The Mountain Times - Volume 48, Number 47: Nov. 20-26, 2019

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Volume 48, Number 47 I’m FREE - you can even bring me home to your parents! Nov. 20-26, 2019


The 150-year-old

Tenney Brook dam in

Rutland was recently

removed. The state

scrutinizes potential


Page 4 & 5

Windsor Central school

district leaves new build

questions unanswered

By Curt Peterson

The Windsor Central Unified School District Board’s

“new build committee” met for the first time on Nov. 6.

Woodstock representative Ben Ford told the Mountain

Times the committee’s mission is “to advance our endorsement

of the new building option.”

Ford outlined options for financing the razing of the existing

Woodstock High School/Middle School and creating a

modern, efficient and education-friendly campus for an estimated

$68 million— a number that also includes renovations

to the district’s elementary schools, including mitigation of

moisture at The Prosper Valley School in Pomfret.

Board co-chair Paige Hiller of Woodstock had charged

the committee with a goal: to identify a project and

financing that would raise education taxes a maximum

of 15-18%. (If the full amount were bonded over a 30-year

period, which no one is recommending, it would produce

a 31% tax increase impact — over $500 on a $250,000

home belonging to someone with no income-sensitive

deductions.) Most board members agreed that a bond of

about half that might pass.

New build > 39

Courtesy of Okemo

Sean Meszkat demonstrates rocker skis on down freshly groomed corduroy at Okemo.

Okemo plans biggest opening

day in resort’s history

Okemo is planning to open Nov. 22 with the biggest opening day in Okemo’s history.

As many as 25 trails and four lifts will be open, which is more terrain than any other

opening day. There will be a First Chair celebration along with a deejay, breakfast on the

go and commemorative T-shirts to the first 100 skiers and riders.



First Chair Syrup in Killington

has partnered

with the Karr Group to

expand sugaring on the

access road.

Page 10



Shannon Parker of

Chester is planning

to teach her jewelry

design techniques to

others at workshop


Page 18



Ludlow electric has

dedicated to substation

to Howard Barton, Jr.,

a beloved community

member who died last


Page 35

Teen entrepreneur sells newspapers in Barnard

By Curt Peterson

Oliver Szott calls

his company Barnard

Newspapers. Oliver is 13

years old and he’s been

supplying newspapers

since August 2018 when

he recognized and seized

an opportunity created by

changes in the newspaper

distribution businesses.

In 2018, Barnard General

Store, the only place

within miles that patrons

could purchase the Boston

Globe, the New York

Times and the Wall Street

Journal, decided to stop

carrying the papers.

White Mountain News

of Lebanon, New Hampshire,

had been delivering

newspapers to the

Barnard General Store,

where patrons picked

them up. According to a

March 2018 email from

Joe Minerva, co-owner

of Barnard General Store

with Jillian Bradley, an

announced increase in

White Mountain News’

weekly “delivery fee” inspired

them to reconsider

carrying the papers.

“After the delivery fee,”

Minerva wrote, “we have

sold papers at a loss every

week for five years. The

delivery fee is a weekly

number, but it has added

up to over $2,100 in fees

since we opened. We

refuse to do business

with a vendor that is not

creative enough to adapt

their model and instead

just decides to raise their

wholesale price to full


Some Barnard residents

voiced their displeasure

with the store’s

decision, posting their

feelings on the town’s

popular email listserv.

The online fracas got a lot

of attention, but Minerva

and Bradley decided to

stick with their decision

to stop selling out-oftown


“In reference to the

listserv, dissent is loud,”

Minerva admitted. “We

had an outpouring of

support ranging from

lengthy emails to people

coming into the store

to let us know how they

felt. In total we have had

less than five negative

responses [outside of the

listserv] and about 200

customers a day coming

through the doors to

show support.”

The unsupplied

demand did not go un-

By Curt Peterson

Thirteen-year-old Oliver Szott of Barnard has taken the

newspaper business into his own hands.

noticed by Oliver Szott or

his mentor, Sara Widness.

With Widness’ help,

he arranged for White

Mountain News to deliver

the out-of-town papers

to his home and he was in


“Many people have

been missing the ability

Entrepreneur > 2

Two new


to open in


Two new pizza restaurants

are coming to Killington.

The Nite Spot, LLC,

owned by Moguls owner

Sal Salmeri and Ramunto’s

Brick Oven Pizza, owned by

Donald Billings, who owns

the Roots restaurant in

Rutland and Crux and the

Mountain Merchant in Killington,

are opening ahead

of the Killington World Cup

over Thanksgiving weekend.

Both owners are navigating


Salmeri, who’s waiting

for his liquor license to

announce an opening date,

said he’ll be the head chef of

the Nite Spot until he finds

the right person to take over.

“I’m looking for great

pizza (and) a great family

atmosphere,” Salmeri said.

Meanwhile, Ramuntos

is hosting a soft opening

Friday, Nov. 22.

Ramuntos will replace

the former deli operation at

Mountain Merchant and will

include an outside pick-up


Look for more details in

upcoming editions.


The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019


Every Thursday

Doors open 5pm

Games start 7pm

American Legion - Post

87 871 Pleasant Street

West Rutland, Vt 05777

Guided tours of Woodstock school to be offered

Editor’s note: This press release is the first in a weekly

series provided to the Mountain Times by the Windsor

Central Supervisory Union office.

Since 2017, the WCSU (Windsor Central Supervisory

Union) Board, working with a team of planning experts

for education facilities, WCSU faculty, staff and community

members, has been engaged in ongoing planning to

develop solutions to concerns related to the condition

of the Woodstock Union High School

and Middle School. Through detailed

facility studies and analysis conducted

by experts in the field, site visits to

other schools around the country

and preparation of a master plan

for a new middle and high school

facility, board members have

processed the extent of the challenges.

A recent guided tour of the

building prior to the Oct. 14 board

meeting underscored the urgency

in addressing these challenges and

to finding a solution to the WUHSMS

facility issues.

The current facility was constructed in

1957, is now over 60 years old and (while code

compliant by virtue of being grandfathered in) does

not meet current standards for health, safety or learning

– including such items as ADA compliance; fire safety;

septic system; HVAC, security, and structural codes. The

district is faced with annual costs related to the inherent

energy inefficiencies of a 1950s era building along with

the replacement costs of systems that are obsolete and at

risk of failure.

Given the magnitude of structural, operating and programmatic

challenges facing the building, Band-aiding

the myriad of issues is no longer a viable solution and

does not appear to make good economic sense.

Additionally, the 1950s era configuration of the

WUHSMS does not meet the programmatic needs of current

learning and teaching standards. Many of the spaces

in the existing school are inadequate for the activities that

take place in them: closets turned into offices, makeshift


spaces, classrooms that are undersized and inflexible,

and arts and athletic spaces that over the past 60 years

have become obsolete. Further, methods of learning and

teaching continue to evolve to enable students to develop

the skills and dispositions they need to attain in order

to be well positioned for future plans and aspirations.

Modern teaching and learning spaces are flexible and

student centered and designed to foster collaboration

and connectivity. Learning is visible and

celebrated in designated public spaces.

Designs include places for students to

work in small and large groups; integrate

across content areas; digitally

connect with outside resources

and experts; and connect to the

outdoors. These environments

foster a sense of purpose, value,

confidence and safety for all students

and educators.

Given these issues, at the end of

the last school year (June of 2019),

the board voted unanimously to

explore the financial viability, including

public, private and other funding sources, of

building a new middle and high school as part of

a district-wide facility improvement plan. The resolution

included a recognition that improved facilities are necessary

investments to support the attainment of Portrait of

a Graduate outcomes and the proposed district strategic

plan. This strategic plan identifies learning environments

as a critical focus area and sets forth a vision that “Our

facilities serve as an example for Vermont and meet or

exceed national best practices for school design.”

To better inform community members of the current

facility issues facing WUHSMS and plans for addressing

those issues, a series of guided building tours and follow

up conversations have been scheduled for the dates and

times listed below. All tours will begin in the school lobby.

• Thursday, Nov. 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

• Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 9 from 5-6 p.m.

• Thursday, Dec. 19 from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

The unsupplied demand

did not go unnoticed by

Oliver Szott.

Entrepreneur: Barnard teen spots an opportunity

from page 1

to buy out-of-town newspapers

in Barnard,” he posted on the

listserv. “My name is Oliver Szott,

I’m thirteen years old, and I had

an idea to help fill this gap. With

help from Sara at The Fan House

and the Universalist Church—I

am introducing






for Barnard.”

The first Sunday, Oliver had a

supply of papers people could

pick up at the Universalist

Church between 8:30 and 10:30


Subsequent deliveries would

be on a pre-order weekly or

monthly basis that could be arranged

either by email or in person

during Szott’s “office hours”

– also 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. Sundays

at the church.

Barnard General Store had

been selling five weekday out-oftown

papers and 10-15 Sunday

editions. Oliver told the Mountain

Times he sold about a dozen

Sunday papers in the summer of

2018, but in the fall the number

drops in half. He doesn’t sell the

dailies because “it isn’t profitable,”

he said.

“Delivery” consists of a stack

of marked


papers on

his porch

with an

honor box

for payments. He charges $1 over

the retail price and pays the $3

delivery fee out of that. It’s not a

big margin, but Oliver hopes to

save up enough from all sources

to someday buy a car.

His interests include filmmaking,

politics and business.

Newspaper distribution isn’t

his first enterprise – two or three

years ago Oliver and his cousin

sold homemade sodas at Feast

and Field and the Mt. Tom Farmers’


“I have some other ideas,

too,” he said, “but I haven’t done

anything with them yet.”

The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019 LOCAL NEWS • 3

Rutland city surprised

after water billing

vendor folds

By Ed Larson

The company contracted by Rutland to do electronic

water meter billing for the next 15 years has notified Rutland

and approximately 30 other communities that they

are shutting down and terminating all existing contracts.

FATHOM Global Water Management notified the cities

and towns it serves with an email on Tuesday, Nov. 12,

stating the company could not find adequate financial

resources to continue in operation.

FATHOM was founded in 2009 as a privately owned

utility billing system, with locations in Phoenix, Arizona

and Austin, Texas, with 87 employees.

City officials met in an executive session of the Public

Works Committee to discuss potential litigation against


City officials are reluctant to speak out about the

situation. Public Works Committee chair Paul Clifford, a

former public works commissioner in Rutland City, said

he cannot comment at this time due to possible legal

action. Requests for comments from several other aldermen

were not returned.

An email from

The city has

been working to

replace some

6,245 meters...

the changeover

is 85% complete.

FATHOM to the city

states the company

was having difficult

times in obtaining adequate

financing, but

that statement differs

from what the public

works committee was

told in May of 2018.

Public Works Commissioner

Jeffrey Wennberg

stated that FATHOM offered extensive customer

service and financing.

FATHOM was hired to manage the city’s changeover to

smart meters and the subsequent billing once complete.

Vermont law prohibits water meter installation or adjustments

to be done by public works employees.

Wennberg stated that FATHOM was the only vendor

to bid on the contract and the Public Works Committee

voted unanimously to recommend the full Board of Aldermen

approve Mayor David Allaire to sign the 15-year


Installation of smart/wireless metering has helped

to correct noticeable errors in the billing system as well

as detect potential leaks in water mains. Users can also

track their billing and water usage online.

The city has been working to replace some 6,245

meters and according to the public works commissioner,

savings to Rutland City would be estimated at $737,000

a year. According to the contract, FATHOM would have

annual payments of $617,000. Also added in would be

just under a quarter million dollars in startup costs. Thus,

potential annual savings to the city of Rutland was estimated

to be around $120,000 annually after the first year.

Wennberg had stated that first year savings would

essentially cover the start-up costs, as certain lease payments

to FATHOM would not take place until the second

year of the 15-year contract, according to an article in

the Rutland Herald May 31, 2018.

Mayor David Allaire said on Friday, Nov. 15 that the

news came as a surprise and officials are working on

immediate solutions. In an earlier news release Allaire

pointed out that the city might have to go it alone and

return to an internal system rather than third party

vendor system. He explained that the changeover is 85%

complete and that DPW has already taken responsibility

for the remaining installations.

Several communities around the country had already

ended contracts with FATHOM over consumer complaints

dealing with billing, metering problems and

customer service attitude.


The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019



Woodstock Ave.

RT 4 East, Rutland

Open 7 days

(802) 773- 7515

By Julia Purdy

A surveyor stands on the bank of Tenney Brook above Dunklee’s Pond dam, which has

been partially breached according to plan, with complete removal in summer 2020.

Ho w Rutland averted disaster

and saved a bit of history

By Julia Purdy

A quiet, little-known pond on North

Main Street that once furnished ice has

finally met its inevitable end, literally giving

way to eventual stream and habitat restoration

as well as relieving public worry about


On Friday, Nov. 1, Markowski Excavating

of Florence began the process of removing,

one by one, the giant boulders that had

been holding back Tenney Brook for over

150 years, as Rutland Emergency Management

Director Bill Lovett and engineer Todd

Menees of the state Watershed Management

Division-Rivers Program looked on.

It was a close call. During heavy rains,

water would pool in the low spot on Route

7 where Tenney Brook flows under the

highway. The culvert, which is a mere 160

feet downstream of the dam, is about 25%

narrower than new culvert standards and

the city repeatedly cleared tree debris that

plugged it, according to engineers.

The tipping point came with the Oct. 17

rainstorm, when “We lost a considerable

section of the front face of the dam, about a

2-by-8 foot section fell off, just collapsed,”

Lovett told the Mountain Times. Lovett said

he could hear rocks crashing over or out of

the dam. “The increase in flow through the

dam was washing out what mortar there

was left, leaving us basically a pile of carefully

placed, loose rocks.”

The next rainstorm dropped less than an

inch but caused another big section to drop

off, “and the dam went from an emergent

situation to an imminent collapse stage,”

he said. “We called the state and made them

aware of the situation. They were there the

next morning with safety experts, hydrologists,

Fish & Game, water quality people,

and it was clear the dam had to go, there

was no way to support it. The speed that it

was falling apart just screamed for it to be

done. ... Basically, if the failure of that dam

had happened, we would have endangered

the infrastructure of the city, and downstream

probably about 15 houses would

have been damaged by this water. ... We

started looking at forecasts, we knew there

was a storm coming last Thursday. The dam

would not be able to withstand that additional

water ... and the decision was made

it had to come down.”

With the blessing of the Board of Aldermen,

who agreed to suspend the bidding

process in the interest of speed, Lovett contacted

Markowski. He told the Mountain

Times that Markowski is uniquely licensed

to operate in rivers ever since its work

around Tropical Storm Irene.

“It just made sense to do it then,” Lovett

said. “If we had not done it, the storm the

next morning would have knocked it over


The dam had started to show its fragility

during two storms in 2017. That year, Vermont

Emergency Management (VEM) and

the Vermont Dam Safety Program notified

the city that the dam was in “active-failure

mode” and was “a Significant Hazard.”

“As time went on, we were a little over

two years watching it deteriorate,” Bill

Lovett recalled. “I’ve got close to 900 pictures

of the dam and how it had changed,

especially over this last two months and two


The state Watershed Management

Division-Rivers Program published a draft

Purpose and Need Statement in June 2019,

outlining in detail the problem, needs

and options for dealing with Dunklee’s

Pond and dam. The project goal was “to

alleviate potential adverse flood impacts

to the home, businesses, roads and the

undersized culvert passing Tenney Brook

underneath Route 7.”

Tenney Brook winds around below East

Mountain, goes under Route 4 at the Norman

Rockwell Museum and passes east of

Seward’s Restaurant. Lloyd Davis, who was

growing up in the 1930s, told the Mountain

Times state fish hatchery pools behind the

current lighting store (a former schoolhouse)

in about the 1930s.

Dunklee’s Pond > 5

The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019 LOCAL NEWS • 5

High risk dams needing repair put thousands at risk

By Elizabeth Gribkoff/VTDigger

The Waterbury Reservoir, an 850-acre body of water

shaped like an upside down T west of Route 100, is one

of Vermont’s most beloved spots for boating, fishing and

family swimming.

But the 81-year-old dam, which could put more than

10,000 people and 1,200 buildings at risk if it failed, is

among those highlighted by a recent Associated Press

investigation as being in poor condition in Vermont.

And until last year, state environmental regulators had

limited authority to require dam owners to make needed


The AP analysis looked at dams around the country

that are considered a “high hazard” — meaning they

pose a great risk to human safety or property because of

their location — and are in either poor or unsatisfactory

Dunklee’s Pond: The Dunklee Pond dam was a disaster waiting to happen


from page 4

He lived on a 20-acre piece farm at

256 North Main St. and said the farms

there had two bridges across the pond

for hayricks to reach the hayfields on

the hillside toward Bellevue Avenue.

Although a dammed pond appears

in the 1869 Beers Atlas, no one knows

when the original dam was built. It is

known that Dunklee’s Pond furnished

ice in the days of home delivery to

the kitchen icebox, and an icehouse

is marked on the Beers map, but ice

harvesting ended during Davis’

mother’s time, and the icehouse

was gone by the ‘50s.

Dunklee’s Pond has never

been considered for inclusion in

any historic registry, according

to Polly Seddon Allen, a consulting

architectural historian specializing

in dams and waterways and based

in Craftsbury Common. Allen is

contracted with the city of Rutland to

comply with Army Corps of Engineers

requirements related to identification

of historic resources. The dam site

may be eligible, she told the Mountain


Originally from Westfield, Vermont,

she returned in 2016 after

two decades away. Her interest is in

“introducing people to their everyday

landscape ... There are so many layers

in use and development, so many

stories all around us.

