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September 17 September 30, 2015

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12: The End of Foodies?

About Apples: A Fruits Eye View of the


World
by Garrett Heaney

MONTPELIER Working in the produce


department at the Hunger Mountain Coop,
my colleagues and I have a singular view of
the seasons that revolves around the fruits
and vegetables we see everyday. For many
people, this is the end of summer. For us,
its the end of local watermelon and Amish
peach season, and the beginning of the most
prestigious and diverse season of them all:
apple season. With a mapped genome of over
57,000 genes, the apple has almost twice as
many genes as you or I (humans have just
30,000 genes). This leaves a lot of room for
variance in flavor, color, shape, size, texture
and nutritional content.
At the co-op, well see some 70 varieties of
apple come and go over the next couple of
months, each with its own unique appearance, flavor profile, purpose and name. The
naming of apples is a story in itself where
do all these names come from? Some are easy
to guess: Ginger Gold and Honeycrisp are
dead giveaways, but what is a Gravenstein?
Where is Cortland?
We actually sell a book by Calais author
Rowan Jacobsen called Apples of Uncommon Character: 123 Heirlooms, Modern
Classics, and Little-Known Wonders. Its
a pretty big deal. Spoiler Alert: Gravenstein
is the German name for the Danish town
of Grsten where the apple tree either first
sprouted in 1669 or was brought from Italy
as a gift unto the Duke of Gravenstein. Its
the National Apple of Denmark as of 2005.
And Cortland is a county in New York, near
the New York State Agricultural Experiment
Station in Geneva where it was cultivated in
1889. A cross between the McIntosh and the
Ben Davis apple, its got a bright flavor and
softer flesh that does best in desserts and

sauces, but is considered an eating apple now able (literally) every day of the year, we
in September.
only see Honeycrisp for a few months, in
Which brings up an important aspect of which time they generate enough sales to put
any apple: its purpose (or prefered means of them squarely on top of Macouns (the cohuman consumption). What is it good for? ops number-three apple) and Cortlands and
Eating, cooking or cider are the usual des- Macs (which are tied for fourth and typically
ignations. Eating apples are typically sweet around most of the year).
and crisp. Who likes a mouth full of mushy
apple? Well thats a trick question, people
who like applesauce do, and thats why Cortlands rank in the top 15 for sales in the
U.S. its used mostly as a cooking or
baking apple.

So where do all these apples come from? The


co-op, like most eco-conscious apple retailers, get their apples from three sources: Scott
Farm and Dwight Miller Orchards down in
Dummerston and Champlain Orchards of
Shoreham.

So what are the good Vermont eating apples?


Good is a relative term, but based on things
like sales, prices, word of mouth and crazed
customer interaction, we have a pretty good
idea. The aptly named Empire is, and has
been, the Co-ops best selling apple for a
number of years. Thats got to be my favorite
detail of all someone had the confidence
to just come right out and declare this apples
destiny this apple will be an Empire. Its
actually a hybrid of a McIntosh and a Red
Delicious, so it has almost a perfect ratio
of firmness, sweetness, tartness and storage
capability.

Scott Farm grows over a 100 varieties of


apple its orchardist, Ezekiel Goodband, is
a legend in his own right. The 62-yearold Goodband, or Zeke as he is known
throughout the state (and nation after gaining a well deserved spot on NPR last year)
has been the orchard manager at Scott Farm
for almost 15 years. The previous orchardist, a man by the name of Fred Holbrook,
grew McIntosh almost exclusively and it
is through these trees that Goodband has
successfully grafted so many varieties of
heirlooms.

Robert Kirigin, produce manager at Hunger Mountain Coop for over 20 years, tells
us that the Honeycrisp (a newer variety) is
the second best-selling apple at the co-op,
which is quite a feat given its much shorter
availability. Whereas local Empires are availYOUR BOX AD HERE!
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Kirigin tells us Zeke tries to sell out by


Thanksgiving before the apples start to lose
any of their amazing flavors We buy
almost exclusively from Scott Farm from
August to November and then switch over to
Champlain Orchard when Scott Farm runs
out of apples.

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Nature Watch
by Nona Estrin

Time for Hawk Migration

ade my annual trip to Putney Mountain for Hawk Watch last Saturday, trying
to hit a good migration. That is, wind, but not from the south. Enough sun
to create thermal rises for hawks to circle up, up, up. Then, at the top of the
thermal, for them to soar or "stream" out south until, losing altitude, they pick up another
thermal. We arrived at noon and in the next three hours over 300 hawks, most of them
Broad-winged hawks, went over, after weeks of only a few birds a day. Google Putney
Mountain Hawk Watch for more. On Tuesday, they counted over a thousand!

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HEARD ON THE STREET


Spike in Bike and Motorcycle Deaths Prompts Call for Action

lination and fruit set. The rest of the summer has given us excellent growing conditions.

The Vermont Highway Safety Alliance and concerned organizations such as the Burlingtonbased Local Motion and others are putting out an urgent call for increased road safety
awareness with urgent attention to the safety of bicyclists and motorcyclists.

Justis went on to say the annual Apples to iPods contest has been an effective promotion
for Vermonts apple industry.

A press release from the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance cites these sobering statistics:
First, some history: in the 10 years before the start of 2015, only one bicyclist in Vermont
was killed in a road accident. But in the first eight months of 2015 already there have
been four bicycle-related fatalities here.
The statistic for motorcycle deaths is just as grim. According to the Safety Alliance, in a typical year there are roughly nine motorcycle deaths. Already during 2015 with four months
to go in the calendar year, there have been nine motorcycle fatalities.
As part of a statewide call to action from the Vermont Highway Safety Alliance, the nonprofit organization Local Motion and other concerned groups, there will be a Rally for Safe
Roads in Montpelier on Friday, September 25 at 5:30 p.m. on the State House lawn.
That rally will be headlined by Lt. Governor Phil Scott and will provide an opportunity to
hear from legislative and agency leaders and the general public about ideas and proposals for
improving road and street safety.
In announcing the Rally for Safe Roads, the organizers asked this question: Can we get
500 people on the State House lawn? Then they exhorted: Join the call for safe roads for
everyone walking, biking, driving, riding a horse, crossing the road in a snowmobile
you name it.

Rialto Bridge Repairs

"Our growers really love the Apples to iPods program, he said. For the past several years,
the program has encouraged families especially teens to visit, explore and pick
apples."
In this technology-meets-agriculture contest, one specially-marked wooden apple is hidden
in an apple tree at 24 Vermont pick-your-own apple orchards. The lucky picker who finds
a wooden apple wins a randomly selected Apple iPod, iPod Shuffle or iPad.
The state first launched this promotion in 2007 to encourage people to visit pick-yourown orchards. Vermont's nearly 4,000 acres of commercial apple orchards produce leading
apple varieties: McIntosh, Cortland, Red Delicious and Empire. In 1999, the legislature
designated the apple as the state fruit, and the apple pie as the state pie.
"Apple picking is a family tradition. In true Vermont fashion, the Apples to iPods contest
makes this fall event even more fun for families," said Megan Smith, commissioner for
the Vermont Department of Tourism and Marketing. "Visiting an orchard is the perfect
way to experience Vermont's gorgeous autumn landscape and participate in a festive and
family-friendly activity."
In addition people and groups are invited to visit a participating orchard to purchase extra
apples to donate to the Vermont Foodbank. Since 2009, this event made nearly 63,500
pounds of apples available to Vermonters in need.
For a list of participating orchards, please visit www.applestoipods.com.

MONTPELIER Starting September 9, structural repairs will begin on the Rialto Bridge,
next to Capital Grounds. It is anticipated that this work will be completed by the end of this
month. During this time, the contractor (Blow & Cote Construction) will use two to three
parking spaces along the bridge for the staging of equipment. Pedestrians on the bridge can
anticipate some noise from a generator and some muffled noises from below the bridge. Additionally, during the project, the contractor will need to core some small holes through the
top of the bridge to pour concrete. During this work, the bridge will remain open and safe
for all pedestrian, bike and vehicular traffic.

Unitarian Church Calls New Minister


MONTPELIER The members of the Unitarian Church welcome The Rev. Joan JavierDuval as their minister at an ingathering service and water ceremony September 13. The
church members called Javier-Duval in a majority vote this spring. She began serving August 1.
As she took up her duties, Javier-Duval said, It is an honor to have been called to serve
this historic, liberal religious community in the heart of Montpelier. It is a momentous
time to begin my ministry at the Unitarian Church of Montpelier as we celebrate our
150th anniversary and reflect on our vision for the future.
Javier-Duval was raised in Chicago as part of a large Filipino family. She attended Swarthmore College, leading to a career in advocacy and political organizing in Washington,
D.C. While attending All Souls Church, Unitarian D.C., she felt a deep call to bridge
her faith with her passion for social justice through Unitarian Universalist ministry. She
enrolled at Yale Divinity School where she received her Masters of Divinity. She served an
internship and consulting ministry at the Unitarian Society of Germantown, Pennsylvania
and has supplied pulpits across New England during the past few years.
Joan, her husband, Jared Duval, (a ninth-generation Vermonter) and their son moved to
Montpelier in August 2014.
Javier-Duval is described as a warm pastor, a strong and collaborative leader with a passion
for community engagement and social justice. In one of her first acts as minister, JavierDuval led a vigil on the steps of the church in support of the Black Lives Matter campaign
reminding us that all can play a role in combating racism and violence.
You can find out more about the church at www.ucmvt.org or call the church office at
223-7861.

Love Poetry Contest To Be Held


MONTPELIER Lost Nation Theater is very excited to offer a Poem Writing Contest
for high school students and the general community. This is not just any poem-writing
contest it's a love poem writing contest in honor of our 20th Anniversary production of
its first fall foliage Shakespeare performance of As You Like It.
Send your creation in any form ballad, ode, sonnet, free verse by midnight, September 20, to: lostnationtheaterlovepoetry@gmail.com
Please identify your submission by name, participating school, and/or community.
Fifteen poems will be chosen, one for each performance of As You Like It, and each winning poet will be invited to read his or her work at one of those performances. Seven
poems will be selected from the entries of high school students from seven central Vermont
high schools, and seven poems will be selected from the submissions received from the
general public. One poem will be selected from Norwich University submissions. If a poet
prefers not to read their own work, a Lost Nation Theater actor will read their poem for
them.

Ninth Annual Apples to iPods Contest Kicks Off


a Banner Apple Harvest
MONTPELIER In preparation for a banner year, Vermont's pick-your-own orchards
will offer a chance to win an Apple product during the "Apples to iPods" promotion that
started September 14.
We're looking at one of the best crops in years possibly topping one million bushels,
said Steve Justis, executive director of the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association. We
had heavy rain early in the season, but the honeybees stepped up to provide excellent pol-

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One Taylor Street Development Plans Hit Snag


City Moves to Condemn Montpelier Beverage Building
by Carla Occaso and Nat Frothingham
MONTPELIER Montpelier Beverage
building owners are crying foul over a
recent move by Montpelier City Council
to start condemnation proceedings for the
structure located at 12 Main Street. However, the building thwarts what city officials say is the safest route to get a new proposed bike path across Main Street without
creating a more dangerous intersection at a
spot already declared a failed intersection
by the Vermont Agency of Transportation.
Currently the bike path does not completely go through town. It drops off at
either side of the center of town. On one
side it goes from a point behind the Department of Labor building and ends at
an empty parking lot near the proposed
One Taylor Street Transit Center behind
the Capitol Plaza. The bike path picks
up again on the other side of the North
Branch river and across Main Street to a
point behind Barre Street, across from the
Montpelier Senior Activity Center. And,
in between, bicyclists must make their way
on the streets, parking lots and back alleys.
The completed bike path as conceived
would bring cyclists from behind the Capitol Plaza, across the river behind Shaws,
and would require moving the one-story
Montpelier Beverage building to the adjacent vacant lot (tearing down and rebuilding), directing bikes around the existing
building or condemning the building and
taking it by eminent domain. In conversations that unfolded, it became clear the
first option might be too expensive (if done

the way city council endorses, requiring


a second story rather than single story),
the second one might be unsafe creating
further complications at an already failed
intersection, which leads to the third option of condemnation.

demnation hearing to be held at the city


council meeting September 23.
Q & A between Nat Frothingham, Carla
Occaso and Jay White by telephone September 4:

Jay White, spokesperson and co-trustee


with the Mowatt Trust (set up to control
the interests of the building that houses
Montpelier Beverage) claims the city is
going back on an agreement signed last
year to help the trust relocate the building
to the vacant lot immediately next to the
existing structure.

Nat Frothingham: I guess there are negotiations going forward with the city of
Montpelier about their plan to run a bike
path across the footprint of your store in
Montpelier, is that right?

The city agreed to pursue a one story


building, City Manager William Fraser
told The Bridge in a recent telephone interview. After that agreement was signed in
February 2014, it was noted the one-story
would require a variance. The agreement
did not work because we could not agree
on a price for the current property. A one
story building is not permitted under the
citys zoning and would require a variance
in order to proceed, wrote City Manager William Fraser in an e-mail to The
Bridge. He further explained by phone
that one of the city councils goals is to
have high density development downtown,
which means taller buildings with more
units rather than sprawled out single story
buildings. Therefore, the council changed
its position, and decided to pursue eminent
domain hearings. This move is much to
the chagrin of White, who is hoping to get
a large turnout of supporters at the con-

White: The only thing I can say about that


is that on September 23 the city council
will hold an evidentiary hearing to listen to
testimony regarding their plans for the bike
path. I believe it is their intention to go
forward with the hearing and then shortly
after the council will vote to proceed with
an article of condemnation. Whether they
actually file that with the court, we dont
know.

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Jay White: At the moment, that is correct.


Frothingham: Where are the negotiations
at the moment?

Frothingham: I dont know how long


M&M has been in place there, but certainly it has been in place there for as long
as Ive lived in town and Ive lived in town
for 35 years.
White: It has been in business since 1979.
My late employer, Thomas Mowatt, passed
away in 1991. He started the business with
his partner, Gilles Morrow. That is where
the name came from, M&M beverage.

Gilles Morrow was Tom Mowatts general


manager who ran and operated M&M
Beverage. Morrow purchased the business
outright from Mr. Mowatt in 1990. And
he continued to operate the store up until
about seven years ago. The Mowatt Trust
was created for Mr. Mowatts family and
the real estate went into that trust. In 2007
Gilles sold the business to Farogh A. Wien
who operates it now under the name Montpelier Beverage.
Frothingham: One of my concerns is that
you have been operating that business since
1979. That has to have a value. How do
they figure that out? Do they get an outside appraiser to figure that out?
White: I suspect on September 23, part of
the discussion will be the city has arrived
at a number to condemn the property.
They have to condemn the property and
the business. Ruby (Farogh A. Wein) has
told me nobody has contacted him to do
an appraisal on his business. Theyll talk
about what is the tax assessed value on the
property and maybe the appraisal that they
had done a year or two ago. Let me explain
something. The law eminent domain is
kind of interesting. The city or municipality can make a claim. They have to go to
superior court and go before a judge since
they are doing a public project. It could
be a bike path, it could be a fire station or
police station, whatever, therefore we need
this land. The proof of burden falls to the
landowner not the municipality. Well, you
know, money doesnt grow on trees. This

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puts us in a difficult situation because we
are the ones who have to go out and hire
the attorneys and the expert witnesses.
Now the mayor of the city of Montpelier,
by the name of John Hollar, just happens
to be an attorney that works for the largest
law firm in Vermont: Downs, Rachlin and
Martin. So, John just figures, well, he may
just pick up a little bit of bad PR on this
thing, but we are the ones who are going
to have to shell out some serious money to
fight this. And, as they did with Alan Carr
two years ago, the city council voted for
condemnation, but they never filed with
the court. Once they voted to do that,
they turned around and said to Mr. Carr,
Look, you either negotiate with us, enter
into some negotiations, or we will file.
And that is what Alan did. He entered into
negotiations. They actually never filed the
article of condemnation.
Occaso: Who are the other trustees?
White: The Mowatt Trust owns the property. I am a trustee of that trust. I am a
co-trustee. The other co-trustee is Conrad
L. White. It happens to be my father. And
then Thomas Mowatts son, Thomas A.
Mowatt.
This thing has been going on for 15 years.
It took 13 years (or approximately that
long) for the city to acquire the Carr property. (Then they acquired) the two other
properties beside the Montpelier Beverage.
The former Mathew Lot, which is a vacant
parking lot, and the building immediately behind Montpelier Beverage, which
was the Vermont Association of the Blind
building.
Years ago, when I was first contacted about
the project, I said to the city, Look, guys, I
am really not interested in selling the property. However, I want to work with you,
lets see if we can do something special.
It is easy enough for us to build another

building where the former Mathews lot is


located, you could get your roadway and
your parking lot, which is out behind Aubuchons. And then you could do the bike
path. They thought that was a good idea.
So, I started looking into that. And theres
an ordinance in the city of Montpelier
that requires a multi-story structure on
Main Street. You cant build a single story.
So immediately I said, Look guys, were
going to have a problem. The cost of building a multi-story structure on a very small
footprint is going to make it very difficult
for us to finance. We went through all the
work and the effort, designed the building,
and it approximately came in at $1.4 million. A building that only has 2,000 square
feet, you cant make that work.
Weve all known for a long time that the
city would have to help make this happen.
And then, the mayor called me a month
and a half ago and said, Look Jay, we really dont have any funds to put into the
project.
My response to John Hollar was, Okay,
John, since there is no money to invest
in this, let's go back to a single story
structure. Now the single story structure
required the Mowatt Trust to gain a variance in order to do that. But, we had our
attorneys look into that and they said there
is a good chance we can get a variance, so,
not only did I feel comfortable with that,
but we have an agreement with the city. We
have a signed (agreement) with William J.
Frasers signature on it. It was done in February 17 of 2014. And the council and the
mayor have decided that contract doesnt
mean anything. And at the moment they
arent giving us the opportunity to even
go to the Design Review Committee or
Development Review Board to look at a
single-story structure. Today our choices
are to either build a multi story building,
which we cant do or face condemnation.

