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Aug. 8-14, 2018

‘The entire house was shaking’ By Katy Savage

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US OPEN RESULTS ARE IN! About 250 mountain bike riders from 11 countries, and 5,500 spectators came to Killington Aug. 1-5. Pages 14-17

WHAT IS YOUR DOG SAYING TO YOU? Decode your canine’s communication this Saturday. Page 19


LUDLOW—It felt like an earthquake or a hurricane and sounded like dominoes falling down on top of each other. All they could see was a cloud of dust. “The entire house was shaking, the walls and ceiling were caving in,” said Leone Powers. A truck carrying wood pallets crashed into the house on Route 100 at a speed of about 50 miles per hour Tuesday afternoon, July 31, Ludlow Police Chief Jeff Billings said. The truck driver sustained a concussion while Powers’ eldest child Katelin, 19, had a broken wrist and and a cut under her eye. The cause of the accident is still under investigation. This was the third accident on that hill in the last 15 years, Billings said. A log truck destroyed a home around 2003 and another truck crashed into a home in 2008. The steep road requires a truck to use brakes, said Billings. If a driver doesn’t know the road, “their full loads can lose their brakes pretty quickly,” he said. Route 100 is maintained by the state. Ludlow Town Manager Scott Murphy plans to send a letter to the Agency of Transportation, urging them to put more safety signs. “We’d like to see some higher level of warning,” Murphy said. There’s a warning sign at the top of the hill, informing truck drivers of the steep grade, he said, but nothing at the middle and bottom steep section of the hill. The speed limit on Route 100 drops from 55 miles per hour to 40 to 25 as it enters the residential neighborhood where the accidents had occurred. “Trucks at that point have lost their brakingpower,” Murphy said. The front half of the home is demolished. Half of the family’s new Nissan Rouge Sport they purchased in June is gone. The Powers family is still in shock. Powers family, page 7

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RUTLAND—Two international brands have found Rutland an interesting site for their franchises. Both Starbucks and Five Guys Burgers have approached officials with proposals to open a new location in town. With a population of 16,595 and ranked the third largest municipality in the state after Burlington and South Burlington, according to the most recent census, Rutland seems a natural for franchise development, and the

city is actively pursuing new businesses. The Starbucks franchise, with 24,000 stores in 70 countries, would replace the building previously operated as Royal’s Hearthside Restaurant since 1962 at 37 North Main Street, at the corner of Routes 4 and 7. The age of the building is a question – records have it built in either 1800 or 1900. It is on the Historic Register. Some town officials hope Starbucks would preserve the structure, but others say it has

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CASTLETON—Sitting before a screen may not seem like a sport, but colleges and universities are starting to offer gaming at the varsity level. The College of St. Joseph added esports to its list of varsity sports last year while Castleton University announced it will offer esports as a club sport for the first time this fall. “It’s had tons of success around the world, tons of interest and something that a lot of students can participate in,” said Castleton University Dean of

Advancement Jeff Weld. About 60 colleges across the country offer esports programs. Most of the students play and compete in a game called League of Legends, an online game that has championship matches and tournaments with players around the world. “It’s very new to the collegiate world,” Weld said. The program at Castleton is spearheaded by Chief Technology Officer Gayle Malinowski and sophomore student Jac Culpo, who has been playing video

games since he was 4. “That’s my primary hobby,” said Culpo. Culpo spent about 50 hours a week playing video games in high school. Respected players play up to nine hours a day, he said. “It’s a sport in the same way I would say chess is a sport,” said Culpo. “It’s a game that maybe doesn’t require a ton of physical exertion, but it requires an insane amount of mental focus and strategy.” The 19 year old, who is studying communication with focus on sports, wants to The sport of gaming, page 27

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Welch tours Rutland County ahead of election

RUTLAND—Congressman Peter Welch began his July 30 campaign tour in Rutland County with a visit to the newly renovated Emergency Services Facility at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Welch is Vermont’s only representative in the United States Congress, and he is up for reelection this November. Emergency Room Director Thomas Rounds led Welch through the hospital’s newly-renovated ER facility. He said they can accommodate two helicopters at the same time, and described renovations to the psychological section. “In case they might ‘act out,’ we’ve done everything for the safety of the psych patient and caregivers,” Rounds told Welch. “We try to make the patients as comfortable as possible. Some of them are here for up to a week waiting for evaluations and care.” Rounds said the facility is a model for other hospitals in the state. New RRMC CEO Claudio Forte introduced Welch to the audience of 50 people in a large conference room. Welch, who once served on the Board at Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, said America’s challenge is to make healthcare “accessible, sustainable and affordable”. He said the Affordable Healthcare Act, a.k.a. “Obamacare,” has gone a long way toward meeting that challenge, in the face of what he called a “dis-spiriting debate” in Congress. “We were asked to vote to kill Obamacare dozens of times. The only alternative Republicans offered would have taken healthcare away from 24 million Americans,” Welch said. “We seem to have lost our way down in Washington.” “Price-gouging” by pharmaceutical companies, Welch told listeners, is a major problem. “They develop great drugs, and are awarded patents that provide a monopoly on them,” Welch said. “They can charge hospitals whatever they want, and there’s no competition.” He said, “Reasonably-priced pharma products could make the difference between red ink and black ink” for many hospitals, keeping them viable, adding ceded profits represented by the discount amount to less than 3 percent of overall pharma profits. Decades old ACT 340B is under attack from the pharma companies, Welch said. “Manufacturers participating in Medicaid agree to provide outpatient drugs to covered [non-profit] entities at significantly reduced prices,” according to Pharma wants to provide discounts to individuals instead of to the non-profit institutions, Welch said, claiming hospitals use the savings on other expenses. Welch’s spokesperson later told the Mountain Times the drug companies are hoping to slash the Medicaid drug discount program.

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Congressman Peter Welch toured Rutland County, meeting with various business owners, July 30. Under Medicare, the federal government is legally prohibited from negotiating discounts on drugs. “My wife had cancer,” Welch said. “I get it. These drugs are important. But pharmaceutical companies are abusing the pricing power patents give them.” Asked what he thought about increasing the minimum wage, Welch said it was illogical to ask people to work a full week for less money than they need to live, and make up for it with food stamps, subsidies and welfare. “Last year the percentage of profits made in the United States was the highest it’s been since the Great Depression,” Welch said. “At the same time, the percent of profits that went to labor was the lowest during the same period.” From the audience Rutland State Representative Mary Howard said she and her colleagues heard 72 testimonies before passing a bipartisan minimum wage increase bill,

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only to see Gov. Phil Scott veto it. Responding to a question about the tax cut bill signed by President Trump, Welch said it had two effects. “Its goal was to increase re-investment in the economy,” he said. “But in reality, it inspired the largest stock buyback activity in history.” And, it added a trillion dollars to the national deficit over 10 years,” he continued, “which put the brakes on much-needed investment in infrastructure.” He said Republican leadership in Washington is planning to finance the loss in revenue by cutting Social Security and Medicare right after the midterm elections. “The American people are going to want a reset button,” Welch said. Welch later toured the Omya plant in Florence, and Thompson Dairy on Route 7.

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Hallquist promises progressive innovation

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In 2005, when Christine Hallquist was named CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, the utility was veering toward bankruptcy. It led the state in the number of power outages, a dubious distinction. Its rates were among the highest in Vermont. The Public Utility Commission considered revoking the co-op’s license to operate as a public utility. Hallquist said that may be why she got the job. “I think the only way a person with my experience could get into utilities was to go into one that was just about bankrupt,” she said. Hallquist, 62, had worked for the cooperative for seven years as an engineer. She had been employed before that as a manufacturing manager at Digital Equipment Corp. A major player in the American computer industry until the 1990s, Massachusetts-based Digital had a plant in Burlington. She was also a consultant for large corporations like the Miller Brewing Co., the Keebler Co., and Honda Motor Co. Hallquist had no experience as a CEO. Nevertheless, she turned the struggling utility into a thriving rural electric cooperative with national name recognition for cutting-edge business practices. Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson, a Democrat who served on VEC’s board for three years, said Hallquist’s financial management, strategic investments and focus on customer service turned the utility around. The co-op is now the state’s second largest electric power provider, serving 32,000 households in the state’s most rural northern counties along the Canadian border.

It’s not unlike the situation she is in now. Hallquist, who left the Vermont Electric Co-op earlier this year, has never held statewide public office. Her government service consists of commitments to several local boards and her annual role as town moderator in Hyde Park where she resides. That lack of experience hasn’t deterred her. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate said she saw no reason not to go for the state’s top job. The governorship is similar to running a business, Hallquist said. And that’s a role to which believes she is well-suited. “The residents are hiring me to do a job,” Hallquist said. “And the job is what’s the reputation of our state? Do people like to move here? Do people like to live here?” “Do we have the money to get things done? Are we adequately funding our

“THE GOVERNORSHIP IS SIMILAR TO RUNNING A BUSINESS,” HALLQUIST SAID. water cleanup, are we adequately funding everything we need to do?” In recent weeks, Hallquist’s campaign has gained momentum. Though hardly a household name in progressive politics — Hallquist said she voted in the 2016 election for Republican Gov. Phil Scott — she won the endorsement last month of Justice Democrats. The national progressive political organization backed the campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old activist Democrat who beat incumbent New York City congressman Joe Crowley in a stunning

primary upset in June. Hallquist also is making political history of a more personal nature. Having begun a well-publicized transition from David to Christine, in 2015 while she was still head of VEC, she is the first openly transgender candidate to run for governor in the United States. Even so, a VPR-Vermont PBS poll released in July showed that only 41 percent of Vermonters had heard of her. While she fared better than her Democratic opponents, the low name recognition is an obstacle for her candidacy. As governor, Hallquist said she would support a number of progressive policies, including a $15 minimum wage and paid family leave, and that she would pave the way for a universal health care system. One feature of her platform that distinguishes her candidacy from that of her competitors is a bold plan to expand high-speed internet to every home and business in Vermont. According to Hallquist’s plan, installation would be turned over to electric utilities that, unlike telecommunications companies, already have the equipment, the staff and the expertise. It would cut the cost of installation by a third, she said. “These small companies are losing money on their infrastructure,” Hallquist said of rural telecom businesses. “If you can cut those costs by two-thirds and put them on someone else’s books, now you can compete.” It’s this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that gives Hallquist her reputation as a shrewd business leader. When she first took over as CEO, she

made a decision to abide by the same union contract as her employees — she received the same raises, and negotiated her benefits. “That’s the way it should be,” she said. “That’s the way you’re going to get maximum engagement. Because we’re all truly pulling together.” She said she encouraged her employees to take risks, which spurred innovation. VEC was one of the first electric utilities to install smart meters, she said

SHE DIRECTED AN EXERCISE THAT HAD TOP EXECUTIVES THROWING RUBBER CHICKENS TO ONE ANOTHER. by way of example, which allow ratepayers to track how they use energy. “She managed from the bottom up, so everybody is involved and has a say,” said Val Davis, an IT specialist at VEC. “She directs people and leads but gets out of the way.” “When people feel like they’re being lorded over and there’s ego that drives everything, it’s counterproductive to people being their best,” Davis said. “She empowers people by listening.” Hallquist admits that her leadership style, at VEC and in previous positions, could be seen as unconventional. As an example she cites an interview with Honda Motor Co. — for consulting work in corporate leadership — during which she directed an exercise that had top executives throwing rubber chickens to one another.

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Barnard school seeks independence

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BARNARD—The Barnard School Board expects the Vermont Board of Education (BoE) to accept recommendation by the Agency of Education (AoE) to force the school to join the Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District. A decision is due Nov. 30. Pamela Fraser asked district board members on July 31 to consider renegotiating the Articles of Agreement, to which the five participating towns agreed when forming the new district. “We are not calling for a vote to revise the articles this week, but for a vote to develop revised ones,” Fraser wrote in an email to board leadership. “If we are able to do that, those would be voted on, first by the merged board (to put on ballots), and then by the electorates of each (participatin) town.” Fraser cited specific changes Barnard would like the board to reconsider: Deeding their school to the district which, they fear, might be closed and returned laden with additional debt, reconfiguring and moving grades within the district, protection against school closure, and the make-up of board representation, which Barnard feels unfavorable to smaller towns within the district. She cited “suggested default Articles of Agreement” the AoE was expected to post by early this week, which were presented by AoE Budget and Management Analyst Donna Russo-Savage at a July 18 meeting. The default Agree-

ments, Russo-Savage said, will address issues brought up by many smaller towns, specifically, protection against school closures and reconfiguration of grades, equal representation on district boards regardless of the size of participating towns, and which Article amendments can be changed by boards, and which must go to the voters. Board members Matt Stover and Justin Shipman agreed that the discussion should be pursued, but it is too early to be talking about it now, before Barnard’s status is determined. The district board voted to table Fraser’s request, pending legal advice regarding which proposed agreement changes could be granted by the Board, and which would have to left up to member towns’ voters. The board superintendent Mary Beth Banios set Dec. 17 as the date for a special meeting to discuss whether or how the Articles of Agreement might be amended. Although Barnard middle and high school students currently attend Woodstock schools, the town feels loss of their pre-kindergarten through sixth grade local school will make the town unattractive to young families. Barnard had presented their case for remaining independent to the AoE, which ultimately recommended to the BoE that Barnard be merged with the district. Fraser told the Mountain Times that attorney Mark

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Pamela Fraser stands up in a July 31 meeting. Oettinger, engaged by the Barnard Select Board for advice, believes Barnard would have a good chance of keeping ownership of the school, because the forced merger makes it a “taking,” requiring “due process.” In another proposal, Barnard would close their own school, ask voters to approve making Barnard a “choice” town – students could choose whatever school they want to attend - then re-opening Barnard Academy as a private institution. The plan assumes most or all Barnard families would choose to send their children to the new private school. According to Fraser, Oettinger believes it is too late in the process for Barnard to “take its school

private.” “Another attorney told us Oettinger is incorrect, that we can still make it happen,” Fraser said. “Our heads are spinning with all the information we are getting.” The Select Board and School Board had planned to hold an Aug. 7 public information meeting to explain the current situation and the privatization idea, but, Fraser said, with the proposal in question the meeting might be a waste of time. Barnard School Board members will have an opportunity on Aug. 15 to convince the BoE to accept Barnard’s proposal to remain independent, during a public hearing in Montpelier.

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Last spring’s seemingly gloomy outlook for Castleton needs will be and how Castleton can best serve the University’s future seems to have been premature. New region. Another focuses on strengthening courses and president Dr. Karen Scolforo. offerings, and creating cross-disciplinary opportunities Arriving on the campus eight months ago, said she for students. saw enormous potential and eager backing from both A third task force is working on developing new deprofessionals and the Castleton community. She began livery models that focus on students’ needs. It is workidentifying and implementing cost savings, efficiencies, ing with the New England Association of Schools and re-sizing, and resource allocations. Colleges to offer full programming online, and adding The results are showing. occupational and physiEnrollment is up 20 percent MORE THAN 100 ADDITIONAL STUDENTS cal therapy accreditation over last year at this time. programs. Also scheduled ARE COMING FROM 14 STATES AND More than 100 additional to launch are the Master 16 COUNTRIES. students are coming from of Arts program and the 14 states and 16 countries. Vermont Academy of Fine The geographical scope widened, Scolforo told the RutArts to bring in young students through the Early College land Herald, with the arrival of her contact list of more program. than 400 worldwide associates. Castleton will continue Underway also is the strategic plan, Castleton on to expand in the coming years, reaching out to internathe Move, formed in 2013 and intended to stay in place tional schools with an English-language curriculum. until 2023. The mission, pillars, and priorities were Some of the credit for increased enrollment lies in the recently revised and will be submitted to returning Spartan Opportunities Scholarship initiative to reach faculty this autumn. If approved, it will go before the those who demonstrate potential for academic success. board of trustees by semester’s end, and will then be Nonresident enrollment is 41 percent greater than last revealed to the public. year’s, the result of articulation agreements with SUNY Under consideration is establishing schools within the Adirondack and SUNY Orange, seamlessly bringing in university, Scolforo outlined. Each school will have more students with completed associate degrees. autonomy to develop innovative programming. Vermont resident enrollment is 8 percent greater than With the formation of a student advisory council, the last year’ a result of heightened communication with students will have more voice in governing their educaVermont high schools and CCV, as stated in a message tion and environment. Scolforo said she could not have from Scolforo published in the Spartan Insider (the CU accomplished so much without Wolk’s team building at school newspaper). Castleton, building a dedicated combination of faculty, Scolforo said one task force is studying what future staff, community supporters, and students.


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Clarkson seeks Senate seat

Sandy Haas running again

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WOODSTOCK— Democrat Alison Clarkson, who is on her first term in the state Senate, is eager for more. “I love the Senate,” she said. “I love this job, and I’d love to be returned to the Statehouse.” Clarkson added working together is how things get done. ”Legislation is a team effort,” she said. “The challenge is to have bills taken up, but also voted on, and it takes a team effort to be effective.” This year, Democratic incumbents Clarkson, Alice Nitka (Ludlow), and Dick MacCormack (Bethel) will face Republicans Randy Gray (Springfield), Jack Williams (Weathersfield), and Wayne Townsend (Bethel). Economic development for Windsor County is one of her chief priorities, Clarkson said. She serves on the state Workforce Development Board and is vice chair of the senate Committee of Economic Development, Housing, and General Affairs. “There are so many things we need to be working on,” Clarkson said. “We have to expand workforce development. Low income families have not been seeing a steady rise in income. Vermont salaries have not kept pace with with the rest if the country. That’s a real challenge.” Pay equity is part of the challenge, she added. “I believe in fair and equitable pay,” Clarkson said. “We have to get women’s pay equal to men’s. That alone could

ROCHESTER—Progressive House member Sandy Haas seeks to continue representing the Windsor-Rutland district, which comprises Bethel, Pittsfield, Rochester and Stockbridge. If re-elected, Haas said, “My top priority continues to be getting better education funding, to make it fairSandy Haas er across across the income brackets. As it stands now, the middle class is paying the most.” To that end, Haas said she vigorously opposed Act 46, the state law offering incentives to consolidate school districts with the goal of reducing education costs. “Now it’s a fact of life,” she said. In 2017, Rochester and Stockbridge voted to merge. The move forced Rochester to close its middle-high school and tuition those students off to other schools. Rochester kept its elementary school; Stockbridge already tuitioned its middle and high school students. When it came to climate change, Haas said the state could be doing more. “We talk about climate change, but we don’t seem to do much,” she said. “We need to work out regulations and priorities, with pricing that reflects the true costs of generating energy.” Haas said she’d think about a carbon tax to reduce emissions, depending on how it’s structured. “Tropical Storm Irene was a carbon tax,” she said. “That was an after-the-fact cost for what we’ve been doing wrong.” The current work force climate in Vermont favors younger workers, a group the state is trying to develop and grow. Older workers, however, are having a harder time of remaining competitive. Haas said the state is already drawing younger workers. “We already attract young people from out of state with our colleges,” she said. “We need to make Vermont a place they want to stay.” Haas said the Vermont Chamber of Commerce had programs intended to keep older workers competitive. “Workers over 60 have developed incredible life skills,” she said. “They have plenty to contribute.” Possession and consumption of small amounts of marijuana are now legal in Vermont. Haas said she’d like the Legislature to develop a system for distribution and taxation, adding that legalization prevents money from going to the black market. “Colorado passed its law by referendum,” she said. “I favor a legislative process. I don’t want to tax it just for the money. Tax revenue should support treatment.” Sandy Haas is a retired private attorney and proprietor of the New Homestead Bed and Breakfast. Long active in public affairs, she has served on Rochester’s Planning Commission since 1982. She also served as Rochester’s Trustee of Public Funds from 1987 to 2003, and previously served in the state Legislature from 2005 to 2014.

