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Vol. <strong>49</strong>, <strong>Number</strong> <strong>50</strong><br />

HAPPY HANUKKAH!<br />

The Festival of Lights<br />

begins at sundown<br />

Thursday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 10.<br />

Mou nta i n Ti m e s<br />

I’m FREE - Pick me up and be prepared. Paper beats rock. <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Rutland Free Library plans move to<br />

former CSJ campus library<br />

By Polly Mikula<br />

Rutland Free Library has drafted a memorandum<br />

of understanding to purchase the<br />

former College of St. Joseph administration<br />

building, including the Giorgetti Library, with<br />

plans to move from its current location downtown<br />

within the next year.<br />

“We’re honored and excited to give the library<br />

a new home — so much time and care has<br />

gone into this decision,” said Sharon Courcelle,<br />

president of Rutland Free Library (RFL) board of<br />

trustees. “This is an opportunity for Rutland Free<br />

Library and its patrons to thrive in a space designed<br />

for education, community and service.”<br />

About 75 people participated in a Zoom<br />

call Monday night, <strong>Dec</strong>. 7, when RFL Director<br />

Randal Smathers formally announced the plan.<br />

Attendees included library trustees and staff;<br />

city, state and U.S. representatives; and community<br />

leaders.<br />

The new building provides the space and<br />

resources needed to grow existing services and<br />

save taxpayers money, the Rutland Free Library<br />

(RFL) said in a statement, Monday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 7.<br />

“When we realized that we could do it cheap-<br />

RFL > 10<br />

Submitted<br />

THE FINAL COOKIE?<br />

Tim Owings will be<br />

retiring from baking at<br />

Mission Farm Bakery<br />

in Killington.<br />

Page 2<br />

Submitted<br />

The Giorgetti Library at the former College of St. Joseph will likely be the new location for the Rutland Free Library, officials announced Monday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 7.<br />

Courtesy of Mount<br />

Holly Beer Co.<br />

NEW LOCAL BREWERY<br />

Dan Tilly and David<br />

Mango release "The<br />

Green Stand" a new<br />

brew with an historic<br />

name from Mount<br />

Holly Beer Co.<br />

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Page 20<br />

Ski clubs ponder future amid<br />

postponed training<br />

By Polly Mikula and Katy Savage<br />

On Friday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 4, Governor Phil Scott<br />

announced that the season for youth winter<br />

sports would continue to be postponed due<br />

to surging Covid cases in the state. Scott<br />

originally announced the ban Nov. 24.<br />

Recreation and club sports activities<br />

have been on hold since Nov. 14, when the<br />

state stated “all indoor and outdoor organized<br />

sports, including youth leagues, adult<br />

leagues, practices, games and tournaments<br />

are suspended until further notice, including<br />

Vermont-based teams in interstate play.”<br />

“Like recreational sports, [school<br />

sports] are paused until further notice,”<br />

Scott announced, Nov. 24. The winter<br />

sports season for K-12 public schools was<br />

scheduled to begin Nov. 30.<br />

On Friday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 4, Scott added: “Our data<br />

does not support the return of school or recreational<br />

sports at this time. I will continue to<br />

evaluate this each week.”<br />

The prohibition includes outdoor<br />

youth ski training.<br />

Part of the justification from the state<br />

for such restrictions is to comply consistently<br />

with the ban on multi-family gatherings<br />

that has been in place since Nov. 13.<br />

But there are exceptions.<br />

Lisa Loomis, the editor from the Valley<br />

Reporter in Waitsfield, asked a question<br />

from a reader at Tuesday’s press conference,<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>. 4: “Why is some indoor youth<br />

programming such as gymnastics, ballet<br />

and hockey lessons allowed but outdoor<br />

youth ski training is not allowed?”<br />

Julie Moore, secretary of the Vermont<br />

Agency of Natural Resources, answered by<br />

clarifying the allowance for private and semiprivate<br />

lessons only.<br />

“Private lessons and semi-private lessons<br />

Ski training > 15<br />

Vermont prepares to roll<br />

out vaccine this week<br />

By Katie Jickling/VTDigger<br />

If all goes smoothly, doses of a Covid -19 vaccine could<br />

be distributed throughout Vermont this week, but likely<br />

won't be administered to anyone until next week.<br />

Doctors, state officials, and nursing home administrators<br />

are scrambling to get ready to offer the first doses,<br />

which will go to high-risk Vermonters. Medical teams are<br />

trying to plan for every possible scenario — fewer doses<br />

than expected, late shipments, less interest in the vaccine.<br />

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to give<br />

emergency authorization to the first Covid vaccine from<br />

Pfizer by <strong>Dec</strong>. 10. The first batch for the state is expected to<br />

include 5,8<strong>50</strong> doses, which will be administered to health<br />

care workers and long-term care residents. (An equivalent<br />

number of doses will be held in reserve to ensure those<br />

patience receive the required second dose.)<br />

Chris Finley, the immunization program director for<br />

the Dept. of Health, has been assigned to coordinate a<br />

web of logistics: how to ship, store and administer the vaccine,<br />

as well as to persuade Vermonters to get it.<br />

Vermont reported a record number of cases in November,<br />

as Covid continues to engulf the U.S. To avoid getting<br />

Vaccine > 14


2 • LOCAL NEWS<br />

The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Submitted<br />

Tim Owings sells his baked goods at the Killington Farmer's Market.<br />

By Susan Durant<br />

Tim Owings and the Mission<br />

Farm Bakery have been part of the<br />

charm of Mission Farm for the past<br />

23 years.<br />

Many a passerby remembers<br />

when the bakery was also a café<br />

offering simple fare for locals to<br />

stop by and enjoy. More recently,<br />

Owings has maintained the bakery<br />

as a wholesale business.<br />

Owings came to Mission Farm<br />

initially on a spiritual retreat in<br />

the 1980s, where he stayed at the<br />

Heminway Guest House. He said<br />

he felt an immediate connection<br />

to the space. At that time, he had a<br />

wholesale bakery business in Warren,<br />

Vermont.<br />

After his initial visit, any time<br />

he was in Killington to drop off<br />

baked goods at local stores, he<br />

would stop at Mission Farm for<br />

some quiet time of reflection. In<br />

the late 1990s he was ready for a<br />

change. He wanted to live a simple<br />

life as part of Mission Farm and<br />

the Church of Our Saviour Community.<br />

He wanted to dedicate his<br />

talents to support the ministries of<br />

Mission Farm.<br />

Owings restored the log cabin,<br />

and he helped fund a space for a<br />

bakery in exchange for the opportunity<br />

to live and work as the<br />

baker at Mission Farm. Over the<br />

years Owings has donated his skills<br />

to provide food for those in need,<br />

catering to Mission Farm retreat<br />

Mission Farm baker to retire on farm<br />

groups, played the church’s organ,<br />

tended the flower gardens and created<br />

beautiful flower arrangements<br />

for the church.<br />

At the end of <strong>2020</strong>, Owings<br />

plans to retire from the bakery and<br />

remain in the cabin at Mission<br />

Farm.<br />

In his youth he studied at the<br />

Maryland Institute of Art. He is<br />

enthusiastic about retiring at<br />

Mission Farm, and said, “I can<br />

finally fulfill my dream of being<br />

enmeshed in creating visual art.”<br />

Owings is pleased with all<br />

the new happenings at Mission<br />

Farm, since Rev. Lisa Ransom, the<br />

new vicar and executive director<br />

started last spring.<br />

He said, “I get great joy from the<br />

beauty Lisa has brought to this<br />

space.”<br />

He also looks forward to the<br />

bakery being reimagined for service<br />

to the community and helping<br />

provide food for those in need.<br />

An old soup ladle Ransom<br />

found while going through stored<br />

items in the parish hall offered her<br />

inspiration. It belonged to Gertude<br />

Heminway, a past vicar’s wife,<br />

known for providing soup and<br />

meals to those in need during the<br />

Great Depression. Ransom said<br />

she could feel the connection of<br />

providing food for those in need as<br />

part of the fabric of Mission Farm.<br />

Ransom has been working with<br />

Submitted<br />

Mission Farm Bakery is located on Mission Farm Road in Killington, next to the church.<br />

the Rutland Hunger Council and<br />

the Vermont Food Bank to find<br />

ways to expand local food access<br />

for the food insecure, especially in<br />

this time of Covid. Mission Farm<br />

is a hub for the Vermont Everyone<br />

Eats (vteveryoneeats.org) on<br />

Thursday afternoons through the<br />

end of <strong>Dec</strong>ember.<br />

Vermont Everyone Eats provides<br />

nutritious meals from local<br />

restaurants to Vermonters in need<br />

of food assistance, as well as a<br />

stabilizing source of income for<br />

Vermont restaurants, farmers, and<br />

food producers. Funded by the<br />

Vermont Legislature to address<br />

Covid impacts, it is administered<br />

by Southeastern Vermont Community<br />

Action.<br />

Ransom is grateful for the support<br />

from the local community.<br />

Mission Farm received a donation<br />

of $2,<strong>50</strong>0 from the Killington Play<br />

it Forward Fund on the recommendation<br />

of Mike Solimano and<br />

the Killington/Pico Resort.<br />

She said, “this will help with<br />

our mission to help with food<br />

access in this time of great community<br />

need.” She went on to say,<br />

“Mission Farm looks forward to<br />

a robust growing season on the<br />

property to provide food for the<br />

bakery efforts… All community<br />

members are invited to participate<br />

in food and garden programs<br />

which will be listed on the Mission<br />

Submitted<br />

Tim Owings and dog Blodgett enjoy a neighborhood walk.<br />

Farm website later this winter.”<br />

Church of Our Saviour services and Mission Farm<br />

programs are open to all. MissionFarmVt.org lists opportunities<br />

for involvement in community programs<br />

and services as well as links for donations.


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> LOCAL NEWS • 3<br />

Student raises funds to restore Jewish cemetery<br />

High school senior Netanel Crispe is raising funds<br />

to restore and preserve the oldest Jewish known<br />

cemetery in Vermont, though many Vermonters are<br />

completely unaware of its existence.<br />

The East Poultney Jewish Cemetery was first purchased<br />

by the Poultney Jewish community in 1873,<br />

and the Jewish cemetery marks the burial place of Vermont’s<br />

first Jews and is a testimony to their strength,<br />

perseverance, and devotion to their faith. Sadly this<br />

historic and religious site has been forgotten by its<br />

neighbors and community with many Vermonters not<br />

knowing of its existence. The Jewish Cemetery itself<br />

houses around 83 headstones, about half of which<br />

date from the late 19th Century to the early 20th Century.<br />

The conditions of the stones vary, with the worst<br />

lying broken on the ground in total disrepair, almost<br />

completely worn and so encrusted that their Hebrew<br />

and Yiddish inscriptions are illegible.<br />

“It is our responsibility to maintain and preserve<br />

the history and legacy of these great pioneers. My<br />

mission is to save, restore, and preserve Vermont’s<br />

oldest Jewish Cemetery. Through the course of this<br />

project, I plan to have the most endangered and damaged<br />

stones (which number between 25-35) reset,<br />

reinforced, repaired, and cleaned by Bowker and Sons<br />

Memorials—a 100-year-old family-owned cemetery<br />

restoration business out of West Rutland,” Crispe said<br />

on his fundraising page.<br />

“The rest of the headstones require far less work<br />

and may be able to be cleaned by volunteers. Doing<br />

so would save money and help the process go faster. I<br />

have met with the head manager of Bowker and Sons<br />

Memorials at the Poultney Jewish Cemetery to discuss<br />

the project and gain a better sense of the cost and time<br />

required to complete the restoration in its entirety.<br />

This is the plan we formed,” he said.<br />

To view the GoFundMe, visit gf.me/v/c/g7mb/<br />

save-vermont-oldest-jewish-cemetery.<br />

Netanel Crispe<br />

Submitted<br />

Battle over Estabrook Road rental<br />

By Curt Peterson<br />

On <strong>Dec</strong>. 1 the Killington board<br />

of health voted unanimously to<br />

pursue a public health order (PHO)<br />

regarding an alleged septic system<br />

failure 287 Estabrook Road, a<br />

short-term rental property belonging<br />

to Killington <strong>Mountain</strong> House<br />

LLC (KMH) and Vincent Connolly.<br />

A <strong>Dec</strong>. 15 public hearing will determine<br />

whether the PHO will be<br />

served.<br />

The PHO would prohibit<br />

occupancy until<br />

“a wastewater system<br />

and potable water supply<br />

permit is obtained<br />

from the Vermont Dept. of Environmental<br />

Conservation.”<br />

Connolly provided a report from<br />

SepticPro of Brattleboro citing a<br />

Sept. 29 inspection, which said, “We<br />

found that the system was not in<br />

failure and operating in accordance<br />

with the state regulatory standards.”<br />

If the PHO is issued, KMH will<br />

have 30 days to appeal to the state<br />

board of health. In the meantime,<br />

Connolly said the property is not<br />

advertised for rent and a new fivebedroom<br />

septic system is going to be<br />

installed.<br />

Killington town Health Officer<br />

Preston Bristow said he received<br />

SepticPro’s inspection report, and<br />

spoke with Stephen Pro, owner of<br />

SepticPro for clarification.<br />

“Stephen Pro told me he rated<br />

the system as ‘poor’ and that is<br />

why [Connolly is] replacing it. He<br />

told me there was pooling of water<br />

around the septic tank, which is not<br />

technically a failure, but I would still<br />

consider a [health] risk. He also told<br />

me the system, while not technically<br />

failed, would need to be ‘babied’<br />

until a replacement system was in<br />

place,” Bristow wrote in an email.<br />

“If he presents state certification<br />

that an acceptable five-bedroom<br />

wastewater system is installed, I<br />

All of this comes after 13 years of<br />

conducting business … without a single<br />

issue whatsoever,” Connelly wrote<br />

will give him the permit for a fivebedroom<br />

home,” Bristow told the<br />

<strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong>.<br />

Under the new short-term rental<br />

regulations the five-bedroom septic<br />

system would allow occupancy of<br />

“two persons per bedroom, plus<br />

two”, for a maximum of 12 persons.<br />

Issues involving this property are<br />

not new.<br />

Then Planning and Zoning Administrator<br />

Dick Horner cited Connelly for<br />

operating a commercial property in a<br />

residential zone in August 2018.<br />

Connolly feels his property has<br />

been singled out following his visible<br />

month-long 2018 presence at the site<br />

with his wife, who is Black, and their<br />

biracial children.<br />

“Two weeks [later] my neighbor<br />

began lodging complaints about<br />

my septic, the noise, and the safety<br />

of the home. All of this comes after<br />

13 years of conducting business …<br />

without a single issue whatsoever,”<br />

Connelly wrote in an email.<br />

Montgomery was one of 15<br />

neighbors named as complainants<br />

by the Environmental Court on<br />

Nov. 13, 2019.<br />

Connolly declared the threebedroom<br />

home his primary residence<br />

when purchased in 2005, but immediately<br />

advertised it as a short-term,<br />

four-bedroom rental<br />

accommodating up to 32<br />

occupants in 19 beds.<br />

Accommodations for<br />

<strong>16</strong> or more are categorized<br />

under the “hotel”<br />

category, according to the state,<br />

requiring sprinkler systems. Connolly<br />

installed sprinklers in 2014, but<br />

Horner said advertising the home for<br />

more than six occupants – two per<br />

bedroom – still violated the town's<br />

residential zoning.<br />

Connolly said his high-capacity<br />

rental was legal, based on DFS certification<br />

of his sprinkler system.<br />

The Zoning board of adjustment<br />

upheld the violation. Connolly<br />

appealed to the state Environmental<br />

Court, arguing his rental was a<br />

“grandfathered” lawful pre-existing<br />

non-conforming use that he was<br />

renting prior to the occupancy limit<br />

imposition in 2007.<br />

The town argued that commercial<br />

use in 2005 without the<br />

necessary permit disqualified<br />

commercial use of the property as<br />

“lawful.”<br />

“Connolly did not undergo an<br />

Estabrook > 15<br />

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must stop if you reside or simply<br />

come to visit Rutland. They have<br />

been an institution in the community<br />

and are simply the best.”<br />

open wed. - sun. 5 to 12<br />

closed mon. + tues.<br />

23 West St, Rutland<br />

802-773-7810


4 • LOCAL NEWS<br />

The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Vermont Adaptive raises<br />

more than $135,000 during<br />

#GivingTuesday<br />

Hundreds of community members<br />

from across the country rallied around<br />

Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports’ #GivingTuesday<br />

<strong>2020</strong> fundraising campaign<br />

last week, raising more than $135,000 for<br />

the organization’s year-round adaptive<br />

sports and recreational programs and<br />

athlete scholarships. Generosity prevailed<br />

even during a pandemic, as the organization<br />

had its best #GivingTuesday results<br />

since it began participating in the global<br />

initiative in 2014.<br />

“We are very humbled and grateful to<br />

say the least,” said Erin Fernandez, executive<br />

director of the non-profit. “This year<br />

has been so hard for so many. We really<br />

didn’t know what to expect. Our programs<br />

are so important to so many athletes with<br />

disabilities, now more than ever. We knew<br />

we would be thankful for whatever we<br />

could raise. But this community has just<br />

blown me away.”<br />

Vermont Adaptive suspended its winter<br />

programs last March and then returned to<br />

play with very modified programs in the<br />

summer and fall. Fernandez is hopeful to<br />

begin winter programs on Jan. 2, 2021. But<br />

with an uncertain revenue source from<br />

winter programs this upcoming season,<br />

fundraising will remain a critical part of<br />

the organization’s operations.<br />

This year, the organization harnessed<br />

the generosity of a collective matching<br />

donation of $30,000 from The Sills Family<br />

Foundation, the Kimpton family, the Vermont<br />

Adaptive board of directors, and an<br />

anonymous donor. The goal was to raise<br />

at least $30,000 in order to capture that<br />

match. All monies raised will go toward<br />

supporting a $1.5 million operating budget<br />

for 2021.<br />

“Our programs will look and feel a bit<br />

different when we do return to play again.<br />

But what remains constant is our mission<br />

to empower people of all abilities<br />

through inclusive sports and recreational<br />

programming regardless of their ability to<br />

pay. We’ve been doing that for more than<br />

30 years, and with donors like we had on<br />

Giving Tuesday, we’ll keep on going for<br />

the next 30.”<br />

The Tuesday After Thanksgiving is<br />

a global day dedicated to giving back.<br />

Giving Tuesday follows Black Friday and<br />

Cyber Monday with the goal of celebrating<br />

generosity and encouraging people to give<br />

during the holiday season. It was created<br />

to inspire people to take collaborative action<br />

to improve their local communities,<br />

give back in better, smarter ways to the<br />

charities and causes that they support and<br />

help create a better world.<br />

NOW HIRING<br />

Submitted<br />

Ludlow Rotary donates three dog<br />

waste stations at new Ludlow dog park<br />

In keeping with its efforts to help the town of Ludlow develop its new dog park located on<br />

West Hill, the Ludlow Rotary Club (LRC) recently donated three dog waste stations. Pictured<br />

are Scott Murphy, Ludlow’s municipal manager, and Kevin Barnes, LRC president,<br />

as they stand at one of the new stations in front of the West Hill Dam pavilion where one of<br />

the stations will be installed. LRC invested $4<strong>50</strong> in the new stations on behalf of the town.<br />

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The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> LOCAL NEWS • 5<br />

New study recommends state colleges<br />

unify, receive <strong>50</strong>% more funding<br />

By Lola Duffort/VTDigger<br />

Castleton University, Northern<br />

Vermont University and Vermont<br />

Technical College should all become<br />

one school, and the state should<br />

more than double its investment in<br />

the state college system, at least in<br />

the short term.<br />

Those are the key items in a longawaited<br />

package of preliminary<br />

recommendations issued Friday, <strong>Dec</strong>.<br />

4, by a special legislative panel.<br />

Financial problems at the long-ailing<br />

Vermont State Colleges came to a<br />

head this spring, when then-Chancellor<br />

Jeb Spaulding recommended three<br />

campuses be closed to balance the<br />

books in the wake of the pandemic.<br />

The idea led to swift and fierce public<br />

backlash, Spaulding resigned, and<br />

lawmakers pledged to do what it took<br />

to get the system through the year.<br />

But state officials, including Gov.<br />

Phil Scott, also made clear they<br />

expected the system to undergo a<br />

major overhaul to get back on to a<br />

more sustainable path, and lawmakers<br />

assigned a committee to recommend<br />

a way forward.<br />

The committee’s members include<br />

lawmakers, college presidents, faculty<br />

and student representatives, and the<br />

president of the Vermont Student Assistance<br />

Corp., among others. But the<br />

nearly 80-page report adopted by the<br />

panel Friday was mostly written by the<br />

National Center for Higher Education<br />

Management Systems, a nonprofit<br />

consulting firm based in Colorado.<br />

The panel is expected to issue two additional<br />

reports in the coming months.<br />

State Colleges Chancellor Sophie<br />

Zdatny said she<br />

will take her<br />

cues from the<br />

system’s board<br />

of trustees<br />

and legislators<br />

about which<br />

direction they want to go in, given<br />

the report’s contents. But she said<br />

she's grateful to have such a detailed<br />

blueprint for reform — and another<br />

voice stating in no uncertain terms<br />

that the colleges do indeed need more<br />

financial state aid.<br />

“One of the key pieces, I think, coming<br />

out of this is it does explain that<br />

transformation will take time, and it<br />

will take money,” she said.<br />

Can was kicked down the road<br />

For decades, Vermont has ranked<br />

near — and sometimes at — the bottom<br />

nationally for how much it funds<br />

public higher education. Among<br />

the ramifications: Vermonters have<br />

consistently paid some of the highest<br />

tuition prices at public colleges in the<br />

country, and graduate with aboveaverage<br />

debt.<br />

The consultants recommended<br />

that the state government hike its<br />

“We cost too damn<br />

much. We’re way too<br />

expensive,” Olson said.<br />

Courtesy Castleton University<br />

Woodruff Hall looms large as a stately college icon at Castleton University.<br />

regular contribution to the state colleges<br />

by more than <strong>50</strong>% – from $30<br />

million to $47.5 million a year. They<br />

also suggested VSAC get another $5<br />

million a year to directly defray the<br />

cost of attendance for Vermonters.<br />

And to help the colleges undergo<br />

a whole-system transformation, the<br />

state will also need to spend millions<br />

in one-time money, the report says. It<br />

recommends $25 million in the next<br />

fiscal year, $20 million the following,<br />

$17 million the next, $10 million in<br />

2025 and a final $5 million in 2026.<br />

“It is no longer possible for this<br />

can to be kicked further down the<br />

road, with hopes that the individual<br />

institutions and the chancellor’s office<br />

will come up with cost reductions substantial<br />

enough to achieve long-term<br />

financial sustainability, without help<br />

from the Legislature working in partnership<br />

with the governor’s office,” the<br />

consultants write.<br />

The report<br />

recommends<br />

the three schools<br />

that offer bachelor’s<br />

degrees<br />

combine into<br />

one institution, with one leadership<br />

team and a single accreditation. But<br />

the Community College of Vermont,<br />

the consultants say, should remain<br />

a stand-alone institute within the<br />

system, and should focus exclusively<br />

on sub-baccalaureate programming,<br />

with an emphasis on workforce education<br />

and training.<br />

The National Center for Higher<br />

Education Management Systems<br />

report does not contemplate closing<br />

any campuses, but it does emphasize<br />

that the system should reduce its<br />

physical footprint, and likely will need<br />

to demolish underused structures that<br />

cannot be safely refurbished.<br />

Given a shrinking enrollment and<br />

a renewed focus on adult learners,<br />

the consultants say some residence<br />

facilities, in particular, could be<br />

done away with.<br />

“The possible need to do so is far<br />

from a consensus matter. But reports<br />

from stakeholders suggest that some<br />

of the residence halls are among the<br />

buildings most in need of refurbishment<br />

and renovation,” the consultants<br />

write.<br />

They also note that some college<br />

systems that have doubled-down on<br />

housing and invested heavily in more<br />

attractive facilities in an attempt to<br />

attract students have seen the strategy<br />

backfire. To help pay for the underused<br />

residences, some colleges have<br />

required students to live on campus<br />

– and in the process inflated the cost of<br />

attendance and driven students away.<br />

The legislative panel is not the only<br />

entity pitching a proposal for reform.<br />

Independently, the faculty and<br />

staff unions at the Vermont State<br />

Colleges System set up their own<br />

task force, which this week released<br />

its own proposal.<br />

On the subject of unification, the<br />

labor task force recommendations<br />

are actually in substantial agreement<br />

with the consultants’ report.<br />

Faculty and staff also propose that<br />

institutions should be unified under<br />

a single accreditation, although they<br />

go one step further and argue Community<br />

College of Vermont should be<br />

included as well. And, in contrast to<br />

the consultants’ report, the unions<br />

also recommend getting rid of the<br />

chancellor’s office outright.<br />

Castleton University professor<br />

Linda Olson, a member of the labor<br />

task force, said in an interview that<br />

faculty and staff think a unified system<br />

would lead to improved cross-campus<br />

collaboration and better academic<br />

programming. But they also believe<br />

a single entity would be better able<br />

to cut down on what they perceive as<br />

administrative bloat.<br />

“We actually can consolidate the<br />

positions that are most expensive in<br />

our system and save money that way,<br />

” she said.<br />

The labor report also argues forcefully<br />

for more investments directed<br />

specifically at affordability, and argues<br />

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The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

