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November 16 December 6, 2017

Bashara Family to Build a New

Hotel by Nat Frothingham
he Bashara family has owned and managed the Capitol together a financial package of at least $15 million from the Northfield
Plaza Hotel at 100 State Street, opposite the Pavilion Office Savings Bank, the Vermont Economic Development Authority
Pg. 2 This Could be a Celebration Building and adjacent to the Vermont State House, for almost (VEDA), and the Small Business Administration, among others.
24 years. Over time the hotel has become a fixture of life in the As he continued to talk about the familys new hotel venture, Bashara
capital city. underscored the value of working with the Hilton chain. All the
Now, according to Fred Bashara, who is president of the Capitol specifications, he said, including architecture, inspections, fire
Pg. 4 A History of Thanksgiving Plaza Hotel, the Bashara family is taking on the familys biggest safety, the approval process, will be subject to the demands of the
project yet a plan to build a completely new, five-story hotel with Hilton chain.
an estimated 80 rooms and a new parking structure on their own There is an additional important aspect to the project.
Pg. 5 Anne Watson for Mayor! property at the rear of the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
The construction of a new hotel on the Capitol Plaza site creates
The Vermont-based DEW Construction Corporation has been an opportunity for the City of Montpelier, if the city can move fast
selected to build the new hotel at a cost of between $15 and $20 enough, to take a very big step toward solving its perennial downtown
million. The Basharas want to break ground next spring and hope to
Pg. 12 Vermont-Raised Alpaca open the new hotel one year after that, but no later than June 2019.
parking problems.
Planning for the new Hampton Inn & Suites includes a parking
An essential part of the overall plan announced by the Basharas at a garage. If the city moves quickly to create a Tax Increment Finance
press conference in the Montpelier Room of the Capitol Plaza Hotel (TIF) district, then money generated from the One Taylor Street
on November 14 is a franchise agreement that has been approved project ($14 to 15 million) and the new Bashara family hotel ($15 to
both by the Bashara family and the Hilton hotel chain. Under terms $20 million) can be directed through the TIF mechanism to parking
of that agreement the new hotel will be called Hampton Inn and

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and utilitiespublic projects that benefit the city as a whole. And


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Suites a Hilton brand hotel. the planned parking garage could in fact be built as a larger parking

We are the owners, said Fred Bashara. Were building the hotel. garage, serving not just the new hotel but the entire downtown.
But the Hampton Inn & Suites name and franchise constitute But timing, as ever, is critical.
a powerful draw for the travelling public. Bashara described the We want to start digging in the spring,said Bashara about the
Hampton Inn value in these words: Weve heard from some of construction timetable. And Bashara wants the Hampton Inn &
our Capitol Plaza guests that they want access to broader loyalty Suites to open in the spring of 2019 or, as he said, early June.
programs, mobile apps, and digital platforms, like those offered by
Hilton. We think the Hampton Inn & Suites adjacent to our existing, Practically speaking, Montpelier is just beginning an application to
award-winning Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center is a great the state to get approval for a TIF district. That process can take six
combination. months, and the Basharas want to start digging in the spring of 2018.
But theres a complication. If we put a shovel in the ground before
Bashara went on to say, When a visitor to Montpelier spends a we get the TIF district, thats a problem. We need the support of the
night at the Hampton Inn & Suites, that person knows exactly what city and state to push this thing forward, he said.
to expect. Said Bashara, We have to meet their standardsthe
architecture, the look of the hotel, the operations, everything about If the city wants a four or five-story parking garage with TIF money,
the hotel. can the city move forward in time? Thats a critical question.
Montpelier, VT 05601

As part of the deal with the Hilton chain, the Capitol Plaza Hotel This isnt just for us, Bashara said. Its for the city as well. If we
will continue as its own corporation. A separate corporation will be can get a TIF district, the city can own this deck. Then it can be
four of five stories high. And that means covered parking, central to
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created to run the Hampton Inn & Suites.

downtown, and a benefit to everyone downtown, he observed.
The Bashara family will own both hotels. The Basharas are putting
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This Could Be A Celebration Now!

David Mallett
Photo by Jill Wenner. Dan and Will Lindner,
Copyright 2012. The Sky Blue Boys

s we celebrate The Bridge and its first quarter century serving Montpelier and nearby Pisgah and Mount Hor, the words of Dan and Will Lindners song Welcome to Willoughby
towns, there is much for which to be grateful: Having the smallest, most splendid were almost always playingin my mind, if not on the speakers. It celebrated the return
capital in the United States; a free press; our Bill of Rights; Vermont and a heritage of peregrine falcons to Willoughby, and the song captured the gloriousness of that miracle:
of hard work and a working landscape; our wildlife; our farms, granite quarries, and ski Welcome to Willoughby, its good to have you back, its good to have you flying high and
areas; our neighbors; our traditions of working together, tolerance, and generosity. We live in free. I spent warm summer days fishing the rivers and streams of the Kingdom and the
difficult times, but we here in central Vermont and northern New England have been blessed Lindners lyrics were always with me: Ill take the hills and the valleys full of sunshine, Ill
with gifts beyond what many could even imagine. Among those countless gifts are writers, take the long days working with my hands, Ill take the fields and forests in the moonlight,
journalists, poets, musicians, and our artists. The Bridge is celebrating those gifts this holiday Ill take my chances livin from the land. I never quite dared to take my chances living from
seasonand with your support we hope to keep celebrating those gifts for another quarter the land. But I loved the hills and I loved the music.
of a century. As part of our celebration, we are being joined by some of the finest musicians Please join us for a celebration at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, 7:30 pm, December
in New England and Vermontwhose music, like The Bridge has celebrated a special way of 9th.
life: Dave Mallett, Mike Burd, Banjo Dan Lindner, and Will Lindner.
Dave Malletts music, like Robert Frosts poetry, has always celebrated New England, the Trains a leavin from the station
land, the farms, and the honest, hardworking people who live here. But his songs have
Need a brand new generation
had universal appeal as well. They have been covered by everyone from the Muppets to
the Clancy Brothers, John Denver, Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss, Emmy Lou Harris, Arlo This could be a celebrationnow.
Guthrie, and countless others. In fact, I was once driving through Ireland and I stopped at
a local grocery store near the Cliffs of Moher. They had a display of CDs and I bought one
called Irelands Greatest Pub Songs. Of the twelve songs on the album, three had been written David Kelley
by Dave Mallett. I sent the CD to Dave when I got home and he told me he had never gotten
any royalties whatsoever from the album but he was glad to know that he had written 25
percent of Irelands greatest pub songs. Daves music celebrates, people, places, and our ideals.
His most recent album is called Celebration.

This cant be our destination

This could be a better nation
Time to set the big horse racin
We can change the situation
Trains a leavin from the station
Need a brand new generation
This could be a celebration now.

According to the New York Times, Mallett harks back to the earnest ambitions and heartfelt
melodies of Willie Nelson and Johnny Cash, singing with the conviction that folk can still be
heroic. David Mallett has a lustrous, melancholy voice that both engages and lulls the listener,
never stretching too high or too low but always staying comfortable and believable.
About Nashville says There is no doubt that he has left an unfading imprint on Music City
and Classic Americana Music forever.
On December 9th Mallett will be joined at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier by the
Sky Blue Boys, Banjo Dan and Will Lindner, in our concert celebrating The Bridge, our
community, and the Season.
All a bunch of words need to be a song is a sudden burst of confidence.
Like Mallett, the Lindners music reminds us of the remarkable gifts we in Vermont have David Mallett to a little girl who asked for advice on how to finish some
been given. I remember the first time I saw Lake Willoughby. I was awed by its grandeur.
songs shed been writing. with Mike Burd and David Fitzgerald Kelley at
Eventually I was fortunate enough to have a place of my own there, and I got to spend
some of the best times of my life on Lake Willoughby. I usually drove up on Route 16 from
Lakeview Elementary School, Greensboro, Vermont, in 2015. Photo by Lily
Barton, and as I came upon the North Beach at the Lake, looking South toward Mount McAteer.
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Home Break-Ins on the Rise in Montpelier control the system and thermostats with a smartphone. lots of use, and there were no reported incidents of serious
Average installations by Vermont Security cost $99 to $199, harm or injury. Further, the rink stayed on budget, without
After area residents find their homes have been broken into,
Harper said, with monthly fees of $35.99 to $59.99. When reliance on state taxpayer dollars for any direct expenses.
many of them look into installing home security systems.
a system detects an intrusion, a monitoring company calls This year, the Capitol Complex Commission balked at
Jesse Harper, owner of Montpelier-based Vermont Security,
the owner, then the police, he said. project re-approval, citing aesthetic concerns. The City of
is one of the people they call, and he has been getting a lot
of calls recently. Harper, who went to Montpelier schools and worked for Montpelier is exploring other locations to site an outdoor
a national alarm company for five years before starting skating rink for the upcoming winter.
This has been our busiest year, Harper said of his five-
his own company, primarily sells residential systems. He Were disappointed that well be losing the rink as a
year-old company. This summer was particularly bad in
will be exhibiting at a local home show scheduled for downtown community attraction this winter, lamented
terms of intrusions. It has been unprecedented. Homes
Friday evening, November 17, at the Bethany Church in Kimberly McKee, one of the members of the Put a Rink
on dirt roads in rural towns are common targets, but now
Montpelier. on It Committee, a volunteer group that helped bring
Harper is seeing more burglaries in Montpelier, most of
them in daytime hours when people are at work. the project to fruition last winter. We gladly would have
State Commission Thwarts Ice Rink on State worked with the Capitol Complex Commission to address
Harper blames the increase on opiate and heroin addicts
House Lawn for Upcoming Winter their concerns for a more enhanced structure for future
seeking cash and jewelry, economic pressures, and outside
groups who target Vermont and make a living from Last winters State House lawn scene of skaters of all ages
stealing. He also noted that convicted burglars may not be gliding across the ice will not be repeated this winter. The This years proposal to re-install the rink was supported
off the street for long. Our prisons are overcrowded, and Capitol Complex Commission, a state body charged with Montpelier Alive, the Montpelier Downtown Business
we are not a punitive state, he observed. overseeing the architectural and aesthetic integrity of the Association, the Montpelier City Council, and city staff.
The first thing he advises people to do is lock their doors. State House grounds, opted not to move forward with a Being able to ice skate under the golden dome of the State
Monitoring by neighbors is also helpful. If you are proposal for another season of ice-skating on the lawn. At a House had terrific appeal, said Nate Hausman, another
suspicious, call the police or take a photo of a license plate, meeting on Wednesday, the Capitol Complex Commission member of the Put a Rink on It Committee. Across the
he advises. But installing a security system is the most withheld support for a motion by Commissioner Paul country, the bonds uniting communities are being strained.
effective solution, he said. Statistics show a residence is two Carnahan to approve the skating rink for a second season. Its unfortunate to see such a visible, dynamic community
to three times more likely to be broken into if there is no The State House lawn is state-owned public property. asset here at the nucleus of our state go away.
security system, he claimed, since thieves avoid homes with Last year, the Capitol Complex Commission approved a Those who would like to register comments related to the
signs, stickers, and cameras. So far, none of our customers one-season pilot of the rink. According to a public survey, it rink with the Capitol Complex Commission can email them
has had a break-in, he said. was widely hailed as a success. Of those who responded, 87 to Department of Buildings and General Services Executive
A basic residential system involves a keypad control system, percent supported continuing the operations of the rink for Assistant Judy Bruneau at
door contacts, motion detectors, and an alarm. More future winter seasons. An end-of-season report on the rink For more information, contact Kim McKee (Phone:
elaborate installations include the ability to monitor and noted that [the pilot] enjoyed a strong public reception, saw 610-246-0380, Email:

New Hotel (cont. from p. 1) Hollar Discusses Montpeliers TIF Application

When asked if there was a demand for more family. Our family runs this together, said
and the Bashara Familys Proposed New Hotel
hotel rooms in Montpelier, Bashara cited a Bashara. If someone is on vacation, someone
marketing analysis prepared by a hospitality else takes over. Then Bashara got specific
professional that showed that such a demand mentioning his four children, their wives, Montpelier Mayor John Hollar talked to The Bridge by phone on November 15, the
for added hotel space exists in Central their grandchildren. Almost every one of day after the Bashara family announced plans to build a new $15 to $20 million
Vermont. One of the Capitol Plaza Hotels them has worked for us, he said. new hotel on their downtown property at the rear of the existing Capitol Plaza Hotel.
strongest assets is the solidarity of the Bashara Specifically, Hollar had these comments to make about the possible use of (TIF) or
Tax Increment Financing revenue as part of the hotel project.
The Hilton Chain Heres how TIF revenues could be employed to support a project like the one that the
Bashara family is proposing.
According to a website posting, Hilton is one of the largest and
fastest growing hospitality companies in the world with more than 5,100 At the moment, the City of Montpelier is in the process of putting together an
properties, with nearly 838,000 rooms in 103 countries and territories. application to secure state approval for a TIF district in Montpelier. If Montpelier
wins state approval, it would be allowed to go ahead almost immediately and invest
Hilton reports more than 69 million members in its award-winning
some of the predicted and added tax revenue from a development project to build
customer loyalty program, the Hilton Honors club. or improve public infrastructure projects in the TIF district.
For example, such projects funded by TIF might include, as Hollar said, Roads,
bridges, power lines, water and sewer, parking facilitiesreally any kind of public
infrastructure that would be beneficial to the public and tied to private investment such
as the Bashara familys proposed new hotel.
When Fred Bashara announced plans for a new hotel on Bashara-owned property
at the rear of the existing Capitol Plaza Hotel, Bashara took pains to mention his
interest in securing TIF revenue to support the familys project.
But in his phone call to The Bridge, Hollar said, We have not received anything
in writing from the Basharas about the use of TIF money relating to that project.
Certainly wed be happy to review anything from them, he added.
Talking about Montpeliers TIF application currently being put together, he said, The
application is a complicated process. It involves the consideration of a wide range
of factors. We are looking at a range of different options of how we would use TIF
revenue for a number of different public infrastructure projects.
Explaining the TIF application in greater depth, Hollar said, There are standards we
have to meet. We have to show that this private project wouldnt happen without the
citys investment. We have to show that x wouldnt happen without y.
The City of Montpeliers TIF application, Hollar said, is well underway despite its
When asked if he thought there was a good chance that the City would get approval
from the state for its TIF application, he said, I think it will hang on our application.
Hollar didnt think Montpeliers application would be denied because of competition
from other municipalities. I think if we submit a compelling application, we have a
strong likelihood of getting approval for a TIF district.
Hollar went on to say that at least one other Montpelier developer is interested in
being approved for a TIF district. The owners of Sabins pasture have expressed a
desire to be included in a TIF district, he said.
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Lets Talk Turkey by Larry Floersch

