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Anne Watson, left, a teacher at Montpelier High School who is leading the international development program at
MHS, presents a gift to two school officials in Thailand, recently.

An Interview with Anne Watson: International Exchange

Program Developments at Montpelier High School
by Garrett Heaney

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MONTPELIER At the beginning of the

school year, my friend Elijah Coolidge, a
senior at Montpelier High School, told me
that his Ultimate Frisbee coach, Anne Watson, was taking the year off from teaching
physics in order to help develop the international exchange program at Montpelier
High School. I wanted to touch base with
her to see how things were coming along
around the new year, but alas, Watson had
flown off to Thailand as part of her efforts
to promote the high school and reach out
to students and administrators there. When
she got back last week, we did a short interview, and I was able to make contact with
with some exchange students (current and
past) who either went abroad or came to
Montpelier as part of the various exchange

If youre a student interested in traveling

abroad, or a local resident interested in
being a host family, look for the contact
information and website at the end of this
interview. From the sound of it, Watson
has been plenty busy since her decision to
pursue this last year!
The Bridge: So, what made you decide to
take the year off from teaching?
Anne Watson: This would be my 12th year
of teaching. I still love physics and teaching
and MHS, but I'm grateful for the break
and the opportunity to do something entirely different. I have missed being in the
classroom. I didn't teach at all last semester,
but I came in to school almost every day
anyway, just to have a place to work that
wasn't my house. I also just missed the energetic hum of being around students. A lot
of people have asked me if I'm still coaching
ultimate this spring and the answer is decidedly yes. At this point I don't anticipate that
this work will take me away from school for
any substantial length of time that late in
the spring. Besides, I'm not truly on sabbatical, as I'm teaching one class, engineering,
this spring.
The Bridge: You just got back from Thailand? Business or pleasure?
Watson: I was in Thailand with two fellow
teachers and an administrator from Montpelier High School Tom Sabo, Heather

McLane and Michael Martin. We were

there for work, but we definitely had some
time to relax and explore the area. This trip
was financed through a grant I received
through the Rowland Foundation. My work
with this grant is to look at bringing more
international students to Montpelier High
School to provide a more multicultural experience for our local students, which will
be valuable in an increasingly diverse future.
The Bridge: So, tell me a little about the
history of the international exchange program at Montpelier High School and how
it is evolving?
Watson: As long as I have worked at Montpelier High School, there have always been
a few international students through programs like AFS (American Field Service),
CIEE (Council on International Educational Exchange), the Rotary, and others.
The international program seeks to expand
the number of international students, but
with a different kind of student visa. This
means that these students would be tuitioning in as if Montpelier High School was
a private school. This also means working
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The Bridge: How many schools have you
reached out to? Do you have any existing
relationships with schools abroad?
Watson: We were in Thailand looking for
schools who might want to partner with
us by advertising our school with their
students. We visited seven schools, and all
seven said that they wanted to either partner
with us or pursue next steps in working with
us, which is a little overwhelming. But its a
good problem to have. Its worth mentioning that we owe all of our connections with
schools to people who have visited before
us, but are connected to Vermont. Linda
Wheatley used to take a trip to Thailand
with students every year, and she was a great
help in this process.
The Bridge: What are some of your biggest
challenges right now?
Watson: At this point we have made quite
a few contacts, some directly with international schools, some with recruiting agencies. So the next phase for us is to find host

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Six New Apartments Proposed Near Barre Street

for the possibility of the river changing its course over time. Miller said the state wanted the
city to impose similar, expanded zones along other river corridors in Montpelier, but the city
MONTPELIER Steve Ribolini, owner of SR Services and a major landlord in town, has
submitted plans to the city to construct six new market-rate apartments on Maple Lane, a
short street south of Barre Street, off Charles Street. The apartments would be near the dark You can see the proposed floodplain regulations and map here: http://www.montpelier-vt.
gray Joes Kitchen facility, which is visible from the Hunger Mountain Co-op.
Ribolini told The Bridge the six units would all have two bedrooms, and will be built in two
Volunteer Drivers Needed
buildings of three units each. The apartments will have central air conditioning, and there
will be apartment parking for 12 cars, which equals two per unit. He said he is not sure of MONTPELIER The Vermont Association for the Blind is seeking to increase its pool of
rents yet, but hopes the units will be available for late 2016 occupancy.
volunteer drivers in central Vermont. Our pool is very low at this time and we have many
The citys Development Review Board was scheduled to go over Ribolinis plans at a sketch clients who reside in and around the Montpelier area that need help, stated Vicki Vest, coorplan review on February 1. According to Audra Brown, planning and zoning assistant, this dinator of volunteer services. We also have a couple specific needs for one to two volunteers
was a chance for the board to hear about the project and point out any potential issues with as well. Those interested in volunteering may contact Vest at 863-1358 ext. 24.
it. Plans for the project can be seen at the planning department office, she said.

Revised Zoning Ordinance Now On View: Public Input Sought

Cars Towed During Jan. 19 Winter Parking Ban

MONTPELIER The City is in the second year of a system in which cars can be parked
on most streets overnight during the winter, except when a snow-related event causes the city
to forbid street parking from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. for plowing or snow removal. Before last winter,
overnight parking was banned all winter. To see a list of the 18 streets where a continuous
ban remains in effect from November 15 to April 1, go to

MONTPELIER The planning commission is finalizing proposed revisions to the zoning

ordinance. The current draft is available at or the Department of Planning and Community Development, 39 Main Street, City Hall, Montpelier, VT 05602. The next and possibly last public
hearing to receive comments on the draft is on February 8, 5:30 p.m. in the City Council
Chambers. Until then, the public can also submit written comments to Mike Miller at

When a city parking ban was instituted for the night of Jan. 1819 to allow for snow re- The commission has told The Bridge they will review and consider every comment received.
moval, not everyone heard about it. Thirty-six cars were towed, a higher number than nor- Thereafter, a new draft will be submitted to the city council for its consideration.
mal, according to assistant city manager Jessie Baker. Those who are towed have to pay $65
to the towing company and a $15 parking ticket.
Vermont Arts Council To Honor Grant Recipients Feb. 9
A half-dozen of those towed complained to the city, she said. One, Casey Kolb Nava of
Winter Street, contacted The Bridge to object that she had moved to town recently from East
Montpelier and was never told by the city about the ban. Nava is a physician who was on
call that night and had left her husbands car parked on the street so she could more easily
leave in her own car in a hurry. It didnt even snow last night, she said on the morning of
January 19. It was such overkill.

MONTPELIER The Vermont Arts Council will honor recipients of the most recent
Cultural Facilities Grants at a reception February 9. The Cultural Facilities Grant Program
funds projects that improve existing facilities and expand their capacity to provide cultural
activities in their communities. The recipients were chosen by a panel with experience in
historic preservation, programming, technical theater and accessibility.

This year, 16 organizations representing nine counties received a combined total of $272,474
Baker said she is still trying to improve the system and is interested in taking any suggestions for projects ranging from building an accessible bridge and walkway at the Birds of Vermont
from residents about how to improve notification of the winter parking bans. Among other Museum to supporting the creation of a theater/performance space including AV equipment,
things, the city posts the bans on its website, its Facebook page and on Front Porch Forum. theatrical lighting and storage cabinets.
Residents can also sign up to receive parking ban notifications by email, text and/or phone
The event will be held Tuesday, February 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Cedar Creek Room, Vermont
by going to
State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier. The public is welcome.

Floodplain Rules To Raise Some New Building Elevations

The Cultural Facilities Grant Program is administered by the Vermont Arts Council in
MONTPELIER As part of the citys effort to implement new zoning regulations, the conjunction with the Vermont Historical Society, and the Vermont Division for Historic
citys flood plain regulations are being removed from the zoning regulations and proposed Preservation, and is funded through an annual appropriation in the capital budget.
as a separate set of rules. Both the proposed zoning regulations and floodplain regulations Washington County Recipients:
will be the subject of a second public hearing before the planning commission on Monday,
Center for Arts and Learning, $19,340
February 8, at 5:30 p.m.
Lost Nation Theater, $11,70
According to Planning Director Mike Miller, the proposed floodplain rules include a couple
of significant changes. One is to raise the minimum freeboard for new or substantially
renovated buildings to two feet higher than the current standard, which is the 100-year flood
elevation. That means, for example, that the first floor of City Center at State and Main
which had to be higher than street level when it was built (in order to be above the 100-year
flood level) would have to be two feet higher than it is now if it was being built under
the proposed regulations.
Miller said buildings that meet the new standard would get significantly reduced flood
insurance rates compared to existing buildings in the floodplain, enough to help offset the
costs of building with a higher first floor. He said insurance rates on existing buildings in
the floodplain had, in the past, been grandfathered with lower rates, but that the federal
government is now gradually raising those rates.
The second significant change in the proposed rules would create an expanded zone along
either side of the North Branch, between the Cummings Street Bridge and the Wrightsville
Dam, where it would be difficult or impossible to build a new building. The zone is to allow

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Pot Bill Passes Judiciary, Moves To Senate Finance

by Carla Occaso
MONTPELIER It seems now that the
legislature is on the brink of legalizing the
sale of recreational pot, they are worrying
more than ever about keeping it away from
kids. Vermont Senate bill S.241 to legalize
marijuana passed out of the Judiciary Committee January 29 by a 4 to 1 vote and was
taken up in the Senate Finance Committee
February 2.
Legislative Counsel Michele Childs gave
committee members the rundown on what
has happened with the bill so far. She explained how the bill tries to comply with a
federal document called the Cole Memo,
which pretty much says the federal government wont interfere with a states move to
legalize marijuana so long as the state has a
well-regulated and well-enforced process for
administering the sale and distribution of
recreational marijuana especially eliminating the black market, keeping it away
from kids and preventing it from proliferating over neighboring borders. However,
these guidelines were put out by the current
(President Barack Obama) administration
and could be reversed by a new president,
Childs said.
It is unclear, depending on who the new
administration is, Childs advised the committee. We dont know. A new government
could choose to enforce federal drug laws
and shut down a state-sanctioned legalized
marijuana operation.
Childs fielded a smattering of wide-ranging
questions from the committee February 2.
Many came from Senator Richard Westman, R-Lamoille, who had questions about
the monitoring and inspection of cultivation
sites from an agricultural perspective. He
asked about labelling the product as potentially dangerous as well as close inspection of
the grow sites for contaminants. It looks like
a Health Department thing coming from a
kid who grew up on a dairy farm, Westman
said. We had inspections every six months
and if you didnt pass, the Ag Department
didnt let you sell for 30 days. Westman
suggested marijuana cultivators should be
subjected to similar scrutiny. What does
Public Safety know about growing? Seems
more like Agriculture than Public Safety.
Westman said he did not want public health
to take a back seat to other priorities as the
bill advanced.

Senator Virginia Lyons asked about introducing marijuana use prevention education
into the schools. She asked about tracking
youth in diversion, advertising and other
Childs said in the current bill the state would
issue several license categories and nearly all
the money would go toward law enforcement, prevention education and program
administration. Licenses would be given to
cultivators, laboratories and retail sites (no
one group could have a license in more
than one category except existing medical
marijuana dispensaries (such as the one
on River Street in Montpelier). The money
received from license fees would be divvied
up evenly, with 25 percent going to addiction prevention, 25 percent going to addiction treatment, 25 percent going toward law
enforcement and 25 percent going toward
generally administering the program. Any
additional money would go back toward
prevention, treatment and enforcement,
Childs said.
Also testifying was Shayne Lynn, executive
director of Champlain Valley Dispensary,
Inc. Lynn distributed information claiming his dispensary distributes pot to 60
percent of the registered medical marijuana
patients. His dispensary was funded with
private funding. His documentation stated
his operation flounders due to financial
regulations. We cannot borrow capital to
expand with the growing demand, and, as
a non-profit, we do not have the ability to
offer equity to private funders, Lynn stated
in a document to the Senate Finance Committee. Currently we work with two state
credit unions willing to be business partners
with us in this industry Prior to this, for
two years, all business purchases were made
on my personal credit card. Lynn said he
pays a $25,000.00 annual license fee per
dispensary. He also said his operation has
not made a profit and that all income has
gone back into the operation. Still, they have
grown in 2015, adding 25 new employees,
including a human resource manager, lab
director and controller. Since the federal
government considers the company in the
business of drug trafficking, he must pay
an additional tax burden of 30 to 50 percent
each year, Lynn states.

Previous Testimony In The

Judiciary Committee
Home grown pot would be impossible to
regulate, the substance is largely bad for
public health (especially for youth), but
money could be had. That was the word
from an amalgam of testimony within the
Senate Judiciary Committee during testimony in January. Backyard personal pot
allotment restrictions are unenforceable,
according to Keith Flynn, Commissioner of
the Vermont Department of Public Safety.

Health Impact
Most scientific indicators show legalizing
pot would have a largely negative health
impact according to Dr. Harry Chen, commissioner of the Vermont Department of
Health, when reading his report to the Judiciary Committee January 19. He agreed
with committee member Sen. Jeannette
White, D-Windham, that health experts
who issued the report put out by his department were stacked against legalization to
begin with. But still, their compilation of
180 studies on the effects of marijuana
indicated a conclusion that pot lowers the
intelligence quotient, contributes to the high
school drop out rate and increases most
mental illness symptoms. Therefore, regardless of how adults use it, children should be
I dont think were doing enough. The
fact that we havent seen dramatic increase
(in marijuana use) could be seen as a success. There is more we can do in terms of
substance abuse in schools, Chen told the
committee. The Health Department report
indicated that, while marijuana eased pain
symptoms for people with cancer, AIDS,
severe pain and multiple sclerosis, it worsened symptoms of psychosis, depression,
schizophrenia, anxiety, brain functioning,
automobile operation, chronic bronchitis,
pregnancy and future dependency.
Lori Emerson of the National Alliance of
Mental Illness testified also on January 19
that cannabis adversely affects the prefrontal cortex of the brain. This area of the
brain governs planning and organizational
behavior. Long-term use has been linked to
schizophrenia, she said. While the public
believes it is harmless, the average potency
has increased 103 percent from 1998 to
2008, she said.
Legalizing marijuana will bring in 10,000
more users, Emerson said, adding that Vermonts hospitals and crisis units are already
filled to capacity. Emergency rooms will
not be able to handle the additional load,
she said. The Colorado black market is
thriving, (and has seen) rising rates of unregulated marijuana crime. Motor vehicle
deaths in Colorado are up by 32 percent.

