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Volume 47, Number 20
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May 16-22, 2018
Pasta Pot sold after 44 years
Iconic restaurant on Route 4 to reopen as a bakery
By Robin Alberti
a new six-person, high-speed bubble chairlift, new lift service at South Ridge, significant upgrades to the K-1 Express Gondola, additional availability of intermediate trails, improvements to existing intermediate runs, and the addition of hands-free lift
Pete Timpone, chef-owner of The Pasta Pot for 44 years, is hanging up his chef’s hat and ready to enjoy retirement. Well known and well loved by the community, Pete Timpone, a.k.a. “Pasta Pete,” has sold the building and land to Joe and Megan Wagner. Megan Wagner has been making sweet delights for other local restaurants, like Choice’s and The Foundry in Killington, and doing custom orders through her business, Dream Maker Bakers. Now she and her husband, Joe, have a location of their own. They will continue to sell wholesale desserts and fulfill custom orders, like wedding and party cakes, while they do some remodeling. But by the fall they hope to be opening the doors for people to stop by and grab a cup of coffee and pastries to go. By the winter they hope to have a café open, serving baked goods, coffee and smoothies to start. Speaking to the Mountain Times, Megan said, “We are very excited. We have been wanting to open our own bakery, and this just fell into place. It is all happening so fast.” Asked what type of “custom orders” she does, “My first custom order was a gender-reveal cake, but I am open to anything. Right
Killington improvements, page 27A
Pasta Pot, page 3A
FRESH FINDS Killington is getting its own farmers’ market, and it starts up Thursday, May 17 at Church of Our Saviour. It’s only once a month to start, but if it gains interest and vendors, it could become a more frequent offering. Page 17A
By Paul Holmes
Snowdon Quad towers were removed and transported by helicopter to South Ridge, May 9. It’s the beginning of a series of improvements totaling $16 million at Killington Resort this spring and summer.
Flying high Killington starts renovations, projects total $16 million KILLINGTON—Helicopters moving chairlift poles through the sky could be seen over Killington Resort Wednesday, May 9. Snowdon Quad towers were removed and transported over to the top of South Ridge; part of Killington Resort’s investment
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KILLINGTON BIKE PARK TO OPEN Killington announced its bike park will open May 26. Watch for future details.
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of $16 million, ahead of the 2018-19 season. The upgrades will optimize the guest experience and make the mountain more accessible to all guests, the resort said in a news release Thursday. Enhancements will include
Large bear euthanized in Killington
By Robin Alberti
KILLINGTON—Spring has been fickle this year and came late, creating a shortage of native food for them to eat. Consequently, many homeowners and businesses have been reporting bears getting into their trashcans and Dumpsters around the area. Last Wednesday, May 9, a large black bear was seen lying in a field just south of the Mountain Times on Route 4 in Killington. Many motorists stopped to watch or take pictures. Bears typically stick to the woods during the day and avoid being seen by people, so this was an unusual sighting. Earlier that same day, Fish and Wildlife received calls that a bear was spotted on Schoolhouse Road and by Killington Mountain School on Killington Road. Game Warden Abigail Serra was called to the scene to investigate. After observing the bear for a while, she determined that the bear was in obvious pain, and quickly euthanized him with a few shots from her rifle. When interviewed at the scene, Serra said she planned to do a more thorough investigation to try and determine the cause of the distress, which led to his humane destruction. When asked what would happen to the remains, she said, “We like to give the meat to a family who could use the food. We salvage the meat whenever possible. We will check stomach contents first to make sure the bear didn’t eat something to make it sick and that Bear euthanized, page 7A
Family celebrates loss, joy on the ski trails By Katy Savage
KILLINGTON—Ray Alba skied down a hill of moguls. It was April 19, 2015, and the sun was shining on the season’s remaining snow at Jay Peak Resort. Alba was there with his wife and two children, now ages 9 and 14, but his mind was on his third child, who wasn’t there. “As I come down these slopes, I often think, ‘What if? What if our son was still with us?’” said Alba. This was the eighth anniversary of their son Rocky’s death. Rocky died at age 9 due to complications from cerebral palsy. The mountains in Vermont have come to hold special meaning to the Alba family since losing their son. They started skiing as a family after Rocky died. They also started documenting their times together. The eighth anniversary of their son’s death is documented in a six-minute, 57-second video that Ray Alba created. It highlights the family’s day together, from making a pot of tea in the morning to skiing in the trails in the afternoon. The Albas live in New York City. Alicia Alba is a stay-at-home mom while Ray works in technology for publishers and colleges. He travels around the world and is gone about 180 days a year. Weekends are for family. They drive about nine hours in the car each weekend to make it to Vermont to ski. The family skied at Pico 60 days this past season. Their videos are about embracing what they have—a metaphor they use to talk about the ski community and the loss of
Ray Alba, his wife Alicia and their children ski. their son. “It’s brought us together as a family,” Alicia said of skiing. The Albas have documented dozens of videos with friends and family. They started posting their Alba Adventure videos on YouTube in 2010. Ray studied film at New York University and has always filmed as a hobby. Ray shoots just about every day on his phone or Nikon camera, depending what he has available. Ray and Alicia work on the narration together and spend about a week filming, Alba family, page 3A
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The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
Bridgewater Raft Race showcases creative costumes, rafts
Bob Duch, shown here atop Killington with daughters Anita (left) and Karen (center), passed on a love of skiing and mountains to his children.
Remembering Robert J. Duch
Robert J. Duch, 93, of Rutland died May 11 at Rutland Regional Medical Center. He was born March 17, 1925, in Newark, N.J. and graduated from Danbury High School in 1942. Bob joined the war effort in 1943 and received training as a navigator in the US Army Air Corps and flew 13 missions on a B-17 Flying Fortress. His job was to direct the flight from departure to destination and back and to know the airplane’s position at all times. He determined that position through visual reference to the ground, radio, dead reckoning, and celestial navigation. He guided the pilot to targets with precise computations — no computers! On Nov. 3, 1945, he married his high-school sweetheart, Ruth Weber, in Danbury. With the help of the GI Bill, he earned bachelor and master’s degrees from the University of Connecticut and a master’s in economics from Yale University (1951). He worked as an administrator in the insurance field, retiring from
Mutual Benefit Life in New Jersey in 1985. Having taught his children to ski, he was happy to move to Rutland with his wife Ruth in 2005 to be near three daughters, grandchildren, and the mountains. He especially enjoyed family skiing at Pico and Killington as well as trips to Vail, Alta, and Jackson Hole, where he skied with son Robert and friends. He was proud of his Jackson Hole one-million vertical-feet belt buckle, earned in his 80s! He skied to age 91 and passed on a love of skiing to grandsons as well as his children. Known for his love of family, jazz, cats, travel, and storytelling, Bob was also an avid tennis player, voracious reader, and passionate learner. As a 91-year old “non-traditional student” at Castleton University, he brought experiences and anecdotes to classes that both professors and students appreciated. “He was able to stimulate historical empathy” and “provided little insights
By Robin Alberti
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The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
Plea deal allows exRutland firefighter to avoid jail term By Alan J. Keays, VTDigger
RUTLAND—A city firefighter who was fired late last year following his arrest while off-duty on charges of impersonating a police officer and later for crashing into a parked car while driving drunk has reached a plea deal that will allow him to avoid jail time. As part of an agreement with prosecutors, Brent M. Garrow, 32, pleaded guilty Friday, May 11, to the drunk driving charge as a well as a count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle in connection with an early Thanksgiving morning crash. The charge of impersonating a police officer, stemming from an August 2017 traffic stop, was dismissed as part of the agreement. Garrow was sentenced to six to 18 months in jail, all suspended on probation. He was also ordered to pay a $700 fine and perform 20 hours of community service within the next year. “It’s definitely been a learning experience,” Garrow told Judge Thomas Zonay as the hearing Friday in Rutland County Superior criminal court came to a close. Garrow added that his life is “moving forward because of this,” and he’s looking at attending law school in South Carolina.
“BOY, I WAS GOING DOWN, LITERALLY, THE WRONG ROAD AND I NEED TO FIX THINGS,” ZONAY TOLD HIM. “Sometimes things like this have the effect on someone that they take that step back and they realize that ‘Boy, I was going down, literally, the wrong road and I need to fix things,” Zonay told him. “It sounds like you’ve done that.” The judge then asked Garrow, “Has it been easy?” “No, it has not,” the former city firefighter responded, adding that it’s been a “rough road,” but he plans to learn from it.
Plea deal, page 22A
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held May 8, for a new salon that opened on Merchants Row in Rutland.
Men’s hair salon opens downtown
RUTLAND—Downtown Gentlemen’s Salon has opened on 32 Merchants Row. Owner Lori LePenna opened the salon March 19. She has 25 years of experience cutting hair in Vermont and South Carolina. She welcomes clients from 2 to 90 years old.
The salon specializes in a full spectrum of cuts, from skin fades, flat tops, trendy cuts to a good old fashioned regular cuts and more in a great atmosphere. “I wanted to build something hip and warm,” said LaPenna.
Family videos evoke lasting moments of togetherness
continued from page 1 planning and editing the videos. Most of the footage they get is by luck. “We have an idea and hope that we get the footage,” she said. Their videos have garnered a following with friends at Jay Peak, Killington, Pico, and Okemo. They were recently part of a 30-second commercial for Pico, which was shot in February. Katherine Maclauchlain, who works at Pico, met the Albas four years ago at the rental shop. “They definitely make an effort to get to know the people in the areas they frequent, which as an employee reminds you why you bother to get up and go to work,”
By Robin Alberti
New owners Joe and Megan Wagner (left) and their kids Jace, 1, and Joey, 4, celebrate with former Pasta Pot owner Pete Timpone and his partner Barbara Ashworth (right).
Pasta Pot: Restaurant sold after 44 years continued from page 1 now people can find us at the Rutland Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. We are working on our new website, but you can find us on Facebook right now, too.” Timpone and his wife, Barbara Ashworth, will still be around holding their tag sale out of the back of the building for the next few months. Timpone wants the community to know how much he “appreciates all the support over the years,” adding, “I wish Joe and Megan the best and much success as they move forward.” It’s the end of one era – The Pasta Pot was a Killington landmark – but it’s also the beginning of another as a young, local family takes it over, making great use of a beautiful location and becoming a new staple in the community.
she said. Maclauchlain has watched the Alba children grow up in the videos. “They put a lot of effort into creating the story,” she said. Kirsten Urlansten, another regular skier at Killington, who lives in Connecticut, met the Albas in the base lodge. Urlansten’s kids are similar in age, and Urlansten has often been part of the videos. “There’s time when you’re on the hill when they’re like, ‘you have to stop here. We have to shoot a video,’” she said. “The reason we enjoy the videos so much is that they focus on family and … how you instill a love
for the sport in your children and the traditions live on through your family,” she said. The Albas are planning one more video this season—another ski day at Killington. The family is keeping the details of the video a secret until it’s released within the next month or so. Alicia said the video is going to highlight multiple days of skiing at Killington. “In today’s time, it’s harder to meet people,” Alicia said. “You have these virtual friendships but people aren’t really socializing anymore. I think by doing an activity like skiing—it gives the opportunity to socialize in real life.”
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The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
GMNGC sets rates to benefit local community
By Polly Lynn Mikula
Joshua Corkins (L), the Vermont Army National Guard soldier who requested the award for his boss, and Joe Casella, co-owner of Casella Construction and award recipient.
Casella recognized as patriotic employer RUTLAND—Joe Casella of Chittenden, co-owner of Casella Construction in Mendon, was recently presented with the U.S. Dept. of Defense’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. David Wheel, representing Vermont ESGR, presented the award for the unconditional support that Casella has given to his employee and citizen-service member Joshua Corkins of Hyde Park. Corkins works as a site foreman for Casella. Corkins is a Sergeant in the Vermont Army National Guard and serves as an aircraft refueling non-commissioned officer with Company C, 3rd Battalion 126th Aviation (Air Ambulance) of the
86th Troop Command, Garrison Support Command, in South Burlington. Corkins nominated Casella for the award, saying, “Joe and his brother John are always understanding and supportive of my Guard commitments. There has never been an issue with a request for time off for drill, AT’s or other trainings.” Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is a U.S. Dept. of Defense organization that promotes, recognizes, and enhances civilian employer support of citizen service members. ESGR, with its partners, also facilitates meaningful employment opportunities for citizen warriors, all veterans, and military spouses.
KILLINGTON— In the past, the prices at Killington town’s municipal Green Mountain National Golf Course “didn’t really compete well for Vermont or Killington residents,” said J.P. Longueil, interim head golf professional and general manager at GMNGC. There will be new rates this year as the golf course is under new management. “With our pricing structure, Killington residents get the best value, followed by Vermont residents, then out-of-state visitors,” said Longeueil as he explained the rates. “We want the course to be most accessible to town and state residents, to give more value to our local community, rather than those that just come and play one weekend… we want to create a community here where everyone feels they have lots of opportunities to play.” Longueil works for Brown Golf Management full time at Orange Lake Golf in Kissimmee, Fla. BGM was hired by the
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town in April to manage the operations at GMNGC for the next three years. They presented their budget to the Select Board on Thursday, May 10, and it is expected to be approved Tuesday, May 15. “There really weren’t many changes to the budget, other than the tiered pricing structure; the maintenance team still has its full allocation,” Longueil said. “We will be getting new balls for the driving range as well as new bag stands,” he added, though it will take a few weeks to get them. One of the three tiers at the diving range will also be converted to a members-only range, where balls will be provided, he said. “That way members never have to go to the clubhouse, they can just pull up and hit balls.” This year, the driving range fee will be included in the membership ($899 for membership + $99 for the range fee, to be announced June 1). But in subsequent years it will likely be just one price, Longueil said. The daily rates to play are broken into three tiers: Killington Resident (defined as those with property on the Grand List or full-time renters); Vermont Resident; and Daily Fee (out-of-state); plus the junior rate. May and after Oct. 9 are the most affordable times to play, followed by June. Mid-season rates are July-Oct. 8. A Killington resident can play for $39 in May and after Oct. 9. In June it’ll cost $49. Then, mid-season it jumps to $74. Vermont residents are $6-10 more and outof-staters are $16-$25 more than Killington residents. (The junior rate is always $25). These rates include a cart. The prices “are pretty aggressive compared to courses in the area, but the value is much better… we think our product, the
experience here is better,” said Longueil. “We didn’t want to overprice it, though, because we want everyone to play here, not just the 1 percent.” BGM has set a conservative goal of 5 percent growth in tee times for this summer compared to last, Longueil said. “We’re pretty well into the swing of things for this year,” he said, noting that they typically work to see results about four months out. “We expect to see a difference come September or October,” he said, adding that next year they expect to see significantly more growth, though a goal has not yet been set. BGM has identified three main ways it expects to increase GMNGC tee times: online bookings, local stay-and-play packages, and their reciprocal program, which grants members access to BGM’s 27 golf clubs on the East Coast. GMNGC will have an updated website by May 29, said Longueil. At that point, folks will once again be able to book online on the GMNGC website as well as through Golf Now and teeoff.com. In the past GMNGC had had the ability to book tee times online, but last year it wasn’t possible, he said. “So our goal is to grow that, which won’t be hard to grow from none,” he added. “Thirty-three percent of my play comes from online bookings,” said Longueil of his course, Orange Lake Golf. “Fifteen percent comes from callins and 40 percent comes from owners/members,” he said acknowledging that Florida is a very different market. “We’re also going to be proactively trying to build upon member events and junior golf, as well as possibly start a weekly league,” he said. “We hope the weather is good this summer and everyone comes out to play.”
