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Your 2019 Summer Camp Guide • Pages 12–13

February 20 – M arch 5, 2019

Summer Camps & Town Meeting

IN THIS ISSUE: Montpelier Struggles with Broken Water Mains

Pg. 10 Council Election
Snoozefest in Montpelier By Carl Etnier

n January 29, a broken water William Fraser put it at the Council McArdle said pipes can be protected from
Pg. 15 Green Mountain main hemorrhaging 5,000 gallons meeting, “It’s not necessarily the oldest this type of corrosion by adding sections
Film Festival Cuts Days of water a minute made parts
of Route 12 in Montpelier unusable,
pipes that are failing. It’s a particular type
of pipe, some of which were put in 30
of “cathodic protection,” attachments to
the pipe designed to corrode instead of
causing northbound traffic to be rerouted years ago, thinking at that time that was the pipe itself, and he wonders whether
Pg. 23 New Layout for through the hills of Middlesex and East the best thing to use.” Montpelier needs to systematically add
Farmers Market
Montpelier. Four days later, a main on He was referring to “ductile iron” pipes. more to the city’s water mains.
Nelson Street sent a torrent of water down Ductile iron pipes are thinner walled, A water system needs to withstand high
the frozen street, turning right on Barre lighter, and more flexible than earlier cast operating pressure when it serves a city
Street and spilling into Main Street, where iron pipes. The memo to the City Council built in a river valley, where the water
it created a thick layer of ice greeting
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Permit NO. 123

says many city water mains installed treatment plant sits 400 feet above the
Montpelier, VT

Saturday visitors to downtown. starting in the 1970s were made of ductile downtown. The combination of head
These were just the most dramatic iron, which “was marketed as a nearly (pressure from gravity) from the treatment
of the leaks in the capital city’s water indestructible pipe with a high operating plant and the treatment plant’s pumps
infrastructure this winter. Eighteen pressure range.” makes the usual pressure in Montpelier’s
leaks of various sizes have sprung in the The ductile iron pipes installed for decades mains 200 pounds per square inch, or psi.
city’s water mains since the beginning of work well—until they corrode. The memo (Normal household water pipes have a
November, the city engineer and public to the Council describes Montpelier’s soils pressure of around 50 psi.)
works director told city councilors at their as “highly corrosive” and says “many of the Transient pressure surges, or “water
February 13 meeting. In fact, one leak on ‘newer’ water mains . . . are experiencing hammer,” can cause pressure spikes well
East State Street was still ongoing at that premature failure.” above the usual level. Water hammer
time—the frozen ground made it difficult occurs when flow is quickly reduced in
to determine the location of the break. In an interview with The Bridge, McArdle
said the practice of grounding buildings’ the system, as when a valve is closed to
Public Works Director Tom McArdle and electrical systems to cold water pipes also shut off water to a broken main. The
City Engineer Kurt Motyka explained in a creates electrical current in the mains that tremendous force of the water flowing
memo and oral report to the Council that leads to corrosion—much as one pole through the system dissipates in the form
the city’s water system is a complicated inside a battery corrodes as the battery of a pressure wave. The pressure wave, in
Montpelier, VT 05601

network, with some cast-iron pipes over discharges. “The failures are almost turn, can cause new breaks in weakened
100 years old and some newly installed, cancerous,” he said. “The pipe will pit, sections of mains elsewhere in the system.
all-plastic pipes. And yet, as City Manager
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and it will develop a hole.”

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Free Business Workshop on March 12 Spaulding High School Senior Named to U.S. Senate Youth Program
The Montpelier Development Corp. and Montpelier Alive are sponsoring a free Spaulding senior Lia Rubel will be one of two students representing Vermont at the
workshop entitled “Steps to Grow Your Business” from 8 to 9:45 am on Tuesday, U.S. Senate Youth Program March 2–9 in Washington, D.C. She will also receive a
March 12 in the City Council chambers at Montpelier City Hall. $10,000 college scholarship from the Hearst Foundation for undergraduate study,
with encouragement to continue coursework in government, history, and public
Workshop leader Gwen Pokalo of the Center for Women & Enterprise Vermont will affairs. While in Washington, Rubel will attend meetings and briefings with senators,
help participants identify where their business is in its growth cycle, learn quick and members of the House of Representatives, congressional staff, the president, a justice
effective ways to grow their business, understand the difference between business of the Supreme Court, leaders of cabinet agencies, among others. She and the 104
planning and strategic planning, and more. other state winners will also tour many of the national monuments and several
The workshop is the first of several workshops being planned for Montpelier area
business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, according to Laura Gebhart, executive Barre Voters to Decide on Two Contested Council Races
director of the Montpelier Development Corp.
Barre voters will have a choice to make in two of its three City Council races on Town
While enrollment is free, those interested should register ahead by going to Meeting Day. In Ward 1, Sue Higby faces John Steinman for a two-year seat on the
cweonline.org and navigating to the “Courses” section. For more information, email Council while Renita Marshall squares off against Teddy Waszazak in Ward 2. Rich
Laura Gebhart at director@mdc-vermont.com. Morey is unopposed in Ward 3. Voters will also decide on a $12.5 million municipal
budget with $8.5 million to be raised by taxes. Other money matters include a $2.5
First In Fitness Likely to Add Pickleball
million wastewater improvement bond; $560,000 for TIF district upgrades; and
After hearing from pickleball players, doing some research, and talking to another $425,000 for street and sidewalk repairs.
fitness club that offers pickleball, the owner of the First In Fitness sports club in Berlin
is on the verge of trying out the sport in the club’s tennis facility.
“Nothing is set in stone and there is no definitive plan, but I have been talking to
some of our members who play pickleball and hearing from others who play, and
we are thinking of making a pickleball court available several times a week,” owner
Michael Woodfield told The Bridge.
Woodfield said he hopes to get pickleball going at First in Fitness on a trial basis in
late February or early March for the rest of the winter. He has some concerns that
the noise of pickleball and the additional lines needed on the tennis courts could be
disruptive for his members who play tennis, but said he wants to give pickleball a shot.
“Pickleball is a valuable sport,” he said. “If we can accommodate it, it would be good
for the club and good for pickleball players.”
Pricing is still being worked out, but First in Fitness tennis members would not have
to pay anything extra to play pickleball, he said. Different rates will likely be set for
Fundraising Campaign
general club members and for non-members who drop in to play, Woodfield said.

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When Water Mains Break, It’s Boil, Baby, Boil By Larry Floersch

f you live in Montpelier, you might were taken. In addition, water was
recently have seen a notice to boil sampled at the Berlin mobile home
your tap water before using it. But park to which Montpelier sells water,”
what does that mean? What’s the worry he added.
exactly? Should you comply? According to Motyka, if the samples
Boil-water notices are required by state show no coliform bacteria and the
law whenever the integrity of a water amount of residual free chlorine in
system has been compromised. The the samples is high, then no further
state’s procedures for boil-water notices sampling is done.
state that a notice is mandatory when Your tap water must be boiled for one
“operational issues (e.g., leaks, breaks, minute at full boil to kill these harmful
or other emergencies) experienced by organisms. Water should be boiled
the water system…result in all or a before using the water for drinking
portion of the water system distribution (including using it to make juices or
system experiencing a loss of pressure formula), making ice, brushing your
below 20 psi.” teeth, washing and preparing your
A water system such as Montpelier’s is food, and washing your dishes (that
designed to filter and disinfect harmful and parasites. Waterborne pathogens Disease), the virus that causes hepatitis includes rinsing them). You can also
organisms and maintain residual can cause diseases such as hepatitis, A, the protozoa Cryptosporidium (which use bottled water for drinking.
disinfectant through the system to giardiasis, and dysentery,” says Kurt sickened over 400,000 and killed 69 Although boiling water will kill live
protect against recontamination as it Motyka, an engineer with the city’s people in Milwaukee in 1993), and the organisms, it will not remove chemicals
travels to your faucet. water department. parasite Giardia. or minerals, metals, or contaminants,
“The water system in Montpelier is like Coliform bacteria are normally present Infections from some of these such as arsenic, manganese, or lead. In
a pressurized vessel,” says Ben Montross, in vegetation and soil. The most well organisms can be deadly, and such fact, according to Montross, because
compliance and support services known of the coliform bacteria is infections are much more serious for of evaporation, boiling water for a long
section chief of the Drinking Water Escherichia coli, or E. coli for short. It is infants, elderly persons, and persons period of time may concentrate such
and Groundwater Protection Division a product of human and animal waste with compromised immune systems. contaminants. “Such contaminants are
of the Department of Environmental (feces) and can be a serious threat to It is therefore strongly recommended not a problem in Montpelier because
Conservation. “If there is a break in health. For example, a type of E. coli that you follow the instructions of the city has a very good source of
a main, the water will flow out of was implicated in last year’s national the boil-water notice until sampling water,” he added.
the break under pressure, but if the recall of romaine lettuce grown in can confirm the absence of coliform The color of the water will not affect
pressure drops, harmful organisms can the area around Yuma, Arizona. The bacteria and the notice is lifted. its safety as long as it has been boiled
be drawn into the system. The leak E. coli caused illness in over 200 people for at least one minute. According to
creates a vulnerability in the system, After a boil-water notice is issued,
in 36 states and resulted in five deaths. the city will sample the water for Motyka, color is associated with taste
and you therefore need to boil your and odor issues, and he advises to run
water to protect your health.” Other culprits that can make their way total coliform content. The number
into drinking water include Vibrio (a of samples taken is proportional to the cold water for 5–10 minutes to help
“Water is tested for coliform bacteria, species of which causes cholera) and the population affected. “If the break clear it up.
which is an indicator organism for Legionella (which causes Legionnaires only affected four or six houses, only Motyka also notes that filter systems,
pathogens such as viruses, protozoa, two samples may be necessary,” says such as a Brita filter, are not designed to
Montross. “In the case of the Elm remove microbiological contamination.
Street break, which was significant and The water must still be boiled to make
affected the entire city, ten samples it safe.
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Montpelier Struggles with Broken Water Mains Continued from page 1

