The Sharon Academy Newsletter, May 5, 2016

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Newsletter

In this Issue:

Mark Your Calendar
General News
Phoenix Sports
Middle School News
High School News
Community Service Opportunities
College Info
Community Events

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Mark Your Calendar


MS = middle school, HS = high school

To download a PDF version of our 2015 – 2016 calendar, please click here.

Also, check the website regularly for calendar updates: TSA Calendar


Thurs 5 SBAC & NECAP Testing for HS Juniors
Fri 6 SBAC & NECAP Testing for HS Juniors
Sat 7 Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day at Dartmouth College – See details below in General News
Sat 7 Lecture and Film Screening: Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope  at TSA HS 4 p.m.
Mon 9 HS Senior Exhibitions; for full schedule click here:
TSA Senior Exhibition Schedule
Tues 10 SBAC & NECAP Testing for HS Juniors
Fri 13 Eighth Grade NECAP Testing
Sat 14 TSA HS Prom – 7:30pm – 11:00pm at Barrett Hall in South Strafford
Tues 17 MS Trip to High Five – through Thursday May 19th
Thurs 19 HS All School Field Trip Trip to Boston and The Blue Man Group 
Fri 20 No School – for HS In-Service & MS High Five Recovery
Thurs 26 Alumni Day – 11 am – 2pm
Fri 27 MS Semi-Formal at The Royalton Academy, 6:30 – 10pm
Mon 30 Memorial Day – No School



Thank you to all of the student and adult volunteers that helped make our TSA Birthday Party a huge success.  We had over 60 adult and student volunteers that all stepped up to help us with this effort.  There is no way we could pull this off without their generosity of spirit and volunteerism!  Thank you to you all!


TSA’s Birthday Party Gala Recap and a Follow Up Reminder

Over 200 people danced, sang, ate, and celebrated The Sharon Academy’s 20th Birthday Party Gala on Saturday night. What a wonderful event! We are grateful for the support of so many who made this special evening so magical.

It was so meaningful to watch all of the connections being made between former students, alumni parents, current parents, staff present and past, all in the glow of the twinkly lights.

This was our most successful Gala to date. More people attended than ever before. And more money was raised for TSA than at any other of our previous Galas. In fact, between sponsorships, generous donations, auction proceeds, and ticket sales, we expect to net over $25,000.

Our on-line auction is still open. But, it won’t be open for too much longer; we shut it down on Saturday, May 7th at Midnight. So if you did not acquire anything at the silent or live auctions, or want to add to your loot (and your donation to TSA), check out our on-line auction:

Click Here: On-line Auction

Thank you for your support of TSA! 


General News

Art and Mindfulness in the Classroom, May 21st, 2016; 10:00 to 12:30pm at ArtisTree Community Arts Center in South Pomfret, VT is pleased to present an exciting professional development opportunity for educators of all grade levels and subject areas. Art & Mindfulness in the Classroom: A Workshop for Educators. Mindfulness teacher Florence Tolbert and (and TSA Alum Parent), Fiona Davis ArtisTree instructor  (and also a TSA Alum Parent) will conduct a hands-on workshop focused on integrating the practices of mindfulness and mindful art into the classroom. Mindfulness and mindful arts activities have been shown to increase student academic success and foster social and emotional wellbeing. Attached please find a flier for the workshop and an information sheet for any interested teachers.
Click here for:  Workshop Flier
Click here for:  Workshop Description

We will distribute Certificates of Attendance to participants. Registration is $25 per person. For more information, please contact Karen Rodis at 802-457-3500 or to register, educators can call us or register online at:

Fundraising and Awareness of Earthquake Survivors:  
In light of the recent earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, Sebas Torres ’17 (our exchange student from Ecuador) and Lucia Gagliardone ’16 have put a jar in the main lobby of the TSA high school for coins and money donations to go to support relief efforts in those two nations. Please donate if you can!  For more information, please contact Lucia Gagliardone at

