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IN THIS ISSUE: All Things LGBTQ Reaches Youth through New Show
Pg. 4 Can Bioplastics
Save the Day? By Sarah Davin

Pg. 12 City Aims for New A ccording to a 2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
survey on sexual identity and health-related behaviors, 29.4
that we think other people should be educated about. We want
to help create support and a safe space. We can show them how
Charter Change percent of lesbian, gay, and bisexual students answered that they to do that and teach them how to find the help that they need.”
had attempted suicide in the 12 months prior to the survey, and
many more, 42.8 percent, contemplated suicide. The show also creates a venue in which topics that might
Pg. 17 Happily Ever After otherwise be avoided are brought to the front. “We talk about
A new show—All Things LGBTQ Youth Edition—on Onion the things you don’t really hear being talked about, especially by
Kids? River Community Access Media (ORCA) hopes to address this youths,” explained Jules. “Our youth edition had an ‘Aro and Ace’
serious issue and others by giving area Photo by Adrienne Fortune episode, so aromantic and asexual. I
LGBTQ students a platform to discuss am ‘ace,’ so I knew about romantic
gender- and sexuality-related themes. love. I learned so much more about
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“It’s really important for young platonic love and different kinds of

people’s voices to get heard because love, like familiar and aromantic.
in some ways they are probably more It was an amazing experience to sit
on top of what’s happening with down with people who are aro and
that generation and the needs of that ace and get to talk with them about
community,” said Linda Quinlan, it.”
who co-hosts the adult edition, All
Things LGBTQ, with Anne Charles “We did a mental illness episode
and Keith Goslant. “I really wanted where we talked about self harm and
to have a show that gave a voice to suicide. As a youth, you don’t have
young people, especially since there a lot of resources. The point was to
is so much depression and suicide in be a resource.” Youth Edition has
this demographic.” also highlighted other issues such as
labels, how to be an ally, and a special
Youth Edition is hosted by Montpelier Sophia Flora (left) and Jules Caserta (right) transgender panel was featured in
High School student Jules Caserta episode four.
and Main Street Middle School
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student Sophia “Steve” Flora. During each hour-long episode, Moving forward, Youth Edition
the two, along with other LGBTQ students, aspire to educate would like to incorporate more voices and opinions by inviting
and connect with fellow youths and allies. “From my point of guests to the show. “I think it would be very cool to be able
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Pelkey to Skate for Team USA in Rivalry Series Legacy is seeking the post of School District Clerk; Shelley Quinn is seeking to become
School District Treasurer; and Kimberly Cheney is seeking an at-large seat on the
Montpelier native and Olympic gold medalist Amanda Pelkey was selected to play for Central Vermont Public Safety Authority. No candidate applied for an open seat on the
Team USA in a three-game Rivalry Series against Canada this month. Pelkey, who is Cemetery Commission.
in her third season skating for the Boston Pride of the professional National Women’s
Hockey League, will join 12 other members of the team that defeated Canada in the Local Businesses Support Furloughed Federal Workers
gold medal game at the 2018 Olympics in South Korea. The three-game series will be
played February 12–17 in London, Ontario; Toronto; and Detroit. Pelkey, a forward, During the long (and unfinished?) government shutdown, several area businesses
has four goals and four assists in 12 games with the Pride this season. stepped up to support federal workers. Julio’s provided (and is still providing) free
meals for federal employees and their immediate family until paychecks are received.
No Contested Races for City Council, School Board Birchgrove Baking also offered a free small latte or drip coffee. The Vermont Foodbank
invited any federal employees impacted by the recent government shutdown to join
Barring an unforeseen write-in campaign, it appears that Lauren Hierl will be the next one of their free food distributions, and Northfield Farmers Market offered free food
new member of the Montpelier City Council. Hierl, who is executive director of the for furloughed workers.
Vermont League of Conservation Voters, was the only candidate to submit signatures
to appear on the Town Meeting Day ballot for the District 1 Council seat being City Pays Employees to Free Up Parking
vacated by Rosie Krueger. Incumbents Jack McCullough in District 2 and Ashley Hill
in District 3 are also unopposed for re-election. Likewise, Andrew Stein and Steve Montpelier city employees can now see their paychecks increase by about $100 a
Hingtgen are the only candidates for two three-year seats on the School Board. Kassia month—if they opt not to claim an employer-paid parking space behind City Hall.
Randzio and Shelby Perry are seeking separate slots on the Parks Commission; Tammy That’s the initial result of a scaled back program the city initiated to help free up some
parking spaces this winter, during a time construction of a downtown parking garage
was anticipated to, paradoxically, reduce parking spaces in the short term. The garage
construction is not happening, while the project is under appeal, but the incentive
remains for city employees.
Montpelier City Manager William Fraser says city employees have been given parking
in the lot behind City Hall as a benefit. He said typically 20 to 30 spaces are taken up
by city employees. To make more of those spaces available to the public, the city offered
its employees $50 per pay period instead. At this point, four people have signed up for
the incentive, Fraser reported.
An additional incentive to free up the parking spots has been dropped, Fraser said. The
city leased a lot on Downing Street—off Barre Street, about a two-minute walk from

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parking in the City Hall lot for a fee of $50 per pay period. However, with the parking
garage construction on hold, the city observed “ample parking” in the City Hall lot, so
the Downing Street lot lease was canceled.

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instead of just talking amongst ourselves. I think it would be cool to eventually have a support it is to keep watching and listening. Try to spread it around,” explained Jules.
discussion with an adult peer and see what is going on from their point of view.” Jules A new episode of the show is filmed each month. The show is nearing its one-year
added, “We definitely don’t have a shortage of new ideas. We have so many ideas we anniversary after its 11th episode was filmed in January.
want to cover and so many shows we want to do.”
For anyone interested in watching and supporting All Things LGBTQ Youth Edition,
It’s an experience that students like Sophia have found rewarding. “I think it’s been a the episodes can be watched on demand at or on
really good opportunity for me,” said Sophia, “I’ve actually come across a lot of people ORCA’s YouTube channel. All Things LGBTQ runs on Saturdays at 8 pm, Tuesdays at
who say, ‘Oh, you’re this person. I’ve seen you on the show.’” 1 pm, and Fridays at 10 am, with the adult and youth editions incorporated into the
adult edition’s cycle.
Supporting fresh voices like the ones featured on the show requires community
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ith plastic bans on the lips explains, pointing to Coke’s Dasani sized composting, not for backyard The more you start accepting, the more
of lawmakers around the state “plant bottles” as an example of the compost, as it doesn’t get hot enough.” complicated it gets, and the more people
and images of bags floating confusion that comes with the term Another major reason for the wide-scale get confused and don’t want to bother.”
with jellyfish across our social media “bioplastic.” “They are sourced from rejection of plant-based plastic in our The first battle to fight, according to
streams, Vermonters are becoming biological material but manipulated in compost and waste streams is not the Morris, is better labeling so the distinction
ever more conscious of the impact a way that it acts like a regular plastic technology, but the psychology, which between bioplastic and regular plastic is
of plastic on the environment and soda or beverage bottle,” she points out, creates a “gateway” effect. “The general clearer.” The second, she explains, is
finding ecologically friendly alternative “so it no longer has the same properties public doesn’t see a distinction between providing access to more places that
packaging. An industry has risen to meet as a corn-based plastic. Not every a compostable cup and a conventional process bioplastic material. “If you are
the demand, with increasingly higher compostable item is created equally.” coffee cup,” said Morris at Chittenden a restaurant in Central Vermont… and
quality and more accessible products as Josh Kelly, materials management Solid Waste District. “Folks who don’t you’ve invested in these compostable
the technology improves, but integrating section chief at the Waste Management accept these products are very rightly products, but your population doesn’t
them into Vermont’s waste and compost and Prevention Division of Vermont’s concerned that when somebody sees a have access to anywhere to compost it,
infrastructure appears to be a far more Department of Environmental compostable coffee cup in a compost then should you be actually bothering
challenging hill to climb. Conservation, adds, “The USDA bin, they automatically assume that all to buy that product?” It’s a sentiment
A case in point is the new compostable basically says if something has been coffee cups can go in that bin. That’s shared by Hemenway, “That’s why the
“BioBag” available in the bulk food synthesized, it is not certified organic a legitimate concern and something we biodegradable plastics aren’t simple
department of Hunger Mountain and thus cannot be used in organic battle.” because they require an infrastructure in
Co-op and City Market in Burlington. agriculture, so you can take dairy Ericksen agrees. “It creates a challenge place to take them.”
Made from “Mater-Bi,”—a type of manure from a non-organic farm and use because we pick plastic throughout Much would need to happen on the
bioplastic that uses starches, cellulose, that manure on your farm and continue our process. If a machine operator is policy side, including at the USDA and
and vegetable oils—the bags are fully to be certified organic…but the minute turning a pile and sees what looks like NOFA-VT, to welcome these materials
compostable, and according to Hunger you take a BPI-certified, compostable plastic, they will step down from their into compost streams. Creating new
Mountain store manager, Kari Bradley, bag and put it into a compost pile and machine and remove the plastic. When facilities at waste management facilities
“break down fully into carbon dioxide use that on your organic farm, you’ve the biobags have been blended with would require vast sums of money, most
and water, essentially.” In addition, the just violated your NOFA [Northeast food, it is difficult to discern them from likely obtained from taxpayers. “It’s
bags are certified by the Biodegradable Organic Farming Association] organic any other plastic, so we’re stopping the not something we can manage on our
Products Institute (BPI)”—an essential standards.” operation and stepping down to inspect existing budget,” Hemenway notes. “It’s
designation for many composters and “Fundamentally, it has more to do with and remove the bag.” the kind of thing that if a private sector
waste management districts. what’s being introduced to our soils,” person said, ‘You know what? I think I
Compounding the problem is the
However, try to bring the bags to a local Ericksen elaborates, and that comes back conditioning Vermonters (and many see a market for this,’ we are in sore need
composter, such as Vermont Compost to the transparency of the producer. An Americans) have received toward “Zero- of that type of thing right now.”
Company (VCC) or Grow Compost, organic certifying agent has to know all Sort” methods in recycling, where Diving deeper down the rabbit hole
and they won’t be accepted, because the of the details of the entire production everything is tossed in a single bin, brings the question of whether, in the
source material is not strictly organic. line and how that’s going to impact soils and then picked apart at materials grand scheme of things, insisting on more
“They are not allowed by the National on organic farms. If they don’t have recovery facilities. Recycling workers compostable packaging and bioplastic
Organic Program,” explains Kurt enough information or the impact is and advocates have long argued against actually solves the larger problem of
Ericksen at VCC, “and our products are deemed negative or not in line with the this policy as significantly degrading the waste. For example, is it better to use a
approved for organic use.” This means National Organic Program [the federal value of the product and that carries over bioplastic item that’s been manufactured
users of the bag must either compost it regulatory framework governing organic to composting. in China and transported on a ship to
in the backyard, or bring it to one of two food], the materials won’t be approved. the United States? Also, plastics preserve
waste districts in Vermont that accept “Throwing everything in one bin, what
As for manures, Ericksen counters, “The we call Zero Sort Recycling,” notes food that would otherwise be wasted and
them—Chittenden Solid Waste District science behind utilizing well-managed, create huge amounts of greenhouse gases
(CSWD) and Windham Solid Waste Hemenway, “completely devalues the
composted manures from conventional product. Once you mix everything and emissions. “You buy bread, and it
Management District. farms for the benefit of organic farms comes in a plastic bag,” Kelly explains.
together, people throw in things that
Furthermore, organic composters are is very strong, but the science behind aren’t recyclable, so our brilliant plan “If you bought it in the bioplastic bag,
generally skeptical of “bioplastic” in using ‘biodegradable’ plastics in compost to put all our recyclables into one bin it might start to degrade and fall apart
almost any form, thanks to issues with to apply to organic soils is mostly and then let a machine deal with it before you finish the bread,” especially
producers “green-washing” products to inadequate when trying to justify their has backfired.” It also means it will be because BioBags breathe 40 percent
make them seem more environmentally approval.” harder to retrain the public to separate more than regular plastic bags.
friendly than they are. “Vermont has A second problem with using out compostable packaging. The greater achievement for nearly all
witnessed a lack of reliability regarding compostable packaging is that many of those involved in the debate is reducing
claims of biodegradable and compostable The effort to increase bioplastic
them will not break down in backyard alternatives for Vermonters then falls the amount of disposable products
products,” Ericksen notes. “That’s compost piles because temperatures will altogether. In other words, it’s not
a problem when your end goal is to on educating the public and changing
not reach the required 141–160 degrees behavior. “We walk that line of making about making environmentally friendly
rejuvenate the soils from which we grow Fahrenheit, leaving what looks like packaging more accessible and of higher
our food.” recycling and waste reduction and all
broken up plastic bits in your compost of our efforts easy for folks to do, or quality, but guiding people to reusable
It’s a perspective shared by Michele pile. “The compostable, disposable else they’re not going to bother.” Morris and durable containers.
Morris, director of outreach and dishware, silverware, and flatware,” explains. “You have to make it easy “It’s not as simple as these bags are better
communications at CSWD, who explains Cassandra Hemenway at Central for people, make it accessible, and you than those bags,” Kelly emphasizes, “it’s
disputes the “bioplastic” term itself. “We Vermont Solid Waste Management have to make it consistent. It’s the same about not producing waste in the first
prefer to use a very narrow term, which District, “is all designed for industrial- thing with food scraps and composting. place.”
is ‘certified compostable products,’” she

