November 2017 Hu nger Awarene s s Is sue

November 2 – November 15, 2017

Cricket Liebermann and Ethan Scharf pause between classes at U-32. Both
students are serving as volunteers. And both students are managing the
Food Shelf program at the United Methodist Church in Middlesex.
See article on page 6.

Hunger in Central Vermont: Problem
or Emergency? an analysis by our Publisher Nat Frothingham

IN THIS ISSUE:
V
ermont Public Radio ran a breaking news story on September But back to the numbers. Whalen said, “It’s hard to really say when
Pg. 3 Disaster Relief in Puerto 27 about a sharp spike in the demand for food at the
Montpelier Food Pantry.
you look at the numbers what the whole picture is. Food insecurity
rates have slightly declined this year.” But Whalen added. “Food
Rico The story suggested a dramatic increase in the numbers of people insecurity rates have not gone down to where they were before the
recession.”
Pg. 6 Teens Run Food Shelf visiting the capital city’s food pantry from a pretty steady number of
200 people a month this past spring to an average high of something Kari Bradley, General Manager of the Hunger Mountain Food
close to 600 people or more per month this summer — a tripling of Coop in Montpelier talked about ways the Coop is responding to
demand. local hunger. Last year the Coop donated 27,000 pounds of food
Pg. 9 American Legion Welcomes Anyone concerned about hunger locally had to ask — and ask to Capstone, the welfare agency in Barre. The Coop is taking a
nickel that used to be refunded for each customer reusable bag. Now
National Commmander searchingly — “What’s going on here.”
that nickel goes to support the local Back Pack program, a Rotary-
And note — since January 20 and the advent of the Trump sponsored food outreach program to elementary school children in
administration we’ve heard a steady drumbeat of news about possible Montpelier who qualify.
Pg. 18 Vermont Food Assistance cuts to fuel assistance, tighter “food stamp” guidelines, cuts to college
loan money, to say nothing about fears that millions of American The Coop’s low-income discount program serves 91 people today,
could lose their government-assisted health insurance coverage. down from a high of 180 people in 2014. Why the drop? Well,
consider what you need to qualify for the discount program. You need
You might think it relatively simple to come up with a number or to qualify for SNAP (the old food stamp program, called 3SquaresVT
numbers to precisely describe something as essential as hunger. There in Vermont), or WIC (Women, Infants & Children) and you need to
is either a hunger problem or not and if there is a hunger problem, be a Coop member. If fewer people are qualifying under new SNAP
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In a phone conversation with Nicole Whalen, Director of In what proved to be an enlightening phone call with Food Bank CEO
Communications at the (statewide) Vermont Food Bank, she said John Sayles, he acknowledged the Vermont decline in unemployment,
that over the past six years the Food Bank has increased its overall currently at 2.9 percent.
food distribution from 6 million to 12 million pounds. But that’s not the whole story. “Wages aren’t rising. But housing costs
Last year, the Food Bank raised more than $5.5 million from October, are rising. Working families are finding it hard to put the pieces
2016, to September, 2017. “The need has always been greater than we together,” he said.
can meet. We always distribute what we can,” she said. Food programs are one of those things that can offer relief to a
The Food Bank currently distributes to 215 network partners across working family’s budget when it’s under stress. “People are taking
Vermont including food shelves and meal sites. The Food Bank advantage of it because they are not making ends meet,” he said.
both collects donated food from a variety of sources and purchases Then he added a critical statistic, “At least 30 percent of the people
food as well. And the food that’s donated comes from such large who are considered food insecure do not qualify for food stamps.”
food companies as Hannaford, Shaw’s, Price Chopper, and C&S Perhaps they got a better job. But then, perhaps they lost some other
Grocery. And don’t forget gleaning. And don’t forget what restaurants benefit. Or they have a hospital bill. Or they had to fix a car. Or
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contribute. The list of food donations is large. someone in their family needed financial help. Or someone is over
“We end up purchasing a lot of fruit, millions of pounds of fruit and 80 and living alone or without friends and struggling with dementia.
produce. We try to get what we can donated. Then we purchase what
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“So many families are $500 away from not making it,” he said. “We
we need,” she said. are seeing people taking advantage of the food system. That’s why it’s
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photos by Jason Serota-Winston

'A Very Human Impulse' Jason Serota-Winston and
Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico
by Larry Floersch

J
ason Jason looks solemn. And maybe just a bit angry. He returned to Vermont on October Serota-Winston completed a questionnaire about his skills and the work he was willing to do
18 from a two-week stint as a relief worker in Puerto Rico helping with the recovery from and joined a team of about 100 medical professionals and 200 volunteers from the trades.
Hurricane Maria. Maria struck the island on September 20 as a near-category-5 storm, and By the time they flew into San Juan airport on October 4, two weeks after the storm, the city
his work there in the relief effort left a powerful impression. was up and running with intermittent electricity supplied by generators.
“I felt very emotional when I got off the plane in Burlington,” Serota-Winston said, “because He noted that there was a lot of publicity about the team going down there because of the
my life was about to go back to normal. But life for the people of Puerto Rico is not going to political fight between the Mayor of San Juan and President Trump. “We were taken to the
go back to normal anytime soon, if ever.” Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan where there was heavy security and a lot of resources
Serota-Winston, 45, lives in Montpelier and is a nurse in the intensive care unit at the UVM just sitting around. We slept on cots,” he said.
Medical Center in Burlington. He is the son of Andrea Serota and Rick Winston, the former The first thing they had to do was assemble in the 100-degree heat for a press conference. “That
long-time owners of The Savoy Theater. heat was a rude shock to those of us from Vermont,” he noted.
Union Members Answer the Call for Help The teams were given their assignments. The next day they were doing relief work.
This was Serota-Winston’s first time as a relief worker. Vacation Destination Devastated
The City of San Juan had put out a call for help through its affiliation with the AFL-CIO. The Serota-Winston had been to Puerto Rico on a family vacation this past March. The differences
American Federation of Nurses, of which Serota-Winston is a member, is part of the AFL-CIO. were dramatic.
The call was for help from union members in about thirty professions--including electricians, “It definitely is a surreal feeling to be in a place where you’ve been on vacation just months ago
carpenters, heavy equipment operators, people who could repair electric generators, and similar and now there is debris everywhere. A lot of the roads were impassable or were only one lane.
trades--in addition to doctors, nurse-practitioners, and nurses. And this changed from day to day—one day a road would be open and the next day it was

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Be Visible: Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety
Guide for Fall and Winter
by Corporal Michael Philbrick, Montpelier Police Department

L
iving in New England has many benefits in the summer months, including long,
warm days and cool evenings. The sun seems to fight off the night, illuminating warm
weather activities into the late hours. We’re well into fall now, and the days are already
growing shorter and shorter. These lessened daylight hours lead to winter periods where you
may be going to and from work each day in darkness.
One of the benefits of our work as police officers is being on the move outside, in our scenic
state, as part of our job. The downside is we are out there regardless of the hour or what
Mother Nature throws at us. Snowy crash scenes, rainy foot patrols, and calls for service in
freezing temperatures challenge us and affect our safety, day or night. You’ll notice our police
vehicles are covered in reflective material and bright emergency lighting, and our officers are
equipped with reflective clothing and powerful flashlights. We essentially do everything we
can to make ourselves as visible as possible. We do this because it keeps our officers and the
community members we serve safer, no matter the environment.
Why are we sharing this information with you? While you probably won’t be out directing
traffic in a night-time snow storm, you may be crossing the street while walking home at dusk
or riding your bike to work early on a crisp fall morning. Each of these seemingly innocuous
activities places you in a roadway, in the company of vehicles, often times in a low-light
environment or bad weather. It is very important that you be visible to other roadway users
for your protection. Fortunately here in Montpelier, we have very few pedestrian- and cyclist-
related crashes each year, but they do occur.Here are a few basic guidelines that will improve
your safety as a pedestrian or cyclist at night:
Whether walking on a sidewalk, running in the roadway, or cycling with traffic, wear
light colored, reflective clothing, armbands, or vests.Consider carrying a flashlight (most
smartphones have them built in), wearing a headlamp, or clipping a flashing light to your
clothing when on foot. Vermont law requires cyclists to have a white light visible on the front
of a bicycle and a steady/flashing light or large reflector to the rear.
Make eye contact and use hand signals to get the attention of other roadway users before
crossing the street. Cyclists are required by Vermont law to use hand signals to indicate turns
when riding in traffic. Do not presume a motorist can see you simply because you have
the right of way.·Any activity while wearing headphones or using a cell phone limits your
situational awareness when navigating crosswalks or roadways and is not recommended.
Finally, be where other roadway users expect you to be: pedestrians cross at crosswalks and
cyclists ride with traffic and follow all applicable rules of the road.
As your police department, we do our best to improve public safety in Montpelier. Please do
your part: be visible! Following the guidelines above will help community members walk,
ride, and drive safely.
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Bethany Church to Open a Homeless Shelter for Men HEARD ON THE STREET
By Dianne Richardson

B
Vermont State Police Disarm Man in
ethany Congregational Church in Montpelier has decided the morning, guests will be expected to take down their cots.
Washington
to host a 20-bed shelter in the basement of the church for Laundry will be separated, and items will be returned to the
homeless men. The program is temporary: it will begin bins provided for storage. The church will store the bins and The Vermont State Police reported that on October
on November 15, 2017 and will end on April 15, 2018. cots for the guests. The Central Vermont Medical Center has 27, at approximately 1:23 pm, state troopers from the
donated their laundry services for this project. Middlesex barracks responded to a 911 call at 4133
In the past Economic Services of the Department for Children
Vt Route 110 in the Town of Washington. The caller
and Families issued vouchers to people who are homeless. As well as having a Mental Health Clinician available, guests
was an excavating contractor who was doing work on
The vouchers could be used for inexpensive hotel rooms when will have access to assistance with finding employment and
the property for the owner (Jane Bedia, 80) at this
dangerously low temperatures endangered their lives. The housing. The Montpelier Police Department will be assisting
location, and reported that her son, Matthew Bedia
Vermont Legislature ended that practice and established a with two programs that might be of help. They will transport
(57), had arrived at the residence and was upset, verbally
$600,000 grant, making this project and one in the Rutland homeless people who are not appropriate for the Shelter to beds
threatening the contractor because of the work being
area possible. at Safe Catch, a program for people who are homeless and wish
done on the property.
The shelter will be staffed and managed by The Good Samaritan to seek treatment for substance addiction, or Lighthouse, which
Haven (in Barre) with a half-time clinician from Washington is a program (not a lock-up) that provides a safe environment for Upon arrival, troopers learned that Matthew Bedia had
severely intoxicated homeless persons overnight. left his mother's property and gone to his residence
County Mental Health. Brooke Jenkins, Director of the Good
located nearby at 4247 Vt Rte 110. They also learned
Samaritan Haven, said that Central Vermont will receive about Is there a need for this? Aside from saving the state of Vermont
that Matthew Bedia had pointed a handgun at Jane
half of the grant money; the other half will go to shelter people the high cost of renting hotel rooms, no one is totally sure of
Bedia during this incident and threatened to kill her.
who are homeless in the Rutland area. the need. Although the numbers of people who are homeless
The Montpelier Housing Authority has pledged $5,000 to in Montpelier is elusive, homeless people can be observed on Telephone communication was established with
cover the structural changes to the church. That will include the streets everyday. How many of them are “couch surfing”, Matthew Bedia at his residence, during which time
installing a shower and making the entrance near School Street sleeping in Hubbard Park and other wooded areas around town, he refused to comply with the troopers to disarm and
more user friendly. in Sabin's Pasture, under bridges, or trespassing to get warm can come out of the residence and made threats to law
only be guessed. Certainly, this winter and this program will enforcement present. Troopers blockaded Vt Rte 110 on
Another Way (a drop-in center on Barre Street) is extending give us more information. either side of the residence for the safety of the motorists
its hours to provide an evening meal and is contracting with passing this location and established a perimeter around
Good Samaritan to conduct intake on the shelter guests. Intake So how can the community be of help to people who are
the property.
involves a series of questions, informing potential guests of the homeless? Needed items include pillows, deodorant, shaving
rules of the shelter, and breathalyzing. The guests will then supplies, shampoo and conditioner, foot powder or spray, new Members of the Vermont State Police Crisis Negotiation
go over to Bethany Church, enter through the School Street underwear, coffee, creamer, and hot\cold cups. These items may Unit, the Tactical Support Unit, and a mental health
entrance, and set up army cots in Fellowship Hall. The cots be brought to Bethany Church at 110 Main Street, Montpelier, clinician were activated and responded. Detectives
9 a.m. to noon (while the office is open). from the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigations
and other materials will be stored in the church basement. In
secured a search warrant for Matthew Bedia's residence
for weapons and his person. Rescue personnel were

Hunger in Central Vermont (cont. from p. 1)
activated and responded to a scene staging area.
Members of the Crisis Negotiation Unit maintained
phone contact with Matthew Bedia and continued
there. Each person who walks into a food shelf is a different story. Cabot, “We’ve seen housing costs significantly rise in our area. attempts to have him peacefully surrender. At
The numbers don’t tell that story.” It seems like more and more families are living together rather approximately 2:16 am on October 28, Matthew Bedia
than branching off.” surrendered and was taken into custody by members of
Some of the other stories in play at the moment are these. the Tactical Support Unit without incident.
On November 15, Bethany Church will open a seasonal (winter And this from the Vermont Food Bank website, “Fifty-two
percent of Vermont residents report having to choose between Matthew Bedia was charged with first-degree aggravated
only) shelter for 20 men in the church basement. domestic assault and was subsequently lodged on
paying for food and paying for housing, while 63 percent report
An up-to-date report from Rob Lehmert, who heads up the having to choose between paying for food and paying utility $150,000 bail. He will be arraigned on October 30
Montpelier Back Pack program to benefit qualified elementary bills.”
school children and their families, was helping 35 children and
So you still want a number, you still want clarity? Sorry, or as
their families when school ended last June. Now, 58 children are
Jaime Bedard of the Montpelier Food Shelf said, “Everyone is
Got a news tip?
being help. An uptick of 67.7 percent.
rushing around trying to feed people. It seems somehow that we We want to know!
And this from Diane Warwick, co-program manager for the are applying a bandaid instead of dealing with the bigger issues." Send it to us at: editorial@montpelierbridge.com
Onion River Food Shelf, which serves Marshfield, Plainfield, and
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U-32 Teens Run Middlesex Food Shelf by Glennis Drew

MONTPELIER — In August of this year, Ethan Scharf and Cricket Liebermann volun- three and ten families per week.
teered to take over the coordination of the United Methodist Church (UMC) food shelf in Ethan, who wants to study engineering, has applied to college but has not yet made a firm
Middlesex. decision about where he will be a year from now. He enjoys travel and playing the trumpet.
The teens have known each other casually since seventh grade, but had not been close He has one younger brother.
friends. Friendly and enthusiastic, the pair has been happily working together ever since. Cricket, the oldest of three siblings, has just returned from a year abroad in Senegal, in
The two teens coordinate volunteers to fill the shelves and assist the families at the food West Africa. She also has not made a decision about which college will be a good match for
shelf every Saturday, from 9:00 am to 10:30 am. her talents and interests. She played the French horn in the past, but this year is focused on
They place reminder calls to the volunteers and make the schedule. The teens order food dance.
from the Food Bank in Barre Town, pick it up every other week, and deliver it to the food Both teens say they enjoy working for the food shelf because it is a “really good cause and it
shelf. The Food Bank also supplies items that have been donated to it at no charge. helps the community.” They feel they are making a difference.
The church where the food shelf is located (near Red Hen Bakery) has facilities for refriger- Volunteers are always needed for the food shelf in Middlesex. If you are interested, contact
ation and a freezer to keep the food fresh between deliveries. The food shelf serves between the Scharf family at 223-9189 for more information.
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On The Road by Brent Curtis

