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J anuary 23 – F ebruary 6 2019

Health and Wellness

IN THIS ISSUE: Concierge Health Care Comes to Central Vermont

Pg. 8 Pickleball Craze by Tom Brown

Pg. 10 WWII Veteran J eff Lourie juggled more than 1,000 patients when he worked
for Gifford Health Care at its Berlin facility, which limited
the amount of time he could spend with each person. The
• Direct primary care membership, in which the patient pays
about $800 a year ($76 a month) for unlimited office visits
without involving insurance. A five percent discount is offered
Recieves Highest Honor family nurse practitioner found it difficult to establish personal for full-year prepayments;
relationships and provide consistent outcomes for patients amid • Concierge primary care membership, in which patients with
Pg. 17 Active Seniors Flock the hurried environment of a large group practice, which has health insurance pay about $300 a year ($25 a month) for the
become the standard in today’s consolidated healthcare system. same service but are subject to the co-pays (up to the deductible
to Excercise Classes Now he serves about 100 patients at his North Branch Health limit) of their plan. North Branch bills insurance for concierge
practice in the former First in Fitness building in Montpelier members, not including co-pays. Blue Cross and Blue Shield and
under a new model of direct primary care that is spreading Cigna are accepted, MVP is not;
U.S. Postage PAID

Permit NO. 123

Montpelier, VT

around the country. By eventually capping his practice at


• Traditional Medicaid, which works the same as with any


about 300 patients, Lourie hopes to build the kind of personal primary care provider. He does not accept Medicare patients.
relationships that are reminiscent of Vermont’s old country
doctor by spending more time with them during office visits The concept is not for everyone, Lourie admits, but for a certain
and earning trust. segment of the population it is a good fit, and he stresses that
everyone should have health insurance for major healthcare
Under direct primary care (DPC), patients pay a flat fee for needs.
access to a provider, which advocates for the model say enhances
patient experience, improves health outcomes, and adds a level What membership in North Branch Health offers is access to
of cost transparency compared with conventional primary care. prompt, no-rush appointments (always within 48 hours and
Under direct primary care, insurance companies are not billed, usually less), more time spent with the practitioner, telemedicine
and patients instead pay a monthly fee for unlimited office visits consults, and even house calls if necessary. Lourie allots one
and consultations. Many consumers are finding DPC a useful hour for each office visit, and it is that extra time spent with
alternative to conventional pay-per-visit primary care. the patient that builds a rapport that can lead to better health
outcomes. During a visit, Lourie takes the patient’s vital signs
“I think everybody is starting to appreciate that the system is himself (he has no nurse) and does so slowly once the person is
broken, and not just a little bit broken, but broken on every relaxed and the conversation is underway.
level," he said. “Why not go back to the old model of you
having a relationship with somebody and kind of have them on “Most of the visit is usually spent talking,” he said. “I firmly
Montpelier, VT 05601

retainer.” believe that most things that are going on you can get a pretty
good idea about what it is by asking the right questions, so if you
Lourie, who opened his office on Blanchard Court in September,
P.O. Box 1143

have time to sit and talk with people the right questions seem to
offers three types of service: present themselves.”
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New Commercial Building On Barre-Montpelier Road The plan calls for about 35 stalls on State Street. Eighteen of them would be back to
Last fall, Connor Contracting of Montpelier tore down the old John Deere store on back on the street at the Main Street end of State Street. Another 15 or so would be
property it owns on the Barre-Montpelier Road. It has now erected a new 10,000-square- lined up in a single row on the street’s north side, starting in front of Alla Vita and
foot building that should be completed this spring, according to Fred Connor of Con- facing the street. The rest would be on the Heney lot. Work on a new stretch of the
nor Contracting. recreation path has closed the bottom portion of the Heney lot, making it impossible to
fit all vendors onto the lot, according to a memo from City Manager Bill Fraser’s office.
Conner said his firm has received permits to have medical offices and business services
in the new building and has also applied for a permit for retail sales and services. He Two years ago, the farmers market tried moving to State Street on three pilot weekends.
said he is in touch with potential tenants but can’t discuss their plans. The city said the experiment was a success in many ways, but some State Street busi-
nesses felt the layout used at that time reduced their sales. More recently, the farmers
Last year Connor Contracting completed construction of a new 15,500-square-foot of- market members have worked with business groups, business owners, and the city to
fice building on land it owns behind the old armory off of Route 2 beyond the rounda- come up with the latest proposed layout, which they hope will not negatively affect
bout. Some space is still available, he said. businesses.
New Farmers Market Layout Proposed The city council was being asked to approve the closure of a portion of State Street
Representatives of the Capital City Farmers Market and the Montpelier Business As- during certain hours on Saturdays from May to October, when the outdoor farmers
sociation were scheduled to appear before the city council Jan. 24 to outline a new market is in operation. The city’s Public Works, Police, and Fire departments have no
proposed layout of farmers market stalls that will use both State Street between Main objections to the plan, the memo stated.
and Elm Streets and a portion of the Heney lot, where the market has traditionally been Adamant Co-op Embraces Hygge
located in warm weather.
Hygge is a Scandinavian quality of coziness and comfortable conviviality that engen-
ders a feeling of contentment or well-being. The Adamant Co-op is embracing the
spirit of hygge with a series of events called “Tuesday Afternoons at the Co-op.” On
January 29, enjoy Swedish waltzes, polkas, hambos, and more, and on February 5, have
tea service with a buffet of goodies, piping hot tea, and the best conversation this side
of Copenhagen.
Vermont filmmakers bring independent feature film to the Capitol Showplace 5
When Vince O’Connell and Kathy Swanson retired, they moved to Craftsbury Com-
mon so they could cross country ski from November through April. Then, one long,
cold night while watching a bad movie, they started thinking they should apply to
some film schools. Nine years later, they are filling theaters and winning awards at film

Fundraising Campaign
festivals with their first feature, Farmer of the Year.
The film is being screened in theaters from Washington state to Vermont, where it will
play at the Capitol Showplace 5 Theatre, January 25–31. Q&As will follow the 5:50
pm screening January 25 and the 6:30 pm screening January 31. “We are really excited
to screen the film and do Q&As at the Capitol,” says O’Connell. “It’s a good story,
lots of layers. Plus, with Vermont's agricultural economy, it genuinely resonates with
Five months into our $50,000 Bridge to the Future campaign, we are

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late winter sun hitting the crab apple tree, a f lock of Pine Grosbeaks
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New Approach to Primary Health Care Continued from Page 1

As a Family Nurse Practitioner (FPN), Lourie can office visits, a person could get a full year of unlimited
prescribe any medications the patient might need and There were about 770 direct primary care practices office visits at North Branch. Remember that virtually
refer them to specialists just as any other primary care in the U.S. as of February 2018, and there are three all insurance plans offered on the Vermont Health
practitioner would. He can also perform routine in- currently open in Vermont. Criticism of the concept Connect exchange carry deductibles that must be paid
office tests, such as for strep throat, but there is an centers on cost and whether the practice caters to the out-of-pocket before the plan pays any costs, and on top
additional charge for those tests, a cost he says that rich. In some areas of the country in which direct of that are the monthly premiums.
is usually lower than that charged by other primary primary can cost $20,000 a year or more that might “I think this is the best model for primary care, but that
care providers. The only thing he can’t do, he says, is be true. said it’s not appropriate for every patient,” said Lourie,
prescribe diabetic shoes and admit patients to hospice who supports a single payer healthcare model. “If people
care (both for regulatory reasons). Lourie, who has nine years’ experience as a FPN, says
the patients he sees are generally between the ages of have a lot of medical needs it’s not probably the right
20 and 50 and in relatively good health with high thing for them. But for the average person, most people
insurance deductibles of about $2,000 a year. People don’t need an entire army taking care of them, they just
with complex and chronic medical conditions might not need somebody to listen and somebody to kind of guide
be the best match. them.”
Lourie offers a free consultation to explain the practice
But for those with high-deductible plans, Lourie says to new patients. To contact the office, call
a direct primary care membership could save money. (802) 760-6288.
For example, he suggests that an average visit to the
emergency room costs $1,200 to $1,500 and the average In light of the government shutdown, Lourie is offering
primary care visit costs $125 to $150. That means for to defer billing for federal employees until the dispute
about 75 percent of a single ER visit or six conventional is resolved

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This February 13, spend the evening with Bridge staff, tos of the event in the following issue!
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VCFA President Talks about his New Novel, The Perfect Liar
Compiled by Mike Dunphy

T h e Perfect Liar is the sixth book by Thomas

Christopher Greene, president of the Vermont
College of Fine Arts, and is now on sale at your
local independent bookstore. Here, Tom Greene speaks
about the psychological thriller set in Burlington and
How do you compare the original concept of
the book and the final product. Is there a major
Greene: I generally try to know the climax of the
what Vermont is when you’re actually here. Vermont
is my home, and I love it more anything else, but it’s
far more romantic from a distance. This is a novel that
begins with a couple who’s moved from New York City
to Vermont, in this case Burlington, and everything is
New York City, his approach to writing, and how he book before I start to write because that’s like a distant perfect. They’re here in summer. There are romantic
responds to feedback. forest you’re writing toward. In this case, that mostly notions about what it’s like to be in Vermont, and then
held true, but it ended up having a couple different things slowly start happening where the onion gets
The Bridge: Do you have a three-sentences-or-less climaxes, and there were a few surprises, and characters peeled away, and it’s not quite what it seems. So in that
elevator pitch to describe this book? that came in that I hadn’t imagined. Ultimately, once way it functions as a plot device.
Tom Greene: This is a book about what happens if the Although it’s a fictional book, how much nonfiction
person you’re married to is not who you think they are. is in there?
Can you talk about the inception of the book and Greene: Well, I haven't killed anybody (laughs). There’s
how long it took to write? a part of this book that is kind of a tongue-in-cheek
critique of the art world, particularly the New York
Greene: The interesting thing about this book is that art world, which Max the main character comes out
I’ve long had this idea of somebody leaving notes on of. That’s a world I’ve gotten to witness firsthand, and
somebody’s door, going back to college. And of course some scenes I’ve lifted from my own experience. The
back then that was sort of appropriate technology. Now characters are not based on individual people, ever,
if you’re going to threaten somebody, you probably but sometimes they’re composites of people I know, or
would do it digitally. And I kind of love that about different women I’ve been in love with, but it’s never
this book, that the plot turns on the idea of mysterious exactly a particular person.
notes on the front door. So I’ve had that idea forever.
How would you describe your voice and style of
And how did it turn into a fully fledged novel? writing?
Greene: I was at a lunch with my publisher, my editor, Greene: I think the issue of voice is is a funny one in
and some marketing people from the publishing house literature because part of it is just a development of
in New York City around three years ago, and they both style, time, and certainly influences. I try to write
asked me if I had any ideas for another book. I pitched sort of rhythmic, musical prose, and I’m conscious
them on this idea of this couple who are recently of how words sound in the ear, so I think of that.
married and someone starts leaving threatening notes Images courtesy of St. Martin’s Press But I also do not want language to get in the way of
on their door, and that’s basically all I knew. They images. In other words, when someone is reading, they
loved it and gave me a book contract based on that should see pictures in their mind, and they should be
conversation. I’ve never sold a book that way before. visualizing what’s happening. You want them to forget
So that came with a particular challenge, because now you develop your characters—and I always hate when the experience of reading and move into what John
I had a contract and a book they wanted within a year, other people say this, but it’s true—they will begin to Gardner called “the fictional dream.” You’re not doing
and it actually took me about two and a half years. teach you where the book should go. your job if you pull them out of that, so that’s always
They were kind about it, but there was a period of time been the thing that guides me as a writer.
when my editor would write me and say, “Are you ready It also seems that Vermont is a character in the
to show me some pages,” and I’d say, “Not yet. But it’s book. Other than the fact that you live here, why
really coming along; it’s just fabulous,” and I hadn’t choose Vermont? continues on page 11
actually written a thing.
Greene: There’s a romantic ideal of Vermont,
particularly in New York City, and that isn’t quite
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A Message From City Hall

This page was paid for by the City of Montpelier.

