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IN THIS ISSUE: Not Just a Hit: Kids Learn about Life and the
Pg. 5 Meet Superintendent Game at Mountaineers Youth Baseball Camp
Libby Bonesteel by Sarah Davin

“I
’m hitting first!” one boy yells. over it. Make sure you aren’t throwing your While the focus of the camp is on the kids,
Pg. 6 Youth Service “I’m hitting third!” yells another, helmet or the bat, stuff like that.” He hopes the Mountaineers players, all of whom are
Bureau as the campers line themselves up these lessons will carry forward. “We teach college students, are pretty young themselves
strategically in the dugout, preparing for the things they can take from here and use with and learning just as much. Rick Angney,
next inning. A third boy, wearing a baseball their teams, and have for the rest of their vice president of the Mountaineers says,
Pg. 11 Artist Phyllis Chase cap and a Mountaineers t-shirt comes up lives,” says Nation. “[The players] can walk along the streets,
to bat. He swings and hits the ball just Mountaineers’ youth camps aren’t just spaces and people will recognize them. That’s not
left of first base. “Wow, a single. This guy to learn the fundamentals of baseball. They’re something that will happen at their colleges,
is your run-supporter,” says the pitching also an opportunity for kids to learn how to or even probably their hometowns. They
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goes down the center of the field. “A triple! is a great social setting,” Nation reflects, television.”
They have a score on the board!” After the “they can interact with kids from other areas This level of support from the community
rest of the hitters have had their chance, the that maybe they haven’t interacted with comes with some serious responsibility. A
teams switch hitting and fielding. before. It’s just like being in school. It gives Mountaineers player who has played a game
Such is a morning at the Mountaineers Youth them a chance to make new friends from late into the night before and then gets up
Baseball Camps for children aged six to different areas.” early the following morning to teach the
thirteen. Monday to Thursday, from 9 am Yet another valuable part of the Mountaineers camp is showing dedication to the kids, a
to noon, children of multiple age groups Camp experience is the chance for a child kind of dedication that is important in a
learn the fundamentals of baseball from to connect with someone they look up good teacher. “As far as our players go, it’s
Mountaineers players and coaches. to. The players are heroes to these young great for them to interact with the kids, and
A variety of skills are taught. For example, kids. Mountaineers pitcher and Canisius learn how to teach these kids,” says Nation,
on the first day of the camp, they were busy College student, Andrew Kneussle, speaks “In the future, when they want to become a
learning dynamic warm-ups, base stealing, passionately about how looking up to older coach, they will know how to teach the kids
defense, and hitting. These skills are not just players made him feel as a kid. “I remember it and they can learn different ways to talk
limited to the playing of the game, but to like it was yesterday being a kid and looking to different kids at different levels. It works
playing the game safely. up to older players and thinking it’s so cool great for the kids, the camp, and it works
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to see those players in their uniforms, playing great for the players.”
Head coach Blake Nation shows children
how to play safe. “You should always be the game, and having fun doing it. Being on What do these players hope to teach these
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carrying the bat with the barrel and not the opposite side of that, and being able to kids outside of baseball? Kneussle answers,
show that to younger players, and being able “I think the biggest thing is work ethic.
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equipment is put away properly on the bench, to talk to them and work with them, I think Definitely through this game we can develop
not lying on the ground, so you don’t trip that’s the coolest thing.” Continued on Page 2

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Not Just a Hit: Kids Learn about Life


and the Game at Mountaineers Youth
Baseball Camp Continued from Page 1
habits of working hard and getting into working on a schedule and a routine, working on
little things, and doing things the right way rather than doing things for the sake of just doing
them.”
The games and camps aren’t the only things that Mountaineers do for the community. The
Mountaineers do a lot of community outreach, such as visiting the Heaton Woods Nursing
Home, working with the Central Vermont Little League All Stars, and giving the proceeds of
the gameday 50-50 drawings to a non-profit organization that requests support.
Mountaineers players also benefit the community just by living in it, via the Adopt-a-
Mountaineer program, which places players with local host families. President and chief
operating officer, Brian Gallagher, highlights Beth Cody’s work coordinating the program,
stating, “Beth Cody does a great job, and she finds host families in the area to take players in
during the summer. Many of the host families we’ve had on for 16 years. Some new ones each
year join in. Situations change, but some take one, two, or three players.” The families who
open up their homes to these players also get benefits, including enrolling their children in the
baseball camp for free.
For parents, the Mountaineers Youth Baseball Camp gives kids an opportunity to both learn
and play. Montpelier resident Tom Howard offers this statement in favor of the camp: “My
grandson is Samari. This is his third year going to the camp, and it is, by far, hands down,
the best. He’s been here an hour and a half, and instruction has been good. They’re teaching
the kids how to throw, how to catch, and not just fun and games. It’s more of an instructional
camp than just another fun camp for kids. I am very impressed.”
Meanwhile, on the diamond, a boy by third base asks the pitcher, ““Hey, did you throw me a
knuckleball?” “I did.” affirms the pitcher, looking back over his shoulder. “I saw!” the camper
exclaims proudly.
There will be two more sessions of Mountaineers Youth Baseball Camp this summer, beginning
July 9th and July 16.
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HEARD ON THE STREET


New Building to Replace property for a two-lane access road and sidewalk to the state During public comments, several residents supported the
State Street Gulf Station parking area behind the station known as “the Pit,” which ban, including the mother of a child with asthma, a runner
has been talked about as a location for a parking garage with and biker, and a woman who witnessed a toddler walking
The recent removal of the old gas tanks at the closed Gulf
housing above it. He said he is supportive of such a project, through a cloud of cigarette smoke downtown. But two
Station at 105 State Street, next to the Pavilion Office
and would be an interested party and potential investor in it, smokers who spoke said the ban would infringe on their civil
Building, opens the way for the anticipated sale of the station
if it goes forward. liberties, and business owner Yvonne Baab said that while
to Thom Lauzon, former mayor of Barre and a real estate
Lauzon stressed he wants the new building to “honor the she views smoking as “the stupidest things people can do to
investor and developer. Lauzon told The Bridge he will seek
history of the area.” He said he is interested in talking with themselves,” she was opposed the ban because it would be bad
a permit to tear down the old brick station building, which
neighbors about his plan, and pledged he will be an “open for business and would promote an already-existing view that
is environmentally contaminated and structurally unsafe, as
book” about his plans for the lot. He noted that he does Montpelier is an elitist town. City Clerk John Odom said he
well as a permit for a new building of up to 10,500 square
not expect to ask for tax stabilization. Lauzon hopes to have feared a smoking ban might make working-class people, who
feet.
a permit to build by this fall, so that construction could tend to smoke more, feel unwelcome in Montpelier.
Lauzon, who is working with architect Jay Ancel of Black
potentially be underway by next winter. Other concerns were raised about the enforceability of the
River Design, said the building could be two or three stories
ordinance and where smokers would go to smoke. Councilor
tall. The first floor could be a retail space or another use Downtown Smoking Ban Petition Rejected Dona Bate, the lone supporter of the ban, said smokers
compatible with a first floor location, the second floor would
A petition to ban smoking on four downtown Montpelier complained about civil liberties when bans on smoking on
likely be offices, and the third floor—if built—would be
streets garnered 1,537 signatures, including those of 47 airplanes, in restaurants and in bars were put in place, but
market-rate apartments. Lauzon noted he put in two new
business owners, but that was not enough to convince the noted that the bans have proved workable and helped
market-rate apartments above the Cornerstone Pub in Barre
City Council to adopt the plan at its June 27 meeting. reduce smoking and second-hand smoke exposure.
that have done well. “I wish I had 50 of them,” he quipped.
Instead, a hearing on the petition, which was brought by The Council had previously rejected another proposed
The building will be built closer to the road than the gas Montpelier resident Ron Merkin, ended with calls by Mayor downtown smoking ban in 2015. It has banned smoking
station building, but not right up to the sidewalk, he said. Anne Watson for more discussion and work on the issue. in city parks and parklets, however.
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Legal Cannabis Grows Legal Loopholes, as well as Profits


