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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Middlebury Gallery's Nip Slip Results in Instagram Ban

Posted By on Thu, Sep 26, 2019 at 9:19 PM

  • Olivia Oh @byoliviaoh
The director of a photography gallery in Middlebury said the gallery's Instagram account was banned after posting a photo of a nude woman's breasts on September 5.

James Barker of PhotoPlace Gallery said the photograph, a fine-art shot by Olivia Oh of New York City, was posted by gallery manager Megan Owen, who he said failed to notice its content. That same day, the Instagram account @photoplacegallery was shut down, and PhotoPlace staff have been unable to access it since.

According to Barker, attempts to contact Instagram have gone unanswered. He noted that PhotoPlace had never received any warning or disciplinary action from Instagram before. 

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Second Down: Buffalo Bills Hire Former Dartmouth Football Coach Callie Brownson

Posted By on Tue, Sep 3, 2019 at 12:15 PM

Callie Brownson - FILE: SARAH PRIESTAP
  • File: Sarah Priestap
  • Callie Brownson
On most Sunday afternoons during football season, a certain subset of NFL fans routinely descends upon Ruben James, the college-y sports bar and dance club on Main Street in Burlington. Unofficially, RJ's is the city's "Bills bar," where Buffalo Bills die-hards gather to root on — and in recent years, largely lament — the downtrodden AFC East club.

It's been a rough couple of decades for Bills fans since the early-1990s glory days of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Marv Levy, when the team ruled the AFC and made it to four consecutive Super Bowls. But in early September, at least, hope springs eternal for NFL fans. And as a new season begins this week, there's reason for guarded optimism in Buffalo — and by extension, at RJ's.

When fans tune in to watch the Bills play the division rival New York Jets this Sunday, much of the intrigue will center on Buffalo's nimble, rocket-armed, second-year QB Josh Allen and a feisty defense. But locals might also recognize a familiar face roaming the Buffalo sidelines.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Slideshow: Scenes From the Alt-Imate Tour at the Champlain Valley Fair

Posted By on Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 4:53 PM

On Friday, August 23, the Champlain Valley Fair kicked off with power chords and ’90s nostalgia. Under the banner of the Alt-Imate Tour, alternative rock bands Bush, Live and Our Lady Peace united for one of the area's biggest concerts of the year. Take a look.

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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Allan Nicholls, Big Heart, to Record Community-Sourced Music Video

Posted By on Thu, Aug 22, 2019 at 1:01 PM

Big Heart, from left: Tyler Mast, Clint Bierman, Allan Nicholls, Peter Day, Ryan Clausen - COURTESY OF ALLAN NICHOLLS
  • Courtesy of Allan Nicholls
  • Big Heart, from left: Tyler Mast, Clint Bierman, Allan Nicholls, Peter Day, Ryan Clausen
Allan Nicholls wants to save the world. Or at least inspire a positive attitude adjustment. So the songwriter's new band, Big Heart, is launching a unique collaborative video recording project that aims to lift spirits, one smartphone camera at a time.

This Friday, August 23, at noon, Big Heart — which also includes the Grift's Clint Bierman and Peter Day, as well as veteran local players Tyler Mast (Bearquarium) and Ryan Clausen (Haley Jane and the Primates) — will debut their new song "This Much Is True" on the steps of Middlebury's Town Hall Theater.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Sail Away: Community Sailing Center Launches Free Program

Posted By on Tue, Aug 20, 2019 at 5:00 PM

  • Courtesy of the Community Sailing Center
  • Sailors in a CSC boat
An old chestnut in sailing circles is that the best two days of a sailor's life are the day he or she buys a boat … and the day he/she sells it. For landlubbers, the joke is that, while sailing can be a blissful pastime, it's also a notoriously expensive and consuming hobby.

This week, the Community Sailing Center in Burlington announced a new initiative that will take away much of the hassle and virtually all of the expense of sailing for those looking to get out on the water.

Beginning in September, the CSC will offer weekend sailboat rentals gratis through its new Free Sailing Program, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the United States.

