Margaret Woodruff: a lifetime love of books

Margaret Woodruff: a lifetime love of books

By Phyl Newbeck Fourteen years ago Margaret Woodruff moved to Charlotte, and during her first week in town she took her young children to the Charlotte Library. Two years later she decided to transition back into the working world by applying for a job as assistant to the Children’s Librarian. When the Children’s Librarian left,… Read More »

Jean Carlson Masseau: a lifetime of art

Jean Carlson Masseau: a lifetime of art

By Phyl Newbeck “I was quite passionate about drawing at an early age,” recalls Jean Carlson Masseau. “My first passion was nature objects and birds and that has appeared and reappeared throughout my life and career.” Masseau’s career has included a variety of artistic endeavors including drawing, painting and photography. Her work has been displayed… Read More »

Word in the House: Microbeads and education

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Now that we are a few weeks into the session, the 14 committees of the House of Representatives have settled into their main work: taking testimony on bills and on the Administration’s initiatives. A bill’s main sponsor as well as interested parties, administration staff, lobbying organizations and interested private citizens are… Read More »

Jim Donovan: transportation planning for the active set

Jim Donovan: transportation planning for the active set

By Phyl Newbeck Jim Donovan of Charlotte was working for the Vermont branch of a national transportation consulting firm when they decided to close their smaller offices. Rather than find another employer, Donovan took the opportunity to open Broadreach Planning and Design in May of 2008. His company focuses on improving conditions for “active transportation:”… Read More »

The word in the House: Setting the stage for environmental action

The word in the House: Setting the stage for environmental action

By Rep. Mike Yantachka Many observers were disappointed when Governor Shumlin’s inaugural speech barely mentioned the three issues that were foremost in Vermonters’ minds in 2014: property taxes, education spending and health care. Instead, his inaugural speech focused primarily on the environment. He began by laying out his “agenda for progress” emphasizing the positive accomplishments… Read More »

The word in the House…

The word  in the House…

My vote for governor The following statement was released on Wednesday, Jan. 7 as the legislative session began. On Thursday, Governor Peter Shumlin was elected back into office with 110 votes to Scott Milne’s 69. Dan Feliciano received none of the votes. The start of the 2015 session of the Vermont Legislature began Wednesday, Jan.… Read More »