Parking Garage and Hotel Updates

by William Fraser, City Manager

he recent snow and frigid cold have 1. “That, for the benefit of downtown bond, is completed by an independent
certainly caused a lot of attention. merchants and other businesses, there is a accountant who has experience in parking
DPW crews have been working around written commitment to provide sufficient garage operations.” The city’s detailed
the clock, and many residents have sore backs remote parking spaces and transportation public pro forma financial projection was
from shoveling and snow removal. I’ll remind services to the downtown during the prepared by White & Burke, an independent
people to pay attention to winter parking bans construction phase.” The City is in active development consulting firm who specializes
through VT-Alerts or the city’s Facebook discussions with private landowners for in financial analysis. W & B worked in
page, Front Porch Forum or calling the winter possible additional interim parking. Thus consultation with Desman, a parking garage
parking line at (802) 262-6200. far there has been no agreement reached. specialist, to create the information.
The first shuttle route we proposed would with other buildings in its area. (see image
Budget: The second Bridge issue of Feb. Misconceptions: Discussions of the project in with garage behind Christ Church, other
will contain a full budget summary. The have cost $300,000 so we are seeking other the public realm indicate some misconceptions
options. We welcome any suggestions for images on city’s website)
City Council is completing their budget being communicated.
discussion this Thursday, the 24th. As of their locations and services. At risk: Any appeal creates a risk of a project
• The garage does NOT block access to the continuing. This can be through an overturned
last meeting, the city portion of the budget 2. “That it is clearly shown that there will be new One Taylor Street bike path. As the
represents a property tax increase of 3.4% or safe continuous public sidewalks and bike decision, an unacceptable delay for developers,
path is being constructed now, there is no or costs rising so that a project is no longer
3.7 cents. lanes along the road leading to and from the connection to the path from State Street.
entrance of the garage from State Street.” financially feasible. Should this occur with
Parking Garage/Hotel: This major The garage will create two new connections. the parking garage, there will be certain local
development project has been the source of The approved site plan includes a sidewalk
which has been reviewed by the Police • These projects do NOT place the Taylor consequences as a result.
much discussion. Voters passed a $10.5 million Street Bridge at risk of replacement. All
dollar bond in November for the construction Department, Fire Department, and Public • No hotel. The hotel needs the parking garage
Works Department for functionality, safety, traffic analysis has been done using the to proceed.
of a public parking garage. The garage will current bridge dimensions. In 2004, the
serve the general public as well as making a and consistency with regulations. There is no • No additional public parking.
requirement or existing plan for bike lanes in City committed to maintaining the historic
neighboring private Hampton Inn hotel to be bridge. • No water quality improvement. The project
constructed by the Capitol Plaza possible. this location with or without this project.
There are, however, two connections to the • The projects do NOT denigrate water results in much cleaner storm water discharge
Project Status – Both the hotel and garage new bike path which will be created by this quality. Project treatment systems improve than currently exists.
received local Development Review Board project which will not otherwise exist. the existing untreated and open asphalt • No soils remediation. The project creates
permits. A group of 18 individuals appealed parking lot discharge. the opportunity to improve and manage
the DRB permits to the Environmental Court. 3. “That the comprehensive traffic study
required by the Development Review • The garage is NOT solely for the hotel. contaminated soils in downtown.
The city has not yet seen their stated concerns,
objections, or legal issues. Although the hotel Board in its December 13, 2018 decision It will create new long and short term • No State Street connection to bike path.
permit was not appealed, the impact is the is completed immediately, not one year public parking. The garage and hotel Without the garage, the new bike path
same on both projects. later.” Three separate analyses of traffic make each other financially viable and are will have a large retaining wall facing State
in this location considering the hotel, the each economic development initiatives for Street. It will only be accessible from Main
An Act 250 hearing on both projects was held garage and the One Taylor project have been downtown. or Taylor. The garage makes two new
on January 16. The District Commission completed. All have concluded that there connections. These connections are not full
will issue a recess order detailing remaining • The garage does NOT promote car use.
will be no significant traffic impacts. The bike paths but allow access onto the path.
information needed. Parties will have 30 It manages vehicles once they are in the
city commissioned additional work beyond
days to respond and then another 15 days to city. People commuting from nearby • Smaller Confluence Park. Six parking spaces
that which is required by Vtrans and others.
comment on any provided information. The communities or visiting from out of state still from One Taylor were re-allocated to enlarge
The point of the DRB decision is to study
Commission will then determine whether need to park cars. Montpelier has invested the confluence park. This was done in
traffic a year after the projects are completed
another hearing is necessary. Once evidence is heavily in transit and bicycling alternatives. anticipation of a parking structure.
to determine whether projections were
closed, the Commission has 15 days to make The garage’s proximity to the Transit Center • Reduced options for discussion of green
correct and, if not, what mitigation might
a decision. All Act 250 documents related to will allow more locals to easily travel by bus space near Shaw’s. This area was initially
be needed.
these projects can be viewed at https://anrweb. to distant locations and more visitors to take designated for development and parking. 4. “That soil remediation on the site is the bus to stay at the hotel. If a hotel locates
completed and the findings and cost of this The creation of a parking structure opened
aspx?Num=5W1591 in Berlin, people will drive cars there and up conversations about expanding green
work be made public.” The CAP is discussed then into our downtown.
The city and hotel are actively working with above. All work and costs are public record. space in this area.
Department of Environmental Conservation • The garage does NOT block access to the • Reduced options for implementing the
on soils testing, remediation and a corrective 5. “That the bid process is completed with the river. The new bike path is being constructed
costs of the successful bid being within the Montpelier in Motion plan. Planning
action plan (CAP). Once drafted the CAP along the river’s edge. The potential new efforts to create safe biking lanes throughout
will be on public notice for 30 days. The bond limits.” The City can’t proceed without Confluence Park will accent the river and
adequate funding. downtown call for removal of many parking
final version will be a condition of an Act 250 will be accessible from State Street using the spaces in order to enlarge travel surfaces.
approval. Funds for environmental work are 6. “That all State and municipal permits and new connections created by the garage. This may only be feasible if additional
included in the construction budget. sub-permits, including water quality permits • The city is NOT trying to avoid Act 250 parking in the garage were available.
The city and Capitol Plaza are prepared to if required, have been issued and any appeals review. Act 250 has an expedited review
resolved.” The City can’t proceed without • Less public art. The garage plans call for
proceed with construction upon receipt of all process – section 6068 (b) – for officially very large art installations on the river side
permits. That is currently estimated for April. permits in hand. designated downtowns like Montpelier. The of the structure. These will be highly visible
Appeals may create delay, uncertainty, and 7. “That a public report projecting operating city filed its application through this process. from entryways into the city. The current
additional costs. costs and revenues over the expected life • The parking garage does NOT tower over view of the backs of buildings and open
Petition: A petition is circulating for the of the garage, including pay down of the State Street. Its height and dimensions fit in parking lots will remain.
Annual Meeting vote, which calls for the Obviously these are projects which have
City Council to “withhold spending of the generated strong feelings. People certainly
$10.5 Million as authorized in Article 1 of have good reasons to support or oppose these
the November 6, 2018 Ballot” until certain buildings. It’s important to consider all
conditions are met. The City considers this a information and accurate information when
non-binding advisory item because it is past reaching a conclusion. I am certainly happy
the legal deadline for reconsideration of the to discuss this with anyone who is interested.
November bond vote, it seeks to create after
the fact conditions on a bond authorization Budget and parking garage/hotel project
and the conditions suggested are the purview documents are posted on the city’s website
of the Council/Manager and beyond the scope As always, thank you
of town meeting authority. for reading this article and for your interest in
Montpelier city government. Please contact me
Notwithstanding the non-binding nature of at or 802-223-9502
the petition, the issues raised are all being with any questions, comments or concerns.
addressed by the city.
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Digging Out—Clearing Snow in Montpelier by J. Gregory Gerdel

The ban includes all city streets, even when the actual snowbank removal is confined
to just some of the streets. For the DPW, the challenge is trying to balance the snow
removal operations and the impact on the driving public—and the contracted towing
companies. An early winter snow plowing operation encountered 40 cars left on the
streets, making a logistical nightmare for the overburdened towing companies. “We
don’t want to tow,” McArdle explained. “Nor do we want to risk hitting parked cars
when plowing.” The city is giving some thought to increasing the cost of parking
tickets during a ban, which has remained $15 for many years.
Where the Snow Goes
Protecting water quality in rivers and streams has brought significant changes in
snow dumping strategies for communities throughout New England. In Montpelier,
most of the snow dumping is now at the Stump Dump, despite the fact that going
out Elm Street is a lengthy haul. Secondary sites are the old Grossman’s lot near
the Route 2/302 roundabout and beneath the I-89 overpass across from the Green
Mount Cemetery on the west side of town.
To capture pollutants that are in snow piles, in the fall DPW laid down a specialized
Photo by J. Gregory Gerdel fabric in the dumping areas; DuraWattle has an imbedded filter curtain that contains
the contaminants. “Snowbanks look really dirty,” McArdle said, “but the actual
quantity of solid material isn’t that great once the snow and ice melt.”
S now removal crews from Montpelier’s Department of Public Works (DPW)
managed to clear many of the accumulated snowbanks before the arrival of back-
to-back storms this week.
The Future
Long term, DPW is looking into melting systems, but those are very expensive.
Frequent, light snowfalls started early this winter, and while the one- to two-inch Called Snow Dragons, these machines are essentially a hot box for melting snow. The
accumulations from these Alberta Clippers keep things pretty, they’re much more use of sand has been greatly reduced in recent years and alternative compounds for
expensive from the street maintenance perspective than an occasional big storm. melting snow and ice have been incorporated into the cleanup effort.
Public Works Director Thomas McArdle explained that, while the snowfall this
winter might be “normal,” having it fall in small amounts requires more frequent
deployment of street and sidewalk plows—and more overtime for employees.
Of the overall $2.28 million in the DPW budget, approximately $948,000, or 44
percent, goes to winter maintenance, including equipment, materials (salt, sand, and
cold mix for filling potholes), labor, and overtime.
Snowbank removal in the downtown area is the priority for winter maintenance.
To avoid conflict with business activity, it is done overnight with the parking ban
in effect. A second round of snowbank removal came in mid-January this winter,
followed by a gradual branching out into the quieter streets in the residential
“Unlike downtown, we’re able to temporarily close the less-traveled streets and clear
the snowbanks during the daytime,” McArdle said. Those operations typically
involve a combination of city equipment and additional rented equipment. “We’ve
even managed to do the northern section of Elm Street during the daytime,” he
Heeding Parking Bans
Through mid-January this winter, the parking ban has been called four times for
snow plowing during storms and twice for overnight snow-removal operations.
Overall, the three-year-old program of announced parking ban alerts is going
well, but it is burdensome for crews when people don’t comply, McArdle noted.
“Sometimes we do have good compliance, but we’re not able to clean back to the
curbs if cars remain on the street. In that way, it was easier to clean up when the
season-long ban was in place.”
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Pickleball Craze Tickles Montpelier