by Mike Dunphy

M
arijuana advocates had much to firm of highly educated and experienced children of the ’60s and ’70s. This was in the current statutory framework. The law
cheer on July 1, when Act 86 master cannabis growers, contractors, something they had done when they were specifically prohibits the sale of cannabis in
come into force, eliminating “all and medical professionals blending their younger. Others say, ‘I just want to because I any quantity, and the penalties for breaking
penalties for possession of one ounce or dedication and talents to bring you the best can, and the law says I can.’ Or ‘I don’t care that law are based on the quantity involved.
less of marijuana and two mature and four skill set for indoor cannabis growing”—who to smoke it; I’m just going to give it away.’ But when it comes to giving away without
immature marijuana plants for a person who notes that his phone has been “ringing off Some people just want to juice the leaves and compensation, it fits into the possession
is 21 years of age.” Entrepreneurs may have the hook.” the rest of the plant is junk for them. Some framework, which allows up to an ounce.
even more to celebrate, as the legalization So too is business booming for Kelsy Raap, people just think it’s a neat looking plant Nor is this approach without precedent in
opens up new avenues of business and general manager of Green State Gardener, and a flower. So it’s a very diverse range of Vermont. In the 1990s, tattoo artists in
exploding profits, even in a non-taxed and which sells growing equipment and seeks to reasons.” Vermont effectively did the same thing, by
regulated system. “empower our customers to grow, process, Property also plays a role, thinks Raap. “To providing the tattoo for free while charging
While Act 86 does detail acceptable and use their own plant-based medicines by be legal in Vermont, you have to grow it on for ink, design, and other elements, thereby
quantities of marijuana and hashish and providing the best tools, materials, kits, and property that you own or have expressed getting around the prohibition at the time.
lays out penalties for infractions, it also expert advice.” As soon as the law passed permission from the land owner. So all those The result was a repeal of the previous law
creates a virtual Wild West in Vermont, in January, she notes, “We saw an evident folks who say, ‘I own my house, my kids and the establishment of a new one.
thanks to enormous gray areas left by the uptick in interest and inquiries, and in the are out, I’m retired or working less, got Experienced growers can also take advantage
law, at least until the next legislative session last couple months, our overall sales, month some time on my hands, and looking for a of another loophole regarding the two
either clarifies existing language or replaces over month, have just about tripled. And hobby that’s both recreationally fun and has flowering plants allowed by Act 86 with
it with a comprehensive tax-and-regulate that’s only increasing from what I can see therapeutic value.’” techniques such as “air layering,” a method
system. Until then, a growing number of right now.” Cost is undoubtedly a factor, too, as creating of growing new plants, with roots and all,
entrepreneurial weed-slingers are busy One of the fascinating aspects of it all, a proper grow room is not cheap, and most from stems still attached to the parent plant.
lassoing loopholes and major profits. Raap points out, is who the customers are. definitely out of the budget of most younger “That would keep your numbers completely
“What we’ve seen in the last two months “You’d think maybe it would be the younger people. “For a full build, you are looking compliant even though you could potentially
is an absolute explosion,” says attorney college students or young adults who would at close to $2,700,” Leonetti says, at least if have tens, or possibly a hundred, depending
Timothy Fair, owner/founder of Vermont be more into it, but, in fact, our fastest you want to do it right. “I have a carpenter on the size of the plant,” Leonetti explains.
Cannabis Solutions, the state’s first law growing demographic is 55–75 year-olds, and a master electrician who will make sure “You could easily snip off those that are
practice devoted to cannabis. “My original who are coming in and getting themselves everything is fully legit because we don’t fully rooted and that wouldn’t constitute an
business plan back in 2016 [when it opened] set up.” Leonetti sees a similar trend. “The want someone’s house burning down.” Raap additional number to your system. So I think
was signing six to twelve clients, and that vast majority of people who I speak with,” agrees. “To put together a kit that we would some interesting propagation techniques can
was wildly optimistic. I’ve now got over 24 he explains, “are probably aged 50 to 65. consider high-quality equipment that will get around those numbers in a sense.”
clients signed and another two dozen just I would say it’s a much older demographic give you good results and be appropriate Although people may be complying with
waiting.” than I had anticipated.” for Vermont’s limit of two flowering plants, the letter of the law, as it stands now, Raap
A similar refrain comes from Matt Leonetti, There are many reasons for this, according you are looking about $1,100 to $1,200 for doesn’t think people should feel 100 percent
co-owner of HomeGrown Consulting—“a to Leonetti. “Most of them said they were everything.” comfortable. “There is a lot of room for
Playing a large role in this new economy is interpretation, but there’s also a lot of room
a “gifting” loophole, which seeks to remedy for the state to try to prosecute if they feel
a significant problem with Act 86. “If a like people are abusing the loopholes.” Legal
commercial market is illegal,” Fair points crackdowns may also vary throughout the
out, “how then does someone who wants state, because each county essentially has
to grow get the seeds or plant cuttings to its own state’s attorney, each with differing
do so?” The answer is to simply “give” the interpretations of the law. So what might fly
marijuana, seeds, or plant cuttings, and then in Burlington may not in Bennington.
charge for other services, be it consulting, For Fair, Raap, and Leonetti, the solution
equipment, or other. to these issues is a tax-and-regulate system.
This system is nothing new in the world of “I really hope the legislature does pass one,”
legal cannabis in the United States. Indeed, says Rapp, “so we can be more helpful to
that’s what’s happening now in Washington, customers who are wondering what they
DC, and Maine, Fair notes, where cannabis are allowed to do. Until that time, our best
dispensers are sometimes charging $100 for recommendation to those who want to grow
a Snickers bar and then giving the marijuana but don’t know how to legally obtain the
as a freebie. “This is what happens when genetics is to make friends with growers.
there’s only a half measure and you legalize There’s nothing stopping us from sharing
without a mechanism for a tax-and-regulate genetics amongst ourselves.”
system; you get entrepreneurial ingenuity. I For Leonetti, the tax-and-regulate model
fully anticipate seeing $50 t-shirts and $50 would also address both the quality of the
massages that include a free gift of cannabis.” material and control of the existing hemp,
To be clear, Act 86 does not expressly allow CBD, and medical market. “I would
this, but it does not prohibit it either. “The absolutely prefer tax and regulate,” he says.
“gifting” loophole is created by an omission “We have the loosest hemp regulations in the
entire country, and a lot of people’s products
are not even testing remotely to what’s on
their label.”
Do What You Do Best. He also hopes a tax-and-regulate bill will
help address issues with the current medical
marijuana distribution system in Vermont.
“I think the current dispensary owners have
a monopoly as it is. They should not be
the ones who have everything sold through
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Montpelier-Roxbury Schools Welcome New Superintendent


