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In This State: Vermont eBird is an avian database for all

Chris Rimmer, left, executive director of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, and VCE field biologist Kent McFarland at a birding site near the VCE office in Norwich. Photo by Tom Slayton

In its first 10 years, Vermont eBird has documented more than 380 bird species and tallied nearly 123,000 checklists of birds across Vermont. Thus, it has conducted probably the largest single measure of the state’s biodiversity.

YWP: Waiting for Winter

Ella Staats is a freshman at Burlington High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Waiting for Winter by Ella Staats, a freshman at Burlington High School.

Author says government and corporate collusion part of war on drugs

Dawn Paley, a Canadian investigative journalist based in Puebla, Mexico. Courtesy photo

Canadian journalist Dawn Paley’s book Drug War Capitalism says U.S. involvement in drug interdiction “has a lot more to do with capitalism and corporations than it does with cocaine.” She speaks in Burlington on Wednesday.

VA’s PTSD Center uses new, approachable style of videos

whiteboard animation PTSD YDraw

Whiteboard animation videos for VA just few of many created by Hartford company Ydraw.

YWP: Thrill on the Hill

Margot Frost is a fifth-grade student at Tunbridge Central School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Thrill on the Hill” by Margot Frost, a fifth-grader at Tunbridge Central School.

In This State: Peter Diamondstone, unapologetic socialist, may have run his last campaign

Peter Diamondstone: “My belief in socialism is unshakable,” he says from his room at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital.  Photo by Dirk Van Susteren

Every two years for the past 46, he has run for office in Vermont under the banner of the Liberty Union Party: governor this year; attorney general, lieutenant governor, congressman or U.S. senator in past years.

Duke era ends at Stowe Reporter

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Biddle Duke reflects on his years as owner and publisher of the Stowe Reporter.

In This State: The capricious business of Christmas trees suits Peter Purinton

Standing at the top of the hillside where he grows 16,000 Christmas trees in Huntington, Peter Purinton talks about the extensive work it takes to grow and shape the balsam fir and other species he raises. On average it takes 7-8 years before a tree is big enough to sell at his cut-your-own operation. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

As Thanksgiving drifts into memory and devolves into leftovers, it’s all hands on deck at the Purinton Maple & Tree Farm.

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.

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