“An interesting particularity of this

case,” she said, is that both the pond

and the dam will cease to exist. She

photo documented the dam before

its removal. She is hopeful that some

remaining features may be preserved.

She will be working, under the

aegis of the Vermont Division for Historic

Preservation, with Bill Lovett, the

Rutland Historical Society, Vermont

Historical Society, and local landowners.

Allen asks anyone who has information

or an interest in Dunklee’s

Pond to contact her, Polly Seddon

Allen, at

Beyond the immediate objective,

the Purpose and Need Statement sets

further goals of “restoring wetlands,

restoring passage of fish and aquatic

organisms and wildlife, restoring

stream equilibrium and improving

water quality in Tenney Brook. ... This

site will be a great example of how

an urban setting can be restored to a

‘natural’ state and serve as a ‘refuge’

for species moving upstream and

downstream. The aquatic species may

include various insect species, snails,

clams and crustaceans, various minnow

species, brook trout and brown

trout, frogs and salamanders and

snapping turtles and garter snakes,

The dam was in active

failure mode.

etc. ... An online database search indicates

that the Vermont Department

of Fish and Wildlife has no records of

any rare, threatened, or endangered

aquatic species in Tenney Brook.”

Bill Lovett concurs with the positive

future of wildlife as a result of the

stream restoration. “Some people

have expressed concerns about the

animals in the area. If you go up there

now, the same ducks, the geese, the

blue heron is up there, there was

fox and raccoon and probably deer.

Today the place is covered with tracks

[in the mud].”

When Todd Menees and Roy Schiff,

the design consultant for the project,

walked up the streambed to locate

where the stream changed from a

“native channel” to an impoundment

pond, they saw two deer, geese, ducks,

and a great blue heron, Menees said.

After laying out five possible options

and rejecting the first four as too

costly and entailing too much future

maintenance, the Purpose and Need

Statement recommended complete

removal of the dam: “full dam

breach,” which would offer “shortterm

adverse impact for a long-term

gain,” both environmentally and


The report projects a four-phase

timeline: Phase I, dam removal design

with an opinion of probable cost;

Phase II, lining up funding sources;

Phase III, final dam removal (may


Benjamin Green, section chief of the Vermont Department

of Environmental Conservation’s Dam Safety

division, provided an updated list of 11 high hazard

dams that are either in poor condition or have “significant

operational deficiencies” to VTDigger.

He noted that the list only includes dams regulated

by the DEC, which oversees 415 of the dams, as well as

the Wolcott Dam, which is under Public Utility Commission

jurisdiction. The rest of the state’s 1,087 dams are

either regulated by the Public Utility Commission or the

federal government and 546 are prive and not regulated

by either state or federal authorities.

Green and his predecessor have tallied at least 66 dam

failures since the 1850s. While none have killed anyone,

Dam risk > 6

begin in the summer of 2021 with

a construction period of about two

months); and Phase IV, site revegetation

(may begin in 2021, stretching

through 2024).

Funding for dam removal may be

problematic. Based on the costs of two

comparable dam removals in 2017

and 2018, it’s anticipated that Dunklee

Dam would run about $300,000. The

report points out that costly dam

removals are generally shared among

the dam owner, government, and

nonprofit conservation groups. For

now, the design phase is being 100%

funded by the Vermont Ecosystem

Restoration Program (ERP).

For now, the emergency is over,

Lovett said. “We’re back to that original

timeline, the 3-year removal and

reclamation of the area. The critical

part is over, we don’t have to worry

when it is going to happen because it

won’t. ... The dam had collapsed into

the streambed which was actually

fortunate because most of that rubble

was left there to help regulate the flow

out of the dam and as a result it was

kind of the perfect storm, everything

that needed to happen could happen.”

Although some have mourned the

demise of the pond, many others support

the move, Lovett said, including

the landowners, Snehal and Michelle

Shah, removing the necessity for

eminent domain. Public meetings are

planned to take input, as was done

successfully in resolving the water

quality issue at Combination Pond.

In addition to meeting the goals of

the Clean Water Act, Rutlanders may

well like the outcome from an aesthetic

and recreational viewpoint also.

“When I was a kid that pond was

about 13 feet deep,” Lovett said. “In

the ‘60s and into the ‘70s a lot of fishing

was done. ... Through the process

of restoring the site, the public will

have access to it, they’ll have input

into what is planted, how it is planted.

Mark my words, it’s going to be a

beautiful site. The water is so clear

you can see to the bottom, you haven’t

seen that in a long time up there.”

Annual Holiday Craft Fair

Saturday, November 23 rd

10AM - 3PM

The Gables at East Mountain

200 Gables Place (off of Gleason Rd)

Rutland, Vermont

Featuring more than 25 vendors

Gifts, crafts, jewelry, baked goods, raffles & much more.

Concession area serving lunch.

Table of contents

Local News ................................................................ 2

State News ................................................................. 7

Opinion ..................................................................... 8

News Briefs ............................................................. 10

Calendar .................................................................. 12

Music Scene ............................................................ 16

Rockin’ the Region .................................................. 17

Living ADE .............................................................. 18

Food Matters ........................................................... 26

Pets .......................................................................... 30

Mother of the Skye .................................................. 31

Columns .................................................................. 32

Classifieds ............................................................... 34

Service Directory .................................................... 36

Real Estate ............................................................... 38


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The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019

Scott signs executive order to ensure complete census count

Gov. Phil Scott signed an executive order Nov. 15 to

ensure the accuracy of the 2020 census count.

“A complete count of our population is essential

for the fair representation of Vermonters at all levels

of government,” said Scott. “The results of the Census

inform important decisions of federal and state government,

impacting our ability to grow the economy, make

Vermont more affordable and protect the most vulnerable

in all 251 towns.”

The committee will comprise private and public

stakeholders across Vermont, including state and municipal

government officials, state legislators, community

organizations and representatives of populations

that are historically undercounted in the Census such as

the LQBTQ, elderly, minority, immigrant and homeless


The committee is charged with identifying barriers

to full participation in the 2020 Census and developing

an outreach action plan to overcome those barriers to

ensure as complete a count as

possible of Vermont’s population

in the 2020 Census.

Outreach strategies will

include state and schoolbased

initiatives to encourage

Census participation, partnerships

with non-profit community-based

organizations and

a multi-lingual, multi-media

campaign. The Committee will also aim to provide resources

for Vermonters in “hard-to-count” groups, such

as housing placement opportunities for those experiencing

homelessness and access to legal resources for

undocumented immigrants.

Vermont received about

$4,000 per resident in

federal funds from 55 federal

programs guided by data

derived from the 2010 Census.

As mandated by the U.S. Constitution, every 10 years

the U.S. Census Bureau must conduct a confidential

count of all people residing in

the United States. The results of

the Census are used to determine

the number of seats for

each state in the U.S. House of

Representatives, the legislative

districts within states and

the amount of federal taxpayer

dollars returned to states

through federal grants and


According to a January 2019 George Washington University

report, in 2016, Vermont received about $4,000

per resident in federal funds from 55 federal programs

guided by data derived from the 2010 Census.

Dam risk: The time has come to pay attention to old dams


from page 5

the East Pittsford dam collapse

of 1947 devastated

parts of Rutland, damaging

160 homes.

Earlier this fall, the dam

safety division received a

grant from FEMA’s High

Hazard Potential Dam program

to assess risk levels

for 10 dams, positioning

Vermont to receive federal

funding for repairs down

the line.

The only Vermont high

-hazard potential dam not

included in that assessment

is the Waterbury

Dam, which received $40

million last year for

spillway repair. The Army

Corps of Engineers will do

a risk assessment to make

sure the dam has no other

major issues, said Green,

which means the spillway

replacement is likely years

off. The state does weekly

safety inspections of the

Waterbury Dam.

“It’s certainly a high hazard

dam,” he said. “These

are older estimates but in

the event that dam were to

fail under storm loading,

you could be looking at

10,000 people impacted.”

One small municipal

utility — Hardwick Electric

Department — owns two

problem dams: the East

Long Pond dam in Woodbury

and the Wolcott Dam.

Last year, the state

Public Utility Commission

opened an investigation

to look into whether the

Wolcott Dam’s sluice gate,

which has not worked

since at least 2012, poses

an “undue safety risk.”

Hearing officer Micah

Howe required the utility

to issue a plan to replace

the sluice gate by Nov. 22.

Michael Sullivan, general

manager of Hardwick

Electric, did not return a

voicemail request for comment

Wednesday afternoon,

Nov. 14.

The American Society

of Civil Engineers’ 2019

Vermont Infrastructure Report

gave Vermont a C for

dams, saying that the staffing

and funding for DEC’s

dam safety program was

“inadequate.” They also

recommend that the PUC,

which regulates 101 dams

in Vermont, should hire a

dam safety engineer.

“With many dams in

poor condition and the recent

increase in larger and

more intense floods, the

risks of dam failure are increasing,”

states the report.

“Many experts feel that

Vermont has been lucky to

not have had a recent dam

failure leading to loss of life

and infrastructure.”

Green agreed that the

state does have a number

of older dams not built to

current specifications — or

to handle increased storms

linked to climate change.

The ASCE also said that

the state does not have the

enforcement ability to require

dam owners to make

repairs beyond starting

a “cumbersome” unsafe

dam proceeding.

Only the owners of highhazard

dams are required

to do annual inspections

and develop emergency

action plans in the event

of a failure. ASCE states

that owners of significant

hazard dams should also

be required to develop

emergency plans like

some other New England

states. And they note that

The East Pittsford dam collapse

of 1947 devastated parts of

Rutland, damaging 160 homes.

the number of high hazard

dams in the state is “likely

underestimated” due to

downstream development

since dams had last been


Much of that will

change with the passage of

last year’s dam safety law,

Act 161, which granted

DEC’s dam safety program

rule-making authority for

the first time. The division

put out draft rules last

month to set inspection

schedules, reclassify dams

and mandate repairs. The

new regulations won’t go

into effect until at least


“We couldn’t require a

lot” previously, said Green.

“We had the authority

to do inspections but …

there wasn’t a lot we could

do there to require you to

follow up on the inspections

to do the improvements.”

The ASCE also recommended

that the DEC

division double their

staff of two engineers to

perform additional inspections

and other safety

measures. Green said his

division had not grown

after Act 161 was passed.

Map courtesy of Erin Petenko, Vt. Dept of Envir. Conservation

Dams in poor condition that pose a risk to lives or property

and are under state scrutiny, regulated by VT DEC.

Federally regulated dams are not included.

We handle all of it.

And more.

The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019 STATE NEWS • 7

Scott instructs

agencies to

change public

records policy

Donovan digs in his heels

By Colin Meyn, VTDigger

This is now the

law and we must

modify our practices

and procedures

accordingly,” she wrote.

Gov. Phil Scott issued a directive to state agency heads

Wednesday, Nov, 13, allowing members of the public to use

personal devices to replicate government records during

inspection at no charge.

The governor had previously issued the same advice informally.

On Nov. 13, his secretary of administration,

Susanne Young, sent out a formal memo explaining the


Young said the Vermont Supreme Court’s Sept. 13 decision

in Reed Doyle v. City of Burlington Police Department

gave the administration

no choice

but to mandate

that state agencies

allow photographs

during the

records inspection


The Court


that although staff time was required to prepare the records

in question for inspection, the Court determined the law is

clear: charges associated with staff time in complying with a

request to inspect are not authorized,” Young wrote.

“Since no staff time or other State resources are required

when a person makes a copy of a record with a personal

device, such as a cellphone or camera, there is no justification

for charging a fee in order to recover costs. This is now

the law and we must modify our practices and procedures

accordingly,” she wrote.

The governor’s decision dovetails with the opinions of

First Amendment advocates, the Vermont chapter of the

American Civil Liberties Union and Secretary of State Jim


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Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan takes the opposite

view. While Donovan concedes that public inspection of

records must be free, he says copying those records — even

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if it’s done using the requester’s personal device — triggers

the same charges that would be incurred if the state were

making the copies.

Members of the public who inspect records at the Attorney

General’s office are provided with a new protocol:

“You may inspect records free of charge. Copying records

will incur applicable charges. To copy shall mean the use of

scanning devices, thumb drives, cameras, or cell phones

during inspection.”

VTDigger, through an attorney, sent a letter to the Attorney

General’s office last month arguing that the policy

was illegal, and requesting it “cease imposing such charges


“An agency may not charge someone who has not submitted

a ‘request for a copy,’” wrote Stephen Coteus, who

represents VTDigger from the Montpelier law firm Tarrant,

Gillies & Richardson. “The fact that a requester who

is inspecting records captures a lasting image of the record

— with his own device, at his own cost and burden — does

not somehow mean that ■ he has requested a copy from the


On Oct. 24, Donovan followed up on the letter with a call

to Dan Richardson, a senior

partner at the firm, suggesting a

meeting to work out a legislative fix that would shield the Attorney

General’s Office from voluminous requests from forprofit

entities. VTDigger editors asked Donovan to contact

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8 • The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019


Youth protest

climate change

Editor’s note: This commentary is by Lili Platt and

Evelyn Seidner, Vermont Youth Lobby organizers and students

at Harwood Union High School, Montpelier High

School and Burr & Burton Academy respectively.

Despite our state’s green reputation, Vermont has not

made the necessary action to achieve its climate goals.

Since 1990, Vermont’s carbon emissions have risen by

16%, while climate pollution in all of our neighboring

states has fallen. Taking in consideration Vermont’s

inability to reduce emissions over our lifetimes, and

the startling results of the latest United Nations climate

change report, the youth believe now is the time to

show policymakers in Montpelier that the climate crisis

requires immediate legislative action.

That’s why a coalition of Vermont middle school, high

school, college and graduate school students united

at the State House on Sunday, Nov. 17 for the Vermont

Youth Climate Congress— we have decided that enough

is enough and it’s time to do what the people in power

haven’t—take the climate crisis seriously.

Our goal: draft, refine and ratify a declaration of

freedom from fossil fuels and a resolution urging policymakers

to protect the future by taking immediate action

to address the climate crisis.

As young Vermonters representing the generation

that is least responsible for climate change, but who will

live longest with the consequences of global warming,

the Climate Congress is a way for us to express our frustration

with Vermont’s inaction in the face of this emergency,

discuss the solutions we think our state must

Youth protest > 21

The philanthropy

challenge in

higher education

By Dan Smith

Nationwide, approximately 50% of all students

pursuing higher education attend community colleges.

But only about 1.5% of total private donations for higher

education directly support the mission of community

colleges. This occurs despite many compelling factors

at play which philanthropy usually relies on to inform

its decision-making. For instance, operational costs

for community colleges typically are much lower and

student enrollment is in fact much greater—and therefore

the potential for widespread impact on economic

mobility is much higher—than that offered by many

traditional four-year colleges and universities.

When half of all enrolled college students attend

class of institution that receives less than 2% of private

financial support, we see an ethical and structural challenge

in philanthropy and higher education that must

be solved.

Richard Reeves, a senior fellow at the Brookings

Institution, shared in his keynote address at the Vermont

Community Foundation’s 2018 annual meeting that

helping low-income students attend and graduate from

college is the closest thing we have to a silver bullet in

advancing economic mobility. In his view, and ours at

the Vermont Community Foundation, community colleges

play a vital and unique role in any serious, credible

commitment to strengthen the American middle class.

We are a small, rural state. And yet here, as with so

many other places, education and training after high

school is one of the most powerful mechanisms avail-

Philanthropy > 9


Draining swamps is

a trick concept

Dear Editor,

Draining a swamp

seemed like a credible

idea. Swamps, however,

are ecologically necessary

in a literal sense, keeping

in mind, government

services and swamps are

politically neutral.

In the draining process,

four-letter-words are

expressed through a Presidential


Children are encouraged

to add vulgarity to their

voice. Discourse descends

at lightning speed into

mindless banality, the

most effective “dumbingdown”

since the State

of Tennessee vs. John

Thomas Scopes.

Footnote: The First Parent

avoids looking at his

son, thus repeating what

his mother did, ignoring

Don, drowning in wealth,

while he raised himself,

like in“Lord of the Flies.”

The “swamp,” however,

includes career public servants,

who keep the trains

running, who provide

services, and respond to a

hostile world with competence

and skill. Drain-theswamp

platitudes are more

dangerous than they seem.

In lieu of fanning flames,

discussion should encourage

civility and truth,

which are less entertaining

than disinformation.

Alexander Lyall,


Teens must be part of

climate change solution

Dear Editor,


protesting about

climate change:

They are right

to be concerned

about waste,

pollution and the

idea of unlimited

growth in a finite world.

There was a remark that

his situation was “forced

on them.” Of course, they

might have been kids that

had to be driven to school

rather than ride the school

bus and later on they had

their own car to get to high


Modern people, young

and old, think they need

to have the latest toys,

clothing, entertainment

By Milt Priggee, Oak Harbor, WA

Students could set

a great example if

they began riding

the school buses.

and especially the newest

technology: phones,

computers, etc. Students

could set a great example

if they began riding the

school buses and we end

up with empty parking

lots at school.

Put forth a real effort

and show that you are

serious about making a


Philip J. Russell,


The nightmare of health care, high costs, low care

Dear Editor,

American health care

nightmare stories now

come one right after another.

The current nightmare:

suing patients for

unpaid bills. NPR reports,

There are no good national

data on the practice, but

journalists have reported

on hospitals suing patients

all over the United States…”

Many unpaid bills are

small and owed by people

with full time jobs. Many

hospitals are rural and serve

largely poor populations.

In the long term they need

each other to survive, but

are reduced to fighting over


These suits often result

in the patients’ wages being

garnished, making their

already tenuous situation

worse. Not surprisingly, the

medical journal JAMA reported

that Walmart, Wells

Fargo, Amazon and Lowe’s

were the top employers of

people whose wages were


Unpaid bills can also

lead to collection firms

placing liens on patients’

homes. Earlier this year,

NBC reported that Vermont

was one of at least six states

in which this has happened.

