Rose Evans

COMEDIAN AND PEIRCING artist Pierre Vachon playfully pours hand sanitizer on his head while showing off his tattoos for his upcoming COVID Calendar. The Middlebury entertainer is finding new creative outlets since public gatherings went away when COVID-19 showed up. Photo by Season Violet
MIDDLEBURY — Over the years, modern day Renaissance man Pierre Vachon has worn many different hats. The Burlington native has been known as a professional wrestler, a stand-up comedian, a piercing artist, an event producer at the Marquis Theater in Middlebury, and a DJ with Big Guys Entertainment, which he started with his friend Vinny Herbert. But, when most in-person entertainment was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Vachon found himself scrambling for a place to exercise his imagination … and to earn a paycheck. Well, the Middlebury resident is doing what he does best: getting...
WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the past six months since the novel coronavirus first reached the United States, about 115,000 Americans have died and roughly 36 million have lost jobs.  Meanwhile, Congress has struggled to keep up with the nationwide devastation despite passing four bills authorizing $3 trillion in aid for coronavirus relief, including more than $1 billion for Vermont.  As the nation faces recession and lawmakers debate over the scope and goals of the next relief package, here’s a breakdown of how the congressional response to the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Vermont and what work...

DURING FILMING OF the short film “A Mother” in Addison County this past August, Art Director Nina Macintosh and Director of Photography Arlene Mueller work behind the scenes to prepare a shot of protagonist “Agnes,” played by Chérie Celeste Malone, cooking in her kitchen.
MIDDLEBURY — A short film shot entirely in Addison County by local filmmaker Natasha Ngaiza has been officially selected to take part in two important film festivals and, because the pandemic has nixed in-person festivals, will be screened online next week. The film, titled “A Mother,” grapples with what it means to be a Black mother in the United States. Ngaiza teaches film production and African cinema courses at Middlebury College and has worked on several projects pertaining to Black motherhood.  She says she prefers to draw from personal experience to tell compelling stories. She is a...

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