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Mou nta i n Ti m e s

Volume 49, Number 40

RUTLAND GARDEN

CLUB WINS

NATIONAL AWARDS

Local club wins

national recognition

for downtown Rutland

window boxes

and planters, garden

therapy, and Christmas

decoration at the

Chaffee Art Gallery.

Page 3

GET YOUR FLU SHOT

Several clinics have

availability locally.

Page 2

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Courtesy of the town of Killington

Architectural rendering of the new public safety building in Killington, set to open soon.

Killington prepares for winter

By Polly Mikula

The annual Killington kickoff for the winter season is usually held with fanfare. Hundreds

gather in Killington Resort’s Grand Hotel and complimentary food and drinks are served

creating a party-like atmosphere. The purpose is to provide an update for the community

— highlighting successes from the past year and providing insights for the season to come.

Killington Resort, the town of Killington and Killington Pico Area Association (KPAA) all present

updates to area business owners and their employees.

This year, due to Covid, the updates were presented virtually — and with little fanfare.

Killington Resort President Mike Solimano, addressing 144 people online at the start of the

Zoom meeting, began with a reminder of the strong 2019-2020 season before the Covid-19

pandemic hit mid-March. Killington had opened for the season on Nov. 2 and Pico on Dec. 7

— its earliest opening in 20 years. Additionally, over Thanksgiving weekend, Killington hosted

its largest single day of attendance for the Audi FIS Ski World Cup, with 19,500 fans attending.

Solimano said the resort suffered from losing its ever-popular spring skiing months in

Annual update > 6

‘It’s good to

be home’

Rutland family moves into new

Habitat for Humanity house

By Katy Savage

After 9 years of shuffling between different housing

situations since fleeing their home country during the Syrian

Civil War, Hassam Alhallak and his wife Hazar Mansour

finally have a place to call home again.

With the help of about 200 volunteers, the family moved

into their house on Crescent Street in Rutland on July 1,

which was purchased with the help of Habitat for Humanity

of Rutland County. The four-bedroom house, with 1 and

a half bathrooms, was officially dedicated to the family on

Saturday, Sept. 26.

“It’s our dream,” Alhallak said. “We are very happy.”

Before coming to Rutland, Alhallak and Mansour spent

four years living in a basement with their two children and

about 100 neighbors

in Syria while gunfire

and bombings

ravaged the streets

outside their home.

“It was scary,”

“It’s our dream,”

Alhallak said.

Alhallak said. “I was worried and scared for my kids.”

The family stayed in Syria as long as they could, hoping

the war would end.

“We were thinking, ‘maybe it will be done, it will be

finished’,” Alhallak said.

When the war wasn’t getting any better, the family left their

country and fled to Turkey where they lived in a small apartment

while undergoing two years of background checks

before being cleared to come to the United States in 2017.

Habitat home > 11

By Brooke Geery

ANNUAL AUTUMN

ROUND-UP

Barker Farm in

Ludlow hosted antique

machinery and tractor

show last weekend.

Page 16

Courtesy of Fair Haven

LEAF PEOPLE

Visit harvest celebrations

around the area.

Page 22

Living

ADE

CALENDAR

A lot is happening in

the area, check out

this week’s events.

Page 12

Legislature doubles

funds to support air

quality in schools

Grants doled out to local schools

By Polly Mikula

After the $6.5 million that was initially allocated by the

state to improve air quality in schools throughout Vermont

was quickly claimed, Vermont House approved an increase

to $11.5 million then the Senate proposed a further increase

to $13.5 million.

The program was created to improve ventilation and air

filtration systems in support of safer school environments.

The total amount needed to address HVAC in public schools

as a mitigation measure for Covid-19 is estimated to be in

the range of $12-18 million, according to the Vermont School

Board Association (VSBA).

The money has come at a convenient time for the Windsor

Central Unified Union School District (WCUUSD), which

was already in the process of purchasing and installing an

HVAC system for The Prosper Valley School before such funding

was announced.

(TPVS was closed in the fall of 2018 after mold was discovered

and hasn’t been reopened.)

WCUUSD had allocated $100,000 toward a HVAC system

and $30,000 for deep cleaning at TPVS, but will likely not

need to use all of that funding. When the project was put up

for bids in July, the winning estimates totaled just $71,000.

And TPVS received a grant from the state for $14,000 toward

HVAC > 10

‘Unemployed’ scout camp director’s Long

Trail trek raises $30,000 for Vermont

programs threatened by Covid-19

As it became clear that it

would not be possible to operate

its Scouts BSA resident

camp safely this summer,

Camp Director Clint Buxton,

now unemployed, decided

to turn a lifelong dream of a

Long Trail through-hike into

an opportunity to support

the organization amid the

pandemic.

Nearly four weeks and 272

miles later, the 61-year-old

Richmond native stepped

off the trail Thursday, Sept.

24, at Journey’s End, having

raised $30,000 to help offset

a devastating operating

shortfall, and inspiring

hundreds of people across

Vermont.

“This hike has provided

me with much in the way of

introspection,” said Buxton

on Thursday. “I hope these

Trek > 2

Submitted

An Arrow of Light Scout poses with his “Flat Buxton” while

hiking as part of the Green Mountain Council’s monthlong

Buxton Hikes the Long Trail project in September.


2 • LOCAL NEWS

The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020

Flu shots are available locally

All adults and children are encouraged to get the vaccination

“It’s incredibly important that people get flu vaccines

this year,” said Community Health’s Director of Quality

Tracy Upton, RN.

In the Rutland area, Community Health has arranged

weekday and Saturday clinics for adults and children,

and offers an online appointment schedule for current

Community Health patients. “Established patients can

call to schedule an appointment or sign up online on

our website,” Upton said, Friday, Sept. 25. “Flu vaccines

are available to everyone, not only Community Health

patients.”

Community Health has already started offering flu

shots to patients who come to any one of the health

network’s seven locations for their regular health and

wellness visits. Established patients can schedule their

own appointments online at chcrr.org and select from a

list of open appointments.

Community Health facilities have dedicated staff for

flu shot clinics on Saturdays in October and during the

week. The Saturday flu shot clinics make the vaccinations

available to the whole family, by appointment for

children at Community Health Pediatrics, and as walkins

for adults and children at the other locations.

Community Health is also working with area businesses

and school districts to provide flu vaccines for

groups of employees. Three school districts and several

businesses are coordinating with Community Health to

prepare flu shot clinics on site for staff members.

October is the peak month for flu shots,” Upton said.

“Last year Community Health administered over 10,000

flu shots, 5,500 of them in the month of October.”

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Flu shots are also available during the week. Each

Community Health practice has set aside times convenient

for their community. Call any Community Health

practice for the schedule of weekday flu shot clinics for

their specific location, or call our main patient access

center at 888-989-8707 for information about the flu

shot clinics.

“No one will be turned away,” Upton said. “They may

have to wait a bit but every one of our sites will make

sure every person can get a flu shot.”

Community Health is Vermont’s largest Federally

Qualified Health Center, a network of primary care, pediatric,

behavioral health, dental and pharmacy services

with offices in Rutland, Brandon, Castleton, West Pawlet

and Shoreham. Community Dental offices are located in

Rutland and Shoreham, Community Health Pediatrics is

in Rutland and Behavioral Health services are available

at all of our locations. Community Health Express Care

centers are open every day and are located at the Rutland

and Castleton Community Health Centers.

Trek: Scout leader hikes to raise funds

>

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last 27 days will inspire more youth and

leaders to discover our Green Mountains

just outside our back doors.”

Buxton has led programs serving more

than 500 youth annually at Mt. Norris Scout

Reservation in Eden since 2017. He made

the trek from North Adams, Mass. to the

Canadian border in Vermont.

“Clint presented us with a quintessential

opportunity to showcase what scouting is

all about. Our programs kindle purpose and

passions within people, and a path to setting

and achieving goals and overcoming

obstacles. Clint epitomizes scouting’s call

to adventure and service,” said Mark Saxon,

scout executive and CEO of the Green

Mountain Council.

Buxton had been conditioning throughout

the summer but found himself taking

a crash course in social media and grass

roots community organizing just before

departing. He quickly got up to speed and

had a support team of friends and family

behind him as he stepped onto the trail and

adopted the trail name “Hawkeye” in August.

Along the way, dozens of scout packs

and troops linked up with him as he made

his way toward the Canadian border. Others

joined in virtually by posting their adventures

with a “Flat Buxton” cutout on social

media using the #BuxtonHikesLT hashtag.

Saxon said Buxton’s hike raised awareness

of the forced closure of the Green

Mountain Council’s summer camp operations

at Mt. Norris and Camp Sunrise in

Benson. Over the course of his hike, more

Courtesy Ralph Pace

Great maple in Ludlow park offers

final foliage scene before removal

Pictured above is one of the most memorable foliage

scenes in Ludlow’s Veterans Memorial Park. This will be

the last time its glorious foliage will be seen in Ludlow.

Due to the rotting trunk, the town has decided to remove

the tree before it becomes a hazard — but not until it has

been allowed to show its magnificent foliage to everyone.

Municipal Manager for Ludlow, Scott Murphy noted,

“It’s certainly beautiful this time of year and its unfortunate

it has to be taken down. However, we plan to plant a

replacement next spring and look forward to new life.”

Submitted

Clint “Hawkeye” Buxton finished the 272-

mile Long Trail on Thursday, Sept. 24.

than 100 individuals and families joined

Buxton in pledging a total of $110 per mile

to help offset a $160,000 seasonal camp revenue

shortfall which threatens the council’s

ability to steward 1,200 acres of wilderness.

“The response has been overwhelming,”

Buxton said, noting he is going to take a few

days to recover from the journey. “I’m not

going to move much on Friday.”

The council is planning a homecoming

celebration for Buxton on Saturday, Oct. 17,

following the final service day it is promoting

as part of Buxton’s call to action.


The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 LOCAL NEWS • 3

The Rutland Garden Club wins

national awards

National Garden Club (NGC) awards are

established to recognize the efforts of its

members and associates who contribute

to the enhancement of our world. From

funding the construction of a children’s

garden to forming programs to battle invasive

plants, National Garden Club is full of

leaders with a desire to improve our world.

To acknowledge those who strive to achieve

this mission and share our vision for a more

beautiful tomorrow, NGC has established

awards to recognize the contribution of

those who have put forth endless effort

to educate youth on the importance of

gardening and horticulture, those who tirelessly

work to grow club memberships, and

those who passionately strive to help their

community locally and globally.

Nationally the Rutland Garden Club

was honored to receive from the National

Garden Club a certificate of merit as the

overall winner for container plantings. The

award was based on the downtown Rutland

window boxes and circular container planters.

A monetary award of $100 was given.

Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont has

a Garden Therapy Grant Trust Fund. Accrued

interest from this fund is available on

a yearly basis to the club judged to have the

most effective garden therapy program(s)

for the size of the club. The RGC visits The

Meadows at East Mountain twice yearly

to work with residents on floral projects.

Courtesy of Rutland Garden Club

Students from Christ the King School attended

with their beautifully crafted cards,

melodious songs and a sharing of pure joy.

RGC received a Monetary Award of $117.

For the Christmas Holiday decorations

of the doors, mantles and staircases at the

Chaffee Art Center recently the RGC received

a first place award for the Decoration

of a Historic Building. They were also the

overall winner for civic beautification for all

of the Rutland City Gardens Downtown, on

Main Street, on Route 4, Woodstock Avenue

and at the Godnick Senior Center.

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The eighth annual Vermont’s Greenest Building awards has recognized a home in

Benson for achieving the highest standard of demonstrated building energy performance

for residential buildings and documentation of green building strategies

including health, transportation, water and affordability. “It is wonderful to recognize

the innovation, talent and creativity building professionals are bringing to their

projects,” said Jenna Antonino DiMare, VGBN executive director. “I am proud of the

outstanding work our Vermont green building community is doing to push the market

towards more sustainable building practices.”

The Terwilliger-Kincaid residence is sited on an 8-acre lot with sweeping Green

Mountain views. The house takes advantage of the views and the changing sun path

over the course of the year, while preserving open space for habitat and trails. The

house was designed for flexibility, with a large first floor shared office and accessible

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The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020

Courtesy of Mission City Church

Jake and Alexa Stamey and their two daughters stand outside the center.

The seed for the idea begin when

a small group of parents at Mission

City Church found themselves

comparing notes and expressing

frustration about the long waiting

lists for all quality child care centers

in the area. This conversation evolved

into church leadership having serious

conversations about the need

and talking with area providers and

ultimately with the Let’s Grow Kids

organization about the needs and

steps involved in developing a 5-star

center. “The stars just seemed to

align,” stated Jake Stamey, an 11-year

veteran public school teacher who

had just moved into a full time staff

position as the Churches Next Generation

Director. “Leadership came

to me with a vision for the opportunity

and the Let’s Grow Kids organization

helped me define what a quality

center would look like” stated Stamey.

Courtesy of Mission City Church

Inside the new childcare facility.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, Sycamore

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Three-way

Windsor-Rutland

House debate held

By Curt Peterson

Three candidates are vying for the Windsor-Rutland

District Vermont House seat being vacated after 15 years by

Sandy Haas (Progressive).

The White River Valley Herald and the Rochester Public

Library hosted a virtual debate on Wednesday, Sept. 23.

Democrat/Progressive candidate Kirk White (Bethel),

Independent candidate Sheila Braun (Rochester) and Republican

candidate Wayne Townsend (Bethel) participated.

Dylan Kelley, a Herald editor, was moderator.

White, 58, an acupuncturist, holds a master’s degree

in mental health and addictions counseling and

an honorary Doctor of Divinity. Well-known among

Paganists, White operates a holistic health retreat. He

co-founded Bethel Revitalization and Bethel University,

two community projects.

Braun, also 58, has lived in Rochester for 25 years.

Owner of Anovision, a statistical analysis and consulting

firm focused on health and education, she feels state decisions

are made for the wrong reasons.

“I decided to stop complaining and do my duty,”

she said.

Townsend, 47, a Bethel native, was a forester and now

runs his family’s dairy farm.

“It’s time for leadership and political balance in Montpelier,”

he said.

Dylan Kelley asked the candidate’s opinions on various

topics. Two involved Covid-19: Should Vermont schools

have been reopened this fall, and how well has the president

managed the national pandemic response?

Townsend, Braun and White agreed the schools should

not have been reopened. Townsend said it was too soon,

too risky for the children.

White feels the children are being used as “test cases.”

Braun, whose sister is a schoolteacher – worries

about the risk for staff.

“The people making this decision to open aren’t

going in to their work, why should teachers go to the

schools?” she asked.

Trump’s pandemic response got bad marks from

Braun: “Badly failed the country,” and White: “Bungled

and misrepresented it.”

Townsend noted the president had delegated the

response to governors, and that Vermont Governor Phil

Scott “has been doing a great job.”

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Kelley asked the candidates for their opinions on the

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Debate > 5


The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 LOCAL NEWS • 5

The 2020 legislative session came to a close on Friday

evening, Sept. 25. It was a session like no other, with issues

like emergency Covid related measures and funding,

online meetings via Zoom since March and a two month

break in the summer thrown in

to get a better handle on state

revenue forecasts.

The extended session length

no doubt tested some members of

Vermont’s part-time citizen legislature,

especially those with other

job or family commitments.

In his closing remarks to

legislators Friday, Governor Scott

By Rep. Jim

Harrison

At long last… ‘Fini!’

thanked members of the General

Assembly for their collective efforts

at sharing pertinent information

with their districts, especially the

early days of the pandemic and the changing rules under

the state of emergency.

Scott also pointed to:

• Passing a balanced budget without raising

new taxes.

• Modernizing our professional licensing system

to make it easier for most licensed occupations to

relocate here.

• Expanding the work of mental health and social

workers within our state police

• Allocating nearly $1.25 billion of federal stimulus

funds including: Close to $230 million in economic

recovery grants, $30 million in grants to support

farmers, over $100 million in federal funds to

support education, $300 million to stabilize our

healthcare system.

Little mention was made of differences with the

Legislature, such as the override of his veto of the climate

bill and potential objections on the police use of force

measure coming his way or the Act 250 legislation. A hint

of disagreements was made with this statement, “And only

in a small number of cases, from my perspective, did we

see election year partisanship make an appearance. But,

all things considered, I think we can chalk that up to bad

habits being hard to break and the unnecessary influence

of national politics,” Scott said.

The climate legislation, which gives broad powers to

a new, un-elected panel to direct the Agency of Natural

Resources to implement measures to reduce greenhouse

gases, was sent to the governor in time to get the bill back

for an override vote.

The police use of force and Act 250 bills will have different

outcomes if the governor chooses to veto those

as the Legislature has adjourned and override votes are

not possible.

The extended session length

no doubt tested some

members of Vermont’s parttime

citizen legislature.

