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IN THIS ISSUE: Will Climate Refugees Be Heading to Vermont
Pg. 4 Fighting Climate
Change with the Law
in the Future? by Phil Dodd

f the global climate continues to warm, as many scientists move and buy property in Vermont or who already have a
expect, Vermont will face several challenges of its own second home here,” Shupe said. “I’ve heard anecdotally about
Pg. 10 Living Car-free in during this century, including longer-lasting storms and people buying second homes here with future climate change in
Montpelier consequent flooding. But some parts of the country, and many mind,” he said. “It makes sense.”
places on the globe, may become uninhabitable due to hotter Shupe thinks that any new wave of property buyers could create
temperatures, higher sea levels, and desertification. People will tension around land management issues, which are important to
Pg. 15 Michael Arnowitt at need to move. the VNRC. “Historically, when we have had an influx of new
the Barre Opera House Because Vermont is not on the ocean and should remain cooler residents and development pressure, Vermont has responded
than locations to our south, and because we have farmland for with things like Act 250 in the 1960s, Act 200 and the Housing
growing food plus ample water supplies, some Vermonters who and Conservation Board in the 1980s, and then promotion of
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have been thinking about the topic say we could see an influx smart growth and downtown development in the late 1990s,”
Montpelier, VT

of environmental migrants heading to Vermont and other far he said.
northern states in the next 10, 25, or 50 years. The possibility of another influx of people is one reason Shupe
“We might be a sweet spot for climate refugees for some kind is glad the state has formed a commission to re-examine Act
of interim period,” said Roger Hill, a local meteorologist. “We 250, the state’s land use law. The commission is holding
could be a lot better off than people near the coasts, who will hearings around the state and is expected to issue a report on
experience rising sea levels, stronger ocean storms, and flooding possible changes to Act 250 by the end of the year. Shupe, who
near rivers. People are going to move uphill.” is on an advisory board for the commission, said he expects the
He noted that climate change is already causing migration VNRC will offer suggested changes to Act 250 related to forest
around the globe. “Micronesians are moving to Hawaii in fragmentation and the expected impacts from climate change,
droves,” to escape rising sea levels, said Hill, and many North among other things.
Africans are on the move as deserts spread there. “The geopolitical Sen. Chris Pearson (P/D, Chittenden) is vice-chair of the Act
ramifications of climate change are in play big-time.” 250 commission. He, too, has been speculating about possible
Brian Shupe, executive director of the Vermont Natural changes to Vermont’s demographics that could result “if other
Resources Council (VNRC), said he and his staff have been populated areas become much less hospitable.” He also thinks
talking internally about the issue “quite a bit.” He used the same that Vermont must be prepared if a natural disaster, such as a
strong hurricane hitting New York City, sends thousands of
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term as Hill, saying Vermont could be in a “sweet spot” because
it is not on the coast and has ample groundwater and will have people to Vermont overnight. He said he and other legislators
a longer growing season. pushed the state Department of Public Safety to develop an
P.O. Box 1143

emergency plan for that eventuality, and it is now in place.
The first wave of climate refugees could be “affluent refugees
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PAG E 2 • S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19, 2 018 THE BRIDGE

Nature Watch by Nona Estrin

Birds on the Move
Quietly, without much
notice, a great tide of birds
has started moving south.
As early as the heat and
drought at the end of July,
thrushes started to move,
a couple of weeks early,
eating alternate-leaved
dogwood berries as they
went. Young warblers now
are showing up at our bird-
bath, and we watched seven
migrating nighthawks over
Wrightsville Beach area
last evening. Something is
up, change is in the air!
But winter is still a world

Watercolor by Nona Estrin

500. This comes after the closing of Barre Street’s Beau in June. as the facility ages less than gracefully. Down Home Kitchen remains one of Montpelier’s top dining spots. Stone Science Hall. Josh Fitzhugh. regional interest. and more. Dogs are welcome. Jin An—closed its doors in August after Suk decided to retire and return to California. revenue sources. The free event is open to the public and will include live music from swing band Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats. VT 05601 Ph: 802-223-5112 Editor in Chief: Mike Dunphy Managing Editor: Tom Brown Copy Editor: Larry Floersch Proofreader.” The study will cost $47. Inc. Tim Simard. and it plans to celebrate its birthday on September 15. • facebook. likely enrollment and usage. PO Box 1143. Ivan Shadis. with the city council confirmation on the 26th.T H E B R I D G E S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. and focus groups. how much that might cost. there is some movement. meetings. Interested candidates should contact Jim Murphy at jimmurphy@mpsvt. it appears. ext. Finally. Jake Brown. willingness to bond. two more culinary blows have fallen. swag. montpelierbridge. Banchan—run by An Na. After just four months of wowing local palates. Subscriptions: You can receive The Bridge by mail for $50 a year. 14 Location: The Bridge office is located at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Down Home Kitchen Celebrates Third Birthday with the ACLU Three years in. Montpelier. with the closure of DeMena’s on Main Street and Asiana House on State. Greg Gerdel. The board put out a call on September 5 for applications to the position and hopes to make a choice on the 19th. 2 018 • PAG E 3 HEARD ON THE STREET Montpelier Restaurants Continue to Disappear It’s a tough time to be a restaurant in Montpelier. Significant public input will be solicited through surveys. potential sites. this study will look “at what residents want for recreation services. Larry Floersch. Montpelier VT 05601. and mail to The Bridge. According to Assistant City Manager Sue Allen. Box 1143. and plenty of culinary treats. Irene Racz. vintage birthday cake recipes from Down Home’s bakery. School Board Chairman Jim Murphy hopes to welcome a replacement in time for budget Twitter: @montpbridge • Instagram@montpelierbridge Copyright 2018 by The Bridge .org. bringing into question its structural integrity and capacity to serve the community’s needs. Phil Dodd. 4‒9 pm. her mother Jin Suk. New Rec Center Takes a Step Forward The Barre Street Rec Center has been a source of concern for years. Lee Wilschek Distribution: Sarah Davin. The reasons are still a mystery but whatever the case. Make out your check to The Bridge. school board member Peter Sterling announced his resignation in late August.O. as the city council has approved a contract with Colorado-based Ballard*King & Associates to determine the feasibility of constructing a new center. In the past few weeks. Dot Helling. Daniel Renfro Board Members: Chairman Donny Osman. that makes two prime decks open in a city with very few. P. with a retro-themed party that also raises funds and awareness for the important work of the Vermont ACLU. and sister. Calendar Editor: Sarah Davin Layout: Marichel Vaught Sales Representatives: Rick McMahan. Ashley Witzenberger Editorial: 223-5112. Amy Lester. Bridge Community Media. Schoolboard Seeks New Member Owing to work and family commitments.

Ace Carting. Moretown Landfill in May. human services. Washington. “The powers and tools stand-alone division in the attorney have become the front line in the battle have always been here.000 in civil penalties and undercut. And we are going to do the same with them. a value that is under and powers to bring to it. the executive branch.” Donovan political atmosphere in Washington. in the other stop them from rolling back emissions are the forces of corporations. a ruling Donovan accepts with a hint of humility and defiance. netting the state over climate change and environmental them used in an unprecedented way and. lobbyists.” Putting aside the legal and moral question of access to public records. Prior to that the attorneys who did Donovan. and of the process is nothing new.500 in civil penalties. Donovan has joined several attorneys general in multiple lawsuits. Maryland. explains. Another reason attorneys general around At stake is Vermont’s legacy of placing the country have stepped deeper into the environmental protection ahead of fight is that they actually have the tools industrial profit. resulting the Trump administration to dismantle. “people have a to provide residential compost bins. from easing supplemental environmental project restrictions on air and water pollution “Why you see the acceleration of “When you talk about it in the frame actions by attorneys general. which Donovan admits. “I may have a political and a philosophical debate with those folks.” Donovan of justice. policy. standards and dismantling the EPA. Continued on next page . a $20. aka. to allowing more energy drilling and food scrap collection buckets. as if on the stump.” Donovan reflects.” $49. explains. some not. environmental protection work were part rather than the well-worn sofa in his of a unit within the public protection office on the third floor of the Pavilion division. That attorneys general are part frankly. now includes the executive branch of Washington Superior Court approved the federal government. who ordered the AG’s office to pay almost $66.” where water. ever more end up in the courts. criminal. which their own laws. and roll back decades of function of the legislature.” and politicians backed by the fossil fuel There will be wins and losses.” such as Donovan. though. when Some efforts are successful.” Nationally. but the In the loss column is a ruling in July by Washington Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout. it’s important to note that the aim of this litigation was to challenge the attorneys generals’ own investigations of Exxon Mobil’s denials of climate change. 2 018 THE BRIDGE Fighting Climate Change with the Law by Mike Dunphy “T his is a fight. On the win side. when Vermont. the past the attorney general’s settlement with two years have seen significant efforts by significant uptick is perhaps surprising to For Donovan and many of his colleagues.” says Vermont general counseling and administrative Attorney General TJ law. on equal footing with transportation rules. Indeed. “is that it’s in response to what’s fundamental right to clean air and clean happening [in Washington]. justice.” he points out. in a much more public way. and that it was filed on behalf of the Energy & Environment Legal Institute—a coal- funded non-profit that claims to be a “key part of President Trump’s transition team ensuring sound and reasonable energy and environment policy-making returned to Washington after decades of overzealous regulatory action”—and the Free Market Environmental Law Clinic.000 in legal fees in three cases over access to public records. public protection. and to Vermonters at a discount.PAG E 4 • S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. Massachusetts. but you are seeing for violations of Vermont’s waste general’s office. industry and their ancillaries. those who traditionally saw that role as a the courts then become the arbiter of in $180. This concept of justice achieved additional earlier the attorney general announced environmental agencies have largely been prominance in Vermont in 2007. “We can go to court and force In one corner of the ring is a group of the federal government to implement attorneys general from primarily “blue and enforce the Clean Power Plan and states. as in 2017.000 allocation to fund a environmental regulations. A month iceberg. the five other divisions: civil. but abdicating responsibility or not enforcing a settlement with County Waste and environmental protection became a Recycling Service. “but I will defend their right to access the legal system and hold us accountable when we make a mistake. increasing threat given the current “We have the legal recourse. and mineral extraction on public lands. which “seeks to provide a counter-weight to the litigious environmental movement that fosters an economically destructive regulatory regime in the United States. New York. Building in Montpelier.” kitchen countertop compost containers And that’s just the tip of the melting Congress.

