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October 23 November 5, 2014

IN THIS ISSUE:

6:

STATE SENATE
CANDIDATES ON
KEEPING YOUTH
IN VERMONT

8:

HOUSE
CANDIDATES
ROUNDUP

11:

Politics
in
Vermont

BR AGG FARM AND


MORSE FARM ON
FALL FOLIAGE 2014

FROM
24: YOUTH
NICAR AGUA VISIT
VERMONT

John O'Brien and Fred Tuttle in front of the Savoy Theater in Montpelier. File photo.

When Was the Last Time There Was a Candidate


You Really Wanted to Vote For?
by John O'Brien

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n 1976, my father ran for governor of tweed blazer. I really wanted to vote for him,
Vermont. I really wanted to vote for him but I was only 17.
but I was only 13.
In 1998, in a race to represent Vermont in
In 1980, a moderate Republican congress- the U.S. Senate, a high school dropout ran
man from Illinois, John Anderson, ran for against a Harvard-educated millionaire. All
president. At high school debate tourna- things being equalneither candidate had
ments, I wore his button on the lapel of my ever held elected officeI voted for the
dropout. His name was Fred Tuttle. It was
the happiest X Id made in my life.
OK, admittedly, I was Fred
Tuttles campaign manager.
And before he ran for the
U.S. Senate, Id made a fictional movie, called Man
with a Plan, about Fred running for the U.S. House.
Released in 1996, Man with
a Plan made Fred into something of a local folk hero.
Life Magazine declared him
to be perhaps New Englands most beloved political figure since
JFK himself. That year, by Town Meeting Daythe day of Vermonts presidential
primaryeven though he wasnt running
for anything, Fred had become someone
voters really wanted to vote for. The next
day, the Times Arguss front page headline
announced, Dole Takes Vermont, But Fred
Gets His Share.

Independence, whereas all my other votes, The contender. I wouldnt have asked Fred
before and after, have had all the satisfaction to run if I didnt think he could win the
election. Its not uncommon for professional
of getting a flu shot?
Im not so cynical that Ive given up on poli- comedians or garrulous wingnuts to run for
tics or government, but Im sympathetic to office, but no one takes them seriously and
those who have. As someone who leans more ultimately almost no one votes for them. If
to the left than to the right, I generally agree Fred had run directly against a Jim Douglas
with the policies supported by our president, or a Bernie Sanders, he would have gotten a
our Washington delegation, and our gov- few laughs, a few votes and be forgotten. But
ernor, but Im troubled by in Jack McMullen, Fred had a worthy (or
the seeming invincibility of perhaps equally unworthy would be more
incumbents and the absence accurate) opponent. Since neither candidate
of competitive races. Isnt it could run on his record, the race offered
worrisome that something a delicious contrast: unknown, Massachulike 625,000 people live in setts CEO-type with millions and party enVermont and we cant find dorsement seeks GOP nomination for U.S.
a single person to run as a Senate against retired Vermont farmer with
Republican for attorney gen- name recognition, a sense of humor and 77
eral? Or secretary of state? dollars.

"How many
teats a
Holstein
got?"

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-Fred Tuttle

The underdog. When the Republican Party


challenged the legitimacy of the voter signatures that Fred submitted to the secretary
of state in order to get on the ballot, Fred
was immediately cast as the feisty underdog and McMullen and the GOP came
off looking like bullies. Considering that
political parties, as a rule, dont endorse one
of their candidates over another before their
primary elections, and that, historically, the
Tuttles had voted Republican in every election since Abraham Lincoln ran for presiWhy is it that, when I voted for Fred Tuttle For me, what made the Fred Tuttle versus dent, the attempt to keep Fred off the GOP
in the 1998 GOP primary, I felt like I was Jack McMullen race so singular was that it ballot seemed exclusionary and downright
John Hancock signing the Declaration of had all the elements of a Hollywood boxing un-American. Soon after, I received a letter
match.
Or auditor of accounts? Or
state treasurer? Wouldnt it
be more invigorating to head
to the polls on November 4 if Jim Douglas
revealed, I want to be secretary of state
. . . again! If Rusty DeWees confessed,
The Logger wants to be your auditor of
accounts! If Sharon Meyer, candidate for
state treasurer, announced, I want to predict Vermonts bond rating, not the weather
for the weekend!

Continued on page 7.

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HEARD ON THE STREET


Kellogg-Hubbard Board Names Tom McKone
as New Permanent Director

Montpelier Public Works Director Resigns

Thierry Guerlain, president of the board of trustees of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in


Montpelier, has announced the appointment of Tom McKone as the librarys new permanent director. McKones appointment took effect on October 15.

Todd Law, Montpeliers director of Public Works since 2006, submitted his resignation
on October 20 to City Manager William Fraser. Law has accepted a supervisory position
with the Vermont Agency of Transportation. His last day with Montpelier will be November 7.

In a phone conversation with The Bridge, Guerlain noted that over the past several years,
Kellogg-Hubbard has had a number of library directors who have come aboard and left
often after a short period of service. It felt like we were off the rails, Guerlain said. Its
been a rough patch.
About 10 months ago when previous library Director Richard Bidnick left KelloggHubbard, the librarys board of trustees decided not to rush out and hire a new director.
Instead, beginning January 1, 2014, the board hired an interim director, Tom McKone,
a move that gave the library board a period to think and plan. At his hiring as interim
director, McKone told the library board of trustees, Id be happy to stay for eight months
or 18 months, as long as it takes you to hire a permanent director.
Beginning this past May, the Kellogg-Hubbard trustees launched a nationwide search for
a permanent director. Said Guerlain, We cast the net as wide as we could. In due course
the trustees reviewed 30 resumes with one from as far away as Wisconsin. The board
interviewed nine candidates and subsequently came up with a short list of three finalists.
Guerlain said that these three short-listed candidates were seen as good.

In a news release, Fraser thanked Law for over eight years of service. Todd has made
many contributions to the city and [the Department of Public Works] including a reorganization of supervisory structure, the strengthening of our internal engineering capacity,
implementation of the employee cross training program and introduction of stormwater
management concepts.
Fraser will initiate a hiring process for a successor and is reviewing options for the interim
period.

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But in what Guerlain described as a Cinderella ending to the nationwide search, it was
Tom McKone who emerged as the person the board was looking for. By way of background, Guerlain said, Tom [McKone] had not applied for the position. When we hired
him he said he was not interested in the full-time position.
In explaining this turnaround, Guerlain said, The hiring committee recognized that
Tom was a man of high integrity. In not applying for the position, McKone was sticking
to his word as given when he applied for the interim position. Given the circumstances,
the board decided to relieve Tom of his earlier statement and invite him to apply. Sure
enough, said Guerlain, Tom had fallen in love with the library. He really liked the job.
And when invited to apply, he did apply, and was hired enthusiastically.
Talking a little more about the surprise ending to the search process, Guerlain said, Here
we were conducting a nationwide search. It suddenly dawned on the hiring committee
that [Tom] was getting more done and making more people happy than weve seen for
years at the library.
According to Guerlain, Kellogg-Hubbard has four constituencies that are of daily concern to the library director: patrons, donors, staff and the board of trustees. They all
liked him, said Guerlain. There were smiles all around. And further, Tom was fostering
great relationships with the five communities that Kellogg-Hubbard serves: Montpelier,
Middlesex, Worcester, East Montpelier and Calais.
When the search for a new director was launched in May, it had a nationwide outreach.
But as the search process continued, McKones local roots and job performance emerged
as compelling assets. McKone had been a library patron for over 30 years. He had served
as an English teacher and school principal. He had worked at U-32 High School for 24
years. He had also served on the town of Worcester Select Board and as select board chair
for five years.

These members of the Womens Alliance of the First Baptist Church of Barre have been
putting together gift baskets for women who were victims of domestic violence as they
arrived at an emergency shelter. They presented Circlethe domestic violence support
agencywith a check for $450 from money they had raised by selling pies at the (July
23-27) Barre Heritage Festival this past summer. Left to right: Connie Weston, Lida
Mugford, Muriel Gray, Anne Chamberlin, Meg Kuhner, Shirley Clark, Judy Palmer,
Paulette Major, Lorna Carty. Photo by Michael Jermyn.

Nature Watch
by Nona Estrin

Said Guerlain, Tom is someone who knows how to manage budgets, finance, fundraising, a historic building, staffing, as well as run the library. He was head and shoulders
the best pick for Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Were thrilled to have Tom as our new library
director.

Board of Trustees President Thierry Guerlain and new libary director


Tom McKone. Photo courtesy of Wayne Fawbush.

Watercolor by Nona Estrin

ith the warm spell and a yellow


explosion of leaves still buoying
us against the shorter days, we
are set up for a shock! Wood turtles have
stopped eating and returned to the cold oxygenated waters of local streams to begin their
hibernation under water. But we are still out
la-de-da-ing in the warmth, oohing and aahing at the stunning leaves. Cold grey days are
ahead of us, though. For those who hunt, it's
a wonderful time in the woods, hours and
hours gradually acclimating, adjusting to the
narrow color spectrum of late fall and early
winter. I, however, never trained as a hunter,
suffer from the sudden loss of time outside.
Sometimes I dream of donning blaze orange
and taking to the woods myselfnot to
hunt, but to sit and watch. Desperate measures for dark days ahead!

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Senate Candidates on Keeping Youth in Vermont


by Joyce Kahn
On November 4, Washington County voters will elect three state senators. Incumbents Bill Doyle (R), Anthony Pollina (P-D) and Ann Cummings (D) will appear on
the ballot along with challengers Sandra Gaffney (P-D), Pat McDonald (R) and Dexter Lefavour (R). The Bridge posed three questions to the candidates on critical
issues. Candidate responses appear below. In previous issues, the candidates offered their views on education costs and single-payer health care.

Question: Our youth are leaving the state in large number. What ideas do you have for keeping them here?
that relates to affordability is high taxes and lege graduates, vocational school graduates,
particularly the property tax.
and all the other essential careers that our
During the last legislative session, many laws youth have chosen. The successful implemenwere passed that will help attract younger tation of a livable wage for everyone would
people to stay in the state. We were one of the have the huge impact of keeping our youth in
first states to have a strategy for economic de- Vermont and bring others here to enrich our
velopment. The Legislature also provided seed economy and communities.

Ann Cummings, Montpelier, Democrat:


A certain number of young people will always
leave the state, to pursue an education, a job,
or to experience life in the big city. There isn't
much we can do about that. What we do need
to do something about are the young people
who want to stay or come back, but can't afford to. The reason usually given is the lack
of jobs that will allow them to live comfortably in Vermont. The Legislature is trying to
develop these jobs and I think we are making
some progress. The nature of work is changing. Many people, like my daughter and her
husband, now work on the Internet for companies in other states. The expansion of high
speed Internet and cell service will expand
these opportunities.

money to grow small businesses. In addition,


the Legislature established a loan forgiveness
program for Vermont residents who graduate from a Vermont institution. An internship
program was also created to help provide a better qualified work force for employers. Another
important measure passed by the Legislature
provided a domestic export program to connect Vermont producers to markets in other
parts of the country.

Our state colleges and the University of Vermont place a greater stress on math and science
which often are very helpful in obtaining a job
upon graduation. In fact, Vermont Technical
College has programs for most students who,
upon graduation, will find employment. Our
technical centers have shown great improvement and in many cases lead directly to jobs
upon graduation.

communities, sharing their ideas and energy


about Vermonts future, and establishing their
roots and raising their families are critical
components to making Vermonts economy
and lifestyle, healthy and vibrant. The solution to encouraging young people to remain
in Vermont can be summed up in two words
Universal health care implementation will also opportunity and affordability.
be a factor in retaining our youth and others We all wish our children would stay in Verwho like the idea of the forward thinking, and mont after they finish school, but to many
bold actions of, people who care about each of our children the grass is greener outside
other and prove it by not backing down, and of their home state. Its natural for youth
following through with what everyone agrees to want to seek new experiences. That is a
is so important. That is, health care for every- reality we need to accept. So lets look at the
one, not driven by profit, but by compassion young people who are here those who have
and equitable financing.
come from other states to check out Vermonts
greener pastures, those who are students in
the many of our outstanding higher education
schools in Vermont. Lets reach out to find
out what attracted them to Vermont in the
first place and build on that attraction and on
their career aspirations. If we can encourage
economic opportunity and affordable housing
in Vermont, we would provide the road to the
lifestyle that graduating students are seeking.

As a member of the Senate Economic Development Committee I worked hard along with
my committee members to help the above
measures become law.

We are rapidly developing jobs in the alternative energy sector and we are trying to expand
the opportunities for entrepreneurs. We are
a small state with limited resources that will
never be able to compete with New York or
California. We need to focus on our strengths
our safe communities, clean environment,
high quality education and health care; and
do a better job of marketing them to young
people. We need to help college students find
jobs that will allow them to stay here and we
need to do a better job of attracting new entrepreneurs who might become the next Ben
& Jerry's, Cabot Cheese or Green Mountain
Coffee Roasters. Most of all we need to be in
constant communication with businesses and Sandra Gaffney, Berlin, Progressivejob seekers to make sure we know what they Democrat:
need and how the state can be of assistance.
The youth in Vermont are leaving our state in
ever increasing numbers. Some steps we can
take to retain them and encourage others to
move to Vermont are:

Dexter Lefavour, Middlesex, Republican

Youth leave Vermont for a variety of reasons,


including education, employment, recreation
and environmental setting. When people leave
for education or recreation or environment, it's
understandable. When people leave for employment opportunities while Vermont's economy is struggling, the state should ask itself,
"What can we do to make Vermont a place
that has better employment opportunities for
young people? The state can take steps to
make Vermont more affordable and enhance
the unique aspects that make Vermont attractive to people. Affordability is key and we must
strive to boost the economy and create such
abundance that young people can find jobs,
buy homes and get ahead. A demand for jobs is
created by a demand for Vermonts goods and
services. The state must be competitive with
neighboring states, and help its businesses by
Make sure there is affordable housing for ev- collectively promoting them outside Vermont
eryone. That means a type of development and growing our state export economy.
that creates affordable housing. There is a fear
connected to this type of housing, which in
turn creates the not in my backyard syndrome. There has been a dearth of housing in
general in Vermont for decades, which drives
up the prices of ownership and rentals. People
need homes to live in and will leave or not even
come here because of our housing situation.

Bill Doyle, Montpelier, Republican:


Young people leave Vermont for a variety of
reasons and we should do everything possible to keep them in the state. The smaller
northern states, including Vermont, for the
first time in 50 years have lost population.
Vermont has to become an affordable state
and have a plan for an economic future which
relates directly to job growth. Another factor

Lets remember that if we continue to paint a


brighter picture for Vermont by improving our
education system, protecting our quality of life
and our environment, and offering more job
opportunities, eventually when our own children start families of their own, they will remember their own experiences growing up in
Vermont and want the same for their children.
We just need to be ready for them, and when
they return, and the cycle will begin again.

Anthony Pollina, Middlesex, ProgressiveDemocrat


Most young people who attend Vermont state
colleges stay in Vermont after graduation,
making our colleges one of the best ways to
attract and keep young people here. Unfortunately our colleges are the most expensive
in the nation so many prospective students
Vermonters and othersgo elsewhere. A new
law I introduced commits the state to lowering
the cost of our state colleges, which will help
attract and keep young people.

We should also maintain our exceptional quality of life and the quality of our public schools
to attract young families. De-couple health
care from employment to encourage business
startups, self-employment and entrepreneurship. Develop our creative economy including the new electronic arts and game development industry that is growing in Washington
County. Encourage telecommuting with the
best Internet connections. And stop calling
Vermont anti-business or a haven for drug
Pat McDonald, Berlin, Republican
addiction and maintain a positive attitude toWe need the careers/jobs, right here in Verwards our exceptional homeVermont.
mont, fitting the education and focus, of col- Having young people as an active part of our
Our graduates are leaving with a huge burden
of debt. The laws governing student loans do
not provide students with a window of time to
get settled in careers that they attended school
and paid good money to be prepared for. Student debt is a lifetime long process, and comes
before home ownership as a major debt. Our
state needs to live up to its commitment to our
state colleges to fund them at the 50 percent
level that was promised. We now fund at
below 10 percent.

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Cover story
continued
from a woman in Strafford accusing me
of making a mockery of politics. Somewhere, Mark Twain was smiling.
The haymaker. Near the end of the race,
Jack and Fred were invited by Vermont
Public Radio to a candidates debate. At
the beginning of the broadcast, each candidate had the chance to ask the other
a few direct questions. Jacks Harvard
education and unabated hubris did not
prepare him for Freds simple queries.
When asked to pronounce the Vermont
town spelled C-a-l-a-i-s, he pronounced
it the way they do in France. When asked
what a tedder does, he pleaded ignorance.
When asked how many teats a cow has,
Jack confidently answered, six. I never
heard the rest of the debateat that point
a couple of McMullens collegiate mercenaries cornered me to practice their trash
talk and make predictions of glorious victory.
Freds glorious victory in the GOP primary was soon put in perspectiveSen.
Patrick Leahy easily won the general election and returned to Washington for his
fifth term.
When I look at the short list of candidates I really wanted to vote for, none of
them got elected. What if, in an upset for
the ages, Fred had actually beaten Leahy?
Would Vermont be a different place
today? Would there be more jobs here or
less opportunity? Would the foliage be
brighter or duller, the winters be longer or
shorter? I can only say it would have been
something else. In Man with a Plan, when
reporter Bryan Pfeiffer challenges Freds
long list of campaign pledges with Fred,
it sounds like youre promising a chicken
in every pot, Fred shoots back in his
Yankee Zen way: Thats right, a chicken
in every egg.

Washington County Politicians Face Off for


November Elections
by Ed Sutherland

ashington County voters are set to


cast ballots in more than a dozen
state and local political races come
Election Day, Tuesday, November 4.

Isabelle, a Barre Town resident who works at


the Volunteer Center of Central Vermont, and
Republican Rob LeClair, a property manager
in Barre Town.

