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Rental Housing Bill to Return as Part of New, Larger Measure – Seven Days01.12.22

Faced with an impasse over some disputed issues in the rental housing bill that Gov. Phil Scott vetoed in July, housing advocates plan to take a different approach this winter, creating a larger, more comprehensive housing bill that includes permitting and other matters.

The rental housing bill, S.79, would have established a statewide registry of rentals and created paid inspector positions through the state Division of Fire Safety, replacing the volunteer health officer positions now used in most Vermont towns.

Adding additional restrictions, costs and hoops to jump through will not only reduce the number of long-term rentals, but also short-term lodging options when we have a surge in tourists, including foliage and ski seasons, Scott said in a letter that explained the veto.He added that efforts to address the states housing crisis should include permit reform.

Disappointed supporters dont have the votes they need to override the governors veto, and in conversations with the administration this fall, they did not arrive at changes that suited both parties. Their solution is a new measure, S.210, that will include permitting reform and other housing-related ideas in what Sen. Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) described Monday as an omnibus housing bill.

"The goal is to make new construction easier and more affordable, Sirotkin said. There are many things we can do in terms of smart growth, land use planning and housing rehabilitation.

Sirotkin said he expects to see several housing-related measures introduced this year as the state looks for ways to spend billions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief money. Lawmakers and the administration have already committed hundreds of millions to housing initiatives, including new construction.

Well confine them all to one bill, he said.

Supporters of S.79 dont see a clear path forward to reaching agreement with the governors office on the disputed measures. Sarah Carpenter, the chair of the states Rental Housing Advisory Board, said she doesnt understand why the governors office is so deeply opposed to the rental registry as described in S.79.

Im still perplexed, said Carpenter, noting that the owners of short- and long-term rentals are already subject to inspection. We register dog groomers and tattoo artists. Why dont we want to know where rental property owners are?"

Tayt Brooks, deputy secretary for the Agency of Commerce and Community Development, told the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee last Wednesday that one of the main sticking points was the addition of the five inspector positions at the Division of Fire Safety.

"What the governor was trying to achieve within the veto letter was a roadmap for the legislature to get to a place where he could sign off on said bill," Brooks told the committee, which Sirotkin chairs.

The committee was due to take up the matter of the new housing bill Tuesday and continue on Wednesday, though Sirotkin noted that it will take weeks to craft the new measure.

It might not be crucial for all of the disagreements to be worked out, said Rep. Tom Stevens (D-Waterbury), a longtime housing advocate who has been deeply involved in S.79.

We worked with the administration for three years on this bill, and we were disappointed in the veto, Stevens said. But were going to continue to move forward to do what is best in dealing with the housing crisis. That includes trying to create a bill that will garner support in the House and Senate that can override a potential veto.

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Lost Purple Heart Reunited With Vt. Family – NECN11.13.21

This Veterans Day, a group of vets and their supporters in Vermont's Addison County celebrated victory in a very special mission.

American Legion Post 19 in Bristol was key to solving a mystery of sorts, reconnecting a nearby family with a priceless military artifact that had been lost after a long and twisting journey.

"It was a surprise," said Wayne Darling of Monkton, referring to how he recently learned of the rediscovery of the original Purple Heart honoring an uncle he never knew.

Clay Darling was a radioman and gunner on a torpedo-bombing plane in World War II when he was shot down. His remains were never recovered.

According to the commander of Vermont's American Legion Post 19, the medal had been sent to Darling's grieving mother in Idaho, but when she died, it was handed around and even used as payment in trade for an artist's services.

It was then apparently forgotten until a veteran working in an Arizona tattoo parlor found that Purple Heart in the shop's storage area.

It is unclear how the Purple Heart got to Arizona, according to people involved with the project to return it.

The tattoo shop employee knew she had to act, so started researching the name engraved on the back of the medal. Additional searches pointed to Vermont and Ron LaRose of American Legion Post 19.

"This is what the Legion's all about," said LaRose, who promised to reunite the heart with the fallen serviceman's relatives. "We're in the job of taking care of veterans."

Darling's family can't stop saying "thank you" to everyone who had a hand in getting the Purple Heart back where it belongs.

"It's just so impressive that they have this code that they make sure they take care of their own," said Darling's niece, Chris Cook of Charlotte. "It's really important to us to have this back to our family."

"At some point, I'd like to get to all those relatives sprinkled around the country take it with me when I travel so they can see it," Wayne Darling said of the Purple Heart.

The Darling family vowed never to let the rediscovered Purple Heart be misplaced again.

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The newest souvenir: a tattoo from your trip – The Boston Globe11.13.21

Almost daily we have tourists coming in before they go back home, Gonzales said. Sometimes its a California poppy or a palm tree or a little California bear, or a big thing is to get an outline of the state and theyll get a star where San Diego is, Gonzales said.

Its like a time stamp thats going to stand the test of time and be able to strike up that memory whenever people see it.

As the popularity of tattoos continues to increase, so has the idea of using them to remember a special trip or destination. These can range from tattoos of iconic landmarks to tattoos of the globe, a compass, a passport stamp, an airplane, or an inspirational quotation Robert Frosts miles to go before I sleep, for instance, or J.R.R. Tolkiens not all who wander are lost to convey a general love of travel.

