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Tributes to Scott Skinner and Nancy Sherman • Pages 14–15 J anuary 9 – J anuary
Tributes to Scott Skinner and Nancy Sherman • Pages 14–15
J anuary 9 – J anuary 22 2019


Pg. 8 Lankum at the Barre Opera House

Non-Citizen Voting Effort Began with a Single Push

by Tom Brown

Pg. 10 Women’s March Vermont

Pg. 11 Lobbyists at State House on the Rise

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T his issue of The Bridge focuses on activists and advocates,

many of whom are paid by lobbying firms or nonprofit

organizations to advance a variety of causes. Here in

Montpelier, however, one persistent person can still toss a pebble

that ripples into the lives of real people.

That was the case with one city resident, Roberta Garland, who tossed the stone that will, pending legislative approval, give residents of Montpelier who are not U.S. citizens the right to

vote in municipal elections by as soon as Town Meeting Day this


While the idea of non-citizen voting is not original, and she had plenty of help along the way, it was Garland who initiated the

petition that led to a city charter change vote in November that

would allow non-U.S. citizens who live in Montpelier the right to vote in city elections, such as for mayor or the municipal budget. Voters approved the ballot item, 2,857–1,488, or 65.7 percent of votes cast in favor. The proposed charter change would not allow non-citizens to vote in state, federal, or school-related elections, the latter due to Roxbury’s membership in the Montpelier school district. It also does not apply to people who are in the U.S. illegally. It’s unclear how many Montpelier residents would be affected by the change, but the number would likely be small.

For Garland and other supporters the issue is one of fairness, she said, explaining that non-citizens contribute to and are part of the community and are welcomed to participate in city life right up until Election Day.

“It's about fairness and inclusivity and justice for people who are involved in the community,” she said. “It's about giving people a real sense of belonging rather than saying you can belong until this point but, sorry, you can't belong here.”

Garland, a neophyte in the ways of municipal governance, contacted City Clerk John Odum, whom she credits with helping to facilitate discussions that led to the question ultimately being put to voters.

Odum said he had been asked before, mostly by residents with foreign-born spouses, about non-citizen voting, and he usually answered that he didn’t think it was possible. But in researching the idea further he found precedent for non-citizen voting in Maryland and other places and became curious whether it might fly in Montpelier. Takoma Park, Maryland, has allowed the practice since 1992, and the law has weathered several challenges.

“I said ‘Let’s talk about it,’” Odum said. “I thought is was a fascinating conversation to have. The vote itself I thought was a real affirmative statement of the values of the city.” He helped to connect Garland with others who had inquired about the issue and soon the petition was launched.

Garland’s interest has a familial origin as well, owing to the fact that her wife, Maike, is a Norwegian citizen and the two lived in that country for a while where she, Roberta, had voting rights under a non-resident visa.

“My wife can’t vote here and through this process I’ve gotten to meet other people who are not U.S. citizens but have lived here a long time and are paying taxes to the city and can’t vote,” she said. “I spoke with one person who said their father would have loved this because he was not a U.S. citizen but he lived in Montpelier for years and years and would have loved to vote and feel 100 percent part of the culture. You feel part of the community until Election Day and then you are excluded, which doesn’t seem right.”

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Kizy Opens on Barre Street

The former home of Beau Butchery on Barre Street has found a new tenant and is now open for lunch. Helmed by Kismet owner Crystal Maderia, “Kizy” echoes the cuisine of its big sister on State Street, serving a gourmet menu of pesto-rye tartines with avocado or cheese, grain bowls, kale salads, broth and noodle bowls, coddled eggs, and smoked veggie hash Wednesday through Friday, 11 am–2:30 pm. For Maderia, the return to the space is somewhat of a homecoming. It is where Kismet originally opened its doors in 2006, and the dishes reflect those originally served there, with the addition of a juice bar. A refrigerator and grab-and-go case have fresh-pressed juices, grain bowls, and broths for take away.

Kellogg-Hubbard Executive Director Retiring

Tom McKone, executive director of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library for the past five years, has announced he will be retiring at the end of June. McKone started as interim direc- tor during the library’s search for a new director back in 2014 and was asked to stay on permanently. During his tenure, he has worked successfully with the Board of Trustees to establish financial and operational stability after a period of change at the library. Board President Steve Gold said they have an active search committee, which is planning for a replacement, and will have a hiring committee in place this month. The search and hir- ing process will take place this winter and spring.

School Board to Review Proposed After-School Program Change

After a flurry of concern that the long-standing Community Connections after-school programs will be replaced by a private sector contractor from Chittenden County, the Montpelier-Roxbury School Board has established an advisory committee to review the situation. Concerned parents, responding to the issue raised in a discussion on the “Friends of Montpelier Schools” Facebook page, made a strong showing at the January 2 meeting of the school board. Parents explained that the decision by Superintendent Libby Bonesteel to change the management of the program was made without sufficient notice to or discussion with the community. The board voted unanimously to create an advisory committee to establish what is important to the community for this program and report back to the board. The committee will be made up of two board members (Bridget Asay and Jim Murphy volunteered), two parents, two students, Superintendent Bonesteel, and two staff members. Parents interested in serving on the committee should email board chairperson Jim Murphy:


Sen. Doyle’s Wife Struck While Crossing Street

The wife of former Washington County Sen. Bill Doyle and a friend were struck by a car while crossing Main Street on Saturday evening, according to a Montpelier Police Department news release. Olene Doyle, 86, and Janet Kacewicz, 64, were struck as they crossed Main Street near the Savoy Theater at about 5:30 pm. They were not using a crosswalk when they were hit by a vehicle traveling south on Main Street, the release said. The driver was identified as Jonah Bronstein, 43, of Calais. Police said speed or alcohol were not factors in the incident.

Open Seat for District 3 City Council

No one has filed signatures as of yet to run for the District 3 City Council seat being vacated by Rosie Krueger, who is not seeking reelection. Councilors Jack McCullough in District 2 and Ashley Hill in District 3 have indicated that they will seek reelection in March. Incumbent school board member Steve Hintgen is running for reelection, and Andrew Stein, who was appointed to a seat vacated by Peter Sterling, said he will seek election to a full term. Candidates must file signatures by January 31 to appear on the March ballot. The number of signatures required are 25 for city offices and the Central Vermont Public Safety Authority board, and 30 for school offices.

The Bridge wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude to John Lazenby, to took the photo for our 25th Anniversary issue and was erroneously (if not criminally) not given a photo credit.

Nature Watch

by Nona Estrin


Artwork by Nona Estrin

  • I nfrequent dustings of snow on ice create poor skiing but great tracking. We get a look at what's plentiful this year, and no surprise—squirrels everywhere. Lots of turkey, low on hare, low on fisher. Shrews out

though, and coyotes, fox and mice about average. All the above, and we ourselves, dependent on pollinators doing their work a season away, producing the seeds, berries and plants that sustain us now. This year, in the legislature, another chance to address use of certain pesticides, and rally around this fragile and vital balance we call life.





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Non-Citizen Voting Effort Began with a Single Push

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The next step is for the state legislature to approve the non-citizen voting charter change, a process that could be completed in time for Town Meeting Day in March, although that is far from a certainty. Rep. Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier), who is the ranking member of the House Committee on Government Operations, said he expects to introduce a bill that combines both of Montpelier's charter change requests (the other would give the city council the right to ban some single-use plastic bags) in the early days of the current biennium. His committee is the first stop for bills dealing with changes to city charters.

“It is realistic to think it can be done before town meeting,” Kitzmiller said, putting the odds at about 40 percent. “If we act quickly, before the committee gets buried later in the session, it's conceivable.”

Kitzmiller said he and fellow Rep. Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) support both Montpelier charter changes, noting that the committee is “loath to tell towns they can't have something they already voted on.”

Garland said she learned much from this journey and encountered relatively little resistance to the idea while canvassing for signatures. A few people argued that their ancestors had to earn U.S. citizenship in order to vote and so should our more recent immigrants, but Garland says times have changed.

“Some people cannot become U.S. citizens without giving up their citizenship of birth and for some reason they may not want to cut that tie,” she said. “Some are on a track to citizenship and it can take a long time, depending on your situation. There are a variety of reasons why people aren’t currently citizens but they are in Montpelier at this point and this is their city.”

Should the charter change be approved, the next step might be to approach the school board to extend non-citizen voting rights to those issues as well, Garland said. That would require a similar vote in Roxbury at the very least.

“Implementation will be the bar for success but there is a success here in getting this on the ballot,” Odum said. "All it takes is one person to get it started."

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A Walk Through the French Block Apartments Photos By Mike Dunphy

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Derelict Dam Removal Opens New Habitat for Wild Trout

By Bret Ladago, fisheries biologist in the Fish & Wildlife Department

Photos by Brett Ladago
Photos by Brett Ladago

F riends of the Winooski River has completed plans

to remove a crumbling dam from Bull Run in Northfield, opening up more than 25 miles of

high-quality streams for wild trout.

The dam was constructed in the 1920s to create a reservoir for swimming and boating at a private summer camp. The reservoir was drained in the 1970s, leaving a broken dam with tons of sediment backed up behind it. The property now belongs to Jonathan and Lisa Burr, who operate The Woods Lodge. Their land has been badly damaged by flooding over the past decade, and they look forward to removal of the dam and restoration of a more natural stream through the scenic forest surrounding their lodge.

In 2011, Tropical Storm Irene caused Bull Run to run wild. It tore through the recreation area at The Woods Lodge and deposited a lot of mud in the pool. It took until well into the summer of 2013 to restore the pool and lawn to usable condition, just in time to be destroyed by another heavy flood.

“We lost the ability to access the river and the banks and to promote that as an amenity for our guests,” said Lisa Burr. “This project will give us an accessible natural area for our guests to enjoy Bull Run, and hopefully bring more anglers to Northfield.”

Plans to remove the dam include the removal of more than 20,000 cubic yards of the sediment that has built up behind the dam over the past century. The Burrs’ swimming pool will also be removed during the project. A new channel will be constructed for Bull Run, with trees and shrubs planted along the stream and throughout the floodplain to encourage the stream to settle into its new course; to provide shade, because fish like cold water; and to improve habitat for wildlife and birds.

The presence of the deteriorating dam and large amount of built-up sediment is a major risk to downstream habitat, water quality, private property, and infrastructure. If the dam fails, the mass of sediment would suddenly flow downstream, making the water turbid and smothering fish habitat. The sediment would fill the channel and displace water, which would cause more erosion of downstream land. The erosion would eat away at private property and could damage roads and bridges.

One important goal for removal of the dam is to naturalize sediment transport so that material regularly moves downstream during floods. A sediment-starved channel, which is common downstream of dams, can lead to down-cutting and bank collapse. Sediment naturally moving down the river channel is important for maintaining bank stability and for creating in- stream habitat. Gravel rolling down the river bed over time creates important spawning habitat for wild fish. A natural river without dams is a safer and healthier river.




home to abundant wild (naturally

reproducing) trout, including brook trout, brown trout,

and rainbow trout. Dams block fish movement and interrupt natural stream processes that provide good habitat and food for fish. Trout move for a variety of reasons and have been known to travel long distances to spawn, seek food, or find cold water.

A recent study within the Battenkill in Southern Vermont showed movement of brown trout of up to nine miles. As dams block this movement, trout can no longer move upstream to find suitable spawning habitat, escape warm water temperatures, or seek adequate food. By removing the Camp Wihakowi Dam, the connection to upstream habitat will be restored and that will improve trout populations throughout Bull Run.