The use of force bill by law enforcement was called the

most restrictive law in the country by the Vermont Dept. of

States Attorneys & Sheriffs. It is also opposed by most law

enforcement agencies, as well as the governor’s own public

safety commissioner, Michael Schirling.

The Act 250 legislation was scaled back quite a bit by

the Senate and sent back to the House with a take-it-orleave-it

message (the Senate had adjourned before a

House vote was even taken). The bill now sets up a path

to place outdoor trails into a regulatory model and adds a

new criterion to Act 250 that requires the review of impacts

on forest fragmentation when developing a parcel. The

administration has expressed disappointment with the bill

as other measures, such as exempting certain downtown

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Local news....................................................................2

State news.....................................................................7

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

News briefs.................................................................11

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

Puzzles........................................................................15

Living ADE..................................................................16

Food matters...............................................................20

Columns......................................................................24

Pets..............................................................................26

Horoscopes.................................................................27

Classifieds...................................................................28

Service directory.........................................................29

Real estate...................................................................31

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is a community newspaper covering Central

Vermont that aims to engage and inform as well as

empower community members to have a voice.

Courtesy Ballotpedia.org

Kirk White (Bethel)

>

White and Braun said $12.55 is

not enough.

Vermont is an expensive place to

live, Braun said.

White said higher minimum wages

will help the economy.

Townsend suggested lowering state

taxes would make the minimum wage

go farther, achieving the same end.

The Mountain Times asked the

candidates their main goal for running

to replace Haas.

White listed a menu of policies he

Courtesy Ballotpedia.org

Sheila Braun (Rochester)

Courtesy Ballotpedia.org

Wayne Townsend (Bethel)

Debate: Candidates for the Rutland/Windsor house seat meet in Rochester

from page 4

would pursue, but his general agenda

is finding “creative ways to empower

the revitalization of our small towns

so that new families will want to move

here and our kids want to stay.” He

suggests state support of “a regional

non-profit collaborative to coordinate

economic and community

development.”

Braun told us she is running as

an Independent so she won’t be beholden

to any political party.

“The legislature’s first priority

at this time should be to protect

Vermonters from the pandemic and

its economic fallout,” Braun wrote.

“Then we need to transform the

political landscape from a … system

in which candidates represent their

parties, to a group of legislators who

give voice to the people. The most

important thing that I think is that

my thoughts are less important than

those of my constituents.”

Wayne Townsend did not respond

to our requests for his perspective.

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>

Annual update: Killington town, resort and area association share updates with the community in advance of the winter season

from page 1

addition to nearly all its events through the spring and summer,

fall, and likely winter. However, this summer mountain

biking was as strong this year as it was the year before,

with 36,000 riders visiting the resort’s downhill slopes.

“That was nice to see,” he said, adding that he expects to

see lots of visitors this winter, too. “We’re 15% up in season

pass sales this year at both Killington and Pico,” he said.

Killington and Pico have historically had fewer season

pass holders than some of their bigger competitors (like

Vail). Solimano said only about 30-40% of Killington’s

visitation is made up by season pass holders. Therefore, the

resort is planning to control volume by limiting day ticket

sales rather than putting restrictions on pass holders.

Everyone will be required to reserve parking in advance.

Merchant pass holders, college pass holders and other

local discount products will now be restricted to mid-week

access so as to maximize tourism on the weekends.

“We’re all in this together,” Solimano said.

Solimano estimated that the resort could be 30-40%

off on weekends due to limitations to prevent crowds, but

might make up some of that if it can transfer some skiers

and riders to mid-week. “Mid-week could be up 50-100%”

compared to past seasons, he said. “In other resorts worldwide

we’ve seen that happening,” he added, pointing to

increased remote/flexible work options for many guests.

In order to prevent crowding, the resorts will also be limiting

lodge usage. “Treat your car as a lodge,” Solimano said,

suggesting skiers and riders boot up at their car. “No bags

will be stored in the lodges” and food will be mostly “grab

and go.” Tickets will be sold at window counters outside.

“There will be increased cleaning around the resort, of

course, but we know that the virus spreads most by air… So

reducing crowds is important. The biggest threat, and our

focus, will be to prevent airborne spread,” he said. “It’s nice

at least that in our industry guests are already used to wearing

masks, goggles and gloves.”

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A slide from the virtual kickoff presentation shows the new flow of foot traffic at K-1 lodge. Outside space to be utilized.

There will be no après ski scene or live music at the

resorts. Scenic gondola rides are also out, as are all

group ski lessons. Only private lessons will be offered

beginning Dec. 19.

Killington plans to open for the season on Nov.

14; Pico on Dec. 19. Uphill travel is prohibited on the

slopes until opened.

“We are not cutting snowmaking or lift operations. Our

priority is to provide as much skiing and riding as possible,”

he said, adding that he expects conditions to be quite good,

DEVELOPMENT REVIEW BOARD

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE

The Development Review Board will hold a public hearing

on Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sherburne

Library Meeting Room at 2998 River Road with attendance

available via videoconference (Zoom) to review the

following applications:

1. Application #20-048 by New World Developments VT,

Inc. (Summit Lodge) at 200 Summit Road for site plan

review to convert an existing racquetball court into a

3-bedroom innkeepers house.

2. Application #20-053 by Simba, LLC (JAX Food &

Games) at 1667 Killington Road to grant a waiver to

reduce the front setback to permit covered outdoor

dining under site plan review.

3. Application #20-054 by KNH Enterprises, Inc. (Sushi

Yoshi) at 1807 Killington Road to grant a waiver to

reduce the front setback to permit covered outdoor

dining under site plan review.

Copies of the applications may be viewed at the Town

Offices at 2706 River Road between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00

p.m. Monday through Friday by appointment by calling

802-422-3243. Digital copies of the applications may also be

requested in portable document format (PDF).

Participation in this local proceeding in person, via

videoconference (Zoom), or through written statement is a

prerequisite to the right to make any subsequent appeal. It is

requested that written statements be submitted at least two

(2) days prior to the hearing for review by all.

For participation via videoconference (Zoom), a meeting

link will be posted 1-2 hours prior to the hearing on the

Town Website Calendar (www.killingtontown.com).

Dated at Killington, Vermont this 28th day of

September 2020.

Preston Bristow, Town Planner, Town of Killington,

Vermont

given the new limitations and focus on snow.

Addressing the obvious need for hospitality in a town

that relies on tourism, Solimano encouraged listeners not

to try to be the Covid police. “Be welcoming rather than upset

that people are here,” he said. “Let’s focus on doing the

things we know can help prevent spread. At the resort we’ve

been focusing on mask-wearing and social distancing, not

whether or not someone should be here or not.”

Solimano said he and other Vermont ski resort heads are

developing a restart plan to present to the state for approval.

“As an industry we think we can be pretty safe, but we all

have to do the right thing…We want to get open and stay

open, we don’t want tot be the reason to close down skiing

in Vermont — not just Killington.”

Town prepares to open public safety building,

improve Killington Road

The final touches are being made to the new Public

Safety building on Killington Road. Paving is scheduled to

begin Monday, Oct. 12 and flooring and painting are underway,

said Town Manager Chet Hagenbarth.

Ledge and water supply caused the project to face some

challenges financially, but Hagenbarth said he expects the

project will come in very close to budget once fully completed

and the existing firehouse is sold.

Requests for proposal (RFP) are expected to be published

soon. “We have already received significant interest

in the building,” Hagenbarth said.

“This contingency option will help close the gap [in the

budget],” Hagenbarth continued, adding that he expects

the fire department will occupy the new Public Safety

Building by November so the former firehouse building

could change hands as soon as Dec. 1.

Hagenbarth also presented an overview of the threemile

Killington Road Master Plan, which spans from its

intersection with Route 4 to East Mountain Road.

Designs show a walkway on both sides of the road with

the western side being a 10-foot wide multi-use path. Additionally,

crosswalks, bus pullouts and turn lanes will be

added at key intersections.

Hagenbarth said he expects Killington Road will be completely

rebuilt in 6-8 years.

Hagenbarth said he’s pursuing multiple grants to help

offset the cost to taxpayers.

“The option tax usually brings in about $400,000, on average,

to the town,” Hagenbarth explained, but given Covid

closures and limitation on local businesses, it’s unclear

what effect that might have on collections and future town

budgets.

Final designs for the road are nearly complete and will be

available on the town’s website in the coming weeks.


The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 STATE NEWS • 7

Courtesy Renewable Energy Vermont

Over the past three years fewer solar projects have been permitted at all scales, with

community and small-scale projects seeing the greatest decline. In total, applications for

clean energy projects declined by 72%.

Vermont awarded $3.8 million grant

for suicide prevention

Governor Phil Scott announced that

Vermont has received $3.8 million in

federal funding for suicide prevention.

The five-year grant from the Centers

for Disease Control and Prevention

(CDC) will support the implementation

and evaluation of the state’s comprehensive

public health approach to suicide

prevention in Vermont. The announcement

coincided with the Sept. 10 observance

of World Suicide Prevention Day.

“Deaths due to suicide are tragic and

leave a lasting impact on families and

loved ones,” said Scott. “This grant will

help ensure Vermonters who are struggling

have access to the resources they

need to help them through their challenges,

and, hopefully prevent these

unfortunate events.”

“This grant is timely as these are

exceedingly stressful times. To any Vermonter

who is experiencing crisis or feels

helpless: Please know you matter to a lot

of people, and help is available,” Governor

Scott added.

According to the CDC, suicide is an

increasing public health crisis that took

more than 48,000 lives in the U.S. in 2018.

As of Sept. 4, there have been 72 suicide

deaths in Vermont this year. Over the last

10 years, the number of suicides in Vermont

has risen, with a current rate 34%

higher than that of the U.S. as a whole.

“Vermont is well poised to expand,

strengthen and bring to scale our suicide

prevention efforts,” said Dept. of Mental

Health Commissioner Sarah Squirrell.

“Suicide does not only impact those experiencing

mental health challenges, and

we owe it to each person to have in place

the systems to meet them where they are

– and in a way that is appropriate to their

individual needs and circumstances.”

The Vermont Addressing Suicide Together

(VAST) project will use the federal

grant to build on existing partnerships

and programs to implement and evaluate

a data-driven public health approach to

suicide prevention in Vermont. The project

will bolster collective efforts on the integration

between healthcare and mental

health, and work to ensure all Vermonters

have access to the supports they need.

“Suicide is caused by multiple factors

and prevention must go beyond

individual behavior change,” said Deb

Houry, M.D., M.P.H., director of CDC’s

National Center for Injury Prevention

and Control. “Support and coordination

are needed from every sector of society

that can directly promote resilience and

reduce risk factors such as isolation,

stress, substance use, and relationship,

financial and job issues.”

For more information, resources

and data about suicide prevention in

Vermont, please visit healthvermont.

gov/suicide.

Courtesy Renewable Energy Vermont

The next generation of workers is more interested in renewable energy careers.

Hundreds call on VT Public Utility

Commission to maintain local renewable choices, net

metering, but thousands of Vermont jobs threatened

While Governor Phil Scott’s administration

has been hesitant on renewable

energy progress, 791 Vermonters filed

comments with the Public Utility Commission

(PUC) on net metering, according

to a news release by Renewable Energy

Vermont, Sept. 23. Net metering is

the state’s policy that enables Vermonters

to generate their own renewable electricity

and share that clean energy with their

neighbors. Of the 791 comments, all but

one, urged our state utility regulators to

maintain or increase the people’s access

to clean energy through net metering.

“We have an opportunity now to determine

how we rebuild from Covid-19’s

devastating economic effects. We can

and should choose to create good jobs

across Vermont and act on the climate

crisis threatening life as we know it,” said

Olivia Campbell Andersen, executive

director of Renewable Energy Vermont.

“Continuing net-metering is one of the

easiest things Vermont can do to get

people back to work.”

The first week of September 26, 306

Vermonters applied for unemployment.

That equals about 8% of the state’s

workforce.

But even before Covid-19, changes

and cuts to net metering caused Vermont

to lose 408 solar jobs from 2017-2020.

“With so many of our neighbors out

of work, every job matters. We need to

embrace policies proven to foster job

growth and rebuild our economy more

resilient than it was before,” said Katrina

Wilson, of Integrated Solar Applications

in Brattleboro. “Every time net metering

has been cut in the past, Vermont has

lost good-paying clean-energy jobs. We

simply cannot afford that now.”

PUC > 11

New VPR-Vermont PBS poll finds

Governor Scott very popular

Lt. governor race is a toss-up, fewer than 50% of

Vermonters eager to take a Covid-19 vaccine

Republican Gov. Phil Scott is coasting

to reelection and has become more

popular than the three Democrats who

serve in Vermont’s Congressional delegation,

according to a new poll from VPR

and Vermont PBS released today.

Meanwhile, six weeks from Election

Day, the state’s lieutenant governor’s race

is a statistical dead heat, and fewer than

50% of Vermonters say they are eager to

take a Covid-19 vaccine in the next year.

From Sept. 3 to Sept. 15, the VPR-

Vermont PBS Poll asked hundreds of

Vermonters how they felt about political

candidates, a Covid-19 vaccine, retail

marijuana and other issues.

The poll was supervised by Rich Clark,

Submitted

professor of political science and former

director of polling at the Castleton Polling

Institute, and was conducted by Braun

Research.

Pollsters interviewed 604 respondents

over landlines and cell phones. The poll

has an overall margin of error of 4%.

VPR and Vermont PBS will provide

extensive broadcast and digital coverage

and analysis of the polling results

throughout the week.

This was the third and final statewide

public opinion survey put out by VPR and

Vermont PBS this year. The first was conducted

in February, followed by a second

poll in July. All are available at mountaintimes.info.


Opinion

8 • The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020

OP-ED

Five C’s for

Vermont schools

Dr. Michael Shank

As a university professor, I’m constantly thinking

about how to best equip my graduate students with life

skills. I’m always taken aback when they struggle with

how to communicate effectively, handle conflict constructively,

think critically, or engage civically. Not only

is a degree less valuable now, it’s also less applicable.

Especially as it becomes commonplace to bully online

and offline, accept anything shared online as “fact,”

avoid dialogue and engage combatively, disengage from

the public policymaking process, and refuse to view the

world from someone else’s perspective.

Setting up students for success, then, requires a doubling

down – by school and community – on five fronts:

skills-building in conflict transformation and resolution,

critical thinking, interpersonal and professional communication,

civic engagement, and compassion.

In Vermont, we’re shifting towards more “transferable

skills,”which, according to Vermont’s Agency of Education,

include clear and effective communication, creative

and practical problem-solving, informed and integrative

thinking, self-directed learning, and responsible and involved

citizenship. They’re taking a front seat in the state’s

educational standards, which is exactly what’s needed,

though it’s often left to the discretion of each educator to

integrate. And “trickle down” training that accompanies

shifts in programmatic focus, where a few people get

trained and “bring their learning back,” isn’t scalable.

This is the

essential stuff on

which successful

personal and

professional

environments

depend. Let’s teach

it with the rigor

and resources it

deserves.

Schools need resources

for systematic,

schoolwide,

skills building if we

want the transferable

skills initiative

to have real impact.

Training for administrators,

teachers,

paraeducators,

mental health staff,

substitute teachers,

board members,

and more – i.e. any

adult that regularly

works in school.

Families will

benefit from that

LETTERS

Jerome has

served us well

Dear Editor,

Two years ago I urged

people to vote for Stephanie

Jerome because of

her stance on education.

Today, I urge people once

again to vote for Stephanie

Jerome not because

of what she might do for

us but because of what

she has already done. I’m

constantly impressed by

Representative Jerome.

I’ve reached out to her

about various concerns

from radon testing in

our schools to protecting

Vermonters from surprise

automatic renewals for

apps and services, and

each time she has come

back to me with information

about what the legislature

is doing or what she

has done to advance the

issue in committee. From

responding to messages

to her weekly column in

the local paper, her meetings

for constituents, and

her attendance at select,

board meetings, I have

never met a representative

so accessible.

Jerome also worked

hard to create solutions

to the unemployment

benefits breakdown that

happened with Covid-19

as the legislative team

action leader, helping

her constituents as well

as those across Vermont.

skills-build, since that’s where learning is modeled, so this

should be a community-wide agenda.

If we want our students to develop these skills, we need

the state to formally give local communities, schools, and

teachers the resources necessary to make it happen and

set explicit expectations for this work.

Take conflict skills. Several districts recently received a

state grant to implement restorative practices with support

from Vermont’s Restorative Approaches Collaborative.

This is good. Conflicts are common in classrooms.

Practices to address them and restore relationships are

not. Canadian schools show that peer mediation programs

successfully resolve 90% of conflicts and reduce

physically aggressive behavior 51-65%.

That’s significant.

These programs make schools safer and more

conducive to learning and set up students for success

as adults when resolving conflict and restoring broken

personal-professional relationships. These skills are

helpful with de-escalation on social media and in resolving

workplace disputes. That’s why they’re transferable

skills: there are lifelong benefits.