Onion River Hosts Ibex


Sale at Berlin Warehouse
by Ashley Witzenberger
BERLIN The annual Ibex tent sale is a must for thousands each fall, and folks come
from far and wide for the quality clothing at drastically reduced prices. Historically,
the sale took place in Quechee Vermont, and last year, at Suicide Six. All that is about
to change as Montpeliers local sports authority, Onion River Sports, will host the sale
this year in their warehouse in Berlin.
The team at Onion River Sports is working with the folks at IBEX to bring over 7,000
pieces of clothing to central Vermont for the sale Columbus Day weekend, Friday,
October 9 through Sunday, October 11 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. In the past, people have
been known to camp out, awaiting the opening of the doors, and the Onion River
Sports staff is gearing up for more than just the sale, which will include activities and
food.
Ibex Outdoor Clothing is a wool clothing company with a concentration on natural
fibers known for durability, catering to the modern and active person. The sale will feature discontinued and closeout items and samples including woolies and jersey fashion
pieces, items that Ibex is famous for.
It will be a progressive sale with the sales getting better and better. Many shop on the
first day of the sale to ensure they see it all and have their first pick of sizes, and then
return on Sunday for even bigger mark downs. Most items will be 30 to 65 percent
off but some items will be marked down as much as 75 percent. The organizers are
encouraging people to come early and to be green and carpool.
Onion River Sports has long had a warehouse in Berlin where they conduct their internet business, and now, this years Ibex warehouse sale. In addition to the Ibex inventory, Onion River Sports will also feature sales of up to 40 percent off on prior seasons
cross-country skis, snowshoes and equipment. "We're excited about this opportunity
to partner with Ibex. Onion River is used to putting on some large events, but this
one will dwarf them all. This will be a huge event for ORS, our patrons and hopefully
Central Vermont," says Andrew Brewer, owner of Onion River Sports, Onion River
Kids and The Shoe Horn in Montpelier.

Q & A between Nat Frothingham, Carla


Occaso and Mayor John Hollar in person
at The Bridge office September 8:
Nat Frothingham: We have interviewed
Jay White a spokesman for the Mowatt
Trust. He was vehement about certain
things (concerning the condemnation proceedings).
Hollar: Heres the challenge. The city
council will be acting as essentially the
judicial body in deciding whether to go
forward with the condemnation of that
parcel. I am not able to talk about specific
facts to that because we have to act as a
neutral arbitrator hearing the evidence
and making a determination. So, I think
that what you need, what I would ask you
to do is to talk to Bill Fraser and his staff.
They will be presenting the citys case for
why that condemnation should go forward.
But as a member of the council, chairing
that council, I have to hear the evidence
that is submitted both by Mr. White along
with the council, and then decide along
with the rest of the council whether to go
forward with the proposed condemnation.
There is just not much I can say about it
because we are in this quasi-judicial role.
Carla Occaso: Who proposed condemnation?
Hollar: Well, you know, it is a bit of a

unique process because the city council


has to at least say we know enough where
weve got to go forward with this. We
havent made a final decision, but we have
to move forward. So, it is unlike most judicial proceedings where the judge would be
completely independent and they just hear
the case. In this case the council did have
some role in saying, Yes, we think there
is enough evidence here to suggest that we
ought to go forward with this presentation.
But ultimately, it is the responsibility of the
staff to present the case to the council. So
the council hasnt made a final judgement
about whether or not to actually approve
the condemnation.
Occaso: The last time we talked to Bill
Fraser about One Taylor, condemnation
wasnt on the table. This was in early June.
Hollar: I dont know when the council
agreed to go forward with this process.
Occaso: It would be in council minutes?
Hollar: You could call Sandy Pitonyak,
she is the assistant to the city manager. She
might be able to give you that date.

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City Moves to Condemn Montpelier Beverage Building
Continued from Page 5
Occaso: So was it Bills office?
Hollar: It was the council. The council
voted to go forward with it, but that would
be different than actually approving it. We
agreed to go forward with it.
Occaso: Because the way Mr. White talks,
youre kind of spearheading all that stuff.
Hollar: I spearheaded negotiations with
him. And weve had many, many conversations with him about the parcel. About
our interest in acquiring it. But weve still
got to present evidence. We still havent
heard from engineers of what the potential
redesign would be ... the hazards of having
a separate intersection for the bike path

and vehicle access to the site though the


current city lot.
Occaso: Would it go down along Stone
Cutters Way after that?
Hollar: (Takes out paper and pen and
describes while he sketches how the path
would come across a proposed new bridge
behind Shaws, cross in some manner
through the lot where Montpelier Beverage
is, cross Main Street and continue along a
dedicated bike lane that would go along
one side of Barre Street.)
So youve got these Barre Street buildings
and then youve got a dedicated bike lane
going up to the senior center and then

crossing over. Youve got the Rec Department here. This was part of the Greening
of the Capitals grant. The city got a grant
that proposed a variety of different things
that we could consider for upgrading our
downtown. One of them was to consider a
roundabout for this area (Hollar points to
the intersection where Barre Street meets
Main Street). Another was a bike path
along here and there were a variety of others. This was one that seems to have a lot
of support and the ability to move forward
on this pretty quickly. Because right now
the bike path ends behind the Rec Department. It just ends. So you have Sarduccis
over here. Youve got the railroad tracks.
Youve got the dry cleaners and people just
kind of find their way. So the bike path
just kind of ends. The idea is to (he gestures showing how to connect One Taylor
Street across the river, across Main Street,
along Barre Street and to the Rec Department where it cuts back out behind Barre
Street.)
Youve got two questions. One is you are
going to need vehicle access. So you are
going to have an additional intersection
here. You have access here to Shaws, to the
Montpelier Beverage, and then you have
a new intersection where you would have
both the bike path and cars. So what he
is suggesting is run the bike path this way
(indicates a path around the back of Montpelier Beverage and through a parking lot
near The Drawing Board).
Occaso: That is what White is suggesting?
Hollar: I think so. That is what wed have
to do.
Occaso: I heard him say two things. Either
that or build another one story building
and have (the path) go straight.
Hollar: That is a possibility as well. And

we can talk about that. We have a failed


intersection here (where Barre Street meets
Main Street) according to VTrans. It is an
intersection that really doesnt work. And
if we add another intersection, what does
that do for safety and traffic congestion.
And then the question is what do bikes do?
We are going to go forward with this, I
believe, which is extending the bike path
to Main Street, so you are going to have a
very clear route (from the Rec Center along
Barre Street to Main Street).
Occaso: So, would that mean you would
take out a sidewalk or add into the existing
roadway?
Hollar: No, wed take out parking. That
parking would be replaced by a dedicated
two-way bike path.
Occaso: I go on that street all the time. It
is like a free-for-all.
Hollar: It is really not a safe street right
now for bikes. I think it would be seasonal. You can create temporary demarcation along there so it is clear that this is
for bikes.
Occaso: That might actually make things
better for driving.
Hollar: Oh, I think it would.
(Meanwhile, Nat Frothingham gets off the
phone from the City Assessors office)
Frothingham: Stephen Twombley reports
(The Montpelier Beverage property) is
worth $341,0000, but he is also saying
that was in 2010. It may be low.
Hollar: There is also the requirement and
opportunity for funding for business relocation as well. So the business that is
located there is eligible for relocation.
(The discussion turned to other matters.) u

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Lost Nation Open with Hounds of the Baskervilles on


September 17 and Follows with Shakespeare's Comedy
As You Like It on September 24
by Nancy Taube

ost Nation Theaters The Hound of the Baskervilles begins with Sir Arthur
Conan Doyles famous story of the frightening murder of Sir Charles Baskerville
on the moorlands. But then, like a breath of fresh autumn air, comedy pops off the
stage and transforms this dark tale into a hilarious farce. Adapted by British Broadcasting
Corporation writer, director and producer, Steven Canny with writer, director and actor,
John Nickolson for the British comedy trio, Peepolykus in 2007, the play has been well
received all over the world.
In the tradition of the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and following in the footsteps of
The 39 Steps, their highly successful production last fall, Director Kathleen Keenan
spoke enthusiastically about the production. We really like this quick-change comedy
style. Its a real homage to the entire lineage of comedy. In the British tradition of crossdressing and pantomime, three male actors play all ten parts, male and female, as well
as playing themselves. Not only are you getting to meet all the characters the actors are
playing, you get to meet the actors. The actors actually play themselves, playing these
characters. This at once demystifies the theatrical experience and sets us up for even more
comedy. And theres a subplot to the actor who is playing the last remaining Baskerville
whose life is at stake, being teased and terrorized by other actors and the tech crew.

I think what is particularly wonderful about The Hound of the Baskervilles, and As
You Like It is that this is a core team that has been working together for a number of
years now, so that that kind of history, experience and knowledge of one another makes
the rehearsal process and the show a lot more fun, which is communicated to the audience. Its going to be a great time.
The concept tying in both shows is the idea of lifting the stories off the page and onto
the stage. So there's an illustrated, paper quality to the design. We're also doing some
things technically, that we've never done before at Lost Nation Theater, like flying doors,
fireplaces and trees in and out of the space. The design of both shows is quite ingenious.
Janine Woods-Thoma, the scenic designer, has created a world that works for both plays

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both with multiple locations, but with the moors of Dartmoor (The Hound of the
Baskervilles) and the Forest of Arden (As You Like It) featuring prominently.
With As You Like It, they are celebrating 20 years of Shakespeare at Lost Nation Theater with the revival of their first Shakespeare play. This enigmatic, pastoral comedy has
been delighting audiences for four centuries and contains one of Shakespeare's most famous monologues: All the world's a stage. And all the men and women merely players.
Asked about the change in their approach to the play from 20 years ago, Director Kim
Bent said, were doing it differently this time. Were thinking of it more as a storytelling
than a play; taking away a lot of the artifice of the theater by using a minimum number
of actors. As You Like It is a wonderful symphony about love. Multiple plot lines are
playing different variations on the theme all the way through the show. There are actually
four different couples that come together in the end. Its really a celebration of love and
romance, analyzed from different perspectives.
Part of the celebration is a love poem contest. Orlando, one of the characters in the play,
is so enraptured with his love [of Rosalind], hes creating love poetry and putting it on
trees all over the forest. Writing poetry is a central image of the play, so we thought it
would be nice to invite folks to write their own love poems. Well have one winner for
each of the 15 performances, and each winner will have the opportunity to read their
poem.
And of course each show features a theme party. For the opening night, September 18, of
The Hound of the Baskervilles there is The Hungry Hound after-party at New England Culinary Institute on Main Street. Opening night of As You Like It, September 25,
they are hosting ShakesBeer, a pre-show reception in the theater lobby, catered by New
England Culinary Institute, Sweet Melissas and Lost Nation Brewery.
Lost Nation Theaters productions begin the September 17 and run through October. For
information, call 229-0492, or visit www.LostNationTheater.org.

Thanking Ward Joyce and Many Others for


the Main Street Pocket Park
by Nat Frothingham

oming up on Saturday, October 3 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the pocket park on Main Street
is what looks like a community party.

According to architect Ward Joyce, he and others will be offering beverages and cake to
thank people who worked together this spring and summer to create a successful pocket
park in an empty space right across the street from city hall and the fire station.
There were a number of elements that led to the success of this summers Main Street
pocket park. Some of these elements include the green wall, the rainwater catchment
system, overhead lighting, a chess board, picnic tables, bike parking and moveable street
furniture.
Joyce had plenty of help in planning and designing the project from getting the needed
permits and the building to installing the park in May with 20 community members
and 10 Vermont Technical College faculty members. Local designer, Kelly Ogrodnik was
responsible for the planting design.

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Weve heard nothing but positive feedback on the park, reported Joyce in an e-mail
message to The Bridge and it was our observation throughout the summer that the pocket
park was pretty consistent being used, enjoyed and appreciated.
Further thanks go out to the many individuals, businesses and organizations whose in
kind and dollar donations made it possible to create and maintain the pocket park.
Joyce has added up a dollar amount for all of the donations and that amount is $22,211.
But the dollar only tells part of the story. Joyce also acknowledges hundreds of hours of
volunteer help donated at no cost.
As part of the October 3 community party and celebration, Joyce and others are kicking
off a campaign to raise in his words a few thousand dollars for next years planting,
upkeep expenses, and a budget for events.
Bravo to Ward Joyce, to Vermont Technical College students and faculty, to all who donated time, and to the many individuals, businesses and organizations who donated the
money that made the pocket park possible.

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A Message From City Hall


This page was paid for by the City of Montpelier.

Values for the Future of Montpelier


by William Fraser, City Manager

he Mayor and City Council are convening two


community forums on Values for the Future of
Montpelier. The first will be held on Thursday,
September 24th at 6:30 PM at the Capitol Plaza. The
second will be held on Tuesday, October 13th at 6:30 PM
at Montpelier High School. These forums are intended
to address City government issues and will not delve into
particulars about the School District.

What services does the City provide?

The forums will be led by citizen volunteer Paul Costello


who, in his professional life, guides communities through
these types of processes as Director of the Vermont Council on Rural Development. Other citizens with facilitation
expertise will assist with small group interactions.

2,000 fire and ambulance calls for service

The second forum will build from information and comments generated at the first forum. There will be various
ways to participate if you cant attend one or both of the
meetings, those will be outlined at the end of this article.

Why are these being held?

Any discussion about level of services requires an understanding of the full range of service already provided.
Most people have general awareness of the citys work but
here is a brief summary.
Public Safety Police, Fire, Ambulance, Dispatch,
Emergency Management, Parking
9,296 police calls for service and proactive incidents
14,590 calls handled by dispatch
Public Works Streets, Sidewalks, Water, Sewer, District Heat, Bridges, Storm Drains, Retaining Walls,
Snow, Capital Plan, Equipment
55.8 miles of paved roads plowed and maintained
25 miles of sidewalks and 1.7 miles of shared use paths
maintained

The community conversations will be to identify important values for the future of Montpelier to guide the City
Council and City staff as we create the budget for this
year and in years ahead. The fiscal issues facing the community are not all new but grow more challenging each
year. There are multiple options for addressing the issues
and the Council would like to hear from the community
before pursuing a course of action.

1 million gallons of drinking water distributed per day

The key issues are:


High Property Tax Bills
High Utility Bills
High Service Demand
High Support for Budget
Large Future Infrastructure Needs
Emerging Unmet Service Needs
Low Grand List Growth
Low Water/Sewer User Growth

42 classes offered weekly at the Senior Center

What are the major decisions?


