he was happiest with. Barton, his wife and two daughters went out to dinner together and regularly traveled to Maine. “They were his whole world,” his mother, Mary Barton, said.​

Some said he was passionate about serving and volunteering because he was a born Vermonter who wanted to give back to the community that gave so much to him. He cared about keeping things as they were, but was also open to new ideas. Barton was on the hiring committee that picked Town Manager Scott Murphy. Murphy met with Barton before every Select Board meeting. He had seen him the day before he died. “He was in such good shape,” Murphy said. “It’s impacting a lot of people — not just town employees.” Preliminary autopsy reports show Barton had a heart attack, Ludlow Police Chief Jeff Billings said. Brett Sanderson, who served on the Select Board with Barton for the past eight or nine years and worked with Barton at Village Electric, had known Barton his whole life. “He pretty much stuck to his family life with his wife and girls and pets,” Sanderson said. Barton had a Dalmatian when he first started serving on the fire department and has had one ever since.​ Barton liked biking, weightlifting and kayaking. He also liked the holidays. He spent hours decorating his home each Christmas.​ “He cared for the community,” said Ludlow Fire Department Chief Peter Kolenda. “He had a deep love for the town. 

Celebration of life planned for Diane Rosenblum Diane S. Rosenblum, 71, died June 9, 2018, at her home as a result of cardiac amyloidosis associated with multiple myeloma. She was the wife of David A. Rosenblum of Killington. Also surviving are a sister, Karen Scappaticci, and her husband Howard Steinberg of

Wilton, Conn., and two nieces, Lian and Sara Steinberg. A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. June 15 in the Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland. Officiating will be Jane Ramos. A reception will follow in the Sherburne Memorial Library. Memorial contri-

butions in lieu of flowers may be made to Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Rd., Killington, VT05751or Norris Cotton Cancer Center care of Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, N. H. Arrangements are by the Clifford Funeral Home in Rutland.

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Killington-to-Rutland bike trail envisioned

By Julia Purdy

The Mendon Economic Development Committee met in a public meeting Wednesday, June 6, to continue discussing ways to improve Mendon’s economic picture. Bryan Sell, a board member of the Pine Hill Partnership, shared with the committee a preliminary plan for an east-west mountain bike trail that would link Killington bike trails with Pine Hill Park in Rutland, passing through Mendon. Rutland County is a premier mountain biking destination in the U.S. and confers a large economic benefit to the area, Sell said. He noted that the Kingdom Trails in East Burke, a well-known biking destination, brings in $9 million in earnings and a total economic impact of more than $30 million, citing the report “Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis of the Vermont Trails and Greenway Council Member Organizations.” Mountain bike tourists who spend a few days in Vermont very often include Pine Hill Park as a stop on their trip, Sell continued, noting, “It is common that visitors from out of state come in new sports cars with $10k bike on top of their cars.” In addition to connecting trail networks between Rutland and Killington, Sell suggested that a shuttle service could take riders and their bikes back up the mountain. Sell moved to Mendon from Pennsylvania a year ago and views this location as a “hub” for recreation. His wife landed a job at the Rutland Regional Medical Center as a physician assistant. Sell is putting his energies into using his extensive trail-building experience to help develop mountain biking routes here. Referring to the potential for economic benefits, MEDC chair Dick Wilcox asked, “What’s in it for Mendon?” Sell replied that the trail could connect to lodging establishments that will accommodate bikers. He also said mountain bikers would shop and dine in area establishments, noting that bikers and breweries go particularly well together. Mendon bike, page 6A

City Creek Path advances

By Katy Savage

RUTLAND—Plans to complete the City Creek Path are underway. The City Creek Path has been 10 years in the making. Once completed, it will be a paved, handicapped-accessible path that connects Giorgetti Park to the College of Saint Joseph. A new 0.3-mile segment, known as Segment 4 of the total 2.1 mile trail, is going out to bid this summer while another 0.5-mile segment, called Segment 5, is in the engineering phase. The path is broken into five segments to allow time for funding and project approval. Segments 1 and 2 are done while Segment 3 will be last. “We as a city have supported their efforts right along,” said Rutland City Mayor David Allaire. “It’s a tremendous draw not only

for recreational purposes and tourists to come in but it’s also an enhancement for the community itself.” Getting the project to the finish line has been a slow process due to the number of approvals and funding needed by the state and local officials. “Although it might not seem like it to the public, it’s steadily moving,” said Susan Schreibman, one of the organizers behind the trail. The project started with a $125,000 grant from a town fund. The project managers have received $2.5 million in state and federal funds plus another $500,000 from donations. The organizers say Segment 4 will cost $250,000 to $300,000 to construct with engineering. “There’s a need (for this trail). We can’t hide from the

fact that obesity in Rutland County is high. This is a way of getting folks to be more active,” said Paul Gallo, who is overseeing the project with Schreibman. This project is one of several initiatives underway to enhance recreation in Rutland. A proposal to reduce the number of lanes on Route 4 from four to three to create a bike lane between West Rutland and Rutland failed in a 3-2 vote May 29 by the Rutland Town Select Board. Gallo expects the City Creek Path to be done in the next four to six years. Schreibman, who formerly worked with the Regional Planning Commission, is proud of what’s been done so far. “This is exactly what we hoped for and envisioned. It’s a beautiful path for the city,” she said.

New Elemental Bike Park at Suicide Six to open in July

WOODSTOCK—Construction of the new Suicide Six Elemental Bike Park is underway with facilities scheduled to open in July. “The Suicide Six Elemental Bike Park furthers the mission of the Woodstock Inn & Resort to remain a vibrant, year-round destination for both travelers and the community,” said Gary Thulander, president and general manager of the Woodstock Inn & Resort. “We encourage our guests to enrich their resort experiences by trying new activities while also exploring the town of Woodstock and its surrounding areas.”

The Woodstock Inn & Resort is in partnership with Sinuosity. Flowing Trails, is constructing 6 miles of mountain biking trails that will be accessible via the Suicide Six Ski Area’s quad chairlift. With a variety of progressive terrain, the bike park will offer fun for all ages and skill levels. Design plans include pump tracks, a Strider park for even the youngest riders, and a skills development area designed to develop confidence and technique. Additionally, advanced riders will find technical downhill-specific runs and flowing jump lines. Certified coaches, premium bike rentals, scenic chair rides, hiking,

craft beer and farm-to-table fare will also be available for guests. Recognized as one of the oldest ski areas in the country, Suicide Six has a rich history. Opened in 1936, Suicide Six will now be a year-round destination, allowing families to experience authentic Vermont throughout the seasons. The Elemental Bike Park at Suicide Six will be open seven days a week with lift access on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October. For more information visit



Courtesy Okemo Mountain Resort

Evolution Bike Park at Okemo opens LUDLOW—Okemo Mountain Resort is scheduled to open its lift-served mountain bike park for the season on June 23. The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo opened its first trail from the summit last summer and is adding two more trails to the upper-mountain system in 2018. Scrambler, Okemo’s premiere summit trail, is 3.2 miles long and descends 2,000 vertical feet. It is an advanced-intermediate-level ride that returns to the base of the Sunburst Six chairlift or the Sugar House via a connector trail. Shake-and-Bake, a more challenging trail that starts at the summit and returns to the Sunburst Six, is EVO’s newest addition. Sluice, a connector trail that links Shakeand-Bake to Scrambler, also makes its official debut in 2018. The Evolution Bike Park at Okemo opened in the summer of 2015. Anchored by The Green Mile and Flow Rider trails, it introduced terrain with berms, bridges, boardwalks and rollers

accessible by chairlift. By its second season, the trail count grew to six – all served by Okemo’s South Ridge Quad A out of the resort’s Clock Tower base area. Trails from the summit were part of EVO Bike Park’s original design created by Christian Robertson, who has been designing and building trails at Crested Butte Mountain Resort in Colorado, and Mount Sunapee Resort in New Hampshire, for more than a decade. When Robertson first explored the terrain at Okemo, he found it to be an ideal canvas for creating what potentially could become one of the best mountain bike parks in New England. The lower mountain area features gentle terrain offering something for the never-ever rider through advanced-intermediate levels. The upper mountain, served by the Sunburst Six, offers unique opportunities to incorporate the natural landscape into the trail design for more advanced and expert riders. Evolution Bike Park, page 13A

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State prepares for sweeping changes to special ed

The Vikings are coming

Funding will shift to a census-based grant

By Tiffany Danitz Pache, VTDigger

During the last two years, both educaucation but about $140 million more than tion committees in the Legislature have it needs to on special education. The other toiled over the best way to get a handle two studies found that putting best pracon the cost of special education while tices into place and changing the way the improving the quality of teaching for state pays for services would deliver better struggling students. and more cost effective services to more This session they nailed it down, passstudents. ing a comprehensive bill that will do just Lawmakers hope this new approach, that while saving some money. This was to be phased in over five years, will target such an attractive option for a governor funds and better serve kids, said House who has pledged to keep taxes flat, that he Education Committee Chair David didn’t just sign it last Friday but decided Sharpe, D-Bristol. to include it in his five-year plan for the “Hopefully, it will allow efforts and proeducation fund. grams in schools THIS FUNDING CAN BE USED After thanking to address the Gov. Phil Scott for needs of stuAT THE DISCRETION OF signing it, House dents and help LOCAL SCHOOLS. Speaker Mitzi students who Johnson, D-Grand already have an Isle, praised the two committees for proIEP [Individualized Education Plan] be ducing such a sweeping measure. She said more successful,” Sharpe said. those who will benefit most from it are the Funding will shift to a census-based children. grant from the current reimbursement “The single most important function of system, meaning that districts will receive state government is the education of our funding based on the total size of their kids,” she said, adding, “We’re proud of student population, rather than all fundour top-notch education system.” ing being tied to students identified as The law, which paves the way for new needing special education. classroom practices that should help This funding can be used at the discrestruggling learners before they are idention of local schools, freeing them up to tified by loosening some red tape and reimplement programs and hire specialists ducing administration, was unanimously to serve struggling students before they passed by the House in March. need special education. The idea is to rely Several studies into costs and best on quality teaching services rather than practices formed the basis for the law. paraeducators. The law also modifies the The first study found that Vermont spends amount the state reimburses schools and just about the right amount on general ed- determines how private schools will Special ed, page 11A

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CEO and founder, John Cumming steps down with praise

continued from page 1A operations and portfolio expansion. “Powdr is focused on diversifying and elevating the experiences we offer our guests,” said Justin Sibley. “Aligning Woodward with our resort operations will introduce Woodward’s globally recognized brand and iconic youth culture to more kids and families worldwide.” The changes to Powdr’s executive team were effective immediately. Powdr has nine mountain resorts in its portfolio including Copper Mountain and Eldora Mountain Resort in Colorado; Killington and Pico Mountain in Vermont; Boreal Mountain Resort and Soda Springs in the Lake Tahoe, California; Mt. Bachelor in Oregon; Lee Canyon in Nevada; and Gorgoza Park in Park City. Powdr had owned Park City Mountain Resort before Vail Resorts acquired the resort in 2014. Powdr also owns Woodward camps located in Pennsylvania, Copper Mountain, Colo., Lake Tahoe, Cali., Stallion Springs, Cali., and Mexico. Additionally, Powdr owns Human Movement Inc., which produces events, Outside Television, and Sun Country Tours, a river rafting outfitter in Oregon. Powdr is headquartered in Park City, Utah with offices in Louisville, Colo. For more information visit


The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018

Legislative update Watching paint dry Rep. Jim Harrison

We all know the old adage, “It’s like watching paint dry.” In other words, a very slow, and perhaps boring, process. With three weeks into the special session, albeit only one or two days a week, and nothing to show for it thus far, it might be an appropriate metaphor. Legislative leaders put forth a new budget and tax bill, taking out all but one Jim Harrison issue of disagreement with Governor Scott, in hopes of averting a potential government shutdown at the end of the month with a promise to keep working on the issues surrounding education funding and property taxes. Scott, while initially intrigued by the approach, quickly realized that the bill would increase the statewide non-residential or non-homestead property tax rate by 5.5 cents (but would hold average statewide residential rates even). Suspecting the legislative leaders will no longer have incentive to come to an overall tax and education funding agreement, the new budget bill faces an almost certain veto again. The governor has maintained that with the state coffers showing a surplus this year, we shouldn’t be increasing statewide taxes. This past Tuesday state revenues were up again ($11 million for May). Scott quickly issued a statement and said, “This means the State will now have about $55 million in surplus revenue, in addition to $34 million in unanticipated settlement funds and $82 million from organic growth and economic activity. That’s a total of $171 million more than we had last year, and yet legislative leaders continue to insist on imposing a statewide property tax rate hike on Vermonters.”​ Senate leader Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, and House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, D-Grand Isle, argue we shouldn’t be spending possible one-time money for ongoing expenses, like annual school costs, or we may face larger increases next year. Ashe likens it to spending on a credit card (although past legislatures and administrations have admittedly used one-time money for ongoing expenses). While some of the governor’s education proposals to contain costs have not been well received, he has signaled support of several amendments in the House that were offered during the debate of the new budget as a way to break the log jam. In the end, they were voted down, primarily along party lines: “The Beck Amendments” – Both amendments to the tax bill would achieve cost savings by altering the yield to Jim Harrison, page 23A

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More than 300 attend energy fair with Bernie Sanders RANDOLPH—U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) held a Vermont Energy Resource Fair and Town Meeting Saturday at Vermont Technical College in Randolph Center to discuss how Vermonters can make their homes and businesses more efficient and to help Vermonters determine what type of renewable energy works best for their needs. More than 300 people from throughout the state joined Sanders for the town meeting, which featured May Boeve, executive director of, as the guest keynote speaker. Boeve founded the climate justice group with Vermonter Bill McKibben. “Communities all over the world are going fossil free,” Boeve said, noting they are committing to a 100 percent renewable energy future.  “The bottom line is this: Our job is to think big. If we are serious about addressing the global challenge of climate change, it is going to take millions of people coming together and demanding bold policies to transform our energy system,” said Sanders, who serves on both the Senate energy and environment committees. “It is going to take people organizing at the grassroots level and taking action in their communities.  And it is going to take people adopting these technologies themselves, in their homes and businesses.  And that is why Energy fair, page 7A

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Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at Vermont Technical Center.

Bomoseen State Park named most family-friendly fishing spot in Vermont  CASTLETON – The Recreational Boating and playgrounds and a beach to go swimming during Fishing Foundation has nominated Bomoseen State that down time.  There are also canoe and kayak Park in Castleton as the best family-friendly fishing rentals so that families can get out on the water tospot in Vermont.  gether while they’re fishing.” Bomoseen is now in the running for being named Bomoseen also participates in Vermont Fish & among the foundation’s ‘Top 10 Mom-Approved Wildlife’s Reel Fun program, which loans fishing gear Places to Fish and Boat in the Nation.’ Voting is open free of charge during a visit to a state park in Vernow through June mont.  29 and each vote is a Bomoseen is only chance to win a family one of many Vermont fishing and boating state parks with great trip to Florida. family-friendly fishing “Taking kids fishing opportunities.  Vercan be one of the most mont also has more enjoyable ways to than 180 fishing access spend a summer day,” areas where anglers said Shawn Good, can fish from shore or a fisheries biologist launch a boat.  stationed near BomoKids up to 15 fish for seen who frequently free in Vermont.  Anfishes there with his glers older than 15 can son.  “Bomoseen State buy a fishing license at Park has many of the things that make for a “Make this your successful fishing trip summer to get out with young children. fishing with your kids,” It’s best to break up By Shawn Good added Good.  time spent fishing Lake Bomoseen in Castleton is a great place for families to get “The memories you with other activities, out fishing in Vermont and is in the running to be in the Top 10 make will last a lifeand Bomoseen has “Mom-Approved” Places to Boat and Fish nationwide.  time.” 

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The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018


Vermont and economic honesty

By Neil Johnson

Vermont is a beautiful state; the privilege of being from Vermont is not lost on me. But Vermont has three pressing issues at hand: affordability, school funding and unaddressed drug problems. In the affordability category, one of Vermont’s pressing issues is having industry and jobs that support a living. For years Vermont had touted a meager unemployment rate, usually the lowest in the nation. A corollary that goes along with that is many are holding more than one job to make ends meet. Vermonters are not afraid of hard work, they will fight to the bitter end to honor their financial obligations, often without fuss or complaining. If you talk with bankruptcy attorneys, they will tell you most people do whatever possible to honor these commitments. Rarely do Vermonters hold back and when they do start over again, they’ve given their all to their creditors. Montpelier has come up with a new economic plan; it has had an excellent press rollout, covering our entire nation with the news of our modern plan to prosperity. Vermont will pay $10,000 for the telecommuter to move to Vermont! It’s not clear to a reader who looks at the headlines, or any one article, about the depth and breadth of this program and how significant this program will be to the entire state of Vermont. For the most part, our local press gets into no detail. Upon further reading, we find out that the program will be for 2019, 2020 and 2021. There is money set aside for this program already — $125,000 for 2019, $250,000 for 2020 and $125,000 for 2021. This modern plan will bring an economic boom, for sure, huh? Then you do some simple math, which no reporter has yet to do or point out. Most reporting only talks about the $10,000! So, $10,000 goes into $125,000 = 12.5 times. So the first year our best expectation is to bring in 12.5 people through this economic program. Let me say this again, check the math yourself. 12.5 people for 2019.

$10,000 GOES INTO $125,000 = 12.5 TIMES. SO THE FIRST YEAR OUR BEST EXPECTATION IS TO BRING IN 12.5 PEOPLE THROUGH THIS ECONOMIC PROGRAM. The total master plan would be for 50 people to come to Vermont over three years. This plan is deceitful, and I’ll say a coverup/pass by most press organizations. This is not an economic plan. This chicanery is an ongoing theme in Montpelier; it is why we’ve earned a D- in ethics, having one of the lowest grades in the nation, and why those in Montpelier have not embraced a working ethics commission. When Irene hit, we dropped all permits necessary to get work done and rebuild Vermont. The power unleashed by Vermont private industry, entrepreneurs, was wonderful and powerful. Within in a few short months we were functioning, roads restored, bridges in place. Had we not dropped the strangulation of regulations we’d still be getting permits, let alone having things rebuilt. Economic prosperity doesn’t cost money; we only need reasonable laws and zoning, that will bring real change, more than 12.5 people will have jobs from these changes. Let’s give some simple examples of unnecessary complications. Case A) Going to the Vermont Supreme Court for five bar stools in a five-star hotel, and losing. Case B) Having to go to the Supreme Court for existing curb cut, and winning. Case C) An industrial park, located in a gravel pit, that only has agriculture as a use by right. (Farmers will quickly see the double irony, plants don’t grow well in gravel.) Case D) Your condominium burns down, had been through all state and local permits when built, you get town permit, but state denies the permission, you must Economic honesty, page 7A

Dad’s chair

By Dave Granlund,

Clearing marijuana convictions is next logical step By Arnie Gottlieb

With the recent decriminalization of marijuana possession in the state of Vermont, it is now time for Bennington County to take the proactive step of assisting those with past violations in getting their convictions expunged. Beginning July 1, it will no longer be a crime for a 21-year-old to possess one ounce of marijuana or to grow two mature plants and four immature plants in the state of Vermont. This is a result of H.511 passed by the Vermont Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Phil Scott. Approximately 12 more states are considering marijuana legalization this year making 2018 the most active in the legalization movement. More than 574,000 American citizens were charged with simple possession in 2016. In light of the shifting attitudes towards marijuana and the march towards decriminalization, what happens to those who have previously been convicted of misdemeanor marijuana possession


charges over the years? Does it make sense to burden these people with lifelong criminal records for conduct that no longer constitutes a crime? If there has been a determination by the Legislature that certain acts are no longer criminal, should people continue to suffer the ramifications of an old law? Simply, the answer is no. The next logical step for a compassionate society is to expunge the records of people caught in this predicament. People with prior marijuana convictions have roadblocks to becoming productive members of society. Access to employment and higher education is more difficult. There are prohibitions against serving in the military. Obtaining student loans can be problematic. Availability to housing, particularly apartment rentals, is more limited. These consequences spill over to remaining family members, including children, who are affected by the lack of financial and other forms of support. Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan stated, “Criminal records keep people marginalized. We need

Clean up your act, Killington Dear Editor, We have loved Vermont and Killington for many years. Our family spent wonderful years enjoying so much of what Killington offers, wonderful skiing, hiking, biking, entertainment.  I had the good fortune to serve the good people of Killington as a Select Board member.  A real honor and pleasure.  My fellow Select Board members, Mike Miller, Butch Findeisen, and Jim Blackman were honorable and hardworking, a pleasure to serve with. Last winter was difficult. 