At the recent annual meeting of BROC<br />

Community Action the <strong>2020</strong> Community<br />

Action Recognition Award recipients were<br />

announced. Those awarded were:<br />

Richard Wobby<br />

Since 2005 Richard Wobby has been<br />

a driving force behind the Wheels For<br />

Warmth initiative. The concept was<br />

launched by his lifelong friend, Governor<br />

Phil Scott. Wheels for Warmth has raised<br />

$558,000 for heating assistance to Vermonters<br />

in need, sold 23,000 tires at a bargain<br />

price and recycled 33,000 tires improving<br />

the environment.<br />

The annual event held the last<br />

weekend in October works with the<br />

Community Action Agencies of BROC<br />

Community Action in Rutland, CVOEO<br />

in Burlington and Capstone in Barre.<br />

While the event has a strong steering<br />

committee and corporate partners;<br />

Richard Wobby provides the fire in the<br />

engine room. BROC Community Action<br />

in Rutland received over $21,000 last year<br />

in heating assistance funding.<br />

Wobby’s commitment to raising funds<br />

to help other Vermonters in need with<br />

crisis fuel during Vermont’s long cold<br />

winters is undeniable.<br />

Matt Prouty and Mark Stockton<br />

Commander Matt Prouty with the<br />

Rutland City Police Dept. and Captain Mark<br />

Stockton of Stockton Security partnered<br />

with BROC Community Food Shelf to<br />

launch our first ever Stuff A Cruiser event<br />

BROC announces award recipients<br />

Courtesy of BROC<br />

Tom Donahue presents BROC Community Action awards to Commander Matt Prouty<br />

and Captain Mark Stockton.<br />

in downtown Rutland. Matt Prouty and<br />

members of the Rutland City Police Dept.<br />

including Chief Brian Kilcullen were on<br />

hand along with Mark Stockton and Stockton<br />

employees and collected nearly $6,000<br />

from our generous community to purchase<br />

food for local families in need. The one-day<br />

event also filled eight cruisers full of needed<br />

items to stock the food shelf.<br />

Craig Hahn<br />

For three years Craig Hahn has partnered<br />

with BROC Community Action<br />

to support its Toys Under the Tree Fund<br />

with the successful Galactic Toy Drop.<br />

The concept created by Craig Hahn was<br />

hatched out of his love for all things<br />

Star Wars. Hahn himself is a 1st Imperial<br />

Storm Trooper and member of the<br />

<strong>50</strong>1st Legion.<br />

The event launched at the Diamond<br />

Run Mall and continued at the Rutland<br />

Public Schools cafeteria where hundreds<br />

of children and adults were entertained<br />

by everyone from Chewbacca<br />

to the Incredible Hulk. And of course,<br />

Santa Claus was on hand too.<br />

The event blossomed into a huge<br />

comic character fest of sorts that had<br />

something for everyone. Hundreds of<br />

toys and thousands of dollars were collected<br />

by donations and sponsors.<br />

The BROC Community Action<br />

Program – Toys Under The Tree – has<br />

served hundreds of families in need<br />

providing thousands of toys for children<br />

from infants to teens on Christmas.<br />

Liz Noyes and Patt Donahue-McLaughlin<br />

Noyes and Donahue-McLaughlin<br />

have been devoting hundreds of hours<br />

to the BROC Community Food Shelf.<br />

Beginning well before the pandemic<br />

and pausing briefly during the closure of<br />

inside activity, both volunteers have provided<br />

critical support to the food shelf<br />

staff at BROC Community Action.<br />

Continuing through the languishing<br />

pandemic; their volunteer work has<br />

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units recognized for safe sleep<br />

Rutland Regional Medical Center was recently recognized by the national safe sleep hospital<br />

certification program as a “Cribs for Kids Silver Safe Sleep Leader,” for its commitment<br />

to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.<br />

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids®,<br />

the only nation-wide infant safe sleep organization in the U.S. Cribs for kids is dedicated<br />

to preventing infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation. As a Nationally<br />

Certified Safe Sleep Hospital, Rutland Regional is recognized for following the safe sleep<br />

guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and providing<br />

training programs for healthcare team members, and family caregivers.<br />

“Sleep-Related Death (SRD) results in the loss of more than 3,<strong>50</strong>0 infants every year in<br />

the U.S.,” said Michael H. Goodstein, M.D., neonatologist and medical director of research<br />

at Cribs for Kids®. “We know that modeling safe infant sleep in the hospital and providing<br />

education to families has a significant effect on infant mortality. The Cribs for Kids hospital<br />

certification program is designed to recognize those hospitals that are taking an active role<br />

in reducing these preventable deaths.”<br />

“Recent statistics provided by the Vermont Dept. of Health shows that <strong>50</strong>% of the<br />

sudden unidentified infant deaths (SUID) in Vermont were accidental and therefore<br />

avoidable,” said Andrea Borchlewicz, MSN, RNC-MNN, CLC, clinical supervisor of<br />

the Women’s & Children’s Unit at Rutland Regional. “Staff commitment on reducing<br />

SUIDs in our community is very high. Working toward this certification has only<br />

intensified that commitment and increased the tools we are able to provide to the<br />

parents and caregivers of our newborns.”<br />

The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created in partnership<br />

with leading infant health and safety organizations such as All Baby & Child, The National<br />

Center for the Review & Prevention of Child Deaths, Association of SIDS and Infant Mortality<br />

Programs, Kids in Danger, Children’s Safety Network, American SIDS Institute, Charlie’s<br />

Kids, CJ Foundation for SIDS, and numerous state American Academy of Pediatric chapters<br />

and health departments.<br />

According to Judith A. Bannon, executive director and founder for Cribs for Kids®, “The<br />

certification program launched in 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the Cribs for<br />

Kids® national headquarters. Hundreds of hospitals across the U.S. are certified. We welcome<br />

Rutland Regional Medical Center to this expanding group of committed hospitals.<br />

This will have a profound effect on the saving babies’ lives.”


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> LOCAL NEWS • 7<br />

Subject apprehended after a<br />

lengthy standoff in West Haven<br />

Reginald Book, 70, of<br />

West Haven was taken into<br />

custody on <strong>Dec</strong>. 6 after a<br />

nearly-12 hour standoff<br />

with Vermont state police.<br />

He is facing charges of attempted<br />

murder, aggravated<br />

assault with a deadly<br />

weapon, and simple<br />

assault.<br />

The first two charges<br />

arise from Book’s use of his<br />

vehicle in an attempt to run<br />

over a state trooper at the<br />

scene of the standoff on<br />

Main Road in West Haven.<br />

The third charge stems<br />

from an incident earlier<br />

Sunday in which he and an<br />

adult male relative became<br />

involved in a physical altercation,<br />

which started this<br />

investigation.<br />

The situation began at<br />

about 8:39 a.m. Sunday,<br />

when troopers responded<br />

to 1434 Book Rd. in West<br />

Haven following a report<br />

of a domestic dispute<br />

involving two men related<br />

to each other. Upon arrival<br />

on scene, troopers were<br />

unable to locate one of the<br />

involved parties.<br />

Troopers learned that<br />

the situation involved<br />

a physical altercation<br />

between the two men that<br />

resulted in minor injuries.<br />

At 2:30 p.m., while continuing<br />

to investigate the<br />

domestic dispute, troopers<br />

responded to Main Road<br />

in West Haven to attempt<br />

to speak with the man<br />

who had previously left.<br />

Troopers located Book in<br />

his vehicle, a shuttle-busstyle<br />

van, but he refused to<br />

cooperate, and a standoff<br />

ensued.<br />

According to investigators,<br />

troopers located Book<br />

inside his van on a property<br />

at 3<strong>49</strong>0 Main Rd. and attempted<br />

to arrest him on<br />

suspicion of simple assault<br />

related to the domestic dispute.<br />

Book refused orders<br />

to exit the van and began to<br />

drive aggressively around<br />

the property, at times in<br />

the direction of troopers.<br />

Troopers deployed spike<br />

strips to prevent Book from<br />

leaving the area. At one<br />

point, Trooper Jeremy Sullivan<br />

fell near the front of<br />

Book’s vehicle, and troopers<br />

on scene reported hearing<br />

the engine rev while<br />

the van accelerated toward<br />

Sullivan, placing him in<br />

fear for his life. As Trooper<br />

Sullivan stood back up,<br />

Trooper Craig Roland discharged<br />

his departmentissued<br />

handgun at the van,<br />

striking the vehicle at least<br />

one time, at which point<br />

the van stopped.<br />

Book was uninjured.<br />

Troopers were able to<br />

take Book into custody<br />

without further incident at<br />

1:21 a.m. Monday.<br />

He was evaluated at<br />

Rutland Regional Medical<br />

Center and ordered held<br />

without bail. Book was<br />

transported to the Southern<br />

State Correctional Facility<br />

in Springfield and was due<br />

to be arraigned by video at<br />

12:30 p.m. Monday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 7,<br />

in the Criminal Division of<br />

Superior Court in Rutland.<br />

Per policy, Trooper<br />

Roland is on paid administrative<br />

leave for a minimum<br />

of five days, after which he<br />

will return to administrative<br />

duty while the investigation<br />

into the use of force is<br />

reviewed.<br />

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Winter hours began November 1, <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Poultney awarded grant to promote<br />

livability for all ages<br />

Three Vermont communities have<br />

each received $3,000 in grants from AARP<br />

Vermont to jump start Winter Placemaking<br />

demonstration projects that focus<br />

on creating public spaces and streets<br />

that are safe and accessible for everyone.<br />

Proposals from Burlington, Wilmington<br />

and Poultney were selected from a host of<br />

applications for the initiative.<br />

This is the third year of AARP’s Placemaking<br />

grant program. The program<br />

aims to help communities build social<br />

capital that can help lead to permanent<br />

change that supports healthy, active lifestyles<br />

for people of all ages and abilities.<br />

This year’s grant process was<br />

launched at a two-day Placemaking<br />

workshop hosted by AARP Vermont<br />

in October. For this season, the program<br />

focused on helping communities<br />

embrace the winter months by reinventing<br />

a space that improves the safety,<br />

accessibility and overall appeal either<br />

temporarily or semi-permanently.<br />

Vermont’s winter months can be long<br />

and dark and contribute greatly to social<br />

isolation, especially with Covid-related<br />

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outdoor activities and social engagement<br />

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“This is an opportunity for these<br />

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AARP Vermont. “We know that simple<br />

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rise in education taxes if no action<br />

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Education property taxes could rise an average of 9%<br />

next year, mostly as a result of the pandemic-induced recession,<br />

new pension obligations and, to a lesser extent,<br />

rising school spending, Vermont’s tax commissioner<br />

said earlier this month.<br />

This prediction was laid out in the so-called <strong>Dec</strong>.<br />

1 Letter, a document the department is required to<br />

prepare and send to Vermont lawmakers by that date<br />

each year. The annual<br />

forecast is just that — a<br />

forecast — and its projections<br />

are in no way set in<br />

stone, but they do set the<br />

stage for local budgeting<br />

decisions and debates at the State House.<br />

The commissioner, Craig Bolio, emphasized the<br />

uncertainty at play, and pledged that Gov. Phil Scott’s<br />

administration will work to the greatest extent possible<br />

to keep his predictions from coming to pass.<br />

“The governor and administration do not believe this<br />

is a tenable tax increase for Vermonters who are working<br />

hard to recover from the pandemic, nor for the Vermont<br />

economy, which continues to struggle due to the<br />

pandemic-related disruption,” Bolio said in the letter.<br />

In normal years, the key unknown in <strong>Dec</strong>ember<br />

is how much money local voters will approve for<br />

schools when they convene on Town Meeting Day in<br />

early March. But this winter, the Legislature and local<br />

education officials must contend with far larger — and<br />

unpredictable — variables. Chief among them is the<br />

Covid-19 crisis, which has battered the state’s coffers in<br />

unprecedented ways.<br />

Each district’s education homestead tax rate varies,<br />

depending on how much schools spend per-pupil. The<br />

average homestead rate this year was $1.54 per $100 in<br />

assessed property value — $1,540 on a property worth<br />

$100,000. (See table for local rates). If all of the letter’s<br />

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However, most Vermonters pay their education taxes<br />

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for non-homestead payers is predicted to rise from<br />

2.51% to 2.74%.<br />

The non-homestead rate, which applies to commercial<br />

properties and second homes, could go from $1.63<br />

per $100 in assessed value to $1.73.<br />

The $1.8 billion Education Fund, which pays for pre-<br />

K-12 school in Vermont, is fed from property taxes plus a<br />

mix of sales, meals and rooms, and purchase and use taxes.<br />

Consumption tax revenues have plummeted in the<br />

economic downturn brought on by the virus, and state<br />

economists predict non-property tax revenues to the fund<br />

will fall by roughly $39 million this fiscal year. That alone<br />

accounts for about 4 cents on the forecasted increase.<br />

The pandemic’s impact on tax receipts has been<br />

consistently difficult to predict accurately. But how<br />

much these revenues do indeed rise or fall will also be<br />

substantially influenced by Congress, where a deal on a<br />

second relief package is still far from certain, although a<br />

bipartisan group is attempting to restart talks.<br />

The Ed Fund’s contribution to the teachers' pension<br />

system is also expected to spike to $38.9 million,<br />

up from $6.9 million this year, although this, too, could<br />

change. That accounts for about 3.5 cents of the expected<br />

rate jump.<br />

In light of the unprecedented increase, the board<br />

of trustees for the teachers' retirement system has instructed<br />

State Treasurer Beth Pearce to pitch to lawmakers<br />

and the governor a way to lower the sum.<br />

Increasing school spending also plays a key role in<br />

the predicted tax hike, and, as in prior years, skyrocketing<br />

health insurance premiums are expected to be<br />

The tax letter predicts that<br />

education spending, overall, could<br />

rise by about $56 million, or 3.8%.<br />

a key driver of rising costs. The tax letter predicts that<br />

education spending, overall, could rise by about $56<br />

million, or 3.8%.<br />

Much of the letter’s contents are prescribed by law,<br />

but it is still a deeply political document.<br />

Some education officials bristled at language they<br />

thought pointed fingers at growing school spending<br />

in the face of continued declines in enrollment, but<br />

ignored state-mandated<br />

costs.<br />

The letter made no<br />

mention that health care<br />

costs are now governed by<br />

a statewide contract, and<br />

are entirely out of local hands, said both Jeff Francis and<br />

Sue Ceglowski, who lead the professional associations<br />

representing the superintendents and school boards.<br />

Districts do indeed have to contend with declining<br />

enrollment Francis said. But schools, which have had to<br />

transform themselves overnight to navigate the pandemic,<br />

cannot be asked to bear sole responsibility for a<br />

collective problem.<br />

“Local school officials have a lot on their plate, and a<br />

wrong-minded approach, either from the administration<br />

or the General Assembly, would be to start to pick<br />

away at the K-12 system, when, as I indicated, there’s a<br />

lot here for everybody to work on together,” he said.<br />

Town CLA Homestead Non-homestead<br />

Fair Haven 108.59 1.336 1.<strong>49</strong>9<br />

Brandon 103.28 1.348 1.576<br />

Leicester 102.81 1.354 1.584<br />

Chester 108.5 1.373 1.<strong>50</strong>1<br />

West Rutland 107.33 1.378 1.517<br />

Pawlet 106.32 1.387 1.531<br />

Benson 103.14 1.406 1.578<br />

Pittsford 97.26 1.431 1.674<br />

Cavendish 101.31 1.470 1.607<br />

Rupert 99.78 1.478 1.632<br />

West Haven 97.2 1.<strong>49</strong>2 1.675<br />

Windsor 101.52 1.<strong>49</strong>4 1.604<br />

Proctor 98.48 1.<strong>50</strong>2 1.653<br />

Wells 97.46 1.<strong>50</strong>7 1.670<br />

Poultney 98.15 1.<strong>50</strong>7 1.659<br />

Mendon 95.83 1.<strong>50</strong>9 1.699<br />

Mount Tabor 102.15 1.511 Below the state 1.594<br />

Rutland Town 99.75 1.514 average ($1.54) 1.632<br />

Rutland City 95.89 1.515 for homestead 1.698<br />

Rochester 109.89 1.5<strong>16</strong> tax rate 1.482<br />

Sharon 102.39 1.526 1.590<br />

Castleton 94.78 1.531 1.718<br />

West Windsor 97.76 1.551 1.665<br />

Mount Holly 107.28 1.552 1.518<br />

Bethel 104.29 1.561 Above the state 1.561<br />

Pittsfield 108.<strong>16</strong> 1.571 average ($1.54) 1.<strong>50</strong>5<br />

Wallingford 102.52 1.571 for homestead 1.588<br />

Pomfret 105.22 1.574 tax rate 1.547<br />

Shrewsbury 102.25 1.576 1.592<br />

Stockbridge 105.31 1.581 1.546<br />

Clarendon 100.98 1.595 1.612<br />

Middletown Springs 99.54 1.633 1.636<br />

Tinmouth 98.14 1.641 1.659<br />

Plymouth 99.18 1.669 1.642<br />

Bridgewater 98.21 1.686 1.658<br />

Barnard 97.97 1.690 1.662<br />

Hartford 95.28 1.692 1.709<br />

Killington 97.4 1.700 1.672<br />

Ludlow 96.26 1.730 1.691<br />

Hartland 100.77 1.736 1.6<strong>16</strong><br />

Woodstock 94.56 1.751 1.722


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> STATE NEWS • 9<br />

Gathering outbreaks recede while nursing<br />

home cases rise, state data shows<br />

By Mike Dougherty/VTDigger<br />

Covid-19 cases attributed to social events receded<br />

after the state’s ban on multi-household gatherings<br />

went intoeffect Nov. 13. Now outbreaks in facilities<br />

like nursing homes have become the primary driver<br />

of the ongoing surge, according to a new contact<br />

tracing data analysis released Friday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 4, by the<br />

Vermont Dept. of Health.<br />

Gov. Phil Scott and Health Commissioner Mark<br />

Levine had previously cited the statistic that 71% of<br />

cases attributed to outbreaks were the result of social<br />

gatherings.<br />

The health department’s new analysis illustrates<br />

the rise in cases attributed to social events in the<br />

weeks leading up to the gathering ban. From the start<br />

of the pandemic until <strong>Dec</strong>. 2, the health department<br />

reported that 275 cases were connected to outbreaks<br />

due to social gatherings. Most of those cases are concentrated<br />

in late October and early November, with<br />

the highest totals reported during the weeks of Oct.<br />

18-24 and Nov. 1-7.<br />

At a press conference on Nov. 17, Levine cited Halloween<br />

parties, dinner parties and baby showers as<br />

examples of private events where Covid was spreading.<br />

The gathering ban appears to have had an immediate<br />

effect. Cases linked to gatherings dropped sharply,<br />

from dozens of cases per week before the ban to fewer<br />

than 10 the week of Nov. 15-21. (The health department’s<br />

analysis does not provide exact weekly numbers<br />

for each category.)<br />

While the case numbers bolster the rationale behind<br />

the gathering ban, the data also backs up Scott’s claim<br />

that the virus is more likely to spread at a social event<br />

than in a workplace or school. The 275 gathering cases<br />

stem from 11 events, with the majority of those cases<br />

linked to nine outbreaks from October and November.<br />

Over the same period, 10 school outbreaks and 23 workplace<br />

outbreaks sparked far fewer cases.<br />

However, only two social gatherings caused outbreaks<br />

in October, and one appears to account for<br />

a large proportion of those cases. The department’s<br />

criteria includes recreational sports in the social<br />

gathering category, and one event — identified only as<br />

“social gathering/event B” — matches previous health<br />

department reports of the outbreak linked to an ice rink<br />

in Montpelier.<br />

The department has reported separately that 124<br />

cases are linked to that event, while a chart in Friday’s<br />

analysis links 110 cases. By those estimates, 40%-45% of<br />

the cumulative cases attributed to social gathering<br />

Covid spike > 39<br />

Courtesy of the Dept. of Health<br />

Covid-19 outbreaks are grouped by type to show the biggest contributors to viral spread in Vermont.


10 • STATE NEWS<br />

The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

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RFL: New library building will offer more space, a more modern facility and ample parking 1.8 miles from its current location<br />

from page 1<br />

er, save the citizens of Rutland probably<br />

a three-quarters of a million dollar bond,<br />

do it for $300,000 less than we could do a<br />

so-so renovation here, and provide better<br />

services, it just became so obvious that<br />

we needed to move forward with this<br />

project,” Smathers said.<br />

The new location will also offer easier<br />

public access including off-street and<br />

handicap parking, a new dedicated<br />

children’s area and separate teen space, a<br />

dedicated local history/genealogy space,<br />

classrooms and boardrooms, more security,<br />

and more room for the collection.<br />

Additionally, RFL trustees mentioned<br />

the benefits of co-locating on the campus<br />

with the City Recreation and Parks Department,<br />

nearby athletic fields, partnering<br />

with Heartland Developments to<br />

offer Tuttle Hall Theater for free public<br />

use, and, in the future, co-locating with<br />

the planned senior living facility.<br />

After the announcement, U.S. Representative<br />

Peter Welch commended<br />

Rutland for its hard work, leadership and<br />

cooperation. He said Rutland is demonstrating<br />

what it means to prioritize the<br />

future for its community.<br />

“What other town in the midst of a<br />

once in 100-year pandemic, literally,<br />

would decide to move ahead and put<br />

a stake in the ground for the future by<br />

relocating its cherished library. I mean<br />

that’s ambitious!” said Welch. “It’s a town<br />

that’s totally engaged in its future that<br />

can find the energy and the stamina to<br />

do the incredibly hard work of relocating<br />

the library and take advantage of the<br />

opportunity that’s there with that space<br />

available at the CSJ…. what I just really<br />

love is the fact that you’re not being held<br />

back because there is this extraordinary<br />

challenge that we’re living through in<br />

this state and in this country and that is<br />

inspiring because we have to have hope,”<br />

Welch continued. “We will get through<br />

this to the other side of Covid but when<br />

we get there we don’t want to leave education<br />

behind or our small businesses<br />

or our ambition to have a better library<br />

that’s going to serve Rutland for well over<br />

another 100 years.”<br />

Why move?<br />

The option to move from downtown<br />

wasn’t made without consideration of its<br />

impact. Even though the new location on<br />

the former CSJ campus is just 1.8 miles<br />

from the current library, it will no longer<br />

be within easy walking distance from<br />

Rutland City’s downtown.<br />

The city-owned building at 10 Court<br />

St., however, didn’t attract as many<br />

patrons via foot traffic as it did those with<br />

mobility issues, Smathers explained. And<br />

the new facility would better serve those<br />

folks, he added.<br />

The library has been a tenant of<br />

Rutland City without a lease (or rent payment)<br />

since 1938. RFL has been a good<br />

steward of the building, investing some<br />

$2<strong>50</strong>,000 in capital improvements in the<br />

past five years, and will return the building<br />

to city taxpayers in good condition,<br />

even if it’s no longer suited for library<br />

service, RFL said in a statement.<br />

When explaining how RFL board<br />

members and trustees came to the conclusion<br />

that a moving the library would<br />

serve the community best, Smathers<br />

admitted that the option was not even on<br />

the table, at first.<br />

“We thought we had our plan, we had<br />

talked with NBF Architects at length,<br />

they did some preliminary sketches for<br />

us and we were set, we were good to go. It<br />

was going to cost $1.5 million — 3/4 of a<br />

million (half of that money) was going to<br />

come from the library, from the savings<br />

we made over the last 33 years and the<br />

rest of it we were going to ask citizens of<br />

Rutland to do a bond, as they have in the<br />

past in support of Rutland Free Library.<br />

We were getting ready to spend that<br />

money, to tell NBF to go ahead and do the<br />

final planning for us.<br />

“But the board, in its wisdom, said<br />

we have to do our due diligence. That it<br />

would be inappropriate for us to just go<br />

ahead and spend all that money without<br />

making sure we have done all our due<br />

diligence. Those of us who have been<br />

around the city for 10, 15, 20 years, our<br />

whole lives... all said ‘no, the library is in<br />

the right spot, let’s just move the process<br />

forward’,” Smathers related.<br />

It was then that RFL’s newest board<br />

member, Catherine Picon, who has only<br />

lived in Rutland for about a year, heard a<br />

“When we realized that we could do it cheaper,<br />

save the citizens of Rutland probably a 3/4 of a<br />

million dollar bond ... and provide better services,<br />

it just became so obvious that we needed to<br />

move forward with this project,” Smathers said.<br />

rumor that there was a vacant library at<br />

the former CSJ campus.<br />

“I have to admit, the idea came after I<br />

dropped my son off at basketball practice<br />

one morning,” Picon said. “As I was contemplating<br />

what I could do while he was<br />

inside. I looked at the library and started<br />

to think ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if that library<br />

were still open and I could read in there<br />

while I wait?’ I think this is something<br />

that we can all relate to as parents.”<br />

Picon brought the idea to the next RFL<br />

board meeting.<br />

“Those of us that have been around,<br />

were like ‘You know, you’re right!’ It<br />

was really an embarrassing moment,”<br />

Smathers said laughing.<br />

RFL then started doing due diligence<br />

on the space at CSJ.<br />

“Is it big enough? Yes. Does it work? Yes.<br />

Is it flexible? Yes. Is the building in good<br />

enough condition? Yes. Can we afford<br />

to purchase it and do the renovation it<br />

needs? Yes. Everything checked off all the<br />

Courtesy of Rutland Free Library<br />

The current library, located at 10 Court Street, is an easy walk from downtown Rutland.<br />

way down the line. Yes, yes, yes — It just<br />

made complete sense.<br />

“And that brings us the the point we’re<br />

at tonight,” Smathers said, Monday.<br />

“We’re confident that we’ve done our due<br />

diligence to bring Rutland area residents<br />

a site that will work. It will bring you a<br />

better library… with all the features that<br />

we’ve been told by world-class architects<br />

that we need — CSJ is the kind of library<br />

that we should look for for the next 20-30<br />

years.”<br />

“The old building served the community<br />

well, but it was originally built<br />

in 1858 and hasn’t had a major renovation<br />

since the 1980s,” he continued.<br />

“Demands for services have changed<br />

since then and continue to change, and<br />

that building is simply not designed to<br />

meet the needs of our users, now or into<br />

the foreseeable future. The new home of<br />

Rutland Free Library will allow us to meet<br />

the expanding needs of our community<br />

in the 21st Century.”<br />

The “luxury of a parking lot” at the new<br />

location also did not escape Picon, the<br />

mother of six. In addition to those with<br />

mobility issues, parents will appreciate the<br />

added safety and accessibility, she said.<br />

“If you have ever circled the presence<br />

building more than one —or more than<br />

three— times and tried to unpack little<br />

ones on a busy street, you will know my<br />

pain,” she said.<br />

Financing<br />

The current library is located in a cityowned<br />

building designed as a courthouse<br />

and post office. It would need extensive<br />

renovations to continue providing library<br />

services, RFL determined. The estimated<br />

cost of building updates, including<br />

interior remodeling and repairs to the<br />

mechanical systems and exterior, was<br />

calculated at approximately $1.5 million.<br />

By contrast, the building at CSJ was<br />

originally built as St. Joseph’s Hall in the<br />

1960s and has been renovated twice,<br />

once adding a second story and once to<br />

create a centerpiece library out of the<br />

former gymnasium, in 2006. The library<br />

itself was the end result of a $1 million<br />

capital campaign. In 20<strong>16</strong>, the school<br />

received a $2 million grant to update the<br />

internet capability of the campus, including<br />

the library.<br />

The option to move the Rutland<br />

Free Library to the former CSJ campus<br />

will save city taxpayers an estimated<br />

$7<strong>50</strong>,000, Smathers said.<br />

“This historic move will position the<br />

library for growth and success in the years<br />

to come, and save the city taxpayers in the<br />

short- and long-term,” said Rutland City<br />

Mayor David Allaire. “I look forward to<br />

the successful future of the Rutland Free<br />

Library.”<br />

Smathers said RFL will be able to buy<br />

the CSJ building without additional<br />

money from the city nor would it necessitate<br />

a fundraising campaign. Additionally,<br />

the new facility is expected to be costefficient<br />

immediately allowing RFL to start<br />

to rebuild its reserve funds right away.<br />

Timeline<br />

Starting with the announcement Monday,<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>. 7, the board and administration<br />

of RFL will be seeking public comment<br />

from the greater Rutland community<br />

to ensure the library’s new home serves<br />

as many people as possible. The public<br />

engagement period will last about two<br />

months, Smathers said.<br />

A public comment page has been<br />

set up on the library’s website for its<br />

members.<br />

Taking into account public feedback,<br />

a final design for the space will be<br />

complete by the end of May and work is<br />

expected to begin in June or July.<br />

If all goes according to plan, Rutland<br />

Free Library hopes to be moving into the<br />

new space in the fall of 2021.<br />

“A library is not a building, it’s people:<br />

the people we serve, the staff, and our<br />

supporters,” said Smathers. “We look forward<br />

to continuing to serve the citizens<br />

of Rutland City, Rutland Town, Mendon,<br />

Tinmouth, and Ira in our new home.”