By Phil Dodd

The tick-tock sound of a plastic ball even more crowded, and they would
being hit back and forth across a net with like to see more courts or court-time
a wooden or graphite racket is becoming made available. White said that the
ever more common in Montpelier, city is considering the possibility of
where scores of area residents—young adding pickleball markings to more
and old—are keeping active by playing of Montpelier’s tennis courts next
pickleball on two indoor courts at the summer, but said that no decision has
Montpelier Recreation Center. been made.
“It keeps growing and growing and Meanwhile, during this cold winter,
growing,” said Recreation Department local players who love the exercise and
program director Eric White of the socializing involved in pickleball are
game with a funny name. “We’re kind scrambling to find indoor court time.
of running out of space.”
Pickleball—invented in Washington
State in the 1960s and played on a
badminton-sized court with a lower
net—is now offered five days a week
at the Rec Center in three different Nationally, pickleball has been gaining West Danville. Closer to home, First in
groupings based on skill level. In warmer more and more fans over the past decade Fitness in Berlin is considering adding
weather, players can also schedule their or so. White said the Rec Center first some pickleball hours this winter.
owns games at two tennis courts at the offered the game about three years ago
Rec Field and two at the high school White noted that the Rec Center courts
and added more indoor times and the are open to anyone, but the players have
that have been striped for pickle ball outdoor courts as the game’s popularity
use as well as tennis. taken to using a website—playerlineup.
mushroomed locally. com—to let people reserve spots to
Bill Perreault of Montpelier is one of the To play at the Rec Center, Montpelier play. Over 160 people are currently
enthusiasts regularly playing pickleball, residents can pay $2 a visit or buy a 22- signed up on the site for Montpelier
usually three times a week for a total game punch card for $30, which works pickleball.
of six hours. “I started playing two out to $1.36 a visit. Nonresidents pay
years ago last February,” he said. “It Perreault said that advance reservations
$3 a visit or $45 for a punch card. The for each session often reach the typical
was the right thing for me. I like that Rec Center supplies some basic rackets
it is regular and scheduled. The social 16-player maximum, or come close to
for beginners, but most people buy it, which means half of the group will
aspect is good. And the people are not their own rackets, which Perreault said
too serious. It is just plain fun.” be playing doubles while the others
range in price from $40 to $120. wait their turn. “The growth in the
Pickleball involves less running than Some come from as far away as Hardwick number of players in the last two years
tennis because the court is smaller, to play in Montpelier, according to has been amazing,” he said. He and
most people play doubles, and the Perreault, but players here also seek some other players now rent space in
perforated ball, similar to a Wiffle out playing time at other venues such the Rec Center on weekends in order to
Ball, won’t carry speed as far. Those as the Barre Town Elementary School get their fix of pickleball.
who have played some kind of racket on weekends, the Edge fitness club in
sport before, be it tennis, racquetball, The sport’s popularity means that
Essex, and in summer, outdoor courts local pickleball players are worried
badminton, or ping-pong, can usually in Waterbury and at Joe’s Pond in
pick up the sport fairly quickly. the Rec Center courts could become
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East Meets West at River Confluence Park By Carl Etnier

public-nonprofit partnership The park—or parks—are just part of a
is moving forward with plans suite of projects VRC is promoting for
for a new park in the center of the confluence. Other projects include
Montpelier, at the confluence of the removing nearby dams on the Winooski
North Branch and the Winooski River. and North Branch to make paddling easier
On the west side of the North Branch, and removing a combined sewer overflow
the land is secured for the park, and discharge designed to periodically dump
the discussion is about overall design. raw sewage into the Winooski River there.
On the other side, soon to be connected Meanwhile, there are a lot of other
by a bicycle and pedestrian bridge, park opportunities to get down to the river,
advocates are also eyeing a “Confluence Montpelier resident Bob Heinz pointed
Park East” on riverfront land owned by out at the January 9 city council meeting.
the city. But they’re not the only ones “There’s a great river access right behind
drawing up plans for that plot. Montpelier High School that no one
The Vermont River Conservancy (VRC) really knows about,” he said. “Right below
Image by Regina Mahoney, Milone & MacBroom
approached the city in 2018, offering the dam on Pioneer Street, people come
to use grant funding to study how to She said she’d recently seen a river otter path and bridge. While City Manager down and sunbathe.” Heinz urged the
improve riverfront access and, specifically, when she went down to the confluence. Bill Fraser has put together a group to city to consider the park as part of a
suggestions for the city-designated She’s also seen a heron, and traffic sounds consider various uses for that property, comprehensive plan for the river.
Confluence Park to be built adjacent are hard to hear there. “It feels like a whole VRC is already hopefully referring to it as
to the transit center that is now under other world.” That's why, she said, VRC “Confluence Park East.” The VRC has a 17-member advisory
construction at 1 Taylor Street. wants people “to be able to experience Milone & MacBroom puts the total cost committee for the park comprising
that right by the river shore, rather than for any of the three designs on the west representatives of the city, the state,
Richarda Ericson, communications looking at it from up above.”
manager of the VRC, told people at a side of the river between $500,000 and nonprofits, and businesses. Ericson says
meeting about the project in December Milone & MacBroom, a consulting firm, $1 million. At its January 9 meeting, they are working with the group to put
that VRC staff thought they’d just come has drawn up conceptual designs for what the city council authorized the VRC, the together the next steps. No further public
up with the idea of a confluence park, but the VRC is now calling “Confluence city parks department, and other relevant presentations have yet been scheduled.
they were just the latest to think along Park West.” All three alternatives provide actors to continue a public process of
these lines. “For about 25 years,” she said, access to the river and a boat launch. One planning and budgeting for the park.
“we’ve been talking about a confluence design features a performance pavilion
river park in Montpelier at this very spot.” and a lawn for events. Another is centered
on a circular plaza with plantings in the
Now, a host of projects are being built or middle. The third breaks the space up
planned for the area—the transit center, into smaller parklets.
the bike path bridge, a parking garage,
and a new hotel. As part of the flurry of Roy Schiff, a water resource scientist
activity, the city council endorsed creating and engineer at Milone & MacBroom,
a confluence park as part of the transit as well as a member of the Montpelier
center lot, with six planned parking spaces Conservation Commission, told the
designated to instead become part of December gathering, “My vision is that
the future park. About a quarter-acre of you see the church [Christ Church] in the
land at the west side of the confluence is background where everybody hangs out
designated for the park. at lunch on a great day. Maybe this river
park becomes a spot where people can sit
In central Montpelier, the two rivers are and enjoy. This is a spot where there could
often well hidden below steep banks at be concerts, art showings, a lot of really
the edges of parking lots and storage neat opportunities.”
areas. But in areas on which humans have
turned their backs, other animals thrive. The city owns the Mowatt lot on the east
Ericson told the meeting attendees in side of the North Branch. It purchased
December, “It’s a pretty incredible spot.” the lot to make room for the bike

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WWII Vet Receives Highest Honor in Surprise Ceremony

By Cat Cutillo

lbert Besser of Morrisville walked Photo by Cat Cutillo of his college textbook. He also had a
into Montpelier City Hall on personal mission he wanted to complete.
January 7 expecting to attend For years, he’d been carrying in his
an event for World War II veterans, not wallet the names of some missing family
realizing he was about to be the guest members related to a friend of his mother.
of honor in a sophisticated ambush. To “She said if he ever gets to China please
Besser’s surprise, U.S. Rep. Peter Welch have him look up my family. I haven’t
presented the 94-year-old with the heard from them since 1938,” says Besser.
Congressional Gold Medal for his service
in the Office of Strategic Services, or OSS, Besser made it his mission to find a jeep
the forerunner of the CIA. and drive it to the Hongkou district.
The former spy was outwitted by none “You would have thought I was General
other than his wife, Dr. Gretchen Rous MacArthur the way everybody came out
Besser, who had secretly invited the and hurrahed,” says Besser. Amazingly, he
50 attendees and been working on the located the family. The husband had died
clandestine operation for six months with just two days earlier, but the mother and
the help of Welch’s office. two daughters were in good health. Besser
gave them the rest of his K-rations and got
“I saw a few people from Stowe and I word back to his hometown in New Jersey
thought, ‘Gee, I didn’t realize there were “I tried like the devil to get out of the “He asked, ‘Would you volunteer for that he’d found them.
so many World War II veterans from engineering program for which I had no hazardous duty?’ and I said ‘Sure,’” says
Stowe,’ and then suddenly it dawned on aptitude or desire,” says Besser. Besser who is still in awe of his teenage It was during his time overseas that
me,” says Besser. “I was stunned. I really mind. Besser would unknowingly make his first
But the Army insisted they knew best. impression on his future wife, Gretchen,
was.” “As my older self, when I look back I think
“So one day I literally went AWOL,” says who was visiting her new Wellesley College
The Congressional Gold Medal is the Besser, who says he slipped away from his I was crazy,” says Besser. “I didn’t ask him friend and future roommate at her home
highest honor Congress can bestow. platoon to join a new batch of candidates what kind of hazardous duty? Where?” in New Jersey.
During his service in World War II, Besser being tested for a foreign language After arriving in Kunming in southwest
was sent with guerillas on spy missions “We had this exotic Chinese tea that
program. He was about to be reported China, Besser was sent to work with the her brother had sent over from Shanghai.
behind Japanese lines in southeastern when a high-ranking officer interfered and guerillas who actively fought the Japanese.
China. He was among the first Allied That’s the first I ever heard of my mate of
asked what foreign language he was fluent “We did not engage in any fights, but 66 years,” says Gretchen.
troops to enter Shanghai, even before the in.
official armistice. we used them to spy on the Japanese- After returning to the states, Besser
“And having two years of high school controlled cities. We sent them in. They graduated from Yale Law School and
At 16, Besser signed up for ROTC as a French, I said ‘French,’” says Besser. came back with intelligence and at one
freshman at Yale. After Pearl Harbor, he practiced law in New Jersey. He and
Besser was tested, reclassified into the point we did disrupt the bridge on one Gretchen, a longtime ski patroller, author,
joined the Enlisted Reserve Corps and of their main transportation routes,” says
was called to active duty in 1943, when language program, and sent off to the and National Ski Hall of Fame inductee,
University of California-Berkeley to study Besser. built their home in Morrisville in 1966
he was assigned to the Army Specialized
Training Program. To his displeasure, he Mandarin Chinese for nine months, where After the war, Besser chose to stay in and moved to Vermont full-time upon his
was classified as an engineer. he made a defining decision after being Shanghai for six months and taught retirement in 1994.
approached by a OSS officer one day. Economics 101 using a pirated edition And despite the long-overdue recognition,
Gretchen says her husband shies away
from the heroic spotlight.
“You felt right from the start almost
apologetic. Because Al felt he wasn’t a
hero,” says Gretchen.
“There were so many returning veterans
that I was just one of a whole group,” says
Besser. “It was a good war of course. That
was a good war,” says Besser. “There were
the good guys and there were the bad
guys. And I was very happy and proud to
be a part of resisting the Axis. I really felt
it was vitally necessary,” says Besser.
“It was a time when everybody was
solidified and unified,” says Gretchen.
“When people came back, they didn’t
come back to a world where they couldn’t
find a place. Everybody welcomed the
soldiers and they returned to their families,
and people were real heroes. But they
didn’t talk about it,” says Gretchen.
“We were all on the same team,” says
Besser. “In retrospect, I really feel very
honored and proud.”
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VCFA President Talks about his New Novel, The Perfect Liar
continued from page 5

