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Washington County Senate Democratic Candidates Answer Your Questions • Page 4

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IN THIS ISSUE: Meet Ryan Heraty, Union Elementary School’s

Pg. 9 The Barber Todd New Principal by Nat Frothingham

Pg. 11 Bernie Lambek,

Local Attorney and Author
s the new principal of Montpelier’s Union Elementary Did Union School enjoy strong community engagement? “Yes,”
School, Ryan Heraty has only been on the job for about said Heraty.
three weeks–a short time by any measure. But in a recent Had Union forged strong school and community partnerships?
Pg. 15 Getting Styled at interview with The Bridge he came across as very much in charge, Again, “Yes,” said Heraty, noting Union’s partnership with the
Bailey Road and very much at ease. North Branch Nature Center.
Heraty, who succeeded former Union School principal Chris And during a visit to Montpelier, Heraty saw a group of
Hennessy in July, grew up in the Chicago area. His great-aunt Montpelier Main Street Middle School students walking down
was a school principal in Chicago. “Many of my cousins are the street–but they were carrying bins.
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education: “I had always wanted to be a teacher.” “Why were they carrying bins?” he asked the students. Well, the
Middle School students were on their way to Union Elementary
But what absolutely clinched his decision to make teaching his School. Inside the bins were materials they would use for
choice of a career was his high school coach. “He was a driving teaching science lessons to students at Union. Students teaching
force in my life,” Heraty said. “He was doing it right.” And students–what a powerful learning and teaching idea.
Heraty said to himself at the time, “I could imagine myself doing
that.” As part of our conversation, Heraty expressed admiration for the
work of educational thinker and writer John Hattie, a professor
For the past four years, Heraty has been a principal of an of education and director of the Melbourne Education Research
elementary school in Winthrop, Massachusetts, a coastal town Institute at the University of Melbourne in Australia.
of about 17,000 people a few miles north of Boston. Explaining
how he and his family came to Vermont, he said, “My wife and For the past several years Hattie has conducted research with
I married in Vermont.” responses from thousands of schools across the world. Over and
over again Hattie has asked this question–really a question about
As he imagined a move to Vermont, Heraty thought the timing teachers and their impact on students: what, Hattie has tried to
might be right. Still he was wary. “I was reluctant to make the figure out, are the most powerful interventions that could be
move unless it was a school and a community I was excited made in our schools to strengthen student learning?
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about. I wanted to make sure it was a great fit.”

Some educational critics have called for smaller classes. Others
During the interview process and all that happened around have called for ability grouping. Still others believe that spending
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that process, Heraty registered a number of strong, positive formidable sums of new money on education can have a powerful
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Nature Watch by Nona Estrin

Watercolor by Nona Estrin

The Great Ash Sphinx Moth

y day, butterflies, by night, Great Ash Sphinx Moths hover like nocturnal
humming birds amongst the fragrant tobacco. For these magical night-fliers and
44 other insects, ash is the primary host. What will become of them, the birds,
and other life that feed on them? And what will we do to counter this loss?
Note: The magnificent Polyphemus moth above, uses ash as only one of it's host foods.
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Salaam Moves, Rebel Heart to Open, Vacant Storefront Filled store, and Andrews is in the process of hiring staff. She plans to host workshops,
The fashion boutique, Salaam, vacated one store front on State Street and moved a in addition offering her organic CBD and essential oil remedies. A grand opening
few doors down into the space which housed Vermont Trading Company for 25 years. party will be happening, but no date has been set yet.
Salaam is fully open for business at the new location and will hold a grand opening on Montpelier Shared-Use Path Renaming Contest
August 4. The old location at 40 State Street will become Rebel Heart, a men’s and
women’s clothing store with houseware and more. Owner Jenn Sebold has worked The Montpelier Complete Streets Group invites you to rename the popular
for Vermont Trading Company, Shoe Horn, and The Bridge. She plans to open in recreation path that travels along the Winooski River from Granite Street to
September after renovations. This shuffling of the deck means another vacant storefront Junction/Dog River Road. In 2019, the path will be expanded from Granite Street
in the downtown will be filled and vibrant again. to Gallison Hill Road. The winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to Onion
River Outdoors. The contest runs from July 1 to September 3, 2018, and the
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AroMed Aromatherapy and CBD Shop is opening in a new location at the Berlin drop off at the City Clerk’s office in City Hall. You may submit more than one
Mall, next to Planet Fitness, scheduled to open mid/late August, after owner Lauren name suggestion, but only one per entry. If the winning name selected has more
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“The creative economy plays an important role in Montpelier and we are very excited
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Montpelier Alive’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for people who live,
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Washington County Senate Democratic Candidates Answer