The share house I had joined, to continue to enjoy Killington in my 72nd year, was shut down. For good reason...its septic system stunk.  My local friends were very supportive. So, I found another house.  It turned out to be a house with 10 bedrooms and probably 20 or more people, for a five bedroom permit.  Shame on Killington’s fire department and local government for allowing this sort of idiocy! Killington, you are better than that! Clean up your act! Norman C. Holcomb

to give people the opportunity to be productive citizens.” It is unrealistic to expect that people desiring expungement would have the ability to undertake and navigate the lengthy and bureaucratic legal process alone. Short of a legislative fix, State’s Attorneys throughout Vermont should make their offices available to assist these individuals with old misdemeanor possession convictions in expunging their records. The state’s attorneys for Chittenden and Windsor counties have already showed wisdom by embarking on this process. Bennington County needs to take a leadership role and be at the forefront of this process. It is an example of how our county can participate in the criminal justice reform movement that is sweeping the country. With the expenditure of very little money and time, we can demonstrate our empathy, common sense, fairness and commitment to justice. This commentary is by Arnie Gottlieb of Dorset, who is a candidate for Bennington County State’s Attorney.

Mendon bike:

Trail envisioned

continued from page 3A Most of the trails would be done by the Pine Hill Partnership in partnership with Killington Mountain Bike Club and possibly others. Most of the work would be done by hand, in a sustainable manner, he said. The project is asking for Mendon’s cooperation in working with businesses and land owners. The group did a little brainstorming about possible routes and challenges such as the Rutland Town Forest and a Meadow Lake Drive trail crossing as well as attempting to avoid crossing the Appalachian and Long Trails by routing the proposed trail to the junction with Route 4. Mark Latzky asked about year-round use of mountain bike trails. Sell responded that the trails would be multi-use. Sell plans to reach out to the Catamount backcountry ski trail and has talked with the planners of the newly proposed north-south Velomont Trail, which aims to connect Killington with Stowe. Though no action was taken at Wednesday’s meeting, the committee viewed the project favorably.


The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018

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CAPITOL QUOTES “I suspect Trump and his crew will find out about special places in hell long before the rest of us do,” Tweeted former Gov. Howard Dean on June 10.

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Economic honesty: Cash incentive not the answer continued from page 6A fight and claw and still three years later it’s not settled. Due to other construction requirements, you can’t even rebuild because the cost requirements are so high it’s not covered by insurance. Case E) You apply for a gas station permit that takes 10 years to receive and upon completion of building you’re told you can’t open because of traffic concerns. If business rebuilds the highway, you can open your gas station after that. These examples are not isolated instances, I could go on for days. Our economic problems are easily solved, without money. Cronyism and insider deals are not the way to prosperity, this practice needs to end. Economic problems get solved with sound policy, cooperation and understanding of how business and a free market works. We can do better for less. Neil Johnson, of Waitsfield, is an independent candidate for lieutenant governor who is state chair of the Green Mountain Party and the owner of the Johnson Real Estate Group.

Energy fair:

Bernie turns to renewable energy

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“This policy is immoral, unAmerican, and clearly conflicts with international law,” Tweeted Sen. Patrick Leahy on June 5 in response to President Donald Trump’s family separation policy.

“I am disgusted by the Trump Administration’s inhumane policy of separating migrant mothers from their young children at our southern border. It’s cruel and unAmerican and I am doing all I can to stop it,” Tweeted Rep. Peter Welch on June 7.

“Attacks by Gov Scott’s chief of staff on the integrity of nonpartisan staff cannot be tolerated. The Gov needs to put a stop to this. The VT Senate passed this resolution yesterday, calling out this unacceptable behavior,” Tweeted Tim Ashe, D/P Chittenden on June 8 after the Senate passed a resolution reaffirming its support of the Joint Fiscal Office and its nonpartisan work.

“While I continue to advocate for my comprehensive education plan, I’ve also been open to alternatives. Over the 3 weeks of the special session, multiple options have been presented to bring us closer to agreement. Yet *every single one* has been rejected by Legislative leadership,” Tweeted Gov. Phil Scott June 5.

we are here today.” Dozens of presenters and co-sponsoring exhibitors were on hand to help connect Vermonters with financing options and the latest energy technologies, including heat pumps, solar energy, electric vehi“WHETHER YOU ARE cles, energy efficiency and weatherization. The Energy Resource Fair also included a MOTIVATED BY FIGHTING whole-home efficiency make-over trailer, CLIMATE CHANGE, OR IF a Vermont-built net-zero modular home, a wood pellet boiler demo and a solar YOU SIMPLY WANT TO SAVE tracker. MONEY ON YOUR ENERGY “Whether you are motivated by fighting climate change, or if you simply want to BILLS, THESE KINDS OF save money on your energy bills, these INVESTMENTS MAKE GOOD kinds of investments make good sense,” Sanders said. SENSE,” SANDERS SAID. Olivia Campbell Andersen, executive director of Renewable Energy Vermont, joined Sanders on the panel during the town meeting portion of the event. Renewable Energy Vermont is a nonprofit which represents a wide range of Vermont renewable energy service providers. “Extensive renewable electricity, heating and vehicle choices are available today to help Vermonters save money and take climate action. We hope all of our neighbors will join the energy independence revolution,” Andersen said. “Senator Sanders’ energy fair has made it easier to ask questions and connect with local tradesmen/women, your neighbors, and other resources to help folks benefit from clean energy solutions for their homes, community and workplaces.” “Making smart and cost effective energy choices helps Vermonters live more comfortably and lower their energy costs,” Andersen said. “Stepping up our use of local clean energy solutions is also imperative for our community and climate health.” Efficiency Vermont and VSECU credit union also had representatives on the panel, highlighting energy efficiency and financing options available to Vermonters. “This event opened my eyes to the fact that there are opportunities for people, no matter what their income level is. That’s the message that is so important. I never saw energy efficiency as an investment. If low-income people know of these opportunities, we could make a huge difference for our environment,” said Gail Billings, a Randolph farmer. “I’m very glad I came.”

Water system: Hemlock Ridge at Killington called to account continued from page 1A groundwater sources to requiring safe water lines and equipment—the whole process is critical to maintaining public health.” Water quality sampling performed at the water system serving Hemlock Ridge at Killington produced results which more often than not were above the maximum contaminant level allowed for radium. While radium is naturally-occurring, when it exceeds the maximum contaminant level, it can adversely affect the health of the users. In 2010, during a routine inspection, DEC also determined that the age and integrity of the water storage tank serving the system was of concern and that the tank was nearing the end of its useful life. DEC required the association to submit plans to install treatment to address radium contamination and to

replace the water storage tank. Additionally, in September 2012, the water system’s lead levels exceeded the federal action level. The most common source of lead in drinking water is from corrosion of plumbing components that contain lead. If lead levels exceed the action level, a water system manager must perform a series of several activities, including notifying and providing lead education materials to its users. The water system serving Hemlock Ridge at Killington condominiums did not follow the required directives in a timely manner.  As a result of DEC’s enforcement efforts, Hemlock Ridge at Killington Owners Association has provided lead education materials to water system users and identified a potential corrosion control measure that can be taken should the lead

action level be exceeded in the future. The association is also working toward the installation of treatment to address elevated radium concentrations and the replacement of the failing water storage tank. The association agreed to a $19,500 fine for these longstanding violations, an amount that was approved by the Vermont Superior Court Environmental Division on May 9, 2018. The association has until September to submit final designs and apply for a permit to install radium treatment and to construct a new water storage tank. For more information about DEC’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division, including information about radium, lead, and other contaminants, in drinking water visit http://dec.vermont. gov/water/drinking-water. 

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The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018

** denotes multiple times and/or locations.


Flag Day

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. bikramyogamendon. com.

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.

Thursday Hikers

9 a.m. Watch for wildlife on woods and boardwalk trails in Otter View Park in Middlebury, then hike on the Trail Around Middlebury. Easy/moderate. Meet at 9 a.m. at Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland to car pool. No dogs. Bring lunch. Contact 802-458-8114.


WEDNESDAY 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.

Yin Yoga

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.

Story Time

10 a.m. Maclure Library offers preschool story hour, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. Birth to 5 years old. Socialize, make new friends, share concerns, joys, ideas in small, intimate group. 802-483-2792. 840 Arch St., Pittsford.

Kripalu Yoga

10 a.m. Kripalu yoga with Louise Harrison at Just Dance, Center St., Rutland. First class free., 802-747-8444.

CCV Job Hunt Helper

10 a.m. CCV Job Hunt Helper Joe Alford will be available at Rutland Free Library, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. to help job seekers find employment: writing resume and cover letter, apply for jobs online, assess skills and interests, use internet to explore career options, and learn about education and training programs. 10 Court St., Rutland. 802-773-1860.

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.

Poetry Group

2 p.m. Chaffee Art Center holds weekly Poetry Group, 2-4 p.m. at 16 South Main St., Rutland. Limited to 10. Interested? Email

Summer Farmers Market

3 p.m. Summer Vermont Farmers Market in Depot Park, Rutland. 3-6 p.m. Vermont crafts, jars, fresh fruits and veggies, cheese, breads, maple products, and more. Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer.

Rotary Meeting

6 p.m. The Killington-Pico Rotary club cordially invites visiting Rotarians, friends and guests to attend weekly meeting. Meets Wednesdays at Summit Lodge 6-8 p.m. for full dinner and fellowship. 802-773-0600 to make a reservation. Dinner fee $19.

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.

Story Time

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

Killington Bone Builders




Bikram Yoga **

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 **

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.

Level 1 Yoga

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

Vermont Bike & Brew

9:30 a.m. Vermont Bike & Brew at Killington Resort, July 15-17. Today’s events: 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration/ticketing open - Showshed Base Lodge; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bike Park open - Snowshed & Ramshead Areas; 5-8 p.m. Registration party - Snowshed Umbrella Bars; Sunset, Group night ride, cross country/ rail - Green Mountain Trails, Pittsfield. for details.

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.

Kripalu Yoga

11 a.m. Kripalu yoga, gentle flow at Just Dance, Center St., Rutland. First class free., 802-747-8444.

Quechee Balloon Festival

3 p.m. 39th annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival, Father’s Day Weekend, June 15-17 on the Village Green. Gates open 3 p.m. today with live music, VINS presentations, The Dirty Dottys, 6 p.m. evening balloon ascension, and a balloon glow at dusk. Admission: $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free for age 5 and under. Book balloon rides online at

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.

Magic: the Gathering

Mendon Bone Builders

World Food Fridays

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

Wednesdays with Farmer Fred

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.

CCV Job Hunt Helper

3 p.m. CCV Job Hunt Helper Joe Alford will be available at Rutland Free Library, 3-5 p.m. to help job seekers find employment: writing resume and cover letter, apply for jobs online, assess skills and interests, use internet to explore career options, and learn about education and training programs. 10 Court St., Rutland. 802-773-1860.

F.H. Farmers’ Market

3 p.m. Fair Haven Farmers’ Market in the Park, Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. through Oct. 25. 802-265-3010. 3 North Park Place, Fair Haven.

Tobacco Cessation Group

4:30 p.m. Old Brandon Town Hall, Brandon. Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

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.

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. 5 p.m. World Food Fridays continue with a Hawaiian Luau at Sandy’s Books & Bakery, Main St., Rochester. Four-course Hawaiian outdoor meal, complete with pig roast and all the fixings. Tropical shirts encouraged. 5-9 p.m. 802767-4258 for reservations.

Okemo Music Series

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: Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Rain site inside. Dining options.

Shabbat in 3 Movements

6 p.m. Shabbat in three movements with guest musician, Marcos Levy, at Rutland Jewish Center. Young children, 6-6:30 p.m. Dairy/veggie potluck, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat for older folks, 7:30-8:30 p.m. All welcome. 96 Grove St., Rutland.

Paint & Sip Fundraiser

6 p.m. Paint and sip at Maclure Library, 840 Arch St., Pittsford. No experience needed. $40 includes materials and instruction. BYOB. RSVP by June 13:, 802-483-2972.

Honk, Jr.

7 p.m. Rutland Youth Theatre presents “Honk, Jr. - A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling” at Paramount Theatre. $8 children/seniors; $10 adults. 30 Center St., Rutland.

Sip N’ Dip


6 p.m. Thursday night Sip N’ Dip painting class at Chaffee Art Center. BYOB for an evening of painting, laughter, instruction, and a finished canvas. $30/ $25 for members. Register at 16 S. Main St., Rutland.

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.

International Folk Dancing

6:30 p.m. Simple Israeli and European dances taught by Judy. Free. All welcome. Bring friends and BYOB. Dress comfortable, wear solid shoes with non-skid soles. at Rutland Jewish Center. Rutland Jewish Center, 96 Grove St., Rutland. 802-773-3455,

Beyond Charlotte’s Web

6:30 p.m. E.B. White for Adults and Teens, at Chittenden Public Library, 223 Chittenden Road, Chittenden. Join fellow fans of Wilbur to learn about White’s many books and career. Tea and coffee. Free, open to public.

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, Mellow Yellow kicks season off. Refreshments available, free ice cream night. 802-265-3010. 3 North Park Place, Fair Haven.


Quechee Balloon Festival

5:30 a.m. 39th annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival, Father’s Day Weekend, June 15-17 on the Village Green. Gates open 5:30 a.m. today with 6 a.m. morning balloon ascension, live music, Pups in the Air, Sky Diving team demo, The Dinosaurs, dancers, 6 p.m. evening balloon ascension, and a balloon glow at dusk. Admission: $15 adults, $5 ages 6-12, free for age 5 and under. Book balloon rides online at

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.

Vermont Bike & Brew

7:30 a.m. Vermont Bike & Brew at Killington Resort, July 15-17. Today’s events: 7:309 a.m. Kegs & Eggs breakfast - Snowshed Food Court; 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Registration/ticketing open - Snowshed Base Lodge; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Beast of a Bike Swap - Festival Area/Vendor Village at Snowshed; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Bike Park open - Showshed & Ramshead; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Vendor Village Open - Snowshed Base; 10 a.m. Critical mass ride - Meet at Ramshead Express Quad; 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Kids’ Shred Sessions group ride - Meet at Snowshed Express Quad; 11 a.m. Outdoor bbq - Snowshed Base; 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Adult group rides - Meet at Snowshed Base Area; 12-2 p.m. Live remote broadcast, WEQX - Snowshed Base; 1:30-4:30 p.m. Live music, The Wheel - Snowshed Base Area; 2-6 p.m. Brewfest open - Snowshed Base Area; 2 p.m. Kids’ Stryder bike rodeo - TBA; 3 p.m. Whip-off contest - Snowshed Base Area; 4 p.m. Skinny bridge contest - Snowshed Pond; 4:30-7 p.m. Live music, Saints & Liars - Snowshed Umbrella Bar; 7 p.m. Whip-off, skinny bridge awards - Snowshed Umbrella Bar; 10 p.m. After party, live music, bonfire - Vale parking/camping area.


The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018 9 a.m. Killington Section Green Mountain Club outing: Mt. Olga, Molly Stark State Park, Wilmington. Loop hike to amazing view. Moderate, 2 miles, 500’ elevation gain. Meet at 9 a.m. at Rutland’s Main St. Park, near Firehouse. 802-775-3855.

Summer Farmers Market

9 a.m. Summer Vermont Farmers Market in Depot Park, Rutland. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Vermont crafts, jars, fresh fruits and veggies, cheese, breads, maple products, and more. Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the summer.

Open Gym

10 a.m. Saturday morning open gym at Head Over Heels, 152 North Main St., Rutland. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. All ages welcome. Practice current skills, create gymnastic routines, learn new tricks, social opportunity to be with friends. $10/ hour members; $14/ hour non-members. 802-773-1404.

Cheese & Dairy Celebration

10 a.m. Billings Farm & Museum hosts 8th annual Cheese & Dairy Celebration 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet cheesemakers and sample cheese, join educational programs, scavenger hunt, name the calf contest, grooming cow, and more. Admission. 69 Old River Road, Woodstock.

Bridge Club

12 p.m. Marble Valley Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Godnick Center Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Sanctioned duplicate bridge games. 1 Deer St., Rutland. 802228-6276.

Relay For Life

Cheese & Dairy Celebration

10 a.m. Billings Farm & Museum hosts 8th annual Cheese & Dairy Celebration 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet cheesemakers and sample cheese, join educational programs, scavenger hunt, name the calf contest, grooming cow, and more. Admission. 69 Old River Road, Woodstock.

Morning Yoga

10:30 a.m. Morning Yoga with Dawn Sunday mornings 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.

FIFA World Cup Screening

11 a.m. Paramount Theatre screens Sports Live in HD on the big screen, FIFA World Cup 2018: Germany vs Mexico. Doors open 10:30 a.m. Free! 30 Center St., Rutland.


3 p.m. Milonga (social dance) with live music by Tango Norte at ArtisTree. 3 p.m. lesson; 4-7 p.m. dance. Tickets: $10 lesson, $15 dance, $22 for lesson and dance - or $44/ couple. BYOB. Light refreshments. 2095 Pomfret Road, So. Pomfret. 3 p.m. Modern Times Theater’s Punch and Judy puppet show at Pawlet Town Auditorium, 122 School St. All ages, free admission. Puppet show, live music, sing-a-longs, jokes and gags, and audience participation.

It Can’t Happen Here

4 p.m. BarnArts presents Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here” outdoors at Feast & Field, 1544 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard. Tickets $20 adults, $15 students. Canceled in case of bad weather.

Honk, Jr. **

Devil’s Bowl Dirt Racing

Hymn Sing

4 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church holds hymn sing, Route 140, East Poultney, featuring Dr. James Cassarino on original mechanical organ. Light refreshments and fellowship follow. 518-499-1850.

Open Swim

5 p.m. Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: Tues., Thurs., Saturday 5-7 p.m. 802-7737187.

Opening Reception

5 p.m. Opening reception for “My First Street He(art): NYC,” a street art, mural, and graffiti show of 40+ artists from around the world, 5-8 p.m. at the Alley Gallery, Center St., Rutland. Free wine, light refreshments, live music. Exhibit through July 28.


