People & Places

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

Four years after Irene, Waterbury resurges

Waterbury Complex Side view of the historic core

When the Winooski River flooded on Aug. 28, 2011, 220 homes and businesses in Waterbury plus 49 buildings at the Waterbury State Office Complex were damaged.

YWP: The Summer I Was 15

Noa Urbaitel graduated from Champlain Valley Union High School in June and has been writing with Young Writers Project since sixth grade. She is attending Mount Holyoke College this fall.

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “The Summer I Was 15” by Noa Urbaitel, a recent graduate of Champlain Valley Union High School.

The Museum of Everyday Life curates the quotidian

Museum of Everyday Life New England Barns Found Objects exhibit

Part roadside attraction and part intellectual game, The Museum of Everyday Life honors the mundane, on the theory that just because something is in everyday use doesn’t mean it isn’t to be celebrated or admired.

Biddle Duke: Bike accident dredges up memories of tragedy

Biddle-Duke cropped copy

It’s been 20 years since my dad was struck and killed by a car while inline skating on a rural lane on Long Island. The moment haunts me, triggered by the news of a cyclist’s or pedestrian’s death — three cyclists have been killed in Vermont this year — or by the rumble of traffic coming up behind me when I’m on my bike.

YWP: Lively

Olivia Pintair, of Williston, entering her sophomore year at Emma Willard School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Lively” by Olivia Pintair, a sophomore at Emma Willard School.

Middlebury film festival features up and comers

Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival staff (from left to right) producer Lloyd Komesar, Kyla Jarrett, and Phoebe Lewis. In front, the VTeddy statuette. Photo by Madeline Bodin/VTDigger

Filmmakers from 15 countries are represented in the 95 feature-length and short films selected. About 35 of the featured filmmakers will attend the festival.

After 43 years on deadline, longtime Randolph publisher turns the page

Dick Drysdale

In June, Dick Drysdale and his wife, Marjorie, sold the Herald of Randolph, which had been in his family for nearly 70 years, to Tim Calabro, a photographer at the paper, and his wife, Katie Vincent-Roller. Calabro is the fifth publisher since the paper was founded in 1874.

Sanders sparks Vermont video boom

Grand Isle singer Julia Kate Davis wrote and performed a tribute song to Bernie Sanders – and wealth redistribution – in a May 19, 2015 You Tube video. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Dozens of home-produce songs about Bernie Sanders have proliferated all over the Internet, though the nationwide trend started in Sanders’ home state.

YWP: #172

Kayla McArtor is a sophomore at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “#172” by Kayla McArtor, a sophomore at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans.

Bennington Monument battles for attention

Bennington Monument

As Bennington Battle Day approaches, Vermont’s most popular historic site finds more and more visitors are focused on something else: Their cellphones.

Obituary for Lara K. Sobel

Lara Sobel

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 11, in the Grand Ballroom at the Capitol Plaza Hotel, 100 State St., Montpelier, with interment to follow.

A woman veteran’s long wait for American Legion membership

Gladys "Bunny" Strong gets a visit from Michael Helm, national commander of the American Legion. Photo courtesy of the American Legion

When Gladys Strong tried to join the American Legion after serving as a Marine in World War II, she was told she belonged in the Auxiliary. Seventy years later she is inducted into the Legion itself.

Weston Playhouse closing in on year-round plan

The Weston Playhouse, Vermont’s oldest professional theater company, is nearing the three-quarter mark in a $10 million capital campaign for year-round performances and play development. Photo by Kevin O’Connor/for VTDigger

Vermont’s oldest professional theater company nears the three-quarter mark in its $10 million campaign to transform a nearby farm into a second home.

YWP: Who Owes Me?

Julia Remillard is a sophomore at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Who Owes Me?” by Julia Remillard, a sophomore at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans.

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