istorians are not sure when the first celebration of Thanksgiving took place in a Little Lamb. She also went on to become the editor of Ladies Magazine in Boston. But it
America. Some say it occurred in 1621 in the Plymouth colony in Massachusetts was in her successful novel, Northwood, a book about slavery and New England virtues, that
as a celebration for a bountiful harvest. Others say it was earlier, in 1619 at the she promoted the turkey as the symbol of Thanksgiving. According to the website The Dodo,
Berkeley Hundred land grant in Charles City County, Virginia. Other historians claim in Northwood she described what would become the idyllic Thanksgiving table, taking the
that it was in Texas in 1598, and two historians from the University of Florida argue that the opportunity to introduce turkey as its star:
first thanksgiving service was in Florida, [It] is considered as an appropriate tribute
at the Spanish colony of St. Augustine, on of gratitude to God to set apart one day of
September 8, 1565. Thanksgiving in each year; and autumn is
For the most part, however, as every the time when the overflowing garners of
schoolchild knows, we now accept that America call for this expression of joyful
the first Thanksgiving was in Plymouth in gratitude.
1621, but the exact date is unknown. It was The roasted turkey took precedence on this
probably much earlier than the last Thursday occasion, being placed at the head of the
in November--most likely September 29 table; and well did it become its lordly
according to Plymouth historians--because station, sending forth the rich odor of its
it was a celebration of the harvest, and by savory stuffing, and finely covered with the
late November in Massachusetts the harvest froth of the basting.
is well past.
Up until the Civil War, celebrations of
In addition to uncertainty about the place thanksgiving were sporadic and on a state by
and date, no one knows exactly what was state basis. Hale believed strongly that there
on the menu. Historians have been able to should be one national day of Thanksgiving,
identify who cooked the meal, four Pilgrim November Bliss. Photo by Michael Jermyn
and over 17 years wrote letters to five
women--Eleanor Billington, Elizabeth presidents, Taylor, Fillmore, Buchanan,
Hopkins, Mary Brewster, and Susanna White along with some of their daughters and servants Pierce, and Lincoln, promoting the idea.
but not what they cooked.
It was finally Lincoln who responded and in 1863 proclaimed the last Thursday in November
The Plymouth colonists noted that fowl in abundance was on the table. Their guests for as the official national day of Thanksgiving. Until that proclamation, Independence Day
the celebration, the native Wampanoag, lacking a written language, left no record of what and Washingtons Birthday were the only national holidays. Thanksgiving has grown to
they were offered. To the Pilgrims (and Wampanoag) back then, with their wider palate, become the second most popular
fowl could have meant ducks, geese, herons, cranes, swans, partridge, and wild turkeys. holiday in the United States, just
Given the location of the colony on the behind Christmas, and because
coast, migratory waterfowl would have it is nonspecific when it comes to
been in great abundance in September. religion, it is a holiday that we as
In the accounts of the day the mention of Americans can celebrate together.
waterfowl was prominent, but wild turkeys
were also abundant in the area. We can So even though it was not specifically
only assume that turkeys were on the table mentioned as a component of the
along with waterfowl, fish, venison, squash, menu on that day in 1621 when the
and corn. Pilgrims and Wampanoag sat down
in peace together to celebrate the
So how did the turkey become the symbol harvest, we can safely assume they
of Thanksgiving as we know it today had turkey, perhaps not as plump
instead of, say, a goose? and tasty as the turkeys offered by
The honor for promoting the turkey our Vermont farmers today, but
probably falls to Sarah Josepha Hale, a just as welcome. And according to Photo Public Domain
writer, poet, and editor from New Wikipedia, more than 46 million of
Sarah Josepha Hale, the Mother of Hampshire. As a poet, she is probably most the birds will grace our tables across the land this Thanksgiving. We at The Bridge wish you
Thanksgiving. Public Domain. familiar for her nursery rhyme Mary had all a bountiful and peaceful Thanksgiving feast.

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Anne Watson Announces for Mayor of Montpelier By Nat Frothingham

t a Montpelier City Hall press conference on Watson emphasized her commitment
November 6, city councilor and Montpelier High to developing affordable housing

Anne Watson. Photo courtesy of Anne Watson

School physics teacher Anne Watson announced her in Montpelier. I want to grow the
candidacy for Mayor of Montpelier. Voters in Montpelier will quantity and quality of housing in
choose a new mayor next year at City Meeting on March 6, Montpelier, she added.
2018. She identified financial and energy
Watson was introduced at the press conference by Mary sustainability as two of the goals she
Hooper, former Montpelier mayor and Montpelier would pursue as mayor. She also raised
representative to the Vermont House, and by Jack the issue of flood resiliency. She noted
McCullough, a longtime member of the Montpelier Housing Montpeliers history of flooding. But
Task Force. she said, We can enact policies that
Hooper explained her support for Watson, saying, She has can mitigate the impacts.
the skill set and values. Shes creative and an out of the box She praised the Councils careful
thinker, and she listens to others in developing consensus. process in taking on the hard
McCullough said that Watson is a great person to work conversations about the Citys budget.
with. He said that she would make Montpelier a welcoming Those conversation include asking the
community and noted that she is an educator and a coach sharp questions of Can we afford it?
with strong ties to young people. She described her working style by
McCullough said he had campaigned for Watson in a recent drawing from an example of how she
council election. I went door to door for her. He said. I worked with Montpelier High School
cant tell you the number of people who said they were happy students to decide the best energy
to support her. Anne is going to be a great mayor for the source for heating the high schools
future. greenhouse. She said the students participation is at the heart of making good decisions.
explored the alternatives and eventually settled on solar
In her own remarks, Watson noted her five years of service panels. She said she thought the student discussion had a She concluded her remarks optimistically by listing a number
on the City Council and pointed out that for three of those great value. If there hadnt been a student discussion, the best of positive developments in Montpelier such as the district
years, shes been council president. I do the job whenever hes alternative would not have been chosen. heat project, the local commitment to Net Zero energy, the
not available, she said about pinch-hitting for John Hollar, newly paved roads, and the new businesses that have opened
Montpeliers current mayor. We can do this together, she said about her belief that broad up on Barre Street.
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A Message From City Hall

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Winter is Coming
By William Fraser, City Manager

s the temperatures start to dip and we move closer to snow plowing season, the The fate of the Citys aging Recreation
annual budget preparation process is underway. We expect the formal budget to Center, which is not ADA compliant and
be presented to the City Council on December 13th and 20th. The Council has requires significant upgrades, should be
set a preliminary target that the municipal property tax rate be contained within the decided.
inflation rate, which is between 2.0% and 2.5%. Early budget projections show that the Weather related events and emergencies
baseline increase could be near 5% so the annual belt tightening and budget reduction continue to be a challenge.
will be in order.
As does the Citys ability to handle the growing financial and human cost of drug
Based on the 2017 Annual Report from Property Valuation and Review, Montpelier has addiction.
the 18th highest effective municipal tax rate (16th highest in 2016 and 13th highest in
2015) in the state. For the 2017-18 tax year, 70.3% of residents received a property tax We are also taking a serious look at the threats nationwide of violent or terrorists acts,
adjustment payment from the State of Vermont with an average payment of $1,354. This looking for ways to ensure our Capital City remains safe.
represents an increase of 6% from the prior year and an increase in the payment amount Budget projection assumptions
of $20. Circuit Breaker payments for those with household income of less than $47,000
Base revenue growth on known values only
decreased from 448 recipients to 434 and averaged $1,223 for the current tax year.
Assume % increase in the Grand List
Of course budget considerations are not just numbers. They reflect services and projects
delivered by the city government. Heres a look at some accomplishments from this past Project salaries and wages based on negotiated and anticipated Collective Bargaining
year as well as challenges facing the municipality in the coming year. Agreements
Accomplishments: Assume a 6% annual increase in health insurance for calendar year 2019 and beyond.
Made substantial progress on the 1 Taylor Street project, including securing the purchase Revenue Projections
and sales agreement for the Montpelier Beverage property. Spring groundbreaking is A number of development projects are pending, scheduled to start or will be completed
scheduled. in 2018 and 2019. The construction of Caledonia Spirits, the Taylor Street Multi-modal
Expanded housing options at 1 Taylor Street, the French Block on Main Street, 250 Transportation Center and Downstreet Housing Project, the French Block housing
Main, Barre Street, and elsewhere. project, the Taylor Street bike path and the Central VT Regional Bike Path will change
the landscape of our community. Each of these projects will improve the Grand List and
Completed phase 1 of the Northfield Street Reconstruction project, and the Montpelier
reduce the overall tax burden on residents.
Makeover downtown paving project.
The creation of a Tax Increment Financing District could also pave the way for a significant
Brought Caledonia Spirits headquarters to Montpelier. Ground breaking in spring.
infrastructure project leading to considerable Grand List growth. Development potential
Coordinated TIF review, which could lead to significant economic development. within the downtown district or Sabins Pasture for instance is difficult to forecast at this
Completed three bridge maintenance projects, 3.4 miles of new bike lanes, and the Elm time.
Street/Spring Street 4-way stop control. Personnel Cost Projections
Purchased and installed needle disposal boxes for City buildings. Police and Public Works Collective Bargaining Agreement has been negotiated for FY19.
Reduced crime by about 4 percent over last year, and continued the success with Project Cost of Living Adjustments for those employees will increase 2% in FY19. The Fire
Safe Catch addiction recovery program. Department Collective Bargaining Agreement expires on June 30, 2018.
Completed zoning recommendations and updated the Master Plan for public input. City-wide this means an approximate increase in wages excluding overtime of $130,000.
With overtime, the cost rises to an anticipated $150,000 however this an estimate and
Secured grants to help pay for crosswalk flashing beacons, public art, housing projects, subject to numerous factors, including weather.
and more.
The increase in wages also increases wage-based employer costs such as Social Security,
Removed the old Brown Derby Restaurant through enforcement of public nuisance Medicare, retirement contributions and workers compensation insurance. We anticipate
ordinance. an increase in the employer retirement contribution rate for FY19. For budget purposes,
Merged Senior Center, Recreation Department and Parks for a more comprehensive, we are using a 0.25% increase for VMERS and a 5% increase in workers compensation
efficient operation. premiums. These additional costs contribute another $50,000 to wage related costs
Saw significant increases in Community Services programs and services to meet bringing the total wage related increase for the General Fund to $200,000.
growing demand. The final 2017 BlueCross/BlueShield health insurance premiums are now finalized. The
Increased Community Justice programs to help reduce crime and enable people to proposal is expected to be the best it has ever been with our current rates remaining flat
rebuild their lives. (as compared to a 17% increase in 2016). Our current employee pool claims are down
dramatically and employees are utilizing preventative screening programs, obtaining
Held a well-attended public forum on racial justice. routine exams and avoiding in-patient hospital care. The continued development of the
Challenges: employee wellness program is also giving employees access to biometric screenings, flu
shots, chair massages, acupuncture, weight loss classes, recreational activities and more.
The City continues to face infrastructure challenges, as seen in the delayed Northfield
The average book of business increase for BC/BS customers for 2018 is 7%. The flat rate
Street work.
increase for 2018 coupled with a small shift in the demographics of the current employee
State demands for stormwater improvements while important will be costly. group (family vs. single plans) results in a slight decrease in overall health insurance costs
Managing the Berlin Pond drinking water source, which is now open to public activity for 2019 based on factors known at this time.
and access, will also be a challenge. Budget items that historically have been untouchable:
Meeting the goal of purchasing and installing Net Zero- LED street lights and other Of the projected $14.1 million in FY19 total General Fund Expenditures, the follow items
energy efficiency goals will require funding and commitment. have historically been unavailable for any budgetary changes.
The City will need to secure bond votes for an upgrade & waste to energy project at Thank you for reading this article and for your interest in Montpelier city government.
the wastewater treatment facility, as well as improvements to infrastructure (water &
sewer mains).
We need to resolve the intersection design at Barre and Main Streets.