Compiled by Irene Racz and Mike Dunphy

T
h is is the first of two parts of an What in your past experience most applies more listening than talking. A big challenge is that kids who are coming into Montpelier
interview with Montpelier’s new school to this job? What are the best things that hearing from multiple constituencies, not just from Roxbury for middle school and high
superintendent, Elizabeth “Libby” you bring to it? the loud voices but the voices we don’t often school are truly part of that system so that
Bonesteel. The second part will appear in the Bonesteel: My work for Franklin-Northwest hear, to hear how their child is experiencing we have equitable opportunities for all of our
July 19 issue of The Bridge. taught me how to think in systems, where our schools. So a big challenge would be to kids? I think we have a lot of challenges to
In this part, Bonesteel discusses her background I’m not just thinking about one content area get all voices heard. And how do you go about overcome that we don't even know yet, and we
and motivation for seeking the position, as well as or about one group of children or about a doing that when you are just learning a new will be figuring those out.
the challenges she expects to face. The second part particular school, but how the system works system, because every educational system is Do you know how many new students are
will explore her views on the challenges facing so that all the gears are turning together different and the way people do things is coming into middle and high schools next
students and teachers and how to maximize and we’re all focused on one common idea different? year from Roxbury?
opportunities for students. of what it means to educate our children. There are going to be a lot of voices to listen Bonesteel: I could be wrong, but I believe it’s
Comments have been edited for length. You always bring your teaching credentials to, and there’s no way to make everybody about 50 students.
and experiences with you wherever you go. happy.
Bridge: How do you define the role of I certainly have those, stories that make me Montpelier has been bucking the trend
superintendent? Bonesteel: No. That’s pretty much true in Vermont and has seen an increase in
laugh and stories that make me cry, and I can’t everywhere, right? However, we’re really clear
Libby Bonesteel: As the lead learner of any help but have those as part of me. students. Do you think this will continue?
on our vision and where we want to take the
system, as the person who’s responsible to Is there anything you learned about the schools, and very clear as to why we're making Bonesteel: It’s my goal to ensure that our
ensure all students are learning and that we position or that reframed your perception the decisions we're making and where it fits in enrollment continues. We do that by getting
have the systems in place to make that happen. of the position through the interview the grand scheme of things. I think that will the word out that our schools are so amazing.
Those are the things that I'll be looking at and process? help allay some of the fears and misconceptions I’ll be looking at how we use social media
really studying with my leadership team. in the community. It’s our job as a leadership to sell and brand our schools. This is an
Bonesteel: One of the things that drew me amazing place to live and raise your kids,
What motivated you to apply for this to Montpelier was their focus on race and the team to create a good communication plan so
position? that everybody knows where we're going in the whether it’s Montpelier or Roxbury. So I
Black Lives Matter movement. That simply think that’s a real growth possibility. Our
isn’t a conversation in schools in Vermont school system.
Bonesteel: As a director of curriculum and new director of curriculum and instruction
instruction [her previous job at Franklin- at the level and in the way Montpelier is What do you think of the decision to merge is an absolute whiz at social media. The new
Northwest Supervisory Union], you get to a talking about it. If you saw my resume, you Montpelier and Roxbury into one school elementary principal is also coming with
point where you’re thinking, ‘What’s the next know I’ve worked in inner-city schools and district? that same lens. These platforms are how
step? I’ve done what I need to do here, and it’s with incredibly impoverished students, and Bonesteel: I see it as a challenge for sure. How people find places when moving to a new
time to have fresh eyes on the system.’ I love my passion is that population. do we ensure that Roxbury is not just included community. So how do we really maximize
my colleagues there and they’re doing such Living in Vermont you don't necessarily get but is part of our system and a guiding force in these platforms to ensure that we're selling
phenomenal work. But it was time for me to that opportunity. But Montpelier is having our system—as the other schools would be— our (towns) as an amazing place to live and
use my brain in a different way. the conversation that we need to have around as an equal member? And how do we ensure work and play and have kids in the schools?
So the idea of a new challenge, new learning white privilege, what that means, and how
the idea of going into a different place, we value all people. And when you have such
with a different system, and with different a focus on equity you can’t help but bring in
responsibilities, is intriguing. A cornerstone issues around class as well. How do we ensure
of my career is how do I influence the most that all kids learn, not just the kids who are
children. As a teacher, of course, that was in going to learn regardless?
my classroom. And as a curriculum director, What do you see as your biggest challenges?
it was within my five schools. And now, as a
superintendent, there’s a piece I can add to it Bonesteel: Learning the system is an
to ensure all kids learn at a high level. enormous challenge and ensuring that my
own biases don’t come into play, that I do a lot
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Supporting Youths and Strengthening Communities for a Half


Century: The Washington County Youth Service Bureau/Boys
& Girls Club by Nicole Bachand

I
f you are a Montpelier resident, you may The Bureau’s mission is to provide a wide needed to carry them into successful process toward adulthood extends well
be familiar with the Washington County range of innovative and effective programs adulthood. While recent societal trends into the mid-20s. Yet services to this age
Youth Service Bureau/Boys & Girls that empower and enrich the lives of youths have added complexity to the issues youths group are just now beginning to catch
Club because it sponsors and coordinates and families in Washington County as well are facing in their communities, their up to that developmental understanding.
the annual Thanksgiving Day community as leadership and support to other youth fundamental resilience has not changed. Beyond eliminating problems, young
dinner. You may not know, however, that for programs throughout Vermont. Even though the landscape of family has people also need to develop foundational
almost 50 years, the Bureau has been at the Based on Elm Street in Montpelier, the shifted over the years, the prevalence assets to function well during adolescence
forefront of youth care work in Vermont. In Bureau serves approximately 1,500 of social technologies has emerged as a and adulthood.
addition, the Bureau has played an integral Washington County individuals between new concern, and stories of school and While trends in youth behavior have
part in the development of the modern field the ages of 11 and 25 annually. These services community violence sometimes construct shifted over the years, the way the Bureau
of youth care work nationally. range in complexity from community- a dire narrative, young people remain approaches working with youths has
Bureau staff members have played key focused programs to the governance strong, vibrant, and engaging in the face remained consistent, always striving to
leadership roles in promoting youth-care of statewide youth service systems. The of these shifting pressures. offer a comprehensive response to the
workforce development, provided leadership Bureau offers prevention services to help As communities across Vermont confront needs of young people rather than a set
in the development of a number of state young people succeed, intervention to help the hard realities of an epidemic opioid checklist of services. It is about providing
and national policies that have an impact them negotiate challenges, and treatment crisis, an often-overlooked casualty are them with opportunities to believe in
on youths and young adults, and run many to address problems interfering with their the children of addicted parents. These themselves and their abilities to influence
direct service programs that have been health and development. youths often exist in impoverished social their lives and the world around them.
recognized at the local, state, and national Included among the many services are networks, with no extended families or As youth workers, families, schools, and
levels as premier examples of how to work youth and family counseling, programs for supportive connections to lean on. While communities, we share a common goal.
effectively with youths and young adults. runaway and homeless youths, transitional many youths are able to leverage extended We want youths to thrive. We wish for
living for homeless youths and young family and peer supports to navigate happy, healthy, and successful young
men returning from jail, substance abuse the addiction of a caregiver, a growing people who can flourish as adults. Our
treatment, support for youths involved in number of them are being placed in the wish is that all young people have the
foster care, mentoring, a teen center, and a foster-care system, have run away, or opportunity to experience a positive and
24-hour crisis service. are living precariously, further exposing stable future, where they get what they
them to dangerous situations. In turn, a need to grow up safely and be connected
The Bureau has also supported hundreds greater percentage of youths being served
of AmeriCorps and Vista members, who with caring peers and adults. This way,
by the Bureau are managing increasingly our communities can feel meaning and
have begun their careers by committing complex economic, relational, physical,
to a year of service to youth-oriented connection with their members at each
and mental health challenges. phase. A world that has figured out how
programs throughout the state. Training
comes through a “Working with Youth This increased need for services is to care for young people is a world that is
Conference” and a partnership with the emerging at a time when the field of youth better for all of us.
Vermont Department for Children and work itself is going through a radical To find out more about the Bureau and its
Families and the Center for the Study of transformation. Advancements in brain services, contact them at 229-9151 or visit
Social Policy. science have led to a redefinition of what their website at wcysb.org.
it means to be and what is needed to
Bureau programs have been aimed at support youths and young adults. We now Nicole Bachand is the associate director of
helping youths acquire the attitudes, have scientific understanding to support Washington County Youth Service Bureau
competencies, values, and social skills the realization that the developmental

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Farm to Ballet at Washington’s


Vermont Grand View
Farm on July 15
F
armers, food, neighbors, live classical musicians, community, and the graceful art of
ballet. This is what makes Vermont’s Farm to Ballet so unique. Now in its fourth
year, agriculture and dance will offer audiences delightful summer evenings of
entertainment with eight performances on farms throughout Vermont. This year, Farm to
Ballet comes to Vermont Grand View Farm in Washington, Vermont, on Sunday, July 15,
at 6 pm.
Produced by Ballet Vermont, the performance will include a live string sextet during the
entire feature-length production. The ballet takes place without the traditional staging,
lights, or backdrop of a theater-based performance, and will be performed at Grand View
Farm, which sits high on a hill overlooking the Green Mountains. The farm is home to the
state’s only flock of Swedish Gotland sheep. Farm owner Kim Goodling says, “We are so
excited to host the first ever Farm to Ballet performance in Orange County. It will be an
amazing evening of community fellowship, music, dance, and good food!”
The performance is especially exciting for Goodling because her daughter, Anna, appears
as a soloist in the production. “I am so excited to have the company dancing at my family’s
farm,” says Anna. “The best part, for me, is the community—both the community the
dancers build together, and the local communities we are privileged to come into when we
perform. Inviting the company into my own local community is such a wonderful merging
of the two. I am eager to share the hard work the Farm to Ballet dancers have done with my
family, my neighbors, my town.”
Guests are encouraged to arrive up to one hour and 30 minutes before showtime to check
out the view from the top of the hill, enjoy a self-guided tour of the farm, or watch a
sheepdog demonstration. Families can also visit the fiber studio, where farm products will be
on display and available for purchase. Guests should also bring chairs or blankets for seating.
A portion of the ticket sales for this performance, which tells the story of a Vermont farming
operation from spring to fall, will assist in construction of a new manure composting system
designed to have a low impact on natural resources that surround Grand View Farm. This
will also assist the farm in meeting the state’s new required agricultural practices and
improve forage quality, which enhances the health of the sheep. Over the last three summer
seasons Farm to Ballet has raised over $55,000 in support of sustainable agriculture.
Vermont native and homesteader, Avi Waring, returns in the title role of the farmer and
leads a cast of accomplished dancers. A professional dancer and dance educator, Waring
co-founded Ballet Wolcott and the Montpelier Movement Collective.
Attendees can bring their own picnic dinner or visit Farmer Chuck for wood fired pizza with
ingredients from local farms (including gluten-free crust). Please bring cash for purchases.
Tickets are available now at farmtoballet.org. Advance-purchase ticket prices are $20 for
adults and kids 12 and under are free.
PAG E 8 • J U LY 5 – J U LY 18 , 2 018 THE BRIDGE

