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YWP: Joey’s Biggest Mistake

YWP Ezra Marks Feat

-+*This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Joey’s Biggest Mistake” by Ezra Marks, a freshman at Middlebury Union High School.

YWP: Indiana Has Disappointed Me

Alexandra Contreras-Montesano

-+*This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Indiana Has Disappointed Me” by Alexandra Contreras-Montesano, an eighth-grader at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington.

Bill would protect private landowners who post warning signs about swimming holes

A group of swimmers gather on a cliff high above Journey’s End swimming hole, a spot that’s also popular for anglers. Photo by Tom Slayton

-+* Lawmakers, safety advocates hope that safety signs will prevent drownings in Vermont’s popular swimming holes on private land. About 36 people have died in swimming holes since 1985, according to the Vermont Department of Health.

YWP: Tunnel Vision

Erin Burndock

-+*This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Tunnel Vision” by Erin Bundock, a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School.

Vermont Legislature honors AP reporter Dave Gram

Dave Gram

-+*“I always wanted to be a foreign correspondent, but I couldn’t leave Vermont,” Gram said. He quipped that if Vermont would secede from the union “that would solve my problem.”

YWP: Stolen Time

Audrey Dawson is a sophomore at Essex High School. Courtesy photo

-+*This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Stolen Time” by Audrey Dawson, a sophomore at Essex High School.

YWP: Unpredictable

Erin Lashway is a junior at Mount Mansfield Union High School. Courtesy photo

-+*This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Unpredictable” by Erin Lashway, a junior at Mount Mansfield Union High School.

Rumblestrip: A tribute to the inimitable Kendall Wild

Kendall Wild

-+*Wild was a legendary editor at the Rutland Herald where over the course of three decades he trained a generation of reporters in the art of fierce, uncompromising journalism. Audio reporter Erica Heilman invited some of those reporters to talk about what it was like to work for Wild in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Pfeiffer: Hillary and me

Hillary Clinton and Bryan Pfeiffer

-+*When Hillary Clinton came to the Woodstock Town Hall for a major policy address on health care in June 1993, I was determined to get an interview.

YWP: Mind Cream

Julian Greene

-+*This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Mind Cream” by Julian Greene, a junior at Thetford Academy.

Robert Todd Lincoln, harbinger of presidential doom

Robert Todd Lincoln

-+* “I am not going and they’d better not invite me,” Robert Todd Lincoln said late in life of an upcoming White House event, “because there is a certain fatality about presidential functions when I am present.”

YWP: Staircase of Dreams

Greta Hardy-Mittell

-+*This week’s Young Writers Project is “Staircase of Dreams” by Greta Hardy-Mittell, a freshman at Middlebury Union High School.

The back story: Two Vermonts at odds over state’s future

Paul Searls

-+*Uphillers viewed the status quo in a positive light, and they resisted Downhillers’ push for change.

YWP: Reality

Petra Bajuk

-+*This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Reality” by Petra Bajuk, a seventh-grader at Colchester Middle School.

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