St. Albans

Spring 2023

Welcome to our OLLI St. Albans program!  This semester our program will be nine presentations. The programs will be held on 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, and 4/5 at Hard’ack Recreation Center, The Greg Brown Lodge, 179 Congress Street, St. Albans, VT.

All programs take place on Wednesdays at 11:00 am.

Health/Safety Guidelines: UVM sponsored non-credit functions/activities/offerings, whether held at UVM or at a non-UVM facility or location, are governed by the same health and safety policies. As such, UVM expects event participants, visitors and guests will be vaccinated. Masks are optional and welcomed. If the event is taking place at a non-UVM venue, consideration must be given to the requirements of the host site and the more stringent requirements will apply.

NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS! We can no longer take any payments at the door/onsite. All attendees/members must pre-register prior to the start of the program.

Semester Membership: Sign up as a member and attend all 10 programs at the discounted price of $40 indivdiual/$70 couple (any two people)! Single lecture fee is $8 each.

To register, click on the “REGISTER NOW” button below and you will be brought to our online system where you can register using your credit card for the full membership series rate ($40 individual/$70 couple) or for single lecture(s) ($8 each).

February 8, 2023

From Street to Stage — The Life of a Magician
Alyx Hilshey

Alyx will perform excerpts from her one woman show, ‘The Street is My Theater (…in a Theatre),’ while talking about her experience as a traveling street magician turned rising star in the world of magic.

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February 15, 2023

GMP: Closer, Connected, Empowered
Kristin Carlson, Vice President Strategy & External Affairs

When you think of batteries, your cell phone or a flashlight may come to mind. Did you know that larger batteries are providing backup power in thousands of Vermont homes, like a generator without fossil fuel? And utility scale batteries are helping to strengthen the grid, maximizing the value of intermittent local renewable energy, like solar. Kristin Carlson, a Green Mountain Power Vice President, will share insights into how batteries are playing a key role in transforming how Vermont uses energy to fight climate change and keep people powered up – all while reducing costs for all GMP customers. The pioneering work GMP is doing with batteries was recently featured in Time Magazine, and annually is saving customers more than $3 million dollars.

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February 22, 2023

The Future of Aviation

BETA Technologies is a Burlington, Vermont-based aerospace company developing electric aircraft for the cargo, military, and medical verticals. Join a BETA team member to learn about the future of aviation and how it is being built here in Vermont.

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March 1, 2023

Esther Sumner Damon: The last Revolutionary War Pensioner
Caroline Tassey

Biography of Esther Sumner Damon of Plymouth Vermont who became the last surviving widow of a Revolutionary War soldier and her efforts to receive a pension based on his service.

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March 8, 2023

Franklin County Industrial Development Corporation – 50 Years in the Making and Our Next 50 Years
Tim Smith, FCIDC Executive Director

Tim will be giving an overview of the Franklin County economy over the past 50 years and where we see the economy headed during the next 50 years.

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March 15, 2023 — Rescheduled to April 12

History of Sheep in Vermont
Chet Parsons, Retired UVM Extension Livestock Specialist

This session will explain why sheep were so important to Vermont during the 1800’s. The importation of Merino sheep from Spain in 1811 by William Jarvis thrust Vermont into the forefront as a wool producer.

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March 22, 2023

The State of US Politics, from the 2022 midterms to the 2024 election
Garrett Graff

A noted national political journalist and historian, Graff will discuss the current state of American politics, the lessons from the 2022 midterms, and look ahead to the presidential election of 2024.

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March 29, 2023

Poverty and The Sheldon Poor Farm History
Harold Smith

The Sheldon Poor Farm represented one solution to poverty in Vermont during the late 1800s and into the 1960s. The presenter explores poverty, its origins and attempts to eliminate it.

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April 5, 2023

Northwestern Medical Center challenges 2023
Jonathan Billings

Improving quality, nurturing people, expanding services, restoring sustainability, and modernizing the Emergency Department amidst the pandemic and surges in patient volumes make for intriguing times at Northwestern Medical Center. Hear how the hospital team is navigating these challenges to meet community need now and in the future.

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April 12, 2023

An Actor Prepares
with Bryant Reynolds

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Prefer to pay by check? Complete the form on the site brochure mailed to you or this registration form (PDF, opens in a new window) and send with your check payment (made out to The University of Vermont) to:

UVM OLLI Registration Office
23 Mansfield Ave
Burlington, VT 05401

PLEASE NOTE: Allow 10-14 days from date of mailing check to receipt & processing.

For registration assistance or to pay by phone using your credit card, please call our UVM OLLI office at 802-656-5817 during regular business hours.

Become a member today!

Membership in the St. Albans OLLI entitles you to attend programs in our other OLLI sites throughout Vermont. And, if you are currently a paid member of a statewide site (Fall or Spring only), you can take OLLI UVM campus programs at the member rate; just call 802-656-5817 to get the special discount code to use when registering for a UVM campus class.

Volunteer Committee: John Newton, Lynda Emch, Bryant Reynolds, Gerard Sparacino, Rita Sparacino