Mou nta i n Ti m e s
Volume 49, Number 21 Your community free press — really, it’s FREE! May 20-26, 2020
MEMORIAL DAY YARD
SALES ARE A GO!
Memorial Day weekend
is always a hot time
for neighborhood yard
sales, but what about
this year? Yes, garage
sales/yard sales are permitted
so long as they
follow the guidelines of
fewer than 10 people at
the site, Governor Phil
Scott clarified Monday,
By Aliya Schneider
Jessi Travers Moulton,
of Unlimited Potential.
On Monday, May
18, retail was allowed
to reopen with physical
distancing and other
measures in place to
health. Many in downtown
more will open this
week and next.
‘TIS THE SEASON
FOR ROAD WORK
Here’s what to expect
if you’re cruising roads
throughout the region.
Killington Resort opens for
Memorial Day weekend
Golf opening Saturday, May 23, followed by mountain biking, June 6
Killington Resort announced Monday,
May 18, that it will be opening summer
operations this Memorial Day weekend.
Its 18-hole golf course will open Saturday,
May 23, to Vermont residents and
non-residents who’ve quarantined for 14
days and the Bike Park Saturday, June 6, to
passholders only, pending Gov. Phil Scott’s
approval of the Killington Mountain
Biking operations plan, which has been
updated to ensure the safety of guests, staff
and the community during the Covid-19
“As we transition into summer operations,
we’ve made the tough decision to
not reopen for skiing and riding,” said
Mike Solimano, president and general
manager of Killington Resort. “Given our
commitment to early and late season
skiing, it was hard to close the door on the
2019-20 ski season, but we feel fortunate
to have enjoyed the longest season in the
East – 133 days, despite the early closure.”
“Clearly we have enough snow on Superstar,
and we’d love to open, that’s who
we are. It’s our brand, but the struggle is
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By Chandler Burgess, Killington Resort
The Snowshed Bike Park at Killington will be opening for pass-holders, June 6.
Rutland Club Fitness sued for opening
Lawsuit is state’s first enforcing governor’s executive order
By Polly Mikula
“The state of Vermont
alleges that Club Fitness of
Vermont and its owner, Sean
Manovill, are operating a
fitness center in violation
of Executive Order 01-20,
Addendum 4,” Attorney
General TJ Donovan stated
in a press release Friday afternoon,
May 15. “In seeking
the preliminary injunction,
the state is asking the Court
to shut down the facility, as
required under the governor’s
The lawsuit was filed in
Rutland Superior Court on
May 15 and a judge granted a
temporary restraining order
later that day.
“Club Fitness of Vermont
and Mr. Manovill are now
enjoined from conducting
any in-person, indoor operations
at any fitness center
so long as the governor’s
order prohibits them from
“I’m doing this for health — for
the health of our communities
and the health of my clients some
of whom are suffering a mental
health crisis,” said Manovill.
doing so,” it stated.
The governor’s order
fitness centers, and similar
exercise facilities to cease
all in-person operations on
“I’m disappointed we
have to go to court to seek
compliance with the governor’s
lawful executive order,”
said Donovan. “The vast
majority of Vermonters have
done the right thing. It’s not
fair to them or other businesses
to let Mr. Manovill
openly violate the order.”
But Sean Manovill, owner
of Club Fitness in Rutland
saw it differently.
“I’m doing this for the
health of our community,
for Rutland and for other
small businesses,” Manovill
explained when reached
by phone Monday, May 18.
“People who do not rely on
a gym may not fully understand
but this is an important
outlet for many. I have
some clients that are in a
mental health crisis.”
Manovill said he was
working well with the state,
including Donovan, until
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By Mike Dougherty/VTDigger
Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a recent press briefing.
Scott extends state of
emergency, ‘Stay Home’
becomes ‘Be Smart’
Outdoor dining, salons could be
included in reopening plan this week
By Colin Meyn and Anne Wallace Allen/VTDigger
With just one Covid-19 patient in an ICU in a Vermont
hospital, Gov. Phil Scott continued to open the state to an
economic recovery, on May 15.
While he extended the state of emergency to June 15,
he assured Vermonters that if Covid-19 infection rates
continue to stay very low, outdoor dining, close-contact
businesses like salons, and other indoor businesses would
be able to open by June 1. He also said the state’s limit
on gatherings, now set at 10, would be expanded to 25
“It’s incredible to think back on all that has happened
since early March; we’ve all been through a lot,” the gov-
New orders > 10
Fort: ‘Please don’t
By Polly Mikula
Claudio Fort, president and CEO of Rutland Regional
Medical Center and Dr. Melbourne Boynton, Chief Medical
Officer, discussed how the hospital is impacted as the
state gradually eases the regulations that have helped to
reduce the spread of Covid-19 during an interview Thursday,
May 14, shown on PEGTV.
At its peak, less than 10% of RRMC patients have been
Covid-positive, Fort said, “so the hospital in general has
been quite safe all the way through.”
At one point, RRMC had five Covid-positive patient in
the hospital, now it has just one in the ICU on a respirator.
Statewide there are only three people currently hospitalized
Recently, one patient at RRMC, Paul Goulet, recovered
from Covid-19 after 43 days in the hospital. He tested positive
on March 31 and from April 1-24 he was incubated.
“It was touch and go for a long time,” said Lisa Bissette,
BSN, RN in the Intensive Care Unit in a video posted on
RRMC Facebook page. But 43 days later, on May 11, he
was discharged to a rehab facility.
Goulet hangs dry wall, and told the RRMC staff that he
was going to do that “until they bury him.”
“He had a great attitude, he was a fighter,” said Bissette.
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2 • The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
KMS tasks committee with reopening plan
School prepares to reopen with out vaccine, with new protocols
Will school reopen in the fall? That is the question
on every parent’s mind after two months of homeschooling
with about one more to go before the summer
Tao Smith, Head of School, wrote a letter to Killington
Mountain School families May 15 addressing
this question. His response provides insight to what
many other school communities are likely considering
as they make contingency plans for a variety of
“It is our intent to open our full-term academic
program in late August as scheduled,” Smith wrote.
“We are also optimistic that a majority of our on-campus
summer camps can take place as scheduled. How
these events come to pass and with what restrictions
will be the job of our recently-formed school re-opening
task force, which convened two weeks ago.”
Smith, who will be leaving his post at KMS in
June to head up Gould Academy in Maine, has been
working closely with incoming Head of School Claire
Kershko and collaborating with the heads of other
major ski academies in the East, participating in
weekly and bi-weekly conference calls to share ideas
and best practices. KMS is also taking guidance from
the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
Vermont Dept. of Health and the federal government,
and closely monitoring health and safety agency
guidelines and recommendations.
“I want to be clear that there is a tremendous
amount that still we do not know about this disease,”
“Covid-19 impacts the old and infirmed, as well as
the young and healthy… We have no known cure, and
it will be at least 12-18 months at the earliest before
an effective vaccine will be developed and deliverable
to the world population. For herd immunity to
be effective, 60-70% of the people in the United States
will need to be infected or vaccinated, and scientists
will need to be certain that carrying antibodies provides
a measure of effective immunity. None of these
conditions yet exist, and none will be in place by the
time KMS reopens. Therefore, it will be of the utmost
importance that we develop practices and protocols
around the recommendations from the CDC, state
and federal agencies, and that our families accept
and support the conditions under which students
will be allowed to return. We can anticipate living under
the cloud of this pandemic for at least two years,”
Despite those unknowns, KMS
is still planning to reopen in the
fall, barring state or government
mandated closures— but life will be
“Life at KMS next year will be
far different than what any KMS student has previously
experienced,” Smith continued. “Changes will
impact virtually every aspect of KMS life, including
but not limited to arrivals, departures, orientations,
academics, athletics, training, travel, residential life,
transportation, PPE requirements, classroom and
gymnasium density, and myriad other categories.”
Meghan Girardi and Claire Kershko are leading
the school reopening subcommittee, which is
charged with exploring how KMS may effectively reopen
and what precautions and procedures will need
to be developed before we can welcome faculty and
students back to campus in any form. With KMS summer
athletic teams competitions beginning as early
as June 20, and its camps, which typically start up in
late June on campus, the committee plans to present
a working draft document on May 31.
“KMS will plan as best we can with all of the resources
at our disposal, but there are no guarantees
when it comes to executing our plan,” Smith said.
“The need to remain nimble and able to pivot quickly
as new information and situations come to light
will be paramount for our school and our faculty...
Understanding and embracing this uncertainty will
be required of every family returning to camps this
summer or school next year.”
While the school makes plans to conform with
health and safety guidance, protocols and best practices,
Smith also knows that families’ comfort levels
may vary — and despite new protocols families may
“The fear, unknown and uncertainty are real, and
as this event unfolds and will continue to have a deep
We can anticipate living under the cloud of this
pandemic for at least two years,” Smith said.
impact on all of our lives, it is important to remind
ourselves of who we are and what we stand for. KMS
values and the value of a KMS education have never
been more necessary and more important than it is
today. Our core values of adversity, responsibility and
character are embedded in who we are and what we
stand for. They are what makes KMS students stand
out, and will help us to navigate the challenges that
lie ahead,” he wrote.
“In times of crisis, the best of humanity presents
itself,” Smith continued. “There are some positive
lessons from this spring that we should be mindful
of, such as the value of being home with family and
reconnecting in ways that modern life does not allow.
We have learned more about ‘essential’ workers
than we previously knew; the invaluable roles that
nurses, grocery clerks, emergency responders, and,
yes, teachers play in our lives. Calculating what is
truly important and meaningful will take on new clarity
and definition in the coming years, and it is our
responsibility to carry these lessons forward into a
new future and for the next generation of leaders and
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 • 3
Police report non-suspicious
fire at Hartland mobile home
The Dept. of Public Safety fire and
explosion investigation unit investigated
a fire at 109 Martinsville Road in Hartland,
May 13 just after 8 a.m. The fire was in
a double wide mobile home owned by
Karen Walker with Amanda Walker as a
tenant. The homeowner left the home
around 6:20 a.m. that morning, police
reported. A neighbor noticed smoke coming
from the roof around 8 a.m. and went
to investigate. She found the home full of
smoke when she entered and could see
fire in the kitchen. She exited the home,
closed the door, and called 911.
When the Hartland fire department
arrived, they found fire in the kitchen
extending to the remainder of the home.
They were able to contain the fire to the
kitchen. The kitchen was heavily damaged
by fire. The remainder of the home
had smoke, heat and water damage. There
were no injuries.
Hartland Fire Chief Saunders requested
assistance from the Dept. of Public Safety
fire and explosion investigation unit to
determine the area of origin and the fire
cause. Investigators from the unit arrived
on scene the following morning and
determined that the fire started on the
kitchen counter in the area of a toaster
and coffee maker. The cause will be listed
as undetermined. The fire is not suspicious.
The home had working smoke alarms
and the alarms were sounding when the
neighbor entered the home.
The neighbor who noticed the fire and
entered the home to see what was happening
had the presence of mind to close
the door when she left. Closing the door
stopped air from getting to the fire, slowing
the fire spread allowing time for the
fire department to arrive. Closing all doors
on your way out of a burning home will
significantly slow the fire spread.
For more information visit firesafety.
Courtesy of Vermont State Police
Fire investigated at camp in
On May 16, at 12:51 p.m., the Middletown Springs Fire Dept. responded to 4000 Saw
Mill Hill Road for a report of a structure fire at a remote camp. Upon arrival, firefighters
encountered a fully involved structure fire in the single-story camp. They noted most
of the camp structure had already been consumed by the fire prior to their arrival. They
then began an exterior attack on the fire; however, despite their efforts they were unable
to save the structure from being completely consumed by the fire.
Minor injuries were reported.
As part of his scene assessment, Middletown Springs Fire Chief Joe Castle contacted
the Vermont Dept. of Public Safety fire and explosion investigation unit for assistance in
determining the origin and cause of this fire.
Members of the Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit responded to the scene on
Monday morning, May 18, and initiated an origin and cause investigation. It was determined
the camp was believed to be unoccupied; however, a male identified as Scott Saltis
approached the firefighters from the woods behind the camp, claiming to have sustained
minor injuries from the fire.
Saltis was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center and treated for his
injuries. Police reported that it was unclear if Mr. Saltis was staying in the camp or nearby
in the woods, at the time of the fire.
This fire remains under investigation and is considered suspicious.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Det. Sgt. James
Wright at the Shaftsbury Barracks at 802-442-5421 or the Vermont Arson Tip Award Program
(VATAP) hotline at 1-800-32-ARSON (1-800-322-7766). The VATAP will pay up to a
$5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.
reopen with guidelines,
By Katy Savage
As Gov. Phil Scott allows Vermont lodging facilities to reopen, inn operators are preparing
for a new normal.
Many summer events that draw thousands of tourists have been postponed or cancelled
this year and many are anticipating reservations will be down significantly as the
guest experience changes drastically.
The Woodstock Inn is taking reservations starting June 16 under its own extensive set
of protocols to keep employees and guests safe. All guests will be required to have their temperatures
checked upon arrival and be asked to complete a health questionnaire. Any guest
with a temperature higher than 100 degrees will be asked to leave the property and won’t
be able to check in. Employees will also receive daily temperature checks and guests will be
asked to wear masks in public spaces.
Courtney Lowe, the vice president of marketing and business development at the inn,
said staff members have spent two months preparing the guidelines, which he said are
based on the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s protocols.
There will be no in-room housekeeping at the inn, per the protocols, and restaurants
will provide grab-n-go dining options only. Lowe said staff members will be cleaning hightrafficked
areas more aggressively and the inn purchased electrostatic sprayers to disinfect
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WARF partners with WCSU to
supplement June school lunch
As the Covid-19 crisis continues,
Woodstock Area Relief Fund (WARF) has
received support from many area people
and programs that have stepped up to
help those in need. WARF has been able
to partner with several of them, including
the Windsor County Supervisory Union
Last week, WSCU asked for help extending
the student meals program until
the end of June. The program was slated
to end in the middle of the month, when
the school year ends. This would have left
200 students without breakfast and lunch
for two weeks, until summer programs
begin on July 1.
“In thinking about how the WCSU
school district could extend our support of
Killington Strong launches
basic necessities relief
The Killington Strong
gofundme has launched
its Relief for Basic Necessities.
A portion of the funds
raised from the relief effort
will go to members of the
Killington Community who
have been strongly affected
financially by the Covid-19
pandemic. The group will
provide grants to help pay
for basic necessities such
as utilities, medicines, rent,
In order to accommodate
the most people, each
grant will be limited to $350
The first of the basic
children needing healthy meals daily, my
first thought was WARF,” said Sherry Sousa,
director of instructional support services.
“They quickly responded to my need by
offering to fully cover the costs of making
and delivering meals for 200 students
daily. Without WARF’s support, it would
not be possible to meet this essential need,
so I am extremely grateful. I know that the
families and children are even more appreciative
of this amazing gift.”
WARF’s contribution supplements
existing partial funding by USDA to provide
breakfast and lunch daily, Monday
through Friday, to local students who
qualify for free and reduced lunches. The
lunches will be prepared and delivered by
WCSU Nutrition Program staff.
necessities relief funds has
been disbursed to the Killington
Sunny Day Fund.
“We are delighted to have
been able to provide the
KES Sunny Day Fund with
$5,000,” said Bonnie Robins,
one of the organizers
of the effort. “These funds
will be distributed to certain
school families to help them
get through these times.”
To apply for the relief
funds residents can
gmail.com or write to Killington
Fund For Covid-19
Relief, PO Box 734, Killington,
VT 05751 to request an
application for a grant.
In the words of gofundme
organizer Pamela Martin,
“‘Tears and fears and
feeling proud to say I love
you right out loud’ (Judy
Collins)...I feel immense
pride in this community.
I love you Killington, right
out loud. Here I am never
The group hopes to raise
another $10,000 to continue
the food distributions as
well as assistance for the basic
necessities. For more information
4 • The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
TOWN OF KILLINGTON
SOLID WASTE TRANSFER STATION - UPDATE
FREE BULKY ITEMS DAY - YOU MUST HAVE A STICKER!
• Saturday, May 30, 2020: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
• Monday, June 1, 2020 : 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Household trash ONLY. NO business’ and no building and/or construction materials.
VERMONT GREEN UP DAY - Saturday, May 30, 2020: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Green Up Bags FOR ROADSIDE TRASH ONLY are available at Town Hall and are
free when brought to the Solid Waste Transfer Station. Please DO NOT leave bags on
the side of the road as they must be brought to the Transfer Station on Saturdays or
Mondays between 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Town does NOT pick up bags left on the road
Location: 2981 River Road (Behind Town Garage)
Phone Number: (802) 422-4499
Solid Waste Transfer Station
Location: 2981 River Road (Behind Town Garage)
Phone Number: (802) 422-4499
SAT.& MON. (8 A.M.- 4 P.M.)
Collection & transfer of solid waste deposited by residents and property owners of
the Town. (Windshield sticker & punch card needed) Recycling Center for residents
and property owners of the Town. (Free with windshield sticker) If you need to
dispose of solid waste outside the normal operating hours of the Transfer Station
or have construction & demolition debris or other non-acceptable waste, residents
and property owners of Killington can go to the Rutland County Solid Waste District
Transfer Station & Drop-off Center located on Gleason Road in Rutland.
Summer hours began Sat., April 4, 2020.
Retail is now open
Stores in downtown Rutland share precautions they’re
taking to ensure safety and compliance
By Aliya Schneider
Under Governor Phil Scott’s order, retail
stores in Vermont were allowed to open
their doors on Monday, May 18, but shoppers’
experiences won’t look the same as
they did before the pandemic. Scott’s goal
is for a “gradual reopening,” noting that although
rules will be relaxing, he encourages
people to continue to limit their interactions.
The order requires that employees
wear face masks and that stores keep a limit
to 25% of their legal capacity, or one person
per 200 square feet.