From the standpoint of the craft of

writing, is there anything new or
different you’ve attempted with this Excerpt From The Perfect Liar
Greene: Well, this book is certainly a lot On Easter Sunday of that year she bun- though the day was bright and sunny
more murdery than some of my others. dled Ferdinand up and they took a cab her parent’s house was on the shady
It’s definitely a little darker and more
of a thriller. The plot may be different, out to Queens. It was the end of March side of the street and through the pic-
but I think you would recognize my and the day was sunny but unseason- ture window she saw her sister Chris-
style. My last novel was a straight- up ably cold. Her family didn’t know she tina in front of the dining room table,
unrequited love story, but it still had a was coming. When they went over the setting it for dinner. Behind her was her
pacing that’s similar to what I do here. bridge from Manhattan, the East River husband, David, holding their toddler,
This is my sixth book, and I feel like I’m
still learning how to do this right. I have gray below them, she looked out the her nephew, Jorge, whom she had never
just been learning in a very public way window to the small web of neighbor- met. Her father, short and stout with
for a long time. hoods, tiny houses upon tiny houses, his thick head of gray hair, was tousling
where her family had moved to from the boy’s hair. Her mother, as usual,
Is there a part of you that holds your
breath with each new novel, in terms Spain when she was child. was invisible, no doubt in the kitchen,
of the public reaction? Susannah had the cab drop her off a tending to a roast leg of lamb, her pota-
few houses away from the small ranch toes, stained red with paprika, in a cast
You don’t really know what you have iron pan on the stovetop. Susannah
until people start responding to it. And house that her parents owned. She wore
so you write this thing in isolation Any negative review you’d care to a scarf covering her hair, a bright red walked up the driveway. Up the cement
over several years. It’s just you and the share? one, and a long overcoat, and cradled path to the metal screen door, the same
book. You send it to your agent, and Ferdinand in her arms, his tiny body one that had always been there, a gi-
she gives you first-level feedback. Then There’s a joke about vegans in the book ant X over the faded glass, the one that
your editor gets it, and you get another that a character says. They’re having within the warmth of her coat. He had
vegans over to a dinner party, and he fallen asleep on the ride and was just slammed shut when it closed. Behind it
level of feedback. But then the trade
reviews start coming out. These days tells a joke about vegans, and I’ve had waking up, beautiful and sleepy-eyed the storm door was a solid pale yellow,
big publishers send books out to early people be offended by that. It’s just and not yet asking for milk. no windows. She looked at the orange
readers, almost like focus groups, to see funny what triggers people or what they glowing circle around the doorbell and
how they respond. Until that starts to respond to. My work is secular. It’s not When she reached the front of the then down at Ferdinand, his big dark
happen you actually don’t know what religious obviously, and there are deep house, she stopped for a moment. She
pockets of religiosity in this country eyes open and wet and looking back at
you have. With this book in particular knew with the scarf on her head that
I had a sense it would be popular given and people who respond to characters her. Then she rang the doorbell.
behaving, in their view, amorally, but she was virtually unrecognizable. Even
the subject matter and the kind of story
it is—and then, it is a taut suspense it’s fiction. You get a fair amount of
thriller. that.

How do you handle feedback on your So you don’t fixate on the odd negative
books, positive or negative? review, no matter how many positive
reviews there are?
Indifference is the worst response a
writer can get. You’re going to have One thing I tell our students here is that
people love your work and some who the most important attribute you can
hate it and that’s OK. When it comes to have as a writer is to be thick skinned. I
book review sites like, just think it’s incredibly critical because
the value is in the aggregate, I think, otherwise it’ll kill you. There are always
not necessarily in what an individual going to be people who don’t like what
person thinks. But if you’re a writer, and you do. You know there's a quote from
you read enough of them, or you look Edmund Wilson that says, “No two
at the totality of them, certain themes persons ever read the same book,” and I
start to emerge about what people think think that’s really true.
about your work, and that can actually
inform you so it can be a positive sort The office of The Bridge is hosted by the
of feedback. Vermont College of Fine Arts
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A Path of Wellness compiled by Mike Dunphy Sally Olmsted—coordinator of The Wellness Collaborative
ton County Mental Health Services
W ellness comes in many forms—physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional.
To offer support in all these areas to our readers, The Bridge has reached
out to area health professionals to harvest advice, tips, exercises, and practices to
When we experience stress, our nervous system becomes act
can lead to an increased heart rate, rapid shallow breathing, an
help achieve optimal health. Take them step by step on this path to wellness. sion, and emotional distress. To interrupt this cycle, deepen
send a message to the brain that it is OK to relax. In fact, if w
Mary Scriber—massage therapist at The Equinox Resort exhalation, making it a little longer than inhalation, we trigger pathetic response in the body, often referred to as “rest and d
Here is a simple centering tool to help stay clear and focused. Sit on a comfortable position to be in for a few minutes and inhale.
chair, close your eyes, and take three deep breaths. Focus on the bottom
of your feet and feel your energy there. Next visualize your energy going
deep down into the center of the Earth like golden roots. Bring your
awareness to the top of your head and feel your energy there. Now feel a
golden cord coming out of the top of your head and connecting to the
sun. Stay with this for awhile. Next bring the golden roots from your
feet up to your heart and feel the golden cords from the top of your head
going to your heart. Join the energies in your heart. Open your eyes and
walk in the world with beauty and compassion.

Sky Barsh—owner of Alpenglow Fitness
Joshua Singer—acupuncturist at River Street Wellness
Set action-oriented goals. Losing 30 pounds or attain-
ing six-pack abs when you’ve never had them are dif-
Find the “eyes of the knee,”—the two holes on either side
ficult goals, that, if not achieved, can make you feel like
of the thick tendon below your kneecap. Measure from the
you’re failing. Instead, focus on actions, such as attend-
outer one straight downward toward your foot the width
ing 10 fitness classes each month or two hours of cardio
of your hand. Apply firm pressure in a circular motion at
in each week. When you achieve these goals, you’ll feel
that spot for a minute or two to stimulate this point on
successful, and realistic results will follow.
the body known to give the immune system a boost. Both
points may feel sore, but there’s no need to press too hard.

Chrissy Lefavour—owner of Grateful Yoga Dan Mitchell, PhD—clinical psychologist at the UVM Laurie Emerson—executive di Health Network Mental Illness of Vermont
Travel! Humans are creatures of habit and routine, and while
there’s nothing wrong with that, we can learn a lot by pushing Did you know that a daily mindfulness practice of as little as When life’s challenges become o
beyond our comfort zone. Visit a place you’ve never been before. 5‒15 minutes a day can significantly improve your mental health port to talk with someone abou
Sign up for a tour or trip with a group, turn down a street you’ve and well-being? In fact, a 2018 research study found that a daily viduals realize “I am not alone.”
never driven down, visit a new town, or even a foreign country. 13-minute, audio-guided meditation practice for eight consecu- provide mutual respect in a no
Traveling to unknown territory challenges the mind to stay open tive weeks resulted in significant improvements in mood, levels of ronment. Being able to share yo
to new experiences while letting go of past expectations. anxiety, attention span, and memory. There are many great videos provide guidance and support w
and audio guides to help develop your mindfulness practice, in- build skills and knowledge abou
cluding apps such as Calm, Headspace, and Insight Timer. community to better support the
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e at Washing-

David Rettew, MD—medical director of Child and Family Divi-

tivated, which sion at the Vermont Department of Mental Health Fearn Lickfield—director and chief of the Green Mountain
nd muscle ten-
True mental health is much more than the absence of mental illness. Druid Order
the breath to
The PERMA model states that well-being can be broken down to the
we extend our
following components: Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships There are two basic parts to energetic hygiene. Part one, ”Re-
r the parasym-
(positive ones), Meaning, and Achievement. Some people are fortunate lease,” is clearing away the stuff that you pick up from your day
digest.” Find a to have a lot of the PERMA dimensions naturally, while for many others or week. This can be done with herbal smoke (aka smudging),
it requires some cultivation. It can be useful for people to think about an intentional shower or bath, or with exhaling and imagining
these dimensions and evaluate which of them are going well and which all that is not yours releasing and composting into the Earth. Part
may need a little attention. two is “Return.” We can get mentally and emotionally hooked
into people, issues, events, politics, etc. We need to consciously
call all parts of ourselves to return and integrate. This can be
done with the inhale, movement, intention, and visualization.