Alison Clarkson have a $1 billion effect.” Clarkson said she’d like to see some reform in hiring practices. “I’d like to see an end to asking for salary history,” she said. “That gives potential employers a chance to see if you’ll work for less because of being used to a certain level of income.” Clarkson said she’d like to see more of a public safety approach to gun violence. ‘ “Domestic violence is seen as a family affair,” she said, “ and a lot of women are affected by that. There is also the problem of teenage suicide.” The Vermont Domestic Violence Fatality Review Commission Report reported in 2015 that, “Between 1994 – 2014 in Vermont, 57 percent of domestic violence homicides & 77 percent of the murder/ suicides were committed with guns.” Clarkson said she’d like to see more of an effort to promote early childhood education. “We should spend more on childhood education,” Clarkson said. “That gets children started on the right foot. Such a move now could save $17 million in corrections later.” Clarkson, page 39

Fredette tries again for Rutland-2 20 years serving on the school boards for Wallingford Elementary, the Rutland South Supervisory Union, and most recently the board for the Mill River Unified School District. Fredette said education is one of his chief concerns. “I’m in favor if Act 46,” he said. “I was promoting something along the same lines in 2006. The merger for Mill River was pretty seamless. It’s good for the kids, and frees up education professionals to focus on the kids.” Elaborating in an email, Fredette wrote, “I do not cotton to the way things have gone in

Montpelier for the past couple of years: Holding back monies approved by voters for school districts across the state, using ‘notwithstanding’ to skirt around existing law; last-minute deals cut by a handful of people behind closed doors; the vetoes and override votes, putting political posturing above needs of Vermonters on the ground.” When it comes to increasing school safety, Fredette wrote, “Lock the doors. Seriously. When the shooting at Essex Elementary happened in 2006 we looked at building security at Wallingford Elementary. At the time classrooms could only

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WALLINGFORD— Democrat Ken Fredette is one if the three candidates vying for the two seats in the Rutland 2 legislative district, comprising Clarendon, Proctor, Tinmouth, Wallingford and West Rutland. The other two are incumbent Democrat Dave Potter and incumbent Republican Tom Burditt. “I ran for the House six years ago,” said Fredette. “I lost by 181 votes out of nearly 7,000 cast.” Fredette has held plenty of local offices over the years, having spent 15 years representing Wallingford on the Rutland Regional Planning Commission and about

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If Trump were a Democrat!

By Angelo Lynn

If Donald Trump were a Democrat and president, can you imagine how outraged Republicans would be? Let’s count the ways: Trump took a knee in Helsinki, essentially kowtowing to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and trashing our own intelligence team and, by extension, our armed services. After years of counting Russia as their mortal enemy, Republicans before Trump would have been apoplectic. Even Veteran groups protested Trump’s weakness and defended the truthfulness of America’s press. One political cartoon aptly showed Trump’s head with his trademark red baseball cap on, but with the words: “Make Russia Great Again.” Since Trump’s election that has seemed to be his goal, while also weakening America and the western alliance. Some Republicans with integrity, such as Sen. John McCain, are up in arms. But they are few and far between. Trump’s trade war is going just as the pundits and economists said it would: Poorly, with American farmers and many industries paying a high price for Trump’s ego. His recent move to give Midwestern farmers $12 billion in government handouts is Trump’s own admission that Americans are going to suffer. Recent news suggests a truce with America’s European partners, which basically means no further escalation of the harm done by Trump. It’s no victory for Trump or America, but at least Trump is backing down from earlier threats to make things worse.


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Trump’s die-hard base loves Russia, too Dear Editor, It’s easy to find story after story about Russia and Trump. It’s harder to connect all the dots between Russia, Trump, and the die-hard core of Trump’s support. That information is much more spread out, often in sources that casual followers

Free-trading Republicans are not pleased; if Trump were a Democrat they would be livid. That $12 billion, by the way, adds to the $1-plus trillion in projected deficit spending thanks to Trump’s tax cuts and increases in government spending. As several Republicans congressmen have complained: Farmers don’t want government handouts, they want trade policies that deliver markets with free trade, which is what they had — and were benefiting from — until Trump started his trade war. Dairy farmers, by the way, aren’t in line for those handouts, but they’ll help pay for it, as will the rest of us. In short, federal deficits are soaring and Trump’s plan is to add more tax cuts; free trade has been disrupted and Trump’s answer is to impose even more tariffs; Trump has kissed the ring of Putin, embarrassed America in the eyes of the world, and continues to double down on support for Putin; he’s paid off porn stars, suppressed news accounts of another affair by giving the woman hush money, then lied about it; he’s vulgar, lewd and unprincipled; he lies, cheats and suppresses information (like his tax returns) that every other modern president in U.S. history has complied with for the sake of transparency. It is also highly likely his allegiance to this country is compromised by information the Russians have on him, and legal scholars already suggest the president has committed high crimes and misdemeanors suitable for impeachment proceedings. If Trump were a Democrat, who doubts those proceedings would be underway and the main headlines going into these mid-term elections? How, then, can Republicans stand by this “sad, embarrassing wreck of a man,” as conservative columnist and long-time Republican George Wills recently wrote? Fear and ignorance, are two reasons. Greed is another. Republican Congressmen and women know better, but they are afraid Trump will turn his followers on them and they might lose their seat beside the throne. And while much is wrong with Trump, they’re winning the shortterm game, even if the nation loses. For avid Trump followers, the only explanation is that they believe the propaganda he has been feeding them for the past two years. But to those who don’t believe Trump employs a disinformation campaign similar to Putin’s Russia, perhaps they might reconsider: On Tuesday this week at a speech in Kansas City about the detrimental impacts

Dear Editor, I have known Jim McNeil for 27 years and have good reasons why you should consider voting for him for Rutland County Senator. One of the many discussions we had over the years has been our concern for Vermont’s tax burden. I am personally frustrated with our out of control spending and the many programs and new boards that pop up each year that we just can’t afford. Once these programs are initiated, we know they will never be cut. Some interesting data: Forbes lists Vermont as the 47th least friendly state for business. USA Today published results that Vermont is in the top 10 “most tax burden states.” At the same time, USA World and News Report lists us as 52nd in our states and territories as having the lowest gross domestic product. Alarming isn’t it? We just don’t have the money for all of this.

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of the news don’t consult. But if you don’t connect those dots, you really miss the important picture. Simply put, Russia is the new moral beacon for: (1) the racial extremists that get labeled white nationalists these days; (2) the religious extremists

called evangelicals; (3) gun extremists exemplified by the NRA. A partial list of extremists who have favorably compared Russia to America: Franklin Graham; Pat Buchanan, former presidential candidate; Pastor Rick Joyner,

(Russia has more freedom of religion); Brian Brown, of the National Organization for Marriage (Putins’s a “lion of Christianity”); Larry Jacobs of the World Congress of Families (WCF) (hopes evangelicals and Russians can be “true allies” in fight for

We are in need of change

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Please support Nicole McPhee

Dear Editor, As the election season nears, it is vital that we vet the candidates running for Governor to determine who has the best plan to restore economic prosperity to the Vermont we so dearly love. We are in desperate need of change. We can no longer continue down the current path of government mismanagement for which we pay the price with ever-increasing taxes. We need a leader who makes our state’s economic recovery his actual top priority. We need a Governor who will not violate his oath of office for personal political gain. We need a leader we can trust. I am supporting Keith Stern for Governor in the Aug. 14 primary because he is not running to secure a political legacy. He is running to rightfully return power to the people. I hope you will join me in giving your vote to Stern. Michele Mauti Lindberg, Cavendish

Dear Editor, In the recent Vermont Public Radio political poll, 47 percent of Vermonters polled approved of Peter Welch’s (D) job performance as Vermont’s sole representative in Congress. Also, 47 percent of those polled know someone personally affected by the opiate epidemic. I wonder how many Vermonters would approve of Peter Welch’s job performance if they knew he was both heavily invested in companies selling opiates in Vermont as well as taking campaign contributions from these companies? Governor Phil Scott also takes campaign contributions from big pharma and specifically, Johnson and Johnson, a

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Dear Editor, I write to express my whole-hearted support of Nicole Peck McPhee for Rutland County Probate Judge. Having practiced law in Rutland, Vermont for several decades, I have had the opportunity to interact with numerous attorneys throughout Rutland County and the State of Vermont. The focus of my practice is Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury. When my clients’ need for a probate attorney arises, I refer them to Nicole Peck McPhee. In my many years of working with Nicole, I have found her to not only be a very skilled and professional attorney, but have also witnessed first hand her compassion

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CAPITOL QUOTES “Trump is essentially a Maduro wannabe,” Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean tweeted Aug.6., after Venezuala President Nicolas Maduro was apparently nearly killed by a flying drone during a televised series.

Vote Nicole:


Rutland attorney has immense experience

continued from page 6 toward and dedication to her clients. For this reason, I refer my clients to Nicole Peck McPhee for assistance with matters in her area of expertise. In addition to her extensive experience as an attorney, Nicole has also served the community over the years as a member on various boards and committees. Through this public service she has demonstrated her

dedication and commitment to our community. Through her private practice and extensive work in the Probate Court, she has gained the skill set necessary to provide Rutland County residents with a superlative Probate Judge. Whether it be a matter involving a will, estate, guardianship, or adoption, Nicole Peck McPhee has concretely established her ability

to be professional and objective. These qualities make for a fair and impartial judge. Based on both my personal and professional interaction with her, I strongly endorse Nicole Peck McPhee as Rutland County’s next Probate Judge and encourage the community to vote for her in the upcoming primary on Aug.14, Todd H. Kalter, Rutland

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“Today, President Trump threw into reverse decades of fuel efficiency progress. This decision earns him the dubious distinction of being the most anti-environment president in modern times. It’s the icing on the cake of his pro-industry, anti-science agenda and defies common sense,” Said Rep. Peter Welch in a statement Aug. 2 after the Trump administration’s proposal to gut longstanding federal policy that reduces vehicle emissions harmful to the environment and block Vermont and other states from imposing emission standards stricter than the federal government.

“The Senate must act as a coequal branch of government in defending against a threat to our democracy. The threat is very real. Our intelligence community unanimously agrees that Russia interfered in the 2016 elections, and that there is an imminent threat to the 2018 elections. Just last week, we learned that Russian hackers targeted the office of a sitting United States Senator. We cannot ignore a threat that has reached this very chamber, and we must take immediate action,” Said Sen. Patrick Leahy in a statement July 31.

“The true aim of cyber bad actors attacking our elections is to sow chaos and discord, and to pick at the fibers of public trust in the integrity of our elections, which makes up the weave of our democracy,” Sec. of State Jim Condos tweeted Aug. 2.

company which profits from the sale of opiates in Vermont. These duplicitous politicians go to great extremes with all kinds of virtue signaling during election years. They say they care about Vermonters but in reality they are profiting off the hardship of their constituents.


The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 14. Vermonters have another opportunity to reestablish their relationship with their state and federal government. Please vote wisely. Stu Lindberg, Cavendish

It’s difficult to connect the dots as resources are spread out

continued from page 6 Christian values); Richard than once a year). Russia, where gays, wives, Spencer, prominent white The NRA is, as we now journalists and critics nationalists; “alt-right” know, up to it eyeballs of the regime are always marchers in in danger, to GAYS, WIVES, JOURNALISTS Charlottesville America. They (who chanted prefer it precisely AND CRITICS OF THE REGIME “Russia is our because they feel ARE ALWAYS IN DANGER. friend”). that those groups They share Russia’s hos- in Russians and Russian deserve to be in danger. tility to gays, abortion, and influence and may well The real danger to women’s rights (as of last have funneled cash to the America right now is why year, domestic violence is Trump campaign. Russia—and these Trump only a crime in Russia if it We have both a presisupporters—wanted causes “substantial bodily dent and a large number Trump to win. harm” or occurs more of supporters who prefer Lee Russ, Bennington

Powers family:

Recover after losing home in tractor trailer crash

continued from page 1 The entire family was home and they were planning to go to Maine on Wednesday for vacation, the day after the accident. Jessie, 17, and Colline, 12, were upstairs. Jesse was playing video games in his room while Colline was playing with toy horses in her room. Katelin was on the couch reading a book beside her father and mother. Her mother had just gotten up to use the bathroom when the tractor trailer went through their home. Katetlin was thrown about 6 feet in the air, landing on the other side of the couch beside her father. The other children were trapped upstairs and she was trapped on another side of the house, unable to get to them, Leone said. “As a mother, wife and nurse it was the worst feeling in the world not being able to help,” Leone said. Jessie and Colline had no injuries while Leone and her husband Larry had minor bruises. “They were covered in wall particles and debris,”


The Powers family was home when a tractor trailer truck went through it, destroying the structure. Leone said of her children. The family isn’t sure how many of their belongings are salvageable. They had rented the house from owner Aaron McCarthy for the past four years. Larry Powers said he had heard about the accidents

on Route 100 in the past. “Someone mentioned it about two years after we moved in but they were laughing and I didn’t believe them,” he said. Meanwhile, they’re renting another home in the area.



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** denotes multiple times and/or locations.

Free Knitting Class

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

Mendon Mini Golf

6:30 p.m. Greater Killington Women’s Club sponsors ladies outing at Mendon Mini Golf 6:30-8:30 p.m. Mini golf on 18 holes, putting clinic, refreshments, raffles. $20 at the door. Route 4, Mendon


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.

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, The Hand Picked Band. Refreshments available. 802-265-3010. 3 North Park Place, Fair Haven.


Seven to Sunset Concert

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

Music at the Riverbend

7 p.m. Brandon’s Music at the Riverbend free summer concert series, on the lawn behind Brandon Inn, 20 Park St., Brandon. This week, Enerjazz (big band).


Intro to Kabbalah

By Ro bi nA lbe rti

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


WEDNESDAY Bikram Yoga **

AUG. 8

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.


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.

Potluck Lunch/Book Signing

11:30 a.m. Author and filmmaker Walter Hess and his wife Hannah, teacher and author of Honest Deceptions, are living legends. Both fled Germany as children in the same era. They will share their stories in Killington at a pot luck luncheon, book signing, and talk sponsored by VT Pen Women. Everyone is invited. Call 802 422-3616 or email: for details. Gathering at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon, talk at 1 p.m.

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.

Fundraiser for Stephanie Schaffer

Bikram Yoga **

AUG. 9

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

Open Swim **

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

6 p.m. 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.

Cavendish Summer Concert

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

Vt. Adaptive Volunteer MTB Day

6 p.m. Join Vermont Adaptive 6-8 p.m. on Sherburne Trails, Killington. Seeking volunteers to help with mountain bike program. Training will happen on beginner trails and focus on the function and adaptability of bikes, basic structure of an adaptive lesson, and lesson progression for more advanced riders. Hands-on experience on handcycles. Experienced mountain bikers who have their own equipment and are comfortable on single track trails. No adaptive biking experience is necessary. Email

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.

High Fives Tournament

9 a.m. Sixth annual High Fives Tournament at Killington Golf Course. Teams compete in four-man scramble format to win big prizes, and benefit a great cause. 9 a.m. registration, 11 a.m. shotgun start. Post tournament putting contest finals, dinner, and awards. Register at (includes great swag).

Story Time

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

Breastfeeding Support Group

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

Charity Golf Tournament

Magic: the Gathering

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

Story Time

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

Killington Bone Builders

Mendon Bone Builders

Rotary Meeting

Open Swim **


Bike Bum Race Series

5:30 p.m. Rutland’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s Kickoff Party 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Chaffee Art Center, 16 South Main St., Rutland. Come sign up for the Walk, sign up teams and get captain’s packet, and meet with others who want to help end Alzheimer’s disease. Light refreshments served. Raffle.

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.

9 a.m. Hike through the wood between Hogback and Romance Mountains in Goshen to blueberry patch. Moderate. Meet at 9 a.m. at Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland to car pool. No dogs. Bring lunch. Contact 802-282-1675.

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.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s Kick Off

AUG. 10

1 p.m. Rutland County Snowmobile Club holds charity golf tourney to benefit The Child First Advocacy Center of Rutland County and The Vermont Achievement Center Mitchell Therapy Pool. 1 p.m. shotgun start at Green Mountain National Golf Course. for info. Barrows Towne Road, Killington.

Thursday Hikers

4 p.m. Applebee’s hosts fundraiser for Stephanie Schaffer, 4-9 p.m. when 15% of dinner sales go towards her medical expenses. Route 4, Rutland. 5 p.m. Killington Mountain Bike Club Bike Bum race series Wednesdays through Aug. 29 at Killington Resort, all ages - individuals or teams. 1807 Killington Rd, Killington.

Bikram Yoga **

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

Divas of Dirt Rides

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

Brown Bag Concert Series

5:30 p.m. Brown Bag Summer Concert Series on the Woodstock History Center back lawn, 26 Elm St., Woodstock. Free, donations welcome. This week, Ashley Storrow Trio, performing acoustic folk.

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.


All Levels Yoga

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

Tobacco Cessation Group

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

River Road Concert Series

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

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.

Mandala Stone Painting

6 p.m. Mandala Stone Painting Workshop at Chaffee Art Center, 16 S. Main St., Rutland. Fun and relaxing. 6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, Aug. 8-29. All materials included, $20/$25.


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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: CK3. Bring lawn chair or blanket. Rain site inside. Dining options. okemo. com.

SATURDAY Point to Point

AUG. 11

VSECU’s Point to Point, cycling and running event to raise funds and awareness for the Vermont Foodbank’s mission to end the growing problem of hunger in Vermont. Headquartered at Mt Ascutney, 400 Ski Tow Road, Brownsville. Registration closes Aug. 8:

GMC Long Trail Day

Join local GMC sections throughout Vermont as they celebrate the Long Trail with guided hikes and visits to amazing places. Register at - visit local breweries hosting hikers after the day!

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.

AKC Farm Dog Certification

8 a.m. Mosher Excavating and farm will host American Kennel Club farm dog certification. Approximately 40 dogs will be certified through a 10-part skill test. Open to spectators. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. 225 Johnson Road, Killington. Off Route 100.

East Poultney Day

9 a.m. East Poultney Day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., celebrating town history on the Green in East Poultney. Historic buildings open for touring, craft fair, farmers’ market, music, food, raffles, and Evensong services at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church. Main Street.

Killington Section GMC

9:30 a.m. Killington Section Green Mountain Club outing: Long Trail Hike Day! Call leader to determine: 802-293-2510.

Welcome Home Music Festival

9:30 a.m. Welcome Home music festival and cookout to honor local soldiers, combat Veterans and their families, at WRJ VA Medical Center, Veterans Drive, White River Junction. 9:30 a.m. opening ceremony. 10 a.m. bands begin (The Ramblers, Chris Kleeman, Brothers Band Together, Ted Mortimer Trio, Bow Thayer). 11 a.m. cookout begins. Closing ceremony 3:30 p.m. Open to the public.

Art in the Park

10 a.m. Chaffee Art Center’s 57th annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Festival, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. in Main Street Park, Rutland. Fine artists and crafts people, live music, food, special events for kids, and more. Admission by donation. Rain or shine., 802-775-0356.