J ust as you might expect this week, we want
to make sure that you take extra caution on
Halloween. Roaming city streets and country
be no impact on traffic this week.
US7 VT/2 in Colchester will have delays
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
shoulder work continuing in the work zone.
Motorists should expect alternating one-lane
traffic and delays in this work zone.
again this week. Look for single-lane closures
roads you will find packs of ghosts, goblins, and alternating one-lane traffic in multiple work zone. US 7 in Wallingford has a culvert project
superheroes and zombies. The excitement work zones. Expect delays. VT 100B in Moretown has that long-term with traffic signal bypass in place.
and joy surrounding the children is nothing bridge project with traffic signals and one
short of electric. Do not forget the adults VT 15/Main Street VT 2A/Park Street, Essex VT 100A in Plymouth has a bridge
Junction will get more work affecting traffic lane. replacement project wrapping up.
who enjoy playing dress-up. In communities
around Vermont, merchants and shopping this week. Expect delays. VT 12A from Granville town line to VT 100 in Dover has a bridge project with
centers play host to characters big and small. VT 15 Hardwick, Walden and Danville has Northfield has a road improvement project. width and lane restrictions. Expect delays.
In many cities like Barre, merchants set up a long-term road improvement project that Look for multiple work zones with alternating
one-lane traffic in this project area. Expect VT 9 Bennington/Wilmington has a 23-
on the sidewalk and the Main Street becomes includes paving. Onsite traffic diversions
delays all week. mile paving project affecting traffic again
a cavalcade of characters. Please be careful should be expected this week. Expect delays. this week. Expect delays.
and alert, especially to the smallest of the VT 100 in Granville has paving and subbase
VT 15A/Park Street in Morristown has a VT 112 in Halifax has a culvert project in
group. Candy and soft drinks can make a repair this week. Lane closures during the
bridge project going on. Expect minor delays. multiple locations. Expect delays.
high energy and exuberating cocktail. Enjoy day north of the Granville Town Hall on the
the fun and excitement in your community. US 2 Cabot/Danville has reduced speed limits west side of VT 100. Roadwork will affect Safe Travels!
Remember that Halloween is a time when the for a multi-year road project. Bridgework, traffic.
cobwebs in your house become decorations! drainage and road alignment will affect We had a lot of response to our “Road
traffic. Look for a traffic shift this week. VT 12 Randolph to Braintree has a road Relationships” last week. Thank you
Interstates improvement project that includes paving. to everyone who sent in his or her own
Alternating one-lane traffic in multiple work
I-89 In Georgia, culvert replacement projects zones will cause delays. Expect lane closures and delays. relationships; it has been a fun week. Here are
will continue. Culvert work between Exits US 7 Charlotte/Ferrisburgh will get some just a few new ones:
VT 2B from Danville to St. Johnsbury will
12 and 13 on the South Burlington stretch of finish work this week. Alternating one-lane “The Persistent Primpers” - applying make-up
have lane closures and delays for a road
I-89 this week. U-turn work in Milton during traffic will cause delays in this work zone. with both hands with no idea what is going
improvement project. Traffic could be shifted
non-peak hours may create short delays. on around her.
to the new alignment later this week. Only VT 116 between Bristol and Starksboro will
Expect day and night work. In Middlesex,
minor delays this week. see delays again this week. Expect alternating “The Lane Lingerers” - always in the passing
no more nighttime closures this week. Look
US 2 in Middlesex has a bridge replacement one-lane traffic and delays all week. lane holding up traffic.
for single lanes and reduced speed again this
week. project affecting traffic. Expect delays and VT 125 in Ripton will have reduced lanes “The Red-light Ramblers” - think no red
lane closures in this work zoneMontpelier: and portable traffic lights affecting traffic light can stop them.
I-91 Northbound in Lyndon, the right lane
More wrap up on Elm Street/VT12 this from the Middlebury town line to Old Town
and shoulder will be closed for ledge removal. “The Brake Bunnies” - one foot on the break
week. Work hours are 7am to 9pm. Expect Road. There will be slope repair projects that
The left lane southbound in Springfield will at all times. Slows down for wind, leaves and
alternating one-lane traffic. Day work will last through October.
be closed, affecting traffic. Rockingham an occasional bug.
on Northfield Street this week. Expect VT 73 in Rochester has a project slowing
bridges northbound and southbound are
alternating one-lane traffic and delays in “Work Zone Zombies” can’t be bothered
reduced to one lane this week. Slow down traffic. Motorists should expect alternating
both work zones. to slow down in work zones. Watch out for
and use caution in these work zones. one-lane traffic and delays in this work zone.
them ‘cause they sure aren’t watching out for
VT 14/South Main Street in Barre gets some US 7 in Brandon has a long-term construction
Around the State you. Please be careful out there.
clean up, bridge joint and rail crossing work project going on until February shut down.
US 2 from Williston to South Burlington and this week. Work hours are 7pm to 6am. Brent Curtis is the Public Outreach Coordinator
Expect delays.
VT 2A in Williston will have more nighttime Expect alternating one-lane traffic and delays for the Agency of Transportation. Brent.curtis@
work between 7pm and 6am. There should in all work zones. US 4 in Rutland has paving, ditching and vermont.gov
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'All Walks of Life' Need a Little Help from the Food Pantry by Steven M. Cliche and Michael Bielawski
MONTPELIER – From the front of the building the Trinity Methodist Church looks big issue.”
quiet on a Thursday morning, but in the back of the building and down in the basement, She also notes that a good portion of the people the pantry serves are employed, although
food pantry volunteers are bustling around and helping those in need gather items for on occasion she will hear the lost-job story. “A lot of times it’s just people aren’t getting
their next several meals. enough hours. It’s really hard to get full-time work and a lot of people are just patching
Even while the big news headlines have Wall Street highs and unemployment lows, locally together part-time gigs the best they can.”
it appears that people from all types of backgrounds and situations need the extra boost. Mary Roehm is both a volunteer at the pantry and a patron. When asked about the
“We never have enough food,” pantry worker Larry Masure says. “We can always use types of people who use the pantry, she says “I use the pantry, frankly, I’m retired and
some more because there are a huge number of families that need food.” unemployed, so I use it for myself."
Masure considers the work of the pantry as a supplement to the church-led community Roehm worked as a professor of arts and ran the ceramics department at SUNY New
meals that occur throughout the city. Trinity Methodist Church does their community Paltz in upstate New York.
meal on Thursdays. She says one of the great things about working at the pantry is getting to see
Like many at the pantry, Masure works on an entirely volunteer basis. He notes that one the community support that they get, including notable donations from places like
of the issues they often encounter is that some people don’t know how to prepare the Cumberland Farms and Shaw’s.
foods that the pantry offers, so they have a volunteer come in most Thursdays to help “I can go into Shaw’s and I can see what’s on sale, and I know that’s what the pantry's
teach some basics in preparing meals. going to get after the sale."
Montpelier Food Pantry program coordinator Jaime Bedard notes, “It’s really great Roehm also notes that help is coming from the Montpelier community, and that those
working with volunteers in the community, and I like hanging out at the pantry and who have the means to do so are shopping for the pantry and donating selected items
getting to know everybody.” that the pantry needs.
Bedard, who has a background in public health, including work for food justice, the “Everybody is different,” she says of the people who utilize the pantry. “There are so many
Women with Infants and Children program (WIC), and other social programs, runs the different people, you can’t just assume that there’s just one kind of person like just the
Montpelier Food Shelf under the umbrella program Just Basics. She also helps coordinate homeless or something like that, it’s everyone in the community.”
another program called Summer Meals for Kids.
She says walking around town makes it easier to realize there’s a need in the community.
When asked what some of the most common scenarios that lead people to use the pantry
are, Bedard says transportation problems seem to be a major issue. “I realized that because I’m walking I see more,” she said. “When you're driving you don’t
notice because the people are invisible. Only they are not invisible. They are wonderful
“One of the most common ones is the car breaking down. You can’t get to work and you people from all walks of life who are just at a point where they need some help and I am
lose income and it costs a lot of money to fix a car. I feel like transportation is really a very happy that we are there to help them."

Senior Hunger Issues/Meals on Wheels/FEAST by Steven M. Cliche and Michael Bielawski
According to Mary Hayden, the Director of Development the council is facing a rising funding deficit of $20,000 5% across the board.” She adds that the need seems to
and Communications for the Central Vermont Council for the past two fiscal years. “We have noticed that the be associated with advancing ages of the baby boomer
On Aging (CVCOA), feeding Vermont's seniors in need meal sites are asking for more and more food, and we're generation. Currently Vermont is fourth in the nation on
represents a variety of unique challenges. “The difficulty doing our best to keep up.” the list of states with a population of 65 and older. With
is you have someone who is 85 or older who isn't able to The Montpelier Senior Activity Center is one such this number expected to rise exponentially in the coming
travel to a meal or prepare a meal for themselves.” Hayden's site, which features what it calls the FEAST program. years, the concern for how to feed those who can’t feed
further concern is that this increased vulnerability to Communitay meals are served Tuesdays and Fridays from themselves is growing as well.
hunger is compounded by the depression that comes from noon to 1 pm, with an option to take the meal 'to go.' While the current number of seniors in central Vermont
being isolated and immobile. The program also ensures that up to seven meals a week who are unable to reach out is unknown, Sanderson
The weight of social isolation and loneliness is heavy on are delivered to seniors who are unable to travel or leave estimates that FEAST delivers to 45–50 people in
seniors, with increased mortality, severe health issues, their homes. the Montpelier and Berlin areas. FEAST hosts an all-
and increased mental illness all being issues linked to In July of this year the city reached an agreement to volunteer staff of approximately 75 people, who help with
those who are confined at home. The CVCOA, which is transition the reins of the program from the Montpelier everything from setting up for daily meals to delivering
the largest funding source for senior meal sites in central Food Shelf – Just Basics to the Senior Activity Center. them to those in need. Of the staff, Sanderson praises,
Vermont, is taking on these challenges by ensuring that FEAST program manager Jessica Sanderson sees this as “They make magic. They make it happen.”
they reach out to seniors with their Meals On Wheels a win for everyone involved. “It was a drain on (the food If you are a senior or a senior caregiver in need, contact
program. shelf's) very limited resources,” she said, adding that, the Central Vermont Council on Aging's Senior Helpline
“We've delivered over 155,000 meals over the past two “it was time for the city to take it back so we can better at 1-800-642-5119 or visit their website at cvcoa.org for
years in Washington county alone,” says Hayden, who concentrate on our seniors.” more information. You can also contact the FEAST office
mentions that these numbers have come at a time when Since then she notes, “We've seen a need increase of about directly at 802-262-6288.

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Post 3 Welcomes Legion National Commander Denise Rohan to Montpelier
by Nat Frothingham

Denise Rohan. Photos by Michael Jermyn

A
large crowd of members and friends of American Turning to her own groundbreaking role as the first care of.”
Legion Post 3 gathered for dinner on October woman to serve as National Commander in the almost In her short speech to the Post 3 audience, she began
23 to welcome Denise Rohan, the first-ever 100-year history of the American Legion, she offered this by describing what it was like to be elected National
woman elected to serve as American Legion wry comment, “I jokingly said they were waiting for me.” Commander, saying, “It’s scary, but it’s a great honor.
National Commander. Rohan was elected to the post on There may be some truth in that. Perhaps the American They had to make an adjustment to have a woman as
August 24, 2017, at the Legion’s national convention in Legion was waiting for her. But still, Rohan worked very National Commander.”
Reno, Nevada. hard to secure election as National Commander. “Two Rohan has established “Family First” as the theme for her
Post 3 Legion member Ron Waggoner, who organized years campaigning for a one-year job,” she said. one-year term. As she explored the idea of family and
the October 23 chicken-and-biscuit welcome for Denise Rohan hails from the Middle West. She was born in talked of veterans caring for other veterans, she gave this
Rohan, said he had set up the dinner for 82 people. “This McGregor, Iowa, then lived in Elkader, Iowa. example. “If you are in a rural town, you might be the only
is one of the biggest crowds we will have this year,” said In 1974, she joined the U.S. Army and took her basic military person there.”
Waggoner. training at Fort McClellan, Alabama. Talking about soldiers facing deployment, she said, “They
The American Legion was started in Paris in 1918 by “I was a quartermaster,” she said about her Army career. aren’t worried about what they are facing overseas.” What
World War I veterans, many of whom were still suffering An American Legion biographical narrative provides these they’re really worried about is the family they leave
from shell shock. Today’s American Legion – some two- additional details, “She served on active duty as a stock behind. “Just make sure my family is okay.” That’s their
million-members strong – represents veterans who served control and accounting specialist and repair part specialist chief concern, she said.
America during a combat era. course instructor at Fort Lee, Virginia, until her honorable Rohan told her Legion Post 3 audience about a little girl
During a short break after dinner but before she spoke to discharge in 1976.” who was the oldest of three children. Their father had
the Legion Hall crowd, Rohan talked briefly with The In 1984, she joined the American Legion, and since then been deployed, and this little girl was trying to “step up”
Bridge. “I just really believe in this organization,” she said both she and her husband have risen through the Legion and be brave and be an example to her younger siblings.
at the outset, “because of the Legion’s commitment to ranks. According to Rohan, the little girl was in the audience
make sure that vets are taken care of.” In civilian life, Rohan worked for the University of when a Gold Star father talked about losing his son. She
Rohan, who has been travelling and speaking to American Wisconsin (Madison) as the assistant bursar of student began to cry and couldn’t stop crying.
Legion members since her August 24 election, has visited loans until her retirement in 2012. Ultimately, as her
Texas, Kansas, Indiana, New Hampshire, Maine, and now duties grew, Rohan managed a complicated student loan Said Rohan, the little girl had not lost her father. But she
Vermont. portfolio, not just on behalf of the University of Wisconsin felt pressure to take care of her brother and sister. And
She hit on four areas of concern that define the Legion’s at Madison but also for the University of Wisconsin at hearing the Gold Star father talk about his son who didn’t
current mission. Green Bay and also the University of Wisconsin colleges. come back made the little girl fear that her father might
First, veterans affairs and rehab; That overall student loan portfolio, with 200 different not come back. She had been suppressing these thoughts
Second, national security; federal, institutional, and state programs amounted to in taking care of her younger brother and sister. But
Third, what she called “Americanism.” And Rohan’s idea $120 million. hearing from a father who had lost a son made her think
of Americanism includes reminding vets of their duties as During her interview with The Bridge, she noted that of her own father and she couldn’t help crying.
American citizens, to both exercise their democratic rights today’s military consists of 38 percent women. “They are “We make sure that little girl and her family get
and to vote. going into combat. They are serving alongside their male counseling,” said Rohan. “It’s okay to be afraid that your
And fourth, children and youths – reaching out to children counterparts,” she said. dad might not come home.”
and youths through such activities as Boys’ and Girls’ She also talked of vets who have repeatedly answered their “I’m proud of the American Legion,” Rohan said as her
State, American Legion baseball, and American Legion country’s call. “Some of them have been deployed six or talk concluded. “This is what we do. That’s who we are.”
scholarships. seven times,” she said. “We have to be sure they are taken

Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce to Offer Seminar on Human Resources
Advocacy also means supporting the and services. Another way the Chamber will be presented by attorney Caroline Litigation Division of the Vermont
region’s economy by promoting our very advocates on behalf of the business Earle of the Montpelier Law Office of Attorney General’s Office. She is an
healthy tourism sector. The Chamber community is to provide educational Caroline S. Earle, PLC., who will help adjunct professor at Vermont Law School.
attends tourism trade shows and events opportunities. Last month, the topic for businesses navigate the myriad laws and Earle has practiced in Vermont and federal
to entice visitors to come to Central our newest program, “Chamber $marts regulations that fall under state and federal courts and administrative forums for the
Vermont, such as The New York Times and ¢ents,” was “Using Social Media to requirements. This seminar will focus on past twenty-three years.
Travel Writers Show, The Boston Globe Market Your Business.” the best ways to protect businesses in hiring “Legal HR Basics” will be presented in
Travel Show, and The Hartford Courant Most businesses in Central Vermont are and termination decisions. We will also the conference center of Beaulieu Place in
Travel Show. And we send out hundreds small and may not have a fully staffed explore the best ways to maintain a good Berlin on November 17, 2017, from 7:30
of tourism-fulfillment packages every human resources department. In fact, working relationship with employees, and am to 9:00 am. The cost for this important
year. We are advocates in the “shop local” more often than not, the company’s owner we will provide employer best practices seminar is $15 for chamber members and
arena. Our monthly Business-to-Business also serves as the head of human resources. in a nutshell. We will explore employee $20 for not-yet chamber members and
networking events bring on average 60 But owners may not always have the most handbooks and the information those includes a continental breakfast. You
attendees to after-hours business mixers, current information about changes in handbooks should contain. can register on-line at centralvt.com, by
all of whom are promoting their businesses HR law. Therefore, our next monthly Caroline Earle is the former Commissioner sending an email to info@centralvt.com, or
and services. Last week we held our annual “Chamber $marts and ¢ents” offering will of Human Resources for the State of by calling the Chamber at 802-229-5711.
“Business Expo,” which offered members be on “Legal HR Basics.” This program Vermont and was also Chief of the Civil
the opportunity to showcase their goods Continued on Page 23
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Opinion Hearts of Darkness by David F. Kelley

T rapping season started in Vermont this past Saturday
(October 27). It runs through March 31, 2018.
special consideration to conservation of wildlife species.”
There is nothing “humane” about a trap that snaps shut
with 90 pounds of pressure per square inch on the legs or
traditions. Torturing innocent wildlife is not a Vermont
tradition. If we are hunting an animal and we are going
to kill it—we do it with skill, care, and respect. Leaving
Most Vermonters don't pay much attention to trapping
season unless their dog or cat is one of the non-targeted head of a fox, bobcat, or dog, crushing arteries and leaving a frightened, panic-stricken animal suffering with injuries
animals that gets injured or killed by a leghold trap. But the animal panic-stricken and frightened, with broken and without food or water for days has nothing to do
those of us who live in rural Vermont and who appreciate bones and without food or water for days—until the with “Vermont traditions” or with simple decency for that
wildlife as one of the greatest gifts of being here should trapper comes along and puts it out of its misery or until matter.
consider why we continue to let these devices be used on it succumbs to an agonizing and prolonged death. In most The American Veterinary Association, the American
our wildlife. instances these animals are doing no harm to anyone. Animal Hospital Association, the World Veterinary
On the contrary, the presence of these wild and innocent Association, the Sierra Club, and even the National
On their website the Vermont Trappers Association (VTA) creatures is one of the great joys of living in a rural state.
says their mission is, “Conserving wildlife and preserving Animal Control Association all strongly oppose the
Subjecting even coyotes that are harassing livestock to leghold trap. Common sense would dictate that, at a
our outdoor heritage for future generations of outdoorsmen these cruel and sadistic traps is unconscionable.
and women.” To see how they are “conserving wildlife” minimum, trappers be required to place signs or warnings
and “preserving our outdoor heritage,” go to YouTube and One of the arguments I hear most often from trappers is about where they have set these traps, especially when
Google “Vermont trappers.” If what you see there is part that the people who are opposed to leghold and conibear traps are set near hiking trails. Common sense would also
of “our outdoor heritage,” then we should all be ashamed. traps are all “flatlanders” who don't understand Vermont dictate that trappers report trapping a pet. But there are
The trappers in those videos are doing as much for traditions. I have lived in Vermont almost all of my life no such requirements.
conservation as Kim Jong-Un is doing for human rights. (I spent three years away in law school and five years Article 18 of the Colorado Constitution is even better
in Montana, where I often helped a respected hunting than those simple, common sense reforms. It says: “It
The VTA's website goes on to say that their mission is guide). My father was the Deputy Commissioner of
also “Providing trapper education, emphasizing the most shall be unlawful to take wildlife with any leghold trap,
Agriculture and an avid hunter. My grandfather was any instant-kill body-gripping design trap, or by poison or
humane techniques in harvesting furbearers, and giving the State Treasurer. I know something about Vermont snare in the state of Colorado.”

Opinion Repeal Vermont’s Certificate of Need Law by Rob Roper

K
evin Mullin, chairman of the Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB), appeared The cost of healthcare isn’t just what it costs for a given set of procedures, because you
on the WDEV radio program “Open Mike” (10/11/17) to discuss Certificate of can hold that constant, but if people had more use of those procedures you can still have
Need (CON) laws in the wake of a controversy regarding Copley Hospital and rising healthcare costs.
their highly successful orthopedic surgery center. Copley is, apparently, generating too It’s not the cost of the procedure that’s driving up cost, it’s the number of patients
much revenue as the result of being highly efficient, performing more surgeries (they have utilizing the procedure. Sure. 2 x 10 = 20 and 3 x 10 = 30. This is what was happening at
not raised prices) and delivering what is recognized as superior service and outcomes for Copley. But if three people need a procedure, the way the GMCB will go about “bending
their patients. In the screwy world of CON laws, this is bad. the cost curve” is to make sure only two people get it. Rationing.
CON laws essentially require a special permission slip from the government, in Vermont’s And then there’s cronyism.
case the Green Mountain Care Board, to start providing or to expand healthcare services.
CON laws are supposed to control costs by limiting access to care and are a malignant Although the original intent of CON laws was to prevent the “overbuilding” of healthcare
anachronism with roots in a failed federal healthcare policy of the 1970s. Most states have infrastructure, the unfortunate misuse of the laws, where they continue to exist, has been
done away with CON laws for good reason: they don’t work. In fact, they make every to block competition from taking business away from the politically favored. Mullin
important aspect of healthcare demonstrably worse. laments,
States that have ditched their CON laws have on average lower healthcare costs, better What I have concerns about is when hospitals – and they hate it when I use this term…
health outcomes for patients, and greater access to care. Vermont, however, as one might -- “poach” on another hospital.
suspect, subjects more aspects of the healthcare industry (30) to the CON process than What Mullin calls “poaching” is, by another name, healthy competition -- one provider
any other state. The results: as a recent study by the Kaiser Foundation determined, attracts customers by providing better outcomes, lower cost, and shorter wait times. This
between 1991 and 2014 hospital expenditures in Vermont have increased faster than in is the case at Copley, where the orthopedic surgical center has earned an outstanding
any other state in the U.S. That’s a pretty epic fail for a policy that’s supposed to keep reputation, and patients want to get their care there. Other examples of healthy
hospital expenditures in check. competition include Vermont MRI, which had to get a CON to provide a cheaper
So, why do we still have CON laws? There are no good reasons. But the bad reasons are alternative for medical imaging, and the new surgical center in Colchester, which had to
cronyism and that Vermont’s guiding principal regarding healthcare today is to ration spend $250,000 and waste years going through the CON process.
access to it. The opposite of the “poaching” scenario is government picking winners and losers, which
Politicians will deny that their goal is to ration access to care, but here’s what Mullin said is what we have now. And, to paraphrase Napoleon, government is on the side of the
when asked why we need a GMCB: biggest lobbying firms. This is why instead of rewarding Copley Hospital for exceptional
efficiency and superior quality and using it as a model example to others, the GMCB is
We are the regulators… we have to be the ones who are putting the brakes on utilization. instead threatening to revoke Copley’s CON altogether. Is it any wonder our healthcare
And so that is our role. system is a mess of rising costs and increasing wait times?
“Putting the brakes on utilization.” That’s rationing. It means denying care to someone It’s time to subject our CON laws and the Green Mountain Care Board to a Certificate
who thinks they need it. Maybe they do, maybe they don’t, but is a six-member panel of of Need process. I think we’ll find we don’t need either of them.
politically appointed bureaucrats in Montpelier really who we want making that decision?
Mullin further reinforces the rationing argument when he says: Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute.
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Holistic School of Business Opens A Note of Thanks
New Headquarters in Montpelier and
Announces Free Community Workshops On behalf of The Bridge — thanks to our readers and friends
who have contributed to our current Fall 2017 fundraising
campaign.