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
Overtime averted for now
Session ends with late Saturday night
The regular session of the 2018 legislative session was gaveled down at 12:18 a.m. Sunday morning, the conclusion of the 18 weeks allocated in the current year budget. The last few days, especially Saturday, May 12, were at times intense and emotional. When lawmakers arrived back at the State House Saturday, it was not looking at all like the session would adjourn, with a number Jim Harrison of bills needing to be yet finalized including the “must pass” state budget for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1. Additionally, most pieces of legislation to be voted on the last day would need rules suspension to bring a bill up for immediate action if not already on the calendar (3/4 vote needed), something that was far from certain on some of the more contentious issues. In the end, negotiators between the House and Senate came to agreement on the major bills necessary for adjournment, but were unable to reach agreement with the governor. The key item for Scott was the increase in the statewide property tax bill included in H.911. He has been clear all session that he would oppose any bill that included tax or fee increases. To get agreement with the governor on education funding would have required the use of more one-time funds than what the Legislature had allocated for property taxes. Scott said it was unconscionable to raise taxes on Vermonters when state revenue was showing a surplus. House and Senate budget writers believed a sizable amount of the surplus should be used to pay down some of the unfunded liability in the teachers retirement fund, indicating that move would save taxpayers more money in future years. It was unclear how many bills would be vetoed by the governor, but we could be sure that H.911 and H.924 (tax and budget bills), would be among them. Others, such as $15 minimum wage and a new payroll tax to fund a new paid family leave benefit led a list that Scott has objected to. What was unusual this year is that the Legislature adjourned for the year, without leaving themselves a possible session to take up gubernatorial vetoes. What that means is that any bills Scott rejects over the next few weeks will not become law. No votes will be taken by legislators to override any potential votes. Once the legislature adjourns sine die for the biennium,
The 2018 Legislative session adjourned very late Saturday evening May 12. It always ends after about two weeks of intense negotiations between the House and the Senate resolving our policy differences in committees of conference. And, it is always a bit of a shock, after such focused work, to end so abruptly. The Senate adjourned at about 11:15 p.m. - about an hour before the House. As a result, few AllisonClarkson lingered to celebrate. Most of us packed up and drove home while we were still awake enough to do so safely. In adjourning, we said goodbye to several of our colleagues who have chosen to retire from legislative public service. No matter their party, the Legislature is going to miss the contributions of these members. Our Windsor County delegation is losing Sue Buckholz and Gabrielle Lucke. We are grateful to both of them for their thoughtful work and additions to debates in the State House. Our session began with legalizing the recreational use of marijuana and ended with enhancing school safety, improving workforce development, raising the minimum wage over six years, improving firearm safety and an employee paid family leave program. We also passed a balanced budget and an equitable tax bill. These bills took into account windfalls of tobacco and VW settlements and reflect a more robust revenue forecast which is encouraging. As these are one-time windfalls to Vermont, the Legislature felt it was appropriate to invest this money in one-time expenses. These settlements enabled us to buy down future state debt – which will save taxpayers over $100 million in teacher retirement liability, fill the Education Fund reserve, pay off the Vermont Life deficit, fund expenses like additional support for our dairy farms, a de-carbonization study, sexual harassment education, additional beds for acute mental health needs, tobacco cessation and smoking prevention programs, and studies on childcare demand, pre-kindergarten and Corrections healthcare. The governor is unhappy that we did not apply all of these one-time monies to reduce our education property tax. But school spending is an ongoing expense – not a one-time expense. Our school boards worked really hard to hold education spending increases to only 1.5 percent statewide this year. That was impressive. Education is our number one economic development investment – and while we need to ensure this continues to be affordable for Vermonters - we should not be shielding Vermonters from
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Vermont Supreme Court marks its first century The 100th anniversary of the Vermont Supreme Court Building is being commemorated with a special centennial celebration in Montpelier on Friday, May 18, 2018. The program, Celebrating the Bench and Bar and Their Role in Preserving the Rule of Law, will take place on the front steps of the Vermont Supreme Court Building at 111 State St. in Montpelier. The ceremony, slated to begin at 3 p.m., will include remarks by Chief Justice Paul Reiber, Governor Phil Scott, and Senate President pro tempore Tim Ashe. Special recognition will be given to court representatives from each of Vermont’s 14 counties. A reenactment of a 1918 First century, page 7A
Scott pulls the plug on iconic Vermont Life magazine By Xander Landen/ VTDigger
One of the final issues of Vermont Life on a grocery store newsstand. VTDigger photo Vermont Life, the state’s signature regional magazine which in recent years has faced financial woes and racked up millions in debt, will shutter its doors in June. The Scott administration announced Thursday that it will cease production of the 72-year-old stateowned publication after it reviewed the latest financial reports and learned that additional losses were imminent and seemingly unavoidable. In the last decade, the magazine has amassed a running debt of about $3.5 million stemming from decreases in advertising revenue and circulation — changes that have roiled print publications like it across the country. At the beginning of the legislative session, administration officials told lawmakers that after downsizing the publication’s staff, it expected Vermont Life would break even this year and make a profit of $40,000 in fiscal year 2019. But Michael Schirling, secretary of
the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, told reporters Thursday that the magazine’s latest projections don’t look as rosy. “It was clear to us that while we can make it in the black for fiscal 18, beginning in July we would be running additional deficit,” Schirling said. “If things were different, if there wasn’t a debt already, maybe the equation would have been different, but to continue to run additional deficit spending is not viable,” he said. Last fall, the Scott administration considered selling the magazine, but ended up rejecting nine bidders on the basis that none would have produced enough revenue to make Vermont Life significantly more profitable. Schirling said reopening that bidding process was not possible, but that starting a new one was not out of the question, nor was a digital future for the publication. The magazine’s final issue has already been printed and is being sent out to its 36,000 subscribers and 14,000 newsstands this week, according to Wendy Knight, Vermont’s comMagazine, page 7A
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The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
Gov. Scott’s line in the sand
By Angelo Lynn
Gov. Phil Scott’s line-in-the-sand mantra not to raise a single tax or a single fee has made politics in Vermont’s capital more strident, divisive and unruly. The irony is that the governor himself is mild-mannered, affable, pragmatic and someone who seems to get along with almost everyone. But in this session he has become an ideologue who cleaves so closely to this one overriding concern that he has become unreasonable and closeminded. It has also led, for the first time in recent memory, to Saturday’s adjournment of the Legislature with no agreement with the governor on the budget or a tax plan. For those who don’t follow state politics closely, that’s a shocker. Consider that Gov. Shumlin proposed aggressive changes to the state’s health care system, dealt with the destructive aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene and the tailwinds of the Great Recession, and still had budget agreements and a tax plan worked out before the session ended for six consecutive years. Former governors Douglas, Dean and Snelling also faced tough issues and budgets, yet they all had been able to reach a spending and tax plan before adjournment. And Gov. Scott is leading the state during a time of relative prosperity. The state economy is strong, tax revenue surpluses continue to surprise, and the major conflict is
FOR THOSE WHO DON’T FOLLOW STATE POLITICS CLOSELY, THAT’S A SHOCKER. something both parties largely agree on: getting a handle on school finances and right-sizing schools so they can be run more cost-effectively. With so many things coming up roses, what makes it so tough that Gov. Scott and the Legislature can’t agree on a budget or a tax plan? Only Gov. Scott’s pledge not to raise a single tax or fee, and his team’s failure to work with the Legislature in a more timely and forthright manner. Consider that in the past two sessions, Gov. Scott and his team have dropped bombshells on the Legislature in the last two to three weeks of the session. Last year it was the governor’s proposal to mandate a statewide teachers’ health insurance plan. This year it was his five-year education finance plan that would supposedly save $300 million at the end of its fifth year and cut 1,000 teachers and staff. The problem this year is not only that the Scott administration proposed its plan two weeks before adjournment, but that it skirted the legislative process, resulting in a proposal that was not well vetted. A draft report by the Joint Fiscal Office early last week described the assumptions made by the governor’s team as “questionable” and said the five-year plan, “contains some major technical errors” that cut the projected savings by $100 million to $160 million, according to VTDigger. The errors, the JFO wrote in notes prepared for lawmakers, included “double counting” special education savings, “not filling the reserves, overstating healthcare savings, and seemingly reducing tax rates rather than holding them constant.” Jason Gibbs, the governor’s chief of staff, initially blasted the JFO for playing politics to undermine the governor’s plan, but later in the week the governor’s office quietly adjusted its projections much closer to the JFO’s estimate. As we’ve said before, tossing bombshells into the Legislature’s lap at the eleventh hour is no way to lead. If the governor wants to significantly shift how the state is conducting the way it funds education, it should propose a plan at the start of the session (just as Gov. Shumlin led on health care reform) and let the legislative committees thoroughly debate and research the details of the plan and react accordingly. Scott has also let his no-new-taxes pledge cloud his judgment on smaller issues as well. An example is a bill to put an assessment on opioid manufacturers that would generate millions of dollars that would be used in Vermont to help fund drug prevention and addiction-treatment
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Rutland County tax misunderstood, no increase Dear Editor, In both a Mountain Times article concerning the Killington Select Board meeting, May 1, and the minutes for that May 1 Select Board meeting, I observed mistaken numbers regarding the Rutland County tax. The Mountain Times article said there was an “increase of $31,000 in the Rutland County tax, from $62,000 to $93,032, due in the fall.” The Select Board minutes said there was an “increase in the County tax, from $81,180 to $112,791.” I also reviewed the online Town of Killington financial audits done
for the 18 months ending June 30, 2016, which said that the County tax for that 18 month period was $85,411 and the County tax for the 12 months ending June 30, 2017 was $61,732. Rutland County bills municipalities once per year each spring with payments due half in July and half in November for our fiscal year of Feb. 1 through the following Jan. 31. I do not have the exact dollar amount billed to the town of Killington without checking with the County Treasurer but the calculated amounts,
In an article titled “Killington Select Board gets house in order” by Julia Purdy in the May 9 edition, it was reported that “pressures on town resources include a sharp jump in appropriations, namely, an increase of $31,0000 in the Rutland County tax, from $62,000 to $93,000.” This statement came from summarizing what Interim Town Manager Chet Hagenbarth had told
which I believe the town of Killington was billed are as follows: • Current fiscal year -2018- $61,870 - (County tax rate - $.00815 on Killington Grand List of $7,591,430) • Last fiscal year -2017- $62,324 - (County tax rate - $.00804 on Killington Grand List of $7,751,680) • Previous fiscal year -2016- $61,140 - (County tax rate - $.00796 on Killington Grand List of $7,680,885) As you can see, and I am sure that Mona Hickory can pull out the actual invoices for you
the board, May 1. (In the minutes, it was reported somewhat differently with a higher figure reporting total appropriations.) Discussion regarding this jump ensued at the meeting, without clarity, and Hagenbarth told the board he’d further investigate the cause of the jump and report back at the next Select Board meeting, May 17. Upon investigation, Hagenbarth
to check, the Rutland County tax has stayed almost exactly the same for each of the past three years. Due to the mistaken appearance from the Mountain Times article and the Select Board minutes that the Rutland County tax has increased by 50 percent when it actually hasn’t increased at all, please correct this error so Killington and Rutland County residents don’t have a erroneous impression of the Rutland County tax? David Lewis, Assistant Judge, Rutland County
reported: “Upon researching the County Tax item, payments are scheduled for July and November with an invoice date of February. In February of 2018, the bill for the next two payments was made in its entirety, which means the July and November payments due for FY2019 are already complete. This caused the budget to overstate the expense in this fiscal year.”
Robert J. Duch: Remembering Bob Duch continued from page 2A about different time periods that we don’t think about because he was there,” noted Professor Carrie Waara in a Castleton Spartan feature by Jadie Dow. “It’s almost like having another professor. We have one who has mastered the material, and then there is Bob, who has lived through it. He brings so much to the class,” said then fellow student Caedin Ostrow. Survivors include his wife Ruth and five children: Karen Lorentz and John of Shrewsbury; Anita Duch of Rutland; Roberta Ballou and Don of Chittenden; Carolyn Duch and fiancé Gary of Cape Cod; and Robert J. Duch, Jr. of Denver and Vail. Also grandsons Jason and Dayna, Jonathan and Carmen, and James and Erin Lorentz
and Geoffrey Ballou; great-grandchildren Evelyn, Josh, Julius, Calen and Elana; cats Peekaboo and Smoky; and grand-dog Molly. He was predeceased by three sisters and beloved daughter-in-law, Mona. A family celebration of his amazing life was held in a beautiful outdoor setting on warm, sunshiny May 13. Hugs, love, laughter, and “fantastic” memories were shared amidst the sounds of Molly’s woofs and children playing. Memorial contributions may be made to the Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St., Rutland, VT 05701 or to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Rd., Pittsford, VT 05763.
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
G ISIN A R ON THE E’S T STA MUM I MIN E TO WAG Y B $15 ... 2024
CAPITOL QUOTES “The modest increase approved by the House today slowly raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour over six years, ensuring Vermonters receive a boost and our employers have ample time to adjust to the new wage laws. Better wages help our state economy, strengthen our workforce, improve our local communities, and moves families to self-sufficiency.” Said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) in a press release.
As rents rise, childcare costs increase, and the Trump administration cuts the very programs that keep Vermont families afloat, we need to increase take-home wages to ensure our families have the resources they need to survive. Anyone working at this level, especially those who work in jobs where there is no upward movement, or built-in raises, cannot live easily in Vermont and require an investment from all of us in order to provide the supports they need.” Said said Rep. Tom Stevens, D-Waterbury, in a press release.
Said Representative Helen Head, D-South Burlington, Chair of the House General, Housing, & Military Affairs Committee in a press release
“This is just artificially raising the cost of living for Vermonters. I would say that if it doesn’t make substantial changes between now and then, it could see a veto,” Said Gov. Phil Scott to WCAX.
“But if there was ever a time to adopt a higher minimum wage, it seems to me that the year when our Vermont businesses have been given a tax cut of almost $300 million, all the courtesy of the federal government, is just exactly that time.” Said Rep. Janet Ancel, D-Calais, according to VTDigger.
Bear appeared sick or injured
continued from page 1A the meat is safe to eat.” The Mountain Times spoke with Game Warden Abigail Serra again on May 15 to follow up on her findings. “There was trauma to the front teeth, and the bear’s claws where scraped up,” she said. “This can happen from a motor vehicle incident, but none was reported so we don’t know conclusively if that is what happened. When I examined stomach contents. I just found dead leaves and nothing unusual.” The bear was a male, approximately 300 pounds. Serra said she collected a tooth that would be sent to a lab to determine the age of the bear. A small cross-section of the tooth is analyzed to determine the age by counting rings, similar to antlers in a deer or the rings of a tree. Serra also said that a resident who had stopped
By Paul Holmes
This large bear was spotted near the Killington Elementary School parking lot, Wednesday, May 9. It could be the same bear that was euthanized later that day. by the scene had asked if he could have the meat and took possession of it. “We cannot donate meat unless it is processed by a USDA-approved butcher, and we just don’t have that in our budget,” she explained. “But folks interested in
meat from recovered animals can contact their local game warden and get on a list to be called if an animal becomes available. If they can process it themselves they are welcome to the meat. We don’t like to see anything go to waste.”
Session ends with budget “line in the sand”
continued from page 6A programs. The Democrats proposed and passed the fee, reasoning that the opioid manufacturers were partly responsible for the addiction crisis and should help fund some of the treatment from their profits. This was not a tax on the average Vermont resident and not on Vermont businesses, but on opioid manufacturers. Still, Gov. Scott was unmoved, saying this past Thursday: “It’s a tax and fee as far as I’m concerned, and if it (the bill) arrives with a tax, I’ll veto it.” That’s not only not smart, it’s governing based on an inflexible position regardless of the reasonableness of the initiative. It is the opposite of the pragmatic approach we thought would be Gov. Scott’s trademark. Angelo Lynn is the editor and publisher of the Addison Independent in Middlebury, a sister paper of the Mountain Times.
Magazine: “Economic justice demands that we level the playing field, and this bill does just that.”
Running debt leads to end of Vermont Life
continued from page 5A missioner of tourism and marketing. Schirling said the state will be retaining the Vermont Life moniker and brand and anticipates there will be opportunities to use them “as a potential digital asset in the future.” With the publication folding, six state jobs will be eliminated. This session, the Scott administration pitched an economic development plan it hoped would raise funds to pay off the ailing magazine’s debt. Officials hoped that ThinkVermont/ MOVE — an effort to lure new residents to Vermont through a data-driven marketing campaign and financial incentives — would generate revenues that could be used to cover the liability. However, the proposal, which had an initial price tag of $3.2 million, was never taken up by the Legislature and will not be moving forward this year, Schirling said. The administration is now recommending budget writers use some of a $44 million surplus the state is seeing from unanticipated tax revenue to settle
First century: continued from page 5A oral argument involving Dodge Brothers v. Central Vermont Railway Company will take place in the Supreme Court courtroom beginning at 4:15 p.m. Guided courthouse tours will also be offered.