Please feel free to contact me or your elected officials with questions or comments about
the City Government. I can be reached at or 802-223-9502.
Other city officials email addresses and phone numbers are available on the web.
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Montpelier Community Invited to Create and Celebrate Public Art

MONTPELIER Montpelier middle art; its contribution to a creative, local
school students are inviting family, friends, economy; and its place in the development
and the general public to help create a public of public space, historical context, and effect
art installation on November 18, and to on community building, Savoor said. We
celebrate that installation when it is erected
on December 1 at City Hall Plaza. The
will understand the constraints of weather,
the stages a public-artist must go through to
About ArtSynergy:
installation of wind-operated sculptural realize their work, and study artists who work
forms is part of ArtSynergy, a new initiative with the elements to tell their stories. Public art helps to define a city by honoring its history, celebrating its culture,
aimed at creating a public art master plan for Works of art completed for the students final and creating rich experiences for residents and visitors alike. Art activates
the city. presentation will consist of a series of wind- spaces and invigorates economiesand brings smiles and inspiration to folks
In March, the city won and matched a operated forms, such as banners and flags, of all ages, day in and day out. A new initiative of the City of Montpelier in
$50,000 Our Town grant from the windsocks, and windmill/ spinners. collaboration with Montpelier Alive and the Community Engagement Lab is
National Endowment of the Arts to develop the development of a strategic Public Art Master Plan and a community-wide
Community Day will be held November vision for how public art can be integrated into the framework of the city of
a master plan for public art; ArtSynergy 18 from 10 am to 2 pm at Main Street
is a collaboration of the city government, Montpelier. Visit
Middle School. The works of art the students
MontpelierAlive, and the Community create will be installed and celebrated at the
Engagement Lab to develop that plan along next Montpelier Art Walk on December 1,
with a community-wide vision for how public and are expected to remain on view for about

About Gowri Savoor:

art can be more integrated into Montpelier. two weeks.
Since last spring, ArtSynergy has been Upcoming ArtSynergy Dates:
sponsoring a series of workshops and
discussions during which residents are invited November 18: Community Day for Main
to participate and generate ideas. ArtSynergy Street Middle School art installation, 10 am
requested proposalsand received 24 of to 2 pm, Main Street Middle School
themfrom Vermont artists for the design December 1: Main Street Middle School
and installation of a large public art work project installed at City Hall Plaza for
at the One Taylor Street Redevelopment Montpelier Art Walk. Snacks and reflection
Project. (Three finalists will present to the afterward at Lost Nation Theater
public in January; the installation is slated
Mid-December (date TBA): Three finalists
for April 2019). A survey about public art has
chosen for One Taylor Street Art Installation
been posted on the MontpelierAlive website.
Most recently, renowned teaching artist Cori Mid-January, 2018 (date TBD): Finalists
Savoor began a seven-day residency at Main present concepts of their proposed installations
Street Middle School working with fifth and to the public. Ongoing: Public invited to take Gowri Savoor is a Vermont-based visual teaching artist whose practice
seventh graders. Public Art Survey: Visit MontpelierAlive. includes sculpture, drawing, and the Indian art of Rangoli. Born in England,
com/225/ArtSyngergyProject and click on she was educated in Manchester and Leeds, and moved to the United
During the residency, students will learn
Take Our Survey! States in 2007. Savoor is the founder of A River of Light, an organization
about the value and importance of public
committed to bringing art to the community through participatory art events,
parades, and installations. She has been a teaching artist for over 17
years with experience in arts integration and community building, and
continues to exhibit both nationally and internationally. She is perhaps
best known locally for her "River of Light" lantern parades, including one
in Montpelier in 2015 and 2016. She is a Senior Teaching Artist with the
Community Engagement Lab. For more information, visit
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Medicare Open Enrollment Information Important Medicare Dates

by Glennis Drew

ired of digging through all the junk mail printed in red, white, and blue this month Remember, Medicare plans can change each year
(which often sported an American flag or a bald eagle or some combination of the September & OctoberReview & compare
two), I called the information number from the website to find out
Review: Your plan may change. Review any notices from your plan about
how to tell the genuine article from a sales pitch.
changes for next year.
According to the helpful representative, all official documents from Medicare will have
Compare: Starting in October, use Medicares Plan Finder to find a plan that
the CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) logo at the top of the document
meets your needs. Visit the Medicare Plan Finder at
as well as a 12-digit control number that refers to the specific form it is printed on. In this
way, if you call Medicare in regard to the document, they will be able to see the document October 15Open Enrollment begins
you have in front of you and can help you. This is the one time of year when ALL people with Medicare can make changes to
If what you are looking at does not have the CMS or Social Security logo and it doesnt their health and prescription drug plans for the next year.
have the control number, it is probably an advertisement. Decide: October 15 is the first day you can change your Medicare coverage
If what shows up in your mailbox is addressed to you in something in that looks for next year.
like handwritten script but does not have a return address December 7Open Enrollment ends
you recognize, it is probably an advertisement. Many inkjet
printers can spray names and addresses on envelopes in a In most cases, December 7 is the last day you can change your Medicare
typeface that looks like handwriting. coverage for next year. The plan has to get your enrollment request (application)
by December 7.
The point of all the smoke and mirrors is to get you to open
the envelope and read their sales pitch. If they get you to call January 1Coverage begins
them, they have a chance to convince you to purchase what Your new coverage begins January 1 if you switch to a new plan. If you stay with
they are selling, be it insurance or even a new car. the same plan, any changes to coverage, benefits, or costs for the new year will
As the days draw down to the December deadline, telemarketers begin on January 1.
have started making robot callingeven to cellular phones. Making changes to your coverage after January 1
They also manage to litter your email inbox with ads that
Between January 1 and February 14, if youre in a Medicare Advantage Plan
sound dire.
(like an HMO or PPO), you can leave your plan and switch to Original Medicare.
This is what you need to know: If you switch to Original Medicare, youll have until February 14 to also join a
No one can switch you out of a plan without your permission. Medicare Prescription Drug Plan to add drug coverage. Your coverage will begin
the first day of the month after the plan gets your enrollment form. In certain cases,
If what you are looking at does not have the CMS or Social Security logo and it you may be able to make other changes if you qualify for a Special Enrollment
doesnt have the control number, it is probably an advertisement. Period. Visit, or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227) to
W hile Medicare plans CAN change each year, the change that most often occurs is learn more. TTY users can call 1-877-486-2048.
a change in the amount of your premium or in the individual drugs that are covered
by your particular plan.
If you are happy with the plan you have, you do not need to change anything. Your
coverage will simply roll over for another year in January.

Rick Winston to Offer a Seminar on

Independent Films
ilm instructor Rick
Winston will present a
three-session seminar
on the history of American
independent film, at the
Montpelier Senior Activity
Center, 58 Barre Street, on
three consecutive Mondays
(November 20, November 27,
and December 4) from 6:30 to
9:00 pm.
As long as Hollywood has
existed, there has also been a
rich vein of independent films
made by uncompromising
and often brilliant filmmakers
unconcerned with financial
rewards. The first session will
cover such little-known pioneers Maya Deren, one of the pioneers of
of the era 1920-1970 as Oscar the independent cinema movement.
Micheaux, Sidney Meyers, Maya This Photo is from her 1943 film
Deren, Morris Engel, Ruth "meshes of the Afternoon."
Orkin, and Leo Hurwitz. The
indie explosion of the early 1980s, the 1990s to the present day.
which featured the work of Spike Lee,
Jim Jarmusch, and John Sayles, will be The cost will be $40 per session or $100 for
the focus of the second session, while the all three sessions. For more information,
third session will cover indie films from please contact Rick Winston at 454-7103
or through email at

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Signature Styles Offers Green Beauty Products by Glennis Drew

he owner of Signature Styles salon in Montpelier, chemicals. Our skin soaks in everything . . . the good and a carcinogen-free line of makeup using state-of-the-art
Tess Onorato, and her entire staff (Jenn Lincoln, the bad. Soaps, lotions, makeup, lipstick, mascara, eye natural formulations. Unable to find products that would
Brenda Brassard, Juliet Walker, and Jessica shadow, toothpaste, and hair-care products are known to make her feel beautiful while not introducing harmful
Millett) have completed training as Certified Ouidad harbor toxic chemicals. Yet no one does anything to ban chemicals to her skin, she developed her own.
Curl Specialists through the Ouidad (pronounced we- or stop the use of such things. The FDA doesn't regulate Signature Styles offers a free Hynt all-natural, non-toxic
Dad) product line. Ouidad products are specifically the ingredients in cosmetics. lip gloss with any $49 makeup purchase.
formulated for curly and wavy hair. They are offering free Signature Styles is part of the current green beauty
personalized consultations for clients with all types of Call Signature Styles at 229-2500 for a free consultation.
revolution taking place across the country. Before your Log on to to see makeover videos
curls, from wavy to kinky. mind goes to the wicked witch makeup from the Wizard using these high quality lines of natural makeup.
The salon, located in the covered walkway to the Capitol of Oz, please be assured that the green reference is to
Plaza Hotel, was chosen by Ouidad as the exclusive retail all-natural products free of dyes, perfumes, and
outlet for their products in Central Vermont. Signature other chemicals, which, along with diet and
Styles carries the entire line of Ouidads gluten-free styling exercise all contribute to the green beauty
products, which were originally developed in 1985 and movement.
marketed under the name, Curly Girl. While gluten In addition to the Ouidad product line,
free is not normally something associated with hair care Signature Styles carries Alima Pure organic
products, Onorato stressed Sixty percent of what goes on makeup, manufactured in Portland, Oregon,
your skin is absorbed into your bloodstream! For those along with Hynt beauty products and EcoBrow.
allergic to gluten this is good news. All of these lines are plant- or mineral-based and
Said Onorato, Without a doubt, our bodies are constantly use non toxic, naturally derived preservatives.
exposed to many chemicals in our personal care products, Hynt beauty products were developed by Meryl
home cleaners, and environment. And as women, we Marshallthe president and chief product
may be sustaining even more damage from toxins and officer as well as a breast cancer survivorafter
Marshall searched for
Watercolor by Nona Estrin

Tess Onorato and her staff at Signature Styles salon.

Photo by Michael Jermyn

The Time of Moss and Fern

andles, which came out for the storm and subsequent week-long black-out, stay
put, to cheer us through the time change and early gloaming, the shock of dark
just after mid-afternoon.
And suddenly, holidays are upon us. Interesting, holidays and time change, superimposed
by us humans upon late fall. I hardly know what to think of this time of year until
venturing out on a cold sunny day, down a small mossy path, where the the green is a
powerful reminder of this season, after leaf fall and before snow. The time of moss and
fern still green, and of beech leaves still holding tight to the tree.
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Opinion Unconscious Biases by Brian Ricca

he Montpelier Public Schools Leadership Team I have unconscious biases, simply by growing up and aware of our unconscious biases. At the 2017 Rowland
is participating in a training with CQ Strategies breathing in the ethos in the United States of America. We Foundation Annual Conference in late October, Professor
called the We All Belong Series, in a sustained all have unconscious biases that impact us as we go about Ruha Benjamin inspired and challenged us around issues of
effort grow our own cultural competency. One of the goals living in the world. Anyone who says otherwise is simply race in the state of Vermont. A tweet from MHS Principal
in the MPS Action Plan is "To implement an articulated not being fully honest. Once we have admitted that we Mike McRaith summed up her message insightfully: A
multi-tiered system of support to provide equitable learning have biases, we must take the next step to ensure that we big takeaway for me is to help the overserved understand
opportunities for students in safe and inclusive learning are working to keep them in check and do what we can their privilege and develop empathy so they can be whole.
environments." A substantial part of that commitment is to minimize their impact on our day-to-day relationships. There are real issues of equity and privilege in our state.
working to address our own shortcomings and actively And for those of us in education, the expectations are They extend beyond that of just race and include class,
grow as leaders in MPS for this work. much higher. We must be vigilant not only for the biases gender, gender identity, and ability, to name just a few.
During a discussion at a recent training, one of the in our own life; we must be just as vigilant for evidence of Anyone who feels marginalized in 2017, who is not a
participants asked our facilitators if there is a way to ever biases in our students, in our schools, and our community. position of privilege, is working harder and harder everyday
fully overcome unconscious bias. The facilitator paused As educators, our responsibilities include educating the to overcome the injustice AND then engage in the process
before answering, and the answer was stunning in its whole child, not just the head but the heart as well. We of learning.
simplicity. "Well, do you brush and floss everyday? While must ensure that our students are practicing habits that I am not whole, because I am overserved and I have
doing that is never going to fully prevent dental decay and will prevent further development of biases, as they move privilege. I promise to brush and floss everyday to try to
larger problems in your mouth, we still know that is just in relationships not only during the school day but during keep my unconscious biases in check but will need help
good dental hygiene." the rest of their lives as well. We state in MPS that one of with my blind spots. Will you help me? I promise to help
We all do something everyday that is not guaranteed to our goals is to have our students be in "safe and inclusive you with yours, so that we can honor all our students to
make a difference but is considered just good practice. learning environments." We have a responsibility to our make schools truly safe and inclusive for all of them.
students, as well as to our fellow human beings to be

Opinion Equilibrium by Paul GIllies

he Editor remembers hearing me say once that over the last few decades the State national policies on climate change or immigration policy are debated in Washington, the
has absorbed powers normally exercised by the municipalities of Vermont, and that states are beginning to adopt their own strategies to address these challenges.
this has caused an imbalance. I dont remember that, but then I have said many The same centripetal movement has occurred in the relations between the state and
things Ive forgotten. Thats not important. What is, is, is that so? municipalities. The occasional demands for a return to local control are largely unmet
Because if it is true, perhaps we should be concerned. Lets investigate. promises. Despite its mythic claim to be the home of direct democracy, the choices
We should start with an age-old question of how Vermont came to be. Did the state create left to towns (and voters) have diminished over time. Towns no longer have primary
the towns, or did the towns create the state? If the latter, goes some thinking, then the state responsibility for the poor. This ended in 1968. In 1969, the federal courts ordered
must do the bidding of the towns, rather than vice-versa. legislative apportionment, ending the one-town, one-vote rule in the House. Rural town
power diminished significantly. Act 250 arrived in 1970, creating a superstructure for land
That isnt the way it came to be or how it is today for that matter. Vermont is among the use regulation that left only a small role for towns to play. Act 60 re-established a statewide
most centralized of the states. All power comes through the legislature, to be implemented property tax, investing additional control over the local tax by the state. There is no Tenth
by state officials and local officials. There is very little range of independent action for Amendment in the Vermont Constitution, applicable to the state and the towns, and no
towns. limits to the duties towns have traditionally assumed that the state can take back from the
Vermont is not a home rule state. Home rule in that context means the ability to enact towns.
laws locally, without having to rely on legislative approval to make them enforceable. That School mergers are another strong sign of a shift in power, away from local government.
thought is best expressed in a line from the Vermont Supreme Court, when it wrote (and While Vermont had traditionally resisted enfranchising county government with additional
repeated many times), towns are mere agents of the state created to perform administrative powers, as other states have done, it has created regional governmentssolid waste districts,
functions. Thats a discouraging thought for some officials. regional planning commissions, supervisory unionsthat exercise their own powers and
The problem is always trying to ensure that towns and town officials do what they are may, in the future, take on more of the duties required of towns, because they can be more
required to do under the law. efficient and more manageable.
There is a suspicion that they cannot perform, inherent in statute. Decisions made by towns This trend is in many ways unfair to the towns. Towns are very different today than they
in land use, with rare exceptions, and property valuation disputes, when they are appealed, were just a few decades ago. There are educational programs and courses where local
are treated as though what happened at the town level is irrelevant. These appeals are heard officials learn their jobs, and they are well-attended. Professionals now manage the cities
de novo, meaning anew. All the work of notices, hearings, and decisions at the town level and most larger towns. There are established systems for finance, tax appraisal, and record-
is put aside, and a trial judge decides the outcome of the contest. keeping. There is more openness and competence in local offices.
Then theres history. The federal government gathered robust powers formerly exercised by But yes, Mr. Editor, there has been dilution of local power. Those who wanted to take
the states during the era of the New Deal, and those changes remain with us in health care, back Vermont, presumably from the state, lost, and centralism won. But thats not how
transportation, and civil rights, among others. Returning power to the states to fashion it has to be. Many towns are fully capable of managing themselves, without direct state
their own answers to basic needs is a theme that persists in every attempted reform. As oversight. Their officials have earned the right to be respected. Its time to reverse the trend.