Rutland businesses are now deciding for
themselves when—and how—they plan to
open within the state guidelines. Of those
that opened Monday, many had limited
hours with additional systems in place to
make sure both customer and employee
exposure is minimized.
Grow VT, 38 Wales St., has maintained
consistent business via curbside pickup
and will now be allowing customers inside
one family at a time. Grow VT co-owner
Sabra Notte said that they are cutting their
hours in half so they can clean more thoroughly
now that visitors are able to come inside.
The door will stay closed, and families
are instructed to knock before entering.
Draw Go Games, 9 Evely St., opened its
retail space on Monday, but its game space
will remain closed. Draw Go Games owner
Scott Stearns and manager Zachary Hinckley
explained that customers must wait in a
line outside the store to maintain a six person
limit inside. They noted that “everyone
will be required to wear a mask,” but it is a
“learning experience” for everyone, so there
will inevitably be some improvising.
Fruition Fineries at 56 Merchants Row
also opened its doors on Monday, with abbreviated
hours and with private shopping
by appointment as an option. Customers
can still video chat in by appointment
and use curbside pickup. Fruition Fineries
Owner Rebecca Buonadonna expects
a slow start to business as people adjust.
She said she’s looking forward to seeing her
“customers’ smiling faces... well, their smiling
eyes anyway,” adding that “It’s nice to be
here and just have the door open.”
McNeil & Reedy at 81 Merchants Row
also opened on Monday, and will have hand
sanitizer, gloves, and wipes at the front door
and register. They are asking customers to
wear masks, too.
Unlimited Potential, 146 West St., is
opening Tuesday, May 19, with limited
hours. Shopping will be by appointment
only and limited to one or two people at a
time. Customers can schedule appointments
through the Unlimited Potential
Facebook page. Unlimited Potential Owner
Jessi Travers Moulton is planning the time
slots so she can clean in between customers.
She is wary of letting anyone in with
respiratory issues since she wants to cater
to those who require the most precautions,
“especially because most of my customers
are either pregnant or grandparents,” she
said. She expects to enforce mask wearing
for at least the first couple of weeks being
By Aliya Schneider
Fruition Owner Rebecca Buonadonna and
her dog Piggy are glad to be open again.
The Curiosity Shop at 18 Merchants
Row also will open onTuesday, limiting
customers to nine at a time. According to
their Facebook page, they have rearranged
their store to prevent traffic between customers.
They will have hand sanitizer and
discourage gloves unless they are properly
sanitized. Mask wearing will be enforced
for anyone over 2 years old.
Phoenix Books at 2 Center St., which has
been doing call-in curbside pickup orders,
plans to open on the following Tuesday,
May 26, a week later than the lifted restrictions.
Phoenix Books manager Will Notte
said they need more time to ensure they
have the necessary precautions in place
before allowing customers inside. He
explained that they will have disposable
masks available for those who don’t have
their own, and the vestibule in front that
normally houses discounted books will
be used as a hand sanitizing station. There
will be three locations throughout the store
where customers can continue to sanitize
as they browse, because it “can’t hurt to use
a little hand sanitizer,” he said. Additionally,
there will be clear plastic shields at
the cash registers as an additional safety
measure. “It’s what felt safe to us,” Notte
said. They will have two salespeople and
eight customers at a time in the store,
which is “what felt safe to us,” Notte said.
He emphasized that they are planning to
keep their customers informed of their
policies in the friendliest way possible, so
people feel welcome, even if they may be
disappointed with the safety restrictions.
The Vermont Truffle Company also
plans to open next week.
Mountain Music, 5 Center St., is encouraging
customers to continue utilizing
curbside and online shopping options.
They said that they plan to allow limited
in-store shopping but for now customers
should contact them to make an appointment.
The Book Mobile, Haze Glass, Puro’s
Coins & Jewelry, Good Stuff, Timco
Jewelers, and Diamonds and More also
opened on Monday. The Party Store opens
Wednesday, and Gamestop will open at
the end of the week.
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 • 5
Police confirm that Christopher G. Louras is
responsible for killing cousin Nicholas Louras
Following laboratory analysis and continued investigation
into the events of Oct. 8, 2019, in Rutland and Salisbury,
the Vermont State Police has determined that Christopher
G. Louras, 33, of Rutland is responsible for the fatal shooting
of his cousin Nicholas Louras.
The confirmation was announced, Tuesday, May 12.
Nicholas Louras, a 34-year-old Rutland resident, was
found deceased along Vermont Route 53, also known as
Lake Dunmore Road, in Salisbury. Police learned of the
discovery of Nicholas Louras’ body while investigating the
Police investigates harassment of black
family with out-of-state plates in Hartford
The Vermont State Police is
investigating a bias-related incident
that occurred at noon Friday, May 8,
in Hartford during which a man was
harassed and threatened regarding his
family’s presence in Vermont.
The state police received a report
of a hate/bias-motivated incident
from the victim’s family. The victim
reported that at about 10 a.m. that day,
he was driving near his residence in
officer-involved shooting early Oct. 8, 2019, in Rutland in
which Christopher Louras was killed after firing at the Rutland
City Police Department building and later exchanging
gunfire with officers during a motor-vehicle pursuit
through the city.
Several aspects of the case, including the precise time
line of events, remain under investigation, and police ask
that anyone with information call 802-773-9101. The case
has been reviewed by the Addison County State’s Attorney’s
Office, and no criminal charges are pending.
Hartford in his vehicle, which has New
York registration plates, when two
unknown vehicles, possibly pickup
trucks, approached him and flagged
The victim, thinking someone
needed assistance, stopped and spoke
with a white male. The victim, who
is black, was advised that he was not
wanted in Vermont and told to leave.
There were significant racial undertones
to the interaction. The victim,
whose 11-year-old son was with him
in the vehicle at the time, was in fear
for the physical safety of himself and
his son. He was able to verbally deescalate
the situation and drive home.
No physical altercation occurred.
At this time, investigators do not
have descriptions of the vehicles
involved, including make, model,
registration and direction of travel.
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Inns open: With lodging establishments allowed to open May 22, many look to future
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large areas, including public spaces and guest rooms.
Despite the regulations, Lowe was hopeful guests
wouldn’t be deterred from traveling.
“The weekends will probably still have the strongest
demand,” Lowe said.
Lowe said most of the summer business, including weddings
and conferences, have been postponed or cancelled,
but he was hopeful that fall business would be busy.
“The fall looks relatively busy for group business at
this point,” Lowe said. “As for the leisure business, we are
projecting slow growth, but also have some optimism that
there is pent up demand from the stay at home orders
within our northeast drive market.”
Lowe was also optimistic for the 2021
wedding season, which he said is “significantly
ahead” of last year and the year
before, which were both record years for
weddings at the inn.
The Woodstock Inn, the main economic
driving force for Woodstock and surrounding
towns, closed March 16— about a week
before Scott’s mandate for lodging facilities
to close to prevent the spread of covid-19.
Scott announced May 15 that inns could start taking bookings
May 22, but only if they follow a set of hefty guidelines.
Check-ins from May 22-June 15 are only for Vermont
residents, under Scott’s guidelines, unless those from out
of state sign a document saying they’ve met a 14-day instate
quarantine requirement. Lodging facilities can only
be filled to 25% capacity and operators must maintain a
full guest log for 30 days, including contact information.
Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited and only
one party at a time can use elevators.
Some are still grappling with what the changes will look
Courntey DiFiore, the communications, public relations
and social media manager at Killington Resort,
said staff members were still finalizing lodging details for
reopening the Killington Grand Hotel.
Patty McGrath, the owner of the Inn at Long Trail in Killington,
said she’s taking reservations starting June 19, but
she’s not sure what protocols the inn will take yet.
going to want
to stay places
they can trust,”
“We are using a wait-and see-approach to see what others
are doing,” she said. “We expect that this is not going to
be a vibrantly busy summer.”
McGrath said she was eager to reopen, but concerned.
“I think all of us would love to reopen and get everything
back to normal,” she said. “I’m not sure that’s realistic and
not sure what normal is going to be looking like.”
McGrath said she might not open Rosemary’s Restaurant
this year, depending on dining regulations.
Scott extended Vermont’s state of emergency until
June 15 as he announced the economy would continue to
reopen in phases. Retail operations were allowed to reopen
starting May 18 under guidelines.
It’s still unclear when restaurants will be
able to serve guests again. Some are petitioning
the governor to allow restaurants to
open for outdoor dining as nearby states,
including New Hampshire, have allowed.
While Scott has indicated that outdoor
dining could be included in the next round
of openings as soon as the end of this week,
it hasn’t happened as quickly as some had
Birch Ridge Inn owner Bill Vines of Killington said he
was uncertain about the future of his inn and restaurant
Vines said the inn is always closed in the month of May
for maintenance, but people usually plan future stays this
time of year. “Normally the month of May we are receiving
1-3 reservations a day for future stays,” he said. “There
has been none of that activity so far. At this point in time,
reservations are way down. The general public, as best I
can tell, has not begun the process of making reservations
for leisure travel.”
Vines was anticipating a change in guest expectations
this year and in future years.
“People are going to want to stay places they can trust,”
Vines said. “I think guests will pay more attention to
sanitation, much more attention to process. They will want
to stay in properties that focus on that. Exactly how that
all plays out, is going to be a great exercise over the next
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6 • The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
By Rep. Jim
Bruce the Spruce lightens the discussion
This past Friday, the House gave preliminary approval
to H.673, which gives authority to towns to adopt a
shade tree regulation plan. The legislation is only enabling
and was advanced by the agriculture and forestry
committee on a unanimous vote, which usually means
quick passage on the House floor.
While the measure ultimately
passed on a wide margin, it
generated a number of questions
during the remote House session.
A plainspoken colleague from
the Northeast Kingdom, Rep.
Brian Smith, asked questions of
the bill’s presenter as to how this
might impact his favorite tree,
Bruce, who is a spruce tree. After
he got his questions answered,
he said “I don’t think Bruce the
Spruce thinks much of this bill.”
Meanwhile, other representatives
couldn’t help sharing tree jokes on Zoom’s chat
feature as the discussion wore on, for which members
received a light reprimand by Speaker Johnson for using
the chat tool for other than procedural questions. “What
did the tree do when the local bank closed? It grew a new
branch.” “Did the tree falling in the woods make a sound
if the tree warden wasn’t there?”
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legislation from pre-Covid emergency. What that means
for the coming weeks remains to be seen, but the Senate
has begun reviewing climate change bills and Act 250 reforms.
Bills with any controversy may be difficult at best,
in remote online sessions. Senate Leader Tim Ashe, D/P-
Chittenden, has dubbed it the “turning of the spigot” on
All this begs the question should the Legislature as
a whole adjourn and just let the budget committees
continue their work and leave other non-essential bills
for another day? Some feel it may be best to save some
of the ongoing expenses of the session given the budget
This past Friday, Governor Scott extended Vermont’s
state of emergency to June 15 with modifications. The
“Stay Home, Stay Safe” order is now the “Be Smart, Stay
Safe” order, further reflecting the new phase we are entering.
The addendum also asks adults 65 and older and
those with underlying medical conditions to continue to
shelter in place to avoid serious illness.
As the key restart metrics continue to support incremental
openings, the “Be Smart, Stay Safe” order also
allows the limited opening of campgrounds, marinas
and lodging facilities. These facilities can open May 22
(June 25 for state parks) for Vermont residents only, or
those who have met the 14-day quarantine requirement,
and will be subject to strict health and safety standards
and guidance from the Agency of Commerce and Community
Beginning this Monday, May 18,
non-essential retail could reopen
at 25% of their capacity; or one
customer per 200 square feet; or 10
total customers and staff combined,
whichever is greater. Operators must post their
temporary occupancy limit, and which method was
used to determine it, prominently on all entrances. And
while not final, the governor has hinted that additional
restrictions could be lifted soon, including raising the
gathering number to 25 (currently 10).
Vermont continues its positive trends with the virus.
In the past week we went from a projection of Covid
cases doubling every 12 weeks to now doubling every 40
weeks, second best in the country (New Hampshire by
The pandemic, its economic
fallout, and the resulting social and
personal stresses, all
beg for analysis. What’s
going on? What are
proper responses? What
mistakes are being
made? What fundamental
I’m grateful for the
indeed wise communications
I’ve been getting
By Sen. Dick
and I agree. It’s
deepened understanding when we
Even wrongheaded ideas contribute
to the discussion. To believe in
free speech is to trust that, overall,
good ideas will prevail over
bad ideas in the competitive
ideas.” More harmful than
wrong ideas are right ideas
The present Covid
discussion has many examples.
The right to an opinion
I suggest that it’s a right
idea that everyone has
an equal right to
an opinion, and an
equal right to argue
“What did the tree do when the local bank closed?
It grew a new branch.”
contrast was at a rate of doubling in four weeks). While
there are a number of reasons for the positive trends (rural
nature of state, initial aggressive measures, reduced
visitors, etc.), the numbers should enable additional
parts of the economy to open again.
The Scott administration has directed various state
agencies to develop budget plans with an 8% reduction
in mind as they get ready to present a first quarter plan
to the Legislature for the first three months of the new
fiscal year beginning July 1. How that will be received by
the appropriations committees and what it might mean
to state services, grants and employees is an open question
at this point.
The current plan is to adopt a three-month budget by
next month and then adjourn until sometime in August,
when there is a better picture of what state revenues will
look like and whether there will be any additional assistance
from Washington for lost revenues. At that point,
the Legislature and governor will craft a budget for the
remaining nine months.
Education tax rates
Everyone seems to agree that a 14% or more education
property tax hike is unpalatable, but solutions
remain elusive. Some want to increase other taxes, like
the sales tax or rooms and meals tax, while others hope
for a federal bailout. The administration has suggested
looking at spending for potential savings.
At a meeting of the House Ways and Means Committee,
Finance Commissioner Adam Greshin put forth a
suggestion that school districts revote their school budgets
for the coming year. He argued that budgets, much
like the state’s, were put together last winter in a much
different environment. Needless to say, the suggestion of
starting all over was given a very cool reception.
Jim Harrison represents Bridgewater, Chittenden,
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Right ideas wrongly applied
Rights do not
extend to a right to
be agreed with.
for his/her opinion.
But this right idea
is wrongly applied
when taken to mean
all opinions are equal. Bob Dylan
sang: “You’re right from your side
and I’m right from mine.” Hippies
believed that “everyone has
their own truth.” Popular pseudo
psychology tells us to “trust your
feelings.” The rightwing version is
when Fox News claims to be “fair
and balanced” by airing “both sides”
in reporting on climate science.
But this claimed equality of all
opinions equates the proven with
the unproven, or even with the disproven,
making intelligent discernment
impossible. The learned scientific
consensus on global warming,
for example, is not merely a show of
hands among the world’s climate
scientists, but a recognition that the
thesis has endured the rigors of the
scientific method and “the thing has
been proven” (QED). Conversely, as
with Covid-19, various nonsensical
claims have been proven wrong.
You can’t cure a virus by drinking
bleach. The pandemic is not a
McCormack > 11
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 • 7
Rep. Harrison announces candidacy for re-election
Jim Harrison of Chittenden announced
his candidacy for a new term
as state representative for the Rutland-Windsor
1 district (Bridgewater,
Chittenden, Killington and Mendon)
on May 14. He was first appointed in
2017 by Governor Phil Scott to replace
former Representative Job Tate and
was elected to a new term in 2018.
Harrison, an independentlyminded
the challenges that Vermont will be
facing. He said, “The Covid-19 crisis
demands that Vermont look at some
things differently. Tough decisions will
be necessary in order to get back on
He added, “This is not the time to
walk away, but rather step up to the
Rep. Butch Shaw
Charles “Butch” Shaw
of Pittsford announced
his candidacy for reelection
to a sixth term to
represent the citizens of
Brandon, Pittsford and
Sudbury in the Vermont
House of Representatives
on Monday, May 18.
Butch was first appointed
to the House by former
Governor Jim Douglas in
2009 to represent Rutland
Shaw has developed a
reputation in Montpelier
as a legislator that fiercely
represents and protects
his district while understanding
of navigating the intricacies
of state government.
The relationships he has
developed with his House
and Senate colleagues
and with the administration
have proven to be a
valuable legislative asset
in pursuit of developing
well thought out legislation.
Shaw serves as vice
chair of the powerful
House committee on corrections
where his experience as
a small business owner
has proven extremely
valuable in preparing the
task, which is why I am announcing
my candidacy for a new term.”
As a state representative, he has
developed a reputation for being
pragmatic by asking questions and
bills. It will
be this ability
to probe and
understand ramifications that will
serve the state well going forward.
“With public health in mind, we
must work to get our economy moving
again. I believe strongly in fiscal
responsibility and understand the
importance of making investments
for our future. As they say, when given
lemons, it’s time to make lemonade,”
Capital Construction and
State bonding budget. He
has also been appointed
by the Speaker of the
House to serve on the influential
joint house and
senate justice oversight
committee where his
negotiating skills prove
useful in developing justice
“In this unprecedented
time of public health
and financial insecurity
“In this unprecedented time
of public health and financial
insecurity it is imperative to move
Vermont forward in a safe, healthy
and fiscally responsible manner. I
am up to this task,” said Shaw.
it is imperative to move
Vermont forward in a
safe, healthy and fiscally
responsible manner. I am
up to this task and now
announce my candidacy
for re-election for another
term to represent my constituents
in the Brandon,
Pittsford and Sudbury
district,” Shaw said.
Shaw and his wife,
Mary, native Vermonters,
have lived in Pittsford
since 1968 and both have
served their community
in many different endeavors.
Shaw has a proven
track record of being a
reliable and responsive
legislator who puts his
constituents and district
first. He is looking forward
to continuing to represent
them in the future.
“This is not the time to
walk away,” says Harrison.
He is known for his frequent updates
and written communications.
He also prides himself on easy access
for district residents.
and his wife,
Pat, have lived
since 2006 and
in Vermont for 35 years. They have two
adult children and four grandsons.