Then there are the many

Americans who declare

bankruptcy due to medical

bills, and those forced to

decide between health care

and food or rent.

Our response is to fiddle

at the edge of the problem.

Vermont’s supposed health

care “reform” is an “all

payer” system that actually

adds another layer of cost.

We won’t even talk about

the single payer system that

former Gov. Peter Shumlin

left for dead (but it’s still

“on the books”) although

reducing cost while providing

care for everybody is the

opposite of a nightmare.

Lee Russ,


The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019 CAPITOL QUOTES • 9


On the impeachment proceedings of

President Donald Trump…

The Crazed, Do Nothing Democrats

are turning Impeachment into a

routine partisan weapon. That is very

bad for our Country, and not what the

Founders had in mind!!!!

Said President Donald Trump Nov. 17.

In the closed-door deposition Saturday,

we once again heard a consistent

theme damaging to the Democrats’

impeachment effort: 1) the suspension

of aid to Ukraine was always temporary,

and 2) it was not for any political

consideration. The people who had real

access to and conversations with Trump

have consistently made it clear: there

was zero tie between aid to Ukraine and

political investigations. Period. This

impeachment charade will fall apart,”

Said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) Nov. 17.

Right now, President Trump is

watching our hearing and tweeting

baseless attacks against Ambassador

Yovanovitch. This is witness

intimidation in real time. And we

won’t stand for it,”

Said Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Nov. 15.


Philanthropy: Community colleges strengthen the middle class

from page 8

able to improve the social mobility and opportunity. In Vermont, we are proud

economic security of our neighbors to have backed that up with our philanthropy.

and rebuild our civic and social capital

Because of the outsize role it

across all regions. But this sort of transformational

plays in economic mobility in our state,

progress can happen only the Community College of Vermont is

if education and training is available to the single most substantial institutional

Vermonters regardless of where they education partner of the Vermont Community

are born and who their families are.


Currently, about 36% of low-income The J. Warren & Lois McClure Foundation,

Vermont students enroll in degree

a supporting organization here

programs after high school, which is at the Community Foundation, has

the lowest in New England according given almost $2.5 million to CCV over

to the New England Secondary Schools the last decade. Program highlights

Consortium. The enrollment rate of include specialized support services

their non-economically disadvantaged for veterans and military-connected

peers is approximately 22 points higher, students; the free Introduction to College

or 58%. Not unrelated, Vermont also has

and Careers program for Vermont

the highest poverty rate in New England high school students; and seed funding

among 18-34 year olds.

for the ReSET VT program, which provides

These diverging enrollment statistics—36%

access to career preparation and

and 58%—are just one college courses for inmates at Northern

illustration of the opportunity gap and

State Correctional Facility with a

they demonstrate the cognitive dissonance

high likelihood of having experienced

in our collective approach to poverty and of being first-generation

higher education. In aspiration, higher college students.

education is a tool for advancing equity, Could this type of investment point

opportunity, and a thoughtful citizenry; to a nascent funding trend for community

yet, our approach to funding (publicly


and privately) risks entrenching the There is good news. A recent article in

economic and ideological divides that The Chronicle of Philanthropy outlines

already polarize our communities and how larger gifts to community colleges

our country.

have experienced a sharp rise in the past

Whether we are talking about

decade, with U.S. philanthropists giving

Vermont or any other state, if we aren’t more than $271 million nationally to

finding a way to nourish the talent and community colleges since 2009.

potential of those who aren’t continuing

That’s a lot of money, but in phi-

their education

lanthropy we


after high school at

scale, we risk creating

the type of class rigidity

that higher education

in its modern form was

designed to obliterate.

The platform for

doing so exists and yet

remains broadly overlooked by philanthropy.

In Vermont, we’re fortunate

to have the Community College of

Vermont (CCV), which is celebrating

its 50th anniversary next year. As

Vermont’s second-largest college,

CCV serves more than 5,000 students

a semester across its 12 campuses and

through extensive online learning

opportunities. Deeply rooted in every

corner of the state, CCV exemplifies all

that community college systems aspire

to—myriad opportunities for academic

and personal growth through flexible,

innovative programs and support

services that nourish a rich network of

partners. These partners and their networks

are vital to the creation of vibrant

and economically thriving communities.

At the Community Foundation,

we’ve joined a cohort of peer foundations

from around the country in seeking

to close the opportunity gap across

our state. Through that peer group we

have come to recognize the dangerous

consistency across the challenges

facing rural communities nationally.

Access to college and career training

that leads to a community’s most promising

jobs is a key strategy for creating

College is the

closest thing we

have to a silver


to wrestle with the

complex relativity of

our industry. There is

no shortage of eightand-nine

figure gifts to

individual institutions

that are profiled in The

Chronicle of Philanthropy

on a regular basis.

In Vermont, we’ve adopted a goal of

achieving a 70% postsecondary attainment

rate by 2025, but we are a long way

from collectively funding in a strategic

way the institutions that will drive to

that goal. If we are serious about economic

mobility, here’s the change we

need to see, in Vermont and elsewhere.

It’s time for foundations and philanthropists

and our aspiring changemakers

in the public sector to reflect

on who an institution serves, who it

doesn’t, and why that matters for us—

civically, economically and socially.

More funders need to build on the

commitment of the cohort of philanthropists,

like the McClure Foundation,

that focus on community colleges.

For all the rhetorical pledges to social

change in the world of philanthropy,

one of the most potent interventions

remains under-resourced relative to the

scale of its impact. It’s time to challenge

ourselves to invest in the community

college infrastructure in ways that

recognize the transformative impact,

at scale and in place, that are offered by

these institutions.

Dan Smith is the president and CEO of

the Vermont Community Foundation.


The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019

Killington-branded maple syrup expands

Charity’s Chris Karr offers suarbush to First Chair Syrup for ultra-local brand


Blackman and his wife, Katie,

have been sugaring for

five years in what started

off as a hobby. Now, 15

buckets and a turkey boiler

have evolved into 800 taps

and growing.

First Chair Syrup has announced

that the company

will relocate to land behind

Charity’s 1887 Saloon that

is owned by Chris Karr.

Within the next year, all of

the sugaring company’s

operations will be moved

to the new land allowing

local establishments to

provide visitors maple

syrup that was created on

the access road.

Within The Karr Group,

The Foundry at Summit

Pond, Charity’s 1887

Saloon, and Mad Hatter’s

Scoops will all use the Killington

syrup. The fresh,

hometown syrup will be

incorporated in a variety

of ways including maple

Brussel sprouts, maple

sauces, and maple infused

Within the next year, all

of the sugaring company’s

operations will be moved

to the new land.

cocktails among others.

“It is a great opportunity

to have local restaurants

serving Killington syrup. It

creates a unique experience

for the guests and

locals alike,” said Colton.

The syrup is produced

locally, allowing visitors to

know exactly where their

syrup came from— no

mixed sources, just the

highest quality imaginable.

Since this is a small operation,

there’s the ability for

quality control at its finest.

Each batch is tested and

tasted to make sure the

product is something First

Chair Syrup can stand by.

By Polly Mikula

Sap lines are strung through the forest above Charity’s.


Records: Gov. Scott, AG butt heads

from page 7

the news organization directly about a potential fix.

He has not yet responded to the organization’s request.

In an interview Friday, Nov. 15, about Scott’s

directive, Donovan confirmed that his office has not

changed its policy. “If there’s a disagreement, that’s

fine, let’s go to the Legislature to get clarity,” the attorney

general said.

Last month, in response to criticism of the AG’s

policy, Donovan wrote an op-ed outlining his concern

that allowing photographing of records would

require an agency to devote significant staff time and

resources to preparing records without any way to

recoup costs.

“This is also time that my team could be spending

on protecting consumers, addressing the opioid

epidemic, advocating for civil rights, and ensuring that

we have access to clean water and clean air,” he wrote.

There is a cost to Vermonters associated with

diverting attorney time and resources from my office’s


Moreover, he wrote, “Most of the requests for

records possessed by the Attorney General’s Office are

from private law firms and companies.”

VTDigger found that claim to be “mostly false” in

a fact check article, in part because the AG was counting

nonprofits and a university law school as “private

law firms and companies.”

Donovan and Condos have both come out in support

of creating a public records ombudsman office

in state government to ensure that public records

policies are enforced properly and consistently across

agencies. Scott opposes the idea, arguing that it’s an

unnecessary bureaucratic burden.

“I think we can handle this in-house,” Scott said at

a press conference last month. “I don’t know why we

would need a whole new office to do this.”

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The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019 NEWS BRIEFS • 11

Jackson Gore documentary takes 1st place

“Paleoindians at Jackson Gore,” the

short (20-minute) documentary produced

in collaboration between community

access station Okemo Valley TV, the

state archaeologist and UVM’s Consulting

Archaeology Program, received a first

place Nor’easter Award for Historical

Documentary from the northeast regional

chapter of the Alliance for Community

Media, a national advocacy and

membership organization representing

community access TV stations.

The film documents the 2007 excavation

of Jackson Gore and what was

learned about the paleoindians. Okemo

Valley TV Production Coordinator Eric

Chatterjee was in attendance to receive

the award at a ceremony held in Portland,

Maine on Oct. 31.

Chatterjee noted that this project was

the digital equivalent of an archaeological

project in its own right. While the

excavation itself studied humans who

traveled through the area 12,000 plus

years ago, completing the documentary

required piecing together footage that

was recorded in 2007 with new footage

from 2018, to form a narrative for the

story. A phone call from state archaeologist

Jess Robinson spurred Okemo

Valley TV staff into action, to find a

way to create something out of the old

footage. Executive Director Patrick

Cody explained “(Robinson) called last

year asking if we still had footage that

I and some volunteers shot during the

excavation at Jackson Gore (in 2007).

Thankfully, we did”, adding that it had

not been made into anything. Cody

offered to help Robinson create a short

documentary, using the existing footage

and adding to it. “The findings at

Jackson Gore are really important in the

overall mix of (how we teach about the

period),” said Robinson.

Cody affirmed that “this project is

exemplary of the kind of collaboration

on which we thrive, with numerous local,

regional, & state partners. We may

have overseen the process, but it only

came to fruition because of the collaboration.”

He credited contributions

from The Vermont Division of Historic

Preservation, UVM Consulting Archaeology

Program, Okemo Mountain

Resort, Ralph Cameron / Sky Shots LLC,

Cavendish Historical Society / Margo

Caulfield, Mount Holly Community

Historical Museum / Dennis Devereux,

Sydney Miele, & Emma Vastola. Moreover,

Cody encourages others who have

an idea of their own for a documentary,

other film project, or TV show, to contact

the station.

“Paleoindians at Jackson Gore” is

available for viewing on Okemo Valley

TV’s website and is periodically shown

on the station’s cable TV channels

(Comcast channels 8 & 10 in Ludlow,

Plymouth, & Cavendish; Comcast channels

20 & 21 in Mt. Holly; and on VTel

system-wide,channels 166 & 167).


Okemo Valley TV Production Coordinator Eric Chatterjee, left, accepts an award at the

regional Nor’easter ceremony held in Portland, Maine Oct. 31.


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12 • The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019

Book Club

1 p.m.

Rutland Free LIbrary Book Club meeting. November’s title is

The Paris Wife” by Paula McLain.

Open Mic Night

8 p.m.

Open mic night at the Clear River Tavern, 2640 VT-100 in Pittsfield. For

more info visit





Bikram Yoga **

6 a.m.

True Yoga classes: 6 a.m. IHP; 9 a.m. 60 min. 26+ yoga; 4 p.m. bikram

60; 5 p.m. IHP; 6:15 p.m. Baptiste Flow. 22 Wales St., Rutland.

Heart of Ukulele

5 p.m.

Chaffee Art Center holds informal ukulele group Wednesday, 5-7 p.m.

Donations appreciated. 16 S. Main St., Rutland.

Kripalu Yoga

5:30 p.m.

Kripalu Yoga at Killington Yoga with Alison. 3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-770-4101.

Forum on Climate Change

5 p.m.

Windsor County Farm Bureau presents a public hearing at the Hartland

Public Library. 153 US-5, Hartland.

Become A Mentor

4:30 p.m.

Mentor information evening at the Norman Williams Public Library,

Woodstock. Learn about our mentoring programs, meet current mentors,

and learn how to become a mentor!

Song Circle

7:15 pm.

A song circle and jam session will be held at the Godnick Adult Center

in Rutland from 7:15-9:15 p.m. The song circle welcomes singers, players

of acoustic instruments, and listeners. Fiddlers especially welcome.

A songbook of popular folksongs encourages group singing. Donations

are appreciated. For more information, call Jack Crowther at 775-1182

or visit

Benefit Dinner

5 p.m.

Join us at the Mountain Top Inn in Chittenden for a burger and brew,

with proceeds going to the Elmer and Donna Wheeler medical fund.

Reservations strongly suggested.

Public Hearing

9 a.m.

A public hearing on regulation of wetlands in the State at the Bridport

Community/Masonic Hall, at 52 Crown Point Road in Bridport. Testimony

from the public will begin at 10 a.m.

RFL Board of Trustees Meeting

5:15 p.m.

Rutland Free Library Board of Trustees monthly meetings are open to

the public. Fox Room, upstairs in the Library.

Domestic Violence Support Group

12 p.m.

A support group for survivors of domestic violence. 12-1 p.m. at the

Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St. in Rutland.

Tai Chi Level II

5:15 p.m.

This level II Tai Chi class is a continuation of the

Tai Chi for Beginners class. At the Rutland Region

Medical Center CVPS/Leahy Community

Health Education Center. For more info call


Adult Open Studio

6 p.m.

Get muddy on Monday nights with our

drop-in clay at the art studio. Rutland

Recreation Courcelle Facility at 16 North

Street Extension. $5 per visit OR $20/$31

Punchcard. For more info call 802-773-



NOV. 21

Early History of Railroading

6 p.m.

Matt Rockwell will give a talk on the early history of railroading in

Clarendon at the Historical Society of Clarendon meeting at the

Clarendon Town Hall. 279 Middle Rd. in Clarendon. All are welcome.

Bikram Yoga **

6 a.m.

True Yoga classes: 6 a.m.Bikram 60; 9 a.m. IHP; 5 p.m. Bikram 60;

6:15 p.m. IHP. 22 Wales St., Rutland.

Meditation Circle

8 a.m.

Maclure Library offers meditation circle Thursdays, 8 a.m. 802-483-

2792. 840 Arch St., Pittsford.


10 a.m.

Maclure Library offers playgroup, Thursdays, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Birth to 5

years old. Stories, crafts, snacks, singing, dancing. 802-483-2792. 840

Arch St., Pittsford.

Story Time

10 a.m.

Story time at West Rutland Public Library. Thursdays,10 a.m. Bring

young children to enjoy stories, crafts, and playtime. 802-438-2964.

Bridge Club

6 p.m.

Rutland Duplicate Bridge Club meets Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Godnick

Adult Center, 1 Deer St., Rutland. 802-773-9412.

International Folk Dancing

6:30 p.m.

Rutland Jewish Center teaches dances with Judy. Experience/partner

not needed; bring dry shoes. Ring bell if door is locked. 96 Grove

St., Rutland.

All Levels Yoga

6:30 p.m.

Chaffee Art Center offers all level yoga class with Stefanie

DeSimone, 50 minute practice. $5/ class, drop-ins welcome.

16 South Main St., Rutland. Bring a mat.

Meditation Group

7:15 p.m.

Chaffee Art Center holds meditation group Tuesday,

Thursday, Friday, 7:15-7:45 a.m. Donations appreciated.

16 S. Main St., Rutland.

Public Forum

5 p.m.

The Advisory Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening

Families will hold a public forum to gather public

input regarding what are the biggest challenges

facing Vermonters in poverty today. It will take place

in the cafeteria of the Rutland Middle School at 67

Library Ave in Rutland, beginning with a free meal at 5

p.m. Childcare will be provided at no cost.

Documentary Screening

6 p.m.

“INVALUABLE- The Unrecognized Profession of Direct

Support” is showing at the Tuttle Hall Theater at College of St.

Joseph in Rutland from 6-8pm. This FREE film screening will be

followed by a Q&A with director Jerry Smith from the University of

Minnesota’s Institute on Community Integration.

“Slow Flow” Hatha yoga class

11:30 a.m.

Join Cassie Reed, 200 hour RYT, for a 60 minute “Slow Flow” Hatha

yoga class every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am -12:30pm at the

Killington Welcome Center conference room.

Service Provider and Educator Session

12 p.m.

Rutland County Workforce Summit: Service Provider & Educator

Session at Castleton University hosted by the Rutland Economic Development

Corporation. For more info call or email Kim Rupe at kim@ or 802 -770-7061 or visit

CAAP Lifesteps Book Group

10 a.m.

A book group for adults with developmental disabilities, offered via

Rutland Mental Health’s Community Care Network at the Rutland Free

Library. 10 Court St., Rutland.

HUBZone Certification Program Workshop

1 p.m.

Please join the Vermont Procurement Technical Assistance Center (VT

PTAC) and a guest speaker from the U.S. Small Business Administration

(SBA) for a free workshop on the Historically Underutilized Business

Zone (HUBZone) certification program in Vermont. Opera House

- 67 Merchants Row, 3rd Floor Classroom in Rutland. Contact the VT

PTAC 802-828-5237

The Fortnightly

2 p.m.

Historian Lincoln Fenn discusses the history of Grace Congregational

Church since 1950. Free. More info at


Bikram Yoga **

6 a.m.