Legalization will lead to exasperating problems, she concluded, saying it is her organizations job to protect those individuals
who fall prey to marijuana dependency. We
dont want 20 new cases of cannabis-use
psychosis, she said.

Law Enforcement
And while law enforcement officials had
previously testified against marijuana, on
January 22, one testified in favor of legalization while the top law enforcement official
in the state said it wouldnt be the end of
the world.
Windham County Sheriff Keith Clark testified that eliminating prohibition would get
rid of a failed policy and allow the state to
focus on addiction. When pot is legalized,
law enforcement personnel and training
would need to be increased. However, legislators should make sure the infrastructure
was in place to allow for regulation before
pot is readily available. It should not be
allowed before July, 2018, Clark said. Additionally, Vermonts face of law enforcement,
Keith Flynn, commissioner, Department of
Public Safety, also sounded like legalizing
marijuana would not be the end of the
world. If money comes in, Flynn contested,
a big piece of it would have to go to education.
Flynn said he had traveled to Colorado
with other Vermont officials since Colorado
legalized the recreational use of marijuana
and the sky has not fallen. He said there
are good points and bad points to what is
going on there. The dispensaries are very
well run and the big grow operations are
run very professionally, he said. But public
use goes virtually unhindered. We were
literally walking from one cloud to another,
he said. Some people think it is a great idea
others dont.
As for how it would fly in Vermont, Flynn
said he learned a few cautions from Colorado. For one thing, you cant necessarily
depend on getting money to the state. Colorado did not get the revenue they expected.
And how the money is disbursed is also challenging, considering that marijuana is still
considered illegal by the federal government
so some banks wont handle pot money.
Flynn said, in his opinion, allowing home
grow plots would open the window for an
unregulated situation. It is a drug. It is a
dangerous substance. Some people become
addicted. The only advice I would give as we
move forward is to take a cautious approach.
Do something that law enforcement is going
to actually have the ability to support I
dont think we can realistically wipe out the
black market.
The Finance Committee is scheduled to vote
on the passage of S.241 February 5.

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An Interview with Anne Watson: International Exchange Program

Developments at Montpelier High School Continued from Page 1
families, and were at the front edge of that process. Im really thankful that The Bridge is covering this program right
now because were just starting to reach out to Montpelier
residents about hosting.

the beginning of the year). So even if a family cant commit closely tied to how interactive the international students
to a whole year of hosting, wed still love to hear from them are. Having said that, our local population of kids are reabout more temporary options.
sponding really well. Were learning that it may be useful to
The Bridge: I grew up in St. Johnsbury and graduated have some intentional structures in place to help facilitate
The Bridge: Are local families in the Montpelier commu- from the Academy there. I went to school with kids from interaction for those students who are more naturally shy.
all over the world and the cultural exposure taught me to The Bridge: Where can people reading this interview find
nity supportive/receptive?
Watson: I consistently hear positive feedback about the appreciate and value diversity. I think there were students information about the program and who might they conprogram. Montpelier is a very internationally-minded com- from like 40 different countries in the dorms when I tact should they have interest in being a host family?
munity that intends to welcome people from other cultures. graduated in the late 90s. How do you think the students Watson: If a family is interested in hosting a student (or
With all of our international partners, were telling people in Montpelier are responding to the idea of having more two) from another country, they should get in touch with
right now that were intending to limit the number of in- international students around and the exchange programs me, Anne Watson, at I will have more
ternational students to 10, because thats how many host in general?
information specifically for host families available online
families we think we can find. In addition to regular host
families, well also need backup host families (in case a
student needs to move entirely), respite host families (in
case a student needs a temporary break) and August host
families (in case were still looking for a host family right at

Watson: I actually had a graduate from last year tell me

that she was so excited about the program that if it was
still running by the time she graduated from college, she
wanted to come back just to work with this program specifically. But more generally, I think students reactions are

at under Admissions.

Garrett Heaney is the proofreader for The Bridge, a local artist ( and slings health food at the Co-op.

School Board Candidates Run Uncontested

MONTPELIER This year presents an unusual circumstance of four open seats on
the school board. Michele Brauns first term is up, and shes running for re-election;
Bridget Asay, appointed last fall when Carol Paquette stepped down, has to run for
election to the one-year remainder of that term; Sue Aldrich and Lowell Vanderlip have
both announced that they will not seek re-election, and Jim Murphy and Peter Sterling
have stepped up to run for those seats.
A friendly reminder that ballots will be available for early voting beginning this Friday,
February 5. The school board, staff, and students would very much appreciate everyone's support in passing the budget, which has our per-pupil spending up 1.08 percent,
an increase that we estimate will slightly reduce residents' education tax bill for next
year, while maintaining our excellent programming.

From left, school board of commissioners candidates Jim Murphy, Michele

Braun, Peter Sterling and Bridget Asay. Photo by Mark Di Stefano.

The Mears family invites the public to meet the candidates at an evening of coffee, tea
and cookies. Saturday, February 6 at 93 College Street from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Please
see the invitation at

Vermont State Colleges Chancellor Ups Marketing Efforts

by Carla Occaso
MONTPELIER A college education helps bridge the financial divide between haves
and have nots, said Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor for Vermont State Colleges and former secretary of administration to Gov. Peter Shumlin. Spaulding spoke to the Montpelier Rotary
Club at its February 1 meeting in the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
Vermont has the lowest rate of high school students enrolling in colleges among the New
England states. And with decreasing student population overall, this is causing problems
at the level of higher education. Spaulding, describing the Vermont State Colleges system,
sang the praises of the five institutions of higher education under his auspices: Castleton
University, Community College of Vermont, Johnson State College, Lyndon State College and Vermont Technical College. Castleton has 75 programs that include master's and
doctoral programs. Community College of Vermont is seen as a way to get inexpensive
transferrable credits and then move into a bigger or more prestigious program or simply
to get an entire degree at a lower cost than most colleges. Lyndon State College is famous
for turning out meteorologists, including many of the original founders of The Weather
Channel, and Johnson is famous for its science and theater programs.
Vermont Technical College has employers vying for students who are being snapped up
by out-of-state companies who can afford to pay higher salaries, Spaulding said. Vermont
Techs programs include agribusiness, architectural engineering, landscape design and renewable energy. Spaulding said he recently got a call from a well-known resort developer
who was seeking students with bio tech backgrounds.
We are the lynchpin of upward mobility, Spaulding said, describing how students can go

Jeb Spaulding speaking

to the Montpelier Rotary
Club February 1

to college tuition free if they work hard and get good grades in high school. Not going to
college keeps people stuck in a cycle of poverty.
There are thousands of students not going to college, it is a real limiter on their future,
Spaulding said. Getting legislature to increase funding in this area might also decrease the
need for funding in some of the social services, such as corrections, food assistance, fuel
assistance and anything to do with poverty.
Spaulding said he is making the effort to help high school students learn about the programs at local colleges in hopes of attracting more students. This includes inviting students
to visit campus and see what it is like. He also hopes to attract the senior set. People who
are over 65 and retired may want to get that education they were never able to complete in
younger years. In fact, Johnson State College has a program specifically designed for adults
who have not finished their college degree and want to start over. And with an aging population, this is a rapidly growing potential pool of students.

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Need a Tiny House? Apply

Now But Before March 1
by Nat Frothingham

uring a recent interview at Another Way the drop-in and activity center at 125
Barre Street in Montpelier I talked with executive director Will Eberle and
outreach specialist Lauren Sales.

Another Way has been serving people in crisis here for more than 30 years and though we
talked about all that Another Way does for people who are contending with mental illness
or unemployment or homelessness or addiction (or any combination of these) at the center
of our conversation was an innovative project that is just getting launched.
The centerpiece of that new project is a free-standing tiny house that was donated this
past fall to Another Way and is safely parked in Montpelier. Theres no question this tiny
house is tiny by any standard (8.5 feet wide and 18.5 feet long). But as small as it is, its
large enough to accommodate the needs of a single person.
More about the tiny house project later. But first, a few more words about Another Way,
which first and foremost is a welcoming and safe place to go.
Talking about how Another Way works with people in need, Will Eberle said, People walk
through the door. We are able to help them out. There is no formal intake. No masses of
paperwork to fill in. No red tape. Which means, you can come in, meet with the friendly
staff, share a community meal, join a discussion group, pursue an art project, learn basic
carpentry, work in the greenhouse and in good weather work in the garden.
One thing that Another Way is not equipped to offer is housing. No overnights, said
Eberle, firmly. But just because Another Way cant offer housing doesnt mean that housing
is off Eberles list of urgent concerns.
Said Eberle, We work with around a dozen people a day who are homeless. They leave
here at night and sleep outdoors or wherever they can find temporary lodging. Theyre
not able to use the local homeless shelter because of such things as addiction or PTSD
(post traumatic stress disorder). Then Eberle rounded on what needs to be done. Housing
programs are full, he said. We desperately need more low-barrier shelter resources and
housing resources in general.

Finally, Eberle went on to talk about the men and women who are leaving substance abuse
treatment programs or getting released from prison. The thing we are seeing a lot of, he
said, is people being released from treatment facilities and incarceration into homelessness.
Eberle said that Another Way is serving something like 40 people per day and 300 unique
individuals a year.
Returning to the Tiny House Project, Eberle said hes convinced that some of the people
Another Way is serving might do very well living on their own in a tiny house. He talked
about people who might not thrive in a group or communal housing situation, people, for
example, who are on a slow path dealing with addiction. Or some people who are contending with mental illness and hearing voices.
Both Will Eberle and Lauren Sales talked about housing as a basic, fundamental need for
people who are trying to put their lives back together again. When people have a place to
live that is theirs, they emphasized, it can give them hope.
I dont think theres a lot of realistic hope around, Sales said. But if the Tiny House
Project can succeed and can be a model it could be a breakthrough.
Theres a lot of buzz about this, said Eberle. People in state government are interested.
Theyre attending meetings, he said. If it is successful, people will see it. We want it to
succeed. We want it to be a model.
Right now, Another Way is accepting applications from anyone who is interested in the
Tiny House Project and applications are due at Another Way no later than March 1, 2016.
A single page application from Another Way essentially asks each applicant these four
First, are you in need? Second, where will you put it? Third, do you have the skills to fix
it? Fourth, if you were given the tiny house, could you afford it?
Anyone who is interested in the tiny house project or seeks additional information should contact
Another Way staff at or by phoning 595-2987.

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Granite City Groove

Delicate Decadence: One Sweet Shop

by Joshua Jerome

BARRE I was strolling through downtown Barre recently and found myself craving a
cupcake, so I made my way over to Delicate Decadence. The owner, Tim Boltin, was just
finishing up in the kitchen and asked me with excitement, do you want to try something
really good? The answer to that question every time is, yes! The aroma in the bakery was
incredible and as I sat down he handed me a plate with a fresh baked roll sliced in half with
slices of pork loin and a tangy Carolinian style barbeque sauce wedged in the middle. With
one bite, I was in flavor heaven.
I knew Tim had purchased Delicate Decadence from the original owner just over a year
ago, so I asked him, How did you get here? Tim said he and his wife, Stacie, were both
in the military and were stationed in Germany when they reached their 20-year mark and
retirement became possible. Neither Tim nor Stacie knew exactly if they wanted to leave the
military, but Stacie was pregnant, so wherever they went would be as a family. To make that
decision after 20 years is a process deserving a week of classes and re-education about careers
in the civilian world. While looking through Military Transition Times, Tim saw an ad for
New England Culinary Institute and he thought, I want to cook!
Moving to Vermont had already been talked about since Stacie grew up in Woodstock, and
in 2005 they decided to retire from military service and begin a new adventure in the Green
Mountain State. Stacie took a nursing job and pursued her interests in photography, and after
graduating from NECI, Tim went on to cook at Sugarbush for a former NECI instructor.
It was a great experience, Tim said, but he worked like a dog and by this time, Stacie was
pregnant with their second child. He then moved to a new job at Blue Cross Blue Shield.
There he worked within a corporate structure where he tried to incorporate his affinity for
his southern roots culinary traditions into the fold. At the same time, Tim began working at
Delicate Decadence periodically providing a more casual and creative outlet.

After five years, Tim decided to go full-time at Delicate Decadence. Then, within a year,
an opportunity provided itself to acquire the well-established bakery located at 15 Cottage
Street in downtown Barre. Now almost 15 months after taking ownership, Tim is able to
follow his passion for cooking and provide a diverse array of savory morsels and sweet confections. As Tim was describing to me the joys of working with his staff, the tangy barbeque
sauce kept biting my palate while my eyes kept wandering over to the case of fudge, cannolis
and cupcakes. With every customer that walked in, Tim called them by their first name and
asked them how they were doing all the while his three staff members were busy getting their
weekly meal prepared for pickup and delivery.
Tim talked about his passion for working with young adults and using the Vermont Department of Labors job training program. Mentoring provides an opportunity to invest time in
people because its important, Tim said. On occasion, you can find one of his two daughters
helping behind the counter and making sure he doesnt slack off. With a year under his belt as
a bakery owner, Tim confidently explained to me that baking and preparing wedding cakes
should be fun and not a stressful experience. Otherwise, youre simply doing it wrong.
Tim was excited to say that for the first time next month, Delicate Decadence was going to
be a featured vendor at Hunger Mountain Coop and was also gearing up for Valentines Day
with production beginning next week.
As we wrapped up our conversation, I was thankful for getting to know Tims past and being
able to see the enjoyment and how the community benefits from his passion. With one last
look at the fresh macaroons, I left until next time.
The writer is executive director of The Barre Partnership.