The design work has been completed by Milone & MacBroom of Waterbury, the same firm that engineered the removal of the East Burke Dam and the restoration of the Dog River floodplain at the Water Street park in Northfield. The work was funded by grants from the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the Department of Environmental Conservation. Friends of the Winooski River will seek permits and funding for removal of the dam in 2019.

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School Page January 2019 By Libby Bonesteel Photos courtesy of MRPS B udgeting for the next
January 2019
By Libby Bonesteel
Photos courtesy of MRPS
B udgeting for the next school year is in full
swing at Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools
(MRPS). As town meeting fast approaches,
the school administration and board have been hard
at work putting together a budget that represents the
needs in our school community as well as puts build-
ing blocks in place to develop our capacity in future
This process is typically done in late spring or sum-
mer by the bus company. Should the community sup-
port this budget, more information will be coming
concerning busing routes and services.
What would the social emotional learning coordi-
nator do?
With four new administrators this school year, the
budgeting process was one of collaboration, evalua-
tion, and prioritizing immediate needs. While The
Bridge has done a previous piece on expected tax rates
and various statewide influences on those tax rates,
the district has put together a quick FAQ outlining
some of the priorities in this budget.
How does the district determine staffing needs?
The leadership team has pinpointed a need to build
the capacity of our staff regarding the social emo-
tional learning of our students. Part of this position
would be like a coach who works with teachers in
developing skills to build relationships and routines
with students who display more challenging behav-
iors. Another responsibility of this position would be
to guide the district in developing programming to
support students in need of building social emotional
For classroom teachers we are guided by board policy
on class size. Board policies can be found at mrpsvt.
org. Principals take ample time going through each
position together to clarify and prioritize needs across
Why is the district proposing a study for language
Montpelier High School students and staff enjoyed a
few rounds of bowling at the Twin City Family Fun
Center celebrating Unified Sports.
Why hire a human resource coordinator?
We are an organization with a $24 million budget.
The majority of this funding goes directly to the sala-
ries and benefits of our 240 staff members. Taking
care of our staff members is a priority. We also need
a point person to ensure the district is following all
labor and health care laws. The position would essen-
tially build expertise in all personnel matters, includ-
ing hiring a more diverse workforce and increasing
our efficiency.
Language immersion has been a desire of many in the
community for awhile. Developing an entirely new
program is not an easy task, and going down this
road will require quite a bit of planning with people
who have supported other districts with language im-
mersion. The intention of this funding is to take the
time to learn and follow an implementation process
that can sustain the test of time.
What is happening with facility renovation?
What will busing for Main Street Middle School
look like?
The playground and vestibule project at Union El-
ementary School are in full swing and, barring any
surprises, will be completed prior to next school year.
Bids will be going out for the remainder of the bond
projects at MHS and UES. In addition there will be a
separate article to vote on for a capital fund for other
needed renovation work.
Bus routes have not been determined for MSMS.
Frog dissection right before a vacation! Engaged
MSMS students at work.
Superintendent’s Corner
A s I sit here thinking about what I would like to share with the community in my inaugural
Superintendent’s Corner in The Bridge, the music of my playlist in the background seems to
be guiding me. The randomness of a playlist is be a good analogy for the first six months of
any new superintendent’s tenure in a school district. David Bowie is telling me all about “ch-ch-ch-ch-
changes.” The Indigo Girls sing of the folly involved with solving any kind of problem by sticking in
the right formula. Louis Armstrong reminds me “what a wonderful world” we live in.
Since I was hired in June, time has been nothing short of a whirlwind, filled with building relation-
ships with some amazing new colleagues and students, learning a different set of systems and struc-
tures, and beginning to work through challenges the district faces. One thing is certain—Bowie, The
Indigo Girls, and Louis Armstrong are onto something—change is a constant, there is no one, right
formula for solving every problem, and we do, indeed live in a wonderful world filled with puzzles,
humor, candor, and resilience.
For this month’s column, I wanted to take the opportunity to re-introduce myself to the community.
In future columns, this space will be used to give quick introductions to new ideas and discuss chal-
lenges the district is problem-solving. Each month, all four schools will give a shout out to the fabu-
lous things happening in our hallways and classrooms. We’re looking forward to sharing our news
with you!
Visiting artist Brendan Taaffe works with students at
Roxbury Village School. Students combined story-
telling, drawing skills, and Abenaki history into a
fabulous presentation.





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A Bear Pond Books Winter Reading List

By Claire Benedict, owner of Bear Pond Books

T here’s an abundance of great books out

this winter that we’re reading and loving

at Bear Pond Books. One that Claire and

and Cori McCarthy. It’s the story of King Arthur reborn as a teenage girl, who will do anything to find her parents, even start a revolution. It’s a wild intergalactic ride that is also LGBTQIA-friendly.

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers returns to the world of medieval France in this alt- historical fantasy in which French court intrigue is complexly woven into the lives of two sisters— young assassins trained undercover in St. Mortain’s convent. Intelligent feminist characters smartly balance the royal drama and romance.

In Pay Attention, Carter Jones, author Gary Schmidt delivers yet another heartfelt and funny middle-grade novel in which Carter, beleaguered by the death of his little brother, the father who doesn’t seem to miss him, and good old middle school, gets jolted to life by the appearance on their doorstep of a proper British butler, sent to help out his family.

A number of staff favorites are also coming out in paperback soon, which means widening the audience even further. Some that we’re particularly excited about getting in the hands of readers are An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, and How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky.

A mini-trend we’ll be seeing this year is books by presidential hopefuls. If a politician has a new book out, you can bet they are planning to run for president. Kamala Harris’s book The Truths We Hold: An American Journey comes out this month, joining Kirsten Gillibrand's children’s picture book Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right To Vote. Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Julian Castro, and Joe Biden all have books on the shelves, as well.

In other news about political books, this month the government’s big report on climate change, “The Fourth National Climate Assessment Volume II: Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States,” that was released in November, is being published, and a new Trump White House tell-all called Team of Vipers, by Cliff Sims will be making big headlines.

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Cora both recommend is Inheritance by Dani Shapiro. In the exceptionally well-written memoir, Shapiro finds out through genetic testing that her deceased father is not actually her biological father. The implications for Shapiro, who identifies very strongly with her deep Jewish roots, and the process she goes through to find out who her biological father is, are thoughtfully and honestly portrayed. Cora calls the story “incredibly moving. Her discovery and all its resulting impacts on her sense of who she is, her struggle to reconcile her memories of her parents with what she now knows, and her approaching of her biological father and his family with apprehension and tenacity—I found myself with a lump in my throat many times.”

George is raving about All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson by Mark Griffin, which he calls the first sympathetic biography of the legendary actor. “It’s a complete portrait one of the nicest people in the world. Plus there’s a lot of gossip.”

Claire enjoyed the new novel The Perfect Liar by Tom Greene, president of the Vermont College of Fine Arts. It’s the story of a newly married couple who move to Burlington from New York City to be welcomed by mysterious notes left on their front door. It’s a wonderfully twisty thriller that will keep you turning pages. Winter of the Witch is also by a Vermonter, Katherine Arden, and it completes the popular Winternight trilogy.

We predict the long-awaited Bowlaway by beloved author Elizabeth McCracken will be a popular book this winter, too. Rob is looking forward to The Border by Don Winslow, the final book in his Power of the Dog trilogy about the criminal underworld behind the war on drugs. Rob says of the trilogy: “They’re exciting and timely and good for people who enjoy action, adventure, and intrigue.”

Jane’s picks from the Children’s Room include Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta

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Lankum Brings Irish Folk with a Bite to The Barre Opera House

By Mike Dunphy

“What will we do when we have no money?” asks the opening track of Lankum’s 2017 breakthrough album, Between the Earth and Sky —called “brilliant, raw, detonating folk” by The Guardian newspaper. The question sets the edge for the collection of tracks that tells tales of poverty and pain, fight fascists and militarism, and pine for lost love. Indeed, the last words of the album, in the song “Willow Sky,” depict a hanging. “And now it’s time to leave you all / It’s time to say my goodbye / For they are going to stretch me up / Between the Earth and sky.”

While tragedy may fill the songs of Lankum, great cheer has followed their

career in the past few years, bringing enormous success in the United Kingdom and Ireland to the four members—brothers Ian and Daragh Lynch, Cormac MacDiarmada, and Radie Peat. That’s translated into appearances on the countries’ top stages, from the Royal Albert Hall in London to Vicar Street in Dublin, and

TV shows such as Later




Photo courtesy of Barre Opera House
Photo courtesy of Barre Opera House

with his wife, Hilari Farrington, leads the weekly Irish sessions at Bagitos in Montpelier. “His work is held in very high regard amongst pipers.”

The show is the last of the short, six-date tour that also lands in Virginia, New York, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. After the huge stages and bright spotlights of back home, playing in smaller places to people who may not know the band or music is a welcome exercise in humility for Lynch. “It’s definitely important to put things into perspective and definitely keep a sense of humility about these things,” Lynch reflects. “To go back to places like this and play in smaller venues where people don’t really know who we are or not necessarily care— stops your head getting too big, really.”

It’s also reminiscent of the majority of their career, which only saw success relatively recently. “For years and years we would play anywhere that would have us; we played in dive bars; we played in squats, anywhere at all. It’s only relatively recently that we’ve started to play these bigger venues, like the Royal Albert Hall.”

As for presenting themselves to an American audience, Lynch doesn’t give it much thought. “As far as coming to the States now, it’s a bit of a blank slate. I suppose we’ll be going about what we reckon is a true representation of all the different aspects of our music, to give people a taste of all the different elements of what we do.” It also gives the band a free space to work out new material. “There’s no better way to get material as tight as just playing it on tour.”

Many of those elements come with a bite, not just in the song selection and lyrics, but voice and instrumentation. Peat’s husky vocals carry the weight of Johnny Cash while riding on sparse, gently rolling waves of Uilleann pipes, concertina, accordion, fiddle, guitar, viola, harmonium, and tin whistle—conjuring images and sensations of wistful, gray Irish seascapes, or the quiet, whiskey-blushed afterhours of a Dublin night. “It’s probably not a conscious decision,” Lynch explains, “but the songs we do arranging, the traditional songs, they do tend more to the darker side of things.”

Some of that edge goes to the old field recordings of traveler singers that Lynch loves. “I think they would all have that edge as well. In the past, things sound to me a lot more rough and ready. That’s something you wouldn’t really hear so much in this genre of music these days; things a lot cleaner and a bit more polished.”

It was one of those old field recordings, “False Lankum,” about a child-murdering villain, that gave the band its name. “It’s really one of my favorite recordings that I’ve ever come across. It was made by a song collector here in Ireland named Tom Munnelly. He made a recording of a desperately impoverished man named John Reilly, who sang this 24‒25-verse ballad. It’s amazing because the song is almost completely cinematic, singing about these lords and ladies, betrayal, murder, and everything else. You can hear his kids messing about in the background, it’s just a very, very atmospheric recording. For us it just represents different things; we thought it worked well.”

While Lynch is extremely grateful—and even somewhat surprised—by the band’s immense success, he tries to keep his focus on the root impetus for the band. “We didn’t set out to do any of this. We were just four friends who got together and wanted to make music that we love. As far as I’m concerned, the other three people in the band are some of my favorite musicians in the world, and I just love spending time making music with them. I just want to carry on what we’re doing, which is making music that we like. That’s the bottom line.”

Lankum plays the Barre Opera House on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 pm. Tickets for Lankum are $26. Order online at or call the Barre Opera House at (802) 476-8188. The Opera House is handicapped accessible and equipped for the hearing impaired.