Let’s Get a Creemee! by Larry Floersch

A
ccording to some sources, the creemee, incorrectly called is the amount of “overrun” in the two products. “Overrun” is
soft serve ice cream in other parts of the country, was the technical name for the amount of air that is whipped into
invented by accident in 1934, when Tom Carvel, the the mix. That’s where the creemee machine comes in. Most ice
founder of the Carvel brand of ice cream, had a flat tire on his ice cream is 20 percent air; a creemee is around 40 percent, maybe
cream truck and had to sell his melting ice cream from a parking higher.
lot in Hartsdale, New York, to people passing by. He was so It seems you can find creemees almost everywhere in Vermont
successful he went on to open a shop on the site of that truck in summer (and now winter, too)—gas station jiffy marts,
breakdown. He also designed and patented low-temperature ice eat-in restaurants, country stores. Even the big chain fast-food
cream machines to make those creemees. places offer soft serve. But to us here at The Bridge, going to get
Dairy Queen, which also lays claim to inventing the creemee, a creemee means something more than just hitting the drive-
offering an “all you can eat” trial sale out of an ice cream shop in through at McDonalds. It is a specific act that often involves
Kankakee, Illinois, in 1938, went on to become the name most family, perhaps on a specific day, such as a Sunday afternoon.
commonly associated with soft-serve ice cream. Going to get a creemee is an “end destination” if you will, not an
What does it take to make a creemee? For one thing, it takes a afterthought. And it usually involves a specific place, a favorite
machine similar to what Carvel invented. That machine needs to place. Going to get a creemee is an “outing” that is especially
hold the ice-cream mixture at a low temperature, then blend in summer.
air and freeze the ice cream as it is dispensed. Creemee machines In Central Vermont, going to get a creemee could mean
now come in a variety of brands, and prices vary depending something simple and close, such as the new walk-up window
on size (countertop or floor models), capacity, and versatility. at The Porch on Langdon Street at Down Home Kitchen or the
A machine that provides tanks for two or more flavors and Meadow Mart in Montpelier or the walk-up window at Simply
allows those flavors to be swirled together into the cone can cost Subs on Main Street in Barre. To others, it could mean a short
well upwards of $20,000. There are even versions of creemee drive to Morse Farm on County Road in East Montpelier or
machines for your home. Bragg Farm on Route 14. To our editor in chief, Mike Dunphy,
But, as Carvel and Dairy Queen knew, it’s what goes into the there is only one creemee place: the Dairy Creme on Route 2.
machine that really makes the difference. Both Carvel and Dairy He told us when he was a child, his father would load the family
Queen kept their recipes a secret. Burr Morse at Morse Farm told into the car and drive all the way from Burlington to Montpelier
The Bridge he uses a commercial vanilla-flavored mixture from to get creemees there, because his dad insisted they were the best
Hood to which he adds his maple flavor. and you got the most for your money.
According to Saveur magazine, the ingredients in soft serve are But there are many more creemee places here in Central
exactly the same as those in regular ice cream except the amount Vermont. What’s your favorite creemee place? Send us a note
of butterfat. A creemee is lower in butterfat than a premium ice or an email and tell us your favorite place and why, such as our
11-year-old friend Jack Reeves did with his essay on ice cream

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cream such as Ben & Jerry’s. But there are claims that creemees
in Vermont are higher in butterfat than the soft serve ice cream in Vermont in this issue. By the end of the summer we’ll try to
sold in other parts of the country and that’s why the name publish some of your responses.

This Paper! “creemee” is used in the Green Mountain state.


The other major difference between a creemee and ice cream
Mail your responses to The Bridge at P.O. Box 1143, Montpelier,
VT 05601, or send us an email at editorial@montpelierbridge.com
T H E B R I D G E J U LY 5 – J U LY 18 , 2 018 • PAG E 9

My Favorite Ice Cream in Vermont by Jack Reeves, age 11

E
veryone knows Vermont is the ice cream and dairy I forgot most of them, but I remember a guy roasting the
state. But if you’re still looking for a good place to marshmallows on my dad’s ice cream with a blowtorch. The
eat ice cream, we’ll talk about some places and how ice cream is really messy, but good. The line was a crazy size
they’re good and bad. The places are the Dairy Creme, when we got there though, so it must be pretty popular.
Chill, Canteen Creemee, Bragg Farm, and Ben & Jerry’s Bragg Farm is in East Montpelier. It is a pretty nice place,
Factory. with a farm and a gift shop. There aren’t many flavors, but
First, the Dairy Creme. There are many flavors of ice cream, they have maple creemees, root beer floats, and big sundaes
root beer floats, and ice cream sandwiches the size of my Jack enjoys with lots of toppings. If it’s close to Halloween, you can also
head! There is one bad thing: when the Dairy Creme first an ice cream stop there for pumpkins. There are also nice benches, and it
opens in the late spring, the line to the ice cream counter from Chill. is in a nice setting.
is five miles long. It is on State Street in Montpelier. It has Ben & Jerry’s Factory is in Waterbury. You can go on a
quite a nice setting. It is on the bank of a river, with benches factory tour, and there is also a gift shop. The factory tour
and shade. It is one of the best ice cream places. Be warned: has an informational film about the history of Ben & Jerry’s
There are usually not many parking spaces. and a tour of the machinery and the making of the ice
Next on the list is Chill. It is found in downtown Montpelier, close to the State House. It is cream. After the tour, you get a free sample of a random
pretty hard to spot, though. There are 12 usually weird flavors that change every week. You flavor of ice cream, or you can buy a cone outside. It also has an ice cream graveyard of
never know which flavor you’ll be having next. It also has indoor and outdoor seats. There all the disliked and departed Ben & Jerry’s flavors.
are no bad things to mention about Chill at all. Hopefully you learned from this list of places where to get awesome ice cream, and you
The Canteen Creemee is a little place in Waitsfield. It has large ice cream with crazy toppings. should definitely try out all of them. Thanks for reading!