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Incognito Salon Helps Montpelier Food

Montpelier Incognito Salon, located at
27 State Street in downtown Montpelier,
is encouraging people to help alleviate the
food insecurity issue in the community.
On November 1, they made available
in the salon a drop box in which people
can leave non-perishable food donations.
These donations will be given to the
Montpelier Food Shelf for distribution.
A box for monetary donations was also
made available on the counter. That will
allow the food shelf to distribute much
needed items for community members
in need. The drop box will be available
through the holidays and its contents will
be given to the food shelf as it fills up. For
more information about this effort, please
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Vermont-raised Alpaca: A Source of Breeding Stock, Fiber, and Healthy Meat

by Glennis Drew

Alpaca Stew with Dark

Beer & Root Vegetables,
from The Cas-Cad-Nac
Farm Cookbook
Make this stew with your favorite dark Vermont beer
(I personally like Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout). There are
so many excellent options out there these days that I
encourage you to have some fun selecting your favorite
brew. This is a great cold- weather meal and, like the
other slow-cooked recipes in this book, the flavor really
improves when the dish is prepared a day or two before
Jean-Luc Matecat

Serves: 6
Preparation Time: 3 hours

2 pounds alpaca stew meat

cup whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
4 tablespoons butter
Cas-Cad-Nac Farms alpacas. Photo by 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
First Light Studios. 2 Vidalia onions, cut into -inch cubes

f you put specialty meat markets carrying alpaca Dressing out at approximately 60 pounds (similar in 2 large carrots
into your search engine, you will be shown a very size to a white-tailed deer), alpaca is a mild-flavored 1 head of celery root (optional)
credible list of product availabilitymost of it from meat and easily takes on the flavors of other ingredients. 2 Yukon Gold potatoes
on-line suppliers. Ranging from Specialty Meats and Because of its mild flavor, it can easily be substituted in 4 cups stout or other dark beer
Gourmet in Wisconsin, to Twisted Suri Alpaca Ranch any recipe that would normally call for beef. It is best 1 cup tomato pure
in Minnesota, from Ohio to Indiana, Vermont (Cas-Cad- served rare to medium and, because of the absence of 10 sprigs fresh thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
Nac Farm), and even on Amazon, alpaca is ready to muscle fat, becomes dry if overcooked. 1 bay leaf
in on bison as a low-fat, low-cholesterol alternative to beef The Bridge was recently in touch with Ian and Jennifer Sour cream
and pork. Lutz, the owners of Cas-Cad-Nac Farm in Perkinsville, Hearty bread
A member of the South American Camelid (SAC) family, Vermont, and marketing specialist Pam Knights of
alpacas have existed in some form as a domesticated species Pam Knights Communications who collaborated on a To Prepare the Stew
for thousands of years, having been derived by selectively cookbook of alpaca recipes with Chef Jean-Luc Matecat. Cut the stew meat into -inch pieces, if not already
breeding of two of its wild cousins, the vicua and the According to Ian Lutz, Although I can feel reticent small enough. Set aside.
guanaco (the fourth member of the SAC family, likewise about it at times, after 20 years in this business, we
a domesticated species, is the llama). Originating on the are viewed as leaders in the U.S. alpaca industry, and Peel the carrots, celery root (if using), and potatoes;
Andean Altiplano, alpacas were bred at altitudes of 11,500 as with any other fiber-based livestock herd the world cut into roughly -inch cubes. Combine the flour,
to 16,000 feet and, at those chilly altitudes, they were and over, we felt the need to help develop the market for our salt and pepper in a medium-size mixing bowl. Toss
still are prized primarily for their fleece. animals meat as a natural byproduct of a responsible the alpaca pieces in the flour mixture so they are
The first alpacas were imported into the United States in livestock operation. Given that the very idea of alpaca thoroughly and individually coated. Shake off the
1984, supporting a business that was initially focused on meat here in North America was so new to the cultural excess flour, and set aside.
the sales of breeding stock, treating the alpaca more like landscape, though, we jumped at the chance to develop
an exotic, high-priced pet. Today though, with a domestic our cookbook along with Jean-Luc and Pam. It was not Heat a large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven or pot.
herd totaling 300,000 to 500,000 animals, alpaca ranching only great fun getting to test cook some of the recipes, Moving quickly, melt the butter and add the flour-
and farming in the United States is maturing and gradually but most importantly it helped give us an easy answer coated meat. Brown the alpaca pieces on each side
transforming itself into a legitimate agricultural enterprise, when customers would ask, How do I cook alpaca? until caramelized. Cook the meat in batches so as
based no longer just on live animal sales, but also a The meat from this farm is sold primarily online since, not to overcrowd the pan. Next, add the vegetables
burgeoning domestic textile industry. An inevitable part according to Knights, Cas-Cad-Nac Farms online and continue to saut. Use a wooden spoon to scrape
of such a fiber-producing livestock industrythink Merino sales are working well and are easier for them to manage the bottom of the pan as you cook the vegetables.
sheep and one of its most famous byproducts, New Zealand since theyre such a busy, multi-faceted operation. This should help release the solids stuck on the
Lambis the use of alpacas as a source of protein. The Lutz family has had their farm on the southern bottom. After about 3 minutes, add the dark beer.
Although relatively new to the American market and slope of Mt. Ascutney since 1997. Their current herd Continuing to scrape the solids off the bottom of the
palette, alpaca meat is consumed routinely in Peru (which numbers between 200 and 300 animals depending pan, add the tomato pure, thyme, and bay leaf and
has the largest domestic herd in the world, between 1.5 and upon the time of year. Cas-Cad-Nac Farm has won bring to a very gentle simmer. You may need to add a
2 million animals), as well as in Australia, New Zealand, many awards, including the Large Breeder of the Year bit of water, making sure the liquid just barely covers
and parts of Europe. (2017, 2012) and Reserve Large Breeder of the Year the meat and vegetables.
Because the USDA does not recognize the alpaca as (2013, 2014) from the nationally acclaimed Futurity
a meat animal, the inspection and sale of their meat Show, which is held each April in Kansas City, Missouri. Simmer the stew for about 1 hours until the meat
falls under the jurisdiction of local state agencies and In addition to selling breeding stock domestically and is tender. Adjust for seasoning.
departments of agriculture, as well as the U.S. Food and internationally, the Lutzes also co-own the Vermont
Drug Adminstration. Vermont is one of nineteen states in Fiber Mill & Studio in Brandon, Vermont, where the The stew will
the U.S. offering state inspection and retail sales of alpaca majority of the farms annual fiber clip is processed and taste better
meat as well as sales of any alpaca meat inspected by other sold. For more information visit the next
states. day, as all
stews do, so
plan ahead.
To serve,
top each
bowl with
a spoonful
Tell them you of sour
cream, and
saw it in accompany
with a piece
of hearty
The Bridge! bread.

Photo by First Light Studios Enjoy!

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C a l e n d a r o f E ve n t s Performing
Community with Learn Spanish VT: Beginners Weekend.
Nov. 1719. Join Carlos Reyes, a native Spanish THEATER, DANCE,
Events speaker for a weekend of Spanish Immersion in
Montpelier. 3 Days, 16 hours and all the Spanish Arts STORYTELLING, COMEDY
Nov. 16: LNT Aid! Vermont Stars come out for
Events happening you can absorb. A full cultural and language
experience. Learn Spanish VT will help you
Lost Nation Theater. 4th annual concert with mega-talented & fun artists doing their remarkable
respective things to raise much needed funds for Lost Nation Theater. Great tunes, great laughs great
November 16December 9 break the language barrier. $250 (some discounts
storytelling with Vermont stars of stage and song! With Patti Casey, Jon Gailmor, Taryn Noelle (with
may apply) for ages 15+. Spaces limited. Find out
Dan Boomhower), and George Woodard, plus Special Guest Star, Emmy-Winner Gordon Clapp. 7:30
THURSDAY, NOV. 16 more at, 279-2070
p.m. Montpelier City Hall Arts Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. $25. 229-0492.
Motivation to Run Through the Winter. Ditch
Reframing Aging. The public is invited to Nov. 29: Thanksgiving Chautauqua. Tim Jennings & Leanne Ponder, Tom Azarian. Our
the winter blues and stick to your running plan.
Central Vermont Council on Agings Annual Chautauquas are a variety series of close-up unamplified performances for adults, children, and mixed
Learn how to set yourself up for success through
Meeting. An opportunity to meet Central audiences. 79 p.m. 4-Corners Schoolhouse 945 Vincent Flats Rd., East Montpelier. Adults $10;
the holiday season and beyond. 67:30 p.m.
Vermont Council on Aging board and staff children $5. Limited seating. www/ 223-9103
Hunger Mountain Co-op community room,
and learn of the many ways CVCOA is looking
Montpelier. Free. RSVP: info@hungermountain. Dec. 2: A Childs Christmas in Wales Echo Valley Community Arts will be presenting its annual
to the future of supporting older Vermonters.
coop dramatic readings of A Childs Christmas in Wales. Local actors, Tom Blachly, Elizabeth Wilcox,
Lieutenant Governor David Zuckerman will be
the keynote speaker. 9 a.m.noon. the Charlmont Naomi Flanders, Lila Brooke, Xavier Woogmaster and Demetrius Wickenheiser with fiddler Susan
Reid will bring their talents together to enhance the magic of Dylan Thomas famous Christmas
Restaurant, 116 Vt Route 15W, Morrisville. SATURDAY, NOV. 18 poem. 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. Suggested donation:
Immerse yourself in a weekend of Spanish adults $10; kids $5. Goodies and cider after each reading.
Norwich University Writers Series: John with Learn Spanish VT: Beginners Weekend.
Hausdoerffer. Hausdoerffer is Professor of See event description under Nov. 17.
Environment, Sustainability, and Philosophy
at Western State Colorado University, where Winter Clothing Drive. Free good quality For more event listings and event details visit
he also serves as Executive Director of the clothing is available at the Old Schoolhouse
Common gym. If you have good quality clothes p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.,
Center for Environment & Sustainability and Montpelier. Email questions to Nancy Schulz: mares-jeff-danziger-full-vermonty
as the Director of the Master in Environmental to donate, please drop them off at the library
during the week before the event. 9 a.m.1 p.m.
Management program. 4 p.m. Norwich
University, Kreitzberg Library Multipurpose Jaquith Public Library, School St., Marshfield.
room, Northfield. 426-3581
Orchard Valley Holiday Market. Join us for
Open Forum on Addiction Recovery and
this thoughtful shopping experience in time SUNDAY, NOV. 26
How it Affects Families. Dr. Ellamarie Russo-
DeMara will be talking about addiction recovery, for holiday gift-giving featuring fine artists and WEDNESDAY, NOV. 22
retailers. Crafts, books, local products, and so
how it affects families and how gratitude and
a strong support system play a crucial role in much more. 10:30 a.m.3:30 p.m. Vermont
Grief and Bereavement Support Group. Open
to anyone who has experienced the death of a
treatment. 5:306:30 p.m. Twin River Health College of Fine Arts gallery, 36 College St., loved one. 1011:30 a.m. VCHHH, 600 Granger Montpelier Senior Activity Center Open
Center, 108 N. Main St., White River Junction. Montpelier. 456-7400; Rd., Barre. 223-1878. House. All are invited to join us for class
280-1303. GED Testing: Barre. 11 a.m.4 p.m. Barre performances, light refreshments, and socializing
Learning Center, 46 Washington St., Barre. with friends and acquaintances. It is also the first
476-4588 THURSDAY, NOV. 23 day of winter class registration. Learn all about
End the Cycle of Holiday Weight Gain. Learn Thanksgiving Day Service. Gratitude is a healing MSAC and partner organizations. 57 p.m. 58
healthy ways to manage stress and anxiety in your The Bradford Historical Society Museum
power. Please join us for a special Thanksgiving Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518
body, as well as the importance of self-care and Open House. On display among local artifacts
is an 1810 Wilson Globe and a special exhibit of Day Service. 10 a.m.a.m. First Church of Christ,
prioritizing your health in the holiday season. 67 Scientist, 145 State St., Montpelier.
p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op community room, the impact of World War I on the local area. 15 LBTGQ Film & Discussion Series. Classic
Montpelier. $8 members; $12 non-members. p.m. 172 N. Main, Bradford. Free. 222-4423. 45th Annual Free Community Thanksgiving film about a boys prep school and how the
RSVP: Plan and Deliver: Childbirth Essentials. This Dinner. Organized by the Washington County homophobic culture of the time deals with a
interactive class focuses on evidence-based Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls Club. non-conforming student (1956; 122 minutes). 6
The Ghost of Lord Balfour: Palestine on the Traditional Thanksgiving menu. Home deliveries p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.,
100th Anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. knowledge and holistic care for late pregnancy,
labor and immediate postpartum. 68 p.m. Well available. 11:30 a.m.2 p.m. Bethany Church, Montpelier. 223-3338.
Mark Hage, Kathy Shapiro and Wafic Faour, 115 Main St., Montpelier. For more info. or to
activists with Vermonters for Justice in Palestine, Space, 23 Summer St., Barre. Register: http:// Grief and Bereavement Support Group. Open volunteer: 229-9151. to anyone who has experienced the death of a
will explore the meaning and intersections of
the100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration the-birthing-year/ East Montpelier church to hold free loved one. 67:30 p.m. VCHHH, 600 Granger
and 50th anniversary of Israels brutal military Thanksgiving dinner. Hosted by Crossroads Rd., Barre. 223-1878.
Christian Church. A traditional menu of turkey
occupation of Palestinian lands. 7 p.m. Kellogg-
Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier.
SUNDAY, NOV. 19 with all the fixings and dessert will be served.
Live Storytelling Workshop Group. Come
give and receive friendly and productive group
223-3338. Immerse yourself in a weekend of Spanish Seatings at noon and 1 p.m. Fassett Rd. off Rt. 14 feedback on true personal stories for Extempo
with Learn Spanish VT: Beginners Weekend. in E. Montpelier. Call 279-6225 for reservations. or The Moth. We will help wherever youre
In Our Own Back Yard: Bill Schbart. Schubart See event description under Nov. 17.
discusses his new book Lila & Theron and the at, from brainstorming which of your life
changes in the rural culture in Vermont. 7 p.m. FRIDAY, NOV. 24 experiences could work as stories, to testing out
Stowe Free Library, 90 Pond St., Stowe. 253-6145 MONDAY, NOV. 20 Bill Mares & Jeff Danziger: The Full
a story to make tweaks before the performance.
Youre also welcome to attend just to listen and
Play Reading- Neil Simons Come Blow Vermonty Authors Bill Mares & Jeff Danziger give feedback. 67:45 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard
FRIDAY, NOV. 17 Your Horn Come participate in reading Neil
Simons comedy. Scripts provided; parts chosen
offer a book signing for The Full Vermonty:
Vermont in the Age of Trump. 11 a.m.1 p.m.
Library, East Montpelier Room, 135 Main St.,
Immerse yourself in a weekend of Spanish Montpelier.
at random. Fine to listen rather than read. 6:30 Bear Pond Book, 77 Main St., Montpelier. Free.