Priscilla Minkin—chaplain at Central Vermont Medical Center CB Kaiser—owner of The Cross Training Studio
Pay attention to what nurtures you, makes you smile, and gives you
a reason to get up in the morning. It can be as simple as the first cup
of coffee or tea in the morning, a walk in the snow, a hand held, a There is a misperception that one must do 30 minutes of cardio
story or conversation shared with a friend or family member. Also or longer to benefit. There is ample evidence that suggests the
put yourself first. This is not being selfish; this is practicing self- ever-changing, 20-minute workout gives better results, with less
care. When we do not care for ourselves, we struggle to care for our energy loss. However it must be done correctly.
children, partners, or family members.

rector of National Alliance on Lindsay Armstrong—owner of Embodied Yoga Kaarin Shiptiko—Pilates instructor at Essential Physical Therapy & Pilates
Use a natural fiber body brush with medium to firm bristles,
overwhelming, having peer sup- exfoliate, and invigorate your body for about 3–5 minutes be- Make small postural changes throughout your day, for example,
ut your struggles can help indi- fore showering. Begin with the soles of the feet, and then use moving shoulders away from ears, keeping collar bones wide,
You learn from one another and long, sweeping motions up the legs towards the heart. Do the imagining an orange under your chin, and focusing on deep
on-judgmental, stigma-free envi- same with the hands and arms, as well as the chest and back. breathing. Sitting is the worst thing for you, so just get up and
our struggles and challenges and Use clockwise, circular motions for the belly and over the joints. move in some way.
with another will help individuals Shower, and then lather on a nourishing oil such as coconut or
ut the resources available in the almond.
eir wellness.
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Sarducci’s Celebrates 25 Years in Montpelier By Tim Simard

n a recent sunny and chilly January afternoon, Sarducci’s Restaurant Since those first days, Sarducci’s has become a go-to dining spot in the Capital City.
founder and co-owner Carol Paquette relaxed by a front table and In its 25 years, the restaurant has renovated its space, added a deck overlooking
looked back on 25 years. Sitting alongside head chef and new co- the Winooski River, and doubled its seating capacity, all while keeping its menu
owner Jeff Butterfield, Paquette marveled at surviving two-and-a-half decades in remarkably consistent. Today, Sarducci’s enters a new chapter as it celebrates a
the restaurant business—a momentous achievement. quarter century.
This past weekend, the Montpelier institution quietly At end of 2018, Butterfield bought in to the business
celebrated the milestone birthday. and is now a co-owner alongside Paquette. Butterfield,
Paquette can remember Sarducci’s first day quite an East Montpelier native and graduate of the New
clearly—Jan. 19, 1994. It was a Wednesday. England Culinary Institute, has been with Sarducci’s for
“We opened at 4 pm. It was freezing outside. Dorothy nearly seven years. His experience pre-Sarducci’s included
Korshak [founder and former business partner] and I running kitchens in tourist locales from Charleston, S.C.
had no idea who might or how many people might stop to Stowe.
in. We really hadn’t done any advertising to let people “When a sous chef position opened [in 2012], I jumped
know we were opening,” she said. at the chance. I was ready to move back home, and I fell
But people knew. Oh, they knew. Within the first hour in love with this place on day one,” Butterfield said.
of business, it was clear that Montpelier was ready for Butterfield said that Sarducci’s has a family atmosphere
Sarducci’s. amongst its employees that’s unique to other places he’s
“The doors opened and people just kept coming in. We worked. Paquette added that several employees have
hadn’t planned on so many that night, but by the end been with the restaurant for years and even decades.
we had served close to 200 people,” Paquette said, still in Butterfield was promoted to head chef in 2014; around
awe of that first night’s success. the same time Korshak decided to retire, leaving Paquette
Paquette attributes Sarducci’s early success to a lack of as sole owner. But the demands of running one of the
restaurants in Montpelier at that time. She said locals city’s most popular restaurants became challenging for
were “desperate” for a place where families could sit one person. Butterfield pitched himself to be Sarducci’s
down in a cozy atmosphere with the whole family and next co-owner. Paquette knew it would be the right fit.
have an amazing, authentic Italian dinner. “He’s so good at what he does, he’s super smart, and
The signature wood-fired oven was also a unique feature his ego doesn’t get in the way. That last part is very
for a Montpelier restaurant. Paquette and Korshak— important,” she said.
Photo by Paul Contino
who started their partnership as coworkers at Julio’s— Sarducci’s 25-year story is one of growth and consistency.
researched Italian restaurants in Boston, New York, and Customers know what they’ll get each time they walk
Chicago and noted the popularity of these ovens. through the doors. The pollo al marsala and salmone cucina remain the most
“We saw the restaurants that had the wood-fired ovens were becoming more and popular menu items, as they have since the first year.
more popular,” Paquette said. “Montpelier has changed a lot, but we’re still here. We’re still serving great Italian
food that’s affordable, fresh, and locally sourced,” Butterfield said.
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Parking Garage Permit Challenged in Court By Tom Brown

pponents of a downtown parking garage have gone to court to challenge a “There is no court of philosophical debate,” she said. Stander, who emphasized that she
permit issued by the city’s Development Review Board (DRB). The appeal to was speaking only for herself and not on behalf of the opponents’ group, said that at
the environmental division of Vermont Superior Court was filed on behalf of 18 the very least the challenge will change the process for such large projects in the future.
city residents and could potentially delay construction of the project that was approved “In the short term, I would like to see this project improved, to see that the concerns
by voters in November. in the petition are addressed. In the long haul, I would like the city to recognize that
The plaintiff group includes most of the same residents who brought a list of concerns to the process was not adequate for the size and scope of this important project,” she said.
the DRB in December before the board approved the joint Some sentiment has been expressed that the hotel could be
application by the city and the owners of Capitol Plaza to built without the parking structure but the Basharas and
build a privately owned 80-room Hampton Inn and Suites the city have been clear that one cannot exist without the
and a publicly owned four-story, 348-space parking garage other. The family initially proposed to build and pay for a
on land owned by the Bashara family. The opponents are 200-space garage but found it to be cost prohibitive. They
also pursuing a ballot item for Town Meeting Day that asks then sought the public-private partnership with the city
the city to satisfy a series of seven concerns before it releases that led to residents approving a $10.5 million bond for a
money from the $10.5 million bond that was approved in larger, 348-space garage in November by a vote of 2,459-
November by a margin of 582 votes. 1,877. The city has said that no new tax money will be
The notice of appeal was filed January 9 in environmental needed to pay for the bond debt and operation of the garage
court by James Dumont, a Bristol attorney who specializes and that parking fees and taxes from a new development
in environmental and public interest cases. Dumont has district will cover the costs.
represented opponents in high-profile disputes such as the The appellants of the DRB decision are Laura Rose Abbott,
Vermont Gas pipeline project in Addison County and the Les Blomberg, Daniel Costin, Charles Daghlian, Rebecca
effort to base Air Force F-35 fighter jets at the Vermont Photo by Tom Brown Davison, Nathaniel Frothingham, Mollie Gribbin, Sarah
National Guard facility in South Burlington. Gribbin, Jennifer Hasskamp, Dorothy L. Helling, William
Dumont said the appeal of the DRB permit will center on the same concerns about the Koucky, Lawrence Mires, Jill Muhr, Lisette Elise Paris, John Russell, Albert Sabatini,
garage proposal that the groups brought up in the DRB process—issues such as traffic, Andrea Stander, and Sandra Vitzthum. Frothingham is the retired co-founder of The
water quality, historic preservation, and compliance with the city’s master plan. The Bridge and Helling is a former advertising representative. Neither is currently involved
opponents must file a statement of questions with the court within the next 10 days in the management or operation of newspaper.
or so, and then a teleconference will be held between the parties to determine how to Act 250 Hearing
proceed, Dumont said.
On the same day that the appeal was filed, a crowded hearing on the project was held
“I think there are some major problems with this project and we’ll have to let the courts in City Hall by the District 5 Environmental Commission, which issues state permits
decide whether the problems are large enough to say no to the project,” Dumont said. under Act 250, Vermont’s landmark environmental review law.
City officials said they have attempted to meet with the opponents before the appeal Several of the opponents attempted to be granted party status at the hearing and all
was filed but no meeting was arranged. The appeal is the latest chapter in a continuing were denied except for one limited approval. Dumont indicated that the board’s denial
philosophical battle between residents who see the garage and hotel as essential to the of party status might be appealed at the end of the Act 250 process. Other parties that
economic development and growth of the downtown district and those who believe the were denied status could also appeal.
structures are not in tune with the city’s effort to encourage non-vehicular transportation
and aesthetics, among other things. The commissioners requested more details from the city and gave it 30 days to supply
the information. After that, another hearing could be scheduled or the testimony would
“I’m disappointed that they chose to file an appeal without trying to get clarity on their be closed. Once closed, the commission has 15 days to issue its decision on the permit
issues of concern,” City Manager Bill Fraser said. “I hope they understand that there is application.
support for this project in the community, and that we are willing to try to resolve the
issues.” Ballot Question
Fraser said the environmental court judge in such cases usually urges the parties to enter Opponents have until January 24 to file the 311 signatures needed to place an item on
mediation before it is argued in court and hopes the matter is settled there. “We don’t the March ballot that asks the city to withhold funding of the parking garage until its
see any of the issues they raised that we can’t resolve,” he said. list of seven criteria is met.
The petition and the appeal process have left downtown merchants frustrated. Sarah The city council must set the warning for the vote at its meeting the same day. The
DeFelice, owner of Bailey Road and president of the Montpelier Business Association, council also meets that night to finalize the proposed municipal budget. It is unclear
said retailers strongly support the garage and hotel projects as a way to bring more people whether opponents will continue with the advisory ballot item now that the matter is
into the capital city. She said halting the project is the goal of a small group of people headed to court.
who seek to undo a vote by the majority of Montpelier residents.
“We just had a meeting in which 25 downtown business owners reiterated their support
for the project,” she said. “We think it is unfortunate that a group of 18 people can try
to undo the will of 2,500 voters. Downtown businesses need growth and development
to keep going.”
She said her attempts to meet with opponents of the garage were also unsuccessful.
Andrea Stander, a member of the group that appealed the DRB decision and helped
organize the petition that may appear on the March ballot, believes the garage will not
solve the city’s economic problems and said the group has no alternative other than to
pursue available legal remedy.
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Hunger Mountain Co-op Teams with Capstone to Help Vermonters

nyone who has lived in or visited Vermont during winter may be familiar Central Vermont, provides food to thousands of area residents—275,000 pounds of
with just how beautiful but unforgiving a season it can be. The sometimes food last year alone. Fuel Your Neighbors also helps bridge the gap for community
biting, bone-chilling cold is undeniable and can be a challenge for some members who may struggle to afford to heat their homes, while not qualifying
residents trying to escape from it. Helping Vermonters find food, shelter, and for publicly funded heating assistance. With the help Capstone can provide, those
warmth, especially on frigid winter days, is just one of the many important residents can avoid making impossible decisions, such as choosing between heating
priorities for Capstone Community Action. their home or putting food on the table.
“It’s nearly impossible to think of the future when you’re focused on your next meal, “The people we serve are your neighbors, your kid’s classmates, your waiter, your
where you’re going to sleep that night, or if you’ll have heat in the winter. Once this chairlift operator, your childcare provider,” Minter says. “Rural poverty is much
is addressed, then we can help elevate their perspective of what’s possible,” says Sue less obvious, but it is painfully real and prevalent. We work with households who
Minter, the organization’s executive director. are experiencing a setback as a result of a job loss, illness, or other changes in family
circumstances. Without heat in your home, you’re forced to turn off the water, so
Three years ago, Capstone Community Action partnered with VSECU to launch the pipes don’t freeze. You’re practically homeless at that point. For households
the “Fuel Your Neighbors” program, which raises money for emergency food and with children or senior citizens, lack of adequate heat can cause serious health risks.
heating assistance and helps members of our community meet their basic needs, Through our emergency services, our objective is to prevent people from having to
especially during the winter. face these conditions.”
One way Capstone achieves this is through their food shelf, which receives funding The community can help Capstone achieve that objective throughout the month
from the Fuel Your Neighbors initiative. Capstone’s food shelf, the largest in of January by supporting Fuel Your Neighbors every time they shop at Hunger
Mountain Co-op. When shoppers round up purchases to the next dollar, they
are giving that change directly to this effort to meet the increased demand for
emergency food and heating assistance in central Vermont. Capstone’s goal is to
raise $100,000 during this 100-day initiative, and the change you give will go
a long way toward reaching that financial goal and the goals of the Fuel Your
Neighbors program.
T H E B R I D G E J A N UA RY 2 3 – F E B RUA RY 6 , 2 019 • PAG E 17