The City is wrestling with the need to increase spending
for capital and infrastructure, the costs of maintaining services and the sustainability/affordability of our property
taxes and utility rates. Shall rates be raised? Shall services
be cut? If so, which services? Shall we scale back on infrastructure investment? How will we address emerging
issues? Is there a balance between all of these?

What are the infrastructure needs?


$500,000 per year more needs to be spent on roads,
sidewalks, bridges, etc. Planned to be phased in over the
next three years. $500,000 has already been phased in
over the last three years.
$1.5 Million immediate water line upgrade needed on
Northfield Street
$1.5 Million immediate sewer line upgrade needed on
Northfield Street
The Recreation Building at 55 Barre St. needs major
upgrades for accessibility, energy efficiency and functionality. There is no cost estimate for this work yet.
Over the next 50 years, the estimated cost to replace all
exiting water lines is $76 Million which infers a commitment of $1.5 Million per year.
Over the next 50 years, the estimated cost to replace all
existing sewer lines is $64 Million which infers a commitment of $1.3 Million per year
New Stormwater requirements to comply with the Lake
Champlain Total Maximum Daily Load standards. We
are preparing a detailed estimate of these costs which
may include major upgrades to the Wastewater Treatment Plants, alteration of storm sewers and storm drains
and additional service to catch basins and storm lines.

Community Services Planning, Zoning, Community Development, Building Inspection, Parks, Senior
Center, Recreation, Community Fund, Downtown, Enhancement Funds, Library, Cemetery
234 building permits and 123 zoning permits issued
846 members of the Senior Center
General Government Elections, Property Records,
Vital Records, Licenses, Finance, Accounting, Public
Information, Assessing, Council, Manager
6,812 invoices paid
417 dogs licensed
Maintained assessments, tax billing and collections
for 2,911 taxable properties and 3.000 water/sewer accounts.

What are Specific Facts about the City


Budget?
One Cent on Tax Rate = $22.36 in taxes for the average
residential property ($223.550 value)
$85,180 in budget = One Cent on Tax Rate
$11,841,093 in Grand List = One Cent on Tax Rate
$498,900 = Total three year Capital Increase needed
($166,300 per year)
$500,000 = Estimated annual increase in non-capital
operating expenses based on current services.
$5.3 M (0.6%) Projected increase in Grand List based
on 8 year trend.

How Much Grand List (new property value)


Growth is needed to lower property taxes?
Assuming that property value growth does not generate the need for additional services, $11,841,093 in new
property will lower the tax rate by one cent. As a point of
reference, this amount of value is roughly equal to 53 new
houses (at average value), a 15% expansion of the existing
downtown or a major office facility approximately 25%
of the size of National Life. Obviously this value can be
generated other ways, through incremental improvements
in properties and the like. We project about half of this
amount for next years budget. It is also possible that ad-

ditional housing growth which attracts families could help


reduce the education tax by reducing the cost per pupil in
the school system.

How does the City Spend our Tax Money?


Public Safety: $4,417,914 (36.7%)
Public Works/Infrastructure: $4,429,415 (36.8%)
Community Services: $1,655,832 (13.7%)
Government Services: $1,543,666 (12.8%)

How Much do I pay for each service? Assuming a


$223,550 residential property with total tax bill of $2,245:
$431 Police
$344 Public Works
$328 Capital Plan
$288 Fire/EMS
$261 Govt Services
$159 Recreation
$109 Equipment Plan
$97 Ballot Items
$69 Planning/Zoning
$47 Other Govt County, GMTA, CVRPC, etc.
$41 Parks and Trees
$30 Senior Center
$24 Cemetery
$12 Community
$4 Building Inspection
$0 Community Justice Center

What are some of the emerging needs currently unmet or underfunded in the budget?
Community response to drug & alcohol related crime
Stormwater management
Long Term Facility Preventive Maintenance and Energy
Efficiency Improvements
Paramedic Services
Housing
Complete Streets
Net Zero Initiative
Downtown Revitalization
Recreation Building

What questions will be discussed at the first


forum?
What are core community values to consider when
building budgets?
What are your ideas around property taxes, revenue
sources or costs in the city budget?
Are there key services, programs or functions of city
government that are top priorities for the future?

How do I get involved?


Attend one or both of the forums on September 24th
and October 13th.
Watch the video on ORCA and/or the Citys website
which outlines these budget challenges.
Participate in the online survey connected to this effort
at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1BudgetForum
A second survey will be created after the results of the
first forum are assembled.
Watch for notices in the media and on Facebook (City
of Montpelier official), Twitter (@vtmontpelier), Front
Porch Forum, Website (www.montpelier-vt.org)
Finally, of course, please feel free to contact me or your
elected officials with questions or comments about the
City Government. I can be reached at wfraser@montpelier-vt.org or 802-223-9502. Other city officials email
addresses and phone numbers are available on the web.
Thank you for reading this article and for your interest in
Montpelier city government.

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About the Apple: A Fruits Eye View of the Seasons


Continued from Page 1
Dwight Miller, of the same small town in Windham County, a little
north of Brattleboro, is distinctive in that it grows certified organic
apples. This requires a lot of extra work and most people who are serious about organic produce are willing to shell out the extra money.
According to Kirigin, they produce anywhere from 10-20 varieties
each year, and the co-op buys them as long as theyre available.
Champlain Orchards, like Scott Farm, has a large selection of ecologically grown apples, meaning theyre not certified organic, but
employ a limited spray approach, and only when needed. Unlike
commercial growers who spray just about anything, in any amount,
all over their trees to yield the most fruit for the market, both
Champlain and Scott Farms do spot treatments, and do so sparingly
enough to maintain their eco-certification.
One advantage that Champlain has over the competition is a state
of the art storage facility that keeps their apples good all year round.

When I first started working at the co-op four years ago, they hadnt
upgraded yet, and wed run out of local apples early in the winter,
spring if we were lucky. Now, we still have Champlain apples on the
shelf throughout the summer until the current crop is ready to pick.
But now is that time, and were starting to see an onslaught of new
apples each week. At my last count, we were up to 15 varieties from
Zeke and a few organics from Dwight Miller. Its an exciting time
to be a Vermonter, and being in the proximity of it all makes me feel
like a lucky man. Cheers!
Garrett Heaney is a local artist, author and self-proclaimed Certified
Organic Banana Handler at Hunger Mountain Coop. His art can be
seen online at ahny.us or purchased directly at Buch Spieler Records in
downtown Montpelier.

Joes Soup Manufacturer Moves To


Montpelier
by Phil Dodd

MONTPELIER Joe Buley, owner of


soup maker Joes Kitchen, is scrambling
to get his new production facility into full
swing before frosty weather hits and soup
sales shift into high gear.

Joe Buley

Buleys purchase of new cooking and refrigeration equipment for the facility was
aided by a capital grant from the states
Working Lands Enterprise Fund, a grant
that Buley matched with a loan from the
Vermont Economic Development Authority.

Sales will quadruple in mid-October and


well stay busy until April, said Buley,
whose company sells soup to accounts
throughout Vermont as well as in Boston,
Brooklyn and upstate New York. He recently signed agreements to supply soup
to two University of Vermont dining halls.
One of Buleys biggest accounts is Hunger
Mountain Coop, which in soup season ladles out 150 gallons a week of Joes Kitchen
soup to its deli customers, plus offers Joes
soup which uses local ingredients whenever possible for sale at retail. The soup
is also served locally at the North Branch
Caf.
Buleys new manufacturing operation is
within sight of the co-op. It's located off
Barre Street in an old gray building next
to the railroad tracks that until three years
ago was used as a tire warehouse. Buley
and his landlord Steve Ribolini had to
completely renovate the building, which
had holes in the roof when Buley first saw
it in February or March.
Steve has been really phenomenal, Buley
said of his landlord Ribolini. This project
wouldn't have happened without him.
When Ribolini bought the parcel, it had
several old or unused buildings. He tore
down a couple of them and now rents part
of the parcel to the co-op for employee
parking, according to Buley. In addition to
the Joes Kitchen building, Ribolini owns
two other buildings nearby that could also
be converted to new uses.
For Buley, the move into the Montpelier
facility is a major upgrade for what has
been a steadily growing business. Twelve
years ago, the former chef and restaurant
owner started farming on his Screamin
Ridge Farm, located on Dillon Road in
East Montpelier. He started selling soup
about six years ago, and was often seen
selling at the Montpelier Farmers Market.
According to his farms website which
touts Culinary Supported Agriculture
Buleys cooking interest is a familial
one: Joe's grandmothers kitchen in East
Randolph, Vermont is the inspiration for
the wholesome, flavorful, value-added agricultural products from Joes Kitchen at
Screamin' Ridge Farm. She was known
for always having soup simmering on the
stove, the site says.
After cooking up his own soup in vari-

considerable expense; Ribolini said he


hopes they will add to the long-term value
of the building.

Including Buley, Joes Kitchen has six parttime employees, two of them scheduled
to shift to full-time this winter. Buleys
daughter Olivia works for the business, and
his wife Lauri pitches in the one day a week
she is not working at her other job.

ous locations, in 2011 Buley became the


first tenant at the Mad River Food Hub
in Waitsfield, a licensed food production
facility renting space and storage to food
entrepreneurs that opened. Now Buley is
the hubs first graduate.
Its great moving from cooking in 300
square feet to having a 1,600-square-foot
commercial kitchen here in Montpelier,
Buley said. The new location has been
licensed by the state and approved by the
United States Food and Drug Administration, and awaits a United States Department of Agriculture inspection so the firm
can start making soups with meat in them
at the new facility.
One stumbling block for the move to the
new space was Montpeliers idiosyncratic
sprinkler requirement. Buley and Ribolini
asked for a variance, but the wording of
the citys ordinance did not allow an exception for them, even though the building
has a cement floor, cinder block walls and
steel I-beams. Sprinklers were installed at

In addition to giving the company more


space and being closer to his home, another
benefit Buley sees from his move is that he
may have an easier time hiring help. Employees were hard to find in Waitsfield, he
said. Here the commuter bus stops right
on Barre Street.
Joes soup comes in 25 different varieties, although not all are offered at the
same time. Two of the companys top
soup sellers are Ginger Chicken Vegetable
and Roasted Butternut Squash Thai Green
Curry. About 80 percent of the companys
business involves wholesale sales of soup,
which is shipped in three-quarter gallon
plastic bags, with 20 percent being sold in
containers at retail.
In the future, Buley plans to expand his
product line to include sauces and spreads,
which he said should help even out sales
and production over the full year.
But with cold weather just around the corner, it is soup that will soon be simmering
away at Joes new Montpelier commercial
kitchen.

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Divide, Move & Conquer!
by Miriam Hansen

Hands-on

Gardener

eptember is the time to divide and


move those perennials that bloom in
spring and summer. Rather than devote the whole column to this subject, Im offering you this Clemson University Extension website, a useful resource on when and how
to divide a long list of garden perennials. It covers plant division and moving, as well as
detailed diagrams of different kinds of root systems. http://www.clemson.edu/extension/
hgic/plants/landscape/flowers/hgic1150.html /sprj/ verb. A brewing technique that extracts the

Sparge:

sugar from the grains by exposing the grains to water.

This is also the time of year to assess a bed and move or even discard plants that:
Have not thrived in the place youve planted them
A re lost behind larger plants
Need to be behind something because as their blooms go by, the foliage becomes unsightly
You want more space between plants

Moving plants to create space between them is not just about giving the plant optimum
conditions for growth. It is about isolating plants from each other, a landscaping technique as important as creating a clean new edge for a bed. Much as we appreciate a riot
of color, the eye likes to bounce across a bed, and space between plants enhances that,
much the same way as repetition of a plant across the bed.
September is also the time to take stock of the best varieties, be they pole beans or snapdragons, peonies or red peppers.
Here are my vegetable picks for the year:
Fortex are unbeatable as pole beans. They grow up to two feet long and unlike other
varieties, they remain tender if huge, even if you dont pick them for four or five days.
Carmen is my favorite red pepper, two to three inches longer than the popular variety
Lipstick. Carmens are sweet, deep red, tapered fruit, prolific and early. For hot peppers,
Ive winnowed it down to Jaluv, An Attitude, a cross between an open-pollinated Jalapeno and the variety called 45 Degrees North Attitude. Jaluv is available from Fedcos,
is quite hot (2,500 to 8,000 Scoville units) and has a sweet underlying flavor. One plant
produces dozens of fruit. We dry ours and grind them to shake on whatever is for dinner
tonight. Symphony is hands down the best cauliflower, with enormous (10 to 12 inch)
pure white, sweet heads with none of the typical Brassica bite. This year I had poor luck
with all the different varieties of broccoli I planted, but based on past success, I recommend Fiesta, a sweet, large (seven-inch), tightly domed broccoli that does equally well
as an early or late crop. We grew a variety of cucumbers this year, all wildly productive!
Silver slicer, a white, very sweet and delicious cuke, needs to be harvested young. They
quickly over-ripen. For that reason, next year when I grow only ONE kind of cuke, I will
probably stick with Tyria, an English cucumber that ripens slowly and is equally good
harvested when it is very small or very large. If you are looking for a pickling variety,
Cross Country is a highly productive gherkin but you have to harvest every other day or
they will balloon! Space is a wildly productive, juicy spinach that tolerates heat well. For
fall, my lettuce picks are Blushed Butter Cos and Nancy Butterhead. For a summer
lettuce, Id vote for heat-tolerant Magenta, a glossy Batavian type with red tinged leaves
and a crispy green heart. For a true Romaine, Jericho is outstanding, huge and delicious.
The zinnias, marigolds and snapdragons are spectacular this fall. Both the Zahara
Series Zinnias (15 to 18 inches) and Profusion Series Zinnias (12 inches) are a mass
of blooms. Cut and Come Again Zinnias (almost three-feet-tall), combine a bold mix
of candy colors and, as the name suggests, the more you pick, the more flowers they
produce! Ive been growing the dwarf Twinny Series of Snapdragons for a few years
now, and last year, I planted both peach shades and bronze. Next year Ill only plant
the bronze. The bronze range is so much brighter and more vibrant. The peachy shades
look washed out in comparison. I will continue to plant the deep orange, Chantilly
Snapdragon, though Ill have to come up with a staking strategy. They grow quite tall
and fall over without support. For Cosmos, Id recommend Sensation, a prolific, openflowered variety. Like Chantilly, it really can use staking. Many have fallen over with
the sheer weight of branches and blooms!
It can be hard to tell the first year whether a perennial youve started from seed is
all youre hoping for. This is less true with biennials that can bloom the first year if
you plant them early enough. This
has been the case with Strawberry
Foxgloves, a gorgeous biennial the
color of crushed strawberries. Ive
planted it from seed two years in
a row and hope that it self-seeds
like other foxgloves Ive grown. I
hope this is true because it has been
blooming steadily for about three
months!
Astra Double Blue Balloon Flower
is a dwarf rock garden perennial
that has bloomed first year as advertised. It also has an unusually long
bloom time for a perennial, with
gorgeous pure blue double flowers
held just off the ground.
And what can I say about Lisianthus, that luscious annual that takes
six months to bloom from seedling
to flower? It is gorgeous, a worthy
experiment and one I shall never
repeat!
Happy harvesting, edging, dividing
and moving!