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Individual lessons that will bring more success immediately. Lots of planning process between December 2017 and April 2018. The Strategic Planning process is part of
affordable high quality options are available. For more information a larger national accreditation effort. To request full RFP, please email jclar@montpelier-vt.orgor
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Visual Arts Washington St., Barre.
Through Dec. 22: Holiday Pop Up Art Shop.
creative process paintbrushes, ink, charcoal,
paint, papers and pens. The works themselves are
also crafted from homemade paints, inks, charcoals
Lamoille County Courthouse on the first and
second floors. 154 Main St., Hyde Park. http://
Highlighting many colorful and fun local Vermont
and papers. Pavilion Office Building, 109 State
artists affordable prices! There are many Through Dec. 31: John F. Parker, Assemblage
St., 5th Floor, Montpelier. Photo ID is required for
EXHIBITS distinctive, fun and beautiful options of locally
Art. Sculptural wall pieces. White River Gallery,
Through Nov. 17: One Hundred Somethings. An made craft items and paintings to choose from, so 35 S. Windsor St., S. Royalton.
exhibit of art by first-year students at Lyndon State stop by to take a look and view the art exhibits at Through Dec. 29: Craig Mooney, Green
Dec. 130: Members Art Show and Festival of
College. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery at Johnson the same time. Center for Arts and Learning, Barre Mountain State of Mind. Landscape paintings Trees & Light. Brings together the community to
State College. 635-1481. St., Montpelier. 262-6035. that provide the viewer with a welcome escape to share and celebrate the season through decorated far-off environments. Vermont Supreme Court evergreens, a Hanukkah display and over 100
Through Nov. 18: Show 21 at The Front. Gallery, 111 State St., Montpelier
Contemporary Vermont artists, including guest Through Dec. 23: Fantastical Landscapes and artworks by our members. Opening reception:
artist Alisa Dworsky. The Front, 6 Barre St., Through Dec. 29: Cindy Griffith, Magic in Dec. 1, 57 p.m. Helen Day Art Center, 90
Imaginary Places. Features over 100 works by 53
Montpelier. info@thefrontvt. artists. Artists were invited to depict those places the Landscape. Inspired by nature, Griffiths Pond St., Stowe.
com. 552-0877 work is characterized by amplified colors and community/150-2016-members-art-show-2
that exist only in their imaginations. The exhibit
includes 3 dimensional works, photographs, textures creating a magical-realism effect in her
Through Dec. 15: Stephen Sharon, Color representational art. The Common Space Gallery at
Communication. Large abstract color paintings. monoprints, and mixed media works as well as
Pratt Gallery at Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., paintings in oil, watercolor and acrylic. Bryan River Arts, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. riverartsvt.
Plainfield. 322-1604. Memorial Gallery, 180 Main St., Jeffersonville. Dec. 1: Montpelier Art Walk. Visit art exhibits Through Dec. 30: August Burns & Heidi Broner. at participating downtown venues. Many will
Through Dec. 15: Ren Schall, New England New American realism. T.W. Wood Art Gallery, have the artist in attendance and refreshments
Stone Portraits. Paintings. Morse Block Deli, 260 Through Dec. 29: Nick Neddo, Primeval
46 Barre St., Montpelier. for art viewers. Guidebooks will be available at
N. Main St., Barre Pigments. Original artwork created from
Through Dec. 30: Vermont Landscapes. 38 participating business. 48 p.m. Downtown
wildcrafted media. Neddo makes every part of his
Through Dec. 16: The Paletteers of VT Fall Art Montpelier.
creations utilizing fibers, furs, berries, beeswax, paintings by 18 artists, all of whom paint in
Show. Aldrich Public Library, Milne Room, 6 mud, sticks and stones to create the tools of his Vermont, can be seen in the public spaces of the
Community Song Circles. Every first Sunday. especially when interactions cross class and gender
TUESDAY, NOV. 28 THURSDAY, NOV. 30 A community sing-along open to all ages and
musical abilities. We use the popular songbooks
differences. An Osher Lifelong Learner Institute
program. 12:302:30 p.m. Savoy Theater, 28
Guidance on Filling Out FAFSA. These informal Writing Your PoemCity Poem: Growing Rise Up Singing and Rise Again. 68 p.m. Center Main St., Montpelier.
workshops offer guidance on filling out the a Poem from Idea to Literary Art with Rick for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. Fall Science Speaker Series Set at Johnson
FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Agran. Writing your PoemCity poem is Free; donations welcome. vtcommunitysing@ State: Kent McFarland. Kent McFarland,
Aid, and the Vermont grant application. Students designed to help you grown an idea, story, or Vermont Center for Ecostudies, natural history
and parents also can ask questions and learn about feeling into a poem. Any skill level; third in three-
and conservation of Vermont butterflies. 45:15
the college financial aid process, including how to part series. 6:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library,
apply for scholarships. 5 p.m. U-32, 930 Gallison 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338. MONDAY, DEC. 4 p.m. Johnson State College, Bentley Hall, Room
207, Johnson.
Hill Rd., Montpelier. Robins Nest Nature Playgroup. Outdoor
Bill McKibben Reading Radio Free Vermont
Environmentalist and New York Times Bestselling
FRIDAY, DEC. 1 playgroup for parents, caregivers and children ages
0-5. Join us for two hours of spontaneous play, The Power is in Your Hands. You will be shown
author Bill McKibbon reads and talks about his Immerse yourself in a weekend of Spanish with exploration, discovery, song, nature-inspired art hand yoga postures (Mudras) to help strengthen
debut novel, Radio Free Vermont: a Fable of Learn Spanish VT: Intermediate Weekend. Dec. and oral storytelling. Based entirely outdoors; dress and open lungs. Some background will be shared
Resistance. Q&A and booksigning to follow, 13. With native Spanish speaker Carlos Reyes. accordingly. 10 a.m.noon. North Branch Nature on the hands by Frances McManus who has
with samples from the Alchemist Brewery. 7 A full cultural and language experience: speak, Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. Donations been a hand and foot Reflexologist for 18 years
p.m. Bear Pond Books, 77 Main St., Montpelier. sing, cook, play and learn conversational and welcome. and teacher of yoga for 30 years. 5:307:30 p.m. listening skills. For business, travel or continued 229-6206 Hunger Mountain Co-op community room,
learning. Learn Spanish VT will help you break Montpelier. $10 members; $20 non-members.
the language barrier. $250 (some discounts may RSVP:
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 29 apply) for ages 15+. Spaces limited. Find out more TUESDAY, DEC. 5 The Wonderful World of Bats with Jerry
Rick Winston presents Contemporary Iran in at, 279-2070 Schneider. This interactive talk with slides
the Films of Asghar Farhadi. These provocative
films present a microcosm of modern Iran and the
Surviving the Future. Panelist discuss aftermath
of the market economy, inspired by David
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 6 helps people move beyond old stereotypes to
an understanding of the importance of bats for
inevitable complications that arise, especially when Flemings lifes work. 7 p.m. Sterling College, 16 Walk-Through Wednesdays at Orchard Valley. farmers, fruit growers, the rain forest, and us.
interactions cross class and gender differences. Sterling Dr., Craftsbury Common. Free. https:// Join us one Wednesday of each month for an 6:45 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, School St.,
An Osher Lifelong Learner Institute program. introductory visit to the OVWS grades school Marshfield.
12:302:30 p.m. Savoy Theater, 28 Main St., (8:309:30 a.m.) and our mixed-age kindergarten
Montpelier. and Farm & Forest classes (9:3010:30 a.m.)
Fall Science Speaker Series Set at Johnson
SATURDAY, DEC. 2 on our East Montpelier campus. Campus tour THURSDAY, DEC. 7
Immerse yourself in a weekend of Spanish with and Q&A time during each. 2290 VT-14, East
State: John OMeara. John OMeara, St. Montpelier. 456-7400
Michaels College astronomy and physics
professor, the atomic history of the universe.
Learn Spanish VT: Intermediate Weekend. See
event description under Dec. 1 Grief and Bereavement Support Group. Open
45:15 p.m. Johnson State College, Bentley Hall, to anyone who has experienced the death of a Country Christmas A Holiday Celebration. Dec.
loved one. 1011:30 a.m. VCHHH, 600 Granger 89. Come visit the Mad River Valley during the
Room 207, Johnson.
SUNDAY, DEC. 3 Rd., Barre. 223-1878. Holiday Season. Help our shops, galleries, inns
GED Testing: Barre. 49 p.m. Barre Learning and restaurants welcome winter in style with this
Immerse yourself in a weekend of Spanish with Rick Winston presents Contemporary Iran in
Center, 46 Washington St., Barre. 476-4588 fun-filled two day event. Kids of all ages join the
Learn Spanish VT: Intermediate Weekend. See the Films of Asghar Farhadi. About Elly. These
Planning Your Advance-Care. Learn how to start event description under Dec. 1 provocative films present a microcosm of modern merriment with indoor and outdoor
the conversation about what you want for end-of- Iran and the inevitable complications that arise,
Dance, Sing, and Jump Around! A family dance
life care, leaving you with time to focus on what is
for all ages. Circle and line dances and singing
important. Understand available options, fill out
games, all taught and called. Live traditional
the Advance Directive, and get tips for talking to
music. 34:30 p.m. Plainfield Town Hall Opera
your family. 56 p.m. Hunger Mountain Co-op
House, rt. 2, Plainfield. Suggested donation $5 per
community room, Montpelier. Free. RSVP: info@
adult. Free for children. No one is turned away.
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0453. contemporary gospel music. 7 p.m. Waitsfield Poetry of the Season with community readers and
Live Music Dec. 1: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Benefit With
BOSSMAN (reggae) 10:30 p.m. By donation.
United Church, 4335 Main St., Waitsfield. By
organ improvisations by Arthur Zorn. The series
serves as a short respite in the historic sanctuary
Dec. 8: Lespecial (electronic) 10:30 p.m. $5. with local musical offerings. Noon12:45 p.m.
Nov. 18: Sharon Shannon Sacred Earth
VENUES Whammy Bar. 7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m. 31 Tour. Sacred Earth is Irish accordion master and
Christ Church, 64 State St., Montpelier. Free;
Donations accepted for local food shelf.
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. Other shows County Rd., Calais. Thurs., Free. music producer, Sharon Shannons, first new
T.B.A. Every Wed.: Open Mic studio album in 3 years and her 10ths tudio Dec. 3: Benefit Concert with Vermont Fiddle
Every Wed.: Open Mic Nov. 16: Jenn and John (original Americana/folk/ album to date. There are Irish influences here Orchestra. Benefit concert for the Moretown
rock) of course but these are cheerfully mixed in with United Methodist Church. Refreshments, bake
Charlie Os World Famous. 70 Main St. Nov. 17: Novak-Nanni (rock/Americana) often unexpected styles from around the world, sale and lots of toe-tapping joyful music! 2 p.m.
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. Nov. 18: Silver Maples (Halle Toulis /Louisa including for the first time, Africa. 7:30 p.m. Barre Harwood Union High School Auditorium, 458
Every Tues.: Karaoke, 9 p.m1 a.m. Franco /Ava Clithero) Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $1830. Route 100, Moretown. Adults $10; seniors $8;
Nov. 17: Lewis Franco & the Missing Cats Nov. 25: Papas Porch (bluegrass) kids ages 1218 $8; family (2 adults & 2 kids)
(swing) 6 p.m.; The Cop Outs (Celtic punk) 9 Nov. 30: Dave Keller and The Maple Corner Blues $30; kids 11 and under free. 496-3505 or 229-
p.m. Nov. 30: Music at Noon series: Lynnette
All-Stars (blues) 4191.
Nov. 18: Clever Girls/Some Hollow/1881 (rock) Combs. 900 Years of Organ Music in 45
Dec. 1: Penny Arcade (jazz/swing) Minutes. The series serves as a short respite in the Dec. 1 and Dec. 3: Vermont Philharmonic
9 p.m. Dec. 2: Inner Fire District (Klezmer)
Nov. 20: Eric Nassau (acoustic folk) 9 p.m. historic sanctuary with local musical offerings. presents Handels Messiah. With Lisa Jablow,
Nov. 22: BA Funkhouse (soul rock) 9 p.m. Noon12:45 p.m. Christ Church, 64 State St., Conductor and soloists Lillian Broderick
Nov. 24: Scott Graves & Chris Martin (acoustic SPECIAL EVENTS Montpelier. Free; Donations accepted for local
food shelf.
(soprano), Ana Maria Ugarte (alto), Brian Landry
(tenor) and Tim Wilfong (baritone). Adults $20;
rock 6 p.m.; Papas Porch (high energy bluegrass) Nov. 16: Johnson State College hosts Choral
9 p.m. Concert. Choral groups from Johnson State and Nov. 30: A Celtic Family Christmas Tour. Join seniors $15; students $5.
Nov. 25: John Lackard Band (blues) 9 p.m. Saint Michaels colleges and Castleton University Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the Dec. 1: 7:30 p.m. St. Augustine Church, 16
will perform In Windsor Forest and other works. award-winning fiddle virtuosos. The duo and their Barre St., Montpelier. vermontphilharmonic.
The Den at Harrys Hardware. 3087 Main St., 8 p.m. Johnson State College, Dibden Center children bring the Cape Breton Christmas to you
Cabot. Free. for the Arts, Johnson. $5 (cash only.) Reserve: with fiddle and step dancing. 7 p.m. St. Johnsbury concert/
Nov. 18: Katie Trautz, 57 p.m. 635-1476 Academy, Fuller Hall, St. Johnsbury. $1557. Dec. 3: 2 p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main
Dec. 2: Barry Hayes St., Barre.
Nov. 1819: Montpelier Chamber Orchestra:
Gustos. 28 Prospect St., Barre. 476-7919. A Gift Far Greater. Includes performances of Dec. 2: Vermont Fiddle Orchestra Winter Dec. 9: The Bridge benefit concert featuring
Nov. 17: Jeff Shelley (acoustic) 57 p.m. No cover; Mozarts Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K.201, Concert. Under the directorship of David David Mallett. Join us for a benefit concert
MIRAGE (rock cover band) 9 p.m. $5. and Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Kaynor, the VFO will perform a concert featuring celebrating The Bridge and local journalism,
Nov. 18: Latin/Salsa Dance party w/ Papi Javi, 9 Carlo Menotti. Six soloists. Nov. 18, 7 p.m; Nov. Northern and Nordic fiddle music traditions featuring renowned singer/songwriterDavid
p.m. $3. 19, 4 p.m. Montpelier City Hall, 39 Main St., with tunes from Norway, Sweden, Shetland Isles, Mallett! The Sky Blue Boys, along with Banjo
Nov. 22: NOS4a2 (hard rock covers) 9 p.m. $5. Montpelier. Free. Reservations recommended. Ireland, Scotland and New England.7 p.m. Dan and Will Lindner will also be special guests.
Nov. 24: Stone Bullet (hard rock) 9 p.m $5. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. 7:30 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St.,
Nov. 25: DJ Lafountaine (Top 40 pop/trance) 9 Adults $15; seniors/students $12; kids 12 and Montpelier. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds
p.m. $3. Nov. 18: An Evening of Gospel with The Small benefit The Bridge, now in its 24th year. https://
Choir. Part of the Montpelier Community Gospel under free. 229-4191. or follow
Positive Pie. 10 p.m. 22 State St., Montpelier. 229- Choir. An a cappella selection of traditional and Dec. 7: Music at Noon series: Arthur Zorn. link at

