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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Seven Days’ Annual Vermont Restaurant Week Celebrates 10 Years!

Posted By on Wed, Apr 17, 2019 at 11:03 AM

  • Brent Harrewyn
Vermont has garnered a national reputation for its award-winning specialty food and drink products and inventive, locally focused cuisine. For the last decade, Seven Days’ Vermont Restaurant Week has celebrated the state’s chefs, farmers, producers and others food-service professionals that have helped put the Green Mountain State on the map. The event has also raised $95,375.32 and counting for the Vermont Foodbank, the festival’s beneficiary. Seven Days is excited to announce the details of the 10th annual event presented by Vermont Federal Credit Union.

For 10 days, April 26 to May 5, 104 restaurants from Brattleboro to St. Albans will offer special prix-fixe dinners at three price points — $20, $30 or $40 per person. Lunch, brunch and breakfast specials at select locations will also be available. The diversity in cuisine and participating restaurants will whet the appetites of diners across the state. The full list of menus can be found at

This year’s special foodie events include:

  • The Sweet Start Smackdown: Dessert comes first at this Restaurant Week-eve kick-off battle, in which local pastry chefs from every corner of the state compete and foodies feast. Scores from celebrity judges and votes from attendees decide the winner of Vermont Restaurant Week’s Signature Sweet. Thursday, April 25, 7-9 p.m., Higher Ground in South Burlington.
  • Cooking With WhistlePig: Students learn how to prepare a three-course meal featuring WhistlePig Whiskey from a Cook Academy chef at the Essex Culinary Resort & Spa. Friday, April 26, Wednesday, May 1, Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, 5-8 p.m. in Essex.
  • Pints & Poses Yoga: Join Corey Grenier for an all-levels foodie flow in the brewery. This hourlong vinyasa-style class will focus on digestion, detoxification and mindful eating. End your practice with a pint or a flight. Sunday, April 28, 11 a.m. to noon, Burlington Beer Company in Williston.
  • Culinary Trivia Night: Feed your brain with foodie trivia and compete for delicious prizes at this rowdy event emceed by Top Hat Entertainment. The grand prize is a $500 gift card to Hen of the Wood. Monday, April 29, 6-9 p.m., Nectar’s in Burlington.
  • The Sensory Social: Cider and cheese? Yes, please! Join Shacksbury Cider and Vermont Creamery for a fruitful and fraîche guided tasting that will make your senses sing. Tuesday, April 30, 5:30-7 p.m., CO Cellars in Burlington.
  • The Dish — The Wild World of Fermentation: Hear from brewers, farmers, chefs and business owners about their experiences with fermented products while exploring reputed health benefits, opportunities for preservation of local food, and whether this food trend is here to stay. Wednesday, May 1, 5:30-7 p.m., ArtsRiot in Burlington.
Look for more information about events, participating restaurants and how to donate to the Vermont Foodbank at

Vermont Restaurant Week is presented by Vermont Federal Credit Union and sponsored by Vermont Creamery, Burlington Beer Company, WhistlePig, City Market/Onion River Co-op, Shacksbury Cider and the Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa. Additional support is provided by Vermont Tourism, WNCS the Point, WCAX and Front Porch Forum.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Young Vermonters Recognized at the Statehouse for Being Good Citizens

Posted By on Thu, Apr 4, 2019 at 11:21 AM

The Good Citizens met with Gov. Phil Scott in his ceremonial office - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • The Good Citizens met with Gov. Phil Scott in his ceremonial office
More than 70 Vermont students who completed the 2018 Good Citizen Challenge gathered at the Statehouse in Montpelier on March 27 to be recognized for their accomplishment.

The Challenge invited K-12 students to earn points by doing a variety of activities related to civics, history, advocacy and media literacy — all crucial elements of being an informed citizen. These activities included attending city council meetings, picking up litter, reading local news articles, writing a letter to an elected official and naming the five freedoms specified in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Seven Days and Kids VT organized the initiative, with support from the Vermont Community Foundation. Its goal? To incentivize youth to educate themselves about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, using their communities as a classroom. Students finished the Challenge by earning 251 points, the number of towns in Vermont.

The Statehouse event was part of their reward. The Good Citizens met with Governor Phil Scott in his ceremonial office and posed for a group photo.
Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson also addressed the group. - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson also addressed the group.