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School Page By Libby Bonesteel February 2019

to make a path in the snow for easy walking to and from
Celebrating Black History Month art installation, The Racial Justice Alliance will also the ice skating area. Additionally, teachers set up a great
Montpelier High School will celebrate Black History hold a “Music of Color” dance at the beginning of the
course on the RVS grounds for the snowshoers. It was
Month in a big way again this year. After the historic month and several movie nights open to all students.
quite a sight watching elementary students attempting
event of being the first known public high school February’s concentrated learning and celebration of to hike through more than two feet of snow. It ended
in the country to fly a Black Lives Matter flag last Black Excellence will continue the school’s effort to up being a real test for the snowshoes, which worked
February, the high school will be celebrating Black increase our community’s recognition of historically
Excellence this year. marginalized groups throughout our past and present.
On February 22, the month of activities will culminate Roxbury Village School was also fortunate to have many
Led by the school’s now largest student group, the
Racial Justice Alliance, Montpelier High School with a keynote speech from former Vermont House high school volunteers assisting students to and from
students will participate in workshops and activities Representative Kiah Morris. Advisors Sarika Tandon stations, lace up ice skates, as well as snowshoes. The
geared to inform and inspire. As part of the month, and Sue Monmomey have been working closely with extra hands and energy from these folks is priceless. One
the high school will also host a photo art installation. the Racial Justice Alliance student leaders to plan of the most important stations involves reading at the
The art installation will feature the work of artist and prep everything and get Montpelier High School Roxbury Senior Center. We have received such thanks
Sha'an Mouliert. The series is titled, “I Am Vermont ready for another busy, important Black History and appreciation for the time spent over there and the
Too.” In addition to the workshops, activities, and Month. kids are always so gracious. Finally, RVS owes a big thank
Superintendent’s Corner Main Street Middle School you to Misse Axelrod for helping us pull together these
marvelous activities and the volunteers who generously
Main Street Middle School (MSMS) is in our first year with donated their time and resources. Here’s to another
We had the opportunity to welcome Dr. Alexander
whole school implementation of restorative practices. A successful Winter Sports Program!
McNeece for our January 28th inservice day. Dr.
restorative approach offers tools to focus on student outcomes
McNeece specializes in working with school faculties
to create a safe, inclusive, and equitable community through Union Elementary School
concerning school culture. Our day was intense and
building relationships. A team of MSMS educators is The Union Elementary School is celebrating the social
productive—marked with amazing conversations
trained in restorative practices and are facilitating this work. and emotional growth of students as an emphasis is being
regarding our current cultures. The staff was asked
to begin analyzing where our system works in Some restorative practices are proactive, including weekly placed on several key initiatives that promote student
producing high levels of learning and where we have circles for building community and a sense of belonging. growth in this area. One example is the Positive Behavior
work to do. These conversations are the building We believe that students learn best when they have positive Interventions and Support (PBIS) system within the
relationships with classmates and with teachers. school. Recognized as a School of Distinction several
blocks for taking our system from one that is good
years ago by the state, Union Elementary has rekindled
to one that is great. Every member of our school is part of a Homeroom/TA the focus this year to ensure students are receiving a high-
and on Friday mornings participate in a restorative circle. quality social experience combined with their academics.
In addition to Dr. McNeece’s work in culture, he Early in the year our Friday circles focused on getting to A committee of teachers and other staff members has
also dives into the topic of student engagement. He know one another and building relationships. We are now been meeting once per week to focus on this work, and
gave MRPS leadership his recently published book, moving to discussing values and will eventually use our the team recently was awarded a grant to attend the
Launching and Consolidating Unstoppable Learning circle process for conflict resolution when needed. BEST Institute this summer in Killington.
(Solution Tree Press, 2019). In it, McNeece describes
To provide a sense of this structure, Friday circles begin with Students have time carved into each day for a “morning
five student mindsets: agitator, retreater, probationer,
an opening that is often a quote or a short reading that helps meeting,” which provides each teacher a chance to connect
aficionado, and academician.
us focus. Next, there are questions posed that each member at a deeper level with students and constantly focus on
has the opportunity to respond to while everyone else building a strong community within the classroom. This
While all five piqued my interest, the last two,
(truly) listens. Circle prompts may involve sharing favorite time is often used to focus on the goals of PBIS, which
aficionado—the student who plays the game of school
memories, things that frustrate us, difficult experiences, are tied to encouraging students to be kind, responsible,
well to receive extrinsic rewards (e.g., good grades,
or what character traits we value most. While this type of and safe community members.
academic awards, etc.)—and the academician—
communication is new with respect to addressing behavior
the student who is intrinsically motivated to learn
and expectations at MSMS and may have felt awkward at Student celebrations are held once per month to recognize
more—particularly did so. McNeece states our
first for some students, many are now reporting that Friday those who are going above and beyond and also to review
aficionado students need opportunities for autonomy
morning circles feel calm and they enjoy learning about expectations around how students treat one another and
to make their own decisions and praise in the process behave throughout the building.
their classmates and teachers.
rather than the end result. Academicians, on the
Roxbury Village School Another example of the school’s commitment to social
other hand, need time for social interaction to teach
and emotional growth is tied to the school’s first Kindness
what they know and build upon their ideas through Roxbury Village School (RVS) is in the midst of another Club, which has started meeting once per month. With
the help of ideas from others. Winter Sports Program. Each Wednesday afternoon our nearly 50 students enrolled, this club has completed a
students enjoy snowshoeing, ice-skating, and reading at the sock drive for the homeless and is planning a tour of the
These mindsets sparked my thinking about my own senior center for a community outreach. city to distribute free hot cocoa to spread good energy
children and how I can best support their growth. I
Several volunteers have worked extremely hard to make through the community. Students are driving this group
know it will also move the thinking of the teachers
all of this happen for the energetic students. The Roxbury and have been pivotal to its success.
throughout MRPS. My hope is that it is yet another
Volunteer Fire Department poured the water for the ice rink
way teachers and families can work together to
and Mother Nature was more than happy to make it freeze
better support our growing learners.
in record time. Family members of school staff used tractors

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Photo by Andrew Brewer

Union Elementary School Prepares Montpelier Community
Lantern Parade
nion Elementary School (UES) invites the entire Montpelier and the Hunger Mountain Co-op, who made generous donations. The
community to join them for an evening lantern procession on Montpelier Police Department, Montpelier Alive, and Montpelier City
Thursday, February 21. This year’s theme is “Shine Your Light, Council also assist in this community event.
Share Your Story.”
Montpelier residents and community members will also have the
The lantern procession will begin at 6 pm at Union Elementary School. opportunity to create their own lanterns at one of our free one-day lantern
Led by the Burlington samba band Sambatucada!, the parade will go from making workshops (donations welcome). All tools and materials will be
the school through downtown Montpelier, covering Loomis, School, Main, provided. If you have a pair of hand-held pruning shears, please bring
Langdon, Elm, and Court streets before finishing on the State House lawn them along. You’ll find it useful to have a pair of your own.
with a fun finale celebration with decorated luminaries, live music, a dance
performance, and free hot chocolate and cider. The event will end at 7 pm. The workshop is not suitable for children under six, and those above six
must be accompanied by an adult. There will be a limit of 20 participants
Visual artist Gowri Savoor will guide UES students in making their lanterns for each workshop. For more information and to book your place for the
during an art residency from February 5 to 19. All preschool through February 9 workshop at Union Elementary, please contact Kristina Kane
fourth-grade students will create handmade lanterns from sustainable at To register for the February 16 workshop at the
materials including willow and tissue paper. Lanterns will be suspended Montpelier Senior Center, please call (802) 225-8699.
from bamboo poles and lit with battery-operated LED lights.
For more information about the school art residency, the lantern workshop,
The lantern parade is made possible through the support of the the UES and the community lantern parade, please visit
Parents Group, as well as Lake Champlain Chocolates, Champlain Orchards, This text was provided by Union Elementary School.

Principal Mike McRaith Reflects on Tenure at Montpelier High School
Compiled by Mike Dunphy

t the end of January, Montpelier Can you give an example?
High School (MHS) Principal
Michael McRaith announced
McRaith: Two years ago, when the
he would be stepping down in June
students came to me and said, “We
to take a new position as assistant
want to raise the Black Lives Matter
executive director of the Vermont
flag,” that was not something that I
Principals’ Association (VPA) after a
knew exactly what to do, or what the
four-year tenure at MHS. McRaith sat
legal ramifications were. So I bounced
down with The Bridge to reflect on his
that off of those folks and that was
time as principal, what he’s most proud
helpful. Sometimes it’s just good to
of, what still needs to be accomplished,
have a talking partner, and the VPA
and the role of principal in today’s
can provide that for principals.

Was accepting the job a no-brainer
The Bridge: What exactly does the
for you or did you really wrestle
new position entail?
with it?

Michael McRaith: The Vermont
McRaith: I definitely wrestled with
Principals’ Association has been
it. I had pretty much made the
contracting with several people to
decision by the time they offered the
do pieces of jobs, and they just took
job because when I was applying, I
all those pieces and put them into
had a long time to think about it. The
one new job of assistant executive
thing that I wrestled with is leaving a
director. Those pieces are running the
community that I feel connected to.
Leadership Academy for principals
and any school people who want
to come, and any other professional How did your colleagues and
learning opportunities throughout students react to the news?
the year that the VPA hosts, or if
there’s some new legislation that needs
explanation, or bringing speakers in McRaith: People knew that I was
from other places to inspire. It also happy here, which I am, so there
will be coordinating the mentoring Mike McRaith, photo by student Adam Blair was an element of surprise for sure,
program for new principals and but they have been very kind and
serving as the VPA liaison to the generous and supportive of me. I was
Also, I’ve presented a lot in the last McRaith: I’ve been on their nervous about telling people because
Waddington Leadership Initiative.
few years at workshops both in the professional learning and support that made it real that I was leaving a
state and in the New England region, committee for the last two years, place that I feel really good about.
What drew you to the position? so I feel relatively plugged into the which essentially is led by what will
professional learning network. I be my new role. There is a group
thought that I might be able to be of of principals that help plan the In 2015, The Bridge asked you,
McRaith: I’m interested in working good use. I’m interested in working Leadership Academy, so I’ve been on “What would you like your legacy as
from the statewide perspective and statewide and being of the most use that team thinking about what kinds principal of MHS to be one day?” and
just seeing what kind of positive I can be to the greatest number of of things would be important for you responded, “If I left this place…
impact I might be able to have. I students. us to offer learning on. I’ve gone I think that would be something I
felt like I’ve had a short tenure as to the academy six out of the past would be proud of, if people said,
principal, for six years [including seven summers. And also, if there’s ‘well, at Montpelier High School…
his tenure at Enosburg Falls Middle As principal, how have you worked it’s a place of kindness, it’s a place
just something that I bump into that
School], but a pretty intense one. with the VPA? of respect, and students treat one
is difficult, I’ve called the executive
director a few times and just said, another that way and staff treat
“What you think about this?” students that way, and the students
treat the community that way.’”
Do you feel you’ve achieved this?

