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The Real Estate Issue

IN THIS ISSUE: City-owned Pool Idea Swims Against the Current

Pg. 8 Cabot Creamery
By Tom Brown
Marks 100 Years

lot of folks would like to see a new recreation and cost upward of $20 million to construct, not including
Pg. 9 Ginny Callan aquatic center in Montpelier, but far fewer are willing maintenance and operations.
Reflects on Act 250 to see city taxpayers bear the full cost. “It struck me that to successfully plan, build, and get a
That is one of the key takeaways from a recent survey that bond through for a new facility the survey needed to show
Pg. 11 Barre Company
asked a sampling of residents to assess the city’s recreation overwhelming support for that,” said Susan Allen, assistant
facilities and programs, both existing and aspirational. city manager. “And 25 percent is certainly underwhelming so
Pursues Plastics Revolution The survey, conducted for the city by Colorado-based Ballard I know that was going to be an uphill struggle.”
& King, posed questions The impetus for the survey was,
about the existing Barre Street in part, to address the needs of
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Montpelier, VT

Recreation Center and asked the 87-year-old Rec Center on


what respondents would like to Barre Street, which does not

see if a new recreation center is meet the requirements of the
built. Americans with Disabilities Act
Seventy-seven percent rated (ADA). The question that will
an indoor pool as a needed likely face city councilors in the
component in a new center, next few months is whether to
trailing a gymnasium (84 spend the minimum to make the
percent), multipurpose rooms building ADA compliant or take
(82 percent), and group exercise/ that opportunity to spend more to
dance rooms (82 percent). renovate and improve the facility
However, when asked whether to address some of the needs cited
they would be willing to pay Photo by Tom Brown in the survey.
$200–$350 a year in additional There are other issues with the
property taxes for such a facility, only 25 percent answered Rec Center building as well. The basement is used only for
yes. storage due to concerns about lead left over from the former
Montpelier, VT 05601

That and other responses from the survey was enough to deter armory’s previous life as a shooting range, and the top floor
city officials from actively pursuing, for now, construction of has only one meeting room plus the office of Recreation
P.O. Box 1143

a new, city-owned recreation and aquatic center that could Director Arne McMullen. More than one councilor said
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Want to Become Involved with City Government? Mud Season Mania and Membership Campaign at Adamant Co-op
There are 12 vacancies on seven of the city’s 23 committees, according to Jamie Once again, the Adamant Co-operative Store is having a “Mud Season Mania”
Granfield of the city manager’s office. shopping contest. The shopper with the highest total in purchases at the Co-op
“The Planning Commission, Tree Board, Conservation Commission, Parks through April 15 wins.
Commission, and others often have more applicants than seats to fill because residents First prize: $100.00 credit toward purchases at the Co-op.
feel strongly about those issues and want to be part of moving the city forward,” Second prize: One Adamant Co-op Cookbook, and an Adamant Co-op tee shirt.
explains Granfield. “Lately we’ve noticed younger, new residents to Montpelier Third prize: A set of four Adamant Co-op coffee mugs.
applying to be on committees, specifically mentioning that they want to ‘give back’ Sign up anytime at the Co-op. Find out about all this by receiving the Co-op’s weekly
to their community. That’s really encouraging!” She also said the city is working to newsletter. To sign up, please contact
attract high school students to serve in non-voting capacity through an outreach
called “Solons on Boards.” For details visit Lloyd Plumbing, Heating & Gas Service Honored by Efficiency Vermont
New Ski Trail to Connect North Branch Park to the County Road The Cabot-based company received this year’s Efficiency Excellence Network Partner
of the Year award, one of the eight annual Best of the Best awards, presented by
Parks Director Geoff Beyer has obtained all the permissions needed to groom an Efficiency Vermont. The company was selected based on the following criteria: A
extended trail from North Branch Park to County Road. “We have permission from track record of positive customer interactions and feedback, commitment to the
nearly 10 generous landowners to begin grooming a trail from the North Branch principles and concepts needed to advance energy efficiency and drive the adoption
River Park to County Road near the Morse Farm Sugarworks,” Beyer says. Skiers of best practices, and embracement and promotion of Efficiency Vermont’s mission.”
who want to take the trail from the top will be welcome to park in the lower lot at
the Morse Farm, he added. Beyer expects to be grooming soon and will have status
updates, trail conditions, and a map posted on the Montpelier Parks Facebook page
and at

In the Feb. 20 issue of The Bridge. The entry for Girl Scouts of the Green and White
Mountains was in error. It should read as follows:
Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains hosts camping in Vermont: Twin Hills
in Richmond offers 4 weeks of day camp from July 8–Aug. 2; and Camp Farnsworth in
Thetford offers residential camp for seven weeks, from June 30–Aug. 16. Camp Abenaki-
Mascoma is now Camp Farnsworth Day Camp, July 1–3. Girls learn a variety of outdoor

Fundraising Campaign
and leadership skills.
In the same issue, a typo in the story “Montpelier Struggles with Broken Water Mains,”
created an error in meaning. The article incorrectly quoted Montpelier Public Works
Director Tom McArdle describing the broken pipe involved in a catastrophic leak on Elm
Street in January. McArdle said he believed the crack in the pipe “may have been related

Nature Watch
to a joint it was connected to, that caused a crack to radiate 11 feet down the pipe.”

Five months into our $50,000 Bridge to the Future campaign, we are
almost 2/3 of the way to our goal. Thanks to all those who have already
by Nona Estrin
Please send your potentially tax-deductible donation to:
Friends of The Bridge, P.O. Box 1641, Montpelier, VT 05601.

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is hot. Last night’s snow starts to melt, falling in splats each time a Sales Representatives: Rick McMahan
breeze stirs the air. The snow degrades, slowly shrinking into a denser Distribution: Sarah Davin, Amy Lester, Carl Etnier
Board Members: Chairman Donny Osman, Jake Brown, Phil Dodd, Josh Fitzhugh, Larry Floersch, Greg
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Lack of High-Speed Internet Hurts Home Values, Dampens Sales

By David Healy and Rebecca Schrader

he lack of high-speed internet Last year, 16 Central Vermont
is having a negative impact on communities voted to form a
Central Vermont housing sales. Communications Union District, Central
According to Janel Johnson, a realtor Vermont Internet (doing business as
with Coldwell Banker Classic Properties, CVFiber) to address this problem, due to
“Buyers are frequently asking where high- frustration with current internet service
speed internet exists. If there are two providers and the view that bringing
houses in a rural town, they will only fiber to every home is the 21st century’s
want to look at the one that has high- version of bringing electricity to every
speed internet. It is now seen as a basic, home. CVFiber is planning to complete
non-negotiable utility in a household, a feasibility and cost study this year and
regardless of whether the homeowner hopes to begin a pilot project at the end
works out of the house or not.” of 2020. Full implementation takes time,
According to data from the Vermont so homeowners and buyers will not see
Department of Public Service, 52 percent immediate change. A complete buildout
of homes in Central Vermont towns seconds to download a 1 MB file. For the quality of your hardware, and the to all 16 towns will most likely take until
(excluding Barre City, Barre Town, and streaming purposes, Netflix recommends infrastructure your provider has. 2026.
Montpelier) have less than adequate 5 Mbs download speed for HD video. This condition also impacts the viability of CVFiber estimates the investment for full
internet speeds—less than 25 Mbs You also need to keep in mind that those our small communities, local businesses, buildout will be $30 million dollars. Since
download/3 Mbs upload internet service. recommendations are per stream, so if you schools, and other amenities. If it takes it will have to go to the municipal bond
For the most part, they are also stuck with have multiple users in the home, you need longer to sell a house without access market for financing, the district will
less than adequate DSL service. the recommended bandwidth per user for to high-speed internet, this forces the need to show the lenders that they have
How do those numbers translate to what things to work at their peak. Additionally, homeowner to reduce the asking price sufficient subscribers to pay back the loan.
people experience in their homes? “Mbs” the speed you’re sold by the provider isn’t in order to sell it more quickly. The lack Rebecca Schrader is the clerk and treasurer
is megabits per second, while files are necessarily the speed you’re experiencing. of high-speed internet also puts an extra of CVFiber and lives in East Montpelier;
typically measured in megabytes (MB). Performance will vary depending on burden on children who are expected to David Healy is the Calais representative to
One megabyte equals 8 megabits, so if you other demands on the network (other use the internet to research, take classes the CVFiber Board.
have a 1-Mbs download speed, it will take 8 households, businesses, schools, etc.), online, and upload their class projects.

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City-owned Pool Idea Swims Against the Current Continued from page 1
they appreciate the historic nature of the or their families had used the facility in of creating a regional facility that might “My hope is that we use this surge of
building and its neighborhood location, the past year. They also highlighted the be funded by several Central Vermont interest to provide relevant information
despite its boarded up windows and dark need for a greater diversity of programs. communities. and to make sure that if we go for Barre
interior, which could be revived as was After hearing a presentation of the survey The first option worked for Claremont, Street that we have our eyes open about
done with the Senior Center across the by Ken Ballard, city council members New Hampshire, a town of 13,000. how it affects how we go forward,” he
street. appeared to support an approach that A local bank provided the land and said.
Allen said the next step will likely be focused on improving the Barre Street donated $3 million toward a $9 million The amount of money used to base the
to have an architect walk through the facility. aquatic and recreation center. That was question of whether taxpayers would
Rec Center and prepare cost estimates “The biggest takeaway that I had was in 2011 and the facility opened in 2013, be willing to see their bills rise $200–
for the minimum work needed to meet that the current building as it exists so costs have escalated. $350 a year to fund a new center was
ADA requirements and mitigate any right now is not meeting the needs of the Chris Hancock, a Montpelier resident conservative, city officials said, and
asbestos or other contamination, as well community,” Mayor Anne Watson said. who formed the now-idle group assumed a third-party contribution
as provide estimates for a full makeover “It sounds like there is some opportunity Jump&Splash to help study and similar to the Claremont example. And
that might include upgrades to locker here to get the upper floor and basement promote a new facility, said he agrees still only 25 percent said yes.
rooms and the creation of more multi-use into a space that is more usable. That that rehabbing the Rec Center is a good “The amount of money that people were
areas, for example. Previous estimates building has some lovely bones, it is idea but encouraged councilors to keep asked about was not even half of what it
for ADA compliance have run from downtown, it is an unusual and valuable future recreation needs in mind as they would cost to build and operate a pool,”
$161,000 to $400,000 with the addition asset, and it’s my inclination in the short move forward. Mayor Watson said. “And while that
of an elevator as the largest component. term to refurbish that space.” would be nice, it’s probably outside the
The new cost estimates would then be “Recreation is very important to the
Even if the city chooses to renovate the fabric of society and to our town,” he will of the people to take on.”
given to the council. It is extremely
unlikely that any remodel of the existing Rec Center, it isn’t necessarily the end said. “Recreation builds community and Ballard & King sent 3,000 surveys
Rec Center could accommodate a pool, of the road for indoor pool proponents. maintains community. It is important to Montpelier residents and received
officials said. Ballard’s study also referred to the to future livability and has the ability to 513 responses. The survey alone cost
possibility of creating a public-private bring in more taxpayers.” $13,000, which is included in the total
One thing respondents made clear in $47,500 paid by the city for the feasibility
the survey results was that not very partnership in which a corporate entity Hancock said he hopes the data collected
contributes a substantial amount to the by Ballard & King will be built upon study. Ballard is still providing services
many people are using the Rec Center to the city under that contract.
as it stands. Only 22 percent said they project and taxpayers assume a smaller and that efforts to find a partner or
burden. It also referenced the prospect partners for a new center continue.