including the growth.” but also provide a stronger case.T H E B R I D G E S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R . costing an estimated $20 million. increased cholesterol levels. and behavior of babies and older children. The potential effects on human health are many. was detected in private drinking water wells in the area around the former Chemfab/ Saint-Gobain facility in North Bennington. Next on Donovan’s environmental to-do list is the PFOA pollution case in Bennington. Bookkeeping · Payroll · Consulting 802. harmful effects on the immune system.” he said. there’s the election in November. federal government’s plan to roll back limits on tailpipe emissions from cars and trucks. and required it to conduct an expedited investigation in the eastern portion of the Bennington site. Photo by Renee Greenlee Do What You Do Best. to go to court to put the brakes on this reckless and illegal plan. Perfluorooctanoic acid. “This decision upends environmental policy going forward—a trait Donovan intimately links to his Green decades of cooperative state and federal action to protect our residents.” effects. “We have a long way to go to finish that job and get clean chlorpyrifos. A partial settlement was reached in 2017 that forced Saint-Gobain to fund municipal water line extensions. who was chosen by the party chlorpyrifos within 60 days. the lowering of a woman’s chance of becoming pregnant. Donovan says. We’re not going to stand by and Coalitions like this not only give added media coverage and weight to the challenge. to run for attorney general in the general election after primary winner H. when Donovan will be running August 9 that ordered the EPA to revoke all tolerances and cancel all registrations for against Republican state representative Janssen Willhoit. and. the Vermont Attorney General’s office wrote. and increased risk of cancer. interference with the body’s natural hormones. This effort was successful.262.6013 evenkeelvt. We wouldn’t be nearly as successful if we didn’t have the collaboration and partnerships with other states. particularly on children. Brooke August also saw Donovan joining a coalition of 20 attorneys general to challenge the Paige withdrew his candidacy to run for secretary of state.” “It’s a value of our state that we protect our landscape. Vermonters can expect the same aggressiveness on In a press release. learning. tools. frankly. That’s a big deal and something that I care about. let this happen without a fight. 2 018 • PAG E 5 and the District of Columbia challenged the EPA’s overturn of a ban on the pesticide the folks. “It has been a force multiplier in terms of legal resources. despite the EPA’s own studies that show the chemical to have dangerous drinking water to the other half. referring to the combined resources several states together can bring to bear. used in the production of Teflon and similar materials. “We’ve made some progress and have gotten access to clean drinking water for half VT Attorney General TJ Donovan. It’s not just the number. the intellectual firepower. thanks to a ruling on Then.” Donovan said. Should Donovan win re-election. of course. We are prepared Mountains upbringing.

and it’s messing with the conveyor belts of the ocean currents. over a long-term warming. our villages. Are we putting too much confidence in solar and wind energy as a solution? Are there other technologies that you see coming out that could have an even greater benefit? Hill: I can’t speak to all the technologies out there. The tendency is a generally wetter scenario. However. Arizona and many of the western states. more variability in our weather. meteorologist Roger Hill has been forecasting the weather for the come off the Pacific Ocean. you told The Bridge the polar vortex holding the cold air up at the North Pole had weakened and the cold air was spilling down. 2 018 THE BRIDGE 8 Questions about Climate Change for Meteorologist Roger Hill Compiled by Mike Dunphy and Larry Floersch S ince 2000. So that’s interfering with a lot of natural processes that have set up with the conveyor belts. during one of those unrelenting deep freezes. which are undergoing summertime wildfires followed by drought alternating with atmospheric rivers of incredible moisture that Is this an abnormal year so far is it the usual trend? Hill: I think this year is kind of verifying what a lot of the climate models were showing back a couple years ago to be happening roughly about this time. Probably it will get wetter and some completely new phenomena? then at some point we’ll get drier. what does doom look like? along our rivers because of our mill-town history. and we have massive forest the areas where we grow the corn and wheat to feed us and to help feed the world will fires like the ones out west? Nobody is considering that. So they’re going to switch back and forth from flood listeners of Radio Vermont (WDEV. will there be There are a number of different ways things could go. that might be good for a meter of sea level rise. Now that coal is being pushed again. That regional basis might mean that eastern parts of Canada and parts of the northeast United States. In other words. The fact is we’re seeing a lot probably be in Canada. and the trends are that we are doing so. In addition to the intensification of weather already in Vermont. what food is grown. and we’ve got to jump on the train that will allow us to change our ways in terms of adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.PAG E 6 • S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. and we’re in a good trend. but that Is Vermont. We have to stop putting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. whether it’s rain or snow. That means houses that are built in floodplains will be taking lead to doom. Right now the Gulf Stream is slowing. we’re kind of dragging our feet on policies in terms of what the government does. a lot colder water is coming in off Greenland because of the melting of the ice. Hill: We’re probably sitting in a much better place than people out in California and That could really be a problem. and how we buy food. and our roads are The Bridge: Are we doomed? And. If folks want to live in the places they live now. Nothing is calendar-like anymore. You might say increasingly even we as a country are in a good trend. hard to live here. but it’s getting ready to leave. Because those places where our food is grown now could be starting to lose viability at some point. most of our towns. In a deeper dive into Vermont. So what may happen is we may see periods where very cold winter conditions blow in here. I think. and the conductor’s tooting the horn. and Vermont Electric Power Company. occasionally flooding mode. if so. I can say that we in Vermont have made a lot of progress already through the power grid. The Bridge spoke with a lot of variability. We’re going to stay in that sort of wet. In the heat of August. We’re going to have more extremes. We’re living in a kind of told-you-so moment when we’re seeing more heat waves and setting new records. will be seeing really cold winters from time to time because of the other things that are going on at a regional scale. where we have a lot of fresh water being dumped in the North Atlantic Ocean. At the same time that’s taking place. and freelances for local municipalities. How confident are you in your assessments? Do you think this is probably what will happen or is there a chance it may not? Hill: I’m fairly confident that things are going to get more variable. He also contracts with to drought. and at some point there will be a tendency to move away now that might not be possible. That’s also because of the North Atlantic sea surface temperatures and the Gulf Stream and thermohaline circulation. and that slowing Gulf Stream is piling up warm water on the eastern seaboard. if you will. What if or two centuries probably will be a desert resembling present-day Australia. but on the way there all Vermont electrical utilities. but we’re pretty late on the train. What could Vermonters do on a personal level that would have some kind of positive impact on the situation? Hill: Probably trying to live more sustainably by eating our own agricultural products rather than constantly shipping in everything. Just imagine if we had the kind of fires that go on out west with birch trees and the kind of fuel that is really very flammable. But it’s going to be on a more regional basis rather than on a hemispheric basis. somehow protected from the worst effects of climate doesn’t mean it can’t be interspersed with these super dry periods in which very little change? precipitation falls. by its geography. we are on a trend that could “thousand-year” floods. schools. and this is something that we haven’t really been delving into. outdoor we’ll probably have some pretty big snow years and in other years not so much. Hill about climate change issues facing Vermont and its possible futures. a hundred years from a lot of infrastructure damage. Hill: Yes that's right. . with event organizers. and maple sugar makers. our land practices. Vermont could be so changed that it could be very from the rivers and streams. WCVT). especially in New England. A lot of we have a drought that goes on for two or more years. The last time we spoke. including Vermont and northern New England. All of this is kind of dancing around. The whole interior of the United States in a century Hill: Yes. the company that provides the backbone for probably our winters are going to change toward being wetter. WLVB. Those rivers are going to see more Roger Hill: If we don’t really make hard policy decisions. The train has not quite left the station.

rivaling the Tesla Model 3.998 for a 2013 model.000. a new Nissan Leaf gaining traction in the marketplace because or Ford Focus (both all-electric) would run of improving technology and is likely to about $30. just five new EV. The Chevrolet Volt. with the new Nissan comes in at about $ yielded three used Leafs within 50 miles of Montpelier.3 seconds. which takes 5. a 2015 model for $17. 2 018 • PAG E 7 Electric Vehicles: An Emerging Marketplace Offers New Choices for Getting Around by Jake Brown Y ou may have noticed a little bump Drive Electric—a Great Source of Info over the past couple of years in the You will find a wide range of information number of electric or plug-in electric on driveelectricvt. been a 50 percent jump in the number of driveelectricvt. of charging stations.T H E B R I D G E S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. Because the time. or other charging location. The EV marketplace is new enough that it makes sense to do some research ahead of Reducing your environmental footprint is another reason to go benefits for Vermont.000. Improved performance is another reason. is equivalent to paying $1. .99 per month to charge your car). and then run on their backup gasoline engine. Green Mountain Power. and GM discount pricing for Chevrolet electric vehicles at Alderman’s Chevrolet in Rutland. because there are fewer moving parts in an electric car. locations you are onto something. a plug-in technology has changed quickly. guide. marketplace also offers more options of prices.6 seconds to get to the same speed. The main difference between a plug-in electric hybrid and a traditional hybrid is that the plug-in car’s battery power comes from the electric grid. for example. a $5. Drive Electric Vermont estimates the average Chevrolet Volts (plug-in hybrid) nearby. styles. tend to be lower as well. The main source of fuel is still gasoline. they are charged. The increased competition is likely to be good There are used cars on the registered EVs. electricity that is generated by the car itself. including a buying cars (EVs) humming around town. The range on these cars is roughly what you might get with any gasoline-powered car. of overall auto sales across the country—is sells for about $28. terms of battery range. There were two used of ownership of an EV is generally less. for example. a clearinghouse of information on electric You can spend $50. As of July there were 2. The Chevrolet Bolt and Nissan Leaf are examples. electric grid that powers these cars continues to get cleaner. to $9.000‒$40. The total cost price from $11. and more. several years. ranging in Why would anyone consider an EV? Lifetime cost may be one factor. The standard Toyota Prius hybrid is a common example.245 for a 2015 model. runs about $35. much like a cell phone. and use. the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt.000. from electric hybrid.612 Bottom Line EVs according to Drive Electric Vermont. What’s My Incentive? Vermont utilities offer a range of incentives for purchasing EVs. They do not take electricity from the electric grid.000 range depending on options. Slightly more expensive would be the all- electric VW eGolf. offers free home charging equipment (and a related deal of $19. by being plugged into an outlet at your home.000 and a 2017 model fuel cost. Today’s credits. for about $35.000. All of these Leaf offering a range of 151 miles and the Owner of a Nissan Leaf. a car bought today will become “greener” over time. dealers. new. The electric utility that serves Montpelier. fall in the $30. too. These cars have batteries that store. A recent search on Edmunds. but instead use an electric motor. In other words. A new Toyota Prius The electric-powered car—today a tiny slice Prime (plug-in electric hybrid) for example. but many of the cars. It’s fueled solely with electricity from the grid. Because Nissan has produced the Leaf for for consumers in the coming years. You can learn more about these incentives at greenmountainpower. be sure to check out their incentives. All Electric: These cars do not have an internal combustion engine. coming in around Just over the past several years.000 or more for a cars in Vermont. 238. advice on Across Vermont in the past year there has leasing versus buying. there is a decent market for these all-electric cars. change the complexion of the automobile markets significantly in the coming years. if bought years ago there were just under 500. car prices. and then contact dealers (or do searches online) to find available cars in the area.000. and designs—both all-electric and plug-in-hybrids—than ever before. Geoff Beyer of East Montpelier prices are before any discounts and tax Chevrolet Bolt.000. its the consumer perspective most notably in cousin. but generally at slower speeds the car switches to use electricity that’s stored in its battery. A Battery of Choices There are three basic designs of electric-powered cars: Hybrid: The most familiar to Vermonters is the standard gasoline/electric hybrid car that’s been on the market for over a decade. A Toyota Prius Prime or Chevrolet Volt are good examples.000 discount on a new Nissan Leaf. By comparison.50 per gallon. workplace. Well. Plug-In Electric Hybrid: These cars run on electricity until the battery is depleted. And maintenance costs. EV $ products-all If you are a customer of another electric utility. There are also significant potential federal tax credits available as well. The Chevrolet Bolt can go from 0 to 60 in about 6.

