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Volume 48, Number 21 Your community free press — really, it’s FREE! May 22-28, 2019

Courtesy CSJ


GMC and CSJ held their

final commencements,

while CU celebrated its

232nd ceremony, May


Page 3


Killington Resort is

open for skiing, mountain

biking, golf – and

has opened the adventure

center – for Memorial

Day weekend.

Okemo is also running

its summer operation

schedule, with golf,

mountain biking, and

its adventure zone.

Page 14

By Jerry LeBlond


The 23rd Killington

Stage Race takes to

the roads of Central

Vermont, May 25-27.

Page 23

Courtesy TAC


Pico Mountain welcomes

a new event

to town: the Total

Archery Challenge,

a family friendly, 3D,

multi-course spanning

the resort.

Page 22

By Polly Mikula

The Killington Mall was sold at auction, May 21. It houses four businesses and four apartments.

Moguls owner buys

Killington Mall at auction

By Katy Savage

The Killington Mall has a

new owner.

Robert “Sal” Salmeri, the

owner of Moguls Sports Pub

and Restaurant, bought the

building on Killington Road

for $475,00 at an auction on

Tuesday, May 21.

“Call it a pet project of

mine,” Salmeri said. “I’ve

liked that building for years.

It’s part of Killington history.”

Salmeri, who was the

only bidder on Tuesday, says

he plans to bring three new

businesses to the mall.

The 22,500 square foot

building with four aces has

four residential tenants, and

houses four businesses – two

Pittsford man pleads not-guilty to killing girlfriend

Staff report

A Pittsford man pleaded not guilty in

court on Monday to charges of manslaughter,

domestic assault, grossly negligent vehicle

operation, driving with

a suspended license, and

leaving the scene of a fatal

crash after he ran over his

girlfriend, Melanie Rooney

on Saturday, May 18.

Police said during the

evening prior to her death,

a dispute occurred between

the two in Rutland City.

Hours later, Reynolds struck

Rooney with his truck in the

roadway at the end of her

driveway, located at 13 Market St., Proctor,

causing her death.

State police were notified of the death at

4:52 a.m., and troopers from the Field Force

Division and members of the Major Crime

Unit and Bureau of Criminal Investigations

responded to the location.

Rooney, 31, of Pittsford, had been with her

boyfriend six months, according to Rooney’s

restaurants and two retail

spaces, including Outback

Pizza, the Killington Diner,

and the former Killington

Art Garage and Darkside

Snowboard Shop.

Salmeri declined to say

how the businesses would

change until he closes on the

sale. “Right now I’m mulling

over what I’m going to do,”

Salmeri said.

The building was owned

by Rodney Viccari who

purchased it in 1981 out

of bankruptcy. “I’ve had

enough,” Viccari said. “I’ve

owned it for such a long period

of time. It was a toy for

me. It was a place to escape

on the weekends. It got to a

point where I was tired of it.”

Viccari said Salmeri has

tried to buy the building in

the past. “He’s been itching

to buy it for a long time,”

Viccari said. “He has some

good ideas. I think it will be a

breath of fresh air up there.”

Salmeri, who has owned

Moguls for 25 years, said he’s

not afraid to work hard. “It

needs someone to care for

it,” Salmeri said of the mall

building.”I think businesses

being open helps the community


Nathan Auction and Real

Estaten handled the auction.

The sale will close in 45 days.

friend, Marie Rabtoy, 19.

“I was stunned. I was in absolute shock,”

said Rabtoy of what happened.

Rabtoy said she got a text

message from Rooney the

night before she died where

Rooney said her boyfriend

had beat her up.

Rabtoy said she was

shocked and asked her if she

was OK. Rooney said she was.

Rabtoy met Rooney about

a year ago and they grew

close in recent months. On

Anthony Reynolds Thursday before she died,

they went to a pub together.

“I noticed a couple bruises on her,” Rabtoy

said. “She acted really weird. She didn’t seem

like herself. She kept looking around like

someone was going to kidnap her.”

Rabtoy said Rooney had three kids. The

youngest is an infant and the oldest is about

10, she said. “This is a traumatizing,” Rabtoy

said. “This is a small community. This is not

something that happens very often.”

Child center forced to

close pending police


By Katy Savage

The Rutland Parent Child Center has been ordered

to shut down its location on Juneberry Lane after the

state found some teachers who weren’t licensed and

found children at risk.

DCF Director of Child Care Licensing Christel

Michaud said the department received two calls that

children had been injured in two separate incidents on

May 10.

“[The calls] really left us with concerns about the

staff’s ability to meet the children’s needs,” Michaud

said. “Until that can be addressed, we’ve rescinded that


The location closed on May 12. Michaud declined to

give details about the incidents. She said the incidents

are being investigated by state police.

Concerned parents are pulling the children out of

the program.






Mary Bernier said she called the police last Wednesday,

May 8, when she noticed her 4-year-old daughter

had a red mark around her neck.

Bernier was told by a staff member that her daughter’s

neck was caught in a parachute on the playground.

Bernier said she was never called about the


“It’s been a mess – an absolute mess,” she said. “It’s

been horrific.”

Bernier said her daughter had attended day care

there since she was 6 months old.

“I’ve been with them for four years now,” she said.

“It’s really disturbing – it’s sad.”

A nine-page report from the Department of Children

and Family Studies cited five violations at the day care.

The issues became present when a DCF field specialist

went to the facility for a compliance visit on April

18 and overheard “concerning interactions between

a staff member and the children in care,” a May letter

from the state says.

DCF field specialists visited the facility four more

times in the weeks that followed.

In one incident, a staff member yelled at a group of

3-5-year-old children to sit on the floor and watch a

movie on a laptop computer placed on a chair in front

of them.

“Some children of this age have shorter attention

spans and need alternatives to a movie,” the letter

said. “Making all children of this age sit for this length

of time is not a developmentally appropriate expectation.”

Another violation said a child threw a chair and a

bucket at other children in a classroom while one child

took her clothes off and ran naked. Two other children

ran around and bumped into each other, causing them

to fall as five staff members watched.

One staff member yelled at children, saying, “You

seriously don’t know how to behave. You are getting on

Child care, page 4


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Green Mountain College

graduates final class

Dandelions used to symbolize persistence, tenacity, endurance

Staff report

POULTNEY — Green Mountain College

celebrated its final commencement

ceremony, Sunday, May 19. It was the college’s

182nd commencement and 185th

year open.

In January, the college, known for its

environmental programs, announced it

would close at the

end of the spring

semester due to

ongoing financial



students wore the traditional emerald

gowns with dandelions embellishments

that stood out in stark contrast – they were

tucked behind student’s ears, pinned on

lapels, and held as bouquets.

GMC Professor Eleanor Tison addressed

their symbolism to the overflowing


Castleton University celebrates

232nd commencement




The graduating class

of Castleton University

passed across the stage

at its 232nd Commencement

ceremony on Saturday,

May 18.

Former Vermont Gov.

James Douglas addressed

the more than 3,500 guests

in attendance and thousands

more streaming the

ceremony online.

“If your experience

matches mine, the time

has gone quickly: I hope

you’ve found it enjoyable,

as well as enriching,”

Douglas said. “I’ll let you

in on a secret: time will

continue to fly, so make

the most of the empowerment

of your degree. I’m

confident that you’ll all

contribute meaningfully

in the years ahead.”

Castleton President

Karen M. Scolforo shared

how the ambition demonstrated

by this class

will undoubtedly serve

them well as they set out

to make a difference in the

Dandelions “are masters of survival,”

Tison said. “These hardy plants are persistent,

tough, tenacious, and can endure.”

GMC’s professors, graduates, students

and staff, must now find new places to

sow their seeds, he said, encouraging the

graduates and now former students of

GMC to have strong

roots, like dandelions,

which always

grow back quickly

and just as strong.

“Go forth, and

grow where you are planted,” Tison said.

When GMC President Robert Allen

addressed the crowd, his tone was more

reflective at first, but he also called for students

to look ahead, preserver and make a

positive change in the world.

“I arrived three years ago with an ambitious

goal of turning around a multi-year

GMC, page 5

Mentors reflect at CSJ’s 60th

and final commencement

Ninety students received degrees at the College of St. Joseph’s 60th and final commencement

ceremony on Saturday, May 18.

CSJ President Jennifer Scott conferred degrees upon the graduates with Vice President

of Academic Affairs David Balfour and Board of Trustees chair A. Jay Kenlan.

Commencement speakers included journalist and author Yvonne Daley, Sister Shirley

Campbell and Scott.

In her keynote address, Daley spoke to the importance of education and its affordability

for all. “Education is the key to real and lasting freedom. To be informed, to fill your

mind with knowledge, not just facts but important concepts and beautiful words, to be

able to discern the truth, is a gift that will stay with you throughout life… We must ensure

that education becomes affordable for all who are willing and able to do the work…Of all

the places on the planet you could have landed, you could be huddled in a refugee camp

or living on a spot of land ravaged by any form of mayhem. But you are here, safe, blessed,

accomplished, graduated.”

Sister Campbell called upon the graduates to live by the Mission of the Sisters of St.

Joseph. “I ask you as you walk out these doors today, take an inventory of what your values

are,” said Campbell. “We have a world that is suffering right now...You folks, young people,

have the ability to turn things around.”

Scott, in her Farewell Address, spoke to endurance, perseverance, and hope as she

CSJ, page 5

world, and reflected on

their impressive accomplishments

during their

time at Castleton.

“We are facing unprecedented

challenges, and

we look to our new leaders

for solutions, for diplomacy,

and for action. Never

has the world needed

these graduates more,”

she said. “This generation

of Spartans refuses to

settle for mediocrity. They

own the passion and drive

to create change in this

CU, page 5

By Julia Purdy

Jenn and Chris Curtis take a break from stocking their new grocery-deli in Proctor.

Proctor’s corner market

By Julia Purdymakes a comeback

The West Street neighborhood in Proctor

will soon have their corner store back—

with some differences. Jenn and Chris

Curtis are preparing to open The Market On

West Street in Proctor, formerly known as

the West St. Market, before Memorial Day.

The front has been refreshed and painted

in cheerful sunshine-gold with green trim,

upper windows have been replaced with

green shutters, and the interior is filling up

with grocery staples, wines, snacks and a

deli counter.

The latest glitch has been getting the POS

equipment up and running.

The store has a comfortable, inviting

atmosphere, with emphasis on Vermont

country store rustic. It’s an eclectic collection

of old stuff given new life. One window

features a stained-glass panel. Lighting has

been updated with hanging barn lights and

modern fixtures featuring reproduction

Edison bulbs. A new cast-iron pellet stove

will warm the space.

“I just love industrial style,” Jenn Curtis

said. She planned the color scheme of

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thought it had good bones.”

Completing the picture is the original,

well-worn maple flooring, which has been

kept natural and refinished. Chris Curtis

gets emotional when he talks about the

flooring. He pointed to the discolored and

cracked area at the door and mused how

many local folks have crossed that threshold,

including his own relations.

“When you’re replacing things, the history

is gone,” he said.

Chris’ grandparental generations

worked in marble. His maternal greatgrandfather,

Lucian Lizewski, came over

from Poland individually with friends. Then

he met and married Chris’ great-grandmother,

who had also come from Poland as

a young girl. Lucian Lizewski’s job was lowering

men into the Hollister quarry and he

was known never to have had an accident,

according to family lore.

Chris’ paternal grandfather Curtis was

in charge of the vast military headstone


Proctor market, page 17

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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

Child care:

continued from page 1

RCPCC shut down

my nerves. I can’t handle this anymore,” the letter said.

The report also said staff member who hadn’t completed

an early childhood education course was listed as a

teacher assistant.

The Rutland County Parent Child Center has been in

a temporary location since the facility on Chaplin Avenue

flooded, Nov. 25. The child center received a variance

from the state to temporarily relocate pre-school to

15 Juneberry Lane and relocate infants and toddlers to

81 Center St. While the Juneberry location is closed, the

Center Street’s variance is up May 31.

Multiple attempts to reach Executive Director Mary

Zigman weren’t successful.

Zigman sent a press release on May 20, announcing

the child center would merge back to one location

through the summer. Zigman didn’t say where the new

location would be.

“RCPCC wants to reassure parents that actions

needed to resolve rescindment are in progress and the

early childhood education program will be proceeding

as a whole in an improved location,” the press release


Zigman said that flood repairs to the original Chaplin

Street location stalled due to insurance issues, but those

issues have been resolved in the facility’s favor and the

Chaplin Street location will reopen in September, according

to the release.

Before another variance is granted, however the

RCPCC needs to make corrective actions, including

instructing staff to use positive guidance and positive

behavior management that encourages self-control,

self-direction and self-esteem, and ensuring all staff are

trained. Results from the police investigation will also

need to be addressed.

Parent Eric Taur said his daughter has often asked him

to change schools. “Now it makes sense why,” he said.

Madeline Denis, who was fired in February after 20

years, said the child care center had occasionally been

sited by the state, but never to this severity. “Never in 20

years did we ever have a program close down,” Denis

said. “This sounds like it’s out of a horror novel.”

A sculpture, honoring 20 men who joined the 54th regiment of the Civil War, was unvieled Friday, May 17.

African American Civil War heroes honored

Celebrating a largely unknown

piece of important local history, a

powerful new sculpture honoring

20 men who joined the first African

American Civil War regiment in the

North has been added to the Rutland

Sculpture Trail.

The sculpture, honoring three

draftees and 17 volunteers who enlisted

in Rutland to join the 54th Massachusetts

Regiment, features a scene

from the Battle of Olustee, where they

earned recognition for their brave

fighting in pine barrens and swampland.

Three men with local ties were

injured in the battle.

“Today we honor men who were

largely lost to local memories, but who

gave of themselves to preserve this

nation,” said Claudio Fort, president

and chief executive officer of Rutland

Regional Medical Center, which

funded the roughly 50-square-foot

sculpture. “Their bravery, devotion

and leadership should be a point of local

pride and respect. In unveiling this

wonderful artwork today, we celebrate

their service and salute them for the

sacrifices they made.

“As a community medical center,

an important part of our role is to

support the health and wellness of the


entire community, and that includes

its socio-economic health,” Fort said.

“We are proud to support the Rutland

Sculpture Trail and how it celebrates

our community history.”

The relief sculpture by local artist

Don Ramey was created at the Carving

Studio and Sculpture Center (CSSC),

in Danby marble donated by Vermont

Quarries. Ramey used photos of descendants

of 54th Regiment soldiers

as models for the detailed and moving

depiction of soldiers at war.

“After researching the history of this

regiment, of these men, exemplary

soldiers under fire as well as steadfast

Sculpture, page 17

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CSJ: Mentors reflect on affordability

continued from page 3

shared the story of The Hill of 100,000 Crosses in Lithuania,

a place of pilgrimage which has withstood devastation,

destruction and desecration for 800 years, and still stands


“The Hill of Crosses, while beautiful, is made even more

exquisite by the sacrifice and perseverance of the faithful

who refused to be defined by others’ hypocrisy and instead

raised their voices

and spoke their

truth,” Scott said.

“As you reflect on

your time at CSJ, and

as you take in the

significance of this

bittersweet commencement,


hope is that you will

carry these memories

forward with

pride and gratitude.








That, shaped by this education and your own values, and

inspired by all those who have gone before you, that you

will continue to be a force for good in the community, and

in the world. This is the enduring mission of CSJ, and this is

the charge that comes with your degree today

“Know that wherever you go, whatever you do, CSJ will

always remain in your hearts, and will provide a permanent

bond to each other,” Scott continued.

Mixed emotions were palpable in the atmosphere

as celebratory exuberance was tempered with loss of a

beloved institution.

GMC: Dandelions symbolize persistence

continued from page 3

declining trend of undergraduate enrollment. We have

not had sufficient time or resources to complete the work,

Allen said. “Stay true to your values, spread the lessons

from this ‘green place’ around the country and around the


Other speakers throughout the ceremony echoed

GMC’s environmental mission and values learned and

tried to focus on the positive aspects of change rather

than the school closing – leaving them no place to

return for a visit to their alma mater.

“We always knew we would someday depart from

this place, but to depart with the understanding that

we will never return to the college is a heavy weight to

carry,” one graduate said.

To summarize, in the benediction, Professor Shirley

Oskamp advised students to cherish places that bring

serenity, to savor places that become sacred.

May we go forth into the new places that await

us,” Oskamp said. “May we be dandelion seeds on the



Former Gov. Jim Douglas spoke at Castleton graduation.


Celebrates 232nd commencement

continued from page 3

world, and they will not

stop until they see the great

things they are capable of

come to fruition. I believe

in the future they are so

intent to build, and I have

great optimism because of

what this class has already


As has become tradition,

the Castleton Alumni

Association presented two

distinguished awards to

members of the Castleton

University community.

History Program Coordinator

and Professor

Patricia van der Spuy

was awarded the Alumni

Association Outstanding

Faculty award, which is

given annually to a faculty

member whose excellence

in teaching influences

students well beyond

graduation. Mathematics

graduate James Wolfe was

honored with the Leonard

C. Goldman Distinguished

Senior Award, given to a

graduating senior who has

excelled in and out of the

classroom, contributed to

community service, and

served as an example to


Andrew Wilson, a parttime

faculty member in

media and communications

was awarded the

Endowed Outstanding

Part-Time Faculty Award,

which honors one of

Castleton’s many dedicated,


part-time faculty.

Preston Garcia, a fulltime

faculty member in

Natural Sciences Department

was awarded the Endowed

Richardson Faculty

Award, given once every

three years to a deserving

full-time faculty member.

Class of 2019 President

Kathleen “KC” Ambrose

addressed her classmates,

asking to give themselves

the freedom to fail before

making their dreams come


“We are all here today

because of a dream. And

although failure was a

possibility, we made that

dream into a goal. That

goal, broken down into

steps, became a plan.

And that plan, backed by

action, became a reality. A

reality we are living in right

here, right now,” she said.



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

State News ................................................................. 6

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

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

Calendar .................................................................. 18

Music Scene ............................................................ 21

Rockin’ the Region .................................................. 21

Living ADE .............................................................. 22

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

Mother of the Skye .................................................. 32

Columns .................................................................. 33

Pets .......................................................................... 36

Service Directory .................................................... 38

Classifieds ............................................................... 40

Real Estate ............................................................... 42


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Green Mountain Power is launching two new rebate

programs for customers looking to green up their heating

and cooling and their commutes. GMP customers

can get a $400 rebate when they buy a cold climate heat

pump. Customers can also get a $200 rebate when they

buy an electric bicycle at participating Vermont bike


“Our energy supply is 90 percent clean carbon free

and 60 percent renewable energy, so heating and cooling

with a hyper-efficient heat pump is a great way to

reduce your carbon footprint, and these new rebates

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resilient energy future. GMP has committed to being

100 percent clean carbon free energy by 2025 and 100

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Saving on greener heating and cooling with a heat

The Rochester-Area Trail Alliance

and five other mountain bike chapters

with a vision to create a trail that would

expand the length of the state, connecting

mountain bike trails in the north to

mountain bike trails in the south with

single track.

The trail, called the Velomont Trail, is

a long term vision, being built in stages.

But, as mountain biking rapidly

expands, some are wondering how Act

250 – the state’s land use law – could

hinder growth.

“That’s definitely something everybody’s

keeping a close eye on,” said

Rochester Area Trail Network President

Angus McCusker. “There’s some concern

about it.”

Act 250 requires trails to be 10 feet

wide. It applies to construction involving

more than 10 acres of land within

pump is simple. GMP customers fill out a form on

GMP’s website, and email that along with proof of

purchase to rebates@greenmountainpower.com.

Customers can receive a $400 rebate for each ductless

cold climate heat pump condenser they buy and eligible

heat pumps are on Efficiency Vermont’s qualified

products list.

Ebikes are growing in popularity and a great way to

green up your commute. They’re like regular bikes, but

the electric-charged battery packs can help your pedal

power go up hills, farther or faster when you choose. A

recent study by Efficiency Vermont found electric bikes

help to offset hundreds of miles of driving that would

have been done in fossil fueled vehicles.

GMP customers who shop at participating Vermont

bike shops can get the $200 rebate as a discount

right away when they buy an ebike or have the shop

convert their bike to electric. Customers must show

their GMP energy statement. Customers can also get

free consultations to help decide what type of electric

bike or electric cargo bike is best for their commute

based on road conditions, safety features, and a rider’s

a radius of 5 miles or the construction

for commercial purposes on more than

one acre of land in a town that doesn’t

have zoning bylaws.

A number of trail organizations,

including The Trails and Greenways

Council, Vermont Greenways Council,

Vermont Association of Snow Travelers,

are working with legislators to change

the language about Act 250.

Warren Colemnan, a lawyer and lobbyist

said some of the Act 250 language

is outdated and not in line with the

state’s goals. “Back in the 1990s, the

state recognized that trails that were

recognized as part of the public trail

system was deemed a public good and

we should be promoting this,” said

Coleman. “How do we reinvigorate and

build upon that thought from 20 years


Building a new trail requires a multitude

of permits. Sometimes Act 250 is

triggered, sometimes it’s not.Vermont

Mountain Bike Association Executive

Director Tom said Act 250 requirements

vary by district.

“We want to create a system that

works that’s tailored to the needs of the

trails specifically,” said Stuessy. “I think

there’s a way to do it that’s positive.”

Steussy said the language is still being

examined, but the group is looking

at parts of Act 250 that could apply or

other permit requirements that could

be established in place of Act 250.

“We want to ensure trail builders can

do small trail work and repair,” he said.

“We don’t want to have those processes

encumbered. If a trail needs to be refurbished,

we should be able to do that.”

Act 250 was established in 1970 and

is scheduled to be updated in 2020. It

was established long after the Long Trail

was completed in 1930, after the Appalachian

Trail was completed in 1937 and

after most ski areas were created.

“We probably wouldn’t have downhill

skiing in the state of Vermont now,”

said Vermont Association of Snow Travelers

Executive Director Cindy Locke, if

the law had been in place back then.

VAST’s 5,000 miles of trails were also

established prior to Act 250. Locke said

VAST frequently reroutes trails, but

Locke said it’s rare VAST needs an Act

250 permit.

“We’re trying to find a solution to

a 50-year-old law that suits our times


“This new rebate is going to help more Vermonters

enjoy riding an ebike day-to-day to clean up their

commutes,” said Dave Cohen of VBike, which has

a contract with Vermont’s Go Vermont program to

provide the free ebike consultations. “Ebikes help you

experience the natural environment around you in a

way that cars just can’t, and we can help you love riding

an ebike.”

Participating bike shops where GMP customers can

get the $200 rebate:

• Bennington: Highlander Bicycle

• Brattleboro: Brattleboro Bicycle Shop, Burrows

Specialized Sports

• Burlington: Betty’s Bikes, North Star Sports, Old

Spokes Home, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Skirack

• Colchester: Malletts Bay Bicycle and Ski

• Manchester Center: Battenkill Bicycles

• Middlebury: Frog Hollow Bikes

• Putney: West Hill Shop

• South Burlington: Earl’s Cyclery & Fitness

• Waterbury: Waterbury Sports VT

MTB trails hit expansion curve with Act 250

By Katy Savage










now,” said Locke. “We’re not coming

out and saying Act 250 is bad. We’re not

stomping our feet and saying we need

to be exempt. We’re all conservationists


Mountain bike trail builders are asking

what the difference is between the

old trail systems and the new.