McRaith: I think if you asked our the eye of the storm for hate and year principals this year. So there is staff, and all of the coaches, teachers,
community, faculty, and students, white nationalism for a minute there, a very high turnover rate, which is and everyone else, that’s almost 100
you’re going to hear that that’s a and this community and school really something in my work with the VPA people who think I’m their boss in
value of ours. I think that it has gone stood behind our values and the that I want to look closely at and see one way or another. There’s a lot that
well as far as relationships go. You ideals of equity and having a fair and if I if I can change. comes along with that. You are also
know teenagers are going through just education system for all of our the public relations person; you’re the
hard things. They’re going to make students. I am proud of that. head of customer service; name it and
What would be something that
mistakes, and sometimes they’re going you could say, “Well, the principal
could affect that change?
to be mean to each other. So it’s not should’ve known about that,” or “The
Like teachers, are principals principal could have done something
perfect. It’s not all holding hands and
expected to be and do much more better,” or, “Where was the principal
everybody always getting along. But McRaith: I think more communities
than 10‒20 years ago? there?”—anything. But I think that
I do think that overall this is a place need to have a reasonable expectation
of respect and kindness, and certainly about the number of hours that that this community and faculty here gets
that’s a value of ours as a community. McRaith: I don’t know the difference school leader is going to put in. The that, and this is why it’s a good job
that much because of being a relatively principal can’t be at every game and and sustainable.
new principal. I’m only in my sixth dance and isn’t going to answer every
What accomplishments do you leave
year. But I have asked the executive email at 11 at night or Saturday
feeling most proud of ? What is your advice for the next
assistant here, Val Belanger, who’s morning.
principal of MHS?
been helping principals for at least 20
McRaith: The thing I feel the best years, and she says, “definitely.” She
How many hours do you put in a
about was that the student council feels the demands are higher, that the McRaith: One of the other things that
given week?
presents an award, the Peter Clarke 24-hour cycle of communication is a I think has gone pretty well but will
Award for Excellence, and they choose lot different than it used to be. I don’t need to continue to have energy is our
one faculty member each year. Last have to respond on the weekends and McRaith: Average for me is 70 hours Flexible Pathways program, connected
year they gave it to me, and that was at nights, but I basically do. And I a week. A lot of that is self-inf licted, to Act 76. I think Montpelier High
really big for me, because kids don’t think that that is very appreciated by and I have a hard time leaving work School has done very well by that law,
mess around. If they didn’t think I our community. undone. and there will need to be continued
was doing a good job, they would let energy, as we have more and more
me know. And they certainly wouldn’t students participating in that.
This community in particular has Is there something else about the
give me that award. And there’s so
really made it clear to me that they role of a principal that the public
many outstanding educators here that
want me to be rested and have a doesn’t realize? The achievement gap is another issue.
could win that every year. So that to
balanced life. But it is very difficult That’s the really obvious thing for the
me was a really good moment.
for many principals around the state district and the school to continue to
and beyond to achieve that balance McRaith: The modern principal is chip away at. It’s really about our our
The legacy part of it will be and deliver what people are expecting. an instructional leader, which means students of low social and economic
proficiency-based learning. We have a I think there’s a little bit of hypocrisy that they’re really in the classroom status. Just based on the statistics
functional system of proficiency-based there in trying to encourage our and a part of curriculum decisions using standardized test scores, our
learning and assessment that wasn’t leaders to be sustainable and have a and instructional practices. That’s students, particularly our boy students
here when I started and was a major balanced life, but also be available, evolving really quickly—what it with free and reduced lunch, just do
undertaking for us. We’ve had more listening, and responsive around the means to teach. We are no longer the not perform as well as other groups.
than 20 schools visit us to see it in clock. holders of content. Kids can watch That’s not OK. We can do better; we
action. We’ve been featured by M.I.T. The History Channel and look up will do better; we are doing better.
in their online community class, so anything they want at any given But that’s going to continue to be a
Sounds like that could shorten time. So we’re really into this other challenge for any principal.
that’s gonna go global. We’ve also
tenures of principals zone of how to help students be great
been featured in the Great Schools
Partnership. learners and builders of content, not
just consumers of content. That’s a The other thing I would tell them is
McRaith: Somebody just asked me if to just enjoy the faculty and staff, and
dynamic element of being able to
there was too much pressure on the let them lead. They have really good
The other thing that I’m really lead teachers in those instructional
Montpelier High School principal, instincts; they know the place; they
proud of is not just the raising of a practices and curriculum choices.
and that’s why Adam [Bunting] was know the community. There’s a little
Black Lives Matter f lag, but really a
here for three years and I was here for bit of magic here, and you can just
general awakening of our privilege
four. I don’t think that’s unique to The other piece of it is that a lot of plug into that and utilize it to just
and implicit biases and our need to
Montpelier in any way. The average principals are also managers. When make the place better and better.
do better around cultural competency
tenure for a Vermont principal is you add our custodial staff, our kitchen
for our students across the district.
really short. There are some principals
I’ve seen a lot of good growth for our
who have been in those roles for a
faculty and students in that area. It
long time, but a lot of principals
was not easy. It has not been easy.
in Vermont, 23 I think, are first-
There’s a long way to go. We were

How to Live Happily-Ever-After You Have Kids By Molly Ritvo

n her pivotal 2007 book Mating take precedence for a long time. For right?), your money, your time to do the challenges. It’s always hard, but
in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic intimacy—by which I mean emotional anything but the essentials. At the same always worth it.” Ticktin agrees, noting
Intelligence, Esther Perel explores honesty with yourself and each other— time, in the haze of exhaustion, for me, that it’s more important than ever to
the complexity couples face after the skills you need aren’t at all about building our family made us more of a find enjoyment in the haze of new
having children. “Having a baby is a lowering anxiety. Rather, you need team. Humor became a shared coping parenting: “I teach birth classes to
psychological revolution that changes to be able to tolerate anxiety without mechanism; we had our inside jokes expectant couples, and when we cover
our relationship to almost everything freaking out.” and our shared quirky sense of humor the postpartum stuff I always tell them
and everyone, from our sense of self to help us through the questioning, to find ways to connect with each other
and identity to our relations with our While hearing from experts is philosophizing, and compromising even if it means bringing the baby with
partners, friends, parents, and in-laws. affirming, hearing from those in the that parenting demands. And then them. Try doing something together
The making of a family calls for a trenches offers more comfort. As a there’s the challenge of figuring out that’s fun and gets you moving. Fresh
redistribution of resources and, for new mother of an almost one-year- how to balance taking care of our own air and getting out of your house is
awhile, there seems to be less for the old, I can attest to the challenges that needs while taking care of each other key.”
couple: less time, less communication, come with adjusting to a new normal, while also, together, taking care of the
less sleep, less money, less freedom, less most significantly the lack of time to small people we created together—and I’ve also taken solace in reminding
touch, less intimacy, less privacy,” she connect and the lack of sleep. Jessica that’s a shape shifter of a task, but myself that this is just a chapter. Dr.
writes. Ticktin, a freelance writer, educator, I absolutely cannot imagine doing it Shara Brofman, a clinical psychologist
and mama of four in Burlington, agrees with anyone other than my husband.” specializing in the psychology of family
According to Perel, the addition of that having children “can be a difficult building, reminds new parents that
children brings less spontaneity, which time for many couples” and encourages As for me, watching my husband it’s important to look at the bigger
poses challenges to a marriage. “Family new parents “to find ways to have fun become a father has been such a joy. He chapter: “When couples are struggling,
life flourishes in an atmosphere of to offset some of the heaviness that is tender and loving with our daughter it’s important to take a step back, take
comfort and consistency. Yet, eroticism can settle into couples after having and cherishes making her laugh and a breath, and think about what has
resides in unpredictability and risk. a baby, when both of you are feeling watching her grow and change. I’ve worked in the past to manage stress.
…Sex, a harbinger of loss of control, overwhelmed and exhausted.” also deeply missed the times when we You already have skills that can help.
is fraught with uncertainty and could just hang out together without Although people may have the sense
vulnerability. But when kids come She also observes that having children being exhausted or always listening to that they’re starting from square one,
on the scene, our tolerance for these can, in fact, make a marriage healthier. the monitor and creating the weekly it’s usually not an accurate or full
destabilizing emotions takes a dive. “Having kids made my marriage jigsaw puzzle of daycare pickup and picture. Keep in mind that this is also
Perhaps this is why so often it is stronger,” she says. “It allowed my dropoff. We’ve also grown a lot a particularly difficult time, and that
relegated to the fringes of family life. husband and me to give to each other together—and individually—over the things may become easier in certain
What eroticism thrives on, family life and be really vulnerable and support past year. We’re better at prioritizing ways in the long run. You’ll likely need
defends against.” each other. We also saw each other in a the endless demands and do our best to to make adjustments and process the
new light as we took on new roles and help the other, and we’ve become great loss of what was, but it doesn’t mean
This constant tension of craving this increased our attraction to each at finding an hour for a walk outside that something new can’t at times be
adventure in the face of a very other because we were so amazed by together in the middle of a hectic day. wonderful, or even just fine.”
drudgerious, tedious experience of the other’s skill and compassion with
caring for a newborn can leave happily our children.” Becoming a family is not easy, but it As Valentine’s Day approaches, this is
married people in a state of tremendous holds a promise for so much joy. “I think the perfect time to bring a little more
stress. Dr. Bruce Chalmer, clinical Holly Lane of East Montpelier, a of having children as the beginning of love and romance into our lives, with
psychologist and a former Montpelier nonprofit professional and mother of becoming a family, not just becoming or without a baby. And to remind
resident and grandfather, agrees with four, recalls that her marriage also parents,” Lane remarks. “A first baby ourselves that although happily-ever-
Perel: “Maintaining intimacy can be changed for the better after having is like a crazy trust exercise; if you’re after may be a product of Disney movies
especially acute for new parents, for children. “Babies bring so much joy, lucky, you have a trusted partner and fairy tales, finding pockets of joy
whom there is suddenly a new person but they steal away your sleep, your alongside you. Hold on to the humor. in marriage with children is something
in the mix whose needs necessarily downtime (that was a thing once, Watch for the wonder. Be kind to always worth celebrating.
yourselves and to each other. Embrace

Money Can’t Buy Love, but a Financial Game Plan Can Keep
a Relationship Together By Christine Moriarty

f “money can’t buy happiness,” does “love Strengthen your financial communication and
have anything to do with it?” It turns out quality of life together by following these tips:
both are keys to improving the quality of Talk as a team
your life. A 2004 study on quality of life by Wil-
liam Fleeson, associate professor of psychology If you have never talked finances before with
at Wake Forest University, found that if one’s your partner, now is the time to start. But take
marriage is going well, overall one’s life is better. it slow. Set aside time—an hour—when you
“More than any other area,” he explained, “it is will not be interrupted. Talk about your feel-
rare to have a high-quality life without having a ings and thoughts of where you are financially.
high-quality close relationship.” There is no right or wrong. Agree to regular
conversations once a week, where you will move
What was second on the list of quality of life into more details and changes. Take it one step
predictors? Financial stability. at a time.
It naturally follows that if you have a good fi- Maintain some shared money
nancial partnership, your life is better. Whether
you are married or with a life partner, money While keeping an account for yourself, sharing
plays a role in your relationship, and it is worth expenses and a checkbook establishes and main-
investing time and energy into your financial tains a camaraderie and communication that
partnership to improve one’s life for the long otherwise might not reinforce the team nature
term. Yet, most couples fall short in this arena. of your partnership.
For the majority of couples, money is harder to talk about than sex. They do not Set spending rules
discuss money because the topic carries so much emotional weight. In addition, some Agree to discuss all expenditures over a certain amount, say $100. That way the pur-
couples may not understand enough about financial issues to know where to begin chaser has to slow down before they make an impulse decision. The partner will not
a conversation. Or, one person might believe the other knows a lot more and should feel left out on the buying decision, and it becomes a “win-win” for your pocketbook
manage all pieces of their financial togetherness. and your relationship.
The truth is, unless both individuals in the couple have input and understand their Choose priorities with understanding
money, they are not likely to stand on solid ground. Sharing money is about as inti-
As a couple, you each have treasured expenses that may serve your individual interests.
mate as a couple can get outside the bedroom. With our money is our hopes, dreams,
Each of you should be able to pick an expense that is sacred. This may be his monthly
histories, and foibles, and without this financial transparency you cannot truly build
night out with the guys for brews and a ball game and your regular pottery class. Even
a joint future.
if this is “separate” money, understanding the importance can help your love life.
The reality is that the old rules do not make sense in today’s world. Marriages and
Ask for help
partnerships are more complex. Merging households and merging lifestyles are so dif-
ferent than when earlier generations coupled up or married young. Now, a couple may Having an outside financial team that can give a couple objective advice can some-
have previous marriages, stepchildren, and prior financial commitments to consider. times smooth out the rough patches. This may range from a tax professional to a
Understanding these differences is the first step toward recognizing that your life and Certified Financial Planner ™ to a therapist. Knowing there are resources out there to
your partnership is your own modern-day creation. As a result, so does your financial help you can make all the difference in the world. You are not alone.
life need to be uniquely formed—by each of you—to create that quality of life we all C.D. Moriarty is a financial author, speaker, and educator. She is dedicated to empower-
strive for. This takes some time and effort but is possible. ing others around their money so they can achieve their dreams. She can be found through
Making decisions together will make a difference to your financial life. Remember- her website,
ing that you are on a financial journey with your partner may be the key to financial
and relationship success, most of all, your happiness. With a little effort you and your
partner can improve the quality of years together.

