Mountain Times - Volume 49, Number 14: April 1-7, 2020

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Volume 49, Number 14 Your community free press — really, it’s FREE! April 1-7, 2020

Behind the jokes

Pranks, practical jokes

and various goofs are

Hallmarks of April 1st,

April Fools’ Day — a

tradition that dates

back several centuries.

Media has been a

prime vehicle for some

April tomfoolery over

the years, too. Here are

a few favorites:

In 1957, the BBC told

viewers there was a

great spaghetti crop in

Switzerland that year

due to the disappearance

of the spaghetti

weevil.

Goggles For Docs, a idea

that sparked a solution

By Lisa Lynn, VT Ski & Ride

On the night of March 10, Jon Schaefer read

an article about the spread of COVID-19. He

turned off the lights and went to sleep. “Five

minutes later, I woke up and knew what we had to

do,” he said.

Schaefer runs Berkshire East (the ski area in northwestern

Massachusetts that his family has owned or

operated since 1977) and Catamount, a neighboring

ski area. He shut them both down on March 12. They

were the first ski areas to close in the Northeast and,

possibly, the country, due to the pandemic.

Schaefer said, “I’d been talking with a friend of

mine who is the anesthesiologist who intubated the

first person to be diagnosed with coronavirus in Vermont. My

wife is a physician’s assistant at Berkshire East Medical Center.

I knew it was the right thing to do.”

This past Friday, March 27, another light bulb went off. “A

friend who is a physician in New York emailed me asking for ski

goggles for the health care workers there. That email went out

to six of us,” he said. “Within 20 minutes, I was getting that

Goggles > 27

$2 trillion coronavirus

relief package is passed,

Leahy secured $2 billion

for Vermont

Legislation includes small business

aid, direct payments to individuals and

increased unemployment compensation

Staff report

President Trump

signed a $2 trillion

economic stimulus bill

Friday afternoon, March

27, after the House passed

it earlier that day. The

package provides aid to

help individuals, families,

small businesses and

hospitals mitigate the

impact of the coronavirus

pandemic.

“This bill will quickly

provide much needed

assistance to families who

are struggling to make

ends meet, small businesses

trying to figure out

how to keep the lights on,

and our medical providers

who are caring for our

loved ones and neighbors,”

said U.S. Representative

Peter Welch. “We

have more work to do to

pull us out of this unprec-

Relief > 10

National Public Radio

did a piece on how

Richard Nixon was going

to run for president

in the 1992 race and

used a voice of a man

who sounded like him.

Many were outraged.

The popular dating app

Tinder a few years ago

announced they put

an end to men lying

about their height with

a “height verification

feature.”

In 2016 National Geographic

got in on the

fun by announcing “the

media group will no

longer degrade animals

by showing photos of

them without clothes.”

Those who clicked saw

April Fools” and photos

of adorably dressed

puppies and kittens.

This April Fools’ Day

have some lighthearted

fun and make someone

laugh.

Scott strengthens executive order on travel

Calls for 14-day home-quarantine for anyone coming from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut

On Monday, March 30, Governor Phil Scott

ordered additional restrictions on travelers

arriving in Vermont and announced additional

guidance for the lodging industry to enhance

compliance with his “Stay Home, Stay Safe”

order.

The measures under the order, effective

March 25, were implemented in consultation

with the Commissioner of the Vermont Department

of Health to minimize all unnecessary

activities outside the home to slow the spread of

the COVID-19 virus and protect the public.

Monday, Governor Scott took additional

action to encourage compliance with newly

released CDC guidance around interstate travel

from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut,

which advised residents of those states to refrain

from non-essential domestic travel for 14 days.

K-12 and state colleges

will not resume this spring

Castleton University cancels graduation

Staff report

On Thursday afternoon, March 26, Governor Phil Scott directed schools to remain

dismissed through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. K-12 schools will stay closed for

in-person instruction and be required to implement continuity of learning plans for remote

learning. This extends the governor’s previous directive dismissing preK-12 schools from

March 18 to April 6.

This decision was made in consultation with the Vermont Department of Health and the

Agency of Education in the continued effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. To minimize

disruption to students’ learning, the governor’s order directs school districts to come up with

plans for distance learning by April 13.

“The education of our students and the bonding and learning experiences they have at

schools are tremendously important, so I fully appreciate the impact and difficulty of this

decision,” said Governor Phil Scott. “I also recognize it will be challenging for some schools to

implement remote learning through the end of the year. But I’m encouraged by the creativity

I’ve seen from administrators, educators and parents already, which is why I know, together,

they can rise to the occasion.”

Two days prior, Vermont State College System Chancellor Jeb Spaulding wrote a letter to

students, on March 24, stating that Castleton State University, Northern Vermont University

and Vermont Technical College will not resume on-site classes in April, as originally planned,

Schools close > 10

In light of the significant risk posed by the

further spread of this dangerous virus to Vermonters

and the viability of Vermont’s health

care system, this new order directs residents and

non-residents coming from outside the state

for anything other than an essential purpose

to home-quarantine for 14 days and strongly

discourages travel to Vermont by those located

in COVID-19 “hot spots.” Details and exemp-

Travel order > 5

Good

news?

While Vermont

continues to see

more coronavirus

cases each day, the exponential

growth is rate

is not as steep as some had

feared. Experts expect social

distancing will continue to

work and broader testing will

allow contact-tracing, which

will help identify those who

may be contagious.

For daily local news

about the pandemic

in Vermont visit

mountaintimes.info.

Courtesy of the Vermont Department of Health


2 • The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

thebus.com

802.773.3244

MVRTV

PRESS RELEASE - FOR

IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARCH 23, 2020

Rutland, VT – Due to the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic,

please see below for changes in service effective Tuesday,

March 24, 2020.

Commuter Routes

Fair Haven Route: 5:30am and 3:30pm running. Monday through Sunday. All

other runs suspended.

Fair Haven Expansion: 7:40pm running. No weekend service. All other runs

suspended.

Ludlow Route: 7:00am and 4:00pm running. No weekend service. All other

runs suspended.

Manchester Route: 6:30am and 3:00pm running. Monday through Saturday.

All other runs suspended.

Middlebury Connector: 5:30am and 4:15pm running. No weekend service. All

other runs suspended.

Proctor Route: 8:00am and 4:30pm running. Monday through Friday. All other

runs suspended.

City Fixed Routes

North Route: Beginning at 8:30am and will run hourly. The last run of the day

will leave the Transit Center at 4:30pm. All city fixed will be shutting down from

12:00pm to 1:00pm daily. Monday through Saturday.

South Route: Beginning at 8:00am and will run hourly. The last run of the day

will leave the Transit Center at 4:00pm. All city fixed will be shutting down from

12:00pm to 1:00pm daily. Monday through Saturday.

Hospital Route: Beginning at 8:00am and will run every half hour. The last run

of the day will leave Transit Center at 4:30pm. All city fixed will be shutting

down from 12:00pm to 1:00pm daily. Monday through Saturday.

West Route: Beginning at 8:30am and will run hourly. The last run of the day

will leave the Transit Center at 4:30pm. All city fixed will be shutting down from

12:00pm to 1:00pm daily. Monday through Saturday.

South Extension: Beginning at 8:00am and will run hourly. The last run of the

day will leave the Transit Center at 4:00pm. All city fixed will be shutting down

from 12:00pm to 1:00pm daily. Monday through Saturday.

Rutland Killington Commuter: 9:15am, 11:15am, 3:15pm and 5:15pm running.

All other runs suspended. Monday through Sunday.

Transit Center:

Due to being fare free and no

need to purchase passes, the

gate will be closed and there

will not be any staff available.

If you have any questions,

please call 773-3244 ext. 117.

GoFundMe launched to help

small businesses, employees

By Katy Savage

As soon as area businesses were shut

down due to coronavirus concerns, Pamela

Martin started asking the community for

help.

Martin, who moved to Killington from

New York three years ago, started a Go-

FundMe, called Killington Strong, to help

businesses that closed and laid off service

workers.

Martin created the GoFundMe on March

21. By Monday, March 30, about 50 people

had donated close to $4,000.

“I was beyond

surprised,” Martin

said. “The first

day we hit $1,000,

the third day we

hit $3,000.”

Martin said she was inspired after she

saw Killington Resort giving two tractor

trailers full of food on March 17 and 18 to

employees who had been laid off.

“In my mind’s eye, I can still see the

picture of [resort president] Mike Solimano,

surgical mask over his face, standing outside

on a raw day handing out that food,”

Martin said. “That provided the basis of my

idea and it definitely helped inspire me.”

Martin said people from all over the

valley and those who don’t live in the community

but consider Killington home have

donated.

People from several organizations,

including the Killington Pico Area Association,

Killington Rotary Club, Sherburne Memorial

Library and Church of Our Saviour

at Mission Farm met on a conference call

on Monday to come up with a distribution

plan for the funds.

Mike Coppinger, who is president of the

KPAA and the rotary club, said the group

decided to give the funds to the Rotary Club

to later distribute.

Coppinger estimated more than 400

people in the area have been laid off from

work. “This whole pandemic has totally

changed the landscape,” Coppinger said.

He said people who were never food insecure

in the past are now. Coppinger said

many people have come to him looking for

ways to help.

“What Pam has done is remarkable in,

honestly, a very short amount of time,” he

said.

Nate Freund, the owner of Sushi Yoshi,

immediately got involved in the GoFund-

Me.

“We’re going to use it for a few different

things—one will be a social media contest

to win gift cards to local businesses,”

Freund said.

“It’s going to help people in

Part of the

money will also

the community who got laid

go to local food

off get a meal,” Freund said. shelves so service

workers can get

meals. Freund said the details of the plans

were still being worked out.

“It’s going to help people in the community

who got laid off get a meal,” Freund

said.

Freund, who has three restaurant locations

in Killington, Stowe and New York,

said he’s been taking 5-20 take-out orders a

day in Killington, but that number of take

out-orders doesn’t come close to matching

his expenses. He said he’s lost about 90% of

the business he would usually see this time

of year, but his expenses haven’t changed.

“It’s a big building,” he said.

It’s unclear when businesses will be able

to reopen again. On Sunday, March 29,

President Donald Trump extended social

distancing guidelines, limiting groups to

10 people through the end of April and said

the guidelines could be extended further

through the end of May. Vermont Governor

Phil Scott ordered all non-essential businesses

in Vermont to close and everyone

was ordered to “stay home, stay safe,” on

March 25 until at least April 15. A similar

order is in effect in New Hampshire until

May 4.

Martin said all the money donated

through the GoFundMe will stay within the

Killington community.

G.E. Aviation in Rutland is

supporting two employees who

tested positive for COVID-19

By Ed Larson

In an update to employees, released March 26, General Electric stated it is supporting

two employees at Plant #1 who have tested positive for COVID-19. G.E. indicated

in the update that the company could not identify the employees involved or discuss

specifics of their conditions due to privacy laws.

The plant had been closed for cleaning but reopened on Thursday, March 26 — one

day later than originally planned.

G.E. indicated it was partnering with public health officials on contact tracing and

notification of “impacted people” at the site. G.E. added that it is contacting employees

who had close contact with these employees and are asking them to self-quarantine.

The action being taken in conjunction with public health officials and is consistent

with G.E. guidance.

Employees were advised that a deep cleaning and disinfection of the impacted areas

of the facility was completed using cleaning protocols defined by the U.S. Centers

for Disease Control.


The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020 • 3

How does Vermont’s COVID-19 response compare to other states?

By Erin Petenko and Xander Landen/VTDigger

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott issued a “stay home” order on

March 24 (effective March 25), then strengthened that order

on March 30 with 14-day self-quarantining measures

for those traveling in from outside the state. It’s the latest

in a series of closures, bans and restrictions intended to

keep people at home, away from the risk of spreading

COVID-19.

He’s not the only governor taking strong action to combat

the epidemic.

Every state in New England has imposed rules on the

size of gatherings and limited restaurant use. Deeper

analysis has found that on the whole, Vermont timed its

increasing closures at the same time or earlier than its

neighbors.

In many cases, Vermont announced changes on the

same day as New Hampshire.

Both declared a state of emergency on March 13, closed

public schools on March 15, and limited the size of gatherings

on March 16.

Then, the Green Mountain State’s stay-at-home order

came two days earlier than the Granite State. Compared

to the date of both states’ first cases, Vermont was ahead

in taking action — borrowing from the steps that states

further along in their outbreaks had taken.

Both Vermont and New Hampshire were faster in taking

action than Massachusetts, where cases had appeared

far earlier. It was one of the first states to report cases in

February.

“The beauty of our federal system is that each state can

take action without necessarily endangering the actions

of the other,” said Jared Carter, a Vermont Law School professor.

“And that doesn’t work perfectly in the context of a

pandemic because obviously a virus knows no border, but

it does allow us to learn from each other and improve.”

Dr. Tim Lahey, an infectious disease physician at UVM

Medical Center, said that the differences between many

states responding to the crisis including Vermont, New

York and Massachusetts are “generally subtle.”

But some states in the South stand out for reacting to

the virus more slowly, he said.

He commended Scott’s response to the virus in Vermont.

“I think he’s made a call to action and I think he’s

tried to base his recommendations on science,” Lahey

said. “So I think he’s been doing the best he can with the

resources he has.”

Lahey said that in general the United States did not act

fast enough to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when it

first learned of it in January.

He pointed to South Korea, which has done a better job

of slowing the spread. The government there has prioritized

aggressive testing and conducted contact tracing for

those who were infected earlier.

Ideally, “stay-in-place” orders would have come

down when governments initially detected community

spread. Lahey said that state governments are reaching

the limits of what they can do to combat the pandemic,

and that now the federal government — and the military

in particular — needs to step up to help hospitals build

surge capacity.

Last week, the Vermont National Guard set up medical

“surge” sites in Burlington, Barre and St. Albans and

this week added a pop-up testing location in Putney to

help hospitals manage an anticipated influx of patients.

However, Lahey said a bigger response is likely needed.

“It’s great to see the National Guard getting involved, but

I suspect without a huge wartime mobilization of the size

of World War II in Europe that bad things are going to happen

in cities around the country.”


4 • The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

Town of Killington

2706 River Road

Killington, Vermont 05701

802-422-3243

www.killingtontown.com

NOTICE FROM THE SELECTBOARD

RE: COVID-19 - REVISED March 16, 2020

The Town of Killington Selectboard is monitoring the development

of the COVID-19 outbreak. In response, Killington is reviewing

information from the Vermont Department of Health, the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Vermont Emergency

Management (VEM).

Effective March 20, 2020 at 3:00pm, the Town of Killington will limit

activities and meetings at the Town Office to essential municipal

operations only. Public Access will be limited to the hours of 12:00 pm to

3:00 pm daily (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY). Employees will be working

remotely whenever possible. As a result, the best way to reach staff will

be via email. You can find all contact information on the website. We

will be monitoring voicemail regularly and ask for patience as we will

get back to you as soon as possible. Most Town records are available

electronically or can be emailed to you. All visitors will be required

to wash hands and limit contact with surfaces. The Selectboard,

Planning Commission, Recreation Commission, and Zoning Board of

Adjustment will postpone meetings for the rest of the month of March

and resume meetings in April as required. We are planning to make

future meetings accessible electronically, when applicable, and will

provide log-in information prior to each meeting. Non-essential Town

activities, events, and meetings will not be allowed until further notice.

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 i.e. fever, cough and/or difficulty

breathing, please DO NOT come into the Town Office. If you need

assistance check our website at killingtontown.com or if you are unable

to find what you need please contact the Town Office at 802-422-3243

or lucrecia@killingtontown.com to assist in transacting your town

business.

Dog licenses are due before April 1, 2020. Consider obtaining your license

by mail instead of coming into the Town Office. Rabies certificates can

be emailed by your veterinarian to lucrecia@killingtontown.com of

faxed to 802-422-3030.

Please monitor the town’s website www.killingtontown.com for the

most up to date information regarding the operations of municipal

government and events.

For the most up to date information about COVID-19 go to the State

of Vermont Department of Health websitewww.healthvermont.

gov/covid19 or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

websitewww.cdc.gov/covid19

If you cannot find the answers to your questions on these websites,

contact 211 or www.vermont211.org

EVERYDAY PREVENTIVE MEASURES

Person-to-person spread of the virus is thought to occur mainly via

respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or

sneezes. Much is still unknown about how the virus spreads. Take these

everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If

soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the

trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Police visit hotels to assess

compliance with “Stay Home,

Stay Safe” executive order

By Polly Mikula

After promoting a “Stay to Stay” pro gram

for the last two years and creating other

incentives to get people to come to Vermont

and relocate, Governor Phil Scott issued an

executive order — and then an amendment

strengthening that order —calling for visitors

to, essentially, not visit.

The Department of Tourism underscored

the fact that the only lodging rooms

that should be rented out right now are

those for people working on the front lines

of fighting the COVID-19 epidemic.

This directive includes private rentals

as well as licensed lodging establish ments.

“No new arrivals or reservations for immediate

extension of stay are permit ted

after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25

through April 15,” it stated.

Many hotels and other lodging

establishments had already shut

down, preemptively. “We closed the

Woodstock Inn in mid-March and

are not planning on opening until May 1,”

said Courtney Lowe, the marketing director

for the prestigious inn that was once a Rockefeller

property.