The Boltin family, from

left, Sophie, Stacie, Tim
and Julia.

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A Personal Talk With Yana Poulson About

Flowers and Healing
by Nat Frothingham

As a spontaneous gift, or for Valentines Day, or to

remember a special moment or a special friend
or to mark a birthday, an anniversary, to express
sympathy or regret, even to make amends why
not flowers?

flower business. And Regal Floral Design was the


On a recent afternoon, I started in downtown

Montpelier and drove for 10 minutes out Route 2
to MiddleGround in Middlesex, the home of the
Red Hen Bakery and a growing community of artist studios and shops. It was there at MiddleGround
that I talked with floral designer Yana Poulson at
Regal Floral Design.

The word Regal in Regal Floral Design was inspired by 17th century baroque art, architecture and
music, written to please kings, queens, princes and
patrons of high art. Said Poulson, The whole idea
is something special. People come here. They tell
me stories. It could be a friend who is ill. It could
be about a moment of trust. Or sincere feelings of
apology or regret. The flowers could be for a wife,
a mother, for someone you work with. For someone
who has done so much for you.

Regal Floral Design is a small welcoming space that

is at once both a studio and a shop the place
where Yana creates her hand-tied, natural bouquets
and striking floral arrangements.

Yana likes the word wholehearted. She sees flowers

as special. This is not a bunch of flowers wrapped
up in plastic at the supermarket. This was made for
a particular person.

On display are a variety of fresh flowers and the

natural materials Yana uses raffia ribbon, nonwoven textiles, willow tree branches to create bouquets and arrangements that are at once both natural and personal.

When a customer comes into her shop, Yana says,

Show me the flowers that you like. Or the flowers that she likes the flowers that will please
the person to whom the flowers will be given. Its
hand-tied, she says of her bouquets. You dont
have to carry water. You can recycle the wrapping.

Yana Poulson of Regal Flower Design

As we started talking, Yana asked me, almost shyly,

Is it interesting that Im from Russia?
After a pause, she continued, "I grew up in St. Petersburg. We lived in the middle of the city.
I was from an upper class family. Though things were extremely tough during the 1990s.
My challenge, said Yana, was to find one particular thing I wanted to focus on. As a
student at Petersburg State University, she studied biology. And though biology didnt lead
her to a career, it did explain the physiology of plants and biochemistry. And it did answer
these questions: How do plants grow? How do flowers grow? How do they breathe?
Yana left St. Petersburg when she was 27. But said, Its not because of something I didnt
like there. In St. Petersburg, she had worked in pre-natal diagnostics. During her 20s, she
spent a month near Bristol, England and was a student at Flower Design of Britain, a school
that specializes in all aspects of flower design. Speaking about what she learned there, she
said, After one month I was able to do anything: wedding bouquets and all forms of contemporary flower design that included working with a range of different materials such as
wood, wire and fabric.
Describing the change in her life that brought her to America and Vermont, Yana said
simply, I met my husband online. He came to visit me and we soon realized that we have
a lot in common. He told me that Vermont is beautiful. And it was. It spoke to my love of
After coming to Vermont, some of her friends said to her, Yana, you should start your own

Then Yana who is also a massage therapist talked about the healing power of flowers.
A gift of flowers can convey delight, joy, pleasure. You accept the gift. It makes you feel
better. You feel okay. Everything is going to be okay. I believe that healing can happen in a
moment, Yana said. A thoughtful gift can start a cascade of positive emotions.
When we bring flowers to a friend, we may knock on a door or ring a bell. The person who
is to receive the flowers may be thinking, Whos knocking on the door now? Somebody
wants something. Then she opens the door. Oh, what is this? Oh, its flowers, she exclaims. Sometimes flowers bring back a memory of a special day. It could be 20 years ago.
Its about giving and receiving, Yana said.
As our interview ended, Yana talked about the similarities between giving flowers and her
work as a massage therapist.
I want to do both. I like doing both. Its very similar: healing arts and flower art. Its about
understanding yourself. What is your true desire? Its also about flow. You have to accept
the flow of energy. Accept whats coming. Wellness is about accepting new changes and
letting go of the past.
Then Yana applied that line of thought to business. You have to let go of what you might
be holding onto and be open to whatever comes to you, she said.
Poulson selects the finest fiber textiles to
complement the beauty and freshness of
the flowers. These natural textiles are
airy, strong, hand-made and hand-dyed.
Shown here are raffia ribbon and nonwoven textiles made from tropical plant
fibers palm trees, banana and agave

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Owner of Arnies Ice Cream is One Cool Kid

hen Brandon Darmstadt was 16 years old and a

10th grader at U-32 High School, he developed a
business plan as a school project. His senior year
of high school, Darmstadt was approved for a small business
loan based on that business plan. Three months after graduating and at the age of 18, he opened the doors of his own
company. That is how Arnies Ice Cream was born with the
now 19-year-old Darmstadt at the helm.
Ive had hundreds of business ideas for restaurants, resorts, military shipping, said Darmstadt. Ive always been
very entrepreneurial. But for him, food has always been a
passion. He has enjoyed cooking and baking from a very
young age. Although he would have liked to open a fullservice restaurant as his first business, he felt it would have
been too crazy and overwhelming.
I didnt do well in a typical educational environment. Id get
bored, said Darmstadt. He preferred hands-on and experiential learning. So Darmstadt joined a self-directed learning
program offered at U-32 when he was a sophomore. Students
in the program created their own curriculum and focused
on their areas of interest. A big project was to create a business plan. The idea for Arnies came to him during a family
camping trip. Darmstadt felt there was a big gap when Ben
& Jerrys scoop shop left Montpelier.

and learning. He was the youngest in the class.

He also decided that the best way to sell the
ice cream was with a mobile cart and through
monthly memberships. With the guidance of
his business teacher, George Cook and advisor
Ralf H. (Goober) Schaarschmidt, II from the
New England Excess Exchange, Darmstadt was
able to procure a small business loan with Community National Bank. He then collaborated
with St. Albans Dairy Coop to create the base of
the ice cream, its starting component.
The summer after graduating high school, when
a lot of his classmates were preparing to go to
college or working summer jobs, Darmstadt
was busy finalizing a manufacturing space for
his business. In August of 2015, Darmstadt
officially launched Arnies Ice Cream from an
800-square-foot facility at 46 Gallison Hill
Road, down the street from his alma mater.
With assistance from his parents, Alisa and Chip, Darmstadt
spends several hours practically every day dedicated to both
the sales and production ends of Arnies. He attributes the
independent learning program for helping him prepare for
his rigid schedule and ability to plan ahead.

So who is Arnie? Darmstadts grandfather, Arnold Golodetz,

passed away not long before a name was being decided for
the company. Darmstadt chose Arnies Ice Cream as a homage to his grandfather, who actually disliked the nickname
Arnie but loved ice cream. Darmstadt said he will actually
Time to get another pint respond to either Hey, Brandon! or Hey, Arnie!
(or two!) of the sweet and Arnies Ice Cream flavors range from the typical to the
spicy Aztec Chocolate Ice unusual. The true passion that drives Darmstadt is the
creation of flavors. He also has to balance what tastes good
with what sells. Besides the classics, vanilla and chocolate,
you may find Coffee Caramel Crunch and Spiced Orange
(ice cream infused with orange along with notes of cloves,
nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger.) For Valentines month,
flavors available will include Chocolate Covered Strawberry and Rosewater. Ingredients are sourced locally when
possible Benitos Hot Sauce in the Spicy Maple Bacon,
coffee flavors from Vermont Coffee Roasters, maple flavors from Five Forks Farm, caramel and toffee from Red

Within the next two years, Darmstadt attended a one-week

crash course in ice cream production at Penn State University. It was one of the most stressful and intense things
with full days of lectures

by Marichel Vaught

Brandon Darmstadt at the

doors of Arnie's Ice Cream's
production facility at 46
Gallison Hill Road.
Kite Candy. Darmstadt has personally experimented with
all sorts of flavor combinations for fun and possible production Barbecue (did not work), Pickle (too salty), Sriracha
(ok), Steak (surprisingly, yum). This writers new favorite
flavor: Aztec Chocolate chocolate ice cream with cinnamon and cayenne THE perfect frozen treat to warm up a
winters day with that kick of cayenne.
Darmstadt wants to continue expanding and exploring. Hed
like to grow Arnies Ice Cream with scoop shops, more carts,
more retail sales and more memberships. Hed also like to
venture into other areas such as filmmaking and computer
coding. Hed love to go to culinary school. Darmstadts zeal
for experiential learning simply does not end. He is ambitious, yet remains laid back and easy-going.
In the summer, you can find Brandon peddling his creations
from a mobile cart in front of City Hall. And during the
winter, hes spotted at the Montpelier Farmers Market. Currently, pints are available for purchase at Red Hen Bakery,
Uncommon Market and the Adamant Coop. Sarduccis and
Skinny Pancake have some on their dessert menus. You can
also sign up for memberships to pick up a number of pints
or half-gallons each month from their facility. Visit http:// to start a membership and
to find out what new flavors will be available.

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Winter Nordic Sports Center Here At Home

story by Carla Occaso; photos by Marichel Vaught

MONTPELIER It is winter. Snow has piled up. Ice is solidifying. You dont
have to go out to Bolton or Waitsfield to enjoy the season, there are plenty of
outdoor sports available right in town. Some residents led by Parks Commissioner Carolyn Grodinsky and others would like to see our area viewed
as a Nordic winter sports center. This means to take advantage of outdoor
activities that can be had in our city parks and nearby centers.
Starting on our crosscountry excursion at
Morse Farm Ski Touring

The Bridge decided to experience hyperlocal outdoor winter sports available

within a few miles of our office at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. At the
urging of Grodinsky, I agreed to do some immersion reporting as long as I
could bring someone else in the person of our photographer and layout
designer Marichel Vaught.

Cross Country Skiing and Ski Skating

First stop: Morse Farm Ski Touring Center. Conditions were not
perfect. In fact, a few raindrops started the day, but we decided
to go for it, since we did not know what weather to expect later.
We were right to go because a warm spell followed, bringing with
it icy conditions. But that didnt spoil our experience that day.
When we arrived at Morses, a woman was just coming in off her
early morning excursion. I asked her why she comes here. It has
beautiful, nicely groomed trails where you can be in close contact
with nature and see a deer or two if you are lucky, said Nicole
Others echoed her enthusiasm.
Lu Van Zeeland, assistant manager of the Morse Farm Ski Touring
Center, has been working there for three years and really enjoys
her time on the trails. I wanted to be able to do a seasonal job.
I wanted something that connected people to the outdoors
especially in winter, she said.
Hosting a ski touring center at Morse Farm just outside the
capital city was an act of entrepreneurial genius. Many tracts
of farmland, including theirs, lie largely unused during the winter months starting around November and only come alive for
sugaring season in March. But someone had an idea that changed
everything. Morse Farm had a farm stand and maple sugar operation until around the early 2000s, when some investors together
with property owner Burr Morse suggested putting together a ski
trail operation.
They all came and bought equipment and Burr provided the

Lu Van Zeeland and

Marichel Vaught take a
break on the trails

facility, said manager Brett Leeper. John Morton designed and

built the trails. Leeper drives the grooming vehicles and sounds
like he enjoys it. Leeper said the facility has attracted the Bill Koch
program and plays host to a lot of young families and retired people especially a healthy group in their 60s.
Enough talk. We decided to hit the trails.
Marichel got fit with a shiny new set of cross country skis, boots
and poles while I brought my own trusty Rossignols, which I had
purchased just three years ago from the Village Sport Shop in
Lyndonville. I grew up using wax skis with my parents as a child,
so I still do. But most people are using waxless skis with the fish
tail type patterns on the bottom. It was a blue wax day at around
25 F, but the scant rain on top of snow made the surface slick.
Not impossible, but slick.
We had fun sliding along on the beginner trails because even the
mildest slope challenged our balance. The views were expansive
and it was nice having the place to ourself on a mid-morning Tuesday. Although we hadnt planned on it, we might have been better
off on snowshoes, which Van Zeeland said is growing in popularity especially among those who are less experienced on skis. In
fact, on February 7, the center is hosting a guided snowshoe tour at
1 p.m. with naturalist Rose Paul, director of science for the Nature
Conservancy in Vermont.
We had so much fun that we went directly to Onion River Sports
where Marichel got her own pair of skis, poles and boots so we
could do it again soon.

Brett Leeper and Lu Van Zeeland of Morse Farm Ski Touring Center


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Hubbard Park
Ice Skating
Ice skating is also growing in popularity right in town. A move is under foot to put a skating rink on the State House lawn, though it did not make it this winter. However, there
are other nearby places to bring the skates, including the Central Vermont Civic Center
on Gallison Hill. But some prefer the outdoor ice skating experience. The Hubbard Park
pond can be used, but it is quite small. People also go to Curtis Pond. But in recent years
the Recreation Department has been shoveling off the Montpelier Pool for outdoor skating. This has been impossible in recent days due to warm weather, but maybe conditions
will return before the season is over.