Holland. With the attention has also come a slew of awards including the 2018 BBC Radio Folk Awards for “Best Group” and “Best Original Song,” the RTÉ Radio 1 (the Irish broadcasting network) Folk Award for “Best Folk Group,” and “Best Folk Singer.”

This Saturday, January 12, Vermont is lucky to welcome “the most convincing band to come out of Ireland in years” to the stage of the Barre Opera House on their first official tour of the United States—and first experience of Vermont.

“I don’t really know anything at all about Vermont, to be honest,” says Ian Lynch, the group’s piper and co-founder. “I think I came across it mentioned in an H.P. Lovecraft story once or twice, and that would probably be the extent of my knowledge.” He was, however, well aware of master pipe maker and player, Benedict Koehler, who, along

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Parking Garage Opponents Seek Non-binding Vote at Town Meeting By Tom Brown

A g roup of Montpelier

residents who were

dissatisfied with the pace of

a November bond vote for a $10.5

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million parking garage are asking the city to voluntarily meet a series of conditions on the project.

The group intends to place a non- binding question on the March Town Meeting Day ballot that asks the city to withhold funding for the project until their list of seven criteria are met. They are not asking for a revote on the bond, as the deadline for filing such a request has passed. The results of the March ballot item would be advisory, meaning the city would be under no obligation to abide by the conditions even if passed.

Voters in the November General Election approved construction of the four-story structure, which would be built behind Capitol Plaza Hotel in conjunction with an 81-room Hampton Inn and Suites hotel, by a vote of 2,459–1,877. The 348-space garage would require no increase in property taxes and the $10.5 million bond would be paid through parking fees and the proceeds of a new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) development district.

Critics of the garage project had complained before the November vote that the process was moving too fast and information was, in some cases, incomplete. The concerns spelled out in the proposed ballot item have to do with alternative parking during the garage and hotel construction, sidewalk and bike path safety, contaminated soil remediation, bidding, permitting, and a breakdown of costs.

Most of those issues were addressed by City Manager Bill Fraser during the runup to the November vote, but petition organizer Rebecca Davison said the group wants the city to provide “more depth” to the details.

“There are still things that need to be done,” Davison said. “The process was very quick and we think that looking at the things we have listed are important steps for this development or any development.”

She said the group hopes to meet with Mayor Anne Watson as soon as possible, even as it collects the 311 signatures needed to place the question on the March ballot. The deadline for submitting the petition is January 24. The group earlier filed for party status in the city’s Development Review Board’s permit process questioning whether the garage project conformed with the city’s master plan, among other things. The board granted the permit with conditions in December.

“We are looking forward to having a conversation with Anne and getting as much information as we can,” she said.

Watson said she was eager to meet with them, too, regardless of whether the proposal is binding, and plans to contact the group this week.

“It is great when people have specific, well-thought-out concerns that can make the project even stronger,” Watson said. “Even if it’s not binding there is a lot of good that can come out of this conversation.”

Fraser said the city is already meeting most of the conditions on the proposed list and is happy to discuss the issues with the group.

“Even if it’s advisory and it passes, we have a moral obligation to respond and we are hoping to comply with all of them,” he said. “We’re doing most of them anyway.”

He did express concerns with some of the specifics of the group’s request, such as a traffic study, saying the city recently completed one and the purpose of doing a second study a year after the project is complete is to determine whether the initial study was accurate in predicting the project’s impact on traffic. Regardless he said the group’s concerns should be addressed.

“Communication and conversation is always better,” he said.

Next up? An Act 250 hearing by the District 5 Environmental Commission on the combined hotel-garage project is set for January 16.

Text of Proposed Non-Binding Ballot Item

Shall the City Council withhold spending of the $10.5 million (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars), as authorized in Article 1 of the November 6, 2018, Official Ballot, until the following shall occur:

  • 1. That, for the benefit of downtown merchants and other businesses, there is a

written commitment by the City to provide sufficient remote parking spaces and

transportation services to the downtown during the construction phase;

  • 2. That it is clearly shown that there will be safe, continuous public sidewalks

and bike lanes along the road leading to and from the entrance of the garage from

State Street;

  • 3. That the comprehensive traffic study required by the Development Review

Board in its December 13, 2018 decision is completed immediately, not one year


  • 4. That soil remediation on the site is completed and the findings and cost of this

work be made public;

  • 5. That the bid process is completed with the costs of the successful bid being

within the bond limits;

  • 6. That all State and municipal permits and sub-permits, including water quality

permits if required, have been issued and any appeals resolved;

  • 7. That a public report projecting operating costs and revenues over the expected

life of the garage, including pay down of the bond, is completed by an independ-

ent accountant who has experience in public parking garage operations.

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Women’s March Vermont Expands its Plan for Local Action

By Sarah Davin

O n January 21, 2017, at Vermont’s first Women’s March, former Vermont Gov. Madeleine Kunin spoke to a crowd of more than 15,000 attendees: “We are not

alone in our fear; we are not alone in our despair, and we are not alone in our

grief for what might have been. We are together in our strength and in our determination. And why are we here? What are we marching for? We march for respect.”

The Women’s March returns to Montpelier for the third time on January 19 to continue its campaign for equality and dignity for all. This year, the organization is incorporating new tactics, starting with expanding beyond being a once-a-year event in favor of a year-round call to action. Unlike previous years, the Women’s March Vermont plans on taking the step of paying speakers for their time. Kristen Vrancken, one of the organizers of the Women’s March Vermont explained, “Our speakers are predominantly women of color who have been asked to pour their hearts out there and have received no financial compensation for doing so. Paying a small speaker fee is the least we feel we can do.”

This year marks a change of tactics for the Vermont chapter of the Women’s March. The Women’s March mission is to draw attention to a broad set of issues, from equal pay to immigration, LGBTQIA rights to climate change, and Black Lives Matter to sexual violence. The Women’s March in Vermont hopes to take this one step forward by embracing a Vermont-centered legislative agenda. “We would like to see the Equal Rights Amendment codified in Vermont law,” said Vrancken. In addition, Women’s March Vermont supports two different reproductive freedom initiatives that Planned Parenthood has been working on and would like to see a Vermont constitutional amendment to legalize abortion in the state.

While all of the issues represented by the Women’s March are important, one particular topic feels especially urgent. “Where we feel the focus really needs to be amplified is on the significant uptick in hate crimes, white supremacists, and neo-Nazi activity, nationally, but certainly in Vermont as well. We think that this is something folks need to be made aware of, and we need to come together as a community to support marginalized communities,” Vrancken elaborated. According to the FBI’s hate crime statistics, 34 hate crimes were reported in Vermont in 2017. That is more than four times more than in 2015, when only eight hate crimes were reported.

Courtesy of Women’s March Vermont
Courtesy of Women’s March Vermont
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This is not the first time that Women’s March Vermont has taken a stand against prejudice, since events at the beginning of 2018 forced the national Women’s March and its sister marches to grapple with anti-Semitism within its own ranks.

In February 2018, national Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory attended, and received a shout-out in, an anti-Semitic speech given by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in Chicago. Since then, the national chapter has been struggling, losing support, and splintering into smaller organizations. In fact, there will be no march in New Orleans this year, with the Louisiana chapter announcing that unless the current leaders of the national chapter step down, they will not organize the march. Organizers in Chicago have also canceled that city’s march.

Despite this controversy, the 2019 Vermont Women’s March continues as planned. Vrancken affirmed the local organization’s independence, saying, “Women’s March Vermont is affiliated with the national chapter, but we are an independent chapter. We do not receive any funding from the national chapter. We work independently. We work collectively on mass actions and we are able to communicate with our sister chapters through the forums that the Women’s March provides, but we are an independent volunteer-led organization.”

Vrancken also indicated a Facebook post the Women’s March Vermont made on March 13, 2018, which reads, “Anti-Semitism, misogyny, homophobia, and transphobia are in no uncertain terms unacceptable and inexcusable. Silence in the face of Jewish hate is not an option. While we wish that the national response had specifically done so, Women’s March Vermont emphatically denounces Louis Farrakhan's anti-Semitic and homophobic statements.”

The 2019 Vermont Women’s March will rally at the State House lawn on January 19. Gathering for the demonstration is expected to begin at 9:30 am. Speeches and performances will begin at 10 am and last until noon. The keynote speaker will be former Bennington state Rep. Kiah Morris, who had to withdraw from her most recent Vermont House race after receiving racially motivated harassment and threats. The rally will also include speakers Tabitha Pohl-Moore, president of the Rutland area NAACP; Amanda Garces, coordinator of the Vermont Coalition for Ethnic and Social Equity in Schools; Mariko Silver, president of Bennington College; Sarah Launderville, executive director for the Vermont Center of Independent Living; former Gov. Kunin; and more.

The best guess of Women’s March Vermont organizers for expected attendance is 1,500 to 2,000 people, but they hope for more.

If you would like to volunteer at the 2019 Vermont Women’s March, email the organizers at



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Number of Lobbyists and Advocates at State House on the Rise

By Phil Dodd

T he number of people and firms registered with the state as lobbyists—including those who advocate for nonprofits—has risen over

the past few years, continuing a trend that long-time

lobbyists say has been underway for decades and is making the State House a more crowded environment.

In the 2017‒2018 biennium, a total of 1,145 lobbyists, lobbying firms, and employers with in- house lobbyists were registered with the state, up 7.8 percent from the number registered in the 2015‒2016 biennium, according to figures on the secretary of state’s online lobbying disclosure database. More and more businesses and nonprofit organizations believe they need to have advocates in the State House to watch out for their interests, insiders say.

As a group, the lobbyists registered with the state are paid millions of dollars per year, providing a big economic boost to the Montpelier area. In the 2017‒2018 biennium, total compensation for lobbying reported to the secretary of state was $33.2 million dollars.

The definition of lobbying in Vermont law includes those working on behalf of nonprofits as well as businesses. Among other things, it covers anyone attempting to influence legislative or administrative action and soliciting others to do the same if they receive at least $500 in compensation for their efforts.

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“The public has a right to know who is working the halls of the State House and who works for whom,” Burns said. “That information should be easily accessible to the public.”

In Vermont, much of that information is online. The secretary of state’s office has a searchable database ( that lists all lobbyists, lobbying firms, and employers with employees who lobby. The database also shows how much lobbyists spend on lobbying and how much they are paid. The state even publishes an online “photobook” that provides photos and contact information for all registered lobbyists.

There are lobbyists who are in the State House every day of the session, but many of Vermont’s registered lobbyists may only get there from time to time. The database includes out-of-staters who register when they are sent to testify on a bill as well as employees of businesses and nonprofits who only rarely visit the capitol or an administrative agency. But if more than $500 of their pay comes from lobbying activities, they must pay to register and file financial disclosure forms several times a year.

With the Legislature just back in town, lobbying in Montpelier is in full swing. VPIRG’s Burns said it will be an interesting start to the year because there are about 40 new legislators this year, which he called a “big number.”

Lobbying is an activity protected by the U.S. Constitution. Among other things, the First Amendment protects free speech as well as the “right of the people…to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

“It is a neat time at the beginning of the session,” he added. “There is goodwill and a feeling we can all work together. We’ll see how long it lasts.”

Nevertheless, courts have allowed some regulation of lobbying, such as Vermont’s requirement that lobbyists register, pay fees, and file financial reports, according to attorney Chuck Storrow, a veteran lobbyist with Leonine Public Affairs in Montpelier.

Storrow, one of six lobbyists at the firm, noted that citizens, local officials, and administration employees do not have to register to lobby, but said there seem to be more of them visiting the State House even as the number of registered lobbyists and lobbying firm swells compared with a couple of decades ago.