Sometimes just the thought of going

through the extensive Act 250 permitting

process hinders growth.

“Landowners hear the word ‘Act

250’ and that’s the end of the conversation,”

said Catamount Trail Association

Executive Director Mike Williams.

“There’s been a lack of clarity about how

it applies to trails and when it should’ve

applied and when it shouldn’t.”

RASTA, a nonprofit trail network

with backcountry skiing and mountain

biking, was granted approval to build

15-miles of single track from the U.S.

Forest Service in December 2018. The

trail would connect to the Velomont

Trail, if building can continue.

“If the entire Velomont Trail had to go

through Act 250, I’m not sure it could be

built,” McCusker said. “The amount of

money it takes to get through the permitting

process, and time alone.”

Conversations in the Statehouse

stalled three weeks ago with the end of

the session, but trail builders hope to

continue the conversation through the


“It’s a controversial thing,” McCusker

said. “Everybody is wide eyes open right


The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 STATE NEWS • 7

By Alison ClarksonThe end game

With any hope, this

will be the last week of

Vermont’s 2019 Legislative

session. This is the

end game as some like to

refer to it—and the stakes

are high. Many of our

most important bills are

still in play – still being

negotiated. The appropriations

and revenue

bills (and the priorities

they represent), increasing

the minimum wage,

paid family and medical

leave insurance, clean

water funding, and a

few health care issues—

all are still either in a

committee or are being

negotiated in successive

amendments. There

seems to be an awful lot

to get through the hose

before we are able to adjourn.

We do know that

the House has decided to

sit on the Senate’s tax and

regulate marijuana bill

until next session—one

less major issue to settle

before we depart from

the Statehouse.

At this time of year, the

Statehouse is full of people

who represent a wide

variety of issues, who are

following every nuanced

change to bills as they

work their way through

Conference Committees.

Sometimes they are paid

and sometimes not – but

you come to recognize

their passion. All the

lobbyists and citizen

advocates in the Statehouse

are there because

someone cares about

how people, businesses,

or the environment, are

affected by the choices

the legislature makes.

We had a group of them

protest in the House last

week—shouting their

frustration, throwing

confetti onto the lawmakers

from the balcony.

Passions are high in the

final days as people see

what’s going to make it

and what is not.

The Legislature

has spent the last four

months working in

committees to address

the pressing needs and

concerns of Vermonters.

Each bill we take up

explores some aspect

of a need—all of them

addressed with the hope

that our action in the bill

will improve life for Vermonters

in some capacity.

Sometimes the issue

requires money (staff,

resources, incentives,

or other resources to

accomplish) and sometimes

not. Each committee

is able to weigh in on

the budgetary process

with whatever their




priorities are for that

year. Every appropriated

line in the budget and

revenue bills tells a story

about some aspect of

Vermont and impacts us

in different and important

ways. How we raise

and spend our taxpayer

money articulates what

the Legislature values

and has prioritized for

the people of Vermont.

All is not waiting for

the last week. We’ve finished

our work on many

bills – from Indigenous

People’s Day to Reproductive

Freedom. Just

this last week the governor

signed a number

of bills into law—S.86,

which increases the legal

Alison Clarkson

age for buying and using

cigarettes, electronic

cigarettes and other

tobacco products from

18-21 years of age; S.94,

which regulates polyfluoroalkyl


in drinking and surface

waters; H.275—investing

further in our successful

Farm to Place Program;

H.523, which makes

miscellaneous changes

to the State’s retirement

systems; H. 26, which

restricts the retail and internet

sales of electronic

cigarettes, liquid nicotine

and tobacco paraphernalia

in Vermont; H. 278—a

bill which addresses

acknowledgement or

denial of parentage; and

H. 528, which involves

setting up a Rural Health

Services Task Force.

I appreciate hearing

from you. I can

be reached by email:


vt.us or by phone at the

Statehouse (Tues-Fri)

828-2228 or at home

(Sat-Mon) 457-4627. To

get more information

on the Vermont Legislature,

and the bills which

have been proposed and

passed, visit the legislative

website: legislature.


Alison Clarkson is a

state senator for Windsor


Three students arrested in

climate change protest

By Jim Harrison

The Vermont Legislature

will need a few more days to

finish its work for the 2019

session. Hope for adjournment

this past weekend

were dashed when a number

of controversial issues

occupied extended debate

time on the House floor

and differences between

the House and Senate on

several key issues were still

not resolved.

Complicating matters

was a lack of clarity between

legislative leaders and the

governor as to what bills he

was likely to veto and what

changes could be made to

avoid that outcome. The

result (perhaps intentional

on Gov. Phil Scott’s part)

was negotiations between

House and Senate leaders

as to what might pass


House floor debate

was dominated by the $15

minimum wage, a medical

monitoring bill championed

by environmental

groups and opposed by the

state’s manufacturers and

a new waiting period for

firearm purchases.

The Senate is headed

toward passing a scaled

back paid family leave plan,

which is a priority for House

leadership. The House,

in return, passed the $15

minimum wage bill with a

longer phase-in than the

Senate proposed, which

coincidentally is a priority

of Senate leaders.

The minimum wage,

paid family leave and medical

monitoring bills were

vetoed by Scott last year.

And the governor indicated

at the start of the 2019 session

he didn’t believe new

firearm restrictions were

necessary this year after the

measures signed into law

in 2018.

Another controversy

erupted Friday May 17,

when the House Government

Operations Committee

voted along party lines

to concur with a late Senate

amendment to institute

binding arbitration for contract

negotiations with state

Jim Harrison

employees and municipal

public safety employees.

The state employees union

advocated for the amendment

when the Labor Board

chose the Administration’s

final contract offer last

year over the one from the

Union. The municipal provision

of the amendment

was backed by the union

representing professional

firefighters. Municipalities

can already add binding

arbitration to their contract

negotiations as several

Harrison, page 41



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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019


We must fight for

women’s rights

By Madeleine Kunin

The decision to have a safe and legal abortion is

under threat. Recently, the state of Alabama ruled

to outlaw almost all abortions—including in case of

rape or incest. It is one of the chilling indicators of

Roe V. Wade’s fragility.

The intent of the new law is to bring it all the way

up to the Supreme Court in the hope that the newly

conservative court will strike Roe v. Wade down.

This ominous action makes it vital that Vermont

protect the right of our citizens to uphold access to a

safe and legal abortion. The alternative would force

women to go back to the old days—of botched abortions,

sickness and possibly, death.

Fortunately, the Vermont General Assembly is on

the way to inoculating itself against such a dangerous

federal retreat. Enshrining abortion rights into

Vermont law is the first step. A constitutional amendment

(which takes four years to amend) is equally

important to protect Vermont women and families.

These two measures have now been approved by

the Legislature and are on their way to the governor’s

desk. We can be proud of Vermont lawmakers, but we

cannot ignore the women of Alabama and other antiabortion

states. We must continue to fight to protect

women ‘s rights nationwide, by protecting Roe v.

Wade and by electing and appointing pro-choice

lawmakers and judges. We must protect this Supreme

Court decision step by step. Women’s and children’s

health and safety is at stake.

Madeleine Kunin is a former Vermont governor.

When it comes to birth rate,

everyone has Vermont beat

By Art Woolf

Last week the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

released a report titled, in typical boring governmentspeak,

“Births: Provisional Data for 2018.” The national

media coverage played up the significance of that data,

with everyone from the New York Times to NPR to CNN

to The Wall Street Journal noting that the number of

births in 2018 was the lowest in 32 years. Perhaps an appropriate

title for this story is “United States: You Haven’t

Seen Anything Like Vermont.”

If the national media thought the new numbers were

interesting, they should have looked at the number of

“provisional births” in

Vermont. The number of

births in the nation may

be at a 32-year low, but

Vermont’s 5,431 births

was at a 161-year low.

The Wall Street

Journal noted that the


5,431 BIRTHS

WAS AT A 161-


2 percent decline in 2018 was the fourth year in a row of

declining births and births have fallen for 10 of the last

11 years. Vermont can top that. Births here fell 4 percent

– twice as much as the nation – and have only risen in

seven of the past 27 years.

The number of births nationally peaked in 2007,

when there were more babies born than at the peak of

the Baby Boom. That wasn’t the case in Vermont. We did

not see any peak in the early 2000s. Our recent peak year

of births was in 1989, and even that was less than in 1959,

when more Vermont Baby Boomers were born than in

any other year.

Birth rate, page 9


Meeting the challenge of

change in agriculture

Dear Editor,

Farmers are always facing

change. Change is challenging.

From wild weather

swings to global market

forces, farmers are always

riding stormy seas.

Change was the primary

theme recently at a Dairy

Summit in Jay. The two-day

summit brought together

more than 240 people from

Vermont, New Hampshire,

New York and New England.

All those attending the

summit, including more

than 100 dairy farmers,

were intentional in their

desire to make positive

changes to the industry.

Through collaboration

and creative change, farmers

are developing strategies

and ideas for future

work at the Vermont Agency

of Agriculture, Food and

Markets. Farmers want help

showing their farms to the

public and policy makers.

They believe we all need

to do a better job telling

what’s happening on their

farms through authentic

relationships. The Agency

will embark on getting

more people, including

lawmakers and regulators,

to see their businesses this

summer and fall.

Developing new dairy

products for consumers

was also a major theme at

the summit. Farmers are

committed to connecting

with their customers but

need help with product

development. It’s a crowded

field, a crowded shelf at the

supermarket, with endless

consumer choices.

We heard quite plainly

that the Agency needs to

lead with innovation. The

Agency, along with federal

and private partners, will

expand its work developing

marketing, education

and product development

resources for farmers and

dairy processors.

Dairy farmers also told

us they believe they can

help Vermont’s environment

by building on

cutting-edge approaches

to managing their soil. The

Agency and its partners

will look at “gold standard”

environmental efforts on

farmland. This approach

could lead to farmers

receiving payments for

Agriculture, page 17

Improving mental health

for older Vermonters

saves lives and money

Dear Editor,

May 20 marks National

Older Adult Mental Health

Awareness Day, creating an

opportunity to raise recognition

in our communities

around the importance of

supporting older Vermonters

in maintaining good

mental health.

Twenty years ago, a

one-year experiment concluded,

and it was deemed

a success. The year prior,

$15,000 of state funds were

allocated to purchase mental

health expertise from

Northeast Kingdom Human

Service. This fortuitous

collaboration was intended

to fill a gap in services to

some of the area’s most

vulnerable citizens – homebound

older Vermonters

with mental health needs.

Interested parties followed

the experiment, and at the

conclusion of the trial year,

the Vermont State Legislature

set aside a small sum of

money to fund a continuation

of the project throughout

the state. The Eldercare

program – as it is known,

was born, and although

underfunded, remains

active in most counties in

Vermont today.

These services make a

real difference in people’s

lives. Take the story of

Frida, for example, based

on a real-life case study of a

client. Frida was referred to

an eldercare clinician after

overdosing on pain medication

to escape her physical

and emotional pain. She

had a history of trauma and

long-term physical abuse,

and had tried drinking to

relieve her suffering. Frida

was depressed, anxious,

ashamed and angry with

herself as her doctor would

no longer prescribe pain

medication due to the

overdose. Frida lived in a

rural setting, was estranged

from her family and had

no peer supports. With the

support of the clinician who

met with her, Frida worked

on mindfulness techniques

to assist her in coping with

chronic pain. The clinician

taught Frida to offer

herself support and self-

Mental health, page 9

The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 CAPITOL QUOTES • 9


“A strong Vermont economy starts

with decent wages for workers. When

Vermonters have more money in their

pockets, working families have more

to invest back into our local economy.

This grows jobs and economic opportunity

across Vermont. Improving the incomes of

working families and the middle-class is a top

priority in the House,”

Said House General, Housing, & Military Affairs

Committee chair Rep. Tom Stevens (D-Waterbury).

“This puts more money in

Vermonters’ pockets and more

money back into the Vermont

economy. The annual wage growth

in this bill will occur unless there is

a major economic downturn, giving

Vermonters a much-needed raise,

and giving Vermont businesses

a backstop in times of economic


Said Rep. Matthew Trieber


On increasing the minimum wage to $15

in 2024...

“Increasing Vermonters wages is an

economic imperative and an issue of

gender equity. More women than men

are working in minimum wage jobs.

We know that nationally, women make

up two-thirds of all minimum wage

and tipped wage workers, and many

are single parents. Vermont workers

need a raise and this bill accomplishes

that goal in a modest way that makes

considerations for shifts in the

economy that disproportionately

impact Vermont small businesses,”

Said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson

(D-South Hero).

Birth rate:

continued from page 8

Another record was set last year for

the nation. The general fertility rate – the

number of births per 1,000 women age 15

to 44 – fell to a record low of 59.0. Vermont

again has the nation beat. Our general

fertility rate was well below that at 47.7


Some of the reasons given for this

continued decline in U.S. births apply to

Vermont, but others don’t.

Some analysts thought the decline in

births during the Great Recession was a

reflection of those bad economic times

and are puzzled that the decline hasn’t

reversed. Others claim the falling number

of births is an indicator of people’s

despair at an economy that isn’t performing

well for young people and a reflection

of political uncertainty and gloom about

the future. That’s very hard to prove.

Other reasons are easier to see. High

birth rates among the 17 percent of the

U.S. population that is Hispanic helped

boost the number of births in the past.

But birth rates for Hispanic mothers have

plummeted in the past 20 years, removing

that source of growth. That helps to

explain falling births and birth rates in

the U.S., but not for Vermont. Only 2 percent

of Vermont’s population is Hispanic,

so that can’t be a factor in Vermont’s birth


More highly educated women have

fewer babies over their lifetimes. Babies

are expensive, and not just because of

the cost of diapers. Someone has to stay

home to take care of young children, and

it’s usually the mom. That means an interrupted

career path for college-educated

women and lower lifetime earnings, two

Mental health:

continued from page 8

compassion, and to focus on her strengths

and capabilities. Frida adopted a dog who

became her constant companion, bought

herself a computer, and subscribed to the

Boston Globe. She also joined a church

where she did public speaking. She became

interested in the

world rather than

focusing on her

pain level. She

became a part of

her family again.

At the conclusion of her treatment she told

the clinician who worked with her, “I have

learned not to focus on the pain and bad

memories. Now I focus on all that is in my

life and I feel grateful.”

With a growing population of older

Vermonters comes a greater demand for

these critical mental health services. There

are various reasons for this: some older

citizens experience a loss of roles, a sense

of purpose, or increased isolation – or a

combination of all these factors. Others lose

supports through moves or death which

causes grief to mount.

Some older Vermonters experience significant

changes in functioning and health

which can lead to anxiety, depression,

mood dysregulation and grief. Individuals

with breathing disorders often experience

State’s rate is lower than nation as a whole

major opportunity costs of having children.

Even if both parents work, daycare

is expensive and college costs loom high

as a future expense. Vermont has one of

the highest percentages of adult females

with college degrees, so all of these reasons

help to explain the low number of

births in Vermont and the U.S.

Another factor is the decline in teen

births, which have fallen by more than

half in the past decade and by more

than 70 percent since the early 1990s.

That may also be the case in Vermont,

although the CDC report doesn’t tell us

about Vermont teen births. But any fall

in Vermont teen births over the last two

decades is likely due to the big decline in

the number of teenagers here rather than

any significant fall in teen birth rates.

Whatever the reasons, the nation as

a whole is looking a lot like other rich

nations in Europe, Japan, and elsewhere,

with a declining number of births and the

average woman having fewer than two

babies over her lifetime.

Vermont has been there for a while

and is leading the nation down that path.

If national observers are interested in

seeing how a big decline in births and low

levels of fertility affect an economy, they

should come to Vermont. Who knows,

visits by journalists and demographers

could be a new growth industry for the


Art Woolf is an associate professor of

economics at the University of Vermont.

He served for three years as state economist

for Gov. Madeleine Kunin beginning

in 1988. This commentary was published

in VTDigger May 19.

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considerable levels of anxiety, especially

upon exertion. Studies also show that

physical disability and illness can trigger

mental health disorders and mental health

disorders can lead to worsening physical

health. Loss of mobility, chronic pain, the

onset of Parkinson’s



complications of

diabetes, strokes,

and vision and

hearing loss can demand big adjustments

that older folks may need help making.

Currently, the specialized knowledge

needed to begin to adequately address the

intertwined mental and physical health

needs of our older neighbors is limited, yet

growing. Programs and funding to expand

mental health care for this population

are sorely needed, including the need to

support family caregivers in Vermont who

shoulder most of the load for older Vermonters

who have experienced disabling

conditions. Ultimately, proper treatment

of mental health concerns for our older

citizens will not only improve the overall

health of this state, but will also bring down

health care costs.

Cinda Donton, Eldercare Clinician with

Southwestern Vermont Council on Aging.


The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019



Castleton University’s

Athletic Training Club

hosted its first annual 5k

race April 28 to raise funds

for its trip to the NATA Conference

in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dubbed the GreAT 5K to reflect its athletic

training focus, the race is intended to

send athletic training students to regional

and national conferences, reported the

Castleton Spartan.

By Julia Purdy

Students run for money

“We’d like to send 12 athletic trainers

to the National Athletic Trainers Association

convention this June,” race director

Christian McMillan told the Spartan.

The course looped around the campus

core and through the woods.

Junior Jared Wheeler of Coventry,

Rhode Island, who made the Dean’s List,

won first place, followed by Junior Max

Tempel of Averill Park, New York, a member

of the wrestling team.


By Julia Purdy

77 Gallery on Grove Street faces closure

The Rutland H.S. campus, located at the Howe Center south of

downtown, will soon relocate to 77 Grove St., sharing the building

with the Rutland Herald, but pushing out the 77 Gallery, a space and

resource for working artists that has been gaining traction with continuous,

cutting-edge exhibits. Artist and retired Castleton professor

Bill Ramage, who started the 77 Gallery, is not happy. No other space

can compare, he told the Rutland Herald – especially rent-free, as at present. Mark

Foley Jr. owns 77 Grove St., which formerly housed CVPS offices.

The Howe Center space is on the 2nd floor and not ADA compliant, said Amons.

Used by the high school for the last 25 years, “That space aged out,” Amons commented.


challenge sidewalk


At its regular meeting

on April 22, the Castleton

Select Board heard from

Robert Steele, owner of

Tom’s Bait Shop. A sidewalk

is being put in, but

the project is not the same

as presented three years

ago, Steele charged, and he

has gotten no prior notice

of any changes. He said

the state is taking 46 feet

of his store parking area

and planting grass there,

as well as requiring him

to take down his roadside

sign. In addition to other

problems, he feels the loss

of on-site parking will create

a traffic hazard. And,

the neighboring Iron Lantern

eatery will lose one

of its entrances, and an

apartment house will lose

76 percent of its driveway,

which is zoned residential/

commercial. No corresponding

changes are

planned for the opposite

side of the highway.

The public right-ofway

issue dates back to

early Vermont. The board

unanimously voted to

authorize Town Manager

Michael Jones to contact

the state.

Residents contest tactical shooting range

The Pawlet Development Review Board met May 2 to

hold an executive session but also took comments from

the public in attendance, all of whom had probing questions

on the future of

Slate Ridge, a shooting range/tactical training center

that has encountered permitting and zoning obstacles

since January 2018. The owner, Daniel Banyai, has been

seeking a zoning permit for a school and a right-of-way

variance into his landlocked, 30-acre property at 541

Briar Hill Road, West Pawlet. A site visit last year by the

Eric Mach, the zoning administrator, revealed there was

an unpermitted building and a shooting range, requiring

a change of use permit. It was then in operation but

not open to the public. The DRB’s April 25, 2018 meeting

was attended by 56 observers from the public. The main

complaints then were the noise of weapons fire, including

a military-style light machine gun, and concern for

neighborhood safety. It was also expressed that Banyai

had misled about the exact nature of his school. Some

were alarmed by what they read on the Slate Ridge Facebook

page, which has a strong survivalist and Second

Amendment message.

Similar opinions were strongly expressed in public

comments at the May 29, 2018 meeting of the Pawlet

Planning Commission.

When Banyai applied for a variance, rather than considering

it in detail, the DRB grandfathered the nonconforming

right-of-way. Neighbors quickly appealed that

decision to the state Environmental Court. Commenting

that “tensions are running unusually high in this matter,”

the Court vacated the DRB’s decision and sent it back for

proper consideration.

At the May 2 meeting, a former Marine with extensive

range safety experience stated that appropriate safety

measures were lacking for the type of weaponry used at

the range.

DRB member Jonathan Weiss noted that a public

hearing would be held before considering Banyai’s

request for a variance.

Earthmovers and trucks have once

again been busy at the corner of Allen

Street and Stratton Road in Rutland. Along

with Rutland Regional Medical Center’s

construction of its new building for outpatient

services, the Keene Medical Products

offices and showroom has moved around

the corner from 153 Allen St. to an all-new

building at 251 Stratton Road. Associate

and fitter Taryn Vermette said the store

Hospital zone continues to grow

Rutland man arrested for drug dealing

Police arrested a Rutland man for selling

and possessing heroin and cocaine.

Tyler R. Bushey, 25, was arrested by the

Vermont State Police on May 15.

Bushey was approached by officers

in the parking lot of the Price Chopper

in West Rutland. A brief investigation

revealed that Bushey was in possession

approximately 4.5 grams of crack cocaine

and 37 bags of suspected fentanyl and

heroin, police said.

Bushey was arrested following a twomonth

drug investigation conducted by

the Vermont Drug Task Force. The investigation

involved the use of confidential

informants who purchased heroin and

fentanyl from Bushey starting in April

2019. During the investigation, Bushey

was out on furlough for multiple counts

of grand larceny, multiple counts of Petit

Larceny, False Information to a police

officer, and Unlawful Mischief.

Bushey was transported to the Vermont

State Police barracks in Rutland

where he was processed for the four

felony counts and lodged at the Marble

offers, in addition to walkers and scooters,

respiratory and home medical equipment,

stairway lifts, diabetic shoes and inserts,

vasectomy products and more. Even when

the parking area was still bare dirt, the new

building opened for business on April 29,

Manager Wendy McGuinness said. The attached

wing facing Allen Street will be torn

down and a delivery road put in at the back

of the building, McGuinness added.

Tyler R. Bushey

Valley Regional Correctional Facility on

the furlough violation. Bushey is scheduled

to be arraigned on the new charges

on July 15. This investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to

contact the Vermont Drug Task Force at




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School board considers cutting foreign language

By Curt Peterson

WOODSTOCK—One important issue among

many topics discussed by board members of the

Windsor Central Modified Unified Union School District

at the Woodstock Middle School Library on May

13 was elimination of language learning for Kindergarten

through third grade.

Jamie Ziobro, father of a second-grader, read

from a letter signed by him, Lydia Locke, Stacy Bebo,

Patrick Crowl, and Lorissa and Sam Segal, protesting

against the language studies changes:

“I and other parents met with Superintendent

Banios on April 26 to discuss the importance of foreign

language instruction beginning at the kindergarten

level. Superintendent Banios agreed to look into

the possibility of adding foreign language back to the

elementary academic calendar,” Ziobro wrote.