Vermont Life debt. For decades, Vermont Life charmed readers with stories and photography that highlighted the state’s rural, entrepreneurial and recreational culture. The publication “defined the brand of Vermont” and was known for the influence it had in drawing scores of tourists to the state, according to Tom Slayton, who was editor of the magazine between 1985 and 2007. “The basic philosophy behind it was you didn’t have to promote Vermont, all you had to do was present it in an accurate and intelligent way and people would respond,” he said. Since Slayton’s time at the magazine, circulation and advertising have declined dramatically. Under his leadership, the magazine had a circulation of about 90,000 at its height. “It’s a sad day,” Slayton said. “The magazine had a marvelous history and heritage and to have it come to a quiet end like this is very sad.”
Vt. Supreme Court building turns 100 Montpelier lawyer and historian Paul Gillies has written an essay describing the history of the Vermont Supreme Court building, copies of which will be available in the lobby of the Supreme Court
building. Copies will also be available on the VBA website at vtbar.org and on the Judiciary website at vermontjudiciary.org. The event is free and open to the public.
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
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7:15 p.m. Song circle and jam session at Godnick Adult Center, 7:15-9:15 p.m. Welcomes singers, players of acoustic instruments, and listeners. Donations welcome. 802-775-1182.
THURSDAY MAY 17
WHAT TO DO IN CENTRAL VERMONT Sean McCann
7:30 p.m. Sean McCann returns to the Hayloft at ArtisTree, 2095 Pomfret Rd., So. Pomfret. Solo touring artist with a big story to tell. $20 general admission. artistreevt.org.
Gallagher at Chandler
7:30 p.m. Gallagher brings farewell tour - The Last Smash Tour - to Chandler Music Hall, 71 Main St., Randolph. Joined by Artie Fletcher. Get up “smash zone” or regular tickets, $30-$45, at chandler-arts.org. Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Bikram Yoga **
6 a.m. Bikram Yoga holds classes Thursdays: 6 a.m. & 6:15 p.m. inferno hot pilates; 9 a.m. & 4:30 p.m. 90-min. Bikram. 1360 US-4, Mendon. bikramyogamendon.com.
Open Swim **
8 a.m. Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 8-9 a.m.; 5-7 p.m. 802773-7187.
MERSEY BEATLES AT PARAMOUNT THEATRE
9 a.m. Hike campground trail at Gifford Woods State Park, Killington, then along Kent Pond (AT). Moderate. Meet at 9 a.m. at Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland to car pool. No dogs. Bring lunch. Free with GM Passport; or $4.
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WEDNESDAY Bikram Yoga **
6 a.m. Bikram Yoga holds classes Wednesdays: 6 a.m. 60-min. Bikram; 11 a.m. inferno hot pilates; 4:30 p.m. 60-min. hot power flow; 6:15 p.m. 90-min Bikram. 1360 US-4, Mendon. bikramyogamendon.com.
8:30 a.m. Yin Yoga, all levels at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington. killingtonyoga.com, 802-422-4500.
10 a.m. Kripalu yoga with Louise Harrison at Just Dance, Center St., Rutland. First class free. louiseharrison.com, 802-747-8444.
2 p.m. Chaffee Art Center holds weekly Poetry Group, 2-4 p.m. at 16 South Main St., Rutland. Limited to 10. Interested? Email email@example.com.
Level II Tai Chi Class
10 a.m. Story time at West Rutland Public Library. Thursdays,10 a.m. Bring young children to enjoy stories, crafts, and playtime. 802-438-2964.
Killington Bone Builders
10 a.m. Bone builders meets at Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Rd., Killington, 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Free, weights supplied. 802-422-3368.
6 p.m. Meat Bingo at VFW, 15 Wales St., Rutland. Meats such as chicken, pork, hamburger, hot dogs, sausage and bacon. $8. Open to public.
6 p.m. Vermont Psychiatric Survivors host free screening of “Crazywise” at Franklin Conference Center, 1 Scale Ave., Rutland. Free, reserved at crazywiserutland.brownpapertickets.com. Explores mental illness. Cast member participates in post-screening discussion. Free refreshments.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-396-0130. 35 School Drive, Plymouth.
Proctor Community Action Plan
6:30 p.m. Members of Proctor community invited to task force meeting to frame out action plan for future of town: redevelop, market, build. 6:30-9 p.m. at Vermont Marble Museum, 52 Main St., Proctor. vtrural.org.
The Mersey Beatles
7 p.m. Relive (or experience) Beatlemania with Liverpool-based Beatles Tribute Band with their all new hits show, at Paramount Theatre. Tickets $29-$49 (VIP). 30 Center St., Rutland. paramountvt.org.
Level 1 Yoga
8:30 a.m. Level 1 Hatha Yoga at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington. killingtonyoga.com, 802-422-4500.
Spring Rummage Sale
10 a.m. Black River GNS hosts gigantic spring rummage sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 S., Ludlow. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Clothing, boutique, furniture, housewares, collectibles, games, books, bake sale, sporting goods, more. Proceeds provide food, rent, heat, and more to neighbors in need. 802-2283663 to donate or volunteer.
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.
11 a.m. Kripalu yoga, gentle flow at Just Dance, Center St., Rutland. First class free. louiseharrison.com, 802-747-8444.
Magic: the Gathering
3 p.m. CCV Job Hunt Helper Joe Alford will be available at Rutland Free Library, 3-5 p.m. to help job seekers find employment: writing resume and cover letter, apply for jobs online, assess skills and interests, use internet to explore career options, and learn about education and training programs. 10 Court St., Rutland. 802-773-1860.
Kids’ Craft Activity
3 p.m. Slate Valley Museum holds Create on Slate for kids in pre-K through high school. Drop in, parents must accompany. This week, Rock Mosaics with Pebbles. 17 Water St., Granville, N.Y. slatevalleymuseum.org.
Killington Farmers’ Market
Free Tennis Clinic
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.
CCV Job Hunt Helper
The Wonderful Land of Zoz
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. KillingtonPicoRotary.org
Open Swim **
Chamber Golf Classic
10 a.m. Mendon bone builders meets Thursdays at Roadside Chapel, 1680 Townline Rd, Rutland Town. 802-773-2694.
3 p.m. Killington Farmers’ Market starts up! Third Thursday of each month, May-October, 3-6 p.m. with the hope of more frequency if interest. Mission Farm Church of Our Saviour, Mission Farm Road, Killington. Interested in vending? 802-422-3932.
6 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. bikramyogamendon.com.
Mendon Bone Builders
5:15 p.m. Tai Chi for Beginners at RRMC, April 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23 from 5:15-6:15 p.m. in CVPS Leahy Community Health Ed Center. $15. Registration required at rrmc.org, 802-772-2400. 5:30 p.m. Zack’s Place Theater Guild presents The Wonderful Land of Zoz, musical adaptation, at Town Hall Theater, 31 The Green, Woodstock. Free, donations appreciated.
Bikram Yoga **
5 p.m. Free tennis clinic at Killington Town Tennis Courts for adults, with tennis pro Anknaton Aguilar. Sign up at killingtonrec.com. River Road, Killington.
All Levels Yoga
5:30 p.m. All levels flow yoga at Killington Yoga Karen Dalury, E-RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington. killingtonyoga.com, 802-422-4500.
5:30 p.m. RRMC hosts 5-week parenting course May 17, 24, 31, June 7, 14, 5:30-7 p.m. in CVPS room at RRMC, 160 Allen St., Rutland. $15. Advance registration required at rrmc.org or 802-772-2400.
How Did I Get Here
6 p.m. RRMC present How Did I Get Here self-discovery class in CVPS Leahy Community Ed Ctr at RRMC, 160 Allen St., Rutland. $10. No writing skills needed. Limited space, pre-registration required at 802-772-2400, rrmc.org.
1 p.m. 33rd annual Rutland Chamber golf classic at Rutland Country Club, Grove St., Rutland. Awards dinner follows. Register at rutlandvermont.com. 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.
4 p.m. “Fertile Ground, A Spring Group Art Exhibit” opening reception at Norman Williams Public Library, 10 the Green, Woodstock. 4-5:30 p.m. Exhibit through June 30. Alice Sciore, among others, exhibits work.
5 p.m. Wing Night, 5-7 p.m. at VFW, 15 Wales St., Rutland. Open to public. 50 cents per wing plus dips and celery, mozz sticks, zucc sticks, fries, more. Also, Queen of Hearts Drawing 6:30 p.m.
World Food Fridays
5 p.m. World Food Fridays continue with a Moroccan Fete at Sandy’s Books & Bakery, Main St., Rochester. Four-course Moroccan meal, drinks, music. Moroccan attire encouraged. Seatings at 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. 802-767-4258 for reservations.
5:30 p.m. TRIO: pottery opening reception at ArtisTree, 2095 Pomfret Rd., So. Pomfret. Exhibit May 18-June 9. artistreevt.org.
Woodstock Film Series
6 p.m. 9th annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at Billings Farm & Museum screens “Ex Libris - The New York Public Library” followed by discussion with Jay Craven. Tickets $9-$11. billingsfarm.org/filmfest. 69 Old River Road, Woodstock.
The Next Generation
7:30 p.m. 10th annual program at Chandler Music Hall, featuring young classical musicians from Vermont high schools and home schools. Reserve: $16 adults, $10 students. chandler-arts.org. 71 Main St., Randolph.
6:30 p.m. Marble Valley Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Godnick Center Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Sanctioned duplicate bridge games. 1 Deer St., Rutland. 802228-6276.
International Folk Dancing
Audubon Century Count
Author Book Talk
Bikram Yoga **
Kids’ Fishing Day
6:30 p.m. Simple Israeli and European dances taught by Judy. Free. All welcome. Bring friends and BYOB. Dress comfortable, wear solid shoes with non-skid soles. at Rutland Jewish Center. Rutland Jewish Center, 96 Grove St., Rutland. 802-773-3455, rutlandjewishcenter.org. 6:30 p.m. Reeve Lindbergh (daughter of aviator Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh) discusses her new book “Two Lives” at Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center St., Rutland. Free, open to all. phoenixbooks.biz. 7 p.m. Adult Soccer at Killington Elementary School, 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays. $2. Non-marking gym sneakers please. Info, killingtontown.com.
6 a.m. Rutland County Audubon Society Century County XXIII. Attempt to count 100 or more species at birding hotspots in Rutland County. Meet at West Rutland Price Chopper at 6 a.m. Go for full day or part. Bring lunch. email@example.com. 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. bikramyogamendon.com. 9 a.m. Vt. Fish & Wildlife sponsors Kids Fishing Day at Wheeler/Smith Pond, Pittsford Rec Dept, Pittsford. Info, vtfishandwildlife.com, 802-236-3798.
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
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OAK RIDGE BOYS SHINE THE LIGHT TOUR
Summer Farmers Market
The Young Novelists
State Rep Speaks
9 a.m. Summer Vermont Farmers Market in Depot Park, Rutland. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Vermont crafts, jars, fresh fruits and veggies, cheese, breads, maple products, and more. Saturdays throughout the summer. 10 a.m. State Representative Robin Chesnut-Tangerman chats with constituents over coffee at Pawlet Library, 10 a.m.-noon. 141 School St, Pawlet.
10 a.m. Saturday morning open gym at Head Over Heels, 152 North Main St., Rutland. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. All ages welcome. Practice current skills, create gymnastic routines, learn new tricks, social opportunity to be with friends. $10/ hour members; $14/ hour non-members. 802-773-1404.
Spring Rummage Sale
10 a.m. Black River GNS hosts gigantic spring rummage sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 S., Ludlow. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Clothing, boutique, furniture, housewares, collectibles, games, books, bake sale, sporting goods, more. Proceeds provide food, rent, heat, and more to neighbors in need. 802-2283663 to donate or volunteer.
Clothing and Bake Sale
10 a.m. Seven Bucks a Bag annual clothing and bake sale at Union Church of Proctor, Church St., Proctor. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Clothing and shoes for all ages, just $7/ bag.
Girls on the Run 5K
10 a.m. Girls on the Run Vermont, Central Vt 5K at Castleton University. Culmination of 10-week after school empowerment program for local girls in grades 3-8. Communities encouraged to support as runners, walkers, volunteers, or sideline support. Register at gotrvt.org/central-5k, or day of, 8:30-9:30 p.m. 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton.
50th Anniversary Gathering
11 a.m. Gathering at Little Red Schoolhouse, West Haven, with potluck celebration of school for folks who attended or their relatives. Outdoor games, photos, old home movies, stories. Bring a dish to dine at 1 p.m. No smoking/alcohol.
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.
Community Garden Meeting
1 p.m. Village Farm community garden meeting for Pittsford/Florence residents, at the farm, 42 Elm St, Pittsford. Learn about/purchase a plot in the community gardens forming at the Village Farm. 802-483-9350.
6 p.m. Friday night open gym at Head Over Heels, 152 North Main St., Rutland. 6-7:30 p.m. Ages 6+. First time is free! Practice current skills, create gymnastic routines, learn new tricks, social opportunity to be with friends! $10/ hour members; $14/ hour non-members. 802-773-1404.
Woodstock Film Series
6 p.m. 9th annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at Billings Farm & Museum screens “Ex Libris - The New York Public Library” followed by discussion with Jay Craven. Tickets $9-$11. billingsfarm.org/filmfest. 69 Old River Road, Woodstock.
A Finished Heart
7 p.m. One-act play by Eliott Cherry, followed by audience discussion. Story of love, life, and dying. Admission by donation. RSVP to patientchoices.org or 802-391-9911. Chandler Music Hall, 71 Main St., Randolph.
7 p.m. FOLA presents film showing of “Singing in the Rain” at Ludlow Town Hall Auditorium. Free. Donations appreciated. Popcorn and water provided. fola. us. 37 S. Depot St., Ludlow.
7 p.m. Silent film series at Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Square, Brandon, with Jeff Rapsis playing live piano in accompaniment. This week, 1925 silent version of “The Wizard of Oz.” Free will donation.
3 p.m. 28th Dismas Community Celebration at Holiday Inn, 476 Holiday Place, Rutland. 3 p.m. doors open for registration and silent auction; 4:30 p.m. welcome and live auction followed by dinner and program. Speaker William Cope Moyers. $60 tickets, dismasofvt.org.
7:45 a.m. Free group meditation Sundays, Rochester Town Office, School St. Dane, 802-767-6010. heartfulness.org.
4 p.m. Dinners with Love hosts 3rd annual Comfort Food for a Cause at Castleton University, Campus Center, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton. 4-7 p.m. Food from 12+ restaurants, beverages, music, silent auction with over 25 items. Tickets $30, dinnerswithlove.org or 802-465-1027.
Bikram Yoga **
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. bikramyogamendon.com. 9 a.m. Killington Section Green Mountain Club outing: Boiling Springs, Chittenden. Follow old wood roads through the New Boston area to site where water bubbles up from the ground. Moderate, 7 miles. Meet at 9 a.m. at Rutland’s Main Street Park, near firehouse, to carpool. Call for details: 802-492-3573.
Comfort Food For a Cause
MAY 20 Heartfulness Meditation
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. bikramyogamendon.com.
BARK FOR LIFE IN RUTLAND SUNDAY, MAY 20
Hebrew School Open House
9:30 a.m. Last day of school/preview of next year at Shir Shalom, 493 Route 4, Woodstock. Fees paid by voluntary donations only, no dues or tuition. firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-457-4840.
Spring Rummage Sale
10 a.m. Black River GNS hosts gigantic spring rummage sale at Fletcher Farm, 611 Route 103 S., Ludlow. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Clothing, boutique, furniture, housewares, collectibles, games, books, bake sale, sporting goods, more. Proceeds provide food, rent, heat, and more to neighbors in need. 802-228-3663 to donate or volunteer.
Race Around the Lake
Dismas Dinner & Auction
8 p.m. One of country music’s longest-running groups, see them perform at Paramount Theatre. Think “Elvira” and you know who they are. Tickets $42-$72, paramountvt.org. 30 Center St., Rutland.
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.
3 p.m. Vt Humanities Council speaker Rebecca Rupp with engaging talk “Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables” at Pawlet Public Library. 141 School St., Pawlet. 802-325-3123.
The Oak Ridge Boys
Killington Section GMC
Friday, August 3 8:00 PM
Vt. Humanities Talk
7:30 p.m. Actors Rep Theatre presents an evening of storytelling at the Brick Box at Paramount. “Go Towards the Light” is the theme, as storytellers from around the state spin tales. $20 general admission. 30 Center St., Rutland. paramountvt.org.
UNCLE SI & THE SICOTICS
7:30 p.m. Toronto-based band performs at Brandon Music, 62 Country Club Road, Brandon. Classic him-and-her vocals with acoustic guitar, percussion, and vibraphone. $20 tickets. Reservations at brandon-music.net.
