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Montpelier High School:
Adam Bunting, Principal
raduation ceremonies are much more
than a simple recognition of the at-
tainment of a diploma. If the ceremony was
only about accomplishment, the rite itself
would feel much more joyful than it actually
does. The smiles at graduation day are always
balanced by the richness of tears and a bit-
tersweet nostalgia. Graduation events take
on a peculiar importance in our society as
the one place where we honor the wonderful,
challenging, and painful struggle of the let-
ting go that begins before high school even
starts. The teen must let go of a childhood
and the safety of dependence, and parents
must often let go of the pole around which
they oriented much of their lives. It is vital
that we honor more than just the student and
more than just education at this ceremony;
we need to celebrate that strange dance of
growing up. Adam Bunting
Graduation: A Rite of Passage
Through Difficult Times
Yasmina Zeichner receives a hug from Angella Gibbons, EarthWalk director. Photo by Amy Brooks Thornton.
A converstaion with
Adam Bunting
A profile of Johnny Boyd
The Bridges comprehensive
Summer Calendar
Gardening in Vermont
continued on page 4
by Amy Brooks Thornton
he high school experience is slowly expanding as students seek
alternatives that better suit their educational needs and help pave
their future path more effectively. During the final years of high
school, students are faced with increasing concernsthe push to take a
multitude of classes and participate in sports or extracurricular activities
extensively, a battery of AP, SAT, ACT and NECAP tests, college ap-
plications expanding in complexity and the looming question of college
At around age 18, teenagers take an enormous leap from childhood to
adulthood, from the security of family, friends, hometowns and their com-
munities to the beyond, where the safety net is less certain. We expect much
of these teenagers during this time, but do we honor their transition, duly
respect this upheaval in their lives?
Here, graduating seniors and one junior tell us their future plans, and
along with their school directors, they explain and explore the meaning and
celebration of this time in their lives.
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Vermont Graduates Loaded with Debt
s if parents dont have enough to worry about, this is an excerpted communique from
Senator Sanders office: (T)he Joint Economic Committee showed the average student
loan debt in Vermont was greater than the amount in all but six other states. In Vermont, 63
percent of college graduates hold student loans. The average balance is $28,860. That debt load
amounts to 82 percent of the average annual income for recent graduates, a ratio of debt to
earnings that ranks Vermont the highest in the nation.
New Face at the Planning Commission
im Cheney was just elected the new chair of Montpeliers Planning Commission, replacing
Jesse Moorman, who will continue to serve on the commission. The vice chair remains the
same: Jon Anderson.
Vermont Children Go Hungry
he Vermont Department of Education advises that Vermont is ranked 4th in the nation
for feeding children with summer meal programsup from 11th in the national rankings
in 2010 and 6th in 2011. Last summer, Vermont fed an average of 6,800 low-income children
summer meals. The organization Hunger Free Vermont says, however, that summer meals
only reached 1 in 5 of the number of children who got regular school meals in the 2011-2012
school year.
Planning Department Seeking AmeriCorps Applicants
ontpeliers Planning Department has two new AmeriCorps VISTA positions for their
enVision program. Interested applicants should apply through my.americorps.gov/mp/
Tour the State House Through Google
oogle, through the offices of Matt Dunne, inaugurated its inside version of Google maps
with a virtual tour of the State House. Everything from the rugs to the chandeliers.
Center for Victims of Torture Awards Senator Leahy
Minnesota-based national organization, the Center for Victims of Torture, announced
it is awarding Senator Leahy its Eclipse Award on June 26 in Washington, D.C. The or-
ganization works on behalf of torture victims and praises Leahys support of funding for the
UNs Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture, as well as his work in authoring and sponsoring
several important antitorture and human rights legislation, including the Leahy Law on Human
Rights, the Refugee Protection Act and the Torture Victim Protection Act.
Bob Nelson Scores an Award Too
arres Bob Nelson, owner of Nelsons Ace Hardware, was the recipient of the Vermont
Business Magazine and the U.S. Small Business Administrations award for Family-Owned
Small Business of the Year. He was honored at a celebration on June 13 at Shelburne Farms.
The Greening of Goddard
ccording to Goddard, the American College and University Presidents Climate Commit-
ment has awarded the college a National Climate Leadership award. The college says it has
retrofitted more than two-thirds of its buildings with additional insulation, energy-efficient
windows, lighting and computing solutions, which, in turn, have led to a 19 percent reduction
in heating oil and a 15 percent reduction in electricity use. Goddard is also building a biomass
heating facility aimed at removing 23 oil burners, thereby reducing the schools carbon emis-
sions by 560 tons a year. The school is also converting to a 100 percent local food dining hall,
using whole wheat grown and milled in Vermont and produce from a local farm and the campus
greenhouse and garden.
he fragrance of lilacs is now just past, but two heavy-hitting olfactory delights are
on deck, bedstraw and the impossibly wonderful scent of milkweed bloom. Actu-
ally, fragrant bedstraw (formerly called mattress grass for its old-time use as bedding) is
flowering now. Its that spreading white bloom on overgrown fields. But with all the rain,
I havent yet been nearly knocked off my bike by a waft of its sweet, clean smell. Which
reminds me that its not too late to catch the ripe raspberry fragrance of wild flowering
grape, now faintly scenting the air along upland lanes. This is a fleeting time, yet isnt it
good that the memory of these simple pleasures lingers for a lifetime?
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Montpelier High School:
Maddie Murray-Clasen
Financial considerations caused me to not
push for my number one choice . . . which I
deeply regret.
Maddie Murray-Clasen, Montpelier High
School graduating senior, decided to defer
from the Honors College at the University
of Vermont to work full-time for Governor
Shumlin, and then travel and work abroad.
Deciding to take a gap year was extremely
difficult because the majority of my friends
will attend college in the fall, she says. Going
against the normal expectation of graduating
and immediately attending college is scary.
However, the gap year can provide the
chance to mature in ways that the student
going directly to college may not have. The
college application process can be cruel, says
Murray-Clasen, because as applicants, we
are asked to clearly describe who we are and
what has shaped us, even though many stu-
dents are still in a process of self-discovery.
Murray-Clasen feels that although it is
important to recognize the work and dedica-
tion of students through some rite of passage
. . . the typical graduation ceremony seems a
bit outdated. Im happy to see we are break-
ing some boundaries, including not only
valedictorian speeches but performance arts
as well. And as an entire class, we had a voice
in creating the ceremony.
The transition [from high school to col-
lege] is both abrupt and continuous, she
continues. It feels natural to be moving on
from high school and leaving home. How-
ever, ending my years in the Montpelier Pub-
lic Schools feels incredibly sudden. Today,
sitting in the library with my entire class, I
realized that I will only see these people in
the same room a handful more times.
Pacem School and Homeschool
Center, Montpelier:
Lexi Shear, Director
In our graduation ceremony, the entire
community (teachers, students, parents and
graduates) sits in a circle. We begin, as we
begin every morning meeting, with several
minutes of silence. This allows the par-
ticipants to find a moment of stillness and
reflect on what the event means for them.
After greeting each other around the circle,
the graduate (weve only ever had one at a
time) has a chance to address the community
and share his or her thoughts about moving
forward. It is important to us that every
graduate has the chance to address the com-
munity, and not just a special few.
Then the diploma is presented. Rather
than a traditional head of school bestows
diploma on graduate approach, the diploma
is presented by the entire community to the
graduate. The diploma is literally passed
around the entire circle as it makes its way
to the graduate. Each member of the com-
munity has a chance to address the graduate
in whatever way is meaningful for him or
her. Typically, the last person to have the
diploma, and the one who finally gives it to
the graduate, is the graduates parent.
Why do we do it this way? Because we see
graduation as a true community event. The
graduate is sent out into the world not by one
person but by every person in the circle. In
addition, graduation is not so much about the
graduate leaving us and moving on to bigger
and better things. Rather we see graduation
as a time for our community to expand into
the greater world. I envision a time, once we
have had a great number of people graduate,
that we will have little outposts of our Pacem
community spread in many places.
Our ceremony highlights the meaningful
role each graduate has played in our school
community and the ways in which he or she
has personally affected individual students,
teachers and even parents. The diversity of
stories and heartfelt wishes that are expressed
around the circle are truly extraordinary.
Lexi Shear
Homeschool, Pacem School
and Homeschool Center,
Yestermorrow: Eli Gould
I honestly feel like I have had, and will have,
the greatest education ever, an education that
fits with who I am.
Elie Gould, like Murray-Clasen, is also
taking a gap year to go to Japan through
the World Wide Opportunities on Organic
Farms (WWOOF) program and return in
October. Not only will he be working in
agriculture, but also studying architecture,
particularly the Shinto-style buildings in the
Nara and the Kyoto area. And because he
has dreamed of becoming a professional Go
player since sixth grade, hell be playing as
much Go as he can. When he returns to
the states, he plans to apply to Hampshire
Since he doesnt come from a wealthy
background, Gould had to make hard
choices as to what were worth his time.
Cutting some things was never fun, he
says. He explains that the WWOOF pro-
gram is a great way to see the world and gain
experience since WWOOFers trade labor for
living space.
He credits Pacem School and Homeschool
Center to study what I really love, architec-
ture. I would not have decided to go to . . .
Yestermorrow and Japan without my educa-
tion there. Gould feels incredibly lucky to
have had the opportunity to finish school-
ing in [his] own way. The transition from
Pacem to [potentially] Hampshire feels like
a continuum.
For Gould, the way that Pacem celebrated
his graduation felt fitting. He believes that
people should choose their own rite of
passage . . . Pacem gives each graduate the
choice to do so.
Gould gave a final presentation, a show-
case of what I have done with my education,
moments before the ceremony, which, he
says, made his graduation all that more
As the architect of his education and sub-
sequent personal happiness, Gould proclaims
that as long as I am happy I will think of
each transition in life as a continuation of
that happiness.
Barre Technical Center:
Amy Lester, Career and Technical
Education Guidance Coordinator,
School Counselor
Barre Technical Center (BTC) is a jour-
ney for many students. A journey of finding
out who they are, what they like to do, how
they can go out into the world and support
themselves and most of all that they are
learners who have something to share in this
world. With close to 200 studentsmostly
juniors and seniorsthe BTC offers 11 dif-
ferent programs that help prepare students
for postsecondary education or the world of
work. Sometimes knowing what we dont
want to do is just as valuable as knowing
what we love. And in this time of expensive
higher education, BTC students are well
prepared to attend a postsecondary learning
experience with both feet planted firmly on
the ground. Many have credentials that will
put them ahead of their counterparts when
looking for employment. And in this day
and age, that is a good thing.
Amy Lester
Barre Technical Center, U-32:
Gerald Stauff
[Barre Technical Center has] more or less
changed me. Im a better person than what I
was. Im more confident. [The transition] is
not really a big step for me as it would be for
other people.
Now graduated from the Business and
Leadership Studies and Plumbing and Heat-
ing and Pre Tech at Barre Technical Center,
Gerald Stauff is joining the army. It is an
eight-year commitment in which the first
three are active. His hopes to eventually start
a plumbing business. But, he says, to start
my own business I have to go to college. But
I dont have the money. I would be paying
my whole life . . . The army is something I
wanted to be a part of my whole life. I could
go to college, and the army would pay for it.
I could go to college for whatever I wanted.
Stauff felt tremendous support from Barre
Technical faculty and the life lessons hes
learned from them. He found particular
connection with one teacher who was a for-
mer soldier in the special forces. We used to
talk a lot about the army, Stauff says.
Stauff believes you get more of a connec-
tion with the teachers at the tech center than
your regular teachers. Theyve been in the real
world. They have their own jobs outside of the
school in the same field as what theyre teach-
ing. And this helps students like Stauff define
their future. I have a goal now. Before I just
wanted to go in [to the army], he says. Now
I want to get [from the army] college paid for
and start my own plumbing business.
The way I will remember this [transition]
is saying good-bye to all the people I knew
from BTC. Spending the last moments with
friends. And then again with family, says
Stauff. I do believe it was good enough to
send me on my way.
Central Vermont Academy, Barre:
Kevin Wall
Central Vermont Academy (CVA), along
with most other Seventh-day Adventist
Academies across the United States, has a
graduation weekend. Friday night begins the
weekend with the consecration, in which the
seniors dedicate their lives to a life of service
for others. They also pass the torch of being
the living example to all the other students of
CVAs mission to next years seniors.
In Saturdays baccalaureate ceremony, the
senior class is spiritually challenged to live a
life of service for others and to allow God to be
Maddie Murray-Clasen with her younger sister, Emma. Photo by Julian Kelly. Gerald Stauff at the Barre Technical Center
graduation. Photo by Amy Brooks Thornton.
Eli Gould receives his diploma. Photo by Amy
Brooks Thornton
continued from front cover
THE BRI DGE J UNE 20 J UNE 26 2013, PAGE 5
their guide in their lives. The commencement
ceremony on Sunday signifies not the end of
something but the beginning of the rest of
their lives committed to God and others.
The four years that a student spends in
high school at CVA is a continual preparation
for all of the responsibilities of life that is to
come. We know and have seen firsthand that
students that graduate from CVA and have a
direct connection to Jesus will find their true
direction that is rewarding and satisfying.
As freshmen, they are also required to
participate in Career EX, which is a program
that immerses the student into a career that
he or she has an interest in. This program
helps students, at an early age, determine the
direction that they will go after graduation.
It might be higher education, the military
or the workforce. Whatever path the stu-
dent decides on, this program is designed
to help him or her make an educated choice
and eliminate wasted time and money after
graduation while deciding what they would
like to do with their life.
Because we are small, the entire student
body becomes a family. [The transition]
is monumental because the students, who
went through many experiences together,
will be going their separate ways. However,
it is a continuum for our students who will
be attending Seventh-day Adventist colleges
that provide the same mission as well as
programs, spiritual direction, trips and phi-
losophy that CVA has.
Many people do not realize that the Sev-
enth-day Adventist educational system is one
of the largest in the world. It includes pre-
kindergarten through grade 12 schools like
ours, as well as colleges, universities, medical
schools and seminaries. Enrollment is open
to any faith or belief. Because students can
attend a Seventh-day Adventist School from
prekindergarten all the way through to the
end of medical school, I feel that students
who attend will be part of a continuing
experience that helps them become better
equipped for the responsibilities of life.
Kevin Wall
EarthWalk, Plainfield:
Angella Gibbons,
Founder and Director
EarthWalk, a long-term nature mentoring
school in Plainfield, honors and celebrates
students learning and key transitions more
than it graduates students. At the beginning
of each school year, an elder places a bead
necklace over each of the students heads
as they enter the forest on their first day of
school. This handcrafted bead is a symbol of
the beginning of their learning journey. Each
student has a necklace that he or she can add
beads to over the school year.
At the close of each season (fall, winter
and spring), we celebrate with the families in
a Village Bead Ceremony, including students
from EarthWalk Village School as well as the
Teen Land Project. During these bead cer-
emonies, there are three rounds. In the first
round, each student is given a bead in honor
of the specific gifts, qualities and attributes
that he or she brings to the village commu-
nity. In the second round, we honor those
who have worked on specific learning jour-
neys. These are optional challenges crafted
by the mentors to help students follow their
personal passions and also to explore more
deeply all four aspects of the EarthWalk
curriculum: Nature Study, Outdoor Living
amd Community and Stewardship. In the
final round, we honor students, mentors and
elders who have earned a bead by demon-
strating competency in a specific skill that
is helpful to the village, such as a fire bead,
storytelling bead or naturalist bead.
The other transitions that are honored are
from student to EarthWalk mentor. This
summer will honor one of EarthWalks first
students, who was seven years old when he
began the Village School and who now at age
16 will be a summer camp mentor!
Angella Gibbons
Spaulding High School,
EarthWalk: Brendon Lareau
I dont want [the ceremony] to be a big deal.
Im not leaving EarthWalk. Im not changing.
Im going to come back, have fun.
Brendon Lareau, a junior at Spaulding
High School, attended EarthWalk one day
a week and has participated in the summer
programs for the last three years. When he
graduates Spaulding High School in 2014,
he wants to go to college, probably Lyndon
Institute or the University of Vermont. But
UVM may be too expensive, he says. To go
to college, he will have to take out a lot of
loans. Hed like to go to college in Maine,
but he says, financial has been a tough
thing for me, for everybody. Its difficult.
He depends on EarthWalk, to provide conti-
nuity through the upcoming transition.
At EarthWalk there is always something
to learn. I have friends there that care about
me and love me, Lareau says. Im not wor-
ried about the transition [to college] . . . I
will always have EarthWalk so it will be like
a safe haven.
Creating a continuum for teenagers may
help reduce the stress during this time of
their life. Lareau points out that high school
stops. The high school transitiontheres
busy work, a lot of tests, my mom freak-
ing out, prom, planning for college, a lot of
stress. But at EarthWalk, Its not the end
of the year . . . It keeps going and going and
going. It doesnt stop.
At EarthWalk, Lareau explains, the
transition is not going to be marked. Its not
like, Youre a man now. No. Ill be able to
go back to EarthWalk when Im stressed and
scared. People [high school students] dont
have that nice cushion.
Homeschool, EarthWalk, Pacem
School and Homeschool Center:
Yasmina Zeichner, Senior
Every time I have left the nest and taken
classes in new situations and learned with other
people, it has taught me a lot about myself, how
I learn, how I work in different situations and
how I work with other people. It also shows me
that I can do it. I can live up to the challenges
that other people give me.
Yasi Zeichner created a rich educational
stew for her high school years during which
she combined a very active musical- and com-
munity-based homeschool life with classes at
Pacem School and Homeschool Center and
EarthWalk programs and a senior year at
Vermont Academy of Science and Technol-
ogy (VAST) at Vermont Technical College.
This coming academic year, Zeichner will be
going to Vermont Technical College as a col-
lege student to continue her studies in their
equine program.
Zeichner hopes to work with young kids,
especially in the kind of setting that Earth-
Walk provides. She may study early child-
hood education sometime in the near future.
Additionally, she enthusiastically asserts
that she will always be playing music and
continue to grow her musical experience
going to workshops and events, and doing
gigs with her siblings.
Zeichners positive attitude manifests in
her approach to her education and this time
of life changes. Although financial consid-
erations obviously play a big part in making
plans and do set somewhat of a limit to
what she can do, shed attack the problem
proactively. Zeichner asks, First, what do
I want to do? Then, what are the challenges
and how can I overcome them?
Zeichner believes that because she has a
good student record . . . and is financially
underprivileged she would be able to get
financial aid for college. She is hopeful that
it will make the financial burden of going
to college much lighter, if not take it away
altogether. She knows that taking advantage
