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Ken Picard 
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Ken Picard

Ken Picard has been a Seven Days staff writer since 2002. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Vermont Press Association's 2005 Mavis Doyle award, a general excellence prize for reporters.


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Re: “Hoagie Hut

Lazy service and food to match it
OK, I've given these jerks the benefit of the doubt for some time now because they're local and convenient, but I'm done with this place. My wife ordered a "tuna" hoagie there not long ago, and the "cook" simply dumped a full can of tuna fish (no mayo) onto a roll, loaded it with iceberg lettuce and chunks of onion and packaged it up. When she opened the sandwich, you could still see the tuna-can shape! Talk about lazy! Then today, I went into the joint and waited at the counter for several minutes to place my order. One of the owners saw me standing there but said nothing. Not even a "I'll be right with you." Instead, he walked out behind the counter and began wiping down tables, never bothering to take my order. After a few minutes I just walked out. And this at lunch hour. Hey, I don't expect a red carpet or roses on my table. But a modicum of common courtesy from the owner of a business would be nice, especially from someone who charges over $8 for a sub. You lost my business for good! Food: 1 Ambiance: 1 Service: 1

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Posted by Truman Sparks on 06/19/2009 at 8:42 PM

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Re: “Vermont to Allow State Workers to Bring Their Infants to Work

Hey, gang. It's a humorous take on the governor's rather progressive public policy announcement that state employees, like my wife, can now take their babies to work. But clearly I must be a total baby hater because my wife and I had only two of them instead of a baker's dozen. But if you'd like further confirmation, I'm happy to post oodles of photos of my kids when they were still infants and doing things other than fussing, crying, throwing up (often on my shoulder) and messing their diapers which, I should note, I changed at all hours of the day and night for years until they were old enough to land it in the vicinity of the toilet.

30 likes, 12 dislikes
Posted by Ken Picard on 02/01/2019 at 10:59 AM

Re: “Subaru's Champion Team Races Under the Radar — in Vermont

Thanks, Charles! As Lance Smith explained to me, the dirt roads in Vermont may seem a natural setting for rally racing, the difficulty is finding any where there are no houses and can be closed for several hours at a time while the race is underway. This explains why much of rally racing occurs on old logging roads in unpopulated locations out west.

Posted by Ken Picard on 01/23/2019 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Exploring the Science, and the Snake Oil, Behind Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy

To clarify: Seven Days was NOT paid for the Stem Cell Centers ad that appeared in this story. It was reprinted simply to illustrate the type of advertising that's been done in Vermont in recent months.

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Posted by Ken Picard on 11/08/2018 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Lykos Makes Menswear for a Rugged Lifestyle

To answer your question, The Oracle: The clothes likely will not be made in the Dominican Republic. The Lykos founders used that clothing manufacturer to produce their prototypes but are currently in search of a U.S. textile mill to make their products.

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Posted by Ken Picard on 05/16/2018 at 2:14 PM

Re: “An Attorney Makes a Case for Finding Friends

It seems that some readers have unreasonable expectations of what journalists are capable of knowing or discovering when reporting a story. As the author of this piece, I'm unsure how I would have been expected to know anything about Mr. Kriger's dating habits, who he's dated or their experiences on those dates. Moreover, this story was NOT about dating at all but about how to make friends as adults. If there are formal allegations pending against him, such as workplace-related complaints, lawsuits or criminal charges, that's a different story. But to impugn my journalistic integrity because I didn't "dig deeper" into his "reputation" (reputation among whom?) is unrealistic or unfair.

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Posted by Ken Picard on 04/01/2018 at 10:17 AM

Re: “WTF: What Can Vermonters Do About Nuisance Drones?

Thanks for the clarification, Ryan. As for the drone name, that was a typo and will be corrected ASAP. As for flying drones over airports, The FAA website states: "Recreational operators are required to give notice for flights within five miles of an airport to both the airport operator and air traffic control tower, if the airport has a tower. However, recreational operations are not permitted in Class B airspace around most major airports without specific air traffic permission and coordination." Finally, as for the risks of injury or death from a falling drone should it experience a malfunction, that was the opinion expressed by Jarlath O'Neil-Dunne, an experienced drone pilot who runs the University of Vermont's UAS program.

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Posted by Ken Picard on 03/16/2018 at 11:17 AM

Re: “Researcher and Activist Bob Melamede Considers Marijuana a Miracle Drug

Hi, Valorie. My apologies for the mischaracterization of your medical condition. Thanks for clarifying. As we discussed by phone this morning, I've asked the Seven Days web editor to correct the online version of the story.

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Posted by Ken Picard on 11/08/2017 at 9:32 AM

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