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> STATE NEWS • 11<br />

Leahy: ‘I don’t know if I’ve ever been so frustrated’<br />

$908 billion Covid relief bill stalls over protecting companies from lawsuits<br />

By Kit Norton/VTDigger<br />

Unless Congress acts, the government will shut down<br />

Friday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 11, and Covid relief funding will expire <strong>Dec</strong>. 31.<br />

Both of Vermont’s senators are up in arms about the lack of<br />

action by Senate Republicans.<br />

U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said Senate Majority<br />

Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) has delayed a vote<br />

on the $908 billion federal government spending package.<br />

Republicans are negotiating with House Speaker Nancy<br />

Pelosi, D-Calif., over the Covid-19 relief legislation.<br />

“He keeps stalling,” Leahy said.<br />

“I don’t want to sound<br />

off, but I don’t know if I’ve<br />

ever been so frustrated,”<br />

said Leahy. “We do have<br />

a bipartisan package that<br />

could go. Mitch McConnell won’t let it come to a vote,<br />

and it is frustrating as heck.”<br />

Leahy has been in the Senate since 1975 and is its<br />

most senior member.<br />

In early November, Leahy, who serves on the Senate<br />

Appropriations Committee, and committee Chair Richard<br />

Shelby, R-Ala., released drafts of 12 government funding<br />

bills, hoping to find a compromise with the House of Representatives<br />

before government funding runs out <strong>Dec</strong>. 11.<br />

Now it’s crunch time, and McConnell and Pelosi are still<br />

haggling over a compromise.<br />

The sticking point is a provision in the bill that protects<br />

companies from Covid lawsuits brought by workers.<br />

Shelby told Bloomberg News that Congress may<br />

need to consider a stopgap spending bill to stave off a<br />

government shutdown while negotiations over relief<br />

proposals continue.<br />

That would be a mistake, Leahy said. The nation needs<br />

“We do have a bipartisan package<br />

that could go," said Leahy.<br />

Congress to pass Covid-19 relief and the government<br />

spending bills immediately, he insisted.<br />

On Friday, Pelosi signaled that she and McConnell<br />

will have agreements soon on a Covid-19 package and<br />

the federal budget bill.<br />

Until recently, Pelosi was pushing for a much more<br />

expansive $2 trillion coronavirus proposal, which was<br />

already $1.5 trillion less than the HEROES Act that<br />

was passed in May.<br />

Pelosi told reporters Friday that the $908 billion Republican<br />

compromise package<br />

is a “good product” despite<br />

lacking many key Democratic<br />

provisions, including<br />

stimulus checks and expansive<br />

unemployment benefits.<br />

The major elements of the proposal include a $300-perweek<br />

unemployment benefit, $<strong>16</strong>0 billion to aid state and<br />

local governments, and $288 billion to assist businesses,<br />

which will likely be funneled into the successful Paycheck<br />

Protection Program.<br />

The package would deliver $82 billion to schools, $45<br />

billion to the transportation sector, $26 billion to agriculture,<br />

$25 billion in housing and rental assistance, and $<strong>16</strong><br />

billion for vaccine distribution.<br />

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., who favors a compromise<br />

that will direct money to states as soon as possible, said<br />

Friday that, although the bill is not perfect, he supports it.<br />

“With promising vaccines just around the corner, I welcome<br />

and support any compromise that brings immediate<br />

relief to help businesses and families make it through the<br />

remaining months of this brutal pandemic,” Welch said.<br />

However, Vermont’s U.S. senators are considerably less<br />

pleased with McConnell’s $908 billion coronavirus package.<br />

“It’s not so much the dollars,” Leahy said. “It’s the things<br />

they try to tuck in there.”<br />

For instance, Leahy strongly opposes language that<br />

waives legal liability for companies that put employees at<br />

risk of contracting Covid-19.<br />

“You take away any responsibility on the owners, you<br />

know and I know what’s going to happen,” Leahy said.<br />

Under the provision, businesses could put workers in risky<br />

situations with no fear of penalties.<br />

“We should be talking about how you get a vaccine in<br />

rural Wyoming or Essex County, Vermont. How do you get<br />

them there and what do you do for schools, food banks<br />

and child care?” Leahy said. “Those things have to be done,<br />

not some blanket immunity for companies that break the<br />

employment safety rules.”<br />

However, Senate Republicans maintain the liability<br />

waiver is not negotiable.<br />

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has also criticized the Republican<br />

proposal and opposes the liability waiver. On CNN<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 2, Sanders said McConnell’s package falls<br />

well short of what’s needed: “He doesn’t have a nickel for<br />

unemployment supplements,” Sanders said. “All over this<br />

country, people are worried about being evicted. There’s<br />

no $1,200 check for those people. So I think his proposal is<br />

literally laughable.”<br />

On Friday, The Washington Post reported that Sanders<br />

would vote against the current proposal unless it is<br />

changed significantly. “Given the enormous economic<br />

desperation facing working families in this country today,<br />

I will not be able to support the recently announced<br />

Manchin-Romney Covid proposal unless it is significantly<br />

improved,” Sanders told The Post.


OP-ED<br />

Opinion<br />

12 • The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Covid-19: What<br />

the facts prove<br />

By Angelo Lynn<br />

As all Americans wish fervently for a return to normal<br />

times, we are faced with twin crises that have shaken the<br />

country to its core: a meteoric rise in Covid cases and an<br />

erosion of trust in the truth — a casualty of four years of lies<br />

and misinformation spewed by a president and his party<br />

for political gain at great cost to the nation.<br />

The most pressing crisis is the rapid spread of the<br />

virus. Last week, the nation’s hospitals surpassed 100,000<br />

Covid-19 patients for the first time. That’s nearly double the<br />

highest number reached last spring. The jump in hospitalizations<br />

follows a surge in new cases, which now number<br />

more than 1 million every week.<br />

Deaths from the virus have surpassed 284,000 and medical<br />

experts say the number of American fatalities could<br />

reach 4<strong>50</strong>,000 by February — more than the number of<br />

Americans who were killed during the four years of WWII.<br />

Last week, Covid-19 ranked as the leading cause of death<br />

in the U.S., with 11,820, according to the Institute for Health<br />

Metrics and Evaluation — Yes, that’s more than died of<br />

heart disease (10,724).<br />

“The reality is, <strong>Dec</strong>ember and January and February<br />

are going to be rough times,” said Dr. Robert Redfield,<br />

the head of the national Center of Disease Control, in<br />

an address to the Chamber of Commerce Foundation.<br />

“I actually believe they’re going to be the most difficult<br />

time in the public health history of this nation… We’re in<br />

that range potentially now, starting to see 1,<strong>50</strong>0 to 2,000<br />

to 2,<strong>50</strong>0 deaths a day from this virus.”<br />

Those numbers are frightening and real. Slowing down<br />

the rate of infection, however, is within our control if the<br />

public would just embrace policies such as mask wearing,<br />

“I actually believe they’re going<br />

to be the most difficult time in<br />

the public health history of this<br />

nation,” said Dr. Robert Redfield,<br />

the head of the national Center<br />

of Disease Control.<br />

social distancing and avoiding gatherings.<br />

“It’s not a fait accompli,” Redfield said. “We’re not<br />

defenseless. The truth is that mitigation works. But it’s not<br />

going to work if half of us do what we need to do. Probably<br />

not even if three-quarters do.”<br />

What works is when everyone does their part.<br />

Vermont has largely done that for these past 10 months,<br />

but recent spikes have shown breakdowns in that defense.<br />

The only answer to the threat is to be vigilant in our collective<br />

efforts to stop the spread of the disease. Wear a mask,<br />

social-distance, and don’t go to group gatherings or holiday<br />

parties no matter how intimate a gathering or how well you<br />

know each other. For the next two to three weeks, we all<br />

must be on our best behavior.<br />

If we will, as Vermonters, we might be able to keep our<br />

schools open; we will be able to keep most businesses<br />

open; and most of us will stay virus-free. But if we don’t,<br />

with the high rate of contagion all around us, we’re likely to<br />

see another version of a business and school lock-down. It’s<br />

up to all of us to work together.<br />

So, please, don’t follow Mr. Trump’s disastrous<br />

example. Don’t host holiday parties like he intends to<br />

do; don’t sign on to lunatic conspiracy theories, like he<br />

does almost daily; and don’t be a fool and pretend it’s<br />

just a hyped-up version of the flu and you’ll be just fine.<br />

The facts clearly prove otherwise.<br />

Angelo Lynn is the editor and publisher of the Addison<br />

Independent, a sister publication to the <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong>.<br />

LETTERS<br />

Shop locally<br />

Dear Editor,<br />

With so many small<br />

businesses closing due<br />

to Covid hardships, and<br />

local markets and craft<br />

shows across the state<br />

forced to halt in-person<br />

operations, the businesses<br />

that do succeed<br />

are the ones that update<br />

their business model and<br />

get creative.<br />

The Vermont Farmers<br />

Market is no exception.<br />

Down to half capacity<br />

this summer due to<br />

vendor spacing guidelines,<br />

some people were<br />

worried about the future<br />

of the market. However,<br />

with the ability to shop<br />

favorite local farmers all<br />

in one place, the downtown<br />

market was the<br />

perfect one-stop-shop<br />

this summer.<br />

Now that colder temperatures<br />

are here, the<br />

Vermont Farmers Market<br />

has moved inside to 251<br />

West Street in Rutland,<br />

every Saturday in the<br />

winter.<br />

It is important this<br />

holiday, more than ever,<br />

to keep our dollars in<br />

Vermont.<br />

Shopping local<br />

throughout this holiday<br />

season is the best way<br />

to support our Vermont<br />

communities, whether<br />

at the Saturday Market<br />

or during the Virtual<br />

Shop Local > 13<br />

Time to<br />

revamp the<br />

electoral<br />

college<br />

Dear Editor,<br />

The debate has started<br />

again as to whether the<br />

U.S. Constitution should<br />

be amended in order to<br />

change the presidential<br />

election process.<br />

Some promote<br />

eliminating the electoral<br />

college in favor of a direct<br />

popular vote for president<br />

while others believe the<br />

electoral college should<br />

remain unchanged.<br />

Just as compromise<br />

solved the initial problems<br />

of the framers so it<br />

is that compromise can<br />

solve this problem. The<br />

solution is to change the<br />

electoral votes to electoral<br />

points and reward each<br />

candidate a percentage of<br />

points based on the percentage<br />

of popular votes<br />

received in each state.<br />

This would eliminate<br />

the “winner take all” system,<br />

thus, allowing for all<br />

the votes to count.<br />

A voter is more apt to<br />

believe their vote counted<br />

when a percentage of<br />

popular votes are taken<br />

into account rather than<br />

the “all or nothing” system<br />

currently in existence.<br />

Further, this new system<br />

would integrate the<br />

Voting > 13<br />

Operation Wrap Speed by John Darkow, Columbia Missourian<br />

Wear a mask, or stay home<br />

Dear Editor,<br />

Last night on my way<br />

home from work I stopped<br />

by Stewart’s State Street<br />

store to pick up a gallon of<br />

milk. After I left, I had gone<br />

about one block when a<br />

police cruiser popped out<br />

behind me, lights flashing.<br />

The officer told me she was<br />

pulling me over because<br />

my headlights were not on.<br />

I might be a DUI, she said.<br />

Segue to almost total<br />

lack of enforcement for<br />

failure to wear a face covering<br />

in public, a measure<br />

intended to contain an<br />

aggressive, deadly virus.<br />

Hundreds of people in<br />

Vermont continue to be infected,<br />

many dozens have<br />

died, many more than a<br />

drunk driver can take out<br />

at any given time.<br />

Why is this declared<br />

state of emergency not<br />

enforced the way driving<br />

without headlights is?<br />

Tonight I stopped in at<br />

the Aldi market on South<br />

Main Street to pick up<br />

a couple of staples. The<br />

store was full of shoppers,<br />

virtually all wearing masks.<br />

Floors are marked, but as<br />

people observe the 6-foot<br />

distance to the checkout<br />

counter, line up in the<br />

aisles, maybe 3 feet apart.<br />

A prominent poster at the<br />

door states that people<br />

without face coverings<br />

cannot come in, but a<br />

couple and a single guy<br />

breezed right in, maskless.<br />

The couple stopped<br />

right next to the waiting<br />

line to browse the shelves.<br />

All three appeared quite<br />

healthy.<br />

When I questioned the<br />

30-something manager, he<br />

had his arguments ready:<br />

it’s not a law, they post the<br />

notice at the door, that is all<br />

Why is the state waiting until<br />

the horse is gone before they<br />

close the door?<br />

they have to do. Yet all the<br />

employees were wearing<br />

masks.<br />

So now the burden is on<br />

me to watch for symptoms,<br />

to get tested, and possibly<br />

end up in quarantine<br />

with no way to bring in a<br />

paycheck. Children have to<br />

report who they spent time<br />

with on holidays.<br />

Why is that burden put<br />

on the rest of us for the<br />

sake of those who object<br />

to masks? Why is the state<br />

Masks > 13


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> OPINION• 13<br />

CAPITOL QUOTES<br />

On the passing of the MORE Act in the<br />

U.S. House on <strong>Dec</strong>. 4, decriminalizing<br />

marijuana federally...<br />

“We did it! Today’s historic passage of<br />

the MORE Act is a victory for racial<br />

justice and brings us one step closer to<br />

finally ending the war on drugs,”<br />

said Rep. Barbara Lee, D-California.<br />

“I’ve been working on this issue longer than<br />

any politician in America ... Congress must<br />

capitalize on this momentum and do our<br />

part to end the failed policy of prohibition<br />

that has resulted in a long and shameful<br />

period of selective enforcement against<br />

communities of color,”<br />

said Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Oregon.<br />

“Instead of providing financial relief to<br />

hurting Americans, Nancy Pelosi thinks<br />

it’s a perfect time to legalize pot. We need<br />

to prioritize the needs of the American<br />

people, NOT Cheech and Chong,”<br />

said Rep. Greg Murphy, R-North Carolina.<br />

LETTERS<br />

The penalty for being Black in Killington<br />

Dear Editor,<br />

Thank you for allowing<br />

my family’s voice to be<br />

heard. We’ve spent years<br />

in legal disputes, pursuing<br />

the town for our “grandfathered<br />

status” and illegal<br />

“selective enforcement.”<br />

There is a significant<br />

amount of information<br />

to share and I would be doing<br />

the story a disservice<br />

by only talking about the<br />

wastewater system that<br />

has not failed and is fully<br />

functional.<br />

Instead, I’m writing this<br />

letter to share our two-year<br />

experience and provide<br />

the facts of this case. The<br />

facts are what Killington<br />

residents, homeowners,<br />

and businesses need to<br />

see/hear.<br />

For 13 years I owned<br />

and operated a vacation<br />

rental home in Killington<br />

without incident or complaint<br />

until September<br />

2018. (The notion that this<br />

has been going on prior<br />

to then is false.) The town<br />

has never provided such<br />

evidence via certified mail;<br />

they won’t because it didn’t<br />

occur.<br />

During the summer<br />

of 2018, my family and I<br />

relocated from Colorado<br />

><br />

out of the short-term rental<br />

business. Meanwhile,<br />

my neighbors continued<br />

to promote competing<br />

properties that were also<br />

in violation and are still in<br />

violation today.<br />

Additionally, I still<br />

found myself exclusively<br />

pursued by Killington’s<br />

town manager and zoning<br />

board in what feels like<br />

a strategic triangulated<br />

attack.<br />

After two years, sixfigures+<br />

of financial impact,<br />

countless hours, and<br />

sleepless nights we have<br />

hit another wall. Despite<br />

the very best legal advice<br />

from Brooke Dingledine,<br />

VDM Law Barre, we find<br />

ourselves trapped by a<br />

loophole of what feels<br />

like systemic racism.<br />

Ultimately, this allows the<br />

town of Killington to selectively<br />

single out and target<br />

individuals. As a family of<br />

color we have been pinned<br />

down and immobilized by<br />

their targeting for the past<br />

two years.<br />

Then this week, I find<br />

out that Killington issued<br />

a “Health Violation Order”<br />

about my septic system.<br />

Their evidence? None. But<br />

Selective enforcement > 18<br />

Shop local: The Vermont Farmers Market is a great place to start<br />

to raise our children in<br />

Vermont and we lived in<br />

our home at 287 Estabrook<br />

Road in Killington, for the<br />

first time ever during the<br />

month of May: myself with<br />

my black wife, biracial<br />

kids, and black in-laws<br />

visiting.<br />

Two weeks after our<br />

month stay in Killington<br />

my neighbor began lodging<br />

complaints about my<br />

septic, the noise, and the<br />

safety of the home.<br />

Again all of this comes<br />

after 13 years of conducting<br />

business right next<br />

door without a single issue<br />

whatsoever. Furthermore,<br />

I was a customer of his<br />

cleaning business just a<br />

few years earlier.<br />

As communication<br />

and allegations persisted<br />

it became obvious to<br />

us that this was a particularly<br />

charged situation,<br />

more specifically a<br />

racially charged situation.<br />

Ultimately his allegations<br />

about my septic, the noise,<br />

and safety proved unsubstantiated<br />

via the costly<br />

legal process.<br />

My neighbors went as<br />

far as to contact VRBO,<br />

which ultimately put me<br />

from page 12<br />

Holiday Craft Show on<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>. 12.<br />

Seize your opportunity<br />

to shop for a locally<br />

made gift this Saturday,<br />

on the Vermont Farmers<br />

Market Facebook and Instagram.<br />

Featuring some<br />

of the most talented<br />

vendors from across the<br />

state of Vermont, this is<br />

an event you don’t want<br />

to miss, and you don’t<br />

even have to leave your<br />

house!<br />

Don't miss out.<br />

Sincerely,<br />

Morgan Haynes,<br />

Vermont Farmers Market<br />

Special Shows Manager<br />

Rutland, Vermont<br />

“I’m so proud that the MORE Act passed the House by<br />

a bipartisan vote of 228 to <strong>16</strong>4. I introduced this bill<br />

to provide restorative justice, modernize America’s<br />

cannabis laws, and deliver meaningful investments<br />

to America’s communities & small businesses. Now,<br />

let’s make it law,”<br />

said Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-New York.<br />

><br />

Voting: A more equitable way of counting votes<br />

from page 12<br />

desire for a popular vote<br />

for president with the<br />

need for the individual<br />

states to determine who<br />

actually gets elected.<br />

For <strong>2020</strong> multiplying<br />

the percentage of votes<br />

each candidate received<br />

(in each state) times<br />

the number of electoral<br />

votes (in each state)<br />

results in the following:<br />

Biden 267.23 and Trump<br />

252.33. Multiplying the<br />

percentage of popular<br />

votes each candidate<br />

received (nationwide)<br />

times the total number<br />

of electoral votes (538)<br />

results in the following:<br />

Biden 274.92 and Trump<br />

253.40.<br />

Joe Bialek,<br />

Cleveland, Ohio<br />

“Our priorities should not be<br />

legalizing drugs or banning tigers,”<br />

said Rep. Pete Stauber, R-Minn.<br />

Masks: As critical to public health as masks are, where's the enforcement<br />

><br />

from page 12<br />

waiting until the horse<br />

is gone before they close<br />

the door? Now the state<br />

of Vermont is facing a fiscal<br />

crisis, to pay the bills<br />

incurred by this latest explosion<br />

of Covid — which<br />

has been traced to a few<br />

individuals who thought<br />

they were special.<br />

Enforcement must not<br />

be left up to ordinary citizens<br />

just trying to conduct<br />

their own business.<br />

At the very least, the<br />

next Legislature must<br />

pass a bill that imposes a<br />

significant fine for anyone<br />

not wearing a mask in<br />

public places. If you can’t<br />

tolerate wearing a mask,<br />

stay home.<br />

Julia Purdy,<br />

Rutland


14 • OPINION<br />

The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

CARTOON<br />

Wall Street Elation by Pat Bagley, The Salt Lake Tribune, UT<br />

Trump Georgia Runoffs by Rick McKee, CagleCartoons.com<br />

Vaccine: State prepares for delivery of initial Covid-19 vaccines<br />

><br />

from page 1<br />

mired in the details of what will be the<br />

largest immunization effort in U.S. history,<br />

Finley tries to “stay focused on the<br />

prize.”<br />

“Getting this vaccine out to people,<br />

having people be vaccinated and protected,”<br />

she said.<br />

Pfizer says its vaccine is 95% effective<br />

and has caused no major side effects,<br />

though full scientific details won’t be<br />

released until the FDA grants emergency<br />

approval. It will be free for anyone who<br />

wants it, and will require two doses,<br />

administered three weeks apart. Health<br />

regulators in the United Kingdom determined<br />

on Wednesday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 2, that the<br />

vaccine was safe for distribution.<br />

The most vulnerable Americans will<br />

get first dibs. On Tuesday afternoon, <strong>Dec</strong>.<br />

1, the Advisory Committee on Immunization<br />

Practices, a group of doctors and<br />

public health professionals that provides<br />

vaccine guidance, issued national recommendations<br />

that placed long-term care<br />

residents at the top of the list, along with<br />

health care workers.<br />

The federal government has contracted<br />

with CVS and Walgreens pharmacies<br />

to coordinate facilities, schedule<br />

the immunizations, and administer<br />

the vaccines.<br />

As the first-ever Covid vaccine, “the<br />

dress rehearsal is the play,” said Ted<br />

Doyle, and the company will conduct<br />

a “full-scale educational campaign”<br />

among residents and their families,<br />

explaining the benefits of the vaccine, as<br />

well as possible side effects.<br />

Freezers and high-risk workers<br />

The state will also offer the vaccine<br />

to roughly 25,000 health care workers<br />

who provide direct care to patients,<br />

including doctors and nurses, as well<br />

as nursing home staff and emergency<br />

responders. The state is still finalizing<br />

which people, exactly, qualify for the<br />

first round, Finley said.<br />

When more vaccines are available,<br />

the state will offer immunizations to<br />

high-risk Vermonters — older adults,<br />

teachers and school staff, essential<br />

workers, and people living in group<br />

homes, such as homeless shelters.<br />

Younger, healthier Vermonters, and<br />

people who don’t fall into other categories<br />

will follow — perhaps by spring.<br />

For now, the federal government is<br />

providing a limited number of vaccine<br />

doses based on state population, with<br />

shipments coming in each week, Finley<br />

said. “But in the beginning, understand<br />

that the number of doses that Vermont<br />

will receive is going to be limited,” she<br />

said.<br />

Another vaccine, made by Moderna,<br />

could be approved by the end of the year.<br />

That should make more doses available,<br />

Finley said.<br />

The state is also figuring out how many<br />

vaccine doses will go to which hospitals,<br />

which then will provide the vaccine to<br />

their own employees and other health<br />

care workers in the area. The Pfizer vaccine<br />

must be stored in ultra-cold freezers,<br />

at 94 degrees below zero Fahrenheit,<br />

though it can last at refrigerated temperatures<br />

for five days.<br />

Seven of the state’s 14 hospitals have<br />

the ultra-cold freezers, Finley said.<br />

At Copley, once doctors receive the<br />

vaccines, they’ll set up shop in one of the<br />

hospital’s buildings, offering injections<br />

to their employees and to other health<br />

workers in the community. They hope to<br />

provide 200 vaccines a day for five days,<br />

Dupuis said.<br />

Then they’ll receive another batch.<br />

A matter of persuasion<br />

Hospital leaders are deciding how<br />

enthusiastically they should encourage<br />

staff to get the vaccine.<br />

The fact that the CDC is granting an<br />

emergency use authorization rather than<br />

full approval means “at some level it’s<br />

experimental,” Dupuis said.<br />

National surveys have estimated<br />

that 60% of the U.S. population would<br />

be willing to get the vaccine. Dupuis said<br />

he guessed that the same percentage of<br />

people at Copley will sign on.<br />

“If everything Pfizer says turns out to<br />

be true, I’ll get [the vaccine],“ he said.<br />

People will be more comfortable<br />

getting the vaccine once scientists vet<br />

the information and people more fully<br />

understand it, said Tim Lahey, an infectious<br />

disease doctor at the University of<br />

Vermont Medical Center.<br />

The vaccine will be free, Vermont<br />

Health Commissioner Mark Levine<br />

reiterated at the regular press conference,<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>. 8.<br />

Hoax and Change by Curt Peterson<br />

><br />

State colleges: Universities should join forces to increase funding<br />

from page 5<br />

that the high cost of attendance contributes<br />

more to the system’s dwindling enrollment<br />

figures than the state and region’s shrinking<br />

college-age population. They recommend<br />

the state implement a last-dollar tuition<br />

assistance program, which would pay<br />

the remaining cost of tuition once other<br />

sources of aid — such as federal grants and<br />

scholarships — have been factored in.<br />

“One of the reasons why our enrollment<br />

has gone down is not because of changing<br />

demographics, but because we cost too<br />

damn much. We’re way too expensive,”<br />

Olson said.<br />

If Covid-19 made the financial problems<br />

of the system impossible to ignore, it will<br />

also significantly complicate discussions<br />

in Montpelier about how to solve them.<br />

The state’s coffers have been dealt a body<br />

blow by the pandemic’s financial fallout,<br />

and lawmakers predict a brutal budget year<br />

ahead. Additional help from Congress,<br />

meanwhile, remains deeply uncertain.<br />

Still, Sen. Phil Baruth, D/P-Chittenden,<br />

who chairs the Senate Education Committee,<br />

said he’s hopeful.<br />

“I have tried to stiffen people’s spine to<br />

the idea that this is going to cost — not a<br />

bunch of money that we shouldn’t have<br />

expected to pay — it’s going to cost the<br />

money we should have been paying all<br />

along,” he said.