Vermont State Police and other lawenforcement

agencies were tasked with

visiting hotels, bnbs and motels to assess

compli ance with the order.

Law enforcement visited roughly 295

lodging establishments on Saturday, March

28, and then the remaining 20 sites on Sunday,

March 29. The purpose of the visits was

to evaluate compliance.

Of the more than 300 hotels, motels and

BnBs, 88 were found to be open, and 41

were non-compliant.

There were eight in Rutland and Wind sor

counties that received letters of non-compliance.

They include:

• Highlander Motel, Rutland

• Travel Inn, Rutland

• Rodeway Inn Rutland (North Main

Street), Rutland

• Rodeway Inn Rutland (Woodstock

Avenue), Rutland

• Quality Inn Rutland, Rutland

• Weathervane Motel, Manchester

• Econo Lodge Manchester, Manchester

Center

• Holiday Inn Express, Springfield

However, for many Airbnb hosts and

smaller establishments, the order came as

a surprise and compliance is

tougher to enforce.

“I wasn’t really aware of

this,” said one Stowe property

owner who asked not

to be identified. “We got an

inquiry from a couple from

New York wanting to rent

for two months. It’s come at

a time when we needed the

money as our business is

closed and the people who

clean ours and other rental

properties really need the income

now too — this is their

only way to make money.”

The New York couple had booked, paid

and had planned to spend the months of

April and May in Stowe. “Once we heard

about the executive order, we had to ask

them to cancel and refund their money,”

the homeowner said.

On March 31, Airbnb send out a notice

to all hosts supporting them with cancelations,

but not requiring them to do so.

“When a guest cancels an accommodation

reservation due to a COVID-19 related

circumstance, with a check-in between

March 14 and May 31, we will pay you

25% of what you would normally receive

through your cancellation policy. This applies

retroactively to all COVID-19 related

Fines of up to $10,000 and jail

time of up to six months could

be imposed on violators.

cancellations during this period. This cost

will be covered entirely by Airbnb.”

The state, however, will be able to see

who is in violation of the order retroactively,

based on tax returns that Airbnb or homeowners

are required to send directly to

them. It is unclear at this point if or how the

state will hold these violators accountable.

But the directive is clear: visitors from

anywhere — inside or outside the state —

are being asked to return home. The governor’s

order directs everyone to stay at home,

leaving only for essen tial reasons, critical to

health and safety.

At a press conference Monday, March 30,

Attorney General TJ Donovan noted that

if necessary, fines of up to $10,000 and jail

time of up to six months could be im posed

on violators who allow bookings during this

order.

The ban does not require Vermont

police to actively stop either Vemonters or

those entering Vermont from a “hot-spot”

state.

Gov. Scott stressed that strenuous

efforts to keep out-of-staters out of Vermont

should not be pursued with an “us

against them” mentality, say ing: “We’re

all in this together.”

Lisa Lynn contributed to this report

and a portion of this story was published

March 26, 2020, at vtskiandride.com.

Submitted

All lodging establishments including short-term rentals

have been ordered to close.


The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020 • 5

Vermont jobless claims spike,

surpassing record highs

By Art Woolf

The Vermont state labor department received 14,784

claims for unemployment for the week ending March 21.

The huge spike in claims came in the wake of coronavirus-related

layoffs.

Michael Harrington, interim commissioner, told

lawmakers Thursday, March 26, that the total number of

claims — processed and unprocessed — is an all-time

record.

In fact, the number of people applying for unemployment

insurance is three times higher than the previous

record.

Officially, the number of Vermonters who lost their

jobs and applied for unemployment insurance was

3,667, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But

that number is not the full picture, said Department of

Labor Commissioner Michael Harrington. He explained

that the department’s Unemployment Insurance Claims

Center was still processing as many as 11,000 additional

online claims when that number was reported.

“The numbers we publish today are preliminary numbers,”

Harrington said. “That’s only counting the people

who could get through and get into the system.”

There have been only three weeks where applications

exceeded those number, and they happened when retail

employees were laid off at the end of the holiday shopping

season.

To put last week’s applications in perspective, during

the week ending March 14, applications totaled 659,

less than the weekly average of the past 35 years. At the

peak of the Great Recession in 2008-2009 there were only

two weeks when just over 2,000 Vermonters applied for

unemployment insurance.

Vermont is not alone in seeing the steepest rise on

record. Nationally, 3.3 million people applied for unemployment

insurance. The previous week’s number was

282,000. That increase breaks all records.

Vermont’s increase, as reported by Harrington, was

22 times higher than last week’s claim rate. Nationally,

the increase was 11.5 times greater. However, many

states like California and New York were swamped like

Vermont and have not reported the actual number of

claims. Next week, the numbers will likely swell.

The week ending March 21 was just the beginning of

large numbers of layoffs. When this week’s number is

Travel order: Further restrictions in place to keep Vermonters safe

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tions are outlined in Addendum 7,

which can be read in full at governor.

vermont.gov.

“We all must do our part to slow

the spread of COVID-19 to minimize

infections — particularly for those

who are elderly or have underlying

chronic health conditions — and

prevent it from overwhelming our

healthcare facilities,” said Governor

Scott. “I understand there will

be some who need to travel from

other states to return to a home in

Vermont or support a vulnerable

family member. But we need anyone

entering Vermont to abide by this

14-day self-isolation directive, and

then follow Vermont’s “Stay Home,

Stay Safe” order while here. We must

work together to slow the spread of

this virus.”

The governor’s order also provides

additional guidance to lodging

providers to ensure compliance with

the order, which suspended lodging

operations.

The order makes clear that lodging

facilities – which includes hotels,

motels, bed and breakfasts, inns,

short term rentals (e.g. VRBO, Homeaway,

Airbnb, etc.), and all public

and private camping facilities and

RV parks – are to be closed except for

stated exemptions when supporting

the state’s COVID-19 response. Additionally,

the governor has suspended

online lodging reservations.

Under this order, the Vermont

State Police and local law enforcement

will monitor lodging providers

for compliance and work with

the Attorney General’s Office on

additional compliance measures if

needed.

Addendum 7 provides lodging

operations with additional details

on requirements, and state agencies

will also be reaching out to these

tabulated and released on Thursday, we’ll see thousands

more people applying for unemployment insurance and

that high number may continue for a third week.

The number of new applications is likely to be higher

for several reasons. First, more workers were laid off

this week due to Governor Scott’s announcement of

additional emergency closures. Second, the Vermont

Department of Labor has been swamped with electronic

applications for unemployment insurance, as has every

other state. They are still working through last week’s

backlog and that will no doubt continue through this

week and possibly next.

There are some bright spots—or maybe some lessdark

spots.

Many of the laid off workers are eligible for state

Claims > 7

Courtesy of Vermont Department of Labor

Unemployment claims have skyrocketed as COVID-19

takes hold. The Department of Labor officially reported

3,700 processed insurance claims for the week ending

March 21, but the total number of claims was far higher

14,800.

businesses directly.

“These are incredibly difficult

times, but the more closely we can

follow all of the CDC and Health

Department guidance, the more

effectively we can slow the spread

and save lives,” said Governor Scott.

“I know we’re asking a lot of business

owners, workers, school employees,

parents, students and all Vermonters.

But your sacrifice is not for

nothing. If we do this now, we can

slow the spread of this deadly virus

and keep many of our neighbors and

loved ones alive and healthy.”

The “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order

and Monday’s updated travel and

lodging order are in effect until April

15, 2020, though may be extended or

shortened as needed.

For the latest information and

guidance relating to Vermont’s

COVID-19 response, visit healthvermont.gov/covid19.

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6 • The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

E FROM THE SELECTBOARD RE: COVID-19

NOTICE FROM THE SELECTBOARD

RE: COVID-19

March 16, 2020

The Town of Chittenden Select Board

is monitoring the development of

the COVID-19 outbreak. In response,

Chittenden is reviewing information

from the Vermont Department of Health,

the Centers for Disease Control and

Prevention (CDC) and Vermont Emergency

Management (VEM).

Effective March 16, 2020, the Town of Chittenden will limit activities

and meetings at the Town Office to essential municipal operations only.

The Select Board will continue to meet as scheduled until further notice

or action is required. Non-essential activities and meetings will not be

allowed at the Town Office until further notice. Dog licenses are due by

State law by April 1, 2020. Consider obtaining your license by mail instead

of coming into the Town Office. Rabies certificates can be emailed by your

veterinarian, upon request, to chittendenvt@comcast.net. Dump stickers

are also due April 1, 2020. Please consider purchase of these by mail, also.

lect Board is monitoring the development of the COVID-19

tenden is reviewing information from the Vermont Department of

ase Control and Prevention (CDC) and Vermont Emergency

he Town of In Chittenden addition, the will Select limit Board activities has taken and the following meetings actions: at the Town

al operations • only. to extend The Select the late Board fee for will dog licenses continue until to May meet 1. as

ce or action is required. Non-essential activities and meetings will

Office until further notice.

• to waive the use of punch cards until May 1. There is to be no

te law by April 1,

loitering

2020.

at

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the transfer

obtaining

station.

your license by mail

own Office. Rabies certificates can be emailed by your veterinarian,

vt@comcast.net.

April 1, 2020. Please consider purchase of these by mail, also.

• to extend the date for purchase of new dump stickers until May 1.

• to suspend public use of all town buildings until further notice,

except for the Chittenden Volunteer Fire Department and the Town

Office as necessary.

Group meetings for Meals for Seniors is cancelled. Home deliveries

will be made to those who reserve as usual with Marilyn at 773-6308 by

Wednesday evening to reserve your meal. If called, Meals on Wheels will

make home deliveries to elderly or medically compromised, even if the

individuals are not part of the Seniors group.

d has taken the following actions:

e for dog licenses until May 1.

r purchase of new dump stickers until May 1.

punch cards until May 1. There is to be no loitering at the transfer

If you have symptoms of COVID-19, i.e,. fever, cough and difficulty

breathing, please DO NOT come into the Town Office. Contact the Town

Office at 483-6647 or chittendenvt@comcast.net to assist in transacting

your town business. Recommendations to follow to lessen the chance of

getting and spreading Covid-19 may be found at www.healthvermont.gov/

covid19 .

e of all town buildings until further notice, except for the Chittenden

rtment and the Town Office as necessary.

Please monitor the town’s Facebook Page

(search on Facebook for townofchittenden) or

Emergency Management (search on Facebook for

chittendenvtemergencymanagement) websites or

www.chittendenvt.org for the most up to date

information regarding the operations of municipal

government and events.

or Seniors is cancelled. Home deliveries will be made to those who

yn at 773-6308 by Wednesday evening to reserve your meal. If called,

home deliveries to elderly or medically compromised, even if the

he Seniors group. @ChittendenVT

OVID-19, i.e,. fever, cough and difficulty breathing, please DO NOT

. Contact the Town Office at 483-6647 or chittendenvt@comcast.net

town business. Recommendations to follow to lessen the chance of

d-19 may be found at www.healthvermont.gov/covid19 .

For the most up to date information about COVID-19 go to the State of

Vermont Department of Health website www.healthvermont.gov/covid19

or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website www.cdc.gov/

covid19

If you cannot find the answers to your questions on these websites,

contact 211.

acebook Page (search on Facebook for townofchittenden) or

earch on Facebook for chittendenvtemergencymanagement) websites

r the most up to date information regarding the operations of

events.

Everyday Preventive Measures Person-to-person spread of the virus

is thought to occur mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an

infected person coughs or sneezes. Much is still unknown about how the

virus spreads. Take these everyday preventive actions to help stop the

spread of germs:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20

seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcoholbased

hand sanitizer.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed

hands.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home when you are sick.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue

in the trash.

• Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Writing the rules as we go

Over the past few weeks, we have seen

addendum after addendum to Governor

Phil Scott’s Emergency

Declaration

that was issued

on March 13.

What was allowed

yesterday may not

be true today. The

situation is changing

daily. Last week

saw the governor

By Rep. Jim

Harrison

This week the Vermont

Legislature passed three

significant

measures,

embodied in

two bills, H.742

and H.681, to

improve life

for Vermonters

in response to

the COVID-19

crisis. After a

week of working

remotely,

17 of the 30

Senators met

on Tuesday, March 24, in

the Statehouse, and with

plenty of social distancing,

passed these amended bills

back to the House. The next

day, the House, under more

dramatic circumstances,

passed the bills as well.

In H.742 we help Vermont

to deal with the CO-

VID-19 crisis by expanding:

1) the capabilities of our

health care system to respond

to our urgent needs,

and 2) the unemployment

insurance program to

issuing orders to

stay home, close

non-essential businesses,

including

lodging and short term rentals, and extend

the school closures. On Monday, March 30,

the governor’s order directs residents and

non-residents coming from outside the

state for anything other than an essential

purpose to home-quarantine for 14 days.

The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything

that we have lived through. And while

it is our hope that the measures put in place

will soon be unnecessary, the reality is that

we don’t know the timetable ahead of us.

The Legislature is also in uncharted

territory. Back on March 13, lawmakers adjourned

for 10 days. When it became clear

we couldn’t do business under the dome in

the normal sense, committees began meeting

via conference calls and now through

video platforms.

Discussions on bills dealing with the

Legislative update: Two bills pass in

response to COVID-19

By Sen. Alison

Clarkson

provide more benefits for

employees and experience

rating relief for

businesses.

The health

care provisions

create flexibility

in licensing

requirements

for nurses

and doctors,

expand

telemedicine

opportunities

for coronavirus

and other

health concerns, extend

prescriptions and create

more flexibility for what

pharmacists can prescribe

during this crisis. It also

provides for the creation

of emergency hospital facilities

for COVID-19 treatment

and relaxes provider

tax payment requirements

for hospitals and doctors.

This bill also expands

our unemployment insurance

program to allow

Vermonters who have been

temporarily laid off, or

pandemic that passed the House on the

13th, continued in the Senate remotely.

Senators returned to the State House with

barely a quorum to approve changes to the

House version. The House, with 150 members,

was a little more problematic with the

need for social distancing.

New rules were drawn up with leaders

of all parties and independents to allow for

remote voting during the emergency. A plan

to reconvene the House on Wednesday,

March 25, with a small number of members

present to adopt the rules backfired

when Rep. Cynthia Browning, D-Arlington,

questioned if a quorum was present (it was

not), which effectively stopped any business

from taking place. (Under our rules,

quorums are assumed unless questioned.)

Urgent calls for House members to return

to the State House were made and some

80-90 of us got in our cars immediately and

headed to Montpelier. The new rules and

emergency bills were passed in short order.

As part of a test group for remote voting,

I can tell you the technology certainly

works, but will take some time before it goes

smoothly for all. As for the video platform,

the good news is that committee meetings

can be streamed on YouTube, allowing

for more transparency. However, it also is

a bit more cumbersome to have an open

discussion about various bills, especially if

there is any controversy. Debating or asking

questions on bills with 150 House members

remotely could be challenging.

Harrison > 12

those who have voluntarily

left their jobs, to qualify for

unemployment benefits if

they leave: 1) to self-isolate

or quarantine at the recommendation

or directive

of a healthcare provider,

public health authority, or

the governor because the

person has been diagnosed

with, symptomatic for,

exposed to, or is in a high

risk category with respect

to, COVID-19; 2) due to

an unreasonable risk that

the individual could be

exposed to or become

infected with COVID-19

at work; 3) to care for a

family member who is

self-isolating or quarantining

for similar reasons; or,

4) to care for a child under

18 years of age because the

child’s school or child care

has been closed or the child

care provider is unavailable

due to COVID-19. Normal

work search requirements

will be waived during this

period and all layoffs and

resignations related to CO-

Clarkson > 12


The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020 • 7

Superintendent to leave

Windsor Central School District

Staff report

Mary Beth Banios, superintendent of

the Windsor Central Union School District,

announced that she will be leaving

the district in an email to school board

members, Wednesday, March 25.

Banios told the board that she had gotten

the job as superintendent at Hamilton-Wenham

Regional School District, in

Wenham, Massachusetts, and would be

starting there on July 1, 2020.

Banios has been superintendent of the

Windsor Central Supervisory Union in

Woodstock for the past three years. She

was among four finalists for the position

at Hamilton-Wenham. She found out she

had been selected for the job on Tuesday

night, March 24.

“I have deeply appreciated the opportunity

to serve this district over the past

three years, and have great respect for all

the invested and committed individuals

who are working so hard on behalf of

our students,” Banios wrote to the board.

“Please know that I will continue to focus

on my work here at WCSU and serving

our communities through the end of the

school year. There is also an amazing

leadership team in place in this district

which is well poised to help to successfully

navigate this transition.”

Banios’s contract would have ended

June 30, 2020, according board members,

but at one point a contract had been

floated for years longer.

>

Claims: Record unemployment numbers seen across the state, country

from page 5

unemployment benefits. And the federal

stimulus bill, passed in the wee hours

of last Thursday, March 26, added $600

per week in additional benefits—more

than doubling current UI payments in

Vermont, which are capped at $513 per

week. The bill also expands eligibility in

several ways, including making self-employed

workers eligible for benefits. That’s

a very big deal for many Vermonters.

The sharp employment decline comes

on top of an economy

that basically

has been becalmed

in the water for the

last four years, at

least when we look

at the employment

numbers.

Each year in

March all 50 state

labor departments

revise their estimates

of jobs and

unemployment for

the past few years

based on better and more complete data.

