Monday, January 23, 2017

Seven Days Promotes Dan Bolles, Welcomes New Music Editor Jordan Adams

Posted By on Mon, Jan 23, 2017 at 2:47 PM

Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent weekly newspaper, has promoted its longtime music editor Dan Bolles to assistant arts editor. After 10 years as frontman of Seven Days’ popular music section, Bolles has passed the mic to his assistant, Jordan Adams.

Bolles joined Seven Days as music editor in 2007. He is one of just four 
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people to have held the title since Pamela Polston and Paula Routly created the publication in 1995. Polston, the former lead singer for the Decentz, first wrote and edited the section.

During his turn as music editor, Bolles has won recognition for his writing from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Vermont Press Association and the New England Newspaper and Press Association. He stayed longer in that role than any of his predecessors. “In recent years,” said Polston, “I cautioned Dan that the day would come when he might not feel like going out to clubs all the time. That day finally came.

“I am delighted and relieved that Dan chose to stay with Seven Days, and wants to take on new challenges as a writer and editor,” she added.
In his new role, Bolles will assist arts editor Polston, and will continue to write about music, comedy, sports and general features. Bolles also supervises Adams, and remains the editor of Seven Days’ annual What’s Good: A Field Guide to Burlington, published each August.

“I'm excited to branch out into wider areas of interest and tell different kinds of stories from the Vermont community,” Bolles said. “And I'm thrilled to continue my career with Seven Days and to help guide our coverage of the next generation of local music alongside Jordan.”

Jordan Adams joined Seven Days as assistant music editor in Aug
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ust 2016. A native Vermonter who grew up in Charlotte, he spent part of the last decade living in San Francisco. During his Left Coast stint, Adams worked as a nanny — or, as he calls it, a "manny" — and co-hosted radio programs on pirate airwaves. He deejayed and spent many nights at the legendary Fillmore nightclub. Eventually, Adams realized he was “too much of an East Coaster to remain in groovy California” and returned home.

Now, as music editor, he assigns and writes music features and reviews, writes band spotlights and the weekly Soundbites column, compiles the music listings, and goes out to clubs. A lot.

"When I'm at a concert, I'm in church. That's how I worship,” Adams said. “Music is my higher power, and I'm kind of a nut about it."

Da Capo Publishing Inc., dba Seven Days, was founded by Pamela Polston and Paula Routly in 1995, and is now owned by Polston and Routly, as well as associate publishers Don Eggert, Cathy Resmer and Colby Roberts. In addition to its six free publications, the Burlington-based company also produces two annual events: Vermont Restaurant Week and the Vermont Tech Jam, a career and tech expo. Its editorial staff has received numerous journalism awards from entities including the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the Parenting Media Association, the New England Newspaper and Press Association and the Vermont Press Association.

Seven Days has been named Business of the Year by both the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Burlington Business Association. In 2013, Editor & Publisher selected Seven Days for inclusion in its annual feature, “10 Newspapers That Do It Right.” In 2015, Polston and Routly were inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Seven Days Hires Staff Writers, a Columnist and a Deputy News Editor

Posted By on Fri, Nov 18, 2016 at 10:54 AM

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Seven Days is expanding its news team in anticipation of the upcoming legislative session.

Political editor Paul Heintz is giving up the hard-hitting “Fair Game” column he has penned for four and a half years to focus on investigative reporting in the new year. He’ll oversee his successor, John Walters, who has an extensive background in radio and print journalism. Walters is retiring his blog, The Vermont Political  Observer, aka the VPO, to take over Fair Game — the fourth brave soul to do so 
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  • John Walters
since Peter Freyne started the political column originally dubbed “Inside Track.” Walters will also be contributing to Seven Days’ Off Message blog. “John has a strong voice and  a keen eye, which make him uniquely suited for the column ist role,” said publisher and coeditor Paula Routly. “Paul has done an amazing job with Fair Game — but that demanding beat restricts his ability to dig into bigger projects. He’s chomping at the bit to do that.”

Alicia Freese
  • Alicia Freese
Alicia Freese, who has been covering Burlington politics for the past two and a half years, is being promoted to Seven Days’ Statehouse team in Montpelier, joining columnist Walters and reporter Terri Hallenbeck. The Tunbridge native attended Pomona College and got her start in journalism covering the legislature for VTDigger.

Filling in for Freese in Burlington: Seven Days recently hired Katie Jickling of Brookfield, who started writing  
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  • Katie Jickling
for the Herald of Randolph when she was still in high school. Jickling won the  Vermont Press Association’s Rookie of the Year award before she had graduated from Hamilton College in 2015. She wrote her thesis on  community journalism.     