His experience working with small
businesses as the former president of
the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association
and administrator of the Vermont
Specialty Food Association, will continue
to serve the region well and find
solutions going forward.
Wildlife biologist Alyssa Bennett is the state’s leading
expert on Vermont bats.
bats from Covid-19
Bats are once again in the headlines, but not for the
reason one might assume — they need help!
There is no evidence at this time that North American
bats can transmit the virus causing Covid-19 to humans,
according to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.
However, there is a very real and growing concern that
humans could transmit the virus to the already vulnerable
population of bats.
As a result, wildlife agencies across the United States and
Canada are enacting safety measures to lessen the possibility
of spreading Covid-19 to local animals, just as many
veterinarians are doing with our pets. This includes temporarily
postponing any activity that involves handling bats.
The goal is protecting our native bats and other vulnerable
wildlife from reverse zoonosis, where infected humans
transmit diseases to animals.
“Vermont is home to nine bat species, five of those are
endangered or threatened,” said VTF&W Small Mammal
Biologist Alyssa Bennett. “It’s important that we protect our
local bat populations from infectious disease transmission
by admiring them from a safe distance and by staying out of
caves and mines where bats hibernate so we don’t disturb
them or potentially expose them to this virus.”
TOWN OF KILLINGTON
On May 5, 2020, following eleven months of
discussion, the Selectboard adopted amendments
to the Killington Zoning Bylaws that require
registration of residential units used as Short-
A Short-Term Rental is defined in the
bylaw amendments as: “A furnished house,
condominium, or other dwelling room or selfcontained
dwelling unit rented to the transient,
traveling, or vacationing public for a period of
fewer than 30 consecutive days and for more than
14 days per calendar year.”
The primary goal of the registration program is
public safety. Short-Term Rentals will be limited
to an occupancy consistent with their wastewater
permit (or grandfathered use) and in compliance
with Vermont’s Fire & Building Safety Code (as
The Selectboard did agree to a “bonus” of two
occupants per dwelling (a three-bedroom house
could be rented to 8 occupants, for instance)
but this bonus does not apply to condominiums
subject to Vermont Act 250 permits.
The Selectboard will be reviewing the
registration form and fee structure for
short-term rental registrations at a meeting
scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 6:30
PM. The meeting will be open to the public by
videoconference. A link to the videoconference
will be posted on the Town website.
Prior to that meeting, the Selectboard will
interview three short-term rental service
providers in executive session. The service
providers will be asked to provide pricing
and qualifications for address identification,
compliance monitoring, mobile permitting
through an online portal, and a dedicated 24/7
An outside service provider is needed to discover
and track all available Town of Killington shortterm
rental ad listings posted on 30+ hosting
sites (Airbnb, HomeAway, Vrbo, Booking.com,
Expedia, FlipKey, Tripping, and 23+ others).
All decisions about approving registrations and
compliance with registrations will be made
locally at the Killington town offices. The outside
service provider will be just that – a data and
Short-Term Rental Registration applications will
be available by July 1, 2020 with a deadline for
all active Short-Term Rentals to be registered by
November 1, 2020.
For more information contact Killington Town
Planner & Zoning Administrator Preston Bristow
at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 802-422-
8 • The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
lead Scott to open
By Angelo Lynn
It’s time Vermont’s Democrats urged Gov. Phil Scott
to open Vermont’s economic spigot a bit faster, even
significantly faster. The onus falls on the Democratic
leadership because Scott appears afraid of the political
risks if he makes the call on his own.
Here’s the political calculus: If Scott were to lead
the state into an aggressive reopening of the business
community and the state experienced any level of virus
resurgence (which is bound to happen to some degree),
he would be skewered by any Democratic opponent
for committing such a travesty. If he plays it too safe (as
he is now), he will be criticized for keeping the business
community so restricted it kills Vermont’s already
fragile economy. It is, going forward, a lose-lose political
But it’s not just Scott who loses. We all lose if the
economy doesn’t rebound quickly enough to prevent
hundreds of small, independent businesses from going
bankrupt or closing.
In the best of Vermont’s political traditions, Democratic
leadership would serve the state well if they were
to meet with Scott and outline bolder steps they can take
together to not only prevent a severe economic slump,
but set the stage for an economic revival — all, of course,
with keeping the public health as the priority it has been.
In order to do that we must be able to ensure that any
new outbreaks are contained quickly with testing and
tracing protocols in place (which the state has done) to
ensure we never come close to a crisis level of care at our
Here are a few measures needed to get the ball rolling:
• With Democrats’ support, Scott must relax restrictions
on larger construction projects like the rail-bridges
work being done in downtown Middlebury, or the public
safety building in Killington, or the K-1 Base Lodge at
Killington. Projects like this are outdoors, are easy to create
social distancing protocols, and workers can largely
avoid being in contact with the general public. Currently
Open the economy > 10
The bottle bill is a
drag on recycling
By Bob Cappadona
Our economy, culture is
By Rep. Randall Szott, D-Barnard
Around this time last year, as the legislative session was
ending, I was reflecting on the meaning of politics and the
politics of meaning. I wrote and published my thoughts
and ended on this note, “If we pursue a legislative agenda
committed to putting meaning at the center of our deliberations,
we will have made Vermont more humane, and
maybe restore a bit of hope and possibility in the world.” At
that time, I mentioned that we were experiencing a “crisis
of meaning,” but now we face a global health crisis as well.
Of course what counts as a crisis, or crisis enough to take
substantive action, is a contested topic. I believe poverty is
a crisis. Inequality is a crisis. The climate is in crisis. The culture
of violence is a crisis. We are in multiple moral crises.
Some argue it is more important
that they be allowed to decide
for themselves what precautions
“Free to Die” by David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star, Tucson
Our farms: The root of
our local economy and
Over the last several
weeks, Vermonters have
been thinking a lot about
food—where it comes
from, who harvests it,
how far it travels, what it
costs and how much is
I was not one of those
kids who grew up wondering
where her food came
from. My brothers and I
were born and raised in
Newbury on a diversified
fruit, vegetable and dairy
National Guard and
hundreds of thousands
(MREs) in response to the
emergency needs brought
on by Covid-19, food is
looming in our nation’s
consciousness in a way
it has not since the Great
As we “flatten the
curve” and “open the
spigot” let us not return
to the approach to food of
my family still Let us not return to
to take, if any, and others argue
In mid-March, several states gave redemption centers
Growing up, the approach to food
that it must be a collective effort
and retailers the option to temporarily stop accepting
my family sold
of recent decades
bottles and cans. They advised households to stockpile
in order to protect everyone.
produce at our
their water bottles and soda cans for several weeks, or to
farm stand, to
simply toss them in their curbside recycling bins.
While it is unclear how many redemption centers chose
to shut down during the height of Covid-19, one thing is
clear: in a world without redemption centers, bottles and
cans would continue to be recycled.
If you live in a bottle bill state and you have curbside
recycling service, did you know you are paying twice for
recycling? Did you also know that for any deposit-eligible
containers that you do not return for redemption, your
state government keeps the $0.05, such that it essentially
becomes another part of your state tax?
You pay once for the modern curbside service that handles
an extensive list of household recyclables, and again
for the deposit program that applies only to select bottles
and cans. Comprehensive curbside and drop off recycling
programs generally target over 30% of a household’s waste
Going back to “normal” would mean returning to a broken
world in which acquiescence to injustice is rebranded as
normal, or at best as “incremental change.” I say this not
to be depressing but to urge an honest look at what issues
we mobilize resources around, who we direct them to, and
what the ongoing result is.
This Covid-19 pandemic invites reflection on Vermont’s
state motto: “Freedom and Unity.” It illustrates a fundamental
tension playing out before our eyes — the tension
between individual liberty and the common good.
Some argue it is more important that they be allowed
to decide for themselves what precautions to take, if any,
and others argue that it must be a collective effort in order
to protect everyone. Like Irene before, this crisis reveals
that the vast majority of Vermonters see that there is
freedom in unity. That is to say, in a time of crisis, we see
stores and restaurants
and at farmers’ markets.
Not only did farming
provide a modest income
for our family and food
for the community, but it
also kept us fed and selfreliant.
We stocked the cellar
with potatoes, froze
vegetables, pressed cider,
made jam, butchered pigs,
cows and chickens and
made sure we had enough
to get through the winter.
As the Vermont
recent decades. Instead,
let us take stock of what
we have learned and take
concrete action toward a
healthy and secure future:
First, local farms are
crucial to communitylevel
recovery from the
economic impacts of Covid-19.
As a state, we can
help our economy rebuild
by supporting local, diversified
security and food security
are linked. In order to
Bottle bill > 9 Randall > 11 Farms > 9
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 OPINION • 9
On Trump taking hydroxychloroquine...
“After numerous discussions he and
I had regarding the evidence for and
against the use of hydroxychloroquine,
we concluded the potential benefit from
treatment outweighed the relative risks,”
said Sean Conley the president’s physician
Farms: Remembering the value of local food is an asset to keep
from page 8
provide for all Vermonters
during a global pandemic,
climate change, or any
other future disrupter to
national supply chains,
we must invest in our local
food system. We can do
this by strengthening a
chain where fresh, healthy,
and safe produce, meat
and dairy can continue to
reach our homes, schools,
stores and restaurants.
Finally, as we gear up
for this growing season
and our markets reopen,
our farmers and workers,
food producers and
distributors deserve our
every support. As Vermonters,
we can commit
to purchasing locally
grown, sourced and prepared
food as much as
Molly Gray is the assistant
attorney general and
a Democratic candidate
for lieutenant governor.
“He’s our president and I would rather he
not be taking something that has not been
approved by the scientists, especially in his age
group and in his, shall we say, weight group —
morbidly obese, they say,”
said Speaker of the United States House of
Representatives, Nancy Pelosi
“If you are in a risky population here, and you are
taking this as a preventative treatment ... it will kill
you. I cannot stress enough. This will kill you,”
said Fox News Anchor Neil Cavuto
“A basic question: why is the president taking an
unproven treatment – hydroxychloroquine – while
refusing to take a step proven to reduce risk of
infection – wearing a mask?”
said CNN anchor Jim Sciutto
“It’s reckless to tell people he’s taking
hydroxychloroquine. All the experts say it does
nothing at best… and at worst it hurts you. I don’t
know why he did it,”
said NY Senator Chuck Schumer
Bottle bill: Without it recycling would be better off
from page 8
stream, while bottle bills target less than 2%.
The result is an inefficient and wasteful
system that produces more environmental
harm than good.
Progressive reform of these programs
is needed and would create real economic
and environmental value. Covid-19 has
forced us to adjust and implement new behaviors
that benefit the greater good. Many
of those new behaviors will most likely
become part of our “new normal.”
Bottle bills should certainly fall into that
category, here’s why:
Eliminating bottle bills would direct
valuable plastic and aluminum into curbside
recycling bins, reducing the net cost of
recycling, and delivering substantial reductions
in municipal recycling costs. These
savings could then be invested in a new
wave of recycling and reuse infrastructure
to yield new environmental benefits.
The net result of this change would
reduce the cost of curbside recycling programs.
If the contamination rate of the inbound
recyclables simultaneously dropped
below 5% — due to household compliance
with acceptable materials lists — the cost of
curbside recycling would drop even further.
The potential cost savings depending on
the size of the community could be in the
tens or even hundreds of thousands per
Recent challenges ranging from China
restricting its imports of recyclables, to the
Covid-19 pandemic are reminders that we
must always be innovating and developing
better ways to do things. After directing
bottles and cans to curbside recycling, how
could we put redemption spaces to better
and more modern uses? Could they be used
for batteries and electronics? Could they
become collection points for flexible film
plastic? Could they support waste reduction
and reuse initiatives?
Bottle bills attempt to solve a problem
that doesn’t exist anymore. They may have
served a purpose in the past when recycling
infrastructure and services were virtually
non-existent. Now, the expense and
redundancy resulting from bottle bills and
the redemption system mean it’s time to rethink
this approach. Bottle bills can — and
should — fade away, and recycling will not
only survive, but expand and thrive.
Bob Cappadona is vice president of resource
solutions at Casella Waste Systems, Inc.
Bias: State police investigate hate-speech, say it has no place in Vt
from page 5
Anyone who might have more information is asked to call 802-234-9933.
Vermont is and must continue to be a state where visitors feel welcome, regardless of
who they are, what they look like or where they come from, even during this pandemic,
VSP and the governor have implored. Seasonal residents, the owners of second homes and
guests from beyond our borders remain able to travel to Vermont and live here under current
health and safety requirements. As restrictions related to Covid-19 begin to ease, Vermonters
should be prepared to see more out-of-state visitors, and they deserve the same
expectation of safety and security that Vermont residents have, VSP stated in a news release.
“Hate speech and threats are disturbing, unacceptable and have no place in Vermont.
The Vermont State Police stands ready at all times to help people who are the victims of
crime, including incidents that are perceived as having been motivated by bias or hate, and
to hold offenders accountable,” the VSP statement continued.
As Col. Matthew T. Birmingham, VSP director, said: “People in Vermont should not have
to worry about crimes motivated by hate at any time, let alone when our communities
should be pulling together to face an unprecedented situation that affects all of us. Members
of the state police are diligent about responding to all reports of criminal activity and
investigating matters with the urgency they require. Anyone who may have been the victim
of a bias-motivated crime should report the incident so we can pursue it.”
10 • OPINION
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
Stuffed with love, community turns out
Rutland’s BROC Stuff-A-Cruiser initiative Friday, May 15, raised $5,735 plus a huge variety of food supplies.
Open the economy: Democrats must take the lead to reopen Vermont’s economy faster
from page 8
the state limits the construction crew
to no more than 10. The contractors
told the Middlebury’s Select Board
on Monday that Vermont is the only
state in which they are working that
imposes such tough restrictions on
what, in other states, would be considered
an essential project. They said
they would have 30 workers on the
job at this time, if the restrictions were
• Hospitals and Vermont’s medical
community did an amazing
job of preparing for and
managing this pandemic. But
cash shortages, caused by preventing
elective surgeries and
many standard visits, bleed
hospitals dry. Those measures
must be relaxed as quickly as
possible. Reports suggest the
state’s 14 hospitals are losing
$100 million a month and
that the UVM Medical Center
expects to lose $150 million
It doesn’t take a math whiz to
understand that the longer we delay
reopening our hospitals to near full
operation, we’ll quickly accumulate
losses that can’t be repaid without
slashing expenses—and that means
cutting staff and services. That weakens
Vermont’s medical community
and threatens Vermont’s long-term
viability. If the governor won’t make
the call to more swiftly open our hospitals,
• In an equally bold move, Democrats
could encourage the governor
to walk back his comments late last
week when he essentially told outof-staters
not to come to Vermont for
their summer vacations. Summer
tourism in Vermont represents about
a half-billion dollars in revenue, and
it’s something that once missed can’t
Yes, there is risk in opening Vermont
to beleaguered refugees from
the Northeast’s population centers,
so strict protective measures must
be put in place, just as they are being
mandated in Europe, the Caribbean
and states such as Hawaii, Colorado
and others. Many places require
masks in all public spheres, some level
of quarantine upon arrival, temperature
checks and other measures that
help isolate and control the spread
of infection. State testing capabilities
would have to be beefed up even
Americans learned two
things in these two months
of isolation: that we can work
remotely from anywhere with
good internet connections, and
that Vermont and other rural
areas offer a measure of safety.
more, and inns, lodges, and private
homes for rent would be expected to
monitor guests to whatever degree is
But to toss up a figurative wall
to the 5 million summer visitors
Vermont sees in a typical year, would
spell a different kind of doom to many
businesses throughout the state—and
those are jobs and enterprises that
won’t come back quickly, once gone.
• Vermont’s business community
will also need to promote their reopening
and the new rules of engagement,
but they will struggle for two
reasons: First, we’ve done a good job
of scaring the bejesus out of folks so
they would stay home and stay safe.
It worked well. But now we not only
have to convince them that it’s safe to
go back out into the community, but
we have to educate them about the
new safety precautions put in place.
To that end, a portion of the state’s
Courtesy of BROC
$1.25 billion Covid-19 aid package
from the federal government could be
designated to market Vermont’s local
Here’s why that’s important: The
consumer is responsible for about
70% of the gross domestic product
in Vermont. Remove the consumer
from the economic equation—which
we did with this shutdown—and you
remove the revenue. The revenue,
however, is what pays for our schools,
health care system, police and
law enforcement, affordable
housing, the repair of our roads
and bridges. Everything.
It’s imperative that we
stimulate our economy, and
the faster we can do that, safely,
the stronger Vermont will be.
As to setting the stage for
future economic growth, the
world and Americans learned
two things in these two months
of isolation: that we can work
remotely from anywhere with
good internet connections, and that
Vermont and other rural areas offer a
measure of safety, access to the outdoors,
and quality family life that is to
We should market those benefits to
a newly conscious populace, 35 million
of whom are within a half-day’s
drive of Vermont.
But the governor can’t lead this
charge. Rather, Democrats must take
the lead and bring the governor along.
Why would they? Because Democrats
just might be surprised by the response
of the business community toward
their party if they do. It’s not just the
right thing to do for the state’s welfare,
but it helps businesses (small and
large) at a time of crisis and real need—
and that won’t be soon forgotten.
Angelo Lynn is the editor and
publisher at the Addison Independent,
a sister publication of the Mountain
New orders: Scott continues to turn spigot
from page 1
ernor said at his three-times-a-week press conference,
“Emotions are raw as we methodically reopen.”
The state also released guidance on lodging, effective
May 22, covering inns and other lodging operations,
short-term rentals, campground and marinas. Those
businesses “will be able to accept overnight reservations
from people who have met 14-day quarantine requirements,”
said Lindsay Kurrle, the secretary of the Vermont
Agency of Commerce and Community Development.