“The physical capacity of the State House is overtaxed, in my opinion” he said. “It can be brutal trying to get a seat in a committee room, and even the cafeteria can be busy.”

With so many people in the building, it is also getting more challenging for lobbyists to talk with lawmakers, he said. But in general, Vermont lawmakers are still very accessible, and it is usually possible to “get their ear or present testimony,” he said.

Because Vermont legislators work part-time and do not as a rule have their own staffs, the information and research lobbyists can provide is important. “Most legislators value input from lobbyists and advocates,” Storrow said. “But they take it with a grain of salt since they know we have a desired outcome we are pursuing and they factor that in.”

To retain the trust of legislators, it is important for lobbyists to be credible,” he noted. “You have to provide objective facts and put your cards on the table.” That means lobbyists and advocates must spend considerable time outside the State House researching issues, work that counts toward the lobbying compensation that must be reported, he said.

Another function of lobbyists is simply to watch what is going on so they can report to their clients or organizations about when a bill is going to be voted on or how sentiments are shifting among legislators, according to Paul Burns, executive director of the nonprofit Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG). He is a registered lobbyist entering his 19th session.

“We specifically look for opportunities to connect with our members on issues being discussed so they can comment,” he said. “We might send an email to tens of thousands of our members and urge them to email or call their legislators. It is very hard for people to track what is happening in the State House—a difficulty exacerbated by the declining number of journalists in the State House—so we work to keep them informed.”

Burns said he has witnessed both an increase in the number of Vermont lobbyists and a decline in the number of journalists covering the Legislature. “On both counts, that’s challenging,” he said.

A half-dozen VPIRG employees are registered as lobbyists and are in the capitol on a regular basis keeping track of issues important to VPIRG, but several other VPIRG employees or contract lobbyists also register because they may lobby for VPIRG occasionally, Burns said. “We try to be hypersensitive about complying with the lobbying law, which we support,” he said.

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Photo courtesy of Diane Fitch Photo by Kreig Pinkham Photo by Frank Fernandez Photo courtesy of
Photo courtesy of Diane Fitch
Photo by Kreig Pinkham
Photo by Frank Fernandez
Photo courtesy of Laurie Garrison

Profiles of Compassion: 7 Activists Ma

Compiled by Mike Dunphy

Perhaps Montpelier’s greatest attribute is the dedicated cadre of a work—often as volunteers—for area nonprofits and organizatio would like to pay tribute to just a few of these advocates and act

Diane Fitch of the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network

Democratic Republic of Congo, Burma, Iraq, Syria, and Morocco. There is a waiting list for those excited to visit the capital, most for the first time.

The Network also welcomes all refugees settling in Vermont with gifts of kitchen knives and cutting boards. Members also provide tutoring, conversation, and friendship to new Vermonter CCV students, migrant farm workers, and immigrants recently settled in Montpelier. This past year, CVRAN sponsored a panel to update the public on immigration challenges and hosted the performance of an original play, Que Nochebuena, portraying refugee experiences.

Diane Fitch, who lives in Calais, is also an artist whose paintings were recently shown at the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery. She is professor emeritus of painting and drawing at Wright State University in Ohio, where she taught for 30 years.

W hen the Syrian crisis peaked in 2015, Diane Fitch, a native Vermonter, visualized providing shelter. “My elderly parents hoped to offer a home to Syrian refugees, so I began exploring whether that was possible. I visited the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program in Colchester and talked with Laurie Stavrand, their volunteer coordinator. We came up with ideas on how a group in Central Vermont could assist new Vermonters from a variety of countries and backgrounds.”

Thus, Central Vermont Refugee Action Network (CVRAN), a group of committed volunteers, was born. During the past three years, the organization has hosted 10 visits of new Vermonters living in the Burlington area and state capital, including giving a tour of the State House and the Vermont History Museum, a visit with the governor, and a community lunch. Participants have included

immigrants of all ages from Somalia, Sudan, Nepal, Bhutan,

Mary Anne Owen of the Return House Program at the Washington County Youth Service Bureau

R eturn House is a residential program for young men aged 18–23 who are re-entering the community from periods

Owen works diligently to ensure that the residence is more than a program—it’s a temporary home for the young men who stay there, some for as long as a year. Return House is an inviting, nurturing environment where residents can focus on personal and career goals as well as on learning how to be positive members of a community. It’s tireless work that can demand attention at any moment of the day or night. Owen commits to the work daily out of a conviction that the program is the best shot for altering the path of repeat criminal behavior for this vulnerable population. For many of the residents, Owen’s direct involvement with them on a daily basis is an essential component of their personal journey away from the behaviors that led to incarceration.

of incarceration. Kreig Pinkham, the executive director of the WCYSB says, “The work of Return House is some of the most demanding work that we do at the WCYSB. Not only do many of the residents have complicated histories, but incarceration itself is a traumatic event.”

On top of that the residents are moving through a period of life that can be challenging in the best of circumstances. The resi- dents come to the house not knowing what to expect or who to trust. Owen builds a sense of trust and a confidence that centers on their capacity to be the positive change in their own lives.

For many of the residents, it’s the first time they’ve had someone truly believe in that capacity.

Eliza Cain of Circle

E liza Cain works part-time at Circle (formerly Battered Women’s Services and Shelter) as the Legal Services

facilitates support groups for community members and shelter residents and meets with community partners to encourage victim-centered responses to domestic violence.

Her passion for the work shows in the level of support, compassion, and energy she shares with every single individual with whom she is working. It serves as inspiration and hope to the individuals she is working with as well as to the advocates who work alongside her.

Circle is grateful to Eliza Cain for juggling family, friends, and a business so that she can find the time to be the amazing advocate that she is.

Coordinator. She first got involved in the domestic violence field as a volunteer in 1994. She’s since worked at domestic violence programs in Oregon and Vermont. Cain began work as a hotline and support group volunteer with Circle in 2000, becoming a part-time staff member as of 2011.

She supports victims/survivors to navigate both the family and criminal court systems. This can include supporting victims/survivors as their (ex) partners face criminal charges to attending final abuse order hearings with them. Cain also

Susan Erisman of Central Vermont Humane Society

I t takes a village to run an animal shelter. At Central Vermont Humane Society (CVHS), the village includes a legion of dedicated volunteers, without whom CVHS could not save more than 1,000 animals a year. More than 40 people from the community regularly and generously donate countless hours to CVHS, walking dogs, fostering kittens, helping the office, providing transport, and supporting special events.

On any given day there are over 60 animals in the CVHS shelter. Each and every one needs to be fed, walked, and socialized every day. Most importantly, keeping everything clean keeps the animals, and people, happy and healthy. The Society appreciates

its devoted volunteers who come in on a regular basis to do the hard work of cleaning and scrubbing pet dishes, litter boxes, and more.

Susan Erisman is one such volunteer. She has loyally been coming every Thursday for over a year. She takes care of the cat wing and works hard in the central cleaning area, which is the hub of the shelter. At CVHS, every adoptable animal that comes through the doors is saved. The Humane Society goes the extra mile for the animals in its care, and it is only able to do that because so many community members, such as Susan Erisman, go the extra mile for CVHS.





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king a Difference in Central Vermont

ctivists and advocates who go above and beyond in their ns that make the state a better place. In this issue, The Bridge ivists who do such great work for the community.

Photo courtesy of Nicole Whalen
Photo courtesy of Nicole Whalen

Faye Longo of Vermont Foodbank

F aye Longo will help fill your belly by first winning your heart.

You may have met her recently at a senior center, church meal,

homeless shelter, food pantry, gas station, daycare, or even your own living room. In her role as 3SquaresVT Outreach Coordinator at the Vermont Foodbank, Faye travels around the state sharing information about 3SquaresVT, a federal nutrition program that currently helps about 70,000 Vermonters boost their monthly food budget.

However, as many as 150,000 Vermonters may be eligible for 3SquaresVT. There may be obstacles that prevent people from accessing 3SquaresVT, but they are no match for Longo’s boundless enthusiasm, empathy, resourcefulness, and humor. Her joyful energy outshines the darkest Vermont winter days.

Daily work in such close proximity to the issue of poverty can be challenging. But Longo responds with solutions and recognizes the worth in every person. After getting you signed up for 3SquaresVT, she might send you resources about mental health programs, affordable dentures, or suggestions for that cousin, grandparent, or

neighbor you mentioned. She might also check in with you a year later just to see how things are going, because she cares.

This year Longo has put special attention toward supporting older adults. According to Debbie Boyce, a SASH Coordinator and fellow champion who partners with Longo, “Faye’s positive attitude is a chain reaction. Her dedication and determination bring the best outcomes for all of her clientele.”

When not at work, Longo is busy raising her kids, building community, and engaging in personal advocacy work. Did you hear her recently on the radio talking about the importance of affordable high-quality childcare? Or maybe you heard her testifying in Montpelier about paid family leave? Or perhaps you attended her leadership workshop about overcoming adversity? In the description for that workshop, Longo wrote, “People from all walks of life have the power within them to change the world. Those who have overcome the most often carry a unique strength in this regard.” These lines are apt for the way Longo puts her whole self into all she does. Plus she’ll have you laughing before you know it.

Pat Hoffman of Montpelier Community Justice Center

Photo courtesy of Pat Hoffman
Photo courtesy of Pat Hoffman

A victim outreach specialist at the Montpelier Community Justice Center (MCJC), Pat Hoffman was instrumental

Because attention to the harm caused to a victim is at the heart of the restorative justice approach, making this program operational was the fulfillment of a long-held goal at the MCJC. Hoffman was critical to its inception and its continued successful operation.

in launching MCJC’s Victim Outreach Program when she volunteered her time for the better part of a year to create protocols and strategies for reaching out to victims of crimes in the immediate aftermath of the event.

People have expressed their appreciation for this parallel justice initiative, in which community outreach and support is available for victims and does not depend on whether or not the person who offended is identified or prosecuted. People with whom Hoffman has made contact have reported that they feel like their community cares about them, something that all residents of Montpelier can appreciate. Through her excellent work, Pat Hoffman has strengthened the bonds residents feel with their city and with law enforcement. Since its inception, Hoffman’s work has been recognized as a vital part of the MCJC’s operation.

The Victim Outreach Program, which has been operating in partnership with the Montpelier Police Department since 2015, offers victims of property crimes a sympathetic ear and resources in a timely manner, rather than being constrained by the workings of the criminal justice system. Hoffman calls people who have reported property crimes in Montpelier, listens to their stories, and helps them figure out how to take care of needs that were created as a result of the crime.

Sam Sanders of Vermont People with AIDS Coalition

Photo courtesy of Sam Sanders
Photo courtesy of Sam Sanders
  • M ontpelier resident Sam Sanders says, “I’m not an activist. All I know is that as a gay man in the 1980s, so many of

And so evolved “The Gathering of Friends,” the first of 29 retreats for AIDS-positive Vermonters and their partners that Sanders has helped organize, and the Vermont People with AIDS Coalition, of which Sanders has been board member and secretary for 29 years. “I started working in the kitchen at the retreat because there was a lot of distrust in the HIV-positive community of HIV-negative people like me. I didn’t want to impose. But now my role is keeper of the flame, holding together the spiritual energy of the HIV community. That is the most important thing I do in my life.”

What’s next for Sanders?

my friends and lovers were dying I had to be there for them.”

Since then Sanders has spent 35 years as a volunteer serving the Vermont AIDS community. “I did hospice training to learn how to help people die. I was a ‘buddy’ to many folks who were sick and dying. That’s the best thing I’ve ever done in my life and why, at age 77, I am still involved.”

