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March 2008

March 25, 2008

Dummy Big Air [72]


3/22/08: The 12th Annual Dummy Big Air contest was held at Sugarbush last weekend. 

Eva was late and missed the 15 minute event but she did talk to the winner, Mr Potato Head who received $1000 for his jump! [You can see Sandy Macys photos of the event here!]

Eva also spoke to extreme skiers/snowboarders about why Sugarbush is so special to them.

Music: Chuch, Juarez, "Intro"

Location: Sugarbush, Lincoln Peak
Warren, Vermont

Watch this video on YouTube here.

March 19, 2008

Broadacres Charity Bingo [71]

Bingo113/14/08: What do you get when you combine fried food, high stakes, adrenaline rushes, money for charity and bingo?  A swell evening!

Friday night, over $10,000 in prizes was up for grabs and 100% of the proceeds went to the Humane Society of Chittenden County

At Broadacres Charity Bingo in Colchester, old and young alike have been playing bingo for years.  Many began the game with their grandparents and are carrying on the tradition.

So bring a good luck charm, lots of multi-colored dabbers, mind your manners and BE ON TIME for charity bingo at Broadacres.

And remember, when in doubt, YELL BINGO before your 20 seconds is up...

Music by Colin Clary, off Apocalypse Yow!, "Top Secret Secret Project."  This song is perfect for bingo because many players are highly secretive about their bingo outings.  As one player put it, "You don't want your husband to see you at bingo with your boyfriend."  The presence of my camera was enough to  unsettle many patrons.  Sorry!

You can also view this video on YouTube .

March 12, 2008

Space Tiger [70]

  3/6/08: Space Tiger is a fledgling local rock band that consists of father/son team Mike Deutsch and Aiden Patterson Deutsch with Chris Kiper on drums.  Their sound is fresh and their lyrics vary in content from monkeys throwing coconuts to hamsters chewing socks.

Space Tiger was the first band to play live on 105.9 FM, The Radiator.  They have also played at City Hall and the Radio Bean.  They have an upcoming gig at the Fools' Gold Art Auction on April 1st.

Spacetiger_4_aiden_mike 9 year old Aiden is a homeschooler who plays hockey, tends to many animals and has only set foot inside a "real" school once (he didn't like it).  He is also the frontman of Space Tiger.  Aiden writes the songs, plays the electric mandolin and makes chit chat in between sets. 

Learning how to be in a band, follow the lead of the drums and make it past a mistake are all part of Aiden's school lessons.  His father is teaching him the band fundamentals but insists that Aiden do all the on stage talking (not a problem).

Aiden's parents April Patterson and Mike Deutsch are both musicians.  Aiden began picking up his parents instruments at a young age, played open mike night at the Radio Bean at 3 years old and opened at Club Metronome when 5. 

With a hit like "Monkey, Monkey" (formerly, "Skunky, Skunky") under their belts, who knows what comes next for Space Tiger?  They are planning an album and a tour this summer.

You can watch the Space Tiger video on YouTube here.

Nick_13 Also this week, a follow up to the video, Nick Garza is Missing (which has been viewed over 31,500 times on YouTube).  It has been over one month since Middlebury College freshman Nicholas Garza disappeared into thin air.  We spoke to his family and friends about this exceptional young man.

You can watch this video, "Nick Garza is Missing: Who is Nick" on YouTube.

March 05, 2008

Winter Soldier: Iraq & Afghanistan [69]

We who have come here to Washington have come here
because we feel we have to be winter soldiers now.
We could come back to this country;
we could be quiet;
we could hold our silence;
we could not tell what went on in Vietnam,
but we feel because of what threatens this country,
the fact that the crimes threaten it, not reds, and not redcoats
but the crimes which we are committing that threaten it,

that we have to speak out.

- Vietnam War Veteran John Kerry,

April 22, 1971 before Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Cimg0067_gun_sight In 1776, Thomas Paine wrote: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.”

In 1971, a group of veterans came forward to share their horrific tales of the Vietnam War in an event called Winter Soldier (there is also a documentary film of the testimonies).

March 13-16, Iraq Veterans Against the War will be holding another event, Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan to put on record the testimonies of over 100 vets and civilians.

On February 28th, four local Vermont veterans gave testimony at UVM's The Davis Center.  Drew Cameron, Adrienne Kinne, Matt Howard and Jon Michael Turner told their tales to a somber crowd of about 200 students and community members.

The testimony of Jon Michael included mentions of mosque bombings, planting of weapons, violent house raids and the murder of innocents.  Jon Michael was stationed in Ramadi and you can even catch a glimpse of him shooting and smoking in this CNN news piece

P1040240_jt_thumbs_up_gun Jon Michael collected a massive amount of photos and video that act as a visual aid throughout his testimony.  Additionally, I thank him for letting me use it in this video. 

As of March, these testimonies will be permanently etched on record to inform future generations and ensure that the dead will never be forgotten.

This video is dedicated to the memories of Shane Swanberg and Richard Z James.  Two young men who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Music is Swale's "Soft Fireworks" off Verdigris.  You might recall that I used this same song months ago in a Cindy Sheehan video which was the first time I met Matt, Adrienne and Drew.  Those were the early days of their activist careers and it is a pleasure to see how far they have come.

Ryan Harvey's "Search and Avoid" off the Line in the Sand compilation which benefits the Iraq Veterans Against the War and was produced by our own Seven Days office manager and blogger, Bridget Burns. 

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

And be sure to check out Jon Taylor's new installment of the Campus Question as it is a bunch of Norwich cadets who plan to enlist.   Do you watch the CQ?  You should.  Every week Jon travels to campuses around VT to ask hot questions.

Also new this week, Lou News hits Seven Days like a Refreshing Bomb of Sass!  Formidable Lou wakes up early to chase Chelsea Clinton on her brief jag through town, sprinkling wit along the way.

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