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Brandon resident Sue

Wetmore was recognized

for her birding


Page 6



Vermont is once again

the healthiest state in

the nation, according

to the America’s Heath

Rankings annual report,

which measures

35 key indicators. For

nearly two decades,

Vermont has ranked

among the top five

healthiest states.

Page 9




The annual Gift of Life

Marathon continues

Wednesday, Dec.

18- Friday, Dec. 20 in

Rutland. Please help

provide life-saving

blood for those in need.

Page 25

Barnard to merge

with WCSU

By Curt Peterson

Barnard voters decided 119-85 to merge with Windsor

Central Supervisory Union on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Residents had long debated joining Windsor Central

prior to the vote. Some in Barnard wanted to turn Barnard

Academy into an independent school to avoid the

school’s potential closure in the future.

The merger will require voters in six other towns in the

district accepting Barnard participation, and amendments

to the original 2017 WCUSD articles of agreement

covering issues of sustainability, grade reconfiguration

and school closure. Barnard School Board chair Carin

Park said the amendments replaced arbitrary policies

surrounding configuration and closure with meaningful

criteria and processes. These two issues were major

reasons Barnard originally rejected joining WCUSD.

Pamela Fraser, Barnard representative on the WCUSD

Board, said the amendments are not for Barnard – they

provide important criteria that protect every school in the

district. Park, Fraser and others invested effort into resisting

a “forced merger” under Act 46, then working with

the district to find the path to a successful merger vote.

About 29% of the 715 registered voters turned out to vote.

Tim Johnson, Select Board, chair said given the amount

of time people spent talking and posting on the listserv

about the vote, he was disappointed with the low turnout.

He senses those opposing the merger feared losing control

over “their school.”

Originally an advocate for Barnard Academy independence,

Johnson told the Mountain Times the article

amendments resolve the issues that bothered him.

“My objections are satisfied in the amendments,”

Merger > 4

Killington skier Jim Ryan helps bring

Warren Miller film crew home

Killington to be featured in next year’s Warren Miller film

By Katy Savage

Rutland local and Killington

Ski Club alum Jim

Ryan and Olympian Kaylin

Richardson rang cowbells.

They jumped and oohed

and aahed collectively with

a crowd of about 20,000

people while women skied

down Killington Resort’s

Superstar trail during the

World Cup this Thanksgiving

weekend. Their eyes

were on the skiers while the

cameras were on them.

Ryan and Richardson

were filming Warren Miller’s

next film, which will

be released in 2020. Much

of the yet-to-be-named

movie will feature the

people in and surrounding


“This came about with a

partnership with Kililngton

and an ongoing partnership

we’ve had with the

By Katy Savage

Jim Ryan and Olympian Kaylin Richardson rang cowbells

at the Killington Cup race while being filmed.

U.S. Ski Team,” said Chris

Patterson, the director of

photography, who’s been

part of Warren Miller films

for 29 years. “There is

nowhere that embraces

ski racing like the East,”

Patterson continued. “It’s a

perfect fit.”

Patterson said he wants

to tell the story behind the

World Cup event, which

has become a favorite stop

on the World Cup tour for

the past four years, attracting

a crowd of about 40,000

Warren Miller > 2

By Bruce Longley

While the reindeer rest...

Woodstock was transformed into a holiday wonderland, Dec. 13-15, as locals and visitors

donned costumes, rode horses and sang carols to celebrate the 36th annual Wassail Weekend.

The festivities included a two-mile horse parade, a meet-and-greet with Santa at the

Little Theater, a Wassail feast hosted by the Woodstock Inn and Resort and more.

Okemo upgrades

focus on base areas,

uphill capacity

By Karen D. Lorentz

Okemo to set receive upgrades as part of Vail Resorts,

Inc.’s $215 million investment for 2020 across its resorts. This

investment builds on the approximately $190-$195 million

that Vail Resorts had planned to spend on capital improvement

projects in calendar year 2019.

The majority of the new investment at Okemo will be in

lift, lodge and dining updates.

Changes will increase uphill capacity, improve circulation

across the resort, enhance dining options, and make it easier

for guests and families to access services, further enhancing

the resort’s emphasis on providing superior customer


Major changes to the existing Okemo base lodge (at the

Clock Tower base area) will expand the cafeteria into the existing

resort services area (which will move down to the Clock

Tower) for a larger food court. Plans also call for an extension

to the base lodge with a 4,000 square foot addition and new

plaza area. In addition the base lodge will get an elevator and

there will be new landscaping and walkways.

The current second-floor administrative offices (above

the children’s Snow Stars Center) will become ski school

space. The addition of children’s rentals and an elevator in

that building will make it easier on families and make the

entire experience “that much better,” said Vice President and

Okemo upgrades > 5


The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019

Governor highlights success of local general store

Gov. Phil Scott joined the community of West Windsor to

celebrate the success of the Brownsville Butcher & Pantry,

located at 871 Rte. 44, which opened in November 2018,

during his weekly press conference Friday, Dec. 13.

Through individual, local and state support, the Friends

of the Brownsville General Store purchased and redeveloped

the vacant building, recreating an economic and

community hub in the village.

“Creating vibrant, welcoming villages is critical to keeping

young Vermonters here and drawing new families and

businesses to Vermont,” said Scott. “Together, this community

has proven that solutions start from the ground up — at

the local level — and has shown how that vision can and

should be reinforced with help from the state.”

The revitalization in West Windsor extends beyond the

new store, including the newly launched Ascutney Outdoors,

an organization that’s creating a diverse base of activities

with a focus on biking and hiking, affordable winter

activities, educational programs and community events.

The Agency of Commerce and Community Development

(ACCD) granted the Friends of the Brownsville Store

with over $50,000 in village center tax credits to rehabilitate

the building and reopen the store.

“Village stores are important community gathering

places where the relationships necessary to make a

community a great place to live, work and visit are built,”

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Jim Ryan, a local skier featured in past and future Warren Miller movies, emerges through a powdery cloud in the woods.

Warren Miller: Killington Restor will be featured in the enxt Warren miller film


from page 1

fans every year over two


“It’s the story behind

the scenes,” Patterson

said. “It’s more about the

opportunity to be skiing

in front of a hometown


The movie digs into

the nuances of Killington

locals and the passionate

skiers who call Killington


“Having the World Cup

as a pace setter for the

whole thing will help us

tell a story in Killington,”

Patterson said.

Richardson, a former alpine

ski racer and Olympic

competitor, first started

appearing in Warren Miller

movies 10 years ago, while

Ryan has been in Warren

Miller movies for the past

two years.

Ryan was a natural pick.

Ryan, 28, grew up in a

skiing family. His father,

now a lawyer in Rutland,

competed for the Olympic

team and U.S. Ski team.

Ryan, who graduated

from Killington Mountain

School in 2009, starting

skiing Killington by

himself by the time he was

about 8.

“I feel like Killington

was almost like a third

parent,” he said. “It was

the first place I felt like an


Ryan raced at Colby

College before moving to

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

where he was quickly

signed to the Voelkl pro

team. Voelkl connected

him to the Warren Miller


Ryan was on tour promoting

this year’s Warren

Miller movie, “Timeless,”

when he got the call that

he’d be filming in Killington

over Thanksgiving

weekend for next year’s


“I had to have my

friends expedite me all

my stuff,” he said. “I got a

FedEx box with all my ski

gear in it.”

Killington Resort was

last featured in a Warren

Miller movie about 10

years ago, with Olympic

gold medalist and

Killington local Donna


“Something that’s

cool about Killngton is

there’s a lot of heritage to

it,” Patterson said. “Ski

areas like Killington have

a certain way of crafting

and creating those great


The filmmakers will be

back in Killington in January

to spend 10 days on

the mountain. They’re also

planning to film parts of

the movie in Switzerland,

Idaho, Montana, British

Columbia and Alaska.

Like all Warren Miller

movies, the 71st annual

movie next year will

capture the excitement of

skiing and outdoor sports.

The energy at the World

Cup will be the starting


“It’s electrifying—you

really feel this pulse because

you see the intensity

of the racers and you know

how hard they’ve worked,”

Patterson said. “You know

they have a minute at most

to make a difference with

all they gained.”

The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 LOCAL NEWS • 3


Adaptive names

2019 volunteers

of the year

More than 400 highly-trained volunteer instructors

make Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports’ mission of empowering

individuals with disabilities possible. Out of that

dedicated pool of volunteers, Vermont Adaptive program

coordinators recognized this year’s four Volunteers of the

Year at off-snow trainings this fall, according to a Dec. 16

news realease.

Liz Mead of North Chittenden Andrew Kimpton of Winchester,

Massachussetts and Greg and Carol Lothrop of

Milton, were named 2019 Volunteers of the Year, a tribute

in honor of Jim Hutchinson, a Vermont Adaptive volunteer

who left a legacy of empowerment to people of all abilities

and commitment towards supporting the organization.

“Each year, there are a few individuals that shine,” said

Tom Alcorn, senior program coordinator at Vermont

Adaptive. “These folks are involved year-round with

Vermont Adaptive in exemplary ways. They each represent

the organization as a whole. We’ve had years where a dozen

individuals were recognized and years where one single

person stood out the most. Jim Hutchinson was the most

dedicated volunteer

Vermont Adaptive

or any organization

could hope for. I

know he would be so

proud of our accomplishments

in what

we have built over

the past years.”

Mead was nominated

for her love

“These folks

are involved

year-round with

Vermont Adaptive

in exemplary

ways,” said Alcorn.

and commitment to the Vermont Adaptive family and the

success of all of her students. “She brings her vast experience

with her children on the slopes and outdoors to our

programs every day and is a supportive and caring mentor

to everyone she works with,” said Alcorn. “Her support at

our special events year-round has been invaluable and

you would be hard pressed to find her not helping her fellow

volunteers and staff members. The commitment she

gives to our Special Olympics athletes and school groups

has made for some amazing successes and plenty of fun

times on the bike path, water and snow.”

The power couple of Greg and Carol Lothrop have been

volunteering with Vermont Adaptive for a combined 16

years. As a veteran and veteran spouse, they have made

a lasting impact with the organization’s Veteran Ventures

program. They also coach on Sundays with the Vermont

Adaptive Race Team at Bolton Valley. “If you are ever in

need of some great and wonderful crockpot food and

cookies you can find this couple at Bolton Valley with the

veteran crew every Thursday,” said Alcorn.

Kimpton’s patience, consistency and determination

set the bar high as he volunteers his time throughout the

year with a commute from Boston to the Mad River Valley

to teach at Sugarbush Resort. “He has taken the initiative

to bring his skiing to greater levels and increase his

knowledge for equipment-based lessons,” said Alcorn.

“He is very willing and highly able to lead lessons in almost

all areas of our winter programming. His willingness and

flexibility to help with any lesson contributes to his ability

to lead lessons with ease while making the participant feel

comfortable, safe and able to enjoy the time on the slopes.”

To volunteer at Vermont Adaptive, candidates must

participate in off-snow and on-snow training each year

and commit to a number of days on and off snow. For more

information, visit vermontadaptive.org/get-involved.


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Proctor land sale hinges on

public access, vote scheduled

By Lee J. Kahrs, The Reporter

PROCTOR — If there is a public vote on the potential sale of prized town-owned

watershed land in Proctor, it will happen at town meeting in March.

Voters also will decide whether any sale should hinge on keeping the land open to

public use and protect the town’s resources.

As the selectboard weighs the investment potential of a proposed $1.5 million sale

offered by Rutland resident John Gerlach for the 1,600-acre Chittenden watershed parcel,

word of the offer has spread beyond Proctor to multiple outdoor recreation organizations,

individuals and nature conservation groups in Addison County and beyond.

A number of people representing those interests attended the board’s regular meeting

this past Monday, Dec. 9, where language related to proposed voting articles was

discussed following the public comment period.

Proctor’s drinking water ran through the watershed until 2014, when the town discontinued

using the Chittenden water treatment plant. The land is also rich in hardwood

timber, which has provided a steady source of income for the town. The timber

harvested from the land in accordance with the town’s forestry management plan nets

roughly $250,000 every 10 years in timber sales.

Gerlach’s attorney William Meub has said his client recently bought 50 acres of land

adjacent to the watershed parcel. Meub has also stated that Gerlach has no plans to

develop the land.

Public access in jeopardy

Despite that assurance, should the parcel be sold, it is possible that public access

will be revoked and that is what most concerns those opposed to the potential deal.

The parcel sits adjacent to the Green Mountain National Forest. The Green Mountain

Club currently has a right-of-way through the land for hikers, as the parcel is near

the Long Trail. The club also has right of first refusal on 50 acres of the watershed land,

which is not part of the parcel in question.

The Chittenden Dammers, a VAST snowmobile club, also has a right-of-way permit

to cross the land. The Catamount Trail, a cross-country ski trail from Massachusetts to

Canada, also runs through the parcel.

The Green Mountain Club has expressed interest in buying the land through the

Trust for Public Land. The national forest service and its public partners are also interested

in buying the land and keeping the trails accessible to the public.

Public comment

A dozen people signed up to comment on the proposed land deal Monday night. All

were either staunchly against the idea, or at least skeptical and urging caution.

Justin Lindholm of Mendon said that he believes there is much more value to the

land than the board either realizes or will acknowledge. The land is assessed at $1.5

million, but he said that is just the value of the real estate.

“Something just doesn’t seem right here,” he said, “that you’re trying to dismiss what

you have. $1.5 million is not the value. It does not include the timber value, or the value

of the water rights.”

Matt Trombley said the thought of the public being denied access was troubling.

Proctor land> 51

Merger: School dilemma has a resolution


from page 1

Johnson said, “and moving the sixth

grade to a bigger school with more educational

opportunities is a good thing,

but I’m still skeptical – if things start to

go the wrong way I’ll be the first to advocate

pulling out and going private.”

Barnard invested about $15,000

in legal fees fighting to keep Barnard

Academy independent.WCUSD superintendent

Mary Beth Banios described

the relationship between the Barnard

School Board and the district as cordial

and productive.“I believe that this

merger will be mutually beneficial and

look forward to the enhanced partnership

that will be possible as a result of

our communities coming together,”

Banios wrote in an email.“While giving

up autonomous control of our school

budget is … a leap of faith, Barnard

will enter into a full merger relationship

with the [WCUSD] with the same

good will that the … Board reflected

when they refused to force us to join last

winter. I look forward to a wider community

getting to know what a special

place Barnard Academy is!” Park said in

an email.

District board member Jim Haff said

he is “really glad” for the Barnard vote


“The FY2021 budget is really challenging,”

Haff said, “and Barnard’s 70-

plus students will be a big positive.”

Woodstock Union High School has

the district’s highest cost per/student,

and Barnard’s per student figure is low

– the district budget will be helped by

the larger number of students and Barnard’s

lower operating costs, Haff said.

Barnard Academy Principal Hannah

Thein wrote, “I am confident that we

will continue to collaboratively work together

to realize the Portrait of a Graduate

and the district strategic plan. I am

sure that Barnard Academy will retain

its ‘small school feel’ and its academic

rigor. I think that this merger is an opportunity

to grow, and at the same time

retain our uniqueness and vibrancy.”

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Solution > 48


Okemo upgrades: Resort-wide upgrades aim for peak experience

from page 1

General Manager Bruce Schmidt.

Other lodge renovations and

upgrades for this season include the

Summit Lodge, which looks the same

on the outside but with knee walls

removed, the main floor feels larger

with an open floor plan and new décor,

Schmidt said. The lower level has

a new Robin’s Roost venue featuring a

bar and wait service.

The mid-mountain Sugar House

Lodge has also been spruced up and

features a children’s area called the

Mudroom on the lower level with a

kid-focused menu.

On the third level, an area with

TVs was created to allow parents to

watch races on War Dance from inside

the lodge. The Epic restaurant at the

Solitude Day Lodge also received new

décor and is now known as 43° North.


When Okemo opened for the

season on Friday, Nov. 22 with 28 trails

and seven lifts operating, it was the

biggest opening day in the resort’s

history, based on both terrain and lifts


This feat was largely the result of


a five-year snowmaking project that

saw completion in 2019 with replacement

of all the main snowmaking

water feed lines that originate through

the Clock Tower base area.

In a presentation to media this

past weekend, Schmidt noted that

these were 10-, 12- and even 16-inch

diameter pipes, adding they “make a

difference these days.”

While skiers and riders don’t actually

see the pipes, the installation of

5,000 feet of pipe in 2019 — along with

the associated underground communication

lines and power work —

mean these feeds supply all the water

to Okemo’s entire snowmaking system

and under optimal conditions, allow

the pumping of 7,000 to 9,000 gallons

of water per minute.

This allows Okemo to open for

the season with top-to-bottom terrain

and recover quickly following a

weather event. And that’s something

skiers and riders can notice and do


EpicMix App

Epic Mix, a free app that can be

downloaded for iPhone or Android

General store: Tax credits revitalize Brownsville

from page 2

said Housing and Community Development Commissioner

Josh Hanford. “Brownsville residents show

us that with hard work, any community can leverage

state programs and funding to support local businesses,

spur investment in housing, and enhance their


The Agency of Natural Resources worked with

ACCD and the town of West Windsor to deliver $2.4

million in wastewater infrastructure grants and

loans to update and extend the existing sewer system

throughout the village.

“In Vermont, more than 200 of our downtowns and

village centers lack community wastewater disposal

mobile phone is expected to come online

mid-winter. The company plans

to completely revamp its EpicMix

mobile application. It will offer new

functionality and an improved user

experience, including new interactive

trail maps and account features, while

retaining key features like vertical feet

tracking, photo sharing, and transparent

lift line wait times.

Lift upgrades

The changes for Okemo include

replacing the Quantum Four Express

lift at Jackson Gore with an express

six-seat lift. The Quantum Four quad

will replace the Green Ridge Triple on

the main mountain, and a new trail

will be cut to allow direct access to that

lift from Jackson Gore (without having

to take the Solitude route) to get there,

Schmidt said.

“As our company grows, we are

determined to grow thoughtfully and

with our mission always in mind: to

create an “Experience of a Lifetime”

for our guests,” said Rob Katz, Vail

Resorts chairman and chief executive

officer in a news release about the

upgrades released last week.

systems, creating a barrier to infill development and

revitalization,” said Natural Resources Secretary

Julie Moore. “Wastewater infrastructure tends to be

both out of sight and out of mind but investing in this

infrastructure is essential to supporting the growth of

existing businesses and community centers, as well as

opportunities for new businesses and organizations

to sustainably take shape. As a state, we are providing

communities with technical assistance and help

accessing grants and low-interest loans for these sorts

of core infrastructure investments which, in turn, supports

exciting revitalization projects, like the Brownsville

Butcher & Pantry.”

Table of contents

Local News ................................................................ 3

State News ................................................................. 9

Opinion ................................................................... 10

News Briefs ............................................................. 13

Calendar .................................................................. 17

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

Rockin’ the Region .................................................. 23

Living ADE .............................................................. 24

Puzzles..................................................................... 30

Food Matters ........................................................... 32

Ski Shop Showcase ................................................. 42

Pets .......................................................................... 44

Mother of the Skye .................................................. 45

Columns .................................................................. 46

Classifieds ............................................................... 48

Service Directory ................................................... 50

Real Estate ............................................................... 52


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Br andon birder earns statewide recognition

By Lee J. Kahrs/ Brandon Reporter

BRANDON — Brandon’s favorite

birder has received a high honor

from one of Vermont’s premier natural

science organizations.

Sue Wetmore has been named

the 2019 Julie Nicholson Citizen

Scientist by The Vermont Center

for Ecostudies. The Norwich-based

wildlife conservation organization

works across North and South

America conducting research and

monitoring wildlife while also encouraging

and relying upon citizen


The group is heavily involved in

a number of conservation projects,

including protection efforts for the

common loon, Bicknell’s thrush

and bobolink, as well as maintaining

an online biodiversity resource

called the Vermont Atlas of Life and

participating in public bird counts

and surveys.

Reached by phone Monday,

Wetmore, 75, said the award was a

high honor for her and a first in her

35 years of citizen birding.

“It’s kind of like the culmination

of all my volunteer work and picking

ticks off me and thrashing through

brush, just things you do and you’re

having fun because you’re looking

for birds,” she said. “It’s like getting a

Grammy. It’s just such an honor.”

The award was named for Julie

Nicholson, a citizen scientist who

was noted by the Center for her passion

and commitment to birds and

wildlife conservation.

The accidental birder

Many readers may only know

Wetmore through her occasional

bird photos that appear in The Reporter,

thinking she is an ornithologist

with multiple degrees. The first

part is true. Wetmore loves to document

her birding adventures and

share her knowledge with adults and

children alike, having been a longtime

volunteer with the Four Winds

Nature Institute in local schools.

But Wetmore’s fascination

with birds did not begin in a

classroom. Thirty-five years

ago, she was stay-at-home

mom with two young boys.

Wetmore put up a bird feeder

in her backyard to entertain the


“This is a hobby that got out of

control,” she joked. “I just put up a

bird feeder and it got out of hand.”

Wetmore was always an outdoors

person, having spent a lot of time

hunting, fishing and hiking with her

father as a child. Once her interest in

birding began to grow, she decided

to attend a 7 a.m. bird walk with Rutland

County Audubon’s Roy Pilcher.

She was the only person to show up.

“I assumed we weren’t going to


Bird expert and Brandon resident Sue Wetmore has been named the recipient

of the 2019 Julie Nicholson Citizen Scientist award by the Vermont Center for

Ecostudies. She is shown here in with a Florida scrub jay during a trip south.

go, and Roy said, ‘Oh yes we will,’”

Wetmore said. “That was it. I was


Since then, Wetmore is responsible

for two state birding records,

having documented a summer tanager

and a Say’s phoebe. She spent

a night on the top of Mount Mansfield

with the Center for Ecostudies

participating in the monitoring of

the Bicknell’s thrush, which lives at

higher altitudes and is endangered.

“This is a hobby that got out

of control. I just put up a

bird feeder and it got out of

hand,” said Sue Wetmore.

She and her husband George now

travel to warmer climates in the winter

months, heading to Florida and

Arizona, where Wetmore continues

birding for regional species.

In fact, Wetmore will miss the

Center’s award ceremony, as she

and her husband will be leaving for

Arizona on Dec. 6.

In good company

Wetmore is the fourth member

of the Rutland County Audubon

Society to earn the Julie Nicholson

Citizen Scientist Award. Pilcher, now

90, won it in 2007. Sue and Marv Elliott

won in 2014, and now Wetmore.

“Rutland County Audubon is very

well represented,” Wetmore said.

Brandon resident, author and

retired biologist Gary Meffe is on

the Center for Ecostudies Advisory

Board. He said he couldn’t think of a

more deserving person for the citizen

scientist award than Wetmore.

“She’s just one of the premier

birders in the state, if not the

Northeast,” he said. “What’s most

impressive is that she just took it

up as a hobby and ran with it to

the point where she knows the

details and the biologies of the

birds, what they’re doing, what

they’re thinking,” he said. “It’s just

very impressive, what she’s done

on her own. She maintains intense

interest and focus.”

For her part, Wetmore plans to

continue the work she loves for as

long as she can, a plan aided by the

fact that birding is never boring for


“Birds are just fascinating, they

make for fascinating study,” she

said. “The more you read about

them and observe them, you realize

how smart they are. So if someone

calls you a birdbrain, say, ‘thank


The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 LOCAL NEWS • 7

CU receives

$200K grant

for president’s


Will also house Early Childhood Lab

Castleton University

has received a $200,000

grant from the Alma Gibbs

Donchian Foundation to

support the revitalization

of Granger House, which

will be the new home of the


“I am grateful for the

generous support of the

Alma Gibbs Donchian

Foundation,” said Castleton

University President

Karen M. Scolforo. “The

Granger House is an important

historic landmark

and this grant is a key piece

for the University to move

forward with this project.”