Waterbury incumbent Jeffrey P. Kilgore, a


Democrat, is running unopposed for re-election. In 2012, Governor Peter Shumlin appointed Kilgore to the position.

In the Washington-3 state representative race,


incumbents Paul N. Poirier, a Barre City Independent, and Democrat Tommy J. Walz, a
Barre schools retiree, face retired Republican
John G. Santorello and Kristin H. Sohlstrom,
We have compiled a list of each race, providing a Republican configuration analyst.
readers with the names and back-up informa- For state representative in the Washington-4
tion on the incumbents and their challengers. district, incumbents Mary S. Hooper, a MontFor the Vermont Senate, incumbents William pelier Democrat, and Warren F. Kitzmiller,
Bill Doyle (R-Montpelier), Ann Cummings another Montpelier Democrat and founder of
(D-Montpelier) and Anthony Pollina, a Pro- Onion River Sports, are challenged by Montgressive-Democrat from Middlesex are run- pelier Progressive Glennie F. Sewell and Montpelier Progressive Ivan Shadis.
ning for re-election.

Democrat Mirriam "Muffie" Conlon will defend her incumbency as assistant judge for
Washington County. Conlon, a retired Vermont Technical College professor from Montpelier, faces Montpelier Republican Otto
Kinzel, a Washington County deputy sheriff,
and Cabot Democrat Tony Lolli, also a Washington County deputy sheriff.

Among the most closely watched races are


spots in the Vermont Legislature including
three open seats for the Vermont Senate from
Washington County and seven seats in various
House districts across Washington County.

Why such interest in this position from the


sheriff's office? As part of the job, an assistant
judge (or "side judge) manages the sheriff's
office and prepares the county budget.

In the state's attorney race for Washington


County, Republican incumbent Tom Kelly
In
the
Washington-5
district,
Tony
Klein,
the
Challengers are Pat McDonald (R-Berlin), a
will square off against Democrat Scott R. WilDemocrat
incumbent
from
East
Montpelier
is
consultant; Sandra Sandy Gaffney, a Proliams, a Berlin lawyer managing the Williams
running
unopposed.
gressive-Democrat from Berlin, who lists herself as a retiree, and Middlesex farmer Dexter For state representative in the Washington-6 Law Group. Kelly has held the job since 2007.
Lefavour, a Republican.
district, Democrat incumbent Janet Ancel, an In interviews, Williams said he will concentrate on drug policy, victim justice and local
The Vermont House of Representatives Wash- attorney in Calais, will face two Independents. leadership.
ington-1 election district is now held by in- Jacob R. Miller is a landscaper in Plainfield,
cumbent Republican Anne B. Donahue of and Michael Sabourin is a postal worker living Washington County sheriff incumbent W.
Samuel Hill, a Montpelier resident, will run
Northfield and Patti J. Lewis, a Republican in Marshfield.
from Berlin. Two challengers are opposing Washington-6 incumbents Democrat Maxine unopposed, according to the Vermont Secrethem. Jeremy Hansen is a Progressive/Demo- Grad and Independent Adam Greshin, an ex- tary of States Office.
crat from Berlin and an assistant computer sci- ecutive vice president at Sugarbush Resort, are Marc Poulin, the Barre Town Republican inence professor at Norwich University. Marvin standing for re-election. Challenging them are cumbent high bailiff for Washington County,
Malek, a Progressive/Democrat from Berlin is Independents Ed Read, a Mad River Valley will also run unopposed for re-election. As
a physician at the Vermont Psychiatric Care property manager, and Heidi Spear, a real high bailiff, the office holder is able to arrest
Hospital.
estate developer. Beyond the Vermont State the Washington County sheriff on a warrant
In the Washington-2 election district the race House, there are other Washington County or carry out the sheriff's duties, should he be
involves candidates all from Barre Town. In- residents running for local judgeships and ruled incompetent.
cumbent Francis "Topper" McFaun, a Repub- other elected positions.
lican from Barre Town, faces Democrat J. Guy For the Washington County probate judge,

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House Candidates Discuss


the Issues at Recent Rotary
Club Forum
by Nat Frothingham

t a candidates forum sponsored by


the Montpelier Rotary Club on
October 20 four Montpelier candidates running for two seats in the Vermont
House squared off against each other.

Otto Kinzel, candidate for Assistant Judge,


chatting with Mayor John Hollar.

Otto Kinzel,
Candidate for Washington County Assistant Judge

The four candidates are: Warren Kitzmiller


and Mary Hooper both Democrats and
incumbents, and Glennie Sewell and Ivan
Shadis, both Progressives and challengers.
The forum opened with introductions.
Ivan Shadis began, saying: I grew up in
Montpelier. I love Montpelier. But he
said that young people cant afford the
rents. And middle class people cant afford
the property taxes.

Integrity
Experience
Hard Work
Results

Pat

McDonald
Vermont
State Senate

Pat McDonald brings a wealth of


experience to the Statehouse, having
worked in leadership roles in State
Government for governors of both
political parties. She is a strong,
balanced, thoughtful and courageous
leader, willing to take on tough
challenges.

Phil Scott
Lieutenant Governor

With your support, I want to put


my 25 years in the private sector, and
20 years of public service, including
two terms in the House of Representatives, to work for you! As your State
Senator, you can count on me to be a
hard working problem solver, and a
responsible and respectful voice
of reason.
Whether working for Governors
Snelling, Dean, or Douglas, or as a
volunteer on numerous local boards
and social service organizations, I have
always been a sensible and cooperative
leader. Now, Id like to bring my skills
and experience to the State Senate, and
work to make our beautiful Washington County an even better and more
affordable place to live, work and raise
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He said that the Shumlin administration


had stumbled with the roll-out of Vermont Health Connect. He took note of the
governors personal problems with a land
acquisition deal in East Montpelier. I
will continue to support him, he said of
the governor.

When asked to identify a funding source to


remediate Lake Champlains environmental problems, Shadis suggested a carbon
tax. Then he went on to suggest a more
progressive income tax on the states highShadis said that some people are uncertain earners.
they can stay in Montpelier and theyve
stopped investing time to get to know their All four candidates weighed in on the issue
neighbors. This, in turn, Shadis feels, is of school consolidation.
attacking the citys sense of community. Shadis noted that schools are often the
Its also threatening the citys legacy of anchor point of small town life in rural
Vermont. He said he was opposed to conenvironmental and social justice.
Warren Kitzmiller introduced himself solidation if it ran afoul of a small school,
as the founder and past owner of Onion like Cabot School, in rural Vermont.
River Sports. He noted his history of local
service. He mentioned his service on the
Montpelier City Council and the Montpelier Board of Civil Authority. He currently
serves on the board of Lost Nation Theater.
Lately, he said, he has become involved in
the protection of the citys drinking water
supply. In closing, he spoke about fellow
Democrat Mary Hooper, saying, Mary
and I make a good team.

Proven Leadership for Washington County

Kitzmiller was asked to evaluate Gov.


Shumlins performance. Kitzmiller said he
admired the governor as a leader who sets
the agenda and gets things done.

Progressive candidate Glennie Sewell lived


in South Burlington before he moved to
Montpelier. As a resident in South Burlington, Sewell had a first-hand experience
of high rent and inferior housing with lead
paint and light fixtures in disrepair. Education and housing are my biggest issues,
he said.
Mary Hooper is seeking her fourth term in
the Vermont House. She sits on the House
Institutions and Corrections Committee.
As a member of that committee, she said,
she played an important role in getting the
states participation and support for Montpeliers new district heat system. She said
she has pushed the committee to get the
state to conserve energy in state buildings.

Kitzmiller said that the entire school-age


population of the state of Vermont might
amount to one, good-sized school district
in another state. He said that Vermonters
worship at the altar of local school boards
and districts. He said he felt that some
consolidations could be achieved. And that
these consolidations could promote efficiencies.
Sewell said he was in favor of partial consolidation, not the whole thing.
Mary Hooper said that top-down planning was the wrong approach. She supports the idea of getting schools and school
districts to work together for greater efficiencies. She noted certain educational
funding dilemmas. She noted that people
often move to Montpelier because of great
schools. And great schools lead to higher
property values. But she said that Montpelier taxpayers cant afford the rate of
increases they have been experiencing in
recent years.

All four candidates wrestled with a question put to them from the floor about the
availability of health care in a publicallyfunded system. What about by-pass operaAmong the four candidates, there was gen- tions, knee-and-hip replacements? Where
eral agreement on the need to press forward to draw the line?
with a single-payer health care initiative Most candidates acknowledge the comdespite Vermonts difficulties with the Ver- plexities of providing or denying care to
mont Health Connect website roll-out.
people who need it or people who want it.
Sewell said that the single-most pressing issue facing Montpelier was a need
to trim-line school budgets by cutting
waste. He insisted on the need to know
where every penny of the school budget
was being spent.

Most candidates agreed that the issue of


who gets care and who doesnt is a difficult
individual and collective and moral issue
that is deserving of open, public discussion.

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T H E B R I D G E

In Praise of Politicians
by David Kelley

ometimes, in the midst of an election


year, it is easy to tire of lawn signs, debates and sound bites. But few groups
of people are more critical to our community
or our future than politicians. John Kennedy
used to say, Politics is the most honorable profession," and I can think of no place on earth
that has produced a more honorable group
of politicians than Vermont. No matter how
irritating or tiring politicians might be, most
deserve our gratitude. My grandfather was the
state treasurer, but I didnt pay much attention
to politics until 1970 when I was in college.
On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard
opened fire on unarmed college students protesting the United States' involvement in the
Vietnam War. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds
in 13 seconds. They killed four students and
wounded nine others. All of us at UVM went
into shock. We stopped going to class and the
school closed down. My friends and I found a
car and started driving to Washington, D.C.
By the time we got to Washington we were
joined by tens of thousands of other students.
I remember hearing the Beatles The Long and
Winding Road over and over again. And I remember Lars Larsen getting arrested.
Tom Hayes was the Republican lieutenant
governor of Vermont at the time. Deane Davis
was the governor. Davis was out of state at
some kind of conference. Hayes directed that
the flag at the State House be lowered to halfmast. When Davis returned to Montpelier
he countermanded Hayes order. Hayes was
so incensed he said he would run against an
incumbent from his own party, pretty much
committing political suicide, but becoming
our voice and my first living hero.
My best friend was at Middlebury. That summer we volunteered to work on Toms campaign and spent a lot of time handing out
Tom Hayes bumper stickers. The more I
got to know Tom the more I admired him. I
remember him saying that it would be safer to
leave your wallet on a table in the middle of a
bunch of Vermont politicians than any other
group of people on earth. Tom had gone to
UVM and then to Georgetown Law School.
That summer I decided that when I finished
at UVM I was going to go to Georgetown Law
School just as he had.
At Georgetown I got a job as a proctor for the
Senate pages and then a job monitoring congressional hearings for a law firm on M Street.
I got to watch people who I would look up to
and admire for the rest of my lifeDemocrats
and Republicans alike: Mike Mansfield from
Montana, Phil Hart from Michigan and a
man who was then a first term Congressman from Maine, William Cohen. The man
I admired the most was George Aiken from
Vermont.

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as a congressman, and then as the junior senator from Vermont, took a special interest in
our exchange programs. He went out of his
way to be to be our advocate in Washington.
Together with his wife Liz, he came to visit
me while I was working in Moscow. By then
he had joined Tom Hayes, Phil Hart, Mike
Mansfield, William Cohen and George Aiken
in my pantheon of long admired politicians.
And because of Jim Jeffords I faced one more
political drubbing.
In 1991 the then Republican governor of Vermont, Richard Snelling, died in office. His
lieutenant governor, Howard Dean, thus became governor. A great politician in his own
right and a good governor as well, Howard
Dean was enormously popular. By 1994 there
were no Republicans willing to run against
him. I vaguely remember talking to Jim Douglas and saying it would be insane for him, or
anyone else, to risk a career with a genuine
future in politics, in a race against Gov. Dean.
In early July, Allen Martin, the Chairman of
the State Republican Committee and a lawyer
I had the deepest respect for, called me and,
probably understanding that by now I had
come to realize I did not have any future in
politics whatsoever, asked if I would run. I
politely declined. But persistence was one of
the qualities that made Allen a great lawyer.
So next Allen had Jim Jeffords call me. It was
difficult to say no to a United States senator,
especially Jim Jeffords. So I said, What the
hell.
With T.E. Lawrences words in mind that,
There could be no honor in a sure success,
but much might be wrested from a sure defeat, I had one of the best summers of my
life. While losing in a landslide, I still had a
chance to talk and share ideas with hundreds
of people. I had a chance to debate important
issues with a man whose intelligence and character I admired. And I learned to have an even
deeper appreciation for the people who seek
public office. Nothing is harder than calling
your friends and asking them for money. It is
a humbling experience, day after day, to call
your relatives, your roommates from college,
your clients and even your ex-wife (who by the
way donated the maximum allowed by law)
and to ask them to write you a check. To run
from a court room in Newport to a radio station in Rutland, and then back to Montpelier
can bring on a special brand of heart burn. I
might add that losing is not fun either, but I
had learned that long ago.

There are politicians I dont agree with. There


are a few I dont even like. But there are none I
dont respect. And I am grateful to all of them
who make the sacrifices called for to make
our democracy work. It is their sacrifices that
guarantee ours is still, to borrow Lincolns
After law school my best friends stayed be- phrase, a government of the people, by the
hind to work for big firms with big names people and for the people.
like Morgan, Lewis and Bockius and Venable, Tom Hayes shared the shock and sorrow of
Baetcher, Howard and Civiletti. I took a vow an entire generation when he lowered the flag
of poverty and decided to become a country at the Vermont State House to half-mast. He
lawyer with the notion that someday I might assured the demise of his own personal ambibecome a congressman. To say that I was nave tions when he challenged an incumbent govwould be the understatement of this, as well ernor from his own party. But he gave voice to
as the last, century. After losing two races for people whose voices deserved to be heard and
states attorney (and one for the State Senate, he inspired many of us to look inside ourselves
just for good measure) it dawned on me that throughout life to find, perhaps in smaller
God did not intend for me to be a politician. ways, the moral courage to speak our truths
By the time I had this epiphany I had become without regard to personal consequences.
a visiting scholar at the Russian Research Cen- I can think of nothing more praiseworthy.
ter and had been nurturing student exchange
programs and representing a handful of businesses in the then Soviet Union. As the Soviet
Union began its transition from Communism
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Measure of Devotion
by David Kelley

Battle of Cedar Creek by Kurz & Allison.


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ne hundred and fifty years ago this week hundreds of young Vermont boys bent history
dramatically toward freedom and unity.

By October of 1864 the Civil War had dragged on for four years and the carnage and bloodshed
had reached into almost every home in the country.
Gettysburg had supposedly broken the back of the Confederacy, but Lees troops soldiered on.
In the summer of 1864, 65,000 union soldiers were killed and Confederate Gen. Jubal Early,
operating in the Shenandoah Valley, had come within five miles of the White House.
In the North, Lincoln was facing enormous opposition in the upcoming (November 1864)
presidential election from the Democratic nominee, George McClellan, the man he had put in
charge of the Union army at the outset of the war. As a general, McClellan did little more than
parade soldiers through Washington, D.C. But the country was tired of war and McClellan
offered the prospect of a negotiated settlement with the Southin all probability a country
forever divided with slave-holding held intact.
The Shenandoah Valley in Virginia continued to be the bread basket of the South, and from
there Confederate troops continued to make inroads into the North. The commander of Union
troops, Gen. Ulysses Grant ordered the creation of the Army of the Shenandoah. He wanted the
33-year-old Philip Sheridan put in command. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton said Sheridan
was too young. Lincoln sided with Grant and Sheridan took command.
The Shenandoah campaign was brutal. To this day there are people in the South who still refer
to it as The Burning. Sheridan was following Grants order, to eat out Virginia clean and
clear so that crows flying over it for the balance of the season will have to carry their own
provender. Sheridans plan was that Confederate troops would have nothing to eat and his
army went about burning every barn, mill and factory, slaughtering livestock and rendering 400
square miles uninhabitable.
The Virginians had one significant advantage over Union troops. They knew the terrain.
On the evening of October 18 Confederate General Jubal Early set out with an army of 21,000
men along a little known pass through the Shenandoah mountains with the intention of marching through the night and catching the Union soldiers by surprise at sunrise. Though the Union
troops had greater numbers, Earlys night-time march was a success and he engaged the Yankees
at 5 a.m. at Cedar Creek near Strasburg, Virginia, before they had even had any coffee.