Council Seeks Authority to Regulate Energy Efficiency
By Tom Brown

M ontpelier residents on Town
Meeting Day will be asked to
decide on a proposed change to the city
energy goals and could make rental units
more affordable by reducing heating costs.
bags. That proposal originally contained
language that would give the council the
authority to regulate energy efficiency and
maintenance, and that there are other
ways the city could help boost energy
efficiency. A recent renovation of a single
“We can’t legitimately have a conversation
charter that would give city councilors about net-zero energy as a community if other environmental concerns, including apartment unit his family owns cost about
the authority to set and enforce energy we don’t have a strategy around rentals,” plastics. The city council found the $20,000 he said.
efficiency standards for residential and Watson said, noting that 40 percent of the language too broad and elected to split One way the city might help improve
commercial properties. city’s housing is in rental properties. the charter change request into separate weatherization without mandates is
If approved, the change would allow parts, resulting in the plastic bag vote in through the permitting process, Heney
The thought is that some landlords, and November. All city charter changes must
councilors to establish energy efficiency certainly not all, have little incentive to said. For example, if a property owner was
thresholds for all new and existing be approved first by voters and then by the seeking a permit for a new roof, perhaps
weatherize their buildings, particularly if state legislature before going into effect.
residential, commercial, and rental tenants pay for heat, and that tenants have they could be advised on ways to add
buildings in the city. no authority to make such improvements While the idea is fresh and any ordinance insulation at the same time.
“The intent here is to allow the city to themselves. is many months away at the least, Watson Watson said Efficiency Vermont has
create some ordinances that would protect is aware that property owners might be committed to assign a person to deal
On the homeowner side, Watson envisions skeptical of any new housing regulations
renters from high costs of energy as well a requirement for sellers to provide an directly with rental property owners and
as protect home-buyers when they go from the city. connect them with rebates, loan programs,
energy assessment profile to would-be
to buy, or renters if they were renting a buyers that would assign a score to the “We are looking for a lot of input from and other benefits such as those offered to
house,” Mayor Anne Watson said. “The home similar to the mileage rating on all as we move forward,” she said. “I want homeowners. She also suggested that any
two things we have in mind, one is about a new car sticker. Such an assessment is to make sure we have the dials set right, ordinance might be not take effect until,
creating regulations around the energy offered by Efficiency Vermont for about that we find the right numbers for our for example, a year or more from when it
efficiency of rental buildings, and also $250 and differs from a full energy audit, market.” was adopted to give property owners time
around energy disclosure at the time of which is more expensive, she said. As a realtor, landlord, and homeowner, to adjust.
sale of the building.” Tim Heney has a large stake in this debate As a science teacher and a strong believer
The new proposal is a spinoff from
The mayor believes that improving the the charter change approved by voters and while no specific details are set in that humans need to act now to combat
energy efficiency of the city’s rental stock in November that gives the council stone, he is concerned about the city’s climate change, Watson said the city has
is essential to meeting the city’s net-zero the authority to ban single-use plastic capability to take on another regulatory a responsibility to do what it can to be a
function. leader. When asked how that squares with
“If we’re going to improve housing a new parking garage she said:
in Montpelier and make it better for “I want that structure to be the single
everybody, it’s not just Montpelier, biggest venue for electric vehicle charging
it should be a statewide policy, and it stations in the state,” which would require
should be at a level where it’s uniform and at least 15 spots, she said.
enforceable,” he said. Voting will be held on Town Meeting
Watson and Heney both point out that the Day, March 5, at City Hall, and early
majority of property owners in the city are voting will start as soon as the printed
committed to weatherization and energy ballots are received, which is likely to be
efficiency and should be recognized for this week, City Clerk John Odum said.
their efforts.
Heney said property owners are faced with
rising costs on many fronts, including
taxes, flood insurance, and routine

Proposed Charter Change:

The charter change language gives the council the authority to:

Enact ordinances enforcing minimum energy efficiency standards and disclosure
requirements for existing and new commercial and residential properties that are
generally consistent with State, Federal, and other energy efficiency standards and
reporting systems.

Hubbard Park Grapples with the Multi-use Trail Challenge
By J. Gregory Gerdel

While a few people have expressed concern about allowing fat bike access to a
Photo courtesy of Montpelier Parks limited number of trails, that concern has come from people who have not been
on the trails, Beyer said. “We’ve had no complaints about an actual incident with
a bike rider. People should understand that a fat bike traveling on a snow-covered
trail is moving no faster than a skier,” he added.

While it’s not expected that dog walkers will keep their pets from walking on
the ski tracks, their paws make a small impression relative to those of human
footprints. And many park users have observed that dog owners have been
increasingly diligent about picking up after their pets.

Beyer pointed out that walkers wearing snowshoes have consistently stayed on
the flat surfaces of the groomed trails this year, respecting the ski tracks. On the
several side trails through the deep powder snow, snowshoes, and back-country
skis are complementary modes of winter adventure.

For maps of the trail systems in Hubbard and North Branch Parks visit:

Information about current grooming and trail conditions, along with postings
about activities and special events, are regularly posted on

his winter’s abundant snowfall has been a boon to the Montpelier Parks
Department’s effort to provide multiple recreation options on the city’s U-32 Limits Access to School Ski Trails
trails, but it has also focused the need for mutual consideration among
The U-32 administration reports problems with unauthorized skiing on the
users choosing different means of locomotion on those trails.
school’s trail system. Skiing is not allowed during school hours or scheduled
team practices or ski events after regular school hours. The Bill Koch League,
This year has successfully included fat bike access on selected trails, but the a program for children ages 5–14 run by the Onion River Nordic Ski Club, is
many-years-long effort to groom tracks for classical skiing continues to be hosted on Saturday mornings and community members may use the trails outside
undone by walkers who step directly on the groomed tracks, either post-holing school hours and team practice times. If you have questions, please contact:
them, or obliterating them entirely. The set tracks on the main trails in Hubbard
Park, and the trail from the New Shelter to the Tower in particular, rarely
survive more than an hour after the staff have groomed them. Lesley J Fitch
U-32 Administrative Assistant to the Principal
The message to the many people who walk in the park is to stay in the flat,
groomed area in the middle of the trail, and not walk directly on the track set (802) 229-0321 ext. 5127, or
for skiing. Parks Director Geoff Beyer notes that they are now grooming a “skiers
only” loop to the inside of the perimeter trail in the large field at the North
Branch Park.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Encourages Saving at Tax Time
By Liz Scharf

onica T. of Barre is the first to tell you that February is one of her favorite get the refunds they are due. And I love meeting all the different people who come
times of the year, and not just because it’s her birthday month. February in for help with their taxes. Such interesting people I have met, it’s so fascinating
is also the time she counts on her tax refund. For the first time, she will to hear about such a wide variety of lives.”
be using Capstone Community Action’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program
(VITA) to help her file and claim the tax credits for which she and her family are Capstone’s Savings and Credit Program, which provides no-cost financial counseling
eligible. and coaching to help central Vermonters reduce debt, improve their credit, budget
and save money, oversees the Vermont Saves Campaign, a local affiliate of America
For many working Vermonters, the month offers relief as families enjoy a large Saves. In partnership with a number of like-minded organizations that understand
influx of cash during tax filing season in the form of federal and state tax credits the importance of saving money, including the Vermont State Employees Credit
and refunds, often in the thousands of dollars. This money is frequently used to Union, the Vermont Bankers Association, Jump $tart, Vermont’s Community
pay past-due bills, pay down credit cards, pay for heating fuel, and even rent. It also Action network, and others, the Vermont Saves Coalition encourages clients to
goes directly into the local economies as families use the money to buy clothing for develop the habit of saving because even a small amount can help with a car repair
the kids, replenish household items, dine out, and pay for needed car repairs. And, or an unexpected financial emergency.
if there’s some left over, many families put the money in savings to use throughout
the year for other expenses. Tax time is the perfect time to begin a savings account and volunteers like Warren
offer clients the opportunity to set aside a portion of their refund for a rainy day.
The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is one of the most effective federal Through a national campaign called Save Your Refund, filers assign an amount to
programs to lift lower income workers out of poverty. Considered a wage subsidy, deposit into savings when they set up direct deposit of their refund with their tax
the EITC comes as a lump sum during tax time with other credits and the amount a preparer and then can enter an online contest at to win weekly
tax filer receives depends on the income, family size, and filing status. A single mom cash prizes.
with two children who makes $25,000 per year can expect to receive approximately
$4,300 as a credit, as well as a state EITC of approximately $1,500. And, with two Capstone’s VITA program, managed by Laura Sudhoff, begins free tax filing for
young children, the family may be eligible for a refundable federal child tax credit of families who earned $55,000 or less in 2018. There are various locations around
$1,400 per child. These credits are available to workers and provide much needed central Vermont, including the Kellogg-Hubbard Library on Wednesdays, the
relief to families who may be struggling to meet their monthly financial obligations. Aldrich Public Library on Saturdays, at Capstone in Barre on Mondays, Tuesdays,
and Thursdays as well as several other satellite sites. For complete details on
Nermina Beslagic has been using the VITA program for the past four years through locations and times, visit or call (802) 477-5148. Families who
Capstone Community Action. As a small business owner who runs A Cut Above make $66,000 or less can file taxes for no charge on
the Rest Dog Grooming out of Four Paws Inn in Barre Town, she has relied on
Capstone’s VITA program to help her file her taxes. While Capstone does not file Liz Scharf works as the Savings and Credit Program Coordinator at Capstone
business taxes, the program does help individuals who are filing personal income Community Action. She is a certified VITA volunteer and AFCPE® Accredited
taxes with simple schedule Cs as long as their microbusiness doesn’t maintain an Financial Counselor®
inventory or record depreciation.

As a single mom, she values the tax help. “Ninety percent of my refund will go
toward paying bills in advance, such as my car and business insurance, business
expenses, and internet for the year,” says Beslagic who counts on the EITC and the
child credit for her young daughter. “My refund is crucial in helping me to be able
to survive financially throughout the year. It helps having more financial stability
as a single mom earning below the ideal amount.”