For Vermont, those revisions showed the

state had a record 316,100 jobs in 2019.

But that was up a scant 100 jobs from

2018. Moreover, the 2019 job count was

revised down by 900 jobs, not a huge

amount, but an indication that what we

thought was going on last year was better

The federal stimulus

bill...added $600 per

week in additional

benefits—more than

doubling current UI

payments in Vermont,

which are capped at

$513 per week.

Board elects new chair

After some internal gamesmanship, the

WCSD board successfully elected Bryce

Sammel as chair of the Windsor Central

Modified Unified Union School District

Board and Pamela Fraser as vice chair at

the Monday board meeting, March 23.

Both will serve until March 2021, when

their chairmanships end.

Sammel was elected unanimously by the

board. Fraser won the vice chair position

over Ben Ford, of Woodstock, in a 10-5 vote.

The board briefly considered, then

rejected, a motion to do away with the vice

chair position or to have two vice chairs.

Sammel and Fraser are both from

Barnard and are mid-way through serving

their three-year terms for that town. Sammel’s

term end in 2021; Fraser’s in 2022.

The election followed resignations from

two other board members: former chair

Patti Kuzmickas of Pomfret, who had been

elected chair March 9, and Malena Agin

of Woodstock. Their open seats will be

filled by the Select Board from each of their

towns.

Kuzmickas stepped down as chair the

day after being elected amid claims of a

flawed nomination process from a few

fellow board members. On March 11, she

resigned from the board altogether. Agin

gave her resignation from the board shortly

afterward as a result of Kuzmickas’ treatment

and a fair election that was foiled.

than the reality.

In 2016 Vermont’s total employment

was 313,300, which means Vermont

employers added 2,800 jobs in total in the

past three years. To put that in perspective,

the state’s job count increased by

more than 3,000 each year from 1993 to

2001.

So, the nearly 14,000 people who lost

their jobs and applied for unemployment

insurance during the week ending in

March 21 more than

eats up all those

gains.

However long

the current economic

shutdown

lasts, it is sure to

mean that the

U.S. and Vermont

economies are in a

recession. Even if

the shutdown ends

at the end of April, it

will take months for

economic activity

to recover.

Vermont’s total 2020 job count will be

less than the 2019 numbers. That will be

the first time that’s happened in a decade.

Art Woolf recently retired as an associate

professor of economics at the University

of Vermont. He is a columnist for

VTDigger.

Courtesy SVMC

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center clinicians are performing drive-up coronavirus

testing with an order from a primary care provider.

State expands COVID-19 testing

At a press conference on Friday, March

27, Governor Phil Scott and Health Commissioner

Mark Levine, M.D., announced

that aggressive procurement of supplies

has allowed the state to broaden the scope

of its testing efforts.

Until now, limited supplies required

restricting prioritized testing to high risk

patients. Dr. Levine said health care providers

are now able to include people with

mild to moderate symptoms in making

clinical referrals for priority testing.

Hospitals and federally qualified Health

Centers throughout Vermont have been

at the forefront of the state’s COVID-19

response and are receiving these newly

available supplies for specimen collection.

“Early and broad testing is a proven

strategy to limit the spread of this virus,”

said Dr. Levine. “Vermont is still early

enough on the curve of positive cases that

increased testing can have a large impact

on our ability to flatten that curve.”

The Vermont Department of Health,

in collaboration with the medical division

of the National Guard Civil Support

Team, announced they set up an additional

COVID-19 patient test site at Landmark

College in Putney. This site was established

to provide additional testing capacity

for people who have a referral from their

health care provider.

The Landmark College site is the latest

addition to the increasing number of temporary

pop-up, drive-through and other

facilities being established to help ensure

as many Vermonters as possible can be

tested.

The Landmark College testing site

began to see referred patients on Sunday,

March 29, and will operate from 8 a.m. to 3

p.m. throughout the week. The hours and

days open will depend on the availability of

testing supplies.

Health officials emphasized that people

cannot simply show up at a testing site or

drive-through location. Everyone must still

talk with their health care provider and be

formally referred for testing.

“Our overall strategy is to test, to counsel

and isolate those who test positive,

conduct contact tracing, and quarantine

as clinically appropriate,” said Dr. Levine.

“We are all counting on each other to do everything

we can to meet this public health

crisis head on.”


Opinion

8 • The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

OP-ED

Virus is hurting

the public’s right

to know

By John Flowers, Addison Independent

After 35 years in reporting, I thought I’d been through a

lot as a journalist:

Martial law in the Philippines; a couple of natural disasters

— the big ice storm and rampant flooding in Addison

County — in 1996; a double-murder/suicide; a visit by the

Dalai Lama; local soldiers deploying (and returning) from

wars in the Middle East; a major downtown renovation

project: the Middlebury rail bridges project that is still in

progress; a train derailment.

I’m now adding a new one to the list: COVID-19. The

first, and hopefully last, worldwide pandemic I’ll ever have

to cover.

It is the biggest reporting challenge I’ve ever experienced.

The news changes by the hour; your latest update story

can become “old news” 10 minutes after you file it. I wince

every time I “refresh” the Vermont Department of Health

website, fearing the tally of Addison County coronavirus

cases will spike. And everyone hopes that neither they —

The coronavirus has

more angles than a

Picasso painting.

nor a loved one

— becomes one

of those statistics.

My wife’s a

nurse, my son’s an

advanced EMT

and my daughter is a social worker, all on the front lines. I’m

in constant fear that one or all of my family members will be

banished to self-quarantine at best, or a ventilator at worst.

The newspaper industry has been navigating challenging

financial waters for several years, and now there’s a

veritable storm brewing at a time when the public needs us

most.

There’s no shortage of stories to cover these days, just

fewer journalists to take them on. The coronavirus has

more angles than a Picasso painting. There are the health

impacts, the economic toll, the countless stories of generosity

and perseverance, and of course the effect on public

education. You file four stories and go to bed feeling like

you’ve left 16 more on the table.

As reporters, our currency is equal parts trust and access.

You earn trust over time, which gets you more sources to tell

Covering corona > 13

Vermont goes to war

against COVID-19

By Meg Hansen

Public health and the economy are two sides of the

same coin. Yet, as the number of COVID-19 cases escalates

and an economic implosion looms, crisis managers feel

compelled to pick either heads or tails. President Trump,

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and Texas Lt. Governor

Dan Patrick are eager to reopen the economy. Vermont

Governor Phil Scott, in contrast, foresees a protracted shutdown

in response to the pandemic. On Tuesday, he issued

a “stay at home” order that lasts until April 15, and could be

extended.

We are told that the pandemic could overwhelm our

healthcare system, as it has in Italy, resulting in the rationing

of beds and ventilators. The UK’s National Health

Services decided that it would ration cancer services to

patients with the highest chance of survival, if the surge of

coronavirus patients becomes too high.

The state has a total of 961 hospital beds (of which 500

are available for COVID-19 patients), 99 intensive care unit

War on virus > 13

LETTERS

F-35s over ventilators

Dear Editor,

While Vermont communities

were watching

for signs the federal

government would help

them weather the current

public health issues,

130 federal legislators

had their sights set on

something else. These

members of Congress

had the audacity to jointly

petition the House

Armed Services Committee,

just four days

after the White House

declared a state of emergency,

asking to once

again use taxpayer dollars

to purchase 98 more

F-35 nuclear bomber

military jets, which will

cost a minimum of $78

million up to possibly

$100 million each.

In the 21st Century

the federal government

has chosen to invest

massive amounts of

money into preparing

for and waging endless

phoney wars for endless

military/industrial

corporation profits while

neglecting public health,

education, and other

domestic priorities.

In the regular budget

cycle for fiscal year

2020 the Pentagon got

an insane $738 billion

for their budget. Compare

that to Health And

Human Services department

which got $94

billion, while the Center

For Disease Control and

Prevention received $8

billion in program funding.

These misguided

budget priorities come

at a huge cost and we are

now seeing the effects

firsthand when government

misallocates

money into war.

It is criminal that so

many of our elected officials

would continue to

aggressively support the

corrupt military/industrial

machine especially

when larger investment

in the healthcare sector

would create twice the

number of jobs as the

same amount of investment

in the defense

industry.

Climate change, inadequate

infrastructure

and education, environmental

pollution, lack

of universal healthcare;

these are the real threats

to global well-being and

peace.

Ralph Corbo,

Wallingford

Bad Break by Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, MN

Mass logging must be

stopped in GMNF

Dear Editor,

Unless activists stop the

plan, thousands of acres of

Green Mountain National

Forest near Killington and

Mount Snow will be logged.

“They are coming hard

with the chainsaws to

Green Mountain National

Forest,” said Chris Matera,

a civil engineer and

founder of Massachusetts

Forest Watch, a citizens

group formed to protect

New England public

forests. “What a sorry sight

it will be to look down from

the top of Mount Snow and

see clear-cuts instead of

that beautiful intact forest

we see now.”

Matera was the main

subject of a New York Times

article about logging. To

get an idea of what this

logging will look like, see

“before and after” photos

that he took in 2017 in New

Hampshire at maforests.

org/WMNF.pdf.

Activists are focusing on

stopping logging on publicly

owned land. Banning

clear-cut logging, or all logging,

there would result in

logging companies buying

more land, which in turn

would keep that land from

being converted to vacation

houses, roads, parking

lots and strip malls.

Banning logging in

Green Mountain National

Forest would be one of the

best things Vermont could

do to stop climate change,

Michael Kellet said. According

to the Lowell Sun

daily newspaper, Kellett

was a “key player” in the

creation by President

Obama of the 87,400 acre

Katahdin Woods and Waters

National Monument in

Maine. Logging is banned

in national monuments.

Kellet runs a group that has

the website restore.org.

In recent years, the

group 350 Vermont has

used non-violent civil disobedience

to fight climate

change. In California in

1996 about 1,000 people

were arrested for nonviolent

civil disobedience

to stop logging in the privately-owned

Headwaters

forest. The protesters won

when the federal government

bought 7,000 acres

and permanently banned

logging there.

Eesha Williams,

Dummerston


The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020 OPINION • 9

CAPITOL QUOTES

On doing good in the face of

COVID-19...

“Throughout this incredibly

challenging time, two of our absolute

priorities have been, and will continue

to be, the health and wellbeing

of our employees and mountain

communities. What makes our resorts so

special is where they’re located and the

passionate people who live there.”

LETTERS

Killington Active Seniors thanks

community for support

Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Killington

Active Seniors, I would

like to thank the many people

who have reached out

to offer help and support to

us in these unusual times.

I would particularly

like to acknowledge the

Killington Locals Group on

Facebook who contacted

me early on. I remember

thinking that we should

be helping them as many

have young children and

are trying to work and hold

their families together.

A big thank you also

goes out to the Lookout

who prepared hot takeout

dinners for our entire

group. Not only did we all

have a great dinner that

night but because of the

social distancing in place

we had a chance to at least

wave to each other as we

drove by in our cars.

Our town employees,

Sherburne Library and

Search and Rescue Squad

have also stayed in touch

and we thank you.

As I speak to all of

the seniors, there is one

thing we all agree with:

We are so happy that we

live in Killington. Again, I

sincerely thank all of you

for keeping us in your

hearts and watching out

for us. It is very comforting

in these challenging times.

Sincerely,

Gerrie Russell,

Killington

Said Vail Resorts’ CEO, Rob Katz, March 30. Katz

donated $2.5 million to provide immediate support for

both Vail Resorts employees and the mountain towns

where the Company operates, including Okemo.

“As of this week, over a billion children are out

of school worldwide because of closures linked

to coronavirus. Many children depend on the

care and nutrition they receive during school

hours, including nearly 22 million children

in America who rely on food support. No Kid

Hungry is making resolute efforts to reach as

many of those children as possible,”

Said Angelina Jolie, who donated $1 million to No Kid

Hungry.

“I decided I’m gonna read to you and your

children or just you, depending on what you

prefer. I’m not gonna pass judgment right now

since the world is a little bit of a hot mess. I’ll

try to provide at least 10 minutes of daycare to

you and your families a night while we’re going

through this unprecedented global event. I love

you all.”

Said “Frozen” actor Josh Gad, pledging to livestream

himself reading children’s books through the

pandemic.

By Robin Alberti

A lunch recently delivered to two teenage students at their home in Killington.

Thank you WUMHS teachers, staff

Dear Editor,

Everyone is having to

deal with disruptions to

their daily lives in light of

the COVID-19 crisis. Many

of us are out of work, or

adjusting to working from

home.

Families of schoolaged

children especially

are going through major

changes right now. Parents

are having to be teachers

as well as moms and dads

— and employees, if they’re

lucky enough to still have

a job at all. It is stressful on

everyone.

I have two teenagers

at home, who attend

Woodstock Union Middle

and High School. I want to

recognize what an amazing

job the teachers, administrators

and support staff

of WUMHS are doing in

supporting students and

their families during this

trying time. I want our

community to know some

of the extraordinary things

that are happening to make

this transition to at-home

learning a little easier on

families. Not only have I

received email communication

from the school,

but individual teachers

and special educators have

also reached out via email

and personal phone calls

to check in and make sure

my kids have what they

need to continue learning

from home. The school has

made sure that every child

has access to the internet,

and if they do not have

computers at home the

school has made Chromebooks

available to students

so they can complete their

school work.

We have also been

receiving deliveries of food

from the school. Every

school day breakfast and

lunch is safely left on our

porch, and Friday’s delivery

came with some extras for

the weekend. I have been

impressed with the quality

of food, and the healthy

variety of fresh fruits and

vegetables that comes with

every meal. Wraps and rolls

have been whole wheat,

and milk has been included

every day. Everything has

been safely packaged.

It has taken the burden

of fixing extra meals on

school days away from me

so I have more time to help

my children stay on task

to get their school work

done, and be able to continue

working from home

myself. This is a wonderful

service the school is offering

to families during this

time.

We should all be proud

of our school and the staff

there. They are making sure

that no child is left hungry

or not able to continue

learning while the doors to

the building are closed. I

am very thankful to live in

a community with a school

that has so many caring

and dedicated individuals

that are doing their best

to support the physical,

mental and intellectual

well-being of their students

from a “socially distant”

standpoint. Thank you

Woodstock Union High

School and Middle School.

Keep up the great work.

From a grateful parent of

two students,

Robin Alberti,

Killington


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Schools close: Students will not return to class this spring

from page 1

and will continue remote classes through

the end of the spring semester.

The letter noted that the Vermont

Department of Public Safety and Vermont

Emergency Management have made a

request of college officials that they prepare

for the possibility of using residence halls

and other facilities to accommodate overflow

relating to COVID-19.

“To the extent we are not using our residential

facilities, they can be of critical use

to our neighboring communities during

this crisis. They need us to help our neighboring

communities see the pandemic

through,” Spaulding wrote.

Spaulding said decisions were still being

made about graduation, commencement

ceremonies and the awarding of degrees.

However, Castleton has already decided

to cancel its graduation ceremony in the

spring. Others are likely to follow suit.

In a message to students on March 24,

Castleton University President Dr. Karen M.

Scolforo wrote: “In order to keep everyone

safe, we will not be holding Commencement

at Castleton University this year.

Seniors, your degrees will be conferred

pending completion of graduation requirements.

We want to celebrate your success,

and we do not want you to miss out completely

on this tradition. We plan to offer a

separate ceremony for 2020 graduates in

the spring of 2021. I am so sorry to share

this news, as I recognize how important

celebrating your significant accomplishment

is to you and your families. I hope

that you are able to find ways to mark this

moment until we are able to join together in

your honor.”

Scolforo letter also noted that for the

spring semester, students may convert up

to three undergraduate courses to a Pass/

No Pass option and that pro-rated adjustments

for room and board will be adjusted

back to March 16, when students were

asked to depart from residence halls.

Relief: Government stimulus aims to bring relief

>

from page 1

edented crisis, but this bill is an important

step to help us get there. Vermonters

know that we are all in this together.”

Highlights of the Coronavirus Aid,

Relief, and Economic Security (CARES)

Act (H.R. 748), include:

• Provides direct payments of

$1,200 to individuals making up

to $75,000 a year, or $2,400

for couples making up to

$150,000. Families would

receive $500 for each dependent

child.

• Increases unemployment

compensation benefits for

recipients by an extra $600 per

week. Eligibility is extended to

self-employed and independent

contractors.

• Provides $100 billion for hospitals

and health care providers on the

front lines of this crisis.

• Makes $367 billion worth of loans

and grants available to small businesses.

• Provides $9.5 billion to support

farmers.

• Creates a $150 billion state relief

fund to help states address this

pandemic. Vermont will receive

$1.25 billion.

• Stabilizes the SNAP program with

$15.8 billion.

Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy

announced that Vermont is poised

to receive nearly $2 billion in federal

resources from the emergency spending

package. Leahy, as the vice chairman of

the Senate Appropriations Committee,

is a lead negotiator of provisions in the

bill that will direct formula funding to the

state to combat the spread of COVID-19

and support those on the front lines caring

for the sick.

Chief among the federal resources

coming to the state will be $1.25 billion

through the Coronavirus Relief Fund,

established to support state and counties

that are addressing the economic devastation

brought about by the virus. Leahy

pushed for a small state minimum for the

$150 billion fund, ensuring that Vermont

would receive sufficient support.