While other Union forces began to retreat in disarray, 54-year-old Col. Stephen Thomas from
Bethel, Vermont, ordered Vermonts Eighth Infantry forward to engage Earlys troops in what
would be bloody and brutal hand-to-hand combat. At the same time the Eighth Infantry gave
the main forces of the Union army time to withdraw, regroup and fight on.
One Vermonter described what happened to the Vermont Eighth in these words:
Suddenly a mass of rebels confronted the flags, and with hoarse shouts demanded their surrender. Defiant shouts went back. Never! Never! A rebel soldier then leveled his musket and
shot Corporal Petre, who held the colors. He cried out: Boys, leave me; take care of yourselves
and the flag! But in that vortex of hell men did not forget the colors; and as Petrie fell and
crawled away to die, they were instantly seized and borne aloft by Corporal Perham, and were
as quickly demanded again by a rebel who eagerly attempted to grasp them; but Sergeant Shores
of the guard placed his musket at the man's breast and fired, instantly killing him. But now
another flash, and a cruel bullet from the dead rebel's companion killed Corporal Perham, and
the colors fell to the earth. Once more, amide terrific yells, the colors went up, this time held
by Corporal Blanchardand the carnage went on. (George H. Carpenter, Eighth Vermont)
Despite the heroism of Vermonts Eighth Infantry, the Union troops fell back. By noon it looked
as if the Union forces were about to suffer an overwhelming defeat.
Sheridan had been 10 miles away in Winchester that morning meeting with his staff. When
news of the battle reached him he left immediately and rode straight toward the sound of the
gunsfamously riding a Vermont Morgan named Rienzi. As he rode into the troops he rallied
them to turn and fight. The Vermonters had fallen back slowly to join the 19th Corps at Belle
Grove Plantation. As the day wore on they were at the front lines. By the end of the day the
Eighth Vermont had lost 13 of its 16 officers and 110 of its 154 men.
At the same time, George Custer, the 25-year-old Union general who was commanding the
Third Cavalry Division was also struggling to connect with the 19th Corps. The First Vermont
Cavalry and the Fifth New York were under his command and together they opened the path
for him to join the 19th. By the end of the day the First Vermont Cavalry had captured 45
pieces of artillery.
Here is what Custer wrote in his report to headquarters, Third Cavalry Division, Oct. 21, 1864,
following the Battle of Cedar Creek:
"In closing my report I desire particularly to mention Colonel Wells, First Vermont Cavalry,
commanding Second Brigade, and Col. A. C. M. Pennington, Third New Jersey Cavalry, commanding First Brigade. Both these officers distinguished themselves by their personal gallantry
and by the successful and skillful manner in which they handled their commands. For their
behavior during the engagement, as well as for their corresponding good conduct in the cavalry
engagement of the 9th of October, I recommend them for promotion to the rank of brigadiergeneral U. S. Volunteers."
By the end of the day Union troops had turned the tables on what had been a brilliant surprise
attack on the part of the Confederates. The southern troops were exhausted from the all night
march and faced superior numbers. Largely due to the efforts of Vermonts Eighth Infantry and
First Cavalry, certain disaster had been turned into a huge Union victory. Stephen Thomas,
from Bethel, Vermont, was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his bravery at Cedar
Creek.
Two weeks before the 1864 election the word of this victory went out in newspapers across
the North. Poems were written about Sheridans ride toward the guns on Rienzi and Lincolns
campaign got the boost that many agreed put him over the top. Six months later the South
capitulated at Appomattox Court House. The Union was secured. Eight months later Congress
and the states adopted the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawing slavery. Three
years later Congress and the states adopted the 14th Amendment guaranteeing that no state
would deny its citizens due process and equal protection of the laws.
This week Howard Coffin, Sen. Joe Benning, Pat McDonald and other Vermont dignitaries
are placing a new marker at the site where Vermonts Eighth Infantry fought. It will be in the
traditional colors of Vermontgreen and gold and underneath will be a replica of the Julian
Scott painting of the battle that hangs in the Cedar Creek Room of the State House.
Stephen Thomas, the (Bethel, Vermont) colonel who ordered the Eighth Infantry into action at Cedar
Creek, is buried in Green Mount Cemetery in Montpelier. His daughter, Amanda, was Washington
County clerk for many years.

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T H E B R I D G E

The Farm Report: How Local Sugar Shacks Rate in the


2014 Foliage Season
by Michelle A.L. Singer

e know it has been a beautiful fall with sunny weekends, balmy temperatures,
not much rain, and of course, beautiful leaves. The hiking and the apples have
been excellent, but for local businesses, the stakes are higher than that. The appearance of tour buses heralds an important economic, as well as ecological, time of year.
I checked in with Doug Bragg of Bragg Farm on Route 14 and Burr Morse of Morse Farm
on County Road, both in East Montpelier, to see what the fall foliage season means for
their businesses and how they rate this year.
Bragg Farm has been hosting visitors for over 30 years and this year, says Doug Bragg, has
been as good as any other and a bit better because the colors were so good and the weather
so nice. Columbus Day weekend was one of the best weve seen. All the locals were out
taking company around, lots of campers this year, everyone was out doing everything.
With good weather and great leaves, as well as a dip in gas prices, Bragg saw plenty of
people this leaf season. Weather makes all the difference, he says.

Tourists visit Bragg Farm in East Montpelier. Photo by Carla Occaso.

His farm does not host tour buses, but they do have a lot of campers, RVs, and international tourists in addition to locals. He notes that most international tourists come from
Europe: England, Germany and France. He also sees tourists from Japan and all over the
states, with a healthy showing from Texas. They all come for the leaves, he says, and the
weatherin Texas and Florida, its still hot. They buy maple syrup most frequently, followed by other Vermont food products like cheese, t-shirts, souvenirs, and the ever-popular
creemee. He says the good mood and good color of this year had many visitors exclaiming
that Vermont was the greatest place theyve ever been.
For him, a healthy 60-65 percent of their annual income will be generated during leaf
season. Not surprisingly, he says he has no complaints for this year. The colors turned
early, he remarked, and it wasnt over yet. He calls it a good season, with business busier
than usual.

Bragg Farm welcomes visitors with pumpkins and corn stalks. Photo by Carla Occaso.
Burr Morse has also seen a good year. In the 50 years or so that people have been visiting
his familys sugar shack, hes welcomed a lot of leaf peepers. Without tourists, he says,
the economy would be a lot worse than it is. I appreciate when local people have a good
attitude about having tourists. Its so important to be patient with bus traffic and longer
lines; they are here for only a few hours or a few days, such a short time, but its a do-ordie time of year for us.
Nancy making maple creemees at Morse Farm. Photo by Carla Occaso.

Burr estimates that 350 tour buses came through Morse Farm this season, with approximately 35 people on each bus. He hosts people from all over Europe, with the majority
being from the United Kingdom. Besides the English, German and Japanese visitors, he
sees plenty of people who travel from California and all over the West and Midwest, noting
that if they drive its all that much easier to take maple syrup home with them. He sells
maple products the most: syrup, creemees, candy and things that go with syrup like pancake mix. He also sells plenty of souvenirs and cute and cuddly things that grandparents
can bring back to their grandkids. The fall foliage season generates a strong 25 percent
of income for Morse Farm. He says, The average tourist 15 years ago had more disposable
income. Now, our sales stay pretty constant from year to year.
With an early start, exceptional weather, and gorgeous leaves, its officially been a very
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Berlin, State Move Toward


Berlin Pond Access
by Page Guertin

he Berlin Select Board, at its October 20 meeting, agreed by a 4-1 vote


to sign a memorandum of agreement
(MOA) with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife
Department (F&W) which paves the way
for F&W to build a non-motorized public
access area for fishermen and boaters at the
north end of Berlin Pond. The MOA states
that F&W will pay to obtain all required
permits, and design and construct the access
on Berlin's land. In turn, Berlin will hire
a surveyor, an attorney, or both to verify
its ownership of the property, and draft a
lease for F&W to manage the access. F&W
will reimburse the town 50 percent of the
cost of surveying and deed research, up to
$5,000, and Berlin will be on the hook for
up to $20,000 of F&W's expenses if Berlin
decides to discontinue development of the
access area.
Although board Chair Ture Nelson stated
that this MOA is almost the same as one
discussed this past spring, there is one subtle
difference: The previous agreement, while
also limiting F&W's cost share to $5,000,
offered to pay 50 percent of the price of
deed research and 100 percent of the fee for
additional required survey work. Therefore,
the new agreement could cost the town
more. Nelson said that implementation of
the earlier agreement was delayed until two
petitions concerning use of the pond were
decided by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
According to F&W representative Mike
Wichrowski, one of the dozen people attending, if the town has only a right-of-way
but not ownership of the land, the access
would not go forward. He said that the
MOA represents the state's good faith effort
to share the expense of the survey and research, and that if the board did not sign it,
the town might be liable for the entire cost.
Wichrowski said that the access, if built,
will include a parking area, preferably grass
and not gravel, and reconfiguring of the
granite blocks situated along the edge of the
water to create steps. There will be no concrete ramp or gravel brought into the pond.

Questions from resident Bob Greene ignited


an inconclusive discussion around whether
the agreement was just for sharing the cost
of establishing or refuting land ownership,
or if it committed the town to proceeding
with the access if ownership is confirmed.
Asked about costs and benefits of the access to Berlin, Nelson replied simply, "In
November of 2012, the voters approved developing access."
Further requests from resident Cathy Hartshorn to clarify specific language in the
MOA led Wichrowski to complain, "This
has exploded into an onerous process."
Hartshorn replied, "This is an important
issue. Both sides want to get it right."
Wichrowski advised the board to sign the
MOA, insisting that it is only a placeholder,
not a binding legal contract.
Berlin officials intend to approach Montpelier with a request to share funding of
Berlin's half of the survey and deed research
costs. F&W also plans to discuss the access
with city officials.
This decision has been on Berlin's agenda
for a while. As of June 2013, the town's Berlin Pond committee had met several times
with F&W, explored possible sites along the
shore for the access, and determined that
the best location was the north end of the
pond in the area between Berlin Pond Road
and Paine Turnpike. This is the area where
both roads were relocated to their present
position, and the north end of the pond
filled in, by the construction of Interstate
89 in the 1960s, leading to the uncertainty
about land ownership. At that time, Berlin
Pond was protected by a Vermont Board
of Health order. In February of this year,
Berlin asked the Agency of Transportation
to put the old road back on the road map,
from which it had been removed when the
road was relocated.

T H E B R I D G E

Savoy Theater Co-Founder


to Lead 'Looking Closely at
Movies'

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The classes will see clips of Charlie


Chaplin in Modern Times

by The Bridge staff

ick Winston, co-founder of Montpeliers Savoy Theater and the Green Mountain Film
Festival, will be leading three classes in film at the Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA)
next month. Looking Closely at Movies will afford an inside view of the film-making
process and an introduction to basic film vocabulary, according to a press release from Winston, who lives in Adamant.
The three sessions will explore the fundamentals of film direction and delve into movies from
throughout film historyfrom the silents through the classics of John Huston and Orson
Welles, for example, to more recent masterworks by the likes of Woody Allen and Martin
Scorsese. The classes will also consider foreign directors and how they have influenced U.S.
cinematic art.
Without Fellini there might be no Scorsese, Winston explained, in an interview with The
Bridge. The movies that young film buffs see in their teens often have a role in the films they
make when they become directors.
Winston has been teaching film history at the Community College of Vermont and the Montpelier senior center. He has also been staging film series in Randolph, Marshfield and Calais.
Hell be repeating the Looking Closely at Movies classes in Calais this winter.
The VCFA classes will take place November 10, 17 and 24, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., in College
Hall. The fee for each class is $40; for the entire course, $100.

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The Haybarn Theatre. Photo courtesy of


goddard.edu.

Student Center. Photo by Eileen Brunetto

Interview with alumna Eileen Brunetto


by Carla Occaso
The Bridge: Tell us about yourself.
Eileen Brunetto: Im an academic coordinator for geology at Middlebury College in
Middlebury, Vermont. Ive lived in Vermont
for 16 years, and not long after I moved here,
I enrolled in the weekend program at Vermont
College and completed a bachelors degree.
I worked for attorneys as a legal assistant for
25 years (Im not bragging.) Im married to
Charlie and we have kids and grandchildren.
We also have three cats. Its important that I
mention the cats.
I am also a writer of nonfiction and memoir,
as well as a certified massage therapist. I maintain a blog entitled Jersey Sauce where I talk
about pretty much whatever I want. I enjoy
coaching other writers in the memoir genre.
I walk and hike the paths of Vermont (nothing too strenuous!) I read, travel and hang
out with good friends and family. I recently
moved to Hinesburg after leaving a spot on a
wooded hill in Cornwall. Im still missing the
place, but looking forward is part of what life
is about.

I assist in budgetary issues and the purchasing


of various equipment. The bonus is that I get
to work with wonderful geology students at
Middlebury, whose education is partly dedicated to understanding the land and environment.

The Bridge: Do you think your experience at


Goddard helped you get your current job?
Eileen Brunetto: My Goddard degree has
earned me the respect and confidence of the
faculty and colleagues with whom I work.
Middleburys administration officially acknowledged that I experienced an extremely
challenging work year during my last semester
at Goddard, while completing my MFA [Master of Fine Arts].

suit the individual adult learner. With an accumulated 40-year career as a legal assistant
and academic coordinator, I desired to explore
my creativity. Most Goddard students come to
the college with much life experience; thus, the
student may have already located her themes
of interest in life, relationship and art. Once at
Goddard, the student is then free to explore,
learn, understand and bring to fruition these
themes of interest. The student benefits from
an academically exciting, open environment in
a culture that allows the individual to flourish
personally. A student realizes further potential
as a human being and becomes more prolific,
productive, enlightened and confident. Another common thread at Goddard: Freedom
complements discipline.

The Bridge: How did you learn about God- The Bridge: What is your favorite part of the
dard?
program?
Eileen Brunetto: I learned about Goddard Eileen Brunetto: My favorite part of the profrom a few local acquaintances, one most gram is, no doubt, my interaction with other
specifically, a woman with whom I attended learners. Yeah, there are plenty of quirky, inVermont College, who works at Goddard and teresting people at Goddard, the faculty inearned her graduate degree from its MFAIA cluded, not to mention the collective talent
[Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts]
The Bridge: What is your current profession? program. She sensed I would thrive in God- of its facultytheir nightly readings are an
inspirational highlight of the program. It was
Eileen Brunetto: My current job is academic dards environment, and she was right.
a complete relief and blessing to pursue my
coordinator at Middlebury College. I help my The Bridge: Tell us a bit about the program. graduate degree among such a diverse, interdepartment set up courses and field trips, and
esting, gifted group of people. I always say
Eileen Brunetto: Goddards various programs

that after the birth of my two kids, Goddard


was the best experience of my lifetime. The
staff and faculty care about the students, and
it comes through in every interactionthis is
what makes Goddard unique. Goddard is not
only an educational institution, its a family.
The reason Im on Facebook (aside from my
granddaughter) is so that I may stay in touch
with my Goddard colleagues. I dont know
what Id do without the wit, enthusiasm, encouragement, support and camaraderie of my
fellow Goddardites.

The Bridge: What is the average Goddard


student like?
Eileen Brunetto: Is there an average Goddard
student? If you consider diverse and interesting
average, then yes, theres an average student.
He can be from the inner city and write short
stories. She can be a lost lamb who finds
solace amongst fellow artists. She can come
from an ordinary middle-class background as
a late-bloomer and leave with a sense of grand,
yet personal, accomplishment that she never
thought possible.

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The Higher-Education Series

PLAINFIELD

Interview with Goddard Interim President Robert Kenny


by Nat Frothingham
The Bridge: We thought we would open by
asking you if you would be so kind as to distinguish Goddard College from the other five
colleges and learning centers (in Washington
County). Where does Goddard fit?
Interim President Kenny: The first defining
thing is that all of our programs use a low-residency model, which means that the students
come in at the start of every semester. They
write a plan of study for the semester that they
carry out with the guidance of facultythe
communication system (that is really not an
online communication system, although, they
do use an electronic system to communicate
some) and packets which allow for the passing
of physical results of the work. They call these
packets. So much work is done at the end of
so many weeks from the student to the faculty
who evaluates it, writes comments, sends it
back to the student and then carries on. (The
student) continues their work study into the
next packet and then they complete course of
study over the course of a semester. So they
use low residency, the students come in for
eight days at the start of the month, then they
virtually all go back to their homes; their home
towns that is uniquely different. We do seven
of those residencies in Vermont each semester.

plinary arts; art. We run two residencies in one


in Vermont and one in the state of Washington for those programs. We also have a fairly
good-sized psychology program an education
programthe education program is smaller,
but we do run a residency here and one in
Seattle, Washington, so we have two different residencies for that. We also have at the
undergraduate level a BFA in writing, which
is one of the few in the country and we have
been doing that now for a number of years and
it has been very successful

The Bridge: What is the current moment like


at the college? What is flourishing. What
is dynamic? What needs attention? What is
vexing?

Interim President Kenny: At our commencements, one of the things that we do is


we interview every student. The faculty advisor introduces every student, describes their
work and then the student has a moment to
say something to the group that is gathered
at the commencement. I can tell you, I think
without anyone disagreeing, that the work that
they do is just outstanding. It is a significant
change and they almost all cite that, and they
cite the support of their faculty. They develop
very close relationships with their faculty advisorsmore on the line of the Oxford/CamThe Bridge: How long are the residencies?
bridge model. They are very enthused about
Interim President Kenny: The residency
what they have accomplished here under the
length is a nine-day period.
model that we have allowed them access to. So
The Bridge: So some of the programs are that is exciting and it continues to be exciting.
I know it has been essentially the humanities
The Bridge: Before we leave that, could you
I think in many ways? This is not exactly a
give me, could you crystallize, make concrete
technical college.
for me the transformations that are going on,
Interim President Kenny: We are a little or some of the ways that the encounter with
more focused on the graduate end of the cycle. learning is making a dramatic difference in the
And then on the graduate end of things we lives of graduates.
have an MFA in writing, an MFA in interdisciInterim president Kenny: The basis for the

model of the educational system that we use


comes from John Dewey. John Dewey believed
that one of the important components of encouraging somebody to learn is that they use
their experiences and their passions in order
to develop what they want to learn and that
if you take those experiences and passions and
you apply it on to some learning criteria, you
get a lot better outcomes. The transformation
is greater than if you go the more traditional
way of saying, you should learn this and you
should that. When a student in our program
wants to learn math or writing, they are doing
it based on experience that they have had. So
the example that I was going to use was one
of the students had gone through a very traumatic event in her life and was significantly
affected by that and used creative writing as a
way of healing, as a way of understanding her
trauma and understanding how she would be
in the world understanding healing. She had
done that independently and then she came to
Goddard and decided to understand that role
of how did it fit in and did a very comprehensive study of that and I think it, rewarded her
in coming to an understanding about herself
but also an understanding about herself that
could be extrapolated to others.

The Bridge: So, was her project creative writing?


Interim president Kenny: Her project was
actually understanding how trauma can be
affected by creative writing and she explored
the project both from a research direction, but
also by using creative writing in the project.
She wrote poems as a part of her final project,
she wrote a memoir a short memoir as part
of her final project, but also at the same time
understanding how these things affected her
ability to heal.