your Questions Compiled by Mike Dunphy


or the past two weeks, The Bridge I believe that when government represents and developing the ability to do mass whereas proponents haven’t been able to
has been fielding questions from the majority, and not just the minority, we emailing of a newsletter. I attend as many get the “revenue neutral” aspect of the
the community to put to the six will begin to break down the walls that community events as I can, my phone plan into the public consciousness. When
Democratic candidates running in the have shut so many of us out for so long. number is in the book, and I am regularly it comes to changing consumer patterns,
August 14 primary for three spots on the Theo Kennedy: I want to be your senator seen walking in Montpelier. No matter this is, in theory, an area where good
November ticket. We have selected 10 because I care deeply about people and what method is used, the most important government could lead, but it must work
questions, and the responses from each community. I believe that government thing is an attitude of openness and in reality.
candidate are below. Owing to space can have a positive impact, and I find acceptance. I actually like being stopped Cummings: I think it has merit and I
constraints, responses have been edited public service to be a deeply fulfilling and talked to. have said I would support it-IF it doesn’t
for length. See the full responses at endeavor. If folks look at my background, Hill: I use social media regularly to negatively impact the thousands of
montpelierbridge.com they will find someone who is qualified, connect with supporters, and I’m going working Vermonters who are already
The Bridge wishes to thank everyone who experienced, and ready for the job. As a to start what I’m hoping will be a weekly facing financial stress and frequently
sent a question, regardless of whether it’s good and respectful listener with a track podcast. I’m hoping to be able to do that needing to drive long distances to work.
included here or not. record of getting things done, my goal is during the session. I’m also interested in It’s a challenge, but we are working on it.
Why do you want (or want to keep) the to bring people together to solve problems doing bi-weekly or monthly chats at local We are in the process of doing a carbon
job?—Linda Young and create sustainable solutions. spots that are open to everyone, and I study, which should provide some answers.
Andrew Perchlik: I am dedicated to want to hear from my constituents about Hill: I support a carbon tax generally,
Andrew Brewer: I strongly believe the the best ways that work to connect with
connection between small businesses and community development and working but I want to be sure we create it as
with others to create vibrant, prosperous, them too! a progressive tax that doesn’t leave our
the building of our communities are an
important part of what tie us together. healthy communities. I want the job as Kennedy: One ongoing aspect of the most economically vulnerable community
I’ve been looking through that lens for your senator so I can work to bring all 18 job is constituent service. To that end, I members worse off financially. We need to
many years, and I understand it. I’ve made towns and two cities together to have a would make myself available every day hold the entities with the largest carbon
many good decisions, many very tough collective positive impact on the lives of all throughout the year, as reasonably as footprint accountable, while also working
ones, and ones that didn’t work out. I’ve Washington County citizens. possible in-person, via e-mail, phone, and to reduce everyone’s reliance on fossil
learned from them all. I want to represent Anthony Pollina: Having spent many social media platforms, to hear people’s fuels and non-renewable energy. I don’t
Washington County with that view in the years as a community organizer and input and help in any way that I am able. think enacting a carbon tax as a stand-
legislature. educator, I know that it takes time to Perchlik: I would use social media alone policy will adequately reduce carbon
create change. I want to continue to work (Facebook) and emails to provide regular emissions. We need to use a multifaceted
Ann Cummings: I want to keep my job approach to assist everyone in transitioning
for the same reason I ran in the first place: on important policy issues, including updates to constituents and solicit feedback
moving away from property values toward during the legislative session. When not away from fossil fuels and moving toward
I believe in representative democracy. I greener, more energy-independent living.
believe that government can be a force income to fund our schools, making our in session (and during the session as
for good. It is the way people decide colleges affordable, and protecting our time allows) I will hold gatherings (or Kennedy: First of all, global warming is
how to address their common problems environment and local economy. “town hall” meetings) in different towns real, and Vermont has to do all it can
and needs. But to work, representative If elected, how would you communicate across the county to talk face-to-face with to help fight climate change. As to a
democracy needs elected representatives with the largest number of constituents constituents about policy issues. carbon tax, I want to be sure that we
who are committed to making it work. I in a regular fashion?—Paul Carnahan Pollina: I am not sure there is any one are not implementing fiscal policy that is
hope I have been one. best way. We can use Front Porch Forum, regressive, insomuch as lower income folks
Brewer: I’m a fan of the legislative updates and smaller businesses end up contributing
Ashley Hill: I am running for elected that many legislators distribute. The well- email lists, and other outlets. We should
also organize public meetings. Nothing proportionally more than their wealthier and
office to start building the world I thought written ones give constituents a good larger counterparts, unless we implemented
I was entering—a world where merit and overview of issues, often ones they weren’t beats face-to-face conversation.
some sort of rebate mechanism for the less
might are worth far more than money aware of, that concern them. Still, nothing What do you think of the proposal advantaged among us. I also don’t want to
and connections, a world where regardless beats face-to-face interaction. I’m out in for a carbon tax in Vermont?”—Arthur position Vermont, even if it is trying to lead
of social constructs, our opportunities the community constantly, but I’d like to Savard on this most important topic of our times,
and successes are not limited and pre- hold at least monthly forums alternating Brewer: A carbon tax is an idea that, so far, in any way that would hurt us relative to
determined. I am running to create a among Washington county towns. hasn’t been ready for prime time. I think other states economically. If we do proceed
community that values all of us, regardless Cummings: I strive to keep up with the that’s largely due to messaging. Opponents with a carbon tax to help reduce fossil fuel
of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, emails, frequently over 100, I receive in of the idea have done a better job labeling consumption, I think it should probably be
financial ability, educational attainment, a day. I am also learning to use Facebook the idea as catastrophic to Vermonters, a federal one.
or physical ability. I am running because
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Perchlik: As a society, we should tax Kennedy: Vermont already leads and Cummings: Vermont has a history of of affordable housing units here in
“bads” and not “goods,” and our tax and demonstrates best-practice models in many being very innovative in funding affordable Washington County to ensure every one
economic development policies should be ways with our patient-centered, patient- housing development. One of these of us is able to access and secure safe,
aligned with our values and goals. Vermont driven system of care, but we can’t do mechanisms is the Affordable Housing Tax stable housing. I also believe if we expand
has specific goals to reduce our fossil fuel it alone. In our public sector, we rely on Credit, which I have always supported. affordable housing options, it will open up
use and greenhouse gas emissions, and somewhere between 60 and 90 cents of During the past biennium we authorized possibilities for market-rate development as
we value a stable climate, yet our tax and every dollar from the federal government, a $30 million bond to fund affordable well. As a member of the Montpelier City
economic development programs are not and for our private sector exchange policies housing. That’s a lot of money for Vermont, Council, my commitment to affordable
aligned with these goals and value. We many Vermont beneficiaries rely on income- but it’s only a drop in the bucket of need. housing development guides much of my
need to protect our neighbors who pay sensitized federal tax dollars to help afford Another need that we have been trying work.
a higher percentage of their income on coverage. We also still have work to do to address is down-payment assistance. Kennedy: Affordable housing is a top
gasoline for transportation and heating to control insurance costs, ensure universal Frequently, first-time home buyers can priority. In many ways, we can look at
oil and a smart tax shifting policy tied access to primary care and to reduce the afford the mortgage payments, but coming housing as part of our public health
with increased participation in regional cost of prescription drugs. In short, while up with even five percent down and up system of care. If lower-wage workers
energy and carbon markets with funds I support improving our state healthcare to $8,000 in closing costs is beyond their cannot afford a place to live, they often
directed toward the low-income makes system for all Vermonters, I believe, if we reach. For this reason, I support the down- can’t afford to stay in Vermont, and we
that possible. are pursuing a single-payer model, that we payment assistance programs. need them here to grow our community
Pollina: The carbon tax, more correctly should look towards a “Medicare for all” Hill: First, we need to raise our minimum and our economy. If homeless individuals
referred to as the pollution tax, should approach. wage to at least $15 per hour. We need and families can’t move from shelters to
be fully studied so we can understand its Perchlik: I think the state of Vermont, to drastically increase the number
purpose and impacts, especially on low- as part of a nation of 50 states, is too Continued on next page
and moderate-income Vermonters and our small to create and successfully operate a
environment. We should also take a close wholly state funded healthcare system. We
look at places where a pollution tax is are making progress as a state in moving
already in place. in the direction of controlling costs and
Do you favor a state healthcare providing quality healthcare services that
system?— Brenda Bean are focused on prevention and accessibility. I
think the services and costs are not adequate
Brewer: [Chose not answer the question] or acceptable, but we have ways to make
Cummings: As the chair of the finance improvements that we should focus on and
committee, I was very active in developing not get too distracted on a Vermont-run,
the structure for Vermont’s original, single- universal healthcare system. We need to
payer healthcare program. This year, I support Bernie Sander’s efforts at “Medicare
worked on the fallback option of universal for all” on the national level while working
primary care. We haven’t succeeded yet, on the details of improving our current
but I am committed to keep trying. It system.
would be so much easier if we could do it Pollina: I support a publicly funded,
on a national basis universal healthcare system that lowers costs
Hill: Yes. Every person in Vermont deserves and provides access to all.
high-quality, affordable health care. We Do you have any position on keeping
cannot continue to allow insurance and and increasing housing affordable so that
hospital executives to command salaries, those on a low wage can still afford to
sometimes in the multiple millions, and rent?—Yvonne Baab
then tell our nurses and other hospital
staff they cannot count on a living wage Brewer: Yes. I look at affordable housing as
commensurate with their training and an important part of economic development.
experience. In an ideal world, I would You simply cannot have the kind of
expand Medicare access, but current sustainable and vibrant community we want
federal law makes this nearly impossible. without quality and affordable places to live.
Vermont needs to implement single- I would add that we need more housing
payer health care, while at the same time choices for all income levels. I know of several
recruiting medical professionals to work in people/couples who are ready to move out of
more rural areas across the state to ensure their big, old, rambling house (which in turn
we eliminate disparities in healthcare makes that house available to the next young
access and utilization between our most family) and into a nice condo or apartment
rural and our most urban areas. within walking distance of downtown, but
those are few and far between.
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temporary housing to permanent housing, they will have a harder time making it Kennedy: I supported the bill that the legislature passed overwhelmingly this last
on their own. If individuals struggling with mental illness can not secure “Housing biennium. Unfortunately, there were not enough votes in the House to override the
First,” many of the other public support programs become increasingly taxed at greater governor’s veto. As the co-owner with my wife, Nora, of a small family-owned business,
collective expense. I was glad that the recommended approach allowed for a phase-in over six years. We
Perchlik: My position is that we don’t have near enough affordable housing and that must balance the needs of small businesses whenever we consider legislation of this sort,
we need to increase the amount of affordable housing and housing in general. We and, of course, it’s not just wages, but payroll taxes that go up as well. Nonetheless, this
should build programs to help seniors who are living in houses that are bigger than is a fundamental quality of life issue that needs to be addressed
they want to down-size into high-quality smaller housing. This will require both in- Perchlik: I support the bill that passed both legislative bodies last session, but was
filling housing into our downtowns and promoting construction of housing preferred vetoed and did not become law. If elected I will co-sponsor a similar or stronger bill
by seniors, such as condos. next session and work to see that it becomes law.
Pollina: Lack of affordable housing is a very serious problem in Vermont. We should Pollina: I supported a bill the legislature passed increasing the minimum wage to $15
increase our public investment in affordable housing across the state. Wages and an hour over six years, a relatively conservative approach, to allow employers time to
incomes must also be increased so Vermonters can afford to buy or rent a Vermont adapt. Unfortunately, the governor vetoed the wage increase.
home. Is the practice of vetoing, vetoing, and vetoing House/Senate legislation and
Do you support ranked-choice voting?—Ari Erlbaum then calling both chambers back into special session an acceptable long-term
Brewer: I’ve had some lively conversations over this topic. It’s fun to try to guess how legislative/gubernatorial practice?—Nat Frothingham
a race might play out under instant runoff rules. But doing that mental game exposes Brewer: No!
a problem—it can be confusing. I’d be very concerned that it could lead to people not Cummings: This one is easy—no. The foundation of democracy is coming together
understanding how to vote, or worse, not voting at all! to find common ground.
Cummings: I have mixed feelings about ranked-choice voting. I know that Burlington Hill: No. Governor Scott's antics cost us between $50,000 and $60,000 per day for
tried it and quickly abandoned the effort. I have an open mind and am willing to be the special session this year—a completely avoidable expense. We need leaders who put
convinced. people over politics.
Hill: Yes! I think ranked-choice voting is the best way to make sure we get the Kennedy: It is not. I was proud of our governor when he risked political capital and
candidates who the public truly wants and to ensure every vote counts! leaned bravely forward on reasonable gun safety measures, but this end-of-session
Kennedy: While I generally understand what ranked choice voting is, I really don’t gauntlet two years in a row is disappointing at best. We have a part-time citizen
yet know enough detail about the pros and cons on this issue to make an educated legislature; it’s incumbent on us to do the work during the session, not to hold-over the
and informed decision. Generally, I support our one-person, one-vote system as it is work with the risk of a decreased bond rating and government shutdown; indeed, even
presently designed. to openly discuss government shutdown is not acceptable.
Perchlik: This is my favorite question! Yes I do, and have for the past 20 years. I’m eager Perchlik: It is obviously not ideal, and believe we are all better off when the executive
to follow the lead of Maine, which now has ranked-choice voting for all its elections. I and legislative branch work together on legislation during the entire session and not just
think Burlington too quickly abandoned it. There are ways Vermont can use ranked the last few weeks, causing the session to go longer than necessary and highlighting the
choice voting that are aligned with the Vermont constitution, and it is something that “blame game” instead of good governance. That said, I think it is acceptable for the
I will work on as your new senator. governor to use the veto as he or she feels fit.
Pollina: Yes, I have long supported ranked-choice voting. Pollina: Vetoes and special sessions are not an acceptable, long-term way to make policy.
What steps [if any] do you support to raise the minimum wage to $15 or preferably The governor needs to engage with the legislature early and constantly, throughout the
higher to a living wage?—Elizabeth Parker session, so priorities are made clear and differences negotiated openly in a timely way.
Brewer: First, I’ll work very hard to make sure we have the strongest, most vibrant How will you address the State’s education-funding problem?—Rosie Laquerre
small-business economy possible. But there’s no denying there’s an affordability gap in Brewer: First, I strongly support our public schools and our local school boards who
Vermont. I would give careful consideration to increased minimum wage legislation have taken on this task. I’ve always supported and voted for the difficult work they do.
that was reasonable and stepped over time, and I would do that with the real-world Second, does anyone understand how their property taxes are calculated? I believe the
experience of a business owner for many years. We all want better for the workers of changes to the education funding mechanisms over the past two decades have been
Vermont. I believe there can be agreement on legislation that accomplishes that without well intentioned, but the mechanism has gotten so convoluted that taxpayers are fed up.
harming the very businesses we all work for. Should we move towards an income-based approach to funding education? Two thirds
Cummings: Last summer, I served on the minimum wage study committee and voted of Vermonters qualify for some level of income sensitivity, so actually they are paying
for raising the minimum wage to $15. I also voted for it when the bill came to the based on income. Yet they still pay a higher percentage of their income to education
floor. I think we need to continue our efforts. Fortunately, after years of stagnation, than wealthier households who do not qualify for income sensitivity. That’s not fair. I’ll
the economy seems to be putting upward pressure on wages. While we are doing this, look for a balanced approach.
we need to remember that Vermont is a state of small businesses. Ninety percent of Cummings: We’ve taken several steps that should reduce the costs of education. As
our businesses have 20 or fewer employees. We also have many very small businesses, schools merge into viable-sized districts, they will have the flexibility to reduce costs.
especially in our downtowns. If we want our downtowns to flourish, we have to make We are also restructuring the way we fund special education that will allow schools
sure we don’t put them out of business. the ability to use their funds most effectively. And we have established a commission
Hill: We need to, as Nike tells us, “Just Do It.” I worked a second job at minimum to work with schools to help reduce the number of staff. There is no magic bullet, but
wage up until four years ago when I became a prosecutor. I cannot imagine how my we are working to redesign our educational system to address the declining number of
friends and coworkers were and are able to meet even the bare-bones basics of housing, students.
food, childcare, and transportation on the current minimum wage. Fifteen dollars Hill: Tax and regulate marijuana/THC/cannabis-derivative products, and work to
is a starting point, but we need to tackle single-payer healthcare and expand access, transition our education funding to an income-based system. Expanding state-supported
education, and affordability to retire to ensure we are all financially secure as we age. access to community and technical colleges for every Vermonter is a necessary and
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colleges provide access to higher education for a diverse mix income-based system. It would also raise significant new revenue
of our residents and create pathways to employment for many that could be used to make colleges affordable or invest in early
who would otherwise be shut out. We need to support and fund child education.
the Vermont State College system to give every Vermonter the Are you in favor of keeping prisoners in Vermont and not
opportunity to succeed in the classroom and in the workforce using out-of-state for-profit prisons?—Barbara Buckley
with revenues generated by the taxation and regulation of
marijuana products. Additionally, while well intentioned, Act 46 Brewer: Yes, I am. We should not be looking at Vermonters
is failing our rural areas here in central Vermont and is forcing serving their debt to society as some sort of commodity where the
our small, rural schools—often driving forces in our rural, close- lowest price wins. We should be taking care of our own.
knit communities, to a model that focuses more on economic Cummings: I spent many years on the judiciary committee.
savings than delivering education consistent with our values. One of our prime goals was to reduce the number of incarcerated
Kennedy: I support moving from a real-property tax-based Vermonters. Our goal should be to have only dangerous felons in
system to a simpler progressive income-based funding mechanism. jail. We’ve had some success. As we reduce the number of people
Given the potential flux inherent in income, I would keep the in jail, we can bring more inmates back to Vermont.
real property as a backstop; in other words, on the lower end, Hill: Our inmates belong in Vermont. We need to bring our
one would use property value or income, whichever is lower, Vermont inmates home and house them in safe, healthy facilities
and on the higher end, one would use property value or income, that focus on rehabilitation to successfully prepare them for
whichever is higher. Depending on where you draw the lines, release. Vermonters deserve far more than private prisons or
this approach could bring over 20 million new dollars of revenue out-of-state facilities afford our friends, family members, and
into the system each year, while being fairer throughout. community members.
Perchlik: In my view, I see the over reliance on the property Kennedy: I am in favor of keeping prisoners in Vermont and I
tax as a key problem to the state’s education funding problem. I am not in favor of using out-of-state for profit prisons.
would address that by moving more of our education funding to
Perchlik: Yes. We should never use for-profit prisons (in or out
a progressive income tax funding system. I also think we should
of state) and prisoners should be kept as close to their support
be providing more support for pre-kindergarden, child care, and
structures (e.g. family) as possible.
post-secondary education.
Pollina: I oppose the use of out-of-state prisons and oppose
Pollina: I have introduced legislation to make education funding
private, for-profit prisons in Vermont or elsewhere.
more fair and simple by moving away from property toward an