of these financial opportunities takes work
because they dont just get handed to you.
But they are there.
When Zeichner graduated this spring
from VAST, she felt her experience of the
ceremony differed from her fellow graduates.
For them it marked being finished with 12
years of going to school every day and being
locked into that system, she says, and this
marked a big step of independence for them
and a shift of responsibility.
Zeichner, however, will still be living at
home even while she goes to college this
coming school year. The transition doesnt
feel abrupt to her.
Im already pretty independent and have
my own responsibilities, and most of that isnt
going to change for at least a bit longer, she
says. I dont feel like Im done, so to speak; I
will be continuing with my education in one
way or another over the next few years, and I
will find a path that I want to follow to make
a living by . . . I will be solving the dilemmas
of living as I have been, on a different level . . .
but its all part of the same life.
Brendan Lareau holding bead poem. Photo
by Amy Brooks Thornton.
EarthWalks circle watches as Yasmina Zeichner
receives a special bead. Photo by Amy Brooks
MHS Jazz students perform for their
graduation. Photo by Julian Kelly.
PAGE 6 J UNE 20 J UNE 26, 2013 THE BRI DGE
Looking Back on Year One: An Interview with
MHS Principal Adam Bunting
by Nat Frothingham
n the middle of a wide-ranging conver-
sation that kept coming back over and
over again to the idea of what consti-
tutes a powerful learning experience, Adam
Bunting, who is just concluding his first
year as principal of Montpelier High School,
suddenly broke away from a rather abstract
discussion of brain research to tell me about
a powerful learning moment he had ex-
perienced as a college kid growing up in
Buntings grandmother had passed along
to him her old Volvo. But the latch on the
tailgate was broken. Bunting was an English
major in college, and fixing things wasnt
really up his alley.
Im an English guy, he said to himself.
I cant fix this.
But instead of quitting, Bunting decided to
try to fix the latch. He studied the car owners
manual. He studied the latching mechanism.
And eventually he fixed the latch.
It took me three and a half hours, Bun-
ting said about his struggle to fix the latch.
Something that any mechanic could have
fixed in a minute and a half.
Reflecting on that experience from his
corner principals office at Montpelier High
School, Bunting said, I walked away from
that experience understanding how that
mechanism worked and the principles that
made it work. And when the latch was
finally fixed, I felt like a genius. I felt power-
ful. I did it myself.
What Buntings latch-fixing story points
to is the need to create learning experiences
that are powerful.
Its a ridiculous little thing, said Bunting
about working on his grandmothers old
Volvo. But if someone had been down-
loading those mechanical principles into
my mind, I would not have had that experi-
ence. Thats the problem with the industrial
educational model. Students are not learn-
ing the deeper concepts. Theyre hearing a
teacher talk. Theyre taking in information.
But theyre not confronted with a powerful
learning experience. And they dont wind up
feeling, I can do this.
As he tries to create powerful learning
situations for MHS students, Bunting is in-
trigued by current brain research. He agrees
with educational writer and thinker Grant
Wiggins who argues that education right
now is where the medical field was in the
late 1800s.
Said Bunting, Grant Wigginss point is
that theres so much research out on the
brain right now that we can no longer ignore
it. And if we begin paying attention to cur-
rent brain research, the way we teach and
the way we organize schools and learning is
going to be very, very different from what
it has been traditionally, because our tradi-
tional methods of teaching, many feel, are
largely failing to engage students deeply.
Bunting started out his educational career
at Champlain Valley Union High School
(CVU) in Hinesburg where he was three
years as a teacher and nine more years as
both a teacher and administrator. Although
CVU is a much larger high school with
1,400 students, compared to only 330 stu-
dents at MHS, Bunting sees in both schools
what he calls dynamic energy.
At MHS, a powerful illustration of that
dynamic energy is the community-based
learning program. I dont think that any
other school [in Vermont] has as developed
and robust a community-based learning pro-
gram as we have here, Bunting declared.
About 70 percent of our students are in-
volved in education beyond the school walls,
often through internships that are geared to
their interests and passions.
And those interests and passions are vari-
ous. Said Bunting, We have students who are
shadowing veterinarians. And other students
are learning to write computer programs and
computer codes. And there are MHS students
working in local businesses, learning how to
run a business from day to day.
One student, T. J. Dellipriscolli, is work-
ing with local architect Jeff Stetter, and to-
gether they are redesigning the high school
cafeteria. Hes learning the software as-
sociated with architecture, the vocabulary,
Bunting said, what the day-to-day life of
an architect is like. In a real-world learning
situation, if youre working with an archi-
tect, youre working with math, reading,
communicationsall the things that are
interconnected naturally that we separate in
school artificially.
But back to the human brain and what an
understanding of the brain can do to help
us design powerful student learning experi-
ences. When Bunting was just getting hired
as MHS principal, he looked at the MHS
daily eight-period (40-minute) class schedule
and wondered, How does anyone get their
head around where theyre supposed to be?
Students are into one 40-minute class after
another eight times a day. They go to a class.
Theres a presentation. The bell rings. They
go to another class. Bunting was concerned
about what teachers could teach and students
could learn in a 40-minute period.
A 40-minute class forces a teacher to
lecture and move quickly through the con-
tent, Bunting said. But all the current
brain research was showing that powerful
learning comes from being engaged and ac-
tually immersing oneself in the experience
of learning.
Bunting thought that block scheduling
with longer classes and more time for proj-
ects might be a good change. But he wasnt
confident he could win immediate faculty
support for this idea.
I wasnt going to push it. I just put it
forward. And they said, Great, lets do it.
Thats what I love about this faculty, said
Bunting about their readiness to take on a
big change. I thought it might be two years
down the road. And, unanimously, they
voted to change it. I was blown away. They
wanted it. It means reconceptualizing what
they were doing.
Bunting is painfully aware that todays
students are sometimes under tremendous
pressures. This pressure can come from par-
ents and others who are pushing their chil-
dren to get a competitive edge. The idea is
that the best grades in high school can lead
to admission to the best college. And that
graduation from the best college can lead to
the best job, and the best job can lead to fi-
nancial security, and that these achievements
taken together can add up to happiness.
Referring to Montpelier, Bunting said,
This place is very focused on kids getting
into the best college. To a certain extent
theres nothing wrong with that, except its
not a guarantee of anything.
Instead of the near obsession of getting
into the best college, Bunting suggests that
students discover their best strength. Think
of your duty to share your best strength with
the world, he said. Youre one person.
When students look at their lives in that way,
he said, You can hear a sigh of relief.
What is meaningful to us? Bunting
asked. What are our values? How do we
live by those? That, and then repeated for
emphasis, that is how I think we find hap-
As if to make the point, Bunting told the
story of a set of twins. One twin was headed
for a career in business. But the other twin
desperately wanted to be a firefighter. And
that twin struggled tremendously with the
teachings from our culture that suggested
this is not an OK professionthat he had to
absolutely go to college.
According to Bunting, I believe he de-
cided to pursue his passion for firefighting.
As a result, he feels hes very successful and
that hes leading a meaningful life, that
hes successfully contributing to society. But
to do that, he had to resist a tremendous
amount of pressure.
Bunting sees much in public education
today that has the aim of normalizing kids,
standardizing people. Instead, Bunting
wants each student to find his or her best
My guiding belief about education is how
a person perceives themselves dictates what
they will do later in life, said Bunting. If as
a community all we do is put value on math
and reading scores, then people are seeing
themselves in that context and not valuing
themselves for all the other tremendous gifts
they have.
MHS principal Adam Bunting. Photo by Nat Frothingham.
Principal Bunting addresses students at gradutaion. Photo courtesy of Julian Kelly.
THE BRI DGE J UNE 20 J UNE 26 2013, PAGE 7
New Waldorf-Based
High School to Open
by Nat Frothingham
eginning this September, a new cen-
tral Vermont high school based on the
teaching principles of Rudolf Steiner
and his worldwide Waldorf schools will
open at the Stokes Building on the Goddard
College campus in Plainfield. For the past
two years, a group of parents and educators
have been making preparations for what is
currently being called the Central Vermont
High School Initiative.
According to a resources and expenditures
statement, the new school has already raised
$53,000 in pledges during its start-up cam-
paign for each of the schools first three foun-
dational years, and this fundraising campaign
is continuing. There is already a strong Wal-
dorf school presence in Vermont with such
schools as the Orchard Valley Waldorf School
in East Montpelier, the Wellspring Waldorf
School in Tunbridge, the Upper Valley Wal-
dorf School in Quechee and the Lake Champ-
lain Waldorf School in Shelburne. Organizers
of the initiative said the new central Vermont
high school is its own separate project and
is not a continuation of the Orchard Valley
Waldorf School.
No, we are a separate entity, said Joan
Kahn, who is serving as coordinator of the
new high school. Orchard Valley was not
ready to start a high school.
One of the four teachers who has been
hired for the new high school that will
start in September is Stephan Vdoviak. He
has close to 25 years of teaching experience
and has worked with children and youth
from prekindergarten through grade 12. He
helped develop a high school program at the
Lake Champlain Waldorf School and was
high school coordinator there for five years.
According to the online website of the Asso-
ciation of Waldorf Schools of North America
(AWSNA), the organization that assists Wal-
dorf school on matters of educational prac-
tice and accreditation, Vdoviak is currently
serving as president of the board of trustees
of AWSNA. It might therefore be surmised
that Vdoviak could be a helpful person in
guiding the new high school toward its long-
term goal of Waldorf accreditation.
According to Vdoviak, the Waldorf ap-
proach to education works out of a certain
picture of human development.
Every individual has a physicality, he
said, meaning a physical body. Also a soul.
The artistic, the academic and the practical
should be an integral part of every students
experience. In underscoring this integrated
approach to learning, he said, We would
no more reduce our art program than we
would reduce our math program. Vdoviak
said that the ultimate goal was to make stu-
dents well-rounded, social individuals.
When Kahn was asked to explain the dif-
ference between learning at a public high
school and learning in a Waldorf school, she
said, [Waldorf students] start with what
[they] can see and observe, with concrete
things [from their own experience] before
they study theory.
The annual tuition at this new central Ver-
mont high school is $15,000. But Kahn said
that the school realizes that most people cant
pay the full amount. She also said that the
school is prepared to work with each family
on a case-by-case basis. We are not going
to turn anyone away because of financial is-
sues, she said.
Kahn said there are already six to eight
students enrolled in the ninth-grade class
and that there might be as many as 15 stu-
dents enrolled when the new high school
opens in September.
Institutionally, according to Vdoviak, the
new high school wants to become an in-
dependent school approved by the state of
Vermont. Thats a first objective that could
come as early as this fall. Then the new high
school is seeking approval by the Vermont
State Board of Education. As a long-term
goal, the school hopes to become accredited
as an official Waldorf high school.
For further information about the Central
Vermont High School Initiative, visit the school
website at: centravthighschool.wordpress.com,
join the schools e-mail list at info.cvhsi@gmail.
com or phone 322-4408. Correspondence may
be addressed to P.O. Box 976, Montpelier, VT
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Mary Trafton. Photo by Nat Frothingham.
Mary Trafton. Photo by Nat Frothingham.
by Nat Frothingham
any people in Montpelier and
beyond recognize Mary Trafton
through her work as a graphic art-
ist at the Hunger Mountain Coop. Her lively
and colorful hand-drawn signs can be seen
throughout the store. A recent sign featured a
very large watermelon that said impressively,
Organic Watermelons.
About two and a half years ago, Trafton
was diagnosed with breast cancer. Ive always
tried to deal with things myself, said Trafton
about her early reaction to the diagnosis.
But after a time she decided to join Drag-
onheart Vermont, a breast cancer survivor
dragon boat team. As Trafton explained, the
common thread in Dragonheart Vermont is
that all the participants are from Vermont
and some are cancer survivors and others are
Dragon boat racing has a 2,000-year his-
tory in China but only a 40-year history in
the U.S. According to Trafton, The boat
is 40 feet long and 20 people are paddling.
Theres also a drummer and steersperson.
Just listening to Trafton talk gives you an
immediate feeling for the competitive nature
of the sport.
At 47, Trafton is one of the youngest Drag-
onheart Vermont participants. We compete
with people who are much younger men
and women, she explained. And we beat
Then she added a note about what the support
means to her: If my cancer was to come back, I
have sisters and brothers all around me.
Even though Trafton is relatively new to
dragon boat racing, shes not new to boats.
She grew up canoeing with her family in
places as various as New Hampshire, Illinois,
Wisconsin and Maine. She also rowed crew at
Smith College.
A year ago in June and July, Trafton and
other Dragonheart Vermont racers traveled
to Hong Kong for a dragon boat racing
competition where their boat won a gold
medal in the 200 meters and a silver medal
in the 500 meters in the Breast Cancer Sur-
vivor Division.
Just last weekend Trafton joined Dragon-
heart Vermont for a boat racing event in the
Boston area.
According to Trafton, before the race had
even begun, Some twerp said, Do we have
to race these old ladies again? Trafton said
that a friend of hers replied to this comment
by giving the impudent young man a swat in
the butt with a paddle.
Then the race began on a 500-meter course.
Dragonheart Vermont beat the competition
decisively. There was nothing but open water
between us, Trafton said about the convinc-
ing margin of victory.
One of Traftons friends had this to say to
her after the race, I love handing it to people
whose mouths are bigger than their muscles. I
love beating cocky young twerps.
Its usually a guy, said Trafton about her
use of the word twerps. They just dont know
when to stop. These are educational moments
for them.
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and Cancer Survivor
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City Council Meeting
JUNE 12, 2013
n Montpeliers City Council meetings,
the consent agenda generally presents
routine matters. On June 12, this in-
cluded approvals for borrowing $2.5 mil-
lion for a Tax Anticipation Note for FY14
and a Bond Anticipation Note of $2 million
for the district heat project. Other consent
items included approval of the citys audit
service contract (Fothergilll Segale & Val-
ley), dissolution of the Montpelier/Regional
Bike Path Committee and a street closure
request for July 3 (from McGillicuddys Irish
Pub). After a separate query, the council also
approved contracts for emptying sidewalk
trash barrels and pavement marking.
National Lifes director of facility opera-
tions, Fred Barnett, requested a waiver of the
citys noise ordinance, which forbids con-
struction after 9 p.m. National Life plans
to repave its parking lot, last paved in the
1990s, and sought a waiver in order to work
from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through
Thursday nights. Concerns raised by coun-
cilors and Paul Carnahan, residing across the
valley, included noise from the pavement-
grinding machine that salvages old pavement
and the backup warnings dump trucks emit.
Barnett advised that the firm had informed
neighbors on Mountainview Street, which
included hand-delivering letters. One home-
owner has expressed concern, and National
Life plans to meet with him.
The councils general response was to seek,
particularly for families with children, less
disruptive options. Councilor Tom Golonka
said, I think were opening up a huge can
of worms, warning that were going to
hear about this from citizens if they were
to allow the waiver. Golonka referred to the
citys actions when it had employed night
construction for the roundabout. The city
had offered some residents alternative living
arrangements during construction.
Asked by the council if that was an
alternative, Barnett said that he would look
into it, but he was in no position to make
promises. Suggestions included shuttle trans-
portation to offsite parking lots like the high
school or Vermont Department of Labor,
alternative living arrangements for residents
who requested it and increasing crew sizes to
shorten constructionall suggestions that
would add expense. Barnett noted that all
access to the paving project would be by way
of the Memorial Drive entrance.
Councilor Alan Weiss noted the economic
importance of National Life to the city and
moved that the waiver be granted. Eventu-
ally, upon further discussion, however, with
agreement by Barnett that he would look
into other options that might be less disrup-
tive, Weiss withdrew his motion. National
Life will revert to the council.
The council approved the following indi-
viduals for the recently established standing
Downtown Improvement District Commit-
tee, all of whom were randomly assigned
one- or two-year terms: Phil Zalinger of the
law firm Zalinger, Cameron & Lambek;
Jesse Jacobs of Montpelier Property Man-
agement; Karen Williams-Fox of Woodbury
Mountain Toys; Kevin Ellis of KSE Partners;
Steven Cook, deputy commissioner of the
Vermont Department of Tourism & Mar-
keting; Mary L. Collins of Summit School
of Traditional Music and Culture; Claire
Benedict of Bear Pond Books; Bob Watson
of Capitol Grounds; Jason Cheney of Trum-
bull-Nelson Construction Company; and
Kim Bent of Lost Nation Theater. Jessica
Edgerly-Walsh will also sit on the committee
in a nonvoting capacity.
Next, the council heard an update on park-
lets by Greg Gossen, Paul Carnahan and
Phayvanh Luekhamhan. (See City Page for
more on parklets.) The council approved a
two-year pilot, establishing up to six parklets.
The intent is to increase pedestrian friendli-
ness. Parklets must be ADA compliant and
pass a review process. Winning businesses
pay to offset lost parking revenue, estimated
at $1,200 annually. Parklets need approval
of the committee, police and Department of
Public Works. Clerk John Odum noted that
his office takes the brunt of complaints about
lack of parking.
The council set water and sewer charges
for the upcoming year. Meter rates remain
unchanged, but annual sewer and water
fixed-rate benefit charges will increase by
$1 and $6 respectively to $125 and $150.
Finance administrator Sandy Gallup reported
that the city is successfully digging itself out
of a negative position with regard to its water
and sewer funds, with the sewer fund headed
out of debt this year and the water fund des-
tined to be in the black in a year or so, thanks
to rigorous cost controls.
Dogs reappeared on the agenda, with a
report from the Hubbard Park Dog Waste
Committee. Park commissioner Lyn Munno
sought guidance from the council about
future direction. The committee, in looking
into park waste issues, heard repeated refer-
ences to waste problems throughout the city
and asked if the committee should enlarge
its scope of work. They were encouraged to
do that, after discussion about the actual
The current ordinance exempts Hubbard
Park from requirements that owners pick
up after their dogs. Munno said that ex-
tensive waste in the park presented human
safety, water quality and nuisance and aes-
thetics problems. The committee will report
back to the council, including cost-shar-
ing ideas for establishment of bag and bin
stations in the park and throughout the city.
In council reports, councilors reported on
various items, including $17,000 in scholar-
ships awarded via the Harry Sheridan schol-
arship fund; senior MHS students funding
free ice cream on the circulator bus on
Friday, June 14; complaints about utility
pole smells behind Green Mountain Power; a
request for clarification on how council goals
would be measured when involving other
organizations and city departments; a thanks
to the schools community partners; and a
query about a letter in The Bridge, regard-
ing establishment of fishing access on Berlin
Pond. To that, City Manager Bill Fraser
said the city had filed a petition request-
ing further reduction of internal combustion
engines. The petition is pending.
Odum reported that the citys new land
record recording system is online, so most
records are now available quickly, saving
time and space. Document copies of records
are $1 per copy.
The meeting ended with an executive ses-
sion to discuss Carr lot negotiations.
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Johnny Boyd Swings
Back to Vermont