Taking in the view from the

tower at Hubbard Park

Back to Grodinsky, who is also a parks commissioner, and her enjoyment of the outdoors
in winter. Grodinsky suggested we spend some time on the trails in Hubbard Park. Hubbard Park is an excellent place for many sports, such as winter hiking and snowshoeing.
And, although she didnt mention it, there is a little pond near the entrance kept clear of
snow for ice skating when the weather cooperates.
We decided to snow hike. We had brought our snowshoes, but there just wasnt enough
snow. We took a wide loop around the park, starting at a point near the new shelter.
From there, we headed west, where we walked past some of those exercise stations and
had a little fun doing sit-ups and pull-ups along the way. Then, we followed the path up
and around to the tower. Just seeing the tower among nothing but trees makes me feel
like I was an explorer from an older era. The stairs inside the tower have been kept up,
so you feel safe ascending to the top, where you can look over the city of Montpelier ,and
beyond, to an expansive vista of mountains.
There were three of us and we spent over an hour walking in the woods, laughing, talking and getting enjoyable exercise.

The ice pond at Hubbard Park

Fat Biking
Another winter sport requiring equipment, is one which I have never tried: fat biking.
This is growing in popularity, but it is hard to find trails that allow fat biking in winter,
said Kip Roberts, general manager of Onion River Sports. Roberts is also a member of
the Parks Commission.
Wearing his hat as Onion River Sports manager, Roberts told The Bridge about fat bikes.
We rent bikes. There is demand, but there is no supply of trails (where it is legal to ride)
There is one legal mile of trail at North Branch Park, off Cumming Street. As for who is
doing it? Roberts said ten employees of the shop do it and there are probably around 30
other fat bikers in Montpelier. You can ride on the roads in Hubbard Park, but not on
the trails, except the trail leading up to the tower.
This is a hot button issue in town. The Montpelier Bike Association requested (the city)
open up the 200 acres in Hubbard Park to fat biking, but opposition prevailed.
People thought it was reckless, cut-off-jean, pony-tailed extremists riding, but what it
really is, is your family doctor, your family lawyer, Roberts said.
Montpelier should continue to foster a growing cycling culture for summer and winter.
Our city is behind the times as far as safe biking infrastructure, said Roberts adding that he would like to see more community corridors linking neighborhoods to the
schools and other places. And fat biking is an interesting new winter sport. It is an
alternative to skiing, snowshoeing; trail riding in the winter.

Vicky Tebbetts of Cabot and Carla

Occaso meet a Hubbard Park winter

Occaso tries
an excercise
station at
Park with

Tying it All Together and Creating

a Nordic Center Here in Montpelier?
At least one city official likes the idea:
Mayor John Hollar: I love the idea of creating a Nordic culture in Montpelier. We live
in a cold climate where there are countless outdoor recreation opportunities, so why not
make the most of it? I'm a big fan of Morse Farm and skate ski there most weekend days
when snow conditions are good. I've recently taken up fat biking and that has been a ton
of fun. I occasionally hike up Mt. Worcester in the winter on snowshoes. I'm not much
of an ice skater, but I'm hoping that we'll have ice skating on the statehouse lawn next

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Events happening February 4 February 20


MBAC Meeting. Meeting of the Montpelier Bicycle

Advisory Committee. First Thurs., 8 a.m. Police
Station Community Room, 534 Washington St.,
Montpelier. 262-6273.
Vermont Week at VCFA! Join us February 46 to
visit classes, speak with current students and meet
award winning faculty. 811 a.m. Vermont College of Fine Arts, College St., Montpelier. Sharon
Trautwein, Assistant Director of Admission:
202-8829 or Miciah
Gault, MFA in Writing & Publishing Program
Director: 828-8779 or
Plutoids, Centaurs & Cubewanos: Myths of
the New Solar System. Kids program with Dr.
Kelley Hunter. Hear stories of newly discovered
planetoids past Pluto, with funny-sounding names
from around the world. 3:304:30 p.m. Jaquith
Library, Marshfield. Free. Pre-register: 426-3581.

Volunteer Opportunities: Central VT Adult Basic Education. Find out about CVABEs volunteer
opportunities in the Barre/Montpelier area. This is
also a chance for current volunteers to share their
experiences and inspire others. 4:305:30 p.m.
CVABE, Barre Learning Center, 46 Washington
St., Barre. 476-4588.

Jennifer Armstrongs Shipwreck at the Bottom

of the World (Part 1 of 4). Veteran polar explorer
Ernest Shackleton sailed south from England in
1914 with the goal to lead the first team to cross
the continent of Antarctica on foot. Shackleton
failed in this mission but his epic struggles with
ice, wind, cold and the unforgiving southern ocean
made him a legend in his own time. Hear Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World read aloud in
four one-hour installments (Jan. 28, Feb. 4, 11,
25). Discussion follows. 6:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.
Diabetes Support Group. First Thurs., 78 p.m.
Conference room 3, Central Vermont Medical
Center. 371-4152.


Vermont Week at VCFA! Join us February 46 to

visit classes, speak with current students and meet
award winning faculty. 811 a.m. Vermont College of Fine Arts, College St., Montpelier. Sharon
Trautwein, Assistant Director of Admission:
202-8829 or Miciah
Gault, MFA in Writing & Publishing Program
Director: 828-8779 or
Home Share Now Information. 10 a.m.noon.
Visit our table at Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main
St., Barre. If you are unable to attend but would
like more information please contact Home Share
Now: 479-8544, information@homesharenow.
Central Vermont Medical Center Job Fair. Meet
recruiters and managers. Lern about the wide
variety of career opportunities available at CVMC.
10 a.m.4 p.m. CVMC, Conference rooms 1
and 2, 130 Fisher Rd., Berlin.
Death Caf. Group discussion about death with
no agenda, objectives or themes. First Fri., 11:45
a.m.1 p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2,
Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Bring your
own lunch or eat at the center for $4. 223-3322.
Faculty Readings. VCFA Faculty will read from
their work accompanied with a question and
answer and session. Wine and beer will be sold at
the event. Everyone is welcome. 5:306:30 p.m.
Vermont College of Fine Arts, College Hall, Caf
Anna, Montpelier. Free. Sharon Trautwein, Assistant Director of Admission: 202-8829 or sharon. Miciah Gault, MFA in Writing & Publishing Program Director: 828-8779 or
Coffeehouse. Enjoy live music and share your
own. Fellowship, potluck snacks and beverages.
First Fri., 79 p.m. Trinity United Methodist
Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier (park and enter
at rear). Free. 244-5191, 472-8297 or rawilburjr@


Snowshoe Waterbury with Green Mountain

Club. Winter Trails Day at Green Mountain Club
Headquarters, Waterbury Center.
National Federation of the Blind, Montpelier
Chapter. First Sat. Lane Shops community room,
1 Mechanic St., Montpelier. 229-0093.


Vermont Week at VCFA! Join us February 46 to

visit classes, speak with current students and meet
award winning faculty. 811 a.m. Vermont College of Fine Arts, College St., Montpelier. Sharon
Trautwein, Assistant Director of Admission:
202-8829 or Miciah
Gault, MFA in Writing & Publishing Program
Director: 828-8779 or
ART LAB! Embrace your creativity on a winter day
and join us to create beauty. Knit, crochet, bookbind, felt, make soap and enjoy! 9 a.m.5:30 p.m.
Orchard Valley Waldork School, 2290 VT-14, E.
Montpelier. More info. and registration:
Capital City Indoor Farmers Market. Over 30
vendors in all, more than half of them selling farm
products. Needle felting demo with Gillian Fuqua
of The Wool Shed. 10 a.m.2 p.m. Montpelier
High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier.
Northeast Storytellers. Writers, readers and appreciators of prose and verse meet regularly the first
Saturday of every month. The public is welcome to
attend and new members are always encouraged
to join. 11:30 a.m.2 p.m. Catamount Arts, 115
Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury. 751-5432.
Aged Tea. Taste and appreciate five prized and
complex tea with Ben Youngbaer. 13 p.m. Grateful Yoga, 15 State St., Montpelier. $20.
Osteoporosis Education and Support Group.
For those who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia, have a family member who has
been diagnosed or want to learn about osteoporosis. With guest speaker Jenny Patoine, Nutrition and Wellness Coordinator for the Northeast
Kingdom Council on Aging. First Sat., 13 p.m.
Community National Bank, Community Room,
Crawford Rd., Derby. 535-2011.
Sock Hop. Waterbury American Legion Auxiliary
Post 59 fundraiser. Dancing, karaoke. A malt
shoppe with goodies to buy. 711 p.m.; doors open
6 p.m. Waterbury American Legion, 16 Stowe St.,
Waterbury. 7 p.m.
Espresso Brain-o. Muster your best small team,
and come eat, drink and think your way through a
dynamic live trivia game. 7 p.m. Espresso Bueno,
248 N. Main St., Barre. $5. 479-0896. events@

Feb. 47, 1114: Alls Well That Ends Well. Tom

Blachly directs the comedy by William Shakespeare.
7 p.m. Plainfield Opera House, 18 High St., Plainfield.
Adults $12; students/seniors $10. 229-5290


Feb. 6: Mid-Winter Follies. A community variety

show benefitting The Bridge. Featuring storyellers
Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder, jazz singer Allison
Mann, singing duo Nancy and Lily Smith, clown Ivan Jermyn, singer-songwriter Michael T Jermyn,
poet Reuben Jackson, Susan Reid and more. 7:30 p.m.; doors open 7 p.m. Montpelier Room at The
Capitol Plaza, 100 State St., Montpelier. Advance: adults $12; seniors $10; children 12 and under $5.
At door: adults $15; seniors $12; children $8. Advance tickets can be purchased with credit card by
calling 223-5112, ext. 12, or with cash or check at The Bridge office at Vermont College of Fine Arts,
Stone Science Hall, Room 104, 62 Ridge St., Montpelier.
Feb. 6: FEMCOM. Comedy by women for women (and enlightened men), featuring the standup
of Autumn Spencer, Beth Norton, Sami Shwaeber, Lori Goldman, Nicole Sisk and Anya Volz.
9 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free. 479-0896.
Feb. 12: National Theatre of the Deaf: Its in the Bag. The National Theater of the Deaf improvises
with simple pool noodles to show signs to learn and enjoy. Have fun with NTD as they combine the
visually exciting American Sign Language with the Spoken Word to create a performance that will be
seen, heard and long remembered! 10 a.m. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. $6. 4310204.
Feb. 13: Musical of Musicals: The Musical! Performed by Not Your Moms Musical Theater. satire by
Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell. June, the ingenue, can't pay the rent and is threatened by her evil
landlord and creates five different delightful musicals from the same story. 7:30 p.m. Chandler Music
Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. Adults $20; students $5. 728-6464.
Feb. 13: Vermonts Funniest Comedian Best in Show. Features five finalists from annual competition: Tim Bridge, Mike Thomas, Sami Schwaeber, Anya Volz and Kendall Farrell. 8 p.m. Barre
Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $12. 476-8188.
Feb. 19: Stroke Yer Joke. Sign up in advance to try five minutes of your best open-mic stand-up
comedy before a live audience! 8 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free. 479-0896.


Feb. 17: Mini Mud Auditions. Annual variety show for youth ages 718 announces auditions for
March 26 performance. Contact Janet Watton at or 728-9402 to sign up
for an audition time. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph.


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Calendar of Events

Live Music

Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. 4790896. Free/by donation. events@espressobueno.
Feb. 5: Belle of the Fall (indie/folk) 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20: Tim Brick (country) 8 p.m.


Whammy Bar. 7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 7:30 p.m. 31

County Rd., Calais. Thurs., Free. whammybar1.
Every Wed.: Open mic
Feb. 11: Cooie Sings
Feb. 12: Brevity Thing
Feb. 13: Valentines with Red Lavender (Lewis
Feb. 18: Dave Keller
Feb. 19: Sara Grace and Andy Suits
Feb. 20: Chris Killian

Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 2299212. Open mic every Wed.
Feb. 5: Jazz Duo Art Herttua & Ray Carroll,
68 p.m.
Feb. 6: Irish Session with Sarah Blair, Hilari
Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne,
Bob Ryan and others, 25 p.m.
Feb. 7: Bleecker & MacDougal (folk ballads) 11
a.m.1 p.m.
Feb. 9: Phone-Athon for Bernie. Come down
and help call other Bernie supporters in neighboring states to help get out the vote. 68 p.m.
Feb. 12: Alex Smith, 68 p.m.
Feb. 13: Irish Session with Sarah Blair, Hilari
Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne,
Bob Feb. Feb. 16: Old Time Music Session
68 p.m.
Feb. 17: Papa GreyBeard Blues, 68 p.m.
Feb. 18: The Blind Continuum (alt hip-hop)
68 p.m.
Feb. 19: Dave & Roary Loughran (acoustic classic rock) 68 p.m.
Feb. 20: Bagitos celebrates Spice on Snow Festival: Old Time Music Session, 10 a.m.noon;
Zeichner Family, noon2 p.m. Plus Irish Session
with Sarah Blair, Hilari Farrington, Benedict
Koehler, Katrina VanTyne, Bob Ryan and others, 25 p.m.; The Eloise McDaniel Consortium,
68 p.m.
Charlie Os World Famous. 70 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-6820.
Every Mon.: Comedy Caf Open Mic, 8:30
Every Tues.: Godfather Karaoke, 9:30 p.m.
Every Wed.: O's Weird Pub Quiz, 5:30 p.m.
Every Sun. through March 20: Sunday Night
Soul Kitchen, 7 p.m.
Feb. 5: Julia Kate Davis (indie folk) 6 p.m.; Michelle Rodriguez Blues Band (soul blues) 9 p.m.
Feb. 6: Green Mountain Playboys Mardi Gras
Party (Cajun) 9 p.m.
Feb. 12: Abby Jenne & Doug Perkins (soul rock)
6 p.m.; Mad Mountain Scramblers (bluegrass)
9 p.m.
Feb. 19: Julia Kate Davis (indie folk) 6 p.m.;
Talking Doctor (rock) 9 p.m.
Feb. 20: DJ Disco Phantom (dance) 10 p.m.