Enlightenment Fair

10 a.m. The Enlightenment Fair / The House of Compassionate Gratitude at Merchants Hall, 42 Merchants Row, Rutland. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Readings are first come, first serve. Limited personal sessions with intuitive medium Brennyn Molloy. Open to public, entry by donation.

Craft & Flea Market

10 a.m. 5th annual Craft and Flea Market on the Stockbridge Common, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Spaces available - 802-746-8150.

Taste of Woodstock

10 a.m. Taste of Woodstock, in the village of Woodstock. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Featuring live music, local foods, beer, wine, crafts, and fun for all ages. Info, 802-4573555. Free!

Magnificent Mammals

10 a.m. VINS hosts magnificent mammals program 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Meet live animals, learn about bats and other mammals, see puppet show, more. 149 Natures Way, Quechee. Admission.

Open Gym

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

Story Time

11 a.m. Story time with Erin Rounds reading “Charlotte’s Bones” at Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center St., Rutland. Free, open to all ages.

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.

Dog Training Program

1 p.m. Dog trainer Deb Helfrich will demystify dog communication at event at Castleton Free Library. Learn how dogs express themselves, and how they communicate with their bodies. Sorry, no dogs at the program. Light refreshments. 638 Main St., Castleton.

Cooler in the Mountains Concert

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

Wondergrow Gardening

4 p.m. WonderGrow Gardening Experience, 4-6 p.m. at Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum, 11 Center St., Rutland. Three-part series exploring gardening. Help plant the window garden. For ages 4+, with an adult. Pre-register at

Taste and Make

4 p.m. Stone Valley Community Market (the co-op) holds Taste & Make workshop focused on homemade probiotic foods. This month, learn about benefits of fermented veggies (like sauerkraut). Tasting and discussion, then walk to GMC kitchen to make batches to take home. Free. Bring quart or half gallon glass jar. Register at 802-287-4550 or 216 Main St., Poultney.

Open Swim

Rosh Hodesh Group Returns

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.

7 p.m. All women are invited to join Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman at Elaine’s home, 557 Deer Run, Mendon, for connecting, sharing, learning as we enter new moon of Elul. 7-8:30 p.m.

VFW Event


5 p.m. VFW Auxiliary Dinner, 15 Wales St., Rutland. 5-7 p.m. Menu TBD. Open to public.


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.

Bikram Yoga **

6 p.m. Friday night open gym at Head Over Heels, 152 North Main St., Rutland. 6-8 p.m. Ages 6+. Practice current skills, create gymnastic routines, learn new tricks, socialize with friends! $5/ hour members; $8/ hour non-members. Discount punch cards available. 802-773-1404.

Vermont Open Farm Week

Opening Reception

6 p.m. Alley Gallery on Center Street, Rutland, holds opening reception for Ellen Shattuck’s solo exhibition, “Thirty-six Views of Home,” a collection of prints about motherhood. 6-8 p.m. Open to the public. 7 p.m. Silent film series at Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, with Jeff Rapsis playing live piano in accompaniment. This week, “Laurel & Hardy: A Silent Fine Mess.” Free will donation.

AUG. 13

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.

Open Gym

Silent Film


Vermont Open Farm Week, where Vermont farms open their doors to the public, for an authentic Vermont experience. Get first hand experience in local agricultural traditions. Dozens of farms participate with tours, tastings, tractor rides, scavenger hunts, harvesting veggies, collecting eggs, milking cows and goats, live music, and on-farm dinners. Find participating locations at


Pond Hill Rodeo

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


Heartfulness Meditation

7:45 a.m. Free group meditation Sundays, Rochester Town Office, School St. Dane, 802767-6010.

Bikram Yoga **

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

Art in the Park

10 a.m. Chaffee Art Center’s 57th annual Art in the Park Fine Art & Craft Festival, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Main Street Park, Rutland. Fine artists and crafts people, live music, food, special events for kids, and more. Admission by donation. Rain or shine., 802-775-0356.

Morning Yoga

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

Benson Burdock Festival

All Level Yoga

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

Chaffee Summer Camps

11 a.m. Benson Burdock Festival & Family Days, with theme Back to the Future. Parade 11 a.m., other events follow: ATV & Garden Tractor Pulls 1 p.m. Benson Village, Stage Road and Route 22A.

9 a.m. Summer camps at Chaffee Art Center, Aug. 13-17, for ages 7-12: Painting, Printing and Paper Mache, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Art From Around the World, 12:30-4 p.m. $110 each or $180 for both. Register at 16 S. Main St., Rutland.

Discovery Sunday

Killington Bone Builders

Wish Kid Appearance/Reading

Open Swim

11:30 a.m. VINS hosts Discover Sunday: Great Big Bubbles! 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Blow bubbles, and explore how they work. 149 Natures Way, Quechee. Admission. 1 p.m. Wish Kid Jamie Heath is on statewide book tour reading from her new picture book “Wishes Are Medicine” at Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center St., Rutland. Free, open to all ages.

Hot Dog Cook-off

10 a.m. Bone builders meets at Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Rd., Killington, 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Free, weights supplied. 802-422-3368. 11:30 a.m. Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 802-773-7187.

Monday Meals

1 p.m. Seventh annual Hot Dog Cook-Off at Stone Hearth Inn, 698 Vt Rt 11W, Chester. 1-4 p.m. Admission: $20/ family; $10 adults; $5 students. All you can eat hot dogs. Vote for your favorite. 11 chefs compete. 802-875-2525,

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.

Classical Music Concert

Rutland Rotary

2 p.m. Stone Valley Arts at Fox Hill, 145 East Main St., Poultney hosts Joy Pile, violist with Champlain Philharmonic, performing Vaughan Williams Six Studies in English Folksong for viola and piano, and more. Joined by Dianna Donat and Steve Donat. Free, open to public.

Author Talk/Book Signing

3 p.m. Mount Holly Town Library hosts author talk and book signing with Yvonne Daley and her book, “Going Up the Country.” 26 Maple Hill Road, Belmont. Free, open to public.

Willie Dunn’s Summer Music Series

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

Devil’s Bowl Dirt Racing

6 p.m. Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Racing: Devil’s Bowl Speedway Dirt Track Racing: CCV Night. Sprint Cars of New England Twin 20s. Grandstand admission applies, kids 12 and under are free. 2743 Rt. 22A, West Haven. Track line: 802-265-3112.

Meet the Maker Cocktail Dinner

6 p.m. Red Clover Inn partners with Smugglers’ Notch Distillery of Jeffersonville, paired with a four-course dinner. Reservations recommended: 802-7752290. 7 Woodward Road, Mendon.

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

Lego Crazy

3 p.m. Maclure Library offers Lego Crazy program - free range building. 802-4832792. 840 Arch St., Pittsford.

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.


5 p.m. Intermediate group SUP skills with Karen Dalury. Reservations required, 802-770-4101,

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.

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TUESDAY Bikram Yoga **

AUG. 14

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.

Vermont Open Farm Week

Vermont Open Farm Week, where Vermont farms open their doors to the public, for an authentic Vermont experience. Get first hand experience in local agricultural traditions. Dozens of farms participate with tours, tastings, tractor rides, scavenger hunts, harvesting veggies, collecting eggs, milking cows and goats, live music, and on-farm dinners. Find participating locations at

Open Swim **

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

Art Workshop

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

Mendon Bone Builders

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

Tuesday Tales

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

Tobacco Cessation Group

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.

Vermont State Fair

1 p.m. 173rd Vermont State Fair at the fairgrounds, 175 S. Main St., Rutland. Aug. 14-18. Gates open 1-11 p.m. today; rides start at 2 p.m. $10 admission ages 13+; ages 7-12 $5; age 6 and under and active military, free. Ride tickets extra. Vendors, agriculture, maple building, rides, contests, arts and crafts, forestry, and more. Special acts: Dan Tyminski, Tim Brick, Barnyard Cackle Review, Rosaire’s Racing Pigs, Hocus Pocus Magic Show, Marty Wendell, Cracked Walnuts, Adirondack Fiddlers. Free parking.

TOPS Meeting

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

Golf League

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

Tobacco Cessation Group

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

Winter in August

5 p.m. 37th annual Winter in August! 5-8 p.m. on Merchants Row, Rutland. A recognition of the ski industry’s contribution to the regional economy, and a food festival and block party drawing hundreds of people. $10 tickets through Aug. 10 at; $15 at the door.

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. Final week of concerts, featuring Satin & Steel. Free, open to public. Non-perishable food donations encouraged. 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton.

Gov. Scott names Dan French as Vermont’s next education secretary

By Lola Duffort/VTDigger

Gov. Phil Scott has named Dan “spending is an issue” and said he and other education officials — French, a veteran Vermont schools looked forward to working with the contradicting Scott, who attributed superintendent, to be the state’s Legislature to find a fix. her exit to “personal reasons.” next education secretary. “I’m hoping we can partner to Since stepping down, Holcombe Scott has made cost-containfind a solution to this very complex has been publicly critical of Scott ment his hallmark education situation. But we have to do so for what she has characterized as a priority, and during a press conferrather urgently, because many of heavy-handed, simplistic approach ence Thursday, Aug. 2 announcing our ideals that we hope for for kids to tamping down school spending. French’s appointment, he reiterated aren’t going to be possible unless But on Thursday, she took to Twitter the need to create an education sys- we figure out a way to make a more to compliment the governor’s pick. tem that’s “sustainable and affordsustainable system,” he said. “He is a distinguished and knowlable for taxpayers.” edgeable leader with a FRENCH WAS MOST RECENTLY THE French, he said, was good understanding of the “the right person with the state,” she wrote. “ConSCHOOL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM right experience at the gratulations, Dan!” COORDINATOR AT SAINT MICHAEL’S right time.” French, 54, has masters Scott asked the State and doctorate degrees in COLLEGE. Board of Education to education administrathink outside the box in its search Scott’s focus on education tion and leadership. He was most for a new head of the Agency of Edspending has been a driver of the recently the school leadership proucation, but with French he ended tension that has built up over the gram coordinator at Saint Michael’s up settling on a well-known figure College, and was president of the past two years between him and in Vermont’s education community. Democrat-controlled Legislature, Vermont Superintendents AssoThe governor said early on in the ciation from 2010 to 2012. Before brining Vermont to the brink of a process that he wanted a secretary that, he spent nearly ten years as government shutdown during the who shared his views on education, most recent legislative session. the superintendent of the Benningbut said Thursday he applied “no ton-Rutland Supervisory Union, The former education secrelitmus test” while interviewing the tary, Rebecca Holcombe, abruptly and before that 10 years as a princithree candidates forwarded to him resigned on April 1 due to unbridge- pal in the Northeast Kingdom. in late May. able policy differences with the He’s also consulted extensively French told reporters he agreed governor, according to her husband for school districts as they worked Education secretary, page 33

Vote McNeil: He knows Vermont and its people continued from page 6 Our population is aging, and our young people and retirees are leaving. It is critical to cope with these challenges and I believe Jim is the person that has the common sense approach and 40 experience with his business McNeil &

Reedy and five years as representative. He will take this head on. This is his approach for us. Some of our legislators understand this, while others I would like to challenge with these difficult decisions without worry of how

it affects their personal agenda. We don’t need to sponsor new useless bills. We need you to look at the present and past bills and review spending and reign in the waste. How wonderful that would be. Again,

consider voting for Jim he knows and loves Vermont and its people. He listens and has a sound understanding of the workings and the directions he wants to lead us. Randy Pratico, Rutland


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Music scene by dj dave hoffenberg


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



7 p.m. Brandon Inn Lawn Music at the Riverbend: EnerJazz

POULTNEY 6:30 p.m. Taps Tavern Jazz Night

RUTLAND 7 p.m. Main Street Park Satin and Steel

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

Full Band Open Mic: Robby and Jimmy



5:30 p.m. Feast and Field Market Afro-Yaqui Music Collective

BOMOSEEN 6 p.m. Lake House Aaron Audet

FAIR HAVEN 7 p.m. Town Park The Hand Picked Band


AUG. 10 BOMOSEEN 6 p.m. Iron Lantern


Jazz Trio

PITTSFIELD 7 p.m. Clear River Tavern Open Mic Jam with Eric and Rhys

POULTNEY 7 p.m. Taps Tavern Mike Schwaner


7 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern

3:30 p.m. Killington’s Roaring Brook Umbrella Bar

7 p.m. Main Street Park

King Arthur Junior

Rutland City Band


Evo Summer Concert Series: Muddy Ruckus

Ryan Fuller

6 p.m. Jackson Gore Courtyard Summer Music Series: CK3



3 p.m. Okemo’s Switchback BBQ 6 p.m. Mojo’s

Miss Guided Angels Duo

6 p.m. Mr. Darcy’s

Open Mic

12 p.m. Wild Fern

Cigar Box Brunch w/ Rick Redington

1 p.m. Wild Fern The People’s Jam


Wayne Canney

7 p.m. Taps Tavern



9:30 p.m. The Killarney


5 p.m. Cones Point General Store


The Mean Waltons

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

7:30 p.m. Hop ‘n’ Moose Kris Collettt

9 p.m. Center Street Alley DJ Dirty D

New Whiskey River Band

6 p.m. Stony Brook Tavern Wayne Canney

7 p.m. Wild Fern

Rick Redington & The Luv August West Set

Ashley Storrow Trio

6 p.m. Red Clover Inn



6:30 p.m. The Killarney MENDON

Choral Evensong

9 p.m. JAX Food & Games



Irish Session Open Jam with Gypsy Reel

Music at The Moose: John Lackard Blues Band


5 p.m. Okemo’s Coleman Brook Tavern Date Night with Ryan Fuller

4 p.m. St. John’s Episcopal Church

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish Pub


River Road Concert Series: Shananagans

12 p.m. Cones Point General Store

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish Pub


6 p.m. North Star Lodge Pool 6 p.m. Sherburne Memorial Library


9:30 p.m. The Venue

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

Stash Bros Acoustic


Kris Collett

Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series: The Funky Dawgz Brass Band

Jake Geppert

Open Mic with Tee Boneicus Jones

6 p.m. Liquid Art

6 p.m. Lake House

Music at The Moose: Whiskey River


9 p.m. Center Street Alley


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

Open Mic Night

JJGunn with special guest Soul Shove DJ Mega

Karaoke 101with Tenacious T

WOODSTOCK 10 p.m. Bentley’s

Dancing after Dark with Guest VJ


10 p.m. Bentley’s

Jazz Night with Summit Pond Quartet

AUG. 11 BRANDON 7 p.m. Town Hall

Clay Canfield and Brother John




7 p.m. Clear River Tavern

8 p.m. Rick and Kat’s Howlin’ Mouse

5:30 p.m. History Center Back Lawn Dancing after Dark with DJ Andraudy

Open Mic with King Arthur Junior

5 p.m. The Foundry 9 p.m. JAX Food & Games Duane Carleton

9:30 p.m. The Venue Krishna Guthrie

8 p.m. Bentley’s



6:45 p.m. Bomoseen Lodge Paint & Sip Fundraiser

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

CASTLETON 7 p.m. Castleton Pavilion Satin & Steel



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

Bluegrass Jam

Sammy Blanchette

8 p.m. Taps Tavern RUTLAND


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

6 p.m. Iron Lantern

9:30 p.m. The Venue

“Laurel & Hardy” Silent Film Festival

Breanna Thompson

New businesses:

Open Mic with Krishna Guthrie Karaoke

Starbucks and Five Guys look to open new franchises in Rutland

continued from page 1 been vacant long enough – five years – and the wellknown coffee shop would be a good replacement. The visual image for the new Starbucks submitted by Detroit-based developer Alrig USA, however has not inspired the Architecture Review Committee, which was concerned about what they called “the Vermont vernacular” and the appearance of Rutland’s “gateway” area. Suggestions have been made regarding possible design changes. The Five Guys Burgers and Fries franchise, proposed by Hyde Park Ventures, hopes to renovate the former Mobil station at 5 North Main Street, removing the gasoline tanks, pumps, island and canopy, adding about 450 square feet to the front of the building, and configuring for 40-vehicle parking. Another 150 square feet addition would house a

walk-in cooler, and the plans include a sidewalk across the front of the property, which is owned by MT Associates, LLC. This property has been vacant, since December 2017. The Design Review Board reviewed the 5 Guys proposal at their Aug. 1 meeting. Architecturally, Hyde Park plans to add white clapboarding and brick to the front, and painting the rest of the building to match. DRB chairman Mike McClallen instructed the applicant regarding the approval process, and the meeting was adjourned on a positive note, according to the minutes. The Mountain Times contacted both Starbucks and Five Guys headquarters, but both companies declined to discuss details due to unfinished details in their per-

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just for fun


the MOVIE diary

By Dom Cioffi

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

Solutions on page 29



1. Political action committee 4. Where sauces cook 8. Type of horse 10. Heavy sword (Brit.) 11. __ Nui, Easter Island 12. A type of burner 13. Spanish island 15. Rapid alteration of a musical note 16. Where priests work 17. Most impoverished 18. Tom Petty’s band 21. Luke’s mentor __-Wan 22. No longer is 23. Mandela’s party 24. Legislator (abbr.) 25. A type of “zebra” 26. The common gibbon 27. American icon 34. Hunting expeditions 35. What a princess wears 36. Switched gears 37. Protege to Freya (Norse myth.) 38. Serves 39. Darken 40. Fencing swords 41. Middle English letter 42. Go slowly 43. A type of flute


1. One who is rejected 2. Suitable for crops 3. Per __, each 4. Indulges 5. Preoccupy 6. NIN frontman Reznor 7. Posted 9. Infamous Ukraine village 10. Bizarre 12. One who loves to read 14. The products of human creativity 15. Extinct flightless bird of New Zealand 17. Famed Chinese American architect 19. These can be used to burn trash 20. Corpuscle count (abbr.) 23. Pokes holes in 24. Peter’s last name 25. Offered as a prize 26. French river 27. Young woman 28. A pot has one 29. Of the ears 30. Full of parasites 31. Dole out incrementally 32. Citrus fruit 33. Hearty 34. External form 36. Turn violently Solutions on page 29