If ductile iron was the new, “nearly indestructible” McArdle said the city has been following various
wonder material of the 1970s, all-plastic HDPE piping iterations of a master plan for the water system since
is the great hope of this decade. It doesn’t corrode. It the 1970s, with all 52 miles of the city’s mains now
doesn’t need regularly spaced joints like the one blamed scheduled to be replaced every century. However, as
for the Elm Street leak; it’s a seamless, fused material. It reality intrudes in the form of “multiple and repeated
can expand and contract with pressure surges, absorbing
water hammer effects. City Councilor Glen Coburn
Hutcheson asked about plastic growing brittle over time,
and McArdle replied that sunlight is the main cause of
plastic going brittle. Since water mains are buried, he said
Nelson Street. Photos courtesy of Tom McArdle it’s not an issue.
Like a lot of things that promise less maintenance over
For example, as water gushed out of the broken main their lifetimes, HDPE piping is more expensive up front.
on Nelson Street, flooding the downtown, city workers It’s also very hard to purchase it now. McArdle said the
scrambled to shut off the flow quickly. They managed to city couldn’t procure it for the water and sewer work it
stanch the flow so quickly that a pressure wave of 10 psi did on Northfield Street over two years, so PVC was used
was felt all the way up at the water treatment plant on instead. They did use HDPE on Lague Drive last year Nelson Street
Paine Turnpike. That amount of pressure is equivalent to and plan to use it this summer for work on Clarendon
what you’d feel in your ears if you swam down to a depth Avenue. failures,” the Council was recommended to accelerate
of 20 feet in a lake. replacement of the mains under East State Street,
In addition to pressure waves and corrosion, city officials Nelson Street School Street, and Nelson Street. The next time the city
blame breaks on winter weather. Although pipes are is scheduled to issue a bond for additional water system
buried—the Elm Street main was six feet down, McArdle funding is fiscal year 2023, when a $4.5 million bond
said—cold snaps can still subject the ground around is planned.
them to the freezing and thawing that moves the soil When water mains break, state regulations mandate
and stresses buried pipe. The memo to the City Council what triggers a notice to users to boil water. An
included a chart showing the number of leaks per month elaborate system of redundant loops and closely spaced
since 2012, and there’s a clear trend of more leaks in the valves usually allows the city to keep water flowing
winter. The highest number of monthly leaks occurred to most areas while isolating a leak. However, the
in February 2013 and February 2015, when nine leaks catastrophic leak at Elm Street led to a drop in system
occurred in the shortest month of the year. The city is also working to reduce pressure waves and pressure that was so large that a boil-water order was
Frustratingly, the cause of a leak isn’t always apparent. their damage. The system’s water pumps can cause issued for the entire city.
“Oddly, the Elm Street water main was perfect,” McArdle pressure spikes as they cycle on and off, and the city is McArdle told The Bridge this was the first time a city-
told the Council, and then admitted, to laughter, “There changing how the pumps are controlled to reduce sudden wide notice had been issued since the treatment plant
was a long crack in it.” But he explained, “There was pressure changes. Where booster pumps are installed for opened in 2001. He emphasized the boil-water orders
no pitting on it, no corrosion. The cement lining was water mains, pressure relief valves are put in to open and are initially issued on the basis of the potential for
intact. I believe that may have been related to a joint it relieve pressure surges. The city now plans to dial them contamination from breaks, not actual contamination.
was connected to, that caused a joint to radiate 11 feet down from a triggering pressure of 20 psi to 5 psi above McArdle said that in recent years, “we have not had
down the pipe.” normal system pressure, so they’ll respond more often to a failed sample” from the system during a boil-water
pressure surges. order.
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A Message From City Hall

This page was paid for by the City of Montpelier.

Annual Voting on March 5th by William Fraser, City Manager

T he Annual City Election is right

around the corner. The actual
election day is Tuesday, March 5, with
the tax bill.
FY20 General Fund Budget totals
overall benefit costs are only up by
1.3 percent in this budget even with
additional employees.
$14,051,073, which is an increase
polls open at City Hall from 7 am to 7 of $501,304 (3.6 percent) from the Operating
pm. Early ballots are already available. comparable FY19 spending plan. This
This year’s election includes three city Police: A new police officer position has
increase is primarily composed of been added, restoring the department
council seats, two school board seats, $549,524 (7.1 percent) in personnel
and others. City and school budgets, to its full 17-officer strength. The
costs. All other combined items in the Police budget continues the contractual
Library funding and the downtown budget are $48,220 lower than FY19.
improvement district tax rate are all relationship with Capital Fire Mutual
on the ballot. Also on the ballot is a FY19 General Fund non-tax revenues Aid System for dispatching services.
proposed charter change. total $4,574,481 which is an increase of This provides additional revenue and
$103,421 (2.3 percent) from FY19 non- improved services for Montpelier. An
Annual Report: Continuing with recent tax revenues. additional dispatcher was added during
practice, the annual report will not be the current fiscal year. School Resource
delivered to every home. It will be out Revenues from the State of Vermont,
such as Highway Aid and Grand List Officer shared with school is included.
within a week and available in hard The Department remains engaged in
copy at City Hall, the library, the Senior Maintenance funding, have been
assumed to remain at their present drug reduction efforts and discussions
Center, and the schools. It will be of regional service. New funding of $20,000 was added for
available online in searchable PDF form funding levels. Payment in Lieu of Taxes
(PILOT) was adjusted to reflect actual Fire & Emergency Services: Paramedics the Montpelier Arts Commission
at the city’s website montpelier-vt.org.
collection in FY19. Local Rooms, Meals continue being successfully integrated Community enhancements funding is
Winter Parking Ban reminder: The city and Alcohol tax revenues were increased into the department. No other major increased to $56,600. This reflects a
institutes winter parking bans during based in actual collection history and changes in the budget; $10,000 increase to Montpelier Alive
storms and storm clean-up events. For trend. from $22,600 to $32,600.
up-to-date information on whether Planning, Zoning & Community/
the ban is in place or not, one can do Grand list value is calculated at 0.5 Economic Development: The Planning $100,000 to the Montpelier
any or all of the following: sign up percent increase from the FY19 level. & Development department budget has Development Corporation to implement
for VT Alerts, which will provide you With the projected grand list, $87,226 been left largely unchanged. the Economic Development Strategic
with direct notifications (text, email, represents one cent on the tax rate. Public Works: This budget has remained Plan is included.
phone call); check the city’s website; Infrastructure comparable to previous years. $60,000 in funding for the Downtown
check the city’s Facebook page; (City Improvement District is shown in the
The Capital Projects, Equipment and Government Services: Longer term
of Montpelier-official); check the city’s budget as both expense and revenue.
Debt Service Program is funded at planning around future retirements is
twitter account (@vtmontpelier); read
$2,375,000. Of this $1,176,945 is in underway. Staffing adjustments were The GMT circulator bus route remains
Front Porch Forum; or call the parking
annual funding, $683,055 is in existing/ made during the current year to reflect at $40,000 from FY18 although the city
ban hotline (802) 262-6200.
projected debt service and $515,000 service needs. is working with GMT to improve route
FY20 Budget is for equipment. This represents an ridership.
Community Justice Center budget
This year’s budget was prepared using overall increase for these combined includes all funding for all programs The budget includes funding for the
the following guiding principles: items of $26,211 (1.1 percent). with commensurate revenue offsets. monthly article in The Bridge.
• Must reflect the City Council’s The Capital/Equipment Plan anticipates There is no net property tax funding $2,000 has been added to pilot provision
strategic plan. an additional increase of $75,000 in projected. of child care for people to attend city
FY21 in order to keep funding levels at Other Funds council meetings.
• Must continue increased funding for a projected steady state of maintenance
capital and equipment needs. and improvements and accommodate The Water and Wastewater user rates $75,000 has been added for a 0.75
• Must deliver responsible levels of the new bond proposals. After FY21 will be in accordance with the long term Facilities//Sustainability Director. This
service to the residents of Montpelier. an annual cost of living increase will be infrastructure management plan and is planned to increase to a 1.0 position
applied to this plan. budgets are built around those projected in FY21.
For tax rate planning purposes, the revenues.
budget assumed an independent ballot Personnel Unless mentioned, all other rates and
item for the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. The Parking fund includes the $42,000 fees are unchanged.
Total number of Full Time Equivalent set aside for alternate transportation
Additionally, the budget assumes that Employees (FTE’s), is 117.25, which is Charter Change
the Water/Sewer/CSO Benefit charges funding. We are making adjustments to
5.2 FTE more than FY19. 1.5 FTE are accommodate anticipated parking needs Article 14 is for a proposed charter
will remain at the present level. A slight added to Parks/Trees, 1.0 Police Officer
(0.5 percent) increase in grand list was during construction periods. change to authorize the City Council
and 0.75 Facilities/Sustainability to “Enact ordinances enforcing
assumed. coordinator were added. Adjustments of The District Heat Fund will cover the minimum energy efficiency standards
The net result of revenues and expenses 1.0 Dispatcher and 1.0 Administration sixth full year of operation. We will be and disclosure requirements for existing
is that $9,816,592 in property tax made during FY19 were incorporated seeking additional customers. and new commercial and residential
revenues are required for the municipal into the budget. A 0.5 Parks position The budget continues implementing the properties that are generally consistent
portion (non-school) of the budget. and a 0.75 Facilities/Sustainability are Community Services department plan with State, Federal, and other energy
This is an increase of $397,773 or 4.2 planned to increase to 1.0 each in FY21. which consolidates work between the efficiency standards and reporting
percent over FY19. Cost of living allowances and step Senior Center, Recreation and Parks/ systems.”
This requires a 4.0 cent (3.7 percent) increases are built into all employee Tree departments. Parks/Trees are Thank you for your interest in
increase in the property tax rate. wage and salary accounts consistent adding 1.5 FTE new staffing which will Montpelier City Government. Please
This follows a 0.5 cent (0.25 percent) with collective bargaining agreements be 2.0 in FY21. Some of this staffing vote on March 5 or before. Feel free
increase in FY14, a 1.5 cent (1.6 and personnel policies. For this budget increase is due to the presence of the to contact me at wfraser@montpelier-vt.
percent) increase in FY15, a 2.4 cent that represents a 1.5 percent contracted Emerald Ash Borer threat. org or (802) 223-9502 with questions
(2.5 percent) increase in FY16, 3.1 (3.0 adjustment for Police, 2.25 percent for Other Services or concerns. All the above referenced
percent) increase in FY17, 2.7 cent (2.6 Public Works and 2.0 percent for Fire documents including the budget,
Funding for the Housing Trust Fund is
percent) increase in FY18, and a 2.5 Union employees and a 2.5 percent the annual report, and the ballot
increased by $50,000 to $110,000.
cent (2.4 percent) increase in FY19. For adjustment for all non-union employees. items are available in their entirety at
the average residential property, this tax The Montpelier Community & Arts Fund montpelier-vt.org.
Thanks to favorable health insurance
rate represents an additional $91.66 on is increased from $115,500 to $133,250.
and workers compensation rates, the
T HE BRID GE F EBRUA RY 20 — M A RCH 5, 2019 • PAGE 7