Since the 1980s Sanders has been deeply involved in many Vermont AIDS service organizations. After attending many retreats, where volunteers and AIDS care-givers met to share information and experiences, it became obvious to them that AIDS-positive people needed their own gathering. “The stigma of having AIDS back then was huge. People were scared of touching an HIV-positive person, of sharing a water glass. The trauma was overwhelming. HIV-positive people needed a place where they could relax and be themselves.”

“Even with the new meds, many people are still suffering from the virus and from the side effects of the medications. Newly infected people need to learn the ropes. The perception that the AIDS epidemic is under control is not true. There’s still so much work to be done.”

That’s Sam Sanders, Montpelier resident, the man who for the past 35 years is “not an activist.”

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Scott Skinner: A Parting Glass

By David Kelley

Scott Skinner of Middlesex, a partner in the Montpelier law firm Biggam Fox Skinner and a former director of the ACLU of Vermont and the Vermont Public Research Interest Group, died December 15 at age 76. He is remembered here by his friend David Kelley.

S cott Skinner was born in the 1940s in

Pennsylvania, but he came of age in the ’60s.

Perhaps the ideals extolled by John Kennedy

rejoin their friend with the frostbitten feet, one said to the other, “Do you think we’ll be doing this forty years from now?” The reply: You’ve got to be kidding; I don’t even want to do it next year. Forty years would be as likely as a sexual predator, with no background in politics or the military, becoming president of the United States.’”

Upon reaching the top of Hunger Mountain we usually celebrated with Scott’s drink of choice:

Mr. Boston ginger brandy. Mr. Boston Ginger Flavored Brandy is possibly the most unpretentious drink known to humankind. It now has a special unpretentious place in the folklore of Vermont.

Scott always found room for laughter, but more importantly he found good almost everywhere he went and in almost everyone he met. Will Rogers said he never met a man he didn’t like, and I have a feeling Scott could say the same thing. Scott helped us all see our better angels. His idealism, integrity, and kindness were palpable. Just being around him served as a reminder of how good we might be.

The two of us worked on a couple of people- to-people exchange programs together. One was with lawyers and businessmen in Russia. Another

Photo courtesy of Justin Skinner
Photo courtesy of Justin Skinner

made a lasting impression on him. Or maybe it was his parents, or being an Eagle Scout, but

whatever the cause, Scott was an idealist. He was in one of the first waves of Peace Corps volunteers. They sent him to Nepal—and he never stopped caring about the people in the remote mountain villages of the Himalayas. His career was devoted to caring about others—children in Vermont whose parents couldn’t afford dental care, children without access to education on the other side of the world, and workers injured on the job.

Scott’s caring didn’t end with people. Last spring we sat together at a public hearing of the House Fish and Wildlife Committee. Almost any kind of hunting is sacrosanct in Vermont. But Scott told the committee that coyote-killing contests weren’t hunting. He said he and Mary let folks hunt deer on their land, but if anyone came there just to see how many animals could be killed in a single day they would post their land. With the help of Scott’s testimony, coyote killing contests are illegal now in Vermont.

As much as he cared—about wildlife, his garden, his neighbors, and children as far away as Nepal—Scott never took himself too seriously. A sense of humor accompanied him everywhere he went.

As everybody knows, he was the driving force behind “Vermont’s premier winter event”— the Hunger Mountain Climb. The magnet on my refrigerator door has the 50th anniversary Hunger Mountain Climb scheduled for February 13, 2027, and looking back at old notices from “Hunger Mountain Climb World Headquarters,” I can’t help but smile:

Back in 1977 when two climbers crawled through a minus 20-degree-F blizzard on their hands and knees and briefly touched the summit and quickly slid down the mountain to

was with lawyers and journalists in Bangladesh and Nepal. There were no luxury hotels or three- course meals on these programs. In the far reaches of northern Russia you took your chances. But no matter how remote or how spartan, there was no such thing as a place or meal that wasn’t good enough or for which Scott wasn’t cheerful and grateful.

What did trouble him was poverty, suffering, and no access to education. The lack of access to schools in the high mountain villages of Nepal was especially troubling, and when we returned from Nepal, Scott and his law partner, Pat Biggam, began their own effort to change that. At last count they had helped build a half-dozen schools.

Canceled flights or canceled visas tend to make my better angels hard to find, but sitting in Scott’s office and talking to him was a lesson in Zen-like “mindfulness.” He was patient and paid attention to details and sought solutions. That might be why he was a great gardener and a great cook. He seemed to revel in cooking, especially for large groups of people. I think he felt like a great Italian chef in the kitchen.

Visiting Scott and Mary at their home in Middlesex was always a special kind of event. Their home is a classic Vermont farmhouse on a classic country road. The barn is full of political posters from every conceivable campaign—including a few of my own. The house is full of eclectic artwork. The repartee between Scott and Mary at home was a little like a Spencer Tracy-Katharine Hepburn movie. One of the best parts of those visits was watching how happy Scott seemed to be when cooking some exotic, new-found recipe for everybody.

One of my favorite writers is Ernest Hemingway. Knowing this, Scott gave me his father’s copy of A Farewell to Arms. It was published in 1929. On the inside cover is the signature of Joseph Osmun Skinner. To pick the book up and hold it is to be connected to the past. It is a past full of memories that don’t die and where Scott still lives, always reminding us of how good we might be.

I drank a dram of Mr. Boston Ginger Flavored Brandy tonight. I am grateful for all of the memories and all that it reminds me of, but drinking ginger brandy at my desk isn’t the same as drinking ginger brandy on top of Hunger Mountain in February. Scott’s spirit will be there again on February 16th. I hope to share another dram with him then.

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Remembering Nancy Sherman

Longtime resident Nancy Sherman, who served six terms on the Montpelier City Council and was active

Longtime resident Nancy Sherman, who served six terms on the Montpelier City Council and was active in virtually every aspect of city life, died on December 23 at age 74. She is remembered here by John Thomas Poeton of the Unitarian Church and state Rep. Mary Hooper, a former mayor of Montpelier.

Pillar of the Church By John Thomas Poeton

  • D uring a homily about a decade ago, Rev. Maggie Rebmann, Minister Emeritus of

the Unitarian Church of Montpelier, referred to a few very active, long-time members of our church as “pillars of our church.” People who, through their leadership activities, involvement, and energy every day, held the church together and represented the church’s mission and vision.

Nancy Sherman was one of those people.

Nancy was a very active member of the Unitarian Church of Montpelier for decades. Over time there were many activities and programs where she was directly or indirectly involved. If there was a job to be done or a position to be filled, Nancy was a willing volunteer.

Most recently Nancy had co-chaired the growth and facilities task force, which finished its term with the development of three plans for the future expansion of our church. This will be presented soon to church members for approval and a possible capital campaign. In the past Nancy was a member of the finance committee and the stewardship committee and involved in numerous church pledge drives.

Nancy volunteered for many roles at the church, including being Sunday school teacher for middle-grade students. She was frequently an usher and a greeter, always welcoming people at church with a friendly smile and meaningful conversations.

Nancy served on countless committees, studies, and work groups. This service did not just result in a plan or a recommendation, it often ended in a community benefit. The historic Taylor Street bridge was preserved. The Montpelier Circulator supports a walkable community. The “new” senior center became a vibrant gathering place. The district heating plant uses wood and moved some oil tanks out of the flood plain. Barre Street was revitalized with more than 75 units of new housing.

Nancy would be quick to say she was not responsible for these projects, but without her quiet, persistent, and insistent support they would not exist. Nancy would also be quick to say that all of the projects she worked on were not accomplished. The recession of 2008 shelved a doable plan for Sabin’s Pasture, it took too long to pave the sidewalks on Sabin Street and to take care of blighted properties, these being just a few items on her to do list. Nevertheless, with a vision for our future, Nancy was not afraid to tackle hard projects and to give her best to help our city.

The uniting thread in her work was a belief that each member of the community must thrive in order for our whole city to be its best. During her service on the City Council she exercised this theory and she was always optimistic, always encouraging us to stretch and to do as much as possible for Montpelier.

Nancy’s engagement was motivated by a deep commitment to our community and it was energized by the great joy she took in her work. Her lovely eyes would brighten on a chance encounter and a conversation about a person or a need. Her enthusiasm for tackling a problem was irresistible. Her goodwill and dogged determination propelled many a good work. Montpelier is a better place for her many years of service. Thank you Nancy—and thank you Michael for sharing her with us.

In preparation for our holiday fair, Nancy would often lead a team of women to make numerous crafts to be sold at the craft table. In recent years Nancy was the “pecan lady” at the fair, ordering and selling fresh pecans to raise funds for our annual budget. On the day of her passing Nancy was scheduled to be one of the Sunday counters.

Every Monday the community lunch program at the Unitarian Church serves approximately 125 full-course meals to the public. Nancy Sherman was actively involved in the development of this program and almost every Monday, with her husband Michael, would come wash and put away the dishes, pots, pans, and never leave until the job was done.

Nancy was loved by everyone who knew her at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier. To say that she will be missed in every way is an understatement. Her “pillar” will hold the Unitarian Church of Montpelier strong for years to come.

A Lasting Legacy By Mary Hooper

N ancy summed up her life this way: lived, loved, built family, 50 years of happy marriage, no regrets, checked out when it was done.

She captured her essence perfectly; she did not need to embellish or draw attention to her accomplishments. However, this humble sentiment fails to acknowledge how big of an effect she had on our community. It is hard to think of a part of Montpelier civic life that has not been touched by Nancy: housing, food, transport, schools, the library, her church, theater, all matters of city business.

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Support Local Nonprofits by Rounding Up at Hunger Mountain Coop

D id you know that you can support a local nonprofit organization or

community partner by rounding up your purchase at the register at

Hunger Mountain Co-op? By doing so, you are participating in a

collective effort to support organizations and programs that have a direct impact on our local community. By giving your spare change, you are creating the change you want to see in our region and the world.

Each time you check out, you can round up your total to the nearest dollar and that extra change will become part of a donation toward organizations such as Good Beginnings of Central Vermont, Prevent Child Abuse Vermont, Community Harvest of Central Vermont, the Humane Society, and many others. The organization that is the Give Change recipient changes on a monthly basis.

The Give Change recipient for January is Capstone Community Action. With a wide range of services, Capstone Community Action seeks to “help people achieve economic well-being with dignity and develop partnerships to strengthen Vermont communities.” Their aim is to assist people in meeting their basic needs, such as food, shelter, and transportation, while building sustainable communities by supporting entrepreneurs and small businesses as well as community partners and program participants to ensure they are heard, educated, and able to achieve their goals.

When you shop at Hunger Mountain Co-op through February 2, you can choose to Give Change by rounding up your total to the nearest dollar. All of the change collected will go to support Capstone Community Action. To do this, simply go to and opt-in to being asked at the register to round up your purchase to the next dollar or speak with customer service.

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Supreme Court Gallery Exhibits Ann Young’s Paintings

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Photos courtesy of Paul Rogers Photography

A nn Young has been selected as the first Vermont Supreme Court Gallery artist for 2019. Her solo exhibition, titled Fellow Travelers, is on view through March 28. This talented multidisciplinary Northeast Kingdom artist has a strong background

in ceramic sculpture, illustration, site-specific installation, and painting.

Fellow Travelers showcases powerful large-scale oil paintings with narratives that reach deep into the human condition and their environments. Young is a great observer of relationships between people, places, and spaces. The artist, through observation, and social integration puts forth allegorical imagery that makes you think and question what really is going on.

Mostly self-taught, in 2001 Young began her journey into oil painting, influenced by her extraordinary teachers Max Ginsburg and Dominique Medici and inspired by the works of Dutch masters and impressionist artists. Truly, you can see how she discovered her creative direction.