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Raising Voter Turnout

by John Odum

here are a lot of ways you can judge the health So yay us. While that puts us well ahead of Texas;
of a democracy. One of them–the simplest and however (at 51.6 percent), Minnesota leaves us in the dust
most straightforward one–is to look at citizen (74.8 percent)
participation. Turnout can be considered a measure of These comparative numbers have a lot of value. You
voter engagement, voter interest, and–I would argue– can compare similar communities and consider what
voter’s sense of futility. A certain percentage of those who procedural or cultural forces are creating any voting
don’t vote are not necessarily staying home due to apathy, percentage gap and the lower turnout community may be
but from a sense that their vote doesn’t matter. able to learn from the higher one. Maybe Texas can learn
Apathy is a real thing, but it’s just too easy to write a thing or two from us, but we could learn a thing or two
off non-voters to inertia, and a lazy unwillingness to from Minnesota.
engage. While apathy is something we obviously need to But looking at those numbers in an absolute sense,
address, it’s all too common for individuals to approach that’s 22 percent of eligible Montpelierites just not
the problem from a sense of superiority (I vote, what’s participating–and the numbers for primary and annual
your problem?). Condescension makes a blunt tool for a city meeting elections are even lower, sometimes far lower.
precision job.
So how do we fix it?
Looking at the numbers in Montpelier compared to the
state and national numbers is interesting. In the 2016 There’s no magic answer, and all the different moving
General Election, Montpelier’s turnout (percentage of parts have a role to play, including constituent groups,
registered voters) was 67.76 percent. Comparing that political campaigns, and even the news media. But we as
to the statewide average (67.95 percent) makes us look individuals have a role too, and that brings me back to
quite, well, average. We can take heart in the fact that my first point.
our checklist was a bit bloated at the time (we have since We can berate and shame the non-voter. That might you’re talking about local elections) we’ll be showing
removed about 1,200 voters that likely do not live here increase turnout by a small amount, sure. But if we them that theirs does too. This is harder work that
any more from “active” to “challenged” status–the first recognize that many of our neighbors who don’t vote berating, and for some probably less satisfying. But
step to purging them completely). What this means is that are staying home because they have become jaded and we must keep our eyes on the prize in the struggle for
our true turnout was likely higher. Nevertheless, we aren’t cynical, that’s a perspective even the most committed and maximum democracy
blowing away our fellow Vermonters with our turnout responsible voter can probably empathize with, so why
rate, that’s for sure. not empathize? Why not embrace that common ground? And I’m willing to bet that the adage about catching more
flies with honey than with vinegar applies.
Looking at the rest of the country, we can feel quite good If we can demonstrate to non-voters that our vote does
about ourselves. Nationally, turnout was 60.2 percent. matter (and that’s not a difficult thing to do at all when John Odom is the city clerk of Montpelier

Where is the Cleanest Water for

Swimming in the Capital Area?
riends of the Winooski River is a group dedicated to the • Collect yard waste for compost and keep from clogging storm
health and restoration of the river, its tributaries, and drains;
watersheds. In pursuit of this, volunteers collect hundreds • Sweep up sand, salt, soil, and grass from driveway instead of
of water samples from 39 sites in the capital area and the washing into storm drains;
headwaters (Cabot, Marshfield, Plainfield) on six dates each
summer. • Join Friends of the Winooski’s Volunteer Water Quality
Monitoring team! Volunteers collect stream samples on
Of all the capital area sampling sites, the cleanest water for a biweekly basis throughout the summer in the Cabot/
swimming was found at the “Pebble Beach” swimming area at Marshfield/Plainfield and Barre/Montpelier areas. Sampling
North Branch Nature Center, where the E. coli bacteria level is takes about 15 minutes per site, and volunteers can sample
usually below the state standard for swimming. However, it is from one or more sites. No experience necessary and training
important to note that when it rains, the bacteria level goes way is provided. The 2018 sampling dates are June 26, July 10,
up, even at the Nature Center. The E. coli level after a moderate July 24, Aug 7, Aug 21, and Sept 4. Volunteers can choose to
amount of rain can be 20 times higher than usual, so they do sample on one or all of those dates. Sign up at winooskiriver.org
not recommend swimming for 24–48 hours afterwards, as rain
washes pet waste, soil, and other pollutants off the land and into
the rivers.
To increase the number of clean-water swimming holes in the
area, Friends of the Winooski recommends taking the following
• Direct downspouts from your roof so that water does not fall
onto paved surfaces;
• Build rain gardens or swales;
• Improve drainage to prevent erosion around driveways and

• Plant bare areas on property to reduce erosion;
• Reduce area of mowing to allow native plants to flourish;
• Scoop up pet poop and put in trash;

This Paper! • Use minimal fertilizer on lawn;

• Maintain lawn height of 3-4 inches; Photo courtesy of Friends of the Winooski
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Democratic House Canididate John Stevens

responds to The Bridge
n the July 19 issue, The Bridge reached out to the four Northfield candidates—Gordon Vocational education needs to be upgraded. Apprenticeship programs need expanding.
Bock, Denise MacMartin, John Stevens, and Jeremy Hansen—vying for the two Contractors have a difficult time finding skilled labor. Skilled labor is paid well.
positions on the November ballot. John Stevens was unable to respond to our questions Do you support stronger gun regulations than already exist in Vermont? If so, what’s
in the previous issue but has sent them along now. an example?
What is one of your top priorities if elected? Why so? The recently passed laws should have a chance before more laws are enacted.
Top Priority: 40 percent of VT roads are rated poor or very poor. 800+ bridges need As a politician, how do you plan to build consensus with the other parties in the
work or replacement. Tourists complain about the condition of our roads. VT needs to government and not bring Vermont politics into something like the tribal warfare of
improve our basic transportation system. Burlington has had five massive spills of untreated Washington DC?
sewerage into Lake Champlain this year. Many of VT’s wastewater treatment plants are
over 40 years old and need repair and upgrading to meet new standards. As an engineer, I work with various groups building consensus. I plan to use the same
methods to work with my colleagues in the VT Legislature.
What have you done in the past to help improve Vermont and/or your community?
Can you point to any specific accomplishments? Nearly one in five Vermonters are 65 years old or more. How can Vermont better
support their needs, particularly with housing and transportation?
I have been with the Green Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America for 37 years. During
that time I have served as scoutmaster of the local troop and VP of properties. During my There should be daily checks on older Vermonters and their needs assessed.
tenure and as a professional engineer, I have contributed both money and talent to the Do you support a fully taxed and regulated market for marijuana, the status quo, or
repair of a dam, design and construction of two bridges and a boat shed. I have spent many a reversal or tightening of the law?
days repairing and replacing facilities.
I support a fully taxed and regulated market for marijuana.
Do you support the governor’s efforts to change the staff-student ratio at Vermont
Can you give an example of a policy or perspective you’ve evolved on as a result of
schools. If so, why? If not, what is a policy you would support or lead to improve
your conversations and interactions with your constituency?
Vermont schools?
I didn’t realize how many Vermonters are aging in place.
I think that local control of the school budget is an adequate control on staff-student ratio.
I would like to see more vocational education offered. How do you assess the state of Vermont’s environment? Is the state doing enough to
fight the causes and effects of climate change or could it do more?
Are you satisfied with the state’s efforts to encourage youth to remain in state and
immigrants to move to the state? How could it be improved? Overall VT’s environment is improving but more needs to be done reduce water pollution.
To fight climate change, public transit should be more available and heating districts
established in urban area.
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The Barber Todd Brings Vision and