Round and round

I get up every weekday morning between 5:15 and 5:30 a.m. I do this so I can get to work early. I get to work early so I can leave early. I leave early so I can golf. (At least that’s what I did this July while my son spent the month away at camp). I decided at the start of this summer that July would be the month that I would finally fine-tune my golf game and get it to the point I’ve always dreamed of. Golfers can attest that the only way to truly improve is to put in countless hours practicing. And practicing not only means ample time at the range and putting green, but also out on the actual course. I’m lucky because the club I belong to has two 18-hole courses, meaning there is rarely a backlog of players. This is especially true because I play 99 percent of my rounds later in the day when it tends to be less busy. When I arrive on weeknights and later in the day on weekends, most players are finished or just finishing their rounds. This means that I can head onto the course as a single and not worry about getting stuck behind large groups. The only thing I have to avoid are the parents who are teaching their kids to play, which can be tedious (but they’re usually happy to let you pass through). My dream scenario is to show up to the course relaxed, having consumed a good meal that will provide energy over the next several hours. I will then hit balls on the range for 20 minutes before doing THE SPY WHO DUMPED ME 15 minutes or so of chipping and putting. Once I’m thoroughly warmed-up, I will head to the first tee a lot of focus on another area of the game that most and begin my round. people overlook. Other than a breakfast ball off the first (hitting a Practice, commitment and technique are all second shot if your first is deemed lousy), I will play important aspects of any sport, but any polished by the rules of the game for the rest of my round. athlete will tell you that you have to have a strong This means counting every stroke and scoring every mental approach to infraction. Traditionally, a game if you want to for me, this has meant a IT NEVER QUITE DELIVERS THE master it. final score somewhere LAUGHS NEEDED TO MAKE IT A And so, I also spent between 85 and 95. copious amounts of time No matter how well I WINNER. this July analyzing my play, I cannot break into decision making prothe 70’s on a consistent basis. I have had a few rounds of 77, 78 and 79, but cesses on the course to see if I could minimize the they are extremely rare. It seems that every round I bad situations that caused high scores. What I found play, I have at least one or two holes that completely was a virtual gold mine of situations where I made implode my score. stupid or poorly thought out decisions that lessened Sometimes, when the wheels really fall off, I stop my scoring opportunities. keeping score altogether and simply hit several balls During every round in July I took on-course notes on each hole, attempting different shots that may with my smartphone, noting when, where, and how come in handy during a later round. the decisions I made got me into trouble. I would My goal this July was to find a grove that allowed then review these notes after the round and prepare me to consistently replicate the correct swing and bullet lists to review before I teed off the next time thus lower my score. But I also knew that I had to put out. This golf “cheat-sheet” has been my savior, since I quickly realized how many times I make the same dumb mistakes simply because the correct thoughts were not top-of-mind. I now refer to my notes several times throughout the round to remind myself what to do and not to do. After a month of work, I can tell you that my game has definitely improved. And while I never broke 80, I knocked on the door enough times to know that it’s going to happen soon. This week’s film, “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” knocks on the door of being a successful comedy, but never quite delivers the laughs needed to make it a winner. Starring Mila Kunis and Kate McKinnon as unsuspecting dupes pulled into an international espionage crisis, the pair delivery viable chemistry between their characters, with McKinnon once again proving she is one of the funniest actresses working today. Check this one out if you’re looking for a few laughs wrapped up in a semi-appealing package. A sneaky “C” for “The Spy Who Dumped Me.” Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email him


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Ski World Cup preliminary schedule announced

The Audi FIS Ski World Cup Tour descends on Vermont for the third year in a row in November. Ninety athletes representing 20 countries are expected to participate in the slalom and giant slalom events on Killington’s Superstar trail. Killington’s World Cup races will be broadcast to an audience of 2.1 million

people in 60 countries. The preliminary schedule has been announced: FRIDAY, NOV. 23 9:30 a.m. – Athlete free ski on Superstar trail 5 p.m.  - Team Captains Meeting, Killington Grand Resort Hotel - Giant Slalom

Killington Softball League: And the winner is … The Best of Three Championship series is set. Killington Resort clawed their way out of the loser’s bracket to earn a return trip and try to fulfill

their quest for two titles in a row. Standing in their way is the OmyaRamas who won the winner’s bracket and made it to the finals in only their second season in the league. OR took three of the previous four games this season, including a 12-7 win to reach the finals. Last week I wrote that friends shouldn’t let friends go to New Jersey, but now the saying is softball players shouldn’t let their pitcher go to Virginia. OR was forced to play without all-star pitcher Bailey Peters who was on family vacation and KR had to play without his dad, Matt, who was with him. Shortstop Dalton Hotchkiss was brought in to pitch and immediately he was lit up for five runs as KR hit through their order in the top of the first. Hotchkiss put his team on the board in the bottom after scoring off a Geoff Bloomer single. Matt Kinsman delivered the first “Cold Milk K” of the game to Brayden Shannon. Nate Stoodley had a nice looking sac in the second to put his team up 6-1. Jacob “Spyder” Godfrey drove in a run to put the deficit back to four. OR infield had some problems in the third with a couple errors that led to two runs for KR and they stranded a couple runners in the bottom. Stoodley blasted a two-run shot in the fourth for a big 10-2 lead. Bloomer drove in another to make it 10-4, good buddy. KR was a run-producing machine, scoring in every inning. Justin Guth scored to make it 11-4. OR did have two sweet web gems that inning with one by Spyder but the large deficit was still there and so was their lack of scoring as they went down 1-2-3. One of those outs was a “CMK” by Ryan Pfenning. KR put four

more on the board in the sixth. OR answered with two off a big home run by Matt Lorman but also saw Hotchkiss and Shannon with back-to-back “CMKs.” Game one went to KR: 15-5. OR started the scoring in game two after Bloomer drove in Lorman but Shannon and Jimmy Mee each had a “CMK” to keep it at one. Kinsman was doing it with his arm and his bat after he jacked a two-run shot in the bottom, all part of a six-run first inning. OR added two more in the second, but stranded the bases loaded after Pfenning suffered a “CMK” and Hotchkiss flew out. OR played some good defense in the second and kept KR scoreless for the first time in a long time. Lorman scored in the third to cut the deficit to two runs. That two quickly became four after Dustin Blanchard knocked one over the fence. Hotchkiss was able to deliver his first “Cold Beer K” of the night to Chandler “KOS” Burgess to start KR’s bottom of the

fourth. OR had a chance to come away unscathed with two on and two out, but Stoodley cleared the bases with a stand-up double. The scoring in that inning stopped with KR stranding the bases loaded, but they still were up 10-4, good buddy. OR had no answer except a “CMK” by Lorman. They also had no defense in the fifth after KR bombed their way through the order for seven runs and a commanding 17-4 lead. Three of them were off a monster home run by Evan Anderson. They each added one more run, but in the end the congratulations and the championship go to Killington Resort with the series sweep for the second year in a row. Series MVP honors were shared by Nate “Put that Trophy Way Up High” Stoodley and Dustin Blanchard. Stoodley was five for eight with three runs scored, seven RBI, a sac fly, a home run and a walk. Blanchard was four for six with six runs scored, four RBI, a home run and two walks.

By Robin Alberti

Killington Resort took the championship again this year.

5:45 p.m. – Athlete Bib Presentation (Giant Slalom), K1 Lodge Main Stage 6:45 p.m. – Mandatory on-course Photographer Briefing, Killington Ski Club SATURDAY, NOV. 24 TBA– First Run Audi FIS Ski World Cup Giant Slalom TBA – Second Run Audi FIS Ski World

Democratic Trump:

Cup Giant Slalom 5 p.m. – Team Captains Meeting, Killington Grand Resort Hotel – Slalom SUNDAY, NOV. 25 TBA – First Run Audi FIS Ski World Cup Slalom TBA – Second Run Audi FIS Ski World Cup Slalom

Supporters are ‘being played as fools’

continued from page 6 of Trump’s trade war, he was ever the dictator when he said: “Just remember, what you’re seeing and what you’re reading (on TV and in the newspapers) is not what’s happening.” Those truths, he said, are what he considers the media’s “fake” news. The reality, according to Trump, is what he says and wants you to believe. Shocking, but no surprise. It’s been a consistent pattern. From those very first days of his inauguration — when Trump claimed to have the largest crowd ever, despite footage showing the crowds were fall smaller than President Obama had drawn — he has lied in an effort to create an alternative reality. Recently, Trump and his economic advisers had to retract comments that the tax cuts were generating a surplus, and admit that “what they meant to say” was that they “hoped” they would create a surplus someday, admittedly that currently the deficit was tracking at a record $1.5 trillion. While Trump’s alternative reality is dangerous only if others believe it, that’s what’s disconcerting. Too many do. “Stick with us,” and believe the lies we tell you, the president told his supporters at Kansas City. “Don’t believe the crap you

see from these people,” referring to many in Congress, most national economists, and news reports in the nation’s media. The comment might have been Trump’s most Orwellian to date. Orwell is the author who wrote the dystopian novel “1984,”in which the author writes, as Washington Post online columnist James Hohmann astutely recalled:“The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. And if all others accepted the lie, which the party imposed, if all records told the same tale, then the lie passed into history and became the truth.” How gullible and passive does Trump think his followers are? Enough to now believe Trump when he says he is being tougher on Putin than any other president ever, and that Putin and the Russians are going to meddle in the mid-term elections by helping Democrats! Seriously? When will Trump supporters realize they are being played as fools? More importantly, will they stand up to protect democracy when it’s needed, or will they willingly embrace the tyranny Trump espouses?

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Elemental Bike Park at Suicide 6 is open 247 Stage Rd, South Pomfret

Map Legend:


Learn-to-Ride The Beast. Lift, lesson & rental starting at $100.


This concept map, showing over 6 miles of trails, will be constructed at Suicide Six over the next few seasons. Construction began on May 15, with approximately half of the trail network open to the public as of July 21. Work continues on our skills parks, pumptracks, and expert jump lines.

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US Open of MTB inaugeral event held at Killington

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KILLINGTON—More than 5,500 spectators and 250 riders from 11 countries came to the ski town Aug. 1-5 for the US Open of Mountain Biking, according to estimates from Killington Resort. Racers braved rain and lightning storms that carried through most of the event. “The weather was super challenging,” said event organizer and co-founder Clay Harper. It rained about two inches on Friday, he said, creating a “soupy” ride on the course on Saturday. Some events, including the best whip competition scheduled Saturday, was delayed until Sunday due to the rain. “The course was really muddy for a race,” Harper said. “It made for a more challenging weekend for racers.” That didn’t seem to phase some of the competi-

tors, however. “It made for challenging conditions and a tough race, although that’s downhill racing,” said professional rider Dakotah Norton, 26, from Davison, Michigan. “The rain mixed up the results quite a bit, that’s why we love the sport. Anything can happen.” Norton finished in 12th place after a fall in the downhill men’s open competition. Neko Mullaly, 25, won that event on the men’s side with a time of 4:54. This was his second large win in a row. Mullaly claimed first at the National Championships in West Virginia just before coming to Killington. Jackson Frew of Australia took second place with a time of 5:00. Frew said going fast was “ tricky,” with the slick weather conditions. Vaea Veeback of Canada won the women’s open

downhill competition with a time of 6:59 while local rider Mazie Hayden finished sixth with a time of 7:52. In the enduro race, Seamus Powell won the men’s open with a time of 21:15. Nova Korem of Israel won the women’s open with a time of 25:55. Isak Levisson of Norway won the best whip competition. Race organizers have yet to decide if the US Open will return to Killington next year. “We will work with the team of the US Open of Mountain Biking to recap this year’s event and talk about the future in the coming weeks,” said Killington Resort Communications Manager Kristel Fillmore. Harper was anticipating the event would return to Killington. “We haven’t released any news but hopefully we’ll back at Killington,” said Harper.

By Paul Holmes

Professional and amateur riders race at the US Open of MTB Downhill Saturday, Aug. 4 from the top of K-1 Gondola at Killington Resort.Rain made it a muddy weekend.

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Results: Grom Bomb Downhill

Results: Enduro

Boys/Girls 7-9 years old 1. Zack Harper, 24th overall, 2:17.45 2. Questwell Phillips, 32nd overall, 2:33.18 3. Kira Livernois, 33rd overall, 2:34.64 4. Maximus Didomenico, 34th overall, 2:35.90 5. Jacob Manning, 35th overall, 2:37.02

Men’s Open 1. Seamus Powell, USA, 21:15.40 2. Martin Maes, Belgium, 21:17.30 3. Franck Kirscher, Canada, 21:50.10 4. Keegan Wright, New Zealand, 22:10.01 5. Shane Leslie, USA, 22:27.64

Boys 10-12 years old 1. Rory Meek, 2nd overall, 1:59.67 2. Gabriel Johnson, 3rd overall, 2:01.40 3. Lucas Dedora, 4th overall, 2:01.50 4. Anthony Lombardi, 7th overall, 2:05.49 5. Collin Bourque, 8th overall, 2:05.89

Women’s Open 1. Nova Korem, Israel, 25:55.22 2. Corinne Prevot, USA, 27:41.95 3. Rachel Strait, USA, 28:05.58 4. Frida Helena Ronning, Norway, 28:21.36 5. Rachel Pageau, Canada, 28:26.85

Girls 10-12 years old 1. Maddy Doiron, 36th overall, 2:38.26 2. Addison Voyer, 42nd overall, 2:45.39 3. Gabrielle Sterkx, 49th overall, 3:01.45

Men’s Amateur 14 years old and under 1. Daymien Ide, USA, 26:06.22 2. Barrett Hibshman, USA, 28:39.40 3. Eli Gadbois, USA, 28:40.16 4. Oliver Huntington, USA, 30:37.38

Boys 13-15 years old 1. Sky Reznik, 1st overall, 1:59.51 2. Ryder Mosley, 5th overall, 2:03.17 3. Ben Stokes, 6th overall, 2:03.75 4. Austin Clarke, 9th overall, 2:06.08 5. Jackson Waters, 10th overall, 2:06.35

Men’s Amateur 15-34 years old 1. Ben Kelley, USA, 22:23.53 2. David Kahn, USA, 23:50.34 3. Nathan Sterckx, Canada, 23:55.13 4. Mike Buonocore, USA, 24:43.27 5. Adam Wesolowski, USA, 24:48.88 Men’s Amateur 35 years old and older 1. Dj Lis, USA, 24:52.63 2. Ronny Sterckx, Canada, 25:03.72 3. Phil Artese, USA, 25:21.26 4. Brandon Cassell, Candada, 25:33.35 5. Eric Miller, USA, 26:06.81 Women’s Amateur 1. Riley Miller, USA, 31:50.75 2. Sara Ellen Godek, USA, 33:55.01 3. Mariah Palmer, USA, 35:51.46 4. Jennifer Yanazzo, USA, 38:21.34 5. Cheryl Russ, USA, 41:03.18

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Downhill Results: Fox US Open of Mountain Biking Men’s Open Class 1. Neko Mulally, USA, 4:54.75 2. Jackson Frew, Australia, 5:00.98 3. Wyn Masters, New Zealand, 5:09.68 4. Isak Leivsson, Norway, 5:11.06 5. Bernard Kerr, United Kingdom, 5:13.06 6. Kiran MacKinnon, USA, 5:13.79 7.Nik Nestoroff, USA, 5:14.41 8. Warren Kniss, USA, 5:16.95 9. Rafael Gutierrez, Columbia, 5:18.54 10. Connor Fearon, Canada, 5:19.78 Women’s Open Class 1. Vaea Verbeeck, Canada, 6:59.23 2. Ella Skalwold, USA, 7:07.31 3. Frida Helena Ronning, Norway, 7:07.96 4. Samantha Soriano, USA, 7:19.43 5. Rachel Pageau, Canada, 7:26.22 6. Mazie Hayden, USA, 7:52.93 7. Heather Munive, USA, 9:49.40 8. Laura Bruneau, USA, 11:06.14 9. Kristin Lenart, USA, 11:40.75 (The remaining five racers did not finish.) Men’s Amateur Class - 14 years old and under 1. Tristan Lemire, Canada, 5:44.94 2. Lagneau Lucas, France, 5:50.91 3. Toby Meek, New Zealand, 6:13.89 4. Mathis Jacques, Canada, 6:20.06 5. Eric Willetts, USA, 6:23.51 Men’s Amateur Class - 15-34 years old 1. Ben Kelley, USA, 5:26.88 2. Vlad Sherryuble, Canada, 5:31.13 3. Christopher Grice, USA, 5:39.29 4. Chris Sinclair, Canada, 6:04.90 5. Jake Desmarais, USA, 6:05.01 Men’s Amateur Class - 35 years old and older 1. Eric Beauchamp Lachapelle, Canada, 6:14.04 2. Jason Beckley, USA, 6:22.86 3. Nathan Reed, USA, 6:36.23 4. Ian Collins, USA, 6:51.29 5. Brandon Cassell, Canada, 7:05.97 Women’s Amateur Class (all ages) 1. Ivanna Estrada, USA, 9:12.80 2. Abigail Ronca, USA, 11:14.67 3. Vicki Koch, USA, 11:39.66 4. Kylie Budich, USA, 22:55.71

By Paul Holmes

About 250 mountain bike riders attended the USO of MTB at Killington Resort, Aug. 1-5. Some impressive riding was witnessed by crowds of spectators that attended the events.

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The Alley Gallery brings Ellen Shattuck Pierce home for solo exhibition Saturday, Aug. 11, 6-8 p.m.—RUTLAND—The opening reception for Ellen Shattuck Pierce’s solo exhibition, “Thirty-six Views of Home,” a collection of prints about motherhood, will be held Saturday, Aug. 11, 6-8 p.m. at The Alley Gallery, Center St., Rutland. Free wine, light refreshments, and live music will invite art-lovers and print-enthusiasts from all over the northeast to The Alley Gallery on the Saturday night of the summer Art in the Park weekend for an evening with a Rutland-native returned home. Ellen Shattuck Pierce moved to Boston



to pursue her art career after growing up in Rutland. Pierce went to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, graduated from UMass Boston, and received her Ed.M in Arts Education from Harvard. Being part Canadian, Pierce longed to spend time in Canada and moved to Toronto to complete her MFA at York University. She eventually settled in Boston where she teaches art to elementary students in Cambridge and works in her studio. Studio life and the home life she shares with her husband, two teen boys, a dog, and a cat, inform one another in complimentary ways. “This work, like all my

work, is about motherhood; it’s a theme I cannot escape,” Pierce says of her current exhibit. Pierce reflected on her collection. “On good days, my kids and students are charming, my chores meditative, my art a witty reflection of the everyday mundanity and challenge of building humans. On bad days, I am sucked dry and my images are violent. Ice dam stalactites plunge through my dining room ceiling.” Pierce is overwhelmed by giving and by the want to give in, puncture the good will, slice the maternal feelings and sabotage all she has worked so hard to

create. “These opposing identities are in all of us,” she commented, “parents or not.” Pierce’s exhibition, “Thirty-six Views of Home,” addresses this tension as a visual rupture in an otherwise patterned, color-matched, organized interior. The exhibition will be on view at The Alley Gallery from through Sept. 29. 2018. The gallery is open to the public during special events and holds the following regular gallery hours: Thursday and Friday, 12-5 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit the Facebook page, or email


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Saturday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m.—RUTLAND—On Sunday, Aug. 12 at 1 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will welcome Wish Kid Jamie Heath for a story time featuring her new picture book, “Wishes Are Medicine: How Make-A-Wish Gave Me Hope and Helped Me Heal.” Written by Wish Kid Jamie Heath of Barre, and illustrated by Leonard Kenyon of Arlington, the book tells the story of Heath’s recovery from a brain aneurysm and how Make-A-Wish played an important role in her recovery. With bright illustrations, the book follows Wish Kid Jamie, accompanied by her pet turtle Bob, who learns to walk and read again, and regains hope and thrives in the face of her condition thanks to her

wish to swim with sea turtles in Hawaii. Jamie Heath recently completed her Junior year at Spaulding High School where, in addition to being an honor roll student, she served on the Student Council and Student Outreach Committee. She volunteers for the Friends of Stowe Adaptive Sports program, an organization that has provided invaluable support to her in achieving her athletic goals. Heath is a Wish Ambassador for Make-A-Wish Vermont. She gives speeches at Make-A-Wish events and has appeared in public service announcements for the organization. This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books is located at 2 Center St., Rutland. Visit


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Vermont and the Green Mountain Club celebrate the Long Trail Saturday, Aug. 11—Join local Green Mountain Club sections throughout Vermont as they celebrate the Long Trail with guided hikes and visits to some of the state’s most spectacular places. Or, register to hike a piece of the Long Trail to celebrate the trail on your own. Continue the fun at local breweries, that will host hikers after their



day on the Long Trail: Madison Brewing Co., Long Trail Brewing Co., Stone Corral, Rock Art Brewery, and Kingdom Brewing. While many of the hikes and after parties are full, there are still a few openings. Register online at greenmountainclub. org/longtrailday/. Take a hike, and enjoy a Long Trail beer!