activities, including a visit with Santa. http://www. 9630 for more details. GED Testing: Barre. 1 a.m.4 p.m. Barre Send your event listing to
Learning Center, 46 Washington St., Barre. 476-
Deadline for print in the next
Winter Owl Exploration. We will travel to Dead
Country Christmas A Holiday Celebration. See
Creek WMA to view hunting Short-eared owls. issue is November 30
event description under Dec. 8.
Afterwards we will visit nearby spots in search of
Montpelier Memory Caf. The Cafe is a social Northern Saw-whet, Eastern Screech, Long-eared,
gathering where people in early to mid-stage Barred, and Great Horned Owls. 38 p.m. North
memory loss disorders, and their care partners, Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier.
can come together to connect and support one $10 members; $20 non-members. Pre-registration
another in a relaxed, non-judgmental atmosphere. required: 229-6206
1011:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center,
58 Barre St., Montpelier. Call Liz Dodd at 229-
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Feast Together or Feast To Go. All proceeds Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve-step program
benefit the Feast Senior Meal program. Tues. and Montpelier. 223-2518. for physically, emotionally and spiritually
Fri., noon1 p.m. Live music every Tues., 10:30 Monteverdi Young Singers Chorus Rehearsal. overcoming overeating. Sat., 8:309:30 a.m. at
11:45 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 New chorus members welcome. Wed., 45 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, 39
Barre St., Montpelier. Seniors 60+ free with $5 Montpelier. Call 229-9000 for location and more Washington St., Barre. 249-3970.
ARTS & CRAFTS suggested donation; under 60 $7. Reservations:
information. Mooditude Support Group. A professional and
peer-led support group, not a therapy group.
Beaders Group. All levels of beading experience Ukelele Group. All levels welcome. Thurs., 68
welcome. Free instruction available. Come with p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre For people with depression, bipolar disorder,
a project for creativity and community. Sat., 11
a.m.2 p.m. The Bead Hive, Plainfield. 454-1615.
HEALTH & WELLNESS St. 223-2518. seasonal affective disorder, dysthymia etc.). Every
Wed., 45 p.m. Bethany Church,115 Main St.,
Bone Building Exercises. Open to all ages. Every Barre Rock City Chorus. We sing songs from Montpelier. (downstairs at end of hallway). Free.
Tuesday Night Knitters. Every week except Mon., Wed. and Fri. 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. the 60s80s and beyond. All songs are taught by 223-4111 or 522-0775.
for the 1st Tuesday of each month. All levels Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E. rote using word sheets, so ability to read music is
encouraged! A small but dedicated group Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors. not required. All ages welcome; children under Weight Loss Support Group. Get help and
of knitters invite you to share your projects, org. 13 should come with a parent. Every Thurs., support on your weight loss journey every Wed.,
questions and enthusiasm for the fiber arts! At the 6:308:30 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 67 p.m. Giffords Conference Center, 44 S. Main
Tai Chi for Seniors. Led by trained volunteers.
Cutler Memorial Library, 151 High Street (US Washington St., Barre. St., Randolph. Free. No registration required.
Advanced class: every Mon. and Fri., 12 p.m.
Route 2), Plainfield. 454-8504, www.cutlerlibrary. Open to all regardless of where you are in your
Beginners class: Tues. and Thurs. 1011 a.m. Gamelan Rehearsals. Sun., 79 p.m. Pratt Center,
org. weight loss.
Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E. Goddard College. Free. 426-3498. steven.light@
Crafters Group.Bring your own projects, or Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors. Wits End. Support group for parents, siblings,
work together on projects to sell to benefit the org. children, spouses and/or relationship partners of
Senior Activity Center. We can all learn from someone suffering with addiction whether it is
each other! Every Wed., noon2 p.m.Montpelier
Living Strong Group. Volunteer-led group.
Sing while exercising. Open to all seniors. Every OUTDOORS to alcohol, opiates, cocaine, heroin, marijuana or
something else. Every Wed., 68 p.m. Turning
Senior Activity Center,58 Barre St., Montpelier. Mon., 2:303:30 p.m. and every Fri., 23 p.m. Walks with Joan.Easy to moderate walks around
223-2518. Montpelier for healthy exercise and conversation. Point Center, 489 N. Main St., Barre. Louise:
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St.,
Every Tues., 1011 a.m.Montpelier Senior Activity 279-6378.
Photography Club. Every Thurs., noon1 Montpelier. Free. Register: 223-2518. msac@
p.m.Led by professional photographer Linda Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518. NAMI Vermont Connection Recovery Support
Hogan. Great chance to get and give some Trash Tramps. Walk around Montpelier Group. For individuals living with mental illness.
Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Program.
feedback on your work and see what others are collecting trash to help beautify our City. Bring Every Fri., 34 p.m. Another Way, 125 Barre St.,
Education and support to help adults at high risk
doing. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 gloves, other supplies provided. Every Tues., 23 Montpelier. 876-7949.
of developing type 2 diabetes adopt healthier
Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518. eating and exercise habits that can lead to weight p.m.Tuesdays2-3pm, Montpelier Senior Activity
Drop-in River Arts Elder Art Group. Work on
art, share techniques and get creative with others.
loss and reduced risk. Every Tues., 10:3011:30
a.m. Kingwood Health Center Conference
Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
Christian Science Reading Room. You're invited
Bring your own art supplies. For elders 60+. Every
Fri., 10 a.m.noon. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant
Room (lower level), 1422 Rt. 66, Randolph. Free.
Register: 728-7714. RECYCLING to visit the Reading Room and see what we have for
your spiritual growth. You can borrow, purchase or
St., Morrisville. Free. 888-1261. Additional Recycling. The Additional Recyclables
Tai Chi for Falls Prevention. With Diane Des Collection Center accepts scores of hard-to-recycle simply enjoy material in a quiet study room. Hours:
Bois. Beginners and mixed levels welcome. 2:15 items. Mon., Wed., Fri., noon6 p.m.; Third Sat., Wed.Sat., 11 a.m.2 p.m.; Wed., 57:15 p.m. 145
BICYCLING p.m. Barre Area Senior Center, 131 S., Main St.,
#4, Barre. Free. Register: 479-9512.
9 a.m.1 p.m. ARCC, 540 North Main St., Barre.
$5 per carload. 229-9383 x106. For list of accepted
State St., Montpelier. 223-2477.
A Course in Miracles. A study in spiritual
Open Shop Nights. Volunteer-run community
bike shop: bike donations and repairs. Wed., 46 Tai Chi Classes for All Ages. Every Tues. and items, go to transformation. Group meets each Tues., 78 p.m.
p.m.; other nights. Freeride Montpelier, 89 Barre Thurs., 1011 a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St., Montpelier.
St., Montpelier. 552-3521. Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Free.
223-3322. RESOURCES 279-1495.
Christian Counseling. Tues. and Thurs. Daniel
Onion River Exchange Tool Library. More
BOOKS & WORDS HIV Testing. Vermont CARES offers fast oral
testing. Wed., 25 p.m. 29 State St., Ste. 14 (above
than 100 tools both power and manual. Onion
River Exchange is located at 46 Barre Street in
Dr., Barre. Reasonable cost. By appt. only: 479-
Lunch in a Foreign Language. Bring lunch and Rite Aid), Montpelier. Free and anonymous. 371-
practice your language skills with neighbors. Montpelier. Hours are Wed. and Thurs., 10 a.m.2 Prayer Meeting. Ecumenical and charismatic
6224. p.m. For more info. or to donate tools: 661-8959 or
Noon1 p.m. Mon., American Sign Language; prayer meeting. Every 1st and 3rd Thurs., 6:308
Tues., Italian; Wed., Spanish; Thurs., French. p.m. 8 Daniel Dr., Barre. 479-0302
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., KIDS & TEENS Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. For those
Montpelier. 223-3338. interested in learning about the Catholic faith, or
Club de Franais Intermdiaire.Lecture
The Basement Teen Center. Safe drop-in space
to hang out, make music, play pool, ping-pong SOLIDARITY/IDENTITY current Catholics who want to learn more. Wed.,
(reading). Conversation. Grammaire. Every Mon., and board games and eat free food. All activities Rainbow Umbrella of Central VT. Adult LGBTQ 7 p.m. St. Monica Church, 79 Summer St., Barre.
12;452 p.m.Montpelier Senior Activity Center, are free. Mon.Thurs., 26 p.m., Fridays 3-10 p.m. group, meets the third Tuesday evening of the Register: 479-3253.
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noon. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Drop-in Kinder Arts Program. Innovative for individuals and their families in or seeking welcome. Mon., noon1 p.m. Christ Church,
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Free. Wed.: Wits End Parent Support Group, 6 p.m.
use the gym, make art, play games and if you need meditation practice. Sun., 10 a.m.noon; Wed.,
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to, do your homework. Fri., 35 p.m. Jaquith 67 p.m; learn to meditate free instruction
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Montpelier (back door) 6:157:30 p.m.
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From the Publisher, Nat Frothingham