Recommendations by the language committee

were cited at both the meeting and in a subsequent

email from Banios.

“It would be helpful if, in the interest of transparency

and full disclosure, the recommendations of

this team be shared with the public,” Ziobro’s letter


Superintendent Mary Beth Banios provided a copy

of the language committee’s “World Language at the

Elementary Level: Action Plan” document to which

Ziobro referred.

When the plan was created the District was providing

two classes of 30 or 45 minutes each per week in

grades K-6.

“Students receive language instruction one time

per week, starting either in kindergarten or first

grade, depending on the school, varying in length of

time from 25 minutes of instruction in kindergarten,








to 45 minutes of instruction in sixth grade,” the Plan


The Plan goal is to “Expand the instructional time

for world language” so that, “By the end of the sixth

grade …, students will at least attain a novice midproficiency


“The current model of language instruction (1 lesson

per week) will not accomplish the goal of achieving

a score of novice mid,” the document continues.

Specifically, the committee recommended three

classes per week of 30 minutes each for Kindergarten,

first and second grades,

four 30-minute classes

for grades 3 and 4, and

four 45-minute classes for

grades 5 and 6.

It became obvious this

was the first several board

members had become

aware of the changes.

Killington representative

Jim Haff said his

daughter Meaghan’s

experience validates

language instruction in the

early grades – inspired by French class in Killington’s

kindergarten, she is entering graduate school to study

language, including Arabic.

Haff said he first learned about the language studies

change from Mr. Ziobro’s objection, not from

board discussions. Other board members expressed

the same lack of awareness.

Jennifer Iannantuoni, board vice-chair and representing

Killington, said a 2019-2020 budget presentation

to the Board in June included the changes.

Haff told the Mountain Times taht he remembers

Superintendent Banios saying the number of teaching

positions was being reduced, but hadn’t translated

that to mean elimination of the Kindergarten through

third grade language classes.

“I asked to see the notes from the meeting when

that decision was made,” Haff said.

Elaine Leibly, primary language educator in the elementary

schools, said she recommends no fewer than

three language classes per week, starting as young as

possible. One weekly class

may be enough to introduce

students to a different

culture, but not enough to

produce language proficiency,

she said.

Banios emailed The

Mountain Times: “We have

moved resources to cover a

Spanish program in grades

4-6 that provides Spanish

three times a week for 45

minutes. Our language

committee stressed the importance

of multiple exposures to language per week

in order for a program to be impactful.”

Board chair Paige Hiller said she will distribute the

language committee’s recommendations and parent’s

meeting remarks to the board and to elementary

school parents.

The next Windsor Central Modified Unified Union

School District Board meeting is scheduled for June

10 at the WUHSMS Teagle Library.


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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

Governor Phil Scott signs

on two new tobacco laws

By Ellie French/VTDigger

The American Heart

Association is pleased

that Vermont is now the

14th state where the

Governor has signed into

law legislation raising

the legal sales age for

tobacco products to

21. That is one of two

tobacco bills that Gov.

Phil Scott signed Thursday,

May 16 – the other

banning the Internet sale

of e-cigarettes.

Gov. Phil Scott signed

into law S.86, which raises

the legal sales age for tobacco

products to 21, and

H. 26, the ban on Internet

sale of e-cigarettes.

“Vermont is a leader

in curbing tobacco use

by passing Tobacco 21,”

Government Relations

Director Tina Zuk said.

“Only 14 states have this

law to date, but Vermont

leaders recognized the

impact of tobacco and

the e-cigarette crisis and

acted quickly to help

youth. We are especially

grateful to our champions

in the Legislature,

Sen. Ginny Lyons and

Rep. George Till for

sponsoring the legislation

in their respective

chambers, Senate Health

Phil Scott

and Welfare and House

Human Services Committee

chairs, Sen. Lyons

and Rep. Ann Pugh, and

their committee members

who spent many

hours researching these

issues and listening to

testimony. We’re grateful

to Gov. Scott for signing

this important prevention


Zuk added, “We know

that if someone doesn’t

pick up a cigarette by the

time they are 21, their

chances of doing so falls

to just 2 percent. Smoking

is the leading risk

factor for heart disease

and stroke, the nation’s

No. 1 and No. 5 killers.

The state of Vermont

just saved a number of

lives with this legislation,

and millions of dollars

that would otherwise

have been spent treating

tobacco-caused illnesses.”

Vermont currently

spends $348 million

annually on health care

costs directly related to

smoking, $87.2 million of

which are Medicaid costs.

The National Academies

of Medicine found

that raising the age to

21 would reduce the

smoking rate over time

by 12 percent and reduce

smoking-related deaths

by 10 percent.

The Tobacco 21 law

takes effect on Sept. 1.

The American Heart Association

also praised the

passage of the ban on Internet

sale of e-cigarettes

which would take effect

on July 1.

The American Heart

Association is optimistic

that Gov. Scott will soon

sign H.47, which imposes

a tax on e-cigarettes,

making a tobacco triple

play in the Green Mountain


By John Hall

Fawns are being born now and should be left alone. Their mothers are almost always

nearby, according to Vt. Fish & Wildlife.

Fawns are arriving;

leave them alone, urges F&W

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department

says deer fawns are being born this time of

year and asks that people avoid disturbing

or picking them up.

Most deer fawns are born in late May

and the first and second weeks of June,

according to Vermont deer biologist Nick


Fortin says it is best to keep your distance

because the fawn’s mother is almost

always nearby. When people see a small

fawn alone, they often mistakenly assume it

is helpless, lost or needing to be rescued.

Fawns do not attempt to evade predators

during their first few weeks, instead

relying on camouflage and stillness to

remain undetected. During these times,

fawns learn critical survival skills from their

mothers. Bringing a fawn into a human

environment results in separation from its

mother, and it usually results in a sad ending

for the animal.

Fortin encourages people to resist the

urge to assist wildlife in ways that may be

harmful, and he offered these tips:

-Deer nurse their young at different times

during the day and often leave their young

alone for long periods of time. These

animals are not lost. Their mother knows

where they are and will return.

-Deer normally will not feed or care for

their young when people are close by.

-Deer fawns will imprint on humans and

lose their natural fear of people, which can

be essential to their survival.

-Keep domestic pets under control at all

times. Dogs often will kill fawns and other

baby animals.

For the safety of all wildlife, taking a wild

animal into captivity is illegal in Vermont.

“It’s in the best interest of Vermonters

and the wildlife that live here, for all of us

to maintain a respectful distance and help

keep wildlife wild,” added Fortin.

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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 NEWS BRIEFS • 13

Vermont’s Trophy Trout

stocking for 2019

Vermont’s “Trophy

Trout” stocking program

for 2019 includes eight

river sections and 25 lakes

and ponds receiving the

two-year old trout, some

over 18 inches long.

“The trophy rainbow

and brown trout stocked

in the Black, Winoos ki,

Lamoille, Missisquoi, Walloomsac,

and Passumpsic

Rivers as well as East and

Otter Creeks provide

exciting fishing for many

anglers of all ages and skill

levels,” said Vermont’s

Director of Fisheries Eric

Palmer. “Large two-year

old brookies and rainbows

will also be stocked in

many lakes and ponds to

provide excellent fishing


Trout fishing opened

April 13 and will continue

through Oct. 31 this year

in the river sections listed

below. There is no length

limit and the daily creel

limit for these stream sections

is two trout.

Stocking of the

river sections is occurring

throughout May. Anglers

can check Vermont Fish

and Wildlife’s website


com) to see the stocking

that has occurred and see

the lakes and ponds that

are being stocked with trophy

trout. Click on “Fish”

and then “Fish Stocking


Black River: along Rt.

131 in Weathersfield and

Cavendish, from Downers

covered bridge upstream,

approximately four miles,

to the next bridge across

the river, the Howard Hill


Lamoille River: from

the downstream edge of

the bridge on Route 104

in the Village of Fairfax

upstream, approximately

1.6 miles, to the top of

the Fairfax Falls Dam in


Otter Creek: in Danby

and Mt. Tabor - From the

Vermont Railway Bridge

north of the fishing access

upstream, approximately

2 miles, to the Danby-Mt.

Tabor Forest Rd. Bridge

(Forest Road # 10).

East Creek: in Rutland

City – from the confluence

with Otter Creek

upstream, approximately

2.7 miles, to the to p of the

Patch Dam in Rutland City.

Missisquoi River: In

Enosburg and Sheldon,

from the downstream

Trophy trout, page 32

By John Hall, courtesy VTF&W

Trophy trout like these are being stocked this spring in

eight Vermont river sections and 25 lakes and ponds.

Jarvis Green to be honored for leadership

Vital Communities will honor Jarvis

Green and other individuals and

organizations that have contributed

to the vitality of the Upper Valley at its

eighth annual Heroes & Leaders dinner

on May 30. This year’s event, part

of Vital Communities’ yearlong 25th

anniversary celebration, will be held

at the Top of the Hop and Alumni Hall

in Hanover.

Green is the founder of JAG Productions,

formerly in Barnard, and

has served as its producing artistic

director since 2015. JAG was formed

with the mission to produce classic

and contemporary African-American

theatre; to serve as an incubator of

new work that excites broad intellectual

engagement; and thereby, to

catalyze compassion, empathy, love

and community through shared understandings

of humankind through

the lens of the African-American experience.

With a home base in White

River Junction – at the confluence of

the White and Connecticut Rivers,

which separate Abenaki land into the

majority white states of Vermont and

New Hampshire – JAG Productions

nurtures and sustains a multi-generational

and multi-racial theatre

company with Black artists and community

organizers at its center.

“I am deeply honored by this

recognition by Vital Communities

and humbled that the work I am

doing is valued and supported by

this community,” said Green. “In this

contemporary moment where we are

constantly being made aware of the

deep divisions that keep us segregated

from people who do act, think,

Jarvis Green

talk or look like us – it is crucial now

more than ever that we build, encourage

and support artists and cultural

workers that reflect the diversity of

our nation and our world.”

The theatre company recently

closed its third season with JAGfest

3.0, an annual festival of new works

celebrating the talents of African-

American playwrights. The weeklong

festival of workshops and events

hosted 30 artists, four playwrights,

and saw 800 attendees during the

four sold out readings.

During JAGfest 2.0 in 2018, the

company cultivated Nathan Yungerberg’s

play Esai’s Table; a dream was

then born to produce the world

premiere of this play in the Upper Valley

for the community that nurtured

and supported its development.

October 2019 will see the fruition of

that dream as JAG presents the world

premiere of Esai’s Table at the Briggs

Opera House in White River Junction.

The play will subsequently transfer

Off-Broadway to the Cherry Lane

Theatre in New York City. Esai’s Table

marks a pivotal moment for JAG as it’s

first world premiere, first Off-Broadway

transfer, and first co-production.

JAG’s 2018-19 season saw other

notable firsts including selecting and

introducing its founding Board of





Courtesy JAG Productions

Directors led by Co-chairs Brian Cook

and Jacqueline Fischer. In October,

the company launched its inaugural

benefit dinner party JAG Juke Joint,

which included live performances

from nationally recognized black

theater artists and southern home

cooking. The event was sold-out

with 200 attendees and raised more

than $20,000. In January 2019, JAG’s

production of Lady Day at Emerson’s

Bar and Grill was selected by Capital

Jazz to be featured during its 12th Annual

SuperCruise, a full-ship African-

American Jazz music festival at sea.

JAG’s was the only theatrical production

selected to perform during the

8-day festival that featured noted Jazz

performers such as Sheila E., Take 6,

and Babyface Nelson. The festival was

host to 4,000 attendees and departed

in January 2019 from Florida, visiting

Haiti, Honduras, Belize and Mexico.

Beyond theatrical productions

and events, JAG works to bring its

mission and values to the public

through outreach programs such as a

free student matinee program, educational

support materials and guest

speaking engagements. Jarvis Green

recently was the keynote speaker at

Lebanon High School’s first Martin

Luther King Day celebration. JAG provides

classroom packets for teachers

JAG, page 14


The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

RRMC hosts Stop

the Bleed training

RUTLAND—In honor

of national Stop the

Bleed Day (May 23) Rutland

Regional Medical

Center will be offering

free, one hour Stop the

Bleed trainings on Thursday,

May 23 at 8 a.m.,

noon and 4 p.m. in the

CVPS/Leahy Community

Health Education Center

in Conference Rooms A

and B. These trainings

will be conducted by

Sheena Daniel, RN, BSN,

and CEN Emergency

Room Manager at RRMC;

and Ryn Gluckman, BSN,

RN, and CEN. Sign up

at rrmcstopthebleed523.

eventbrite.com. The


trainings are first come,

first served.

Stop the Bleed is one

of the nation’s largest

public health campaigns

designed to encourage

bystanders to become

trained, equipped, and

empowered to help in

a bleeding emergency

before professional help

arrives. Its goal is to save

lives by training people

across the country how

to stop traumatic bleeding.

For more information

visit National-


or email rrmcstopthebleed@gmail.com.

Wallingford receives $2,500 grant

Wallingford was awarded a $2,500

grant from the Vermont Community

Foundation’s Spark! Connecting Community

grant program. The grant will be

utilized by the Communication/Event

Committee to bring back Wallingford

Day on Saturday, July 20.

This time honored tradition

was once the biggest annual

event in town and will be

returning this summer.

Wallingford Day is a

community celebration

with activities and entertainment for the

community members and our neighbors.

There will be musical acts, local

vendors, games, demonstrations from

local organizations, tags sales throughout

the village and more, ending with a

fireworks display.

The Spark! Connecting Community

grant program puts building and nurturing

community front and center. The

foundation aims to support the work

happening throughout Vermont’s 251

towns that builds social capital. These

grants are intended to light the spark that

keeps Vermonters healthy and happy.





The Vermont Community Foundation

inspires giving and brings people and

resources together to make a difference

in Vermont. A family of hundreds of

funds and foundations, VCF provides the

advice, investment vehicles, and backoffice

expertise that make it easy for

people who care about Vermont to find

and fund the causes they love.


Mon., May 27th and Wed., May 29th

8:00 PM • Doors Open at 7:15



Summer operations to begin Memorial

Day weekend at Killington, Okemo

This Memorial Day weekend, Killington Resort will

open the Bike Park, Adventure Center and golf course for

the summer while still

continuing the longest

season in the East with

skiing and riding on

Superstar Trail.

Guests can get a

taste of the Beast 365

All-Seasons Pass this

weekend. For $102,

adventure seekers will

have unlimited access to

skiing, golf, Adventure

Center and mountain

biking from Friday to

Monday. Guests who take advantage of this promotion

can apply the $102 towards the year-long pass throughout

the weekend. Superstar Express Quad will be open for

skiing and riding Friday through Monday, the Killington

Golf Course, Bike Park and Adventure Center will open


Founder of production company, Jarvis Green, awarded

continued from page 13

to engage students in conversations about race in their communities. JAG also partners

with Dartmouth College, White River Indie Festival and other area organizations

to bring artists for workshops and public panel discussions with topics as varied as the

limitations and possibilities of curating Black experiences in white institutions in spite

of the white supremacist power structures with which Black artists have to contend,

reflecting on the afterlives and the legacies of the transatlantic slave trade through the

lens of Black theatre artists and Black queer and feminist artists, and Aretha Franklin’s

legacy and her pursuit and love of opera.

“It is a great joy for us at Vital Communities to take a moment each year to honor

people who have contributed to the vibrancy of the Upper Valley in significant and

sustained ways,” said Rob Schultz, director of development and manager of Leadership

Upper Valley at Vital Communities. “As we celebrate 25 years of working together

Billings Farm & Museum

Mountain to Times: cultivate Eighth the region’s Page: 4.82 civic, x environmental, 3.87 and economic vitality, we’re especially

pleased to recognize this inspiring group of leaders who have been at the forefront

of significant movements for positive change in the Upper Valley. We joyfully include

the founders of Vital Communities in this group and will honor them as part of the


This year’s honorees include: Liza Bernard and Penny McConnell, Len Cadwallader,

Delia Clark, Ivy Condon, Edgewater Farm, Jarvis Green, Curt and Sharon Jacques,

Prudence Pease, Monique Priestley, Stan Williams, Doug Wise, and Chuck Wooster

and Sue Kirincich.

For more information visit jagproductionsvt.com.

Sponsored by:








Saturday through Monday.

“Killington is proud to offer ‘The Longest Season in

the East’ with 204 days of skiing and

riding already under our belts for

the 2018-19 season as we head into

Memorial Day Weekend. And once

again, our winter season will collide

with summer as we open mountain

biking, golf and our Adventure

Center while still skiing and riding

Superstar Trail,” says Mike Solimano,

president and general manager of

Killington Resort.

Current conditions on Superstar

Trail have Killington optimistic that

skiing and riding will continue into

June. For up-to-date conditions, visit killington.com.

Okemo Resort is also operating on its summer schedule,

with lift-served mountain biking in the Evolution Bike Park,

the Adventure Zone, golf, and scenic chairlift rides.

Skiing and riding at Okemo ended mid-April.

Sheep Shearing & Herding

Fri. & Sat., May 25 & 26 • 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Shearing the Southdowns

10:30 • 12:30 • 2:30

Sheep Herding

11:30 • 1:30 • 3:30

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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 NEWS BRIEFS • 15



An unforgettable summer experience, kids will progress their mountain bike skills while enjoying all the Green Mountains

and Killington Resort have to offer. New this year, camps are available as single, three and five day options from July

8-August 2. Camps are available as day or overnight.


Session 1 July 8-10 July 8-12

Session 2 July 15-17 July 15-19

Session 3 July 22-24 July 22-26

Session 4 July 29-31 July 29-August 2


With Lift $449 $675

Pass holders $337 $507

Overnight $199 $324

Rental Bike $199 $279

The weekend camp is open to riders of all ability levels, including first time downhill riders. Participants will have the

opportunity to develop new skills and friendships in a fun and welcoming atmosphere crafted by our professional coaches.


Session 1 August 9-11

With Lift $449

Pass holders $337

Rental Bike $199

Learn more at killington.com/bikepark or call 800-621-MTNS

Additional Add on’s include full face helmet and damage waiver.


The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

2019 River Road Concert Series

Thursdays, 6-7:30 pm Rain or Shine

July 11: Twangtown Paramours

(Sophisticated Americana)

July 18: Panhandlers

(Steel Drum Band)

July 25: John Lackard Blues Band

(Authentic Blues)

Aug 1: Steve Hartman

(Folk Rock)

Aug 8: The Shananagans

(Irish & American Folk)

Aug 15: Moose Crossing

(Contemporary Jazz)

Aug 22: Ball in the House (R&B/

Soul/Pop A Capella)

Aug 29: My Son the Hurricane

Bring a lawn chair & a picnic! Enjoy the show. All concerts are free and all are welcome!

Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Road, Killington, VT

June 24-August 23 Ages 4-13

Pricing options range from $50 to $1881 with options to

come play for all 9 weeks, weekly, or daily.

Little Explorers Ages 4-6

Jr Explorers Ages 7-9

Come explore with us through

hikes, arts & crafts, swimming,

games, and more

Rek & Trek Ages 10-13

Come explore the Killington

Valley with trips to local parks,

hikes, mountain biking, &


To register or for more information go to killingtonrec.com

The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 NEWS BRIEFS • 17


continued from page 8

managing their ecosystems

and stewarding their land in

the face of climate change.

More agriculture

education, whole milk

in schools and a campaign

that focuses on

how important dairy is

to Vermont’s economy

is another priority for

farmers. The Agency will

be working with a host of

partners on these issues.

Meeting the challenge

To lead the effort, dairy

farmers asked us to create

a dairy advisory panel to

facilitate the conversation

on their suggestions and

challenges. We will do so.

Farmers also told us to

keep working with Washington

on dairy policy and

prices. The Vermont Milk

Commission has proposed

a growth management

plan. We heard from farmers

they want the Agency

to pursue this important,

nationwide discussion

with Congress.

These are just a few

outcomes of the Dairy

Summit. Like Vermont’s

farmers, we are open to

new ideas, change and a

commitment to improve

the backbone of Vermont:


Anson Tebbetts


Pictured (l-r) Claudio Fort from Rutland Regional Medical Center, artist Don Ramey,

Rutland City Alderman Lisa Ryan, and Steve Costello from Green Mountain Power celebrate

the unveiling of the new 54th Regiment sculpture in downtown Rutland.


Fifth sculpture unveiled

continued from page 4

equal rights campaigners, I became more at ease with depicting them in battle,” Ramey

said. “These were men fighting and dying not for some abstract political concept, but for

their own real freedom, and the actual physical freedom of their fellow men and women

still held in bondage. It’s a privilege to be able to honor the extraordinary valor of ordinary

local citizens. Rutland’s current residents can be rightly proud of their legacy.”

The regiment was credited with demonstrating incredible bravery, changing military

views of African Americans common at the time, and exhibiting tremendous leadership

in rejecting military pay until their demands for equal pay were met. Lisa Ryan, a charter

member of the Rutland NAACP and member of the Rutland City Board of Aldermen, said as

an African American woman, she is proud of the sculpture.

“This sculpture is not only a representation of a significant moment in history for African

Americans, but it is an opportunity to welcome and celebrate diversity in our community,”

Ryan said. “I feel proud that the Rutland community is making a meaningful connection to

education and inclusion.”

The Rev. Arnold Thomas, a former board member of Vermont Partnership for Fairness

and Diversity and supporter of the Vermont African American Heritage Trail, said the

artwork would be added to the trail later this year, and would inspire students and visitors

alike. “While Vermont is one of the whitest states in the Union, it has a rich African American

history of national significance, with Rutland playing a key role,” Thomas said.

GMP Vice President Steve Costello said the 20 men averaged 27 years of age. One,

George Hart, was born into slavery in Louisiana, but came to Vermont with Captain Edmund

Morse of the 7th Vermont Regiment. The men included a barber, a mason, laborers,

and farmers. They included two sets of brothers, a father and son, and two brothers in law.

Several are buried in Rutland, including William Scott, who enlisted at the age of 42.

“He was wounded in the head during the Battle of Olustee in February 1864,” Costello

said. “He was discharged for disability in May 1865, and returned to Rutland, where he

died in March 1873. His grave in West Street Cemetery includes one of the most poignant

epitaphs in the cemetery: ‘I have fought my last battle, I have gone to rest.’”

Mayor Dave Allaire and MKF Properties President Mark Foley Jr. unveiled the artwork

near the corner of Center Street and Merchants Row, as CSSC Executive Director Carol

Driscoll unveiled an accompanying bronze plaque. “It’s a tremendous piece of art honoring

bravery and service,” Driscoll said. Added Foley, who owns the building: “I am honored

to be able to celebrate this important piece of Rutland history, and share it with locals and

visitors alike.”

The Rutland Sculpture Trail is a collaboration of the CSSC, Green Mountain Power, MKF

Properties, and Vermont Quarries. Other sculptures in the series include:

• “Stone Legacy,” a tribute to the region’s stone industry funded by GMP and MKF, in

Marketplace Park.