Leahy said: “Vermont is already reeling

from the impacts of the spread of the

coronavirus. I have heard from hundreds

of small businesses and entities across

the state, struggling to

support their employees

and maintain their

businesses. Meanwhile,

our healthcare

workers and first

responders are dealing

with supply shortages

and management of care. Vermont had

a front seat in writing and negotiating

this bill. I am pleased that Vermont will

receive this critical assistance, and know

more will need to be done.”

Vermont’s $2 billion in federal

assistance will include:

• $5.4 million to support public

health preparedness and response

activities through the

Centers for Disease Control;

Unemployment eligibility is

extended to self-employed

and independent contractors.

• $4.7 million in Community Development

Block Grant (CDBG)

funding to support the expansion

of community health facilities,

child care centers, food banks,

and senior services;

• $5 million in Community Service

Block Grants to address the consequences

of increasing unemployed

and economic disruption;

• $4.3 million in Child Care Development

Block Grants to support

child care assistance to health

care sector employees, emergency

responders, sanitation workers

and other works deemed essential

during the corona virus response;

• $4.6 million for housing assistance

grants through the Department

of Housing and Urban

Development;

• $4.1 million in the Low Income

Home Energy Assistance Program

(LIHEAP);

• $20 million to support public

transportation emergency relief;

• $9.6 million to support the state’s

airports;

• $3 million in election assistance

grants;

• $2 million to support state and

local law enforcement and corrections

through the Byrne-Justice

Assistance Grant (JAG) program;

• $826,000 through the National

Endowment for the Arts and the

National Endowment for the

Humanities to support museums,

libraries and other organizations

that have been forced to shut their

doors due to the virus;

• $175,000 to support small- and

medium-sized manufacturers recover

from the economic impacts

of COVID-19 through the Manufacturing

Extension Partnership

program; and

• $862,000 in Emergency Preparedness

Grants through the Federal

Emergency Management Administration

(FEMA).

“Patrick Leahy did

what he has always

done, delivered real

results for Vermonters,”

said Terje

Anderson, chair of the

Vermont Democratic

Party. “With this funding,

those working on the front lines of this

outbreak, workers, and families impacted

by this crisis will get the much needed

resources they so urgently need.”

Individuals will begin to receive funds

within the next three weeks, legislators

claim. Those already enrolled in unemployment

will receive their additional $600

either by check or direct deposit. All qualified

individuals will receive the $1,200 plus

$500 for dependents automatically, too.

Provides direct

payments of $1,200

to individuals making

up to $75,000 a year.


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12 • The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

>

Harrison: Senators are taking things day by day and sometimes writing the rules as they go

from page 6

Going forward during this emergency period may require

that bills not dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and the

various state budgets may have to take a backseat, especially

if they require new funding or new responsibilities from

various agencies. That didn’t stop the House Government

Operations Committee from advancing a bill on campaign

financing for the 2022 elections last week. So what is important

and timely may still be in the eyes of the beholder.

More controversial measures, like a bill imposing new

firearm restrictions, will be put on hold for now according

to House Speaker Johnson. What is less clear is the fate of

significant measures relating to climate change, amendments

to Vermont’s Act 250 law and the regulation of cannabis

among others.

The Legislature approved and sent to the Governor two

bills last week dealing with various COVID-19 related

measures:

H.742 – Allows certain health agencies to waive or

modify certain regulatory requirements for flexibility in

staffing; directs the state to consider measures to expand

health insurance coverage; allows pharmacies to extend

maintenance prescriptions; allows relicensing of retired

health care professionals; expands insurance coverage for

telemedicine; and allows the Commissioner for Children

and Families to use additional funds for child care assistance.

H.742 also contained changes to Vermont’s unemployment

program, including waiving of the one week delay

for COVID-19 UI claims; and alleviates employer experience

rating due to increases in certain situations where

employees were laid off or needed to leave their jobs due

to COVID-19.

H.681 — allows electronic and remote meetings during

the emergency for public bodies; allows changes to our

2020 elections, including potential for mail in balloting;

flexibility on municipal deadlines; and allows the Department

of Fish & Wildlife to conduct its area meetings

remotely while reducing the number of them.

Meanwhile, emergency federal legislation has been

enacted that promises help to individuals as well as businesses.

Several links are listed under my resource section

below and/or you can reach out to our Congressional

delegation (Rep. Welch, Senators Leahy and Sanders) for

more details.

We may have to continue to adjust some of the rules

as we proceed, but we will get through this and hopefully

soon! Stay safe and healthy. To quote President Lincoln,

“Let us hope that these times that we are now facing will

appeal to the better angels of our nature.”

For a touch of humor on our current stay home situation

enjoy this YouTube video.

youtube.com/watch?v=k0ci5EYb9qA&app=desktop

Congratulations are in order to David Fox, whom the

governor appointed to become Rutland County sheriff,

replacing retiring Sheriff Stephen Benard. Fox has been a

member of the sheriff’s office since graduating from the

Vermont Police Academy in 2004.

Additional Resources

Call 211 (the Vermont 211 database) for Covid-19 assistance

or visit: healthvermont.gov/covid19

Vermont Executive Orders: governor.vermont.gov/

document-types/executive-orders

Health Connect: Uninsured Vermonters can sign up

for Vermont Health Connect until April 17, no matter how

long you’ve been uninsured. Apply by calling 1-855-899-

9600. For free help, call 1-800-917-7787 or visit: vtlawhelp.

org/vhc-coronavirus

Unemployment information: labor.vermont.gov

New tax deadlines: tax.vermont.gov/coronavirus

Resources for businesses: accd.vermont.gov/covid-

19-guidance

Public Wi-Fi map and information on access in Vermont:

publicservice.vermont.gov/content/public-wifihotspots-vermont

>

Clarkson: COVID-19 bills passed

from page 6

VID-19 will not adversely

impact the employer’s

experience rating.

The second bill, H.681,

creates temporary provisions

addressing elections,

the open meeting

law, and deadlines for

municipal corporations.

The elections provisions

are designed to protect

Vermonters’ health and

safety while continuing

to ensure the integrity of

our democratic institutions.

It eliminates the

requirement to collect

voter signatures to run for

office in the primary or

general election, or a local

election, and shortens the

time period to file candidate

consent forms. Further,

it permits flexibility

in elections procedures

to protect people’s health

and welfare. And the bill

allows the Secretary of

State to authorize towns

that don’t currently use

Australian ballots to vote

to do so during this crisis.

It also creates flexibility

in our open meeting

laws to allow for electronic

meetings. During

the COVID-19 crisis

public bodies can meet

electronically without

designating a physical

location for the meeting

or requiring the presence

of members or staff at a

physical location. Ideally,

School Board and Select

Board meetings will be

recorded. It also permits

municipalities to extend

deadlines for licenses,

permits, programs and

plans and it prohibits

municipal corporations

from disconnecting water

or wastewater systems

(similar to the prohibition

for utilities).

This week also saw significant

federal legislation

enacted – the CARES Act.

The Vermont Legislature

is hard at work analyzing

its provisions and coordinating

our programs with

its framework. Stay tuned.

Sen. Clarkson can be

reached by email: aclarkson@leg.state.vt.us

or by

phone at 457-4627. To get

more information on the

Vermont Legislature, and

the bills which have been

proposed and passed,

visit: legislature.vermont.

gov.

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War on virus: Changes are needed to ensure healthcare for all who need it, we must be watchdogs of how our tax dollars are spent and the results they get

from page 8

beds, and 210 ventilators.

Vermont officials have committed to aggressive mitigation,

but we begin this battle with two serious handicaps.

First, administrators impose a slew of draconian regulations

that have restricted the supply of health resources for

years. Second, healthcare rationing has been taking place

since the creation of Vermont’s All- Payer Accountable Care

Organization (ACO) model in 2016.

Regulating healthcare capacity

Thirty-five states including Vermont enact Certificate

of Need (CON) laws that are designed to curtail costs by

artificially limiting the supply of health resources.

In practice, CON laws lead to rationing. The government

often denies requests for new facilities to stifle

economic competition and protect the monopoly held

by the politically powerful UVM Health Network.

Vermont imposes the highest number of CON laws

(more than double the national average). A 2017 study by

the Mercatus Center showed that it could have had six more

hospitals without these regulations. The crony laws also

prevent nonhospital settings from offering medical imaging

technologies, which has led to lower utilization rates of

CT scans and MRIs.

Fewer hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers, especially

in rural areas, coupled with reduced access to medical

imaging will thwart Vermont’s ability to take care of all

COVID-19 patients requiring medical attention, hospitalization,

and respiratory support. Recently, North Carolina

allowed hospitals to add beds without state permission.

Vermont should likewise suspend its counterproductive

CON program.

CON laws are but one part of the state’s regulatory labyrinth.

A 2020 Mercatus Center report ranks Vermont 43rd

in overall healthcare openness and access. We place 47th

in the nation because of our restrictions related to health

insurance, and 45th for imposing operational constraints

on hospitals, payers, and pharmacies. The latter distinction

can be attributed to the All-Payer ACO model – the first of its

kind in the nation.

Managed by a private organization called OneCare Vermont,

this model aims to reduce costs using a two-pronged

strategy: 1) Transition all payers (Medicare, Medicaid, and

The government often denies requests for

new facilities to stifle economic competition

and protect the monopoly held by the

politically powerful.

commercial insurers) from fee-for-service to value-based

reimbursement; and 2) Promote a population health

approach in place of the traditional biomedical model. A

population-based approach targets the local health needs

of a population to improve overall health outcomes.

To this end, OneCare has spent hundreds of millions of

dollars in developing health information technology and

complex care coordination programs.

My prior investigations, while leading Vermonters

for Healthcare Freedom, demonstrated that the clinical

database used for OneCare’s analytics is inaccurate and

incomplete. During the most recent budget deliberations,

OneCare admitted that they still lack access to reliable records.

Moreover, the state auditor and health care advocate

reported that OneCare could not prove it had conducted

community programs for which it received funds. Nonetheless,

health administrators approved the organization’s

2020 budget of $1.42 billion.

Rationing underway

In 2014, then Governor Peter Shumlin announced that

his plan to implement a single payer system had failed.

The model’s cost growth exceeded Vermont’s annual GDP

growth, which broke the model. With the ACO All-Payer

project, state authorities have been trying to create a new

cost containment mechanism that will achieve what the

Shumlin Administration could not. As a result, they have

insisted on capping the growth of healthcare costs at

3.5%. This stringency comes at the cost of Vermonters’

health. Data from the Department of Vermont Health

Access shows a decline in the usage rates of primary care

physicians and specialists, as well as the overall healthy

rate across the state between 2013 and 2016.

Additionally, analyst Susan Aranoff writes that OneCare

scored worse on seven out of 10 Medicaid quality measures

in 2018 as compared to 2017. Worsening healthcare

quality indicators, reduced visits to doctors, and growing

evidence of long waiting lines to receive treatment indicate

that rationing has been occurring, under the aegis of the

All-Payer ACO model, to limit healthcare costs.

We thus confront our invisible enemy at a significant disadvantage.

The answer then to mounting the most effective

response is straightforward – increase the state’s healthcare

capacity. This strategy requires the political will to let go of

regulations and ideological experiments. A pandemic without

precedent in living memory demands the impossible.

Meg Hansen trained as an MBBS and is the former executive

director of Vermonters for Health Care Freedom, a health

policy think tank. She is also a 2020 Lt. Governor candidate

in Vermont.

Covering corona: A new challenge

>

from page 8

your story. But we’ve all been able to depend on Vermont’s

Open Meeting Law to provide basic guarantees to public

information at the state and municipal levels.

But it looks like COVID-19 is about to make that tougher.

The Senate Committee on Government Operations

earlier this week met to finalize “emergency legislation”

to relax open meeting law procedures in response to

COVID-19.

The Senate panel, among other things, has been debating

a requirement that all public municipal/school meetings

have a phone number available for the public to dial

into. The Vermont League of Cities and Towns has objected

to that requirement, contending small towns would struggle

with that technology requirement. So the committee

settled on requiring a call-in number “whenever feasible”

to allow the public access, or other electronic means.

Committee members also jousted about whether Select

Boards and School Boards should have to record their

meetings. They ultimately decided in favor of such a mandate

“except in extraordinary situations that would make it

impossible.”

Sounds pretty subjective to me and to other members of

the Vermont Press Association (VPA) board.

The panel also recommended relaxing the current timeframe

for boards to release meeting minutes. The current

limit is five business days; the revised policy is 10 days.

What’s the big deal about that, you ask? If a board pitches

a major zoning change or tax hike, how long do you want

to wait for that news? Reporters can’t cover every meeting,

so in many cases we have to depend on board minutes in

learn about actions that lead to news stories.

The VPA has worked hard over the year to win these concessions

— not only for journalists, but also for the public’s

right to know.

Open government isn’t always easy. But it’s essential to

our way of life.

John Flowers is a past president of the Vermont Press

Association and a reporter for the Addison Independent, a

sister paper to the Mountain Times.


14 • NEWS BRIEFS

The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

Health officials caution against using

non-approved drugs for COVID-19

April 1-7 is Medication

Safety Week and as reports

appear in the news of

certain drugs being potentially

used for treatment or

prevention of COVID-19,

the Vermont Department of

Health urges caution.

At this time, the U.S.

Drug Administration has

not approved any drugs

specifically for the treatment

of patients with

COVID-19, the state said in

a news release March 26.

Though the anti-malarial

drugs chloroquine

and hydroxychloroquine,

among others, have been

widely discussed as potential

treatments, the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention

has said there are

no data currently available

from randomized clinical

trials that would inform

how these drugs could be

used to treat COVID-19.

In fact, there are significant

potential risks to

taking such drugs, including

death.

Health officials remind

Vermonters that most

people who get COVID-19

can manage their symptoms

at home with rest,

drinking fluids and taking

fever-reducing medication.

Providers should only

prescribe drugs for diagnosed

conditions, not prevention,

to help maintain

the supply for Vermonters

who need them.

Prohibition on utility disconnects now includes water

On Friday, March 27, the Vermont Public

Utility Commission (PUC) expanded the

moratorium on utility disconnections to

include non-residential ratepayers and regulated

water companies. A previous order,

issued on March 18, had directed utilities to

stop any disconnection of residential utility

service due to nonpayment of electricity,

natural gas, and telecommunication bills.

In Friday’s order, the commission expands

the same protection to non-residential

ratepayers (commercial and industrial

customers) and to certain water companies

under the commission’s jurisdiction. This

expanded moratorium will last until at least

April 30. It applies to the 21 regulated water

companies in Vermont. Not all water companies

(for example, fire districts) are under

the commission’s jurisdiction.

Governor Phil Scott urged anyone with a

disconnect notice to call the state’s hotline

at 2-1-1.

With this second order, the commission

recognizes that commercial and

industrial customers and the customers of

water companies will also endure financial

constraints, and that involuntary disconnections

due to nonpayment of bills would

put them at risk.

The proceeding was opened in response

to a March 16, petition from Vermont Legal

Aid “on behalf of the low-income, disabled,

and elderly residents of the state.”

For more info visit epuc.vermont.gov.

Courtesy Killington Elementary School

Lia Gugliotta, age 12, won the most creative poster award from the NSAA.

Killington student wins

poster contest for creativity

KILLINGTON—On March 25, Mary Guggenberger, principal of Killington Elementary

School, shared the following good news with the KES community via their

newsletter. She reported that she had heard from John Duke at Killington Resort who

said “I’m happy to let you know that Lia Gugliotta won the most creative poster award

for the NSAA (National Ski Area Association) Safety Poster Contest. In addition to the

$200 gift certificate from Killington, she will receive a new helmet from the NSAA. The

poster will be published in the NSAA Journal.”

Congratulations, Lia.


The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020 PUZZLES • 15

WORDPLAY

‘Customer’ Word Search: Find the words hidden vertically, horizontally, diagonally and backwards.

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CROSSWORD PUZZLE

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5. A team’s best

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16 • The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

This week’s infusion of hope and positivity.

By Carol Geery

Sprouts rise tall aided by artificial light indoors. Most can be easily transplanted in May.

By Carol Geery

Tiny green lettuce sprouts begin to appear scattered in the soil of a warm greenhouse.

By Carol Geery

Start your seeds indoors with grow lights to help them properly germinate.

Get your garden started early this spring

By Brooke Geery

The old idiom about waiting until after Memorial Day

to plant a garden here in Vermont, doesn’t have to apply

if you start your garden indoors!

In this uncertain world, there has never been a better

time to get your hands dirty and plant a vegetable

garden. Even minimal success will provide you with

some joy (and additional food security) over the coming

summer, and homegrown veggies just taste better. In

addition to the obvious benefit of edibles, gardening is a

great activity for your mental and physical health. It gets

you outside and in touch with the natural world in a way

you may otherwise miss.

All you really need to garden is some soil, water and a

sunny spot. Don’t have a yard? No problem! Vegetables

such as tomatoes, peppers and even potatoes can be

grown with great success in pots. In this region, it is still

too early to plant most things in the ground. However,

it’s not too soon to get started and set yourself up for

success.

Starting seeds indoors.