Vermont residents and those who have been quarantined
will have to fill out a questionnaire affirming that
they have met quarantine requirements, she said.
Lodging operations, with some exceptions, will have
to stay at 25% of capacity, Kurrle said — and operators
will be responsible for making sure there are no more
than 10 people gathered at a time. Lodging operators
will have to keep a guest log for 30 days in case they are
needed as part of contact tracing efforts.
“These requirements are less about where you are
from, and more about where you have been, and who
you have been in contact with,” said Kurrle, noting that
Vermont residents who have been out of the state for an
extended time must also meet quarantine requirements.
Michael S. Pieciak, the commissioner of the Vermont
Department of Financial Regulation, said Vermont has
the lowest three-day and seven-day growth rates of
Covid-19 in the country.
At Monday’s press conference, May 18, Health Commissioner
Mark Levine warned Vermonters against
complacency, despite the fact that Vermont again
reported zero new cases on Sunday even after administering
Levine noted that Vermont’s coronavirus curve has
continued flattening since mid-April, with 940 total confirmed
cases in Vermont and 54 deaths from the virus.
“We continue with minor oscillations at a very low level
of new cases on a daily basis,” Levine said.
Both Scott and Levine said that the majority of Vermonters
continue to make the sacrifices necessary to
keep the virus from rebounding, based on geolocation
“Again, when you look at last
week, we’re the envy of the nation
in some respects,” Scott said. “I
have governors texting me and
saying, ‘You give us hope’.”
data from mobile phones showing how much people are
moving around and gathering.
And although Scott has cautioned against making
too much out of days with zero new cases — “it doesn’t
make for a trend,” he said of this Sunday — he has said
the continued low numbers do give him confidence in
making further reopening moves, and show that there is
no need for stricter orders, like requiring people to wear
masks in businesses and public places.
“Again, when you look at last week, we’re the envy of
the nation in some respects,” Scott said. “I have governors
texting me and saying, ‘You give us hope.’ So what
we’re doing is working. And when we see otherwise we’ll
The Scott administration also previewed some of its
upcoming reopening steps on Monday, as well as an
economic recovery package that it plans to present on
Wednesday, May 20. He declined to discuss the details of
that package, but said it would include support for businesses
across the state that depend on tourism.
Smith, the human services secretary, said next steps
for alternative medicine — such as chiropractors and
massage therapists — would be coming on Friday.
Scott also said he hoped that most businesses would
be able to open to some extent by June 1.
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 • 11
Census Bureau to deliver 2020 Census questionnaires in Vermont
Courtesy of census.gov
Restarting the Update
Leave operation is important
for counties with
a high percentage of
residents do not have mail
delivered to their home.
Above is a list of counties
with the highest UL percentage..
The U.S. Census Bureau, in coordination with federal,
state and local health officials, began to drop off 2020 Census
questionnaire packets at front doors of households in
Vermont on Friday, May 8. This is done in areas where the
majority of households do not receive mail at their physical
address. The Census Bureau began hand-delivering
census materials on March 15, but suspended all fieldwork
for this operation on March 18 due to the Covid-19
Temporary field staff have been trained to observe
all social distancing protocols and will wear official
government-provided personal protective equipment for
their safety and the safety of the public. This operation is
contactless and follows the most current federal health
and safety guidelines.
The Census Bureau will deliver 2020 Census invitations
and paper questionnaires at the front doors of roughly
61,100 households in Vermont. This operation is crucial to
ensure a complete and accurate count of all communities,
which helps guide hundreds of billions of dollars in public
and private sector spending per year.
People are strongly encouraged to respond promptly
to the 2020 Census using the ID number included in the
questionnaire packet. People can respond online, by
phone or by using the paper form in the packet.
For more information, visit census.gov.
Courtesy of census.gov
Self-Response is designed to occur in areas where the majority of housing units have
mail delivered to the physical location of the housing unit. Self-Response is the primary
enumeration methodology for the 2020 Census. Update Leave (UL) is designed to occur
in areas where the majority of housing units either do not have mail delivered to the
physical location of the housing unit, or the mail delivery information for the housing
unit cannot be verified. Update Enumerate (UE) is designed to occur in areas where the
initial visit requires enumerating while updating the address frame.
McCormack: Science is real, facts matter, opinions are not all equal
from page 6
A legislator disagreeing with a citizen’s
opinion does not deny the citizen warming,” “vaccines cause autism”
we hear “the jury is still out on global
the right to an opinion, or the right to or Covid can be cured by this or that
promote an opinion. But those rights unproven method, and to disagree is
do not extend to a “right” to be agreed being dogmatic.
with. I remain unpersuaded that there Such arguments are not calls for
is a God-given right to spread
a deadly virus, or that social
distancing is part of a plot to
destroy freedom. No one is
less free because a legislator
does not buy his/her argument.
The contingency of all science
Another right idea is that all science
requires perpetual skepticism and
open-mindedness and that dogma
is fundamentally unscientific. All accepted
scientific claims are contingent
on proof achieved via the scientific
method. Such proof is always subject
to being revisited and potentially
reconsidered. There were once five
planets, eventually nine, then back
down to eight. I came to the concept of
contingency early. My father, a physics
teacher, started all his answers to
scientific questions with, “the accepted
theory is...” Scientifically, the truth is
like the speed of light, something that
can be approached but not attained.
The wrong application of this right
idea is the nihilistic view that because
scientific understandings are contingent,
they therefore have no actual
truth value, that all claims are equal,
and that to favor the proven over the
disproven is to be dogmatic. Thus,
I don’t plan on jumping off
any high cliffs simply because
gravity is “only a theory.”
skepticism and open-mindedness.
They are intellectually sloppy.
Scientists who dissent from sciencebased
agreements are free to submit
their alternative hypotheses to the rigors
of the scientific process, to disprove
the accepted science, and to prove
their alternative hypotheses. But until
the dissenters achieve that proof, we
scientific laity, including policy makers,
must rely on the established science.
Yes, all science is “only a theory”
but a theory that enjoys a high level of
I don’t plan on jumping off any high
cliffs simply because gravity is “only a
Pseudo science is frustrating. But the
worst of it is that the pseudo science
regarding Covid undermines our ability
as a society to combat a deadly enemy.
Sen. Dick McCormack from Bethel
represents the three-member at-large
Windsor County district in the Vermont
Randall: Upside down values have caused deeper pain for many
from page 8
our fundamental interdependence much
more clearly. Sadly, as the immediate
threat subsides we begin to retreat back
into individualistic cocoons. Those on
the left tend to withdraw to a laissez-faire
cultural cocoon hesitant to make any
moral judgment about the coarseness of
the entertainment industry or the decline
in religious participation. Those on the
right tend to withdraw to a laissez-faire
economic cocoon hesitant to make any
moral judgment about oppressive working
conditions or the exploitation of human
and natural resources.
The potential silver lining in this pandemic
for me is that it just might reveal to
more folks the fundamentally inequitable
and inadequate structure of our economic
system. There seems to be a spotlight now
on what we value as humans, and what we
value with money. I would argue that those
things ought to be aligned. A parent that
stays home to nurture a sick child should
be rewarded more than a drill operator
extracting oil from the earth. Teachers,
nurses, and eldercare workers ought to
make more money than reality TV stars.
Our economy is upside down. It is often
immoral and we ought to be able to say so.
However, just as our economy is upside
down, so is our culture. This ties directly
to the crisis of meaning I mentioned. The
fundamental, deep, reflective sustenance
of the arts and humanities and of religious
practices is being eclipsed by the capricious,
shallow, and superficial empty calories
of the culture industry. It too is often
immoral and we ought to be able to say so.
In a recent article, former Obama
advisor Gene Sperling argues that the
fundamental metric that ought to be the
measure of an economy is not growth or
GDP, but human dignity. To the degree
that an economic activity increases human
dignity it is good and if it diminishes
human dignity it is bad. I often talk of
a “caring economy,” which means real
wealth begins at home, in supportive,
loving relationships and neighborly communities
— not in investment portfolios.
Ultimately, dignity is inextricably linked
with care and both seem a preferred
alternative to mathematical formulas for
evaluating economies. Sperling points out
that a key feature of dignity is the ability to
pursue “potential and purpose.” He says
being denied economic purpose links the
50-year-old white factory worker displaced
by a globalized economy with the minority
youth from a dysfunctional school unable
to land a job.
Dignity ought to be at the center of our
cultural life as well. The loss of cultural
potential and purpose can take the form of
denigrating the arts, mocking religious belief,
dismissing rural traditions like hunting
and fishing, or devaluing homemaking.
These are all activities that can nurture our
souls and bring us meaning in a difficult
world. To be denied them is to be denied
dignity and a people without dignity cannot
effectively navigate through crisis, nor
obtain freedom in unity.
Rep. Randall Szott, D-Barnard, is a
member of the House committee on general,
housing, and military affairs.
12 • The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 • 13
Lawsuit: State pursues lawsuit against Rutland gym owner Sean Manovill for opening Club Fitness in violation of the governor’s executive order
from page 1
“He asked me to hold off until the 15th, so I opened
the 15th,” Manovill explained. “I tried to email him
Friday morning, but I was ghosted,” he said. “The last
time I heard from Donovan was when I agreed to close
for a week… It was a compromise. He asked me to close
a week and wait until things played out and so I did.”
Manovill posted a message on his Facebook page
May 8, saying: “After a long few days, the Attorney
General and I have come up with a compromise that
completes a goal I set out to accomplish. To let health
and wellness shine and be of access to those who need
it!,” he wrote. “Club Fitness will be unavailable until May
“Instead of getting back to my email or calling to
possibly come up with a new compromise, he just went
to the court and filed a lawsuit,” Manovill said. “I was
surprised, quite frankly.”
According to the press release from the Attorney
General’s office: “On May 5, following reports of Club
Fitness being open for business, and after an attempt
to convince Mr. Manovill to comply with the Governor’s
executive orders was unsuccessful, the Attorney
General’s Office sent Mr. Manovill a cease and desist
letter requesting compliance. Mr. Manovill temporarily
closed the gym following receipt of the letter.”
Then “despite warnings from the Attorney General’s
Office, Mr. Manovill re-opened Club Fitness of Vermont
on May 15, 2020,” Donovan’s office reported.
Manovill said he doesn’t have legal representation
because he wanted to be able to speak directly with
Donovan to work out a logical path toward reopening,
which they had been doing up until Friday. He said he
spoke to Donovan about five or six times throughout
the previous week as well as others in the administration,
“numerous people numerous times,” he said after
listing about four in various departments.
Donovan concurred with Manovill when he spoke
to WCAX on Friday, May 8: “I had a good talk with Sean
yesterday and a couple times this morning and while we
disagree, I can certainly understand where he’s coming
from and I respect the fact that he was willing to compromise
and close his business for a week and not go to
court and just wait,” Donovan said.
Police entered Club Fitness, May 15, and filed a
report, which became part of
the lawsuit, “an officer observed
patrons exercising without
masks and not staying six feet
from each other. The officer saw
no hand sanitizing stations or
signage advising customers to
wear masks, keep a safe distance,
or clean equipment,” Donovan reported.
Manovill said the officer’s observations were inaccurate.
Correcting the record, he said, Club Fitness has
plenty of hand sanitizer available throughout the gym
and patrons have done a good job social distancing.
“There have never been more than six people at my
gym at one time and if they’re not social distancing it’s
because they’re in the same family or household, like
boyfriend and girlfriend or brothers or whatever, but
they’re already living together so it’s ok for them to be
together here, too.”
Masks are a bit more complicated at gyms, he explained.
“I’m nobody’s parent and there are studies that
show that masks limit your oxygen intake, so it doesn’t
always make sense.”
Manovill said he understands why some people
would not want to go to a gym right now, but feels that if
gyms and others can follow the state guidance like other
businesses that are permitted to open, they should be
allowed to as well.
“Not everyone feels comfortable coming to the gym,
and I understand and respect that, but I’m comfortable
opening and for those people who need it and
are comfortable coming in and I want to provide that
“He asked me to hold off
until the 15th, so I opened
the 15th,” Manovill explained.
service… We are providing a way for folks to stay healthy
— mentally and physically— and we comply with the
10 person rule, cleanliness, and social distancing better
than many others who are allowed to be open,” Manovill
Manovill insists that he didn’t open “as a publicity
stunt,” saying: “If I wanted to I could pack this place and
really send a message, but that’s not what I’m trying to
do. I want people to recognize
that… I’m not doing this for any
personal gain. I just know how
important this is… I’m doing
this for health — for the health
of our communities and the
health of my clients some of
whom are suffering a mental health crisis — they need
“It costs me money to be open,” said Manovill. “We
might have 10-15 people tops in our gym per day from
8 a.m.-7 p.m. out of our 600 members… sometimes
there’s only three all day. That’s not profitable but I’m
doing it anyway, because I know how important this is.”
Manovill opened the doors to his gym on May 1, operated
it until May 8, then opened again May 15. He says
if the state plans to fine him the $1,000/day for every day
he was open it will effectively put him out of business.
“With those sorts of fines, plus the legal fees associated,
I just won’t make it,” he said, noting that he has started a
GoFundMe page to help offset the legal costs.
“I humbly ask for any support, not just monetarily,
but for the precedent we will set for free people making
decisions about their health and well-being for themselves.
The legal help we need is vast, but for what’s at
stake, we are willing!” Manovill wrote on gofundme.
Asked if Club Fitness was currently open, Manovill
said: “I have not opened for business as usual.”
Club Fitness opened in 2016 when Manovill moved
back to Vermont to raise his family after living in Florida
for 12 years. He currently has a 4-year-old and an almost
“I’m invested in this community, I came here to provide
a better life for my family... I’m invested in health,”
he said. “I know teachers who are struggling and need
an outlet, these are the people
who will be teaching my kids!”
Since the incident began,
Manovill said he’s received
“so much support” from his
clients, community members,
other health centers and small
businesses reaching out with
encouraging messages. “I have spoken to 100 businesses
that want to do what I’ve done, so I’m now speaking
for them, too… not every small business has the luxury
of waiting to reopen, many will close if they have to wait
until June 15 when the executive order is over… maybe
now it’ll be June 1, which is better, but who knows,” he
In addition to the importance of providing a healthful
outlet, Manovill also feels that the executive orders are
being illogically applied.
“It doesn’t seem logical to me that people are allowed
to eat greasy foods at a snack bar and go to the liquor
store but they’re not able to exercise to protect their
health and wellness,” he said.
The governor’s orders are also not being enforced, he
said, pointing to people congregating in the parking lots
or out-of-staters with second homes on Lake Bomoseen
not self-quarantining for 14 days upon arrival
as required— so why is the state picking on one small
business to all of a sudden start enforcing the rules? he
“They want to rely on education, but when I try to
educate them they don’t want to hear it,” he said.
“Why can Home Depot, Dollar General, Walmart,
“Yes, as a last resort there is
this ‘stick’,” Scott said. “But
I’d rather deal in carrots.”
Village Snack Bar and so many others be open, even if
they are less safe and often draw crowds,” he continued,
adding that those businesses have not been sued by the
state despite also violating orders.
“I’m a logic guy and this doesn’t make sense,” he said.
“It’s also a question of fairness, the order is being
inconsistently applied and it’s irrational,” he added.
At Monday’s press conference, May 18, Scott again
defended Donovan’s actions,
saying: “It’s unfortunate that
it came to this. I know that the
attorney general has bent over
backwards to work with this individual…I
know it was difficult
for the attorney general to come
to this conclusion,” he said, adding, “It’s important for
us to maintain parity with all in businesses.”
Scott’s administration reported that there have been
a few other businesses in the state that have been found
out of compliance, but when contacted they have come
back into compliance. This case is an outlier, he said,
confirming that this is the first lawsuit to enforce an
“Yes, as a last resort there is this ‘stick’,” Scott said.
“But I’d rather deal in carrots.”
“We’re not looking to punish people, we’re looking at
getting them to do the right thing,” Scott added.
After hearing this, Manovill said: “Sounds like they’re
moving in the right direction.”
While Governor Scott’s Phased Restart Work Safe
Guidance does not yet allow indoor gyms to resume
operation. On Monday, May 18, during his news conference,
he hinted that such announcements could
be coming as soon as the end of this week and that he
hoped most business would be able to resume in some
capacity by June 1, provided they follow state guidance.
Courtesy of Sean Manovill
Club Fitness located at 275 North Main St, in Rutland,
was sued by the state Attorney General T.J. Donovan for
opening in violation of the governor’s order.
14 • NEWS BRIEFS
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
Resort opening: Killington Resort will open for golf on Saturday, May 23, and mountain biking, June 6. Skiing remains closed for the season.
from page 1
with bringing people in from other states and limiting
crowds. We haven’t figured a way that we can do that,”
said Solimano during an interview with Mike Coppinger,
KPAA executive director, May 13.
Solimano went on to list some of the
factors that influenced the resort’s skiing and
summer operations decisions in the resort’s Drift
“Vermont is currently requiring out-of-state visitors to
observe a strict 14-day quarantine period. Reopening
for skiing operations with no way to practically enforce
this directive, combined with the fact that we are located
within easy driving distance of high-density population
centers which have been greatly impacted by
Covid-19 could put our community at risk.
“Although some western resorts are hoping to reopen,
in most cases they will have multiple lifts to spread
crowds, whereas Killington would only have one.
“The reason we can open golf and mountain biking
instead of skiing is related to the volume of guests we
expect for each activity. On nice days in May in prior years
we have had 1,000 people coming to Killington to ski
and spectate at Superstar, while mountain biking would
typically bring 100 or so guests and golf is, of course,
regulated by tee times. Additionally, opportunities for golf
and mountain biking exist across the Northeast, in our
guests’ home states—that’s not the case for skiing.
“We believe our energy and focus are best directed at
reopening for summer and planning for the challenges
that Covid-19 could bring to our operations next winter.