Please Note: The Frozen Onion Winter
Bikes & Snowshoe Race schedule for Feb.
7 at Hubbard Park has been postponed
to March 13. Until then, think snow and
plenty of it!
Vermont Senior Winter Games: Snowshoe.
In partnership with Smugglers Notch. For ages
50+. Sign-in 9 a.m.; race starts 11 a.m. Smugglers Notch, 4324 Rt. 108 S., Jeffersonville. $18 +
registration fee. Register:
register/index/2016NVTSSF. 770-871-9994.
Dance, Sing, and Jump Around! An intergenerational fun afternoon. Circle and line dances
and singing games, all taught and called. Snacks.
Live music by Kenric Kite and friends. Caller is
Liz Benjamin. 34:30 p.m. Plainfield Town Hall
Opera House, 18 High St., Rt. 2, Plainfield. Suggested donation: $5; $10 family. No one is turned
away. lizbenjamin64@


Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Open

to anyone who has experienced the death of a
loved one. 6-7:30 p.m. Conference Center. 600
Granger Road, Berlin. Free. 223-1878.
4th Trimester and The Newborn. Learn how to
adjust to your newborns multiple changing needs
and how to best care for your recovering body
and emotions during the 4th trimester. Develop a
postpartum preparation care plan with presenters Ana Campanile and Alison Lamagna. 68
p.m. Good Beginnings of Central Vermont, 174
River St., Montpelier. Free. Register: 595-7953. https://www.facebook.
Reading Freud with Psychologist Peter Burmeister. This five-part series, with takes a deeper
look at Freuds theories and works and what they
mean for todays society. Copies of the reading
are available at the library. 6:30 p.m. KelloggHubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier.

Feb. 5: Fat Two-Step Cajun Pop-Up Dinner &
Dance. Presented by the Green Mountain Playboys. Benefit for The Initiative: a Vermont Waldorf High School. Cajun music, delicious food
and dancing. Doors open 6 p.m.; Cajun dinner
6:30 p.m.; two-step dance lessons 7:15 p.m.; dance
starts 8 p.m. $15 per person; $25 couple.
Feb. 5: Its About Time. Two major works by two
New England composers, Thomas Reed and Elena
Reuhr. Pre-concert talk 7:15 p.m.; concert 7:30
p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. Suggested donation $1225. thomaslread.
Feb. 57: Scrag Mountain Early Music Concerts.
Ranging from a medieval chant through 18th century baroque music for two sopranos, the varied
program will embrace the talents not only Artistic
Directors Evan Premo and Mary Bonhag, but also
of guest musicians Jessica Petrus, soprano, Julie
Leven, violin, and Lynnette Combs, harpsichord.
Come as you are; pay what you can.
Feb. 5: 7:30 p.m.; Green Mountain Girls Farm,
923 Loop Rd., Northfield. Space is limited.
Feb. 6: 7:30 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 64
State St., Montpelier
Feb. 7: 4 p.m.; Warren Union Church, Main
St., Warren
Feb. 7: VCFA Film Music Festival. Featuring a
variety of approaches to the marriage of music to picture, as offered by VCFA faculty and
students. A short discussion with the composers
will precede the screening of each excerpt. 8 p.m.
Vermont College of Fine Arts, Noble Lounge,
39 College St., Montpelier. Free.


Cross-country Ski Morse Farm with Green

Mountain Club. Montpelier. Moderate. Various
distances. Join the Nuquists for an afternoon of
skiing. Trail fee. Meet at Morse Farm. Bring water
and a snack. Contact Reidun and Andrew for
meeting time: 223-3550
Chronic Conditions Support Group. Join a
discussion and educational group for people
with chronic illnesses on the second Tues.of each
month, 10:3011:30 a.m. Gifford Conference
Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. Free. No registration required. 728-7714.
Medicare and You Workshop. New to Medicare?
Have questions? We have answers. Second and
fourth Tues., 34:30 p.m. 59 N. Main St., Ste.
200, Barre. Free, donations gratefully accepted.
Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont. Rainbow Umbrella brings LGBTQ individuals from
Central Vermont together to plan and hold events
such as bowling, discussion group, ukulele and tea
dances to foster community and increase LGBTQ
visibility in the region. Meets every other Tues.
57 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58
Barre St., Montpelier. rucvtadmin@pridecentervt.
EarthWalk Program Information Session. Join
EarthWalk mentors and staff to learn more about
nature education opportunities available through
EarthWalks weekly outdoor school programs.
45 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.,
Montpelier. 454-8500. anika@earthwalkvermont.
Dreaming into the Earth: Experiential Integrated Dreamwork. Explore your relationship
with your deeper self and rediscover your connection to the earth. An evening of conversation, ceremony and theatre with your dreams. 5:457:45
p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Basement Room,
135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. Mary Kay: 207400-7628. Jackie: 522-6889.
Grandparents Raising Their Childrens
Children. Second Tues., 68 p.m. Child care
provided. Wesley Methodist Church, Main St.,


Feb. 8: VCFA Electronic Music Showcase. An

evening of electronic sound and multimedia;
VCFA students and faculty perform new work for
instruments with live electronic sound and video.
8 p.m. Vermont College of Fine Arts, College
Hall Gallery, 36 College St., Montpelier. Free.
Feb. 9: VCFA Ensemble Concert: Brass Quintet.
Featuring Michael Gurfield, trumpet; Matt
Mead, trumpet; Matt Marks, French horn; John
Altieri, tuba; and Daniel Linden, trombone.
8 p.m. Vermont College of Fine Arts, College
Hall Chapel, 36 College St., Montpelier. Free.
Feb. 10: VCFA Ensemble Concert: Brass Quintet
and Piano Trio. Brass Quintet features Michael
Gurfield, trumpet; Matt Mead, trumpet; Matt
Marks, French horn; John Altieri, tuba; and
Daniel Linden, trombone. Piano trio features
Stephen Gosling, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin; and
Yves Dharamraj, cello. 8 p.m. Vermont College
of Fine Arts, College Hall Chapel, 36 College St.,
Montpelier. Free.

in Music Composition. Cash bar. 8 p.m. Vermont

College of Fine Arts, College Hall Gallery, 36
College St., Montpelier. Free.
Feb. 12: Singer-Songwriter Duffy Gardner.
Gardner, from Worcester, will perform music
from his upcoming EP Love and War. 8 p.m.
Bethany Church, Chapel Room, 115 Main St.,
Feb. 13: VCFA Ensemble Concert: Electro-Global Sextet. Featuring Brian Adler, John Benthal,
Kaoru Watanabe, Gregg August, Kamala Sankaram, and Jesse Stiles. 3 p.m. Vermont College
of Fine Arts, College Hall Chapel, 36 College St.,
Montpelier. Free.
Feb. 13: Jazzyaoke. Sing the standards backed
by a live six-piece jazz band; all lyrics provided.
7:30 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St.,
Barre. $5. 479-0896.

Feb. 11: VCFA Ensemble Concert: Piano Trio.

Featuring Stephen Gosling, piano; Jennifer Choi,
violin; and Yves Dharamraj, cello. 8 p.m. Vermont
College of Fine Arts, College Hall Chapel, 36
College St., Montpelier. Free.

Feb. 1314: Vermont Philharmonic Winter

Concert. With Lou Kosma, conductor; Alan
Chiang, piano; Katherine Winterstein, violin.
Featuring pieces by Brahms, Chausson and Ralph
Vaughan Williams. Adults $15; seniors $12;
students $5.
Feb. 13: 7:30 p.m., Elley-Long Music Center,
223 Ethan Allen Ave., Colchester
Feb. 14: 2 p.m., Barre Opera House, 6 N.
Main St., Barre

Feb. 12: VCFA Ensemble Concert: Piano Trio

and Electro-Global Sextet. Piano Trio: Stephen
Gosling, piano; Jennifer Choi, violin; and Yves
Dharamraj, cello. Electro-Global Sextet: Brian
Adler, John Benthal, Kaoru Watanabe, Gregg
August, Kamala Sankaram & Jesse Stiles. 3
p.m. Vermont College of Fine Arts, College
Hall Chapel, 36 College St., Montpelier. Free.

Feb. 14: Valentines Day Duos A Triple

Slate Concert. Indie-soul and powerhouse blues
sensations Dwight & Nicole, kindred Vermontmade indie-folk artists The DuPont Brothers
and original songwriting and old time mountain
music by Dana and Susan Robinson. 47 p.m.
Flying Stage inside ReSOURCE-VT, 30 Granite
St., Barre. $20. http://v-dayduos-theflyingstage.

Feb. 12: Taj Mahal. Grammy winner and Blues

Hall of Famer and his trio perform. Composer,
multi-instrumentalist and vocalist with music
representing virtually every corner of the world
West Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America,
Europe, the Hawaiian islands and more. 7:30
p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre.
$2448. 476-8188.

Feb. 1821: Summit School of Traditional Music and Culture presents: Spice on Snow Winter Music Festival. Nationally known performers
teach workshops and play concerts throughout the
weekend. Featuring Foghorn Stringband, Cajun
Country Revival, Sweetback Sisters, Starline
Rhythm Boys, Two Cents in the Till, Good Old
Wagon, Green Mountain Playboys, Zeichner Trio
and more. Downtown Montpelier. Full schedule
and tickets:

Feb. 12: VCFA Songwriting Showcase. Highlights the diverse songwriting and performing
talents of the students and faculty of VCFA's MFA

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Visual Arts

Through Feb. 5: The Paletteers of Vermont

Winter Art Show. Aldrich Library, Milne
Room, 6 Washington St., Barre.
Through Feb. 5: Expressive Energies in Painting. Collaborative exhibit of paintings by Jack
Sabon and Maggie Neale expressing energies,
external and internal. City Center main hall, 89
Main St., Montpelier.
Through Feb. 6: Joseph Salerno, Dark Woods.
Paintings. Vermont Student Center Gallery, 98
Pearl St., Johnson.
Through Feb. 10: Tina Grant. Photographs
most are stunning close-ups of birds. Gifford
Medical Center gallery, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. 728-7000.
Through Feb. 20: Studio Place Arts Winter
2016 Exhibits. Gallery hours: Tues.Fri., 11
a.m.5 p.m.; Sat, noon4 p.m. SPA, 201 N.
Main St., Barre. 479-7069.
Main floor: From the Center for Cartoon
Studies Archives, A 10 Year Anniversary
Second floor: Athena Petra Tasiopoulos,
Beyond Mixed media works on paper.
Third floor: Andy Frost, Paintings on the Tour
for World Peace
Through Feb. 27: From the Traditional to the
Abstract: Watercolors by Area VWS Members. Exhibit of seventeen area members of the
Vermont Watercolor Society. A mix between
professional and novice watercolor artists with
subject matters ranging from the traditional
landscape to figure studies and abstracts. Axels
Gallery & Frame Shop, 5 Stowe St., Waterbury.
Through Feb. 28: Kate Fetherston, Nature
Moments. Paintings explore the language of
nature. With light, color and texture each image
captures a moment a layering of awareness,
memory and invention. Opening: Feb. 5, 48
p.m. The Cheshire Cat, 28 Elm St., Montpelier.
Waterbury. 476-1480.
The Hollywood Blacklist with Rick Winston. In
the late 1940searly 1960s, many screenwriters,
directors and actors were victims of what became
known as the Red Scare. This presentation will
include movie clips from actors and directors
placed on the infamous blacklist. 7 p.m. KelloggHubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier.

Do Plants Think? With tree care specialist Lincoln Earle-Centers. An Osher Lifelong Learning
Institute program. Doors open 12:30 p.m. for
those wishing to bring a brown bag lunch; pro-

Calendar of Events

Through Feb. 28: Linda Hogan, On Certain

Days. Photographs. Opening: Feb. 5, 45:30
p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.,
Montpelier. 223-3338.

Through March 1: Peggy duPont. Paintings

in this collection are inspired by the Vermont
landscape. Morrisville Post Office, 16 Portland
St., Morrisville. 888-1261.
Through March 1: Tom Cullins and Kelly Holt,
Alternatives. Photographs and mixed media.
The Gallery at River Arts, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. 888-1261.
Through March 1: Caroline McKinney,
Humans and Other Animals. Watercolor
portraiture. River Arts Center, Common Space
Gallery, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. 888-1261.
Through March 12: Northern Vermont Artists
Association Member Show. A diverse selection
of artwork including Robert Brunelle, and Janet
Bonneau. Gallery hours: Tues.Sat., noon4
p.m. T.W. Wood Gallery, Center for Arts &
Learning, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 262-6035.
Through March. 19: Salvage. Artists repurpose,
reposition and reimagine salvaged materials to
bring new meaning to found objects. Chandler
Gallery, 71-73 Main St., Randolph.
Through March 30: Annie Tiberio Cameron.
Wilderness images taken on artists solo camping
sojourns 19912006. Vermont Technical College, Hartness Library Gallery, 124 Admin Dr.,
Randolph Center.
Through March 31: Elizabeth Billings and
Michael Sacca, Close to Home. Billings will
display her site-specific installations inspired by
the elements of nature and technology. Saccas
exhibit of detailed photographic images marries the two disciplines conceptually. ArtWalk
Reception: Feb. 5, 47 p.m. I.D. required for
admission. The Governors Gallery, Pavilion Office Building, 109 State St., 5F, Montpelier.
Through March 31: Kate Gridley, Passing
Through Portraits of Emerging Adults.
Life-sized oil portraits. ArtWalk Reception:
Feb. 5, 47 p.m. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State St., Montpelier.
Through April 8: Tom Leytham, The Other
Working Landscape. 26 watercolor prints by
gram starts 1:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity
Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. By donation.
Chronic Conditions Support Group. Free
discussion and educational group for anyone with
a chronic illness meets on the second Wednesday
of each month, 34 p.m. Gifford Conference
Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. 728-2390.
Celiac and Food Allergy Support Group. With
Lisa Mas of Harmonized Cookery. Second Wed.,
4:306 p.m. Conference room 3, Central Vermont Medical Center.
Quilting Group. Working meeting of the Dog
River Quilters. Second Wed., 5:30 p.m. Community room, Brown Public Library, Northfield.
Jean, 585-5078 or

the Montpelier architect and artist. The Gallery

at Central Vermont Medical Center, Berlin.