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. 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 6+. First time is free! Practice current skills, create gymnastic routines, learn new tricks, social opportunity to be with friends! $10/ hour members; $14/ hour non-members. 802-773-1404.

It Can’t Happen Here

7 p.m. BarnArts presents Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here” outdoors at Feast & Field, 1544 Royalton Turnpike, Barnard. Tickets $20 adults, $15 students. Canceled in case of bad weather.

Community Sing

7 p.m. Community sing with Lisa Lipkin and Jay Hitt at Rutland Jewish Center. No experience needed; bring your voice. 96 Grove St., Rutland.

Kind Bud

7 p.m. Kid Bud will perform at the Public House at Quechee Gorge, 7-10 p.m. 5813 Woodstock Rd., Quechee.

SUNDAY Father’s Day


Quechee Balloon Festival

5:30 a.m. 39th annual Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival, Father’s Day Weekend, June 15-17 on the Village Green. Gates open 5:30 a.m. today with 6 a.m. morning balloon ascension, live music, Pups in the Air, parachute demo, The Dinosaurs, dancers, 6 p.m. evening balloon ascension. Admission: $15 adults (dads are just $10 today), $5 ages 6-12, free for age 5 and under. Book balloon rides online at

Tobacco Cessation Group

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

CCV Job Hunt Helper

11:45 a.m. CCV Job Hunt Helper Joe Alford will be available at Rutland Free Library, 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. to help job seekers find employment: writing resume and cover letter, apply for jobs online, assess skills and interests, use internet to explore career options, and learn about education and training programs. 10 Court St., Rutland. 802-773-1860.



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., 802422-4500.

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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.

MTB Mini-Series

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.

12:30 p.m. KPAA holds free mini-series for local businesses, to be come more mountain bike friendly. This week, Trail Systems. Have your questions answered so you can give info when mt. bikers ask! RSVP to 2319 US-4, Killington.

Monday Meals

TOPS Meeting

Rutland Rotary

Golf League

Open Swim

12 p.m. Every Monday meals at Chittenden Town Hall at 12 noon. Open to public, RSVP call by Friday prior, 483-6244. Gene Sargent. Bring your own place settings. Seniors $3.50 for 60+. Under 60, $5. No holidays. 337 Holden Rd., Chittenden. 12:15 p.m. Rotary Club of Rutland meets Mondays for lunch at The Palms Restaurant. Learn more or become a member,

Tobacco Cessation Group

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.

Bariatric Surgery Talk

5:30 p.m. RRMC’s Diabetes & Endocrinology Care Service Dr. Philip Lapp presents discussion on bariatric surgery: effects, prevention and treatment of chronic health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, heart disease. Free, rsvp requested at 772-2400. Light, healthy refreshments. CVPS/Leahy center at RRMC, 160 Allen St., Rutland.

Citizenship Classes

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


Bikram Yoga **

9 a.m. Vermont Bike & Brew at Killington Resort, July 15-17. Today’s events: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Beast of a Bike Swap - Festival Area/Vendor Village at Snowshed; 9:30-11 a.m. Breakfast served - Snowshed Food Court; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bike Park open - Snowshed & Ramshead areas; 10:30 a.m. Group recovery ride - Meet at Snowshed Express Quad; 11 a.m. Bike Bum race Meet at Snowshed Base Area; 1 p.m. Bike Bum race awards - Snowshed Umbrella Bar. for details.

10 a.m. Tuesday Tales of the Notch at Pres. Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site. Guided tours with site administrator. 3780 VT100A, Plymouth.


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

Vermont Bike & Brew

Tuesday Tales

5 p.m. Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Racing: Father’s Day Special - Topless/Wingless Night. NWAAS Divisions. Grandstand admission applies, kids are free. 2743 Rt. 22A, West Haven. Track line: 802265-3112.

Heartfulness Meditation

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.

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

Modern Times Theater

1 p.m. Relay for Life of Rutland County at Vermont State Fairgrounds, Rutland. Relay, luminaria ceremony, games, music, live entertainment, survivors lap, and support and happiness. Details at 2 p.m. Rutland Youth Theatre presents “Honk, Jr. - A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling” at Paramount Theatre. $8 children/seniors; $10 adults. 30 Center St., Rutland.

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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.

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. 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, Extra Stout, traditional Irish music and song. Free, open to public. Non-perishable food donations encouraged. 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton.


The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018

n o i g e R e h T ’ R ock i n er r y Jam

J d n a s e l p m a S e w ith Th Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street. You can also dance at a music festival and summer has so many good ones to choose from. There is only one though that features The Samples and that is Jerry Jam at the Klay Knoll Farm in Bath, N.H. This is the only public appearance of the band in rockin’ the Northeast until August. the region I know summer fills up fast so I’m giving you plenty of by dj dave hoffenberg time to plan as Jerry Jam (JJ) is July 20-22. The gates open that Friday at 9 a.m. The music runs every day from late morning to midnight. The Samples are one of the Friday night headliners, playing right before Melvin Seals and JGB. There are two local talents associated with The Samples. Bass player Jared Johnson has been in the band for over 15 years, through an introduction by Rick Redington. I had a chance to chat with Johnson to learn more about his great time with them. Redington and Sean Kelly who is the lead singer/founder of The Samples will be performing an acoustic set at JJ right before the band’s set. Those two used to play shows together around Vermont back in the early 2000s. Johnson said The Samples played JJ about five years ago. “It’s pretty wild. It’s a really cool place to hold an event.” Daniel Webb, the founder, is a huge fan of The Samples and Johnson said it was inevitable that the band would play JJ. Johnson hooked up with Kelly in February 2003 and started playing gigs with him that April until about 2010. During that period they were on the road touring pretty regularly, primarily in the Northeast. He said, “It seemed to be a pretty good fit. It was fun and I love Sean’s music.” Kelly moved back to Colorado and Johnson stayed here in Vermont. When The Samples come around, Kelly calls on Johnson to strum that bass. Johnson said, “I don’t miss touring all the time, but it’s nice to get together now and then.” Johnson is always learning new music via email because Kelly constantly writes new tunes. My favorite tune is “When it’s Raining.” Johnson said it would be too difficult for him to pick just one because Kelly has written so many good songs. He did say, “He has a song for every mood and my favorites go by whatever particular mood I’m in. I really enjoy playing his music.” Johnson said that playing with The Samples gave him the opportunity to play on stages with people that he was influenced by, all over the country. Johnson said performing at Red Rocks in Colorado is number one on his list of favorite places to play. He added, “It’s such an amazing venue. It’s wild, it really is.” Playing there was his first-ever time there. “It’s really impressive.” He said they also played some places in California that the Dead used to play at so that was pretty cool for him. Johnson plays in a few different projects, but said about The Samples: “When you perform so often with a group of guys you become musically close and build a friendship and that carries over between the two and then a chemistry is developed. I feel at least for me that never really goes away. I definitely have that feeling with that group of guys. It’s a cool situation for me to be in for sure and then obviously the cool shows! A lot of people show, we hammer it out and everybody has a good time.” Jerry Jam began in 1996 as a small gathering of friends paying tribute to the life of Jerry Garcia and the music of the Grateful Dead. After five years the gathering had outgrown the barn where it began, in Bethlehem, N.H. It seemed that maybe the Jam had run its course. That’s when the power and passion of community rose up. Friends of Webb offered their larger properties to keep the vibe alive. This is when JJ began its transformation from a very small, one-day gathering of 50 or so friends, to a full-on, multi-day music festival, now with over 2,500 kind souls attending. They believe their humble beginnings and slow growth make the festival unique, and they strive to maintain that “down-home,” grass roots, organic atmosphere. In 2013, Jerry Jam rose to new heights. The fest was honored that Melvin Seals and JGB wanted to play their little festival. They are thrilled to welcome them back for their sixth year. I’ve seen them a few times and what a show they put on. Seals is a beast on the Hammond B-3

organ and delivers a powerful, high-spirited show. Zach cited to see The Samples. I first saw them in 1998 and I’ve Nugent, from Royalton and now residing in Burlington, been a huge fan ever since. Kelly’s voice is amazing and absolutely shreds the guitar. his songs are so special. I like music that moves you and Last year, I had the pleasure of interviewing Julia The Samples fit that perfectly. Some Pickle Barrel bands Butterfield who was a festival attendee before working for from last season, who I love, are on the bill like Kung Fu, them. She said if they had a JJ secretary, she’s it. This will Pink Talking Fish and Hayley Jane and the Primates. be her 13th JJ as an attendee and her sixth on the board. Hayley is one of a kind. Her voice is one of the best on the Butterfield described JJ and said, “It’s like your extended circuit today and there is no show anywhere like theirs. family is all there. It’s the most family friendly gathering There are two bands from the 2017 Killington Dazed and everyone is there to be there and be good family and and Defrosted Festival that I worked with who I’m very to have a good time. You’re going to see people that you psyched are playing: Max Creek, celebrating their 47th know and feel totally comanniversary, and Roots of “WHEN YOU PERFORM SO OFTEN fortable with your kids.” Creation who are doing a She has two that she brings. Grateful Dub set featuring WITH A GROUP OF GUYS YOU BECOME “Not only are you going to Melvin Seals and Zach NuMUSICALLY CLOSE AND A CHEMISTRY be in an awesome place gent. It’s basically Reggae with awesome people and Dead, their interpretation IS DEVELOPED,” SAID JOHNSON. awesome bands, cause that of Grateful Dead music. I part goes without saying but it’s beautiful, it’s pristine, saw this set last year and it was awesome. I’m pumped to it’s a hay field. There’s no cell service so it’s like getting see the Seth Yacavone Band who hail from Burlington. away from it all. It’s this wonderful world of music that Yacovone used to play at the Wobbly in the early 2000s everyone who is there is excited to be there and are there when I worked there and I always enjoyed his music. One for the right reasons. All in all, the general vibes of the band who I’m not sure if anyone around here knows but festival is like coming home to this wonderful commushould is Los Huevos. These guys played last year early nity of friends you have known forever to friends you are morning and blew me away. They played everything meeting for the first time. It’s really good vibes.” The Jerry from Paul Simon to Rusted Root to the Dead and beyond.

Courtesy Dave Hoffenberg

The Samples Jam world is vast because people from all walks of life are there. It’s not just a “hippie fest.” Butterfield said, “Nobody is excluded from it. It’s great because it goes all the way from infants way up to people in their 90s.” This will be my third Jerry Jam and I can’t emphasize enough how great a festival it is. There is car camping which is a big plus and a bigger plus is it’s BYOB with no hassles whatsoever. There are two watering holes on the property to keep you refreshed. There are great views of the two stages from high on the hilltop and you can hear the bands from all over the property. Johnson said, “The sound carries up on the hilltop very nicely.” It’s also very kid friendly. The people who run JJ really put an emphasis on kids and families. There’s an organized kids tent with activities throughout the weekend and children 12 and under get in free. Another cool free feature is VW Bus pilots get in for free. Webb started a tradition with VW owners. Webb loves them since way back in the day and has road tripped in them. He said they’re cool and cool to look at, so to promote that, he lets the VW owners get in for free. Not the passengers, just the owner. He knows how expensive it is to have a running one so he likes to help them out. He has a special parking lot for them at the top of the hill with a great view of the stage. Butterfield said, “It’s just one of the things that keeps us the coolest festival in the East.” This year there are over 40 bands that will be rockin’ and rollin’ and jammin’ all weekend long. I’m most ex-

I hope to bring them to Killington real soon. Butterfield, like me, is a long time fan of Assembly of Dust. I know that having Reid Genauer and Folks, which is Reid and members of Strangefolk and AOD, is really going to excite her because it does me. She also really adores Melvin. She said, “He’s an incredible musician and the nicest person. It’s always such a treat to have JGB.” August First was a first timer last year and was a favorite of Butterfield’s to bring in. Now they’re returning for their second fest. Butterfield said, “A.F. is an up-andcoming act that I really think people are really going to want to hear them. Their vocalist Nicole’s voice is bone chilling, she’s amazing and her voice takes it to the next level. They have a great original sound in a bluegrass style. They do ‘Dead’ covers, ‘Old and in the Way’ covers, traditional bluegrass covers and their own songs.” Whether you like Grateful Dead music or not, there is music for everyone . I can’t emphasize enough how awesome this festival is. It’s on my list of ones I’ll never miss and it’s only an hour or so from Killington. Johnson said, “It’s really a great festival. It’s well rounded even though it’s geared towards Deadish stuff, but it’s not exclusively that. It’s good vibes and they keep the riff raff out. They’re really good about security, they keep it clean. It’s been going on a long time and they really know how to run an operation. It’s a good thing with good people and good music. I’m psyched to be rolling in there and playing some bass.”


The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018

Music scene by dj dave hoffenberg



[MUSIC Scene] POULTNEY 7 p.m. Taps Tavern Mike Schwaner

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

7 p.m. Taps Tavern

Irish Night w/ Craic Agus Ceol

Throwback Thursday Video Dance Party w/ DJ Mega



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

7 p.m. The Wild Fern

Full Band Open Mic

Rick Redington

9:30 p.m. The Venue Jenny Porter




JUNE 15 BOMOSEEN 6 p.m. Iron Lantern

9 a.m. Snowshed Base Area

Duane Carleton

Bike and Brew

7:30 p.m. Hop ‘n’ Moose Aaron Audet

8 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern Faceplant

9 p.m. Center Street Alley DJ Dirty D



KILLINGTON 9:30 a.m. Snowshed Base Area

6 p.m. Lake House

Alex Smith

KILLINGTON 6 p.m. Liquid Art

Open Mic w/ Tee Boneicus Jones

WOODSTOCK 10 p.m. Bentley’s

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

Jenni Johnson & the Jazz Junketeers

MENDON 6 p.m. Red Clover Inn


Jazz Trio

7 p.m. Paramount Theatre

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

Honk, Jr., the Musical

7 p.m. Rick & Kat’s Howlin’ Mouse

A Night of Storytellers vol. 1 feat. Soul Shove

New approach

continued from page 4A be compensated for taking on students needing special education services. Professor Tammy Kolbe of the University of Vermont authored one of the reports that inspired the legislation. She said the new law will improve the systems in place to support needy students. It also “provides educators with the flexibility they need to implement innovative practices to better serve students with a range of learning needs.” The Scott administration figures the state will be able to save about $34 million by 2024 with the new funding system. But the Joint Fiscal Office continues to question the administration’s assumptions and math in the five-year plan. At a recent presentation to the Senate Finance committee, education fiscal analyst Mark Perrault said many school districts may not be able to reduce spending as quickly as the administration expects. “We think it will work and will save money, but if a district is unwilling or unable to bring special ed-

2 p.m./7 p.m. Paramount Theatre Honk, Jr., the Musical

It Can’t Happen Here

2 p.m. Town Hall

9:30 p.m. The Venue


7 p.m. Outdoors at Feast & Field

6 p.m. Jackson Gore Courtyard

9 a.m. Snowshed Base Area

Bike and Brew After Party w/ Live Music & Bonfire




10 p.m. Vale Parking Lots/ Camping Area

Dancing after Dark w/ Guest VJ



The Idiots

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish Pub The Keeners

4:30 p.m. Snowshed Base Area

9 p.m. JAX Food & Games

Ryan Fuller

7 p.m. The Foundry

Aaron Audet

9:30 p.m. The Killarney

The Keeners


Bike and Brew

6 p.m. Lake House

Bike and Brew w/ The Wheel

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish Pub

7 p.m. Wild Fern

9 p.m. Center Street Alley DJ Mega

9 p.m. Holiday Inn’s Seven South Tap Room Resolution Band

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

Point Counter Point Concert

7:30 p.m. Brandon Music Northern Third Piano Quartet

Karaoke 101 w/ Tenacious T

Josh Jakab

Bike and Brew

5 p.m. The Foundry

Jazz Night w/ the Summit Pond Quartet

9 p.m. JAX Food & Games Duane Carleton

RUTLAND 7 p.m. Main Street Park Rutland City Band

9:30 p.m. The Venue Open Mic

SOUTH POMFRET 4 p.m. Artistree

Milonga w/ Live Music by Tango Norte

6 p.m. Bentley’s


10 p.m. Bentley’s

Open Mic

Krishna Guthrie

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



6 p.m. Third Place Pizzeria Josh Jakab

7 p.m. Castleton Pavilion Extra Stout



12 p.m. Wild Fern

8 p.m. Taps Tavern

Cigar Box Brunch w/ Rick Redington

1 p.m. Wild Fern The People’s Jam

Bluegrass Jam

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


7:30 p.m. Town Hall

9:30 p.m. The Venue Karaoke


O’hAnleigh Irish American Band


1:30 p.m. Snowshed Base Area

Aaron Audet Band

Chazz Canney



7 p.m. The Foundry

6 p.m. Stony Brook Tavern


Bike and Brew w/ Saints and Liars


George Nostrand

5:30 p.m. Feast & Field Market

Special ed:


7 p.m. Draught Room at Diamond Run Mall

Dancing after Dark w/ Guest VJ

6 p.m. Iron Lantern Moose Crossing

Vt. exports:

Trump trade feud with Canada unnerves many

continued from page 4A ucation spending down to the flat number, if they can’t achieve that savings, it will show up in their education spending,” Perrault said. “You can’t assume level spending just because you have a grant.” The administration also did not take into account the way special education changes could affect savings it assumes will come from raising staff-to-student ratios. For example, a school could replace five paraeducators with a qualified special education teacher who makes significantly more money. “If you look at these provisions individually and come up with cost estimates and sum them up, you will come up with a number too high because they are all interactive,” Perrault said. House Speaker Johnson said that if Scott truly wants to attract more families to Vermont, then that state has to strive for the best for every kid. That, she said “is the way we preserve a strong, healthy future for Vermont kids and the way we attract young families.”

the countries’ historically close relationship, and Canada responded by compiling a long list of new tariffs on American products. A chilling of trade between the U.S. and Canada could have major implications for Vermont. According to the U.S Trade Representative, exports to Canada are a major factor in the Vermont economy. Vermont exported $1.2 billion in goods to Canada in 2016 — more than a third of the total international exports. Canadian authorities have vowed to match the value of the steel and aluminum tariffs the United States imposed with tariffs on a wide-ranging list of products — from toilet paper to condiments to maple syrup. Consumers and businesses in Vermont and elsewhere could end up feeling the brunt of the volley of new tariffs between the two countries in their wallets. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., called Trump’s remarks over the weekend “astonishing” in an interview Monday. “At minimum it’s extremely disruptive and destabilizing,” he said. Trump has garnered opposition from both sides of the political spectrum for his recent actions against allies, Welch said. Welch does not see a strategy behind the president’s recent tensions with Canada, instead viewing it as “personal pique.” Trump has so far established new tariffs under a law that empowers the president to do so in the event of a national emergency. Welch was skeptical, saying the president is abusing his authority. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., laid the responsibility for the feud on Trump. “There is no doubt the President’s rash words and actions harm Vermonters and Canadians alike,” he said in a statement Monday, June 11. “In the case of tariffs, the Republicans are apparently willing to stand aside while the President abuses the national security exception to settle personal grudges with the leader of one of our closest allies, at the expense of the American people,” Leahy said. It is possible American consumers will feel the brunt

of those Canadian tariffs. However, the exact impact on shoppers in the United States is one of the looming questions, according to Vermont economist Jeffrey Carr. “I don’t think anybody knows what that’s going to be at this particular juncture, particularly with all the hot air going back and forth across the border,” Carr said. The tariffs Canada imposes on American goods will have an impact on the full supply chain that goes into bringing a product to consumers — from those who source the raw materials, to those who process them, to distributors and wholesalers. Those involved with the supply chain will have to decide how to manage the costs of the new tariffs in the Canadian market: how much of the financial hit do they absorb, and how much do they pass on to customers in the form of higher prices? Carr said the mounting trade tensions are a downward drag on an economy. The US imposed steel and aluminum tariffs on imports from Canada, the European Union and others earlier this month. The Canadian tariffs on American goods, however, are not set to take effect until July 1. Trump has raised issue with what he says are unfair trade relationships. According to 2017 figures, the U.S. imports more goods from Canada than Canada does from the United States. However, Canada also imports services from the United States. Gov. Phil Scott, who has consistently been a vocal advocate for maintaining the North American Free Trade Agreement — an arrangement Trump has threatened to abolish — said last week his administration has remained concerned about economic ties at the northern border. He met with some Canadian officials in Boston at a recent event on a separate issue, but the conversation included discussion of the new tariffs, he said. “They understand that we in Vermont value that relationship with Canada and we want to again come to some conclusion on that so that we can continue our trade with our largest trading partner,” Scott said.


