People & Places

VTDigger has long featured In This State, a weekly column that celebrates Vermont culture and people.

YWP: Imagine What it Feels Like

Jojo Williams-Keane

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Imagine What it Feels Like” by Jojo Williams-Keane, an eighth-grader at Crossroads Academy in Lyme, N.H.

YWP: The Victim’s Memorial

Jessica Beliveau

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “The Victim’s Memorial” by Jessica Beliveau, an eight-grader at Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School in Essex Junction.

YWP: Sparks

Lydia Moreman is a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Sparks” by Lydia Moreman, a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School.

YWP: Hazy Days

Simone Edgar Holmes

The week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Hazy Days” by Simone Edgar Holmes, a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School.

In This State: Vermont’s First Family of primitive biathlon

Wendy Butler

What’s a primitive biathlon? It’s a competition that involves snowshoeing on a trail and shooting muzzleloader rifles, and sometimes pistols, at targets along the way.

Christo: Big art, briefly

Christo in his studio with a preparatory drawing for The Mastaba, a project in development for a site near Abu Dhabi. Photo by Wolfgang Volz

Christo’s coming to Stowe Feb. 5. You know, the artist who makes dramatic statements by wrapping huge things in fabric. The Reichstag, the German parliament building. Part of a Roman wall. A cliff in Australia.

YWP: Momentum

Roland Downey

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is Momentum by Roland Downey of The Putney School.

In This State: For state snowplow drivers, life in the cab is a rough adventure

VTrans snowplow driver Mike Bride

Keeping state roads and the interstate cleared in winter takes a small army of big orange trucks. It’s a rough job short on sleep and leaves drivers with many snowy and icy tales to tell.

YWP: Riding Cows and Hot Cocoa

Ava Kendrick is a sophomore at Harwood Union High School. Courtesy photo

The week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Riding Cows and Hot Cocoa” by Ava Kendrick, a sophomore at Harwood Union High School.

In This State: Erica Heilman and Rumble Strip Vermont

Erica Heilman has done pieces on Barre’s Thunder Road Speedbowl, on taxidermists, defense attorneys, parenting, dementia, wood heat and waitresses. Furnished photo

On RumbleStripVermont.com, Erica Heilman has posted audio files that last from several minutes to more than an hour. Most of them involve Vermont and Vermonters.

YWP: Today is the Day

Samuel Boudreau is a senior at Bellows Free Academy. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Today is the Day” by Samuel Boudreau, a senior at Bellows Free Academy.

Salman Rushdie speaks about storytelling, censorship

Author Salman Rushdie spoke at Ira Allen Chapel at UVM on Wednesday. Photo by Elizabeth Hewitt/VTDigger

“The moment you limit free speech, it’s not free speech,” Rushdie told a packed crowd at UVM in response to a question about the attack on “Charlie Hebdo”

In This State: Don Horrigan creates magic with spirits and syrups

Don Horrigan, the bar chef at Edson Hill in Stowe, prepares to make a cocktail in the resort’s bar. Photo by Dirk Van Susteren

Ask Don Horrigan if he’s a “bartender” or a “mixologist,” and he will politely suggest another title – “bar chef” – which seems to fit him perfectly, as, one might say, a bright lemon twist fits perfectly in a cool dry martini.

YWP: The Arctic Monkeys

Noa Urbaitel is a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “The Arctic Monkeys” by Noa Urbaitel, a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School.

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