People & Places

St. Johnsbury center buys property for new museum

Editor’s note: This article is by Taylor Reed of the Caledonian-Record, in which it was first published on Aug. 31, 2014. ST. JOHNSBURY — The St. Johnsbury History and Heritage Center on Friday afternoon purchased a Victorian house on Summer Street for $185,000 in order to establish a new museum to display local artifacts. “We’re […]

Bennington Select Board working to name Welcome Center after Jeffords

The Bennington Welcome Center. Photo by Holly Pelczynski/Bennington Banner/ photos.benningtonbanner.com

The late senator was instrumental in getting federal funding for the Bennington Bypass and the Welcome Center itself

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.

Vermont Law School to honor Cheryl Hanna on Sept. 4

SOUTH ROYALTON –– Vermont Law School will honor professor Cheryl Hanna with in on-campus remembrance ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 4. The ceremony is open to all members of the Vermont Law School community and will be followed by a reception, a news release said. “For many of our faculty, staff, students and alumni, Cheryl […]

Journalist freed in Syria spent time in Vermont

The parents of kidnapped journalist Peter Theo Curtis own a home in Bridgewater.   Frame taken from Al Jazeera America TV

The parents of Theo Padnos, who used the name Peter Theo Curtis while writing about the Middle East, live in Bridgewater. Padnos was released by his kidnappers in Syria on Sunday.

Former FBI director injured in crash on Route 12 in Barnard

Louis Freeh, the former director of the FBI was injured in a crash in Vermont on Monday afternoon. Freeh was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., for treatment. USA Today reported that he was seriously injured. Freeh was FBI director from 1993 to 2001 during which time he investigated the crash of TWA […]

In This State: Tapping into Vermont’s craft beer culture

A sampling of the empty beer bottles, some considered artifacts, on display at Harpoon Brewery’s Tap and Beer Garden in Windsor. At center, is a bottle of Catamount from Vermont’s first craft-beer brewery that opened in 1987 in White River Junction. Photo by Dirk Van Susteren.

Vermont now has some 40 commercial breweries, which is touted as the most per capita of any state. The brewing industry in Vermont employs some 2,200 people.

YWP: Creature at Camp

Hadley Murphy was a seventh-grader at Charlotte Central School last spring when she wrote this story. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writer’s Project entry is “Creature at Camp,” by Hadley Murphy, a rising eighth-grader at Charlotte Central School.

Funeral for Sen. Jim Jeffords 11 a.m. on Friday in Rutland

The funeral for Sen. Jim Jeffords will be 11 a.m. Friday at Grace Congregational United Church of Christ, 8 Court St., Rutland. The senator died on Monday in Washington, D.C., after an eight-year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. Jeffords served 32 years in Congress. A longtime Republican who represented Vermont in the House of Representatives and […]

In this state: A champion for the much-maligned rattler

In his two years of research, state wildlife biologist Doug Blodgett frequently handled rattlesnakes with radio transmitters. The plastic tube makes handling safe and protects the snake from injury, but getting them in it "is a bit of a trick." "I wouldn't recommend it without a significant level of training" he quips. Photo courtesy Doug Blodgett.

State wildlife biologist Doug Blodgett has spent more than a decade studying endangered Vermont rattlesnakes, whose small population he says is misunderstood and unfairly reviled.

YWP: The Power of Family

Cole Banks is a fifth-grader to be at Tunbridge Central School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writer’s Project entry is “The Power of Family,” by Cole Banks, a fifth-grader at Tunbridge Central School.

Former legislator Marion Milne dies at 79

Former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas joins Marion and xxxx Milne as Scott Milne formally launches his campaign for governor Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Photo by Anne Galloway/VTDigger

The mother of Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne died unexpectedly Monday. Funeral to be held Friday.

In This State: Mike DeBonis takes the lead at the Green Mountain Club

Middlebury native Mike DeBonis returned to Vermont this summer to become executive director of the Green Mountain Club. Here, he shows a visitor the construction site of a new Long Trail bridge over the Winooski River in Bolton. Photo by Candace Page

Mike DeBonis walked with a woodsman’s easy strides through a jungly floodplain forest of red maple and scrawny elms bordering the future path of the Long Trail by the Winooski River.

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