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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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Updated on January 30, 2014 at 1:20 PM


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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: “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

Re: “Gibberfish Aims to Protect Activists Online

Thanks for pointing out that error, Joe Di Stefano, and my apologies to you, Brian O'Donnell. I misinterpreted your explanation of Gibberfish's encryption technology. The text has now been revised online and a correction will run in next week's issue. -K

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Posted by Ken Picard on 05/04/2017 at 3:21 PM

Re: “Blowing Big at Bern Gallery's Pipe Classic 11

Hi, Paul. Actually, the glassblowers make glass bowls in a competition — hence "bowl-a-thon" like the old bowling for points competitions. As for who might have been testing said bowls: No comment.

Posted by Ken Picard on 09/27/2016 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Why Is There a House in the Middle of the Winooski River?

Thanks! Just heard from a woman who remembers taking a rope swing over to Mr Benson's island when she was little. She says her grandfather was mayor of Montpelier at the time and he helped the man retain custody of his daughter, as he was a widow and it wasn't consider proper in those years for a man to raise a girl alone. A writer's retreat isn't a bad idea...

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Posted by Ken Picard on 08/04/2016 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Three Years Later, The Hungry Heart Is Still Drawing Audiences — and Awards

As far as I know, it is not available on Netflix. However, copies of the film are available from Kingdom County Productions. Also, some public libraries have purchased copies, as have some school districts. If you contact Bess O'Brien, I'm sure she can help you find a copy or attend an upcoming screening. Visit:

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Posted by Ken Picard on 04/27/2016 at 9:31 AM

Re: “UVM's Cannabis Class Fires Up Interest in Science

This course followed a rather unusual pattern because college of medicine hadn’t previously offered special topics courses to undergrads, so they had to create new course numbers in PHRM and other college of medicine departments.

So, the PHRM 200 course is an upper-level undergraduate/graduate level course. The prerequisites are intermediate courses in biology and chemistry or neuroscience.

Posted by Ken Picard on 04/20/2016 at 3:55 PM

Re: “UVM's Cannabis Class Fires Up Interest in Science

This from Prof. Karen Lounsbury: Medical Cannabis started as Special topics 372 which is a graduate only number because college of medicine didn’t yet have special topics course number for 200 level. That’s when all the press covered it. Then we got it switched to an undergrad/grad number (special topics 296) prior to the start of the semester. In Feb, it was approved by the University as PHRM 200.

This course followed a rather unusual pattern because college of medicine hadn’t previously offered special topics courses to undergrads, so they had to create new course numbers.

Posted by Ken Picard on 04/20/2016 at 3:53 PM

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