People & Places

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

Long-hidden mural revealed at Burlington synagogue

Chai Adam's long-hidden mural.

The Lost Mural of Chai Adam is, by all accounts, a treasure. “No others match it in size, intricacy and Jewish meaning,” said Jewish art historian Samuel Gruber.

YWP: This is a Dream

Emily Weatherill is a junior at The Sharon Academy. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “This is a Dream” by Emily Weatherill, a junior at The Sharon Academy.

Vermonter honored at White House ceremony marking ADA

Max Barrows

Max Barrows of Worcester, outreach director at the disability rights organization Green Mountain Self-Advocates, was one of nine advocates feted at the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Perennial Pleasures: A garden of delight in East Hardwick

Perennial Pleasures

East Hardwick is perhaps the somewhat improbable location of Perennial Pleasures Nursery — with the nursery, greenhouse and gardens run by Rachel Kane and the teahouse, along with a gift shop, run by her mother, Judith Kane.

YWP: Rape Culture

Tyler Harris is a recent graduate of Burlington High School and a summer intern with Young Writers Project. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Rape Culture” by Tyler Harris, a recent graduate of Burlington High School.

YWP: My Favorite (and Least Favorite) Things

Sophie Dauerman is entering eighth grade at Shelburne Community School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “My Favorite (and Least Favorite) Things” by Sophie Dauerman, an eighth-grader at Shelburne Community School.

New Champlain-area NAACP chapter has ‘coming out party’

Mary Brown Guillory

Brown-Guillory recalled the Burlington city council’s discussion of a possible new police chief who had previously exhibited support of racial profiling. During the meeting, someone had said that there is no racism in Vermont, which she was “shocked” to hear. Several people walked out at that point, she said.

For Vt. teens, activism is a sign of the times

Governors Institute

High school students at the Governor’s Institute on Current Issues & Youth Activism momentarily stop texting and Twittering to dip into an even more fluid means of communication: Tempera paint on old-fashioned, new-generation protest signs.

YWP: The Time Comes

Lydia Moreman is a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School. Courtesy photo

Thie week’s Young Writers Project entry is “The Time Comes” by Lydia Moreman, a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School.

Vermont educator Diane Wolk dies of Alzheimer’s at age 64

Diane Wolk capped a four-decade education career by serving as principal of Rutland’s Northeast Primary School before she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease on her 57th birthday. She died Saturday at age 64. Courtesy Photo by Vyto Starinskas

Vermonter Diane Wolk worked as an educator for almost four decades, perhaps that’s why it was inevitable when, diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease on her 57th birthday, she decided to turn the situation into a “teachable moment.”

Montpelier Fourth of July in photos

Montpelier Fourth of July

Photographer Roger Crowley captures the city’s celebration.

YWP: Sunken Ship

Grace Lu just completed eighth grade at Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School in Essex Junction. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is a song, “Sunken Ship,” by Grace Lu, who just completed eighth grade at Albert D. Lawton Intermediate School in Essex Junction.

YWP: Unjust

Rory Belle Carrara was in eighth grade at Christ the King School in Rutland this past school year.  Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Unjust” by Rory Belle Carrara, who was an eighth-grader at Christ the King School in Rutland.

Vermont journalist Norman Runnion dies at age 85

Boston Mayor John F. Collins, Mary Collins and President John F. Kennedy with unidentified group of people. City of Boston Archives/Creative Commons

The former editor of the Brattleboro Reformer and columnist for The Herald of Randolph covered the world for wire service desks in New York, London, Paris and Washington, D.C.

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