Following the renovations,

Granger House will

become a focal point for the

campus and village community,

serving as the new

residence of the university

president and the setting

for campus, community

and philanthropic events.

The old president’s office

will become an early childhood

education center.

The revitalization

project aims to protect and

preserve Granger House as

a cultural heritage resource

and prepare it for use as a

‘Newly’wed Game announces 2020 local cast

Eight fun and funny couples are

lined up, and tickets are on sale for

February’s Pack The Paramount

“Newly”wed Game to benefit the

Rutland Community Cupboard,

BROC’s Community Food Shelf and

the Salvation Army.

The fourth-annual event presented

by WJJR and Green Mountain

Power, Feb. 8, will feature couples

Chrispin and Renee White, Drew

and Kelsey Smith, Rich and Christina

Sweet, John Wallace and Rose

Kennedy, Will and Allison Gormly,

Mark and Becky Stockton, Philip and

Marleen Allen, and Lisa Boerner and

Lisa Frankel-Boerner. They’ll compete

in a live version of the popular

TV show, with host Ed Kelly posing

questions guaranteed to make for a

raucous and entertaining night.

“We’re thrilled to have a diverse

and fun group of contestants willing

to put themselves out there to help

the food shelves,” said GMP Vice

President Steve Costello, one of the

organizers. “From true newlyweds

modern residence.

Granger House was

designed and built by

Noadiah Granger around

1800, and serves as an

important example of

Federal-style architecture

from the early history of

Vermont. It was entered

into the National Register

of Historic Places in 1979

as part of the Castleton Village

Historic District and is

one of the oldest homes in


The home, acquired by

the university in 2012, features

one of the outstanding

spiral staircases by the

noted Vermont architect

and craftsman Thomas R.


The university is conducting

these renovations

as part of its plan to create

the early childhood lab,

which will be housed in

the current home of the

university president. The

lab, launching in July 2020,

pairs Castleton’s new bachelor

of arts and dual major

in early childhood education

and special education

with a public childcare

center and learning lab.

to couples who have been married

for decades, we have eight community-spirited

couples ready to play!”

The Pack the Paramount

“Newly”wed Game is a rebranding

of the long-running Pack The

Paramount Food Drive. Instead of

collecting food items, the goal is to

pack The Paramount’s seats with

patrons, with sponsorship and ticket

sales benefiting the food shelves.

Organizers hope to raise $25,000.

Terry Jaye, operations manager at

Catamount Radio, said the show has

quickly become a must-see event

for anyone who loves comedy. “I’ve

seen a lot of things on the Paramount

stage over the years, but I

have never laughed as hard as I have

at the ‘Newly’wed Game,” Jaye said.

“It’s an incredible night of fun, and

raises critically needed funds to help

our neighbors in need.”

Kelly, who competed with his

wife Fran the first year and has been

hosting ever since, said it’s his favorite

night of the year. “I look out at the

How Vermont’s DMV makes millions of

dollars selling personal information

By Xander Landen/VTDigger

The Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles has been

quietly selling the personal data of Vermonters to private

companies since at least 2004.

The state agency has made more than $15 million on

sales of the data over the past four years, and the practice

has raised privacy concerns.

State records show the DMV has given approval to

700 companies and government agencies to purchase or

receive personal data about drivers.

In 2015, the DMV made $3.4 million

selling the information. From 2016 to

2018, the department brought in $4 million

each year. Information about data

sales in previous years was unavailable.

DMV officials say the vast majority

of the revenue comes from insurance

companies and businesses who buy

information about their employees’

driving histories.

However, the department has also allowed law firms,

private investigators and out-of-state corporations to buy

or access personal information about Vermont drivers,

including where they live, the cars they drive, their driving

records and their criminal histories.

In the past 15 years, the state has allowed 50 private

investigation firms to buy driver data, according to a list

of the companies the state authorized to purchase the


The list also includes a handful of out-of-state companies

like Deloitte, an accounting giant, and “the world’s

largest consulting firm,” Choicepoint Service Inc., a data

aggregator that was bought by risk management and

corporate research firm LexisNexis. Another firm, Aristotle

Inc., specializes in “identity and age verification solutions”

for the government and private sector.

The personal data the state sells includes information

on licenses and vehicle registrations.

The database shows where people live, what cars are

registered to them, whether they have criminal records,

and their driving histories.

The only information it won’t provide on any condition

audience, and it’s just a sea of smiles

and laughs,” Kelly said. “You never

know what a contestant will say,

which guarantees surprises all night

long. It’s a blast!”

In addition to WJJR and GMP,

sponsors include Heritage Family

Credit Union, Jane and Steve

Costello, Rutland General Electric

Employees Activity Association, Rutland

Regional Medical Center Heart

Center, and Same Sun of Vermont.

Paramount Programming Director

Eric Mallette said the event was

especially important this time of

year. “Donations to food shelves

tend to balloon around the holidays,

but the long, cold winter leaves a lot

of people in need come February

and March,” he said. “This is timed

to provide a shot of funding and

goodwill to the food shelves in the

heart of winter.”

Tickets are on sale at The Paramount

Theatre, online at www.

paramountvt.org or by calling (802)


The state has

allowed 50 private

investigation firms

to buy driver data.

is driver medical information and Social Security numbers,

according to DMV officials. Photographs are also not for


Vermont isn’t the only state whose DMV sells driver

information — the practice is reportedly common across

the country.

Federal law requires DMVs to provide driver information

to government agencies, and sell it to certain

businesses including trucking firms,

insurance agencies, and vehicle manufacturers.

It also gives states discretion to sell

the information to other companies.

The Vermont DMV’s operations

director, Michael Smith, said the department

follows federal regulations and

reviews each request for personal information

on an individual basis.

“We collect, and residents of Vermont entrust us with

their personal identification and information and we take

that very, very seriously,” Smith said.

“We don’t just let anybody have it. We let those that are

deemed to have a permissible use have access to the information

that is permissible for them to use.”

VTDigger analyzed a list of the roughly 700 companies

authorized to purchase data from the Vermont Department

of Motor Vehicles since 2004.

The majority of the names on the list obtained by VT-

Digger include government agencies, local businesses, and

private law firms.

While the DMV will sell personal information to some

private entities, it refuses to sell to others.


The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019

School board discusses

budget increases

By Curt Peterson

Windsor Central Modified

Unified Union School

District Superintendent

Mary Beth Banios and the

finance committee gave

board members a taste of

challenges faced in creating

the FY2021 budget at

the Monday night School

Board meeting, on Dec. 9.

The current budget,

ending June 30, 2020,

is about $20.1 million,

which, based on enrollment

of 909 equalized

pupils, is $17,994 per pupil—just

below the state

mandated maximum cost

per pupil.

Exceeding the state

mandate incurs a $1 penalty

for every $1 in excess


The state allowed the

district to average the

lower per pupil cost of the

elementary schools and

the higher middle/high

school cost, thus avoiding

the penalty.

Vermont’s statewide

benchmark per pupil

cost won’t be available

until January, but Banios

expects it will reflect the

increases incurred at the

state level.

Paige Hiller, board

co-chair from Woodstock,

said the budget process

will be broken down into

smaller segments this

year, as working on the

entire package is “overwhelming.”

Board co-chair Jennifer

Iannantuoni from Killington

said, “contractual

expenses,” such as health

benefits, negotiated on

a state-wide basis, have

risen significantly.

Statewide, the health

insurance premium increase

is 12.9% — the district’s

projected increase

is 14.2%.

Salary increases, negotiated

between the state

and the teachers’ union,


are expected to be 3.5%,

although bringing salaries

in line across the district

will mean a bigger local

net increase.

Finance and Operations

Director Mike

Concessi said substitute

teachers are a big expense.

Kelly Services currently

provides substitutes—

Banios said staff find

arranging subs is difficult

and time-consuming.

Banios and Concessi

are analyzing whether

having two full-time substitutes

would be more


Banios outlined desired

“additional educational

investments,” including

curriculum training for

department chairs, summer

training for educational

coaches, a transportation

director, costs

associated with increased

professional development

day substitutes and

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Arbitrator sides with

union in school health care


Decision will increase costs for school boards, taxpayers

By Lola Duffort/VTDigger

Last week, an independent arbitrator

has sided with the union in negotiations

for Vermont’s first-ever statewide health

care contract for all school employees.

The binding decision brings an end

to a contentious bargaining process that

first started in April. The deal will cover

about 40,000 people — teachers, administrators,

support staff, and their families.

It goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021, and lasts

through Dec. 31, 2022.

“The arbitrator very clearly thought

our proposal was more equitable and

accessible,” said Darren Allen, a spokesperson

for the Vermont-NEA.

Proposed double-digit health insurance

rate increases mean

that both sides – school

districts and school

employees – will likely see

costs increase under the

contract. Rates will be finalized

by the state in January.

Prior to the deal, the tax

commissioner released

a forecast of a 6% hike in

education taxes next year.

Nearly 40% of the projected

rise in school spending is tied to healthcare.

The Agency of Education used the cost

estimates tied to the union’s bargaining

proposal when it provided the commissioner

with spending projections,

according to agency finance manager

Brad James.

“Obviously we’re disappointed in that

result,” said Joseph McNeil, an attorney

for the school boards’ bargaining team.

“We’re concerned that rather than containing

costs, the decision will actually

increase costs, contrary to the desires of

the Legislature and state administration.”

Allan McCausland, the New Hampshire-based

arbitrator who made the

final call, said he based his decision

largely on the factors that Vermont statute

dictated he consider in weighing the


“I thought both parties did an excellent

job. Very thorough, very professional,”

McCausland said.

And he noted that the union and

school board bargaining teams, who

went before a mediator before coming

to him, had already come to agreement

on the bulk of the issues. Notably, both

sides, in their final proposals, had put

forward a 80/20 employer/employee

premium split for teachers on Gold and

Silver plans.

But the union and school board teams

had differed significantly in their approach

to out-of-pocket costs. Under the

contract proposed by the union, teachers

and other licensed employees will have

to pay maximum medical and pharmacy

out-of-pocket costs of $400 for single coverage

and $800 for all other tiers. Support

staff employees will pay $300 for single

coverage and $600 for all other tiers.

Licensed educators and support

professionals working 17.5 hours or more

a week are eligible for coverage. And

the union’s proposal mostly sticks with

health reimbursement accounts — instead

of health savings accounts — which

largely mirrors the status quo.

“All employees are going to have access

to all tiers of coverage,” said Will Adams,

a teacher at Hardwick Elementary who

served as the spokesperson for the union

bargaining team. That means that support

staff, who, under local bargaining contracts,

frequently only had access to health

insurance for themselves,

will now be able to get

coverage for their spouses

and children as well.

Legislators in 2018 created

a 10-member

commission tasked with

negotiating a statewide

health care contract. The

commission included five

representatives from the

union side – four from the

Vermont-NEA, and one from the American

Federation of State, County, and

Municipal Employees – and five representatives

from school boards.

Traditional bargaining typically tasks

a mediator or an arbitrator with crafting

a compromise plan if the two sides

can’t agree. But as an incentive for the

two sides to come together on their own,

the law that created the commission

required an arbitrator to choose either

the union or school board’s final offer, in

its entirety. The arbitrator could not craft

an alternate compromise plan.

A single health care plan for all public

schools was a key priority for Republican

Gov. Phil Scott, who believed a statewide

benefit could save taxpayers millions.

Teachers unions for a long time resisted

the idea, but the Vermont-NEA ultimately

reversed course in exchange for equal

representation on the nonprofit board of

the Vermont Education Health Initiative,

which provides health insurance plans

for Vermont schools.

The administration opposed giving

unions equal representation on the VEHI

board, and the governor ultimately let the

omnibus bill that created the statewide

bargaining commission pass into law

without signing it.

In a statement, Scott spokesperson Rebecca

Kelley said the governor “remains

committed to the fiscal fundamental of

growing spending no faster than the rate

of growth in Vermonters’ paychecks.”

“This decision will make that more

difficult to achieve and he hopes the

Legislature will take another hard look at

how we get these costs, and others, under

control,” she added.

Nearly 40% of

the projected

rise in school


is tied to


The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 STATE NEWS • 9

Vermont again ranked nation’s healthiest state

Vermont is once again the healthiest state in the nation,

according to the United Health Foundation’s newly

released America’s Heath Rankings annual

report. The state moved up three

steps to reclaim the top spot in the

Foundation’s 30th year documenting

the nation’s health trends, challenges

and opportunities.

For nearly two decades, Vermont

has ranked among the top five healthiest

states, as gauged by the Foundation’s

review of 35 core measures,

including health behaviors and

outcomes, clinical care, policy impacts, as well as community,

environmental and socio-economic factors. Vermont

was number 4 last year.

“Vermont’s place at the top of this list reflects our

commitment to health in all 251 communities and across

provider networks from hospitals to home and community

based providers,” said Governor Phil Scott. “While

there is always room for improvement, our position as

the healthiest in the nation speaks to the high quality of

life we offer in Vermont. As we continue to work to grow

the economy and our workforce, make Vermont more

affordable and protect the most vulnerable, our health

outcomes are a tool we can use to market Vermont as a

great place to live, work and raise a family,” Scott added.

Vermont’s data reflects a significant drop in health

disparities — an improvement of 44 places among state

rankings. Health disparities are an

important indicator of differences that

may occur by gender, race or ethnicity,

education, income, disability, geographic

location and sexual orientation

among others. The state also had

one of the lowest rates of violent crime.

“All of us can take great pride in

where we stand today,” said Health

Commissioner Mark Levine, MD. “I’m

particularly pleased with the steady

progress we have made in reducing the rate of adult obesity

and smoking, increases in childhood immunization

rates and physical activity, and in our significant gains in

reducing health disparities among Vermonters.”

The report also focuses on the health challenges Vermont


Deaths related to drug and other substance misuse

continue to rise, and the state continues to wrestle with

higher rates of chronic conditions like diabetes, and risk

for vaccine-preventable diseases, such as pertussis.

Dr. Levine said the data is also important in showing

where more work is needed. “We are number one overall,

but in some measures, relative to other states, we may

only be doing less badly,” said Dr. Levine. “Bending the

Key takeaways


* Low incidence of chlamydia

* Low violent crime rates

* Low % of uninsured population


* High incident of pertussis

* High occupational fatality rate

* High cancer death rate

curve on unhealthy behaviors and outcomes is difficult,

and we have a great deal more work to do.” Levine cited

the rapid rise of vaping among young people as a threat to

decades of progress against tobacco use, and the need to

further impact increases in chronic diseases and cancerrelated


“We will look deeply into this data, to continue our

strategic plans and programmatic efforts to build on our

successes and to reverse the trends that negatively impact

the health and well-being of all Vermonters,” Levine


For more info visit americashealthrankings.org.

Ranking trend:


CourtesyAmerica’s Health Rankings 2019 Annual Report

Over $500,000 in housing vouchers unused since 2017

By Grace Elletson/VTDigger

Vermont is returning hundreds of

thousands of dollars in unused housing

vouchers to the federal government

each year.

A new report shows that the federal

housing voucher programs have

been underutilized because of a lack

of case management support, inadequate

affordable housing stock and

an unwillingness by some landlords

to rent to tenants with a history of


In 2017, the Burlington Housing

Authority had not used 27 Shelter

plus Care vouchers, totaling $206,707.

Last year, the Vermont State

Housing Authority underutilized

about 43 Shelter

plus Care vouchers totaling

$336,648. In 2019, VSHA has

again struggled to use all of

its Rapid Rehousing vouchers

— 28 out of 78 had not been used,

according to the report.

Shelter plus Care vouchers are specifically

for people who are disabled

and chronically homeless. Rapid

Rehousing vouchers are temporary

subsidies that aim to help people who

are homeless.

Lawmakers last year set up the

Specialized Housing Vouchers Working

Group to recommend ways the

state can fully utilize housing voucher


According to the report, about 55%

of eligible households cannot use

available Shelter plus Care or Rapid

Rehousing vouchers, largely because

of a lack of affordable housing that

has caused a back up in the system.

On average, it took providers 92 days

to find people housing through Shelter

plus Care vouchers and 58 days

through Rapid Rehousing vouchers

in 2018.

Both voucher programs require

case management or housing retention

services for people using the

services. These workers help guide

people through the voucher process

and find employment in order to

keep them from becoming homeless

again, said Renee Weeks, director of

shelter and clinical services for Upper

Valley Haven.

But these positions are not always

funded by the federal government or

“People are living in the streets and

the woods because we failed to act,”

Donnelly said.

the state budget. And a lack of direct

support is part of the reason vouchers

to go unused, Weeks said.

Chris Donnelly, director of community

relations for the Champlain

Housing Trust, said he’s had to turn

away people from the apartments

because people didn’t have case

manager support for their specific


“We’re losing resources because

we’re not providing the right support,”

Donnelly said. “We’re keeping

people homeless.”

He said he wants to see lawmakers

fund case manager positions for

voucher providers across the state.

“People are living in the streets

and the woods because we failed to

act,” Donnelly said. “This is a solvable


Funding case managers is a solution

the report put forward — one

recommendation calls for using

funding from the Department for

Children and Families and the

Housing Opportunity Program for

case management support. Another

recommendation was to find funding

in Medicaid or bolster case management

support from partnerships with

OneCare Vermont.

Sen. Ginny Lyons, D-Chittenden,

who will be reviewing the report as

chair of the Health and Welfare Committee,

was not sure which solutions

she plans to endorse. She

said she would support an

increase of case manager


“We want to sit back

and look at the broader

picture,” Lyons said. “But

yes, this is urgent.”

Rep. Tom Stevens, D-Waterbury,

who chairs the General, Housing, and

Military Affairs Committee, said the

underutilization of housing vouchers

is a “great disappointment.” For

this legislative session, Stevens said

he wants to continue supporting the

Vermont Housing and Conservation

Fund and increase support services

to allow more vouchers to be used.

“We understand the difficulties

that come along with budgeting to

the dollar and not the need. It is one

of the hardest things to do given our

economic climate,” Stevens wrote in

an email. “But it has to change if we’re

going to have any hope of fulfilling

the goals we set to help Vermonters

live a life of stability and dignity by

providing four walls and a roof.”

$94 million still available

in Vermont unclaimed


The Vermont Treasurer’s

Office has a

record $94.5 million in

unclaimed property and

Vermont Treasurer Beth

Pearce wants to return

it to Vermonters. In the

one-month span Nov.

10-Dec. 10, 2019, the Treasurer’s

Office returned

$413,455.60 to 1,966

claimants, according to

a Dec. 11 news release.

With the holiday season

underway, Vermonters

can easily search the

state unclaimed property

database to claim their

funds for holiday shopping,

charitable giving,

or to save for goals in the

new year.

“Last year, we returned

$6 million of unclaimed

funds to citizens, businesses,

and nonprofits,”

said state Treasurer Beth

Pearce. “In the last month,

we’ve paid out more

than $400,000 in claims,

putting money in many

Vermonters pockets as

we enter the holiday and

charitable giving season.

We want to make sure you

double check our databases

to see if you have

unclaimed property.”

The Treasurer’s Office’s

unclaimed property

program is a consumer

protection initiative to

benefit all citizens. No

commissions or fees are

charged through this free

service. Vermonters can

easily search the state

unclaimed property database

by visiting Missing-

Money.Vermont.gov or by

calling 1-800-642-3191.

“Unclaimed property”

describes assets

like uncashed checks,

lost valuables, forgotten

security deposits, misplaced

insurance policies,

investments or estates.

The contents of abandoned

safe deposit boxes

are also held in the Treasurer’s

Office unclaimed

property vault. There

are 530,000 individual

properties waiting to be


With over $94 million

waiting to be claimed,

Vermonters should be

aware of for-profit enterprises

that claim they will

locate and recover lost

property for a fee.

Treasurer Pearce

encourages all Vermonters

to check the state’s

unclaimed property

database, which is free,

before accepting services

from other entities.


10 • The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019


We need blood

By Steve Costello

As a former journalist who has seen a lot over the years,

I’m not one to be easily impressed or inspired. But as Gordon

Dritschilo wrote (Gift of Life kicks off, Dec. 11) Stefanie

Schaffer has recently done both.

Read on, and I hope you’ll be inspired by Stefanie as

well – enough to sign up for the last day of the Gift-of-Life

Marathon. The need for blood is real, and we have 175

openings for the final day of the drive, Dec. 20, at the U.S.

Army Reserve in Rutland Town.

If you haven’t heard Stefanie’s story, here’s a synopsis:

Stefanie was a typical 22-year-old college student. She was

She wouldn’t

be alive to tell

it if not for

countless people

who donated

the blood she


somewhat shy, and

found public speaking

difficult. But she was

enjoying life and doing

what was expected

of her, though in her

own words, she rarely

challenged herself to be

more than average.

She is anything but

average today.

In June 2018, a

boat explosion left the

22-year-old Rutland woman with a head injury, spinal cord

damage and paralysis, numerous broken bones, failing

kidneys, and the loss of both legs. Her injuries required so

much blood that her medical records don’t quantify the volume;

they simply refer to a “massive transfusion protocol.”

She spent a month in a coma, and awoke to be told she

would probably never walk again. Due to her injuries, she

could barely speak. At first, she recoiled, pulling the covers

over her head, crying uncontrollably, and understandably

Giving life > 11

The case for

impeachment is a case

for our democracy

By Angelo Lynn

In recent impeachment hearings, during which House

Democrats called on three judicial scholars for their constitutional

interpretation of what acts would be grounds

for impeachment, the evidence was overwhelming that

President Trump’s attempted bribery of Ukraine’s president

met the standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

According to numerous reporters present, the testimony

was blunt. Here’s a partial account by NBC News correspondent

Adam Edelman:

“One after another, and at times using blistering language,

the trio of professors sitting side by side — who were

called to testify by Democrats — told the committee that,

according to evidence against Trump that has been made

public, Trump was guilty of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors’

and other impeachable actions.

“Pamela Karlan, a professor at Stanford Law School and

a former Justice Department official in the Obama administration,

said ‘the very idea that a president might seek the

aid of a foreign government in his re-election campaign

would have horrified’ America’s Founding Fathers...

“Karlan said Trump’s ‘demand’ that Ukrainian President

Volodymyr Zelenskiy launch investigations into Burisma —

the Ukrainian gas company that former Vice President Joe

Biden’s son Hunter Biden joined as a board member — and

a debunked conspiracy theory that Ukraine interfered in

the 2016 election ,‘constituted an abuse of power.’

“‘Drawing a foreign government into our election

process is an especially serious abuse of power because it

Democracy? > 15


Now is the time, Congressman Welch

Dear Editor,

On March 9, 1954,

Republican Vermont Sen.

Ralph Flanders stood on the

floor of the U.S. Senate to

condemn fellow Republican

Sen. Joseph McCarthy

on his claims that there

were communists in the

state department. The

Flanders speech was an

immediate sensation, as

Flanders’ courage to speak

up against a member of his

own party electrified the

nation. Two months later,

Flanders introduced a bill

to censure Sen. McCarthy.

It passed with bi-partisan


Congressman Peter

Welch has taken up the

mantle of Sen. Flanders.