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> • 15<br />

><br />

Ski training: Changing, unclear guidelines have caused challenges for ski racing and other winter sports programs in Vermont<br />

from page 1<br />

actually fall under a section 8.1 of ACCD’s<br />

work safe state guidance and that is what<br />

governs those particular types of activities,”<br />

she said. “There are expectations that participants<br />

will remain physically distant at all<br />

times and facilities need to put in place systems<br />

to ensure that there is no congregating<br />

during arrival or departure. If all of those<br />

things are in place, then those activities are<br />

allowed to take place under section 8.1.”<br />

Asked if the guidance provided any<br />

workarounds for youth ski training or<br />

weekend ski programs, Moore said “it does<br />

not,” adding, “this is specific to training not<br />

competition. It needs to be private or semiprivate.<br />

So individual skills and drills work<br />

would be allowed under this section but<br />

there are no competitive events that should<br />

be taking place at this time. Nor any types of<br />

programs recreational or competitive that<br />

have large groups of people gathering to<br />

participate.”<br />

So what does this mean for ski training and<br />

racing this season?<br />

Right now, it seems the only groups that<br />

are allowed to train are those who race at<br />

ski academies and are considered a pod,<br />

or a single household, collectively. Killington<br />

<strong>Mountain</strong> School (KMS) has been<br />

training on-slope at Killington and many<br />

others have been sighted as well including:<br />

Green <strong>Mountain</strong> Valley School (GMVS)<br />

from Waitsfield, Burke <strong>Mountain</strong> Academy,<br />

Mount Snow Academy, Stratton <strong>Mountain</strong><br />

School and Okemo <strong>Mountain</strong> School.<br />

The Vermont Alpine Racing Association<br />

(VARA) met with state officials on Monday,<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>. 7 to discuss how ski training and competitions<br />

might proceed safely this season.<br />

VARA Executive Director Julie Woodworth<br />

(as well as the 25 coaches and<br />

program directors from around the state on<br />

the call) hoped to glean more clarity about<br />

the state’s guidance. She said ski clubs and<br />

academies are willing to do what it takes to<br />

maintain programming this year.<br />

“They’re committed to keeping people<br />

safe and doing what they need to for their<br />

kids,” Woodworth said.<br />

There are seven ski academies in the<br />

state, serving more than 400 students, who<br />

come from across the country and around<br />

the world. Woodworth said most students<br />

have been here since August.<br />

Ski academies rely on student tuition<br />

to employ teachers, trainers, coaches<br />

><br />

and staff.<br />

“It would be pretty devastating for<br />

them [to close],” Woodworth said. “It’s a<br />

business like anything else.”<br />

Students in Vermont academies are<br />

also on track to develop their careers in<br />

college and beyond.<br />

“It’s really important to be able to<br />

train and develop skills,” Woodworth<br />

said. “They’re making a financial commitment,<br />

an academic commitment<br />

and an athletic commitment.”<br />

Woodworth said Vermont’s race programs<br />

are in competition with others in<br />

the West and nearby New Hampshire,<br />

which are letting on-snow programs<br />

move forward.<br />

“It’s an outdoor sport, it’s low risk,”<br />

Woodworth said. “I’m not saying our state<br />

isn’t doing the right thing. I think they’re<br />

doing the right thing. We need to figure out<br />

how to make it work.”<br />

While awaiting clarity, local academies<br />

and ski clubs are left in limbo with how to<br />

plan for the competitive season.<br />

“It’s such an evolving situation right<br />

now,” said Okemo <strong>Mountain</strong> School Head<br />

Mariel Meringolo.<br />

OMS is open and students are learning<br />

and exercising, but Meringolo said events<br />

through the month of <strong>Dec</strong>ember have been<br />

postponed.<br />

On-snow programs at Stratton <strong>Mountain</strong><br />

School (SMS) started in early November.<br />

Students traveled to Vail, Colorado, as<br />

they usually do for early season training,<br />

before Scott’s restrictions. SMS students<br />

are scheduled to start on-snow training at<br />

Stratton in mid-<strong>Dec</strong>ember.<br />

“We are following Governor Scott’s<br />

orders and looking at how those apply with<br />

the U.S. ski and snowboard guidelines,”<br />

SMS Headmaster Carson Thurber said.<br />

For the Killington Ski Club (KSC), the<br />

matter is even more complicated.<br />

At points last week, the Killington Ski<br />

Club thought it would be ok to start training<br />

on Saturday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 5. But after a conversation<br />

with the resort the Friday just prior, it<br />

announced: “Late this afternoon, KSC/KMS<br />

program staff were informed by Killington<br />

that development programs need to be<br />

postponed until further notice.”<br />

“Last week was like a yo-yo,” said Chuck<br />

Hughes, the development program director<br />

for KSC/KMS. “We were pretty sure we<br />

Estabrook: Killington property subject of local controversy<br />

from page 3<br />

inspection or obtain a public building permit until after Jan. 29, 2014,” the court<br />

wrote.<br />

On Nov. 13, 2019 the Environmental Court noted KMH has consistently claimed<br />

“commercial use” on tax forms, and upheld the town’s zoning violation accusation.<br />

Connolly avers discrimination is the root of the town’s actions. The environmental<br />

court has suggested he revise the questions for the town and the court to clarify<br />

those claims, and will set a hearing of the amendments after <strong>Dec</strong>. 7.<br />

Police Chief Whit Montgomery, one of Connolly's neighbors, called Connolly’s<br />

suspicions of racial motivations for complaints about the KMH property “concerning,<br />

disturbing” and "blatently false."<br />

Connolly said he would like to keep the house to rent as a legal five-bedroom,<br />

but his wife and children disagree. He has listed it for sale.<br />

“This has crippled us financially, emotionally, and spiritually. We have exhausted<br />

all … viable options to resolve this with the town in a logical, reasonable way.<br />

We decided with very heavy hearts to list our home for sale 100% in response to the<br />

feelings of prejudice that surrounded us,” he wrote.<br />

could run our programs, then think maybe<br />

we couldn’t, then we’d get more clarity and<br />

again think we could…”<br />

KSC is an academy-based program,<br />

sponsored by KMS. It differs than other<br />

club-level programs such as Pico’s which is<br />

a <strong>50</strong>1(c)(3) and Okemo’s, which is operated<br />

by the mountain, Hughes explained.<br />

“We’re sort of in limbo. We need clarification,”<br />

he said. “There have been lots of<br />

conversations but nothing’s in writing. It’s<br />

hard to know, it’s hard to plan.”<br />

Hughes said while they were waiting on<br />

further guidance from the VARA and the<br />

state, KSC’s program directors and head<br />

coaches are engaging with kids and their<br />

parents in new ways over Zoom.<br />

“They will be having virtual calls with the<br />

kids and parents and running things like a<br />

virtual ski tuning workshop,” Hughes said,<br />

adding that the club would also be recommending<br />

some great books and movies and<br />

skills trainings that kids could do while the<br />

teams cannot meet up to train in-person.<br />

Hughes said, he hopes to have more<br />

clarity (and permission) to train before the<br />

holiday weeks, but he wasn’t sure if that was<br />

wishful thinking at this point.<br />

At the regular press conference on<br />

Tuesday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 8, Governor Scott addressed<br />

the possibilities of relaxing mitigation<br />

measures in general saying, “we really want<br />

to get beyond Christmas and New Years…<br />

after that, I think we could be on more of a<br />

downhill slide, if we remain vigilant through<br />

the holidays, the most infectious period.”<br />

Vermont is seeing a surge<br />

in COVID-19 cases.<br />

Vermonters must act now to slow the spread.<br />

• Do not get together or socialize<br />

with anyone you don’t live with.<br />

• Avoid non-essential travel, even<br />

in Vermont.<br />

• Anyone returning or traveling<br />

to Vermont must quarantine.<br />

The Killington Ski Club building is still<br />

open to its members, though use of the<br />

building is limited to 15 minutes and masks<br />

must be worn at all times.<br />

Hughes echoed the governor asking<br />

locals to refrain from “license plate shaming”<br />

as many out-of-state visitors have a<br />

legitimate reason for being up here. Both<br />

Scott and Hughes encouraged folks not to<br />

prejudge visitors as non-compliant. By way<br />

of example, Hughes pointed to a dryland<br />

camp he helped run over the summer offering<br />

fitness training two days a week.<br />

“We expected five or six kids to enroll —<br />

we got 23! We said ‘wow!’” Hughes remembered.<br />

He credited the high turnout to new<br />

families that had moved up to Killington or<br />

who had moved into their second homes<br />

for the season.<br />

For its part, Killington Resort announced<br />

before the season began that it would not<br />

offer any group lessons this season. Only<br />

one-on-one or small group ski or snowboard<br />

lessons for related parties are currently<br />

available. Seasonal programs, like<br />

Unleashed and 4241’ Club, were originally<br />

going to be available (for those 14-18 and<br />

over 18, respectively), but recently the resort<br />

indefinitely postponed those as well.<br />

The Vermont Principals' Association,<br />

which oversees all sports in public schools,<br />

said it had no additional information on<br />

when winter sports might resume.<br />

“We haven’t heard anything,” said VPA<br />

Executive Director Jay Nichols, <strong>Dec</strong>. 7.<br />

“We’re in a waiting game.”<br />

Thank you for doing your part to keep our<br />

businesses and schools open, and<br />

Vermonters working.<br />

HealthVermont.gov/StaySafe


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Virtual<br />

event<br />

HANUKKAH STORY<br />

online<br />

THURSDAY, DEC. 10 at 7 p.m.<br />

Courtesy of Rutland Jewish Center<br />

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9<br />

Virtual Silent Auction<br />

All day<br />

Killington Pico Area Association’s auction features local products,<br />

Vermont made products and Christmas trees decorated by Killington<br />

area businesses. Bidding is open through <strong>Dec</strong>. 12. 32auctions.com/<br />

VTHolidayFestival.<br />

Family Wednesdays<br />

10 a.m.<br />

Billings Farm & Museum will be open on select Wednesdays in November<br />

and <strong>Dec</strong>ember from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with family friendly programs,<br />

story readings, artifact explorations and on-site or take-home crafts.<br />

12/9 theme- Draft animal power.<br />

Everyone Eats - Rutland<br />

4 p.m.<br />

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

p.m. More info at vermontfarmersfoodcenter.org/everyone_eats<br />

Everyone Eats - Fair Haven<br />

4 p.m.<br />

Free restaurant-prepared meals to pick up at Fair Haven Grade School<br />

in Fair Haven.<br />

Kim Wilcox and Guest<br />

5 p.m.<br />

Performing live at The Public House, 5813 Woodstock Rd in Quechee.<br />

Everyone Eats - Poultney<br />

5 p.m.<br />

Free restaurant-prepared meals served up at Young at Heart Senior<br />

Center, 206 Furnace St in Poultney.<br />

Everyone Eats - Chittenden<br />

5 p.m.<br />

Free restaurant-prepared meals served up at Barstow Memorial School<br />

in Chittenden.<br />

Jim Yeager<br />

6 p.m. Performing live at Du Jour VT in Ludlow.<br />

THURSDAY, DEC. 10<br />

Gingerbread House supply pick up<br />

all day<br />

The Roger Clark Memorial Library Gingerbread House tradition continues!<br />

Sign up now to reserve a kit chock-full of holiday goodies - everything<br />

you need to decorate your very own gingerbread house at home.<br />

RSVP by <strong>Dec</strong>. 10 via phone/email at 746-4067 and pittsfieldvtlibrary@<br />

gmail.com to make arrangements to pick up your supplies at the library<br />

between <strong>Dec</strong>. 15-19.<br />

Circle of Parents<br />

10 a.m.<br />

Virtual. contact Cindy Atkins, Family Support Programs Coordinator, at<br />

802-<strong>49</strong>8-0608 or catkins@pcavt.org.<br />

Story Hour online<br />

10 a.m.<br />

See Miss June’s virtual story time on The Rutland Free Library YouTube<br />

channel.<br />

VeggieVanGo<br />

11:30 a.m.<br />

Area community members in need of food assistance are invited to<br />

pick up free vegetables and fruits at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph.<br />

<strong>2020</strong> Holiday Artisans Market<br />

12 p.m.<br />

Chandler Arts Center hosts this year both in-person in the Chandler<br />

Gallery and online! Thurs-Fri- 12-6 p.m., weekends 10-4 p.m. 24/7 at<br />

chandler-arts.org<br />

Preparing to Hear Masterworks: Handel’s Messiah<br />

1:30 a.m.<br />

Dive into the history and theory behind this holiday masterpiece, as we<br />

prepare to listen and sing along on Sunday on Zoom. uvmusic.org/<br />

event/preparing-to-hear-masterworks-handels-messiah<br />

Cryptid Collage Art with Mabel Schmidt<br />

3 p.m.<br />

Virtual. Learn to collage the mysterious creatures of New England.<br />

Ages 10-14. For more information and to register, visit hartfordvt.<br />

myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30122<br />

NAMI Connection Peer Support Group<br />

3 p.m.<br />

Have you been struggling with managing your mental health? NAMI<br />

Connection Peer Support Group can help. This is a free, 90-minute<br />

recovery support group for people living with a mental health condition.<br />

In these meetings, attendees learn from one another’s experiences,<br />

share coping strategies and offer mutual encouragement and<br />

understanding. NAMI Connection provides an ongoing opportunity<br />

to discuss the challenges of living with a mental health condition and<br />

the techniques for maintaining wellness. All meetings are facilitated<br />

by trained NAMI peers, ie. individuals with mental health conditions<br />

who are at a good place in their recovery journey and want to help<br />

other peers get to a good place in their recovery. For more specific<br />

information,visitnamivt.org/support/peer-support-groups/..<br />

Everyone Eats - Rutland<br />

4 p.m.<br />

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

p.m. More info at vermontfarmersfoodcenter.org/everyone_eats<br />

Circle for Foster & Adoptive Families<br />

5 p.m.<br />

Virtual. Contact Heather Niquette, Family Support Programs Coordinator,<br />

at 802-<strong>49</strong>8-0607 or hniquette@pcavt.org<br />

Everyone Eats - Chittenden<br />

5 p.m.<br />

Free restaurant-prepared meals served up at the North Chittenden<br />

Grange Hall in Chittenden.<br />

Everyone Eats - Killington<br />

5 p.m.<br />

Mission Farm is working with Everyone Eats. Providing food for anyone<br />

in need. No questions asked. Meals can be picked up at Mission Farm<br />

on Thursdays between 5 and 6. All folks need to do is sign up or call in<br />

by Sunday to reserve meals. 802-422-9064<br />

Duane Carleton<br />

5 p.m.<br />

Performing live at Moguls Sports Pub. 2360 Killington Rd. in Killington.<br />

Nurturing Skills For Families<br />

5:30 p.m.<br />

Virtual. Contact Cindy Atkins, Family Support Programs Coordinator, at<br />

802-<strong>49</strong>8-0608 or catkins@pcavt.org<br />

Name That Tune Bingo with DJ Dave<br />

6 p.m. Play along at Nite Spot Pizza in Killington.<br />

Everyone Eats - Brandon<br />

6 p.m.<br />

Free meals served up in Brandon’s Estabrook park beginning 6<br />

p.m. More info at vermontfarmersfoodcenter.org/everyone_eats<br />

BYO(D)Mic<br />

6 p.m.<br />

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

bring your own mic to spit on.<br />

Team Trivia with Casey Murray<br />

6 p.m.<br />

Test your knowledge at The Public House, 5813 Woodstock Rd<br />

in Quechee.<br />

Acoustic Jam with Host David Hughes<br />

6 p.m. Live performance at Ripton <strong>Mountain</strong> Distillery in<br />

Brandon.<br />

Virtual Knit Knite<br />

7 p.m.<br />

Six Loose Ladies and Friends host a knitting circle from<br />

Chester via Zoom. More info available at facebook.com/<br />

events/973117296469197.<br />

The First Candle<br />

7 p.m.<br />

Rutland Jewish Center kicks off Hanukkah with “The Hanukkah<br />

Story”—read by Nancy Garfinkel. Via Zoom: //bit.ly/2Im6xVU<br />

Circle for Kinship & Guardianship Families<br />

8 p.m.<br />

Virtual. Contact Heather Niquette, Family Support Programs Coordinator,<br />

at 802-<strong>49</strong>8-0607 or hniquette@pcavt.org<br />

FRIDAY, DEC. 11<br />

Noon Time Hockey 15+<br />

12 p.m.<br />

At Wendell A. Barwood Arena. You must purchase our daily admission<br />

online at hartfordrec.com For more information, visit https://hartfordvt.<br />

myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30000<br />

Closing keynote from Congressman Peter Welch<br />

12 p.m.<br />

For more info and general registration visit hopin.com/events/vecanconference-<strong>2020</strong>.<br />

Public Skate<br />

1:15 p.m.<br />

At Wendell A. Barwood Arena. Drop-in public skating is not permitted at<br />

this time. You must purchase our daily admission online at hartfordrec.<br />

com For more information, visit hartfordvt.myrec.com/info/activities/<br />

program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30119.<br />

Comics Class<br />

3 p.m.<br />

Let your imagination come to life through comics! This class will teach<br />

the basics of cartooning to children ages 9-13. For more information<br />

and to register, visit hartfordvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30123<br />

Chris Pallutto<br />

5 p.m. Performing live at Moguls Sports Pub in Killington.<br />

Sammy B<br />

5 p.m. Performing live at the Foundry in Killington.<br />

Krishna Guthrie<br />

6 p.m. Performing live at Du Jour VT.<br />

Tony Lee Thomas<br />

6 p.m. Performing live at Jax food and games.<br />

King Arthur Junior<br />

6 p.m. Performing live in the tavern at Flannels bar and grill in Mendon.<br />

Super Stash Bros.<br />

6 p.m. Performing live at Nite Spot Pizza in Killington.<br />

The Second Candle<br />

7 p.m.<br />

Night two of Hanukkah with RJC’s JDS students. Via Zoom: //bit.<br />

ly/2Im6xVU<br />

The Turntable Revue x KMS<br />

7 p.m.<br />

Some great apres ski music from the comfort of your home with<br />

The Turntable Revue, Joe Bianchi KMS ‘91 and Terry Bianchi<br />

Armistead P ‘26, performing on Facebook live: facebook.com/<br />

events/1884123629<strong>16</strong>437.<br />

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WASSAIL <strong>2020</strong> PARADE<br />

Online<br />

SATURDAY, DEC. 12 at 10 a.m.<br />

Virtual<br />

event<br />

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Caroling<br />

7 p.m.<br />

Sing your favorite carols online with the whole community, led by<br />

UVMC Voice and Choral Faculty members. uvmusic.org/event/<br />

caroling/<strong>2020</strong>-12-11.<br />

SATURDAY, DEC. 12<br />

Cars and Coffee<br />

7 a.m.<br />

Enjoy a cup up of coffee, look at cars and show off your own at<br />

Forest Dale Grocery in Brandon.<br />

Virtual Craft Fair<br />

9 a.m.<br />

Hosted by the Vermont Farmers Market. From artisan crafts,<br />

specialty foods, maple and honey, CBD products, and everything<br />

in between, our vendors have that unique gift you’ve been searching<br />

for. Join on Facebook and Instagram all day to learn more about our<br />

vendors, browse items for sale, view stories, and even live updates<br />

from show manager.<br />

Songs of the Season<br />

9:30 a.m.<br />

Sing, dance and play along to your favorite holiday songs, for young<br />

children and their caregivers. uvmusic.org/event/songs-of-the-season/<strong>2020</strong>-12-12<br />

Winter Farmers’ Market<br />

10 a.m.<br />

The Vermont Farmers Market’s winter market at Vermont Farmers Food<br />

Center, 251 West St. in Rutland. Until 2 p.m.<br />

Wassail Scavenger Hunt<br />

10 a.m.<br />

Gather the whole family, mask up, grab a map from the Town Crier<br />

or the Woodstock Welcome Center between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and<br />

follow the clues to fun, festive finds throughout town! And who knows,<br />

maybe Old St Nick will even join you from 12-2 p.m.<br />

Virtual Wassail Parade<br />

10 a.m.<br />

Grab a hot drink, cuddle up with your loved ones, and prepare for a old<br />

fashioned holiday tradition with a very modern, virtual twist. Awards will<br />

be given based on a variety of categories, more information is available<br />

at highhorses.org/event/virtual-wassail-parade.<br />

Wassail <strong>2020</strong><br />

10 a.m.<br />

With the advent of Covid-19 Wassail weekend will still feel magical<br />

BUT with different and more socially distanced events. Filled with twinkling<br />

lights, historic decorated homes and unique local shops filled with<br />

wonderful gifts for everyone on your list. Woodstock transforms into<br />

the holiday wonderland of your dreams, complete with holiday decorations<br />

at Billings Farm that harken back to historic 19th century charm.<br />

Virtual Festival of Trees auction<br />

10 a.m.<br />

Celebrate 12 Days of Bidding with the Paramount Theatre, and they<br />

hold their annual fundraising auction exclusively online! Visit paramountvt.org/event/virtual-festival-of-trees-benefit-auction.<br />

Norwich Farmers Market Curbside Pickup<br />

11 a.m.<br />

Monthly from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the St. Barnabas Episcopal<br />

Church. Ordering info at norwichfarmersmarket.org/preorder-details.<br />

html<br />

Teddy’s Holiday Toy Party (Covid Edition)<br />

12 p.m.<br />

Meet in the Foundry parking lot on <strong>Dec</strong>ember 12th to drop off donations<br />

benefiting local charities from 12-5 p.m.<br />

Tony Lee Thomas<br />

2 p.m. Performing live at Jax food and games.<br />

Jamie<br />

2 p.m. Performing live at the Foundry in Killington.<br />

Sweet Honey in The Rock<br />

3 p.m.<br />

Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Celebrating the Holy Days” live stream.<br />

For more info visit thirdrow.live/events/sweet-honey-in-the-rock/p/<br />

nextstage.<br />

THE TURNTABLE REVUE x KMS<br />

Online<br />

FRIDAY, DEC. 11 at 7 p.m.<br />

Virtual<br />

event<br />

Courtesy of KMS<br />

Public Skate<br />

5:15 p.m.<br />

At Wendell A. Barwood Arena. Drop-in public skating is not permitted<br />

at this time. You must purchase our daily admission online at hartfordrec.com<br />

For more information, visit hartfordvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30119.<br />

Super Stash Bros.<br />

6 p.m.<br />

Performing live at Moguls Sports Pub. 2360 Killington Rd. in Killington.<br />

Jenny Porter<br />

6 p.m. Performing live at the Foundry in Killington.<br />

Rick Webb<br />

6 p.m. Performing live in the tavern at Flannels bar and grill in Mendon.<br />

Jamie<br />

6 p.m. Catch a live performance at Jax in Killington.<br />

Chris Pallutto<br />

6 p.m. Catch a live performance at Du Jour VT in Ludlow.<br />

Magic from a Distance<br />

7 p.m.<br />

An evening of interactive, fun-filled magic entertainment for the entire<br />

family featuring the Emmy-nominated and nationally awarded entertainer/magician<br />

Matt Roberts. $20 “Virtual Admission” fee per family<br />

includes a raffle ticket. Tickets at picoskifoundation.org/auction.<br />

Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy’s Celtic Family<br />

Christmas<br />

7:30 p.m.<br />

Streamed live from the Chandler Center for the Arts to your home. $20.<br />

chandler-arts.org<br />

SUNDAY, DEC. 13<br />

JD Tolstoi Piano Brunch<br />

11 a.m. Live piano music while you dine at the Foundry.<br />

Jenny Porter<br />

2 p.m. Performing live on the Jax food and games patio.<br />

Public Skate<br />

2:35 p.m.<br />

At Wendell A. Barwood Arena. Drop-in public skating is not permitted<br />

at this time. You must purchase our daily admission online at hartfordrec.com<br />

For more information, visit hartfordvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30119.<br />

Handel’s Messiah Sing: Hallelujah Chorus<br />

3 p.m.<br />

Sing along with the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah and enjoy<br />

selections of the work performed by soloists. huvmusic.org/event/<br />

handels-messiah-sing-hallelujah-chorus<br />

The Christmas Story - Live Nativity<br />

4:30 p.m.<br />

Enjoy a recorded narration of the Christmas story at Brownsville Community<br />

Church.<br />

The Fourth Candle<br />

7 p.m. RJC’s Klezmer band perform. Via Zoom: //bit.ly/2Im6xVU<br />

MONDAY, DEC. 14<br />

Nurturing Skills For Families<br />

10 a.m.<br />

Virtual. Contact Heather Niquette, Family Support Programs Coordinator,<br />

at 802-<strong>49</strong>8-0607 or hniquette@pcavt.org<br />

Improv Comedy<br />

3 p.m.<br />

This course is an introduction to improvisational performance for children<br />

ages 8-12. Comedy Games, Character Exercises, Team Building.<br />

Register at hartfordvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.<br />

aspx?ProgramID=30121.<br />

Nurturing Program for Families in Substance<br />

Abuse Recovery<br />

4 p.m.<br />

Virtual. Contact Cindy Wells, Family Support Programs Coordinator, at<br />

802-<strong>49</strong>8-0611 or cwells@pcavt.org<br />

Everyone Eats - Rutland<br />

4 p.m.<br />

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

p.m. More info at vermontfarmersfoodcenter.org/everyone_eats<br />

Nurturing Fathers Program<br />

5 p.m.<br />

Virtual. Contact Amber Menard, Family Support Programs Coordinator<br />

at 802-552-4274 or amenard@pcavt.org<br />

Everyone Eats - Brandon<br />

5:15 p.m.<br />

Free meals served up in Brandon’s Estabrook park beginning 6 p.m.<br />

More info at vermontfarmersfoodcenter.org/everyone_eats<br />

The Fifth Candle<br />

7 p.m.<br />

Rutland Jewish Center hosts Dreidel night. Via Zoom: //bit.ly/2Im6xVU<br />

TUESDAY, DEC. 15<br />

Pocket Song Singers<br />

10 a.m.<br />

Sing songs of darkness, light, cold, fire, miracle of birth and joys of<br />

gift giving to ring in the new year. uvmusic.org/event/pocket-songsingers/<strong>2020</strong>-12-15.<br />

Kids Collage Art for Ages 6-10<br />

3 p.m.<br />

The unlimited potential of collage art allows for a free exploration of<br />

materials, taping into student’s creativity, and building fine motor skills<br />

while brining awareness to textures and colors. For more information<br />

and to register, visit hartfordvt.myrec.com/info/activities/program_details.aspx?ProgramID=30122<br />

Jim Yeager and Friends<br />

5 p.m.<br />

Performing live at The Public House, 5813 Woodstock Rd in Quechee.<br />

Circle of Parents in Recovery<br />

5:30 p.m.<br />

Virtual. Contact Cindy Atkins, Family Support Programs Coordinator, at<br />

802-<strong>49</strong>8-0608 or catkins@pcavt.org<br />

The Sixth Candle<br />

5:30 p.m.<br />

Hanukkah concert with Shirlala at the PJ library – for kids, parents,<br />

grandparents. Join at bethjacobvt.org/event/shirlala-chanukah-concert-and-family-candle-lighting-zoom.html.<br />

‘Tis the Session<br />

7 p.m.<br />

Play along or just sit back and enjoy fiddle tunes with four of UVMC<br />

traditional music faculty members. https://uvmusic.org/event/tis-thesession.<br />

Duane Carleton<br />

4 p.m. Performing live at Nite Spot Pizza in Killington.<br />

The Third Candle<br />

5 p.m.<br />

Brattleboro Area Jewish Community: Social Justice and Healthcare.<br />

Via Zoom: zoom.us/j/43005<strong>50</strong>548<br />

Pocket Song Singers<br />

4 p.m.<br />

Sing songs of darkness, light, cold, fire, miracle of birth and joys of<br />

gift giving to ring in the new year. uvmusic.org/event/pocket-songsingers/<strong>2020</strong>-12-13.<br />

Did we miss a local event?<br />

Email djdavehoff@gmail.com and we’ll be sure to include your<br />

next musical event on this page!<br />

If you have another event coming up, email events@mountaintimes.info.