Symmetry to Haircutting in Montpelier by Dot Helling

t’s time to go back to school. Preparation Applying the right tools also matters. Most
includes last minute vacations, buying important are his Oster brand clippers,
clothes and school supplies, and coiffing which allow him to work fast but with great
for the big first day. Thankfully, we have many precision. The blades adjust from one quarter
talented barbers and stylists in downtown inch down to two millimeters. Beyond that
Montpelier. In June, Todd Wheeler, who he judges with his fingers. For longer hair,
worked for the past three years at Myles Court his special tool is a pair of Japanese steel
Barbershop, opened his own salon, The Barber scissors gifted to him by a friend 16 years
Todd, on Court Street, bringing a tremendous ago. These scissors not only feel good in
amount of experience far beyond his tenure at his hand (he can flip them into place), but
Myles Court. Wheeler started his career being they are also a good luck token worth many
schooled by his father, David Wheeler, at the hundreds of dollars and can only be handled
Hollywood Barber College in Los Angeles, by master barbers and shear sharpeners.
working on films such as Heat, Independence A father himself, Wheeler especially loves
Day, and Batman Returns. working with kids. Indeed, half of his
Wheeler’s unique and customized cuts are clientele are kids ages 8 to 18, some younger.
visionary and based on a philosophy of balance The common thread between youngsters
and symmetry. His dad once said to him, “I and adults is the need to establish trust early
can teach you a thousand cuts, but how will on. With kids who have trouble sitting still,
you know which is the right one for the person Todd has them turn the clippers on and off
in the chair?” That question haunted him and watch their parents do the same. Then
until he correlated it with the Bonsai tree scene he’ll place it in the kid’s hand and have them
in the movie Karate Kid, when Daniel chopped away at the unshaped Bonsai to make hold and touch the tool to get rid of any fear of it. He’ll call the edger a “honeybee”
it look like what he saw in his head. As Mr. Miyagi tells Daniel, “If come from inside because it hums, and warns his young customers that it tickles. Older kids are harder
you, always right one.” to figure out, especially those in high school who are under social pressure to figure out
Todd’s dad also taught him that beauty is “not only skin deep but goes all the way to the their image, which makes their hair very important.
bones.” The same goes for every head. Todd’s canvas is the bones in the head from the Wheeler strives to be consistent and keep his customers happy. He understands that it’s
shoulders up, and he’s developed a system for determining the best look for the shape of scary to change your appearance and loves nothing better than to make someone happy
each head. He looks at three zones from the forehead to the chin and determines your with their cut and the way they look. As he says, “Sometimes balance goes beyond the
symmetry. If symmetry is lacking, he balances it with the haircut. bones to lifestyle.”
For example, an “H” head is symmetrical. He calls himself a “V.” Kurt Russell and Val
Kilmer, actors whose hair he has cut, are both “A”s. Todd’s formula takes into account
both the vertical and horizontal frames of your head. So if you have a narrow chin, you
may not want a lot of hair at the top sides of your head. If A-shaped, you might want We want to know what you think!
longer lengths on top.
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Local Attorney Brings Legal Issues to Life in Debut Thriller

by Irene Racz

or 25 years, Bernie Lambek has “A lot of what I do is counseling clients, Will’s, and some of Sam’s story parallels
been a respected attorney in private many of whom are public entities, to help my practice.”
practice in Montpelier. Now, he can resolve issues and avoid litigation,” he said. Lambek said some of his Yale Law School
add best-selling “legal mystery” author to “If you do things right, you don’t get classmates have read the book, and it will
his resume. sued. I represent quite a number of school be mentioned in the law school’s alumni
Not that his novel, Uncivil Liberties, is a districts, and in a typical school case, I’d be publication. He has also received positive
national bestseller—at least not yet. But advising a school board or superintendent. reviews in the Vermont Bar Journal and
at Montpelier’s Bear Pond Books, where Some of those are related to a student’s First Seven Days and online on Goodreads and
he did a reading and signed books on June Amendment right to speak out on issues. I Amazon. He is in the midst of readings
5, it’s currently the top-seller of the year, did represent a resident complaining about at a number of bookstores and libraries in
despite being on the market for only two the fact that a Christian prayer had opened Vermont and New Hampshire as well as
months. town meeting year after year.” a library in Maine. He has also met with
Its success is due partly to its homegrown A fan of mysteries, Lambek said he wanted several book groups.
appeal. The story is set in Montpelier, with his book to offer the suspense typical of that He used Rootstock Publishing, a local
barely fictionalized landmarks—the park, genre while also exploring important issues. company, to publish the book, and other
the hardware store, a coffee shop—familiar “Even though my characters are on the area professionals for editing, artwork, and
to anyone who lives here. And Lambek plaintiff side in these cases, the interesting design. Rather than printing a set number
incorporates tongue-in-cheek elements— things are the issues and the underlying of books, printing is done on demand
stores catering to Wiccans and to pets on values, political theory, and constitutional through IngramSpark, which also provides
raw food diets—that perfectly capture the interpretation,” he said. “I’m trying to distribution.
capital city’s quirkiness. portray those issues in their complexity,
giving the perspectives of both sides.” Lambek retains the copyright to the book,
But the book is also being enjoyed further which means he is free to work with a Photo by John Lazenby
afield, a testament to the quality of the A few people at the Bear Pond reading major publishing house should the book
assumed that the character of Sam is Lambek’s website: bernielambek.com
writing and the blending of a whodunit gain traction beyond our region. Uncivil
with an examination of some of the autobiographical, but Lambek disputes Liberties is available on Amazon in print Uncivil Liberties on Facebook: facebook.
thorniest legal issues facing our country that. “I used real life events from family and for Kindle, but he encourages interested com/UncivilLibertiesBook
today. and inserted them into characters, but it readers to purchase it from independent
didn’t mean the characters had the same Rootstock Publishing website:
Lambek began writing the book in 2011 booksellers. His website has links to rootstockpublishing.com
personalities,” he said. “There are parallels independents, like Bear Pond Books, that
and continued on and off for the next between [Sam’s daughter] Sarah and my Rootstock on Facebook: facebook.com/
six years, when he felt inspired and could can fulfill mail orders.
son Will. Her back story is similar to rootstockpublishing
fit it in among his legal work and family
obligations. He and his wife, Linda Sproul,
welcomed four grandchildren during that
time, and Lambek lost his father.
Several family members, legal associates,
and friends—most notably acclaimed
novelist and part-time Vermonter Howard
Norman—gave him the encouragement he
needed to keep writing as well as helpful
feedback on various drafts.
“I hadn’t thought about writing a novel
before, and I just decided I’d like to try this,
even before I had a plot in mind,” he said.
“I had these legal issues I’d been dealing
with for years—the First Amendment and
how it plays out in schools, and prayer at
town meetings—and I wanted to make
them publicly accessible in the context of
Like Lambek, protagonist Sam Jacobson is
a dedicated attorney who wants to do the
right thing, even when it conflicts with his
own beliefs or public opinion. As a puzzling
death casts a pall over the community, Sam
represents plaintiffs in cases involving a
student’s free speech rights, discrimination
based on sexual orientation, and the
intersection of government and religion.
In real life, Lambek represents some of
the institutions that his characters are up
against, but with an eye toward helping his
clients do the right thing.

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To Merge or not to Merge—Barre City and Barre Town

Prepare for a New Vote on School Districts by Gina Akley and Tyler Smith

n the next few months, residents of Barre City and Barre Town will once again vote What are some misconceptions about the proposed merger?
on a merger of school districts thanks to the passage of Act 46 in 2015. The merger Many community members have expressed a belief that an Act 46 merger will result in a
has been put to a vote in Barre City once before and Barre Town two times; the first merger of the schools, particularly the elementary and middle schools in Barre Town and
was at the recommendation of the original Merger Study Committee, which worked Barre City. This is not the case. The Act 46 merger is an administrative and operational
to develop a proposal from 2015 to 2016, and the second was as a result of a successful merger that affects school budgets and school boards, but each school will continue to
petition to re-vote in Barre Town. The initial proposal passed in Barre City but the run as a separate entity with the same administrative structure as it currently has.
proposal was rejected both times in Barre Town.
We have also heard concern about students being forced to switch schools as a result of
It’s a complicated topic, to be sure, and we want to clarify the situation, dispel the merger. As a result, the Study Committee has heavily modified the previous Articles
misconceptions, and address the many issues raised about the merger by answering these of Agreement to require a public vote to approve school restructuring, closings, and
frequently asked questions: redistricting. In addition, the Articles state that students will not be required to attend
Who exactly is involved with the merger? school outside of their town of residence. The ballot warning also ensures the board
Barre City and Barre Town each have an elementary school serving grades pre-K–8th cannot make changes to these and other key articles without taking it to a public vote.
grade, with Spaulding High School serving both communities. At the moment, all three What aspects of the merger still need to be hammered out?
schools operate as separate districts under the Barre Supervisory Union (BSU). While From an operational stand-point, there is some work that will need be completed
the Supervisory Union provides some opportunity for collaboration and standardization, following either a voluntary or involuntary merger to ensure that the new district will be
the schools still have to maintain separate budgets and boards, which limits their ability operational by the July 1, 2019 deadline. The new school board will be voted in at the
to further streamline operations. If the communities vote to merge, the three existing same time as the merger vote. Upon a successful merger vote, the Barre Unified Union
districts will be merged into the Barre Unified Union School District, and this new School District and its board would come into existence, and they would work over the
district would become operational on July 1, 2019. next several months to prepare for the transition. Among the items they would address
What is Act 46 and how does it apply here? Why was it passed? are:
Act 46 is a far-reaching piece of legislation passed in 2015 designed to encourage local a. Preparing and presenting a budget to the voters for Fiscal Year 2020;
school districts to merge their existing governance structures into one consolidated pre- b. Preparing for the Barre Unified Union School District annual meeting, March 5,
K–12 school district, with one school board responsible for every student in the district. 2019;
The main goal is to improve the educational quality of those schools at an affordable and
sustainable cost that taxpayers will value. c. Transacting any other lawful business that comes before the Board.
What is the argument for the merger? The existing school boards would continue to operate to conduct the business of their
districts through June 30, 2019, at which point the Barre Unified Union School District
Teachers would receive increased job security, and part-time employees would gain the would become operational and the new board would take over all authority for the
ability to move between schools if enrollment levels change staffing requirements. There district.
would be no plan to move teachers simply for the sake of moving them.
Why has Barre Town voted down the merger twice?
Students could benefit from further alignment of elementary and middle school
curricula to ensure all students have the same opportunities. Sharing teachers/staff It is impossible to know all of the reasons that the merger was voted down in Barre
would also allow for expanded offerings to all students. Town, but the information from polls taken during the first vote as well as public
input during the most recent round of Committee work notes that many people were
Furthermore, every dollar saved on efficiencies is an additional dollar that can be spent concerned about the loss of local control and the impact a merger may have on school
on improving the quality of students’ education without additionally burdening the closings, mergers, restructuring, and district boundaries.
taxpayers. The streamlined operations foresees an estimated savings of at least $100,000/
year. Furthermore, tax reduction incentives are still available if communities move The original Articles of Agreement to govern the new district left decisions around
forward with a voluntary merger. these matters in the hands of the school board, and residents were concerned that major
decisions affecting the education of their children would be made without their input.
In addition, community members expressed concern about the impact a merger would
have on the security of their teachers and other service providers within each individual
There were also concerns about a disparity in financial and property resources between
the two schools, many of which have been resolved over the past few years via building
improvements and the sale of property from Barre Town school to the Town of Barre.
When is the next vote?
The Study Committee has recommended a vote date of November 6, 2018, which is the
date of the general election. The Committee believes that this vote will draw the highest
number of voters and best reflect the wishes of each community. This date also provides
the Committee with more time to make sure that community members have the best
information about what a merger means for schools and students.
The Vermont State Board of Education needs to release its final plan for all districts by
November 30, 2018, so a November 6 vote date is cutting it pretty close. If the State
Board rejects the proposed vote date, it will be moved forward to September 28. There
are a few disadvantages to this date: it would be a standalone vote, meaning lower
turnout, and it gives the Committee less time to make sure that voters have the best
information in hand before making their decisions.
Does Barre Town have any hope of escaping a merger if its citizens reject it again?
The Secretary of Education released a draft statewide plan on June 1, 2018, which
outlined how the State plans to deal with districts that have not yet merged voluntarily.
The Barre districts were left out of the report because the Board of Education
acknowledged that the Study Committee was currently in process. However, the Board’s
recommendations regarding both the U-32 School District and the Twinfield Union
School District are indicative of its approach to districts that it does not believe make
a valid argument for an alternative structure under the Act 46 rules. It is impossible to
know with certainty what the Board of Education’s final plan will require if the Barre
districts do not vote to merge voluntarily, but it is reasonable to assume that a merger
will be required.
Gina Akley and Tyler Smith are co-chairs of the Barre Act 46 Merger Study Committee
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Meet Ryan Heraty, Union Elementary School’s New Principal Continued from Page 1