Certain vegetables have a long maturity cycle, so to

fully take advantage of Vermont’s summer months, it’s

important to get them started now. This includes things

such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash. You

will need a light source— seedlings require 16-18 hours

of light to properly germinate and grow. This can be

By Carol Geery

Two types of spinach sprout in a greenhouse. The new green is a sure sign of spring.

accomplished using official grow lights or any full-spectrum

bulb, even the one in your fishtank! Use a nutrientrich

potting mixture and small pots to start. You’ll want

to establish a decent root system before moving things

to the ground in a month or two (depending on your

location). Another option is to purchase starters from a

nursery, although this can quickly get expensive.

Preparing your soil

Again, you will want to wait to plant things until the

ground has warmed up some. However, it is not too early

to till the soil and add fertilizers to get it ready. Step one

is to clear the area. If there hasn’t been a garden before,

clearing involves digging out all the grass and “native”

plants (weeds). You can hire someone to come and till

the garden and get deliveries of top soil. For a small area,

a spade will work and you can buy bags of garden soil

and compost at the local garden supply store. Before tilling,

pick up any brush, twigs, branches, rocks, or other

debris and get them all out of the way.

For a garden that’s been established, it’s just clearing,

turning the soil and raking, then add soil amendments

or plant foods. If you live near a farm (especially a horse

farm), you may be able to get a a load of manure, but it

should be dried for at least a year. Otherwise, just add

bags of manure (Moo Doo is a great local brand from

Middlebury). Use all purpose organic fertilizer according

to planting directions.

Things you can plant directly in the ground

Many plants do not like to be transplanted, or sprout

and mature quickly, so starting them indoors is unnecessary.

This includes peas, lettuce, radishes and other

root vegetables. Radishes are a personal favorite of mine

as they can handle colder temperatures and mature

quickly— time from planting to harvest can be under

a month. You can use the bitter greens in salads or as a

quick cooked side, and the peppery radishes are a great

addition to salads or even guacamole!

When you can plant really depends on the location of

the garden, drainage and exposure to the sun. Plan on

mid-April for colder-season plants, and you can plant

earlier if you’re using plastic coverings (I have lettuce

coming up, peas, carrots and beets planted). You can also

plant onions, potatoes and cabbage out in the beginning

to middle of May if the days are sunny. For tomatoes,

squash, and other heat-loving plants, wait until the end

of May. If you’re in a cold location, such as Killington, you

should probably wait until the first week in June.

Gardening is as much as art as a science, so don’t

blame yourself entirely for lack of success. Trial and error

is a great method, and over time, you’ll learn what likes

it where and what you have the most luck with! Happy

gardening.


The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020 THE SILVER LINING • 17

Courtesy of Vermont Fish and Wildlife

A wild brook trout with its brilliant spots is many anglers’ quest this spring.

Go fishing! Angling is a great

form of social distancing

Vemont is full of lakes, ponds and

streams teeming with fish, and fishing

is a great form of social distancing. Now

that spring is here, the opportunities are

abundant and varied, and conditions

will only improve in the coming weeks.

Fish species that are open to year-round

angling include pike, pickerel, bullhead,

catfish, and panfish species like perch,

bluegill, pumpkinseed, and crappie.

Bullhead is a favorite springtime

species of many anglers, and can be

readily caught with a simple hook, worm

and bobber around culverts and the

mouths of streams where they flow into

lakes. With the same setup, you can catch

catfish, perch, crappie and sunfish while

casting from the bank to areas near vegetation

like bulrushes and cattails.

There’s nothing better than a fresh

meal of perch, crappie, bullhead or

Friday, April 3 at 12:30 p.m.—

QUECHEE— Just because we are

spending more time at home and distancing

ourselves from others doesn’t

mean the learning has to stop. Check

out this virtual engagement opportunity

from VINS to reinvigorate your

at-home learner.

On Friday, April 3, join VINS for a

reptile encounter. It’s an important time

catfish caught in our local waters. They

make for an excellent, healthy, locallysourced

meal for your family. You can

even make a biology home-school lesson

out of your adventure.

Vermont also offers year-round trout

fishing. You don’t have to wait for the

open season for trout (April 11 – Oct. 31),

there are several stream sections open

year-round for catch and release trout

fishing.

Lake Champlain is consistently recognized

as a top bass destination in the

country and while bass fishing is great

during the whole season, truly exceptional

Champlain bass fishing occurs in the

early spring. Bass Catch & Release in other

lakes and ponds around the state open

on April 11, 2020. For more information

and to purchase your fishing license ($28

per year) visit vtfishandwildlife.com.

Courtesy of VINS

Visit VINS reptiles on Facebook live

of year for herps (reptiles and amphibians).

Join in for a close encounter to

learn more about their life history, what

makes each species unique, and more

specialties of the reptiles that live at

VINS during this Facebook Live, where

they will answer all your questions in

real-time. Visit Facebook to vote for the

reptile you want to see up close, facebook.com/events/3060555233956504.

Vermont Dance Alliance

offers online dance classes

As everything moves

into online communication

and connection,

Vermont Dance Alliance

(VDA) is pleased to offer a

new online dance series,

every Saturday in April.

These classes are free for the

public (donations to VDA

graciously accepted) and

led by VDA members.

There are many wonderful

online offerings, ranging

from ballet to zumba to

general movement, posted

by VDA members on vermontdance.org.

The Vermont Dance

Alliance is a foundation

for Vermont dancers and a

public platform for dance in

Vermont. The alliance cultivates

deeper relationships

between its members, and

helps to foster a thriving artistic

community throughout

the state.

The project began in

June, 2016 as a volunteerrun

effort to gain insight

When the snow starts melting and the

temperatures get warmer, most of us

want to get outside and hike! But, mud

season is not a good time for hiking in

certain areas. Rain and melting snow at

higher elevations are keeping many of

Vermont’s hiking trails wet and muddy.

When hikers tramp on saturated soils,

they cause soil compaction and erosion

as well as damage to the trail and

surrounding vegetation. Please help

protect the fragile trails this time of year

by staying off muddy trails.

Higher elevation soils take longer to

dry out. And after heavy snowfall this

winter and following spring rains, the

trails will take longer than normal to dry

out. A trail may be dry at the trailhead,

but is muddy at a higher elevation this

time of year. If you notice this happening,

please turn around! Trails at lower

elevations, dirt roads, and recreation

paths provide excellent places for early

spring walking.

Along with the warmer weather, there

are many aspects of nature beginning

into what was happening

in dance in Vermont. Because

of the interests of the

participating volunteers,

the focus was primarily

on contemporary dance.

After a year of successful

Courtesy of Vermont Dance Alliance

networking, gathering, and

producing as a team, the

vision expanded to include

all dance forms that are

represented here in the

state. For more info visit

vermontdance.org.

Hiking tips for mud season survival

to emerge for us to enjoy. Thank you for

helping to preserve our beautiful natural

resources!

Guidelines to follow when

hiking this time of year

If a trail is so muddy that you need to

walk on the vegetation beside it, turn

back and seek another place to hike.

Plan spring hikes in hardwood forests

at lower elevations.

Avoid spruce-fir (conifer) forest at

higher elevations and on north slopes

before late May and from the end of

October until frozen or snow covered.

Camels Hump and Mt Mansfield

trails are closed from April 15 through

the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend.

Please do not hike here. Stay below

3,000 feet during these times of year.

Staying away from certain places during

mud season makes them ready to

enjoy this summer.

For more information, and other

mud season hiking options, check out

greenmountainclub.org/mud-seasonarrived.


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At Chef Claude’s Choices Restaurant in Killington,

Chef Claude is a master of fine cuisine. Visitors to his

restaurant enjoy a variety of items including rotisserie

meats and handmade pastas. Unfortunately, the

restaurant is closed due to COVID-19, but never fear!

Chef Claude has been sharing a few of his recipes on

Facebook, complete with hacks for making due with

low supplies. One of the best examples of this, an easy

flat bread.

Easy Flat Bread

Combine 1 cup flour, dash salt, 2 tablespoon oil,

100ml warm milk, cover and rest 15 minutes.

Add 1 tablespoon of oil, mix, cover with wet cloth,

rest 20 min.

Form balls, roll out with flour, heat pan with salt and

water, cook a couple of minutes each side.

I was able to fit two in pan at a time. Makes 8.

Sauces

Any well-cooked meat or veggie can be a meal, but if

you really want to take your quarantine cooking to the

next level, it’s all about the sauces. Chef Claude offers a

couple of choices of varying complexity.

Red Curry Coconut Sauce

“This Red Curry Coconut sauce is an easy versatile

recipe. Works great for chicken, seafood, fish, or vegetarian,”

Chef Claude said.

• 2 cans coconut milk

• 1/4 cup loosely packed brown sugar

• dash of cinnamon

• 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar

• 2 tsp Red Curry paste

• zest and juice of one lime

• 1/2 tsp chopped garlic

• 1 tbsp fresh-grated ginger

• 1 tbsp soy sauce

Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel pot and

simmer for about 5 minutes. Add 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

when cooled.

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• 1 pint quality balsamic vinegar

• 2 tbsp honey, maple syrup, or 1/3 cup sugar

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Creole Chicken

By popular demand, here is the recipe for Creole

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what you have on hand. I’m going to try to make my own

blackening seasoning and sub vegetables for shrimp/

andouille.”

• 60 oz skin on, boneless chicken breast

• sliced onion and bell peppers

• Andouille sausage

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• chopped garlic

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heat. After a couple minutes, slowly add 1/4 cup broth.

Simmer, covered, keeping an eye on the amount and

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20 • The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

By Lisa Lynn, VT Ski & Ride

On March 24, Governor Phil Scott issued

an executive order directing Vermonters

to stay at home or in their place

of residence, leaving only for essential

reasons such as: personal safety; groceries

or medicine; curbside pick-up of goods,

meals or beverages; medical care; exercise;

care of others; and work, as set forth

further.

So the question that everyone was asking

was: does this mean we can still skin

and ski?

At a press conference, Gov. Scott said:

“Outdoor activities like dog walking or

cross-country skiing are fine, but it is

critical people keep a social distancing of

six-feet apart, minimum.”

What that means has been a topic that’s

lit up the internet, pitted locals against

out-of-towners and caused some areas to

put up concrete barriers to keep skiers out

of the access roads or parking lots.

“I skin every day,” said Michael Christopher

Owens, director of alpine touring

at Magic Mountain in the winter and a regular

competitor of the Northeast Rando

circuit. “But I stay within 30 miles of my

home. I don’t ski on trails or in conditions

where I think I might get hurt and I practice

social distancing.”

When we caught up with Owens

he had just returned from a skin at a

nearby ski area. “However, it’s crazy

there — there were cars parked all over

the place — probably 60% of them with

out-of-state plates. There were people

hiking up in regular ski boots — and it’s

really icy now. People come

to these ski areas expecting

the trails to be like they

were during the winter and

groomed and that’s not the

case now. And when they

are heading up the mountain,

they are not practicing

social distancing. I had a

guy skin right up to me on

a skin track and start chatting. He looked

stunned when I asked him to move

away.”

Owens has also had to deal with

people from out of state asking where

Yes, but can we still ski?

Not at resorts, not if you have to travel to ski or ride

they could rent AT gear. “I told this one

dude from Connecticut who reached out

to me on a Facebook group, ‘No, you can’t

rent gear here and you should stay home.’

He just didn’t get it. Then he said “Well,

I’ll just come up and ride my mountain

bike.” I know people have second homes

up here but the whole point is not to

move around, not to drive across three

states or to have to stop at a gas station.

Honestly, it’s gotten so bad I’m leaving a

lot of these Facebook groups that focus

on skiing. ”

At Pico Mountain, a group of skiers

from the Boston area had to be rescued

Saturday, March 21, after one of the guys

fell about 700 feet after slipping on the

icy snow. They were also walking up in ski

boots and the conditions were extremely

firm, according to sources at Killington

Search and Rescue who lead the rescue effort.

The man that fell reportedly severely

hurt his hand trying to self-arrest on the

ice, but was otherwise ok.

Killington Resort and Pico Mountain

officially closed the uphill travel season,

Tuesday, March 24.

“I’m not surprised,” said Murray

McGrath, KSAR member and owner of

Inn at the Long Trail. “They have to worry

about the liability associated with being

an attractive nuisance.” But he added

that he was personally upset by the closure

as he enjoyed skinning up the trails

regularly, as did many responsible locals.

Jay Peak and others have faced a similar

appeal. Shortly after Jay closed on March

area, the Middlebury College Snow Bowl

this week.

“It wasn’t so much that people were

not obeying the social distancing measure,

but more that we wanted to avoid

them simply getting in their car and driving

up here. That takes gas and at some

point, they’ll have to go to a gas station,”

said the Snow Bowl’s general manager

Mike Hussey. “Also, there’s no ski patrol

here, no chance of an immediate rescue

and even if there was, we would be

exposing others. The added load on the

emergency services is an unnecessary

burden on a group of folks that are working

really hard to get ahead of this virus.”

Sugarbush Resort’s president

Win Smith has been posting

about skinning and wrote this

on his blog: “We are still permitting

uphill travel as has been our



policy, but we ask everyone to do

it in a responsible fashion. If we


find this is not the case, we will

be forced to stop uphill travel. ”


Craftsbury Outdoor Center

13, it erected barriers across its access

had closed its facilities but continued

road.

to groom its trails and allow skiers to

Middlebury College,

the first college in use them last week. “We’re not open,

Vermont to send students home in early but we’re grooming the core trails and

March, shut down the parking lot to its ski Ruthie’s and Sam’s,” said Sheldon Miller

“ We appear to be attracting folks from

outside our VT community and this does

not seem like a good idea at this time... We

do this in the best interest of the health of

the COC community. Stay healthy!”

By Polly Mikula

Out-of-state cars parked at the base of Superstar at Killington Resort, Saturday, March 28.



of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, on

Friday, March 20. “We sealed up the 2021

manmade pile for November the other

day too,” he noted, referring to the novel

way Craftsbury has developed to keep

piles of snow frozen over the summer by

covering them with wood chips and then

using that snow as an early season base.”

Yet, by the next day, things had

changed. A new notice appeared on the

Craftsbury web site, effective Sunday,

March 22:

We had hoped to keep some trails

groomed as long as the snow allowed,

but we now feel forced to close for the

following reasons: Skiers are not keeping

‘social distancing’ (6 feet) from each other.

This is critical behavior for all of us to

follow at all times. Skiers are gathering in

groups to socialize. Even a group smaller

than 10 people is at increased risk of

sharing germs. We appear to be attracting

folks from outside our VT community

and this does not seem like a good idea at

this time. So, effective Sunday, March 22,

we will no longer groom our trails and we

ask you not to come to ski. We do this in

the best interest of the health of the COC

community. Stay healthy!”

This story was originally published

March 26, 2020, at vtskiandride.com.

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The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020 SKI SHOP SHOWCASE • 21

Without getting in a car, we

made a gazillion memories

climbing the mountains in our

backyard and playing in the

streams that ran off of them.

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Exploring with youthful eyes

When I was young, my mom used to feed

us breakfast and send us out the door with

instructions not to return home until 5 p.m.

to get ready for dinner. I didn’t

have a backpack or money or

anything except the complete

and utter feeling of freedom

to create and imagine and

dream. I would have a bathing

suit on underneath my clothes

and a beach towel draped

over my right shoulder and a

chapter book hidden in my

armpit. Opening that rickety

screen door and stepping onto

the crushed rock patio was like

stepping out into a world like

none other. A world where I

could do anything as long as my little thick

legs could carry me there. I was free to

explore the world available to me or just sit

on the beach and read for hours.

It was an amazing time, full of crayfish

hunts, sandcastle building and “expositions,”

all in the same day. There was a

beach within walking distance, but you

could never just walk straight there — every

day you had to follow a different journey,

perhaps get your heart racing by taking the

hidden Snake Path or choosing the long

way through Mrs. Kiss’s blueberry bushes,

around the Split Rock behind the outhouse

and then over the rickety wooden bridge

built before the Second World War.

I spent so many hours on that bridge,

hidden from the sun by the thick canopy,

and dangling my legs over the side as I met

friends both real and imaginary.

Without getting in a car, we made a gazillion

memories climbing the mountains in

our backyard and playing in the streams

that ran off of them. We would cut through

the woods until we thought we might be far

enough to get into trouble and then turn

around. We would walk south one day and

then west the other, never having a real goal

in mind. Usually, we just thought about

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what kind of trouble we could get into that

our parents would never know about. But

then somehow, they always seemed to

know everything by dinner.

How did they do that?

The moment uphill travel

was shut down, we were sitting

in the car getting ready to head

up to the mountain. I literally

burst into tears and felt my

whole world slipping away. The

snow was melting quickly

around our house and unless

I wanted to cross-country ski

on the fast grass, it was time to

move on.

But then we heard from the

Green Mountain Club, who

recommended walking out your door and

exploring your neighborhood. So, every

afternoon this week, after finishing our

chores, the BF and I would pull on our

muck boots and walk out the back door of

our house to see what our beautiful neighborhood

has in store for us. And I quickly

realized that I haven’t changed that much

since my childhood.

With no destination in mind, we would

promise ourselves we wouldn’t come

home until the light began to fade and our

tummies started to rumble. Instead of just

a towel and a book, we’ve got a backpack

full of hiking tools and emergency supplies,

but the mission remains the same. We just

let our childhood selves guide us. There

is so much hidden in our little world. Just

this week, we “discovered” a dangerously

steep ravine, several waterfalls, a swamp

that could be very scary at dusk, a waterway

that we just might be able to paddle, and of

course, all the hidden beauty of our Green

Mountains. All just by walking out our back

door and exploring.