Its just nice to have it on me, said Stephanie Orswell, a Medfield native studying toward her doctorate in England and a member of an international network of women travel aficionados called Her Adventures, who has four travel-related tattoos along her right arm, including one of an elephant to commemorate a trip to Thailand.

I just look down and I see, oh, yeah theres my elephant. Its kind of nice having it always there with me.

Chris DeBarges customers at Bird in Hand tattoo shop in Newton often want more universal reminders of their travel. It might be an outline of a map or a palm tree, or more generic stuff like mountains, DeBarge said. Hes had three clients return from Costa Rica and get tattoos of the words pura vida, a common saying there that means pure life.

Something like that is perfect, DeBarge said. Its not a huge tattoo but its enough to have that memory.

Six of Retha Charettes eight tattoos are travel related, collected in her role as a guide for the travel companies Whoa and Damesly.

Each one has a story behind it, said Charette, who is from Wareham even if only certain people understand them.

Down one leg, for instance, is the elevation profile of the Long Trail in Vermont, where Charette now lives. To some people its just a squiggly line, but [hikers comment], Thats a trail. What trail is it? " Charette also has the coordinates on her arm of a peak she climbed in Antarctica, a Machu Picchu passport stamp, and the words imara kama simba, Swahili for strong like a lion, on her forearm to remember summiting Mount Kilimanjaro.

Its not to show off to other people, she said. Some people arent into tattoos, and thats cool. Theyre really just for me.

It was because of travel that westerners learned of tattoos in the first place, during James Cooks expedition to Tahiti, from which Cooks crew returned with what the islanders called tattaus.

Tattos have always been totemistic, said Dave Marden, a photographer from Framingham who specializes in the tattoo scene. Theyve always been something to remember the trip by.

Tattooing has attained wide popular acceptance. Three in 10 Americans have at least one tattoo, up from two in 10 a decade ago, according to an Ipsos poll.

Still, Melita Reardon waited until she was 48 when, in May, she had a set of three waves inked on her bicep after traveling to Mexico on a womens surfing trip.

Making that leap later in life, I had to have something with a story behind it, said Reardon, who lives near Portsmouth, N.H., and is also a Her Adventures member. She called her tattoo a meaningful souvenir thats not going into the back of a closet somewhere. Its a really personal reminder of this one particular experience that was transformative for me.

Thats the primary reason one study found that people give for getting a tattoo: to mark a significant experience.

A tattoo is a mark and a mark signifies a time or place, something we can memorialize forever, said Pat Sinatra, owner of Pats Tats in Woodstock, N.Y., and president of the Alliance of Professional Tattooists.

Some tattoo enthusiasts travel to sample different styles and techniques, which vary geographically and by culture Japanese horimono, for example, which uses needles bundled at the end of a bamboo rod; single-needle tattoos applied in Jerusalem by the worlds oldest continuously operating tattoo business, using ancient patterns etched on wooden blocks; or sak yant tattoos, which Thai Buddhist monks offer as a blessing.

Some like to try out different tattoo artists, whose work they can see and with whom they can connect more easily than in the past thanks to social media.

Thats how Lauren Kendzierski, a chef and entrepreneur who owns Black Rabbit Farm in Southwick, came to incorporate tattoos into her travel plans.

Its a great opportunity to get artists and styles you cant get at home, Kendzierski said.

Her tattoos arent necessarily location-specific, but reflect the local tattoo scene.

Im not into buying tchotchkes, buying a T-shirt or something, she said. I want to get something beautiful Ill have forever.

The process, Kendzierski said, is always an experience. Its also a great way to meet new people and find a cool place to eat or get a good drink wherever youre traveling. And the tattoos are kind of like a brain tool for remembering what you talked about, what the day was like.

Travelers who come to Boston do this, too, said Rueben Kayden, who manages Chameleon Tattoo and goes by the professional name Horikei.

Tattoo artists have always been a subculture, so when you meet people who are like-minded, you definitely bond, Kayden said in the shop in Harvard Square during a rare lull.

Chameleon keeps a folder of tattoo designs devoted to Bostonisms for visitors: the Red Sox and Bruins Bs, a shamrock, the Citgo sign in Kenmore Square.

So widespread has this become that one Seattle hotel has brought in a tattoo artist in residence.

Coming out of such a strange time, people are looking for very personal experiences when they travel that resonates with them and with the destination theyve chosen. And whats more personal than a tattoo? said Allison Wied, director of sales for Thompson Seattle, which she said tends to attract people who are more on the forefront of trends.

Tattoo artists also visit their counterparts when traveling, said Kaydens colleague, Paul Kapp, leaning on a drafting table outside the booths where customers get inked. My wife and I try to get tattoos wherever we are. It doesnt matter what it is, said Kapp, who has a tattoo of a Polynesian turtle from Bora Bora and one of a troll from Iceland.

After 10 years, that passport expires and you throw it in a drawer and forget about it, Kapp said. A tattoo is like your permanent passport stamp.

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Adeles CBS special tops this weeks online music picks – cleveland.com11.13.21

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One queen says Hello, and more, to another as Adele and Oprah Winfrey hook up for One Night Only at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, on CBS. The occasion, of course, is Adele Adkins anxiously anticipated new album, 30, coming on Nov. 19, which has already launched a No. 1 single (Easy on Me) and tied up the worlds vinyl LP manufacturing plants with blockbuster advance orders. Adele will perform from Los Angeles, then talk to Winfrey about 30, her divorce, weight loss and other matters that are keeping us on the edge of our seats. The show also streams on Paramount+.