Active Seniors Flocking to

Exercise Classes By Phil Dodd

xercise classes at the Montpelier More and more residents of
Senior Activity Center, offered surrounding towns are signing up
in four sessions a year primarily for Senior Center courses, she noted,
to those age 50 and over, are but many of those towns are also
increasing in number and attendance contributing more. “We used to get
“every quarter,” according to Senior $1,000 in total from other towns,”
Center director Janna Clar. Clar said. “For fiscal year 2019 we got
almost $30,000, and we’ll be asking
“We’ve had tremendous growth in for $36,300 for fiscal year 2020.”
the number of courses we offer in
order to keep up with demand, in the The money from surrounding towns
number of people taking the courses, for FY19 is part of the $595,515
and in the number of classes that are in revenues that the Senior Center
getting filled up,” Clar said. is budgeted to take in during the
current fiscal year. Out of that total,
This winter, the Senior Center the City of Montpelier general fund
offerings include 21 yoga classes, six kicked in $121,322. The rest is
“bone builder” classes, four Pilates coming from membership and course
classes, two tai chi classes, two dance fees, investments, grants, donations,
classes, and two “somatic movement” and facility rentals, Clar said.
classes. Most meet once a week,
although the popular bone builder The towns helping to support the
classes meet twice a week. Senior Center include Berlin,
Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex,
In addition to its “Active Living and Moretown, and Worcester. Clar said
Wellness” classes, the Senior Center that Barre City could join the group
also offers several other well-attended this year if Barre voters approve the
courses for those 50 and over. These idea in March.
courses are of two general types—
“performing and fine arts” and Most classes at the Senior Center
“humanities and more”—making the offer different rates for members and
Senior Center a busy place. non-members. For example, many
yoga classes meet 12 times a quarter
Demographic trends, with more and cost members $25 for the entire
baby boomers retiring every year, are quarter. The rate is $35 for non-
behind the growth in courses at the members.
Senior Center, Clar said. “We expect
that will keep happening for a few Montpelier residents 50 and over
more years,” she said. The fees for can become members for $15 a year.
the courses are also quite reasonable, Residents of supporting towns pay
encouraging some people to sign up $30 per year to become a member,
for more than one course. and all others pay $50. One third of
Senior Center members now come
Clar noted that the Senior Center from surrounding towns, Clar noted.
has been combined by the city with
the Parks Department and Recreation In addition to taking courses, Senior
Department into one Community Center members can sign up for
Services Department. The combined discounted memberships or punch
department is moving beyond the cards at First in Fitness in Berlin,
50+ crowd by offering an increasing Alpenglow Fitness in Montpelier, and
number of courses to adults of any RehabGYM in Barre. Members can
age. These are offered at both the also sign up for water aerobics, lap
Senior Center and the Recreation swimming, and tennis at First in
Center, she said. Fitness.
Zumba is a very popular all-ages The current classes started in early
class, she noted. Another class open January and end in March. The next
to adults of any age this winter is series of classes will run from April
a class in “Feldenkrais movement to June, and the initial sign-up for
exploration.” On registration day, those will happen on March 11, both
that class filled up right away and in-person and online.
had nine people on the waiting list by
noon, Clar said. “Members from Montpelier and FY19
supporting towns can sign up starting
The demand for exercise classes, March 11,” Clar said. “Registrations
particularly the 50-and-over classes,
has maxed out space at the Senior
Center and led to yoga and Pilates
for other towns will be processed
starting March 25.” Got a news tip? Rocque Long
classes being scheduled at the
Middlesex and Worcester town halls
Clar said that it is not too late to sign
up for some of this winter’s classes.
We want to know! Painting
but open to anyone. Clar said those To find the current catalog, go to
Send it to us at: • Insured
towns, which contribute some money • 30+ years professional
to the operation of the Senior Center, Senior-Activity-Center. experience
had asked that classes to be offered in
• local references.
their towns.
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Lesser Known Winter Workouts

By Larry Floersch

I t’s not that often my editor gives

me a direct assignment. Mostly
he avoids me. And when we
effective in preventing or reducing “granny flaps”
below the triceps, but opined, “You must make sure
to switch arms occasionally so that the reduction is
Muncey says the workout is really good for building
your grip. “If you’re into rock climbing, making
newspaper balls is an excellent way to keep your
are in the same room together, bilateral.” He also cautioned that using the back- hands in shape all winter,” said Muncey.
he accuses me of making “dad handed credit card scrape on the wider and taller Snowraking
jokes,” whatever those are. But windshields of newer cars can lead to a painful
this week was different. He stuck his head in my door condition known to orthopedists as “back-handed “Snowraking is an excellent workout not only for
and barked at me to look into lesser known winter credit card scrape elbow.” your arms and shoulders, but also for your abdominal
workouts for the health and wellness issue. core,” says Muncey. “Plus, there comes a time almost
Making Newspaper Balls every winter when the amount of snow on your roof
Not wanting to appear unschooled in the manly Making newspaper balls to light wood stoves is causes your roof trusses to creak. So it’s like a double
art of things athletic, I immediately turned to my another upper body workout routine that is popular benny. You build yourself up as you pull the snow
neighbor down the street, Chuck Muncey. I figured in the winter here in Vermont. It involves crushing down.”
that Chuck is a fitness nut because he is always pages of a newspaper into tight balls that light easily
on his sofa watching NFL football, even in the off To make the work go easier, he suggests you learn to
but burn for an extended period of time, which sing one or two halyard shanties, because the action
season, and always wears sweatshirts and sweatpants, allows the kindling to ignite.
although, to be fair, I’ve never actually seen him of snowraking is similar to raising the sails on a ship
sweat. After rewarding him with a case of Bud Light The newspaper used is not that important, according with the halyards. “Windlass shanties just won’t do
and helping him consume some of that case, we came to Muncey. “It’s really the technique that counts,” it,” Muncey said, “It has to be a halyard shanty to
up with the following. he said, “It could be The Bridge or the Times Argus have the right rhythm, something like ‘Heave Away
or the Free Press. My personal favorite is the Sunday Santiano.’”
The Back-Handed Credit Card Scrape New York Times simply because when you’ve finished Tiki Mudra
This workout routine was first depicted many years turning that sucker into newspaper balls you’ve really
ago in a cartoon by prize-winning cartoonist Jeff had a workout.” Not wanting people to think he is just a jock,
Danziger and involves scraping the frost off the Muncey suggested one of his favorite winter yoga
He suggests that you take a full sheet of newspaper— exercises: “First you use some of those newspaper
inside of the windshield with the edge of a credit four pages—and vigorously crush it into a ball.
card. The card is grasped in a back-handed manner, balls to get a good fire going in your woodstove so
“Really apply pressure and give it a little twist as it’s toasty warm in the room. Then you assume the
that is, with the top of the hand facing the windshield you squeeze it, kind of like a major league pitcher
and the card below. Vigorously move up and down to standard prayer mudra, which is good for balance,
working up a fresh baseball after the batter fouls one while you contemplate having a boat drink at a tiki
create a small portal for viewing through the frost. off,” he said. “If you’re feeling really athletic, try two bar somewhere in the Caribbean. It may not truly
According to Muncey, the back-handed credit card full sheets—eight pages—at a time.” Also, he notes be an act of mindfulness, but it adds balance to my
scrape is good for strengthening the fingers, wrist, to avoid the supplements, especially ones printed on winter days.”
forearm, and upper arm. He believes it is particularly glossy paper. “They just don’t burn well.”
T H E B R I D G E J A N UA RY 2 3 – F E B RUA RY 6 , 2 019 • PAG E 19

Calendar of Events
Community Events St., Montpelier. 223-3338.