Take critical thinking skills. The frenzy around whether

something is fact or fiction, and the propensity of politicos

to push unverified agendas shows how in-demand As a teacher, I know how

5 Cs > 9 Jerome > 9

Vote Hooker for

Senate

Dear Editor,

As a farmer, teacher,

and proud member of

the Rutland County

community, I am voting

for Senator Cheryl

Hooker in the November

election.

Hooker is a positive

and proactive Senator,

who cares about people,

businesses, the environment,

and the health

and sustainability of

our community. She has

Vermonters

can work

together to

... live and

thrive.

worked to improve

childcare, food security,

and higher education

and has supported legislation

to increase the

minimum wage and provide

paid family leave.

During the pandemic,

Cheryl Hooker has not

wavered in her belief that

Vermonters can work together

to make our state

a resilient and safe place

to live and thrive.

Please join me in voting

for Cheryl Hooker for

Senate!

Carol Tashie,

Wallingford

Orwellian Trump by Rick McKee, CagleCartoons.com

Greg Cox isn’t

done yet

Dear Editor,

As the story goes, a

lost driver pulls up to a

farmhouse, the farmer is

sitting on the porch eating

lunch. The driver gets

some directions and they

chat a bit.

“Nice spread you got

here, have you lived here all

your life?” asks the driver.

The farmer grins,

“Not yet!”

And so it is with Greg

Cox, a farmer and activist

all of his life (so far!) and

he’s not done yet either.

Greg has been active

in many enterprises for a

long time even while being

a full-time farmer:

At the Farmers Market (of

which he is the founding

and active member), you

can find him teaching

young children about

farming and growing in

the new VFFC greenhouse,

selling produce at the

market, working with the

state and legislature, in

community movements

to improve relationships

and enterprise between

the state, citizens, farmers,

and an increasingly

thriving local agricultural

community.

He is active in the community,

sensitive to the

political and social issues

of the day, and describes

himself as less political

Cox > 9

Factory farmed

animals are

suffering

Dear Editor,

While we debate the

composition of our nation’s

Supreme Court,

there can be no debate

about the supreme suffering

taking place in our

nation’s factory farms.

Recent undercover

investigations show male

baby chicks suffocated

in plastic garbage bags

or ground alive because

they can’t lay eggs. Laying

hens are packed into

small wire cages that tear

out their feathers. Breeding

sows spend their

entire lives pregnant in

metal cages.

Dairy cows are artificially

impregnated each

year, and their babies

are snatched from them

at birth, so we can drink

their milk.

I found more details

at dayforanimals.org –

World Farmed Animals

Day, launched in 1983

to memorialize the tens

of billions of animals

tormented and killed

for food. I learned that

raising animals for food

is also hurting our health

and the health of our

planet.

Each of us has to

choose whether to

subsidize these atrocities

with our food dollars. My

Meat > 9


The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 OPINION • 9

CAPITOL QUOTES

On the GOP’s rush to nominate a

Supreme Court Justice...

“The history is clear – that if the

President and the Senator are of the

same party, the confirmation goes

through, and if they’re of a different

party, the confirmation doesn’t go

through. By making this nomination, the

President is delivering on his promise to

the voters, and by the Senate confirming

this nominee, the Republicans who

made that promise are delivering on our

promise to the voters,”

Said Sen. Ted Cruz

“My decision regarding a Supreme Court nomination

is not the result of a subjective test of ‘fairness’ which,

like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. It is based on

the immutable fairness of following the law, which

in this case is the constitution and precedent. The

historical precedent of election year nominations

is that the Senate generally does not confirm an

opposing party’s nominee, but does confirm a

nominee of its own,”

Said Sen. Mitt Romney

>

5 Cs: Setting up students for success in the future

from page 8

critical thinking is. When my students fail

to back up assertions with good data, I

push them to cite legitimate sources. That

training can start young, helping students

poke and prod for proof. It takes a confident

administration to embrace studentled

change. If we want our students to

enter the world with a critical lens, then

we must support informed thinking early.

Take communication skills. We know

the digital world and Covid-19 have undermined

our ability to have constructive

in-person conversations and experience

the socioemotional feedback that attends

face-to-face interactions. The competition

from the smartphone is fierce, and

social media has made it easy to communicate

impersonally and antagonistically.

Requiring that curricula prioritize interpersonal

communication skills-building

is a start, and school districts, like mine,

are now rolling out social-emotional curriculum.

But it must be prioritized and

practiced frequently to put kids on a more

communicative path.

Take civic engagement. There’s no curriculum

for Vermont’s “global citizenship”

content area. A weak connection between

our lived reality and the school curriculum

can leave students uninspired to change

that reality. There’s a need to embed civic

engagement in classrooms, incentivize it,

and build apprenticeships for youth across

all aspects of public service.

In Vermont, we’re approaching a problematic

transition if we don’t tee up the

next generation to serve. Unless those relationships

are established now, in towns

and cities, we face more attrition. Let’s

build a mentor corps and transfer generations’

worth of expertise to the emerging

leadership – translating that opportunity

in ways that appeal.

Take compassion. Adult behavior

change is tough. If empathy is built

early, then perspective-taking becomes

possible and the mind more malleable

– attributes helpful in crisis situations.

In addition to district-wide additions of

social-emotional curricula, let’s add a

service corps to help those in need. Make

it a part of the school curriculum. This is

something I grew up doing as a Mennonite,

learning to serve and see the world

through others’ eyes. Getting our students

into public service could do wonders for

cultivating compassion.

This is the essential stuff on which

successful personal and professional

environments depend. Let’s teach it with

the rigor and resources it deserves. This is

what gets you hired because you communicated

flawlessly during an interview,

keeps you employed because you

know how to manage workplace conflict,

saves a relationship because you know

how to understand a partner’s pain, or

transforms a community because you’re

actively involved in leading it. Let’s make

sure our students are set up for success.

The world needs them now.

Dr. Michael Shank, a resident of

Brandon, teaches at New York University’s

Center for Global Affairs and George

Mason University’s Carter School for Peace

and Conflict Resolution.

“We are not even debating whether the

Senate should hold hearings on a nominee

in an election year. We are not in the middle

of an election year. We are in the middle of

an election, “

Said VP candidate Kamala Harris

“Senate Republicans can’t get it together to pass

Covid relief for all the people who have been

laid off, are at risk of getting evicted, or can’t put

food on the table. But they’re ramming through

a SCOTUS nominee 36 days before an election,”

Said Senate candidate John Hickenlooper

“I will scrutinize Judge Barrett’s

nomination as I have the 19 others over

my 46 years ... Yet a dark cloud looms

over this nomination, as President Trump

and Senate Republicans are dispensing

with any sense of basic decency — along

with every single precedent ... in order

to reshape the Court to deprive millions

of Americans of healthcare and unravel

their constitutional protections,”

Said Sen. Patrick Leahy

Covid-19 has reinforced

the need for universal

high-speed internet

access for Vermonters.

Without it, we cannot

attract companies,

people cannot work

from home, and students

cannot access remote

learning. Stephanie has

been working on ensur-

Jerome: A proven leader, deserves re-election

from page 8

ing that every home and

business has the access

they need. As we face

ongoing challenges in

the shrinking Vermont

economy, she remains

committed to advocating

for local jobs, as a business

person, a consumer,

and a legislator. While we

face such uncertainty on

>

>

Cox: Focused on what’s best for Rutland

from page 8

than pragmatic. This is

demonstrated through

his already impressive

achievements, and in

his daily interactions

with others. We need this

attitude and experience

in the Statehouse where

Greg Is running for the

Senate this year.

>

Meat: Animals need not suffer

from page 8

choice has been to replace

animal products in

my diet with the healthful,

cruelty-free plantbased

meats and dairy

We need people like

him, this is a man who is

humble, but who passionately

cares and is fearless

about advocating for what

he believes is right and

necessary to make our

community better, who is

willing to work for positive

change without being

products, as well as the

rich selection of fruits

and vegetables offered by

my supermarket. A quick

internet search provided

the national stage, it is a

comfort to have someone

so reliable and hardworking

in Montpelier.

Please vote for Stephanie

Jerome and send her

back to the legislature to

keep on advocating for

the people of Brandon,

Pittsford, and Sudbury.

Carrie Mol, Brandon

beholden to one party

or the other, focused on

what’s best for the Rutland

County community, as

well as this beautiful state.

Please consider voting for

Greg Cox for State Senate.

Sincerely,

David A. Engels

Rutland

lots of recipes and sound

advice.

Sincerely,

Mario Vincelette,

Rutland


10 • OPINION

The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020

CARTOON

Rosy Scenario by Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune, MN

Trump Taxes by Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com

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.

Castleton University, Chamber &

Economic Development announce

win-win partnership for job training

Castleton University and Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region announced

a new partnership with an eye toward enhancing internship and career opportunities

and an increased focus on community engagement.

Kimberley Rupe, business development and community engagement manager of

Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland Region, will work alongside Castleton’s

Pathway to Graduation team to engage Castleton students in a diverse range of opportunities,

including job experiences, internships, and workplace readiness skill programming.

Rupe will also be tasked with providing support in developing and delivering community

engagement activities that enhance the economic and social interactions between

Castleton and its surrounding communities.

Kelley Beckwith, director of student success at Castleton, said working collaboratively to

further engage students in the region’s business community is a triple win for students, the

university, and local organizations.

“Castleton is delighted to partner with Chamber & Economic Development of the Rutland

Region. Strengthening experiential learning and workplace readiness is a main objective

of Castleton’s newly-launched Pathway to Graduation initiative,” she said. “The timing

of this collaboration complements Castleton’s goal to include a significant workplace

learning component in at least 80% of majors ... and Rutland area employers will benefit

from the skills, creativity, and energy that students bring.”

CU’s Pathway to Graduation is a five year project designed to bolster student success

and retention. The project is supported through a $2.25 million grant from the U.S. Department

of Education’s Title III Strengthening Institutions Program.

Harrison: Legislature wraps up its session

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or village development, were not included. Whether the governor will veto the bill because

of a missed opportunity for larger compromise, is an open question.

And, perhaps vintage Scott, he closed his remarks to lawmakers with: “I’ve said, and I believe,

that our nation and our state are best served by those willing to work together, guided

by shared principles, to find common ground. This is one of the lessons of Covid-19.

“It’s my hope the spirit of public service that’s led us through the difficult days of this

emergency will remain with us, long after our lives have returned to normal, and that this

unity continues to fill the halls of the State House when we come together — in person

— once again… Thank you all for your work. And remember: Wear a mask. Avoid crowds.

Stay home when sick. And wash your hands, a lot. Spread the word. Not the virus.”

On that note, I will be signing off from the weekly legislative updates until the new

Legislature is installed in January (if re-elected). Thank you for taking the time to read my

reports (and sometime ramblings) throughout the year.

P.S. As we enter the peak of the fall campaign season, it saddens me that some take it

upon themselves to take down candidate signs that are on private property. I know of

at least six Milne signs for Lt Governor that recently disappeared in Mendon. Please be

respectful of all candidates and their signs.

Jim Harrison is the state representative for Bridgewater, Chittenden, Killington and Mendon.

He can be reached at JHarrison@leg.state.vt.us.

HVAC: State provides funding for air quality improvements in schools

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the HVAC system.

Additionally, Woodstock High school

received $54,000 toward a $55,000

make-up air system.

But a timeline for reopening TPVS is

still undetermined.

Bob Crean, former school board member

from Pomfret, wrote an update on the

air quality improvement measures, repairs

and potential timeline for reopening TPVS

to the Pomfret listserv in August.

“First, the repairs to the foundation

footing drains are complete and appears

to be working great! That system is now

carrying away from the building the tens of

thousands of gallons of water coming off

the roof each month,” he wrote.

But “due to increased demand and

limited supply due to Covid-19, it may

be 10 weeks before the hardware is

available to install. The installation itself

will take a week or so,” he added.

“Then, the final cleaning needs to

be done, and again, due to Covid-19

demand for such services, it may be

November or December before this is

completed, making the earliest estimated

availability perhaps January,” he

speculated.

Crean, however, questioned whether use

by students was in fact the plan for TVPS.

“It does not appear (from the proposed

reopening plan), that the school will play

any role in reducing student density at

WES, a strategy that may be critical depending

on how the school year unfolds

vis-a-vis Covid-19. Whether that changes

upon completion of the repairs and cleaning

remains to be seen,” he wrote. “There

certainly does not seem to be any urgency

to bring the building back on line.”

The Building & Grounds committee at

WCUUSD has stated that its goal is to get

the building back to pre-closed conditions

such that it can be occupied. However, it is

not in the purview of B&G to address how

the building should be used for the district,

said board member Jim Haff.


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Habitat home: Syrian refugees received “dream home” from Habitat for Humanity

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Alhallak and Mansour didn’t

speak English, didn’t have a car and

didn’t know anyone when they first

arrived. They lived with a family in

Rutland briefly before moving into

another small apartment in Rutland,

not big enough for the family to eat a

meal together.

Their new larger home is part of

a new beginning for the family of

now five.

“We are very excited now,”

Mansour said. “It’s more space for

us. We can say it’s more safe and no

more moving.”

Alhallak, who was a successful

accountant in Syria before the

war, and Mansour, a former French

teacher, lost most of their savings

before coming to the United States,

but they’ve quickly settled into

Rutland and become well-known

community members. They both

learned English and took accounting

classes at the Community

College of Vermont. Mansour now

works as an accountant at Rutland

City Public Schools while Alhallak

is an accountant for Casella Waste

Systems.

“We have a good school for the kids

and a good place and nice people,”

Mansour said. “Everything is good.

It’s a very good place to buy a home.”

Construction of their house started

in July 2019 after locals helped

raise about $125,000. Alhallak’s

colleagues at Casella Waste donated

$17,000 last year, which was

matched by the company to close a

$35,000 funding gap.

Local contractors, excavation

crews, electricians and plumbers

donated time and services, while

local companies like Yankee Paint

Courtesy Habitat for Humanity of Rutland County

Hussam Alhallak and Hazar Mansour and their three children moved into

their new home on Crescent Street in Rutland.

donated supplies. The Rutland Garden

Club did the landscaping.

“It’s one of the nicest houses

on the block at this point,” said

Diane Alberts, the administrative

coordinator at Rutland Habitat for

Humanity.

The family has made Rutland

home, despite several groups in the

city opposing refugees arriving.

“Everyone who comes across

them seems to think the world

of them,” Alberts said. “It means

finally that they feel safe for once.”

Alhallak and Mansour have eagerly

learned new skills. They were

part of the construction team for

their house.

“I built my house,” Alhallak said.

“I was very excited to learn about

construction. If I have to fix something,

I can fix it now.”

Additionally, the house was built

efficiently.

“The new home on Crescent

Street in Rutland delivers a broad

variety of energy efficient features...

These features include 2” of continuous

foam insulation on the walls

that enhance the cavity insulation,

a superbly tight building envelope

that approaches the Passive House

standard, high efficiency heat pump

mini splits for heating and cooling,

a heat pump water heater, and an

Energy Star energy recovery ventilator

with high efficiency motor that

provides superb indoor air quality.

“​The house scored a 34 on the

HERS Index —a fantastic score, especially

for a house that doesn’t feature

any renewable energy,” said Jeff

Manney from Efficiency Vermont.

Alhallak said he felt at home here.

“It’s good to be home after a long

time,” Alhallak said.

KILLINGTON

FOOD SHELF

We are stocked with nonperishable food, paper goods

& cleaning supplies. Any person in need, please call to

arrange a pickup. Donations accepted. Please call Nan

Salamon, 422-9244 or Ron Willis, 422-3843.

Sherburne UCC “Little White Church,” Killington, VT

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PUC: Vermonters urge state to pursue clean energy jobs, expand net metering

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The PUC’s pending decision not only puts good jobs

on the line, but also the future of Vermont’s renewable

energy and climate commitments, according to Renewable

Energy Vermont.

Prior changes to net metering have already drastically

reduced the number of new local renewable energy

projects. From 2017-2020 (before Covid), applications

for clean energy projects declined by 72%.

Net metering is a distributed network of powerproducers,

which takes pressure off the grid—especially

during periods of peak consumption. Net metering

makes energy cheaper for everyone by reducing the

amount utilities have to purchase when demand is

high.

During one week of peak events in 2018, solar power

saved Vermont utilities and ratepayers $1.3 million.

“In order for Vermont to survive as a state, it is the

responsibility of all of us to create jobs that both retain

as well as attract workers to our state. . . Knowingly

changing policy that would lead to continued job loss

and hurt our local economy is unacceptable,” wrote one

of the nearly 800 commentators to the state.

Another highlighted the environmental urgency:

“Our children and grandchildren are depending on us

to avert the climate disaster that is already well underway.

We must begin now to support renewable energy at

the highest level.”