Welch stated in a VTDigger

interview: “[Flanders] stood

up and said no, this has got

to end. The role I have to

play is what Vermonters

have always played. And

that is to resist the encroachment

of a single civil

liberty of a single person at

any moment at any time.”

Now is that moment in

time, Congressman Welch.

Congressman Adam Schiff

deserves condemnation in

the well of the House and a

bill of censure.

If Congressman Adam

Schiff, as a member of the

House intelligence committee,

had access at least

two years ago to the information

about FISA abuses

outlined in Horowitz’s

report. Despite that, Schiff,

on March 24, 2018, publicly

released a memo which

gave an utterly false picture

of the classified material to

which he and IG Horowitz

had access.

The purpose of Schiff’s

memo was to counter then

Intelligence Committee

chair Rep. Devin Nunes’

report on FISA abuses. Sc

If Congressman Welch

claims to take up the

mantle of Sen. Flanders,

then he must stand in the

well of the House, and

condemn his Democrat

colleague, Rep. Schiff,

for Schiff’s repeated false

statements about the FISA

process, Carter Page, and

Republican Devin Nunes.

It will take the courage

of Flanders to stand up

against a member of his

own party. We shall see if

Rep. Welch lives up to the

Flanders standard.

Deborah Bucknam,


By Thomasina Magoon

Guests Justin and Ally Brown dress up for the fundraiser.

Homeless Prevention Center

fundraiser raises a record $20,000

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Homeless

Prevention Center,

we would like to thank

the many community

members who made our

dinner, dance, silent auction

and 20th Anniversary

Celebration on Nov. 2 at

the Franklin Conference

Center in Rutland, such a

great success. With the help

of 15 sponsors, 70 individuals

and businesses that

donated auction items,

By Kevin Siers, Charlotte Observer

and a fantastic effort by our

board, staff and volunteers,

we raised a record $20,000

in support of our mission

of preventing and ending

homelessness in Rutland

County. Thank you!

We were moved by

both the generosity and

diversity of supporters

this year: Banks and credit

unions; local businesses

(old and new); families

and individuals; hospitals

HPC > 11

The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 CAPITOL QUOTES• 11


“Greta Thunberg, don’t let anyone dim

your light. Like the girls I’ve met in

Vietnam and all over the world, you

have so much to offer us all. Ignore the

doubters and know that millions of

people are cheering you on,”

Said Michelle Obama.

“Time leaves out the Hong Kong

protesters fighting for their lives and

freedoms to push a teen being used as a

marketing gimmick. How dare you?

Said Donald Trump, Jr.

On Greta Thunberg being named Time

Magazine’s 2019 person of the year…

“So ridiculous. Greta must work on

her Anger Management [sic] problem

then go to a good old fashioned movie

with a friend! Chill, Greta, Chill!”

Said President Donald Trump on Twitter.

“A teenager working on her anger

management problem. Currently

chilling and watching a good old

fashioned movie with a friend,”

Said Greta Thunberg in her updated

Twitter bio.


Why WUHS needs a new high school

Editor’s note: This was submitted by the

Windsor Central Supervisory Union and

may not represent the opinion of all school

board members.

After two years of studying the best

and highest value means of addressing

the facility deficiencies of the 60 plus

year-old middle and high school facility,

the WCSU (Windsor Central Supervisory

Union) board voted unanimously in June

2019 to pursue

developing a financing


for a new middle

and high school


The expert

master planning

team working

with the district



structural, civil, landscape, code, food

service experts along with one of the

best education planners in the country)

reviewed the technical and cost feasibility

of three options:

1. a renovation

2. a renovation with select additions

3. a new build

The analysis and evaluation concluded

definitively that a new building would

Giving life: Stephanie Schaffer is a model of determination


from page 10

wanting to give up.

But she didn’t. She chose to overcome her challenges. She chose to learn to speak all

over again. She chose the power of positivity. She chose to prove her doctors wrong, and

walk. And she began an arduous recovery that now revels in successes like swimming without

legs and biking with her hands.

And here’s the most inspiring part — she chose to overcome her shyness and give up her

privacy to share her story to help others, revealing the scariest moments of her life and the

triumphs and love that surrounds her, and that she now fosters.

Key to her story: She wouldn’t be alive to tell it if not for countless people who donated

the blood she received. Without blood, she wouldn’t have lived to commit much of the past

few months to raise awareness of blood donation. She wouldn’t be alive to overcome her

shyness to speak to thousands of people in speeches, radio programs, social media posts,

and interviews. She wouldn’t be alive to demonstrate her grit, resilience, and grace.

I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with Stefanie, and see how she chooses, daily,

to find the good in life. I’ve seen hundreds of people visibly moved by her attitude and

perspective as she shares her story. And I’ve found myself giving thanks for having met

her, because she makes me want to be the best person I can be as well. Stefanie has given

me and so many others a new perspective on life, just as you’ll give life to some unknown

person if you donate blood Dec. 20.

Steve Costello is a Green Mountain Power vice president, and with Terry Jaye, co-organizer

of the Gift-of-Life Marathon.


HPC: Homeless prevention raises record donations

from page 10

that weaves this community


I also want to thank the

staff here that continue to

work small miracles every

day. This year they helped

over 500 Vermonters in

crisis — people who were

homeless, or facing it head

on, or leaving an institution

uncertain about what

would happen next on the

and correctional facilities;

Vermonters we’ve helped

in the past who wanted to

give back; DJ Dave Hoffenberg

who donated his time

and services, even local

musicians who donated

their gig money.

This generosity from all

corners makes our work

possible and illustrates

how colorful the quilt is

New build construction

also costs substantially

less than full renovation

due to the fact that it takes

less time and requires little

disruption to students.

be the best value and most beneficial

solution to the facility’s shortcomings.

Given the combination of inefficient

layout of the MS/HS building on the site,

the structural and building envelope

(wall and roof) issues and need to bring

up to current seismic codes; the need for

all new systems (sewer, heating, ventilation,

cooling, fire suppression); lack of

ADA compliance and the cinder block

wall construction

making moving

walls to alter space


not possible;

renovation is both

impractical and



New build construction

also costs

substantially less

than full renovation due to the fact that it

takes less time and requires little disruption

to students in the current building.

When a building is renovated, it

requires that students are put in temporary

classrooms, which is disruptive,

lengthens the building timeline and costs

substantially more. Although school

buildings are renovated at times, each is

unique, and the practicality of a renova-

New build > 13

outside. Whether you’re a

client of our organization,

a staff or board member,

a landlord or community

partner, sponsor or donor,

thank you for believing that

even when it’s a hard day

or a cold night, doing the

tough work is worth it.


Angus Chaney, HPC

executive director

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Gingerbread houses reimagine holiday sweets

‘Tis the season for gingerbread creations! Chaffee Art Center in Rutland held a gingerbread contest on Dec. 12.

Creators of Chaffee Art Center’s winning house, titled “Good Tidings Farm,” Jill Talbot, Brandy Ellison, Alexandria

Perone and Phoebe Forman said, “[Our] display embodies the spirit of giving exemplified by the seasonal bounties

of the farm. Our local farms are vital to our community and we benefit from the effort of farmers. Their work

sustains our bodies, our community and the landscape we hold so dear. Our barn is surrounded by the four seasons

of giving...winter, spring, summer and fall.

Below, a much larger gingerbread house was erected inside the Woodstock Inn & Resort.

Courtesy of Chaffee Art Center

First place in the Chaffee contest went to “Good Tidings

Farm” from creators Jill Talbot, Brandy Ellison, Alexandria

Perone and Phoebe Forman.

The gingerbread house at the Woodstock Inn is Dr. Seuss inspired this year.

Courtesy of Chaffee Art Center

Second place in the Chaffee contest went to “Fun Times

created by the Watelet family.

Courtesy of Woodstock Inn & Resort


New build: Pros of a new high school

from page 11

tion and technical feasibility depends on the “bones” of

the building.

In the case of the Woodstock Union Middle and High

School, the unique features of the current building make

it more cost effective to build new.

Leigh Sherwood, a leading school designer from

Lavallee Brensinger Architects, noted after meeting with

and presenting to multiple committees that represented

parents, faculty and residents from all seven towns in

the WCSU that “it was determined that a renovation/

addition option would be a poor value proposition for a

school that could not be modified to meet the needs of a

modern educational facility. A new school is less expensive

than a renovation/addition option, both in first cost

and future operating costs. A new school is easier and

less disruptive to build, allows for efficient, flexible spaces

for today’s learners, consists of high performance,

durable construction with lower energy costs—all which

would benefit WCSU far into the future.”

In addition to costing less to achieve district goals, a

new middle and high school building will have a number

of immediate short and long-term benefits:

• Lowest total project cost and highest long-term


• High performance (green building) results in

immediate operating cost savings and reduced


• Ideal building and classroom configuration to

maximize efficiency and learning and teaching


• Better utilizes the acreage of the site and improves

organization, accessibility, safety of

pedestrians and vehicles, parking and orientation

on site.

• Allows for a new multi-purpose sports field with

track that is capable of hosting meets and events

and extending the practice season for spring


• Design and layout of new building improves

security of building occupants.

• Design and layout of a new building maximizes

school and community use allowing for collaborations

and partnerships with community-wide


• Creates ideal academic spaces necessary for

delivery of 21st Century education.

• Creates a place where all students in the district

can be together for district wide events (such a

space currently does not exist).

• Becomes a source of school and community

identity and pride and communicates Vermont


This would not be the first time that the school

district will have built a new modern facility and razed

an old school to reinvest in the future of the district’s

children and communities. The circa 1854 Woodstock

High School at the base of Linden Hill in the village of

Woodstock was razed with students moving to a newly

built “modern” high school in 1957. That 1957 facility

has served our community well for over 60 years but has

now outlived its useful life and it is time to once again

reinvest in a new facility to house our middle and high


The class of 2019 provided the first gift toward making

this new building a reality, “They hope their gift will

plant a seed that will grow with the support of many

others in our communities so that someday in the nottoo-distant

future, they can come back to visit a modern,

energy-efficient building that connects to this beautiful

landscape with an abundance of natural light and flexible

spaces to support and enhance the learning of the

future,” said Michelle Fountain in her 2019 graduation


For more information contact building committee

chairs Ben Ford (bford@wcsu.net) or Bob Coates



The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019

Pawlet Library receives CLIF grant to

collaborate with Mettawee School

PAWLET—Staff from the Pawlet

Public Library and the Mettawee

Community School recently met to

solidify their partnership to promote

reading through a grant from

the Children’s Literacy Foundation

(CLIF). The grant program encourages

libraries in Vermont and New

Hampshire towns of 5,000 residents

or fewer to partner with schools and

childcare centers to encourage a

community-wide commitment to


The grant, awarded to the Pawlet

Public Library, provides $2,000 in

new children’s books for the library

and $500 in new children’s books for

the Mettawee Community School.

Additionally, the award includes two

Claremont McDonald’s restaurant manager Roy Thomas

won the distinguished Ray Kroc Award for the third time.

The awards are an annual performance-based honor

that recognize the top performing McDonald’s restaurant

managers globally. The announcement was made at the

Coughlin Inc. office in Rutland Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Roy Thomas was one of 365 McDonald’s Restaurant

Managers around the world, from 60 markets, representing

the top one percent of restaurant managers, to receive

the honor, which includes a cash prize and a trophy. He has

worked at McDonald’s for 34 years and will be awarded his

prize on April 22, 2020 at the Ray Kroc Gala Awards Gala in

Orlando, Florida.

“To be awarded the Ray Kroc twice was exciting, to receive

it for a third time is a feeling that I can’t describe,” said

Roy Thomas.“I wouldn’t be able to support my team the

way I do if it wasn’t for McDonald’s providing the resources I

as a manager need to succeed. This honor is for me and my

team – thank you, McDonald’s.”

McDonald’s independent franchisees and regional

management nominate restaurant managers for the Ray

Kroc Awards — named after the company’s founder — to

recognize their hard work, dedication, and commitment to

professional storytelling presentations

for all students in grades K-6 in

the school, and two presentations

for local childcare provider Meadow

Wee Day Care. At the spring storytelling

presentations, each child

will have the opportunity to select

two free books to take home. Pawlet

Library’s CLIF grant is sponsored by

Pawlet resident Meg Sullivan.

The Pawlet Library and Mettawee

School literacy partnership continues

with the initiation of level reader

book bins at the library along with

assistance in packing book bags

for children to check out and take

home, and a book reading program

for Pre-K students to encourage

them to read as many books as they

can before kindergarten.

Pawlet Library child literacy

coach, Catherine Hunter, offers

free one-on-one and small group

coaching for children and parents to

engage in interactive book conversations

and to select just right books

for children.

Through an additional grant from

CLIF, the Pawlet Library plans a free

family dinner/story hour in the

spring to highlight its new collection

of children’s books.

For more information about the

Pawlet Public Library’s children’s

programs, contact the library at

802-325-3123 or stop in. The library

is located at 141 School Street in



Children’s Literacy Foundation Executive Director Duncan McDougall offers a storytelling presentation to Mettawee

Community School students K-6 to introduce new books for the Pawlet Public Library the school library.

McDonald’s and its customers.

“Roy is a great employee and an even better guy; I am

lucky to have him on the team for more than 30 years.

He was nominated for his commitment to his team and

challenging them to be the best they can be,” said Charles

Coughlin, Claremont McDonald’s owner/operator. “We’re

delighted to recognize again Roy for dedicating so much

of himself to both his position and the wonderful team he

inspires each and every day.”

McDonalds is committed to creating employment opportunities

for people of all ages and from all backgrounds,

as well as boosting employability to help people gain the

skills and experience they need to progress in their careers.

They provide opportunities for progression and promoting

from within; around 90% of restaurant management began

their careers as crew members. McDonald’s also supports

current crewmembers with Archways to Opportunities,

which offers eligible employees access to educational program.

Sherrie Harvey of McDonald’s announced that owner

Charles Coughlin received the People’s Award, which was

awarded to only two franchise owners in 2019. Coughlin

Inc. employs between 350-500 workers and provided over

$75,000 to employees under the Archways program.

Pawlet Library hires

community connector to

lead initiatives

PAWLET—The Pawlet Public Library has recently hired

Sara Young, Middletown Springs, as community connector

to lead community initiatives outlined in the library’s fouryear

strategic plan. The new position has been funded for

one year by grants from

the Windham Foundation,

and the Vermont

Community Foundation,

including the

Lyman Orton Fund and

the Spark! Connecting

Community Program.

The library’s community

initiatives will

provide a place for

people to gather for

social activities and

community discussions

and offer programs

and activities that

bring people together.

Specifically, Community

Connector Sara Young will facilitate Town and community

organizations in working together to share information

and resources with each other and the community.

Young has worked for over 15 years with non-profit

organizations on Cape Ann, Massachusetts, with a focus

on enriching the quality of life for its citizens, enhancing

the economic environment, and positioning Cape Ann as a

center for arts and culture by bridging its maritime heritage

with its changing future. She has worked as a fundraiser,

event planner and advocate to build relationships and

connect people and organizations to enrich the community.

She is currently a member of the Middletown Springs

Planning Commission and the Rutland Regional Planning


“Having engaged the community in an organized and

thoughtful planning process, the library is confident that

its initiatives are rooted in the needs and aspirations of our

community,” said Library Director Mary Lou Willits. “Sara’s

community development expertise will certainly further

the mission of the Pawlet Public Library and at the same

time help build a stronger community.”

For more information visit pawletpubliclibrary.wordpress.com.

Local McDonald’s manager receives national award

Sara Young

By Ed Larson

Charles Coughlin recieved the McDonald’s People’s

Choice Award, which was given to only two franchise

owners in 2019.

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“‘Drawing a foreign government into our

election process is an especially serious

abuse of power because it undermines

democracy itself,’ Karlan said.

Democracy?: Hangs in the balance

from page 10

undermines democracy itself,’ Karlan said.

“Michael Gerhardt, a professor at the

University of North Carolina School of Law,

added that ‘the record compiled thus far

shows that the president has committed

several impeachable offenses, including

bribery, abuse of power in soliciting

a personal favor from a foreign leader to

benefit his political campaign, obstructing

Congress and obstructing justice.’

“‘I cannot help but conclude that this

president has attacked each of the Constitution’s

safeguards against establishing a

monarchy in this country. Both the context

and gravity of the president’s misconduct

are clear… If what we are talking about is

not impeachable, nothing is impeachable,’”

Gerhardt said.

Interestingly, neither Republicans

in Congress nor the White House have

attempted to deny the facts surrounding

Trump’s actions. They have admitted

he bribed the president of Ukraine with

an action that could have benefited his

campaign for president and put an ally in

jeopardy as if it were no big deal. And what

they are attempting to argue, bizarrely, is

that such a violation of the public trust falls

short of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

House Democrats are right to also

incorporate obstruction charges against

Trump, as he has purposely obstructed

the investigation of his administration’s

actions on several fronts, including looking

into the possible collusion with Russian

interference in the 2016

election, which was

the basis of the Mueller

Report. Trump has

consistently ordered

those who worked in his

administration not to

provide testimony or information

that might help either Mueller’s

investigation or the impeachment inquiry

determine the truth.

Any impartial observer would know

that a president trying to hide facts from

discovery and who goes to great ends to

distract, promote debunked conspiracy

theories and work tirelessly to create misinformation

knows the truth would reveal

damning information (from his actions as

a candidate, as president and to whatever

financial information may be compromising

in his tax returns) And yet, Trump

supporters cast that commonsense aside at

the nation’s peril. It should be apparent to

all that if we are to be a nation governed by a

strongman who rules through misinformation

(propaganda), like the autocrats he so

admires, and not by laws, we will have lost

our democracy.

Angelo Lynn is the editor and publisher

of the Addison County Independent, a sister

publication to the Mountain Times.

School budget: Board discovers innacuracies


from page 8

a theater tech associate, at a total cost of


Costs of mitigating moisture issues

at The Prosper Valley School, which

has been closed for a year, will also be


Bob Crean, a resident spectator

at the meeting, suggested spending

$6,000 to test results from recent

drainage work, and $35,000 for a “deep

clean” to remove any mold before committing

to $100,000 for a new HVAC


Killington board member Jim Haff,

who serves on the finance committee

that will be primarily responsible for

the budget, said the budget increases

discussed will impact the district’s education

tax significantly, possibly raising

Killington’s education tax from $1.62

this year to over $2 next year.

“It would increase our cost per pupil

$500 just to operate TPVS,” he told the

Mountain Times after Monday’s meeting,

“without increasing the number

of credited pupils in the district – just

moving them from Woodstock to


Haff cited Town Manager Chet

Hagenbarth’s recent report to the

district board that Killington real

estate prices have risen 20%, possibly

increasing the town’s common level of

appraisal penalty by 15% or more. (CLA

adjusts for the difference between a

town’s property assessments and actual

market values).

On Dec. 9, Concessi alluded to

significant efforts invested to bring the

district’s books in order. According to

Haff, actual revenue received was never

accurately recorded and only fiscal year

2018 has been updated so far.

“An outside firm has been brought in

to enter revenue figures,” Haff said. “We

may find out revenue is actually way off

from what the FY2019 budget and the

current budget anticipated.”

“We ran out of tax anticipation note

funds [money often borrowed against

anticipated tax revenues and state

disbursements by towns and school

districts] in October — the earliest yet,”

he said. “The district put payments

other than payroll on hold until they

had more accurate information.”

The board also unanimously approved

raising student and adult meal

prices starting in September for the

first time in three years.

A vigorous discussion about required

capital reserves for campus

buildings revealed while there are very

modest reserve funds attached to some

schools, the district has been significantly

under funding maintenance and

replacement funding for years.

“The draft budget includes $50,000

for capital reserves,” Haff said, “but

industry standards would suggest

putting away between $1.2 million and

$1.4 million every year. If we don’t address

this now, we’ll be having the same

conversation next year.”


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Bikram Yoga

6 a.m.

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

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

Story Time with Jill

9:30 a.m.

The Brandon Public Library’s story time led by Jill is on Wednesday

mornings. Join in for songs, stories, and crafts every Wednesday at

9:30am. 4 Franklin St. in Brandon.

Ski Bum Race

10 a.m.

Teams of skiers, snowboarders and telemark skiers race down Highline

in pursuit of Ski Bum Glory and bragging rights. Each competition

is followed by a party sponsored by Michelob Ultra as well as local

restaurants and shops. Cost is $250 per team - $60 per individual;

Must be 21 plus.

Brandon Sits! Community Meditation

12:30 p.m.

New to meditation? Welcome! Please plan to arrive the first time at

12:30 and you’ll receive an orientation to and guidance in mindfulness

meditation to help you get started. Sit for 10 minutes, 20 minutes or

more. Come when you can, leave when you wish. 4 Franklin St. in

Brandon. Questions? Call the Library or AnnMarie Roth at Nourish Your

Purpose (247-5300)

Gift-of-Life Marathon Blood Drive

12 p.m.

Annual blood drive at Rutland Regional Medical Center. Make an appointment

by calling 800-RED-CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

Domestic Violence Support Group

12 p.m.

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

Rutland Free Library, 10 Court St. in Rutland.

Heartfulness Meditation

4:45 p.m.

Free group meditation. Free instruction available. Wednesdays, 4:45

pm, Mountain Yoga in Rutland, VT For more information call or email

Margery 802-775-1795 or margery.anderson@heartfulness.org.

Heart of Ukulele

5 p.m.

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

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

Local Yokel Party

5 p.m.

Stop in and pick up your Local Yokel card for all sorts of goodies this

winter at Charity’s 1887 Saloon, 2194 Killington Road in Killington.

Adult Open Studio

6 p.m.

Get muddy on Monday nights with our drop-in clay at the art

studio. Rutland Recreation Courcelle Facility at 16 North

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

For more info call 802-773-1822


DEC. 19

Bikram Yoga

6 a.m.

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

a.m. IHP; 5 p.m. Bikram 60; 6:15 p.m.

IHP. 22 Wales St., Rutland. trueyogavermont.com.

Meditation Circle

8 a.m.

Maclure Library offers meditation circle

Thursdays, 8 a.m. 802-483-2792. 840

Arch St., Pittsford.

Gift-of-Life Marathon Blood


9 a.m.

Annual blood drive at Rutland Regional Medical

Center. Make an appointment by calling 800-RED-

CROSS or visiting redcrossblood.org.

CAAP Lifesteps Book Group

10 a.m.

A book group for adults with developmental disabilities,

offered via Rutland Mental Health’s Community Care Network at the

Rutland Free Library. 10 Court St., Rutland.


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.

“Slow Flow” Hatha yoga class

11:30 a.m.

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

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

Killington Welcome Center conference room.

Cello and Piano recital

2 p.m.

Cellist, Marina Smakhtina, will offer a recital of seasonal favorites in the

beautifully decorated Grace Church Sanctuary. 8 Court St in Rutland

Read with Sailor

3 p.m.

Sailor and his friend Arlene visit once Fletcher Memorial Library a

month. Reading to a dog is known to strengthen the readers confidence

while providing an opportunity to practice literacy skills. 88 Main

Street in Ludlow.

Vinyasa Yoga

5 p.m.

Vinyasa Yoga, 5 p.m. at Killington Yoga with Karen. 3744 River Rd, Killington.

killingtonyoga.com, 802-770-4101.

Moonlight Madness

4 p.m.

Brandon’s wildly popular shopping, dining and socializing Moonlight

Madness from 4-9 p.m. Shops are open late into the evening with big

discounts, treats and door prize drawings.

Holiday Dinner and Yankee Swap

6 p.m.