Voters to Decide on City, School Spending Plans By Tom Brown

roperty tax bills on a home valued at the first time. The proposal also includes officials are asking voters to approve an benefit from the state’s income sensitivity
$228,000 would increase by about funding for a full-time police officer, a overall budget of $24 million, an increase program, in which taxpayers who earn less
$190 if Montpelier voters approve 0.75 full-time equivalent (FTE) facilities for Montpelier residents of 2.6 percent than $147,000 pay education taxes based
all of the municipal and school spending director that would likely become full-time over FY2019. That figure includes on their income rather than the home’s
proposals on the Town Meeting Day in FY2021, a full-time tree management a $260,000 capital fund request for assessed value.
ballot. position to work on the emerald ash borer bathroom improvements at Montpelier This is the first budget proposal for new
The FY2020 municipal budget is just over problem and other issues, and a 0.5 FTE High School. The school budget also Superintendent Libby Bonesteel and the
$14 million, of which $9.8 million is to be parks worker who would likely become includes funds for new full-time positions second since the city merged with the
paid by property taxes, an increase of 4.2 full-time in FY2021. for a human resources manager and a Roxbury School District under Act 46.
percent over FY2019 (see details in this “I’m grateful for all of those who weighed social and emotional learning coordinator,
as well as $120,000 to provide busing “I want to personally thank Grant Geisler,
issue’s City Page). That increase assumes in on the budget,” Mayor Anne Watson our business manager, for guiding me
that voters also approve a separate request said. “This budget is forward looking, services for students at Main Street Middle
School. However, the net cost will be through this budgeting process in my
of $350,471 to fund Kellogg-Hubbard anticipating upcoming challenges like the first year as superintendent,” Bonesteel
Library, and the combination would raise emerald ash borer, street replacement, and eventually offset by $48,000, as the state
reimburses school districts at 40 percent of said. “His clarity, guidance, patience, and
taxes on a $228,000 property, the average facility management. We’re proactively knowledge is second to none. This budget
value in Montpelier, by $91.66. planning to replace some water lines, their transportation expenses.
sets the groundwork for system-wide
The municipal budget proposed by the something I know has been on many If both items are passed, it would add a development in the years to come. We look
City Council includes the equivalent people’s minds.” maximum of $98.04 to the property tax forward to using our financial resources to
of 5.25 additional city employees, two School Proposal bill on a home appraised at $228,000. build upon our already promising school
of which were added to the payroll in The actual increase would likely be system.”
Montpelier-Roxbury School District lower than $98 because most taxpayers
FY2019 and are included in the budget for

OP-ED Please Vote On the School Budget

By Jim Murphy, Board Chair, Montpelier-Roxbury Public Schools Board of School Commissioners

t is important that residents of that would start in kindergarten. Other state with such growth—has helped our facilities and reduce the need for
Montpelier and Roxbury vote on the schools in the state have put in place keep the tax rate for this budget at an future bonds to deal with facilities
2020 Montpelier-Roxbury Public similar programs, and the hope is affordable level, with increases of 2.7 upkeep. Many of the investments from
Schools budget on Town Meeting Day, that we can offer a similar program to percent for Montpelier and 0.7 percent this fund will go most immediately to
March 5, 2019. This budget is the first elementary-aged students in Montpelier for Roxbury. The tax rate is relatively in needed improvements at Main Street
proposed since our new district has and Roxbury. line with the budget’s overall increase of Middle School, including several
been up and operating. It’s been an World language at the elementary level approximately 2.75 percent per student. bathrooms. While the capital fund
exciting new year as we have put the has long been a top desire of community Finally, the budget builds on district- appears as a separate item to be voted
merger in place, welcomed Roxbury members. It is exciting that the budget wide facility improvements, including on, it is calculated as part of the overall
students to both Main Street Middle takes a significant step toward achieving major investments in a new playground tax impact discussed above and does
School and Montpelier High School, this goal. at Union Elementary School, and not result in any additional tax increase.
saw Roxbury Village School become a significant improvements in the arts, This budget puts the district in a great
second elementary school in our district, At a time when school districts are
being squeezed by a series of policies auditorium, and indoor athletic facilities position to grow and meet the needs
and welcomed a new Superintendent, at the high school by establishing a of all our children. Please vote on it on
Libby Bonesteel. at the state level, our district’s growing
enrollment—one of the few in the separate capital fund. This fund will March 5.
The 2020 budget is a responsible, steady ensure that we continuously maintain
advancement as the administration gets
the new district off the ground and
assesses how we can better use existing
resources and improved systems to
advance the district’s goals of excellence,
equity, and diversity.
To create a more solid foundation for
additional investments in achieving
equity and excellence, the budget
builds capacity for important needs,
such as social-emotional learning.
It also expands busing to include
Main Street Middle School (MSMS)
students, something that will benefit
many MSMS students who live too far
to practically walk, help families who
struggle to provide safe transportation
for their students, and reduce the
vehicular traffic in front of MSMS at
pick up and drop off.
The budget additionally provides money
for a study to assess the implementation
of a world language program at the
elementary school level. The study
is designed to, if it proves practical,
offer a viable plan to put in a place
a world language immersion program
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The Bridge Celebrates 25 Years at Down Home Kitchen Party

On February 13, the Friends of The Bridge hosted a 25th birthday party at Down Home Kitchen. The
Bridge wishes to thank the many people who made the event a success, starting with our esteemed Friends of
The Bridge board—Barbara Floersch, Nat Winthrop, Tim Simard, Claudia Pringles, and Laura Gebhart.
We also thank Mary Alice Proffitt, owner of Down Home Kitchen, and Topnotch Resort in Stowe for
donating the raffle prize of a night’s stay and breakfast for two. We also thank all those who attended the
event and added their support.
During the event, attendees recorded the many reasons they love The Bridge. Below are just 25 of the
responses, one for each year The Bridge has been published.

25 Reasons We Love The Bridge

1) The best local news, hands down 10) Community voices welcome 18) The stories you give us keep in our mind
our community and friends and what’s
2) Builds community 11) Coverage of local elections going on
3) Montpelier’s own and only paper 12) It’s Montpelier’s baby 19) Not Fake News
4) Journalism at its purest 13) Sustaining the possibility of community 20) Gives opportunities to young writers
5) Local stories that are of interest to me 14) Fills me in on community details 21) Student voices
I would miss
6) Builds and sustains community 22) It helps us all be the best of who we are
15) Independent. Down with the Man
7) Office in town 23) Real local reporting
16) Represents the best of what humans do—
8) I feel like The Bridge is my personal paper co-create 24) Editors are excellent
9) Long-form journalism 17) Occasional quirky stories 25) It’s Free!
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Scenes from The Bridge’s Birthday Party

Friends of The Bridge board member Claudia Pringles welcomes guests. Founder and former editor and publisher Nat Frothingham expresses thanks.
Photo by Terry J. Allen Photo by Terry J. Allen

Bridge staffers and board members, old and new, reminisce.

Photo by Terry J. Allen Congratulations to our raffle winner, Josh Fitzhugh!

Photo by Josh Fitzhugh

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Council Service is a Matter of Time By Tom Brown

elp Wanted: Person to work about for more people to get involved in public
10 hours a week, nights and some service.
weekends required, must be “I partly looked at what’s happening in
able to accept criticism from neighbors our country and knowing that, to me, we
and media, ability to digest large volumes really need city, town, and state leadership
of technical information and make on a whole host of issues—environmental,
decisions affecting millions of dollars of social justice, economic inequality—so for
other people’s money required, conflict me to be able to try to model the kind of
resolution skills a must. Compensation: future I want for my kids being able to do
$2,000 annually. that at the city level is really exciting and
With a job description like that some that was a big motivation for me to want
might wonder why anyone chooses to run, to jump in and do it,” Hierl said.
but, thankfully for the city, there are still She said that as a councilor she will focus
folks who are willing to sacrifice valuable District 1 City Councilor Rosie Krueger is stepping down. on energy, infrastructure, long-term
time in an increasingly busy world in Photo by Tom Brown investment, and affordability.
an effort to make a difference in their the city, then I can’t live the rest of my life.” just my job to listen to the people who are
community. “Infrastructure is a big one,” she said.
Krueger, a self-described policy geek, said talking and who are speaking up but also “What kind of investment are we making
Unlike last year’s lively council races, which increasing career demands in her job with to give voice to the people who aren’t able to make sure we have safe roads or clean,
featured seven candidates vying for three the state Department of Education made to speak up for whatever reason.” safe water. What kind of long-term
seats, this year’s election will be a relative serving on the council more difficult, but Krueger said she hopes to remain involved investment are we making to ensure that
snoozefest with three candidates running leaving the post is not easy. from outside City Hall and urged anyone we’re not having emergency water main
unopposed for single seats in Districts 1, who has the inclination to seek an elective breaks and boil-water notices and doing all
2, and 3. “I really loved learning all the parts of city
government and getting to meet all the spot on the council or to volunteer for a we can to ensure safe, clean water.”
No matter how conscientious or well- people who work for the city,” she said, board or commission. Hierl said she supports the proposed
intentioned one might be, the demands adding that she enjoyed digging deep into “If you are willing to read, and willing to charter change ballot measure that would
of public service can take a toll on one’s the details on projects such as the recent learn, and willing to listen, and willing to give the council the authority to regulate
home and work lives. It is no doubt the top wastewater recovery proposal. “One of the ask questions, and put in the time, then energy efficiency, saying that everyone
reason that people leave elected city office neat things of being on the council is that certainly you can do it.” benefits from a more comfortable and
or do not run at all. because it’s just the city and the mayor, if energy-efficient home.
Another Steps Up
One Councilor Exits you have an idea and you are willing to put Hierl says the time commitment will be
a little work into it you can get something Despite the open seat created by Krueger’s
That was the case for District 1 Councilor departure, only one candidate filed a challenge with a full-time job and two
Rosie Krueger, who is stepping down after and get a change made.” young children, but that she is prepared for
signatures to appear on the ballot and that
one two-year term on the council due to Krueger said she is also proud of her work person, Lauren Hierl, will almost certainly the demands.
increased work demands and the impact on rewriting the city’s zoning regulations be elected as the new District 1 council “It was a challenge I had to wrestle with
on family and personal life. and in helping to get the city’s public member. and talk to my spouse about ‘Can I give the
Krueger said she spends at least 10 hours restrooms labeled as gender neutral. amount of time and energy it takes to do
Hierl, who is executive director of
a week on city matters, which includes Krueger stressed that anyone who represents the environmental group Vermont it well and represent people well,’” she said.
not just the regular council meetings but others on a decision-making board has the Conservation Voters, said she is well aware “I want to prioritize this and do it because
also doing research, preparation, studying duty to be a voice for those who might not of the time demands of serving on the I think there is a lot of opportunity to do
technical material, and serving on various be able to participate in civic discussion. To council but believes the timing is right to good stuff in the next two years.”
subcommittees. that end she found herself in the minority effect long-lasting changes in the city. Also on the ballot, Ashley Hill is seeking
“I found that it was really creeping into the in voting against the budget proposal to be re-election in District 3 and Jack
decided on Town Meeting Day, believing “You can do so much at the city level to
rest of my life,” she said. “I decided that really demonstrate a lot of the values that McCollough, who was appointed to fill
I can’t afford to continue to do that and that the increase was too great. the seat vacated when former Councilor
our community really wants to embody in
give what need to my day job and also to “The voices of the people who can’t be at so many ways,” Hierl said. Anne Watson was elected mayor last
my family. If I’m going to do the job that I the table are even more drowned out,” she year, is seeking election in District 2.
think that I need to do as a commitment to said. “As a representative I feel like it’s not She said her support for the city’s net- Early voting is available now ahead of the
zero energy goals and the results of the March 5 Town Meeting Day election.
2016 presidential election showed the need
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OP-ED A City Defined by Its Art By Glen Coburn Hutcheson