The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018





just for fun


the MOVIE diary

Watch the night go up in smoke

By Dom Cioffi

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

Solutions on page 27A


CLUES ACROSS 1. Glowering 7. Sports equipment 13. Relief organization 14. Go against the flow 16. A public promotion of some product or service 17. Premier League’s Spurs 19. Of I 20. Tears down (Brit.) 22. One point north of due east 23. Sandwich shops 25. American spy 26. Medieval stringed instrument 28. Self-immolation by fire ritual 29. Pearl Jam’s debut 30. Panthers’ Newton 31. Press against lightly 33. __ Squad 34. Eminem hit 36. Violent seizure of property 38. Native or inhabitant of Asia 40. Loudness units 41. Knotted anew 43. Daddy 44. Folk singer DiFranco 45. Women from the Mayflower 47. Metric capacity unit 48. Couple 51. A way to coat 53. __ and Diu: Indian territory 55. French river 56. Asteroids 58. Investment measurement (abbr.) 59. India and Nepal border river 60. Santa says it three times 61. Hungers 64. Linear unit 65. Speech 67. Taking forcefully 69. Places to be 70. Amusing behavior

CLUES DOWN 1. Adult female 2. An alternative 3. Rituals 4. Native American people 5. High school exam 6. Respect 7. Tanned 8. Kilometers per hour 9. Ancient Israeli city 10. Periods 11. Electron volt 12. Smallest interval in classical Western music 13. Metric weight unit 15. Occupies 18. __ and flow 21. Responsive to physical stimuli 24. One who presses into thin sheets 26. Jogged 27. Automobile 30. Punished 32. Belonging to a bottom layer 35. Japanese delicacy 37. Soda 38. Algonquian language 39. Legislators 42. Father 43. Needed at the ATM 46. Baltimore footballers 47. __ Tomei, actress 49. Expands 50. Person (Indonesian) 52. Related 54. Where wrestlers work 55. American communist leader 57. Creatively tell 59. Separatist group 62. Edgar Allan __, poet 63. A way to discolor 66. Actinium 68. Integrated circuit

Solutions on page 27A

Before I entered high school in the early 1980s, the weekend party scene for kids was a little more dangerous than it is today. Schools and law enforcement weren’t so quick to punish teenager’s indiscretions, so more risks were taken that resulted in more unfortunate accidents. As the years passed, however, people began to realize that immaturity and intoxicants were a costly combination. When injuries occurred, people looked to place blame, and when people look to place blame, anyone involved could be held accountable. That meant that adults (like parents who might be providing alcohol to kids and officers who might look the other way) would be in legal jeopardy if they didn’t act accordingly. Over the course of my high school years, a dramatic shift took place concerning this point. When I was a freshman, outdoor parties with large gatherings of students were a much more common occurrence. And not unlike any community of the time, the kids in my high school knew the right places on the outskirts of town where they could socialize with their peers while engaging in illegal activities. In my town, the most popular spot to gather was known as the Slaughterhouse. Literally set on the line separating the city center from the outlining town, the Slaughterhouse was nothing more than a large field positioned next to – shocker – a working slaughterhouse. The key was, it was just remote enough not to draw attention to anyone who cared. I had heard about the Slaughterhouse for a year or OCEAN’S 8 two before I actually went there. It wasn’t the kind of place that you casually drove up to on a Friday night. Initially you had to get access with someone who had out to find our own party location where no one else already been there and knew the scene. would bother us. It was important not to drive in with your lights Eventually we found an area up a long dirt road just flashing on everyone and it certainly wasn’t cool to be on the edge of a forest outside of town. It was the perfect blasting your music upon arrival. The idea was to be location where we could park, turn up our music, and discreet when you first pulled in so negative attention enjoy the trappings of a typical 17-year-old. We called it wasn’t immediately thrust your way. the Spot and it was our go-to location for the rest of our Not surprisingly, a place like the Slaughterhouse high school years. was ripe with unwritten rules for behavior, while also I have many fond memories of the Spot. Sometimes being filled with guys (and I’ll hear songs on the radio LIKE ALL FILMS THAT RELY ON A sometimes girls) who were that immediately jettison looking to raise their social me back to that period, LARGE, SUPER POPULAR CAST, THIS standing by kicking somewhen cares were few and PICTURE SUFFERED FROM A LACK one’s ass. If you rolled in the laughs were plentiful. and started any perceived Last week, as a surprise OF CHARACTER COHESION. problem, you were setting to my son, I purchased yourself up to be physically assaulted. tickets to a Def Leppard/Journey combo concert. He’s By the end of my sophomore year, the authorities been a big fan of Journey since I slid their greatest hits (along with the proprietors of the business nearby) CD into his stereo a few months ago. Every night he falls had become aware of the situation and did what was asleep listening to their songs. necessary to extradite the kids from that location. My He wasn’t as familiar with the Def Leppard songs, but three best friends and I were smart enough at that point I was bowled over. Nearly every tune they played sent to know that large gatherings were a bad idea so we set nostalgic shockwaves through my body. And on more than one occasion I felt like I could close my eyes and suddenly be back at the Spot, laying on the hood of my friend’s car laughing and celebrating being a kid. We were quite a crew back then. And while time and space has separated us, the memories from that period will always bring a smile to my face. This week’s film, “Ocean’s 8,” also involves a crew of friends. But while my crew only broke the occasional law, the one featured in this film took breaking the law to a new level. Starring a bevy of top shelf Hollywood talent along with a few pop culture cameos, “Ocean’s 8” takes the now-classic Ocean’s heist concept and tags it with an all-female spin. Like all films that rely on a large, super popular cast, this picture suffered from a lack of character cohesion. Sure it was fun (and at times clever), but the overall effect was less than what I had hoped. Check this one out if you’re looking to have a little fun without having your critical eye pressed too much. It’s an acceptable date night film that will keep you mildly entertained. A sneaky “C+” for “Ocean’s 8.” Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email him at


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Varin conquers Devil’s Bowl in debut race WEST HAVEN—There wasn’t much left for dirt ModiAlton Palmer, and I said we ought to go. I’d never seen fied stock car driver Bobby Varin to check off on his list of the place before tonight, and I had a blast out here. And accomplishments, but winning at Devil’s Bowl Speedway the A-Verdi people supporting racing as much as they do was one of them. In fact, the legendary racer had never means a lot. We can’t do this without them.” seen the Vermont track until Wednesday, June 6, but he In NASCAR Whelen All-American Series support diviwent home to Fonda, N.Y., with the winner’s trophy and a sion, Travis Billington of South Glens Falls, N.Y., won for check for $2,500. the second time in the 20-lap Sportsman race. The 16-yearVarin topped the 40 at the special mid-week event for old needed just six laps to work from the seventh starting the King of Dirt Racing (KOD) Small Block 358 Modified position into the lead. Paolo Pascarella finished second to Series, the series’ season opener. A racy surface and an interesting mix of big-horsepower 358 cubic-inch engines and smaller “602” Sportsman crate engines created passing and action throughout the field. Young gun Jeremy Wilder set the pace from the pole position for the first 18 laps, but Fonda Speedway legend Varin powered by him on the outside lane at lap 19 and set sail for the remainCourtesy Devil’s Bowl Speedway der of the race. Driver Bobby Varin of New York won a tropy and a check in his Devil’s Bowl race debut. Several good battles for position kept the race entertaining, first with Varin and Wilder, then with top Canadicontinue his strong start; Billington and Pascarella have an runner Steve Bernier and defending KOD champion each finished first or second in all three events. Marc Johnson and Sportsman drivers Joey Scarborough Josh Rozelle, John Stowell, and Joey Roberts finished and Justin Comes, among others. Demetrios Drellos, in tight formation after a late-race battle. Rozelle had his Don Ronca, and Frank Hoard III each made big moves best effort of the young season with a third-place finish; up through the field, with Hoard and Comes running the he zipped from fourth at the start to lead the first five laps. extreme outside lane to get their work done. Stowell finished fourth in his first Devil’s Bowl appearance At the finish, it was Varin, Wilder, Johnson, Bernier, and and Roberts took fifth. Adam Piper, Brent Warren, R.J. Drellos in the top five positions. Matt DeLorenzo finished Germain, Jason Baker, and Jamey Ferland rounded out the sixth, followed by Ronca, Jessey Mueller, Rocky Warner, top 10 in order. and Hoard. The win was Varin’s third-straight in KOD Chris Murray won what was perhaps the most exciting Small Block 358 Modified competition, dating back to the race of the night, taking the 20-lap Super Stock event. The final two races of 2017. Fair Haven racer was electric in the high outside groove, “I was on a radio show Monday night and everyone was pushing the limits of both his car and the track surface. talking about Devil’s Bowl,” Varin said in the victory lane. After spinning out early after jumping the cushion, Murray “It sounds like Mike Bruno and his staff put a lot of work marched forward to stage a late-race fight with Scott Fitzinto it and it sounded like fun, so I called up my car owner, Gerald and Bill Duprey that lasted for 10 laps.

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continued from page 3A “As the trail networks grow, there is an amazing opportunity to create lines that move through the forests and utilize the natural rock to offer fun, challenging, and unique riding experiences here in the East, as we have done in Colorado,” said Robertson. “The long-term goal is to allow a wide range of ages and ability levels to enjoy the progression of resort mountain biking, as well as create a venue to host premier biking events in years to come.” All of Okemo’s mountain biking operations are based in Okemo’s Evolution Bike Shop, located in the Sugar House mid-mountain lodge, and accessed by driving past the Clock Tower in Okemo’s original base area, and continuing up Mountain Road. On the lower level of the Sugar House, visitors can find the solution to all their mountain biking gear needs and more than 100 new Scott mountain bikes available for rent. Upstairs, adjacent to the sunny deck, Switchback BBQ serves fresh-fromthe-grill burgers and hot dogs, along with snacks and beverages, includ-

ing a selection of local beer. For riders just getting into the sport, Okemo offers a Bike Park Intro Package priced at $199 for 13 and older, and $149 for ages 7 to 12. It includes guided, twohour access to the bike park and equipment rental. EVO Bike Park season passes are available for $179 for all ages. New this year, a season-long demo package provides riders with a bike all season long for just $299 (performance demo bikes are $399). Okemo’s Sunburst Six chairlift is not just for mountain bikers during the summer. It also welcomes visitors who would like to enjoy a scenic chairlift ride. The Sunburst Six accommodates six passengers at a time and provides an incomparable perspective of the surrounding landscape. At the summit, visitors can explore or hike to the summit fire tower for an incredible 360-degree view that includes the mountains of Vermont and surrounding states. For more information, visit or call 802-228-1600.



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Sherburne Trails offer a quick ride in the Greens Located just 6 miles from Killington Resort, the Sherburne Trails are perfect for a couple hours of fun in the Green Mountain National Forest. The short network of three cross-country flow trails is a great option for beginner or intermediate riders. All trails are loops and run best counterclockwise (faster climb and longer descent). Mind Eraser and Paca’s Path are great for beginners, including first time riders.

The trail is wide and offers relatively easy pedaling with a minimal pitch. Ohly Roller is an intermediate ride with jumps and a rock spine. It’s not too hard for advanced beginners, while being fun for advanced riders looking for a short ride. The trails are free and open to the public. Look for the trailhead parking lot on the right on Route 100, 1 mile north of the junction of routes 4 and 100 in Killington.


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Killington & MTBVT  team up for second Vt. Bike & Brew

June 15-17—KILLINGTON—Mountain Bike Vermont (MTBVT) and Killington Resort, home of the largest downhill bike park in eastern North America, are thrilled to welcome the second annual Vermont Bike & Brew Festival to Killington Bike Park, June 15-17. This weekend-long event will include entertainment for the entire family, including three days of organized mountain biking for all skill levels, the downhill critical mass ride, onsite camping, vendor garden, bike swap, craft beer garden, whipoff competition, pond cross skinny challenge and live music from mountain biking’s house band, The CopOuts. “Our goal is to harness last year’s momentum and one-up the best downhill oriented bike festival the East Coast has ever seen,” said Bike & Brew organizer Nate Freund. “Between Killington’s epic trails, on-site camping, and Vermont’s finest beer garden being constructed on site, we guarantee a good time. And everyone’s invited!”   The event will kick off on Friday, June 15 with a pre-registration party and afternoon lift laps. Dusk brings a locals’ night cross-country ride tour of Green Mountain Trails followed by an evening around the campfire at the Vale Lot camping area.   Saturday morning the “Kegs n’ Eggs” breakfast returns before the lifts open at 9 a.m. The 10 a.m. Critical Mass ride will line up the largest downhill train of riders Vermont has ever seen. Help them beat last year’s 150 rider total and join for a peak to creek romp with a few hundred friends. Join the skinny bridge contest or spectate on Saturday afternoon while riders test their balance on a floating skinny bridge strung across the Snowshed Pond. Following the pond-cross an open entry whip-off competition will be held adjacent the beer garden. Speaking of beer garden, MTBVT and Killington are curating a tap list to please the most discerning beer nerd – and beer tickets are included with registration. “The resort is excited to host such an action packed weekend,” said Rich McCoy, director of summer operations at Killington Resort. “The schedule has something for all ages and thanks to the five years of work we’ve completed with Gravity Logic, the Vermont Bike and Brew promises terrain for riders of all ability levels.”   Sunday morning brings an additional day of riding kicked off with the MTBVT Recovery Ride for those that didn’t (or did) get their fill. For those with an cross-country bike in tow and brave enough to take on the mountain, climb to the top with MTBVT (yes, climb) before kicking off a day of downhill laps.   For more information, visit

Schedule: Friday, June 15 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Registration/ticketing open - Showshed Base Lodge 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bike Park open - Snowshed & Ramshead Areas 5-8 p.m. Registration party - Snowshed Umbrella Bars Sunset Group night ride, cross country/trail - Green Mountain Trails, Pittsfield Saturday, June 16 7:30-9 a.m. Kegs and Eggs breakfast - Snowshed Food Court 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Registration/ticketing open - Snowshed Base Lodge 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Beast of a Bike Swap - Festival Area/ Vendor Village at Snowshed 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Bike Park open - Showshed & Ramshead Areas 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Vendor Village Open - Snowshed Base Area 10 a.m. Critical Mass ride - Meet at Ramshead Express Quad 11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Kids’ Shred Sessions group ride Meet at Snowshed Express Quad 11 a.m. Outdoor barbecue opens - Snowshed Base Area 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Adult group rides - Meet at Snowshed Base Area 12-2 p.m. Live remote broadcast with WEQX -

Snowshed Base Area 1:30-4:30 p.m. Live music with The Wheel - Snowshed Base Area 2-6 p.m. Brewfest open - Snowshed Base Area 2 p.m. Kids’ Stryder bike rodeo - TBA 3 p.m. Whip-off contest - Snowshed Base Area 4 p.m. Skinny bridge contest - Snowshed Pond 4:30-7 p.m. Live music with Saints & Liars Snowshed Umbrella Bar 7 p.m. Whip-off and skinny bridge awards Snowshed Umbrella Bar 10 p.m. After party with live music and bonfire - Vale parking lots / camping area Sunday, June 17 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Beast of a Bike Swap - Festival Area/ Vendor Village at Snowshed 9:30-11 a.m. Breakfast served - Snowshed Food Court 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bike Park open - Snowshed & Ramshead areas 10:30 a.m. Group recovery ride - Meet at Snowshed Express Quad 11 a.m. Bike Bum race - Meet at Snowshed Base Area 1 p.m. Bike Bum race awards - Snowshed Umbrella Bar Courtesy Killington Resort

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Fair Haven’s summer concert series begins with Mellow Yellow Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m.—FAIR HAVEN—Mellow Yellow will be back on the stage in Fair Haven to kick off the family friendly 2018 Summer Series on Thursday, June 14 at 7 p.m. This band pays tribute to the 60s and 70s with truly authentic renditions of some of the genre’s greatest songs. Mellow Yellow captures all the “hey-man-peace-and-love-grooviness” of the songs that helped define the decade. Concert-goers will feel as they have been transported right back in time. It will be a truly far-out experience of an era gone by. Those days may be over, but thanks to Mellow Yellow, the music and the spirit live on. Members of the band include: Brad DaddyO (David Cooper): vocals, Mellowyellowtron; Dusty Love (Linda Bassick):

vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, flute, trombone; Kenny Diggit (Ken French): guitars, keyboards, vocals; Apollonius “Flip” Funk (Brad Sourdiffe): bass; and Saratoga Sunshine (Sean Preece), drums. This is the first in a series of ten summer concerts held outdoors in the Fair Haven Park on Thursday nights. In case of inclement weather, concerts will move inside at the First Congregational Church of Fair Haven at the north end of the park. Call to confirm at 802-265-3010 ext. 301. Each week numerous door prizes are given out during intermission, for both adults and children. Listeners are encouraged to arrive any time after 5 p.m. to enjoy the park. Bring lawn chairs. Refreshments are available for purchase. Free ice cream cones will be provided, so come early. By Robin Alberti

A group slowly begins its ascent in a hot air balloon during the Quechee festival.

Hot air balloons take to the Quechee skies over Father’s Day weekend June 15-17—QUECHEE—The 39th Quechee Hot Air Balloon Craft and Music Festival is set to take over the Quechee Village for its colorful festival taking place annually over Father’s Day weekend, June 15, 16 and 17. About 20 hot air balloons with five flights will highlight the event. Gates open at 3 p.m. on Friday; and 5:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Live music, kids’ activities, VINS demonstrations, dancers, Pups in the Air disc dogs, sky diving team demonstrations, parachute demonstrations, the Kids’ Zone, and dusk balloon glows will fill the weekend. Festival vendors will fill the grounds with flowers, food and

drinks, wine, jewelry, art, and so much more. Make a day of it, or come back each day of the weekend. Admission is $15 for adults (13+); $5 for children ages 6-12; and free for kids age 5 and under. On Father’s Day, June 17, dads get in for $10 when accompanied by kids. Parking is by donation, on the field adjacent to the festival. Dogs and bicycles are not allowed on festival grounds (service dogs only). The event has been recognized as a Top 10 Summer Event for 2018 by the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit

‘The Ugly Duckling’ to come out of its shell on Paramount stage this weekend

At Rutland Economic Development Corporation, our job is to support businesses of all sizes and from all sectors to ensure that our region is a prosperous and welcoming place. We are 100% focused on making the Killington Valley region the most collaborative, innovative, and friendly place in Vermont to live, work, and – most importantly – PLAY.

