Ver­mont Sym­phony Orches­tra hon­ors vol­un­teers and donors

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Twom­em­bers of the Ver­mont Sym­phony Orches­tra Gov­ern­ing Board of Di­rec­tors re­tired fol­low­ing com­ple­tion of the max­i­mum num­ber of years per­mit­ted and were rec­og­nized for their ser­vice at the re­cent VSO As­so­ci­a­tion An­nual Meet­ing held at the Trapp Fam­ily Lodge in Stowe, Ver­mont. Brian Har­wood of Water­bury and Richard Sch­nei­der of North­field were hon­ored for twelve years of out­stand­ing ser­vice each. Har­wood stepped down as Chair for the 2011-2013 sea­sons.

“Richard Sch­nei­der played an im­por­tant role on our board,” says VSO Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Alan Jor­dan. “He shared his in­sight, wis­dom, and ex­pe­ri­ence as a non-profit ex­ec­u­tive. Brian Har­wood served a crit­i­cal role in ral­ly­ing the board be­hind a vi­sion state­ment de­vel­op­ment and

were rec­og­nized for a life­time of giv­ing. process, which di­rectly led to our suc­cess­ful $3.5 mil­lion Orches­tra is the only statewide en­dow­ment cam­paign. We will orches­tra pro­vid­ing live musimiss both Rich and Brian, and cal ex­pe­ri­ences for lis­ten­ers in thank them for their lead­er­ship, Ver­mont. It is a state-sup­ported in­tel­lect, and en­thu­si­asm.” non-profit in­sti­tu­tion founded in

Richard and Jaime Sch­nei­der of North­field and Mal­colm and Gla­dys Sev­er­ance of Colch­ester were each rec­og­nized with a Crescendo So­ci­ety Award for Life­time Giv­ing. Ac­knowl­edge­ment in the Crescendo So­ci­ety hon­ors the ex­traor­di­nary sup­port of the Orches­tra’s most gen­er­ous con­trib­u­tors that have given $25,000 or more in real­ized cash or in-kind con­tri­bu­tions. A cus­tom-de­signed glass statue cre­ated by Simon Pearce was pre­sented. The “Vol­un­teer of the Year” award was pre­sented to Fran­cis “Dutch” Walsh, a mem­ber of the South­east Ver­mont friends of the VSO. Dutch was cited for his ex­em­plary ef­forts help­ing the VSO per­for­mances in Bel­lows Falls and Ch­ester.

The VSO’s Made in Ver­mont Mu­sic Fes­ti­val statewide tour con­tin­ues through Septem­ber 30th and the Master­works series opens on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 26 at the Flynn The­ater for the Per­form­ing Arts in Burling­ton. Tick­ets are also avail­able for “The True Story of Peter and the Wolf,” a fam­ily Hal­loween con­cert to be held in Colch­ester, Montpelier, Mid­dle­bury and St. Albans.

The Ver­mont Sym­phony 1935 and ex­ists for the pur­pose of fos­ter­ing and en­cour­ag­ing the ap­pre­ci­a­tion of mu­sic in all its var­i­ous forms, with em­pha­sis on or­ches­tral, choral and cham­ber mu­sic.

Lo­cal­par­tic­i­pants in a “Draw the Line” na­tional day of ac­tion stand in front of the St. Albans Im­mi­gra­tion build­ing on Satur­day, 9/21 and used side­walk chalk to say: “Draw the Line” and “No tar sands pipe­line”. Peo­ple ral­lied across the coun­try in scores of cre­ative events, large and small, to de­mand that Pres­i­dent Obama deny the per­mit for the po­ten­tially dis­as­trous Key­stone XL tar sands pipe­line.

“The Key­stone XL pipe­line is all about Tran­sCanada Corp. get­ting its tar sand oil down to Texas for ex­port”, said Paula Schramm of Enos­burg, a long-time op­po­nent of tar sands de­vel­op­ment, who was ar­rested in front of the White House in 2011 with 73 other Ver­mon­ters. “It doesn’t do us any good and puts us at risk for the worst kind of oil spills, like the one in the Kala­ma­zoo River, which in 3 years

Paula Schramm, Al Wal­sky, Ash­ley Bies and Diana Bai­ley still hasn’t been com­pletely cleaned up. The U.S. is only an ob­sta­cle to get through for Tran­sCanada and they don’t care ei­ther that they are dev­as­tat­ing north­ern Al­berta to pro­duce the dirt­i­est kind of oil there is. More gas is burned to get the oil out of the sand than is used for heat­ing homes in all of Canada.”

Ver­mon­ter Bill McKibben, founder of, said, “We’re hop­ing Pres­i­dent Obama might be fi­nally steel­ing him­self to draw a line in the sand against the planet’s filth­i­est oil - so we thought it would be use­ful to give him a lit­tle inspiration from ev­ery cor­ner of the coun­try.”

A sec­ond Franklin County “Draw the Line” event called “Ban the Sands - Riverquest” oc­curred just out­side Rich­ford on the Mis­sisquoi River on Satur­day. The Mis­sisquoi is crossed by a pipe­line in the NorthEast King­dom that is be­ing con­sid­ered for carry- ing tar sand oil east to Port­land, Maine. Eight ca­noes, some rented from Mont­gomery Ad­ven­ture Tours in Mont­gomery Cen­ter, tried to line up un­der a ban­ner for a pho­to­graph. Ac­tivists in­cluded a McGill Univer­sity pro­fes­sor and his young chil­dren who came to the event in sol­i­dar­ity against Tar Sands. (Cana­di­ans are fac­ing a dif­fi­cult strug­gle against the Harper govern­ment, which has given in to re­quests of the oil in­dus­try to elim­i­nate 40 years of en­vi­ron­men­tal laws to speed up tar sands de­vel­op­ment, and which has muz­zled any sci­en­tists who ob­ject.)

“We tried to do a straight line with the ca­noes, but the winds and cur­rent made that im­pos­si­ble,” said Sarita Khan of Mont­gomery. “The sign kept flip­ping up and so Joelle Khan vol­un­teered to climb up to straighten the sign. The rain held off and we had an ab­so­lutely won­der­ful day on the river.»

Fran­cis “Dutch” Walsh re­ceived the Vol­un­teer of the Year award.

Mal­colm Sev­er­ance

Richard Sch­nei­der

Brian Har­wood was hon­oured for 12 years with the VSO.

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