Celebrate our Children


by Dot Helling

A s we enjoy our July summer activities and


celebrate holidays such as Independence
Day, let’s also celebrate our children.
While substitute teaching at the Union
Elementary School this spring, I was struck by
what a special place this is for kids. Few places
in the world provide the environment for kids
that exists in Central Vermont. Our kids are
loved, secure, and well-educated. They have
ample extracurricular activities and healthy
living models. They can walk to school, ride
bikes around town with their friends, and
play kickball in our neighborhood streets.
Montpelier hosts a myriad of kid-friendly
events. The first Friday in June hundreds
of kids pre-school through sixth grade
participate in the annual Central Vermont
Runners Kids Track Meet, which includes running events, the softball throw and long
jump. Each participant is #1 and receives a T-shirt and a medal.
Earlier in the spring Central Vermont Runners hosts the kid-friendly Barre Town Spring
Run at the Barre Town Elementary School. The event draws dozens of kids wearing their
school shirts. School spirit soars. Montpelier's elementary school program offerings include
field trips to places such as the Shelburne Museum, an ongoing reading program, outings
to the Nature Center and participation in municipal programs like the Montpelier Tree
Board’s St. Paul Street tree project.
The Middle School offers its own such events as well as the Girls on the Run program.
The City has the ice rink in the winter, the outdoor pool in the summer, plus many
holiday events including the Enchanted Forest in Hubbard Park at Halloween and the
Family Olympics, Montpelier Mile, and parade on our July 3 Independence Day. Onion
River Sports, now Onion River Outdoors,
sponsors an annual kids bike in the July 3
parade regaled with retro riders, streamers,
and antique cycles.
Rocque Long
I encourage each of you, especially if you
have not been a parent, to spend a day
Painting
with a kid. Take a kid on an outing, to a • Insured
festival or a BBQ. Volunteer to read to them • 30+ years professional
or participate in a program like Girls on experience
the Run. Experience our world through the • local references.
curious, bright and eager eyes of a child. Let’s
celebrate our kids this month in special ways. 802-223-0389
PAG E 10 • J U LY 5 – J U LY 18 , 2 018 THE BRIDGE

Abridged Vermont: Bennington by Mike Dunphy

B
efore becoming editor in chief of The pesto, tomato chutney, and roasted carrots.
Bridge, I spent more than 10 years Walk off some of the calories after (or prep
in the travel and tourism industry. I before) with a stroll around the grounds of
continue to do so on the side, and, indeed, I am the historic Park-McCullough House, a six
currently in the middle of updating the Fodor’s minute walk to the west.
Travel Guide for Vermont. This means poking Before leaving town, stop by Bakkerij
around the entire state for the best restaurants, Krijnen, helmed by Dutch chef, Hans
pubs, hotels, attractions, and activities. Krijnen and his wife and business partner,
Starting with this issue, readers of The Bridge Jennifer. Everything is made from scratch,
also benefit. Once a month, Abridged Vermont using local, organic, and all-natural
will highlight what’s the buzz in one Vermont ingredients, and I almost turned my car
town or city in hopes of inspiring some weekend around to purchase a second “fruit square”
getaways. In some cases, the experiences are puff pastry, made from King Arthur wheat
sponsored by the venues, but I have selected flour, Cabot butter, water, sanding sugar,
according to quality and appeal only. sea salt, and egg yolks, and topped with a
-See- tumble of fresh strawberries, blueberries,
raspberries, pineapple, bananas, and an
Bennington Museum apricot glaze. It’s no wonder the bakery
Mark Twain may have coined the term earned the Editor’s Choice award from
“gilded age” as an aspersion against the Yankee Magazine.
post-Civil War era’s gross materialism joy and are made all the more amazing by Opened in 2011, and extended in 2012, Pangaea/Lounge: 1 Prospect St, North
and political corruption, but it certainly the fact that she didn’t even start painting it runs west from the house through the Bennington; vermontfinedining.com
produced some impressive works of art until late in her 70s. Included also is her woods and fields including a pine stand
that dovetailed nicely with Bennington’s Bakkerij Krijnen: 1001 Main St.
needlework, paint-stained apron and table, planted by Robert Frost in the 1920s; along
industrial peak, when nearly three art supplies, and photographs. Paran creek; across a footbridge; to the -Dream-
dozen mills along the Walloomsac River eastern shore of Lake Paran, where there’s The Harwood Hill
75 Main St., benningtonmuseum.org
manufactured. The economic prosperity a swimming beach on the northwest shore
that resulted brought much in beautiful art, -Play- from which to go for the full immersion. One of Bennington’s newest
furniture, and decorative objects—many The trail also features lovely views south to accommodations is a study in contrast.
The Robert Frost Trail
of which are displayed in the Bennington the Bennington Battle Monument and the Built in 1937 as a typical roadside motel,
Museum, including furnishings from mill When Robert Frost wrote “Stopping by just north of downtown, it received a full
Berkshires. Long sleeves and trousers are
owner Henry Bradford’s home to Frederick Woods on a Snowy Evening,” he may make over with a distinct artsy twist by a
recommended because of ticks.
MacMonnies’ captivating and electric very well have been referring to the woods foursome of new artist owners. The result is
around his famous house in Shaftsbury, a 121 Historic Route 7A, Shaftsbury; an appealing and unique presentation, both
portrait of May Suydam Palmer.
stone’s throw from Bennington College. By bennington.edu in the rooms, which feel fresh and classy,
But it’s the gallery dedicated to the work all means tour the house and see the very but also the extensive grounds, dotted with
-Eat-
of Anna Mary Robertson, better known as dining room table where he wrote the poem a variety of impish sculptures (all for sale).
Grandma Moses—who lived in Bennington on that hot June morning in 1922, and even Pangaea/Lounge and Bakkerij Krijnen
Indeed, a separate building (with faux purple
from 1932 to 1935—that can leave you Frost’s own apple trees outside, still bearing Pangaea, in North Bennington, has two asparagus outside) houses on-site artists, who
gobsmacked. Works such as “A Country fruit. But save an hour to commune with the faces. On one side, the classy rustic-chic each add their mark.
Wedding,” “Catchin the turkey,” “the Old spirit of the poem on the two-mile trail that “Lounge” turns out tuned-up, locally
Checkered House,” crackle with fun and This also translates into workshops on-
starts outside the house. sourced versions of burgers, pulled pork
site, as well as musical performances from
tacos, and crispy fried oysters in a convivial
a custom built red stage on the vast back
setting. But the other side, “Pangaea” goes
lawn, dotted with hammocks to enjoy the
for the full-blown, fine dining experience
fun in maximum chillaxation. If spending
with gussied up and coiffed waiters guiding
more than one night, opt for the “Arts
you through a three-course meal, starting
Package,” which comes with tickets for two
with the likes of Vermont venison tenderloin
to the Bennington Museum, the Bennington
with juniper and mission fig compote and
Center for the Arts and Covered Bridge
open-faced ravioli with veal and truffle
Museum, and the Oldcastle Theatre, plus a
beurre blanc, before moving on to a superb
pair of mugs from Bennington Potters and
roasted Long Island duck breast over saffron
more.
risotto and Burgundy cherry sauce, unless
you prefer rack of lamb with mint pistachio 864 Harwood Hill Rd, harwoodhillmotel.com
T H E B R I D G E J U LY 5 – J U LY 18 , 2 018 • PAG E 11

Adamant Music School


Showcases the Art of
Phyllis Chase by Mimi Clark

Spring portrait of Kent’s Corner by Phyllis Chase

• New Construction Design & Build

• Renovations Custom Energy-Efficient Homes

• Woodworking Additions • Timber Frames


Weatherization • Remodeling
• General Contracting

I
t was a no brainer for Phyllis Chase the first time she ventured eight miles up the County Kitchens • Bathrooms • Flooring
Road to Adamant whether or not she would stay. As a painter of beauty and light, she
found her home of over 35 years now and has been painting her surroundings ever since. Tiling • Cabinetry • Fine Woodwork
As the Adamant Music School’s featured artist this season, she will display her work in
Waterside Hall alongside the music, giving additional meaning to both. The exhibition is
open to the public in conjunction with the School’s Summer Concert Series, during master
classes, and mornings when students practice.
An outdoor “plein air,” painter, she prefers the full spectrum of non-stop changing light to
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the fixed artificial set up of a studio and photographic dependency. Ironically, her interiors clarconstruction.com
are what have made her name. The same sense of light and space of the great outdoors
Chase reinterprets for the indoors. Her love of interior spaces is evident in that many are
designed to lack a human subject, the empty love seat in the library, empty chairs with a
glass of wine, softly inviting one to escape the craziness of the world and to enter her color-
imbued spaces.
“You can’t depend on materialism to nurture your soul,” Chase exclaims as two small
unidentifiable snakes slithered through her garage across where her feet had just been. “I’m
so thrilled to be a painter in this lifetime because it’s a privilege; there are so many things to
see; I love the close observation.” For Chase, it’s the thrill of observation and focus, the color
and light, the “rods and cones” in our eyes that give her spiritual joy and a sense of privilege.
Chase works with oils on panels. She premixes her paints and places them in the freezer
initially to help them set. The plein air and the mixing are the main ingredients for her
to allow serendipity to happen, a focus and formula that opens up the way for magic to
happen too.
“Trying to crack the code, as a painter,” she explains, “you have to realize you can’t get
everything in one image. On site, I can watch the light of day pass for six or seven hours
and some magic happens. The subtleties of changing natural light and color are their own
reward. A camera can only catch one moment.”
Naturally, she hopes some visitors will be inspired to bring one of her paintings home. “No
purchase is so rewarding over time. If you love it initially, over time that enjoyment will
only increase.”
Phyllis Chase’s paintings will be on display July 1st through August 22 at the Adamant
Music School.
Calendar of Events
PAG E 12 • J U LY 5 – J U LY 18 , 2 018 THE BRIDGE

Community Events
Pool Tournament at Charlie O’s. Every
Sunday. 9 pm. 70 Main St., Montpelier.