s a community, how do we show others who we are? How do we know ourselves?
Public art! Well-chosen, well-placed artwork communicates a place’s character
better than anything else—think of the Statue of Liberty. If we define art to
include buildings that aren’t strictly necessary, then think of the Egyptian pyramids or
of Europe’s medieval cathedrals. When a culture spends resources on something beyond
simple survival, the results tell us everything we know about who those people were,
what their aspirations were, what they loved enough to preserve and share.
Montpelier’s new Public Art Commission gives us the chance to think these questions
through, and to define our community for visitors, residents, and those to come. The
City Council plans to appoint the volunteer commission this month, and has proposed
a budget of $20,000 for the first year (FY2020). The Public Art Commission will
cultivate our Public Art Master Plan, advising the City Council on matters of art,
initiating new public art projects, and managing the city’s art for the future.
It’s clear that Montpelier already has more than enough creative energy to be a center
for the arts. Langdon Street Alive, the Art Walk, and the Valentine Phantom are great
examples of our city’s character. I know from my own experience as a founding member
of The Front art gallery that our region is surprisingly wealthy in talented, skilled people
who just need a venue to show their work in a community that celebrates culture.
The Public Art Commission will be a channel for that energy, giving us all a chance
to say “Yes, this is what we like; this is who we are.” Getting to that consensus may
sometimes require discussion and disagreement among the commissioners, the residents,
and the Council, as it should. To me, that public process can be part of the beauty of
our culture. We don’t have princes or pharaohs deciding what to build on city land; all
of us decide together (often by arguing and voting).
It can be easy to think of art as an unnecessary frill, an un-Yankee luxury. But art isn’t
just a decoration for community; in some ways it is community. We come together
where there are beautiful things—these days, to take selfies (art in itself), but also to
meet friends, to welcome visitors, to mark an occasion. The ascension of Ceres, the
new sculpture by Jerry Williams and Chris Miller, to the State House dome recently
was such an occasion. Every morning Ceres greets me from across the river as I walk
to work. Soon I’ll be able to take a spin with friends on the city of Montpelier’s first
commissioned artwork, the sculpture by Rodrigo Nava and Gregory Gomez, planned
for the porch of our new transit center. Once it’s installed, I will sit with you there
I’m looking forward to meeting the to-be-appointed Public Art commissioners. I’ve
watched over the past few years as many people—artists, business and non-profit
workers, city officials, and other residents—worked to draft the Public Art Master Glen Coburn Hutcheson, Mild for January,
wax crayon on wood panel, 9” x 15”, 2015
Plan and to lay the groundwork for the commission. I hope to see more than enough
volunteers this first year, and I’m confident that the commission will be well-staffed for
as long as we need it.
To learn more about the responsibilities of serving on the commission or to apply for a
seat, visit the city’s website here: montpelier-vt.org. Or just stop by the City Manager’s
How will our successors know us? What artifacts and monuments will we produce?
What would I like to see, myself, on my walk to work downtown every morning? I don’t
know, but I look forward to the work. Onward!
Glen Coburn Hutcheson is a Montpelier City Councilor representing District 3.
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What’s on Tap this Year at Area

Summer Camps
Compiled by Mike Dunphy and Tom Brown

Capital Soccer Club

Montpelier’s own grassroots soccer program has a huge slate of programs running
throughout Vermont this summer, including camps in Montpelier, Barre, Stowe,
Morrisville, and Waterbury. Players ages 4 and up are welcome. This year, we are
hosting three summer camps in Montpelier—two at Montpelier High School and
one at the Montpelier Rec Field. Find the full list of our summer camps, and register
online, by visiting capitalsoccer.net/educational-programs.

Rugged Adventures

Rugged Adventures, based in Stowe, offers incredible outdoor experiences for kids ages
7‒14. Highlights this summer include a three-day paddling and camping trip on Lake
Champlain, a three-day mountain bike trip to Kingdom Trails in Burke, a three-day
Helen Day Art Center backpacking trip over Mt. Mansfield, and an action-packed nine-day trip to Zermatt,
Switzerland, for hiking, rock climbing, and glacier skiing. Visit RuggedAdventures-
Summer camps at Helen Day Art Center are open for registration. This year we Camp.com to see our full slate of camps.
are offering new camps such as “Crankies & Animation” and “Mobile Digital Art
Studio” for teens “Sculptural Music” and “Comics & Cartooning” for younger
campers. Classics such as “Art and Nature” and “Wearable Art” for younger campers Mud City Adventures
and “Fashion Design” and “Filmmaker’s Workshop” will still be offered. To learn
more or register, visit helenday.com/education Based in Stowe village, our day camp runs weekdays all summer for kids 5 and up. We
Green Mountain Youth Symphony might go for a paddle, a hike, a float down the river, or even bust out the giant 100-foot-
long slip-n-slide. For adventurers 10-and-up are two three-day mountain bike camps,
This year GMYS camp is August 4–10 at Northern Vermont University-Johnson. two three-day surf camps, and a five-day wakeboarding camp in Maine, a three-day
Participants work with professional music coaches in chamber groups, private lessons, voyage on the Connecticut River, and more. Visit mudcityadventures.com for info.
eurhythmics classes, and full orchestra rehearsals. We welcome all intermediate–
advanced students of any orchestral instrument to join us. Placement is by audition.
Financial assistance is available. Register by March 9 for early-bird discount.
Applications accepted until May 15. Come play with us. gmys-vt.org YMCA Camp Koda in Waterbury
Voltage Sports Clubs Located at Thatcher Brook Primary School in Waterbury, Camp Koda is a co-ed day
camp for kids in kindergarten to age 12, with eight one-week sessions. Each week
Showcasing an entirely new location at Jay Peak Resort, New England’s No. 1 rated we will follow a theme that includes hands-on learning and plenty of time-honored
summer camp is led by Bojan (Bo) Vuckovic, a UEFA/FIFA A-Pro football license favorites including arts and crafts, physical activities, games, swimming, field trips,
holder. Come learn accuracy and power of shooting, dribbling, passing, speed and music and drama, and team-building. 7:30 am–6 pm. State subsidy accepted. Register
agility, scoring footwork, ball control, and goalkeeping. Overnight Camp: ages at gbymca.org/camp.
10‒17, half- and full-day camp: ages 5‒17, HS preseason: 9th grade and older.
Visit voltagesportsclub.com for more information.
Vermont Mountaineers Baseball Camp
Lotus Lake Day Camp
The Mountaineers’ Baseball Camps will be held at the Montpelier Recreation Field
and run by Mountaineers’ coaching staff and players. Campers will receive general Established in 1952, Lotus Lake Day Camp provides a tradition of day camping to
baseball instruction, as well as two game tickets, a team yearbook, and a Mountaineers children ages 4–14 in Central Vermont. Situated in a rural setting, the camp offers a wide
t-shirt. Register in person at the Montpelier Recreation Dept. or mail the enrollment variety of outdoor activities. Campers can participate in full-day and half-day programs
form on the website to Mountaineers Baseball Camps, Montpelier Recreation that include activities such as riding, swimming, archery, tennis, boating and paddling,
Department, 58 Barre Street, Montpelier, VT 05602. thevermontmountaineers.com wilderness skills, and more. lotuslakecamp.com
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EarthWalk Vermont

EarthWalk’s summer camps take place in Hawthorn Meadow adjacent to the

Goddard College campus in Plainfield. Some of the activities we offer at camp are
nature games, bow-drill friction-fire, singing, storytelling, foraging, exploring, cob
oven baking, stewardship projects, crafts, wood carving, shelter-building, naturalist
skills, river exploration, wildlife tracking, and more. Contact us with any questions
about our camp programs. earthwalkvermont.org

Northern Vermont University-Johnson

The NVU-Johnson athletic department will hold camps for both boys and girls
basketball, soccer, and girls softball. NVU-Johnson believes in providing a camp that
strictly focuses on the development of the youths and making them feel welcomed
and engaged. You will have the opportunity to work closely with our college coaching
staff and student-athletes. For more information please visit nvubadgers.com/camps-

Circus Smirkus

In Greensboro, adults and children alike can literally run away to the circus at the
Circus Smirkus summer camps. Under Big Top tents, circus professionals welcome
you to a vast array of circus arts: acrobatics, trapeze, clowning, juggling, tight wire,
and more. Challenge yourself with movement that’s fun, be it building your quads on North Branch Nature Center
a unicycle, improving coordination with juggling, or trying some yoga on a trapeze.
smirkus.org Every day we create memorable experiences in the outdoors and send children
home with a renewed excitement of the natural world. Camps for students in grades
1–3 start June 17. Camps for grades 4–8 start June 24 at NBNC on Elm Street in
Contemporary Dance and Fitness Studio Montpelier. northbranchnaturecenter.org

A range of dance classes welcome kids ages 3–17 including jazz, hip hop, tap, and River Rock Summer Camps
modern and even “Fairytale Fusion”—creative movement and ballet inspired by
fairytale characters and themes. Or focus on specific moves that cross many genres, The River Rock School on Barre Street in Montpelier offers fun day camps for kids
including jumps, leaps, and turns. The Modern Performance Workshop develops a age 7–2. Who doesn’t love Legos? Two one-week camps will be held June 24–28 and
piece to perform on the Kellogg-Hubbard Library lawn before the parade on July 3rd July 15–19. Games, games and more games is offered July 8–12. riverrockschool.org
in Montpelier and at Phantom Theater’s New Works performances. cdandfs.com

All Together Now

Girl Scouts of the Green and White Mountains
The All Together Now Community Arts Center in East Montpelier hosts a variety
Three camps of varying lengths are offered in Vermont: Twin Hills in Richmond of summer camps for children age 6-12. Fun sessions include circus clowns, rock
June 26–July 28; Camp Farnsworth in Thetford June 24–August 8; and Camp ‘n’ roll, faeries, elves and magical creatures, and more. Camps run June 24 through
Abenaki-Mascoma in Thetford June 26–July 7, Girls learn a variety of outdoor and Aug. 23. altogethernowvt.org
leadership skills. girlscoutsgwm.org

Artrageous Summer Camps

Kroka Expeditions
From cartooning to puppetry, kids ages 7–13 will love the Artrageous Summer Camps
Hands-on adventures in the model of Waldorf education, Kroka offers a range of at TW Wood Art Gallery on the Vermont College of Fine Arts campus in Montpelier.
camps and adventures around New England for kids 9 and above. From whitewater Weekly camps June 24–August 23 (except 4th of July week). twwoodgallery.org
paddling to rock climbing and bikepacking, there is something for every adventurous
child. kroka.org
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How To Help Your Lost Pet Find Home