Friday and Saturday, June 15-16—RUTLAND—Rutland Youth Theatre presents “Honk! Jr. — A Musical Tale of The Ugly Duckling” on June 15 and 16 at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. Produced by Saskia Hagen Groom and directed and choreographed by Tegan Waite, “Honk! Jr.” is a heartwarming celebration of being different that is sure to delight audiences of all ages with its sparkling wit, unique charm and memorable score. 

Ugly looks quite a bit different from his darling duckling brothers and sisters. The other animals on the farm are quick to notice and point this out, despite his mother’s protective flapping. Feeling rather foul about himself, the little fowl finds himself on an adventure of self-discovery, all the while unknowingly outwitting a very hungry cat. Along the way, Ugly meets a whole flock of unique characters and finds out being different is not a bad thing to be. Witty and hilarious,

but also deeply moving, “Honk! Jr.” will treat audiences to equal amounts of laughter and tears. Show times are June 15 at 7 p.m. and June 16 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets $8 for children/seniors and $10 for adults. Rutland Youth Theatre is part of the Rutland Recreation and Parks Department and is a non-forprofit organization. For more information, visit or visit them on Facebook. This show will be one of the first since the Paramount re-opened.


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Traditional Irish band Extra Stout to be featured in Castleton Pavilion Tuesday, June 19, 7 p.m.—CASTLETON—Castleton University is pleased to present Extra Stout as part of its 23rd annual Castleton Summer Concerts at the Pavilion on Tuesday, June 19 at 7 p.m. at the Castleton Pavilion. A traditional Irish band, Extra Stout is a six-member group based in the Green Mountain’s own Rutland County. Known for its raucous songs and rebel tunes, they also incorporate ballads of home and country with traditional jigs and polkas.



All six members offer their range of vocals to help capture the rich history of Ireland through song and the skillful playing of a range of Celtic instruments. All concerts in the series are free and open to the public. Throughout the series, Castleton University will also be collecting non-perishable food items at each concert to help support the local food shelves throughout the summer. For a complete list of concerts or for more information, visit





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Guests enjoy Plymouth cheddar cheese samples during Billings Farm’s Dairy Celebration.

Billings Farm & Museum pays homage to its dairy heritage Saturday & Sunday, June 16-17— WOODSTOCK—Billings Farm & Museum, gateway to Vermont’s rural heritage, announces the 8th annual Cheese & Dairy Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate Vermont’s rich dairy heritage during this two-day event by meeting New England cheesemakers, sampling delicious artisan cheeses and dairy products, and taking part in engaging dairy education programs. Also features will be the award-winning Billings Farm cheddar cheese, made exclusively with 100 percent raw milk from the Billings Farm’s herd of purebred, registered Jerseys. The Cheese & Dairy Celebration will showcase New England’s artisan cheesemakers, who will offer samples, discuss

their products, and have cheese on hand for purchase. Watch local youth as they compete in an all-breed dairy show. Participate in a dairy scavenger hunt, “name the calf” contest, and cow make-over (learn what it takes to groom a cow in preparation for being judged in a show). Families will enjoy hand-cranking ice cream and making dairy headbands and moo masks. Sunday will include an “historic” baseball game played in the Billings’ fields in the early afternoon. Join in or cheer on the teams! The operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and restored 1890 Farm House are included in the admission fee: ranging from free to age 2 and under, up to $16 for adults. The Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of Woodstock village.


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Thursday, June 14, 6 p.m.—RUTLAND—Enjoy some mid-week fun with Chaffee’s Thursday night Sip N’ Dip classes, starting June 14. Bring friends and a bottle of wine for an evening of painting, laughter, quality instruction, and a finished canvas by the end of the night. Get step-by-step guidance from one of the Chaffee Art Center’s professional


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

506 506 Back Country Café

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

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


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

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MATTERS Lookout Tavern

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

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Mendon Mini Golf and Snack Bar serves a variety of dining options that include Handmade Burgers, Dogs, Grilled Chicken, Fish, Hand-cut Fries, and many other meals and sides. Also choose from 24 flavors of Hershey’s Ice Cream. 776-4921

Mountain Top Inn & Resort

Whether staying overnight or visiting for the day, Mountain Top’s Dining Room & Tavern serve delicious cuisine amidst one of Vermont’s best views. A mix of locally inspired and International cuisine – including salads, seafood, poultry and a new steakhouse menu your taste buds are sure to be satisfied. Choose from 12 Vermont craft brews on tap.Warm up by the terrace fire pit after dinner! Just a short drive from Killington. 802-483-2311

Red Clover

Farm to Table Vermont Food and Drinks. Thursday night Live Jazz. Monday night Chef Specials. Open Thursday to Monday, 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. 7 Woodward Road, Mendon, VT. 802-775-2290,

Lake Bomoseen Lodge

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

Rutland County celebrates more birthdays in overnight event

Saturday, June 16, 1 p.m.—RUTLAND— Teams of Rutland County residents will gather at the Vermont State Fairgrounds on June 16 at 1 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay For Life is a fun filled event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and raise money for the fight against cancer. The event begins with a cancer survivors lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling cancer. Games, music, and live entertainment encourage people all through the night. Some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their camp sites during Relay. Relay For Life’s luminaria ceremony takes place after sundown, honoring the community’s cancer survivors and remembering those lost to the disease. Partici-

pants will circle a track that is surrounded with glowing luminaria that bear the name of someone who has battled cancer. Luminaria may be purchased for $5 by calling 802-353-7100 or 802-683-0479 or by visiting rutlandvt. Also, a part of the Rutland County Relay For Life event is the Fight Back Ceremony in which a community leader will inspire Relay participants with his or her own commitment and will challenge them to take a personal pledge of action (e.g., stop smoking, eat more healthy, exercise regularly, etc.) in fighting back. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life first started in May 1985, when Dr. Gordy Klatt took the first step of this 24-hour walk around the track in Tacoma, Washington raising $27,000 to support the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit or call 1-800-227-2345.



Seward’s Dairy

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

Sugar and Spice

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

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23 West St, Rutland 802-773-7810

Sushi Yoshi

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

Vermont Butcher Shop

As Vermont’s only sustainable whole animal butcher, we are passionate about our craft and delivering the highest quality meats. Each cut of meat you select comes from a partner that shares our commitment of respect for the environment, the animals and our customers. We are here to ensure that you know where your food comes from and guarantee that you’ll be able to see and taste the difference. (802) 776-4005


St. John’s Episcopal Church holds hymn sing

Saturday, June 16, 4 p.m.—EAST POULTNEY—St. John’s Episcopal Church will hold a hymn sing on Saturday, June 16 at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Route 140, East Poultney. The service will feature Dr. James Cassarino, director of the vocal, instrumental and Welsh heritage programs at Green Mountain College, on the original mechanical organ. The service will feature a number of hymns including “For the Beauty of the Earth,” “Oh Bless the Lord My Soul,” and “Amazing Grace.” Light refreshments and fellowship will be offered after the service. St. John’s Episcopal Church, which held its first service on May 27, 1832, stands on the historic village green in East Poultney. St. John’s held regular Sunday services until 1931. In 2013, a group of concerned citizens took on the task of caring for this virtually untouched structure. The church features the original box-style pews, stenciled walls, oil lamps and a remarkable, intact mechanical organ, one of four remaining organs manufactured by the Nutting Organ Company of Vermont. The church has no plumbing facilities, no furnace, and no electricity. Recent restoration efforts have included repair of the Church roof and steeple and a complete reconstruction of the front stairs, all under the guidance of a restoration architect. For more information on the hymn or about church services, contact Reverend William Davidson by calling 518-499-1850.




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The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018

NYC street artists present at Rutland’s Alley Gallery Saturday, June 16, 5 p.m.—RUTLAND— The explosive opening reception for “My First Street He(art): NYC,” a street art, mural, and graffiti show of over 40 artists from around the world, will be Saturday, June 16, 5-8 p.m. at The Alley Gallery, Center St., Rutland. Free wine, light refreshments, and live music will bring the spirit of this show to light. “My First Street He(art): NYC” speaks to Curator Alison Wallis’ first real love of all the many art forms out there. Wallis curated this incredible 40-plus group exhibition, calling it “a monumental show for Vermont.” Wallis said that she invited some of the “founding pioneers of the graffiti and street art movements,” and that not only are they represented here in this show, but also the “leaders in the world of murals, plus those who travel globally for painting projects and exhibit in museums,” will be coming to Rutland. The Alley Gallery is pleased to welcome the following street art and graffiti legends to Rutland: Ali Ha, Alice Mizrachi, Alison Wallis, Ann Lewis, Becky Fuller, Brian Life, Cey Adams, Chris Mendoza, Cycle, DEPO,

Don Leicht, Ezo, Free5, Fumero, Gaia, Gigi Chen, Hell Bent, Jennifer Caviola, John Fekner, Ket, Kimyon, Lady Pink, Leon Reid, Lmnopi, Luna Park, Meres, Pablo Powers, Praxis, PythonXMEN, Queen Andrea, Rath UPS, Russell King, Royce, Renee Rowan, Subtexture, Specter, Shiro, Sinned, Too Fly, Void, WaneCOD, Yes One, and more! Wallis hopes that this is the beginning of a conversation advocating for more public art in the city. “When thinking about the evolution of street art, murals, and graffiti, you must think about the poignant aspects of the here and now, being in the present of a piece, how mother nature helps the decay, and how there is beauty in the break down and evolution.” “My First Street He(art): NYC” will be on exhibition through July 28. While the show is on display, Wallis is offering all-ages mural-making and silk-screening workshops at gallery on Thursdays and Saturdays, beginning June 21 respectively, through July 26. There is a suggested donation of $5 for materials. For more information, email



By Lady Pink

This mural by Lady Pink will be part of the exhibit “My First Street He(art): NYC” at the Alley Gallery in Rutland.

KPAA advises businesses to be bike friendly, with mini-series June 12, 19, 26—KILLINGTON—There are a few simple ways to broadcast a business as bike friendly, making visitors more likely to stop in. The KPAA is pulling together the experts and sharing that knowledge with a free mini-series being held Tuesdays, June 12, 19, and 26 at 12:30 p.m. The event is free, but RSVPs are required: email sarah@killingtonpico.

org. June 12 will be the topic, “The ABCs of Mountain Bike Recreation.” Bring questions about the sport and experts will answer them. Learn vocabulary and answers to common visitor questions to be ready for the summer. June 19 will tackle “Trail Systems.” Where is the closest trail access to your business?

What trails should you suggest to beginning, intermediate and advanced riders? What does our regional bike system look like? What resources are available and how can you get them for your business? Have all of these questions answered. Then, on June 26, join “Build Your Own Bike Rack, and Other Inexpensive Ways to Upgrade Your Facility.” There are a few

simple ways to be seen as a bike friendly business, making visitors more likely to stop in. Learn how to make a bike rack from someone who’s done it in the past, as well as some simple tricks to help mountain bikers here on vacation. The KPAA is located at 2319 US-4, Killington. There are many mountain bike paths built in the area this summer.

Billings Farm & Museum Gateway to Vermont’s Rural Heritage

Cheese & Dairy Celebration June 16 & 17, 2018

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Get to know a cow . . . and lots more! Fun and educational activities designed for “up close” learning with our Jerseys.

Vermont Cheese ProduCers sample their superb cheeses

Youth All-Breed Dairy Show Ice Cream & Buttermaking

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Sunday, June 17, 3 p.m.—PAWLET— The Pawlet Public Library presents Modern Times Theater’s “Punch and Judy” puppet show at the Pawlet Town Auditorium, 122 School St., on Sunday, June 17 at 3 p.m. The program, appropriate for ages 1-100, is funded by a performance grant from the Vermont Department of Libraries, and admission is free. Modern Times Theater founders Rose Friedman and Justin Lander create their handmade wooden and papier mache puppets for a modern Vermont update production of the age-old “Punch and Judy” puppet shows, following the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite loudmouth, Mr. Punch. This hand-puppetry style has entertained families for centuries. It addition to the puppet show, the program features live music, sing-a-longs, classic jokes and

gags, and audience participation. Live acoustic music is performed on a variety of instruments, from the ukulele to the bicycle pump. Rose Friedman and Justin Lander have been creating puppet shows together since 2003. They are co-founders of Vermont Vaudeville, Vermont’s premier Vaudeville troupe. Following the program, the audience is invited across the street to the Pawlet Public Library for refreshments and final registration for the free Summer Reading Program for parents and children grades 1-6. The five-session program begins on June 21. Because space is limited for the Summer Reading Program, registration is required. For more information, visit or call 802-325-3123.

Paramount Theatre’s Sports Live in HD to broadcast free FIFA World Cup Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m.—RUTLAND—The Paramount Theatre will broadcast select 2018 FIFA World Cup matches from multiple locations in Russia. The first scheduled broadcasts cover selected matches from the first round of play and two consecutive days from the round of 16. Sunday, June 17, 11 a.m. kick-off; doors open at 10:30 a.m.: Germany vs Mexico Thursday, June 28, 2 p.m. kick-off, doors open at 1:30 p.m.: England vs Belgium Saturday, June 30, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Teams to be determined  Sunday, July 1, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Teams to be determined The FIFA World Cup is an international association football competition contested by the senior men’s national teams of the members of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the sport’s global governing body. The championship has been awarded every four years since the inaugural tournament in 1930, except in 1942 and 1946 when it was not held because of the Second World War. The current champion is Germany, which won its fourth title at the 2014 tournament in Brazil. The FIFA World Cup is the most prestigious association football tournament and most widely viewed and followed sporting event in the world, exceeding even the Olympic Games; the cumulative audience of all matches of the 2006 FIFA World Cup was estimated to be 26.29 billion with an estimated 715.1 million people watching the final match, a ninth of the entire population of the planet. Bruce Bouchard, Executive Director of The Paramount, commented, “We are proud and happy to be able to offer this world wide tournament of supreme athletic prowess free of charge to the greater community. Free Films and Sports Live in HD amounts to 25 percent of our programming and moves ‘A Theatre for Everyone’ to the center of our mission. Ironically, when we were first testing our new projector in the fall of 2013, the first image up was a soccer match in Germany.


The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018

By Lani Duke

Discrimination claimed in Greeno suit


Local children got a chance to participate in the annual Mendon Fish & Game Club Derby on June 6.

Local children win at annual fishing derby PITTSFORD—Local boys and girls 12 and under cast their fishing poles into a stocked pond with trout ranging from 12 to 18 inches, at the annual Mendon Fish & Game Club Fran Renner Memorial Youth Fishing Derby held on June 6 at their clubhouse in Pittsford. All junior anglers walked away with a prize whether they caught a fish or not. Prizes were donated by area businesses like Price Chopper, Hannaford’s, McDonald’s, and Pizza Hut as well as club members. There were various categories of competition such as the first girl and first boy to catch a fish, largest fish caught and the most fish caught. After the derby everyone was invited back to the clubhouse for a free barbecue feasting on hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken donated by KFC, salads donated by Gill’s Delicatessen, rolls donated by Freihofer’s Bakery, and homemade chocolate chip cookies prepared by Betsy Rixon, wife of club member Dave Rixon.


Named Pittsfield’s new town clerk

continued from page 1A “It just intrigued me knowing that I could learn so much about the new place that I was calling home,” she said. Vermont has long been a special place for Fryer. She and her husband got married in Plymouth 10 years ago. She said the part-time clerk position fit what she was looking for. The clerk/treasurer is tasked with recording birth and death certificates and marriage licenses. They are the face of the town, which doesn’t have a municipal manager. Her husband is relocating his landscape compa-

ny to Pittsfield. This will be a change for the town. Haskins lives next door to the town office. Nobody ever ran against Haskins, who was re-elected by residents every three years. “I grew to really like working with the town,” she said. “I liked being part of the community and doing things for the community.” Though sad to be leaving, she said the town is in a good place for somebody new. She had confidence in Fryer. “I think she’s going to be a good fit for the town,” Haskins said.

Solid Waste


Rutland Town asks Select Board vote be honored Rutland Town’s Select Board wrote to Agency of Transportation pavement design project manager Matt Begaczyk, asking that the state not override the board’s 3-2 May 29 vote not to reduce the number of lanes on Route 4A connecting to West Rutland. The letter reminded AOT that District Transportation Manager II for District 3 Rob Faley had promised the state would maintain the current four-lane road segment if West Rutland and Rutland Town could not reach a consensus. Select Board Chair Joshua Terenzini said he sent the letter as a confirmation of that promise. The letter also said that the board would consider reducing travel lane width and narrowing the shoulders to allow room for a bicycle lane There have been many initatives underway to enhance recreation in Rutland. City Creek Path plans are moving forward.

Former bar owner Charles Greeno III continues to claim that Rutland City’s discriminatory police tactics forced him to close his Merchants Row business, The Local. The city has asked the judge to throw out the case, claiming that no proof exists to support Greeno’s allegation that enhanced police presence outside the business caused him to close the business in February 2017. Greeno’s documentation outlines the bar as being successful until the police began targeting African-American patrons in 2012. Greeno’s suit claims cruisers frequently parked on the street with blue lights flashing and kept customers away. Police claim patrons at The Local were dealing drugs; Greeno denies all claims of drug dealing occurring on the premises. Rutland attorney Kaveh Shahi, representing the city, in his motion to dismiss the case, wrote that Greeno’s claim is without merit, VTDigger reported. Tax returns show that The Local’s net income was increasing during the time frame when Greeno claims the police presence increased. Greeno’s suit asks for more than $75,000 in damages. The city asks the suit be dismissed and that Greeno reimburse the city for its legal costs.

Roof damage eats into Paramount budget Paramount Theatre Programming Director Eric Mallette noticed new cracks in the ceiling above the upper balcony in May, triggering a temporary closing for the theatre. Edward Clark, architect with NBF Architects in Rutland, said the unusually heavy snow load this past winter apparently is to blame. The multi-ply base of one of the six wooden trusses was failing, affecting two other trusses, he said. The theatre closed temporarily May 18, canceling the sold-out Oak Ridge Boys performance and a Metropolitan Opera broadcast. Two dance recitals were relocated too. With shoring materials now supporting the ceiling and a certificate of occupancy, the shows will go on in the Paramount, Mallette announced June 1. The balcony, which contains about 300 of the theatre’s 830 seats, will be off limits until the repair is complete. Few shows are scheduled through the summer. If all goes well, the repairs will be finished by Sept. 11 and in time for the new season. The shoring alone cost $28,000 and no estimates for the repair are available yet. Cancellation of the Oak Ridge Boys concert chomped an almost $70,000 hole in the $850,000 Paramount annual budget, said Matt Levandowski, president of the Paramount board. Although insurance will cover the repairs, the theatre must fundraise and garner sponsors to make up the budget hole. Fortunately, the theatre has enjoyed an extremely good year, “probably the best in the history of the theatre,” Lewandowski told the Rutland Herald.