Photo courtesy of Miriam Hansen

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Granite City Groove Alternative Lenders Fund

Many New Ventures


by Joshua Jerome

BARRE Starting up a business is challenging and rewarding. An entrepreneur needs


to have a clear understanding of their competitive advantage in the marketplace and the
desire to chase their dreams despite the obstacles inherent in starting a business. One
such obstacle has remained prevalent for many over the last 40 years, and that is access to
capital. In terms of lending, our conventional financial system is designed to work with
the least amount of risk possible.
For a startup or young business with not much of a track record, accessing capital in our
conventional system can be a challenge that delays growth and expansion and causes
missed opportunities in the marketplace. Now, Im not saying that every business concept
and entrepreneur deserves an opportunity. However, I am saying that many risk adjusted
business concepts are not given the opportunity by our conventional system. To combat
this failure of our conventional financial system, alternative lenders began establishing
themselves across the country and formed the Community Development Financial Institution industry.
There are several of these institutions in Vermont and for almost 20 years, Community
Capital of Vermont has been working hard to fulfill the dreams of many entrepreneurs
to start and expand businesses. Community Capital was born out of a program run by
Capstone Community Action in the mid 90s and started out as the Central Vermont
Revolving Loan Fund to help people access capital in Washington County.
Although their name has changed several times, their mission of helping small business
owners and lower income entrepreneurs through flexible financing has not. In fact, their
impact in central Vermont and throughout the state has increased and helped many
businesses startup and thrive in our beloved downtowns. Community Capitals offices
are right on Main Street in downtown Barre and have played a very important role in
the revitalization of the Granite City. Almost a dozen businesses have received financing
including Next Chapter Bookstore, Morse Block Deli, Delicate Decadence and Bury the
Needle Tattoo.
Last year, Community Capital was the highest volume Small Business Administration
Microloan lender in New England with about a million dollars lent around the state of
Vermont, including a loan to Bailey Road located in downtown Montpelier. And recently,
they were announced as a recipient of a large $700,000 grant from the U.S. Treasurys
Community Development Financial Institution. The pool of peers that Community
Capital competed against ranged from across the United States and is considered to be
the Community Development Financial Institution Funds most competitive pool. For
Community Capital, the award is a tremendous recognition of their tireless efforts to
create financing tools that allow many entrepreneurs to make their dreams come true.

Martin Hahn, executive director of


Community Capital of Vermont.
mhahn@communitycapitalvt.org
479-0167
For this author, it is especially rewarding to hear of this award because over a decade ago,
I sat next to my spouse as she went before the revolving loan fund board seeking financing
to start up her own business; I studied the Community Development Financial Institution Fund industry in graduate school and most recently worked at Community Capital
for four years ending this past December. My experience at Community Capital allowed
me the opportunity to become intimately familiar with the startup process and how challenging owning your own business truly is. And, being invested so heavily in Barre, it
provided me a richness of being part of something new and exciting.
Community Capital and their flexible approach to lending will always be needed and the
additional business advisory services they provide set them apart from their conventional
counterparts. They are an organization that must be entrepreneurial themselves as they
seek to dive deeper and more broadly to further their reach and mission. Neither Barre nor
Vermont would be the same without them and I congratulate them on their achievements.

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The End of
Foodies?
by Larry Floersch

just saw in the Sunday supplement magazine of a large


metropolitan newspaper that Alton Brown, a graduate
of New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier
and a star on the Food Channel, is fed up with foodies.
I think I know what he meant by that. Like anything
in life, if you get a steady diet of something you get tired of it, kind of like my mother
making cream cheese and jelly sandwiches for my lunch for my entire eight years of
elementary school. And it wasnt even good jelly just run-of-the-mill grape jelly. On
Wonder Bread no less! Im not entirely sure, however, what a foodie is. I mean, I enjoy
food a lot and I like to eat food on a regular basis. Am I therefore a foodie? I also like
wine. Does that make me a wino? Oh, wait, strike that comparison!
It seems to me that Brown and his TV chef star colleagues Mr. Lagasse, Mr. Batali, Ms.
Cora, Mr. Flay and Mr. Bourdain have brought this problem on themselves. They created foodies. There was a time when I, like many other normal people, was happy to go
to The Dugout in East Barre and dine on a grilled chuck steak that hung off the edges
of the plate and was cooked by a guy who wore a white apron, a white tee-shirt and a
white sailors cap, kind of like Mel Sharples, the diner owner/cook in the 1970s sitcom
Alice. But no longer. At the urging and instruction of Mr. Brown and his colleagues
Ive been pulled over to the dark side of dining, where Im not satisfied unless I spend a
weeks salary for a plate on which a tiny piece of fish is artistically arranged with some
vegetables on top of some sauce with an unpronounceable name.
This condition can be a problem. I just spent a week in Manhattan. But did I eat at
food trucks? No! Because of Brown and his friends, my wife and I chose to eat at nice
restaurants within walking distance of our hotel. According to all the foodie magazines
that are published there, New York has a very large number of very good restaurants,
and most of them, it seems, were within walking distance of our hotel. What the foodie
magazines gloss over is that if you are staying for seven days in Manhattan and must dine
out at these restaurants every night, you can easily deplete your 401K.
Realizing that the family inheritance was in danger, my wife and I even tried on two
separate evenings to find less expensive restaurants. One night we went to what I thought
was a pizza place. I was happy to order a pizza. My wife, however, spied something that
turned out to be the most expensive dish on the menu. The result was a bill a little
higher than the one we ran up at a more expensive establishment the night before. But
as my wife pointed out to me, shes worth it, and that is a position with which I cannot
disagree.
It made me wonder though, how average New Yorkers can afford to live in the city. I
surmised that since they cant cook in their tiny apartments, they must be frequenting
restaurants that are not as expensive as the ones within walking distance of our hotel.
After reading restaurant reviews in a magazine dedicated to life in New York, I discovered that is indeed the case. The problem is that there are a lot of New Yorkers and to get
into some of these joints can mean a wait of hours at the bar swilling cocktails and then
being seated for dinner at about the same time that Dave Letterman would be doing his
monologue back when he was still working.
The whole foodie movement may be in peril, however, because of one famous chef from
Napa in California. He opened a restaurant in Manhattan where you can enjoy his ninecourse tasting menu. You really have no other choice. The only thing on the menu is
the chef s nine course tasting menu, although you can opt for a smaller seven-course or
five-course version if youre not hungry. The tasting menu is prix fixe which in English
means, so expensive it takes your breath away. And, if you decide you want certain
dishes on the list, such as ones containing osetra caviar (read fish eggs), foie gras
(read liver), or shaved truffle (read fungus), a supplement will be added to the
bill that could easily feed two people at one of those nice places within walking distance
of our hotel. And as far as I can tell, wine is not included in the prix fixe. Hold onto
your hat when you look at the wine list. It offers wines by the glass that cost as much
as a more-than-decent whole bottle of wine at some of those nice places within walking
distance of the hotel.
Now I know this chef is a talented and innovative cook. I even have one of his cookbooks. I do not begrudge him his Michelin stars. But a meal for two at his restaurant
could easily cost more than a set of four P245/50R-18 Michelin steel-belted, run-flat
technology radial tires. And those tires are good for more than 40,000 miles, not just
until breakfast.
With prices like that just with sticker shock he might kill off all the foodies of the
world one by one.

T H E B R I D G E

Heavenly Tastes at Hel's Kitchen

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Helen Labun of Hel's Kitchen offers


inspired takeout. helskitchenvt.com.

story and photos by Marichel Vaught

MONTPELIER What do you do when weekly, low-key


and simple potluck meals with friends spiral out of control
into multi-course dinner events the likes of which are seen
on gourmet magazine covers?

she explains, but for the personal story that prefaces each
recipe. One of her favorites is Make the Bread, Buy the
Butter by Jennifer Reese. A book, she says, that has funny
stories and highly useful recipes. This passion for cookThat question arose for Helen Labun, a Bear Pond Books books is also enabled by her work in marketing and event
event coordinator with an Agriculture and Food Systems coordinating for Bear Pond Books, where she previews the
degree, a love of cookbooks and a published foodie book latest food-related books.
of her own. Over the course of four years, Labuns infor- Labun clearly isnt a complete stranger to the food world
mal potluck gatherings at her home had morphed into a or food trends. She studied Agriculture and Food Systems
complicated study of new flavors and an overabundance of at Princeton University and went on to get her masters
menu items. Says Labun, The potlucks got progressively in Community Development and Applied Economics
out of control. This needed to become a job rather than a at the University of Vermont. The Vermont native also
hobby. And so in August 2015, Hels Kitchen was born. wrote Discovering Flavor, published in 2014 with the
Hels Kitchen, an obvious play on Labuns name, shares tagline all you need to know about food appreciation in
space with the restaurant Salt at 207 Barre Street. Salts 99 pages. Its a crash course [in] food appreciation for
owner, Suzanne Podhaizer, was looking for someone to the foodie and non-foodie, explains Labun. The book is a
Garlic Butter Cheese Spread
share restaurant space with her since Salt is only open narrative examining the flavors the average consumer exrecipe from Helen Labun
Fridays through Sundays. In stepped Labun, who had periences on a daily basis, such as coffee, where those flabeen looking to open a take-out eatery specializing in vors come from and how our basic senses respond to them. 1 head garlic, roasted (see below for roasting instructions)
choose a larger or smaller garlic based on your preferdiverse home-cooked style meals with a weekly rotating Its obvious that Labun loves food, learning about food
ences
menu. Hels Kitchen offers take-out Mondays through and sharing her food. Her recipes allow people to try new
Thursdays, with onsite communal table and family-style flavors and cuisines. People taste a dish here, go to some- 6 oz. Cabot Alpine Cheddar Cheese (it doesn't have to be
this exact cheddar cheese, I just happen to love this cheese
dining offered on Thursday evenings. Labun emphasized place like New York City where theres a restaurant with a
more than is reasonable), in smallish cubes
that Salt and Hels Kitchen are two very different types professional chef specializing in that cuisine and say Oh
of eating. Whereas Salt is a dine-in restaurant and offers yeah, I know what that is! and they try it again and other 5 tbsp. unsalted butter, also in cubes
a more upscale menu, Hels Kitchens meals are made by new things.
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
a self-taught cook who describes her dishes as aggres- Hels Kitchens weekly rotating menu encourages new taste
1/4 tsp. chili powder
sively home-cooked. Sometimes the restaurants will share exploration. If they dont like it, they can come back next
themes, such as Spanish cuisine on the same week, but week when the menu is different and try something new Salt and pepper to taste
Hot sauce (optional and to taste)
they offer very different meal experiences.
again.
Many locals may remember a similar eatery at that same Labun said that Hels Kitchen is heavily focused on the Boiled cider (optional)
Barre Street location not more than 10 years ago. Susans home-cooked style to the extent that all her menu recipes Put the cheese in a food processor, process until fairly
smooth. Add everything else but the boiled cider, process
Kitchen, a take-out restaurant owned and operated by are shared on the restaurants website. I want people to
until very smooth you'll have to scrape down the sides
Susan Reid, also featured a rotating weekly menu of home- try a dish and know they can make the same exact thing
occasionally. Serve with boiled cider drizzled on top
cooked, eclectic dishes. This is not mere coincidence. at home.
optional. Good on bread, crackers, sandwiches, steak.
Labun wants to bring back that same type of establishHels
Kitchen
uses
organic
and
locally-sourced
ingredients
Roasted garlic: Heat an oven to 375F. Cut about 1/4 inch
ment where someone can pick up an interesting meal on
off the top of a head of garlic. Drizzle olive oil on the exthe way home from work. She even consulted with Reid as much as possible. For those rare spices and ingredients,
posed cloves, wrap in aluminum foil and roast for about 50
prior to opening her restaurant. Hels Kitchen ended up Labun turns to trips to Montreal and the Internet. Friends
minutes, or until all the cloves are completely soft. Squeeze
adopting the same hours, themes and meal-order and take- will also ask her for a shopping list when they travel out of
state or country. For ingredients just too rare to procure,
the soft meat out of the skins.
out process as Susans Kitchen.
such as peacock for the 16th Century Spanish Peacock
Hels Kitchen is mostly a single-person operation. Labun Sauce, Labun goes to the closest substitute, which in this
says that friends will sometimes volunteer to help prep. case was chicken.
Her husband, Lawrence Miller, steps in when he can but
its mostly Labun you will see in Hels Kitchen. Hes an Some upcoming cuisines that will be visited on the menu
are from Turkey, Persia and France. Labun definitely
excellent dishwasher, said Labun of Miller.
wants to highlight Sweden in December in celebration
Labun describes Hels Kitchens menu as curiosity-driven. of St. Lucias Day. Were expected to find a lot of winter
A defining characteristic of my cooking is broad curios- squash in upcoming dishes: Labuns husband hates winter
ity. Trying new things. Researching new regions, Labun squash so she rarely gets to cook it at home.
said. She wants to offer dishes not easily found in the
central Vermont area, thus her menus are internationally Hels Kitchen has entrees and desserts with vegetarian
and regionally diverse. You may see Spanish, Moroccan or and gluten-free selections, and dishes can be modified for
South African cuisine on rotation; you may also see Tay- vegans. Labun can accommodate other food allergies but
lor pork roll, a New Jersey favorite. Labun even presents encourages people to visit the website and peruse the exact
menus specific to a certain time period. Just recently, her ingredients in her recipes before ordering.
Thursday night family style dinner was themed on 16th Take-out is available for pick up and reheating at home
Century Spanish cuisine.
MondaysThursdays, 3:307 p.m. Orders can be phoned
Her cooking is inspired by the hundreds of recipes that in at 229-6678 or made online at helskitchenvt.com. The
came about from her years of potluck dinners. Labun current menu and recipes can also be found at the website.
also finds inspiration in the hundreds of cookbooks that A communal table and family style dinner service is of- Labun prepares the
have overtaken her kitchen at home. I love reading cook- fered on Thursdays at 7 p.m.; reservations are required.
takeout containers.
books! said Labun with a smile. Not just for the recipes,

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THE BRIDGE

Discover the Peak:


Dining at NECI on Main
by Nat Frothingham
MONTPELIER Six students soon to graduate from the New England Culinary Institute will be strutting their stuff by taking charge of the NECI on Main Street restaurant
on Friday evening, September 18 from 5 to 10 p.m.
According to the student managers, already more than 100 reservations have been received.
Discover the PEAK are the three words that the six students have chosen to express
what they hope to achieve in the dining experience they will offer to the public with the
ambitious meal they will be serving at a time of year when freshly harvested food is at
its peak of taste and freshness.
The six students are calling their single night of restaurant management a pop-up
event, a single chance for all of them to work together to manage the restaurant and
take responsibility for the food, the menu, the cooking, the service and ultimately the
dining experience they will offer to the public and to their NECI instructors.
In a flyer announcing the Discover the PEAK dining event the students say quite candidly, Things are still being worked on, but you can watch everything come together
on Facebook and Instagram.
The student flyer announcing the event offers a range of menu items already decided on:
such as The Walk Swim Fly Charcuterie and what is a charcuterie its a serving
of cold, cooked meats.
On entrees, the suggestions of whats to be served is less exact: Dishes that feature things
that walk, swim and fly and photosynthesize the students say.
Or for dessert, Carrots and beets and everything sweet.
Curious yet? is the final question on the Discover PEAK flyer.
To make a reservation for the (one-night only) September 18 Discover the PEAK popup (NECI on Main Street) event, please phone 223-3188 or go online to
peak@student.neci.edu.

Storytelling, Mime and


Vaudeville at the 4 Corners
Schoolhouse on October 3
by Nat Frothingham
EAST MONTPELIER Storytelling duo Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder are presenting what they describe as a close-up variety show to include storytelling, vaudeville, puppetry, a circus and mime act in what has to be one of the smallest and most
intimate performing spaces in central Vermont the Four Corners Schoolhouse in East
Montpelier. The event begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday evening, October 3.
The five variety show performers are storytellers Jennings and Ponder. Also Rose Friedman and Justin Lander Bread and Puppet Theater veterans and actors with the
Hardwick-based Modern Times Theater. Also circus and mime artist Rob Mermin will
be performing a vignette from his Bubble Circus. Mermin, who trained with Marcel
Marceau, was the founder and director of Circus Smirkus.
Jennings and Ponder also describe the show as a Pocket Chatauqua in the spirit of the
broadly popular travelling road shows that swept the country during the late 19th century. With 50 seats and a small stage, the Four Corners Schoolhouse, promises to create
an audience and performance space that is friendly to mime, vaudeville, storytelling,
laughter and applause.
Talking about the October 3 event, Jennings said, All five of this evenings artists are
quite comfortable performing in front of very big audiences and its exciting to do that.
But theres a certain kind of performance that only works, and a kind of connection you
can only get, when your audience is literally close enough to touch.