By Sarah Davin

acing the disappearance of a the microchip and register it with the Holm explained, “You may not be able “They’ll sit under there. They may stay
well-loved pet is a frightening microchip company.” Having your pet to grab the collar and read a tag if the there for a week or so and never make a
experience. Scouring the microchipped carries the further benefit dog is growling and acting really scared. sound and watch you,” Holm elaborated,
neighborhood in the dark, worrying if that your pet can be identified even if it You don’t want to put yourself in danger. “It’s amazing. They can even go into a
you’ll ever see you cat or dog again is not slips its collar. If the dog has a plain, tan collar with state where they won’t pee, poop, or eat.”
something anyone wants to experience a big, bold phone number on there,
on their own. Fortunately, we have Having the right collar can prevent your someone can make a phone call. We do Putting up fliers in town and leaving
great local resources such as the Central dog from escaping during an outing that with all the shelter dogs.” fliers at your neighbors’ doors will
Vermont Humane Society (CVHS) and and increase the pet’s chances of being help make your community aware that
Lost and Found Animals of Vermont to returned. Martingale collars are an If you lose your pet, it is important to your pet is missing. Your are effectively
provide some great advice to help you excellent type of collar for preventing spread the word. The first person to recruiting your community to help you
find your lost pet. newly homed dogs from pulling contact is your local Animal Control find your pet. Place a larger version of the
themselves lose of their collar because Officer. To find out who that is, call poster on your mailbox with your contact
One of the most effective ways to help the collar tightens slightly so that it your town clerk or go to the town’s information easily visible. Is someone
someone identify your pet is through a won’t slip over the back of the head. website. In Montpelier, loose dogs are picks up a lost pet, they will frequently
microchip, a device that is about the size handled by the police. Police Chief travel around the neighborhood to see if
of a grain of rice and inserted under the Another way to decrease the likelihood Anthony Facos clarified, “We only deal someone is searching for it. If you have
pet’s skin just above the shoulder blades. of your pet’s getting loose is attaching with loose dogs, usually when there is a a larger poster outside your door, then
When someone locates the chip with the clasp of the leash to the harness and complaint involved. The city contracts they can contact you even if you aren’t
a microchip reader, a device frequently the collar, creating a system in which with the Central Vermont Humane home.
found at clinics and shelters, the owner’s the dog isn’t free if the collar breaks or Society for housing stray animals when
contact information will be read out. slips. One easy way of helping people needed. Residents sometimes do bring Not only are there ways to help you find
reach you if they see your pet is to write cats to the CVHS, but police do not get your pet, but there are ways to help your
Erika Holm, director of operations your phone number in bold, permanent involved with cats.” pet return to you. Cats and dogs are very
at CVHS said “Owners can make an marker on the pet’s collar, so if your pet sensitive to smell, so placing a piece of
appointment to come here whenever is visible but unable to be caught, the To increase the chances that someone clothing that smells like you, such as a
we’re open, and we will microchip their person can call you. will recognize your pet, make posts on dirty t-shirt, or something that belongs
animal. It’s $25. That means we implant the Lost and Found Animals of Vermont to the pet such as a blanket or pet bed
Facebook and Front Porch Forum. outside can help the pet smell its way
Contact local shelters and give them home. If you can hang the item so that
a description of the pet. In addition, the wind blows through it that can help
reach out to your neighbors. Sometimes, disperse the smell across a wider area.
pets will take shelter in nearby sheds or
garages. Cats, if frightened, can hunker The most important thing is to not give
down in one place for a long period. up. If your pet was healthy when it left,
it will likely make it through the night.
We frequently picture wild animals as
the largest threat to our escaped pets. In
reality, moving vehicles present a much
larger threat. In general, pets can survive
out there much longer than we think.

“I see a lot more examples of dogs and

owners being reunited than cats and
owners. One reason is, I think, people
give up on cats more quickly. People
have a tendency to believe that it got
eaten by a coyote or a fisher cat. That’s
not always the case. I’ve reunited cats
that have been missing for six months.
They can absolutely survive,” affirmed
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Green Mountain Film Festival Cuts Days in Montpelier By Phil Dodd

acing ongoing financial difficulties, “The Essex venue was well-received,” The executive director of GMFF resigned 23 at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in
the board of the Green Mountain McCracken said, noting the population a few weeks ago, in an unplanned change Montpelier.
Film Festival (GMFF) has decided base in Chittenden County is larger than that has required the board members and When the streamlined schedule was
to pare back the Montpelier portion of that in Washington County. Essex Cinemas festival volunteers to step up and make announced, the GMFF board reached out
the 2019 festival to four days and hold the is a multi-screen theater and will use several plans to run the festival with a bare- to its supporters for contributions, and the
festival for three days in Essex Junction. The of its theaters for the GMFF films this year. bones staff, a move that will save some response has been encouraging, McCracken
festival will be held March 22‒24 at Essex Films will overlap between Montpelier and money. “After the festival, we’ll take a said. “There are a lot of dedicated film
Cinemas and March 28‒31 at the Savoy Essex, she said. Many films will play both look at hiring another executive director,” lovers here,” she noted. Donations can be
Theater. sites, some will play in Montpelier only, and McCracken said. made by check or online at gmffestival.org.
“Our financial challenges are not really new,” one will play only in Essex. In another cost-cutting move, GMFF will
said GMFF board chair Kelly McCracken. In Montpelier this year, all films will be not sell tickets through its own website or
“But we have been talking about how we shown at the two-screen Savoy, McCracken operate a ticket office. Instead, the Essex
have been struggling in recent years and said. In the past, GMFF has also used screens tickets will be sold by Essex Cinemas and
decided to make some big changes.” If at City Hall or the Pavilion Auditorium. the Montpelier tickets will be sold by The
things go well, GMFF could add back One or both of those screens could be added Savoy, both on the Savoy’s website and at
festival days in Montpelier in future years, back in the future, McCracken added. the theater itself. McCracken said printed
she said, but before planning for 2020, the The changes this year came about when the programs listing this year’s films should
board wants to see how this year goes. board concluded that the GMFF as it had be ready in early March, and that GMFF
The film festival is entering its 22nd year been operating was “a little too ambitious expects tickets to go on sale about two
of presenting diverse films from around the for our size town,” McCracken said. The weeks before the festival begins.
world at the end of winter, when cabin fever popularity of streaming movies at home “The Savoy has been awesome in working
is peaking and mud season is sometimes may also be playing a role in the festival’s with us on these changes,” McCracken
kicking in. It has, for most of that time, challenges, she acknowledged. A related said. She said there will be one Montpelier
only shown films in Montpelier, usually for issue is that some independent movies are event not at the Savoy, a collaboration with
10 days in a row. The length of the festival being released directly to streaming sources, the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra that
was shortened a bit in recent years, and last which means GMFF is unlikely to choose has local students working with composers
year GMFF presented some films in Essex those, she said. to create original music to accompany
for the first time. silent films. That event will be held March
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OP-ED Vermont Co-ops Helping to Grow Local Food Systems

By Kari Bradley, General Manager, Hunger Mountain Co-op

ne of Vermont’s great success We are also innovating, especially in the to regional distribution to retailers and but thriving store with a clear focus on
stories over the past decade has realms of prepared foods and healthy restaurants over the past few years. local despite the presence of two big-
been the growth of local foods. food access; data from 2017 show four co- Our co-ops are also known for our box supermarkets. We are also supportive
Recently, I had the opportunity to testify ops (including Hunger Mountain) gave collaborative approach. We partner with of the efforts of Granite City Grocery
for the House Agriculture Committee more than $280,000 in discounts to low- producer co-ops, regional distributors, to open a store in Barre, where there
regarding food co-ops and how we support income shoppers, helping to make fresh, and each other to promote local. Since will be a mix of products but local will
our state’s local food system. They wanted local food more accessible for people with 2006, City Market, Middlebury Natural play a role. There are opportunities to
to hear from a co-op, I believe, because of limited incomes. Vermont food co-ops Foods Co-op, and Hunger Mountain encourage even more co-op development
the recent great news in the 2018 Farm have demonstrated that local products have collaborated with Monument Farms if we can connect expertise and capital
To Plate Annual Report: last year, $289 can be a central piece of a successful retail of Weybridge to offer Vermont Co-op with communities seeking to own their
million, or 12.9 percent of Vermont’s brand in the hyper-competitive grocery Milk. This relationship provides our own stores.
food and beverage sales, were from local industry. stores with a consistent supply of a quality We also have to think regionally in order
sources, an impressive increase from 5 Each of our co-ops has a team of local product, often the lowest price in to support local. Many of the Vermont
percent in 2010. Moreover, 15 percent of buyers across a variety of product town; at the same time, Monument Farms co-ops are members of the Neighboring
the total came through Vermont’s food categories responsible for working with has enjoyed consistent demand and price, Food Co-op Association, which includes
co-ops, which speaks to the significant local producers. We advise new and welcome stability in the highly volatile 35 food co-ops across New England
role that co-ops play in our local food prospective vendors, helping them bring milk market. and New York with 140,000 member-
system. their products to market, by sharing our owners, 2,000 employees, $300 million
One of my key points to the House
Vermont currently has 15 food co-ops experience with the details of customer Agriculture Committee was that food co- in revenue, and selling $90 million in
and start-ups operating 14 storefronts, preference, product quality, packaging, ops offer an important opportunity in local products. Pooling our buying power,
including Hanover Co-op’s White River price points, promotion, distribution, furthering local food system development. we work together on sourcing regional
Junction store. Together, these co-ops had and more. We work with established Because local is baked into our businesses, products such as artisan cheeses and
shared revenue of $127 million and sold an producers to promote their products and more food co-ops mean more local frozen vegetables to increase our impact
estimated $42.5 million in local products plan for the next growing season. While vendors will be able to make more of their for small producers across our region.
last year. Vermont food co-ops are growing we have many well-established vendor products available to customers daily and Here’s to another decade of progress for
in number (Morrisville), expanding in relationships, there continue to be growth year-round. Vermont’s local food system, with food
place (Putney and Middlebury), and opportunities. A great example is Joe’s co-ops playing a central role, contributing
opening second locations (City Market in Kitchen soups, which has grown from Our latest success story is in Morrisville,
where that community now has a small to the benefit of all Vermonters.
Burlington.) micro-batches for his CSA customers
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New Effort Encourages Rental Property Owners