The Bridge: You were about to talk about


some of the issues you are contending with.
Interim president Kenny: Well, the primary
issue we are contending with is that our enrollment has declined from its peak and as a result
of that weve had to resize ourselves, and resizing to a declining enrollment is a much a more
difficult thing than resizing to an increasing
enrollment. So we have done that in the last
few years and that has created a bit of unrest,
angst, among our staff and faculty, and to
some extent it extrapolates to others.

The Bridge: Is enrollment decline a more general issue?


Interim President Kenny: The demographics in Vermont and in New England and the
Northeast in particular are all showing a decline in the traditional-aged student coming
out of high school. This is not something
you can play around with. There are not as
many. And so, the only way you can attract
more students is by increasing a percentage of
high school students who go on to colleges or
universities, but weve already pretty well done
that. When I was in school it was less than
half. It has gotten up to 70 percent going on
to colleges, and there is not a lot of room there,
it is hard to push beyond 70 percent. Because
you are starting to get into the range of students who are ready for other lives, and not
intellectual lives. Our undergraduate students
are, first of all, only 30 percent of our population or thereabouts, and, secondly they are
almost all nontraditional aged. So, there are
students who have tested out of other institutions, and, I would say, the average student has
been to one [or] maybe three other of the institutions and they are coming here to complete a
degree that they started elsewhere.

SCHOOL OVERVIEW
Location: Plainfield, Vermont, and Port Townsend, Washington
Format: Low-residency
Tuition: $8,565 per semester for MFA in Creative Writing. $8,647 per
semester for MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts
Financial aid: Yes
Accreditation: Accredited by the New England Association of Schools
and Colleges
Enrollment: Roughly 750 students
Faculty: 115 faculty members
Student to faculty ratio: 8:1
Diversity: Two-thirds female, 15 percent identify as members of ethnic or
racial minorities
Mission statement: To advance cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration, and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world. (from the website www.goddard.edu)

Housing: On-site dormitories


History: Initially chartered as a Universalist seminary in 1863, Green
Mountain Central Institute, later renamed Goddard Seminary. Goddard
College was chartered in 1938 at its Plainfield campus by founding president Royce 'Tim' Pitkin. In 1963, Goddard became the first American college to offer adult-degree programs, and now specializes in MA, MFA, BA
and BFA low-residency education. (from the website www.goddard.edu)
Admissions contact: 800-906-8312
Little-known fact: Goddard Colleges founder, Royce Tim Pitkin, was
a graduate of Goddard Seminary and a student of John Dewey. Alarmed
by the rise of fascism in Europe, Pitkin founded Goddard College to
unite the liberal values of the seminary with Deweys belief that interactive, self-directed education could help build civil, democratic societies.
(from the website www.goddard.edu)

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Performing
Arts

OCT. 9

CVHHH Public Flu Vaccination Clinic. Please


bring your Medicare, BC/BS or MVP card with
you. 1011 a.m. Worcester Town Hall, 20 Worcester Village Rd., Worcester. CVHHH flu hotline:
224-2299. cvhhh.org.
American Red Cross Blood Donation: All blood
types needed. Blood donor card, drivers license
or two other forms of identification are required at
check-in. Individuals who are 17+ years of age (16
with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds
and are in generally good health may be eligible
to donate blood. Noon5 p.m. Johnson State
College, 337 College Hill, Johnson. 1800-RED
CROSS. redcrossblood.org.

THEATER, STORYTELLING & COMEDY

Green Mountain Care Board Public Meeting.


Discussion and vote of final vendors for VHCURES 2.0 Procurement. 14 p.m. GMCB
Board Room, City Center Building, 89 Main St.,
2F, Montpelier. gmcboard.vermont.gov.
Prayer Meeting and Worship Service. Second
and fourth Thurs. evening. Jabbok Encounter
Ministries. 8 Daniel Dr., Barre. 479-0302.
VSARA Open House. Behind-the-scene tours
and an exhibition of highlights from the State
Archives. 46 p.m. Vermont State Archives and
Records Administration, 1078 Rte. 2, Middlesex.
Free. 828-2308. archives@sec.state.vt.us. vermontarchives.org.
Historian and Author Gary Shattuck. Shattuck
will discuss and sign copies of his new book, Insurrection, Corruption & Murder in Early Vermont. 6
p.m. Vermont State Archives and Records Administration, 1078 Rte. 2, Middlesex. Free. 828-2308.
archives@sec.state.vt.us. vermont-archives.org.
Meet the Author: Katherine Paterson. Stories
of My Life to be released this month. 6:308
p.m. Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St.,
Barre. Free. 476-7550. aldrichlibrary@gmail.com.
aldrichpubliclibrary.org.
Jewish Identity in Film. Rick Winston will
discuss the emergence of several young writerdirectors who displayed confident and complex
viewpoints on Jewish identity. 6:30 p.m. KelloggHubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free.
223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Meet the Sanborn Familya Real Wonder
Family. The Sanborn family discusses the challenges and joys of raising a daughter with Pfeiffer
Syndrome. Part one of the community-wide
VTReads Wonder by RJ Palacio. Light refreshments. 6:30 p.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N.

Jan Rogers of Williamstown used colored pencils to depict this Brookfield barn. The barn
is no longer in use and she has consequently titled the piece Brookfields Past. It is part
of her display in the Gifford Medical Center art gallery in Randolph. See exhibit listing
under Visual Arts.
Main St., Waterbury. Free. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.

OCT. 24

American Red Cross Blood Donation: All blood


types needed. Blood donor card, drivers license
or two other forms of identification are required at
check-in. Individuals who are 17+ years of age (16
with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds
and are in generally good health may be eligible
to donate blood. 9 a.m.2 p.m. Central Vermont
Medical Center, 130 Fisher Rd., Berin. 1800-RED
CROSS. redcrossblood.org.
Yestermorrow Design/Build School Open
House. Three sessions, join one or all. Certificate
programs 10 a.m.noon; Yestermorrow-UMass
semester in sustainable design/build 13 p.m.;
workshops block 35 p.m. In addition, lecture
by woodworking faculty 7 p.m. Campus tours,
Q & A sessions, information on financial aid and
delicious food. Yestermorrow, 7865 Main St.,
Waitsfield. yestermorrow.org.

Kellogg-Hubbard Story Time on the Road. With


librarian Nicole Westbom. Stories, songs, crafts,
making music with musical instruments and more.
10:30 a.m. Calais Elementary School, preschool
room, 321 Lightening Ridge Rd., Calais. 2234665. khloutreach@kellogghubbard.org.
Free Film Screening. A popular Hollywood
classic. Call center for film title. 2:304:30 p.m.
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St.,
Montpelier. 223-2518.
223-2518
Maplehill School and Farm Harvest Supper.
Enjoy an evening of homemade, local food. 6
p.m. 1350 East Hill Rd., Plainfield. Adults $10;
children 12 and under and seniors 55+ $6; families
of four or more $28. 454-7747. jamie@maplehillschoolandfarm.org. maplehillschoolandfarm.
org.
Friday Night Group. For youth age 1322 who
are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or
questioning. Pizza, soft drinks and conversation.
Cofacilitated by two trained, adult volunteers from
Outright VT. Second and fourth Fri., 6:308 p.m.
Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., Montpelier. Free.
223-7035. Micah@OutrightVT.org.
Twin Valley Senior Center Movie Night. TVSC
and Cutler Library present Vermont Freedom and
Unity, Part two of a series. Suitable for families.
6:309 p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2,
Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. By donation.
223-3322.

OCT. 25

Stowe Work Hike. All abilities. Various distances.


Smugglers' Notch. Fall walk-through on the LT/
Elephant's Head and Sterling Pond trails. Wear
sturdy boots, work clothes and gloves. 8 a.m. Meet
at Montpelier High School, 5 High School Dr.,
Montpelier. 223-3935. trails@gmcmontpelier.org.
Capital City Farmers Market. Last outdoor
market of the season. 53 vendors. 9a.m.1p.m.
Corner of Elm and State, Montpelier. 223-2958.
manager@montpelierfarmersmarket.org.
Ski & Skate Sale Event. Drop off items to sell

Oct. 23: Extempo. Listen to locals tell their


first-person true stories live without notes or
reading. Sign up in advance if you want to tell
a story yourself. 8 p.m. Bridgeside Books, 29
Stowe St., Waterbury. $5. 244-1441. storytelling@extempoVT.com. extempovt.com.
Oct. 24: Local Storytellers Live on Stage.
Twin Valley Senior Center fall fundraiser. Enjoy
your friends and neighbors of all ages telling
true stories on stage about vitality, wisdom and
aging. Plated dinner, dessert and raffle included.
6 p.m. The Canadian Club, 414 E. Montpelier
Rd., Barre. $25. 223-6954. 454-1222. twinvalleyseniors.org.
Oct. 24: Comedian Bob Marley. 8 p.m. Barre
Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $24.50.
476-8188. barreoperahouse.org.
Oct 25: Barre Opera House annual Gala: Viva
Las Vegas. A celebration of the glitz capital of
America. Buffet dinner, silent auction, dinner
and dancing. Cocktails 6 p.m.; dinner 7 p.m.
Capitol Plaza Hotel, 100 State St., Montpelier.
$75. 476-8188. barreoperahouse.org.
Nov. 7: In the Shadow of the Mountain
Luigis Story. Lou Del Bianco portrays his
grandfather Luigi Del Bianco and tells the story
of his unique contribution to the carving of Mt.
Rushmore. Student matinee 1 p.m., $7; 7:30
p.m., adults $10/children $7.
Nov. 7: Friday Night Fires with the Vermont
Comedy Divas. Featuring Hillary Boone,
Carmen Lagala, Josie Leavitt and Sue Schmidt
from the award-winning, well-renown Vermont
Comedy Divas. Dinner by Northeast Kingdoms Southern Smoke Barbecue. 5:308:30
p.m. Fresh Tracks Farm Vineyard & Winery,
4373 VT Rte. 12, Berlin. $18 show only; $30
show and dinner; $35 show, dinner and glass
of wine. Tickets: brownpapertickets.com/
event/886591
Nov. 8: Ransom. The White River Valley
Players reprise their acclaimed production of
Ransom, an original play with music inspired
by the Civil War letters of Ransom W. Towle of
West Rochester. Directed by Ethan Bowen. 7:30
p.m. Chandler Music Hall, 71-73 Main St.,
Randolph. Adults $15; students $10. 728-6464.
chandler-arts.org.
Nov. 8: Steven Wright. Academy Awardwinning American stand-up comedian, actor,
and writer comes to the Barre Opera House.
He is known for his slow, deadpan, monotone
delivery of ironic, witty, deeply philosophical
and sometimes confusing jokes and one-liners
with overly contrived situations. 8 p.m. Barre
Opera House, 6 N. Main St., Barre. $2639.50.
476-8188. barreoperahouse.org.

Fresh Fish
Local Meats
Prepared Foods
Full Deli
Fresh Produce
Creative Wine
and Craft Beer Selection
BREAKFAST

LUNCH

DINNER

1 School Street, Montpelier


223-7051
uncommonmarket.net

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Oct. 23, 47 p.m. and Oct. 24, 9 a.m.7 p.m.


Sale is on Oct. 25, 9 a.m.2 p.m. Montpelier High
School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier. 225-8699.
montpelierrec.org.
Mental Illness and Recovery Workshop. NAMI
Vermonts Introduction to Mental Illness and
Recovery workshop covers information on bipolar
disorder, major depression, schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder,
panic disorder, PTSD, and borderline personality
disorder, the components of recovery, evidence
based practices available in Vermont and resources
and services within our state. 9 a.m.4 p.m. Washington County Mental Health, Sunroom, 9 Heaton St., Montpelier. Free. Registration required:
800-639-6480 or namivt.org.
Fall Foliage Family Hike. Fun hike for the whole
family. All are welcome. 10 a.m. Meet at Frog
Pond in Hubbard Park, Montpelier. Free. 5051436. ashmroy86@gmail.com. goodbeginningscentralvt.org.
Pumpkin Carving Contest and Pie Sale. Art
forms are varied, including visual, performance,
poetry and food. Pumpkins are on site and free.
Pies for sale from local community members and
restaurants. 11 a.m.2 p.m. City Hall Plaza, 39
Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-9604. director@
montpelieralive.org.

OCT. 26

One Stop Country Pet Supply Halloween Party.


Bring your pets for trick or treating fun. Noon3
p.m; pet costume judging 2 p.m. Twin City Plaza,
Barre-Montpelier Rd., Berlin. 479-4307.
Twin Valley Senior Center Fundraising Sunday
Dinner. Eat in or take out. Menu includes savory
meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetable and dessert.
46p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2, Blueberry Commons, E. Montpelier. $10. Reservations: 223-6954.
Chandler Autumn Auction. Live and silent auction to support ongoing programming. Auction
items include museum passes, theatre tickets, ski
passes, music composition lessons and more. 58
p.m. Chandlers Upper Gallery, 71-73 Main St.,
Randolph. $10, includes chili dinner.

OCT. 27

Musical Story Time with Lesley Grant. Singing,


dancing and playing provide a great way to learn.
For ages 18 months 4 years. 10 a.m. Waterbury
Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free.
244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
Barre Community Forum on Risk from Flooding. Moderated by Noelle MacKay, commissioner
of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development. For residents, employees
and business owners in Barre City and Barre
Town. Indentify the risk from flooding along
Gunners Brook. 68 p.m. Aldrich Public Library,
6 Washington St. Barre. 68 p.m. 229-0389. currier@cvregion.com. centralvtplanning.org.
Monthly Book Group for Adults. Join us for the
Jaquith book group. For copies of the book, please
stop by the library. New members are always welcome. Fourth Mon., 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library,
122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary@gmail.com. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
NAMI Vermont Family Support Group. Support
group for families and friends of individuals living
with mental illness. Fourth Mon., 7 p.m. Central
Vermont Medical Center, room 3, Berlin. 800639-6480 or namivt.org.

OCT. 28

Medicare and You Workshop. New to Medicare?


Have questions? We have answers. Second and
fourth Tues., 34:30 p.m. 59 N. Main St., Ste.
200, Barre. Free, donations gratefully accepted.
479-0531. cvcoa@cvcoa.org. cvcoa.org.
The Raising of America: Early Childhood and
the Future of Our Nation. Sneak peek of a powerful new PBS documentary. Sponsored by Let's
Grow Kids and 17 other Vermont organizations
and government agencies. 5:307:30 p.m. Pavilion
Auditorium, 109 State St., Montpelier. Free. letsgrowkids.org/raising-america-conversations.
Efficiency Vermont Community Forum. Efficiency Vermont is hosting a community forum
to get feedback from Vermonters. Light supper
provided. 67:30 p.m. Spaulding High School
cafeteria, 155 Ayers St., Barre. Free. 888-921-5990.
info@efficiencyvermont.com. efficiencyvermont.

Visual Arts
EXHIBITS

Through Oct. 29: Jan Rogers, X-pressions


by Jan. Graphite, pastel and colored pencil
drawings and photographs. Gifford Medical
Center art gallery, 44 S. Main St., Randolph.
728-7000.
Through Oct. 31: Cindy Griffith, The Way I
See It. Local Vermont artist features paintings
using her style of magical realism exaggerating contrast between light and dark while
embellishing color. Red Hen Bakery and Cafe
Gallery, 961 U.S. Rte. 2, Middlesex. 229-4326.
cindy.griffith.vt@gmail.com. hungermountainarts.com.
Through Nov. 1: Studio Place Arts. Three new
shows. Gallery hours: Tues.Fri., 11 a.m.5
p.m.; Sat., noon4 p.m. Studio Place Arts, 201
N. Main St., Barre. 479-7069. studioplacearts.
com.
Main floor: Rock Solid In & Out. 2000 stone
sculptures and assemblages by area artisans
Outside: Take the art stroll around downtown
Barre and view a variety of sculptures created
from granite.
Second Floor: Bills. Bills. Bills. Installation by
Beth Haggart
Third Floor: Who Makes Community. Charcoal drawings by Maria LaPre Grabon and
interviews by Mary-Ellen Lovinsky.
Through Nov. 1: Emily Mitchell, In the Moment. Green Bean Visual Art Gallery at Capitol Grounds, 27 State St., Montpelier. curator@
capitolgrounds.com. Fans of Green Bean Visual
Arts Gallery on Facebook.
Through Nov. 2: Elder Art Exhibit. River
Arts presents an exhibit of work from the
Johnson, Sterling View and Morrisville Elder
Art Groups. Mon.Fri., 9 a.m.4 p.m. Copley
Common Space Gallery, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville. Free. 888-1261. riverartsvt.org.
Through Nov. 1: Art Exhibit at City Center.
Marilyn Wingersky, Cherie Staples and Katy
Blow exhibit their watercolors, oils, pastels
and photos. Exhibitors are members of the Art
Resource Association. City Center, 89 Main St.,
Montpelier. 476-2541.
Through Nov. 9: Finding a Common Thread.
A contemporary fiber art show featuring innovative fabrics, experimental embroidery,
knitting, crochet, lace, weaving, felt, textile
jewelry, tapestry, quilting, soft sculpture, basketry and mixed media. Gallery hours: Fri. 36
p.m.; Sat. and Sun., noon3 p.m. Chandler
Gallery, 7173 Main St., Randolph. 431-0204.
outreach@chandler-arts.org.
Through Nov. 15: Tracey Hambleton, Growing Season. Paintings of Vermont landscapes.
Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
Through Nov. 21: Ben Peberdy. Collage artist
also known as Deluxe Unlimited. Gallery SIX,
6 Barre St., Montpelier. 552-8620. gallerysixvt@gmail.com. gallerysix.weebly.com.
Oct. 24Nov. 23: Matthew Christopher, The
Age of Consequences. Photographs of abandoned spaces in America. Reception: Oct. 24,
6 p.m. Gallery hours: Wed.Sun., noon5 p.m.
Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St., Stowe.
Donations. mail@helenday.com. helenday.com/
com/communityforums.
Yoga Class and Book Signing. Join yoga and
meditation teacher Jeanie Erlbaum in celebrating
her new book Sit with Less Pain. Brief talk followed by 30-minute sample chair yoga class based
on the techniques in her book. 6 p.m. KelloggHubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free.
223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
People's Caf. Occupy Central Vermont will
be hosting candidates from the Liberty Union
Party and local Progressives. Meet the third party
candidates running in the upcoming elections.
Discussion, Q & A, music. 68 p.m. Bagitos, 28
Main St., Montpelier. All are welcome.
World War II Bomber Crash on Camel's Hump.
Presentation by historian and Waterbury Backcountry Rescue Team member Brian Lindner
marking the 70th anniversary of Vermont's most
famous air disaster. 78:30 p.m. Middlesex Town
Hall, upstairs, 5 Church St., Middlesex. Free.
272-8074.