We even found the perfect super secret

location for the massively awesome fort

that we’re gonna build.

It’s, like, gonna be the coolest thing ever!

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22 • PETS

The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

Rutland County Humane Society

KEANU

Handsome husky waiting to love you!! Keanu is 2

yrs old. He is looking for someone that loves the great

outdoors as much as he does! Walks, hikes, or just laying

in the sunshine all make him a very happy boy! He needs

a fenced in yard and a home as an only pet.

This pet is available for adoption at

Springfield Humane Society

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

*Adoptions will be handled online until further notice.

spfldhumane.org

AZREAL - 3-year-old.

Neutered male. Domestic

Short Hair. Gray. I’m a mellow

man, who will liven up

for some affection.

ALLAY - 10-year-old.

Spayed female. Husky

mix. Grey/White. At my

age I think I would like to

be the only pet in the home

then I can get all your attention.

PJ - 1-year-old. Neutered

male. Domestic Short

Hair. Orange Tabby. My

new family will want to be

patient with me while I am

adjusting to my new home.

BLAZE - 2-year-old. Neutered

male. Bullmastiff

mix. Red. I am one big guy

but a little on the shy side

when meeting new people.

LUCIUS

MIMI - 1-year-old. Spayed

female. Domestic Short

Hair. Calico. If you’re looking

for a sweet southern

lady to cuddle up with and

time to listen to a story—

I’m your gal.

PRIMETIME

9-month-old. Spayed female. Pit Mix. Brindle. I

have a bubbly personality with a ton of energy.

WHISKERS - 5-year-old.

Spayed female. Domestic

Short Hair. Dilute Tortie.I

am a very calm cat. I will

make any place in the

house that is warm my

place to take a nap.

Hi! I’m a 3-year-old neutered male. My last home didn’t

quite work out for me, so now I’m here at the shelter looking

to find my new home. I’m a pretty confident guy, and I really,

really like to play, especially when catnip is involved, as

it is one of favorite things in the whole, wide world! I can get

a little over-excited at times, so I do also like the quiet. I find

it quite calming, or “quiet/calming” as I like to say! I think it

brings a good balance in life, let’s say. Speaking of balance,

I’d prefer to be an “only cat”– so no other cats in the home

(or children for that matter!), but I do like the company of

some dogs. Anyway, that is me. A confident and fun-loving

kitty! If you’d like to meet me, make an appointment and

come say hello. Who knows, I may just be your perfect pet!

This pet is available for adoption at

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society

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

*(By appointment only at this time.) Tues. - Sat. 12-4p.m.

& Thurs. 12-7p.m. • lucymac.org

ABEL - 1-year-old. Neutered

male. Domestic

Short Hair. Black. It takes

me a little bit to warm up to

other cats since I enjoy being

the center of attention.

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

RCHS and COVID-19: In light of the recent and ongoing

concerns about COVID-19, the Rutland County Humane

Society (RCHS) will implement new procedures to ensure

the safety and well-being of our staff, volunteers, adopters,

supporters and the public. Beginning immediately new

policies are in place. Appointments will need to be made to

adopt or visit an animal or to surrender an owned animal.

Please call if you are bringing in a stray animal. We are currently

not accepting donations of items to the shelter. We

have been, and will continue to, use the appropriate cleaning

guidelines so our staff can safely care for the animals

at RCHS and themselves. Please call us or email with any

questions. We appreciate your support and understanding.

KAYLA - 8-year-old.

Spayed female. Siamese.

Torti Point. If you have a

problem with rodents, I am

the one for you.

BROOKLYN - 6-year-old.

Spayed female. Pit mix.

Brindle. I love to go on nice

slow walks and enjoy the

fresh air and scenery.

RIZZA - 8-year-old. Neutered

male. Domestic Short

Hair. Black and White.I am

a very low-key cat. I enjoy

spending my time at the

highest point in the room.

ROVER - 3-year-old. Neutered

male. Pitbull. Tan &

White. I am a gentle giant,

and I just love being with

people.

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.


The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020 MOTHER OF THE SKYE • 23

Aries

March 21 - April 20

You’re holding steady under a raft of

considerations that keep you awake at

night. On the one hand you’re pretty strong

but when you look at what’s right in front

of your nose, it’s a good thing that part of

your being knows enough to soft-peddle

the truth when it’s too much to take. On

some level it’s time to get your act together

and focus on what taking care of yourself

really means. You pride yourself on being

self-sufficient; to what extent is this true?

What I see is that you would be a hell of

a lot happier if you could figure out what

it will take to handle things on your own.

Taurus

April 21 - May 20

You have all the patience in the world.

Most of the time it stands you in good

stead, but right now, you’ve had it up to

here with a person or a situation that is

making you nuts. If it’s a person, you have

no choice but to love them through their

madness and let them figure it out for themselves.

If it’s a situation, you can change it,

any time you want. Don’t be afraid to cut

the cord and go your own way. Any attachment

you have to things that aren’t working

for you anymore, needs to be examined

in light of the fact that it’s either bring you

down or holding you back.

Gemini

May 21 - June 20

keep thinking of that song from The

I Wizard of Oz; “You’re out of the woods,

you’re out of the dark, you’re out of the

night…” From what I can see it’s been a

long haul. Part of you is still reeling from

what it feels like to be wielding a doubleedged

sword, always waiting for the other

shoe to drop. As the next few weeks unfold

everything will come full circle, and whatever

this has cost you will finally be worth

it. What’s next will probably include more

time for yourself, and more time for the

ones you love, along with enlightening opportunities

and new projects.

Leo

July 21 - August 20

You are up in the air, wondering which

way things will go. Getting squared

away has tested all of your reserves. At an

impasse, it’s always hard to take action, one

way or another. There is more to this than

you can see, so give it time to work its way

to the surface and do whatever it takes to reclaim

yourself. The truth about what’s happening

will reveal itself soon. Even though

resistance is natural in situations like this,

keep a close eye on what it does to you.

Lose your strategies and let your control issues

surrender to the part of you that came

here for this lesson.

Virgo

August 21 - September 20

How to proceed is the issue. If you

thought having all your ducks in a

row would get this to fly, you “have another

think coming.” Neatly arranging

one’s future interferes with any input from

the universe, which in turn, buttons up the

realm of possibilities. Yes my dear, it’s time

to color outside the lines and wing it for a

change. What happens from here on out

will work best if you figure out how to birth

what’s next from your guts. As this happens

clearing the decks will call you to reckon

with mountains of grief and a willingness

to release the unspoken sorrows of the past.

Libra

September 21 - October 20

You’ve got a bunch of “stuff” coming

up for review. The rest of your life

hinges on the choices you are making right

now. If you’re in a relationship it’s time to

lighten up enough to talk about what you

really want your lives to look like; it can

be whatever you want it to be. If you’re

single, the same holds true. Your openness

to change is all important, and so is the desire

to live a real kind of life. Your blind

spots are the only thing that stands between

you and fulfillment. The old stories and the

developmental issues keep ringing in your

ears. Don’t let the past stand in your way.

Copyright - Cal Garrison: 2019: ©

Sagittarius

November 21 - December 20

Grace under pressure is where it’s at,

right now. You are an expert when it

comes to dispensing unconditional love.

In your current situation, there are needs to

be 100% there for someone or something.

This has got you wondering why you put

yourself through it. Many of you are in a

state of suspended animation, waiting for

things to rise or fall, with no clue how they

will unfold. What can I say? All of us are

here to bear witness to our circumstances

and accept “what is.” Yes this moment is

huge. There are no words, and any prescription

you find must be written from

within.

Capricorn

December 21 - January 20

Getting down to the heart of the matter

is the best, and perhaps the only way

to rectify what until now has been shoved

under the rug. If you’ve finally figured this

out, you’re a lot better off than those of you

who have chosen to look the other way.

Waking up to the things that matter, or to

the issues that are at stake, will allow you to

eliminate every ounce of fear; this, in turn

will open the way to another reason for living.

If you’re still struggling with the fact

that you don’t want to see what you don’t

want to see, life will probably shake you up

a few more times until you get it.

Aquarius

January 21 - February 20

You’ve always been operating outside

the lines. At this point in time it looks

like you’re ready to find the gift in what

marching to the beat of a different drum

yields at the end of the day. Hard pressed

to know if showing your true colors will

get you into trouble or add meaning to your

life, do your best to keep your ego in check.

What lies up on the road ahead is a test.

It’s one of those free will moments where

what you choose to do matters more than

usual. Keep things simple, stay humble, but

remain strong enough to recognize yourself

and let whatever the gift is, come to light.

Have you lived up to

your revolutionary

potential?

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

This week’s Horoscopes are coming out under the light

of a Gemini Moon, that will turn Void-of-Course on March

30, and remain in that mode until it crosses the Cancer

Cusp on the last day of the month. We could talk about the

virus and the world-wide lockdown, but let’s skip it; I don’t

know about you but I’ve had enough, and heard enough; it

would be great if we could find something else to discuss.

Looking at the movements of the moon, I notice that it

will be conjuncting my natal Uranus and hitting my Cancer

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Cancer

June 21 - July 20

The last few weeks have pumped a lot

of wind in your sails. You’re flying

higher than ever. As life opens up and leads

you forward, a whole new set of variables

will present you with situations that cause

you to rethink everything. When one thing

changes, everything changes: keep that in

mind. Feeling better than ever will continue

for a while. Sooner or later the “pink

cloud” will disperse and give way to considerations

that attend any growth process.

Make hay while the sun shines, but keep

your umbrella handy, because your real

growth will begin when it starts to rain.

Scorpio

October 21 - November 20

God knows how long this will take? You

could speed things up but it would be

better if you let everything run its course.

There could be many reasons why you’re

being called to wait it out, so the question

is; what will you do in the mean time? You

need to understand that this is a golden

opportunity to wrap up, or clean up, what

high levels of interference have brought to

a head. You know better than anyone what

I am getting at. Between the people that still

have a problem with you and your up and

down financial affairs, you’ve got plenty to

distract you until all of this gets resolved.

Pisces

February 21 - March 20

am here to tell you that it’s safe to get on

I with the show. This could include, letting

go, starting all over again, and/or taking the

bull by the horns and going for it. Don’t let

fear and money considerations stand in the

way. If there appear to be blocks, know that

they are there to test your ability to trust the

guidance that you are receiving from within.

Joy is the operative word these days.

The sense that you need any further proof

before you let go and let God, is insane. It’s

definitely time to ’86 every ounce of negativity

and make room for your truer visions

to take off.

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24 • The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

What to see, hear, and do outdoors:

A treasure hunt for early spring

This is such a disorienting time,

when all our lives have been turned

upside down and shaken. One of

the ways my

own family

is coping is

by spending

time outside

every day. We

stage nature

treasure

The Outside

Story

By Elise Tillinghast

hunts in

the woods

behind our

house. The

kids work as

a team, with

points awarded for number of species

identified, and chocolate doled

out after every 10 points. It’s fun for

the kids. For my husband and me,

it’s a chance to escape a swarm of

worries and enjoy such basics as

spring light and birdsong.

You don’t need specialized

knowledge to get outside and have a

treasure hunt of your own. Below is a

simple list of common sights in early

spring, and suggestions for handson

activities. For those who have the

time and interest to go deeper, the

online version of this essay that’s

posted at the Northern Woodlands

website (northernwoodlands.org)

has links to related articles.

And here’s a great outdoor

learning resource: the Upper Valley

Teaching Place Collaborative

(uvtpc.org), supported by the New

Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s

Wellborn Ecology Fund, is serving

as a hub for outdoor learning

opportunities, bringing together

online resources from environmental

education groups around the

region. Bookmark their site! Then

get outside.

Yellow-bellied sapsucker

holes:

Look for lines of tiny

holes in old apple trees

and other common tree

species. The birds drill

these, then used their

bristle tipped tongues to

lap sap. Fun fact: as spring progresses,

hummingbirds will follow

sapsuckers around, taking advantage

of the freshly-drilled feeding

stations.

Red maple bud bouquets:

Red maples are a common, earlyblooming

tree with easy-to-identify

raspberry-shaped buds. Cut a stem

with a couple of buds and stick this

in a jar of water on a sunny windowsill

to force an early bloom. Try other

early-blooming stems as well.

Insect galleries:

Pull the bark off a log or dead tree,

and you’re likely to find intricate

patterns chiseled underneath.

These are made by tunneling

insects, probably beetle larvae. See

if you can find different patterns underneath

the bark of different logs.

Moon close encounter:

On April 7, the moon will make

its closest approach to Earth for the

entire year: a mere 221,773 miles

away. And lucky us, this occurs on a

full moon night. Get the binoculars!

Chickadees:

Listen for their dee dee dee alarm

call, as well as their love song, fee bee.

Ditch your dignity, and try making

a loud, repeated “pshpshpshhhh”

sound. This is likely to lure them to

fly closer to investigate. This trick

works on many other songbirds, as

well.

Chipmunk burrows:

See if you can identify one or

more burrow entrances. Leave a

seed offering and wait to see if it’s

gathered. Yes, I know – it’s inadvisable

to feed wildlife. I’m willing to

corrupt a few chippies.

Spring ephemerals:

It’s still early for wildflowers,

but under

the ground, they’re

already racing to

sprout, bloom,

and set seeds

before the

tree canopy

closes in.

Keep

an eye

out for their emergence, and in the

meantime, look for early nonnatives

coming out of the ground

now, including snowdrops, daffodils

and crocuses. If you have access to

wetlands, look for the bizarre seacreature-from-outer

space purple

spathes of skunk cabbage – a plant

that gets a jump on spring by generating

its own heat.

Pileated woodpecker feeding holes:

These are large, shallow gouges,

with wood chips piled at the bottom

of the tree. Sometimes you can find

the bird’s scat there. A fun project for

the non-squeamish: use your phone

or a hand lens to magnify this, and

inspect all the undigested carpenter

ant bits.

Woolly bears:

Those fuzzy, brown-and-black

banded caterpillars are active again.

Their markings show past, not

future, weather; as a rule, the milder

the past autumn, the broader the

middle brown band. See if you can

find a woolly and “read” its past.

Vernal pools:

They’re still icy now, but repeated

trips to these small, seasonal pools

in the woods will reveal constant

change over the next month, as amphibians

arrive for mating season.

Peepers and wood frogs start off the

spring chorus. One peeps, the other

chuckles. Can you hear them both?

Jelly fungus and other fungi:

Look for these globby fungal

forms on logs and dead trees. Bright

yellow-to-orange witch’s butter is

easy to spot. You can also find turkey

tail and other shelf mushrooms, and

old puffball mushrooms (some can

still be stomped to create a modest

puff).

Elise Tillinghast is the executive

director of the Center for Northern

Woodlands Education. The illustration

for this column was drawn by

Adelaide Tyrol. The Outside Story

is assigned and edited by Northern

Woodlands magazine and sponsored

by the Wellborn Ecology Fund of New

Hampshire Charitable Foundation:

wellborn@nhcf.org.

Important birthdays over 50

Most children stop being “and-a-half” somewhere

around age 12. Kids add “and-a-half“ to make sure everyone

knows they’re closer to the

next age than the last. When you

are older, “and-a-half” birthdays

start making a comeback. In fact,

starting at age 50, several birthdays

and “half-birthdays” are

critical to understand because

they have implications regarding

Money

Matters

By Kevin Theissen

your retirement income.

Age 50

At age 50, workers in certain

qualified retirement plans are

able to begin making annual

catch-up contributions in addition

to their normal contributions. Those who participate

in 401(k), 403(b), and 457 plans can contribute an

additional $6,000 per year in 2019. Those who participate

in Simple IRA or Simple 401(k) plans can make a

catch-up contribution of up to $3,000 in 2019. And those

who participate in traditional IRAs can set aside an additional

$1,000 a year.

Age 59½

At age 59½, workers are able to start making withdrawals

from qualified retirement plans without incurring

a 10% federal income-tax penalty. This applies to

workers who have contributed to IRAs and employersponsored

plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans (457

plans are never subject to the 10% penalty). Keep in

mind that distributions from traditional IRAs, 401(k)

plans, and other employer-sponsored retirement plans

are taxed as ordinary income.

When you are older, “and-a-half”

birthdays start making a comeback.

Age 62

At age 62 workers are first able to draw Social Security

retirement benefits. However, if a person continues to

work, those benefits will be reduced. The Social Security

Administration will deduct $1 in benefits for each $2

an individual earns above an annual limit. In 2019, the

income limit is $17,640.

Age 65

At age 65, individuals can qualify for Medicare. The

Social Security Administration recommends applying

three months before reaching age 65. It’s important to

note that if you are already receiving Social Security

benefits, you will automatically be enrolled in Medicare

Part A (hospitalization) and Part B (medical insurance)

without an additional application.

Age 65 to 67

Between ages 65 and 67, individuals become eligible

to receive 100% of their Social Security benefit. The

age varies, depending on birth year. Individuals born

in 1955, for example, become eligible to receive 100%

of their benefits when they reach age 66 years and 2

months. Those born in 1960 or later need to reach age 67

before they’ll become eligible to receive full benefits.

Age 70½

Under the SECURE Act, in most circumstances, once

you reach age 72, you must begin taking required minimum

distributions from a Traditional Individual Retirement

Account (IRA) and other defined contribution

plans. You may continue to contribute to a Traditional

IRA past age 70½ under the SECURE Act as long as you

meet the earned-income requirement.