to Invest in Energy Efficiency
he Montpelier Energy Advisory Committee and Advisory Committee. “We want to help people who term facility maintenance plans. “If we understand
Efficiency Vermont are joining forces to make rent their homes reap the benefits of energy efficiency; their maintenance plans, we’ll better understand when
it easier for the city’s rental property owners by doing so we can help rental property owners make the opportune times are for certain energy efficiency
and their tenants to enjoy the benefits of more energy- their properties more valuable, help their tenants spend investments,” said Howe. “For example, if we know a
efficient housing. less on energy, and make it easier for many lower- landlord is planning to replace their roof, we can help
Efficiency Vermont is offering personal project support income families to live in more comfortable, healthier them build attic insulation into that project plan.”
for Montpelier rental property owners, including free homes.” Efficiency Vermont will also work directly with tenants
energy walk-throughs by energy efficiency experts to “Efficiency Vermont offers a wide variety of resources, to raise awareness of and access to weatherization
identify and prioritize efficiency opportunities. The like technical advice and incentives, that rental property assistance programs they may be eligible for. In
energy committee will help promote the program. owners can benefit from,” said Phoebe Howe, program addition, Efficiency Vermont can help income-eligible
According to the 2018 Montpelier Grand List, there manager for Efficiency Vermont. “By reaching out tenants with high energy bills apply for free appliances
are approximately 1,300 rental units in Montpelier. one-to-one with owners, we believe we can better such as refrigerators, washers, and heat pumps, to help
Statewide, at least 70 percent of renting households are understand their individual challenges and needs, build lower energy costs.
estimated to qualify as low-income. strong working relationships, and help them take full Interested rental property owners can visit efficiencyvermont.
advantage of our programs to the benefit of their org/MontpelierSaves for more information. Or, contact
“Montpelier homeowners have led Vermont investment and their tenants alike.”
by weatherizing their houses to make them more Phoebe Howe directly at phowe@veic.org or (802) 540-
comfortable, more affordable, and more sustainable,” Howe explained that many rental property owners 7855.
said Kate Stephenson, chair of the Montpelier Energy make investments in their properties as part of longer- This text was provided by Efficiency Vermont.
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Calendar of Events
Community FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22 Performing THEATER, DANCE,
Four Fridays in February: Living

Arts Through Loss’ Series. Free

bereavement series is open to anyone
who has experienced the loss of a loved
Feb. 20–21: American Girl Live. Experience
American Girl® in an all-new musical, featuring
one, whether in death or a relationship all-original songs and unforgettable experiences. Join your favorite American Girl characters and

Events happening
change such as divorce. Noon–1:30 pm. the campers as they follow their hearts, share their dreams, and learn the power of friendship. 7 pm.
Gifford Medical Center, Red Clover Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe. $45–75. sprucepeakarts.org
February 20–March 5 Conference Room, Randolph. 728-2107 Feb. 21–24: Plainfield Little Theatre presents The Merchant of Venice. William Shakespeare’s
Naturalist Journeys Presentation gripping comedy/drama set in fascist Italy. Thurs.–Sat. at 7 pm; Sun. at 2 pm. Plainfield Opera House,
Rt. 2, Plainfield. $15; students and seniors $12. Tickets: blachly@together.net or 229-5290
Series: The Secret Lives of Vermont’s
Tech and Tea. Morning technology (Lesser-known) Reptiles and Feb. 22: Laugh Local VT Open Mic Comedy Night. See aspiring local comics or try it out yourself.
Amphibians. Vermont herpetologist Support local comedy by performing or watching those that do. Signups at 7:30 pm. Show at p.m. The
workshops covering social media, internet, Dog River Brewery, 1400 Rt. 302, Suite 4, Berlin, Free; donations welcome. 793-3884. Some adult
smartphones, and safety for older adults. Kiley Briggs shares stories of lesser-
themed material and is recommended for mature audiences.
10:15 am. Montpelier High School. known snakes, turtles, frogs, and
Registration required: 223-2518. Ages 50+ salamanders in Vermont and abroad. Feb. 22: Pin-Ups Prefer Pie. A variety Show of burlesque, comedy, and drag! Hosted by Prudie
7–8:30 pm. North Branch Nature Peepers. Raffle to benefit Rainbow Umbrella of Central Vermont. DJ KOMORO (of Electrolads)
The Christ Church Community Center, Elm St., Montpelier. will close out the night. 9:30 pm. Positive Pie, State St., Montpelier. Advance $15; at door 20.
Lunch. Sevendaystickets.com
11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., Adult Improv Night with Justin
Feb. 22: Kathleen Kanz Comedy Hour. A wide range of talented standup comics from here and away
Montpelier. Lander. Come spend a fun and possibly working longer sets. 8:30 pm. Espresso Bueno, 248 N. Main St., Barre. Free/by donation. 479-0896.
funny evening espressobueno.com.
Salvation Army Community Lunch.
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Feb. 28–March 3: Green Room Productions of Constellations. The principles of string theory
Snowshoe Waterbury with Green give a love story an epic twist in a play about time, probability, and the power of human connection.
Malcolm Before the X: A Leader Thurs.–Sat. at 7:30 pm; Sun. at 2 pm. The Grange Hall Cultural Center
, 317 Howard Ave., Waterbury
in the Making. An Osher Lifelong Mountain Club. Moderate. 4 miles.
Center. $17. greenroomproductionsvt@gmail.com
Institute Learning program. Kekla Little River State Park. Bring drink and
Magoon, the author of X: A Novel, snacks. Contact George Longenecker or March 1: Extempo. Locals tell short-format, first-person, true stories live on stage without any notes or
Cynthia Martin, 229-9787 or marlong@ reading. 8–10 pm. Dog River Brewery, 1400 Rt. 302, Berlin. $5. 505-4053. extempovt.com
co-written with Malcolm X’s daughter,
Ilyasah Shabazz, will discuss their myfairpoint.net for meeting time and
writing process, Malcolm’s life and place.
legacy and how his story inspires a Barre Congregational Church
new generation of leaders. 1:30 pm. Community Meal. 7:30–9 am.
Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 35 Church St., Barre.
Barre St., Montpelier. Free for OLLI
Westview Meadows/Gary Residence
Got a news tip? We want to know!
members; $5 suggested donation for
others. 454-7814 Recruitment Job Fair. 9 am–1 pm. Send it to editorial@montpelierbridge.com
Wild Cousins of Our Best Friends:
171 Westview Manor Rd., Montpelier
and 149 Main St., Montpelier.
or mdunphy@montpelierbridge.com
Wolves, Coyotes and Foxes. Sue westviewmeadows.com
Morse will share her amazing photos
and personal adventures with wolves, Mah Jongg Night. Celebrate the
coyotes and foxes. 6:30 pm. Plainfield Jewish-American and Chinese bond
Opera House, Rt. 2, Plainfield. over Mah Jongg with of viewing of the
jaquithpubliclibrary.org. film The Tiles That Bind, a dinner of
Chinese food and some Mah Jongg. 5–8
Mid-Week Movie: Oceans 8. 6 –8 pm. pm. Beth Jacob Synagogue, 10 Harrison
Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 Ave., Montpelier. $15. Register and buy
Hardwick St., Greensboro. $5 suggested tickets: bethjacobvt.org
donation. highlandartsvt.org
Italian Delight Dinner. Pasta varieties
Sounds Good: Music Themed Movies. galore! Gluten free & vegetarian
7 pm. Jaquith Public Library, School options. Some Italian desserts.
St., Marshfield. Contact library for film Fundraiser for the Worcester Food Shelf
title: 426-3581 sponsored by the Church Outreach
Committee. 5– 6:30 pm. Worcester
Church Annex, 35 Worcester Village
Trinity United Methodist Church Rd., Worcester. Cost is by donation &
Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. a non-perishable item for Food Shelf.
137 Main St., Montpelier. 223-7961
Third Thursday: Red Scare in the
Green Mountains. Author Rick SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Winston explores Vermont in the Circle Singing Workshop. No singing
McCarthy Era 1946-1960. Noon–1 pm. experience required, just a desire to
Vermont History Museum, 109 State experience the joy of singing with
St., Montpelier. vermonthistory.org others. 3–4:30 pm. River Rick School,
46 Barre St., Montpelier. By donation.
Community Lantern Parade. Union RSVP: 454-8581 or godiane@gmail.
Elementary School invites the entire com
Montpelier community to join us for an
evening lantern procession. This year’s The Twilight Café. Opportunity for
theme is “Shine Your Light, Share Your parents and caregivers of children 0-3
Story.” Parade from Union Elementary to connect. Light supper. 4:30 pm.
to the State House Lawn with a family Downstreet, 22 Kaith Ave., Barre. Free
friendly finale celebration. 6 –7 pm. for parents and caregivers with children
uesart.blogspot.com 3 and under. Older siblings welcome.
Hosted by Good Beginnings of Central
All Our Black Voices with Toussaint VT
St. Negritude. In celebration of
Black History Month, please bring International Folk Dancing. With Sue
your poetry books and join local poet Morris. 5– 6 pm. Beth Jacob Synagogue,
Toussaint St. Negritude for an open 10 Harrison Ave., Montpelier. Free; by
reading-in-the-round of your favorite donation.
African-American poets. 6:30 pm.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St.,
Montpelier. 223-3338.
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Calendar of Events
Visual Arts
whimsical hand-painted wooden bowls. Through March 12: Northern Vermont River Arts Center, 74 Pleasant St.,
Dawn McConnell presents her colorful, University-Lyndon Community Art Morrisville. riverartsvt.org.
painted stoneware. The Cheshire Cat, 28 Exhibit. Theme is “To B or Not to B,” March 5–April 26: Ray Brown and
EXHIBITS Elm St., Montpelier. cheshirecatclothing. and all artwork must relate to the letter Toby Bartles, Steps on a Journey—An
com “b” in some way. NVU-Lyndon, Quimby Exhibit of Two Vermont Painters. Both
Through Feb. 20: Hidden Surprise. Gallery, Lyndonville. NorthernVermont.
Clay masks by Janice Walrafen. Through March 1: Winter Juried artists share much in common with the
Exhibit. 26 local Vermont artists. Work edu second generation abstract expressionists,
Expressions of feelings on the artist’s
journey to wholeness. They are made of includes paintings, prints, photographs, Through March 28: Ryan Geary, Ascent as they both draw influence for painterly
clay and decorated with natural materials, sculpture, fiber arts, and jewelry. T.W. (Part One: Eulogy). A collection of choices from immediate surroundings
beads, and thread. Montpelier Senior Wood Gallery. 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 2D and 3D collages. River Arts Center, such as landscape or architecture to create
Activity Center, 58 Barre St., Montpelier. twwoodgallery.org Copley Common Room, 74 Pleasant St., inner meaning. Opening reception:
Through March 1: Axel Stohlberg, Morrisville. riverartsvt.org. March 7, 5–7 pm. The T. W. Wood
Through Feb. 21: Binta Colley, It’s All Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. 262-
in the Details: Botanical Illustrations Abstract Vermont. Paintings, drawings, Through March 29: Close to the
collage. The Gallery at Central Vermont Cloth. Textile exhibit featuring the work 6035. twwoodgallery.org
(and More). Julian Scott Memorial
Gallery at Northern Vermont University- Medical Center, Berlin. of Barbara Bendix, Karen Henderson, Through June 1: Thomas Waterman
Johnson. NorthernVermont.edu Through March 2: Scrap Yard: Stephanie Krauss, Skye Livingston, Kate Wood: The Master Copies. A selection
Drawings by Mark Heitzman. An Ruddle, and Neysa Russo. Opening of Wood’s master copies from the T.W.
Through Feb. 23: The Way We See reception: March 7, 5–7 pm. The T.W. Wood Art Gallery collection. While
It: Social [In]Justice. A group show exhibit of 10 large-scale graphite or
charcoal drawings of tools and other Wood Gallery, 46 Barre St., Montpelier. Wood was in Europe he fell in love with
highlighting the work of four artists that twwoodgallery.org. the paintings of the European Masters,
are responding to their own view of social objects. On display at The Morse Block
injustice—be it racism, sexism, religious Deli, located 260 N. Main Street, Barre. Through April 7: Precarious Magic: The including Rembrandt and Turner.
discrimination, or genocide. Axel’s For info: studioplacearts.com Paintings of Kate Emlen. Painted scenes Following current fashion, Wood copied
of the fields and forests of Vermont and paintings to learn techniques from the
Gallery, Stowe St., Waterbury. Through March 2: The Art of the masters. T.W. Wood Gallery, Montpelier.
Portrait, August Burns. The exhibition is the coast of Maine. Highland Center for
Through Feb. 28: Jaquith Invitational
a rare opportunity for the public to view the Arts, 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. 262-6035. twwoodgallery.org
Art Show. Works in a variety of media
by 17 local artists. Jaquith Public Library, paintings from this outstanding Vermont highlandartsvt.org Through Dec. 21: 200 Years—200
Artist. 5031 Main Street, Waitsfield. Through April 9: A People’s History. Objects. An exhibition celebrating
Old Schoolhouse Common, 122 School Norwich University’s bicentennial.
St., Marshfield. 426-3581 496-6682 A solo collage exhibition by Vanessa
Compton featuring 23 collages on the Curated to include objects from the
Through Feb. 28: Aspects of the Through March 9: The Front presents museum collection, as well as documents
SHOW 30. Recent works by the birth, development, and destiny of our
Universe. Paintings in acrylic and and images from Archives and Special
watercolor by Marina Sprague of Chelsea membership of Montpelier’s sole collective nation. Barre Opera House, 6 N. Main Collections, that reflect and retell the
Vermont. chelsealibrary.com 802-685- art gallery. 6 Barre St., Montpelier. info@ St., Barre. barreoperahouse.org university’s 200-year history. Norwich
2188 thefrontvt.com Through April 19: Thom Egan, On University Sullivan Museum and History
Making Pictures. Wood block prints, Center, Northfield. norwich.edu
Through Feb. 28: Cheshire Cat’s in- lithographs, and colored low reliefs.
house artists. Lucy Ferrada presents her