Greater Killington Women’s club’s holiday dinner the Foundry at Summit

Pond (in the second floor private dining room) located at 63 Summit

Path in Killington.

Bridge Club

6 p.m.

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

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

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.

International Folk Dancing

6:30 p.m.

Rutland Jewish Center teaches dances with Judy. Experience/partner

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

Rutland. rutlandjewishcenter.org.

Meditation Group

7:15 p.m.

Chaffee Art Center holds meditation group Tuesday, Thursday, Friday,

7:15-7:45 a.m. Donations appreciated. 16 S. Main St., Rutland.


Bikram Yoga

6 a.m.

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

Baptiste Flow. 22 Wales St., Rutland. trueyogavermont.com.

Level 1 Yoga

8:15 a.m.

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

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


9:30 a.m.

Rutland Free Library hosts the Parent-Child Center Playgroup each

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

Creative Space

10 a.m.

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

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

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

Gift-of-Life Marathon Blood Drive

10 a.m.

Annual blood drive at the U.S. Army Reserve on Post Road in Rutland

Town. Make an appointment by calling 800-RED-CROSS or visiting


Story Time

11 a.m.

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

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


Noon Group

12 p.m.

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

are “No smoking” in District 6. For more info call the District 6

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

Friday Movies on the Big Screen

1:30 p.m.

Bring a friend and enjoy a free movie screening on the big screen

upstairs. Call the Library for titles. (802) 247-8230 Popcorn provided! 4

Franklin St. in Brandon.

Knitting Group

2 p.m.

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

840 Arch St., Pittsford.

Paint and Sip

3 p.m.

A paint and sip outing with Maurie Harrington at Killington Sports from

3- 4:30 p.m. The nights painting will be “The Cardinal” $35 per person

which will include lite bites, all painting supplies and a souvenir Killington

wine or pint glass. This is a 21+ and BYOB event. Space is limited

to 15. Sign-up in store or by calling (02-422-6800.

Candlelight Vigil

5 p.m.

Homeless Prevention Center hosts Rutland County’s 20th annual

Candlelight Vigil in Depot Park. For more information on this event and

homelessness in Rutland County visit hpcvt.org.

Santa at Casey’s Caboose

5 p.m.

See the big man at Casey’s Caboose from 5-7 p.m. and enjoy cookies

and hot chocolate. 1930 Killington Rd in Killington.

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.

“Polar Express” Screening

6 p.m.

FOLA hosts this free movie, but donations for the effort are appreciated

and help Lisa Marks and her efforts for the Dana-Farber Cancer

Research Marathon Challenge. In the Heald Auditorium, 37 S Depot St

in Ludlow.

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Twelve Twenty-Four

7 p.m.

Twelve Twenty-Four presents a high energy, full-scale, holiday rock orchestra

concert featuring everyone’s favorite rock-edge holiday music

as well as their own holiday creations at the Paramount Theatre. $39.

30 Center St. in Rutland.


Bikram Yoga

7:30 a.m.

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

Power Flow 75. 22 Wales St., Rutland. trueyogavermont.com.

Vermont Farmers’ Market (Rutland)

9 a.m.

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

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

Christmas at the Farm

10 a.m.

Weekends in December, discover the traditions of 19th century Vermont

at Billings Farm. Dec. 21-24 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. For information:

802-457-2355 or 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; $15 drop in. 16 S. Main St., Rutland. chaffeeartcenter.org.

Elf Kids Makerspace

12:30 p.m.

Happening in the Chandler Upper Gallery at the Chandler Center for

the Arts, located at 71 N Main St, in Randolph. Crafts, cookie decorating,

and holiday fun for everyone ages 2-12!

International Folk Dancing

10:30 a.m.

Dust of your dancing shoes and come to Black River Academy Museum

on Friday mornings from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Santa Visits Killington Sports

12 p.m.

Santa will be making one final appearance at Killington Sports at Rt. 4

from 12-6 p.m.


Home Grown


Tuba to Cuba

3 p.m.

The 10th Annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series at Billings Farm &

Museum will feature the documentary, A Tuba to Cuba 3 p.m. and

5:30 p.m. Tickets are $11. For more info visit billingsfarm.org/filmfest or


An Evening with Gypsy Reel

7 p.m.

FOLA and The Book Nook will co-host an evening with Jon Clinch Camille

Parker and Graham Parker of Gypsy Reel in the Held Auditorium,

37 S Depot St in Ludlow.

Swing Noire

7:30 p.m.

Gypsy jazz style concert at Brandon Music. 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.

A pre-concert dinner is available for $25. Reservations are required for

dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB.


Bikram Yoga

6 a.m.

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

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


VFW Breakfast

8 a.m.

Monthly community breakfast from 8-10 a.m. $7.50. VFW, 15 Wales St,

Rutland, VT, 775-6892

Heartfulness Meditation

8:45 a.m.

Free group meditation. Free instruction available. Sundays, 8:45 am,

Town Office in Rochester. For more information Call Dane at 802-767-

6010 or email Kathryn at kms@penstrokepress.com.

Lessons and Carols

10 a.m.

A service of Lessons and Carols during Sunday morning worship at

Grace Congregational Church. 8 Court St. in Rutland.

Vinyasa Yoga

12 p.m.

Vinyasa Yoga at Killington Yoga with Christy. 3744 River Rd, Killington.

killingtonyoga.com, 802-770-4101.

Klezmer Practice

4 p.m.

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

is welcome. 96 Grove Street.

Chanukah Celebration

4:30 p.m.

Congregation Shir Shalom welcomes all for lighting the candles,

Chanukah songs, dreidel games, latkes, and potluck dinner.

For more information call 802-457-4840 or visit

shirshalomvt.org. 1680 West Woodstock Ave in



DEC. 23

Better Breathers Club

11 a.m.

An American Lung association

program. Learn better ways to

cope with lung conditions such

as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis,

and asthma while getting the

support of others in similar situations.

First Monday of every

month 11-12:00 at Godnicks

Adult Center 1 Deer St Rutland

VT. 802-776-5508

Monday Meals

12 p.m.

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

public, RSVP by Friday prior, 802-4773-6308. Marilyn Case. Bring your

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

337 Holden Rd., Chittenden.

Rutland Rotary

12 p.m.

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

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


1 p.m.

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

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

Arch St., Pittsford.

Kids Movie Matinee

1 p.m.

A showing of a 2018 remake of an animated holiday classic about a

grumpy green fellow and his loyal dog Max who wish to steal Christmas

from the residents of a tiny town at Fletcher Memorial Library.

Rated PG. Snacks will be provided. 88 Main St. in Ludlow.

Bridge Club

4 p.m.

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

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

*Tobacco Cessation

4:30 p.m.

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

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

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

chances of staying quit for good! Free. 802-747-3768. Mondays, 4:30-

5:30 p.m., RRMC CVPS Leahy Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland.

Visit with Santa at Okemo

4 p.m.

Santa Claus makes his grand entrance at 4 p.m. at Okemo for a pre-

Christmas visit with children, before the jolly old elf makes his way to

the North Pole for final holiday preparations.

Walking Group

5:15 p.m.

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

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

Gentle Yoga

5:30 p.m.

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

746-4067 or email pittsfieldvtlibrary@gmail.com to reserve a space.




Film Series 2019-2020

Billings Farm & Museum • Rte12N, Woodstock, VT

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

A Tuba to Cuba

Sat., Dec. 21 • 3 & 5:30pm


billingsfarm.org /filmfest


Killington Bone Builders

11 a.m.

Bone Builders meets at Sherburne

Memorial Library, 2998 River Rd.,

Killington, 10-11 a.m. Mondays and

Thursdays. Free, weights supplied.


Vinyasa Yoga

8:15 a.m.

Vinyasa Yoga, 12-1 p.m. at Killington Yoga

with Karen. 3744 River Rd, Killington. killingtonyoga.com,





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Yoga Basics

5:30 p.m.

Yoga Basics at Killington Yoga with Karen

Dalury, RYT 500. 3744 River Rd, Killington.

killingtonyoga.com, 802-770-4101.

Working Families Playgroup

5:30 p.m.

This free weekly group meets

in the evening combining

food, fun, and family! Parents

and children play together,

learn from each other, and

enjoy a healthy meal in the

museum while networking

and making new

friends. $5 donation to

Wonderfeet accepted.






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.


Bikram Yoga

6 a.m.

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

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

Mendon Bone Builders

10 a.m.

Mendon Bone Builders meets Tuesdays at Roadside Chapel, 1680

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


Christmas Eve


6 p.m.

Grace Congregational

Church offers two

services on Christmas

Eve. At 6 p.m. a family

service will be held and

at 10:30 p.m. join in for a

candlelight service. 8 Court

St. in Rutland.

Bridge Club

6 p.m.

Rutland Duplicate Bridge Club

meets Tuesday, 6-10 p.m. in Engel

Hall, Christ the King Church, 12 Main

St., Rutland. 802-773-9412.

Legion Bingo

6:15 p.m.

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

regular games 7 p.m. Open to the public. Bring a friend! Franklin

St., Brandon.

Chess Club

7 p.m.

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

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

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

Christmas Eve Service

7 p.m.

A Traditional Service of Carols, Lessons and Candlelight with special

music by the church choir, Gene Childers, Director, Jean Childers,

Organist and Josh Collier, operatic tenor. Brandon Congregational

Church. 1 Carver St. in Brandon.

Story Hour

10 a.m.

Fair Haven Free Library offers story hours Tuesday mornings at Fair

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

activities, games, crafts.

Tobacco Cessation

11 a.m.

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

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

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

chances of staying quit for good! Free. 802-747-3768. Tuesdays, 11

a.m.-12 p.m. at Heart Center, 12 Commons St., Rutland.

Chanukah Sing Along

11 a.m.

Rutland Jewish Center will host a Chanukah sing-along in the Fox

Room atRutland Library 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., with Rabbi Ellie Shemtov.

“Slow Flow” Hatha yoga class

11:30 a.m.

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

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

Killington Welcome Center conference room.

Christmas Mass

4 p.m.

The Rutland Wallingford Catholic community invites all to Christmas

Mass. 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Immaculate Heart of Mary, with a carol

prelude at 7:30 p.m. at 18 Lincoln Ave in Rutland. Or visit St. Patrick’s

Parish at 4 p.m. and Christ The King at 6 p.m. located at 66 S Main St.

in Rutland.




3k or 5k Walk

Grafton Trails and Outdoor Center

Grafton, Vermont

Register at KomenNewEngland.org/Snowshoe


Every Thursday

Doors open 5pm

Games start 7pm

American Legion - Post

87 871 Pleasant Street

West Rutland, Vt 05777



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The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019

Photos by Bruce Longley




holiday spirit

Locals and visitors

donned costumes, rode

horses and sung carols

to celebrate Wassail

Weekend, Dec. 13-15 in

Woodstock. Despite rainy

weather, the holiday spirit

was not dampened.

Judges gave awards for

costumes. Best individual

horse and rider went to

Sue Miller of Bradford. Best

group award went to Cathy

Mercurio of Pepperell,

Massachusetts with her

Mrs. Claus costume and

mini horse. Best horsedrawn

vehicles went to

Tracy Johnson Draft Ponies

of Barnard. Best junior entry

winner was Lunar Hill

Icelandics from Bridgewater,

and most historical was

awarded to Chip Kendall

and Antoinette Matlins.

The judges choice award

was given to Lynn Bradley

from Caanan, New Hampshire,

who rode her horse


6:30 p.m. Charity’s 1887


– Brad Morgan on Piano

7 p.m. O’Dwyer’s Public

House at the Summit


– Daniel Brown

7:30 p.m. McGrath’s

Irish Pub

– Bank of Ireland

8 p.m. Pickle Barrel


– Good Noise

9 p.m. Jax Food and


– Jamie’s Junk Show

9 p.m. Moguls Sports


– Make your Own Ugly Sweater

Party with DJ Dave

9 p.m. Nite Spot

– Super Stash Bros


2 p.m. Okemo’s Sitting

Bull Lounge

– Sammy B

7 p.m. Du Jour VT

– Sammy B

7 p.m. The Killarney

– Silas and the Witch

8 p.m. Mangiamo’s


– Aaron Audet


7 p.m. The Barn Restaurant

and Tavern

– Steve Tombstone


7 p.m. Taps Tavern

– Kowalski Brothers


7 p.m. Public House

– Jim Yeager and Friends


[MUSIC Scene] By DJ Dave Hoffenberg

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DEC. 18


2 p.m. K1 Base Lodge

– Daniel Brown

4 p.m. Hops on the Hill

– Michelob Ultra Ski Bum Party

6 p.m. Liquid Art

– Open Mic with Tee Boneicusjones


7 p.m. The Barn Restaurant

and Tavern

– “Pickin’ in Pawlet”


7 p.m. Taps Tavern

– Wood & Wires


6 p.m. Public House

– Blues Night with Arthur James


6:30 p.m. One Main Tap

and Grill

– Open Mic with Silas McPrior


9 p.m. Center Street


– Open Mic with Zach Zepson of



6:30 p.m. 506 Bistro and Bar

– Live Jazz Pianist


DEC. 19


2 p.m. Snowshed Base


– Duane Carleton

6 p.m. Hops on the Hill

– Nikki Adams

8 p.m. Moguls Sports


– Duane Carleton

8 p.m. Pickle Barrel


– Swimmer with special guest

King Margo


7 p.m. Taps Tavern

– Morgan Denehy


7 p.m. Neal’s Restaurant

– Open Jam Night with Sammy B

and King Arthur Junior


7 p.m. Public House

– Trivia Night


2 p.m. Grace Church


– Christmas Concert featuring

Marina Smakhtina on cello and

Alastair Stout on piano


7 p.m. The Hay Loft at


– Open Mic with Jim Yeager


7 p.m. The Wild Fern

– Rick Redington


DEC. 20


6 p.m. Iron Lantern

– Charlie Woods


2 p.m. K1 Base Lodge

– Daniel Brown

4 p.m. The Foundry

– Jamie’s Junk Show

9 p.m. Center Street


– DJ Mega

9:30 p.m. The Venue

– Karaoke with Jess


7 p.m. The Wild Fern

– Christmas Show with Jennings

& McComber


DEC. 21


6 p.m. Iron Lantern

– Nancy Johnson


1 p.m. Bear Mountain

Base Lodge

– Daniel Brown

4 p.m. Killington Beer


– Josh Jakob

4 p.m. Nite Spot

– Apres Ski with Duane Carleton

4 p.m. Pickle Barrel


– Happy Hour with Jamie’s Junk

Show and Special Guest Jenny


4 p.m. The Foundry

– Ryan Fuller

4:30 p.m. Charity’s 1887


– Brad Morgan on Piano

6 p.m. Liquid Art

– Ugly Christmas Sweater Party

for Charity with DJ Dave

6 p.m. Wobbly Barn

– Krishna Guthrie Band

7 p.m. The Foundry

– King Margo

Music Scene, cont. > 23

Come see the talented Krishna Guthrie

Saturday, Dec 21 st at 6 p.m. for Happy Hour

No cover until 9:30 p.m.


from a long line

2229 Killington Road, Killington

of musicans, Krishna

started playing drums at

the age of two, and could keep a

beat before he was three years old.

He was fifteeen when he started playing



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Pico Mountain welcomes the return of our weekly Thursday

fun race series— put a team together or sign up to race on your

own. Visit the Pico Sports Retail Shop to register and challenge

yourself and your friends on the hill.

January 9 th

January 16 th

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February 6 th

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February 27 th

March 12 th

March 19 st

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Cost: $ 35 per individual, $150 per team of five

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[MUSIC Scene, cont.]


7:30 p.m. McGrath’s

Irish Pub

– Bank of Ireland

8 p.m. Pickle Barrel


– Good Noise

9 p.m. Jax Food and


– Joey Leone Duo

9 p.m. Moguls Sports


– Super Stash Bros


7 p.m. Public House

– Fiddle Witch


9 p.m. Center Street


– DJ Dirty D

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

Way Tavern

– Christmas Party/20th Anniversary

of No Mercy


DEC. 22


1 p.m. Pico’s Last Run


– Duane Carleton

2 p.m. Snowshed Base


– Pallutto and Prior

4 p.m. Killington Beer


– Rick Redington and The Luv

4:30 p.m. Nite Spot

– Julia Rose

5 p.m. The Foundry

– Jazz Night with the Summit

Pond Quartet

8 p.m. Nite Spot

– Local’s Night with Duane


9 p.m. Jax Food and


– The Idiots


4 p.m. New American


– Sammy B


6 p.m. Du Jour VT

– Silas McPrior

8 p.m. Mangiamo’s


– Open Mic with Mando Bob and

the Bubsies


4 p.m. Public House

– Soulful Sounds of Kevin



7 p.m. The Hide-A-Way


– Erin Powers

9:30 p.m. The Venue

– Open Mic


12 p.m. Wild Fern

– Cigar Box Brunch w/ Rick


1 p.m. Wild Fern

– The People’s Jam


DEC. 23


2 p.m. K1 Base Lodge

– Duane Carleton


5 p.m. Main and Mountain

Bar & Grill

– Sammy B

8 p.m. The Killarney

– Open Mic with Silas McPrior


6:30 p.m. 506 Bistro and Bar

– Jim Yeager


Hamjob is made up of Zack Jepson on bass and vocals, Alex Abraham on drums and Connor McGinnis on guitar.

A lot has happened with Hamjob since my first article

four years ago. They’re playing monthly this winter at the

Nite Spot in Killington on Dec. 27, Jan. 11, Feb. 22 and

March 21. Plus, there’s a bonus Moguls appearance March

14. They’re also playing this Friday at Center Street Alley in

Rutland. All shows start at 9 p.m.

This time I got to talk to Zack Jepson (bass, vocals) and

Alex Abraham (drums). Connor McGinnis (guitar) rounds

out this super trio.

Alex Abraham said you really

need to see a full show to be able

to grasp all their music. They get

asked a lot to describe it and Abraham

said, “I could give 100 different

answers to 100 different people.”

The music they play is a wide

variety. Abraham added, “There’s a

Rockin’ the


By DJ Dave


Rockin the Region with Hamjob

lot of funk, a lot of reggae and a lot

of blues. Then some jazzy soul, hip

hop, rock ‘n’ roll, bluegrass and a

little metal and even some polka.

We try and cover every end of the

spectrum and make music that’s

not so much a genre but a feeling. If it feels good, it sounds

good and you dig it, there’s a little something for everybody

in there. There’s parts of our songs where the metalheads

will love this and then the jazz crowd, the funky people and

the jam band kind of folk will get into stuff and it’s all part of

the same song. That’s the fun part about this.”

Jepsen said, “We really feed off the crowd and the energy

of the room. If we walk in and it’s crazy, it will stay crazy. Our

genres may change and the music too but the energy of

the music is always in your face. We could be playing a slow

song but it’s going to come around and hit you with something

to make you dance, jump around or scream.”

The band’s major influence is Primus and that’s who

they’ve been compared to. They share many similarities like

being a three piece with the bass player as the lead singer.

They’ve played whole Primus sets before.

The band started in 2013, split up a couple years ago and

now is back and making more music together. They have

a digital album out on all the online platforms and been

shooting some music videos that you can find on YouTube.

They’re back in the studio working on their second album,

which will come out in 2020. Abraham said, “We’re more

excited about that than playing shows.”

They played their first gig at the Nite Spot two weeks ago

and it was a great show. Abraham said, “We were all pleasantly

surprised by the turnout. It was fantastic. It was a great

combo of the locals and the out-of-towners.”

Jepsen added, “We only had a week to advertise so didn’t

know who could make it out but it was a great Saturday night

in Killington. We’ve cultivated a strong local following that

should keep coming once a month. It’s a great spot, too.”

Jepsen runs the Open Mic at the Alley, which happens

this Wednesday, Dec. 18, and then the last Wednesday of the

month (Jan 29 and Feb 26.) He took it over after Steve Audsley

passed away. Jepsen said, “It means a lot to me to keep

the tradition going. Open Mic was the first place we played

as a band so it’s cool for me to be able to host that and pass it

along and provide that opportunity for others in the area.”

Hamjob owes a lot to Audsley. He was the one in the

owner’s ear, pushing her to hire them.

I asked Abraham what he likes most about Hamjob and

he said, “everything.” It’s in your best interest to see their

show. You won’t be disappointed.

Abraham added, “If I wasn’t doing this, I would probably

have to explain why I have so many face tattoos.” He has

a tattoo that says “Party” right across his cheek. Not many

people can get away with the face tattoo... but he can.

What Abraham really likes is the social aspect of things.

He said, “Making friends along the way is my favorite part.

People in different towns and states, it’s fun.” He also said

playing with Jepsen and McGinnis is the best/worst thing

in the world. He added, “They’re my best friends, 100% and

we’ve been through a lot of stuff together. Sometimes it’s so

great and sometimes it’s a mess. Sometimes we argue but

don’t let it go further. Accept it for what it is. These guys are

the best time I’ve ever had working with people.”

Jepsen also really likes working with the guys. “There’s

such an original aspect of the three of us working together,

getting in a room and making music together. The process

of that is what keeps me going back. I’ll write a song whether

we’re going to perform it or not. The writing process is

what’s important.”

I asked him for a favorite he’s written and he said laughing,

“No they all suck.” He loves the effect their music has

on people and added, “You play a song and everyone’s

smiling and dancing. They have a surprised look on their

faces because they weren’t expecting to have such a good

time. It’s hard not to feel good about what you’re doing after

experiencing that.”


24 • The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019

This week’s living Arts, Dining and Entertainment!

Alastair Stout brings harmonies and much more

to Grace Congregational Church

By Brooke Geery

At Grace Congregational Church in Rutland, music

is an important part of the program, but it’s not just

church hymns that echo through the tabernacle.

The music ministry includes jazz, gospel, folk, music

theatre and classical, and at the helm of it all is Alastair

Stout. Born and bred in Scotland’s Shetland Islands,

the organist, director and composer joined the church

in 2017, ably filling the boisterous shoes of long-time

music minister Rip Jackson.

Stout’s interest in music began at a young age. His

paternal grandmother was the local church organist

on Fair Isle (a tiny island 25 miles south of Shetland.)

His cousin is a very accomplished folk musician. He

was also inspired by his environment.

“Shetland is very wild and rugged (a bit like Vermont),

and a very exciting place for a young boy to

grow up! The sea, landscapes and turbulent weather all

inspired me to write music,” Stout said.

“I think music is a wonderful way

to bring the community together;

a piece of music is open to endless

individual interpretation. Not

everything you hear at Grace will be

sacred. But everything you hear will

be offered with spirit! You take from

it what you want,” said Stout.

At age 10, his talent was recognized and he was

chosen to be a chorister at Ely Cathedral in Cambridgeshire,

UK. At age 15, he published his first solo

organ composition.

Stout graduated from the Royal College of Music

with First Class Honors in 1997. He was awarded an

MMus in composition from the Guildhall School of

Music and Drama in 1998, and a PhD in composition

from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2002.

With no more degrees to earn, Stout visited the U.S. at

the urging of a friend who was working in Ohio. From

there, he found a job at the Coraopolis United Methodist

Church in southwest Pennsylvania, where he

spent 15 years as the director of music, and also served

as the director of the Pittsburgh Compline Choir. His

music has been performed by ensembles and soloists

throughout Europe, Australasia, North America and

Mexico, broadcast on BBC radio, and is available on

CD and iTunes.

After all his world travels, Stout was excited to move

to Vermont with his partner, Krista Johnston. (Full

disclosure: Krista is the lead graphic designer at the

Mountain Times.)