but the air. has been decreasing. far more than the national total of 9 hickory. In 2015. where half of 20. will benefit while other species.000 winter ticks on its body draining it of blood and health. systems” that serve fewer than 3. Total emissions Just like the lyric. such as 2015. Tent caterpillars can affect maple sugar production. and need for repairs. as well as the mass deaths of fish and mussels According to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department's 2015 Vermont Wildlife in Missisquoi Bay. The June 2018 Vermont Greenhouse the regular season. and capita carbon dioxide emissions taking deep breaths of mountain than the national average. and Recreation. suffer.” sings our state reported a 10-percent increase anthem. the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department only issued 14 moose hunting permits for the fall season. 2 018 THE BRIDGE How Green Are Our Green Mountains? by Sarah Davin “L et us live to protect her Gas Emissions Inventory Update beauty. through 2015. the Drinking Water and Groundwater Protection Division issued a effect of our local ash trees. Lake Champlain isn’t the only body of water to data from the 2017 moth traps. some community systems are “smaller Vermont trees. and it Burlington was named one of the cleanest cities in the country by the American Lung isn’t just the small pollinators that are struggling. ash total of 767 violations in Vermont. The lake is plagued by cyanobacteria. but it’s a drop reintroduced or recovered animals include wild turkeys. beavers. such as oak. the danger grows. and federally required. Air Unfortunately. However. Vermonters rose 16 percent since 1990. Last year. dipping our Vermont currently has lower per toes in cool swimming holes. to heal the damage. Americans live with unhealthy levels of air pollution. The in the bucket compared with the amount needed.584 acres. online cyanobacteria reports. and gazing at the forested reach its goal of being 50 percent mountains. nine species of In terms of our air quality. Vermont does have a reason to breathe a sigh of relief. trends in Vermont’s Vermont Business Magazine reported that 225 moose hunting permits were issued for greenhouse gas emissions are concerning. Vermont’s water. . The result of this pollution has seen some beach-going Vermonters turned away from Wildlife the shore on steamy summer days. there seems to be ample report shows that the difference evidence of this organic. to clean up white-tailed deer population appears to have grown by an estimated 10. too. it would be a bad idea Caterpillar Update. there has been a lot of focus on the emerald ash borer and its devastating System Violations. Peter Welch animals that were once scarce are now thriving in the state’s forest environment. with zero days of ozone and particle been suffering from an epidemic of ticks. trees are not the only ones in danger. Our local moose population has Association in its “State of the Air 2018” report. Species of allocated in July 2018 through a bipartisan amendment authored by Rep.000 since last the state’s freshwater gem. which is fed by phosphorus from agricultural runoff as well. not all of Vermont’s animals are thriving.000 to 60. issued by the Department of Forest. These and Rep. Parks. the to drink the water. esque vision. forests. listening to the dense below 1990 levels by 2028. in which While our current air quality is something to be happy about. and fisher cats. better known as blue-green caterpillars defoliated 60. Elise Stefanik of New York for the cleanup of Lake Champlain. air. As costs associated with regulations. Vermont’s Environmental Health Division also includes Shelburne of maple trees and decreasing the amount of sugar present in the maple sap as trees try Pond and Lake Carmi in its weekly. will percent. we can expect more widespread defoliation this year to be affected by the toxic algae. and red maple. bumble bees were added to the Species of Greatest Conservation Need list.4 million of federal funding Action Plan.3 Water degrees Fahrenheit since 1960 While 72 percent of Vermonters and 45 percent of that increase are served by community water has happened since the 1990s. This year. love to boast about our natural making it difficult for Vermont to beauty. Department of Environmental Conservation’s 2017 Annual Report on Public Water This summer. Forests But is it true? Pride aside. There’s some good news in the $8. creating the “ghost moose”—the result of pollution for three years. which is drastically lower than previous years. The rising temperatures will also increase Vermont’s chances for wildfires. which releases toxins into the water.PAG E 8 • S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. This stands in contrast to the rest of the nation. “These Green of greenhouse gases from 2014 Mountains” by Diane Martin. more than twice the previous year’s total. according to the May 2018 Forest Tent And as beautifully as Lake Champlain shimmers at a distance. the health of Vermont’s wildlife is looking good. such as spruce and fir. overall. While it is important to address the threat of the borers. are According to the website we keeping our oath to protect Vermont Climate Assessment. According to the Vermont our state witnesses more summer dry spells. increasing the mortality and other sources.300 people. Vermont is unique in Because of the general trend the fact that 37 percent of those toward warmer weather. systems. chatter of wildlife. year. Eden. and the average annual temperature wildlife? in Vermont has increased by 1. According algae. these systems are harder to maintain because of their complexity.

000 to $720. and encourage private development. There trees to sufficiently establish themselves and hopefully avoid what tree board members are a number of ways to address the future of an ash tree. With the help of many volunteers.” Vermont Economic Progress Council (VEPC) “The VEPC Board was impressed with the thorough As calculated under the TIF program. with plans to treat 50 to 75 percent of their the “hope” of extending the life of our trees and holding onto some of our precious ash trees and remove the rest. adjacent to the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center “We have needed projects that have been talked about “This TIF will catalyze projects in Montpelier's downtown on Main Street. depending on whether or visualize as a “moonscape” or “wasteland” in the downtown if all the big green ash trees not it is infested and to what extent. opening the door that would not move forward without the use of the TIF housing being considered at Christ Church on Main for the city to focus on improving infrastructure to support program. if nothing is plan is to treat in order for downtown ash to survive as long as it takes for replacement done to combat the ash borer. borers were found in Montpelier near National Life. Cut or Treat? by Dot Helling S hortly after I wrote a piece this spring warning about the threat of the emerald want to treat their personal trees and under no circumstances use any neonicotinoids ash borer. “The plan focuses on important not by Montpelier property taxpayers. Infested trees should not Some see this as a debate between treehugger and taxpayer.700 on private property.000.000. than waiting.000 But. stimulating development. Choose not to treat. The bottom line is all about the money. The tree board advises residents to use professionals if they TIF District Approved for Montpelier C ity and State officials celebrated a decision by the districts already. 348-space city-owned public parking garage to be located our city. proceed. their recent survey identified Although treatments in Canada and other parts of America have failed to save the ash 450-plus ash trees along streets in our beautiful city of trees. and removing dying ash. There is discussion about using “trap trees. it The VEPC board voted unanimously on Thursday. there is the eventual cost of borers at an estimated cost of $90. and more. aka TREE-äge. treed canopy up to a decade longer.” said VEPC Board hotel. 2 018 • PAG E 9 To Save our Ash Trees. stormwater control. Either way is a trade-off. August economic opportunities in the city’s designated growth area is expected that other projects.000 over the course of 10 years for approach and removing all of its ash trees citywide before detecting the presence the chemical. This decision is a financial one. The treatment plan proposed for Montpelier’s 15 trees would cost an estimated $1. If a TIF bond is approved by the city for decades that can’t go forward without significant and beyond. and other diverse species. “This will be a council on October 3 and Montpelier voters on November infrastructure work. Chair Stephan Morse. the bond would board to approve Montpelier’s application for a application that the City of Montpelier presented and was be repaid by the increased property value from the new Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district that includes the pleased to approve their District Plan. and become known within the near future. which would be re-injected every two years beginning in the Vermont municipalities are taking different tacks. In addition. perhaps even saving an ash tree or two? Whatever approach a municipality takes.T H E B R I D G E S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. Montpelier’s According to John Snell. tree board chair and ash borer first detector. Add your voice and come to a city council meeting that spring prior to the adult borers laying eggs on the trees. which will kill pollinators and pose tree board and tree warden have been tirelessly working on an emerald ash borer carcinogenic dangers to humans and wildlife. that garage would enable the Capitol Plaza owners to some of that work and enable economic development.” level playing field with other communities that have TIF . City officials anticipate a some perceive as unrecoverable dollars on forestalling the inevitable. both of which are needed to build and own a Hilton-family Hampton Inn and Suites affordable housing and other important projects to maintain a healthy local economy. all of our ash trees will die in the next ten years. talk to the tree board and warden. In addition to treatment and application costs. There is also a possibility that unknown advances in treatment may the life of these trees that provide our downtown with shade. plus a previously estimated 2.” said Montpelier City Manager William Fraser. treating with TREE-äge can extend the lifetime of the trees without posing a along park pathways. Early discovery of borers is critical to extending were to go at once. and The Montpelier Tree Board proposes to slow down the infestation by treating 15 certainly take a proactive role in identifying the presence of borers and managing downtown ash trees and others in Hubbard Park with a chemical called emamectin infested trees on your properties. or do we grab at long-term cost of $400. This puts us on a at that site.275 ash trees within the city. including affordable 30 to approve Montpelier’s application. benzoate. would benefit from the garage. as well as fees generated by the public garage– Capital City’s core downtown and Barre Street corridor. canopied beauty. elms. Fifteen trees total a cost of about $15. It is injected into the tree under controlled conditions to ensure the steps being taken to address this crisis? Why act and not just let nature take its no direct exposure to humans or wildlife. Since then our (“neonics”) such as imidacloprid or dinotefuran. management plan. what’s the best method of treating? per year for TREE-äge. business development and The first project proposed under the TIF program is a “Montpelier’s TIF district will strengthen the vitality of expansion. Rutland is taking a proactive spring 2019. course? Ash trees are protected from the borers only as long as they are treated. Williston plans to remove 42 There are no easy answers.” which might determined that the removal of live ash trees before any infestation is more economical draw the emerald ash borers to trees that are treated in order to destroy them. and we lose percent of its ash trees and replace them with maples. Now we can move forward with helpful tool for bringing new businesses into town and 6. in addition to 200-plus trees. in a city where high taxes be moved during flight season—May through November—and must be treated in the are making life unaffordable. once discovered. Do we spend what Burlington estimates it has 1. has the emerald ash borer as an agenda item. including affordable and market-priced housing. treating. timing is critical.” said Mayor Anne Watson.” Street. What are threat to the public. having of removal when the trees die. our grand ash trees sooner.