The Capital City Grange is one mile south of Montpelier, on Route 12. Driving south
on Route 12, look for the grange sign on the left, just after passing under the Interstate 89
overpass. For Mapquest, GPS or Google maps directions, put in the ocial address:
6612 Route 12, Berlin VT 05602.
Tickets on sale at brownpapertickets.com/event/388985. Hosted by Vermont Swings.
by Amy Brooks Thornton
fter a 12-year hiatus, Johnny Boyd of the
very popular 1990s swing band, Indigo
Swing, is returning to the music scene and
bringing his toe-tapping, highly danceable
music to the Capital City Grange in Montpe-
lier. His goal? To have people sweaty and hot
at the end of night.
Although Boyds songs embrace swing,
jazz, pop, country, gospel and rock, for the
grange hes pulling out the dance tunes from
his days as the frontman for Indigo Swing and
including a sprinkling of his solo tunes from
his most recent album, Never Been Blue.
Boyd has been called a talent to be reck-
oned with by JazzReview.com and the Village
Voice declared that he has the constrained,
bell-like yearning of postwar America. And
Boyd says his Portland, Oregonbased band
is off the charts . . . the best band Ive ever
worked with. I want to share this band with as
many people as possible.
Creating an unusual twist, Boyd replaced
the horn section of his band with a conga
drum and bongos played by Roberto Medina.
Medina plays the songs on the two and four
swing beat with a little lift. Says Boyd, It
makes your toes tap! The other band mem-
bers are James Beaton on piano, Ji Tanzer on
traps, Keith Brush on bass and AJ Donnaloia
on guitar.
But why swing now? Swing has never
gone out of fashion, declares Boyd. It
always comes back again. And perhaps our
economic crisis is why this midcentury music,
optimistic in a time of war, is returning yet
again. Boyd says his role is to bring that
bounce, certain optimism, times-are-hard-
now-but-theyll-get-better feeling to his au-
dience, which includes teenagers to 60- and
70-year-olds. And it works. Boyd remarks,
Ive met people who met the love of their life
listening to my music.
Boyds music, much of it original, is not
the type of music that people want to write
their congressman after they hear it, Boyd
says. His hope is that people will share his
hopeful message with someone they would
like to get to know better or with someone
they love.
Boyd didnt grow up in a musical family, but
his parents filled the house with the music of
crooners such as Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby,
Perry Como and Andy Williams. His mother
liked Elvis, Barry Manilow and Joan Baez.
And the Stray Cats got Boyd through high
school. The common thread, which made a
big impression on Boyd, was that they were
artists that were positive and helped me hang
on. This never really goes out of style.
When Boyd was in fourth grade, his mother
took him out for a ride and didnt tell him
where she was going. To Boyds surprise, they
ended up at the Phoenix Boys Choir audition.
I was really angry, he says. But Boyd now
reflects that the three years of twice weekly
training in the boys choir about support,
how to breathe, mouth shape, saved me, saved
my voice. I could sing for a month straight
because of all the training I got in the boys
choir. This saved his voice when he toured
almost 300 shows per year for four years for
Indigo Swing. Although he now tours on his
terms and is no longer dictated by a major
label, he still relies on those early lessons in
the choir.
Boyd feels strongly that people should
unplug and go out to hear live music. Hearing
and sharing the experience of live music with
other people is like having an epiphany in
church. You are all in it together. Its a collec-
tive thing . . . All these people are feeling what
Im feeling. It gives you energy. You come
away with this amazing feeling that theres
hope. Thats an experience! He believes that
plugging in will run its course and live music
will regain popularity: The pendulum is
going to swing back again.
Johnny Boyd. Photo courtesy of Johnny Boyd.
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July 5Aug. 10: Horses & Pathfinders.
Equine Guided Education (EGE), including
leadership circle for women and summer camps
for boys and girls. EGE public demonstration
and tour on Aug. 10, 10 a.m.12 p.m. 6899 Rte.
100B, Moretown. 223-1903. See schedule and
information at horsesandpathnders.com.
July 1114: Good Old Fashioned Dog
Shows. Conformation judging for AKC breeds
and companion events for purebred and mixed-
breed dogs. Vendors, barbecue, ice-cream social
and live music by Cold Country Blue Grass
Band. Tunbridge fairgrounds. Preregister at
deb@bookkeepingetc.com. Information at
July 27: Humane Heroes Meeting. For
children and their parents. 10 a.m.noon.
Central Vermont Humane Society Adoption
Center, 1589 Rte. 14, East Montpelier. 476-3811.
July 27: Kitten Shower. Bring a gift from
our wish list, enjoy party treats, games and
socializing with kittens. Noon3 p.m. Central
Vermont Humane Society Adoption Center,
1589 Rte. 14, East Montpelier. 476-3811 x110.
Aug. 21: Dog Days at the Pool. Bring your
dog to swim in the Montpelier pool. 5:307p.m.
Admission by tax-deductible donation to benet
Central Vermont Humane Society.
Aug. 24: Humane Heroes Blowout Blast.
Awards ceremony, snacks, face painting, visiting
with animals and more to celebrate how you are
a Humane Hero for the shelter pets. 10 a.m.
2 p.m. Central Vermont Humane Society
Adoption Center, 1589 Rte. 14, East Montpelier.
Ongoing: Glen Coburn Hutcheson,
Talking Portraits and Two-Part
Inventions. An evolving show of experimental
drawings, paintings and the occasional
sculpture. Storefront Studio Gallery, 6 Barre St.,
Montpelier. Hours: Tues.Fri. 810 a.m., Sat.
10 a.m.3 p.m., or by appointment. 839-5349.
Through June: Art Resource Association.
Group exhibition of central Vermont artists.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.,
Montpelier. 223-3338.
Through June: Cindy Griffith, Seasons in
Transition. Tis Middlesex artist explores the
changing seasons of the year. Red Hen Caf,
Rte. 2, Middlesex. 229-4326. cindy.gri th.
vt@gmail.com. redhenbaking.com.
Through June: Lori Hinrichsen, The
Conversation Got Lively. Drawings and
collage of colorful abstract imagery. Green
Bean Visual Art Gallery, Capitol Grounds,
Montpelier. curator@capitolgrounds.com.
Through June: Robert Hitzig, Hard Line,
Soft Color. Sculpture emphasizing grain
patterns in wood and other inherent qualities
of the material. Governors Gallery, 109 State
St., 5F, Montpelier. Photo ID required for
admission. 828-0749.
Through June: Unraveling & Turning.
Multimedia show: two-dimensional
works (paintings, graphic design, collages,
drawings), installations, video and emergent
media. Goddard College Art Gallery, 54 Main
St., Montpelier. Hours: Wed.Turs. noon5
p.m., Fri.Sat. noon7 p.m.
Through June: Harriet Wood, Inner
Doors. Paintings and painted scrolls. Vermont
Supreme Court, 111 State St., Montpelier.
Hours: Mon.Fri., 8 a.m.4:30 p.m.
July 3: Storrow & Maney Studio. Open
studio noon4 p.m. 104 Main St., Montpelier.
Through July 6: Tell Us a Tale. Two-oor
exhibit inspired by childrens literature. First and
second oor galleries. Studio Place Arts,
201 N. Main St., Barre. 479-7069.
Through July 6: Theres No Place Like
Home. Artist books and ne bindings presented
by the Book Arts Guild of Vermont. Tird oor
gallery. Studio Place Arts, 201 N. Main St.,
Barre. 479-7069.
Through July: Matthew Chaney. Fourteen
11-by-14 oil pastel drawings on paper on display.
Bees Knees, 82 Lower Main St., Morrisville.
Through July: Nancy Cleveland. Watercolor
paintings of Vermont. Coee Corner, 83 Main
St., Montpelier.
Through July: Green Mountain
Watercolor Exhibition. Annual exhibit
promoting the art of watercolor. Red Barn
Gallery, Lareau Farm Inn, Waitseld. Hours:
Turs.Sun noon9 p.m.
Through July: Lisa Mas, Soul Collage.
Images from the past cut and pasted into
the present. Tulsi Tea Room, 34 Elm St.,
Through July: Jim Thompson, James
Secor, Peggy Watson. ARA members exhibit
at City Center, Montpelier.
Through July: Hugh Townley,
Masterworks. Group show exploring
the personal collections of the late sculptor
and printmaker. Big Town Gallery,
99 N. Main St., Rochester. Hours: Wed.Fri.
10 a.m.5 p.m., Sat. noon5 p.m. 767-9670.
info@bigtowngallery.com. bigtowngallery.com.
Through July: Sylvia Walker. Oil, pastel,
watercolors and pen and ink. Vermont
landscapes and other works. Montpelier Senior
Activity Center, 58 Barre St.
July 28: The Being of Human: A Collaboration
Artist Talk by Jackie Brookner. Brookner
discusses her ecological art practice within the
context of the larger concerns that underlie it.
7 p.m. Haybarn Teatre, Goddard College,
123 Pitkin Rd., Plaineld. Free. goddard.edu.
July 31Sept. 28: Folk Vision. Featuring
work by Gayleen Aiken, Nek Chand, Merrill
Densmore, Howard Finster, HJ Laurent,
Teodore Ludwiczak and others. Reception
Aug. 17, 3 p.m. Big Town Gallery, 99 N.
Main St., Rochester. Hours: Wed.Fri. 10
a.m.5 p.m., Sat. noon5 p.m. 767-9670.
info@bigtowngallery.com. bigtowngallery.com.
Aug. 1Sept. 1: Annual Big Red Barn Art
Show. Two- and three-dimensional art by more
than 30 Mad River Valley artists. Reception
Aug. 4, 57 p.m. Lareau Farm Inn, Waitseld.
Hours: Turs.Sun noon9 p.m.
Aug. 4: Art Festival Picnic. Celebrate arts
and community. Fireworks. Live music by Te
Grift and Haywire. Lareau Farm Inn, Waitseld.
Aug. 8: Art in the Garden Tour. Tour
three gardens designed by Broadleaf Landscape
Architecture and observe three artists paint
plein air. 9 a.m.noon. Tour begins and ends on
Bridge St., Waitseld.
Aug. 1011: Gallery Weekend and Open
Studios. Mad River Artists invite you to step
into their studios. Pick up list of participants at
Festival Gallery, 5031 Main St., Waitseld.
Aug. 1617: Great Vermont Plein Air
Paint-Out. Seventy artists from all over New
England draw and paint local scenery around
Waitseld. Paint Out Art Hop on Aug. 16,
58 p.m. Sidewalk Art Show and Sale on Aug.
17, 35 p.m. Both events in Waitseld.
Through Aug. 25: Camille Johnson, The
Rawing. A poetic and photographic exhibit by
recent U32 graduate. Contemporary Dance and
Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., Montpelier.
229-4676. cdandfs.com.
Through Aug.: Plowing Old Ground:
Vermonts Organic Farming Pioneers.
Photographs and interviews. Vermont History
Museum, 109 State St., Montpelier. Hours:
TuesdaySaturday, 10 a.m.4 p.m. 828-2291.
Through Sept. 1: Lark Upson, Structural
Integrity: Portraits in Oil. Reception
July 12, 68 p.m. Blinking Light Gallery and
Co-op, 16 Main St., Plaineld. Hours: Turs.
26 p.m., Fri.Sun. 10 a.m.6 p.m. 454-0141.
Through October 31: Bread & Puppet
Museum. One of the largest collections of some
of the biggest puppets in the world. Bread &
Puppet Farm, Rte. 122, Glover. Hours: Daily,
10 a.m.6 p.m. 525-3031. breadandpuppet.org.
Through December 20: These
Honored Dead: Private and National
Commemoration. Stories of Norwich alumni
from both sides of the Civil War conict in
1863. Sullivan Museum & History Center,
Norwich University, Northeld. 485-2183.
June 29: Wine and Cheese Reception
and Silent Auction Fundraiser. For
Rhythm of the Rein Terapeutic Riding
Center. Art items, jewelry, food, horsey
items, clothing and much more! Wines are
from a local winery. 57 p.m. Water Tower
Farm, 386 Rte. 2, Marsheld. 426-3781.
June 29: Clothing Swap. Sponsored by
Mama Says. Drop o clothes by June 28 at
19 Liberty St., Montpelier. Donators can swap
clothes for free; others shop for a small fee.
10 a.m.1 p.m. $1 suggested donation. Swap at
Unitarian Church, 130 State St., Montpelier.
July 2, 3, 5, 6: Summer Thrift Sale.
9 a.m.5 p.m. Trinity Community Trift Store,
137 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9155.
Bread and Puppet Museum. Photo courtesy of breadandpuppet.org,
July 16 Bob Winter, piano inventive, very personal jazz
Boston Pops' solo pianist performs the music of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Gershwin,
Rogers and Hart, Bossa Nova and Cuban, cross-over Bach, and more!
July 23 Midsummer Moon midsummer in music and spoken word