“I often vacationed through New England, and

jumped at the opportunity to work up here when the

job became available at Grace Church.”

At Grace Church, Stout is involved all elements of

the music program from leading the 80-plus Rutland

Area Chorus to working with the children’s choir program,

to running the inaugural composition competition,

in which Michael Sitton’s “O Emmanuel” won top

honors. On Dec. 19 at 2 p.m., Stout will accompany cellist

Marina Smakhtina on piano, as the duo performs

holiday favorites in the beautifully decorated Grace

Church Sanctuary. On Dec. 22, he will lead the choir in

a service of “Lessons and Carols” during Sunday morning

worship at 10 a.m.

After the holidays, the music will continue.

“Some upcoming highlights are the Folk Weekend

(Feb 22-23) where we celebrate not just music, but

food and dance. In May (May 2-3) the Rutland Area

Chorus will collaborate with Castleton University in a

performance of Carl Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana!’” Stout


Stout encourages everyone to come and enjoy the

music, no matter their faith. “A really important aspect

of Grace Church is its inclusivity. That’s what attracted

me to the job. Everyone is welcome at Grace, whatever

you believe. I think music is a wonderful way to bring

the community together; a piece of music is open to

endless individual interpretation. Not everything you

hear at Grace will be sacred. But everything you hear

will be offered with spirit! You take from it what you

want. Grace Church is also a wonderful venue in which

to hear music. It has great acoustics, a very colorful

pipe organ, and is, of course, a beautiful space!”


Alastair Stout sits at the organ in St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pittsburgh. Stout is the minister of music at Grace Congregational.

The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 • 25

Give at the Gift-of-Life

Marathon blood drive


Dec. 18-20—RUTLAND—

The Gift-of-Life Marathon

Blood Drive is coming

soon — and they need

your help! Blood supplies

typically fall to critically

low levels around the

holidays, and all blood

types are needed.

The Gift-of-Life blood

drive has taken place every

year since 2003, and in

2013 set the national oneday

blood drive record of

2,350 pints!

Unfortunately, thus

far in this year’s drive

numbers are not nearly

as large as hoped for,

with the opening day in

Castleton collecting only

128 pints, short of the 150

pint goal.

The remaining days to

donate are:

Dec. 18 from 12-5

p.m. at Rutland

Regional Medical


Dec. 19 from 9

a.m- 3 p.m. at


Dec. 20 from 10

a.m.-6 p.m. at the

U.S. Army Reserve

on Post Road in

Rutland Town.

Donors are especially

needed Dec. 20, when the


Life-saving blood will be collected Dec. 18-20 in Rutland.

Rutland’s 20th annual

candlelight vigil held in

Depot Park

Vigil to prevent homelessness

Friday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m.—RUT-

LAND—The Homeless Prevention Center

is hosting Rutland County’s 20th annual

candlelight vigil in Depot Park. This event

brings attention to the tragedy of homelessness

many Vermont families and individuals

endure. It’s also an opportunity

to hear about successes and learn what’s

being done in our community to reduce

the incidence of homelessness.

Come listen to the stories of people

who are homeless, or were formerly

homeless, and light a candle as a symbol

of your commitment to help end this

heartbreak in our community.

This event is open to the public and

should last about a half hour. Candles are

provided as well as hot cider and cocoa.

More information on this event and

homelessness in Rutland County is available

at hpcvt.org.

goal is 300 pints and as of

Tuesday, Dec. 17, only 139

appointments had been


Make an appointment

by calling

800-RED-CROSS or

visiting redcrossblood.

org. More information is

available on Facebook.



“Polar Express” screened in

Ludlow, part of benefit

Holiday programs continue at FOLA

Friday, December 20 at 6 p.m.—LUDLOW— This holiday

season, Friends of Ludlow Association will take advantage

of the opportunity to showcase a great local writer and

musicians while supporting a good cause, the Dana-

Farber Cancer Marathon Challenge.

Things kick off on Friday Dec. 20 with a screening

of “The Polar Express” at 6 p.m. The movie is free, but

donations for the effort are appreciated and help Lisa

Marks and her efforts for the Dana-Farber Cancer Research

Marathon Challenge. The movie is rated G and it

runs 1 hour and 40 minutes.

There are rumors that Santa Claus might be making an

appearance after the show.

On Dec. 21 at 7 p.m., FOLA and The Book Nook will co-host an evening with Jon

Clinch, Camille Parker and Graham Parker of Gypsy Reel. Clinch will read excerpts

from his recent novel, “Marley,” which recounts the life of one Jacob Marley, former

partner of one Ebenezer Scrooge. Ron Charles of the Washington Post called it a “a

clever riff on ‘A Christmas Carol.’” Clinch and the Parkers will perform festive holiday

music as well. Copies of “Marley” will be on sale and can be signed by Clinch after the


FOLA hopes to see you in the Heald Auditorium, 37 S. Depot St. in Ludlow, to help

celebrate the Christmas season in Ludlow.




“Polar Express” will be screened for free at the Heald Auditorium in Ludlow, Friday.


The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019

Twelve Twenty-Four




Twelve Twenty-Four

rocks the Paramount for

the holiday

Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.—


Twenty-Four presents a

high energy, full-scale,

holiday rock orchestra

concert featuring

everyone’s favorite

rock-edge holiday music

as well as their own

holiday creations at the

Paramount Theatre.

Established in 2002, Twelve

Twenty-Four includes a six-piece rock band,

multi-piece string section, and a variety of vocalists.

This dedicated group of performers works yearround

to deliver a theatrical and memorable Christmas

concert experience suitable for fans of all ages.

Tickets are $39. The Paramount is located at 30

Center St. in Rutland.

For more information visit paramountvt.org.

Celebrate Christmas at the Billings Farm

Saturday, Dec. 21- Tuesday, Dec.

24 from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.—WOOD-

STOCK— Discover the traditions of

a late 19th-century Vermont Christmas

with a visit to the Billings Farm

and Museum this holiday season.

Christmas at the Farm will be

featured December weekends and

Dec. 21 – Jan. 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

(excluding Christmas Day.) Tour the

authentically decorated farmhouse,

visit the dairy farm, and meet our

Jersey cows, draft horses, oxen,

chickens, and sheep.

Learn about 1890’s holiday

traditions, make historic Christmas

ornaments and crafts, try candle

dipping, and view the Academy

Award® nominated film, “A Place in

the Land.” Artist-in-Residence and

author Kristina Rodanas will be on

hand for readings and book signings

of “Huck’s Way Home,” and the

Learning Kitchen will feature cooking

demonstrations and tastings.

In 1890, Christmas celebrations

were much simpler than they would

become in the 20th century. Families

enjoyed the holiday, but still had

cows to milk, ice to cut, and wood to

saw. A few gifts, a special meal, and

the gathering of friends were noteworthy

in an otherwise typical day.

In Woodstock, turn-of-thecentury

businesses advertised their

wares for Christmas gifts. Most gifts

were useful domestic items: fabric,

clothing, umbrellas, linens, crockery,

some of which can be found

today in our museum shop (open

Children learn historical techniques to create Christmas ornaments and gifts.

whenever the museum is open).

Most common gifts were homemade,

handcrafted items such

as fancy mittens, satin bows, and

stockings filled with candies, nuts,

and raisins.

Billings Farm is an operating

Jersey dairy farm that continues a

nearly 150-year tradition of agricultural

excellence and offers farm

programs and historical exhibits

exploring Vermont’s rural heritage.

Admission is adults: $16; 62 &

over: $14; children 5-15: $8; 3-4: $4;

2 and under: free.

The Farm is located 1/2 mile

north of the Woodstock village

green on Vermont Route 12.

For more information call 802-

457-2355 or visit billingsfarm.org.

Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum

at the Billings Farm

Dec. 21 - Jan. 1 • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

{excluding Christmas Day)

Discover the traditions and simplicity

of a late 19th century Christmas in Vermont.

1890 Farm House • Dairy Farm

Holiday Crafts and Programs

Horse-drawn sleigh rides included:

December 26th- January 1st

Rte. 12 & Old River Road, Woodstock, VT

802-457-2355 billingsfarm.org

The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 LIVING ADE • 27

Thursday, Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.—KILLINGTON— The

Greater Killington Women’s Club (GKWC) will be

celebrating its annual holiday dinner and Yankee

swap this Thursday, Dec. 19 beginning at 6 p.m. at the

Foundry at Summit Pond (in the second floor private

dining room) located at 63 Summit Path in Killington.

Members, members-to-be and their guests are

all invited to join them for this annual club tradition

kicking off the holiday season with this festive meal


Women’s Club

celebrates annual

holiday dinner



spirited gift swap. This is also a

great opportunity to re-gift a

“white elephant!”

In the spirit of the

season, attendees are

also asked to bring a

non-perishable food

item for the Killington

Food Shelf.

Guests are welcome

to bring a spouse or

friend. Many husbands attend

this annual event!

The cost is $30 per person for members and $35 for

members-to-be and guests.

Entry includes salad, choice of four entrees and

dessert. RSVPs are requested as soon as possible with

a menu selection of either salmon, chicken, pork or

vegetarian risotto. To reserve your space please visit

evite.me/BeNwaAmTg2, on the club’s Facebook

event page or on the club’s website: swcvt.com/


The GKWC (formerly known as the Sherburne

Women’s Club) is a civic organization founded in Killington

over 50 years ago.

In more than a half century of service to the Killington

community, the club has given away over

$100,000 to local organizations, schools and nonprofits.

The club invites members (current, former

and potential) to join and consider supporting this

very worthwhile organization that does so much for

the community.

Membership applications can be found on the

GKWC website at swcvt.com/membershipapplication.htm.


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The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019

World Cup Wednesday ski bum series gets underway

Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 10

a.m.—KILLINGTON—Every nonholiday

Wednesday throughout the

2018/19 ski season, local teams of

skiers, snowboarders and Telemark

skiers will race down Killington’s

Highline trail in pursuit of ski bum

glory and bragging rights.

Races run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,

conditions permitting.

New for this year, a training

course section on Upper Highline

will be offered from 10 a.m. - 1

p.m. to help racers get warmed up

and dialed in before racing.

Also, to spice things up a bit

more on race day, additional

weekly contests such as “Time of

the Day.”

Cost is $250 per team or $60 per

individual and participants must

be 21 years of age or older. Included

in your registration fees are 11

races, along with a duals format for

the finals for qualifying racers.

Each competition is followed by

an after party, sponsored by Michelob

Ultra, as well as local restaurants

and shops, and a 2019 League

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Brandon Music celebrates ten years of

live music with holiday-style concert

Saturday, Dec. 21 at 7:30 p.m.—BRANDON— The

very popular local group Swing Noire, a firm favorite with

Brandon Music audiences, will close the year with their

inimitable gypsy jazz style. Over the last decade, Swing

Noire has become Vermont’s premier gypsy jazz ensemble.

Some call it gypsy jazz, some hot swing; in either

case it is acoustic jazz in the spirit of Django Reinhardt

and Stephane Grappelli. Swing Noire invokes the energy

of a swingin’ jazz club, transporting audiences back to

the early days of jazz with their unique take on Hot Swing,

making music that “will

entrance and surprise you.”

Great energy, soul, sophistication,

and improvisation

are the hallmarks of a Swing

Noire performance.

Violinist David Gusakov

(Last Train to Zinkov,

Vermont Symphony

Orchestra, Pine Island), guitarist

Rob McCuen (Bloodroot

Gap, The Good Parts),

and Jim McCuen (Bloodroot

free food buffet along with drink

specials, weekly raffles and prizing.

A video of everybody’s run is played

at each party and later posted on

the Facebook page.

The race and after party are

open to registered competitors

only. Racers may bring guests for a

$5 fee (cash only). On Dec. 18, the

after party will be held at Hops on

the Hill.

Interested racers can register

at the Killington Ski Club

or online. For more information

email events@killington.com.

Saturday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. and 5

p.m.—WOODSTOCK—The 10th Annual

Woodstock Vermont Film Series

at Billings Farm and Museum will

feature the documentary, “A Tuba

to Cuba” in HD projection and Surround

Sound, with complimentary

refreshments. Reservations are

strongly recommended.

“A Tuba to Cuba” zeroes in on

the leader of New Orleans’ famed

Preservation Hall Jazz Band as he

seeks to fulfill his late father’s dream

of retracing their musical roots

to the shores of Cuba in search of

the indigenous music that gave

birth to New Orleans jazz. The New

York Times called the film, “High

on music and hot with the thrill of


Tickets are $11 for adults (16 and

up); and $6 for children (under 16).

BF&M members receive discounted

prices. For a complete list of

screenings and to purchase tickets

By Jerry LeBlond

Kyle Finneron (left) and Andrew Whyte (right) race down Highline.

Courtesy of Brandon Music

Swing Noire is Vermont’s premier gypsy jazz ensemble.

visit billingsfarm.org/filmfest or call


Billings Farm and Museum

is located 1/2 mile north of the

Gap, Bessette Quartet) on

double bass, make up Vermont’s

hottest hot club-style ensemble. Swing Noire has

performed at the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Burlington’s

First Night Celebration, The Town Hall Theater

in Middlebury, Chandler Center for the Arts in Randolph,

and countless other venues throughout Vermont and New


“In a time when good jazz groups are hard to find, Swing

Noire rises to the top as one of the best jazz groups playing

around Burlington. … Swing Noire brings you into those

smoky clubs of days past, makes you feel jazz the way it

was meant to be felt, full of

emotion and energy,” said

Jennifer Crowell of First

Night Burlington.

Brandon Music is

already booking performers

for 2020 and promises

another very high energy

year. Concerts begin at 7:30

p.m., tickets are $20. A preconcert

dinner is available

for $25. Reservations are

required for dinner and

recommended for the show.

Venue is BYOB.

Woodstock Film Series Presents ‘A Tuba to Cuba’

Courtesy of Blue Fox

New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall jazz band entertains in the streets.

Woodstock village green on Vermont

Route 12. It is owned and operated

by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc.,

a charitable non-profit institution.

The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 LIVING ADE • 29

Chanukah Celebration held at

Congregation Shir Shalom

All are welcome to potluck dinner and festivities



Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4:30 p.m.—RUTLAND— All are welcome to join Congregation Shir

Shalom for lighting the candles, Chanukah songs, dreidel games, latkes, and potluck

dinner. Bring your chanukiot and an entrée, vegetable, salad, latkes with accompanying

garnish, or dessert to share for 10 people.

Also bring a contribution for the Woodstock and Reading food shelves.

Congregation Shir Shalom is located at 1680 West Woodstock Ave in Rutland. For

more information call 802-457-4840 or visit shirshalomvt.org.

Mountain Times


Miss Lorraine’s Performs

‘The Nutcracker’ at the


Sunday, Dec. 22 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.—RUTLAND—Miss

Lorraine’s School of Dance presents “The Nutcracker.” Experience

the magic as dozens of area dance students come

together to create this holiday favorite – the most-performed

ballet in the world. Lavish costumes, soaring scores

and imaginative choreography is sure to put the entire family

into the spirit of the season. Don’t miss the enchanting

tale of a girl’s first love, a magician, a rat king, a nutcracker,

and a prince…all set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score.Tickets

are $25 and $35, and are available at paramountvt.org. The

theatre is located at 30 Center St. in Rutland.

Children participate in a Chaunukah sing along at the Rutland Free Library.


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The Counterpoint Chorus


Counterpoint Chorus and VSO Brass Quartet join

to bring holiday cheer across Vermont

Wednesday, Dec.18—POMFRET—The VSO Brass Quintet joins Counterpoint, this year guest-conducted by

Kevin Quigley, to ring in the holidays in style.

It’s a perfect blend of brass, voices, and good cheer!

Selections range from a brass arrangement of a Bach chorale and majestic Poulenc motets, to popular tunes

like “Sleigh Ride,” “Let It Snow,” and “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” The program also includes a carol singalong,

a brand-new student composition, and traditional favorites by Robert De Cormier.

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on this seasonal treat, all around the state:

• Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Artistree’s Grange Theater, 65 Stage Rd. in South Pomfret.

• Friday, Dec. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at United Church, 63 3rd St. in Newport.

• Saturday, Dec. 21 at 5 p.m. at The White Church, 55 Main St. in Grafton.

• Sunday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 3624 Main St. in Manchester.

Admission prices vary. For more information visit vso.org/events or counterpointchorus.org.


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The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 LIVING ADE • 31

BarnArts welcomes community for 9th annual Winter Carols

Friday, Dec. 20, 7 p.m.—BARNARD—The First Universalist

Church and Society of Barnard will host BarnArts’

9th annual Winter Carols at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 20. Admission

is free for this 75-minute performance under the

direction of conductor Michael Zsoldos. Choral performances

by the BarnArts Youth and BarnArts Chorale are

mixed with musical performances by local musicians, and

the evening includes audience sing-alongs with candle

lighting to celebrate the Solstice.

Winter Carols is BarnArts’ original event and is provided

to the community as a gift, to encourage all to come

together and celebrate the season with song.

The year’s celebration includes performances of “In

Dulci Jubilo” with roots back to the 1400s, and the harmonically

challenging “Lux Aurumque” by contemporary

composer Eric Whitacre. Older BarnArts youth will sing

the Peter, Paul & Mary song “A Soulin” with folk string support

by Trifolium, and the all ages youth will sing a “Sound

of Music” medley — all this and other seasonal favorites,



Michael Zsoldso will pick up his sax and join with jazz

guitarist Jason Ennis for an interlude of energized holiday

music. Mark van Gulden and Kathleen Dolan on piano,

drum and flute provide a duo of thoughtful holiday songs

and the local string group Trifolium, Andy Mueller, Justin

Park & Chloe Powell, will play a medley of toe-tapping

traditional music, swapping harmonies as smoothly as

they swap instruments!

Singing in this year’s BarnArts Chorale are sopranos:

Nancy Conte, Bitsy Harley, Jill Leavitt, Suzy Malerich,

Sarah Mills, Sara Norcross, Lisa Robar, Etta Warren.

Alto: Barbara Abraham, Nicole Conte, Linda Grant, Jane

Metcalf, Carin Park, Deborah Rice, Linda Treash; Tenors:

Kathleen Dolan, Oliver Goodenough, James Mills, Anne

Shafmaster, Tambrey Vutech; Basses: Dave Clark, Dan

Deneen, William B. Hoyt, Bill McCollom, Jim Reiman,

Mark van Gulden.

BarnArts Youth include Ben Rumelt, Sierra Bystrak,

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Courtesy of BarnArts

Marlena Farinas, Asa Crowley, Ella Davis, Zella Little,

Harriet Crowley, Annabelle Park, Caylen Piper, Prudence

Crowley, and Charlie Park.

Based in Woodstock, conductor Michael Zsoldos is a

graduate of the Eastman School of Music and Michigan

State University where he studied with Branford Marsalis.

His current performances projects are “Music for Loving:

A Tribute to Ben Webster,” the Miro Sprague Quintet

and The Convergence Project. Zsoldos composed and

performed the music for the 2017 documentary “Seeing

Through The Wall: Meeting Ourselves in Palestine and Israel.”

He is a lecturer in classical saxophone at Dartmouth,

the instrumental arranger of the Dartmouth Gospel Choir,

and a faculty member of Interplay Jazz and Arts and the

Vermont Jazz Center’s Summer Jazz Workshop, where he

teaches jazz improvisation and leads jazz combos.

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Back Country Café

The Back Country Café is a hot spot

for delicious breakfast foods. Choose

from farm fresh eggs, multiple kinds of

pancakes and waffles, omelet’s or daily

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

Marys, Mimosas, Bellini, VT Craft Brews, Coffee and hot chocolate drinks.

Maple Syrup and VT products for sale. Check Facebook for daily specials.

(802) 422-4411.

Birch Ridge

Serving locals and visitors alike since 1998, dinner

at the Birch Ridge Inn is a delicious way to

complete your day in Killington. Featuring Vermont

inspired New American cuisine in the Inn’s dining

room and Great Room Lounge, you will also find

a nicely stocked bar, hand crafted cocktails, fine

wines, seafood and vegetarian options, and wonderful house made desserts.

birchridge.com, 802-422-4293.

Casey’s Caboose

Come for fun, amazing food, great drinks, and

wonderful people. A full bar fantastic wines and

the largest selection of craft beers with 21 on tap.

Our chefs create fresh, healthy and interesting

cuisine. Try our steaks or our gourmet burgers

made with 100% Vermont ground beef, U.S. lamb or home-grown pork— we

have 17 burgers on our menu! Try our famous mac n’ cheese with or without

lobster. Yes! the train is still running... 802-422-3795


A saloon inspired eatery boasting over

a century of history! Home to Charity’s

world-famous French onion soup, craft

beer and cocktails, and gourmet hot dogs,

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


Choices Restaurant

& Rotisserie

Chef-owned, Choices Restaurant and

Rotisserie was named 2012 “Ski” magazines”

favorite restaurant. Choices may

be the name of the restaurant but it is also what you get. Soup of the day,

shrimp cockatil, steak, hamburgers, pan seared chicken, a variety of salads

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

list and in house made desserts are also available. choices-restaurant.com

(802) 422-4030.

Clear River Tavern

Headed north from Killington on Route

100? Stop in at the Clear River Tavern

to sample chef Tim Galvin’s handcrafted

tavern menu featuring burgers, pizza, salads,

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

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

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

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

Ski House Cookin’

By Karen D. Lorentz

There’s nothing like enjoying a good meal after a day of skiing or riding. When gathered round a table with family or

friends, there’s a sense of cordiality that comes from sharing stories and an elevation of spirits that mirrors the good

times experienced on the slopes.

Sharing a meal together can also make for special memories. One of my favorite après-ski “eats” occurred at a Snowmass

condo, where my brother served his freshly made chocolate chip cookies with our wine!

When visiting him in Vail, we invariably ended up eating in most nights. Lasagna is ordinarily my favorite après-ski

dinner as I can make it ahead of time and take it to a condo when traveling here in the East — or serve to guests at home.

(My dad used to make a pan of lasagna, freeze it, and take it on the plane for his stay at the Vail condo. Wonder if that is

even allowed today?!)

Lasagna was too much work in his small kitchen so I gravitated to chicken parmigiana for Italian night.

For the chicken parmigiana, I brown flour-dusted chicken breasts in olive oil in a large frying pan, top it with a jar of

good sauce and slices of mozzarella, and put a lid on it. It simmers while I cook the spaghetti, make the salad, and warm

the store-bought artisan bread. Quick, easy and delicious.

Diane Mueller, former Okemo co-owner, gave me this tasty twist on a traditional comfort food dish. “Carrots, peas,

corn or other vegetables can be added to pie mixture, if desired,” she noted, adding that other meats could be used, too.

Chicken Pot Pie with Sage Pastry



½ cup butter

½ cup flour

½ cup flour

½ cup cornmeal

¼ tsp sage, ground

½ tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

½ tsp sage, ground

1/8 tsp nutmeg

1/3 cup butter

1 tsp lemon juice

3 tbsp water

1½ cups chicken broth

1 cup milk

3 cups chicken, cooked and chopped

1. Melt butter in saucepan and blend in

flour and seasonings. Add next three ingredients

and cook, stirring, until thickened. Add

chicken and pour into 1½ quart deep-dish pie


2. To make crust, mix flour, cornmeal, salt

and sage together in bowl. Cut in butter. Add 3

tablespoons water or enough to hold mixture

together, mixing lightly with fork.

3, Roll pastry to fit top of pie pan. Arrange on

dish, trim, and flute edges. Cut slits in top for

steam vents and bake in preheated 425-degree

oven about 20 minutes, until crust is lightly

browned. Makes 6 servings.