Solimano added: “I am excited to welcome 71 folks
to the 100 Day Club who still managed to notch 100 or
more days on snow, as well as congratulate the honorary
inductees—anyone who scanned 70 or more days, in light
of the shortened season.”
The resort will continue to closely monitor Covid-19
and follow all local, state and national regulations,
which may require operational adjustments through the
summer. The reopening of Vermont’s economy is being
carefully managed by state authorities, and it’s of utmost
importance that everyone follow the guidelines and does
their part to reopen safely, the resort stated.
For more details and Killington’s Covid-19 safety
policies, visit Killington.com.
The golf course will remain open daily through Oct.
12 (conditions permitting) with tee times available from 8
a.m.-5 p.m. every 15 minutes. Golf carts must be returned
by 7 p.m.
By Chandler Burgess
A young rider cruises down a mountain bike track on
Snowshed at Killington Resort.
Only advanced tee times with payment are permitted
at this time. Walk-ins are not permitted.
Additionally, the state’s “Park, Play & Go Home”
mandate will be enforced – there will be no gathering of
players permitted before, during or after the round.
The golf pro shop will be open with limited services
and will include check-in (only one person from group
should enter the pro shop to check in). At this time retail
items like tees, balls, golf apparel, etc. will not be available
for sale. Pencils and score cards are also not available for
the time being.
Limited grab-n-go snacks and beverages will be made
available, but no outside alcohol is permitted, nor are
water coolers available on the course.
Restrooms on the lower level of the clubhouse are open
but on-course restrooms are not available.
Carts are available to single persons or those in same
household – guests must load their own golf bags in the
Flagsticks will remain in the hole and should not be
touched or removed for any reason. Bunker rakes, ball
washers, penalty area stakes, and all other touchpoints on
the course have been removed, too. All practice areas are
Rental clubs and lessons are not available at this time.
The bike park is slated to open to passholders only on
Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7 and to the general public
on Friday, June 12 (pending approval).
After opening weekend, the bike park is expected
to operate Friday through Sunday for the month of
June from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with only the Snowshed trails
and Snowshed Express Quad open.
No bike rentals or lessons will be available opening
“As is typical this time of year, the upper mountain
trails are still too wet to ride or maintain,” wrote Solimano.
“We hope to have the Ramshead and K-1 lifts and trails
ready to open sometime in July; however, we cannot
guarantee that all three lifts will operate seven days a week
this season. We expect to have more details on bike park
and Adventure Center operations in the near future, so
K-1 base lodge construction delay
Killington Resort is still making progress on the new
K-1 base lodge, even though it did announce that the
completion will be delayed until next year.
As a result of the pandemic, construction was delayed
nearly two months. “Our timeline was so tight that we
were going to barely get open for Thanksgiving, which
was our goal. That was the timeline with knocking the
building down two months ago, so clearly we weren’t able
to do that with Covid,” Solimano said.
Therefore, the resort chose to keep the existing K-1
lodge up and functional one more season rather than risk
not having a base lodge at all.
“Crews will be doing work through the next couple
of months then will continue with Phase II plan next
spring,” he said.
By Brooke Geery
The new K-1 Base Lodge at Killington Resort is being built
in front of the old lodge, which will remain functional for
next season due to Covid-19 delays.
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24. Small spot
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36. Large insects
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41. Female body
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44. Fell into deep
49. The event of
52. Doctor of
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16 • The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
This week’s infusion of hope and positivity.
Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum
Ewe and lamb butt heads in a pasture at Billings Farm in Woodstock. Over Memorial Day weekend the farm will host virtual shearing and discuss the various application for wool.
Billings Farm celebrates Sheep and Wool Week
May 25-29—WOODSTOCK— Enjoy the “shear”
joy of spring during Billings Farm’s Sheep and
Wool Week, online May 25-29. It’s time for our
sheep to get their annual haircuts! What happens
to the wool after it is sheared? How does the wool
become yarn? Billings will answer those question in
the virtual journey from sheep to scarf.
Watch a professional sheep shearer make quick
work of the wool in an online demonstration.
See border collies expertly herding the
sheep around the farm fields and learn how herding
dogs are trained. Learn how sheep farming in
Vermont dramatically shaped its landscape.
Follow the wool as it is sheared from the sheep,
washed and carded, spun and dyed and then
woven into a beautiful scarf by Billings Farm’s fiber
experts. You can be the lucky bidder and win the
handmade scarf in our Sheep to Scarf Auction online
The auction begins at 9 a.m. on Monday, May 25
and ends at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 30. Auction
proceeds will support Billings Farm & Museum’s
programs. Kids can join the yarn-spun fun by make a
cardboard loom and practice their weaving skills.
Join in the kitchen online with educators as they
demonstrate a recipe for shepherd’s pie as part of
their Time Travel Tuesday series and make chocolate
caramel using sheep’s milk as part of their Foodie
Make Billings Farm at Home your online
resource for bringing our farm, history, and events
home. Find fun crafts and delicious farm recipes
to make, and activities to download and do at
home. Meet our animals and learn about life on the
dairy farm through online videos. Connect with
them at: billingsfarm.org/billings-farm-at-home,
facebook.com/BillingsFarmMuseum, and instagram.
Looking for an open and locally owned yarn and fiber shop?
Green Mountain Yarn & Fiber’s doors
are open as of May 18. To follow state
guidelines and to help keep everyone
safe and healthy, they ask that:
• Everyone must wear a mask
while in the shop.
• Only a few people in the shop
at one time, and everyone must
observe social distance guidelines.
• If you have any symptoms at all,
please stay home.
• No sit-n-knit and no classes for
the time being. It is also going
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated
by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable
non-profit institution. Billings Farm & Museum is
committed to providing educational opportunities
and experiences to our visitors, whether here in
Woodstock, Vermont or at home wherever you are
through online resources at Billings Farm at Home.
to be nearly impossible to offer
one on one help with projects,
though I will do my best to
answer questions as
well as I can while
maintaining the required
• The restroom will not be available
to the public at this time.
Green Mountain Yarn & Yarn is
located at 259 Woodstock Ave. in
For more information visit at
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 THE SILVER LINING • 17
Boost landscape curb
appeal in one weekend
By Melinda Myers
Create a front garden that is sure to boost
your mood and welcome visitors all year
round. All you need is one weekend and a
bit of paint, flowers, décor and edging material
to boost your landscape’s curb appeal.
Add a splash of color by painting your
front door. Look for colors that complement
your home’s siding and the surrounding
landscape. Then add a seasonal wreath or
other door decoration. A wreath of seed
packets in the spring, succulents or silk
flowers in summer, dried materials in fall
and greens in winter add seasonal interest
to your home. Visitors will look forward to
the change of seasons
marked by your door’s
Add a few containers
at the front entrance.
Select a color and size
your home’s size and
architecture style. Reduce
maintenance with selfwatering
extend the time between
watering. Further your
enjoyment with solarilluminated
powered by the sun to
add a magical glow to the
landscape as the sun sets.
Define planting beds
and create a finished
look with edging. Use a sharp shovel to dig a
V-shaped trench around small garden beds
or employ the help of an edging machine
for larger areas. Fill the trench with mulch to
create a mowing edge and keep weeds out.
Or boost the aesthetic appeal and further
define the space with edging materials. Use
easy-to-install edging material so that it
only requires a few hand tools and minimal
time to install.
Courtesy of Gardener’s Supply
Define garden spaces with
decorative garden edging while
keeping unruly plants out of the
lawn and off walkways.
Keep unruly plants out of the lawn or off
walkways while defining the garden space
with decorative garden edging. You can
keep it simple with edge irons that mimic
the edging found in Shakespeare’s garden in
Weed garden beds to improve the overall
appearance and health of garden plants.
Weeds not only compete with your desirable
plants for water and nutrients, but
many are hosts for insect pests and diseases
that can harm your desirable plants.
Once weeded, spread a 1- 3-inch layer
of organic mulch like shredded leaves,
or woodchips over
the soil surface. The
finer the material, the
thinner the layer of
mulch needed. Organic
mulch helps conserve
weeds and improve the
soil as it breaks down.
Select a mulch that is
and won’t overwhelm
the beauty of the plants.
Keep mulch off tree
trunks, shrubs, stems
and crowns of perennial
and annual plants.
Covering stems and
plant crowns can lead
to root rot and other problems that can
negatively impact the plants’ health and
Freshen existing wood mulch by lightly
tilling or raking, so the darker mulch below
the surface moves to the top. Avoid over
mulching. It is a waste of money and can
be harmful to your plants.
Enjoy the your weekend’s efforts, before
tackling those bigger landscape tasks.
Courtesy of Vermont Fish & Wildlife
Fawns rely on camouflage and stillness to remain undetected from predators.
No mistaking it, the fawn is ok
Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife asks that you
take these facts into consideration
Most deer fawns are born in late May
and the first and second weeks of June!
When people see a small fawn alone, they
often mistakenly assume it is helpless,
lost or needing to be rescued.
Fawns do not attempt to evade predators
during their first few weeks, instead
relying on camouflage and stillness to
remain undetected. During these times,
fawns learn critical survival skills from
their mothers. Bringing a fawn into a human
environment results in separation
from its mother, and it usually results in a
sad ending for the animal.
Here are some facts and tips that will
help you help deer this spring:
1. Deer nurse their young at different
times during the day and often
leave their young alone for long
periods of time. These animals
are not lost. Their mother knows
where they are and will return.
2. Deer normally will not feed or care
for their young when people are
3. Deer fawns will imprint on humans
and lose their natural fear of
people, which can be essential to
4. Keep domestic pets under control
at all times. Dogs often will kill
fawns and other baby animals.
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18 • THE SILVER LINING
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
Courtesy of VINS
QUECHEE— Every school year,
VINS School Programs works with
community schools to identify a
local environmental problem, then
use science and research to solve it.
In the spring, VINS hosts the Science
Symposium at the VINS Nature Center,
where students and teachers from
participating schools gather to share
the work they have been completing in
their communities. This year’s research
themes included “Habitat Protectors,”
“Environmental Action and Crime”
and “Community Problem Solvers.”
The day typically includes a keynote
speaker, students sharing their work,
hands-on activities led by other area
organizations, as well as time to enjoy
nature and explore the VINS
This year, due to
COVID-19, the Science
Symposium has taken
a different approach to
meet the needs of teachers
and students as distance
learning continues through
the end of the year. During
the week of May 18-22, we invite
the community to join students and
teachers as we present “Meet a Scientist
or Engineer” on our YouTube page. You
can learn about the impact scientists
and engineers have in our region.
• Wednesday, May 20, 12:30
p.m. – Have you ever wondered
what an entomologist does for a
living? What about a forest pest
education coordinator? Find out
the answer to these questions
and many more!
Judy Rosovsky, Vermont’s
state entomologist and plant
regulatory official and Ginger
and Community Forestry
Program, pest control education
Courtesy of VINS
VINS presents virtual
Courtesy of VINS
and Ginger Nickerson
• Thursday, May 21, 12:30 p.m. –
Walter Opuszynski will share his
work and why he is passionate
about connecting people in
our region with safe and fun
experiences while they are out in
Opuszynski, Forest Recreation
Specialist, VT Department of
Forests, Parks and Recreation.
• Friday, May 22, 12:30 p.m. – Join
Robin Tindall, Engineer and
Manager, Hypertherm and the
team of engineers as they share
what happens on a typical day at
VINS is headquartered in
Quechee, at the VINS Nature
Center. When it reopens
following the coronavirus
closure, VINS invites all to
visit and explore the brandnew
Forest Canopy Walk, as
well as the Forest Exhibit,
which captures the sights,
sounds and smells of a natural
forest. Discover how to identify
common trees and investigate the
amazing diversity of mammals, birds,
reptiles and insects that call the forest
home. Also explore the Adventure
Playscape, a natural place for kids with
elements for creative play, fun for all
When VINS does open, all activities
are included with general admission
to the Nature Center: $17.50 for adults;
$16.50 for seniors 62 and above; $15 for
youth ages 4-17; and free for members
and for children 3 and under. Some
libraries offer in discounted admission.
For more information about VINS
and the variety of exhibits, programs,
and education opportunities offered,
Norwich University to host free
virtual education fair
Thursday, May 21 at 1:30 p.m.—NORTHFIELD — Designed to support professionals
in a post-COVID-19 world, Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing
Studies (CGCS) is offering six free 45-minute webinar sessions as part of the
Norwich University Online Virtual Education Fair Thursday, May 21, from 1:30 – 5 p.m.
Participants may sign up for more than one of the six webinars, and the webinar series
boasts panelists with years of experience in a range of fields. Topics of the Norwich
University Online Virtual Education Fair include:
• The Post COVID-19 Economy - What Master’s Degrees Will be in High Demand
• Moving Out of the Recession - High Demand Jobs Requiring a Bachelor’s Degree
• Certificates Employers Demand - How Certificates Can Advance Your Career
• Best Ways to Finance Your Degree - Options for Adult Learners
• Insights into Credit Transfer - How You Can Accelerate Your Degree Goals
• Norwich Alumni Community - How to Help Us Grow During Uncertain Times
To register for one or more of the webinars featured in the Norwich University
Online Virtual Education Fair, please visit: online.norwich.edu/virtualedfair.
“While this time presents unprecedented challenges, Norwich is committed to
providing opportunities for professionals to advance their careers virtually,” Vice
President and CGCS Dean Bill Clements said. “With Norwich’s over 20-year history
of online teaching, I look forward to utilizing Norwich’s strengths in virtual and rigorous
education through this webinar series so that adult learners can foster personal
and professional growth during these uncertain times.”
As the pandemic impacts the job market with the possibility of 47 million unemployed
Americans, the Post COVID-19 Economy webinar explores how healthcare,
data analytics, cybersecurity and technology careers will be in demand and how to
enter into these coveted fields with a master’s degree.
Highlighted panelists of the Post COVID-19 Economy webinar (1:30-2:15 p.m.)
are Thomas Hyslip, Sc.D, Kari Day, Ph.D., and Ahmed A. Hamed, Ph.D. The webinar
moderator is Associate Dean James Ehrman, Ph.D.
Similarly, a high demand information systems or computer science bachelor’s
degree can help those who are unemployed enter into a growing industry. The Moving
Out of the Recession webinar (also 1:30-2:15 p.m.) explores popular bachelor’s
programs and the critical skills needed after Covid-19.
Key panelists include Dan Alcorn, MPA, MBA, and Henry Collier, MSMIIT. The
webinar moderator is Associate Dean Mark Parker, Ph.D.
As businesses slowly open back up, the need for stand-out candidates will be
high. In the Certificates Employers Demand webinar (2:30-3:15 p.m.), field experts
from Norwich and MVA Training examine how furloughed employees can earn a
certificate to gain a competitive advantage.
MVA Group Services LLC owner and president Michael Bester and Chief
Commercial Officer Daniel Daoust examine the most needed skills and how
Norwich Pro’s® certificates can assist a professional in achieving those skills. MVA
Group Services LLC is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business consulting and
training services company located in El Paso, Texas. The webinar moderator is
Norwich Pro® Project Manager Ashley Lopez, MS, MBA.
Norwich offers a variety of resources to assist with adult learners, both military
and civilian, in understanding financial aid opportunities. The Best Ways to Finance
Your Degree webinar (2:30-3:15 p.m.) will provide students with information on how
to find resources for scholarships, how to best utilize federal loans, how TA, GI Bill®,
and Veteran benefits provide financial support, and how to finance a degree with a
The Best Ways to Finance Your Degree will be led by panelists with expertise in
financial aid and military benefits: Sarah Harris, financial aid advisor, and Tara Salt,
admissions advisor. The webinar moderator is CGCS Director of Enrollment Management
Now more than ever, it is important to earn a degree in the most cost-effective
manner. The Insights into Credit Transfer webinar (3:30-4:15 p.m.) explores how
students can maximize credit transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree in two years
or fewer. Transfer credit experts will discuss how low grades, non-accredited schools
and older credits impact transfer credit potential.
Panelists Andrew Countis and Mark Parker, Ph.D. utilize their years of experience
to shed light on the credit transfer process at CGCS. Scalzo will also be the moderator
for the Insights into Credit Transfer webinar.
Norwich values its alumni community and is proud of their professional achievements.
The Norwich Alumni Community webinar (4:15-5 p.m.) features successful
alumni as they discuss how alumni can help implement referral programs, create
internship opportunities for current students and participate in new business development
Alumni and panelists Rick Mullen, Andrew Hird and Kevin Beal will focus on how
alumni can use their professional talents to assist CGCS. The webinar moderator is
Fort Hill Companies LLC Founder and President Bill Lyons.
For more information on the webinar series or lecturers visit: online.norwich.
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 THE SILVER LINING • 19
Vermont’s turtles on are
on the move this spring, and
the Vermont Fish and Wildlife
department is asking for
the public’s help in keeping
them safe. Female turtles
are looking for places to
deposit their eggs, sometimes
choosing to lay them along the
shoulders of roads, which can
bring them into the path of
“Turtles often go across
roads as they search for a nest
site,” said Luke Groff, Vermont
Fish and Wildlife biologist.
“They are slow-moving
animals, so they have a tough
time making it safely across
the road. Turtles grow slowly
and live a long time, so losing
a mature breeding female
is a huge loss to the turtle
Turtle nesting activity peaks
this time of year, and drivers
are urged to keep an eye out for
turtles on the road – especially
when driving near ponds and
Fish and Wildlife and
partners are working to
collect data on road stretches
Look out for turtles on the roadway
Drivers should be alert, especially near ponds and wetlands
that are hotspots for wildlife
movement, including turtles.
When those sections of road
are upgraded or repaved, the
roads may be altered to protect
the species involved. To that
end, they are working closely
with VTrans, and with Jim
Andrews from the “Vermont
Reptile and Amphibian Atlas,”
among other partners.
Even with these changes,
Andrews notes, the turtles’
best defense is to have friendly
humans avoid them or safely
help them across the roads.