While every surrounding state adopts policies to

grow renewable energy, Vermont falls further and further

behind, the new release states.

Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut

and Rhode Island all score higher than Vermont on

policies that encourage the growth of renewable energy.

New York and Massachusetts are rapidly adding clean

energy jobs that attract and retain young people. More

Generation Zs want to work in renewable energy than

any other energy field. Vermont needs these young

people and their future families.

“Cutting net metering and reducing clean energy

jobs is exactly the wrong thing to do to attract young

people to our state,” said Duane Peterson, co-founder

of SunCommon. His business employs 100 Vermonters

whose median age is 32.

The Dept. of Public Service is currently urging regulators

to roll back net metering, the single most effective

policy for encouraging the growth of renewable energy

in our state.

“Vermonters know we cannot afford to lose the opportunity

we now have to spur economic recovery and

create local resilience,” added Campbell Andersen. “We

simply won’t reach our potential if the Scott Administration

and Public Utility Commission continue to cut

net metering and squander Vermont’s economic and

climate future.”


Calendar

12 • The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020

Virtual

event

ARCHER MAYOR

at PHOENIX BOOKS, RUTLAND

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30 at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of Phoenix Books

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30

Drop in Pickleball

9 a.m.

All levels welcome to play at Meadow Street Park in Rutland. All equipment

supplied.

Fit and Fun

9:30 a.m.

Marilyn Sheldon holds exercise classes at the Godnick Adult Center.

Low impact, aerobic, and stretching routines; move to lively, sing-along

music. 1 Deer St. in Rutland. Advance registration required, call

802-773-1853.

It Takes a Village: A Community of Parents

10 a.m.

Meet on the patio outside Taso on Center St. (Wonderfeet is rain location)

for a stroller/backpack/baby wearing walk around downtown.

Art in the Alley

2 p.m.

Stop by Gallery at the Vault, 68 Main Street in Springfield, anytime from

2 to 4 and have fun making Leaf Prints to use for cards, collage, books,

and other projects. Free! All ages.

Bike Bum Races

3 p.m.

The Bike Bum race series is back, this year taking place on the trails

that the KMBC have helped fund, build, and manage. Teams of 5 may

register for $175, individuals for $45 or register for just one race for $15.

Start is at Base Camp Outfitters.

Market on the Green

3 p.m.

Produce and crafts and music, oh my! Don’t miss Market on the Green

taking over the center of Woodstock (in view of Middle Covered Bridge

and the Norman Williams Public Library) every Wednesday until 6 p.m.

Vermont Farmers’ Market (Rutland)

3 p.m.

The Vermont Farmers Market and The Rutland County Farmer’s Market

combine forces at Depot Park, in the heart of downtown Rutland.

Rainbow Connections

3:30 p.m.

A peer support group for ages: 12 - 18 sponsored by Rutland Mental

Health Services at the Rutland Free Library Fox Room.

Everyone Eats

4 p.m.

Free meals served up at the Vermont Farmer’s Food Center from 4-6

p.m. More info at vermontfarmersfoodcenter.org/everyone_eats

Let’s Go Fishing Workshop

4:30 p.m.

Let’s Go Fishing Workshop is a hands-on aquatic resource education

program that focuses on introducing people of all ages, with an emphasis

on families, to fishing and water resources in Vermont. Develop an

understanding for the sport of fishing and the natural resources it depends

upon. Pre-registration is required. Register at hartfordvt.myrec.

com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=29922

Kim Wilcox and Guest

5 p.m.

Performing live at The Public House, 5813 Woodstock Rd in Quechee.

“Impressions from the Faroe Islands”

5 p.m.

Opening celebration. A collection of 10, framed, watercolor

paintings from the “Journal” series created by Reg Darling

following his trip to the Faroe Islands, a mountainous

archipelago in the North Atlantic, in May of 2019. The

exhibition opens to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at

Ellenbogen Gallery in Manchester at 11 a.m.

Open Mic Night

5:30 p.m.

At the Skunk Hollow tavern with host Pete Meijer every

Wednesday on the outdoor stage from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Card Making Workshop

5:30 p.m.

Learn assorted paper crafting techniques and put them

to work during Card Making Workshops at the Hartford

Town Hall. Each month focuses on a different theme with

exciting new creations. No experience necessary. Supplies

are included. Ages 13+. Class size is limited to 10, with a

minimum of 3. Register at hartfordvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30073

Rutland Roundtables

6 p.m.

Share your story and vision for the future of Rutland. Rutland Roundtables

take place virtually over Zoom/phone. Register at rutlandroundtables.org

Book release

7 p.m.

Join Phoenix Books to celebrate the release of the latest Joe Gunter

novel! Vermont author Archer Mayor will be joining on the Phoenix

Zoom Channel to discuss “The Orphans Guilt.” Registration is required,

please visit phoenixbooks.biz

THURSDAY, OCT. 1

Groovy Grannies line dance

9:30 a.m.

Intermediate line dance, mostly country with a little variety. No partner

is needed. Marilyn Sheldon leads at the Godnick Adult Center. 1 Deer

St. in Rutland. Advance registration required, call 802-773-1853.

Circle of Parents

10 a.m.

Virtual. contact Cindy Atkins, Family Support Programs Coordinator, at

802-498-0608 or catkins@pcavt.org.

Divas of Dirt

3 p.m.

A group ride at Killington open to female mountain bikers of all abilities.

Participation is free with your own bike and a valid bike park ticket

or pass. Discounted tickets and rentals are available for $31 each.

Pre-registration is highly suggested. For more information call the Killington

Bike Shop at 802-422-6232.

Everyone Eats

4 p.m.

Free meals served up at the Vermont Farmer’s Food Center from 4-6

p.m. More info at vermontfarmersfoodcenter.org/everyone_eats

VLT Annual Meeting

4:30 a.m.

The Vermont Land Trust will explore the connection between land

access, equity, and justice with keynote speaker, Xusana Davis,

Executive Director of Racial Equity for the State of Vermont and

head of the newly established Racial Equity Task Force. Learn

more and register at: vlt.org/event/annual-meeting.

King Arthur Junior

5 p.m.

performing live at Neal’s Restaurant in Proctorsville.

Jazz Night

5 p.m.

Glendon Ingalls and the Red Clover Trio perform at the Red

Clover Inn, weather permitting.

Circle for Foster & Adoptive Families

5 p.m.

Virtual. Contact Heather Niquette, Family Support Programs Coordinator,

at 802-498-0607 or hniquette@pcavt.org

Nurturing Skills For Families

5:30 p.m.

Virtual. Contact Cindy Atkins, Family Support Programs Coordinator, at

802-498-0608 or catkins@pcavt.org

BYO(D)Mic

6 p.m.

It’s open mic night on Thursdays now at Du Jour VT, but you gotta’

bring your own mic to spit on.

Team Trivia with Casey Murray

6 p.m.

Test your knowledge at The Public House, 5813 Woodstock Rd in

Quechee.

Jim Yeager

6 p.m.

Summer Music Series presents local musician Jim Yeager every Thursday

rain or shine at the Barnard Inn and Tavern. No Cover - Donations

appreciated.

Travelogue - Kenya

7 p.m.

Jennifer Wright shares updates from HEAL and Rapha Community

Center, a children’s home and secondary school in Kenya. Includes

‘How to Draw a Lion’ art auction. At Grace Church, Rutland. Also on

FacebookLive: facebook.com/GraceChurchVT. RSVP at 802-775-4301

or kit@gracechurchvt.org

Circle for Kinship & Guardianship Families

8 p.m.

Virtual. Contact Heather Niquette, Family Support Programs Coordinator,

at 802-498-0607 or hniquette@pcavt.org

FRIDAY, OCT. 2

Vermont Great 2-4-6-8k

6 a.m.

Do your miles your way - pick your distance, your route and when

you walk or run, anytime between 6 a.m. on Oct. 2 and 6 p.m. on Oct.

4.Post on social media and tag Facebook:@RRMCVT Instagram:@

RRMCVT Twitter:@RutlandRegional #healthyyouhealthytogether

#VTGreat.

Ski and Snowboard Swap

All day

The annual Pico Ski Club ski and snowboard swap goes virtual. Visit:

picoskiclub.com/swap for complete instructions.

Brandon Farmers’ Market

9 a.m.

Shop local, fresh goods at Central Park on Conant Square in the

middle of downtown Brandon.

Drop in Pickleball

9 a.m.

All levels welcome to play at Meadow Street Park in Rutland. All equipment

supplied.

Community Flu Clinics

9 a.m.

The VNA & Hospice of the Southwest Region (VNAHSR) is offering

flu shots by appointment only at the Rutland Recreation Community

Center (formerly the College of St. Joseph Gymnasium) on Dorr Drive

in Rutland. Appointments for individuals 18 and over can be made by

visiting bit.ly/FLUSIGNMEUP.

Blood Drive

10 a.m.

The American Red Cross will be at the Killington Grand Hotel from

10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. All donors are required to wear a mask covering

the nose and mouth upon entering the Grand Hotel and for duration of

their blood donation. Visit redcrossblood.org and search for zip code

05751 to find our drive and reserve your time slot. You can also call

1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to reserve your donation time

slot over the phone.

‘HARVEST AT THE FARM’

at BILLINGS FARM & MUSEUM

SATURDAY, OCT. 3 at 10 a.m.

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Harvest at the Farm

10 a.m.

Learn about 19th century harvest activities at Billings Farm & Museum!

Harvest-themed activities, demonstrations, and crafts offered each

weekend.

62nd Annual Weston Antique Show

10 a.m.

Enjoy this quintessential Vermont town at the height of fall foliage while

you explore dealers’ stock from across the country. A wide variety of

antiques all displayed through the gorgeous spaces of Weston’s Greek

Revival Playhouse.

Prana Yoga

10:30 a.m.

Tammy Brown instructs at the Godnick Adult Center. Advance registration

required by calling 802-773-1853.1 Deer St. in Rutland. Stay for

free meditation at 11:30 a.m.

Meditation

11 a.m.

Led by Brian Salmanson at the Godnick Adult Center. 1 Deer St. in

Rutland. Free.

Local Color Art Exhibit

11 a.m.

A perennial favorite among Artistree’s group exhibits, Local Color celebrates

the sights and colors of Autumn through 2-D and 3-D artworks.

2095 Pomfret Rd. in South Pomfret.

Okemo Antique Show

1 p.m.

Okemo Antique Show is part of Vermont Antique Week 2020. The show

has over 35 dealers showcasing folk art, Americana, furniture, artwork,

stoneware, and much more. 111 Jackson Gore Rd in Ludlow,

School nurses event

1:30 p.m.

From 1:30 to 6 p.m. Unlimited Potential will be holding its 2nd annual

School Nurse’s Closet Event, right behind the store. The tents will be

up and filled with Fall and Winter Gear for your school’s needs

Killington Farmers Market

3 p.m.

Hosted at Killington Sports (2326 US-4, Killington, right across from the

Welcome Center) every Friday from 3 p.m.-6 p.m.. Come out, enjoy the

sunshine and shop products such as fresh maple syrup, cheese, meat,

produce and more from local vendors.

Rochester Farmer’s Market

3 p.m.

Rain or shine “it‘s a great way to start the weekend!” This year Rochester’s

Market & Exchange will feature local farm produce, products and

meat, baked goods, crafts, art and more.

Oktoberfest Weekend

4 p.m.

Celebrate all weekend long at Flannels Bar and Grill. $10 Oktoberfest

Craft Draft and a Brat all weekend, Friday: Live Music With King Arthur

Jr & $3 Draft Specials. Saturday: Preakness Stakes Viewing Party! $3

Black Eyed Susans! Live Music with Jenny Porter!. Sunday: Brunch

Starting at 11 a.m. Football all day! Live Music with Rick Webb!

Chris Pallutto

5 p.m.

On the deck at Moguls Sports Pub. 2360 Killington Rd. in Killington.

Aaron Audet

5:30 p.m.

Performing live at Roots Restaurants in Rutland.

2020 Addison County Benefit Pull

6 p.m.

At Devil’s Bowl Speedway in West Haven. Tickets are now available,

Limited seating due to Covid regulations- tix should be purchased

online ahead of time. Competitors should preregister. Best view of the

track from grandstands and infield.

BreannaElaine

6 p.m.

Performing live at the Tap Room at Bomoseen Lodge.

Live Music

6 p.m.

Performing live at Jax Food and Games.

Jack Snyder

6 p.m.

Summer Music Series with Barnard’s own local musician Jack Snyder

at Barnard Inn. No cover, donations appreciated.

King Arthur Jr.

6 p.m.

Friday Nights at Flannels Bar & Grill, $3 Draft Beer and live music by

King Arthur Junior!

Live Music

6:30 p.m.

Catch a live performance at Taso on Center in Rutland.

Virtual cocktail party & book discussion

7 p.m.

Featuring Chris Maggiolo and his new book, “Distilled in

Vermont.” Chris will be joined by Erin Bell, Head Distiller at

SILO Distillery. They will be sharing the ingredients for two

drink recipes from “Distilled in Vermont” for those that want

to mix along at home! Registration is required, please visit

phoenixbooks.biz

Live Music

7 p.m.

Performing live at Du Jour VT in Ludlow.

Drive-in Movie: “Hocus Pocus”

7:20 p.m.

Head to the Bethel Drive-in. $10 adults, $5 children, under 5

free. Cash only, no reservations required.

Wilson Castle Public Investigation

8 p.m.

Join Haunted Nights at a crowd favorite, The Wilson Castle, in Proctor.

Get tickets at hauntednights.ticketspice.com/wilson-castle-publicinvestigation-oct-2.

DJ Dirty D vs DJ Mega: Vinyl Battle

9 p.m.

DJ battle it out in Rutland’s Center Street Alley.

SATURDAY, OCT. 3

Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival

All day

The Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival celebrates small farms and natural

fiber. The 2020 “In-Person” Festival is canceled due to Covid-19.

The Virtual Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival features over 70 vendors

offering fleece and yarn; fiber animals, fiber crafting equipment and

supplies; handcrafted items including wool garments and accessories,

jewelry, pottery, buttons, baskets, wood products, books, soap

and artwork and other local farm products. Please visit vtsheepandwoolfest.org

for details. Join the facebook group: Virtual Vermont

Sheep & Wool Festival.

Cars and Coffee

7 a.m.

Bring your cars down to Forest Dale Grocery in Brandon to enjoy a hot

cup of Green Mountain Coffee and check out other people’s cars!

Flu Shot Clinic

8 a.m.

Community Health Castleton 8 a.m.-12 p.m. walk-in, no appointment

needed

Norwich Farmers’ Market

9 a.m.

Revamped for social distancing. Pre-ordering is encouraged but not

required. More info is available on the web site explaining new procedures

- norwichfarmersmarket.org

Village Green Market

9 a.m.

The Vermont Farmers Market and The Rutland County Farmer’s Market

combine forces at Depot Park, in the heart of downtown Rutland

Summit Fall Saturday Morning Soccer

9 a.m.

Morning soccer program for kids in Pre-K, Kindergarten, 1st and 2rd

Grade at the Rutland Polo Fields on E. Pittsford Rd in Rutland.

Hale Mountain

10 a.m.

Performing live Bluegrass at the Rutland Farmers’ Market, downtown

at Depot Park.

Upper Pass 5th Anniversary Party

12 p.m.

On the South Royalton Green. The Zach Nugent Band will be playing

at 5 p.m. with local friends Drumstick opening earlier in the day. They’ll

have some draft lines running, canned beer available, and a few great

food options: in-house tacos, and Rolling Doughs’ NY style hand

tossed pizza.

The Mammals

3:30 p.m.

A socially-distanced, outdoor concert with indie-folk supergroup The

Mammals at Cooper Field in Putney, VT. Tickets & Info: nextstagearts.

org/event/the-mammals/

Super Stash Bros.

5 p.m.

On the deck at Moguls Sports Pub. 2360 Killington Rd. in Killington.

YOGA IN THE CANOPY at VINS

SUNDAY, OCT. 4 at 3 p.m.

Bow Thayer

5 p.m.

Performing live at UP Beer Garden on SoRo Green.

King Margo

6 p.m.

Performing live at Jax food and games.

Courtesy of VINS

Jenny Porter

6 p.m.

Performing live at Flannels Bar and Grill in Mendon.

Paint and Sip - Fall Pumpkins

6 p.m.

Looking for a different night out? A Muse Your Palate with artist Susannah

Gravel at the White River Craft Center in Randolph, Vermont!

George Nostrand

6:30 p.m.

Catch a live performance at Du Jour VT in Ludlow.

The Michele Fay Band

7 p.m.

Performing live at the Brandon Town Hall, 1 Conant Sq. in Brandon.

Drive-in Movie: “Hocus Pocus”

7:20 p.m.

Head to the Bethel Drive-in. $10 adults, $5 children, under 5 free. Cash

only, no reservations required.

Sat night with Dj Mega

10 p.m.