Lecture and Film Screening: Star Wars Episode IV, A New Hope.
  Saturday May 7th, 4 p.m. Sharon Academy High School.  Come join your fellow geeks as we absorb the genius of Ben Lazar delivering a lecture on the global impact of Star Wars. We will then watch Star Wars IV: A New Hope and snuggle in to the twin suns of Tatooine, and the future of a poor nephew of a moisture farmer.  Dust off your speeders, align the crystals of your light saber, and look out for Tusken Raiders!  The event is free and open to the public – bring your friends!  There will be refreshments available for sale, to help fund the excellent workshops of TSA’s Chain Reaction Day.  For more information, please contact Christa Wurm at 

Sonia Kovalevsky Math Day at Dartmouth College on May 7th
is a fun-filled day of mathematics with hands-on workshops and talks for middle and high school female students and their teachers. The purpose of the day is to encourage young women to continue their study of mathematics and to assist the teachers of female mathematics students. Sandy is coordinating rides for anyone who needs one. For more information, please contact Sandy Thorne at or visit

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Phoenix Sports

New Special Offer:  TSA Sports Booster Club Local Business Savings Card are now Half Price! Get your card for just $10 from Cynthia at the TSA High School, or Catherine at the Middle School, or contact Kim Knoerlein at:

Phoenix Sports Results:

TSA Ultimate Frisbee Team:
The Ultimate Team had the Champlainships tournament this past weekend on Friday and Saturday. They lost both games on Friday, but won all four of their games on Saturday and placed ninth overall! Congratulations!

Tuesday, May 3rd, the Ultimate Team had two more games:
South Burlington 14, TSA 13
TSA 15, Brattleboro 9Tonight’s Results: Thursday, May 5th
TSA 15, Lyndon 7


Track and Field:
The Track Team had fun at their meet Tuesday, May 3rd, at U-32.

TSA JV HS Baseball
Tonight’s Results: Thursday, May 5th
TSA JV HS Baseball 11, Blue Mountain JV HS 8
The TSA JV Baseball team traveled far north to Blue Mountain HS in Wells River, VT.  TSA won behind solid pitching started by Caleb Eastman ’18 and finished by Kyle Hedgepeth; this was supported by strong hitting spread fairly evenly throughout the batting order.  Blue Mountain battled back from a sizable deficit to tie the game in the 5th inning at 8 to 8.  But strong TSA defense in the field held Blue Mountain to this score and timely batting brought in 3 more runs to win the game.  Great job Phoenix Baseball!


Phoenix Sports Upcoming Games and Meets:

Ultimate Frisbee
5/7/16 Capital City Classic Tournament Montpelier 9:00am
5/10/16 Long Trail Middlebury          4:30pm

High School JV Baseball:

5/10/16 Harwood                        Away 4:30pm

Middle School Baseball:
5/9/16 Rivendell                          Away 4:30pm

Track and Field:
5/10/16 CVC League Qualifier at Hanover HS 3:00pm

Please come out and support Phoenix teams!

Pick-Up Sports Available to HS Students:

Pick-Up Girls Soccer every Wednesday after school
Pick-Up Boys Basketball every Tuesday after school

You can get even more TSA Phoenix Sports News and Pictures on the TSA Athletics Booster Club Facebook Page:

You can also check out pictures of Phoenix Sports events at: – it does require a Shutterfly Registration – but it is Free!



Middle School News

End of school year TSA MIDDLE SCHOOL dates to remember:
•       May 13th – Eighth grade Science NECAPS
•       May 17th – 19th  – Middle School goes to High Five Outdoor Leadership Center in Brattleboro. Leave at 8:15 on the 17th. Arrive back around 5:30 on the 19th.
•       May 20th  No school. High Five recovery day/Teacher In-Service
•       May 27th – Middle School Semi-Formal at the Royalton Academy   6:30 – 10:00
•       May 30th  – No school. Memorial day
•       June 2nd – Quarter Century Club Breakfast (Language Arts)
•       June 2nd – Middle School Science Fair in the evening (6:30 – 8:30)
•       June 3rd, 6th, 7th – SBAC Testing (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium – for Math and Language Arts)
•       June 8th – Two hour math exam session
•       June 9th  – Eighth Grade Class Trip.  Seventh grade has regular school day.
•       June 10th  –  Last day of school, Field Day and Barbecue, End of 3rd Trimester. Dismissal is at 2:00.
•       June 10th  –  Middle School graduation celebration 6:30 – 9:00.  All students attend.