3 p.m. Backyard and community composting workshop with master composters. Learn about using worms, cold/static piles, hot/thermophilic piles, and more. 3-5 p.m. at Vt Farmer’s Food Center, 251 West St., Rutland. 802-7757209, email@example.com. Win a free soil saver composter! 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.
Saturday, May 19 8:00 PM
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10:30 a.m. Morning Yoga with Dawn Sunday mornings at Plymouth Community Center, 35 School Drive, Plymouth. $12 or 10 classes for $90. All levels welcome, bring your own mat. 10:30-11:30 a.m.
10:30 a.m. BarnArts Youth Programming fundraiser, Race Around the Lake 5K and 10K at Silver Lake State Park, Barnard. Register online at barnarts.org. Postrace events include live music, lunch. Free kids’ fun run follows awards.
Bark For Life
11 a.m. American Cancer Society sponsors Bark For Life at RRMC, 160 Allen St., Rutland. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Walk and fun event for dogs and their owners. 11 a.m. opening ceremony. Live DJ, dog costume contest, dog portraits/photo booth, training demos, food, face painting, vendors, raffles, and more. Pre-register at relayforlife.org/barkrutlandvt or day of.
All Level Yoga
Tropical Fish Auction
10 a.m. Bone builders meets at Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Rd., Killington, 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Free, weights supplied. 802422-3368.
12 p.m. Otter Valley Aquarium Society holds 12th annual Live Tropical Fish Auction and Bowl Show Competition at Godnick Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland, 12-5 p.m. Free, open to public. Refreshments available. Doors open 9:30 a.m. for bidder registration and preview. Open Bowl Show Competition with cash prizes. ovasociety.com.
Live from the Met
12:55 p.m. The Paramount Theatre screens Live in HD from The Metropolitan Opera broadcasts. This week, Mozart’s “Cosi Fan Tutti”.” $23/ adults; $10/ students. paramountvt.org. 30 Center St., Rutland. Run time 3 hours, 30 minutes; includes one 30-minute intermission.
Syncopation Bag Workshop
8:30 a.m. All Level Flow Yoga at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington. killingtonyoga.com, 802-422-4500.
Killington Bone Builders
11:30 a.m. Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 802-773-7187.
12 p.m. Every Monday meals at Chittenden Town Hall at 12 noon. Open to public, RSVP call by Friday prior, 483-6244. Gene Sargent. Bring your own place settings. Seniors $3.50 for 60+. Under 60, $5. No holidays. 337 Holden Rd., Chittenden.
1 p.m. Green Mountain Fibers and Yarn hosts workshop. $15 includes pattern. Pre-register at 802-775-7800 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Woodstock Ave., Rutland.
Historical Society Presentation
2 p.m. Bridgewater Historical Society holds first presentation of the season with Sandra Palmer, expert quilter/appraiser, discussion “Care of Quilts, Old and New.” Bring your quilts! 12 North Bridgewater Road, Bridgewater. Free, open to public. Refreshments.
12:15 p.m. Rotary Club of Rutland meets Mondays for lunch at The Palms Restaurant. Learn more or become a member, email@example.com. 2:30 p.m. SVCOA offers Powerful Tools for Caregivers free and open to residents of Rutland County. 6-week course at Heritage Family Credit Union, 50 West St., Rutland. Mondays through June 25, 2:#0-4 p.m. RSVP required at 802786-5990.
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10A • ROCKIN’
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.
Tobacco Cessation Group
11 a.m. Free tobacco cessation group. Free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. Every Tuesday, 11-12 p.m. at Heart Center, 12 Commons St., Rutland. 802-747-3768.
CCV Job Hunt Helper
TUESDAY Bikram Yoga **
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
11:45 a.m. CCV Job Hunt Helper Joe Alford will be available at Rutland Free Library, 11:45 a.m.-1:45 p.m. to help job seekers find employment: writing resume and cover letter, apply for jobs online, assess skills and interests, use internet to explore career options, and learn about education and training programs. 10 Court St., Rutland. 802-773-1860.
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. bikramyogamendon.com.
Open Swim **
8 a.m. Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 8-9 a.m.; 12-1 p.m.; 5-7 p.m. 802-773-7187.
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.
Active Seniors Lunch
12 p.m. Killington Active Seniors meet for a meal Tuesdays 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.
4:45 p.m. TOPS meets Tuesday nights at Trinity Church in Rutland (corner of West and Church streets). Side entrance. Weight in 4:45-5:30 p.m. Meeting 6-6:30 p.m. All welcome, stress free environment, take off pounds sensibly. 802-293-5279.
5 p.m. Killington Pico Area Association May mixer at Green Mountain National Golf Course, 5-8 p.m. killingtonpico.org. Networking, apps and drink specials. Barrows Towne Road, Killington.
5:45 p.m. Free group meditation Tuesdays, Mountain Yoga, 135 N Main St #8, Rutland. Margery, 802-775-1795. heartfulness.org.
Urinary Incontinence Talk
6 p.m. RRMC presents free program “Urinary Incontinence in Women” in CVPS/Leahy Community Health Ed Center at RRMC, 160 Allen St., Rutland. 6-7:30 p.m. Free. RSVP required to rrmc.org or 802-772-2400.
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.
6:30 p.m. Stanley Sloan gives book talk on “Transatlantic Traumas” at Phoenix Books Rutland, 2 Center St., Rutland. Free, open to all. phoenixbooks.biz.
Agatha Christie Event
6:30 p.m. Agatha Christie: Creator of Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot, living history performance by Helene Lang. At Norman Williams Public Library, 10 the Green, Woodstock. 802-457-2295.
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.
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This Saturday, May 19, I recommend you go see the legendary Oak Ridge Boys at the Paramount Theatre in Rutland. The Oaks, as they’re also known, are an American country and gospel vocal quartet. The lineup consists of Duane Allen (lead), Joe Bonsall (tenor), William Lee Golden (baritone) and Richrockin’ the region ard Sterban (bass). They’ve been performing together by dj dave since 1973. They’re probably hoffenberg best known for the 1981 hit “Elvira” with Sterban doing the famous chorus “Oom poppa, mow-mow,” but they have 17 No. 1 hits and have recorded 31 studio albums with close to 50 albums in total. The guys are all big baseball fans and Allen, from Texas, is a huge Red Sox fan (smart man). At 1 p.m. before the Rutland show, they’ll be performing the National Anthem at Fenway Park. “The National Anthem should not just be a performance. It should be a celebration of everyone singing it together,” he said. It truly was an honor to interview Richard Sterban. I’ve interviewed many people who have told me that Elvis and Johnny Cash were influences of theirs, but never have I interviewed someone who sang with both of them. They say that membership in the Grand Ole Opry remains one of country music’s crowning achievements, and The Oaks achieved that in August 2011. Sterban said, “When we were inducted in, that was very special. What’s even more special than that is being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2015. That had a lot to do with us getting together with Dave Cobb [producer] and doing this latest project, ‘17th Avenue Revival.’ That is what we’re most excited about right now.” The album only came out two months ago and is doing very well with rave reviews from many industry heavyweights. After The Oaks got in the Hall of Fame, they wanted to do something special. Sterban said, “We got together to figure out what we could do to commemorate the fact that we are now Hall of Fame members. We figured if we could get together with Dave Cobb, that would be a great way to celebrate this.” Cobb is one of the hottest producers in Nashville and works with many of the country music greats. The Oaks last worked with him eight years ago on “The Boys are Back,” and the title song was written by Shooter Jennings, who is Waylon Jennings’ son. Sterban added, “On that project, Cobb took us down roads musically that we had never traveled before. It turned out to be a very special project. We reached out for this and he said he would love to work with us again but we had to kind of get in line because he works with so many people. A year later he called us and said he’s ready to work now.” He wasn’t concerned with getting them on country radio because it’s not playing them now. He wanted to make something monumental; something very special. They sat down with Cobb so he could lay out his plans for the album. Sterban said, “I gotta be honest with you,
it was a little different at first then we were expecting. He told us to think of Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Ray Charles, and asked us what made them so great and so special. It was, they all grew up in church, singing gospel music. He wanted to tap into that old time feeling. It didn’t have to be an all-gospel project, but we wanted to tap into that feeling of an old time revival, and we did. He also took us further back into old time black gospel music. A couple songs on there are so old, he had to go to the Smithsonian to get the lyrics because they were before copyrights.” Sterban said, “There’s very few bells and whistles. It’s very simple and not very computerized. We kept the tuning to the bare minimum. He told us we’re the only guys he knows that can get around one microphone in a recording studio and make it happen. A few of the songs were only recorded with the four Oak Ridge Boys, Dave Cobb and his guitar around one microphone right there in the center of RCA Studio A on Music Row. It has that raw, earthy, live feeling. We love the creative process of going into the studio and creating new music. That puts new life and new energy into us and into our show.” It was Cobb’s idea to name it “17th Avenue Revival.” Sterban said, “The title has multiple meanings. It talks about the revival of the soul and the revival of the spirit. A lot of this music is touching people doing just that, but it also has to do with the revival of that old studio.” RCA Studio A is probably the most historic recording studio in Nashville. They were going to tear it down and build condos. The Oaks and many other musicians signed a petition and saved the studio. Cobb moved into it, and does all his recording there. Some of the greatest names in country music have recorded there, like Dolly Parton, Hank Williams and Elvis. Sterban added, “For us to do our project
there in that old studio was very special. This album is affecting people in a very good way.” They accomplished their goal getting Cobb, and working with him has given them a great deal of credibility, since he’s the guy that’s happening now in the country music business. Sterban highlighted some special songs on the album. “A Brand New Start” talks about a new start in heaven. “We’re all getting older and have to deal with deaths more frequently. A very good friend of ours just passed, Barbara Bush. This song is giving people comfort with death in that difficult time in their lives. ‘Pray To Jesus’ is a clever, happy, catchy song with the Dave Cobb treatment. It said ‘Pray to Jesus and play the lotto.’ People are really taking a liking to it. There’s some songs we grew up singing as kids in church like, ‘I’d rather have Jesus’ and ‘Where He Leads Me I Will Follow.’ It’s gospel, but it’s different, thanks to Cobb.” It’s not just their older fans digging it; their younger fans are into it, as well. Sterban likes the new country scene and said, “I think today’s new country music artists have taken country music and made it bigger and better than it’s ever been before. They’ve taken the bar and have raised it several levels. As a result, a lot of new fans have come into country music and I think that bodes well for the future. In the past few years, we’ve had a chance to work with some of these newer artists.” Two years ago Blake Shelton asked them to sing on a new song of his – “Doing It To Country Songs.” Sterban said, “Of course we said yes. We had such a great time recording the song and it turned out very well. A few months later, he asked us if we wanted to sing the song on TV on the CMT Award Show, and once again we said yes. It was Blake’s idea to mix in a couple verses of ‘Elvira’ and when Rockin’ the region, page 11A
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Oak Ridge Boys
MUSIC SCENE • 11A
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
Music scene by dj dave hoffenberg
WEDNESDAY MAY 16
Rockin’ the region:
[MUSIC Scene] RUTLAND 7 p.m. Draught Room at Diamond Run Mall Duane Carleton
7:30 p.m. Hop ‘n’ Moose
7 p.m. Taps Tavern
Jazz Night w/ Jazz Vectors
9 p.m. Center Street Alley
DJ Dirty D
9 p.m. JAX Food & Games Duane Carleton
RUTLAND 12:55 p.m. Paramount Theatre Cosi Fan Tutte: Mozart
7 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern Tom and Earle
The Mersey Beatles
9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern
9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern
8 p.m. Community Center
12 p.m. Wild Fern
7 p.m. Paramount Theatre
Moons & Goochers
Full Band Open Mic
9:30 p.m. The Venue
May Contra Dance w/ Dam Beavers and Ron Blechner calling
5:30 p.m. Town Hall Theater
Zack’s Place in the Wonderful Land of ZOZ
THURSDAY MAY 17
9:30 p.m. The Venue Open Mic
Cigar Box Brunch w/ Rick Redington
1 p.m. Wild Fern The People’s Jam
6 p.m. Iron Lantern Steve Kyhill
9 p.m. The Killarney
Open Mic w/ Supply & Demand Duo
6 p.m. Red Clover Inn
7 p.m. Town Hall
Silent Movie: “Wizard of Oz” 1925 w/ Jeff Rapsis
7:30 p.m. Brandon Music
9:30 p.m. The Venue
10 p.m. Clear River Tavern
8 p.m. Bentley’s
The Young Novelists
7 p.m. Taps Tavern Strangled Darlings
RUTLAND 9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern
The Rumpus: An Evening of Storytelling
STOCKBRIDGE 7 p.m. The Wild Fern Rick Redington
8 p.m. Moose Lodge
FRIDAY 6 p.m. Iron Lantern Nikki Adams
POULTNEY 7 p.m. Taps Tavern Northern Homespun
8 p.m. Paramount Theatre
6 p.m. Third Place Pizzeria
9 p.m. Center Street Alley
9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern
Oak Ridge Boys
RUTLAND 7:30 p.m. Paramount Theatre
7:30 p.m. Artistree
Open Mic Night
Dance Party w/ DJ Dave
Throwback Thursday w/ DJ Mega
SUNDAY MAY 20
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8 p.m. Taps Tavern RUTLAND 7 p.m. The Venue
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8 p.m. Center Street Alley Trivia
9:30 p.m. Hide-A-Way Tavern Open Mic w/ Krishna Guthrie
continued from page 10A we did the whole arena went crazy. Young sing gospel quartet songs. He loved the kids who you know were not born when black spiritual gospels. Elvis would have that was a hit were up singing and dancing. loved this new project of ours. It’s the kind A lot of the country music artists in the of music that would be right up his alley.” crowd were loving it and singing his ‘Oom One day Sterban got a call from Golden poppa mow mow’ part. Working with Blake telling him that their bass singer was leavhas really been a great thing for us. He’s a ing and wondering if he wanted the job. country music historian and loves to study Sterban said, “Here I was singing with Elvis, the history of it and what it was about our apparently on top of the world, and I had business that allows him now to do what to make a decision. I was a fan of the Oak he’s doing. Whenever he sees us, he calls Ridge Boys and felt they had a great deal of us his heroes and that just gives me goose potential and I wanted to be a part of that. bubbles. He respects the older acts and I It was a very tough decision that I made think that’s very special ...” but I’m very glad to have had that time The Oaks were in NYC recently promotwith Elvis. A lot of people questioned it, but ing the new album and saw that Miranda I really believed in my heart I was doing Lambert was performing at the Prudential the right thing. Time has proven I made a Center in Newark, N.J. They ended up pretty good decision. Since joining them, performing “Elvira” with her at her show. so many great things have happened to me Sterban said, “ Miranda also was honored personally and to all of the Oak Ridge Boys. and so excited to have us on the same Sterban said there is only one other stage as her. We had so much notoriety and person he’s met that had that special magpublicity from doing that. It’s things like netism and charisma of Elvis, and that’s that and with Blake that’s allowed us to stay his former neighbor, Johnny Cash. Sterban in touch with what’s happening in today’s said, “When he walked into a room, he country music and in commanded the room. touch with the younger There would not be an “I THINK TODAY’S minded fans that are out Oak Ridge Boys today if it NEW COUNTRY there.” weren’t for Johnny Cash. It’s amazing to me that He took us under his MUSIC ARTISTS song has resonated all wing and he really helped HAVE TAKEN these years. It came out us out. We were a strugalmost 40 years ago and gling group and he made COUNTRY MUSIC is still a hit today. That us a part of his show. We AND MADE IT goes to show how special opened for him in Lake The Oaks are to country Tahoe, Las Vegas and BIGGER AND music. Sterban said, “A different places around BETTER THAN lot of people have recordthe country. He paid us ed that song like Little more money than we IT’S EVER BEEN Big Town and a cappella were worth at that time. BEFORE,” SAID group Home Free. It’s still We had a contract for a a very special song.” This set amount and he would STERBAN. next story from Sterban always give us a tip on amazed me. The song was written by top of that. More than the financial help Dallas Frazier back in the early 1960s and was his words of encouragement. One day up until a few weeks ago, he had never seen I’ll never forget is when he called us up to them perform it. He attended their show at his room before our show in Las Vegas. He the Country Music Hall of Fame and got to said, ‘Your heads are hanging and I can tell see it performed for the first time. you’re discouraged. I want to try to encourFor two years prior to joining The Oaks, age you. There is something really special Sterban sang with J.D. Sumner and The about you guys, but if you give up now, no Stamps Quartet. For 1 1/2 years of that, ones ever going to know about that. You the group sang with the king of rock ‘n’ will never be able to realize your dreams. roll – Elvis – as his back-up singers. SterI want you to find a way to stay together. ban said, “Elvis was the biggest star in the I promise that if you do, good things will world, no doubt about it. His tour was the start happening. Don’t give up, don’t quit, biggest in the music business back then. keep doing it. You guys are special, I know To be a part of that was very exciting. I got a it, no one else knows it right now, but if you chance to know Elvis a little bit and I have stay together, people will start knowing some fond memories of the times I spent about you.’ We walked out of that meeting with him. Even though he was the king with our heads hanging up high. If Johnny of rock, I know that deep down inside his Cash thinks we’re going to make it, then favorite music was gospel music. It seemed we are going to make it. We didn’t have any like almost every day on the road, he would dates booked after that, but we managed to try to find a piano. He would expect the stay together.” This October will be 46 years four of us to get around a piano with them with The Oaks for Sterban, 45 for Bonsall, and Charlie Hodge playing it and we would and Allen and Golden have more than 50.