True Yoga classes: 6 a.m. IHP; 9 a.m. bikram 90; 12 p.m. IHP; 5 p.m.

Baptiste Flow. 22 Wales St., Rutland.

Level 1 Yoga

8:30 a.m.

Basic Yoga at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River

Rd, Killington., 802-770-4101.

Creative Space

10 a.m.

Chaffee Art Center holds creative space Friday, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Bring

tools/supplies to create works of art with other inspiring artists. Open to

all. Donations appreciated. 16 S. Main St., Rutland.



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Story Time

11 a.m.

Sherburne Memorial Library holds story time Fridays, 10:30-11 a.m.

Stories, songs, activities. All ages welcome! 2998 River Road, Killington.


Knitting Group

2 p.m.

Maclure Library offers knitting group, Fridays, 12-2 p.m. 802-483-2792.

840 Arch St., Pittsford.

Open Gym

6 p.m.

Friday night open gym at Head Over Heels, 152 North Main St., Rutland.

6-8 p.m. Ages 6+. Practice current skills, create gymnastic routines,

learn new tricks, socialize with friends! $5/ hour members; $8/

hour non-members. Discount punch cards available. 802-773-1404.

Adult Ballet

5:30 p.m.

For fitness, strength, and flexibility. Basic ballet exercise to help

improve posture, find your center, improve core strength, improve

coordination, memory, flexibility, and more. $10 suggested donation at

the door. Pierce Hall, Main St., Rochester.

Earring Workshop

6 p.m.

Shannon Parker leads a workshop at the Chester Community Art

garden. Participants will learn to make their own copper halo earrings.

Cost is $65 and includes supplies. 287 Main St. in Chester.

Science Colloquium

2 p.m.

Castleton Natural Sciences Dept. presents “Careers in Health

Care – Focus on Optometry” by Randy Brooks, O.D. at Castleton

University’s Jeffords Auditorium. Free.

Noon Group

12 p.m.

AA Noon Group meets every Friday at noon in the Fox Room All

meetings are non smoking in District 6. For more info call the District 6

Hotline number (24 hour): 802-775-0402

Ceciliafest Organ Concert

7 p.m.

A diverse program of organ music from 16th - 20th century. Celebrating

25th anniversary of the dedication of the Russell Organ, in honor of St.

Cecilia, patronnes of music and musicians. Immaculate Heart of Mary

Church, free with offering. More info at


9:30 a.m.

Rutland Free Library hosts the Parent-Child Center Playgroup each

Friday from 9:30-11 a.m. 10 Court St., Rutland.

Literary Open Mic

7 p.m.

Poets, storytellers, spoken word artists in all genres are invited to perform

original pieces, classics or other favorites at the Stone Valley Arts

at Fox Hill in Poultney. Hosted by David Mook and other special guests.

145 E. Main Street.


7 p.m.

Journeyman - a Tribute to Eric Clapton at the Paramount Theatre. 30

Center st. in Rutland. Tickets $74-$337.


Bikram Yoga **

7:30 a.m.

True Yoga classes: 7:30 a.m. Bikram 90; 9:30 a.m. IHP; 11 a.m.

Baptiste Power Flow 75. 22 Wales St., Rutland. truenorthyogavermont.


Vermont Farmers’ Market (Rutland)

9 a.m.

The indoor winter market is held every Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at Vermont

Farmers’ Food Center, 251 West St., Rutland. vtfarmersmarket.


Wellness Sampler

9 a.m.

Petra’s Wellness Studio, Howe Center, building 3, 3rd floor, Rutland.

Free event: 9 a.m. Kripalu Yoga, 9:45 a.m. Yomassage, 10:30 a.m.

Meditation, 11:15 a.m. Reiki.

Pre-register, space is limited: PetrasWellnessStudio@ or 802-345-5244.

Open Gym

11 a.m.

Saturday morning open gym at Head Over Heels, 152 North Main St.,

Rutland. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. All ages welcome. Practice current skills, create

gymnastic routines, learn new tricks, socialize with friends. $5/ hour

members; $8/ hour non-members. Discount punch cards available.


Kids’ Saturday Classes

11 a.m.

Chaffee Art Center offers different activity for kids each week - painting,

cooking, craft making and more. $10, pre-register at 802-775-0036;

$15 drop in. 16 S. Main St., Rutland.

Coming Home

3:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Billings Farm and museum will show Bess O’Brien’s Coming home as

part of the Woodstock Vermont Film Series. $11. More info billingsfarm.

org/filmfest/ or 802-457-5303.



Holiday Bazaar

9 a.m.

Rutland Area Christian School is hosting a Holiday Bazaar in the gym

from 9:00am to 2:00pm. Get ready for the holiday season with a variety

of high-quality items from local crafters, vendors and home-based


Loaded Turkey Rail Jam

9 a.m.

Back to kick off another great season of park competitions, Loaded

Turkey takes place Saturday, November 23. Killington is serving up

Thanksgiving dinner on the podium with a frozen turkey going out to

first place winner and all the fixings going to second and third place.

Holiday Baazar

9 a.m.

Crafts, baked goods, 30+ Raffle and white elephant tables at St. John

the Baptist Church. Main St. in Castleton. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bird Feeding 101

10 a.m.

Whether you are a first-time feeder or have been doing it for some time

and want to learn more, VINS staff will introduce you to the birds you

can expect to visit your feeders, explain what types of feeders and

feed are best and show you how to turn your yard into a bird-friendly


Hungrytown Concert

6:15 p.m.

Folk duo Hungrytown will perform at the Rutland Unitarian Universalist

Church, 117 West St., Rutland. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at

the door. For more info visit

Aknhaten Live in HD

1 p.m.

The Metropolitan Opera performance of Aknhaten will be transmitted

live to the Middlebury Town Hall Theater. Scott Morrison will give a preshow

talk in the Byers Studio at 12:15. Tickets are $24/$10 students

and may be purchased at or by calling 802-382-

9222. Town Hall Theater is located at 68 S. Pleasant St.

Holiday Fair

10 a.m.

Holy Name of Mary Altar Society will hold a Holiday Fair from 10 a.m.-

2 p.m. at the Church Hall, 803 Main Street in Proctorsville. Featured

will be a cookie walk, baked goods, jams, handmade gifts, Christmas

items, and much more. For more information, call Carol at 802-226-


Free Compost Workshop

3 p.m.

Join local compost experts to learn the basics of backyard composting.

Attendees receive a 25% discount on the purchase of SoilSaver

Compost bins. Refreshments will be provided. Rutland Free Library, 10

Court St, upstairs in the Fox room.

Kind Bud

7 p.m.

Kind Bud will bring his list of over 500 songs that is circulated among

patrons so the crowd chooses Bud’s set list at the Public House in

Quechee. For more information visit

Annual Rupert Game Supper

5 p.m.

Nosh on venison, bear, moose and more at the Rupert

Firehouse/community building. Tickets are Adults $15,

Children 10 and under $7. Takeout available. For

more info call Kelli at 802-394-2491.

Courtesy of Killington Resort

Holiday Tree Lighting

3:30 p.m.

Fair Haven Concerts in the Park hosts its

annual tree lighting. Sing songs of the

season, sip on hot chocolate, cookies

and a visit from Santa.

Celebration of Life

3 p.m.

A celebration of life for long-time KMS

trustee Fred Coriell at Killington’s

Snowshed Lodge, followed by a

reception upstairs in the Pub.

Holiday Craft Fair

10 a.m.

Annual Holiday Craft Fair at the Gables

at East Mountain, 200 Gables Pl in Rutland.

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Four Tops in Concert

7 p.m.

The Four Tops live at the Paramount Theatre.

30 Center St. in Rutland. Tickets $83-$124.

Christmas Craft Fair

9 a.m.

From 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Alphonsus Parish Hall. Start your

holiday shopping by supporting local vendors. Basket raffle,

silent auction, baked goods and more.

Sound and Vibration for Wellness

2 p.m.

Learn and practice some powerful tools to improve your well-being at

the Pyramid Wellness Center. 120 Merchants Row in Rutland.

Annual Holiday Exhibit

11 a.m.

The Chaffee Art Center invites the community to its Annual Holiday

Exhibit “Season of Giving” This is an all-member show celebrating the

talented artists in our communities whose works will be on display until

January 3rd. Admission is free, please bring a non perishable food item

for donation.

Paint n Sip/Basket Raffle

5:05 p.m.

Create a piece of artwork for your home or a loved one. Paint, sip and

possibly win a basket. $40 fee includes raffle tickets, additional tickets

and sips available for purchase. Light snacks provided. Please RSVP

to Jordan Miles at 802-558-4761 or Rutland

American Legion Post 31. 33 Washington St in Rutland.


Bikram Yoga **

9:30 a.m.

True Yoga classes: 9:30 a.m. Baptiste Power Flow; 11 a.m. IHP; 4:30

p.m. Bikram 60; 5:45 p.m .Yin. 22 Wales St., Rutland.

Connection Support Group

4:30 p.m.

NAMI Vermont’s connection support group at Rutland Mental Health

Services, 78 S. Main St., Rutland. 4:30-6 p.m. First and third Sunday of

each month. Free recovery support group for people living with mental

illness. Learn from one another, share coping strategies, offer mutual

encouragement and understanding.

Community Breakfast

8 a.m.

Monthly community breakfast from 8-11 a.m. $7.50. VFW, 15 Wales St,

Rutland, VT, 775-6892

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Library Auction

1:30 p.m.

The 28th Annual Brandon Public Library’s Auction. Doors open at

1:30pm for preview. Live auction begins at 2pm. Refreshments served.

Klezmer Practice

4 p.m.

Every Sunday at the Rutland Jewish Center. Anyone playing an instrument

is welcome. 96 Grove Street.


Bikram Yoga **

6 a.m.

True Yoga classes: 6 a.m. IHP; 9 a.m. 60 min. Bikram; 4 p.m. IHP; 5

p.m. Baptiste Flow; 6:15 p.m. Bikram Beats. 22 Wales St., Rutland.

Killington Yoga

12 p.m

Vinyasa Yoga, 12-1 p.m. at Killington Yoga with Christy. 3744

River Rd, Killington., 802-770-4101.

Killington Bone Builders

11 a.m.

Bone Builders meets at Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River

Rd., Killington, 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays. Free, weights

supplied. 802-422-3368.

Rutland Rotary

12 p.m.

Rotary Club of Rutland meets Mondays for lunch at The Palms Restaurant.

Learn more or become a member,

Monday Meals

12 p.m.

Every Monday meals at Chittenden Town Hall, 12 noon. Open to public,

RSVP by Friday prior, 802-483-6244. Gene Sargent. Bring your own

place settings. Seniors $3.50 for 60+. Under 60, $5. No holidays. 337

Holden Rd., Chittenden.



Film Series 2019-2020

Billings Farm & Museum • Rte12N, Woodstock, VT

HD projection, Dolby® surround-sound, and complimentary refreshments

Coming Home

Sat., Nov. 23 • 3 & 5:30pm

— TICKETS — /filmfest



1 p.m.

Maclure Library offers playgroup, Mondays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Birth to 5

years old. Stories, crafts, snacks, singing, dancing. 802-483-2792. 840

Arch St., Pittsford.

Bridge Club

4 p.m.

Rutland Duplicate Bridge Club meets Monday, 12-4 p.m. in Engel Hall,

Christ the King Church, 12 Main St., Rutland. 802-773-9412.


TUESDAY, NOV. 26, 7 P.M.


Tobacco Cessation

5 p.m.

Quit smoking, e-cigs, and JUUL - free help! Want to quit smoking/

vaping, but nothing seems to help? Join a group and get free nicotine

patches, gum or lozenges. Group/replacement therapy doubles your

chances of staying quit for good! Free. 802-747-3768. Mondays, 5-6

p.m., RRMC CVPS Leahy Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland.

Walking Group

5:15 p.m.

Chaffee Arts Center holds walking group Monday, 5:15 P.M. Open to

all. Donations appreciated. 16 S. Main St., Rutland.

Adult Ballet

5:30 p.m.

For fitness, strength, and flexibility. Basic ballet exercise to help

improve posture, find your center, improve core strength, improve

coordination, memory, flexibility, and more. $10 suggested donation at

the door. Pierce Hall, Main St., Rochester.

Citizenship classes

Vermont Adult Learning will offers free citizenship classes. Call Marcy

Green, 802-775-0617, and learn if you may qualify for citizenship at no

cost. 16 Evelyn St., Rutland. Also, free classes in reading, writing, and

speaking for English speakers of other languages. Ongoing.

American Legion Meeting

6 p.m.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 32 meeting. Light meal at 6 p.m., followed

by a meeting for all members at 6:30 p.m. 33 Washington St. in


Thanksgiving Worship Service

7 p.m.

Poultney’s Annual Traditional Ecumenical Thanksgiving Worship Service

will be held at Welsh Presbyterian Church located at 42 Grove Street in

Poultney Village.

Ash Tree Inventory

10 a.m.

A meeting to discuss taking an inventory of ash trees in public ROWs

in the town of Ludlow in the Ludlow Town Hall Conference Room. For

more info go to or call 228-7239.

Gentle Yoga

5:30 p.m.

Gentle Yoga at Roger Clark Memorial Library, Pittsfield. Mondays. Call

746-4067 or email to reserve a space.



Bikram Yoga **

6 a.m.

True Yoga classes: 6 a.m. Bikram 60 beats; 9 a.m. IHP 12 p.m. Baptiste

Flow; 5 p.m. Bikram 60; 6:15 p.m. IHP. 22 Wales St., Rutland.

Mendon Bone Builders

10 a.m.

Mendon Bone Builders meets Tuesdays at Roadside Chapel,

1680 Town Line Road, Rutland Town. 802-773-2694.

Story Hour

10 a.m.

Fair Haven Free Library offers story hours Tuesday mornings at

Fair Haven Free Library, North Main St., Fair Haven. All welcome.

Stories, activities, games, crafts.

Tobacco Cessation

11 a.m.

Quit smoking, e-cigs, and JUUL - free help! Want to quit

smoking/vaping, but nothing seems to help? Join a group

and get free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges. Group/

replacement therapy doubles your chances of staying quit

for good! Free. 802-747-3768. Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

at Heart Center, 12 Commons St., Rutland.

Kripalu Yoga

12 p.m.

Gentle therapeutic yoga class with Petra O’ Neill, LMT at

Petra’s Wellness Studio. Howe Center, 1 Scale Ave., Bldg

3, 3rd floor, Rutland. RSVP to 802-345-5244,


6 p.m.

Delightful restorative yoga class while receiving massage with Petra

O’Neill, LMT at Petra’s Wellness Studio. Howe Center, 1 Scale Ave.,

bldg. 3, 3rd floor, Rutland. RSVP to 802-345-5244,

Level 1 Yoga

5:30 p.m.

Level 1 Hatha Yoga at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500.

3744 River Rd, Killington., 802-770-4101.


6 p.m.

Gentle therapeutic yoga class while receiving massage with Petra

O’Neill, LMT at Petra’s Wellness Studio. Howe Center, 1 Scale Ave.,

bldg. 3, 3rd floor, Rutland. RSVP to 802-345-5244,

Taking Off Pounds Sensibly

6 p.m.

TOPS meets Tuesday nights at Trinity Church in Rutland (corner of

West and Church streets). Side entrance. Weigh in 4:45-5:30 p.m.

Meeting 6-6:30 p.m. All welcome, stress free environment. 802-293-


Bridge Club

6 p.m.

Rutland Duplicate Bridge Club meets Tuesday, 6-10 p.m. in Engel Hall,

Christ the King Church, 12 Main St., Rutland. 802-773-9412.

Rutland Area Toastmasters

6 p.m.

Develop public speaking, listening and leadership skills. Meets first

and third Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. in Courcelle Building, 16 North St Ext.,

Rutland., 802-775-6929. Guests welcome.

Legion Bingo

6:15 p.m.

Brandon American Legion, Tuesdays. Warm ups 6:15 p.m., regular

games 7 p.m. Open to the public. Bring a friend! Franklin St., Brandon.

Chess Club

7 p.m.

Rutland Rec Dept. holds chess club at Godnick Adult Center, providing

a mind-enhancing skill for youth and adults. All ages are welcome;

open to the public. Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. 1 Deer St., Rutland.

Yoga Basics


Yoga Basics at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River

Rd, Killington., 802-770-4101.

“Slow Flow” Hatha yoga class

11:30 a.m.

Join Cassie Reed, 200 hour RYT, for a 60 minute “Slow Flow” Hatha

yoga class every Tuesday and Thursday from 11:30am -12:30pm at the

Killington Welcome Center conference room.