• A tribute to Rudyard Kipling’s “Jungle Book,” which stands outside Phoenix Books,

which underwrote it.

• A piece honoring Olympic skier Andrea Mead Lawrence, funded by John and Sue


• A sculpture of Revolutionary War hero Ann Story and her son Solomon, funded by the

extended Costello family, which stands at the corner of West and Cottage streets.

• A tribute to Rutland native Martin Henry Freeman, the country’s first African American

college president, funded by Dr. Fred and Jennifer Bagley, the Wakefield family, Donald

Billings and Sara Pratt. It is expected to be completed late this summer.

• A piece honoring “Bill W.,” a Dorset native raised in Rutland who co-founded Alcoholics

Anonymous, also expected to be created this summer. It is funded by three anonymous


Organizers continue work on plans and fundraising for other sculptures. The series is

intended to honor important local people and history, create community pride, beautify

downtown Rutland, and draw locals and tourists into the city center.

Proctor market:

continued from page 3

New owners for Market on West Street







Chris’s parents, John and Helena

(Pietryka) Curtis, were born and raised

in Proctor and Florence, respectively;

after high school John took a highway

engineering job with the state of Connecticut,

where Chris was born and

grew up.

When Chris told Jenn his dream was

to open a general store in Vermont, she

was equally enthusiastic. Long before

the auction Jenn and Chris had visited

Proctor and stopped at the empty store

to look around.

The Proctor store had been vacant

almost a year and the tax sale was held

May 18, 2018.

Aunt Gail and Uncle Albert Curtis

live in town. When the store was put on

the auction block, Aunt Gail called the

couple “twice in

one week before

the auction,”

Jenn said, to urge

them to view the

store and bid

on it.

Jenn said she

had one bid left

at the auction

and wasn’t going

above a certain figure. She bid against

the only other bidder, and he stopped.

“It seemed meant to be. If it wasn’t

for her urging, we would not be here.

But it feels right and we’re going to give

it everything we have,” Jenn told the

Mountain Times.

Jenn was born and raised in Windsor,

Connecticut and worked as a nurse. The

couple bought a run-down farm in Connecticut.

Chris, a landscaper of 34 years’

experience, turned the farm around.

They sold it to come to Vermont.

The Curtises closed on the building

in May and drove back and forth, gutted

the store and worked on it, sold the

farm, and moved above the store, where

they now live, Dec. 22.

The only original object is the butcher

block from Frank LaPenna, Chris Curtis’

second cousin, who ran the store from

the late ‘80s-early‘90s.

“Everybody loved him,” Jenn said.

“We loved this, my husband planed it

out, we stained it and put it on this sewing

machine base.”

Another original feature is the walkin

cooler behind the kitchen area. It

is lined with varnished matchstick

paneling, the doors have the original

heavy hardware, and it still operates off

a compressor in the basement.

The Market On West Street will carry

cigarettes, displayed on an antique metal

cigarette display, CBD products and

lottery tickets, but no vape products.

There will be a refrigerated grab-andgo

for take-home meals, an ice cream

chest and a candy counter – and an ATM

machine for those last-minute cash


Jenn calls Chris a “soup guy” who

makes soups from scratch using

recipes from Grandmother Curtis. Jenn

prepares daily specials from scratch,

including pastries and sub rolls.

They plan to sell

mostly fresh, locally-sourced


organic when they

can but “you pay

a lot more. We will

be going to the

farmers’ market

sometimes but

I do want to try

to utilize local

farmers,” Jenn said. The produce will be

unsprayed but not necessarily certified


The Market On West Street will be

open six days a week, and the Curtises

will man the store themselves.

The Curtises have done most of the

work themselves, along with Chris’s

brother Jeff, hiring local tradesmen for

plumbing and electrical work. Jenn’s

nephew is a certified mechanic who

set up the surveillance cameras and

the POS register, which will also keep


Jenn also feels she has roots in Proctor.

A new enterprise energizes the

whole town, she said. “I want the town

to be happier and more active. This is

the turnaround.”

The Curtises are appreciative of the

warm welcome they have received in

town. Town Manager Stan Wilbur stops

in every day and orders for a sandwich,

which is yet to be made.

“We don’t want the town to want a

market, we want the town to have a market,”

Chris added.

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Savvy Spending Solutions Workshop

10 a.m.

BROC Community Action offers a free workshop on spending wisely,

saving big, and planning ahead for large purchases. Register at 802-

665-1742 or sfaris@broc.org. Held at BROC, 45 Union St., Rutland.


Active Seniors Lunch

12 p.m.

Killington Active Seniors meet for a meal Wednesdays at the Lookout

Bar & Grille. Town sponsored. Come have lunch with this well-traveled

group of men and women. $5/ person. 908-783-1050. 2910 Killington

Road, Killington.

Palliative Talk

12:45 p.m.

Palliative Care and Hospice: The Difference Between Them and How

to Be Prepared with members of the Gifford Palliative Care team, at

Randolph Senior Center, 6 Hale St, Randolph.

Lego Club

3 p.m.

Lego club at Sherburne Memorial Library, River Road, Killington,

Wednesdays 3-4 p.m. during the school year. Ages 6+.

Vermont Farmers’ Market (Rutland)

3 p.m.

The outdoor summer market is held every Wednesday, 3-6 p.m. in

Depot Park (in front of WalMart), Rutland. 75+ vendors selling farm

fresh veggies and fruits, flowers, specialty foods, hot foods, eggs,

artisan cheeses, handcrafted breads, maple syrup, Vermont crafts, jars

of every type, and more; plus hard goods and services. vtfarmersmarket.org.

Brandon Book Sale

4 p.m.

Brandon Free Public Library holds used book sale, through October.

Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1

p.m. Amazing selection for all ages, fiction and non-fiction. For May,

BOGO. 4 Franklin St., Brandon.

Tobacco Cessation Group

5 p.m.

Castleton Community Center, 2108 Main St., Castleton. Wednesdays,

5-6 p.m. Free nicotine replacement therapy and other resources and

supports. 802-747-3768.

Rutland Garden Series

5:30 p.m.

Gardening workshop at Southeast Community Garden, 101 Allen

St., Rutland. “Making Your Bed: Starting Your Garden” is

first in the series. Demonstration garden developed

by SAGE, to inspire Rutland residents to utilize

city’s community garden spaces and homes for

gardening. Scott Courcelle of Alchemy Gardens

instructs. Free, $5 suggested donation.


Rotary Meeting

6 p.m.

The Killington-Pico Rotary club

cordially invites visiting Rotarians,

friends and guests to attend

weekly meeting. Meets Wednesdays

at Clear River Tavern in

Pittsfield, 6-8 p.m. for full dinner

and fellowship. 802-773-0600

to make a reservation. Dinner

fee $21. KillingtonPicoRotary.


Meditation Circle

6:15 p.m.

Maclure Library offers meditation

circle Wednesdays, 6:15-

7:15 p.m. 802-483-2792. 840

Arch St., Pittsford.

Free Knitting Class

6:30 p.m.

Free knitting classes at Plymouth

Community Center, by Barbara Wanamaker.

Bring yarn and needles, U.S. size

7 or 8 bamboo needles recommended,

one skein of medium weight yarn in light or

medium color. RSVP to bewanamaker@gmail.

com, 802-396-0130. 35 School Drive, Plymouth.


Audubon Marsh Walk

7 a.m.

West Rutland Marsh Walk with Rutland County Audubon. 3.7 miles at

important bird area - or go half-way. Kids, new birders and non-members

welcome. Learn from the experts! Meet at marsh boardwalk on

Marble St., West Rutland. Info, birding@rutlandcountyaudubon.org.

Open Swim **

8 a.m.

Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement

Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 8-9 a.m.; 5-7 p.m. 802-773-7187.

Stop the Bleed Training

8 a.m.

RRMC offers free, one-hour Stop the Bleed trainings at 8 a.m., 12 noon

and 4 p.m. in CVPS/Leahy Community Health Ed Room at RRMC, 160

Allen St., Rutland. First come, first served. Sign up at rrmcstopthebleed523.eventbrite.com.


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.

Killington Bone Builders

10 a.m.

Bone builders meets at Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Rd.,

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


Mendon Bone Builders

10 a.m.

Mendon bone builders meets Thursdays at Roadside Chapel, 1680

Townline Rd, Rutland Town. 802-773-2694.

Balance Workshop

4 p.m.

Rutland Regional Medical Center hosts Gaining Traction: Improve your

Walking, Balance, and Stability workshop on Thursdays, May 23-June

20, 4-5:30 p.m. in CVPS/Leahy Community Health Ed Center. 160 Allen

St., Rutland. Registration required at rrmc.org; 802-772-2400. $15.

Tobacco Cessation Group

4:30 p.m.

Old Brandon Town Hall, Brandon. Thursdays, 4:30-5:30 p.m. Free

nicotine replacement therapy and other resources and supports. 802-


Ukulele Lessons

5 p.m.

Chaffee Art Center offers ukulele lessons weekly on Thursdays, 5-6

p.m. $20. RSVP requested: info@chaffeeartcenter.org. 16 South Main

St., Rutland. Bring your own ukulele!

All Levels Yoga

5:30 p.m.

All levels flow at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River

Rd, Killington. killingtonyoga.com, 802-770-4101.

Bridge Club

6 p.m.

Marble Valley Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Godnick Center Thursdays,

6 p.m. Sanctioned duplicate bridge games. 1 Deer St., Rutland.


Rochester Valley Trails Summit

6 p.m.

RASTA hosts Rochester Valley Trails Summit at Pierce Hall, 38 S. Main

St., Rochester. 6-8 p.m. Info on Velomont, local trail updates, two BIG

announcements, membership/workday signup,

RYP Mixer

6 p.m.

Rutland Young Professionals May mixer at The Draught Room Bar &

Grill in Diamond Run Mall, Rutland. 6-8 p.m. Free. GE hosts - hear from

plant manager about opportunities. Food, cash bar, door prizes.

International Folk Dancing

6:30 p.m.

Simple Israeli and European dances taught by Judy. Free. All welcome.

Bring friends and BYOB. Dress comfortable, wear solid shoes with

non-skid soles. at Rutland Jewish Center. Rutland Jewish Center, 96

Grove St., Rutland. 802-773-3455, rutlandjewishcenter.org.

Woodstock Book Author Event

7 p.m.

“Pilgrims of Woodstock,” the music festival in 1969, shows photos

never before seen, and interviews with people who attended. See the

images, hear the stories at Rochester Public Library, 22 S. Main St.,



Total Archery Challenge

7:15 a.m.

Total Archery Challenge at Pico Mountain Resort, May 24-26. The

greatest outdoor 3D archery experience in the nation. Family friendly,

with kids’ activities. 7:15 a.m. check-in. 8 a.m. Nock Time courses

open. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lodges open for food. 4 p.m. course shuttle, chair

lift closes. Register and get info at totalarcherychallenge.com. 73 Alpine

Drive, Mendon.

Open Swim **

8 a.m.

Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement

Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 8-9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Level 1 Yoga

8:30 a.m.

Level 1 Hatha Yoga at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744

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

Story Time

10:30 a.m.

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

Stories, songs, activities. All ages welcome! 802-422-9765.

Brandon Book Sale

11 a.m.

Brandon Free Public Library holds used book sale, through October.

Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1

p.m. Amazing selection for all ages, fiction and non-fiction. For May,

BOGO. 4 Franklin St., Brandon.

Knitting Group

12 p.m.

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

840 Arch St., Pittsford.

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Ludlow Farmers’ Market

4 p.m.

Every Friday, Memorial Day to Columbus Day, 4-7 p.m. on the front

lawn of Okemo Mountain School, 53 Main St., Ludlow. 30+ local vendors.

Rain or shine.

“One Town at a Time”

5:30 p.m.

A film exploring all of Vermont’s 251 towns. Vermont premiere at Woodstock

Town Hall Theatre, 31 the Green, Woodstock. Reception 5:30

p.m. Screening 6:30 p.m. Preview trailer : onetownatatime251.com.


Total Archery Challenge

7:15 a.m.

Total Archery Challenge at Pico Mountain Resort, May 24-26. The

greatest outdoor 3D archery experience in the nation. Family friendly,

with kids’ activities. 7:15 a.m. check-in. 8 a.m. Nock Time courses

open. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lodges open for food. 4 p.m. course shuttle,

chair lift closes. 5:30 p.m. afterparty. Register and get info at totalarcherychallenge.com.

73 Alpine Drive, Mendon.

Killington Stage Race

Race the legend! Or spectate. May 25-27. Today, Lookout & First Stop

Circuit Race: 18-mile circuit with big ring climb and fast finish. Timed,

with prizes. Get the details at killingtonstagerace.com. Register online

at bikereg.com.

Bird Monitoring

8 a.m.

A Working Woodlands Workshop at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National

Historical Park in Woodstock: Learn about NPS Northeast Temperate

Network volunteer bird monitoring program. Binocs available - or BYO.

Meet at Carriage Barn Visitor Center at MBRNH. Park at Billings Farm,

Old River Road. Free, but please RSVP to 802-457-3368 ext. 222.

Vermont Farmers’ Market (Rutland)

9 a.m.

The outdoor summer market is held every Saturday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in

Depot Park (in front of WalMart), Rutland. 75+ vendors selling farm

fresh veggies and fruits, flowers, specialty foods, hot foods, eggs,

artisan cheeses, handcrafted breads, maple syrup, Vermont crafts, jars

of every type, and more; plus hard goods and services. vtfarmersmarket.org.

Brandon Book Sale

9 a.m.

Brandon Free Public Library holds used book sale, through October.

Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1

p.m. Amazing selection for all ages, fiction and non-fiction. For May,

BOGO. 4 Franklin St., Brandon.

CHS Plant Sale

9 a.m.

Cavendish Historical Society’s annual plant sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on

museum grounds, 1955 Main St., Cavendish. Hosta, perennials, salad

in a bucket, herbs, some annuals.

Bike Blessing

9:30 a.m.

White River Junction VA Medical Center hosts Blessing of the Bikes

in parking lot, Veterans Drive, WRJ. All welcome, motorcyclists and

spectators. 802-295-9363.

Open Studio Weekend

10 a.m.

Studios across Vermont open their doors to the public with demonstrations,

exhibits, talks, and sales of their artwork. Look for yellow signs

for participating studios, or visit vermontcrafts.com for a map.

Open Studio: Springfield

10 a.m.

Gallery at the VAULT, 68 Main St., exhibits 160 artists. Meet potter

Andrew Berends 12-4 p.m.

Open Studio: Brandon

10 a.m.

Open Studio Weekend in Brandon: Brandon Artists Guild, 7 Center St.,

hosts 40 members’ artwork; Judith Reilly Gallery, 24 Conant Square;

Vermont Folk Art Gallery, 24 Park St. with works by Warren Kimble,

Robin Kent, and Medana Gabbard. And more!

Karen Deets Open Studio

10 a.m.

Karen Deets Stained Glass holds open studio, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free

refreshments served! karendeets.com. 728 Moscow Road, Fair Haven.

Sheep Shearing & Herding

10 a.m.

Billings Farm & Museum hosts Sheep Shearing & Herding, 10 a.m.-5

p.m. Showcases Border Collies herding sheep at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

and 3:30 p.m. Southdown ewes sheared at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and

2:30 p.m. Spinning and carding demos, hands-on wool activities for all

ages. Admission. 69 Old River Road, Woodstock. billingsfarm.org.

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.


Open Studio: Chaffee

11 a.m.

Chaffee Art Center hosts 10 artists for Open Studio, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Quilling, jewelry making, quilting, painting, carving, framed dried flowers,

more. Items for sale. 16 S. Main St., Rutland.

Bridge Club

12 p.m.

Marble Valley Duplicate Bridge Club meets at Godnick Center

Saturdays, 12-4 p.m. Sanctioned duplicate bridge games. 1

Deer St., Rutland. 802-228-6276.

Opening Reception

12 p.m.

Opening reception of Slate Valley Pop Up art gallery, 12-2

p.m. Featuring student artwork, art activities, live music,

light refreshments, support of the local schools and the

arts! 73 Main St., Fair Haven. Exhibit 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

and May 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.q

Miss Lorraine’s School of Dance

Performance **

1 p.m.

Wish Upon A Star - Annual dance performances

by students of Miss Lorraine’s School of Dance, 1

p.m. and 6 p.m. at Paramount Theatre, 30 Center

St., Rutland. Tickets $17-$18 for kids; $20-$22 for

adults. paramountvt.org.

Author Event

1 p.m.

Book Nook hosts author discussion and signing.

Christie K. Kelly chats about “The Six Gifts Part I: Secrets”

and signs copies. 1-3 p.m. 136 Main St., Ludlow.

Saturday Gravel Rides

4:30 p.m.

Analog Cycles leads weekly 20-35-mile gravel rides from Baptist

Church Parking lot on East Poultney Green. Mix of road/dirt road/

double track and easy single track. Gravel bike approved. Hard terrain,

slacker pace. No drop rides. Rain or shine, unless lighting. Bring legit

bright light lights, a tube, and water. 301-456-5471.

Open Swim

5 p.m.

Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement

Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: Tues., Thurs., Saturday 5-7 p.m.



5:30 p.m.

Bridgewater Grange Bingo, Saturday nights, doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Games start 6:30 p.m. Route 100A, Bridgewater Corners. Just across

bridge from Junction Country Store. All welcome. Refreshments available.

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.

Healing Concert/Spring Fling

6:30 p.m.

Free Kirtan, jazz, drum circle healing concert at Community Hall, 2724

Stage Road, Benson. Hosted by Old King Farm as part of Spring Fling

Memorial Day weekend retreat. Celebration of healing ourselves, others

and the planet during annual concert. Line-up: Dalien/13 Hands; Dr.

Greg. Lagana; Xela Karub; Space Jams Drum Circle. Tickets at oldkingfarm.com.

Free! BYO instruments. Raffle prizes.


7 p.m.

FOLA film showing of western “The Assassination of Jesse James by

the Coward Robert Ford” at Ludlow Town Hall’s Heald Auditorium, 37

S. Depot St., Ludlow. Free, donations welcome. Popcorn and water

provided. fola.us.

Cradle Switch

7:30 p.m.

Five-piece acoustic Americana group Cradle Switch performs at Brandon

Music. $20 tickets, brandon-music.net. BYOB. 62 Country Club

Road, Brandon.


Killington Stage Race

Race the legend! Or spectate. May 25-27. Today, Killington Road Race:

61/76-mile, point-to-point race with rolling hills and 2-3 significant

climbs, including Bethel’s West Hill Road and Killington’s East Mountain

Road. Timed, with prizes. Get the details at killingtonstagerace.com.

Register online at bikereg.com.

Total Archery Challenge

7:15 a.m.

Total Archery Challenge at Pico Mountain Resort, May 24-26. The

greatest outdoor 3D archery experience in the nation. Family friendly,

with kids’ activities. 7:15 a.m. check-in. 8 a.m. Nock Time courses

open. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lodges open for food. 4 p.m. course shuttle, chair

lift closes. Register and get info at totalarcherychallenge.com. 73 Alpine

Drive, Mendon.





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7:45 a.m.

Free group meditation Sundays, Rochester Town Office, School St.

Dane, 802-767-6010. heartfulness.org.

All Levels Yoga

9 a.m.

All levels flow at Killington Yoga with Karen Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River

Rd, Killington. killingtonyoga.com, 802-770-4101.

Great Elfin Lake 5k

9 a.m.

5k run/walk for all levels and abilities, around the country roads and

footpaths to Elfin Lake, Wallingford. Begins/ends at Wallingford Rec

Area, Meadow St., Wallingford. Registration $30 adults; $15 age 12

and under. Registration closes 8:45 a.m. First 100 receive race day

t-shirt. Prizes awarded. kelly5krace@gmail.com.; runsignup.com.

Plymouth Tag Sale

9 a.m.

6th annual town-wide tag sale, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Plymouth Community

Center, 35 School Drive, Plymouth. One-stop shopping!

Open Studio: Springfield

10 a.m.

Gallery at the VAULT, 68 Main St., exhibits 160 artists.

Sheep Shearing & Herding

10 a.m.

Billings Farm & Museum hosts Sheep Shearing & Herding, 10 a.m.-5

p.m. Showcases Border Collies herding sheep at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.

and 3:30 p.m. Southdown ewes sheared at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and

2:30 p.m. Spinning and carding demos, hands-on wool activities for all

ages. Admission. 69 Old River Road, Woodstock. billingsfarm.org.

Yoga Class

10:30 a.m.

Yoga with Dawn resumes at Plymouth Community Center, 35 School

Drive, Plymouth. All levels welcome, bring your own mat. $10/ class.

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Agricultural Blessing

10:45 a.m.

Church of Our Saviour hosts agricultural blessing. All farmers and

gardeners welcome for special blessing of your plants for the summer

garden. Bring seeds, plants, and anything related to agriculture to be

blessed with prayer for plentiful crop. Mission Farm Road, Killington.

Klezmer Group

4 p.m.

Bring your instrument - music provided. Interested? office@rutlandjewishcenter.org.

6-8 p.m. 96 Grove St., Rutland.


Memorial Day

Killington Stage Race

Race the legend! Or spectate. May 25-27. Today, Individual Time Trial:

11 miles and nearly flat for Vermont. All TT equipment allowed. Timed,

with prizes. Get the details at killingtonstagerace.com. Register online

at bikereg.com.

Killington Yoga

Pittsfield/Stockbridge Memorial Day Parades

9 a.m.

Starts in Pittsfield, 9 a.m. Heads to Stockbridge after, around 10 a.m. at

the Commons. For details, contact Suzanne Butterfield - 234-5294.

Killington Bone Builders

10 a.m.

Bone builders meets at Sherburne Memorial Library, 2998 River Rd.,

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


West Rutland Memorial Day Parade

10 a.m.

Memorial Day Celebration, annual town tradition that honors our heroes

and celebrates community. Parade begins at 10 a.m. through town.

Awards ceremony and bbq at American Legion. Begins Noonan Lane,

West Rutland.

Brandon Memorial Day Parade

10 a.m.

Central Park, Brandon. A very quaint event- a small parade, a few

speeches and a 100 year old tradition of first grade girls placing flowers

at the base of the Civil War Monument.

Memorial Day Ceremony

10:45 a.m.

Ceremony at Civil War Soldier Monument at the intersection of Holden

Road and Mountain Top Road, Chittenden, starting 10:45 a.m.


11 a.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.

Rochester Memorial Day Parade

11 a.m.

Remembering those who have fallen. Marches from Town Office,

around the park, to the cemetery at the north end of town, next to

Mac’s Market. Taps will be played.

Open Swim

11:30 a.m.

Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement

Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Monday Meals

12 p.m.

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

public, RSVP call by Friday prior, 483-6244. Gene Sargent. Bring your

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

337 Holden Rd., Chittenden.

Rutland Rotary

12:15 p.m.

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

Learn more or become a member, journal@sover.net.

Tobacco Cessation Group

5 p.m.

Free tobacco cessation group. Mondays, 5-6 p.m. at CVPS/Leahy

Community Health Ed Center at RRMC, 160 Allen St., Rutland. Free

nicotine replacement therapy and other resources and supports. 802-


Stanley Cup Finals

7:15 p.m.