July 30 Genticorum one of Quebec's most sought-after bands

Exhilarating music, original and traditional, performed on guitar, Jew's harp, vocals,

August 6 Jaime Laredo, violin and Sharon Robinson, cello

Vermont's venerable classical music duo performing works by Ravel,

August 13 Borromeo String Quartet/

P.O. Box 223, Greensboro, VT 05841
$20 Adults/Subscription $85
FREE under18 years of age

A lively and fun week of hands-on
music for kids and adults during our
pre-season kick off
Five Tuesday Evenings July 16 ~ August 13
8:00 pm at the Greensboro United Church of Christ
Karen Kevra, Artistic Director
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Circus Smirkus. Performing August 1315,
2 and 7 p.m., at Montpelier High School.
Photo courtesy of Smirkus.org.
continued on page 14
Aug. 30, 31/Sept. 2: Annual Lawn Fest/
Craft Sale. A variety of slightly used items
and craft items for sale. Lunch will be available.
Waterbury Center Community Church, Rte.
100. 244-8089.
Tues.: English Conversation Practice
Group. For students learning English for the
rst time. 45 p.m. Central Vermont Adult Basic
Education, Montpelier Learning Center,
100 State St. Sarah 223-3403.
Second and Fourth Tues.: Tech Tuesdays.
Get help with any computer or Internet
questions, or learn about the librarys new
circulation software and how to use ListenUp
to download audiobooks and more. Bring your
iPod, tablet, phone, laptop or other device.
5:307 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library,
135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338.
Thurs.: Ongoing Reading Group. Improve
your reading and share some good books. Books
chosen by group. 910 a.m. Central Vermont
Adult Basic Education, Montpelier Learning
Center, 100 State St. 223-3403.
Lunch in a Foreign Language. Bring lunch
and practice your language skills with neighbors.
Noon1 p.m. Mon. Hebrew, Tues. Italian,
Wed. Spanish, Turs. French. Kellogg-Hubbard
Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.
June 21: Art and Author Night. Artist
Adelaide Tyrol will present her paintings
featuring her trip to Oman. Author Charles
Johnson, will read from his book about a
Norwegian adventurer: Ice-Ship: Te Epic
Voyages of the Polar Adventurer Fram.
68 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, Old
Schoolhouse Common, 122 School St.,
Marsheld. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary
June 22: Books and Brew. Kellogg-Hubbard
Library kick-o for its summer book sale with a
beer garden, featuring beer and wine from Te
Skinny Pancake and seasonal organic picnic fare
from the Hunger Mountain Coop and Caf. Live
music from Te Summit School of Traditional
Music and Culture. 69 p.m. 135 Main St.,
Montpelier. $10 door, includes picnic supper.
Drinks $6, with $1 beneting the library.
June 25: Author Discussion and Signing.
Joe Eck discusses his new book, To Eat:
A Country Life, coauthored with Wayne
Winterrowd, who passed away in 2010. In 1974,
Eck and Winterrowd started North Hill, an
internationally renowned garden, on a 28-acre
plot of land in Readsboro. 7 p.m. Bear Pond
Books, 77 Main St., Montpelier. 229-0774.
June 26: Howard Coffin Reading and
Signing. Join Vermont author Howard Con
for a conversation about his latest book,
Something Abides: Discovering the Civil War
in Todays Vermont. 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard
Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338.
June 26Aug. 14: Aldrich Public Library
Events. Barre. 476-7550. Author readings and
signings. Wed., 6 p.m.
June 26: Art Corriveau. Reads from his
young adult novel How I, Nicky Flynn, Finally
Get a Life and his novel Housewrights.
July 10: Glenn Stout. Reads from his sports
history Fenway 2012: Birth of a Ballpark.
July 17: Crescent Dragonwagon. Presents her
latest books Bean by Bean and All the Awake
Animals Are Almost Asleep.
July 24: N. Grin: Reads from her debut
young adult novel Te Whole Stupid Way
We Are.
July 31: Bernd Heinrich. Author of books
on behavioral ecology Summer World, Winter
World and Life Everlasting.
Aug. 7: Stephen Long. Discusses his book on
family forestry, More Tan a Woodlot: Getting
the Most from Your Family Forest.
Aug. 14: Andrea Chesman. Presents her latest
cookbooks, Te Pickled Pantry and Te New
Vegetarian Grill.
July 1: Damien Echols Reading. Echols
will read from his bestselling memoir, Life after
Death. Echols spent nearly 18 years on death
row. Q&A, reception and book signing follow.
7 p.m. Haybarn Teatre, Goddard College,
123 Pitkin Rd., Plaineld. Free.
July 1/Aug. 5: Classic Book Club. 6 p.m.
Cutler Memorial Library, Rte. 2, Plaineld.
793-0418. Free.
July 2: Publishing: From Monster to
Micro. Discussion of the present and future of
the independent literary press community with
Christian Peet, publisher of Tarpaulin Sky
Press. 7 p.m. Haybarn Teatre, Goddard
College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plaineld. john
July 15/Aug. 19: Plainfield Book Club.
6:30 p.m. Cutler Memorial Library, Rte. 2,
Plaineld. Free. 454-8504. cutlerlibrary.org.
July 16: Vermont Historic Library
Accessibility Training. Josh Safdie, architect
and director of the IHCD Studio at the
New England ADA Center trainer, will lead
participants through hands-on assessment of
Vermonts rst charted library. Lunch provided.
8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. $25. For more information or
to register: regonline.com/builder/site/Default.
July 28: Author Reading and Signing.
David Book portrays Abel Morrill, early Cabot
settler, farmer and maple sugar producer, and
how the Civil War aected him and his family
in A High Price to Pay, A Heavy Burden to
Bear: One Familys Civil War Story. 7 p.m.
Cabot Historical Society, Main St. museum
building, Rte. 215, Cabot. 518-563-3396.
Aug. 331: Big Town Gallery Summer
Reading Series. 99 N. Main St., Rochester.
767-9670. bigtowngallery.com.
Aug. 3: Vijay Seshadri and Kellam Ayres.
Aug. 10: John Elder and Woon Ping Chin.
Aug. 24: David Huddle and Cristin Brooks.
Aug. 31: Major Jackson and Ann Aspell.
June 29Aug. 18: Circus Smirkus, Oz
Incorporated. Grab your ruby slippers and
click your heels together, as Circus Smirkus goes
Somewhere over the Rainbow with a new spin
on Te Wizard of Oz. August 1315, 2 and 7
p.m. at Montpelier High School. Other shows
in Vermont at Greensboro, St. Johnsbury and
Brattleboro. Schedule at smirkus.org.
June 20: Kathleen Kanz Comedy
Hour. Tree Penny Taproom, 108 Main
St., Montpelier. 18+ 10 p.m. Lineup: David
Klein, Andy Perchlik, Kathleen Kanz, Chris
Parker. Free.
July 16: Extempo Storytelling. Tell a
5- to 7.5-minute, rst-person, true story from
your own life. Sign up in advance and come
with your story already practiced to deliver
smoothly without notes. No theme. 7 p.m.
Old Town Hall, Brookeld. Free. 276-3535.
Aug. 20: Extemp Storytelling. Tell a
5- to 7.5-minute, rst-person, true story from
your own life. 8 p.m. Kismet, 52 State St.,
Montpelier. $5, free to participants. 223-8646.
Sat.: Beaders Group. All levels of beading
experience welcome. Free instruction available.
Come with a project for creativity and
community. 11 a.m.2 p.m. Te Bead Hive,
Plaineld. 454-1615.
July 10/Aug. 14: Quilting Group. Working
meeting of the Dog River Quilters. 5:30 p.m.
Community room, Brown Public Library,
Northeld. 585-5078. jeanjolley@myfairpoint.net.
Sun.: Ecstatic Dance. Dance your heart
awake. No experience necessary. 5:307:30
p.m. Christ Church, State St., Montpelier.
Other locations: rst and third Wed., 79 p.m.,
Worcester Town Hall; second and fourth Wed.,
79 p.m., Plaineld Community Center. $10.
505-8011. fearnessence@gmail.com.
Sat.: Contra Dance. All dances taught; no
partner necessary. All ages welcome. Bring shoes
not worn outdoors. Every rst, third and fth
Sat. 811 p.m. Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte.
12, Berlin. $8. 744-6163 or capitalcitygrange.
June 22: Swing Dance. With Johnny Boyd
and Indigo Swing. Free lesson 7:308:30. Dance
8:3011:30. Capital City Grange, 6612 Rte.
12, Berlin. $15 advance; $20 door. Tickets:
800-838-3006 or brownpapertickets.com/
event/388985. 448-2930. vtswings@gmail.com.
July 1125: Dance Workshops at
Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio.
18 Langdon St., 3F, Montpelier. 5:307 p.m.
$15 or three punches. 229-4676. cdandfs.com.
July 11: Movement and Improvisation. With
Clare Byrne. Teens and adults of all levels.
July 18: Ecient Dancing. With Avi Waring.
All ages. Intermediate to advanced dancers.
July 25: Solo Dancing. With Polly Motley.
July 1520: Dance Theater Performance
Project. With Laurel Jenkins Tentindo. Create
and perform an original dance theater piece in this
performance lab intensive. Teens and adults of all
levels. Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio,
18 Langdon St., 3F, Montpelier. $90 student; $60
professional. 229-4676. cdandfs.com.
Based on the Novel by
Starring BRUCE DERN and
7:30PM, FRI. 6/21
7:30PM, SAT. 6/22
7:30PM, SUN. 6/23
(under Jaquith Library) MARSHFIELD
7:30PM, TUES. 6/25
Deeply touching... Jay Cravens
Times Argus

Tickets: $12 at the door.

Under 18: $6. Over 65: $10.
SPONSORS: Seven Days, John M. Bissell
Foundation, Blue Cross/Blue Shield,
Cabot Creamery
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July 19: West Coast Swing. 79 p.m.
Community Room, Montpelier Senior Activity
Center, 58 Barre St. 223-2518.
Aug. 5: Polly Motley Open Rehearsal.
Public is invited to watch the nal rehearsal
for a work to be performed for the Helen Day
Art Centers Exposed sculpture show (Aug. 8,
6 p.m.). 57 p.m. Contemporary Dance and
Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., 3F, Montpelier.
229-4676. cdandfs.com.
Aug. 11: The Feast of Saint Clare. A dance
performance by Te Poor Sister Clares Traveling
Dancing Monk Show. 7 p.m. Contemporary
Dance and Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., 3F,
Montpelier. $10 suggested donation. 229-4676.
Aug. 1218: Dancer/
Choreographer Patrick Ferreri.
Artist-in-residence at Contemporary Dance and
Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., 3F, Montpelier.
229-4676. cdandfs.com.
Aug. 13, 14, 16: Workshops. Open
level, drop-in friendly. Call for times and
Aug. 16: Performance. Contemporary Dance
and Fitness Studio. 7 p.m.
Aug. 17, 18: Performance. Phantom Teater,
Warren. 7 p.m.
June 2123: Second Annual RockFire
Festival. Family-friendly, daylong event. Live
music, art installations and sculpture, re-lit
nighttime trail. 9:30 a.m.5 p.m. Proceeds
benet Millstone Hills historic quarries.
Advance tickets at Millstone Hill Touring
Center, 34 Church Hill Rd., Websterville,
or Barre Opera House: 476-8188 or
barreoperahouse.org. Schedule at rockrevt.com.
June 2730: Jenny Brook Bluegrass
Festival. Four days of music featuring Gibson
Brothers, Lonesome River Band, Erica Brown
& Bluegrass Connection and many others.
Food vendors, camping. Tunbridge fairgrounds.
Schedule and fees at jennybrookbluegrass.com.
June 29: Energy Expo. Meet with contractors,
builders, suppliers and lenders who can make your
home or business more energy ecient. 9 a.m.
1 p.m. Vermont Technical College, Shape
Bldg., 124 Main St., Randolph. Free. 522-5944.
June 30: 11th Annual Strawberry Festival.
Strawberry picking, wagon rides, face painting,
storytelling by Simon Brooks, rae drawing, live
music, new kids tent and more. 10 a.m.4 p.m.
Cedar Circle Farm, 225 Pavilion Rd., E. Tetford.
$5 per car. 785-4737. cedarcirclefarm.org.
July 3: Montpelier Independence Day
Celebration. Parade, performances, food and
more. For a complete rundown of the days events,
see the June 27 issue of Te Bridge.
July 4: Miltons 250th Birthday
Celebration. Parade, reworks, antique car
show, kids games, face painting, tethered hot air
balloon rides, chicken barbecue and more.
11 a.m.9 p.m. milton250.org.
July 6: Milarepa Festival Day. Open house
and interfaith service to his holiness the Dalai
Lama, featuring world-class Tibetan musician
Penpa Tsering. Snacks and beverages served. 15
p.m. Milarepa Center, 1344 Rte. 5, Barnet. Free.
633-4136. milarepacenter.org.
June 27July 7: Vermont Symphony
Orchestras TD Bank Summer Festival
Tour. Te VSOs festival brings picnicking,
music and reworks to outdoor venues across
the state. Broadway star Sara Jean Ford joins
the VSO for hits from the Great American
Songbook. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., concert at
7:30 p.m. Central Vermont venues: June 29:
Tree Stallion Inn, Randolph. July 7: Trapp
Concert Meadow, Stowe. $30 advance, $35 gate;
$11 children age 517; children under 5 free.
Information at vso.org.
July 1214: SolarFest 2013. Workshops on
community solar, aquaponics and building tiny
houses. Live music. Keynote speaker Ben Cohen,
cofounder of Ben and Jerrys Ice Cream. $39
weekend pass, $15 day pass; children 14 and
under free. Tinmouth. solarfest.org.
Aug. 1525: Central Vermont Chamber
Music Festival. Unless otherwise noted, all
events at Chandler Music Hall, 7173 Main St.,
Randolph. Tickets: 728-6464 or centralvtchamb
Aug. 15: French Horn Master Class. With
Ellen Dinwiddie Smith, featuring young
local horn players, including members of the
Vermont Youth Orchestra. 7 p.m. Free.
Vermont Paddle Board Festival, June 30.
Photo courtesy of Umiak Outdoor Outfitters.
Montpelier Recreation Field
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22 Keene
25 Newport
26 Holyoke
29 Keene
30 Danbury
2 Holyoke
7 Saratoga
8 So. Kingston
9 North Adams
10 Holyoke
13 Danbury
14 Saratoga
16 Plymouth
19 New Bedford
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29 Danbury
31 Mystic
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Aug. 17: Concert in the Main Hall. Works by
Beethoven, Shostakovich and Brahms. 8 p.m.
Aug. 18: 3rd Annual Breakfast with Bach.
11 a.m. breakfast in the Esther Mesh Room,
Chandler. 12:30 concert at Bethany Church,
Randolph. $8.
Aug. 18: Encore Aug. 17 performance.
Woodstock Unitarian Church. 4 p.m.
Aug. 22: Open Rehearsal. 7 p.m. Free.
Aug. 23: Childrens Concert. Island Time
Steel Band. 11 a.m.
Aug. 24: Concert in the Main Hall. Works by
Bartok, Berio, Piston and Bruch. 8 p.m.
Aug. 25: Festival Finale. Island Time Steel
Band. Randolph Gazebo, N. Main and
Pleasant streets. Free.
Aug. 31Sept. 2: Northfield Labor Day
Weekend. Rides, fair food and family fun. Free
entertainment all weekend. Vermonts premier
Labor Day Parade. Free. northeldlaborday.org.
Sept. 1: 21st Annual New World Festival:
A celebration of Vermonts Celtic and French
Canadian heritage with music and dance. More
than 70 musicians from New England, Canada
and the British Isles. Workshops, kids activities,
food and drink. Noon11 p.m. Chandler Music
Hall and downtown Randolph. $34 advance;
$39 after Aug. 23; $11 students; $5 children.
728-6464. newworldfestival.com.
June 20July 31: Northern Borders.
New lm by Jay Craven based on the novel
by Howard Mosher. All screenings at 7:30
p.m. $12 adults; $10 over 65; $6 under 18.
June 21: Unitarian Universalist Church,
130 Main St., Montpelier.
June 22: Old Brookeld Town Hall,
93 Stone Rd., Brookeld.
June 25: Willey Building, 3084 Main St.,
June 27: Bradford Academy Building
Auditorium, 172 N. Main St., Bradford.
June 30: Chelsea Town Hall, 296 Rte. 110,
July 1: Roxbury Fire Station, 1726 Roxbury
Rd., Roxbury.
July 29, 30: Town Hall Teater, 67 Main St.,
July 31: River Arts, Morrisville.
July 13/Aug. 10: Film Series. 6:30 p.m.
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St.
Schedule at montpelier-vt.org/msac.
July 26: 2013 Family Movie in the Park.
Feature presentation: UP. 8:15 p.m. Pavilion at
Montpelier Recreation Fields by the pool. Rain
date July 27. Free. 225-8699.
July 30: Film Showing and Discussion.
Filmmaker Craig Summerville will discuss
and screen his recent documentary Household:
Four Stories of Kinship and Curiosity. 5 p.m.
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St.
Aug. 12: Film Showing and Discussion.
With Rick Winston. TBD. Montpelier Senior
Activity Center, 58 Barre St. 223-2518.
Aug. 17: Big Town Conversations. An
afternoon with lmmaker Jay Craven, Kingdom
County Productions. Special showing of
Cravens documentary Gayleen, about Barre
folk artist Gayleen Aiken, followed by a Q&A
in the gallery, wood-red pizza in the garden
and a special showing of Cravens new feature
Northern Borders, in the Rochester High School
auditorium. Big Town Gallery, 99 North Main
St., Rochester. 767-9670. info@bigtowngallery.
com. bigtowngallery.com. Visit website for
tickets and information.
Sat.: Capital City Farmers Market. Local
produce, cheese, ne crafts, prepared foods,
plants and more. 9 a.m.1 p.m. Kids Day Aug.
17. 60 State St., Montpelier. 223-2985. manager
Wed.: Barre Farmers Market. Local
produce, meats, poultry , eggs, honey, crafts,
baked goods and more. 36:30 p.m. City Hall
Park, Barre.
June 22: Strawberry Festival. Join us for
strawberry shortcake and strawberry ice cream
sundaes. 12:304:30 p.m. United Church of
Northeld, 58 S. Main St.
June 23: Floating Bridge Food and Farms
Co-op Farmers Market. Early summer
produce, meats, wood-red pizza and plenty of
local gifts, sweets and treats plus live music and
demonstrations. Noon3 p.m. Old Town Hall,
Brookeld. oatingbridgefoodandfarms.com.
June 25Aug. 25: The Center for an
Agricultural Economy. 140 Junction Rd.,
Hardwick. Summer workshops and events. For
more information, see hardwickagriculture.org.
June 25, 23/Aug. 27: ServSafe Certication.
8 a.m.5 p.m.
July 10: Knife Skills 101.
July 1314: Naked Table Hardwick.
July 18: Good Manufacturing Processes.
Aug. 2: Regional Agriculture and Food
Aug. 1718: Kingdom Farm & Food Days.
continued on page 16
Bring your lawn chairs, food and
friends. Enjoy bluegrass at its best
under a warm Vermont evening sky.
Donations Welcome!
Free Outdoor Concert!
Kenji Bunch (fddle, viola)
Sandy Israel (banjo)
Noah Chase (mandolin)
Tim Kiah (bass)
James Kerr (dobro)
July 7, 7:00 PM
For information 1-800-639-3443 or
Wednesday Evenings 8:00pm
UVM Recital Hall
Thursday Evenings 8:00pm
Hardwick Town House
July 17 - August 22
Mini Concerts for Children