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12A • PUZZLES
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
• MOVIE TIMES
• MOVIE DIARY
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 25A
CLUES ACROSS 1. Small lump 4. Helps little firms 7. A way of performing 12. Lawyers 15. Stirred up 16. Believed in 18. The Bay State (abbr.) 19. Makes computers 20. Sodium 21. As fast as can be done (abbr.) 24. Institute legal proceedings against 27. More compact 30. Ethiopian river 31. Quantitative fact 33. No (Scottish) 34. A concession of no great value 35. Tony-winning actress Daisy 37. More (Spanish) 39. Russian space station 41. Helicopter 42. At the peak 44. Makes ecstatically happy 47. Excellent 48. Material body 49. The Golden State (abbr.) 50. A unit of plane angle 52. Argon 53. Fancy 56. Fried mixture of meat and spices 61. How green plants use sunlight 63. Without wills 64. Unhappy 65. Meat from a pig’s leg
CLUES DOWN 1. Mentor 2. Lyric poems 3. A dry cold north wind in Switzerland 4. Trapped 5. Used for road surfacing 6. Cuckoos 7. Prefix “away from” 8. Seth McFarlane comedy 9. Not out 10. “The Simpsons” bus driver 11. Popular HBO drama (abbr.) 12. Acclaimed Indian physicist 13. Removes 14. One-name NBA player 17. Revolutionary women 22. Smell 23. Ground-dwelling songbird 24. Midway between south and southeast 25. American state 26. Keen 28. Khoikhoin peoples 29. Int’l defense organization 32. Samoan money 36. A sign of assent 38. One from Somalia 40. Boat race 43. Trims 44. French coins 45. Indigenous Scandinavian 46. Flew alone 51. Loch where a “monster” lives 54. Japanese title 55. Pros and __ 56. Present in all living cells 57. Something to scratch 58. Branch of Islam 59. Appear 60. Former CIA 62. Yukon Territory Solutions on page 25A
Stuck in the moment
My son took a school trip to Washington, D.C., this past week. He was gone for the better part of four days. My wife and I were appropriately excited about his departure – both for the experience he was about to have and the fact that we could enjoy some time alone. Upon dropping him off at the bus (at 4:45 a.m. Monday morning), my wife’s final words to him were, “Please text or call a couple times while you’re gone.” He assured us he would and then hurriedly got on the bus. We’ve never had a problem with separation anxiety with our son. From his first morning of daycare at 5 years old, he has always been thrilled to leave us behind. He’s still the same today; he never experiences anxiety or reservation about going anywhere as long as he has friends in tow. My wife and I survived the week and, of course, we never heard from our son. My wife texted and called several times and got no answer. The one time I called he actually picked up, but the chorus of laughing children in the background made it impossible to communicate so he just screamed “This is awesome,” and hung up. I assured my wife he was fine. On Thursday night, the school called to announce that the bus would be at the return location at 10 p.m. I told my wife I would pick him up and planned TRUTH OR DARE accordingly to arrive at the scheduled time. Sure enough, the bus rolled in right at 10 p.m. and I was sitting there waiting for him. I watched the kids I followed Nate as he sheepishly shuffle off the bus and then climb underneath to moved through the crowd obviously looking for grab their bags. someone. His geekiness, due to his thick glasses and My son was one of the first ones off. He collected awkward gate, made him look even more uncoordihis belongings and then spotted me waiting for him. nated than your standard teenager. He said goodbye to a couple kids and then wandered “So where’s the girl?” I asked. over looking disheveled after four days with crap “She’s probably hiding from him,” my son refood, minimal sleep, and a lot of sugar. sponded. Once inside the truck, he quickly told me not to “So you wanted to hang around and watch your leave. “Wait here,” he said while eyeballing the kids buddy get shot down by a girl? That’s harsh,” I said. still gathered at the bus. I asked why. He said his good “And how do you know she’s going to say no?” friend Nate was about to My son was quiet for ask out a girl. a moment before slowly “SO YOU WANTED TO HANG I inquired about details turning his head toward AROUND AND WATCH YOUR BUDDY and was informed that me and stating confiNate really liked this girl, dently, “Because she likes GET SHOT DOWN BY A GIRL? THAT’S so throughout the bus me.” HARSH,” I SAID. trip back he planned how Now, given that I have he was going to ask her rarely heard my son out. I asked which one was Nate and he told me that speak about girls in a relationship manner and have he was “the short kid with the stupid shirt on.” certainly never heard about any girl liking him, I I scanned the crowd and finally spotted a diminfound this difficult to believe. utive teenage boy with a t-shirt that was basically “So, you’re telling me that your good friend Nate covered from top to bottom with the head of wolf. is about to ask out a girl and you know she’s going to Sure enough, that was Nate. deny him because she actually likes you?” “Yup,” he replied. “It’s your classic love triangle.” I almost burst out laughing at his response, partly because I was sure it was all in his head and partly because I couldn’t believe he knew what a love triangle was! I put my truck into Drive and started to pull away. “This is too much for ten o’clock at night,” I chuckled. And then, within minutes of our trip home, my son the Casanova was fast asleep. This week’s film, “Truth or Dare,” also features some interesting scenarios, but all the ones presented in this movie end up killing the people involved. This is your classic low-rent, supernatural horror movie with a premise that only a teenager could find appealing. What made this film slightly unique was these little digital alterations that were done to the characters when things start to go awry. I will admit that these moments intensified the fear, but certainly not enough to salvage a pathetic storyline. Check this one out only if you lust for gratuitous violence. Otherwise save your theater dollars for another selection. A horrific “D” for “Truth or Dare.” Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Local artist to exhibit in Woodstock, West Rutland
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The cast of “The Wizard of Oz,” (L-R) Larry Semon, Dorothy Dwan, and Oliver Hardy.
Silent film series returns
By Stephen Seitz
Saturday, May 19, 7 p.m.—BRANDON— For the ninth year running, silent films will grace Saturday nights in the Brandon town hall, with live piano accompaniment from Jeff Rapsis. Starting May 19, one film will be shown each month from May to October. First up will be the 1925 silent version of “The Wizard of Oz.” “Of course, the MGM musical is one of the classics,” Rapsis said. “This version is so different from the one we know. The only actor in it anyone might recognize would be Oliver Hardy, who plays the Tin Man.” The film centers around slapstick comedian Larry Semon, who plays the Scarecrow.
“It was made by Chadwick Films without permission,” Rapsis said. “The film was not well received, and Chadwick went out of business not long after. But today, it’s really interesting.” Rapsis said he does not record his scores. “I make a practice of not doing that,” he said. “I’m based in improv. I’m a live performance artist, and I prefer to do the live performance. With recordings, you can second-guess yourself and that changes the quality. These films were designed for live music performed in the theatre. That’s the best way to enjoy silent film.” Rapsis said he takes different approaches to drama and comedy. “With comedy, you want to stay out of Silent films, page 26A
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A trio of golfers are ready to tee up during the Rutland Chamber of Commerce’s annual Golf Classic.
Rutland Chamber set for 33rd annual Golf Classic Friday, May 18, 1 p.m.—RUTLAND—The Rutland Chamber of Commerce’s 33rd annual Chamber Golf Classic is scheduled for Friday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove St., Rutland. This is a great opportunity to have a fun day with employees, friends and business contacts on a nice spring afternoon. There will be special on-course contests including hole-in-one opportunities, great food and camaraderie. There will also be an awards dinner immediately following with prizes for first and second place gross and net, as well as the special contests. The cost is $500 per team of up to five players. Visit rutlandvermont.com to register or for more information.
The Woodstock Community Crier, through Helen Curtis, put out an invitation to local artists. One of our local artists, Alice Sciore, will exhibit her work, space allowing, in the mezzanine of the Norman Williams Public Library, 10 the Green, Woodstock. The show is titled, Fertile Ground, A Spring Group Art Exhibit, and will be on exhibit from May 15-June 30. There will be a reception at the gallery on Friday, May 18, 4-5:30 p.m. Then, at the Carving Studio, 636 Marble St., West Rutland, Sciore will show two of her sculptures in the Annual Member’s Exhibit. The opening of this exhibit, with a reception, is June 9, from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit runs through June 30. These exhibits will be a great stimulus for all who attend and view this exceptional, creative art.
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“Crazywise” screening to be featured in Rutland Wednesday, May 16, 6 p.m.—RUTLAND—Vermont Psychiatric Survivors will host a free screening of the feature-length documentary “Crazywise” on May 16 at 6 p.m. at the Franklin Conference Center, 1 Scale Ave., Rutland. After the 82-minute screening, cast member Gogo Ekhaya will participate in a post-screening discussion about the film. Hearty, complimentary refreshments will be served. Tickets are free and can be reserved at crazywiserutland.brownpapertickets.com. The film follows two young Americans diagnosed with “mental
illness.” Adam, 27, suffers devastating side effects from medications before embracing meditation. Ekhaya, 32, survives several suicide attempts before spiritual training to become a traditional South African healer. “Crazywise” introduces mental health professionals and psychiatric survivors who see a psychological crisis as a potential growth experience, not a disease. “Crazywise” explores what can be learned from people around the world who have turned their psychological crises into a positive transformative experience. For more information, call 802-779-8301.
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Gallagher will be smashing his last fruit on stage during his farewell tour, which makes a stop at Chandler, Thursday.
Gallagher brings “Last Smash” farewell tour to Chandler Center Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.—RANDOLPH— Known as the infamous “watermelon-smasher” who has performed more than 3,500 live shows worldwide over the past 45 years, maniacal standup comic Gallagher will bring his farewell tour to the Chandler Center for the Arts for one show only on Thursday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. The zany Gallagher will be joined on “The Last Smash Tour” by longtime stage partner and fellow comic sensation, Artie Fletcher. An international comedic superstar since the mid-1970s, Gallagher reigned as the top comedian in the world in both ticket sales and television ratings for nearly two decades. He is credited with literally inventing the full-length, televised standup comedy special and he’s a veteran of 14 Showtime cablecasts. He has also been celebrated for inspiring the startup of the now-wildly popular Comedy Central network. Gallagher’s fan base is known as one of the most loyal and ecstatic in all of standup comedy. The comedian is extraordinarily devoted to his fans: as a special feature of this farewell tour, Gallagher will be greeting Chandler audience members for an hour prior to show time, signing autographs, posing for photos, and reminiscing about his extraordinary career. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and longtime Gallagher fans are encouraged to arrive early to meet the zany comedian, take photographs, and get an autograph. For tickets – including those in the legendary and specially reserved “Smash Zone” up front – and more information, call the Chandler Box Office at 802-728-6464, visit chandler-arts.org on the web, or stop by Chandler weekdays between 12-4 p.m.
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Sunday, May 20, 4 p.m.— CASTLETON—Dinners with Love will host its third annual Comfort Food for a Cause on Sunday, May 20, 4-7 p.m. at the Castleton University Campus Center. The evening will include food from more than a dozen local restaurants, beverages, music, and a silent auction featuring more than 25 items and experiences. Dinners with Love is a network of hospice agencies, restaurants, and volunteers who bring free meals to hospice patients and their families. Last year, volunteers delivered 2,082 meals donated by 68 local restaurants to 155 homes throughout Vermont. At this time last year, the program was only available in Addison and Rutland counties, but has since grown to include Bennington, Chittenden, Essex, Grand Isle, and Orleans. Attendees will feast on a buffet dinner featuring dishes donated by area restaurants, including Applebee’s, Big Bob’s Food Shack, Blue Cat Bistro, Brandon House of Pizza, Café Provence, Gill’s
Delicatessen, Kelvans, Mae’s Place, Panera Bread, Sissy’s Kitchen, Sugar and Spice, and Sunrise Family Restaurant. During the silent auction, guests will bid on a variety of items and experiences donated by businesses and individuals, including: author and illustrator Ashley Wolff, Blue Moon Clothing & Gifts, Brandon Inn, Café Provence, Caroline’s Dream, Dog Ear Pottery, ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center, author Elizabeth Lesser, Foley Brothers Brewing, Lake Monsters, Lilac Inn, Montshire Museum, Omega Institute, Otter Creek Yoga, People’s United Bank, jewelry-maker Rebecca Zelis, Sundance Yoga, The Home Shop, The Paramount Theatre, Vermont Coffee Company, Vermont Country Store, VTPurseanality, Wenda Fine Art Jewelry, and Wood’s Market Garden. Tickets are $30, and may be purchased online at dinnerswithlove.org or by calling 802-465-1027. Castleton University is located at 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton.
RRMC experts to discuss incontinence in women Tuesday, May 22, 6 p.m.—RUTLAND—Marble Valley Urology, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, will be presenting a free program, “Urinary Incontinence in Women,” Tuesday, May 22, 6-7:30 p.m., at the CVPS/Leahy Community Health Education Center at Rutland Regional, 160 Allen St., Rutland. Join Dr. Ernest Bove and Kathy Felder, WHNPBC, CUNP, Marble Valley Urology’s newest provider for women’s urologic issues, for this educational talk that addresses the problems caused by urinary incontinence in women. Learn what urinary incontinence is, as well as its various types and causes. Kathy Felder will discuss the non-surgical interventions, and Dr. Bove will talk about the surgical options for treatment. Advance registration is required at rrmc.org or by calling 802-772-2400. Refreshments will be provided.
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FOOD MATTERS 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
With a free shuttle, take away and call ahead seating, Lookout Tavern is a solid choice. Nachos, quesadillas, sweet potato fries, salads, soups, sandwiches and dinner options are always a good selection and happy hour is from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Open daily at noon and serving until midnight. on Friday. www.lookoutvt.com (802) 422-5665
506 506 Back Country Café
The Back Country Café is a hot spot for delicious breakfast foods. Choose from farm fresh eggs, multiple kinds of pancakes and waffles, omelet’s or daily specials to make your breakfast one of a kind. Just the right heat Bloody Marys, Mimosas, Bellini, VT Craft Brews, Coffee and hot chocolate drinks. Maple Syrup and VT products for sale Check our Facebook for daily specials. (802) 422-4411
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cuisine – including salads, seafood, poultry and a new steakhouse menu your taste buds are sure to be satisfied. Choose from 12 Vermont craft brews on tap.Warm up by the terrace fire pit after dinner! Just a short drive from Killington. www.mountaintopinn.com 802-483-2311
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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. 802VT 775-2290, redcloverinn.com
802.475.5000 |and ontheriverwoodstock.com Rotisserie was named 2012 ski favorite restaurant. Choices Located in On magazines The River Inn, Woodstock may be the name of the restaurant but A short scenic Killington it is alsodrive what youfrom 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. www.choices-restaurant.com (802) 422-4030
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. www.foundrykillington.com (802) 422-5335
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
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 Facebook.com/JonesDonuts/. Call (802) 773-7810
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
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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. www.vtsugarandspice.com (802) 773-7832
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Tokyo House offers authentic and delicious tasting Japanese cuisine in Rutland, VT. Tokyo House’s convenient location and affordable prices make our restaurant a natural choice for dine-in, take-out meals in the Rutland community. Our restaurant is known for its variety in taste and high quality fresh ingredients. (802) 7868080 www.tokyohouserutland.com
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Author Reeve Lindbergh to discuss her life and her book,“Two Lives” Thursday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.— RUTLAND—On Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m., Phoenix Books Rutland will host Reeve Lindbergh for a discussion of her new book, “Two Lives.” Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of aviator/authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, writes about the intersection of fame and privacy from her unique perspective – as the spokesperson for the arguably most famous family of the 20th century. In her new book, Lindbergh reflects on her own “Two Lives,” navigating her role as the public face of her family while, at the same time, leading a very quiet existence in rural Vermont. After devoting years to keeping separate her Lindbergh life and her everyday
life on her farm, she now finds herself able to make peace with her two lives. Lindbergh takes us into the National Air and Space Museum and her own kitchen drawers with equal ease, discovering that the history-making items on display are, for her, like the memorabilia that most families keep in the attic. “Two Lives” reconciles the seemingly separate worlds of fame and privacy, even finding a certain sweetness when they intersect. This event is free and open to all. Phoenix Books Rutland is located at 2 Center St., Rutland. Copies of the book will be available for attendees to purchase and have signed. For more information, call 802-855-8078 or visit phoenixbooks.biz.