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Friday, August 16, 2019

WTF: Who Mowed a Giant Peace Sign in a Field Next to Mount Philo?

Posted By on Fri, Aug 16, 2019 at 6:37 PM

David Diaz's giant peace sign - PHOTO COURTESY OF DAVID DIAZ
  • Photo courtesy of David Diaz
  • David Diaz's giant peace sign
Hikers reaching the summit of Mount Philo State Park in Charlotte have yet another thing to look for amid an already breathtaking view of the landscape. Visible to the west, at the southwestern corner of State Park Road and Mount Philo Road, is a massive peace sign mowed into a hayfield. The symbol, which measures 500 feet in diameter, covers nearly six acres and is visible only from above, seems to have been created deliberately for the benefit of visitors atop the 968-foot mountain. Who created it and why?

Chalk it up to David Diaz, an ophthalmologist from Shelburne who had a vision, as it were, for commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival, which was held August 15 to 18, 1969.

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Thursday, August 15, 2019

UVM Partners With U.S. Army's Cold Regions Research Lab in New Hampshire

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 10:52 AM

Testing snow guns at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. - FILE PHOTO COURTESY OF CRREL
  • File photo courtesy of CRREL
  • Testing snow guns at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory.
Here's some very cool news out of the University of Vermont: On Wednesday, UVM announced that it has signed a partnership agreement with the U.S. Army Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), which is based in Hanover, N.H. According to a university press release, the partnership will allow UVM students to conduct math, science and engineering research in the facility's Arctic-like laboratories.

Never heard of CRREL? That's not surprising, given that the research facility, which is part of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, maintains a relatively low public profile — and even lower thermostat settings.

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Overnight Projects Installation Addresses U.S. History of Separating Families

Posted By on Thu, Aug 15, 2019 at 7:39 AM

Inside the "library" of "Liminal States" - BRIDGET HIGDON
  • Bridget Higdon
  • Inside the "library" of "Liminal States"
The heavy doors of the shipping containers creaked as Chris Thompson opened them one at a time. After lifting a spool of thick yellow extension cord from inside each container, he walked the plugs about 10 yards to an outlet.

As soon as connection was made, projector screens inside the two containers whirred to life, and soft voices soon echoed against the trees.

"Liminal States: What Were Some of the Things You Missed From Home?" is a two-channel video installation and library located outside of Generator, the makerspace in Burlington’s South End. Thompson is the nonprofit's executive director.

The exhibition, which examines the long history of separating families and incarcerating children in the U.S., opened August 9. It's on view just through Friday, August 16, 5 to 9 p.m.

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Friday, August 9, 2019

Crocs Issues Cease and Desist Order to Unnecessary Inventions Creator Matt Benedetto

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2019 at 2:34 PM

  • Courtesy of Matt Benedetto
  • Matt Benedetto
Crocs  has issued a cease and desist order against Burlington's Matt Benedetto. He's the creator of Unnecessary Inventions, a line of made-up products that he showcases online and through social media.

A recent invention, Croc Gloves, drew viral attention when it was released, and even hit No. 1 on Reddit. But the fingerless plastic gloves also caught the attention of Crocs, the plastic-footwear company, which Benedetto says ordered him to remove the gloves from his website and social media feeds.

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Monday, August 5, 2019

Scenes From the International Duct Tape Regatta

Posted By on Mon, Aug 5, 2019 at 5:08 PM

Amelio Ademollo with his boat - SABINE POUX
  • Sabine Poux
  • Amelio Ademollo with his boat
Gather around, enterprising Vermont kiddos, for a word of unsolicited business advice: Next summer, ditch the lemonade stand. Set up a booth in North Hero and sell rolls of duct tape instead.

Every summer, the town’s residents and visitors buy the sticky stuff en masse for the wonderful, uproarious International Duct Tape Regatta. Proceeds from the race benefit the North Hero Historical Society  in its efforts to preserve the town's iconic Community Hall.

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