Artwork by collage artist Ben Peberdy now


on display through November 21 at
Gallery SIX in Montpelier.
exhibitions/upcoming
Through Dec. 1: Neysa Russo, Felt Tapestry
Exhibit. Handmade felt tapestries, rugs and
home dcor items. All felt is handmade and
created using a variety of sheep breeds, and a
combination of wet felting and needle felting
techniques. Bagitos, 28 Main St., Montpelier.
neysa.russo@live.com.
Through Dec. 1: Gigi Deslauliers, India by
Heart. Tells her own personal story of arriving
in India 30 years ago for the first time and being so taken with the people and culture they
became her own. Tulsi Tea Room, 34 Elm St.,
Montpelier.
Nov. 2Dec. 18: The Paletteers of Vermont
Fall Art Show. Reception: Nov. 5. 5:307:30
p.m. Milne Room, Aldrich Public Library, 6
Washington St., Barre. Free. 476-7550.
Through Dec. 19: 1864: Some Suffer So Much.
Stories of Norwich alumni who served as military surgeons during the Civil War and traces
the history of posttraumatic stress disorder.
Sullivan Museum and History Center, Norwich
University, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield. 4852183. Norwich.edu/museum.
Through Dec. 19: Art Schaller, Billboard
Buildings: Collage and Mixed Media. Sullivan
Museum & History Center, Norwich University, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield. Free and open
to the public. RSVP encouraged: 485-2183.
SMHC@norwich.edu. norwich.edu/museum.
Through Dec. 31: Oils & Watercolors of Susan
Bull Riley. Paintings of the botanicals, birds
and landscapes of Vermont. Gallery hours vary
but are generally Mon.Fri., 10 a.m.3 p.m;
Sat. hours start in Oct. The Festival Gallery, #2
Village Square, Waitsfield. 496-6682. vermontartfest.com.
Through Dec. 31: Susan Bull Riley. Vermont
landscapes, botanical and bird compositions.

Gallery hours: 8 a.m.4:30 p.m. The Governors Gallery, Pavilion Building, 109 State St.,
5F, Montpelier. 828-0749.
Through Dec. 31: W. David Powell, Everything Must Go 3.0. Artworks from the New
Millennium. Large and vibrant paintings,
prints, mixed media and woven pieces. Gallery hours: 84:30 p.m. Art in the Vermont
Supreme Court, 111 State St., Montpelier.
828-0749.
Nov. 6Jan. 4: Sarah LeVeille, Whimsy.
Acrylic paintings bring the farmyard to life.
Reception: December 18, 57 p.m. Gallery hours: Mon.Thur., 9 a.m.4 p.m.; Fri.,
noon2 p.m. River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St.,
Morrisville. 888-1261. RiverArtsVT.org.
Through Apr. 10: Green Mountain Graveyards: Photo Exhibit. Fascinating look into
the past with these photographs. Vermont
History Museum, 109 State St., Montpelier.
Exhibit included in museum fee. 828-2180.
amanda.gustin@state.vt.us. vermonthistory.org/
calendar.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Oct. 24: SoRo Artwalk. Posters at participating South Royalton businesses and community
organizations guide walkers to different venues
where local artists have paintings, drawings,
photographs, glass, fiber, woodwork and other
art on display. 57 p.m. South Royalton. 7637094. librarian@royaltonlibrary.org.
Oct. 28: Teen Art Studio. Hang out, make art
and dream up ideas with fellow teen artists. For
ages 1118. Helen Day Art Center, 90 Pond St.,
Stowe. Free. 253-8358, education@helenday.
com. helenday.com.

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Author Garret Keizer. Keizer writes about a


variety of social issues and is author of Privacy,
The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want, Help
and Getting Schooled. 7 p.m. Bear Pond Books, 77
Main St., Montpelier. Free. 229-0774. bearpondbooks.com.

OCT. 29

Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Open to


anyone who has experienced the death of a loved
one. 1011:30 a.m. Conference Center. 600
Granger Road, Berlin, VT 05602. Free. 223-1878.
Code for Girls. Girls learn how to make their
own interactive stories and animation using code
through programs such as Scratch, Hopscotch and
Arduino. For girls in grades 46. 34 p.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury.
Free. Register: 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.
com.
CCV Montpeliers 1st annual Empty Bowls.
Fundraising event benefiting Vermont Food Bank.
Eat and mingle with students, staff, instructors
and Montpelier community members. Speak with
students and look at projects they are working on
this semester that relate to food insecurity and
environmental issues. Learn what else you can
do to support a hunger free Vermont. 57 p.m.
Community College of Vermont, 660 Elm St.,

Montpelier. $5 suggested donation.


Keys to Your Business Success: The Micro Business Development Program. Are you thinking
about starting your own small business? Explore
the ideas you have with people that can help you
decide if its the right move for you. These workshops are interactive. You will go home with action
steps you can take the very next day to help you
build your business. 68 p.m. Capstone Community Action, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free. Limited
seating; registration required. Margaret: mferguson@capstonevt.org or 477-5214. Laura: lsudhoff@
capstonevt.org or 477-5176.
Danziger: Live and on Film. Showing of Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy featuring Jeff
Danziger, who will also discuss the film and his
new book. 6:30 p.m. Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite
St., Barre. $10. 479-5600. info@oldlaborhall.com.
oldlaborhall.com.
Nightmares on Main Street. Oct. 2931. Green
Mountain Theater Group presents its annual
haunted house. Beyond its forbidden doors an evil
secret hides; enter if you dare! 711 p.m. The old
funeral parlor, 139 Main St., Montpelier. Adults
$10; children ages 12 and under $7 and must be
accompanied by an adult. 249-0414, LMW2452@
gmail.com.
Waterbury Historical Society Meeting. Skip
Flanders presents Along the Tracks of Waterbury,

THE BRIDGE

the story of the arrival of the Central Vermont


Railroad in 1849 and its effect on business and
industry. Business meeting 7 p.m.; presentation
7:30 p.m. Wesley Methodist Church, 56 S. Main
St., Waterbury. Free.
Two Friends Reading: Andy Potok and Barry
Goldensohn. Join Andy and Barry as they read
from their books, My Fathers Keeper (Potoks
novel) and The Hundred Yard Dash Man (poetry
by Goldensohn). 7 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library,
135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Positive Tactic for Settling Disagreements (and
Soothing Hot Heads). A workshop on conflict
resolution with Judy Cyprian. Discover positive
ways to communicate with people and motivate
them to problem-solve with you so you can reach
mutually beneficial outcomes. A Town Braintap
program. 7 p.m. Twinfield Union School, 106
Nasmith Brook Rd., Plainfield. $10 suggested
donation. Must register in advance: 454-1298 or
townbraintap.net. rickamcn@charter.net.

OCT. 30

American Red Cross Blood Donation: All blood


types needed. Blood donor card, drivers license
or two other forms of identification are required at
check-in. Individuals who are 17+ years of age (16
with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds
and are in generally good health may be eligible to
donate blood. 16 p.m. Twinfield High School,
106 Nasmith Brook Rd., Plainfield. 1800-RED
CROSS. redcrossblood.org.
Vermont's Haunts. With author of the Vermont
Ghost Guide and folklorist Joseph Citro. 23 p.m.
Norwich University, Sullivan Museum and History Center rotunda, 158 Harmon Dr., Northfield.
Free. 485-2183. smhc@norwich.edu.
Montpelier Recreation Department Halloween
Party. Ghoulish games, freaky fun, frightening
food and mysterious magic! Games and refreshments, 56 p.m.; Marko Magic Show 66:30
p.m. 55 Barre St., Montpelier. Free. 225-8699.
montpelierrec.org.
Nightmares on Main Street. Oct. 2931. Green
Mountain Theater Group presents its annual
haunted house. Beyond its forbidden doors an evil
secret hides; enter if you dare! 711 p.m. The old
funeral parlor, 139 Main St., Montpelier. Adults
$10; children ages 12 and under $7 and must be
accompanied by an adult. 249-0414, LMW2452@
gmail.com.

OCT. 31

Halloween Trick or Treat. Visit our stores and restaurants and trick-or-treat in a safe and fun place.
46 p.m. Downtown Montpelier. Free. 223-9604.
director@montpelieralive.org.
Nightmares on Main Street. Oct. 2931. Green
Mountain Theater Group presents its annual
haunted house. Beyond its forbidden doors an evil
secret hides; enter if you dare! 711 p.m. The old
funeral parlor, 139 Main St., Montpelier. Adults
$10; children ages 12 and under $7 and must be
accompanied by an adult. 249-0414, LMW2452@
gmail.com.
Grottoblaster. An immersive puppet show, live
video game, hip hop concert, arcade and house
party. Costumes encouraged. Arcade opens 7:30
p.m.; Halloween costume party 8 p.m. Haybarn
Theatre, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. $1015 advanced online tickets. 322-1685.
meg.hammond@goddard.edu. goddard.edu.

Rd., Derby. 535-2011. Mary@betterbonesnek.org.


betterbonesnek.org.
Grottoblaster (Kids). An immersive puppet
show, live video game, hip hop concert, arcade
and house party. Kids costume contest. For ages 5
and up. Arcade opens 2:30 p.m.; kids show 3 p.m.
Haybarn Theatre, Goddard College, 123 Pitkin
Rd., Plainfield. $10 advanced online tickets. 3221685. meg.hammond@goddard.edu. goddard.edu.

NOV. 2

Pancake Breakfast. Pancake Breakfast with all


the fixings. A community gathering to support the
Old Meeting House. 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Old
Meeting House, 1620 Center Rd., E. Montpelier.
Adults $10; children 7 and under $5. 229-9593.
oldmeetinghouse.org.
Waterbury American Legion Bingo Fundraiser.
Benefits the many projects sponsored by the
Auxiliary. Doors open 11 a.m.; quickie games
noon; regular games 1 p.m. Waterbury American
Legion Post 59 Auxiliary, 16 Stowe St., Waterbury.
244-8404.
Old Fashioned New England Boiled Dinner.
Enjoy a great meal with friends and family. 13
p.m. Twin Valley Senior Center, Rte. 2, Blueberry
Commons, E. Montpelier. By donation. 223-3322.
Day of the Dead Celebration. 5K cross-country
trail run (costumes encouraged), alter-creation and
miniature boat-building workshop, boat race, live
music, performances, readings, snacks, drinks and
bonfire. Registration for 5K race 2:30 p.m.; race
starts 3 p.m. Museum of Everyday Life, 3482 Dry
Pond Rd. (Rte. 16), Glover. Race registration is
suggested donation of $20 for adults and $15 for
students and kids. For complete schedule: 6264409 or museumofeverydaylife.org/newsupdates.

NOV. 3

Parent Meet-Up. Come meet other parents, share


information and chat over light snacks, coffee
and tea. First Mon., 1011:30 a.m. Hayes Room,
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. mamasayszine@gmail.com
Bereavement/Grief Support Group. Open to
anyone who has experienced the death of a loved
one. 6-8pm. Conference Center. 600 Granger
Road, Berlin, VT 05602. Free. 223-1878.
Classic Book Club. New members always welcome. Most first Mon., 68 p.m. Cutler Memorial
Library, 151 High St. (Rte. 2), Plainfield. Free.
454-8504. cutlerlibrary.org/resources/bookclub.

NOV. 4

ADA Advisory Committee Meeting. First Tues.


City managers conference room, City Hall, 39
Main St., Montpelier. 223-9502.
Library Book Delivery Service. First and third
Tues., 1 p.m. See sign-up sheet near office for more
info. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre
St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer's. This program discusses the difference
between normal aging and dementia, explores
how the brain works, defines dementia and goes
through the different stages of the disease, explains
the importance of clinical trials and gives an
overview of the programs and services offered by
the Alzheimers Association. 67:30 p.m. Multiple
Vermont Integrative Technologies sites. See list at
vitlink.org/location. Free. Registration required by
Oct. 28: 800-272-3900.

Womens Circle. Women and mothers discuss


motherhood, family life and womens health.
Hosted by midwives Chelsea Hastings and HanWork Hike with Green Mountain Club. Duxbury. nah Allen. First Tues., 68 p.m. Emerge Midwifery and Family Health, 174 River St., Montpelier.
All abilities. 34 miles round trip. Fall walk-thru
on the Long Trail to Bamforth Ridge Shelter.
Bring lunch, sturdy boots, work clothes, gloves.
8 a.m. Meet at Montpelier High School, 5 High
School Dr., Montpelier. Fred: 223-3935 or trails@
Grandparents Raising Their Childrens Chilgmcmontpelier.org.
dren. First Wed., 10 a.m.Noon. Barre PresbyteNational Federation of the Blind, Montpelier
rian Church, Summer St. 476-1480.
Chapter. First Sat. Lane Shops community room,
The Red Scare Comes to Bethel 1950. Rick
1 Mechanic St., Montpelier. 229-0093.
Winston, community historian and film scholar,
Osteoporosis Education and Support Group.
talks about an incident that epitomizes the McFor those who have been diagnosed with osteopo- Carthy period as it affected Vermonters. An Osher
rosis or osteopenia, have a family member who has Lifetime Learning Institute program. Doors open
been diagnosed or want to learn about osteopo12:30 p.m for brown-bag lunch; programs starts
rosis. Learn from a variety of guest speakers and
1:30 p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58
medical specialists. First Sat., 13 p.m. CommuBarre St., Montpelier. 454-1234. learn.uvm.edu/
nity National Bank, Community Room, Crawford osher-life-long-learning.

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T H E B R I D G E

Music

Oct. 24: Gang of Thieves (rock) $5


Oct. 23: Marc Rogers and Mary Byrne
The
Dupont Brothers perform Vermont-made folk
Americana at Chandler Center for the
Arts on November 7.

Oct. 25: Dave Keller. Solo soul and blues guitar.


Featuring Luther Guitar Jr. Johnson and Matt
Schofield. 6:30 p.m. Rusty Nail, 1190 Mountain
Rd., Stowe. Cover. davekeller.com.

VENUES
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 2299212. bagitos.com.
Oct. 23: Dave Richardson (pop/folk singer/
songwriter) 68 p.m.
Oct. 24: Pip Malt (acoustic country/rock) 68
p.m.
Oct. 25: Irish session with Sarah Blair, Hilari
Farrington, Benedict Koehler, Katrina VanTyne
and others, 25 p.m.
Oct. 26: Eric Friedman and Gretchen Doilon
(folk ballads) 11 a.m.1 p.m.
Capitol Grounds. 27 State St., Montpelier. 79
p.m. Free. 223-7800. capitolgroundsmusic@
gmail.com
Oct. 23: Mike & Bridget Wheeler (jazz)
Oct. 30: Dan Zura (indie/folk)
Nov. 1: Colin McCaffrey (acoustic)
Charlie Os World Famous. 70 Main St.,
Montpelier. Free. Call for show times if not listed:
223-6820.
Oct. 24: Bad Smell, Jovian's Witness (electronica)
Oct. 25: Drag Night w/ House of LeMay
Oct. 29: Brzowski (hip hop)
Oct. 31: Tsunamibots, Black Rabbit, Pity
Whores (punk)
Nutty Stephs. 961C U.S. Rte. 2, Middlesex.
All performances are from 710 p.m. 229-2090.
nightlife@nuttystephs.com. nuttystephs.com.
Oct. 23: Andric Severence (piano jazz)
Oct. 24: Rauli Fernandez & Friends (Latin)
Oct. 25: Roarin 20s Jazzyaoke!
Oct. 31: Rauli Fernandez & Friends (Latin)
Positive Pie. 22 State St., Montpelier. 10:30 p.m.
Ages 21+. 229-0453. positivepie.com.

Oct. 25, 26: Vermont Philharmonic Annual Opera Gala. Featuring the music of Verdi, Donizetti,
Puccini, Cimarosa and others. With soprano Alice
Girle and harpist Anna Odell. Adults $15; seniors
$12; students $5. Tickets available at the door or
in advance online: vermontphilharmonic.org.
Oct. 25: 7 p.m. St. Johnsbury Academy, Fuller
Hall, 1000 Main St., St. Johnsbury.
Oct. 26: 2 p.m. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main
St., Barre.

Oct. 31: Halloween Party: Funkwagon with


Binger (gospel-infused funk) $5
Nov. 7: Steady Betty (ska) $5
Nov. 8: DJ qbert. $15 advance; day of show $20
Sweet Melissas. 4 Langdon St., Montpelier. Free
unless otherwise noted. 225-6012. facebook.com/
sweetmelissasvt.
Oct. 23: Seth Yacovone Acoustic, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 24: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark
LeGrand, 5 p.m.; Chris Killian and the Vermont
Brigade, 9 p.m.
Oct. 25: The Freelancers, 9 p.m.
Oct. 28: open mic night, 7 p.m.
Oct. 29: Wine Down with D. Davis, 5 p.m.;
Alan Greenleaf & The Doctor, 8 p.m.
Oct. 30: Paul Cataldo, 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 31: Honky Tonk Happy Hour with Mark
LeGrand, 5 p.m.; Michelle Sarah Band Halloween Party, 9 p.m. $5.
Nov. 6: Dave Keller (soul and blues guitar) 7
p.m.
The Whammy Bar. 31 County Rd., Calais. 7
p.m. Free. 229-4329. whammybar1.com. Call for
performance times if not listed.