Beslagic isn’t the only person looking forward to tax season. Capstone’s steady crew
of volunteer tax preparers is excited to begin helping central Vermonters file their
taxes and access their refunds and credits. Susan Warren of Middlesex is in her
third year as a VITA volunteer. When she retired from her job at the state, she was
looking for a challenging opportunity to fill her time. “Helping people with their
taxes is so rewarding. The process intimidates so many, and it’s great to ensure they

Facing Shylock in The Merchant of Venice By Matthew Grant Winston

t’s hard to imagine a greater challenge saturated you” of Photo of and by Matthew Grant Winston b r e a k i n g p o i n t been put upon, spat upon, publicly
for a Jewish actor than playing the classic method by the dominant humiliated, undermined repeatedly in
infamous Shylock from Shakespeare’s acting, expounded culture, and he’s business. As written by Shakespeare,
The Merchant of Venice. Shylock is by my mentor hardened his heart he’s a full human being with universal
familiar because of many famous David Garfield. to survive. But we feelings.
portrayals, yet elusively complex—is he Although the deep glimpse the feeling The shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of
villain, victim, or both? self-knowledge of human soul within Life Synagogue demonstrates that anti-
In an era rightly sensitized by the his approach can when he learns that Semitism is alive and well in America.
greatest humanitarian catastrophe in build emotional his daughter, “fled The Merchant of Venice is a problematic
history, the play invites charges of anti- versatility, it risks with a Christian,” part of that dark history. Sublime in its
Semitism; the actor must balance the bringing the same has traded his stolen poetry and in its exploration of the risks,
risk of offending a modern audience persona to every turquoise ring for illusions, and realities of love, it makes
against an inauthentic portrayal, or one role—a bit like a monkey. “Thou us uncomfortable even as it uplifts us.
that’s slavishly derivative. Jack Nicholson, tor t u re st me,
perhaps. Tubal. It was my We can’t turn away from the ugly and
I want to share my approach to this great turquoise. I had it distasteful issue of anti-Semitism. We
role, and how I reconcile being Jewish That left two must face with honesty and courage the
approaches I’ve of Leah when I was
(raised Reformed and Bar Mitzvahed) a bachelor. I would instinctive human fear of what looks
with playing a Jewish villain, who for chosen to blend: different, what acts, dresses, worships,
first, animal exercises, in which you not have given it
many Jews epitomizes the most harmful for a wilderness of monkeys.” Those and sees the world differently. For this
of anti-Semitic stereotypes. study a creature closely—a vulture, for and other reasons I’m happy to play
Shylock—and embody its physicality understated lines, and that ring, embody
First onto my reject pile went imitation— a man’s grief and loss. Shylock in these times, and I hope to
until you know it so well you can embody him in all his truth and fullness.
company-mates from my freshman transfer it to a character. The second is My grandfather Irving Winston,
year at SUNY Purchase College love the great Michael Chekhov’s refinement passionate and bullheaded, fled starvation The Merchant of Venice plays at the
to remind me about my all-too-close of the method-acting approach, wherein in Russia when he was 13. I remember Plainfield Opera House on February 14,
impersonation of Peter O’Toole in an actor uses physical gestures to awaken him unkind at times, especially to my 15, 16, 21, 22, and 23 at 7 pm and
Becket—so despite my admiration for his subconscious connections to his grandmother; tyrannical and brilliant, February 17 and 24 at 2 pm. General
Dustin Hoffman, Al Pacino, and a host character’s emotional states. more tough than tender—qualities that admission is $15, and students / seniors are
of great BBC portrayals of Shylock, I must have seen him through extremes $12. Call 229-5290 or email blachly@
knew that wouldn’t work. I’ve felt connected to Shylock for a long for ticket reservations.
time; he’s no stereotype. He and his of deprivation. Like him, Shylock has
Next onto the pile was the “super- fellow Jews have been abused to the developed survival mechanisms—he’s

Support Good Samaritan Haven this Month at Hunger Mountain Co-op

edicated to transforming the The Good Samaritan Haven was started by wages for many people. Mental illness and GSH has three warming shelters: Hedding
lives of people experiencing a group of Barre clergy and congregations substance abuse are two other primary Church in Barre, Bethany Church in
homelessness, Good Samaritan in 1986. They were responding to a need causes of homelessness in our area. We Montpelier, and a location in Lamoille
Haven (GSH) is more than just a homeless they saw due to the number of people see many of our clients who are facing County. They operate from about
shelter. They have a variety of facilities that sleeping on the streets. There was quite one or both of these issues. One way November to April and allow GSH to
provide guests with shelter beds, essential a bit of backlash from some community GSH addresses this is our partnership increase its bed capacity from 30 beds to
items to meet their basic needs, and a wide members, but the people who felt strongly with Washington County Mental Health 91 during the coldest part of the year.
variety of support services to help them about the need for shelter continued to Services. We have a Washington County What basic needs do you provide to the
gain employment, apply for benefits, find persist, and it was allowed. Mental Health Adult Access Clinician people you serve?
treatment, and locate stable housing. How has the organization changed who is available to meet with our guests
at the house. Many of our clients come in We offer the things our guests need for
The organization is working to reduce since it first began? daily life in the shelter, such as hygiene
homelessness in Central Vermont while with mental health issues, are survivors of
The shelter has grown from seven beds to domestic violence, and/or have experienced items, bedding, socks, and more. One
prioritizing that every person is treated with 30. We provide evening meals, showers, of the major challenges for guests is
dignity, compassion, and respect during trauma. Those things really need to
and laundry. We now receive support from be addressed if we want someone to be transportation in our rural area. Most of
their time of need. In 2018, GSH helped citizens, elected officials, and numerous our guests do not have a car, so they need
57 people gain stable housing, served 228 successful in the long run.
individuals. to access the bus for doctor’s appointments,
people 11,310 meals at their facility, and In what variety of ways does Good employment, and social services. GSH is
saw their guests stay an average length of Has the problem of homelessness in our Samaritan Haven care for our homeless
community improved or gotten worse able to offer a limited number of bus passes
51 days. population? for guests who have no income.
in that time?
We spoke with Oliver Kelley, Good First and foremost, Good Samaritan What type of support services do you
Samaritan Haven’s AmeriCorps member There are considerably more homeless Haven provides emergency shelter to
people now than there were then. provide, case management, etc.?
who serves as their resource specialist, to individuals experiencing homelessness.
find out more about their wide variety of What are some of the most prevalent or While accessing shelter, our guests have Our housing counselors provide case
programs. widespread causes of homelessness in hot meals, the ability to do laundry, and management. We also have a peer
our community? a warm, safe place to sleep. For our guests support services employee who comes
When and how did Good Samaritan in the morning to help guests complete
Haven get its start? staying at the main house, we assign them
Lack of affordable housing and living chores, makes their beds, and learn
a GSH housing counselor. The housing
counselors help our guests to access a practical life skills. And we have the
variety of community resources, connect adult access clinician from Washington
with housing opportunities, and to move County Mental Health Services who is
towards self-sufficiency. available to meet with our guests. The
Projects for Assistance in Transition from
What is life in the shelter like for Homelessness (PATH) program offers
someone who stays there? additional assistance to people dealing
During the winter, our guests are allowed with mental health problems. The Family
to return to the shelter at 4 pm. They are Supportive Housing Program offers
allowed to make themselves a snack, do assistance to parents (either mothers or
chores, take a shower, and watch a movie. fathers) working on family reunification
Six days a week, we serve dinner at 7 pm. and provides help with housing and other
On Fridays, Hedding Methodist Church needed support.
hosts dinner at their building. Guests stay On a practical note, GSH also prepares
in one of our dorms, or on a cot in the people for transition with our NeST House.
dining room. At 11 pm, we turn the lights Located in Montpelier, it is a smaller
out with the expectation that everyone is population that is more like apartment
quiet. This way, everyone has a chance to living. There is overnight staff, but the
get a decent night’s sleep. It is very much guests there are much more self-sufficient.
a communal living environment, and we GSH sends guests from the main house in
strive to make the shelter as comfortable Barre to NeST if they are doing really well
as possible for the 25‒30 people staying and are almost ready to take the next step
with us. towards self-sufficiency. For someone who
Can they stay there for an extended has been chronically homeless, NeST is a
period? great opportunity to change that pattern
GSH has a 90-day program, and each and take the often scary step toward an
guest is assigned one of our two housing apartment of one’s own.
counselors upon arrival. They will have How does Good Samaritan Haven get
regular meetings with the housing its funding? How can people support
counselor to identify a plan for moving the organization and its work?
forward. Usually, guests are assigned tasks GSH’s funding comes from state (Office
designed to help them move toward self- of Economic Opportunity) and federal
sufficiency. These tasks can be things set (HUD) funds. We rely heavily on
up for them by the housing counselor, individual donations and receive much
such as going to credit counseling at support from local churches and civic
Capstone. Tasks are sometimes things groups.
that the housing counselor sits down and
walks a client through, such as filling This text was provided by Hunger Mountain
out an application for the Barre Housing Co-op. To support Good Samaritan Haven,
Authority. Alternatively, a task may be simply opt-in to being asked at the register to
something a guest is expected to do on round up your purchase to the next dollar at
their own time, like going down to the or speak
McFarland Building to get their SNAP with a customer service rep at the co-op.
benefits straightened out or apply for a job.
Tell me about the seasonal warming

Norwich University Kicks off 200th Anniversary Year
By Daphne E. Larkin, director of media relations and community affairs at Norwich University

Photo courtesy of Norwich University We achieved our goal a year ahead colonel was Sarah S. Patchem, who
of time, raising $100 million solely held the position in 1997. Norwich
to support the academic program was early in online education, too,
at Norwich and our students via establishing its first online program
scholarships. That is how much in 1997.
our alumni, employees, and
friends believe in our mission. As
We hope that you will join us at the
a result of our campaign, we have
State House and events during the
newly enhanced programs and
rest of the year to celebrate the past
facilities in cybersecurity, the arts,
200 years and take the first steps into
engineering, architecture, sciences,
the next 200 of doing both Vermont
and liberal arts.
and the country proud.

On campus, the Sullivan Museum
and History Center highlights Daphne E. Larkin is director of media
many Norwich firsts and other relations and community affairs at
examples of innovation, growth, Norwich University.
and historic breakthroughs in
several exhibitions. Many in central
Vermont might not know about
the many “firsts” that happened
here. Here are a few:
In 2011, in response to damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene, teams of Norwich students
gave a total of 4,000 hours of service to neighbors over the course of one month.
Norwich has the country’s oldest

wo hundred years ago, Capt. (SMC) in the country. SMC is a collegiate band; it was the first
Alden Partridge, a former federal designation that recognizes college to teach civil engineering; in
superintendent at West Point, colleges or universities that have a 1974, the college admitted women
founded Norwich University as part standing Corps of Cadets—students into the Corps of Cadets, two years
of his mission to educate citizen who attend classes in uniform—and before the United States Military
soldiers in the skills needed to build offer the Reserve Officers’ Training Academies, with our first female
and defend the republic. This makes Corps (ROTC) program. cadet graduating in 1975. This year,
2019 a significant milestone in the Norwich appointed its seventh female
history of Norwich University, and Regimental Commander—the top
Norwich also educates many non- student leadership position in the
a year-long schedule of events is
military students. Some of these so- Corps of Cadets—with psychology
underway—starting with a full day
called “civilian” residential or transfer major and student-athlete Morgan
of programming on February 20
students might have prior military Woods. Norwich’s first female cadet
at the State House in Montpelier
service, or they might just come to
and a community scavenger hunt
Norwich for a specific academic
sponsored by many local businesses
program, an athletic team, or because
(See insert in this issue.)—to pay
they appreciate the structured,
tribute to the many positive impacts
professional atmosphere the Corps
the school has had on Vermont and
of Cadets creates on campus and in
the United States.
the classroom.

Today, Vermonters can feel the
Partridge’s legacy lives on in the way
impact of Norwich in their local
that Norwich continues to innovate
hospitals and medical providers—
education today. We continue to
we place many nurses in local and
identify the areas of education critical
regional institutions every year.
to society, such as new disciplines like
Norwich students and graduates are
cybersecurity, international business,
everywhere, designing sustainable
and construction management, and
housing in area architecture firms,
build an academic program around
working on roads and bridges,
that need. We are also investing
developing solutions to mitigate
heavily in international education
stormwater runoff in public spaces
opportunities that prepare students
in response to climate change, and
to be culturally agile in their thinking
building sustainable communities.
and leadership.

Every year Norwich students spend
In anticipation of celebrating the 200-
thousands of hours volunteering in
year anniversary, five years ago we
the community, from staffing after-
launched our bicentennial “Forging
school programs to helping neighbors
the Future” campaign. The five-
remove snow. In 2011, in response
year fund-raising campaign, timed
to damage caused by Tropical Storm
to culminate this year, is committed
Irene, teams of Norwich students
to creating the best possible learning
contributed a total of 4,000 hours of
environment through state-of-
service to neighbors over the course
the-art academics and world-class
of one month.
facilities. It is designed to enhance
the university’s strong position as we
Norwich is the oldest and the only step into our third century of service
private Senior Military College to the nation.