Spinning live in Rutland’s Center Street Alley.

SUNDAY, OCT. 4

Grace Church Hike

12 p.m.

Grace Church Hike, all welcome - meet at the trailhead to the Cadwell

Trail in Pittsford at 12 p.m. Bring a bag lunch.

Jim Yeager

12 p.m.

Performing live at Mont Vert Cafe in Woodstock.

Autumn Bike Ride

1 p.m.

Join Greater Killington Women’s Club for a bike ride to celebrate autumn

on the D&H Rail Trail in Castleton. Meet at the Castleton College

GUEST parking lot at 1 p.m. We will ride as far as people feel comfortable

(it is 9 miles to Poultney) and then return to the parking lot. There

will be hot spiced cider to warm us up, and each participant will receive

a mum plant! The club is seeking a donation (suggested amount $15

from GKWC members and $20 from guests) as a contribution to its

scholarship fund.

Pittsford Village Farm Harvest Gathering

1 p.m.

Listen to music and enjoy the beauty of autumn at an outdoor event

featuring the talented Kim and Steve Spensley At the Village Farm in

Pittsford. Live music from 1 to 2 p.m. The Maclure Library will host

a “pop up” book sale on site. This is a free event with donations

requested to support Pittsford’s First Response Squad.

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Brandon Harvest Fest

1 p.m.

In Estabrook Park. Come make Harvest People, only $5 each! Hay

Rides, Food, Pumpkins. Family fun, kid’s and adult activities. Music.

For more info contact the Chamber at 802-247-6401 or Brandon Recreation

Dept-802-247-3635 ext. 213

Yoga in the Canopy

3 p.m.

Welcome to a yoga experience like you’ve never had before. Climb into

the treetops on VINS’ Forest Canopy Walk and immerse yourself in the

beauty of the autumn foliage during this yoga class. Expect a slowflow

class that will incorporate sun salutations, standing poses, balance

poses, and brief meditation. While all levels are welcome, some yoga

experience is helpful. Afterwards, participants are invited to explore the

rest of the Forest Canopy Walk, wander the nature trails or pay a visit

to VINS’ resident raptors to complete your practice. Participants should

dress in layers for being outdoors and bring a yoga mat. In the event of

rain, this event will be cancelled. General Public: $24, VINS Members:

$20

Jenny Porter

5 p.m.

Performing live at Jax Food and Games.

Drive-in Movie: “Hocus Pocus”

7:20 p.m.

Head to the Bethel Drive-in. $10 adults, $5 children, under 5 free. Cash

only, no reservations required.

MONDAY, OCT. 5

Drop in Pickleball

9 a.m.

All levels welcome to play at Meadow Street Park in Rutland. All equipment

supplied.

Fit and Fun

9:30 a.m.

Marilyn Sheldon holds exercise classes at the Godnick Adult Center.

Low impact, aerobic, and stretching routines; move to lively, sing-along

music. 1 Deer St. in Rutland. Advance registration required, call

802-773-1853.

Nurturing Skills For Families

10 a.m.

Virtual. Contact Heather Niquette, Family Support Programs Coordinator,

at 802-498-0607 or hniquette@pcavt.org

Rockin’ Ron the Friendly Pirate

3 p.m.

A lively, entertaining after school program via Zoom, hosted by the Fair

Haven Free Library. Get log in details at fairhavenfree.org.

Nurturing Program for Families in Substance

Abuse Recovery

4 p.m.

Virtual. Contact Cindy Wells, Family Support Programs Coordinator, at

802-498-0611 or cwells@pcavt.org

Everyone Eats

4 p.m.

Free meals served up at the Vermont Farmer’s Food Center from 4-6

p.m. More info at vermontfarmersfoodcenter.org/everyone_eats

Jim Yeager and Friends

5 p.m.

Performing live at the Public House in Quechee.

Nurturing Fathers Program

5 p.m.

Virtual. Contact Amber Menard, Family Support Programs Coordinator

at 802-552-4274 or amenard@pcavt.org

TUESDAY, OCT. 6

Bird Walk

7:30 a.m.

Meet at the D&H trail crossing on South St, Castleton at 7:30 a.m. Visitor

parking is behind the Stafford Academic Center in the Stafford lot

(#39 on the campus map. Easy terrain. Walks are limited to 8 people.

To register, contact Joel Tilley at jptilley50@gmail.com (preferred) or call

802-598-2583 evenings 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring a mask.

Line Dance: Country

9:30 a.m.

Marilyn Sheldon holds dance classes at the Godnick Adult Center.

Advance registration required, call 802-773-1853. Come for a fun cardiovascular

workout with both new and old-line dances. No experience

necessary. No partner needed. 1 Deer St. in Rutland. $5

Jim Yeager and Friends

5 p.m.

Performing live at The Public House, 5813 Woodstock Rd in Quechee.

Jenny Porter

5 p.m.

Live performance at Du Jour Vt in Ludlow.

Circle of Parents in Recovery

5:30 p.m.

Virtual. Contact Cindy Atkins, Family Support Programs Coordinator, at

802-498-0608 or catkins@pcavt.org

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at FAIRHAVEN FREE LIBRARY

MONDAY, OCT. 5 at 3 p.m.

Virtual

event

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Picnic and poetry on the front lawn

By Sarah Gibertoni, KMS student

For the past three weeks students

and staff at Killington Mountain

School have been adjusting to a new

normal, like every other school in the

country. One of the biggest changes

has been that our usual communal

lunches have been split up by grade

and sport, into small, socially-distant

“pods” in various rooms.

Fortunately, we were able to

unite on the front lawn last week

for a picnic and “Brown Bag Arts”

performance, featuring Woodstock

resident and award-winning

poet Partridge Boswell, who is the

author of the acclaimed poetry

collection “Some Far Country” and

By Sarah Gibertoni

a member of the band Los Lorca,

that merges poetry and song.

On the gorgeous fall day, Boswell

opened with a classic poem by Irish

poet William Butler Yeats. The audience

was quieted by Boswell’s smooth,

folksy voice and guitar-playing.

Boswell explained how Yeats wrote

the poem about escaping the hustle

and bustle of London for the calm of

the countryside, making a connection

to our own experience of living in

the “sanctuary” of Vermont, with its

beautiful green mountains and low

Covid numbers.

Boswell then raised the

question,“Why poetry now?” He once

By Sarah Gibertoni

again let us think before offering his

own interpretation in the form of

an analogy. He told the story of Brer

Rabbit and the briar patch and how, at

times, you are stuck in that patch and

cannot see a way out. He likened Brer

Rabbit’s experience to that of living

through the pandemic, pointing out

that the height of uncertainty is where

poetry comes from.

“Unexplainable is poetry’s middle

name,” stated Boswell, as he continued

into another story of a young poet

who received the advice to stop looking

for answers to questions, reminding

the crowd to “just chill out” during

these stressful times.

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The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 PUZZLES • 15

WORDPLAY

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

SUDOKU

Solutions > 28

How to Play

Each block is divided by its own matrix of nine cells. The rule for solving Sudoku

puzzles are very simple. Each row, column and block, must contain one

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

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

ADVANTAGE

BENCHED

CALL

CONTACT

DEFENSE

DIVISION

FAN

FOUL

GAME

HANDICAP

HUDDLE

LEAGUE

LOSING

OFFENSE

OFFICIAL

PITCH

PLAY

POSITION

RECORD

RULES

SCORING

SPECTATOR

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WINNING

Guess Who?

CROSSWORD PUZZLE

Solutions > 28

CLUES ACROSS

1. Part of (abbr.)

4. Persons

9. Moved with a

curvying trajectory

14. Bitterly regret

15. Cause to feel

embarrassed

16. Type of toast

17. Bobby __, NHL

champ

18. Analogies

20. Mixes

22. Beloved flowers

23. Clinton special

prosecutor

24. Avoids

28. Innermost brain

membrane: __

mater

29. Atomic #18

30. Remain as is

31. One who’s

been canonized

33. Indian king or

prince

37. The Bay State

38. Forms

adjectives

39. Give off

41. Partner to flow

42. Biblical

Sumerian city

43. Popular clothing

material

44. Organism parts

46. Central US

Native American

people

49. Blood type

50. Wrath

51. Perennial

tropical grass

55. Vetches

58. Buffaloes

59. Envelope type

60. Tuberculosis

64. Israeli city __

Aviv

65. Pops

66. Indo-European

languages

67. Fiddler crabs

68. Large bank

69. Not fresh

70. Scientist’s

device (abbr.)

CLUES DOWN

1. High schoolers’

dances

2. Style of rock

music

3. Maryland athlete

4. Softened by

soaking

5. Native Aussies

6. Some are on it

7. Clairvoyance

8. Broken piece

9. Wrong

10. Starts over

11. Where to hang

clothes

12. One point north

of due east

13. Gov’t lawyers

19. Mass of eggs in

a shellfish

21. Smile

24. Wrap

25. A citizen of Iran

26. Island off the coast of

Tanzania

27. Knifes

31. Beloved “Doctor”

32. Type of turtle

34. Leg (French)

35. Indicates position

36. Self-doubt

40. Of I

41. Retired but allowed to

retain title

45. Algerian port

47. African country

48. “Wayward Son” rockers

52. Bring out of sleep

53. Auburn legend Newton

54. Heavy wooden shield in

ancient Greece

56. Choose to represent

57. Peace

59. Work hard

60. Reciprocal of a sine

61. Express delight

62. Explosive

63. Journalist Tarbell

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This week’s living Arts, Dining and Entertainment!

By Brooke Geery

Antique machinery is framed by a sheltering tunnel. Brilliant fall foliage shines through the far opening. The tractors were on display in Ludlow this past weekend for visitors to see.

Annual Autumn Round Up in Ludlow offers window to the past

By Brooke Geery

High in the hills above Ludlow, after the

paved road turns to dirt, sits Barker Farm,

a massive 155-acre property dotted with

giant maple trees and buildings in various

states of disrepair. On the right side of the

street is a reminder that it’s 2020—the

Coolidge Solar Project, with rows of

massive panels, covering over 88

acres of the property.

But on the left side of the

road, a massive antique

wrecker stands as a literal

welcome sign to the

22nd annual Autumn

By Brooke Geery

Round Up, a small-engine and antique tractor show held

on Sept. 26-27.

You probably didn’t hear about the show. There’s not

much written about it online, and only one Google result

even lists the event as happening. In fact, it lists it as the

ONLY antique tractor event happening in 2020 - the rest

being cancelled due to Covid-19.

When we first pulled up, an attendant sat at the parking

lot entrance, collecting $5 a head. Since they unsurprisingly

did not take Venmo or Cashapp, we headed back

to town to hit the ATM. As luck would have it, when we got

back to the show, the gate keeper was gone, and we saved

our cash for the concession stands inside.

Machinery, automobiles and tractors from the beginning

to middle of the 20th Century, and even some dating

back to the mid-1800s, were scattered around the property.

Most of the collection belongs to the farm’s owner, Dan

Moore, who must have married a Barker way back when.

In the center of the display, many of the machines were

actually set up and working. With only a thin rope separating

the crowd from things that could surely cause major

harm if used incorrectly, it’s probably best they kept things

small. Along with children and attendees of all ages, a goat

roamed around untethered.

Antique cars such as a 1923 Model T, were on display

in addition to all the machinery. From wood splitting to

shingle shaping, there was a machine for just about every

task imaginable, and demos happened throughout the

day. Perhaps most importantly, an ancient ice cream churn

that still worked crafted up fresh ice cream to serve with

the wide variety of pies offered at one of the two concession

stands.

The entire scene was made even more beautiful with the

fall foliage shining brightly in the sun. If you really want a

Vermont experience, mark the end of September on your

2021calendar for a prime taste of county life that is the

Autumn Round Up.

By Brooke Geery

Excavators and other farm equipment were showcased.


The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 LIVING ADE • 17

Virtual

event

Courtesy of Next Stage Arts

The Mammals to perform

live in Putney

Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3:30 p.m.—PUTNEY—

The Mammals, an “indie-folk supergroup”

from New York’s storied Hudson Valley, will

perform live in Cooper Field on Sand Hill

Road in Putney on Oct. 3.

Known for their jubilant, high-energy

shows, The Mammals deftly move from

older-than-dirt banjo duets to sound-thealarm

topical fare that’s right in line with

the times, bouncing from rafter raising

hoe-downs to hear-a-pin-drop a cappella

Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 from 6 a.m. - Sunday Oct. 4 at 6 p.m.—RUTLAND—The Vermont

Great 2.4.6.8k Run/Walk, presented by Rutland Regional Medical Center will be held virtually

this year. This means you can do your miles your way — pick your distance, your route

and when you walk or run, anytime between 6 a.m. on Oct. 2 and 6 p.m. on Oct. 4.

Bring RRMC along by posting and making sure to tag them on

Facebook/Instagram: @RRMCVT and Twitter:@RutlandRegional. In

addition, use the hashtags #healthyyouhealthytogether #VTGreat.

Registration for the Vermont Great 2.4.6.8k will support the Foley

Cancer Center, helping to provide direct assistance

to patients who are receiving care. Register or make a

dontation at donate.rrmc.org/event/2020-vermontgreat-2-4-6-8k/e289240.

balladry. They are carrying on the work

of Pete Seeger and Woody Guthrie with

a deep original repertoire, searing American

roots sound, and a message of hope

for humanity.

Audience should bring lawn chairs or

blankets for outdoor seating in distanced

pods on the ball field and face masks to

wear when leaving your pod. A rain date is

set for Oct. 4. For tickets and more info visit

nextstagearts.org/event/the-mammals.

Join the virtual Vermont Great 2.4.6.8k Run/Walk

Virtual

event

Oct.

2

An evening with Archer Mayor

Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.—RUT-

LAND—Join Phoenix Books as they

welcome Vermont author Archer Mayor

to the Phoenix Zoom Channel for a talk

on his latest novel, “The Orphan’s Guilt.”

In the book, a straightforward traffic

stop snowballs into a homicide investigation

after Joe Gunther and his fellow

investigators peel back layer upon

layer of history and personal

heartbreak to learn a decadesold

hidden truth.

John Rust is arrested for

drunk driving by a Vermont

state trooper. Looking to find

mitigating circumstances,

John’s lawyer hires private eye

Sally Kravitz to look into the recent

death of John’s younger brother, purportedly

from a childhood brain injury

years earlier. But what was the nature

of that injury, and might its mechanism

point more to murder than to natural

causes? That debate brings in Joe Gunther

and his team.

Gunther’s efforts quickly uncover an

Sept.

ancient tale of avarice, betrayal, and

vengeance that swirled around the Rust

boys growing up. Their parents and the

people they consorted with—forgotten,

relentless, but now jolted to action by this

simple set of circumstances—emerge

with a destructive passion. All while the

presumably innocent John Rust mysteriously

vanishes with no explanation.

In addition to writing

the New York Times bestselling

Joe Gunther series, Archer

Mayor is an investigator

for the sheriff’s department,

the state medical examiner,

and has 25years of experience

as a firefighter/EMT. He lives

near Brattleboro.

Registration is free, but book purchases

are welcomed and appreciated—thank

you for supporting our

author! You must register at phoenixbooks.biz/event/evening-archermayor

to attend the event. The event

will stream on Zoom. You will receive an

email with the link after registering.

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The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020

Free course teaches kids to

code with Vermont 4-H

Knowing how to code can build a

kid’s confidence, enhance problemsolving

skills and expand future career

opportunities.

To introduce middle and high school

students to coding, Vermont 4-H, in

collaboration with the University of

Vermont (UVM) College of Engineering

and Mathematical Sciences and

Ohio 4-H, is offering a free six-session

course, beginning Oct. 15. Sessions will

run until Nov. 19 and will be held

on six consecutive Thursdays

from 7-8 p.m.

Although inspired by

Girls Who Code, a national

non-profit organization

that engages girls in learning

about technology and engineering,

4-H World Changers

is open to any Grade 6-12 student

with an interest in STEM (Science,

Technology, Engineering and Mathematics),

coding or developing important

workforce skills. Neither residence

in Vermont nor enrollment in 4-H is

required to participate.

In addition to teaching basic coding

skills in a fun and supportive environment,

the program will provide an

opportunity for participants to meet

virtually with teens from throughout

the country to network and share ideas.

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Using their new coding skills, they

also will create a website to take action

on an issue important to them as part

of the course.

To register, go to go.uvm.

edu/4hworldchanger. The Zoom link

will be provided on the morning of the

first session.

To request a disability-related accommodation

to participate, contact Lauren

Traister, UVM Extension 4-H Teen and

Leadership Program coordinator, at

(802) 888-4972, ext. 402, by Oct. 1.

L ng Trail

Deer Leap

2.2 mi. from

start to

Begins

Oct.

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McGrath’s

Irish Pub

Pub Open Daily

Noon - 8 p.m.