. and plays in Montpelier. 6 years/WS 40) and Harris (CL 3 years/WS 1) live at opposite ends of town. and interacting with people in our community enriches their lives.” She works. and Glennie. to allow extra time. having fun. car-liberated.” and gaggles of middle and high schoolers are making the trek to class. Montpelier. Melissa is interested in keeping her carbon footprint at a Will these be Montpelier’s “car-liberated” residents of the future? What can the city do to minimum. Each person interviewed has a advanced planning is key and getting to appointments car-liberated (CL) and a Walk Score (WS) number takes approximately an hour or more extra time. all of which he manages without a car. Maxine. For Maxine.469 a year. the two retired elders interviewed had the lowest Walk Scores. making interviewed. Glennie refers to himself as a visual person and finds his walks around Montpelier visually interesting. many of whom take a break According to the 2016 American at lunch to walk the bike path or saunter through Community Survey. their quality of life as walkers is the greatest advantage. percent of Montpelier. Maxine (CL nighttime event on a snowy night. The census reports that 16 the year. She enjoys that she has quality conversations with more So there is a significant economic advantage to not having a car. with a score of a 100 indicating the easiest and to appointments. 2 018 THE BRIDGE Living a Car-free Life in Montpelier by Elizabeth Parker M any Montpelier residents are choosing to During the day. He always walked a lot before he became viewing the city. and seeing more New York City resident.” ensure that they have the opportunity to walk in a sustainable city when they come of age? She believes that our local public transportation infrastructure has deteriorated since the 1950s. Montpelier celebrates We Walk Week in October with river and historic walks. are car free. 530 households. it would take him all day to How walkable is Montpelier? What is it like to be get to his specialist.” professional commuters. most optimal walk. As many seek to become more themes. bringing additional Melissa (CL 13 years/WS 74) contributed the phrase “car-liberated. determine the ease and convenience of walking from So each must find a friend who can drive them home. He has to keep moving. if not two. public transportation. They live side by What are the disadvantages of not having a car? side with those who rely on one. or about 15 historic downtown up to the roundabout. works out. Getting to a doctor and walking in winter are common occupancy vehicles. Her favorite line is. like so many other walkers. Melissa has a doctor who moved car-liberated? Since walking is the primary mode of to Waterbury. Glennie (CL 18 years/WS 90) teaches at Norwich University and travels to Europe often.PAG E 10 • S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. Harris. for everyone people as a walker. If he relied on sustainable cities are walkable cities. “It is easier to get to Toronto than it is to get to Plainfield. we are learning that Glennie has a specialist in Williston. just don’t know who you will talk to on your walk into work. Harris walks into town most days and sometimes twice a day. 89 years old. He believes that he has recovered from two illnesses quicker because he relies on walking to shop and get to work. green and more carbon-neutral. The act of walking. He has percent of Montpelier residents walk to work. Now he appreciates the exercise as a benefit of his choice to walk. vitality to the sidewalks. after their name. single. During Most of the people interviewed are working professionals. at For everyone interviewed the advantages of being car-liberated outweigh the disadvantages. Harris is grateful for the offer of a ride home from a Interestingly. our city’s population soars with become “car-liberated. because “you The school year has started. He has learned. Also. Glen says his quality of life has improved since he moved to of Montpelier. The Green Mountain Transit bus only transportation. the athletic climb to the top of Main Street. I turned to the app Walk Score to goes into Waterbury in the morning and evening. Harris hosts weekly “Walks with Harris” through the senior center. takes the bus a few times more.” where family teams are given clues and then Glen (CL always/WS 74) is rather unique in that he has never owned a car. which means elementary-aged children with their parents. lives on Terrace Street and walks to town on average two times a week and Central Vermont AAA estimates that the average cost of operating a car is $8. However. A former navigate their way through neighborhoods earning points. shops. also organized two pedestrian “scrambles.

intends see in the red map showing the to be the social entrepreneur and help current commitment of our open space to catalyze new services and developments.T H E B R I D G E S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. which represents more than regular long commutes is key for reducing our collective carbon footprint. but he gets up late. However. if any. We should be looking cabs and rumors of an Uber driver. If we can make this work.000 jobs and less than 8. One way to think of this is that February.cnt. LINK Express to Burlington. Public transportation systems are trickier to set up and less cost High School. we need make more housing available in Anne Watson is the mayor of Montpelier OP-ED Montpelier’s Transportation Future by Dan Jones W hat is the best use of our downtown? to business entrepreneurs. We need to address the cost of the car on all our lives sooner than later. and security that image of the winning entry to the recent need to be embedded in any effort that is Sustainable Montpelier Design Competition. here in Montpelier. and there are few.” and it operates on an Uber-type personal car. It’s no wonder that Montpelier has a seller’s market. very short commute approval of the tax increment financing (TIF) district. says that it takes to keep a car on the road that vision simply isn’t possible.000 per would be nice to have a more lively. 2 018 • PAG E 11 OP-ED Housing is a Transportation Issue by Anne Watson W hen talking to people about energy issues. Even after I got a job teaching Vermont. height limitations. our Is it found in that reality you can non-governmental entity. instead. but transport. we will only have to figure out how to finance and warming is happening faster as the carbon cost of our transportation system grows. although a transportation is a hidden cost built into housing costs. but I decided then that I could no longer take my life in my hands just around. It’s not usually considered the low-hanging fruit. we can start building a much Right now the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition (SMC) is organizing an effort to closer future where those downtown parking craters are no longer needed because our explore attractive alternatives that could be developed more rapidly than the plodding smart citizens are discovering more efficient and cheaper ways of getting around. even if we might want people work and all the stuff you do in town downtown to live. This is one of the reasons I’m excited about the recent living. Other than the very popular at a much faster commitment. The proximity of housing to community centers is a critical element of any to get to work. and maybe run commuter train between Barre. That is the role was once delegated . the “typical” conversation: housing. Montpelier fares much better than more remote parts of with my parents while paying off student loan debt. though. We all know there is a train track through the do it. for the passage of a granite train. and I ended up buying a condo effective when the distribution of houses is more spread out. most of the other options are not considered desirable or An interim development that can help move the transition along is the creation of affordable. etc. bikeable. to reduce the carbon footprint of closer to work. if we get together and start creating the transportation options needed for a more middle of town. To put that in perspective. The warehousing commuter cars all day and then SMC understands the need for new forms lying empty at night? Or could it be in the of finance. Transportation. manufacturers and the choices we have for public transit in Vermont. operate it locally. however. while driving to work in on the combination of housing and transportation. that is. Our transportation systems are limited by the models put out by a handful of include transportation in that calculation. pace offered by government services. It will open up possibilities for is one of the reasons I moved to Montpelier. I started taking the bus from the Richmond Park & Ride to Montpelier transportation system. If we want impact of Vermonters’ transportation on the climate. We know global we want to see it developed here. sustainability. often gets left out of the During my campaign for mayor I talked a lot about how 30 percent of Montpelier conversation. Berlin. work. dense. I commuted from Essex for years. and shop. right now. realistic system that provides shared local rides to alternatives. Consider that our zoning choices (density. the SMC. Since that is the picture in people’s minds about alternative a lot of built-in problems with the amount of time people will wait for a shuttle. There are no tax benefit to the city. reducing the commute in than out. but also abstract. lived according to the same site. going to weather the coming climate and where we see dense downtown housing along economic storms. and after I got my master’s degree. so common to Vermont and therefore climate impacts. and occasionally we are stalled in front of Shaw’s supermarket waiting secure and sustainable future. Many more people before. The current choices are also revenue sinks. that there is one other factor that’s important in the transportation According to the H+T Affordability Index (htaindex.000 residents. The city is hoping for a the local bus service provided by Green Mountain Transit. reducing the need for around electricity or heating. Eventually even that became too much. Such services already exists in other place. Of course it is substantially lower than the $9. but. More people will be able to live in Montpelier. one third of Vermont’s energy consumption. right now every day. So. with riverfront parks and new commercial We envision at least two kinds of spaces? transportation options that could provide For most people this second vision is certainly the conveniences we hope for at a price that desirable. I’d like to make the case. Our whole in Vermont. Beyond providing alternative transportation. Montpelier household spends between 41 and 53 percent of their income on the combination of housing and transportation. it becomes even more shocking. I grew up in Essex. all cost while providing satellite parking lots on the periphery of the city served by a GMT shuttle. And we can Another obvious choice is the train. most of the conversations revolve community centers. On a personal note. There are a couple of planning grant for such a service but in a 10-year time horizon. the prevailing belief is that there will be no demand for any kind of new at least something is starting. more housing and development in our community where the possibility didn’t exist Montpelier has over 20. It also works the other way little shook up.) all have transportation I grew up with the thirty-minutes-from-everywhere mentality. I was fine. What if we could agree to work together to make new things moving on the real alternatives in a time frame that can make a difference to parts of the local system that would be more convenient and desirable? our near-term sustainability. commons but is stretched to innovate or develop. ripe for change in our residents are paying more than 30 percent of their incomes toward their housing. and Montpelier. End of story. services. In some locations the “typical” household spends 70 percent of their income in Montpelier. we basically have one transportation option: the personal car. If you society. A walkable. Next month we will be convening our next transportation round table to help get Let’s change the conversation. I watched a car go off the road right in front of me. This service would eventually be there simply needs to be all those parking lots. I did not want that for my adult life. On that track. year the American Automobile Association and sustainable downtown. Government can adequately maintain the Dan Jones is executive director of the Sustainable Montpelier Coalition. One day. provided with electric microbuses. though. we could imagine a well- Right now. so should Maybe. we need to start rewriting that story’s ending. One concept is called “micro- transportation system is built around the transit.

Driving the Back Roads: In Search of Old-Time Vermonters runs from September 21 This retrospective of photographer Ethan Hubbard’s time in north central Vermont through December 2. As a result. The light in the mountains cannot be extinguished. from forest walks to kitchen tables. “There are generations of Vermonters still to come and they carry the seeds of what matters most: Romeo Beaudry. Hubbard as documentarian is not an objective observer. Hubbard’s photographic portraits and audio recordings transport the viewer to rural Vermont and to the moments he shared with the people he met there.” beginning September 21. community. and tradition. Audio excerpts from 125 of Hubbard’s tape recordings and interviews are available as well— in some instances paired with a portrait of the speaker. by Ethan Hubbard. intimate showcases more than 40 of Hubbard’s large-format black and white photographic portraits—pulled from some 600 rolls of film that he shot across five decades. 2 018 THE BRIDGE New Exhibition at the Highland Center for the Arts Goes “In Search of Old-Time Vermonters” I n partnership with the Vermont Folklife Center. Hubbard gives us perhaps a more honest picture of these people through the unapologetic vantage of his direct experiences among them. Photograph is part of the exhibit “In Search of Old-Time Vermonters” . while others play as ambient sounds filling gallery spaces with thick accents. laughter.PAG E 12 • S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. It’s been lit too long. In barns and fields. Highland Center for the Arts family. and at times. I love Vermont at the present.” writes Hubbard. For more information. and I look forward to what the future brings to us here in these Green Mountains. visit highlandartsvt. “I love Vermont’s past. His colorful storytelling gives us personality and relationship in place of objectivity. presents Driving the Back Roads: In Search of Old-Time Vermonters in The Gallery. gentle.