Hattie is not dismissing these conventional interventions; they could help. But Hattie sees Ryan Heraty, the new
teachers as all-important. What’s more he sees real educational clout in teachers working principal of Montpelier's Union
together–collaborating–sharing their best information about the most powerful teaching Elementary School in his Union
strategies they have discovered in working with students. School office. Heraty is holding
a traditional bell that a students
“See learning through the eyes of the learner,” Hattie advises. That’s the transformative used to ring to summon students
variable, or to quote Hattie directly from a 2012 essay, “Know Thy Impact.” When teachers from recess or to let student
work together–“fed by the evidence of their impact on students”–that’s when measurable know that classes were about to
gains take place in the learning lives of their students. begin. On the wall behind Heraty
is a student poster that was
As our conversation continued, Heraty discussed an educational shift that is taking place in presented to him at the close of
schools today. Instead of simple knowledge-based learning where the schoolchildren learn a the school year when he left his
body of knowledge and then are tested on that knowledge, schools like Union are building job at an elementary school in
what Heraty describes as “empowering activities.” Winthrop, Massachusetts. The
We talked about student writing. What if the only person reading a student’s writing is the poster reads as follows: "You
student himself? Or perhaps a student’s writing is read by himself and a teacher or by himself can have great teachers but if
you don't have a good principal,
and a teacher and a parent? Now, take that further. What about opportunities for students to you won't have a good school."
publish their writing so that it’s seen by a larger audience? Imagine the learning potential when Photo by Pam Foster.
a writer finds an audience of readers? Or as Heraty reported, “One of our teachers created a
book, with students, on “The Native Species of Vermont.”
One of the most basic things a school can offer is a place that’s “safe and healthy,” to use
nothing right now,” he said. “I will develop a morning program.” He sees such a program as
Heraty’s own words. Heraty noted that 25 percent of Union Elementary School students
particularly valuable in supporting working families.
qualify for what is called “free and reduced lunch.” That means that one out of four Union
Elementary School students come from families whose income levels qualify them for Heraty’s commitment to children in a morning program, throughout the school day, and in
financial help in paying for a school lunch. after-school programs includes an emphasis on what he calls “social and emotional learning.”
“We have 25 percent of students on free and reduced lunch,” Heraty reiterated. “That’s an Yes, if kids are hungry, they can’t learn. That’s basic. But it’s also important for children to learn
indicator of need. If kids are hungry, they aren’t going to learn.” Heraty is committed to starting how to get along with each other, have their needs met, and function happily as part of a group.
a morning program for schoolchildren who are dropped off early at school.“There’s What Heraty is aiming for is a school where all students feel safe and supported while being
engaged at a high level.

Union Playground Project Work to Start Soon; Portion of

Park Ave. to Close for School Year by Gail Callahan

he Union Elementary School timeline will be announced within the next one of the biggest improvements. There was
Playground Project got a boost last few days, according to project manager Jay no real accessibility for the upper playground
week after the Montpelier City Ericson. for the kids who need it. Our top priority
Council approved a street closure permit for The City Council’s approval of the plan to has been focused on the children’s safety,”
Park Avenue next to the school, paving the partially close Park Avenue will give students said Montpelier-Roxbury District Director
way for students to have a safe spot to play a safe spot to play while construction on the of Facilities Andrew LaRosa. “We’ve been
when construction on the new playground new playground takes place. Along with very appreciative of all the community
occurs. the street space, grassy areas by the school engagement there’s been.”
The western portion of Park Avenue will be will also be part of the temporary play area, The playground project has met with broad
permanently closed with chain link fences Ericson said. support by faculty, administration, parents
for the school year, which runs from August “When the administration decides to and community members, according to
29, 2018 until June 21, 2019. Buses will utilize the space will be determined by Ericson. “We’ve had a number of public
drop off and pick up on Hubbard Street, the construction schedule,” he said. “A meetings on what [this plan] will mean,”
eliminating parking spaces there. Parking committee of teachers and staff has been said Ericson. “We’ve had a parent committee The construction project and the street
spots will also be lost on Park Avenue and working since the spring on a plan to ensure and we’ve gotten a lot of good questions and closure have different time frames. The
Loomis Street while the project is underway. the space is safe and engaging for the kids. feedback.” construction phase is scheduled to be
Last March, Montpelier voters approved a There won’t be any large equipment on the Jeff Prescott owns a home on Park Avenue with completed within a few months. The street
$4.9 million bond for school repairs that street, but there will be organized games and Andy Shuford and a four-unit rental property closure will extend through the end of the
included $1.18 million for a new playground activities during recess.” at 8 Park Ave. Prescott isn’t opposed to the 2018-2019 school year. “The street closure
at Union Elementary School. The cost of plan, but notes it is expected to put a strain has been configured in a way to maintain
In addition to a playground equipment uninterrupted access from the upper end of
the playground project was relatively high upgrade that meets current health, safety, and on residents’ lives. “Although we fully expect
because of the need to remove contaminated the playground re-construction process and the Park Ave to both of our properties,” Prescott
accessibility standards, the plan also includes explained.
soil from the site and improve drainage. soil contamination mitigation, access for associated closure of Park Ave for the 2018–
Some residents had the impression work on students and adults with disabilities, and 2019 school year to be disruptive,” he explained, The target date for the new playground’s
the playground would begin the day after an outdoor classroom/playhouse designed by “we are not opposed to the street closure plan opening is fall 2019.
school got out in June, but the start of the designed by Norwich’s Architecture Design that was approved by the city council.”
project was delayed. Build program. The soil contamination, from
New school superintendent Libby Bonesteel an older building that burned on the site and
explains why: “Basically all the bids came from runoff and vehicle emissions over the
in much too high. We’ve had to work with years, was not a risk to current students
the lowest bidder to get the costs down, but has to be dealt with while the site is
and that has taken time.” The district rebuilt, according to Ericson. Technically,
received three bids in the spring for the the playground is a brownfield site, he said.
project. Engineers Construction’s was the A Norwich University faculty member
lowest of the three. DuBois Construction worked closely with school personnel,
was the high bidder at $2,343,996 with students and community members to work
Capitol Earthmoving’s $2,061,422 package on the structure. “The accessibility will be
sandwiched in the middle. A construction
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VCFA Partners with For Freedoms for

Video Art Instillation and more
he Vermont College of Fine Arts is proud to announce • Total running time for accepted work must be no longer
its collaboration with the For Freedoms art organization than 10 minutes.
which has been gathering significant media attention • Applicants may submit up to two entries
in both The New York Times and Art Forum. As a part of the • Entries are submitted as direct links (YouTube, Vimeo,
collaboration, VCFA will be producing a video art installation; artist’s website etc.)
a sign-making event and a panel discussion that correlate to • Applicants notified: early September 2018
the ideas in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms Speech. See the application at
Selected work(s) will be shown in a public, out-door screening https://form.jotform.com/81766507576166
and projected on to a building in Montpelier, VT. Screening VCFA Sign-Making Event
in early/mid-October–exact date TBA.
When: September 8, 2018, 3–4:30 pm
Submission Open Call, Guidelines & Eligibility Where: VCFA Campus, Noble Hall
To apply, students must submit work correlating to the ideas The Vermont College of Fine Arts invites the community to a
in Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms, affirming the sign-making event on campus. Attendees are welcome to create
inalienable human rights of: signs that interpret Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Four Freedoms:
• Freedom of speech; affirming the inalienable human rights of freedom of speech,
• Freedom of worship; freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from
• Freedom from want; fear. The signs generated in the event will be publicly displayed
• Freedom from fear; on the VCFA college green. Materials will be provided.
Submission Guidelines & Eligibility VCFA Panel Discussion
• Deadline for submission: August 10, 2018 When: September 8, 2018, 4:30–6 pm
• Fee: FREE Where: VCFA Campus, Noble Hall
• Artists must reside in VT full-time or be a current student/ Following the VCFA sign-making event, a panel discussion
alumni of VCFA with artists, social activists, and educators on the topic of the
• Entries must be no longer than three minutes in length role of art and contemporary democracy.
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Working It: Styling Professionals at Bailey Road by Sarah Davin