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[MUSIC Scene] By DJ Dave Hoffenberg


NOV. 20


7 p.m. The Barn Restaurant

and Tavern -

“Pickin’ in Pawlet”


6 p.m. Public House –

Blues Night with Arthur James


6:30 p.m. One Main Tap

and Grill -

Open Mic with Silas McPrior


9:30 p.m. Center Street

Alley –

Open Mic with Zach Zepson of



7 p.m. The Wild Fern –

Heather Lynne


6:30 p.m. 506 Bistro and

Bar - Live Jazz Pianist


NOV. 21


7 p.m. Casella Theater -

VSCS Faculty Fellow Presentation:

Dr. Sherrill Blodget


5:30 p.m. Moguls Sports

Pub – Duane Carleton

6 p.m. Hops on the Hill –

Nikki Adams

6 p.m. Liquid Art –

Open Mic withTee Boneicusjones


8 p.m. Clear River

Tavern –

Open Mic Jam with Silas McPrior


7 p.m. Public House –



7 p.m. The Hay Loft at

Artistree - Open Mic with Jim



7 p.m. The Wild Fern –

Rick Redington


NOV. 22


6 p.m. Iron Lantern –

Charlie Woods


7 p.m. The Foundry –

Ryan Fuller

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s

Irish Pub – Loose Monkeys

9 p.m. Jax Food and

Games – King Margo

9 p.m. Moguls Sports

Pub – DJ Dave’s All Request

Dance Party


8 a.m. Okemo Resort

base of B Quad -

Opening Day Festivities with DJ



6 p.m. Flannels Bar &

Grill – Rick Webb


7 p.m. The Barn Restaurant

and Tavern –

Red Neckromancer


7 p.m. Public House –

Jason Cann


9:30 p.m. The Venue -

Karaoke with Jess

10 p.m. Center Street

Alley - DJ Mega


7 p.m. Wild Fern –

Dave Richardson


NOV. 23


6 p.m. Iron Lantern –

Heart to Heart


7:30 p.m. Town Hall –

Second Annual VT Vocal Competition


10 a.m. Killington Resort

– Loaded Turkey Rail Jam

7 p.m. The Foundry –

Live Music

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s

Irish Pub – Loose Monkeys

8 p.m. Pickle Barrel

Nightclub – Pop Rocks


6 p.m. Du Jour VT –

Sammy B


7 p.m. Public House –

Kind Bud


9 p.m. Center Street Alley

- DJ Dirty D

9:30 p.m. The Hide-A-

Way Tavern –

Karaoke 101 with Tenacious T


NOV. 24


5 p.m. The Foundry -

Jazz Night with the Summit Pond


7 p.m. Moguls Sports

Pub – Duane Carleton


4 p.m. New American

Grill – Sammy B


4 p.m. Public House –

Kevin Atkinson


7 p.m. The Hide-A-Way

Tavern – Julia Rose

9:30 p.m. The Venue –

Open Mic


12 p.m. Wild Fern -

Cigar Box Brunch w/ Rick


1 p.m. Wild Fern -

The People’s Jam


NOV. 25


8 p.m. The Killarney -

Open Mic with Silas McPrior


6:30 p.m. 506 Bistro and Bar –

Jim Yeager


NOV. 26


6 p.m. Third Place Pizzeria

- Josh Jakab


7 p.m. Du Jour VT -

Open Jam Session with Sammy

B and King Arthur Junior


7 p.m. Taps Tavern -

Open Bluegrass Jam Hosted by

Fiddle Witch


6 p.m. Public House –

Open Mic with Jim Yeager


9:30 p.m. The Hide-A-

Way Tavern -

Open Mic with Krishna Guthrie

9:30 p.m. The Venue -

Karaoke with Jess

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Rockin’ the


By DJ Dave


Recycled Percussion

Recycled Percussion to kick off

World Cup entertainment

Kicking off the Women’s World Cup Friday, Nov. 29 at 4

p.m. is Recycled Percussion. You may have seen them on

Season 4 of America’s Got Talent in 2009 where they placed

third. I was a fan of theirs then and

had the opportunity to see them

perform at a Uconn basketball

halftime show. Their show is a great

act for World Cup. What you may

now know is even though America’s

Got Talent makes stars out of acts,

they were already stars when they


On Tuesday, Nov. 19, I had the

pleasure of speaking with Justin

“Mr. Red” Spencer, founder of

Recycled Percussion.

The group has spent the past

10 years in Las Vegas performing

at many of the top casinos. They

recently ended a four-year run at Planet Hollywood. Justin

said, “We built a multi-million dollar show and performed

3,000 times there. We had a lot of success there and decided

to take that success and launch a TV show, “Chaos and

Kindness,” performing kind acts for people. We go to any

great length to make those kind acts a reality. It’s like Makea-Wish.

We travel the world doing kind acts for people, doing

crazy stunts and just being a rock band with a big heart.”

The show will be available on Amazon Prime and Netflix


This year the show won a couple Emmy’s so they turned

it into a brand. Chaos and Kindness is now a clothing line,

a store and an experience. They opened their first store in

Laconia, New Hampshire, in September and this Saturday

have three pop-up stores opening in Manchester, Salem

and Nashua.

Recycled Percussion is all about giving back so they

share some of the proceeds with the community. Spencer

said, “The brand is really taking off and the TV show is one

of the highest rated shows in the Northeast. It’s been a crazy

run and it’s our way of giving back and showing the world it

can be a kinder, better place.”

See, they were already a multi-million act before

America’s Got Talent. Additionally, they were huge on the

college circuit and were even featured on the cover of USA

Today. They won National Act of the Year, a record-breaking

six times. They were on that circuit for seven years so when

America’s Got Talent came around, they were prepared for

what they were facing. They built a great fan base which

definitely helped them succeed on America’s Got Talent, too.

They auditioned in Boston and then Las Vegas. At the


time they were the highest placing non-singing act in the

show’s history. Spencer said, “We kind of broke the mold

as far as production. We were the only real true Vegas act in

that Cirque/Blue Man Group genre. America’s Got Talent’s

been a great thing for us and opened doors to a lot of different


Justin Spencer has been a drummer since he was 2

years old. He saw a kid playing on the streets of New York

City, playing a bucket — this was before internet. Spencer

started a band in 1995, playing on buckets for his local

talent show. They placed second and lost to a juggler. It’s

a sore subject, Spencer said laughing, “His mom was one

of the judges—total scam. I’m still bitter about it 20 years

later. He thought it would be a one time thing. Someone

suggested they play at local schools. They made $100 here

and there. He started the band with his cousin, best friend

and roommate, Ryan “Mr. Blue” Vezina. They decided they

could make some money doing this and stuck with it. They

were right.

Spencer said, “Ryan and I are the main guys of the band

and the creative forces behind it.” The show is primarily

the four guys but they’ve added dancers and guitar players.

He added, “We have a very versatile performance. We have

hours of material. Some shows are based around comedy

with a lot of humor.”

For the World Cup Justin Spencer said, “They’re going

to see the most high energy band they’ve ever seen. We’re

jumping off 12-foot ladders backwards, we’re using power

tools that shoot flames. It’s going to be throwback rock and

roll 80s style. We’re going to have a fun time.”

They still perform in Vegas, just not regularly. They’ve

spent the past year focusing on the show and now the

stores. Justin Spencer said, “It’s been a very rewarding experience.

Half the store is Chaos and half Kindness. There’s a

lot of product but also a room where you can smash glass,

drum room where you can play along with their Vegas

show, kids can make massive things with slime, people can

write letters to sick people around the world. When you go

there’s a total vibe. There’s a lot of mental health aspects to

it. I’m a big proponent of all things associated with mental

health. Yes there’s clothing at the store but it’s secondary to

the experience of the people going there.”

Spencer knows he was born to do this.

He said, “At age 5 when kids were building castles with

Legos, I was envisioning concert stages and lights. I was

putting flashlights on and lights off, putting Pink Floyd’s

The Wall on. I grew up exposed to music. We’re a drug and

alcohol free band so we get our high on stage. I live my

whole life, all the training, rehearsals that we do all come together

for that one 60 min experience on stage. We love it.”


18 • The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019

This week’s living Arts, Dining and Entertainment!


Shannon Parker will share her inspiration and techniques for creating custom jewelry at a hands-on workshop Friday evening. Above: Parker wears some of her own designs.

Jeweler Shannon Parker hosts hands-on workshop

By Brooke Geery

Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m.—CHESTER— Shannon

Parker finds no shortage of inspiration in the natural


The color combination of flowers, the details on a

fern frond or the ice formations in a puddle,” she said.

There is never a lack of inspiration when you look to


She has turned that inspiration into a line of jewelry

that melds stones and metal into unique pieces called

Wisdom River Designs.

On Friday, Nov. 22, Parker will share that joy with

the public in a workshop at the Chester Community

Art Garden. Participants will learn to create their own

copper halo earrings.

The two hour hands-on class goes from 6-8 p.m. In

the workshop participants will learn how to make the

copper halo, create their own earwires and leave the

class with knowledge on how to wirewrap a gemstone.

Participants will also have the opportunity to learn

about a copper oxidizing process to make the halo look


“People should know that there is no experience

required to take this class,” Parker said. “Everyone will

leave with a finished product that they will be proud to

say that they have created with their own hands. Come

to the class ready to learn, get a little messy and laugh!

Art should always be fun and never stressful. The Chester

Community Art Garden offers a delightful setting

where students will feel supported and comfortable.”

Parker has always been a rock hound.

“Just ask my Mom,” she laughed. “Growing up, she

always found a handful of my rocks in her washing machine!

I always had a stone kicking around in my pocket

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The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019 LIVING ADE • 19

Public hearing on wetlands

regulation in the state

Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. —BRIDPORT— The Legislative Study Committee on Wetlands will hold a public

hearing on the regulation of wetlands in the state on Wednesday from 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the Bridport Community/Masonic

Hall, 52 Crown Point Road in Bridport. The committee was charged by Act 64 of 2019 to recommend

to the General Assembly updates and clarifications to the requirements for the regulation of wetlands.

The committee is reviewing wetlands permitting standards, exemptions from wetlands permits, permit fees,

and other issues related to wetlands regulation.

Interested parties and members of the public are invited to testify at the hearing. Testimony from the public

will begin at 10 a.m. To testify at the hearing, please contact Linda Leehman at or

signup to speak at the hearing beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Bridport Community/Masonic Hall. The time for

each witness to testify may be limited depending on the number of witnesses.

“Invaluable” screening

at the College of

St. Joseph

Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6


Care Partners and

Rutland Mental Health

Services are pleased to

bring the documentary,

“Invaluable—The Unrecognized

Profession of Direct

Support,” to the Tuttle

Hall Theater at College of

St. Joseph in Rutland.

“Invaluable” explores

the under appreciated

and underfunded work of

direct support professionals

(DSPs), the people who

support individuals with

intellectual and developmental

disabilities in living

full lives as members

of their communities. The

movie was created by the

Institute on Community

Inclusion at the University

of Minnesota.

This free film screening

will be followed by a

Q&A with director Jerry

Smith from the

University of Minnesota’s


on Community Integration.

For more

information visit ici.


Through stories

and interviews with

DSPs, family members,

advocates, and

people with disabilities

from across

the country, the film

honors the complexity

of the work and the

immense value it provides

to individuals receiving

support. We are asked to

act now in strengthening

the DSP workforce before

the system collapses. One

powerful quote from the

movie says it all: “We need

a million new workers

in the next 10 years to do

direct support. Where are

they going to come from

and how are we going to

keep them?”

“Invaluable” is not

a film only for DSPs or

people who work in social

services. This is a documentary

that is meant for

all community members

to experience and gain a

better understanding of

the critical role DSPs play

in the lives of those who

live with developmental

and intellectual challenges

and their families.

Gobble up prizes at West

Pawlet Volunteer Fire

Department turkey raffle

Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.


West Pawlet Volunteer Fire

Department will hold its

annual turkey raffle starting

at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov.

22. The Fire House is located

on Route 153 in West


Doors open at 6 p.m.

with refreshments available.

The main raffle

includes a first prize of

a 30-06 Remington

Model 7600 or $400 cash;

second place, binoculars;

third place $100 cash; forth

place, a complete turkey

dinner. There will be a card

draw for 25 turkeys and

bags of potatoes.

Raffle tickets are $1 each

or 8 for $5.

The raffle benefits

the West Pawlet Volunteer

Fire Department.

For more information

or to buy

raffle tickets contact

Ron Taylor, Jr. at

802-645-0003 or


Advisory Council on Child

Poverty and Strengthening

Families holds forum

Thursday, Nov. 21 at 5 p.m.—RUTLAND—The Advisory

Council on Child Poverty and Strengthening Families

will hold a public forum to gather public input regarding

the biggest challenges facing Vermonters in poverty today

and what will help Vermonters move out of poverty.

The meeting is hosted by BROC Community Action in

Rutland, and will take place in the cafeteria of the Rutland

Middle School at 67 Library Ave. It will begin with a free

meal at 5 p.m. and will involve small group discussion

and full audience participation. Childcare will be provided

at no cost.

For more information, contact Mike Ferrant, Deputy

Director of Operations, at

Windsor County Farm

Bureau presents a forum

on climate and agriculture

Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. —HARTLAND—A panel

of experts will convene at the Hartland Public Library to

discuss climate change’s affects on the agricultural sector.

The panel will examine the challenges

to producers and the potential opportunities

for farmers to adapt to

and help mitigate the problem.

Anyone interested

in learning

more about

climate change

and its impacts on

land management

in our region is invited

to join. Time will be set

aside for Q&A at the

end of the discussion.

Presenters include:

Phillip Rice of Climate Interactive,

a not-for-profit organization based in Washington

D.C. He lives in an eco-village farm community in


Alissa White, an agroecological Researcher at UVM.

Over the last 15 years, she has worked in program development,

grassroots fundraising, farming education and


Karl Thideman or Seth Itzkan, co-founders of Soil4Climate,

a Vermont-based nonprofit advocating for soil

restoration to reverse global warming.

The Hartland Public Library is located at 153 Route 5

in Hartland. For more information visit

or call 802-436-1448.


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‘Journeyman’ Eric

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Friday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m.—RUTLAND—The

only nationally touring tribute to Eric Clapton,

“Journeyman,” comes to the Paramount Theatre.

Fronted by Shaun Hague, “Journeyman” has be-

come the No. 1 tribute to Clapton in a very short

amount of time.

Shaun Hague has built quite the resume in the

last decade of his life. At just 17, he was named

The Best Young Blues Guitarist by The House of

Blues and by 21, he was playing guitar for blues

phenomenon Kenny Wayne Shepherd. His career

has also seen him sharing the stage with Amos

Lee, John Waite, Terra Naomi, performing on Jay

Leno’s show and sitting in with John Fogerty.

In honor of his biggest musical influence,

Hague has been making waves with his “Journeyman

– A Tribute to Eric Clapton.” The show

features Robert Monroe (keys/vocals), Darius

Peterson (drums) and Laura Lopardo (backing

vocals.) Together, they provide a powerful performance

of all aspects of Clapton’s career from

“Bluesbreakers” to “From The Cradle!”

The band has been selling hundreds of tickets

per night in the Midwest, New England and West

Coast. With over 50 years of music to choose

from, “Journeyman” covers it all.

Tickets are $39. The Paramount Theatre is

located at 30 Center St. in Rutland

For more information visit

The Four Tops brings

Motown to the


Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.—RUTLAND—The quartet,

originally called the Four Aims, made their first single for

Chess in 1956, and spent seven years on the road and in

nightclubs, singing pop, blues, Broadway, but mostly

four-part harmony jazz. When Motown’s Berry Gordy Jr.

found out they had hustled a national “Tonight Show”

appearance, he signed them without an audition to be

the marquee act for the company’s Workshop Jazz label.

That proved short lived, and Stubbs’ powerhouse

baritone lead and the exquisite harmonies of Fakir,

Benson, and Payton started making one smash after

another with the writing-producing trio Holland-


In 1990, with 24 Top 40 pop hits to their credit,

the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock & Roll

Hall of Fame. Though they would no longer have hits on records,

the group continued to be a hit in concert, touring incessantly, a towering

testament to the enduring legacy of the Motown Sound they helped shape and define. Following

Payton’s death in 1997, the group briefly worked as a trio until Theo Peoples, a former Temptation, was recruited to

restore the group to a quartet. When Stubbs subsequently grew ill, Peoples became the lead singer and former Motown

artist-producer Ronnie McNeir was enlisted to fill Payton’s spot. In 2005, when Benson died, Payton’s son Roquel

replaced him.

They were the best in my neighborhood in Detroit when I was growing up (and) the Four Tops will always be one

of the biggest and the best groups ever. Their music is forever, ” Smokey Robinson remembered in Rolling Stone’s 2004

article ,“The Immortals – The Greatest Artists of All Time.”

Tickets are $49 – $69 and available at The Paramount Theatre is located at 30 Center St. in Rutland.

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VINS hosts bird feeding 101:

A how-to workshop

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m.—QUECHEE—Three billion. That is the estimated number of individual birds lost

in North America since 1970, according to a study published last month in Science Magazine. While it is not clear

exactly why our ecosystems are less able to support birdlife, there are many simple steps individuals can take to

improve the world for birds right in their own backyard.

Feeding birds and creating a bird-friendly habitat is a great way to help wildlife and attract color and life to any

yard during winter. But how does one get started, what is the best type of food and how do you identify backyard

visitors? Come learn from the experts at VINS.

Whether you are a first-time feeder or have been doing it for some time and want to learn more, VINS staff will

introduce you to the birds you can expect to visit your feeders, explain what types of feeders and feed are best and

show you how to turn your yard into a bird-friendly habitat. Additionally, learn how you can become a part of the

global citizen science effort, Project FeederWatch. The observations submitted by Project FeederWatch participants

– ordinary volunteers who enjoy watching birds at their feeders each winter, are used by researchers to track

bird populations around the country and the world.

Afterwards, shop our bird-friendly products at the VINS Nature Store and

receive a 10% discount on all bird feeding items including feeders, field guides

and window deterrents.

Together we can turn this dire trend around by helping local wildlife. For more

information check out, and learn how to take a few simple actions

to help birds thrive. Please arrive by 9:45 a.m. The workshop is is included

with general admission and free for VINS members. For more information, contact

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Youth protest: Vermont youth lobby congress to take action on climate change, lead the nation


from page 8

take, and demand that the Vermont state government

do everything in its power to protect the future of our

state and everything in it.

Given the stakes, it is reasonable and rational to

expect that Vermont’s

government would

understand the

importance of moving

this state toward

carbon neutrality with

urgency as well as

care and attention to

all people. However,

this is not happening.