the exact nature of the migration of climate refugees housing in that city tends to have poor air circulation and no air conditioning. perhaps Vermont’s ability to grow crops. Philadelphia had 50 days a year over 90 degrees. but scientists suggest the state needs to recognize this will all be boom in real estate construction. variability continues to be important. and thus snowpack. He also said that abundance of precipitation throughout the year. particularly lengthy and intense One example of the risk to those without means can be found in Philadelphia. recent years. “Another consideration is that people moving here Design & Build • New Construction Custom Energy-Efficient Homes • Renovations Additions • Timber Frames • Woodworking Rocque Long Weatherization • Remodeling Kitchens • Bathrooms • Flooring • General Contracting Painting Tiling • Cabinetry • Fine Woodwork • Insured • 30+ years professional experience • local references. One possibility. which said that older. Dupigny-Giroux. droughts are also characterized by associated hazards. but that is a temporary thing and not a long-term fix. which traditionally receive an and fisheries. protecting forest blocks and wildlife corridors. according to the article. Energy Chair of the Sierra Club’s Vermont chapter. The task force plans to submit geography at UVM. season. in 30 years Philadelphia will experience 100 days a year above 90 degrees.” Fireovid said. 2 018 • PAG E 13 Will Climate Refugees Be Heading to Vermont in the Future? Continued from Page 1 “We also need to prepare for longer term changes. According to Roger Hill. “If we have more people. For example. Philadelphia. we will need places for them to live but also need to grow more food. In 2000. along with Baltimore. such as very high daytime according to an August 14 article in The Guardian. while helped by a longer growing Steve Crowley of South Burlington.” changes and is concerned that poorer people will be more at risk.” he added. and improving change and its effects on Vermont and the rest of the world are still not entirely certain. including the Gulf the Southwest has been experiencing a drought. Vermont is already exceeding those limits. but if trends with hotter and drier summers. a professor of national Sierra Club’s Climate Adaptation Task Force.” Crowley said. This means that even in places like Vermont. decision-making around locating housing are important goals for the state. 223-3447 802-223-0389 clarconstruction. and the snowpack has been dwindling.” happening in the next 50 years. don’t give away your sweaters and parkas just yet. “They get water from their climate change could at some point lead to colder water in the North Atlantic.” Pearson thinks that protecting agricultural land to Many of those interviewed for this article agreed that the exact nature of climate provide more local food. is that of our food. there are possible variations that could make the state continue. No region escapes natural hazards of one sort or Crowley said climate-related change such as higher sea levels. “Even in traditionally wet climates such as ours.T H E B R I D G E S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. but not everyone is excited about the prospect of a higher population.” colder winter temperatures in eastern Canada and northern New England. What kind of jobs would be available? We could have a scale or timeline. climate an internal report this winter. said droughts are a risk: “As climates continue to change. While climate change is expected to bring Vermont warmer and wetter winters. Will all these changes cause some people to choose to move to Vermont. along related deaths. and enough fresh water into the Atlantic to disrupt ocean currents. “I don’t know the would have to make a living. may experience droughts at some times but should still have more water resources than most? “It is a pretty good guess that people will move north for cooler weather. which believes that the human population in a region should not exceed the limits of the renewable resources in that area. In is likely to change as the regional attractiveness changes over time. “I understand the issue.” Governor Phil Scott said a year ago that he thought an influx of new people due to climate change could be good for the Vermont economy. as we have seen most recently in 2016 and again this year. Thus. Lesley-Ann L. has been thinking about the subject of climate-driven migration as a member of the The Vermont State Climatologist. changes to agriculture another.” she said. How will we balance that and where will people live?” Crowley advocates building more densely packed housing in the future and “preserving all the agricultural land that we can. has led the nation in summer heat. the melting of the ice sheets in Greenland could dump Crowley said some farmland in the Midwest is becoming too dry to grow crops. the idea of being able to feed more people will be difficult without wholesale changes. and it is drying out there too. Bob Fireovid is executive director of the advocacy group Better (not bigger) Vermont. and changes to food security pose serious challenges. lower-income temperatures and wildfires. “California grows a huge amount Stream that brings warmer temperatures up the coast. droughts of all kinds will continue to people with material resources will be able to adapt most easily to climate-caused occur. the group believes. will be hurt by more summer droughts. but if we import 95 percent of our food now. less inviting to . he said.” Pearson said. where we In other words. and we want to be compassionate.

brisket. -See- Grafton Village Cheese Company This vaunted Vermont cheese company may still maintain a small foothold in its tiny namesake village. particularly from the open-air roof terrace and balcony wrapping around the side. and chutney among a maze of Vermont artisanal products to make a full meal. many leapt to their deaths. walnut ink River Gallery School (make and draw with it).. 192 Putney Rd. and furnishings. about a five-minute walk away. too. the actual -Eat- product is less important than the embrace and nurture of your own creative process and expression. paper lithography. coffee. who took the reins of the inn in June 2016. and bangers. artists such as Leigh Niland. the renowned. Abridged Vermont will highlight what’s the buzz in one Vermont town or city in hopes of inspiring some weekend getaways. Around a central fountain are bright flower beds. the River Gallery School has been inspiring and channeling 32 Main St. plein air landscape painting. (802) 246-2221. glass-bead making. The on-site “nano-brewery” makes pretty darn good IPAs. flooring. and a billiard table. white gazebo. The 1920 Pennsylvania truss-style steel bridge stretching across the river just below to the forested banks on the New Hampshire side adds the visual cherry on top. In some cases. 2 018 THE BRIDGE Abridged Vermont: Brattleboro by Mike Dunphy B efore becoming editor in chief of The Bridge. including one suite. No previous experience is ever required. covering subjects like pastel -Dream- Inn on Putney Road This 1930 French manse. (802) 536-4780. and activities. Plus. while the adjacent living room combines a wood fireplace. salsa.PAG E 14 • S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. just outside of downtown.. Whetstone may claim the best dining room view in the . and tea all day. and follow the climb to the spooky Retreat Tower. causing the tower to be closed to the public indefinitely and yielding no small number of ghost stories and goosebumps. as well as a video explaining the cheese-making process. a massive Japanese maple tree. vermontbandbinn.and multi-day workshops. with old world tiling. encaustics. expressive figure painting. next to Retreat Petting Farm. It’s an impressive combination. I continue to do so on the side. so much so that in March 2018.. dips. too. 400 Linden St. that charmingly straddle tradition and modernity. Once a month. Downstairs. charcoal drawing. (802) 490-2354. Perched over the west bank of the Connecticut River in downtown This year’s fall schedule brings more than 20 one. (Rte. 30). This meant poking around the entire state for the best restaurants. too. originally built for the superintendent of the Vermont Asylum for the Insane—now called The Brattleboro Retreat—hosts Brattleboro’s most elegant and coziest accommodation. which is a nice change from the usual price-gouging minibars. (802) 257-1577. graftonvillagecheese. The 2. and drypoint printmaking. and instruction by professional. in the views of the river and mountains out the Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery windows.500-square-foot barn-like building opens immediately to the shop and deli. but the sugary frills (doilies included) replaced by artsy. as well as burgers. For more than 40 years. botanical printmaking. The cost of workshops ranges from $20 to $280 each. and mosaics. find the Timber Lane trailhead off Linden Street. a fire pit. whetstonestation. If you are feeling caloric guilt afterwards. Upstairs are six guest rooms. and even world. Inspiration is easy to find. Follow the stairs up to the back to a raised viewing area and watch the cheddar production through large windows. indeed. boutique flourishes by owners John and Cindy Becker. Whetstone was dubbed the best beer bar in Vermont in the annual Great American Beer Bars competition conducted by CraftBeer. built in 1887 by patients of the asylum across the street. the work of classmates. Readers of The Bridge Brattleboro’s prodigious creative spirit with art workshops in a wide range of disciplines and media. I spent more than 10 years in the travel and tourism industry. A mini-fridge and basket in each room includes a decent range of drinks and snacks free of charge. 36 Bridge St. and pottery by Stephen Procter. classical oil painting. plush leather sofas. hotels. and. but I have selected according to quality and appeal only. the Brewers Association’s website for beer lovers. Rather than enjoying the vistas of Brattleboro from the top. They marry well with a menu of “sharezies” such as poutine and wings. a sun-drenched breakfast room dispenses free cookies. and all ages are welcome. with enough tasting stations of cheese. rivergalleryschool. pubs. The superintendent’s original path to the asylum now meanders along the river and connects to the larger trail circuit. double IPAs. But it’s the surprisingly large backyard that deserves some time if the weather permits. stouts. attractions. and amber monotype -Play. I have just completed updating the Fodor’s Travel Guide for Vermont. but it now welcomes guests exclusively at the visitors’ center and production facility in Brattleboro. screen printing. working. the experiences are sponsored by the venues.

” ‘talk’ to each other—where inspiration comes from. the Music of Michael Council’s Vermont Arts 2018 program. but they’re all going to sound The concert will also include a major piece by Chopin. and that’s the way it’s been for me check only) in person at Bear Pond Books. E.T. “This is the last one. He is you try different pieces on the same piano. I’m pleased with it and comes back to every 10 or 15 years. which. responsive audience here in the in which. waste movement. but I picked a few is unique and inventive and really fascinating. it stories had some fantastic elements to them and larger-than.” says McCadden.” he says. He was instrumental in getting recycling going in the Central Vermont area. secret vote and all voted for the same piano. very searching person. They say about great masterpieces in music that you can come back to them again tickets— four concerts for $85) go to capitalcityconcerts. “He always puts a lot of thought into “Toronto is a city of three or four million people. and fantasy for his “Fantastic Arnowitt is also promoting his new two-disc album entitled Voyage” program. and throughout Vermont. initiatives that play into the zero with Kerrin McCadden’s creative writing poetry class. justice. of the 2004 Goldstone Award-winning documentary film The 7:30 pm concert. you listen to other pianists play it. artistry. Arnowitt will perform Lowell Liebermann’s Gargoyles. of storytelling. despite its size. Hopefully. and his way of looking at musical programming “certainly different than Montpelier. Chopin wrote four ballads in his lifetime. “Ballade in F minor. It was like.” says. It will be nice neighborhoods that had elements of Montpelier so it was to have him back here and see what he’s come up with. “This was the early Romantic period. and you try the same piece on different pianos. “will put the grand piano at the Barre Opera House to good use. and grassroots things that remind me of playing musical excerpts and talking about literary references Vermont. Hoffmann. to know. a city “He’s had a really good. It’s wonderful that he’s coming back to what I would call his home community. “We formidable technique. He was on the original committee that picked out the piano in the late 1980s. To close the program. imagination.” which Arnowitt different because they’ve been arranged for the particular instruments. restaurants that are not chains. He was a very thoughtful. He will be working interest in organic food.” Arnowitt has reason “Michael has earned the top spot in the hearts of our Central Vermont audience for good reason. Montpelier. 12. “There are Arnowitt.T H E B R I D G E S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. a survey of 14 of his jazz compositions. and. the songs might be compositions people in Montpelier have and poetry. He is a born pianist with compelling musical convictions.” he said. “to the Steinway factory. and imagination by producing concerts with a cause. ‘How can he remember all that? And how does he get such a profound experience from the orchestra and the chorus?’” Sandy Morningstar “Michael and I did political work together in the ’80s and ’ Some of life characters. marks Arnowitt’s Arnowitt. Bettmann said. Some are brand new.L. The concert opens with Schumann’s Sweet Spontaneous.” Sara Norton .” heard me play over the last 10 years. an program at Montpelier High School. a 30-year Montpelier resident before moving to Toronto in 2017. shows the creative ideas I’ve come up with in jazz. Fantasiestücke (or “Fantasy Pieces)” Op. so the five to nine instruments tailored to each song. it is available at Buch Spieler Records in “He took the title from a set of stories written by one of Montpelier and will be for sale at the concert. Tickets may also be purchased (cash or and again and keep finding something marvelous and new.” Karen Kevra “The first time I realized how incredible he was. programming. I looked at places that Part of Arnowitt’s visit to Montpelier will be an outreach had small businesses.” Michael Arnowitt. which is also part of the Vermont Arts about him entitled Beyond 88 Keys. up things about living in a smaller-town environment by “I’m excited for my students to learn about how the arts can moving away. for this piece for sure.” Joseph Gainza “I was Michael’s faculty advisor in 1984 at Goddard when he was doing his last semester there.” he remembers. Singer C entral Vermont’s favorite classical pianist completes a “Fantastic Voyage” home this month. first major performance since relocating to Toronto. Just released in July. and the remarkable ability to communicate with the traipsed down to New York City. It’s a great piano.” not as much of a culture shock. to both enjoy his music but also to see Michael. but he was also very involved in anti-war work when the United States was going to war against Iraq in the early ’90s. and how Arnowitt said he tried to pull together the common elements to tap into our deep imagination. A lot of them touched upon music. I was pleased to find I hadn’t necessarily given in music. and was sincere about social change and living within our ecological means.” says “I think it’s a really colorful recording. We took a a hero and a treasure. They present you audience. he is still able to find similarities Montpelier area especially. that loves him and has supported his career since he began. 2 018 • PAG E 15 The Fantastic Voyage Home: Michael Arnowitt Returns to Barre Opera House by Michelle A. his favorite authors of the time. Arnowitt hope my home base of Montpelier will check it out. was when I saw him conduct Bach’s “Mass in B minor” with no music in front of him. the arts. says Susan Bettmann. and I definitely have quite a few pieces that showcase all 88 keys—the range of the piano. He was very interested in ecology. director Capital City Concerts series.” to Montpelier.A.” he says. Arnowitt says. Time after time he has woven his community building with social with four mammoth concert grand pianos. returns to the Barre Opera Arnowitt’s concert will be enjoyed by a community that has House stage September 15 in a performance to open the a special fondness for him. so it’s a very mature work that really paints an epic story on a big For more information about the concert and to charge tickets ($15–$25 each or subscription canvas.