Through April 10: Intimacy + Materiality.

Explores material and pronounces the handmade or methods of making through the lens of
contemporary studio, social and design practices.
Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe. 2538358.
Through April 10: Carole Frances Lung aka
Frau Fiber, Peoples Cloth Trade Show: The
t-shirt is the problem. Through her alter ego
Frau Fiber, Lung utilizes a hybrid of playful
activism, cultural criticism, research and spirited
crafting of one of a kind garment production
performances. Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond
St., Stowe. 253-8358.
Through April 15: Lynn Newcombs Etchings:
The Power of Black Ink; Two Decades of Printmaking. Tools, bridges and abstract etchings.
Gallery hours: Mon.Fri., 10 a.m.4 p.m. White
River Gallery (in BALE building), 35 S. Windsor St., S. Royalton.
Through June 30: Saddle Up! Norwich
Cavalry: Training, Touring and Tactics on
Horseback. The story of the Norwich Cavalry
and its establishment is full of wonderful images
of the days when equines were part of the daily
life at the University. Norwich University, Sullivan Museum and History Center, 158 Harmon
Dr., Northfield. 485-2183. academics.norwich.
Through July 19: Blue Ribbons & Burlesque:
The Country Fair Photography of Charles
Fish. Black and white photographs capture nature and nurture, theatrical illusion, the pursuit
of excellence and even the guilty pleasures of fair
food. Vermont History Museum, 109 State St.,
Montpelier. Free with admission to museum.


Feb. 5: Winter Art Walk. Local art and

Vermont-made chocolate at 28 downtown locations. Pick up a guide at any participating venue
and stroll at your own pace from venue to venue.
All venues will have chocolate samples, and some
will have chocolate for sale! Look for luminaries
too. 48 p.m. Downtown Montpelier.
Feb. 5: Opening Reception for Art Walk
Exhibition at The Front. See the latest work of
Bereaved Parents Support Group. Second
Wed., 68 p.m. CVHHH, 600 Granger Rd.,
Berlin. Jeneane Lunn 793-2376.
Montpelier City Council Meeting. Second and
fourth Wed., 6:30 p.m. City Council Chambers,
Montpelier City Hall. 39 Main St., Montpelier.
YA Book Discussion: Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia. In this debut graphic novel collecting Liz
Suburbias popular web comic, the parents have
left the teenagers to fend for themselves in a town
where a terrible tragedy is coming for them all.
Open to all who enjoy young adult literature. 6:30
p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, East Montpelier
Room, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.
Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution.
Documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black
Panther Party. Discussion with Karen Richards,
Executive Director of Vermont Human Rights
Commission. VTPBS Indie Lens Pop-Up series.
7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.,
Montpelier. 223-3338.


Hunger Mountain Coop Member Owner Appreciation Day. Raffle prizes, samples, chair massages. Make Valentines and decorate cookies, 35
p.m. Hunger Mountain Coop, 623 Stone Cutters
Way, Montpelier. 223-8000. hungermountain.
Plutoids, Centaurs & Cubewanos: Myths of
the New Solar System. Kids program with Dr.
Kelley Hunter. Hear stories of newly discovered
planetoids past Pluto, with funny-sounding names
from around the world. 3:304:30 p.m. Jaquith
Library, Marshfield. Free. Pre-register: 426-3581.
Father & Daughter Valentines Dance. Hosted
by Montpelier Recreation Department. Open to
dads, relatives, family friends and daughters of
all ages. Refreshments provided. 6:308:30 p.m.
Capitol Plaza, 100 State St., Montpelier. $20 per
family advance; $25 per family at door. 225-8699.
Purrrses for Paws. Fundraiser benefitting the
Humane Society of Chittenden County. An evening of new and like-new purses, hors doeuvres
and cocktails. Silent auction 6 p.m.; live auction
6:45 p.m. Burlington International Airport. $25
includes parking.


artist members of The Front, Montpeliers only

collective art gallery. Stop in for some snacks
and art viewing during Art Walk. 48 p.m. The
Front Gallery, 6 Barre St., Montpelier. hannah@
Feb. 5: Expressive Energies in Painting Closing Reception. Collaborative exhibit of paintings by Jack Sabon and Maggie Neale. 4 p.m.
City Center, 89 Main St., Montpelier
Feb. 5: Artist Reception: Caryn King, View to
the Souls of Animals. Large-scale, emotionally
intimate portraits of barnyard animals. Hosted
by Vermont Arts Council. 47 p.m. Spotlight
Gallery, 136 State St., Montpelier.
Feb. 5: Mad River Rug Hookers. Artists ranging
from beginners to experts and encompassing
years of experience have shared their favorite
hooked rug pieces. With music by Karen Smith
and Tony Ioannidis. Raffles, beverages. Bring
a potluck dish if you can. 56:30 p.m. Three
Mountain Caf, 107 Mad River Green, Waitsfield.
Feb. 5: The Art of Cartooning with Robert
Brunelle Jr. Brunelle will speak about his work
and present images and videos. Refreshments
served. 67 p.m. T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre
St., Montpelier. Free. 262-6035.
Feb. 13: U.S. and Them Photo Exhibit Closing
Reception. Week-long photography exhibit
featuring stills of a live multimedia dance documentary. Choreographed by Amia Cervantes
and photographed by Aja Zoecklein, U.S. and
Them highlights the separation of family by
undocumented immigration and the flawed U.S.
Immigration System. Photography viewing 6
p.m.; works in progress showcase 7 p.m. Contemporary Dance & Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier. By donation. 229-4676.


Helen Day Arts Center: 25th Exposed Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition. Artists are invited
to submit proposals for the annual outdoor
sculpture exhibition throughout the town of
Stowe. Deadline: Feb. 12. For more information: For questions: exposed@helenday.


Home Share Now Information. 12:302 p.m.

Visit our table at Hunger Mountain Coop,
Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier. If you are unable to attend but would like more information
please contact Home Share Now: 479-8544,
Dinner and a Movie at Montpelier Senior Activity Center. Enjoy a fun and whimsical dinner
inspired by the 1989 film starring Billy Crystal
and Meg Ryan, followed by a screening of the
film. Call MSAC for film title. 5:30 p.m. MSAC,
58 Barre St., Montpelier. $20. 223-2518
Friday Night Group. For youth age 1322 who
are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or
questioning. Pizza, soft drinks and conversation.
Cofacilitated by two trained, adult volunteers
from Outright VT. Second and fourth Fri.,
6:308 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St.,
Montpelier. Free. 223-7035. Micah@OutrightVT.
Polar Bear Wonderland. Join naturalist and
expedition leader Sean Beckett on a photographic
exploration of the ecology, culture and uncertain future of the King of the Arctic. Part of the
NBNC Naturalist Journeys Lecture Series. $5
suggested donation. 7 p.m. Unitarian Church,
130 Main St., Montpelier. $5 suggested donation.
Name That Movie! Watch a fun barrage of video
clips, try to identify the titles of a wide variety of
popular films and win prizes. Game brought to
you by the Green Mountain Film Festival. Come
early for trailers and sneak peeks of whats to come
at next months festival. 8 p.m. Espresso Bueno,
248 N. Main St., Barre. Free. 479-0896. events@


Bolton Lodge & Bryant Cabin Restoration

Fundraiser. Family fun downhill race and Nordic
scavenger hunt. Apres ski awards ceremony, silent
auction and raffle prizes. 9 a.m.5 p.m. Bolton
Valley Resort. For
Home Share Now Information. 9:30 a.m.noon.
Visit our table at Waterbury Pharmacy, 149 S.


Main St., Waterbury. If you are unable to attend

but would like more information please contact
Home Share Now: 479-8544, information@
Fresh Tracks Farm Wine & Chocolate Weekend.
Feb. 1314. Enjoy Laughing Moon chocolates
and direct from the barrel samples. 11 a.m.6
p.m. Fresh Tracks Farm, 4373 Rt. 12 Berlin. 2231151.
Mother & Son Valentine Bowling. Hosted by
Montpelier Recreation Department. Open to
moms, relatives, family friends and sons of all
ages. Noon1:30 p.m. Twin City Lanes, BarreMontpelier Rd., Barre. $15. Pre-registration
required: 225-8699.
Give it UPP Auction Gala. Hosted by Union
Playground Project (UPP). Three Penny Bar,
savory snacks and desserts, photo booth, Dave
Keller Band. 6:3011 p.m. Vermont College of
Fine Arts, Alumni Hall, 36 College St., Montpelier. $25. Tickets available at Capitol Stationers


Snowshoe Duxbury with Green Mountain

Club. Moderate. 5 miles round trip. Snowshoe
to Montclair Glen Lodge from Couching Lion
parking lot. Meet at Montpelier High School.
Contact Michael for meeting time: 249-0520 or
Fresh Tracks Farm Wine & Chocolate Weekend.
Feb. 1314. Enjoy Laughing Moon chocolates
and direct from the barrel samples. 11 a.m.6
p.m. Fresh Tracks Farm, 4373 Rt. 12 Berlin. 2231151.
Twin Valley Senior Center Valentine's Day
Feast. Eat-in or takeout (call ahead for takeout).
Stuffed chicken breast, potatoes, vegetables, roll,
dessert. 50/50 raffle. 13 p.m. TVSC, 4583 Rt.
2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. Enter
through the back of the building at the ramp. By
donation. 223-3322.


EarthWalk After School Programs Open House.

Children ages 812 interested in learning more
about EarthGirls and EarthScouts after school
programs are invited to attend an afternoon open
house. 3:306 p.m. 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield.
For more information and to register: 454-8500
Women's Writing Workgroup. Quiet, supportive
space for women to write who otherwise have difficulty finding the time or space to do so. Writing
prompts provided or bring your own projects.
Drop in first and third Mon., 6:308:30 p.m.
River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville.
$5 suggested donation. Register: 888-1261 or


Pacem School Open House. Classes and support

for homeschoolers ages 1018. 5:306:30 p.m. 32
College St., Montpelier. 223-1010. Pacemschool.
Poetry Clinic. The first hour of the clinic will be
devoted to generative poetry writing exercises; the
second hour will be devoted to respectful critiques
of work you bring to or make in class. Every first
and third Tues., 68 p.m. River Arts Center, 74
Pleasant St., Morrisville. $5 suggested donation.

Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Open to
anyone who has experienced the death of a loved

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Calendar of Events

one. 1011:30 a.m. Conference Center. 600

Granger Road, Berlin. Free. 223-1878.

Smart Approaches to Marijuana. With With

Debby Haskins, Executive Director of SAM-VT.
An Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program.
Doors open 12:30 p.m. for those wishing to bring
a brown bag lunch; program starts 1:30 p.m.
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St.,
Montpelier. By donation.
U-32 School Board Meeting. Open to the public
and community members are always welcome to
attend. 6 p.m. U-32, Rm. 131, 930 Gallison Hill
Rd., Montpelier. 229-0321.
Montpelier School Board Meeting. 7 p.m.
Montpelier High School library, 5 High School
Dr., Montpelier. 225-8000.

Capital City Indoor Farmers Market. Over

30 vendors in all, more than half of them selling farm products. 10 a.m.2 p.m. Montpelier
High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier.

My Shadow
Send your listing to
Deadline for next issue is Feb. 12.
Send information for events
happening Feb. 18March 5.


EarthWalk Village School and Teen Land Project Open House. Children and teens ages 617
interested in learning more about EarthWalks
Village School or Teen Land Project are invited
to attend a morning open house. 9 a.m.noon.
123 Pitkin Rd. Plainfield. For more information
and to register: 454-8500 or
Brain Injury Support Group. Open to all survivors, caregivers and adult family members. Third
Thurs., 1:302:30 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130
Main St., Montpelier. 244-6850.
Diabetes Discussion Group. Focus on selfmanagement. Open to anyone with diabetes
and their families. Third Thurs., 1:30 p.m. The
Health Center, Plainfield. Free. Don 322-6600 or
Survivors of Suicide Loss Support. Monthly
group for people affected by a suicide death. Third
Thurs., 67:30 p.m. Central Vermont Medical
Center, conference rm. 1, Fisher Rd., Berlin. 2230924.
Grandparents Raising Their Childrens
Children. Third Thurs., 68 p.m. Child care
provided. Trinity United Methodist Church, 137
Main St., Montpelier. 476-1480.
River Arts Photo Co-op. Gather, promote and
share your experience and knowledge of photography with other photography enthusiasts in an
atmosphere of camaraderie and fun. Adults/teens.
Third Thurs., 68 p.m. River Arts Center, 74
Pleasant St., Morrisville. $5 suggested donation.
Songwriters Meeting. Meeting of the Northern
VT/NH chapter of the Nashville Songwriters
Association International. Bring copies of your
work. Third Thurs., 6:45 p.m. Catamount Arts,
St. Johnsbury. John, 633-2204.


Snowshoe Middlesex with Green Mountain

Club. Moderate. About 6 miles round trip. White
Rock via the Middlesex Trail. Contact Steve or
Heather for meeting time and place: or 609-424-9238
Tea House Clinic. Get herbal nutritional
supplementation through the form of teas and/
or tinctures. Herbal tea sharing with other
professional services available. Every third Sat., 9
a.m.noon. Tea House Exchange at Another Way
Community Center, 125 Barre St., Montpelier.
Free; donations welcome. Rosalene: 793-9371.
Additional Recyclables Collection Center. Accepting scores of hard-to-recycle items. Third Sat.,
9 a.m.1 p.m. 540 N. Main St. (old Times-Argus
building), Barre. $1 per carload. 229-9383 x106.
For list of accepted items, go to


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I saw my shadow
doing the Electric Slide
beneath a streetlight.
by Reuben Jackson,
host of Friday Night Jazz on
Vermont Public Radio

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Weekly Events

Calendar of Events


Community Meals in Montpelier. All welcome.

