People & Places

Stowe pastor comes to the aid of Syrian Christians

The Rev. Benedict Kiely shows a bracelet and a lapel pin — or, in this case, a suspenders pin — he’s using to help persecuted Christians in the Mideast. Photo by Tom Kearney/Stowe Reporter

The Rev. Benedict Kiely was wearing one of those ubiquitous bracelets promoting a cause, and he remembered that the Islamic State group was marking Christian homes with the Arabic letter N to identify them — much the way the Nazis marked the homes of Jews. The Arabic N is the first letter in “Nasrani/Nasarean,” the Muslim word of contempt for Christians. That’s when it struck him: Sell items marked with the Arabic N, and use the money to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East.

In This State: Coming to peace with starting over

Riki Moss brings to her work a sensibility that includes intelligence, a sense of humor, and a passion for global issues. This installation, called "Migration," uses strong gestural expressions to convey the pain, desperation and passion caused by human dislocation. Photo by Nancy Graff

“In two years we had risen to the pinnacle,” says artist Riki Moss. In a soft voice that belies the disappointment she and her husband soon faced, she tells what happened next.

YWP: Porcelain Sugar

Alexandra Contreras-Montesano is an eight-grader at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Porcelain Sugar” by Alexandra Contreras-Montesano, an eight-grader at Edmunds Middle School.

In This State: Robin Ingenthron has a passion for recycling

Robin Ingenthron, head of Good Point Recycling in Middlebury, says his company deals with 8 million pounds of pounds of e-scrap a year. Photo by Dirk Van Susteren

Ingenthron is owner of Good Point Recycling in Middlebury, a company that collects virtually all of Vermont’s electronic scrap — the old TVs, cell phones, iPods, computers, CD players, printers that we throw away, a total of 5 million pounds of the stuff a year from deposit sites across the state.

Vermont Historical Society examines lasting impact of 1970s counterculture

This image from photographer Rebecca Lepkoff’s “Hippies Series” is now in the VHS collections. The photo is of a group living in Pikes Falls in the early 1970s.

The project will collect firsthand accounts, as well as artifacts and documents, from the back-to-the-land movement and try to frame them within a wider cultural and historical context.

YWP: Black Box Man

Olivia Howe is a freshman at Brattleboro Union High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Black Box Man” by Olivia Howe, a freshman at Brattleboro Union High School.

Special Report: How a Rutland man’s trip to West Africa sparked a high-level state and federal response

Peter Italia outside Conakry airport in Guinea with his friend and guide Francis, who is from Sierra Leone. Peter Italia Facebook photo

How Peter Welch, Peter Shumlin, the state health department, the CDC and the FBI all suddenly became aware of Peter Italia’s visit to the Ebola region. And whether his rights were violated by quarantine.

Colin Powell shares leadership lessons with Norwich cadets

Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Delivering a Veterans’ Day speech about leadership, retired four-star General Colin Powell shared tales of inspiration and immigration with a packed field house at Norwich University.

In This State: For Vermont’s largest mammal, the moose, some tiny, terrible problems

Male moose grow new antlers every year, such as this one in the Victory Wildlife Management area in the Northeast Kingdom just sprouting antlers in velvet. Their racks can grow to over 50 inches by the fall when moose compete to mate.  Photo by Tom Berriman

The comeback of the moose, extirpated more than a century ago, was a remarkable woodlands wildlife success story in the 1980s. But today, its future is under threat again, this time because of a warming climate and two horrible pests, woodland ticks and brainworms.

Former legislator, Bennington Town Clerk Tim Corcoran dies

Town Clerk Tim Corcoran is pictured in this Banner file photo.

Town Clerk Tim Corcoran, best known for knowing nearly everyone in town, sticking up for the underdog, and playing practical jokes on everyone from senators to Select Board members, died Thursday from complications due to cancer.

Residents protest, but Vernon selectboard chair won’t resign

Former State Rep. Patty O'Donnell of Vernon. Photo by David Shaw, The Commons.

Chairwoman Patty O’Donnell criticized for her actions following a Sept. 20 traffic stop.

YWP: Ephemeral Acceptance

Abigail Levy is a sophomore at The Sharon Academy. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Ephemeral Acceptance” by Abby Levy, a sophomore at the Sharon Academy.

In This State: Scott Wheeler, the story collector of the Northeast Kingdom

Scott Wheeler on the railroad bridge in Newport, where years ago scores of anglers would stand fishing for salmon as they began heading up the Clyde River. Photo by Dirk Van Susteren

Like his father, Scott Wheeler, is a collector – though it’s not artifacts that Scott collects. Rather, he gathers stories and recollections and publishes them in his Northland Journal.

YWP: Salt and Pepper

Isaac Jenemann is an eighth-grade student at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Salt and Pepper” by Isaac Jenemann, an eighth-grader at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington.

Thanks for reporting an error with the story, "Stowe pastor comes to the aid of Syrian Christians"