At 17. Ruth by Maura O’Brien Photos courtesy of John Snell and Mike Furey O n September 6. to the love of her life. and more married three times. Taking on the role of Dr. the Jewish underground army. I was stunned to learn the details of her life and the obstacles and challenges she overcame. I hope audiences will leave the theater with a better appreciation of her accomplishments and indomitable spirit. I remember hearing her on the radio in the ’80s. 2 018 THE BRIDGE Playing Dr. I spent time researching the historical events journey of focusing on sex education. At that time. she moved to Palestine and was there for the birth of modern day Israel in 1948. Ruth’s autobiographical books and watched many clips of her shows and interviews she has given over the decades. as did newspaper articles. America’s most famous sex therapist. The popularity of that show catapulted her finally immigrated to the United States (NYC) where she still lives today. Playing the iconic role is Maura O’Brien. Becoming Dr.PAG E 16 • S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. Ruth. which led to a 15-minute radio show. This German-Jewish woman talking about sex in the most outrageous ways. a TV show. Ruth runs Sept 6‒16 at Montpelier City Hall. Dr. I read several of volunteered to speak to the community affairs managers of all the radio stations in New Dr. She’s been into the public eye. tickets: $10‒$30 . than 40 books. Ruth. Ruth was breaking new ground. She has two children and four grandchildren. In playing Dr. She joined the Haganah. lasted 36 years until his death in 1997. and she got her master’s in sociology and producing director of Lost Nation Theater) that this was not about imitating her but her doctorate in education. I agreed with Kathleen Keenan (the show’s director and Education was very important to Dr. Lost Nation Theater premiers Becoming Dr. no one was doing that. Ruth has been the greatest challenge of my career and the greatest pleasure. divorced. Manfred Westheimer. and York. Her entire family was killed. She was born Karola Ruth Seigel in Germany in 1928 and sent at the age of 10 to Switzerland as part of the Kindertransport to escape Hitler and the Nazis. moved to Paris. She eventually married. She eventually trained to be a sex therapist and she lived through to understand what it was like to live in that time. Her third marriage. about the life and times of Dr Ruth Westheimer. In researching this role. She is such an inspiration! She not only survived tremendous traumas but has thrived. Ruth. A part-time job at Planned Parenthood started her on the rather portraying our interpretation of her. and was almost killed in a bombing. guest appearances. leaving her orphaned. became a sniper. She exudes and embodies joie de vivre and is passionate about educating people around relationships and good sex.

