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Creative Carpentry: Building Houses that
Pg. 4 New Pocket Park! are Energy-Efficient and Affordable
by Nat Frothingham
Pg. 9 Sense and Sensibility
at Lost Nation
N eed something built? Not just anything – but something
smart, efficient and — here’s a word — “affordable.”
The two new showplace houses on the Shady Rill property achieve
energy efficiency gains because every square foot counts and
because they are carefully designed.
Well, consider Myron Dorfman and his experienced team of
builders at Creative Carpentry & Construction. And the projects Here’s how Creative Carpentry achieves an energy-frugal house.
they’ve taken on and completed include the following: design and
Pg. 11 Honoring Howard build, energy-efficient homes, timber frames, remodeling and/
First, the trimmed-back footprint. Second, the roof design,
described by Dorfman this way, “It’s the simplest roof to put
Frank Mosher or additions. And, kitchens, bathrooms, flooring, tiling, fine together.” And third, plenty of insulation. Here are the insulation
woodwork, and the like. details. The roof contains 30 inches of cellulose insulation. The
During a recent visit to Dorfman’s homestead and property about one-foot thick walls contain eight inches of cellulose insulation.
four or five miles north of Montpelier on Shady Hill Road off And the windows are double-glazed.
Route 12 at least three of the Creative Carpentry team were there Both houses face south to southeast which gives them passive solar
onsite. There was Dorfman of course who’s been there since the gains for the entire heating season. As we walked through the
beginning, also David Vissering, a partner for 16 years, and Derek interior of these houses we experienced these pleasures: Windows

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Carrier, another partner for 15 years.

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admitting light, views across a small valley to a Vermont hillside in

Dorfman, Vissering and Carrier were showing off two newly- the distance. Floors of maple and birch, stairs of Douglas fir, and
constructed, energy-efficient, affordable homes. such charming appointments as a cherry wood accent at the top of
Both houses have a similar look but small differences. The first and the stairs and a tree — almost a sculpture — forming a post at the
most finished of the two houses has an inside (interior) footprint top of the stairs.
that measures 22 X 22 feet on two floors and because it partly “You can heat the entire house with less than three cords of wood,”
includes a cathedral ceiling comes to a little over 800 square feet. Dorfman reported.
The second house again has inside (interior) dimensions of 22 X Back to the subject of efficiency, Dorfman said, “If you have the
22 on two floor but no cathedral ceiling and therefore comprises a land,” he said, noting that he was able to build “new” — “you can
somewhat larger floor space of 960 square feet. save continuously on the cost of heat in comparison to an old house
Dorfman who is looking for efficiencies has paid close attention to with no insulation or very little insulation.” And an old house with
the footprint of these two new houses. old systems, not brand new systems.
Prior to 1950, Dorfman said, the floor size of a typical house was Dorfman consciously clustered the two new houses on the single
950 square feet — almost unbelievable to anyone who has lived plot of land that is his homestead and surrounding property. This
through the McMansion era when houses just got bigger and clustering allows for the economies of a shared driveway, a shared
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bigger. well instead of a water bill, a shared (mound) septic system, and
In 2006, Creative Carpentry won an efficiency award from there are plans in the works for a shared garden.
Efficiency Vermont in the category of houses under 1500 square Dorfman estimated the cost to build each house at roughly
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feet — a credit to both to Creative Carpentry and to the entire $60,000. That $60,000 includes materials, the cost of the driveway,
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MONTPELIER – Vermont hunters who take deer, bears or turkeys must bring them to a at the Vermont College of Fine Arts!
reporting station within 48 hours. MFA in Graphic Design Student Exhibitions
The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department keeps an updated list of big game reporting The MFA in Graphic Design program will host student exhibitions during its Fall 2017
stations on their website ( with a map showing their locations. residency.
Here is a direct link to the map and list: . Graduating Student Exhibition – College Hall Gallery
“Bringing your deer, bear or turkey to a reporting station is greatly appreciated because it Schedule: Tuesday, 10/10, 10 am-12 pm, 1 pm-9 pm; Wednesday, 10/11, 10 am-6 pm;
enables us to collect important information on where and how many of them are taken Thursday, 10/12, 12 pm-9 pm; Friday, 10/13, 12 pm-9 pm; Saturday, 10/14, 10 am-7 pm
during hunting seasons,” said Mark Scott, Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s director of wildlife,
“and it also provides the opportunity to gather biological data at some of the locations Public Reception: Friday, 10/13, 7 pm-9 pm
during youth deer weekend and opening weekend of the November deer season.” Returning Student Exhibitions – Alumni Hall
Ribbon Cutting Officially Opens Gifford’s New Independent Living Schedule: Wednesday, 10/11 - Friday, 10/13, 10 am-9 pm
RANDOLPH – On September 26, 2017, Gifford Medical Center officially celebrated the MFA in Graphic Design Lectures
opening of 49 new apartments in Strode Independent Living on the Morgan Orchards Three Visiting Designers present lectures specializing in design anthropology, design
Senior Living campus in Randolph Center. theory, and type design throughout the week.
Gifford staff, apartment residents, neighbors, and community members (many who have "Respectful Design: the Canadian Context" with Visiting Designer Dr. Tori Tunstall
supported the Morgan Orchards project from the very beginning) gathered to celebrate as
Sunday, 10/8, 4:30-5:30 pm, Noble Lounge
Vermont Governor Phil Scott cut a red ribbon that stretched across the entrance to the new
building. Governor Scott noted that the group was celebrating a new community, not just "True or False: A Typographic Discourse" with Visiting Designer Sibylle Hagmann
the opening of a new facility, and stressed the importance of supporting healthy aging in Tuesday, 10/10, 6-7 pm, Noble Lounge
"Will Burtin’s Brain: Designing and Exhibiting the Black Box” with Visiting Designer Randy
“By 2030, if we continue on our current demographic trajectory, Vermont will be the oldest Nakamura
state in the country, with over 25 percent of our total population over the age of 65,” he
said. “Older Vermonters are one of our most significant resources, serving on school and Thursday, 10/12, 6-7 pm, Noble Lounge
select boards, volunteering at community organizations, and they also contribute to our More information about the MFA in Graphic Design Public Events can be found at: http://
workforce. We need to continue to focus on supporting Vermonters as they age.”
The 30-acre senior living community, with the 70,000-square-foot independent living
building, the Menig Nursing Home, and a planned assisted-living facility, was designed to
provide a full-spectrum of living options for area seniors.
Gifford President and CEO Dan Bennett honored Brookfield, Vt. residents Larry and
Ellie Strode, whose generous support helped to make the Independent Living building
possible. They supported the project from the earliest stages, knowing that it would ensure
that seniors wouldn’t be forced to leave the neighborhoods they love when downsizing or
needing extra support and assistance.
“The Strodes have long been part of community discussions about the need for senior
housing options in our community. They experienced firsthand the sadness and frustration
dislocation brings when Larry’s parents had to move because they needed additional support
and care,” he said. “Today we celebrate the creation of these beautiful homes, which bring
seniors new options to remain engaged in our community when they decide to downsize.”
Gifford Board of Directors Chair Matt Considine thanked the guests who helped complete
the project, including Gifford Facilities Director Doug Pfohl, Matthew Reed from Weimann
Lamphere Architects; Rob Higgins, Peter Nelson, Evan Douglas, Andrew Martin, Adam
Wood, and Heidi Davis from Neagley & Chase construction; Clay Adams and Kevin
Raleigh from Mascoma Savings Bank; and Tom Leavitt, Megan Cicio, and Al Flory from
Northfield Savings Bank.
Strode Independent Living offers active seniors the best of small town life combined with
the ability to choose aspects of senior living support that work best for their lifestyle. The
apartments have been grouped into clustered neighborhoods around shared internal and
external spaces that include a library, fitness center, dining room, lounges, sunroom, tavern,
and community rooms.
The building has been placed to catch both sunrise and sunset views, and the surrounding
landscape is integrated into the building design wherever possible. A convenient location
(next to I-89 and the VTC campus), and easy access to the outdoors (an extensive system
of hiking and snowshoeing trails are planned for the campus) make it easy for seniors to
maintain an active and engaged lifestyle. Jay Stone from Leon Shabott roofing co. dangles precariously while touching up the old window
sashes of College Hall on October 2. Photo by Michael Jermyn
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Attention Bikers and Walkers: New Pocket Park by Nat Frothingham

A nyone who’s on a bike or on foot on the Montpelier recreation path along the Winooski
River will have noticed a new pocket park.
That park is on the north (or downtown) side of what is called officially the West Winooski
Bike Path Bridge.
That bridge doesn’t carry motorized traffic. It is specifically designed for bicycles and
pedestrians. As it crosses the Winooski from the Memorial Drive side of the river it takes you
to a point just behind the city’s recently constructed Montpelier District Heat Plant. In the
foreground as well is the back side of the Department of Motor Vehicles building.
The pocket park affords a mix of uses. You can stop biking or walking – and sit down on a
bench and rest, or take shelter from the sun or rain or meet a friend for a picnic lunch.
According to AARP’s Associate State Director Kelly Stoddard-Poor who talked via phone with
The Bridge from her office in Burlington – both Montpelier City councilor Anne Watson and
Montpelier architect Ward Joyce played a key role in preparing a grant application to the AARP
as part of a nationwide AARP Community Challenge “aimed at creating change and improving
(the) quality of life at the community level.”
Nationwide – AARP set aside some $780,000 to fund community improvement projects across
the U.S.A. Again, nationwide there were 1,200 applications and 89 projects won awards. Two
of these award-winning projects were from Vermont – one in Hyde Park and the pocket park
in Montpelier.
When asked if there had been an official ceremony to celebrate the new pocket park, AARP’s
Stoddard-Poor said, “No, we’ve had a soft launch.” But she also said she thought there might be
an official ceromonial moment sometime soon  before the weather changes.
As they say in the broadcast world, “Stay tuned.” Photo by Michael Jermyn
Preventing Chimney Fires by Glennis Drew

“Vermont ranks first in the nation for its per- stove or fireplace or wood furnace served by a cleaning. you're guessing, it's better to overestimate,
capita use of wood for heat. According to the chimney leads to the accumulation of soot and • If you only clean your chimney once a so you have more than enough extra rope or
US Census, one in six Vermont households creosote, a flammable, sticky substance that year, do it in the fall, before the burning piping to make sure the chimney brush can
use wood products as their primary heating can cause chimney fires if it's not removed. season begins. Otherwise, you risk sparking reach the entire length of the chimney.
source. In an effort to save money many Hiring a professional chimney sweep can a chimney fire the first time you light up 4. Buy chimney cleaning supplies. Go to the
Vermonters use alternative heating sources get expensive (although not as expensive as your fireplace in the winter. hardware store and buy the following items in
that may not be safe. An improperly a broken hip if you fall off the roof), so if 2. Check the chimney for animals. If it has preparation for cleaning the chimney:
installed and maintained heating appliance you use your fireplace frequently, and are been awhile since the last time you used your • A chimney brush, either wire or plastic.
is dangerous, and can result in carbon physically up to the job, consider picking chimney, check for critters before you begin Use your chimney's measurements to buy the
monoxide poisoning or be the source of a up a few tools from the hardware store and cleaning. Birds, squirrels and raccoons like to right size.
house fire,” according to Michael Greenia, cleaning your chimney yourself. This article nest there, especially in the cooler months. • Chimney brush extension pipes, to help
Asst. VT State Fire Marshal. in WikiHow provides instructions on three Shine a flashlight up the chimney from the you clean the whole length of the chimney.
The number one way to insure that you different methods for cleaning a chimney, as fireplace, and if you find an animal, take Alternatively, you could buy a weighted rope
will not have a chimney fire is to clean your well as tips on chimney cleaning safety. steps to have it removed. designed to be used with the chimney brush,
chimney. This is essential if you ever use Getting Ready 3. Measure your chimney flue. To clean your or a rope pulley system.
your fireplace or if you have a wood stove or 1. Determine whether the chimney needs to chimney, you'll have to use properly-sized • A smaller stiff wire brush.
wood furnace. According to WikiHow, there be cleaned. Chimneys should be cleaned at tools. Measure the sides of your chimney • A plastic tarp or drop cloth for use inside
are three good ways to clean your chimney, least once a year, and more often if you use from the bottom, through the fireplace. You your house.
not including the old “tire chains in a burlap your fireplace frequently. could also climb up a ladder and measure it • A ladder tall enough to reach your roof, if
bag” method or my personal favorite, “call a • Take a flashlight and peer inside the from the top. you plan to clean your chimney from the top
chimney sweep and use your checkbook to chimney flute. Use a pencil or plastic knife • Determine the size and shape of the flue. It down.
clean the chimney.” to scrape off a bit of the creosote that has will be either square or round, 6" or 8." • A broom and dustpan.
“Burning combustible material in a wood accumulated on the side of the chimney. If • Determine the height of the chimney. If • A dust mask and goggles
it's 1/8-inch thick or thicker, it's time for a 5. Dress in appropriate clothing. Wear old
clothes that you don't mind getting messy
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You may want to wear work gloves to protect
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prevent soot from getting in your mouth and
6. Prepare your house for the cleaning. Drape
the drop cloth or tarp around your fireplace,
extending it out into your living room several
feet. Use sheets or tarps to cover furniture
with light fabric. Roll back your expensive
7. Remove the damper from the chimney
flue. Locate the damper handle inside your
chimney, and use the small wire brush to
clean it off. Detach it from the chimney
and set it aside on the drop cloth, so it won't
obstruct the chimney brush as you proceed
with cleaning the chimney.

Cleaning: Top-Down
1. Set up the ladder and climb to the roof.
Assuming you've ascertained that your roof is
safe to stand on, and that you're comfortable
doing so, set up your ladder right next to the
house. Fill a satchel with the chimney brush
and extensions, sling it over your shoulder,
and climb the ladder.
• If you feel any trepidation at the thought of
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climbing a ladder or standing on your roof, clean your chimney from the bottom instead, using
the method outlined below.
• If you're unsure about the quality of your roof, or if your roof is slanted and you're not sure
you'll be able to keep your balance, use the other method.
2. Assemble the brush and one section of pipe. Attach the first piece of pipe to the brush. Insert
the brush into the chimney. Using up and down motions, begin to scrub the flue clean. Add
another section of pipe to enable you to extend the brush further down the chimney. Continue
in this fashion until you've cleaned the length of the flue.
• If you are using the rope and weight method, attach the weighted rope to the brush. Hold
the end of the rope and lower the brush into the chimney. Lift it up and down in a scrubbing
motion along the entire length of the flue.
3. Dissemble the brush and extensions, or detach the rope. Place the supplies in your satchel
and climb back down the ladder.
4. Clean the bottom of the chimney. Use the small wire brush to clean the bottom of the flue
that you may have missed with the brush.