Cancer Support Group. First Wed., 6 p.m.


Potluck. For location, call Carole Mac-Intyre
229-5931.

p.m. Good Beginnings of Central Vermont, 174


River St., Montpelier. Free. Register: 595-7953.
gbcv91@gmail.com. goodbeginningscentralvt.org

U-32 School Board Meeting. Open to the public


and community members are always welcome to
attend. 6 p.m. U-32, Rm. 131, 930 Gallison Hill
Rd., Montpelier. 229-0321.

Lecture Series: Water World. Learn about the


North Branch of the Winooski River and how
the Vermont River Conservancy is protecting it.
Learn about the amazing swimming holes, the
important flood plains, the white water paddling
stretches, and how river science, land conservation and recreational enjoyment all make this
beautiful place so special. 6:308 p.m. North
Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm St., Montpelier.
$5 suggested donation. 229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.

Montpelier School Board Meeting. 7 p.m.


Montpelier High School library, 5 High School
Dr., Montpelier. 225-8000.
Pablo Picasso and Gertrude Stein: The Making of Modernism. With Dartmouth professor
Barbara Will. Part of the Vermont Humanities
Councils First Wednesdays Lecture Series. 7 p.m.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. Free. 223-3338. kellogghubbard.org.
Herbs for Winter Health. Recipes for wellness
with Rosemary Gladstar. Find out what herbal
strategies may help you keep your physical and
emotional balance. Bring your own herbal recipes
to share if you have some. A Town Braintap
program. 7 p.m. Twinfield Union High School,
106 Nasmith Brook Rd., Plainfield. $10 suggested
donation. Must register in advance: 454-1298 or
townbraintap.net. rickamcn@charter.net.
Classic Film Series with Rick Winston and
Tom Blachly. 7 p.m. Jaquith Public Library, 122
School St., Marshfield. Free. 426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.

NOV. 6

MBAC Meeting. Meeting of the Montpelier


Bicycle Advisory Committee. First Thurs., 8 a.m.
Police Station Community Room, 534 Washington St., Montpelier. 262-6273.
Sierra Club Energy and Climate Change Action
Meeting. The Vermont chapter meets to discuss
solutions to climate change and plan next action
steps. Discussion of the night will include the proposed fracked gas pipeline, and highlight solutions
to address climate change. 5:308 p.m.; pizza social 5:306:15. Local 64, 5 State St., Montpelier.
Free. RSVP required for pizza: 505-1540 or robb.
kidd@sierraclub.org.
Birth Healing Workshop Mini-Series. Each birth
is unique and has a profound effect on the woman.
Join Birthing From Within mentor Marianne Perchlik and be supported and honored as we take on
the work of healing from those experiences. 68

Oct 25: Diane Huling, Vermont Pianist.


All Russian concert, with cellist Robert Blais.
Music of Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Scriabin
and Prokofiev. Richs Hollow Concert Series. 4
p.m. Home of Celina Moore and Erik Esselstyn,
2850 Rte. 14, N. Montpelier. $20. Reservations:
454-7306.

Diabetes Support Group. First Thurs., 78 p.m.


Conference room 3, Central Vermont Medical
Center. 371-4152.

NOV. 7

Coffeehouse. Enjoy live music and share your


own. Fellowship, potluck snacks and beverages.
First Fri., 79 p.m. Trinity United Methodist
Church, 137 Main St., Montpelier (park and enter
at rear). Free. 244-5191, 472-8297 or rawilburjr@
comcast.net.

NOV. 8

Crafts Sale. Hot dogs, fries. 8 a.m.4 p.m. North


Barre Manor community room, 455 N. Main St.,
Barre.
Hunger Mountain Coop Health and Wellness
Expo. Sample natural foods and specialy products,
kids pumpkin painting. donate a food item for a
$5-off coupon for the co-op. 10:30 a.m.3 p.m.
Montpelier City Hall, 39 Main St., Montpelier.
223-8000. hungermountain.coop.
Yoga Mountain Studio: Saturday Workshops.
The Art of Satisfaction with Gentle Magic Yoga
with Katie Harrington, noon2 p.m.; Guided
Thai Bodywork with Lori Flower, noon2 p.m.;
Pilates: Exploring the Gravity with Susan Burke,
35 p.m.; The Mechanics of Breath: Meet Your
Diaphragm with Hannah Lynn, 46 p.m. Yoga
Mountain Center, 7 Main St., Montpelier. Call
for workshop fee. 223-5302. yogamountaincenter.
com.

Oct. 24: Sky Blue Boys (bluegrass)


Oct. 25: Red Hot Juba
Oct. 29: Open mic, 6 p.m.
Oct. 30: Poetry slam with Geof Hewitt
Oct. 31: Penny Arcade (blues/jazz)
Nov. 1: Borealis Guitar Duo
Nov. 5: Open mic, 6 p.m.
Nov. 7: Big Hat No Cattle (Texas swing)
Nov. 8: Michael Chornoy and Robinson Morse

ARTISTS & SPECIAL


EVENTS
Oct. 25: Green Mountain Youth Symphony
Playathon Fundraiser. GMYS performers are
raising money by accepting pledges in advance
based on each hour that they will perform music
during the day-long event. 9 a.m.7 p.m. Repertory orchestra 910 a.m.; concert orchestra 10:15
a.m.noon; wind ensemble 12:152 p.m.; senior
orchestra 2:155 p.m.; eurythmics demonstration
5:155:45 p.m. Bake sale 9 a.m. Christ Episcopal
Church, 64 State St., Montpelier. Free, donations
accepted.

Oct. 26: Bramblewood. Bluegrass, folk, country.


68 p.m. Skinny Pancake, 89 Main St., Montpelier. No cover, donations accepted. 262-2253.
Oct. 29: U-32 Middle School Music Concert.
The concert band, intermediate jazz band, orchestra and chorus students. 7 p.m. U-32 auditorium,
930 Gallison Hill Rd., Montpelier.
Oct. 30: U-32 High School Music Concert. The
senior band, jazz band, orchestra and chorus
students. 7 p.m. U-32 auditorium, 930 Gallison
Hill Rd., Montpelier.
Nov. 7: The Starline Rhythm Boys Benefit
Concert. Music, dancing, appetizer buffet, silent
auction, cash bar. Benefiting the US-Japan Technical Connections, Inc. 610:30 p.m. Hilltop Inn
of Vermont (formerly LaGues), 3472 Airport Rd.,
Berlin. $30 for one; $50 for two. 371-8638.
Nov. 7: The Dupont Brothers. Brothers Sam and
Zack DuPont play Vermont-made folk Americana. 7:30 p.m. Chandler Center for the Arts,
71-73 Main St., Randolph. $19 for one; $35 for
two. 728-6464.
Nov. 8: Paul Asbell in Concert. Optional potluck
5:30 p.m.; show starts 7 p.m. Adamant Community Club, 1161 Martin Rd., Adamant. $10
advance; $15 at door. Advance tickets available at
Adamant Co-op. 456-7054.

Coming Up!
Montpelier Alive Request for Proposals for Community and Arts Grant Program,
deadline Oct. 30.
Montpelier Alive is inviting proposals from individuals and organizations for $8,500 in community arts grants. Funding for these grants is comprised of partial revenue from the Montpelier
Downtown Improvement District, a special assessment district within the city of Montpelier.
Applications shall be submitted on or before Thursday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m. to the executive director of Montpelier Alive, Ashley Witzenberger by mail or email at 39 Main Street, Montpelier,
VT 05602 or director@montpelieralive.org. Decisions will be communicated to applicants on
or before Nov. 15 and grant funds will be made available to awardees on or about Nov. 30. For
more information: 223-9604 or director@montpelieralive.org.
2015-2016 Community Fund Grants, deadline Nov. 21.
The Montpelier Community Fund Board is accepting applications for the 2015-16 grant cycle.
Local non-profit organizations and artists are encouraged to review the grant guidelines in order
to understand requirements and eligibility. Completed applications must be received by the City
Manager's Office no later than Nov. 21, 4 p.m.
Application forms and guidelines can be found on the city's website at http://tinyurl.com/
MCF-Application-and-Guidelines. Questions may be directed to Office of the City Manager,
by calling 223-9502; or emailing spitonyak@montpelier-vt.org.
Call to Artists: Art of Place, deadline Dec. 15.
The Chandler Gallery in Randolph invites artists to submit work that evokes a sense of place
and space. We are considering both two- and three-dimensional interpretations of this theme,
which need not rely on literal depiction of location, but use the idea of place as a starting point
for inspiration or source of material. Submissions should be sent digitally to artofplace.chandler@gmail.com by midnight, December 15. Artists will be notified by January 1. Submissions
are limited to two per artist. The show opens on Jan. 17 and will run through March 8, 2015.

Submit your calendar


listing by using our
online submission form at
montpelierbridge.com/
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Weekly Events
ART & CRAFT

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

BICYCLING

Open Shop Nights. Volunteer-run community


bike shop: bike donations and repairs. Tues.,
68 p.m.; other nights. Freeride Montpelier, 89
Barre St., Montpelier. 552-3521. freeridemontpelier.org.

BOOKS & WORDS

Lunch in a Foreign Language. Bring lunch and


practice your language skills with neighbors.
Noon1 p.m. Mon., Hebrew; Tues., Italian;
Wed., Spanish; Thurs., French. KelloggHubbard Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier.
223-3338.
English Conversation Practice Group. For
students learning English for the first time.
Tues., 45 p.m. Central Vermont Adult Basic
Education, Montpelier Learning Center, 100
State St. 223-3403.
Ongoing Reading Group. Improve your reading and share some good books. Books chosen
by group. Thurs., 910 a.m. Central Vermont
Adult Basic Education, Montpelier Learning
Center, 100 State St. 223-3403.

BUSINESS & FINANCE,


COMPUTERS

Technology Assistance. Weekly computer


and technology help by graphic designer Nate
Vaughan. Most Mon., 1011:30 a.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free; open to the public. Call to confirm:
223-2518. msac@montpelier-vt.org.
Build Your Money Muscles Workshops. Topics
cover credit, budget, tracking your income and
expenses. Every Mon. through Nov. 17. (No
workshop Oct. 13.) 1011:30 a.m. Capstone
Community Action, 20 Gable Pl., Barre. Free.
Sign-up: 477-5214. mferguson@capstonevt.org.
Computer and Online Help. One-on-one
computer help. Tues. and Fri., 10 a.m.1 p.m.
Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St., Waterbury. Free. Registration required: 244-7036.
Personal Financial Management Workshops.
Learn about credit/debit cards, credit building
and repair, budgeting and identity theft, insurance, investing, retirement. Tues., 68 p.m.
Central Vermont Medical Center, Conference
Room 3. Registration: 371-4191.

FOOD & DRINK

Community Meals in Montpelier. All welcome. Free.


Mon.: Unitarian Church, 130 Main St., 11
a.m.1 p.m.
Tues.: Bethany Church, 115 Main St., 11:30
a.m.1 p.m.
Wed.: Christ Church, 64 State St., 11
a.m.12:30 p.m.
Thurs.: Trinity Church, 137 Main St., 11:30

a.m.1 p.m.
Fri.: St. Augustine Church, 18 Barre St., 11
a.m.12:30 p.m.
Sun.: Last Sunday only, Bethany Church, 115
Main St. (hosted by Beth Jacob Synagogue),
4:305:30 p.m.
Lunches for Seniors. Mon., Wed., Fri., Noon.
Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E.
Montpelier. $4 suggested donation. 223-3322.
twinvalleyseniors.org.
Feast Together & To-Go. All proceeds benefit
the Feast Senior Meal Program. Tues. and Fri.
Dance/play with the band, 10:30 a.m.; communal/take-out meals, noon1 p.m. Montpelier
Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier.
Seniors 60+ free; guests and others under 60 $7;
to-go meals $9 for all. Please make reservations
at least one day in advance: 262-6288.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Turning Point Center. Safe, supportive place


for individuals and their families in or seeking recovery. Daily, 10 a.m.5 p.m. 489 North
Main St., Barre. 479-7373.
Sun.: Alchoholics Anonymous, 8:30 a.m.
Tues.: Making Recovery Easier workshops,
67:30 p.m.
Wed.: Wits End Parent Support Group, 6
p.m.
Thurs.: Narcotics Anonymous, 6:30 p.m.
Bone Building Exercises. All seniors welcome.
Every Mon., Wed. and Fri. 10:4511:45 a.m.
Twin Valley Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E.
Montpelier. Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors.
org.
Tai Chi for Seniors. Led by trained volunteers.
Every Mon. and Fri., 12 p.m. Twin Valley
Senior Center, 4583 U.S. Rte. 2, E. Montpelier.
Free. 223-3322. twinvalleyseniors.org.
Living Strong Group. Volunteer-led group.
Sing while exercising. Open to all seniors. Every
Mon., 2:303:30 p.m. and every Fri., 23 p.m.
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St.,
Montpelier. Free. Register: 223-2518. msac@
montpelier-vt.org.
Sex Addicts Anonymous. Mon., 6:30 p.m.
Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier.
552-3483.
Overeaters Anonymous. Twelve-step program for physically, emotionally and spiritually
overcoming overeating. Two meeting days and
locations. Tues., 5:306:30 p.m. at Episcopal
Church of the Good Shepherd, 39 Washington St., Barre. 249-0414. Fri., noon1 p.m. at
Bethany Church, 115 Main St., Montpelier.
223-3079.
HIV Testing. Vermont CARES offers fast oral
testing. Thurs., 25 p.m. 58 East State St., Ste. 3
(entrance at back), Montpelier. Free. 371-6222.
vtcares.org.
Growing Older Group. Informal drop-in group
to share experiences, thoughts and fears about
aging. Every Fri., 10:3011:30 a.m. Montpelier
Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier.
223-2518.

KIDS & TEENS

Baby & Toddler Story Time. Every Mon., 10


a.m. Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St.,
Waterbury. Free. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
Orchard Valley Playgroup. An early childhood
educator will lead the group, featuring seasonal
songs, lap games, a puppet story, free play and
conversation. For ages 4 and under and their
parent/caregiver. Every Mon. through May,
12:30 p.m. Orchard Valley Waldorf School,
2290 VT Rt. 14 N, E. Montpelier. Space
limited to 10 families; pre-registration required.
morgan.i@ovws.org.
The Basement Teen Center. Cable TV, PlayStation 3, pool table, free eats and fun events for
teenagers. Mon.Thurs., 36 p.m.; Fri., 311
p.m. Basement Teen Center, 39 Main St., Montpelier. 229-9151.
Story Time and Playgroup. Story time with
Sylvia Smith and playgroup with Melissa Seifert.
For ages birth6 and their grown-ups. We follow the Twinfield Union School calendar and do

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not hold programs when Twinfield is closed. Every Wed. through June 3. 1011:30 a.m. Jaquith
Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. Free.
426-3581. jaquithpubliclibrary.org.
Read to Coco. Share a story with Coco, the
resident licensed reading therapy dog, who
loves to hear kids practice reading aloud. Wed.,
3:304:30 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135
Main St., Montpelier. Sign up ahead: 223-4665
or at the childrens desk. kellogghubbard.org.
Read with Arlo. Meet reading therapy dog Arlo
and his owner Brenda. Sign up for a 20-minute block. Thurs., 45 p.m. Kellogg-Hubbard
Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-4665.
kellogghubbard.org.
Preschool Story Time. Every Fri., 10 a.m.
Waterbury Public Library, 28 N. Main St.,
Waterbury. Free. 244-7036. waterburypubliclibrary.com.
Drop-in Kinder Arts Program. Innovative
exploratory arts program with artist/instructor
Kelly Holt. Age 35. Fri., 10:30 a.m.noon.
River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St., Morrisville.
888-1261. RiverArtsVT.org.
Teen Fridays. Find out about the latest teen
books, use the gym, make art, play games and if
you need to, do your homework. Fri., 35 p.m.
Jaquith Public Library, 122 School St., Marshfield. 426-3581.
Mad River Valley Youth Group. Sun., 79 p.m.
Meets at various area churches. Call 497-4516
for location and information.

MUSIC & DANCE

Barre-Tones Womens Chorus. Open rehearsal. Find your voice with 50 other women.
Mon., 7 p.m. Alumni Hall, Barre. 223-2039.
BarretonesVT.com.
Dance or Play with the Swinging over 60
Band. Danceable tunes from the 1930s to the
1960s. Recruiting musicians. Tues., 10:30 a.m.
noon. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58
Barre St., Montpelier. 223-2518.
Monteverdi Young Singers Chorus Rehearsal.
New chorus members welcome. Wed., 45 p.m.
Montpelier. Call 229-9000 for location and
more information.
Piano Workshop. Informal time to play, refresh
your skills and get feedback if desired with
other supportive musicians. Singers and listeners
welcome. Thurs., 46 p.m. Montpelier Senior
Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. Free;
open to the public. 223-2518. msac@montpelier-vt.org.
Ukelele Group. All levels welcome. Thurs., 68
p.m. Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58
Barre St. 223-2518.
Gamelan Rehearsals. Sun., 79 p.m. Pratt
Center, Goddard College. Free. 426-3498. steven.light@jsc.edu. light.kathy@gmail.com.

OUTDOORS

Barre Town Forest Nature Walks. Easy to


moderate walks of about 1.5 hours. Volunteerled walks for all ages through woodlands and
abandoned quarries. Dogs on leashes welcome.
Every Tues. and Sun. through Oct. 28, 9 a.m.
Meet at parking area: 44 Brook Rd., Websterville. For more info: 476-4185. kotchm@
charter.net.

SOLIDARITY/IDENTITY

Womens Group. Women age 40 and older


explore important issues and challenges in their
lives in a warm and supportive environment.
Facilitated by Amy Emler-Shaffer and Julia W.
Gresser. Wed. evenings. 41 Elm St., Montpelier.
262-6110.