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25 Alinejd. For copies of the book, please author who is summoned by a Lakota SATURDAY, MARCH 2
Community Lunch at Unitarian stop by the library. 7 pm. Jaquith elder named Dan to help him write a Barre Congregational Church
Church Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. Public Library, School St., Marshfield. book. 6 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, Community Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35
130 Main St., Montpelier. jaquithpubliclibrary.org 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338. Church St., Barre.
Salvation Army Community Lunch. TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26 Showing Up For Racial Justice: Living Montpelier Contra Dance with Nils
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. Introduction to The Four Agreements. Room Conversations About Racism. Fredland. Contra dance with caller Nils
Would you like less drama, change Topic: The Movement for Black Lives Fredland and the joyously danceable
Westview Meadows/Gary Residence Policy Platform. Learn more about the
Recruitment Job Fair. 2– 6 pm. 171 old habits, more personal freedom, music of the The Gaslight Tinkers. No
increased tranquility, and positive Movement for Black Lives, its aims, and experience and no partner needed. All
Westview Manor Rd., Montpelier how this movement connects with our
and 149 Main St., Montpelier. growth? Sherry Rhynard uses The Four dances are taught plus an introductory
Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz in lives in Vermont. 6:30–8:30 pm. Jaquith session at 7:40 pm. Please bring clean,
westviewmeadows.com Public Library, School St., Marshfield.
her coaching to help clients with their soft-soled shoes. 8–11 pm. Capital City
Environmental Film Series: Bag It: change work. 6:30–7:30 pm. Aldrich jaquithpubliclibrary.org Grange Hall, 6612 Rt. 12, Berlin. Adults
Is Your Life Too Plastic? The film
Library, 6 Washington St., Barre. $10; kids and low income $5; dance
follows Jeb Berrier as he navigates our sherryrhynard.com supporters $15. capitalcitygrange.org
plastic world. Berrier is not a radical Trinity United Methodist Church
environmentalist, but an average Barre Congregational Church Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm. Poetry Workshop Series: What If You
American who takes a closer look at our Community Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 137 Main St., Montpelier. Could Only Say Things Once? This
cultural love affair with plastics. What he Church St., Barre. class will explore choosing the words,
VCFA MFA in Writing & Publishing lines and rhythm for our poems. We
learns quickly grows far beyond plastic The Law of the Hills Book Launch. Community Classes: Wild Minds:
bags. Discussion follows. 6:30 pm. will share inspirations of poets we
Book launch for the Vermont Historical Read Like a Writer Book Group.
Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St., Society’s new publication, The Law Dig deeply into texts and find the love to guide this process. Each class
Montpelier. 223-3338. of the Hills: A Judicial History of craft tools writers use to construct will include in-class writing exercises,
Monthly Book Group for Adults. Vermont by Paul Gillies. 4:30– 6 pm. their stories. We’ll focus on a different sharing and discussion of the craft.
The Wind in My Hair: My Fight for Vermont Supreme Court, 111 State St, novel or memoir each month, with Our aim is to create several poems
Freedom in Modern Iran by Masih Montpelier. vermonthistory.org discussion questions designed to help for a reading (if you choose) during
you identify craft techniques that will PoemCity! Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16,
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27 strengthen your own writing while 23, 30; Laurie McMillan, facilitator and
Tech and Tea. See description under developing the skills to “read like writer. 10 am–noon. Kellogg-Hubbard
Feb. 20 a writer” on your own. 6:30–8 pm. Library, 135 Main St., Montpelier. 223-
The Christ Church Community Vermont College of Fine Arts, Noble 3338.
Lunch. Annex 1 and Conference Room, College Alpenglow Fitness Intro to Studio
11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St., St., Montpelier. vcfa.edu/writing- Cycling. An instructor will orient
Montpelier. publishing/news you to the studio, get your bike fitted
Salvation Army Community Lunch. properly, and guide you through a
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. gentle first ride. Learn the positions and
Dream to Reality…Start Your lingo in a supportive setting with other
Mid-Week Movie: Trolls. 6 –8 pm. Business. What are the steps to starting first-time students. Please bring clean
Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 a business? Is it for me? Can I start a shoes and a water bottle.
Hardwick St., Greensboro. $5 suggested business from my home or garage? Can 10–10:45 am. 54 Main St., Montpelier.
donation. highlandartsvt.org I buy an existing business? We’ll answer Register: alpenglowfitness.com.
these questions and more. 8:30–10 am.
Neither Wolf Nor Dog film. Adapted Capstone, 20 Gable Place, Barre. 477-
from the award-winning novel by Kent 5214. capstonevt.org
Nerburn. The film follows a white
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Calendar of Events
Feb. 23: DJ LaFountaine, 9:30 pm, 21+ in the Meadows by George Milne; and songwriting and storytelling, with fiddle
Live Music Feb. 28: Blue Fox, 5 pm; DJ Bay 6, 8 pm
March 1: Elizabeth Renaud, 5 pm; Jester
Jigs, 9 pm, 21+, $5
the 1919 Sonata for Viola and Piano by
Rebecca Clarke. 7 pm. Monteverdi Music
School, 46 Barre St., Montpelier.
tunes, banjo grooves, elegant melodies,
and rich harmony singing. 7 pm. 3084
Main St., Cabot. $16 advanced; $20 at
March 2: DJ KAOS, 9:30 pm, 21+ door. cabotarts.org
VENUES Feb. 23: Craftsbury Chamber Players
Bagitos. 28 Main St., Montpelier. 229- Whammy Bar. 31 W. County Rd., Presents: Winter Warmth. Featuring March 3: Vermont Philharmonic
9212. Bagitos.com Calais. whammybar1.com CCP regulars Marcantonio Barone on Winter Concert. Get up close and
Feb. 21: Italian Session, 6 pm Every Thurs.: Open Mic, 7 pm piano and Fran Rowell on cello. Dessert personal with the oldest community
Feb. 22: Latin Dance Party, 7 pm Feb. 22: Sara Grace, 7:30 pm reception follows. 3–5 pm. Highland orchestra in Vermont when the Vermont
March 1: Tiny Montgomery, 7:30 pm Center for the Arts. 2875 Hardwick St., Philharmonic brings its 60-person
Charlie O’s World Famous. 70 Main St. March 2: Whammy Bar Dance Party, Greensboro. $15; students $10; 20% off orchestra and fills the Main Stage. 3–5
Montpelier. Free. 223-6820. 7:30 pm for seniors. highlandartsvt.org pm. Highland Center for the Arts,
Every Tues.: Karaoke, 7:30 pm 2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $15;
Feb. 24: Mister Chris and Friends, &
Feb. 18: Music Trivia hosted by JJ Cyrus
(quiz) 8:30 pm
SPECIAL EVENTS Miss Andrea A Benefit concert for Kids. students $10; 20 percent off for seniors.
Feb. 21: Howie Cantor. Singer- A wonderful evening of interactive music highlandartsvt.org
Feb. 22: Z-Jaz (jazz) 6 pm; Valentino/
songwriter of folk. 6–8 pm. Café at for children and their families to support March 7: New Suede Shoes. Funky
Rust Bucket (old-time) 9 pm
Highland Center for the Arts, 2875 the Waterbury Starting Points Network roadhouse blues-rock. 6–8 pm. Hardwick
Espresso Bueno. 248 N. Main St., Barre. Hardwick St., Greensboro. No cover. of Home Childcare & Preschool providers Street Café, 2875 Hardwick St.,
479-0896. espressobueno.com. to bring music into their curriculum. Greensboro. No cover. highlandartsvt.org
Feb. 22: Monteverdi Music School
Feb. 22: Reid Parsons & Co. 4–6 pm. Zen Barn, 179 Guptil Rd.,
Chamber Music Soirées. Hosted by March 8: Cyrille Aimée: A Sondheim
(Americana) 7:30 pm Waterbury. $10 suggested donation.
Monteverdi faculty member Chris Adventure. Acclaimed vocalist in
Gusto’s. 28 Prospect St., Barre. Stork. Features the music of composers zenbarnvt.com a tribute concert for the Broadway
gustosbarvt.com from five centuries, including a violin March 1: Dana and Susan Robinson. legend. 7 pm. Spruce Peak Performing
Feb. 21: Jacob McLaughlin, 5 pm; DJ sonata in C major by J. S. Bach; Niccolo Americana-roots and folk duo from Arts Center, 122 Hourglass Dr., Stowe.
Bay 6, 8 pm Paganini’s Caprice Op.1 No.2; a twentieth Cabot celebrate the release of their $25–45. SprucePeakArts.org
Feb. 22: Eric Lindberg, 5 pm; century Cadenza for Viola by Krzysztof new recording, The Town That Music
The Complaints, 9 pm, $5, 21+ Penderecki; the world premiere of Dancing Saved. Dana and Susan combine vivid,