“We are fellow travelers. We move about in space. We journey through a lifetime of emotion, only to find in the end, that it is not the goal that matters, it is the striving.”

Ann Young was born in Chicago and raised in Illinois and Nebraska but has lived all of her adult life in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. She dabbled in the “back to the land”

movement and raised a family and has always been interested in representational art.

From her first paying job illustrating the varmints of the Nebraska plains through her stint as an illustrator for The Center for Northern Studies in Wolcott, Vermont, to her pseudo- abstract closeups of pond vegetation and of sea life found on beaches, she has looked to nature for inspiration.

She received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design, which sidetracked her into ceramics and sculpture. She spent years in a fruitful career making miniature porcelain animal and human figures for the wholesale craft market. She taught ceramics at Lyndon State College and in the public schools. An interest in large wooden sculpture occupied several years culminating in large-scale gallery installations.

In 2001 she began to devote herself to the exquisite hues and textures that oil painting on canvas allows. It was with studies of people in portraiture and in social interaction that she chose to explore these possibilities and has since devoted almost all of her efforts to painting her fellow travelers.

This event is free and open to the public.

T.W. Wood Gallery Opens Two Exhibitions in Montpelier

T he T. W. Wood Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of

two new art exhibits. The annual Winter Juried Exhibit will be

on view in the Contemporary Gallery, and Something Dear will

be presented by the Photographer’s Workroom in the Group Exhibitions Hallway.

The Juried Exhibit highlights an eclectic group of 26 local Vermont artists. Work includes paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, fiber arts, and jewelry. The show brims with works by Barbara Bendix, Robert Chapala, Cindy Griffith, Kate Longmaid, Kenneth Saxe and Ann Young and many others. “The three-person jury” [Mary Admasian, Elliott Bent and Linda Mirabile] was particularly challenged due to the large quantity and quality of the work submitted,” said Ginny Callan, the Gallery’s executive director. “They worked diligently to come to agreement on the work selected and came up with a diverse and exciting selection.”

Something Dear will exhibit the works of the Photographers Workroom, exploring the idea that we all carry within us something that is precious, whether it is an expression or experience, a story we wish to share, or an object that connects us with our past. The artists, including Nancy Banks, Christie Carter, Kay Jostrand, and Rosalind Daniels, share their own experiences of “something dear.”

Something Dear runs until February 1, and the Winter Juried Exhibit runs until March 1

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Photo courtesy of T.W. Wood Gallery

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Montpelier Aims to Make Streets Safe for All

By Carl Etnier

L ike many cities around the

country, Montpelier touts being

a walkable, bikeable community.

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in order to accommodate bike lanes.” Yet, as he pointed out, “both roads are heavily used for on-street parking,” so how does the city accommodate drivers who want to park on the road and cyclists who want to ride safely on the same road, while leaving room for drivers to travel at a faster pace than cyclists?

Casey identified East State Street as another problematic street; it’s not only narrow and has parking on both sides, there’s also a retaining wall that makes widening the street perhaps prohibitively expensive.

For situations like these, the toolkit section of the city’s Complete Streets Design report lists various ways to improve street safety, even where the ideal streetscape seems unattainable. The catalog contains space-gobbling measures such as separated paths for pedestrians and for bicycles, but also things such as the “sharrows” that have sprouted on downtown streets—painted arrows that indicate the lane is to be shared by bicycles and other vehicles.

The toolkit also contains ways to slow down motor vehicles, from changing speed limits to narrowing lanes and installing speed humps. And it emphasizes thinking about bike parking and bus stops in planning street changes. For example, do bus stops connect with safe ways to walk to and from nearby homes and businesses?

Miller also wrote that the design report could be used to make simple, quick changes to streets. “Occasionally we may simply need to repaint lines. A road with 12-foot lanes and 2-foot shoulders could be repainted to have 10-foot lanes and 4-foot shoulders,” which can become bike lanes.

He also said the city would consider how to achieve Complete Streets design in budgeting for the city’s capital improvement plan (CIP). “So think of a street that is identified as needing a sidewalk, and it currently does not have one. We could add that as a project to the CIP as a separate project, or we could wait until the road comes up on the CIP and increase funding to build the sidewalk at the same time as paving/ reconstruction.”

The plan was funded by a $45,000 Better Connections grant from the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and VTrans. Richard Amore oversaw the grant for DHCD. The Montpelier resident literally walks the talk of complete streets—a little over two miles each day, to and from work. In an interview at his National Life office, he said he had walked his child to school that morning on the way to work. For Amore, whose background is in architecture and community planning, Complete Streets is just one component of building more “vibrant places.” He celebrated the “Montpelier mile,” which takes 30 to 40 minutes to walk, because there are so many conversations with friends and neighbors that happen along the way.

Amore said neighborhood safety can increase when more people are out walking and observing the streets, and making it easy for people to live in town with one less car both promotes greater financial diversity and leaves residents with more disposable income to spend at local stores.

The Agency of Transportation also sees streets as more than transportation. Jackie Cassino oversaw the grant for VTrans, and she described the funding of plans like Montpelier’s as something that has arisen in a post-Tropical Storm Irene world, where “cross-agency collaboration and pooling of funding resources is used to answer these sort of squishy problems that are not always a transportation issue and not always a land-use issue. They’re usually somewhere in the middle.”

Cassino also complimented Montpelier on bringing in Department of Public Works staff early in the complete streets planning process. She said workers who are “doing the work, maintaining the roadway day-in and day-out” have a lot of insights to offer on what is achievable.

Now it’s up to the department to start to achieve what’s in the plan—and up to the city to fund the work.

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Yet the term is merely aspirational in key parts of the city. Few streets have bike lanes, and some heavily traveled corridors don’t even have sidewalks. Space is limited, and cars take up much of the streetscape, both for driving and parking. What’s a city to do?

Montpelier’s City Council adopted a “Complete Streets Design Report” at its December 12, 2018, meeting to help answer this question. The Complete Streets mission is to make streets serve the transportation needs of all users and to recognize that streets are a valuable social space, not just a place for transportation.

In an interview in City Hall, Montpelier’s community development specialist, Kevin Casey, explained the Complete Streets ideal as “bikes, pedestrians, other vehicles, all operating in the right of way together, safely.” In low-traffic, residential streets on the west side of town, this can be accomplished with everyone sharing the same street. In streets with more—and faster—traffic, other measures are needed to reduce potential conflicts between types of street users.

Casey emphasized that users are looking for not just some safe streets, but a citywide network. “If I’m riding a bike, I don’t want the road to change at an intersection, and all of a sudden the bike lane disappears.”

City planning director Michael Miller wrote in an email to The Bridge, “A majority of Montpelier’s roads may already be compliant [with Complete Streets design] or may only need minor adjustments.” He identified Barre Street and a portion of Elm Street as two of the city’s more “challenging” streets; they “should have no on-street parking

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THE BRIDGE JANUARY 9 – JANUARY 22 , 2019 • PAGE 19 John Barleycorn Must Live!

John Barleycorn Must Live!

By Larry Floersch

I just saw an item in

my favorite science

magazine that

Imagine if the price of barley doubled. Instead of $8 for a pint of your favorite microbrew from Hill Farmstead or von Trapp’s or the Shed or the Alchemist or Lawson’s Finest, think of $16 or more! It is obvious that something needs to be done, and fast.

We can’t count on the current administration to do anything. They think global warming is a hoax. Besides, he (you know who I mean) is only worried about the price of kola nuts because, unlike his predecessor, he doesn’t drink beer and only drinks Pepsi, and anyone who knows anything knows that Coca Cola is the way to go and

therefore that guy (you know who I mean) has his taste buds in his


But I digress.

Those of us who know global warming is real see the huge risk here and know we must do something to protect the barley supply. But there are many of you who are not convinced.

So for those of you who love beer but think global warming is not real, what I propose is a variation on Pascal’s Wager. As you may remember from freshman philosophy class, Blaise Pascal was a French philosopher, mathematician, and physicist who lived back in the 1600s, got a programming language named after him, and tried to build calculators, but he couldn’t get them to fit in your hand because there was a severe shortage of microprocessors in the 1600s. In fact, you needed a forklift to move his calculators, so they didn’t sell well because there was also a shortage of forklifts back in the 1600s.

Pascal’s Wager was based on his thoughts about the existence of God, which is an important subject, but the logic can be applied here because, as the writer Jean Shepherd once said, “BEER! The Mother of Us All!”

global barley crop yields could drop by 17 percent in this century. According to the article, barley is particularly sensitive to warmer temperatures and drought, which are likely to increase because of global warming. The decline in yields could lead to a doubling of barley prices by 2099 according to one of the authors.

“Big deal,” I thought, “less beef and barley soup in the world is a good thing.” I always disliked Campbell’s beef and barley soup, which is the first thing I think of when I hear the word “barley.” There is just something about those little grayish-brown cubes of “beef” and those mushy waterlogged grains of barley with flecks of bran still attached.

Barley, of course, is used in more dishes than beef and barley soup, and that I blame on Scotland, which is a place where the men wear plaid skirts and knee socks and something called a sporran that covers their crotch area and everyone talks like Sean Connery. I suspect it was the Scots who first made beef and barley soup because they have a penchant for mixing barley with meat byproducts. I’m talking about the national dish of Scotland, the delightful and nutritious dinner treat from the highlands called “haggis,” in which barley is mixed with other vegetable matter and the internal organs of a sheep and then stuffed into the sheep’s stomach and roasted. You don’t have to be Sean Connery or a member of the Black Watch to say “Yum” to that!

But the article went on to fill my heart with dread. The authors pointed out that a shortage of barley could be disastrous because barley is used to make beer. That’s right, no barley, NO BEER!

That could cause the economy of Vermont to collapse. Whereas in olden days we boasted of having more cows than people in the state, we now have more microbreweries than artisanal bakers, and the number of artisanal bakers in the state far surpassed the number of cows long ago. And the state’s human population would continue to become more elderly because, regardless of Governor Scott’s policies and programs, young people would shun moving into the state if they can’t get beer.

According to the Wager’s logic in this instance, global warming is either real or it is not real. If global warming is not real and we do something to combat it, we’ve wasted our time. But if global warming is real and we do nothing, the Scots may hoard barley so they can continue to make haggis, and the price of beer will DOUBLE.

So if you’re not convinced global warming is real but you love beer, join us other beer lovers and take the risk of wasting your time. Work with us to reverse global warming. Then in 2099 we can all continue to waste time at our local taverns, raise our glasses of $8 beer in success, and have a bowl of beef and barley soup—or some haggis. Yum!

Weaving Ourselves into Our Webs

By Margaret Blanchard

  • I ’ve lived through many national crises, but never one as threatening to our claimed values as this current swamp. Although collectively we share responsibility for our addictions of consumer capitalism and greedy, ambitious corruptions of political

processes, evidence suggests current cracks in our system have been deepened by Russian hacks and trolls, splitting left against right, bottom against top, slicing racial, gender, religious, and geographical divides into chasms.

One image for healing is the web of life woven by the Native American archetypal Spider Woman. Despite their amazing strength, filaments of a web do break daily. Yet the web’s whole circular structure is remarkably sturdy—unlike hierarchical edifices characteristic of our economy and government (vulnerable as the twin towers). The strands of a web reach out in all directions, connecting or ending at key nodes, with expanding spiraling layers, their edges clinging to surrounding anchors of the natural world: tree stumps, branches, rocks, porches.