Recipes > 36

Celebrate the holidays

at the Birch Ridge Inn

Dinner served from 6:00 PM

Tuesday thru Saturday

Enjoy a beverage under

the inn's 15 foot

Christmas tree

21 Years Serving Guests

At the Covered Carriageway

37 Butler Road, Killington

birchridge.com • 802.422.4293

Reserve now for dinner

on Christmas Eve and

Christmas night

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Cru offers a chef prepared menu with a fresh take

on farm to table. Start with a cheese fondue, crispy

brussels sprouts or house special Bell and Evan wings. Entrees include pasta

bolognese, beef, salmon, chicken and vegetarian options. 2384 Killington Road

(802) 422-2284, cruvt.com

The Daily Catch

Serving New England’s Finest Sicilian-Style Seafood

and Pasta, in the Heart of Vermont. Come

Join Us For Fresh Seafood, Pasta and an Ice Cold

Beverage. (802) 332-4005, thedailycatch.com

Dream Maker Bakers

Dream Maker Bakers is an all-butter, fromscratch

bakery making breads, bagels, croissants,

cakes and more daily. It serves soups,

salads and sandwiches and offers seating

with free Wifi and air-conditioning. At 5501 US

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

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


JAX Food & Games

Killington’s hometown bar offering weekly

live entertainment, incredible food and an

extensive selection of locally crafted beers.

Locals favorite menu items include homemade

soups of the day, burgers, nachos, salads and daily specials. #seeyouatjax

www.jaxfoodandgames.com (802) 422-5334

Jones’ Donuts

Offering donuts and a bakery, with a

community reputation as being the best!

Closed Monday and Tuesday. 23 West

Street, Rutland. See what’s on special at

Facebook.com/JonesDonuts/. Call (802)


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. killingtonmarket.com (802) 422-7736

or (802) 422-7594.

74 US Rt. 4 Mendon, VT

Book Your Holiday Parties

Local Food

Craft Beer

Artisan Spirits


2 for 1



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Flannels Bar & Grill

Flannels Locally chef owned & operated

Flannel’s Bar & Grill focuses on local

foods, craft beers and artisan spirits made with fresh local ingredients.

With an awesome 150 year old bar, extensive menu, warm interior, and plenty

of indoor and outdoor seating, Flannels Bar & Grill certainly

has something for everybody. Come join us!

The Foundry

at Summit Pond

The Foundry, Killington’s premier dining

destination, offers fine cuisine in a stunning

scenic setting. Waterside seating

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

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

and cheeses, the freshest seafood, homemade pastas and so much more.

foundrykillington.com 802-422-5335

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, 802-


Liquid Art

Forget about the polar vortex for a while

and relax in the warm atmosphere at Liquid

Art. Look for artfully served lattes from

their La Marzocco espresso machine, or if

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

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

meal different than anything else on the mountain.

Now taking

New Year’s Eve



Irish Pub

Inn at Long Trial

Looking for something a little different? Hit up

McGrath’s Irish Pub for a perfectly poured pint of

Guinness, Inn live music at on the weekends and delicious

food. Guinness not your favorite? They also

L ng Trail

have Vermont’s largest Irish Whiskey selection.

Rosemary’s Restaurant is now open, serving dinner.

Reservations appreciated. Visit innatlongtrail.

com, 802-775-7181.


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

Check out our NEW dining area!

All butter from scratch bakery making

breads, bagels, croissants, cakes and more.

Now serving soup, salad and sandwiches....

seating with Wifi and AC.

Lookout Tavern

Celebrating 20 years of fun, friends and good

times here in Killington! Everything from soup

to nuts for lunch and dinner; juicy burgers, fresh

salads, delicious sandwiches and K-Town’s best

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

for a cold beer or specialty drink and a great

meal! lookoutvt.com 802-422-5665

5501 US Route 4 • Killington, VT 05751


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

Stop by for our

“Service Industry” discount card.

• A Farm to Table Restaurant

• Handcut Steaks, Filets & Fish

• All Baking Done on Premises

• Over 20 wines by the glass

• Great Bar Dining

• Freshly made pasta

Sundays half price wines by the glass

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

FRI & SAT - 5:00 - 10:30

Sunday Brunch 11:00-2:30

“The locally favored spot for consistently

good, unpretentious fare.”

-N.Y. Times

422-4030 • 2820 KILLINGTON RD.


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household goods

77 Wales St





For 55 years this Killington icon

has served up more fresh food and

good times than we can count. From

local ingredients to craft beer and

cocktails, the Wobbly serves up the

best of Killington and MORE.



health and beauty



Mountain Merchant

Killington’s new deli, grocery and beer

cave. Serving breakfast and a full deli

menu daily. Mountain Merchant also offers

the area’s largest beer cave with over 500+ choices, a variety of everyday

grocery items and the only gas on the Access Road. (802) 422-CAVE

Mountain Top Inn

Whether staying overnight or visiting for

the day, Mountain Top’s Dining Room &

Tavern serve delicious cuisine amidst one

of Vermont’s best views. A mix of locally

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

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

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

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


Voted the best ribs and burger in Killington,

Moguls is a great place for the whole

family. Soups, onion rings, mozzarella

sticks, chicken fingers, buckets of chicken

wings, salads, subs and pasta are just some of the food that’s on the menu.

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

Nite Spot Pizza

Outrageously good pizza. Join us for wood fired

pizza, salads, kids menu, family arcade and live

music! (802) 332-4005


Chef-owned since 1992, Peppino’s offers

Neapolitan cuisine at its finest:

pasta, veal, chicken, seafood, steak,

and flatbreads. If you want it, Peppino’s

has it! Aprés-hour daily features half price appetizers and flatbreads.

For reservations, call 802-422-3293. peppinosvt.com.

Pickle Barrel

The house that rocks Killington is the largest

and most exciting venue in town. With

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

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

pizza, chicken wings, chicken tenders and French fries.

Red Clover Inn

Farm to Table Vermont Food and Drinks.

Thursday night Live Jazz. Monday

night Chef Specials. Open Thursday to

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

Road, Mendon, VT. 802-775-2290,



Rosemary’s will be open Thursday 5-8

pm and Friday-Saturday 6-9 p.m. during

World Cup weekend serving a delightful

menu of fresh and superbly seasoned selections. Built around an indoor

boulder, we also feature an illuminated boulder garden view, and photographs

capturing the Inn’s history. Chef Reggie Serafin , blends the flavors of Ireland

with those of countryside New England created with a host of fresh local Vermont

and New England seafood products. We take pride in serving you only

the best quality, and supporting the local farmers. Reservations Appreciated.

(802) 775-7181



beer and wine



Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner To Go

Hours: Open 7 days a week

Sun. - Thurs. 6:30 am - 10 pm

Fri. & Sat. 6:30 am - 11 pm

Special Holiday Hours:

12/23 & 12/24

6:30am - 9:30pm

12/25 10am -10pm






802-422-7736 • Deli 422-7594 • ATM


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Great Breakfast Menu

Mimosas ~ Bellinis ~ Bloody Marys



923 KILLINGTON RD. 802-422-4411

follow us on Facebook and Instagram @back_country_cafe





Sugar and Spice

Stop on by to Sugar and Spice for a home style

breakfast or lunch served up right. Try six differ-

BCent kinds BACKCOUNTRY of pancakes and/or waffles CAFE or order up


For lunch they offer

KILLINGTON VERMONTa Filmore salad, grilled roast beef, burgers and

sandwiches. Take away and deck dining available.

www.vtsugarandspice.com (802) 773-7832.

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.

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

Wobbly Barn

Well-known, distinguished dining is the trademark

of the Wobbly Barn - featuring the finest beef, enhanced

by a tempting variety of chops, seafood

and our renowned soup, salad and fresh bread bar. Plus, our celebrated nightclub

boosts the best live entertainment, parties and dancing on the mountain.

The Wobbly Barn is truly Killington’s home for Good Time Dining & High Altitude

Entertainment! (802) 422-6171, 2229 Killington Rd., Killington VT





Recipes: Ski house cooking starts with roast pork loin for the main course

from page 32

Sarah Pinneo and her friend Tina Anderson were enjoying a glass of wine when Sarah commented that there was

“no such thing as a ski house cookbook.” So the friends came up with one, “The Ski House Cookbook: Warm Winter

Dishes for Cold Weather Fun,” which makes clever use of trail ratings. Green circles indicate the easiest recipes, etc.

Sarah suggests this “green-circle” dish, noting it is a “surprisingly fast way to put a roast on the table.” (You could

substitute pork tenderloin for the meat cut.)

Roasted Pork Loin with Cherry Balsamic Sauce

2 Tbsp vegetable oil

salt and freshly ground pepper

2 ½ to 3-pound pork loin roast, tied

1 large shallot, minced or 2 Tbsp minced onion

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

½ cup low-sodium chicken broth

¾ cup jarred pitted sour cherries, sliced in half, plus 2 tbsp reserved syrup from the jar

Open Daily for

Lunch & Dinner













happy hour 3-6p.m.






1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. Heat oil in a large ovenproof skillet or roasting pan over high heat. Generously salt and pepper the roast.

When pan is hot, add the roast and brown on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

3. Transfer pan to the oven. Roast the pork until an instant-read thermometer reads 140 degrees when inserted

into thickest part of the roast, 20 to 30 minutes.

4. Remove the roast to a platter and let rest for 5 minutes while you prepare the sauce. While it rests, the temperature

of the roast should rise to 145 or 150 degrees. Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the shallot.

Cook for 2 minutes, add the vinegar, and scrape the pan with a wooden spoon. When the vinegar is reduced to a

glaze, about 5 minutes, add the broth and reduce again by half, about 7 minutes. Add the cherries and syrup and

simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from the heat.

5. Slice the roast thinly, drizzle the sauce over the meat, and serve immediately.

Recipes > 37



“Jones Donuts and Bakery is a

must stop if you reside or simply

come to visit Rutland. They have

been an institution in the community

and are simply the best.”

open wed. - sun. 5 to 12

closed mon. + tues.

23 West St, Rutland


(Call for hours)

Food Matters

The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 • 37

Give holiday cheer with eco-friendly gift options

The saying “the more the merrier”

certainly applies during the holiday

season. But during a season of big

gifts, extra food and travel, “more”

can exact a heavy toll on the environment.

According to Stanford University,

Americans generate 25% more trash

between Thanksgiving and New

Year’s Eve than during the rest of the

year. While no one wants to take anything

away from the spirit of holiday

season, everyone can take steps to

make the holidays more eco-friendly.

Purchase experiential gifts

When making holiday shopping

lists, think of gifts that offer experiences

rather than material goods.

Gifts that involve experiences, such

as going to a sporting event or attending

a play or musical, reduces


clutter and conserves the resources

otherwise used to manufacture

alternative items. Experiential gifts

that also tap into environmental pursuits,

such as touring with an animal

rescue group, or accommodations

at a carbon-neutral hotel can be an

added bonus.

Opt for locally-made gifts

Select gifts made by local artisans

or companies that operate domestically.

This cuts down on the carbon

emissions from having to ship products

from long distances.

Climate-friendly stocking stuffers

Companies like Cool Effect offer

gifts for those looking to offset

carbon emissions through clever

funding. People can buy and offer

gifts that correlate to packages like

Costa Rican wind power or the “poo

Recipes: Ski house cooking ends with macaroons. No meal is complete without dessert.

from page 36

Getting a tad fancier with dessert, Sarah says this (blue square) cookie recipe is fun and will let you, or your kids,

literally dig in!

Snowy Peaks Macaroons

4 large egg whites

¼ cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1 (14 ounce) package shredded sweetened coconut (about 5 1/3 cups)

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate bar, chopped (about 1 cup)

package,” which funds biogas digesters

for family farms in India that

capture methane emissions from

cattle dung.

Get crafty

Gifts from the kitchen or ones

made by the giver can be crafted

from sustainable materials. They

also show how you care by taking the

time to customize a gift.

Wrap in reusable materials

Fancy wrapping paper certainly

looks nice, but choose other materials

that can be reused. Look for

decorative tins, boxes, fancy gift bags,

and other items that can be reused

for years to come.

Sustainability is possible during

a season of excess when gift givers

shop and wrap gifts with the environment

in mind.

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the egg whites until frothy. Add the sugar, vanilla, and salt. Stir to combine. Add the

coconut and mix well, completely combining the ingredients.

3. Dampen your hands with cold water. Form a rounded tablespoon of the mixture into a haystack shape and

place on a nonstick baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining mixture, spacing the stacks about 1 inch apart.

4. Bake until golden brown, about 18 minutes, rotating the sheet halfway through baking. Remove the cookies

from the pan while still hot to cool completely on racks.

5. Fill a small saucepan with water to a depth of 1 inch and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and place a

medium heatproof bowl on top so the bottom is resting on the pan just above the water. Add the chocolate and

stir until completely melted.

6. Turn off the heat and dip each macaroon bottom into the melted chocolate. Place on wax paper to cool and

harden. The macaroons can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days or refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Classic Italian Cuisine

Old World Tradition

~ Since 1992 ~

fresh. simple.


1/2 price appetizers

& flaTbreads

from 4-5 p.m.

Happy Holidays!


Everyday @ 4 p.m.

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

pasta | veal

Chicken | seafood

steak | flatbreads

For reservations


First on the Killington Road

Worship Guide

38 • The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019

Our Lady of the Mountains

Catholic Parish

Killington, Vermont • The little white church on Rt. 4 Killington


Mass of the Christmas Vigil

7:00 p.m.

Church of Our Saviour


Please join us for Sunday and Holiday Services

All are welcome!

Christmas Eve Candlelight Services

Festive Family Service

4:00 PM

Festive Holy Communion 10:00 PM

Christmas Day, Wednesday, December 25

Holy Communion

10:00 AM

All Sunday Mornings

Holy Communion

9:30 AM

Rutland WallingfoRd

CatholiC Community

Christmas Mass Schedule

Immaculate Heart of Mary 18 Lincoln Ave, Rutland, VT

St. Patrick 218 N. Main Street, Wallingford VT

Christ the King 66 S. Main Street, Rutland VT

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

6 Church Hill Road, Rutland, VT 05701

(802) 773-9659 - The Reverend John M. Longworth

Christmas Eve Worship Service: 5:00 p.m.

Family Christmas Service for Children with Special Music


Find us on Mission Farm Road, Killington

Off Route 4 across from the Killington Skyeship

Grace Congregational UCC • 8 Court St., Rutland • 802.775.4301 • gracechurchvt.org



Alastair Stout will accompany local cellist, Marina

Smakhtina, in a selection of seasonal favorites,

including well-loved carols and other sacred and

secular works. Free admission - all are welcome.

6:00 PM: Christmas Eve Family Service & Pageant

with music from Grace Church children, youth choirs and


10:30 PM: Christmas Prelude Music




10 AM: A service of the story of the promise of the

Messiah and the birth of Jesus, interspersed with the

singing of anthems, spirituals, and familiar carols.

4:00 PM: Service of Light in the Midst of Darkness

Some Celebrate - Some Grieve - All Remember

11:00 PM: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service

with the Sanctuary Choir, instrumentalists and soloists;

Rev. John Sanborn, preaching


9:00 AM: Potluck Christmas Breakfast 10 AM: Worship Service (no 8:30 service today.)

Litany and prayers for snow

and winter enthusiasts

By the Reverend Canon Lee Crawford

If you choose not to find joy in the snow,

you will have less joy,

but still the same amount of snow.

A Winter Litany

Let us pray to God, Saint Ditimar, Saint Bernard and all the saints…

From long lift lines and cranky people,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From stopped lifts and smoky cabins,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From sleet, graupel and freezing rain,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From sub-zero weather and negative wind chills,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From frozen fingers, toes and noses,

Spare us, Good Lord.

From broken bindings and bent poles,

Spare us, Good Lord.

From snow-cat ice and boiler plate,

Spare us, Good Lord.

From caught edges and death cookies,

Spare us, Good Lord.

For sunny days and long ski runs,

We pray to you, O God.

For warm toes, fingers and cores,

We pray to you, O God.

For hot chocolate and warm coffee,

We pray to you, O God.

For great uphill skinning, and safe and fun telemarking and riding,

We pray to you, O God.

For well-maintained trails,

We pray to you, O God.

For outdoor rides on VAST and happy walks with dogs,

We pray to you, O God.

For a safe season, that we all end up in one piece,

We pray to you, O God.

That you may protect all who work on the mountains—the “Guys in Black,” lift

operators, ski patrollers, the Killington Rescue Squad, and EMTs

We pray to you, O God.

For all these things and those we do not know to ask,

We pray to you, O God.

(Saint Ditimar is the patron saint of winter, cold and snow. After 26 October, his feast

day, expect the heavens to open with snow.)

A skier’s and rider’s prayer

Our Father who art in Blue Heaven,

hallowed be your Name.

Thy snowfalls come,

thy slopes be fun,

at Pico as they are at the Beast.

Give us this day our daily passes,

and forgive us our off-trail trespasses,

as we forgive those who trespass in lift lines.

Lead us not into temptation without Rime or Reason,

but deliver us from rainstorms and Helter Skelter.

For thine is the powder and the Glades, forever and ever.


The Rev’d Canon Lee Alison Crawford, Vicar, is from the Church of Our Saviour the

Episcopal Church on Mission Farm Road, in Killington.

Killington’s Little White Church


4:30 pm Christmas Eve Worship

All are welcome.

Wishing you the blessings of the season.

Sherburne United Church of Christ ♦ White Church, Route 4, Killington ♦ 802.422.9440

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Come and be apart of a community that is growing

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Holiday gifts for the snowsports enthusiast

By Tony Crespi

Ironically, although ski writers

(and adventure travel writers) are often

asked questions about mountain

gear –“What’s a great ski for carving?

What’s a great glove? Is there a boot

bag that is truly better than the one

at the mall?” etc. — we really aren’t

all gear geeks! Still, having been a

ski instructor, race coach, weekend

warrior, and airport-traveler it’s clear

good gear can maximize warmth,

amplify skiing skills, and help make

a winter adventure more enjoyable.

Good gear also makes a good gift!

Visiting ski shows and mountain

shops it’s evident the outdoor ski and

travel industry continues to

refine, enhance, and introduce

new products. Last year

my wife gifted me with a new

ski helmet. Last year a friend

gifted me with a new h eated

boot bag from Transpack! This

year? I’m hoping for a new

pair of front side skis and a

new down sweater. Sure, I need new

gloves and mittens, as both now have

more duct tape then leather, but I

may look for those at close out bins

as I travel.

Here’s a tech alert! Fun mountain

gifts such as a Suunto Watch which

counts vertical feet skied, bootwarmers

with onboard batteries to heat

cold toes, heated boot bags, and

electric ski tuning tools such as the

Swix Evo Pro EdgeTune Pro II all are

interesting choices. None necessarily

make winter travel easier but they

do add interest (and comfort) to a

mountain adventure.

When it comes to skiing and riding

the choices are diverse! And as

the holidays loom closer your favorite

skiers may be dreaming of a gift to

enhance their mountain adventure.

Fortunately, whether shopping

near Killington or Okemo, or shopping

at outdoor outfitters at points

South, East or West, the options are

as diverse as choosing a trail on the

mountain. Looking for ideas? To help

we have put together a gift list. We’re

no different than our readers. We

ski. We ride. We know what’s fun, we

know what’s naughty (financially),

and we know what’s nice. But this

is clearly a biased list nonetheless,

based on personal preferences only.

How could it be otherwise? So take

from it what you will. Welcome to our

holiday gift guide.


In the Northeast warm jackets

are a staple! No one retreats to the

summit or mid-mountain lodges in

January because they are too warm!

Insulated jackets, from down to

Thinsulate, remain popular. While

some may prefer layering heavy

fleece sweaters under shells, the biting

chill of a cold Vermont day makes

an insulated jacket a great choice on

a midwinter adventure. In my case

my Patagonia jacket contains a removable

down sweater which means

I have a down sweater in a shell, or

either a down sweater or shell able

to be worn separately! Honestly, this

multi-function jacket is perfect.

For cold weather, down remains a

warm option. Thinsulate or similar

thinner insulations also are options.

Truly, from companies such

as Spyder, Bogner, The North Face,

Helly Hansen, Arcteryx, or Columbia,

Good gear can maximize

warmth, amplify skiing skills,

and help make a winter

adventure more enjoyable.

insulated jackets vary in price. And

style. Because these can range from

a few hundred dollars to $800-$900,

consider more classic colors and

styles so the styles will remain trendy.

I used my Patagonia year round,

recently enjoying the down sweater

on a cold beach walk in Maine.

Hard shells, as they are known,

remain very popular. Shells are also

fabulous for winter hikes.

Like jackets, shells can come with

or without hoods and many offer

powder skirts and pit zips to allow

excess heat to escape.

Last year, I worn mine on a work

trip at Mount Snow, then days later

walking the dock on Nantucket

during a holiday stroll. I found my

hard shell a perfect fit against the

cold and wet sea breezes. Truly, these

are multi-function garments. The

Arcteryx and Helly Hansen shells are

expensive but appealing. Fortunately,

price points vary, but so does


Most offer some waterproof

technology. If you lack a shell in

your wardrobe or are interested in a

winter layering system a hard shell is

critical in creating that outer defense

against the elements.

Ski pants

Forget jeans! In the East likely

forget stretch pants, too, which are

reemerging believe it or not! Today,

most mountain pants combine waterproof,

windproof, and breathable

technologies. Some offer insulation.

Some resemble shells. Some use a

soft shell technology. Some use a

tough hard shell technology. No one

uses jeans. No one should use jeans.

Today, there are complex pants

boasting variable “stretchable” material

inserts to enhance flexibility and

mobility. Most have taped seams to

minimize complaints against water

entering from melting snow or ice.

Remember that cold chairlift? Modern

pants can virtually eliminate wet,

damp access.

Truly, ski pants are a great gift.

From approximately $150 for entry

pants (boasting a waterproof technology

with a soft shell knee panel)

to higher end (expensive) offerings,

ski pants offer style, warmth, and

comfort. I found an insulated pair of

pants from the North Face in August

on sale and they’ve been a great


Fleece and soft shells

Most mountain warriors

own at least one fleece jacket.

My wife Cheryl? She has four

that I can recall! But she also

has a soft shell which is more

wind resistant.

Today fleeces can vary.

Some are heavy. Some are light and

resemble a sweater. Some are soft.

Some blend fleece and soft shell

technologies. Styles vary. Warmth

can vary! Yes, prices vary. Pull-over?

Pit-zips? Whatever your choice,

fleece comes in an array of colors

and styles.

Most are machine washable.

Some use recycled plastic to help our


My wife wears her fleece year


Style? Compare manufacturers.

Traditional mountaineering companies

such as The North Face or

Patagonia sell an array of fleece and

soft shells but large retailers classically

carry a vast array.

Thermal base layers

These are a perfect stocking

stuffer. Modern thermal base layers

no longer resemble the thermals

of yesteryear. While once prone to

damp cold, modern thermals add

warmth without wetness. Today

most “wick” moisture away from the

skin, drying quickly if damp. But, it’s

more than for legs. Turtlenecks to

V-necks are also a key base layer, but

no longer is cotton desirable as it can

become wet and cold.

Gloves or mittens?

These are expensive if you want

quality, and you do! We, obviously,

cannot ski or ride without mittens

or gloves, and cold fingers can make

any trip miserable. Fortunately,

mountain shops offer an array of

choices. From Outdoor Research—

with gloves with Gore-Tex inserts

— to Marker. Fit and finish vary.

