People & Places

Vermont artist Wolf Kahn wins U.S. State Department honor

In one of the last acts of the Obama administration, the 89-year-old Brattleboro painter has received the International Medal of Arts for sharing his work with American embassies.

Digger Dialogue: Surgery gives Sen. Anthony Pollina new lease on life

The procedure involved drilling a hole in Pollina’s skull to reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.

Rutland film on racism has yet to receive local showing

Even in the month of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the maker of “Divided by Diversity” can’t find a city location willing to screen it.

New documentary reveals powerful transformation

Derek Hallquist was filming his father, the CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, talking about climate change when the man he knew as Dad confided he was actually a woman named Christine.

Then Again: Hailing a new chief by lamplight

The swearing-in of Calvin Coolidge as president was so humble that about the only preparation seems to have been that his father took time to shave before administering the oath.

YWP: ‘The Making of Konrad’

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “The Making of Konrad” by Nicole Tucker, 16, of Lyndon.

Clergy take to pulpits to decry religious and racial hate

A coalition of Vermont spiritual congregations spread its message statewide over the weekend during a “Sabbath of Listening and Healing.”

YWP: ‘Mi Nombre’

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “Mi Nombre” by Briggs Heffernan, a student at Oxbow High School.

Refugee resettlement office set to open in Rutland

It will be fully staffed with three full-time workers later this month, say officials, who expect the first refugee families to arrive in January.

VA nurse from Quechee killed in I-91 crash

(Editor’s note: This article by Tim Camerato was first published in the Valley News on Jan. 4, 2017.) BARTON — Upper Valley nurses are mourning the loss of one of their own after a Quechee surgical nurse was killed in a car crash on Monday. Stacy Bissell, 45, began working in November at the Veterans […]

‘Celebrating Creativity’ event aims to promote mental health

Clara Martin Center will mark its 50th anniversary Saturday with an evening featuring Me2/Orchestra, the world’s only classical music organization created for instrumentalists with mental illness.

‘This terrible year has been the best year of my life’

Putney artist Maggie Lake’s story is “powerful and transformative,” according to “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert. Lake’s family also knows it to be achingly personal.

Then Again: From horses to hockey — thrills on the ice

People have long seen the state’s frozen waters as an invitation to play, although risk was often part of the excitement.

YWP: ‘I Believe’

This week’s Young Writers Project entry is “I Believe” by Charlotte Lau of Colchester.