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In This State: When the treasure isn’t gold

This rambling brick house in Plainfield has been home to five generations of the Batchelder-Dailey-Clark family. It always housed at least two generations of the family and sometimes housed three. "You can't hang on to things forever," says Keith Clark, who is cleaning out the house and barn before selling them, but it's hard to let go of something that has been central to his family for 135 years. Photo by Nancy Graff

Vermont is full of old houses and barns that are unofficial repositories of the state’s history. Old military uniforms, butter churns, christening dresses, scythes with weathered handles represent just a fraction of the kinds of artifacts that lay hidden in attics and back rooms awaiting rediscovery.

YWP: You’ll Find Me

Olivia Pintair is a freshman at the Emma Willard School in Troy, N.Y. She lives in Williston. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writer’s Project entry is “You’ll Find Me” by Olivia Pintair, a freshman at Emma Willard School.

In This State: Vermont’s largest fresh foods network is flavored with strong principles

Black River Produce co-owner Mark Curran shows off some produce in front of his company's massive solar array in North Springfield. A ski bum at Okemo in the late 1970s, he turned his passion for fresh vegetables and fruits into a progressive company that now plays a key role in connecting Vermont farmers with buyers. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

Mark Curran and Steve Birge started out as ski bums trucking produce from Boston to the Ludlow area in 1978. Today the progressive company they founded, Black River Produce, has become an essential link in the Vermont localvore ethos, tying farmers and producers to 3,000 outlets around the state and beyond.

YWP: Cows

Keenan Thygesen, a fifth-grader at Tunbridge Central School. Courtesy photo

This week’s entry in the Young Writers Project is “Cows,” by Keenan Thygesen, a fifth-grade student at Tunbridge Central School.

Lola Aiken dies at 102

Lola Aiken, the widow of Gov. George D. Aiken, is applauded as she enters the House Chamber.

The wife of Sen. George Aiken was a fixture on the Vermont political scene.

In This State: Warren Kimble looks at the bright side

Warren Kimble, with “Rooster,” a plaster of paris creation that stands resolutely in the artist’s home in Brandon. Photo by Dirk Van Susteren

The Vermont contemparary artist, just months short of 80, plainly prefers painting rockers to sitting in them, and creating a fish to angling for them.

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/

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.

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