Performing Arts
Trinity United Methodist Church THEATER, DANCE,
Events happening
Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 STORYTELLING, COMEDY
Main St., Montpelier.
Jan. 25: The Tell Off. Winning raconteurs
January 23–February 8 FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 from Season VIII of Extempo vie for audience
votes and cash prizes in the eighth annual storytelling tournament of champions. Half of all proceeds
Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Jan. 25–Feb. benefit Waterbury recreation; opening night of Winterfest. 8 pm. American Legion Post 59, 16 Stowe
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 3. A 10-day festival featuring indoor and St., Waterbury. $10.244-7174.
The Christ Church Community Lunch. outdoor venues, traditional and not-so-
traditional events. Various location in Jan. 25: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. A wide range of talented standup comics from here and away
11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier.
working longer sets. 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free/by donation. 479-0896.
Salvation Army Community Lunch.
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. Film Screening: Farmer of the Year. Jan. 26: Swan Lake. With the Ballet of the Odessa National Opera. A timeless love story that mixes
Award-winning, limited release independent magic, tragedy, and romance into two acts. 7 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass
Investigative Reporting in a Fishbowl.
feature film by Craftsbury filmmakers Kathy Dr., Stowe. $25–75.
VTDigger Editor Anne Galloway will
Swanson and Vince O’Connell. 5:50 pm and
describe how interacting with sources and Feb. 1–2: Stage 16 presents Annie Junior. Performed by the Middle School Theater program at U-32
8:30 pm. Q&A after 5:50 showing. Capitol
protecting whistleblowers can be challenges Middle & High School. Join the adventurous Annie as she finds a new home with billionaire Oliver
Showplace, Warbucks, his secretary Grace, and a loveable mutt named Sandy. With all the music you know and
to investigative reporting in Vermont. An
93 State St., Montpelier. 229-0343 love. Feb. 1 at 7 pm; Feb. 2 at 11 am. U-32 Auditorium, 930 Gallison Hill Rd., E. Montpelier. By
Osher Lifelong Learning Program. 1:30 pm.
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Keeping the Books & Tax Planning For donation.
St., Montpelier. Free for OLLI members; $5 Small Businesses. Denice Gagne will talk Feb. 2: FEMCOM. All-female standup comedy. 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre.
suggested donation for others. about the tax law to make sure you pay only Free/by donation.
the tax you owe and no more. She will point Feb. 6: Step Afrika! the first professional dance company in the world dedicated to the tradition
MFA in Creative Writing Information
out often overlooked tax deductions that you of stepping. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds
Session at Goddard College. If you would
may be able to take. 9–10 am. Capstone, 20 through a combination of footsteps, claps and the spoken word. 7 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts
like to learn more or have questions about
Gable Pl., Barre. Register: 477-5214 Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $25–55.
our MFA in Creative Writing Program,
please join us for an informational session Anything Goes! Slam. Open to performers
with Program Director, Elena Georgiou. This of all types with anything that can be done Chapel, College St., Montpelier. Music by secular and Christian artists. 4–5
session will be conducted using the Zoom in 5 minutes or less on stage. Slam will Brookfield Ice Harvest and WinterFest. pm. East Montpelier Elementary School,
videoconferencing platform, but you can also include poets and writers, but musicians and Living history of ice harvesting in New 665 Vincent Flats, East Montpelier. Free for
call in with a phone. 5:30 pm. RSVP: jenn. magicians, painters and judo practitioners England with all the old tools. 10:30 am–2 women 18 and older. may also compete for the modest prizes. pm. Floating Bridge on Sunset Lake in Pond Global Screening and Discussion: The
All ages. 6:30 pm. Aldrich Library. 6 Village, Brookfield. Free. 276-3260 Truth Cannot Be Buried On International
Waterbury Historical Society Meeting.
Washington St., Barre. Enter library through Holocaust Remembrance Day. Audiences
Chuck Magnus will tell us the history of SUNDAY, JANUARY 27
rear entrance. around the world will gather to watch Who
the Caboose on Perry Hill and show a video Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Through
“Backyard Goldmine.” 6 pm. Waterbury Naturalist Journeys Presentation Series: Will Write Our History? This documentary
Feb. 3. A 10-day festival featuring indoor reveals how a clandestine group in the
Municipal Building, Steele Community Nibbling on Natives in Your Backyard and
and outdoor venues, traditional and not- Warsaw ghetto vowed to defeat Nazi lies and
Room, Main St., Waterbury. Beyond. Russ Cohen, expert forager and
so-traditional events. Various location in propaganda, not with guns or fists, but with
author of “Wild Plants I Have Known …
Mid-Week Movie: The Shape of Water. Waterbury. pen and paper. After the film, our audience
and Eaten” will explore native edible plants
6–8 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, Film Screening: Farmer of the Year. is welcome to stay to view the worldwide
suitable for landscaping or wild nibbling.
2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $5 suggested Award-winning, limited release independent discussion recorded earlier in the day based
Homemade samples will be shared. 7–8:30
donation. feature film by Craftsbury filmmakers Kathy out of UNESCO’s Paris headquarters. 4 pm.
pm. North Branch Nature Center,
Indie Lens Pop-Up Film and Discussion: Elm St., Montpelier. Swanson and Vince O’Connell. 12:25 pm, The Jewish Community of Greater Stowe,
RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the 3:40 pm, and 1189 Cape Cod Rd, Stowe. Free. info@
World. This film brings to light a profound 6:25 pm. Capitol Showplace, 93 State St.,
and missing chapter in the history of Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Through Montpelier. 229-0343 Kathy and Steven’s Long Walk on the
American music: the Indigenous influence. Feb. 3. A 10-day festival featuring indoor Camino de Santiago. In the summer of
Hike Stowe with Green Mountain Club.
Abenaki musician Bryan Blanchette will and outdoor venues, traditional and not- 2018 Kathy and Steven Light (of the Fyre
Moderate.Taylor Lodge from Lake Mansfield.
speak following the film. 7 pm. Kellogg- so-traditional events. Various location in and Lightning Consort) walked the entire
Hike to Taylor lodge (3.2 miles), and if
Hubbard Library, Waterbury. Camino de Santiago, over 500 miles. They
conditions are good, we will do the Clara
135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338. Film Screening: Farmer of the Year. Bow loop (0.8 miles) as well. Snowshoes or will show photos and videos, talk about
THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 Award-winning, limited release independent microspikes depending upon conditions. their experiences and play medieval and
feature film by Craftsbury filmmakers Kathy Contact Steve or Heather Bailey, 622-4516 traditional music from the Camino on their
New Vermonters Friendship Group. newly acquired Galician bagpipes and harp,
Swanson and Vince O’Connell. 12:15 pm, or for meeting time
Are you new to this country? Welcome lute, guitar, recorders, whistle, clarinet and
5:50 pm, and 8:30 pm. Capitol Showplace, and place.
to Vermont! Come meet for some casual more. 4 pm. Plainfield Opera House, Rt. 2,
93 State St., Montpelier. 229-0343
conversation and refreshments. People Zumba-Like Fitness Dance. Every Sunday. Plainfield. By donation. 498-3173.
Barre Congregational Church Community
from the Central Vermont Refugee Action
Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.
Network and Central Vermont Adult Basic
Education will join us to talk about the Artist Talk with Artist-in-Residence Mario
services they offer. 10–11:30 am. Kellogg- Ybarra Jr. A VCFA Visiting Artist/Scholar
Hubbard Library, Hayes Room, 135 Main Presentation. 10–11:30 am. College Hall
PAG E 2 0 • J A N UA RY 23 – F E B RUA RY 6 , 2 019 THE BRIDGE

Calendar of Events
Through Feb. 15: “Something Dear” Through March 2: Scrap Yard: Drawings by in love with the paintings of the European

Visual Arts
Photographer’s Workroom. The workroom Mark Heitzman. An exhibit of 10 large-scale Masters, including Rembrandt and Turner.
is a study in project creation and portfolio graphite or charcoal drawings of tools and other Following current fashion, Wood copied
development. Emphasis is on photography as objects. On display at The Morse Block Deli, paintings to learn techniques from the masters.
EXHIBITS process and practice, and using cameras as a
way of seeing. T. W. Wood Gallery. 46 Barre
located 260 N. Main Street, Barre. For info:
T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier. 262-6035.
Through Jan. 31: Illuminate: The Winter St., Montpelier.
Group Show. Furchgott Sourdiffe Gallery, 86 Through March 2: The Art of the Portrait, Feb. 15–Dec. 21: 200 Years—200 Objects.
Falls Rd., Shelburne. 985-3848. Through Feb. 23: The Way We See It: Social August Burns. The exhibition is a rare An exhibition celebrating Norwich University’s
[In]Justice. A group show highlighting the opportunity for the public to view paintings bicentennial. Curated to include objects
Jan. 21–31: Monica Moraru, There, work of four artists that are responding to their from this outstanding Vermont Artist. 5031 from the museum collection, as well as
There, Now. Moraru works across media, own view of social injustice—be it racism, Main Street, Waitsfield. 496-6682 documents and images from Archives and
including installation, painting, sculpture, and sexism, religious discrimination, or genocide. Special Collections, that reflect and retell
photography. Artist talk and reception: Jan. Jan. 25–March 9: The Front presents
Axel’s Gallery, Stowe St., Waterbury. SHOW 30. Recent works by the membership the university’s 200-year history. Opening
24, 3–5 pm. Northern Vermont University- reception, Feb. 15, 4–6 pm. Norwich University
Johnson, Julian Scott Memorial Gallery. Through Feb. 28: Jaquith Invitational Art of Montpelier’s sole collective art gallery.
Show. Works in a variety of media by 17 local Opening reception: Feb. 1, 4–8 pm. 6 Barre St., Sullivan Museum and History Center, Northfield.
artists. Jaquith Public Library, Old Schoolhouse Montpelier.
Through Feb. 1: Endangered Alphabets. Tim
Brookes explores the elements of calligraphy,
Common, 122 School St., Marshfield.
Jan. 22–March 12: Northern Vermont SPECIAL EVENTS
woodwork, linguistics, anthropology and University-Lyndon Community Art Exhibit. Jan. 25: Reception: The Paintings of Louis
human rights to address a question: what Through Feb. 28: Aspects of the Universe. Theme is “To B or Not to B,” and all artwork Fried. Painting initially to recover from a
happens when a culture loses its alphabet? State Paintings in acrylic and watercolor by Marina must relate to the letter “b” in some way. debilitating stroke, Fried channeled his vision,
House Cafeteria, Montpelier. Sprague of Chelsea Vermont. Opening NVU-Lyndon, Quimby Gallery, Lyndonville. determination and confidence into what
Reception: Jan. 25, 6-8 pm. became his passion. 5 pm. Highland Center for
Jan. 27–Feb. 2: VCFA New and Returning 802-685-2188 Jan. 21–March 28: Ryan Geary, Ascent (Part the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro.
Student Exhibitions. Opening reception:
Jan. 26, 7 pm. Alumni Hall, 45 College St., Feb. 1–28: Cheshire Cat’s in-house artists. One: Eulogy). A collection of 2D and 3D Feb. 1: Montpelier Art Walk. More than a
Montpelier Lucy Ferrada presents her whimsical hand- collages. Opening reception: Feb. 7, 5–7 pm. dozen amazing art openings in one night all
painted wooden bowls. Dawn McConnell River Arts Center, Copley Common Room, 74 across town. In the former Asiana House space,
Jan. 29–Feb. 2: VCFA Graduating Student presents her colorful, painted stoneware. Pleasant St., Morrisville. a pop-up event curated by Magic Hat—four
Exhibition. Opening reception: Jan. 28, 7:30 Reception: Feb. 1, 4–8 pm. The Cheshire Cat, Jan. 21–April 19: Thom Egan, On Making artists paint live, alongside live music by Eric
pm. Vermont College of Fine Arts Gallery, 28 Elm St., Montpelier. cheshirecatclothing. Pictures. Wood block prints, lithographs, and George and a Magic Hat Bar featuring specialty
36 College St., Montpelier. com colored low reliefs. Reception & Artist Talk: brews. 4–8 pm. Downtown Montpelier.
Feb. 1–Feb. 8: Creating with Paper. A pop-up Through March 1: Winter Juried Exhibit. 26 Feb. 7, 5–7 pm. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant
exhibit of collages by Sandra fw Beaty. A large local Vermont artists. Work includes paintings, St., Morrisville.
installation of paper collages, many depicting prints, photographs, sculpture, fiber arts, and
scenes from Beaty’s extensive travels. Bryan Through June 1: Thomas Waterman Wood:
jewelry. T.W. Wood Gallery. 46 Barre St., The Master Copies. A selection of Wood’s
Memorial Gallery, 180 Main St., Jeffersonville. Montpelier.
644-5100, master copies from the T.W. Wood Art Gallery
collection. While Wood was in Europe he fell