18 • NEWS BRIEFS<br />

The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Vermont State Parks<br />

gift certificates are<br />

on sale now<br />

Want to treat someone to a full season of outdoor<br />

fun? Whether they like taking a swim after work, enjoying<br />

a weekend camping getaway, sitting by a waterfall,<br />

discovering a new trail, trying out a paddleboard<br />

or kayak, or simply having an impromptu picnic,<br />

Vermont State Parks has something for everyone. You<br />

can give these experiences and more by purchasing a<br />

gift certificate or gift card from Vermont State Parks.<br />

Both gift cards and gift certificates are available in<br />

any denomination over $20 and can be ordered online<br />

for a meaningful and hassle-free holiday gift. They can<br />

be redeemed for season passes, camping, day entry,<br />

Seyon Lodge fly fishing passes, and more. Endlessly<br />

customizable to each person’s taste, the recipient can<br />

choose what’s right for them and turn their dreams of<br />

a great year ahead into a reality.<br />

“This year, like no other, we’ve seen the value of<br />

spending time outdoors,” says Michael Snyder, commissioner<br />

of the Dept. of Forests, Parks, & Recreation.<br />

“Enjoying the outdoors is good for your body, mind,<br />

and spirit. And gifting a Vermont State Parks experience<br />

connects people to the natural world, promotes<br />

health and wellness, and provides the lasting gift of<br />

shared time with family and friends. ”<br />

Due to the pandemic and staff working remotely,<br />

the very popular state parks merchandise and<br />

holiday packages are not available this year, but gift<br />

certificates and cards are available to give instead this<br />

holiday season.<br />

Gift cards and certificates can be ordered online<br />

anytime at vtstateparks.com or by calling 1-888-409-<br />

7579 Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.<br />

Selective enforcement: Not equal!<br />

><br />

from page 13<br />

I have evidence.<br />

I believe the town of<br />

Killington is trying to<br />

support the false narrative<br />

they communicated to<br />

the <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> and<br />

the community two years<br />

ago. They can use the local<br />

paper to tell a story that<br />

ultimately becomes the<br />

story of the town.<br />

What if the story was<br />

about deliberate and<br />

systemic racism?<br />

After 13 years owning<br />

this home as a white man,<br />

I had not a single complaint.<br />

I show up with my<br />

black wife, black fatherin-law,<br />

and mixed-race<br />

kids for 30 days (first time<br />

ever), and my neighbor<br />

issues a complaint.<br />

That’s the truth.<br />

During that month we<br />

lived in Killington in 2018,<br />

my kids were visible on<br />

Estabrook Road, we are<br />

riding bikes around the<br />

neighborhood, we are<br />

using the Killington town<br />

pool later that summer.<br />

We have arrived but we’re<br />

not welcome.<br />

This has crippled us<br />

financially, emotionally,<br />

and spiritually. To say<br />

we are devastated is an<br />

understatement and we<br />

have exhausted all of our<br />

other viable options to<br />

resolve this with the town<br />

in a logical, reasonable way.<br />

We decided with very heavy<br />

hearts to list our home for<br />

sale 100% in response to<br />

the feeling of prejudice that<br />

surrounded us.<br />

In conclusion, I ask: I’m<br />

one of 900+ homes that<br />

violate this two people per<br />

bedroom ordinance. Why<br />

are we the only family to<br />

receive this letter?<br />

I’ve met all the guidelines<br />

for fire safety, waste<br />

water, and drinking water.<br />

I chose to pursue the town<br />

legally for selective enforcement<br />

because racial<br />

injustice is intolerable, I<br />

continue to fight this fight<br />

because I have to and I<br />

hope my efforts here lay<br />

the groundwork that this<br />

doesn’t happen to anybody<br />

else.<br />

Vincent Connolly and<br />

Moriah Stokes<br />

Morristown, Vermont<br />

Submitted<br />

Fish need shelter, so Trout Unlimited has built optimal trout habitat structures throughout the main stem of the Battenkill.<br />

Habitats were created with entire trees and large boulders to create ideal enviromments for trout.<br />

Trout are on the rise again in the<br />

Battenkill, a river prized by anglers<br />

By Emma Cotton/VTDigger<br />

On the flanks of the Green River in<br />

southwestern Vermont, the site of an<br />

environmental group’s next restoration<br />

project is easy to spot.<br />

Near Sandgate’s town offices, the<br />

river, traveling west, takes a 90-degree<br />

turn to the south. The current collides<br />

with a steep hillside, and the curvature<br />

of the water has gradually scraped<br />

away at the hill’s base.<br />

Cynthia Browning, executive<br />

director of the Battenkill Watershed<br />

Alliance, said the river’s path toward<br />

the sloping land creates what’s called a<br />

“firehose effect.”<br />

“It just erodes the bank,” she<br />

said. “As long as there’s vegetation<br />

on it, it can hold. But as soon as the<br />

stream gets through that first layer of<br />

vegetation, and it’s in the sand, every<br />

time there’s high water, it’s going to<br />

take dirt away. And so it starts falling<br />

from above.”<br />

Years ago, above the riverbend, a<br />

vertical section of earth large enough<br />

to hold a house or two collapsed into<br />

the river. The resulting swath of exposed,<br />

treeless soil, called the “Green<br />

River Slide,” now faces the road. Since<br />

then, it’s been a familiar geographic<br />

feature to Sandgate residents.<br />

Though years have passed, erosion<br />

is still taking place there. Beside the<br />

riverbend last week, small rocks succumbed<br />

to gravity, trickling from high<br />

points on the hill toward the stream.<br />

Stabilizing the bank of this river,<br />

which empties into the Battenkill — a<br />

legendary river to anglers — could<br />

help support the population of brown<br />

and brook trout. Sediment deposited<br />

by the slide makes the riverbed more<br />

shallow, increasing the water temperature<br />

and erasing deep, cold pools<br />

favored by fish. Too much sediment<br />

can create unnatural sandbars, which<br />

are tricky for fish to navigate, and<br />

cover groups of fish eggs.<br />

Stabilizing the banks on this spot<br />

in the Green River would be the latest<br />

project in a decades-long effort to<br />

improve habitat in the Battenkill for<br />

trout, whose population declined<br />

steeply in recent decades.<br />

Cover and shelter<br />

Because anglers deeply<br />

value the river, the national<br />

organization Trout Unlimited<br />

recently took control of the<br />

restoration effort, hiring fulltime<br />

project coordinator Jacob<br />

Fetterman to spearhead the Home<br />

Rivers Initiative Project.<br />

Unlike other water bodies in the<br />

Northeast, the Battenkill hasn’t been<br />

stocked with trout since the 1970s. It’s<br />

known instead for its wild fish, which<br />

are notoriously difficult to catch. The<br />

river is, thus, a source of commerce<br />

for southern Vermont — the headquarters<br />

of Orvis, an international<br />

company best known for its fly fishing<br />

gear, is in Manchester, near where the<br />

Battenkill winds through town.<br />

Since the 1980s, Vermont Fish and<br />

Wildlife has sampled trout populations<br />

in the Battenkill on a nearannual<br />

basis. In designated sites,<br />

fish researchers send electric shocks<br />

through the water, temporarily immobilizing<br />

fish, which rise to the surface.<br />

Scientists gather the fish in nets, estimate<br />

the total population in the river<br />

by counting the health of the population<br />

by documenting numbers, ages<br />

and sizes of trout, and release the fish<br />

back into the river.<br />

In the late 1990s and early 2000s,<br />

scientists and anglers noticed the<br />

population decline.<br />

Doug Lyons owns a camp near the<br />

Battenkill and has been fishing the<br />

Submitted<br />

This big brown trout is an example<br />

of what makes the Battenkill a river<br />

prized by anglers.<br />

river for decades.<br />

“Certainly then, in the 1997<br />

through 1999 period, it was very clear<br />

that something wasn’t right,” he said.<br />

“You just didn’t see the fish like you<br />

normally would.”<br />

Scientists had a hunch about why:<br />

Development and agriculture in Vermont<br />

had wiped the landscape of its<br />

trees. Roots stabilize riverbanks and<br />

provide shelter for fish — particularly<br />

for the young, who need extra habitat<br />

to hide from predators.<br />

“It actually turns out that, in effect,<br />

fish live in trees,” Browning said.<br />

“When you look at a stream, the fish<br />

are always where the wood is.”<br />

Scientists know that fish need cover<br />

and shelter, so they built optimal<br />

Battenkill > 34


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> PUZZLES • 19<br />

WORDPLAY<br />

‘Entertaining’ Word Search: Find the words hidden vertically, horizontally, diagonally and backwards.<br />

SUDOKU<br />

Solutions > 36<br />

How to Play<br />

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

puzzles are very simple. Each row, column and block, must contain one<br />

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

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

AMBIANCE<br />

APPETIZER<br />

CATERING<br />

CELEBRATE<br />

COCKTAILS<br />

DECOR<br />

DINNER<br />

ENTERTAIN<br />

EVENING<br />

EXCITEMENT<br />

FAVOR<br />

GUEST<br />

HOLIDAY<br />

HOSTESS<br />

LEFTOVERS<br />

MENU<br />

PARTY<br />

PLAYLIST<br />

PREP<br />

SEATING<br />

SETTING<br />

SILVERWARE<br />

VENUE<br />

WELCOME<br />

CROSSWORD PUZZLE<br />

Solutions > 36<br />

CLUES ACROSS<br />

1. Skateboarders<br />

love them<br />

6. Popular sports<br />

podcast (abbr.)<br />

9. Former Ohio State<br />

great Michael<br />

13. Not dirty<br />

14. Earth goddess<br />

(Greek myth.)<br />

15. A Spanish river<br />

<strong>16</strong>. Pig meat (French)<br />

17. Famed<br />

astronomer<br />

18. Floating ice<br />

19. Broadcast<br />

21. Aquatic mammals<br />

22. Some are bath<br />

23. Hip hop trio<br />

24. NY Giants’ #56<br />

25. Small European<br />

viper<br />

28. Neither<br />

29. Multiple Tonywinner<br />

Rivera<br />

31. Loud noise<br />

33. Second year high<br />

schooler<br />

36. “__ in<br />

comparison”<br />

38. Golf score<br />

39. Raise<br />

41. Pastas<br />

44. Easily<br />

manageable<br />

45. Fathered<br />

46. Pouch<br />

48. Institute legal<br />

proceedings against<br />

<strong>49</strong>. News<br />

organization<br />

51. Unruly group of<br />

people<br />

52. Fasten or secure<br />

54. Sheets of glass<br />

56. Doubled<br />

60. Foolish person<br />

61. Rooney and Kate<br />

are two<br />

62. Small, rich<br />

sponge cake<br />

63. Advice or counsel<br />

64. Large wading bird<br />

65. Famed British<br />

physicist<br />

66. Narrow ridges<br />

(Swedish)<br />

67. Field force unit<br />

68. Lying face<br />

downward<br />

CLUES DOWN<br />

1. Proof of purchase<br />

(abbr.)<br />

2. Soap ingredient<br />

3. Blackbird<br />

4. Single steps<br />

5. Tin<br />

6. Books have lots<br />

of them<br />

7. Made of fermented<br />

honey and water<br />

8. You can get it in<br />

a bed<br />

9. Room for<br />

communal meals<br />

10. Early Syrian<br />

kingdom<br />

11. Provokes dry<br />

amusement<br />

12. Use with “thou”<br />

14. Mollusk<br />

17. Grain storage<br />

units<br />

20. Not a car, not a<br />

truck<br />

21. Ooze<br />

23. N. Vietnamese<br />

ethnic group<br />

25. Tennis pros group<br />

26. Something that’s<br />

not what it’s purported<br />

to be<br />

27. E. Indian trees<br />

29. Beloved<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>ember holiday<br />

30. Regions<br />

32. Metric unit of<br />

length<br />

34. Peter’s last name<br />

35. Beige<br />

37. 18-year period in<br />

astronomy<br />

40. Where golfers<br />

begin<br />

42. Basketball stat<br />

(abbr.)<br />

43. Frocks<br />

47. Soda comes in it<br />

<strong>49</strong>. On approval<br />

<strong>50</strong>. Trims by cutting<br />

52. Small finch<br />

53. Language<br />

Bura-__<br />

55. Nothing<br />

56. Imbecile (British)<br />

57. Tropical Asian<br />

plant<br />

58. Abba __, Israeli<br />

politician<br />

59. Small freshwater<br />

fish<br />

61. Indicates position<br />

65. Data processing<br />

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LivingADE<br />

20 • The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

This week’s living Arts, Dining and Entertainment!<br />

Courtesy of Mount Holly Beer Co.<br />

The Tilly family (pictured above) enjoyed an afternoon at the farm in Mount Holly this past summer. Then they enjoy<br />

some Mount Holly Beer on the front porch when the weather cooled down (pictured below).<br />

Mount Holly Beer Co. releases its first batch<br />

By Brooke Geery<br />

Dan Tilly has been home brewing cider, wine and<br />

beer for almost a decade. Though he dreamt of starting<br />

a beer company for years, he finally got down to business<br />

this year after the pandemic brought him back to<br />

Vermont from London. The Mt. Holly native teamed<br />

up with friend and fellow Vermonter David Mango and<br />

the duo has released their first batch of commercially<br />

produced beer, The Green Stand.<br />

“Brewing recipes commercially has been a goal<br />

for about 6 years,” Tilly said, “but this year the dream<br />

finally became a reality.”<br />

The Green Stand is named after the 19th Century<br />

roadside tavern in Mount Holly, started by a Civil War<br />

soldier who moved there after the war. It is a hoppy<br />

ale that is a blend between East and West Coast IPAs.<br />

Whetstone Craft Beers in Brattleboro is doing the<br />

actual brewing and bottling.<br />

“We opted to partner with a local brewer in Vermont<br />

to produce our first batch based on Dan’s specifications<br />

that he designs at home in Mount Holly in small batch<br />

form,” Mango said. “We have a keen eye for quality in our<br />

ingredients. We chose to partner with [Whetstone] specifically<br />

because they have a great brewery themselves and<br />

lots of expertise and experience in scaling up half barrel<br />

recipes to 15 barrels, as they have recently expanded their<br />

fermenting and canning capacity.”<br />

“We started this way because we wanted to first building<br />

a brand and focus on the ingredient side of things,”<br />

Tilly added. “Partnering with Champlain Valley Hops is<br />

something we are really excited about. Only 4%<br />

of U.S .grown hops are outside the Pacific<br />

Northwest which was not always the<br />

case. New York state was actually the<br />

leading U.S. hop producer in the<br />

1800’s. A goal we have is to help<br />

drive appreciation for Vermont/<br />

Northeast grown hops.”<br />

Next summer they are<br />

planning to start an expansion<br />

of the hop farm, which<br />

will take a few years to get<br />

fully up and running.<br />

“Mount Holly is particularly<br />

suited to hop cultivation because<br />

our higher elevation helps with<br />

higher winds and lower humidity,<br />

both of which help reduce the risk<br />

of downy mildew, which is a particular<br />

concern in the Northeast because of the<br />

higher humidity levels,” Tilly said. “So far our<br />

test hop crops have been growing well! ”<br />

In addition to the hop farm, the Tilly family has a very<br />

small vineyard in Mount Holly, which Tilly planted in 2011.<br />

It produces about 30 gallons annually.<br />

Courtesy of Mount Holly Beer Co.<br />

Dan Tilly brews in half barrel pilot batch to test a new dry<br />

hop pilsner recipe they are creating in collaboration with<br />

Beer <strong>Mountain</strong> in Ludlow.<br />

“Unfortunately, Mount Holly is a terrible grape<br />

growing region as the short growing season lends<br />

itself to high acidity and low sugar levels<br />

in the grapes. I consider it more like a<br />

health tonic like kombucha so we<br />

keep at it,” Tilly said.<br />

While commercially produced<br />

Mt. Holly wine may<br />

never materialize, they<br />

do have plans to expand.<br />

Mount Holly Beer Co.’s<br />

second release will be a dry<br />

hopped pilsner in collaboration<br />

with Beer <strong>Mountain</strong>.<br />

For now, they will<br />

only be brewing IPA and<br />

pilsner, but maybe a cider in<br />

the near future.<br />

You can sample Mount Holly<br />

Beer Co.’s Green Stand in cans at<br />

Beer <strong>Mountain</strong> and Main + <strong>Mountain</strong><br />

in Ludlow, the Belmont General<br />

Store and Hops on the Hill in Killington. It is<br />

available on tap at the Rustic Rooster in Shrewsbury,<br />

as well as Mr. Darcy’s and Main + <strong>Mountain</strong> in Ludlow.<br />

For more information, visit mounthollybeer.com and<br />

find them on Instagram at @mounthollybeer.


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> LIVING ADE • 21<br />

Courtesy of Woodstock Area Jewish Community<br />

Woodstock Area Jewish Community participated in a “test run” Chanukah Zoom party in anticipation of the holiday.<br />

Local Jewish community launches food drive, focuses<br />

Chanukah celebration on “repairing the world”<br />

With one in four Vermonters experiencing food insecurity<br />

during the pandemic, according to University<br />

of Vermont experts, the Woodstock Area Jewish Community<br />

is launching an eight-day Chanukah food drive<br />

to benefit the Woodstock community and help “Bring in<br />

the Light” to those in need.<br />

Though Chanukah doesn’t begin until Thursday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 10,<br />

WAJC/Congregation Shir Shalom members have already<br />

placed a donation container on the lawn of their synagogue<br />

on Route 4, just west of Woodstock Union High School. Donations<br />

will go to the Woodstock Community and Reading-<br />

West Windsor food shelves.<br />

“Food insecurity is huge this year,” said Rich Windish,<br />

chair of the congregation’s civic engagement committee.<br />

“Helping those families is a simple thing to do and it’s the<br />

right thing to do.” If donors would prefer to support the<br />

drive financially, Windish said they should send checks<br />

made out to Congregation Shir Shalom with “Chanukah<br />

Food Drive” in the memo line to: Congregation Shir Shalom,<br />

P.O. Box 526, Woodstock, VT 0<strong>50</strong>91.<br />

In addition to the food drive, Shir Shalom’s one-night<br />

traditional Chanukah party will morph into an eight-night<br />

6 p.m. pandemic Zoom party that’s designed to delight and<br />

inspire in a different way.<br />

Rabbi Ilene Harkavy Haigh promises lots of singing and<br />

a conversation about “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world)<br />

that focuses on food insecurity and racial injustice each<br />

night. And there will also lots of light. After all, she says, it’s<br />

Chanukah, when Jews kindle one more candle in their chanukiahs<br />

(menorahs) each successive evening: one candle<br />

the first night, two the second, and so on until on <strong>Dec</strong>.17, all<br />

eight candles will fill every Zoom box with joy.<br />

“Light is great on Zoom!” Rabbi Haigh declared. “We did<br />

a test run and filled a screenful of Zoom boxes with little<br />

Christmas light alert!<br />

Holiday decorating events provide festive decorations across the area<br />

Killington<br />

In Killington, many residences and<br />

buildings are decked out, but the real<br />

show is inside them. Take the “tree tour”<br />

of participating businesses to view<br />

beautifully decorated trees that can be<br />

bid on to take home.<br />

It’s bit of a departure from the traditional<br />

Vermont Holiday Festival forest of trees, but<br />

you can still enjoy the holiday splendor by<br />

following the Tree Tour. Some businesses<br />

have them outside, some inside and some<br />

with exciting treats. The trees can be viewed<br />

between now and Saturday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 12. A map<br />

to all the participating businesses is available<br />

at bit.ly/3lMPQ3G.<br />

As always, you will have the opportunity<br />

to bid on your favorite tree for a chance<br />

to take it home! All trees are posted on the<br />

Virtual Silent Auction page at 32auctions.<br />

com/VTHolidayFestival.<br />

The Killington Dept. of Parks & Recreation<br />

also invites everyone with a Killington<br />

town address to decorate their home or<br />

business for the season. Streets or small<br />

clusters of streets can enter to win bragging<br />

rights with a special plaque placed on their<br />

road sign for the year.<br />

Any street can win – whether a single<br />

house pulls a “Clark Griswold” and strings<br />

enough lights to be seen from outer space,<br />

or several houses decorate together, judges<br />

will consider the enthusiasm with which<br />

the display was created. Condo units can<br />

get creative by decorating their streetfacing<br />

windows. Small streets with fewer<br />

than five houses may partner with another<br />

connecting street.<br />

Entry is free. The last day to submit<br />

online entry is Monday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 21. Judging by<br />

a small panel occurs Tuesday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 22 from<br />

6 to 9 p.m. All decorations must be visible<br />

from the street during the designated<br />

judging time. The winner of Most Enthusiastically<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>orated Street award will be<br />

announced Wednesday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 23.<br />

To enter, register at killingtonrec.<br />

com. Only one person needs to register<br />

for the group decorating together. If you<br />

are the only house representing your<br />

street, please also register. All participating<br />

houses or condos will be added to a<br />

holiday lights map. The community will<br />

be invited to drive through the streets to<br />

enjoy physically distant holiday cheer and<br />

share in Killington pride.<br />

Lights > 23<br />

2<br />

Submitted<br />

Back Country Cafe tree (1)<br />

Light Up Rutland yard decorations (2&3)<br />

Submitted<br />

Latkes are a type of potato pancake traditionally prepared<br />

to celebrate Chanukah. (Recipe on page 29.)<br />

kids and parents, and with teens and adults of every age, all<br />

poised to light their candles. It was great! Every Zoom box<br />

lit up with all that light and all of those happy faces.”<br />

There will be a Zoom party for children, another will<br />

be led by and for teens, and one led by the synagogue’s<br />

board, which Shir Shalom President Phyllis Forbes<br />

promises will be fun.<br />

There will be a latkes (potato pancake) cooking contest,<br />

with chefs Zooming in from their kitchens—each claiming<br />

their recipe is the best—and another evening when “Zoomers”<br />

will be invited to join a yoga and meditation session.<br />

Everyone is welcome to join any of the congregation’s<br />

Chanukah celebrations and to learn about other opportunities<br />

in Jewish life in the Upper Valley. The eight-evening<br />

Chanukah schedule, including a concert with Cantor<br />

Melanie Cooperman on Tuesday night, is on the WAJC/Shir<br />

Shalom website, shirshalomvt.org.<br />

1<br />

3


22 • LIVING ADE<br />

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Vermont<br />

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Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner<br />

LARGEST SELECTION OF ICE CREAM TREATS!<br />

GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE!<br />

Celebrating our 74th year!<br />

Open Daily 6:30 a.m.<br />

Specials<br />

Daily<br />

Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum<br />

Wagon rides, candle dipping and a cup of<br />

wassail at Billings Farm & Museum<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>ember 11-13—WOODSTOCK— The spirit of<br />

Wassail Weekend is alive at Billings Farm & Museum,<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>ember 11, 12 and 13, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.<br />

Tractor-drawn wagon rides are offered on Saturday<br />

and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Take in the gorgeous Vermont<br />

winter views by the fire pit while warming up<br />

with a cup of wassail and cider doughnuts served at<br />

the Dairy Bar. Step back in time to a festive Victorian<br />

Christmas with their authentically decorated Farmhouse<br />

parlor exhibit. Enjoy holiday stories and cooking<br />

demonstrations of holiday foods and gingerbread<br />

ornaments. Make your own candle to take home at<br />

the candle dipping station!<br />

Find local Vermont products and Billings Farm<br />

cheeses in the museum gift shop. There’s something<br />

for everyone: games and stuffed toys, honey, syrup,<br />

Vermont specialty foods and much more. Visit during<br />

museum hours or visit our holiday gift shop online.<br />

Online orders can be shipped or try next day pickup<br />

from the visitor center.<br />

Christmas at the Farm continues <strong>Dec</strong>. 19-Jan. 3<br />

(excluding Christmas Day). The Farm & Museum is<br />

open weekends and vacation weeks through February,<br />

from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. or online anytime at billingsfarm.org/billings-farm-at-home/.<br />

Note that as of July 1, <strong>2020</strong>, the Billings Farm &<br />

Museum site is limited to a maximum capacity of 225<br />

people at one time, per state of Vermont guidance,<br />

and face coverings must be worn by all guests over<br />

the age of 2 everywhere on the site, including outdoors.<br />

For more about visiting Billings Farm safely,<br />

updates on site capacity, and to learn which spaces<br />

are open, visit billingsfarm.org/safety/.<br />

The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated<br />

by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable<br />

non-profit institution. Billings Farm & Museum is<br />

committed to providing educational opportunities<br />

and experiences to visitors, whether here in Woodstock,<br />

Vermont or at home wherever you are through<br />

online resources at Billings Farm at Home. Visit on<br />

the newly relaunched billingsfarm.org, and find<br />

them at facebook.com/BillingsFarmMuseum/<br />

and instagram.com/billingsfarm/.<br />

Courtesy of Billings Farm & Museum<br />

Authentically decorated tree from the 1890 on on display<br />

at the Farm House Christmas exhibit.