Other events (all subject to change)...


Coldplays venue-opening show at Seattles Climate Pledge Arena begins streaming today on Prime Video. The group has also released a four-track EP from the concert.

Halestorms VIP: One Meet & Greet series continues at 6:30 p.m., with additional sessions on Nov. 13, 15, 17 and 18. Tickets for all via

The only performance by the all-star group Muzz -- featuring members of Interpol, the Walkmen and more -- was filmed and streams at 7 p.m. Tickets via

Dark Star Orchestra pays tribute to the Grateful Dead at 8 p.m. and again on Saturday, Nov. 13 from the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y. Tickets via

Nicholas Barron and the Strapping Owls play the blues at 8:45 p.m. Tickets via

Shwayze performs at 10 p.m. from the Mercury Lounge in New York. Tickets via

Black Dice rolls, and rocks, at 10:45 p.m. from Queens. N.Y. Tickets via


The Vermont Symphony Orchestra launches its Classical Series, virtual, at 9 a.m. Tickets via

Jackson Browne performs on this weeks episode of PBS Austin City Limits. Check local listings.

Pro trio the Omnific plays live at 1 p.m. from Melbourne, Australia. Tickets via

The BellRays stream live at 2 p.m., free via Facebook Live.

Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness hosts the annual benefit concert for McMahons Dear Jack Foundation, benefiting programs for young adult concert patients, survivors and their families at 6:45 p.m. from the Fillmore in Philadelphia. Tickets via

Sing-Songwriter Carrie Newcomer promises that I Will Sing a New Song at 8 p.m., raising funds for hospitas in St. Louis and Watchung, N.J. Tickets via

Sierra Ferrell performs at 8 p.m. from New Yorks Mercury Lounge. Tickets via

The Duke Sings Nina: A Tribute celebrates Nina Simone at 8:45 p.m. Tickets via

Jessie James Decker takes the stage at 9 p.m. for the Grand Olde Oprys weekly broadcast. Watch via

Pigeons Playing Ping Pong come live at 11 p.m. from the Mission Ballroom in Denver. Tickets via

Taylor Swift celebrates her new Red (Taylors Version) release with a performance at 11:30 p.m on NBCs Saturday Night Live. Jonathan Majors hosts. Check local listings.

Rival Sons rock live from the House of Blues in Anaheim at 11:30 p.m. Tickets via


K-pops Seventeen streams the first of two Power of Love performances, spotlighting its new mini-album Attaca, at 3 a.m., with the second slated for Nov. 21. tickets via

Stereolab, Girls Band and more perform for the Pitchfork Music Festival London at 3 p.m. from the Roundhouse. Tickets via

The Escher Quartet plays chamber classics at 4 p.m. Tickets via

Janusz Olejniczak plays a solo piano concert at 8:45 p.m. Tickets via

James Arthur will be Stripped Back at the Royal Albert Hall in London at 9 p.m. Tickets via


The Wild Feathers rock live, and for free, at 7 p.m. on

Kat Von D puts down the tattoo pen and picks up the mic with her band at 9 p.m. for The Love Made Me Do It Experience from Los Angeles. Tickets via


Alicia Keys recent concert at the Apollo Theater in Harlem airs at 6 p.m. on SiriusXMs Heart & Soul channel. It will repeat on Dec. 10 on the Alicia Keys Radio channel and the SXM App.


The Soul Rebels, joined by Tank of Tank & the Bangas, plays live at 8 p.m. from Ardmore, Pa. Tickets via

Martin Hayes, Cormac McCarthy and Brian Donnellan play a Masters of Tradition concert at 8 p.m. from Ireland. Tickets via

Robyn Hitchcocks weekly virtual performance takes place at 9 p.m. Tickets via

The female trio Mountain Man celebrates the 11th anniversary of its debut album, Made the Harbor, at 9 p.m. with a performance filmed in North Carolina. Tickets via

Singer-songwriter Liz Cooper streams a performance at 11:15 p.m. Tickets via


The Canadian prog rock duo Crown Lands streams a one-hour concert at 2 p.m. via and

Montana singer-songwriter Stephanie Quayle plays live at 7 p.m., bookended by virtual pre- and post-show Meet & Greet sessions. Tickets for all via

The quartet Blue Water Highway performs at 7 p.m. Tickets via

HBOs Music Box documentary series returns with Jagged, a movie about Alanis Morissettes Jagged Little Pill -- which the singer herself has dismissed -- at 8 p.m.

The Del McCoury Band and Seth Walker perform live at 8 p.m. from Ardmore, Pa. Tickets via

Dance the night away, virtually, at 8 p.m. with Back to the Jungle, featuring Monkey Safari, MindGazm, Ria Mehta and Joey Greiner from Brooklyn. Access via

Jazz vocalist Michele Thomas celebrates a new album at 8:45 p.m. Tickets via

Justin Bieber -- An Interactive Virtual Experience crashes the metaverse at 9 p.m. -- for free via Biebers YouTube Channel or

Troubadour Pink Sweat$ streams live at 10:30 p.m. from Concord Music Hall in Chicago. Tickets via

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Pigasus Meats and NOFA-VT Soil Health Stewards Invest in the Earth – Seven Days11.02.21

Phelan O'Connor, co-owner of Pigasus Meats in South Hero, was raised vegetarian. He never thought much about his diet until he started working on the school farm while studying at Warren Wilson College in North Carolina. Tending beef cattle there, O'Connor saw firsthand how animals can interact with the land in both positive and negative ways.