Paramount Theatre screens Sports Live in HD: Stanley Cup Finals,

game one: Boston Bruins and winner of San Jose Sharks and St. Louis

Blues. At Boston Garden. Free! 30 Center St., Rutland. paramountvt.


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.


Open Swim **

8 a.m.

Enjoy the warm water at Mitchell Therapy Pool at Vermont Achievement

Center, 88 Park St., Rutland: 8-9 a.m.; 12-1 p.m.; 5-7 p.m.


Mendon Bone Builders

10 a.m.

Mendon bone builders meets Tuesdays at Roadside Chapel, 1680

Townline Rd, Rutland Town. 802-773-2694.

Tobacco Cessation Group

11 a.m.

Free tobacco cessation group. Free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges.

Every Tuesday, 11-12 p.m. at Heart Center, 12 Commons St., Rutland.


End Game Screening

2 p.m.

“End Game,” screening and discussion of Netflix documentary with Dr.

Cristine Maloney, at Strode Independent Living, Morgan Orchards, in

Randolph Center. This 2018 film by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman

is about terminally ill patients in a San Francisco hospital who meet

medical practitioners seeking to change the perception around life and

death. Light refreshments. 89 Tom Wicker Lane, Randolph Center.

Harry Potter Club

3:15 p.m.

Sherburne Memorial Library holds five-week Harry Potter Club 3:15-4

p.m., April 23-May 21. 2998 River Road, Killington. 802-422-9765.

TOPS Meeting

4:45 p.m.

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

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

Meeting 6-6:30 p.m. All welcome, stress free environment, take off

pounds sensibly. 802-293-5279.

Heartfulness Meditation

5:45 p.m.

Free group meditation Tuesdays, Mountain Yoga, 135 N Main St #8,

Rutland. Margery, 802-775-1795. heartfulness.org.

Bereavement Group

6 p.m.

VNAHSR’s weekly bereavement group, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. at

Grace Congregational Church, 8 Court St., Rutland. Rev.

Andrew Carlson facilitates. Free, open to the public.


Tick Talk

6 p.m.

Dr. J. Gavin Cotter, Infectious Disease Specialist

at RRMC, gives informative talk on

prevalent illnesses transmitted by ticks in

Vermont: Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Lyme

Disease. Q&A - learn the facts and the

myths. Registration required: rrmc.org,

802-772-2400. 160 Allen St., Rutland.

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 mindenhancing

skill for youth and adults. All ages

are welcome; open to the public. Tuesdays, 7-9

p.m. 1 Deer St., Rutland.


Quechee Balloon Festival

June 14-16

Killington IDF Skate & Luge World Cup

June 14-16

Vermont Bike & Brew

June 21-23

Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride

June 22-23

KMF Classical Concert Series

June 29-July 27

AJGA Killington Junior Golf Championship

July 1-4

Cooler in the Mountains Concert Series

July 6-Aug. 31

Okemo’s All Come Home Music Festival

July 13-14

RAVE Car Show

July 13-14

Killington Wine Festival

July 19-21

Bookstock Literary Festival

July 26-28

Okemo’s Hops in the Hills Beer & Wine Festival

Aug. 2-4

Taste of Woodstock

Aug. 10

Vermont State Fair

Aug. 13-17

Spartan Race

Sept. 14-15



MONDAY, MAY 27, 7:15 P.M.

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.


The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 ROCKIN’ THE REGION • 21


MAY 22


8 p.m. Sushi Yoshi

Michelob Ultra Softball League



7 p.m. The Barn Restaurant

and Tavern

“Pickin’ in Pawlet”


6:30 p.m. Taps Tavern

Jazz Night with Zak Hampton’s

Moose Crossing


6:30 p.m. One Main Tap

and Grill

Open Mic with Silas McPrior


9:30 p.m. The Venue

Chris P and Josh


MAY 23


8 p.m. Clear River


Open Mic Jam with Silas McPrior


7 p.m. Taps Tavern

Joe DeFelice


[MUSIC Scene]

By DJ Dave Hoffenberg

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


Full Backline Open Mic with

Robby Smolinski

9:30 p.m. The Venue

Krishna Guthrie


MAY 24


6 p.m. Iron Lantern

Heart to Heart

6 p.m. Lake House

Ryan Fuller


7:30 p.m. Dorset Playhouse

Dorset Players present “Oklahoma”


7 p.m. The Foundry

Jenny Porter

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s

Irish Pub

Doug Hazzard

9 p.m. JAX Food &


The Idiots


7 p.m. Du Jour VT

King Arthur Junior


7 p.m. The Barn Restaurant

and Tavern

Live Music


8 p.m. Clear River


Karaoke with Caitlin


7 p.m. Taps Tavern

Christine Malcolm and Chris



7 p.m. Draught Room in

Diamond Run Mall

Duane Carleton

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


River Frog

10 p.m. Center Street


DJ Dirty D


7:30 p.m. Old Firehouse

The Revenants


MAY 25


7 p.m. Brandon Music



6 p.m. Iron Lantern

King Arthur Junior


7:30 p.m. Dorset Playhouse

Dorset Players present “Oklahoma”


7 p.m. The Foundry

Ryan Fuller

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s Irish


Doug Hazzard

9 p.m. JAX Food &


Josh Jakab


7 p.m. Du Jour VT

No Mercy


7 p.m. A Sound Space


9 p.m. Center Street


DJ Mega

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


Karaoke 101 with Tenacious T


MAY 26


2 p.m. Dorset Playhouse

Dorset Players present “Oklahoma”


12 p.m. Summit Lodge

Duane Carleton

5 p.m. The Foundry

Jazz Night with Summit Pond



5:30 p.m. Main and

Mountain Bar and Motel

Sammy Blanchette and Michael



7 p.m. Otto’s Cones

Point General Store

Drew Polsun as Elvis


6 p.m. A Sound Space


7 p.m. Hide-A-Way


Tom Irish

9:30 p.m. The Venue

Open Mic with Chris Pallutto


12 p.m. Wild Fern

Cigar Box Brunch w/ Rick


1 p.m. Wild Fern

The People’s Jam


MAY 27


9:30 p.m. The Killarney

Open Mic with King Arthur Junior


MAY 28


6 p.m. Third Place Pizzeria

Josh Jakab


7 p.m. Clear River


Trivia Night


7 p.m. Taps Tavern

Open Bluegrass Jam Hosted by



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


Open Mic with Krishna Guthrie

9:30 p.m. The Venue

Karaoke with Jess

Rockin’ The Region

with A Sound Space

There is a really cool new

place in town for both musicians

and the audience, alike.

It’s Rutland’s new rehearsal

and DIY recording studio, A

Sound Space, located at 77

Grove St., which used to be

the CVPS building and now is

home to the Rutland Herald,

an art gallery and now, this. I

had the pleasure of speaking with local

musician, George Nostrand, who is the

owner of the music space, to find out

more about it.

Memorial Day weekend will feature

two local bands there, Discavus and

Ukebox. The events are free and and

Rockin’ the


By DJ Dave


open to the public, and are

an opportunity to meet the

bands, observe a live rehearsal

and tour the new space. Saturday,

May 25, Discavus will

be in the studio from 7-9 p.m.

performing and answering

questions from the live audience.

Sunday, May 26, Ukebox

will be running through songs

and answering questions, from 6-8 p.m.

Discavus is a three piece instrumental

band that plays a combo of jazz, funk and

fusion. Ukebox is a five piece, all female

band, playing ukulele, accordion, piano

and drums. Ukebox played its first official

gig at the last winter farmers market. Nostrand

said it’s a cool eclectic band.

The idea for the studio originally came

two years ago from Mark Foley, who owns

the building. He approached Nostrand

with the idea and asked him if he thought

it would work. Nostrand said, “I think it’s

a good idea, I’m just not sure if it will work

or not.” For whatever reason, the idea was

shelved for a few years. When the Herald

moved in, Nostrand, who works for them,

was looking for a rehearsal space with a

band he plays with. He went with the old,

“better to beg for forgiveness than ask for

permission” approach, and it worked. He

ended up working out a deal with Foley

and took a business class to learn a few

things. Nostrand said, “I almost didn’t

go through with it. It’s kind of a leap of

faith. I’m a musician not a business man.

I figured I would give it a try, and so far,

it’s been going pretty well.” The space is

the old “war room” for CVPS. If anything

went wrong, this is where they went.

Nostrand said, “This was their emergency

headquarters so it’s kind of built like a

bomb shelter.”

A Sound Space opened in March and

has hosted a handful of events, including

a live performance from Krishna Guthrie

and Bobby Maguire that I attended April

3. I like it because it’s not just a rehearsal

space. You get to see a rehearsal in a live

atmosphere. It was a cool, intimate performance.

Nostrand has a full P.A. system

Rockin’ the Region, page 46



The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

ADEThis weeks living Arts, Dining and Entertainment!

White River Junction VA to host

Blessing of the Bikes

Saturday, May 25, 9:30 a.m.—WHITE RIVER JUNC-

TION—With the warmer weather arriving, White River

Junction VA Medical Center will host a Blessing of the Bikes

event on Saturday, May 25. The event will start at 9:30 a.m.

in the front parking lot on Veterans Drive, where Chaplain

Fr. Anthony Madu will make a blessing for all the motorcycles

and their riders. This event is to bring the riders as

well as their families and friends together and raise awareness

for automobile drivers during the warmer seasons,

promoting motorcycle safety.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event as a motorcyclist

or as a spectator.

For information, call 802-295-9363 ext. 5880, email


Memorial Day Planters

Beautiful Hanging Baskets

Patio Planters

Fresh Arrangements


72 Park St., Rutland

(next to V.A.C)

Monday - Friday

8am -5:30pm

Sat. 8 am-4 pm

Sun. 9 am-3 pm

Courtesy TAC Team

The Total Archery Challenge is a 3D archery experience, three days of challenges and courses at Pico Mountain.

Total Archery Challenge comes to Pico

May 24-26—KILLINGTON—The

Yeti Total Archery Challenge fueled by

MTN OPS is coming to Pico Mountain

Resort for three days – May 24-26 – and

is bringing the greatest outdoor 3D

archery experience in the nation. The

organization work hard to provide

a fun, family friendly environment

where everyone can enjoy the great

sport of archery. It’s like organizers say,

“Life... Its Better with a Bow!”

The schedule of events is the same

each day, except Saturday, May 25,

when an afterparty takes place at 5:30


7:15 a.m. Check-in opens, receive

activity pass

8 a.m. Nock Time courses open

9 a.m.-5 p.m. Lunch and snacks

available in main lodge

4 p.m. Course shuttle/chair lift


Participants can expect over 100

3D archery targets, with multiples

courses for different skill levels. The

locals course has 15-40-yard minimal

angles. The prime course – the

toughest, but fun course – is Rocky

Mountain Western Shoot, 40-100yards

with steep angles and tougher shots.

The Mountain Ops Course is 25-75

yards with steep angles and good

shots to test skills. The Sitka Course

is long shots, 60-100 yards, on sheep,

mountain goats and other awesome

species. This course is designed to live

up to the demands of the Sitka gear.

For the kids, there will be a stationary

kids range 10-target shoot at

dinosaurs and zombies; plus a kids’

course, 12 target from 5-20 yards, also

great for beginners.

Novelty shots will be available, with

the chance to win multiple prizes,

including a truck.

Vendors will round out the experience,

which will include food.

All adult participants that preregister

online will get an event t-shirt,

a raffle ticket, and an extra entry to

win a Prime or Quest bow. Visit totalarcherychallenge.com

to sign up.

Pico Mountain is located at 73

Alpine Dr., Mendon.


2095 Pomfret Road

South Pomfret, VT


Rochester Library takes a

trip back to Woodstock

Thursday, May 23, 7


The summer of 1969

is best remembered in

one word: Woodstock.

Fifty years ago, dozens of

musicians played, but it

was the 400,000 people

that came from across

the country who created

the lore and legacy that is


“Pilgrims of Woodstock”

presents the

never before published

pictures of photographer

Richard Bellak and John

Kane’s interviews with

the people who attended

the event. See the images

and hear the stories on

Thursday, May 23 at 7

p.m. at the Rochester

Public Library, 22 S. Main

St. n Rochester.

Author John Kane,

is a professor teaching

media, communications

and visual arts courses.

Photographer Richard F.

Bellak, aimed his lens at

the Woodstock audience

for much of the event.

The result is a beautifully

atmospheric collection

of never before published

images capturing

the essence of what it

was like to attend this

life-changing event.

The program is free

and open to the public.

Don’t miss the event on


West Rutland continues

tradition with Memorial

Day Parade, Monday

Monday, May 27,

10 a.m.—WEST RUT-

LAND—The tradition

of an annual Memorial

Day Celebration in West

Rutland continues this

year on Monday, May 27

at 10 a.m.

The event is an annual

town tradition that

honors local heroes and

celebrates the community.

The day begins with

a parade through town,

followed by an awards

ceremony and barbecue

at the American Legion.

Parade route

The parade begins at

Noonan Lane, goes north

on Clarendon Avenue,

then west on Main Street

to Marble Street.

“Taps” and a gun

salute will be performed

at the WWII Memorial at

the Town Hall.

The parade continues

west on Marble Street

to Barnes Street to the

cemeteries where a gun

salute and “Taps” will

sound again, continue

east on Main Street to

the West Rutland School,

which is south on

Clarendon Avenue. The

parade ends at Noonan


The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 LIVING ADE • 23

By Carrie Pill

“Michelle and Her Flock” is an oil painting by Carrie Pill, an artist from Rutland that is

taking part in Open Studio Weekend.

Spring Open Studio celebrates 27 years

May 25-26—VERMONT—Bright yellow

signs compete with a multitude of greens

along Vermont’s roads enticing visitors to

the studios of craftspeople and other artists

across Vermont during the 2019 Spring

Open Studio Weekend taking place over

Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-26.

Open Studio Weekend is a statewide

celebration of the visual arts and creative

process, offering a unique opportunity for

visitors to meet a wide variety of local artists

and craftspeople in their studios, and purchase

high quality, hand-made artwork.

The self-guided Open Studio tour

features the work of glassblowers, jewelers,

printmakers, potters, furniture makers,

weavers, ironworkers, painters, sculptors,

quilt makers and wood carvers. Many

participating galleries will host gallery talks

and feature special exhibits in conjunction

with this event.

Rutland and Brandon alone have a huge

representation in the annual event, so it

makes for a great driving tour. In Rutland,

visit Chaffee Art Center, which will be

hosting 10 artists; or take to downtown

Rutland for the many galleries within walking

distance of each other, like 77Art, The

Alley Gallery, B&G Gallery, and the Opera

House Gallery. In Brandon, the Judith

Reilly Gallery, Brandon Artists’ Guild, and

Vermont Folk Art Gallery – with the art of

Warren Kimble, Robin Kent, and Medana

Gabbard – are among the open studios in

town. Heading out to Middletown Springs,

visit Rising Meadow Pottery, Sissy’s Kitchen,

David Munyak, and well-known Peter


The Vermont Crafts Council publishes a

free map booklet with directions to participating

sites. These are just a few in the Rutland

County region – visit vermontcrafts.

com for a full list of galleries throughout the

state. The Vermont Open Studio Guide is

also available throughout the state at Tourist

Information Centers.

By Jerry LeBlond

The legendary Killington Stage Race will return to Killington on May 25-27.

Killington Stage Race hits

the road in 23rd year

May 25-27—KILLINGTON—The

legendary Killington Stage Race returns

to the Killington region May 25-27, in

its 23rd Memorial Day weekend event.

For 2019, there will be eight stage race

categories and three thrilling days of

racing. Stage 1 is contested on a historic,

fun and fast circuit race that takes racers

though the President Calvin Coolidge

birth place and Vermont Whitehouse.

Stage 2 is a challenging hilly road race

with a 5.5-mile, 1,550 foot climb to the

finish which will test riders’ early season

climbing condition. Stage 3 provides a

rare long ITT over 11-miles which has

made for some thrillingly close final GC

battles. Registration closes on Tuesday,

May 21, at 11 p.m. at bikereg.org.

Enjoy the race as a racer or a spectator.

Visit killingtonstagerace.com.


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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

Brandon Free Public Library used

book sale season begins

May 22, 24, 25—BRANDON—The

Friends of the Brandon Free Public

Library used book sale has begun for

the season. It is open Wednesdays,

4-6 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; and

Saturdays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; until mid-

October. Organizers say this is the best

organized and longest running used

book sale in Vermont. In the basement,

find an huge selection of fiction and

non-fiction books for all ages at very

low prices. For the month of May: buy

one book, get another book of the same

value or less for free.

There are new books that came in

over the winter that are now part of the

collections. As a result, a good spring

cleaning has taken place, some older

materials have been culled and there

are many newer and different books on

the shelves.

Books are arranged by type and

subject. There is both hard-cover and

paperback fiction, non-fiction of every

description, and books for children,

toddlers, and young adults. There are

special sections devoted to gardening,

cooking, how-to and do-it-yourself


All of the income from this sale is

used for the purchase of books and

other materials and to help underwrite

special projects for the library, like the

Summer Children’s Program in July.

The book sale and the holiday auction

are the primary sources for funding for

these programs.

The library is located at 4 Franklin

St., Brandon. It sits on the corner of

Franklin and Park streets. For more

information, visit the website, brandonpubliclibrary.org.

Rutland Regional to host balance workshop

Thursday, May 23, 4


klutzy is no longer a

laughing matter. In fact,

one of the most serious

medical problems

facing older people is

falling. After age 30,

the muscles that used

to stand tall begin to

weaken. The length of a

stride shortens, and the

pace of a step slows. Even

vision becomes fuzzier.

However, aging isn’t the

only reason people lose

their sense of stability. It’s

the classic “use it or lose

it” formula. Balance can

be maintained by staying


The staff in rehabilitation

services at Rutland

Regional Medical

Center has developed

a workshop specifically

addressing walking,

balance, and stability.

The workshop, Gaining

Traction: Improve Your

Walking, Balance, Mobility,

and Stability, will be

held every Thursday,

May 23-June 20, from

4-5:30 p.m. in the CVPS/

Leahy Community

Health Education Center

at the Rutland Regional

Medical Center.

In this program participants

will learn the

mechanics of walking

and how various conditions

such as arthritis,

foot and joint issues, and

neurological problems

impact gait, and what

strategies can be used

to compensate for these


There will be discussions

on setting realistic

walking goals, how to

track progress using a

pedometer and other

technology, utilizing

exercises that will enhance

mobility, and how

to select appropriate


At the conclusion of

the program there will be

a panel discussion with

the folks from rehabilitative

services followed

by a walk around the

Rutland Regional loop,

if the weather allows for

that to happen.

The cost is $15, and

registration is required

for the workshop. For

more information or to

register visit rmc.org or

call 802-772-2400. Rutland

Regional Medical

Center is located at 160

Allen St. in Rutland.


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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 LIVING ADE • 25

Documentary explores Vermont’s 251 towns

Friday, May 24, 5:30 p.m.—WOOD-

STOCK—“One Town at a Time” is a

documentary that explores Vermont

through the lens of the 251 Club of

Vermont. The film will have its official

premiere on Friday, May 24 at

the Woodstock Town Hall Theater. A

reception will precede the film at 5:30

p.m., with the film beginning at 6:30


In the summer of 2006, between

semesters at college, director Mike

Scenic 5k benefits

Wallingford rec department

Sunday, May 26, 9 a.m.—WALLINGFORD—Kick off

summer with a run to the lake. The Great Elfin Lake 5k will

take place Sunday, May 26 at 9 a.m. Join in a scenic 5k run/

walk along country roads, along Otter Creek and on foot

paths through Stone Meadow to Elfin Lake. The race will

begin and end at the recreational fields on Meadow Street

in Wallingford.

This run/walk is designed for all levels. Proceeds from

this event will benefit the Wallingford recreation department.

Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for kids age 12 and

under. Register online through May 22 at runsignup.com.

Day-of registration will also be available, for an additional

$5. Race-day registration closes at 8:45 a.m. The first 100

entrants receive a t-shirt.

For the serious participants there will be chip-timed race

results to measure personal bests. Prizes will be awarded in

several categories including overall male and female finishers

plus age-based categories.

Leonard took on the challenge of visiting

every town in the state of Vermont

by joining the 251 Club – a unique

organization dedicated to exploring

the Green Mountain State. With his

two best friends in tow, he interviewed

locals and visited some of Vermont’s

most celebrated places. After living

outside Vermont for over a decade,

Leonard moved back home and decided

to revisit the 251 Club – returning

to some of the same places and reinterviewing

some of the same people

he met 12 years ago. He witnessed

how Vermont has changed, how it has

stayed the same, and, ultimately, how

a humble wayfarer’s club shaped his

identity forever.

One Town at a Time is a comingof-age

story that combines retro

footage from 2006 with contemporary


The Town Hall Theater is located at

31 the Green, Woodstock.

Doctor gives tick talk at RRMC

Tuesday, May 28, 6


that spends time outdoors

or has pets that go outdoors

needs to be aware of ticks.

On May 28, from 6-8 p.m.,

Dr. J. Gavin Cotter, infectious

disease specialist at

Rutland Regional Medical

Center, will present an

informational talk on the

prevalent illnesses transmitted

by ticks in Vermont.

Dr. Cotter will discuss

what happens when one is

exposed to a tick carrying

Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis,

and Lyme Disease, and

how to treat, diagnose, and

prevent these diseases. He

will also explore the myths

about these diseases that

circulate in the media.

There will be a question

and answer period after the

talk. Refreshments will be

provided. Registration is required

in advance. For more

information and to register

visit rrmc.org.



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Local author signing to be held at Book Nook

Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m.—The Book

Nook will host an in-store event with

local author Christie K. Kelly on Saturday,

May 25 from 1-3 p.m. Kelly will be

available to chat about her new book

– “The Six Gifts Part I: Secrets” – and

sign copies. In

addition, Grace

Pratt of Sol Luna

Farm will offer a

flower essence

and sound healing


At some point,

we all question

why we’re

here on this

planet, in this

life. The searching


of Kelly’s “The

Six Gifts Part I:

Secrets,” Olivia

Alfieri has more

reason than most

to ask these, as

she racks up near

death experiences

and clearly

clairvoyant visions.

It is in the

aftermath of her

most recent faceoff

with mortality

Courtesy The Book Nook

Christie K. Kelly will be available to talk

about her new book, and sign copies, May

25 at The Book Nook.

that we meet Olivia and her broodingly

handsome husband, Marco. To

recover from their ordeal, they escape

to a secluded home on a mountain in

Vermont. But this seclusion doesn’t

bring Olivia the peace and healing for

which she strives.

Recurring dreams

– or are they more

than that? – and

shocking news

from an old friend

galvanize Olivia

into action and a

cross-country trip

that brings more

questions than


“This fictional

series is woven

from true life

events,” explains

Kelly. “Though

it expands into a

universe we can

only imagine,

who’s to say what

can happen and

what can’t?”

The Book Nook

is located at 136

Main St., Ludlow.