Times and Places Vary


Buy Tickets online, by
phone, or at venues.
Students $10
Age 12 and under Free
For more details and schedules of events: Info@horsesandpathnders.com
802-223-1903 Or visit: www.horsesandpathnders.com
We are located 10 minutes from Montpelier!
Body-Mind-Energy Retreat
Two days. Six practitioners. Slow down,
look within to connect with your body,
mind, spirit and energy as one. Discover
somatic awareness and truth to feel
strong, creative, aligned, balanced,
centered and clear.
Somatic (whole body) centering
practice without and with horses
Lucinda Newman
Cherry blossom origami with tree
painting Colleen Todd
Archery MaryAnna Abuzahra
Qi Gong Eight Silken Movements
Pamela Kentish
Vision Boarding
Stephanie Lowe
Yoga with horses (optional)
Morgan Merrihew
Join us on July 27-28, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Both days. No horse experience necessary
Equine-Guided Youth
Leadership Day Camps
We come together to deepen our
connections & self leadership awareness
as individuals and as a team. Experience
self condence through challenge and
achievement, fun, and mindful self-other-
world awareness.
Equine-Guided leadership
and team building exercises
Various nature activities, crafts
and building
Archery - on the ground
and mounted
Boys: July 8-12
Girls: July 22-26: Early Bird discount until 6/22!
Both: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
No horse experience necessary
Overnight Camping is optional,
please inquire
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$20 $10 children 12 and under
501 Blachly Road, East Calais
456-8968 www.unadilla.org
by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Dates: 7:30 PM June 27, 28, 29
July 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13
East Calais, VT
July 15: Onion River Exchange Potluck.
Meet other members and set up some exchanges.
Bring a plate, utensils, cup and a dish to
pass. 5:30 p.m. Tulsi Tea Room, Montpelier.
June 25Aug. 20: Vermont Center for
Integrative Herbalism Food Workshops.
Cost includes a shared meal and materials.
5:308:30 p.m. 250 Main St., Montpelier. $30
members; $35 nonmembers. Preregistration:
224-7100 or info@vtherbcenter.org. Visit
vtherbcenter.org for class descriptions.
June 25: Sourdough Starters and Summer
July 9: Wild Edibles.
July 23: Making Local Food Affordable.
August 13: Re-localizing the Food System.
August 20: Preserving the Abundance Part
One: Drying, Freezing, and Fermenting.
Aug. 5: Taste of the Valley. Tis event
highlights local restaurants and food purveyors
and producers, oering samples of their culinary
creations. Music by Phineas Gage and silent
auction. 58 p.m. Sugarbush Resort, Waitseld.
Affordable Acupuncture. Full acupuncture
sessions with Chris Hollis and Trish Mitchell.
Mon. and Wed., 27 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.2 p.m.
79 Main St., suite 8 (above Coee Corner),
Montpelier. $15$40 sliding scale. Walk in or
schedule an appointment at montpeliercommunity
Second and Fourth Tues.: Medicare and
You. Workshop for those new to Medicare.
34:30 p.m. Central Vermont Council on
Aging, 59 N. Main St., suite 200, Barre. Free.
Register at 479-0531.
Thurs.: Free HIV Testing. Vermont CARES
oers fast oral testing. 25 p.m. 58 E. State St.,
suite 3 (entrance at the back), Montpelier. 371-
6222. vtcares.org.
June 21/July 19/Aug. 16: Health Insurance
for Seniors. Do you have questions about
health insurance or other senior services? Sarah
Willhoit, information and assistant specialist
with Central Vermont Council on Aging,
will answer questions. 9 a.m.noon or by
appointment. Montpelier Senior Activity Center,
58 Barre St. 223-2518.
June 24: Create A Vision Board.
With Marianne Mullen, life empowerment
coach. Create a vision board to focus your
intentions, maximize your motivation and learn
a fun and creative tool to use any time you want.
5:307:30 p.m. Wheelchair-accessible community
room at Hunger Mountain Coop, 623 Stone
Cutters Way, Montpelier. $7 member-owners;
$10 nonmembers. To preregister, 223-8000 x202,
info@hungermountain.coop or sign up on the co-
op workshop bulletin board.
June 26: AARP Driver Safety Class. Learn
defensive driving and how to handle blind
spots, highway trac and right-of-ways. 1 p.m.
Westview Meadows, Montpelier. $12 members;
$14 nonmembers. 223-1068. aarp.org/driving36.
June 27: Thai Body Massage with Lori
Flower. Guided partner Tai bodywork. All
ages. 5:307 p.m. Contemporary Dance and
Fitness Studio, 18 Langdon St., 3F, Montpelier.
$15 or three punches. 229-4676. cdandfs.com.
June 27: The 5 Rs of Rejuvenation.
With Melanie Meyer, ND. Explore the ways
that stress impacts the body, determine your
stress identity and discuss strategies for
rejuvenating your. 67 p.m. Wheelchair-
accessible community room at Hunger
Mountain Coop, 623 Stone Cutters Way,
Montpelier. Free. To preregister, 223-8000
x202, info@hungermountain.coop or sign up
on the co-op workshop bulletin board.
June 28/July 12/Aug. 9: Foot Clinics. Nurses
from Central Vermont Home Health & Hospice
clip toe nails, clean nail beds, le nails and lotion
feet. 9 a.m.1 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity
Center, 58 Barre St. $15. To reserve, call 223-2518.
July 5: Reiki Clinic. One-half hour sessions
with Lynne Ihlstrom, reiki master. Noon4 p.m.
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St.
$15. For appointment, call 522-0045.
Herbal Clinics. Student clinic: Mon., 15
p.m. and Tues., 48 p.m. $0$10. Professional
clinic: Tues.Fri. $0$100. Vermont Center for
Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St., Montpelier.
Consultations by appointment only: 224-7100 or
info@vtherbcenter.org. vtherbcenter.org.
June 22: Summer Solstice Plant Walk.
With Rebecca Dalgin, clinical herbalist. Come
explore the local ora in Sabins pasture. 10
a.m.noon. Meet at the picnic tables near
Hunger Mountain Coop, 623 Stone Cutters
Way, Montpelier. $5 member-owners; $7
nonmembers. To preregister, 223-8000 x202,
info@hungermountain.coop or sign up on the
co-op workshop bulletin board.
June 23, 24: Herbal Intensives. With
European herbalist Julia Graves. Vermont
Center for Integrative Herbalism, 252 Main St.,
Montpelier. $25 members; $30 nonmembers.
Preregistration required: 224-7100 or
info@vtherbcenter.org. vtherbcenter.org.
June 23: Musculo-skeletal Herbs. 9 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
June 23: Head Trauma and Herbs. 24:30 p.m.
June 24: Te Language of Plants Herb
Walk. Opening our eyes to nature. 36 p.m.
June 26: Indoor Garden Workshop
Series: Wheatgrass. With Peter Burke.
Learn about and make wheatgrass juice. 67
p.m. Wheelchair-accessible community room
at Hunger Mountain Coop, 623 Stone Cutters
Way, Montpelier. $10 member-owners; $12
nonmembers. To preregister, 223-8000 x202,
info@hungermountain.coop or sign up on the
co-op workshop bulletin board.
July 10Aug. 28. Vermont Center for
Integrative Herbalism Workshops.
252 Main St., Montpelier. Preregistration
required: 224-7100 or info@vtherbcenter.org.
July 10: Garden Plants with Medicinal
Interest. With Heather Irvine. 68 p.m. $10
members; $12 nonmembers.
July 15: Herb Walk in Sabins Pasture. With
Rebecca Dalgin. 68 p.m. $10 members; $12
Aug. 7: Understanding Cancer: Chinese
Medicine and Western Herbs. With Brendan
Kelly, Jade Mountain Wellness. 69 p.m. $15
members; $17 nonmembers
Aug. 28: The Energetics of Womens Bodies:
Herbs and the Menstrual Cycle. With
Sarah Van Hoy. 68 p.m. $10 members; $12
Mon.Thurs.: The Basement Teen Center.
Cable TV, PlayStation 3, pool table, free eats and
fun events for teens 1318. 15 p.m. 39 Main
St., Montpelier. 229-9151.
Sat.: Cub Capers Story Time. Story and song
for children age 35 and their families. Led by
Carrie Fitz. 10 a.m. Childrens room, Bear Pond
Books, 77 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 229-0774.
Second and Fourth Fri.: LGBTQQ Youth
Group. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender,
queer or questioning youth age 1322 enjoy free
pizza, soft drinks and conversation. Facilitated
by adult volunteers trained by Outright VT.
6:308 p.m. Unitarian Church, 130 Main St.,
Montpelier. Free. outrightvt.org.
June 2429: Kids Camp. 9 a.m.4 p.m.
Central Vermont Humane Society Adoption
Center, 1589 Rte. 14, East Montpelier. 476-3811.
June 24Aug. 17: Lost Nation Theater
Camps. Skill-building and production
camps. One- and two-week, full- and half-
day camps for all abilities and experience. Age
618. 39 Main St., Montpelier. 229-0492.
info@lostnationtheater.org. Schedule and more
information at lostnationtheater.org.
June 25: Nature Walk with Mark
Ferguson. Take a walk to nd and catch
insects, then look at them with a magnifying
glass. Age 6 and up. Rain date June 27. 12 p.m.
Waterbury Public Library. Register at 244-7036.
June 29Aug. 24: Ainsworth Public
Library Events. All events at 11 a.m.
2338 Rte. 14 (Main Street), Williamstown.
433-5887. ainsworthpubliclibrary.wordpress.
com. FB@Friends.
June 29: Exordium: Lets Dig into an Ant
Colony. Hands-on presentation looks at why
ants are important and investigates an ant colony.
July 13: Dig into Books with Gary
Dulabaum. Learn how to use books to nd
amazing facts about what lies beneath our feet.
August 24: Digging into Treasure with
Rockin Ron the Friendly Pirate. Learn
about pirate history and lore and sing some
pirate songs.
June 25Aug. 26: Cutler Memorial
Library Events. 151 High St., Plaineld.
Every Mon.: Story Time. 10:30. Age 26.
Third Mon.: Middle School Kids Hang-Out
days. Noon2 p.m.
Fourth Mon.: Junior High Kids Hang-Out
Days. Noon 2 p.m.
Fourth Tues.: Elementary-aged Hang-Out
Days. 45 p.m.
Third Thurs.: High Schoolers Hang-Out
Days. 46 p.m.
June 26July 31, KHL Story Time Goes on
the Road. Stories, songs and fun for all ages.
Schedule below.
June 26: Worcester Town Hall. 11:30 a.m.
July 3: Rumney Memorial School. 10:30 a.m.
July 10: East Montpelier Fire Dept. 10:30 a.m.
July 17: U-32 High School. 12:30 p.m.
July 24: Maple Corner Community Center.
10:30 a.m.
July 31: Adamant Methodist Church. 10:30 a.m.
June 28Aug. 9, Kellogg-Hubbard
Library Events. 135 Main St., Montpelier.
June 28: D.I.Y. Terrariums. Preregister.
Age 6 and up.
July 3: Story Time. With Ben T. Matchstick.
All ages. 10:30 a.m.
July 12: Dig-able Tunes. With Gary
Dulabaum. All ages. 2 p.m.
July 19: Tie-dye Party. BYO wanna-be-
brighter anythingsshirts, socks, sheets,
underwear. All ages. 2 p.m.
July 26: Rock Gardens. Age 6 and up. 2 p.m.
Aug. 2: Dinosaur Invasion. Stories and
crafts. Age 8 and under. 2 p.m.
Aug. 9: Lemonade Lounge-around. Books,
blankets and lemonade spread under a big tree.
All ages. 2 p.m.
July 3, Duck Tape Crafting. Age 711.
12:30 p.m. Waterbury Congregational Church.
Register at 244-7036.
Aug. 122, Crafty Kids Festival at Joslin
Memorial Library. 4391 Main St., Waitseld.
496-4205. 35 p.m.
Aug. 1: Make Your Own Book.
Aug. 8: Community Mobile.
Aug. 15: Tie-Dye!
Aug. 22: Frame It!
Aug. 22: Cartooning for Teens. With
cartoonist James Kochalka. 3:305 p.m.
Aug. 49: Space Camp at Northern Skies
Observatory (NSO). Five days and nights
for teenagers interested in hands-on control
of sophisticated, state-of-the-art astronomical
equipment. Peacham. $200. Damon Cawley
at damon@nkaf.org or nkaf.org.
Aug. 17: Childrens Day at the Market.
9 a.m.1 p.m. Capital City Farmers Market,
60 State St., Montpelier. 223-2985. manager
Mon.: Christian Meditation Group. People
of all faiths welcome. Noon1 p.m. Christ
Church, Montpelier. 223-6043.
Wed.: Noon Hike and Walking
Meditation. Join Alicia Feltus, integral yoga
instructor, for a walk from Tulsi Tea Room to
Hubbard Park for guided walking meditation.
Meet at Tulsi Tea Room. 1212:40. 917-4012.
Wed.: Zen Meditation. 6:307:30 p.m.
174 River St., Montpelier. Free. Call Tom for
orientation: 229-0164.
Thurs.: Yoga and Wine. With Lori Flower.
All levels welcome; bring your own mat. Wine
bar open after class. 5:156:30 p.m. Fresh
Tracks Farm, 4373 Rte. 12, Montpelier. $8.
223-1161. freshtracksfarm.com.
Fri.: Community Yoga. All levels welcome to
this community-focused practice. 5:30
6:30 p.m. Yoga Mountain Center, 7 Main
St., 2F, Montpelier. By donation. 223-5302.
Milarepa Center. 1344 Rte. 5, Barnet.
633-1436. milarepa@milarepacenter.org.
Thursdays, June 6Aug. 29: Vajrasattva
purication practice. With Ven. Amy Miller.
Learn visualization meditation. All levels.
78 p.m. By donation.
July 13/Aug. 10/Sept. 14/Oct. 12: Living
the Path. One-day retreats with Ven. Amy
Miller and Andrea Tibaudeau. Mindfulness,
meditation and yoga. All levels. Wear loose
clothing; bring a yoga mat and strap. 9 a.m.4
p.m. $25 suggested donation, includes lunch
and yoga session.
Shambhala Buddhist Meditation. Group
meditation practice. Sun., 10 a.m.noon;
Tues., 78 p.m.; Wed., 67 p.m. Shambhala
Meditation Center, 64 Main St., 3F, Montpelier.
Free. 223-5137. montpeliershambala.org.
Yoga Mountain Center. 7 Main St.,
Montpelier. www.yogamountaincenter.com.
June 23: Te Synergy of Energy Dynamics
& Yoga Asana. With Sarah Gillen and Anjali
Budreski. 13:30 p.m.
July 6: Shadow and Light: Practical Yoga for
a Whole Life. With Amy Reed. 13:30 p.m.
July 26: Kirtan Soul Revival. 710 p.m.
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Yoga with Lydia. Build strength and exibility
as you learn safe alignment in a nourishing,
supportive and inspiring environment. Drop-ins
welcome. Mon., 5:30 p.m., River House Yoga,
Plaineld. Wed., 4:30 p.m., Green Mountain
Girls Farm, Northeld. Tues. and Fri., noon,
Yoga Mountain Center, Montpelier. Rates and
directions: 229-6300 or saprema-yoga.com.
See Festivals & Special Events for listings of music
festivals in central Vermont.
Second Sun.: Shape Note/Sacred Harp
Sing. No experience needed. All welcome.
57 p.m. Plaineld Community Center
(above the co-op). Donation. 595-9951.
Mon.: Barre-Tones Womens Chorus.
Open rehearsal. Find your voice with 50 other
women. 7 p.m. Alumni Hall, Barre. 223-2039.
Wed.: Monteverdi Young Singers Chorus
Rehearsal. New chorus members welcome.
45 p.m. Montpelier. Call 229-9000 for location
and more information.
Thurs.: Ukelele Group. All levels welcome.
68 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center,
58 Barre St. 223-2518.
Second and Fourth Thurs.: Open Mic
Night at Big Picture Caf & Theater. Bring
out your inner rock star and get ready for 15
minutes of fame in the lounge or outdoor beer
garden. 48 Carroll Rd., Waitseld. 496-8994.
Fri.: Community Drum Circle. Open
drumming. All welcome. 79 p.m. Parish
House, Unitarian Universalist Church, Main
and Church streets, Barre. 503-724-7301
First and Third Sat.: Shape-Note Sing.
Ian Smiley leads tunes from Te Sacred Harp.
All welcome; no experience necessary. 6:30
8 p.m. Tulsi Tea Room, 34 Elm St., Montpelier.
Donation. Event happens by RSVP only; please
call or e-mail: 882-8274 or smileyira@gmail.
June 21: Starline Rhythm Boys. Honky-
tonk and rockabilly. 3:305:30 p.m. Farmers
Market, Chelsea Village Common. Free.
June 21, 22: Green Mountain Opera
Festival, Don Giovanni. Fri. 7:30 p.m.,
Sat. 3.p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main St.
$25$70. 476-8188. barreoperahouse.org.
June 22: Sierra Leones Refugee All Stars.
One of Africas top touring and recording bands.
Come prepared to dance. 8 p.m. Haybarn
Teatre, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd.,
Plaineld. $15 advance; $20 door. Tickets:
June 26Aug. 14: Capital City Band.
Performing on the State House lawn beside the
Pavilion Building. Wed. 7 p.m. Montpelier. Free.
June 26Aug. 21: Morrisville Wednesday
Night Live. Live music by Lewis Franco &
the Brown Eyed Girls, Steve Blodgett, Stefani
Capizi and others. Every Wed. 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Oxbow Park, Morrisville. Free. Schedule at
June 27Sept. 5: Thursdays, Brown
Bag Concert Series: Hourlong lunchtime
performances by Rick & the Ramblers, Green
Mountain Swing, Starline Rhythm Boys,
Island Time Steel Band and others. Noon
1 p.m. Christ Church courtyard, 64 State St.,
Montpelier. Free. Schedule at montpelieralive.
June 28: Dan Boomhower: Pianist and singer
performs jazz and popular standards. 69 p.m.
Arvads Restaurant, 3 S. Main St., Waterbury.
June 28Aug. 15: Adamant Music School
Concerts and Classes. Piano concerts, master
classes with Andr Laplante, John OConor and
Menahem Pressier and granite sculptures and
paintings on display. Concerts: $10 adults; $6
students and seniors. $50/day audit classes.
223-3347. Schedule at adamant.org.
June 29: Vermont Opera Theater,
Sharing Our Songs. One-hour program of
classical song performed by local singers. Old
favorites and new discoveries, including musical
theater and opera arias. 5 p.m. Unitarian
Church, Montpelier. Free, donations welcome.
223-8610. vermontopera.org.
July 25: Vermonts Own 40th Army Band.
Te band will perform An American Tapestry.
Free. 338-3480.
July 2: Rusty Parker Park, Waterbury. 7 p.m.
July 4: Village Green, Smugglers Notch
Resort, Jeersonville. 8 p.m.
July 5: Te Green, Fair Haven. 7 p.m.
July 5: Garifuna Collective. Afro-
Amerindian world music. 8 p.m. Haybarn
Teatre, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd.,
Plaineld. $15 advance; $20 door. Tickets:
July 69: Village Harmony. All concerts
7:30 p.m. $10 adults; $5 seniors and students.
July 6: North Congregational Church, St.
Johnsbury. 748-2603.
July 7: Town House, Straord,. (603) 858-5418.
July 8: Pierce Hall, Rochester. 342-3529.
July 9: Unitarian Church, Montpelier.
(603) 858-5418.
July 9Aug. 13: Summer Music from
Greensboro. All concerts 8 p.m. United
Church of Christ, Greensboro. $20; under 18
free. summermusicfromgreensboro@gmail.com.
July 9: Community Outreach Program.
With Scrag Mountain Music. Time TBD.
July 16: Bob Winter. Solo jazz piano recital.
July 23: Midsummer Moon. A celebration of
midsummer with Te Formosa String Quartet.
July 30: Genticorum. Traditional band from
Aug. 6: Ravel, Handel and More. Jaime
Laredo violin, Sharon Robinson cello, Karen
Kevra ute.
Aug. 13: Borromeo String Quartet.
With Karen Kevra.
July 17Aug. 22: Craftsbury Chamber
Players Summer Music Festival.
Concerts held Wed. at UVM Recital Hall,
Burlington; Turs. at Historic Hardwick
Town House. 8 p.m. $25 adults; $10 students;
children 12 and under free. 800-639-3443.
July 1718: Haydn, Bunch, Beethoven.
July 2425: Handel, Faur, Brahms.
July 31Aug. 1: Mozart, Prokoev, Ravel.
Aug. 78: Debussy, Hindemith, Beethoven.
Aug. 1415: Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak.
Aug. 2122: Prokoev, Shumann, Arensky.
July 18: Summit School Potluck Featuring
Sattuma. A family folk music group from
Petrozavodsk, the republic of Karelia, northwest
Russia, performs traditional music from Karelia
and Finland. 68 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard
Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 917-1186.
director@summit-school.org. 917-1186
July 19: Lewis Franco & The Missing Cats.
With Lewis Franco, Will Patton, Clyde Stats and
guest cat Colin McCarey. Town of Barnet 250th
Anniversary Celebration. 710 p.m. Pavilion
Building near beach at Harveys Lake, Barnet.
July 23Aug. 3: Lyra Summer Music
Workshop Concerts. Chandler Music
Hall, 7173 Main St., Randolph. Admission
by suggested donation. 728-6464.
lyrasummermusic.com. cvcmf.org. See Central
Vermont Chamber Music Festival under Festivals
& Special Events for more Chandler concerts.
July 23: Guest artists Nicholas Canellakis
(cello) and Melissa White (violin). 7:30 p.m.
July 25: Faculty Concert. 7:30 p.m.
July 29: Guest artist Inesa Sinkevych (piano).
7:30 p.m.
Aug. 3: Student gala concert. 1 p.m.
Aug. 1011: Vermont Philharmonic
Summer Pops Concert. Music director Lou
Kosma conducts the ensemble in selections from
West Side Story, Duke Ellington, Rodgers &
Hammerstein and others. Aug. 10, Barre Opera
House, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11, Moose Meadow Lodge,
Duxbury, 4 p.m. vermontphilharmonic.org.
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9212.
June 21: Michael Arnowitt (classical piano)
69 p.m.
June 22: Irish Session 25 p.m. and
Steve Hartman Band (alt. folk/rock)
June 23: Brunch with Eric Friedman
(folk ballads) 11 a.m.1 p.m.
June 25: Sean Casey 68 p.m.
June 26: Mia Kyla (singer/songwriter)
68 p.m.
June 27: TBA.
June 28: Green Corduroy (Americana/
bluegrass) 68 p.m.
June 29: Irish Session 25 p.m. and Te
Summit of Tieves (bluegrass/alt. folk) 68 p.m.
June 30: Brunch with Awkward (jazz)
11 a.m.1 p.m.
Barre-Tones Womens Chorus
Performances. BarreTonesvt.com.
July 27: Barre Heritage Festival. 8:45 a.m.
Aug. 18: Waitseld United Church. 4 p.m.
Charlie Os. 70 Main St., Montpelier.
All events 10 p.m. 223-6820.
June 20: Metal Night w/Chalice and
DJ Crucible.
June 21: Winovino (gypsy/swing).
June 22: Duke Aeroplane and the Wrong
Numbers (gypsy/swing).
June 28: Swillbillies and Crazy Hearse
June 29: Lost World and Cellular Chaos (punk).
Nutty Stephs Chocolaterie. Rte. 2,
Middlesex. 6 p.m.midnight. 229-2090.
June 27: Dave Langevin (improvisational
July 18: David Langevin.
July 25: Duke Aeroplane & Te Wrong
Aug. 1: Lauren Hooker (sultry vocals/jazz piano).
Aug. 8: Andric Severence (ragtime/old timey/
blues/jazzy piano).
Aug. 22: David Langevin.
Positive Pie 2. 22 State St., Montpelier. 229-
0453. positivepie.com. 10:30 p.m.
June 21: Te Dupont Brothers, 21+ $10
(includes CD).
June 29: Kris Gruen, CD release with
Chad Hollister.
July 5: 80s Dance Party, 21+ $3.
July 6: Kina Zor (African).
July 19: Funkwagon (gospel-infused funk).
July 10: Madman3 (live electronica/jam/dub).
The Skinny Pancake. 89 Main St., Montpelier.
6 p.m. 262-2253. skinnypancake.com.
June 23: Billy Eli (country folk).
June 30: Dale Cavanaugh (Americana).
July 7: Mark LeGrand (honky-tonk).
July 14: Susannah Blachly and Patti Casey
July 21: TBA.
July 28: Max Garcia Conover (folk).
Aug. 4: Mountain Ride (Americana).
Aug. 11: Caleb Caudle and Haley Dreis
Aug. 18: Te Blind Owl Band (wild bluegrass).
Aug. 25: Te Concrete Rivals (surf rock).
June 24June 30: North Branch Nature
Center Summer Events. 713 Elm St.,
Montpelier. 229-6206. More information at
June 2428: Forest Builders. Age 45.
9noon and 1p.m.
June 25: Bug Walk. Arrive anytime between
3:30 and 5 p.m.
June 30: Bird Banding Demonstration.
711 a.m.
July 4Aug. 25: Green Mountain Club,
Montpelier Section. Te section organizes a
variety of hikes and paddles in Vermont, Maine
and New Hampshire all summer, from easy to
very dicult. See schedule at gmcmontpelier
Mon.Wed.: Open Shop Nights. Have
questions or a bike to donate or need help with a
bike repair? Visit the volunteer-run community
bike shop. Mon. and Wed. 57 p.m., Tues.
68 p.m. Freeride Montpelier, 89 Barre
St., Montpelier. Donation. 552-3521.
Sat.: Roller Derby Open Recruitment and
Recreational Practice. Central Vermonts
Wrecking Doll Society invites quad skaters age
18 and up to try out the action. No experience
necessary. Equipment provided: rst come, rst
served. 56:30 p.m. Montpelier Recreation
Center, Barre St. First skate free. centralvermont
Through June & July: Standup
Paddleboard Demos. Come try a new and
exciting sport on the water. Weds. in June,
57 p.m. Blueberry Lake, Warren. June and July,
Wrightsville, Middlesex, dates TBD. Clearwater
Sports 496-2708.
June 22: Rave on Wheels Roller Derby
Bout. Central Vermont Roller Derby presents
Twin City Riot vs. Black Ice Brawlers Bout.
Open 5:30 p.m.; whistle 6 p.m. $10 advance;
$12 door. 472-3264. VtderbyTCR@gmail.com.
June 22July 31. Vermont Mountaineers.
Home games start 6:30 p.m. Montpelier
Recreational Field, 1 Poolside Dr. $6 adults,
$4 advance; $4 seniors, students and military;
$12 family. Tickets available at Quality Market,
Washington St., Barre; Meadow Mart, Elm St.,
Montpelier; and Montpelier Rec. Department.
225-8699 or 223-5224. See schedule at
June 27/July 11, 18/Aug. 1, 8: Millstone
Mountain Bike Race Series. Weekly
mountain bike training race series. 1, 2, 3 and 4
lap options. Come race and bring something to
grill afterward. Registration 5 p.m. Race 6 p.m.
Millstone Trails, Little John Road, Barre. $10.
229-9409. events@onionriver.com.
June 28: Essential Physical Therapy &
Pilates Open House. Essential PT & Pilates
is moving into a new space. Free 30-minute
mat and reformer classes, demos of new Pilates
equipment, free chair massage and refreshments.
58 p.m. 81 River St., Montpelier.
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New World Festival
Celebrate Vermonts Celtic and French Canadian heritage with traditional and sometimes not so traditional music and
dance. Featured performers include Vishten, Elixir, Cantrip, Les Poules Colin, The Press Gang, Albas Edge, Dominique
Dodge, No Strings Marionettes, a Young Musicians Showcase, and more! 5 all-weather stages, childrens activities, crafts
July 12-21
Featuring an all-star cast of more
than 125 youth from the region
Music by Alan Menken,
Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.