135 author of Implosion: A Memoir of an Architect’s winooskiriver. SEPTEMBER 13 Deadline for print in by calling 223-3338. 11 am. fall warblers. Montpelier. Thea and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Falls Prevention Awareness and Stay Steady Youth Activist Summit. Jobs. SEPTEMBER 12 “Stand in the Place Where You Live. Main Barre Kick-off for State. Montpelier.. A raucous night of laughs hosted Montpelier. bethjacobvt. M. 14. and Justice. Cutler Memorial High School chorus room. Harwood Union our addition. the next issue 6:30–8:30 pm. Montpelier. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. madriverchorale. The Savoy Theater.. Ian Gauthier will tell hard time in the grieving process. 225 years Civic Center. Mark St. reading and cupcakes 6–7 pm. Christ Church. VRC will reflect on the role of rivers in 4 Langdon St. 77 Main St. SEPTEMBER 10 Rosh Hashanah at Beth Jacob Synagogue. bearpondbooks. Volunteers needed to help Rosh Hashanah at Beth Jacob Synagogue. 7:30 pm. 39 Main St. Montpelier. Presentation. Kick-Off and Celebration. 8 and 9. bearpondbooks. Baron River Cleanup..T H E B R I D G E S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19.. 8:30–11:30 am. bethjacobvt. Montpelier. 9 am. Plainfield. Register: 426 3781. About Election Security with Secretary William Alexander “Festival of Ghosts. SEPTEMBER 9 Stone Masonry in the Italian Alps. Lake Events happening and community conversation about the climate crisis. and Robin BA/MA Psychology & Counseling Visiting MacArthur (Heart Spring Mountain). Fairlee. some stories and read an autumnal book about forest animals getting ready for migrants. Ruth montpelier-vt. Montpelier.Free Family Movie. 1 Lost Nation Theater. 7 pm. SEPTEMBER 11 Wormser and Elizabeth Bereavement and Grief Equine Support Group Begins. 2. of Italy. regardless of stone walls. 7:30 pm. 64 State St. and vaults in the mountains Sept. get comfy (regular chairs 7 pm. live town photo WEDNESDAY. 1–3 pm. For those who are having a Performing Arts September 6–22 Fall Forest Storytime. New architects who will be working with us to design Plainfield. 26 Main St. Discounts for students and seniors. Nature Center. Thurs. 7:00–8:30 pm. 2.. Sarah Healy (The Sisters Chase). Free. 77 Main St.montpelierfarmersmarket.” especially those seldom-seen fall Montpelier’s history and discuss current projects donation. Germain’s councilor Glen Coburn Hutcheson to talk for an hour. Bagitos. Rhythm of the pm. kiosk. Join Montpelier city wildlife songs and activities for preschoolers and support group program will meet once a week their parents. 10 am–5 pm. and what Send your event Alexander’s newest middle grade novel. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Humanist Service at Beth Jacob Synagogue.. 16: LGBTQLOL Queer Comedy Montpelier Senior Activity Center. Rosh Hashanah at Beth Jacob Synagogue.. where we Face the River and restore a healthy Middlesex. Sweet Melissa’s. sometimes THEATER. Montpelier.. By donation. the holiday concerts on Dec. Open Ears at Bagitos. a deep commitment to serving the senior .. you’ll be able to identify most of the fall Rachel Gendron. 476-7550 life of the woman who became famous. Montpelier. State of up-and-coming women writers: Melanie Finn St. Goddard. Market vendors. bethjacobvt. Plainfield. Montpelier. Donations accepted. 713 Elm St. 386 Rt. honesty. music. 223-3338 montpelierbridge. 7 pm. Followed by BBQ.A. 7 pm.. Showcase.. In this presentation. A participatory a capella journey showing the people-powered restoration $15–30. Dress for weather conditions.–Sat. Montpelier. Rt. Weekly Biodiversity University: Fall Warblers – Northeast’s funniest and queerest comedians. by MSAC director and Maggie Holt. Websterville. Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Reserve tickets: gbtqlolmontp.. and events. made by Freud and those who followed him. Visit website or Facebook for each month’s movie. lostnationtheater. This course will conduct a broad survey of the contributions states need from Congress to secure future listing to calendar@ Bear Pond Books. Margaret Pratt Community Job Fair. SEPTEMBER 8 Authors Reading & Book Signing: Baron Friends of the Winooski River 20th Annual TUESDAY. 6–16: Becoming Doctor Ruth at Open Ears at Bagitos. Plainfield Old Home Day: Parade. roofs. Montpelier. Build School will take the audience on a visual City Hall Arts Center. Bring a blanket or beanbag if you want to Main St. 2. by Kendall Farrell featuring some of the Face the River presentation. 6:30–7:30 pm. Mad River Chorale Rehearsal. 10 Harrison Ave. Montpelier. Eleven Modern Lives and Elizabeth Garber Montpelier City Hall. 223-3338. Library. 10 Harrison Ave.. Montpelier. 2 pm. Jonah connection between city and town residents and warblers you see. 9 am. “Are You Ready to be Alvin and Mac Rood of Yestermorrow Design/ Siegel. a physical singing form that originated in New England and reconstruction of 16th and 17th century 229-0492. grandmotherly sex therapist Dr. Rein Therapeutic Riding and Driving Program. Remarks Shape Note Singing. The Vermont River Eat Up on The Green at Camp Meade. SATURDAY. COMEDY THURSDAY. 371-8988 Rising Vermont Voices: Women Writers Daughter.. 28 Main St.. Filled with the humor. Montpelier. A seven-week STORYTELLING. Secretary Condos will Art Walk event. State House lawn. 134 S. SEPTEMBER 6 Sept. $5-10 suggested 7 pm. Montpelier. Meet at the Barre Town Forest parking lot comedy-drama shares the inspirational about the city or anything else.. 135 135 Main St. singers (The Underneath). we will lift Cipolla. 7:00–8:30 pm. author of Legends of Slow Explosion: remove trash from local rivers. Anyone is welcome. Sun. individual screenings by the Falls Free Vermont Coalition. Montpelier. 44 Brook St. Steady?” Tai chi demo. Bear Pond Books. 8:30–9:30 therapist with UVM Medical Center.. See description under September 6. bri-vt. with Peter Burmeister. Maria Hummel (Still Lives). the veil of mystery surrounding those “confusing their rivers. North Branch Nature and opportunities. Chris Bohjalian hosts this showcase Main of State Jim Condos.. Barre. A picnic community to join their team. Pre-registration required THURSDAY. Capital City Farmers' Market. 7 pm. Suzan Ambrose.. Main St. Marshfield. Day. 10 Harrison Ave. Center. too). 7 pm. Westheimer. Conservancy is championing a new approach community event series. 2 018 • PAG E 17 Calendar of Events Community Events Rise for Climate. Bethel. Montpelier. Free. With a little guidance and With Veronica Garza.” games. 2–5 pm. 58 Barre St. Goddard College... 82 Clubhouse Rd. Rehearsal for can meet the library director and trustees and the Plainfield Town Hall and Opera 5:00–6:30 pm. Morey Resort. Defending Our Democracy: A Conversation FRIDAY. Forest/ interaction with a horse can help where other interventions have fallen short. Book signing and reading of Exploring the Psyche: A Thematic Seminar discuss the protections Vermont has in place to secure the integrity of our elections. MONDAY. Bethel Town Hall. Kathleen Kanz. Book signing 5–6 pm. 11 am–1 pm. 839-5349. ghutcheson@ Water Tower Farm. singing experience. 961 Rt. SUNDAY.” An bethjacobvt. 7 Cutler Memorial Library Expansion Design is Sept. 6:30–8:00 pm. 123 Pitkin Rd.. North Branch eventbrite. elections. Plainfield for kind-hearted and professional staff with Village. Bethel First Friday Flicks . Looking and fun for all at the recreation field. 713 Elm St. 4–9 pm. Free. music. 5–7 pm. and more.. Montpelier. 9 am–1 pm. Community members Plainfield Old Home Day: Variety Show. 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edu 3:30–5:30 pm. Highland Center for University-Lyndon. Come see your fellow Goddard new book by Delia Robinson. Plainfield. Pond St. FRIDAY. Sept.” two actual Communists from out of September 6 state. WEDNESDAY. Three Penny Taproom. 11 am–5 developed during the presentation earlier in the series accompanies the Art at the Kent exhibit org Highland Center for the Arts.. Morse Block Deli. Through Sept.. creemees. art talk by Kimble at 6 pm. 888-1261. SATURDAY. whose work is Center. Sept. Bear . W. 46 Barre St. Hexagons. intimate and contemporary pair. 100B. 225-6665 Montpelier. 30: Show 27 at The exhibit features abstract oil paintings on canvas. “Abstract Within Activity Center. SEPTEMBER 14 car show. A Artist Margaret Bowland. State St. 11 Warren Kimble exhibit. researching this fascinating story. 713 Elm St. 123 Pitkin thefrontvt. SEPTEMBER 15 Biodiversity University: Fall Warblers . the next issue is Sept. Morefest. 322-1601. Artist as well as mixed media works on black walnut and Kiki Smith. 90 Pond St. 9: Mountains. live music. Sept. Through Oct. Take action for climate justice locally. Oriental brush paintings by Ronda Stoll. 77 Main St. 7 Old sky. 58 Barre St. 14: Art and Author Night. which features Center. This exhibition demonstrates reception and author reading. Through Oct. 2–8 pm. Kellogg-Hubbard on Facebook. 6 Barre St. unframed Gallery. SEPTEMBER 19 Sept. Main St. Come Three Penny Taproom Benefit for Goddard Yom Kippur at Beth Jacob Synagogue. Through Nov. Paintings by Maggie Neale. 46 Barre St. mail@helenday. 28: Social Justice Art Exhibit.. College staff. North Branch Nature Church. Montpelier. 7: Steel and Wood at Axel’s Gallery The Morrisville Post Office. Reception: gold-toned brownprints and 8 large-scale. of the Underpass Cooperative. Artisans Hand Gallery. Graffiti-based paintings. 4–9 pm. and Send your event Through Sept. Helen Day Art Center. 21. Taking the tools we WORDS OUT LOUD. Donations welcome. Zollikofer Gallery at Hotel the Square” are paintings by Maggie Neale. 7: Backstory—Art at the Kent. The Cheshire Cat. This annual reading pm. Walk. Montpelier. 9 rather than a specific place.. vendors.PAG E 18 • S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. Goddard College Art Gallery. Marshfield. Works on Paper. Kent Museum. 5–7 pm. Helen Day Art artcommittee@goddard. 30: Anita Zotkina. 758 Old West Church Rd. Art Walk reception. cake. White River Junction ice caves of Kamchatka in Siberia. Large-scale interactive the uniqueness.. 28 Elm St. 27: Harry A. helenday. Paintings that evoke a sense of place Quimby Gallery at Northern Vermont Sept. Post-Apocalypse for ¾ Empire. installation that was inspired by the magical the printmaking practices that Hammond and “Narrative Songs. 7:00–8:30 pm. helenday. SEPTEMBER 18 Down Home's 3rd Birthday Party. Montpelier. Sat. art and hip-hop music.. 262-6035.. 27: Possibilitarian Uprising: Sept. Sept. form and texture to twwoodgallery. 3–5 pm. Reception: Sept. educator deliver an artist talk at Helen Day Art Center. we will spend the morning at NBNC and “Backstory” at the Kent Museum. Marshfield. 260 N. 6:30 pm. The collective gallery’s latest show. Down Home Kitchen. T. description under September 9.. bethjacobvt.. College. SPECIAL EVENTS their perspective. for monarch butterflies around the nature center. Old Schoolhouse Common. 7. illustrated musical talk about the creation of a celebrate with live swing music. Opening reception: 90 Pond St. NBNC educators and naturalists as we search Montpelier. Now open Through Nov. Through Sept. 28: Northern Vermont Art Morrisville.. Montpelier. riverartsvt. Stowe. SEPTEMBER 17 were summer residents of Bethel—the Far East Meeting.. Wood Gallery. Jaquith and games. 7. and field. twwoodgallery@gmail. will Through Sept. kids games. Montpelier. Greensboro.. 4–7 pm. by Delia Robinson. Sept. 14: Art and Author Night. Acres. 7 pm. 135 Main St. 27: Nick DeFriez. 5 Stowe St. Flu Clinic with CVHHH. 322-1604 Through Oct. Montpelier. SEPTEMBER 16 Yom Kippur at Beth Jacob Synagogue. 10 Harrison Ave. Main St. 4–8 pm. City Center. 16 Portland St.. School St. The weekends: Fri. Moretown. Trip in Central Vermont. 31: Abstract within the Square. Yako 440 and Baba Israel. Meet the artist during Art on cloth banners. and two well-traveled. dustin. More than 50 years featured in the Reclamation exhibition. See description under under September 8. Wood Gallery. Dian Parker’s com.. Musical Sculpture” is an 10 Harrison Ave. W. 100 Main St. Musical Sculpture” is the talk Coolidge.. Stowe. Artist talk: twwoodgallery. Vermont Supreme Court Canyon by Matt Larson. and bearpondbooks.–Sun. helenday. 223-1981. bethjacobvt. 3: Familiars: Valerie Hammond Sept. “The End of All Our Exploring. gold-toned brownprints of Zion Canyon. Monarch Tagging and Natural History. Marshfield. exhibition. Mesas.. Join Library. Greensboro. Plus an art sale benefiting ACLU. Calais. Stowe. SciFi+ Book Club hosts author Brett Cox: expert Owen Lattimore. 6:15 713 Elm St.. the way women are portrayed. Outdoor sculpture Montpelier Through Sept. 30: Carole Naquin Exhibition. 917-3038 two outspoken newspaper Day Art Center Main Gallery. 2875 Hardwick week. Julian Scott Memorial Gallery at and Frame Shop. the Square” are paintings by Maggie Neale. 11 MONDAY. river. 6–8 pm. collaboration of steel and wood make for an 1469 5–8 pm. 30: Sumi-e Meditations. inspired by Albrecht West Church Rd. 8: Reclamation. 20: Exposed. 7. Through Sept. 111 State St. Montpelier. 5–8 pm.. 7–11 am. and community.. 207 Elm St. “Abstract Within Dreamcatcher.. 130 F. fall migrants. Deadline for print in on-canvas paintings. Utah. Stowe. Montpelier. By donation. Calais. reclaiming and transforming Pratt entry. Unitarian Church. Through Nov. So Far… Large-scale acrylic. Montpelier. Helen School St. Downtown Montpelier. of stained paper.. T. Hillsides and of Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center... Artist fireworks.. new collection of short stories. Photo ID required for Through Sept.. Sept. kentscorner. Waterbury. alumni. 122 Opening reception: Sept. a Tibetan THURSDAY. Find event Vilhjalmur Stefansson... “Narrative Songs.. Help clean 344 graves in this beautiful small cemetery. 90 Pond St. 1040 Rt. Stowe. Red Scare St. 223-3338. 108 Main St. Readings by Author Reading with Rick Winston. 18 framed. Montpelier Senior reception and author reading. Hunter. Brett Cox or a reading and discussion of his Library. Main St. 109 Hourglass Dr. jerryralya. Through Sept. 14. 28 abstract 262-6035 gcallan@twwoodgallery. 2 018 THE BRIDGE Calendar of Events Visual Arts Through Sept. Monoliths: Gold-toned Brownprints of Zion listing to calendar@ Vermont Northern Vermont University-Johnson. 9: Eric AHO: A Thousand Social justice-themed work by Jerry Ralya. 6–8 pm. Through Sept. 13.. 13: Soul Inscribed: The Art of oil paintings using color. Free. and antiques collector.byerly@goddard. Peter Backstory is about the artist’s history as well Soft pastel paintings that capture the energy of Schumann’s businesses... Jaquith Library. a local self-described “Red Open Ears at Bagitos. 7–Oct. Governor’s Gallery. Rich. smaller-scaled montpelierbridge.. Abstracts. the Arts.. See Buddhist dignitary. 3 pm. 28: Maggie Neale. will be showcased at a number of Montpelier Through Sept.” Join author Sunday. Artwork Through 26: An Artists Journey. Free. Jaquith Library. Paintings. stencils and music videos. montpelieralive. 4–8 pm. Main St. See how the Association Exhibition. nearby locations looking for warblers and other Burr Morse and Angela Patten. The grounds Smith have developed over the last 20 years. Montpelier. faculty. Contemporary the Apocalypse as envisioned in the Book of figurative women artists painting women from Revelation. 39 of Kimble’s experience as a fine artist. 26: Oil Paint & Black Walnut: Montpelier. 7 pm. See description Eat Up on The Green at Camp Meade. 7. Montpelier. donations welcome. SEPTEMBER 20 Capital City Farmers' Market. $5 suggested donation. Montpelier. Old West in the Green Mountains. Exhibition of woodcuts as of the materials used. prolific authors who Central Vermont Climate Action Monthly Elm Street Cemetary Clean-up. Barre. 6–8 pm. 7: Montpelier Art Walk. Free community event featuring a Pond Books. cheshirecatclothing. 30: James Peterson. North Branch Nature Center.Field SUNDAY. as well as the intersections. Multimedia graffiti express the inner dance of the subconscious. 6: Artist Talk with Margaret Bowland. Winston has been highlandartsvt. EXHIBITS Durer’s (1471-1528) engravings depicting Through Oct. Mid-Week Movie: Faces Places. thekentmuseum@gmail. and the Arctic explorer Node group of 350Vermont meets every third am–5 pm. Meet the three craftsmen Through Sept.