SPIRITUALITY

Christian Science Reading Room. Have you


ever asked yourself, How can I grow spiritually? You're invited to visit the Reading Room
and see what we have for your spiritual growth.
You can borrow, purchase or simply enjoy material in a quiet study room. When we are closed,
we have free literature out on the Portico, over
the bench, for you to read or take with you.
Tues., 11 a.m.5 p.m.; Wed., 11 a.m.7:15
p.m.; Thurs.Sat., 11 a.m.1 p.m. 145 State St.,
Montpelier. 223-2477.
Christian Counseling. Tues. and Thurs. Daniel
Dr., Barre. Reasonable cost. By appt. only:
479-0302.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. For
those interested in learning about the Catholic
faith, or current Catholics who want to learn
more. Wed., 7 p.m. St. Monica Church, 79
Summer St., Barre. Register: 479-3253.
Deepening Our Jewish Roots. Fun, engaging
text study and discussion on Jewish spirituality.
Sun., 4:456:15 p.m. Yearning for Learning
Center, Montpelier. 223-0583. info@yearning4learning.org.

SPORTS & GAMES

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

YOGA & MEDITATION

Yoga and Meditation. With Katy Leadbetter.


Meditation: Mon., 1 p.m. (unlimited). Introduction to yoga: Tues., 4 p.m. (four-class limit).
Consultation: Fri., 11 a.m. (one per person). 56
East State St., Montpelier. Free. 272-8923.
Christian Meditation Group. People of all
faiths welcome. Mon., noon1 p.m. Christ
Church, Montpelier. 223-6043.
Zen Meditation. With Zen Affiliate of Vermont. Wed., 6:307:30 p.m. 174 River St.,
Montpelier. Free. Call for orientation: 2290164.
Meditation Sitting Group. With Sherry Rhynard, stress management coach. A weekly meditation group offers ways to find out more about
meditation and gives support to an existing or
new practice. Thurs., 67 p.m. Central Vermont
Medical Center, 130 Fisher Rd., Berlin. Free.
272-2736. sherry@easeofflow.com.
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.

Robins Nest Nature Playgroup. Offers parents,


caregivers and children ages birth5 an opportunity to play outside and discover the sights,
sounds and sensations of the forests and fields at
the NBNC. Every Fri. through Dec. 12. 9:30
11:30 a.m. North Branch Nature Center, 713
Elm St., Montpelier. Free; donations welcome.
229-6206. northbranchnaturecenter.org.

RECYCLING

Additional Recycling. The Additional Recyclables Collection Center accepts scores of


hard-to-recycle items. Tues. and Thurs., 12:30
p.m.5:30 p.m. ARCC, 540 North Main St.,
Barre. $1 per carload. 229-9383 x106. For list of
accepted items, go to cvswmd.org/arcc-additional-recyclables-collection-center.html.

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personalization
community
sustainability

This page was paid for by the Montpelier Public Schools.

MHS Students Take on Food


Insecurity

STUDENT VOX POP

Montpelier High School students, teachers, and staff focused on the theme of food
insecurity for the 6th annual Fall Harvest Celebration. On October 16th, students partnered with local farms & non-profits to take action against food insecurity in our region.
Students worked with the Vermont Food Bank, Salvation Farms, Community Harvest of
Central Vermont, Capstone Community Kitchen, the Youth Conservation Corps Health
Care Share, Christ Churchs soup kitchen, and Hike for Hunger to raise funds and food
for those who are in need. Students tweeted to #mhsfhc to share their work online across
sites. One recent MHS graduate tweeted that he was sorry he wasnt there to take part.
After working in the community, students gathered in the high school gym for a localvore feast, seated at tables with their teacher advisories, each hand-decorated with a
unique theme. The shared meal consisted of of braised pork, corn muffins, squash soup,
mashed potatoes, beet & carrot salad, Vermont coleslaw, and fresh greens with maple
balsamic vinaigretteall locally grown and raised. Mr. McLane's 3rd Graders joined the
highschoolers to share in the celebration, bringing with them beets and potatoes they had
grown at Union Elementary.
Fall Harvest Celebration is the time of year to
celebrate all the sustainability that we create at
the high school each and every day, however, it is
not a time to lay back and relax! Its a time to get
further engaged in our community and spread sustainable choices to the rest of the
community.

- Tuller Schricker

To me, the Fall Harvest Celebration is about


coming together as a school and opening our eyes
to the community around usI think this year
was even more special because we got to see what
outside communities were like. I think the Fall
Harvest Celebration is one of the reasons why
MHS is such an amazing school.
- Isabel Tomasi

Nature +
Technology
= Learning at
UES
Students & teachers performed together to entertain during the Fall Harvest Celebration meal, everything from skits to spoken word performance, from hiphop to chamber
music. Nicaraguan students from Planting Hope were also on hand to teach their U.S.
counterparts some Central American dance moves and music. As school events go, the
MHS Fall Harvest Celebration may be unique in its commitment to community, sustainabilityand serious fun.

DID YOU KNOW?


MHS students have designed and built a chicken coop. Its 20
chickens produce 2 dozen eggs a day.
Fall Harvest Celebration saved nearly 28,000 food miles by
serving only locally produced food to the MHS community
(saving approx. 4,650 gallons of diesel fuel to keep nearly
102,019 lbs. of CO2 out of the atmosphere).

17 local farms & non-profits partnered with MHS


students to raise funds and harvest food to combat food
insecurity.

5 High School Drive, Unit #1


Montpelier, VT 05602
Students will be capable,
motivated contributors to
their local, national and
world communities.

Union Elementary School wants students to think about the environment too.
Recently classes of kindergarten students
paired up to explore fall colors, leaves,
and whatever else they could find on an
ECO trip to Harrison Field. The students
carried iPads to photograph everything
from leaves to click beetlesand they
snapped some trees to be used for future
writing projects. They also carried paint
color swatches to fine-tune their observation skills.
Mrs. Wrigley had this to say about the
combination of nature & technology,
My goal using technology during an
ECO lesson was to enable students to
capture their observations instantly. The
lesson focused on using our five senses
to identify similarities and differences
among fallen leaves in the forest at Harrision Park, our ECO science site. I wanted
the iPads to be a medium for students to
record their thinking. My goal is to return
to the photos for a follow up reflection
lesson in the classroom. I'll also be using
the photos for extending learning about
leaves, as well as a review of the ECO
lesson before introducing the next one in
two weeks - and I'll have the learning at
my fingertips, thanks to the iPads!!...We
close every ECO lesson with a Thanksgiving Circle, all together taking turns to
share a wonderful moment in our outdoor
learning. A few students mentioned being
able to use the iPads, I loved being able to
take a photo of the cool things I found. It
was so fun using the iPad outside and with
my buddy!

Main Street
Middle
Keeping it
Green
The Main Street Middle School Green
Team is also leading the way when it
comes to sustainability issues. They conducted a waste stream audit to see how
the school is doing with recycling, composting and trash disposal. Main Street
will use the results to educate the school
on better habits for composting and recycling.
The Green Team also distributed reusable
water bottles to all MSMS students to
encourage use of the water refilling water
fountains, now that the school has eliminated the sale of single-use water bottles.
Finally, guest speaker Erin Malloy from
Vermont Energy Education Program presented on how to "Button Up" our homes
for winter to help conserve heat and energy costs. From this presentation the
Whole School Energy Challenge committee created a short video educating people
what they could do to "Button Up" their
house for a statewide contest.

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Eye on Montpelier
by Ashley Witzenberger, Executive Director at Montpelier Alive

We hope everyone enjoyed the ArtsFest on Saturday night. Montpelier Alive would like
to thank the following people for helping to make it a spectacular event:
Northfield Savings Bank
Jesse Jacobs & the Jacobs Family
Gossens Bachman Architects
Barre Electric
Three Penny Taproom
Vermont College of Fine Arts
North Branch Vineyards
Studio Place Arts
Gallery SIX
Art Resource Association
John Snell
One Arts Collective
Eve Jacobs-Carnahan
Carrie-Anne Greene
Glen Coburn Hutcheson
Tom Bachman
Linn Syz
Jana Markow
Naosha Lestat
Greg & Laurie Gossens
Summit School
Susan Picking
Cirque de Fuego
Mark your calendars for the following events:
Saturday, October 25, 11 a.m.2 p.m.
Join us in City Hall Plaza for pumpkin carving, pie sale and apple cider. Kids can take
their pumpkins home to get ready for Halloween!
Friday, October 31, 45:30 p.m.
Families are invited downtown to show off their best costumes and trick-or-treat for Halloween in all of our downtown stores!
Tuesday, November 11, Assemble at 9:30 a.m. at Main Street Roundabout
Veterans Day Parade. Closing ceremony to follow parade in Montpelier High School
parking lot.
Save-the-Dates:
Downtown Design Summit: Thursday, November 20
Flannel Friday: Friday, November 28
Holiday Wagon Rides: November 28 (Flannel Friday), Saturdays November 29, December 6, 13, 20.

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Book Review

Moses Robinson and the


Founding of Vermont
by Robert A. Mello
reviewed by Lindsey Grutchfield

ermonts early years were characterized by chaos and uncertainty, but


also by extraordinary resilience and
independence on the part of her people.
What had previously been an isolated frontier outpost began to grow in the mid 1700s
with an influx of settlers, who were lured by
plentiful, cheap land. Here arose the source
of the conflict that would dominate the area
for decades to come. The New Hampshire
Grants, as they were called, were claimed
by both the colonies of New York and New
Hampshire and, accordingly, both issued
land titles to settlers in the region, titles that
often conflicted with one another. Rather
than resolve the issue at an administrative
level, New York attempted to seize land
owned and farmed by numerous settlers,
who had purchased their homesteads from
New Hampshire. Obviously, these attempts
met a less than stellar reception among the
settlers of the region. They rose up in defiance, not only against the British, with whom the
13 colonies were beginning to wage war, but against the neighboring colonies as well, all of
whom claimed land in what was now Vermont. This was the golden age of the Green Mountain Boys and other strong-willed citizens of Vermont, among them Moses Robinson, whose
illustrious political career was only just beginning.

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The tumultuous beginning of the Green Mountain State is thoroughly recounted in Robert
A. Mellos new book, Moses Robinson and the Founding of Vermont, as is the life and career
of a man who helped to bring it about, though far more of the book is devoted to the former
than the latter. Indeed, at times it seems as though Robinson himself is something of an
afterthought, or at most remains little more than an example of a prominent man of the age.
Instead, the state of the territory, and later the young republic, takes center stage.
The story being told is fascinating, and the writing of Moses Robinson and the Founding of
Vermont does it justice, avoiding the pitfalls of dragging academic prose or brief, sensational
coverage. In addition, Mello does an excellent job of bringing the characters involved to
life. Had Moses Robinson himself played a bigger role in the story, this could have been a
real asset. Even in his minor role, Robinson is a well-fleshed-out historical character, as are
Thomas Chittenden, Ira Allen, and other prominent figures in early Vermont history.

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Moses Robinson is a story well told, and the story in question is an interesting one. With that
said, Moses Robinson himself is a side character, no more prominently featured than any
other political figure of early Vermont history, and as such, the book is not, as the cover and
title imply, in any way focused on him.

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Theres Always Something To Celebrate at Party Central


by Carla Occaso

he Bridge recently turned the spotlight on the areas newest costume


and party supply store Party Central
located on Main Street in Barre. The subject is fitting since Halloween and a slew of
other popular holidays are just around the
corner.

bat or you pull a string and out falls candy


and small toys.

Store owner Yvonne Trepanier spoke with


Nat Frothingham from The Bridge and explained why she got into the business.

When asked what aspect of the business


Trepanier likes the most, she said she likes
dealing with customers and helping them
throw the event they want to throw. She
admits this town isnt necessarily a big party
town, but people do like to celebrate birthdays, graduations, holidays, anniversaries
and weddings.

I always thought it would be fun to open


my own business and open my own store.
Something that would be fun to do. A lighthearted space to start my day, Trepanier
said, explaining how her store is different
from others of its kind. Ive seen other
party stores. Ours still stands out slightly.
We carry toys. We have our own piata.
They are all hanging from the ceiling. Animal or character. Break them open with a

Before opening the shop, Trepanier ran a


day-care service and sold items as an independent consultant for Pampered Chef
and other direct sales companies. Then,
after her daycare kids were old enough to
attend school, Trepanier closed her operation and started Party Central on Sept. 9,
2013. She hopes to continue to expand her
offerings and add more characters and more
balloons. They also carry Air Walkers, in-

flatable mylar balloons that kind of walk


along the floor, including Mickey Mouse
and Cinderella. Bubble balloons are large,
clear bubbles and you can see through the
balloons and see a character on them as
well. Bubble balloon characters include a
bumble bee from the movie Transformers,
Queen Elsa from the movie, Frozen, Curious George, Spiderman and a princess.
Party Central also offers live characters who
attend parties in costume. They come to the
party, stay for a half-hour and mingle with
the guests. Children can get a picture taken
with the character and an autograph. They
will even open presents or cut the cake. The
cost is $45. It can bring a lot of life to the
party, Trepanier said.
She also works with larger organizations to
plan parties. She works directly with party
planners and helps recommend caterers,
bakers and the like. She is also willing to

drop supplies off the day of the party. Of


course, the upcoming months are big for
the party suppliers.Costumes are big at
Halloween, while toys are big at Christmas.
Trepanier holds a games and puzzles event
every Sunday. She is also working with
the Barre Recreaton Department, Sunrise
Gymnastics, First in Fitness and additional
organization to create fun events for children. One such fun event for children
includes Scary Barrethe citys popular Halloween event. Theres a holiday
in every single month of the year, said
Trepanier cheerfully. Theres always something to celebrate.
Store hours are Monday through Friday 9:30
a.m.6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.4 p.m. and
Sunday 10 p.m.3 p.m. The address is 185
North Main Street, Suite 1, Barre, Vt. 4766100, partycentralvt@aol.com.

Planting Hope: The


Exchange Brings Young
Nicaraguans to Vermont
by Nat Frothingham

t this very moment, seven young


men and women from Nicaragua
all in their 20sare visiting Vermont and New Hampshire with an extended stay in Montpelier and a strong,
recent presence at Montpelier High School.
The visitors, led by a trip leader Ariel Alejandro Soza Escorcia who has an almost
total command of English, participated in
a lively dinner, music, dance and theater
party at Bethany Church in Montpelier on
October 17.
Describing the event in a follow-up e-mail
message to The Bridge, Planting Hope
Board Co-Chair Emily Sloan wrote: It
turned into a great event: all tables filled;
all enjoyed the various dance and theater
performances; then all danced happily and
exuberantly well past 9 p.m.
The current visit traces its roots to Beth
Merrill and the founding of Planting Hope
in 2001.
Beth, who continues on today as the organization's executive director, made her first
contact with the Central American country
of Nicaragua while on a college internship
there. As part of that internship she was
asked to teach in a local Nicaraguan school
while the regular teacher was on a maternity
leave. As the Planting Hope website explains, Through this experience she made
deep connections with the families in the
La Chispa neighborhood of Matagalpa
a city in the central coffee-growing mountains of the country.
Several years later, Beth visited Nicaragua
again and asked members of the La Chispa
community what they needed most. Their
answer was, A library.
She returned to Montpelier, raised the
money to build a library, and Planting
Hope was born.
Now, 13 years after its founding, Planting
Hope has grown by leaps and bounds. In a
typical year, Planting Hope is bringing six

or seven separate service learning delegations of North Americans (and a delegation


typically consists of 20 people or less of
various age groups from schools, universities and local communities) for 10-day visits
to Matagalpa and a chance to live with a
host family, hear Spanish being spoken and
share the lives of ordinary Nicaraguans.
Emily Sloan talked about what a delegation
member experiences in a typical day. Waking up in the home of a host family and
having breakfast. washing your clothes on
a stone surface before heading out to participate in a range of activities that might
include making puppets, sharing games,
absorbing Spanish as it is spoken and shadowing children in the classroom of a local
school.
Its so immediate and real, said Emily
about her two visits to Nicaragua. You
live with a family. You share their lives.
Nicaraguan trip leader Ariel Escorcia made
almost the same point saying, "You live
the real life. They live the real life with the
people in Nicaragua."
Emily was also impressed by what a visit to
Nicaragua could mean for North American
teens. Seeing North American kids getting
outside of their country, watching the exchange between the two cultures.
At the October 17 dinner and dance party,
there were colorful, printed programs on
each table in the downstairs activity room
at Bethany Church. The printed program
included a biographical sketch and a photo
of each of the seven visiting Nicaraguans.
In the printed program, one woman introduced herself with these words: My name
is Nereyda, and I am 28 years old. I am a
mother of two beautiful children and have
worked with Foster Hope since 2002. I speak
very little English but a teacher I had once
told me that it you can say five words from another language, you speak the other language.
One young man from Nicaragua, Marvin

Back row: Nereyda, Eliza, Marisol, Abi, Tarran, Beth


Front row: Ariel, Yasser, Jacarely, Sam, Milton, Haley, Marvin
Photo by Emily Sloan
Antonio Kraudy Flores, introduced himself
in the printed program by telling the story
of his struggle through youth.
"I grew up working. My father bought land
to grow corn and beans and raise pigs. He
would slaughter the pigs and send the meat to
restaurants in San Ramon. He would send us
out after 6:00 p.m. to sell nacatamales in the
street. It was going well, but then things went
downhill. My dad hit my mom a lot, and we
defended her. My mom built a plastic house
apart from my father on the land. She sent us
to sell firewood and if we didnt sell it, she d
hit us When I was 12 years old I decided
to sell scratch-off lottery tickets. Later I sold
newspapers. After that I shined shoes which
was a good business ...."
Flores tells of seeing a dance troupe come
to Matagalpa. I leaned their moves, watching them closely and practicing each night
at home. The troupe leader asked me to
study dance with them. Eventually Flores
became active in theater. Later he became
a marching band leader for the elementary
school, also a soccer and basketball referee
and a girls soccer coach. Now hes working
with Planting Hope teaching dance, music,
theater and physical education at the Coffee Camps and with the projects Mobile
Library for Peace.