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Hand Picked Band

Thursday, Aug. 9, 7 p.m.—FAIR HAVEN—The Fair Haven Concerts in the Park has seen some large crowds of concert-goers this season. Organizers hope to pack the park for the last two concerts, too. On Thursday, Aug. 9, they welcome The Hand Picked Band. While they will be new to the concert series, they are very well-known in the area. The Hand Picked Band is a cover band playing a variety of music from rock and country classics, to today’s new country hits and pop. With five singers, the vocals take center stage with backing instrumentation designed to complement the singers. Band members consist of: Glen Pratt, lead guitar and

vocals; Thom Burke, drums and vocals; Jeff Durkee, bass guitar and vocals; Nicole Durkee-Saunders, lead female vocals; and Beth Durkee, backup vocals. The concert begins at 7 p.m. Come early for easier parking. There will be a door prize drawing and 50/50 raffle. There are picnic tables in the park and we often see families and groups of friends dining during the concert. Hot dogs, sodas, water, and popcorn are available for purchase each week. The concerts go on rain or shine. The Fair Haven Congregational Church offers use of the church as the rain location. For more information, call 802265-3010 ext. 301.

Castleton offers free tours of historical buildings Saturday, Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m.—Castleton Historical Society offers a the opportunity to visit historic buildings on Main Street in Castleton on the following Saturday mornings: Aug. 11, 18, and 25 and Sept. 1. The venerable Buel block at 556 Main St., next to the Castleton post office, was built 200 years ago as three brick commercial buildings

joined together. A historical society volunteer will show visitors the interior on a summer Saturday between 9:30-10:30 a.m. Holly Hitchcock, the president of Castleton Historical Society, suggests also taking a free tour of the society’s Higley house (built 1810-1811), located at 407 Main St. The Higley building is Castleton’s historic house museum, open Saturdays through Labor Day weekend be-

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What is your dog saying? Saturday, Aug. 11, 1 p.m.—CASTLETON—Dog trainer Deb Helfrich will hold a program on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. about dog communication, at the Castleton Free Library. What is that dog saying? Is a yawn always just a yawn? Why does a dog shake off even when it’s not wet? Is a tail wag always friendly? Learn all about how dogs communicate and what they say with their bodies. Deb Helfrich will demystify dog communication, explain how dogs express themselves, and explore how we can all live safely and happily together. Deb Helfrich is the owner and co-founder of Gold Star Dog Training LLC, based in Fairfax. She has been a therapy dog handler since 1996 and the volunteer director of training and certification for Therapy Dogs of Vermont (TDV) since 2005. In this role, she manages the testing and evaluation of new therapy dog teams, oversees a statewide team of testers and evaluators, and is responsible for all policies and guidelines related to therapy dog certification. She also created the TDV’s first training programs in 2008. The program is free, accessible and open to humans only. Please leave the pups comfortably at home. Light refreshments will be served. Castleton Free Library is located at 638 Main St., Castleton. For more information, call 802-468-5574.


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VINS explores mammals for a day

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Learn about mammals at VINS, during a day celebrating their importance to the natural world.

Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.—QUECHEE— Join VINS for a day exploring the amazing lives of mammals, Saturday, Aug. 11, 10 a.m.5 p.m. Discover the specialties of these furred critters and find out how important they are to the natural world. See an amazing puppet show with Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals, find out about bears with VT Fish & Wildlife, and learn about the world of bats and bat rehabilitation. Then, meet live mammals in a presentation by Wildlife Encounters. In addition there will be face painting, pelts and skulls, hands-on activities and crafts all day long. Visit the King Arthur Flour Bake Truck and Pizza Chef during this event. Events are included with admission to the VINS Nature Center. For more information, visit

Welcome Home music festival planned to honor soldiers Saturday, Aug. 11, 9:30 a.m.—WHITE RIVER JUNCTION—VA sponsors Welcome Home events around the country for returning military service members and their families. On Saturday, Aug. 11, White River Junction VAMC and the Vet Center will be hosting a music festival and cookout to honor local soldiers, combat veterans, and their families. The event will be held at the White River Junction VAMC located on Veterans Drive. Opening ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by band performances beginning at 10 a.m. and

a cookout at 11 a.m. The coordination of bands was done by Richard Meijer of Stars Stripes and Strings, a non-profit dedicated to providing Vet Centers with guitars. They include: The Ramblers, Chris Kleeman, Brothers Band Together, Ted Mortimer Trio, and Bow Thayer. “At last year’s Welcome Home event I observed the unspoken bond veterans have with one another and knew that I needed to help make this year’s event another success and more special ...” explained Meijer. Closing ceremony will begin at 3:30 p.m. 

Chaffee Art Center presents 57th Annual Art in the Park Summer Festival Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 11-12—RUTLAND—All are invited to attend the Chaffee Art Center’s 57th Annual Art in the Park Summer Festival to be held on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 11-12 in Main Street Park at the junction of routes 4 and 7 in Rutland. The show features juried fine artists, craftspeople, and specialty food producers. Rounding out the festival are food vendors, live music, kids’ activities, a community art project, pet area, and live demonstrations to include Calypso Consulting on steel drums, Carving Studio, 12 Tribes circle dancing, painting and more. Hours are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday. A voluntary donation is appreciated.   All types of handcrafts and fine art will

be on exhibit and available for purchase at the outdoor festival. The visual arts are represented by a selection of oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics and photographs.  A full array of crafts will be featured: pottery, soaps, health and body products,candles, Vt. stone products, fiber items, jewelry, glass items, furniture, wooden items, and more. Specialty food producers will have samples of fudge, Greek products, hot fudge sauces, wine, and spirits. Demos of works in progress will be held throughout the weekend.   There will be food concessions selling food both days to include: BBQ King with cheeseburgers, cheesy chicken, fried cheese curds; Yellow Deli with wraps, sandwiches, smoothies, soup, chili, as-

sorted desserts, fresh baked bread; Mama T’s Country Kitchen with pulled pork, brisket, mac and cheese, potato salad; and Vermont Shaved Ice with cool fun flavors. Plus, cinnamon roasted nuts, kettle corn, and fudge.  Opening the festival each day with live music will be Andy Lugo, followed by Moose Crossing. In the afternoon on Saturday, Bethany Conner will perform, with Miss Guided Angels on Sunday. Free kids’ activities will be held under the Chaffee’s main tent throughout the weekend, including art projects, seed

plantings, games, and more. A special treat for the first 50 kids to visit the kid’s area: a free birdhouse kit from LaValley Building Supply. Plus, a community art project will be on display. Back again this year are Chaffee Bucks. Entry into the drawings are free to attendees, and will be held hourly throughout each day under the main tent. Winners can spend the Chaffee Bucks during the festival weekend at any booth. Art in the Park is Vermont’s oldest continuing arts tradition, and the Chaffee Art Center’s major fund-raising event, occurring twice yearly in mid-summer and autumn.  Visit




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A young girl carries a chicken, on a farm during Open Farm Week in 2015.

Vermont Open Farm Week returns Aug. 13-19

Aug. 13-19—The fourth annual Open Farm Week will return the week of Monday, Aug. 13-Sunday, Aug. 19, and will feature a diverse schedule of rooted in Vermont on-farm activities for the whole family. Open Farm Week is a celebration of Vermont farms offering visitors a backstage pass to learn more about local food origins, authentic agritourism experiences, and the chance to build relationships with farmers. This year visitors can explore regional trails, featuring multiple farms and activities, to take a deeper dive into the unique rural character of each corner of Vermont. Events vary from farm to farm, including activities like milking cows or goats, learning to make pickles, working with fiber, crop-mobs, on-farm dinners, or scavenger hunts. Janet Steward of Greenfield Highland Cattle reflected on her Open Farm Week experience: “Everyone was so appreciative of the beauty of the animals and landscape, and what

we do. We were able to show people how our beef is raised, and how we believe any beef people eat should be raised. The joy and peace on people’s faces, being on a working farm and being around animals was worth it to us.” 2017’s Open Farm Week event saw increased reach through partnership marketing with the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing and Front Porch Forum, drawing visitors from Vermont and beyond to the many participating farms throughout the state. Visitors reported an increased connection with farms and farmers because of their Open Farm Week experience, with 80 percent of attendees responding that their visit has inspired them to purchase and consume more local food. Open Farm Week is a collaborative statewide agritourism project organized by members of the Vermont Farm to Plate Network including the UVMExtension, Vt. Agency of



Agriculture, Vt. Fresh Network, Vt. Department of Tourism and Marketing, Shelburne Farms and FarmBased Education, NOFA-VT, and City Market. Open Farm Week helps reach Vermont’s Farm to Plate food system plan goals to increase farm profitability, local food availability, and consumption of Vt. food products. In Central Vermont, Four Springs Farm in Royalton will be holding a Summertime Camping special for Vermonters, Monday -Friday, plus a tour of the farm on Thursday at 4 p.m. and Yoga in the Field Friday at 5:30 p.m. Vermont Farmstead Cheese Co. in South Woodstock will be offering samples and cheese making demonstrations, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. each day. Silloway Maple in Randolph Center will hold a pancake supper at the sugarhouse, with tour, Friday, 5-7 p.m. On Saturday, Howling Wolf Farm in Randolph will have a farm tour and family picnic day, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Small Farm in Brandon will hold a Family Farm Day at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. For a complete schedule of farms across the state, visit

In 2017, Billy won the “Best Dog in Show” with his spectacular New Orleans style, “Big Easy.”

Stone Hearth Inn hosts Hot Dog Cook-Off Sunday, Aug. 12, 1 p.m.— CHESTER—On Sunday, Aug. 12, the Stone Hearth Inn will host the Seventh Annual Hot Dog Cook-Off. This family friendly community fundraiser benefits the Chester-Andover Family Center and local youth athletic organizations. The event takes place from 1-4 p.m. and features music, prizes and the Chester-Andover Family Center Silent Auction and Basket Raffle.

Plus, rivalry among the hot dog chefs. Eleven chefs have entered the competition and will be cooking dogs. The price of admission includes all-you-can-eat and a chance to vote for your favorite. Admission is $20 for a family, $10 for adults and $5 for students. The Stone Hearth is located at 698 Vt. Route 11W, Chester. Call 802-875-2525.

Taste & Make workshops continue at Stone Valley Market Saturday, Aug. 11, 4 p.m.—POULTNEY—On Saturday, Aug. 11 from 4-6 p.m., Stone Valley Community Market (SVCM – the co-op in Poultney) is offering the third of its summer Taste & Make workshop series focused on homemade probiotic foods. This month, learn about the joys and benefits of cultured dairy, with a focus on yogurt and fresh cheese. The event begins at SVCM for a tasting and discussion, then participants will walk to Green Mountain College’s commercial kitchen to make batches to take home. An optional tour of the college’s Cerridwen Farm will follow. This event is free, just bring a quart jar. To register, call 802-287-4550. Stone Valley Community Market is located at 216 Main St., Poultney.


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Courtesy Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce

Mary Cohen, left, and Bill Ackerman, right, present chef Greg and the Killington Grand Hotel the Best Taste award at the 2017 Winter in August.

Winter in August returns as food festival, block party Tuesday, Aug. 14, 5 p.m.—RUTLAND—Winter in August, held annually by the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, will take place Tuesday, Aug. 14, 5-8 p.m. on Merchants Row in downtown Rutland. Originally held as a recognition of the ski industry’s contribution to the regional economy, the event has become a food festival and block party with over 800 people in attendance in 2017. This year marks the 37th annual Winter in August. It’s a great opportunity to meet new customers, friends and suppliers. The event also draws local, state and U.S. dignitaries. Not to mention, over 30 local restaurants will provide food tasting. Aside from the great food, new this year there will fun activities including

demonstrations from The Upbeat Canine and Vermont Martial Arts Academy, a photo booth by Vibe Portrait Art and a mini golf hole from Otter Creek Fun Center (with a chance to win free mini golf ). The Chamber acknowledges the effort of the businesses in attendance with awards for Best Taste and Best Display judged by a chef-led panel. There will also be a People’s Choice Award voted on by those in attendance. Purchase tickets in advance for $10, online at or at the chamber office, 50 Merchants Row, Rutland, by Aug. 10. After that, or at the door, tickets are $15. For more information, visit

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Players in the High Fives Golf Tournament know how to have fun for a great cause.

Killington Golf Course hosts High Fives Tourney Friday, Aug. 10, 9 a.m.— KILLINGTON—Killington Golf Course will once again host the High Fives Tournament on Aug. 10. Teams compete in a fourman scramble format for their chance at incredible prizing all in the name of philanthropy! Registration begins at 9 a.m., with

Wednesday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m.—WEST RUTLAND—Local sculptor Don Ramey is Artist in Residence at the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center for the months of July and August. He is creating a large scale marble relief sculpture honoring the Vermont volunteers who served in the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. The carving, part of the Downtown Rutland Sculpture Trail, depicts the African American soldiers under fire during the Battle of Olustee in 1864. Don Ramey will discuss his work and the history of the 54th Regiment in an Artists Talk on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. The event at 636 Marble Street, West Rutland is free and open to the public. For more information, call 802-438-2097.

Information for Athletes, Parents & Coaches Certified athletic trainers from iSport and the Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic discuss concussions:

` Info regarding the diagnosis of this injury ` Guidelines for return-to-learn and return-to-play

August 30, 2018, 6-8pm Rutland Regional Medical Center CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center 160 Allen Street, Rutland, VT Please register or this FREE discussion. Register at or call 802.772.2400.

Matthew Howland, ATC

Dominick Maniery, ATC

Tyler White, ATC

team. Visit to sign up. Last year, the High Fives Tournament was a fundraising benefit for local athlete, Max Elles, who broke his back and sustained paralysis in a snowboarding accident. The foundation provides injury prevention awareness and reresources

Artist in Residence Don Ramey talks on his work at Carving Studio


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a shotgun start at 11 a.m. After the tournament, the fun continues with putting contest finals, dinner and awards. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, Titleist golf balls, Oakley high fives golf shirt, lunch, and other great prizes. Cost is $200 per single golfer, or $700 for a four-person


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FOOD MATTERS Good things come in pairs Good things come in pairs, especially wine. Hailing from Espagne, Hammeken Cellars of Alicante has produced an array of specialized

batch is carefully selected during the later weeks of September to give it that fruity, toasted flavor, and dark ruby red color. It’s almost like a warm summer s’more made with strawberries and dark chocolate all wrapped up into a perfectly sized glass. Let us not forget our other Flor del Montgo family member: Verdejo! This beauty also has a fine family lineage from Spain, but is a little younger. Originating from 20-year-old vines, this white variety is only harvested at night making it our favorite night owl. Because of this process, all of the aromas of lime, grapefruit, and minerals along with zesty acidity are neatly preserved in a perfect package, or bottle for that matter. Was it men-

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wine since 1996. Specifically, Flor del Montgó Tempranillo and Flor del Montgó Verdejo: sisters from a slightly different mister … well, family of grapes. The Tempranillo, a black grape originating in Spain, comes from a long lineage of family ties, sorry, vines! 45 years to be exact. Each

tioned that since this is 2018, the best part is that both wine varieties are 100 percent organic! You can taste both at The Foundry in Killington this weekend.

Farmers’ Markets

Open 7 nights a week starting May 28th

Vermont Farmers’ Market

Feast & Field Farmers’ Market

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

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

Market on the Green

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

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

Rochester Farmers’ Market & Exchange

Lakes Region Farmers’ Market

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

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

Ludlow Farmers’ Market

Killington Farmers’ Market

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

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

Mt. Tom Farmers’ Market

Fair Haven Farmers’ Market

Mt. Tom parking lot, Woodstock: Saturday, 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.

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




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FOOD 506 Bistro

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



Killington Market

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

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

Liquid Art

Forget about the polar vortex for a while and relax in the warm atmosphere at Liquid Art. Look for artfully served lattes from their La Marzocco espresso machine, or if you want something stronger, try their signature cocktails. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, they focus on healthy fare and provide you with a delicious meal different than anything else on the mountain. (802) 422-2787.

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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 VT 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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Chef-owned, Choices Restaurant and Rotisserie was named 2012 ski magazines favorite restaurant. Choices may be the name of the restaurant but it is also what you get. Soup of the day, shrimp cockatil, steak, hamburgers, pan seared chicken, a variety of salads and pastas, scallops, sole, lamb and more await you. An extensive wine list and in house made desserts are also available. (802) 422-4030

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Inn at Long Trail

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

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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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Mountain Top Inn & Resort

Whether staying overnight or visiting for the day, Mountain Top’s Dining Room & Tavern serve delicious cuisine overlooking one of Vermont’s best views. A mix of locally inspired and International cuisine – including salads, seafood, poultry and a new steakhouse menu - your taste buds are sure to be satisfied. Choose from 12 Vermont craft brews on tap. Dine on the terrace for lunch or dinner and enjoy the view! Just a short drive from Killington. 802483-2311


Chef-owned since 1992, Peppino’s offers Neapolitan cuisine at its finest: pasta, veal, chicken, seafood, steak, and flatbreads. If you want it, Peppino’s has it! Aprés-hour daily features half price appetizers and flatbreads. For reservations, call 802-422-3293. www.

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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,



“You are about to have the best food you’ve eaten, no ifs, ands, or buts.” -The Rutland Herald

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

At Killington’s hometown bar, you’re bound to have a good time with good food. Starters, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and salads are all available. With live entertainment seven days a week, they’re always serving food until last call. www.supportinglocalmusic. com (802) 422-5334

Jones’ Donuts

Offering donuts and a bakery, with a community reputation as being the best! Closed Monday and Tuesday. 23 West Street, Rutland. See what’s on special at Call (802) 773-7810

Rosemary’s was built around an indoor boulder,features an illuminated garden view, and photographs capturing the Inn’s history. Chef Daniel Molina, who comes to us from from Salubre Trattoria and the Canoe Club in Hanover, blends the flavors of Ireland with those of countryside New England created with a host of fresh local Vermont and New England seafood products. We take pride in serving you only the best quality, and supporting the local farmers. 802-775-7181

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MATTERS Lake Bomoseen Lodge

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

Seward’s Dairy

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

Sugar and Spice

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

Sushi Yoshi

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

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Monica gets a stroke and a penalty Question: Monica and John are playing in a tournament. On the third hole, Monica plays a chip shot onto the green. Her club strikes the ground several inches behind the ball but does not have contact with the ball. However, the ground is hit with enough force to cause the ball to move. As the ball moves, the moving club makes contact with the moving ball. Monica counts her stroke. John says Monica also must add a penalty for striking the ball twice. Is John correct? Answer: Even though the club did not make contact initially with the ball, a stroke was made with the intent of hitting the ball. The club then hit the ball causing it to move adding another stroke. John is correct as he has knowledge of the rules. See USGA Decisions on the Rules of Golf, 2016-2017, 14-4/3. Decisions on the Rules 2018-2019 have not yet been printed. Golf clinics continue Saturday mornings, 10:30 a.m. to noon. I continue to work on individual concerns. Remember, the swing’s the thing and continuous improvement is what it’s all about.