Friends of the Aldrich Library WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6 Naturalist Journeys Presentation

Annual Winter Banquet/Auction. Cross-country Ski Stowe Mountain Series: Uapishka Botany. Botanist

Send your listing to

Cash bar, appetizers, oven-roasted beef Resort with Green Mountain Club. Matt Peters shares his explorations of
dinner (vegetarian option available), Various distances. All abilities. Trail eastern North America’s largest (but

silent auction. 5:30 pm. Barre Elks fee. Bring lunch. Contact Mary Garcia, little-known) alpine area. Northern
Club, 10 Jefferson St., Barre. $30. 622-0585 or Mary Smith, 505-0603 for Quebec’s Uapishka region hosts tiny
aldrichpubliclibrary.org meeting time and place. arctic buttercups, old growth white
spruce woodlands, caribou, and montpeliebridge.com
by March 1. for print
Orchard Valley Walk-Through ptarmigan. 7–8:30 pm. North Branch
Wednesday. A monthly open house Nature Center, Elm St., Montpelier.
in the next issue
Cross-country Ski Cotton Brook with event during the school day. Observe
Green Mountain Club. Moscow. Easy/ main lesson in grades 1–8 and visit
Moderate. 6-8 miles. Park at Cotton our mixed-age kindergarten programs,
Brook Road and ski the valley of Cotton including Farm & Forest. 8:30–10:30

Brook on an old woods road. Contact am. Grace Farm Campus, 2290 Vt Rt.
Steve or Heather Bailey, 622-4516 or 14 N., East Montpelier. Pre-register:
stevecbailey@gmail.com for meeting enrollment@ovws.org or 456-7400 To see a listing
of Weekly Events
time and place. Tech and Tea. See description under

March 3: Montpelier Song Circle. 6 –8 Feb. 20.
pm. Center for Arts and Learning, 46
Barre St., Montpelier.
The Christ Church Community and more detailed
event listings, visit
MONDAY, MARCH 4 11 am–12:30 pm. 64 Main St.,

Community Lunch at Unitarian Montpelier.
Church Montpelier. 11 am–12:30 pm. Salvation Army Community Lunch.
130 Main St., Montpelier. Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre.
Salvation Army Community Lunch. Mid-Week Movie: Crazy Rich Asians.
Noon–1 pm. 25 Keith Ave., Barre. 6 –8 pm. Highland Center for the Arts,
LGBTQ Film & Discussion Series.
This 2007 film explores the story
2875 Hardwick St., Greensboro. $5
suggested donation. highlandartsvt.org Volunteer
of a 15-year-old intersex person, her
family, and the decision that she must THURSDAY, MARCH 7
eventually make as she struggles to
define her own gender identity in a
Trinity United Methodist Church
Community Lunch. 11:30 am–1 pm.
with The Bridge
society that expects certain behaviors. 137 Main St., Montpelier.
6:30 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 * Write News Stories,
Main St., Montpelier. 223-3338. FRIDAY, MARCH 8 Design & Build Interviews or Profiles
TimberHomes Vermont Grand
Opening. A ribbon cutting and open Custom Energy-Efficient Homes * Take Photos
Barre Congregational Church house to celebrate our shop completion.
Community Meal. 7:30–9 am. 35 Additions • Timber Frames
Church St., Barre.
All are welcome to come and stop by. * Edit/Proofread
4–5 pm. 21 Fork Rd., Montpelier.
Weatherization • Remodeling
Speechcraft Workshop: ER...AH... timberhomesvermont.com. * Design/Layout
UM... YOU KNOW... Prepare and Art and Author Night: Artist Ruth Kitchens • Bathrooms • Flooring
present short talks and practice Pope & Author Kathleen Kesson. Art * Mentor Young Writers
impromptu speaking in a relaxed, opening for landscape artist Ruth Pope Tiling • Cabinetry • Fine Woodwork
enjoyable atmosphere. These workshops at 6 pm. Vermont author Dr. Kathleen
* Day-of-Publication Help
will help you be able to communicate Kesson will discuss her new memoir
with confidence and poise at work and
at home. 6 –7:30 pm. Capstone, 20
Unschooling in Paradise, a narrative
of one family’s five-year experiment in
Interested? Email
Gable Pl., Barre. Free.
RSVP: 477-5214 or mferguson@
“free range learning” at 7 pm. Jaquith mdunphy@
Public Library, School St., Marshfield.
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By Bekah Mandell and Jeff Mandell

Remembering Larry Mandell
October 25, 1946 - January 21, 2019

n 1975, Robert Brower and our dad, Larry Mandell, used a While still leading Woodbury, Larry served as the chair of the board
federal job training grant to start Woodbury Associates, which of the Vermont Community Foundation and on the Accreditation
would become Woodbury College. Committee of the New England Association of Schools and
Our dad believed that in a democracy everyone should understand Colleges. After he retired he became the chair of the board of the
something about the law. And he didn’t think people should have Public Assets Institute, where he became more involved with policy
to go to law school to do it. to promote racial, social, and economic equity.

Woodbury’s first program trained unemployed Vermonters for Outside of Woodbury, Larry had an ace tennis serve, and after
careers in the newly emerging paralegal field. At the time, lawyers he retired, developed a passion for golf. Last fall he was the Barre
were reluctant to give up their exclusive hold on the legal profession. Country Club Gold Flight Champion. He was also a fantastic
Now paralegals are essential in law offices everywhere. husband, father, and grandfather. Many of you may have run into
him in Montpelier over the past few years taking his grandchildren
In the early 1980s, Larry and Susan Terry started the mediation out to lunch or warming up at one of Jeff’s yoga classes at the senior
program at Woodbury. In 2004, Woodbury began offering a center.
Masters in Mediation, the first program of its kind in the country.
Woodbury’s mediation programs were based on the revolutionary We love this quote about our dad from Montpelier attorney Paul
idea that not all conflict—legal or otherwise—has to be solved in Gillies, who wrote about him in the Summer 2005 edition of the
a courtroom and that lawyers weren’t always the best ones to help Vermont Bar Journal:
people solve problems. “Larry believes in his students...the goal of Woodbury is to teach
More than 40 years after Larry and Robert started Woodbury, nearly students to think critically, write well, and have confidence in
2,000 Woodbury graduates are doing all kinds of wonderful things themselves. What more could you ask from any school?
for the world. Many have become lawyers by reading for the law. Others play essential We all dream. Some dreams materialize. Some are mislaid. When you meet someone
roles in Vermont government, nonprofit agencies, and the private sector. One is a who has seen it realized you have to stop and bow. Larry is in the business of making
Vermont Supreme Court Justice, another was the director of the state Human Rights good citizens. His efforts make better communities. If there is a chance for ours to
Commission, another is a trial court judge. Other alumni are advocates for children continue to become a just and democratic society, thank Larry. It was his dream.”
and families, directors of community justice programs, and mediators, consultants, We will miss our dad forever, but like Paul, we are so grateful for his optimism and
and attorneys in private practice. Forty-five years after it was founded, Woodbury’s dedication to our family and this community.
graduates continue to make an impact in our community.
Contributions in Larry’s honor can be made to The Larry Mandell Fund for Racial,
Our dad was so proud of Woodbury and its students, staff, and faculty. On Woodbury’s Social, and Economic Equity at the Public Assets Institute online at: publicassets.org/
30th anniversary he said: “I’m honored to be part of an organization that has so many blog/larry-mandell-remembered, or by check to Public Assets Institute, PO Box 942,
wonderful graduates doing such important work. Our students are my inspiration. Montpelier, 05601.
Their dedication to improving lives has been my motivation for the past 30 years.”
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Farmers Market Plots New Layout for 2019

The exact set up is still flexible in case of specific concerns.

On-street vendors dropped to about 35 (from 50).
By utilizing part of the current lot, vendors will not be placed near similar merchants.
Vendors move towards north side of street.
Vendors organized in both the center of the street or along the sidewalk to minimize interference with merchant.
Emergency travel lane must be maintained. This was moved to the south side of the street.
Bathrooms and trash removal being addressed.

2019 Outdoor Season

Every Saturday (May through October)
26 Market Days
9 am to 1 pm

wo years ago, the Farmers Market moved up to State Street sidewalk and the center of the street. The other side of State Street
for three pilot project weekends to test the location’s impact (Positive Pie, Woodbury Mountain Toys, etc.) will remain open
on the market, State Street, downtown businesses, and city for emergency vehicle access, although picnic tables will be placed
services. The experiment was a success in some regards—residents along one section. In addition, the market will wind down into
and tourists loved the new location, most of the farmers liked being the top part of the Heney Lot at 60 State Street, which is its usual
up on the street, city services were not significantly impacted. But Saturday location.
some State Street businesses felt the market layout and sales eroded
their Saturday business and profits. When the market asked to Work on the new stretch of the Recreation Path has closed the
move back up to State Street for the 2018 season (May–October), bottom piece of that lot, restricting the market’s ability to fit
displeased local business owners protested and the move was all vendors onto the Heney Lot. The Farmers Market and the
rejected. Montpelier Business Association will appear together before the
Council to outline their proposal and seek approval to close
This year the market has worked with the Montpelier Business State Street during their regular market hours. The city offices,
Association, Montpelier Alive, the City Manager’s office, and including Public Works, Police, and Fire, have been briefed and
State Street business owners to come up with a new layout that, have no objection to the plan. We will all continue to meet and
hopefully, won’t negatively impact the businesses. Essentially the fine-tune the details as the May opening of the Farmers Market
Farmers Market vendors will set up their stalls only along one side approaches.
of State Street (on the side with TD Bank, Delish candy shop,
and The Quirky Pet, etc.), back-to-back so they face both the This text was pulled from City Council Agenda Item #19-025 on
Jan. 24, 2019.

Renovated throughout. First floor handicap accessible, one rest room, and
storage. Includes private off street parking, weekly office cleaning, heat,
hot water, electricity, snow removal, landscaping and full maintenance.
Single or multiple offices starting @ $300.00 per month.
Phone: 508-259-7941
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