“When you spot a turtle
in the road, you may be able
to help it across. First be sure
you’re in a safe spot to stop
and get out of your car, as
human safety comes first,”
said Andrews. “If you’re going
to move a turtle off the road,
always move it in the direction
it was traveling. They know
where they’re going.”
According to Andrews, most
turtles can simply be picked
up and carried across the
road. However, if the turtle
has no colorful lines, spots, or
other markings, it is probably
a snapping turtle, so people
should not get too close to
the animal to avoid being
bitten. Snapping turtles’
necks are nearly as long
as their shells. Instead of
picking them up, people
should push the turtle
across the road with an
object such as a shovel.
Andrews is also asking
paddlers, boaters, and
anglers to report turtle
sightings. The reports help
conservationists keep track
of the status of these species
in order to act if populations
appear to be in decline.
“Sending in a report
is quick and easy,” said
Andrews. “Just snap a photo
or two of the turtle, and
submit your observation via
the website or email. We’re
constantly impressed with
to conservation and
willingness to help save
Observations can be
submitted to the Vermont
Reptile and Amphibian Atlas
online at vtherpatlas.org.
By George Scribner
Turtles, like this snapping turtle, are out digging their nests and may be on
the shoulders of roads. Drivers are urged to keep an eye out for them and
report any sightings.
Depart. has openings in
all three of its community
gardens. The gardens
are open to anyone and
each one is unique! The
Northeast gardens have
a range of sizes with trails
right off the gardens. The
Northwest garden is in the
middle of a neighborhood
and has 16 plots available
in four raised beds. The
Northwest garden has only
rainwater collection onsite.
The Southeast gardens
have raised beds.
The fee to rent
ranges from $10 to $40 -
depending on the size of
the plot. Non-residents
add $11 to the fee. A
deposit of $10-$25 is
For more information or
to rent a spot contact April
Cioffi at aprilc@rutlandrec.
com or 802-773-1853. You
may also register for your
plot online at Rutlandrec.
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• No questions asked! •
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from local farms to your table
Depot Park, Rutland 9am-2pm
FLOWERS & VEGGIE STARTS
BAKED TREATS & BREAD
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PREPARED FOODS-WINE & SPIRITS
Check our website & social
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staying safe & updates on the
20 • The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
Killington Access Rd.
MEALS TO GO-GO
11AM - 9PM
Village Snack Bar’s picnic tables stolen
By Brooke Geery
A summer staple in the Rutland area, the Village
Snack Bar is officially open for the season. Brian and
Mark Fothergill purchased the restaurant earlier this
year, and have been making some changes and improvements,
including ordering 24 brand new, custombuilt
picnic tables for additional seating.
Due to Covid-19, the tables have been sitting idly
behind the building, patiently waiting to be used when
dining restrictions are lifted. On Friday, May 15, snack
bar general manager Bernie Miles noticed four of them
He posted about the theft on Facebook, and
garnered a lot of chatter. One person reported seeing
four red picnic tables for sale in Fair Haven, but the tip
did not pan out. As of Monday, the tables had not been
recovered. The remaining tables are now chained.
But, it’s not all bad news. In fact, business has been
“We have been extremely busy, it’s hard to believe,”
Miles said. “ The challenge is wrapping things up. It’s
different than just slapping it on a tray and sending it
In addition to its new seating (though slightly less
than they wanted), the Village Snack Bar is now offering
fresh Carolina seafood, including the most popular
new dish, Bam Bam Shrimp. They also added maple
creemees to the menu. Rutland local Evan O’Rourke is
heading things up in the kitchen.
The Village Snack bar is located at 389 West St. in
Courtesy of Village Snack Bar
Four Village Snack Bar’s red picnic tables were stolen last
week prior to them being used this summer.
2 - 8 p.m.
Memorial Day BBQ
BBQ Picnic for 1 - $ 26.00 | BBQ Picnic for 2 - $ 49.00
BBQ Picnic for 4 - $ 95.00
Call ahead to pre - order
802. 422. 3795
• Blueberry Bourbon
BBQ Pork Ribs
• Marinated Key
• Vermont Smoked
& Cured Grilled
• German Potato
• Veggie Slaw
• Roasted Spicy
• Large Popovers
(choice of )
• Key Lime Pie
• Chocolate Cream
*You can also
buy whole pie!
Killington Farmers Market begins
July 9; vendors wanted
KILLINGTON— The Killington
Farmers’ Market is scheduled
to return this summer
to Mission Farm every
Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to
6 p.m. The season will run
from July 9 to September
Max Elles has taken the
lead for promoting, organizing,
and directing the Killington
Full Service Vape Shop
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CBD Products • Smoking Accessories
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Call For Shuttle Schedule
77 Wales St
Farmers’ Market for summer
2020. Interested vendors
should submit the vendor
application to him. To
be a vendor, you must
be an active producer
baking/ or creating your
own products. All vendors are
responsible for liability insurance
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health and beauty
and compliance with all health
requirements of the state of Vermont.
To become a vendor, submit
your application to Elles
gmail.com. For more
information, visit facebook.com/
of Our Saviour/Mission Farm is
located at 316 Mission Farm Road in
Come to our sugarhouse for
the best breakfast around!
After breakfast, check out
our gift shop for all your
souvenir, gift, and maple
syrup needs. We look
forward to your visit!
Serving Breakfast & Lunch
7a.m. - 2p.m. daily
Check out our menu online!
Sugar & Spice Restaurant & Gift Shop
Rt. 4 Mendon, VT
802-773-7832 | www.vtsugarandspice.com
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 FOOD MATTERS • 21
Rotary Club of Rutland
to distribute free masks
Saturday, May 23 at 10 a.m.—RUTLAND—In
response to the public need for personal protective
equipment, the Rotary Club of Rutland has purchased
and plans to distribute free non-surgical masks.
Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. members of the
Rotary Club of Rutland will distribute the free nonsurgical
masks outside Price Chopper and Walmart in
Downtown Rutland. All health and safety measures
including social distancing guidelines will be taken for
proper distribution in accordance with the Department
of Health. Education as to how people use and clean
masks will be provided on-site.
For more information about the Rotary Club of
Rutland, email email@example.com or visit their
website at rutlandcityrotary.org.
Calling all kids, adults
and unicorns! Do
snowflakes on thistles
inspire you? Does the first
spring daffodil make you
smile? Show your talent
in paintings, drawings
and photos. If you like it,
Pentangle is sure to love it.
Your creativity is part
of what makes this
You create it, they’ll
share it. Send in stories,
200 Main St.
Courtesy of Pentangle Arts
Join the community at
Pentangle Arts from home
poems, art, drawings,
photos and live short
videos of things that inspire
you. They’ll post it weekly
and your work will be part
of their community gallery.
It’s fun, it’s free and it’s the
way we roll during the “new
Once you’ve created
your masterpiece, email it
org or mail it to: Pentangle
Arts, 31 The Green
Woodstock, VT 05091.
Wedding Flowers ♦ House Plants
Secure 24-hour ordering online:
hunt auction is open
Vermont’s auction for three moose hunting permits
is open until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Bids will be opened and
winners notified on Aug. 13.
The Vermont Fish and Wildlife board authorized a total
of 55 permits for the 2020 moose season. Auction winners
of three of those permits will hunt in Wildlife Management
Unit E in the northeast corner of the state during the
October 1-7 archery season, or in the October 17-22 regular
Bids must be entered with a sealed bid form available
from Vermont Fish and Wildlife.
A minimum bid of $1,500 is required, and winning bids
have typically been at least $4,000 when the number of
“Research has shown that lower
moose densities, like in the rest
of Vermont, support relatively few
winter ticks that do not impact
moose populations,” said Fortin.
permits available were higher. Bids do not include the cost
of a hunting license (residents $28, nonresidents $102) or
moose hunting permit fee ($100 for residents and $350 for
nonresidents). Proceeds from the moose hunting permit
auction help fund Vermont Fish and Wildlife educational
“Moose density in WMU E, where the hunt will occur, is
more than one moose per square mile, significantly higher
than any other part of the state,” said Nick Fortin, Vermont
Fish and Wildlife’s biologist in charge of the moose project.
“Moose densities greater than one per square mile support
high numbers of winter ticks which negatively impact
moose health and survival.”
“Research has shown that lower moose densities, like in
the rest of Vermont, support relatively few winter ticks that
do not impact moose populations,” said Fortin. “Reducing
moose density decreases the number of available hosts
which in turn decreases the number of winter ticks on the
landscape. The goal is to improve the health of moose in
WMU E by reducing the impact of winter ticks.”
Moose permit bid packets can be obtained by calling
Fish and Wildlife at 802-828-1190 or by emailing Cheri.
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The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
Rutland County Humane Society
Auction items are needed for the RCHS “Sit. Stay. At Home” online auction
With virtual becoming the new normal, the Rutland
County Humane Society (RCHS) will be holding on
online auction to raise needed funds for the animals
in our care. The “Sit. Stay. At Home” online auction will
run for two weeks in July and will be fun for everyone.
RCHS is in need of auction items and are looking
for donations. RCHS is hoping to keep it local, to
help some of the local businesses during this difficult
If you have the means, buy a gift card at a local
business and then donate it for the auction! It’s a
win-win. Great for the local economy while helping
the animals. Donated items will also be accepted.
Items do not have to brand new but in good condition
with a recommended value of at least $20. If you have
a quality item you would like to donate or have any
questions about the auction, please contact Amelia
at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802.483.9171 ext. 208.
Jayda is a sweet 6-yr-old bulldog mix. She is a funny
goofball that is learning to play ball. She loves to go for
walks and car rides. Jayda adores people, but not other
animal so she has to be the only pet and with a homeowner.
We are open only by appointment. If you want
to meet Jayda give us a call or go online to fill out our dog
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.
I’m a 7-year-old spayed female. I came to Lucy Mackenzie
after my last home was not a perfect match for me .
I’m kind of a complicated cat at heart, but in a good way.
Sometimes I like to be pet (though certainly not held),
and other times I like to be alone. I probably shouldn’t
live in a home with younger children or other cats, but I
might do well with a big- or medium-sized dog.
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
Northwoods crew member planting native trees and shrubs along the Stevens River in Barnet, Vermont.
Newly planted trees help keep local rivers and
POMFRET—This week the Connecticut River
Conservancy (CRC) announced that 6,412 native trees
and shrubs have been planted along 12,500 feet of
riverfront land on 10 different rivers in Vermont and New
Hampshire this spring. The plantings, which are all on
privately owned land, will help reduce erosion, improve
clean water, and increase fish and wildlife habitat in the
Connecticut River watershed.
In addition, these spring plantings have helped
local businesses in these
difficult times – including the
Intervale Conservation Nursery,
New England Wetland Plants,
NorthWoods Stewardship Center,
and Redstart Natural Resource
Management – by injecting $60,000
into the local communities.
“We are so glad for this
opportunity to get back out into
the field after being cooped up for
so long,” said Meghann Carter,
conservation science director at
NWSC. “NorthWoods is proud to
work alongside the Connecticut
River Conservancy to help our local
The plantings were done in
accordance with each state’s
guidance on outdoor work as well
as newly adopted health and safety guidelines for the
planting crews. Ben Machin, a partner at Redstart, noted
that “we greatly appreciate the chance to work with CRC
to get these important restoration projects completed.
Nothing expresses hopefulness like planting trees and
shrubs in the spring.”
CRC and these partners planted the trees and shrubs
Redstart crew planting Intervale trees at
the Strafford Village Farm, Vermont.
in Haverhill, New Hampshire, on Clark Brook; and in
Vermont on Crosby Brook in Dummerston, Saxtons
River in Grafton, Carly Brook in Springfield, the Black
River in Weathersfield, Bloody Brook in Norwich, the
Connecticut River in Bradford, Ompompanoosuc West
Branch in Strafford and Thetford, and Stevens River in
CRC is doing its part to help local economies recover
by accelerating work on the many restoration projects
they have identified over the last
several years. With the right kind
of stimulus funding CRC can
remove eight more dams and do
more than 50 other restoration
projects in the next 24 months.
These projects will funnel
millions of dollars of stimulus
funding to local engineering
firms, nurseries, construction
companies, planting crews and
Since Tropical Storm Irene
ravaged the watershed in
2011, CRC has planted more
than 47,660 native trees and
shrubs along rivers in the fourstate
Connecticut River basin
(New Hampshire, Vermont,
Massachusetts and Connecticut).
CRC collaborates with partners across four states
to protect and advocate for our rivers, to educate and
engage communities. CRC brings people together
to prevent pollution, improve habitat, and promote
enjoyment of rivers and their tributary streams.
Healthy rivers support healthy economies. For more
information visit ctriver.org.
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 MOTHER OF THE SKYE • 23
March 21 - April 20
So much hinges on the need to lose your
fixed ideas about what needs to happen
next. All of your pictures are based on notions
that come from past life experiences
of having everything work out like a fairy
tale. It isn’t what you need this time. Notice
what happens when you make recognition
too important. Needing all of the light
to shine on you, and wanting to suck up
and bask in that warmth is your Achilles
Heel. Try to figure out how to let the light
flow through you. Everything works out
better when you let it pour out and enrich
and enlighten other people’s lives.
April 21 - May 20
The weight of things leads you to believe
that you’re going under. This is what
happens when we’re plowing through the
wreckage; we get so overwhelmed it’s easy
to forget that the universe is supporting us.
Tough decisions that have left you feeling
like you should have done things differently,
were not in error. It takes time for things
like this to reveal their true purpose, so ease
up; you did the right thing. Lesser beings
are bound to be rattling your cage. Let their
slings and arrow roll off your back, and remind
yourself that all of this is clearing the
path to a better tomorrow.
May 21 - June 20
It’s mind-blowing to see how you
manage to always come out on top.
As the prospect of more intense forms of
interference looms on the horizon, you’d
do well to stay one step ahead of the game.
Chances are you’ve already sharpened
your sword and your wits and are well
aware of the odds that are stacked against
you. Play your cards closer to your chest.
Don’t broadcast your feelings or fall apart
at the seams. It’ll take three more months
for what’s blowing in the wind right now to
be replaced by what you conjure up in the
meantime. Fortify the inner stuff and keep
the light on.
June 21 - July 20
The codependent urge is huge with you
guys. Having just released yourself
from playing that role in one situation, you
have gone from the frying pan to the fire.
Be aware of the fact that over and over
again, the same old thing will show up
in different clothing to remind us that we
have more work to do. Keep an eye on the
dynamics in all of your relationships. The
need to please, combined with the belief
that whoever you’re attached to knows
more about things than you do, is your
downfall. It’s time to stop the madness
and get in touch with who you are and
what you want.
July 21 - August 20
You took the whole hog and ran right
over the top with something that
has gone way out of control. Before the
Solstice rolls around you will have the
short run all figured out but the long run
will suffer if you don’t back up and put on
the brakes. Too much of everything, and
too many nearsighted choices will send you
up a creek if you aren’t willing to breathe
deep and look at what it’s getting you.
When things overflow the Hermetic Axiom
would suggest that you’re in too far over
your head to know how to stem the tide
and reverse engineer some of your recent
August 21 - September 20
People mean well; and they appear to
have your best interests in mind – but
they have no idea who you really are or
what you need at this point in your life.
It’s time to sit them down and say “Thanks
anyway,” you’ve got yourself covered. On
a certain level, you’re on a totally different
bandwidth than most people. With this
in mind it’s ridiculous to think you can
structure your life the way other people do.
At the moment the more you are willing
to bust out of the status quo and set a new
standard for whatever it means to be you,
the better it will go, all the way around.
September 21 - October 20
Instead of milking the past, consider
the virtues of moving on to whatever’s
next. If you had a better sense of your own
worth you would realize that whoever lied,
cheated, and/or sold you out, didn’t even
deserve to talk to you. Now that they’re
gone, take this as a sign that being immersed
in that frequency was holding you up.
Which gets me to another thing: you’ve got
amazing opportunities brewing, and better
things to do. Get with the program. The
writing’s on the wall. It’s time to pour your
heart into the sea of changes that are about
to give birth to a whole new life.
October 21 - November 20
Don’t be misled by the thought that you
need to remain affiliated with people
and situations that make it seem as if you
need them. There are times when it’s best to
fly solo. If fear is what keeps you joined at
the hip it’s for sure that this won’t work out.
In your shoes I would consider the virtues
of independence and work on the faith
factor. Try putting your money where your
mouth is. With big transits indicating that
you’ll fall off the pier if you keep moving in
the same direction, a sharp right or a sharp
left will change the scenery and save you
from the brink of disaster.
Copyright - Cal Garrison: 2020: ©
November 21 - December 20
The gap between the inner and outer
realities measures the extent to which
we are separated from ourselves. At the
moment having that covered is your
primary concern. Why? Because it’s so
easy to fly off in opposite directions and
tear yourself apart. It doesn’t matter how
you decide to meet yourself in the middle.
In the crosshairs of life changes that are
here to determine how the rest of it goes,
getting real, and eliminating every form
of pretense, is where it’s at. A vision quest
could be just what the doctor ordered. In
lieu of that, enough time alone to gaze at
the stars might do the trick.
December 21 - January 20
There is a huge amount of change
bubbling up from within. Try
rewinding back to the beginning of time
and reflect upon what happened before life
instructed you to turn yourself inside out.
The person who evolved out of that has it
all together; on the outside at least. You are
approaching a bend in the road. There is
pressure to keep your persona intact; your
ego and your security trips seem to depend
on this. I am here to tell you that it is totally
OK to step out of those traces and reclaim
yourself. It’s your choice, but trust me – it
does no good to be anything but who you
January 21 - February 20
You have to figure out how to get
around an issue or a person that isn’t
going to change. To keep beating your
head against the wall will drive you nuts
until you remember what water can do to
a rock. Pressing the issue has compressed
this conflict into a stand-off. Lay back
and go about your business as if none of
this mattered. The truth is, whoever or
whatever this is about is providing you with
just enough resistance to postpone actions
that you could easily come to regret. Don’t
minimize their role in this. In a few months
you could be eternally grateful to them for
holding things up.