Leanne Ponder and Tim Jennings

T H E B R I D G E

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

The Tunbridge Worlds Fair. Sept. 1720. Thurs.,


8 a.m.9 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.9 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.10
p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.6 p.m. 1 Fairground Rd., Tunbridge. Thurs., Fri. and Sun., $10; seniors on Fri.,
$8; Sat., $15; season ticket $35. For full schedule:
tunbridgeworldsfair.com
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
dgrabowski@the-health-center.org.
Credit Card Debt: What to Do if it Gets Out of
Control. With Robin Barone. Responsible handling of credit card debt, what to do if you have to
go to court and how to avoid unscrupulous credit
card debt collectors. 5 p.m. Central Vermont Basic
Educations Montpelier Learning Center, 100 State
St., Montpelier. Register in advance: 476-4588 or
223-3403.
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. calakel@comcast.com.afsp.org.
Embodying Relationship. A talk exploring a less
"self" oriented perspective on relationship that
embraces community, nature, mindfulness and
the psychology of living with another being. With
Robert Kest, Ph.D. 67:30 p.m. Hunger Mountain Coop, 623 Stone Cutters Way, Montpelier.
Free. 223-8000.
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.
888-1261. riverartsvt.org.

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Calendar of Events

at 433-1004 or Phyllis Rubenstein at 223-0020 or


Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.comcastbiz.net

The Tunbridge Worlds Fair. Sept. 1720. Thurs.,


8 a.m.9 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.9 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.10
p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.6 p.m. 1 Fairground Rd., Tunbridge. Thurs., Fri. and Sun., $10; seniors on Fri.,
$8; Sat., $15; season ticket $35. For full schedule:
tunbridgeworldsfair.com
Bethany Church Lawn Sale. Sept. 1920. 8
a.m.4 p.m. Everything you could desire in one
place at great prices! Donations accepted Sept. 14,
18 p.m.; Sept. 1517, 8 a.m.8 p.m. No donations accepted on Sept. 18. Bethany Church, 115
Main St., Montpelier. 223-2424. uccbethany@
comcast.com. bethanychurchvt.org
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 cvswmd.org.
Lamoille River Clean-up. Sponsored by Vermont
River Conservancy, Lamoille River Anglers Association and Lamoille County Conservation District.
Help improve the streams and rivers for Vermont.
9 a.m.2 p.m. 459 Durarmel Rd., Morristown.
888-9218 x. 113. Kimberly.komer@vtnecdnet.net
Vermont Granite Festival. Celebrate Barre and
central Vermonts granite heritage with ethnic
music, performances, activities, exhibits and demonstrations by area stone workers. 10 a.m.4 p.m.
Vermont Granite Museum, 7 Jones Brothers Way,
Barre. Adults $5; seniors $4; children $3; families
$10; free for members. 476-4605. info@vtgranitemuseum.org. vtgranitemuseum.org
Mushroom Walk with Fletcher Dean. Stranahan
Forest. Sponsored by the Marshfield Conservation
Commission. 10 a.m. Meet in the parking lot on
the corner of Hollister Hill and Thompson roads.
Jaquith Public Library: 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org
Live Caterpillar Zoo. See hundreds of native caterpillars with naturalist, photographer and founder
of the Caterpillar Lab Sam Jaffe. 11 a.m.4 p.m.
Woodbelly Artisan Pizza will be on site until 2
p.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St.,
Montpelier. Adults $5; children $3. 229-6206.
northbranchnaturecenter.org.

Designing Abundance: Applying Permaculture


Principles to Regional Design. A Transition
Town program. Presenter Victor Guadagno, an
Emmy winning director and permaculture expert
discusses permaculture on all scales and how it can
lead to a better society. 6:307:45 p.m. KelloggHubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 2233338. kellogghubbard.org.

Vermont Lions Charities Bingo Night. A fundraiser to help support Vermont Lions Charities
work. Vermont Lions Charities has provided
assistance for purchasing eye glasses for seniors,
disabled and low income residents of Lamoille
County. Refreshments, snacks, silent auction, door
prize. Doors open 4 p.m.; first game 6:30 p.m.
VFW, Pleasant St., Morrisville. 442-0380. vt.lions.
charities@aol.com

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.

Chicken Pie Supper. Two sittings, 5 p.m. and 6:30


p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church, 137 Main
St., Montpelier. Adults $12; children 10 and under
$5. Take-outs available. Reservations required:
229-9158.

Mushroom Talk with Fletcher Dean. Mushroom


slide show, talk and discussion. 7 p.m. Jaquith
Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free.
426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

The Tunbridge Worlds Fair. Sept. 1720. Thurs.,


8 a.m.9 p.m.; Fri., 7 a.m.9 p.m.; Sat., 7 a.m.10
p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.6 p.m. 1 Fairground Rd., Tunbridge. Thurs., Fri. and Sun., $10; seniors on Fri.,
$8; Sat., $15; season ticket $35. For full schedule:
tunbridgeworldsfair.com
Westview Meadows Annual Open House and
Book Fair. A rare opportunity not to be missed.
Tour the community and see what retirement
living is all about. 10 a.m.2 p.m. Westview Meadows, 171 Westview Meadows Rd., Montpelier.
223-1068. westviewmeadows.com
Kids Creating Music. With Bob Brookens. This
may be your last chance this year to catch Bob
and his myriad of instruments kids can play with
during this lively musical story time! For ages 18
months4 years. 10 a.m. Waterbury Public Library, 30 Foundry St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036.
waterburypubliclibrary.com.
Whos There? Movies About Identity. The Man
without a Past (2003). The title character survives
a mugging, but has no memory of who he is
or what his life was in this droll film from Aki
Kaurismaki. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122
School St., Marshfield. Free. jaquithpubliclibrary.
org. 426-3581.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Hike Waitsfield with Green Mountain Club. Difficult. About 5 miles. Scrag Mountain from Waitsfield to Northfield. Near the summit is the former
fire tower site, and below summit is the cabin used
by the lookout. Car spot necessary. Contact one of
two co-leaders for meeting place and time: Rudy

Hike Vermont's Mt. Monadnock with Green


Mountain Club. Lemington. Moderate. About 5
miles. The mountaintop features a recently rebuilt
observation tower with excellent views east into
the northern White Mountains and north into
Canada. Bring food and liquid, and dress for
weather. Contact Michael for meeting time and
place: 249-0520 or chernick5@comcast.net
Bethany Church Lawn Sale. Sept. 1920. 8
a.m.4 p.m. Everything you could desire in one
place at great prices! Donations accepted Sept. 14,
18 p.m.; Sept. 1517, 8 a.m.8 p.m. No donations accepted on Sept. 18. Bethany Church, 115
Main St., Montpelier. 223-2424. uccbethany@
comcast.com. bethanychurchvt.org
Velo Vermont Vintage Road Ride. Dust off your
ten-speeds! All are welcome, however, the idea is to
get some vintage bikes on the back road. Pre-1990
road bikes are highly encouraged. 28 mile route.
Helmets required. Rain or shine. 2 p.m. Leaves
from Onion River Sports parking lot, Langdon St.,
Montpelier. $20 encouraged donation. Register:
velovermontvrr@gmail.com. Facebook: Velo
Vermont Vintage Road Ride.
Poetry Readings: VERVE in Verse. Vermont poets
Major Jackson and Julia Shipley will read their
poetry. 34 p.m. Reception and book signings to
follow down the road at the Kent Museum exhibit
VERVE: Art & Energy. Old West Church, 758
Old West Church Rd., Calais. kentscorner.org/
art-at-the-kent.html
Families of Color. Open to all. Play, eat and
discuss issues of adoption, race and multiculturalism. Bring snacks and games to share; dress for the
weather. Third Sun., 35 p.m. Unitarian Church,
130 Main St., Montpelier. Alyson 439-6096 or
alyson@suncatchervt.com.
Some Like It Hot. Kicks off the Chandler Film
Society 201516 season. 1959 film directed by

Performing Arts
THEATER, STORYTELLING
& COMEDY

students and seniors. 229-0492. lostnationtheater.org.


Sept. 25: Bueno Comedy Showcase. A dedicated show of stand-up featuring four or five talented comics, from here and away, doing longer
sets. 8:30 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main
St., Barre. $6. 479-0896. events@espressobueno.
com. espressobueno.com.

Sept. 17Oct. 25: The Hound of the Baskervilles. Presented by Lost Nation Theater. Sir Arthur Conan Doyles celebrated Sherlock Holmes
story gets a gloriously funny makeover. Thurs.,
7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat, 8 p.m.; Sept. 19 and Sun., 2
p.m. Lost Nation Theater, City Hall Arts Center,
Main St., Montpelier. $30 Fri. and Sat.,; $25
Thurs. and matinees; discounts for students and
seniors. 229-0492. lostnationtheater.org.

Sept. 26: The Olate Dogs Rescue Tour. Winners


of Americas Got Talent Season 7, The Olate
Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human
acrobatics and humor. Ten dogs in the troupe,
many of them rescues. 7 p.m. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe.
$2045. 760-4634. sprucepeakarts.org

Sept. 24Oct. 24: As You Like It. Love at first


sight, a wrestling match, cross-dressing and fools!
Shakespeares delightful, romantic comedy boasts
all four, cleverly intertwined with the trials and
triumphs of love. Thurs., 7 p.m.; Fri. and Sat,
8 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Lost Nation Theater, City
Hall Arts Center, Main St., Montpelier. $30 Fri.
and Sat.,; $25 Thurs. and matinees; discounts for

AUDITIONS

Sept. 26: Extempo. Locals tell short-format,


Sept. 18: Stroke Yer Joke. Sign up in advance on first-person, true stories live on stage without any
notes or reading. 8 p.m. The Blue Barn, 117 W.
Facebook, or sign up at the door a half hour beCounty Rd., Calais. $5. 223-0184. storytelling@
fore show time, and try five minutes of your best
open-mic stand-up comedy before a live audience. extempovt.com. extempovt.com
8 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre.
Sept. 30: Lamb Chop Loves the Military.
Free. 479-0896. events@espressobueno.com.
Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop the sock puppet
espressobueno.com.
icon will thrill all ages with her timeless charm
and humor. 7:30 p.m. Lyndon State College,
Sept. 19: Ballets with a Twist: Mint Julep and
Alexander Twilight Theater, 1001 College Rd.,
Other Spirited Dances. Reinvents the glamour
Lyndonville. Adults $10; youth 12 and under $5;
and excitement of classic entertainment with
free for active and retired military. Fundraiser for
an original mix of charismatic choreography,
intoxicating music and exquisite costume design. Rhythm of the Reins Veterans program. 4263781. rhythmoftherein@aol.com
Program highlights include the spunky Shirley
Temple and Kentucky Derby-inspired Mint
Oct. 2: Lamb Chop After Dark. With Mallory
Julep. 7:30 p.m. Spruce Peak Performing Arts
Lewis and Lamb Chop the sock puppet. the
Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $2059. 760- Lamb gets a bit more frisky this show is geared
4634. sprucepeakarts.org
more toward adults. Cash bar. 7:30 p.m. Canadian Club, 414 E. Montpelier Rd., Barre. $15.
Sept. 20: A Fleeting Animal: An Opera from
Benefits Rhythm of the Rein Theapeutic Riding
Judevine. A collaborative work by two Vermont
and Driving Program. 426-3781. rhythmofthereartists, composer Erik Nielsen and poet David
in@aol.com
Budbill. Budbills libretto tells a tragic love story
that touches on rural poverty, racism and PTSD. Oct. 3: Pocket Chatauqua. Storytelling,
Nielsens score draws from diverse contemporary
vaudeville, puppetry, a circus and mime act
styles, including jazz, blues, and French-Canawith Tim Jennings and Leanne Ponder. Rob
dian fiddle tunes. 4 p.m. Chandler Music Hall,
Mermin will be performing a vignette from
71-73 Main St., Randolph. Adults $25; students
his Bubble Circus. 7 p.m. The Four Corners
with adult $5. chandler-arts.org. afleetinganimal. Schoolhouse. E. Montpelier.
com

Billy Wilder. 6:30 p.m. Chandler Center for the


Arts, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. $9; $6 for members. chandler-arts.org.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 22

Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Open to


anyone who has experienced the death of a loved
one. 1011:30 a.m. Conference Center. 600
Granger Road, Berlin. Free. 223-1878.
Art History Lecture: American Art in the
Decade Pre World War I. MSAC member Debbie
Tait discusses American art in the decade before
World War I when artists absorbed the new ideas
generated in Europe at the turn of the twentieth
century and experimented with a new realism and
abstraction. 12:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free; open to
the public. 223-2518.
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.

Vermont Has Talent Auditions. Upload audition to youtube by Oct. 1 and email link to
marycatherinejones@mac.com. For talented
Vermonters ages 824. Performance will be at the
Barre Opera House on Oct. 18.
vermonthastalent.org
200, Barre. Free, donations gratefully accepted.
479-0531. cvcoa@cvcoa.org. cvcoa.org.
Investment Strategies: Focus on Fixed Income.
With Leo Connolly of Edward Jones. Part of a free
series of monthly presentations sponsored by Giffords Morgan Orchards Senior Living Community to help families prepare for and adjust to life
in their later years. 56 p.m. Gifford Conference
Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. Free. Limited to
32 participants. Register: 728-2787
Yom Kippur Service. 6 p.m. Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave., Montpelier. Complete
schedule and online donations: bethjacobvt.org

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23

Yom Kippur Service. 9 a.m. Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave., Montpelier. Complete
schedule and online donations: bethjacobvt.org

The Role of Archaeology in Understanding the


French and Indian War. Presented by anthro-

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Music
VENUES
Charlie Os World Famous. Live music, 10 p.m.
70 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-6820.
Every Mon.: Open Mic Comedy Caf, 8 p.m.
Every Tues.: Karaoke Night, 9:30 p.m.
Sept. 18: Boomslang, Learic and DJ BP (hip-hop)
Sept. 25: Spit Jack Reunion Show with The Pity
Whores & GhostLicker (punk rock)
Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre.
479-0896. Free/by donation.
events@espressobueno.com. espressobueno.com.
Sept. 19: Open Mic & Talent Show, 7:30 p.m.
La Puerta Negra. 8 p.m. 44 Main St., Montpelier. $5. 613-3172.
Sept. 18: The Rough and Tumble (Americana)
Positive Pie. 10 p.m. 22 State St., Montpelier.
229-0453. positivepie.com.
Sept. 25: Sound of Mind, $5.
Oct. 2: Steady Betty, $8.
Sweet Melissas. 4 Langdon St., Montpelier.
Free unless otherwise noted. Other shows T.B.A.
225-6012.
Sept. 17: Anna Grow, 5 p.m.; Tim Brick, 7:30
p.m.
Sept. 18: Mark LeGrand, 5 p.m.; Coquette, 9
p.m. $5.
Sept. 19: Penny Arcade, 5 p.m.; Eames Brothers
Band, 9 p.m. $5.
Sept. 20: Ray Davenport, noon; Live Band Rock
& Roll Karaoke, 8 p.m.
Sept. 21: Kelly Ravin, 8 p.m.
Sept. 22: Bruce Jones, 5 p.m.; Open Mic Night,
7 p.m.
Sept. 23: Django Soul-O, 8 p.m.
Sept. 24: Dave Keller, 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 25: Mark LeGrand, 5 p.m.; Michelle
Sarah Band, 9 p.m. $5.
Sept. 26: David Langevin, 5 p.m.; Peter Mayhew & Act of Conscience, 9 p.m. $5.

Calendar of Events

Sept. 27: Live Band Rock & Roll Karaoke, 8


p.m.
Sept. 28: Kelly Ravin, 8 p.m.
Sept. 29: Nancy & Lily Smith, 5 p.m.; Open
Mic Night, 7 p.m.

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


31 County Rd., Calais. Thurs., Free.
whammybar1.com.
Every Wed.: Open mic
Sept. 17: Dale Cavanaugh (Americana, folk)
Sept. 18: Audrey Bernstein and Joe Capps (jazz)
Sept. 19: Sara Grace
Sept. 24: Michelle Rodriguez and Paul Boffa
Sept. 25: Anachronist with Brian Clark (indie
rock)
Sept. 26: Golden/Novak
Oct. 1: David Symons and Inner Fire District
(klezmer)
Oct. 2: Kava Express (funk/rock/soul)
Oct. 3: Stovepipe Mountain Band (jam/bluegrass)

SPECIAL EVENTS
Sept. 17: Dare to Be Square Dance. Pete's Posse
(featuring Pete Sutherland) plays the Montpelier
Square Dance with calling by Will Mentor. No
partner or experienced needed. All dances taught.
7:30 p.m. American Legion Post #3, 21 Main
St., Montpelier. $510 sliding scale. 793-4650.
kathleen1moore@gmail.com
Sept. 19: Barre-Tones 44th annual Show. Enjoy
a lively and sometimes humorous show, with a
cappella barbershop singing woven through a storyline set in 1944 wartime and our troops being
entertained at the Front. Special guests, and 2011
womens International Barbershop Champions,
Foreign Exchange, will kick off the second half of
the show. 7 p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main
St., Barre. Adults $15; seniors $10; students and
kids 18 and under $7. barreoperahouse.org
Sept. 20: Penny Arcade Plays at Morse Farm.
Welcome autumn at Morse Farm with your
favorite jazz standards performed by Penny Arcade. With special guest Tom Morse on trumpet.
Half-price creemees. 15 p.m. Morse Farm Maple
Sugarworks, 1168 County Rd., Montpelier. Free.

pologist Andrew Beaupr. An Osher Lifelong


Learning Institute program. Doors open 12:30
p.m. for those wishing to bring a brown bag
lunch; program 1:30 p.m. Aldrich Public Library,
6 Washington St., Barre. 454-1234.

of anecdotes and stories of a life that has been


anything but dull. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard
Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.
vista@kellogghubbard.org. kellogghubbard.org.