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> LIVING ADE • 23<br />

Brownsville Community Church<br />

hosts live nativity scene<br />

Sunday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 13 at 4:30 p.m.—BROWNSVILLE—Kick off the holidays safely on <strong>Dec</strong>. 13<br />

with your family with the Live Nativity at Brownsville Community Church. The community<br />

will have the opportunity to enjoy a recorded narration of the Christmas story<br />

complete with a live Mary, Joseph, the crèche with baby Jesus, angels, wise men and<br />

shepherds while circling the church drive way. As you enter the drive, you will be handed<br />

a pre-recorded CD by masked and gloved “ushers.” The story on the CD will coincide<br />

with what you see and will be interspersed with beautiful Christmas music that you can<br />

take home to enjoy for years to come.<br />

The Brownsville Community Church is located on the 66 Brownsville-Hartland Road,<br />

between Albert Bridge School and the West Windsor Town Hall. The church email address<br />

is bcchurchvt@gmail.com and you can visit the Brownsville Community Church<br />

at brownsvilleumc-vt.org and facebook.com/brownsvillecommunitychurch/.<br />

And, everyone can enjoy the beauty of the Christmas Eve service virtually while at<br />

home with their families! Thank you to Brownsville Community Church volunteers for<br />

making possible, yet again, one more free-to-the public Christmas event for all to enjoy.<br />

Lights: <strong>Dec</strong>orating contests light up towns around the region<br />

><br />

from page 23<br />

Please note the registration system will<br />

ask you to check out; however, because<br />

this event is free, just continue through the<br />

payment screen. For questions email Sarah<br />

Newell at recdirector@killingtontown.com<br />

or call 802-422-3241.<br />

Rutland<br />

The “Light Up Rutland” Facebook group<br />

has 30 participating locations, vying for<br />

prizes this season. The event, set up by<br />

Social Tinkering, offers a map to view the<br />

houses at socialtinkering.com/lightuprutlandmap<br />

and everyone is encouraged to<br />

view and vote, as well as donate to support<br />

the New Story Center.<br />

In downtown Rutland, business are<br />

participating in a window decoration contest.<br />

Stroll through downtown this holiday<br />

season to admire more than 20 festively<br />

decorated windows. Vote for your favorite<br />

at downtownrutland.com/windowcontest<br />

in order to help that businesses win a prize.<br />

And when you submit your vote, you’re<br />

also entered in to win a bag of downtown<br />

holiday cheer!<br />

Hartford<br />

Beginning <strong>Dec</strong>. 10, the Hartford Parks<br />

& Recreation Dept. is sponsoring a townwide<br />

holiday decoration celebration for<br />

all Hartford residents and businesses. Dig<br />

out your holiday lights, blowups, reindeer,<br />

and decorations! They are looking for<br />

decorated houses, yards, and businesses!<br />

Isn’t this the year to go all out? They want<br />

to high-LIGHT your house or business.<br />

Register your holiday light display by<br />

visiting bit.ly/3qCaw28. Sign-up is free for<br />

your home or business and you will have<br />

a chance to win prizes! On the evening of<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Dec</strong>. <strong>16</strong> a panel of judges will<br />

come by to take a look.<br />

Hartford Parks & Recreation will create<br />

a map/list of all participating locations<br />

and share with those registered to view<br />

the light displays. <strong>Dec</strong>orations must<br />

be visible from the road. They encourage<br />

participating houses/businesses to<br />

submit a photo. Please send a photo to<br />

recreation@hartford-vt.org with your<br />

display name.<br />

Okemo Valley<br />

#OkemoValleyHolidayLights is a new<br />

annual holiday tradition! Holiday Lights<br />

will help remind us how magical the<br />

holidays can be, especially in Okemo Valley.<br />

All towns, businesses, and residents in<br />

the 12-town region (Andover, Baltimore,<br />

Cavendish, Chester, Grafton, Londonderry,<br />

Ludlow, Mount Holly, Plymouth, Shrewsbury,<br />

Weathersfield and Weston), are encouraged<br />

to decorate with holiday lights for<br />

the season. The OVCC will promote where<br />

to find them with a tour map and provide<br />

awards/prizes for the best we find! Send the<br />

Chamber a photo with your entry and they<br />

will also share your holiday lights on our<br />

social media.<br />

For more information visit yourplaceinvermont.com/okemo-valleyholiday-lights.<br />

Pittsford/Florence<br />

Pittsford is holding a townwide decorating<br />

contest with prizes from local<br />

merchants. The top three locations will<br />

be voted upon by fellow community<br />

members. A voting link will be shared at<br />

facebook.com/pittsfordvt the week of<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>. 7 and the list of participating houses<br />

can be found at signupgenius.com/<br />

go/<strong>50</strong>80f48a4a82aa3f<strong>49</strong>-holiday.<br />

Woodstock<br />

This weekend is Wassail Weekend in<br />

Woodstock. Quaint shops and village<br />

homes will be decked in their holiday best,<br />

McGrath’s<br />

Irish Pub<br />

luminaries lit with care for those present<br />

and departed, stores stocked with one-ofa-kind<br />

gifts, and festive tunes will play to get<br />

you into the holiday spirit. These are just a<br />

few of the things that make Wassail Weekend<br />

a memorable experience for all.<br />

There is also a contest for homes and<br />

businesses in Woodstock Village. Entries<br />

can be viewed on Facebook or Instagram,<br />

by searching for @WoodstockVT or #woodstockwassail.<br />

The “<strong>Dec</strong>k the Door” contest<br />

will be judged by The Woodstock Garden<br />

Club on <strong>Dec</strong>. 13.<br />

Brandon<br />

Residents of Brandon are invited to<br />

participate in a holiday decorating contest.<br />

Entries will be judged in six categories.<br />

Judges will perform the final evaluation<br />

round on Sunday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 20 starting at 5 p.m.<br />

so be sure to have your lights turned on!<br />

Brandon will also hold a reverse parade.<br />

Email info@brandon.org with your address<br />

and category, post a picture on social<br />

media and tag Colleen Wright with the<br />

hashtag: #lightup<strong>2020</strong> or leave a voice mail<br />

for Colleen (802) 247-3635 X211.<br />

rat<br />

Courtesy of VT F&W<br />

Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s license gift certificate is available on their website.<br />

Vermont Fish & Wildlife has online<br />

license gift certificates<br />

Finding a gift that will continue to give<br />

for a full year is a challenge, but the Vermont<br />

Fish & Wildlife Dept. has a solution<br />

on its website — a license gift certificate<br />

for hunting and<br />

fishing licenses.<br />

“It’s the<br />

perfect gift for a<br />

friend or family<br />

member who<br />

hunts or fishes,”<br />

said Fish & Wildlife Commissioner<br />

Louis Porter. “You can go to our website,<br />

fill out the gift certificate and pay for it<br />

online, and then print the certificate to<br />

present to your recipient.”<br />

Inn at<br />

L ng Trail<br />

Deer Leap<br />

2.2 mi. from<br />

start to<br />

cGrath’s<br />

cGrath’s<br />

“The gift certificate will<br />

cover licenses for 2021 or<br />

for licenses in future years.”<br />

The gift certificate has a link in the<br />

license section of the Vermont Fish &<br />

Wildlife website (vtfishandwildlife.com).<br />

The person who receives the certificate<br />

must go to<br />

the website to<br />

redeem their<br />

certificate and<br />

purchase their<br />

licenses.<br />

“If you have<br />

a friend or relative who hunts or fishes,<br />

this is an easy gift-giving solution,”<br />

said Porter. “The gift certificate will<br />

cover licenses for 2021 or for licenses in<br />

future years.”<br />

McGrath’s<br />

Irish Pub<br />

Pub Open Daily<br />

Mon.–Fri. 3-9 p.m.<br />

Sat. & Sun. 12-9 p.m.<br />

Take-Out Available<br />

Monday - Thursday<br />

Stew & Brew Special<br />

$15<br />

Rte. 4 between Killington & Pico<br />

802-775-7181<br />

innatlongtrail.com<br />

Rooms & Suites available<br />

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24 • LIVING ADE<br />

The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Courtesy of Blueberry Hill<br />

Blueberry Hill announces non-profit status and winter offerings<br />

Blueberry Hill Outdoor Center (BHOC), long<br />

known as Blueberry Hill Ski Center, is now established<br />

as a <strong>50</strong>1(c)(3) non-profit company. BHOC<br />

ensures land preservation and recreational access<br />

within a unique and historic section of the Moosalamoo<br />

National Recreation Area in the Green <strong>Mountain</strong><br />

National Forest.<br />

In 1969, Tony Clark became involved with Blueberry<br />

Hill Inn and began to build a network of crosscountry<br />

ski trails on inn property and U.S. Forest<br />

Service land. These trails became a vibrant focus of<br />

New England ski racing in the 1970s and 1980s, hosting<br />

races attended by local enthusiasts to collegiate<br />

skiers and Olympians.<br />

Forty-five kilometers of trails, initially developed<br />

for winter use only, have evolved into a year-round<br />

trail network used by hikers, runners, mountain<br />

bikers, skiers, and snowshoers who visit from New<br />

England and beyond. For the last <strong>50</strong> years, Blueberry<br />

Hill Inn owners have been pleased to share their<br />

property to provide information and access to the<br />

trails, and will continue to work with the USFS and<br />

BHOC as stewards.<br />

The establishment of BHOC as a non-profit focuses<br />

on building a strong outdoor community that<br />

ensures that the land and trail system can be cherished<br />

and maintained for many years to come.<br />

Description of trails<br />

The Blueberry Hill trail system includes a long<br />

For Inn owners, ensuring<br />

the future of the trails – both<br />

preservation and access to them –<br />

is paramount.<br />

climb and descent over the shoulder of Romance<br />

<strong>Mountain</strong> – adjacent the Long Trail – and a spectacular<br />

view of the Green <strong>Mountain</strong>s, Adirondacks,<br />

and Taconic Ridge from the south side of Hogback<br />

<strong>Mountain</strong> (a site for free national forest blueberry<br />

picking). The trail system includes a segment of<br />

the Catamount Trail, the cross-country ski trail that<br />

extends the length of Vermont; connects with the<br />

trails of the Moosalamoo<br />

National Recreation Area<br />

and directly to the Long<br />

Trail via the Sucker Brook<br />

Trail.<br />

Though many crosscountry<br />

ski centers and<br />

race venues have since<br />

transitioned to wider trails groomed for both skate<br />

and classic skiing, the joys of less narrow, ungroomed<br />

winding trails recall a fundamental way of being in<br />

the woods in winter.<br />

What to expect this winter<br />

This year, as we all work to find moments of peace<br />

from the strain of pandemic, access to nature and recreation<br />

is critical. This winter BHOC will offer cross-country<br />

ski, snowshoe, and microspike rentals; a sledding<br />

hill; socially-distanced and private indoor group space<br />

by reservation; and grab-and-go snacks and meals.<br />

BHOC has been the recipient of a small grant to help<br />

provide a safe experience during the pandemic, rigorously<br />

respecting state guidelines, while ensuring that<br />

visitors have a place to stay warm with family or friends<br />

as they venture outside.<br />

Blueberry Hill Inn, like most of the hospitality<br />

industry, has seen an enormous decrease in business<br />

during Covid-19. For inn owners Tony Clark and<br />

Shari Brown and their family, ensuring the future of<br />

the trails – both preservation and access to them – is<br />

paramount. The team has<br />

used the time they would<br />

otherwise spend making<br />

pancakes and cleaning<br />

rooms to invest in the<br />

Outdoor Center. Though<br />

the future of hospitality<br />

in Vermont is uncertain,<br />

the establishment of BHOC as a separate non-profit<br />

ensures that the forests, trails, and bridges that surround<br />

the Inn are here to stay.<br />

Trails and trail access will be available all year<br />

round, supported through day-use donations, grants,<br />

and volunteers.<br />

How you can help<br />

You can support BHOC by visiting and exploring<br />

the trails. Bring your family and friends and spread the<br />

word. All donations will be used to support trail maintenance<br />

and development, access and facilities to make<br />

the BHOC trails and programs more accessible to all<br />

and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.<br />

FULL BAR<br />

Craft Cocktails<br />

Expansive VT Beer & Cider Menu<br />

NOW OPEN<br />

KILLINGTON DISTILLERY &<br />

STILL ON THE MOUNTAIN CoCktail Bar<br />

47 Old Mill Rd, Killington, VT | 802-422-8200<br />

Serving Full Dinner & Drinks – 3p-9p (Wed. - Sun.)<br />

Outdoor Patio & Indoor Dining Available by Reservation<br />

Medical Grade HEPA filters installed indoors for your added safety.<br />

Help RCHS exceed<br />

its $12,000<br />

matching challenge<br />

Generous Rutland County Humane Society<br />

(RCHS) supporters have offered to donate<br />

$12,000 if the community will match it by<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>. 31, <strong>2020</strong>! What a great opportunity to<br />

help the homeless animals in Rutland County.<br />

Every dollar helps and before you know it, we<br />

will have reached $12,000, and then it will be<br />

matched dollar for dollar.<br />

If you’d like to help the animals you can<br />

send a check to RCHS, 765 Stevens Road,<br />

Pittsford, VT 05763 and note “$12,000 Matching<br />

Challenge” in the memo line. You can<br />

also donate on our website (rchsvt.org), at<br />

the Adoption Center or over the phone. If<br />

you have any questions please contact Beth<br />

at shelterbeth@rchsvt.org or 802-483-9171.<br />

Thank you for being part of this wonderful<br />

opportunity to help the animals!


Food Matters<br />

The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> • 25<br />

Paramount’s Festival of Trees is<br />

celebrated virtually in <strong>2020</strong><br />

RUTLAND— The Paramount Theatre is<br />

taking its annual benefit auction, The Festival<br />

of Trees, entirely virtual this year. Twelve<br />

Days of Bidding kicked off Saturday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 5.<br />

The auction features more than $75,000 in<br />

goods, services and dining gift certificates.<br />

All bidding will be conducted via a secure,<br />

easy-to-navigate online auction platform.<br />

The theatre previously made use of this<br />

technology to make available silent auction<br />

items previously accessible for bidding exclusively<br />

at traditional in-person event held<br />

at the theatre and received rave reviews for<br />

its ease of use and added component of fun<br />

that it brought to the event.<br />

“While this beloved decade-and-ahalf<br />

Paramount tradition is going to look<br />

different this year, it’s importance to our<br />

sustainability has never been greater,”<br />

commented Paramount Executive<br />

Director Eric Mallette. “Representing<br />

more than 25% of our total fundraising goal for the year,<br />

Festival of Trees is a major component of our contributed<br />

income success and none of it would be possible<br />

without our tremendously supportive community that<br />

not only donates dozens of great items and sponsorship<br />

support, but shows up in droves to bid.<br />

Bidders are encouraged to visit the theatre’s website<br />

at ParamountVT.org to register and to bid. Registration is<br />

free and takes only minutes to complete. Once registered,<br />

interested buyers can preview the nearly 100 items up for<br />

bid. Bidding runs through 5 p.m. on Thursday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 17. Up<br />

for auction is a wide array of items including home furnishings<br />

and appliances, electronics, unique dining packages<br />

and gift certificates, landscaping services and more.<br />

“The excitement of online bidding only adds to the<br />

fun – from the comfort of your own home you can bid on<br />

anything from a night out at your favorite restaurant to an<br />

18-foot RV!” Mallette added.<br />

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household goods<br />

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Courtesy of Ottauquechee Health Foundation<br />

Sharing the Warmth event asks knitters and crocheters to<br />

share the fruit of their talents with the community.<br />

QUECHEE—The Ottauquechee<br />

Health Foundation offering two free<br />

community-focused events offering<br />

multiple opportunities for community<br />

members to help those in need<br />

while at the same time offering some<br />

fun and food as a means of relief during<br />

the pandemic.<br />

Sharing the Warmth is an community<br />

knitting event inviting the<br />

community to share the warmth by<br />

creating hats, mittens, and scarves for<br />

people in need. The items will be given<br />

to children and adults at various sites,<br />

in the Foundation’s nine service area<br />

towns. Knitters and crocheters are<br />

Courtesy of Ottauquechee Health Foundation<br />

Claire Mayock demonstrates how to cook and serve the prepared<br />

meals via a pre-recorded presentation.<br />

The Ottauquechee Health Foundation shares<br />

warmth, food and fun this holiday season<br />

asked to provide their own yarn. This<br />

event runs through <strong>Dec</strong>. 30, and will<br />

have multiple collection days including<br />

Saturday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 12, 1-2 p.m. and<br />

Wednesday, <strong>Dec</strong>ember 30, 9-10 a.m.<br />

“OHF wants to ensure that everyone<br />

has access to warm clothing,<br />

and this is just one small way we<br />

can do just that. We have already<br />

collected over 90 items to distribute,<br />

but the need does not stop there – we<br />

want your help to keep the warmth<br />

going.,” said the OHF’s Executive<br />

Director Tayo Kirchhof.<br />

The second community event,<br />

Share the Food and Fun, invites community<br />

members to a tasty community<br />

cooking event. Claire Mayock from<br />

Heart Rock Kitchen in Woodstock will<br />

demonstrate how to make Buche de<br />

Noel, a Yule log cake, with meringue<br />

mushrooms. The class will be held on<br />

Sunday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 20, from 3-4 p.m.<br />

The recipes will be shared prior to<br />

the event. The demonstrations will<br />

be pre-recorded, but presented live.<br />

There will be a question and answer<br />

session after the presentation with<br />

the chef’s available to share cooking<br />

techniques and answer questions.<br />

For more information contact OHF<br />

at info@ohfvt.org or call 802-457-4188.<br />

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Food Matters<br />

26 • The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

KILLINGTON<br />

FOOD SHELF<br />

We are stocked with nonperishable food, paper goods<br />

& cleaning supplies. Any person in need, please call to<br />

arrange a pickup. Donations accepted. Please call Nan<br />

Salamon, 422-9244 or Ron Willis, 422-3843.<br />

Sherburne UCC “Little White Church,” Killington, VT<br />

CURB-SIDE<br />

PICKUP<br />

AVAILABLE<br />

802-422-7736<br />

GROCERY<br />

MEATS AND SEAFOOD<br />

beer and wine<br />

DELICATESSEN<br />

BAKERY PIZZA CATERING<br />

VT Products • Maple Syrup • VT Cheese<br />

Champlain Orchard Pies • Cider<br />

Take-Out<br />

Convenience:<br />

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner<br />

Daily Specials posted on @KillingtonMarket<br />

& our website. Deli: 802-422-7594<br />

www.killingtonmarket.com<br />

Back Country Café<br />

The Back Country Café is a hot spot<br />

for delicious breakfast foods. Choose<br />

from farm fresh eggs, multiple kinds of<br />

pancakes and waffles, omelets or daily<br />

specials to make your breakfast one of a kind. Just the right heat Bloody<br />

Marys, Mimosas, Bellini, VT Craft Brews, Coffee and hot chocolate drinks.<br />

Maple Syrup and VT products for sale. Check Facebook for daily specials.<br />

(802) 422-4411.<br />

Birch Ridge<br />

Serving locals and visitors alike since 1998, dinner<br />

at the Birch Ridge Inn is a delicious way to<br />

complete your day in Killington. Featuring Vermont<br />

inspired New American cuisine in the Inn’s dining<br />

room and Great Room Lounge, you will also find<br />

a nicely stocked bar, hand crafted cocktails, fine<br />

wines, seafood and vegetarian options, and wonderful house made desserts.<br />

birchridge.com, (802) 422-4293.<br />

Casey’s Caboose<br />

Come for fun, amazing food, great drinks, and<br />

wonderful people. A full bar fantastic wines and<br />

the largest selection of craft beers with 21 on tap.<br />

Our chefs create fresh, healthy and interesting<br />

cuisine. Try our steaks or our gourmet burgers<br />

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

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

lobster. Yes! the train is still running... caseyscaboose.com,(802) 422-3795.<br />

Choices Restaurant<br />

& Rotisserie<br />

Choices Restaurant and Rotisserie<br />

was named 2012 “Ski” magazines”<br />

favorite restaurant. Choices<br />

may be the name of the restaurant but it is also what you get. Soup of<br />

the day, shrimp cocktail, steak, hamburgers, pan seared chicken, a variety<br />

of salads and pastas, scallops, sole, lamb and more await you.<br />

An extensive wine list and in house made desserts are also available.<br />

(802) 422-4030.<br />

McGrath’s<br />

Irish Pub<br />

Dream Maker Bakers<br />

Dream Maker Bakers is an all-butter, from-scratch<br />

bakery making breads, bagels, croissants, cakes<br />

and more daily. It serves soups, salads and<br />

sandwiches and offers seating with free Wifi. At<br />

5<strong>50</strong>1 US Route 4, Killington, VT. No time to wait?<br />

Call ahead. Curb-side pick up available. dreammakerbakers.com, (802) 422-<br />

59<strong>50</strong>.<br />

Inn at Long Trail<br />

Looking for something a little different? Hit up<br />

McGrath’s Irish Pub for a perfectly poured pint of<br />

Guinness, Inn live music at on the weekends and delicious<br />

food. Guinness not your favorite? They also<br />

L ng Trail<br />

have Vermont’s largest Irish Whiskey selection.<br />

Visit innatlongtrail.com, (802) 775-7181.<br />

Jones’ Donuts<br />

Offering donuts and a bakery, with a<br />

community reputation as being the best!<br />

Closed Monday and Tuesday. 23 West<br />

Street, Rutland. See what’s on special<br />

at Facebook.com/JonesDonuts/.<br />

Call (802) 773-7810.<br />

Killington Market<br />

Take breakfast, lunch or dinner on the go<br />

at Killington Market, Killington’s on-mountain<br />

grocery store for the last 30 years.<br />

Choose from breakfast sandwiches, hand<br />

carved dinners, pizza, daily fresh hot panini, roast chicken, salad and specialty<br />

sandwiches. Vermont products, maple syrup, fresh meat and produce along<br />

with wine and beer are also for sale. killingtonmarket.com (802) 422-7736<br />

or (802) 422-7594.<br />

Liquid Art<br />

Relax in the warm atmosphere at Liquid<br />

Art. Look for artfully served lattes from<br />

their La Marzocco espresso machine, or<br />

if you want something stronger, try their<br />

signature cocktails. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, they focus on healthy<br />

fare and provide you with a delicious meal different than anything else on the<br />

mountain. liquidartvt.com, (802) 422-2787.<br />

Lookout Tavern<br />

Celebrating 20 years of fun, friends and good<br />

times here in Killington! Everything from soup<br />

to nuts for lunch and dinner; juicy burgers, fresh<br />

salads, delicious sandwiches and K-Town’s best<br />

wings. Your first stop after a full day on the <strong>Mountain</strong><br />

for a cold beer or specialty drink and a great<br />

meal! lookoutvt.com, (802) 422-5665.<br />

Moguls<br />

Voted the best ribs and burger in Killington,<br />

Moguls is a great place for the whole<br />

family. Soups, onion rings, mozzarella<br />

sticks, chicken fingers, buckets of chicken<br />

wings, salads, subs and pasta are just<br />

some of the food that’s on the menu. Free shuttle and take away and delivery<br />

options are available. mogulssportspub.com (802) 422-4777.<br />

Nite Spot Pizza<br />

Outrageously good pizza. Join us for wood fired<br />

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Peppino’s<br />

Chef-owned since 1992, Peppino’s offers<br />

Neapolitan cuisine at its finest:<br />

pasta, veal, chicken, seafood, steak,<br />

and flatbreads. If you want it, Peppino’s<br />

has it! Aprés-hour daily features half price appetizers and flatbreads.<br />

Reservations accepted. peppinosvt.com, (802) 422-3293.<br />

Seward’s Dairy<br />

If you’re looking for something truly<br />

unique and Vermont, check out Seward<br />

Dairy Bar. Serving classic homemade<br />

food including hamburgers, steaks, chicken, sandwiches and seafood. Craving<br />