Social Studies: We have started the major independent research project that will occupy the class for the remainder of the year.  Due dates are listed on Gradelink and a detailed description of the project can be downloaded here:  Social Studies Project

8th Grade Standardized Testing:  on May 13th eighth grade students only will be taking the Science NECAPS from 8:15 am – 12:30 pm.
This is a paper test and will be in the same format that students are accustomed to, having taken NECAPS for several years.  Please help your 8th grade student get a good night sleep and eat a hardy breakfast.

Middle School Community Service Opportunity:
 Help sort clothes for a clothing swap, Wednesday, May 11th after school is dismissed at 1:00. Your time for the afternoon would be appreciated.  Location: Sharon Elementary School.  Contact: Jill Lloyd at 763-7425

High Five Outdoor Leadership Program:
This is a reminder that students will attend the High Five Adventure Learning Center in Brattleboro, VT on May 17th, 18th and 19th. Permission slips are due ASAP. Click here for an electronic version:  Permission Slip
A hard copy of all of this information has been sent home as well.  Please also be aware that there is no school Friday, May 20th; this is High Five recovery day for middle school students.  Please click here for the required Medical Release For for this trip:  Medical Release

All outside reading and book cards are to be completed before the deadline of Tuesday, May 31st.
Students can begin turning in book cards soon so they can “pass” before the deadline. This is a process that can take a few weeks.

7th & 8th grade Standardizing Students:  on June 3rd, 6th and 7th
middle school students will take Vermont’s standardized test – the SBACs (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) – for Math and Language Arts. These tests will be administered mostly on computers. In preparation for the testing, please encourage your student to get a good night’s sleep, eat a good, healthy breakfast, and to bring their best effort to the test. Students may bring a water bottle and a book to the testing. Please make sure your student is on time for school. Also, please note that these tests are required by the state. Any student who misses any part of the tests will have to make them up at a later date.  PLEASE LET US KNOW ASAP IF YOUR STUDENT IS GOING TO MISS ANY SCHOOL ON THESE DATES.

MS Graduation is coming up! Date: 6/10/16, 630-930 PM.
 The Sharon Academy Middle School Graduation Ceremony has been intentionally designed to support the goals of our mission.  Students are publicly recognized for their strengths, thanked for their efforts, and honored for the transformation they have undergone during their middle school years.  All eighth grade students are required to speak and are expected to reflect on their own personal growth, and to appreciate the supporting role that others have played in their lives. Additionally, the Graduation Ceremony provides a forum for the 7th and 8th grade to perform the choral work that they have been practicing for the prior ten weeks.  We recognize that the ceremony is long, and while we have trimmed the ceremony a bit from recent years, we have consciously decided to continue our tradition of having each student speak and to have their advisor speak about them.  We ask that family members come with the understanding that our graduation program is an integral part of our curriculum. Please help us to support our students in this important transition to high school.

•       All students are expected to attend this event on June 10th from 6:30 – 9:00 PM.
•       Both the seventh and eighth grade will perform a choral program.
•       Each eighth grade student will give a short speech. Students will have time at school to write their speech. They should also be writing and practicing their speech at home. We will begin the speech writing process at the end of May.
•       Students are expected to dress slightly more formally than a normal day at school.
•       Please consider bringing a bottle of water and a snack to make your evening more comfortable. There will also be some refreshments available during the ceremony. Dessert will be served following the ceremony.

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High School News

Senior Exhibitions Are Here!  Monday, May 9th.
 As always, Senior Exhibitions are open to all those who wish to support our students as they present the culmination of their year of research. Please feel free to come to as many presentations as you wish.  Here is the full schedule and a topic description for each student presentation, click here to learn more:
TSA Senior Exhibition Schedule

SBAC & NECAP Testing for HS Juniors
May 5th, 6th, and 10th. Parents of Juniors:  please help your student by helping them get to bed early, make sure they get a hardy breakfast and perhaps remind them to bring a book to the exam.  More about testing: On the 5th and 10th, they will attend their elective afterwards.  On the 6th, they may leave with parental permission (BT) Seniors are expected to be at school connecting with their exhibition mentor and attending any classes still running.