Local Residential Real Estate: Still A Seller’s Market

By Phil Dodd

hile the number of sales of 5.4 percent from a year earlier. Heney said
existing homes fell a bit in there was particularly strong demand in
2018 compared with 2017, Montpelier in the $250,000 to $350,000
median prices in most Central Vermont range, causing prices for those types of
towns rose, and median listing prices homes to increase the most.
jumped even more. The 2018 median price in Washington
In Washington County as a whole, the County was $214,460, up 7.8 percent
number of sales of existing single-family from 2017. Barre’s median price was flat,
homes and condos fell 9.9 percent to 548, falling 0.1 percent to $169,818. That
according to statistics compiled by the means a median-priced home costs 30
Vermont Association of Realtors (VAR). percent less in Barre than in Montpelier.
That compares with a drop in volume of The median listing price jumped 22.5
7.5 percent in Montpelier (to 86 sales) and percent in Montpelier to $348,482; it
10.2 percent in Barre (to 150 sales). rose 19 percent in Washington County
Possible reasons for the volume declines to $236,296, and it went up 8.7 percent
include higher interest rates in 2018 and in Barre to $179,794. The big increases
the fact that prices are getting out of reach in listing prices indicate either that sellers
for more people. But Realtor Tim Heney are feeling emboldened and raising their
of Heney Realtors pointed to another asking prices or that more high-value
possible reason: a lack of inventory. “We homes are coming on the market, or
only have 15 houses and condos on the both.
market right now in Montpelier,” he said What lies ahead for local real estate in
in late February. “We could use more like 2019? Predicting the future is challenging,
60 or 70.” but it is notable that—following
Strong demand and lack of inventory months of stock market volatility and
means homes are selling quickly. During the government shutdown—consumer
2018, there was an average of 4.1 months confidence rebounded in February to its
of inventory available in Montpelier at highest reading since December 2000,
current absorption rates, down from 5.3 according to the Conference Board. That
months in 2017. Barre averaged 6 months should be good for the market.
worth of inventory in 2018, down from It may also be worth noting that the high
7.6 months in 2017, and Washington consumer confidence reading in 2000
County had 7.6 months of inventory in came near the peak of a 10-year period
2018, down from 10.3 months earlier. of economic growth that ended just three
The 2018 median price for an existing months later, in March 2001, when an
home in Montpelier was $244,306, up eight-month recession kicked in.
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School Page By Libby Bonesteel, Superintendent of Schools March 2019

ontpelier High School (MHS) continues to community of professional mentors and education As we look optimistically toward the future, we will
build on its long history and commitment to partners. The core elements of MHS’s Flexible Pathways remain committed to promoting equitable access to
personalized education for students through a Department are Independent Studies, Community Based personalized learning that results in high student
variety of ways in core curriculum classroom experiences, Learning, Online Course Learning, Dual Enrollment, achievement, aspirational development, and engagement.
co-curriculars, athletics, and its robust Flexible Pathways Early College, Extended Learning Opportunities, and
Photos courtesy of MRPS
Department offerings. In increasing numbers, Solons the Central Vermont Career Center (CVCC).
are seeking to personalize and align elements of their Montpelier High School is committed to affording and
learning experiences with their interests and aspirations promoting equitable access and supportive structures
and to find agency, purpose, and achievement on their for students to engage in these learning opportunities
journey toward graduation (and beyond). by developing and maintaining clear and supportive
Supporting and promoting this long local tradition of systems for students and families/caregivers. In total,
personalized learning is Act 77 (Vermont’s “Flexible 374 student learning experiences have been assessed
Pathways” legislation passed in 2013); a student body within the core of MHS’s Flexible Pathway department
with strong, persisting, and emerging curiosities aimed offerings this year. Wow!
at a 21st century society; and a vibrant and welcoming Some of MHS’s Dual Enrollment students pictured with
Community College of Vermont academic advisors this fall.

Main Street Middle School Sandra Carillo At what job would you be terrible?
This month Main Street Middle School highlights our Waitressing. I would forget everything people asked me!
eighth-grade, student-run business: Crafters Edge. This What energizes you and brings you excitement?
integrated program of Family & Consumer Science,
Technology Education, and Art is in its 36th year. Some To be with friends and family that are just so positive
of the business activities include running schoolwide toward life and caring toward each other.
dances, building high-quality wood products, managing What’s been on your mind lately?
a craft fair with 50+ vendors and monthly bake sales, The amount of time we are all connected to our devices.
and performing in dinner theater. Roxbury Village School What do you care about?
The program’s foundation is to build opportunities Roxbury Village School (RVS) has some amazing
where students gain skills in communication, reasoning Besides my immediate family, the environment.
educators who have an unwavering commitment to
and problem solving, personal development, and civic learning and teaching students. Each professional is For what are you most grateful today?
and social responsibility. While all eighth graders are celebrated as an individual, and in this piece, please I am most grateful to have made Vermont my home.
a part of the business, some students have executive meet Sandra Carrillo, a grade 1–2 teacher at RVS.
roles with additional responsibilities. During the spring Any upcoming travel plans?
of the seventh-grade year, students are oriented to this What was your favorite subject in school?
Over the winter break, I’m going to Bogota, Colombia,
program, complete job applications, and interview with French! I took French all through high school and which is my place of birth. I plan to visit the school where
the instructors for positions within the company. college. I spent time as an exchange student in Paris I became a teacher! I was hired to give workshops on
At the end of the year, students celebrate their during my last year of high school. I lived with a family teaching strategies to new teachers.
accomplishments with a class trip. They also donate in Paris for three months.
Union Elementary School
portions of their proceeds to various organizations such When you’re not working, how do you like to spend
The Union Elementary School (UES) celebrated its
as Central Vermont Humane Society, Montpelier Food your time?
bi-annual community lantern parade on February 21.
Bank, Vermont Make a Wish Foundation, and Vermont I love cooking, reading, and listening to podcasts while This parade was a wonderful celebration of students,
Irene fund, and, they leave a designated amount to the I’m cleaning or walking. families, and community members, and included a walk
next eighth grade class to help them get started.
through the snowy streets of downtown Montpelier and a
celebration on the front lawn of the Vermont State House
Superintendent’s Corner
with the band Sambatucada from Burlington.
When it snows you have two choices: shovel or make time, every one of us is calling our road crews. We
Throughout the month of February, lanterns were created
snow angels. Growing up just outside of Syracuse, snow update each other in email. In addition to speaking with
with resident artist Gowri Savoor centering on the theme,
was a part of life. I’m that strange person who doesn’t the hard-working people working the Montpelier and
“Shine Your Light, Share Your Story.” The theme of the
mind shoveling—it’s great exercise—and I’ve perfected Roxbury roads, I pay close attention to what towns like
parade was inspired by the children’s book The Day You
the art of the snow angel. With the exception of a short Northfield, Berlin, Barre, and Middlesex are reporting.
Begin by Jacqueline Woodson (Ms. Woodson is scheduled
stint in Baton Rouge, I’ve spent my life in some of the The road crews tell us one of three things: 1) they need
to visit UES in June to share her story with students), and
snowiest places on earth: central New York, Austria, and a bit more time; 2) there is no way roads will be cleared/
it was the perfect way to encourage students to highlight
now our beautiful state. In other words, I don’t mind salted in time; 3) we are good to get to school safely. I
their unique strengths and experiences. The parade was
snow. In fact, I might even love it. trust their judgment and make the call based on their
organized by a highly dedicated group of Union teachers
And then I became a superintendent. information.
and parents, spearheaded by art teacher Kristina Kane. We
While I try to understand why Mother Nature decided This winter has been hard. When I call your homes would like to extend our gratitude to the many sponsors
to make this snowy, icy winter happen during my first so early in the morning, I am imagining the collective and volunteers who made this event possible, especially
year, here’s a little primer on snow days and delays. groan that comes from working parents mixed with a cry Community National Bank, Hunger Mountain Co-op,
Around 5 am, the superintendents of the Winooski of excitement from the kids. Please join me in crossing the Union School Parents’ Group, Champlain Orchards,
Valley are connecting via a group email. At the same fingers and toes—I think we’d all agree that we have had Lake Champlain Chocolates, Complete Streets Group,
enough this school year! and Tarrant, Gillies, & Richardson attorneys at law.
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TimberHomes Cuts Ribbon on New Facility in Montpelier

Photos by Terry Allen

TimberHomes staff preps new Montpelier facility for the grand opening.

A fter seven months of

construction along Elm Street,
TimberHomes—a timber frame
construction company—is set to cut
the ribbon on its new facility, with a
ceremony at 4 pm on March 8. Mayor
Anne Watson will do the honors, with
a casual wine-and-cheese and informal
shop tour to follow. The public is
welcome to attend.
The new building allows the company to
grow from 7 or 8 employees to 13 or 14,
and two new people in the Montpelier
area have already been hired for living-
wage jobs, as well as a four-person
summer crew.
TimberHomes will host a Green
Mountain Worker Coop Alliance training
at the end of March in the new space
and is excited to support the community.
“We’re just beginning to understand how
this shop will allow us to pitch in to keep
Montpelier thriving, and deepen our
relationships in this community,” notes
worker-owner Shannon McIntyre.
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Cabot Creamery Marks 100th Anniversary By Larry Floersch