Tiny Twilight Café. Opportunity for parents TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 helpful if the snow is hard packed. Contact Steve Film Screening: Farmer of the Year. Award-
and caregivers of children 0–3 to connect. Cross-country Ski Stowe with Green or Heather Bailey, 802-622-4516 or stevecbailey@ winning, limited release independent feature
Every fourth Sun. 4:30 pm. Downstreet Mountain Club. Moderate. Ski from Stowe for meeting time and place. film by Craftsbury filmmakers Kathy Swanson
Community Space, 22 Keith Ave., Barre. Free. Mountain Resort to Trapps cabin. Trail fee. The Christ Church Community Lunch. and Vince O’Connell. Q&A follows. 6:30 pm. Bring lunch and water or buy at cabin. Contact 11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier. Capitol Showplace, 93 State St., Montpelier.
MONDAY, JANUARY 28 Mary Smith, 505-0603 or Mary Garcia, 622- 229-0343
Salvation Army Community Lunch.
Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Through 0585 for meeting time and place. Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. Trinity United Methodist Church
Feb. 3. A 10-day festival featuring indoor Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Through Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main
Mid-Week Movie: Leave No Trace. 6–8 pm. St., Montpelier.
and outdoor venues, traditional and not-so- Feb. 3. A 10-day festival featuring indoor Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
traditional events. Various location in Waterbury. and outdoor venues, traditional and not-so- St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation. Public Meeting on Chronic Wasting Disease. traditional events. Various location in Waterbury. Hosted by the Barre Fish and Game Club.
Film Screening: Farmer of the Year. Award- Chronic Wasting Disease infects white-tailed
Visiting Artist Presentation with B. Wurtz. deer, moose and other members of the deer
winning, limited release independent feature film Film Screening: Farmer of the Year. Award- A VCFA Visiting Artist/Scholar Presentation.
by Craftsbury filmmakers Kathy Swanson and winning, limited release independent feature film family. Wildlife veterinarian Dr. Walter Cottrell
7:15–8:30 pm. College Hall Chapel, College St., will speak about the disease, how it is spread, its
Vince O’Connell. 6:25 pm. Capitol Showplace, by Craftsbury filmmakers Kathy Swanson and Montpelier.
93 State St., Montpelier. 229-0343 Vince O’Connell. 6:25 pm. Capitol Showplace, effects on deer populations, and efforts needed
93 State St., Montpelier. 229-0343 THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 to keep the disease from entering Vermont. 6:30
Of Walks and Waterbooks: Some Curatorial pm. Barre Fish and Game Club, Gun Club Rd.
Projects with Visiting Scholar Gunalan Barre Congregational Church Community Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Through Barre.
Nadarajan. A Visiting Artist/Scholar Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. Feb. 3. A 10-day festival featuring indoor
Presentation. 10:45 am–12:45 pm. College Hall and outdoor venues, traditional and not-so-
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 traditional events. Various location in Waterbury.
Chapel, College St., Montpelier. vcfa. edu
Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Through Feb. 3.
Community Lunch at Unitarian Church A 10-day festival featuring indoor and outdoor
Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St., venues, traditional and not-so-traditional
Montpelier. events. Various location in Waterbury.
Salvation Army Community Lunch.
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. Film Screening: Farmer of the Year. Award-
Environmental Film Series: Tomorrow. winning, limited release independent feature film
Tomorrow is a hugely positive, affirming by Craftsbury filmmakers Kathy Swanson and
and inspirational film that explores creative Vince O’Connell. 4 pm and 6:45 pm. Capitol
solutions in the fields of food, energy, education, Showplace, 93 State St., Montpelier. 229-0343
economics, and transports. Dan Jones, Executive Cross-country Ski Stowe with Green Mountain
Director of the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition, Club. 6 miles. Moderate to difficult. Barnes
will lead a discussion following the film. 6:30 Camp over Smugglers’ Notch on the highway to
pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Jeffersonville. Metal edged skis are not required, but
Montpelier. 223-3338.
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Calendar of Events

Live Music
Jan. 24: Cooie DeFrancesco, 5 pm; DJ Bay represented with a world premiere from high friends Bill Olson, George Wilson, and
6, 8 pm, 21+ school senior Ethan Duncan. 7:30 pm. House Dave Guertin. All dances are taught plus an
Jan. 25: Elizabeth Renaud, 5 pm; Dirty Chamber, Vermont State House, Montpelier. introductory session at 7:40 pm. Please bring
Looks, 9 pm, $5, 21+ Jan. 26: Downtown Bob Stannard and clean, soft-soled shoes. 8–11 pm. Capital City
Jan. 26: DJ LaFountaine, 9:30 pm, 21+ Grange, 6612 Rt. 12, Berlin. Adults $10; kids
VENUES Jan. 31: Dan & Faith, 5 pm; NJ Bay 6,
Those Dangerous Bluesmen. Self-taught
and low income $5; dance supporters $15.
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9212. harmonica player plays the blues on the main
8 pm, 21+ stage. 7 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, Feb. 3: Montpelier Song Circle. 6–8 pm. Feb. 1: Jamie Carey, 5 pm; Off The List,
Jan. 24: Red Clay - Montpelier HS Jazz 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. Tickets start Center for Arts and Learning, 46 Barre St.,
9 pm, $5, 21+ at $10. Montpelier.
Band, 6 pm Feb. 2: DJ KAOS, 9:30 pm, 21+
Jan. 25: Latin Dance Party, 7 pm Feb. 7: Blue Fox, 5 pm; Open Mic Night, Feb. 1: Flute-Clarinet Concert. Visiting Feb. 4: Mad River Chorale spring
Jan. 26: Irish Session, 2 pm; Michael 8 pm, 21+ artists Jennifer Shanahan on flute and concert rehearsals. 7 pm. Harwood Union
Stridsberg, 6 pm Feb. 8: Jeff Shelley & Patty Lynch, 5 pm; Manuel Ramos on clarinet will perform. 11 High School, 458 Rt. 100, Moretown.
Jan. 27: Southern Old Time Music Jam, 7 pm Nite Sky, 9 pm, $5, 21+ am. Dibden Center for the Arts at Northern
Jan. 31: Italian Session, 6 pm Vermont University-Johnson. Free. Feb. 6: Musical Story Telling for All Ages.
Feb. 2: Irish Session, 2 pm Whammy Bar. 31 W. County Rd., Calais. Feb. 2: House Concert. Histamine Tapes The award-winning Aeolus Quartet joins Scrag
Feb. 3: Eric Friedmand Folk Ballads, 11 am Presents an evening of experimental music. Mountain Music co-Artistic Directors Mary
Feb. 7: Colin McCaffrey and friends, 6 pm Every Thurs.: Open Mic, 7 pm With Two Years On Welfare (ambient guitar), Bonhag (soprano) and Evan Premo (double
Jan. 24: Willa Mamet and Paul Miller, 7 pm Cruudeuces (clarinet), ouzkxqlzn (experimental bass) and prominent Montpelier-based theater
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. Jan. 25: Sky Blue Boys (Dan and Willy cello), Glacial Erratics (noise/improv trio). 7 artist Kim Bent in an interactive program
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. Lindner) 7:30 pm pm. 1248 Rt. 2 East, Montpelier. https://www. of fantastical music inspired by favorite
Every Tues.: Karaoke, 7:30 pm Jan. 26: Johnny Blue Jeans (blues/soul) 7:30 pm childhood tales including James Balentine’s
Jan. 24: Spice On Snow Fest w/ Chaque Fois Feb. 1: Bella and the Notables (jazz
Feb. 2: Arrival from Sweden. The world’s Three Billy Goats Gruff and Jon Deak’s The
& The Rear Defrosters (Cajun/honky tonk) standards) 7:30 pm
foremost ABBA tribute show features 12 band Ugly Duckling and B.B. Wolf. 6:45–7:30 pm.
9 pm Feb. 2: Them Boys (bluegrass w/ Danny
members, authentic costumes, captivating Jaquith Public Library, School St., Marshfield.
Jan. 25: NOS4A2 (classic metal tribute) Coane, Dan and Willy Lindner) 7:30 pm
dance numbers and impeccable harmonies.
9 pm
7:30 pm. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St.,
Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. SPECIAL EVENTS Barre. $36.50–43. Send your event listing to
479-0896. Jan. 23: David M. Wilson Memorial
Feb. 2: AliT (indie-pop), 7:30 p.m.
Farmers’ Night Concert. Vermont Symphony
Feb. 2: Contra Dance with David Kaynor.
Kaynor will be calling and playing fiddle
Gusto’s. 28 Prospect St., Barre. Orchestra woodwinds are featured in music supported by master musicians and caller Deadline for print in the next by Vivaldi and Rossini. Plus young talent is
issue is February 1.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 Loss Series. Free, weekly bereavement series is An instructor will orient you to the studio, get Salvation Army Community Lunch.
Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Through open to anyone who has experienced the loss of your bike fitted properly, and guide you through Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.
Feb. 3. A 10-day festival featuring indoor a loved one, whether in death or a relationship a gentle first ride. Learn the positions and lingo Five Money Questions for Women. Kristin
and outdoor venues, traditional and not-so- change such as divorce. Noon–1:30 pm. Gifford in a supportive setting with other first-time Dearborn, Edward Jones Financial Advisor,
traditional events. Various location in Waterbury. Medical Center, Red Clover Conference Room, students. Bring clean shoes and a water bottle. will share a process women can use to identify Randolph. 728-2107 10–10:45 am. 54 Main St., Montpelier. Free. financial goals and set a strategy. This 45-minute
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 Register: presentation sets the stage of what questions
Dream to Reality…Start Your Business. What
are the steps to starting a business? Is it for me? Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Through Feb. 3. Orchard Valley Winter Faire. Day of activities women should ask as they explore their finances
Can I start a business from my home or garage? A 10-day festival featuring indoor and outdoor promoting peace, love, and joyful embrace of and gain a greater sense of control. 6:30 pm.
Can I buy an existing business? Why do I need to venues, traditional and not-so-traditional community. Storytelling and puppet shows. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.,
write a business plan? What goes in it? How can events. Various location in Waterbury. Felt with wool, learn to fold origami, make Montpelier. 223-3338.
I borrow money to get started? We’ll answer all Valentine’s, and more. Bonfire, and our ever- TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
your questions. 8:30–10 am. Capstone, 20 Gable popular Cake Game. Yummy and nourishing
Barre Congregational Church Community food in our café too. 10 am–2 pm. Grace Farm Barre Congregational Church Community
Place, Barre. 477-5214. Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.
Campus, 2290 Rt. 14N, East Montpelier. Free
Four Fridays in February: Living Through Alpenglow Fitness Intro to Studio Cycling. admission; fees for activities. 456-7400. WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3 Orchard Valley Walk-Through Wednesday.
Waterbury Winterfest 2019. Through Join us for this monthly open house event
Feb. 3. A 10-day festival featuring indoor during the school day. Observe main lesson in
and outdoor venues, traditional and not-so- grades 1–8 and visit our mixed-age kindergarten
traditional events. Various location in Waterbury. programs, including Farm & Forest. 8:30–10:30 am. Grace Farm Campus, 2290 Rt. 14N,
East Montpelier. Pre-registration required:
Silent Film Series: Charlie Chaplin in The or 456-7400
Circus. Wrongfully accused of criminal acts,
a tramp (Charlie Chaplin) unwittingly ducks The Christ Church Community Lunch.
into a big top, where his bumbling attempts to 11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier.
avoid pursuing police officers earn the laughter Salvation Army Community Lunch.
and applause of the circus-goers. 2–3 pm. Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.
Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
St., Greensboro. $10; students and seniors. $8. Mid-Week Movie: Love After Love. 6–8 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation.
Zumba-Like Fitness Dance. Every Sunday.
Music by secular and Christian artists. 4–5 pm.
East Montpelier Elementary School, 665 Vincent THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7
Flats, East Montpelier. Free for women 18 and Trinity United Methodist Church
older. Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 St., Montpelier.
Community Lunch at Unitarian Church FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8
Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St., Four Fridays in February: Living Through
Montpelier. Loss’ Series. See Feb. 1 Description.
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