Cleaning: Bottom-Up

• Assemble the brush and one section of pipe.
• Attach the first piece of pipe to the brush.
• Insert the brush into the chimney through the fireplace. Using up and down motions, begin Photo courtesy of WikiHow
to scrub the flue clean.
• Add another section of pipe to enable you to extend the brush further up the chimney. you should find a small door going into the area under the flue. The creosote and soot will have
*Continue in this fashion until you've cleaned the length of the flue. collected there. Use a small spade to shovel it into a metal bucket. Reattach the damper handle.
2. Use a pulley system with a partner. 2. Use the metal brush and dustpan to clean up the debris from the fireplace. Empty it into the
• Buy a pulley rope system to be used with your chimney brush. Two ropes are attached to the metal waste bucket.
brush, one on the top and one on the bottom, and the brush is operated from both the roof 3. Use the brush and dustpan to sweep up debris from the tarp or drop cloth. Empty it into
and the fireplace. the metal waste bucket.
• Assemble the pulley system with the brush. Have one person take it up a ladder to the roof. 4. Dispose of the soot and creosote in accordance with your local laws. Since creosote is a
• The person on the roof should hold one side of the rope, and drop the other side, with the flammable substance, it should not be thrown in the trash.
brush in the middle, through the flue to the other person waiting below. Never put ashes in a paper bag — even if the ashes are cold and wet.
• Working together, use the ropes to pull the brush up and down, scrubbing the entire chimney Remember to clean the soot and creosote from the pipe to your chimney: Use a stiff brush to
flue. remove built up soot and tar deposits on the initial sweep. Then, if the stove flue has a liner (it
Finishing the Job should, to comply with building regulations and home insurance policies), use a soft brush for
future twice-yearly cleaning.
1. Clean the flue's entrance. At the very bottom of the chimney, often located in the basement,

Should I Use Wood Ashes in My Garden? by Glennis Drew

ccording to Heather Rhoades of the website, Gardening Know How, the short answer is from the burning of hardwoods, such as oak and maple, the nutrients and minerals in your
“Yes! (but only once the ashes have been allowed to cool completely in a metal container wood ashes will be much higher. If the fireplace ashes in your compost are mostly from burning
with a lid, on the ground, away from your house.) softwoods such as pine or firs, there will be fewer nutrients and minerals in the ashes.
Wood ashes are an excellent source of lime and potassium for your garden. Not only that, using Wood ashes are also useful for pest control. The salts in the wood ashes will kill bothersome
ashes in the garden also provides many of the trace elements that plants need to thrive. pests such as snails, slugs and some kinds of soft-bodied invertebrates. To use wood ashes for
But wood ash fertilizer is best used either lightly scattered or by first being composted along pest control, simply sprinkle them around the base of plants being attacked by soft-bodied pests.
with the rest of your compost. This is because wood ashes will produce lye and salts if it gets If the ashes get wet, you’ll need to refresh the wood ashes because the water will leach away the
wet. In small quantities, the lye and salts will not cause problems, but in larger amounts, the salts that makes wood ashes an effective pest control.
lye and salts may burn your plants. Composting fireplace ashes allows the lye and salts to be Another use for ashes in the garden is to change the pH of the soil. Wood ashes will raise the
leached away. pH and lower the acid in soil. Because of this, you should also be careful not to use wood ashes
Not all wood ash fertilizers are the same. If the fireplace ashes in your compost are primarily as fertilizer on acid loving plants such as azaleas, gardenias and blueberries.”

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The Wood Art Gallery:
Callan Offers Fresh Leadership by Nat Frothingham

The Wood Today: Celebrate Art The After School Arts program now in its second year for children 6 through 12 years of age

any, many people both in Montpelier and beyond know, remember, like and admire is just part of The Wood’s outreach to young people. The now-expanded summer art camps for
Ginny Callan, the creative and spirited woman and entrepreneur who started the children have gone from two weeks to six weeks plus school vacation art camps.
Horn of the Moon Café in the late 1970s and kept it going for more than a dozen As I attempted to understand The Wood’s impressive collection of artwork from the Depression
years — an amazing restaurant and center of community life — at 8 Langdon St. era (New Deal) Works Progress (or Works Projects) Administration I turned to The Wood’s
About two years ago, Callan was hired as executive director of the T.W. Wood Art Gallery online web site. There online courtesy of Onion River Community Access was an almost
just as the Gallery was moving into and renovating a new space at 64 Barre St. — not just a hour-long talk about “Murals and Buildings of the New Deal” by the highly entertaining
new space, but a new and permanent home and at a moment Phillip Robertson, the Gallery’s and knowledgeable Devin Colman, Vermont State Historian from the Vermont Division of
volunteer Curator and past Director described as “a rebirth of The Wood.” Historic Preservation.

Here’s what the rebirth of The Wood looks like during a recent visit and face to face Remember this was Depression era art and the murals were often placed in public buildings.
conversation with Callan. As Colman explained, what the federal government wanted was the heroic farmer, the idealized
worker, the historic patriot which filled these public spaces when some people during the 1930s
During the two years that Callan has been at the helm, an active board of directors with active were struggling and others were selling apples or pencils on city street corners.
committee has been attracting volunteers.
One of The Wood’s priorities and it’s a priority that’s being realized is to exhibit the
“They are getting hammers in their hands,” Callan said. Also paint brushes and rolls of carpet. contemporary work of Vermont artists and to exhibit art work from local art associations.
Volunteers from National Life have been renovating exhibit rooms and painting and improving “We just got a Ron Slayton painting,” Callan said toward the end of our time together. Slayton
classroom space. “All of our work has been done by volunteers,” Callan said. (1910 to 1992) was one of the few Vermont artists who participated in the 1930s WPA arts
Classroom space — yes. project. He founded his own Dog River Art School in 1968 and was Curator of the Wood Arts
Gallery at Vermont College from 1962 to 1984. “We’re going to have a special exhibition of
Under the inspiration and guidance of professional theater artist, sculptor and mask maker
Ron Slayton next spring from May 1 to June 29," Callan said.
Ellis Jacobson, the Wood’s After School Arts Program is flourishing. Callan took me into a
classroom and showed me some of the colorful work that schoolchildren are producing — with The exhibitions, the summer art camp, the art talks, caring for the collection, staying even
daringly adventurous results. with salaries for the executive director and a two-person (part-time) staff adds up to an annual
budget of $150,000 a year.
After seeing what kids can create in the After School Program I visited an exhibit room painted
a deep, almost scarlet-red. Curator Phillip Robertson directed my attention to “Skyscrapers” Which leads to The Wood’s Celebrate Art Fall Gala celebration of art (and fundraising event)
a painting by Italian-American painter Joseph Stella (1877 to 1946). “Skyscrapers” painted in on Saturday, Oct. 14 at The Wood from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m. Included at the events is Dancing
1936 captures the thrusting drive and ambition of American urban architecture of the period. with the CBT Band, piano music with Andy Christiansen, a Great Silent Auction, Art Action
Stations including mask making, fun selfies and print making cards. Food (beer and wine,
In the same exhibit room were sketches and paintings of T.W. Wood. Some of the sketches
too!) will be supplied by Bon Temps Gourmet. The Gala silent auction will include original
were studies — intricate studies — that Wood had pursued to get an element — like an ornate
artwork by August Burns, Anne Davis, Marcia Hill, Linda Hogan, Andrew Kline, Andria
bench on a ferry boat — to get that ornate bench right — before it became part of a larger
Lovejoy, Daniel Neary, Daniel Pallullo and Michael Struas, gift certificates and more!
painting. Or to get a human figure, or even a face, right, before it was incorporated into a
later, larger work of art.
One of Wood’s paintings depicted a view of Montpelier more than 100 years ago, looking
T.W. Wood Art Gallery: A Thumbnail History
more like the country village it was than the busy traffic-crowded state capital that it is today. What was eventually to become the T.W. of art, and the large bequest from his estate
Wood Art Gallery in Montpelier got its start gave the Wood both its start and its legacy.
in the final decade of the 19th century. In the years after World War II ended in
That 1890 to 1900 decade was both agitated 1945, the Wood Art Gallery enlarged its
and tangled. But it was also an immensely collection when it was designated by the U.S.
creative period in the history of Montpelier. federal government as the official Vermont
Think of Fanny Hubbard Kellogg and her repository for 90 works of arts created
bequest to the City of Montpelier. Think of during the Depression era (1929 to 1943)
her nephew John Hubbard who contested made possible both by the New Deal Works
the will. Progress (Projects) Administration and other
Think also of Thomas Waterman Wood, federal agencies that paid for arts projects
born in Montpelier in 1823 and described in during that period. Some of these works of art
a Smithsonian biographical sketch as a largely were produced in Vermont. Other works of
self-taught artist who as a young man worked art were produced in other states but are part
in his father’s cabinet shop, then painted of the Vermont repository.
signs, “made patent drawings for inventors In 1948 the Kellogg-Hubbard Library began
and attempted some portraits.” a discussion with the Wood Art Gallery about
Wood went on to gain prominence in New co-locating the Gallery at the library and in
York City opening a studio there, becoming 1953 the Gallery became the T.W. Wood Art
both president of the American Water Color Gallery in an upper floor space of Kellogg-
Society (in 1878) and president of the National Hubbard Library.
Academy of Design from 1891 to 1903. This arrangement lasted until 1985 when the
Out of that contentious 1890–1900 period Gallery moved up to a space at Vermont
came the opening of the Kellogg-Hubbard College which was then a Montpelier
Library in 1896 and the T.W. Wood Art campus of Norwich University. In 2001,
Gallery in 1897. the Vermont College campus in Montpelier
was sold by Norwich University to Union
One quality about Thomas Waterman Wood Institute and University. Then in 2007, Union
we should not forget. Even though he became Institute decided to leave Montpelier and it
a noted American painter and a prominent sold the Montpelier campus to the newly-
figure in the New York City arts world — formed Vermont College of Fine Arts. In
throughout his life he honored his ties to 2017, the College of Fine Arts discovered a
Montpelier. Even at the height of his success in compelling need for additional space in its
New York City he regularly visited Montpelier flagship building, College Hall, and in 2018
in the summer and owned a house and studio the Wood Art Gallery and in 2018 moved to
here. In 1895 when he wrote an open letter its own space at 46 Barre St. near downtown
to a local paper proposing to open an art Montpelier.
gallery in Montpelier, he promised to donate a
representative collection of his artwork. At its new 46 Barre Street location, the
Gallery joined with two other partners,
He was good to his word. When the Wood Monteverdi Music School and River Rock
Art Gallery opened in 1897, he donated 42 of School to found a new non-profit educational
his paintings watercolors and sketches. Later corporation called The Center for Arts and
on, this original gift was augmented with his Learning. This partnership enabled the
donations of copied works of the so-called three organizations to purchase the former
“Great Masters” and with additional paintings Central Vermont Catholic School.
and works of art from friends of Wood in the
arts world. When he died in 1903, Wood left To better express its mission both as a gallery
the bulk of his estate and artwork to the Wood and a museum for contemporary American
Art Gallery. art, The Wood changed its name to T.W.
Wood Gallery: A Museum for American
His role in founding the gallery, his donations Art.
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Moving Right Along?
by Larry Floersch

am here to say we need more food movements. Now I to make my case. In the American diet, polenta is an exotic in the same way that grits are
know what you’re thinking, “But Lare, don’t we have exotic to us Northerners and folks south of the Mason-Dixon Line insist on using cane
enough food movements already? Like the Farm-to- syrup instead of that exotic maple stuff. But it points out the lack of knowledge on the part
Table Movement and the Slow Food Movement?” of the people in charge of our food supply at supermarkets. How many times have you had
First of all, the Farm-to-Table Movement should a checkout clerk ask you the name of some form of produce? Sure, some things look similar,
not be confused with the Slow Food Movement, such as parsley and cilantro and zucchinis and cucumbers. And parsnips, I suppose, could
which is similar to the Farm-to-Table Movement be mistaken for carrots that have been given a fright. But I can’t think of anything else that
but the food arrives at your table at a glacial pace. resembles an artichoke. Or an eggplant. And then there are the varieties of chili peppers.
I’ve actually eaten in a couple of restaurants like Cashiers have often asked me the name of the dark green peppers I have put on the conveyor.
that except they did not bill themselves as adherents to the Slow Food Movement. It just “Poblanos” I say. After a puzzled look caused by the injection of a foreign word into the
somehow happened that it took a server twenty minutes to show up at our table with water conversation and a cursory glance at the list of produce codes, they often cave in and just
after we were seated, and the order for our food just somehow got misplaced so we nearly use the code for green peppers.
perished of hunger before eating our lunch near supper time. Just recently it was reported in the pages of this newspaper that Vermont’s Secretary of
One of the primary features of the Farm-to-Table Movement is that it provides diners with Agriculture, in a speech to the Rotary Club, told the story of a colleague who had overheard
too much information about the food they are eating. For example, your server might say, a customer and a cashier discussing the identity of a bunch of vegetables that had round
“Good evening. Welcome to Chez Pierre. My name is Robert (which he pronounces “Row- red globes with leafy tops. The cashier concluded they were radishes. They were in fact,
bear”) and I’ll be taking care of you. Tonight, Chef Andre recommends the Supremes de the Secretary pointed out, beets. In this case I was more puzzled by the customer than the
Volaille aux Champignons, which come to us from the Happy Valley Chicken Ranch just cashier. Why, I thought, would you purchase a vegetable the identity of which was unknown
outside Monkton Ridge. The parents were Rhode Island Reds. The rooster’s name was to you?
Gregory and the hen was Camilla. The eggs hatched at 4:29 pm on June 5, and the young So what I propose is an Eighteen-Wheeler to Supermarket Movement. In this movement the
birds spent their days frolicking in open pastures and never saw the inside of a cage. They supermarket staff will assemble at the loading dock each time a truck arrives with a delivery,
were slaughtered humanely under general anesthesia just four days ago and shipped directly and highly trained experts will name and describe each item of food as it is unloaded and
to Chez Pierre, where they were kept in our walk-in refrigerator at a temperature of 36 moved into the stockroom. For example, the expert will hold aloft a tube of polenta and
degrees.” tell the curious throng, “This is polenta. It is not to be confused with placenta, which we
My problem is that kind of knowledge about the food you are buying is not necessarily do not sell in this store because it must be kept cold. The corn for this polenta was grown
rampant at supermarkets. I say this from experience. Just yesterday I was in a supermarket in the Po River valley of Italy and harvested in August of last year. It was then ground into
looking for polenta. After three laps around the store, I went to the service desk. Where, corn meal, mixed with water and cooked until tender. While still warm, it was packed into
I asked, might I find the premade polenta? The clerk looked at me quizzically and asked, food-safe plastic tubes manufactured in a small facility just outside of Modena. The tubes
“What’s that?” I explained what it was. Her face took on such an expression of revulsion that were packed into cases and the cases placed in a shipping container. The shipping container
you would have thought I said, “Where’s the placenta?” Her next question almost had me was picked up by the ship Estelle Maersk in Genoa and carried to Jacksonville, Florida. The
convinced I had said placenta. “Does it have to be kept cold?” “No,” I said. She directed me container was placed on a truck driven by Henry Schultz of Waycross, Georgia, and driven
to the aisle with baking products, where no polenta was to be found. I finally located it in to our warehouse facility in Hagerstown, Maryland. Next, this is a can of Spaghettios. It is
the cheese case, where it was kept cold even though that wasn’t necessary. not from Italy and should never be confused with Italian food . . . ”

I realize that Italian food to many Americans consists of Spaghettios, so I should not have Once the Eighteen-wheeler-to-Supermarket Movement has caught on, I propose a Let’s-Try-
been surprised. And I will admit that polenta is probably not the best example with which Tasty-Foods-from-Other-Lands Movement.