Understanding key birthdays may help you better

prepare for certain retirement income and benefits. But

perhaps more importantly, knowing key birthdays can

help you avoid penalties that may be imposed if you

miss the date.

Kevin Theissen is the owner of HWC Financial in

Ludlow.


The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020 COLUMNS • 25

The “Greatest Show on Earth”

When I was a very young child, my mother

took me to see the Ringling Bros. Barnum

& Bailey Circus. It was an event

that had a profound influence on me

for many years.

My mother used to vacation with

her parents in Florida each February,

and for

several years I

accompanied

her. We stayed

in a small villa

located adjacent

to the ocean,

spending most

days swimming,

The Movie

Diary

By Dom Cioffi

building sandcastles,

searching

for seashells and

shark teeth, and

eating out at the

multitude of restaurants.

On occasion, we would also make a day

trip somewhere. We went to Disney World

one year and periodically visited orange

groves and other beaches. But my all-time

favorite excursion was the year we went to

the circus.

In the early 1970s, Ringling Bros. was

still a profitable venture. Started in 1871,

the organization ran shows continuously

until 2017 when their tents finally came

down due to weakening attendance, pressure

from animal rights activists, and high

operating costs.

I remember the circus being a grand affair. The

clowns were strange and funny, the trapeze artists and

stunt shows were mesmerizing, and the animal acts

were a world of wonder with their constant flow of

exotic beasts.

I was a huge fan of all the animal acts, but nothing

captured my attention quite like the tigers. I vividly

remember watching these enormous beasts with a

combination of love and terror. Deep down, I wanted

nothing more than to walk up and pet one.

I took my love of tigers home with me after that experience.

I began to draw tigers incessantly, even winning

a school art contest with one of my tiger depictions. I

also decided that the Detroit Tigers were my favorite

baseball team (much to the chagrin of a family of Red

Sox fans).

I even went so far as to ask for tiger apparel. I remember

owning one shirt that had a

giant tiger screen printed on the front.

I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing that

shirt today, but at 10 years old, I thought

it was the coolest thing on earth.

But the one thing I always wanted to

do was pet a tiger. I envied the trainers

who were inside the cages running the

animals through their acrobat routines.

I wanted that experience, but living in

the northeast climate, my opportunities

were nonexistent.

Unfortunately, it never happened. To

this day, given the chance (and knowing

I would be completely safe), I would

love to nuzzle up to a big cat.

I suppose I appeased this desire by getting a house cat

when I got my first apartment. When everyone else was

buying or adopting a dog, I went for a feline pet. I’m sure

part of it was my affinity for tigers, but another part had

to do with how much easier cats are to care for.

I named that cat Sam and treated her like the queen

she believed she was. She was a part of my life for 18

“Tiger King”

is the talk of

the world right

now and the

most watched

streaming

program in the

United States.

years, bringing me immense love and joy until the day

she passed away.

I would have another cat today if it weren’t for my

son’s allergies. We’ve even tried to get a hypo-allergenic

dog and it never works. The kid breaks out in rashes and

his eyes and nose swell up horribly. But as soon as he

moves out, my first stop is the pet store or rescue farm to

get another feline to have around.

So, it’s probably not surprising that when I was sniffing

around Netflix this past weekend looking for something

to watch, that my eyes caught the title of a new

docu-series called, “Tiger King.” And like everyone else

on the planet, it took all of 10 minutes of the first episode

to get me hooked.

Since the movie theaters are closed and the studios

are not releasing many films online, I’ve opted for a different

form of entertainment for this week’s review. And

it does not disappoint!

“Tiger King” is the talk of the world

right now and the most watched

streaming program in the United

States. And for good reason. It’s got

everything you could ask for: unbelievable

characters, an all-consuming

storyline, and more twist and turns

than you can imagine. In fact, if this

were a fictitious movie, you might pass

it by because it’s too unrealistic.

Strange times call for strange

entertainment choices. While the

subject matter may not be of interest to

everyone, I’m confident anyone who

watches this will be intrigued by the

over-the-top span of events. It’s “Making

a Murderer” meets “Duck Dynasty” times 2.

Give one episode a try and I’m confident you’ll finish

the series. Plus, you don’t want to feel left out when you

have your next Facetime group chat over the weekend.

A ferocious “A-” for “Tiger King.”

Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email

him at moviediary@att.net.

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Recipes: Making do with what you have

from page 18

thickness of the sauce. You may need to add more broth.

Remove chicken, keep warm. Add shrimp to the pan

and simmer in the sauce adding more stock as necessary.

Check for doneness and serve over rice.

Dessert

And of course, no meal is complete without something

sweet. Pot de Creme is a loose French dessert custard,

which is made easily with just a few ingredients. As

supplies may be dwindling, Chef Claude’s latest version

used a little creativity. “I’m going to sub milk for half &

half, honey for sugar, and skip caramelizing cups. I’m

using only items I have already.”

Chef Claude’s Pot de Creme

• 2 cups half & half

• 3 oz sugar

• 1/2 cap vanilla

• 2 eggs

• 2 yolks

• 1 tsp nutmeg

1. Caramelize cups (Claude recommends skipping

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A Sound Space is a do-it-yourself rehearsal and studio in Rutland owned and operated by George Nostrand who has welcomed many musicians in to continue to create music.

Rockin’ the Region with Ben Fuller at A Sound Space

In Don McLean’s “American Pie” he sang

about “The day the music died.” When

Governor Phil Scott ordered all bars and

restaurants to close, the music around here

kind of did. This region has such a great variety

of live music you can go see, well could

go. Musicians now are doing Facebook live

shows from their living rooms.

Local musician George Nostrand is taking

that many steps further and has put together

a series of online concerts that were

produced at A Sound Space, his rehearsal

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weekly series enabling bands to perform,

get their music out and try to recoup a small

portion of the monies lost due to cancellations.

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Membership levels start at $5.

“We’re just trying to all help each other.

We’re in this as a family and a community,”

Nostrand said. He and some music industry

friends were at his space when they heard

Gov. Scott’s message and they realized they

were all out of work. Nostrand said, “We

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sound, light and video guys. Let’s put on a

concert and make an event out of it.”

It turned into a huge project. They

started on Thursday, March

19, filmed bands right through

Saturday and have been in

production ever since.

The first concert, released

this past Saturday, March 28,

was with the Krishna Guthrie

Band. They are a hard rockin’,

folk-and-blues band comprised

of Krishna Guthrie and

Bobby Maguire, Nicky Fitz, Josh

LaFave and Josh Cote. Each of

their individual styles blends

together to give you something

truly unique.

Guthrie said, “People are starved for

music. Maybe there’s not much money

in it now but you as an artist need to play

music, there’s something in you that dies a

little if you’re not.”

Cote said, “The more music we make,

the more we can bring people together and

as long as we’re bringing people together,

we’ll get through whatever gets thrown

at us. Now more than ever, play music.

Whether you’re sitting at home live streaming

with the ukulele or you’re able to come

do things like this, whatever you can do, do

it. Contribute and keep the art alive.”

A Sound Space has everything a band

could want. Instead of just recording on

your cell phone, you get a fully produced

concert. The patron gets to watch a concert

while sitting in their living room.

Nostrand’s production team consists of

himself, Jared Johnson and Cote, Magnum

PA audio; Jason Bayne, Chrome Yellow

Audio; Mike Mitrano, Dark Shadows Entertainment

and Guthrie.

Nostrand said, “None of this would be

possible without Jared and Krishna has

definitely been more than ‘The Talent.’

Mike is an amazing lighting guy that travels

the country. One night he may be doing

a Michael Franti show and then The Ice

Capades.”

This coming Saturday’s concert, April

4, is with Ben Fuller, a country singer from

Perkinsville,Vermont, who recently moved

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to Nashville. I saw him last summer at the

Brandon Carnival and, although I’m not

a big country music fan, I thoroughly enjoyed

his show. His music is powerful and

there’s a message in every song.

Fuller said he has set out to

tell the truth and does that with

his music: “I’ve set this bar for

myself to be completely real

and completely transparent.”

He speaks openly about his

sobriety and his faith in God.

“I’ve been able to reach people

through honesty. It’s amazing

how relatable you can be telling

such a selfish story of the stuff

I’ve been through.”

Fuller enjoyed his experience

at A Sound Space. He said,

“It was laid back, simple. It’s all ready to go.

It was easy. It’s really catered to the artist.

They were super kind. I really love what

they’re doing with this kind of thanksgiving

approach to music now. They clearly have

a huge passion to music. They’re making it

easier for all of us to get a little something

in our pockets so we can all eat.”

Fuller was home to play some CD

release shows as he just released his first,

“Witness,” which he’s been working on for

11 months. Nostrand said, “He’s amazing.

He came in and kind of blew our doors off.

We shot him right before they announced

the Stay at Home thing.”

The following two weeks will be with

Discavus and Nostrand. Somewhere between

the virtuosity of the likes of George

Duke and Billy Cobham and the groove

based funk of Vulfpeck lies Discavus.

“We don’t need producers and million

dollar ad campaigns to make you dance.

We provide our audiences with a truly

unique musical journey from the first

downbeat to the last,” said members Josh

Cote on guitar, Nicky Fitz on drums and

Josh Rodgers on bass.

Nostrand is a singer-songwriter

through and through. Sit back on your

porch and have a beer. He will be right

there with you. His colloquial, storytelling

style is relatable and popular across

genres of folk, bluegrass, country and rock

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The Rutland Office of SVCOA is coordinating meal drop-offs for seniors in need.

Rutland County Meals on Wheels is in

need of volunteer delivery drivers

RUTLAND — Southwestern Vermont

Council on Aging (SVCOA), administrators

of the Rutland County Meals on Wheels

program, issued an urgent call for volunteer

support on March 25 to assist with Meals

on Wheels deliveries to homebound older

Vermonters throughout the area.

“We’ve seen a drastic decline in the

number of volunteer deliver drivers as the

COVID-19 issue has progressed, coupled

with a significant rise in demand for meals,”

said Courtney Anderson, Nutrition Director

with SVCOA. “As a result, we’ve had to alter

delivery schedules and maximize staffing

resources as best as possible. We are in great

need of new drivers and hope that anyone

who is interested or able will join the effort.”

Anyone who is interested in volunteering

as a Meals on Wheels delivery driver

should contact Penny Jones at 802-775-

0133 as soon as possible.

SVCOA and Rutland County Meals on

Wheels have implemented a number of

thorough and stringent precautionary

protocols for delivery drivers as directed by

the Vermont Department of Health (VDH)

and Vermont Department of Disabilities,

Aging and Independent Living (DAIL). “We

want to make it very clear to folks that there

are significant protective measures in place

that remove all in-person contact and that

ensure the health and safety of delivery

drivers, as well as meal recipients,” said Anderson.

“This is a critical service for so many

homebound individuals in our region, and

we ask for your help.”

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Goggles: Middlebury College alumni find healthful solution with goggles

from page 1

same email forwarded to me from

other friends. All I could think of is,

jeez, this doctor is going to get 10,000

pairs of Smith goggles sent to his house

and that’s not a very efficient use of

resources.”

That’s how Goggles for Docs was

born.

Schaefer started a Google sheet and

a contact list. Pretty soon, the list of

hospitals signing up went from one

to six. The next day he woke up to 500

emails.

Schaefer, a former Middlebury

College Div. 1 ski racer, reached out to

Greg Blanchard who works at Inntopia,

a Stowe-based ski resort software

Submitted

company run by another Middlebury Jon Schaefer, general manager of Berkshire

College grad, Trevor Crist. Earlier this East and Catamount Ski Areas and founder of

month, Inntopia modified its resort Goggles for Docs — pictured with sunglasses.

booking software so it could be used to

book COVID-19 tests.

can be transmitted with, say a direct

“Greg and I started fleshing out a cough to the eyeball, and second, that

website on a phone call. The site went they can take care of disinfecting and

online at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Even as we distributing them.”

were on the phone building this, three While Schaefer’s wife is not currently

more hospitals signed up.”

wearing goggles, Schaefer said that

As of Monday morning, more than Berkshire Medical Center has put in an

7,000 pairs of ski goggles –used and order for 400 and will be receiving 60 on

new—were being promised to hospitals Monday, March 30.

in seven states and requests have come “I didn’t wake up this week thinking

in from hospitals as far away as New I was going to be the COVID Goggle

Zealand and Spain.

Guy — we have a lot to take care of at

“I’m not sure how it works on their our businesses now, too,” said Schaefer.

end, but doctors have told me two things: “It was just one thing that we as a ski

first, that they need goggles as COVID-19 industry could do to help.”

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public water system if you receive a water bill. You can continue to use and

drink water from your tap as usual.

• Vermont’s public drinking water systems are designed to deliver

safe drinking water, especially during times of crisis like the one

we’re in.

• Drinking water operations are an essential function during this

declared state of emergency. Drinking water operators continue to

do all the required testing to ensure public water remains safe.

• In the face of COVID-19, DEC is taking extra steps to ensure

drinking water is safe and free of pathogens by working with

drinking water operators to disinfect the water out of an

abundance of caution. Water is disinfected through a process called

chlorination were chlorine is added to the water in low doses to

kill pathogens that can affect human health. This process can also

occur using ultraviolet disinfection.

• While COVID-19 is not transmitted through drinking water, it is

important to make sure drinking water is free of other pathogens

that can make you sick. Disinfecting systems now will safeguard

drinking water and provide additional protections for people with

compromised immune systems.

• Disinfecting the water could reduce the potential for follow-up

sampling needed to be performed, which will allow the water

system personnel to focus on core job duties. Disinfection will

also keep operators from needing to go into additional locations to

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Horoscopes: Understanding Cancer and Uranus, new paradigms lead us back to the “tribe”

from page 23

Ascendant first thing on Tuesday morning. I would like to

talk about that from my own personal perspective.

The Moon enters Cancer once a month. She feels right

at home in this sign because she rules this stretch of the

zodiac. Most astrologers will tell you that people with

prominent Cancer placements, whether it’s the Sun, Moon,

or Rising Sign, will display strong domestic, nurturing,

home-body, security oriented tendencies. It’s never a good

idea to layer rigid stereotypes over any of the astrological

archetypes. Up to a point the motherly, home-body imagery

holds true with Cancer, but not all the time: those traits

are by no means all there is to it. If you study astrology for

any length of time, you discover that the deeper meaning

of any sign is way more interesting than what’s written in

the textbooks.

On the most mundane level Cancer expresses itself according

to the description above. What we term “maternal

characteristics” are sometimes part of her deal. Dissecting

the sign from a more esoteric perspective we soon find out

that the Cancerian archetype goes way back in time. At its

core, all the “Mommy” stuff derives its essence from the

great matriarchal cultures that thrived on this planet in

times past. Remnants of those traditions still exist. What is

intrinsic to all of them is that they were tribal in nature.

So, what do we mean by tribal? We have lost the thread

to this concept. To a certain extent it is still alive and well

among the indigenous people – but the powers that be have

been hard at work trying to exterminate the indigenous

ones for so long, our tribal memories might as well be on

life support, at this point. If nuclear family constructs have

pre-empted our connection to the human tribe, in the act

of isolating ourselves in tiny boxes that contain Mom, Dad,

and 2.5 kids, we have lost sight of the fact that we are all

connected. The great matriarchal cultures embodied the

idea that we are mother, father, sister, brother, daughter,

and son to all of our relations – including our four legged

friends, the creatures that swim in the sea, all of the winged

ones, as well as the five elements.

We diminish the Cancer archetype by keeping her down

on the farm, barefoot and pregnant. At rock bottom, in its

highest expression, the hand that rocks the cradle rules the

world because Cancer is the matriarch. Anyone with heavy

doses of this sign in their chart, whether they be male or

female, has incarnated at this point in the Earth’s evolution

to remind all of their relations how to return to the ways of

The Tribe. This becomes super important at this moment

in time because yes, indeed, we are about to “find our way

back to the Garden.”

Now that we have beamed in on Cancer, what does

Uranus have to do with it? I was born with Uranus in Cancer

on my Ascendant, so for me, it has a lot to do with it. Once a

month I am reminded of how much it has to do with it. I can

hear you say, “Well she must be quite a motherly gal’”– yes

and no – not in the traditional sense. Why? Because all of

my Cancer energy is pouring through a Uranian filter – and

Uranus is eccentric. Unlike every other planet in the solar

system, it rotates on a horizontal, as opposed to a vertical

axis. Needless to say, my maternal nature is definitely there

– but it has always been off the wall.

Uranus is also the ruler of astrology. Part of the reason I

got to be Charles Jayne’s apprentice is because on the day

that I took my first class with him, he looked at my chart

and said, “You came to this planet to be an astrologer.” It

was my Uranus-Ascendant conjunction that prompted

those words, and it was my time with him that started me

off on this path. When my work in the field got walking and

talking, I became known as “Mother of the Skye.” In my

case, layering the Cancer piece over the Uranian piece, my

purpose has always involved using my astrological gifts to

remind people how to return to the ways of the tribe.

So, enough about me. Uranus was transiting Cancer

from 1948 to 1956. During that eight-year time frame, everyone

on the planet was born with this placement. We are

the ones who came to be known as the Baby Boomers. With

this in mind, how about we play “astrologer” and put

2 + 2 together?