9 Ways to Say “I Love You” in Montpelier By Mike Dunphy

he Valentine Bandit isn’t the only one with romance in the heart this Manghis
Valentine’s Day. Area businesses are also tapping heart strings with specials The esteemed bakery makes a variety of special sweet treats for your sweetie. This
and events on and around the holiday. Say “I love you” with a local flavor year’s crop include chocolate cherry cheese buns, lemon blueberry twist, maple
at these shops in and around Montpelier. pecan buns, and heart-shaped challah. Place orders by Tuesday, Feb. 12, for
North Branch Cafe Valentine’s Day pick up.
Casanova famously ate 50 oysters a day for breakfast to keep up his legendary The Quirky Pet
libido. On February 15, North Branch Cafe will be serving up a catch of fresh Give Fido some extra love on Valentine’s Day with specialty treats from the
raw Maine oysters from 4 to 7:30 pm, along with some of the best oyster-friendly bakery case. The frosted heart-shaped cookies are made with a peanut butter and
wines from around the world. Reservations are required. molasses base in Wareham, Massachusetts.
Global Gifts Nutty Steph’s
Make an exotic gift to your loved one, with a piece of jewelry from Global Gifts, Make a gift of chocolate even more saucy with a set of chocolate vulvas, naturally
on sale for 20 percent off from February 8 to 14. made with the best chocolates from around the world, grown in protected forests.
Alpenglow Fitness Enjoy three flavors—divine dark, peppermint, and caramelized—as well as the
Buy a $100 gift card and get a complimentary pair of Barre socks ($15 value) fact that a portion of proceeds go to supporting Planned Parenthood. Every box
through Valentine’s Day. also contains collectors cards designed especially for this campaign by Dutch
illustrator, Hilde Atalanta of The Vulva Gallery.
Charlie O’s
Capital City Concerts
Rock out on Valentine’s Day to the “queer-phonic, multi-sonic, jazz-shamanic
experience” of Jaguar Stereo and the pop rock harmonies of Yestrogen. The theme Sunday, February 17 at 3 pm, at the Unitarian Church, Capital City Concerts is
is self love, so the night is titled “I Love Myself.” celebrating love and romance with a “Valentine’s Weekend.” On the bill are sensual
works by Astor Piazzolla, Johannes Brahmns, Camille Saint-Saens, and more
Bohemian Bakery
Sweeten the holiday further with special Valentine’s cakes and cookie boxes—
large and fabulous meringue rounds filled with fresh berries, whipped eclairs filled
with raspberry cream and topped with chocolate icing, and more.

Calendar of Events
Community Performing
Vermont for a special wine and chocolate pairing, THEATER, DANCE,
just in time for Valentine’s Day! Fresh Tracks
Events Farm Vineyard & Winery, 4373, Rt. 12, Berlin.
Feb. 6: Step Afrika! The first professional dance
Barre Congregational Church Community company in the world dedicated to the tradition of
Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. stepping. In stepping, the body is used as an instrument to create intricate rhythms and sounds through
Events happening
a combination of footsteps, claps, and the spoken word. 7 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122
Pie For Breakfast. Over 150 pies. Proceeds Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $25–55.
February 6‒February 22 benefit the Waterbury Rotary Club’s Youth
Exchange Program. 8–11 am. Waterbury Feb. 8–10: The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within. Award-winning
actor, playwright, and two-time cancer survivor Valerie David is debuting her critically acclaimed,
American Legion, 16 Stowe St., Waterbury. $5 for
comical one-woman show. Feb. 8 and 9 at 7:30 pm; Feb. 10 at 1 pm with talkback to follow. Grange Hall
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6 all the pie you can eat. Cultural Center 317 Howard Ave., Waterbury Center. $15. Adult language and
Tech and Tea. Wednesday morning technology Winter Wild Edibles. Bundle up and join themes.
workshops through Feb. 27. Covering social NBNC teacher naturalist Ken Benton to Feb. 14–17, 21–24: Plainfield Little Theatre presents The Merchant of Venice. William Shakespeare’s
media, internet, smartphones, and safety. sustainably forage and cook a variety of delicious gripping comedy/drama set in fascist Italy. Thurs.–Sat. at 7 pm; Sun. at 2 pm. Plainfield Opera House,
Montpelier High School. Call for more info. and wild foods from the surrounding landscape. Rt. 2, Plainfield. $15; students and seniors $12. Tickets: or 229-5290
to register: 223-2518. Ages 50+ 10 am–1 pm. North Branch Nature Center, Feb. 16: Vermont Dance Alliance Winter Gala. Premiere works by six diverse Vermont choreographers
Orchard Valley Walk-Through Wednesday. Elm St., Montpelier. Registration required: from the Vermont Dance Alliance. 7 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro.
Join us for this monthly open house event during Tickets start at $15; students $10; 20% off for seniors.
the school day. Observe main lesson in grades 1–8 Free Community Lantern Making Feb. 20–21: American Girl Live. Experience American Girl® in an all-new musical, featuring all-
and visit our mixed-age kindergarten programs, Workshop. Make your own lantern for original songs and unforgettable experiences. Join your favorite American Girl characters and the
including Farm & Forest. 8:30–10:30 am. Grace the Union Elementary parade with willow campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship. 7 pm. Spruce
Farm Campus, 2290 Rt. 14N, East Montpelier. branches and tissue paper. 10 am–3 pm. Union Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $45–75.
Pre-registration required: or Elementary School, Montpelier. Pre-registration Feb. 22: Pin-Ups Prefer Pie. A variety show of burlesque, comedy, and drag! Hosted by Prudie Peepers.
456-7400 required: Raffle to benefit Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont. DJ KOMORO (of Electrolads) will close out
the night. 9:30 pm. Positive Pie, State St., Montpelier. Advance $15; at door 20.
The Christ Church Community Lunch. Valentine Poetry Reading. The Northeast
11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier. Storytellers group members and guests will appear Feb. 22: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. A wide range of talented standup comics from here and away
in the gallery sharing their love-themed readings. 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. 1 pm. The St. Johnsbury Athenæum, 1171 Main
St., St. Johnsbury. 751-5432
Climate Change: The Vermont Perspective.
Lead author of the VT Climate Assessment, Chapters in History Three: The Twenties:
Scientist and Professor Gillian Galford will discuss Roaring and Otherwise. A free program
our future climate and how it will impact our series of reading and discussion on second Sat.
communities, natural resources, agriculture and afternoons. 2 pm. Jaquith Public Library, School
tourism. An Osher Lifelong Learning Institute St., Marshfield.
program. 1:30 pm. Montpelier Senior Activity Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival:
Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free to OLLI Dateline Saigon. Dateline-Saigon tells the story
members; $5 suggested fee for all others. of five Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who
Forum: Re-visioning Career & Technical courageously reported during the early years
Education in Central Vermont. Share your of the Vietnam War. Q & A with filmmaker
input and thoughts on the future needs of career Tom Herman and VT Digger’s Anne Galloway
& technical education. 6–7 pm. Barre Town follows. 4–5:30 pm. Highland Center for the
Municipal Offices, Conference Room 1. Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $10

Mid-Week Movie: Love After Love. 6–8 pm. Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival: All The
Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick Wild Horses. Follows riders from around the
St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation. world as they compete in the longest and toughest horse race on the planet: the Mongol Derby.
6:30 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875
Camp Meade Talks: John Cohn, The Hardwick St., Greensboro. $10
Importance of Play. Hear Cohn describe his own
passion for play, and how and engineering degree SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
has taken him from the workbench to corporate Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend. See
boardrooms, to eating rats on reality TV. 7 pm. listing under Feb. 9
Red Hen Bakery, 961 Rt. 2, Middlesex. Introductory Wildlife Tracking. Learn the
fundamentals of tracking and awareness to better
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7 understand the stories animals leave behind.
Trinity United Methodist Church Community 9 am–1 pm. North Branch Nature Center,
Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., Elm St., Montpelier. Registration required:
Dance, Sing, and Jump Around! IN NEW
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8 LOCATION. A family dance for all ages. Circle
Four Fridays in February: Living Through and line dances and singing games, all taught
Loss’ Series. Free, weekly bereavement series is and called. Live traditional music. 3–4:30 pm.
open to anyone who has experienced the loss of Capital City Grange, Rt. 12, Montpelier. Free
a loved one, whether in death or a relationship for children. $5 suggested donation per adult.
change such as divorce. Noon–1:30 pm. Gifford
Medical Center, Red Clover Conference Room, International Folk Dancing. With Sue
Randolph. 728-2107 Morris. All levels welcome. Every Sun. in Feb.
Vermont College of Fine Arts Friday Night 5–6 pm. Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison
Reading Series. With former Program Ave.
Director and current faculty, Miciah Bay Gault, Montpelier. Screening of Howard Zinn: You
new Visiting Faculty Bianca Stone, and local Can’t be Neutral on a Moving Train. Film
writer and artist Frances Cannon. Readings of about historian, activist and author, Howard
fiction, poetry comics, and graphic memoir. Zinn. Followed by Q&A with film producers.
5:30–7:30 pm. Cafe Anna, College Hall, 36 6 pm. The Savoy Theater, 26 Main St.,
College St., Montpelier. Montpelier. $5–20 suggested donation. No one
turned away for lack of funds.
Annual Wine & Chocolate Weekend. Feb.
9–10 pm. We are teaming up with Cocoa Bean of

Calendar of Events
Visual Arts
Memorial Gallery at Northern Vermont Through March 2: Scrap Yard: Drawings by Through April 19: Thom Egan, On Making
University-Johnson. Mark Heitzman. An exhibit of 10 large-scale Pictures. Wood block prints, lithographs, and
Through Feb. 23: The Way We See It: Social graphite or charcoal drawings of tools and other colored low reliefs. Reception & Artist Talk:
EXHIBITS [In]Justice. A group show highlighting the objects. On display at The Morse Block Deli,
located 260 N. Main Street, Barre. For info:
Feb. 7, 5–7 pm. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant
St., Morrisville.
work of four artists who are responding to their
Through Feb. 8: Creating with Paper. own view of social injustice—be it racism, Through June 1: Thomas Waterman Wood:
A pop-up exhibit of collages by Sandra fw sexism, religious discrimination, or genocide. Through March 2: The Art of the Portrait, The Master Copies. A selection of Wood’s
Beaty. A large installation of paper collages, Axel’s Gallery, Stowe St., Waterbury. August Burns. The exhibition is a rare master copies from the T.W. Wood Art Gallery
many depicting scenes from Beaty’s extensive opportunity for the public to view paintings collection. While Wood was in Europe he fell
travels. Bryan Memorial Gallery, 180 Main St., Through Feb. 28: Jaquith Invitational Art
Show. Works in a variety of media by 17 local from this outstanding Vermont Artist. 5031 in love with the paintings of the European
Jeffersonville. 644-5100, Main Street, Waitsfield. 496-6682 Masters, including Rembrandt and Turner.
artists. Jaquith Public Library, Old Schoolhouse
Through Feb. 13: Our Vanishing Vermont Common, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426- Through March 9: The Front presents Following current fashion, Wood copied
Landmarks. Pen-and-ink drawings by Sandra 3581 SHOW 30. Recent works by the membership paintings to learn techniques from the masters.
Brockmeyer Button whose work captures the of Montpelier’s sole collective art gallery. 6 Barre T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier. 262-6035.
character of historic barns and other farm Through Feb. 28: Aspects of the Universe.
Paintings in acrylic and watercolor by Marina St., Montpelier.
buildings throughout central Vermont. Gifford Feb. 15–Dec. 21: 200 Years—200 Objects.
Gallery at Gifford Medical Center, 44 S. Main Sprague of Chelsea, Vermont. chelsealibrary. Through March 12: Northern Vermont
com 802-685-2188 University-Lyndon Community Art Exhibit. An exhibition celebrating Norwich University’s
St., Randolph. bicentennial. Curated to include objects
Through Feb. 28: Cheshire Cat’s in-house Theme is “To B or Not to B,” and all artwork
Through Feb. 15: “Something Dear” must relate to the letter “b” in some way. from the museum collection, as well as
Photographer’s Workroom. The workroom artists. Lucy Ferrada presents her whimsical documents and images from Archives and
is a study in project creation and portfolio hand-painted wooden bowls. Dawn McConnell NVU-Lyndon, Quimby Gallery, Lyndonville. Special Collections, that reflect and retell
presents her colorful, painted stoneware.
development. Emphasis is on photography as the university’s 200-year history. Opening
process and practice, and using cameras as a way The Cheshire Cat, 28 Elm St., Montpelier. Through March 28: Ryan Geary, Ascent reception, Feb. 15, 4–6 pm. Norwich
of seeing. T. W. Wood Gallery. 46 Barre St., (Part One: Eulogy). A collection of 2D and 3D University Sullivan Museum and History
Montpelier. Through March 1: Winter Juried Exhibit. 26 collages. Opening reception: Feb. 7, 5–7 pm. Center, Northfield.
local Vermont artists. Works include paintings, River Arts Center, Copley Common Room, 74
Through Feb. 20: Hidden Surprise. Clay
masks by Janice Walrafen. Expressions of prints, photographs, sculpture, fiber arts, and Pleasant St., Morrisville. SPECIAL EVENTS
jewelry. T.W. Wood Gallery. 46 Barre St., Feb. 8–April 7: Precarious Magic: The Feb. 9: Eric Tobin Winter Painting
feelings on the artist’s journey to wholeness.
Montpelier. Paintings of Kate Emlen. Painted scenes of the Demonstration. Tobin will complete a large
They are made of clay and decorated with
fields and forests of Vermont and the coast of format painting from start to finish, including
natural materials, beads, and thread. Montpelier Through March 1: Axel Stohlberg, Abstract
Maine. Opening reception: Feb. 8, 5 pm; artist commentary about composition and palette, as
Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Vermont. Paintings, drawings, collage.
talk 6 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 he works. 1–3 pm. Bryan Memorial Gallery, 180
Through Feb. 21: Binta Colley, It’s All in Opening reception: Feb. 7, 4:40–6 pm, artist Main St., Jeffersonville. Free.
talk at 5 pm. The Gallery at Central Vermont Hardwick St., Greensboro.
the Details: Botanical Illustrations (and
More). Reception: Feb. 6, 3 pm. Julian Scott Medical Center, Berlin.