Mon.: Unitarian Church, 130 Main St.,
11 a.m.1 p.m.
Tues.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St.,
11:30 a.m.1 p.m.
Beaders Group. All levels of beading experience
Wed.: Christ Church, 64 State St.,
welcome. Free instruction available. Come with
11 a.m.12:30 p.m.
a project for creativity and community. Sat., 11
Thurs.: Trinity Church, 137 Main St.,
a.m.2 p.m. The Bead Hive, Plainfield. 454-1615.
11:30 a.m.1 p.m.
Noontime Knitters. All abilities welcome. Basics
Fri.: St. Augustine Church, 18 Barre St.,
taught. Crocheting, needlepoint and tatting also
11 a.m.12:30 p.m.
welcome. Tues., noon1 p.m. Waterbury Public
Sun.: Last Sunday only, Bethany Church, 115
Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. 244-7036.
Main St. (hosted by Beth Jacob Synagogue),
Life Drawing at The Front. Draw from life with
4:305:30 p.m.
a model in a series of poses. Bring your own
Lunches for Seniors. Mon., Wed., Fri., Noon.
materials. Come early to get a good seat. Every
Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rt. 2, E.
Thurs., 6:308:30 p.m. The Front Gallery, 6
Barre St., Montpelier. $10. Montpelier. $4 suggested donation. 223-3322.
Open Art at The Front. Create "crazy dolls" with Feast Together or Feast To Go. All proceeds
benefit the Feast Senior Meal program. Tues. and
artist Melora Kennedy. Every Wed., 5:307:30
Fri., noon1 p.m. Live music every Tues., 10:30
p.m. The Front Gallery, 6 Barre St., Montpelier.
11:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58
Barre St., Montpelier. Seniors 60+ free with $7
Drop-in River Arts Elder Art Group. Work
suggested donation; under 60 $9. Reservations:
on art, share techniques and get creative with
262-6288 or
others. Bring your own art supplies. For elders
60+. Every Fri., 10 a.m.noon. River Arts Center,
74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. Free. 888-1261.
Turning Point Center. Safe, supportive place
for individuals and their families in or seeking
recovery. Daily, 10 a.m.5 p.m. 489 North Main
St., Barre. 479-7373.
Open Shop Nights. Volunteer-run community
Sun.: Alchoholics Anonymous, 8:30 a.m.
bike shop: bike donations and repairs. Wed., 46
Tues.: Making Recovery Easier workshops,
p.m.; other nights. Freeride Montpelier, 89 Barre
67:30 p.m.
St., Montpelier. 552-3521. freeridemontpelier.
Wed.: Wits End Parent Support Group, 6 p.m.
Thurs.: Narcotics Anonymous, 6:30 p.m.





Lunch in a Foreign Language. Bring lunch and
practice your language skills with neighbors.
Noon1 p.m. Mon., Hebrew; Tues., Italian;
Wed., Spanish; Thurs., French. Kellogg-Hubbard
Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.

Early Bird Bone Builders Class. With Cort

Richardson. Osteoporosis exercise and prevention
program. Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy
shoes. Light weights provided or bring your own.
All ages. Every Mon., Wed. and Fri., 7:308:30
a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rt. 2, Blueberry
Commons, E. Montpelier. Free. Cort: 223-3174
or 238-0789.

English Conversation Practice Group. For

students learning English for the first time. Tues., Bone Building Exercises. All seniors welcome.
45 p.m. Central Vermont Adult Basic EducaEvery Mon., Wed. and Fri. 7:30 a.m., 9:15 a.m.
tion, Montpelier Learning Center, 100 State St.
(starting Feb. 8) and 10:4511:45 a.m. Twin Val223-3403.
ley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rt. 2, E. Montpelier.
Ongoing Reading Group. Improve your reading Free. 223-3322.
and share some good books. Books chosen by
group. Thurs., 910 a.m. Central Vermont Adult
Basic Education, Montpelier Learning Center,
100 State St. 223-3403.

Computer and Online Help. One-on-one computer help. Tues. and Fri., 10 a.m.1 p.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury.
Free. Registration required: 244-7036.
Personal Financial Management Workshops.
Learn about credit/debit cards, credit building and repair, budgeting and identity theft,
insurance, investing, retirement. Tues., 68 p.m.
Central Vermont Medical Center, Conference
Room 3. Registration: 371-4191.

Tai Chi for Seniors. Led by trained volunteers.

Every Mon. and Fri., 12 p.m.; Mon. and Wed.,
5:306:30 p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center,
4583 U.S. Rt. 2, E. Montpelier. Free. 223-3322.
Living Strong Group. Volunteer-led group.
Sing while exercising. Open to all seniors.
Every Mon., 2:303:30 p.m. and every Fri.,
23 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58
Barre St., Montpelier. Free. Register: 223-2518.

Sex Addicts Anonymous. Mon., 6:30 p.m. Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier. 552-3483.
Type 2 Diabetes Self-Management Program.
Education and support to help adults at high risk
of developing type 2 diabetes adopt healthier
eating and exercise habits that can lead to weight
loss and reduced risk. Every Tues., 10:3011:30
a.m. Kingwood Health Center Conference Room
(lower level), 1422 Rt. 66, Randolph. Free. Register: 728-7714.

Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve-step

program for physically, emotionally and spiritually overcoming overeating. Note meeting days
and locations. Every Tues., 5:306:30 p.m. and
Sat., 8:309:30 a.m. at Episcopal Church of the
Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St., Barre. 2493970. Every Mon., 56 p.m. at Bethany Church,
115 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3079.
Tai Chi Classes for All Ages. Every Tues. and
Thurs., 1011 a.m. Twin Valley Senior Center,
Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier.
Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors@myfairpoint.
Weight Loss Support Group. Get help and support on your weight loss journey every Wed., 67
p.m. Giffords Conference Center, 44 S. Main St.,
Randolph. Free. No registration required. Open
to all regardless of where you are in your weight
HIV Testing. Vermont CARES offers fast oral
testing. Thurs., 25 p.m. 58 East State St., Ste. 3
(entrance at back), Montpelier. Free. 371-6222.


The Basement Teen Center. Safe drop-in space
to hang out, make music, play pool, ping-pong
and board games and eat free food. All activities
are free. Mon.Thurs., 26 p.m., Fridays 3-10
p.m. Basement Teen Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier.
Read to Clara. Sign up for a 20-minute slot and
choose your books beforehand to read to this
special canine pal. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135
Main St., Montpelier. Sign up ahead: 223-4665
or at the childrens desk.
Story Time and Playgroup. With Sylvia Smith
for story time and Cassie Bickford for playgroup.
For ages birth6 and their grown-ups. We follow
the Twinfield Union School calendar and do not
hold the program the days Twinfield is closed.
Wed., 1011:30 a.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122
School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581.
Story Time for Kids. Meet your neighbors and
share quality time with the pre-schooler in your
life. Each week well read stories and spend time
together. A great way to introduce your preschooler to your local library. For ages 25. Every
Thurs., 10:30 a.m. Cutler Memorial Library, 151
High St., Plainfield. 454-8504.
Lego Club. Use our large Lego collection to
create and play. All ages. Thurs., 34:30 p.m.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338.
Drop-in Kinder Arts Program. Innovative
exploratory arts program with artist/instructor
Kelly Holt. Age 35. Fri., 10:30 a.m.noon.
River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville.
Teen Fridays. Find out about the latest teen
books, use the gym, make art, play games and if
you need to, do your homework. Fri., 35 p.m.
Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3581.
Musical Story Time. Join us for a melodious
good time. Ages birth6. Sat., 10:30 a.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier.
Free. 223-3338.
Mad River Valley Youth Group. Sun., 79 p.m.
Meets at various area churches. Call 497-4516 for
location and information.


Barre-Tones Womens Chorus. Open rehearsal. Find your voice with 50 other women.
Mon., 7 p.m. Alumni Hall, Barre. 223-2039.

Rock & Soul Chorus. We sing songs from the
60s80s and beyond. All songs are taught by
rote using word sheets, so ability to read music is
not required. All ages welcome; children under
13 should come with a parent. Every Thurs.,
6:308:30 p.m. Church of the Good Shepherd,
39 Washington St., Barre.
Gamelan Rehearsals. Sun., 79 p.m. Pratt Center, Goddard College. Free. 426-3498. steven.

Additional Recycling. The Additional Recyclables Collection Center accepts scores of hardto-recycle items. Mon., Wed., Fri., noon6 p.m.;
Third Sat., 9 a.m.1 p.m. ARCC, 540 North
Main St., Barre. $1 per carload. 229-9383 x106.
For list of accepted items, go to

Onion River Exchange Tool Library. 80 tools
both power and manual. Wed., 46 p.m.; Sat.,
911 a.m. 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 661-8959.

Womens Group. Women age 40 and older
explore important issues and challenges in their
lives in a warm and supportive environment. Facilitated by psychotherapist Kathleen Zura. Every
Mon., 5:307:30 p.m. 41 Elm St., Montpelier.
223-6564. Insurances accepted.

Christian Science Reading Room. You're invited
to visit the Reading Room and see what we
have for your spiritual growth. You can borrow,
purchase or simply enjoy material in a quiet study
room. Hours: Wed., 11 a.m.7:15 p.m.; Thurs.
Sat., 11 a.m.1 p.m. 145 State St., Montpelier.
A Course in Miracles. A study in spiritual transformation. Group meets each Tues., 78 p.m.
Christ Episcopal Church, 64 State St., Montpelier. 279-1495.
Christian Counseling. Tues. and Thurs. Daniel
Dr., Barre. Reasonable cost. By appt. only:
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. For those
interested in learning about the Catholic faith, or
current Catholics who want to learn more. Wed.,
7 p.m. St. Monica Church, 79 Summer St.,
Barre. Register: 479-3253.
Deepening Our Jewish Roots. Fun, engaging text study and discussion on Jewish
spirituality. Sun., 4:456:15 p.m. Yearning
for Learning Center, Montpelier. 223-0583.


Roller Derby Open Recruitment and Recreational Practice. Central Vermonts Wrecking
Doll Society invites quad skaters age 18 and up.
No experience necessary. Equipment provided:
first come, first served. Sat., 56:30 p.m. Montpelier Recreation Center, Barre St. First skate


Christian Meditation Group. People of all faiths
welcome. Mon., noon1 p.m. Christ Church,
Montpelier. 223-6043.
Zen Meditation. With Zen Affiliate of Vermont.
Wed., 6:307:30 p.m. 174 River St., Montpelier.
Free. Call for orientation: 229-0164.

Dance or Play with the Swinging Over 60

Band. Danceable tunes from the 1930s to the
1960s. Recruiting musicians. Tues., 10:30 a.m.
noon. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58
Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.

Shambhala Buddhist Meditation. Group meditation practice. Sun., 10 a.m.noon; Tues., 78

p.m.; Wed., 67 p.m. New location: Center for
Culture and Learning, 46 Barre Street, Montpelier. Free. 223-5137.

Monteverdi Young Singers Chorus Rehearsal.

New chorus members welcome. Wed., 45 p.m.
Montpelier. Call 229-9000 for location and more

Sunday Sangha: Community Ashtanga Yoga.

Every Sun., 5:407 p.m. Grateful Yoga, 15 State
St., 3F, Montpelier. By donation.

Piano Workshop. Informal time to play,

refresh your skills and get feedback if desired
with other supportive musicians. Singers and
listeners welcome. Thurs., 45:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St.,
Montpelier. Free; open to the public. 223-2518.
Ukelele Group. All levels welcome. Thurs., 68
p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre
St. 223-2518.

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Deadline for next issue is Feb. 12.
Send information for events
happening Feb. 18March 5.

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Text-only class listings and
classifieds are 50 words for $25.
To place an ad, call Michael,
223-5112 ext. 11.



Beyond Sun signs, we find our Love signs,
using our birth charts to explore flavors of love
and planetary patterns for 2016.
Monday, February 15, 3-5:30pm, Plainfield
Community Center, above co-op.
$25 or $45/couple. Provide birth information
in advance if possible: Kelley Hunter, 456-1078.


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Professional couple looking to rent 2-3
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Would consider renting with option to buy.
Location near to downtown with area near
College Street or Vermont College preferred.
Good references provided.
Interested parties contact the following number:

with Dr. Kelley Hunter
Hear stories of newly discovered planetoids
past Pluto, with funny-sounding names from
around the world. Free.
Jaquith Library, Marshfield, 426-3581
KIDS PROGRAM, Pre-registerThursdays,
February 4, 11, 18, 3:30-4:30pm



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Fossil Fuel Investments Too Risky

by Maeve McBride, Coordinator of 350Vermont

m struck by the strange pace of life under the golden

dome in Montpelier. On one hand, policy-making
seems to progress at a glacial pace. On the other hand,
the pace can be so fast, if youre not watching carefully,
youll miss the grand slam moment.

One of those long-awaited, tense moments happened recently in the Senate Government Operations Committee
when the committee took up S.28, a bill to divest the state
pension from the top 200 fossil fuel companies.
First at bat was Eric Becker, chief investment officer of
Clean Yield Asset Management. Hailing from Norwich,
Clean Yield manages over $280 million in assets for individuals and families with large investment portfolios,
including fossil-free portfolios. Becker found himself in a
bases loaded situation. First, the pension has lost significant
value because of fossil fuel investments. The best estimate
using actual returns, and actual market fluctuations, is
$77 million over the last three years. Second, the fossil
fuel industry is tanking. Coal companies are going out of
business; oil prices have plummeted; ExxonMobil is under
investigation for climate change lies by the New York attorney general. Third, Burlington has withdrawn $145 million
out of the state-managed pension in hopes of significant
savings on the management fees and for greater oversight of
investment choices.