50–55. 6612 Rt. Sept. Adamant Community Club. Rt. 1640 Gusto's. lawn games. Kelly Ravin. ensemble works by 21st Century composers. 7: New Music Uncaged. rock. All ages. Sept. Vermont Author Robin MacArthur. 11 am. family $30. 9 pm. 223-3322 visit montpelierbridge. Barre-Montpelier 6:30–8 pm. $5. 6 N. 130 Sept. Stowe. Sept. Moretown United Methodist Church.. Grammy wins and a Blues Hall of Fame including Vermont’s own Michael Close. Unitarian Church. 100B. Free. acoustic evening. students $10.. 22: Willa Mamet & Paul Home-coming performance by the pianist. 77 Main St.. See description under September Sept. 28 Prospect St. capitalcityconcerts.. $5 ages 12 and under. instrumentalists.. 7:30 pm. 12 Fantasy Pieces.. 7 pm Stowe. tickets: $25. $5 962 Rt. Calais. Barre. folk music tradition. Americana. piano. Montpelier. 21: Chicky Stoltz (blues) 6 pm. Highlandartsvt. $40– $5. Spruce Peak Performing Fundraiser to Win Back Congress. 479-0896. Ages 21+. We invite you to join with us in this place of comfort where we can all come more detailed event listings together to listen. 3–6 pm.. 6: Open Mic Night. Free. Free. 15: Blue Wave Benefit w/ The Laddies Main St. Center for Arts and Learning. 7:30 pm. Sept. may also be purchased (cash or check only) in (classic rock) 9 pm. Montpelier. Chasing Dorothy Michael Close. Sweet Melissa’s. Barre Opera House. Free. 4 Langdon St. concert and workshop Sept. 21: Bella and the Notables (jazz Sept. Swedish Charlie O’s World Famous. 9:30 pm Voyage. 2875 Hardwick St. 7: Acoustic Dinner Set w/ Joe Sabourin. Market. Center for the Arts. 7:30 pm Sept. No cover unless indicated. Two-time Grammy and Lydia Levins perform. 947-517-7924. featuring Turnpike. Calais. Enjoy a selection of culturally rich. 8: Heavy Nettles (Americana) 9 pm To see weekly events and FRIDAY.. Capital City Concerts season opener. Arts Center. With premier Wild Leek River w/ Eastern Mountain Time Sept. Bad Horsey 7 pm. and Halle Jade Espresso Bueno. Sept. See description under Sept.. donations accepted. 14: Bishop LaVey (dark folk) 6 pm. Barre. 7:30 pm. (rock original and covers) 9 pm. 12. $15.. $27. 4:30–7:30 pm. 2 018 • PAG E 19 Calendar of Events Live Music Sept. Chamber and R&B for the past four decades with five West County Rd. Concert only 9:30 pm 7:30 pm. 7 Sonata.. 10: Sex Trivia. trail and labyrinth walking. workshop only $25. 16: Blue Wave Concert. Stowe. Sweet Melissa’s. 7–8 pm. and grassy soul in one Totally Submerged (classic rock) 9 pm. adventure-packed and incredibly inspiring documentary short films. bring the very best of Bulgarian Sept. Evening screening. Barre Opera House. Martin & Company. Veteran blues SprucePeakArts. Tickets Renaud. $5 for picnics. 15: Swedish Music. Sept. Berlin. of the 9/11 tragedy will be played on the Bulgarian Band. cello. Family Friendly Matinee at 3 playing acoustic folk standards and light rock. and $5. SprucePeakArts. Sunniva Brynnel 9:30 pm VENUES Sept. Moretown. Sept. South Royalton.. $25. 8: Rickie Lee Jones. Sept 6: BarnArts Music at Feast and Field Sept 13: BarnArts Music at Feast and Field Montpelier. Concert starts at 5:30 pm. bearpondbooks. 7 pm. 7: Sky Blue Boys (bluegrass) 7:30 pm Sept. By donation.. Festive farm. 122 Hourglass Dr. Benefits the United Methodist minor Ballade. An Educator Series Workshop with local author Christy Mihaly and elementary school teacher Susan Koch. 15: MadMan & Me. soul. Montpelier. and additional guest barreoperahouse. abundantsilence. Concert. Whammy Bar. Main St. 122 Hourglass . 6: Johnny Burgin.: Karaoke with DJ Vociferious Every Thurs. 8 pm. tickets: $15 adults. 8: Dance Party w/ DJ Bay 6. Twin Valley Senior Center. Highland Sept.. Barre. 20: BarnArts Music at Feast and Field Sept. 14: Acoustic Dinner Set with Chris 46 Barre St. 6 N. 31 County Rd.. All ages. 8 pm Performers will include Luke Rackers.: Open Mic. 15: Michael Arnowitt: Fantastic Sept. 839. 248 N. 13: Livingston Taylor. 5–7 pm. talk and share about the things in life’s cycle we are all experiencing in our own way now for ourselves and the earth we live on. Folk. Cray has 4 Langdon St. Fable Farm. Starline Rhythm Boys (honky-tonk) 9 pm 7:30 pm traditions. 6–8 pm. 476-7919. been bridging the lines between blues.T H E B R I D G E S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. 6. Blueberry Commons. Original music inspired by a number of dance $35. $20. 21: Acoustic Dinner Set .org Rd. Main St. sprucepeakarts. Sept. MacArthur will discuss her books Half Wild and Heart Spring Mountain. 9 pm Sept. 7 pm. stowelibrary. 6. 2. 22: Elizabeth Renaud. Rd. 223-6820. Montpelier. See description under Sept. 22: Tail Light Rebellion (folk punk) unique farmers market hosted on a working Sept. whammybar1. During Art Walk. SEPTEMBER 22 Capital City Farmers' Market. 15: Dance Party w/ DJ SATURDAY. 7 pm. and Haggett Rd. Acoustic. Sept. 454-7103 or 613-3922. 14: The Robert Cray Band. standards) 7:30 pm A program of music remembering the victims Sept. Progressive trance Sept. Montpelier. Sept. 9:30 pm Women’s Fund for Capital Improvements. Reception Mountainfilm on Tour. 5–7 pm. 22: Robin Sunquiet (pop dance) 0560 Sept. $15–25. All ages. award winner performs.Elizabeth Concert preceded by cookout across the street.. Sept. $10–15 sliding scale. Hessian w/ Seax & Reckless Force (metal) Market. induction. 14: Kelly Ravin and Halle Jade. 17: Nerd Trivia. Lovely Calais home grounds open at 4:30 pm Sept 8: Jazzyaoke (live jazz karaoke) 7:30 pm. 16: Balkan Dance Party. 11: Remember 9/11 with Tower Bells. and more. 7:30 pm. SEPTEMBER 21 Cycles of Life. Spruce Peak music workshop before the concert at 5 pm. Spruce Peak Performing Arts Center. 22: Bob Hannan and Friends. 7: John Smyth (acoustic) 6 pm. person at Bear Pond Books. East Montpelier. Barre. 5–7 pm. Chopin’s F intimate.. Royalton Sept. With guest 9 pm Tod Pronto. $10. Bear Pond Books. 70 Main St. corner of Martin Every Tues. 8: Aaron Marcus CD release concert. espressobueno. Stowe Free Library. Dog River Brewery. Four master musicians (outlaw country) 9 pm 7:30 pm historic tower bells of Montpelier’s Trinity steeped in Bulgarian music and rhythms from Sept. 122 Hourglass Dr. Main St. 90 Pond St. 15: Mad My Scramblers (bluegrass) 9 pm United Methodist Church beginning at a young age. when the south tower fell in 2001. Greensboro. Performing Arts Center. Weekly eclectic music series with a Market. Stowe. SPECIAL EVENTS 9:59 am. Fostering Learning Partnerships Between Classrooms and Authors (and Illustrators). Sept. Ages 21+ Sept. 7:30 pm (’60's rock/folk) 7:30 pm Montpelier. 426-3210. performer. 8: Colin McCaffrey Solo Benefit Prokofiev’s Piano No. Rich Maizell. Includes Schumann’s Op. Adamant. $5.

org. Scrag Mountain Music co-artistic directors Mary Bonhag (soprano) and Evan Premo (double bass). a video of Bonhag and Premo performing Lembit Beecher’s oratorio. as well as a daring 21st-century remix of the 14th-century song “Douce Dame Jolie” by Guillaume de Machaut. together with celebrated Vermont cellist Emily Taubl. selections from Harrison Birtwistle’s 9 Settings of Lorine Niedecker.” Drawing inspiration from the Kent Museum Fall 2018 exhibition. Please note that the mini concerts will take place on the second floor of the Kent Museum. contact Rick McMahan Dot Helling 802-249-8666 802-881-8832 rick@montpelierbridge. All mini concerts are “Come as you are. Emily Taubl Three Songs of Remembered Love recounts the incredible story of Beecher’s grandparents’ love during a tumultuous time in Estonia during World War II. 20–Oct. accessible only by stairs. Three Songs of Remembered Love. Backstory. as space is limited.” with at-will donations collected at the door. The music shares observations of Niedecker’s surroundings—the dot@montpelierbridge. Each of the four mini concerts feature Lembit Beecher’s song cycle. 3 ALL AD MATERIALS AND AD SPACE RESERVATIONS DUE FRIDAY. and. Advertise in the NEXT ISSUE: FALL FOOD AND DINING In Circulation Sept. SEPTEMBER 14. September 22. offer four intimate mini concerts within the art-filled walls of the Kent Museum in Calais on Saturday afternoon. of course.and the design of your ad. Just as one of the artists featured in Backstory has collected and stitched old scraps of fabric together in new ways. And Then I Remember.PAG E 2 0 • S E P T E M B E R 6 – S E P T E M B E R 19. Admission to the museum is separate and by donation at the door. the water. Mary Bonhag The piece makes use of a recording of his grandmother’s voice to tell this story Evan Premo along with soprano and double bass. where poet Lorine Niedecker was born and spent nearly her entire life. will be available for museum goers. For more information about advertising deadlines. Throughout the duration of the Backstory exhibition from September 7 to October 7. Guillaume de Machaut’s “Douce Dame Jolie” is a bit of a remix by friend and fellow soprano Ariadne Greif. 2 018 THE BRIDGE Scrag Mountain Music Presents “The Intersection of Art and Music” T he Scrag Mountain Music season opens on September 22 with “The Intersection of Art and Music. plants. pay what you can. . Advanced sign-up for the mini concerts is required at scragmountainmusic. The four movements of Harrison Birtwistle’s piece are about Blackhawk Island in Wisconsin. this piece illuminates the old by bringing it into modern times.

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