"Every little change you make where you put a group of animals, what you feed them, how you move them can make a big impact," O'Connor said.

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During college, O'Connor, now 31, also learned that all forms of agricultural food production impact the Earth. From an environmental perspective, he explained, a veggie burger made from a monocrop of soybeans is not inherently better than a hamburger from a well-managed, grass-based livestock operation. Even wild sources of food, such as game, change the natural environment. "White-tailed deer have impact, too," he said.

In recent years, agriculture has captured headlines both for its contributions to the climate crisis and for its vulnerability to increased extreme weather. O'Connor and his wife, Kelsey, 33, are among those who believe that both issues can be addressed by livestock farming that prioritizes investment in the soil.

The couple maintain that how they farm pigs and chickens provides a good life for the animals, produces nutritious food and "cares for the biggest thing: the planet itself," Phelan O'Connor said. "We're trying to put the soil first. One way we do that is with our animals."

Pigasus is one of 11 farms in the inaugural cohort of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont's statewide Jack Lazor Memorial Soil Health Stewards program. It ran from April through October of this year and helped farmers expand their knowledge of soil fertility and pasture management.

The O'Connors and a small crew are raising 330 pigs and managing 1,600 laying hens on the 170-acre conserved farm they bought in 2017. Their popular stand at the summer Burlington Farmers Market often has a long line for breakfast sandwiches made with the farm's eggs and sausage. The flock produces about 44,000 dozen eggs annually, which are also sold to restaurants and at retail stores throughout northwestern Vermont. The farm's pork from whole hogs to sausages goes to local restaurants, a few farmstands and specialty markets.

During the pandemic, the farm's email list leapt from 60 to 300 names, with a comparable rise in sales.

On a recent Monday morning, Phelan O'Connor stood in a 2.5-acre paddock that contained 59 pigs. The animals rooted, nibbled on grass and investigated a trio of visitors. "We raise a lot of curious animals," he said.

The pigs and chickens spend about half the year outside, moving from paddock to paddock on 65 acres of pasture. In this carefully managed rotational grazing, nutrients from the animals' waste improve soil health, and animal activity stimulates plant growth below the soil's surface. The chickens enter each paddock after the pigs have left, scratching through the manure for insect larvae and trampling down the vegetation, which creates "armor for the soil," O'Connor explained.

He described his pigs as "mutts," a mix of heritage breeds that do well on pasture, including Yorkshire, Duroc, Tamworth, Berkshire and Gloucestershire Old Spot. Jeremy Wood, chef de cuisine at Dedalus Stowe Wine Bar, buys whole hogs from Pigasus and uses 100 percent of each animal in his dishes, such as grilled bone-in pork chops with mustard sauce and pig's head roulade with candied hazelnuts and tangerine. The fact that the pigs are raised humanely on pasture aligns with Wood's ethical sourcing goals. It also "results in some of the most tender, flavorful pork I've ever had," he said.

Pigasus is the only farm in this year's Soil Health Stewards cohort that is not raising cows, sheep or goats. Unlike those ruminants, pigs and chickens cannot thrive solely on grass, but O'Connor said that well-managed pasture can satisfy more of his pigs' dietary needs than generally thought. "We're shooting for 20 to 30 percent of their nutrition [coming] from improved forages," he explained.

O'Connor said he has appreciated the information and connections to other Vermont farmers he gained through the Soil Health Stewards program. "There's always more to learn," he noted.

Neither O'Connor nor his wife, natives of Virginia and western Massachusetts, respectively, came from farming backgrounds. But they were drawn to the work at Warren Wilson, where they met. They moved to Vermont in 2013 and incubated their new business at Stony Pond Farm in Fairfield before buying their South Hero farm. Kelsey also works in Burlington as a pediatric nurse, and the couple have a 7-month-old son.

Phelan O'Connor has a tattoo of red clover, the Vermont state flower, on his right arm. "People say, 'You must really love Vermont,'" he said with a chuckle. "But I didn't even know I was going to move here when I got the tattoo in college." He decided on clover, he said, because it's good for pollinators, offers strong nutrition to grazing animals and fixes beneficial nitrogen in the soil, making it accessible to plants and animals.

When the O'Connors bought their farm, they faced a lot of work to improve the soil's health. Many of the fields had been hayed for years without much investment in the soil. It takes time to build up fertility that supports nutritious forage, and rotational grazing is a labor-intensive method.

In early spring, the pigs are moved as often as three to four times a day to protect fragile, wet soil and to make sure they don't overgraze emerging plants. In the summer and fall, the timing of animal rotations depends on how the grass is growing but averages about every 12 to 24 hours. Most of the moves involve guiding the pigs to an adjacent fresh paddock by using temporary electric fencing as a cordon. With practice, the team got it down. "We can move 60 pigs in about five minutes," O'Connor said.