Some of the young North Americans who


have visited Nicaragua with Planting Hope
shared their perspectives on what the experience had meant for them.
Tarran Clammer, a Planting Hope participant from U-32 High School, compared
Nicaraguans to North Americans. Their
lives are less based on money. I think their
lives are based on each other, on the community, he said.
Emily noted her daughter, Zivah, felt welcome and at home and relaxed during her
stay in Nicaragua. You make long-lasting
relationships in 10 days, her daughter had
said.
Planting Hope participant Sam Darmstadt
noted that Nicaraguan houses are smaller
than North American houses. He said that
in Nicaragua there are not as many material things as there are in the United States.
People are happier. People are always smiling, he said. When he got back to this
country from Nicaragua, he asked his parents, When can I go back?
For more information about becoming part of
Planting Hope's service learning delegations
and/or month-long internships in San Ramon
please visit www. plantinghope.org. Or contact Beth Merrill at beth@plantinghope.org.

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Goddards Choice an
Act of Courage
To the editor:
As a WGDR programmer at Goddard
College, I would like to comment on my
communitys intentions. Hosting Mumia
Abu-Jamal as a speaker on behalf of the 2014
graduating class has little to do with the Daniel Faulkner murder case and more to do with
incarcerated citizens having the right to free
speech alongside other Americans. Goddard
was not intending to make a statement about
the fate of Abu-Jamal's case. It was about giving Abu-Jamal his right to speak for himself
about issues greatly unrelated to his own incarceration. Goddard has a longstanding history of reflecting complex and controversial
opinions in the name of liberty and discovery.
In that sense, it was about valuing the opinions of people you might ultimately judge or
discriminate against, in the name of complete
truth and our constitutional rights.
In no way has Goddard made a statement
about devaluing our police force. I have frequently heard people show gratitude toward
the Vermont State Police for their dedication
to non-discrimination, and personally I see it
met with great success. We should not let this
devolve into an us-versus-them, and I would
like to thank the great many Vermonters, and
Goddard staff and alumni, who try to mediate distribution of controversial information
in the name of freedom and intelligence.
Lastly, this issue is largely to do with race. Its
about Vermonters supporting ideas concerning affirmative action, reiterating that we are
not entitled to vote on this sort of issue. This
is an opportunity to shed old ideas of division
and pre-existing discretion about ideas, and
to grow as a species. One could say that has
been a theme for seven years. Its about wanting to do better, and with all the hate and
pessimism in America today, it makes a brave
statement that should not be diminished.
Abigail VanDenNoort, Montpelier

THE BRIDGE

Letters to the Editor


Race for Washington County
State's Attorney

Response To Senate Candidate


To the editor:

To the editor:
I believe my fellow voters need to be aware of
some facts about this year's race for Washington County state's attorney. The choices are
polar opposites. Not just in party, but in the
goals of each candidate and the legal careers
that brought them to this race.
Scott Williams is a criminal defense attorney
whose sole responsibilities are to be a strong
advocate for criminal suspects, and to gain
the best outcome for themwhile ignoring
the harm his clients caused their victims.

In the latest Bridge article Senate Candidates


Speak on Single-Payer, Dexter Lafavour has
confused the health benefit exchange mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act with
the future universal/single-payer health care
plan Green Mountain Care. Vermont Health
Connect is a convoluted insurance marketplace with a confusing application process,
as its IT problems show. Green Mountain
Care will not be a reality until 2017 and will
only require proof of residency. Unfortunately,
many Vermonters still confuse the two.

In another statement, Lafavour says that 92


percent of Vermonters were insured before
Green Mountain Care (meaning Vermont
Health Connect). This 92 percent figure is
totally misleading, as the Department of FiOn his website, Scott Williams says, "Right
nancial Regulation, formerly the Department
now, victims have a need to be better heard
of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health
and protected." Why this sudden concern
Care Administration, found that approxiafter a career spent ignoring and minimizing mately 200,000 Vermonters, about 33 percent,
the pain of his clients' victims?
were underinsured due to high deductibles,
co-pays and premiums. What good is health
Of course he failed to mention that Tom
insurance if you cant afford to use it? This is
Kelly's two victim advocates together have
one of the primary reasons for the need of Act
over six decades of experience in support the
victims of crimes, lobbying for laws to protect 48s Green Mountain Care.
them, and making sure victims are afforded
Jerry Kilcourse, Montpelier
the legal rights they fought for.
In contrast, current State's Attorney Tom
Kelly has spent his career working toward justice and accountability for suspect and protecting and bringing justice to their victims.

So your choice is clear. Do you want to retain State's Attorney Tom Kelly, whose career
has been dedicated to protecting his community? Or do you want to trust your family's
safety to a lawyer whose career has been spent
keeping accused criminals out of jail?
Barbara Sleeper, Montpelier

Protect Cyclists from Getting


Doored
To the editor:

Editors Note: The motto Green Mountain


Care is used by Vermont state government to
refer both to the current array of state health care
benefit programs, such as Medicaid and Dr. Dynasaur, and the unified health care system with
a 2017 implementation date that was mandated
by the 2011 Vermont Legislatures Act 48.

Scott Williams: A Smart Choice for


States Attorney
To the editor:
In recent years, Vermont has introduced alternative justice programs that have proven effective in rehabilitating many offenders, while
reducing recidivism rates and attending to the
specific needs of crime victims. In the upcoming election, Washington County voters have
a chance to support and extend such programs
by electing Scott Williams to the office of
state's attorney.
Scott Williams understands the benefits of restorative justice. His smart approach to crime
reduction combines traditional justice strategies with potent alternative measures. Committed to domestic violence prevention, Scott
Williams is tough on abusers and a strong
advocate for women and children. Over the
last seven years as manager of a Barre law firm,
Williams has worked closely with community
members and wherever possible has taken a
flexible, case-by-case approach in the interest
of collaborative solutions. I believe he will do
the same in office.
Please lend your support to Scott, and help
make our communities safer, friendlier places
to live. Vote Scott Williams for state's attorney.
Neville Berle, Montpelier

Paletteers Art Works Whimsical,


Adventurous
To the editor:

The Barre Paletteers Art Show presently in the


Blanchard Block window in downtown Barre
is worth more than a look or two. A couple
of the pieces are outstanding, and there are
more than a few very good works. Among
the latter is Gene Parent's watercolor "Camel's
Hump," a work that skirts the beautiful
Eat Your Vegetables
"skirts" because the foreground fails to match
the gorgeous and majestic background. Linda
Kining's pastel "After Hours," depicting a
To the editor:
somberly dramatic view of the Cornerstone
Federal, state and municipal health authorities Pub from the park in Barre, could have used a
are working overtime and spending millions figure or two to humanize the noir-ish quality
of dollars to stem the spread of Ebola, which Kining captures.
has killed just one person in the United States.
Where is the comparable effort to stem the Two outstanding works in the show are Barspread of heart disease, stroke, cancer, dia- bara Geyselaer's watercolor "Past Its Prime"
betes and other chronic diseases that kill 1.4 and Ghinghella's pastel "Dare Devils on the
million Americans annually and are linked Mad River." The Geyselaer is wonderfully
conclusively to excessive consumption of ani- whimsical in the playful manner found in the
mal products? According to the U.S. Centers work of Raoul Duffy and John Marin. The
for Disease Control and Prevention, that is Ghinghella is a well-balanced snapshot that
23 times the number killed by all infectious captures a diver leaping from the roof of a covdiseases combined, including AIDS, hepatitis, ered bridgean Edward Hopper-like work in
that the picture freezes a moment in time, or
blood poisoning, and intestinal infections!
timelessness, and manages to be both homey
Apparently, our society tolerates this massive and adventurous.
assault on our public health, because meat,
dairy and egg products have powerful cham- No other piece quite captures the whimsicality
pions in Congress. Bacteria and viruses have or excitement of the above-mentioned works,
none. Yet, each of us can take personal respon- though a number of pieces are both handsome
sibility for our own and our familys health and more than competent. "Old Barn," an oil
by reducing, then dropping, animal products by Warren Wolfe; Judy Greenwalds pastel,
from our menu. Fresh vegetables, fruits, le- "Sunset; "Lust Summer, an oil by Bill Casey;
gumes, and whole grains contain all the nu- and Kathrena Ravenhorst-Adams's watercolor
trients our body requires and are touted by "Top of Paine Mountain" fit both criteria.
leading health authorities. Soy- and nut-based Wayne F. Burke, Barre
meats, milks and ice creams offer delicious
transition treats. Lots of websites provide additional helpful transition tips.

It's great to see that the City Council considers bicycles as part of transportation planning, but there may be a misunderstanding
concerning bicycle safety and angle parking.
Riding bicycles in parking areas is dangerous, however cycling behind cars parked at
an angle is safer than riding next to parallel
parked cars. Think about it. A car entering an
angle space avoids the requirement of backing
into traffic that is required for parallel parking. When parked on an angle the driver and
passengers can exit or enter the car without
affecting passing cars or cyclists, while the
parallel parked driver must open his or her
door into oncoming traffic. This accident is
so common that cyclists have a name for it.
It's called "getting doored." When backing
out, an angle parked car will automatically
warn riders with its reverse lights, and the
driver must look back over his or her shoulder
to see oncoming traffic. On the other hand,
when pulling out of a parallel space the driver
most often depends on the rear view mirror
and can very easily fail to see a cyclist. Any
experienced cyclist will confirm that riding
next to parallel parked cars is one of the most
dangerous things you can do. Maybe we can
have additional parking on State Street and
make the streets safer for cyclists at the same
Maxwell Branset, Montpelier
time.
Chip Evans, Middlesex

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Lets Make Domestic Violence Awareness 365 Days Long


Instead of 31 Days!
by Stephen McArthur

loria Steinem, American feminist,


journalist, author and activist made
one startling point and one very
teachable point about domestic violence in
an interview on October 1, 2014. She reported that if you add up all the women
who have been murdered by their husbands
or boyfriends since 9/11, and then you
add up all the Americans who were killed
by 9/11 or in Afghanistan and Iraq, more
women were killed by their husbands or
boyfriends." Subsequent fact-checking by
reporters has shown this to be a sad truth far
too few people even know about.

port women who have contacted us. One of


Circles more recent projects has come from
our collaboration with the Washington
County Domestic Violence Coordinated
Community Response team (consisting of
many of our valued community partners
like DCF, Corrections, police, Washington
County Mental Health, the health department and economic services, justice centers, et.al.) Its a new home-visiting program
working with victims and their children to help healing
and recovery.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness


Month. It's 31 days when we hope to raise
awareness about domestic violence in our
community. It's 31 days when the advocates
and staff of small non-profit, underfunded,
overworked organizations (like Circle here
in Washington County), and others around
the state and across the country take time
out from crisis work to raise awareness, appeal for help and recruit volunteers. Circles
core work is answering hotline calls (over
425 a month just in Washington County),
bringing women and children into shelter,
going to court during the day and to police
stations and the emergency room after hours
to help victims and survivors obtain protection orders, and then following up to sup-

While I believe most


of us are aware of
domestic violence,
there is still the urge to keep it secret, to
ignore what is happening, and do nothing.
Why? Usually because we dont know what
to do, or how to help. I hope you are asking:
"Well, OK, what can I do about it?"

visit our website: www.circlevt.org


If you are a family member of someone you
believe is being abused, you can call us confidentially and anonymously. Learn ways
you can be supportive.
If you have a co-worker you are worried
about, call us.
If you want to help change the unhealthy
beliefs, attitudes and behaviors that are at
the heart of intimate
partner
violence,
start at home. Create an atmosphere of
respect and equality,
and make it clear
that sexist behaviors,
abuse and violence of any kind, as well as
bullying and name-calling are not acceptable. Here are two small but important
things to think about in terms of the culture of violence we expose our children to.
1. How many parents have kids who play
Grand Theft Auto and know that a player
(think 12-year old boy) can hire a prostitute,
have virtual sex with her, and then is encouraged to kill her for extra points? What
does this teach about the objectification of
women and girls? and 2. How many parents
tell their kids that sticks and stones will hurt
their bones, but names wont affect them?

Opinion

Here are some ideas:


If you are in an abusive relationship (and live
in Washington County), call Circles hotline
(877-543-9498) anonymously and confidentially, if you wish, to talk or ask questions.
No one will tell you what to to do, but we
might provide some answers, resources and
ideas about how you can help yourself. Also

Its just not true. What do we say to the parents whose children have committed suicide
because they have been denigrated by words?
Teach and model tolerance, acceptance, and
healthy relationships in your own life. If we
all do this, now, we can help significantly
reduce future violence and abuse.
We need you. You can volunteer for our
hotline, help us at our shelter, support us in
the community tabling and raising money,
or help at our office. Please call Hannah
at 877-543-9498 to ask about our upcoming
volunteer trainings. I think you will find
it interesting, informative and empowering.
In the end, whats really important is how
effectively we travel together from awareness
to action. Ask yourself: if we cannot create
safety, respect, and peace in our own homes,
how can we address all those challenges we
face outside our homes?
Stephen McArthur is a long-time advocate and
supporter of victims and survivors of intimate
partner violence, working on the staff at Circle
until a few months ago. He remains a workshop facilitator and trainer, as well as hotline
crisis advocate.

Remembering Lea Wood


by Irina Markova
OCTOBER
I watch the colors rise
on the mountains flank
until tapestried to tree line
in muted golds and bits of scarlet.
October..most favorite time of year.
After summers heat and bugs
the airs like wine.
The rain-bright leaves
look sunstruck under clouded skies.
My spirit flies high,
kindred to the sky-travelers south
crying out their journey.
This beautiful poem was written by Lea
Wood in 1996 and published in her collection of poetry, "Wind & Water, Fire &
Stone." On October 6, 2014, red leaves
shouted from the hills as Lea took her final
breath and crossed over. She died peacefully
in her sleep a month before her 98th birthday surrounded by loved ones and wonderful caregivers at Heaton Woods.
Lea and I met shortly after she moved to
Montpelier in 2003 and soon found that
we were kindred spirits. There were many
parallels in our lives despite our 30 year age
difference. We enjoyed sharing recollections
from our years as English teachers and
marveled at how we both had a fondness for
the unique energy and creativity of middle
school students.
Lea and I both had strong ties to the Santa
Cruz and Aptos area of California. When
Lea told me four years ago that her dream
was to walk among the majestic Redwoods
and feel the Pacific breeze once more before
she died, I suggested we fly to California,
rent a car, and visit her favorite places. Since
she was almost 94 years old, Lea at first
said she couldnt possibly make such a trip.
Within days, however, she had checked in
with her daughter and her doctor who both
gave the OK for her to travel.

And what a wonderful trip it was! Lea


wanted to savor every moment, so would
rise at dawn to do Tai Chi in the garden of
the youth hostel where we were staying. One
morning when I finally awoke she introduced me to her new friend from Australia
who was teaching her to juggle! With a big
smile on her face, Lea gave him her email
address in case he ever came to Vermont and
needed a place to stay.
Despite needing a cane for balance, Lea
loved hiking in the forests, often stopping to
embrace an ancient redwood tree. She spent
hours in quiet meditation gazing out on the
Pacific. Besides enjoying the natural beauty
of California, Lea and I also wanted to see
old friends. One of the many highlights
was a visit to Leas former home in Aptos.
It warmed Leas heart to be lovingly greeted
not only by the family to whom she had sold
the house but also by her former neighbors.
The 12-year-old boy who now lived in the
room that had once been Leas bedroom,
asked if I would take a photo of the two of
them in their room. That was a special
moment for them both.
While traveling together in California
which had been Leas home for over 40
years, I got a glimpse into her life as a
younger woman. Ill always remember the
day when Lea was reunited with her dear
friend, Ruthie Hunter, who like Lea was still
vibrant and politically active into her 90s.
Both continued to be members of Womens
International League for Peace and Freedom
and the Raging Grannies. They told me
stories from their shared past of demonstrations, civil disobedience and arrests at
Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant and
the MX Missile Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Lea Wood
November 6, 1916October 6, 2014
Beloved land of champagne air,
Golden hills and green winters,
A world of people .
Returning after long years,
I stand on a cliff above the Pacific,
And watch the waves roll shoreward,
Crashing in curls of foam on the sand,
Pitching spray high on the rocks.
I wanted to kneel and kiss the ground, *

good life. Never be afraid to take a stand


against injustice and hatred. When questions come up and changes and decisions
need to be made follow your heart. Discover
your own unique gifts that you can give to
our human community. Be your authentic self, outrageous and eccentric. Let your
spirit/soul thrive and learn to love yourself.
And always honor and protect our home,
Mother Earth.

(* Lea carefully noted that last phrase was


Fortunately Lea was a prolific writer and
not hers but written by Rumi)
published her autobiography, An Adventure
I was continually inspired by Leas wild With Life, in 2013. In its preface she quotes
enthusiasm for life and deep reverence for an unknown author who reflects Leas apMother Earth. She was a very spiritual proach to living:
person who not only considered herself a
Life is not a burden to be borne, but an adUnitarian Universalist but also a Pagan.
venture to be lived with high spirits, imagiShe reclaimed the words witch," crone
nation and appreciation.
and hag to their original meanings and
proudly wore her pentacle. At one of the I will miss my dear friend, Lea, but am so
many UU Womens Retreats we attended to- grateful for all we shared. Blessed be.
gether, I was croned in a beautiful ceremony There will be a memorial for Lea Wood at the
with Lea as my mentor. As the oldest woman Montpelier Unitarian Church on October 30,
After returning home to Vermont after this present Lea was asked to impart wisdom to 2014, at 2 p.m.
trip, Lea wrote a poem called Oh Califor- us younger women. In Leas own words:
nia ! Here is an excerpt:
Be an example of what you believe is a

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