Five teams could win golf league LUDLOW—The final two weeks of Okemo Valley Golf Club’s Men’s League are shaping up to be a race of historic proportions. There are five teams that could win it all, and eight teams that could come in the money. Winning the night, July 31, and moving into third place overall, was Engel & Volkers. Chris Garvey, Austin Danyew, Larry Plumb and Fra Devine combined to win a whopping 26.5 holes. Finishing in second place for the night, and remaining in the top four in overall standings, was Knight Tubs. Clemente Delarosa, Mark Montgelas, Jake Pierce and Ken Guy combined to win 21 holes. Finishing third and staying relevant in the overall race, was Diamond Realty, as roger Danyew, Mark Griffin, Bob Ahlers and Craig Peters combined to win 19 holes. Closest to the pin winners were Clemente Delarosa on the 8th hole and Charlie Howard on the 4th. Weekly Results: 1st Engel & Volkers 26 holes won/15 pts. 2nd Knight Tubs 21 holes won/13 pts.

3rd Diamond Realty 19 holes won/11 pts. 4th Bensons Chevrolet 19 holes won/10 pts. 5th Built Rite MFG. 19 holes won/ 9 pts. 6th Huntley’s Wealth Management 17 holes won/8 pts. 7th Stryhas Builders 17 holes won/7 pts. 8th Skygate Financial 17 holes won/6 pts. 9th Honey Dew Man 15 holes won/5 pts. 10th Green Mountain Appraisals 9.5 holes won/ 4 pts. Season Standings: 1st Stryhas Builders 117 pts. Tie Bensons Chevrolet 117 pts. 3rd Engel & Volkers 113 pts. 4th Knight Tubs 102 pts. 5th Honey Dew Man 98 pts. 6th Huntley’s Wealth Management 96 pts. 7th Diamond Realty 92 pts. 8th Skygate Financial 90 pts. 9th Built Rite MFG. 73 pts. 10th Green Mountain Appraisals 70 pts.

Two NEPGA Senior Championship players score aces at Okemo Valley Golf Club LUDLOW—Two golf professionals made holesin-one at Okemo Valley Golf Club during the NEPGA Senior Championship on Monday, July 30. Chris Bohac, a golf professional at Kirkbrae Country Club, in Lincoln, R.I., aced the 8th hole. Bohac made the 173-yard hole-in-one using an 8 iron. Paul Politano and Fred Aulette witnessed the amazing feat. John Paesani, a golf professional at The Bay Club

at Mattapoisett, in Mattapoisett, Mass., made a holein-one on the 4th hole. The 150-yard ace was witnessed by John Hickson and Greg Farland. Okemo Valley Golf Club is Vermont’s first heathland-style golf course and was designed according to the traditions of the game. The championship 18-hole golf course features a full-service clubhouse, indoor practice facility, 18-acre outdoor training center, fully stocked pro shop and fleet of electric carts.

The layout is a par 70 that measures 6,400 yards in length and features bent grass greens, tees and fairways with multiple tee areas on each hole, ensuring playability and challenge for all ability levels. Rolling hills, moderate elevation changes and wide fairways with well-placed hazards enhance the heathland layout. For more information about Okemo Valley Golf Club, please call (802) 228-1396 or visit



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By Mike Dougherty/VTDigger

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist talks to union organizers on the UVM nurses picket line.


Business person runs for governor


A CU sophomore student launches a new club sport.

continued from page 3 When she was told she had the job, she asked what had set her apart. “He said ‘Because you’re the only one who made it fun,’” she said. “When you’re excited … you actually do a lot more work.” For and against renewables As governor, Hallquist says she would move forward with the state’s goal of 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. To get there, she said, she would endorse the Solar Pathways Vermont plan, a blueprint developed by the Vermont Energy Investment Corp. that calls for the use of more electricity for heat and transportation systems and for the installation of more solar and wind projects. Hallquist has opposed renewable energy projects in the past. She has argued in testimony at the Statehouse more solar arrays and wind turbines should only be added if the state improves its storage capacity. Hallquist said, in fact, that the state’s power grid lacks capacity now, and cannot accommodate the energy generated by existing wind and solar projects. “When the wind’s blowing and the sun’s shining, we have to shut generation down,” Hallquist said. “So putting more renewables into northern Vermont will not help Vermont achieve its renewable goals.” In 2013, she called for a moratorium on renewable energy projects in the Vermont Legislature. She asked lawmakers to consider a three-year freeze on new projects to come up with a solution for excess renewable electricity. Tony Klein, chair of the House Natural Resources Committee at the time, said Hallquist opposed projects that she felt could lead to rate hikes for her members. “Oftentimes there would be a conflict,” Klein said. “If we were going to push the envelope, there was a real possibility for the short term that it could have a negative rate impact. So she was very clear to defend that, as I expected her to be.” When Hallquist proposed the moratorium, Klein said, he pushed back, saying her messaging strategy was too focused on how the grid in the Northeast Kingdom couldn’t handle more renewable

energy projects. What she should have given more time to, he said, was what options were available to modernize the grid so that it could accommodate more renewable energy. “When I pointed out the optics to her, she realized that. And that’s a good quality. And the tune changed. That’s not what she was meaning to do,” he said. Hallquist said VEC pursued solar and wind projects because the state and members of the cooperative wanted them. “The nice thing about running for governor is you get to be yourself,” she said. “But that’s not the case when you’re the head of an electric cooperative. You’re doing what the members want. So the members wanted renewables and we built them.” Klein said of all the candidates for governor, Hallquist has the best knowledge of renewable energy, and she has the skills to bring about an expansion of Vermont’s renewable energy industry, which her opponents lack. “She is really, really smart,” Klein said. “And I really, really enjoyed it when she came before the committee, because she could give as good as she could take.” Corporate cash conundrum Hallquist has come under fire from political opponents and some Democratic voters for her decision to accept $16,000 in donations from three companies: real estate firm Barrett Singer, animal food manufacturer Green Mountain Animal, and the Vermont Telephone Company (Vtel). While she said she will no longer accept donations from private companies. She announced on Monday Aug. 6 that she would give back the $16,000, after pressure to do so from her leading competitor in the race, James Ehlers. “After watching Phil Scott take large sums from Monsanto and other out-of =-state corporations, it has become clear that my leading on this issue of campaign finance resform is more important than ever,” she said. Her campaign manager Cameron Russell said her announcement was a move the campaing could only make after it could make up for lost donations. Prior to the announcement, she

said she was relying on the money to pay her unionized campaign staff, and that the donations came from friends who happened to sign company checks. The job of the gubernatorial nominee, she said, is “to pull people together.” “I’m going to abide by their rules,” she said. “It’s not the candidate’s job to tell the party what to do.” But if elected, she said, she would be committed to tightening campaign finance laws and outlawing corporate political donations in Vermont altogether. “We can talk about setting new rules for the next election, let’s do that and codify it into law so that the Republican Party has to live with it as well.” First transgender candidate Hallquist’s notable run as the first transgender candidate for governor has brought her national media attention. Her transition, which began in 2015, was covered extensively in local media outlets and in a documentary, “Denial,” created by her son, Derek. Derek had set out to make a film about on Hallquist’s work in the energy field, but after she came out to the public, it also became a film about her transition. Hallquist came out to her family in the late 2000s. Growing up in rural Baldwinsville, outside Syracuse, New York, she always knew she was different. “I remember when I was 11 years old my mom dressed me up as Little Red Riding Hood, and I said ‘Mommy I want to be a girl,’ and she said, ‘Never say that again,’” Hallquist said. “It turns out they put people in mental institutions at that time for that.” Hallquist is accustomed to fielding questions about gender identity in debates, and in interviews with reporters. “It’s an important question, and so I don’t shy away from it,” she said. “Just like you’re a woman running for office, I say I’m a transgender woman.”While some may view her candidacy as a human interest story, she doesn’t think a factor for Vermont voters. “Vermonters are going to hire me based on what I offer to them,” she said, “Not based on my gender.”

The sport of gaming:

Goes varsity

continued from page 1 be a sports journalist. He likes basketball and other sporting activities the college offers but said the esports program will be a draw for students with more diverse interests. “It provides another place for people to hangout,” he said. “ I also think it could bring a lot money to the college,” he added, mentioning esports sponsorship opportunities. Castleton University and College of St Joseph are both small, struggling liberal arts colleges that have both laid off staff and professors in recent years. CU announced a recent uptick in enrollment.Weld is hoping esports will draw new students to campus. “When the League of Legends is selling out 80,000 seats in an Olympic stadium to witness their championships live, and another 57 million are tuning in online, you know there is huge potential,” he said in a press release. “I am a traditional sports fan who was admittedly skeptical of the potential at first, but those numbers are staggering when you consider 40 million people watched Game 7 of the 2016 World Series and that set a 25-year high water mark.” CSJ Head Coach & Director of esports Chris Towle said about 11 students participated in esports at the varsity in its inaugural year. Students practiced in a classroom three days a week for 2-4 hours at a time. Students were also educated on stress management and nutrition to better their concentration. Towle said esports requires a different mentality from other sports. “The rules of basketball never change,” he said. “The rules in League of Legends can change every two weeks.” CSJ competed in some tournaments last year, but Towle said the sport is still new. “A lot of us coaches are trying to figure out how to hold tournaments,” Towle said. Towle anticipates the sport will grow with the rise of virtual sporting experiences.


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HOPE - Adult. Spayed female. Satin Angora rabbit. I am one gorgeous bunny. I have the most beautiful fur and you won’t believe me until you see it. I love my share of vegetables and boy has the staff has been spoiling me with goodies.

KENO - 10.5-year-old. Neutered male. Pit Bull mix. I’m a sweet, older fella but I have a spring in my step! I’m a social guy who loves being with people and getting a little extra love and attention. I do love toys but I tend to chew them up.

PETPersonals KAI - 1-year-old. Spayed female. Labrador Retriever mix. I’m a very outgoing and social lady who will make you smile and giggle when you’re with me. I love being with people and I do love my toys, too, and can catch tennis balls in mid-air.

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Featuring pets from:


Springfield Humane Society

IRIS - 2-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Short Hair Brown Tabby. Hi. My name is Iris. I came to the RCHS because my owner passed away. I am a lovable little girl who is an excellent cuddler. I will lay in your arms and head nuzzle for hours if I could! MAX - 3-year-old. Neutered male. Beagle mix. I’m a playful fella who likes to chase balls and if they have squeakers in them I’ll happily squeak, squeak, squeak. I need lots of exercise and play time and I do enjoy walks and hikes.

SUNSHINE - 3-year-old. Neutered male. Domestic Short Hair. Orange with white. My name matches my personality because I am a very sweet and happy little guy. I lived in a home with many other cats so I definitely get along well with other cats, but not with dogs.

ATHENO - 1-year-old. Neutered male. Domestic Short Hair White and Brown Tiger. It is a pleasure to meet you. My owner left me behind. I am happy here at the RCHS but I would love to go home with you. I am a good boy who is ready to love again. I am handsome!

DORA - 2-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Short Hair Dilute Tortoiseshell. I am a medium sized cat who is quite pretty because of my color pattern. I am very friendly and social and I like to give and receive affection. I have been an inside only cat.

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

MOLLY - 6-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Short Hair. Black. Hi there my name is Molly and I am a sweet kitty that would love a lap to sit on. I love to be brushed and pampered. I do love attention and if you call my name I will come running!

JULIO - 11-year-old. Neutered male. Domestic Short Hair. Black and white. My name is Julio and I am the most mellow cat you have ever met. I am a friendly kitty who would love to sit on your lap and get all the attention. I don’t get along with other cats or dogs.

BRE My name is Bre and I am famous for my ability to sing and to sing often! I love people, but need to be your only pet. I am a couch potato that loves to go for rides and since I am only 17 pounds I am easy to take everywhere! Stop by 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, Wednesday throuth Saturday from 12-4:30 p.m. Call 802-885-3997 for more information.

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society

All of these pets are available for adoption at

Rutland County Humane Society

765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT • (802) 483-6700 Tues. - Sat. 12-5p.m., Closed Sun. & Mon. •


SIRUS Hi! My name’s Sirus and I’m a 5-month-old neutered male kitten. Some people think my name should be Serious, because I look it more often than not with my highly distinguished and prominent chin. Trust me - I’m anything but serious! I love to play and play and play. And, when I’m done playing, I love to be cuddled and held like a baby. And, when I’m done being cuddled, I like to take my naps. When I’m done sleeping, I’ll have a quick bite to eat, and then I hit the repeat button and do it all again! That’s life according to Sirus. If you’ve been looking for an adorable, comical little feline companion to bring lots of love and smiles to your life, 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 PM. Reach us daily at 802-484-LUCY. Visit us at www.lucymac. org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter and Instagram. We hope to see you soon!


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Give yourself a break By Cal Garrison a.k.a Mother of the Skye

This week’s Horoscopes are coming out under a Gemini Moon, with Venus about to enter Libra, the sign that she rules. On the surface this would seem to indicate that it’s time for fun and games, or, at the very least, some time out to forget our cares and remember the expression, “Don’t worry, be happy.” Giving ourselves a break could be just what the doctor ordered. I say this because there are underlying planetary configurations that, for one reason or another, are putting all of us through the ringer – in our personal lives, and on a global scale as well. To frame them in a context that will make sense to you, let me delineate the most obvious aspects and relate the translation to some real time conversations that have popped up with my clients in the last week or so: Siwa trine Sisphyus: On a collective level, this aspect puts us at a cosmic re-set point. By that I mean, in the midst of what in actuality is a rebirth, everything rolls to the bottom of the hill before it renews itself. In more than one session this week I have heard stories that involve people being freaked out by the fact that everything they have worked for is falling through the cracks, and there seems to be no way rescue the situation. In other situations people are wrestling with deciding whether to persist, or give up the ghost, in relationship situations that stopped working a long time ago. When Siwa trines Sisyphus, it’s best to trust the fact that one way or another, whatever is falling apart will come back to life in a form that is better than ever, once the castle finally crumbles. Mercury at the opposite midpoint of Saturn – Urania, Astraea, and Chiron There is a gap between our core

THERE ARE UNDERLYING PLANETARY CONFIGURATIONS THAT, FOR ONE REASON OR ANOTHER, ARE PUTTING ALL OF US THROUGH THE RINGER. beliefs, or what we have always held to be true, and an influx of new perceptions that require us to leave the old status quo constructs behind. Our minds are being called to wake up because our further evolution depends on it. As we wait for this new wave of truth to wash over humanity, some of us are turning around, and others are still stuck on the party line. In my consultations I have noticed that half of my work involves listening to people talk about how everything they thought was true, turned out to be false. In a state of cognitive dissonance, they are confused about what it might mean to see things differently. Jupiter conjunct psyche opposite Juno and squaring Pallas: The relationship paradigm is getting hammered. Our concepts of what it means to be ‘in a relationship’ are being altered by our direct experience. As much as we wish we could continue to believe in ‘The one and only’, or the ‘Soul Mate’, or the belief that true love and commitment go hand and hand, till death do us part, those constructs don’t seem to be working for us at this point. While we may wish that we could continue to put our faith in those ideas, in real time we have been totally abandoned by the notion that we came here to hook up with one person and stay with them till the end of time. These statements may rattle a few cages, but in the age of unity consciousness, as we begin to awaken to the fact that love is the binding force that connects us all, being joined at the hip with one person forever doesn’t even make sense. In the last week or so, one of my conversations involved talking with a person who was totally confused by the fact that their perfect marriage, and their perfect life, had passed the point of rescue. At the same time, this individual was doing their best to put a Smiley Face on their issues, and stick with it. Another person was involved in a long term relationship with a partner who contributed nothing to the connection; they didn’t work, Relationships, page 39 •STOTT PILATES •TRX Suspension Training •Private and small group instruction

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ou have it all. In so many ways, no matter how it looks, and even if you’re a “Legend in your own mind,” you’ve got more power than the rest of us. The part of you that knows this is less aware of how to wield it. And what happens on the back end is what’s at issue right now. All kinds of people want a chunk of your time, or your ass. Pardon my French but, too much is on the line. If you lose yourself to the agendas and manipulations of others your best efforts won’t be enough to save what could very well turn out to be the most important choice you’ll ever make.


race under pressure is the name of the game, right now. You are a champ when it comes to dispensing unconditional love. In your current situation, the need to be percent there for someone or something has got you wondering why you put yourself through it. Many of you are in a state of suspended animation, waiting for things to rise or fall, with no clue where they will turn up. What can I say? All of us are here to bear witness to our circumstances and accept “What is.” Yes this moment is huge. There are no words, and any prescription you find must be written from within.


o be on the safe side you’ll be better off keeping your foot in the door; to break ties completely would deny the fact that some of what’s left here is still working for you. The next new thing looks as good, or better, than what you’ve got going on right now - but circumstances are shaky and you would be foolish to risk it all for things that are subject to the whim of fate or the whims of those who you hardly know. Without burning any bridges and without rushing this, keep exploring the possibilities and consider what a whole new scene might do to expand your possibilities.


he wind in your sails is over the top. Toning it down will be hard. The idea that you’re about to hit it big, overcompensates for deep seated doubts. It’s fine to shoot for the Moon, but going too far too fast gets us nowhere. Getting real about the gap between you and whatever you don’t want to hear, will bring you down to earth. If this is real, it will keep. It all comes down to being true to yourself. Take heed: if your actions are laced with ego, fear, jealousy, and/or an appetite for more of what you already have, the Karma police will soon remind you what comes and goes around.





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ou are coming into your own and ready to assume your true identity. It’s as if the sleeper cell that has been there since Day One, is getting lit up. Within this state of affairs it will be necessary to surrender to the unknown and leave the past behind. Those closest to you are already blown away by all of this. Some of them will go through hell and high water to keep things as they are. Others will shun you – and there will be a few who understand that your transformation is about to awaken them too. It’s time to shed your skin. Do your best to remain open.




o be a little clearer than you were a month ago has taught you that time heals everything. Most of you have a hard time letting go and your recent issues have created experiences that have forced you to look that particular item right in the face. As things have progressed you appear to be more in charge of the energies that make you spin off center every time your abandonment and rejection trips force you to return to yourself. If you have figured out how to aim toward things that reinforce your inner strength you will continue to make the best of a difficult time.



oo many things have opened up for you to think that anything needs to stay the same. The tendency to stick to it has to be balanced with equal parts of flexibility. When your mind and your heart are on a new track, one that doesn’t involve dancing to anyone’s tune but your own, it’s impossible to go back to whatever it is that needs to fit in with the rest of the herd. If I were you I’d forget about the master plan and begin to trust the voice that keeps telling you it wants out, or it wants something other than the standard prescription; don’t resist the impulse to change.

t’ll be a few more weeks before the fruits of your labor come to life. In the meantime, forces that give you cause to doubt yourself will be all over the place. This is what happens when our dreams come to the moment of realization. It will help you to keep that thought in mind and remain humble enough to keep praying. As time gives way to the next thing, the trials of the last year or so will evaporate in the face of what has always been true. In just a few months this test will be over. Keep your shoulder to the wheel and your eye on what matters more than anything.