“I think it’s important for all of us to get involved and be good citizens, be public servants,” said the two-term Republican. And anyone can run for office, he said. “I certainly didn’t envision myself being in the position I am today when I was your age, not by a long shot.”
Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson (D-South Hero) also addressed the group.
Representative Peter Conlon (D-Cornwall) introduced the students from the  House chamber floor; legislators gave them a round of applause. Afterward, each student received a medal, a T-shirt, a sticker and a pocket-sized U.S. Constitution, donated by Phoenix Books.
Legislators applauded the Good Citizens from the House floor. - JEB WALLACE-BRODEUR
  • Jeb Wallace-Brodeur
  • Legislators applauded the Good Citizens from the House floor.
Seven Days Deputy Publisher Cathy Resmer congratulated the Good Citizens. “You have just as much right to be in this building as anyone else here,” she told the students in the Cedar Creek Room. “I hope that’s something you’ll take away from your experience today. This might be your first time here, but I hope it won’t be your last.”

Find more information and sign up to receive updates about the 2019 Good Citizen Challenge at The Statehouse event is the subject of the April 4 episode of Eva Sollberger’s “Stuck in Vermont” web video series. Find it at
Other Challenge partners included: Front Porch Forum, the Young Writers’ Project, Vermont State Parks and Historic Sites, GameTheory, Phoenix Books and the Winooski Peace Initiative.

Here is a list of students who completed the Good Citizen Challenge, organized by town:

Tyler Graves

Bella Olinger and Sam Reilly

Alan Moody

Henry Bushey and Lila Bushey

Ethan Bishop

Chris Palagonia and Ben Palagonia

East Montpelier:
Harvey Neddo, Joseph Neddo and Arthur Neddo

Jack Dragoo

Essex Junction:
Isaac Dodge and Sawyer Kless

Henry Swisher

Manchester Center:
Lindsey Treat

Henry Weston

Hannah Smiley

Thea Boyles, Teagan Brennan, Zoe Keuhl, Lily Meyer, Anna Newara, Somerset Pierce and Lachlan Pierce

Grace Heller

Hazel Longe

Mabel Huard

Michael Leavitt

Jackson Kitts

Riley Amerio, Thomas Bishop, Sophia Boise, Channing Brush, Meredith Cameron, Kayla Charbonneau, Keenan Chicoine, Ethan Delorme, Owen Flanagan, Josie Gaiotti, Chris Gile, Natalie Gillette, Vance Larocque
Jameson Maguire, Addison Moats, Emma Morrissey, Luke Nuceder, Yankee Rheaume, Sutton Rubright, Mercedes Sheldrick, Pela Slater, Makyliah Tellier
Tyreese Tucker, Gabe Velez, Cody Warner, Ada Weaber, Matt Whelan, Mykayla White and Holly Whitney


Grace Warrington and Peter Warrington

South Burlington:
Rosalynn Manalo

St. Albans:
Ethan Oszurek and Sophia Oszurek

St. Johnsbury:
Phyler Holt

Lada Salida, Noah Vandenburg and Evangeline Vandenburg

Aly Dorman

Waterbury Center:
Janelle Hoskins

West Burke:
Ella Switser and Lucas Switser

West Rutland:
Miles Robbison

Graham Resmer, Ivy Resmer and Alia Ross

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Seven Days Hires Courtney Lamdin to Cover Burlington

Posted By on Wed, Apr 3, 2019 at 9:44 AM

Courtney Lamdin
  • Courtney Lamdin
Award-winning journalist Courtney Lamdin is joining the Seven Days news team as a reporter covering the city of Burlington. The native Vermonter has been working at local newspapers since she graduated with a B.A. in journalism from Saint Michael’s College in 2009. She grew a cub reporting gig at the Milton Independent into a six-year stint as editor of the community weekly, then served as executive editor of that publication, plus the Colchester Sun and the Essex Reporter, for three more years. She is currently news editor of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus.

On Monday, the national trade publication Editor & Publisher featured Lamdin in its “25 Under 35” list of next-generation newspaper leaders.

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Monday, February 18, 2019

Seven Days Wins 11 First-Place Awards, Including General Excellence, in Regional Media Competition

Posted By on Mon, Feb 18, 2019 at 2:24 PM

General Excellence Award
  • General Excellence Award
Seven Days, Vermont’s free, independent newsweekly, won 11 first-place awards in this year’s New England Better Newspaper Competition — including for general excellence and top honors for health, crime, government, arts and entertainment reporting, political columnist, infographic, personality profile and niche publication. The paper also won eight second-place and six third-place awards — 25 total.

The contest is organized by the New England Newspaper & Press Association; winners were announced at NENPA’s annual convention this past weekend in Boston.

NENPA members submitted more than 3,000 entries, split among five categories: daily newspapers with circulation up to 25,000; daily newspapers with circulation more than 25,000; weekly newspapers with circulation up to 6,000; weekly newspapers with circulation more than 6,000; and specialty publications. Seven Days — which circulates 36,000 copies every Wednesday — competed against numerous other large, New England weeklies.