Graduates exhorted to keep learning May has turned into June with the annual colorful graduation season having already produced bright-faced collegians, now followed by the even fresher secondary and elementary school youth. Mount Saint Joseph Academy released this spring’s green-robed scholars under the eye of Bishop Christopher Coyne June 1. Bishop Coyne encouraged students and audience to always take opportunities to learn, as he had. Nicolas Moise delivered the Veritas et Puritas (Truth and Purity) address; Salutatorian Mollie Giancola spoke on finding God’s lessons in life, and Valedictorian Joshua Williams spoke on where life’s journey may take the young graduates, the Rutland Herald reported. Although Mount Saint Joseph Academy’s graduating class was only 29, the student roster of Rutland’s only Catholic high school is growing rapidly. Three years ago, the school population was only 66. Principal Sarah Foster told the Rutland Herald that next year’s enrollment is 105. Stafford Technical Center honored 88 seniors at its own awards ceremony June 1. Stafford alumna Andrea Shahan told the assembled students and their audience that the key to success is to keep learning.The Stafford grads come from area schools. Rutland region, page 30A

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The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018

By Lani Duke

Eco-friendly rural business developments

Doing what needs to be done Numerous volunteers met with the Benson Cemetery commissioners for a day of headstone restoration May 12. Vermont Old Cemeteries Association experts advised the volunteers. Extra credit is due the picture takers and cookie bakers.

The Bob Stannard family and Vermont Natural Beef LLC opened Kingston Place Wedding Event Center and Bed and Breakfast at 129 Parkhill Rd., Benson June 1. It boasts a newly renovated 4,000 square foot event barn. Fyles Bros has sent a letter to the Solid Waste

Alternative Communities (Benson’s solid waste body) asking for support of plans to put a composting facility on the Stannard property, Goodrich Cross Road. Rico Balzano of Walnut Hill Farm, Pawlet, received $9,750 for freezer storage development, and Andrew Farmer of Northeastern

Vine Supply received a $19,700 grant to increase market competitiveness in transitioning to virus-certified grapevine nursery stock from the Working Lands Enterprise Board as part of a $750,000 plus disbursement announced June 7, Vermont Business magazine reported.

Green Mountain College campus not vacated

Castleton concert series announced

Although most students have left for the summer, Cerridwen Farm boasts five new goat kids, two new ewes (female sheep) with lambs, and four young piglets. Visitors may buy vegetable seedlings from the same crop that Ceridwen’s farmers are putting in the ground. Besides being available at the farm’s self-serve table at the high tunnels, the plants are also for sale at the Stone Valley Community Market, 216 Main St., Poultney.

The 23rd annual Castleton Summer Concerts were scheduled to begin June 12 and continue each Tuesday at 7 p.m. through Aug. 14, with all but the first one using the Castleton Pavilion. First is The Boston Crusaders, the third oldest drum and bugle corps in the U.S., with all members under the age of 22. The concert is the only one of the series held at Spartan Stadium. Attendance is free to all

Weed harvester soon to roll across Lake Bomoseen A collaborative effort by the Lake Bomoseen Public Trust and Doug and Marie Casella has enabled the Lake Bomoseen Association to buy a new harvester for removing Eurasian milfoil. The cost for the harvester and conveyors totals $150,000. The Aquamarine 500 deposits cut weeds into a net basket. When

filled, the nets are buoyed to be picked up by conveyer and towed to shore, while the harvester continues working. It will be in use from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, LBA board member Mark Miller told the Rutland Herald. The Canadian-made machine is scheduled to arrive June 20

and begin operation after July 4. Fifty people have signed up for the harvester to come mow their lakefront, trimming 5 feet deep and 20 feet from shore at a cost of $350, Lake Bomoseen Public Trust Secretary and Treasurer John Hale said. The cut material will be dried and composted to be used for fertilizer.

CU hosts early childhood ed institute

Sixteen hybrid professional development courses meeting state requirements will help teachers obtain and retain licenses and endorsements during the second annual Early Childhood Education Institute July 23-26 at Castleton University, through a partnership between Castleton University Center for Schools and the Vermont Early Childhood Education Consortium. Courses target the needs of early childhood, primary, and special education teachers, as well as home visitors and related service providers. New courses this year cover autism spectrum disorder, accelerated professional portfolio, peaceful classroom creation, and therapeutic childcare. Attendance at the institute is expected to top 200, with many participants staying on campus. For more information on the institute, call Ric Reardon, director of education, 802-4681234, or e-mail Richard.

Fair Haven H.S. concludes a stressful year

Fair Haven UHS’s seniors feel they “won” as they prepared to graduate. The 2017-18 academic year has been an unusually turbulent one. In December, Principal Brett Blanchard resigned in a year that promised to be challenging enough with a switch to proficiency-based learning and the Act 46 merger that reconfigured the school into a component of a unified union school district. Vice Principal Jason Rasco became acting principal just in time to deal with a potential school shooting. In February, police arrested Jack Sawyer, a former FHUHS student, for planning to commit mass violence at the school. The arrest for attempted murder and the following questions raised about what constitutes “attempt” made headlines around the world. Fair Haven (and other schools in the area) made major revisions to their security practices. The experience showed the value of education.

VNA-Hospice to break ground for facilities expansion

RUTLAND—The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Southwest Region is breaking ground Thursday, June 21 at noon at 7 Albert Cree Drive for an expansion of its facilities. The 3,000 square foot expansion will be built primarily to meet the demands of growth within the agency’s hospice program. The project, designed by architect Edward Clark, with construction project management and building by Naylor & Breen Builders, will blend the new addition with the existing structure and will incorporate interdisciplinary environments for hospice team collaboration. A new parking lot will add 30 additional parking spaces. The addition will provide needed space for staff training, education, and collaboration and will feature additional spaces for bereavement support,

a resource library, and meeting rooms. The expansion will be funded through a variety of sources, but primarily through a special $850,000 capital campaign. The campaign, called the Life’s Journey Campaign, is under the leadership of seasoned fundraiser and board member Bill Bannerman and has already raised about $200,000. The campaign will officially kick off at the groundbreaking ceremony and will include a special campaign announcement. “Hospice and palliative care is an integral and essential part of a community and its core healthcare needs and, quite frankly, the need for services continues to grow,” said campaign chairman Bannerman. “The hospice program of the VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region has cared for thousands

of people in our community over the past decades and our facilities expansion will position us well to continue to be the leader in providing expert physical, emotional and spiritual care for our patients and their families. “Hospice care is the epitome of the definition of philanthropy,” said Carrie Allen, president of the board of directors. “Philanthropy is the love of humankind and hospice care embraces that philosophy by serving patients at the end of their life and providing comfort and support to families. We are confident that the community will continue to support this vital community program through their generous gifts.” Construction of the parking lot has already begun, with the building work beginning in late June.


The Mountain Times • June 13-19, 2018

Pittsford residents make final pleas to discourage Dollar General By Julia Purdy

PITTSFORD—When he opened the Pittsford Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) hearing on the proposed Dollar General store Monday, June 4, chair Stan Markowski invited anyone to offer new or amended testimony and evidence to address zoning regulations only. It would be the last chance for each side to make its case. Since an initial appearance before the Environmental Commission of the Agency of Natural Resources board in Sept. 2016, Pittsford BTS Retail LLC (BTS) and its consultant, Trudell Engineering, have brought its proposal before the ZBA five times starting in November 2017, tweaking it each time to respond to official feedback and new information.

Casey, senior development manager of the Zaremba Group, an Ohio-based shopping center developer acting on behalf of BTS, displayed samples of the building’s two exterior surface materials, a cement-based composite material resembling 6-inch clapboards and brickwork, respectively. He also displayed a generic rendering of the proposed Pittsford store, which had been displayed at previous hearings. He mentioned a dedicated right-turn lane from Plains Road onto Route 7 but otherwise said he had no new material to present. The ensuing discussion aired more of the same concerns that have marked the application process since BTS went before the Environmental Commission in 2016:

Rutland Library saves $7,500 in energy costs with new lights RUTLAND—There’s a bright new look at Rutland Free Library, as energy-efficient LED light fixtures are replacing older fluorescent and compact fluorescent fixtures. Work began in the evening of Monday, June 4 and is expected to be wrapped up within two weeks. Suspended ceiling lights had already been hung in the 170-seat Fox Room during ceiling repairs in March. Efficiency Vermont and installer Jake Visi of NetZero Designs estimate the new lights will save roughly $7,500 per year in energy costs. Rutland Free Library ordinarily spends almost $32,000 in electricity each year, so a $7,500 savings comprises almost a quarter of that expense. Those savings, combined with incen-

tives from Efficiency Vermont, mean the lights will pay for themselves in about three years. The library had investigated installing solar panels some years ago but was unable to, due to its shady location, steep roofs and location within a national historic district, which limits what can be installed at street level. As well, lighting in the stacks has built-in motion detectors, so they run at extremely low levels until a patron or staff member goes to a particular area. Every non-LED fixture in the cityowned building is to be replaced as part of the project, both in public and staff areas of the building.​

THE KELLEY PARCEL IS THE “LAST DEVELOPABLE PARCEL IN THE VILLAGE WITHOUT DEMOLISHING ONE OF THE NICE HISTORIC BUILDINGS IN PITTSFORD,” SAID COOPER. In a nutshell, those for and against make the following points: Trudell cites the town plan and claims that there is full compliance or no adverse impact with respect to all town plan criteria and site plan requirements of Sec. 1003 regarding traffic access, site design and stormwater management. The Concerned Residents of Pittsford claim Trudell’s proposal does not reflect “community values” expressed in section 102 of the zoning regulations, does not assure safe, efficient traffic movement in accordance with section 503-c of the conditional use ordinance, and does not comply with the vision statement contained in the town plan. On Monday David Cooper, attorney for BTS, offered a binder that responded to the board’s previous request for all documents and changes to be gathered in an organized fashion for their better understanding of the application. Ted Gillen, a resident, and spokesperson for Concerned Residents of Pittsford, submitted another binder as testimony that supported the opposing position. In his introductory statement Matt

the architectural inappropriateness of the appearance of the store, the incompatibility with the residential neighborhood that surrounds the commercially-zoned site, traffic volume, the intersection configuration and the potential for traffic congestion at Plains Road and Route 7, the economic viability of another Dollar General so close to Rutland, safety, and the availability of other, more appropriate sites. Ernie Clerihew read a statement from the Pittsford Historical Society, calling the Trudell design “disrespectful to the architectural heritage of Pittsford village” and a violation of the Planning Commission visionstatement in the town plan. Attorney Cooper remarked that the Kelley parcel is the “last developable parcel in the village without demolishing one of the nice historic buildings in Pittsford.” Gillen, who works as an associate engineer for the city of Rutland and sits on the Pittsford Planning Commission, made an impassioned case, which drew robust applause. He said he had new information that challenged VHB’s traffic volume results, saying that the AOT advises utilizing Dollar General, page 31A

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Insider view of the Golden Dome

continued from page 5A more closely connect property tax payers with implications of their own school budget votes. It could be used as an alternative to cost containment measures proposed in the governor’s five-year plan. • “The Browning Amendment” – A bipartisan amendment to the budget offered by Rep. Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) would ensure the budget met legislative leaders’ commitment to a budget that excludes all provisions related to property tax rates. (The budget currently does not meet that commitment). The amendment also proposed paying off Act 46 merger incentives while holding statewide property tax rates level. • “The McCoy Amendment” – An alternative to the Browning Amendment, which also would have ensured the current budget met legislative leaders’ commitment to a budget that excludes all provisions related to property tax rates. The only possible path to conclusion may be adopting a new tax bill (H.4) that irons out a compromise with the administration. Perhaps a tall task at this point, but with the clock ticking toward June 30, it is certainly possible. This past Friday afternoon, the House Ways & Means Committee gave preliminary approval to a proposal on a different bill that would increase the statewide residential rate by 2 cents and the nonresidential by 4 cents, moving further away from the governor’s position. At the same time, the budget bill, H.13, was sent to the governor, which may invite a veto unless a breakthrough occurs in the next few days on the new tax bill, H.4. A recent news report sums up the standoff: “I don’t want to see a shutdown…But it’s as much in their hands as it is mine,” Gov. Scott said. “I’m telling them what I’m going to do. I’m not signing a bill that raises taxes and fees, end of story.” Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, D/P-Chittenden, told reporters that lawmakers will try to avoid a shutdown. But he said they won’t be beholden to Scott’s demands and hopes the governor will “move in their direction.” You may reach me at or my cell. 802-236-3001. Messages may also be left at the State House during the legislative session at 802-828-2228. Rep. Jim Harrison represents Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington and Mendon in the Vermont Legislature.


The state police have a new dog named Maple to help them in investigations.

State police use social media to name new K-9 RUTLAND – Meet Maple! That’s the name Vermonters have chosen after two rounds of voting for the newest K-9 on the Vermont State Police Bomb Squad, an explosives-sniffing female yellow Labrador retriever. Maple’s handler is Trooper Steven Gelder from the Rutland Barracks. His current K-9, Nacoma, will retire after Maple is ready to take over. She begins training this fall. Her original name was Marjorie, but Gelder thought Vermonters could do better. Starting May 23, the state police began taking suggestions on Facebook from the public for a new name for the new K-9. People could suggest any name by leaving a comment on the Facebook post, and then anyone could vote by leaving a “like” or “love” reaction on the suggestion. The top four vote-getters as of June 1 advanced to a final round of balloting. Of the hundreds of suggested names, the finalists were Maple (277 votes), Boomer (52 votes), Dynamite (43 votes) and Dani (29 votes). For the weeklong final round, the state police posted four photos of the new pup (one with each suggested name), and people voted by liking or loving the image shown with their favorite name. When voting closed at 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, the results weren’t even close. Maple received 834 votes, compared with 420 for Boomer, 189 for Dani and 106 for Dynamite. Taken together, the two Facebook posts received more than 1,100 comments and 2,400 likes, loves and other reactions.

Hiker recovers after medical incident A hiker who had a medical event while hiking in Killington on June 7 is recovering. The Vermont State Police and other emergency agencies are providing assistance to a hiker who experienced a medical issue while hiking in the Killington area on Thursday, June 7, police said.  State police received a call at 1:01 p.m. Thursday

June 7 from a hiker who said a 43-year-old man from New York state had experienced a medical event while walking along the Bucklin Trail from Mendon to the summit of Killington Peak. They were about 3 miles from the trailhead, which is located on Wheelerville Road in Mendon. The man experienced

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A 36-year legacy at Okemo, the Muellers’ expansion

By Karen D. Lorentz

With the pending sale of Okemo to Vail Resorts, it’s reasonable to wonder, “Is it the end of an era at Okemo?” Yes and no. Certainly private family ownership will change as the public company (NYSE:MTN) assumes ownership later this summer. But ironically it’s also a return to Okemo’s early roots, as it was first owned by shareholders who were locals, as well as out-of-state skiers. (Like many Vermont ski areas started in the 1950s, Okemo began on a shoestring — even children invested $10 in a share of stock to help get it going.) Founded in 1955-56 by Ludlow businessmen and skiers to benefit the local economy, and run by a board of directors who oversaw a general manager, Okemo’s early leaders thought big from the get-go with a goal of becoming “a major family ski center.” For 27 years Okemo largely succeeded, surmounting tough times and setbacks in the challenging seasons and reaching 176,000 skier visits in 1977. However, the devastating “no-snow” season of 1979-80 saw attendance drop (88,800 visits) and a low-snow 1980-81 winter caused the area to use money designated for a fourth chairlift for adding snowmaking from the summit. In 1982, visits bounced back (146,000) only to see Okemo’s line of credit pulled. Amidst great debate, shareholders voted to sell Okemo to a new owner rather than risk an uncertain future in what was becoming a highly competitive and often weather-challenging ski industry. This decision was seen as a necessary sacrifice and was buttressed by a Sno-Engineering (a national resort planner) 1982 master plan for Okemo. The plan noted the potential to become “a major destination resort” with mountain expansion and additional on-mountain condominium complexes. It also spelled out deficiencies and the need for $8 million in improvements, including more chairlifts to replace the aging Poma lifts. The Muellers’ entrepreneurial spirit Tim and Diane had begun married life with a home-building business in southern Vermont and then moved to St. Thomas to manage and expand a beach resort for her parents, gaining hospitality as well as construction expertise in the process. With son Ethan approaching school age, they wanted to return to the States; the potential at Okemo appealed to their entrepreneurial spirits. Tim Mueller spotted a “diamond in the rough” when he saw the Sno-Engineering master plan, and in August 1982 they became majority owners of Okemo (and sole owners in 1993). Their attorney, (the late) George Nostrand, said in 1996: “It was a struggle and a monumental risk. They had limited funding and if it failed, they would have lost everything they owned. I told Tim that I personally wouldn’t have had the stomach to take this kind of risk. He said to me, “Well, George, that’s the difference between an entrepreneur and a lawyer.’” The Muellers’ accomplishments at Okemo are now legendary. They took Okemo from a Poma lift-image ski area to a U.S. powerhouse achieving skier visits that put Okemo


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in tthe op 20 nationally by 1996 and the top 2 in Vermont. With the purchase and improvement of two nearby golf courses and the development of Jackson Gore — village, adventure center, skiing — Okemo is now a successful year-round resort with an active summer program that includes mountain biking. Winter now features 667 acres of terrain, 46 miles of trails, 98 percent snowmaking, 121 trails and glades, a 2,200 foot vertical, and 20 lifts, including highspeed, heated six-seat bubble chairlift, a highspeed bubble quad, eight other quads, three triples and seven surface lifts for a capacity of 35,500 rides per hour. Asked if they ever envisioned such growth and success, Diane Mueller expressed amazement at what they were able to do. “We assumed we would be successful because that is part of being an entrepreneur, but never in our wildest dreams did we foresee Okemo becoming what it is today. “Tim thought going from 90,000 skier visits to 200,000 annually would be doable and that was our idea of being successful. We never thought we would reach 600,000 or operate three resorts — that was not a goal then.” Tim Mueller added, “We were willing to take the risk because the potential was so great here. We had a lot of

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Erica, Diane, Ethan and Tim Mueller (l-r) pose in 1988. energy and experience, and the thought that we couldn’t make a go of it really didn’t occur to us. We also knew that there were good employees here with experience and that we could depend on them, so it wasn’t as if we were wildly entering some field blindly.” Key differences In a foreword to the book “Okemo, All Come Home,” former Governor Thomas P. Salmon, a partner in the law firm Salmon and Nostrand, wrote that what sold the Muellers’ bid to purchase Okemo “more than anything else was their laid back, direct and forthright personal style, and the ability to look people in the eye and state in clear and candid terms their hopes and aspirations for the mountain under their leadership.” He further credited the Muellers’ work ethic, the area’s “splendid communications with its customers,” and being “a ski resort that proudly caters to the American family” for its “inordinate success” by 1996. The Muellers’ hard work and ability to instill in employees an understanding of the importance of providing good customer-service — something gained from their beach-resort experience — quickly distinguished the Muellers and the Okemo experience. They also engendered an understanding of team work which furthered the resort’s family focus. They may have lacked ski experience, but they worked alongside their emMuellers, page 25A