February 21 - March 20
You want to keep things simple. It’s a
good idea but don’t make the mistake
of thinking that doing everything yourself
is the way to go. You’re at a point where a
little help would be worth whatever it costs
you. For many of you this could translate
as, you want to get by without needing to
depend on the system or upon others whose
support comes with too many strings
attached. Don’t complicate everything you
have on your plate with some misbegotten
urge to be a super-hero, and don’t assume
that others are here to take advantage of the
fact that you need them.
A deeper dive
into the dark
By Cal Garrison, a.k.a. Mother of the Skye
This week’s Horoscopes are coming out under the light
of an Aries Moon, on the eve of the Sun’s entrance into
Gemini. By the time Wednesday rolls around, the light and
airy energy that permeates the matrix when the Sun’s in the
sign of the Twins will pave the way for a Gemini New Moon
on Friday. Before things get too light and airy, let’s take one
last dip into the deep end of the pool.
A few weeks ago I mentioned a horoscope that was the
most difficult chart I have ever seen. Since I brought it up
I have received requests from many readers, begging me
to talk about what I saw in this chart. In the last few weeks I
have gotten close to 100 messages with the same request.
Because there seemed to be such an interest in it, I got
permission from the woman whose life this involves to
share a bit of her story with you. I am including excerpts
from it here, so that those of you who wrote to me wanting
to know about it, can get a feel for how intense some
people’s lives really are. What follows is a transcript of
an email I wrote to her when she asked me to help her
understand a few things. If you’re not in the mood for the
hard stuff, skip on to your weekly forecast (left).
“OK, where to start? Please understand that I am using
the aspects to examine correspondences and draw conclusions
based on how certain bodies interact. These are my
interpretations – it’s what I have to work with. Nothing that I
am about to write is absolute – but it is the best I can do with
that I know and what I see. I will list things, and record the
aspects that led me to draw each conclusion.
Lucifer square Siva
“Satanic/Luciferian forces have been/are your undoing.
It is through the forces of darkness that you learn your
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24 • The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020
Bats emerge from hibernacula
As spring arrives, so do… bats. Like many
other naturalists, I spend lots of time during this season
looking for migrating salamanders and blossoming
bloodroot. I’ve never thought much about what bats
are doing this time of year. It turns out these flying
mammals, who retreated into hibernation
back in the fall, are emerging from April
through May, as the weather grows
consistently warmer and insects again fill
During summer, bats spend their waking
hours – generally during twilight and dark
– foraging for food. They hunt on the wing,
using echolocation to nab tiny insects, from
agricultural and forest pests to mosquitoes.
Bats eat up to half their body weight daily
and consume literally millions of insects
each summer. As winter sets in and insects
become scarce, six of the nine bat species
in New England seek out hibernacula: caves, mines,
rock crevices, even our attics and barns. Many bats are
susceptible to white nose syndrome during hibernation,
when they share space with hundreds or even many
thousands of bats of various species.
Like other hibernators, including black bears,
bats enter a sleep-heavy torpor state. A bat’s body
temperature may drop to near freezing, and its heart
rate decreases from a rate of 200-300 beats per minute
to as low as 10 beats per minute. During hibernation, a
bat cycles through periods of torpor lasting from days
to weeks. This is interrupted by brief periods of arousal,
during which a bat’s temperature rises back to normal
for a few hours.
While occasional emergence from torpor is normal,
however, researchers believe white nose syndrome
causes disruption to hibernation cycles, leading
Flowers give pleasure not only to the one who plants
them but also to those who view
I learned that firsthand recently
on a couple of occasions. A young
local artist, Carrie Pill, asked if she
could paint one of my gardens. It
is near the city sidewalk making it
highly visible to anyone passing by.
Of course, I said, “Yes”! A few days
later Carrie arrived with her easel Looking
and paints. She stationed herself Forward
near the sidewalk and worked By Mary Ellen Shaw
on her creation for about three
hours. I got to see the painting as it progressed. The finished
By Olivia Box
affected bats to prematurely expend precious energy
reserves they need to survive the winter. First identified
in a cave near Albany, New York, in 2007, white nose
syndrome has expanded to bat colonies in nearly half
of U.S. states and parts of Canada. This fungal disease
spreads easily and has decimated bat populations in the
Because the fungus can remain in a cave even after
bats are gone, it is transmissable between colonies.
The fungus grows on the skin of bats and it makes them
more likely to wake early and erratically. As they burn
through their fat reserves, bats can starve and die. All
six cave bats living in New England are now state-level
or federally endangered. Populations of the little brown
bat and northern long eared bat have declined 90% due
in large part to white nose syndrome.
Bats that are able to survive white nose syndrome
during hibernation may recover during the summer,
when high temperatures kill the fungus. According
to Katherine Ineson, a PhD candidate and wildlife
biologist at the University of New Hampshire who
studies white nose syndrome in the Northeast, “The
fungus damages their wings. But unless the damage is
extreme, the bats are able to clear the infection and heal
their wings within several weeks of emerging
Female bats generally leave hibernacula
earlier than males, who emerge shortly after
and aren’t involved in raising pups. During
spring and summer, female bats gather in
maternal colonies, congregating in trees,
attics, or barns. Summer colony size varies
by species and location. Little brown bat
colonies may number in the thousands,
while other colonies, particularly bats that
roost in trees, typically contain fewer than
Although bats from most species mate
in the fall, females are able to store sperm and delay
fertilization until spring. Each female typically gives
birth to a single pup. Pups are able to fly when they are
about a month old, but continue to use the maternal
roost as they learn to forage on their own.
I have yet to see a bat silhouette moving quickly
across a dusky sky this spring, but I’ve added them to
my list of things to look for during this season. Their
presence – while so fleeting in the night –is a welcome
Olivia Box is a freelance writer and a graduate student
at the University of Vermont, studying forests threatened
by climate change and invasive pests. 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: nhcf.org.
product is now hanging in our home as I feel that’s where it
Carrie thanked me for the inspiration that came to her
each time she walked or rode past the garden.
Another experience with a stranger enjoying this same
garden came when I was sitting tucked away behind a
nearby fence reading my book. I heard some young voices
and then that of an adult male telling the children to walk
carefully down to the hyacinths, which are just a few feet
from the sidewalk, and smell them. My first reaction was
one of surprise because most men would have no idea what
that flower is. My husband wouldn’t have a clue and he has
watched me plant gardens for 45 years! With youngsters
being schooled from home these days their experience with
my flowers could qualify as a lesson in botany. They learned
Life as we know it has changed dramatically during 2020.
As the coronavirus spread across the United States, cities
and states issued shelter-in-place
orders to slow the spread of the
coronavirus and prevent healthcare
facilities from being overwhelmed
by critically ill patients.
In May, when states started
to reopen, Americans began to
return to work with eagerness and
By Kevin Theissen
The pleasure of flowers
Life and finances in
a pandemic world
trepidation. Many were happy
to leave isolation and reconnect
with friends and colleagues at a
safe social distance. However, they
were also concerned about being
exposed to the coronavirus.
American workplaces tend to feature shared workspaces,
shared desks, shared equipment, and shared bathrooms.
We share a lot at work. Since no one wants to share
SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, companies
have been encouraged to adopt new policies and procedures
that will protect workers.
Implementing workplace social protections
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
and the Department of Labor (DOL) have issued guidance
for employers who are preparing for employees to return
to work. Both recommend businesses develop infectious
disease preparedness plans. Sound plans will identify
where and how employees may be exposed to the virus and
then take steps to prevent exposure. The guidance issued
• Organizing flexible worksites and work hours to
ensure social distancing
• Discouraging sharing of offices, desks, work tools,
• Implementing routine deep cleaning and sanitization
• Providing personal protective equipment when
people work in close proximity
• Requiring workers to wear masks
• Making hand sanitizer readily available in many
• Establishing and encouraging handwashing breaks
• Creating isolation areas for employees who show
Embracing new approaches to work
Some employers may encourage some employees to
continue to work from home because they have discovered
it improved productivity. For instance, 53,000 employees
of the Social Security Administration have been working
from home. Statistics show the agency has been processing
claims for new benefits and appeals at a faster pace than
Money matters > 27
firsthand the name of the flower and its scent. Maybe some
future gardeners were born that day!
I purposely placed the hyacinths close to the sidewalk
as they have a lovely fragrance and I wanted passersby to
enjoy that experience. Apparently my theory is working!
There have been numerous people who have pulled
out their cell phones and snapped pictures of this garden
from the sidewalk. My guess is that when they look at their
photos they will see a sign of peace and hope in this topsyturvy
world. The garden is about 50 feet long with yellow
daffodils and pink, purple and blue hyacinths providing a
sea of color. With this spring’s cool weather these flowers
lasted longer than usual.
As I age I wonder if it’s worth the effort to plant 100 or
more bulbs every fall. I don’t think I will have any doubts
Looking forward > 27
The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 COLUMNS • 25
As the lockdown continues for most Americans,
my son is growing increasingly irritated
by his inability to socialize with friends. Most
parents understand the need for social distancing,
but the kids are having
a much harder time
since they live their lives
believing they are bulletproof
As I noted in past
columns, I’ve allowed the
return of the Xbox into
our home. I removed it
By Dom Cioffi
Breaking the rules
from our lives a couple
years ago because
it was becoming an
and I was genuinely
concerned about its effects on my child. So far, the
decision to revisit has been positive since my son
readily agrees to get a long list of chores/activities
completed before he is allowed access.
However, online gaming with friends only fills
a certain amount of social bandwidth. The fact
remains that my son is an only child and since
there are no other children in our home, he is
aching for some in-person time with his buddies
to laugh and hang out.
In lieu of this, I have encouraged him to stay
active, knowing that physical activity is the best
prescription for the doldrums. I tried getting
him to run with me, but he looked at that as a
punishment. He eventually tried running on his
own but found it “ridiculously boring.”
Finally, I pushed him to go on some bike rides. He
initially resisted but then agreed when I promised him
more Xbox time (shocker).
I made a mistake years ago when I bought my son
a Razor scooter for his birthday. Previously, he had a
nice bike but disassociated himself from it once he
learned that the battery-powered scooter provided
excessive speeds with zero effort. Eventually, I gave
the bike away because all it did was collect dust in the
However, last summer he decided he wanted to
weight train at a local gym so in order to get there and
back, he needed his own transportation, thus a new
bike was in order.
His first few forays during the lockdown were
through the neighborhood, but eventually he began
to strike out into farther directions. I began to notice
the excitement in his voice upon returning as he
told me where he went and what he saw. He was
adventurous and the
effects were wholly
Before long he was
telling me about places
he biked to that were
10 to 12 miles away.
The combination of
this newfound sense
of independence coupled with immense physical
exertion had me feeling great about his journeys
through the community.
And then one day he came home with little to say. I
inquired into the day’s adventure, but he was cryptic
and brief. I also noticed that he didn’t seem as visibly
worked over. Normally, after these long bike rides, he
would return home sweaty and disheveled, but on
this day he look exactly like he did when he left.
I didn’t think much of it until I noticed the same
thing occurring on the next several rides. When I
mentioned that he didn’t appear to be working up
The combination of this newfound sense
of independence coupled with immense
physical exertion had me feeling
great about his journeys through the
much of a sweat, he downplayed the idea, assuring
me that “it wasn’t hot enough to get sweaty.”
My intuition got the better of me so on the next
occasion that he went out, I decided to clandestinely
follow him. I was careful to stay at a safe distance as I
watched him exit our neighborhood and head out.
Before long, he neared a local park that is only a
mile or so from our house. However, instead of riding
by, he made his way into the park. I followed suit and
parked behind some bushes out of site. My mind was
racing with possibilities as I made my way around the
corner, wondering what he was up to.
As I turned the corner, I saw my son running onto
the empty field towards two other boys. One threw a
football to my son before they all gathered together.
The laughing and excitement in their young voices
was palpable. Part of me wanted to chastise them
for breaking the rules, but I couldn’t. I smiled and
watched them for a bit and then headed home.
We’re in weird times currently, but we can’t lose
sight of what makes us
In this week’s
feature, “The Wrong
Missy” (a new
selection from Adam
deal with Netflix), we
meet a young woman
who barely qualifies as
David Spade and Lauren Lapkus star as an unlikely
couple who sojourn to Hawaii for a business retreat.
While there, all manner of mayhem unfolds.
If you’re looking for a lockdown comedic escape
(in the vein of every other Adam Sandler movie
you’ve watched), this one could do the trick. It’s not
a top-shelf selection, but it’s got enough ridiculous
moments to divert your attention.
An unhinged “C+” for “The Wrong Missy.”
Got a question or comment for Dom? You can
email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Courtesy of Mark Bragg
Bragg skis the “headwall” of this backyard in May.
It is an absolutely gorgeous Saturday morning in May.
The daffodils, pansies and just mowed lawn are now
covered with 4-6 inches of dense marshmallow snow and
the sky is a stunningly bright blue. There atop the neverbefore-skied
headwall, stands extreme skier and Pittsfield
resident, Mark Bragg, prepping for one of the biggest
ski moments of his life. You can hear the constant wind
behind the camera as the videographer stands waiting,
empathetically nervous for this first descent. She watches
as the dedicated skier — more commonly known as
Moondoggie — assesses the situation from above.
“I’ve seen pictures of this before, but I didn’t think it
was this steep,” we hear from
the top of the head wall. “Uh,
I’m a little nervous, but we’re
gonna give you, uh, the crowd
something to cheer about today.
So wish me luck.” Shaking with
anticipation, Moondoggie kicks
the dense, sticky snow from the
bottoms of his boots and clicks
into his bindings and turns his
skis toward what might be called
the fall line, while making the final
adjustments to his goggles. The
announcer remarks on the crazy
conditions for a day in May and
returns our focus to the uniqueness of the moment. We
wait, holding our collective breath for the drop in ....
And as Moondoggie launches Scot Schmidt style
into the first turn, the videographer pans out and we see
that this moment is not a famed, untracked headwall in
Alaska, but a simple sloped section of his backyard that
no one would ever have thought of skiing — until now.
Stunned, you can’t help stare as you watch Moondoggie
pull some of the best hop turns ever before seen during
a pandemic. And then, yes, you join his daughter and
videographer, Remy, in giggling as he acknowledges the
crowd at the end. It’s absolute perfection.
“I think the whole idea was it would have been a
great day on the hill with the fresh snow on a Saturday,”
Moondoggie explained. “So I wasn’t going to miss out
on the opportunity to enjoy some great spring skiing
and conquer an old fear of skiing the headwall in the
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Money matters: Uncertain times
from page 24
they did before, reported NPR.
It’s a discovery that didn’t surprise Stanford professor of
economics Nicholas Bloom. In 2015, a paper he published
in the Quarterly Journal of Economics reported working
from home – four days at home and one day in the office
each week – improved productivity among call center
employees by 13%. Workers made more calls per minute,
took fewer breaks, and experienced fewer sick days over a
nine-month period. Having one day in the office each week
was essential. It gave people time to refocus, re-energize,
and share ideas, reported Stanford News.
Evolving attitudes toward money and finances
While returning to work may relieve some of the financial
stress and anxiety associated with Covid-19, the variety
of emotions sparked by a sharp market downturn and
economic recession are not going to disappear. Financial
turmoil rightfully raises concerns about current financial
security and future financial goals.
Right now, you should be reviewing financial plans,
assessing budgets and savings goals, helping to identify
investment opportunities, and taking other steps to help
restore your sense of confidence and control. Although you
may have the urge to panic, you need to caution against it.
People and markets are resilient. This is not a time to throw
caution to the wind. It’s a time to take measure of the challenges
ahead and choose a path through them.
We can’t be certain how long Covid-19 will last. In early
May the Milliken Institute reported 111 vaccines were in
development across the world and 197 treatments for Covid-19
are being considered, including a number of drugs
that may have originally been approved for other purposes.
As effective treatments and vaccines become available, the
threat posed by the virus should hopefully diminish.
Kevin Theissen is the owner of HWC Financial in Ludlow.
Looking forward: Pleasureful flowers
from page 24
this October when I recall the pleasure that the flowers
brought to so many people this spring…right when we all
Just about everyone will soon be thinking of flowers as
Memorial Day is right around the corner. That seems to
be the official start to the gardening season. This year, in
particular, we could use some brightly colored flowers to
raise our spirits each day. You can accomplish this in either
a small or a large space. Let’s look at some small space options
in this column and larger spaces in a future column.
If you want all of the pleasure and practically no work
hanging baskets already filled with flowers will provide instant
color. Your only chore will be watering and occasional
fertilization. If you use a shepherd’s hook to hold the hanging
basket it will be easy to change locations if you prefer to
have it in different places as the summer progresses.
Decorative pots or planter boxes are also great options
when you have limited space. It’s fun to fill them with the
plants and colors that work best for you. One of my favorites
is calibrachoa. They resemble mini petunias and come
in a variety of colors. Angelonia is also a good choice as it
is available in darker shades such as blue, purple and red
as well as lighter colors like white and pink. If you add a
cascading plant to the arrangement it will soften the look. A
sweet potato vine is an excellent choice. It comes in bright
lime green or if you prefer a darker color it also is available
in brown. Mixing the light colors with darker ones serves as
a highlight to both.
If you have trouble deciding what plants complement
one another, place them beside each other as you browse.
Then step back and the decision will get a whole lot easier.
Check the plant labels to see if they do best in sun or
shade. Also look at the height of the plant when it has matured
as that will guide you with proper placement in the
Stay tuned for some ideas for larger garden areas.
Meanwhile shop safely as you follow the “social distancing”
requirements at local garden centers. Happy planting!
