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YWP: ‘Dawn’

Olivia Pintair of Williston is a rising freshman who will be attending Emma Willard School in the fall. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Dawn” by Olivia Pintair of Williston.

In This State: For historian Michael Sherman, a second career takes flour

Michael Sherman slides a tray of fresh out-of-the-oven rolls onto cooling racks at Manghis' Bakery in Montpelier. The former head of the Vermont Historical Society and academic has an unusual second career as a baker, indulging his longtime interest in fresh homemade bread. Photo by Andrew Nementhy

Many people know Michael Sherman as a distinguished Vermont academic, historian and former head of the Vermont Historical Society, but he balances his scholar’s life with a hands-on job – as a baker.

YWP: Life Behind Sunglasses

Merrick Mendenhall is a rising junior at Burlington High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry “Life Behind Sunglasses” is by Merrick Mendenhall, a junior to be at Burlington High School.

In This State: Craftsbury Chamber Players — a musical marriage of Manhattan and Vermont

Cellist Frances Rowell practices on the porch of her sister Mary's house in Craftsbury. Rowell, a cellist with the New Jersey Symphony, was encouraged to become a musician through her early exposure to the music of the Craftsbury Chamber Players. Now she is a regular member of the classical music group and expected to become its music director on the retirement of her stepmother, Mary Anthony Cox. Photo by Candace Page

As the Players prepare to celebrate their 50th season in 2015, sisters Frances and Mary Rowell have become the heart and the future of the group.

In case you missed it: This week’s VTDigger video packages

Photo by Cory Dawson/VTDigger

Cory Dawson produced videos on biofuel, campaign financing and a new way to invest in Vermont companies.

YWP: Letter to a Bully

Sabrina Dhaliwal is a junior to be at Milton High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Letter to a Bully,” by Sabrina Dhaliwal, a junior to be at Milton High School.

In This State: From Fred Tuttle to Miss Vermont, Jack Rowell documents Vermonters in portrait

Jack Rowell at his studio in Randolph says his first camera, one used to shoot scenes at the Tunbridge World’s Fair, was a borrowed 35-millimeter Petri that a friend brought home from Vietnam during the war. Photo by Dirk Van Susteren

Jack Rowell would make a great portrait himself, but you would want him holding the camera, because few have a better eye. Photographically speaking, he gets the best from people.

Killacky: Q&A with dancer and performer Meredith Monk

Meredith Monk performing OnBehalf of Nature. Photo: Julieta Cervantes.

In other cultures Meredith Monk would be called shaman, seer, healer; here we struggle to define her interdisciplinary prowess. Singer/composer, dancer/choreographer, actor/performer, director/playwright, visual artist/filmmaker — even together, these categories cannot capture her achievements.

Photo Gallery: Montpelier residents make the most of canceled parade

The Montpelier July Fourth celebration, July 3, 2014. Photo by Roger Crowley

Photographer Roger Crowley captured the antics of revelers who were determined to celebrate Independence Day. Enjoy!

YWP: Jeter’s Number 2

Scotty Flesch is a fifth-grader to be at Tunbridge Central School.

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Jeter’s Number 2″ by Scotty Flesch, a fifth-grader to be at Tunbridge Central School.

In This State: Silent Cal’s surprising legacy of debate

Calvin Coolidge relied on his father to run the farm that his grandfather deeded to him. In their frequent letters, the two men would discuss the cost of cord wood, the quality of the sap run, and the health of cows. Often when Coolidge visited Plymouth, he would don his grandfather's farmer's smock and lend a hand in the chores. The American public ate up these images. (Photo courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society.)

Looking at a life-size statue of Coolidge and photographs of his awkward encounters with everyone from Charles Lindbergh to the Chief of the Sioux, visitors will appreciate that he was not a president made for television, but his training in debating and oratory prepared him well for the new medium of radio.

YWP: No One Knows

Erin Lashway is a sophomore at Mount Mansfield Union High School. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry, “No One Knows,” is by Erin Lashway, junior to be at Mount Mansfield Union High School.

In This State: Artist makes earthbound medium soar

This freestanding stone circle was built in a farm field above Thea Alvin's studio and communal homestead south of Morrisville on Route 100. She builds wooden frames to support the shapes until the stones are in place, then knocks the props out. Photo by Andrew Nemethy

Thea Alvin creates with stone, bends it to her will and imagination, twists it, turns it, spins it into eye-catching, improbable shapes, taking our landscape’s most elemental pieces and lofting them as if they were nature’s snap-to Legos.

YWP: Moon Dance

Gabriello Lewis is a home-schooled freshman from Burlington. Courtesy photo

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Moon Dance,” by Gabriello Lewis, a home-schooled freshman from Burlington.

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