Serving Lunch & Dinner

Take-Out

Rte. 4 between Killington & Pico

802-775-7181

innatlongtrail.com

Rooms & Suites available

McGraths

Virtual

event

Courtesy of 4-H

Customize this game, Collect

the Clover, on 4-H.org using

computer coding skills.

Oct. 2-5 —KILLINGTON—The 2020

Pico Ski Club’s annual ski & snowboard

swap and sale will be held virtually this

year, from Oct. 2-5. To receive an email

notification when the online swap andsale

goes live and to shop Oct 2-5, visit

picoskiclub.myshopify.com.

The decision was made

to shift from in-person to

online, due to the continued

effects of the Covid-19 pandemic,

including restricted

travel and current limits on

large gatherings. This annual

event benefits the Pico Ski Club

and its racing programs that train

more than 150 participants, ages 6 and

up. It was important to the PSC Board

and the swap committee to continue to

provide a (virtual) venue for the community

to sell and purchase equipment

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LUDLOW—Due to Covid-19,

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Okemo

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Mountain

Trail

School’s annual ski &

snowboard swap will convert from an

in-person event to an entirely-virtual

experience this year. The swap will still

be the place to gear up for the winter

ahead with new and used gear at great

prices. The OMS ski & snowboard swap

is accepting donations of skis,

snowboards, and competition

gear to sell through its

online platform. All proceeds

will benefit the Okemo

Mountain School. The swap

donation drop-off and purchase

pick-up will take place

at Okemo Mountain School on

Main Street in Ludlow, and the sale

will take place online.

OMS will be accepting skis and snowboards,

no more than five years old, and

competition-specific gear for donation

only; there will not be any consignment

this year. Due to the nature of the virtual

sale, only skis, snowboards, and competition-specific

gear such as GS suits, shin

McGrath’s

McGrath’s

Virtual

event

Ski, snowboard swaps go

virtual for Pico and Okemo

Irish

Irish Pub Pub

Pico Ski Club

Oct.

at affordable prices. New and used skis,

snowboards, clothing, snowshoes and

equipment for kids and adults—from

the recreational snow sports enthusiast

to the seasoned racer—will be

available through the secure online

marketplace during the sale period.

Credit cards and PayPal

accepted. Buyers must agree

to pick up their purchases

between Oct. 11 and 12

outside of the Pico Ski Club

building at Pico Mountain.

Local delivery for a fee will

also be available. The pick-up

process will remain as contactless as

possible with consignors and buyers

remaining in their cars. Masks are

required.

For more information, please visit,

picoskiclub.com/swap.

2-5

Okemo Mountain School

Begins

Nov.

guards, back protectors, etc., will be accepted.

To donate items, an online form

must be filled out completely. Upon

receipt, OMS staff will confirm the donation

and set up a drop off time at OMS via

email. Due to Covid-19 protocol, items

cannot be dropped-off to OMS without

an appointment and a prior approved

online submission.

Beginning Nov. 2, the online

store on the OMS website will

be live. All items will be prepaid

through the online store

and received by pickup with

an appointment only. The sale

will run until Nov. 27 and all

sales are final.

Donation Drop-of Dates: Sept. 14 -

Oct. 19, by appointment only.

Online sale dates: Nov. 2 - Nov. 27 with

pick-up, by appointment only.

Donation and Sale Information: okemomountainschool.org/skiswap

For further information, contact Ashley

Belcher at abelcher@okemomountainschool.org

or call (802) 228-1514.

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Courtesy of Pico Ski Club


The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 LIVING ADE • 19

JAG Productions launches

unprecedented Black Joy project

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION— At the start

of September, JAG Productions, writedirector

Stevie Walker-Webb, 11 actors, two

documentarians, a producer, and a chef set

out on a month-long retreat to explore the

question, “Can a play be created outside

the power structures and without reference

to whiteness, in a pure expression of Black

Joy?” Or as JAG Producing Artistic Director

Jarvis Green asks, “Is racism what’s distracting

us from being our fullest creative selves?

What does it mean to create a theatrical

piece where we’re not distracted by racism?

Where racism isn’t in the room? Where we

are solely focused on our joy and all aspects

of our Blackness?” The group of 17 Black

creatives will spend four undisturbed weeks

at Knoll Farm in Waitsfield to attempt to

answer these questions, resulting in a new

play, a methodology, and a documentary.

The 11 artists will tell interweaving

stories that produce and revel in a spiritual

cleansing of authentic, joyful Blackness.

Walker-Webb says of the script, “It’s really

a baptism because you are watching these

characters try to figure out how to be joyful

in their own skin, and if you watch it, you’re

Courtesy of JAG

going on that journey too and you’re also

being invited to see how truly complete that

colonization has been and how rigorous

Black creatives have to be about carving out

new ways of being and creating. If we don’t,

we fall into colonization.”

In order to create the Black Joy play,

artists have to get to a place where they

can look at themselves in context of their

own identity. The exercises, contextual

stories, and essays that Walker-Webb and

others use to get them to that point will

become a methodological handbook

that will serve generations to come, as a

platform or foundation for Black creatives.

Walker-Webb says, “This methodology

says to center our identities, our dialects,

our cultures, where we come from in our

creative process. And it’s only in centering

that are we able to create things that are

radical and liberatory.”

Directors of photography and

cinematography Anthony Marques

and Claudel Chery will document the

four-week long process and out of it will

create a documentary called “Homecoming:

A Return to Black Joy.”

The curtain rises on Dorset

Players virtual One Act Festival

DORSET—Though the Dorset Players 17th annual One Act Festival was cancelled in

April of 2020, the Players are presenting two of the original One Acts along with a third

for a virtual staged reading. Exploring the prevalent theme of connection, familiar faces

and new came together to create this onscreen event. Actors include: Mary Jo Grego,

Leslie Bremner, David Mosher, Michael Snide, Jacob Dombrowski, Cheryl Gushee,

Kevin O’Toole, Dawn Goetz and Janet Groom.

Leslie Bremner, who was last seen onstage in the 2019 production of “Gaslight,” acted,

directed and created the virtual presentation. “Before the pandemic we created our

productions on stage, and the audiences came to us. With the quarantine, we had to

find a way to reach our patrons at home. I think the skills we are learning and improving

on with each production can be used long after the pandemic restrictions are

lifted... it has enabled us to reach those who are unable to leave their homes to attend

shows in person. With virtual theatre, the stories come to them. Theatre should be

for everyone, and I think we’ve found a way to make that happen,” said Bremner. The

Virtual One Act Festival can be found online at dorsetplayers.org.

Stick figures dress up Fair Haven park

Fair Haven’s park is looking lovely with

the addition of some new visitors. The

creative talents of the citizens are really on

display with this project to decorate the

park for the fall season. Local artists, businesses,

and organizations are taking part in

this project designed to celebrate autumn,

leaf peeping season, and to put a smile on

people’s faces. You will find one of the stick

figures looks a lot like town manager Joe

Gunter. Ms. Nomo Payne is a nurse, and

is dedicated to all those on the front lines

of this virus, serving the health care needs

of our communities. You will find Paige

Turner, a mystery writer, from the Fair

Haven Free Library and Eta Lott from the

Wooden Soldier. They are hoping to display

around 40 figures in the park.

The committee is asking everyone

who has a stick figure to please return

them as soon as possible so they can be

put on display. Folks from near and far are

encouraged to stop by the park and take a

walk around the fence to see some of these

cleverly dressed figures.

The stick figures will be in the park until

Nov. 1., when the committee will begin its

Submitted

next project for the winter holiday season.

More information will be announced in the

coming weeks about that.

In the meantime, if you want to dress and

name a stick figure for the park, they are going

quickly, and they need to be returned to

Finders Keepers prior to Oct. 10. For more

information on how you might participate

in this project, please stop by and see Cindy

at Finders Keepers in Fair Haven or call Lorraine

Brown at 802-265-3843.

BILLINGS FARM & MUSEUM

HARVEST AT THE FARM

October Weekends

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Open for dining Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays

Outdoor dining | Private Indoor dining | Live Jazz Select Thursday Nights

Takeout Available

We can't wait to see you!

~ Reservations recommended - call 802.775.2290 ~

Restaurant open Thursday-Saturday, 5:30-9 pm

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7 Woodward Road, Mendon, VT

Just off Route 4 in the heart of the Killington Valley


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Courtesy of Komen Vermont?

Honorary Ride for the Cure Chair, Lois Whidden (R) and Ride volunteer, Alice Rogers (L)

show off this year’s Ride Quilt, donated by Ann M. Ashcroft, of Bellows Falls. The quilt

is being raffled off for the benefit of the 2020 Komen Vermont Virtual Ride for the Cure.

Drawing on Monday, Oct. 12.

Quilt raffle to benefit 2020

Komen Vermont virtual ride

MANCHESTER—A horse-themed

60-inch square quilt, handmade by Ann

M. Ashcroft of Bellows Falls, is being

raffled off in support of the 2020 Komen

Vermont Virtual Ride for the Cure® and

the winner will be drawn, “live” online,

on Monday, Oct. 12.

Ashcroft has donated her quilt-making

skills to the Ride for the Cure in Vermont.

Over the past 11 years, Ashcroft

has now made nine quilts for the Ride,

each one different, but with some kind

of horse theme. This component of the

Susan G. Komen horseback ride fall

fundraiser has become a constituent, and

community, favorite.

2020 Komen Vermont Virtual Ride for

the Cure® Honorary chair Lois Whidden

said, “Ann has made many quilts for family,

friends and other organizations. She has an

eye for putting materials together that look

fantastic. I am very grateful for her support

of the Vermont Ride through her making

and donation of her beautiful quilts.”

VT Ride Quilt Entry is open to Ride

registrants, and the community-at-large.

VT Ride Quilt raffle tickets are: $5 for one

and $25 for 6, and $45 for 12.

Purchasing raffle tickets is a little different

this year since tickets may not be

bought in-person prior to or on the day of

the ride. To purchase VT Ride Quilt raffle

tickets with a credit card please contact

Linda Maness, at LManess@komen.

org or 802-779-4486 .

To purchase Ride Quilt raffle tickets by

mail, indicate quantity of tickets, and provide

complete contact information: name,

address, phone number, and an email

and send check/money order payable to

“Komen New England” with memo “VT

Ride Quilt” to Komen New England, 1009A

Depot St., Manchester Center, VT 05255.

Entries by mail accepted through Sat.,

Oct. 10th. Online entries will be accepted

through Monday, Oct. 12 at 12 p.m.

The annual Ride for the Cure will

be a virtual, #RideWhereYouAre

event. Registered riders will ride wherever

they so choose, at any time on

Monday, Oct. 12 (or even the day before

or day after, as needed).

32nd annual

Vermont

Sheep &

Wool Festival

celebrated

virtually

Oct.3-4— The Vermont

Sheep & Wool Festival

celebrates small farms

and natural fiber. The

2020 “in-person” festival is

canceled due to Covid-19,

so they will be hosting a

virtual Vermont Sheep

& Wool Festival instead,

featuring over 70 vendors

offering fleece and yarn;

fiber animals, fiber crafting

equipment and supplies;

handcrafted items

including wool garments

and accessories, jewelry,

pottery, buttons, baskets,

wood products, books,

soap and artwork and

other local farm products.

Visit vtsheepandwoolfest.

org for details and join the

Facebook group “Virtual

Vermont Sheep & Wool

Festival.” Stay home and

stay safe!

Virtual

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OUR DECK IS STILL OPEN!

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The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 FOOD MATTERS • 21

‘Distilled in Vermont’ virtual cocktail

party and book discussion

Friday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.— RUTLAND—Join for a

virtual toast as Phoenix Books Rutland celebrates its

5th anniversary.

The celebration includes a

discussion of “Distilled in Vermont”

with author Chris Maggiolo

and Erin Bell, head distiller

at SILO Distillery. Bring your drink

of choice, or for those who would

like to mix along during the event,

Chris will be sharing two recipes

from his book. A list of ingredients

will be sent as part of the event confirmation

email.

Vermont is known as a center of

contemporary craft food and beverage

production, and the distilled

spirits industry is no exception.

From a handful of ambitious entrepreneurs

a decade ago, the state

now boasts more than 15 distilleries

and growing. But getting a product

from concept to glass involves more

than just trial and error. The ingredients, production

processes, and marketing techniques are as varied

as the distilleries themselves. From SILO Distillery

in Windsor to Stonecutter Spirits in Middlebury,

each producer reveals its stories as it recounts the

trials and tribulations of distilling in the Green

Mountain State. Join author and distiller Chris

Maggiolo as he reveals the unique and complex

The Friends of the Fair Haven

Free Library would like to thank the

community for taking part in their

grab-and-go bookcase project over

the course of the past five months.

During that time 7,321 books

were wrapped and given away.

The project could not have taken

place without the generosity of

so many. They want to thank Fair

Haven Grade School for the use of

the bookshelf. They thank Shaw’s

Super Market for kindly donating

the space in their entryway for

bookcases. They lost track of the

number of donated rolls of wrapping

paper (stopping our count after

the first 300 rolls), tape, and labels.

Open

7:30 am- 3 pm – Sun. Mon. & Thurs.

7:30 am- 4:30 pm – Fri. & Sat.

Check out our NEW patio & outdoor seating!

All butter from scratch bakery making

breads, bagels, croissants, cakes and more.

Now serving soup, salad and sandwiches....

outdoor seating with Wifi and games area.

Courtesy of

Phoenix Books

journey of taking a product idea to market in a state

known for its innovation.

Chris Maggiolo’s passion for beverages began with

the study of rum and herbal remedies

in the Caribbean and has since

spanned careers in wine, beer, and

distilled spirits. Having served as

head distiller of SILO Distillery, he

currently consults for distilleries in

the northeastern United States and

Canada. A native of Virginia, Chris

now happily resides in Weathersfield,

Vermont.

About Erin Bell

Erin is the head distiller and

production manager at SILO

Distillery in Windsor—

She hails originally from

Connecticut but has

been a Vermont resident

since 2006.

Registration is free,

but book purchases are

welcomed and appreciated-

-thank you for supporting our

author! The event will stream

on Zoom. You will receive an

email with the Zoom link after

Virtual

event

registering at phoenixbooks.biz/

event/distilled-vermont-virtualcocktail-party.

Fair Haven Free Library grab-and-go a great success

They also want to thank the Rutland

Free Library for its donation of

nearly 20 boxes of books. When

the number of books began

to dwindle, they generously

supplied us with

boxes of discarded

mysteries, children’s

books and

adult fiction. They

also have to thank the

members of the Friends

who donated approximately

250 hours wrapping the books.

After the many years of community

support to the Friends and

the Fair Haven Free Library, they

felt it was important that the friends

return the favor by offering them

something to read during these

months of Covid. They hope that

everyone enjoyed the books.

The library continues to offer

curbside service and will

be opening up with limited

hours beginning

Tuesday, Oct. 6. The

new hours for the

library will be

Tuesdays and

Fridays from

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

and on Wednesdays

from 3-6 p.m. Curbside

pickup is available during

those same hours.

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22 • The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020

RUTLAND

CO-OP

grocery

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household goods

77 Wales St

produce

health and beauty

Sunday, Oct. 4 at 1 —

BRANDON—This year’s

annual Brandon fall

family HarvestFest will be

held just north of town in

Estabrook Park.

Participants can make

Harvest People (a.k.a

stick figures, scarecrows,

leaf people) for $50 each.

(Please note: due to significant

lumber and materials

price increases they have

had to start charging for

leaf people after 25 years of

being “first one free.” If cash

is tight and it’s a burden, just

mention it to the cashier

and take one home for free!)

There will also be hay

rides, food, pumpkins,

family fun, kids’ and adult

Make your own leaf person at

Brandon’s HarvestFest

activities. Music. All this

starts at 1 p.m.

At HarvestFest, the

chamber of commerce

supplies all materials, accessories,

and instructions.

This event is a great way for

people to be creative and

let imaginations run wild.

Event-goers dress their leaf

person with clothes, hat,

shoes, and embellishments

they’ve chosen to personalize

their own “person” and

then Volunteers help with

the finishing touches. They

are $5 each.

For more info contact

the Chamber at 802-247-

6401 or Brandon Recreation

Dept. 802-247-3635

ext. 213.

Submitted

Local kids hang out with leaf people in Brandon.

Classic Italian Cuisine

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fresh. simple.

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1/2 price appetizers

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NEW!

Sunday Lunch

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pasta | veal

Chicken | seafood

steak | flatbreads

For reservations

802-422-3293

First on the Killington Road

Closed Wednesdays

Saturday, Oct. 3—Every year, the National Alliance

on Mental Illness of Vermont (NAMI Vermont) brings

together hundreds of people with its annual walkathon

to raise mental health awareness and funds to support

its free programming. This year, they are taking a

different route – “going virtual.” On Saturday, Oct.

3, NAMI Vermont will participate in NAMIWalks

Your Way Vermont: A Virtual Event.