ractor-trailer trucks with the without what would become the co- co-operative owns and operates four certainly part of the artisanal movement
familiar red, white, and green operative’s signature product—cheddar dairy plants: two in Vermont (Cabot that we’re seeing now, and we’re excited
logo for Cabot cheese are a cheese. The co-operative didn’t hire its and Middlebury), one in Massachusetts to be a part of that.” Nor does she
common sight on the roads and highways first cheesemaker until 1930. By 1960, (West Springfield), and one in New York see them as competition, adding, “We
of Central Vermont. The large number of the Cabot co-operative’s membership (Chateaugay). The co-op also operates a love and support artisanal cheesemakers,
them is all the more impressive when reached 600 farm families, and the co-op large cut-and-wrap operation in Cabot. including other co-ops, small dairy
compared to Cabot’s tiny population of was marketing its high-quality cheeses The dairy plant in Cabot, however, farmers, and other cheesemakers who
just around 1,500, as is the vast size of the and butter under the Cabot name. continues to be the hub of specialty also got their start in Vermont. We
entire Cabot Creamery Co-operative— The 1980s and ’90s were hard times in the cheddar production. have close partnerships with folks such
which includes farms and facilities across dairy industry. Dairy farms were shutting In 1989, the Cabot Creamery Co- as Vermont Creamery and Jasper Hill
the state. down and co-ops were collapsing. Cabot, operative took first place in the cheddar Farm, and some of our farmers even
On its 100th anniversary, it is good to on the other hand, was expanding the category at the U.S. Championship make their own cheeses and other dairy
remember it all began in the small town distribution of its butter and cheeses and Cheese Contest held in Green Bay, products.”
of Cabot back in 1919, when farming was looked as though it could weather the Wisconsin. The rest, as they say, is She also points to the cheeses in the
hard, prices low, and each farm produced storm. But by 1992 Cabot, too, was on history. The Cabot co-op has consistently Founders’ collection as examples. “They
more milk than it could sell. In April of the verge of bankruptcy, so the Cabot won award after award for its cheeses and are made from the original recipes created
that year, 94 dairy families in the Cabot Farmers Co-operative Creamery merged other dairy products every year since by our founding farmers in 1919. So
area joined together to form the Cabot with Agri-Mark—a then struggling 1998. In 2018, for example, Cabot won when you include our waxed cheddars,
Farmers Co-operative Creamery. Each Massachusetts-based co-op of 1,800 four first place awards, three second place we have had artisanal cheeses at Cabot
farmer put up $5 per cow and a cord farms in the six New England states awards, and nine third place awards for for a very long time.”
of wood to fuel the boiler. In total they and New York. In the move, Cabot its cheeses, sour cream, yogurt, and Neary points out, however, that
amassed $3,700, purchased the village was reincorporated as Cabot Creamery butter at three separate national cheese Cabot currently is focusing more on
creamery in Cabot (built in 1893), and Co-operative, Inc., and became a wholly and dairy competitions. convenience products, such as a line of
began producing butter from surplus owned subsidiary of Agri-Mark. In 2008, Cabot has also tried to keep pace with pre-cut slices that are cracker size and has
milk under the brand name “Rosedale,” there were about 400 farms in Vermont the explosion in artisanal cheesemaking plans to expand their convenience line
which they shipped along with fluid milk that were members of Agri-Mark. in and outside of the state, according beyond cracker-cut slices. They are also
to the cities down country. Today, the Agri-Mark/Cabot dairy co-op Jen Neary, director of marketing and updating their packaging in honor of
As the nation’s population shifted over is one of the largest suppliers of milk integrated services for Cabot. “Our more the centennial. “Our new look celebrates
the next decades to a more urban-based in New England, marketing more than ‘artisanal’ lines, such as our Clothbound our farmers’ unwavering commitment to
existence, the Cabot Farmers Creamery 300 million gallons each year for 1,200 or our Centennial Cheddar, which are award-winning quality,” said Neary.
Co-operative thrived. And that was of the region’s dairy farm families. The aged longer and in smaller batches, are
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Ginny Callan Reflects on Eight Years on Act 250 Commission

By Mike Dunphy
curve,” she notes. “You get trained, It puts too much stress and power on the it if a neighbor decides they don’t like the
though, and the Natural Resources Board local boards, and not all towns have the project.
offers updates on the criteria.” The time right planning commissions and boards. It These concerns are overblown according
required, and little remuneration, is not for needs that secondary review process.” to Callen, first, because appeals are much
everyone, however, especially those locked One issue that Callan thinks should be rarer than the occasional media attention
into multiple jobs, raising families, and addressed in the bill (but is not) regards on a single case might indicate, and,
struggles with income. appeals. “Right now, when a permit is second, the need for a “particularized
This inevitably results in a more limited appealed, it’s de novo. So the whole case interest,” which “must be specific and
pool of people interested in and available starts as if it had never been heard; it’s particular to the individual,” according to
to become commissioners than the all reviewed as a new case. That’s really the statute. “It has to be more than just I
statute intended. “Are you attracting the inefficient and costly for the applicant and don’t like looking at that building.” In fact,
low-income single mother who needs a opponent to suddenly have to start bringing it’s even gotten tougher. “It used to be that
babysitter to be able to go to the hearings? your witnesses in all over again in front of a citizens group like the Vermont Natural
You are getting people who have some a whole new group of people. It totally Resource Council or the Conservation Law
freedom in their life.” District 5, she notes, disenfranchises the local commission’s Foundation could say we have members in
Photo courtesy of Ginny Callan has made some efforts to mitigate the issue decision review process. It’s like saying this their town and we want party status on

by holding hearings at night. “Most of the doesn’t count.” this case and they would get it. They can’t
ince 1970, Act 250 has sought to other districts hold their hearings during get that now without including an abutter,
“protect and conserve the lands Callan, however, does not see any need
the day, which means working people... to change rules on acquiring party status which at times can be a big hurdle to the
and the environment of the state have to take a day off to attend a hearing. democratic process.”
of Vermont and insure that these public to appeal decisions, which has been the
The public should be able to easily attend claimed bane of developers like Gene Nonetheless, Callan emphatically believes
lands and environment are devoted to uses and participate in the process.”
which are not detrimental to the public Beaudoin, who has developed Shaw’s the public is an integral part of Act 250
welfare and interests”—or so the text of On occasion, the commission did feel like grocery stores in Colchester and Berlin. and needs to remain actively engaged
the law evinces. an all boys club. “At one point I actually In a Jan. 9 article in the Burlington Free and welcome in the process, not shut out
said something to the Natural Resources Press, he bemoaned the ease of appeals, by new restrictions. “I think it’s really
Key to administration of the law are Board, noting that at the time ‘I was only saying a developer can spend $700,000 important that people have a voice.”
nine district commissions that review woman reappointed to District 5. I hope if on the permitting process and risk losing
development applications and issue you’re going to appoint someone else, that
decisions and land use permits, supported it’s going to be a woman.’ But I’m only
by nine district coordinators, one familiar really with District 5 and who I’ve
Act 250 specialist, and six technicians seen at the training sessions.”
located in five regional offices, with the
central office in Montpelier. Together, On efficiency and operation, however,
the commission members—appointed by Callan gives the commission high marks,
the sitting governor—ensure proposed nothing that despite the seemingly
developments conform with the 10 criteria high hurdles of getting a permit, most
of the statute that cover water and air applications pass through relatively quickly.
pollution, waste disposal, erosion, traffic, “Often applicants will complain that this
wildlife protection, aesthetics, and scenic is a really lengthy and long process, and it’s
and natural beauty, among other things. expensive, but actually 94 percent of the
cases get through the process and receive a
For eight years, Ginny Callan from East permit in 72 days or so.”
Montpelier—perhaps best known as
founder of the legendary Horn of the Natural Resources Board data bear this
Moon Cafe in downtown Montpelier— out. In 2018, there were 404 Act 250
has served as an alternate and vice chair applications statewide, of which only 36
on the commission in District 5, which went to hearings. Forty-nine percent of the
covers Washington and Lamoille counties, time, permits were issued in less than 30
and enjoyed an up-close-and-personal view days from the completed application and
of the action. When her tenure concluded 73 percent within 60 days. In District 5
in January, Callan took the opportunity the rate and speed of approval is often even
to reflect on her experiences with the higher, with 94 percent issued in fewer
commission: where it excels and lags, than 60 days in 2017. Since December
how it can be improved, and whether the 2018, 33 permits have been issued in an
proposals to update the statute in Senate average of 72 days.
bill S.104 would achieve a better law for But Callan does see a number of ways
the people and businesses of Vermont. to improve the statute, many of which
Callan’s appointment to the board eight are addressed in S.104, now making
years ago came as a sort of happy accident. the rounds in the legislature. “I like
“I was working at the New England that they’re considering climate change
Grassroots Environment Fund,” she and adding rules about greenhouse gas
remembers, “Peter Shumlin had just been emissions and forest fragmentation, as well
elected and was looking for names of people as dropping the elevation down to 2,000
to be involved in Act 250, particularly feet from 2,500 with what’s not allowable
women, minorities, and young people. I for development.”
got an email asking for names, so I gave a However, Callan does not support creating
few and thought, ‘Oh, I’ll throw my name “enhanced designation” zones that would
on it, too.’ I did and got appointed.” exempt downtown designated areas from
Joining the commission is no walk in Act 250 permitting. “I think it would be
the park, however. “There’s a big learning really bad not to have any hearing at all.
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Girl Scout Cookies are More than a Matter of Taste

by Michelle A.L. Singer

fter the dust from the holidays has Scout sells, the better her earnings are, from Ava’s troop in East Montpelier will council works with, availability will be
settled and yet winter still stretches 65 cents to 90 cents per box. According collectively use their earnings this year to slightly different, as will the names of some
before us, we may be inclined to GSGWM, all the money stays local, take an overnight trip to the Great Escape of the cookies. That’s why your aunt a few
to despair. But then, like a ray of hope with 24 percent of proceeds from cookie Lodge near Lake George, which has an states away might say she loves Caramel
dawning, we remember: Girl Scout Cookie sales going directly to the troop. Another indoor water park. They also voted as a deLites, when she means Samoas, or Peanut
season! From January through March, we 24 percent goes to the cost of the cookies troop to go horseback riding for a badge Butter Patties when she’s talking about
welcome the arrival of Tagalongs, Samoas, themselves —transportation, cookie staff, and complete two service projects. They Tagalongs. Or your old roommate might
and Thin Mints. Or maybe you’re an and related expenses. The remaining 52 will hold a “can-struction” food drive, post on Facebook that they stocked up on
outlier, and your favorite Girl Scout Cookie percent goes to GSGWM for “programs, which has students in classrooms compete Lemonades when you’re seeing quite clearly
is the simple shortbread Trefoil, lemony training, and properties” including the to build a structure out of the canned goods that they have Savannah Smiles. Thin Mints
Savannah Smiles, or the classic peanut and S’mores are the same everywhere.
butter Do-Si-Dos. You may not even know Whatever cookie is your favorite, one thing
about the new S’mores cookie or gluten- remains the same: they are only available
free Toffee Tastics. until cookie sales end on March 25. Times
But there is more to the cookie than and locations of local cookie booths are
meets the crumb. Ginger Kozlowski, subject to change, so check online at
communications and PR manager for before you go, or if you
the Girl Scouts of the Green and White want more information.
Mountains (GSGWM), the regional
council that Vermont and New Hampshire
Girl Scout troops belong to, notes that, What’s Your Favorite Girl Scout Cookie?
“The Girl Scout Cookie program is the
largest girl-led entrepreneurial program
Bill Fraser, Montpelier City Manager:
in the world. It is the largest financial
investment in girls annually in the United “Thin Mints – Duh!”
States. A recent Girl Scout Research Michael McRaith, Montpelier High
Institute study found that two out of three School Principal”
girls who participate in the program learn
Photo courtesy of Girl Scouts “Tagalong, hands down!”
five crucial skills—goal-setting, decision-
making, money management, people Kimberly Jessup, Vermont State
skills, and business ethics—while doing camps throughout Vermont and New they have collected for the food shelf. The Representative for Middlesex & East
incredible things for themselves and their Hampshire that they run and that Ava is winning structure’s class will get cupcakes Montpelier:
communities.” working toward going to this summer. decorated by the Girl Scouts. They have
“I’d have to say the Peanut Butter Sandwich
also chosen to make thank-you bags for
Take for example, Ava Deblois, a fourth- In addition to the profit per box for the local police and fire departments.
goes to the top of my list.”
grader at Calais Elementary and a Girl troop, Ava will receive “Cookie Dough,” Ginger Kozlowski, Communications and
Scout for four years. In this year alone, she’s an earned reward that can be used toward “I think my best sellers are Thin Mints
PR Manager for GSGWM:
earned badges in animal habitats, first aid, Girl Scout camp, merchandise, dues, and and Samoas,” says Ava. Her observation
“Thin Mints are my favorite, hands down.
simple meal preparation, drawing, and will, trips for up to one year. Girl Scouts must tracks with what Robin Boyd, product sales
Can you eat just one cookie? Or one box?”
of course, earn a badge for her efforts selling sell a minimum of 150 boxes to qualify for manager of GSGWM, reports. “Girl Scouts
cookies. She’s one of the best sellers in her Cookie Dough, and if Ava meets her goal in Vermont and New Hampshire sold 1.3 Ava Deblois, local Girl Scout:
troop in East Montpelier. Her goal for this of selling 500 boxes, she will earn $150 in million packages of cookies last year in a
“My favorite cookie is the S’mores cookie!”
year is 500 boxes, and she has sold 328 so Cookie Dough just for herself, in addition mere 12-week period,” she says. “Based on
Carrie Green, Director of Marketing,
far. “I ask lots of family and friends,” she to the money she earns for her troop. “I sales last year, we can see that Vermonters
Communications and PR for GSGWM:
says. “Also, I got to school early so I could will use my earnings to go to Girl Scout do love their Thin Mints, with Samoas
ask the teachers.” camp, or I can spend some at the Girl being a close second.” “Samoas, definitely. They’re the perfect
Scout store,” she says. “What I like best Girl Scouts employs two official cookie combination of chocolate, caramel, and
If Ava reaches her goal of 500 boxes, it will about Girl Scouts is, we combine all of our
bakers. Cookies in our area come from coconut!”
earn her troop $450. All Girl Scouts cookies earnings from cookie sales and go on a fun
are $5 per box. The profit margin is based field trip. And also do something to help Little Brownie Bakers, a subsidiary of
on a tiered system: the more boxes a Girl the community.” Kellogg’s. Depending on where you are
in the country, and which baker the local
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Barre Company Pursues Plastics Revolution