The two letters that follow are from friends of The Bridge Robbie Harold and Bill Perrault.
Robbie Harold lives in Montpelier, is a wonderful writer, and a personal friend. I asked Robbie to write a letter to value The Bridge as we seek financial
support during our current end-of-the-year fundraising drive.
Bill Perrault lives in Montpelier, and this year in January, he phoned to suggest that The Bridge turn its attention to a festering mess that had developed
over at the Econo Lodge on Northfield Street. I asked Bill to describe how The Bridge had been helpful last winter in drawing attention to a situation at
the Econo Lodge that had become so bad that it needed the attention of local government.
Remember what Charles Dickens famously wrote in the opening paragraph of his novel A Tale of Two Cities: It was the best of times, it was the worst
of times,Let me say whats been good and whats not been all that good this past year.First, whats bad? The Bridge is not yet the great paper we
imagine, but sometimes it is a useful paper and a good paper that we resolve to make a better paper.
The Bridge after almost 24 years still cannot offer health insurance to our valued staff members. We are reporting some of the news, typically the news
thats like the low-hanging fruit on the apple tree the news thats easily reached. We can climb to the highest branches of the apple tree. We can
pursue difficult, sometimes complex, sometimes controversial stories, and we are committed to that.
We can offer basic protection to our employees, like health insurance. And we are committed to that. And we can become a paper that is much more
than a could-read paper and more like a must-read paper.
But we need your help and dollars to get there. Whats good? On the good side of the ledger is that ad sales grew this year by 6 percent over the
comparable 10-month period in 2016. Good also is that the community who reads and supports The Bridge now owns and governs the paper through
a not-for-profit board of directors. No one wants The Bridge to disappear.
Thats why a small group of committed early members of our board established a not-for-profit. Becoming a locally based not-for-profit with a
committed board of directors has already prevented us from making mistakes, and meeting and talking has regularly improved the decisions we make.
I am more than just grateful to our many Friends of The Bridge, who serve on our board, who write for us, who criticize the paper, who suggest stories
we ought to write, and who sometimes astonish us. About two months ago, longtime friend of The Bridge David Kelley phoned me with an offer to
bring acclaimed singer and songwriter David Mallett to Montpelier to give a concert that among other things would celebrate the 24th anniversary of
the founding of The Bridge in December 1993. Please read Davids personal invitation to David Malletts concert to benefit The Bridge on page 2.
If you cant join us at the concert, please make a contribution to The Bridge by using the return address envelope in this issue. Or if the envelope is
missing, please write a check made payable to The Bridge and mail it to this address: The Bridge, P.O. Box 1143, Montpelier, VT 05601.

A Letter From Robbie Harold when the property owners received Design Review Committee be called an abandoned building ordinance.
and Development Review Board approval to enclose the open And now I come to the point of this lengthy letter. With
When I brag to friends from away about why Montpelier is
balconies on the main EconoLodge structure as part of a larger increasing frustration, in early February 2016, I reached out
such a great place to live, I talk about community, civility, the
renovation. At that time I was informed by city staff that the to Nat Frothingham at The Bridge, who listened patiently and
vibrancy of our local businesses and institutions, the balance
two buildings in question were to be demolished and the land carefully to my concerns. I asked him if the newspaper might
of urban and natural amenities, the sense of feeling valued
was then to be green space. I was encouraged. be interested in reporting on the issue and he agreed. I then
here. Social capital is what makes Montpelier work: things
we invest time and energy in, things we treasure, that provide Over the following months I observed the renovation of the provided him with a rough history of the problem and copies
returns not measurable in dollars. main building (the quality of which was disappointing). I also of documents I had secured over the years.
observed increasing amounts of trash, food waste, and graffiti What he did then was extraordinary. He researched the issue
The Bridge newspaper is both a great example of our regions
around and on the two vacant buildings. I then contacted deeply, speaking with all parties involved (other than the
social capital and a vital agent in building and maintaining it.
city staff again and learned, contrary to what I was first told, owners, who did not respond). When he learned the minutes
The Bridges news reports and features illuminate areas of local
that the demolition of the two structures was not a mandated of the May 2016 City Council meeting were not available to
politics, culture, and sub-communities we mightnt otherwise
component of the project; rather, the creation of the green him online at City Hall, he actually went to the offices of Orca
see or understand, waking us up to our neighbors concerns
space was optional and at the total discretion of the property Media, the company that recorded the meeting, and viewed
and contributions, both local and global.
owner. Bummer. the entire tape recording - totally above and beyond anything
The Bridge provides an inclusive space to help us appreciate the
I continued to inquire about the condition of the entire I expected.
perspectives of fellow citizens who live and think differently
property in the following months. In early May of 2012, then The final product, an editorial, included a comprehensive,
from us. We wont always agree with what we read there, but it
Building Inspector Glen Moore conducted an inspection of cogent summary of all that had transpired over the years. It
makes us think and, sometimes, empathize. Its calendar pages
the property. Life safety issues being paramount, most of the also strongly advocated for the removal of the two buildings.
help us navigate the sometimes insurmountable opportunities
focus was appropriately on fire safety and structural problems
on offer in a small region with an amazingly vibrant arts and To give more credit where credit is due, after the editorial was
in the EconoLodge building, which was occupied on a daily
culture scene. published, Mayor John Hollar reached out to me and, at his
basis. As for the then-abandoned Brown Derby building and
The Bridge has always been a labor of love. No ones getting the ancillary lodging building to the rear, the report in general invitation, I met him on site at the Brown Derby. From that
rich as a staffer or contributor. When I subscribe or send identified leaking roofs and trash and construction debris point on he communicated with me and energized the city
money or an article to The Bridge, Im making a social capital both outside and stored in each building. The report then toward the much needed ordinance that was recently adopted.
investment that I know will yield rich returns for me and our mandated that the buildings be secured against entry, rodent It is very much to his credit that he pushed so hard for the
community. proof, weather tight and the interiors emptied of contents or ordinance, which ultimately produced the long-desired results.
the building(s) shall be demolished, properly disposed of and So, the Fourth Estate, embodied in The Bridge, stepped in,
the site graded and seeded. The deadline for this action was shed a bright light on a negative situation, and played an
A Letter From Bill Perrault June 7, 2012. I was again encouraged. immense role in improving the appearance of our community.
This letter is written to express my strong support for The On October 12, following citations issued under the newly
Fast forward four years (I knew the buildings had never been
Bridge, Central Vermonts invaluable local newspaper, in the adopted ordinance, the two dilapidated buildings were
emptied of trash over that time and indicated to city staff
context of the Fall fundraising drive that is now underway. demolished. Amen to that. Going forward, I encourage all
that the buildings in my opinion constituted an unregulated
I always enjoyed reading the paper but never gave much above-ground landfill). Nothing at all changed until May of Central Vermonters to not do what I did for years, which is
thought to the work and professionalism inherent in each 2016 when I and a contingent of neighbors appeared before to take The Bridge for granted. Clearly, it is an exceptionally
issue. That all changed for me when I reached out to Nat the City Council to express our ongoing concerns. special resource, and I ask all readers to make a financial
Frothingham in January of this year out of desperation contribution during this critical Fall fundraising campaign.
Following that meeting a countless number of huge roll-
regarding the former Brown Derby buildings adjacent to,
off trash containers sat
and part of, the EconoLodge property on Northfield Street/
outside the buildings and
Route 12.
were filled up and hauled
Most dictionaries offer rather lean definitions of the term away. The buildings were
Fourth Estate. Wikipedia offers a definition that is more to emptied of trash, but
my liking for purposes of this letter: the graffiti and physical
a segment of society that wields an indirect but significant deterioration continued.
influence on society even though it is not a formally recognized When I asked what was to
part of the political system. The most commonly recognized happen next, city staff told
part of the Fourth Estate is the news media, or press. me the removal of the trash
(roughly four years after
In the case of the Brown Derby, the Fourth Estate succeeded
the mandated deadline)
where nothing else did.
was a step in the right
My family has lived on Colonial Drive, off Northfield Street, direction but the city had
for the better part of 30 years. Over that time we, along with no legal authority to take
our neighbors and everyone else driving north and south on it any further. Planning
Northfield Street, observed the slow but steady decline of the and Development Director
EconoLodge/Brown Derby property, located on one of the Michael Miller informed
major gateways into our city. me that Montpelier, unlike
My hopes for an improved streetscape were raised in 2009 Barre, lacked what might
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Opportunity to Purchase now. By the way, I am writing as individual citizen. At the moment,
I am not on the Jump n Splash board.
Electric School Buses
Sandra Vitzthum, Montpelier
The Montpelier School district has a rare opportunity to apply for

money to purchase electric school buses, as part of the settlement with
Volkswagen over their fraudulent diesel emissions tests. Out of the Thanks for the Bike Rack
$17.8 million total, $2.7 million is ear-marked to replace older mass-
transit transportation with newer diesel or electric transportation.
Kudos to Central Vermont Medical Center for acting immediately
Electrifying school buses rather than replacing diesel buses with
on a suggestion that I submitted to the patient advocate office.
new diesel buses will help us reach our zero emission goals as well
Earlierthis fall, I made two trips to CVMC for tests. On both
reduce air pollution, which incidentally affects kids (and seniors)
disproportionately. occasions, I entered via the main door and searched in vain for a rack
where I could lock my bicycle. Because the presence of a bicycle rack
At a time when the proposed Republican budget includes cancellation promotes wellness and is a welcoming sign to cyclists, I contacted
of federal tax credits on electric vehicles as of 2018, which experts the patient advocate office and learned that there is a bike rack at the
believe will set back their sales considerably, it is most important for entrance to the emergency department. When I suggested that it be
states and municipalities to step forward. Already cities such as Los Angeles, London, Seattle, re-located to a spot where it would see more use, CVMC did one better. The hospital kept the
and Mexico City have committed to all-electric bus purchases by 2025. Closer to home, rack at the emergency department and added one at the main entrance. Thanks, CVMC, for
Massachusetts has a pilot program underway .
being so prompt and responsive to this request!
Although the consensus is that they pay for themselves over their lifetime, with lower fuel and
maintenance costs, as well as significant health-care savings for Vermonters from less pollution,
the upfront costs for these buses are significant. Let us use these funds as an investment for Nancy Schulz, Montpelier
our children and future generations. In the process, we can show students an example of how
public policy can improve our lives; how switching from fossil fuels to electric can fight climate
change and air pollution, and how the restitution paid by a polluting company like Volkswagen
Thanks to All Who Helped
can be used to directly mitigate the damage it caused. Puerto Rican Farmers
Young people are inheriting a world whose environment has been greatly threatened, through Editor:
no fault of their own. A very sincere thank you to everyone who filled the Haybarn Theater at Goddard College
We need to take any steps we can , and as quickly as possible. on Nov. 10 for the concert to benefit Puerto Rican farmers. We exceeded our goal of $3,000.
An event such as this has many parents. The musicians who gave of their time and talent
and who delighted us with their incredible performances are Sergio Torres of Barre; Mark
Deborah Messing, Montpelier
Greenberg, Coco Kallis, and Paul Miller, formerly members of Coco and the Lonesome Road
Band; Evan Premo and Mary Bonhag of Scragg Mountain Music in Marshfield; Eduardo
Response to Sheir Fernandez, Rauli Fernandez, Duffy Gardner, and Karl Miller of Arana, a Plainfield ska and
jazz band; and Jairo Sequeria and Miriam Bernardo, whose Latin rhythms have made them
favorites in Vermont.
Just as with any endeavor of this sort, many people behind the scenes made it possible. Bennett
I once again find myself diametrically opposed to my neighbor Richard Sheir with his recent Shapiro, whose company Madtechsound provides sound engineering for scores of performers
op-ed on a wellness center for Montpelier. in Vermont and across the country, gave his talent and time unstintingly to guarantee that the
The feasibility of a wellness center, not a health club, is being investigated by a citizen task musicians and vocalists were heard with clarity and in all their nuance. Brian Prendergast of
force in partnership with the City of Montpelier. Central Vermont has several wonderful Brian P Graphic Arts in Montpelier donated
health clubs, including First in Fitness. This center would have a different focus and different his considerable talent to creating the beautiful
elements. poster and L Brown & Sons Printing in Barre
First of all, the center we envision must be in walkable distance for the 20,000 people who donated their services to produce it. Thanks also
work and live in Montpeliers center. As we move toward a pedestrian- and bike-based to Goddard College, which freely provided the
community, ready access to exercisetwelve months a yearis essential. Its a question of Haybarn Theater, and the staff at the Plainfield
time as well as fossil fuel usage. college: Paul Shper, Matthew Stewart, and Meg
Hammond, Scott Blanchard and members
Second, I hope one focus of this center will be two pools, a warmer one for therapy and of his facilities staff, including David Palmer
classes and the other cooler for lap swimming. Richard is correct that Vermonts population is and Annie Majoros. Goddard also helped with
aging, and the very best medium for exercise and rehabilitation is warm water. There is a large publicity, and thanks to Michelle Barber for
unmet demand for aquatic therapy in central Vermont. A second pool is needed for backup her work.
and reliable services as well as for cooler exercise such as lap swimming. There is no two-pool
facility in central Vermont now. Two-pool facilities across the country pay for themselves. Sara Norton, Debra Stoleroff, and Eric Bachman
USA Swimming has mentored the construction of hundreds of pools, both privately and were there when we needed extra hands. Finally,
municipally owned, that are financially successful. Manuel and Myrna ONeil, members of the
Vermont Puerto Rico Solidarity Group, both
Third, this center has the potential to serve all ages in ways that we cant even envision now, inspired and worked tirelessly to bring greater
with less expensive overhead. That is the purpose of the feasibility study, to examine a range depth to the meaning of solidarity with Puerto
of business models and determine what might work for Montpelier. Rico. The evening was an artistic, social, and
Montpeliers wellness center wont be made possible by a couple of generous private donors financial success because of the generosity and
(like the Stowe Swimming Hole), but we do have a population that is strongly committed caring of all these people and the folks who
to sustainability and health. North Branch Nature Center just successfully raised funds for showed up at the concert. Thank you.
its wonderful new building. Montpelier has strong and visionary businesses that may well
partner in this effort. Richard, I hope you will stop feeling doomed about your property taxes
and buy a swimsuit to join your neighbors at the pool some cold winter day a few years from Joseph Gainza, Marshfield
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Whats in a Name?
by Larry Floersch