Instead of walking together,

participants will choose an activ-

Virtual

ity of their choice and join virtually

event

with hundreds of thousands of

mental health advocates from across

the country participating in their own NAMIWalks

Your Way events this year. Many participants are still

planning to walk – in their neighborhoods, around

their backyard, in a dog park. Others are choosing other

activities like bike riding, practicing yoga, or gardening.

And still others will be joining NAMI Vermont for

a NAMI Vermont Car Parade in downtown Burlington at

@back_country_cafe

Local mental health walk taking a new virtual route

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1 p.m. on Oct 3.

Participants will share their activities on social media

and follow NAMI Vermont’s program on Facebook, Twitter

and Instagram for recorded messages, livestreaming

and more activities throughout the day.

This day also kicks off Mental Illness

Awareness Week, October 4-10, where they

shine the light on mental health to let everyone

know “You Are Not Alone.” During

these uncertain times of the pandemic,

many are feeling isolated and have increased

anxiety and depression. NAMI has

designated World Mental Health Day, Oct.10,

as “A National Day of Hope.”

To join NAMIWalks Your Way, visit namiwalks.org/Vermont.

Registration is free, but fundraising is encouraged.

Funds raised support NAMI Vermont’s free local mental

health programs and services.

To learn more about the car parade and NAMI Vermont’s

programming, please visit namivt.org.

Oct.

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The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 FOOD MATTERS • 23

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Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum

Billings Farm celebrates the harvest

through October, join in

WOODSTOCK—Capture the

brilliant colors of a Vermont autumn

with a visit to Billings Farm &

Museum in October. See their farm

animals in the pastures with the

colorful foliage as a backdrop, enjoy

a walk along the Ottauquechee

River Trail, visit the apple orchard

and see the many different apple

varieties, and learn about 19th century

harvest activities on the farm.

Each weekend throughout

October, guests can enjoy harvestthemed

activities, demonstrations,

and crafts. Learn about drying

herbs, and preserving apples,

pumpkins, and squashes. See traditional

methods of cider pressing,

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!

Outdoor seating & dining now

open! Take-out available.

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

hand threshing of grain, corn husking

and bean shelling. Families

can find the hidden pumpkins in

the Farm Life Exhibits and take a

“Sheep Trick or Treat” Story Walk.

Family-friendly activities and crafts

will include pumpkin bowling, leaf

rubbings, finger knitting, and wax

paper pressed leaves.

Harvest demonstrations,

activities and crafts will vary each

weekend. Find daily schedules

at billingsfarm.org detailing which

programs will be offered.

Autumn is also the time for a

special treat – cider and doughnuts!

Available daily at the Dairy

Bar along with Vermont-based

JONES

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open wed. - sun. 5 to 12

closed mon. + tues.

Wilcox ice cream and Billings

Farm cheese.

Note that as of July 1, the Billings

Farm & Museum site is limited to a

maximum capacity of 225 people

at one time, per State of Vermont

guidance, and face coverings must

be worn by all guests over the age

of 2 everywhere on the site, including

the outdoors. For more about

visiting Billings Farm safely, updates

on our site capacity, and to

learn which spaces are open, visit

billingsfarm.org/safety/.

The Farm & Museum is open

Thursdays-Tuesdays, from 10 a.m. -

4 p.m. or online anytime at billingsfarm.org/billings-farm-at-home/.

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Columns

24 • The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020

As we topped out, I could see the mountains

spread majestically before me, layers

of ridge lines fading to an almost blueish

gray in the distance. The once green

landscape was now filled with a myriad

of colors, vibrant reds, stunning yellows,

contrasting browns and the always present

sections of dark pine green. The narrow

dirt path we had arrived on lay in stark

contrast to this living, breathing forest. So

many variations of trees surrounding us,

exposing a diversity that is often hidden to

the unseeing eye through the spring and

Green Mountain sisters

Livin’ the

Dream

By Merisa

Sherman

summer. But as autumn begins, we gaze out

across the valley, and can see easily the depth

of beauty around us.

For inexplicable reasons, each foliage

season is uniquely different from all those that

have gone before. Yes, the maples still turn red

— but we always wonder if they will explosively

pop like last year, or be more muted like the

year before. As this is 2020, a deep down part

of me wondered if the leaves would change at

all. Perhaps they were just going to turn brown

overnight and then fall off the trees with no fanfare

or glory. Were we going to miss the joy of

the candy apple foliage, a leaf that hadn’t quite finished

its turn — a delicious looking green and red combination

that makes one of my friends stop dead in her tracks

every time. I felt, after the stunning quality of last year’s

foliage, that I had practically given up.

But oh the joy of that first hike this past week, as we

walked through the woods underneath a yellowing

canopy. As the canopy lightened, so did our spirits as we

wound our way around the mountain to the rocky summit.

You could see the sky beginning to peek through

the branches and the light began to flicker on the trail,

breaking through the darkness. Our steps became

lighter and our souls lifted just a bit, even as the trail got

Livin’ the dream > 30

Meet New England’s only lizard, the five-lined skink

New England is home to dozens

of species of mammals, hundreds of

varieties of birds, and tens of thousands

of different insects, but only

one lizard: the five-lined

skink. Though I am fond

of reptiles and often seek

them out, I have never

seen a skink. Unless

you’re lucky, determined,

or a rock climber – or

some combination of the

three – I’m betting you

haven’t either, at least not

in our neck of the woods.

These shiny-scaled,

fleet-footed lizards

measure from 5 to 8 1/2

inches long and are most

active in New England from April

through early October. Juveniles and

adult females are recognizable by the

five cream-colored stripes running

the length of their bodies. Young

skinks also have electric blue tails,

which fade to gray as they age. Older

males retain only the faintest trace of

their eponymous stripes, morphing

instead into a uniform olive-brown,

though they do sport reddish chins

during the spring courtship season

(ooh la la.)

Five-lined skinks dine primarily on

insects, including crickets, grasshoppers,

and beetles. To the delight of one

Vermont kayaker – who witnessed a

skink leaping from lily pad to lily pad

before launching itself directly into

the boat, no doubt in hot pursuit of a

meal – they also eat mayflies, dragonflies,

and other arthropods fond of

freshwater.

While skinks are widespread

throughout the Southeast, where they

can be found in almost any woodland,

in the Northeast

The Outside

Story

By Brett Amy

Thelen

they’re limited to rocky summits, talus

slopes, and exposed ledges, typically

near large bodies of water. They don’t

exist at all in New Hampshire, Maine,

or Massachusetts, and the

entire known population of

Vermont skinks occurs at

just a handful of sites in two

towns, almost all within

one mile of Lake Champlain.

In Connecticut,

skinks eke out a living in

four distinct, disconnected

ledgy areas in the western

part of the state, including

bluffs overlooking the

Housatonic River.

You’re somewhat more

likely to encounter a fivelined

skink in New York, where they

live in the Hudson Highlands, along

the Taconic Ridge, and in mountainous

areas near Lake George and on the

western shores of Lake Champlain.

Remarkably, although southwestern

New England is generally considered

the northern limit of their range, they

also occur in Ontario.

How can a creature so commonplace

in forests from Texas to Virginia

be such a rarity north of New York

City? The answer, of course, lies in the

chill of New England winters and in

the length of time it takes to grow and

New England is home to ...only

one lizard: the five-lined skink.

incubate eggs when, like all reptiles,

skinks’ body temperature mirrors

that of their surroundings. Southfacing

talus slopes function much like

solar panels, absorbing and retaining

enough heat to grant a two-week

“thermal extension” each spring

and fall. They also provide

deep crevices in which to

wait out the winter.

Could rising temperatures

associated

with climate change

prompt New England’s

skinks to move beyond

these rocky haunts? Jim

Andrews, director of the

Vermont Reptile & Amphibian Atlas

Project, doesn’t think so. In Vermont,

the talus slopes where skinks persist

are largely bounded by agricultural

fields, which represent a significant

barrier to movement for a species that

needs sun-soaked rock and protective

nooks and crannies to survive.

Andrews does, however, offer one

idea for how skinks could colonize

new areas in an ever-warming world,

and it involves shrink wrap, longdistance

hiking, and temperatures so

high that the lizards no longer require

the thermal refuge provided by hotterthan-anywhere-else-in-the-state

microhabitats.

Let me explain. Occasionally,

Andrews receives reports of five-lined

skinks found outside their usual

range. They’re almost always near

boat launches, though two originated

from sites along the Appalachian Trail.

Apparently, skinks sometimes stow

away in boats or RVs shrink-wrapped

for travel or winter storage and coming

from the South, where this species

is far more common. The shrink wrap

is important, because it provides an

added layer of warmth and protection

for the interstate journey. Along

the AT, one can only imagine that the

skinks hitched a ride, perhaps even as

eggs, in the backpack of a northbound

through-hiker.

So far, all of these

sightings involved

individual lizards – not

breeding populations –

and it’s unlikely that any

of them survived their first Vermont

winter without a toasty, south-facing

rock slope to call home. Fifty years

from now, when climate change has

tempered winter’s bite, will this still

be true?

Brett Amy Thelen is Science Director

at the Harris Center for Conservation

Education in Hancock, New Hampshire

(harriscenter.org). The illustration

for this column was drawn by Adelaide

Murphy 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.

Prevent political

discussions from

polarizing your

workplace

By Dr. Glenn

Mollette

Much has been written about political polarization in

the U.S. and how a heated political climate has drawn a line

in the sand between voters.

But heading into the 2020

presidential election, self-censorship

also is on the rise – including

at the workplace, where some

people fear sharing their political

views. Nearly a third of employed

Americans worry they could lose

their jobs or be passed over for career

advancements if their political

opinions become known, according

to a Cato Institute survey.

For business leaders trying to

build a strong culture, knowing how to manage political

expression and discussions in the workplace is critical, said

Joel Patterson, a workplace culture expert, founder of The

Vested Group and ForbesBooks author of “The Big Commitment:

Solving The Mysteries Of Your ERP Implementation.”

“Unfortunately, things have gotten so divisive that even

if somebody just wears a shirt or makes an innocuous

comment, somebody is going to get upset,” Patterson said.

“When people at work are afraid to say anything political,

that fearfulness isn’t conducive to a cohesive work environment.

Rather than ignore it or futilely try to shutter it,

business owners and managers are better off having a plan

to deal with the political dynamic so it won’t disrupt their

business and drive their employees apart.”

Patterson offered tips to help business leaders manage

political discussions and tensions, and keep politics in

proper perspective, in the workplace:

• Make company culture the first priority. Having an

established set of company core values is highly beneficial

in giving your team a framework for how they

interact with peers, clients, and other professional

contacts externally, Patterson said. “If you have a

solid workplace culture, then core values like respect

for others, including respect for others’ opinions, will

carry the day and overcome political disagreements,”

he said. “An emphasis on core values reminds everyone

that they are all on the same team.”

• Give flexibility – within reason. “Most people don’t

want or expect a formal workplace policy related to

politics in the workplace,” Patterson said. “The leadership

team of your business needs to let employees

know they are valued as individuals while empha-

Mollette > 30


The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 COLUMNS • 25

I often listen to podcasts when I run. I find that the

conversations help me detach when things get difficult

– like when I’m headed up a long hill or struggling

through the last mile. I also

know that running puts me in

a state of mind where I’m able

to be truly present as I listen to

people talk, which isn’t always

easy in our distractive world.

During these runs, I’ll occasionally

hear someone utter

something so interesting or

The Movie

Diary

By Dom Cioffi

perceptive that I have to stop

and write it down. That’s why I

always carry an index card and

small pencil in my pocket.

While I was out for a run last

week, someone on a podcast who was discussing the

ills of our current social media landscape stated, “It’s

easier to condemn than understand.”

That line – as simple as it may be – hit me funny. In

today’s chaotic climate, it seems that there’s a lot of condemning

going on and not an awful lot of understanding.

That’s not to say that if we look closely, we will always be

sympathetic, but more often than not, we all condemn

rather than understand simply because it’s easier.

I had that in mind over the weekend while I was

flipping through YouTube videos. At one point, my

recommendation feed offered

up the new film, “This is Paris,”

a nearly two-hour documentary

detailing socialite Paris

Hilton’s life story.

My first thought was,

“Yeah, right.”

But then something funny happened. After remembering

the aforementioned quote, I clicked on the link

and did a quick read of what the documentary entailed.

After a few moments, I said to myself, “You know what?

I’m going to give this a try for 15 minutes, and if it’s as

bad as I think it’s going to be, then I’ll shut it down.”

I applauded myself for trying to understand Paris

I don’t know about you but I find that decorating

for autumn can be just as much fun as decorating

for Christmas! The yellow, orange and

red colors that are prevalent this time of year

brighten the days that are getting dark so early.

Decorations outside bring cheer not only to

you but to others passing by. Maybe it’s just me

but a door without a wreath, any time of year,

looks bare and in need of being dressed up.

There are numerous choices when it comes to

the makeup of an autumn wreath. If you need

one, let the browsing begin! Local craft stores

and the seasonal decoration section of several

All that glitters isn’t gold

Hilton and not condemning

her – even if it was only going to

be for 15 minutes.

So, I clicked the play button,

got comfortable on the couch,

and began to watch “This is Paris.”

I should mention that I have

not been aware of Paris Hilton’s

activities since she stopped going

to jail and getting featured

on tabloid covers because of her

party exploits. I just assumed she

was back living in a hotel somewhere

being rich.

Boy, was I wrong.

It turns out, “This is Paris” is

revealing on many levels.

First of all, I had no idea just

how successful this young woman

is. She is currently an entrepreneur

and businesswoman, a real estate

mogul, a DJ and recording artist, a

New York Times best-selling author,

and a philanthropist.

She is paid millions of dollars in

appearance fees, she has 19 product lines, 25 fragrances,

and is widely regarded as the first and one of the most

successful social media online influencers. This all adds

Things get really interesting when she starts to draw

correlations between her ongoing struggles and the

drive that pushes her to earn billions of dollars.

up to a multi-billion dollar global brand (yes, that’s “billion”

with a “b”).

The fact that she is as successful as she is astounding

given that I (like most people) thought

she was the archetype dumb blond.

But what’s even more intriguing is how troubled

this woman is. She’s an insomniac, she has paralyzing

other stores have some beautiful choices. A

wreath that comes ready to hang leaves no

guesswork as to what it looks like. But you may

want to get creative and make your own from

options such as: grapevine, straw, or burlap.

Straw and grapevine wreaths come in

various sizes and can usually be purchased for

under $5. When you are the one selecting the

trimmings your creativity has no boundaries.

The craft stores have an abundance of decorating

options for you to select from.

And why not find a spot in your yard for

a couple of the stylishly clad scarecrows

on sticks? They add a touch of whimsy

with their cute hats, overalls and smiles

on their faces. Let’s face it we could all use

some smiles amidst the pandemic! Add a bale

of hay to the mix and your decorations will

look like the work of a “pro!”

Another great option is cornstalks. On

our property there is a rail fence that is a

perfect place to attach cornstalks on both

ends. By placing a scarecrow in the middle

it creates a fun place of its own.

Looking And of course, who doesn’t want to use

Forward pumpkins when decorating for fall? Unfortunately,

when you choose real ones you will

By Mary Ellen Shaw

probably need to take them out of sight each

anxiety, she’s been in multiple

abusive relationships, she’s highly

addicted to social media, and

according to the documentary,

she (along with several other

survivors) was mentally and

physically abused at a boarding

school she attended years ago.

Things get really interesting

when she starts to draw correlations

between her ongoing

struggles and the drive that

pushes her to earn billions of

dollars.

I’ll admit that I was suspect

of this film. Afterall, she was a

producer so who’s to say this

isn’t a sympathy grab to enhance

her brand even more?

That’s why I turned to an

online psychologist who

specializes in analyzing these

types of things. (If you’re not

aware, there’s several reputable

therapists on YouTube who comment on situations

and people with their professional perspective.)

The one I watched was “Psychology in Seattle” featuring

Dr. Kirk Honda. In his review, Dr. Honda watches

“This is Paris” and comments on Hilton’s behaviors,

train of thought, and apparent trauma. His insights and

discernments offer some intriguing understandings on

this young woman’s unique circumstances.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do recommend

watching “This is Paris” (and I’d also check out some

therapist commentaries on YouTube as well). It’s

obviously not going to be for everyone, but if you’re

fascinated with people’s behaviors, this is one case

that will have you captivated.

A sparkly “B” for “This is Paris.”

You can find “This is Paris” on YouTube for free.

Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email

him at moviediary@att.net.

Decorating for autumn using brilliant natural colors

night or you may find them smashed in the street the next

morning. For that reason I use small ones on our steps and

they spend the night in the front hallway. Problem solved!

At our house we have a “board on board” cedar fence

comprised of four sections. Each one is 8 feet in length.

Its color has darkened over the years making it a perfect

background for a garland of bright colored leaves. The gate

in the middle is ideal for an autumn wreath that completes

the seasonal touch in that area.