A Vermont Moment
by Glennis Drew

WILLISTON—If you search
for I-89 rest areas in Vermont,
a website appears for the
architecture firm (Wagner
Hodgston) that designed the
spacious, welcoming stop. A
good description of the space
appears on the website, along
with a diagram of the layout
of buildings, picnic tables,
walkways, parking, and trees:
Extending the presence of the
Vermont Tourism Bureau, the
Welcome Center Program called
for two new tourist information
centers fulfilling a variety of
different functions - reception
area, restrooms, a shop with
regional crafts and products,
interactive information center
- all housed within a vernacular expression of architecture, the Vermont Barn, and set
within an agrarian setting. The landscape design is a sculptural interpretation of the
agrarian landscape composed of oversized rolling furrows, apple orchards, outdoor seating,
and a picnic area comprised of whimsical picnic furniture reminiscent of farm implements
artistically arranged within a farm yard.
When I am passing through the area, I make it a habit to stop and stretch my legs,
as well as grab a cup of coffee and peruse the inevitable table of baked goods offered
by various charities’ fund-raising efforts. Early in October I was surprised to find, at
the end of the walkway north of the entrance, people picking apples from the mature
orchard. It was serendipity! Lovely ripe apples, younger people reaching up into the
trees to supply the less able and agile with the beautiful fruit. Ripe, red Macintosh
apples on the ground were being picked up by kids and tucked into pockets for a snack
later in the day. The kids ran around the trees, laughing and playing. This had to be
what the designers imagined for the space as they laid it out on paper.
While I had long wondered at the possible function of the undulating concrete “waves”
on the southbound side, there is no interpretation necessary for an apple tree.
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Montpelier's Numbers by Dot Helling

hat's in a number? A number is a total amount or quantity as defined by properties. Nontaxable properties include state-owned, city-owned, and county-owned
the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Using numbers is a way of keeping track parcels, plus schools and churches that pay no property tax. There are 456 contributing
of things. While numerology deals with the occult significance of numbers, properties in the historic district and 72 non-contributing. Contributing means the
number theory is the mathematical study of integers (whole numbers that can be positive, property adds to the historical integrity or architectural qualities that make the district
negative, or zero). Numbers fascinate, particularly exorbitant numbers, such as estimating historical.
the number of stars in the universe. Astronomer David Kornreich of Ithaca College There are two major parks in town and at least six smaller parks, such as Blanchard, which
estimated that number by taking an estimate of 10 trillion galaxies multiplied by the is a 1.82-acre parcel. Hubbard Park is 196 acres with uncounted hand-hewn benches, five
estimated 100 billion stars in the Milky Way and came up with a total of 1,000,000,000 dog poop stations, and about 20 exercise stations. North Branch Park consists of 193 acres
,000,000,000,000,000 (that's a “1” with 24 zeros after it.) with 19 bridges, including two pedestrian bridges and 13 bridges on the mountain-bike
Montpelier is in the “802” state and is the smallest capital city in the nation. It can be path. There are 2,000 inventoried trees within the city's rights of way, and close to 3,000
defined by its numbers. Our 2017 population was reported as 7,855 — 3,637 males and if you count what's on the fringes.
4,218 females. Of these residents 7,362 are white, 184 mixed race, 171 Asian and 166 Montpelier has at least six pizza establishments, 12 coffee shops, six restaurants with an
Hispanic or Latino. Overall median age is 43 (40 for males and 45 for women). The Asian influence, nine gas stations, four bakeries, 12 bars, and three barbers. Kellogg-
number of kids under 18 totals 1,474, 19 percent of our population, while seniors over 60 Hubbard, our only municipal library, has 8,542 active patrons, including 6,959 adults and
make up 23 percent of our population. Interestingly, in the over-85 age category, 168 are 1,583 children. With a staff of 16, six of whom hold master’s degrees in library science,
women and only 62 are men. the library sees an average of 700 visitors daily and last year distributed 268,000 reading
Montpelier has three voting districts and 7,311 registered voters. The city issued 407 dog materials.
permits this year. As of Sept. 8, 11 registered sex offenders live in Montpelier. Montpelier has three schools and graduates 90 percent of its students. For the first time
Montpelier's homeless population varies depending on how you define homelessness since Brian Ricca became Superintendent of Schools, district enrollment is over 1,000
and, for police purposes, how many are spending overnights on the street. Using the students. The high school has 47 faculty members. Graduating classes have ranged in size
police definition, the homeless number can be as low as 0 or as high as 14. Montpelier from 83 in 2014 to 58 in 2016 to 71 in 2017. The high school expects to graduate 81 in
experienced a 10 percent increase in homelessness in 2017. The city has no shelters for 2018, including those who have taken alternative education paths.
these invisible people but does offer free meals at many uncounted locations during the Montpelier city government employs 112 full-time workers. Charlotte Hoyt and Sandy
week. Pitonyak worked for the city for over 40 years. Jane Aldrighetti, Bob Gowans, Tom
Montpelier covers 287,984,600 square feet, or 6,611 acres totaling 10.3 square miles. McCardle, Scott Powers and Dana Huoppi have been on board for over 30 years, and Neil
Its official elevation is 550 feet above sea level, from 507 feet near lower State Street to Martel, Tony Facos, Steve Nolan and Sharon Olson for over 20 years. There are currently
the high point of 1,123 near upper State Street. There are 55.8 miles of paved streets, 25 five boards, 17 committees, seven commissions, and two authorities. The City Council
miles of sidewalk and 1.7 miles of shared-use paths. There are 26 travel bridges including sits six members plus the mayor.
railroad and pedestrian, of which 20 are bikeable and 15 are driveable. The city has 44 This piece merely touches on Montpelier's numbers. Numbers record history, symbolism
miles of sewer mains, seven railroad crossings, 124 crosswalks, 226 city-owned street lights and the actualities of life. Our ages, our weight and height, the size of our families and
plus 546 leased light fixtures. We have seven traffic signals, 175 stop signs, 405 metered so much more become a record of who we are. Please don't hold me to these numbers, as
parking spaces and 20 to 25 handicapped parking spaces. Including kiosk and permit they are changing all the time and I don't always count correctly. The numbers are only as
parking spaces, the city manages more than 700 parking spots. Parking enforcers have good as their sources. I looked to reliable sources, but not all were verified.
three parking boots on hand. Sidewalk “Buttlers” for cigarette butts, a serious litter issue,
total 15. Trash/recycle receptacles number 45 barrels in the summer, 20 in the winter, and As you consider these numbers, think about what's behind them. The value of what
there are 14 or more downtown benches, 43 flower barrels, 15 or so brackets for hanging Montpelier residents reap from these city necessities and amenities falls to beauty, safety
flowers, and nine downtown sidewalk tomato plants. and efficiency. It's all about how to make the city run successfully, and make it beautiful
and appealing, as well as a safe and functional place in which to live. Yes, our taxes are
Montpelier has three cemeteries, nine churches, six steeples, and one synagogue. There exorbitant, but the compelling argument in support is that “you get what you pay for.” If, for
are 2,917 real parcels on the grand list, 555 business personal properties, 13 current-use instance, you want less “fluff” and more infrastructure, get yourself involved in city politics.
parcels, 17 special exemptions, such as the Vermont Land Trust, and 106 nontaxable Montpelier needs leaders and visionaries. Count yourself into the numbers that matter.
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Preview Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility'
at Lost Nation Theater by Jane Bishop

o you want to get excited about the latest production at the Lost Nation Theater a day, six days a week, for weeks, to produce a Broadway-level production on a shoestring
(LNT) on Main Street, Montpelier? Go talk to Kathleen Keenan, Producing Artistic budget — in a small theater — to a small but rather sophisticated New England audience? In
Director ... No, wait. Don't try to talk to her, she’s busy. Just go grab a ticket NOW Vermont, that's where.
for a ring-side seat to a rollicking — and wise — play. Vermonters by choice, Kim Bent and Kathleen Keenan are now among our Vermont treasures,
Representing The Bridge, I caught Kathleen in a rare quiet moment this week and gleaned right up there with the State House and apple cider. And this energetic and innovative version
this preview for you. of a literary treasure may well prove to be one of their best.
Opening Oct. 5th and running through October 22nd, this presentation of the award- Lost Nation Theater presents Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility" adapted by Kate Hamill,
winning adaptation by Kate Hamill bodes fair to knock our Darn Tuff socks off. Want proof? Oct. 5 through 22 at City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St. in Montpelier. Performances at 7:30
To whet your appetite, think of this: p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10-$30; call 229-0492, or go online to
Presented “in the round” in the intimate setting of the Lost Nation Theater, the 2-hour and
10-minute show features twelve actors, each taking multiple parts and on stage for 45 scenes.
Whew. Through creative staging (but with "no contraptions"), according to Ms. Keenan,
we will whirl thorough England in the 1880's, following the Widow Dashwood, her three
daughters, their friends and suitors — through alternating tribulations and thrills — then
back again.
Deprived of home and fortune by 1) dear Papa Dashwood’s death, 2) England’s land laws, and
3) a weak step-son and his avaricious wife, what’s a poor lady with two marriage-age daughters
to do? That the daughters are intelligent, lovely, and devoted to each other — each with a
mind very much her own — offers a tale worth telling.
With Austen’s famous humor, wisdom, and insight resonating in the script, this adaptation
seems uniquely suited in sense as well as in sensibilities not only to the LNT but indeed to
Where else would one find so many Vermont actors and visiting artists combining sharp
profssional skills with pure, hard work, rehearsing a physically demanding show eight hours

Photos by Robert Eddy
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Author Jensen Beach Named Vermont Book Award Winner
Scholarship to Honor Novelist Howard Frank Mosher
by Nat Frothingham

VCFA Book Award Gala

t a glittering third annual Vermont Book Award Gala at Vermont College of
Fine Arts (VCFA) on Sept. 23 a gathering of more than 200 writers, readers and
friends of literature and the arts assembled to honor and celebrate the writing and
current literary achievement of Vermont authors.
As part of his opening remarks, VCFA President Thomas Christopher Greene reflected
on the life and personality of acclaimed Northeast Kingdom writer Howard Frank
Mosher who died in January.
Remembering the beginnings of his own writing career — Greene acknowledged
Mosher’s encouragement and said of Mosher, “He was one of the most generous writers
who ever lived.” (Please see Greene’s “Notes from the Hill” on the facing page.)
Greene went on to announce a new, annual $10,000 scholarship that would honor
Howard Frank Mosher. This scholarship, provided to the College of Fine Arts by the
Vermont independent bookseller Phoenix Books, will benefit “an emerging fiction writer
from Vermont in his or her first year of VCFA’s MFA in Writing & Publishing residential
program. The first of these scholarships will be awarded in 2018. Left to right: Major Jackson, Jensen Beach and Thomas Greene. Photo by Anthony Pagani

After VCFA President Greene’s opening remarks, each of the eight 2017 book award the center ceiling lamp. The bones of his left arm had broken clean through the skin. They
finalists was invited to take the stage and read briefly from their work. And after these were chalky white and moist with blood. She felt her stomach turn. Saliva filled her mouth
readings concluded, the 2017 book award winner was announced. and she retched. The food from the party, the single glass of wine she’s allowed herself. She sat
This year’s winner is Vermont writer Jensen Beach for his collection of short stories entitled on the cold gravel beside the car and talked through the broken windshield. A radio program
“Swallowed by the Cold.” The award comes with a $5,000 prize and a handcrafted statue. on North Korea had been playing when she came across the accident. She told Henrik about
the program. He went in and out of consciousness as she spoke …"
According to a VCFA press release, the book award judges felt that Jensen’s stories in
“Swallowed by the Cold” — “created a world they wanted to return to again and again.” 2017 Finalists for the Vermont Book Award
They felt also that the world Jensen had created “lived on in them after they finished Jensen Beach, “Swallowed by the Cold” — a collection of short stories; Melanie Finn,
reading.” “The Gloaming” — a novel; Margot Harrison — “The Killer is Me" — a novel; Robin
According to a note on the book jacket of “Swallowed by the Cold” — Jensen’s stories MacArthur — stories; Angela Palm, “Riverine: A Memoir from Anywhere but Here;
“are set in a Swedish village on the Baltic Sea as well as in Stockholm over the course of Elizabeth A.I. Powell — a book of poems; Alison Prine — “Steel,” a book of poems; Mary
two eventful years.” Ruefle — “My Private Property,” a book of poems.
Each of Jensen’s stories both stand alone and can be read individually. But they are also Ground Rules for the Vermont Book Award Competition
thematically related. As we read each story and come to know the people who are part of (This lightly edited list of ground rules for the Vermont Book Award is drawn from a
the narrative, we learn about a number of disturbing turns of fate — turns of fate that VCFA description of how the award process is organized and managed.)
could happen to anyone of us — sometimes an accident, a misfortune, a sudden life The Vermont Book Award was established by Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2014 to
reversal. In telling each story, Jensen handles the details with a sureness, precision — honor work of outstanding literary merit by Vermont authors.
indeed a restraint — that leaves us feeling hushed, haunted and chastened.
To be eligible for the award, a book must be written by a Vermont writer and published
An excerpt from “Swallowed by the Cold” by Jensen Beach between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 of the year prior to the award. Self-published books are
"Summer was when it really started. At the end of July, just after they’ d come back from ineligible as are books written by staff, trustees, and current VCFA students.
Thailand, Jenny was on her way home from a fiftieth birthday party Jacob hadn’t attended. A committee of independent Vermont booksellers nominates books in four categories:
It was late and the freeway was empty apart from the trucks speeding north out to the island Children’s Literature, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry. Publishers may also
and coastal towns. nominate books. Nominations are open each year from Jan. 1 to March 1.
From a long way off, she saw the faint wash of headlights shining up and out onto the road. As Each year, VCFA selects judges in each of the four genre categories. Judges are Vermont
she got closer, she saw that a car had overturned in the shallow ditch beside the road. She put writers, teachers, librarians, and passionate supporters of literature in Vermont. VCFA
her hazard lights on and pulled onto the shoulder as close as she could get without driving her staff takes no part in the judges’ deliberations, except to verify a nominee’s eligibility.
car into the ditch. She called for an ambulance. It was a chilly night. As quickly as she could
she made her way down the gravel embankment. The judging panel reads the nominated books and selects finalists from each category,
to be announced in the summer. The judging panel selects one winner from among the
The driver, whose name she would later learn was Henrik Brandt, had been badly injured. finalists. Books are judged on literary excellence. The winner of the Vermont Book Award
There were no passengers. Henrik was buckled into the driver’s seat. His hair brushed agains receives a prize of $5,000 and a one-of-a-kind award statue crafted by a local artist.

