In This State: Mount Ascutney’s caretakers celebrate their mountain

A view of Mount Ascutney from across the Connecticut River in New Hampshire. Residents in the area of the mountain have maintained a close relationship with “their” peak for almost 200 years. Photo by M. Dickey Drysdale

Mount Ascutney rewards with a spectacular outdoor playground filled with cascades, cliffs, viewpoints, and history.

At Hildene, focus turns to ecological stewardship

Cutline: Hildene, the Lincoln family home in Manchester, seen from the gardens behind it, is evolving into a working farm and estate that is attractive not only for its history but for its pursuit of 21st century interests in environmental stewardship and sustainability. Photo courtesy Hildene

Along with a museum, the 400-plus acre property that was once home to Robert Todd Lincoln offers footpaths, farming and cheesemaking.

YWP: ‘Dawn’

Olivia Pintair of Williston is a rising freshman who will be attending Emma Willard School in the fall. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Dawn” by Olivia Pintair of Williston.

SCOV Law Blog: The bar admission blues

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An applicant with mental health problems is denied admission to the Vermont bar. In the end, though, it was his conduct, not his mental health, that “demonstrates his unfitness to practice law.”

And the Transparency Winners are …

election canvas

We asked candidates running for statewide, legislative and county office to submit their July campaign finance reports to us. Here are the 43 who did.

YWP: Life Behind Sunglasses

Merrick Mendenhall is a rising junior at Burlington High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry “Life Behind Sunglasses” is by Merrick Mendenhall, a junior to be at Burlington High School.

SCOV Law Blog: An intent to kill

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Edward Johnson was never cut out to be a notorious villain or a feared evil mastermind. No, Mr. Johnson was more of a looking-for-life-in-prison type of guy.

In This State: Craftsbury Chamber Players — a musical marriage of Manhattan and Vermont

Cellist Frances Rowell practices on the porch of her sister Mary's house in Craftsbury. Rowell, a cellist with the New Jersey Symphony, was encouraged to become a musician through her early exposure to the music of the Craftsbury Chamber Players. Now she is a regular member of the classical music group and expected to become its music director on the retirement of her stepmother, Mary Anthony Cox. Photo by Candace Page

As the Players prepare to celebrate their 50th season in 2015, sisters Frances and Mary Rowell have become the heart and the future of the group.

In case you missed it: This week’s VTDigger video packages

Photo by Cory Dawson/VTDigger

Cory Dawson produced videos on biofuel, campaign financing and a new way to invest in Vermont companies.

YWP: Letter to a Bully

Sabrina Dhaliwal is a junior to be at Milton High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Letter to a Bully,” by Sabrina Dhaliwal, a junior to be at Milton High School.

SCOV Law Blog: Laying claim to an old rail bed

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This case is chock-full of neglected old cases about rail beds, public trails, adverse possession, eminent domain, and railroad corporations venturing outside the realm of their existential purpose.

Killacky: Q&A with dancer and performer Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk performing OnBehalf of Nature. Photo: Julieta Cervantes.

In other cultures Meredith Monk would be called shaman, seer, healer; here we struggle to define her interdisciplinary prowess. Singer/composer, dancer/choreographer, actor/performer, director/playwright, visual artist/filmmaker — even together, these categories cannot capture her achievements.

YWP: Jeter’s Number 2

Scotty Flesch is a fifth-grader to be at Tunbridge Central School.

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Jeter’s Number 2″ by Scotty Flesch, a fifth-grader to be at Tunbridge Central School.

SCOV Law Blog: Shall means shall. Really.

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One of the first things you learn in law school is that certain words mean certain things. The best example of this is “shall” versus “may.”

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