Former Burlington Free Press reporter Candace Page has been working as a freelance editor at Seven Days since  spring 2016. “Although she’s technically retired, Candy is too curious about the world to sit back and watch the news,” said Routly. “Lucky for us, she’s 
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  • Candace Page
discovered that she really enjoys coaching young writers.” During her 32 years at the Free Press, Page had almost every job in the newsroom, including managing editor, editorial page editor and capital bureau chief. Page and Heintz will direct the legislative reporting team this winter.

Also assisting news editor Matthew Roy is  deputy news editor Sasha Goldstein. Before he joined the Seven Days news team last June, Goldstein was a breaking news editor and staff writer at the New York Daily News. Prior to 
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  • Sasha Goldstein
that, he was a reporter for The Day in New London, Conn. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 2009.

Seven Days has renewed its commitment to covering Vermont’s New American communities by hiring 2015 Columbia University Journalism School graduate Kymelya Sari, who completed a year-long reporting 
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  • Kymelya Sari
fellowship for Seven Days in June. During her fellowship, Singapore native Sari penned numerous stories about immigrants and refugees living in Vermont. She joined the editorial team  in October as a full-time staff writer.

“We’ve come a long way since ‘Inside Track’ was all the news you could find in Seven Days,” said Routly. In the past five years, the news department has added six writers and an assistant news editor.

The entire news team will be on hand at Seven Days’ annual “Off the Record” mixer for rookie and returning legislators.  It’s in memory of Freyne, who died on the opening day of the legislative session. The 2017 event is Wednesday, January 4, in the Cedar Creek Room at the Vermont Statehouse in Montpelier.

Da Capo Publishing Inc., dba Seven Days, was founded by Pamela Polston and Paula Routly in 1995. In addition to its six free publications, th e Burlington-based company also produces two annual events: Vermont Restaurant Week and the Vermont Tech Jam, a career and tech expo.

In 2000, the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce selected then-5-year-old Seven Days as Business of the Year. Eight years later, the Burlington Business Association did the same, citing the company’s exemplary business practices, contributions to the community, and promotion of a positive image for Burlington, as well as business success. In 2013, Editor & Publisher selected Seven Days for inclusion in its annual feature, “10 Newspapers That Do It Right.” In 2015, Polston and Routly were inducted into the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Vermont Restaurant Week Donates $20,000 to the Vermont Foodbank

Posted By on Tue, May 24, 2016 at 2:16 PM

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  • Kristen Hutter
  • Photo, from left to right: Katie Grauer of Vermont Community Foundation, Kylie Webster of Vermont Federal Credit Union, Nicole Whalen of Vermont Foodbank, Todd Taylor of City Market and Corey Grenier of Seven Days.
A total of $20,000 was donated to the Vermont Foodbank as a result of Seven Days' 7th annual Vermont Restaurant Week. This popular event was presented by the Vermont Federal Credit Union and organized by Seven Days, publisher of 7 Nights, the statewide guide to Vermont’s restaurants and bars.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Kids VT Wins Seven Parenting Media Association Awards, Including General Excellence

Posted By on Thu, May 12, 2016 at 2:25 PM

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Burlington - Kids VT, Vermont’s free monthly parenting magazine, took home the General Excellence award, as well as six other awards, in the Parenting Media Association’s 2016 Design and Editorial Awards Competition. The national competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design in regional parenting publications that are PMA members. The PMA announced the honors at its convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Seven Days Announces 7th Annual Vermont Restaurant Week

Posted By on Thu, Mar 17, 2016 at 3:36 PM

Down Home Kitchen, Montpelier - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • Down Home Kitchen, Montpelier
Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent weekly newspaper, is pleased to announce the dates of the 7th Annual Vermont Restaurant Week, a celebration of the state’s vibrant local-food culture.

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For 10 days, from April 22 to May 1, 2016, 114 restaurants (to date) throughout Vermont will offer special prix-fixe dinners at three price points — $20, $30 or $40 per person. Lunch and breakfast specials at select locations will also be available. Participating restaurants range from renowned eateries such as Burlington’s Hen of the Wood and Michael’s on the Hill in Waterbury Center to local faves the Farmhouse Tap & Grill in Burlington and Three Penny Taproom in Montpelier. Several southern Vermont restaurants have signed on this year, too, including duo Restaurant in Brattleboro and Popolo in Bellows Falls.

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