something a little sweeter? Check out their own homemade 39 flavors of<br />

ice cream. Vermont products also sold. (802) 773-2738.<br />

Still On the <strong>Mountain</strong><br />

Killington Distillery & Still on the <strong>Mountain</strong><br />

Cocktail Bar invite you to enjoy our handcrafted<br />

small batch spirits inspired from the blissful Killington<br />

region. Pair your cocktail with one of<br />

our delectable food offerings made from sustainably<br />

sourced, local ingredients. Sit back,<br />

sip on your cocktail, and dig into a delicious meal in the lap of nature.<br />

killingtondistillery.com, (802) 422-8200.<br />

Sugar and Spice<br />

Stop on by to Sugar and Spice for a home style<br />

breakfast or lunch served up right. Try six different<br />

kinds of pancakes and/or waffles or order up<br />

some eggs and home fries. For lunch they offer<br />

a Filmore salad, grilled roast beef, burgers and<br />

sandwiches. Take away available.<br />

www.vtsugarandspice.com (802) 773-7832.<br />

Sushi Yoshi<br />

Sushi Yoshi is Killington’s true culinary adventure.<br />

With Hibachi, Sushi, Chinese and<br />

Japanese, we have something for every age<br />

and palate. Private Tatame rooms and large<br />

party seating available. We boast a full bar with<br />

20 craft beers on draft. We are chef-owned and operated. Serving lunch<br />

and dinner. Delivery or take away option available. Now open year round.<br />

www.vermontsushi.com (802) 422-4241.<br />

Taso on Center<br />

Taso On Center serves up a menu that is always<br />

changing and evolving, with options like<br />

traditional American, Mexican, and Asian cuisine.<br />

Enjoy eclectic food, craft beers or cocktails<br />

at Taso on Center in historic downtown Rutland!<br />

(802) 775-8270.<br />

Cavendish Community<br />

fundraiser is a success<br />

On the Friday after Thanksgiving,<br />

the Cavendish Community Fund<br />

held what is hoped to become an<br />

annual event. According to Fund<br />

president Doug McBride, the drawing,<br />

held at Crow’s Bakery in Proctorsville,<br />

was for several arts prizes<br />

and capped off a successful <strong>2020</strong><br />

fund-raising effort in the community.<br />

The Community Fund was created<br />

in 2007 to enhance the quality<br />

of life in Cavendish and has distributed<br />

grants each year since then for<br />

Cavendish<br />

calendars are here<br />

CAVENDISH—Community has never been so important.<br />

To underscore that point, the Cavendish Community<br />

and Conservation Association (CCCA) has produced<br />

its 2021 Cavendish Community Calendar, which is now<br />

on sale, just in time for the holidays. You can purchase<br />

them at Crows Bakery on Depot Street in Proctorsville, or<br />

order them through the mail. Send $20 per calendar plus<br />

$3 shipping and they will mail them to you. The address is<br />

P.O. Box 605, Cavendish, VT 05142.<br />

This year the calendar celebrates<br />

the CCCA<br />

streetscapes<br />

committee by<br />

highlighting the<br />

people and showcasing<br />

the work<br />

that this dynamic<br />

group has undertaken<br />

to care for and<br />

beautify our villages.<br />

Since its inception in<br />

2018 the committee has raised flags, maintained school<br />

flower gardens, planted and upgraded gardens in the<br />

greens and parks, and strung holiday lights on the gazebo<br />

and trees. To learn more about their activity go to the<br />

Cavendish Streetscapes page on Facebook.<br />

Proceeds from the calendar help keep the CCCA going<br />

so please consider purchasing one for yourself and for<br />

your friends. They make great stocking stuffers. For more<br />

information, or to volunteer with the CCCA, please call<br />

Robin at 802-226-7736 or e-mail cavendishcommunityconservation@gmail.com.<br />

a variety of programs, projects and<br />

events. Grants are awarded to individuals<br />

and organizations that create<br />

or sponsor educational, cultural, or<br />

artistic ventures in Cavendish, or for<br />

projects that otherwise enrich the<br />

value of small-town living.<br />

McBride said that this year’s<br />

prizes included a wood carving,<br />

stained glass, an oil painting and<br />

fabric arts all created in Cavendish<br />

or Proctorsville by local residents.<br />

While <strong>2020</strong> was a slow year for any<br />

• A Farm to Table Restaurant<br />

• All Baking Done on Premises<br />

projects in town, the fund was able<br />

to assist three projects – the summer<br />

concerts, creation of a bicycle path,<br />

and beautifying the old garage site.<br />

“With money raised this year, we are<br />

confident that we can at least help<br />

some organizations in 2021,” said<br />

McBride.<br />

For more information about the<br />

Fund or about grants and grant<br />

applications, please email Doug<br />

McBride at cavendishcommunityfund@gmail.com.<br />

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Classic Italian Cuisine<br />

Old World Tradition<br />

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now through <strong>Dec</strong>. 19<br />

1/2 price appetizers<br />

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from 4-5 p.m.<br />

Open at 4 p.m.<br />

Sunday Lunch at 1 p.m.<br />

Dark Wednesday<br />

Sweet Honey in the Rock<br />

Courtesy of Next Stage Arts<br />

Next Stage Arts presents Sweet Honey in<br />

the Rock’s live-streamed performance<br />

Saturday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 12 at 3 p.m.—On <strong>Dec</strong>. 12 an international<br />

coalition of performing arts presenters invites viewers<br />

to join Sweet Honey in the Rock’s “Celebrating the Holy<br />

Days.” Audience members will stream the live concert and<br />

turn on their cameras to “be seen” by Sweet Honey in the<br />

Rock and by one another in the audience.<br />

Next Stage Arts, the Putney-based arts and cultural center<br />

was selected as one of the founding presenting organizations<br />

to present the concert alongside Third Row Live.<br />

“While streaming isn’t new during Covid, what Third Row<br />

is doing is new,” said Kyle Homstead, co-founder of Third<br />

Row Live. “We’re crowd sourcing our partners, inviting<br />

them into the revenue sharing, we’re working with highcaliber<br />

artists, and we’re presenting HD audio and video<br />

quality streaming at a world-class venue like The Academy<br />

of Music. Sweet Honey in the Rock is the perfect group to<br />

bring such a diverse audience together, and we’re proud to<br />

have Next Stage Arts as a partner at the ground floor.”<br />

Washington, D.C.-based, African-American a cappella<br />

ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, is “Celebrating the<br />

Holy Days.” With five-part harmonies and sign language<br />

interpretation, Sweet Honey’s sound ranges from African<br />

to blues to gospel and jazz. “Celebrating the Holy Days” offers<br />

a rare fusion of traditional American holiday spiritual<br />

songs and hymns, as well as songs from other cultures<br />

and religions ranging from Africa to Israel. The threetime<br />

Grammy Award-nominated and internationally<br />

renowned group will also perform songs from the group’s<br />

extensive repertoire, which includes “We Are,” “Let There<br />

Be Peace,” “The Women Gather,” and “Come Ye.”<br />

Since 1973, Sweet Honey has empowered and inspired<br />

with songs about a range of social issues, blending messages<br />

with gorgeous artistry to stir the mind and the soul.<br />

Sweet Honey members include Carol Maillard, Louise<br />

Robinson, Nitanju Bolade Casel, Aisha Kahlil, and<br />

featured musician Romeir Mendez on upright acoustic<br />

bass and electric bass.<br />

“During the holy day season, in this Covid pandemic,<br />

we want to offer music and messages that will help<br />

to heal the spirit. From Diwali (the festival of lights)<br />

to Three Kings Day, we will celebrate this special time<br />

of year. Wishing all a blessed, inspired and beautiful<br />

holy days season” - Carol Maillard, Founding Member<br />

(Sweet Honey In the Rock.)<br />

To stream this concert, visit nextstagearts.org. Tickets<br />

are $15. For more information call 802-387-0102.<br />

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Serve potato pancakes for holiday celebrations<br />

Potato pancakes are traditionally served during<br />

Chanukah celebrations. This dish is often referred to<br />

as “latkes,” a Yiddish word that loosely translates to<br />

“little oily thing.”<br />

Potato pancakes are not exclusive to Jewish celebrations<br />

and cuisine. Germans have their own variation<br />

called “kartoffelpuffer” that can be served with sour<br />

cream, applesauce or smoked salmon. The Irish have<br />

“boxty,” which may be made with a combination of<br />

shredded potato and mashed potato before being fried.<br />

Many potato pancake recipes are quite similar. They<br />

involve only a few ingredients and fry up in a flash. Some<br />

chefs recommend draining the shredded potato prior to<br />

cooking so that the pancakes will fry up crispy and not<br />

be soggy or break apart. Enjoy this recipe for “latkes,”<br />

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2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over<br />

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30 • PETS<br />

The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Rutland County Humane Society<br />

November is adopt a senior dog month, but we do not<br />

have any senior dogs. We do, however, have a few senior<br />

cats. So for the month of November we are taking $20 off<br />

all senior cats, ages 8+, making their fee only $40!. Patience<br />

and Zoey have been sponsored by a kind donor and have<br />

no adoption fee! These senior gals are sweet and just<br />

looking for someone to love in their golden years.<br />

HARRETT - 5-years-old.<br />

Spayed female. Hound<br />

mix. Tri color. I am an affectionate<br />

Southern lady looking<br />

for her forever home.<br />

MIDNIGHT - 3-year-old.<br />

Neutered male. Domestic<br />

short hair. Black/white. I<br />

would love to be adored<br />

and petted by you as<br />

we watch the seasons<br />

change.<br />

MR.KITTY - 4-years-old.<br />

Neutered male. Domestic<br />

short hair. Grey/white. I am<br />

very loving and I melt onto<br />

the floor when you pet me.<br />

PLUTUS - 5-year-old.<br />

Neutered male. Domestic<br />

short hair. Black/white.<br />

I enjoy being petted and<br />

would love to be your companion.<br />

This pet is available for adoption at<br />

Springfield Humane Society<br />

401 Skitchewaug Trail, Springfield, VT• (802) 885-3997<br />

*Adoptions will be handled online until further notice.<br />

spfldhumane.org<br />

SHONEY - 6-months-old.<br />

Spayed female. Hound<br />

mix. White and brown. I<br />

love, love, love to play with<br />

all sorts of dog toys.<br />

BUD - 8-years-old. Neutered<br />

male. Jack Russell<br />

mix. Brown and white.<br />

Senior dog with younger<br />

companion looking for retirement<br />

home.<br />

ELLIE<br />

DIRK<br />

I’m a 1-year-old Lab mix. I’ve had quite the<br />

few months! I was hit by a car and I spent some time<br />

at an animal hospital. I’ve been to back and forth from<br />

Lucy Mackenzie and having surgery on my leg. Good<br />

news is the second surgery has seemed to have done<br />

the trick and, trust me, I’m doing my best to be a calm<br />

boy. It would be great if I could find a foster home<br />

where I could safely continue to recover. Is it you?<br />

This pet is available for adoption at<br />

Lucy Mackenzie Humane Society<br />

4832 VT-44, Windsor, VT • (802) 484-5829<br />

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

& Thurs. 12-7p.m. • lucymac.org<br />

FLINT - 2-year-old.<br />

Spayed female. Domestic<br />

short hair. Black. I love<br />

to look out windows and<br />

enjoy a nice back scratch<br />

while I shower you with my<br />

love.<br />

6-years-old. Neutered male. Hound mix. Brown<br />

and tan. I love attention and hanging out with<br />

people.<br />

All of these pets are available for adoption at<br />

Rutland County Humane Society<br />

765 Stevens Road, Pittsford, VT • (802) 483-6700<br />

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

THUMPER - Adult. Female.<br />

Rabbit. Domestic.<br />

White. I love my greens,<br />

apples, apple branches<br />

and carrots.<br />

MALLO - 1-years-old.<br />

Spayed female. Domestic<br />

short hair. Orange tiger.<br />

Taking cat naps and<br />

stretching out in your<br />

home would be a dream<br />

come true for me.<br />

MILO - 2-years-old. Neutered<br />

male. Domestic short<br />

hair. Orange tabby. I would<br />

like your attention at all<br />

times and I love playing or<br />

purring in your lap.<br />

NOD - 6-months-old. Neutered<br />

male. Domestic short<br />

hair. Black. I enjoy sitting<br />

high up while taking a little<br />

nap.


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Cosmic<br />

Catalogue<br />

Copyright ©<strong>2020</strong> - Cassandra Tyndall<br />

Aries<br />

March 21 - April 20<br />

While things are still slow in moving<br />

forward, they are beginning<br />

to return to their former pace. This<br />

may prompt you to push forward with<br />

a plan or project you’ve been holding<br />

back on. Before rushing in, you might<br />

like to reflect on what you’ve learned<br />

over these last few months. Patience<br />

is a lesson hard won by you, but well<br />

worth heeding now.<br />

Leo<br />

July 21 - August 20<br />

You’re experiencing a less-ismore<br />

energy in your social life.<br />

You may opt to spend quality time<br />

with those you love the most. You<br />

can afford to be selective with your<br />

energy this week. Politely declining<br />

invitations will not only preserve your<br />

energy, but also lead you toward more<br />

meaningful experiences. You may<br />

even discover that you don’t have to<br />

be the center of everything to feel joy.<br />

Sagittarius<br />

November 21 - <strong>Dec</strong>ember 20<br />

It’s quite possible that you feel you<br />

need to make a choice or a change,<br />

but not quite sure what that actually<br />

is yet. The skies are infused with a<br />

suggestion of hope and inspiration for<br />

how things could be, if you can remember<br />

what it’s like to dream! The<br />

paradox is now, that the more you can<br />

say no to and let go of, the more you’ll<br />

actually have.<br />

Nothing is certain<br />

One thing was for certain in <strong>2020</strong> and that is, that nothing<br />

was certain. As the New Year grows closer and we begin<br />

to reflect on the year that was, there is no way we could have<br />

known it would have looked quite like this.<br />

In our modern and material world, we have been conditioned<br />

towards linear progress. Go to school. Get good<br />

grades. Go to college and get good grades again. Get a good<br />

job. Save your money. Pay taxes… I think you get the drift.<br />

We’ve been so conditioned to bootstrapping ourselves<br />

that along the way, we forgot what it means to be happy.<br />

<strong>2020</strong> changed all that. Seemingly overnight, the structures,<br />

Taurus<br />

April 21 - May 20<br />

If you’ve been watching “The<br />

Crown” on Netflix, then take a page<br />

from your fellow Taurean, Queen<br />

Elizabeth, that sometimes the best<br />

thing you can do is nothing. Taking a<br />

slow and steady approach serves you<br />

well. If mundane tasks or your to-do<br />

list are beckoning, you may need to<br />

attend to those first, before indulging<br />

in relaxation. Shifting your attitude<br />

about duty and pleasure can help.<br />

Virgo<br />

August 21 - September 20<br />

This week, the skies will remind<br />

you that a situation doesn’t have<br />

to be perfect in order to have a successful<br />

outcome. If you can offer compassion<br />

or a helping hand, rather than<br />

looking to improve things, especially<br />

with family, will make for a happier<br />

holiday season. It’s not your job to fix<br />

other people’s problems. Recognizing<br />

the patterns that have been created is<br />

your first step to being free of them.<br />

Capricorn<br />

<strong>Dec</strong>ember 21 - January 20<br />

Creating new traditions is possible.<br />

Take the good bits from the old<br />

ways of doing things and leave the rest<br />

behind. In fact, the way we live life<br />

now is a mish-mash of old and new<br />

traditions. <strong>2020</strong> gave you a lot of insight<br />

about what is old and outgrown<br />

in your life. Have the courage to make<br />

the changes you know you need.<br />

...look at happiness and<br />

success in a new way.<br />

systems and beliefs that guided our lives didn’t support us<br />

in the way we were taught they would. This encouraged us<br />

to look at happiness and success in a new way.<br />

Just like the Moon that grows in light and fades away,<br />

we were invited to see life in a more circular pattern. It<br />

sounds easy, but in reality, this challenged some of our<br />

collective core beliefs.<br />

Your challenge this week is to look at the cognitive dissonance<br />

within yourself and consider what beliefs you’re<br />

not willing to release to find your own happiness now<br />

and into 2021.<br />

Gemini<br />

May 21 - June 20<br />

The time in between eclipses tends<br />

to reveal things if you slow down<br />

enough to notice them. Words of advice<br />

this week is to halve the words<br />

you speak, while doubling your effort<br />

to listen, especially when it comes<br />

to your sixth sense. The details you<br />

need are foggy, so bide your time until<br />

they are revealed. First to speak loses<br />

– both in a personal relationship or a<br />

professional one!<br />

Cancer<br />

June 21 - July 20<br />

Delegating non-essential tasks will<br />

help you focus on what counts.<br />

Don’t be afraid to ask your family<br />

members to pull their weight, if that’s<br />

what it takes. Your emotions may be<br />

heightened now, making it difficult to<br />

make choices between your obligations<br />

and the time you need just for<br />

yourself. Embrace “No” as an entire<br />

sentence if you need to.<br />

Libra<br />

September 21 - October 20<br />

The thoughts we tell ourselves are so<br />

ingrained within us, that we rarely<br />

question them. It can be very confronting<br />

to be presented with another perspective.<br />

This is exactly what the Cosmos<br />

invites you to do now. If you want<br />

things to be different in 2021, then start<br />

with your thinking. Learn something<br />

new or surround yourself with those<br />

who are where you want to be in life.<br />

Scorpio<br />

October 21 - November 20<br />

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32 • The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

As winter approaches and snow coats the ground, the<br />

tufted titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) will again become<br />

a ubiquitous backyard visitor. Familiar to even the most<br />

casual observers of nature, titmice readily come to feeders,<br />

especially those filled with sunflower seeds. Like<br />

many other birds that spend winters here, they seem to<br />

relish any cold-weather handouts, and I welcome their<br />

presence in my yard.<br />

A smallish gray bird with a distinctive<br />

crest, both the male and female tufted<br />

titmouse have dark eyes, a white belly, and<br />

rust-colored flanks. When titmice are out of<br />

sight, they can be identified by their peterpeter-peter<br />

song. It is a lovely sound, most<br />

often heard in late winter and spring. Other<br />

vocalizations include nasally, mechanical<br />

calls, and titmice are quite vocal in expressing<br />

alarm or disapproval.<br />

The tufted titmouse lives in a variety of<br />

mixed and deciduous forest types. Titmice<br />

also thrive in human-altered habitats such as suburban<br />

neighborhoods, city parks, and orchards. Their<br />

range stretches southward from Maine to Florida, and<br />

westward into eastern Texas. In northern New England,<br />

titmice can be found year-round in areas below 2,000<br />

feet in elevation.<br />

While other birds have seen significant population<br />

declines in recent years, titmice are both more common<br />

and more widespread than they were in years past.<br />

American Bird Conservancy estimates a population of<br />

11 million tufted titmice and notes on its website, “At<br />

the start of the 20th century, this species was only found<br />

as far north as New Jersey and Iowa. Today, it reaches<br />

southern Quebec and Ontario.” The tufted titmouse is<br />

also prolific in northern New England, where eBird data<br />

show about 210,000 observations – more than eastern<br />

phoebe, but less than white-breasted nuthatch.<br />

“May” and “shall” are found on legal<br />

documents and for us laypersons mean<br />

“can” and “must.” These terms are<br />

important when<br />

reading H.673<br />

which Governor<br />

Scott signed into<br />

law on Oct. 8<br />

and became “the<br />

law of the land”<br />

effective Nov.<br />

Tree Talk<br />

By Gary Salmon<br />

1. The legislation<br />

modernizes<br />

the existing tree<br />

warden statutes<br />

which have not<br />

been updated since 1969. This threeyear<br />

effort supported by a wide group<br />

of “tree organizations” clarifies tree<br />

Tufted Titmice flock to feeders<br />

The Outside<br />

Story<br />

By Lee Emmons<br />

Come springtime, tufted titmice will nest in<br />

previously excavated natural cavities or nest<br />

boxes. Composed of grasses, leaves, and<br />

strips of bark, tufted titmouse nests are<br />

cup-shaped and lined with fur or hair.<br />

Last spring, I watched as a titmouse<br />

removed thick grass clippings from<br />

my compost pile; my tedious chore of<br />

mowing at least produced some nesting<br />

material. Titmice also famously pull hair<br />

from unsuspecting people and animals to use<br />

for nest construction.<br />

Titmice have one clutch of five to six eggs, with<br />

incubation lasting from 12 to 14 days. When the spotted<br />

white eggs hatch, the nestlings will remain in the<br />

nest for another two weeks, as both parents bring food<br />

to the nest. About two weeks after hatching, the young<br />

birds leave for the wide world outside the nest. They will<br />

move on to new areas to repeat the cycle themselves.<br />

However, in some cases, a young bird may stay with its<br />

parents to help feed the next year’s brood.<br />

Insect-eaters in summer, titmice will<br />

consume ants, beetles, bees, wasps, and<br />

caterpillars. Seeds, spiders, snails, and fruit<br />

round out their natural diet. Known to gather<br />

with nuthatches and chickadees while foraging,<br />

titmice will search branches as well as<br />

the ground for food. This time of year, the<br />

birds cache seeds, usually in tree bark. In<br />

your backyard, you may notice titmice prying<br />

open some seeds with their beaks, and<br />

they seem to enjoy peanuts as well.<br />

Along with chickadees, woodpeckers,<br />

and dark-eyed juncos, tufted titmice will increase<br />

supplemental feeding as temperatures drop and<br />

autumn yields to winter. With natural foods becoming<br />

harder to find, sunflower seeds, high-energy suet, and<br />

peanuts provide a convenient source of food. As I watch<br />

in my backyard, the titmice land on the bright blue hopper<br />

feeder. Quickly securing a sunflower seed (they’ll<br />

take safflower, too), they dart back into the safety of the<br />

trees. Pecking at hanging suet cakes, the titmice stay just<br />

a moment longer. With food and cover provided, titmice<br />

are content to call my neighborhood home, and I enjoy<br />

their visits during an ordinarily dreary time of year.<br />

Lee Emmons is a nature writer, public speaker, and<br />

educator. The illustration for this column is by Adelaide<br />

Murphy Tyrol. The Outside Story is assigned and edited<br />

by Northern Woodlands magazine and sponsored by the<br />

Wellborn Ecology Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable<br />

Foundation: nhcf.org.<br />

May/can and shall/must<br />

warden duties, defines terms like “shade<br />

tree,” “public places” and “public ways,”<br />

and solidifies the relationship between<br />

tree warden and the governing body of<br />

the municipality.<br />

Only half of Vermont’s towns have<br />

tree wardens so “can” supercedes<br />

“must.” However, a couple of key<br />

changes may encourage other towns to<br />

appoint a tree warden.<br />

Shade tree is now defined as “those<br />

trees that have been planted by a municipality<br />

or that are otherwise designated by<br />

the municipality through the development<br />

of a shade tree preservation plan.”<br />

This refers, of course, to trees planted in<br />

either public places or public ways controlled<br />

by the municipality.<br />

Town greens, recreation areas and<br />

And they’re off!<br />

Holiday shoppers may not have been racing into<br />

brick-and-mortar retail stores, but that doesn’t mean<br />

they weren’t shopping. Consumers have earmarked<br />

about $998 for spending on<br />

winter holidays, which include<br />

Christmas, Hanukkah, and<br />

Kwanzaa, according to the<br />

National Retail Federation. They<br />

plan to spend:<br />

• Slightly less on gifts for family,<br />

friends, and coworkers than<br />

Money<br />

Matters<br />

By Kevin Theissen<br />

parks are public places while town<br />

forests are not.<br />

Public ways are existing town rightsof-way<br />

that have been the focus of tree<br />

warden duties for nearly a century<br />

and form, via trees along the roads,<br />

the character of miles of town roads<br />

throughout rural Vermont towns.<br />

The shade tree preservation plan is<br />

now the mechanism for documenting a<br />

community’s tree program, the jurisdiction<br />

of the tree warden, and any municipality-specific<br />

processes for shade<br />

they did last year<br />

• Slightly more on food and<br />

decorations<br />

• Significantly less on non-gift<br />

spending (buying that special<br />

something for yourself because<br />

the price is so attractive)<br />

Consumers have earmarked<br />

about $998 for spending...<br />

A lot of that money will be spent online. On Black<br />

Friday, U.S. consumers shelled out more than $9 billion<br />

online, reported TechCrunch. It was the second<br />

biggest day for digital commerce in history. The first<br />

was Cyber Monday 2019.<br />

Overall, online holiday sales are expected to break all<br />

previous growth records. A report from Adobe estimated<br />

<strong>2020</strong> digital sales will be up 20 to 47 percent, year-overyear.<br />