Change in HS Lunch Program:
Starting this past Monday our lunch offerings have changed. Monday’s and Thursday’s are now sandwiches, salad and fruit.  There will be several meat and cheese options, as well as toppings for your sandwich.  Peanut butter and jelly will be available as well. Tuesday will be pizza from Cockadoodle located in Bethel along with salad and fruit. Friday will be pizza from Sandy’s along with salad and fruit. Cost will stay the same at $3.25 and will be billed to students’ accounts as they are now.  Those who qualify for free or reduced lunch will not be billed.  For more information, please contact Cynthia at

TSA HS Prom 2016: Sat. May 14th; 7:30-11pm at Barrett Hall, South Strafford. Students and staff at TSA are cordially invited to this year’s Prom which will be held on Saturday, May 14th from 7:30pm-11:00pm at Barrett Hall in South Strafford. Tickets are $25 and are paid for by the Annual Fee charged to students. Tickets for TSA students will be available starting Monday, May 2nd at a table in the pit during lunch as well as in Kate’s office.  Students will need a ticket to gain entrance to the prom. If TSA students would like to bring guests (1 guest per TSA student) the guests will need to pay $25.00 for a ticket. Guests will also need to be registered with Kate Sensenich before May 13th with their full name, school, phone number, as well as a parent or guardian’s contact information.

Prom Volunteers and Donations We Need:
Veggie, Fruit and Cheese Platters (2-3 of each)
Savory Finger Foods
Sweet Finger Foods
White Holiday lights
White Table Cloths
Tall glass vases
White fresh flowers (any variety)
(Please label all items clearly with your last name)

We are also looking for some set-up and clean-up help!
Set Up times: Saturday, May 14th 10am-3pm, Barrett Hall
Clean-Up Times: 11pm-11:45pm, after the Prom

If you can help our prom committee with any of these requests, please contact Kate Sensenich at

HS Field Trip:  The entire high school will be traveling by bus on Thursday, May 19 to Boston to see Blue Man Group.  If your student is NOT going, please let Janice know ASAP so we know the number of tickets we will need. Also contact Janice if providing money for dinner is a challenge, or with any questions. 

HS Field Trip Schedule:
11:00am leave TSA
1:30 – 3:30 Quincy Market (students can bring a bag lunch or purchase lunch in Boston)
4:00 – 6:30 Blue Man Group (1hr 45 min)
6:30 – 8:30 Dinner – students will need $15-$20 for dinner (TBA)
8:30 – Board bus for home
10:45 – Hartland students dropped at Bus Station in WRJ (1 bus only)
11:00pm – Arrive TSA


Paid Summer Internship at Hypertherm: High school juniors and seniors looking to explore a career in Advanced Manufacturing should apply for this full-time summer employment opportunity! Participants will earn $10.00/hour while working 40 hours per week for 8 weeks.  Interns are eligible to receive 16 college credits, one week unpaid summer vacation after 4 weeks, job shadow in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and potential employment with Hypertherm after high school graduation. While participating students will learn:

  • How to operate cutting-edge CNC machines (Computer Numeric Control)
  • Machine Programming
  • Blueprint reading with Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing
  • Machine tool math
  • Verifying product quality with state-of-the-art inspection equipment
  • Participate in LEAN manufacturing and continuous improvement activities
  • Fundamentals of turning, milling, inspection and manufacturing processes

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at

Upper Valley Portfolio Day at AVA Gallery; Tuesday, May 17; The Upper Valley Counselor’s Association of Vermont & New Hampshire is excited to announce the first Upper Valley High School Student Portfolio Day on Tuesday, May 17 from 10 am – 1 pm at AVA Gallery in Lebanon, NH. The purpose of the event is three-fold:

• Give high school students and college representatives the opportunity to interact and exchange feedback on student art portfolios.
• Give high school students and parents the opportunity to learn more about post-secondary opportunities to develop and enrich student art.
• Allow high school students and working artists to interact and learn from one another.