By Carl Etnier

he 1967 film The Graduate said, “There’s a huge failure rate with campaign to raise money for a waste One goal of current technology
created a Summer-of-Love 3D printing. Being able to recycle that plastic extruder. The idea was untested; development at Filabot is to
version of a meme when Mr. [3D printing waste] and turn it into he had no prototype; and he said the commercialize a small-scale grinder.
McGuire looked Dustin Hoffman’s useful material again is something we’ve campaign’s video was “awful quality.” That machine would turn waste plastic
titular character in the eye and said been working with.” Nonetheless, in 30 days he raised more into powder for the extruders to use.
one enigmatic word, “Plastics.” Some 45 They are also working to turn other types than $32,000, far exceeding the $10,000 Another is to commercialize a way to
years later, in 2012, a Vermont Technical of waste plastics into raw material for goal he had set. make filament 100 percent from old
College (VTC) student named Tyler 3D printing. “There are waste streams With money in hand, he went back plastic bottles; right now, Filabot users
McNaney became so convinced in the of plastic that are not being recycled. to VTC and tinkered with extruder can only mix in 50 percent of the
great future in plastics, he dropped out For example, black coffee lids will lower technology while doing his coursework. plastic from plastic bottles and still
and started a company, Filibot, to make the price of a bale at a recycling facility Eventually he quit school to concentrate make good filament. And the research
plastics more environmentally friendly. down to $20, but when removed, it rises on the Filabot company, which now team is continually testing new inputs.
Based in Barre, Filabot is creating it to $100.” employs eight people at the Barre McNaney said, “In May, we did cool
technology that turns waste plastics and headquarters and research facility, with tests with toothbrushes, vacuum nozzles,
Since 3D printing uses small, and Legos.”
an array of other materials—including decentralized production, Filabot makes the machine assembly done in Rutland.
mussel shells—into raw material for 3D machines for similarly small-scale McNaney made Forbes magazine’s “30 Finally, they’re scaling up the small-
printing. recycling. Many 3D plastic printers use under 30” list of young entrepreneurs in scale technology of 3D printing. While
In interviews with The Bridge, McNaney plastic filament, like the “string” used 2017. “I’m still waiting for my honorary a common size limitation for 3D
described 3D printing as “the ultimate in weed whackers, as the raw material. degree,” McNaney jokes. printing is one cubic foot, Filabot is
widget maker,” because production Filabot sells three models of extruders Filabot started in an old granite shed in developing part of a printer that could
costs can be so low. Customization is and claims they can be used to make Montpelier, McNaney said, and when be used to create objects up to eight
easy. Think how a paper printer can filament from thousands of plastics. they needed more space, they moved to feet in any direction. This new extruder
be switched effortlessly from printing their present location in a warehouse off head would also simplify production by
An article on the Filabot website says making it possible to skip the filament
business letters to sonnets. Similarly, their tests have shown their most South Main Street in Barre. Other than
a 3D printer “can make all sorts of the space being attractive and available, altogether; ground plastic or plastic
advanced extruder is capable of making beads would be fed directly into the
customized objects and not have to have filament from 15 families of plastic, he said there was no specific reason
a big setup [for each one],” McNaney for choosing Barre. However, he added, extruder.
including nylon, ABS, and HDPE.
said. An additional five classes are rated as “It’s a good, central location,” with their McNaney commented, “We want to
But any discussion of production “difficult” but possible to use. engineer commuting from Springfield print big chairs, cars... And that kind
with plastics nowadays leads to the and McNaney coming from Essex. of dives into using more waste plastic,
McNaney said the idea for Filabot Spaulding High School in Barre is also which is really exciting.”
questions of waste, which is creating came to him at the end of his first
ever more pressure and pollution on providing Filabot with interns now.
semester at Vermont Technical College.
a planetary scale, including the so- “I learned about 3D printing two days
called Great Pacific Garbage Patch, before holiday break...and was amazed.
and contamination from micro-plastic I thought, ‘I could have this machine...
particles in soil, water, wildlife, and in my dorm room, printing and making
even the human body. things.’” He got excited about turning
Recycling waste plastic is where Filabot’s waste plastic into 3D prints, so over
business model comes in. McNaney holiday break he created a Kickstarter
Photo courtesy of Filabot
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Montpelier Flood Watch: Helpful tips to stay safe and avoid

damage before, during, and after floods

ontpelier is a city that has Photo courtesy of City of Montpelier the flood hazard area. Development of
experienced flooding since Planning and Community any type within the floodplain requires
its inception, with recorded Development Department a permit prior to commencement.
events back as far as July 1830. These This will provide the city and state
included the Great Flood of 1927 and with the opportunity to inform you
the ice-jam flood in 1992, both of which of any requirements needed to meet
caused significant damage. In the past, the minimum standards as well as
the city responded by building dams, to make any suggested changes that
levees, and channelizing the rivers and could improve safety and reduce flood
streams, but today, efforts by city, insurance costs.
state, and federal governments focus At a minimum, new buildings are
on “avoidance” by keeping people and required to be built above the base
property away from danger. flood elevation or flood-proofed below
To achieve this aim locally, as the spring it. Also, additions or improvements
thaw begins to melt the snow and ice, that exceed 50 percent of the value of
the City of Montpelier’s Department of the existing building are treated as new
Planning & Community Development buildings and must be raised above
provides these eight tips to help ensure the base flood elevation or otherwise
you and your property remain safe and flood proofed, if applicable. Always
secure before, during, and after a flood. check with the city before you store
Know your flood risk: Residents materials, clear vegetation, re-grade, or
who live along or near the Winooski, fill on your property within the flood
North Branch, Dog, or Stevens Branch hazard area.
rivers may be in the floodplain. The Buy flood insurance: The most
floodplain is a low-lying area adjacent Build safety factors into your design: • Install closures and sealants around important flood protection device,
to a waterway that is generally subject All development in the floodplain doors and windows; after prevention, is flood insurance.
to flooding and often designated by requires permits. Please call so we can If your property is located in the
• Construct new watertight walls;
the Federal Emergency Management determine what will be required. If floodplain, and you do not have flood
Agency (FEMA) as an area that has you are building a new home, you • Install flood vents in existing walls or insurance, talk to your insurance agent.
a 1-percent chance of being flooded will be required to elevate your home construct floodwalls or levees; Homeowner’s insurance policies do
each year. To help you determine above the base flood elevation in • Elevate the furnace, water heater, and not cover damage from floods. If your
where your property is in relation order to prevent waters entering your electric panel if susceptible to flooding; lending institution is requiring that
to the floodplain, please contact the home. Other than not building in the you purchase flood insurance, and you
• Install “check valves” in sewer traps
city’s Department of Planning & floodplain at all, this is always the best believe that you have little or no risk,
to prevent flood water from backing up
Community Development. The staff alternative. Many of us, however, have there are tools available to determine
into the drains of your home;
can look up this information for free. older homes, built before floodplains your risk and potentially remove
Flash flooding can also occur along were mapped and regulations in place. • Seal walls in basements with the requirement. Please contact the
any stream, and many of these streams For these buildings we have other waterproofing compounds to avoid planning department for information
are not mapped as flood hazards by floodproofing options to help retrofit seepage. on what tools are available.
FEMA. Understand that any quiet your home: It is also important not to dump trash For buildings that are not in the
brook can become raging river under or any other debris around your home, mapped flood hazard area, flood
• Elevate your building above the base
certain circumstances and plan ahead. including leaves, into ditches, streams, insurance may still be valuable. We
flood elevation;
or rivers. A plugged channel cannot are happy to discuss the options and
carry water, and when it rains, it may advantages.
cause flooding. Owners of property
The City of Montpelier also participates
near waterways should do their part to
in a voluntary program through FEMA
keep banks clear of debris.
called the Community Rating System
Fortunately the city is available to guide (CRS) and has implemented a number
you with specifics about projects in of initiatives in an effort to reduce
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Continued from page 12