Some showcase padded knuckles for

racers, some offer fleece inner liners,

and many boast waterproof coatings.

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The sixth volume of the ever-popular “Vermont Wild”

books series is now available at local shops.

New “Vermont Wild”

volume released

Fans of “Vermont Wild,” Adventures of Fish & Game Warden

series are welcoming a new volume this holiday season,

with the release of Volume 6, featuring an teenager on a sky

blue ATV trying to outrun a game warden. The new book

contains a wild chase down Brandon streets.

Volume six contains more than a dozen new, true game

warden adventures as told to author Megan Price. A former

Rutland Herald reporter and Rutland County native, Price

began gathering the true adventures of woodsmen more

than a decade ago at the urging of retired warden Eric Nuse

of Johnson. His inventive use of dynamite to solve a problem

has become legend around the state. “Vermont Wild’s”

focus is always on action and humor. Each volume contains

more than a dozen zany adventures with the photos of the

wardens interviewed.

The new book shares a wild night chase into downtown

Brandon involving the late Dave Rowden as told by retired

warden Don Isabelle of Pittsford, and a tracking story from

the late Denny Gaiotti of Whiting in which a poacher made

an expensive mistake trying to cover up his crime. There’s

also a spooky find in an abandoned house deep in the

woods and the tale of a warden and moose poacher struggling

for a hidden weapon and many more. From funny to

harrowing, the new stories will once again have readers on

the edge of their seats wondering what comes next.

Whether attempting to gather up wild raccoons, transport

an angry moose, train reluctant hunting dogs or

outsmart an endless array of clever poachers, readers aged

9 to 99 have made the series a Green Mountain bestseller

since its inception a decade ago. “Vermont Wild” is in

schools from Maine to Texas, taken to hunting camp, and

read worldwide. Most recently, Price’s work was optioned

for a TV series by a Hollywood producer. The books all contain

family-friendly language and no gratuitous violence,

prompting some parents to use them as bedtime stories.

Price has been called a modern “folklore artist.” The

books are available in most local book stores or online at


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All I want for Christmas is…

A small toddler, with mousy brown hair and huge

oval eyes looks up at her mom while they wait in their

line. There are many children here, waiting for there

time to sit upon the knee of the

man who will hopefully bring

him their greatest treasure, if

only they were good enough this

year. But this little girl has only

one thing on her mind and as it

comes to be her turn she takes a

deep breath as Santa lifts her up

into his lap.

Livin’ the


By Merisa



Gift review: Tony’s annual shopping tips

from page 40

I like mittens as years of frostbite

has decreased my cold capacity. Truly,

these are important! Also, be sure you

have a backup pair.

Tech gifts: Tuning

Honestly, maintaining a tuned ski

or board is worthwhile. Whether a ski

racer or weekend warrior, we can all

benefit from sharp edges and waxed

bases. Still, tuning can be expensive

and not all tunes are equal. This year

the Swix Evo Pro Edge Tuner at approximately

$550 or the EdgeTune

Pro II at $150 offer two innovative

options for those interested in a home

“And how old are you, little

girl?” the jolly man asks with his

big, full belly laugh.

One tiny finger is raised slowly

for him to see. Reassuringly, he

smiles and asks if she’s been a

good girl this year, to which her

bowl cut hair bounces up and down.

“So, what would you like Santa to bring you for Christmas

this year?”

Slowly lifting her head, she looks Santa straight in

the eye and in a low, hopeful voice, she whispers: “Skis,

please, Santa.”

The man pauses for a moment, taking a deep breathe

as he shakes his head. “Perhaps in a few years, when you

are older,” Santa replies. “But what can I bring you this


The little girl’s eyes start to fill with tears and she slides

off Santa’s lap and slowly makes her way back to her

mother. Putting her little hand in her mom’s big one, she

leads her mom away from the Santa and away from the

Christmas elves taking photos of happy little children.

Again and again, this happened.

Each time they saw Santa, she was told she was too

little to have her own skis and to ask again when she was

bigger. She couldn’t understand. Mommy had skis. Daddy

had skis. She should have skis. She WAS a big girl. She

wanted to go to the Big Mountain and go up on the Big

Chair to the Tippy Tippy Top. Maybe if she asked again,

Santa would finally understand how important this was

to her little 18-month-old self. She hugged her teddy

tight. Would Santa bring her the one thing she wanted

most in the whole wide world?

Sure enough, under the tree on Christmas morning

was a pair of teeny, tiny skis and boots, just right for the

teeny, tiny little girl. Dolls and teddies were paid no attention

as the little girl tried, all by herself, to put on her

brand new red boots with the shiny white buckles. Her

mommy helped her put on her snowsuit while daddy

grabbed the camera: today was going to be the day! She

was officially going to be a Big Girl and go skiing on the

Big Mountain!

powered edge tune.

While periodic shop tunes may

suffice for occasional escapes, those

who ski frequently know that one

day of hard skiing can dull even the

sharpest edge. These tools use small

machined powered stone grinding

technology to maintain side edges.

I haven’t tested the Swix to date but

certainly Swix brings great expertise

to the design.

Not everyone wants a stone

grinder. Fortunately, companies such

as FK-SKS and Sun Valley Ski Tools

offer multiple file guides for hand

As the young family headed out onto their snow

covered lawn, the little girl’s eyes got bigger and bigger.

Mommy put her down on the slippery snow and she

skied all the way to her daddy, who engulfed her in the

biggest, bestest ski huggie ever, swinging her around in

a big circle with her skis flying everywhere. There were

giggles from the little girl and big whoops from Daddy

while Mommy clapped her mittens in delight. Looking

over their happy little ski baby, the parents shared a most

wonderful smile full of love and Christmas cheer.

And then, after all that begging, I was done. I didn’t

want to ski anymore. Apparently, in my enthusiasm for

skiing, my parents had neglected to check the thermometer

before taking their toddler out for the first time. It

was 3 degrees below zero.

Courtesy of Merisa Sherman

When 18-month-old Merisa Sherman sat on Santa’s lap

all she asked for was skis — and the jolly old man delivered!

These are some of the skis the young Merisa learned

on at Vernon Valley.

tuning and polishing. Friends have

routinely been impressed by the SKS

Racing Combi I’ve used for years!

With it’s built-in side edge remover

and carbide steel blade housed with a

small versatile tool with rollers, this is

a fine tool.

Fortunately, from approximately

$30 for a basic plastic file guide to

more than a $100 for a sophisticated

guide with rollers, file guides are

capable of functioning for years. Most

such as the SKS and Sun Valley guides

nicely accommodate a diamond

insert for polishing .

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The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 • 43

Uber Ski arrives in Vermont

Starting Tuesday, Dec. 17, U.S. riders in 23 cities and

states will see a new ride feature: Uber Ski. Vermont,

New Hampshire and northern New York are all part of

the new, premium service.

This option lets you order an Uber trip with confirmed

extra vehicle space or a ski/snowboard rack for

those moments when you want to hit the slopes or head

to a snowy getaway, according to the news release, Dec.

11. Riders pay an additional surcharge for the selection

(on top of their standard trip fare). Riders will be able

to view the Uber Ski surcharge on their receipt, and the

surcharge will be added to their upfront price when that

Vermont Community Foundation

receives $245K from Vail CEO

Last week, Vail Resorts Chief Executive

Officer Rob Katz and his wife,

Elana Amsterdam, New York Times

bestselling author and founder of Elana’s

Pantry, announced significant

contributions totaling more than $2.8

million to further strengthen emotional

wellness programs in more than

ten mountain communities where Vail

Resorts operates. The Vermont Community

Foundation received just over

$245,000. Vail owns Okemo, Mount

Snow and Stowe Mountain resorts in


The second annual distribution

of behavioral health grants issued by

the Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust

(KACT) benefits over 40 non-profit

organizations to reduce the stigma

of mental illness, improve access to

mental and behavioral health services

and support collaboration within and

among mountain communities.

Over this past year, the Katz Amsterdam

Foundation has focused on

connecting mountain communities

on the topic of mental and behavioral


In May, the Foundation hosted a

convening of 60 mental health professionals

from these communities, facilitating

a conversation about similar

challenges each community faces

such as substance abuse, feelings of

isolation, availability of providers and

mental health outcomes. Following

Gift review: Tony’s gift suggestions, cont.

from page 42


Wax tools

Waxed skis glide faster and turn

more easily. Still, an old iron can pose

risk as a traditional iron can create

sufficient heat to promote edge

separation on the bases. Either buy

a specific tuning iron or consider

an alternative such as the SKIMD

Pro-Glide, a hand waxing tool using a

round cylinder with a cloth covering

which uses the principle of line pressure

– contact on a round cylinder

– to create sufficient pressure to melt

rubbed wax on the ski base. Tested

for more than a decade the Pro-Glide

the meeting, community stakeholders

agreed to align on to a set of shared

measures to support collective learning

– focusing on progress in the following

areas: social dynamics; mental

health attitudes and knowledge;

provider capacity; and affordability

and accessibility of care.

“It has been inspiring to see the

shared desire that exists across each

of our mountain communities to

make a difference, to help others and

to ignite a passion for creating truly

healthy communities,” said Katz. “We

are thrilled to be able to help unite

so many incredible organizations

and support their collective efforts

to improve access to much-needed

health services and reduce the stigma

and misunderstanding around these


The grants, announced Dec. 10,

further enable collaboration and innovation

across mountain communities

in British Columbia, Washington,

California, Utah, Colorado, Vermont

option is selected in-app.

Uber Ski falso clearly aligns expectations so drivers

know when riders need additional space or their ski rack

is required, the release continued.

Uber Ski will be available in Anchorage, Boise, Boston,

Colorado Springs, Denver, Eastern Washington,

Flagstaff, Fort Collins, Grand Rapids, Green Bay, Lehigh

Valley, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New Hampshire, Portland

(Oregon), Portland (Maine), the Rockies (Colorado), Salt

Lake City, Seattle, Upstate New York, Vermont, Wilkes-

Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania, Worcester, Massachusetts,

and Wyoming.

and New Hampshire.

“The Vermont Community Foundation

is proud to collaborate with

the Katz Amsterdam Charitable Trust

again this year. The Trust’s previous

grantees are making a notable impact

in their communities—and in the lives

of so many of our friends, families, and

neighbors,” said Vermont Community

Foundation president and CEO, Dan

“We are thrilled to be able to help unite so

many incredible organizations and support their

collective efforts to improve access to muchneeded

health services and reduce the stigma and

misunderstanding around these issues,” said Katz.

Smith. “This partnership ensures that

Rob and Elana’s leadership and generosity

continue to support mental and

behavioral health organizations that

are promoting community well-being

in mountain towns across Vermont

and among our neighbors in New


The KACT grants are in addition to

the annual EpicPromise grants from

Vail Resorts, which support more than

350 non-profits across the company’s

mountain communities. EpicPromise

grants for 2019/20 are being announced

by Vail Resorts in December

2019 and January 2020.

simply has the skier rub wax onto

a ski or board followed by approximately

two minutes of polishing.

Used following a shop hot wax, the

Pro-Glide has maintained my skis –

without freezer burn on the base – for

an entire season!

Boot heaters

Forget gender, are your feet often

cold? Years of frost bite have left my

feet with poor circulation. Fortunately

boot heaters help. The Hotronic

Footwarmer or Therm-ic heaters are

both easily installed in virtually any

boot and feature multiple temperature


Last minute ideas

Helmets, skis, ski watch, face

cream, neck gaiter, utility carabiner,

scarf, vest, gift certificate, gloves, vest,

travel pillow, sweater, turtleneck,

boot bag, swiss knife, sunglasses,

toe warmer packets, ski wax, boot

dryer, weather radio, hand warmers,

snow shoes, helmet liner, ski poles,

sunblock, ski magazine subscription,

glass anti-fog, goggles, ski DVDs.

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Rutland County Humane Society


My name is Eliza and I have been at the shelter since

March! I have asked Santa for a home for the holidays

and he said that my person is reading this ad right now,

could that be you! I am an independent girl, and being

black I am always being overlooked. I do fine with mellow

cats, enjoy attention and LOVE food! To help make

Eliza’s holiday wish come true we have reduced her

adoption fee.

CASPER - 7-year-old

spayed female. Domestic

Short Hair. Black and white.

I am enjoying myself and all

of the cats I have met in my

cat room.

NALA - 1-year-old spayed

female. Domestic Short

Hair. Black and white. I am

a playful and loving cat and

I love being the center of attention.

ELSA - 12-year-old spayed

female. Domestic Short

Hair. Black. I think nice quiet

home where I could get

spoiled is the perfect match

for me!

OLIVIA - 2-year-old.

Spayed female. Domestic

Short Hair. Brown tiger. I

take a bit of time to warm

up to you but I have so

much love to give.

This pet is available for adoption at

Springfield Humane Society

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

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


I’m a 5-year-old spayed female. I came to Lucy Mackenzie

because my previous home didn’t quite prove the

perfect fit for me. So, now I’m on the lookout for a new

home and a new family! I’m kind of an adventurous gal,

to be honest. I’m really fun, but I also really like my own

space when life gets too overwhelming... which can happen

when you are small and as adorable as me! As such,

I think I’d like to find a home where I was the only cat, so

everything could then be as calm as it could be. If you

think you might be the perfect match for me, then why

not come by the shelter and pay me a visit?

This pet is available for adoption at

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society

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

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

CHLOE - 7-year-old

spayed female. Domestic

Short Hair. Black. I am currently

making friends with

the visitors who have been

coming in to see me.

URSULA - 4-year-old

spayed female. Domestic

Short Hair. Tortoiseshell. I

am a lovely girl and I do like

to talk, so if you would like

to come have a conversation

I am ready to chat with



15-year-old spayed female. Domestic Short

Hair. Gray. I may be an older girl, but I still have a

lot of spring in my step.

All of these pets are available for adoption at

Rutland County Humane Society

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

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

MAYA - 2-year-old spayed

female. Domestic Short

Hair. Brown tiger and

white. I arrived here in

June 2019 with my kittens

who are now on their own.

It’s time for me to find my

forever home now, too.

SID - 2-year-old neutered

male. Domestic Short Hair.

Brown tiger. I am a little bit

of a quiet guy when you

first get to know me.

CARMEN - I love treats and

have a very gentle mouth

when taking them. I know

sit, shake and lay down.

WALLE - 7-year-old. Pit

mix. Neutered male. Black

and white. I really like to

play with dog toys but I do

have to say that tennis balls

are my favorite.

MAMA - 4-year-old spayed

female. Domestic Short

Hair. Brown tiger. I am just

a very curious cat. I hope

that you will stop by soon

and meet me.

BO - 5-year-old neutered

male. Domestic Short

Hair. Brown tiger. I am a

very laid-back guy. I enjoy

spending my days relaxing

by myself.

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Copyright - Cal Garrison: 2019: ©


March 21 - April 20

You have more going for you than you

realize. Between what happened way

back when, and the beliefs that have filled

your head with ideas that keep you stuck on

the notion that you have to play by the rules,

youʼre like a superman/woman who never

left the phone booth. Itʼs time to suit up,

my friend. I see enormous gifts and a huge

amount of power and authority that needs

to be directed toward that which you love.

Nothing else matters; itʼs now or never. Getting

out of your rut, getting out of the box

and/or getting away from whatʼs known and

familiar is where itʼs at right now.


April 21 - May 20

If you are wondering about other people

and their integrity think twice about

extending them the benefit of the doubt.

Youʼd be wise to run them through a few

more tests before you sign on or cement

any type of connection. This is one of those

situations where your ability to read people

and their motives canʼt be colored by sentiment,

or whatever it is that wants them to

be what you need. Itʼs a good thing thereʼs

no rush here. Keep your feet on the ground,

and the discernment switch on. The time

it takes to make sure youʼre betting on the

right horse will be well spent.


July 21 - August 20

You have it made on so many levels.

Itʼs great to be able to raise your hand

and say, my life works. Part of me envies

you, because personally, I could never

get my reality to shape up the way yours

does. At the same time, I know better. The

bright and shiny, always tip-top exterior is

rarely what it appears to be. This is not sour

grapes; it comes from what I have learned

about living in duality. Wherever there is

great light there is great darkness. Be grateful

for the beauty you have created, but be

mindful of the other half. You will miss it

all if you overlook the dark stuff.


August 21 - September 20

If going deeper scares you, itʼs because

you are afraid to see what you donʼt want

to see. You could keep skating around on

the surface, but it will keep you from being

all that you can be. I see huge needs to

eliminate useless people and activities. If

you can bring yourself to do this, you will

notice that itʼs time to tell the truth, no matter

what it costs you. A lot of people and

things are bound to slip away, only because

they have nothing to do with you. Whateverʼs

left in the wake of all of this will allow

you to connect with who you really are and

what you really want.


November 21 - December 20

Youʼve come out of some intense lessons

in one piece. Everything about

you has been altered by whatever the story

involves. Who you are now and who you

were then is not the same person. Of late

the idea that itʼs time to broaden your horizons

simmers in the back of your mind.

If a sense of duty, and the weight of feeling

like practically everything is up to you

hems you in, remember this: sometimes we

have to “get out of Dodge” for a while. Itʼs

not irresponsible and itʼs not an escape. A

hiatus is often just what we need to keep

ourselves and everything else afloat.


December 21 - January 20

Too many things have converged simultaneously.

For some of you this feels

like life is finally coming together; for others

it feels more like a ten car pileup. When

things get this nuts thereʼs not much to do

but wait; so what can you do while youʼre

waiting? Meditating on the situation would

be a good place to start. You need space and

time to look at whatʼs going on. Once you

get the picture, youʼll know more about

what needs to be done. Unraveling this

knot will take a while; itʼs all tangled up.

Settle in, settle down, and do whatever you

can to get to the bottom of it.

Soulmates aren’t

what we think

This week’s horoscopes are coming out under the

light of a Leo Moon. Undoubtedly there’s a lot going on

right now. The way things look, Lucifer and the Archangel

Michael are arm wrestling over humanity’s fate and

no one knows how it will all pan out. I wouldn’t touch the

astrological end of things with a 10 foot pole – so instead

of getting in over my head, let me talk about relationship

charts, comparison charts, and the business of doing

charts for new born babies.

All of us are fools for love. We are born and bred to be

that way. Everyone is hung up on the idea that there is

one true love and that finding the perfect person is the

answer to everything. Because of this, I get approached

all the time by happy couples, young and old, who want

to find out if the stars confirm the idea that they are

made for each other.

Back in the old days, when I was first starting out and

didn’t know any better, I would actually sit down and do

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May 21 - June 20

This is a defining moment for many of

you. What happens next is in the hands

of fate and entirely dependent on how you

have handled yourself up until now. Others

who are directly involved with your situation

have a lot to say about how things unfold.

Some of them are trustworthy, some

of them are not. As the next few weeks

play out you will find out who your friends

are. Anyone else would have a hard time

handling all of this. You shine in situations

where the odds are stacked against you.

Things will get ironed out in your favor

before the seasons change.


June 21 - July 20

You donʼt know which way to turn. It

seems as if something is preventing

you from making this decision, even though

youʼre 100% clear about how you feel.

Taking action becomes difficult when what

we want goes against everything weʼve

been taught – but times have changed and

the old rules donʼt apply anymore. All you

can do is trust your gut, and if you canʼt do

that, itʼs easy enough to ask for three clear

signs. Youʼd be surprised how the universe

responds when we ask it to tell us what to

do. When the choice isnʼt obvious the Spirits

always know which way to go.


September 21 - October 20

Congratulations! Youʼve just pulled

yourself out of the hole. Either that or

the light at the end of the tunnel is reminding

you that every time we enter the Dark

Night of the Soul, we are smack dab in the

middle of a big growth spurt. The sense that

the monkey on your back is gone for good

is very real. So is the idea that youʼre lucky

to be back on track, where you belong.

With so much garbage out of the way the

future is wide open. Spread your wings, my

friend. What lies up on the road ahead will

turn out to be your reward for knowing why

itʼs time to transcend all of this.


October 21 - November 20

Between reunions and celebrations that

have given you a chance to connect

with friends and family, you have settled

down enough to take a good long look at

where you want to go from here. It looks

like a decision needs to be made. And what

youʼre thinking is that youʼd like to get

out from under some of this pressure and

start living according to a simpler plan. If

youʼve taken on too much you could be

sweating bullets over what itʼs costing you

to maintain it. Lightening up will make it

easier to either move in a new direction, or

devise a way to rearrange the old one.


January 21 - February 20

For the next few weeks it would be great

if you could get into things that invigorate

your heart and soul. It might even be

time to forget about the mountain of obligations

in the background and dive head

first into what you absolutely love. All of us

need to do this in regular cycles. Life loses

its meaning if we donʼt. Others are bound

to put the pressure on. What they expect

from you could make harder to let yourself

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Tucked behind a stonewall on the edge of a hardwood

forest, my 6-year-old students and I spy on an Eastern gray

squirrel as it climbs out of a tree cavity and scurries down

to the ground. There is a dusting of snow. My students,

bundled in vibrant snowsuits, are the only flash of color on

this cold winter day. They are astoundingly quiet as they

watch the scampering squirrel.

We see it slide to a halt, stand on its

hind legs, flick its tail, and then it’s

off again until it stops to dig into

the cold winter ground. As it pulls

out a nut-brown acorn, I hear a

buzz of excitement travel through

The Outside


By Susie Spikol

Looking Back

By Mary Ellen Shaw

Achieving success

Oftentimes we look at others’ success and see some

circumstance that may have contributed to said success.

While circumstances may make it easier or more

difficult to achieve success, they do not create success

on their own. Researchers have

found that mental toughness and

perseverance predicts our level

of success more than any other


Whether you want to be the

best accountant, salesperson,

professional athlete, doctor,



By Kevin Theissen

Children’s Christmas gifts from the 1950s

It’s fun to take a look back at Christmas

in the ’50s when we lived in simpler


I don’t think

the world was as

materialistic back

then. Christmas

lists that were

compiled by me

and my friends

didn’t have many

items on them

and those that

made the list

didn’t cost a lot of

money. Of course, digital devices didn’t

exist back then and games were not

electronic for the most part. When those

became popular the items became more


In Rutland if you wanted to ask Santa

Nuts for corns

my fellow squirrel professionals.

Gray squirrels are so common

that many of us forget to notice

them unless we are 6. But as my

students would tell you, there’s a

fascinating story here. How the

squirrel spends all fall collecting

acorns and can tell by a sniff and a shake if the acorn is a

keeper. If the acorn has a weevil in it, the squirrel won’t bury

it for winter. Instead, it will often eat it right then, consuming

the nut and the added protein of the larva. This is a

good plan, since an

acorn with a weevil in it won’t

keep for winter, rotting

after the weevil has

consumed most

of the nut.


intriguing element of the story involves the squirrel’s use of

deception to thwart competition. They carry acorns, bury

them, unbury them, and then rebury them in a different

location, all as a means of confusing cache raiders.

Gray squirrels are master scatter Hoarders. Each fall they

bury hundreds upon hundreds of nuts in different locations

around their territory. Studies have shown that they

are pros at remembering the location of each nut, with a

95% retrieval rate. Recent research has shown that it is a

squirrel’s precise spatial memory that helps it reclaim its

buried bounty more than smell.

As we watched that day, it was natural to assume that the

squirrel was taking advantage of the oak. But what if it was

really the oak that was shaping the squirrel and its life style?