J
ason Pugliese, President and Founder of the Holistic School of Business, has announced
two new developments at the school. First, the School has re-opened in new headquarters
at 27 State Street in downtown Montpelier right above Capitol Grounds Café. This year, thanks to long-time friend of the paper David
Kelley, anyone who makes a contribution to The Bridge of
And second, the School is offering a series of four community workshop on Tuesday evenings $100 or more will receive two tickets to attend a concert
beginning on Tuesday, November 7. These workshops are free of charge. by singer/songwriter David Mallett on Saturday evening,
The subject of the November 7 workshop will be “Craft Your Bold Business Vision” and will December 9, at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier.
take place at the School’s new headquarters space above Capitol Grounds.
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it has trained and coached hundreds of Vermont business owners and helped them grow their it to this address: The Bridge, P.O. Box 1143, Montpelier, VT
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In describing the effectiveness of the Holistic School of Business, Pugliese discussed a client The entire proceeds from the David Mallett (December 9)
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Disaster Relief in Puerto Rico (cont. from p. 3)
closed. Some of the teams were carrying lots need, they would send out two or three people these communities about what they needed aftermath rather than injuries directly caused
of supplies and heavy equipment and heavy to investigate to see what the community and try to find ways to get it there. It was, for by the storm.
vehicles and couldn’t get through because the needed and then send a bigger team with more want of a better term, ‘entrepreneurial’ disaster But he gave as an example of a health issue
roads were not safe.” resources out the next day. “It was inefficient relief.” he said. linked directly to the hurricane communities
“San Juan seemed a normal tourist area, but 20 that were downstream from a dam. Authorities
minutes outside San Juan there were hundreds thought the dam was going to fail because the
and hundreds of people in shelters and flooded- alarm malfunctioned, and they released the
out homes,” he said. water in the reservoir. This is an area with a lot
No Centralized Control of cattle, and water with cow manure flooded
the houses downstream.
Many of the other nurses had been on relief
missions in the past, including ones to Cuba. Everyone was trying to clean up as best they
They told Serota-WInston that Cuba has a could, but it was clear that they were living
robust disaster relief response and a robust in this filthy area and people were starting
primary care system and they regularly drill and to get sick. They didn’t really have access
practice. While Serota-Winston does not claim to the resources they needed to prevent
to be an expert on Puerto Rico, it was clear to communicable disease.
him that there was little centralized command Breakdown of the Health Care System
and control and little ability to gather data or The official death count from Maria is 16.
track the recovery. He saw no indications of a (Above) A water distribution line in Cubuy, Puerto Rico, a mountainous community Serota-Winston takes issue with that because
robust public health infrastructure. 45 minutes outside San Juan. Photo by Jason Serota-Winston.
of the second medical issue, the breakdown of
“Everything is disrupted,” said Serota-Winston. the health care system.
“Everything feels like it takes longer than it “Many people in Puerto Rico have chronic
should,” he added. “A medical triage process health problems,” he said. “There are high rates
that should take 4 hours takes 16 because of of diabetes, high rates of hypertension. It is not
bad roads, finding the needed resources, and dissimilar to rural areas around Vermont.”
problems with coordination.” And in many cases those health issues are
And getting the aid to where it is needed is a well managed. “People have a primary care
major problem because of the variability. Relief physician, they have appropriate prescriptions.
is well organized in some towns and very poor But now all of a sudden the doctor’s office is
or nonexistent in others. gone. And their prescriptions are running out.
“One of my big concerns is that people are So suddenly someone who was able to control
relying on drinking water being delivered by their diabetes with oral medication can no
aid groups,” he said. “But what if that does longer do that. What happens to them?” he
not continue as robustly in the days to come? said.
There is already an outbreak of leptospirosis [a He went on, “Or somebody suffers heat
disease caused by animal urine in the water; exhaustion just because they cannot get
76 cases had been reported at the time Serota- enough clean water to drink or they cannot get
Winston left Puerto Rico].” into air conditioning—this is often a problem
In Cubuy, Puerto Rico, the roof is missing from the house of a bed-bound elderly
“Most people are using contaminated water with the very young and the very old. We were
man suffering from a progressive neurological disease. The medical team visited this
only for washing clothes or bathing and not to seeing a lot of that.”
family assess him and deliver food and water. The patient's family was providing him
drink. As time goes on what happens to those extremely high-quality care. Photo by Jason Serota-Winston. He added, “And we were hearing anecdotally
people without reliable sources of clean water that as pharmacies were reopening they were
or electricity in a tropical climate?” he added. Direct Medical Impacts of the Storm only accepting cash because electronically they
‘Entrepreneurial’ Disaster Relief and based on hearsay,” he said. could not run credit cards or they could not fill
Serota-Winston identified three categories prescriptions because they could not connect
“When we arrived we found that the greatest That can be rife with problems he pointed of medical issues that were of concern to
out. “But the good part is that it is really with the health insurance systems.”
needs were not in San Juan,” said Serota- the medical professionals. There were health-
Winston. “The greatest needs were out in the up to you to say, okay, this is not the best related issues directly related to the hurricane. He pointed out that there is a lot of poverty, so
countryside. But where to begin? So we began disaster relief scenario. Once you’ve accepted There were health issues from the breakdown if people can’t get the insurance companies to
asking municipal employees in San Juan if that fact, you say ‘What can we do?’ We of the health care system. And there was the pay for the prescriptions, they probably are not
they had family on the island and what were were all working together; doctors, nurses, psychological trauma of the disaster. going to get the medications.
they hearing.” truck drivers, carpenters, and we all used those A lot of what his team was doing was trying
specific skills at different times, but mostly it He said that they were there two weeks after
If a team heard a story of a community in the storm, so mostly they were dealing with the to find people the appropriate medication or
was the willingness to listen to the people in a give them a new prescription they could get
filled. “So really it was basic primary care stuff
where the system is not up and recovered yet,
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“ he said. “I think that if people suffer from that had managed to buy a generator so they had air conditioning.
or die of their condition because of that it is “But these are all variations on what the new normal is,” he said, “Because things are no longer
definitely hurricane related.” the same as they were before the storm. And that is true for almost everybody. I definitely felt a
Storm-related Psychological Trauma lot of empathy for the people there.”
Then there was the psychological trauma. The Human-to-Human Connection
According to Serota-Winston the most common Something that surprised Serota-Winston in doing relief work is that it is not just providing
issue was that people just wanted to get checked needed medical treatment.
out. They knew that their son or daughter had
had some disease in the past year and they “I think one of the things I didn’t appreciate before I went there was that if you work in the
wanted to make sure it hadn’t come back, or emergency room or the intensive care unit, you focus on what the person needs first and you
they had a history of diabetes or hypertension triage—you know, airway, breathing, circulation, and so forth. I really felt that showing caring
and they wanted it checked out to make sure to the people down there, giving them emotional support, giving them food, giving them water,
they were okay. not only because they needed it but simply because they deserved it as human beings was equally
important to anything else we were doing. That I did not expect.”
There was also a lot of surprise among people
that there was anyone there at all who cared. “I And many of the residents made it clear to him that the caring was just as important to them
would say that was one of the more common as anything else. “That made a real impression on me—that human-to-human connection of
A family in this village is living in respect and caring, of being deserving simply because you are alive and you are a person,” he said.
reactions,” he said. “Shock from the residents
the porch because it was the only
room with a roof. They had two on the island that there was anyone who would “My politics are definitely on the left side of the spectrum, but while I was there I felt very
disabled children, one of whom come there to express concern about them, to unpolitical because political views are irrelevant. I think all the relief workers felt that way
was suffering from dehydration check on them.” regardless of what their politics were. We wanted to go to where the people had the least and
and malnutrition. Photo by Jason Where’s FEMA? needed the most and get whatever we could to them. And it wasn’t a political critique. It wasn’t a
Serota-Winston (pictured below). political point. It was just a very human impulse.”
And what about FEMA? “I really don’t know
about FEMA,” said Serota-Winston. “I did see Disaster is Preventable
a couple of FEMA people and tried to talk to After his two weeks in Puerto Rico, when he got off the plane in Burlington, Serota-Winston said
them to find out what their perspective was, he felt emotional and angry. And he continues to feel that way.
and I did see some FEMA posters.
“I am angry because everything you are seeing in Puerto Rico is preventable,” he said.
“To say it was unclear to me what FEMA was
The hurricane is not preventable, but, he added, “The infrastructure damage and recovery are
doing is the most charitable I can be,” he said.
under human control. It’s all a matter of where we put our resources and how we use them.
He noted that one of the things you saw None of the logistics are beyond the resources of this country. It is unnecessary for the suffering
driving around was that most cell phone towers to be prolonged and for the recovery to be inefficient. It’s about our country figuring out how
were out, so anywhere there was cell service to accomplish it as quickly and efficiently as possible and paying the necessary amount. I don’t
there would be hundreds of cars parked along think we are there yet.”
the road because people could contact their
Appreciation for Logistical Expertise
families.
Would he do it again?
“FEMA has a 15-page application for aid that
they prefer people to fill out online, and that “I have never done this before but I wanted to,” said Serota-Winston.”
seemed a remarkably bad systems design for Some of the people at his hospital have gone on other relief trips. There is in fact a nurse-based
a place that has suffered such a collapse of disaster response network, The Registered Nurse Response Network, and many of the people who
infrastructure,” he said. were in Puerto Rico belong to that network.
He pointed out that, to be fair, FEMA had gatherings where people could fill out applications. “I was very impressed with them,” he said. “So if I went again, I would probably apply to be
His team went to many of these gatherings to look for people who needed help. “But your hope part of their team. It’s part of the California Nurses Association. It’s a separate nongovernmental
for a situation like this is that you are going to see FEMA everywhere, and that really wasn’t the organization. You apply ahead of time. They train you, and they keep a database of people’s
case.” he said. experience.”
Concern for the Future He did not know how long the network has been around, but he heard they have deployed
Serota-Winston is concerned about Puerto Rico in the immediate future. 20,000 nurses. “They went to Sandy, they went to Houston, they went to Standing Rock; they’ve
gone both inside and outside the country, Serota-Winston said. “I like the idea of an ongoing
“I think it will get worse,” he said. “If fatigue sets in over the relief effort, or there isn’t a steady
organization. My understanding is that this is the first time my union tried to mobilize health
stream of bottled water, or the infrastructure doesn’t get repaired in a timely manner so there is
care professionals to go on relief efforts. I think that is a good thing, but I respect organizations
clean drinking water, the potential is there for things to get worse.”
that do it all the time and have logistical expertise.”
He met one family whose house only had the bathroom left standing. He met an old man who
was living in a shed because his house was knocked down. He met others who were better off and
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C a l e n d a r o f E ve n t s
Performing
RSVP: info@hungermountain.coop
Community First Friday Folk Dancing. Nancy Schulz will
supply the music and the instructions. Learn
THEATER, DANCE,
Events dances from a variety of countries; the mix will
include circle, line and couple dances. 6:30–8:30
p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre
Arts STORYTELLING, COMEDY
Nov. 2–4, 9–11: “The Idiot’s Tale.” An aging
actor living in a nursing home deludes himself into
St., Montpelier. $3-5 suggested donation. 223- thinking he is performing on stage before an audience. A play by Vermont playwright Tom Blachly.
Events happening 2518. 7:30 p.m. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. $12; students and seniors $10. 229-
November 2–18 5290. blachly@together.net.
SATURDAY, NOV. 4 Nov. 4: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. Lineup: Kathleen Kanz, Jared Hall, Sarah Summerlin,
Lindsay Haddad, Richard Bowen. Adult content. 8 p.m. DeMena’s, 44 Main St., Montpelier. $5.
THURSDAY, NOV. 2 Santa Workshop Sale. Christmas decorations
and gift shop, a collectibles corner, homemade Nov. 6: Performance Art as Public Art: Convergence of Community. Featuring master
The Trinity Community Thrift Store items, baked goods. 9–3 p.m. Waterbury Center mime and clown Rob Mermin, Lost Nation Theater Founding Artistic Director Kim Bent, and
“Christmas in November” Sale. Nov. 1–4. 10 Community Church, Rt. 100 (next to Cold dance artist Alana Phinney. Dinner provided to first 30 participants. 5:30 p.m. Montpelier City
a.m.–4 p.m. 137 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9155. Hollow Cider Mill), Waterbury Center. 244- Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. Reservations required: https://www.facebook.com/
Kids Cartooning Club. A six week program 8089. events/1890222384528669
for kids ages 8 to 12. Each session will start with The Trinity Community Thrift Store Nov. 9–12: “Antigone: Red Feed, Blue Feed.” The student theater troupe at Johnson State
a mini-lesson or drawing challenge and then “Christmas in November” Sale. Nov. 1–4. 10 College will stage a nontraditional production of Sophocles’ Greek tragedy. Nov. 9–11, 7 p.m.; Nov.
kids will free draw and create their own comics. a.m.–4 p.m. 137 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9155. 12, 2 p.m. Johnson State College, Dibden Center for the Arts, Johnson. $10 (cash only). Reserve
Supplies and snacks provided. 3–4:30 p.m. tickets: jscboxoffice@jsc.edu or 635-1476 ext. 11.
Jaquith Public Library, School St., Marshfield. Hunger Mountain Co-op Community Food
426-3581 and Wellness Fair. Food, drink and wellness Nov. 9–11: Spaulding High School Drama Club presents “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Learn
product samples from our Co-op vendors. the backstory of everyone’s favorite Lost Boy in this fantasy play with music! 7:30 p.m. Spaulding
Hunger Mountain Co-op Annual Member- Local wellness practitioners and holistic healers High School Auditorium, 155 Ayers St., Barre. Adults $10; students/staff/seniors $5.
Owner Meeting. Dinner, music and raffles at offering mini-sessions of their services, including
our Annual Meeting! Learn about the state of our acupuncture and reiki. This family-friendly event Nov. 11: Dance: Works in Progress. by faculty and students at Contemporary Dance and Fitness
Co-op and take part in the conversation! This will also have face painting with Shirley from Studio. 7–8:30 p.m. 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. Suggested donation: adults $10; kids $5. 229-4676.
year the Council recommends two changes to Face Mania. 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Montpelier City
the Co-op’s Bylaws. You must be present to vote.
5–8 p.m. Montpelier City Hall, 39 Main St.,
Hall, 39 Main St., Montpelier. Free. AUDITIONS
Peacham Corner Guild Annual Christmas Nov. 4: Open Auditions for “Macbeth.” The production will be directed by Tom Blachly. You
Montpelier RSVP: http://hungermountain.coop/ may prepare a short audition piece. You may also be called on to read a monologue or scene(s) from the
Community/News/tabid/148/entryid/576/free- Show. Featuring small antiques, fine handcrafted
gifts, specialty foods, ornaments, invited artists. play. 1–5 p.m. Plainfield Community Center (above the Plainfield Co-op), 153 Main St., Plainfield.
dinner-and-annual-member-owner-meeting.aspx 229-5290. Play to be performed March 15–18, 22–25.
10 a.m.–3 p.m. Upstairs at the Peacham Town
Telling Your Business Story — Marketing Hall.
on a Shoe String. How to get the word out
about your business. Part of the Business Non-Violent Activism for Youth Workshop For more event listings and event details visit montpelierbridge.com
Building Blocks Networking Workshops. 6–8 at the Library. Join Kina and Kyle from the
p.m. Capstone Community Action, 20 Gable Peace & Justice Center to explore peace work Networking Opportunity for Teaching
Pl., Barre. Free. Register: 477-5214. mferguson@ through games, role-playing and more! This Artists. For artists who are interested in
workshop includes a focus on youth involvement
capstonevt.org.
in movements and campaigns. 1–4 p.m. Kellogg-
teaching or those already working in schools. Get
increased access to educational opportunities,
TUESDAY, NOV. 7
Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. resources, and a community of colleagues. Vermont Quit Partners Smoking Cessation
FRIDAY, NOV. 3 223-3338. 4–5:30 p.m. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 workshop begins. Gifford Health Care and
Towards Net Zero Home Tour: 17 First Hardwick St., Greensboro. info@wonderartsvt. Vermont Blueprint for Health will offer a free,
Santa Workshop Sale. Nov. 3–4. Christmas
Ave, Montpelier. Visit the Snell Home to org. 533-9370 four-week Vermont Quit Partners Smoking
decorations and gift shop, a collectibles corner,
learn how your neighbors are taking action to Cessation workshop for people who want to stop
homemade items, baked goods. 9–5 p.m. Community Song Circles. First Sun. of each
reduce their energy use and use renewable energy smoking or using chewing tobacco. 5:30–6:30
Waterbury Center Community Church, Rt. 100 month. We use the popular songbooks Rise Up
using solar thermal, solar photovoltaics, and a p.m. Gifford Conference Center, 44 S. Main St.,
(next to Cold Hollow Cider Mill), Waterbury Singing and Rise Again. Bring your copies if you
deep energy retrofit. 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Free; no Randolph. 728-7714
Center. 244-8089. have them; books will also be available to borrow
reservations required. or purchase. 6–8 p.m. Community Center for EMF, Screen Time, and Your Health. How
The Trinity Community Thrift Store
Fit to a T. With Dr. Elizabeth Ames, MD, Arts and Learning, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. smart phones, wifi and other tech devices impact
“Christmas in November” Sale. Nov. 1–4. 10
an orthopedic surgeon from the University of Free; donations welcome. www.cal-vt.org our health and what you can do to protect
a.m.–4 p.m. 137 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9155.
Vermont Medical Center. Program includes yourself. 6–7 p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op
Peacham Corner Guild Annual Christmas Harpoon Friendsgiving. Multi-course meal community room, Montpelier. Free. RSVP:
Show. Nov. 3–4. Featuring small antiques, fine fracture prevention, bone health, osteoporosis and with beer pairings. 6 p.m. The Harpoon Riverbed
making informed decisions. 1 p.m. Community info@hungermountain.coop
handcrafted gifts, specialty foods, ornaments, Taps and Beer Garden, 336 Ruth Carney Dr.,
National Bank community room, Derby. www. Windsor. $55 benefits the Vermont Foodbank. Towards Net Zero Home Tour: 8 McKinley
invited artists. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Upstairs at the
BetterBonesNEK.org St, Montpelier. Visit the Carlson Home to learn
Peacham Town Hall.
how your neighbors are taking action to reduce
Death Café. Discussions of events past, present
and future. All are welcome and discussions are SUNDAY, NOV. 5 MONDAY, NOV. 6 their energy use and use renewable energy using
Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane weatherization, solar thermal, solar photovoltaics,
confidential. 11:45–1 p.m. Twin Valley Senior EarthWalk Community Day & Harvest and geothermal heating. 6:30 p.m. Free; no
Center, Rt. 2, E. Montpelier. 223-3322. Documentary. Film & Discussion with Reuben
Celebration. Nature games, fireside crafts, Jackson. Set against the social, political and reservations required.
Scientific Aromatherapy. Learn how to earth skills, storytelling and more! 11 a.m.–3 cultural landscape of the times, Chasing Trane Introduction to Books on Death and Dying
navigate the many misconceptions of the p.m. Harvest soupe and earth oven baked bread, brings saxophone great John Coltrane to life, as and Book Discussion Groups. A collaboration
aromatherapy world. Sample and learn about the 1 p.m. Hawthron Meadow on Goddard College a man and an artist. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard with Kellogg-Hubbard Library and MSAC to
top 10 aromatherapy uses and benefits. 5:30–7 Campus, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. Free. 454- Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338 offer book discussion groups that will expand
p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. 8500.