Sporting pink shirts, participants of Girls on the Run take off at the start gates.
Community celebration of girl power set for May 19 at the Girls on the Run Vermont Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m.—CASTLETON—Girls on the Run Vermont (GOTRVT) announces its Central Vermont 5k celebration taking place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 at its new location: Castleton University. This energetic event, presented by Carris Reels, is the culmination of GOTRVT’s 10-week after school empowerment program for local girls in grades 3-8, and is open to the public. The community is encouraged to participate as a runner, walker, volunteer, or sideline supporter. “We’re thrilled to host this year’s Girls on the Run Central Vermont 5K,” said Castleton University president Karen M. Scolforo. “For us to play even a small role in providing girls with the opportunity to build confidence, to embrace their individual strengths, and prove to themselves that they can achieve any goal to which they aspire is an amazing feeling. Young women are constantly bombarded with the notion of ‘who they should be’ in today’s society. Girls on the Run successfully combats those messages and helps to create empowered leaders of tomorrow.”
Girls on the Run Vermont has empowered more than 42,000 girls since its inception in 1999. This year, the Girls on the Run program – along with the Heart & Sole curriculum for middle schoolers – will reach more than 2,600 girls at over 170 sites in the state. Proceeds from the 5k event benefit Girls on the Run Vermont’s Every Girl Fund. This fund helps to ensure that every girl in Vermont can participate in the program through automatic subsidies and additional financial assistance to those girls who need it the most. New this year,any GOTRVT alumni can run with the girls for $10. Register online at gotrvt.org/central-5k until 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 17. Day-of registration will take place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. at Castleton University, with entry fees $10 for children and $30 for adults. All GOTRVT participants and coaches who registered for the program do not need to register for the 5k event. Individuals, families and groups can sign up in advance to volunteer at gotrvt. org/central-5k. Community service hours are offered for high schoolers.
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Area youth showcase their classical music talents during The Next Generation.
The Next Generation of young talent takes to Chandler stage Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m.—RANDOLPH— Chandler Music Hall is hosting The Next Generation on Friday, May 18 at 7:30 p.m. Sixteen young classical musicians from high schools and home schools in nine towns all over Vermont and the Upper Valley will showcase their performing artistry in
Chandler’s now tenth annual The Next Generation concert. There will be a reception to greet the artists following the performance. The annual event is inspired by National Public Radio’s “From the Top” program. For this performance, the area’s leading music teachers recommend students who deserve special
recognition. On the program will be opera arias, art songs, a concerto for cello, a concerto for violin, a concerto for flute, a suite for cello, and works for solo piano. Reserved seating is $16 for adults, and $10 for students. Call 802-728-6464 or visit chandler-arts.org. Chandler is located at 71 Main St., Randolph.
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Séan McCann takes to the road on personal journey Thursday, May 17, 7:30 p.m.—SOUTH POMFRET— Séan McCann, acclaimed singer-songwriter, JUNO Award nominee, and mental health advocate, is taking his music and his message on the road. Join ArtisTree Community Arts Center on Thursday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m. for an intimate show not to be missed. As a founding member of internationally renowned folk group Great Big Sea, McCann chose to forge his own path five years ago and use his music to help him heal from an alcohol addiction that masked his secret of sexual abuse during his teens. McCann will play music from his fifth solo album, “There’s A Place,” which sees him taking another step forward in his recovery, but a step back to his traditional musical roots. “I believe that a secret can kill you, but that a song can save your life,” said McCann. “Music is my religion and it has helped me survive through some very hard times. Today I want to share my story and my songs to help others to help themselves.” At 50 years old, McCann is now a sought-after speaker and mental health advocate. He celebrated six years of sobriety in November 2017. His stop in South Pomfret will be just one of a 29-city tour supporting his new album – don’t miss this opportunity to hear his personal and musical journey in the acoustic Hay Loft. Tickets are $20 general admission. Visit rtistreevt. org or call 802-457-3500. ArtisTree is located at 2095 Pomfret Road, South Pomfret. No alcohol, please.
9th annual Woodstock, Vt. Film Series opens with Jay Craven film Friday & Saturday, May 18-19—WOODSTOCK—The ninth annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at the Billings Farm & Museum begins its new summer series with the award-winning documentary, “Ex Libris – The New York Public Library,” on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, at 6 p.m. in HD projection and surround sound, with complimentary refreshments. Curator and director Jay Craven will attend the screening and lead a discussion. All films are open to the public and accessible to people with disabilities. Reservations are recommended.
“Ex Libris” does more than go behind the scenes of one of the world’s greatest knowledge institutions. It shows its role as a center of community and an exemplar of morality, accessibility, democracy and calm – even as it welcomes diverse people and ideas. The film won top honors at the 2017 Venice International Film Festival and was named to the official shortlist for the 2018 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Tickets prices are $9-$11. Billings Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Route 12. Visit billingsfarm.org/filmfest.
By Jen Squires
The Young Novelists
The Young Novelists perform in small-town Brandon Saturday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.—BRANDON—The Young Novelists are a Toronto-based band fronted by husband and wife Graydon James and Laura Spink. They perform at Brandon Music on May 19 as part of a national tour for their latest album, offering classic him-and-her vocals, with James playing acoustic guitar and Spink on percussion and vibraphone. James and Spink will perform several songs from “In City & Country,” which examines the parallels and differences of city and small-town life. The songs on the album were inspired by their experiences living in both small towns and cities as well as a number of research trips to towns in their home province of Ontario, Canada. The songs on the album tell the universal stories of both while
highlighting the differences, similarities, and everything in-between. No matter where you’ve lived, the dichotomy that exists on in “In City & Country” is universal; it’s not just a memoir of the duo’s experiences or the histories of small towns, it’s about appreciating where you’ve been and where you’re at — and finding the good and bad that lies within both. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB. Call 802-247-4295 for reservations or for more information. Brandon Music is located at 62 Country Club Road, Brandon.
Bark for Life to benefit American Cancer Society Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m.—RUTLAND—The American Cancer Society is sponsoring a Bark for Life event, Sunday, May 20, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Rutland Regional Medical Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland. This is a walk and fun event for dogs and their owners to fight back against cancer. Opening ceremony and walk will take place at 11 a.m. and there will also be a live dj, dog costume contest, dog portraits/ photo booth, training demos, face
painting, food, vendors, basket raffle drawing and much more. Proceeds from the event benefit the American Cancer Society. For more information and to pre-register visit relayforlife.org/ barkrutlandvt. Or, register the day of the event. Dogs must be at least 6 months old to participate, must be current on all of their shots and be on a leash at all times. Owners are responsible for any clean up (bags will be provided).
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Killington Farmers’ Market to debut Thursday Thursday, May 17, 3 p.m.—KILLINGTON—The Killington Recreation & Parks Department and the Killington-Pico Area Association, along with Mission Farm Church, are excited to announce that beginning this month, Killington will host its very own Farmers’ Market. The Killington Farmers’
Market will be located at Mission Farm Church on Mission Farm Road, and will be open the third Thursday of each month, from May to October. The market will feature local area crafters, baked goods from Mission Farm Bakery, as well as seasonal fresh vegetables from local farmers. The market is a means to
showcase local products and crafts from the Killington region. The hours of the market will be from 3-6 p.m. The planning committee is still looking for additional vendors with the hope that increased participation from vendors and the public will allow the market to expand to a weekly event. Anyone interested in participating in future markets, call 802-4223932.
18A • PETS
BUBBA - 2-year-old. Neutered male. Pit Bull. I’m a very playful, on the go fella and if you have lots of toys, especially plush squeaky toys, I’ll be your best friend. I’ll need lots of exercise and play time with my new family. I’m smart.
PETPersonals NACHO - 1-year-old. Neutered male. Siberian Husky mix. With a name like Nacho, you just have to smile! And when you meet me you will smile indeed. I’m a super fella with piercing blue eyes and a sparkling personality. I like to give kisses!
SIMON - 5-year-old. Neutered male. Domestic Long Hair. Brown and white tabby. I am a little shy but once you get to know me you’ll find that I am the cuddle king! I am a guy who loves his food so I’m hoping my new family will put me on a diet so I can lose a pound or two!
COSMO 9-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Long Hair. Torbie. One thing I need everyone to know about me is I get overstimulated rather quickly, meaning when I have had enough attention I like to be left alone. I need to be the only animal.
PEACHES - 11-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Long Hair. Torbie with white. What can I say, I am as sweet as can be. I love to be held, cuddled, and I will follow you around rubbing against your legs. I tend to be on the talkative side, and can be quite loud at times.
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SPENCER If you understand how special it is to be loved by a Coonhound, then you must come meet me, Spencer! I am a 3 year old handsome red tick hound. I LOVE dogs and would be an ideal family pet! I made the long trip from Virginia and came with several other dogs including a few beagles and other amazing mutts! Stay tuned to our Facebook page, Springfield Humane Society for details on everyone that is coming or call 802-885-3997. Stop by 401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4:30 p.m.
CHANCE - 2-year-old. Neutered male. Border Collie. Won’t you take a chance on a lovely dog named Chance? I’m a very loving, gentle fella who loves being with people. I love to be near my favorite friends and I’ll give you a smooch or two!
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!
BUTTONS - 6-year-old. Spayed female. Domestic Short Hair. Brown and white tabby. I am looking for a quiet home where I can just relax and be me. I really enjoy my quiet time and maybe not a ton of handling, but I do like to have people around. I enjoy other cats.
HEART - 1-year-old. Neutered male. Labrador Retriever mix. I have a great name because I think your heart will flutter when you meet me. And what about my eyes? I’m just so super handsome! I walk nicely on a leash and I’m very social.
STEVIE - 6-month-old. Neutered male. Poodle mix. 16 pounds. I’m an adorable and fun fella who will put a smile on your face as soon as we meet. I’m an on the go guy who will need a lot of exercise and play time. I’m sweet and fun and I’m a puppy!
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GREYSON - 3.5-year-old. Neutered male. Treeing Walker Coonhound. I’m a very social fella who will happily sit next to you while you pet me, rub my ears and my back and give me lots of love and attention. If you stop I’ll nudge you so you’ll start up again.
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TERRY - 1-year-old. Neutered male. Domestic Short Hair. Brown tabby. I am a snuggly dude who is looking for my forever home where I can sit in the window and watch the birds. I am a handsome boy looking for a lovely family to be a part of so stop by!
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society
All of these pets are available for adoption at
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TIGER Hi! My name’s Tiger and I’m 13-year-old neutered male. I know – I don’t look 13, do I? I was adopted from Lucy Mackenzie over a decade ago. I lived well in my home until I started having issues with the children that would come to visit. Unfortunately, we couldn’t come to an agreement, so I came back here. It’s true – in my new home, I’ll have to live with adults only. The good part is that I’m incredibly affectionate, handsome and will make adults very, very happy. I promise to bring lots of love and joy along with me. If you have room in your home and heart for a deserving senior (that doesn’t look nor act like a senior!), stop in and meet me today! Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society is located at 4832 Route 44, West Windsor. We’re open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 12-4 p.m. Reach us daily at 802-484-LUCY. Visit us at lucymac.org, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. We hope to see you soon!
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
By Declan McCabe
Emerald Ash Borers
Jim Fuller, a former park ranger at Vermont’s Grand Isle State Park, described this interaction with a tourist from New Jersey, when he confiscated their out-of-state firewood. Ranger Jim: "We are trying to keep the forests clear of invasive insects.” Tourist, as beetle fell from firewood: “You mean like that one there?" In this instance, the hitchhiking
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insect proved to be an innocuous flathead borer. However, Jim’s anecdote illustrates a major challenge for forest stewards around the region, and especially for officials tasked with managing tourist areas. Invasive insects often hide in wood. Every time someone moves firewood from one area to another, especially when they transport it over long distances, there’s a risk of a new forest infestation. The emerald ash borer (EAB) is a poster bug for this risk. Recently, this highly destructive, half-inch long metallic green beetle has reached Orange County, Vermont, and transported wood is one of the potential causes. EAB kills all American ash species, and in our region’s forests, where white ash is common, the insect has the potential to bring about radical change in our ecosystem and loss of timber value, as well as die-offs of yard and street trees. According to State Entomologist Judy Rosovsky, the Orange County infestation was noticed by an observant forester working on private land. He sent photographs to vtinvasives.org, and they were able to confirm his suspicions. The time between first infestation and tree death is remarkably short – typically, one to four years. The damage occurs as larvae chew their way through the tree’s sapwood, zigging, zagging, and leaving frass-filled serpentine pathways in their wake. As they sever vessels beneath the bark, the effect is similar to someone ringing a trunk with a saw.
Part of the challenge of managing EAB, is that it is hard to detect, especially in the early stages. Generalized symptoms of ill health in ash trees such as crown dieback are often early signs, but other conditions can also bring these same symptoms. A frequently cited diagnostic is the 1/8 inch, D-shaped hole that an adult beetle leaves as it emerges through the tree bark (adults emerge between May and midsummer). However, in practice, these holes can be very difficult to find and identify. When Rosovsky and her colleagues are inspecting an area, “we look for woodpeckers’ pecks and flecks – flecks of blond bark where the birdy feet have kicked off bark, and pecks just into the wood, where the insects hang out.” Approximately 5 percent of Vermont’s trees are ash, so I feel some stress at the news of EAB’s arrival (one small consolation – mountain ash, a beautiful tree of high elevations, is not a true ash and is immune). However, as my father liked to say, “If you must panic, have an organized panic,” and so I asked Rosovsky how people in areas infected by the insect should respond to inevitable tree loss. In Vermont, state officials are developing a plan to discern the extent of the infestation. Roadside ash inventories will likely be components of this effort so that vulnerable areas can be managed to prevent damage by falling trees. In the meantime, Rosovsky quoted her colleague Barbara Schultz, the forest health program manager at Vermont Forests, Parks and Recreation: “Don't panic and don't cut all of your ash trees.” Despite the grim prospects, not all the trees will die immediately. According to Rosovsky, “If you are further than five to 10 miles from the infestation, you are not at immediate risk.” Unfortunately, towns and property owners should plan for reduced dependence on ash in their landscapes. For example, at Saint Michael's College where I work, we are consid-
ering our options. About 85 ash trees grace our campus with many more scattered through the natural area. According to Alan Dickinson, associate director of Grounds, EAB can be checked by injecting insecticides into the soil every other year, but this is an expensive option that at most, can protect individual trees. Preventing the movement of infested wood is the highest priority for slowing the spread of this and other forest pests. Left to their own devices, EAB infestations in Maryland spread at a rate of only a half mile per year. However, as noted in the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation literature, “all stages of the insect can travel 65 mph down the Interstate inside infested wood!” All bordering states and Quebec have emerald ash borer infestations.