People in power are

well aware of the science which clearly states that

humans are the cause of the climate crisis, they

know that if the Earth’s temperature climbs past 1.5

°C there will be irreparable damage, they know that

there are only twelve years left to change the future

of our world, but even with all of this information

they do not treat the climate crisis as it needs to be

treated. They feel no urgency when talking about it,

there is no sudden push for big change, instead they

continue to go about their lives as they had before

with climate change being just another issue. But is is

not just one issue- it is the biggest issue in the world

and it needs to start being treated like it.

However there is still hope, which is why we are

fighting so hard for

our state government

Young Vermonters have rallied,

to hear our demands.

As young people, we

camped, marched and protested for

are the ones with the

climate action. No one is too small to most to gain if Vermont

leads the transition to a

make a difference, and that includes cleaner, more equitable

our brave little state of Vermont.

and prosperous future.

We stay hopeful and

motivated by our

friends and fellow students who, in just the last

year, have gone on climate strike by the thousands,

marched from Middlebury to Montpelier, urged

action through song in State House foyer, testified

in committees and risked arrest – all in the name of

getting adults to protect our futures.

Young Vermonters have rallied, camped, marched

and protested for climate action.

No one is too small to make a difference, and that

includes our brave little state of Vermont.



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Bess O’Brien’s

“Coming Home”

showing at

Billings Farm

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.—WOODSTOCK—The

Woodstock Vermont Film Series at the Billings Farm & Museum

presents Bess O’Brien’s acclaimed documentary, “Coming

Home.” The film focuses on five people returning to their Vermont

communities from prison. They receive help from the innovative

COSA program (Circle of Support and Accountability) that helps

reintegrate folks back into their daily lives. Bess O’Brien and several

of the film’s subjects will attend the screening.

The film will screen at 3 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m., at the Billings

Farm & Museum, which is located one-half mile north of the

Woodstock village on Vermont Route 12. Tickets are $11, with discounts

for museum members. Season packages are also available.

For tickets and more information, go to or

call 802-457-5303.



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Solutions > 34

“Winter is an etching, spring

a watercolor, summer an

oil painting and autumn a

mosaic of them all.”

– Stanley Horowitz


1. Small viper

4. Some are covert

7. A waiver of liability


10. Speak out

11. Retirement plan

12. Small dog

13. City in Iraq

15. Car mechanics


16. Shrimp-like


19. Majestic

21. TV detective

23. Central Canadian


24. Causing to wind


25. Wise man

26. Knicks legend


27. Muscular weaknesses

30. John Stockton

compiled them

34. South American


35. To some extent

36. Where manners

are displayed

41. Showy

45. Fall down

46. Shoelaces are

often this

47. Disease-causing


50. Egg-shaped wind


54. Sufferings

55. One who noisily


56. About blood

57. Transaction verification

system (abbr.)

59. Related through

female family members

60. Low velocity


61. “In Living Color”


62. Veterans battleground

63. Expression of

creative skill

64. Midway between

northeast and east

65. Patti Hearst’s



1. Something useful

2. It goes great with

peppers and onions

3. Orifice

4. Turned into bone

5. The Princess could

detect it

6. Bands of colors

7. Makes use of

8. Central African


9. Lake in the Kalahari


13. He was a “Chairman”

14. Legally possess

17. One point north of

due west

18. Small peg of wood

20. Stretch of swampy


22. Is indebted to

27. Where you were

born (abbr.)

28. A team’s best


29. Cool!

31. Female sibling

32. This stimulates the

thyroid (abbr.)

33. Reserved

37. More prickled

38. Forbidden by law

39. One-time presidential


40. A TV show has

more than one

41. A place to stash


42. Defunct currency

in India

43. Causes to ferment

44. A type of gland

47. __ Humbug!

48. Everyone has one

49. Punctuation

51. Central American


52. Brooklyn hoopster

53. 100 square meters

58. Local area network

How to Play

Each block is divided by its own matrix

of nine cells. The rule for solving Sudoku

puzzles are very simple. Each row,

column and block, must contain one of

the numbers from “1” to “9”. No number

may appear more than once in any row,

column, or block. When you’ve filled the

entire grid the puzzle is solved.

made you look.

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Kind Bud returns to Quechee

Saturday Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.—QUECHEE—Come warm your soul with good music and

your belly with comfort food at the Public House in Quechee on Saturday, Nov. 23,

when Kind Bud returns to perform.

Taking the stage at 7 p.m., Kind Bud will bring his list of over 500 songs,

which is circulated among patrons for the crowd to choose Bud’s set

list. Being able to choose from artists such as The Beatles, Rolling

Stones, Grateful Dead, Neil Young, John Denver, Martin Sexton,

Jimmy Hendrix and more, makes the crowd a part of the action.

“Kind Bud, one guitar, one voice creating one community

everywhere he goes,” said Arty Lavigne of The Point


On Saturday, Bud will also be playing selections

from his soon to be released CD, “Peace,

Love and Music.” The Public House is

located at 5813 Woodstock Road in

Quechee. For more information,

visit at



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Killington hosts the Loaded Turkey rail jam

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 9 a.m. —KILLINGTON—Killington’s

Loaded Turkey rail jam is back to kick off another

great season of park competitions in the new Woodward

Mountain Park. They’re serving up Thanksgiving dinner

on the podium, with a frozen turkey going out for

first place and all the fixings going to second and third


The entry fee for all divisions is $20 and competitors

are required to

have a season

pass/lift ticket in

order to compete.


lift tickets will

be available for

They’re serving up

Thanksgiving dinner

on the podium.

competitors to purchase at registration. If spots are still

available, day-of registration will take place from 9-10

a.m. on the 3rd floor of the K1 Lodge. No registration

will be taken after 10 a.m. Participants may pay via cash

or check.

For more information or to pre-register visit

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Back Country Café

The Back Country Café is a hot spot

for delicious breakfast foods. Choose

from farm fresh eggs, multiple kinds of

pancakes and waffles, omelet’s or daily

specials to make your breakfast one of a kind. Just the right heat Bloody

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Birch Ridge

Serving locals and visitors alike since 1998, dinner

at the Birch Ridge Inn is a delicious way to

complete your day in Killington. Featuring Vermont

inspired New American cuisine in the inns dining

room and Great Room Lounge, you will also find

a nicely stocked bar, hand crafted cocktails, fine

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Casey’s Caboose

Come for fun, amazing food, great drinks, and

wonderful people. A full bar fantastic wines and

the largest selection of craft beers with 21 on tap.

Our chefs create fresh, healthy and interesting

cuisine. Try our steaks or our gourmet burgers

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A saloon inspired eatery boasting over

a century of history! Home to Charity’s

world-famous French onion soup, craft

beer and cocktails, and gourmet hot dogs,

tacos and burgers. It’s no wonder all trails lead to Charity’s.


Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7

p.m.—RUTLAND—The folk

duo Hungrytown is appearing

in concert at the Rutland

Unitarian Universalist

Church at 117 West St. This

will be a coffeehouse-style

concert with some table

seating and refreshments

available for purchase. The

1895 marble Unitarian

Universalist Church offers

an intimate, comfortable,

family-friendly venue and

has a long history of hosting

coffeehouse concerts, with

the latest series beginning in

the 1990s. The performance

space is known for its excellent


After more than a decade

of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca

Hall and Ken Anderson—otherwise known as the folk duo

Hungrytown—have earned a reputation for the quality

and authenticity of their songwriting. “It’s great to hear an

act eschew sentimentality in favor of honesty and to prove

that you don’t have to go raiding the memory of others to

find the stuff that really good songs are made of,” said Jedd

Beaudoin of Popmatters.

Hall and Anderson met in New York City, where they had

already been performing regularly—Hall as a jazz singer,

and Anderson as a drummer for a variety of garage bands.

Their introduction to folk music came later, when a close

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and pastas, scallops, sole, lamb and more await you. An extensive wine

list and in house made desserts are also available.

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Clear River Tavern

Headed north from Killington on Route

100? Stop in to the Clear River Tavern

to sample chef Tim Galvin’s handcrafted

tavern menu featuring burgers, pizza, salads,

steak and more. We’re in Pittsfield, 8 miles from Killington. Our live music

schedule featuring regional acts will keep you entertained, and our friendly

service will leave you with a smile. We’re sure you’ll agree that “When You’re

Here, You’re in the Clear.” (802) 746-8999.

Hungrytown brings folk music

to Rutland, Saturday

Rebecca Hall and Chris Anderson

friend—who died young due

to a tragic misdiagnosis—

entrusted to them her collection

of 1960s folk albums

and her guitar (which has

since been featured on all of

their albums). Inspired by

the grit and true-to-life experiences

she heard in these

traditional ballads, Hall was

inspired to write the lyrics

that later became her first

songs, aided by Anderson’s

flair for musical arrangement.

Soon afterwards, Hall

released two solo albums,

“Rebecca Hall Sings!” (2000)

and “Sunday Afternoon”

Submitted (2002), both produced by

Anderson. In the winter of

2003, the duo quit their boring

desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided

to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians. They released

their first CD, “Hungrytown” in 2008, “Any Forgotten

Thing,” in 2011, and “Further West” in 2015. Hungrytown’s

music has received extensive radio airplay worldwide and

has appeared on several television shows, including the

Independent Film Channel’s hit series, “Portlandia.”

Doors will open at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are available online

at or Tickets are $12 in

advance (online or box office) and $15 at the door. For more

information call the 802Tix Box Office at 802-775-9500, UU

Church of Rutland at 802-775-0850 or visit

21 Years Serving Guests

At the Covered Carriageway

37 Butler Road, Killington • 802.422.4293

Welcome Back Winter!

Serving Dinner

from 6:00 PM

Thursday thru Saturday



Host your

Holiday Party

at the

Birch Ridge Inn

Food Matters

The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019 • 27

Dream Maker Bakers

Dream Maker Bakers is an all-butter, fromscratch

bakery making breads, bagels, croissants,

cakes and more daily. It serves soups,

salads and sandwiches and offers seating

with free Wifi and air-conditioning. at 5501 US

Route 4, Killington, VT. Open Thurs.- Mon. 6:30 a.m.-3p.m. No

time to wait? Call ahead. 802-422-5950

The Foundry

at Summit Pond

The Foundry, Killington’s premier dining

destination, offers fine cuisine in a stunning

scenic setting. Waterside seating

welcomes you to relax and enjoy craft beer and wines selected by the house

sommelier. Impeccable, chef-driven cuisine features locally sourced meats

and cheeses, the freshest seafood, homemade pastas and so much more. 802-422-5335


Irish Pub

Inn at Long Trial

Looking for something a little different? Hit up

McGrath’s Irish Pub for a perfectly poured pint

of Guinness, Inn live music at on the weekends and delicious

food. Guinness not your favorite? They also

L ng Trail

have Vermont’s largest Irish Whiskey selection.

Rosemary’s Restaurant is now open, serving dinner.

Reservations appreciated. Visit innatlongtrail.

com, 802-775-7181.

JAX Food & Games

Killington’s hometown bar offering weekly

live entertainment, incredible food and an

extensive selection of locally crafted beers.

Locals favorite menu items include homemade

soups of the day, burgers, nachos, salads and daily specials. #seeyouatjax (802) 422-5334

Jones’ Donuts

Offering donuts and a bakery, with a

community reputation as being the best!

Closed Monday and Tuesday. 23 West

Street, Rutland. See what’s on special at Call (802)


Lake Bomoseen Lodge

The Taproom at Lake Bomoseen Lodge,

Vermont’s newest lakeside resort & restaurant.

Delicious Chef prepared, family

friendly, pub fare; appetizers, salads,

burgers, pizzas, entrees, kid’s menu, a great craft brew selection & more.

Newly renovated restaurant, lodge & condos., 802-


Liquid Art

Forget about the polar vortex for a while

and relax in the warm atmosphere at Liquid

Art. Look for artfully served lattes from

their La Marzocco espresso machine, or if

you want something stronger, try their signature cocktails. Serving breakfast,

lunch and dinner, they focus on healthy fare and provide you with a delicious

meal different than anything else on the mountain.

Lookout Tavern

Celebrating 20 years of fun, friends and good

times here in Killington! Everything from soup

to nuts for lunch and dinner; juicy burgers, fresh

salads, delicious sandwiches and K-Town’s best

wings. Your first stop after a full day on the Mountain

for a cold beer or specialty drink and a great

meal! 802-422-5665


Voted the best ribs and burger in

Killington, Moguls is a great place

for the whole family. Soups, onion

rings, mozzarella sticks, chicken

fingers, buckets of chicken wings, salads, subs and pasta are

just some of the food that’s on the menu. Free shuttle and

take away and delivery options are available. (802) 422-4777

Mountain Top Inn

Whether staying overnight or visiting for

the day, Mountain Top’s Dining Room &

Tavern serve delicious cuisine amidst one

of Vermont’s best views. A mix of locally

inspired and International cuisine – including salads, seafood, poultry and a

new steakhouse menu - your taste buds are sure to be satisfied. Choose from

12 Vermont craft brews on tap.Warm up by the terrace fire pit after dinner! A

short drive from Killington., 802-483-2311.


Institute of



Happy Thanksgiving

Killington Market

Take breakfast, lunch or dinner on the go

at Killington Market, Killington’s on-mountain

grocery store for the last 30 years.

Choose from breakfast sandwiches, hand

carved dinners, pizza, daily fresh hot panini, roast chicken, salad and specialty

sandwiches. Vermont products, maple syrup, fresh meat and produce along

with wine and beer are also for sale. (802) 422-7736

or (802) 422-7594.


Thurs. - Mon. 6:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Check out our NEW dining area!

All butter from scratch bakery making

breads, bagels, croissants, cakes and more.

Now serving soup, salad and sandwiches....

seating with Wifi and AC.

Pickle Barrel

The house that rocks Killington is the largest

and most exciting venue in town. With

4 bars, 3 levels and 2 stages, The Pickle Barrel offers 1 legendary party featuring

live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Dining options include

pizza, chicken wings, chicken tenders and French fries.

5501 US Route 4 • Killington, VT 05751


Breakfast • Pastries • Coffee • Lunch • Cakes • Special Occasions

All entrées include two sides

and soup or salad

• A Farm to Table Restaurant

• Handcut Steaks, Filets & Fish

• All Baking Done on Premises

• Over 20 wines by the glass

• Great Bar Dining

• Freshly made pasta

Sundays half price wines by the glass

WED, THURS & SUN - 5:00 - 9:00

FRI & SAT - 5:00 - 10:30

The locally favored spot for consistently

good, unpretentious fare.”

-N.Y. Times

422-4030 • 2820 KILLINGTON RD.


Food Matters

28 • The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019


Mid-way up Killington Access Rd.

Sun - Thurs 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. • Fri & Sat 11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. • 802.422.4241


Rupert Volunteer Fire Department

hosts game supper

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5p.m.—RUPERT—What happens on the Saturday before Thanksgiving? The annual Rupert

Volunteer Fire Department Game Supper! On Saturday volunteers from the RVFD, Auxiliary, and dozens of additional

community members, will be setting out the china plates, serving guests, filling baskets with bread, and slicing

dozens of donated pies.

Serving at the Rupert Firehouse/Community Building, located on Route 315, begins at 5 p.m., but doors open

early, usually 3 p.m., for ticket sales on the day of the game supper. And yes, there are people who come that early to

get their seats in the first or second row of tables.

“On behalf of the Rupert Volunteer Fire Department, I hope you’ll be joining us for

our 2019 Game Supper. We’ll prepare bear, venison and any other game that comes

along! We did get a donation of moose, so we will have some!” Game Supper host Kelli

Lewis said.

This year’s Rupert Game Supper menu is expected to include, but is not limited

to, the following meats: Venison stroganoff, bear meatloaf, venison quesadillas,

bear sauerbraten, venison chili and moose. Your meal will be rounded out with real

mashed potatoes, Rupert Rising bread, beverage and dessert (pie choices often

include lemon meringue, chocolate, apple, pumpkin and blueberry.)

The host organization, the Rupert Volunteer Fire Dept., will have

a gun raffle. Additionally, Mettawee Community School 6th graders

will be on hand to wait on tables for tips and to sell 50/50 raffle

tickets, to benefit their spring trip to Boston. The local 4-H Club

will hold a silent auction.

Tickets are adults $15, children 10 and under $7. Takeout available,

please add $1 to ticket price.

For more information, call Kelli at 802-394-2491, or email

Or on the day of the supper, call the Firehouse at 802-








Open Daily for

Lunch & Dinner








happy hour 3-6p.m.








Seward’s Dairy

If you’re looking for something truly

unique and Vermont, check out Seward

Dairy Bar. Serving classic homemade

food including hamburgers, steaks, chicken, sandwiches and seafood. Craving

something a little sweeter? Check out their own homemade 39 flavors of

ice cream. Vermont products also sold. (802) 773-2738.



“Jones Donuts and Bakery is a

must stop if you reside or simply

come to visit Rutland. They have

been an institution in the community

and are simply the best.”

open wed. - sun. 5 to 12

closed mon. + tues.

23 West St, Rutland


Red Clover Inn

Farm to Table Vermont Food and Drinks.

Thursday night Live Jazz. Monday night

Chef Specials. Open Thursday to Monday,

5:30 to 9:00 p.m. 7 Woodward Road,

Mendon, VT.


Sugar and Spice

Stop on by to Sugar and Spice for a home style

breakfast or lunch served up right. Try six different

kinds of pancakes and/or waffles or order up

some eggs and home fries. For lunch they offer

a Filmore salad, grilled roast beef, burgers and

sandwiches. Take away and deck dining available. (802) 773-7832.

Sushi Yoshi

Sushi Yoshi is Killington’s true culinary adventure.

With Hibachi, Sushi, Chinese and Japanese, we

have something for every age and palate. Private

Tatame rooms and large party seating available.