Gross Indecency: The Three
Trials of Oscar Wilde
by Moises Kaufmann
Fri July 12 & Sun July 21, 7:30 PM

Hannah Free
by Claudia Allen
Sat July 13 & Fri July 19, 7:30 PM

Directions for Restoring
the Apparently Dead
by Martin Casella
Sun July 14 & Sat July 20, 7:30 PM
and the Beast
Thurs Sat July 4, 5, and 6 at 7 PM
Sun July 7 at 2 PM
Chandler Box Oce
802.728.6464 between 3 & 6 PM weekdays.
Online at www.chandler-arts.org
June 30: Vermont Paddle Board Festival.
Try out more than 50 models of paddleboards
from 12 manufacturers. Clinics, classes,
paddleboard yoga demo and races. 11 a.m.4
p.m. Waterbury State Park. $3 day-use fee or
Vermont state park pass. $5 festival fee donated
to Friends of the Winooski. vtpaddlefest.com.
July 17: 10th Annual Onion River Century
Ride. Riders can choose from three dierent
loops: 35-mile Dirt Road Climber Challenge
loop, 110-K Metric Century, or 111-mile
Century Ride. 8:30 a.m.5:30 p.m. Ride ends
with a barbeque. Montpelier Recreation Field.
$60 before July 21; $70 day of event. Register at
Christian Science. Gods love meeting human
needs. Reading room: Tues.Sat.,11 a.m.1
p.m.; Tues., 58 p.m.; and Wed., 57:15 p.m.
Testimony meeting: Wed., 7:308:30 p.m.,
nursery available. Worship service: Sun., 10:30
11:30 a.m., Sunday school and nursery available.
145 State St., Montpelier. 223-2477.
Sun.: Deepening Our Jewish Roots.
Fun, engaging text study and discussion on
Jewish spirituality. 4:456:15 p.m. Yearning
for Learning Center, Montpelier. 223-0583.
June 25: Traveling Toy Theater Festival.
Paper theater shows from Facto Teatro, Mexico
City; Barbara Steinitz and Bjrn Kollin, Berlin;
and Great Small Works, New York City. All
ages. 8 p.m. Haybarn Teater, Goddard College,
123 Pitkin Rd., Plaineld. $15. goddard.edu.
July 13: Staged Reading of Body Politic
by Jessica Goldberg. Discussion follows.
Haybarn Teatre, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin
Rd., Plaineld. $12 advance; $15 door. Tickets:
Chandler Music Hall. 71-73 Main Street,
Randolph. 428-6464. chandler-arts.org.
July 47: Beauty and the Beast. An all-star
cast of more than 125 youth and teens from
central Vermont. 7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $19.25
adults; $12.75 students.
July 12July 21: Tird Annual Summer
Pride Festival. Tree dramatic readings: Gross
Indecency: Te Tree Trials of Oscar Wilde,
July 12 & 21; Hannah Free, July 13 & 19; and
Directions for Restoring the Apparently Dead,
July 14 & 20. A talk-back discussion follows
each. Reception at Chandler Gallery. 7:30 p.m.
$17 advance; $20 door; $12 student advance;
$15 door.
The Greensboro Arts Alliance and
Residency. 156 Breezy Ave., Greensboro. All
shows 7:30 p.m. 533-7487. info@greensboroarts
alliance.com. greensboroartalliance.com.
July 23, 24, 27, 31/Aug. 2, 3: The Music
July 25, 26, 30/Aug. 1, 4: Our Town.
Lost Nation Theater. Montpelier City Hall,
39 Main St. $25 Turs., $30 Fri.Sun. (seniors
and students $5 o); $10 children under 12.
229-0492. kathleen@lostnationtheater.org.
Schedule at lostnationtheater.org.
Through June 23: The Mystery of Irma Vep.
Charles Ludlams farcical thriller is a gender-
bending, quick-changing, tour-de-force.
July 1128: The Cemetery Club. Poignant,
heartfelt comedy by Ivan Menchall.
Aug. 111: My Buddy Bill. Dogs, politics and
stand-up comedy by Rick Cleveland.
Aug. 16, 17: Annie Jr. Te culminating
project of LNTs Youth Music Teater Camp.
Unadilla Theatre. 501 Blachly Rd.,
Marsheld. Shows at both the Unadilla Teatre
and the new nearby Festival Teatre. All
shows 7:30 p.m. $20 adults; $10 children 12
and under. 454-8768. unadilla@pshift.com.
Schedule at unadilla.org.
June 27July 13: Princess Ida.
July 18Aug. 3: Juno and the Paycock.
July 18 Aug. 3: Heartbreak House.
Aug. 730: The Abduction of Seraglio.
Aug. 830: Present Laughter.
Aug. 831: The Birthday Party.
Aug. 2131: Don Juan in Hell.
Valley Players. Valley Players Teatre,
4254 Main St., Waitseld. 485-5636.
June 26/Aug. 30: Auditions for TenFest.
69 p.m. (June 26), 25 p.m. (Aug. 30).
Aug. 1518: TenFest. A festival of 10-minute
plays by Vermont playwrights. 8 p.m. 2 p.m.
on Aug. 18.
Waterbury Festival Players. Waterbury
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Waterbury Center. All shows 7:30 p.m. $25
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June 20 July 6: Noises Off.
July 25Aug. 10: The School for Lies.
Aug. 29Sept. 14: Parasite Drag.
Brown Bag
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Christ Church Courtyard, 64 State St., Montpelier
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Tiny Bites
he Barnstand, a business collective including Onion River Farmstand, Nutty Stephs,
and A Stitch in Time, opened in May at the intersection of Route 2 and Onion River
Road in Marshfield. The collective will offer free coffee every day, as well as organically
grown starts, herbs, vegetables, blueberries and goods made from produce grown on the sur-
rounding land; fresh chocolates and granola; and handmade clothing. For more information,
contact Cecilia Leibovitz or Jaquelyn Rieke at 229-2090.
he Food Research and Action Center just released a report stating that Vermont im-
proved in its national rankings for feeding children during the summer. This past
summer, Vermont saw the biggest percentage increase of any state in new Summer Food
Service Program sponsors (34 percent) and new sites (54 percent). As schools close for the
summer, Hunger Free Vermont and the Vermont Agency of Education hope to continue this
trend of increasing participation in summer meal programs.
he Youth Rising Projecta free summer program for teens in Barre at the Aldrich
Public Libraryjust received a $500 grant from New England Grassroots Fund. The
projects primary goal is to empower youth leaders through participatory democracy, per-
sonal transformation and environmental stewardship. Youth will have an opportunity to
discover their voice, become engaged in decision-making processes and feel supported in
their community, schools and home life. To participate in the project, contact Ashley Portman
at 595-9858 or youthrisingproject@gmail.com.
n, Sunday, June 23, members of the Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative will
host a Market Day at Brookfields Old Town Hall featuring education about sea-
sonal meals and local honey as well as food, plants and gifts. Visitors will find flowers, fresh
produce, pasture-raised meats, pickles, honey, maple syrup and copies of the new Vermont
Farm Table Cookbook. The Floating Bridge Food and Farms Cooperative is committed to
engaging people in farm-based, food-centered educational opportunities. For more informa-
tion contact Laura Olsen at 505-1768.
s part of UVMs second-annual Food Systems Summit, a public conference will take
place on June 27 from 1 to 6 p.m. Featured speakers include Tamar Adler, author of An
Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace; Karen Washington, community activist
and recipient of Ebony magazines 100 Influential African-Americans; and Gary Nabhan,
author of Coming Home to Eat and founder of Seed Savers. Titled Leading the Necessary
[r]Evolution for Sustainable Food Systems, the conference seeks to answer the pivotal ques-
tion: How can we create regional food systems that are viable alternatives to the conven-
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by Kathryn Powers
unday evening, in the fern- and philo-
dendron-filled West Garden Court of
the National Gallery of Art in Wash-
ington, D.C., pianist Michael Arnowitt pre-
sented a magnificent concert of early 20th-
century music. All the selections, assembled
by Arnowitt, were composed in or around
1913, a year of great cultural, technological,
social and political ferment, and were pre-
sented in honor of the current National Gal-
lery exhibit Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes,
1909-1929: When Art Danced with Music.
The program began with music rooted
deeply in the romantic tradition: a clear,
decisive rendering of three Debussy preludes
and a virtuosic allegro agitato from Rach-
maninoff s Sonata no. 2 in B-flat Minor.
Erik Saties Embryons desseches (Desiccated
Embryos), my favorite of the evening, fol-
lowed. Embryons desseches are three short,
whimsical, melodic pieces, descriptive of sea
creatures, for spoken word and piano. Jef-
frey Chappell, a Washington pianist and
friend of Arnowitt, was the narrator for this
seamless performance. The first half of the
program closed with Leo Ornsteins Suicide
in an Airplane, in which Arnowitts powerful
left hand produced a flawless quick-mov-
ing bass ostinato simulating an airplane in
flight while his right produced tone clusters
anticipating the horrors of the oncoming
suicidal war.
The second half of the program opened
with The Alcotts from Charles Ivess Con-
cord Sonata. Its evocations of American folk
tunes gave it a restful feeling among the more
high-energy selections, the tour de force of
which was The Adoration of the Earth, the
complete first half of Igor Stravinskys ballet
The Rite of Spring. Arnowitt transcribed this
music himself for piano solo. His perfor-
mance was riveting, and the musics percus-
sive notes linger as I write.
Kathryn Powers lives in Washington, D.C.
Michael Arnowitt
Performs in
Washington, D.C.
Publicity photo courtesy of Michael Arnowitt.
THE BRI DGE J UNE 20 J UNE 26 2013, PAGE 21
Deceptive Cadence by Kathryn Guare
by Nat Frothingham
he Town of Berlin Select Board took
up the question of public and rec-
reational access to Berlin Pond at a
well-attended June 17 meeting. As part of
the meeting, the select board heard a report
from Bob Wernecke, chair of the Berlin
Pond Access Committee.
The access committee was appointed by
the select board after Berlin voters were
asked to answer this question: Should the
Town of Berlin allow public access to the
Town owned land along Berlin Pond for
recreational uses? Of the 1,272 votes re-
corded on this question, 793 voted yes and
441 voted no.
As part of Werneckes report, he said that
the access committee is presently working
with the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Depart-
ment to develop and manage a public boat-
ing and fishing access to Berlin Pond. This
access would include 10 to 15 parking spaces
and would be located on land that Wernecke
believes is owned by the town of Berlin at the
north end of the pond near the intersection
of Payne Turnpike and Brookfield Road. For
anyone who is familiar with Berlin Pond, the
proposed new boating and fishing access, to
be managed by the fish and wildlife depart-
ment, would be developed on land adjacent
to the present parking area on the north end
of the pond.
The town of Berlin does own another 85-
foot strip of land off Payne Turnpike with ac-
cess to Berlin Pond, which was referred to as
the Hayden site at the June 17 meeting. But
Mike Wichrowski, facility and lands admin-
istrator for the fish and wildlife department,
said that the Hayden site is going to be a bit
more expensive to develop. Wichrowski said
the department is willing to be of help to the
town of Berlin in developing a state-man-
aged boating and fishing access on Berlin
Pond, but the unresolved issue is whether or
not the town of Berlin does, indeed, own the
critical parcel of land at the north end of the
pond. After Wernecke concluded his access
committee report, the Berlin Select Board
voted to ask the town attorney to research
the land records and deeds to determine
whether or not the parcel in question is
owned by the town of Berlin.
Based on discussions at the June 17 meet-
ing and on subsequent remarks from Berlin
town administrator Jeff Schulz and Leslie
Welts, attorney for the Vermont Department
of Environmental Conservation, it appears
highly unlikely that gas-powered boats will
be allowed, even from a new fish and wildlife
fishing and boating public access point on
Berlin Pond. Welts told The Bridge, Theres
a rule called the Vermont Use of Public
Waters rule. Vessels powered by internal
combustion motors are prohibited on Berlin
Pond under the surface water rules.
When Welts was asked about what hap-
pens when Berlin Pond ices over in winter
and someone drives a truck or snow machine
on the ice or uses a gas-powered augur to
drill a hole, she said that current rules dont
touch on driving out on the pond. You can
ice-fish. She acknowledged a concern about
gas-powered augurs, but she said the current
rules as written dont prohibit them.
Welts also said, We recently received
authority to administer these rules. We can
receive a petition to change the rules. This
means that anyone who is unhappy with the
rules covering whats permitted on a body
of water like Berlin Pond can petition for a
change of rules.
Since the October 2011 Supreme Court
decision that opened up Berlin Pond for
recreational uses, city of Montpelier offi-
cials have worried about what might happen
to the citys drinking water supply should
gas-powered motorboats be permitted on
the pond. According to Todd Law, director
of Montpelier Public Works, Montpeliers
water treatment plant does not treat for
gasoline and a petroleum spill might com-
promise the quality of Montpeliers drinking
water supply.
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by Robbie Harold
ve read my share of spy thrillers, but
never spent much time trying to make
sense of their improbable plots. By the
conventions of the genre, everyone the pro-
tagonist thinks he can trust will turn out to
be a bad guy, hell be in constant danger and
some slinky dame with invaluable expertise
will turn up to accompany (and sometimes
distract) him on his perilous journey.
Thankfully, Montpelier author Kathryn
Guare diverges creatively from the formula
in her debut thriller Deceptive Cadence (Two
Harbors Press). The result is a richer read-
ing experience than we get with masters
of the genre like Robert Ludlum or Dan
Brown. Guare skips the slinky dame in favor
of female characters who are exotic but also
nuancedsometimes mystical, humorous,
empathetic and downright interesting.
More importantly, her Irish protagonist,
Conor McBride, a former classical violinist
turned dirt farmer, is endowed with a rich
inner life and personality, which is more
than can be said for Jason Bourne or Robert
Langdon. Conors internal journey is at least
as interesting as the external one, which is
saying something since the latter includes
being shot at in a crowded Mumbai train
station and getting healed by a tubercular
Indian mafia wife and guru whos channel-
ing Conors own mother.
Conors love interests are about agape, not
eros: his near-psychic mother, his seemingly
neer-do-well brother, the unlikely little guru-
woman who becomes his spiritual guide and a
sassy young Indian girl he rescues from heroin
addiction and life in the Mumbai brothels.
As the novel opens, Conors struggling
to rescue his family farm in Dingle from
bankruptcy, the apparent result of criminal
behavior by his older brother. Thomas has
fraudulently used the proceeds of European
Union farm loans to launder money for
a shadowy IRA spinoff and then gone on
the lam, leaving the innocent Conor, whod
cosigned for the loans, holding the bag. A
mysterious MI6 operative arrives at Conors
farmhouse and informs him that hes their
newest recruit and that if he wants to see his
brother alive again, hed better get with the
(training) program.
Conors residual loyalty to the brother
who ruined his life overcomes his initial op-
position. Leaving the farm in the hands of a
family friend and of his own dying mother,
he heads off to an MI6 training facility
where, to everyones surprise, he turns out
to be a natural-born spy, a crack shot with
catlike reflexes and a talent for repose that
keeps him cool while bullets are whizzing
past his ears.
Conors assignment is to find his brother
and bring him in from the cold, in true
spy-novel fashion, but when he lands in
Mumbai and encounters a sketchy Ameri-
can named Sedgwick, whos been assigned
as his MI6 control and has a rather too
intimate history with opiates, reality starts
bending and plunging like the Coney Island
Cyclone. Sedgwicks true allegiances arent
what Conors been told, nor is the story of his
brothers disappearance, and danger erupts
all around him.
Guare is particularly effective in bringing
the reader along on Conors harrowing inter-
nal journey from virtuoso violinist and dirt
farmer to consummate spy and natural-born
killer, with all the accompanying angst and
ambivalence. He fights the transition, but in
the mean streets of urban India he doesnt
have a choice: its kill or be killed.
Thriller plots are supposed to be confus-
ing, but in this case it seems the plot of
Deceptive Cadence twisted out of Guares
grasp in midnarrative. When Conor realizes
that the cover story that propelled him to
India is false and his mission morphs from
bringing in his outlaw brother to catch-
ing an international drug kingpin, all the
preceding action is rendered meaningless.
Going forward from there, Conors revised
mission seems to
have even less to
do with any MI6
objectives. Some-
where in there are
a couple of key
bad guys, whose
long reach puts
the good guys in
near-fatal peril,
but Conor never encounters them face to face.
The story might be easier to follow if Conor,
and the reader, lay eyes on the men who be-
come his most dangerous adversaries.
Guare, who spent years immersed in the
sights, sounds and smells of India, draws ka-
leidoscopic scenes of its gorgeousness and re-
pulsiveness, its spiritual mystery and depths
of degradation. But the exotic travelogue
isnt altogether integrated with the main
thrust of the narrative. The understandable
urge to use everything youve learned about
a setting can slow the pace down. That said,
theres pleasure in following Conor from
crowded, colorful, smelly Mumbai to the
frozen reaches of the Himalayan foothills in
Deceptive Cadence is the first novel in
the Virtuosic Spy series. Id grown fond of
Conor McBride by the end of this novel, and
Im looking forward to his next adventure.
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e would like to acknowledge
the service of these staff mem-
bers, who are retiring this summer.
Jean Commito
Montpelier High School Math