Although it might seem counterintuitive that the act of grazing can help build soil health, he explained how nipping the foliage tips prevents seed heads from developing and stimulates plants to send out deeper roots. That, in turn, pulls more carbon into the soil, builds soil structure and helps plants better tolerate dry periods.

The rests between animal rotations are also key to optimal pasture health, O'Connor explained. During the fast-growing spring, a paddock might need only 25 to 35 days to recover from grazing. In the height of summer, it might need 90 days. "Managing soil is really managing rest periods," O'Connor said.

The Pigasus team is also actively improving pasture plant variety and quality. In August, they seeded radish, grazing brassicas, alfalfa, clovers and chicory over 12 acres. Pigs are natural rooters, and when forage quality is low, they will root rather than graze, which can disturb the soil more than is ideal. "It's not the easiest path to pasture pigs," O'Connor said.

To build the soil, manage water flow and nourish the plants, the farmers are experimenting by adding composted winter animal bedding to three fields in the form of windrows.

Above the pig paddock, O'Connor walked over to the long curved windrow, which looked like a giant brown caterpillar making its way across the pasture's lower slope. He pulled off a handful of plants from below the windrow where growth was markedly lusher than above. "This is all great pig forage and good for pollinators, too," he said, pointing out red and white clover, bed straw, meadow grass, plantain, and dandelion. "I'm stoked about these dandelion leaves."

The windrows also help disperse and absorb precipitation heading down the hillside, O'Connor explained. As the flow hits the windrow, "the water picks up nutrients and fertilizes the land. We try to keep the water on the farm," he said. "This is how we can have the most impact in our community, on the landscape, even [on] the lake."

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont created the statewide Soil Health Stewards program in tribute to the late Jack Lazor, a pioneering organic farmer and cofounder of Butterworks Farm in Westfield. Through an equipment cooperative, organized farm visits guided by grazing experts, online meetups and informal networking, farmers from 11 Vermont farms, including Pigasus Meats, deepened their knowledge about soil fertility and pasture management.

"Having strong, healthy soil makes you more resilient in terms of drought or heavy rain," said Bill Cavanaugh, NOFA-VT's Soil Health Stewards program facilitator. "It holds nutrients and water better. It fights erosion. It yields more and better feed. It also sequesters more carbon."

Program funding of $15,000 was initiated by a $5,000 gift in Jack Lazor's honor from Stonyfield Organic, with matching funds provided by the Lazor family and Organic Valley.

Stonyfield Organic cofounder Gary Hirshberg knew and admired Jack Lazor from the early years of the organized organic farming movement in the late 1970s. "We were from the same tribe," Hirshberg said. "Jack was a shining example of what it takes to be successful as a small, organic farm business."

Hirshberg's understanding of "the critical importance of soil health for ecological stability" also goes back that far, he said. "It's now too late to stop climate change. The key here is adaptation and mitigation," he continued. "The only way that we're going to do that is to take carbon out of the atmosphere the carbon that we've already put in and that will continue to go into the atmosphere for decades to come and put it back into our earth. The best way to do that is soil carbon sequestration, and that's what organic agriculture does every day."

Butterworks Farm cofounder Anne Lazor proposed the idea behind the Soil Health Stewards program after NOFA-VT approached her for input on how to use Stonyfield's gift. Her husband, who died last November, was passionate about building and protecting soil, she said.

When Jack was alive, they rarely took a fourth cut of hay, Anne recalled. "We would just leave [this] beautiful crop of hay. All the other farmers shaved their fields ... They didn't understand. They'd offer to cut it for us and we'd say, 'No, we're leaving that for the soil.'"

In that spirit, Anne said, she asked NOFA-VT to develop a program "that could really inspire farmers to pay attention to what's under their feet, under their crops and under their animals' feet."

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Derby Barracks / Kidnapping and other charges, suspect at large – Barton Chronicle10.08.21

The Vermont State Police is seeking a suspect in a series of crimes in northeastern Vermont and is advising the public to use caution with the individual in question. The suspect is identified as Ivan Carmona, 29, of Springfield, Massachusetts.

On 9/24/21 the Vermont State Police Derby Barracks took a report of an incident that had occurred on 9/23/21. It was reported a suspect had taken the victim from their residence in Newport at gunpoint, assaulted them and held them against their will overnight at a location in Brownington. On 9/24/21 the victim was able to leave and contacted State Police.

At approximately 1830 hours on 9/24/21, Newport Police and State Police received a report that the suspect was back at the victims residence. Units responded to the scene and observed the suspect leaving the residence. The suspect fled upon seeing marked police units and a pursuit was authorized. The suspect was pursued through Newport and into Coventry where the pursuit was terminated on Coventry Station Rd.

The case was investigated over the subsequent days and on 9/28/21 probable cause was developed that the accused had been residing at a residence in Brownington. A search warrant was granted by the Court.

On 9/29/21, Troopers in the area of the suspected residence located Kassandra Medellin-Oliver, of the Orleans County area, who was the subject of an active instate arrest warrant on a probation violation arising from drug-related charges and suspected to be an associate of the accused. Medellin-Oliver fled on foot from Troopers and was quickly apprehended.

