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Roundup: Debates, Jon Gailmor, Mushrooms, More

Are you ready for the debates?

No, not tonight’s vice presidential one. And not the (possible) upcoming 2 with Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

I’m talking about the Big Ones.

On Sunday, October 18 (4 p.m.), the Westport Library, and various League of Women Voters groups, host a debate between Congressman Jim Himes and his challenger, Jonathan Riddle. Click here to register.

The Library and League of Women Voters of Westport will also sponsor a debate for State Senate and House candidates on Thursday, October 15 (6 p.m.). Click here to register.

Questions may be submitted to

Jon Gailmor is a Vermont treasure.

That’s not just me talking. It’s an official honor the 1966 Staples High graduate earned, for his 4-decade plus artistry in the state. He runs music-writing workshops in schools and for adults, performs, and hosted a kids’ radio show.

Gailmor even wrote a love song to his adopted state:

A rural state like Vermont may seem a long way from COVID-19. But it’s a pandemic — that means it’s everywhere.

And nearly every day since the virus struck, Gailmor has posted a song on Facebook.

Some are his own compositions. Others are his interpretations of folk songs, pop and rock classics and more.

The daily tunes are entertaining. They keep Gailmor “sane and viable,” he says. And now they’ve been noted in a story in the Rutland Herald.

“Find a way to be true to who you are, to be honest, and find places to sing where you will be welcome to impart that truth,” he says. “Not being truthful can haunt you.”

Click here to read the full piece, by Art Edelstein.

Audrey Doniger’s grandson — “the French forager” — gathered 30 pounds of Hen of the Woods mushrooms.

“If anyone or a restaurant is interested, they’re $16 a pound,” she says. “They’re very yummy.” Jeremy’s mother is Audrey’s daughter Susie.

Contact Audrey via email:

And finally … a tribute to Eddie Van Halen, one of rock’s greatest and most influential guitarists ever:


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