hen the cold weather dissipates, Sarah DeFelice, owner of Bailey Road. Photo by Sarah Davin shopping for clothing a self-effacing experience. With that
Vermonters have a rare opportunity to in mind, DeFelice does not allow negative body talk during
express themselves in fashion. While her personal styling sessions. “It is important to dress for the
Montpelier’s proximity to fashion may be likened to shape you have, not five pounds from now.”
Pluto’s orbit around the sun, there are a few fun and What are the women of Montpelier looking for when
eye-catching fashions that emerge on the street once shopping at Bailey Road? She says that Renuar pants are one
the ice melts: hippies with their earth tones and baggy of her most popular items. “They are easy to wash and wear,
pants, vintage-loving hipsters with their aviator glasses great for traveling (no ironing required), they pull right on
and grandpa shirts, the masses of caps-n-flannels, the with no button or zipper so they leave a smooth front for
pastels and patterns of Millennial sweethearts, and a blouses, and they have a slim silhouette.” In addition to a
few strikingly edgier styles. One group that perhaps good pair of pants, Bailey Road’s dresses are also popular.
stands out the most is the State House worker, clad “Dresses are the perfect one-and-done wardrobe piece.”
in sleek suits, tailored silhouettes, and even shiny
manicures. Generally, women leave the shop with their heads held up a
bit higher. “The confidence that women gain from a Bailey
Bailey Road specializes in helping the professional Road dressing room party or style session isn’t created at
women of the State House and other high level jobs Bailey Road, but found, or just rekindled here. Sometimes,
find that delicate balance between authority and the power of wearing an outfit that screams ‘you’ can get
expression, to help them be heard. While addressing lost in the clutter of life—aka your closet.”
society’s biases, even in the #MeToo era, is a long arduous process, attention to fashion can
help a woman achieve two things: shape how others see her and change how she experiences What role does this type of clothing play in shaping how people see Montpelier’s professional
herself. women? DeFelice says she hopes that it’s the women themselves that make the difference. “I
would hope that it isn’t our clothing that enhances how women are seen in the workplace,
Sarah DeFelice, owner of the upscale Bailey Road boutique on Main Street in Montpelier, but the confidence that she exudes when she feels good in what she wears.” After all, it’s the
sees all ages of professional women enter her store—from their early 20s to their 80s. “The effort women put into their work, and not merely their looks, that makes them an essential
majority of Bailey Road customers are the working professionals: teachers, lawyers, lobbyists” part of the professional world.
DeFelice notes. “National life, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and VCFA are all large companies that
have professionals that support shopping local and Bailey Road.”
As a stylist, DeFelice faces a challenge, not solely in regards to making her
clients look great, but also approaching styling in a way that also encourages
her clients to feel assertive. Though there have been recent efforts by different
designers to be more size-inclusive, some put-downs are still built into the way
we talk about women’s bodies. For example, it is not uncommon for fashion and
fitness magazines to compare them to fruit. If a woman isn’t the ideal, non-fruit
“hourglass” shape, then she has to endure the indignity of being called a “pear”
or “rhubarb.”
DeFelice agrees that such practice is unflattering and absurd, and that generating
confidence comes down to honesty. “If I am worried that someone is about to
leave with a piece that doesn’t work for them, I will let them know.”
Honesty is also about pointing out the positive. When we shop on our own, it
is so easy to focus on the parts of ourselves we don’t like and ignore the other
aspects of our shapes that we could be embracing. The extreme and exclusive
images of beauty, especially in regards to women, are overwhelming, and the
anxiety that comes from not meeting these impossible standards may make

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The Bridge On 25 Years of Business!
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Abridged Vermont: Woodstock by Mike Dunphy

efore becoming editor in a few dollars more: mimosas,
chief of The Bridge, I spent wine, and cheese. However your
more than 10 years in the piece of stoneware comes out,
travel and tourism industry. I Farmhouse will ship it directly
continue to do so on the side, and, to your home.
indeed, I am currently in the 1837 West Woodstock Rd.,
middle of updating the Fodor’s 802.457.7486 farmhousepottery.
Travel Guide for Vermont. This com
means poking around the entire
state for the best restaurants, pubs, -Eat-
hotels, attractions, and activities.
Worthy Kitchen/Soulfully
Readers of The Bridge benefit, Good
too. Once a month, Abridged
Thanks to the plethora of
Vermont will highlight what’s the
wealthy visitors from New York
buzz in one Vermont town or
and Boston, Woodstock is never
city in hopes of inspiring some
short of fine dining options,
weekend getaways. In some cases,
but for buzz and chatter, look
the experiences are sponsored by
to Worthy Kitchen, a mile east
the venues, but I have selected
of town. Channeling the farm-
according to quality and appeal
only. Courtesy of The Woodstock Inn & Resort to-table mentality, Worthy
adds playful twists to classic
-See- American comfort dishes, like
brisket topped with root beer BBQ sauce. The beer list is prob the best in town, with
Kelly Way Gardens Hill Farmstead, Upper Pass, and Foley Brothers, among many more. Enjoy them in
The Woodstock Inn remains one of the most exclusive hotels in Vermont, but you don’t the industrial-bistro interior or outside on the patio.
need to be a guest to enjoy it. And in the case of the Kelly Way Gardens, a mile south For the classic, sun-drenched breakfast, brunch, and lunch experience—and an ideal
of the inn on Route 106, it won’t even cost you a penny. Tended by master Gardener perch to share a tête-à-tête with a close friend (or someone you’d like to be a close
Benjamin Pauly, the three-acre, hilltop garden sprouts more than 200 varieties of friend), pop into the very aptly named Soulfully Good Cafe on Main Street. The
vegetables, 50 varieties of herbs and edible flowers, 75 varieties of berries and orchard waffles, frittatas, salads, pastries, paninis are topnotch, but the buttermilk fried chicken
plantings, a mushroom glen and 200 varieties of cut flowers—much of which find their salad sandwich is one of the best things I’ve eaten on this entire summer journey
way into the meals and rooms at the inn. through Vermont.
A great way to see the garden is to join one of the inn’s weekly 45-minute Kelly Way Worthy Kitchen: 442 Woodstock Rd., (802) 457-7281, worthyvermont.com
Gardens Five Senses Tour, which engages in the “unique tastes, smells, textures, sights
and sounds of the season.” Best of all, it’s totally complimentary to non-guests. Go a Soulfully Good Cafe: 67 Central St., (802) 457-7395, soulfullygood.com
little deeper by signing up for a number of events, including Slow Tea in the Garden
($5), A Garden Tour and Tasting ($45), Red Barn Dinner Series ($55), and more.
506 on the River
4 The Green, (802) 457-6609, woodstockinn.com
Don’t let the bland, pre-fab frontage of this sprawling hotel two miles west of
-Play- downtown Woodstock fool you, the interior is a whole different world, influenced
Farmhouse Pottery Workshop largely by its ever-traveling, Africa-based owners. The rooms, common areas, corridors,
and restaurant are stuffed to the gills with trinkets and knickknacks, turning sections
It would be hard to find a Vermont potter not admiring the success of Farmhouse into a virtual 19th century-esque curiosity cabinet. Add in a pool and sauna, gift shop,
Pottery, 2.5 miles west of downtown Woodstock. In 2017, the shop even won the seal toddler playroom, video game arcade, and there’s little need to leave the property.
of approval from the Oprah, who included a “gorgeous rustic stoneware crock” on her
annual list of Oprah’s Favorite Things. A rustic, Vermonty pottery barn this is not, That also goes for the six-acre property’s expansive back lawn—about a football field’s
but instead, a pristine, elegant showroom with jugs, salt cellars, pitchers, cheese stones, worth of green—that stretches all the way back from the hotel to the Ottauquechee
match strikers, and more placed as if pieces in a high-end art gallery. River, where Adirondack chairs and a fire pit look out to a picturesque bend in the
water. Most guests get the same view from their balcony. All and all, it’s a tremendous
Always looking for new, talented potters, co-founders and artisans Zoe and James Zilian value for money.
invite visitors to take a turn behind the wheel in any of the regular workshops. Included
are a workshop tour, wheel throwing demonstration, personal pottery lesson, and for 1653 RT4 West Woodstock Rd., (802) 457-5000, ontheriverwoodstock.com
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Calendar of Events
Community Events SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Yard Sale and Bake Sale - Scholarship
Fundraiser. 9 am–3 pm. 6 Granview Dr., Performing Arts
Aug 18: A Musical Theatre Cabaret.
Spaulding High School Drama Club alumni
perform selections from past productions
Events happening Barre. dating back to 1981. All proceeds benefit future
August 2–18 Capital City Farmers' Market. THEATER, DANCE, productions of SHSDC. 7 pm. Espresso Bueno,
Market vendors, music, and events. STORYTELLING, COMEDY 248 N. Main St., Barre. $5. 479-0896. events@
espressobueno.com. espressobueno.com.
9 am–1 pm. State St., Montpelier. Aug 4: FEMCOM. All-female standup comedy.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2 montpelierfarmersmarket.com 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Aug, 18: Kizuna Dance. A cross-cultural
Open Ears at Bagitos. Join Montpelier city Barre. Free/by donation. 479-0896. events@ production that blends Japanese culture,
councilor Glen Coburn Hutcheson to talk about GED Testing at Barre Learning Center. streetdance, and contemporary dance. 7:30 pm.
11 am–4 pm. 46 Washington St., Barre. espressobueno.com. espressobueno.com.
the city or anything else. 8:30–9:30 am. Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick
Bagitos, 28 Main St., Montpelier. 476-4588 Aug. 15–17: Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour:
St., Greensboro. $15–35. highlandartsvt.org
ghutcheson@montpelier-vt.org, 839-5349. Dog Mountain Summer Dog Party 2018. Vaudeville. A celebration of the grand
American tradition of variety entertainment! Aug, 18: Extempo’s Greatest Hits. Local-
Adamant: KHL Story Time & book give- Bounce house for the kids, lawn games, favorite raconteurs retell some of their best
dog contests, bubble machines, plenty of Join us for a spectacular lineup of unforgettable
away. Bring your kids, all ages for the acts, with amazing acrobats, mystifying stories, and audience members vote, to help
Kellogg-Hubbard Library Outreach Story dog-friendly vendors, farm fresh local food raise money for the Vermont Center for
by Chez Mami, foot-tapping live music by magicians, jaunty jugglers, and wondrous
Time. We will read about Moody Cow, do wirewalkers. 1 pm and 6 pm. Montpelier Independent Living.8–10 pm. Bridgeside
some yoga, and make beautiful glitter jars. Chris White from White Steer, and more. Books, 29 Stowe St., Waterbury. Free.
Noon–4 pm. 143 Parks Rd., St. Johnsbury. High School, 5 High School Dr., Montpelier.
10–11 am. Adamant Methodist Church, $15–22. smirkus.org extempovt.com. 244-1441
1216 Haggett Rd., Adamant. 272-4492 Rain or shine. Free. dogmt.com/Events
MAT/MA in Art & Design Education. Part Ways to Prevent Suicide (and access marriage of music to picture, as offered by
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3 of events on campus from both our Art & Mental Health resources). Laurie Emerson VCFA students, faculty and alumni.
Bethel First Friday Flicks - Free Family Design Education program and the Summer of NAMI Vermont will offer information 8 pm. Noble Lounge, VCFA, College St.,
Movie. Bring a blanket or beanbag if you Studio Intensive camps for rising 8th–12th and suggestions for people concerned about Montpelier. vcfa.edu/music-comp/news.
want to get comfy (regular chairs available grade students. Graduation at 3:30 pm; their own or their loved ones’ mental
too). Visit website or Facebook event for each exhibit reception, 5–6 pm. VCFA, Alumni health, with a special emphasis on Suicide MONDAY, AUGUST 6
month’s movie. 6:30–8:30 pm. Bethel Town Hall, 45 College St., Montpelier. vcfa.edu/ Prevention. 3 pm. Cutler Memorial Paddle Little River and the Waterbury
Hall, 134 S. Main St., Bethel. Donations art-design-education Library, Rt. 2, Plainfield. 454-8504. info@ Reservoir with Green Mountain Club.
accepted. bri-vt.org/events cutlerlibrary.org Easy. 3 hours. From the boat launch access
Reclamation TEDX-Style Talk. Gain
Dinosaurs with Dinoman. With magic, on Cotton Brook Road (off of Moscow
perspective from award-winning artists Community Song Circles. A community
merry mayhem and magnificent props, the Road) in the late afternoon/early evening.
August Burns and Dominque Medici; social sing-along open to all ages and musical
audience is taken on a trip throughout the Optional swim. Must have PFD and your
justice advocate and legislator Kiah Morris; abilities – all you need is a love of singing.
Mesozoic era. All ages. 6:30 pm. Jaquith own canoe/kayak. Bring water and dinner
body image and eating disorder prevention 6–8 pm. Center for Arts and Learning,
Public Library, School St., Marshfield or snack. Contact Phyllis Rubenstein, 793-
expert Dana Suchow; 3rd phase entrepreneur 46 Barre St., Montpelier. cal-vt.org. 6313 or Phyllis@PhyllisRubensteinLaw.
Summer Studio Intensives. PechaKucha Lisa Hagerty; educator and writer Richard vtcommunitysing@gmail.com comcastbiz.net for meeting time and place.
Presentations. Part of events on campus Hawley, and more. 7 pm. Spruce Peak
Film & Media Music Festival. Part of Free Drop-in Group: “Lives Well Lived:
from both the Art & Design Education Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr.,
the VCFA MFA in Music Composition Questions & Discussions.” When she saw
program and the Summer Studio Intensive Stowe.
Public Concerts and Showcases. This event the documentary at the Green Mountain
camps for rising 8th-12th grade students. will feature a variety of approaches to the
7:30 pm. VCFA, Alumni Hall, 45 College St.,
SUNDAY, AUGUST 5 Film Festival (shown at MSAC) this year, Liz
Montpelier. vcfa.edu/art-design-education Hayao Miyazaki Films at the Savoy.
My Neighbor Totoro. 10 am. 26 Main St.,
Montpelier. Free; donations accepted. film@
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Calendar of Events
Visual Arts
Activity Center, Community Room, 58 Barre St., reception: Aug. 9, 5–7 pm. T.W. Wood Art Gallery, St., Montpelier. Photo ID required for entry.
Montpelier. 223-2518. 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 262-6035. twwoodgallery. Through Sept. 27: Harry A. Rich, The Vermont
org Years, So Far… Large-scale acrylic-on-canvas
Though Aug. 30: Edgewater In Stowe: Exploring
Air. Edgewater Gallery. 151 Main Street, Stowe. Through Sept. 2: A Second Look: Bob Eddy’s paintings. Vermont Supreme Court Gallery, 111 State
EXHIBITS Through Aug. 31: T. W. Wood Gallery: Summer
Herald Photography. Because the darkroom
played such a vital role in photography of the era, a
St., Montpelier.
Through Aug. 4: Show 26 at The Front. The work Juried Exhibit, Essex Art League, and Milton Through Sept. 27: Possibilitarian Uprising:
of six new members, along with that of the rest of recreation of the Herald darkroom is being specially Post-Apocalypse for ¾ Empire. Peter Schumann’s
Artists Guild. The contemporary room will
the gallery’s membership. 6 Barre Street, Montpelier. constructed and will take center stage in the exhibit, woodcuts. Exhibition of woodcuts on cloth banners,
highlight the works of 26 artists in the annual
thefrontvt.com. allowing visitors to insert themselves in the process inspired by Albrecht Durer’s (1471-1528) engravings
Summer Juried Show. Mediums include watercolor,
of creating a photograph before the age of computer depicting the Apocalypse as envisioned in the Book
Through Aug. 10: Stewards of the Land: acrylic, oil, photographs, clay, glass, and mixed
imaging. Chandler Center for the Arts, 71–73 Main of Revelation. Goddard College Art Gallery, Pratt
Photography by Orah Moore. Handprinted media. T. W. Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St.,
St., Randolph. Center, 123 Pitkin Rd., Plainfield. artcommittee@
silverprint photographs. Moore is a classically trained Montpelier. 262-6035 gcallan@twwoodgallery.org
fine art photographer and founding member of twwoodgallery.org Through Sept. 8: Reclamation. Contemporary goddard.edu. 322-1604
Women in Photography, a national organization. figurative women artists painting women from their Through Sept. 30: James Peterson, Dreamcatcher.
Through Aug. 31: New American Artists:
Presented by Studio Place Arts. On display at Morse perspective, reclaiming and transforming the way
Celebrating Tradition and Culture. A tribute to Large-scale interactive installation that was inspired
Block Deli, 260 N. Main St., Barre. women are portrayed. Helen Day Art Center, 90 by the magical ice caves of Kamchatka in Siberia. The
the work of Gregory Sharrow, who established the
Pond St., Stowe. helenday.com grounds of Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122
Through Aug. 22: Phyllis Chase. Oils on panels. Vermont Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program
Adamant Music School, Waterside Hall, Adamant. during his 30-year tenure at the Vermont Folklife Through Sept. 9: Eric AHO: A Thousand Acres. Hourglass Dr., Stowe. helenday.com
Center. The Vermont Arts Council Spotlight Gallery, Paintings that evoke a sense of place rather than Aug. 10–Sept. 30: Show 27 at The Front. The
Through Aug. 25: Colorful Musings by Rob Hitzig. 136 State St., Montpelier. vermontartscouncil.org. a specific place. Highland Center for the Arts,
The art rides a mysterious line between the painting collective gallery’s latest show. Opening reception:
and sculpture. Reception: July 13, 6–8 pm. Axel’s Aug. 3–31: Thin Places, Sacred Spaces. Presented Aug, 19, 4–7 pm. Now open weekends: Fri., 4–7
Gallery and Frame Shop, 5 Stowe St., Waterbury. by the Waitsfield United Church of Christ Village Through Sept. 26: Oil Paint & Black Walnut: pm; Sat.–Sun., 11 am–5 pm. 6 Barre St., Montpelier.
Meeting House. Eight local photographers will Abstracts, Works on Paper. Dian Parker’s exhibit thefrontvt.com
Through Aug. 29: Nerula: Illustrations of Clare exhibit their interpretation of these holy spaces. features abstract oil paintings on canvas, as well as
Emerson Lane. Exhibit of envelopes. Lane was Through Sept. 30: Anita Zotkina. Reception:
Fri.–Sun., noon–5 pm. 4355 Main St., Rt. 100, mixed media works on black walnut stained paper. Sept. 7, 4–8 pm. The Cheshire Cat, 28 Elm St.,
employed by the US Postal service to sort mail on Waitsfield. Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel Coolidge, 39 S. Main St.,
the train in New York in the 1940s. During his Montpelier. 223-1981. cheshirecatclothing.com.
White River Junction
time away from home, he frequently wrote to his Aug. 4–31: Transition. A Member Exhibit of the Through Oct. 20: Exposed. Outdoor sculpture
sweetheart, taking special care to present her with a Art Resource Association. Acrylic, digital art, oils, Through Sept. 27: Nick DeFriez, Hillsides and exhibition. Helen Day Art Center, Pond St., Stowe.
different work of art each time. Montpelier Senior pastels, photography and watercolor. Opening Hexagons. Paintings. Governor’s Gallery, 109 State helenday.com.