Events happening MONDAY, JULY 9


Free Drop-in Group: “Lives Well Lived:
July 5–July 21 Questions & Discussions.” When she saw
the documentary at the Green Mountain
Daily through Aug. 1: Morning Film Festival (shown at MSAC) this year, Liz
Programs for children Birth to age 7. Benjamin found it very gripping and moving.
Story time, 10 am; activity, 10:30 am; The filmmakers asked 22 different questions
free lunch, 11:30 am. Jaquith Public of older adults. Benjamin will facilitate
Library, School St., Marshfield. an open, drop-in discussion. 3–4:30 pm.
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre
St., Montpelier. Free. lives-well-lived.com.
THURSDAY, JULY 5 223-2518
Open Ears at Bagitos. Join Montpelier city
councilor Glen Coburn Hutcheson to talk Writing Power: A Writing Workshop
about the city or anything else. 8:30–9:30 am. to Unleash the Writer Within. Looking
Bagitos, 28 Main St., Montpelier. for practical methods and techniques to
ghutcheson@montpelier-vt.org, 839-5349. overcome obstacles to creativity? In this
course we will write from prompts and
FRIDAY, JULY 6 discuss ways to leap and go deep on the page
Adamant Co-op Friday Night Cookout. whether you write poetry, nonfiction, memoir
Grill items, seasonal salads, decadent desserts, or fiction. No writing experience necessary.
tons of ambiance, around $10 per meal. Rain 6–7:45 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135
or shine. 5:30–7:30 pm. Adamant Co-op, Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338
1313 Haggett Rd. Call 223-5760 for menu Camp Moose on the Loose Vacation Bible
items. School. July 9–13. Pack your hiking boots
The Bark Side / Mad Marathon Concert on and marshmallow sticks to join Resurrection
the Green. Dog Party to benefit PAWSitive Baptist Church in Montpelier for Vacation
Pantry. Music by the Grift. Dog costume Bible School: Camp Moose on the Loose!
parade, food trucks, beer garden, games for Learn about God’s forgiveness alongside
kids. 6–10 pm. Mad River Green, Waitsfield. singing, crafts, and games. For children ages
Event is free, there is a $10 per dog suggested 4–12 and parents with children ages 2–3.
donation to participate in the parade. 6–7 pm. 144 Elm St., Montpelier. Free.
pawsitivepantry.org. jen@pawsitivepantry.org 223-6538. resbaptist.org

Bethel First Friday Flicks - Free Family TUESDAY, JULY 10


Movie. All are welcome. Bring a blanket or Dessert Club. Gabe Lajeunesse, of Edward
beanbag if you want to get comfy (regular Jones, invites you to join him. He will be
chairs available too). Visit our website or discussing current events, the economy and
Facebook event for each month’s movie. investing in a relaxed informal setting—a
Popcorn and drinks for sale; donations gladly great way to get to know one another.
accepted to cover movie cost. 6:30–8:30 pm. Refreshments will be served. 6–6:45 pm.
bri-vt.org/events Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.,
Montpelier. 223-3425
SATURDAY, JULY 7 Camp Moose on the Loose Vacation Bible
Capital City Farmers Market. Market School. See description under July 9.
vendors, music, and events. 9 am–1 pm. State
St., Montpelier. montpelierfarmersmarket.com
WEDNESDAY, JULY 11
SUNDAY, JULY 8 Camp Moose on the Loose Vacation Bible
Shape Note Singing. A participatory a capella School. See description under July 9.
singing form that originated in New England
225 years ago. Anyone is welcome, regardless THURSDAY, JULY 12
of singing experience. 2–5 pm. Christ Open Ears at Bagitos. See description under
Church, State St., Montpelier. July 5.

Performing Arts
throughout July and August, will include a live
string sextet during the entire feature-length
production. Tickets: farmtoballet.org. $20 for
adult and kids 12 and under are free. Tickets
THEATER, DANCE, are $25 day of at all venues. Stay in touch with
Farm to Ballet on Facebook and Instagram.
STORYTELLING, COMEDY
July 5–8: White Christmas. Based on the July 15: Cirque Us Presents StarStruck: A
beloved, timeless film and the book by David Cosmic Circus. Join the intrepid Astronomer
Ives and Paul Blake, this heartwarming and gaze into the cosmos, where nine acrobat
musical adaptation features seventeen Irving planets serve as the center of their own private
Berlin songs. A cast of 70 youths from Central universe. 2 pm and 7:30 pm. Highland
Vermont bring this classic to the stage. July Center for the Arts, Greensboro. 533-2000.
5–7 at 7 pm; July 8 at 2 pm. Chandler Music Highlandartsvt.org
Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. Adults $18+; July 29: Opera North. Get a sneak peek at
students $12+. 728-6464 Opera North’s coming attractions when their
July 7: FEMCOM. All-female standup comedy. core company illuminates the Main Stage
8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., in an exciting showcase. 7:30 pm. Highland
Barre. Free/by donation. 479-0896. events@ Center for the Arts, Greensboro. 533-2000.
espressobueno.com. Espressobueno.com. highlandartsvt.org.
Starting July 14: Farm to Ballet. The July 22: Comedy Showcase at Sweet
4th season kicks off at Shelburne Farms Melissa's. This show starts with a comedy
and continues with seven performances on open mic. All are welcome, unless you’re going
farms throughout the state. Farmers, food, to do hateful material. Throughout the shows
community, live classical musicians, and the audience and comics put their names in a bag
graceful art of ballet. Produced by Ballet for random drawings. 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Sweet
Vermont, this summer’s shows, running Melissa’s, Langdon Street, Montpelier. By
donation. Adult Content.
T H E B R I D G E J U LY 5 – J U LY 18 , 2 018 • PAG E 13