Emme Erdossey
Union Elementary School

Dennis Maranville
Head Custodian

Mark Moody
School Resource Officer

Vince Rossano
Director of Technology
We are deeply grateful for their service.
Renee Affolter
Maria Archangelo
David Armstrong
Bridget Asay
Mev Bahoinjic
Richard Bashara
Dona Bate
John Bate
Emma Bay-Hansen
Elmira Behzadikia
Claire Benedict
Nolan Benoit
Geoff Beyer
Tom Blachly
Lori Boes
Wendy Bolles
Heather Bouchey
Beth Boutin
Kari Bradley
Michelle Braun
Jenna Bravakis
Doug Bresette
Tammy Browning
David Brunell
Karen Bruzzese
Angie Buckley
Kate Burkholder
Ginny Burley
Reed Bushey
Brian Cain
Adam Caira
Matt Calhoun
Jack Campbell
Paul Carnahan
Bill Carrigan
Lynn Cetrano
Sue Clayton
Sidney Collier
Miriam Conlon
Jon Copans
Chrystal Crane
Josh Crane
Bill Croney
Liz Dodd
Jen Dole
Amy Driscoll
Jay Ekis
Carl Ethier
Irene Farrar
Abby Friedman
Byron Garcia
Sherry Gary
Cindy Golonka
Linda Goodell
John Goodrich
Don Grabowski
Paula Gray
Hobie Guion
Bill Haines
Gwen Hallsmith
Janice Halprin
Karl Hammer
Chris Hancock
Martha Harris
Philip Heinz
Carolyn Herz
Wendy Higgins
Bev Hill
Maddy Hoppers
Juliana Jennings
Janaki Kasiviswanathan
Chris Keller
Martin Kemple
Tess Kennedy
Anne-Marie Keppel
Chris Kilian
Warren Kitzmiller
Mark Koenemann
Diana Koliander-Hart
Tawnya Kristen
Alison Lamagna
Lynn LaRosa
Cindy Larson
Ed Larson
Kimberly Lashua
David Lathrop
Mark LeGrand
Aaron Little
Adri Luhr
Gwen Lyons
Liz MaGill
Erin Malloy
Paul Markowitz
Rachel Mason
Jen Matthews
Norma Maurice
Kate McCann
Michael McElroy
Liz McGill
Jessie Merriam
Alice Merrill
Emmanuelle Monteith
Matt Moody
Lyn Munno
George Murphy
Steven Murphy
Marna Murray
Mary Niebling
Bill Nowlan
Maura OBrien
Stephanie Olsen
Dana Paull
Tyler Pelkey
Katrina Philips
Beth Pierce
Stefanie Pinard
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Ellen Selkowitz
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Lanny Slayton
Emily Sloan
Julie Smart
Ann Smith
Suzie Smith
John Snell
Pat Song
Chris Steller
Jean Stetter
Jeff Stetter
Kelly Sullivan
Amy Tatko
Ann Taylor
Amy Thornton
Angela Timpone
Brian Tokar
Vivian Ladd Tomasi
Kate Tremblay
Brian Vachon
Nancy Vachon
Patty Valentine
Dan Voisin
Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
Bob Watson
Harris Webster
Darby Wendel
Rod Wentworth
James Weston
Kim Whalen
Steve Whalen
Elizabeth Wilcox
Lynn Wild
Ron Wild
Dana Woodruff
Christine Zachai
Brian Zeigler
Sue Zeller
Eric Zencey
Montpelier High Schools 2013 Valedic-
tory Group. Students in the photo are (left
to right): Rhea Costantino, Devon Tomasi,
Anna Abrams, Carly Watson, Rachel Eber-
sole, Meghan Hoyne Wingate, Lydia Herrick,
Ari Markowitz, Julia Gilbert, Daniel Hoyne
Grosvenor, Carly Martin, Laura Mears. Photo
by Clark Photography.
e all know it takes a village-wide community effort to educate our young people. We would like to
take this opportunity to thank our community volunteers for all they have done for our students
during the 20122013 school year.
A Heartfelt Thank You from the
Montpelier Public Schools
THE BRI DGE J UNE 20 J UNE 26 2013, PAGE 23
A Message from City Hall
This page was paid for by the City of Montpelier.
by John Hollar, Montpelier mayor
ne of the great pleasures of life in Montpelier is our
farmers market. Many of us walk, bike or drive to
the market on Saturday mornings and spend time
leisurely perusing and buying fresh vegetables, unique crafts,
cheeses and hot food.
What makes the farmers market so enjoyable? In addition
to providing us with great food and other products, I think
it is having the opportunity to spend time in a public space
mingling among our friends and neighbors. Humans are in-
herently social creatures; we are drawn to places where other
people gather. What if we considered ways to expand on the
idea of shared public space in Montpelier?
Parklets: New Places to Gather Downtown
Last week, at the request of Montpelier Alive, City Coun-
cil approved the creation of several new parklets in down-
town Montpelier. A parklet is the temporary use of space in
the dedicated public right-of-way (usually in parking spaces)
as additional seating areas for retail patrons. They will be
rented to merchants at the price of the lost parking revenue
per space. Barriers will be placed at the ends of each parklet
to protect against traffic, and parklet owners will be encour-
aged to include greenery in each space.
Parklets have been successfully used in many major cities,
such as Montreal, San Francisco and Philadelphia. Montpelier
will be the first Vermont city where they will be created.
The parklets approved by the council are intended to be
semipermanent structures that would be in place from mid-
April until mid-October. I believe they will increase the
vibrancy of our downtown by giving residents and visitors
new public places in which to gather, eat and socialize. The
creation of new parklets will advance two of City Councils
goals for the coming year: becoming a nationally known
bike- and pedestrian-friendly city and supporting and pro-
moting a vibrant downtown.
Montpelier Alive is seeking applications from downtown
merchants who want to construct parklets for use by their
customers. We hope to see several parklets in place later this
summer or fall.
State Street Marketplace?
Are there other ways that we can increase the vibrancy of
downtown by expanding pedestrian and bike access? The
Church Street Marketplace in Burlington is a tremendously
successful example of how to use public space in a commer-
cial area. What if we tried to replicate that experience in a
limited way in Montpelier?
I have been working with Montpelier Alive members Greg
Guyette, Justin Bourgeois and Andrew Brewer, as well as Ex-
ecutive Director Phayvanh Luekhamhan, to explore whether
it would be feasible to create an outdoor marketplace on State
Street between Elm and Main streets on Saturdays during
the summer months. Retail establishments located on this
block would be encouraged to set up dining or retail space in
the street. Other events could be scheduled to coincide with
the street closure, including bands, art shows and sidewalk
State Street is obviously a major traffic corridor through
Montpelier, and it includes 25 or so parking spaces that
would be lost. But travelers are generally in less of a hurry
to get through town on Saturdays, and there are alternative
routes available. Moreover, parking is far less in demand on
Saturdays than on weekdays.
Many restaurant owners along this block of State Street
have shown an interest in the idea of a State Street Market-
City Council has indicated its support for the idea of clos-
ing State Street periodically as a way to promote the increased
vibrancy of our downtown. Our current plan is to propose to
the council that State Street be closed on two Saturdays this
summer, with more next year if it is successful.
The Parking Challenge
Demand for parking has grown in recent years as the num-
ber of state employees working in Montpelier has increased.
As we consider new ways to use our downtown space, we
also need to ensure that individuals who work and shop in
Montpelier are able to park.
City Council appointed a parking committee in April to
come up with solutions to our parking challenges. The com-
mittee, chaired by Brian Cain, includes downtown business
owners, state employees and other community residents.
They have been meeting biweekly and are considering a
wide range of creative ideas to alleviate some of the parking
demand in our downtown area. They are expected to present
a report to the council later this summer.
In my opinion, we need to take a thoughtful approach to
parking, but we cant let it be the primary determinant of our
land use decisions.
As always, please feel free to contact me with your thoughts.
I can be reached at 223-4651 or jhollar@montpelier-vt.org.