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Honoring Howard by Thomas Christopher Greene

year ago last weekend, I stood on the stage in Alumni Hall at the Vermont Book map of the United States and the hundred-city book tour he was about to go on, visiting
Award Gala and called the audience’s attention to Howard Frank Mosher, an most of the major independent booksellers who had supported him over the years. He was
iconic Vermont novelist and a friend of mine. The spotlight moved to Howard, enthralled with this idea, an almost childlike glee, and I remember thinking, watching
and he stood in a room full of people dressed for the gala, suits and cocktail dresses, him talk about it, that I needed to enjoy this work I was lucky enough to do more and stop
the occasional gown and tuxedo. Howard, always himself, wore a flannel shirt, jeans, taking it for granted. Howard never took it for granted. And he never stopped loving it.
and boots. He waved to the crowd, and the crowd responded in kind, for no one sat at In the days after Howard died, there was a tremendous outpouring of sadness and
the center of the Vermont literary community more than Howard. There was no way of gratitude among the literary community here in Vermont and beyond. Howard had
knowing that, for most of us, this was the last time we would see him. touched a lot of us, had encouraged us along the way and often directly supported our
A week ago Saturday, I again stood on the stage at the Vermont Book Award Gala, and this work without ever asking anything in return. In short, he modeled for me, and for many
time, eight months after Howard’s death at age 74 from cancer, and with his wife of more other writers, how to be literary citizens.
than half a century, Phillis, in the audience, I announced the creation of a scholarship I have always believed in the Irish idea that as long we as are telling stories about you, you
funded by the owners of Phoenix Books in Howard’s name that would provide $10,000 can never really be gone. Howard Frank Mosher lives on in stories like this, and in his own
annually to a different emerging Vermont writer to support their attendance at VCFA’s work (his final book will be published next January), and also, thanks to Phoenix Books,
MFA in Writing & Publishing program. in the scholarship that bears his name and will help a Vermonter achieve the dream that
Six months previously, I had been introduced to Renee Reiner and Michael DeSanto, the Howard did. This idea would please Howard greatly. When I started the Vermont Book
owners of Phoenix Books, and we began a conversation about how we might work together Award, I remember Howard saying to me, “I don’t want to ever win that. That should go
to promote the literary community here in Vermont. What started as a conversation about to younger writer. Someone who needs it.”
the Vermont Book Award turned quickly to how we could honor Howard, someone we all It will, Howard.
loved, admired, and missed. Their decision to step up and fund this scholarship felt to me
like the perfect way to honor Howard’s legacy, for no one in Vermont did more to support Thomas Christopher Greene is the founding president of VCFA and the author, most recently,
emerging writers in our state than Howard. of "If I Forget You."
To wit: back in 2001, I had finished my first novel, "Mirror Lake." I was trying to figure
what to do next now that I had written it, and I looked up Howard Frank Mosher’s address
in the phone book and mailed him a copy of it with a cover letter. I don’t remember what
inspired me to do it, and I suppose I didn’t expect to hear back—after all, he was a famous
writer, and he didn’t know me from Adam. But then three weeks later or so, I got in the
mail a handwritten note, and one that anyone who has ever corresponded with Howard
will recognize, written on yellow legal paper. He loved my book, he said, and he gave me
some feedback on it but also a blurb I could use as I sought a publisher.
Howard was the first writer to get behind my own work as a novelist. Later, I would learn
this was a familiar story. He was also the first one to blurb Chris Bohjalian, Richard Russo
and many others.
For Howard believed, to quote John Cheever (who said this but seldom practiced it), that
writing is not a competitive sport. We all benefit from more literature, from more writers,
and certainly from more readers.
Over the next several years, Howard and I maintained a correspondence. We wrote about
our shared love of the Red Sox, about the writing life, the challenges of the publishing
world, writers we admired, and what we were reading. He introduced to me other writers
like Jeffrey Lent and Richard Russo, both of whom would later support novels of mine
when they needed such support. Sometimes, after I started VCFA, Howard would come
by College Hall when he was in town and chat for a minute or show me something. I Jensen Beach accepts his award. Photo by Anthony Pagani
remember in particular a day when he popped in, impish grin on his face, to show me a
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Creative Carpentry (cont. from p. 1)
the septic system, and bringing in the electric. But, and he is clear on this point, “This does
not include the cost of land.”
Dorfman likes working with other people and learns from working with expert people.
One of his cost-saving measures in building the two new houses was to organize a couple
of workshops with participants who paid a fee to attend. One of these workshops was with
licensed master electrician Jan Ruta. Another of these workshops was with David Thurston,
an expert in plastering.
Dorfman drew a comparison between what he has done with other on his Shady Hill
homestead and property and what it would cost to buy an older house in Montpelier,
for example, that could cost as much as $300,000 but without brand new systems and
sometimes with little or no insulation.
His plan, overall, is to cluster and concentrate existing homestead buildings and the two
new buildings on his land with shared systems. And the new buildings make it possible for
someone, or a family on a fixed income, to be able to live in an affordable, energy-efficient
In conclusion, Dorfman said, “I’m trying to be pragmatic.”

Photos by Michael Jermyn
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Avoiding Busted Pipes by Tom Mulholland
Tom Mulholland

How many times have you been asked by your dental hygienist: “Are you flossing your teeth?”
In similar fashion, with the onset of winter, your plumber will ask, “Are your pipes protected?”
These are the action steps I recommend to any householder who wants to avoid a pipe-bursting nightmare.
1. Insulate all vulnerable pipes — vulnerable pipes are those pipes that are in an unheated parts of the house and subject to cold
drafts. I recommend a product called “Armaflex” which is available at your local plumbing supply outlet or online. Armaflex
is superior to the pipe insulation typically sold in hardware stores.
2. Re-locate pipes that are susceptible to freezing.
3. If at all possible avoid heat tape as a preventive measure against freezing pipes. Why? Because of power outages. Because
people often forget to plug in (and unplug) heat tapes. And because of heat tape failure. Householders are often under the
illusion that their pipes are protected by heat tape, when they’re not.
4. If you have a hot water heating system you should consider adding anti-freeze to it.
5. If you are leaving town during the winter — and no-one’s at home to look after things then you should winterize your
plumbing system. This entails three things: first, drain all the water supply pipes; second, drain your hot water heater and
your pressure tank if you have your own well; third, put anti-freeze into all plumbing fixture traps.
Finally, don’t hesitate to call a plumber or seek help from a competent friend.
Tom Mulholland at is a licensed plumber serving Central Vermont since 1988. For further information contact Tom at
793-6017 or

Fire Prevention Message Capstone's First Dollar
from the VT Department Suggestions by Glennis Drew
The Bridge asked Paul Zabriskie at Capstone for
of Public Safety by Glennis Drew
his recommendation as to how to spend the first
dollar you have toward making your home warmer
During 2016 Vermont fire departments reported responses to over 45,000 emergency this winter.
Zabriskie’s immediate suggestion was, “air sealing.
Residential properties account for the majority of Vermont structure fires and civilian "Stop the leaks. The river of warm air leaving the
fatalities. Last year emergency incident reports submitted by local fire departments building is the driver of high energy bills in most
showed that there were 253 chimney or flue fires, and 338 building fires. Vermont homes. That river of heat flows faster as
Heating appliance and cooking fires in Vermont continue to be the leading causes of the weather gets colder. The higher or lower a leak
structure fires. The leading factor contributing to home heating fires was failure to clean in the home is (i.e., the basement or attic), the more
creosote from solid-fueled heating equipment chimneys. The long cold Vermont winters heat will flow out of the hole and the more cold air
put added stress on all heating systems. will be drawn in to replace it, due to the pressure Outlet insulation is a
difference. Places to look for leaks include: good way to plug leaks.
The Vermont Department of Public Safety has supplied the following Fall Fire Safety
Messages: Here's How to Stop Leaks:
• In any season, working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms save lives, Smoke and CO • Apply weather stripping around the attic hatch;
alarms should be installed and maintained in every home. Make sure you replace all • Install insulation inside electrical outlets (hardware stores have inexpensive kits for this);
smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or any smoke alarm that does not respond
• Patch cracks in knee walls or around basement windows (glass doesn’t leak and has an
properly during a test.
R value of 1; which is better than an R value of “none” that applies to any hole in the
• Develop and practice a home escape plan and have an outside meeting place for your window casing)
home occupants (something permanent, like a tree, light pole, or mailbox). You should
The third floor (attic) should be inspected for air leaks before the first floor to get the
have a plan for anyone who may need assistance in your home, such as young children,
most return for your dollars spent. Even though you don’t feel the leak going out of the
older adults and people with disabilities.
attic, when the warm air leaks from the top, then cold air comes in on the lower floors
• All heaters need space. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet (1 meter) away from and soon your feet are freezing.
heating equipment.
• Chimneys and vents need to be cleaned and inspected by a qualified professional at
least once a year.
• In wood stoves, burn only dry, seasoned wood. Not only is it cleaner for the
environment, it also creates less buildup in the chimney.
• Ashes cleaned out from the stove or fireplace should be shoveled into a metal bucket
with a metal lid, placed outside, on the ground, away from the building.
No matter how careful you are with home heating, you and your family should be
prepared in case fire strikes.
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Personal Heat Pump Story
by Glennis Drew

n 2015 I decided to stop my practice It was all installed in a timely manner and
• NEW CONSTRUCTION Design & Build of using an electric heater to warm performed as advertised that autumn and
(and a window air conditioner to cool) into the winter.
• RENOVATIONS Custom Energy-Efficient Homes the attic space where I have my computer We had a thaw in January and in February
and our TV room. After some research I
• WOODWORKING Additions • Timber Frames
determined to replace these electric hogs
the temperature plunged back down to
normal. The unit stopped responding to
Weatherization • Remodeling and not-so-safe seasonal annoyances with
the remote control. I called the company
Kitchens • Bathrooms • Flooring and was instructed to change the batteries
My oil company supplied me with an in the remote. I changed the batteries and
Tiling • Cabinetry • Fine Woodwork estimate of $2,950.00 to purchase a nothing happened. I called the vendor
15,000 BTU unit and install the heating/ again and they sent out their crew, who
cooling piece (with remote control) in the discovered something like this:
attic as well as installing the ”engine/air
intake” downstairs and outdoors on the
223-3447 side of the house. This is what I imagined:

The water dripping off the roof in the
thaw had accumulated inside the heat
pump fan and frozen the works when
the temperatures plunged again. The
repairmen stated they had not seen
anything like it before. Right.
My clever husband thawed out the unit
with the electric heater I had striven to
The reality, however, is that the eliminate in the first place and made a
specifications call for the unit to be placed little “house” for the outside heat pump
such that there is space all around the unit:
inside unit. The unit must actually be
lower on the wall and not flush to the
ceiling. It is also larger than it appears in
all the illustrations I saw.
The outside piece is pretty much as the
illustrations depict:

All has been well ever since.
One other note is that I applied to the
State of Vermont for an Energy Efficiency
Rebate when I replaced my ancient oil
tank. I have had three letters from them
since informing me that although I filled
out the paperwork properly, the fund
is depleted and they will consider my
application again in the next budget.