That’s a broad range because there is a lot of uncertainty<br />

about levels of disposable income and capacity<br />

limits for brick-and-mortar stores. The report stated:<br />

“If flu season brings with it a spike in [coronavirus]<br />

cases and an increase in store restrictions, a reduced<br />

store capacity will drive more people online. E-commerce<br />

is still only around one out of every $4 spent on<br />

retail. That’s a large bucket of dollars that could move<br />

online, leading to potential for big swings this season.”<br />

Whether you are holiday shopping in person or online,<br />

or using a smartphone or computer, watching trends may<br />

help investors identify new investment opportunities.<br />

“As we struggle with shopping lists and invitations,<br />

compounded by <strong>Dec</strong>ember’s bad weather, it is good<br />

to be reminded that there are people in our lives who<br />

are worth this aggravation, and people to whom we<br />

are worth the same,”said Donald E. Westlake, a crime<br />

fiction writer.<br />

Kevin Theissen is the owner of HWC Financial in<br />

Ludlow.<br />

tree removal. Ironically the creation of a<br />

shade tree preservation plan uses one of<br />

the legal terms, “may,” rather than shall,<br />

in directing a town’s interest (or not) in<br />

managing its newly defined shade trees.<br />

A plan shall be necessary if a town wishes to continue to<br />

manage road side trees and must reflect the interests of the<br />

town and its citizens in implementing our new tree warden laws.<br />

The new law also giveth and taketh<br />

away the use of the public meeting. Because<br />

the emerald ash borer is considered<br />

an infestation of statewide proportions,<br />

the law allows the tree warden to<br />

designate ash for removal without having<br />

a public meeting. The law, as it should,<br />

does require a public meeting for the<br />

Tree talk > 34


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> COLUMNS • 33<br />

I have a friend who has collected movies for years. He’s<br />

amassed a huge array of films on multiple formats that<br />

has literally commandeered an entire room of his house.<br />

I’m an obvious movie-lover<br />

but I’ve never felt the need to<br />

collect physical copies. In fact,<br />

I’ve never been much of a collector<br />

of anything (outside of 12<br />

guitars… gulp).<br />

For me, many years have to<br />

pass before I’m ready to watch a<br />

movie a second time. Generally, I<br />

The Movie<br />

Diary<br />

By Dom Cioffi<br />

want to entirely forget a film before<br />

I revisit it. And then, if I feel<br />

the need to see it again, I’ll track it<br />

down somehow.<br />

On rare occasions, a few select<br />

films have intrigued me enough to see them immediately<br />

after a first viewing. “Pulp Fiction” was so verbally interesting<br />

and had such unique characters that I had to see<br />

it again days later. And the first “Toy Story” was so genre<br />

defining and historically significant that after one watch,<br />

I knew everything in the world of animation was going to<br />

change, so I went again the next day.<br />

My friend’s movie collection started with VHS tapes<br />

when we were in our 20s. Even then, when it was sort of<br />

normal for everyone to have their own personal library of<br />

films, I remember thinking that I wasn’t interested in the<br />

investment involved with such an endeavor. I had a few<br />

films that I received as gifts (remember when you always<br />

got a movie in your stocking?), but other than that, the<br />

copies I had were limited.<br />

When DVDs arrived on the scene, he claimed to<br />

only want his absolute favorites on that format. But<br />

upon each subsequent visit to his house, I noticed the<br />

DVD rack slowly overtaking the VHS tape rack. And,<br />

not surprisingly, the same upgrade began again after<br />

Blu-Rays were unleashed.<br />

When Netflix first arrived on the scene, I quickly realized<br />

that my approach was more financially prudent<br />

because now everyone could have access to practically<br />

As a child, Christmas in our house<br />

was absolutely perfect – and was always<br />

a party. Friends and family would gather,<br />

Christmas music would<br />

be blaring and trays of hors<br />

d’oeuvres were placed in different<br />

rooms as there were<br />

always too many people to<br />

squish into the one room<br />

where everyone wanted to<br />

be. It was the room filled<br />

with the most magic and,<br />

therefore, the one with all<br />

the little children running<br />

around and screaming with<br />

happiness, filled with holiday<br />

joy and more than a bit<br />

of caffeine and sugar. The room with<br />

the Christmas Tree.<br />

My grandma would be sitting on<br />

the couch, as she carefully unwrapped<br />

each heirloom from its paper towel<br />

and attached an open paper clip to the<br />

top. She would then pause a moment,<br />

studying the ornament and remembering<br />

the story of how that particular one<br />

came to join our family. My favorite<br />

was the one ball that celebrated my<br />

Livin’ the<br />

Dream<br />

By Merisa<br />

Sherman<br />

‘Play it again, Sam’<br />

any movie on earth with a $10 monthly subscription.<br />

I don’t speak to this friend as much these days since he<br />

and his wife moved away, but the last time I did, I brought<br />

up his movie collection, wondering if he was ready to succumb<br />

to the future of movie watching via online streaming.<br />

He very matter-of-factly told me that he would not;<br />

there was no need since he had his pristine DVD collection<br />

and a high-end player and display. He argued that no<br />

streaming service<br />

could match his<br />

home theater<br />

set-up.<br />

He then sent me<br />

a picture of how he<br />

had reworked his<br />

basement into an<br />

epic cinema-enhanced<br />

man-cave,<br />

with all the walls<br />

neatly lined with his<br />

collection of movies<br />

and a cushy theater<br />

chair front and center<br />

to relax in.<br />

Of course, it’s<br />

easy to think that it’s<br />

more economical to join an online platform like Netflix<br />

or Hulu, but with all the services now popping up – HBO<br />

Max, Disney+, YouTube TV to name a few – you can easily<br />

overspend just to see the content you desire.<br />

I’m one of the idiots that still has cable (even though<br />

I threaten to cancel it every month). Add in the few<br />

streaming services I belong to, and the cost of my internet<br />

connection, and I pay over $2<strong>50</strong> a month just for digital<br />

entertainment.<br />

Out of the very few DVDs that are kicking around my<br />

house, there is only one that seems to get played on a<br />

regular basis. It’s a holiday film that my wife and I first<br />

watched almost 20 years ago and have steadfastly revisited<br />

every <strong>Dec</strong>ember since.<br />

The film is “Love Actually,” and the storyline begins<br />

O, Christmas tree<br />

parents’ first Christmas together. My<br />

sister and I would run and get them,<br />

interrupting them from whatever chat<br />

they were having and drag<br />

them by the hand through<br />

the house to the tree. Together,<br />

they would place<br />

both hands on that ornament<br />

and hang it together,<br />

like they had done that first<br />

time so many years ago.<br />

There were ornaments<br />

for the kids, as well. The soft<br />

Raggedy Ann that seem to<br />

always have a piece of pine<br />

needle still in her red braids<br />

from the year before. There<br />

were the tiny birds with our names on<br />

them that one of our bus drivers has<br />

made (mine was pink!) or the random<br />

circus performers from the Avon collection.<br />

Or the special ones from our first<br />

Christmases, which would make my<br />

mom smile at my dad as they shared a<br />

moment in time.<br />

But the tree itself!... No matter how<br />

little I was, it was my job to struggle with<br />

Dad and bring the tree inside. I have no<br />

Livin’ the Dream > 34<br />

during the first week of <strong>Dec</strong>ember. Consequently, this<br />

is when we always make it a point to pull out the DVD.<br />

My wife and I love this movie as it always seems like the<br />

catalyst to start our holiday season.<br />

I reviewed “Love Actually” when it was first released in<br />

2003 and was enamored with it after that initial screening.<br />

I went back and read my review prior to writing this<br />

column and saw that I<br />

had given it a grade of<br />

“A-,” and I still stand by<br />

that grade.<br />

Every year I hope to<br />

find a new holiday film<br />

that is as entertaining<br />

and bewitching as<br />

“Love Actually,” but it<br />

never happens. This<br />

year, I noticed that<br />

“Holidate” was gaining<br />

traction as a viable<br />

Christmas film,<br />

so I thought I’d give<br />

it a shot. Unfortunately,<br />

it was run-of<br />

-the-mill at best.<br />

The premise is endearing with a young man and<br />

woman deciding to be each other’s date for every holiday<br />

simply because they were both tired of the relationship<br />

drama involved with “real” dating. Of course, they are<br />

both ridiculously good looking and charming and you<br />

spend the whole movie trying to believe they don’t really<br />

notice each other.<br />

This has Hallmark Channel written all over it – which<br />

is fine if that’s the sort of entertainment you’re looking for.<br />

Unlike Hallmark movies, however, this one gets pretty<br />

risqué at times.<br />

Check this one out if you’re looking to get into the holiday<br />

spirit. Just don’t expect another “Love Actually.”<br />

An egg-noggy “C” for “Holidate.”<br />

Got a question or comment for Dom? You can email<br />

him at moviediary@att.net.<br />

By Merisa Sherman<br />

The Birch Ridge Inn is currently serving dinner under the tree on Fridays, Saturday &<br />

Sundays from 6-9, as well as hot cocoa & other beverages at the outdoor fire pit. Feel free<br />

to bring your family by for a photo!


34 • COLUMNS<br />

The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

Maples line a roadside in Mt. Holly.<br />

Tree talk: New law requires a plan<br />

><br />

By Gary Salmon<br />

from page 32<br />

review and adoption of a shade tree preservation plan.<br />

Word about this new law travelled fast as I very quickly<br />

got comments from the town clerk, one interested<br />

citizen, and the Conservation Commission, making sure<br />

the tree warden was aware of H.673. The selectboard was<br />

aware of it and supplemental info has been provided as<br />

well. A Google search of Vermont tree warden changes<br />

<strong>2020</strong> will provide any and all information regarding the<br />

new tree warden law as well as highlighting the changes.<br />

If a shade tree preservation plan is in your future it<br />

is likely to require more than the tree warden. It may<br />

be necessary to make this a group project (dare I say a<br />

committee of interested citizens). It can be as detailed<br />

as the community wishes or needs it to be (plan details<br />

are still being worked out). A plan “shall” be necessary if<br />

a town wishes to continue to manage road side trees and<br />

“must” reflect the interests of the town and its citizens in<br />

implementing our new tree warden laws.<br />

So like a new Christmas each year, this is all new to all<br />

of us. Get on board.<br />

By Karen Dalury<br />

A rainbow arcs over Rutland last Wednesday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 2.<br />

><br />

Livin’ the dream: Memories of childhood Christmases warm the heart and spirit<br />

from page 33<br />

idea what possessed a grown man to ask a 5-year-old<br />

girl for help that first time, but I took the honor very seriously.<br />

Mom would have all the couches moved and she<br />

and my little sister would boss us around, having Dad<br />

and me spin the tree to find the perfect view. Dad and I<br />

would roll our eyes and laugh at how perfect the tree had<br />

to be, but we would do it just for them.<br />

Oh, how that Douglas fir would sparkle and shine<br />

with all the big, bold<br />

colored lights and the<br />

heaping of unattractive<br />

ornaments that somehow<br />

all came together<br />

to make a magical sight.<br />

How many hours my<br />

sister and I would sit<br />

in the living room, just basking in the beauty of it all,<br />

sitting below her branches and look high and higher<br />

until we would roll backwards with laughter at how high<br />

the tree stood. It was so big that my dad would have to<br />

lift my little sister above his head so she could place the<br />

golden angel atop the tree.<br />

For a child, Christmas was perfect. And having our<br />

large family, all together, made it seem ever so much<br />

more magical. But, as time passes, family members pass<br />

from page 18<br />

trout habitat structures throughout<br />

the main stem of the Battenkill.<br />

Most of the projects required heavy<br />

machinery, such as excavators and<br />

bulldozers, that were driven directly<br />

into the river. Habitats were created<br />

with entire trees and large boulders,<br />

for example.<br />

Scott Wixsom, a biologist with the<br />

Green <strong>Mountain</strong> National Forest, has<br />

been working on restoration projects<br />

in the Battenkill since the early 2000s.<br />

He helped direct projects that used<br />

heavy machinery to build habitat.<br />

“As much as possible, we try to<br />

simulate what you would see in<br />

natural stream conditions,” he<br />

said. “We try to use as little hardware,<br />

like cable and rebar, as we<br />

can to make the structures appear<br />

to be as natural as possible.<br />

To do that, we would sharpen the<br />

points on the ends of trunks and<br />

bolls of the trees and drive them<br />

into the stream bank.”<br />

At an angle, the anchored trees<br />

slowed the current, and as a result,<br />

water was less likely to erode the<br />

banks. Their root wads fanned<br />

outward, providing shelter for fish.<br />

A year after building 85 of<br />

these structures, the results were<br />

clear. <strong>Number</strong>s of young trout<br />

increased by almost <strong>50</strong>0%, and the<br />

abundance of adult trout nearly<br />

doubled in some locations.<br />

“Protection and restoration of<br />

riparian habitats and its influence<br />

on instream habitats will be key to<br />

the long-term health of the Battenkill<br />

wild trout resources,” concluded<br />

a 2011 paper by Ken Cox, a<br />

fisheries biologist at the time.<br />

Riverbank stabilization to<br />

prevent erosion<br />

With that, scientists from<br />

Vermont Fish & Wildlife and the<br />

Oh, how that Douglas Fir would<br />

sparkle and shine with all the<br />

big, bold colored lights and the<br />

heaping of unattractive ornaments<br />

Green <strong>Mountain</strong> National Forest<br />

teamed up with citizens from the<br />

Battenkill Watershed Alliance to<br />

install the same kinds of habitats<br />

in more sections of the river’s main<br />

stem, and in its tributaries.<br />

In 20<strong>16</strong>, the team used large<br />

wood to stabilize an eroded<br />

riverbank located below the West<br />

Arlington Cemetery. Had erosion<br />

continued, graves near the top of<br />

the bank could have been compromised.<br />

Many similar projects have been<br />

pursued in the last several years.<br />

For the “Green River Slide,” Fetterman<br />

and Browning think they’re<br />

likely to find funding to stabilize the<br />

riverbanks, and imagine the project<br />

might include using excavators<br />

to drive large, sharpened trunks<br />

into the riverbank. Fetterman and<br />

Browning said this kind of heavy lifting<br />

requires a delicate touch.<br />

“Some of the operators are so<br />

phenomenal,” Browning said.<br />

“This giant machine is like an<br />

extension of their arm. I’ve seen<br />

them pat something.”<br />

“They can be amazingly gentle,”<br />

Fetterman said.<br />

Projects that require this kind<br />

of engineering work aren’t cheap.<br />

Funding has historically come<br />

from organizations like the Trout<br />

and Salmon Foundation, Trout<br />

Unlimited, members of the Battenkill<br />

Watershed Alliance, and Orvis,<br />

along with state and federal grants.<br />

Browning said the expense of<br />

stabilizing the bank near the “Green<br />

on or move away, until it’s only you and your mom meeting<br />

in a parking lot to pick out a tree that I can lift alone.<br />

Each ornament, once a feeling of joy, is now a heartbreaking<br />

memory. Some ornaments you just can’t bear<br />

to put on the tree or you hide them in the back. At the<br />

same time, these ornaments bring comfort, a reminder<br />

of so much love that you want to hold them close to your<br />

heart and let the memories wash over you, to a time<br />

where Raggedy Ann had two<br />

eyes and the reindeer four legs.<br />

As much as I struggle to<br />

look at my own tree, I do so<br />

love the Christmas tree where<br />

I have bartended for almost 15<br />

years. Mary takes her tree seriously,<br />

spending an entire week<br />

stringing the lights just so and perfectly placing each<br />

ornament. I cannot help but be constantly distracted,<br />

gazing up with awe at the 15-foot tree nestled in the<br />

A-Frame at the Birch Ridge Inn. The tinsel, each individual<br />

strand placed with love, dances and glistens<br />

as it brings the magic of Christmas to life. And in that<br />

moment, gazing up to the star at the tippy top of the<br />

tree, I am a little kid again where Christmas is filled<br />

with magic and wonder ... and hope.<br />

Battenkill: Efforts are underway to restore fish populations in popular angling river<br />

><br />

River Slide” will be worthwhile.<br />

“It’s maintaining the integrity of<br />

the whole system,” she said. “The<br />

Battenkill, below the confluence<br />

with the Green River, is going to be<br />

affected by the excess sedimentation.<br />

It affects the habitat there, and<br />

then it affects it down in New York.”<br />

While new habitat structures<br />

have been continually installed<br />

for more than 10 years, Fetterman<br />

says there’s more work to be done.<br />

Based in New York, his work in<br />

the Battenkill watershed, which<br />

crosses the state line, is focused as<br />

much on growing natural habitat<br />

“As much as possible, we try to simulate what you<br />

would see in natural stream conditions,” Wixsom said.<br />

as installing it. Planting layers of<br />

trees along the banks of the river,<br />

for example, will help provide a<br />

sustainable habitat for fish.<br />

“We’ll always be going through<br />

this process of identifying projects<br />

in various spots, pursuing funding,<br />

actually implementing the project,”<br />

Fetterman said. “As far as knowing<br />

what point we say, OK, we did<br />

everything we could, I would say<br />

that’s down the road. I don’t know<br />

that we’ll ever say, ‘This is a natural<br />

environment now,’ but we’re going<br />

to get it as good as we can.”<br />

Browning said one of the most<br />

difficult parts of the project is<br />

persuading landowners to make<br />

significant changes to banks near<br />

their properties. Having grown up<br />

on the Battenkill, when she makes<br />

the pitch, she makes it personal.<br />

“We did work on my family’s<br />

property,” she said. “That’s how<br />

much I believe in what we’re doing.”


The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> • 35<br />

Town of Killington property transfers for October<br />

Seller Buyer Address Property Location Sale Price Closed<br />

Killington, Town of; Oney, Brenda Maravell, Melissa Greenlawn, NY 3095 River Road 11,<strong>50</strong>0.00 10/15/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Lynch, Peter & Roberta L Lewis, Robert B & Lorraine G Wilton, CT 1.3 Acres, Winding Way 19,000.00 10/9/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Novorro, Barbara Williams, Jared Brownsville, TX 4.3 Acres, US Route 4 20,000.00 10/2/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Moretto, Robert & Tammy Golinski, Andrew & DeFilippo, Joann Deer Park, NY Sunrise, EGD2 75,000.00 9/30/<strong>2020</strong><br />

DeLuca, Frank & Andrea L GAHML Investments LLC Jackson, NJ Whiffletree, C5 105,000.00 10/28/<strong>2020</strong><br />

NTC & Co LLP Thomas, Gregory W & Braircliff Manor, NY <strong>Mountain</strong> Green, IIID12 134,000.00 10/19/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Uchino-Thomas, Tomoko<br />

Groth, Kenneth J & Mary E Orabone Family Trust; Orabone Collierville, TN Whiffletree, A1 140,000.00 10/26/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Trustee, David<br />

Lynch, Brian & Paula Ovington, John Neil & Jane Louise Chapel Brampton, Highridge, I2 145,000.00 9/30/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Northampton UK<br />

Chan, Peter L Noonan, Scott & Noonan, Joseph Lexington, MA <strong>Mountain</strong> Green, IIIA7 148,000.00 10/23/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Barbaro, Giorlando S & Marshak, Kris L & Mary Ann F Guilford, CT <strong>Mountain</strong> Green, IIIC13 <strong>16</strong>2,000.00 10/<strong>16</strong>/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Havriluk, Elaine<br />

Messana, Lori Wyatt, Kevin W & Tousey, Terry L Irvington, NY Whiffletree, B8 175,000.00 10/21/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Fontana, Dominick G & GAHML Investments LLC Jackson, NJ Trail Creek, #79 179,000.00 10/28/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Quartararo-Fontana, Victoria<br />

Miller, Stewart & Melanie Williams, Charles D Weston, MA Slopeside Village @ Pico, I101 213,<strong>50</strong>0.00 10/1/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Grimaldi Jr, William S Schultz, Tyler Michael Killington, VT Killington Center, #13 215,000.00 10/2/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Fraga, Matthew J & Lynn M Hansen, Michael F. P. & Susan M. Pottstown, PA Slopeside Village @ Pico, I102 225,000.00 10/15/<strong>2020</strong><br />

DeMarco, George & Hryniszyn, Ewa Cash, Gregory Hewitt, NJ Woods, F5 245,000.00 10/23/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Miny, Bernard & Galasso, Andrew Underkoffler, Thomas J Katonah, NY Slopeside Village @ Pico, J102 2<strong>50</strong>,001.00 10/20/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Antolick, David R GoSlopeside II LLC Sparta, NJ Trail Creek, #32 253,000.00 10/13/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Dybvig, Alan J Dennis, Kim Miami, FL Trail Creek, #7 260,000.00 10/<strong>16</strong>/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Puglisi, Kenneth & Romano, Ryan, Michelle Plantsville, CT Village Sq. @ Pico, H306 260,000.00 10/23/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Elizabeth<br />

Silver, David S & Sheryl R Daley, Cariann H West Newton, MA Trail Creek, #59 260,000.00 10/28/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Pfiffner, Wilhelm & Wendy Jo-Anne Porter, Jacob D Philadelphia, PA Highridge, H3 269,000.00 10/23/<strong>2020</strong><br />

MTGLQ Investors LP Roberts, Eric J & Chausson- Brooklyn, NY 560 Round Robin 285,000.00 10/2/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Roberts, Justine A<br />

Stein Family Living Trust The; Leone, Dane & Dawn Scarsdale, NY Fall Line, A4 325,000.00 10/9/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Stein Trustees, Robert & Susan<br />

Hoffman Joint Revocable Trust, Gebhart, Daniel T & Beth A Concord, MA Sunrise, TLB2 335,000.00 9/18/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Richard L & Cheryl E; Hoffman<br />

Trustees, Richard & Cheryl<br />

Chiappetta, Caroline B Alpenglow, LLC Meredith, NH Sunrise, TLK! 345,<strong>50</strong>0.00 10/19/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Zavalishin, Joseph C & Dawn A Derderian, Arra J & Laura A Milton, MA Woods, D6 359,000.00 10/9/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Buttrick, Kelly Harkins, Ryan & Leslie Moorestown, NJ 208 Tanglewood Drive 385,000.00 9/28/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Hoff, Laura Gesner, David & Julie Wellsley, MA 1992 East <strong>Mountain</strong> Road 385,000.00 10/23/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Hoffmeister, Thomas E & Leslie J Puszcz, Stanley G & Ann B Sparta, NJ Sunrise, TLI3 392,<strong>50</strong>0.00 10/27/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Kowalczyk, Todd Pinetree, Inc Pittsfield, VT 183 Southview Path 395,000.00 10/29/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Cartelli, Anthony Shimick, Scott & Leslie Loudonville, NY 130 Lady Slipper Lane 420,000.00 10/9/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Daigle, Steve D & Amy C Banzi III, Frederick J & Christine M Andover, MA 204 Terrace Drive 426,000.00 10/9/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Hinkle Living Trust, Brennan Smidt, Jeffrey C Havertown, PA 265 Rocky Ridge Road 4<strong>50</strong>,900.00 9/30/<strong>2020</strong><br />

McClure; Hinkle Trustee,<br />

Brennan McClure<br />

Pasts, Matthew Koswick Trust, Allan F; Koswick Cohasset, MA Lodges, B201 454,000.00 10/23/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Trustee, Allan F.<br />

Holmes, Deborah A. DeBiase, Todd & Robin Upper Saddle River, NJ 658 Tanglewood Drive 459,000.00 10/9/<strong>2020</strong><br />

DeFrance, Joseph & Carol A Ramundo, Randy J Mahwah, NJ 6<strong>50</strong> Alipine Drive 461,000.00 10/19/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Kings Pines Associates, LLC Drzewiczewski Jr, Stephen P & Rebecca A Lynnfield, MA Kings Pines, A1 470,000.00 9/28/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Kings Pines Associates, LLC Miller, Stewart & Melanie East Sandwich, MA Kings Pines, C1 475,000.00 10/1/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Halpern, Ronald A & Cheryl B Isenburg, Donald & Joanne Long Valley, NJ Highridge, Q2 599,000.00 10/8/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Van Den Bosch, Jimmy & Wilson, Mark & Carrie Owings Mills, MD 474 Estabrook Road 640,000.00 10/<strong>16</strong>/<strong>2020</strong><br />

Volante, Dennis P


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36 • The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

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Celebrating<br />

31 years!<br />

802.775.5111<br />

335 Killington Rd.<br />

Killington, VT 05751<br />

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The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong> REAL ESTATE • 39<br />

Covid spike: Cases linked to gatherings down, congregate settings up<br />

><br />

from page 9<br />

outbreaks would stem from the ice rink<br />

outbreak.<br />

Congregate care outbreaks take over<br />

As quickly as cases linked to gatherings<br />

receded, cases linked to outbreaks<br />

in congregate care settings, like nursing<br />

homes and rehab facilities, have spiked.<br />

Beginning the week of Nov. 8-14, the<br />

department reported dozens of cases<br />

linked to these outbreaks, with the total<br />

increasing every week since.<br />

407 total cases have been linked to<br />

congregate care outbreaks since the start<br />

of the pandemic as of <strong>Dec</strong>. 2. Unlike with<br />

social gatherings, many cases in this category<br />

were reported in March and April.<br />

But the tallies have resurged, with nine of<br />

these outbreaks reported in October and<br />

November. The number of these cases in<br />

recent weeks has now surpassed the total<br />

from March through May.<br />

Covid-19 cases in long-term care facilities<br />

As of Friday, <strong>Dec</strong>. 4, the Dept. of Health<br />

was tracking outbreaks at eight Vermont<br />

long-term care facilities. Two homes, Birchwood<br />

Terrace Health & Rehab and Burlington<br />

Health & Rehab, had outbreaks earlier<br />

in the pandemic.<br />

On Friday, the state reported 234 cumulative<br />

cases from ongoing outbreaks at eight<br />

long-term care facilities. The hardest hit is<br />

the Elderwood at Burlington nursing home,<br />

which logged 78 cases and three deaths as<br />

of Thursday afternoon, <strong>Dec</strong>. 3.<br />

Mike Smith, secretary of the Agency of<br />

Human Services, announced details of a<br />

plan to ramp up surveillance testing for<br />

long-term care facilities.<br />

All staff at assisted living and residential<br />

care facilities will get PCR tests twice a week,<br />

he said, and antigen tests will be available<br />

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tests and once per week using PCR tests,<br />

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Covid close contacts may receive texts<br />

Vermont Health Commissioner Mark<br />

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system for some close contacts.<br />

“This will help us get information out as<br />

quickly as possible, so these close contacts<br />

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important information on our website,” Dr.<br />

Levine said at Tuesday’s press conference.<br />

“Please know that the texts do not replace<br />

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identified as a close contact will still get a<br />

phone call from a contact tracer.”<br />

Phone numbers will be provided by the<br />

person who has Covid-19. Determination<br />

of who get these texts will be made by the<br />

contact tracing team based on the situation,<br />

Dr. Levine said, “Not everyone will<br />

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legitimate and important message from the<br />

Vermont Department of Health.”<br />

Texts will be from the number 89361 and<br />

will include two short messages notifying<br />

the person that: they may be a close contact,<br />

to expect a call from a contact tracer, to<br />

quarantine right away, and to visit healthvermont.gov/closecontact.<br />

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9 Deer Street, Rutland City, VT<br />

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4 Taplin Road, Barre, VT<br />

$545,000<br />

3997 US 7 Route, Pittsford, VT<br />

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2826 Main Road, West Haven, VT<br />

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90 Center Street, Rutland City<br />

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237 Kinni Kinnic Lane, Poultney<br />

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233 Stratton Road, Rutland City, VT<br />

$129,<strong>50</strong>0 | MLS#4821043<br />

206 Adams Street, Rutland City, VT<br />

$244,000 | MLS#4823386<br />

1851 York Street Extension, Poultney<br />

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40 • The <strong>Mountain</strong> <strong>Times</strong> • <strong>Dec</strong>. 9-15, <strong>2020</strong><br />

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