We boast a full bar with 20 craft beers on

draft. Lunch and dinner available seven days a week. We are chef-owned

and operated. Delivery or take away option available. Now open year round. (802) 422-4241

Food Matters

The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019 • 29

The Met: Live in HD presents Aknhaten

in Middlebury and Rutland

Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1


Metropolitan Opera presents

Philip Glass’s modern masterpiece

“Akhnaten.” “Akhnaten”

explores the life of the avantgarde

pharaoh, who introduced

the concept of monotheism

to ancient Egypt, using texts

drawn from ancient hymns,

prayers, letters, and inscriptions—sung

in their original

languages set to Glass’s distinctive


Director Phelim McDermott

tackles another one of Philip

Glass’s modern masterpieces,

with star countertenor Anthony

Roth Costanzo as the

revolutionary title ruler who

transformed ancient Egypt,

in cinemas November 23. To

match the opera’s hypnotic,

ritualistic music, McDermott

offers an arresting vision that

includes a virtuosic company

of acrobats and jugglers. Karen

Kamensek conducts. This live

cinema transmission is part of the

Met’s award-winning “Live in HD”

series, bringing opera to more

than 2,200 theaters in more than

70 countries worldwide.

Great Breakfast Menu

Mimosas ~ Bellinis ~ Bloody Marys

The performance of Akhnaten

on Saturday, Nov. 23, will be transmitted

live to more than 2,200

movie theaters in more than 70

countries as part of the Met’s Live

in HD series. The transmission will

be hosted by mezzo-soprano Joyce




DiDonato, who will star in the

title role of Handel’s “Agrippina”

later this season at the


Scott Morrison will give

a pre-show talk in the Byers

Studio downstairs at 12:15

p.m. with refreshments sponsored

by the Opera Company

of Middlebury, and the

broadcast begins at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $24 for adults,

$10 for students and may

be purchased at,or

by calling 802-382-

9222. Town Hall Theater is

located at 68 S. Pleasant St. in


Encore performance

Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1

p.m.—RUTLAND— The

Paramount Theatre in downtown

Rutland will screen an

encore performance at 1 p.m.


Tickets for adults are $23;

for students $10. Run time is 3

hours 55 minutes includes 2 intermissions.

The Paramount Theatre is

located at 30 Center St. in Rutland.

For more information visit








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30 • PETS

The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019

Rutland County Humane Society


All I want for Christmas is you and treats and lots

of toys! My name is Paco and though it is a bit early for

Christmas I am making my wish list and the only thing

on it is a loving home. I am an active 5-year-old lab/

Shepherd. I am a little nervous around other dogs, but a

mellow dog would be fine. Santa says I have been a really

good boy.

KAI - 2.5-year-old spayed

female. Labrador Retriever

mix. Black and white. I’m a

cuddly dog and I lived with

dogs and children and we

did well together.

MILLIE - 3-year-old spayed

female. Domestic medium

hair. Black and white. I am

a very relaxed and calm


TRIXIE - 2-year-old spayed

female. Domestic short

hair. Torbie w/white. I enjoy

my time cuddling and

would spend my days hugging

people if I could.

TEQUILA - 1-year-old neutered

male. Domestic short

hair. Brown tabby. I have

a high level of energy and

love to play my day away.

I love to explore all around

and up high.

This pet is available for adoption at

Springfield Humane Society

401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT• (802) 885-3997

Wed. - Sat. 12-4p.m. Closed Sun. Mon. Tues •


I’m a 7-year-old spayed female Mixed Breed. I came

to Lucy Mackenzie after life at my last home didn’t quite

work out for me. I’m actually glad that I came back because

we’ve discovered that I have a couple of physical

concerns that needed addressing. The people that care

for me here have put a good plan in place to make me

feel better. One things we’re working on is slimming my

waistline, with means lots of walks – which I love! Another

thing I really love are fluffly comfy beds to snuggle

up in. The likelihood of me cohabitating with another

dog or cat is slim-to-none, and I really shouldn’t live with

children either. But I’m a sweet gal and have love to give.

This pet is available for adoption at

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society

4832 VT-44, Windsor, VT • (802) 484-5829

Tues. - Sat. 12-4p.m. Closed Sun. & Mon. •

LUNA - 3-year-old spayed

female. Catahoula X. Brindle.

I know how to sit and I

love, love treats and I take

them very gently from your


BO - 5-year-old neutered

male. Domestic short hair.

Brown tiger. I don’t like to

share my love with other

cat siblings.


4-year-old spayed female. Domestic short

hair. Tortoiseshell. I am a lovely girl and I do

like to talk, so if you would like to come have a

conversation I am ready to chat with you.

All of these pets are available for adoption at

Rutland County Humane Society

765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT • (802) 483-6700

Tues. - Sat. 12-5p.m. Closed Sun. & Mon. •

SANDY - 2-year-old

spayed female. Domestic

short hair. Torbie. I am both

friendly and easy going,

so I like a comfortable lap,

but I am content with quiet


MAMA - 4-year-old spayed

female. Domestic short

hair. Brown tiger. I am just

a very curious cat.

OLIVIA - 2-year-old spayed

female. Domestic short

hair. Brown Tiger. I take a

bit of time to warm up to you

but I have so much love to


CARMEN - 7-year-old

hound/shepherd mix.

Spayed female. Red. - I

know Sit, Shake and Lay

Down and I love a nice

belly rub.

NALA - 1-year-old spayed

female. Domestic short

hair. Black and white. I am

a playful and loving cat and

I love being the center of attention.

SETH - 2-year-old. Neutered

male. Domestic short

hair. Black and white. My favorite

toy is one on a string

that I can chase around.

The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019 MOTHER OF THE SKYE • 31

Copyright - Cal Garrison: 2019: ©


March 21 - April 20

This is a pivotal moment. As you go

about your business be aware that what

you’re laying down is setting the stage for

things to flower in the course of the next

nine months. Any resistance you feel is just

life testing the limits of what you are able

to accomplish. Don’t take anything or anyone

for granted. Keep your mind on what

matters. Don’t lose yourself to the games

that the ego plays when we reach the start

of something big. People who are in a position

to help you are close at hand. Some of

them mean well; some of them don’t. Have

enough sense to know the difference.


April 21 - May 20

You have lots of questions about a lot

of things. Finding the answers will

require you to look outside of the box. Up

until now you were pretty sure you had it

all figured out but you’re at a bend in the

road that won’t take you where you need

to go if you don’t lose the need to go along

with the program. Issues of codependence

are so strong for some of you, you’d do

well to look at the extent to which you put

on a happy face just to avoid confrontation.

This stopped working for you a while ago.

It’s time to come out from behind the door

and let who you really are shine through.


May 21 - June 20

Well, you’ve got your hands full. Do

your best to remain connected to the

piece that knows that all of this is divinely

ordered. For the next week or two what

shows up on the screen will make it seem as

if you are losing ground. David and Goliath

themes are all over this. You will soon find

out that everything is the opposite of what

it appears to be! Our faith gets tested in moments

of doubt and trepidation. Play your

cards close to your chest and watch and

wait as the business of surmounting these

obstacles gives way to what happens when

we finally make it through the gauntlet.


June 21 - July 20

Harsher truths are always hard to reckon

with. You’ve had enough stuff come

raining down on you to see the difference

between the rough stuff and the things that

can be easily put aside. Staying where you

are long enough to know if it’s worth it to

continue has shown you that, at the end of

the day, it’ll be your job to be the steward

for whatever comes out of this. If the bigger

part of you would love to be anywhere

but in this position, know this: what you do

about it matters more than anything. Be as

patient as you can in a situation that’ll take

time to bear fruit.


July 21 - August 20

If you told the truth you’d be able to admit

that you don’t know what’s going on.

From one day to the next all you can do

is look at what’s in front of you and deal

with it. No one tells us that there is no such

thing as a fairy tale and our experience is

really nothing more than straw that we get

to spin into gold every day, or not. Looking

at what’s in front of you now, even if you

can’t see over the pile, keep in mind that all

of it is worth its weight in gold. The magic

that we’ve been taught to yearn for lives in

everyday things. Your gift lies in knowing

enough to look for it there.


August 21 - September 20

You keep breaking the mold for all

kinds of reasons. Many of you just

don’t fit, some of you need more space,

and the rest of you are on a totally different

bandwidth than the rest of humanity. Don’t

be so hard on yourself; it’s totally OK not

to be like everyone else. In the ways that

this applies to your relationships, maybe

now you can see why your love affairs have

never looked the way they were supposed

to. Instead of seeing yourself through other

people’s eyes, know that there is perfection

in your uniqueness and stop trying to be

anything but true to yourself.


September 21 - October 20

How you wound up here is hard to say.

It could be that you were too naïve.

It could also be that you got swept away.

At the moment there is a huge need to cast

blame on whoever led you down the bunny

trail. Whenever two people get involved,

both parties are there to learn from the experience.

If you are dealing with the short

end of the stick it’s time to wake up to the

fact that this saga has exhumed all of your

primary issues and blessed you with a valuable

lesson. This was your PhD, my friend.

Give yourself time to process it and thank

God that you are now free to move on.


October 21 - November 20

You are in the middle of a transformative

experience. There has been a need

to soft pedal the experience just enough

to get through it; either that or part of you

needs to diminish its impact because the

emotional component is overwhelming. In

some cases you are 100% “onto” the fact

that you are processing some of your most

gut wrenching issues. In that case you understand

that the only way out, is in. Once

you come out on the other side of all of this

you will have more wisdom and a level of

understanding that includes the idea that

God is everywhere, even in the dark stuff.


November 21 - December 20

Before you make any decisions about

where to go or what to do next, settle

down and get simple enough to see what’s

going on. There have been so many things

coming at you all at once you’re playing

virtual kung-fu trying to juggle what appears

to be a lot of stress and high levels of

interference. Haul back and reconnect with

what’s basic to your sense of wholeness.

Find your center and settle in to the strength

that comes from knowing that “Home is

where the heart is.” Make that your base of

operations and it will be easier for you to

see what to do about the rest of it.


December 21 - January 20

One way or another, it feels like you’re

losing your grip. In some cases you

are, “In the weeds” and completely deluded

about what’s going on. Those of you who

haven’t 86’d your integrity are way better

off than the ones who wound up at the mercy

of the ego’s need to excuse all kinds of

bad behavior. The sense that you’ve lost it

implies that you will “find it” again at some

point, so hold steady and start by accepting

whatever can’t be changed. Sooner or

later things will come around. As for you

who are too far gone to get real? What happened?

All I can say is good luck.


January 21 - February 20

Lots of things have gotten stirred up in

the last two weeks. You are in the middle

of something that is due to gel into prospects

that could totally change the scenery.

Don’t make the mistake of trying to push

the river, because whatever this is about

will come into being on its own timetable.

At times like this the wise person sits and

waits. By early next year you will be faced

with a choice that will call you to decide

between the bird in your hand and the one

in the bush. Don’t let other people and their

advice have too much to say about a situation

that will flower in the light of radical



February 21 - March 20

You are walking such a fine line. In the

midst of a lot of stress and pressure the

frost on the window pane is melting just as

your options appear to be opening to other

things. It’s time for whatever’s got to give

to create the impetus for your next move.

Feeling torn about it is understandable. At

the same time, all good things must come

to an end. We don’t stay in Never land forever.

Whatever is about to come knocking

has already been on the screen long enough

for you to know where the signs are taking

you. If you’re ready for a change, you will

love this!

Family relationships

are complicated

By Cal Garrison a.k.a. Mother of the Skye

This week’s horoscopes are coming out under the

light of a Leo Moon. Over the last week I have done

charts for four or five people, ranging in age from 19 to

65. Every time I do a reading I come out of it loaded with


for what the

younger people

face and for

what my older

clients have had

to endure. In

the latter case it

amazes me that

these individuals

have made

it through life’s

gauntlet and

are still willing

to show up on

time, with a


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Every time I do a

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the younger people

face and for what my

older clients have

had to endure.

smile on their face. In the former case, with the young

ones, I think about all that they have not yet seen about

themselves, and what they have yet to experience.

Sometimes it breaks my heart.

You may ask, “How can I see all these things?” What

I am able to see comes from 50 years of having to see it

again and again, in person after person, and knowing

from experience that certain astrological aspects will

manifest in specific ways no matter who I am speaking

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32 • The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019

British soldier lichens provide color pop

British soldier lichens are among the first wild things I

remember being able to identify as a child. I loved spotting

this lichen during forays into the woods – on a giant

boulder or atop a decaying stump – its tiny, bright red caps

seemed whimsical and somehow happy. I still love to find

British soldiers, and they offer a

welcome pop of color, especially

during these days when the landscape

is muted.

Lichens are fascinating things,

really, the result of an intricate

relationship between a fungus and

The Outside


By Meghan



Well, it’s almost here…Thanksgiving time! For most of

us it’s all about the food. Family recipes are used to prepare

many of the dishes that will be served. In some cases these

recipes are on index cards and are

handwritten. Some cards have

a line with the words: “From the

kitchen of…” I particularly love

seeing those cards when the word

“Mom” is on that line. My mother

is no longer living, which makes

those recipe cards even more

Looking Back

By Mary Ellen Shaw

an alga (or a cyanobacterium).

Lichens are named for their fungal

partner, so British soldiers are

scientifically called Cladonia cristatella.

This fungus has a symbiotic

relationship with the alga called

Trebouxia erici.

Both the fungus and the alga

of a lichen rely on the other for

survival. The fungus garners food from the alga’s photosynthesizing.

In return, the fungus, which typically sandwiches

the alga in a lichen, provides structure, water retention,

and protection from bright sunlight.

Neither fungus nor alga would survive well

on its own, but together they create some

marvelous lichens – like British soldiers.

This particular lichen

tends to grow in places with

some protection from wind

and weather and is typically

found close to the ground:

on stumps, around the base

of a tree, in mossy areas, or

in the crevices of boulders.

Some animals eat lichens,

and hummingbirds

and others sometimes

use them in


said mycologist

Thomas Roehl,

who maintains a

website dedicated

to mushrooms and lichens

(fungusfactfriday. com). Insects sometimes use

lichens as camou- flage and protection.

“I don’t know if any animals specifically eat C. cristatella,

... or use the British soldier lichen” as camouflage, Roehl

said “But I’m sure many animals use it when they find it.”

British soldiers are fruticose lichen, made up of cylindrical

stems that extend into tiny branches, making the lichen

seem like a miniature tree from a Dr. Seuss story. The

branches are generally pale green and sometimes bumpy.

Roehl says the green color comes from the algal partner


When I was a child back in the

’50s, my mother would give me the

“job” of making place cards for the

and is brighter when the lichen contains more water and

can actively photosynthesize.

Roehl explains that the branches of C. cristatella have

three layers of cells: cortex, photobiont, and medulla.

The cortex’s dense layer of fungal cells protects the inner

layers. The photobiont layer contains the algal cells,

each held in place by a net of fungal cells. This is where

the algae and fungi exchange nutrients and sugars. The

medulla comprises the center of the branch and supports

the lichen structure.

The British soldier’s claim to fame, of course, is its

bright red top, which some think is reminiscent of the red

jackets worn by the British “Redcoats” during the Revolutionary

War. This is the lichen’s fruiting body, its reproductive

structure or “apothecia.”

Like other lichens, British soldiers can – in theory,

anyway – reproduce both sexually and asexually, with the

latter occurring when a piece of the lichen breaks off and

reattaches to a substrate elsewhere.

The apothecia contain spores that can be released.

These carry fungal DNA, but no algae, so a spore would

have to land right next to an algal cell to reproduce this


The chances of this happening are very

slim,” Roehl writes on his website. “However,

C. cristatella is almost always found with

an apothecium atop every one of its

branches. This indicates that

the fungus is devoting a

surprising amount

of energy to sexual


If this

process was

useless, evolution


have gotten

rid of it a long

time ago.”




for those


tips, and

no matter how many

times I spot

British soldier lichens

reaching upwards on

tiny, crooked branches, the pop of color is always a

surprise and a welcome bit of brightness.

Meghan McCarthy McPhaul is an author and freelance

writer based in Franconia, New Hampshire. The illustration

for this column was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol. The Outside

Story is assigned and edited by Northern Woodlands

magazine ( and sponsored by

the Wellborn Ecology Fund of New Hampshire Charitable

Foundation (

The cost of




By Kevin Theissen

Remembering past Thanksgivings

Some of us share a common experience. You’re driving

along when a police officer pulls up

behind you with lights flashing.

You pull over, the officer gets out,

and your heart drops.

“Are you aware the registration

on your car has expired?”

You’ve experienced one of the

costs of procrastination. Procrastination

can cause missed

deadlines, missed opportunities,

and just plain missing out.

Procrastination is avoiding a

task that needs to be done—postponing

until tomorrow what

could be done today. Procrastinators

can sabotage themselves. They often put obstacles

in their own path. They may choose paths that hurt their


Though Mark Twain famously wrote, “Never put off until

tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” We

know that procrastination can be detrimental, both in our

personal and professional lives. Problems with procrastination

in the business world have led to a sizable industry

in books, articles, workshops, videos, and other products

created to deal with the issue. There are a number of

theories about why people procrastinate, but whatever

the psychology behind it, procrastination potentially may

cost money—particularly when investments and financial

decisions are put off.

Putting off investing may put off potential returns

Let’s look at the case of Sally and Billy, who each invest


Billy immediately begins depositing $10,000 a year in

an account that earns a 6% rate of return. Then, after 10

years, he stops making deposits. Then 20 years later, the

total value of his investment equals $236,000.

Sally waits 10 years before getting started. She then

starts to invest $10,000 a year for 10 years into an account

that also earns a 6% rate of return. At the end of the same

20-year period, the total value of her investment equals

only $131,000.