Falls Prevention Workshop. Join therapists


from the University of Vermont Network CVMC
Rehabilitation Services for a presentation about
fall prevention and individualized screenings. The
presentation will be held 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. and
is open to all. Additionally, 15-minute screenings
will be scheduled between 13p.m. Montpelier
Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier.
Call for appointment: 223-2518.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24

Shine & Dine at Skinny Pancake. Join us for


an evening of food, drinks, music and chatting
solar. Get your questions answered about how
solar works in Vermont. 5:308:30 p.m.; Jay Ekis
performs 6:30 p.m. Skinny Pancake, 89 Main St.,
Montpelier. Free. 552-0125. joel@suncommon.
com. http://suncommon.com/event/shine-dineskinny-pancake-montpelier/
Group Dream Embodiment. Come and see
what dreams can bring us. If possible, bring 23
dreams to discover the unique message they have
for you. All dreamers welcome. 68 p.m. Nutty
Stephs, 961 US-2, Middlesex. Donations accepted. 522-6889.
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 City Council Meeting. Second and
fourth Wed., 6:30 p.m. City Council Chambers,
Montpelier City Hall. 39 Main St., Montpelier.
montpelier-vt.org.
Captn Bobs Adventures in Child Psychology. Retired clinical child psychologist Robert
Belenky discusses his book. Part autobiography,
part professional memoir, the book is comprised

Credit Basics. With Sandra Poczobut, member


services representative at Granite Hills Credit
Union. Learn about credit, credit reports, improving your credit score and avoiding credit debt.
9:3011 a.m. Central Vermont Adult Basic Educations Barre Learning Center, 46 Washington
St., Barre. Register: 476-4588.
Green Mountain Dog Club Monthly Meeting.
Learn about the club and events. All dog lovers
welcome. Fourth Thurs., 7:30 p.m. Commodores
Inn, Stowe. 479-9843 or greenmountaindogclub.
org.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Capstone Community Action 50th Anniversary Celebration. Capstone celebrates 50 years


of strengthening families, transforming lives and
building communities. Live music, family friendly
activities and light refreshments. Guest speakers
will feature Vermont Lt. Governor, Phil Scott.
36 p.m. 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free. capstonevt.org
Rally for Safe Roads in Montpelier. Join the
call for safe roads for everyone walking, biking, driving, riding a horse, crossing the road in
a snowmobile, you name it. Headlined by Lt.
Governor Phil Scott and hosted by the Vermont
Highway Safety Alliance, Local Motion and
others, the event is an opportunity to hear from
legislative and agency leaders and to share your
ideas about how to improve our roads and streets
for everyone. Included are the official launch of
the Vermont Road Users Pledge, music and food.
Parking available in the DMV parking lot on
State Street and the DOL park and ride on Green

223-2740. morsefarm.com

Sept. 20: Vermont Virtuosi: Pipe Dreams 2:


Same pipes, different dreams. Seven of the finest flutists in the tri-state area performing music
by Felix Mendelssohn, Gustav Holst, Johann
Sebastian Bach, Christoph Willibald von Gluck,
Frdric Chopin, Julius Fucik, Zequinha de
Abreu, Richard Rodgers, Philip Thomas, as well
as the premiere of Eventful Heroics by Vermont
composer David Gunn. 3 p.m. Unitarian Church,
130 Main St., Montpelier. Suggested donations:
adults $10; $5 seniors and students. 881-9153. laurelannmaurer@gmail.com, laurelannmaurer.com
Sept. 20: Salvation Farms Benefit Concert.
Concert-goers can enjoy acoustic sets on the
brand-new outdoor patio stage or retreat indoors
for foot-stomping electric rock and roll. On the
electric stage are Dead Sessions Lite, Coquette,
Mark LeGrands Honky Tonk Band, John
Lackard Blues Band and more. The outdoor stage
features Seth Yacovone, Jason Wedlock, Jason
Jack, Christine Malcolm, Django and others. 3
p.m.midnight. Moogs Place, 97 Portland Pl.,
Morrisville. $10 suggested donation supports
Salvation Farms work managing surplus produce
and reducing food waste on farms. moogsplace.
com. salvationfarms.org.
Sept. 25: Jazzyaoke. Sing the standards to a live
six-piece jazz band. 7:3010:30 p.m. The North
Branch Caf, 41 State St., Montpelier. $5. 5528105. info@wooo.tv. wooo.tv
Sept. 25: Vermont Symphony Orchestra.
Part of the VSA fall tour. Program includes two
charming Scandinavian miniatures (student
poetry will accompany Sibelius evocative Suite
Mignonne), and two sublime works featuring the
violin. 7:30 p.m. Johnson State College, Dibden
Center, Johnson. Adults $29; seniors $25; students
$10. 864-5741 ext. 10. http://www.vso.org/eventview.php?id=88
Sept. 25: Rani Arbo and Greg Ryan. Rani Arbo
(fiddler/vocalist/songwriter extraordinaire) of
Daisy Mayhem and Salamander Crossing will
be performing with Greg Ryan. 7:30 p.m. Maple
Corner Community Center, 64 W. County Rd.,
Calais. $10 per person; $25 per family. 426-3955.

THE BRIDGE

Sept. 25: Asleep at the Wheel. American roots


music. Based in Austin, Texas Asleep at the Wheel
have won a staggering nine Grammy Awards. 8
p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre.
$2732. 476-8188. barreoperahouse.org
Sept. 26: Riverfront Rocks: Evolfo. Brooklynbased Evolfo will perform on the porch of the
train station, sharing their sizzling, seven-piece,
high-octane dance music complete with blazing
horns, guitar, drums and keyboard for a late
afternoon of dancing and celebration. Part of the
KCP Presents series. 4:306:30 p.m. St. Johnsbury Welcome Center and Train Depot, 51 Depot
Square Park, St. Johnsbury. Free. kcppresents.org
Sept. 26: The Alan Doyle Band. In the five
years since Great Big Sea issued its last album,
the groups front man Doyle one of Canadas
most recognizable voices has released two solo
albums. 8 p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main
St., Barre. $1829. 476-8188. barreoperahouse.org
Oct 2: Three Men and a Tenor. Singing comedy
quartet. A cappella group with great pop vocal
music and quick-witted humor. 7:30 p.m. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph. $6.
728-6464. chandler-arts.org.
Oct. 3: Vermont Symphony Orchestra. Part of
the VSA fall tour. Program includes two charming
Scandinavian miniatures (student poetry will accompany Sibelius evocative Suite Mignonne), and
two sublime works featuring the violin. 7:30 p.m.
Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St., Randolph.
Adults $29; seniors $25; students $10. vso.org.
Oct. 3: Dave Masons Traffic Jam. Join the Rock
and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the
legendary band Traffic who charted such hits as
Feelin Alright, Dear Mr. Fantasy and Hole
In My Shoe. 8 p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N.
Main St., Barre. $2239.50. barreoperahouse.org

Send your listing to


calendar@montpelierbridge.com
Deadline for next issue is
September 24. Send information for
events happening Oct. 1Oct. 17.

Mountain Drive. 5:30 p.m. State House lawn,


State St., Montpelier.

ditions. 1 p.m. Town of Barre Forest, 44 Brook


St., Websterville. Free. 476-4185.

Lecture and Potluck: The Perilous Boyhood


of J. Edward Wright. A lecture on the pre-Civil
War boyhood of J. Edward Wright, minister at
the Unitarian Church of Montpelier from 1869
to 1909. Preceded by potluck dinner. Please bring
a dish to share. Potluck 6 p.m.; program 7 p.m.
Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier.

Man Bites Bingo. This aint yo mamas B-I-NG-Oand you should also definitely leave the
kids at home. Wacky hijinks, guest callers, prizes.
Bring a prize if you want to play more than one
card. 8 p.m. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St.,
Barre. Free. 479-0896. events@espressobueno.
com. espressobueno.com.

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.
org.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Hike Mount Pisgah with Green Mountain Club.
Westmore. Moderate. 4.4 mile round trip via
the north trail. Must contact Paul: 476-7987 or
pdeluca420@msn.com.
Canoe/kayak Norton Pond with Green Mountain Club. Norton and Warren Gore. Moderate.
This 583-acre pond offers many areas to explore.
Bring boat, PFD, water and lunch. Optional
overnight at Brighton State Park reservations
recommended. Contact George and Cynthia for
meeting time and location: 229-9787
10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back.
Washington County Sheriff Sam Hill, in cooperation with the DEA, Central Vermont New Directions Coalition, and the Vermont Department of
Health Partnership for Success, has coordinated
six local collection sites for the disposal of unused
prescription drugs. Pills and capsules only. No
liquids or syringes. 10 a.m.2 p.m. dea.gov
Washington County Sheriffs Department,
10 Elm St., Montpelier
Northfield Police Department, 110 Wall St.,
Northfield
Barre City Police Department, 15 Fourth St.,
Barre
Vermont State Police Middlesex, 1080 Rt. 2,
Middlesex
Kinney Drugs, 800 US Rt. 302, Berlin
Kinney Drugs, 80 S. Main St., Waterbury
Exploring the Forest Storytime: Little Red
Riding Hood and Other Stories. Children's librarian and award-winning bagpiper Ian Gauthier
will lead preschoolers through first graders and
their parents on a short walk followed by stories,
song and a nature activity. Dress for weather con-

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Hike Mt. Mansfield with Green Mountain Club.


Moscow. Difficult. 10.2 miles. About 3,500'
elevation gain. Ascend the Lake Mansfield Trail
to Taylor Lodge, then follow the Long Trail over
Mt. Mansfield to Smugglers' Notch. Car spotting required. Another new hike for the leader,
progressing toward completion of the Long Trail.
Contact Jill for meeting time and place:
happy.jill.aspinall@gmail.com
Plug-A-Log Workshop. Learn how to make
your own mushroom log with Motown Mushrooms. Inoculate a hardwood log full of edible
mushrooms and take it home to watch it grow
then harvest! All supplies are included. 13 p.m.
Elmore Roots Nursery, 631 Symonds Mill Rd.,
Elmore. Must register: 888-3305.
fruitpal@elmoreroots.com.
Central Vermont Humane Society 3rd annual
Yard Sale. Shop to help support shelter animals. 8
a.m.1 p.m. Early birds 7:45 for $5. An appraiser
will be on hand to appraise your own treasures:
$10 for the first item, $5 for additional items (5
item limit). Montpelier Elks Club, 203 Country
Club Rd., Montpelier. Yard sale donations accepted Sept. 25, 47 p.m. and Sept. 26, 9 a.m.1
p.m. at the Montpelier Elks Club.
centralvermonthumane.org.
East Hill Farm 40th Anniversary Open House.
Find out about our riding program and spend a
day at the farm. Demonstrations, door prizes. 10
a.m.3 p.m. Pony rides: 11 a.m.noon; 1:302:30
p.m. East Hill Farm, 540 Gonyeau Rd., Plainfield. Free. 479-9258. easthillfarm.org
Fourth annual Harvestival. Celebrate the
harvest with live music, a grape stomping contest,
local food, face painting and more! 15 p.m.
Fresh Tracks Farm, 4373 Rt. 12, Berlin. $25 fee
to register a team for the Grape Stomp. 223-1151.
events@freshtracksfarm.com. freshtracksfarm.
com/events. Register for Grape Stomp:
vtharvestival.brownpapertickets.com/
Yom Kippur Service. 6 p.m. Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison Ave., Montpelier. Complete

T H E B R I D G E

Visual Arts

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Calendar of Events

Through Oct. 2: Watercolors and Pastels by


Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams. City Center,
Main St., Montpelier.

EXHIBITS

Through Oct. 4: VERVE: Art & Energy. Featuring over a dozen Vermont visual and literary artists. Participants capture the intrinsic tension of
line and color, revealing energy and visual vitality in a wide variety of works. Kent Museum, 7
Old West Church Rd., Calais. www.kentscorner.
org/art-at-the-kent.html

Through Sept. 23: Alan Jacobs. Abstract paintings by Jacobs, a retired psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and self-taught artist. Gifford Medical
Center gallery, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. Free.
728-7000.

Through Oct. 12: 25th annual Art Show in


the Round Barn. The juried exhibition features
local and returning artists from Vermont and
surrounding states. Oils, pastels, watercolors,
sculpture and mixed media including fiber,
metal and wood, plus a number of free-standing
sculptures. Opening reception: Sept. 20, 47
p.m. $20. Gallery hours: Sun.Fri., 10 a.m.5
p.m. Inn at the Round Barn Farm, Joslin Round
Barn, E. Warren Rd., Waitsfield. 496-7722.
greenmountainculturalcenter.com

Through Sept. 18: Art Resource Association


Group Members Show. Celebrating 40 years.
An excellent opportunity to view many central
Vermont artists works. T.W. Wood Gallery, 46
Barre St., Montpelier. artresourceassociation.
com. twwoodgallery.org.