Here’s what judges had to say about Seven Days’ 11 first-place awards:

Seven Days received second-place honors for best overall website, its investigative reporting series on the nonprofit sector, Give and Take, and for Kids VT, Seven Days’ monthly parenting magazine. Alicia Freese won second place for her education reporting on Saint Michael’s College and health reporting on inmates and addiction. Molly Walsh received second place for her human interest feature on Ryan McLaren, who experienced a life-altering ski accident. Eva Sollberger brought home a second-place award for her video on the “March for our Lives” in Vermont’s capital. Lastly, Kym Balthazar came in second place for her cover illustration on the March 21, 2018, issue.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Seven Days Hires Kate O’Neill for a New Reporting Project on the Opioid Epidemic

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:52 AM

Kate O'Neill - JAMES BUCK
  • James Buck
  • Kate O'Neill
Burlington-based weekly Seven Days has launched a yearlong reporting project chronicling the opioid epidemic in Vermont and efforts to address it. The designated writer of “Hooked: Stories and Solutions From Vermont’s Opioid Crisis” is Kate O’Neill, who has personal experience with the crisis: Her sister, Burlington mom Madelyn Linsenmeir, died last October after years battling addiction.

O’Neill described her sister’s struggles in a heartbreaking obituary published locally in Seven Days. It spread quickly on social media, shared by national reporters and celebrities — even Ivanka Trump. Millions of people worldwide read it, and more than 1,000 left online comments describing their own experiences with addiction.

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Friday, December 14, 2018

Seven Days Wins 18 Awards in Vermont Press Association Contest

Posted By on Fri, Dec 14, 2018 at 2:22 PM

Alicia Freese
  • Alicia Freese
Seven Days newspaper won 18 awards Thursday at the Vermont Press Association’s annual meeting in Montpelier. Those included six first-place prizes and the prestigious Mavis Doyle Award, which went to staff writer Alicia Freese.

The paper swept the “Best State Story” category. First place went to the entire Seven Days news team for its five-week “Give and Take” series, which examined Vermont’s nonprofit economy. Staff writer Taylor Dobbs, political editor Paul Heintz and political columnist John Walters jointly took the second-place prize for their coverage of a pitched battle over the state’s gun laws. Third place in the category went to Heintz for a story documenting the decline of Vermont’s dairy industry.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Seven Days Hires Three Staff Writers

Posted By on Wed, Dec 5, 2018 at 12:18 PM

Vermont’s independent newsweekly, Seven Days, has hired three experienced writers to join its editorial staff.

Kevin McCallum
  • Kevin McCallum
Kevin McCallum, who shared in the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news, will join Seven Days’ Statehouse bureau in January. The veteran journalist spent 13 years as a business and then city hall reporter for the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa, California. There, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer for its coverage of the wildfires that devastated Sonoma County in October 2017. McCallum spent the past several months driving his family east in an RV in hopes of resettling in his native New England.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Social Sentinel, Burlington Code Academy and Maureen McElaney Win Awards at 12th Vermont Tech Jam

Posted By on Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 2:07 PM

BTV Ignite executive director Dennis Moynihan with Social Sentinel team, 2018 Innovation Award winners - STEPHEN MEASE
  • Stephen Mease
  • BTV Ignite executive director Dennis Moynihan with Social Sentinel team, 2018 Innovation Award winners
Social Sentinel, a Burlington-based company that identifies threatening content on social media, was among the winners of the 2018 Tech Jam awards, presented last Friday at the 12th Vermont Tech Jam. The prizes,  given annually by the Vermont Technology Alliance, BTV Ignite and Seven Days, recognize leaders in the state's tech ecosystem.

Social Sentinel won the Innovation award. Burlington Code Academy, a 12-week coding bootcamp, won the Startup award after triumphing in the  LaunchVT competition in the spring. Maureen McElaney, founder of the Burlington Chapter of Girl Develop It, is the area's top tech ambassador.

Each received a statuette of the Tech Jam mascot, handcrafted by clay artist John Brickels.

Also honored from the podium were the winners of BTV Ignite's first Reverse Pitch award, who each received a $10,000 grant to pursue their work. The prizes went to Code Shepherd, a teaching platform that brings subject matter experts, teachers and students together via a live video chat, and Learning Portals, which uses augmented and virtual reality technologies to let learners join classrooms and other experiences remotely — in the case of extended illnesses, for example.

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Find Jobs, Make Connections and Learn About Local Innovation at the Vermont Tech Jam

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 10:26 AM

Vermonters will learn about drone swarms, corporate data breaches and new innovation spaces at Seven Days’ Vermont Tech Jam, a free event on Friday, October 19, at the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction. The state’s top tech firms will be there, too: Dozens of Vermont’s fastest-growing companies are expected on the Expo floor, along with local colleges and training programs. Most exhibitors are hiring.

The schedule includes nine presentations organized along two tracks: one for entrepreneurs and business owners; a second for professionals who want to take their careers to the next level. Several researchers, artists and makers will also set up demos and displays in an Emerging Tech Showcase.