For more information,

call 802-



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Food Matters



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Serving a seasonal Choices Restaurant menu and featuring Rotisserie VT highlights

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A short scenic drive from Killington

506 Bistro and Bar

Located in On The River Inn, Woodstock VT

A short scenic drive from Killington

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 nestled on 10 wooded acres in Pittsfield, 8 miles

from the Killington Road. 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.”

www.clearrivertavern.com (802) 746-8999

Inn at Long Trail Looking

for something a little different? Hit up

McGrath’s Irish Pub for a perfectly

poured pint of Guinness, live music

on the weekends and delicious food.

Irish Pub Guinness not your favorite? They also

have Vermont’s largest Irish Whiskey

selection. Rosemary’s Restaurant is now

open, serving dinner. Reservations are appreciated. innatlongtrail.com,



Inn at

L ng Trail

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 Facebook.com/JonesDonuts/.

Call (802) 773-7810

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. www.

killingtonmarket.com (802) 422-7736 or (802) 422-7594.

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. lakebomoseenlodge.com,





Lookout Tavern With a free shuttle,

take away and call ahead seating, Lookout

Tavern is a solid choice. Nachos, quesadillas,

sweet potato fries, salads, soups, sandwiches

and dinner options are always a good selection.

www.lookoutvt.com (802) 422-5665

Mendon Mini Golf &Snack

Bar Mendon Mini Golf and Snack Bar

serves a variety of dining options that

include Handmade Burgers, Dogs, Grilled

Chicken, Fish, Hand-cut Fries, and many

other meals and sides. Also choose from 11

flavors of Hershey’s Ice Cream. 776-4921

Mountain Top Inn

& Resort 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. mountaintopinn.com, 802-483-2311.

Red Clover 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. 802-775-2290, redcloverinn.com

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.

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. www.vtsugarandspice.com (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. www.

vermontsushi.com (802) 422-4241

Vermont Butcher Shop

Vermont Butcher ShopAs Vermont’s only

sustainable whole animal butcher, we are

passionate about our craft and delivering

the highest quality meats. Each cut of

meat you select comes from a partner

that shares our commitment of respect

for the environment, the animals and our

customers. We are here to ensure that you know where your food comes

from and guarantee that you’ll see and taste the difference.

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household goods

77 Wales St


health and beauty


Institute of



A Border Collie demonstrates the art of sheep herding around the field at Billings Farm & Museum.

Billings Farm & Museum features

Sheep Shearing & Herding

Saturday & Sunday, May 25-26—WOODSTOCK—Billings Farm &

Museum will host Sheep Shearing & Herding on Saturday and Sunday, May

2-26 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. This event showcases herdsman Jim McRae’s team

of Border Collies herding sheep in the farm fields during narrated programs

at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. both days. Each day, the farm’s

Southdown ewes will be sheared for spring at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and

2:30 p.m., and spinning and carding demonstrations will highlight the skills

needed to turn fleece into yarn. Hands-on wool craft activities will be available

for all ages.

The operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and the restored and furnished

1890 Farm Manager’s House are included in the entrance fee.

Billings Farm is an operating Jersey dairy farm that continues 148-year

tradition of agricultural excellence and offers farm programs and historical

exhibits that explore Vermont’s rural heritage and values. The farm is open

daily through Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: adults, $16; 62 and over,

$14; children 5-15, $8; age 3-4, $4; 2 and under are free. The Farm & Museum

is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green.

Courtesy BFM



• 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

All entrées include two sides and soup or salad

422-4030 • 2820 KILLINGTON RD.


Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride aims to raise

$300,000 for adaptive sports

KILLINGTON—The Ninth Annual Vermont Adaptive Charity Ride presented

by Long Trail Brewing (formerly known as the Long Trail Century

Ride to benefit Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports), returns to the Killington

region Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23. Starline Rhythm Boys and Duppy

Conquerors are scheduled to play for the after-ride party. The goal is to

raise more than $300,000 for adaptive sports and recreation at this annual

fundraising event. The event raised nearly $300,000 last year, which

supports the organization’s annual operating budget, participant scholarships,

lessons, expensive adaptive equipment and more.

In addition to event classic road routes that include the Cabot 100-,

60-, 40-, and 20-mile rides, mountain bikers now can join the cause

at Sunday’s downhill timed session at the Killington Bike Park at Killington


All ride routes including a family-friendly 5K bike ride, start and end

at Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater Corners (except the mountain bike

session, which is at Killington Resort). An after-ride festival with live music

is open to the public beginning at noon for all to enjoy—riders and spectators

alike—featuring live music, face painting, kids activities, a vendor

village, silent auction, adaptive equipment demos, and more. For those not

riding, party-only tickets may be purchased at the door. The event is held

rain or shine.

Those who register by June 1 will receive a Killington ticket voucher,

valid for one day of skiing during the 2019-2020 season or mountain biking

during Summer 2019. Registration fees increase June 1.

Registration, pricing, information, and more can be found at charityride.vermontadaptive.org.

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Courtesy CHS

These salad buckets are healthy plant starts of lettuce

varieties available to purchase at the Cavendish plant

sale, May 25.

Stock up on veggies, perennials in

time for ‘growing weekend’

Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m.—CAVENDISH—The

Cavendish Historical Society’s (CHS) annual plant

sale will take place Saturday, May 25, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on

the museum grounds, 1955 Main St., Cavendish. The

sale is just in time for the official “growing weekend”

across the Northeast. The saying goes, don’t put in a

garden until Memorial Day weekend.

Expect to find hosta and many other favorite

perennials along with container gardens for tomato

plants (sun golds, early girl and cherry), herbs and

new this year: “salad in a bucket.” By popular request,

organizers will have mock orange along with a

variety of annuals.

For more information, call 802-226-7807 or

email margocaulfield@icloud.com.

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National park holds bird monitoring workshop

Saturday, May 25, 8 a.m.—WOODSTOCK—

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical

Park will host another Working Woodlands

Workshop – Bird Monitoring – on Saturday,

May 25, 8-11 a.m.

The NPS Northeast Temperate Network has

been monitoring bird populations in the park

since 2006. Come learn about how this volunteer

program is done, as well as some of the

findings revealed by the monitoring. Participants

will also learn how to identify the songs

of some of the common birds of the park’s

forest and then head out for a walk around the

park to look and listen for birds. Bring binoculars

and questions.

A limited number of binoculars will be available

for loan. Please dress appropriately for

extended outdoor activity.

Meet at the Carriage Barn Visitor Center,

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP, Woodstock.

Parking is available in the Billings Farm & Museum

overflow lot, located on Old River Road.

The program is free, but pre-registration

is encouraged as space is limited. To register,

call 802-457-3368 ext. 222, or email them at


Courtesy NPS

A great crested flycatcher was spotted in a tree in the Vermont forest.

Women’s Club holds 55th annual meeting

Thursday, May 30, 6:30


The Greater Killington

Women’s Clubis hosting

its 55th annual meeting

and social on Thursday,

May 30 at 6:30 p.m. at the

Summit Lodge in Killington.

At the meeting,

members will vote on

award disbursements,

elect club officers and

consider expanding the

scholarship/awards program.

Immediately following

the meeting, members

and guests are welcome

to stay for an informal

social. Refreshments will

be provided and a cash bar

is available. For more info

and to RSVP, visit evite.

me/NGmFdQfCwX or

the club’s Facebook event


At the annual meeting,

club members vote on

annual disbursements to

various local non-profit

organizations, such as

charities and schools.

Club disbursements also

include two annual $1,000

awards which are given to

graduating high school

seniors from the towns of

Killington or Pittsfield. The

first award is the Pat Zack

Community Service

Award for exceptional volunteerism

within our local

community. The second

award is the Sherburne

Academic Scholarship

which is presented to the

Woodstock Union High

School senior who has

demonstrated the highest

weighted grade point

average (GPA). If members

of the community wish

to support these award

programs, please forward

donations to the GKWC/

SWC, P.O. Box #68, Killington

VT 05751.

Potential new club

members are also welcome

to attend the annual

meeting and social, meet

current club members and

officers, and learn more

about the GKWC. To learn

more, visit swcvt.com.

Deer Leap

2.2 mi. from

start to


Irish Pub

Delicious pub menu with

an Irish flavor

ub open daily at 11:30am

An elegant & fun destination for your rehearsal dinner

Play lawn games, arrange photos, and gather

around a bonfire on our private back lawn,

included as part of your celebration!

Custom Food & Drink Menus

Flexible Pricing Options

Attentive Staff & Private Space

On-site Accommodations

Route 4

Between Killington & Pico


Rooms & Suites available


May 24th & 25th


Restaurant Open Thursday - Monday, 5:30 - 9pm

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7 Woodward Road, Mendon, VT

Just off Route 4 in the heart of the Killington Valley

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Share the surprising, funny and profound ways that animals have brought love or

insight into your life at Eckanar-hosted event.

Explore humans’ connection with

animals at Rutland library

Wednesday, May 29,

5:30 p.m.—RUTLAND—

The Rutland Free Library

holds a free public event,

Animals are Soul, Too,

on Wednesday, May 29,

5:30-6:30 p.m. The event

is hosted by Eckankar, a

spiritual teaching that

offers simple exercises for

people of all faiths, traditions,

and walks of life to

develop and deepen a

conscious and practical

relationship with spirit.

Our connection to animals

can open our hearts

and our lives. Our experiences

with animals may

help us with our deepest

questions about life, love

and the divine purpose

of soul. Come share the

surprising, funny and

profound ways animals

have brought love or

insight into your life.

All are welcome to this

free open discussion.

The Rutland Free

Library is located at 10

Court St., Rutland. For

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Batting Cages

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Open daily from 10am - 10pm

more information, visit


506 Bistro and Bar

Serving a seasonal menu featuring VT highlights

Live Jazz Pianist Every Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

802.457.5000 | ontheriverwoodstock.com

Located in On The River Inn, Woodstock VT

A short scenic drive from Killington

Americana group Cradle Switch

returns to Brandon Music

Saturday, May 25,

7:30 p.m.—BRAN-

DON—Brandon Music

welcomes back fanfavorites

Cradle Switch

to Brandon Music on

Saturday, May 25 at 7:30

p.m. A five-piece acoustic

Americana group,

based in Cambridge,

New York, Cradle Switch’s

repertoire promises

something for everyone.

With ballads as well as

up-tempo rhythms, the

group’s lyrics cover the

emotional spectrum

Cradle Switch

moving easily from spirited

and gritty to some

mellow love songs, too.

With each performance

Cradle Switch balances

contemporary songs and

classic tunes drawing

from bluegrass, country,

folk, and a little blues

with their own authentic



Sourdiffe and Dave

Lawlor swap out guitars

for banjo and mandolin,

while group member

Kate Ritter brings it on



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Hours: Open 7 days 6:30 am - 9:30 pm


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the fiddle, along with

some angelic vocal harmonies

to add to Sourdiffe’s

and Lawlor’s robust

vocals. Bruce Weatherby

adds some bounce on

the upright bass and

David Norman keeps the

beat on percussion.

Concert tickets are

$20. Venue is BYOB.

Brandon Music is

located at 62 Country

Club Road, Brandon. For

more information visit

the website or call 802-








The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019


The empty store front at 73 Main St., Fair Haven, will

serve as the temporary location of a pop-up art gallery

featuring student works.

Pop-up gallery showcases local

student artwork

Saturday, May 25, 10 a.m.—FAIR HAVEN—Fair Haven

Union High School art students are creating a temporary

pop-up art gallery in downtown Fair Haven featuring

the work of students across the district. The show will

primarily feature work from the art club and advanced

art class. This is a great opportunity for students to

experience planning, installing, and hosting their own

art exhibit.

The Slate Valley Pop Up Art Gallery will be located

at 73 Main St., Fair Haven. An opening reception will

be held Saturday, May 25, 12-2 p.m., featuring student

artwork, art activities, live music, light refreshments, and

a chance to support local schools and the arts.

The gallery will also be open that same day, 10 a.m.-4

p.m.; and May 26, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Additional hours may

be added. A closing reception will be held Friday, June 7,

5-7 p.m.

For more information, visit Facebook FHUHS Art

Share, or email kpartesi@arsu.org.

FOLA’s next film is epic

western about Jesse James

Saturday, May 25, 7


brings the 2007 western

film, “The Assassination of

Jesse James by the Coward

Robert Ford,” to the big

screen in the Heald Auditorium

at the Ludlow Town

Hall on Saturday, May 25

at 7 p.m.

The names ricochet

through western lore. Jesse

James, played by Brad Pitt,

was the most notorious

outlaw of his time, wanted

by the law in 10 states,

yet celebrated as a Robin

Hood in newspapers and

dime novels. His “Wanted”

posters offered substantial

rewards for his capture.

“They’re all lies,” Jesse said

of the stories surrounding

him. Teenaged Robert

Ford, played by Casey

Affleck, idolized Jesse,

sought his friendship and

rode with him. That wasn’t

enough. The up-andcomer

wanted his shot at

fame. When he got it, he

took it – in a manner that

earned him his “coward”


Pitt gives a volcanic,

charismatic performance

as Jesse in this saga of

celebrity and obsession

that was adapted from Ron

Hansen’s 1983 historical

novel. The screen play

was written and directed

by Andrew Dominik. The

filming took place in the

western provinces of


“The Assassination of

Jesse James by the Coward

Robert Ford” is free and

open to open to everyone,

but donations are appreciated.

The movie is rated

“R.” Run time is two hours,

40 minutes. Popcorn and

water will be supplied. Call

802-228-3238 or visit fola.


Courtesy FOLA

Brad Pitt plays Jesse James, and Casey Affleck plays Robert Ford, in “The Assassination of

Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.”

Full Service Vape Shop

Humidified Premium Cigars • Hand Blown Glass Pipes

Hookahs & Shisha Roll Your Own Tobacco & Supplies

CBD Products • Smoking Accessories

131 Strongs Avenue Rutland, VT

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Tues. - Sun. 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.


20 Craft Beers on Draft • Full Bar • Takeout & Delivery • Kid’s Game Room



$10 Flight Night

$4 Vermont Drafts

25% OFF with VT ID

or Bike Pass

(2) per guest

Kids Eat FREE Hibachi

with each purchase of an adult hibachi meal.

Some exclusions apply.


All specials are for dine in only. Not valid on take out or delivery. Cannot be

combined with any other offer. Other exclusions may apply.


Gift Shop

(802) 773-2738

Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner

Celebrating our 64th year!



Prime Rib Dinner • Fri. & Sat. from 4:30pm

Open Daily 6:30 a.m.





“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


23 West St, Rutland


Great Breakfast Menu

Mimosas ~ Bellinis ~ Bloody Marys


Open Friday-Sunday at 7 A.M.

923 KILLINGTON RD. 802-422-4411

follow us on Facebook and Instagram @back_country_cafe

Come to our sugarhouse fot the

best breakfast around!

After breakfast, check out

our gift shop for all your

souvenier, gift, and maple

syrup needs. We look forward

to your visit!

Serving Breakfast & Lunch

7a.m. - 2p.m. daily

Breakfast all day!

Sugar & Spice Restaurant & Gift Shop

Rt. 4 Mendon, VT

802-773-7832 | www.vtsugarandspice.com

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Golf Camp: M-F 6/24-6/28

Entering Grades 4-8 | 9am-10:30am $109R/$120NR

Basketball Camp: M-F 6/24-6/28

Entering Grades 3-6

9am-12pm $68R/$79NR | 9am-4pm $119R/$130NR

Entering Grades 7-9

12:15pm-3:15pm $68R/$79NR

Football Skills: M-F 7/8-7/12

Entering Grades 4-7

9am-12pm $68R/$79NR | 9am-4pm $119R/$130NR

Basketball Mini Stars: M-F 7/15-719

Entering Grades 1-3

9am-12pm $68R/$79NR | 9am-4pm $119R/$130NR

Cheerleading Camp: M-F 7/15-7/19

Entering Grades K-12

9am-12pm $68R/$79NR | 9am-4pm $119R/$130NR



Lacrosse Camp: M-F 7/22-7/26

Entering Grades 3-5

9am-12pm $68R/$79NR | 9am-4pm $119R/$130NR

Entering Grades 6-9 | 12:15pm-3:15pm $68R/$79NR

Baseball Camp: M-F 7/22-7/26

Entering Grades 1-3

9am-12pm $68R/$79NR | 9am-4pm $119R/$130NR

Entering Grades 4-7

1pm-4pm $68R/$79NR | 9am-4pm $119R/$130NR

Field Hockey Camp: M-F 7/29-8/2

Entering Grades 3-12

9am-12pm $68R/$79NR | 9am-4pm $119R/$130NR

Wrestling Camp: M-F 8/5-8/9

Entering Grades K-6

9am-12pm $68R/$79NR | 9am-4pm $119R/$130NR

Quarterback & Receiver: Sa/Su 8/10-8/11

Entering Grades 4-8 | 9am-12pm $43R/$54NR

After lunch campers will be transported to White Memorial Park for swimming, tennis, basketball and other structured

outdoor activities! Skateboarding and BMX Camps will remain at Flip Side and Giorgetti Park for the rest of their day to

participate in other camp activities!


Musical Theatre Dance Camp

Create your own Play

Character Building in Broadway

Robert Patterson Workshop

Pencils, Pastels and Paints!

Clay Works

Inspired by Nature

Recycled Robots

Preschool Art Camp

Sensory Sensations!


Skateboard 1

Skateboard 2

Skateboard Minis

Kick Flip Chicks

BMX Bike Camp

Skateboard Travel Camp


To fill the need of the community our Day Camp is

growing! We will now be offering Camp Green

Mountain (Entering Grades 3-6), Camp Maple Leaf

(Entering Grades K-2) and our Full Day Preschool

Camp (Ages 3-5).

Drop Off and Pick up will be at White Memorial


For more information www.rutlandrec.com

Camp Green Mountain and Maple Leaf

Weekly Rate $170R/$181NR

Children entering grades K-6

Note: Camper must turn 5 before 6/10/2019

Preschool Day Camp

Weekly Rate $129R/$140NR

Children Ages 3-5

Note: Camper must turn 3 before 6/10/2019

and be potty trained





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Senior (60+)






Register NOW!

16 North Street Ext. or Call 802-773-1822

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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

Copyright - Cal Garrison: 2019: ©

By Jason Mikula

A rainbow trout caught May 16 in the East Creek, Rutland.

Trophy trout:

continued from page 13

State is out stocking

approximately 5.7 miles, to the top of the Enosburg Falls

Dam in Enosburg Falls.

Passumpsic River: In St. Johnsbury, from the top of

the Gage Dam upstream to the top of the Arnold Falls

Dam. This section includes the Moose River from its

confluence with the Passumpsic River upstream to the

Concord Avenue bridge.

Walloomsac River: From the Vermont/New York

border in Bennington upstream to the top of the former

Vermont Tissue Plant Dam (downstream of Murphy

Road) in Bennington.

Winooski River: In Duxbury and Waterbury, from the

top of Bolton Dam upstream to the Route 2 Bridge east of

Waterbury Village. This section includes the Little River:

from its confluence with the Winooski River upstream to

the Route 2 bridge.

For fishing regulation details, see the “Vermont 2019

Fishing Guide & Regulations” available where licenses

are sold, or use the online fishing regulations tool at

vtfishandwildlife.com/node/486. Vermont fishing

licenses are available on Fish and Wildlife’s website

(vtfishandwildlife.com) and from license agents.


March 21 - April 20

You are about to get a break. After a pile

of stress, putting up with people and

things that have been driving you nuts, an

opening has occurred that could be your

ticket to ride. Everything depends on your

ability to go out on a limb, at a time when

any risk might scare you to death. No one

can tell you what to do. Some of you will

go for it, and what happens next will be a

game changer that takes you into parts unknown.

If you decide to play it safe, things

will continue in the same groove. Either

way, it comes down to trusting you instincts

beyond a shadow of a doubt.


April 21 - May 20

You’re borrowing trouble where there is

none. Stop pushing the river. It would

help for you to relax and figure out how to

be totally OK with the way things are. Anytime

we start thinking too far ahead, we not

only miss out on what’s right there in front

of us, we start worrying about how it’s all

going to turn out. You need to connect with

the fact that all things happen in their own

good time. What you want and are currently

aiming for is already written in the stars.

The present moment is contributing more

to it than you know. Keep your attention

where it counts.


July 21 - August 20

could scold you for going off halfcocked,

but you would have a fleet of ex-


cuses for everything that you’ve said and/or

done, and I am pretty sure you feel totally

justified about all of it. One of your strong

suits is your willingness to be there when

it’s time to stand up for what’s right. Recent

alterations in the way you’ve decided to

handle things have shown you how much

better life goes when you lose the need to

get righteous. As the next few weeks unfold

your ability to remain detached about

things that rub you the wrong way will enable

you to turn this situation around.


August 21 - September 20

You have been through more than your

share of tests. How those experiences

are shaping up inside you is a long story;

God knows how you’re making sense of

things. The need to devote your energy to

something you love can’t be overemphasized.

People and their stuff have blocked

too many possibilities for far too long for

more patience to be the appropriate MO.

In your shoes I would be inclined to, “Just

say screw it.” Ask yourself if any of this

belongs to you, and cut loose long enough

to look at what it might mean to pour your

heart into things that matter to you.


November 21 - December 20

If there have been limitations they are

about to be lifted. As you begin to feel

more confident about things, the path will

open to a whole new way of being. You

have more support than you realize, much

of which stems from all the good Karma

you’ve sewn. Others have changed their

tune and are ready to be there for you 100

percent. If the next few months are a little

more intense than usual, this is what always

happens when we turn our life around.

Keep smiling. The next phase of your journey

will turn out to be more gratifying than

rewarding than anything you can imagine.


December 21 - January 20

You knew what you were getting into

when you signed up for this. It’s kind

of funny that you’re acting like you didn’t

call it in. Whether you’re OK with things

or not, you have got to admit, life is interesting.

Don’t worry too much about how

these entanglements are going to unravel.

It’s not your job and the best you can do

in any situation is stay grounded and take

care of your own little piece of the cosmos.

Keep it up. Holding steady for others who

are too wound up, messed up, or stressed

out to stay on course will continue to take

up most of your time.


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May 21 - June 20

Too many things have piled up. Your

mind is having a field day overanalyzing

a situation that would work better if you

just stopped all the noise and gave yourself

a break. Part of the problem lies in your tendency

to try too hard to be a perfect version

of whoever you think you are. Too critical

of your flaws, in these efforts to morph into

something other than yourself, you miss the

point. It is our imperfections that make us

who we are. Stop apologizing for the truth.

Others will love you to pieces and respond

more to you once you let go and start being

OK with the real you.


September 21 - October 20

Whatever this is about, something good

will come of it. You have so much to

give, the things that have made it difficult

for you to stay balanced are no longer an

issue. If it’s hard to know which way to go

it’s because this is the first time in your life

you’ve been free to choose. If your faith

has been restored, thank God, and make

the most of it. External pressure and the

weight of expectation is on the increase.

You learned a long time ago that whatever

doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. What

lies up on the road ahead will prove that

point. You are more than ready for it.


January 21 - February 20

You are going through the motions.

The sense of being missing in action

when it comes to your own life could ring a

bell for a lot of you. When things lose their

meaning it helps to review our reasons for

attaching so much importance to whatever

has outlived its purpose. You don’t need to

know what’s going on as much as you need

to relax and take a good long look at where

you’d like to see yourself. It could be anywhere

but here. Keep in mind that you are

not tied to this spot - but if you decide to

stick around you need to pump some life

into your routine or you’ll go nuts.