Through Sept. 26: Karla Van Vliet. Mixed


media works inspired by the artists own dreams.
Axels Gallery, 5 Stowe St., Waterbury. 2447801. info@axelsgallery.com. axelsgallery.com.
Through Sept. 26: Paintings of Diane Fitch. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield.
Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
Through Sept. 30: Tom Leytham, The Other
Working Landscape. Watercolor prints. Gallery hours Mon.Fri., 9 a.m.5 p.m. Pavilion
Office Building, Governors Gallery, 109 State
St., Montpelier. tomleythamarchitectartist.com.
Through Sept. 30: Paintings by Marina
Epstein. 20 years of painting ranging from the
artists earliest influences of surrealism, abstract
expressionism and more. The Vermont State
Supreme Court, 111 State St., Montpelier. Free.
229-6297. hermitage-gallery.com.
Through Sept. 30: The Fantastical World of
Liz Le Serviget. Enter the fantastical world of Le
Servigets painted menagerie and delight in the
organic forms, swirls and vivid colors that soar
with her imagination. Cheshire Cat, 28 Elm St.,
Montpelier. 223-1981. cheshirecatclothing.com.

schedule and online donations: bethjacobvt.org


Poetry Readings: VERVE in Verse. Vermont
poets Karin Gottshall and Diane Swan will
read their poetry. 34 p.m. Reception and book
signings to follow down the road at the Kent
Museum exhibit VERVE: Art & Energy. Old
West Church, 758 Old West Church Rd., Calais.
kentscorner.org/art-at-the-kent.html

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

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.
Starting Your Own Business. Overview of all
the components that go into planning to start a
business. Rules, regulations, resources, help available to you around the state. Part of the Planning
Business Building Blocks workshops. 68 p.m.
Capstone Community Action, 20 Gable Pl.,
Barre. Free. Register: 477-5176.
Jaquith Monthly Book Club for Adults. For
copies of the book, please stop by the library. New
members are always welcome. Septembers book
is Palace Walk by Maguib Mahfouz. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield.
Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
NAMI Vermont Family Support Group. Support
group for families and friends of individuals living
with mental illness. Fourth Mon., 7 p.m. Central
Vermont Medical Center, room 3, Berlin. 800639-6480 or namivt.org.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Its Your Move: Choosing a Career that Works


for You. Career exploration workshop presented by the Community College of Vermont
and VSAC. Strategies and resources for career
planning and navigating the job search process.
3:305:30 p.m. CCV, 660 Elm St., Montpelier.
Free; open to the public. 828-4060.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Climate Change Part 1: The Wisdom to Survive. Presented by filmmaker Anne Macksoud.
An Osher Lifelong Learning Institute program.
Doors open 12:30 p.m. for those wishing to bring
a brown bag lunch; program 1:30 p.m. Montpelier
Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier.
454-1234.
Vermonts Bats and White-nose Syndrome.
Learn about Vermonts nine fascinating species
of bats, what research we are doing to understand
White-nose Syndrome, how Vermont is a leader
in bat conservation and what you can do on your

Through Oct. 14: Exposed. Outdoor sculpture


exhibit. 18 monumental sculptures and installations. The art works are installed in Stowe along
Main Street, the recreation path and at Helen
Day Art Center at 90 Pond St., Stowe. helenday.
com/exposed2015.
Through Oct. 30: Exhibits at Studio Place
Arts. Gallery hours: Tues.Fri., 11 a.m.5 p.m.;
Sat., noon4 p.m. 201 N. Main St., Barre. 4797069. studioplacearts.com
Main floor: Rock Solid for Fifteen Years. Annual exhibit \showcases stone sculptures and
assemblages by area artists. In addition, take
the Art Stroll around downtown, historic
Barre and view a variety of sculptures created
from granite.
Second floor: Tarpentry. A visual narrative of
landscape and culture by Linda Bryan.
Third floor: Pattern & Signal. Paintings and
ceramics by Alex Constantino. Reception:
Sept. 17, 5:307:30 p.m.
Through Oct. 30: Precious Guru. A unique
property and in your home to help with bat conservation and recovery. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard
Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.
vista@kellogghubbard.org. kellogghubbard.org

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1

Paddle North Montpelier with Green Mountain Club. Moderate. Start at North Montpelier
pond and follow the river north as it twists and
turns through the beautiful fall foliage. Participants must have their own kayak. PFD required.
Contact Steve for meeting time and place: stevecbailey@gmail.com or 1-609-424-9238
MBAC Meeting. Meeting of the Montpelier
Bicycle Advisory Committee. First Thurs., 8 a.m.
Police Station Community Room, 534 Washington St., Montpelier. 262-6273.
Waterbury Center Community Church Chicken
Pie Supper. Chicken Pie, mashed potato, squash,
coleslaw, cranberry sauce and apple or pumpkin pie. Noon, 5 p.m and 6:30 p.m. Waterbury
Center Community Church, Rt.100 (next to Cold
Hollow Cider Mill), Waterbury Center. Adults
$11; children ages 412 $6. Take-out available by
reservation. Reservations: 244-8955.
Diabetes Support Group. First Thurs., 78 p.m.
Conference room 3, Central Vermont Medical
Center. 371-4152.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2

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.
Art and Author Night. Art opening of Paintings
by Janet Wormser, 6 p.m. Reading with authors
Susan Thomas an Peter Sills, 7 p.m. Jaquith
Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free.
426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
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@
comcast.net.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3

National Federation of the Blind, Montpelier


Chapter. First Sat. Lane Shops community room,
1 Mechanic St., Montpelier. 229-0093.
Ainsworth Public Library Raffle and Book Sale.
Presented by the Friends of Ainsworth Public
Library. Shop from over a thousand bargain titles.
Raffle drawing takes place at the end of the sale. 9

exhibition celebrating the life and influence of


Padma Sambhava, the 8th century yogi-magician
who founded Tibetan Buddhism. UVM Health
Network/Central Vermont Medical Center
Gallery, 130 Fisher Hill Rd., Berlin. cvmc.org/
about-cvmc/cvmc-art-gallery

structure and optics and how those constructions or deconstructions create new meaning,
new perceptions and new truths. Gallery hours:
Wed.Sun., noon5 p.m. Helen Day Art Center,
90 Pond St., Stowe. 253-8358. mail@helenday.
com

Through Nov. 2: Photographing the Flower.


Celebrates the work of local photographers who
participated in River Arts' Photographing the
Flower workshop taught by local photographer,
Kent Shaw. Images on display highlight the
artists' work, craft and unique vision. Morrisville
Post Office, 16 Portland St., Morrisville. 8881261. riverartsvt.org

Oct. 2Nov. 28: Paintings of Janet Wormser.


Opening: Oct. 2, 6 p.m. Jaquith Public Library,
122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581.
jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

Through Nov. 2. Hal Mayforth, Two Trains


Running. Large abstract paintings on canvas
as well as smaller works on wood panel that are
cartoon and humorous in nature. Also included
in this exhibit is a sampling of pages from
Mayforths sketchbooks. Gallery hours: Mon.
Thurs., 9 a.m.4 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.2 p.m. River
Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. Free.
888-1261. riverartsvt.org.
Through Nov. 2: Carole Rosalind Drury, To
Joe. A selection of paintings from Drurys The
Fall series, and is dedicated to her partner, Joe,
who she lost in the summer of 2014. Gallery
hours: Mon.Thurs., 9 a.m.4 p.m.; Fri., 9
a.m.2 p.m. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St.,
Morrisville. Free. 888-1261. riverartsvt.org.
Through Nov. 8: Sound and Fury. Thought provoking exhibition explores themes centered on
the meaning of life and death. Various mediums.
Chandler Gallery, 71-73 Main St., Randolph.
Sept. 22Nov. 13: Robert Brunelle and
Edward Kadunc. Joint exhibit of Brunelle and
Kaduncs artwork. Opening reception: Sept.
25, 57 p.m. T.W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St.,
Montpelier. Free. 262-6035. Ginnycallan. woodartgallery@gmail.com. twwoodgallery.org.
Through Nov. 22: Fractured: Works on Paper.
Group exhibition of works on paper looks at
fractured space through the lens of the narrative,
a.m.3 p.m. Williamstown Middle/High School
gym, 120 Hebert Rd., Williamstown. Raffle
tickets: $1 each; six for $5. 433-5887.
Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival. Oct. 34.
Animal barn, marketplace, shepherd workshops,
fiber arts classes, contests, show and sale, vendor
demos, exhibits, activities and events, food. Sat;,
10 a.m.5 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.4 p.m. Tunbridge
Fairgrounds, Tunbridge. Adults $6; seniors $5;
children under 12 $1. vtsheepandwoolfest.org
Discover Goddard Day. Learn about your own
academic path at our fall open house. Meet the
Goddard faculty, speak with students and alumni,
tour the campus. Program highlights include
academic sessions and student panel. Lunch. 10
a.m. Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield.
RSVP: 800-906-8312 or goddard.edu/discover
Rhythm of the Reins annual Fall Festival and
Veterans Appreciation Day. Help say thank you
to our Vermont veterans and their families for
their sacrifices and service. Horse rides, games,
pumpkin painting, food, arts and crafts. 10 a.m.
2 p.m. Water Tower Farm, 386 US-2, Marshfield.
Free. 426-3781. rhythmoftherein@aol.com
Rhythm of the Reins Annual Benefit Chicken
BBQ. Live bluegrass music, silent auction,
meet and greet with Mallory Lewis and Lamb
Chop. 26 p.m. Water Tower Farm, 386 US-2,
Marshfield. Adults $10; youth 12 and under $5.
426-3781. rhythmoftherein@aol.com
Forest Trails Less Traveled with Harris Webster. Join Harris for a moderately difficult walk
through some of Montpeliers less traveled trails.
Some steep segments and elevation changes. Some
portions of the trail have exposed roots. Walk
lasts approximately 11.5 hours. Part of We Walk
Week. 1 p.m. Meet at the entrance to the National Life Building (off National Life Dr.) where
we will walk a short distance to the beginning of
these trails. montpelier-vt.org
The 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.
brookequillen@yahoo.com.
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. Learn from a variety of guest speakers and medical specialists. First Sat., 13 p.m.
Community National Bank, Community Room,
Crawford Rd., Derby. 535-2011. mary@betterbonesnek.org. betterbonesnek.org.

Through Nov. 30: Mark Lorah, Building


Blocks. Vibrant, blocky abstract artworks.
Morse Block Deli, 260 N. Main St., Barre.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Sept. 19: Opening Reception: Spirit Brings. A


show of sculptures by local artist Nadya Beck.
46 p.m. Blinking Light Gallery, 15 Main St.,
Plainfield.
Oct. 3: Montpelier ArtsFest 2015. Extraordinary downtown Montpelier venues exhibit
the vast and diverse artistic talent in central
Vermont. A unique opportunity for seasoned and
emerging artists to showcase their talents. Festival goers will take a tour of exceptional venues
throughout downtown Montpelier, each curated
by different community art groups and individual artists, crafters and performers. 48 p.m.
Downtown Montpelier. Some of the crafters and
artists will be located in an events tent outside
the "Garage" at 58 State St. Free. 223-9604.
events@montpelieralive.org. montpelieralive.org.
Oct. 34: Open Studio Weekend. Central Vermont is offering seven artist studios and a gallery
with exhibits and demonstrations of pottery,
metalwork, painting, bookbinding and more.
10 a.m.5 p.m. Artisans Hand Craft Gallery
in Montpelier is the local regional information
center. A free copy of the Vermont Studio Tour
Guide is available at the Artisans Hand Gallery
at the intersection of State and Main Streets in
Montpelier. http://www.vermontcrafts.com/
OSW/freemap.html.

The Bridges Saturday Scribes Workshop


Begins. Spend four afternoons in October honing
your craft of writing. One workshop features
poetry taught by Reuben Jackson host of Friday
Night Jazz on VPR. Workshop dates: Oct. 3, 10,
17, 24. 14 p.m. The Bridge office inside VCFAs
Stone Science Hall, 62 Ridge St., Montpelier.
$95; $75 if pre-paid by Sept. 30. Must register:
223-5112 ext. 14 or carla@montpelierbridge.com.
Montpelier ArtsFest 2015. See description under
Visual Arts; Special Events.

Stay tuned for more walking events


celebrating We Walk Week in our next
issues calendar coming out October
1. We Walk Week is October 311 in
Montpelier. For the full schedule,
visit montpelier-vt.org

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Weekly Events
ART & CRAFT
Beaders Group. All levels of beading experience
welcome. Free instruction available. Come with
a project for creativity and community. Sat., 11
a.m.2 p.m. The Bead Hive, Plainfield. 454-1615.
Noontime Knitters. All abilities welcome. Basics
taught. Crocheting, needlepoint and tatting also
welcome. Tues., noon1 p.m. Waterbury Public
Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. 244-7036.
Women Knitting for Peace Group. Knit/crochet
items to be donated to those in need world-wide.
Bring yarn and needles. Thurs., 1011 a.m. and
67:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center,
58 Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518. For basic
info and patterns: knitting4peace.org.

Calendar of Events

262-6288 or justbasicsinc@gmail.com.

Barre Farmers Market. May 16Oct. 17.


Every Wed., 37 p.m.; every Sat., 9 a.m.1 p.m.
Vermont Granite Museum, 7 Jones Brothers Rd.,
Barre. barrefarmersmarketvt.com.
Capital City Farmers Market. 53 farmers, food
producers and craftspeople. Every Sat. through
Oct. 31. 9 a.m.1 p.m. 60 State St., Montpelier.
capitalcityfarmersmarket.com.
Community Night. Fresh pasta dinners in support of local non-profits and other community
causes. A portion of the evenings proceeds will
be donated to a selected local non-profit. Sept.
19 benefits Washington County Youth Service
Bureau. Every Sat., 5:308:30 p.m. North
Branch Caf, 41 State St., Montpelier. 552-8105.
thenorth-branch.com/upcoming-events/

HEALTH & WELLNESS

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.
Sun.: Alchoholics Anonymous, 8:30 a.m.
Open Shop Nights. Volunteer-run community
bike shop: bike donations and repairs. Fri., 46
Tues.: Making Recovery Easier workshops,
p.m.; other nights. Freeride Montpelier, 89 Barre
67:30 p.m.
St., Montpelier. 552-3521. freeridemontpelier.org.
Wed.: Wits End Parent Support Group, 6 p.m.
Thurs.: Narcotics Anonymous, 6:30 p.m.

BICYCLING

BOOKS & WORDS

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.
English Conversation Practice Group. For
students learning English for the first time. Tues.,
45 p.m. Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, Montpelier Learning Center, 100 State St.
223-3403.
Ongoing Reading Group. Improve your reading
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.

BUSINESS, FINANCE,
COMPUTERS, EDUCATION
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.

FOOD & DRINK


Community Meals in Montpelier. All welcome.
Free.
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.
Wed.: Christ Church, 64 State St.,
11 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Thurs.: Trinity Church, 137 Main St.,
11:30 a.m.1 p.m.
Fri.: St. Augustine Church, 18 Barre St.,
11 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Sun.: Last Sunday only, Bethany Church, 115
Main St. (hosted by Beth Jacob Synagogue),
4:305:30 p.m.
Lunches for Seniors. Mon., Wed., Fri., Noon.
Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rt. 2, E.
Montpelier. $4 suggested donation. 223-3322.
twinvalleyseniors.org.
Feast Together or Feast To Go. All proceeds
benefit the Feast Senior Meal program. Tues. and
Fri., noon1 p.m. Live music every Tues., 10:30
11:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58
Barre St., Montpelier. Seniors 60+ free with $7
suggested donation; under 60 $9. Reservations:

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.
Bone Building Exercises. All seniors welcome.
Every Mon., Wed. and Fri. 10:4511:45 a.m.
Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rt. 2, E.
Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors.
org.
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.
twinvalleyseniors.org.
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. msac@
montpelier-vt.org.
Sex Addicts Anonymous. Mon., 6:30 p.m.
Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier.
552-3483.
Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve-step program for physically, emotionally and spiritually
overcoming overeating. Two 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. 249-3970.
Every Fri., noon1 p.m. at Bethany Church, 115
Main St., Montpelier. 223-3079.
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.
vtcares.org.
Mooditude Support Group. Open to anyone
coping with a mood disorder such as major
depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal affective
disorder, postpartum depression or dysthymia.
Every Thurs., 45:15 p.m. Gifford Medical
Center, 44 S. Main St., Randolph. Free. No
registration required. 728-2608.
cgould@giffordmed.org.

KIDS & TEENS


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. BasementTeenCenter.org
Baby & Toddler Story Time. Snuggle with your
baby or toddler as we sing, tickle and bounce our

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way into a lifelong love of language. Get ready


for high-energy literacy with songs, active rhymes
and stories. For ages 036 months. Mon., 10
a.m. Waterbury Public Library, 30 Foundry St.,
Waterbury. Free. 244-7036.
waterburypubliclibrary.com.
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. kellogghubbard.org.
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.
jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
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. cutlerlibrary.org.
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. kellogghubbard.org.
Preschool Story Time. Join us as we travel to
new places through books, puppets and felt
boards. Well shake our sillies out with movement-based rhymes. A craft may be provided. For
ages 36 years. Fri., 10 a.m. Waterbury Public
Library, 30 Foundry St., Waterbury. Free. 2447036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
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.
888-1261. RiverArtsVT.org.

THE BRIDGE

Marianne Kotch and Suzy Klinefelter. Every


Tues. through Sept. 29. 9 a.m. Meet at Barre
Town Forest kiosk, 44 Brook St., Websterville.
476-4185. mkotch731@gmail.com.
Fall Migration Bird Walks. Come for a morning
walk to search for migrating warblers, vireos,
tanagers, thrushes and more. Binoculars available for loan. Every Fri. through Oct. 2, 7:309
a.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St.,
Montpelier. $10 non-members; free for members
and kids. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.
org.

RECYCLING
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 cvswmd.org/arcc.

RESOURCES
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.
info@orexchange.com.

SOLIDARITY/IDENTITY
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.

SPIRITUALITY

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.

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. When we are closed, we have free literature out on the portico, over the bench, for you
to read or take with you. Hours: Tues., 11 a.m.5
p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.7:15 p.m.; Thurs.Sat., 11
a.m.1 p.m. 145 State St., Montpelier. 223-2477.

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. kellogghubbard.org.

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.

Mad River Valley Youth Group. Sun., 79 p.m.


Meets at various area churches. Call 497-4516 for
location and information.

Christian Counseling. Tues. and Thurs. Daniel


Dr., Barre. Reasonable cost. By appt. only:
479-0302.

