People & Places

A portrait of a Vermont artist as a young man

Musician Gregory Douglass turns the challenges of a shifting economic and electronic landscape into the stuff of a new album — “an ode to being a creative person in the age of information.”

YWP: ‘A Word From a Proud Luddite’

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “A Word From a Proud Luddite (Or Why I Don’t Like the Internet)” by Hannah Frasure, 14, of Shelburne.

Nuns on the Bus stop in Bennington

Making their first stop in Vermont during a tour that focuses on economic justice, the nuns gave out lemonade at the Republican convention and will do the same at the Democratic convention next week.

Petition for vote on refugees hits roadblock in Castleton

The petition is one of a handful that have circulated in the wake of Rutland Mayor Chris Louras’ effort to bring Syrian refugees to the region. It asks the town to reject resettlement “due to significant lack of factual and financial information.”

John Elder: ‘Music is required if we are to move forward’

Middlebury College professor emeritus John Elder’s new memoir “Picking Up the Flute” seeks harmony as it addresses everything from chord shifts to climate change.

YWP: ‘Lightning Bug Kisses’

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Lightning Bug Kisses” by Erin Bundock, 18, of Shelburne.

Another Quechee suicide brings criticism of state

A law passed in May instructed the Agency of Transportation to take steps to prevent suicides at Quechee Gorge by July 1. That hasn’t happened.

Vermonter leads a mission with heart

“It is such a humbling experience to watch families be brought together as they are reunited with a Purple Heart,” says Zachariah Fike. He’s been named the Military Times Army soldier of the year for his efforts to return medals to their rightful homes.

YWP: ‘Balance Beam’

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Balance Beam” by Hawa Adam of Burlington.

Police: Starksboro man dies after going to son’s aid in water

The child shouted for help after swimming about halfway to an island, prompting the father to jump in to save him.

Rutland board balks at refugee plan, but locals won’t get vote

“It’s about the board asserting the authority that was stolen from them,” said City Treasurer Wendy Wilton, echoing the sentiment of some residents who feel the decision to resettle refugees in Rutland was made in an undemocratic way.

YWP: Mass shooting in Orlando

Young Writers Project issued a challenge to write about the Orlando mass shooting and received many poignant responses. Here is a sample.

Vermont covered bridges get a makeover

Vermont has the largest concentration of covered bridges in the country. Preserving the iconic structures is complicated and expensive.

Photo gallery: 2016 Montpelier Fourth of July parade

Beauty queens, activists and politicians entertained the crowd