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June 21 - July 20

You are in a situation where there is a lot

of “playing both ends to the middle.”

In some case it’s about biding your time,

knowing that things will explode if you’re

too quick on the trigger. For others this is

about doing what’s expedient; sometimes

self-preservation requires us to suck it up

and go along with the program. As you try

to figure out how you ended up here, go

easy on yourself. All things are subject to

change. In the end, all this compromise will

yield great things. What’s going on right

now is what’s needed in order to bridge the

gap between the past and the future.


October 21 - November 20

You can keep asking the same old

questions but you’re not going to get

the answers you seek from those whose

intentions are cloaked, or those who have

no way to address the truth without coming

unglued. In many ways, you would be

better off leaving well enough alone. This

is one of those times when what’s eating

away at you has too much to do with what

others can’t face, for you to be pressing

their buttons. In situations like this, it’s wise

to let time cool things off and postpone the

conversation to occasions when you are

willing to enter them with no axe to grind.


February 21 - March 2

It’s time to snap out of it. I don’t know

what you’re obsessed with, but your

rose colored glasses are making it real

hard to call a spade a spade. If this is about

a person, the idea that ‘They are the only

one who gets where you’re coming from”

could easily translate as, “They are playing

you like a fiddle.” If it’s more about a situation,

keep an eye on people who appear

to be just what the doctor ordered. You are

a really high minded spirit, surrounded by

wolves in sheep’s clothing. Turn on your

radar detector, and don’t assume that others

are capable of the same brand of idealism.


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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 • 33

The Jupiter-

Saturn factor

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

This week’s horoscopes are coming out in the wake of

a Scorpio full moon, otherwise known as “The WESAC

moon.” Entering Sagittarius only four hours after its full

phase on Saturday evening, the moon will remain in

that sign until it crosses the Capricorn cusp, and the sun

enters Gemini, early on Tuesday, May 21.

All of this got me thinking less about Gemini, and more

about Jupiter and Saturn—why? Because Jupiter rules

Sagittarius and Saturn rules Capricorn. These two planetary

frequencies are like night and day. When the moon

shifts from the sign of the Archer to the sign of the goat,

the energy around us flips from one extreme to another.

The following words are excerpted from an essay that I

wrote quite a while ago, called “The evolutionary impact

of Jupiter and Saturn.”

“Out beyond Mars, and inside Chiron’s orbit, Jupiter

and Saturn circle around the sun, midway between the

inner and outer planets. Together, they anchor a unique

polarity that has everything to say about our spiritual

evolution. Because all of the celestial bodies function

in relation to each other, the nature of that polarity and

how it manifests through us individually and collectively

can’t be understood by studying Jupiter and Saturn alone.

Before we can fully appreciate their significance, we need

to know more about how the planets that surround them


“The inner, or personal planets and the moon move

quickly. When they enter into any aspect the contact is

fleeting, lasting for a few hours and up to a day or two.

These minor transits give birth to the daily shifts, circumstantial

experiences, and subtle changes in attitude that

move us from one day to the next and hopefully prompt

us to question what it’s all for.

“While much of what we undergo at the mundane level







seems haphazard and unrelated to anything larger, in this

reality, it is only through experience that we learn our lessons.

If we are paying attention it soon becomes apparent

that the inner planet transits function to provide us with

experiences that teach us what we need to know, one day

at a time. Thus, what appears to be random and inconsequential

is really there to help us dissect who we are

inwardly and what we are creating outwardly well enough

to see that for better or worse, we are sourcing all of it.

“At the opposite end of the planetary spectrum Chiron,

Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto have much longer cycles.

When the outer planets form aspects those contacts last

for years – and the same aspects will not recur for centuries,

in some cases. If the inner planet transits inscribe the

details of our daily script, the outer planets etch trends or

thought forms that have an evolutionary impact on the

culture as a whole. Like four giant interconnected gears,

Chiron, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto move mankind from

one level of consciousness to another. Over time their

sociological impact can be analyzed, but unless they form

an aspect to a personal planet in a birth chart, their effects

are collective and not experienced in a personal way.

“Somewhere in between the personal, daily changes,

and the massive cultural shifts there just so happens to

Mother, page 35

The elusive ‘thunder-pumper’

By Laurie D. Morrissey

Often, when I spot an interesting

bird, I don’t have my binoculars

handy. I’m holding a paddle or a pair

of bicycle handlebars,

which aren’t very helpful

when it comes to birdwatching.

That was the

case during an early-morning

bike ride last summer,

when I noticed a brownish

bird about the size of a

The Outside


chicken standing at the

edge of a farm pond.

I would have liked a

better look, but it was

clearly an American

bittern, scanning for prey against a

backdrop of reeds and cattails.

It was a rare sighting for me,

one I was lucky to have. It’s typically

harder to see this member of

the heron family, since it is much

more secretive than its kin. Living

deep in the marshes, the American

bittern blends in perfectly with the

surrounding vegetation and maneuvers

through the reeds by means of

its laterally compressed body. When

alarmed, it freezes in an upright position,

its neck and yellow bill pointed

skyward. Its marsh grass mimicry is so

good it even sways with the breeze.

Having returned from their wintering

grounds in the south, American

bitterns have taken up residence in

freshwater marshes. Cattail marshes

are their preferred habitat, but they

also turn up in reedy lakes, beaver

ponds, and soggy fields. About ten

inches shorter than a great blue

heron, American bitterns have

streaky brown and white plumage

with black slashes on each

side of their white throats. They

feed while wading, snatching

dragonflies, water striders,

crayfish, frogs, and small fish

and snakes.

Even if you don’t spot

this retiring, solitary bird,

you might hear it. The

male’s low-frequency

breeding call carries far

across the marsh. Most

often heard at dawn or

dusk, it starts out like

the sound of someone

whacking a stake

into the mud. The

bird then inflates

its esophagus

and, raising and

lowering its head,

releases a hollow

pumping sound

that has been

compared with

the sound of

a bellowing

bull, the loud

gulps of a

giant, and

an oldfashioned

washing machine on its last

legs. It’s often described phonetically as

“Onk-ka-chonk!” or “Pump-er-lunk!”

– although it utters a hoarse

“kok-kok-kok” in flight. Its

unusual call has led to a raft of

common names, including

thunder-pumper, waterbelcher,

mire-drum, booming

bittern, Indian hen, bog

bull, meadow hen, and stake


As nearly invisible as bitterns

are, it’s rare to witness

their breeding behavior. Paul

A. Johnsgard observed courtship

twice: in the 1970s in Wyoming,

and in 2015 in North Dakota. He is a

renowned ornithologist in his late 80s,

the author of more than 50 books on

birds, so you wouldn’t think much could

surprise him. However, he said when

I reached him in his University of Nebraska

office, “I almost literally gasped.

Looking like something out of ‘The

Wizard of Oz,’ the male slowly raised

two snowy white, fan-shaped clusters

of feathers from the scapular feathers

in front of its wings. It was like an extra

pair of small white wings that you’d

never see on the bird at any other time.

It was almost hypnotic. He did this for

about 15 minutes, trying to advance on

the female about 20 yards away.”

One of the most avid local birders

I know has looked for bitterns many

times without success. Another has

seen them in Texas and Florida, but

not the Northeast. However, landscape

and bird painter Cindy House has seen

many in the Sunapee Region of New

Hampshire while scouting for subjects –

and once witnessed the exact behavior

described by Johnsgard.

North America has just one other

kind of bittern: the least bittern, which is

a species of high conservation concern

in the Northeast. This is the smallest

North American heron, about the size

of a mourning dove. Its colors are more

striking than those of its larger cousin,

and it inhabits deeper marshes. It’s not a

boomer; its call is a soft “coo-coo-coo.”

The least bittern weighs a mere three

ounces, and often hunts while grasping

reed stalks with its toes and leaning

down to the water surface. It’s hard to

picture the nine-day-old chick of a bird

so small, but that is the age at which

least bittern chicks leave the nest.

I have yet to see a least bittern, but I’ll

be on the lookout. Next time I go scouting,

though, I might try a kayak instead

of a bike.

Laurie D. Morrissey is a writer in Hopkinton,

New Hampshire. The illustration

for this column was drawn by Adelaide

Tyrol. The Outside Story is assigned and

edited by Northern Woodlands magazine

( northernwoodlands.org) and

sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology Fund

of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation



The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

Should I sacrifice my

retirement to support

my children?



By Kevin Theissen

Most parents will say that they want to help their children

as much as they can and give them every advantage.

But what if “every advantage” comes at the expense of the

parents’ retirement savings and investments?

According to a survey by NerdWallet, 80 percent of parents

are covering or have covered an adult child’s expenses

after the child turned 18. That generosity can cost parents

up to $227,000 of their retirement savings.

Can you afford to press pause?

Some parents who are still supporting adult children

rationalize the expense by telling themselves they’re “just

pausing” their retirement plan. This is especially common

of parents who want to help with a major life transition, like

college tuition, a first home, a first car, or a wedding.

However, while your adult child can apply for scholarships, sign a lease, or take

out a mortgage, there are no “scholarships” for retirement. If supporting an adult

child causes you to slip below your baseline budgetary needs or savings goals, it

can be difficult to catch up.

Even smaller expenses add up in the long run. You may think you’re “only” giving

your young adult $30 per month as they continue to piggyback on a family cell

phone plan. But if that $30 would have gone into an IRA, 401(K), or investment

account, you’re not just losing $30 every month – you’re losing out on potential

capital gains and compounding

interest that can add up to

thousands of precious retirement


Check their budget

If you do decide to help an

adult child, it’s a good idea

to take steps to ensure your

helping doesn’t turn into a

lifestyle subsidy.

Depending on the nature







Downtown hotels

When I read in the Rutland Herald that

a hotel in downtown Rutland is under

consideration it made me think of the

success of two other downtown hotels

from my era.

When you are a senior citizen you tend

to think that things you remember firsthand

are already

old. Often you get

a surprise to learn

that they were in

existence long

before your time.

In this case, I

learned that the

Looking Back

By Mary Ellen


Bardwell House

on the corner of

Merchants Row

and Washington

Street was built

in 1851 by Otis

Bardwell. Some sources mention that

E Foster Cook, his son-in-law, was also

involved in the building and operation of

the hotel.

The Berwick Hotel on the corner of

Center and Wales Street was built in 1868

by Clark Richardson.

Both hotels had famous guests. In the

summer of 1864 Mrs. Abraham Lincoln

and her two sons and their maid spent

a few days of summer vacation at the

Bardwell House. The most frequent

guests at this hotel came from the cities of

Montreal, NYC and Boston.

An unusual trend from that era is apparent

in the hotel register. It lists dinner

guests who often booked a room that

was either used for a party or to conduct


In 1917 the Bardwell House was

renovated but its grandeur was shortlived

when a fire erupted on Dec. 30 of

that year. It was 26 degrees below zero

that night making it hard to fight the fire.

Both the exterior and interior were soon

coated in ice. The roof fell in but the walls

didn’t collapse. The wing sections on

both the Merchants Row and Washington

Street sides had little damage. The

Bardwell was restored to its former glory

after the fire.

I remember many happy Saturday

nights in the ’70s sitting at a table in the

Pheasant Lounge of the Bardwell with

my husband, Peter. We loved listening to

local musician Johnny Peterson play his

guitar. The hotel was also a popular spot

for a nice dinner, special occasion parties

and wedding receptions.

Today the exterior of the Bardwell

House looks very much like the magnificent

structure of yesteryear. However it is

not a hotel. It is currently a 75-unit HUD

apartment building.

The Berwick Hotel which was located

on the corner of Center and Wales Street

had 110 guest rooms, ballrooms, two restaurants

and several shops. Perhaps the

best remembered is Cinderella Sweets.

The candy store had a large window on

the Wales Street side of the building. Back

in the ’50s when I was a kid I spent quite

a few hours watching the candy makers,

dressed in white, prepare “sweet treats”.

Rock candy was one of my favorites and I

have a few fillings in my teeth that probably

were caused by that!

In the ’50s the Berwick was a popular

spot for meetings, banquets and other

events. Many famous people stayed there

including U.S. presidents, Coolidge,

Roosevelt and Cleveland. The hotel was

renamed “The Town House” shortly

before a devastating fire broke out on

January 7, 1973.

Lowell Thomas, when he skied at Pico,

would sometimes air his evening newscast

from the Berwick Hotel. The late

Erling Omland of Rutland, a well known

skier, made reference to this in a publication

but no time frame was mentioned.

of your financial support, it might make sense to get a good understanding of your

child’s spending patterns. Chances are they don’t have a budget you could look at

but ask them what their typical expenses are each month. You have every right to

make sure that your child’s financial need isn’t the result of unnecessary creature

comforts, lavish vacations, etc.

By getting a sense for their spending, you might be able to help your child find

Money Matters, page 38 Looking back, page 38



1. Stores

6. Worthless entertainment

9. Where scientists work

13. Pretty flower

14. A way to act

15. Double-reed instrument

16. Type of acid

17. Famed astronomer

18. Smooth, shiny fabric

19. Profited from

21. Secret clique

22. Infections

23. Crony

24. Teens go here every day (abbr.)

25. Suitable

28. Fresh Price of __ Air

29. Ancient city of Egypt

31. Basketball move

33. Polished

36. There’s a north and a south

38. Egg of a louse

39. Once-ubiquitous department store

41. Portray precisely

44. Thick piece of something

45. Period between eclipses

46. Indicates near

48. Investment account

49. England, Scotland, N. Ireland, Wales (abbr.)

51. Beak

52. Void of skill

54. Walked back and forth

56. A display of passion

60. Geological times

61. Type of restaurant

62. Spacious

63. Edible seaweed

64. Utah city

65. Tropical tree

66. Nervous tissue compound

67. Body part

68. Muscles and tendons


1. Draw out wool

2. Give someone a job

3. Chemical and ammo manufacturer

4. Footsteps

5. The Palmetto State

6. Books have lots of them

7. Diverse Israeli city

8. It’s mightier than the sword

9. Confines

10. First month of the Jewish ecclesiastical


11. Idaho’s highest peak

12. Prevents from seeing

14. Determine time

17. Father children

20. Tab on a key ring

21. Dog genus

23. Peter’s last name

25. Request

26. Walk heavily

27. Allowances

29. English football squad

30. Fish-eating aquatic mammals

32. South Pacific island region

34. Unaccounted for

35. Small taste of whiskey

37. Ventilated

40. Helps little firms

42. One of means

43. Fencing swords

47. Inches per minute (abbr.)

49. Turn upside down

50. S. African semi desert

52. Dutch names of Ypres

53. Instruct

55. Oily freshwater fish


56. Italian river

57. Sneaker giant

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

58. The men who man a ship

59. Some need glasses

of the numbers from “1” to “9”. No number may appear more than once in any

61. Body part

row, column, or block. When you’ve filled the entire grid the puzzle is solved.

65. Indicates position

Solutions on page 40 Solutions on page 40

The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 COLUMNS • 35

Good things in little packages

By Dom Cioffi

A couple years ago, as I was recovering

from cancer, my wife began taking me out for

afternoon walks. I was just starting to get some

strength back, which allowed me to get out of

bed for short periods to move around.

Initially, I could make it to the end of the

driveway and back, but as the weeks progressed,

I made it further

and further around the


These walks were

therapeutic not only

physically, but also

mentally. Knowing that

I could push myself a

The Movie


By Dom Cioffi

little further up the road

showed me that I was

indeed improving even

though I still felt lousy.

On one particular

afternoon, we were

walking past a neighbor’s house – an elderly

woman who we’d waved to on occasion, but

had never spoken with. She was in a small

flower garden near the front of the house

poking around with a trawl, oblivious to our


The house was neat, but looked like it had

seen better days. I’d always figured that the

woman’s husband had died and now she

was having trouble with the upkeep of the


Next to the sidewalk near her mailbox

sat a mid-sized cardboard box with a paper

sign that said “Free.” I looked down as we

walked by and noticed a pile of books. Being

someone who loves to read, I couldn’t help

but stop to see the selection.

My wife was talking on the phone, so she

just stood beside me as I sifted through the box.

There were books on gardening and flower arranging,

as well as several titles on home décor. Most of the

books were dated, looking like they were published in

the mid-1980s or earlier.

I was just about to walk away when I saw one small

book tucked into the corner of the box. I reached in,

grabbed it, and turned it around so the cover faced

me. In big letters, it read,

“The Alchemist.”

I was taken aback that

this book was included

with the others, given

that it was a novel living

amongst a pile of nonfiction

titles. It seemed

wholly out of place by

topic, but also because it was a fairly recent copy.

I had always heard of “The Alchemist” and its literary

significance, but I had never had the urge to read

it. However, at that moment, in my condition, on the

side of the road, I made the decision that this was the

exact right time for me to read this book.

I tucked it under my arm and glanced toward the

woman to express thanks. She was still tending to her

garden, so we just wandered away.

Over the course of the next few weeks, I read the

book slowly. I was still in a lot of pain so it was difficult

to sit still enough to read, but I was resilient.

“The Alchemist” is an interesting little story.

Written in only two weeks by Brazilian author Paulo

Coelho, the plot revolves around a young shepherd

who is driven to visit the pyramids of Egypt after having

reoccurring dreams about finding treasure there.

The book was first published in 1988 by a small






publishing house in Brazil. It sold relatively well in its

first year, but the publisher decided to give Coelho

back the rights.

Discouraged by this outcome, Coelho wandered

into the desert in an attempt to heal from the setback.

A few weeks later, he decided to give his entire

life over to seeing the book through to worldwide

publication. That eventually happened as the book

went on to find a global

audience and critical acclaim

as an international


I found the book

and its inspiring tale of

personal triumph to be

the exact story I needed

to read at that moment in

my life. It’s funny how the universe conspires to put

certain things in your path at just the right time.

This week, I saw the “John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum”

starring Keanu Reeves. I’m not sure I was

supposed to see this film at this time, but I’m glad

I did as it was another great addition to the wildly

popular film series.

In this film, John W ick finds himself on the streets

of New York with a huge bounty on his head and a

bevy of bad guys looking to cash in.

This is a superbly violent film that is delivered in

such a way that it nearly resembles a piece of artwork.

I’m normally not a fan of this genre of film, but I have

to admit, the appeal of Keanu and the fast-action

sequences had me glued to this story throughout.

A blistering “B+” for “John Wick 3.”

Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email

him at moviediary@att.net.

Mother: Jupiter-Saturn factor is big

continued from page 33

be an astrological middle ground - that middle ground is

occupied by Jupiter and Saturn. Neither body moves fast

enough to be considered a fleeting influence and their

orbits aren’t slow enough to put either one in the generational

category – so where do they fit, relative to each of us

as individuals and to our experience of ourselves?

“With nothing but the toils of reality to justify being

human, life becomes a tiresome march from the cradle to

the grave.







“Taken by itself what we experience every day has no

real value. And the leap that has to be made betweenthat

level of experience and the idea that there is actually

some larger purpose to it all can’t be addressed by either

the inner or the outer planets – because they govern

entirely different processes and there is a gap between the

two that has to be bridged before any of us can access the

meaning in our lives.

“It is Jupiter and Saturn who determine whether or

not we are capable of translating the mundaneness of existence

into something that fortifies our faith in the idea

that all of what we face on a daily basis has some purpose

to it. They are there to help us integrate our outer and

inner experience in ways that prompt us to either expand

and become part of the universal plan, or stay within the

limits that the personal planets define for us. It could be

said that our personal growth, what we decide to do about

it, and whether or not we have the power to do anything

about it, is largely controlled by the Jupiter-Saturn factor.”

The Jupiter-Saturn factor is a big deal. By December

2020, the two planets will be whirling through Capricorn,

in the same neighborhood with Pluto, who also happens

to be in that sign. What does this mean for us? From my

perspective it has a lot to do with getting real enough

about who we are to actually walk our talk and own the

right to say, we truly are spiritual beings having a human

experience. Let me leave you with that and invite you to

take what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.

Please call or

check us out

online for this

week’s movie


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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019


Humane Society

Rutland County Humane Society


Handsome Clyde is one of eleven dogs coming from

Virginia on Saturday May 18th. Clyde is a 4 yr old beagle and

loves people, food and female dogs. Clyde and the other

dogs can be seen on Thursday May 23rd as we are not open

on Wednesday May 22nd. Keep an eye on our Facebook

page, Springfield Humane,VT as we will soon be posting all

eleven dogs!

Springfield Humane Society

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

Wed. - Sat. 12-4:30 p.m., Closed Sun.-Tues.

LUCY - 2-year-old. Spayed

female. Boxer mix. I’m

pretty chill and I enjoy going

for walks and I have

nice leash manners.

BAO - 1.5-year-old. Male.

American Guinea Pig.

Black and White. My brother

Burt and I can appear to

be a little shy when you first

meet us but we’re really

quite silly.

TINK - 2-year-old. Spayed

Female. Short hair. Orange

Tabby. It may take a little

time for me to adjust to a

new home, but once I do

you’ll see I am very sweet

and affectionate.

VASHTI - 11-year-old.

Spayed female. Domestic

short hair. Brown and white

tabby. Sheeba and I arrived

together and aren’t going

to climb your curtains but

we are going to love you.

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society

SKITTLES - 10-year-old.

Neutered male. Domestic

short hair. Black and white.

I know that I’m no spring

chicken but I just know that

Cookies and I will find our

forever home together.

SILVER - 2-month-old.

Male. American Rabbit.

Silver. If you’re looking for

a couple of handsome bunnies

to love then hop on




Hi! My name’s Juneau and I’m a 3-year-old neutered

male white German Shepherd. If you’re looking for a wellbehaved

canine companion that is sure to bring you lots

of smiles, look no further. I love being around people! I’m

the type of dog that will be a most loyal companion. And,

I’m really smart! I know all my basic commands, and walk

incredibly well on a leash. I’d be best in a home with no

young children and no cats. I’m open to meeting new dogs,

especially if they’re close to my size. I’m a big boy and I have

a huge heart to match.

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EMERIS - 2-year-old. Neutered

male. Hound/Labrador

Retriever mix. I’ll sit next

to you while you pet me, rub

my ears, then I’ll go bounding

away to chase a toy or a

ball and have some fun!

2 -year-old. Spayed female. Labrador Retriever

mix. I’ve been in foster care for a few months

because I tested positive for heartworm but I’ve

completed my treatment and I’m doing just great!

All of these pets are available for adoption at

Rutland County Humane Society

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

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

GOLD - 2-month-old. Male.

American Rabbit. Brown.

My brother and I are a

handsome pair of fellas,

don’t you think?!

ROLO - 8-month-old. Neutered

Male. Heeler mix. I’m

a silly wiggly dog and when

I wag my tail my whole

body goes back and forth.

BURT - 1.5-year-old. Male.

American Guinea Pig. Tri-

Colored. Bao and I love to

play with toys and make

silly noises.

SHEEBA - 11-year-old.

Spayed female. Domestic

short hair. Black. Hi,

my name is Sheeba. And

I arrive at RCHS with my

friend, Vashti.