flood damage. As a result of our participation in the Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of pictures of damage and working with the planning
CRS, residents receive a 5-percent discount in flood moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in office is the fastest way to get moving forward without
insurance rates for the municipality and individual water, walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick jeopardizing your assistance.
policyholders. We are currently working to improve to check the firmness of the ground in front of you. Although the city, state government, the Army Corps
our rating, which will improve our discount percentage. Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise of Engineers, and FEMA have constructed flood
Make an emergency plan—prepare a kit: There are around your car, abandon the car and move to higher mitigation devices, enacted various forms of legislation,
lots of tools online to help make emergency plans, but ground if you can do so safely. A foot of water is and initiated numerous activities and programs to
FEMA has a site at Emergencies don’t enough to float many vehicles. Finally, two feet of mitigate flooding and flood damage to the city, the
always give you the time to plan and gather resources, rushing water can carry away most vehicles, including threat remains significant. The Montpelier Hazard
so having a plan and a kit allows you to act quickly and SUVs and trucks. Turn around. Don’t drown! Mitigation Plan, adopted in 2014, presents strategies
have a common meeting point or communication plan Return home only when safe: After a flood it is to mitigate future flood losses in the event a flood does
for when your family is separated. important to listen to the news and to call city hall occur.
Montpelier now uses VT-ALERT as its emergency to see whether it is safe to return. During a flood a It is possible that as the shape of land changes over time
notification system. Sign up for VT-ALERT at number of utilities and areas may not be safe. For or new information becomes available, properties once
“Be aware” during flood watches: When flooding example: believed to be in the floodplain might, in fact, no longer
is likely, follow the City of Montpelier on Facebook • The drinking water supply may not be safe to drink. be. In March of 2013 new floodplain maps became
and listen to the radio or television for information. effective. Properties that had been in the floodplain
• Remaining floodwaters may be contaminated by oil, may no longer be, and properties that hadn’t been in
Montpelier is vulnerable to flash flooding, and gasoline, or raw sewage.
conditions can change quickly. Know where to go the floodplain in the past may be now. If you have
if you need to reach higher ground quickly by foot. • Water may be electrically charged from underground questions about the location of the floodplain, please
You should get out your emergency kit and make or downed power lines. contact the planning department.
preparations. • Roads may have weakened and could collapse under The City of Montpelier and the Department of
Around your home you should bring in outdoor the weight of a car. Planning & Community Development are here to
furniture, move essential items to an upper floor, • Stay away from downed power lines and report them help you with your questions regarding flooding in
and turn off utilities at the main switches or valves to the power company. our community. Multiple staff members are specially
if instructed to do so. You should also disconnect trained in floodplain management and receive annual
• Stay out of any building if it is surrounded by training in this area. We can provide you with
electrical appliances, but do not touch electrical floodwaters. Use extreme caution when entering
equipment if you are wet or standing in water. information about local flooding hazards, flood safety,
buildings that had previously been flooded; there may flood insurance, property protection measures, and
“Take action” during flood warnings: This may be hidden damage, particularly in foundations. mapping and regulatory assistance. We have many
require either moving to higher ground or evacuating • Septic tanks and leaching systems may have failed and informational brochures and pamphlets here in the
if directed to do so. If there is any possibility of a flash should be serviced as soon as possible. Damaged sewage office. We can assist with reading and understanding
flood, move immediately to higher ground. Do not systems are serious health hazards. Clean and disinfect NFIP maps and print them out for you. You can also
wait for instructions to move. Be aware of streams, everything that got wet. Mud left from flood water can ask the librarian and the Kellogg Hubbard Library for
drainage channels, canyons, and other areas known to contain sewage and chemicals. the flood information that we have provided to them.
flood suddenly. Flash floods can occur in these areas Please do not hesitate to email me, Audra Brown, at
with or without such typical warnings as rain clouds Document damage and get permits: After a flood it for more information. If
or heavy rain. is very important to contact your insurance agent and
email is not possible, you may call (802) 223-9506.
the planning department before repairing any damage
Sometimes evacuation is necessary. If you have to leave or rebuilding. This is critical to remaining eligible This article is sponsored by City of Montpelier Planning
your home, remember these evacuation tips: for federal assistance if it becomes available. Taking and Community Development Department.
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Central Vermont Needs More Housing at All Price Points

Compiled by Tom Brown

im Heney is a Montpelier native it and understand what their options are good job they like, sometimes that person
Photo Courtesy of Tim Heney
and third-generation broker in the and what they can do. I think they get will come here to work and go home on
family business, Heney Realtors, and too into the weeds, trying to control too weekends. And if we have no housing
has served on many real estate boards and many details, and that’s not productive. stock to accommodate that new dynamic
commissions. The Bridge asked him to How have we done with affordable in our community, we’re losing them all.
assess the current market. housing? How can we create more turnover in
The Bridge: What’s the state of the Heney: We don’t need a lot more rental ownership?
Central Vermont real estate market affordable housing in our mix at the Heney: I think what happens is that folks
today? moment because so much of what’s who have owned a place long enough and
Tim Heney: There are 15 properties for coming on is that specific thing. The trend are ready to move on in their lives talk to
sale in Montpelier with maybe a couple that I’ve seen for years is simply the classic their accountant and pull back because
of for-sale-by-owner on top of that, but thing that you get somebody who has an they realize the implications for them
not a lot. They’re ranging in price from older, larger home and children grow up in terms of income tax, so maybe you
$175,750 to $575,000. and move away, and they downsize. If are paying 26 percent a year and all of a
Adding in the five towns in the U-32 they can find the right next smallest thing sudden you’re bumped up to a 40 percent
district, there are only 34 properties Is it difficult to build new housing in to move to, they sell their bigger house to bracket. They’ll just keep it and collect
listed. So if you moved here right now, the city? another family. So just creating affordable the rents.
that’s the total pool of inventory to choose units doesn’t open up these other sectors. In that sense, a huge number of resources
Heney: Are there places to put them
from. And in the price range you want, within city limits? Yes, there are. And Are property taxes a problem? in our society are held captive by this tax.
it comes down to sometimes one or two. you could find people who have tested Heney: If you’re from the Midwest or If we can find a way to clean that up to
Does Montpelier need more new the waters and just found it too difficult. something, and you come here and see allow people to transfer assets, then you’d
housing? Montpelier had a bit of a reputation as the steep jump, you go nuts. But people have new owners who would come in and
being a difficult place to develop and want to be here, and the schools are really make improvements in energy efficiency
Heney: That is without question. When and bring a fresh set of objectives.
create any housing or commercial space good, and they want to pay for good
you talk to employers that are trying to
beyond simply property taxes. schools. I think they make the judgment How do you see the city’s energy
hire people and people walking through
our front door, it’s enormously frustrating The most recent one that I can think of that, yeah, they’re high, but it’s a good efficiency charter change proposal
because we really haven’t created any was when Redstone was looking at the value. I think a lot more people would affecting the market?
new housing. For decades we have had a One Taylor Street lot, and at the very end, come here if we had housing for them, Heney: Finding a way to do this positively
backlog of demand, and the supply is not they pulled out because they couldn’t which might help us spread that tax rather than punitively would certainly be
meeting it. make the numbers connect. I think the burden. That’s one of the reasons why my preference. You can create incentives,
analysis that I heard was that the rents education is the single best investment we and I’m not saying giveaways, to soften
Is that the number one problem for can make as a community. And yes, it’s
you can generate here are OK but not that or help owners do it. And it doesn’t
Central Vermont realtors? expensive, no doubt about it.
quite as high as what they would get for have to be just residential, especially if
Heney: It’s beyond new housing. There the same unit in Chittenden County but I’ve heard that about 40 percent of you look at our old properties in town
is a lack of higher-priced homes to move the taxes, water, sewer fees, and costs to Montpelier’s housing stock is in rental and how many don’t even have a really
up to, to create more movement within operate the unit are higher here. units. Is that the right mix or do we decent (insulation) cap in the attic.
the market. Every town is its own little need more?
Is permitting more difficult here than An incentive approach seems to make
market, and every market has its own
in Chittenden County? In the sense that we need more in all sense to me, and I think most responsible
dynamic, but the real issue is balance.
If you look at everything being built in Heney: We have never developed there, so sectors of housing, yes. Look at how the landlords try to do that. But, you know,
Montpelier, it’s all been in the affordable the honest answer is I can only guess. I do world has changed since I was a kid. it’s just that balance of trying to make it
sector, and there’s nothing for folks in applaud the fact that the city did a total You think about the families that once make sense with all the costs going up.
middle price ranges being created. There’s zoning rewrite and put the new zoning moved to town—mom or dad got a job Rents go up a little, but not as much
certainly nothing for nicer, upper-end into effect last year, but I still think it is at National Life or something—and they right now. Insurance is a big one, going
homes at all. So I think creation of homes excessively controlling and over-the-top move here. You don’t see that as much up about 20 percent a year. I don’t think
in each sector is needed, but it’s always in a lot of areas. I would rather have it be anymore; they don’t pick up the whole adding more regulation is the answer.
within that concept of balance. simpler, shorter, and more concise, so that family anymore. If the kids are happy in
any person who has property could read school, and the other partner still has a
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Local Businesses, Nonprofits, and Farms Benefit from Hunger Mountain

ince 2011, the Hunger Mountain that they can’t. The HMCCF grant is be hard-pressed to provide for everyone. Steadyfoot Farm received $500 toward
Cooperative Community Fund helping make that possible.” Without the freezer, I would have had to increasing cold storage capacity. They
(HMCCF) has distributed a total Capstone Community Action received refuse many turkeys, hams, big pots of are currently in the design and planning
of $52,952 in community grants. These $1,000 toward adding freezer capacity various soups, and prepared casseroles. stages and are looking forward to
annual grants provide financial support to to their food shelf. A new double-door The freezer has been a blessing for us!” increasing capacity this growing season.
businesses, organizations, and initiatives freezer was installed at their facility last Ananda Gardens received $500 toward a “It will fulfill our need to maintain ideal
aligned with the co-op’s mission of month. “The new freezer allows us to barn retrofit for their wash/pack station. storage temperatures throughout various
building dynamic communities of open our doors daily with more available The money helped pay for one-fourth seasonal conditions, especially because we
healthy individuals and sustainable local product, reduce wait times, and provide of the cost of the materials purchased are anticipating an increase in production
food systems. In 2018, the total grants a better selection for our customers. It to insulate the barn, which has all been over the next year with the addition
awarded reached $7,650, given to seven improves our efficiency because the staff installed, along with a number of other of a high tunnel on our farm,” says
different organizations, for a variety of does not need to restock as often during improvements. Farm Manager Patrick Steadyfoot’s Allison Gulka. “Because our
projects ranging from the purchase of a the day, allowing for better interactions Sullivan says, “We are very grateful for main markets are small local grocery
commercial stove or freezer to retrofitting with customers who may not be familiar the help, as the infrastructure costs of stores, increased cooler space will enable
a barn for a vegetable wash/pack station. with some products,” says Morgan Brown, farming are very high. Everything helps, us to harvest and store crops more
Salvation Farms received $1,500 toward Development Coordinator at Capstone. and we make sure to be as resourceful as efficiently, and increase the quality and
outfitting their Lamoille Valley Gleaning we can so that our access to funds goes quantity of local foods that we can bring
Good Samaritan Haven received $1,150 to small grocers in our area.”
cooler space. Theresa Snow, executive toward purchasing a new commercial a long way in helping us create a local
director, says, “It will allow us to really freezer, which they use daily. Shelter organic farm for our community.” Now through March 31, Hunger
serve the greater community. It will really Manager Judi Joy says, “Many of our Another Way Community Center Mountain Co-op customers can donate
help us move more food into the local meals are donated, but we frequently received $1,500 toward a commercial to the co-op’s Community Fund by
community and engage more volunteers have to have food in the house to prepare kitchen stove upgrade. They are currently rounding up their purchase to the next
and partners. We will be able to help meals for our 30 guests, and without the in the process of working out the details dollar. That spare change will go toward
farmers feed their community in a way frozen food we have on hand, we would for the purchase of the stove. community grants awarded to area
organizations like these and their vital
Twin Valley Senior Center received projects in the coming years, creating
$1,500 toward a commercial freezer a ripple effect of impacts throughout
purchase, which will allow the center to our local food system and healthy
use more locally sourced food. “Having local communities. Customers can also
the commercial freezer allows the center opt into being asked to round up their
to freeze fresh, local produce at its peak purchase when they check out by visiting
and use it when fresh produce is in shorter customer service or the co-op website at
supply and more expensive. So, seniors are
getting more nutritious food, more locally
sourced food, and for less expense,” says This text was provided by Hunger Mountain
Rebecca Schrader, the center’s volunteer Co-op.
grant writer.
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Fill Hearts and Stomachs at Empty Bowl Benefit March 10 By Bonnie Seideman