High School Students from area high schools who are interested in the arts are encouraged to attend with or without their parents and bring samples of their artwork. TSA students should talk with their art teachers or Ellen for more details about attending

For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at


Community Service Opportunities

TSA now has an active community service page on Facebook. Like the page to be notified about current community service events and opportunities:

Have a community service opportunity that you wish to notify people about?Email with the information and we will let our staff and students know about the opportunity.

Students:  Want to fill out our Community Service online form? Click here

Help needed planting 40 trees on May 9th, 2016; after school until dusk.
 Please consider helping Tunbridge resident Scelia & Gordon Mitchenson get 40 trees and bushes planted.  NRCS will be there providing direction where they need to be planted to prevent erosion of their property into the river.  One person can plant 5 trees in an hour. Contact Scelia at (802) 889-5547 if you can lend a hand.

– Collecting Used Clothes: bring those clothes to school! Hand off those wonderful loved clothes to someone else! Ellee Barker ’20 will forward them on to the LISTEN CENTER & GOOD BUY thrift stores. Preferance for spring and summer clothes please! Clothes will  be collected throughout the month of May. Any questions contact Ellee Barker at


Medieval Festival, Thetford, Saturday, May 28th; 11 – 4 pm at Open Fields School. Open Fields School is holding its annual Medieval Festival on the Thetford green. Volunteers are needed Friday night and Saturday (during, before and after the event, which runs from 11 – 4). Opportunities range from food sales, to vendor assistance, to runner, to parking assistance. More information available at You can also register there to volunteer. Contact Leslie Berger at or Kimberly Barnhart at

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Scholarships and College Info

For previously posted scholarship information, check out the TSA web site at: Scholarships


Reginald Lee Blair Scholarship for Sharon Residents has been established in memory of “Reg” Blair who, as a long time teacher and principal of the Sharon Elementary School, showed exceptional personal commitment to the youth o the community, a commitment far beyond the requirements of his position in the school. The scholarship provides a one time stipend for formal, long-term, post-secondary education for a Sharon graduate. Deadline for submission is 7:00 pm on Monday, May 16. Application materials are attached or can be obtained from Ellen Bagnato. Click here for the attached: ApplicationFor more information, please contact Pamela Brackett at 802-763-7355

Scholarship for Royalton, Sharon and Tunbridge Residents:
The Heartland Lions Club is excited to offer a scholarship opportunity to senior high school students who live in Royalton, Sharon or Tunbridge. This year, the Lions Club is awarding five $600 Scholarships. All completed forms should be submitted by MAY 18, 2016. If have any questions, please call Michelle at (802)3-2554 or email YOu may also obtain an application from Ellen.

Scholarship for Royalton and Tunbridge Residents:
The Rising Sun Masonic Lodge No. 7 is pleased to announce the opportunity for seniors who are residents of Royalton or Tunbridge to apply for one of two Rising Sun Masonic Lodge No 7 scholarships.  Each scholarship is to be awarded at graduation and the recipient will receive $750 at the beginning of the second semester of his/her first year. The applicant must have been a resident of the two-town area for the preceding two years. The award must be used for further academic training in an institution offering one of the following:  Bachelor’s Degree, Associate Degree, Nurse’s Training Certificate of Technical School Degree. The application must be in the student’s own handwriting and include a school transcript. Complete applications must be postmarked by 5/16/2016.  For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at

Scholarship for Career or Technical Certification/degree:
The Horatio Alger Assocation seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, commitment to pursue career or technical certification/degree and a desire to contribute to society. Applicants must be a US citizen younger than 30 years of age. They should be involved in community service, demonstrate perseverance in overcoming adversity, demonstrate financial need, have completed high school by spring 2016 and exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a career or technical program at an accredited non-profit community college in the United States. Include a transcript, a copy of your Student Aid Report, documentation showing tuition and fees for your school/program of choice and proof of citizenship. For more information, please contact Ellen Bagnato at or visit


The Community Club of East Barnard is pleased to announce that Luna Moore Scholarships are available to high school seniors who live in the Broad Brook watershed and plan to further their education. “Further education” is broadly defined to include certified training programs, trade schools, and two and four year colleges. The Broad Brook watershed includes those portions of Barnard, Pomfret, Royalton and Sharon where streams flow into Broad Brook. Residents who live on property contiguous with these portions are also eligible for scholarships. Annual scholarship grants will be $500 each with no more than three grants being given in one year. The choice of recipients shall be made by a vote of the scholarship trustees on the basis of scholarship, character and financial need. Grants will be payable for the second semester.