The 2018 Tech Jam is presented by Vermont Works. "A fundamental pillar of Vermont Works is job creation and talent retention,” said Robert Zulkoski, chairman and managing partner of Vermont Works Management Co., “so supporting Tech Jam was an easy decision for us. We're looking forward to working with the Seven Days team to continue to develop this flagship event over the next few years, bringing in influential keynote speakers and highlighting the breadth of innovation happening throughout the state.”

“And,” Zulkoski added, “in just a couple of years, we hope to host events like this in the Vermont Innovation Commons at Cambrian Rise, a hub for the state's entrepreneurship ecosystem.”

The 12th Vermont Tech Jam is also sponsored by an array of Vermont companies and organizations: Logic Supply, VIP, the University of Vermont Medical Center, SunCommon, Data Innovations,, GW Plastics, Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development, Department of Labor, Vermont Tech Council, Norwich University and Green Mountain Power, with additional support from RESOLUTE Partners, Vermont Business Magazine and the Vermont Technology Alliance.

The 12th Vermont Tech Jam offers:

  • Dozens of exhibitors, including all of the sponsors, plus companies such as Beta Technologies, Vermont Systems, Revision, NRG Systems and Vermont Mechanical.
  • Emerging Tech Showcase: Discover exciting local projects under development, see dramatic data visualizations, and experience an immersive 3D soundscape.
  • Keynote Address: Choreographer, entrepreneur and Brown University professor Sydney Skybetter will describe his peculiar professional trajectory from ballet dancer to technology expert. He’ll explore a gamut of emerging phenomena — including drone swarms, artificial intelligence and self-driving cars. Using choreography as a frame, Skybetter will discuss some of the risks and economic opportunities of our unfolding technologic era.
  • Anatomy of a Data Breach: Your company has been hacked. How do you respond? Experts in law enforcement, cybersecurity, legal affairs, cyber insurance and public relations go step-by-step through a data breach scenario at a mid-size Vermont company in this workshop, organized by Vermont’s Office of the Attorney General.
  • Reinvent Yourself: Attention, experienced workers re-entering the workforce or seeking a new field! In this hands-on workshop, career marketing specialists Lindsey Lathrop-Ryan and Jane Taylor of FromWithin Coaching explore ways to rebuild your résumé — and your confidence.
  • If You Build It: Representatives from two new developments on opposite sides of the state — Vermont Innovation Commons in Burlington and the Black River Innovation Campus in Springfield — explain how they intend to boost economic activity and investment in Vermont.
  • Power Up: Women in Tech Roundtables: In this small group breakout session, facilitated by Vermont Works for Women, experienced women in tech fields discuss how to get started and how to get ahead in male-dominated STEM fields. Discussion leaders include Janette Bombardier, chief technical officer of Chroma Technology Corp.; Meghan Purvis, scrum master at; and Tasha Dickinson, product manager at Logic Supply.
  • Artificial Intelligence Gathering: Advances in AI will create new opportunities for Vermont researchers and entrepreneurs and new challenges for workers and regulators. Hear from experts about what’s at stake for Vermont.
  • Tech Jobs in Journalism: Vermont’s media outlets still need reporters and editors, but they also employ data crunchers, online community managers and web video producers. In this panel discussion, tech-savvy staffers from Seven Days, Vermont Public Radio, VTDigger and the Valley News explain what they do, where they learned to do it and how they keep up with whatever’s next.
  • The Tech Jam Awards: On Friday afternoon, BTV Ignite, the Vermont Technology Alliance and Seven Days present the three Tech Jam Awards, for the leading local innovator, tech ambassador and startup.

The Vermont Tech Jam was conceived in 2008 by Seven Days, the Vermont Technology Alliance and a coalition of public and private sector partners who sought to increase the visibility of the state’s vibrant, and growing, technology sector. The event is produced by Seven Days, with organizational support from the Vermont Technology Alliance.

For more information, a complete schedule and a list of exhibitors, visit

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Calories Don't Count During Seven Days Burger Week

Posted By on Tue, Oct 2, 2018 at 12:17 PM

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Seven Days, Vermont’s free and independent weekly newspaper, is excited to announce all the juicy details of its inaugural Burger Week!

For seven days, November 2-8, more than 30 participating restaurants will be serving up burger specials that diners will flip for. Think breakfast burgers, triple-deckers, veggie burgers and, of course, good old-fashioned beef patties. There will also be an opportunity for burger fanatics to win epic prizes throughout the week.

For the list of participating restaurants visit
Want to become a participating restaurant? Email

Burger Week is sponsored by Budweiser, The Essex, Vermont’s Culinary Resort & Spa and Northeast Beef Promotion Initiative.

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