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Visual Arts Through Nov. 18: Show 21 at The Front.
Contemporary Vermont artists, including guest
artist Alisa Dworsky. The Front, 6 Barre St.,
p.m. Aldrich Public Library, Milne Room, 6
Washington St., Barre. paletteers.us
reception: Nov. 2, 5–7 p.m. Art Talk Friday:
Dec. 1, 6 p.m. T.W. Wood Art Gallery, 46 Barre
St., Montpelier.
Through Dec. 29: Nick Neddo, Primeval
EXHIBITS Montpelier. www.thefrontvt.com. info@thefrontvt. Pigments. Original artwork created from Through Dec. 30: Vermont Landscapes.
Through Nov. 4: Studio Place Arts presents. com. 552-0877 wildcrafted media. Neddo makes every part of his 38 paintings by 18 artists, all of whom paint in
SPA, 201 N. Main St., Barre. 479-7069. Through Nov. 15: Nikki Eddy, The HiVE creations utilizing fibers, furs, berries, beeswax, Vermont, can be seen in the public spaces of the
studioplacearts.com FALL PORTAL Show. Vermont artist works mud, sticks and stones to create the tools of his Lamoille County Courthouse on the first and
Main floor: Rock Solid XVII – stone sculptures from her original photographs to paint bold creative process — paintbrushes, ink, charcoal, second floors. 154 Main St., Hyde Park. http://
and assemblages by area artists. abstract expressionistic works capturing sweeping paint, papers and pens. The works themselves are www.bryangallery.org/exhibitdetail.php?gallery=50
Second floor: Amended – Stitched collages by movement using minimal color palettes. The HiVE also crafted from homemade paints, inks, charcoals
Athena Petra Tasiopoulos. Through Dec. 31: John F. Parker, Assemblage
(next to the Red Hen Baking Co.), 961 Route 2, and papers. Pavilion Office Building, 109 State
Third floor: We’re All Fine Here – Art. Sculptural wall pieces. White River Gallery,
Middlesex. 595-4866. www.thehivevt.com St., 5th Floor, Montpelier. Photo ID is required for
Contemporary papercut artwork by Molly 35 S. Windsor St., S. Royalton.
admission.
Bosley. Through Nov. 17: One Hundred Somethings.
Through Nov. 11: Michael Rocco Ruglio-
An exhibit of art by first-year students at Lyndon
State College. Opening reception: Nov. 9, 4–6
Through Dec. 29: Craig Mooney, Green
Mountain State of Mind. Landscape paintings
SPECIAL EVENTS
Misurell, Enough to Divide a Room. Sculptures that provide the viewer with a welcome escape to Nov. 2: Thursday Art Talk. With artist Gowri
p.m. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery at Johnson
and prints. Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., far-off environments. Vermont Supreme Court Savoor and arts consultant Amanda Golden. Lunch
State College. jsc.edu/Dibden. 635-1481.
Stowe. tp://www.helenday.com/exhibitions/ Gallery, 111 State St., Montpelier provided to the first 20 participants. Noon–1
upcoming/145-2017-michael-rocco-ruglio-misurell Through Dec. 15: Stephen Sharon, Color p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.,
Communication. Large abstract color paintings. Through Dec. 29: Cindy Griffith, Magic in Montpelier.
Through Nov. 11: Art of the Selfie. Photo- Pratt Gallery at Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., the Landscape. Inspired by nature, Griffith’s
based work by established, well-known and Nov. 2: Art Talk & Beers @ Buch Spieler.
Plainfield. 322-1604. artcommittee@goddard.edu work is characterized by amplified colors and
emerging artists. Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond Beer and wine, and dessert by Birchgrove Baking.
textures creating a magical-realism effect in
St., Stowe. Through Dec. 15: René Schall, New England 8–9 p.m. 27 Langdon St., Montpelier.
her representational art. The Common Space
Stone Portraits. Paintings. Morse Block Deli,
Through Nov. 11: Michelle Saffran, Gallery at River Arts, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. Nov. 6: Art Talk & Tacos. With arts consultant
260 N. Main St., Barre
Anonymity of In-Between: body, place and riverartsvt.org Amanda Golden. Lunch provided to the first 20
time. Photographic art. Axel’s Gallery and Frame Through Dec. 16: The Paletteers of VT participants. deMena’s Restaurant, 44 Main St.,
Through Dec. 30: August Burns & Heidi
Shop, 5 Stowe St., Waterbury. 244-7801. Fall Art Show. Reception: Nov. 7, 5:30–7 Montpelier.
Broner. New American realism. Opening

our thoughts and feelings about death and help and the variety of worldviews, experiences, and capstonevt.org. Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. $20 suggested
us connect and learn from others. 6:30–8 p.m. relationships to nature, the “body” and being that Fire: Remedies for Anxiety and Sleep. donation. eileen.jonesvt@gmail.com
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., they cultivate. 6–7:30 p.m. Hunger Mountain Anxiety and difficulty sleeping often occur
Montpelier. 223-2518. Co-op community room, Montpelier. Free. RSVP:
“The Social Black Bear, What Bears Have info@hungermountain.coop
when the body gets caught up in “static energy.”
Learn about Qi gong exercises, food remedies
SATURDAY, NOV. 11
Taught Me About Being Human.” Presented “I Am Not Your Negro” Film & Discussion. and acupressure techniques that you can All You Can Eat Hunters Breakfast Buffet.
by Bill Kilham. Black bears, thought to be solitary, One of the most acclaimed films of the year and safely use. 6–7 p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op Sausage, ham, bacon, eggs, SOS on biscuit,
have a different type of social behavior that an Oscar nominee for Best Documentary. A community room, Montpelier. Free. RSVP: info@ pancakes w/ maple syrup, home fries, toast and
possibly parallels early human behavior. 7 p.m. radical, up-to-the-minute examination of race in hungermountain.coop coffee. 5–11 a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center,
Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield. America. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Rt. 2, E. Montpelier. Adults $8; children 10 and
Kristallnacht “Night of Broken Glass.”
By donation. 454-8504 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338. under $5.
Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia 79 Years Ago—
Author Reading & Book Signing: “At the End Todd Lecture Series: Raymond W. Kelly. November 9-10, 1938. A short film on events that Granite City 5K Run/Walk for Veterans. All
of the World.” Join author Larry Millman as he Former New York City Police Commissioner led to the Holocaust. Discussion follows. Not proceeds go to Capstone Community Action’s
talks about his heartbreaking account of a series of and author of “Vigilance: A Life & Legacy in suitable for children. 6:30–7:45 p.m. Kellogg- services for Veterans in central Vermont. 9 a.m.–
obscure murders in the remote Belcher Islands and Public Service and Leadership.” 7 p.m. Norwich Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., East Montpelier noon. American Legion Post #10 and 20 Gable Pl.,
the ludicrous trial that followed. 7 p.m. Kellogg- University, Plumley Armory, Northfield. Free. Room, Montpelier. ivan.brown777@gmail.com. Barre. For more info. and to register: capstonevt.
Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 485-2633. org
Vermont’s Rural Culture with author Bill
223-3338. Vermont 2018: A Preview of Political Issues Schubart. Schubart’s latest novel, “Lila & Montpelier Memory Café. Second Sat. of the
and Solutions. A panel discussion featuring Theron” chronicles rural life in the last century. month. A social gathering where people in early
to mid-stage memory loss disorders, and their
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8 the ACLU of Vermont, VPIRG, and Rights and
Democracy of VT. who will explore the social,
We’ll discuss what changes you’ve seen in your
lifetimes, what bodes well, and what bodes ill for care partners, can come together to connect and
Grief and Bereavement Support Group. economic, and environmental justice issues America’s rural future. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard support one another in a relaxed, non-judgmental
Open to anyone who has experienced the death Vermonters can expect to see in 2018. 7:30 p.m. Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338. atmosphere. 10–11:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior
of a loved one. 10–11:30 a.m. CVHHH, 600 Maple Corner Community Center, 64 Center Rd., Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Liz
Granger Rd., Barre. Free. 223-1878. Calais. 456-8804 Dodd: 229-9630
The Politics of Sustainable Energy in FRIDAY, NOV. 10 Towards Net Zero Home Tour: 217 North
Vermont. With Former Legislator Tony Klein. Veterans Day Luncheon. Twin Valley Senior St, Montpelier. Visit the Schebaum Home to
Our energy future is a delicate balance between THURSDAY, NOV. 9 Center invites veterans for a free luncheon as a way learn how your neighbors are taking action to
the local need for power generation and local Kids Cartooning Club. See event description to say Thank You. 12:15 p.m. TVSC, Rt. 2, E. reduce their energy use and use renewable energy
control. An Osher Lifelong Learner Institute under Nov. 2 Montpelier. RSVP: 223-3322. in their new net-zero ready home. 10 a.m. Free; no
program. 1:30 p.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 JSC Faculty Lecture Series: Maria Wolff. Gratitude Can Make You Healthy, Happy, reservations required.
Washington St., Barre. www.learn.uvm.edu/osher “The Unwritten Language of Hula;” the language & Better. Learn why a regular gratitude
Fall Science Speaker Series Set at Johnson
State: Heather Pembrook. Pembrook
of the indigenous Hawaiian people. 4–5 p.m.
Johnson State College, Stearns Student Center
practice can make you healthier, happie and an
all-round better person! 5:30–7:30 p.m. Hunger
SUNDAY, NOV. 12
from Vermont Department of Environmental cinema, Johnson. http://www.jsc.edu/news-events/ Mountain Co-op community room, Montpelier. Shape Note Singing. A participatory a capella
Conservation talks about the effects of acid rain events/faculty-lecture-series/. $8 members; $10 non-members. RSVP: info@ singing form that originated in New England 225
on Vermont’s lakes. 4–5:15 p.m. Johnson State hungermountain.coop years ago and has been sung in Central Vermont
Record Keeping. Tame that paper; don’t miss
College, Bentley Hall, Room 207, Johnson. Free. for the past 40 or so years by folks intrigued by
any tax filing deadlines. Part of the Business “How To Be More In Love With the World,
http://jsc.edu/EHSseminars. the history of the form and those moved by the
Building Blocks Networking Workshops. 6–8 (In Spite of Everything)” A Public Talk on
haunting harmonies and spiritual nature of the
What Are You Really Practicing? Exploring p.m. Capstone Community Action, 20 Gable Meditative Themes and the Practice of Presence
words. Anyone is welcome, regardless of singing
the many different approaches to mindfulness Pl., Barre. Free. Register: 477-5214. mferguson@ with Michael Lipson, PhD. 7:30 p.m. Unitarian
experience. 2–5 p.m. Christ Church, 64 State St.,

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Calendar of Events Nov. 3–4: Factory-Direct Piano Sale Event. Benjamin Britten’s Simple Symphony, Op. 4 and

Live Music
Nov. 3: Joe Sabourin (acoustic) 5–7 p.m. No
cover; Barbie & Bones (rock cover band) 9 p.m. By appointment 10 a.m.–6 p.m. VCFA College Josef Suk’s Serenade in E flat major for Strings
$5. Hall, College St., Montpelier. 347-306-9642. Op.6. $20; students/seniors/members $10.
Nov. 4: EDM Night w/ Abstractivve, 9 p.m. $3. elevachamberplayers.org
Nov. 4: Michael T Jermyn CD Release Party.
VENUES Nov. 10: Elizabeth Renaud (acoustic) 5–7 p.m. No
cover; Cyn City (rock cover band) 9 p.m. $5.
For the album “Aristocratic Peasants Unite.”
Nov. 11: 7:30 p.m. United Church of Christ/
Waterbury Congregational Church, 8 N. Main
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. Other shows Singer-songwriter Michael T Jermyn with guitarist
Nov. 11: DJ Lafountaine (top 40) 9 p.m. $3. St., Waterbury
T.B.A. bagitos.com. Ethan Ryea and special guests. 6–8 p.m. Sweet
Nov. 17: Jeff Shelley (acoustic) 5–7 p.m. No cover; Nov. 12: 3 p.m. First Church Universalist, 19
Every Wed.: Open Mic Melissa’s, 4 Langdon St., Montpelier. No cover.
MIRAGE (rock cover band) 9 p.m. $5. Church St., Barre
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. Nov. 18: Latin/Salsa Dance party w/ Papi Javi, 9 Nov. 5: Mirth and Mystery: A Nordic Piano Nov. 11: Capital City Concerts presents The
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. p.m. $3. Trio Program. The Stellaria Trio kicks off its Music of J.S. Bach. Acclaimed soprano Hyunah
Every Tues.: Karaoke, 9 p.m–1 a.m. 2017-18 season with a spotlight on works by Yu returns with a stellar chamber ensemble
Positive Pie. 10 p.m. 22 State St., Montpelier. 229- Finnish, Norwegian and Danish composers. 3 including violinist Theodore Arm, cellist Edward
Every Tues.: Karaoke with DJ Vociferous, 9 0453. positivepie.com.
p.m.–1 a.m. p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. Arron, pianist Jeewon Park, and flutist Karen
Nov. 10: UnDun (rock/blues cover band) 10 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Kevra. In addition to soprano arias from four
Nov. 3: Ali T (solo alternative) 6 p.m.; My $5. 21+
Mother’s Moustache/Peterossi (indie) 9 p.m. Nov. 9: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas different cantatas, the group will mix and match
Nov. 4: Papa Greybeard (blues) 6 p.m.; Funk Shui Whammy Bar. 7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m. 31 Concert. Fraser is long regarded as Scotland’s in chamber music of Bach. 7:30 p.m. Unitarian
(funk) 9 p.m. County Rd., Calais. Thurs., Free. whammybar1.com. premier fiddle ambassador and Haas is a talented Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. $15–25.
Nov. 5: Suburban Samarai/Adulting (pop punk) Every Wed.: Open Mic young cellist from California. 7:30 p.m. Old www.capitalcityconcerts.org. Tickets may also be
10 p.m. Meeting House, East Montpelier. $20–50. omhvt. purchased (cash or check only) in person at Bear
Nov. 10: Early Bird Set 6 p.m.; Stelvis Carbo blogspot.ca Pond Books, Montpelier.
(jazzy world rock) 9 p.m. SPECIAL EVENTS Nov. 10: Benefit Concert: “Cantamos Nov. 11: Roseanne Cash. Singer-songwriter
Nov. 11: Mister Burns & Jarv (of Maiden Voyage) Nov. 2: Student and Teacher Performance who has released 15 albums that have earned four
Puerto Rico!” (“We Sing Puerto Rico”) for
Food for Thought Tour (hip-hop) 9 p.m. Showcase. 4–6 p.m. and 7–9 p.m. VCFA College Grammy Awards and nominations for 12 more, as
Puerto Rican farmers. Performers: Eduardo
Nov. 17: Lewis Franco & the Missing Cats (swing) Hall, College St., Montpelier. Free. steinway.com/ well as 21 top-40 hits, including 11 No. 1 singles.
Fernandez, Evan Premo and Mary Bonhag, Jairo
6 p.m.; The Cop Outs (Celtic punk) 9 p.m. vermont 7:30 p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St.,
Sequeira and Miriam Bernardo, Mark Greenberg,
Nov. 18: Clever Girls/Some Hollow/1881 (rock) Barre. $25–56. 476-8188. barreoperahouse.org
Nov. 3: Songs & Tales. Join the Center for Arts Coco Kallis, Paul Miller, Sergio Torres. 7 p.m.;
9 p.m.
and Learning for an evening of folk music and doors open 6:30 p.m. Haybarn Theatre at Nov. 18: Montpelier Chamber Orchestra:
The Den at Harry’s Hardware. 3087 Main St., storytelling featuring beloved local musicians Goddard College, Plainfield. Suggested donations A Gift Far Greater. Includes performances of
Cabot. Free. Patti Casey and Colin McCaffrey, and renowned begin at $15. jgainza@vtlink.net Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K.201,
Nov. 3: Papa G Sing-a-long, 6–8 p.m. storyteller Willem Lange. 7 p.m. Unitarian Nov. 11–12: Eleva Chamber Players and Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo
Nov. 11: Sean Kelley Murray, 6–8 p.m. Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. $10–25. Presents BREATHLESS. Central Vermont’s Menotti. Six soloists. 7 p.m. Montpelier City
Nov. 18: Katie Trautz, 5–7 p.m. Purchase in advance from Bagitos Cafe or at the only professional string chamber orchestra. Hall, 39 Main St., Montpelier. Free. Reservations
door. info@cal-vt.org The program will include Tomaso Albinoni’s recommended. montpelierchamberorchestra.org.
Gusto’s. 28 Prospect St., Barre. 476-7919.
Adagio in G minor for Strings and Organ,

