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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

'Motherland' Author Maria Hummel Reads at Rice Memorial High School

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 5:25 PM

Maria Hummel - KAREN PIKE
  • Karen Pike
  • Maria Hummel
This weekend, author Maria Hummel will give a reading from her 2014 novel Motherland as part of the centennial celebrations at Rice Memorial High School in South Burlington.

The book follows the newly married Liesl as she raises her absent husband's three children in the height of World War II in Nazi Germany. Liesl and her husband, Frank, are mitlaufer, "Germans who 'went along' with Nazism," according to the author's website.

While the family is perhaps safe from Nazi persecution, they must survive dwindling food supplies, Allied air strikes and one child's mysterious illness, which puts him at risk of being sent to Hadamar, a psychiatric hospital infamous for mass sterilizations and murder.

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Old Spokes Home Wins Award for Exceptional Hiring Practices

Posted By on Tue, Oct 3, 2017 at 4:05 PM

Chuda Karki (second from left) with colleagues from Old Spokes Home - COURTESY OF OLD SPOKES HOME
  • Courtesy of Old Spokes Home
  • Chuda Karki (second from left) with colleagues from Old Spokes Home
Every Thursday, Jeremy Kehoe rushes home from his job at Old Spokes Home in Burlington to attend an American Sign Language class organized by Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront. He's been taking ASL lessons since this summer, when the bike shop and nonprofit community center hired Chuda Karki, a deaf Bhutanese man who doesn't speak English, as a technician.

"Chuda had become pretty ingrained in the shop, so I thought it would be much better to be able to communicate with him," said Kehoe. "Once I taught myself the alphabet, it became more and more interesting."

On Tuesday, both Kehoe and Karki were on hand when Donna Curtin, chairperson of the Vermont Governor’s Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, presented Laura Jacoby, executive director of Old Spokes Home, with a Spirit of the ADA award.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Joke of the Week: That's Nunsense!

Posted By on Mon, Oct 2, 2017 at 1:21 PM

It's Monday, which means it's time for your weekly dose of locavore levity: the Joke of the Week! This week's joke comes from Bristol's Colin McClung. Take it away, Colin…

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Sunday, October 1, 2017

Every Dog Has Its Day at the Winooski Farmers Market

Posted By on Sun, Oct 1, 2017 at 4:38 PM

Winning dogs pose with their humans. - SADIE WILLIAMS
  • Sadie Williams
  • Winning dogs pose with their humans.
The Winooski Farmers Market was overrun by a horde of dogs this morning. Forty canines gathered with their humans to compete in the first-ever Best Pooch in the 'Noosk, an informal dog show organized by Downtown Winooski.

The event was hosted by Emmy Award-winning WCAX anchor Darren Perron, who energetically described each contestant as he or she trotted down the makeshift runway cordoned off in the middle of the market. The doggie destination was a tent that sheltered the four judges from the midday sun.

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Middlebury's Edgewater Gallery Expands Into Stowe

Posted By on Fri, Sep 29, 2017 at 7:00 AM

Edgewater Gallery in Stowe - COURTESY OF EDGEWATER GALLERY
  • Courtesy of Edgewater Gallery
  • Edgewater Gallery in Stowe
Earlier this month, Middlebury's Edgewater Gallery opened a third location in downtown Stowe with the logical name of Edgewater Gallery in Stowe. The gallery's marketing and design manager, Dalton Hartye, said the team has been "discussing the idea of expanding for quite some time, and, after much consideration, we decided that Stowe would be the best location for a good market for us."

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Emory Fanning Celebrates 50 Years at Middlebury College, in Concert

Posted By on Thu, Sep 28, 2017 at 5:11 PM

  • Courtesy of Todd Balfour
  • Emory Fanning
When Emory Fanning was growing up in Wilmington, Del., he sang in a cathedral choir to organ accompaniment. Both the choral and instrumental aspects of this experience shaped his life. Fanning became a consummate organist and choir director, spending most of his post-graduate career at Middlebury College.

In fact, it has been 50 years since Fanning joined the college’s music faculty. Though he retired 20 years ago from his full-time professorship, he has continued to serve as the college organist, direct an alumni choir he founded, and give private organ lessons on campus. Fanning will celebrate a half-century of Midd affiliation with a gala concert this Sunday, October 1, in Mead Chapel.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

What Feminism Can Speak To: Katha Pollitt and Janell Hobson

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 3:46 PM

Janell Hobson (left) and Katha Pollitt
  • Janell Hobson (left) and Katha Pollitt
On Wednesday, September 27, the Middlebury College Program in Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies will host award-winning columnist, author and poet Katha Pollitt in conversation with author and professor Janell Hobson for the talk "What Can Feminism Speak To?"

Pollitt has written for the Nation since 1980, and many of her columns have been compiled into three volumes:
Reasonable Creatures: Essays on Women and Feminism, Subject to Debate: Sense and Dissents on Women, Politics, and Culture  and Virginity or Death! And Other Social and Political Issues of Our Time. Her most recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, was published by Picador in 2015 and is a vehement argument for dispelling cultural stigma around abortion.

Hobson teaches in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies department at the University of Albany, State University of New York. She is the author of
Venus in the Dark: Blackness and Beauty in Popular Culture and Body as Evidence: Mediating Race, Globalizing Gender, and a contributor to Ms. magazine.

Seven Days spoke with both Pollitt and Hobson by phone, asking some (big) questions prior to their Middlebury appearance.

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Words Out Loud, in the Middle of Nowhere

Posted By on Tue, Sep 26, 2017 at 12:38 PM

Alison Prine reading in Old West Church - KELLEY GOULETTE
  • Kelley Goulette
  • Alison Prine reading in Old West Church
Art at the Kent is a quintessentially Vermont experience: a large, important art exhibit in the middle of nowhere. The venue is the Kent Museum, in East Calais, a historic 1830s brick and wood building owned by the State of Vermont that lies at a dirt crossroads. Driving the mostly empty rolling hills earlier this month to the opening of “Refuge,” this year’s art exhibit, I was sure I had lost my way — until I began passing lines of parked cars on both sides of the road extending half a mile from the building.

I returned on September 24 for one of three Sunday poetry readings in the related series “Words Out Loud.” These occur down the road from the Kent, at the Old West Church, and finish with wine-and-cheese receptions amid the art. Again, cars lined the road in both directions.

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Monday, September 25, 2017

Talking Technology and Art With Amelia Marzec

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 3:58 PM

Amelia Marzec performing in Weather Center for the Apocalypse - AMELIA MARZEC
  • Amelia Marzec
  • Amelia Marzec performing in Weather Center for the Apocalypse
After more than a yearlong break, Generator's Big Maker series is back. The events bring to Burlington innovators in fields as diverse as environmentally conscious burial, biometrics and game design to talk about their work and process.

Next in that lineup is 36-year-old Amelia Marzec, an artist, inventor and MFA graduate of Parsons School of Design who  lives and works in Brooklyn. Marzec's focus is on communications, the environment and "enabling activist communities through innovative uses of technology," according to the maker space publicity.

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Joke of the Week: Pawsing to Reflect

Posted By on Mon, Sep 25, 2017 at 12:27 PM

It's Monday, which means it's time for your weekly dose of locavore levity: the Joke of the Week! This week's joke comes from Burlington's Eric Dreiblatt. Take it away, Eric…

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