CHEWY - 6-year-old. Neutered

male. Chow Chow

mix. I’m social and I like

being in the middle of the


The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 JUMPS • 37

May 25, 26, 27, 2019

Saturday, May 25th

Lookout & First Stop

Bike Shop Circuit

Best viewing: Coolidge Historical site

(just off Rt. 100A Plymouth Notch),

Salt Ash Inn Corner (Rt. 100A & Rt.

100) & Sunrise Base Area Rt. 100 south

of Rt. 4 intersection for high speed

sprints each lap and the finish.

Sunday, May 26th


Road Race

Best viewing: The start @ Skyeship

Base Area, North Road in Bethel,

Barnard Town Center, East Mt. Road

climb Killington, The Finish will be on

the Vale Road.


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Looking back:

continued from page 34

Logic tells me it may have

been in the 50s or 60s as

Thomas died in 1981 at

age 89.

Renovations were going

on at the time of the

Berwick fire but there were

still 28 people who were

occupants of the building.

Five of them died in

the fire. As was the case in

the Bardwell House fire, it

was a freezing cold night

with a temperature of 20

below. The next day people

looking at the hotel found

icicles on what remained

of the building as well as a

thick coating of ice in the

street. The cause of the fire

was never learned.

The remains of the

Berwick were torn down

and the empty lot has

been referred to by locals

as “The Pit.” It served as a

public parking area at one


It was exciting to read

that a developer based

— Cabinets

— Countertops

— Flooring

Downtown hotels

in Williston would like to

build a $20 million hotel

in “The Pit”. Preliminary

plans call for a four story

building with 124 rooms.

The phrase “What goes

‘round…comes ‘round”




would apply here. It would

be wonderful to see a hotel

in that location once again.

I think patrons of The

Paramount Theater, who

don’t live in the area, would

enjoy an overnight stay

at the hotel. My husband,

Peter, and I have done just

that in Burlington when

we attended performances

at The Flynn Theater. We

stayed at a downtown

hotel, walked to the nearby

shops and ate at downtown

restaurants. Rutland

could offer the same experience

to people like us!

Let’s keep our fingers

crossed that a downtown

hotel will once again grace

the corner of Center and

Wales Street.

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Money Matters:

continued from page 34

Say no to kids

ways to economize, which could help limit your own


Set terms

Another way to make sure your child doesn’t

remain reliant on you is to set terms. Much like asking

to understand your child’s spending, hammering out

an agreement strikes some parents as intrusive, or

even cruel. But it’s important that you and your child

both understand each other’s expectations going


For starters, are you giving your child a gift or a


If it’s a gift, exactly how will the money be used?

Are you helping your child solve a problem for good,

or will this gift only lead to more problems, and more

pressure on your retirement savings? Again, asking

for specifics isn’t mean, it’s responsible giving.

If it’s a loan, what are the terms? Are you charging

interest? When will your child pay you back? Maybe

establishing a monthly payment plan as part of the

child’s budget is a good idea.

Don’t be afraid to say no

Saying no to your children never feels good, not

even when they’re grown. But sometimes that’s the

best thing you can do as a parent.

If you look at your child’s budget and the intended

use of your money and decide a loan or gift is not in

your child’s best interest, or could potentially damage

your retirement plan, then saying no is an option.

There are more ways to help a child than writing a

check. Maybe you have a connection who could help

your child find a better job. Offer to go with your child

to the bank and help with loan applications. Do some

online research into scholarship and government

grant opportunities that your child can take advantage


Many of our clients introduce their adult children

to our life-centered planning team. Our advisors

can be an excellent resource to help your child move

towards financial independence and start planning

for their own future.

Remember: your child has his or her entire working

life to figure out how to balance their checkbook.

But your retirement will be here much sooner than

you think. Think long and hard about providing your

child with a short-term fix if it’s going to set yourself

up for long-term financial stress.

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of HWC Financial, kevin@hwcfinancial.com.

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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 SERVICE DIRECTORY • 39

HRSA releases

$200,000 funding

to Vermont for

opioid epidemic

The Health Resources and Services Administration

within the U.S. Department of Health and Human

Services announced its second installment of Rural

Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)-

planning grants. Central Vermont Medical Center,

Inc., in Berlin received $200,000 for one year to support

the Trump administration’s commitment to end

the opioid crisis.

The grant awards go towards developing local

stakeholder partnerships, conducting needs assessments,

and developing plans to implement and

sustain substance use disorder (SUD), including

opioid use disorder (OUD), prevention, treatment,

and recovery interventions.

“RCORP-Planning is part of a multi-year initiative

by HRSA to support treatment for and prevention of

SUD/OUD,” said HRSA Administrator George Sigounas,

MS, Ph.D. “The goal is to reduce the morbidity

and mortality of the diseases in high-risk rural communities.”

The purpose of the funding is to address disparities

that plague rural communities attempting to

eradicate substance use disorder.

“Rural communities continue to face several

challenges in accessing SUD/OUD prevention,

treatment, and recovery services,” said Associate

Administrator for the Federal Office of Rural Health

Policy Tom Morris. “Over half of rural counties nationwide

lack a provider who is waivered to prescribe

buprenorphine” (a medication used in combination

with therapy to help people reduce or quit their use of


Rural communities also face workforce shortages,

geographic barriers, limited treatment infrastructure,

and stigma associated with SUD/OUD.

For more information or to review a complete list

of all grant recipients visit hrsa.gov/rural-health/

rcorp/planning/awards. For more information about

the RCORP initiative or to learn more about how

HRSA is addressing the opioid epidemic, visit hrsa.


Middlebury Hannaford

celebrates expansion

The Hannaford Supermarket & Pharmacy in Middlebury

will host a month-long grand reopening event May 24-June

16 to celebrate new product offerings and the expansion of

services after a recent renovation.

Aimed at increasing the fresh, convenient options for

customers, the renovated supermarket offerings include an

in-store sushi chef, hand-battered fried chicken, in-store

prepared sandwiches and salads, and a hot bar with entrée

options. The seafood department has a wider variety of

freshly cut grab and go seafood.

Fresh food is highlighted in the new design, and the

expanded produce department. A new kombucha tap

has been installed, and throughout the store more than

230 new Nature’s Place products have been added to the

shelves. Hannaford to Go became available earlier this

month, allowing customers to order their groceries online

and pick up in store, as is currently available in Rutland.

Other new additions include a private consultation area

in the Pharmacy for customers to consult with their pharmacist

or receive an immunization and four self-checkout


we are Soliciting bids for all trades for a new fire station

project. Any interested parties can contact Tim to get bid

documents and the bidding schedule. DEW is the agent for

the Town.

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located on the mountain,

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NEW LISTING: Killington ski

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view. Pinnacle 1 bdrm

condo, $116K. Furnished,

never rented, deck, stone

fireplace, kitchen upgrade,

ski locker, health club,

shuttle to mountain. Owner,

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bath condo, Mountain Green

bldg. 2. FP, ski lockers,

health club membership.

$92K. Owner, 800-576-



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Mountain Rd, open living

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building lot in Killington

neighborhood with ski home

benefits. Views. Call 802-





in Woodstock on Rt 4. Next

to 4-season motel (www.

sleepwoodstock.com), 8

mins to the Village, 15 mins

from Skyeship Gondola.

Immediate business from

motel guests. Newly painted,

repaved parking, 1,248 sq

ft, 50+ seating plus picnic

tables. Turn-key operation

for restaurant, bakery

catering. Reasonable rent/




equipped restaurant for

rent (old Killington Diner)

on yearly basis. On Access

road, in Outback shopping

plaza. Call Ron Viccari, 800-

694-2250, 914-217-4390.


RESTAURANT for sale.

The mountain renaissance

is taking hold, now is the

time! 4000 square feet of

restaurant space in great

county wide location for both

summer and winter business.

Recent renovations and

upgrades for continuation

of 25 plus year operation

or your dream concept.

Building generates 35k in

rental income aside from

restaurant operations as

currently configured. Asking

assessment, restaurant is

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Solutions from page 34




Post and beam house, West

Rutland. Ok with cats. $500

month. 802-236-2412.


condo. No pets. Now through

Nov. 15 or long term, $800/

month + utilities. 201-746-



building, very large studio. Best

views in Vermont. Most utilities

included. Available immediately

til November, $795; or lease

year round $1,195/month.


or 610-633-0889.


room. Negotiable, April-Nov.

$1,000/ month. 413-388-3422.


rental 2 BR, 1 BA, woodstove,

excellent location. $8,000

seasonal + utilities. 781-749-

5873, toughfl@aol.com.

PICO 1 BRs: One furnished

available now for year round

or now through fall. Heat, cable

included. $1,175/ mo. Another

available for winter season

starting mid October, $8,200

everything included. Call

Louise Harrison Rentals 802-



rental 3 BR, 2 BA, fireplace,

dishwasher. $9,000, Nov.

1-April 30, + utilities. 781-749-

5873, toughfl@aol.com.


Rentals/Property management.

Specializing in condos/winter

& summer rentals. Andrea

Weymouth, Owner. www.

killingtonroyalflush.com, 802-




All real estate and rentals

advertising in this newspaper

is subject to the Federal

Fair Housing Act of 1968

as amended which makes

it illegal to advertise “any

preference, limitation or

discrimination based on race,

color, religion, sex, handicap,

family status, national origin,

sexual orientation, or persons

receiving public assistance,

or an intention to make such

preferences, limitation or


This newspaper will not

knowingly accept any

advertisement which is in

violation of the law. Our readers

are hereby informed that all

dwellings advertised in this

newspaper are available on an

equal opportunity basis. If you

feel you’ve been discrimination

against, call HUD toll-free at




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Bridgewater Corners, 1 mile

off 100A. 802-672-3335.


furniture: Dresser, bureau,

2 night tables. Frank, 802-

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stack. Rudi, 802-672-3719.




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Spring visit and hope to see

new and returning customers

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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 • 41

Harrison: As the session end, bills get passed or put off

continued from page 7

towns have done. The legislative action on

Friday takes that choice away from local


A bit of theater was also injected into the

State House last Thursday, when student

activists interrupted House proceedings

with chanting’s from the balcony “This is a

Climate Emergency…” along with hanging

banners that fossil fuels kill people and

throwing hundreds of index cards into the

chamber and onto lawmakers. When the

protesters attempted to shout over the

Speaker, she announced the House would

adjourn and ordered all legislators and

visitors out so the chamber could be secured

by the Capitol police. The protestors

and some Progressive legislators refused

to leave. Three students were ultimately


Going into last weekend, there were 21

committees of conference appointed to

work out differences between the House

and Senate on various pieces of legislation.

Only a couple had been resolved as of Friday

afternoon. The committees, which are

comprised of three members from each

Chamber, are expected to meet Monday

and Tuesday in an attempt to bridge gaps

between the House and Senate versions.

One of the conference committees

appears to have reached agreement on a

ban on disposable shopping bags at the

checkout with a 10 cent fee on paper bags

if you don’t bring your own reusable one.

Another committee resolved differences in

lead testing in water for schools and child

care centers.

Among the issues that will carry over to

next year include a tax and regulate plan

for recreational marijuana and allowing

non-citizen legal residents to vote on local

Montpelier issues. Unclear at this point

is a housing bill, S.163, which includes a

provision to require registration of home

contractors. The bill remains in the House

Ways & Means Committee.

The full Senate returns Tuesday, May 21,

with the House coming back on Wednesday,

May 22. Expectations are for the Legislature

to complete its work by Thursday or

Friday, although one has to wonder if 2-3

days will solve some of the thorny issues

that the last few months have not. There

will likely be a date tentatively scheduled in

June to deal with any potential gubernatorial


Jim Harrison is a state representative for

Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington and

Mendon. You may reach him at JHarrison@

leg.state.vt.us or by cell, 802-236-3001. Messages

may also be left at the State House during

the legislative session at 802-828-2228.

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continued from page 40

Rentals, employment, wanted, real estate


Randolph Center, Vermont



Adventure Center:

Aerial Attendants –

work and play. Best

summer job. Training

provided. Please visit www.

killington.com/jobs for a full

job description and to apply.

Or visit our welcome center

at 4763 Killington Rd. Open

daily 8-4. (800) 300-9095.



Food & Beverage, new

opportunities. Executive

Sous Chef, Banquet Sous

Chef, Line Cook, Cook 1,

Cook 2. Please visit www.

killington.com/jobs for a full

job description and to apply.

Or visit our welcome center

at 4763 Killington Rd. Open

daily 8-4. (800) 300-9095.


CASHIER: A.M. preferable.

PT/FT/Year round.

Competitive wage. Killington.

Please call 802-558-0793.

DELI: Sandwich/Prep cook.

Experience would be great,

but if you enjoy working

with food, we will train.

Competitive wage. Please

call 802-558-0793.


looking for a new executive

director! Responsible for

managing the day-to-day

activities of the organization.

They will work closely with

the Members and Board

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organization, and will be

responsible for: Grant writing

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Personnel Management;

Marketing and Public

Relations; Running Member

Programs. This is a 40 hour

per week salaried position

with flexible daytime office

hours and occasional

evening and weekend

hours. See arcrutlandarea.

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description. Send resume

and references to info@


EXCITING NEW restaurant

and lounge on the Killington

access road looking for

reliable, well organized

help who can multi task.

Positions include Front desk,

kitchen prep and dishes,

weekend breakfast service;

flexible days hours and

shifts. Contact Kristen@



P/T bar staff, dishwasher,

line cook needed to work

at fun locals bar. Apply in

person: see Sal at Moguls.


NEEDED: Looking for

responsible, outgoing,

professional candidates

to promote Anheuser

Busch Products in a bar/

restaurant environment

during the Winter season.

Ideal person is punctual,

friendly, knowledgeable

about products and

comfortable with large

crowds. Responsibilities

include: Arriving on time,

setting up t-shirts, hats, and

other prizes, and executing

games/activities. Anheuser

Busch is a premium company

that does promotions for

brands such as Bud, Bud

Light, Rolling Rock and

many others. Candidates

must be 21 years of age,

and be willing to converse

with strangers. Pay is fifteen

dollars an hour with a flexible

schedule, most promotions

will be held in the Killington

Mountain Area, must be

available to work some

nights during the week, and

weekends for aprés. Email


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The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

Short Term Rental Summit

draws hosts – and hostility

By Kevin O’Connor, VTDigger

Organizers of the first-ever Vermont

Short Term Rental Summit promised everyone

from apartment dwellers to secondhome

owners a variety of ways to welcome

more paying guests through online spacesharing

programs such as Airbnb.

But as for how to address the protesters

outside with pamphlets? That wasn’t on the


Some 200 people seeking to learn

tips of the trades and local and state

health, safety and tax policy found

themselves in good company – as well

as challenged – at the two-day event in

downtown Brattleboro.

“There’s no collective voice for

short-term rental operators in the state,

so that’s why we’re having a summit

to connect those of us who are in this

growing industry,” event co-organizer Lisa

Ford said.

Currently, an estimated 6,000 participating

households earn the state about

$10 million annually through its 9 percent

rooms tax.

“Your role is that of a Vermont ambassador,”

event co-organizer Stephanie Bonin

told people who rent bedrooms, apartments

and homes. “We hope you feel a

sense of camaraderie and support.”

But those arriving Sunday, May 19, found

the grassroots group Brattleboro Solidarity

passing out pamphlets charging Airbnb

with reducing affordable housing options

and, as a result, raising rents, evictions and


“Airbnb doesn’t care about the community

but about the profit that can be

extracted,” protester Becca Polk said.

For their part, some neighboring business

owners questioned why the summit







was meeting at the Latchis Hotel, a downtown

anchor run by a nonprofit organization

that’s aiming to lure the same guests.

“Licensed lodging properties see shortterm

rental hosts as competitors on an

unfair playing field,” acknowledged Wendy

Knight, commissioner of the state Department

of Tourism and Marketing.

Although state officials can cite many

statistics – Vermont’s $2.8 billion tourism

sector, second only to manufacturing, annually

welcomes some 13 million visitors

who generate nearly $400 million in tax

revenue – they don’t have firm figures about

Rental summit, page 46

Senate scraps clean water ‘cloud tax,’

looks to increase rooms and meals tax

By Elizabeth Gribkoff, VTDigger

In the 11th hour of the

legislative session, senators

have come up with a new

plan to fund clean water:

a 1 percent increase to the

rooms and meals tax starting

in January 2020.

Both bodies have committed

to devoting $50.5

million toward clean water

in 2020, but have yet to

settle on a plan to fill an $8

million funding gap.

During a Senate Finance

Committee meeting Thursday,

May 16, Sen. Chris

Pearson, D/P-Chittenden,

echoed by Sen. Becca

Balint, D-Windsor, said

they wanted to consider

alternatives to the “cloud

tax” on online software

proposed by the House.

The committee then debated

options ranging from

a tax on luxury clothes, an

increase to the fee on trash

disposal, and an increase to

the property transfer tax on

homes over $500,000.

The Scott administration’s

water funding plan

contemplated devoting $12

million from the estate tax

in 2021. It would have also

shifted revenue from the

property transfer tax, which

currently goes into the

general fund.

Sen. Randy Brock,

R-Franklin, who had

remained silent for most of

the debate, said exasperatedly

toward the end that the

committee was weighing “a

bunch of bad choices.”

The committee settled

on increasing the rooms

and meals tax from 9 to

10 percent, with 1 percent

dedicated to the clean

water fund, as they felt it

would be simple to administer.

In an interview after the

meeting, Cummings said

the cloud tax was not off the

table for future years, but

said the committee needed

more time to figure out

how it would work. She also

said the Senate still has to

negotiate with the House

on a final proposal.

After taking weeks of testimony

on the issue, House

members settled on a

“cloud” tax on software

stored and accessed on the


Vermont’s tech community

quickly came out

in opposition to the plan,

arguing that it would

stifle efforts to expand the

industry in the state. Senate

leader Tim Ashe also opposed

the proposal, saying

it was too difficult to even

define what was being


Democrats backed off

efforts to raise new revenue

for lake clean up efforts last

year amid internal disagreement

and veto threats

from Gov. Phil Scott.

Scott’s spokesperson,

Rebecca Kelley, said in an

email Thursday afternoon

that he had the same position

on a rooms and meals

tax increase.

“He hasn’t changed his

mind since this morning:

he doesn’t want to see

another tax increase when

we have the opportunity

to use existing resources

– particularly with what’s

expected to be a $50 million

surplus with a potential

FY20 upgrade,” she said,

referring to next year’s

revenue projections.


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46 • The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

Rental summit:

Homeowners learn how to improve

continued from page 42

short-term rentals. That’s why Gov. Phil Scott’s administration is commissioning a study.

“We need this data for a lot of reasons,” Windham County state Sen. Becca Balint said.

“This is a new industry and we have a responsibility to fully understand the moving parts.”

The state recently began requiring hosts to comply with basic health and safety standards

and register with the Department of Taxes.

“We’re not opposed to regulation as long as it’s sensible,” said Joseph Montano of the

Expedia Group, which includes such websites as HomeAway and Vrbo. “Vermont has gone

with a pretty light touch, which is great. I think it understands the value of the tourism dollars

that come through.”

Many speakers said the debate surrounding short-term rentals, affordable housing and

traditional lodging wasn’t so clear-cut, in part because many Vermont Airbnb offerings are

in rural areas without as much population or access to hotels or motels.

“We have estimates upon estimates, but we don’t know a lot about this topic – it’s been

primarily an anecdotal conversation,” said Douglas Farnham of the state Department of

Taxes. “I think it makes sense to learn more. It’s common sense that better data makes for

better decisions.”

That said, state officials don’t believe Vermont’s 6,000 short-term rental properties are

wreaking havoc on its 300,000-unit housing market.

“We have a lot of challenges,” Farnham said, “but from a statewide perspective, I don’t

believe 2 percent of the property is big enough to account for the housing struggles we’re


Likewise, short-term rental operators said their aim wasn’t to undercut the hospitality

industry but instead to expand it.

“There’s a never-ending supply of tourists for all of us and unlimited opportunity to increase

the economic benefits for our state,” Ford said. “We understand there are concerns,

but we should all be working together. Our goal is to continue this conversation.”

Kinder Quotes

By Kevin O’Connor/VTDigger

Some 200 people attended the first Vermont Short Term Rental Summit in Brattleboro.

By Amy Braun, illustrated by Donovan Piccicuto

Kinder Quotes is written by Rochester kindergarten teacher Amy Braun, a compilation

of the funny things that kids in her class say.

Rockin’ the Region:

continued from page 21

and full backline there for

anyone to use, which includes

drums, mics, and amps.

Basically, everything is there, and

bands just have to bring their

instruments. It’s a big room that

bands can do a lot with. Nostrand

said, “The acoustics are pretty

amazing. They can rehearse and

play as loud as they want. They

get a block of time where they can

focus on new songs or honing

their chops on songs they’ve been

playing.” Nostrand has told me

about some of the bands that play

there and I’m excited to check

out new talent. One punk band,

Middle Son, plays there every

Sunday. Nostrand said, “They

crank. I’m hugely impressed with

how hard they work.”

Nostrand said it’s an

opportunity for bands to

practice in a space that’s set up

A Sound Space gives budding musicians a place to practice, with a live audience

as if you were on stage. “A lot of

times bands are in a basement

or someone’s living room and

you’re cramped in a tight space.”

I always hear about bands

practicing in their parent’s

garage, so this can really help

them escape that and get to the

near reality of playing in a club.

Nostrand added, “It’s as close to a

live stage as you can get.”

Two weeks ago, the Plumb

Bobs were the first band to play in

the live rehearsal set up. It’s kind

of setup like “VH1 Storytellers,”

but Nostrand explained it

best: “It’s a live practice. They

worked on songs as if they were

in a rehearsal. I introduced and

interviewed them and the cool

thing is, the audience got to

participate and ask questions

as they went along; questions

like, ‘Why did you choose that

song?’ and ‘How do you decide

what songs to play?’ It was really

fun and relaxed. It also reflects

what’s going on here. It’s not

really a performance venue, but

a rehearsal space. Not many

people know what bands do in

rehearsal. I’ve always been a big

fan of process and behind-thescenes

stuff. I think it’s interesting

to see how things work out.

Most of the time people just see

the band on stage. This is a cool


I highly recommend checking

it out because you’re going to see

new music in a cool new way.

This is great for the aspiring or

established musician, solo or

full band. Nostrand will be on

hand to answer any questions

and give an intricate tour of the

space. Find A Sound Space on


Courtesy Dave Hoffenberg

A Sound Space is a new studio space that allows musicians and bands

to rehearse in a setting, while an audience can watch.

The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019 • 47

June 8, 2019

6pm at the

Killington Grand Hotel

Enjoy a fabulous dinner and dance party with Satin & Steel

in support of the Rutland Heart Center

Ticket(s) at $125 per person.

Please register online at www.RRMC.org or contact sbryan@rrmc.org or call 802.747.3629.

48 • The Mountain TimesMay 22-28, 2019

Try before you buy

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You can buy a trial ticket that will be valid Friday, May 24 - Monday, May 27,

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4-day weekend Ticket: Adult $ 102, Senior $ 82, 29-Below $ 82, Youth $ 72

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