Montpelier. 540 N. Main St., Barre. Businesses call ahead: with Learn Spanish VT: Beginners Weekend.
Who Decides about War. Ben Scotch explores 229-9383 ext 106 THURSDAY, NOV. 16 Nov. 17–19. Join Carlos Reyes, a native Spanish
the legal and other factors that affect America’s Blood Pressure Clinic. Registered Nurse Boo “Reframing Aging.” The public is invited to speaker for a weekend of Spanish Immersion in
use of military force. 4 p.m. Old Labor Hall, Smith, RN will be on hand to take your blood Central Vermont Council on Aging’s Annual Montpelier. 3 Days, 16 hours and all the Spanish
46 Granite St., Barre. Free; donations welcome. pressure. 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Twin Valley Senior Meeting. An opportunity to meet Central you can absorb. A full cultural and language
http://oldlaborhall.org/ Center, Rt. 2, E. Montpelier. Free; no appt. Vermont Council on Aging board and staff and experience. Learn Spanish VT will help you break
needed. 223-3322. learn of the many ways CVCOA is looking to the the language barrier. $250 (some discounts may
future of supporting older Vermonters. Lieutenant apply) for ages 15+. Spaces limited. Find out more
MONDAY, NOV. 13 Sing-A Long with Pat Mayhew. Come join us
for lunch and stay for the singing! 1–2 p.m. Twin Governor David Zuckerman will be the keynote at www.learnspanishvt.com, 279-2070
Lyme Magnetic Protocol. Learn about Valley Senior Center, Rt. 2, E. Montpelier. Free; speaker. 9 a.m.–noon. the Charlmont Restaurant, Motivation to Run Through the Winter.
Biomagnetic Pairs and how they aid the natural no appt. needed. 223-3322. 116 Vt Route 15W, Morrisville. smason@cvcoa.org Ditch the winter blues and stick to your running
elimination of pathogens that cause the symptoms Norwich University Writers Series: John plan. Learn how to set yourself up for success
Threats to Civil Liberties in the Age of through the holiday season and beyond. 6–7:30
of Lyme disease and many other health conditions. Hausdoerffer. Hausdoerffer is Professor of
Trump. ACLU Executive Director James Lyall p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op community room,
5:30–6:30 p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op Environment, Sustainability, and Philosophy at
will discuss the Vermont ACLU’s work on civil Montpelier. Free. RSVP: info@hungermountain.
community room, Montpelier. $8 members; $10 Western State Colorado University, where he also
liberties issues including privacy, government coop
non-members. RSVP: info@hungermountain. serves as Executive Director of the Center for
secrecy, criminal justice reform, and police
coop Environment & Sustainability and as the Director
accountability. An Osher Lifelong Learner
Grief and Bereavement Support Group.
Open to anyone who has experienced the death of
Institute program. 1:30 p.m. Aldrich Public of the Master in Environmental Management
program. 4 p.m. Norwich University, Kreitzberg
SATURDAY, NOV. 18
Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. www.learn.uvm.
a loved one. 6–7:30 p.m. CVHHH, 600 Granger Library Multipurpose room, Northfield. Immerse yourself in a weekend of Spanish
edu/osher
Rd., Barre. Free. 223-1878. End the Cycle of Holiday Weight Gain. Learn with Learn Spanish VT: Beginners Weekend.
Norwich University Writers Series: Joseph See event description under Nov. 17.
TED Talk: “ A First for Human Exploration: Mazur. Mazur is a Professor Emeritus of healthy ways to manage stress and anxiety in your
Walking to the South Pole and Back.” Polar body, as well as the importance of self-care and Winter Clothing Drive. Free good quality
Mathematics at Marlboro College, in Marlboro,
explorer Ben Saunders set out to accomplish prioritizing your health in the holiday season. 6–7 clothing is available at the Old Schoolhouse
Vermont. Many of his works have appeared in
what no other human has ever done: walk to the p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op community room, Common gym. If you have good quality clothes to
Nature, New York Times, and several other
South Pole and back. 6:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Montpelier. $8 members; $12 non-members. donate, please drop them off at the library during
publications. 4 p.m. Norwich University,
Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338. RSVP: info@hungermountain.coop the week before the event. 9 a.m.¬1 p.m. Jaquith
Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose room,
The Ghost of Lord Balfour: Palestine on Public Library, School St., Marshfield. 426-3581
Northfield.
the 100th Anniversary of the Balfour Orchard Valley Holiday Market. Join us for
TUESDAY, NOV. 14 Fall Science Speaker Series Set at Johnson
Declaration. Mark Hage, Kathy Shapiro and this thoughtful shopping experience in time
State: Kip Potter. Phosphorus and agriculture
Poets Resist: Voices of Dissent. A night Wafic Faour, activists with Vermonters for for holiday gift-giving featuring fine artists and
related to Lake Champlain’s restoration. 4–5:15
of political poetry with Reuben Jackson, Tina Justice in Palestine, will explore the meaning retailers. Crafts, books, local products, and so
p.m. Johnson State College, Bentley Hall, Room
Escaja with her translator Kristin Dykstra, Sarah and intersections of the100th anniversary of the much more. 10:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Vermont
207, Johnson. http://jsc.edu/EHSseminars.
Browning, Simone John and Burlington’s Muslim Balfour Declaration and 50th anniversary of College of Fine Arts gallery, 36 College St.,
Girls Making Change. With an introduction by Kid’s Movies. For kids of all ages and their Israel’s brutal military occupation of Palestinian Montpelier. 456-7400; orchardvalley@ovws.org
Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNiord. Poets will grown-ups. Come enjoy a short, 30 minute film lands. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main GED Testing: Barre. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. Barre
read/perform poetry about the current political before community supper is served. 5:30 p.m. St., Montpelier. 223-3338. Learning Center, 46 Washington St., Barre. 476-
climate, racism and/or injustices in our society. 7 Jaquith Public Library, School St., Marshfield.
In Our Own Back Yard: Bill Schbart. Schubart 4588
p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. 426-3581
discusses his new book “Lila & Theron” and the Plan and Deliver: Childbirth Essentials.
http://www.bearpondbooks.com/event/poets- Movie Night at the Jaquith Library. An changes in the rural culture in Vermont. 7 p.m. This interactive class focuses on evidence-based
resist-voices-dissent eclectic selection of movies that deserve a big Stowe Free Library, 90 Pond St., Stowe. 253-6145 knowledge and holistic care for late pregnancy,
screen with perspectives we don’t usually see, and
labor and immediate postpartum. 6–8 p.m. Well
humor. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, School St.,
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 15 Marshfield. Call library for film title: 426-3581 FRIDAY, NOV. 17 Space, 23 Summer St., Barre. Register: http://
www.goodbeginningscentralvt.org/what-we-do/
Free E-Waste Collection. America Recycles Immerse yourself in a weekend of Spanish the-birthing-year/
Day, free e-waste collection. 9 a.m.–4 p.m. ARCC,

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Weekly
Montpelier. $4 suggested donation. 223-3322. Dance or Play with the Swinging Over Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. 552-
twinvalleyseniors.org. 60 Band. Danceable tunes from the 1930s to 3483.
Feast Together or Feast To Go. All proceeds the 1960s. Recruiting musicians. Tues., 10:30 Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve-step program
benefit the Feast Senior Meal program. Tues. and a.m.–11:45 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, for physically, emotionally and spiritually
Fri., noon–1 p.m. Live music every Tues., 10:30– 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518. overcoming overeating. Sat., 8:30–9:30 a.m. at
ARTS & CRAFTS 11:45 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58
Barre St., Montpelier. Seniors 60+ free with $5
Monteverdi Young Singers Chorus Rehearsal.
New chorus members welcome. Wed., 4–5 p.m.
Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39
Washington St., Barre. 249-3970.
Beaders’ Group. All levels of beading experience
welcome. Free instruction available. Come with suggested donation; under 60 $7. Reservations: Montpelier. Call 229-9000 for location and more Mooditude Support Group. A professional
a project for creativity and community. Sat., 11 262-6288 or FEAST@montpelier-vt.org. information. and peer-led support group, not a therapy group.
a.m.–2 p.m. The Bead Hive, Plainfield. 454-1615. Ukelele Group. All levels welcome. Thurs., 6–8 For people with depression, bipolar disorder,
Tuesday Night Knitters. Every week except
for the 1st Tuesday of each month. All levels
HEALTH &
WELLNESS
p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre
St. 223-2518.
seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia etc.). Every
Wed., 4–5 p.m. Bethany Church,115 Main St.,
encouraged! A small but dedicated group Bone Building Exercises. Open to all ages. Montpelier. (downstairs at end of hallway). Free.
Barre Rock City Chorus. We sing songs from
of knitters invite you to share your projects, Every Mon., Wed. and Fri. 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 223-4111 or 522-0775.
the 60s–80s and beyond. All songs are taught by
questions and enthusiasm for the fiber arts! At the a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, rote using word sheets, so ability to read music is Weight Loss Support Group. Get help and
Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High Street (US E. Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors. not required. All ages welcome; children under support on your weight loss journey every Wed.,
Route 2), Plainfield. 454-8504, www.cutlerlibrary. org. 13 should come with a parent. Every Thurs., 6–7 p.m. Giffords Conference Center, 44 S. Main
org. Tai Chi for Seniors. Led by trained volunteers. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 St., Randolph. Free. No registration required.
Crafters Group. Bring your own projects, or Advanced class: every Mon. and Fri., 1–2 p.m. Washington St., Barre. Open to all regardless of where you are in your
work together on projects to sell to benefit the Beginners class: Tues. and Thurs. 10–11 a.m. weight loss.
Gamelan Rehearsals. Sun., 7–9 p.m. Pratt
Senior Activity Center. We can all learn from Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E. Center, Goddard College. Free. 426-3498. steven. Wit’s End. Support group for parents, siblings,
each other! Every Wed., noon–2 p.m. Montpelier Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors. light@jsc.edu. light.kathy@gmail.com. children, spouses and/or relationship partners of
Senior Activity Center,58 Barre St., Montpelier. org. someone suffering with addiction — whether it is
223-2518. to alcohol, opiates, cocaine, heroin, marijuana or
Photography Club. Every Thurs., noon–1
Living Strong Group. Volunteer-led group.
Sing while exercising. Open to all seniors. Every OUTDOORS something else. Every Wed., 6–8 p.m. Turning
p.m.Led by professional photographer Linda Mon., 2:30–3:30 p.m. and every Fri., 2–3 p.m. Walks with Joan. Easy to moderate walks around Point Center, 489 N. Main St., Barre. Louise:
Hogan. Great chance to get and give some Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier for healthy exercise and conversation. 279-6378.
feedback on your work and see what others are Montpelier. Free. Register: 223-2518. msac@ Every Tues., 10–11 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity
NAMI Vermont Connection Recovery
doing. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 montpelier-vt.org. Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518. 
Support Group. For individuals living with
Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518. Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Program. Trash Tramps. Walk around Montpelier mental illness. Every Fri., 3–4 p.m. Another
Drop-in River Arts Elder Art Group. Work Education and support to help adults at high risk collecting trash to help beautify our City. Bring Way, 125 Barre St., Montpelier. 876-7949. info@
on art, share techniques and get creative with of developing type 2 diabetes adopt healthier gloves, other supplies provided. Every Tues., 2–3 namivt.org
others. Bring your own art supplies. For elders eating and exercise habits that can lead to weight p.m. Tuesdays 2-3pm, Montpelier Senior Activity
Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
60+. Every Fri., 10 a.m.–noon. River Arts Center,
74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. Free. 888-1261.
loss and reduced risk. Every Tues., 10:30–11:30
a.m. Kingwood Health Center Conference SPIRITUALITY
Christian Science Reading Room. You're
riverartsvt.org. Room (lower level), 1422 Rt. 66, Randolph. Free.
Register: 728-7714. RECYCLING invited to visit the Reading Room and see what we
Additional Recycling. The Additional Recyclables have for your spiritual growth. You can borrow,
BICYCLING Tai Chi for Falls Prevention. With Diane Des
Bois. Beginners and mixed levels welcome. 2:15
Collection Center accepts scores of hard-to-recycle
items. Mon., Wed., Fri., noon–6 p.m.; Third Sat.,
purchase or simply enjoy material in a quiet study
room. Hours: Wed.–Sat., 11 a.m.–2 p.m.; Wed.,
Open Shop Nights. Volunteer-run community p.m. Barre Area Senior Center, 131 S., Main St.,
bike shop: bike donations and repairs. Wed., 4–6 9 a.m.–1 p.m. ARCC, 540 North Main St., Barre. 5–7:15 p.m. 145 State St., Montpelier. 223-2477.
#4, Barre. Free. Register: 479-9512. $5 per carload. 229-9383 x106. For list of accepted
p.m.; other nights. Freeride Montpelier, 89 Barre A Course in Miracles. A study in spiritual
St., Montpelier. 552-3521. freeridemontpelier.org. Tai Chi Classes for All Ages. Every Tues. and items, go to cvswmd.org/arcc.
transformation. Group meets each Tues., 7–8 p.m.
Thurs., 10–11 a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St., Montpelier.
BOOKS & WORDS
Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Free.
223-3322. twinvalleyseniors@myfairpoint.net RESOURCES 279-1495.