Rocque Long
• Insured
• 30+ years professional
• local references.
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C a l e n d a r o f E ve n t s
Community Events
Montpelier Child's Garden Fall Festival! Apple
pressing, dyeing with native plants, and more.
Bring a picnic, play in the lovely play yard,
walk the trail up into the woods, and enjoy this
Performing Arts THEATER, DANCE,
Oct. 5–22: Lost Nation Theater presents “Sense & Sensibility.” Jane Austen’s classic novel comes
magical spot right in Montpelier. 10 a.m.–12:30
Events happening p.m. 155 Northfield St., Montpelier. enrollment@ to life onstage in an exuberant, surprising, hilarious and deeply affecting adaptation by Kate Hamill.
Thurs.–Sat, 7:30 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. $25–30. Discounts
October 5–21 456-7400
for students and seniors. 229-0492.
2nd Annual Randolph Mini Maker Faire. A
THURSDAY, OCT. 5 family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity Oct. 7: Oct. 7: Food and Art Series. Vermont Dance Alliance members showcase their new creations
from the weekend’s conference. Come enjoy wood fired pizza, dance and community. 4:30–7:30 p.m.
Kids Cartooning Club. A six week program for and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the
Maker Movement. Noon–5 p.m. 2 S. Main St., The Sable Project, 588 Taggart Hill Rd., Stockbridge. $10 suggested donation.
kids ages 8 to 12. Each session will start with
a mini-lesson or drawing challenge and then Randolph. Oct. 20: Pilobolus. The internationally-acclaimed troupe, known for its creative ways of using the
kids will free draw and create their own comics. Tea Tasting. Join the folks from Little Tree human body, was named one of the Dance Heritage Coalition’s “Irreplaceable Dance Treasures. 8 p.m.
Supplies and snacks provided. 3–4:30 p.m. Tea at Kent. Share in their passion for tea while Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $28–49. 476-8188.
Jaquith Public Library, School St., Marshfield. discovering the diversity of teas available. 1–5
426-3581 p.m. Kent Museum, Calais. Free. No registration
required. 229-4919 For more event listings and event details visit
FRIDAY, OCT. 6 Rachel Eddy Banjo and Fiddle Workshops. Old
time musician on tour from West Virginia will
CVHHH & TVSC Annual Flu Clinic. No be giving two workshops — banjo at 1 p.m., and
appointment needed. Bring your insurance cards. fiddle at 3 p.m. Center for Arts and Learning,
9:30–10:30 a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. $25 for each workshop.
4583 US Rte. 2, East Montpelier. Medicare Part 793-3016.
B, BC/BS, MVP no charge, CVHHH bills your
insurance. If no insurance but meet high risk
criteria, $15. Everyone else, $35. SUNDAY, OCT. 8
Tea Tasting. Join the folks from Little Tree The 22nd Annual Mad Dash. A classic Vermont
Tea at Kent. Share in their passion for tea while foot race that benefits the Mad River Path
discovering the diversity of teas available. 1–5 Association. It is multiple events in one: 5K &
p.m. Kent Museum, Calais. Free. No registration 10K Road Race, 5K Fitness Walk and the Blue
required. 229-4919 Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Kids Fun Run.
10 a.m. Meadow Rd., Waitsfield. Register and
more info.:
SATURDAY, OCT. 7 Marshfield Harvest Festival. Free family
Hike Kettle Pond Loop with Green Mountain friendly activities: face painting, cider pressing,
Club. Groton. Moderate. 3 miles. Bring lunch popcorn popping, arts and crafts, field games,
and beverage. Contact George Longenecker music from local bands, book sale, bake sale,
or Cynthia Martin, 229-9787 or marlong@ horse and wagon rides, flea market, 50/50 raffle, for meeting time and place. and more. 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Chili Cook-off, 11
Chicken pie lunch and dinner. Chicken a.m.–2 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, School St.,
and biscuits and all the fixings will be served. Marshfield. 426-3581. www.jaquithpubliclibrary.
Noon, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Old Meeting House, org
1620 Center Rd., East Montpelier. Adults $12; Montpelier Fall Festival, Kids Cup-1 Mile The internationally acclaimed dance troupe Pilobolus
children $6. Take-outs available. Reservations Fun Run and Vermont Jaunt 5K. Kids Cup performs at the Barre Opera House Oct. 20
required. 223-6934. 1-Mile Fun Run at noon. The Vermont Jaunt services she manages, recent successes and 1878.
Chicken Pie Supper. Noon, 5 p.m. and 6:30 5K at 1 p.m. Festival of food and games. All emerging challenges in our capitol city. Noon–1
proceeds benefit the parent groups at Union Johnson Community Meal for the Public.
p.m. Trinity Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier. p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Students, faculty and staff serve as volunteers
Adults $12; children 10 and under $6. For Elementary School, Main Street Middle School St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
and Montpelier High School supporting school to serve a hot lunch on the second and fourth
reservations and take-outs call 229-9158 or email Everyone's Economic Opportunity in Climate Wed. 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. United Church of activities, fund field trips, and supplement school
supplies. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Montpelier High Action. Join Vermont Businesses for Social Johnson, 100 Main St., Johnson.
Vermont Old Cemetery's Fall meeting. Coffee School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. https:// Responsibility (VBSR) and Vermont Natural The Role of Civic Engagement in Prisoner
hour, 9–10 a.m.; meeting, 10 a.m.–noon; lunch Resources Council (VNRC) for an interactive Integration. With Kathy Fox, Professor of
from Quarry Kitchen, noon–1 p.m.; afternoon public event and informative panel discussion Sociology. Vermont uses Circles of Support and
activity will be complimentary tour of Rock Shape Note Singing. Every second Sun., 2–5 focusing on the economic opportunities for
p.m. Shape note music is a participatory a capella Accountability (CoSA) as an innovative approach
of Ages granite quarry, 1:15 p.m. St. Monica’s Vermont in combating climate change. 6 p.m. to helping prisoners reenter their communities.
Church, rectory, 79 Summer St., Barre. Cost of singing form that originated in New England Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St., Barre.
225 years ago. Anyone is welcome, regardless of Professor Fox will discuss her research relative to
lunch is $13. Call for lunch RSVP: 999-6031. Siegfried Must Die! C.G. Jung and the Shadow. the success of this program. An Osher Lifelong
Worcester Clothing Swap. Get some “new- singing experience. Christ Church, 64 State St.,
Montpelier. An exposition of Jung’s relationship with his Learner Institute program. Montpelier Senior
to-you” clothing and accessories. $1 per bag patient, colleague and Anima, Sabina Spielrein Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. www.
(BYOB), Benefits the Worcester Food Shelf. Peter Burmeister examines Siegfried myth in light
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Worcester Town Hall, Rt.12,
552-7494. Drop offs: Oct. 5 and 6, noon-5 p.m., TUESDAY, OCT. 10 of Jung/Spielrein drama. 6:30 p.m. Kellogg-
Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier.
Fall Science Speaker Series Set at Johnson
State: Carissa Stein and Phillip Wilson.
Worcester Town Hall. Bike Berlin to Brookfield with Green Register: 223-3338. Speakers are with the U.S. Department of
Coffee with a Cop. This day encourages Mountain Club. Moderately difficult. 24 miles. Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation
To Brookfield Floating Bridge. Bring lunch as
communication and positive interactions
between law enforcement agencies and the there is no place to buy it. Helmet required. WEDNESDAY, OCT. 11 Service in Vermont. 4–5:15 p.m. Johnson State
College, Bentley Hall, Rm. 207, Johnson. http://
public. Police officers and citizens can learn about Leave from the Berlin Pond public parking area Grief and Bereavement Support Group. Open
each other, form bonds, and grow important at 10 a.m. Contact George Plumb at 883-2313 or to anyone who has experienced the death of a Lawyers, Opium and Rails: Exploring
community relationships to help strengthen loved one. The group focuses on learning together
Vermont’s Early Courts, Drug Abuse and
their communities. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Capital City Lunch with City Leaders. Join Director of about coping with grief, with the intention of
Railroad. Gary Shattuck provides historical
Farmers Market, State St., Montpelier. Coffee Montpelier Community Justice Center Yvonne receiving and offering support. 10–11:30 a.m.
context around opium use in Vermont in the 19th
donated by Birchgrove Baking. Byrd to talk about the work she does, the city CVHHH, 600 Granger Rd., Barre. Free. 223-
century. 6–7:30 p.m. Vermont State Archives,
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Calendar of Events
Visual Arts
Meeting House, 4355 Main St., Rte. 100, Second floor: Amended – Stitched collages by and papers. Opening reception and Artwalk:
Waitsfield. Call for hours: 496-3065. www. Athena Petra Tasiopoulos. Oct. 6, 4–7 p.m. Pavilion Office Building, 109 Third floor: We’re All Fine Here – State St., 5th Floor, Montpelier. Photo ID is
Contemporary papercut artwork by Molly required for admission.
Through Oct. 20: Melissa Fairgrieve, Coastal
EXHIBITS Excavation. Large, multiple-piece works in oil and
graphite on paper by Johnson State College Master Through Nov. 11: Michael Rocco Ruglio-Misurell,
Through Dec. 29: Craig Mooney, Green
Mountain State of Mind. Landscape paintings
Through Oct. 7: Waxing Artistic: Encaustic
and Cold Wax by Three Artists. Group show of Fine Arts student. Johnson State College, Julien Enough to Divide a Room. Sculptures and prints. that provide the viewer with a welcome escape to
demonstrating three very different ways of using Scott Memorial Gallery at Dibden Center for the Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. http:// far-off environments. Opening reception and
wax as an artistic medium by Alice Cheney, Kate Arts, Johnson. 635-1469. Artwalk: Oct. 6, 4–7 p.m. Vermont Supreme
Fetherston and Kathy Stark. Axel’s Gallery & Through Oct. 21: Exposed. Curated by Rachel 2017-michael-rocco-ruglio-misurell Court Gallery, 111 State St., Montpelier
Frame Shop, 5 Stowe St., Waterbury. 244-7801. Moore. Exposed is in its 26th year, with outdoor Through Nov. 11: Art of the Selfie. Photo-based Ongoing: Michael Jermyn. Photographs. Positive sculptures sited throughout the village and on the work by established, well-known and emerging Pie, N. Main St., Barre.
Through Oct. 8: Refuge — Vermont Artists recreation path. Exhibit is throughout the village artists. Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe.
Respond. Over two dozen artists explore refuge of Stowe. Web link:
Through Nov. 18: Show 21 at The Front. SPECIAL EVENTS
with works that evoke home, community, habitat, Contemporary Vermont artists, including guest Oct. 6: Montpelier ArtWalk. 20 art exhibits and
nature, faith. Kent Museum, Kent Hill Rd., Calais. Through Oct. 27: Paletteers of Vermont/ artist Alisa Dworsky. Art Walk: Oct. 6, 4–8 receptions in one evening! Local businesses host
223-6613. Sketches in Perfection by Thomas Waterman p.m. The Front, 6 Barre St., Montpelier. www. local artists for an art-filled night in downtown
kent-1.html Wood. Two new shows. The T. W. Wood Gallery, 552-0877 Montpelier. Start anywhere and stop into as
Through Oct. 9: Social Justice in Race, Gender, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 262-6035. www. Through Nov. 15: Nikki Eddy, The HiVE FALL many venues as you like. 4–8 p.m. Downtown
Immigration, and the Environment. Each Montpelier.
PORTAL Show. Vermont artist works from her
wall in the upstairs gallery will be devoted to one Through Oct. 31: Megan Murphy, In The Garden. original photographs to paint bold abstract Oct. 6: Art Walk with Music! See description
of four above issue areas, with both 2- and 3-D Paintings in watercolor and mixed media. Chelsea expressionistic works of art capturing sweeping under Live Music.
artwork exploring each question from a variety Public Library, 296 VT-110, Chelsea. 685-2188 movement using minimal color palettes. The HiVE
of perspectives. The exhibit includes twenty-one Oct. 14–15: Open Studios @CAL. Open Studio
(next to the Red Hen Baking Co.), 961 Route 2,
Vermont artists working in a variety of media, Through Oct. 31: The Whimsical Work of weekend with Liz Le Serviget, David Melech Hat
Middlesex. 595-4866.
including clay, paper, painting, stone, assemblage, Yvonne Straus. Folk Paintings in acrylic or Company and Susan Aranoff. Part of Vermont Arts
metal, photography, and drawing. The downstairs watercolor. Reception: Oct. 6, 4–8 p.m. The Through Dec. 15: René Schall, New England 2017. Noon–5 p.m. Center for Arts and Learning,
area will feature a large selection of photographs of Cheshire Cat, 28 Elm St., Montpelier. 223-1981. Stone Portraits. Paintings. Morse Block Deli, 260 46 Barre St., Montpelier. Free.
recent marches, vigils, and demonstrations by Terry N. Main St., Barre
Oct. 14: T.W. Wood Gallery: Celebrate Art Fall
J. Allen, displayed along with posters, banners, and Through Nov. 4: Studio Place Arts presents. Through Dec. 29: Nick Neddo, Primeval Gala. Begins with Andy Christiansen on the piano,
signs from those events. Goddard College, Eliot SPA, 201 N. Main St., Barre. 479-7069. Pigments. Original artwork created from global soul food by the Bon Temps Gourmet,
Pratt Center, Plainfield. wildcrafted media. Neddo makes every part of his art action stations including mask decorating,
Through Oct. 15: Pamela Druhen, Seasons. Main floor: Rock Solid XVII showcases stone creations utilizing fibers, furs, berries, beeswax, fun selfies and printmaking cards, a great silent
Threadpainting (a mixture of techniques from sculptures and assemblages by area artists. Also. mud, sticks and stones to create the tools of his auction, beer and wine, followed by dancing with
machine piecing to dye painting and fusing). take the Art Stroll around downtown, historic creative process — paintbrushes, ink, charcoal, the amazing CBT Band. 5:30–10 p.m. 46 Barre
Waitsfield United Church of Christ, Village Barre and view a variety of sculptures created paint, papers and pens. The works themselves are St., Montpelier. $50.
from granite. also crafted from homemade paints, inks, charcoals 262-6035.

1078 US Route 2, Middlesex. Free. https://www. medicine, qi gong, and acupressure tools you can evening includes hearty hors d’oeuvres by Delicate use at home. 6–7 p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Cabot Historical Society's 18th annual Apple Decadence, desserts by Birchgrove Baking,
month.aspx Montpelier. Free. RSVP: info@hungermountain. Pie Festival. Pie judging adult & youth categories, heartwarming stories, and the opportunity to
Winter Wellness. How can you boost your coop craft show, lunch & pies sold, raffles. Family bid on exclusive high-quality live and silent
immune system during flu season? Learn about How to Start a Business. Establish achievable friendly. 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Cabot School gym, VT- auction items. 5–8 p.m. Vermont Granite
herbs and supplements to take all year long to stay and realistic goals that will help you create your 215 & Gym Rd., Cabot. Museum, 7 Jones Brothers Way, Barre. $35. www.
healthy. 6–7:30 p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op, business plan. Part of the Business Building Blocks site/histsocorg1/apple-pie-festival 476-3811 ext. 110
Montpelier. Free. RSVP: info@hungermountain. Networking Workshops. 6–8 p.m. Capstone Montpelier Memory Café. With filmmaker American Legion Auxiliary Unit 10 Chicken &
coop Community Action, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free. George Woodard. The café welcomes people Biscuits Dinner. Delicious chicken, homemade
Indie-Lens Pop-up Film & Discussion "Chasing Register: 477-5214, with memory loss and their care partners to biscuits, mashed potatoes, buttered carrots,
Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary" Windows On Waldorf: An Evening Open House. this event. 10–11:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior coleslaw and desserts. 6–8 p.m. American Legion
by John Scheinfeld. “Chasing Trane” brings Explore the Grade 1-8 curriculum through a Activity Center, 58 barre, St., Montpelier. Call Post #10, 320 N Main St, Barre. $10. To-go meals
saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as a man guided tour with faculty. The evening will include Liz Dodd at 229-9630 for more details. www. available. 272-6461
and an artist. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, an overview of Waldorf through the grades
135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338 along with a view of student work. 6:30–8 p.m.
Orchard Valley Waldorf School, 2290 VT-14, E.
Orchard Valley ON THE LAND. For anyone SUNDAY, OCT. 15
interested in learning about this program and Beautiful Tree Walk at the Stranahan Town
Montpelier. Pre-registration required by noon the
THURSDAY, OCT. 12 day prior: 456-7400,
the campus. Workshops will include hikes/walks
on the land and an introduction to “sit-spots,”
Forest with Brett Engstrom. 1–4 p.m. Jaquith
Pumpkin Carving for Enchanted Forest. Come Public Library, School St., Marshfield. 426-3581.
First Amendment Freedom of Assembly natural weaving and fiber art, a Meet & Greet
help prepare jack-o’-lanterns for the October 14 Conversation. With The League of Women with our goats and sheep, an exploration of native
Enchanted Forest event in Hubbard Park! Feel free Voters of Central Vermont. Moderator: David agriculture, and bread oven baking. 10 a.m.–12:30
to bring your own tools and/or pumpkins, and
materials will also be provided. 1:30–3:30 p.m.
Moats, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial p.m. Orchard Valley Waldorf School, 2290 Rt. MONDAY, OCT. 16
writer at the Rutland Herald. Panelists: Chief 14, E. Montpelier. Pre-register: 456-7400, or at
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Free Blood Pressure Checks. With SASH (Senior
Tony Facos, Montpelier Police Department, 802-456-7400 for
Montpelier. Free. 223-2518. Assisted Services at Home) program. 10 a.m.–1
James Haslam, Founder and Executive Director Enchanted Forest. Montpelier’s night time p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 US Rt. 2, E.
Kids Cartooning Club. See description under of Rights & Democracy, Chloé White, Policy community celebration of Autumn. Located in Montpelier, 223-3322
Oct. 5 Director, ACLU of Vermont. 7 p.m. Kellogg- historic Hubbard Park, hay wagon rides bring
Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main St., History of Racism with Netdahe Stoddard. We
Twin Valley Seniors Harvest Dinner. New groups of people deep into the park where they are
Montpelier. RSVP: will talk about the history of racism in the U.S.
England Boiled Dinner with baked ham, dessert led by guides through candle-lit paths to stages
to help us understand the racism we see in our
and apple cider, coffee or tea. 50/50 raffle. 4–7 of storytelling, music, fire, and enchantment. It
country today. For ages 12+. 3:15 p.m. Jaquith
p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 US Rt 2, E.
Montpelier. Reservations appreciated for groups of
SATURDAY, OCT. 14 is also the one time of the year park goers get to
see Hubbard Park’s 50-foot tower illuminated
Public Library, School St., Marshfield. 426-3581.
Stowe Green Mountain Club Work Hike. Rain
six or more: 223-3322 by fire! 4–8 p.m. Hubbard Park, Montpelier. $5
date: Oct. 15. All abilities needed and welcomed. children/$10 adults/$25 (early bird: $4 children/$8 Grief and Bereavement Support Group. Open
Metal: Remedies for Allergies & Immunity. Various distances. Bring lunch and water. Wear to anyone who has experienced the death of a
Enjoy an engaging discussion about practical ways adults/$20 families). Benefits Montpelier Parks.
sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. Tools loved one. 6–7:30 p.m. CVHHH, 600 Granger
to alleviate allergies and boost your immunity. Pelkey Olympia Calcutta Event. Fundraiser. All
supplied. Meet at Montpelier High School at Rd., Barre. Free. 223-1878
Learn taoist clinical medicine (TCM) remedies, ages. 5 p.m. Gusto’s, 28 Prospect St., Barre.
8 a.m. Contact Andrew Nuquist or trails@
including guidance with supplements, food Central Vermont Humane Society Fur Fest. The
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Calendar of Events
(fundraiser event) 5 p.m. All Ages Church will be played by Michael Loris. Programs Jewish Community of Greater Stowe, 1189 Cape

