Viewpoint: Enter when cued – An apology and a rebuttal

Editor’s note: Michael Dabroski directed the Vermont Mozart Festival from 2015 until he resigned from the organization this June when this summer’s concert series was canceled. The festival featured an orchestra of early-career musicians performing a number of concerts in Shelburne, Stowe, Charlotte and Burlington. The future of the nonprofit arts organization is unclear.  MICHAEL… Read More »

In Musing: In the dirt – Dreams of gardening

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY Once upon a time, I wanted to be a gardener. Tending rows of vegetables bursting off the vine and basking over beds of hydrangea, these were the stuff of dreams back when I thought chlamydia was a plant. I envisioned growing all my own vegetables, spending sunny days in the backyard, plotting… Read More »

Viewpoint: “Shut out and disrespected”

FRANK KOSS After 12 years with the town of Hinesburg, I was excited about my retirement as police chief. Despite 25 years with the California Highway Patrol and 23 years with the Air National Guard, this was to be my first actual “don’t need to work” retirement. When I announced my retirement last January, I… Read More »

State Rep Town Hall planned

Although the legislature completed its 2019 session in May, legislative activity continues as we prepare for January. As your representative, I’ve been happy to field calls and emails from constituents and answer questions as best I can. I’m also serving on two study committees this summer, one investigating how best to guarantee funding for public… Read More »

Young journalists preserving local news

Readers may have noticed the Community News byline on recent stories in this paper. This is a new project in collaboration with the University of Vermont to train and educate student journalists. I’m writing to let people know about the project and thank this paper for collaborating. In recent years, there has been a hollowing… Read More »

Help is Here: Bullying is never OK – here’s help

BETH HOLDEN Many kids look forward to the start of a new school year so they can catch up with friends and resume activities. For others, a new school year may trigger worry. Sometimes these feelings can be intense, like anxiety or fear. Bullying may be one reason kids show signs of resisting the start… Read More »

In Musing: After Midnight – what pets bring to our lives

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY Midnight passed. He was the eldest dog in the neighborhood. The sage, the one who’d amble down the lane for his daily walk, deliberately, with a kind of elder regality. My neighbor, Jane, Midnight’s mom, is crestfallen. You see, he was her constant companion, not just in the everyday rituals of dog… Read More »

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