Calendar of Events
Visual Arts
Through Aug. 10: Stewards of the Land: Montpelier Senior Activity Center, Community Through Sept. 27: Nick DeFriez, Hillsides and
Photography by Orah Moore. Handprinted Room, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518. Hexagons. Paintings. Opening reception: July
silverprint photographs. Moore is a classically Through Sept. 2: A Second Look: Bob Eddy’s 13, 4–7 pm. Governor’s Gallery, 109 State St.,
EXHIBITS trained fine art photographer and founding
member of Women in Photography, a national
Herald Photography. Because the darkroom Montpelier. Photo ID required for entry.
Through July 8: El Camino de Santiago (Way played such a vital role in photography of Through Sept. 27: Harry A. Rich, The
of St. James). Discover Spain’s El Camino organization. Presented by Studio Place Arts. the era, a recreation of the Herald darkroom Vermont Years, So Far… Large-scale
de Santiago (Way of St. James) through the On display at Morse Block Deli, 260 N. Main St., is being specially constructed and will take acrylic-on-canvas paintings. July 13, 4–7 pm.
paintings of Vermont artist Susan Abbott. Barre. center stage in the exhibit, allowing visitors to Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State St.,
Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick Through Aug. 22: Phyllis Chase. Oils on insert themselves in the process of creating a Montpelier.
St., Greensboro. 533-2000, highlandartsvt.com. panels. Adamant Music School, Waterside Hall, photograph before the age of computer imaging. Through Sept. 27: Possibilitarian Uprising:
Chandler Center for the Arts, 71-73 Main St.,
Through July 28: Green Mountain Watercolor Adamant. Post-Apocalypse for ¾ Empire. Peter
Through Aug. 25: Colorful Musings by Rob Randolph. Schumann’s woodcuts. Exhibition of woodcuts
Exhibition. 100 artist from North America.
The Big Red Barn at Lareau Farm, 48 Lareau Hitzig. The art rides a mysterious line between Through Sept. 8: Reclamation. Contemporary on cloth banners, inspired by Albrecht Durer’s
Rd.,Waitsfield. 496-6682. valleyartsvt.com the painting and sculpture. Reception: July 13, figurative women artists painting women from (1471-1528) engravings depicting the Apocalypse
6–8 pm. Axel’s Gallery and Frame Shop, their perspective, reclaiming and transforming as envisioned in the Book of Revelation.
Through July 31: Heart and Eye. Stunning
5 Stowe St., Waterbury. the way women are portrayed. Helen Day Art Goddard College Art Gallery, Pratt Center, 123
photographic portraits in black and white
Through Aug. 29: Nerula: Illustrations of Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. helenday.com Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. artcommittee@goddard.
from around the world by Elliot Burg. Capitol
Grounds, 27 State St., Montpelier. Clare Emerson Lane. Exhibit of envelopes Through Sept. 26: Oil Paint & Black Walnut: edu. 322-1604
facebook.com/Fans-of-Green-Bean-Visual-Arts- illustrated by Clare Emerson Lane. Lane was Abstracts, Works on Paper. Dian Parker’s Through Sept. 30: James Peterson,
Gallery-at-Capitol-Grounds-Cafe. employed by the US Postal service to sort mail exhibit features abstract oil paintings on canvas, Dreamcatcher. Large-scale interactive
eburg4@gmail.com on the train in New York in the 1940s. During as well as mixed media works on black walnut installation that was inspired by the magical
his time away from home, he frequently wrote to stained paper. Reception: July 6, 5–7 pm. ice caves of Kamchatka in Siberia. The grounds
Through Aug. 4: The Front Presents Show 26.
his sweetheart, taking special care to present her Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel Coolidge, 39 S. of Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122
The work of six new members, along with that
with a different work of art each time. Main St., White River Junction Hourglass Dr., Stowe. helenday.com
of the rest of the gallery’s membership. 6 Barre
Street, Montpelier. thefrontvt.com.

The Washington County Retired Educators shine. 5–30–7:30 pm. Adamant Co-op, 1313 Antiques & Uniques in Craftsbury Common.
Association July Meeting. All retired Haggett Rd. Call 223-5760 for menu items. Over 100 antiques dealers, wood carvers, MONDAY, JULY 16
individuals that have worked in a school and blacksmiths, potters, quilters, specialty foods Berlin: KHL Story Time & book give-
Waterbury Arts Fest. July 13–14. Arts, away. Bring your kids, all ages for the
reside in Washington County are welcome. music, food, community, and more over two makers, and artists. Enjoy live folk and
Social/coffee at 10 am; business meeting at fiddle music, children’s tent, elder seating, Kellogg-Hubbard Library Outreach Story
days in downtown Waterbury. The Block Party Time. We will read about Moody Cow, do
10:30 am; book discussions at 11 am; potluck is Friday, July 13, featuring live music and beer and a joyous vintage fashion show. Live
lunch at noon. Four Corners School, East demonstrations of traditional and beautiful old some yoga, and make beautiful glitter jars!
garden, 5:30–9:30 pm. Donations welcome. 10–11 am. Berlin Elementary School, Berlin.
Montpelier. RSVP to Paula Dolan 476-7414 or Stowe St., Waterbury. waterburyartsfest.com fashioned skills. 10 am–4 pm. The Green at
jpdolan23@aol.com Craftsbury Common. townofcraftsbury.com. outreachkhl@kellogghubbard.org. 272-4492
Camp Moose on the Loose Vacation Bible AntiquesAndUniquesVT@gmail.com Writing Power: A Writing Workshop to
Camp Moose on the Loose Vacation Bible School. See description under July 9.
School. See description under July 9. James Ehlers at Montpelier Farmers Unleash the Writer Within. See event
GRACE Annual Summer Benefit. Highland Market. Democratic Candidate for Governor description under July 9.
BFA in Socially Engaged Art Info Session. Center for the Arts is excited to host an James Ehlers announced his “Meet me on
Join program director Muriel Shockley, evening reception to support and celebrate Main Street” state tour to discuss campaign
TUESDAY, JULY 17
faculty member Otto Muller, and admissions Grass Roots Art & Community Effort Calais: KHL Story Time & book give-away.
counselor Dominic Bucca for an informal themes of equality and dignity in every corner
(G.R.A.C.E.) for their Annual Summer Bring your kids, all ages for the Kellogg-
discussion about Goddard’s new BFA in of the state. Ehlers will learn from residents
Benefit. Silent auction, door prizes and Hubbard Library Outreach Story Time. We
Socially Engaged Art. To RSVP and get about the top issues in the area and share
a Kitchen Aid stand mixer raffle! Light will read about Moody Cow, do some yoga,
instructions, email Dominic Bucca at dominic. his campaign platform for a more fair state
appetizers by Craft Catering, cash bar by The and make beautiful glitter jars! 4–5 pm.
bucca@goddard.edu. that addresses rising income inequality and
Highland Street Cafe. Live music by the Can Calais Community Center in Maple Corner.
environmental degradation. 10 am. Montpelier
Am Jazz Band. 6 pm. Highland Center for the outreachkhl@kellogghubbard.org. 272-4492
Farmers Market, State St., Montpelier. press@
FRIDAY, JULY 13 Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $25. jamesehlersforvermont. com Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont.
Death Café. A forum for you to share your highlandartsvt.com. 533-2000 Adult LGBTQ group, meets the third
thoughts about death, dying, and anything Waterbury Arts Fest. Over 100 artists & food
Tuesday at 5:45 pm for a casual dinner at a
related in a safe, community environment. vendors with live music. 10 am–4 pm. Stowe
SATURDAY, JULY 14 St., Waterbury. Free. waterburyartsfest.com
local restaurant. We gather at Montpelier
12:15–1:45 pm. Montpelier Senior Activity Capital City Farmers Market. Market vendors, Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St.,
Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518 music, and events. 9 am–1 pm. State St., Montpelier. RUCVTAdmin@PrideCenterVT.
Adamant Co-op Friday Night Cookout. Grill Montpelier. montpelierfarmersmarket.com
SUNDAY, JULY 1 org
items, seasonal salads, decadent desserts, tons Pool Tournament at Charlie O’s. Every
of ambiance, around $10 per meal. Rain or Sunday. 9 pm. 70 Main St., Montpelier.
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Calendar of Events
Live Music
July 14: Michael T Jermyn and the
SPECIAL EVENTS Aristocratic Peasants. During the
Every Wed: Capital City Band on the State Montpelier Farmers Market, State St.,
House Lawn. Every Wed. through summer. Montpelier.
Enjoy a picnic with neighbors or meet some
VENUES new friends while enjoying this delightful July 14: 5th Annual Do Good Fest.
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. Vermont musical tradition. Or, bring an Headlining is Phillip Phillips. Free benefit
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. instrument and play along with the band. festival that raises money for cancer patients.
July 5: Chris Bell Trio (Americana) 9 pm 7–8 pm. State House Lawn. 456-7054. With food trucks, a beer tent, a nonprofit
July 6: Django Soulo (Americana) 6 pm; village and children’s activities in addition
July 6: The Renegade Groove. A four-piece to music and fireworks. Entry to festival is
Different Strokes/Yestrogen (rock) 9 pm
funk-rock group reminiscent of Parliament free. National Life Building, Montpelier.
July 8: Sex Trivia, 7:30 pm
Funkadelic or Prince. 8 pm. Highland Center Parking is $20 per vehicle in advance and $25
July 10: Karaoke w/ DJ Vociferous. 9:30 pm
for the Arts, Greensboro. highlandartsvt.org. on the day of the show. All of the proceeds
July 13: Thunderosa (rock) 9 pm
533-2000. are donated directly to Branches of Hope.
July 14: Rough Francis and Black Axe
(punk) 9 pm July 7: The John Pizzarelli Trio. World- DoGoodFest.com
July 15: Nerd Trivia, 7:30 pm renowned jazz guitarist and singer with his July 19: Mary Chapin Carpenter. With
July 17: Karaoke w/ DJ Vociferous, 9:30 pm trio. 7 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Caitlin Canty. 7 pm. Spruce Peak Performing
July 21: Some Hollow and Sweatpants Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $25–55. Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe.
(Americana) 9 pm SprucePeakArts.org $40–90. SprucePeakArts.org.
Gusto's. 28 Prospect St., Barre. 476-7919. July 7: Contradance. Come dance to the July 20: Katie Trautz Plays Music at
Ages 21+. No cover unless indicated. calling of Chuck Abell and music by The Montpelier Library. Start your summer
July 5: Open Mic Night, 8pm Organic Family Band. 8 pm. Capital City morning with timeless tales told through the
July 6: Joe Sabourin (acoustic). 5–7 pm; Granger, Berlin. $5–15. 249-7454 music. Katie Trautz will be playing folk songs
Tim Brick Band (country). 9 pm. $5 July 11: The Ray Vega Quintet at Middlesex that tell stories. 10 am. Kellogg-Hubbard
July 7: DJ MTL (top pop/house/bass). 9:30 pm Bandstand With Brian McCarthy, Rob Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main St.,
July 13: Jacob Green (acoustic) 5–7 pm; Morse, James Harvey, and Geza Carr. Original Montpelier. www.kellogghubbard.org
SuperNatural (classic/pop rock covers) 9 pm. Jazz and standards with a focus on hardcore July 20: Flowers of the Field. A varied and
$5 swing. Food and gelato vendors on-site. 6:30 inspiring program of classical choral works
July 14: DJ MTL (top pop/house/bass). pm. Middlesex Bandstand, 465 Shady Rill accompanied by violist Elizabeth Reid and
9:30 pm Road, Middlesex. middlesexbandstand.com. pianist Paul Orgel. The concert includes
July 20: Scott Graves (acoustic) 5–7 pm;
July 12:Kind Bud’s Kind Dubs. Bud records Nursery Rhymes, a rarely performed set of
Son of a Gun (classic rock) 9 pm. $5
his guitar rhythm live on the looper and then eighteen witty miniature settings of Czech
July 21: DJ MTL (top pop/house/bass). 9:30 pm
hits a button which will begin to play the nursery rhymes. 7:30 pm. Unitarian Church.
Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. rhythm he recorded. Bud then plays off that 130 Main St, Montpelier.
479-0896. espressobueno.com rhythm, taking leads and layering sounds. July 21: Tab Benoit. Benoit is Louisiana’s
July 7: Yestrogen (pop/rock) 7:30 pm. Show will have a mixture of original tunes, No. 1 roots export. Original compositions
July 14: Bishop LaVey (acoustic alt punk) Jerry Garcia, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Pink tinged with Delta blues and Chicago. 7 pm.
7 pm; The Get Messy (funk/rock) 8 pm Floyd, and others. 7–10 pm. Free. All Ages. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122
Tap 25, Main Street, Stowe. thekindbuds.com Hourglass Dr., Stowe. SprucePeakArts.org.
878-7231.