Sally and B illy have both invested the same $100,000.

However, Biily’s balance is higher at the end of 20 years

because his account has more time for the investment

returns to compound.

If you have been meaning to get around to addressing

some part of your financial future, maybe it’s time to develop

a strategy. Don’t let procrastination keep you from

pursuing your financial goals.

Kevin Theissen, HWC Financial, kevin@hwcfinancial.


dinner table. There were only around 10 people and it didn’t

really matter where anyone sat but she liked the formality

of that special occasion. Besides it gave me something to do

,which meant that she could accomplish something!

Thanksgiving also meant getting out dishes that I only

saw for special occasions. Silverware came out of the box

it was kept in and the polishing began. My mother loved

to crochet and she made a tablecloth that fit a full size

rectangular table. That only came out of storage when the

dishes and silverware did. Not everyone managed to keep

the tablecloth clean but my mother got out all the stains

and by the next day it was back in storage for the following


As we were preparing for the big day back in yesteryear,

the doorbell always rang on the Wednesday afternoon before

Thanksgiving. Standing on the other side was a florist

delivery person who handed my mother a beautiful table

centerpiece. One of our dinner guests made sure that our

table was graced with autumn color flowers interspersed

with small stalks of wheat for texture.

I have seen ads recently referring to the day as “Friendsgiving”

and that term coupled with the common meaning

of “Thanksgiving” describes well what I remember about

that day it in our house.

As I look back I realize that we actually had an odd assortment

of people at our table over the years. Since I am

an only child and relatives are sparse on both sides I spent

the day with adults. There were two female cousins of my

mother’s who were what we called“old maids.” One had

been engaged but her boyfriend had been killed in WWII

Looking back > 33

The Mountain TimesNov. 20-26, 2019 COLUMNS • 33

Band on the run

This past weekend while I was sitting in our living

room watching a football game, my son came

bouncing down the stairs and then flopped onto

the couch. He glanced over at me and in an upbeat

voice asked, “How’s it going, dad? How’s your


Now, as most parents know, there’s not a

teenager on earth who

cares how his mother and

father are doing unless

they want something.

When my son leads with

this type of question, I’m

certain an interesting

conversation is about to

The Movie


By Dom Cioffi


“It’s going well,” I

replied. “Why do you


“No reason,” he said

and then turned his

attention to the football game. I watched

him out of the corner of my eye for a moment,

waiting for a sign that he had an

ulterior motive, but his interest seemed

solely on the game.

After a few minutes, he looked over

at me and stated, “Boy, I’m really in the

mood to play some music.” He then

hopped up and ran up the stairs to our

loft where he began playing the drums.

My son has been playing drums for

several years now and is fairly accomplished

for a teenager. The academy where he takes

lessons matches him up with other teenagers and

once a week they get together to jam. I’m completely

jealous of this opportunity and often wonder how

much fun I would have had if I was afforded the same


When he plays drums, the noise reverberates

throughout the house (forget watching television or

reading a book while he’s pounding away). I’ve never

cared, however, and often times just sit in my chair

and listen, while marveling at how coordinated he is

with the different beats and patterns.

After a half hour or so, he came back down and resumed

his spot on the couch. “That sounded good,” I

stated, always trying to be the encouraging father.

He thanked me and

mentioned that he was

working on some new

material. “I’m kinda into

some new bands,” he

stated, and then went on

to name some acts that I

had never heard of.

When the television commercials came on, he sat

up and swung around to face me. “So, I was thinking…”

he stated.

“Ahhhh, there it is!” I thought. “I knew this was all a

lead-up to something.”

He continued: “One of my friends is starting a band

and she asked me to be the drummer. She’s got this

really cool studio in her home and we already know

where our first show is gonna be and…”

He was talking so fast I could barely keep up. “Slow

down,” I pleaded. “First of all, who is ‘she’?”

‘She’ turned out to be a girl who attends the same

music academy. He went on to describe her and said

that I had seen her play at their last recital. After a few

more descriptors, I knew exactly who he was talking


She is a cute little redheaded girl who was a fairly

adept guitarist, but what I remember most about her

was that she played a surf green Fender Stratocaster,

I’m completely jealous of this

opportunity and often wonder how

much fun I would have had if I was

afforded the same chance.


American Professional

series. This stuck out to me at

the time because it was such a beautiful instrument

and something normally reserved for a much more

accomplished musician.

After a few more questions, it became clear that

this young woman had repurposed her parents’ spare

bedroom into a music room and was now gathering

candidates to fill out her band. This was all fine

by me, except I was pretty sure my son was thinking

there was a little more to it. His level of excitement

was so intense, I’m confident he was thinking this

could be a burgeoning relationship.

Needless to say, after a few Facetimes and some

Snapchatting, he came

back down to the living

room in a much more

dour mood.

“What’s going on?” I


“Well, I’m in the band,”

he said, begrudgingly.

“But it turns out her boyfriend is too.” And with that he

slumped into the couch and didn’t say another word.

So much for teenage love!

This week’s film, “Jojo Rabbit,” features another

relationship between young people, except this one

is set within the backdrop of World War II and has the

anxiety of death lurking consistently through each


“Jojo Rabbit” is a dark comedy with beautiful emotional

depth. The laughs are plentiful and especially

creative, given the unique manner in which they are


Check this one out if you’re in the mood for an interesting

and effective story about the moments that

shape who we are. It’s a little slow at the start, but the

final act will have you completely roped in.

A clandestine “B” for “Jojo Rabbit.”

Got a question or comment for Dom? You can

email him at


Looking back: Friends remembered

from page 32

back in the ‘40s. The other sister also had a boyfriend but

didn’t want to get married. So her “boyfriend” had that

status throughout his life. The two sisters lived in the family

home and the boyfriend remained a boarder in another

home. The three of them always came together.

Cousins from my father’s side of the family were also at

our table along with some friends of my parents.

The friends at our table changed as the generations

changed. When I was a child in the ’50s the friends were

from my parents’ generation. One was a widow and the

other two were both in the “old maid” category. The women

always brought something to serve at dinner. The “boyfriend”

of our cousin brought a bottle of rye. Everyone liked

rye and ginger so that bottle was usually empty by the time

dinner was served! My mother was so busy in the kitchen

that she was probably lucky if she got a sip of hers!

The only time I remember my parents expressing displeasure

about their dinner guests was when the husband

of a cousin began to clear the plates off the table while

people were still visiting and were not ready to move on to

dessert. The husband wanted to get into “the club.” I don’t

think they were on the guest list the following year!

There was always one “rooster” in the hen house. When

the cousin’s “boyfriend” had passed on my husband entered

the picture and took over that role. Both seemed quite

content in the hen house!

Time has moved forward and traditions have changed.

Many of the people mentioned above are no longer with

us but the memories of a full table with an assortment of

people remain.

It’s time to be thankful for the good times we have had

and to look forward to those yet to come. And let’s not forget

about the football games later in the day. My husband will

be thankful for those!

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based on race,

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or persons receiving public

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Call Inn at Long Trail for interview.


PART TIME Waitstaff needed

at Drewski’s. Please call

802-422-3816, email or stop

in for an application.


help wanted: waitstaff, kitchen

staff, line-cook, bartender,

dishwasher, doorperson.

Apply in person at Moguls

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Killington is looking for individuals

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Ludlow Electric honors the late Howard

Barton with substation dedication

Staff report

The Village Ludlow Electric Light Department dedicated

a substation to the late Howard Barton Jr. on Friday, Nov. 8,

who spent 35 years working at the electric department.

Barton was an active community member who died

of a heart attack while mountain biking near his home in

Ludlow on June 2, 2018. He was 55.

Barton started his career at the electric department as a

lineman after he graduated from Black River High School.

Barton was one of the people who helped build the substation

in the late 1980s. The substation is one of three used

by the light department and it was built to balance the load

from power consumed by Okemo Mountain Resort.

“Everything the electric company does is extremely well

done,” said former Ludlow Town Manager Frank Heald.

During his years at

the Village of Ludlow

Electric Light

Department, Barton

believed in the power

of mutual aid to help

other electric utilities restore power. Barton and fellow

lineman Joseph Carlisle, Jr. traveled to Florida in 2004 when

Hurricane Jeanne hit the state.

“I think he enjoyed the challenges,” his mother, Mary

Barton, said. “He loved going out with the crews.”

Barton also participated in the Northeast Public Power

Rodeo in Burlington, where he competed against 13 teams

from all around New England. Crews were required to climb

poles and go through a series of tests without buckets. Ludlow

Electric won the overall title. Barton came in first in the

Speed Climb and the Hurt Man Rescue.

Outside of his devotion to the light department, Barton

dedicated himself to his family and the town. He served as

a Ludlow Selectboard member for 21 years—15 of which as


He was also the town cemetery commissioner and

served on the Ludlow Fire Department for 20 years.

Earlier this fall, the Ludlow Selectboard dedicated a conference

room to Barton and renamed it the Howard Barton

Jr. Conference Room.

“Howard was a very knowledgeable, direct, confident

person,” Heald said. “He was dependable when I needed his

counsel. He understood the finances of the town. He understood

personnel issues in the town. He cared deeply about

the school and the workings of the town and the village.”




“I think he enjoyed

the challenges,”

Mary Barton said.

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distribution center & operations clerks

In North Clarendon

we offer excellent

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A plaque memorializing lineman and Select Board member

Howard Barton is afixed to a rock by the substation.

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Horoscopes: Astrological aspects lay down immutable patterns.

from page 31

with, or what their unique circumstances happen to be.

Astrology is an exact science, and astrological aspects

can be relied upon to express themselves consistently, in

the same way that certain chemical combinations and

experiments will always yield the same results.

After a week of talking with young and old souls

whose stories are gut wrenching, I thought it might be

interesting to discuss some of the aspects that made me

see it that way. One of the main combinations always

involves hard aspects between the Moon and Hades.

What does this mean? Whenever I see this combination

I know that the individual’s mother was depressed;

either that or she was totally diminished, put down, and

treated like a charwoman or a slave. What this does to

the individual is that it creates a template for mothering,

and female-ness that is based on sadness, depression,

and degradation. It can mean that the person grew up in

a situation where the maternal model required them to

overcompensate for what

she was unable to provide.

In some cases this kind of

experience causes the individual

to absorb, or take

on, the mother’s sadness

– or it infuses the person

with strong tendencies

toward their own brand of


In other cases, I often

see a hard combination between the asteroid Ophelia,

the asteroids Ceres or Demeter, and the asteroid

Psyche. These bodies suggest that the mother is/was a

nut job. More often than not it says that the mother had

kids when she was too young and thus, ill-equipped to

embrace the mothering role. At times, it can be the hallmark

of a shotgun wedding. At the very least, it implies

that the mother was damaged, and that her damage got

passed on, or was projected on to the child.

I have seen this aspect combination enough times to

know for sure that any mention of any of the above scenarios

will be met with a response that confirms whatever

I say. In keeping with the Ophelia story, (Ophelia was

betrothed to Hamlet and committed suicide by drowning

herself in a river. It is implied in the Shakespeare play

that Ophelia took her life because she was unmarried,

and with child) more than once I have had clients tell me

that they were pregnant before marriage, or that they

were the product of an incestuous relationship between

their mother and their grandfather or an uncle.

Aspects between Siva and the Moon indicate that

the client got nothing from their parents, no sense of

identity, no sense of how to integrate their uniqueness in

with the wider world and no way to integrate themselves

emotionally into the matrix. This set of circumstances

shows up as much in affluent, well-heeled and well-educated

families as it does in situations where want, lack

and addiction are part of the scenery. It is a mind blower.

Whenever I see this combination I

know that the individual’s mother

was depressed; either that or she

was totally diminished, put down,

and treated like a charwoman,

or a slave.

The stories that go with it would curl your hair. Because

there is nothing real or lasting or enduring for these

people to rest their souls upon, it takes a long time for

them to build a life that offers them any sense of security,

or safety.

Another aspect that I see quite a lot involves hard contacts

between Siva and the trans- Neptunian point, Cupido.

This one is a corker. What it implies is that the person

is literally allergic to their family. As you know, all of

us are born and bred to believe that family is everything.

Not so when Siva and Cupido are conjunct, squared or

opposed. When that is the case, the less time the person

spends around their family the happier and the better

adjusted they are. Talking to people about this is always

interesting. They have to rearrange their whole world

view just to get it. If they can grasp the concept, there is

usually an amazing sense of relief that washes over them

before the session ends. Their inner being is overjoyed to

be totally off the hook, and

free to release the need to

keep barking up the family


I could keep going forever

but we haven’t got time

to write a book. Let’s cap

things off with one more

example. Hard aspects

between Siva and Psyche

are a clear sign that the

relationship with the father was totally destructive to the

person’s inner being. It can also imply that the father was

destroyed by something and that his destruction had

a devastating impact on the individual. Aspects from

other planets and bodies will flesh out the details. When

the asteroid Bacchus is involved in the Siva-Psyche

pattern, it means that Daddy was destroyed through the

addictive syndrome. Sometimes what shows up is that

Daddy was destroyed by Mommy.

Life is interesting. It would be great if we got prepped

better for some of the stuff that unfolds. The thing about

what’s going on in 3-D is that we learn from time and

experience. Here on planet earth we are subject to the

law of polarity. This means that dark and light have equal

sway over everything and that God and the truth can be

found at both ends of that spectrum.

The deal with understanding why some people have

it easy and some people have it hard calls us to remember

that all of us bring a huge amount of karma with us

when we were born. How that plays out from one life

to the next involves reaping what we’ve sown. It takes a

long time to make sense of it all, and some of us never

do. In everything, it is important to keep in mind, that no

matter which end of the spectrum we find our experience

on all of it is light, and God can be found even in

the deepest heart of darkness. Let me leave you with

that and invite you to take what you can from this week’s


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New build: Windsor Central board debates new build funding


from page 1

Assuming the proposed

design and estimated

price tag, Ford said

approximately $30 million

in private donations and

grant funds were needed to

reduce the necessary bond

amount to $40 million and

meet Hiller’s suggested



representative Clare

Drebitko suggested

community focus groups

to spread information

about the need for the new

school. She urged focus on

soliciting the alumni – there

are 1,300 followers on the

alumni Facebook page.

Ford suggested an

additional avenue could be

“local option tax,” in each

town, to raise funds.

“Local option taxes are

only allowed in certain

towns,” said Haff, who is

also a select board member

in Killington. “Not all seven

towns are eligible. And

if you try an option tax

in Killington, where it is

allowed, it wouldn’t pass


Pomfret representative

Bob Coates thought

“naming opportunities”

a good idea – people

donating money to have a

building named for them.

He also suggested hiring a

full-time marketing person

to oversee public relations

and fundraising.

Superintendent Banios

urged Board members to


talk to state representatives

and senators.

“Tell them why the state

should be helping us,” she


Though the district is

200 students smaller than

in 2003. Ford thinks making

the district a “destination

school system,” meaning

that people would move

within the district because

of the schools, will be

possible with the new


Scoping study

Ford said an anonymous

benefactor pledged

$200,000 in matching funds

to help pay architectural

firm Lavallee Bresinger

for necessary pre-build

work expected to cost

$400-$450,000. Since the

meeting Ford announced

an additional gift of $25,000.

Things got sticky when

Ford made a motion to

contribute money from

the current 2019-2020

district budget to free up

some of the matching

funds. Discussion included

options from $25,000 to


“This will indicate to

potential donors the board

has skin in the game,” Ford



Mary Beth Banios said

she believed she could

find available money

in the budget without

diminishing programs or

staff time.

Ford said the Board

would be able to recoup the

$450,000 from the proceeds

of the bond.

Barnard representative

Pam Fraser objected to

spending $450,000 before

the voters have approved

the bond, stating that a vote

is necessary before any

work is done.

“People ask me about

the impact on their taxes,

and I say, ‘I don’t know,’”

Fraser said. “All we are

talking about are dreams,

and we are moving ahead

without knowing the actual


Killington representative

and Board co-chair Jennifer

Ianantuoni said the board

has already paid the

architects $150,000 that was

privately donated funds.

Killington’s other

representative, Jim Haff,

explained the $450,000 prebond

work will provide the

numbers Fraser wants.

There were several

unanswered questions

when the meeting ended

and many district board

members were frustrated

either with the lack of a vote

to move forward or with the

committees suggestion that

the board move forward

with funds for a project notyet

approved by the board

or district voters.

The board tabled the

motion to use funds for a

scoping study until its Nov.

25 meeting.

Jewelry design: Parker hosts a workshop Friday in Chester

from page 18

or in a little pouch — and as an artist, I

would always think of different ways that I

could carry my treasures with me. ”

As a young adult, Parker moved to

Boulder, Colorado, which is where she

really honed her craft. There she joined

Natha Perkins of Luscious Metals as an

apprentice/studio intern, as well as worked

in a Southwestern art gallery as a buyer. She

traveled to Mexico and Arizona to handpick

pieces from Native American artists, which

had a profound impact on her work.

There was so much history and symbolism

in their work. There always seemed to

be an amazing story behind each piece.

These people were not just making jewelry,

they were making talismans. The stones

were cradled in silver and surrounded

by exquisite embellishments and sacred

symbols, giving strength and protection to

its bearer.”

She also learned to smith silver and gold,

which took her work to the next level, she

said. “It was not until my move to Colorado

when I took a leap of faith and started a

metalsmithing internship that I really considered

myself a ‘jeweler.’ I always knew I

was an artist, but I never discovered my passion

until I started being able to manipulate

metal with hammers, saws and a torch.”

Parker is not afraid to get a little dirty.

“I actually love the juxtaposition of the

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