Benjamin found it very gripping and moving. reading by author Kate Schatz of New York, from native Australia. 6:30 pm. Jaquith St., Montpelier. montpelierdeathcafe@gmail.
The filmmakers asked 22 different questions a performance by Burlington’s Muslim Public Library, School St., Marshfield. com
of older adults. Benjamin will facilitate Girls Making Change, who are featured in
an open, drop-in discussion. 3–4:30 pm. the book, and a talk with Montpelier High THURSDAY, AUGUST 9 SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre School’s Hope Petraro, who will demonstrate Open Ears at Bagitos. See event description Capital City Farmers' Market. See event
St., Montpelier. Free. what local “rad girls” are doing to change under Aug. 2 description under Aug. 4
lives-well-lived.com. 223-2518 the world. Plus activist postcard writing and Book Discussion at Barre Senior Center, Goddard Graduate Institute Visiting Day.
Hiroshima Day Peace Walk. We’ll meet new voter registration. Teens and tweens 1pm. 135 S. Main St., Barre. An opportunity to get a taste of our low-residency,
on the Kellogg Hubbard library lawn in encouraged to attend. All ages welcome. Master of Arts programs. 10 am–4 pm. Goddard
7–8:30 pm. Bear Pond Books, 77 Main St., Free Concussion Assessment Clinic.
Montpelier, continue down State St. to the Pre-season baseline concussion assessments College Community Center, 123 Pitkin Rd.,
high School, circle on the lawn and offer Montpelier. bearpondbooks.com Plainfield. 322-1646
inform parents and student athletes on
songs for a world at peace. We’ll end by WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8 normal functioning. 5–7 pm. CVMC Central Vermont Humane Society Mini
sending candle boats down the river with our Bike East Montpelier with Green Mountain Rehabilitation Therapy, 1311 Barre- Golf. Play a game of mini golf and Lots-
prayers. 6:45 pm. Neville Berle: nmbe1022@ Club. Easy. 30 mile round trip. Cross VT Montpelier Rd., Berlin. Free. Space is O-Balls will donate all proceeds to Central
gmail.com Trail. Meet at the East Montpelier park and limited. Reserve spot: cvmc.org/concussion- Vermont Humane Society. 11 am–3 pm.
ride opposite the Washington Electric Coop clinic. Free to middle and high school Lots-O-Balls, 2702 Rt. 100, Duxbury. Rain
TUESDAY, AUGUST 7 athletes. date: Aug. 12.
Who's Your Person? What's Your Plan? at 9:30 am. Bring lunch. Helmet required.
Contact George Plumb, 883-2313 or plumb. Board Meeting at Barre Area Senior
Visit our table for information about
george@gmail.com. SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
planning for your future health care needs. Center. 6:15 pm. 135 S. Main St., Barre. Hayao Miyazaki Films at the Savoy.
7 am–3 pm. Main Lobby, Central Vermont Experience the Didgeridoo. Join central Howl’s Moving Castle. 10 am. 26 Main St.,
Medical Center, 130 Fisher Rd., Berlin. Vermonter, Didgeridoo performer, teacher, FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
Death Café. A volunteer-led, drop-in Montpelier. Free; donations accepted. film@
TakingStepsVT.org bandleader and instrument builder, Pitz savoytheater.com
Quattrone, as he demonstrates and explains discussion to “increase awareness of death
Rad Girls Can with Kate Schatz & Muslim with a view to helping people make the Silent Film Series: The Kid with Live
Girls Making Change. Rad Girls Can: Stories the history and playing techniques of the
world’s oldest instrument, the Didgeridoo most of their (finite) lives. 12:15–1:45 pm. Piano Accompaniment. Charlie Chaplin’s
of Bold, Brave, and Brilliant Young Women, Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre The Kid tells the story of a tramp who
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Calendar of Events
Live Music
tradition. Or bring an instrument and play along Concerts and Showcases. 8 pm. College Hall Aug. 11: Spruce Peak Folk Festival. Bring your
with the band. 7–8 pm. State House Lawn. 456- Chapel, College St., Montpelier. vcfa.edu/ picnic blanket and low rise beach chair and settle in
7054. music-comp/news. to hear Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band, Anaïs
Mitchell, Daniel Rodriguez of Elephant Revival,
Aug. 2: Patti Casey and Colin McCaffrey at Aug. 8: Middlesex Bandstand Summer and more TBA. 1 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts
Brown Bag Series. Noon. Christ Church, 64
VENUES State St, Montpelier.
Concert Series. Bow Thayer: Roots-inspired folk
rock and beyond. 6:30–8:30 pm. 465 Shady Rill
Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $35; $15 12 and
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. under. sprucepeakarts.org
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. Aug. 2: Starline Rhythm Boys at Brown Rd., Middlesex.
Aug. 11: Sirius Quartet. Part of the VCFA
Every Tues.: Karaoke with DJ Vociferious Bag Series. 6 pm. Christ Church, 64 State St, Aug. 8: Dylan Foley, Dan Gurney, and MFA in Music Composition Public Concerts
9:30pm Montpelier. Christina Dolphin. These engaging musicians are
Aug. 3: Barishi/Warsenal (metal) 9 pm and Showcases.
Aug. 2: David Brahinsky - First Thursdays some of the best Irish players in the country. 2 pm. College Hall Chapel, College St.,
Aug. 4: Dino Bravo/Meatmilk (alt rock) 9 pm 7:30 pm. Four Corners Schoolhouse, 945 Vincent
Aug. 10: Helen Hummel (folk) 6 pm; Canadian Music. Singer/songwriter and guitarist who has Montpelier. vcfa.edu/music-comp/news.
been playing music from the folk tradition. 6:30 pm. Flats Rd., E. Montpelier.
Waves (punk) 9 pm Aug. 11: Katie Trautz & Nate Gusakov.
Aug. 11: Red Neckromancer (swampgrass) 9 pm Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Aug. 9: Chaque Fois Plays at Worcester
Greensboro. No cover. highlandartsvt.com Local fiddler Trautz will be joined by phenomenal
Aug. 13: Sex Trivia, 7:30 pm Community Market. Local produce, live bands, banjo-player and song-writer Gusakov. A
Aug. 17: Jeff Przech (Americana) 6 pm; Will Aug. 2: Lewis Franco and the Missing and kids’ activities. Chaque Fois brings a festive mixture of Appalachian Old-Time tunes and
Rap For Art Tour w/ Mister Burns, Jarv, Dillon, Cats. Part of the Summer Concert Series at Old atmosphere of dancing and community. 4:30–6:30 their original compositions. 5–6 pm. The Den at
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Aug 11: Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke), 7:30 pm, $5. Common. 6:30–8:30 pm. 122 School St.,
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Aug. 4: Liz Beatty and the Alternates, 7:30 pm Aug. 16: Dave Keller Band. Soul/blues. Part of
students and faculty perform new work for diverse songwriting and performing talents the Summer Concert Series at Old Schoolhouse
instruments with live electronic sound and of the students, alumni, and faculty of Common. 6:30–8:30 pm. 122 School St.,
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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Vermont Youths Ponder their Future by Sarah Davin

