In This State: Artist Charlie Hunter’s ‘murky paintings of decaying American infrastructure’

Charlie Hunter finds poignant subject matter in the neighborhood around his studio, which is located in Bellows Falls' former industrial center. His T-shirt, which he designed, reads: “Bellows Falls, Vermont: Not Nearly As Bad As You Thought." Photo by Mark Bushnell

Drawing a darker vision of the world hasn’t hurt Charlie Hunter’s career. He has been receiving national recognition as a painter with a unique viewpoint.

YWP: Dog’s Perspective

Finnian Abbey is a seventh-grader at Browns River Middle School in Jericho. Courtesy photo

This week’s entry in the Young Writers Project is “Dog’s Perspective,” by Finnian Abbey, a seventh-grader at Browns River Middle School in Jericho.

SCOV Law Blog: Can the long-arm statute reach across the Connecticut River?

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Eugene, who is in his 60s, lives in New Hampshire, and Neal lives in Vermont. The two men attended a probate court hearing in Manchester, New Hampshire, where, apparently, things did not go well.

Vermonters join 400,000 marchers in NYC climate march

NYC Climate march, Sept. 21, 2014. Photo by Don Hooper

More than 2,000 Vermonters participated, many riding the more than 20 full Saturday and Sunday buses from the Green Mountains.

In This State: When the treasure isn’t gold

This rambling brick house in Plainfield has been home to five generations of the Batchelder-Dailey-Clark family. It always housed at least two generations of the family and sometimes housed three. "You can't hang on to things forever," says Keith Clark, who is cleaning out the house and barn before selling them, but it's hard to let go of something that has been central to his family for 135 years. Photo by Nancy Graff

Vermont is full of old houses and barns that are unofficial repositories of the state’s history. Old military uniforms, butter churns, christening dresses, scythes with weathered handles represent just a fraction of the kinds of artifacts that lay hidden in attics and back rooms awaiting rediscovery.

YWP: You’ll Find Me

Olivia Pintair is a freshman at the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. She lives in Williston. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writer’s Project entry is “You’ll Find Me” by Olivia Pintair, a freshman at Emma Willard School.

SCOV Law Blog: Separation anxiety

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The SCOV gives summary-judgment decisions a complete review. If there are no material factual disputes and the law is on a party’s side, then that party wins.

Steve Terry: George and Lola Aiken together again in Putney

Lola Aiken, the widow of Gov. George D. Aiken, is applauded as she enters the House Chamber.

U.S. Sen. George Aiken and his wife, Lola, were Vermont’s first power couple, a formidable duo on the Washington, D.C., political scene. A funeral service for Lola Aiken, 102, was held Monday in Montpelier. She will be buried next to her husband in Putney.

Garrison Nelson: Jim Jeffords, reluctant rebel

Sen. Jim Jeffords, R-Vt.

Of the many ironies of the full life and lengthy public career of the late U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords is that this shy, kind and gentle man began his statewide political quest in 1968, one of the most troubling years of the 20th century.

YWP: Cows

Keenan Thygesen, a fifth-grader at Tunbridge Central School. Courtesy photo

This week’s entry in the Young Writers Project is “Cows,” by Keenan Thygesen, a fifth-grade student at Tunbridge Central School.

SCOV Law Blog: Not so fast, New Hampshire!

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Rutland gave New Hampshire 10 days to come get petitioner and held him without bail for that time. But petitioner filed a request for habeas corpus relief arguing that the governor’s warrant was no good.

SCOV Law Blog: Does a father figure have any rights after breakup?

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Noel has two kids. Christopher wasn’t their dad, but for eight to 10 years, was a pretty significant parent figure in their lives. Unfortunately, as things sometimes do, the relationship fell apart.

Bennington Museum widens scope, adds taste of Vermont modernism

The Bennington Museum's director since 2012, Robert Wolterstorff, is exploring new ways to show and grow the museum's collection. Photo courtesy Bennington Museum

Robert Wolterstorff, who was hired as the museum’s new director in 2012, was seeking a new challenge, and Vermont seemed the perfect place to realize it.

In This State: Vermont’s traditional swimming holes endangered

Liz Slayton of Montpelier, wife of the writer of this column, cools off on a hot day at the bank of Journey's End swimming hole in Johnson, which features 100 yards of waterfalls, pools and clear, cold water. Photo by Tom Slayton

The Vermont River Conservancy has a plan, and a bold one: to conserve for public use a swimming hole in every town in Vermont.

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