MUSIC & DANCE


Barre-Tones Womens Chorus. Open rehearsal. Find your voice with 50 other women.
Mon., 7 p.m. Alumni Hall, Barre. 223-2039.
BarretonesVT.com.
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.
Monteverdi Young Singers Chorus Rehearsal.
New chorus members welcome. Wed., 45 p.m.
Montpelier. Call 229-9000 for location and more
information.
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.
msac@montpelier-vt.org.
Ukelele Group. All levels welcome. Thurs., 68
p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre
St. 223-2518.
Gamelan Rehearsals. Sun., 79 p.m. Pratt
Center, Goddard College. Free. 426-3498.
steven.light@jsc.edu. light.kathy@gmail.com.

OUTDOORS
Tuesday Morning Nature Walks. with

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.
info@yearning4learning.org.

SPORTS & GAMES


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
free. centralvermontrollerderby.com.

YOGA & MEDITATION


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.
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. montpeliershambala.org.
Sunday Sangha: Community Ashtanga Yoga.
Every Sun., 5:407 p.m. Grateful Yoga, 15 State
St., 3F, Montpelier. By donation.
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online submission form at
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CLASSES
ALLIANCE FRANAISE: FALL SESSION
Eleven-week French classes for adults at our
Colchester, Burlington and Montpelier locations. September 21- December 10.
Morning sessions available in Colchester. Our
classes serve the entire range of students from
true beginners to those already comfortable
conversing in French.
For more information,
visit www.aflcr.org or contact Micheline at
michelineatremblay@gmail.com / (802) 8818826

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GREGS
PAINTING

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Interior & Exterior

CLASSES
MASSAGE:
Vermonts longest operating massage school,
The Universal Institute of Healing Arts directed
by Bob Onne, offers Wellness, Self-Care and
Massage Classes, Tuesdays 6:30-9 p.m., starting
Sept. 22 for 10 weeks. The school is located in
Middlesex, just outside of Montpelier.
Call 802-229-4844,
email classinfo@universal-institute.com or visit
www.Universal-Institute.com for class details.

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CLASSES
TAI CHI CHUAN:
Beginners Class. Cheng Man-chings "simplified" Yang-style. Taught by Patrick Cavanaugh of Long River Tai Chi. Starts Tuesday,
September 8th from 7:15 to 8:15pm at Bethany
Church, 115 Main Street in Montpelier. For
more information, contact Patrick, 490-6405
or email patrick@longrivertaichi.org. Cost: $65
per month. Registration open until Tuesday,
September 29th.

Bookkeeping Payroll Consulting

802.262.6013 evenkeelvt.com

New Construction
Renovations
Woodworking
General Contracting

JOB OPPORTUNITY
VERMONT CENTER FOR INTEGRATIVE
HERBALISM is seeking an Outreach and
Administrative Coordinator. This position is
perfect for a marketing professional interested
in part-time work in a unique environment.
20 hours/week, Tuesday through Friday 9 am
to 2 pm. Application and more information at
vtherbcenter.org. Contact us at 224.7100 or
info@vtherbcenter.org.

SERVICES
ROOFING AND ROOF REPAIRS
AL SMITH LLC
Residential and Flat Roof Experts
Roofing since 1978
Shingles, rubber, slate, metal
Free estimates. Fully insured.
10% senior citizen discount.
Call 223-1116
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Custom Energy-Efficient Homes
Additions Timber Frames
Weatherization Remodeling
Kitchens Bathrooms Flooring
Tiling Cabinetry Fine Woodwork

223-3447

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Tell them
you saw it in
The Bridge!

WORKSHOP
THE BRIDGE PRESENTS
SATURDAY SCRIBES
Spend four afternoons in October honing your
craft of writing. One workshop features poetry
taught by Reuben Jackson host of Friday Night
Jazz on VPR.
Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24. 14 p.m.
Workshop takes place at The Bridge office
inside VCFAs Stone Science Hall, 62 Ridge St.,
Montpelier.
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Opinion
I

THE BRIDGE

Stop Industrial Wind Development


We Must Protect Our Ridgelines, Lakes
and Streams
by Brian Dubie

n 2009, when I was serving as lieutenant governor, I was


invited to the Bolton Valley Ski Area resort for the commissioning of a wind turbine manufactured by Barre
workers. Its blade height was a very modest 120-feet, and
the tower was on a scale to fit in with the ski resort profile.
Bolton became only the second ski resort in the country to
be powered in part by renewable wind electricity.

they cannot sleep at night because of the noise these huge


turbines produce. I have talked to people who have been
forced to move out of their bedrooms into other rooms or
out of their homes altogether due to noise.

use plans relating to large scale wind project applications


before the board. The senate voted (against it). As a result,
towns can give input, but the power lies with three unelected people appointed by the governor. There is no local
Our laws have recognized, for centuries, that property control for energy project siting.
owners have the right to make peaceful use of their land For all of these reasons, I have become committed to
so long as such use does not cause spillover effects that sharply increasing the power of local municipalities to
In the same year I was asked to assist a proposed project harm their neighbors. In my view, no one should have to regulate or even prohibit projects when the negative
on Georgia Mountain which I did. In the same year I was move out of his or her home because a neighboring land- impact outweighs the benefits.
invited to visit the little mountain town of Ira, in Rutland owner chooses to build an industrial wind project.
Renewable energy, for the most part, is a good thing. I
County. Citizens there were very concerned about the There is more to the wind tower issue than aesthetics and support net metering for home-scaled wind and solar,
proposed wind power development on their ridges. Unlike health. These towers bring harmful environmental effects small scale hydro and mining landfills and bio digesters
the 120 foot tower at Bolton, the proposed Ira project had as well.
for methane. But at some point, the rush into large scale
towers that would overshadow the homes of local residents.
(subsidized) renewable energy becomes too costly, and too
As the towers grew ever larger, to catch more wind, my at- A large turbine requires as much as three acres of impervi- destructive of human and environmental values, to merit
ous pads, like paved parking lots. They require interstatetitude toward wind towers began to change.
sized roads to the ridge lines to transport these machines, continued support.
The current generation of wind turbines has ground-to-tip which will cause serious erosion and will degrade water I ask our legislators to support a moratorium on new wind
heights of 500 feet. Under certain conditions they can be quality. There will also be harmful effects on wildlife.
projects until they can answer how well our existing projnoisy. The trend is more turbines per site, so the effect is
It is upsetting to locals when a wind developer with big ects have lived up to developers promises, how they've
multiplied, especially when there is turbulence.
profit expectations rolls into a town. Such developers impacted the environment and how they have affected their
After these industrial wind projects were built in Sheffield, bring a large bagful of federal subsidies, and enjoy a state communities. A hiatus in development would also give us
Lowell and Georgia, I listened to Vermonters whose lives mandate requiring the utilities to purchase their power at a chance to develop real siting standards, find meaningful
have been affected by having to live under blades that now above the market price. They hire lawyers, experts, and PR ways for our towns to participate and study the regulatory
reach five times the height of the typical Vermont forest consultants who know the Public Service Board process processes of governments that do a better job than we do.
canopy. We are talking "War of the Worlds" huge.
and can run over a town or a community.
Brian Dubie of Fairfield served as Vermont's lieutenant govMany people report health issues that they attribute to the Last May, bipartisan senators tried to require the Public ernor 2003-2011
industrial turbines that were built near them. Some say Service Board to give substantial deference to local land (This opinion was edited for length)

Opinion

Reduce Lawn Size to Save the Environment,


Time and Money

eborah Markowitz, writing as secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources and


as a Jew, recently wrote about the spiritual responsibility of dealing with climate
change. In it, she stated And with each of us doing something we can change
the world. As a Unitarian Universalist I also try to practice our seventh principle, Respect for the interdependent web of existence of which we are a part.
One simple thing that many Vermonters can do without any hardship at all is to reduce
the size of their lawns. I was astounded recently while bicycle riding in a once farming
community in Lamoille County to come upon a massive lawn. As I first approached it, I
thought that this community, that I hadnt been in for many years, must now have a golf
course that I didnt know about. But I soon realized that it was simply a lawn of at least
50 acres!
When I first moved to Vermont in the 60s, lawns were small and primarily in cities and
villages. Homes in the country didnt need lawns because pastures, hayfields, and corn
fields grew up close to the house. In the book The Lawn: A History of an American Obsession author Virginia Scott describes how lawns were first introduced to America, became popular, and then became a necessity. The book also provides an interesting analysis
of how advertising was used to create demand for completely unnecessary products, and
how those products, such as lawn mowers and weed whackers, later came to be thought
of as indispensable.

by George Plumb

one acre of lawn uses approximately 15 gallons of gas each year and each gallon of gas or
diesel resulting in approximately 300 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
Reducing lawn sizes will not only reduce carbon emissions, it will also help preserve biodiversity and particularly our birds. Un-mowed fields are essential for bird species such as
bobolinks, field sparrows, Savannah sparrows and Eastern meadowlarks.
Un-mowed fields are also important to other wildlife including insects such as monarch
butterflies, crickets and grasshoppers. And mammals such as deer, woodchucks and mice
depend, in part, on un-mowed fields. The mice, in return, are food for foxes, hawks and
owls. In the last 40 years our Earth has lost about half of its quantity of wildlife. I have
personally witnessed much of this loss on much of my own land. Yet, this is an issue that
is rarely mentioned by our environmental and political leaders.
I own approximately 45 acres of open land that was once a farm. Using just a push lawn
mower I mow about one-third of an acre just around the house as lawn. Some of the other
acreage I allow a neighbor to use to pasture their horses. Some of it I let a farmer hay.
The remaining 24 acres of open land I brush hog once every two or three years so that it
remains open for wildlife. I do clear a path through the fields so that I can walk through
them and not worry about ticks.

It is good to keep large tracts of land open, but at least delay mowing until August 1 so
that the birds that nest in the fields can do so at least once. If you would like guidance
Now, as a result of (fewer) small farms, population growth and development, almost as on managing your lawns, fields or woods, technical assistance is available from Audubon
many rural homes have a huge lawn requiring a riding lawn mower. To mow and trim just Vermont, the National Wildlife Federation, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department
and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Yes, lets each of us do something. Some will say large lawns are beautiful. But are they
really more beautiful than fields with abundant flowers and wildlife?
George Plumb, of Washington, Vermont, is a former employee of the Agency of Natural Resources.
(This opinion was edited for length

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Write for Publication by Joining Us at Saturday Scribes


by Nat Frothingham

ince our beginnings 22 years ago one of our most ardent beliefs
has been that almost anyone who can talk can also write.

Over and over again, we have discovered a more than modest writing
talent sometimes a powerful writing talent coming from teens,
elders, adults, from people whose first language is not English, from
people who once thought they could never write but had something
urgent to say, something they needed to say and write.

Editorial

Why does the blank paper or the empty screen often shut us down? We worry about
failure and feel blocked. Or fear we will be harshly judged. Or think that our stuff isnt
going to be good enough.
If worry and fear of judgment is the down side of writers cramp there is also an
up side of taking a risk and plunging in.
In 1973, British writer and thinker E.F. Schumacher wrote a seminal book, Small Is
Beautiful a book that proposed dramatic changes in the way we organize our lives
and the economic systems that control much that we do.
Schumachers book was like fresh air. He became something of a sensation and he
launched himself on a lecture and speaking tour that took him eventually to Vermont.
I heard him speak. I also tape recorded his remarks. Then I listened to that tape and
pounded out a word-by-word transcription on my typewriter.
I cant find the pages of that transcription. But I remember the charming way that
Schumacher opened his talk. His lecture tour had taken him to an airport restaurant
and he found himself watching a mother and father and their son a small boy at a
nearby table. When the woman who was waiting on the table came to the small boy
and asked for his order, the child exclaimed amazed wonder, She thinks Im real!

Well take a look at examples of successful writing with attention to


what works and what doesnt work and what can be done to improve a
piece of writing that doesnt work so that it does work.
Well talk about where a writer stands in relation to the story: the
writer as historian, reporter, editorialist, opinion-maker and advocate,
the writer as reviewer and critic.

In addition to talking about writing, we will be writing. And well be sharing our
writing by reading from our writing out loud and discussing what works, what doesnt
work and what could work.
During our fourth and final workshop, poet Reuben Jackson will give us his take on
the art of poetry. Jackson taught poetry at the Writers Center in Bethesda, Maryland
before moving to Vermont. He is a poet, radio commentator, and music critic who,
when he lived in Washington, D.C., was curator of the Smithsonian Institutions Duke
Ellington Collection for 10 years. His poems have been published in Gargoyle, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and Indiana Review, and he is the author of a volume of poetry
entitled fingering the keys, which won the 1992 Columbia Book Award, according to
his bio on writer.org.
More recently (currently), Reuben Jackson is the host of Friday Night Jazz on Vermont
Public Radio and his poetry is frequently published in The Bridge.

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And that brings us to the up side of writing, because what happened to that little boy
is what happens to someone who has never written for publication when they open a
newspaper or magazine and read the story they have written. Suddenly, they are real
in a way they havent been real before.
Theyve been writing a message to a friend. Or a grocery list, or a personal diary or a
student paper. But in publishing they are writing for people they know and dont know.
Maybe they get stopped in the street and someone says, I read what you wrote.
Which is gold. Or, I like what you wrote. Or, once in a great while, Your writing
changed the way I feel. Or, Your writing changed my life. Which is gold and pearls
and diamonds.
The Bridge is offering four (three-hour) writing workshops on four Saturdays this
October 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
These workshops will be taught by writers and editors of The Bridge along with one
or two guest instructors. Guest instructor Reuben Jackson, who is the host of Friday
Night Jazz on Vermont Public Radio and a published poet (Fingering the Keys) will
join us on October 24 to lead a workshop on writing poetry.
Our focus in the other workshops will be storytelling, writing, reading and discussion with the goal of publishing the attendees finished work. Our exchanges will be
friendly, candid and informal.
Well talk about what makes a good story what makes stories pulsate with life.

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Female/Male Student Phenomena


Editor:

McDonald's Egg Pledge


Is a Small Step
Editor:
McDonald's pledge last week to start using
cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions
of birds.
Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million
female hens for U.S. egg production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of
male chicks at birth by grinding them up
alive in industrial macerators or suffocating
them slowly in plastic garbage bags. The female laying hens endure a lifetime of misery,
crammed with five to six others, in small
wire-mesh cages that cut into their feet and
tear out their feathers.
Eggs are common carriers of food-borne bacteria, including Salmonella, Campylobacter,
Listeria and Staphylococcus. The United
States Department of Agriculture estimates
that Salmonella alone accounts for 1.3 million U.S. illnesses and 500 deaths annually.
Eggs contain saturated fat and cholesterol,
key factors in the incidence of heart disease,
stroke, cancer and diabetes. They are a common cause of allergies in children.
Waste from millions of egg-laying hens ends
up in waterways, rendering vast areas unsuited for recreation or water supply.
The good news for compassionate, healthconscious, eco-friendly consumers is that our
local supermarket offers a number of delicious egg substitutes and egg-free food products. Entering "egg-free" in a search engine
returns tons of recipes.
Maxwell Branset
Montpelier

Since reading your response to a post I wrote


on Front Porch forum about what struck
me as the ironic absence of male authorship
in the first issue of The Breeze, I've been
meaning to thank you for the unfortunately
discouraging answer and explanation you
provided in the issue of The Bridge before the
latest one.
Phenomena of the type you describe plus the
growing dropout rate among male college
students as compared with the impressive
rate of females who complete their degrees
makes me feel sad. In fact, I've fantasized
about forming some sort of committee that
with the hopeful cooperation of Montpelier
High School staff would act in some sort
of advisory capacity to brainstorm how to
motivate and keep involved male students of
today. I already left a message about this with
Andy Leader, author of The Breeze editorial
that motivated my Front Porch Forum post.
Please let me know if for some reason you,
too, might be interested in this or know of
anyone else who would.
Thanks, also again for publishing my Front
Porch Forum post with an answer. I think
it's about time concerned citizens tried to do
something about all this.
Ron Merkin
Montpelier
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Poetry
Sunday Brunch
and where do your
parents summer?
she asked him.
the front porch,
he replied.
by Reuben Jackson, host of Friday Night Jazz on Vermont Public Radio
From his collection Fingering the Keys published in 1991

In our previous issue, we asked readers where this photo was taken.
This was shot on State Street, in front of Julio's and Kismet.

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