To apply for the scholarship, the applicant should send a letter which explains future education plans and thoroughly describes his/her academic records and achievements, community and other involvement, and financial need. The applicant should include his/her physical home address as well as the mailing address if it is different. Letters of support and other documents are not necessary and will not be considered by the Trustees.

The deadline for letters of application, due to the following address, is April 30. Selected applicants will be notified by mail by the end of May. Paige Gibbs, 828 Walker Hill Road, South Royalton VT 05068

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Community Events

HAIRSPRAY! Fun, Energetic Musical at Lost Nation Theater!  Come and support Sharon Academy Student Gabriella Atkinson, and her fellow cast members in this amazing show! April 21 – May 8. Thurs – Sun; 7:30 Th-Sat; 2pm Sat & Sun. You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance. Winner of 8 TONY Awards including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score! Family-friendly musical comedy set in Baltimore, 1962 – piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful, soulful songs and also dealing with issues of justice and acceptance. Exuberant hilarious and powerful! Lost Nation Theater: 39 Main St – City Hall Arts Center

Montpelier, VT. Ticket Prices range from $15 – $40, or even cheaper with a membership! To get more information, call: (802) 229-0492 or visit

Young Tradition VT’s Showcase Competition: Claire Jenisch ’18, Annabel Lapp ’17, and Emily Weatherill ’18 (Maunder Trio)
have entered Young Tradition Vermont’s Showcase Competition. A large part of determining the winner depends on online votes, and the ten entries with the most votes will be invited to perform and compete at Young Tradition Vermont’s Weekend Competition on May 14th in Burlington. To vote for them (or any of the other talented young musicians from around Vermont and Canada) go to
Voting ends on May 1st. Note: You must have Facebook to vote.

Addressing the Opiate Crisis to be held at Northern Stage, White River Junction, VT, May 18th at 6-8pm. You are cordially invited to a community discussion about the region’s opiate crisis.  This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.  Please RSVP by clicking here: RSVP

Inspirations Theater Camp: 
August 1 – 13, 2016 (+ July 27-29 for leads 12 and older); 9:00 – 3:30 most days. Price: $450.  Quality theater experience in central Vermont. Join Inspirations Theater Camps August 1 – 13 for theater games and a full-length original musical production. If your child enjoys the high that comes from putting on the circus, they’ll enjoy our camp! This year’s show, The Ramayana, features a city of monkeys and a ten-headed demon. Students aged 12 and up interested in being considered for leads should enroll by April 30th. For tuition information please visit website. Also check out the Inspirations Flyer, by clicking here:  Inspirations Flyer.  For more information, please contact Torsti Rovainen at or visit

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Sharon House for Rent:  3 bedroom, 2 bathroom house for rent in Sharon. 1,650 square feet. Beautiful cape with southern exposure and ample passive solar. This is a high efficiency home with solar hot water. A deck faces south overlooking a pond, a north facing screened in porch allows for cool outdoor summer evenings. There is a greenhouse on the property and well established garden beds with blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and grapes. A wood stove heats the entire house (uses 2 cords/season to heat entire 1650 sq. feet, except during the bloody cold winter of 2014/15 we used 2 1/2 cords), but there is propane backup heat, propane range and propane washer/dryer. Very private setting. Excellent internet reception. There is a small basement apartment that is currently rented. The tenant wishes to stay on. Tenant splits cost for lawn mowing and snow plowing – a great benefit in Vermont! Rent: $1,750.00. For more information, please contact Isa Oehry at (802) 345 – 5966 or or visit