Lunch in a Foreign Language. Bring lunch Onion River Exchange Tool Library. More Christian Counseling. Tues. and Thurs. Daniel
HIV Testing. Vermont CARES offers fast oral than 100 tools both power and manual. Onion Dr., Barre. Reasonable cost. By appt. only: 479-
and practice your language skills with neighbors. testing. Wed., 2–5 p.m. 29 State St., Ste. 14 (above
Noon–1 p.m. Mon., American Sign Language; River Exchange is located at 46 Barre Street in 0302.
Rite Aid), Montpelier. Free and anonymous. 371- Montpelier. Hours are Wed. and Thurs., 10 a.m.–2
Tues., Italian; Wed., Spanish; Thurs., French. 6224. vtcares.org. Prayer Meeting. Ecumenical and charismatic
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., p.m. For more info. or to donate tools: 661-8959 or prayer meeting. Every 1st and 3rd Thurs., 6:30–8
Montpelier. 223-3338. info@orexchange.com. p.m. 8 Daniel Dr., Barre. 479-0302
Club de Français Intermédiaire. Lecture KIDS & TEENS Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. For those
(reading). Conversation. Grammaire. Every Mon., The Basement Teen Center. Safe drop-in
12;45–2 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, space to hang out, make music, play pool, ping- SOLIDARITY/IDENTITY interested in learning about the Catholic faith, or
current Catholics who want to learn more. Wed.,
58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518. pong and board games and eat free food. All Rainbow Umbrella of Central VT. Adult
7 p.m. St. Monica Church, 79 Summer St., Barre.
activities are free. Mon.–Thurs., 2–6 p.m., Fridays LGBTQ group, meets the third Tuesday evening of
Italian Group. A fun-loving group meets to Register: 479-3253.
3-10 p.m. Basement Teen Center, 39 Main St., the month at 5:45 p.m. for a casual dinner at a local
converse in Italian. Every Tues., 1:15–2:45 Montpelier. BasementTeenCenter.org restaurant. The gathering place is 58 Barre St. in Deepening Our Jewish Roots. Fun, engaging
p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Montpelier. Info: RUCVTAdmin@PrideCenterVT. text study and discussion on Jewish spirituality.
St., Montpelier. 223-2518.    Story Time and Playgroup. With Sylvia Smith org Sun., 4:45–6:15 p.m. Yearning for Learning Center,
for story time and Cassie Bickford for playgroup. Montpelier. 223-0583. info@yearning4learning.
Ongoing Reading Group. Improve your reading For ages birth–6 and their grown-ups. We follow Friday Night Group. Social gathering of LGBTQ
and share some good books. Books chosen by org.
the Twinfield Union School calendar and do not youth, ages 13 – 22. 2nd and 4th Fridays of the
group. Thurs., 9–10 a.m. Central Vermont Adult hold the program the days Twinfield is closed. month, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. Free pizza and soft drinks.
Basic Education, Montpelier Learning Center,
100 State St. 223-3403.
Wed., 10–11:30 a.m. Jaquith Public Library,
122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581.
Supervised by LGBT adults trained by Outright
Vermont. Unitarian Church, Montpelier. For more SPORTS & GAMES
jaquithpubliclibrary.org. info, email Nancy: SaddleShoes2@gmail.com Roller Derby Open Recruitment and
Recreational Practice. Central Vermont’s
BUSINESS, FINANCE, Lego Club. Use our large Lego collection to create Bowling. Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont, Wrecking Doll Society invites quad skaters age
an adult LGBTQ group, bowls at Twin City Lanes 18 and up. No experience necessary. Equipment
and play. All ages. Thurs., 3–4:30 p.m. Kellogg-
COMPUTERS, Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. on Sunday afternoons twice a month. For dates and provided: first come, first served. Sat., 5–6:30 p.m.
EDUCATION 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org. times, write to RUCVTAdmin@PrideCenterVT.
org
Montpelier Recreation Center, Barre St. First skate
One-on-One Technology Help Sessions. Dads & Kids Playgroup. Playtime and free free. centralvermontrollerderby.com.
Free assistance to patrons needing help with their dinner. Every Thurs., 5–7 p.m. For Dads and
computers and other personal electronic devices.
30 min. one-on-one sessions every Tues., 10 a.m.–
their children ages birth–5. Family Center
of Washington County, 383 Sherwood Dr.,
SUPPORT YOGA & MEDITATION
Turning Point Center. Safe, supportive place Christian Meditation Group. People of all faiths
noon. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Montpelier. fcwcvt.org for individuals and their families in or seeking
Waterbury. Free. Registration required: 244-7036. welcome. Mon., noon–1 p.m. Christ Church,
Drop-in Kinder Arts Program. Innovative recovery. Daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. 489 North Main Montpelier. 223-6043.
exploratory arts program with artist/instructor St., Barre. 479-7373.
FOOD & DRINK Kelly Holt. Age 3–5. Fri., 10:30 a.m.–noon. River
Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. 888-1261.
Sun.: Alchoholics Anonymous, 8:30 a.m.
Tues.: Making Recovery Easier workshops,
Zen Meditation. With Zen Affiliate of Vermont.
Wed., 6:30–7:30 p.m. 174 River St., Montpelier.
Community Meals in Montpelier. All 6–7:30 p.m. Free. Call for orientation: 229-0164.
RiverArtsVT.org.
welcome.Free. Wed.: Wit’s End Parent Support Group, 6 p.m.
Mon.: Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., 11 Teen Fridays. Find out about the latest teen Montpelier Shambhala Meditation. Group
Thurs.: Narcotics Anonymous, 6:30 p.m. meditation practice. Sun., 10 a.m.–noon; Wed.,
a.m.–12:30 p.m. books, use the gym, make art, play games and if
Tues.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St., 11:30 you need to, do your homework. Fri., 3–5 p.m. Al-Anon. Help for friends and families of 6–7 p.m; learn to meditate — free instruction
a.m.–1 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Alcoholics. the 1st Wed. of the month. New location:
Wed.: Christ Church, 64 State St., 11 a.m.– 426-3581. Sun.: Trinity Church, 137 Main St., 5 State Street, 2nd floor, Montpelier. info@
12:30 p.m. Montpelier (back door) 6:15–7:30 p.m. montpeliershambhala.org, www.montpelier.
Mad River Valley Youth Group .Sun., 7–9 p.m. shambhala.org
Thurs.: Trinity Church, 137 Main St., 11:30 Tues.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St.,
Meets at various area churches. Call 497-4516 for
a.m.–1 p.m. Montpelier (basement) noon–1 p.m. Sunday Sangha: Community Ashtanga Yoga.
location and information.
Fri.: St. Augustine Church, 18 Barre St., 11 Wed.: Bethany Church,115 Main St., Every Sun., 5:40–7 p.m. Grateful Yoga, 15 State
a.m.–12:30 p.m. Montpelier (basement) 7–8 p.m. St., 3F, Montpelier. By donation.
Sun.: Last Sunday only, Bethany Church, 115
Main St. (hosted by Beth Jacob Synagogue),
MUSIC & DANCE Thurs.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St.,
Montpelier (basement) noon–1 p.m Send your event listing to
Barre-Tones Women’s Chorus. Open
4:30–5:30 p.m. rehearsal. Find your voice with 50 other women.
Sat.: Turning Point, N. Main St., Barre, 5 p.m. calendar@montpelierbridge.com.
(child friendly meeting)
Lunches for Seniors. Mon., Wed., Fri., Noon. Mon., 7 p.m. Capital City Grange, Rt. 12, Berlin. Deadline for print in the next
Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rt. 2, E. BarretonesVT.com. 552-3489. Sex Addicts Anonymous. Mon., 6:30 p.m. issue is October 27
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Montpelier Food Pantry - Just Basics Good Samaritan Haven By Appointment 802-496-3065
(food shelf) 105 North Seminary Street, Barre, VT Open Tuesday 9 am-12 noon, Thursday,
137 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 - 05641 - 802-479-2294 CERV (food shelf) Saturday 10 am -12 pm
802-262-6288 Free Community Dinner – Dinner Served 31 Dog River Drive, Northfield, VT 05664
Open Tuesday 10 am-12 noon, Wednesday Daily at 7 pm - 802-485-4293 Worcester Community Kitchen and Food
10-11 am, Thursday & Friday 10-11 am, Open Monday 5:30-6:30 pm, Wednesday Shelf
Saturday 10 am -12 noon Enough Ministries & Saturday 9-10 am 20 Worcester Village Road, Worcester, VT
www.justbasicsvt.org 84 Summer Street, Barre, VT 05641 - 802- 05682 - 802-552-7494
595-5277 Waterbury Area Food Shelf (food shelf) Open Wednesday 10 am-2 pm & every 3rd
Bethany United Church of Christ Free Community Lunch - Lunch Served 57 South Main Street, Waterbury, VT Saturday of the month 11 am-1 pm
115 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 - Tuesday & Thursday 12 noon 05676-0214 - 802-244-1561
802-223-2424 Open Monday & Friday 10am-12 noon, Woodbury Calais Food Shelf
Free Community Lunch - Lunch Served Hedding United Methodist (food shelf) Wednesday 3-5 pm 49 Valley Lake Road, Woodbury, VT
Tuesdays 11:30 am-1:00 pm 40 Washington Street, Barre, VT 05641 - 05681 - 802-472-6292
802-476-8156 Faith In Action Northern Communities Open every 3rd Saturday of the month 9-11
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Letters
Peter Welch to them, because the men who make up this unholy administration
have never known nature, have never known anything but making
Editor,
money and garnering power in big cities. They have not the slightest
Congressman Peter Welch (D-VT) is in the pocket of the nation's beet understanding of the Mother.
and cane sugar cartels! Welch continually votes to maintain the U.S.
I go on record with my passionate opposition to these men and their
Sugar program. Why? It is really quite simple, Congressman Welch
plans to diminish and make inaccessible our most beautiful parks,
received well over $62,000 in political donations from the sugar cartels
monuments, and preserves.
since coming to Washington in 2007.
Only in Nature is the hope of the soul. Only if Nature survives will we survive. And only if
Thanks to Rep. Welch and others, the U.S. Sugar Program continues. The Sugar Program is
we can experience Nature will our spirits survive.
a Soviet-style command-and-control scheme that restricts planting and imports. This inflates
the price of sugar in the United States to almost double the world price. So, when you go to the And that is what they are afraid of. For whole spirits, healthy minds and souls, to rebel against
store to buy a snack cake or anything sweetened, you pay more! According to the Congressional the nihilism Trump and his crew would have us embrace to the death.
Budget Office, the program means Americans pay $3.5 billion every year in increased grocery
costs, which breaks down to $58 per household. Calliope, Montpelier
In Rep. Welch's 10 years in office, he repeatedly voted against sugar reform, costing each Vermont
family an additional $580 for groceries. You have to ask yourself, is my Congressman really
fighting to make life better, or is he just another politician in it for the campaign contributions?
It's time for Congressman Welch to step up and end this costly government giveaway to the Storage Units
cartels! The Independent Bakers' Association is an international trade association that fights Editor:
to protect the interests of mostly family owned wholesale bakers and allied trades. For more
information about IBA and sugar program corruption, visit IBAbaker.com. In recent weeks I have been dismayed to watch more storage units being built on the banks
of the Winooski River in Montpelier. However, I was happy to read the article "Stowing
Stuff" in your most recent issue. Yes, rampant consumerism is a problem in our society. I was
Nicholas A. Pyle, President, Independent Bakers' Association stunned the first time I saw a business called "The Container Store." Only in the U.S.A. do
we need a store that ONLY sells us things to keep all of our stuff in.
Letter to the Trump Administration Re: Our National Parks One point that Mr. Bielawski missed in his article is the sad fact that every storage unit means
that a family doesn't have a friend or relative with a garage, a shed, or a basement where stuff
can be stored for a month or two or three. Instead, our neighbors need to pay a stranger to
Editor: watch their belongings.
I am distressed – no, I am appalled – that the Trump administration, after doing what it could I find this almost as sad as the posts in Front Porch Forum in which a person needs to ask a
to shrink the size of our National Parks, use them as sources of coal mining and oil drilling, stranger to come help them move a heavy piece of furniture from one room into another room
and cut funding to the parks to a mere pittance of what it has been, which was never enough, in their home. I know privacy is the Vermont way, but we REALLY have got to get to know
should now dare to raise the price of admittance so high that only the rich can enjoy them. our neighbors better than we do currently. There is already enough sadness and loneliness in
Is this a surprise? No. The administration has been pro-The One Percent and clearly the world-- let’s not add to it.
antagonistic to nature since its inauguration.
It has done its best to destroy wildlife, wild lands, wild waters, and ordinary citizens’ access Tom Aloisi, Montpelier

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3SquaresVT – SNAP monthly nutrition information and nutri- org or call 1-800-585-2265 assist those in need. A library card is not
The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance tious foods to income-eligible adults over 60 required for computer use.
Program offers nutrition assistance to low- years of age. Central Vermont Meals on Wheels Pro- 135 Main Street, Montpelier, VT 05602
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SOAP BOX: Eclipsed by Margaret Blanchard

"I
t’s impossible to struggle for… equal rights for becoming wealthy. Nor can they conceal fragile identities uploads/September-24-2017.mp3
blacks, without including whites. Because … fair under the privilege of whiteness. We are all challenged Ironically, it has taken the death of a young white woman
play, justice, are like the air: we all have it, or none to defy stereotypes in order to actualize our uniqueness. to turn the tide of white protest against the system of
of us has it.” Maya Angelou So back to the young extremists: I can see how Alt-Right white supremacy infecting this country since European
Recently I was moved by a key question proposed by civil Neo-Nazis are being deceived and betrayed by their incursions. Identity and empathy, alas, seem paired.
rights activist Ruby Sales: “Where does it hurt?” She was wealthy “leaders.” I can empathize with anybody eager Compassion, and curiosity, may not be so limited.
challenging us to empathize with young bullies on the to earn a living, however meager the salary, with people Crucial as they are, resistance and protest are not enough
extreme right who are hurting, angry, alienated. This desperate not to return to horrors they were forced to flee, if we hope to heal this country. Ruby Sales’s advice comes
task goes beyond the Golden Rule, beyond St. Francis’s, with people who can’t talk back because they don’t speak from a legacy of spiritual wisdom about connections
“Where there is hatred, let me sow love,” to the Christian the language well enough, even with middle-class folks and wholes, about how we need people of all colors, all
imperative, “Love your enemies.” This feels particularly with college degrees who now find themselves shackled ages, with varied perspectives and diverse roots to move
daunting when your enemies claim to be Christian. with so much student debt they can’t imagine sending together to transform as well as protect this world, our
Census projections are that by 2044, more than half of their own kids to college. I know what it’s like to be shared home. Rabbi Abraham Heschel reminds us, “Few
all Americans will belong to a “minority” group (any underemployed, to be a minority, to be vulnerable, to be are guilty, but all are responsible.”
group other than non-Hispanic Caucasian). No matter invisible, not to belong. And I can empathize with people
how active the Right-to-Life movement may be, white in my own family who voted for Trump because despite
their intelligence and their service to our country they As Derek Walcott puts it, “Then all the
American native Christians simply are not going to nations of birds lifted together the huge net
proliferate in sufficient numbers to prevent this flowering were cheated out of fulfilling careers, because of limited
options, before Trump. But I must be suffering from of the shadows of this earth in multitudinous
of diversity. It’s ironic that in the context of environmental dialects, twittering tongues, stitching and
disasters (however much people deny climate change), compassion fatigue because I have little patience for those
violent protestors. (When I was 17, I visited Dachau, site crossing it. They lifted up the shadows
with wars and famines displacing huge populations, of long pines down trackless slopes, the
ruptures of identity politics seem to intensify with the of a World War II Nazi concentration camp. Clearly, they
weren’t just another political party.) shadows of glass-faced towers down
storms even while people of all identities help save each evening streets, the shadow of a frail plant
other. Then I heard an interview with Daryl David, an African- on a city sill—the net rising soundless as
Not long ago we watched the eclipse, a dramatic American musician who, after a conversation about music night, the birds’ cries soundless, until there
demonstration of how tiny our planet is in a vast universe. with a white man who’d never spoken with a black man was no long dusk, or season, decline or
Soon followed hurricane devastation in Houston, the before, persuaded him, and then, one by one, over a weather, only this passage of phantasmal
place from which humans first leapt out to touch the hundred other white men, to quit their membership in the light that not the narrowest shadow dared
moon—then Florida and Puerto Rico—and I couldn’t KKK. He understood about sharing—through music, to sever...”
help feeling the insignificance of any one life among respect, other qualities which sustains so many of us, no
many other beings on this crowded earth—as well as our matter how marginal we might be. Then I saw why, as
shared vulnerability. This humility was reinforced by the Doctors without Borders puts it, “Compassion knows no — from "The Season of Phantasmal Peace"
revelation by some pundit over the radio recently that of boundaries.” Maybe some of those young militants could
all the creatures in our ecosystem, humans are completely extinguish their torches if treated with such kindness?
unnecessary. Bees, certainly; elephants, yes, indeed; When Ruby Sales was a teenager, during a protest march,
plants; butterflies for sure; and even some remote species her life was saved by a young, white, male seminarian,
of worm—all, he claimed, are absolutely essential to our Johnathan Daniels, who shielded her by taking a bullet
shared ecosystem. We humans, whether from America fired by another, older white man, Thomas Coleman.
or from elsewhere, whether conservative or progressive,
are not.
Daniels died. Coleman, I’ve been told by historian Peter
Thoms, was acquitted by an all-white jury (where blacks Tell them
you saw it in
So why are we humans here and for what purpose? To outnumbered whites four-to-one), and lived to the age of
make a very few men, privileged by class, race, gender, 86 in the town where the killing occurred. Now Ruby
age, and nationality, even richer? Despite the American Sales calls on us to empathize with anti-Semitic, anti-gay