Photo by Susan Spaulding and a silent auction of locally made art, fundraiser is donated, which means that The Mud Studio is located at 961 Route 2
all to help our most vulnerable neighbors every penny we take in goes directly to in Middlesex. The Empty Bowl Benefit
in need. the Foodbank.” runs from 4:30 to 6:30 pm on Sunday,
“With one in four Vermonters struggling This year’s benefit features soups prepared March 10. Ample parking is available.
with food insecurity each day, including by many favorite local restaurants and Adult donation is $25, including a meal
many children and elders, the need is caterers including Black Krim Tavern, and a bowl, children 5–12, $5 for a meal
dire in our community,” said benefit Bon Temps Gourmet, Hunger Mountain only, and children under five, free for a
organizer Bonnie Seideman. Co-op, J. Morgan’s Steakhouse, and meal only.
“Nobody in the year 2019 should have Sarducci’s. Crusty Red Hen bread, Courtesy of Empty Bowl Benefit
to worry about where their next meal Vermont Creamery cheese, North Branch
is coming from, or if their children will Café hummus, and Cold Hollow cider
be unable to sleep, or to learn at school, round out the meal, with home-baked
Guests enjoying dinner at benefit. cookies for dessert.
because their bellies are empty.”

he wheels are in motion— “I’m proud to sponsor and support this
For a $25 donation to the Foodbank,
spinning and humming as hands much-needed event,” said studio owner,
guests get to choose their own ceramic
gently cup and shape each lump Michael Sullivan. “I think of the bowls
bowl to take home, and enjoy a hearty
of clay. Magically, a bowl appears, then as a concrete reminder that there are
meal of soup and several accompaniments
another, and another. It is January at many Vermonters whose bowls are, in
in a vibrant working studio and gallery.
The Mud Studio in Middlesex and reality, empty every day.”
the potters in the room are cheerfully In its first five years, the Empty Bowl
cranking out dozens of soup bowls for Benefit has raised nearly $35,000 for the Elmira Behzadikia ladles soup for attendees.
the Sixth Annual Empty Bowl Benefit Foodbank, Seideman said.
for the Vermont Foodbank. “The Empty Bowl Benefit has been a
Held at The Mud Studio on Sunday, huge success, and our goal now is to
March 10, this popular event brings see it grow even more each year. The
together a caring community of central generosity of our local potters, businesses,
Vermonters who gather to enjoy a restaurants, farmers, and neighbors has
steaming bowl of soup, live fiddle music, been astounding. Every single item at this
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Calendar of Events
Community Performing
one family’s five-year experiment in “free range
learning” at 7 pm. Jaquith Public Library, THEATER, DANCE,
School St., Marshfield.

Events Naturalist Journeys Presentation Series:

Uapishka Botany. Botanist Matt Peters shares
March 6–7: Moxie Mixer. A performer/maker
gathering of open auditions and networking. All
ages, types, and abilities of actors, musicians,
his explorations of eastern North America’s
largest (but little-known) alpine area. Northern singers, dancers, puppetry, circus arts, etc. are
Events happening Quebec’s Uapishka region hosts tiny arctic welcome to share for area producers, directors, and performance groups. Also technical and crew
March 6–March 22
people invited to attend. Registration is preferred, but drop-ins will be accommodated as scheduling
buttercups, old growth white spruce woodlands, allows. 6–7:30 pm. Grange Hall Cultural Center, 317 Howard Ave., Waterbury Center. grangehallcc@
caribou, and ptarmigan. 7–8:30 pm. North 244-4168
Branch Nature Center, Elm St., Montpelier.
March 9–10. Cages and Box of Squirrels. Donny Osman and Dennis McSorely perform their
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 SATURDAY, MARCH 9 one-man shows in a double-header line up, Osman’s Cages takes us on a journey of the constructs
Cross-country Ski Stowe Mountain Resort Barre Congregational Church Community that we choose and the ones that life builds for us in a touching and lighthearted exploration of the
with Green Mountain Club. Various distances. Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. complexities of the people and adventures that constitute life. McSorely’s Box of Squirrels shares his
All abilities. Trail fee. Bring lunch. Contact journey of a young collegiate who becomes a New York City teacher to avoid the draft. March 9 at
Mary Garcia, 622-0585 or Mary Smith, Climate Change with Roger Hill. Join Roger 7:30 pm; March 10 at 1 pm. Grange Hall Cultural Center, 317 Howard Ave., Waterbury Center. $15.
505-0603 for meeting time and place. Hill for a talk on climate change and some
emerging connections to our winter weather. March 16: DANCE! Faculty/Student Works in Progress. Delightful presentation by students and
Orchard Valley Walk-Through Wednesday. 10–11:30 am. Jaquith Public Library, School St., faculty of Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio. 18 Langdon St., 3rd floor, Montpelier. $5–10
A monthly open house event during the school Marshfield. donation. 229-4676
day. Observe main lesson in grades 1–8 and visit
our mixed-age kindergarten programs, including Chapters in History Three: The Twenties; March 22–23: TRIP Dance Troupe Annual Fundraiser. Bound to delight any dance enthusiast
Farm & Forest. 8:30–10:30 am. Grace Farm Roaring and Otherwise. A free program series with high level choreography and fast feet moves. TRIP Dance Company is a competitive group of
of reading and discussion. Book is Warren G. 35 young dancers associated with the Stowe Dance Academy. March 22 at 7 pm; March 23 at 3 pm.
Campus, 2290 Rt. 14 N., East Montpelier. Pre-
Harding: The American Presidents Series: The 29th Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $16–30.
register: or 456-7400
President, 1921-1923, by John W. Dean. 2 pm. March 22: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. A wide range of talented standup comics from here
Tech and Tea. Morning technology workshops Jaquith Public Library, School St., Marshfield. and away working longer sets. 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free/by donation.
covering social media, internet, smartphones, 479-0896.
and safety for older adults. 10:15 am. Montpelier
High School. Registration required: 223-2518. VCFA MFA in Writing & Publishing
Ages 50+ Community Classes: Family Writing
Workshop: The Secret Life of ROY G. BIV.
The Christ Church Community Lunch. Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be the
11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier. color periwinkle? What is the texture of turquoise?
Salvation Army Community Lunch. Here is your chance to create an up-close-and-
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. personal interview with the colors themselves!
Honey Bees: Hard Working Immigrants. When we ask the right questions, we can watch
Educator and naturalist Kurt Valenta will lead their true colors come out from inside the Crayola
a tour of the life cycle of and habits of these box and spring to life. become color biographers,
smallest of domesticated animals who play and expose the quirky secret lives of the rainbow
such an important role in our lives, even as we that the world has never seen (or touched, or
threaten theirs. An Osher Lifelong Learning smelled, or heard) before. And parents, this is for
Institute program. 1:30 pm. Montpelier Senior you, too. Write alongside your kids and help them
Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free build their imaginary worlds. For children 9–12.
for OLLI members; $5 suggested donation for All children must be accompanied by a parent or
others guardian. 10:30 am–noon. Vermont College of
Fine Arts, Noble Annex 1 and Conference Room,
Mid-Week Movie: Crazy Rich Asians. College St., Montpelier. Registration
6–8 pm. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 form:
Hardwick St., Greensboro. $5 suggested
donation. Mardi Gras Event. Mardi Gras feast to benefit
the United Church of Northfield. Home cooked
Camp Meade Talks: Entrepreneurs Today menu includes gumbo, jambalaya, rice and
with Alan Newman. Newman will foster beans, cornbread, king cakes, bread pudding
conversation with the audience about how the and beverages. 5:30–7 pm. 58 S. Main St.,
creative community of Vermont is fertile ground Northfield. $12. Take-out available. 485-8335
for developing innovative business solutions to
21st century challenges. 7 pm. Red Hen Bakery SUNDAY, MARCH 10
Café, 961 Rt. 2, Middlesex. Free. Cross-country Ski Elmore with Green Mountain Club. Hardwick Flats road. Easy/
Moderate. Several loops are available of varying
THURSDAY, MARCH 7 lengths. On private land which is open to the
Trinity United Methodist Church public at no charge. Bring lunch and water.
Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. Contact Steve or Heather Bailey, 622-4516 or
137 Main St., Montpelier. for meeting time and
Yestermorrow’s Spring Speaker Series: place.
Dynamic Garden Design with Britton Family Dance at the Grange. A family dance
Rogers. Learn how people can use plants to not for all ages, circle and line dances and singing
only beautify their homes and towns, but also games, all taught and called, live traditional
provide other important natural benefits. 7 pm. music. 3–4:30 pm. Capital City Grange, Rt.12
Yestermorrow Design/Build School, 7865 Main St., (just south of I-89 overpass and one mile from
Waitsfield. Free. downtown Montpelier). Free for children. $5
suggested donation for adults but no one is turned
FRIDAY, MARCH 8 away. dancesingandjumparound.
TimberHomes Vermont Grand Opening.
A ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate MONDAY, MARCH 11
our shop completion. All are welcome to come Community Lunch at Unitarian Church
and stop by. 4–5 pm. 21 Fork Rd., Montpelier. Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St., Montpelier.
Art and Author Night: Artist Ruth Pope & Salvation Army Community Lunch.
Author Kathleen Kesson. Art opening for Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.
landscape artist Ruth Pope at 6 pm. Vermont
author Dr. Kathleen Kesson, will discuss her new
memoir Unschooling in Paradise, a narrative of Author Talk: The Fourth String: A Memoir
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5–7 pm. The T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St., share much in common with the second Montpelier.

Visual Arts Montpelier.