Live Music
Oct. 14: DJ JAWZ (EDM) 9 p.m.–1 a.m. $3. 21+ available in front of church. 3:58 p.m. 137 Main Cod Rd., Stowe. $18. 253-1800.
Oct. 20: Madman 3 w/ Special Guests St., Montpelier Oct. 8: Ira Friedman Trio. Jazz with pianist
(progressive EDM) 9 p.m.–1 a.m. $5. 21+ Oct. 7: Rick & the All-Star Ramblers. A high Ira Friedman, Micah Carbonneau on bass and
VENUES Oct. 21: 80’s Dance Party w/ DJ Amanda Rock
(80’s dance music) 9 p.m.–1 a.m. $3. 21+
energy, entertaining and danceable trip back Caleb Bronz on drums. Original music inspired
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. Other shows to a Vermont of a simpler, more musical day. A by Latin, African, jazz, funk and soul. 7:30 p.m.
T.B.A. Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. 479-0896. time of live radio, touring musical revues and Adamant Community Club, 1161 Martin Rd.,
Every Wed.: Open Mic Free/by donation unless otherwise noted. events@ family values. Vermont-grown original music, Adamant. $12; ages under 12 free. Seating limited; classic western swing chestnuts and top-notch RSVP at or
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. musicianship. 7 p.m. Highland Center for 454-7103.
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. Positive Pie. 10 p.m. 22 State St., Montpelier. 229- the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro.
0453. Oct. 13: The Sam Bush Band. The Grammy-
Every Tues.: Karaoke with DJ Vociferous, 9 Adults $25; students $10; EBT cardholders $5.
Oct. 6: The Afro Reggae All-Stars, 10 p.m. $5 winning mandolin virtuoso and vocalist,
p.m–1 a.m.
Oct. 13: VORCZA (jazz) 10 p.m. $5. recognized as “The Father of Newgrass,”
Oct. 6: Scott Graves & Chris Martin (acoustic)
Oct. 7: Pianist Jeewon Park with acclaimed continues to be a driving force in the ever
6 p.m. Sweet Melissa’s, 4 Langdon St., Montpelier. Free/ cellist Edward Arron. The couple will perform evolving acoustic music scene. 8 p.m. Barre Opera
Oct. 7: Tigerman Woah (punky Americana) 9 by donation unless otherwise noted. https://www. an evening of the complete Beethoven Cello House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $35–39. 476-8188.
p.m. Sonatas. A meet-the-artist reception follows the
Oct. 12: Nathan Kalish/Matt Pless (alt country) Oct. 18: John Lackard Blues Band, 7:30 p.m. performance. 7:30 p.m. Chandler Music Hall, 71- Oct. 14: Vermont Philharmonic Opera
8 p.m
73 Main St., Randolph. Gala Concert. The Vermont Philharmonic
Oct. 13: Matt Olson (bluegrass) 6 p.m.; Viva Le Whammy Bar. 7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m. 31
Vox/Forrest Grey/Scrimmy the Dirtbag (punk County Rd., Calais. Thurs., Free. Oct. 7: Rachel Eddy Old Time Concert. Old in collaboration with the Bel Canto Institute
blues) Every Wed.: Open Mic Time banjo and fiddle player on tour from West of Florence, Italy, will present an Opera Gala
9 p.m. Virginia. 7:30¬–9 p.m. DeMena’s Restaurant, Concert featuring operatic selections and
Oct. 18: (rock) Ethan McBrien 9 p.m.
Oct. 20: John Smyth (folk country) 6 p.m. SPECIAL EVENTS 44 Main St., Montpelier. $15. 793-3016. www.
orchestral music. 8 p.m. Spruce Peak Performing
Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $20
Oct. 21: Ruckzuck/Acid Roach (psych rock) 9 Oct. 5: David Bromberg Quintet. 7 p.m. advance; $25 day of show. 760-4634.
Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main St., Oct. 7: Dave Keller’s Soul Revue. Combines
p.m. the glory days of soul music with Keller’s own Oct. 21: Sli Alnighter Benefit. Featuring 15
Randolph. $28–38. 728-6464.
Gusto’s. 28 Prospect St., Barre. 476-7919. deep soul, funk-filled songs. 8 p.m. Spruce Peak local bands in a showcase. All ages. 6 p.m. Barre
Oct. 6: Art Walk with Music! Art, music and Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Elks Lodge, 10 Jefferson St., Barre. $25. Proceeds
Oct. 6: Nancy Smith (acoustic) 5–7 p.m. No
writing on display and performed throughout the Stowe. $20–35. 760-4634. benefit the Steve Ibey Musical Foundation for
cover. 21+; FLPSide (heavy rock coverband) 9
building. Leaf Peeper Poetry, Americana-roots and Chelsea Schools.
p.m.–1 a.m. $5. 21+ Oct. 8: Classicopia presents “Jewish Jazz.”
folk duo Dana and Sue Robinson, art by Liz Le
Oct. 7: DJ REKKT w/ Abstractivve (EDM) 9 Enjoy a delicious celebratory harvest brunch, Oct. 21: Joe Davidian Trio. Vermont native
Serviget and Susan Aranoff, T.W.Wood Gallery
p.m.–1 a.m. $3. 21+ followed by a jazz concert. This concert highlights Joe Davidian returns home for a rare local
will be presenting works from their permanent
Oct. 13: Two Guys with Guitars (acoustic Show) the important place of Jewish instrumentalists, performance with his trio to celebrate their 15-year
collection. Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre
5–7 p.m. No cover. 21+ such as Benny Goodman, George Gershwin and anniversary. 8 p.m. Spruce Peak Performing Arts
St., Montpelier. Free.
Oct. 13: Friday the 13th Metal Massacre (heavy Artie Shaw, in bringing this new music to a wider Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $20 advance;
Mmetal showcase) 9 p.m.–1 a.m. $5. 21+ Oct. 7–8: Foliage Weekend Bells. The historic white audience and into concert halls as well; $25 day of show. 760-4634.
Oct. 14: Pelkey Olympia Calcutta Event bells of Montpelier’s Trinity United Methodist elevating jazz to a new cultural status. 11 a.m.

description under Oct. 17.
TUESDAY, OCT. 17 Author Reading & Book Signing: "Water Ways" by William O’Daly and JS Graustein. “Water Ways”
The Search for a Good Exit: Intro to Ownership Succession Planning. A free seminar for business is a collection of poems by William O’Daly, essays, photographs by JS Graustein. 7 p.m. Kellogg-
owners and managers to learn about ownership succession options. 2–5 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338
Library, Hayes Room, Montpelier. Free but registration required via this link: https://www.eventbrite.
registration-37925645627 FRIDAY, OCT. 20
Food and Immunity. The food that we eat directly impacts our weight, energy, mood and immunity. Vampire Movie Nights. Celebrate Halloween with a few vampire movies. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library,
Learn which foods to incorporate now to promote winter health. 5–6 p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op, School St., Marshfield. Call library for film title: 426-3581.
Montpelier. $3 member; $5 non-members. RSVP:
Guidance on Filling Out FAFSA. FAFSA is Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Offered by Vermont SATURDAY, OCT. 21
Student Assistance Corp. Students and parents also can ask questions and learn about the college
financial aid process, including how to apply for scholarships. 5:30 p.m. at Spaulding High School, 155 Duxbury Green Mountain Club Work Hike. Rain date: Oct. 22. All abilities needed are welcomed.
Ayers St., Barre; 6:30 p.m. at Randolph Union High School, 19 Forest St., Randolph. Students and Various distances. From the new Winooski River footbridge, work on LT south to Bamforth Ridge
parents should sign up for a FSA ID at prior to the workshop. Shelter. Bring lunch and water. Wear Sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. Tools supplied. Meet at
Montpelier High School at 8 a.m. Contact Andrew Nuquist, 223-3550 or
Siegfried Must Die! C.G. Jung and the Shadow. See description under Oct. 10
Parenting Workshop. Kimberly Hackett- founder of Parenting You is leading a 3-hour workshop
focusing on parent leadership and personal growth. 9 a.m.–noon. deMena’s, 44 Main St., 3rd fl.,
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18 Montpelier. $25. Sign up at
Genomic Medicine. In the near future, genomic testing for diagnosis and therapy may be commonplace. Impeach Trump Rally. Peaceful protest. Noon–5
Learn what it is and its potential from Professor and Pathologist Dr. Debra Leonard. An Osher Lifelong p.m. State House lawn, Montpelier. Info. at https://
Learner Institute program. 1:30 p.m. Aldrich Pubic Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. www.learn.uvm.
edu/osher Harvest Dinner. Soups, stews, stuffed peppers,
1964: A Watershed Year in Vermont’s Political (and Cultural) History. Deborah Lee Luskin talks spiced cabbage, sides, salads, several vegetarian
about the start of Vermont’s radical political swing away from republicanism. 6:30 p.m. Vermont History options and kids-friendly mac and cheese. 6 p.m.
Center, 60 Washington St, Barre. Free. 479-8500 Old Brookfield Town Hall, 32 Stone Rd, Brookfield.
$15; children under 12 by donation. Reservations
Movie Night at the Jaquith Library. An eclectic selection of movies that deserve a big screen with
and more info.:, 276-3488
perspectives we don’t usually see, and humor. 7 p.m. 122 School St. Rm. 2, Marshfield, Call library for
film title: 426-3581.

Art History: American Artists and the Civil War. Art historian Debby Tait examines American artists
and the Civil War. Artists expressed anxiety at the gathering storm of war (Martin Johnson Heade,
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Eastman Johnson). They served as reporters for the war (Winslow Homer), and the photographers gave
the public an “eye witness” view (Brady, O’Sullivan). Above all, they interpreted the issues and war’s Deadline for print in the next
aftermath (Johnson, Homer). 1:30–3 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier.
Free. 223-2518. issue is October 12
Kids Cartooning Club. See description under Oct. 5
Reiki: A Tool for Self-Transformation. Explore the Reiki principles and how they enhance our mind/
body connection encouraging optimal health. 6–7 p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free.
How to Master Your Time Management. With Lisa Danforth, Business Coach. Practice simple
fundamentals to improve focus, gain traction, and achieve success. 6–8 p.m. Capstone Community
Action, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free. Register: 477-5214,
Guidance on Filling Out FAFSA. Takes place at Montpelier High School and U-32 at 6:30 p.m. See
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Calendar of Events
Beaders’ Group. All levels of beading experience
goods; maple syrup; crafts; Japanese tea tasting.
4-7 p.m., Mill Street Park, Mill Street, Plainfield.
Dance or Play with the Swinging Over 60 Band.
Danceable tunes from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Recruiting musicians. Tues., 10:30 a.m.–noon.
For people with depression, bipolar disorder,
seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia etc.). Every
Wed., 4–5 p.m. Bethany Church,115 Main St.,
Capital City Farmers Market. Every Sat.
welcome. Free instruction available. Come with Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. (downstairs at end of hallway). Free.
through Oct. 28. Shop from 50 local farmers and
a project for creativity and community. Sat., 11 Montpelier. 223-2518. 223-4111 or 522-0775.
producers each week in downtown Montpelier.
a.m.–2 p.m. The Bead Hive, Plainfield. 454-1615. CCFM is a producer-only market meaning Monteverdi Young Singers Chorus Rehearsal. Weight Loss Support Group. Get help and
Tuesday Night Knitters. Every week except everything being sold is grown or made by each New chorus members welcome. Wed., 4–5 p.m. support on your weight loss journey every Wed.,
for the 1st Tuesday of each month. All levels vendor. Featuring regular live music, vendor Montpelier. Call 229-9000 for location and more 6–7 p.m. Giffords Conference Center, 44 S. Main
encouraged! A small but dedicated group demonstrations, and local chef run cooking information. St., Randolph. Free. No registration required.
of knitters invite you to share your projects, demos. 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 60 State St., Montpelier. Open to all regardless of where you are in your
Ukelele Group. All levels welcome. Thurs., 6–8
questions and enthusiasm for the fiber arts! At the weight loss.
p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre
Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High Street (US St. 223-2518. Bereavement and Grief Equine Support Group.
Route 2), Plainfield. 454-8504, www.cutlerlibrary.
org. HEALTH & WELLNESS Barre Rock City Chorus. We sing songs from
Every Wed., though Oct. 11. Horses are amazing,
sentient, gentle beings that have a way of calming
Bone Building Exercises. Open to all ages. Every the 60s–80s and beyond. All songs are taught by
Drop-in River Arts Elder Art Group. Work on the soul and bringing inner peace to one’s self. For
Mon., Wed. and Fri. 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. rote using word sheets, so ability to read music is
art, share techniques and get creative with others. those who are having a hard time in the grieving
Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E. not required. All ages welcome; children under
Bring your own art supplies. For elders 60+. Every process, sometimes interaction with a horse can
Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors. 13 should come with a parent. Every Thurs.,
Fri., 10 a.m.–noon. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant help where other interventions have fallen short.
org. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd, 39
St., Morrisville. Free. 888-1261. 6:30–7:30 p.m. Rhythm of the Rein Therapeutic
Washington St., Barre.
Tai Chi for Seniors. Led by trained volunteers. Riding and Driving Program , Water Tower Farm
The Craftees. Crafts social group led by Nancy Advanced class: every Mon. and Fri., 1–2 p.m. Gamelan Rehearsals. Sun., 7–9 p.m. Pratt Center, 386 Rte. 2, Marshfield. Free. Register: 426 3781.
Moran every Fri. Bring craft and potluck. 10 Beginners class: Tues. and Thurs. 10–11 a.m. Goddard College. Free. 426-3498. steven.light@
a.m.–2 p.m. Barre Area Senior Center, 131 S. Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E.
Main St., #4, Barre. $3. Register: 479-9512 Wit’s End. Support group for parents, siblings,
Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors.
children, spouses and/or relationship partners of