But outside isn’t the only place to show off fall colors. The

inside of your house needs a seasonal change too. Small

scarecrows on a base are perfect for mantles and shelves.

Cute artificial pumpkins come in all sizes and keeping them

on display right up until Thanksgiving is totally appropriate.

Remember, garlands aren’t just for outside. They are perfect

for a mantle or buffet. Many come with their own lights.

But I like to step it up a little and lay a string of small clear

lights on top of the garland. It brightens the room on a dark

rainy day and creates a cozy atmosphere in the evening.

Fall is also the time of year when pumpkin, mulled cider

or apple scented candles have a permanent place on the

coffee table in our living room. They become part of the fall

décor. My old fashioned simmering pot in the dining room

is filled with cinnamon potpourri. The aroma coming from

any of these items for just a few hours each day creates a

comfy feeling.

So embrace the change of seasons and display some

creative touches of autumn…both inside and out.


26 • PETS

The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020

Rutland County Humane Society

FLOYD

Floyd is just chilling here waiting for his furever home!

Floyd is a 1- year-old sweet boy. He gets along very well with

cats and dogs, but people are his most favorite. Floyd needs

a home where he can explore the great outdoors. If this

handsome kitty sounds PURRfect for you call us at 802-885-

3997 for more information or go to our website spfldhumane.org

and fill out an application.

RANDY - 10-year-old.

Neutered male. Domestic

Short Hair. Brown tiger. I

will come out from time to

time and as I feel safer I

think you will see more of

me.

STEVE - 5-year-old. Neutered

male. Domestic

Short Hair. Black. I like to

hang out with my people

most of the day.

CAMO - 2-year-old. Neutered

male. Pit Mix. Tan

brindle. I know how to sit,

give paw and have a very

gentle mouth when taking

treats.

ROCKY - 3-year-old. Neutered

male. Boxer mix.

Brindle with white. I love

to be with people and with

this face how can you not

fall in love?

This pet is available for adoption at

Springfield Humane Society

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

*Adoptions will be handled online until further notice.

spfldhumane.org

SQUIRREL - 8-year-old.

Spayed female. Domestic

Short Hair. Black. I am a

very independent kitty and

really don’t need much attention.

DENALI - 2-year-old.

Spayed female. Labrador

Retriever mix. Yellow. I

have so much energy that I

just can’t settle down until I

have taken a long walk.

WIZ

I’m a 4-year-old spayed female. There weren’t quite

as many cats and dogs in my old home as there are at

Lucy Mackenzie. Everyone is treated so well, though.

People are kind, caring, and respectful of my space,

which I really like. I’m not a big fan of affection and appreciate

my own space, but I do have lots of love to give.

I mean, who couldn’t love a cutie like me? I’m quite the

wiz – literally. So, why not give a call today?

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

JAZZIE - 2-year-old.

Neutered male. Domestic

Short Hair. Black and

white. It may take me a

while to warm up in my

new home so please be

patient with me.

What to do with a lost pet

Can’t find your pet? Did you find a pet that’s not yours?

Make sure you contact the Rutland County Humane Society

(RCHS) and let them know. In many cases, stray animals

are brought to RCHS. Additionally, citizens who find stray

animals will contact RCHS with the hopes of reuniting

them with their owners. RCHS also puts pictures of the

stray animals they’re caring for on their website (rchsvt.org)

so if you’ve lost your pet please check the website to see if it’s

at the shelter. If you want to report a lost or found animal,

please call the shelter at 802-483-6700 or visit rchsvt.org.

ED

5-year-old. Neutered male. Domestic Short

Hair. Orange tabby. I am very outgoing and

social and have a very sweet disposition.

All of these pets are available for adoption at

Rutland County Humane Society

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

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

>

JUNO - 13-week-old.

Spayed female. Domestic

Short Hair. Grey and white

tiger. Busy as a bee! I am

a very active, fun-loving

kitten.

KMS: Poet spreads positivity

from page 14

Each of Boswell’s explanations for his songs connected

in one way or another to his feelings about the pandemic.

“More poetry is being written than ever before,” he

said, as people seek to make meaning out of these chaotic

times. Some of my fellow students agreed, admitting

that they too had begun to write poetry in the early

months of the lockdown.

April Hayden, head of academics for KMS, said that she

was delighted with the outcome of the first Brown Bag Arts

performance, a new initiative created by the KMS English

Department to bring local artists to perform (socially

distantly) at the school. “I think that now more than ever it is

crucial for us to find safe ways to bring positivity and a sense

of togetherness to our community, especially after the

many months of being isolated and apart,” said Hayden.

A sunny picnic on the front lawn could not have

resonated more with students and staff at KMS. Boswell’s

singing, poetry, and discussion were a perfect

complement to our beautiful surroundings, reminding

us to be grateful for them.


The Mountain TimesSept. 30 - Oct. 6, 2020 HOROSCOPES • 27

Cosmic

Catalogue

Copyright ©2020 - Cassandra Tyndall

Aries

March 21 - April 20

Life may feel as though you’re

being pulled in all different directions

right now. Oscillating from

extreme bursts of energy one minute,

to feeling lethargic or directionless

the next, may also be playing on your

sanity. The Full Moon in your sign

may shed light on a situation, helping

you see it from another perspective.

As your intuition heightens, it will be

easier for you to make choices that are

right for you.

Taurus

April 21 - May 20

shift in cosmic direction may inspire

you to enjoy some of life’s

A

most simple pleasures. As Venus

moves into Virgo, you’re invited to

have fun and see the lighter side of

life. You might like to enjoy more romance,

connection and togetherness

with someone special. Time with children

is also highlighted. Whatever it

is that fills your soul with joy and happiness

will be worth investing your

energy into.

Gemini

May 21 - June 20

The Full Moon lights up the corner

of your horoscope all about

hopes, wishes, dreams and good fortune.

A project or social event that

has been on the back-burner may get

re-invigorated or you could even hear

from a friend from the past. Opportunities

may arrive from seemingly nowhere,

but may take a little more effort

or time to gain traction. Your luck

is changing, but may not be exactly in

the way you imagined it.

Cancer

June 21 - July 20

Striking the balance between your

professional obligations and your

personal responsibilities will be highlighted

under the Full Moon. While

your soul may long for rest and relaxation

there are other things to do and

tasks to complete. As you go about

these tasks, think about the choices

you’ve made that led you to this point,

and how you can better align your life

with your desires in the future. With

some effort, you can turn a stuck situation

around.

Leo

July 21 - August 20

Your desire for a larger life may be

stirred under the Full Moon. If

learning something new, or further developing

your current level of knowledge

or skill set is possible. While this

might mean having to revise some

topics you already know, you’ll be

able to revisit them with added experience

and wisdom. Opportunities for

self-development taken now may be

the key that will open up the world to

you down the track.

Virgo

August 21 - September 20

It’s your time to lean into the help

and support you so readily offer to

others. As Venus makes her annual

visit to your sign for the majority of

October, this may be a month that

you can allow yourself to receive. If

you’ve been considering updating

your personal style or adding some

fashion pieces to your wardrobe, this

is an ideal time to experiment. With

the cosmos’ planet of love and luck on

your side, opportunities in these areas

await you too!

Libra

September 21 - October 20

Seeing the perspectives of other

people is one of your strong suits.

Despite your best attempts, you can’t

be expected to see everything. As the

Full Moon lights up your partnership

zone, you’ll become privy to something

that should have been obvious to

you. As your patron planet dips into the

most private part of your horoscope,

take time out to reflect on the circumstances

will ensure clear heads prevail.

A helpful and practical solution can be

reached, but may take some time.

Scorpio

October 21 - November 20

It’s quite likely that by now, you’ve

realized that perhaps you’ve bitten

off more than you can chew. Your determined

nature doesn’t like to give in

without a fight. A Full Moon may help

light things up, revealing a solution or

a new way forward. Things may get

frustrating before they get better, but

with additional clarity, you can make

a choice about what you want to do

and what you can actually do.

Empowering you to lead a divinely inspired life.

Sagittarius

November 21 - December 20

Venus, a planet of support and collaboration

will pass through your

career sector for the majority of October.

Her influence may remind you

that you don’t have to do everything

on your own. As you lean into the

energy of teamwork, you’ll discover

that you can achieve more than you

thought. If a new role or promotion

is on the horizon, a little extra effort

made now will go a long way.

Capricorn

December 21 - January 20

Full Moon in your home and family

sector will continue the ongo-

A

ing push/pull theme in your life. With

this additional cosmic light, you may

be able to see an old problem with a

new perspective. That being said, it

will still come with a sense of struggle

or frustration. At least with additional

light, you’ll be able to make pivotal

choices with a greater sense of clarity

then you’ve been able to up until now.

Aquarius

January 21 - February 20

Full Moon in your 3rd sector may

A highlight some of the recent tension,

frustration or challenges you’ve

been experiencing of late. As things

may reach a flash point this week, it

may be wise to keep your cool. You

may be tempted to say what you really

think. While in some situations this

can be wise, while in others, it may

pave a path difficult to retrace. Either

way, your first words spoken will be

the most honest.

Pisces

February 21 - March 20

Positive and affirmative action

recently taken around your finances

may be highlighted under the

Full Moon in Aries. With additional

light in your money zone, you may

be well-positioned to make right-foryou-choices

around the way you earn,

spend and save, if you’ve been struggling

to find a solution to an on-going

money problem. Be prepared to take

an approach that may be unlike your

usual money mojo.

Cassandra has studied astrology for about 20 years. She is an international teacher of astrology who has been published all over the globe.

Embrace a fresh

perspective

One of the most difficult

alignments of 2020, the

square between Mars and

Saturn, happens again this

week. A return of theme,

particularly from late

August, may be back on

the agenda for you to deal

with. While going over old

territory can be frustrating,

it does provide you the

opportunity to do it better a

second time around.

Under this exhausting

astro-weather, you might

feel like stopping short of a

goal or outcome that really

matters to you. Where possible,

take a break rather

than simply giving up.

Moves made in haste now

are likely to lead to regret

or other less favorable consequences

later. Your best

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approach and come to

terms that things are likely

to take longer than you’d

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A Full Moon will likely

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of this is that you’ll be

able to see a situation

from a new angle. With a

fresh perspective, you’ll

be able to decide what

action you need to take

and rebalance the scales

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Venus, the sky’s symbol

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>

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>

Mollete: How to handle political discussion at work

from page 24

sizing that leaving politics out of the workplace is the best practice for all involved.

Let your employees know you are flexible with their comfort level, but they are also

accountable for how they conduct themselves as a representative of your company.”

• Keep political programs off the office TVs. “You don’t want to invite arguments,” Patterson

said. “Making sure that office TVs, especially in the break room, are not tuned

to political programs is an easy preventive measure. Sometimes the news and panel

discussions get people wound up.”

• De-escalate, don’t instigate. As a manager or business owner, employees will be

watching to see how you handle a heated political conversation between workers.

“Try to cool things off and lead by example,” Patterson said. “If the employees persist,

tell them that their loud conversation is distracting to a productive work environment.

If someone you work with is expressing a viewpoint that doesn’t coincide with

yours, a mental note to yourself to agree to disagree often does the trick.”

“Handling political talk isn’t something business owners and managers should be afraid

of,” Patterson said. “It’s an opportunity to ease the tension their employees feel and remind

them that no matter their differences, they can remain strong together.”

Dr. Glenn Mollette is the author of 12 books. His syndicated column is read in all

50 states.

By Bonnie Kirn Donahue

Do your future self a favor, and plant

spring-blooming bulbs this fall.

Depending on where you live, there

can be a month or more after the snow

recedes in spring until we see flowers.

Planting spring-flowering bulbs

shortens this window and packs a ton of

color, contrast and liveliness against a

backdrop of the slowly awakening earth.

Spring- flowering bulbs are an incredibly

hopeful presence in a time of cool temperatures

and unpredictable forecasts.

The key to having bulbs bloom in the

spring is to plant them in the fall. The best

time to plant is mid-September through

October when temperatures are cooler. Fallplanted

bulbs need weeks of hibernation

in a dark, moist and cool environment to

slowly develop roots before spring.

There are many types, sizes and colors.

Scilla, snowdrops and crocus are small

bulbs that look beautiful en masse.

Scilla happily can spread under the right

conditions, creating carpets of blue in

gardens and lawns.

Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths tend to be

taller with larger, more vibrant colors. These

bulbs are showstoppers whether spaced

closely together or far apart.

To plant spring-flowering bulbs,

choose a site with well-drained soil and

full to part sun. For best results, get a

soil test to determine your soil’s fertilizer

needs for bulbs. Fertilizing the soil at

planting can help the bulbs stay healthy

and larger in future seasons.

Soil tests can be obtained from the

University of Vermont Agricultural and

Environmental Testing Laboratory (pss.

uvm.edu/ag_testing).

The depth of planting depends on bulb

size although as a rule, plant bulbs at a

depth of two to three times the height of the

bulb. Depending on the number of bulbs,

you can dig holes individually for each bulb

or dig out a larger area and plant multiple

bulbs in the hole.

By Bonnie Kirn Donahue

Plant bulbs now for

spring bloom

Smaller bulbs like scilla, snowdrops

and crocus can be planted closer to one

another, about 1-2 inches apart, while

tulips and daffodils should be planted

3-6 inches apart. Make sure that the

tip of the bulb points up to the sky, and

water well after planting.

To prevent squirrels, mice and other

critters from digging up your tulip bulbs,

use wire mesh to make a barrier around

all sides and the top of the bed after

planting. An alternative is to select bulbs

that do not attract rodents. Daffodils are

poisonous, for example, so rodents, as

well as deer, will leave them alone.

In the spring resist the temptation to

cut back the foliage immediately after

flowering. It is a good practice to trim

back the seed head, but leave the foliage

until it dies back and yellows. This allows

time for the bulbs to send energy from

the plant foliage back into the bulbs and

will produce bulbs that are larger with

showier flowers in the future.

While crocuses, scilla and daffodils can

be left in the ground year-round, tulips

and hyacinths should be dug up after

their foliage has dried out. Store these

bulbs in a dry, well-ventilated area until

time to replant in the fall.

To bring the joy of spring flowers inside,

plant a tulip cutting garden. If you have a

vegetable garden or raised bed with spaces

that are opening up this fall, use a small area

to plant tulips for spring cutting.

Keep in mind that it will take at least a

few weeks for the foliage to die back next

year, which means that this part of your

vegetable garden won’t be available for

planting until around mid-June.

There is nothing like starting spring

with the fantastic colors of spring bulbs.

Planting bulbs now will pay off in incredible

ways after a long winter.

Bonnie Kirn Donahue is a UVM Extension

Master Gardener and landscape

designer from central Vermont.

By Merisa Sherman

The view from the top of Shrek’s cabin in Pittsfield is a colorful illustration of fall.

Livin’ the dream: Sisterhood among friends and nature

>

from page 24

steeper. Stone and root steps increasingly

littered with leaves guided our way up the

mountain and we would stop at a waterfall

which was somehow still flowing in this

drought and just bask in the beauty of it all.

In a year where everything seems to be

going wrong, this week was the most normalizing,

beautiful thing I have seen. After

six months of hardships and heartbreak,

this week left me feeling hopeful and full of

love. I could not get enough. Each morning,

I grabbed a homemade cranberry orange

scone (because obviously, it is 2020 and we

have been making floury treats from our

sourdough starter named Clover) and drove

out to meet girlfriends at a different trailhead

each day. Spaced out on the trail and

at the summit, we would chat like we always

had, fitting in phrases between the heavy

breathing. Except for those rare moments

when we would bump into someone on the

trail, it felt .... normal.

Normal. What a strange concept in 2020.

To chat with girlfriends on a hike,

watching the leaves change color as we

laugh and share our deepest secrets.

I hadn’t realized how much I missed

the warmth of a girlfriend’s reassuring

advice, or how a little female empathy

could lighten my heart just by sharing

my burden. Their strength became my

strength, as I watched with amazement

as my friend carried her 3-year-old son in

a backpack up the Stone Steps. One was

marking her 50th birthday by summiting

a new mountain every day this week

while another was taking her first hike of

the pandemic and their exploratory delight

became mine. We were able to share

our hopes and dreams, simple things that

would have barely been noticed last year

but are now so integral to our very being.

This past week has filled my soul with

nothing but gratitude, both for the gift of

foliage that Mother Nature gives to Vermont

each year but also for my beloved Green

Mountain Sisters. To those women who

may not have been born here, but can

feel the very essence of these gorgeous

mountains in their souls. A calling to live IN

nature, rather than simply look from a distance.

I am so grateful for this year’s foliage

to remind me of my connection with these

mountains, these trees and rocks, and their

constant story of change and fortitude.

Thank you, Mother Nature, for this simple,

glorious gift of hope and renewal each

autumn. May we be worthy.


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