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ou are up in the air, wondering which way things are going to go. Getting squared away has tested all of your reserves. At an impasse, it’s always hard to take action, one way or another. There is more to this than you can see. Give it time to work its way to the surface and do whatever it takes to reclaim yourself. The truth about what’s happening will reveal itself soon. Lose your strategies and let the forces that guide you get around the parts of you that came here for this lesson. Resistance is natural in situations like this. Keep an eye on what it does to you.


oo many people want too much at a time when you’re totally tapped out. It’s getting hard to know how much you really need to be putting out. There is even the thought that you might be better off blowing this clam bake and getting on with some of the things you’d rather be doing. The sense of obligation is huge. No one could fault you for feeling dutiful about all of this, but your perspective leans too heavily in that direction. So much so that the bigger part of me is here to say, “It’s insane to keep playing the parent in a situation where everyone needs to grow up!”


am here to tell you that it’s safe to get on with the show. This could include, letting go, starting all over again, and/or taking the bull by the horns and going for it. Don’t let fear and money considerations stand in the way. If there appear to be blocks, know that they are there to test your ability to trust the guidance that you are receiving from within. Joy is the operative word these days. The sense that you need any further proof before you let go and let God, is insane. It’s definitely time to ’86 every ounce of negativity and make room for your truer visions to take off.

Mother of the Skye


ou’ve been nursing the same idea forever. What has yet to come to pass has more to do with your happiness than you think it does. There are fears that have you wondering how safe it is to change your approach in the middle of things, and deeper concerns that make you think there has to be another way to get where you want to go. If anything you have the right to change your mind. In doing so you could easily find yourself manifesting everything you ever dreamed of. Think on it. This is no time to get picky about the way things unfold on the path to fulfillment.

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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Dreams are clues to our mind-body connection One might assume the mind-body connection would be obvious once we become ill, but sometimes we’re too busy chasing symptoms to see their significance in our lives. Louise Hay’s book, “You Can Mountain Heal Your Life,” lists on Meditation ailments with their By Marguerite te emotional roots. It Jill Dye provides deep insights into how our minds and emotions affect our health. I’ve been reading about the mind-body connection for some time yet was blindsided, once again. I’m still trying to identify what made me sick with a series of three fairly common health conditions — nothing severe but all related and occurring like falling dominoes. After seeking out diagnosis (some inaccurate) and treatment from scattered practitioners and an urgent care center, I finally discovered a health care practice focused on the mindbody philosophy, preventive medicine, and “restoring humanity to health care” (Iora Health). Prior to my initial entry visit they squeezed me in on an emergency basis to see an outstanding nurse practitioner, who took the time to analyze my conditions. When she asked about my magnesium intake and if I keep a gratitude journal, I knew I’d found the ideal practice for me. The doctor I chose worked with the Indian Health Service and at Harvard. Being seen by a proactive team with a holistic approach that empowers the patient eased my concerns and helped me heal faster. Then I jotted down a couple of dreams (which I rarely remember), and ran them by a Jungian psychotherapist to see what they might signify. In the first dream, in semidarkness, I was standing by a raging river after a giant downpour. I watched the muddy water rush past, then gradually diminish a bit. I turned around and began to climb up the high, steep, sandy embankment. But the soft wet sand was becoming so hard, once the water had soaked in, that I couldn’t dig for hand- or footholds, climb up, or back down. I called out to my husband, Duane, asleep in a house high above for help, but he couldn’t hear me. Then I awoke. My successive dream was climbing upstairs to the rooftop of a European monastery. My husband had handed me eight bottles to carry. I struggled to hold them, but some kept falling and Duane wouldn’t help me. We followed a line of pilgrims to the red rooftop where a difficult traverse to the adjacent roof led to a source of holy water. We were in a dangerous location at the edge of the roof when I awoke, angry with my poor husband! The Jungian psychotherapist said, “Stress is depleting your immune system,” and that when I approached the raging river (my unconscious) in my dream to be close


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The northeast’s most amazing insect

By Declan McCabe

If freshwater insects did senior superlatives before graduating from aquatic life, what would yearbook entries say about dobsonflies? Largest? Most ferocious? Most likely to change names? Most likely to bite a human? Or to be used as fish bait? Or to be confused with a centipede? All of these superlatives apply to larval hellgrammites – insects that, upon emerging from the water, promptly change names to become dobsonflies. These fascinating predators spend their larval stage eating other invertebrates, including other

hellgrammites. They’re equipped with impressive mandibles that can open wider than the width of their own heads and can handily crunch through the tough exoskeletons of most insects. An occasional angler has learned the hard way that the mandibles of larger hellgrammites are quite capable of penetrating human skin. Hellgrammites are important links in the food web between small invertebrates and fish. Six clawed legs, in addition to four hooks on prolegs at the back end, allow hellgrammites

THE OUTSIDE STORY to forage over and under river rocks without being washed away. And they can be large. Topping out at 3.5 inches, hellgrammites are rivaled only by the giant water bugs for the title of largest aquatic insect on the block. The paired lateral appendages on each abdominal segment may be the most intriguing features of these insects. At first glance they look like legs, which explains why my Saint Michael’s College students sometimes think they’ve found some strange aquatic centipede. But these appendages are hauled along sticking out sideways and do not appear to help with locomotion. So what are these structures? Voshell’s Guide to Common Freshwater Invertebrates of North America tells us they are gills. However, many hellgrammite species are well equipped with tufts of gill filaments that wave to circulate fresh water, while these lateral appendages do not appear to actively move. Researchers E.D. Neunzig and H.H. Baker, writing in 1991, suggested that the append The Outside Story, page 33

9 facts about social security Social security’s been a fact of retirement life ever since it was established in 1935. We all think we know how it works, but how much do you really know? Here are nine things that might surprise you. The Social Security trust fund is huge. At $2.8 trillion at the end of the first quarter of 2016, it exceeds the gross domestic product (GDP) of every economy in the world except the five largest: the U.S., China, Japan, MONEY MATTERS Germany, and the U.K. BY KEVIN THEISSEN Most workers are eligible for Social Security benefits, but not all. For example, until 1984, federal government employees were part of the Civil Service Retirement System and were not

covered by Social Security. You don’t have to work long to be eligible. If you were born in 1929 or later, you need to work for 10 or more years to be eligible for benefits. Benefits are based on an individual’s average earnings during a lifetime of work under the Social Security system. The calculation is based on the 35 highest years of earnings. If an individual has years of low earnings or no earnings, Social Security may count those years to bring the total years to 35. There haven’t always been cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) in Social Security benefits. Before 1975, increasing benefits required an act of Congress; now increases happen automatically, based on the Consumer Price Index. There was no COLA increase in 2016, but there was an increase of 0.3 percent in 2017.

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Freezing corn and other August gardening tips By Leonard Perry, UVM Horticulturist & Charlie Nardozzi, Garden Consultant

Freezing corn for winter enjoyment, starting fall greens in the garden, and dividing some perennials are gardening activities for this month. Harvest sweet corn early in the day for the best flavor. Squeeze ears to see if they’re firm and wait to harvest until the silks have browned and dried. Eat them immediately unless you’re growing the supersweet varieties, which will hold their sweetness for a few days. Store ears in the refrigerator. If you don’t grow sweet corn, or enough to store, buy some locally at farmer’s markets or farmstands to cut off the

cob and freeze for great winter eating. Make sure and blanche the shucked ears first. Blanching is simply boiling vegetables for a short period to kill enzymes that cause their deterioration. For sweet corn, place ears in boiling water for four to six minutes, then remove them and cool in cold water.  Using a knife or corn scraper, remove kernels and place them on cookie sheets or trays in a freezer. Once frozen, store kernels in resealable plastic freezer bags.  Make sure to use freezer bags, as regular plastic storage bags won’t keep produce fresh in the Freezing corn, page 33

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continued from page 5 locking the doors is not the be-all and end-all, but it’s a logical first step (albeit somewhat unfortunate as far as being open to the community is concerned).” Fredette said he wouldn’t stop there. “I would also like to have discussions around a federally funded program to use law enforcement and military personnel, active or veteran, and perhaps assigned (in the case of active) for a ‘tour of duty’ as resource officers in our buildings,” he wrote. When it comes to gun violence, Fredette said he supports the recent tightening of the state’s gun laws. “I find the approach taken by Vermont to stemming gun violence very measured,” he wrote. “For example, raising the age to purchase a firearm to 21 is not nearly as onerous as gun rights activists would have you believe when you know that anyone who has completed a

Vermont hunter safety course or equivalent is exempt. I do not think banning any particular weapon is the answer, but having said that I don’t see any reason for bump stocks, and support their ban.” When it comes to healthcare, Fredette said he is open to suggestions. “Personally, I find the health care my wife and I have to be very good,” he wrote. “What needs improving is affordability. I would have to learn more about options there, relying on information from economic experts, but I am a quick study and am ready to listen and provide thoughtful comments.” Fredette is a firm believe in renewable energy, to the point where he and his wife Kate are living away from the electrical grid. “I see promoting renewable energy as a win-win for the environment and the economy,” he wrote, “but local opinion must be heard to keep projects in scale with their

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Dreams can be eye-opening

continued from page 31 to it, I couldn’t go back up the riverbank and return to the light. It was a dangerous mission. I discovered that a turbulent, raging, and overflowing river represented feeling emotionally unsettled and that life is out of control. The muddy river signified feeling tired, lethargic, and ill. Although my husband didn’t rescue me, the Jungian explained, he wasn’t to blame. Any male in my dream would represent the male side of myself, my “animus,” and show that I am not communicating with my inner masculine side of reality and practicality. (How true!) In my second dream the holy water represented the need for tranquility, spiritual cleansing, and rejuvenation. Entering a monastery represented a need for self-reflection and exploration of my masculine side. The roof symbolized a barrier between two states of consciousness. I feared falling off the rooftop (lacking a firm grip or solid foundation) while trying to get onto the rooftop (of boundless success). Crossing from rooftop to rooftop would mean staying the course. There is no turning back.

To me, these dreams represent the quandary I’m in: to write about spirit, nature, healing, and creativity, all subjects I love, or also to expose injustice through compelling issues and needs to which I’m often led. I write with my head, heart, and soul and feel guided to write what I write. But sometimes difficult subjects I explore affect my well-being and leave me feeling zapped. Highly Sensitive People (HSP), or empaths, absorb others’ grief or pain, symptoms and feelings. The Jungian said, “It’s rather like shamans who take on others’ illnesses in their healing work.” He suggested I limit my involvement and choose subjects that don’t upset me. Meanwhile, I need to develop better defenses to tackle emotionally laden issues and to address them in more manageable parcels. “You need to balance your life more with fun stuff,” the Jungian concluded. For a healthy body-mind connection, perhaps that’s a universal prescription! Marguerite Jill Dye is an artist and writer who divides her time between Vermont and Florida’s Gulf Coast.


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continued from page 10 through mergers under Act 46, the controversial school district consolidation law, which is entering into its final phase. Members of the education community described French as a well-respected, fair-minded and deeply methodical administrator with a knack for managing even the most complicated and unwieldy systems. “He’s a very serious person. And my experience working with him is that he looks at what needs to be done and then sets out doing it,” said Jeff Francis, the current executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association. It would be hard to overstate the problems the state’s public education face, Francis said, but French has the skill set to deal with them head-on. “We’ve gone through a massive reorganization of the system. The governor’s points about declines

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and enrollment and the need to be responsive in a proactive way, I think resonate anybody who’s paying attention. And I believe, based on what I’ve seen, that Dan will be methodical in responding to that,” he said. State Board of Education member Oliver Olsen, a Scott appointee, has gotten to know French in several capacities. While in the legislature, Olsen was one of the architects of Act 46. He and French presented on the law together to local communities while French was the superintendent of the BRSU, where Olsen’s children attend school. “As we are in the final stages of implementation of Act 46, he’s definitely the right person for the job,” Olsen said. French, he added, “has been involved really on the ground level in thinking about new structures. And not just new structures, and also the possibilities that could develop within these new structures.” The BRSU spans 12 towns and

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four counties; it involves inter-state agreements, and tuitions students to independent schools. “It is arguably the most complicated supervisory union in the state,” Olsen said. “My overall impression was that he ran a very tight ship, he was a very structured thinker and was good at communicating.” State Board member Bill Mathis — who has clashed with Olsen in the past — credited French for being attentive to equity in his approach, which was “very important to the State Board.” As for how French would balance pressure from the governor’s office on spending with pushback from educators, Mathis acknowledged French was in a “tough place.” “He’s going to be tested, much as Rebecca was tested in terms of finances and priorities,” he said. “I think he will do quite well. How that relationship works out over time, we’ll have to see.”

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freezer. Freezing before bagging keeps them from freezing into a solid lump. It’s time to start some mesclun greens and leaf lettuce in bare spots in the garden for fall picking. Mix in some compost before seeding and give new seedlings a dose of liquid fish emulsion. You can even start snow peas and beans for a modest fall crop. Soak the pea seeds overnight to hasten germination. Late summer is a good time to divide German and Siberian iris, rudbeckia, echinacea, daylilies, and tall phlox. If plants are blooming well, with strong stems, and you still have space for them, they shouldn’t need division. Don’t make the divisions too small or you’ll wait longer for blooms. Wait until after bloom to divide.  Trim the foliage by at least half before replanting. Be sure to set bearded iris rhizomes (the thick roots) just barely below the soil surface to prevent rotting.  When dividing these iris, check the rhizomes for mushy areas with borers. Discard affected roots, making sure to kill the borers. Don’t rely on nature to provide enough water for trees and shrubs that you’ve planted this spring or summer.  Deep watering once a week will encourage deep roots, which better withstand droughts and better anchor trees. In the landscape, lavender is a low herb used for its graygreen to silvery leaves, or its lavender blue flowers in July or August.   Depending on the species and season, they may bloom from four to eight weeks. Flowers contain lots of nectar, so are attractive to bees. The English lavenders generally are listed as hardy to USDA zone 5 (-10 to -20 degrees average winter minimum), although sometimes they may grow into a colder zone if sufficient and reliable snow cover.  Hardiest cultivars (cultivated varieties) are ‘Munstead’ and ‘Hidcote’, both 12 to 18-inches high, and the slightly taller and newer French-English hybrid Phenomenal. Other gardening activities for this month include visiting local fairs and perhaps entering some of your own flowers, planting trees and shrubs, keeping newly planted trees and shrubs well-watered, fertilizing annual flower plantings, planting cover crops on empty garden spaces, and keeping up with harvesting of produce and fruits. Charlie Nardozzi is a nationally known horticulturist, author, gardening consultant, and garden coach (  Distribution of this release is made possible by University of Vermont and Green Works—the Vermont Nursery and Landscape Association.

ages are tactile, and that may well be the question addressed in a future experiment. Adult male dobsonflies can reach 5.5 inches; roughly an inch and a half of that length is mandible. In late July and August, male dobsonflies account for most of my ‘alarming insect’ identifications at Saint Mike’s and on social media. The male’s mandibles look like paired sickles, though thankfully, they’re incapable of delivering a bite. The females, on the other hand, retain their biting function from the larval stage and should be treated with respect. What are those enormous male mandibles for? Whenever traits differ between genders, it typically has something to do with sex. The extravagant peacock tail attracts peahens; large deer antlers intimidate other males or are used to fight rivals. It seems that the latter situation applies to dobsonflies. Thomas Simonsen and colleagues from the University of Alberta published photographs of male dobsonflies grappling and shoving with their mandibles. Eventually one managed to slide a


mandible under his rival, and with a quick flip of the head, launched him off into the night. The one remaining male then devoted his attentions to a female and rested his mandibles across her wings. After some initial aggression, the female tolerated his attentions … but only to a point. She lost interest and he shuffled off rejected; no baby hellgrammites were made that evening, at least not by the couple being studied. When mating is successful, female dobsonflies lay their eggs on trees near rivers and other water bodies. After eggs are laid, the female coats them with clear liquid that dries to a chalky white and protects the eggs from drying out. Hatchling larvae crawl, or simply drop, back into the water and the next generation begins. Declan McCabe ‘s work with student researchers on insect communities in the Champlain Basin is funded by Vermont EPSCoR’s Grant NSF EPS Award #1556770 from the National Science Foundation. The illustration was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol.


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Beth is back in town The former Army-Navy store at 46 Center St. in Rutland’s downtown is reopen as of July 25, serving food, unique pastries, and coffee. Co-owners Beth Fleck, former proprietor of the now closed Coffee Exchange, and Ryan Fuller have opened the Ruff Life Café in a totally renovated space, which includes a coffee roaster. Fleck’s coffee credentials include coffee-roasting certification, and membership in the Specialty Coffee Association plus several coffee-related guilds. Fleck and Fuller plan to develop outdoor seating so that clientele may bring their canine friends to share their dining experience. A bowl full of dog biscuits sits on the counter already. Ruff Life Café is open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m Saturday, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. It will also stay open later for special downtown events and activities at the Paramount Theatre.

No. Clarendon chapel’s future considered Friends of the North Clarendon Chapel offered tours of the 147-year-old building recently, soliciting community support and ideas about what to do with the structure when it is renovated. The building was closed in the 1980s, Clarendon Heritage spokesperson Nicolette Asselin told the Rutland Herald. The chapel’s original bell still hangs in the open-shingled belfry, purple Vermont slate covers the roof, and the original tin ceiling spans the interior. Friends and supporters hope to raise $40,000 to paint the exterior, replace some broken windows, and mend some woodwork. State historic preservation officials are helping the group apply for grants, Asselin said. People who filled out the forms indicated they want a church and a historical museum, Friends member Marge Southard said as she leafed through the entries.

Questioning youthful offender age extension Extending the age range for youthful offender status is misguided, at least when that extension moves 18-year-old Jack Sawyer into the juvenile court system, T.W. King recently argued in a letter to the Rutland Herald. A former juvenile probation officer, King said the responsibility of the law and courts is to protect the citizenry from known and suspected criminals. Applying the juvenile offender reasoning for an 18-year-old who steals something but has no other criminal record may be appropriate, but violent crime, whether domestic violence, sexual offenses, and drug and addiction crimes should remain in the adult criminal court, King wrote.

Foley enters new, sweet career Mark Foley Sr. has picked up a new career, at least for summers. He has been driving an ice cream truck, not just any ice cream truck but one specially designed for the job. Mark and Nancy Foley spent five years researching ice cream trucks. Many that were available were used and dirty or cobbled together. The trucks relied on noisy generators for power, not what the Foleys sought for the first-class truck the Foleys had in mind, Nancy Foley told the Rutland Herald. Purchasing an extended cargo van in 2016, they shipped it to Whitby Motors of Cheshire, England, to be customized with coolers, sliding windows, and soft-serve machines. Six months later, the van came back, fully tricked

AARP grant helps fund walkway

Godnick Center names new director after 30 years

West Rutland received a $10,000 grant from AARP to create a pedestrian walkway to the town recreation area. The award was one of three presented to Vermont towns in the organization’s annual Community Challenge.

Godnick Adult Center Director Lori Hickey retired recently, after 30 years of organizing activities for people of all ages at the 1 Deer St. facility. April Cioffi is picking up the leadership reins. Although the office paint color is changed, Cioffi itends to continue with the same programs, hours, and other activities that have kept the Godnick Center busy.