Living Strong Group. Volunteer-led group.
RECYCLING someone suffering with addiction — whether it is
to alcohol, opiates, cocaine, heroin, marijuana or
Additional Recycling. The Additional Recyclables
Open Shop Nights. Volunteer-run community Sing while exercising. Open to all seniors. Every something else. Every Wed., 6–8 p.m. Turning
Collection Center accepts scores of hard-to-recycle
bike shop: bike donations and repairs. Wed., 4–6 Mon., 2:30–3:30 p.m. and every Fri., 2–3 p.m. Point Center, 489 N. Main St., Barre. Louise:
items. Mon., Wed., Fri., noon–6 p.m.; Third Sat.,
p.m.; other nights. Freeride Montpelier, 89 Barre Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., 279-6378.
9 a.m.–1 p.m. ARCC, 540 North Main St., Barre.
St., Montpelier. 552-3521. Montpelier. Free. Register: 223-2518. msac@
$5 per carload. 229-9383 x106. For list of accepted NAMI Vermont Connection Recovery Support
items, go to Group. For individuals living with mental illness.
BOOKS & WORDS Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Program. Every Fri., 3–4 p.m. Another Way, 125 Barre St.,

Education and support to help adults at high risk Montpelier. 876-7949.
Lunch in a Foreign Language. Bring lunch and of developing type 2 diabetes adopt healthier
practice your language skills with neighbors. Onion River Exchange Tool Library. More
eating and exercise habits that can lead to weight
Noon–1 p.m. Mon., American Sign Language; loss and reduced risk. Every Tues., 10:30–11:30 than 100 tools both power and manual. Onion
Tues., Italian; Wed., Spanish; Thurs., French. a.m. Kingwood Health Center Conference River Exchange is located at 46 Barre Street in Christian Science Reading Room. You're invited
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Room (lower level), 1422 Rt. 66, Randolph. Free. Montpelier. Hours are Wed. and Thurs., 10 a.m.–2 to visit the Reading Room and see what we have for
Montpelier. 223-3338. Register: 728-7714. p.m. For more info. or to donate tools: 661-8959 or your spiritual growth. You can borrow, purchase or
Ongoing Reading Group. Improve your reading simply enjoy material in a quiet study room. Hours:
Tai Chi for Falls Prevention. With Diane Des
and share some good books. Books chosen by Bois. Beginners and mixed levels welcome. 2:15 Wed.–Sat., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Wed., 5–7:15 p.m. 145
group. Thurs., 9–10 a.m. Central Vermont Adult State St., Montpelier. 223-2477.
Basic Education, Montpelier Learning Center,
100 State St. 223-3403.
p.m. Barre Area Senior Center, 131 S., Main St.,
#4, Barre. Free. Register: 479-9512. SOLIDARITY/IDENTITY A Course in Miracles. A study in spiritual
Rainbow Umbrella of Central VT. Adult LGBTQ transformation. Group meets each Tues., 7–8 p.m.
Tai Chi Classes for All Ages. Every Tues. and
group, meets the third Tuesday evening of the Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St., Montpelier.
Thurs., 10–11 a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center,
BUSINESS, FINANCE, Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Free.
month at 5:45 p.m. for a casual dinner at a local
restaurant. The gathering place is 58 Barre St. in

HIV Testing. Vermont CARES offers fast oral
Montpelier. Info: RUCVTAdmin@PrideCenterVT.
Christian Counseling. Tues. and Thurs. Daniel
Dr., Barre. Reasonable cost. By appt. only: 479-
One-on-One Technology Help Sessions. Free 0302.
assistance to patrons needing help with their testing. Wed., 2–5 p.m. 29 State St., Ste. 14 (above
Friday Night Group. Social gathering of LGBTQ
computers and other personal electronic devices. Rite Aid), Montpelier. Free and anonymous. 371- Prayer Meeting. Ecumenical and charismatic
youth, ages 13 – 22. 2nd and 4th Fridays of the
30 min. one-on-one sessions every Tues., 10 a.m.– 6224. prayer meeting. Every 1st and 3rd Thurs., 6:30–8
month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Free pizza and soft drinks.
noon. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., p.m. 8 Daniel Dr., Barre. 479-0302
Supervised by LGBT adults trained by Outright
Waterbury. Free. Registration required: 244-7036.
KIDS & TEENS Vermont. Unitarian Church, Montpelier. For more
info, email Nancy:
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. For those
interested in learning about the Catholic faith, or
The Basement Teen Center. Safe drop-in space
FOOD & DRINK to hang out, make music, play pool, ping-pong
and board games and eat free food. All activities
Bowling. Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont,
an adult LGBTQ group, bowls at Twin City Lanes
current Catholics who want to learn more. Wed.,
7 p.m. St. Monica Church, 79 Summer St., Barre.
Community Meals in Montpelier. All welcome. Register: 479-3253.
Free. are free. Mon.–Thurs., 2–6 p.m., Fridays 3-10 p.m. on Sunday afternoons twice a month. For dates and
Mon.: Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., 11 Basement Teen Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. times, write to RUCVTAdmin@PrideCenterVT. Deepening Our Jewish Roots. Fun, engaging text
a.m.–12:30 p.m. org study and discussion on Jewish spirituality. Sun.,
Tues.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St., 11:30 4:45–6:15 p.m. Yearning for Learning Center,
Story Time and Playgroup. With Sylvia Smith for
a.m.–1 p.m. Montpelier. 223-0583. info@yearning4learning.
story time and Cassie Bickford for playgroup. For
Wed.: Christ Church, 64 State St., 11 a.m.– org.
ages birth–6 and their grown-ups. We follow the
12:30 p.m. Turning Point Center. Safe, supportive place
Twinfield Union School calendar and do not hold
for individuals and their families in or seeking
Thurs.: Trinity Church, 137 Main St., 11:30 the program the days Twinfield is closed. Wed., 10–
a.m.–1 p.m. recovery. Daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 489 North Main
11:30 a.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St.,
Fri.: St. Augustine Church, 18 Barre St., 11 St., Barre. 479-7373. Roller Derby Open Recruitment and
Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.
a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sun.: Alchoholics Anonymous, 8:30 a.m. Recreational Practice. Central Vermont’s
Sun.: Last Sunday only, Bethany Church, 115 Tues.: Making Recovery Easier workshops, Wrecking Doll Society invites quad skaters age
Main St. (hosted by Beth Jacob Synagogue), Lego Club. Use our large Lego collection to create 6–7:30 p.m. 18 and up. No experience necessary. Equipment
4:30–5:30 p.m. and play. All ages. Thurs., 3–4:30 p.m. Kellogg- Wed.: Wit’s End Parent Support Group, 6 p.m. provided: first come, first served. Sat., 5–6:30 p.m.
Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. Thurs.: Narcotics Anonymous, 6:30 p.m. Montpelier Recreation Center, Barre St. First skate
Lunches for Seniors. Mon., Wed., Fri., Noon. 223-3338.
Al-Anon. Help for friends and families of free.
Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rt. 2, E.
Montpelier. $4 suggested donation. 223-3322. Dads & Kids Playgroup. Playtime and free dinner. Alcoholics. Every Thurs., 5–7 p.m. For Dads and their children
ages birth–5. Family Center of Washington
Sun.: Trinity Church, 137 Main St.,
Montpelier (back door) 6:15–7:30 p.m. YOGA & MEDITATION
Feast Together or Feast To Go. All proceeds County, 383 Sherwood Dr., Montpelier. Tues.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Christian Meditation Group. People of all faiths
benefit the Feast Senior Meal program. Tues. and Montpelier (basement) noon–1 p.m. welcome. Mon., noon–1 p.m. Christ Church,
Fri., noon–1 p.m. Live music every Tues., 10:30– Drop-in Kinder Arts Program. Innovative
Wed.: Bethany Church,115 Main St., Montpelier. 223-6043.
11:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 exploratory arts program with artist/instructor
Kelly Holt. Age 3–5. Fri., 10:30 a.m.–noon. River Montpelier (basement) 7–8 p.m. Zen Meditation. With Zen Affiliate of Vermont.
Barre St., Montpelier. Seniors 60+ free with $7 Thurs.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St.,
Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. 888-1261. Wed., 6:30–7:30 p.m. 174 River St., Montpelier.
suggested donation; under 60 $7. Reservations: Montpelier (basement) noon–1 p.m Free. Call for orientation: 229-0164.
262-6288 or Sat.: Turning Point, N. Main St., Barre, 5 p.m.
Teen Fridays. Find out about the latest teen books, (child friendly meeting) Montpelier Shambhala Meditation. Group
Plainfield Farmers Market. Every Fri. through
use the gym, make art, play games and if you need meditation practice. Sun., 10 a.m.–noon; Wed.,
Oct. 6. Locally raised produce and meats; baked Sex Addicts Anonymous. Mon., 6:30 p.m.
to, do your homework. Fri., 3–5 p.m. Jaquith 6–7 p.m; learn to meditate — free instruction
Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426- Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. 552- the 1st Wed. of the month. New location:
3581. 3483. 5 State Street, 2nd floor, Montpelier. info@
Do What You Do Best. Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve-step program, www.montpelier.
Mad River Valley Youth Group. Sun., 7–9 p.m.
for physically, emotionally and spiritually
Meets at various area churches. Call 497-4516 for
location and information. overcoming overeating. Sat., 8:30–9:30 a.m. at Sunday Sangha: Community Ashtanga Yoga.
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Every Sun., 5:40–7 p.m. Grateful Yoga, 15 State
Washington St., Barre. 249-3970. St., 3F, Montpelier. By donation.
MUSIC & DANCE Mooditude Support Group. A professional and
Barre-Tones Women’s Chorus. Open rehearsal. peer-led support group, not a therapy group.
Bookkeeping · Payroll · Consulting Find your voice with 50 other women. Mon.,
7 p.m. Capital City Grange, Rt. 12, Berlin. 552-3489.
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by Brent Curtis P.O. Box 1143, Montpelier, VT 05601
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and flannel invade our wardrobes in Vermont. Lying dormant for months, they
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• I-89 Colchester to Swanton will get more general clean up this week. One lane of travel Location: The Bridge office is located at the All mediums are welcome.
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Rockingham bridges northbound and southbound are reduced to one lane in the
construction zone. Use caution in this work zone. Bridge painting in Wilder and
Hartford will cause lane restrictions and delays again this week.
Around the State
• VT 78 Highgate has a culvert replacement project affecting traffic. Expect short delays
as the project winds down.
• US 5 in Lyndon has a signal update project still causing short delays.
• US 2 from Williston to South Burlington and VT 2A in Williston have more nighttime
paving that will affect traffic between 7 pm and 6 am. Expect delays.
• Routes 7/2 and 127 in Colchester will have delays again this week. Look for single-lane
closures and alternating one-lane traffic.
• VT 15/Main Street VT 2A/Park Street, Essex Junction will get more paving and joint
work at the rail crossing this week. Expect delays.
• VT 15 Hardwick, Walden and Danville has a long-term road improvement project that
includes paving. Expect delays.
• VT 15A/Park Street in Morristown is reduced to alternating one-lane traffic again this
week. Expect delays.
• US 2 Cabot/Danville has reduced speed limits for a multi-year road project. Bridgework,
drainage and road alignment will affect traffic. Alternating one-lane traffic in multiple
work zones will cause delays.
• VT 2B from Danville to St. Johnsbury will have lane closures and delays for a road
improvement project.
• US 2 in Middlesex has a bridge replacement project affecting traffic.
• Montpelier: Final paving on Elm Street/VT12 is set for this week. Work hours are 7
am to 9 pm. Expect delays because of alternating one-lane traffic. The intersection of
Spring and Elm streets will get more daytime work this week. Motorists can expect a
four-way stop there now. Day work on Northfield Street will have it closed to traffic
this week.
• VT 14/South Main Street in Barre gets some clean up, bridge joint and rail crossing
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• US 2 in East Montpelier, near the VT 14 bridge, has a base layer of pavement this week.
Expect a 25-mph speed limit in this work zone.
• VT 14/South Main Street and US 302 North Main Street, VT 14 N/Maple Ave. in
Barre, will get some more road work this week. Alternating one-lane traffic for night
work, 7 pm to 6 am, again this week.
• VT 100B in Moretown has that long-term bridge project with traffic signals and one
• VT 12A from Granville town line to Northfield has a road improvement project. Look
for multiple work zones with alternating one-lane traffic in this project area. Expect
• VT 100 in Granville has a paving project affecting traffic.
• VT 12 Randolph to Braintree has a road improvement project that includes paving.
Expect lane closures and delays.
• US 7 Charlotte /Ferrisburgh will get some paving and guardrail work this week. Expect
delays in this work zone.
• VT 116 between Bristol and Starksboro will see delays due to ditching and guardrail
work this week.
• Middlebury Main Street/VT 30 has temporary bridges being installed. Main Street is
open to all travelers.
• VT 125 in Ripton will have reduced lanes and portable traffic lights affecting traffic
from the Middlebury town line to Old Town Road. There will be nine slope repair
projects that will last into October.
• VT 73 in Rochester has a paving project slowing traffic. Motorists should expect
alternating one-lane traffic and delays in this work zone.
• US 5 Rockingham/Springfield has paving activities from the intersection of VT 11 and
US 5 all the way to the intersection of VT 103 and US 5. Expect delays.
• US 7 in Brandon has a long-term construction project going on until February shut-
down. Expect delays.
• US 4 in Rutland has paving, ditching and shoulder work continuing in the work zone.
Motorists should expect alternating one-lane traffic and delays in this work zone.
• RT 100A in Plymouth has a bridge replacement project wrapping up. This week expect
alternating one-way traffic and delays in this work zone.
• RT 100 in Dover has a bridge project with width and lane restrictions. Expect delays.
• Route 9 Bennington/Wilmington has a 23-mile paving project affecting traffic again
this week. Expect delays.
Safe Travels!
Brent Curtis is the Public Outreach Coordinator for the Agency of Transportation. Brent.
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Opinion So Second Home Owners Can Vote in
Vermont? by Rob Roper, President of the Ethan Allen Institute