Additional Troopers including the Tactical Services Unit and Crisis Negotiation Unit responded to the suspected residence and the search warrant was executed. As a result of the operation, Eddie Torres, 35, was placed under arrest on an active warrant for drug-related charges out of Massachusetts.Additionally, evidence was recovered which led to the accused from the incidents on 9/23 and 9/24 being positively identified as Ivan Carmona, of Massachusetts. Carmona was not located at the residence and is believed to have fled.

Due to the ongoing nature of this investigation, information regarding the victims identity is being withheld at this time.

Carmona is a male approximately 510 and 150 lbs with close cropped dark hair and facial hair, a tattoo on the left side of his neck, and a tattoo on his left calf. His ears and lower lip are pierced.

Carmona is wanted by Derby Troopers on suspicion of the above charges. He is considered armed and dangerous. He should not be approached, and anyone with information regarding his whereabouts should contact VSP Derby at 802-334-8881. Tips also may be submitted online anonymously at

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Gallery Walk to take on playful theme | Arts And Culture | – The Manchester Journal08.09.21

BRATTLEBORO Gallery Walk director Erin Scaggs estimates that she will have checked the weather on her phone about 38 times by Friday.

Last month, the rain made attendance lower and harder to measure, but the community, hungry for the live music, art and camaraderie, still turned out.

Because we live in Vermont, and because the way it is, it rained in July, so we didnt close the street. We pivoted to some indoor locations for some of the elements, she said.

For example, Main Street Flea, the normally outdoor market, moved inside, as did the Artful Streets community arts component.

We had to adjust our expectations. We are really looking forward to this Friday, she said.

The fourth full-fledged Gallery Walk event since before the COVID-19 pandemic is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday in downtown Brattleboro, rain or shine. According to, the forecast for Friday is partly cloudy with a high of 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

The August Gallery Walk will incorporate a theme of Game On, with oversized game sets such as Twister, checkers and Bananagrams, a Brattleboro Trivia Show at the Brattleboro History Center and Museum and an educational program about baby squirrels hosted by the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center and the Brattleboro Food Co-op on the Whetstone Path in front of the co-op.

Games are everywhere. There is going to be a game for every time for everyone, Scaggs said.

There will also be an Architectural Scavenger Hunt created by the Vermont chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and brought to Brattleboro through a collaboration with Austin Design in town. In the hunt, families are invited to explore the varied, 19th- and 20th-century architectural styles of downtown Brattleboro. A clue sheet is available for download at and printed copies can be picked up at Gallery Walk. Those who submit their finished clue sheets by Aug. 31 will be entered in a drawing to win a prize.

Were very small and dense, and kind of narrow, so locals might forget to pause and look up, said Chamois Holschuh, office manager of Austin Design.

Gallery Walk, a downtown arts celebration in Brattleboro, began to take shape in the 1990s, when gallery owners planned to open their doors at the same time on Friday nights. The event took a hiatus until August 2020, when the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance rebooted Gallery Walk in the form of a locally filmed video series. The first fully in-person Gallery Walk took place the first week of May in the form of a street festival, with not only open galleries, but live music, an outdoor market and food.

One of the most exciting elements so far has been the opportunity for the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance to collaborate with a huge span of organizations, Scaggs said.

She noted the food trucks are a helpful promotion for the local businesses.

Our restaurants are understaffed and overextended so its a good fit all around in that sense, she said.

This months live music is provided by Moxie, a local indie rock band. The Stone Church also has music during Gallery Walk from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Local musicians are pumped. Most of them are over the moon at getting the opportunity for a paid gig in front of their hometown crowd, Scaggs said.

Five-year milestone

Gallery Walk is collaborating with the downtown business The Void in celebration of the shops fifth anniversary.

Alli Padaigas, co-owner of The Void, 109 Main St., said her store will be having a 20-percent off sale, and body piercings will be available for $20. There will also be raffles, and The Void owners teamed up with Gallery Walk organizers to book the evenings life music.

The Void is a smoke shop and tattoo parlor, and also sells wears such as T-shirts, hats, socks and jewelry, skateboarding supplies, vegan hair dyes, CBD products and nostalgic items such as videotapes of Metallica and Guns N Roses.

When we first opened, it was small, Padaigas said. Weve expanded quite a lot over the years, taking little pieces of me and my fianc and what we love and taking it into the business.

Padaigas owns the shop with her fianc, Michael Papagna. The shop was previously in a smaller storefront, before moving to its current space two years ago.

More information about The Void can be found on the shops Facebook page, @TheVoidVT. More information about Gallery Walk can be found on the Downtown Brattleboro Alliance Facebook page, @DowntownBrattleboro, and at

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Missing Woman Last Seen In South Bay, Authorities Say – Reverb MSN Music06.12.21

Courtesy of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Authorities are searching for Grace Cha, 47, who was last seen in Torrance Tuesday.

TORRANCE, CA Authorities are asking the public to help find a 47-year-old woman who suffers from schizophrenia and bipolar disorder who was reported missing Wednesday morning. She was last seen in Torrance.

Grace Cha was last seen about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Carson Street and Vermont Avenue, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Cha is described as Asian, 5 feet, 2 inches tall and weighs 155 pounds. She has short black and gray hair and brown eyes, with a tattoo of roses and a skull on her right arm and a nose piercing. She was last seen wearing a black leather jacket and blue jeans, carrying three luggage bags, the department said.