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From 1982 to 2018, the Mueller family built Okemo to be a world class resort

continued from page 24A ployees and earned the respect of staff as they exemplified communities,” he echoed. a “together each accomplishes more” team approach. Diane said that she is also optimistic that “guests and This led to workers taking pride in their own accomemployees will benefit from Vail Resorts’ outstanding plishments. track record of resort and community investment, enviAnother difference, which made Okemo increasingly ronmental stewardship, and employee development.” successful, was the continuing development of trailside Praise, reactions, impacts homes and condos with profits poured back into mounKathy Burns noted that while the sale of Okemo is “a tain improvements and expansion (Solitude, South Face, great opportunity for the Muellers personally” and that and Jackson Gore). they are “leaving Okemo in good hands, it will also be sad One of the major reasons for Okemo’s earliest success to see them go.” had been the development of trailside homes. While She has worked closely with Diane Mueller on the Okeleasing the upper mountain from the state for skiing, mo Community Challenge for many years. Burns said the in 1963 Okemo’s founders had purchased surrounding annual benefit saw “millions given to the community to private land and sold lots for support all ages and a wide WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE vacation homes. It was part variety of groups. of a vision to increase skier “Tim and Diane are great COMPETITION VAIL RESORTS WILL visits and thereby create a mountain developers and BRING TO CENTRAL VERMONT,” year-round family resort. very community oriented,” Combined with the activishe added. SOLIMANO SAID. ties and programs offered, Asked if she was surthey began the family loyalty that continues to this day. prised by the announcement, Burns replied, “Yes and “It’s common to encounter second-, third- and even no,” explaining that the ski industry as a whole seems fourth-generation Okemo vacation-home owners,” said to be moving in the direction of multiple ownership. local realestate agent Kathy Burns. “Vail Resorts does a great job. The company purchases Mueller family decision successful resorts and is a very interesting company. I’m Speaking last week with the Mountain Times, Tim excited about Okemo’s future,” she added. Mueller noted that selling “was absolutely not a planned In 2013 Okemo and Killington announced joint initiaevent. The call from Vail Resorts asking if we were intertives to bolster the winter market for snow sports through ested in selling came completely out of the blue,” he said. new efforts like the 4.0 College Pass. His initial reaction was to be “at a loss for words,” and Mike Solimano, president and general manager of he requested time to think about it. Killington Resort, said, “In the past five years we have Family discussions ensued with their son and daughdeveloped a good working relationship with the Oketer, Ethan and Erica, who are partners in Triple Peaks, mo team. They have done a great job growing Okemo LLC, the company that operates Mount Sunapee and into a big player in Eastern skiing. The Muellers family’s Crested Butte resorts in addition to Okemo. approach to running a business has been very positive Asked about key considerations in agreeing to sell, Tim for the Vermont ski industry and has been an integral part said, “We think they have the financial ability to put mon- in bringing the Vermont ski areas together to help grow ey into the mountains. This lends stability and creates a skiing and outdoor recreation. good future for our employees. It also offers more oppor“The College 4.0 Season Pass will be available for the tunities for those who might want to move on to other 2018-19 season, and we look forward to the competition opportunities that the company may offer in the future.” Vail Resorts will bring to central Vermont,” Solimano said. He sees the sale as good for the resorts’ local commuFrank Heald, a 24-year ski industry veteran at Pico nities and as a good exit that enables them to retire. before becoming Ludlow’s (former) town manager, comErica Mueller, vice president of Crested Butte, cited mented that, “Okemo expanded to its full potential under their retiring as one of her personal reasons for favoring the Muellers.” the sale, saying she was excited and happy for her parents. Praising them as the “most community responsible Additionally, she said that while they are all “passionski area operator I’ve known,” he added that the resort’s ate about the ski industry and their resorts and hadn’t “relationship with the town during my 15 years was given thought to any other future, Vail Resort’s ability to outstanding.” invest in the areas was important.” Referencing Triple Heald said Okemo was especially significant for crePeaks’ plans for resort improvements, she said Vail ating job opportunities, and noted the Muellers helped Resorts’ greater ability to invest would make that happen their workers by supporting The Bus service that brought “more quickly. Looking 10, 20 or 30 years out, that brings employees within a 25-mile radius to the area and by havmore projects for employees and benefits them, skiers, ing Okemo operate the local bus service to Okemo. He and surrounding communities,” she said. also mentioned Diane’s personal welcoming of employEthan Mueller, president of Crested Butte and vice ees each year at orientation meetings. president of Triple Peaks, observed that consumers “Each ski area in Vermont has its own unique personal“are driving the trend for consolidation in the ski indusity,” Heald said. Vail may create another new personality try. Much like other industries, people are looking for to Okemo, he said, adding there is “still potential there for better deals and more customization,” he said, noting Vail Resorts to work with.” areas make upgrades that are consumer driven. While the era of family ownership may be ending, the “The Epic passes will benefit skiers in those respects. Muellers’ commitment to guest service, the overall qualiThe new owner will consistently be making capital inty of the recreational experience for families, and emvestments more quickly than ployee opportunities form “WE WERE WILLING TO TAKE THE most of their competthe basis of a legacy that will itors; this will be enable Okemo to continue RISK BECAUSE THE POTENTIAL good for skiers, as a very successWAS SO GREAT HERE,” SAID TIM. employees, and ful family surrounding resort.


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SWIPER - 3.5-year-old. Neutered male.  Beagle. I’m a friendly, outgoing fella who is social and fun to be around.  I walk nicely on a leash which is good because I do need lots of exercise so walks, hikes and other activities sound great!

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GIRLIE - 9-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic short hair. Gray and white. I am an indoor girl and always have been so I would like to keep up this safe lifestyle with you. I am an independent gal and have lived with older children and did well with them.  Hurry in!

LIBBY - 2-year-old. Spayed female.  Domestic short hair. Black. I am a spunky young kitty who is looking for my forever home. I love to play, literally with anything! Toys? I love them. Shoe strings? Even better. If you have a laser I’ll be your best friend!

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BODIE - 8-year-old. Neutered male.  Domestic short hair. Black and white. I am a very shy guy but I do have a lot of love to offer. I am good with other felines as well as dogs and kids but it will definitely take some time for me to adjust because I am so quiet.

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ARIA Hi! My name’s Aria and I’m a 1-year-old spayed female Coonhound mix. I was originally adopted from Lucy Mackenzie last year and things didn’t go quite as planned. The other dog in the house and I got along great at first, but then things changed and I realized that I really didn’t like him all that much. That’s OK, though - lots of good things have happened since I’ve been back! I’ve been working with the people here on my obedience training, and I must say, I’ve made great improvements! I’m happiest when I’m around people and would love to find a home where I don’t have to be alone for long lengths of time. I would definitely prefer to be the only animal in my new home, but with the proper training (which the people here can talk with you about), I might eventually be OK living with another dog. My ideal new family would be active and would want to spend time with me going for walks, hikes or maybe even runs. If you think you and I might be a good match, stop in and meet me today! Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society is located at 4832 Route 44, West Windsor, Vt. We’re open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 12 - 4 p.m.  Reach us daily at 802-484-LUCY. Visit us at, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. We hope to see you soon!


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A time for self-recognition By Cal Garrison a.k.a. Mother of the Skye

This week’s horoscopes are coming out under the light of a Taurus Moon. By the time Wednesday rolls around the Moon will conjunct the Sun and enter its “New” phase in Gemini. On top of this, before the week is out, with Mercury shifting from Gemini to Cancer, and Venus on its way from Cancer to Leo, it feels to me like all of us will be dealing with a lot of movement and change, on both the personal and the collective level. “As Above So Below,” so as I describe my take on what’s going on in the sky, do your best to frame it relative to your individual experience, and from a global perspective as well.  Those of us who were born with Venus in Leo will be redefining our female aspect. This means that who we are as a female, or what we want from our female companions, will begin to shift to remain in keeping with what time and experience have done to alter our relationship to that aspect of ourselves. Venus in Leo is about radical self-recognition, self-recognition that is divorced from the superficial realm of ego and appearance, and that instead, comes from the inner knowing that beauty can only manifest when it emanates purely out of love and truth.  The questions we might want to ask ourselves are: do we need to put on the dog, or are we sure enough about who we are to just show up with no makeup and no pretense, knowing that everything about us is more than enough? And do we understand that once we come from a place of radical self-recognition we have reached the point where we no longer have to have all the attention and light shine on us in order to see ourselves? From that place we are 100 percent clear about the fact that we are only a channel for light, and in being humble enough to allow it to flow through us, by default, we light up the world with our radiance. There are a number of other aspects to consider. Let me go down that list, and take a look at some of them. As you read through what’s here, hopefully it will give you some food for thought. 1.  Transiting Uranus squaring Venus: All of our fundamental values are being overhauled. This could put you in touch with people and experiences that take you out of the customary box. This could be exciting; it could also be disturbing. Either way, the experience is meant to bring you to a new understanding of what love is all about. 2.  Tisiphone squaring Pluto and Juno: There are old scores to settle in our relationships, especially in situations where the stakes are high and people’s rights are not being respected. In these situations the past is often used to get even with others. When push comes to shove it’s often the case that no one remembers how to play fair, so watch out for this. 3.  Sphinx opposite Mercury: No one knows how to think. No one knows what to think. We find it hard to remember what actually happened. Our recollections can be at variance with what others recall. 4.   Pythia squaring Astraea:  Nothing can come to an end until the Truth gets told. It is hard to know what’s true because we have been misled to believe in the wrong things. 5.  Proserpina conjunct Pluto: Huge transitions that involve leavings and partings that rip us away from everything that is known and familiar. The current refugee crisis is a clear manifestation of this, but it is also showing up at the personal and private level as having to walk away from the past, and everything it represents. 6.   Psyche conjunct Jupiter: Finding out that money, status, position, power, and even education do not exempt any of us from poverty of the spirit. Discovering that the people in charge are psychologically more messed up than we could ever imagine. Realizing that all of the trappings of success, i.e., the things that we assume are going to give us what we want do not make life any easier.  Keep these things in mind and notice the extent to which they show up in your experience, or not. I am not right about everything; what’s written here is meant to get you thinking, and perhaps give you a way to understand that everything that goes on is subject to forces. SUP Lessons & SUP Yoga Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga and Pilates New Student Special: 5 classes for $30 802-770-4101 Karen Dalury, E-RYT 500•


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ld stories keep reeling up to draw your attention back to things that have yet to be resolved. Being objective enough to see the forest for the trees is where it’s at. The characters that keep showing up to test your awareness are less important than your ability to catch the lesson before things get out of control. Focus less on the players and more on the way their issues trigger off old response mechanisms that no longer serve your highest good. If you can rise above this soap opera, and avoid falling into the same old trap, your real purpose, and the path to fulfillment will open up.

ou are off on a whole new track. With so many fresh influences entering the picture, what was there to begin with has to make room for changes that are overwhelming your sense of order. Others keep expecting you to keep being who they want you to be while you wrestle with the need to sprout wings. If this turns out to be something that challenges the goodness that lives between you and others, don’t be too quick to throw the baby out with the bathwater. At times like this it becomes important to keep what’s good about the old and let it fortify that which is just beginning.


ou keep yourself busy to avoid coming to terms with all the water under the bridge. As much as you have a tough time dealing with the old bones and any unpleasantness that remains from the past, any desire you have to move on hinges on your willingness to release those resentments and make amends; with yourself, and with those who were directly involved. You are at a point where nothing you’ve set your sights on will bear fruit until you unravel the issues that block your ability to keep growing. Sooner or later you will find the guts to dig deep enough and let go.


ou feel like your ability to move mountains is back on track. After a series of setbacks you’ve got a notion that it’s time to devote yourself to goals that have been sidelined by delays and the actions of other people. While I admire your determination, there are a host of other factors to consider. ‘Not my Will, but thine’ is something you need to keep in mind. Without meaning to discourage you, be aware of the fact that there could be a big gap between what your ego wants more than anything, and what your best interests and your higher self need from you at this time.





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t would be good for you to remember the expression: “He who appears to be in the weakest position is always the strongest.” The power of the weaker force is a concept that doesn’t get much air time. If you’re in touch with what’s happening to you on the deeper levels you are amazed at how much strength in reserve you’ve been able to call up. You have more going on than most of us. There’s very little that needs to be done. Yes, that sounds like a paradox, but in the midst of change and chaos, the wise person knows how to stay still enough to see what’s going on.




hings are caught in a bind that on the surface relates to obligations that you don’t feel like you can escape. There is some self-imposed, or external pressure to conform that doesn’t have to be an issue. In all things you have the freedom to say Yes, or No. If what’s being expected doesn’t work for you, all you have to do is let people know and voice your desires without any fear of incurring a penalty. Relative to your work and your love life, in the next few weeks developments that have only recently come to your attention will turn out to be the basis for a new beginning.



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ive yourself two more weeks to figure out where to go with this. The bigger part of you is ready for anything, but other factors suggest that you need to be circumspect about both people and choices that require more consideration. At this point life is less about your next move and more about being sure of what you’re doing. Work will keep you focused. Input from others may be helpful, but don’t give anyone more credit than they deserve and be more aware of their issues than they are. Current challenges are honing your strength and clearing the decks for an easier ride.


ou’ve wound up in a situation that could be your ticket to ride. Years of taking a back seat to those who are less qualified are giving way to possibilities that will set the stage for bigger and better things. If this has taken you by surprise, it’s because you’ve never been one to seek the limelight, and aren’t prone to pushing your ambitions or your weight around. Success that is hard won is more rewarding than sudden advancement. No flash in the pan, what comes out of the next few months will be the proof in the pudding that holds its own and lasts for a good long time.


here are control issues that have put you in an awkward position with others who think they know more about everything than you do. In this situation it will help for you to realize that you are the one with the right idea. Figuring out how to work around their need to be on top of things will require patience and diplomacy. Instead of pushing your weight around, sometimes life stands a better chance of going your way if you let others think that what’s about to happen is their decision. Give it some thought and be creative. How you decide to approach this is up to you.


t’s time to make a move and you are in a place where it won’t work to act like a deer in the headlights. This is one of those times when “he who hesitates is lost.” Too much input from those who are clueless about who you are and what you’re up against has blurred your ability to focus on the facts. It doesn’t matter if it’s time to split, move, or quit, the standard route is one that can’t be taken at this point. Give yourself a week or so to get clear and begin to get real about how this is going to go. If others are involved in this, it could be their take on things that clears the way.



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lasts from the past keep showing up to remind you that you have old business to attend to. On some level there could be new blessings that arrive along with them, but pay attention. In some cases the only reason we get to reconnoiter with old stories and people is to give ourselves a chance to get closure on things that never got resolved. However this goes, let the experience take you wherever you need to go. Serendipity, and the idea that your future invites you to go where no man has gone before could very easily turn these reunions into your heart’s desire.

Mother of the Skye


ou are biding your time, waiting to make your next move, and perhaps wondering how long to give a person, or a situation. If you’re questioning yourself, it’s because in circumstances like this we take our inability to act decisively as a sign of weakness. No matter how much you want to get on with the show, you have no choice but to do what’s expedient. Side issues are taking precedence over what needs to be done. When the end comes, it will come suddenly. The straw will break the camel’s back, and the waters of the Red Sea will part so that the rest of your life can begin.

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

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A slow start for snapping turtles

By Amy Thelen

One moonless May evening, my husband and I walked down to our local pond, flashlights in hand, to look for toads. We were delighted to discover hundreds of them, floating, darting, and jockeying for position in an explosion of courtship. Their surround-sound trills left our ears ringing. The toads were frenzied, focused only on each other, and highly concentrated in one small, shallow section of the pond, which prompted my husband to wonder if they weren’t awfully vulnerable to predators that way. I’d barely had time to contemplate his question when I spied a snapping turtle lurking beneath a cloud of toads. Then, a quiet clap and – just like that – a toad had disappeared into the turtle’s gaping maw. For fifteen minutes, I watched, mesmerized, as the stealthy snapper noiselessly gulped down four more unsuspecting toads. It barely made a ripple. I consider myself a Toad Person, but I’m a Turtle Person too, and I felt like I’d been given a secret glimpse into The World of Things That Happen When Humans Aren’t Around. Over the next few days, I excitedly recounted my turtle tale to anyone who would listen, but not everyone

found it so enchanting. To some, my experience only served to underscore the snapping turtle’s reputation as a ruthless killer, slayer of brook trout and baby ducks. Given their primeval appearance, impressive armor, and signature bite, we tend to think of snapping turtles as predators, not prey. As adults, snapping turtles can weigh upwards of 50 pounds and grow to more than three feet in length, with saw-toothed tails, thick carapaces, and powerful jaws, so it’s true that mature snappers have few natural predators aside from humans. The first year of their lives, however, is an entirely different story. Each year, from mid-May through early July, female snapping turtles lumber out of the mire in search of sandy soil in which to lay their eggs. They don’t travel far – nests are typically located within 80 feet of the water’s edge – but they often select nest sites along sandy road shoulders, making road mortality a clear danger to adult females and hatchlings alike. Less obvious, perhaps, is the threat posed by predators who thrive in the presence of human development. Raccoon. Fox.