With beetles also found in Orange, Washington, and Caledonia counties, no Vermonter lives more than 70 miles from an infestation. I won’t be felling the green ash from the corner of my yard any time soon, but sadly, neither will I plan on planting any new trees. Declan McCabe teaches biology at Saint Michael’s College. His 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 for this column was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol. The Outside Story is assigned and edited by Northern Woodlands magazine, northernwoodlands.org, and sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Four facts to know about your insurance policy Most people consider insurance an important part of their financial plan. But do you also have an insurance philosophy? An insurance philosophy requires you to think about the people and possessions that matter the most to you. How do you want to protect them? What are the risks involved? Are monthly premiums or out-of-pocket payments more in line with your philosophy and your financial means? Each one of us is MONEY MATTERS different and that’s BY KEVIN THEISSEN why it’s important to intentionally consider your insurance philosophy. Here are four important questions that will help you crystalize your insurance philosophy and make sure it is well-integrated into your financial plan. Do you currently have some level of insurance to cover the most important things in your life? Life,
health, auto, and homeowner’s insurance are the big four. Having some level of coverage in these areas should be considered the baseline for most people. But what about other special considerations? Are you a partner in a small business? Are you insured against your partner dying or leaving the company? Are your business assets protected in case you get sued? Do you own a classic car, art, or jewelry that you want to protect? Take a moment to list the important things beyond the “big four” that you should consider insuring. Are there reasons you haven’t insured them already? 1. What are your risk levels? Your health and your spouse’s health are probably the two biggest factors to consider. Depending on your ages, this isn’t just a matter of life and death. Be mindful of any ongoing conditions or family medical history that could impact the main income earner’s ability to keep working until retirement. Do you work in a volatile industry? You might benefit from supplemental income insurance if you’re at-risk for sudden unemployment. If your job is dangerous, or if you have Money Matters, page 23A
Silence, please! One of our greatest modern day challenges is finding ways to escape chaos and noise. The Finnish Tourist Board released “Silence, Please,” under a series of wilderness photos, each with a solitary figure. “With noise pollution the world round, finding silence is a rare thing,” VisitFinland. com states. “No talking, but action,” British branding expert Simon Anholt proposes (lifehack.org). Vermont and Finland have something in common: silence. Vermont might also benefit from launching a similar marketing campaign for seekers of silence in a beautiful land: “Silence reveals itself in a thousand inexpressMountain ible forms: in the on Meditation quiet of dawn, in the By Marguerite te noiseless aspiration Jill Dye of trees towards the sky, in the stealthy descent of night, in the silent changing of the seasons, in the falling moonlight, trickling down into the night like a rain of silence, but above all in the silence of the inward soul.” (Max Picard) The word “noise” derives from a Latin root signifying pain or queasiness. Sound waves vibrate the bones in the ear, sending movement to snail-shaped cochlea, that convert vibration into electrical signals received by the brain. Noise activates the amygdala, which is located in the temporal lobes of the brain. But the noise causes an immediate release of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which continue to be released if the noise continues. This interferes with the amygdala’s main function: to form memory and emotion.
IN THE STILLNESS, DEEP WITHIN, OUR BEAUTIFUL SOUL IS UNVEILED. It’s no surprise that noise decreases motivation and increases mistakes in cognitive function such as problem-solving, reading, and memory. Children living near loud air, train, and auto routes test lower in reading scores and may develop slower language and cognitive skills. Two minutes of silence have a more relaxing effect on the brain, lowering blood pressure and improving circulation, than listening to restful music, according to “The Heart Journal.” Two hours of silence each day allow the brain to regenerate new cells in the hippocampus where memory, learning, and emotions are the functions (lifehack.org). These new cells differentiate into functioning neurons that integrate into the system, according to researcher Imke Kirste. A 2001 study showed that during periods of silence when the brain is in “default mode,” it evaluates new information and actively internalizes it. The default mode is specially used in periods of self-reflection on one’s personality and characteristics instead of on self-recognition or self-esteem, according to Joseph Moran’s 2013 report in “Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.” Silence allows the mind to process profound ideas and to think creatively and imaginatively, except when it is involved in goal-oriented tasks or distracted by noise. When I become anxious and feel stress building up, often, if I pause and listen, I become aware of a heightened sound level. Many times, the problem can be easily solved by turning it down, leaving the room, or wearing earplugs. Recognizing the stress that constant clamor creates makes it easier to remove ourselves from the noise and consciously choose how we live. When we retreat from the turmoil and uproar to the innermost part of our being, to the sacred place where mind and heart merge, connected, in sync with our highest self, we rediscover the spark that always glows with inspired knowing. Silence and intent are the keys to quiet our busy minds and lives. In the stillness, deep within, our beautiful soul is unveiled. Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The silence sings. It is musical. I remember a night when it was audible. I heard the unspeakable.” Marguerite Jill Dye is an artist and writer who divides her time between the Green Mountains of Vermont and the Gulf Coast of Florida.
20A • NEWS
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
By Lani Duke
Tire slashed in Bridgewater
Relative risk felt in Fair Haven FAIR HAVEN—Fair Haven seems peaceful. The high school is secure since accused massacre planner Jack Sawyer was released. The apparent serenity demonstrates the efficacy of the slogan “See Something, Say Something,” Fair Haven Police Chief William Humphries commented May 11. And yet there is an undercurrent of uncertainty in the community. Jack Sawyer’s release into the custo-
dy of his father carried the provision that he be checked into a mental health facility for assessment within 72 hours of his release from confinement and mandates that he accept whatever treatment and medication that facility prescribes. He is subject to arrest if he violates the facility’s treatment terms or fails to take his medication. but the facility is under no mandate to tell law enforcement or the public what that treatment is or when it will be considered complete. Only his defense team and the State’s Attorney have authority to ask whether he is still on the facility’s premises.
Castleton U recognizes progress, offerings CASTLETON—The Castleton U campus relies on Soundings/Arts Reach manager and video technician Sam Green to put together a variety of cultural offerings for students. Come summer, Green becomes assistant director at the Barn Day Camp at Farm and Wilderness Camp in Plymouth Castleton women’s lacrosse team defeated Colby-Sawyer College to win its seventh consecutive North Atlantic Conference title. The academic year concludes with the graduation of 15 international students from five countries, the highest number yet. Three received the master’s degree; the others all received undergraduate degrees. Seventeen individuals formally retired from Castleton U during a May 7 ceremony. Associate Registrar Linda J. Adams and Lead Maintenance Worker James Waterhouse had worked at the school for 40 years.
New water lines are on Poultney horizon POULTNEY—Poultney is replacing 3-inch and 4-inch cast iron water lines so that the town may increase fire hydrant capacity, Town Manager Paul Donaldson told the Rutland Herald. Without the pipe replacement, there will be localized inadequate pressure and water flow, water line project specialist Alex Arsenault of engineering firm Aldrich and Elliot explained. The older lines are also more likely to break or leak, he continued. Construction was scheduled to begin May 15. One new line will extend from East Main to Grove
St., along Furnace St. The other follows Beamon St. from Church St. to Fire House Lane. In general, the trenches will be about six feet wide. The project price tag of $850,000 covers construction, engineering funds, a 10 percent contingency fund, and other unexpected costs. Funding comes from the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund program via a 3 percent interest loan over 25 years with annual installments from water users approximating $64,893. The average residential use fee will increase about $26 a quarter.
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A Bridgewater resident witnessed her tire being slashed in her driveway from inside the house by another woman around 1 a.m. May 12. The right rear tire of her vehicle was damaged by the vandal, police said. The vandal was described as being approximately 5’ 5” tall with a medium build and shoulder length light brown or blond hair. The vandal was wearing a light gray hooded sweater and was last seen leaving on foot traveling west. Anyone with information is asked to contact the State Police - Royalton Barracks at 802-234-9933.
Rutland man arrested for vandalizing
Wanted West Windsor man arrested in Rockingham A West Windsor man who had an outstanding warrant was arrested May 9 on Route 103 after he was stopped for a moving violation, police said. Michael Wesolowski, 47, was stopped on Route 103 in Rockingham, police said. He had an outstanding warrant out of Chittenden town for his arrest for failing to appear on a retail theft charge back in 2017, police said. Wesolowski was arrested and transported to Southern State Correctional Facility. He was supposed to appear in court May 10.
A Rutland man was arrested for vandalizing items that did not belong to him. Kasey Ellison, 24, of Rutland, was arrested May 10 after state police troopers were dispatched to a residence in Clarendon. Ellison was issued a citation for unlawful mischief.
Police investigate Weathersfield burglary State police were dispatched to a reported burglary at Daniels Construction in Weathersfield around 5:45 a.m. on Monday. An unknown person
or people entered the Daniels Construction business during the overnight hours and stole vehicle diagnostic equipment, police said. The case is under
investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Trooper Shepley of the state police in Westminster at 802-7224600.
Killington Fire responds to two brush fires Monday The Killington Fire Department responded to mutual give aid on two brush fires on Monday. One fire was off Old Turnpike Road in Mendon around 2:30 p.m. The other was on Snowy Owl Lane in Plymouth around 5:30 p.m. “It’s dry and not all the leaves have been cleaned up so we’ll see a couple
of these until things get green and wet,” said Killington Fire Chief Gary Roth. He said the Mendon fire was taken care of quickly. He said the fire fighters were called away from the scene in Plymouth at one point as it got too dark and too dangerous for firefighters to work.
United Way names new associate director RUTLAND—Jona Farwell has joined the United Way of Rutland County as associate director. Throughout her career, Farwell has worked in community systems and is excited to bring her collaborative experiences to the community. “I already feel at home with the United Way,” said Farwell. “I have had the pleasure of working in various capacities, mainly in early childhood and family systems, throughout the greater Rutland area. I feel honored to be able to bring that experience and the knowledge I’ve gained into this new role. Under Caprice’s direction the United Way has made a lot of traction in our community and I am excited to be a part of that going forward.” The United Way of Rutland County is located at 88 Park St. in Rutland.
NEWS BRIEFS • 21A
The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
By Lani Duke
McDonald’s remodel on South Main is under second review The Rutland Development Review Board (DRB) has received plans to demolish the 6,471-square-foot McDonald’s restaurant at South Main Street and Allen Street across from the fairgrounds, and to replace it with a 5,250-squarefoot building, devoting more space to the store’s drive-through lanes. Drive-through customers account for more than half of the store’s business, the permit applica-
Towns wrangle over Route 4A “road diet”
The recent Rutland Town Planning Commission voted May 10 in favor of keeping all four lanes of traffic open on Business Route 4. Planners for West Rutland, at the west end of the Route 4 business corridor, would reduce the lane number to three, with room thus remaining for pedestrian and bicycle lane. Rutland Town residents who attended the most recent Planning
Commission meeting feared that slimming the road surface would make the road less safe. Both the Planning Commission and Rutland Town Select Board are themselves divided on the best road design. The parties still have time to come to an agreement: the state plans to pave the 4A link between Center Rutland and West Rutland in 2019.
High winds lead to downed lines, power failure
tion states. The seating and the children’s play area would remain at their current size. Parking spaces would go from 61 down to 48. Drive-through kiosks would be reconfigured from tandem to side-by-side. The South Main and Allen curb cuts would remain. The DRB had already granted permitting in February and March to demolish the current structure and rebuild, but the new design differed enough from that earlier plan that the city had to “take a fresh look at it,” Zoning Administrator Tara Kelly told the Rutland Herald.
Farmer’s market moves outdoors For many Rutland residents, spring begins officially with the opening of the Downtown Farmers Market in Depot Park, the Saturday before Mother’s Day. The two organizations, the Vermont Farmers Market and the Rutland County Farmers Market, both set up their booths to open at 9 a.m., and the delights of locally grown food are on their way to local tables. For Vermont Farmers Market vendors, the opening may merely signify a change of venue, after a winter indoors at the Vermont Farmers Food Center, 251 West St. VFM manager Maura Wildman described this year’s market to the Rutland Herald featuring 13 produce vendors, lots of garden starter plants, a new Indian food vendor, new wines and spirits, jewelry, flowers, pottery, and more. This year, the Rutland City Fire Dept. is bringing one or more trucks to the site in support of the market and to get to know the families, Rutland County Farmers Market Manager Judy Dark said.
Winds buffeted the Rutland area the first Friday of May, interrupting power to about 49,300 customers. Within 24 hours, the number of customers waiting for their power to come back on was down to about 5,000, and down to about 1,700 by Sunday afternoon, the Rutland Herald reported. National Weather Service meteorologist Peter Banacos told the Herald that a line of thunderstorms produced large hail, damaging winds, and flash floods in northern Vermont, followed by a tornado watch and a severe cold front. Rutland County winds reached as high as 54 mph, although spots between observation sites might have seen gusts up to gale force, Banacos said. All 16 Green Mountain Power districts received outages, GMP spokesperson Kristen Kelly reported.
Alderman nominee’s tax debt came as a surprise Rutland City Mayor David Allaire named former alderman William Gillam to fill the board seat recently vacated by Timothy Cook. The board will consider confirming Gillam’s nomination at its subsequent meeting, two weeks in the future. The former restaurant proprietor served on the aldermanic board from 1992 to 2008, chairing the Community and Economic Development Committee for some years. While Allaire served as the board president in 2013, he chose Gillam to be one of the earliest nominees to the new Housing Board. Citing Gillam’s qualifications to serve as alderman again, Allaire said Gillam had not only been a business owner but also a lobbyist in Montpelier. State records show Gillam’s previous company, Gillam Hospitality Group, LLC, as owing the state $171,226 in delinquent taxes, the Rutland Herald reported the day after Gillam’s selection was announced. He owes no taxes to the city. Gillam and his wife, Charlotte Gillam, ran the South Station Restaurant, 170 S Main St., which filed for bankruptcy. Now working as food and beverage manager for the Holiday Inn in Rutland Town, Gillam said he has been making biweekly payments on the taxes not covered by the bankruptcy. Allaire said he was not aware of the debt to the state when he made the nomination. Rutland Region, page 23A
Bill Bruso has been appointed as enrollment coordinator at Mount St. Joseph Academy and Christ the King School in Rutland.
Bruso hired away from MSJ, Garrow takes over RUTLAND—Mount St. Joseph Academy and Christ the King School are pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Bruso to the administrative team as enrollment coordinator. Bruso brings a wealth of professional experience in the fields of marketing, business development and sales, with expertise in managing, teaching, and networking within an array of diverse business communities. As a graduate of College of St. Joseph, he and his wife, Geri, have raised two daughters, who are graduates of both MSJ and CKS. “MSJ and CKS have given so much to my family over the years, both educationally and spiritually. I am looking forward and excited about assisting families and their students to enable them to experience all the advantages that the two schools have provided my family,” Bruso said. As a coach, Bruso has been on staff of the MSJ girls’ basketball team for the past seven years, which have included four straight state titles. G.J. Garrow, a longtime member of the MSJ community and MSJ girls’ basketball coaching staff, will fill Bruso’s sneakers as head girls’ basketball coach at MSJ.