bar. 5:30–7 pm. North Branch Café, 41 State St., typewriter. The Bridge will publish your notes America” in 1997. From her unique experiences,
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11 Montpelier. RSVP: along with photos of the event in the following she discusses the origin of prison art, her
Community Lunch at Unitarian Church 2019 Parent-Child Dance. 6:30–8:30 pm. issue. 4:30–7:30 pm. Down Home Kitchen, 100 encounters with the inmates and the impact
Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St., Capitol Plaza Hotel, Montpelier. Advance tickets: Main St., Montpelier. $15 suggested donation. that art has had in their lives. 4 pm. Mack Hall
Montpelier. $20/couple + $5 extra guest. At door: $25/couple + Mid-Week Movie: Unsane. 6–8 pm. Auditorium, Norwich University, Northfield.
Salvation Army Community Lunch. $7 extra guest. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation. Annual Adamant Decadent Desserts & Wine
Free Documentary Showing: Ask Us Who Film Screening: The Face of Winter. A film by Tasting. With live music. 5:30–7 pm. Adamant
We Are! Documentary on the foster care system Warren Miller Entertainment that features world- Wild Cousins of Our Best Friends: Wolves, Community Club. $15. More info.: 223-5760 or
in Vermont. 6–8 pm. Aldrich Public Library, 6 class skiers and snowboarders on slopes on various Coyotes, and Foxes. Sue Morse will share
Washington St., Barre. 585-9861 continents. 7 pm. Vermont University-Lyndon, her amazing photos and personal adventures Free Discover Girl Scouts Event. Girl Scouts
The World of Ludwig Bemelmans. A Room 100 of the Academic and Student Activity with wolves, coyotes, and foxes. 6:30 pm. of the Green and White Mountains will host the
presentation by Janet Pocorobba, Associate Center. Free. katheryn.ebner@northernvermont. Plainfield Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. information session for girls and parents. Meet
Professor at Lesley College. Through dramatic edu Girl Scouts and volunteers, learn about expanded
reading, lecture, and visuals, we’ll explore Ludwig STEM and outdoor programs, enjoy fun girl-led
Author Talk: “Unschooling in Paradise” by
Bemelmans, man and myth. 7 pm. Kellogg- Kathleen Kesson. Unschooling embraces the idea activities, and more. 6–7 pm. Barnet School, 163
Hubbard Library, 35 Main St., Montpelier. Tech and Tea. See listing under Feb. 6 that children possess an inner compass that can Kid Row, Barnet.
223-3338. Cross-country Ski Craftsbury with Green guide them into and through rich and authentic Naturalist Journeys Presentation Series:
Mountain Club. Moderate. Various distances. All learning experiences. 7 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Naked in the Lake: A Superior Adventure.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12 abilities. Craftsbury Touring Center. Trail fee or Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338 The planet’s largest freshwater lake is the stage for
Barre Congregational Church Community pass required. Bring lunch and water or buy at the Bryan Pfeiffer and Ruth Einstein’s canoe trip on
Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. center. Contact Mary Smith, 505-0603 or Mary THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 Lake Superior, where ancient rock and crystalline
The League of Women Voters 99th Garcia, 622-0585 for meeting time and place. Trinity United Methodist Church Community water offer some of the most beautiful paddling
Anniversary Celebration. Hors d’oeuvres, cake, The Christ Church Community Lunch. Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., anywhere. 7–8:30 pm. North Branch Nature
talk, laugh, and get to know each other. Cash 11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier. Montpelier. Center, Elm St., Montpelier

Salvation Army Community Lunch. In Our Own Backyard: Charlie Nardozzi.
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. Nardozzi will be talking the best plants and
techniques for problems areas around your home Snowshoe Laraway Mountain with Green
Refugee Resettlement: Globally and Locally. such as shade, wet spots, hot, dry locations, slope Mountain Club. Waterville. Moderate. 4 miles.
Refugee Counselor Anna Wageling will talk and clay or poor soil. 7–8 pm. Stowe Library, 90 Via Long Trail. Crampons may be preferable
about how the VT Committee for Refugees and Pond St., Stowe. 253-6145 depending on trail conditions. Contact Morgan
Immigrants has served over 8,000 refugees and Irons, 223-7044 or morgan.irons@myfairpoint.
those granted asylum who have established new FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15 net for meeting time and place.
homes in VT since 1980. An Osher Lifelong Cycles of Life. A place of comfort where we can Barre Congregational Church Community
Learning Institute program. 1:30. Montpelier all come together to listen, talk and share about the Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.
Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. things in life’s cycle we are all experiencing in our
Free to OLLI members; $5 suggested fee for all Winter Birding in the Champlain Valley. Join
own way now for ourselves and the earth we live expert birder and NBNC Teacher Naturalist Zac
others. on. 11:45 am–1 pm. Twin Valley Senior Center, Cota on a trip to one of New England’s premier
We Love The Bridge. Celebrate The Bridge Rt. 2, East Montpelier. 223-3322 winter birding destinations. 8 am–4 pm. Sign up
turning 25, share your thoughts about the paper, Four Fridays in February: Living Through at
and maybe even get involved yourself. There will Loss’ Series. See listing under Feb. 7
be food, a cash bar, birthday cake, and more. Meet Goddard Graduate Institute Visiting Day.
your friends, community members, and staff of Norwich University School of Architecture + Participate throughout the day for a sampling
The Bridge during the celebration. While enjoying Art presents artist Phyllis Kornfeld. Inspired of residency activities, see graduating student
the delicious food and good cheer, leave a note after teaching in prisons for 14 years, Kornfeld presentations, take a tour, and more. 11 am–4 pm.
for The Bridge on Down Home’s famous house published “Cell Block Visions: Prison Art in Goddard College, Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. 322-1646.

Calendar of Events
Feb. 8: Jeff Shelley & Patty Lynch, 5 pm; Nite Feb. 9: Bob Dylan Wannabe. Solo contest. 7 the students, alumni, and faculty of VCFA’s
Sky, 9 pm, $5, 21+ pm. Mingle Night Club, N. Main St., Barre. MFA in Music Composition. 8 pm. College
Feb. 9: DJ LaFountaine, 9:30 pm, 21+ Feb. Hall Gallery, VCFA, College St., Montpelier.

Live Music
Feb. 10: Pete’s Posse Concert. Vermont’s own
14: Jacob Green, 5 pm; DJ Bay 6, 8 pm toad-roots trio. Twin fiddles in tight, wild harmony
Feb. 15: Joe Sabourin, 5 pm; NOS482, over high-powered guitar. 4–6:30 pm. Cabot Feb. 15: Heartless. Heart & Zeppelin
9 pm, $5, 21+
VENUES Feb. 16: DJ KAOS, 9:30 pm, 21+
Town Hall, 3084 Main St., Cabot. Advance $16;
at door $20. 793-3016.
Experience. 9 pm. Rusty Nail, Stowe. Advance
$8; Day of show $12. 21+
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9212. Feb. 21: Jacob McLaughlin, 5 pm; DJ Bay 6, 8 pm Feb. 10: Film and Media Music Festival. A Feb. 16: VCFA MFA in Music Composition:
Feb. 7: Colin McCaffrey and friends, 6 pm Feb. 22: Eric Lindberg, 5 pm; variety of approaches to the marriage of music Invoke. 2pm. See event under Feb. 12
Feb. 9: Irish Session, 2 pm The Complaints, 9 pm, $5, 21+ to picture, as offered by VCFA students, faculty Feb. 16: A Night of Jazz. Pianist Daniel Bruce,
Feb. 10: Southern Old Time Music Jam, and alumni —from fiction films, to animation, along with special guests Ronald White on
Whammy Bar. 31 W. County Rd., Calais. video art, webisodes, documentaries, game
10 am bass and Andy Gagnon on drums. Benefits
Feb. 14: Old Time Music Session, 6 pm scores, and jingles. 8 pm. Noble Lounge, VCFA, the United Church of Northfield. 7 pm. 58 S.
Every Thurs.: Open Mic, 7 pm College St., Montpelier.
Feb. 15: Dave Loughran, 5 pm Main St., Northfield. $15 suggested donation.
Feb. 16: Irish Session, 2 pm; Barry Bender, 6
SPECIAL EVENTS Feb. 11: Electronic Music Showcase. An 485-8347.
Feb. 6: Musical Story Telling for All Ages. evening of electronic sound and multimedia; Feb. 16: Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan.
Feb. 17: Eric Friedman Folk Ballads, 11 am VCFA students and faculty perform new work
Feb. 21: Italian Session, 6 pm The award-winning Aeolus Quartet joins Scrag Bluegrass duo. Spruce Peak Performing Arts
Mountain Music co-Artistic Directors Mary for instruments with live electronic sound and Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $25–35.
Feb. 22: Latin Dance Party, 7 pm video. 8 pm. Alumni Hall, VCFA, College St.,
Bonhag (soprano) and Evan Premo (double
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. bass) and prominent Montpelier-based theater Montpelier.
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. Feb. 16: Dr. Strangeways. KISS tribute. 9 pm.
artist Kim Bent in an interactive program Feb. 12: VCFA MFA in Music Composition:
Every Tues.: Karaoke, 7:30 pm Rusty Nail, Stowe. Advance $10; Day of show
of fantastical music inspired by favorite The City of Tomorrow. Premiering piece
Feb. 6: Blues Jam w/ John Lackard (open jam), $15. 21+
childhood tales including James Balentine’s written by MFA in Music Composition students
6 pm Three Billy Goats Gruff and Jon Deak’s The that reflect a cross-section of approaches to new Feb. 16: Dance Party with DJ Craig Mitchell.
Feb. 8: Sclott Graves (acoustic) 6 pm; Be-er/ Ugly Duckling and B.B. Wolf. 6:45–7:30 pm. music. 8 pm. College Hall Chapel, VCFA, 10 pm. Bolton Valley Sports Center.
Stolk (rock), 9 pm Jaquith Public Library, School St., Marshfield. College St., Montpelier. Feb. 17: Vermont Philharmonic 60th
Feb. 9: Second Saturday: Cartoons & Anniversary Season presents “Classics &
Cocktails (party) 3 pm; Medicine Tribe (rock), Feb. 13: VCFA MFA in Music Composition:
Feb. 7: New Suede Blues. Veterans of The City of Tomorrow and Anna’s Ghost. See Contemporaries.” The program includes
9 pm Vermont composer Erik Nielsen’s Fanfare in B
Feb. 11: Sex Trivia Hosted by Miss Jubilee northern Vermont’s music scene, New Suede event under Feb. 12
Blues promise to entertain with a night of flat for Orchestra, 2018 winner of the Borowicz
(quiz), 8:30 pm Feb. 14: VCFA MFA in Music Composition: Memorial Student Scholarship Henry Wu
Feb. 14: Yestrogen/Jaguar Stereo (indie/jazz), funky roadhouse blues-rock. 6–8 pm. Café at
Anna’s Ghost and invoke. See event under performing the first movement of Mozart’s
9 pm Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
Feb. 12 Piano Concerto in A Major, Lake Tyrrell in
Feb. 15: Tin Talisman/Lake Superior (rock), St., Greensboro. No cover.
Feb. 15: VCFA MFA in Music Composition: Innisfree composed in 2017 by Rufus Reid and
9 pm Feb. 9–10: Scrag Mountain Music presents
Anna’s Ghost and invoke. 2 pm. See event concludes with Antonin Dvorak’s 1895 Cello
Feb. 16: Zeus Springsteen/Miku Daza (rock), Musical Storytelling for All Ages. Scrag
under Feb. 12 Concerto in B minor, op. 104 with virtuoso
9 pm co-Artistic Directors Evan Premo (double bass)
Feb. 15: Thea Wren & Daniel Gaviria. soloist Emily Taubl. 2 pm. Barre Opera House,
Feb. 18: Music Trivia hosted by JJ Cyrus (quiz) and Mary Bonhag (soprano), will be joined
6–8 pm. Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & 6 N. Main St., Barre. $20; seniors $15; students
8:30 pm by the award-winning Aeolus Quartet and
Winery, 4373 Rt. 12, Berlin. freshtracksfarm. $5.
Feb. 22: Z-Jaz (jazz) 6 pm; Valentino/Rust acclaimed Montpelier-based theater artist Kim
Bucket (old-time), 9 pm Bent (narrator) for concerts that showcase how com Feb. 17: Capital City Concerts presents
chamber music can bring our most memorable Feb. 15: Maple Jam. Vermont’s own a cappella “Heart & Soul.” Edward Arron returns
Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. 479- with wife, pianist Jeewon Park, violinist
0896. storybook fables to life. Come as you are, pay jazz septet. The snazzy vocal masters return to
what you can. warm up a winter’s eve with jazzy vocal sounds, Theodore Arm, and flutist Karen Kevra. They
Feb. 9: Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke), 7:30 pm, will perform works by Piazzolla, Massenet,
$5 Feb. 9: 10 am, Bread & Butter Farm, 200 spotlighting classic love songs in honor of
Leduc Rd., Shelburne Valentine’s Day. 7:30 pm. Chandler Music Hall, Saint-Saëns, and Brahms. 3 pm. Unitarian
Feb. 22: Reid Parsons & Co. (Americana), Church. 130 Main St., Montpelier. $15–25.
7:30 pm Feb. 9: 4 pm, Lost Nation Theater, City Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. Advance $21; Day of
39 Main St., Montpelier show $24.
Gusto’s. 28 Prospect St., Barre. Feb. 10: 4 pm, Middlebury Community Feb. 21: Howie Cantor. Singer-songwriter of Music Center, 6 Main St., Montpelier. Feb. 15: Songwriting Showcase. Partnering
with Café Anna (cash bar) to highlight the folk. 6–8 pm. Café at Highland Center for the
Feb. 7: Blue Fox, 5 pm; Open Mic Night, Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. No cover.
8 pm, 21+ diverse songwriting and performing talents of