These trees have their own tricks up their sleeves. Think of

the acorn itself – that luscious protein that’s an irresistible

invitation to a seed eater like a gray squirrel. But the prize

is wrapped in a hard shell. It is an endeavor to eat an acorn,

one that requires time to crack the shell and get to the meat.

Because of this, squirrels can’t consume large quantities at

once. The handling time is too long and would make them

vulnerable to predators. And so they evolved to tuck the

acorns away for leaner times. How convenient for the oak

tree to have a bushy-tailed helper who buries its seed. The

squirrel not only hides it away from other seed predators,

it gives the acorn a place filled with soil and protection to

sprout in the spring.

And then there is the way that in years like this one, all

the red oak trees synchronize their acorn production across

entire regions. When the forest floor is littered with acorns,

squirrels up their scatter Hoarding behavior, stashing away

more than they could ever eat. The more acorns there are,

the farther away the squirrel buries the nuts from

where it found them. These outlying seeds, hoarded

far from the shade of their mother tree, often go

unclaimed and become the next generation of

oak trees.

As the first graders watched the squirrel

gnawing away the shell and finally nibbling

on the nut, I was watching the oak tree. I let my mammal

gaze wander up its broad branches and saw another living

being, not simply a passive producer providing for a


Susie Spikol is community program director for the Harris

Center for Conservation Education in Hancock, N.H. The

illustration for this column was drawn by Adelaide Tyrol.

The Outside Story is assigned and edited by Northern Woodlands

magazine and sponsored by the Wellborn Ecology

Fund of N.H. Charitable Foundation.

personally for the items on your list, the

place to do that was at the Economy

Store on Merchants Row. Santa was ready

and waiting for you during the month

of December. There were not a

lot of local stores with elevators.

But the one at the Economy had

an elevator operator who took

you to the top floor to see Santa.

That experience was a thrill in

itself. After telling him what you

wanted for Christmas you were

given a candy cane.

A popular board game that children

had on their list was “Candy Land. “The

board looks like a colored race track and

when you removed the top card from

the deck it told you where to place your

marker. The goal was to reach the Candy

Castle first. This popular game from my

childhood became modern with a VCR

version in the 80s and a DVD format

around 2005.

Other items that might have been on

the wish list were Play-doh or a Slinky.

In Rutland if you wanted to ask Santa

personally for the items on your

list, the place to do that was at the

Economy Store on Merchants Row.

These would have kept a kid busy for a

good part of the day. Play-doh is described

as a “modeling compound” used

for arts and crafts projects. It came in

bright yellow containers with tops that

matched the color inside. The smell of the

product is distinctive enough to produce

its own memory. It smelled like wheatbased

dough along with a vanilla and

parent, etc…, there is a simple

a simple formula for success.

That formula is to do what other

people aren’t willing to do and

do it a lot. This can be applied to

studying, working out, getting

more experience or learning to

be more patient.

Success isn’t a secret formula. Often the greatest difference

between someone who is average and someone

is successful comes down to “doing it.” Doing the daily

habits will compound over time to success. It’s not easy

– and that is why there are many average and few successful.

But it is something we can each improve upon

day by day.

The media often refers to “smart money.” I don’t know

why. The “smart money” make some pretty stupid decisions.

Its identification of “smart” is misleading. Intelligence

has very little to do with investment success. In

fact, Warren Buffett said that once you have an average

IQ, what sets apart successful investors is their ability to

control the urges that influence us to make bad financial


These urges are natural, and they are hard to fight off.

It takes a lot of mental toughness to ignore the media

or the hot investment of the month. It takes mental

toughness to ignore what your co-worker is bragging

about. It takes perseverance to stick with your financial

plan and exercise patience – especially when your plan

doesn’t appear to be “working.” After all, no strategy will

outperform all of the time.

Being patient and disciplined is not easy! It goes

against what may feel right. But that is why financial advisors

exist. They are there to help and guide you along

your financial journey. Just like with a personal trainer,

sometimes it is easier to exhibit mental toughness when

you have someone cheering you on.

cherry scent.

In case you have never seen one a

Slinky. it is a coiled spring, a very simple

toy! Children can make it walk, bounce

or even go down a set of stairs. It

was discovered by an engineer

who was working on a project

involving coils. As the engineer

worked one coil fell from his

desk and bounced. What it did

after it landed amused him so

much that he decided to bring

it home for his son to play with. The boy

put it at the top of the stairs and down it

went…one stair after another, all on its

own. Thus, the Slinky was born!

And what little girl didn’t have a doll

on her Santa list? Most of them didn’t do

anything special back in the day. They

were pretty basic. Enjoyment came from

dressing them, combing their hair and

Looking Back > 47

The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 COLUMNS • 47

The Movie


By Dom Cioffi

Upping the competition

Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you

I have a highly competitive streak. I don’t deny it.

In fact, I point to it as a contributing factor in the

many successes I’ve had in life.

When I was very young, I had a hard time

losing at anything. It wasn’t uncommon for me

things didn’t go my way while play-

a game or sport. I remember

the emotional toll that

losing took on me, like

it was a direct slight to

my worth as a person.

I even reached a point

where I stopped

playing board games

to cry if


because the thought

of losing was too

much to handle.

Later, during high

school and college,

my competitiveness

jumped up a notch. At that stage, I had to

win. I wouldn’t go so far that I’d cheat, but

I’d look for every competitive advantage

I could find. The difference during this

period and my youth was that the sadness

from losing turned into anger.

This usually manifested in sports, which

I was heavily involved in. I played with a

profound intensity, demanding that everyone

I competed with also play at this level.

And if things didn’t go my way, it took

everything in my power not to explode at

myself or those around me.

Luckily, I usually held it in check. It was

afterwards when no one was around that

I usually lost control. I had several losing

moments when I nearly broke my hand by punching the

steering wheel or shower wall.

I’ve now calmed down to a point where I’ve learned

to lose. Don’t get me wrong… I still like to win and try my

hardest to win every time I engage in any competitive situation;

I just don’t let it define me in any way.

This holiday season was a perfect example.

I decided sometime in October that I was going to

knock out all my Christmas chores ahead of time. My plan

was to decorate the inside and outside of my house, get

my tree up, do all my Christmas shopping, mail all of my

holiday cards, and make plans for a holiday party all before

Dec. 1.

I approached things the same way last year and was

pleased with the results. By getting everything done ahead

of time, I left myself with a very relaxed holiday.

In fact, it was so relaxed that my wife

and I made a couple trips to the mall just to

walk around and watch the madness. It was

weirdly exhilarating not to be part of the

chaos, but merely a curious spectator.

So, as soon as our Thanksgiving meal

ended, I put my plan into action. By the

end of Black Friday, I had ordered almost

all of my Christmas gifts online, taking

advantage of numerous sales. I had also

decorated the entire outside of my house, complete with

wreaths and garland strung across several windows and

doors, with accompanying white lights for holiday bling.

Red bows added a final splash of color to make things pop.

During the following weekend, I attacked the inside of

my house, spicing it up from top to bottom with the boxes

of decorations that we’ve collocated over 30 years. I then

put up our tree (yes, it’s fake) and reset several hundred

blown out lights. Fake trees are supposed to be easier, but

I can say after owning one for a couple years, it’s not that

much easier. And when you buy one as expensive as ours,

it’s definitely not saving you any money.

Eventually, my

wife had to pull

me aside to

gently tell me

to calm down.

In the following days, I got all of my Christmas cards in

the mail and secured everything for a holiday party. When

Dec. 1 hit, I was officially done. Or so I thought.

This is when my competitive juices started kicking in.

While out jogging, I started to see other people decorating

their houses with much more flare. It seemed like

everywhere I looked, there was a house that looked more

Christmassy than mine. Before I knew it, I was back in the

stores looking for more lights and decorations.

I then started to question the validity of my indoor

decorating, feeling like I had neglected some rooms over

others and contemplating whether I needed to upgrade

older decorations. Again, I hit the stores for more ornamentation

in my quest to have the perfect

holiday environment.

Eventually, my wife had to pull me aside

to gently tell me to calm down. She explained

very nicely that I was in danger of

going full Clark Griswold if I didn’t reign in

the over-decorating. I begrudgingly agreed

and then tried really hard not to punch the

shower wall.

This week’s film, “Jumanji: The Next

Level,” also has its share of competitive

frustrations. In the fourth installment of the popular franchise

(originally created by writer Chris Van Allsburg), the

same cast of characters are back to play the game again,

this time with an interesting twist to their personalities.

At its heart, this a big budget children’s movie that will

get a chuckle or two out of adults, but ultimately leave

them feeling listless. However, given the magic of the

holiday season, just seeing little ones entertained is reason

enough to go.

A “C” for “Jumanji: The Next Level.”

Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email

him at moviediary@att.net.

Looking Back: Simple gifts are memorable


from page 46

playing “mother” to them. One of mine had long blonde

hair that must have been acceptable to me in the dead of

winter but I thought she would be cooler in the summer

with short hair. So I cut off most of it. The scissors that

children were allowed to use probably played a role in

the look of a haircut “gone bad”! I loved the doll anyway

which goes to show that

children are not judgmental

when it comes to


I asked my husband,

Peter, what he liked to find

under his family’s Christmas

tree. Model airplanes

were always a welcome

present and a train set was

probably his favorite. Peter’s fascination with trains

probably came from spending a lot of time at the train

station in Plainfield, New Jersey as he went there with

his mother when she dropped off and picked up his dad

who worked in New York City. The train set was permanently

placed in their basement and was enjoyed by him

and his friends year round.

For me, getting a record player was probably one of

my most fun gifts. The turntable held one vinyl record

at a time. There was an arm with a needle at the end. You

placed the needle on the record and the music began.

By the end of Christmas Day my parents had heard “Old

McDonald Had a Farm” about 100 more times than they

cared to. Kids love repetition and that gift allowed for

plenty of that!

As they say, “You can never go back.” Maybe not in

time but you can go back in your memories and that’s a

fun thing to do.

Merry Christmas and keep your “wish list” simple…

just like in the 50s!

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The 12 Days

of Fitness

It’s that time of year again! That time when everyone

puts off their health and fitness goals until the New Year,

sigh. We understand that allure of starting fresh in a new

year. But, we want to challenge you now, to get a kickstart

your journey to a healthier life.

That is why this year we challenge

everyone to the “12 Days

of Fitness. Start on Thursday,

Dec. 19 and proceed until Dec.

31. Follow along and each day,

and as you progress, you will add

another fitness challenge to your

routine. Just like the song, as you

progress you will also complete



By Kyle Finneron

the previous day’s challenges.

For example, on day 4 you will

complete the challenges for days

4, 3, 2 and 1—just like the “12 Days

of Christmas” song: “Four calling

birds, three French hens, two

turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.”

So keep this paper handy and somewhere you can see

it daily.

The challenges consist of both exercises and overall

healthy habits that everyone knows we love. Most

of these challenges have been discussed in previous


Day 1: Plank for 1 minute

Simple and straight forward. This can be either a high

(hands and feet) or low (elbows and feet) plank. If you are

just starting out and you need to break this into two sets

of 30 seconds that can be a great place to start. Work your

way up and try to get to a full minute before the end of


Day 2: Compliment 2 people

Spread a little holiday cheer. Find two people a day

and give them a compliment. Be careful complimenting

an ugly Christmas sweater unless you’re at an ugly

Christmas sweater party.

Day 3: Do 3 burpees

The exercise everyone loves as much as holiday traffic...

Day 4: Write down 4 things that make you happy

Take some time and think about what makes you

happy. It can be something simple like a cup of coffee in

the morning or being able to spend time with your family.

Try to write down four different things every day.

Day 5: Do 5 minutes of meditation

Find a quiet place, set the timer, focus on your breathing

and allow yourself to decompress this holiday season.

Day 6: Eat6 servings of fruits and veggies

It’s time to listen to your mother and make sure some

fruits and veggies make their way onto your holiday dinner

plate each day.

Day 7: Get 7 hours of sleep a night (at least)

ZZZZZZ…. I really shouldn’t have to elaborate on this

one. Let your batteries recharge so you can get the most

out of the holidays.

Day 8: Drink 8 glasses of water a day

This may be difficult at first, but it’ll help set up a truly

great habit for all your health goals. A glass of water is 8


Day 9: Do 9 pushups

Again, breaks are ok, as needed. It will get easier.

Day 10: Complete 10 minutes of stretching

Make sure your muscles are at least a bit warm before

starting and go slowly.

Day 11: Take 11 deep breaths every hour

(There is an app for that!)

Day 12: Do as many jumping jacks as you can

(You only have to do this one once, so make the most

of it!)

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The Killington Planning Commission

will reconvene a public hearing on the

proposed Town of Killington Zoning Bylaw

Amendments on Wednesday, January

8, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Offices at

2706 River Road in Killington. This public

notice is given pursuant to 24 V.S.A. Section


The principal purpose of the proposed

zoning bylaw amendments is to require

a permit for short-term rental of a dwelling

unit, to allow accessory dwelling

units within accessory buildings, and to

require a driveway access permit before a

certificate of occupancy is granted. These

amendments will affect every geographical

area of Killington. The section headings

affected by the proposed zoning bylaw

amendments are: Definitions, Section

407 – Short-Term Rental of Dwelling Unit,

Section 417 – Accessory Dwelling Unit, and

Section 640 – Certificate of Occupancy or


The full text of the proposed Town of

Killington Zoning Bylaw Amendments

may be found at the Town Clerk’s office

and on the Planning Commission page of

the Town’s website at https://Killington-


DATED at Killington, Vermont this 13th

day of December 2019.

Preston Bristow

Town Planner,

Town of Killington, Vermont



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Proctor land: Controversial land deal to be put to voters.

from page 4

long and hard about this offer.”

Josh Hardt, an outdoor educator

who runs the Moosalamoo program

at Otter Valley Union High School

in Brandon and who grew up in the

area and now lives in Hubbardton,

remembered his first visit to the

Chittenden watershed was as a

boy when his father took him on a

coming-of-age wilderness trip.

“In Vermont, much of our fiscal

security comes from outdoor

recreation and is required for a

sustainable future,” he said. “In this

case, the transition to a conservation-based

organization would

seem appropriate in lieu of private


Gerlach’s attorney Bill Meub was

on hand and commented on the

proposed deal.

“This shouldn’t be a burden on

the people of Proctor,” he said. “They


from page 45

whatever it took to answer that question. Nowadays,

whenever I get that kind of request I just say no. Why?

There are a million reasons why.

First of all, you can take the birth charts of two

people, compare their natal planets and see all kinds of

connections that indicate that they are perfectly suited

to each other – or not. As a novice astrologer, this comparison

process is what I used to go by, and it is what

most astrologers who do this type of work go by.

If you go deeper into the subject you soon realize

that any horoscope you look at is not a static entity.

The birth horoscope is a freeze-frame of a moment in

time. It is full of moving parts that from Day 1, are all

progressing and changing at different rates of motion.

The levels of compatibility that exist between two birth

charts at the outset do not hold steady forever. Over

time the original angles form different configurations.

To complicate things, transits to both the natal and

progressed charts trigger a

multitude of situations that

challenge or support the

concept of compatibility.

What in the beginning

appears to be a match made

in Heaven often evolves into

something else altogether. All

relationships go through this.

The only thing that keeps two people together is the

depth of the love that they share – and there is no way

to measure that piece, astrologically. At the end of the

day it comes down to the fact that people change, and

whether or not each individual is evolved enough to

love their partner through their changes.

It also depends on what each individual’s karma is,

in the relationship arena. The commonly held assumption

is that all of us incarnated on this planet to experience

love, in a relationship with another person. This

belief is ironclad. We don’t even question it. The truth

is, for many different reasons, falling in love and living

together forever with a soulmate is not on the menu for


The reason I refrain from doing relationship and

comparison charts is because the people who request

this type of work have a hard time hearing the truth.

The expectation is always that I will tell them exactly

what they want to hear. A lot of astrologers are willing

to do this, but not me. And since people have such high

hopes when they ask for this particular service, it is easier

for me to just say no than it is to have to be the one to

should look at what the opportunity

is and what was offered, and that

was the only way Mr. Gerlach was

thinking, that perhaps it was a winwin

for everybody.

Meub also pressed for a contract,

saying that would be the only way to

get to a public vote. Meub went on to

say that there has been some misinformation

circulating about Gerlach

and his intentions.

Article language

The selectboard can legally sell town

property without voter approval

unless voters submit a petition with

at least 5 percent of the town’s voter

signatures within 30 days of posted

notice objecting and calling for a

public vote.

But the selectboard can also opt

to let the voters decide whether or

not to sell the property instead of

requiring a petition, which is what

Horoscope: Birth charts can contain unpleasant, as well as pleasant surprises.

What in the beginning appears

to be a match made in Heaven

often evolves into something

else altogether.

the Proctor selectboard is planning

should it decide to move forward

with the proposed offer.

On Monday night, the board

reviewed the proposed article

language for a vote, which reads as


“Article 1: Shall the Town vote to

authorize the Selectboard to sell all

or less than all of the interests the

Town holds in its watershed lands in

Chittenden, Vermont for a price of

not less than $1.5 million?

“If Article 1 is approved, shall the

Town vote to approve the sale of the

watershed lands in Chittenden, Vermont

for a price of not less than $1.5

million to an entity or person that

will keep the land open for public

use or permit the Town to preserve

its resources?”

The vote will take place on Town

Meeting Day.

tell them that their fairytale will last about as long as an

ice cube in Hell. Let me qualify this by saying that once

in a blue moon I come across a relationship that looks

exactly the way it is supposed to. In 50 years, only three

or four examples of this have come to my attention.

When it comes to doing charts for babies and young

children, I make it a policy to avoid that type of work

as well. Why? When a child comes into this world their

karma is completely intertwined with their parents

karma until they are about 14 years old. Everything that

happens to them, along with their ideas, their beliefs,

their material situation, and their interests are determined

by what’s going on with mommy and daddy.

It is always mommy and daddy or some wellmeaning

friend or relative who asks to have the child’s

chart drawn up. The reason I say no to these requests

is because you can see too much about the parents’

relationship when you do the child’s chart. When what

shows up is that mom and

dad will split up before the

baby turns 2, that becomes

a problem; believe me when

I tell you – nobody wants to

hear it. It is also always more

than clear that the incoming

soul will have intense

mother or father issues and

it’s no fun to be the bearer of bad tidings, who is put

in the position of being the one to tell either parent

that they will wind up being the source of all the kid’s

problems. People have a tendency to want to kill the

messenger who delivers this type of news. This is why

I pass the newborn baby work on to others – because

some astrologers are better at putting a happy face on

things than I am.

Love is not what we think it is, and neither is life.

The things that bring us to this planet are complex,

varied, and related to the karma that each of us has

accumulated over many, many lifetimes. The idea that

there is a one-size-fits-all fairytale that gets doled out to

everyone just because they happened to wind up here

is a total misconception. Each one of us has our own

set of conditions, our own lessons, and our own way of

living and being in this world. Why we get conditioned

to believe that it is only one way is a total mystery to me.

Let me leave you with that, remind you to refrain from

ever asking me to do charts for your relationships, your

babies, or your grandchildren, and invite you to take

what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.










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The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 REAL ESTATE • 53

Grow Your Life in Killington


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The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019 NEWS BRIEFS • 55

Airbnb announces new policies, party house ban

Airbnb has announced three forward steps in protecting

hosts, guests and communities, including a new party

house ban, guest standards and dedicated line of communication

for town officials to reach Airbnb in 2020.

Between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019, Airbnb

reported .05% of trips on Airbnb had a safety-related issue

reported by a host or guest and .03% of trips on Airbnb

had a significant claim paid out under the host guarantee.

Airbnb is dedicating $150 million to new trust and safety


Airbnb’s existing community standards have long

requested guests to follow hosts’ house rules, which often

address issues such as respect for neighbors, maximum

occupancy, pets and more.

In recent months, Airbnb

solicited feedback from hosts

around the world. The company’s

new guest standards

cover five scenarios: excessive

noise, unauthorized

guests, unauthorized parking,

unauthorized smoking and major cleanliness concerns

requiring excessive cleaning after checkout.

These new guest standards create a clear and actionable

enforcement framework for these scenarios and if it

is determined that a guest has violated the new standards,

the first violation will result in a warning and required

education on Airbnb rules. Further violations may result

in account suspension or removal. Airbnb will accept

information directly from hosts as well as from neighbors

via the Airbnb Neighbor Tool or the forthcoming Airbnb

Neighbor Hotline.

Airbnb’s new guest standards will take effect in early

2020 and will be a living set of standards that will be updated

over time to cover additional scenarios that occur


Moving forward, all “open-invite”

parties and events are banned in

Airbnb accommodations.

As always, serious misconduct by guests in violation of

other existing policies, including unauthorized parties,

will be reviewed and may lead to immediate suspension

or removal.

There will also be a ban on party houses and parties

that are not authorized.

Many guests work with hosts to book listings for

gatherings that bring people together in a manner that

respects the home, the host’s house rules, and the surrounding

neighborhood. This new policy does not impact

parties that are authorized by hosts and convened

respectfully by guests. Instead, the goal with this new

policy is to address the small number of guests who act

irresponsibly and those rare

hosts whose homes become

persistent neighborhood


Moving forward, all “openinvite”

parties and events are

banned in Airbnb accommodations.

This covers any

event that the organizer opens up to anyone who wants

to attend, such as gatherings advertised on social media.

Hosts who attempt to circumvent this ban and allow

guests to throw large parties will be subject to consequences.

The only exception for this rule is for traditional

hospitality listings that list with Airbnb – boutique hotels

and professional event venues – that may set their own

rules on open-invite parties. Even for these listings,

Airbnb will monitor for any complaints and follow up

with venues as necessary.

Additionally, large parties and events are now banned

in Airbnb listings in multi-family residences—such as

apartment buildings and condos. Again, hosts who allow

guests to throw open-invite parties in multi-family

residences will be subject to consequences.

For “single family home” listings, Airbnb will continue

to trust our hosts to set House Rules that are appropriate

for their community. Any type of unauthorized

party—meaning a party thrown by guests without the

knowledge or consent of the host—remains prohibited

in all listings.

This policy was developed carefully and with outside

input, including retired police commissioner and cochair

of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century

Policing, Charles Ramsey and former director of the U.S.

Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented

Policing’s Services, Ronald Davis.

Airbnb is also launching a dedicated line where

mayors and city officials can connect with appropriate

Airbnb representatives. Details on this new feature will

be rolled out in 2020.

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appliances, black granite tile counter tops, and rich wood

cabinets. Large multi-level back deck with hot tub. Many

possibilities for the unfinished ground floor space. Ten minutes

to skiing at Killington, with the Green Mountain National Golf

Course across the street. MLS #4748204 / $429,000



This 4 acre parcel of land is zoned commercial. It has wonderful

views of Pico Ski Resort. It is located directly across from Pico

ski area and is on Route 4. The access would be on Route 4 and

is a very desirable property. Sewer ERUs are available for sale.

Great views, Great Location and great Price.

MLS #4447476 / $199,500

Wonderful level building lot in the highly desirable Robinwood development,

across the street from Pico Ski Resort. Nice winter seasonal views of Pico

Mountain and the surrounding mountains. Lot includes one share in the

Robinwood sewer pipeline for a 3 bedroom home. An Alpine sewer pipeline share

would need to be purchased by the buyer. Just minutes to Killington Ski Resort.

MLS #4739754 / $63,000

Augie Stuart

Principal Broker

Gary Thompson

Associate Broker

Cathy Quaglia

Associate Broker

56 • The Mountain TimesDec. 18 - 24, 2019

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