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reinforces the fact that class privilege is limited to very few. For a deep exploration of how this process might work,
Most young, white, American men, although advantaged I recommend “Welcoming the Other” by Rev. Joan
by race, gender, and nationality, cannot count on also Javier-Duval, available at this link: http://ucmvt.org/app/

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Opinion Support a Carbon Pollution Tax in Vermont
by William C. Thwing

M
y name is Bill Thwing, I live in Bennington, where weather events that are surely coming. We need to have a plan middle-income families benefit from the transition. It has
I am a member of Bennington Climate Advocates, and citizen first responders who are knowledgeable, prepared, provided an example of what is possible for all of Canada, so
which is a node of 350.org. I am also a member and equipped to implement the plan when extreme weather that as of 2018, 100 percent of Canada’s provinces will have
of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby. We want to thank Governor events besiege us. a revenue-neutral carbon floor price of at least $10 per ton.
Scott and the members of the Climate Action Commission Looking to the north, we see a whole different kind of solution: All things are possible for those who are willing to take bold
for having come here to Southern Vermont to listen to our a preventative solution, an economic solution, a multi-trillion- action in dangerous times.
concerns. dollar clean-technology adoptive solution, a clear path to We urge Governor Scott and the Climate Action Commission
We affirm unequivocally that climate change is very real and getting rid of the polluting carbon-based fuels that are to look both north and south: south for evidence of climate
that it is going to have profound and lasting effects upon our causing these extreme weather events and a solution that will change and the extreme weather events that will inevitably
state, our nation, and, indeed, upon our entire civilization. Six decisively move us toward total clean energy electrification of accompany it, and north for a viable solution. If a brave little
years ago, Vermont experienced the wrath of Tropical Storm our energy grids. state like Vermont is willing to take the initiative and set the
Irene. Some of the damage caused by that storm has still not I lived in Canada for many years, both in Alberta and in example, we believe that the growing, bipartisan Climate
been repaired. That little storm cost Vermont $733 million British Columbia, where I went to school. In 2008, British Solutions Caucus in the U.S. Congress will be urging the rest
and cost the nation $15.8 billion. The storms that we have Columbia took a bold step and enacted a progressive, revenue- of the states to follow suit.
experienced just this fall; Harvey, Irma, Jose, and Maria, are neutral, carbon pollution “fee and dividend” or a “tax.” We support and strongly urge Vermont to put a price on
said to be some of the largest storms in recorded history, and carbon pollution, and we thank the governor and the Climate
it will cost the nation an estimated $300 billion to repair the It has been praised as the most significant carbon tax in
the Western Hemisphere and has transformed the economy Action Commissioners for listening to the concerns of our
damage. citizens.
of British Columbia. As of 2012, it was set at $30 per ton
It’s not going to get any better. Every year the storms are of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions. As of next April,
going to get bigger, more destructive, and the repairs will be British Columbia will be adding $5 per year to the tax
more costly until we get serious as a nation and as a state about until it reaches $50 per ton in 2021. It has helped to create
decisively responding to the threats of climate change. a clean-technology economic boom in British Columbia. It Thank Your for Reading The Bridge!
Looking south at what is happening in Texas and Florida, it is has reduced carbon emissions dramatically, and through their
clear Vermont needs to be prepared to deal with the extreme climate-action tax-credit system has insured that low- and

Editor,
Header Needed
Letters
I have no fear of goblins, witches, or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares
compromise and reason out legislation).
Commonly I spent most of my day sitting, getting up for bathroom breaks, and return to
sitting. I moved from news station to news station during the remainder of the day.
me is the meat industry. About 10 pm, they (the Republicans) broke out of this “reconciliation” and gave the
Democrats and the remaining Republicans in the Senate about 80 minutes to read and
This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, and then butchers billions of cows,
digest what had now become Trump's “Skinny Bill.”
pigs, turkeys, and chickens—animals that feel joy, affection, sadness, and pain, as we do,
that exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages, and that After a dramatic late-night vote, 12 am to 1 am on July 28, 2017, three GOP votes denied
exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating market prices. passage (49-51) of a bill that did not represent the American people.
This is the industry that contributes more to our epidemic of diabetes, heart disease, Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Senator John McCain of Arizona, and Senator Susan
stroke, and cancer than any other, then bullies health authorities to remove warnings from Collins of Maine all rebelled against the bill, with John McCain stating the repeal bill
dietary guidelines. would not actually reform our healthcare system in any way.
This is the industry that sanctions world hunger by feeding nutritious corn and soybeans This bill gave millions of dollars in the form of tax breaks to the richest one percent of
to animals instead of people. Americans and “kicked” at least 16,000,000 Americans off Medicaid. This was the
Republican Healthcare plan that they had been working on for the past seven years.
This is the industry that generates more water pollution than all other human activities,
that spews more greenhouse gases than all transportation, and that destroys more wildlife After seeing this occur, I realized that the Republican Congress no longer represented the
habitats than all other industries. American people, but rather represented a “donor class, the ruling class.”
These are the things that keep me up at night.
Fortunately, my local supermarket offers a rich selection of plant-based meats, milks, RCE, Worcester
cheeses, and ice creams, as well as a colorful display of fresh fruit and veggies. It gives me
hope and courage for my future. But I still fear for my friends and neighbors.
Header Needed
Editor,
Maxwell Branset, Montpelier
I thought Dot's wish list a wonderful idea. My wish for Montpelier is yellow lines on the
stretch of Barre Street that has none. They seem to be missing. Just some reference to the
center of the street would be appreciated. I like to know how far I am in the other lane
while I drive down Barre Street avoiding the mirrors on the parked cars. If the yellow lines
Skinny Bill
can't be regular width I'd be happy with a narrower version. Safe driving.
Editor,
On the morning of July 27, 2017, I found myself sitting, as usual, with my foot elevated
Russell Frank, Montpelier
and wrapped in ice because I recently had my toe amputated.
It was early, maybe six thirty in the morning. I was watching television. It had become a
daily vocation since my surgery on June 8, 2017.
The day began by paying a great deal of attention to the Republican Senate. They had
been in “reconciliation” for quite some time over the Obamacare Repeal Bill (reconciliation
is a decision-making process in which they legislate by avoiding the normal process
called “regular order,” which is bipartisan; Democrats and Republicans make efforts to
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Montpelier Mayor John Hollar Not Seeking Re-Election
by Nat Frothingham

M ayor John Hollar has announced his intention not to seek re-election as mayor at
next year’s city meeting. That meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
as a result of the Net Zero Montpelier goal; investments in the downtown as a result of
a Downtown Improvement District fund; new bicycle infrastructure that is financed
through a new alternative transportation fund; a focus on housing development with
A written statement dated October 31 begins with these words, “It is with mixed
emotions that I am announcing my intention not to seek re- dozens of new units scheduled for construction; and the creation of the Montpelier
election as mayor.” Development Corporation to help spur
new economic activity.
Explaining his decision, Hollar said, “All public offices have
a shelf life. I’ve had the opportunity to make what I hope are Hollar’s six-year tenure as mayor was
positive contributions to the city, and it’s time to let someone not without its share of inter-personal
else serve. I’m ready to focus on other things.” controversies.

For Hollar, that focus on other things includes his full-time One controversy involved the dismissal and
work as a lawyer with the statewide law firm, Downs Rachlin subsequent court challenge to the dismissal
Martin. of former City Planning & Development
Director Gwendolyn Hallsmith. A second
Hollar’s formal statement listed the city’s major achievements controversy involved a tangle between
carried out under his watch. Mayor Hollar and some members of the
Wrote Hollar, “We have made significant progress in the City Council over whether City Manager
last six years in making Montpelier more affordable, vibrant, Bill Fraser’s contract should be renewed.
sustainable, and economically healthy. We have invested When asked what he had learned from his
in street upgrades, economic development, alternative time as mayor and what advice he might
transportation, housing and our downtown.” offer to anyone succeeding him in office,
As part of his first run for mayor in 2012, among other he said, “I would caution future mayors
things, Hollar set two key objectives. on Montpelier’s system of municipal
government. We have a ‘weak mayor’ form
First, he wanted to complete the city’s bike path. Second, he
of government, which can make it difficult
wanted to see through to construction the 1 Taylor Street
for a mayor with a strong vision for the city
project consisting of a transportation and commercial center
to help bring about change.” He went on
along with housing and a public park.
to say that the mayor has very few specific
“It’s been difficult to make progress on the projects I powers beyond the power of persuasion
ran on in 2012,” Hollar conceded. But despite delays he in getting things done. “It’s a challenging
noted substantial gains with both projects. “Both (projects) arrangement,” he concluded.
are ‘permitted,’” he said, meaning that both projects have
Hollar was silent about whether he might
all their required building and construction permits. And
someday seek further political office. But
both projects have funding in place and “are scheduled for
he did say this, “I am passionate about good
construction next spring.”
public policy.”
Hollar noted his earlier commitments to improve the city’s
He noted his nine years on the Montpelier
deteriorating infrastructure and lower the growth of the city’s
School Board and his six years as mayor,
property tax rate – goals he said had been accomplished.
John Hollar. Photo by Michael Jermyn and said, “I am sure I will continue to be
Hollar also emphasized other achievements, including a involved in public policy at the local and
significant reduction in the city’s greenhouse gas emissions state level.”
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'The Idiot’s Tale' Opens at the Plainfield Classifieds
Little Theater on Nov. 2 by Nat Frothingham

PAINTING CLASS RENTAL
M ayor John Hollar has announced
his intention not to seek re-election
as mayor at next year’s city meeting. That
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November: the bushes are burning
with birds the color of cherrties
the apple trees burst into feather
and take to the air. A harvest of sky
gathers over the mountains,
the meadow lies still;
I lean into the fence
that leads into the pasture,
struck like a bell.
He comes. Out onto the fields of light
he comes, on legs, like streams,
on legs like moving waters,
and wavering in the newfound flesh,
affixed by his long shadow
to these wheeling blades of grass
beneath the sun, he lifts on
hooves as intricate as prayers
sent forth in four directions
from the center of the world
and lands, and takes life as it is,
a windfall grace which strikes me into song,
which wakens me where I stand, knee-deep
in the orchards of praise.

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The Amahl and the Night Visitors by Glennis Drew

I
n 1951, NBC’s “Hallmark Hall of Fame” debuted and presented an original one-act supporters of the MCO.
opera composed specifically for television. Gian Carlo Menotti wrote “Amahl and “We are very pleased to be gifting this story to our community,” said MCO Music Director
the Night Visitors” in the space of a month—with an original English libretto by the Anne Decker in announcing the series. “Perhaps the gift is love; perhaps forgiveness;
composer. It was broadcast live from Rockefeller Center. The composer took his inspiration perhaps it is our community experiencing these things together. We will let you decide.”
from Hieronymus Bosch's painting, “The Adoration of the Magi” which is in the collection
of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and his own childhood experience Soprano Mary Bonhag is featured in the role of the Mother. Other soloists include Edie
in Italy, where the Three Kings had not yet been replaced by Santa Claus. Donofrio as Amahl, Adam Hall as King Kaspar, Geoffrey Penar as King Melchior, Eric
Kroncke as King Balthazar, and Skip Potter as the Page. The custom set and puppets are
The opera tells the story of a disabled boy in Judea who needs a crutch to walk. He has the work of visual artist Janice Walrafen, and vocal preparation is by pianist and vocal
a great imagination and is always telling tall tales, such as the one he tells of seeing an director Mary Jane Austin. Joe Sanguinetti is the lighting director.
enormous star in the sky. One night his home is visited by the three kings as they search
for the Christ child. At first, his mother does not believe him when he says there are kings In addition to the opera, the orchestra will open the concert with Amadeus Mozart’s early
at the door asking to rest at her house, but finally she sees for herself. work for orchestra, Symphony No. 29, K.201 in A Major, which he wrote when he was 18
years old.
While the kings sleep, the mother attempts to steal some of their gold so her son will not
have to be a beggar. Her attempt is thwarted, but the kings tell her to keep the gold, as the Although the concert is free, guests are encouraged to reserve their complimentary tickets
Child has no need for material things. Ashamed, she gives back the gold and regrets she has in advance by visiting the orchestra’s website at www.montpelierchamberorchestra.org.
nothing to send to the Child herself. Amahl runs after the kings and gives them his crutch. Reserved seats will he held until 15 minutes before the start of each performance.
In that moment, he is miraculously healed. Major donors who have helped to underwrite the performance are VELCO, the Vermont
"It is the express wish of the composer,” Menotti stated, “that the role of Amahl should Arts Council, Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, the City of Montpelier, the Montpelier Rotary
always be performed by a boy. Neither the musical nor the dramatic concept of the opera Club, and the Vermont Mutual Insurance Company. The orchestra is also supported by a
permits the substitution of a woman costumed as a child." number of generous individual donors.
Six voices, an orchestra, a troop of puppets, and a custom set will combine for two nights Established in 1994, the all-volunteer Montpelier Chamber Orchestra strives to inspire and
of free and timely entertainment when the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra and friends enrich Central Vermont audiences of all ages through performances of new and traditional
present “A Gift Far Greater,” the MCO’s fall concert featuring a full performance of the chamber orchestra repertory. The MCO strives to attract the area’s finest amateur and
children’s opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” The performances at Montpelier City professional musicians for the love of performing high-quality music. The orchestra
Hall on Saturday, November 18 at 7 pm, and Sunday, November 19 at 4 pm, will be free performs two concerts each in the spring and the fall, works with area schools through
of charge and open to the public thanks to the generosity of six sponsors and individual Project Outreach, and seeks creative new ways to engage with the community.

Chamber Offers
Seminar (cont. from p. 9)
If you are interested in learning more
about how the Central Vermont
Chamber of Commerce is working to
improve the region’s economy, call me,
Bill Moore, at 802-229-5711, or send me
an email at Bill@centralvt.com. I look
forward to hearing from you.
Mary Roehm is both a volunteer at the
pantry and a patron. When asked about
the types of people who use the pantry,
she says “I use the pantry, frankly, I’m
retired and unemployed, so I use it for
myself." Roehm worked as a professor of
arts and ran the ceramics department at
SUNY New Paltz in upstate New York.
She says one of the great things about
working at the pantry is getting to see
the community support that they get,
including notable donations from places
like Cumberland Farms and Shaw’s.
“I can go into Shaw’s and I can see what’s
on sale, and I know that’s what the
pantry's going to get after the sale."
Roehm also notes that help is coming
from those in the community, and that
those who have the means to do so will
go shopping for the pantry and donate
select items in need.
“Everybody is different,” she says of the
people who utilize the pantry. “There
are so many different people, you can’t
just assume that there’s just one kind
of person like just the homeless or
something like that, it’s everyone in the
community.” She says walking around
town makes it easier to realize there’s a
need in the community. “I realized that
because I’m walking I see more,” she
said.
“When driving you don’t notice because
the people are invisible, only they are
not invisible. They are wonderful people
from all walks of life who are just at a
point where they need some help and
I am very happy that we are there to
help them. Says another pantry volunteer
Mary Smith, “We serve all ages for all
types of situations … anyone in need, no
questions asked. It really is a wonderful
program.”
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