As somebody who grew up as a Catholic army brat, I respect conservative values of courage, duty, honor, patriotism as well as religious values of charity, justice, humility, and sacrifice, which guided my parents and grandparents. Fortunately, within family history I’ve discovered key stories which challenge hierarchical requirements for blind obedience: my grandmother, a nun, left her teaching position and the convent because of meanness inflicted by religious authorities on her students; my father disobeyed (or ignored) orders during the Korean War because following them would have unnecessarily sacrificed the lives of his men.

Come of age during the Civil Rights, anti-war, women’s, gay, and environmental movements, all of which I joined, I am familiar with tensions between right and left currently splitting U.S. apart (exploited by members of our ruling class in bed with the Russians). During the Vietnam War, two of my siblings served in Vietnam—one, in combat, rebuilding bridges; one with the Red Cross—and two of us were arrested protesting the war. But, thanks to our shared values, respect for differences, and fondness for each other’s uniqueness, our family weathered these conflicts with even

greater love and respect for each other. Through these tensions, we gained broader perspectives on our shared world and a fuller sense of belonging, which does not mean, however, that we all, now or ever, agree on the issues.

I believe this country has the potential to heal and grow together—if, for this crucial moment, we can weave ourselves into the natural webs of life by consciously choosing threads which already connect us, reaching out to link us with those on both our left and right, below and above, in front, behind, using whatever threads help tie us together: a common need (food, clothing, shelter), a shared love (dogs, children, nature), a parallel history (trauma, jobs, spiritual insight). As the novelist E. M. Forster expresses this need: “Only connect.”

Grandmother Spider, with her eight legs (compassion, courage, generosity, creativity, insight, justice, perseverance, wisdom) offers us inspiration. Like the patient spider, whose web often snaps apart from wind gusts, passing legs, rain or fallen branches, we must be willing to reweave ourselves into our webs—even after somebody, out of malice, fear, or unconsciousness, breaks our connections, shatters the whole.

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Community Events

Events happening January 9–January 25


Orchard Valley Walk-Through Wednesday.

A monthly open house event during the school day. Observe main lesson in grades 1-8 and visit mixed-age kindergarten programs, including Farm & Forest. 8:30–10:30 am. Orchard Valley Waldorf School, Grace Farm Campus, 2290 Rt. 14N, East Montpelier. Pre-registration required: or 456-7400.

The Christ Church Community Lunch.

11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier.

Salvation Army Community Lunch.

Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.

Mid-Week Movie: Marshall. 6–8 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation.

Reading by Visiting Alumna Chana Porter.

Currently writer-in-residence at The Catastrophic Theatre in Houston, with three world premieres between 2017 and 2020. Porter is the co-founder of the Octavia Project, a free summer writing and STEM program for Brooklyn teenage girls and nonbinary youth. 7 pm. Haybarn Theatre at Goddard College, Plainfield.

Constitutional Crisis? Speaker Series. A discussion with UVM Associate Professor Lisa Holmes, Vermont Law School Professor Peter Teachout, and Middlebury College Professor Matthew Dickinson as they discuss presidential powers, historically and currently, and how the role of Congress fits in. 7 pm. Kellogg Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.

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Trinity United Methodist Church Community

Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., Montpelier.


Hunger Mountain Co-op Member

Appreciation Weekend. Jan. 11–13. Stop by the Co-op throughout the weekend for shopping discounts, local vendor demos, product samples, and fantastic raffles, including a $100 Co-op gift card and two tickets to the Summit School’s Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival, valued at $300. Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier.

Volunteer Recruitment Session. Learn about volunteering with school groups at the Vermont History Museum and Vermont State House. 10:30–11:30 am. Vermont History Museum, 109 State St., Montpelier.


Naturalist Journeys Presentation Series.

Wolves: Ecology, Conservation and Conflict in the Northern Rockies. NBNC’s annual winter event series featuring expert naturalists and teachers sharing their studies from the wildest corners of the world. 7–8:30 pm. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier


Hike Camel’s Hump with Green Mountain

Club. Huntington. 4.8 miles. Moderate to difficult. Via Burrows Trail. Start at the Burrows trail-head in Huntington. Returning on the same trail. We will use snowshoes or microspikes depending upon conditions. Contact Steve or Heather Bailey, 622-4516 or stevecbailey@gmail. com for meeting time and place.

Barre Congregational Church Community Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.


Cross-country Ski Craftsbury with Green

Mountain Club. Moderate. 6–10 miles. Cross-country ski the leader’s favorite trails at Craftsbury Touring Center. Experience required. Cross-country (classic or skate) skis required or may be rented at the Center. Bring water, snacks, and lunch or purchase at the Center. Trail fee or pass required. Contact Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw. for meeting time and place.

Silent Film Series: “The Cameraman.” Silent film aficionado Rob Mermin screens The Cameraman featuring Buster Keaton. Back by popular demand maestro Bob Merrill will

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Jan. 9: Laugh Local VT Open Mic Comedy Night. See aspiring local comics or try it out yourself. Support local comedy by performing or watching those that do. This event may contain some adult themed material and is recommended for mature audiences. Sign-ups 7:30 pm. Show at 8 pm. The Dog River Brewery, 1400 Rt. 302, Suite 4, Berlin. Free; donations welcome. 793-3884.

Jan. 25:The Tell Off. Winning raconteurs from Season VIII of Extempo vie for audience votes and cash prizes in the eighth annual storytelling tournament of champions. Half of all proceeds benefit Waterbury recreation; opening night of Winterfest. 8 pm. American Legion Post 59, 16 Stowe St., Waterbury. $10.244-7174.


Performing Arts

Jan. 25: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. A wide range of talented standup comics from here and away working longer sets. 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free/by donation. 479-0896.

accompany the film on HCA’s Steinway. 2 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $10.

Dance, Sing, and Jump Around! A family dance for all ages. Circle and line dances and singing games, all taught and called. Live traditional music. All dances taught and called by Liz Benjamin and Stan Carlson. 4:30 pm. Plainfield Town Hall Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. Suggested donation: $5 per adult but no one is turned away. 223-1509

Zumba-Like Fitness Dance. Every Sunday. Music by secular and Christian artists. 4–5 pm. East Montpelier Elementary School, 665 Vincent Flats, East Montpelier. Free for women 18 and older.


Community Lunch at Unitarian Church

Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St., Montpelier.

Salvation Army Community Lunch.

Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.

Scam, Fraud and Identity Theft with Amy Schram from the Better Business Bureau.

This program will cover the most common scams currently circulating in the community, the major red flags to watch out for and the precautionary steps we can take to protect ourselves from falling victim to identity theft. 6 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.

Goddard Graduate Institute Virtual Info

Session. Join Goddard Graduate Institute Faculty Member, Sarah Van Hoy, and Admissions Counselor, Daphne Kinney-Landis, who will discuss our graduate programs and answer your questions. This Info Session will be hosted on Zoom, a web conferencing platform that allows participants to join by video or

phone. 6 pm. RSVP: ZqjDn9I2el0NFYWg1. More info.: 322-1646


VCFA Visiting Writers Event: Author and

Illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi. 10:45–11:45 am:

A presentation entitled: “What Picture Book Writers Should Know About Picture Book Illustration.” 7–8 pm: Reading. 8:15 pm: Book Signing. Vermont College of Fine Arts, College Hall Chapel, College St., Montpelier.

Barre Congregational Church Community Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.


The Christ Church Community Lunch.

11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier.

Salvation Army Community Lunch.

Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.

Gathering of Chess Players. The purpose of the gathering is to assess possible interest in a Central Vermont Chess Club, and to play chess. Open to all ages, genders, and ability levels. No cost but please bring your own chess sets and boards, notation pads, and chess clocks, if you have them. 6–9 pm. The Berlin Mall Hub (near the entrance of J.C. Penney).

Mid-Week Movie: “Chappaquiddick.” 6–8 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation.

MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Virtual Info

Session. Online Information Session to learn more about Goddard College’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts (MFAIA), a graduate program that engages artists from a variety of practices, including visual arts, dance, music, theater, performance art, social practice, design, digital media, and the literary arts, to study in a rigorous interdisciplinary context. This info session will be hosted on Zoom, a web conferencing

platform that allows participants to join by video or phone. 7 pm. RSVP: aCDxPCxyEekxV4Lp2. More info.: 322-1646

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Fried. Painting initially to recover from a debilitating stroke, Fried channeled his vision, determination and confidence into what became his passion. 5 pm. Highland Center for

Pictures. Wood block prints, lithographs, and colored low reliefs. Reception & Artist Talk:

T.W. Wood Gallery. 46 Barre St., Montpelier.

Jan. 22–March 12: Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Community Art Exhibit.

prints, photographs, sculpture, fiber arts, and jewelry. Reception: Jan. 10 from 5–7 pm, with live piano music by Jim Thompson.

Jan. 9: Art Gallery Opening and Reception – Dianne Shullenberger and John Snell.

Mark Heitzman. An exhibit of 10 large-scale graphite or charcoal drawings of tools and other objects. On display at The Morse Block Deli, located 260 N. Main Street, Barre. For info:

Paintings in acrylic and watercolor by Marina Sprague of Chelsea Vermont. Opening Reception: Jan. 25, 6-8 pm.

Through Jan. 18: Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Faculty Art Exhibit.

Through March 1: Winter Juried Exhibit. 26 local Vermont artists. Work includes paintings,

Visual Arts

Through March 2: The Art of the Portrait, August Burns. The exhibition is a rare opportunity for the public to view paintings from this outstanding Vermont Artist. 5031 Main Street, Waitsfield. 496-6682

NVU-Lyndon, Quimby Barclay.Tucker@

Through Jan. 20: Show 29. The Front celebrates the opening of Show 29, featuring recent works by the gallery’s members. 6 Barre Street, Montpelier, 552-0877,

Jan. 21–March 28: Ryan Geary, Ascent (Part

Through March 2: Scrap Yard: Drawings by

Through June 1: Thomas Waterman Wood:

Through Feb. 28: Aspects of the Universe. 802-685-2188

Theme is “To B or Not to B,” and all artwork

Through Feb. 23: The Way We See It: Social [In]Justice. A group show highlighting the work of four artists that are responding to their own view of social injustice—be it racism, sexism, religious discrimination, or genocide. Reception: Jan. 18, 6–8 pm. Axel’s Gallery, Stowe St., Waterbury.

Through Feb. 15: “Something Dear”

the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro.

This fabric collage and photography show reflects John Snell and Dianne Shullenberger‘s fascination with rocks. They focus on patterns, details, textures and pay tribute to the adjoining vegetation in a rock’s environment. 6–8 pm. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier.

Through Feb. 1: Endangered Alphabets. Tim Brookes explores the elements of calligraphy, woodwork, linguistics, anthropology and human rights to address a question: what happens when a culture loses its alphabet? Artist Talk and Reception on Jan. 17, 4–6 pm. VT State House Cafeteria, Montpelier.

Photographer’s Workroom. The workroom is a study in project creation and portfolio development. Emphasis is on photography as process and practice, and using cameras as a way of seeing. Opening Reception: Jan. 10 from 5–7 pm with live piano music by Jim Thompson. T W Wood Gallery. 46 Barre St., Montpelier.

Jan. 25: Reception: The Paintings of Louis

Jan. 21–April 19: Thom Egan, On Making



The Master Copies. A selection of Wood’s master copies from the T.W. Wood Art Gallery collection. While Wood was in Europe he fell in love with the paintings of the European Masters, including Rembrandt and Turner. Following current fashion, Wood copied paintings to learn techniques from the masters. T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier. 262-6035.

One: Eulogy). A collection of 2D and 3D collages. Opening reception: Feb. 7, 5–7 pm. River Arts Center, Copley Common Room, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville.

must relate to the letter “b” in some way. NVU-Lyndon, Quimby Gallery, Lyndonville.