Anyone with information on Cha's whereabouts was asked to call the sheriff's Missing Persons Unit at 323-890-5500. Anyone who wants to be anonymous can provide tips by calling Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477 or submitted online at


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The site of a storied gay bar once owned by Judy Garland and her then-husband Sid Luft could make way for 30 apartments and 1,649 square feet of commercial space in East Hollywood, according to a development application submitted to Los Angeles City Planning this week.

Known as The Red Rouge and later Faultline Bar, the business is reportedly moving to a new location. However, the venue at 4216 Melrose Avenue and a neighboring structure housing a tattoo parlor, CrossFit gym and four apartments could be replaced by a modern mixed-use building.

Alex Amirkhanian, the co-founder of Los Angeles-based Tower Investments Group, is listed as the applicant. Plans call for a five-story building with 30 one-bedroom apartments, with three units set aside for very low income households. A total of 19 vehicle parking spaces would be provided, split between an at-grade and subterranean parking level, in addition to storage for 25 bicycles.

The projects sole commercial space, envisioned as a cafe in the renderings, is slated to occupy the corner of Melrose and New Hampshire Avenue. The ground floor would also feature a residential lobby with a mailroom, an indoor lounge, and a gym that opens onto a rear yard with synthetic turf, planters and benches.

The buildings podium design creates stepped-back outdoor space on the second floor to be used for common and private balconies. A yoga room with a walkout to the common balcony lends an indoor/outdoor feel and views of tree-lined New Hampshire Avenue. Meantime, the fifth floor boasts a movie room and a roof lounge, complete with a gas fire feature, outdoor kitchen, dining tables and lush greenery.

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The one-bedroom floorplans range from 526 to 630 square feet and incorporate a linear kitchen, reach-in or walk-in closet, in-suite laundry, and a combination tub and shower. The units facing Melrose Avenue tout spacious balconies, some as large as 298 square feet.

Designed by Bittoni Architects, the building would be characterized by ribbed precast concrete wall panels, board form concrete finish, stainless steel sheet metal, and sand finish plaster in varying colors. The roofline is angled for added visual interest, and dark-trimmed windows are paired with vertical metal picket guardrails in a contrasting white finish.

The storefronts have high ceilings and oversized windows, which creates transparency into the building and a visual connection for the pedestrian experience, explains a findings document. Storefronts along Melrose Avenue are recessed to break up the scale of the buildings facade while creating entry vestibules.

The project is seeking Tier 3 Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) incentives due to its proximity to the Vermont/Santa Monica subway station on the Metro Red Line, an eight-minute walk away. The neighborhood offers easy access to the Hollywood Freeway and is home to Los Angeles City College, the many bars and restaurants along Virgil Avenue, and independently-owned businesses like Going Underground Records and Hutch Vintage and Handmade.

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We Are Little ZombiesThe Frida Cinema305 E. 4th St. #100, Santa AnaThe moviehouse screens the 2019 Japanese film from Makoto Nagahisa as part of its Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The film is a favorite of Frida founder Logan Crow and, despite the title, its not about zombies. A portion of ticket proceeds will be donated to Stop AAPI Hate,COST: Tickets $10.50; MORE INFO

Impact with Gal Gadot Q&A The National Geographic documentary short series, directed by Vanessa Roth and hosted and executive produced by Gal Gadot, shares the stories of six women around the world. Although theyre from different backgrounds and places Brazil, Puerto Rico, Michigan, California, Louisiana and Tennessee they're all commited to improving the lives of those around them. Attend a virtual conversation about the series with Gadot, Roth and executive producer Jaron Varsano, moderated by Alex Cohen.COST: FREE with advanced registration; MORE INFO

Culture Cures: Community AltarCommunity Coalition8101 S Vermont Ave., Vermont KnollsThe South L.A. community organization holds interactive altar activities in its parking lot to honor those who lost their lives during the pandemic. Print and decorate photos of your ancestors, take Polaroids and place offerings. Temperature checks, masks and social distancing required.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Sundance Institute Indigenous Short Film TourThe 85-minute virtual program screens seven short films directed by Indigenous filmmakers, all of which were selected from recent editions of the Sundance Film Festival. The program, presented by The Autry, features fiction, documentary, animation and experimental works from around the world.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

L.A. Graffiti Black Book: Artists in ConversationThe Getty Research Institute hosts a conversation with five of artists who contributed to the L.A. Graffiti Black Book, which collects works from more than 150 Los Angeles graffiti and tattoo artists. David Brafman moderates a panel discussion with artists Eric "Cre8" Walker, Eddie "Fishe" Rico, Juan Carlos Muoz-Hernandez, Alex "Defer" Kizu and Alex "Axis" Ventura.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Gallery Talk: Hildur GunadttirThe Academy Museum of Motion Pictures holds an online discussion with composer Gunadttir (Joker, 2019). The Oscar-winning composer, cellist and vocalist discuss her creative process with Academy Museum curator Jenny He.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Independent Lens: The Donut KingThis screening and discussion focuses on the rags-to-donuts story of Ted Ngoy, a Cambodian refugee who arrived in America in 1975 to build a multimillion-dollar donut empire. Presented by PBS SoCal/KCET and Independent Lens for the CAAMFest Indie Lens Pop-Up, a panel discusses discusses perspectives on immigration, cross-cultural community relationships and the American Dream. Participants include artist Andrew Hem, Mayly Tao (owner & CEO, DKs Donuts X Donut Princess LA), director Alice Gu and producer Jos Nuez.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Breath of Fires COVID-19 MonologuesChapman Universitys Musco Center for the Arts presents a monologue series and live Q&A from the Santa Ana-based, all-Latina theater ensemble, Breath of Fire. The ensemble asked for monologue submissions that commemorate someone who passed from COVID-19. Each performance puts a face to some of the thousands of lives that were lost this past year.COST: FREE with RSVP ; MORE INFO

Nick Rattigan's project Current Joys presents a horror-comedy-play-concert-film-experience with the 'Phantom of the Highland Park Ebell.'