am here to raise a question of The Latin genus and species for the critters, Bos taurus, do not give us a clue to a common
huge importance, especially to name, although my granddad did call his lead cow Bossie. And lets face it, cow bos and
those of us who live in Vermont, bull bos dont roll off the tongue. And taurus sounds automotive.
where it once was boasted that we Perhaps you are thinking cows are bovines, which is a word derived from the Latin
have more cows than people. Here name of the subfamily to which they belong, Bovinae. But you still have the same
goes what is a cow a cow of? problem, that is, bovine as an adjective refers to critters having the characteristics of
Even Einstein dodged that question, the creatures in the subfamily Bovinae in the same way that ovine refers to animals in
preferring instead to waste his time on the sheep family or murine refers to mice and rodents. But, in the case of bovine, what
his unified field theory to explain something as simple as gravity. is that animal? According to the dictionary bovine as a noun means an animal in the
Think about it a minute. Orient yourself. We know that roosters and hens are the male cattle group, which also includes buffaloes and bison.
and female of chickens and sows and boars are pigs and ewes and rams are sheep. There are cow moose and bull moose. But if you Google bull or bulls, you get
But when it comes to cows and bulls we are at a loss. Cows and bulls are the male and hundreds of hits for a television show on CBS starring Michael Weatherly or a professional
female ofwhat? basketball team in Chicago, and nothing about what a bull is a bull of.
Now I know what youre thinking, But Lare, a cow is a cow. Everybody knows what And then you have breeds. You can have Holstein bulls, Hereford steers (steers are bulls
a cow is. Well, of course its a cow, unless its male, then its a bull! But a bull is not a that lack both their original bullish equipment and, unlike Otis the Cow, an udder),
bull cow (although in that weird Paramount Pictures animated feature film Barnyard and Guernsey heifers, but the names Holstein, Hereford, and Guernsey are based on the
(2006), the male lead character was called Otis the Cow and all the bulls had, instead places where those breeds originated. From what animal did the breeds originate?
of the usual bullish equipment, udders, and seemed quite comfortable with that!)
Perhaps you like beef? I do, but I prefer it grilled, not as a name for cows, because a beef
I suppose you could argue that cows are cattle, which they are, but cattle is a word cow is not the same as a milk cow, and a bull beef just sounds silly.
is derived from chattel, quite literally, property. It has nothing to do with the name
for living creatures. And Ive never heard anyone refer to one cattle. That would be as Its like being on a Moebius stripwe always end up at the same place without crossing
foolish as referring to one soldier as a troop (Oh, wait a minute, someone at FOX news an edge. This situation is deeply disrespectful to Elsie and Elmer and all their kin, who
just did that. Never mind!). give us milk, Ben & Jerrys, yogurt, leather, and quarter pounders with cheese, not to
mention all those Far Side cartoons of cow antics drawn by Gary Larson.
According to Wikipedia, Cattle may be cows, bulls, oxen, heifers, steers, bullocks, or
calves. That encompasses a lot more than just cows. And cattle are, not is. Trying So I think we need to investigate this more and either uncover what a cow is a cow of,
to shorten cattle to a singular, for example, to cat, would confuse the issue even more, or lacking any resolution there, give them a name. Im leaning toward giving them the
although it could lead to a whole new category of amusing videos on the web. name of a politician. Many politicians are quite familiar with the residue of cows and,
especially, bulls.

The Rituals of Mummification by Joseph D.

Book Review Reich Review by Wayne S. Burke

he first time I read the work of wents wont get to (them). feels like philadelphia louisiana patterns, such occasions often achieving
Joseph D. Reich it was in an to Vermont (where Reich currently biloxi butte montana the a more constrained pitch than Reichs
online publication, Boston Poetry lives), beautiful usual rhetoric, and imagery that is more
Magazine. Zany, manic-sounding riffs, we finally made it up here crystallized, some of it reminiscent of the
maddening aroma of the
rants, blurbs, one-liners, analyses, orations, mellifluous magnolia grace of verse of William Carlos Williams.
like the von traps escaping
cogitations, and poetry. Poems without gladiolus The great tandem train whistle
formal beginning or middle or ending that nazi-occupied Austria up in
ruffled luxuriant petals of soulful screech
flowed like a mighty stream before cutting- to the breathtaking swiss alps pachysandra romance of wild
out, until the next torrent; a formlessness with a droopy wild apple tree whose horse lungs
that, in the work of a less-talented, less-
dropping apples into our yard feels like the dew of stoops & penetrate
prolix poet might prove fatal. But with
Reich it does not matter. His oeuvre boardwalks every pour & pours
to reminiscences of the narrators putative
ten published books of verseRituals of childhood (long/island jewish), of wildernesses & ballfields &
jungle gyms into the transcendent historical folklore
Mummification his tenthis a saga, a to his years as wise-guy high-school
vast monologue, and however loose and underachiever, to his experiences as traveler, & streetcars of bridges & rivers The hyperkinetic and highly inventive
disjointed, Proustian in conception and and worker, and disturbed suburbanite rambling language and phraseology Reich uses often
execution. husband and father, and elsewhere. A free- through villages with the mercurial delight and surprise. Part put-down and
flowing poeticized drama/melodrama told & put-on, shuck and jive, romanticized farce,
At 184 pages, Rituals is slightin size screed, sociological tract (Reich is, or was,
not contentcompared with other Reich in a voicethe Ithat is consistent transitory elements sprinkled
throughout and always recognizable. A ephemerally a social worker), including jargon from the
productions--The Housing Market (600 DMS IV manual mixed with hipster-lingo;
pages) and The Hole That Runs Through personable though sometimes cantankerous during the delicate stages of dawn
mix of humility and egomania that is, & dusk #48. some Walt Whitman-like list and catalogue
Utopia (792 pages). Rituals has four poems; orations with and without the
sections. The longest, and best, A Hx of ultimately, endearingly human. The style of the writing is straight-forward soap box; satirical Op-Ed pieces all in
Consciousness, is a poetic rap that swings Reichs affinity and sensibility lie close to columnar, occasionally including e.e. eminently readable logorrhea-ish bulk. A
and flip-flops with the rapidity of the those of the Beats, particularly to Kerouacs cummings-like constructs quasi-eccentric display of erudition, angst,
narrators thoughts and moods, moving nostalgic yearning for an America more 6 o and exposition; autobiographical, political,
wherever consciousness takes him. From pure and innocent than the present version, social, and existential. A potpourri of
(#25) Brookland (Brooklyn), where an America of honest trustworthy citizens pulchritudinous language poeticized.
who look one another in the eye. Laconic in the
ebullient tom
Gary Cooper types. The myth of America morning This is work not easily classified. I do not
boys with angel know what the rituals for mummification
rather than its reality. It was a yearning through
lick mischievous that led Kerouac into disillusionment with are. I do know, aesthetic considerations
the dusty aside, this is entertaining stuff. Once
laughter control a culture often far less than noble. Reich
too is disillusionedevident in the work, blinds of picked-up, it is hard to put Rituals down.
the neighbor
which, unlike Kerouacs, is tempered and melon It is a hybrid concoction, reveling in the
hood use of language, by an author refreshingly
leavened by humorous and polytechnic- collie
& head back home takes on the absurdity of modern life. A without pretense, who is willing to appear
bedroom vulnerable and is writing mostly from the
ward to brown world-weary acceptance of things often
in the gut.
stones of dusk coupled with savagely funny dissections of
the cultural milieu. Like Kerouac, Reich day Wayne F. Burkes latest published book
past the virgin
is capable of lyrically potent flights of luge . . . of poetry is titled A Lark Up the Nose
marys locked
rhetoric; dazzling descriptive passages of Occasionally the columns are broken of Time. Published by Bare Back Press
up in chicken prose-poetry that rival the best of the (
into fragments and phrases in irregular
wire so the delink Daddy of the Beats:
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Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben (Penguin

Book Review Random House, 2017) Review by Claire Benedict, Bear Pond Books

f light and funny are not words that spring to mind underpowered, and underfoot. Nor is it going to slow Town Meeting Day.
when you hear that Bill McKibben has a new book, down the pranks they are playing to make their point. Radio Free Vermont is the seasons political book that
you are in for a great surprise. Radio Free Vermont, Mysteriously, the Brattleboro Starbucks sound system wont get you down. It is warm-hearted entertainment
McKibbens first novel, is an entertaining and hilarious is hacked and Grace Potter music is piped in. Then with a Trump-era message of passionate resistance that
romp through the Green Mountain State that is utterly bandits kidnap a Coors Light truck coming into the is handled gently. McKibben has written a love story
delightful and very, very local. It is the story of Vern state and replace all the beer with Vermont micro brews. to his home state that reminded me why I love it, too.
Barclay who works for a Vermont independent radio But dont worry, they tell the bewildered driver, they I was thoroughly amused by the whole cast of colorful
station that gets taken over by an out-of-state corporation. recycle! Next thing he knows, Vern has unwittingly fueled charactersI particularly enjoyed Sylvia and her School
When that corporation makes Vern do a live broadcast at the local secessionist movement and finds himself their for New Vermonters (a.k.a., flatlanders)and whipped
the opening of the new St. Albans Wal-Mart, Vern and his much-needed leader. That doesnt stop him from making through this book. The shenanigans in this story kept
techie sidekick Perry decide to pull a not-so-minor act of sure to report on the important stuff like the score of me reading and laughing while the "local is good" social
rebellion that soon has them on the run and hiding from the girls hockey game between U32 and Harwood and message rang out. Sprinkled with Vermont references
the authorities. enjoying a Sip o Sunshine on the regular. How to do this from Bernie to Montpelier's own Buchspieler to Mark
Vern is a traditional salty Vermonter who values local beer, without being detected by the authorities and the not- Johnson, this book couldn't be anymore Vermont-y if Ben
local music, and local economies over big corporations. amused Republican governor gets more and more difficult, and Jerry were sitting on top of Camel's Hump drinking
Being a fugitive is not going to stop him from doing his however, leading to a crazy climactic scene on skis and Heady Topper!
regular radio show, Radio Free Vermont, underground, snowmobiles in a noreaster (of course) just in time for
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Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce by Bill Moore

have recently returned from a training Chamber of Commerce is to guide, inspire,
program for Vermont Chamber of and promote the best interests of the
Commerce executives, our annual businesses and professionals of the area,
Mini-Institute. At our annual professional and to enhance the economic, cultural,
development session, I was reminded over educational, and recreational opportunities
and over again about why chambers of of its citizens and visitors.
commerce are vital to our communities I am very pleased to report that I honestly
success. Whether in formal seminars or believe that we are. Our meetings, whether
informal networking opportunities, I dealing with issues that affect business
shared in the energy that my colleagues have operations, such as this weeks Chamber
about our chambers and the work that we $marts and ents program on human
are doing in our communities. Chambers resource issues presented by Montpelier
of commerce harness the energy of business attorney Caroline Earle (Friday November
leaders to help grow our economy. We are 17), or programs on cybersecurity, briefings
engaged in promoting all businesses, large by the President of the Federal Reserve
and small, mom and pop businesses and Bank of Boston, Dr. Eric Rosengren
big box stores. We promote cutting-edge or programs on using social media as a
technology companies and those that are business marketing tool, Central Vermont
just getting an on-line presence. businesses get great information from the
Our members are truly representative Chamber.
of all segments of our communities. We Advocating for the business community on
are composed of businesses as diverse as the local, state and federal levels is a key
accommodations and insurance, business component of promoting the best interests
services and personal services, construction of businesses and professionals in the area.
and legal, health care and child care. Our It is also an important element of our
members are educators, restaurateurs work to improve the business community
and financial service providers. Choose a by promoting a pro-business, free-market
business type and you will find them in our economy.
Supporting tourism by being an active
What makes all of these businesses want presence at events like The Big E, the
to invest in our chambers of commerce? New York Times Travel Writers Show
The reasons vary. Some are looking for and The Hartford Courant Travel and
advice on growing their business, while Tourism Show is vital to our efforts to
others want to make themselves available bring visitors to our region.
to help other businesses grow. Many are
attracted to the networking opportunities In all of our activities, we provide networking
that we have, while others are dedicated opportunities for the participants, whether
to advocating for a strong pro-business it is a committee meeting, a mixer, or a
economy. major program, the business community
gravitates to the Chamber, we truly are The
The common thread that runs through Voice of Business in Central Vermont.
membership in chambers of commerce is
that it is an investment in our communitys In so many ways, the Central Vermont
well-being and future. I look at the mission Chamber of Commerce is working to grow
statement of the Central Vermont Chamber our economy and create jobs. Call me at
of Commerce often and ask myself, Are 802-229-5711, or drop an email to Bill@
we living up to the tenet that we have Ill be happy to speak with
articulated? you about how you can be a part of this
great organization.
The mission of the Central Vermont
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