Area artist chosen for state project RANDOLPH—The Vermont Arts Council is pleased to announce that Vermont artist Jim Sardonis, sculptor and longtime resident of Randolph, was selected for a commission through the Vermont Art in State Buildings program. Sardonis will create a work of art for the Vermont Agricultural and Environmental Lab (VAEL) in Randolph Center. His concept was chosen by a project review committee comprising representatives of the Vermont Department of Buildings and General Services, the project architect, the departments responsible for the site, and members of the community. The proposal by Sardonis depicts the head of a frog emerging from the water. Of his concept the artist said, “Frogs have smooth, moist skin that is permeable to substances in the water … The fact that only the head of the frog is showing, emphasizes the idea that, like the rest of his body, other more dangerous things may be hidden below the surface. My concept highlights one of the most important functions of the VAEL, which is to test waterways for dangerous pollutants.” Sardonis’ commissioned work can be seen in multiple sites around Vermont and

New England, including several colleges and universities, Norwich Public Library, the Braintree Historical Society, the New England Aquarium, and along Interstate 89 in South Burlington, where his piece “Reverence” (often referred to as the “Whale Tails”) is prominently visible. The Art in State Buildings program is a partnership of the Vermont Arts Council and the state Buildings and General Services. Funded by the Art in State Buildings Act, the program allows up to two capital construction projects to be selected each year. The Vermont Arts Council envisions a state where everyone has access to the arts and creativity in their life, education, and community. Through its programs and services, the council strives to increase public awareness of the positive role artists and arts organizations play in communities and to maximize opportunities for everyone to experience the arts. Since 1965, the council has been the state's primary provider of funding, advocacy, and information for the arts in Vermont. The Vermont Arts Council is funded, in part, by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts.

out as a frozen treat dispenser. The truck contains a novelty bar freezer, cold drink refrigerator, and an ice cream machine power by a motor rather than a generator, Nancy Foley said. To complete the package, the Foleys added custom tires, neon lights, and a machine that produces shaved ice. Christened the “Happy Cow Cones” truck, the vehicle carries the Foleys all over the state, with plans to serve at two events every day from mid-May to mid-September, available for special event rental, with all profits dedicated to the Foley Cancer Research Center at Rutland Regional Medical Center. The first year, the Happy Cow made $22,000, an amount that grew to $28,000 last year.

Rutland budget continues slow growth Towns comparing their budget increases might benefit from studying Rutland City’s steady, slow series of increases, growing a total of 26.3 percent in the past 10 years, while city taxes rose 30 percent in that decade. City Treasurer Mary Markowski recently laid out the budgets for that time span before the Board of Aldermen. Rutland Town’s budget grew by 37 percent; Pittsford, up 46 percent; and Killington, 51.9 percent, the Rutland Herald reported. Fair Haven has an even better track record than Rutland, with an 18.5 percent increase in the decade, while Castleton and Brandon grew 27.7 and 28.5 percent, respectively, the Herald reported. City Assessor Barry Keefe observed the grand list has remained flat for the past decade, growing less than 1 percentage point last year.

Rutland Senate race gains an independent No one has filed as a Democrat candidate for one of Rutland County’s three State Senate seats. Five have filed as Republican candidates: incumbents Brian Collamore and David Soucy, and challengers Ed Larson, James McNeil, and Terry Williams. Greg Cox has been gathering signatures to run as an independent for the Senate. The 67-year-old farmer told the Rutland Herald independent is a designation that suits him better than declaring for either party. Both Republicans and Democrats have approached him to run on their ticket.

RRMC to offer free parenting class RUTLAND—Parenting can be hard, especially for new parents but also for parents who find it difficult to discipline a child or are looking for effective ways to make their child a better person. Often parents simply don’t know where to begin. Rutland Regional Medical Center will be piloting a 5-week parenting course, presented by Casey Thomas, Sept.

6, 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4 from 6-7:30 p.m., in the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at RRMC in Rutland. Using the Strengthening Families curriculum, this workshop will help to bolster protective factors for parents that enable strong parenting skills and gives insight into the developmental, emotional, and psychosocial challenges of their

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Annual Rotary raffle benefits local causes RUTLAND—Every year Rutland South Rotary holds an annual fundraising raffle, of which all of proceeds go back into community in the form of donations. This year’s raffle will be held Friday, Sept. 7, at Spartan Arena in the Diamond Run Mall. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the drawing starts at 7:30 p.m. The Rutland South Rotary Club has raised thousands of dollars for over 40 years to benefit numerous projects in the greater Rutland community. From grants and donations to area schools and nonprofits, Rutland South Rotary has left a large footprint in the region, especially in projects benefiting area youth. It is the generosity of so many that has enabled Rutland South Rotary to continue its philanthropy. The cost is $110 per ticket, which admits two adults, 21 and over. Catering is provided by East Creek Catering. The grand prize is $10,000,a plus numerous other cash and door prizes. Rutland South Rotary also asks those attending the raffle to bring non-perishable food items to benefit the Rutland Area Community Cupboard. For more information contact John Sanborn, raffle chairman, at 802-345-9873.

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By Lani Duke

Not our Crystal Beach A recent announcement that Crystal Lake Public Beach, New Hampshire closed to swimming because of high E. coli bacteria levels prompted Castleton. Officials to assure interested persons that the problem is in New Hampshire, and does not refer to Crystal Beach in Castleton.

Ag. assistance issued Rico Balzano of Walnut Hill Farm in Pawlet recently received $9,750 for freezer storage from the Working Lands Enterprise Board. Andrew Farmer of Northeastern Vine Supply, also in Pawlet, received $19,750 to aid in transition to virus-certified grapevine nursery stock from the same organization.

Looking ahead at elections Vermont primary elections are on the opment plans a day-long conference on horizon. In Pawlet, voting is at the town Making It Happen – Local Leadership hall from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. August 14. for the Future of Vermont Communities Ken Major presOct. 1 at Castleton KEN MAJOR PRESENTS ents “The Forgotten University. Border Conflict: A This Vermont “THE FORGOTTEN Pawlet Story” at the Community BORDER CONFLICT: A August 16 meetLeadership Summit ing of the Pawlet intends to support, PAWLET STORY.” Historical Society in encourage, inspire, the Chriss Monroe Chapel, Cemetery Hill and train leaders in skills that will help Road, Pawlet. Everyone is welcome. them succeed. Find more information at The Vermont Council on Rural

New music maker installed at Fair Haven church After 100 years of service, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Fair Haven retired its reed organ. The church members knew the organ needed major repair work; its sound quality had deteriorated badly and could no longer be used to play numerous pieces of music. St. Luke’s volunteer music director June Hale asked organ restorer and teacher Timothy E. Smith of Portageville, N.Y., to estimate what it would cost to make it sing again. Smith’s estimate was not encouraging. She calculated bringing the centenarian back to the sound it was intended to make would cost more than $2,000, and its use would still be limited. Hearing that news, the church’s 20 congregants decided to buy a replacement pipe organ, raising $9,500. Smith worked with the congregation in finding a suitable organ, customizing it for the church. Drawing on parts available across the country, Smith

worked as Smith & Gilbert Builders to refurbish and assemble the instrument. June Hale, her husband Van, and several other parishioners worked on installing the two manuals, pedalboard, and 365 pipes at the 146 N. Main St. church in June. The “new” organ is made of pipes from Baltimore, Brooklyn, Montreal, and suburban New York City, Hale told the Rutland Herald. Some of the mechanisms originated in Germany; others, the Midwest. It is more responsive and easier to play, Hale said. The congregation loves its sounds; it can sound like a cello, a flute, or strings, she explained. Hale plans a dedication recital, introducing the organ to the community Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. Guest musicians will come in from around the area to test the “new voice.” A violinist is joining in to accompany the children’s choir performance.

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Local Captures captures prize at The MINT’s event RUTLAND—Over 130 people gathered at The MINT – Rutland’s Makerspace for the Rutland stop of the annual Road Pitch on August 1. FreshTracks Capital Road Pitch is a different kind of motorcycle tour, in which business advisors take to the highways, bringing their expertise to Vermont towns and hearing from local entrepreneurs. Five Rutland-area small businesses were chosen to “pitch” their ideas during the event as part of the Road Pitch. Organizers at The MINT worked with a variety of area entrepreneurs to identify the final five presenters. Debutant Web Design pitched its website design company, which is focused on empowering microbusinesses to develop and maintain their online identity. Calypso Consulting presented its startup, which uses music to build teams and create enriching interactive social experiences. Local Captures pitched its photo tour business that connects travelers to experiences curated by local photographers. X_ University gave a presentation on a platform designed to change the way higher education is accessed. And C Major Improvement pitched an online music education interface that centers around a community of established and aspiring musicians. Local Captures was chosen as the winner of the

event and will present at the final statewide “PitchOff” held at Champlain College this fall. X_University won the People’s Choice award, sponsored by People’s United Bank. The event was capped off by a presentation by the Robo-Rattlers, a team of local students ages 9 to 14, who surprised the judges at last year’s Road Pitch by presenting the Breeze N’ Leave, a pet safety device. This year, they presented the H2Show, which they

“IT IS EXCITING TO SEE THE PITCH TEAMS LEVERAGE THE SHARED RESOURCES AT THE MINT,” SAID TYLER RICHARDSON, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF RUTLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION. described as “like a Fitbit for faucets” which helps families monitor water usage and suggests methods of conservation. To prepare for the event, Rutland Road Pitch organizers worked to connect this year’s pitchers with resources from area businesses and development organizations, as well as the expertise of members of The

MINT. Representatives from Rutland Economic Development Corporation, the Small Business Development Center, and the Center for Women & Enterprise were on hand to offer guidance and encouragement throughout the preparation process. “It is exciting to see the pitch teams leverage the shared resources at The MINT,” said Tyler Richardson, executive director of Rutland Economic Development Corporation. “Emerging businesses drawing on the expertise of their peers while connecting to the resources offered in the community is a living example of the broad entrepreneurial support network we have here in the Rutland region.” “We congratulate both winners and look forward to seeing Local Captures pitch at the statewide event this fall,” said Karen McCalla, volunteer at The MINT and lead organizer of this year’s Rutland Road Pitch. “But we want to celebrate all the businesses who presented today because they all did a fabulous job. We were excited to be able to show off the community of innovators we have at The MINT.” The MINT – Rutland’s Makerspace is a shared workshop and classroom for anyone interested in making things. The MINT is located at 112 Quality Lane in Rutland. For more information on The MINT, go to

Habitat improvement project underway KILLINGTON—Mary Beth and Matt Poli, of Poli Gardens, have begun work on a River Buffer Habitat Improvement Project along the Ottauquechee River in Killington. Next year, they plan to grow vegetables in the surrounding area at Mission Farm. They consulted with Hilary Solomon, District Manager of Poultney Mettowee Natural Resources Conservation District, to come up with a plan for the installation, management and maintenance of a native pollinator forage and river buffer along the segment of the river that flows between Route

4 and Mission Farm Road. ​The Poultney Mettowee NRCD provided the grant for the shrubs and trees for phase one of the project. On Saturday, June 16 the Polis, Solomon, and the Rev. Lee Crawford planted about 200 winterberry holly, dogwoods, and other native flowering shrubs in the swale between the road and former hay field (the one that floods in spring) and along the river behind the vicarage at Mission Farm. About 50 elderberry shrubs, along with white birch and sycamore trees, will tentatively planted on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Email Mary Beth at poligardens@ for more information.  Mary Beth Poli invited anyone interested in the project to walk the trail by the river, (Mission Farm’s Diane’s Trail) and look for the brightly flagged stakes--next to each one is a native shrub they planted. She suggested a great time to visit would be during the next Killington Farmers’ Market on Aug.16 from 3-6 p.m. Poli or Crawford can point you in the right direction, and after the walk pick up some local food and goods to take home.

Submitted UVM President Tom Sullivan

UVM President Tom Sullivan to step down in summer of 2019 Following a highly successful six-year tenure as The University of Vermont’s 26th president, Tom Sullivan today announced that, after one more year, he will step out of the presidency in the summer of 2019. “When the Board of Trustees extended an offer to serve as UVM’s president in February 2012, I was Sullivan, page 38

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Police investigate arson incident

Submitted A bear and her cubs recently visited a dumpster in search of food.

Stay ‘Bear Smart’

As incidents of bears breaking into homes, garages, sheds and vehicles in Vermont increases, so too should efforts by residents to bear-proof their homes and secure potential outdoor food sources that can attract bears. While searching for food in early July, one bear broke into a Killington home through an open window, and another Killington bear entered the Northstar Lodge through an open door. A Pownal woman awoke to the sound of a bear breaking through a kitchen window to access a honey comb that had been left within reach, while a similar incident occurred in Townsend where a bear broke into a kitchen freezer. According to Vermont State Game Warden Sergeant Chad Barrett, bears don’t naturally break into homes. They must first have had experience receiving food from humans. The process of habituation begins with attractants that residents leave out such as birdseed, pet food, or unsecured garbage. “When bears get into garbage, pet food,

An unoccupied two story house in the process of being sold was set on fire for a second time Aug. 2. The home at 31 East Street, is owned by City of Rutland There was another suspicious fire at this residence in October of 2017, which also originated on the exterior of the building. The Rutland City Fire Department encountered fire on the siding along the southwest corner of the building

around 1:30 a.m. Aug 2. The fire was contained to the exterior of the building. Investigators from the state police and Vermont Division of Fire Safety determined the fire originated on the siding along the southwest corner of the building and was intentionally set. Both of these fires are currently classified as intentionally set fires/ arson. Anyone with information regarding these fires is asked to

beehives, and birdfeeders without any consequences, their behavior escalates as they lose fear of humans and begin to cause more damage,” said Barrett. “Once a bear is conditioned to associate people with food, little can be done to fix the problem. Relocating bears is ineffective. Bears that have been lured into a neighborhood by one careless resident quickly become a problem for the entire community.” Some bears have also taken to entering cars in search of food, including a bear in Warren this past week that became trapped in a car. To protect human safety, Barrett ultimately had to shoot the bear, which is the unfortunate result of many of these cases. While nobody was harmed in any of these incidents in Vermont, a New Hampshire woman was badly injured when a bear entered her home early on the morning of July 17. If a bear enters a home, Barrett urges people to get to a safe place and call 911. If a bear is near the house or is attempting to make entry, making noise can scare it off.

contact the VT State Police barracks in Rutland at 802-773-9101, Detective Sergeant Todd Ambroz at 802-878-7111, or Detective Sergeant Keith Lorman of the Rutland City Police Department at 802-773-1816. The Vermont Arson Tip Award Program offers a monetary reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of anyone involved in an arson fire. Please call 1-800-32-ARSON(1-800-322-7766).

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“As Senate Minority Leader I don’t normally endorse candidates during the primary but with Dave I’ll make an exception. Dave is well-respected by his colleagues on all sides of the aisle, takes the time necessary to do his homework, thinks before he speaks, and is articulate when he does. He even has an occasional burst of humor! I hope the good citizens of Rutland County return him to the Senate with Brian Collamore.” - Joe Benning (R) Senate Minority Leader “Senator Soucy has represented Rutland County very well. Dave has been an effective and strong voice for Vermonters and he’s worked tirelessly to help grow the economy and make Vermont more affordable. I hope Rutland County sends him back to Montpelier.”

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asked the length of time I could envision for this presidency. I knew the University was planning a major comprehensive fundraising campaign and the Board wanted its next president to lead a successful campaign,” said Sullivan. “Now with the University’s comprehensive campaign crossing over its campaign goal of $500 million, one year ahead of schedule, UVM is poised for its next era of reaching even greater academic expectations and aspirations. The time is right!” Board of Trustees Chair David Daigle expressed great appreciation for Sullivan’s leadership: “In 2012 the UVM Board of Trustees sought a president who could lead our community on a mission to improve the academic and financial profile of UVM. President Sullivan has succeeded in this mission, and our entire community owes him a debt of gratitude for his selfless service to UVM. Tom has led with a passion

for students and higher education, with reasoned and thoughtful decision-making, and with unwavering integrity. Our University is unequivocally stronger as a result of his efforts and accomplishments.” Sullivan stated that he is thankful for the way the University community responded to his call to “raise our expectations and aspirations to create an academic experience of the highest quality” during his installation address in the Fall of 2012. (See below the text of his announcement to the University community and also highlights of accomplishments during President Sullivan’s tenure.) The University will begin a formal search process for a new president immediately, according to Daigle, with the goal of selecting a successful candidate by March of 2019. Comprehensive information about the search process will be shared with the entire UVM community, he said.

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cover stand placement, use of camo, how to properly fit and tune your bow, and more. Linwood Smith and Jeff Houde will be the instructors. Hunting with Primitive Firearms, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Precision Valley Fish and Game Club,2879 Route 106, Perkinsville, VT.  This seminar covers several types of primitive firearms.  Richard Odette is a Hunter Education Instructor who is an expert in primitive firearms.  There will be a field portion of this seminar during which participants will be shooting. Deer Processing, Sept. 19 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Mountain Deer Taxidermy, Northfield.  This seminar

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continued from page 31 Social security is a major source of retirement income for 62 percent of current retirees. Social security benefits are subject to federal income taxes — but it wasn’t always that way. In 1983, Amendments to the Social Security Act made benefits taxable, starting with the 1984 tax year. Social Security recipients received a single lump-sum payment from 1937 until 1940. One-time payments were considered “payback” to those people who contributed to the program. Social Sscurity administrators believed these people would not participate long enough to be vested for monthly benefits. In January 1937, Earnest Ackerman became the first person in the U.S. to receive a Social Security benefit—a lump sum of 17 cents. Fast Fact: How Many? In an average month, 48.2 million people ages 62 and older receive a retirement benefit from the Social Security Administration. Kevin Theissen, Principal, Skygate Financial Group, Killington – 2BR/3BA condo - $239,000

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continued from page 5 Clarkson said she’d like to see renewable energy expand in Vermont. “We’re just beginning to see the benefits of renewable energy,” she said. “The renewable clean energy economy has become a huge in Vermont. It’s poised for large growth in our economy.” Regarding health care, Clarkson said, “I’d like to move to single-payer. We’ve had hundreds of years of free-market care which has failed to suffice,” adding that she was disappointed by the Shumlin administration’s failure to create a workable single-payer system. When it comes to marijuana, Clarkson said, “I very much support a legal market. A legal market would ensure quality. But we do have more problems with alcohol than we do with marijuana.” Before joining the Senate, Clarkson represented Woodstock in the House for eight years. She also serves on the Billings Parkx Commission, and has served on a number of boards and commissions in the past.


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continued from page 29 they didn’t want to be touched, and they were totally deceptive about their ‘outside interests’. This individual believed that if they just kept on trying to please and be perfect in every way, their partner would magically morph into a dream come true. Uranus square Pandora; Uranus and Pandora are the two most unpredictable bodies in the solar system. Uranus is an evolutionary influence that, out of necessity, upsets the applecart in regularly timed cycles. Pandora is an asteroid that introduces sudden surprises that could not have been foreseen and that nobody ever expected. When they are squared to each other, all bets are off and life is in the midst of a game of Fifty-Two-Pick-Up. Everything is up in the air and nothing will ever be the same. In all of my conversations with people, what I am hearing is that no one is sure about anything anymore. The ones who are OK with going with the flow seem to be better off than the ones who are trying too hard to keep things under control. Nemesis is conjunct Hidalgo; both of them are squaring the Moon and Bacchus:

In a nutshell, we are casting blame on whatever happened in the past, and on people, places and things. It is easier to see it that way than it is to look at the truth. And matters are made worse by the fact that we either aren’t talking about it, or the truth is being hidden. So, the internal conversation never gets aired, and we keep our issues to ourselves – because if we actually brought things out and spoke about them openly, we might have to face the truth. On a side note: this particular aspect picture has a lot to do with “The Wall” and the brouhaha that surrounds the activities on the Mexican border, and The Wall between Mexico and the U.S. There is always more to share, but I would say this is plenty for now. Maybe some of what’s mentioned here rings a bell for you. If it doesn’t, take what you can and leave the rest. I write these things to get you thinking. We are living through tumultuous times, and I think it’s good to take a deeper look at what’s going on, inside our own lives, and in the world around us. Let me leave you with that and invite you to enjoy this week’s ‘scopes

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