Through March 31: Coastal Paintings by
generation abstract expressionists as they both
draw influence for painterly choices from
Through April 30: Promises of Spring.
Watercolors by Marcia Hammond of
EXHIBITS Mary and Alden Bryan. A 35th Anniversary immediate surroundings such as landscape or Brookfield. Chelsea Public Library, 296 Rt. 110,
Exhibition. Paintings by Bryan Memorial architecture to create inner meaning. Opening Chelsea. 685-2188.
Through March 9: The Front presents Gallery founder and spouse. 180 Main St., reception: March 7, 5–7 pm. The T. W. Wood
SHOW 30. Recent works by the membership Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 262-6035. Through May 2: Ruth Pope. Landscape
Jeffersonville. paintings. Jaquith Public Library, Old
of Montpelier’s sole collective art gallery.
6 Barre St., Montpelier. March 11–April 5: Notweed. A multimedia Schoolhouse Common, 122 School St.,
exhibit featuring 500 hanging stalks of Japanese March 8–April 26: Looking North— Marshfield. 426-3581
Through March 12: Northern Vermont knotweed, soundscapes, and interactive Catamount Artists Connect. Nineteen visual
University-Lyndon Community Art Exhibit. artists from Catamount Arts in the Northeast Through June 1: Thomas Waterman Wood:
contemporary dance by NVU-Johnson The Master Copies. A selection of Wood’s
Theme is “To B or Not to B,” and all artwork associate professor of digital art Sean Clute. Kingdom show their work in the Spotlight
must relate to the letter “b” in some way. Gallery’s latest exhibition at the Vermont Arts master copies from the T.W. Wood Art Gallery
Opening reception: March 14, 3–5 pm. collection. While Wood was in Europe he fell
NVU-Lyndon, Quimby Gallery, Lyndonville. Dance performance by Pauline Jennings: Council. Opening reception: March 8, 5–7 pm. Vermont Arts Council, 136 State St., in love with the paintings of the European
March 28, 7 pm. Julian Scott Memorial Masters, including Rembrandt and Turner.
Gallery at Northern Vermont University- Montpelier.
Through March 27: 9th annual Mt Abe Following current fashion, Wood copied
Emerging Artists Show. Mt Abe High Johnson. March 9–April 27: Mad River Rug Hookers. paintings to learn techniques from the masters.
School students in grades 9–12 were invited to Through April 7: Precarious Magic: The Considered both a craft and an art form, rug T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier. 262-6035.
submit their work on the basis of their artistic Paintings of Kate Emlen. Painted scenes of hooking with its variety of colors and textures
talent and dedication to creating art as well as the fields and forests of Vermont and the coast appeals to both young and old alike. Numerous
their potential as future artists. The mediums styles and techniques will be on display at this Through Dec. 21: 200 Years–200 Objects.
of Maine. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 An exhibition celebrating Norwich University’s
represented will include painting, photography, Hardwick St., Greensboro. exhibition by the Mad River Hookers. Meet the
jewelry, ceramics, and others. Art on Main, artists reception: March 10, 3–5 pm. Demos bicentennial. Curated to include objects
25 Main St., Bristol. Through April 9: A People’s History. A on Saturdays through April 27, 1 –4 pm. from the museum collection, as well as
solo collage exhibition by Vanessa Compton 5031 Main Street, Waitsfield. documents and images from Archives and
Through March 28: Ryan Geary, Ascent featuring 23 collages on the birth, development, Special Collections, that reflect and retell
(Part One: Eulogy). A collection of 2D and 3D and destiny of our nation. Barre Opera House, March 15–April 28: The Front presents the university’s 200-year history. Norwich
collages. River Arts Center, Copley Common 6 N. Main St., Barre. SHOW 31. Recent works by the membership of University Sullivan Museum and History
Room, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. riverartsvt. Montpelier’s sole collective art gallery. Opening Center, Northfield.
org. Through April 19: Thom Egan, On Making reception: March 15, 4–8 pm. 6 Barre St.,
Pictures. Wood block prints, lithographs, Montpelier.
Through March 29: Close to the Cloth. and colored low reliefs. River Arts Center, 74
Textile exhibit featuring the work of Barbara Pleasant St., Morrisville. Through April 30: Out, Around, and Back
Again. Paintings from Sally Giddings Smith March 16: Naked in March. A one-night
Bendix, Karen Henderson, Stephanie Krauss,
Through April 26: Ray Brown and Toby since leaving Vermont 30 years ago. The group art show featuring nudes in multiple
Skye Livingston, Kate Ruddle, and Neysa
Bartles, Steps on a Journey—An Exhibit Old Meeting House, 1620 Center Rd., East mediums. 7–10 pm. The Hive, 961 US2,
Russo. Opening reception: March 7,
of Two Vermont Painters. Both artists Middlesex. Free.

of Sensei and Me by Janet Pocorobba. The Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains. soil preparation and planting to restoring old Cross-country Ski with Green Mountain
Fourth String explores the intense and unlikely Girls and their families can meet local Girl trees. 7 pm. Jaquith Public Library, School St., Club. Greensboro. 12 miles. Moderate/difficult
relationship that grows between a Japanese Scouts and volunteers; learn about expanded Marshfield. terrain and moderate pace. Ski from Highland
master and an American student, both exiles STEM and outdoor programs; enjoy fun, girl-led Lodge in Greensboro to Craftsbury Outdoor
from their own cultures who find refuge in the activities; explore programs; learn about volunteer Center. Experienced skiers only. Take shuttle
three strings of the Japanese shamisen. opportunities; and register to become a Girl THURSDAY, MARCH 14 from COC to Highland Lodge. Classic or skate
7 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Scout. Plus, girls will receive a free Discover Girl Trinity United Methodist Church skis may be rented at COC. Trail free and shuttle
Montpelier. Books will be available for sale and Scouts embroidered patch. 7 pm. Barre City Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. bus fee required. Bring water, lunch, and snacks
signing. 223-3338 Elementary & Middle School, 50 Parkside Terr., 137 Main St., Montpelier. for the trail, and wear layered clothing. Contact
Barre. Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-6313 or Phyllis@
When Women Were Furniture: How Three
Tai Chi classes for beginners starts. Tai Chi Female Botanists and Botanical Illustrators for
Barre Congregational Church Community Defied the Odds. Presentation and discussion meeting time and place.
Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. is a slow, graceful form of movement that is
rejuvenating and calming. It helps bring the with artist and educator Binta Colley. Explore Barre Congregational Church Community
Goddard Graduate Institute Virtual Info nervous system into balance and releases stress. the position of women in science between the Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre.
Session. Join the Goddard Graduate Institute 11-week course. 7:30 pm. Clothespin Factory, 1600s and 1800s. Colley’s talk highlights a study
Director, Ruth Farmer, and Admissions of Mary Delaney, Maria Sibylla Merian, and VCFA MFA in Writing & Publishing
1 Granite St., Montpelier. 454-8550 Community Classes: What’s Underneath: A
Counselor, Daphne Kinney-Landis, who will Jeanne Baret; three female botanists/botanical
discuss the graduate programs and answer WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 illustrators who contributed to the field through Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop. In
your questions. 6 pm. This info session will The Christ Church Community Lunch. their art, science and exploration of the flora this generative workshop, we’ll focus on creative
be hosted on Zoom, a web conferencing 11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier. and fauna of their time. 7 pm. The T.W. Wood nonfiction in its various forms. We’ll examine
platform that allows participants to join by Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. $8 suggested how most relatable narrators in nonfiction
Salvation Army Community Lunch. are often deeply flawed. It is this notion
video or phone. RSVP: Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. donation. 262-6035
iNNoapWM88iOOPMV2. Questions: Daphne. that connects us with the humanity in great Mid-Week Movie: Green Book. 6–8 pm. FRIDAY, MARCH 15 writing. 10 am–noon. Vermont College of Fine
Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick Cycles of Life Café. We invite you to join with Arts, Noble Annex 1 and Conference Room,
Free Discover Girl Scouts Event. Hosted by St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation. us in this place of comfort where we can all come College St., Montpelier. together to listen, talk, and share about the things
Constitutional Crisis? Speaker Series: in life’s cycle we are all experiencing in our own Kathy and Steven’s Long Walk. Kathy and
“Liberalism and Conservatism.” Join the way now for ourselves and the earth we live on. Steven Light will show photos and videos and
League of Women Voters for a discussion of what 11:45 am–1 pm. Twin Valley Senior Center, talk about their experiences walking the entire
these words mean, both historically and in our Rt. 2, East Montpelier. 223-3332. Camino de Santiago, over 500 miles. They will
present day. 7 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Pork Loin Takeout Dinner. Pork loin and also play medieval and traditional music from
135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338 gravy, mashed potatoes,, corn, salad, rolls, the Camino. 7 pm. Adamant Community Club,
applesauce, and dessert. Dinners can be picked Martin and Haggett Roads, Adamant. Suggested
Green Mountain Club Slideshow: Norway’s donation: $10; kids under 12 free. Proceeds will
Hurtigruten Experience. Discover with up between 4 pm and 6 pm. Waterbury Center
Community Church, Rt. 100 (next to Cold go to support the Adamant Community Club.
Andrew Nuquist why tourists have long been 454-7103
attracted to this twelve-day, 2400-mile round- Hollow Cider Mill), Waterbury Center. $9.
trip coastal voyage between Bergen and Kirkenes, Reservations: 244-8089 Contra Dance with Pete’s Posse. No experience
and no partner needed. All dances are taught
Norway. 7 pm. T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St., SATURDAY, MARCH 16 plus an introductory session at 7:40 pm. Caller
Montpelier. Montshire Museum of Science Day. Enjoy a will be Alexandra Deis-Lauby. Music by Pete’s
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About day packed with hands-on science activities for Posse. 8 pm. Capital City Grange Hall, 6612
Fruit Trees But Were Afraid To Ask. Join all ages and celebrate the importance of science. Rt. 12, Berlin. Adults $10; kids and low inclome
nursery owner Nicko Rubin as he shares know- Free and open to the public. For more info: $5; dance supporters $15.
how that can ensure success with fruit trees, from
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Gusto’s. 28 Prospect St., Barre. March 7: Christine Elise and Kuf Knotz. March 10: Vermont Philharmonic’s Family