Through Jan. 31: Illuminate: The Winter Group Show. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, 86 Falls Rd., Shelburne. 985-3848.

Feb. 7, 5–7 pm. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville.


Trinity United Methodist Church Community

Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., Montpelier.

Green Mountain Club Slideshow: “Hiking off the Beaten Path: The Best Adventures You’ve Never Heard of in the Northern Rockies.”

A visual tour of lesser-known (and often endangered) landscapes by Zack Porter of the Northeast Wilderness Trust. 7 pm. T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. Free.


Dream to Reality…Start Your Business. What are the steps to starting a business? Is it for me? Can I start a business from my home or garage? Can I buy an existing business? Why do I need to write a business plan? What goes in it? How can I borrow money to get started? We’ll answer all your questions! 8:30–10 am. Capstone, 20 Gable Pl., Barre.

VCFA Visiting Writers Event: Author Ibi

Zoboi. Lecture. 10–11 am. Vermont College of Fine Arts, College Hall Chapel, College St.,


Cycles of Life. We invite you to join with us in this place of comfort where we can all come together to listen, talk and share about the things in life’s cycle we are all experiencing in our own way now for ourselves and the earth we live on. 11:45 am–1 pm. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rt. 2, East Montpelier. 223-3322

ArtSmart - What is Chamber Music? Bring a brown bag lunch and join Artistic Director Jia

Kim for a behind-the-scenes look at the classical music world and Chamber Music. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. Free for concert ticket holders; $10 for non- ticket holders. Reservations required: 760-4648


Barre Congregational Church Community Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.

Women’s Rally: Montpelier. Women’s March Vermont announces a Women’s Rally in Montpelier in coordination with sister marches and rallies in cities and communities across the globe. Featured speakers include Kiah Morris, Madeleine Kunin, Dr. Mariko Silver, Dayle Sargeant, Melody Walker Brook, Brenda Churchill, Krista Scruggs, Tabitha Pohl-Moore, Amanda Garces, Sarah Launderville, Caroline Whiddon, Freweyni Adugnia, Beverly Little Thunder and MacKenzie Murdoch along with a musical performance by Patti Casey. 10 am–noon. Vermont State House, 115 State St., Montpelier.

Singing Our Truths Series Begins. Six Week Poetry Writing Series “Singing Our Truths” is a free, six-week poetry-writing class available to anyone who has experienced sexual assault at any point in his or her life. During the six weeks of the class, participants will be guided by Vermont poet, book author, and professor, Marjorie Ryerson, to share their stories and write about their experiences. 12:30 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Register:


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Film Screening: “Farmer of the Year.” Join Craftsbury-based filmmakers Kathy Swanson and Vince O’Connell for a special screening of their independent film. 7 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $10.

Dinner and Slide Show on Birds. David Mears will present a slide show and share interesting facts about birds as well as the history of bird protections in the United States and Vermont. 7:30 pm. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. 7:30 pm. Vegetarian dinner at 6 pm for $20. Presentation is free. SaddleShoes2@


First Presbyterian Church Community Breakfast. 7:30–9 am. 78 Summer St., Barre.

Film Screening: “Farmer of the Year.” Join Craftsbury-based filmmakers Kathy Swanson and Vince O’Connell for a special screening of their independent film. 2 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $10.

Zumba-Like Fitness Dance. Every Sunday. Music by secular and Christian artists. 4–5 pm. East Montpelier Elementary School, 665 Vincent Flats, East Montpelier. Free for women 18 and older.

Kathy and Steven’s Long Walk on the Camino de Santiago. In the summer of 2018 Kathy and Steven Light (of the Fyre and Lightning Consort)

walked the entire Camino de Santiago, over 500 miles. They will show photos and videos, talk about their experiences and play medieval and traditional music from the Camino on their newly acquired Galician bagpipes and harp, lute, guitar, recorders, whistle, clarinet and more. 4 pm. Plainfield Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. By donation. 498-3173


Community Lunch at Unitarian Church

Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St., Montpelier.

Salvation Army Community Lunch.

Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.

Medicine Buddha Sadhana & Prostrations to

The Thirty Five Confession Buddhas. Medicine Buddha practice is particularly helpful for those who may be sick, injured, or suffering in any way, including beings in the animal realm. 5–7 pm. Milarepa Center, 1344 Rt. 5 South, Barnet.

Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes (for families).

Under a full moon and surrounded by sparkling

snow, let’s snowshoe by lunar light! These family-friendly programs will involve many fun nighttime activities for kids and parents alike. Programs led by NBNC’s teacher/naturalist staff. Snowshoes and hot chocolate provided. RSVP required. 7–8:30 pm. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier.

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Live Music


Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9212. Jan. 10: Old Time Music Session. 6 pm Jan. 12: Irish Session, 2 pm; Barry Bender

  • 6 pm.

Jan. 13: Southern Old Time Music Jam,

10 am Jan. 17: Italian Session, 6 pm Jan. 18: Dave Loughran, 6 pm

Jan. 19: Irish Session, 2 pm; Duo d’ Accord,

  • 6 pm Jan. 20: Eric Friedman Folk Ballads, 11 am

Jan. 24: Red Clay - Montpelier HS Jazz Band, 6 pm Jan. 25: Latin Dance Party, 7 pm

Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. Every Tues.: Karaoke, 7:30 pm Jan. 11: John Smyth (acoustic) 6 pm; Carter Glass (rock) 9 pm Jan. 12: Bloodshot Bill w/ Special Guest (rockabilly) 9 pm Jan. 14: Sex Trivia (quiz) 8:30 pm Jan. 18: Z- Jaz (jazz) 6 pm; Muddy Ruckus (blues rock) 9 pm Jan. 21: Music Trivia (quiz) 8:30 pm

Jan. 24: Spice On Snow Fest w/ Chaque Fois & The Rear Defrosters (Cajun/honky tonk)

  • 9 pm

Jan. 25: NOS4A2 (classic metal tribute)

  • 9 pm

Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. 479-0896. Jan. 12: Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke), 7:30 pm, $5

Jan. 25: Umlaut (rock n’ polk) 7:30 pm

Whammy Bar. 31 W. County Rd., Calais.

Every Thurs.: Open Mic, 7 pm Jan. 11: D. Davis, Liz Beatty, Seamus Hannan, 7:30 pm

Jan. 12: Myra Flynn/ Paul Boffa, 7:30 pm Jan. 18: Red Hot Juba, 7:30 pm Jan. 19: Lewis Franco and the Brown Eyed Girls, 7:30 pm Jan. 24: Willa Mamet and Paul Miller, 7 pm Jan. 25: Sky Blue Boys (Dan and Willy Lindner) 7:30 pm


Jan. 11–13: Scrag Mountain Music Presents Joy, Pleasure, and Sweet Nourishment:

A Concert of Early Music Concerts. A performance of works by Jean-Baptiste Barrière, John Dowland, John Eccles, George Frideric Handel, Guillaume de Machaut, Henry Purcell, and a piece that invokes the

spirit of early music by the young New York City-based Canadian composer Matthew

Ricketts. All shows 7:30 pm. Donations welcome.

Jan. 11: Bread & Butter Farm, 200 Leduc Rd., Shelburne. Jan. 12: Christ Church, 64 State St., Montpelier. Jan, 13: Warren United Church, 339 Main St. Warren.

Jan. 11: Rock City! Concert. Rock & Soul chorus with 50 singers and one rocking band. This season, the group will present an evening of songs from the sixties through the aughts, in four-part harmony, with a great band. 7:30 pm. Barre Elks Lodge, 10 Jefferson St., Barre. $10 benefits the Turning Point Center of Central Vermont.

Jan. 12: Kind Bud. 1–5 pm. Stowe Mountain Rd., Stowe. Free.

Jan. 12: Susan Gaeta Concert. The evening of Sephardic music will also include Havdalah blessings, Q&A, and reception. 6:30–8:30 pm. Beth Jacob Synagogue 10 Harrison Ave., Montpelier. Adults $18; ages under 18 $6.

Jan. 12: JAZZ: with Ira Friedman & Rich Davidian. Ira Friedman & Rich Davidian, keyboard and sax, with guest vocalist Allison Mann. Live, acoustic, intimate setting. 7 pm. 18 Langdon St., 2nd floor, Montpelier. $15. Reservations:

Jan. 12: Lankum. Irish breakour band is a four-piece traditional folk group who combine distinctive four-part vocal harmonies with arrangements of uilleann pipes, concertina, Russian accordion, fiddle and guitar. 7:30 pm. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $26.

Jan. 17: Cal Stanton. Renditions of lesser known songs and original compositions. Contemporary blues/folk. 6–8 pm. Café at Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro.

Jan. 19: Spruce Peak Chamber Music Society

Presents Rhapsody in Stowe. Audience and ensemble will be seated on stage for a more intimate evening. Program will include selections from: Gershwin “Rhapsody in Blue,” Mozart “Kegelstatt” Trio in E-flat Major, and more. 7 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $35.

Jan. 19: Contra Dance. Dance to the music of Dave Landford and Collin McCaffrey with Adina Gordan calling. Everyone welcome! No experience and no partner needed. Intro session at 7:40 p.m. Please bring clean, soft- soled shoes. 8–11 pm. Capital City Grange Hall, 6612 Rt. 12, Berlin. Adults $10; kids and low income $5; dance supporters $15.

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Barre Congregational Church Community Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.


The Christ Church Community Lunch.

11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier.

Salvation Army Community Lunch.

Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.

Investigative Reporting in a Fishbowl.

VTDigger Editor Anne Galloway will describe how interacting with sources and protecting whistleblowers can be challenges to investigative reporting in Vermont. An Osher Lifelong Learning Program. 1:30 pm. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free for OLLI members; $5 suggested donation for


MFA in Creative Writing Information Session

at Goddard College. If you would like to learn more or have questions about our MFA in Creative Writing Program, please join us for an informational session with Program Director, Elena Georgiou. This session will be conducted using the Zoom videoconferencing platform, but you can also call in with a phone. 5:30 pm. RSVP:

Waterbury Historical Society Meeting. Chuck Magnus will tell us the history of the Caboose on Perry Hill and show a video “Backyard Goldmine.” 6 pm. Waterbury Municipal Building, Steele Community Room, Main St., Waterbury.

Mid-Week Movie: “The Shape of Water.”

6–8 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation.

Indie Lens Pop-Up Film and Discussion:

“RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the

World.” This film brings to light a profound and missing chapter in the history of American music:

the Indigenous influence. Abenaki musician Bryan Blanchette will speak following the film. 7 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.


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New Vermonters Friendship Group. Are you new to this country? Welcome to Vermont! Come meet for some casual conversation and refreshments. People from the Central Vermont Refugee Action Network and Central Vermont Adult Basic Education will join us to talk about the services they offer. 10–11:30 am. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.

Trinity United Methodist Church Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., Montpelier.

Naturalist Journeys Presentation Series: Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard and Beyond.

Russ Cohen, expert forager and author of “Wild Plants I Have Known … and Eaten” will explore

native edible plants suitable for landscaping or wild nibbling. Homemade samples will be shared. 7–8:30 pm. North Branch Nature Center, Elm St., Montpelier.


Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Jan. 25–Feb. 3. A 10-day festival featuring indoor and outdoor venues, traditional and not-so-traditional events. Various location in Waterbury.

Keeping the Books & Tax Planning For Small Businesses. Denice Gagne will talk about the tax law to make sure you pay only the tax you owe and no more. She will point out often overlooked tax deductions that you may be able to take. 9–10 am. Capstone, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Register: 477-5214

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