It is well known that Uranus revolutionizes whatever

it touches. The Baby Boomers were raised during the late

40s and the first half of the 50s. We were born and bred on

the post-war American Dream, of God, Mom, and Apple

Pie. Ironically, whatever we were supposed to cull from our

early childhood programming gave birth to what evolved

into the dysfunctional family. Little did we know that

Uranus’s passage through Cancer was meant to throw a

Molotov cocktail into our nuclear family constructs, so that

by the time our own children came of age they would be

well prepared to return to the ways of the tribe.

Now Baby Boomers are in their 70s, or pushing 70, and

have just about come full circle. In the time that has passed

since we were born, Uranus has moved into Taurus and is

currently forming a 60-degree angle to the position it held

at the end of WWII. This is what is known as a sextile; it is a

positive, constructive aspect.

This means that the Baby Boomers have either lived up

to our revolutionary potential, or not. Many of us have sold

out along the way, but just as many have not. Those of us

who are still walking our talk in the face of all the external

pressure to turn into a shopaholic, or just another “Muggle,”

are beginning to see that the dysfunctional energy we

stirred up along the way, and the bombs that we dropped

on all of those nuclear family constructs, had a purpose.

That purpose is unfolding as we speak.

The ones who are being born into the current generation

have incarnated with Uranus in Taurus. On the surface,

Taurus has a strong materialistic flavor. Many astrologers

say it is about money, things, and all of the physical delights.

With the latest wave of souls under the influence of Uranus

in Taurus, we can assume that they are here to toss lightning

bolts into every single one of those thought forms. Now that

the Federal Reserve has been shut down, who knows? We

could already be right over the target.

Digging deeper into the mystery, I have come to realize

that Taurus is about what we value, or what is lasting and

permanent. It has to do with that which is intrinsic to the

Earth, that which is authentic and real, that which is eternal

and everlasting and that will be here at the end of the day,

long after the banks and the machines and the technoculture

have gone up in smoke.

The little ones who are learning to walk and talk at this

moment in time, are “The Ones We Have Been Waiting For,”

the ones who have come to help us remember who we are

and what really matters when it’s all said and done. Are we

ready to go there? I don’t know about you, but I sure am. Let

me leave you with that and invite you to take what you can

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sq. ft.); Including office furniture,

furnishings, Law Library

(personal items not

included); Used as a law

office over 44 years, suitable

for any office; Configuration

may be changed; Parking;

Located in Rutland City

on busiest highway in the

County. Enjoy the benefits

of Vermont living: skiing,

hiking, camping, lakes for

sailing, fishing, boating.

$75,000. Call 941-473-7846

ERA MOUNTAIN Real Estate,

1913 US Rt. 4, Killington—killingtonvermontrealestate.com

or call one

of our real estate experts for

all of your real estate needs

including Short Term & Long

Term Rentals & Sales. 802-

775-0340.

KILLINGTON PICO RE-

ALTY Our Realtors have

special training in buyer

representation to ensure a

positive buying experience.

Looking to sell? Our unique

marketing plan features your

very own website. 802-422-

3600, KillingtonPicoRealty.

com 2814 Killington Rd., Killington.

(next to Choices

Restaurant).

KILLINGTON VALLEY

REAL ESTATE Specializing

in the Killington region

for Sales and Listings for

Homes, Condos & Land

as well as Winter seasonal

rentals. Call, email or stop

in. We are the red farm

house located next to the

Wobbly Barn. PO Box 236,

2281 Killington Rd., Killington.

802-422-3610, bret@

killingtonvalleyrealestate.

com.

PEAK PROPERTY GROUP

at KW Vermont. VTproperties.net.

802-353-1604. Marni@peakpropertyrealestate.

com. Specializing in homes/

condos/land/commercial/

investments. Representing

sellers & buyers all over

Central Vt.

THE PERFORMANCE

GROUP real estate 1810

Killington Rd., Killington.

802-422-3244 or 800-338-

3735, vthomes.com, email

info@vthomes.com. As the

name implies “We perform

for you!”

PRESTIGE REAL ESTATE

of Killington, 2922 Killington

Rd., Killington. Specializing

in the listing & sales of Killington

Condos, Homes, &

Land. Call 802-422-3923.

prestigekillington.com.

SKI COUNTRY REAL ES-

TATE, 335 Killington Rd., Killington.

802-775-5111. Ski-

CountryRealEstate.com – 8

agents servicing: Killington,

Bridgewater, Mendon, Pittsfield,

Plymouth, Stockbridge,

Woodstock areas.Sales &

Winter Seasonal Rentals.

Open Monday-Saturday: 10

am – 4 pm. Sunday by appointment.

WHITE CAP REALTY Sole

proprietor serving buyers

and sellers throughout the

Killington Valley. Contact

Jake Pluta at 802-345-5187

or jake@realwhitecap.com

FOR SALE

CARGO TRAILER- 7x16,

7000lb cargo capacity white

trailer. Great condition, no

rust. $4000 obo. 503-708-

8922

2017 TOYOTA HIGHLAND-

ER Hybrid for sale. Great

condition! $28,000 or best

offer. Call Brooke 971-801-

5788

MOVING SALE- 142 Old

Coach Road, Killington.

Furniture, numerous power

tools, chainsaw. 40” TV,

DVD and stand. For info call

802-772-7326

FARM MACHINERY- over

20 years old harrowers,

rakes, tenders $20 each,

2004 Kaufman utility trailer

$150. 802-457-2613

FREE

FREE REMOVAL of scrap

metal & car batteries. Matty,

802-353-5617.

FREE PLANTS with Services.

jeff@hgvtpro.com 802-

882-7077

FREE – FIRST COME, first

serve. Call 802-422-5499.

2 – Dog quality dog runs w/

hardware, Triangle fabric

dog sun protector, 2- Ceiling

speakers (NIB) 6 ½”

woofer, 40 watts (never

used), Several electrical

(12/14 gauge) ext. chords,

drop light, Elec. Splitter box,

2- New Kwikset Deadbolts

w/keys (brand new), 2- Pressure

washer nozzles (rated

up to 2500 PSI), 2 Gals.

Muriatic Acid (concrete etching),

Liquid pressure washer

concrete cleaner, Numerous

lengths of airplane cable and

chains, Set of snow blower

tire chains, 10 paint trays

(metal & plastic liners) &

paint tarps.

WANTED

HIGHEST PRICES PAID

- Back home in Vermont

and hope to see new and

returning customers for the

purchase, sale and qualified

appraisal of coins, currency,

stamps, precious metals in

any form, old and high quality

watches and time pieces,

sports and historical items.

Free estimates. No obligation.

Member ANA, APS,

NAWCC, New England Appraisers

Association. Royal

Barnard 802-775-0085.

EMPLOYMENT

KILLINGTON RESORT

Banquet Captain- Oversee

daily operations of banquet

events and setups executed

by Hotel Food & Beverage

Department. Visit Killington.com/jobs

to view the

complete job listing or our

Welcome Center at 4763

Killington Rd.(800)300-9095

EOE

KILLINGTON RESORT

Banquet Servers- Perform

service and setup of banquet

events executed by Hotel

Food & Beverage Department.

Visit Killington.com/

jobs to view the complete

job listing or our Welcome

Center at 4763 Killington

HEAD HOUSEKEEPER:

Seeking an energetic, responsible,

take charge individual

to join our team.

Candidate must be a team

player while overseeing all

our housekeeping needs to

ensure guests’ comfort. Reliable

transportation required.

Position is year-round Basic

housing option available.

This is a key position at our

popular Killington Inn. Call for

details: 802 422 3407 Email:

snowedinn@vermontel.net

ALPINE BIKE WORKS in

Killington Vermont is seeking

full and part time bicycle technicians.

We are a full service

bicycle shop at the base of

Killington Bike Park specializing

in mountain and gravel

bikes and stock a large inventory

of bikes, parts and

accessories. We offer a great

working environment with a

friendly atmosphere. Work

includes all types of services,

including bicycle suspension,

drive train, wheels, tires

and brakes. Compensation

relative to experience.

Thinking of relocating? We

can help! Please send resume

to info@alpinebikeworks.com

for consideration.

SERVICES

BEAUREGARD PAINTING,

30 years experience, 802-

436-1337.

EQUAL

HOUSING

OPPORTUNITY

ALL REAL ESTATE and rentals

advertising in this newspaper

is subject to the Federal

Fair Housing Act of 1968 as

amended which makes it illegal

to advertise “any preference,

limitation or discrimination

based on race, color, religion,

sex, handicap, family status,

national origin, sexual orientation,

or persons receiving

public assistance, or an intention

to make such preferences,

limitation or discrimination.”

This newspaper will not knowingly

accept any advertisement

which is in violation of the law.

For more info call HUD toll-free

at 1-800-669-9777.

Submit a

classifi ed

Email classifieds@

mountaintimes.info or call

802-422-2399. Rates are 50

cents per word, per week;

free ads are free.

Courtesy of Zoom

Video conferences are being held to conduct official business

in towns and school districts across the region.

Zoom: Local meetings go digital

>

from page 28

3, have been cancelled, according to WCUSD Board chair

Bryce Sammel.

“There will be a new Zoom link for the April 6 [Board]

meeting which will be included in the [agenda and attachments],”

Superintendent Mary Beth Banios said.

Brooke Olsen-Farrell, superintendent of the Slate Valley

Unified School District, told the Mt. Times their March 23

board meeting also utilized Zoom.

“It was a pretty efficient meeting,” Olsen-Farrell wrote.

“We did have some members of the public join the meeting

virtually, which seemed to go fine.”

“Each [future] meeting will have its own link on the top

of the warned agenda,” Olsen-Farrell added. “It is certainly

a learning experience but so far we are not having too

much trouble instituting virtual meetings.”

Select Boards are also adapting.

Hartland Town Manager David Ormiston has a Microsoft

Teams networked meeting scheduled for April 6.

“I’ve been using

[Teams] the last week

in preparation for the

meeting,” Ormiston

said. “I’ve now used

Teams, Zoom and

GoToMeeting. I find

them all to be pretty

similar.”

The Hartland

“The public will be

asked not to come

in person but ... by

video conference,”

Bristow said.

meeting agenda will include a phone number and a link for

participating.

Barnard Select Board’s April 1 meeting will be held in

person, according to Select Board Assistant Rob Ramrath.

The meeting “will have the members plus me in person

at the town hall (of course, no one sick and at a social

distance) with the public dialing into a conference call,”

Ramrath wrote. Instructions are included in the posted

agenda.

Preston Bristow, Killington Select Board administrator,

said the board will hold its first virtual meeting April 7 using

Zoom moderated from the Sherburne Memorial Library.

“Town Manager Chet Hagenbarth will be at the Library,

and it will be up to each individual Select Board member

whether he will attend in person or by video conference,”

Bristow said. “The public will be asked not to come in person

but to participate only by video conference.”

A short-term rental regulation hearing on April 21 will

also be conducted remotely.

Plymouth is bucking the technology tide – Town Clerk

Sandie Small wrote, “There is a [Select Board] meeting

scheduled for April 6, which will be held in the usual manner

in our Town Hall. Frankly, we rarely have visitors, and

since no one is on the Agenda, I doubt there will be [any

public] attending.”

“If we were to use some tech in the future,” Small added,

“Zoom seems like the likely winner.”


The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020 REAL ESTATE • 31

Grow Your Life in Killington

KILLINGTON VALLEY REAL ESTATE

Bret Williamson, Broker, Owner

Celebrating

30 years!

802.775.5111 • 335 Killington Rd. • Killington, VT 05751

FALL LINE CONDO - SKI HOME & SHUTTLE OUT

• 3BR/3BA beautifully renovated

• End Unit. Panoramic Views!

• New granite, stainless appliances

• Cherry cabinets. Gas fireplace

• On-site: indoor pool

• Furnished & equipped: $299K

MTN GREEN - BLDG 1

THE LODGES - SKI IN & OUT

• 1-LVL 3BR/3BA, Furnished &

equipped, Wash/Dryer, patio

• Gas fplc, gas range, gas heat

• Mud-entry w/ cubbies+bench

• Double vanity, jet tub,

• Common: Indr pool

• End unit, $439K

KILLINGTON CTR INN & SUITES

72 658 Windrift Tanglewood Ridge Road, Drive, Killington Killington $ 575,000 $459,000

This Great unique, private Killington 3 bdrm , location, 3 bath, custom modern stone home, work situated throughout

on the a exterior, wooded heated lot garage, overlooking VT castings nearby wood Pico stove, Mountain hot tub,

Ski open area, floor offers plan and unexpected a large living privacy room with and valley stunning views from the

mountain wall of windows. views.

4552 Prior VT Drive, Route Killington 107, Stockbridge $1,200,000$129,000

Many Exquisitely opportunities detailed Tudor for this style home located in a private minutes 20 acre to I-89

and Killington 20 min location. drive to Spacious Killington. gourmet Excellent kitchen, rental arched history, doorways,

recently high end fixtures, renovated carefully improvements crafted trim and including moldings a new throughout.

standing Truly unique seam property. metal roof, windows, doors, and more.

Mountain 298 Prior Drive, Green, Killington Killington $ 1,2000,000 $149,500

2-bedroom, This 4934 square 2-bath foot, corner exquisitely unit Mtn Green detailed building Tudor 1. Sold style furnished,

home updated is in a class appliances, by itself. outdoor A five pool bedroom views, shuttle home, route &

wood surrounded burning by fireplace. the grandeur Cable, internet, of the plowing, green mountains. refuse removal

and shuttle service included in quarterly fee.

Cricket Hill, $

Lodges, Killington $459,000 555,000

Ski-in, This 4-bedroom, ski-out from this 4-bath 3-bedroom, home with 3-bath inground furnished pool top floor is a

Lodges ten minute unit with drive trail from views Killington of Bear Mountain. Resort with Owners stunning enjoy all

the views Sunrise of Pico amenities Mountain. including The spa, competitively pool, hot tub priced and gym. home,

is being sold furnished.

View all properties @killingtonvalleyrealestate.com

Office 802-422-3610 ext 206 Cell 802-236-1092 bret@killingtonvalleyrealestate.com

NOTE TO READERS:

The Mountain Times is closing its office to the public as of March 18, 2020.

We will continue to cover local news in print as well as online, through

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You can also reach us at 422-2399 or editor@mountaintimes.info.

• Shuttle Service

• Furnished & equipped

• OnSite: In&Outdr Pools,

• Whirlpl, Laundry area

• 1BR @ $129K

MTN GREEN – MAIN BLDG (#3)

• 2BR/2BA w/lockout $162K

• STUDIO: $95K

• 1BR Bldg 3! $126K - 150K

• Onsite: Indoor & Outdoor Pools,

Whirlpl, Restaurant, Ski & Gift

Shops, Pilate Studio, Racquetball/basketball;

Shuttle Bus

KILLINGTON GATEWAY- TOP/END UNIT

• furnished & equipped

• gas heat & fplc, tiled kitch &BA flrs

• Cath ceiling w/ sky lt, open flr plan

• Cherry kitchen cabinets, AC

• Covered deck, private ski locker

• 1 BR/1BA: $81K; 2BR/1BA, $125K

JUST OFF KILLINGTON RD

• 4 Oversized BR’s, 2.5BA,

4,227 sq.ft.

• 10 person hot tub, laundry room

• Llarge deck & bar room

• Furnished & equipped $599K

• Completely Renovated 2BR/3BA

w/one LOCK-OFF unit

• Stone-faced gas f/plc, W/Dryer

• Tiled floor to ceiling shower

• Outdr Pool. Short walk to shuttle &

to restaurant. Furnished $222K

KILLINGTON TRAIL VIEWS

• 6BR/3BA , 2 acres,

2,600 sq.ft.

• Walk-out lower level

• Detached storage garage

• New septic system

• Furnished & equipped

• $379K

MOUNTAINSIDE DEVELOPMT HOME

• 3 en-suite bedrooms + 4 ½-baths

• Living Rm floor to ceiling stone fplace

• Family gameroom w/ fireplace

• Chef’s kitchen,sauna, whirlpl tub

• 3 extra separately deeded lots incl.

• www.109mountainsidedrive.org

• $1,195,000

WINTER VIEWS OF SUPERSTAR!

• On cul-de-sac, great LOCATION!

• 4BR, 2.5BA 3,470 sf, a/conditioning

• Ctl vac, chef’s kitch, butler’s pantry

• Cedar closet, office, master suite

• 3 car garage, storage, screened porch

• Deck, unfinished basemt,++

$789,500

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one which is used as Airbnb. 2 rentable open studio

units. Last unit is rented cold storage space. All the

real estate & business $549,900

ONE OF A KIND PROPERTY MINUTES TO PICO

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income. 3 level barn, outbuilding w/ heat. Inground

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DIRECT ACCESS TO SNOWMOBILING &

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from this totally renovated & turn key 5 bed/2 bath

Chalet. Great open floor plan w/gorgeous pine

floors & wall of glass to enjoy the views! New

roof. Strong rental potential. Must see this gem!

$319,900


32 • The Mountain TimesApril 1-7, 2020

MORE CARING

The quicker we flatten the curve, the quicker

we can get back to playing on the mountain.

• Stay home

• Keep a safe distance

• Wash your hands

• Take care of one another

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

For the latest updates, please visit killington.com.

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