here is a vote fraud case in Vermont, currently in the staff refers to the law and tells the person that they need to here. All they have to do if questioned is tell election officials
Essex Superior Court, in which a family of second determine for themselves whether they qualify under the that they intend to make their second home their permanent
home owners from Connecticut (parents and two legal standard.” What? Determine for themselves? residence at some point in the future. Whether they actually
adult children) registered to vote in the Town of Victory, Will Senning, who serves under Condos as director of ever do or not is irrelevant.
and did so. Their votes likely altered the outcome of a local elections, was asked under oath, “When a voter registers, In fact, what’s to stop someone from registering in Vermont
election, which was decided by fewer than four votes. does that voter have to have a principal residence in the town to vote in elections they think are more important here,
Now, all four of these family members listed Connecticut at the moment that they register?” Senning’s answer: “Not and then re-registering in their real home towns to vote in
as their primary residence on their income taxes, had necessarily.” Asked “Why not?” His answer was, “Because elections they deem more important there?
Connecticut driver’s licenses, paid property taxes on a they may be intending to make that place their principal “One day I intended to move to Vermont, then I changed
primary dwelling in Connecticut, did not pay residential residence in the near future.” Pressed further with the my mind. Then I changed my mind back!” Just so long as
property tax rates on their second home in Vermont, had jobs question, “How far out can that intent be?” Senning testified, you don’t vote in both places for the same election you are
in Connecticut, and spent an overwhelming amount of their “There’s no objective standard in terms of that time frame.” apparently not committing any crime. Or at least not one
time in Connecticut. But they were voting by absentee ballot This wildly loose interpretation of the residency requirement that can be proven.
in Vermont, deciding who would represent in public offices does not reflect the spirit or the language of the statute. In
people who actually live here. That’s vote fraud, right? There are two ways of looking at this: A) this is good, legal,
practice it means that there is no legal standard of residence public policy. Or B) our secretary of state’s office under
Wrong! At least according to our secretary of state’s office. for voting in Vermont. Jim Condos is not only turning a blind eye to but actively
Robert and Toni Flanagan, two of the defendants in this If individuals can determine for themselves that they qualify facilitating vote fraud.
case, testified under oath that they consulted with the to vote here and can validate that determination simply If A, let’s alert all those people from New York, New Jersey,
Vermont secretary of state’s office and were advised that by expressing an “intent,” which cannot be objectively Connecticut, Massachusetts, etc. who own ski chalets and
their voting in Vermont under these circumstances was OK, challenged, what’s to stop anybody from anywhere from lake cabins in our communities of their legal options for
that they should just leave the residency box on the voter voting in our elections? participating in Vermont elections. The more the merrier.
registration form blank. What allegedly happened in Victory is that the town clerk, an After all, in little old Vermont where elections are often
Vermont statute says, “… ‘resident’ shall mean a person elected position, actively recruited these out-of-town friends decided by a handful of votes, your absentee ballot can really
who is domiciled in the town as evidenced by an intent to to join the local voter rolls in order to help assure her own make a difference.
maintain a principal dwelling place in the town indefinitely re-election to the job. If B, we need to demand that our chief elections officer put
and to return there if temporarily absent, coupled with an act The implications here are profound. According to Census some teeth into our residency requirements for voting and
or acts consistent with that intent.” data, there are over 40,000 second homes in Vermont, 14.6 make sure this kind of nonsense does not and cannot happen.
So how does one establish “intent?” In a recent interview, percent of the total number of households. If these folks Jim Condos is fond of saying there is no illegal voting going decide they don’t like their property tax bills — or love on in Vermont. I guess it’s easy to think that if you allow that
voting-in-vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos said, “My Vermont but don’t like its politics — they can register to vote nothing is illegal.

Setting the Record Straight: Rob Roper’s
Commentary Is Inaccurate by Secretary of State Jim Condos

ecently, Rob Roper, President of the Ethan Allen Institute, posted an op-ed with the For the purpose of registering to vote, Vermont election law defines residency as follows:
inflammatory, sensational title, “So Second Home Owners Can Vote in Vermont?” "resident" shall mean a person who is domiciled in the town as evidenced by an intent to
Perhaps as intended, Mr. Roper’s attention-seeking commentary caused significant maintain a principal dwelling place in the town indefinitely and to return there if temporarily
confusion and concern about Vermont’s residency law for voting purposes. As Vermont’s chief absent, coupled with an act or acts consistent with that intent.” (Emphasis added).
elections official, let me set the record straight. The law does not say you must have slept here for half the nights in the past year, or for 30
Mr. Roper discussed a pending case in Essex County Superior Court which alleges that certain days before registering, or that you intend to move here in less than 30 days. With no objective
individuals on the Town of Victory’s voter checklist are not residents of the town as defined standard, a person’s intent to maintain a principal dwelling place here must be supported by
in the election law. “an act or acts consistent with that intent.”
Let me be perfectly clear: I do not believe, and would never suggest, that the language in the The town/city clerks and local boards of civil authority (BCAs), in reviewing a voter
residency definition means second home owners in Vermont may register to vote here. application, can request an applicant appear before the BCA and present their evidence of that
Roper cites testimony given during a hearing in this case by Vermont’s Director of Elections, intent. If the BCA feels it is not sufficient, they may deny the application. That denial may be
Will Senning: appealed to a court and the facts ultimately heard by a judge. This is not the Wild West, as
Roper would like you to believe. There is a process, a consideration of evidence, and a decision
“[Senning] was asked under oath, “When a voter registers, does that voter have to have a based on that evidence.
principal residence in the town at the moment that they register?” Senning’s answer: “Not
necessarily.” Asked “Why not?” His answer was, “Because they may be intending to make that Essentially, Mr. Roper is saying these local officials are unable to make informed judgments
place their principal residence in the near future.” Pressed further with the question, “How about who is qualified based on the facts of a given case. I would like to think Mr. Roper
far out can that intent be?” Senning testified, “There’s no objective standard in terms of that would have more respect for our hard-working local officials than to suggest they would
time frame.” simply “turn a blind eye” to instances where someone may be trying to abuse the system.

Roper calls this a “wildly loose interpretation” and alleges that it means “there is no legal Does this definition of residency require a subjective analysis based on the facts and
standard of residence for voting in Vermont.” Later he asserts, “Condos is not only turning circumstances of each case? Yes.
a blind eye to but actively facilitating vote fraud.” While this kind of irresponsible rhetoric is Is that by design? I believe it is.
fashionable in Washington DC these days, it doesn’t fly in Vermont. The legislature decided that an objective standard simply could not address the particular,
As Secretary of State, my role is to administer the law as it is currently written. diverse circumstances surrounding an individual’s qualification for residency for voting
We do not enforce the law — that is the province of the Attorney General and the courts. purposes. It would risk excluding some who have a legitimate interest in registering and voting.

We do not write the law — that responsibility lies with the legislature. Mr. Roper asserts our “wildly loose” interpretation of the residency requirement “does not
reflect the spirit or the language of the statute.” I could not disagree more.
Mr. Roper knows this, and I certainly hope that he is not asking me or the elections staff to
ignore the law and administer it as we think it should be, not how it is written. In fact, I believe our interpretation reflects both the spirit and letter of the law by relying on
the fact-specific, subjective analysis that the law requires.
Mr. Roper is quick to tell readers what I think even though he has not contacted me. He had
ample opportunity to express his concerns about voter registration in Vermont last year when
a comprehensive election bill moved through the legislature, but he never appeared.
My door is open and I would be glad to discuss any ways in which the residency definition
could be revised as long as it would not unnecessarily disenfranchise legitimate voters.

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Editorial State Street Saturday All-Day Wing Ding
by Nat Frothingham

fter moving the popular Capital City Farmers Market up onto State Street from
State & Main to Elm Street) for two Saturdays in a row — State Street Saturday
organizers are saying — “We’re ready for the big event.”
That big event on Oct. 9 is the Capital City Farmers Market as usual but now on State
Street — to begin at 9 a.m. and continue as usual until 1 p.m.
Then an Arts Fair will follow the Farmers Market on State Street from 1 to 7 p.m.
with artists and artist demonstrations from T.W. Wood Art Gallery, Montpelier’s Art
Resource Association and Studio Place Arts in Barre. And with these music notables:
Jon Gailmor, Patti Casey, Ron Sweet and the local jazz group Dov Schiller & Friends.
The Arts Fair is being organized by the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition to promote the
idea of a walkable downtown, to change the conversation to “What do we want to do
with the riverfront? And, “How can we be less dependent on imported food and more
reliant on local resources?
On the first Saturday of October – what could be more logical than Montpelier’s
dynamic farmers market – fresh food, local food, keeping local dollars in the local
economy, putting agricultural land to work and providing work for Vermonters and
entrepreneurs in land–based and land-derived pursuits.
As the organizers of State Street Saturdays and the Arts Fair suggest: walk downtown,
ride a bike, bring a chair, enjoy a meal, a drink, the pleasure of friends and imagine what
an even more bike-friendly, walking friendly Montpelier could look like and become.

Photos by John Snell

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I'm Afraid I'll Lose My Healthcare crop contamination may be, and how disingenuous the food
profiteers have been, the "Vermont Pure" image would mean
GMO contamination is merely a new dishonesty with an
I work as an after school teacher and a personal care assistant
old history. Vermont's economic dependency on pricey food
in the city of Burlington. I love my jobs — I spend my time
image and the willingness to deceive the public is the real
caring for people and making their lives easier. Unfortunately, GMO foods, I can say that the above comment does not issue. This is the opposite of what "the best agricultural
this care work is not paid well and I do not receive benefits. match contemporary reality. practices" of early food politics was about.
If I didn't have Medicaid, I would not have health insurance.
The GMO labeling law changed nothing. The determination Gerard Renfro, Montpelier
I'm young and healthy — I eat vegetables, don't smoke, and
of Vermont local organic farmers to literally "plow ahead" was
get lots of exercise. When I started getting heart palpitations
an old impulse that resurfaced in the 1960s/1970s in an effort
a few months ago, I was terrified. Luckily it turned out to be Do Farm Animals Merit Our
to go against the grain of destructive agribusiness practices.
nothing, but it was a chilling reminder that I won't be young Compassion and Respect?
Oddly, the efficiency of local agriculture and the incredible
forever, and my good health and therefore my ability to work
waste of subsidized export agribiz is now rarely discussed
and support myself could vanish in an instant.
despite our claim to be concerned about global warming. Editor,
Healthcare isn't just a moral imperative, but an economic GMOs have become a great focal point of negative opinion, We are a nation of special observances. There is even a World
one. If one of my heart palpitations had turned out to be a but GMOs did not create the energy-wasteful agribiz model. Day for Farm Animals, observed on October 2nd (Gandhi's
symptom of something more serious, and I had racked up Conventional agriculture, which we still subsidize and upon birthday). Apparently it’s intended to memorialize the tens
medical bills or been out of work, I would not have been able which Vermont relies heavily, deserves that honor. of billions of animals abused and killed for food. Like most
to pay rent. I would have become destitute, which aside from
As for Vermont's leadership role, it was a complete scam. others, I always thought of farm animals as "food on the hoof."
being a state no human should have to experience, would have
Despite years of secrecy, by 1999 the negative publicity forced But when a friend sent me an amazing, endearing Facebook
cost the State of Vermont money. No one wins when people
the GMOs boosters to come out of the laboratory. From video (
get too sick to work. Universal healthcare is economically,
2000 onward our Vermont technocrats promoted the positive videos/1198548160234565/), it dawned on me that farm
morally, and logically superior to the patchwork system we
potential of GMOs while purposefully avoiding any negative animals are much like our family dog, fully deserving of our
have now. Everyone should get the same access to quality
science-based criticisms. compassion and respect.
healthcare regardless of income or pre-existing conditions.
This is why I am a member of the Healthcare is a Human When July 4th of 2016 rolled around, normally silent My internet search showed that they get neither. Male baby
Right campaign. We are not strong as a nation until we are politicians jumped on the band wagon of GMO independance. chicks are routinely suffocated in plastic garbage bags or
caring for every American. I believe these cowardly politicians came out of their janitorial ground up alive. Laying hens are crowded into small wire
closet only long enough to sweep the issue under the rug. cages that tear out their feathers. Breeding sows are kept
Thank you for the opportunity to let my voice be heard. I
They had to have known within a few days the Vermont law pregnant in tiny metal crates. Dairy cows have their babies
appreciate the work you do in spreading the stories of real
would be nullified. snatched away immediately upon birth, so we can drink their
Labeled or not, there is nothing to protect organics from milk. It was enough to drive someone to drink. Instead, it
Wiley Reading drove me to replace the animal products in my diet with a
contamination. It is impossible to have a "strong emphasis
on non-GMO" when contamination could affect anything rich variety of plant-based meats and dairy items offered by
(of a similar species), while at the same time the high-priced my grocery store. I have since learned that a cruelty-free diet
Madeiros Plows Ahead but Misses The Mark
food community does not want to bring attention to this fact. is also great for my health and for the health of our planet.
If the public realized how bad regulation is, and how likely Moses Belinie, Montpelier
I realize that everyone wants to put a positive spin on any
issue, but I found the Madeiros/GMO article to be, however
innocent, a serious misrepresentation of the GMO debate and What Do You Think?
its consequences. However much Vermont wants to promote
the "Pure Food/Vermont Seal of Quality" image, the fact is Read something that you would like to respond to? We welcome your letters and
Vermont food politics has always been money-centered. opinion pieces. Letters must be fewer than 300 words. Opinion pieces should
Madeiros states that Vermont was "the first state to pass the
historic 'GMO Food Labeling law' [that] forever changed
not exceed 600 words. The Bridge reserves the right to edit and cut pieces.
the way Americans eat. Even though the law was nullified, Send your piece to:
Vermont still plows ahead continuing to use the best
agricultural practices with a strong emphasis on non-GMO."
Deadline for the next issue is October 13
Because of my own grassroots activism to BAN (not label)

Safe & Included
by Brian Ricca

During this past month, we welcomed back to Montpelier Public Schools all our students,
pre-kindergarten through twelfth graders. I spent a substantial amount of time in our
classrooms, visiting with students and teachers as they returned to learn some new routines,
meet classmates for the first time, reconnect with classmates they already know, and begin
setting the foundation for growth and progress this year.
When I welcomed our faculty and staff back to school in August, I urged them to ensure that
every single student in Montpelier Public Schools felt safe and included. Not in a token way
— but instead in a foundational way that encouraged all students to be exactly who they are,
regardless of skin color, whom they love, or what gender they identify as. If we are to expect
our students to learn and grow, they must feel safe and included when they come to school.
Equity is one of our primary focuses this year in Montpelier Public Schools. In our Action
Plan, our first goal is to "provide equitable learning opportunities for students in safe and
inclusive learning environments." We should not expect anything less for someone else's
children, as we would not expect anything less for our own. This means meeting children
where they are, ensuring tremendous first instruction for all students, then finding ways to
intervene thoughtfully that ensure growth and progress appropriate for all our learners.
Given the reality of life 2017, this goal is critical. While hearing the words safe and included
may cause some to think we are shielding our students too much from the world around them,
for me it's preparing them to be exactly who they are as they prepare to enter that world. In
Vermont, children are compelled to attend school from six through the age of sixteen. If they
are legally bound to attend our schools, the very least we can do is embrace who they are —
and ensure that their classmates will do the same.
This commitment to a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students is one that will
take a consistent effort from everyone. At times, we may stumble along the way. But since no
one rises to low expectations, we will remain steadfast in this commitment. Our own children
would not expect anything less, and neither will someone else’s children.
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