the Most of
Our Downtown
Parklet Design and
Placement Guidelines
Montpelier Alive published these design and placement
guidelines for parklets:
1. Maximum of seven-foot width.
2. Maintain paths of water drainage from center
line of road to curb and along the curb.
3. Finished surface of parklet floor to be flush
with curb, with one-half-inch maximum gap.
4. Four-foot distance from parklet to wheel stop.
5. Three-foot wheel stop installed one foot from
6. Reflective soft hit posts at each corner of
the parklet-occupied parking space.
7. Protected outside edge with Manual on Uniform
Traffic Control Devicescompliant object markers.
8. Generally one or two parking spots per parklet.
The length of the parklet will depend on the
length of the space being occupied, less four feet
at each end adjacent to a parking space.
A parklet on a San Francisco street. Another example of a parklet.
PAGE 24 J UNE 20 J UNE 26, 2013 THE BRI DGE
Hands-On Gardener
by Miriam Hansen
ell, I was wrong about the onion
seedlings. They did not come
back. They died. After a back
and forth with the state agronomist, we con-
cluded they just got too stressed. The month
of May wasin quick successiontoo hot,
too dry, too cold and, finally, too wet. In 35
years of growing onions, Ive never seen those
sturdy little seedlings give up.
Its been an interesting spring. Talk to a
flower gardener or arborist, and youll hear
a different story. Fruit trees and berries have
been laden with blossoms. Perennials are
huge and healthy. The long, hot drought
followed by light frost and torrential rain
has not appreciably set them back. That is
the difference between plants with deep root
systems and seedlings with an inch or two of
roots, which leads me back to the loss of my
onion seedlings. Even though we watered,
the soil was so parched it was difficult for
moisture to penetrate. The hot dry winds
evaporated the water close to the surface
where seedling roots live.
I will not be without onions. I bought
onion sets for the first time in a decade and
was relieved to find some Ailsa Craig and
Copra seedlings at the farmers market.
Most of the second set of seedlings survived,
and where I have holes, Ive been popping
in lettuce seedlings. I do that all summer
plant lettuce and arugula anywhere there is
a space, such as between broccoli plants or
where Ive already harvested a bunch of rad-
ishes or where the spinach germination was
spotty. Interplanting like this kills two birds.
You maximize your growing space and mini-
mize the space where weeds can grow. And
it is an ideal way to grow lettuce, which does
better with a little shade during the long, hot
days of summer. I never have problems with
bitter lettuce. Perhaps this is the reason.
Mid-June and Im still planting. I planted
a second bed of carrots and beets and started
a seedling bed of brassicasbroccoli, cauli-
flower, cabbage, Chinese cabbage and kale
for the fall crop. After I seeded, I covered
the bed with row cover to protect the new
seedlings from cabbage moths, slugs and flea
beetles, if any are still around. Row covers
dot the garden, currently covering squash,
peppers and basil. I have to periodically take
the row cover off the peppers to give access to
the pollinators. Basil just grows to be small
trees under there, and the squash will be
liberated once they are large enough to with-
stand the onslaught of cucumber beetles.
Some folks have a hard time getting pep-
pers to set fruit. They can be tricky. Too
cold, and they drop their flowers. Too hot,
and they dont set fruit. Also, too much
nitrogen and you get huge plants with lots
of leaves and no fruit. So they say. In my
experience, peppers like a good loamy soil in
full sun and thrive under row cover. But one
trick you might try if you have trouble get-
ting peppers to produce is to foliar feed with
a dilute solution of Epsom salts to offset any
slight deficiency in magnesium. Dissolve one
tablespoon of Epsom salts in a gallon of water
and spray it on your plants about a week after
youve placed them in the ground.
Ive been working to get the garden thor-
oughly weeded before we go on vacation.
Weeds are easiest to pull when they are small
and are the biggest competition when your
seedlings are small. I use a cobra or scything
hand tool to weed between the rows in the
bed, but for those pesky weeds growing right
at the base of carrots or chard or beets, Ive
found that nothing equals the flexibility of
fingers. I take off my gloves and get out every
little weed close to the base of the crop Im
growing. I know more weeds will grow, but
this first pass is probably the most impor-
tant. Pretty soon my seedlings will outstrip
the weeds, and then a quick and dirty weed-
ing will be all that is needed.
Like many gardeners I have the bad habit
of walking around my perennial garden
without a tool in my hand. I notice stray
dandelions or witch grass or clover and bend
to pull them out. I might as well not bother.
Unless you get the root out, all you are doing
is a hair cut. That weed will come back big-
ger and stronger than ever.
Ive been removing the suckers on the
tomatoes in the greenhouse and outside. The
suckers grow in the crotch between the main
stem and each branch. I train tomatoes to
two leaders; that is, I allow one sucker about
a foot and a half up the plant to grow. Then
I have to be sure to get all the suckers on that
leader as well as the main stem. I also remove
all the lower leaves when they are starting to
discolor. I want my tomatoes to be bushy,
sturdy and clean, with plenty of air circulat-
ing around the plant. This is a good early
measure to prevent fungal diseases. Early
July Ill start spraying the tomatoes in the
greenhouse with a copper solution to prevent
late blight.
Going away for a week when seedlings are
small and just coming up can be a little risky.
Still, wed better go now before the peas are
ready to pick! Happy gardening!
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by Jeremy Lesniak
really hate e-mail. Actually, thats not
true. I love e-mail, but I hate it at the
very same time. Its an excellent form of
communication that has kept me in touch
with many more people than I could with-
out. Sending an e-mail is incredibly easy and
can be done from any number of electronic
devices, which explains why a large part of
my day is spent handling e-mail that should
never have been sent. This bloated tool has
done a good job of stealing time over the
years, but Ive learned a few things about
how to win the battle against the e-mail
monster. Here are my favorite tricks and tips
to regain control of your inbox.
Set a Time and Focus
If youre always responding to e-mails
when they arrive, youre distracting yourself
from the other things you need to get done.
But then the other things are also distract-
ing you from your e-mail. Set a schedule for
your e-mail, and check and respond only at
those intervals. You may find that hourly is
adequate. In my role, its generally 15 or 30
minutes, depending on the day. I pop in,
deal with the e-mail I need to, and get out.
Im also conscious to set a maximum amount
of time Ill look at e-mail in that session.
Learn to Prioritize
Not all e-mail is important right away. If
I have pressing non-e-mail tasks, I read only
those e-mails I have to and respond to even
fewer. It can be tempting to handle just
one more before closing up your e-mail
program, but resisting that temptation goes a
long way in regaining time. No one has ever
judged success by having a small number of
e-mails in their inbox. I use Gmails Priority
Inbox function, constantly shifting emails
between important and unimportant. If you
use something other than Gmail, you could
make two foldersone for critical e-mails
and one for other items. When you check
your e-mail, your first job is to sort your
inbox into these two folders.
Stay Organized
One of the greatest benefits of e-mail is
the ability to stay organized. Folders (or
labels for the Gmail users) make locating
stored e-mails simple. The more organized
you are, the more helpful your e-mail will
be. The two seconds it takes to store an e-
mail for quick access is more efficient than
spending 30 minutes looking for that e-mail
you know you have.
Acknowledge Receipt
Many e-mails are important, even if they
dont require a response. I get a lot of e-mail
explaining how a particular job went, for ex-
ample. I need this information, but theres no
need for a response. If I dont acknowledge
the e-mail, the sender wonders if I received
it, possibly resending it, which forces me to
re-read it. The solution is to send a simple
reply with got it or something similar.
Follow the Rules
I make heavy use of rules, also called
filters. Automatically applying a label or set-
ting the priority of an e-mail can be really
handy and save time. Spending five minutes
setting up a few rules to help you understand
your inbox at a glance is akin to gold. You
should also check out If This Than That
(ifttt.com). IFTTT, as they call themselves,
can take rules even further.
I dream of a world where e-mail doesnt
consume so much of my day, but Im quite far
from that. I certainly spend less time dealing
with e-mail, or even worrying about it, mostly
due to these tips. Thanks for reading.
Jeremy Lesniak is the founder and CEO
of Vermont Computing, 23 Merchants Row,
Randolph, and managing editor of ANew
Domain.net. Visit vermontcomputing.com.
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Complete and Return Conservation Commission Survey
To the Editor:
The Montpelier Conservation Commission and the AP statistics students of Montpelier
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Decades of research have established that your childrens brains are 90 percent developed by the
time they are age five and the experiences young children have during these early years set the stage
for being prepared to succeed in school and beyond.
Building Bright Futures,
March 2012

n March 2012 a public-private Building Bright Futures report sponsored by the state of
Vermont called attention to the plight of Vermonts youngest children: our newborns and
infants; our toddlers and preschoolers; our kindergarten kids getting ready for first grade
at school. The report also focused on their mothers and fathers and the caregivers of these
beautiful but often vulnerable children.
In the letter that introduces the report, Doug Racine, secretary of Human Service Agency,
and Lisa Ventriss, president of the Vermont Business Roundtable, make this appeal: Lets
put our collective ingenuity to work and make Vermont known as the best place for a child
to grow up, assuring their individual well-being and leading the way to prosperity for all of
Without visiting needless guilt on anyone, lets just acknowledge what were facing in want-
ing to give our youngest children the best possible start in life. Here in Vermont too many
children are growing up in poverty or are hungry, and though these numbers are in decline,
too many young children are suffering from abuse and neglect. On the caregiver side, the men
and women who take care of our youngest children in day-care facilities across the state really
arent making enough money at an average statewide wage of $10.63 per hour.
So theres a lot of heavy lifting to do to support our child-care centers across the state, to
see that there are sufficient people hired to check on the quality of child-care programs and
to see that child-care providers are decently paid. While the primary objective is to provide
high-quality care for children, that top-notch care also makes it easier for parents to work to
put food on the table and a roof over their heads.
The Vermont Community Loan Fund has recently announced a Next Generation Fund
that seeks investment capital of $5 million, which will be earmarked to benefit Vermonts
youngest children. Specifically, this new money will support quality child-care programs
across Vermont and will supply technical assistance to help child-care centers manage their
resources effectively.
The Vermont Community Loan Fund has an impressive track record in loaning money to
child-care centers across the state. The loan fund reports that out of $8 million loaned only
$180,000 was not repaid. Child-care centers are seeking loans for equipment, renovation, and
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In the June 6 issue of The Bridge, we inadvertently deleted a couple of credits,
including the byline for the interview, Sheriff Samuel Hill on Vermont Firearm
Laws and Rights. That interview was conducted by Richard Sheir. The image on
the opening page of the calendar was of Lost Nation Theaters show, The Mystery of
Irma Vep, and the image was photographed by Robert Eddy of First Light Studios.
The Bridge regrets these omissions.
Daytime Drunk
he carries a brown paper bag like a cross
before him
a talisman
a symbol
worn down to tissues by a thousand
swigs from it like its holy water
swaggering across the street at ten in the
morning how did it get so early
bomber jacket
torn jeans
red knuckles but he doesnt remember why
see he wants to be tougher
but he goes home to a girl hes not good
enough for
he knows this
kisses her like a bottle
crumples her
like a paper bag
he doesnt mean to
he doesnt know
gets dressed every morning because she
thinks he works in a shop
saunters out at eight AM and takes the bus
across town
the lies because he doesnt want to hurt her
feels bad about it but what can he do
so he walks the streets from 9 to 5
he does it cause he loves her
office districts, suburbs
he barely notices
barely cares
a ghost following his tongue and his hands
and the cool weight of glass through stiff
some people call it drinking but its not
its survival
its sustenance
its life that he keeps in his brown paper bag
and without it, he would die
he knows this
would walk out onto the pavement and curl
up in a ball
melt into the cracks in the sidewalk
break his mothers back
he thinks he sees someone
hears a voice
calls out for it to shut up
its his own
roaming in the dust
no one wants to help another daytime
drunk cross the street
so he turns into someone who doesnt want
to be helped
never sober
except for an hour every morning when hes
just hung over
when he kisses her goodbye like a human
sees a bruise
asks, who did this to you before he forgets
somewhere he knows but before he can start
to remember he saunters out
takes a bus across town and dives back into
his paper bag
shouts at no one
takes up too much space
wanders through space and time he thinks
hes moving backward
he thinks hell never be better than he used
to be
which he isnt
so he keeps on jaywalking
keeps on self-sustaining
keeps on looking for redemption in his
brown paper bag
crumpled like her back as he tracks
sweat into the cracks of the pavement
worn into tissue paper
beaten, torn
he looks inside
kisses the bottle like a woman
asks if she will save him
forgets why
he is veering
he is swerving
some nights she doesnt let him in
locks the door and sobs
he calls to her
not understanding
until his voice runs dry and he curls up in
a ball
feels himself melt into the sidewalk
Julia Hancock-Song, MHS Junior

The Fresh Air Fund is currently seeking host families in central Vermont to enable as many New
York City children as possible to benefit from a summer experience outside the city. The Fresh
Air Fund is an independent, not-for-profit agency that has provided free summer experiences
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Opinion by Steven Farnham
nderstanding that The Bridge is not
the Huffington Post, Manchester
Guardian or The Nation, nor does
The Bridge have their operating budgets, I
try to be understanding of, and thankful for,
whatever The Bridge delivers, but there are
times when I really wonder whats the point
of having an alternative press if it merely par-
rots all the others.
A prime example of The Bridges neutral,
unbiased reporting is Ken Russells GMO
article on page 14 of the June 6 issue. The
viewpoints of each side are nicely articulated.
And thats it. It does not appear that the
reporter challenged either sides views at all,
which, I think, is part of the job. But for a
Montpelier publication to not ask the ques-
tions that a Montpelier readership (likely)
wants answered seems particularly remiss at
best. Here are some questions I think should
have been asked:
GMO opponents . . . dont do
justice to the promises of a technol-
ogy essential to feeding a hungry
world: Name (at least) one time that
(1) a free shipment of food was deliv-
ered to a starving population, where
said shipment was made possible by
GMOs, that, indeed, (2) would not
have been possible without the use of
GMOs. Prove number 2.
[O]ut-of-touch first-world citi-
zens who are oblivious to the life-sav-
ing value of the technology for those
living in the third world: Who left
these people in charge of defining
which side of this debate is out of
touch? Havent there been enough
environmental disasters brought on
by mans technological advance-
ments to make it perfectly reason-
able to question any of themlet alone
one as complex as this? Are we to believe
everyone in Europe who has rejected GMOs
as simply out of touch? How can defending
ones view of the purity of the food supply be
defined as anything less than patriotic?
If consumers are concerned about geneti-
cally modified foods, they should purchase
organic food, or go online to research the
foods they eat: Why label food at all? Just
wrap it in white packages stamped with a
UPC code. If you want to know whether it
contains lima beans or marbles, just go on-
line and look it up. I mean, we all have loads
of time and looking it up online is way more
convenient than reading the label.
In fact less than 2 percent of the popula-
tion look at [how many pesticides are] in
their food, says Laggis: 1. Prove it. 2. How
would they know: There are no labelling
requirements for pesticide use either.
Bill Church, president of Green Moun-
tain Antibodies, a Vermont bioscience com-
pany, asserts that GMO opponents have
made a moral determination about the big
companies. I dont see someone creating a
better system: A lot of us have the temerity
to think that local and organic are a better
system, and thousands of people are striving
to build that system. How else to account
for the stratospheric growth in these two sec-
tors? What is wrong with making a moral
determination about a big company? Are
big companies immune to the judgment of
the public? What makes them so sacred and
beyond question?
Im not prepared to dig up my backyard
to grow my own food: Must suck to be
Its one thing if you can go down to
Hannafords and buy 12 kinds of spaghetti
sauce. Its another if youre faced with the
reality of third-world hunger: What have
you done to make a few of those varieties
of spaghetti sauce available to those in the
third world? What have you done to
stem the tide of growing world hun-
ger? What have GMOs done to stem
the tide of world hunger? Name one
time that GMO manufacturers have
sponsored an emergency food drop to
a starving population.
You dont think a dairy cow is
a genetically modified organism?:
No, I do not. Dairy cows are selec-
tively bred not genetically manipu-
lated. No dairy cow contains genetic
material from Bacillus thuringiensis.
Every bit of a dairy cows genetic
makeup comes from something
bovine. How can GMO technology
be patented as something new if what
Monsanto is selling is no different
than what farmers have been doing
for thousands of years? Are GMO
manufacturers making fraudulent claims on
their patent applications?
Many years ago, a couple of perky ice-
cream makers asked Pillsbury, What is the
doughboy afraid of? Isnt it time we ask,
What is the franken boy afraid of? What
is wrong with our knowing what is in our
food? If its so safe, why are they so reluctant
to label it? Why dont they brag that its ge-
netically modified and advertise it as new
and improved?
The mafioso sneakiness, arrogance and
belligerence displayed by the proponents of
GMOs does nothing to buttress my confidence
in either GMOs or the corporate drug dealers
pushing them. The only thing that approaches
the level of corruption and disappointment in
GMOs is the craven lack of chutzpah in jour-
nalistic circles to investigate them.
Steven Farnham lives in Plainfield.
Opinion by Andy Leader
our reporters choice of verbs in the
GMO Proponents Versus Oppo-
nents story makes it pretty easy to tell
the difference between the good guys and the
bad guys on this issue. Those slippery, sneaky
GMO proponents tout, claim, contend
and assert. On the other hand, the obvi-
ously much nicer anti-GMO spokespeople
merely explain, describe or continue.
I hesitate to label myself as one of those
pro-GMO weasels that your reporter so help-
fully tags with those nasty sounding verbs.
However, I wish to respectfully point out
that all living things, including us humans,
are genetically modified organismsGMOs.
Thanks to natures way of continually mutat-
ing our genes, we have both cancer and
evolution. Nature scrambles the DNA code
randomly, oftentimes with disastrous results,
though not always. The diversity of life we
see around us is the result of that scrambling.
Scientists, unlike nature, have begun to figure
out how to rearrange the code in a directed,
rational way. These brilliant individuals have
saved millions of people from starvation,
blindness and other scourges through the
application of molecular genetics.
All living things, from bacteria to plants
to people, use the same four-molecule DNA
code and often the same or closely related
genetic sequences to produce the proteins
that produce us. Thanks to scientists, we no
longer slaughter sheep to harvest insulin for
diabetics; we now have genetically modified
E-coli bacteria producing all we need.
It would be easy to scare a public unfamil-
iar with the science into boycotting products
with a GMO label, especially if buzz words
like Frankenstein foods are used. My fear
regarding a GMO-labeling law is that it will
stigmatize these products to the point of
discouraging investment and research in this
extraordinarily promising field. The fact is
that genetic engineering currently provides
the greatest hope for curing cancer, many
other diseases and even aging itself.
While organic growers, European farm-
ers, backward-looking conservatives and
other special interests may wish to undermine
the work of organizations labeled giant or
corporate, Im excited and hopeful that
humans have reached a point where massive
resources of technology and intelligence can
at last be focused on solving humanitys an-
cient afflictions.
P.S. Despite my occasional observations
of bias in the media, Im thankful for The
Bridges continuing service to Montpelier
and surrounding areas.
Andy Leader lives in North Middlesex.
GMO Research Is a
Promising Field
Opinion by Gesualdo Schneider
his is a very sad period of our history.
While many around the state are
cheering our leadership in providing
choice for the dying, I see rather a reason
for sadness and shame. Our lawmakers are
continuing the onslaught against life, taking
the position that they alone have the power
to decide where the lines are drawn. There is
no natural law to guide us; there is no higher
power that we should to listen to and are
accountable to. There is only raw political
power. It is bad social policy, and it is bad
human policy.
That being said, I have three short reflec-
tions on this long process.
First, about 42 years ago I received some
training on being an artillery forward ob-
server. The job was to locate a target and
then call artillery to fire on it. The basic
technique was to bracket a target. You would
drop one shell behind the target and then
one shell in front of the target. At that point
you had the target bracketed. Then you
would split the distance between the two
shell bursts and bring down full devastation
on the target.
Fortunately, I never had to face combat,
but I can imagine the terror of being on
the receiving end. When you see one shell
explode in front of you and hear the next
one behind you, you know the next ones are
coming down on you. That is how I feel right
now. Death is now an official and accepted
answer at both ends of life: the unborn child
and the elderly. Now that life has been brack-
eted, I am hunkering down waiting for the
next salvo to fall. Interestingly, I suspect that
the people calling in the salvoes of death as
an answer do not appear to realize that they
are also sitting on the target.
Second, during my visits to the State
House I saw a number of younger people
wanting the bill passed. Do they realize that
what they now see as a right and a choice
could become for them a responsibility and
a requirement? There will be no standards
to protect them as all boundaries will be
Third, I have long considered this analogy
to explain the fundamental problem with
this legislation. I have seen these bills as simi-
lar to bills authorizing buying a bus ticket
out of Montpelier. There is a multitude of
detail on who can get the ticket; there is a list
of all the hoops one has to jump through to
get the ticket; there is instruction on where
to buy the ticket. Everything is there except
the destination!
The destination is the most important part
of any journey, and our lawmakers can just
blithely ignore it. Why does this bill exist
except to allow people to go from here to .
. . where? If they do not know, why do they
allow suicide as our official state policy?
Life is precious. It is a gift given us. If it is
a gift, there is a gift giver. Rather than trying
to determine what we want to do with the
gift, maybe we should get to know the gift
giver and ask him how he hopes we should
use the gift.
Gesualdo Schneider is a deacon at St. Augus-
tine Parish in Montpelier.
Reflections on
Assisted Suicide
Ken Russell Replies
ometimes, we choose to present competing narratives around a given issue. To
probe assertions made does sometimes exceed our capacities and space available
in a given paper. It was difficult, in a short piece, to do much beyond spell out
the basic arguments of what we view to be the two sides of the GMO debate. We
presented these competing perspectives with the hope of provoking dialogue. To
that end, we are grateful for Steven Farnhams response. We very much appreciate
Farnham urging us to go deeper.
We simply did not have the space to dig as deeply as Farnham would have liked. To
truly question the assertions of each side would have required much more space.
GMO Proponents
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