invite you to join with us in this place of Nature Center, the Montpelier BioBlitz
WEDNESDAY, JULY 18 comfort where we can all come together to 2018 is a huge outdoor celebration coupled
Worcester: KHL Story Time & book listen, talk and share about the things in with a 24-hour survey of our city’s flora
give-away. Bring your kids, all ages for the life’s cycle we are all experiencing in our and fauna. Hundreds of Vermonters will
Kellogg-Hubbard Library Outreach Story own way now for ourselves and the earth we be out enjoying a huge menu of outdoor
Time. We will read about Moody Cow, live on. 11:45 am–1 pm. Twin Valley Senior activities while biologists from across the
do some yoga, and make beautiful glitter Center, Rt. 2, East Montpelier. 223-3322. northeast scour the city to catalog every
jars! 11 am–noon. Worcester Community twinvalleyseniors@myfairpoint.net form of life within its boundaries. BioBlitz
Lunch, Worcester Town Hall. outreachkhl@ gathers critical data for local environmental
kellogghubbard.org. 272-4492 Adamant Co-op Friday Night Cookout.
See conservation, and gets people into nature!
THURSDAY, JULY 19 event listing under July 13. Check out BioBlitzMontpelier.org for more.
Open Ears at Bagitos. See event description Capital City Farmers Market.
under July 5. SATURDAY, JULY 21 Market vendors, music, and events.
BioBlitz Montpelier 2018. July 21–22. For 9 am–1 pm. State St., Montpelier.
FRIDAY, JULY 20 One Wild Weekend, Montpelier transforms montpelierfarmersmarket.com
Cycles of Life. This Café will take be into a giant nature festival! Based at two
replacing the previous “Death Café”. We hubs, Hubbard Park and North Branch

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that can be successful when an individual and
those around them work together to seek out Letters to the paper are not fact-checked and do not
and then support treatment. Some forms of necessarily represent the views of The Bridge.
mental illness can be lifelong challenges and
with treatment (preferably early treatment)
Thanks for Discussing Depression and ongoing professional, family, community,
and self-help, people can recover and live full
Editor,
lives, as it sounds Ms. Hollen is doing. We welcome your letters and opinion pieces. Letters must be
I was glad to see Karen Kurle’s article about
The stigma associated with mental illness
fewer than 300 words. Opinion pieces should not exceed 600
depression and where to get help. I suffer words. The Bridge reserves the right to edit and cut pieces.
creates additional (and unnecessary) stress
from suicidal depression. I relapsed this past
spring so severely that I was hospitalized
for individuals struggling with their mental Send your piece to: editorial@montpelierbridge.com.
health. This must change. People’s reluctance
for a week. Due in part to a strong genetic
history, I’ve had this illness my entire life,
to reach out for help because of embarrassment Deadline for the next issue is July 13
or fear of judgment only worsens an already
although with treatment I’ve managed to
difficult situation.
have a rewarding career, a great family, and
supportive friends. I learned long ago that If someone has cancer, the flu, or diabetes,
those who do not suffer from real depression they do not feel compelled to hide this from
don’t understand it and probably can’t. others, thus prolonging their isolation and
suffering and potentially waiting until a crisis
The best description I’ve come up with is
point to seek the help they need. With early
that depression can place sufferers on one
treatment, outcomes typically are good and
side of an impenetrable glass wall; they
take less time to occur.
can see their loved ones wildly gesturing
to connect, but sufferers cannot hear them With support from understanding and
or reach them. They are alone in a bleak compassionate family, friends, and
landscape of gray, shadowy sorrow. Once professionals, people can more safely take
there, their perceptions are so badly distorted steps to become well again. People suffering
that suicide becomes a shockingly seductive internally do not need our judgment, they
option to end the pain and find peace. need our support. Even when we do not
The chemical imbalances it produces in the understand a person’s outward behaviors,
brain can be manifest in such symptoms we can still offer hope and support as they
as—among others—loss of appetite, an navigate their challenges.
inability to concentrate, insurmountable Mental health is health, and we need to
fatigue, explosive anger, stumbling gait, recognize it as such and support people in
and a hunched posture. Some people in its moving toward recovery in their lives. We are
throes can’t even get out of bed. all in this together.
What I don’t understand is why it’s such a Kirk Postlewaite, communication and
secret. People suffer terribly from depression, development director, Washington County
even in the early stages when they question Mental Health Services
why they feel blah, or flat, or sad, or angry
all the time. I am impatient with those
who tell depressed people to “get over it” or
“buck up.” This is ignorant and singularly
unhelpful; it only reinforces the loneliness
and isolation that depressed people feel. I
would also point out that those who are
clearly suffering would want to feel better;
if a pep talk fixed it, the disease wouldn’t
exist.
If someone close to you seems to have
depression, don’t demand they meet
your expectations. Instead, help them
get treatment and be generous with love,
patience, and acceptance. Every time I’ve
been very sick, my amazing family and
wise friends hold me close, emotionally and
physically, keeping me safe until my new
medications or therapy start to work. I’m
not in the least ashamed. Instead, I am
very grateful and proud of the hard work I
do every day to stay as well as possible. So
should everyone who struggles with this
deadly disease. It takes real guts to survive
severe depression.
Kathy Hollen, Montpelier

Response to Kathy Hollen’s


Letter to the Editor
Editor,
First of all, I want to say thank you to
Ms. Hollen for her heartfelt and clear-eyed
letter. This is a story of truth and courage
from someone who has and continues to
meet the challenges associated with living
with clinical depression.
As Ms. Hollen expressed so eloquently, this
is not a simple or easy journey, but it is one
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