RRMC: Claudio Fort and Dr. Melbourne Boynton discuss changes, health practices at RRMC
from page 1
“He had an awesome sense of your political persuasions known.”
humor and we’re going to miss him, Cloth masks decrease the wearer’s
but he promised to come back and ability to shed droplets by 70%;
play the banjo, which I’m sure he’ll do procedure masks decrease the
because he’s a fighter.”
wearer’s ability to shed them by 99%,
Goulet is among the 820 people, explained Boynton. “If 60% of us wore
thus far, in Vermont that have
the cloth masks (which is about 60%
recovered from Covid-19. As of
as effective as procedural masks) we
Tuesday, May 19, 944 have tested would bring this thing to a halt,” he
positive and there have been 54 said.
“Even me talking loud sends out
“The low volume of cases was small droplets that have potential
not predetermined and it’s not just to carry virus,” Boynton said. “Cloth
because we’re tucked up in Vermont,” masks protects me moderately but it
said Fort pointing to the state’s
protects you a lot,” he explained.
border with New York (the epicenter “I have not had the gumption to
of the outbreak in the U.S.) and tell someone to wear a mask in, say,
Massachusetts as well as the busy the grocery story,” Boynton admitted,
ski season at Killington in March adding that he feels it’s best to assume
that brings thousands of tourist to that some people “haven’t had the
the region. “There is a lot of cross opportunity to learn the importance
pollination here during that time,” of masks, yet. As people learn, they’ll
do it. It’s a smart thing, its an easy
He said the state’s quick and
proactive social distancing guidelines
had a significant effect on slowing
the viral spread. “But the threat is still
out there,” Fort cautioned, imploring
viewers to remain vigilant as they
settle into a new normal. “At RRMC,
this is new normal for a while. We’re thing, but not everybody knows or
putting together a plan for how to understands that yet,” he said.
operate over the next 18 months.” “Wearing masks and physical
“In the beginning,” Boynton said, distancing will be here to stay,”
“we were not prepared for the worst Fort added. “This is a long term
case scenario, but we’re ready now.” challenge… We’re not used to this,
Even if the region experiences we’re used to short term gratification,
a future outbreak, RRMC is now but there is no quick way out of this.
ready, he said citing negative
We’re not going to recover overnight,
pressure rooms that help keep
this is going to be a long haul.”
the virus from circulating in the
“In Vermont we have a better
air, enough personal protective chance of doing this,” Fort continued.
equipment (PPE), screening, testing “We work together and are less
and tracing protocols in place, and enamored by glitz and glamour. We
communications with other hospitals care about our neighbors and our
for mutual aid, if needed.
communities and genuinely want to
“It’s unlikely at this stage that we protect each other.”
would get to a crisis level of care,” he Fort, however, acknowledged
that compliance with public health
However, the supply chain is recommendations, like wearing a
still fragile, he said, and RRMC is mask, will not be 100%. “Assume
not wasting any PPE. Sterilization people are acting out of a place of
procedures remain in place for N95 good intentions,” he recommended
masks to reuse them, he added. to viewers. “Assume everyone is
trying to do the right thing and have
Fort said the governor’s
patience with each other… It’s going
recommendations, orders and
to be a long haul.”
policies are based in science with
Boyton also acknowledged that
strong evidence and data. “The “maybe we’re overdoing it,” when
governor and Doctor Levine aren’t it comes to some behaviors, like
making things up,” he said.
sterilizing groceries. “For surfaces you
Governor Phil Scott, Health
can clean, please do,” he said, “But
Commissioner Mark Levine and you can handle groceries and open
public health experts worldwide packages, just wash hands after and
know that wearing a face covering don’t touch your face.”
helps to reduce the spread of the virus Scientific data says that less than
in a community.
6% of Covid-19 cases have been
“We’ll be in this for a long time, transmitted from surface to hand to
folks, so please do the right thing and face, Boynton said. “So use common
listen to medical community and sense and practice good hygiene and
protect others. We need to do this you’ll probably be fine.”
together,” he said.
Not feeling well, get a test!
“Wearing a mask or not wearing If you’re not feeling well for any
a mask is not a political statement,” reason, call your health care provider
Fort said. “Please don’t politicize this. and discuss your symptoms, both
There are many other ways to make men said multiple times.
“We’re tough people, we’re
Vermonters, we typically don’t let
a cold hold us back, but this is a
different time,” said Fort. “Call out of
work and get screened by your doctor.
As tough as it is to miss a day of work,
it’s important to do the right thing…
Even cold-like symptoms that usually
wouldn’t hold us back, could infect
entire workplace and shut it down.
Pay attention to early signs and be
Boynton said a fever doesn’t usually
show up until later, and doesn’t always
show up, so all symptoms should be
“If you have symptoms seek care,
you will be tested,” Boynton said.
“Qualifications for qualifying for a
tests have been reduced, those with
even minor symptoms that may be
associated with a cold can now get
tested. We have plenty of testing
Some people “haven’t had the opportunity to learn the
importance of masks, yet. As people learn, they’ll do
it. It’s a smart thing, its an easy thing,” said Boynton.
capacity,” he said.
“If you test positive for Covid-19,
the state will then contact trace, but
folks should not be afraid of that. The
state will help you be a hero to help
bring an end to the spread, you will
not be vilified.”
Ramping back up
“We’re starting to ramp back up,”
said Fort of the operations at RRMC.
Friday, May 8, hospitals were
permitted to resume elective surgical
“Right now we’re doing outpatient
surgery only,” said Boynton. “Mostly
athletes that have had injuries or
hernias — elective things that could
wait, but ones where the patient can
get home the same day… Routine
colonoscopy or monogram or other
important screening procedures
are available, too… this is not a
time to put off important screening
procedures,” he said.
As a result of the restriction on
elective procedures, “We are backed
up,” Boynton acknowledged,
explaining that the hospital is reprioritizing
and reshuffling the queue
pushing younger healthier patients
to the back to give more urgent
procedures the priority.
Patients should not be afraid of
getting an infection by visiting the
hospital, Fort said. “Infection control
procedures is not new to us,” he said.
“Don’t put off coming to hospital
for care for any reason, including if
you fear that you can’t afford it,” Fort
added. “If you lost insurance don’t let
that prevent you from coming to get
care. Our financial councils will work
with you. I know it’s hard for proud
Vermonters to do, but please come in
it’s our mission to serve you regardless
of ability to pay.”
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The Mountain Times • May 20-26, 2020 SERVICE DIRECTORY • 29
New Woodstock school project plows
ahead with Phase I study
By Curt Peterson
Leigh Sherwood and Lisa Picor from Lavalee
Brensinger Architects (LBA) presented the Windsor
Central Unified Union School District Board Zoom
meeting with the results of “Phase I” of the proposal
for a new middle/high school on the current campus
in Woodstock on Monday, May 11. Cost estimates for
the project approximate $68 million, to be financed
through a bond issue requiring voter approval.
In Phase I LBA was to perform three tasks:
Determine the appropriate building size, design for
efficient learning and function, and assess whether the
building can be placed on the proposed site.
The district had raised donations to cover the
$130,000 Phase I price tag.
Close proximity to the Ottauquechee River and
any ice flow or flooding issues for the new school
were in the “professionals’” wheelhouse, the New
Build Committee said, and they were confident any
challenges were being met.
The Agency of Natural Resources river corridor map
shows probable future river paths dissect the proposed
site. The Dept. of Environmental Conservation River
Corridor Easement Program responded to Tropical
Storm Irene’s devastation of structures, roads and
bridges, prohibiting new development within corridor
In January board member Jim Haff from Killington,
and Killington’s Town Manager, Chet Hagenbarth,
had asked about water supply, flood plain restrictions,
and storm water retention and treatment. Sherwood
said these issues were yet to be resolved, but would be
included in Phase I.
Sherwood explained the results of testing by Civil
Engineering Associates of So. Burlington. David
Marshall, CEA partner and 1980 alum of Woodstock
Union High School, participated in the presentation.
River corridor and flood plain issues resulted in
major changes in the project. To qualify for possible
exemption necessary to build on the site, the new
162,000 square foot school must have the same
footprint as the existing school, necessitating a twostory
structure instead of the original one-story plan.
If the existing school didn’t occupy the site prior to
the River Corridor Easement Program, siting the new
school at this location would be prohibited.
The building site was also moved to avoid the flood
Core samples, Sherwood said, indicate ground
beneath the proposed site is well-suited for
The football field in the flood plain may have a
“grandfather” exemption, but a proposed new track
may face regulatory opposition.
District Buildings and Grounds Manager Joe Rigoli
told the Mountain Times Woodstock Aqueduct Co.
assured him they have adequate water supplies for the
proposed new school.
Asked if a second floor would require any additional
expense, Rigoli said, “Depending upon the height/
type/size of fire suppression system additional
pressure might be needed. An engineer would need to
Ground covered by impermeable surfaces and
structures don’t absorb possible contaminated storm
water, or “runoff,” which, without mitigation, would
find its way into the water table and the river.
Haff asked how Phase I addressed run-off. Marshall
said no specific designs had been created, but he is
confident mitigation could be accomplished using
retention ponds and treatment, but acknowledged
that there could be significant costs involved.
Board member Ben Ford, from Woodstock, told the
Mountain Times, “I don’t have a sense of the range of
the potential costs [of mitigating run-off], so couldn’t
tell you whether they are potentially significant or
“The retention ponds can’t be in the flood zone
or the river corridor,” Haff told the Mountain Times.
“They said this would be addressed in Phase II.”
Governor Phil Scott cited a possible General Fund
revenue shortfall of between $300 and $500 million
and a possible Education Fund shortfall of $173
million during his press conference on May 17, which
could affect taxes in a time of record unemployment.
When asked how he expects voters will react to
a large bond issue in the post-Covid-19 pandemic
economy in the seven participating district towns,
Ford said: “If either the state or individual districts
are able to spread the impact of the shortfall out over
a repayment period, it would ameliorate the nearterm
impacts to taxpayers,” he said. “We’ll also need
to see whether economic stimulus funding might be
leveraged to help offset either impacts to taxpayers or
Road work is underway in mid-Vermont
This list includes the current road
construction projects happening
throughout Central Vermont.
Most crews will cease work on
the afternoon of Friday, May 22 in
observance of Memorial Day.
Activities will resume on Tuesday,
May 26. Please remember to drive
safely in all work zones. Lives
depend on it.
• I-91 Hartland – A bridge
replacement along Depot
Rd. over I-91 is underway.
Motorists can expect lane
reductions Northbound and
Southbound, with reduced
speeds enforced in the work
• Bethel – The bridge
replacement project along
VT 12 is up and running.
Motorists should expect
minimal delays as crews move
equipment around the jobsite.
• Castleton – Ledge removal
activities along VT 30. A
temporary traffic signal will
now manage alternating
one-way traffic. Expect minor
• Cavendish – Weathersfield – A
road reclaim project continues
along VT 131 with underdrain
and paving activities.
Motorists will now encounter
a temporary traffic signal
between Lindberg Dr. and
Brook Rd. Plan on one-way
alternating traffic with slight
• Fair Haven – Paving activities
along VT 22A. Motorists
will encounter one-way
alternating traffic and some
• Pittsford – US 7 is under
reconstruction. One truck lane
will be closed Southbound,
but two-way traffic will be
maintained. Short stoppages
of traffic may occur to move
equipment/materials in and
out of the construction zone.
• West Rutland – Paving
operations along VT 4A, with
signal work at the intersection
of BUS 4 and VT 4A. Motorists
can expect one-way
alternating traffic along VT 4A,
with a speed and Westbound
lane reduction in the area
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Livin’ the dream: Moondoggie adventure
from page 25
overcoming a challenge
and achieving greatness:
Bragg is a cancer survivor
and a “Piney.” His father,
Don Bragg, is the 1960
Olympic pole vault
champion and later
established a summer
camp for boys in the
Pine Barrens of New
Jersey, where his Olympic
roommate Muhammad Ali
was a frequent visitor and
guest coach — for boxing.
folk might recognize
Moondoggie for his
role in the not-so wildly
acclaimed but massive
local favorite ski adventure
film, “Icebreaker,” starring
Sean Astin. In it, you
can watch Moondoggie
shredding through the
woods of Killington with
a machine gun in his
hands, chasing down the
local ski patrol to prevent
them finding the nuclear
weapon. Seriously though
— does a ski resume get
any better than that? A ski
instructor, extreme skier
and a ski movie stunt man?
Since he moved to the
Killington area in 1985,
Moondoggie has been
“I wasn’t going to miss out on the
opportunity to enjoy some great
spring skiing: ... the headwall in the
backyard,” said Bragg.
known for his fun loving
smile and positive attitude,
enjoying everything that
Vermont has to offer
and making it his life. In
summer, Bragg transforms
into his alter ego — the
Kayak King — and rents
kayaks on Kent Pond.
You can hear the pride
in his voice as he describes
the pond to his guests,
pointing out the bald eagle
overhead and the loons
nesting on the island. He
sees the beauty in the small
things and finds joy in what
other people might not.
How else do you think he
ended up skiing his lawn on
a snowy day in May?
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Horoscopes: This woman’s life, experience and celetrial chart could make her the authority on what it takes to “Send the Devil Back to Hell”
from page 23
hardest lessons. In these areas you are
destroyed, or brought down to nothing,
and reborn. The midpoint of this aspect is
the ascending/descending axis (7 Virgo/7
Pisces). This means that these dark forces
play out in your everyday reality. It also
means that ultimately having to reckon
with these things will teach you a lot
about healing. Not many people have the
opportunity to go down this road. Yes, it is
intense, dark, and dangerous, but none of
us is ever given more than we can handle.
Your situation is teaching you about things
that at this point are coming to the surface
all over the planet. What you gather through
direct experience will gift you with the
knowledge and the ability to help many
Dionysus, Circe, Sisyphus, Arachne,
Vulcanus, Eros, Persephone conjunct
South Node in 11, squaring Pluto, opposing
Ophelia: It’s hard to know what to make of
this cluster of bodies on the South Node,
but let me see if I can get the gist of it. The
South Node is the past life inlet. It shows
me what kind of energy permeated your
previous life conditions. I see Dionysus;
this is an indication that there is addiction/
excess, in your background. Taken to the
limit? It indicates that you may have been
connected to the cult of Dionysus (look it
up) in a previous incarnation. In a nutshell,
the Dionysian cults were involved with
excess, addiction, alcohol, cannibalism,
orgiastic sex, pedophilia, and human
sacrifice. These practices go back a long way.
The fact that the South Node is in Cancer
implies that you were raised in this cult,
(i.e. your parents were into it) and you
were probably roped in against your will,
and victimized by it. With Eros involved in
the aspect pattern, the erotic component
gets showcased, confirming pictures of
sexual abuse. It could even be that you
were trafficked by people who enslaved
you, sexually: with Persephone part of the
picture this is a possibility.
The fact that the South
Node is in the 11th House
implies that you had to go
along with the program
either because you were
born into it, or because there
was no escape, and your survival depended
on your ability to play along.
The square to Ophelia suggests that
there was an over-exposure to sex at an age
when you were too young to be sexually
active – and that it drove you crazy. It may
have even driven you to suicide.
Moon conjunct Vesta
We could entertain the idea that you
might have been a willing participant or
a ring-leader in these activities, but the
Moon-Vesta conjunction implies that you
were ‘sacrificed by your mother,’ meaning,
groomed for these activities by her, or sold
into slavery by her. This theme carries over
into this life, meaning that your wellbeing
has always played second fiddle to
whatever your mother’s issues involved.
Borasisi conjunct Lucifer and Hidalgo,
opposite Demeter, Atlantis, Osiris, and
Eurydice – all square Siwa, Tisiphone,
Uranus, Poseidon, and Cupido: Borasisi is
the lowest, darkest form of deceit; Lucifer is
Satan. In a conjunction? If you can add 2 + 2
this is about as low as you can go – very dark
energy. Conjunct Hidalgo? Hidalgo is that
about which we cannot speak; unspeakable
things. This could imply that the dark
unspeakable things have a dash of voo doo.
It’s quite obvious that your mother treated
Not many people have the opportunity to see
what lies ‘Down past the bottom’ ...It takes a
highly enlightened soul to make that journey.
you like an object.
With Osiris involved in the pattern?
Osiris is a death indicator – as well as an
indicator of resurrection and rebirth. In
my conversations with you, you have
mentioned that the hellish stuff with your
kids began around the time that their father
was murdered. Interestingly, Eurydice is
here too. Among other things, Eurydice has
direct ties to Orpheus (the God of death),
and to Hades (The Lord of Hell). Eurydice’s
presence in the aspect pattern adds more
weight to the darkness that is already too
much to bear in your chart.
Transiting Hades conjunct the
South Node – Dionysus stellium – this
conjunction is an indication that all of the
darkness from the past is being dredged
up and released. In the process, all Hell is
breaking loose. The chaos and fear and all of
the negative spiritual energy that is shaking
up your family, stems from the presence of
Hades on the Tribal Axis. Hades has a slow
rate of motion.
You need to make peace with the idea
that simple solutions won’t work here –
liberation could be a long time coming.”
I could go on with this interpretation
but this is enough for now. In 50 years as
a working astrologer I have never seen
anything like it.
Not many people have the
opportunity to see what lies
‘Down past the bottom.’ Few
of us get to bear witness to the
unspeakable. It takes a highly
enlightened soul to make that
journey: one has to be incredibly strong,
physically, mentally, emotionally, and
spiritually to survive the trip.
We are living at a time when the deepest
dregs of the heart of darkness are leaking
to the surface. The woman in question is
a warrior spirit whose direct experience
with unspeakable, unimaginable things is
providing her with a school of hard knocks
degree that will bless her with enough
knowledge about these things to work with
and heal the legions of souls whose lives
have been destroyed by them. Within three
years, if she makes it through the gauntlet,
eats her karma, and keeps the faith, I
am pretty sure that she will become an
authority on the subject of what happens
when it’s time to know exactly what it takes
to “Send the Devil Back to Hell.” Let me
leave you with that and invite you to take
what you can from this week’s ‘scopes.
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