Becker acknowledged that the field had changed significantly since the committee took up a similar bill in 2013. In
2016, the case for divestment has gained more weight and
urgency. Much like the housing bubble of 2008, we face a
carbon risk bubble. In fact, Citigroup has identified $100
trillion worth of potential stranded assets in the fossil fuel
industry. Stranded assets are the fossil fuel reserves that will
be left stranded underground as we transition to renewable
energy. Over 500 institutions, representing $3.4 trillion in
assets, have recognized this carbon risk, and they have committed to divest from coal and other fossil fuels.
The Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce has repeatedly
claimed that divesting from fossil fuels would cost the pension funds $9 million a year in foregone returns, despite
agreeing that a carbon bubble, much like the house bubble,
exists. Strike! Over the last three years, the pension could
have gained more than $25 million annually, if it had been
divested of fossil fuel stocks. Pearce believes she can have
more impact on ExxonMobil through shareholder advocacy
than via divestment. Strike! I listened to the ExxonMobil
shareholder meeting last May. The shareholder resolution
that Treasurer Pearce presented garnered a measly 9 percent
of the vote, and Rex Tillerson, chief executive officer of
Exxon Mobil, went on to ridicule the solar industry. ExxonMobil will clearly not be moved from within. Finally, she

describes legislating pension investments as a very slippery

slope, regarding the Vermont Pension Investment Committee as the correct body to make investment decisions.
Strike! In 1986, the Vermont State Legislature passed Act
246, divesting the pension from investments in South
Africa. Between 1986 and 2016, I am not aware of any
other legislative mandate on the pension funds. (Tobacco
divestment in 1997 was executed by former governor, then
treasurer, Jim Douglas).
But this isnt a game with strike-outs and grand slams. This
isnt Pearce vs. 350VT for the win. We are wrestling with
the biggest threat to humanity that we have ever faced,
and not in generations in the future, but now. Divestment
will prevail, because our governments can no longer invest
in planetary destruction, because we must transition away
from a fossil fuel economy faster than what might seem
humanly possible.

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Come To The Mid-Winter Follies!

by Nat Frothingham

bout four or five weeks ago my longtime friend Ann OBrien walked into my office at And the leadership and staff at the Capitol Plaza Hotel have over and over again given us
The Bridge and presented me with a sign that says: Work on Wonderful.
their time and attention as weve imagined a performance space.

What the devil does Work on Wonderful mean?

Finally, of course, we have the core staff people at The Bridge Carla Occaso, our managing editor, Michael Jermyn who is a performer himself who has seen to many of the
Well, Im not sure. But here let me try.
production details and Marichel Vaught our layout designer and calendar editor who has
My best reading is this. Things are what they are good, bad, shocking, worse than brought the variety show to the attention of our readers and is handling ticket sales.
shocking, intolerable. But in the face of things as they are why not pile on the positives
Thanks to Donny, thanks to Mason and Heidi, thanks to the Capitol Plaza Hotel, and to
and work on wonderful.
Carla and Marichel and Michael here at The Bridge.
Way, way back about half a year ago or more I mentioned to Donny Osman, our
board president that I thought it might be fun to put on and heres that word And large thanks both to the performers who will sing, play and act and tell stories and
share their poetry on February 6.
again a wonderful variety show to benefit The Bridge.
Donny was up for it. The leadership and staff at the Capitol Plaza Hotel were ready to And a final burst of applause for the wonderful people who will be our audience at Midhelp. Mason Singer from The Laughing Bear Associates quickly came on board with a Winter Follies on February 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.
lovely poster featuring a painting by artist Heidi Broner. Larry Floersch volunteered to cre- Dont wait because tickets are selling fast. Call us at The Bridge at 223-5112 Ext. 12.
ate and print the show tickets. Tom Murphy stepped in to help with the final preparations.

A Two-Weekend Run for

Shakespeares Alls Well
That Ends Well

by Nat Frothingham

Tom Blachly who is directing Shakespeares Alls Well That Ends Well has a lot to say about
this seldom performed play.
Alls Well That Ends Well will open on Thursday evening, February 4 at 7 p.m. in the
Plainfield Little Theater in Plainfield Village and play for two long weekends (Thursday
through Sunday, February 4, 5, 6, 7 and Thursday through Sunday, February 11, 12, 13, 14.)
Why this play, why now? I asked Tom whose answer was refreshingly candid. Because Ive
never done this play, never acted in it, never directed. Ive see it done once.
Then he added, Its a curious play, a dark play, a problem play. But its also a worthy play
that was written just before 1600, just before Shakespeare wrote the great tragedies (Macbeth,
Othello, Hamlet and King Lear) for which he is justly revered.
Discussing Alls Well That Ends Well as a problem play, Blachly said, It takes the comic
tradition and upends it. Shakespeare appears to be advising us of lifes many contradictions.
That people are neither all good nor or all bad.
Not unlike other Shakespeare plays, there are some great speeches. One of these explores the
problematic mix of things good and things bad in life.
The web of our life is a mingled yarn, good and ill together: our virtues would be proud, if
our faults whipt them not, and our crimes would despair, if they were not cherished by our
Blachly is intrigued by the character of Helena in Alls Well That Ends Well a woman
who is single-minded in her pursuit of Bertram, the man she is in love with. This Helena is
a woman of many faces. Blachly calls her a female Hamlet and like Hamlet is at once
many things: playful, depressed, speculative, philosophical, and at the same time both incapable of taking action and driven to action.
Ticket are $12 general admission and $10 for students and seniors. For ticket information,
call 229-5290.

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In Memorium

Ode To Rod Clarke

Clarke also had other achievements in his career. It was his

elling tales with Rod Clarke appeals primarily to idea to organize a motorcycle parade in Montpelier to bring
those engaged in the newspaper trade. Thats be- toys to children at the State House.
cause his lifes work put him in a clear view of the
Clarke was an aggressive reporter who wrote snappy leads.
inner workings of crime, recreation and government.
He used to share thoughts and stories that had a lasting
Rod Clarke and I were regulars in the 1960s at The bite.
Thrush Tavern, a place that hosted reporters who covered
the State House. Mention the words The Thrush and Although we competed every day for a time to beat each
other on getting stories, I always got along with him.
Rod would fill your ears with stories.
My favorite was the story of one bureaucrat who decided to During our childhoods, we played baseball for awhile on
run for office as Auditor of Accounts. When he decided to opposite town teams. When I was called upon to pitch for
run for office, for his formal message, he ordered a Rusty our team, I threw Rod a hanging curve, and he hit a homeNail for all. Consequently, every afternoon a person could run out behind third base.
find our bureaucrat tossing down a cool one, one after
another. The results of this strategy? He won the primary
running for office from a barstool in the citys most famous

When my daughter, Carla, asked me to write a tribute to

Rod, I hesitated because of our years of competition. But
the words Ode to Rod Clarke kept coming back to my

Our candidate was really surprised. But the booze went to

his head for deciding on a course of action for the coming
general election. His fatal misdeed was to adopt a conventional course of campaigning, including writing a press
release, holding a news conference and the like. He was to
go out in person on the campaign trail. Unfortunately, it
backfired and our bureaucrat went on to lose the election
by a substantial margin.

I looked it up and it seems far more appropriate than I

thought at first. It made me think of Rod Clarke as the
man who wrote snappy leads, the man who was thick with
the motorcyclists and the man with a devoted family.

I Oppose The Proposed
Legalization of Marijuana
The significant difference between secondhand smoke from marijuana vs. cigarettes
(though some may consider this a benefit)
is the high incurred from smoking marijuana can also be obtained from inhaling
the smoke. Aside from the possible health
concerns to second-hand smoke in general, as
is known to occur under the use of tobacco,
consideration must be given to the effect
of second-hand marijuana smoke on minors
and individuals with certain health conditions. We already have one of the highest
incidents of use of marijuana by minors in
this state. Do we really want to create an environment where our children get their first
high as a secondary result of their parents'
We are all aware of the many sufferers of illnesses that challenge one's ability to breathe.
The dangers of exposure to second-hand
smoke to these people is well known and the
basis for the many bans on smoking tobacco
in public areas. An additional danger of second-hand marijuana smoke is that it acts as
a muscle relaxant. There are illnesses where
the use of muscle relaxants can also inhibit
one's ability to breathe. I recently met people
from Portland, Oregon where marijuana is
legalized for use in the privacy of one's home,
and was advised that the smell of marijuana
is prevalent is public streets. The proposal
for public salons for marijuana use will only
increase the exposure of smoke to the public
outside of these facilities.
Legalization of the use of marijuana because
its use in Vermont is popular and a potential
source of income to the state lacks good
reason and common sense. Should the legalization of opiates be next? Many of the
same arguments for legalization of marijuana
can be applied to legalizing heroin. It might
minimize the number of deaths from overdosing if heroine was also regulated. The use
of opiates has become very popular in Vermont and I understand the cost of heroin is
currently less than marijuana. Perhaps once
marijuana is legalized and taxed, the use of
heroin will expand due to affordability? I'm
certain many people reading this will think

by Daniel A. Neary, Jr.

Editors Note: The author and Clarke were rival reporters,
with Neary working as Associated Press Bureau Chief while
Rod Clarke worked for United Press International on the
Statehouse beat. Neary is also the father of Carla Occaso,
managing editor of The Bridge.

Thank you, Rod, for all that you have done. My condolences to you and your family.

I'm being ridiculous. Wasn't the thought of

legalizing marijuana 40 years ago also considered ridiculous?
I am in favor of decriminalization instead of
legalization. The use of marijuana is prevalent and isn't going away but that doesn't
mean it should be condoned. Drug use of
any kind is a matter requiring education,
serious controls and consequences from overindulgence.
Lori A. Cohen

Pot Should Be Legal?

I think that, if we put pot into the same
category as alcohol and tobacco, we would
change the whole conversation. Last year,
alcohol killed 37,000 people and tobacco
killed a half million and pot killed zero
so it follows that anyone who supports alcohol and tobacco being legal and pot being
illegal is a little hypocritical, no?
Sandra Bettis

Parking Ban Poorly Advertised

Hope my subject line says it all, but I would
suggest you do an investigative piece into
the mass car towing throughout the city this
morning. I live in the Meadows neighborhood on Winter Street and every car was
towed away silently in the night in enforcement of the winter parking ban that apparently went into effect at 1 a.m. on a recent
morning. We were never alerted by signage
on the streets of the neighborhood, a note in
the mailbox, nor received fair warning with
a parking ticket or warning ticket on the car,
which seems like an absolute racket for the
city and the tow company. I am new to town,
having just moved here in the summer, and
had no idea that this existed. I spoke with
Sandy Pitonyak and am playing phone tag
with Jessie Baker in the city manager's office
and have essentially heard from them that I:
A) Should have signed up for city alerts
B) Should know better than to park on the
street in winter (I moved to town from five
acres and have never lived in city limits before)
C) There is an alert on the city manager's
webpage that I am responsible for knowing
and why I would ever have looked at this
page preemptively is a mystery to me.

Rod Clarke

I would appreciate if you would devote time

to doing a piece to understand why the ban
was so poorly advertised, why the decision
was made to haul off a neighborhood's worth
of cars in the middle of the night without
any warning or lesser fine on the first day of
the parking ban, who the person or persons
ultimately responsible for these decisions are,
and what the city intends to do about those
individuals who may have profitted from this
and did this in poor judgment and what they
will do to prevent this in the future.

tegral part of Vermont's education system;

we need to make sure that they are fully
utilized, sustainable and accessible to all.
Dedicated state funding for afterschool and
summer programs would be a great step to
help achieve this goal

I would be happy to talk further.


Casey Kolb Nava


I attended the film screening This Changes

Everything last week at the Unitarian
Church. Thank you to 350VT, Sierra Club,
Suncommon, Hunger Mountain Co-op and
Central Vermont Climate Action.

Support Sterling For School Board

Im writing in support of Peter Sterlings
campaign to join the Montpelier school
board. Over the years, Ive seen Peter dedicate numerous hours of his free time to
coaching youth sports in Montpelier. As a
fellow coach in town, I greatly appreciate his
understanding of the value of youth sports
and extra-curricular activities in the development of children. Those activities should be
a part of the school system and Im voting
for Peter because I feel hell do a great job
of supporting those programs when he is on
the school board. Please join me and vote for
Peter on March 1.
Brian Murphy

After School Program

Helps Learning
I believe every Vermont community and
family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for
their children.
Learning is something that does not start
and stop at the ringing of the school bell.
By allowing children to participate in activities outside of school hours and over the
summer, they will continue to develop socially, emotionally, and academically in a
safe environment. Many families may create
a safe space within their own homes during
out of school time; however afterschool and
summer programs offer extensive opportunities for children to engage and explore with
groups of their peers which is an invaluable
part of their development.
Expanded learning opportunities are an in-

Aurina Hartz
East Montpelier

Movie Promotes Community


I highly recommend the movie and the book

on which its based. Both ask and answer the
question, What if climate change is the best
chance we ever have to build a better world?
There are three more showings of the film in
the state (visit the next one
being at Waitsfields Big Picture Theater on
2/8. One major focus of the movie is the concept that indigenous people claiming their
treaty rights and blocking major extractive
projects are a very powerful force for keeping carbon in the ground. Some of the most
marginalized people on earth are playing a
huge role in saving this planet.
As a member of Central Vermont Climate
Action, Id love to see the community continue the conversation and come together
over how we can stand with these courageous
people by blocking Vermont Gass fracked
gas pipeline. This is the front line of a much
greater conflict where the stakes are the
Jane Pekol
East Montpelier

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