Contra Dance. Dance to the calling of Luke web conferencing platform that allows participants Sounds Good: Music Themed Movies. 7 pm. turtles, frogs and salamanders in Vermont and
Donforth with traditional dance tunes provided to join by video or phone. 6 pm. RSVP: https:// Jaquith Public Library, School St., Marshfield. abroad. 7–8:30 pm. North Branch Nature Center,
by the accomplished duo of Joanne Garten on More info.: Contact library for film title: 426-3581 Elm St., Montpelier.
fiddle and Brendan Taaffe on guitar. 8–11 pm. 322-1646
Adult Improv Night with Justin Lander.
Introductory session at 7:40 pm. Capital City
Come spend a fun and possibly funny evening
Grange, 6612 Rt. 12, Berlin. Adults $10; kids and Trinity United Methodist Church Community learning and playing improv comedy games
low income $5; dance supporters $15. Barre Congregational Church Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. 137 Main St., in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. 7–8 pm.
Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. Montpelier.
Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes (for families). Community Lantern Parade. Union Elementary St., Greensboro. By donation.
First Presbyterian Church Community Under a full moon and surrounded by sparkling School invites the entire Montpelier community
Breakfast. 7:30–9 am. 78 Summer St., Barre. snow, let’s snowshoe by lunar light! Led by to join us for an evening lantern procession. This
Cold-Snow-and-Warm-Hearts-Post-Valentine’s- NBNC’s teacher/naturalist staff. Snowshoes and year’s theme is “Shine Your Light, Share Your
Day Snowman Building Contest. Bring your hot chocolate provided. 7–8:30 pm. North Branch Story.” Parade from Union Elementary to the
own special snowman-building equipment and Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier. RSVP State House Lawn with a family friendly finale
accessories, or partake of our modest selection required: celebration. 6–7 pm.
of scarves, carrots and mismatched socks. Hot Reading by Visiting Writer Achy Obejas. All Our Black Voices with Toussaint St.
chocolate and treats. 3–6 pm. Museum of Author The Tower of the Antilles, Ruins, and Days of Negritude. In celebration of Black History
Everyday Life, Rt. 16, Glover. Free. Awe. 7 pm. Goddard College Community Center, Month, please bring your poetry books and join
International Folk Dancing. See listing under Plainfield. local poet Toussaint St. Negritude for an open
Feb. 10 reading-in-the-round of your favorite African-
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20 American poets. 6:30 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18 Tech and Tea. See listing under Feb. 6 Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.
Community Lunch at Unitarian Church
The Christ Church Community Lunch.
Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St., 11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier.
Montpelier. Four Fridays in February: Living Through
Salvation Army Community Lunch. Loss’ Series. See listing under Feb. 7
Salvation Army Community Lunch. Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. Naturalist Journeys Presentation Series: The
Mid-Week Movie: Oceans 8. 6–8 pm. Highland Secret Lives of Vermont’s (Lesser-known)
MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts Virtual Info Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro.
Session at Goddard College. Hosted on Zoom, a Reptiles and Amphibians. Vermont herpetologist
$5 suggested donation. Kiley Briggs shares stories of lesser-known snakes,
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How Should You Respond to Market Volatility?
What’s going on with the financial mar- corporate tax cuts begins to fade). We • Keep realistic expectations. Try to trial Average, but don’t get scared off
kets? Specifically, what’s behind the price may still see reasonably strong economic maintain realistic expectations about from investing. After all, recent stock
swings of the past several months? And, growth and corporate profits, but pos- how your investments are likely to market history has taught the value of
more important, how should you, as an sibly not at the same level as we had for perform over time. After five years in patience: If you had given up on invest-
individual investor, respond? much of 2018. which the S&P 500’s returns have aver- ing in March 2009, at the market’s low
aged almost 14 percent per year, we may point in the Great Recession, you would
To begin with, the recent volatility was • Rising interest rates. The Federal Re- well be in for a period of more typical have missed out on the 300 percent
not really all that extraordinary. The serve raised interest rates in 2018. While returns, possibly in the 5 to 6 percent gains achieved before the current round
daily drops pushed U.S. stocks down higher rates are not bad for all market range. As always, though, there are no of volatility. Of course, the market’s past
about 10 percent from their recent re- sectors, they can slow the expansion guarantees when it comes to anticipat- performance can’t guarantee what will
cord highs, although they have regained plans for many businesses, resulting in ing the performance of the financial happen next.
some of that ground. A 10 percent reduced growth prospects. The Fed may markets.
drop represents a “correction”—not a continue its gradual rate increases, but The financial markets will always fluctu-
crash—and historically, corrections have investors are closely watching for any • Review your mix of investments. From ate—sometimes violently. But as an
occurred about once a year. signs that might lead the Fed either to time to time, and sometimes in response investor, you should strive for calmness,
pause or increase rates more rapidly. to changing market conditions, you may patience, and discipline—because these
So what seems to have caused these mar- need to change the mix of investments attributes can help you look past today’s
ket jitters? Here are the key culprits: • Slowing global economy. The global in your portfolio. So, for example, if headlines toward the future you envi-
economy is growing more slowly than higher market volatility makes you un- sion.
• Anticipated slowdown in economic expected, resulting in lower returns for
growth and corporate earnings. The comfortable, you may want to consider
international stocks and a particularly adding bonds or other fixed-income This article was written by Edward
stock market is forward-looking—inves- sharp decline in emerging markets. Jones and provided by Gabe LaJeunesse,
tors make decisions based on what they vehicles, as these types of investments
tend to stabilize stock-heavy portfolios AAMS®, Edward Jones
think will happen. And right now, many While it’s useful to understand the
investors are anticipating a slowdown factors causing the recent stock market during turbulent times.
in economic growth (partially due to gyrations, you’ll want to focus primarily • Don’t get scared away from investing.
higher tariffs and trade disputes) and on what you can control. Consider these You may not like seeing multi-hundred-
corporate earnings (as the jolt from the suggestions: point plunges in the Dow Jones Indus-

OP-ED The Elephant in the Sanctuary
by Elizabeth Courtney

recently attended an evening meeting at Christ The sanctuary of the church was a fitting space to learn some of the features of the Pavilion? Those topics were
Church to learn more about the historic buildings about historic architecture. With its vaulted ceilings and tucked neatly under the timid pachyderm trembling in
on State Street. It became clear as the evening pro- magnificent stained glass windows, this stone structure the shadows of the sanctuary. Despite Lovell’s best ef-
gressed that this meeting actually had a dual agenda is an iconic landmark at the gateway to the historic core forts to air these concerns, no one would mention them.
plus an unusual hidden component. of the downtown business district. But as Shawn Bryan
made clear in his presentation, like any other, this Montpelier residents and those who call Montpelier
It was indeed a lesson on the historic architecture of building needs maintenance. Incredibly, the “Hearts their city need to talk about these thorny issues. We
State Street. It was also a consciousness-raising precur- on Fire” campaign to raise a million dollars to renovate need to protect our architectural treasures, not only
sor to a fundraiser for the church’s “Hearts on Fire” and restore the 150-year-old church has garnered a for- from the ravages of time but also from the destruction
campaign to restore the structural integrity of the midable $600,000 from within the congregation alone. that can result from nearby development that may be
building. And then there was the unspoken, unnamed It is now rightly seeking support from the community. blind to a context of historical significance.
elephant in the sanctuary—the controversial four-story
parking garage proposed for the southern boundary of The ravages of time are one threat to the historic beau- The city has just won a grant for the design of a new
the church property. It was not mentioned out loud but ties on State Street, but what about the impacts of streetscape for State Street, and there are plans to con-
was palpably present throughout the evening. new structures on the old? I could hear the elephant duct a new master plan for the downtown. Residents
stir. Schutz described the practice of razing the old to and neighbors alike should be prepared to participate
The program was a series of presentations and remarks make way for the new with the sad demolitions of the in these public forums for the sake of the beauty and
made by the State House Curator, David Schutz; Christ old Post Office and spectacular 19th-century train sta- integrity of Montpelier’s historic heritage.
Church project manager, Shawn Bryan; Jamie Dug- tion. He pointed out the turning point that took us
gan, representing the Montpelier Historic Preservation I am grateful for the initiative Christ Church and the
away from demolishing the historic treasures in favor
Commission; and Steve Everett, from the newly revital- Montpelier Heritage Group have taken to put on this
of the new. It came when the old Pavilion building was
ized Montpelier Heritage Group. Later, Eric Gilbert- informative program. There should be more and regu-
rebuilt, saving its beauty by adaptively reusing it, rather
son, Sandy Vitzthum, and Sharon Winn Fannon joined lar meetings on this and similar topics. And, when we
than taking it down to make way for the new. And he
a panel discussion. Paul Carnahan, Vermont Historical meet again, let’s be sure to bring the elephant out of the
referenced the new bank building across State Street
Society historian; Kevin Casey from city government; shadows so we can hear what she has to say.
from the Pavilion, skillfully designed to be sensitive to
and others made substantial points. its older next-door brothers. Elizabeth Courtney is an author, a landscape architect,
Ellen Lovell, who long ago ran the Vermont Council on former chair of Act 250’s Environmental Board, and for-
Still, no mention of the proposed development planned
the Arts and most recently served as the president of Marl- mer executive director of the Vermont Natural Resources
to sit so close to the back boundary line of Christ
boro College, skillfully managed the presentations as well Council. She may be reached at elizabethcourtneyvt@
Church that some folks wonder if the sun will ever hit
as the audience of more than 50 eager citizens. Although
the stained glass windows again. No mention of the
participants were asked to say what characterizes State Street new building coming to the corner of Davis and State.
to them and how they view its future, the proposed devel- Would it be of a fitting scale to anchor that corner
opments behind the church and across the street where the across Davis from the Pavilion? Would its design echo
former Gulf station stood were not overtly mentioned.

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