Live Music Hip-hop and classical-style music blend. Elise is Concert. Music by Sousa, Beethoven,
March 7: Ted Mortimer, 5 pm; open mic, 8 a classically trained harpist, pianist and guitarist Tchaikovsky, Saint-Saens, and 1812 Overture
pm with a background in music therapy. Knotz is a with audience participation. 2 pm. Barre Opera
March 8: Jacob Green, 5 pm; Dave Keller poet and songwriter. 7 pm. Northern Vermont House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. Adults $20;
Band, 9 pm, 21+, $5 University-Johnson, Stearns Performance seniors $15; students $5. vermontphilharmonic.
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9212. March 9: DJ LaFountaine, 9:30 pm, 21+ Space. Free. 635-1408. com March 14: Scott Campbell, 5 pm; DJ Bay 6, 8
March 7: Colin McCaffrey and friends, 6 pm March 8: Cyrille Aimée: A Sondheim March 16: Dervish. One of Ireland’s
pm, 21+ Adventure. Acclaimed vocalist in a tribute preeminent traditional groups – described as
March 9: Irish Session, 2 pm; Michael March 15: Joe Sabourin, 5 pm; My Mothers
Stridsberg, 6 pm concert for the Broadway legend. 7 pm. Spruce an “icon of Irish music.” 7:30 pm. Barre Opera
Moustache (Irish sets), 9:30 pm, 21+, $5 Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $22–34. 476-
March 10: Southern Old Time Music Jam, March 21: Cooie DeFrancesco, 5 pm; DJ Bay
10 am Dr., Stowe. $25–45. 8188.
6, 8 pm, 21+
March 13: Red Clay: Montpelier HS Jazz March 22: Chris Powers, 5 pm; Exit 23, 9 March 9: Vermont Virtuosi: Neighbors. March 17: Trinity Church Saint Patrick’s
Band, 6 pm pm, 21+, $5 Reveals how the stylistically diverse works of Day Bells. Michael Loris will play traditional
March 14: Old Time Music Session, 6 pm three Vermont composers are simultaneously Irish tunes on the historic tower bells. 11:58 am.
March 15: Dave Loughran, 6 pm Whammy Bar. 31 W. County Rd., Calais. musical neighbors to one other—Louis Moyse’s Trinity Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier.
March 16: Irish Session, 2 pm First Flute Sonata, Allen Shawn’s Three
Every Thurs.: Open Mic, 7 pm March 17: Sophie Michaux and Kai Ching
March 17: Eric Friedman Folk Ballads, 11 am Nightscapes, and Thomas L. Read’s Neighbors.
March 15: D. Davis, Liz Beatty, Seamus Chang. Join central Vermont favorite mezzo-
March 21: Italian Session, 6 pm Three exuberant Slavonic Dances of Antonín
Hannan, 7:30 pm soprano Sophie Michaux and pianist Kai
March 22: Yuriy Kolosovskiu, 11:30 am Dvořák end the program. 4 pm. Unitarian
March 16: Miriam Bernardo and Seth Ching Chang in a riveting program of songs
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. Suggested and arias of choice from the baroque to the
Eames, 7:30 pm $10 donation.
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. March 22: Kelly Ravin and Halle Jade, 7:30 current day, including new compositions
Every Tues.: Karaoke, 7:30 pm pm March 9: The Art of the String Quartet. The by Boston Composer Adam Simon, and

Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. 479- Cavani Quartet is joined by guests to perform audience-participatory singing. 4 pm.
0896. Dvorak String Quartet “American,” Beethoven Plainfield Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. $15;
March 9: Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke), March 7: New Suede Shoes. Funky roadhouse String Quartet Op. 18 No. 2, Charles G. seniors $10; students $5.
7:30 pm, $5 blues-rock. 6–8 pm. Hardwick Street Café, Washington “Midnight Child,” and more.
2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. No cover. 7 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $35.

SUNDAY, MARCH 17 and poise at work and at home. 6–7:30 pm. Build School, 7865 Main St., Waitsfield. Free.
First Presbyterian Church Community Capstone, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free. RSVP:
Send your listing to
Breakfast. 7:30–9 am. 78 Summer St., Barre. 477-5214 or
St. Patrick’s Day Family-Friendly WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20
Naturalist Journeys Presentation Series: The
Shenanigans. Corned beef and cabbage The Christ Church Community Lunch. Flipside of Falconry. Falconer Cynthia Shelton
fundraiser with lip sync contest and prizes. 5 pm.
by March 15. for print
11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Montpelier. harnesses the predator-prey relationship between
Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. raptors and “pest” birds such as seagulls, pigeons,
Salvation Army Community Lunch.
in the next issue
Suggested donations: $15; ages 12 and under $10; and starlings. 7–8:30 pm. North Branch Nature
family of 3+ $40. $12 suggested for take-out. Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.
Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier.
224-6867 Mid-Week Movie: At Eternity’s Gate. 6–8 pm.
Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
MONDAY, MARCH 18 St., Greensboro. $5 suggested donation.

Community Lunch at Unitarian Church
Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. 130 Main St.,
Montpelier. Full Moon Snowshoe Hikes (for families).

To see a listing
Under a full moon and surrounded by sparkling
Salvation Army Community Lunch.

snow, let’s snowshoe by lunar light. Programs led
of Weekly Events
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. by NBNC’s teacher/naturalist staff. Snowshoes
VCFA MFA in Writing & Publishing and hot chocolate provided. 7–8:30 pm. North
Community Classes: Mindful Writing Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier.
RSVP required. and more detailed
event listings, visit
Workshop Series. With mindfulness educator,

poet, and MFA candidate Rebecca Jamieson.
Perfect for those who want to bring fresh
awareness to their writing and have fun in the Trinity United Methodist Church
process. 6:30–8:30 pm. Vermont College of Fine Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm.
Arts, Noble Annex 1 and Conference Room, 137 Main St., Montpelier.
College St., Montpelier. Register:
The Providers, Film & Discussion. Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage
and opioid epidemic in rural America, The
Environmental Film & Discussion Series:
NOVA’s Decoding the Weather Machine. Join Providers follows three healthcare providers in
scientists around the globe on a quest to better northern New Mexico. With intimate access, the
understand the workings of the weather and
climate machine we call Earth, and discover how
documentary shows the transformative power
of providers’ relationships with marginalized
with The Bridge
we can be resilient—even thrive—in the face of patients. 6:30 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library,
enormous change. 6:30 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338. * Write News Stories,
Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338. Premiere Film showing: Ray Brown: Design & Build Interviews or Profiles
Portrait of an Artist. Documentary film by
TUESDAY, MARCH 19 Nat Winthrop chronicling artist Ray Brown’s Custom Energy-Efficient Homes * Take Photos
Barre Congregational Church Community resilience in the face of adversity and multiple
Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Church St., Barre. setbacks. A nearly debilitating stroke forced
Additions • Timber Frames * Edit/Proofread
Volunteering with Central VT Adult Basic Brown to teach himself to paint left-handed. Weatherization • Remodeling
Education. Find out more about volunteering at Discussion to follow with artist Ray Brown and * Design/Layout
Filmmaker Nat Winthrop. 7 pm. T.W. Wood Kitchens • Bathrooms • Flooring
CVABE and how you can help to promote literacy
in your community in Washington, Orange or Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. $10 suggested * Mentor Young Writers
Tiling • Cabinetry • Fine Woodwork
Lamoille counties. Noon–1 pm. CVABE’s Barre donation. * Day-of-Publication Help
Learning Center, 46 Washington St., Barre. Yestermorrow’s Spring Speaker Series: Art
RSVP: 476-4588 or of Stone with Thea Alvin. Explore the art of
Speechcraft Workshop: ER...AH...UM... assembling the chaos of individual stones into Interested? Email
YOU KNOW... Prepare and present short talks
and practice impromptu speaking in a relaxed,
sculptures, uniting their unique voices into an
integrated conversation. Experience stone arches,
enjoyable atmosphere. These workshops will help walls, labyrinths, gateways, and circles through
you be able to communicate with confidence images and stories. 7 pm. Yestermorrow Design/
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To the Editor,
I am profoundly disappointed that 18 individuals are attempting to thwart plans to 2,500 votes. Last month this small opposition group of only 18 people was unsuccessful
build a new hotel and public parking structure in downtown Montpelier. in collecting enough signatures to get this issue back on the ballot in time for Town
I’ve been in business in Montpelier for nearly 11 years, and in that time I’ve seen retail Meeting Day this March. To me, it sounds like the majority of Montpelier residents
shift dramatically, not just downtown, but universally. As Montpelier merchants, we support this project. We support this plan for a hotel and public parking structure.
all exist because awesome locals make a conscious choice to support this downtown. We support development in our core downtown. We support building something that
But I am here to tell you that the loyal support of our local customers is simply not will attract 30,000 visitors each year to our beautiful Capital City.
enough anymore. With big box stores and Amazon nipping at all of our heels, it is Yet this small group continues to appeal this project, which will likely halt any progress
not enough. for years while legal fees accumulate for the developers, and, yes, for our own city. This
Capital Kitchen is my livelihood, and Montpelier is my home. I’ve devoted myself to small group of 18 is trying to kill this project, despite the fact that the majority of us
this store, and it’s been such a joy to do so. I love it so much, and I want to keep going, have already taken to the polls to clearly say that we support it.
but I honestly don’t know if that plan is sustainable if we can’t succeed in growing this I have deep concerns that if this project is indeed killed by the 18 people who have
city in a real way. Many merchants share my feeling that sustained success just isn’t opposed it through legal appeals, it will send a clear and damaging message to future
possible if Montpelier doesn’t grow. developers that Montpelier does not welcome development, that we do not welcome
We need the estimated 30,000 visitors a year that this hotel will bring to Montpelier. change. It will send a message that we don’t want to grow or to increase our vibrancy
And they need a place to stay and a place to park. We want new visitors to get the as a downtown, that we accept stagnation. And it will send a message that majority
opportunity to explore our downtown, to shop at our stores, eat at our restaurants, support is meaningless as long as there is a handful of individuals with the means to
and experience firsthand what makes this downtown such a lovely place. People who initiate legal action. It’s a very harmful message.
are simply visiting from surrounding communities need a place to park, too. Not I’ve been very hesitant to seek out public forums to discuss these kinds of issues.
everyone is within biking/walking distance from downtown. I’ve been afraid that being vocal would be damaging to my business. But these 18
While I can understand the appeal of a vision for a carless utopia, it’s not going to people who have decided to manufacture all of this legal red tape are damaging to my
happen tomorrow, not when we don’t have a public transport infrastructure in place business. They have decided that they know better than the downtown businesses that
to support it. Bottom line: this hotel cannot be built without a parking structure. It’s have continually voiced unanimous support for the hotel and parking structure. And
been communicated in a dozen different ways that it’s not a possibility. We need this they have decided that our ballots are meaningless.
hotel, and we need the public parking that will come with it. Just 18 people.
Back in November this project was supported on the ballot with a majority of almost Jess Turner, Owner of Capital Kitchen, Montpelier

To the Editor, The small opposition group to the garage is trying to undermine our confidence in
I’ve noticed in discussions in town recently regarding the parking garage that some the Planning Commission, Design Review Board, City Council, and local elections.
folks are trying to portray the vote last November as a close vote and, since it was such These established procedures are important to our community and it’s a shame to see
a close vote, that they are justified to use the court system to derail the development them subverted.
of the hotel and garage. Brian Murphy, Montpelier
The ballot article received 56 percent of the vote. That’s a significant win. That’s not a
close vote. In fact, in the last 20 years, only two gubernatorial candidates in Vermont
have ever gotten more than 56 percent of the vote. The voters were solidly in support
of the garage in November.
Another point that concerns me is when folks dismiss the public process that was used
to review and discuss the project. There were 13 public meetings where the garage
and hotel were discussed. This was not done in the dark and railroaded through.
When there is a public and lengthy process followed by a town vote in favor of the
project and people dismiss all of it by publicly disparaging the process and then
pursue legal action to undo the outcome, it erodes the public’s confidence in our local
processes and institutions.
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