hen I came back to Vermont after graduating from Bard College in Annandale-on- is perfect because it gives you the chance to live on your own and grow your own food
Hudson, New York and an unsuccessful summer trying to find a job in Boston, and experience the outdoors.” Asked if he planned to stay in Vermont after graduation, he
I felt ashamed, as if I had failed. Then, in that odd Vermont way, I got lucky. answered, “For college, yes. The opportunities are available for me at Middlebury. Beyond
I responded to a “volunteers needed” advertisement in The Bridge, and showed up like a that, there are very few. I plan to move out of state when I graduate.”
foundling on their doorstep. Since then, I have tried my best to absorb everything I can from Amanda Swift, 24, was also born and raised in Central Vermont. She recently graduated from
the staff’s experience of journalism and their dedication to serving the community. Despite a six-year pharmaceutical college in Albany, New York. Since then, she has returned to Central
all the challenges of being here, it has also inspired me to add a new, tentative word to my Vermont. Amanda highlighted financial challenges as the biggest threat to a young person’s
vocabulary: “stay.” independence here.
But for many young people in Vermont, “stay,” is not in their vocabulary. When I hear “There are a lot of challenging aspects of being a young person in Vermont, as well as anywhere
speculations about how to counter youth flight, there is one group of voices missing: ours. in the United States right now. Finances are likely the most challenging, especially for college-
Lately, there have been a few schemes to bring young people in from out of state. Governor educated individuals. We are graduating with an inordinate amount of loans, ranging anywhere
Phil Scott signed S.94, a bill to promote remote work in Vermont, but most young people from several thousand dollars to hundreds of thousands. It’s a bit difficult to get your footing
don’t have the prestige with their employers to be eligible for becoming a remote worker. The when paying almost twice the amount of interest as someone would on a home mortgage,” She
“Stay to Stay” program is another attempt to bring more new young people in to the state. continued, “In addition, Vermont lacks variety in its job market compared to other areas of the
While showing off Vermont’s assets is always helpful, it doesn’t address the problem of current country. Depending on your major or degree in college, it simple may not be feasible to come back
young Vermonters not being able to stay. to the area and live independently.”
The most frustrating piece of this discourse is the denial that there is a problem at all. In One of the most difficult parts emotionally about living in Vermont as a young person is the social
2015, then Governor Peter Shumlin told Vermont Public Radio, “We’ve got the lowest isolation. As an increasing number of young people leave the state, our social presence naturally
unemployment rate this side of the Mississippi. Employer after employer will tell you, ‘Find dwindles. When asked if young people had a culture left in Vermont she responded, “Yes and no.
us more workers.’” This may be the case, but a low unemployment rate doesn’t necessarily I think that there will be a larger need for younger people to stay in the coming years, as there
indicate a high success rate of finding jobs. It can also indicate a lack of opportunities of the continues to be a mass exodus out of the area. As a young person in the area now, I don’t really
type that young people want to pursue. feel like I have a place however. Culturally, Central Vermont has a much older population than
Adam Blachly, 19, a student at Middlebury College, was born in Barre and has lived in Burlington, for example. So it’s definitely harder to fit in based on that aspect alone.”
Vermont his entire life. When asked about the challenges of being an independent, young Larissa Kehne, 25, currently lives in Washington DC. Born in New Hampshire, her family was
person in Vermont, Adam indicated that there were both pros and cons, saying, “I think it attracted to Washington County by the good school districts. Currently, Larissa has no plans to
is easier, as a young adult, to be independent in more urban settings because there are more return to Vermont. Larissa cited a lack of transit, internet and phone connectivity, and insane real
people your age and many more opportunities—not just jobs, but sports, clubs, groups, and estate prices as a few of the hurdles young Vermonters face. She also mentioned the important
so on. On the other hand, if you really strive for independence and social isolation, Vermont role diversity plays in attracting youth, as some leave simply to experience new kinds of people.
This being said, Larissa did not characterize Vermont as being void of opportunity. “Opportunity
to influence and produce tangible change is a huge deciding factor for my age cohort. Vermont
communities, though often isolated, are incredibly nuclear. This fosters local political engagement
and intimacy that other states lack in general. The back-to-the-land movement and all of its
revivals have bred a disappearing attitude of self-sufficiency. If you can support yourself on a
Vermont salary, you can subsist. As an independent thinker, I think that’s pretty fantastic.”

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Is Montpelier Missing in Diversity?

by Dot Helling

s Montpelier missing in diversity? We all know that Vermont continues to be a fairly diverse array of businesses in the downtown, although restaurant fares do overlap. We
predominantly white state and that people of color remain in the minority. In years past certainly have an array of churches and choices for spiritual reflection. Our topography is
it was as occasional to have people of color in your community as to have non-native diverse, from the rivers and their banks to the surrounding hillsides and the parks and high
Vermonters here centuries ago. Thankfully we change. But how diverse are we really? points. Our buildings are diverse in architecture while successfully retaining the feel of the
Per state demographics, Montpelier residents currently total approximately 7,800. Of those, historic downtown.
93 percent are white, 7 percent are people of color, and 54 percent are women. These Although maybe not in skin color, our people are diverse: hippies, “crunchies,” yuppies,
numbers are fluid. What is not so fluid is the number of registered voters. At this year’s town legislators, business executives, all-American families, Vermont farm families, and
meeting day, District 1 had 1,887 active registered voters, District 2 had 2,011, and District professionals are parts of our makeup. Our current kid population, at approximately
3 had 1,901. Votes cast at the March election in each district totaled 769, 878, and 669, 11 percent, is growing. We are married, single, divorced, living together, heterosexual,
respectively. That’s 2,316, or just 29 percent of our active registered voters who participated homosexual, bisexual, and transgender, and all a part of an embracing and supportive
in our latest election. community.
This writer cannot discern what percentage of voters is in the lower versus higher economic As a close friend of mine notes, Montpelier caters to special interest groups. This is evident in
strata. I can say that we lack diversity on our boards and city council given the dearth of the city voting and budgets. Every ballot is loaded with special requests. Some say we spend
diverse nationalities in our population and the inability of lower-income residents to commit too much on frivolity, not enough on infrastructure, always trying to balance our expenditures
to the expense and time of serving in leadership roles. Lalitha Mailwaganam, a recent against increases in utility costs and taxes. I like Councilman Jack McCullough's approach.
candidate to fill the vacant city council seat left by Mayor Watson, is a prime example. He says change the focus. Ask not what we can cut but what we can add. But with that
Mailwaganam would have brought to the council the perspective of a single working mother thinking, spend on what’s necessary first and keep government transparent. High living
who has experienced the struggle in Montpelier for good housing and income adequate to expenses and taxes are much more palatable if we, as a diverse group, all reap the community
pay the cost of city services. But she did not have the means to competitively run for the benefits. To address our diverse needs, each of us needs to participate in the process and add
office. our diverse voices to the dialogue.
In many ways Montpelier is succeeding in diversifying. Look at our Tree Board for instance, Now educate yourselves on the candidates and get out to vote in the August 14 primary!
planting and replanting dozens of diverse trees in the downtown each year. We have a

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As a life-long Vermonter, I am very concerned with the downtown. Monsignor Crosby Avenue and Wilder Street
way things are going in this state. For too long we have are a nightmare. The multi-apartment buildings, of which
there are many on those streets, do not have on-site parking
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everyone to go out and vote this year. No longer can use the parking to avoid feeding parking meters.
we sit by and allow these liberty—and freedom-grabbing Residents on those streets are being totally cut off from
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