The Phantom of the Highland Park EbellCurrent Joys (Nick Rattigan) presents a horror-comedy-play-concert-film-experience featuring music from the new record, Voyager. As the band rehearses for the grand reopening of the Highland Park Ebell, they accidentally awaken an evil presence that has been buried in the theater. They rehearse while dodging chandeliers and that damn phantom. Theres a 72-hour replay window available for the show.COST: $20 - $69.99; MORE INFO

Teslas second-generation Roadster prototype will on view at the Petersen Automotive Museum for two weeks.

New Tesla Roadster PrototypeThe Petersen Automotive Museum6060 Wilshire Blvd., Mid-WilshireTeslas second generation Roadster prototype will be on view for two weeks on the museums second floor alongside the original 2006 prototype. The company claims the new vehicle will be able to reach speeds of more than 250 mph, accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and travel 620 miles on a full charge of its electric battery. Advanced tickets are required and social distancing guidelines will be in place.COST: $16 adult general admission; MORE INFO

Eve Gordon records 90026: Echo Park, '$10 and a Tambourine.'

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The Zip Code PlaysAntaeus Theatre Company launches the second season of audio plays featuring six original works set in different L.A. zip codes: Echo Park (90026), West Hollywood (90069), Inglewood (90303), Pacoima (91331), North Hollywood (91601) and Monterey Park (91754). The audio plays will shed light on each neighborhoods history and culture. Listen to the plays at or on various podcast platforms.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles (IFFLA)The festivals 19th edition goes virtual with a slate of narrative and documentary features and shorts. Programs include a panel featuring South Asian showrunners and a screening of Prakash Deka's Fireflies, followed by a panel on transgender and nonbinary representation in India and the diaspora. IFFLA opens with Fire in the Mountains, the 2021 Sundance debut feature by Ajitpal Singh that immerses audiences in the beauty of the Himalayan mountains. The festival is limited to viewers within California and India.COST: $20 - $40 passes; MORE INFO

11th Annual Zcalo Book Prize LectureJournalist Jia Lynn Yang delivers the annual lecture for her winning book, One Mighty and Irresistible Tide, and participates in a Q&A session with Stanford University sociologist Toms Jimnez. Angelica Esquivel, winner of the 10th Annual Zcalo Poetry Prize, delivers a public reading of her winning poem, La Mujer, before the lecture. Theres audience participation via live chat. Register to receive updates and the streaming link.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Rita Dove and Tracy K. Smith: Poetry at the CrossroadsThe former U.S. poet laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners talk about the future of American poetry and read selections from their works. The livestreamed event, presented by The Broad Stage and Red Hen Press, is moderated by author, activist and educator, Amber Flame. Add-on ticket items available, including an after-party, a gift box and a cocktail kit.COST: Tickets start at $10 ; MORE INFO

Antonia Cereijido, host of the Norco 80 podcast, welcomes guests to discuss gun culture and the militarization of the police force.

NORCO 80: The Aftermath - Guns And PoliceAntonia Cereijido, host of the LAist podcast Norco 80, moderates an in-depth, virtual roundtable about the countrys gun culture and the militarization of the police force. The events of the botched 1980 Norco bank robbery are often cited as a precursor to todays militarized police force.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Amazon Studios VOICES: API Representation in Film & MediaAmazon hosts a one-day virtual event that focuses on Asian and Pacific Islander representation in film and media. Sessions include group panels and talks that examine Hollywoods complicity in anti-Asian racism and how leaders can drive change. Participants include Daniel Dae Kim, Hari Kondabolu, Nina Yang Bongiovi, Sophia Ali, Stephanie Hsu and musical performances from AJ Rafael & Alyssa Navarro and Amber Liu.COST: FREE with RSVP; MORE INFO

Contemporary Voices in Asian American PhotographyThe Getty Museum hosts an online exhibition featuring photographic works from six contemporary artists: Soo Kim, Sze Tsung Nicols Leong, Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Christine Nguyen, Kuni Sugiura and Hiroshi Watanabe.COST: FREE; MORE INFO

HacksThe HBO Max comedy Hacks stars Jean Smart as a Las Vegas comic of a certain age whos paired with a young comedy writer (Hannah Einbinder) in an uneasy mentorship. The dark comedy about comedy was created by Broad City veterans Paul W. Downs, Lucia Aniello and Jen Statsky and produced by Parks & Rec's Mike Schur. Two episodes stream each week for five weeks.

Particpating Farmer Brothers locations are holding specials on breakfast burritos and Double Big Cheese Burgers on tax day, May 17.

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Dine and Drink DealsHere are a few options from restaurants and bars as we work our way back toward normal.

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