MONEY MATTERS BY KEVIN THEISSEN “Will I have enough money to retire?” These are two questions that people often ask themselves when they start thinking about financial planning. And that’s only natural. We expect our money to help us feel safe, especially as we grow older and start thinking about retirement. Unfortunately, if you view your savings and investments only as numbers on a page that you’re trying to nudge upwards, then there’s no such thing as “enough.” You could always be saving more. You could always be investing more. You could always be spending less. But does doing so make you feel any happier? Your financial plan should be a vehicle

Memories of the Paramount Theatre and The Beatles

Coyote. Crow. All have benefitted greatly from access to trash, agricultural fields, and other food sources provided, intentionally or not, by us. Where these “mesopredators” thrive, turtle hatchlings struggle to survive. In northern New York, raccoons destroyed 94% of all snapping turtle nests identified in one turtle nesting study. During a six-year study on the reproductive and nesting ecology of snapping turtles in southeastern Michigan, predation rates averaged 70%, with two years experiencing losses of 100%. The majority of nests were devoured by raccoons within 24 hours of egg deposition; foxes made short work of the remaining nests later in the season, when the eggs were close to hatching. Recent research in Ontario’s Algonquin National Park found that nest predation by canids, especially red fox, peaked just two weeks before turtle hatchlings were expected to emerge. Ravens, crows, and wild turkeys were also documented feasting on snapping turtle eggs. How do predators find their way to turtle nests, months after the eggs have been tucked away underground? In Ontario, raccoons and coyotes have been observed following the tracks of early-emerging hatchlings back to their nests and consuming what eggs and young remain in the nest cavity. Canines may also smell their way to nests, guided by the scent of embryonic fluid or the

An evening at the Paramount Theatre is always a fun night. My husband, Peter, and I went there recently to see “Mersey Beatles.” As I looked around I realized that I saw the theater in an entirely different way than when I went there as a child. The Paramount has a very Looking long and interesting history. Back When it opened in 1914 it by mary ellen was called “The Playhouse.” shaw You used to be able to see vaudeville shows and operas there. It had an elegant decor and was the “in place” to go. By the early 30s it was a movie theater and its first offerings were talking pictures. It remained a movie theater until it closed in 1975. Fortunately the Paramount opened once again in 2000 and has offered many wonderful performances since then. Looking back to the 50s when I was a child I remember the ticket lines ran in both directions from the main door. The theater is located in the middle of Center Street. From there, the lines went east up to Wales Street and west down to Merchants Row. Sometimes both lines wrapped around the respective corners. A woman sat behind a glass window selling tickets just as you entered the theater. When you are a kid, you can’t wait to grow up except when it comes to being a patron at the movie theater. Then you wanted to remain at age 12 so you could pay the “child” price. The woman had a way of making us “honest” and most of us caved when questioned about our birth date. As a youngster I never appreciated the beauty of the theater. It was a just a dark place to watch a movie, eat popcorn and candy and meet up with friends. As an adult I have come to appreciate the theater’s beauty and history. It has definitely been restored to its glory days. Being in the theater recently not only brought back memories of my early days inside it but the songs the Mersey Beatles sang brought me back to high school, college and several years beyond. The group looks like the real Beatles, dresses like them and since they are from Liverpool, they also talk like them. As you sit in the theater you could close your eyes and think you are listening to The Beatles. Among the first songs I remember listening to in my high school days were “Love Me Do” and “P. S. I Love You.” Back in the day we played their music on vinyl records. As the Mersey Beatles interacted with the audience they agreed with someone who shouted out that vinyl records produced the best sound quality. One of the four members mentioned the “A” side and the “B” side of records. A com-

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that takes you where you want to go. If you’re fixated on “having enough money,” then your plan, and the life it provides you, will be stuck in a cul-de-sac. You’ll find yourself trying to justify every minor and major financial decision as you circle around and around wondering if you “have enough.” That’s not a trip that’s going to make you feel secure. It’s definitely not going to make you feel happy either. Ask New Questions Today, people are starting to ask a new question about their financial plan: “Am I getting the best life possible with the money I have?” Instead of focusing exclusively on their traditional return on investment (ROI), these folks are starting to focus on their Return on Life (ROL). But how do you know if you are getting a good ROL? We concluded that people need to measure where they are presently against the ideals they are striving for in the context of ROL. This is how the ROL Index was born. The ROL Index helps you answer the Money matters, page 30A

The heartbreaking elephant in the room It was a shock to learn of Anthony Bourdain’s suicide in Paris while shooting another episode of his around-the-world program on CNN, “Parts Unknown.” The world renowned and beloved 61-yearold chef, writer, storyteller, and activist courageously delved into food, travel, and the underbelly of society, wherever he was on his weekly show. We were aghast as we witnessed him, caught unaware, stranded several days at his hotel perch above Beirut, Lebanon, watching bombings unfold below. It was riveting. Bourdain made a habit of digging deeply down into the current political and societal happenings and living conditions of the powerless and voiceless. Each episode was gripping, dripping with humanity, concern, and compassion, with his sarcastic wit that he put aside while relating to the critical issues and lives of everyone with whom he spoke. The people Bourdain sought out around the world always shared their best edible treats which he analyzed and explained to foodies following his lead—often street food or the simplest fare with origins in traditional peasantry. His creativity and sheer

humanity also influenced our son who became a chef after training in Europe. We

Mountain on Meditation By Marguerite te Jill Dye

could always count on Bourdain, wherever he traveled, to tell it like it really is. His message didn’t always conclude with a sweet tidbit, because it was so very real. “Thank you for shining your light on the dark places,” a Washington Post correspondent wrote of a photo of Bourdain surrounded by children in Gaza. “He inspired me to see the world up close” and “helped me to feel more connected to the planet,” said Astronaut Scott Kelly about his time on the International Space Station. “I’m heartbroken,” wrote Bustle columnist Danielle Campoamor. “We are failing one another.” Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade, a Mountain meditation, page 31A



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REAL ESTATE NEW LISTING: Killington ski village location, mountain view. Pinnacle 1 bdrm condo, $116K. Furnished, never rented, deck, stone fireplace, kitchen upgrade, ski locker, health club, shuttle to mountain. Owner, waynekay@, 802-775-5111. STRONG RENTAL INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY! KILLINGTON GATEWAY CONDOS! Penthouse newly renovated two level, 2 bed/2 bath. Hardwood flooring throughout, wood burning fireplace in dining/living area, updated kitchen, two separate balconies w/views, sold furnished! $114,500. Also available, 1 Bedroom w/Den + full bath newly updated. $79K priced to sell! Gateway Owners enjoy a great owner’s lounge/ game room, private ski lockers, tennis courts, and a beautiful in-ground pool in the summer months! 2 miles to Pico Ski Resort, minutes to downtown Rutland & super close to the World Class Killington year round Resort. For more info or to schedule a showing call Tucker Lange, Sales Associate & Realtor, Peak Property Real Estate. Mobile 303-818-8068 or Killington Office 802-775-1700. KILLINGTON—2 BDRM 1.5 bath condo, Mountain Green bldg. 2. FP, ski lockers, health club membership. $92K. Owner, 800-576-5696. MENDON LAND: 267 acres of secluded yet close to Killington and Rutland with outstanding mountain views of Pico and Blue Ridge Mountains. This land is bordered on the uphill side by the Rutland City watershed. There are thousands of sugar maples and a variety of hard and softwoods. There are two ways to access the land, one by truck from Rt 4 and by car through a gated right of way. Info, or call 802-747-8444. PITTSFIELD LAND: River View Trail Road: 4AC for $49,900 with State septic permit for a 4BR, 6 person home. Nice level building lot (B #1). Ski Country Real Estate, 335 Killington Rd, 802-7755111. PITTSFIELD LAND: River View Trail Road: 8AC for $69,900 with State septic permit for a 4BR home. Lot 5. Private Location. Ski Country Real Estate, 335 Killington Rd, 802-775-5111. LAND FOR SALE: Improved building lot in Killington neighborhood with ski home benefits. Views. Call 802-4229500.

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES COMMERCIAL PROPERTY for sale. Currently restaurant and housing rental units. Restaurant included with real estate sale, take over existing or put in your own concept. Great spot on corner lot, goodwill furniture fixtures and equipment included in sale. $30K in current annual rental income defrays costs and helps with staffing. Be a part of the Killington Renaissance! Priced well under assessment. Contact killingtonrestaurant for more info. Reduced to $489,500. Come take a look and make an offer. Renovations have begun. The time to make your dream a reality is now. C O M M E R C I A L S PA C E AVAILABLE with another well established business. Small or large square footage. Close to ski shop, restaurant and lodging. Great location for any business. Call 802-345-5867.

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Green Mountain National Golf Course

Green Mountain National Golf Course is currently seeking applicants for a full/ part time line cook position. Pay based on experience. Play on the course is a benefit of employment!

Please call (802) 422-4653 | Or email Or stop by we are open 7 days a week Barrows Towne Road, Killington, VT

WINTER SEASONAL Rentals: Pinnacle 2 BR/2 BA $13,000. Pico 1 BR/1 BA heat included $7,800. Telemark Village 3 BR/3 BA $17,000. www. 802-7478444.

AMAZING MOUNTAIN VIEWS & CLOSE TO KILLINGTON SKYESHIP! Newly renovated 2 bedroom/1 bath lower unit! Sleeps 4. No pets or smoking. Call Marni Rieger 802-3531604. SUMMER/FALL Rentals: Pinnacle 2 BR/2 BA outdoor pool, tennis, gym & spa, $1,250/mo. Pico Village 3 BR/2 BA furnished, $1,350/ mo. Pico 1 BR available now thru September $850/ mo. www.LouiseHarrison. com 802-747-8444. K I L L I N G T O N R O YA L FLUSH Rentals/Property management. Specializing in condos/winter & summer rentals. Andrea Weymouth, Owner. www., 802746-4040.

FOR SALE LOCAL RAMPS (wild leeks) for sale. Small or large orders welcome. Also perennials for sale: flowering ground cover, Bleeding Hearts and more. Call or text 802-345-1205. PERENNIALS - All $3.00 – Hale Hollow Road, Bridgewater Corners, off 100A. Will accept most used pots. Open daily. 802-672-3335. FULL SIZE wooden bed frame, $300. Has two side drawers. Lightly used. Comes with mattress if you want it. Must pick up, Killington Vt. 518-419-0782. FIREWOOD for sale, we stack. Rudi, 802-672-3719.

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

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ELECTRICIAN: Licensed/ insured, 35 years experience, or 802-747-4481.

VEHICLE MAINTENANCE department at Killington/ Pico Ski Resort is looking to fill the following positions: Vehicle Maintenance Shop Foreman, Tractor Mechanic and Small Engine Mechanic. Must have a valid driver’s license. These are full timeyear round positions with benefits; medical, dental, vacation, 401(k) and great resort privileges! For the full job descriptions and to apply online go to www.killington. com/jobs. EOE.

GARDENING SERVICES 7 years experience, spring clean-up, weekly and monthly maintenance. Call Donna: 802-342-3211. INTERESTED in growing industrial hemp? Growers with 5 years experience offering consulting and/or possible collaboration. Seed for sale. Call or text 802-345-1205 for more info.

WANTED FARM LAND to lease for this growing season. 1-10 acres. Call or text 802-345-1205. STILL BUYING and appraising coins, stamps, precious metals, watches, art and historical items. I have moved from VT, but can easily help new and existing clients through email and US Postal Service. Member ANA, APS, NAWCC and New England Appraisers Association. Royal Barnard 802-775-0085 or email


MOGULS SEEKING: Line cooks, wait staff; full time and part time work available. 802422-4777. Apply daily, open 7 days.

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


A man wakes up sleeping on an ADVERTISED mattress under ADVERTISED sheets he bathes in an ADVERTISED shower shaving with an ADVERTISED razor washing with ADVERTISED soap, shampoo and conditioner and brushing his teeth with ADVERTISED toothpaste he puts on ADVERTISED clothing drinks a cup of ADVERTISED coffee eats ADVERTISED breakfast foods drives to work in an ADVERTISED car and then… refuses to ADVERTISE believing it doesn’t pay off. Later, if business is poor, he ADVERTISES it for sale.


Realtor / Independent Broker since 1998 Kripalu YOGA Teacher since 1995

Louise Harrison Real Estate & YOGA

Private YOGA Classes: Available by Appt. 802-775-9999 | 8 Mountain Top Rd. | | 808-747-8444

INN AT LONG TRAIL seeking experienced cook/prep cook. Pay commensurate with experience. Email (ilt@ resume or brief work history, or call 802-775-7181 to set up interview appointment. Will train competent and motivated individual. Weekends and holidays a must.

FREE: Baldwin organ. 40-years old, excellent condition. Pick up only in Killington. 413-626-0222, call to set up appointment to look at.

Attention Buyers and Sellers: Buyer Representation, Listings Welcome, PICO 3 BR Wkly/ Weekend Rentals, Seasonal & Yearly Rentals

ACTIVITIES ATTENDANTS needed at Killington/Pico Ski Resort. Must be at least 16 years old. Responsible for the daily operation of the Adventure Center attractions. Ensure the safe loading and unloading of guests and verify payment by scanning tickets and passes. Must be able to work in a family environment in a friendly/professional manner. Full time seasonal. Apply online at www.killington. com/jobs. EOE.


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The outside story:

News briefs

Snappers - predators and prey

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Warming shelter funded, not a Rutland priority

Lack of a local agency willing to provide a winter warming sheltermay shut the door on $300,000 in funding, Rep. Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) told the Rutland Herald. The $300,000 will remain available unless a shelter services agency in another community requests the money, Fagan said. The $300,000 is intended only as start-up funds, enough for a single winter, if that, BROC CEO Tom Donahue said. The city would have to allocate funds and raise money independently from the state to keep the shelter operating. The House Appropriations Committee, of which Fagan is a member, awarded $600,000 for warming shelters in Rutland and Barre after identifying the two cities as needing help to meet a growing shelter demand. But Mayor David Allaire has said the community priority is on completing the family shelter at the Howe Center, not warming shelters, despite the state allocation. Allaire said he would be interested in considering a combination warming and family shelter, but the grant may preclude that approach. The Charter House in Middlebury might prove a model to replicate in Rutland, Donahue said.

errant rotting egg. Another intriguing possibility: although freshwater turtles have long been seen as the silent movie stars of the reptile world, Brazilian researchers recently documented giant South American turtle hatchlings vocalizing from inside their eggs, and also after hatching but while still in the nest. The fact that these turtles were thought to be silent until relatively recently may be due to the low volume, pitch, and amplitude of their vocalizations. (In other words, humans can’t easily hear them without specialized equipment.) Could our snapping turtles be calling from inside their nests too – only to be answered by the hungry fox? Whether they’re led to turtle nests by their eyes, ears, or noses, it’s clear that predators affect the recruitment of young turtles into the population. According to one study, the probability of a snapping turtle embryo surviving to sexual maturity, which typically happens at 15-20 years

Looking back: One of the largest tracts of land in Killington. 134-acre parcel w/1100 feet of frontage on the Ottauquechee River & is bordered on the north by the cascading waters of Brimstone Brook. The land features a level plateau above the river - an ideal secluded home site w/potential for long valley views. Remaining is a mountainside of hardwood & softwood forest w/timber opportunities - $149,000

Stockbridge - 151 mountain top acres w/360 degree views at the pinnacle of the property. 4BR septic system w/several existing structures, including a 30 x 60 heated garage & workshop w/ generous living quarters above - $1,450,000

Bridgewater -3BR/2BA fully updated, beautifully appointed & poignantly landscaped home. An expansive wraparound deck w/a covered porch $289,000

of age, is less than one tenth of a percent. Such slow recruitment makes these seemingly invincible creatures particularly vulnerable to habitat loss, road mortality, illegal harvesting, pollution, and other human-induced peril. So, the next time you see a sizeable snapping turtle plodding across the road or lying in wait beneath your canoe – craggy, stinky, and short-tempered though she may be – consider, for a moment, what it took for her to make it to that particular moment in time. Appreciate that she overcame incredible odds. Admire her tenacity, her resilience. And forgive her, perhaps, for the baby ducks. Brett Amy Thelen is Science Director at the Harris Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, N.H. ( The illustration for this column was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol. The Outside Story is assigned and edited by Northern Woodlands magazine,, and sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund.

Beatles tribute band evokes memories

continued from page 28A ment was made by one of the performers that with the Beatles the “B” side, which did not have the most popular “hit songs,” was usually just as good as the “A” side. People would gladly flip the record with eager anticipation to hear more of the Beatles. The first opportunity to see the “real” Beatles in the U S was in1964. The concert was held at the Washington Coliseum. Eight thousand fans attended. Little ol’ Rutland would most likely not have been on their tour schedule back then but the Paramount audience was most appreciative of the next best thing in 2018. New songs were released frequently from 1962 until 1970 with five or six new ones per year. People couldn’t wait to buy their albums. Most of the people at the Paramount concert were in their 60s or 70s. We ran into the daughter of a friend who is much younger than that. She said a coworker talked her into coming and she was so glad she went. That is living proof that the Beatles’ music is timeless. It sounded as if the Mersey Beatles may be coming back to the Paramount in the future. If you were a Beatles fan you will love today’s version of this group. They related well to the audience and had people clapping and singing to the tunes we loved. They even had people dancing in the aisles. Yours truly was not one of them, but I was tempted!

Money matters:

Getting the best return on life

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Killington – 4BR/3BA this expansive contemporary home started life in 1972 as a classic Austrianstyle chalet. It has had several renovations, including a 3 car garage - $379,000

Killington – 6BR/4BA Chalet w/open floor plan, minutes to Killington and Pico resorts, is the perfect ski and vacation home - $399,000

Pittsfield – 8BR/4BA side x side duplex, large finished basement and two full living rooms, can be multi or single family - $354,000

Killington – 2BR/2BA This unit features a fully stocked new kitchen w/quartz countertops, stainless steel appliances, tiled floor - $173,500

Killington -2BR/2BA The only two-bedroom unit available in building 3 of Mountain Green & features a walk out patio - $115,000

Killington – 2BR/2BA Updated, nicely-appointed unit in building 1 with a private balcony - $95,000

2814 Killington Rd., Killington, VT 802-422-3600 • Daniel Pol Associate Broker

Kyle Kershner Broker/Owner

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question: “Am I getting the best life possible with the money I have?” It consists of 20 questions that are grouped into three categories: Wellbeing, Progress, and Freedom. You can think of the ROL Index as a measure of life satisfaction and how well you are using your money to live your best life possible. Take a look at the three categories and some of the resulting conversations. Wellbeing Your return on leisure, health, and relationships. Here are a few questions to consider related to well-being. What is your Return on Leisure? Are you enjoying your life? Are you able to fund your hobbies and interests? Do you take time to do the things you want to do, see the places you want to see, and spend time with the people you care about? Are there trips you would like to take sooner rather than later? What is your Return on Health? Are you able to take care of yourself without financial stress? Do you check your health regularly with your doctors? Is your health insurance adequate to your needs? Do you eat well and exercise regularly? What is your Return on Relationships? Are your relationships with friends and family affected by money matters? Can you afford to take care of the people you want to help? Have you educated your children about the importance of money management? Are you and your spouse in sync about household spending? Progress Your return on work, residence, achievement, and learning. Here are a few questions to consider related to making progress in life. What is your Return on Work? Do you feel good about the contributions you make? Are you well-compensated for the

work you do? Does your work give you satisfaction? Do you feel energized by your work? Appreciated? If you volunteer, does it bring you a sense of satisfaction? What is your Return on Residence? Do you feel like your home is the right place for you? Are the costs of your residence easily managed? What is your Return on Achievement? Are you able to fund your needs and pursue your aspirations? Are you happy with your accomplishments? Are there things you would try to do if you had the financial resources? What is your Return on Learning? Are you effectively using your finances for you or your children/grandchildren’s education? Are you involved in lifelong learning through reading and training with others? Do you enjoy learning new things? Freedom Your return on purpose, autonomy, and security. Here are a few questions to consider related to personal and financial freedom. What is your Return on Giving? Are you free to give your time and talents generously? Are you comfortable with your charitable contributions? Are there causes to which you’d like to devote more of your time, energy, or money? What is your Return on Autonomy? Are you using your money to free up your time and allow you to do things you want to do? Do you have time to attend to the things that mean the most to you? What is your Return on Security? Do you feel secure financially? Are you confident about your financial future? Are you comfortable with how your financial resources are invested? Kevin Theissen is principal of Skygate Financial Group in Ludlow,Vt.


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Mountain meditation:

Bourdain, Spade: in memoriam


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famous New York designer, both took their lives within a week’s time. They are in the news but most are not. Suicide rates in our nation have climbed 30% and there are twice as many suicides as homicides today. As health care becomes more out of reach to many in need, the accessibility to mental health care is even worse. T Our society is traumatized by incessant stress of negative messages, shock, and fear. The daily diet of violence, hopelessness, and despair seems to know no limits. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported between 2001 and 2016 there was a 42 percent increase in ER visits relating to self-harm (the main risk factor for suicide). Nation-wide, middle-aged adults had the largest number and highest increase in suicide rates. Many victims of suicide were never diagnosed with a disorder, often due

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to their lack of access to mental health care. I was horrified to read that one person dies of suicide in Vermont every three hours. Vermont rates 19th in the country, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death in VT for ages 15-34, 3rd cause ages 35-44, 4th for ages 45-54, 5th for ages 55-64, and 15th for 65 and over. The national death rate per 100,000 is 13.42; in Vermont it is 17.29. Nationally, younger groups (15-24) have lower suicide rates than those middle-aged and older, but the younger groups’ rate is higher in VT. More than 10 times as many people succumb to suicide in Vermont than homicide. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline number is 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741-741 for the free, 24-hour Crisis Text Line. We must share this information.

Closing in on a decision

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