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Garrow gets off with a slap on the wrist
continued from page 3A “So, though it might not have been easy, it’s been behalf. worthwhile?” Zonay asked. That appeal led a local woman, Summer Stoutes, “Yes,” Garrow responded. who had never met Garrow, to step forward and It was back-to-back brushes with the law that donate one of her kidneys after it was found to be a cost Garrow his job and landed him before Zonay in match. court. Garrow’s return to work in April also was not withGarrow was arraigned in August 2017 on the out controversy. charge of impersonating a police officer. State Police Shortly before Town Meeting Day in March 2017 trooper Jonathan Hall said in a court affidavit he and in the midst of a heated mayoral campaign, a pulled Garrow over for speeding on Route 7 in Clarpost on Garrow’s Facebook page alleged that the city endon, clocking him driving 73 mph in a 55-mph wouldn’t allow him to return to work despite being zone. cleared by a physician. After pulling him over, Hall wrote, he walked up to Then-Mayor Christopher Louras posted online a Garrow’s vehicle. response in a letter addressed to Garrow, denying his “Garrow had his wallet open and the officer said allegations. he saw a silver badge with ‘Police Department’ on it,” Bad blood between Louras and city firefighters the affidavit stated. was cited by many as a factor in Louras’ defeat in the “I asked Garrow who he worked for and he advised mayoral race, in addition to his support of a plan to Pittsford,” Hall wrote. “While Garrow was grabbing resettle refugees from Syria and Iraq in the city. his identification, I was able to see the rest of the Allaire, then a veteran member of the city’s Board badge, and identified it as a Pittsford Police Departof Aldermen, won the backing of the firefighters’ ment badge.” union and went on to win the mayoral election. Hall then let Garrow go with a warning. Later, the Rutland County Deputy State’s Attorney Ian Sullitrooper wrote in a court affidavit, he learned that van, who prosecuted the cases against Garrow, told Garrow hadn’t been a police officer in Pittsford for the judge in court Friday that dismissing the charge some time. of impersonating a police officer was part of the VTDigger requested the trooper’s dash cam video “global settlement” of the criminal matters. of the stop; however, it lacked audio because the Sullivan pointed out that Garrow agreed to an “acequipment was not properly working. As a result it’s knowledgement” that was part of the plea deal and not known what words were exchanged between earlier in the case surrendered his police identificathe two men during that tions, including a badge he had traffic stop. from the time he worked as an IN CONNECTION WITH HIS Garrow was back in officer for the Pittsford Police court a few months later Department. THANKSGIVING DAY ARREST on charges that he drove In that acknowledgment, FOR DUI, GARROW WAS ALSO drunk at twice the legal Garrow wrote, ““Following limit and left the scene of my decertification as a poCHARGED WITH LEAVING a crash early Thanksgivlice officer, (I) allowed other THE SCENE OF A CRASH FOR ing morning. people to believe that I was a The 1994 Cadillac police officer. I did not correct HITTING AND DAMAGING A Fleetwood limousine their potential belief that I CAR THAT WAS PARKED ON that police say Garrow was currently a police officer. I had been driving becontinued to carry my badge. I THE STREET. longed to Clifford’s Fuallowed other people to see my neral Home in Rutland, badge.” where he worked part time. He added, “I have the utmost respect for law Police say Garrow smashed into a car parked on enforcement officers. I am proud of my time as a the side of the street in Rutland after leaving a down- law enforcement officer. I apologize to the Rutland town bar. County law enforcement community for any imA test later revealed Garrow had a blood-alcohol pression they had that I was presenting myself as a content of 0.166 percent, more than twice the 0.08 police officer after decertification.” legal limit for driving in Vermont, the affidavit stated. Garrow had worked for the Pittsford Police DeRutland City Mayor David Allaire said in late partment as a part-time police officer for about five December that following the second run-in with the years, during which time he was suspended for six law Garrow had been fired from his job as a city firemonths after a state police investigation revealed he fighter. He had been suspended from his job since had been “untruthful” during an on-duty incident. his arraignment in August 2017 on the earlier charge. In connection with his Thanksgiving Day arrest for Following a court appearance in December 2017, DUI, Garrow was also charged with leaving the scene his attorneys talked of the difficulty Garrow has had of a crash for hitting and damaging a car that was in dealing with the emotional after-effects of a kidparked on the street. ney transplant. The leaving-the-scene charge was later changed Garrow, who had been a full-time city firefighter to negligent operation of a motor vehicle as part of for about two years, returned to work in April 2017 the plea agreement reached Friday. after 18 months away as he battled kidney problems In court Friday, Sullivan, the prosecutor, read a and recovered from the transplant surgery. letter from the owner of the damaged vehicle. That The community had rallied around Garrow as he person said he had been out by his vehicle only dealt with his health problems. The search for an about 30 minutes before the crash. acceptable kidney donor reached a point where his “Simply put, had Mr. Garrow been on that street mother posted an appeal on Facebook on her son’s any earlier, there is a good chance I could have been severely injured or even killed,” Sullivan read from the man’s letter. “Thankfully, no one was injured, but gone unchecked I truly believe that Mr. Garrow’s CHRIS MONTAG Owner/Operator pattern of reckless behavior will eventually hurt someone else or himself.” 802.422.7040 Conditions of Garrow’s probation include that he email@example.com must participate in alcohol or drug counseling if a screening shows it’s needed, and he is required to complete a residential treatment program if told to do so by his probation officer. “We believe this is a fair agreement,” Sabina Smiechowski, Garrow’s attorney, told the judge Friday. “This is allows Mr. Garrow to move forward with his life and if he does need some help there is a system for him to get that help.” Zonay then offered parting words to Garrow. 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The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
Welch, business leaders discuss mountain biking By Katy Savage
Local business owners spoke about marketing challenges and opportunities facing Killington in a roundtable discussion with Congressman Peter Welch on Monday. “The hottest thing we have going on is this mountain biking,” Steve Nisimblat of the Greenbrier Inn & Gift Shop told Welch. Nisimblat, a mountain biker, who had recently come off the trails before the meeting Monday, spoke about the expansion of mountain biking as one of the most significant opportunities Killington has to attract summer
visitors. KPAA Director Mike Coppinger echoed those thoughts, calling mountain biking the greatest opportunity Killington has to “put heads in beds.” About 15 people attended the meeting Monday afternoon at the Killington Welcome Center. Some business owners spoke of the challenges of attracting young people to stay and work in the area. Killington Resort President and General Manager Mike Solimano said the number of skiers and riders at the
mountain was down slightly this year. Killington has made investments to market itself as a year-round destination. The resort recently announced its largest capital expenditure in 20 years this year. The $16 million investment will include chair lifts, a gondola upgrade and new mountain bike trails, among other improvements. “The brand of Vermont is recreation and tourism and it’s funny that we’re trying to make that a goal when that’s what our brand really is,” said Tony Accurso of Alpine Bike Works.
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Fox Room readies for second ceiling repair The meeting room on the Rutland Free Library’s second floor reopened for public use April 19, a week and a day before the library’s major fundraiser, Table of Contents. The Nella Grimm Fox Room closed last fall after some of the ceiling tiles fell in August. But that wonderful room remained open to the public for less than a month, when some of the newly installed tiles were found on the floor. Library Director Randal Smathers expects the second round of ceiling repair
to be far less extensive. It appears the staples securing the tiles to their supports went through the tile rather than holding them up. No plaster gave way, nor did any other support, he said. The staples may have been a little too short, or the air gun placing the staples may have been set at too high a pressure. This time, the tiles will be both glued and stapled in place, and the air pressure will be more tightly regulated. Replacement should be complete within the month, Smathers said May 10.
Trustees debate CSJ closing After two hours in public discussion and 45 minutes in executive session May 7, the College of St. Joseph board of trustees announced its 13-3 decision to keep the school open. The college is in transition from looking at its income as being solely tuition based to a more diverse approach, college president Larry Jensen said. New programs aimed at increasing the school’s revenue include marketing a campus building as an events center, bringing in more grants and alumni donations, creating a traumatology institute, opening a child care center, expanding apartment rentals, and developing the health sciences program and offering neuro education training, the Rutland Herald reported. Implementing the new programs and bringing the school population to 200 full-time students while meeting very conservative revenue projections would have the school breaking even, Jensen said. In addition, selling two former Omya buildings in Proctor, donated to the college, would also give the school a financial boost, both from the sale income and also from no longer having to maintain the two structures. Chairman A. Jay Kenlan cautioned the jubilant audience that the vote to continue operations solves no problems. Instead, it is a launch for a “working vessel” with every board member a member of the crew.
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The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
Your heart and soul are in the midst of an overhaul, Taurus By Cal Garrison, a.k.a Mother of the Skye
This week’s horoscopes are coming out under the light of a just-about-new Taurus Moon, with a bunch of aspects that are overridden by the fact that Uranus will be entering Taurus at 11:16 a.m. on Tuesday, May 15. Uranus is a generational planet. This means that while it does have an effect on the lives of individuals, its impact is registered primarily on the collective level. The last time Uranus passed through this sign it was 1934. It stayed there until 1941. Looking back upon the events that took place between 1934 and 1941, the burning question of the day is: will the events of the next six or seven years bear any resemblance to the middle of the Great Depression, the rise of the Fascist and the Nazi Party, the push to exterminate the Jews, and the bombing of Pearl Harbor? To broaden our perspective, it might help rewind back even further. Prior to its roll through Taurus in the mid1930s and early 1940s, Uranus spent seven years in that sign between late 1859 and 1866. Abraham Lincoln was elected in an upset victory in 1860, the Civil War got started under this influence, and the first US income tax was imposed to defray the cost of the war. On top of all of that, the Indian Wars and the all-out effort to exterminate the Native people in the U.S. got underway. Going all the way back to Square One, Uranus was not officially discovered until 1781. And what’s interesting about this is that Uranus was moving through Taurus between 1769 and 1776. The American Revolution began on April 19, 1775. The French Revolution kicked off in 1779. From the American Revolution, with its themes of rebellion, independence, usurping the Crown, and ‘No Taxation without Representation’, to the War between the States, with its themes of freedom from slavery, the introduction of the income tax, and the subsequent decimation of the Native American people, to the rise of Fascism and Nazism, the Jewish Holocaust, and the war that was fought to “make the world safe for democracy”, the energies that have dominated all of Uranus’s trips through Taurus are both similar and easy to spot. All of them accentuate the drive for freedom and independence, involve war and genocide, and underscore issues that on the surface relate to money, but that underneath it all have to do with human values and the whole question of survival. Relative to what will happen in the next seven years can we postulate that there will be a push to liberate ourselves from the tyrannical values that in our current era have cloaked themselves in ideologies that only appear to have “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness” in mind? Will the genocidal, “genetically modified” policies that have destroyed the environment and sickened the population finally be unmasked and exposed? As far as money and human values are concerned, could it be that we are on the brink of letting go of the notion that money is God and finally able to return to the understanding that there are certain values that make life worth living, and that are, and always have been, not only eternal and unchanging, but intrinsic to our survival? In its highest expression, the Taurean archetype is deeply concerned with all of the above. Now that Uranus, also known as, “The Great Awakener,” or the “Change Maker” who does not take “No” for an answer, is making another run through this sign, it will be interesting to see how things pan out. I could write a book about this, but we haven’t got the time, so let me leave you with that and invite you to take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.
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ou need to look at what’s going on from the standpoint of what “real” change is all about. There’s a big difference between transforming things from within, and just “moving the furniture around.” Some of you are 100% there with the process of waking up, and others have tricked yourselves into thinking that it’s OK to put makeup on the old baggage and pass yourself off as reborn. In the former case I am sure you are feeling humbled by what it has taken to get over yourself. In the latter case? You will keep coming up against the same old thing until you face the music.
ther people and their stuff can get to be too much. Sometimes you make too much room for things that give new meaning to the idea that ‘Love means putting up with anything’. There’s a fine line between that and being a little too flexible. Yes, it’s good to maintain a spiritual stance when you’re trying to maintain a relationship, but consider the fact that everything goes two ways. This situation is still manageable, but: be mindful of what happens when all of the adapting is coming from you, and ask yourself why it’s so OK with you to be on the short end of that stick.
n the surface you keep pretending to be totally clueless about things that you have already made a clear decision about. Deep down inside you know exactly how you want this to go. Your Higher Self is right there with you, 100% behind whatever it will take to get the next phase of your life off the ground. With everything on the line, it will be at least six months before you see your way clear to finalize things and make a stand. You will be blown away by what’s next. Between now and then get your ducks in a row and remain steadfast enough to keep the faith.
ou know it all. Whatever the story is, you have it all figured out. The problem is, this isn’t always the case. And what happens when you bump up against any form of contradiction forces you to back up and reconsider everything about yourself. At the moment there is more going on than meets the eye. Between your blind spots and your sureness about everything you could be missing the boat. The last thing you want is to be on the wrong page. It might be good to ease off and lighten up just enough to include the idea that something else needs to happen.
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on’t assume that because everything is up in the air, things are out of control. Intensity is no sign that life is hard. If you’ve been programmed to think that everything is a sunny day, you have yet to wake up to the fact that the dark and the light are waltzing together, on opposite sides of the same pole. Whether you know it or not, your heart and soul are in the midst of a huge overhaul. With so much on the line, it would help you to be willing to go beyond the regular approach and find the solutions that you seek in people and things that are new and different.
his feels a whole lot better than what was going on a few months ago. Something about getting off your butt and moving on has opened the floodgates and you are alive again. With all this radiance pouring out of your heart you are bound to attract people and things that reinvigorate your desire to make a difference. Who and what shows up to save the day will be different for each of you. As much as you’re excited about all of this, if you’ve learned anything from this last round of blues, knowing enough to wait before you give yourself up to anything would be a wise idea.
ell, maybe it’s time to get rolling. Who knows? Some of you are OK with the way things are but there are others who could really use a change of scenery or a full-on shift that changes things for good. Whatever the story is, the energy that’s around you right now would best be used to spread your wings on some level. If there are others who are keeping you down, or obligations that keep you believing that the treadmill is your only option, keep in mind that time is of the essence, and that the brass ring is right here, right now, just waiting for you to grab it.
umped up from recent excursions out of the box, you are ready for pretty much anything. This is a good thing because the next few weeks will be moving at the speed of light, and it’s no time to be feeling weak, and/or uninspired. How the next few months unfold depends on how much time you want to spend with your nose to the grindstone. I suspect that some of you see the virtue in continuing to pursue your ambitions. If that is the case, go for it, but keep in mind that life is a Yin or Yang thing, and sometimes the wheels of progress are best greased with total relaxation.
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t’s not your imagination. Things are as intense as they can get. At this point it is a blessing that you have an easier time than the rest of us when it comes to not letting things get to you. With a whole raft of new options arrayed in front of you, for the next few weeks everything will be about making choices that don’t interfere with your personal growth. If that concept seems like a no brainer, the impact of other people’s needs, along with your own illusions about yourself, and who you think you are, need to be weighed next to what’s true in every decision that you make.
hings are hitting you from all directions. If it isn’t one thing it’s another. Every time you turn around something needs to be decided upon; to the point where you and your life are playing Quantum Aikido. All of these issues demand the kind of faith that doesn’t grow on trees. Those closest to you will test it to the max. The strength to believe in yourself under undue pressure to follow the party line can sometimes be hard to come by. The deeper part of you is ringing clear as a bell. Stay tuned to that chord as you continue to prove that there is another way to do things.
itting here in limbo, you are strung out between the past and things that have yet to come into play. Unfinished business is always an issue when the ego thinks it’s ready for whatever’s next. This waiting game may be frustrating, but it has a place in the scheme of things. Within 6 months or so you could be totally off the hook. Between now and then, calm down and stop thinking you can push the river, or accelerate your development with an affirmation or two. This dimension is subject to the Law of Time. Part of getting things to happen requires us to move with the tide.
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hings appear to have settled down somewhat. You can take comfort in the fact that the other shoe isn’t about to drop. Those closest to your heart have been on the rails with themselves, with their health, or with issues that wound up complicating everything that your connection is made of. If things have smoothed out, it could be because they pulled themselves out of their rut and are fine for now. With this peace and calm, at last you have the freedom to get back to yourself and take refuge in a place of strength, where the essence of who you are replenishes itself.
Mother of the Skye has 40 years of experience as an astrologer and tarot consultant. She may be reached by email to email@example.com
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The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
Jeff Rapsis brings live music to silent films
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Legistlature likely to be called back to finalize budget
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the way,” he said. “If you’re too loud, the audience can’t hear one another. With drama, you have to be there at the beginning, and then pace yourself.” Rapsis said that silent cinema should be appreciated as the art form that it is. “It’s not a primitive form of the films we have today,” he said. “They had to tell their stories without dialogue. The schedule for this year is:
Saturday, June 9: “Steamboat Bill, Jr.” (1928); Saturday, June 30: “The Adventures of Prince Achmed” (1926); Saturday, Aug. 11: “Laurel & Hardy: A Silent Fine Mess”; Saturday, Sept. 8: “Sherlock Holmes” (1916); and Saturday, Oct. 20: Chiller Theatre, “Der Golem” (1920). Brandon Town Hall is located at One Conant Square, Brandon. For more information, visit brandontownhall.org.
only the governor can call the General Assembly back for a special session, something he all but promised in his final remarks just after midnight Sunday morning, “I’m sure we’ll see each other soon.” Special sessions are rare in Vermont, but certainly have happened. For example, Howard Dean called the Legislature back one time to propose a sales tax increase to avoid a state deficit.
Special sessions cannot necessarily be limited to specific issues though. The Legislature could, for example, pass any bill that Scott vetoes and send it to him again. Or, if pragmatic lawmakers prevail, objectionable bills could be amended so that they would pass muster with the executive. The best option, however, might be to do what is absolutely necessary to reach agreement on
the budget and education funding bills and keep the session to a couple of days at most. A more comprehensive recap on some of the legislative initiatives approved this session will be provided later. Periodic postings and insights on Saturday’s marathon session from VTDigger can be found at https://tinyurl.com/statehouseendgame.
Summarizes legislative session accomplishments
continued from page 5A a cost we have voted to support. One of the perennial concerns the Legislature has is how to improve the connection for voters between their vote to support their local schools and the bill they get in August. With regards to the education property tax rate – for the 65-70 percent of property taxpayers who pay by income - we have lowered the property tax from 2.55 percent to 2.53 percent; for full rate payers the rate has increased 2 cents - from $1.50 to $1.52 and for non-residential payers it has increased from $1.53 to $1.59. The Legislature sets the statewide tax rate after Town Meeting’s school budget votes. This rate pays the bill local voters have elected to
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The Mountain Times • May 16-22, 2018
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A helicopter flew above Killington May 9 for a new chairlift, which is part of a $16 million upgrade that includes improvements to the skiing and riding terrain, the gondola and mountain bike trails.
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