Stuff I Wrote: Aug. 6 – Aug. 13

Gun range dispute in Whiting intensifies” – The Addison Independent 

Last month I wrote about a Whiting resident who is accused of operating an illegal, commercial gun range on his property. This week, I follow-up and attended a zoning board hearing and visited the property in question. The hearing was intense and many of the appellant’s neighbors accused him of being a liar.

Mini donkey contest kicks off field days” – The Addison Independent

Many people are saying this is the definitive piece about miniature donkeys.

Bristol leaders say ‘no’ to proposed gun ordinance” – The Addison Independent

Members of the Bristol board of selectman unanimously rejected a proposal to adopt a gun ordinance within village limits.

YouthWorks teaches teens host of skills for workplace success” – The Addison Independent

A few local nonprofits have partnered to offer a cool program teaching local youth skills to make them career-ready. Those who attend the program earn an hourly wage and learn a host of skills. The mantra: more strict than school, less strict than a traditional job.

Stuff I Wrote: July 30 – Aug. 5

Feds seek Champlain cleanup cuts; state pushes back: EPA chief, Vermonters at odds over who pays $2B price tag” – The Addison Independent

I’m very proud to have co-authored this article about the future of the Lake Champlain cleanup project under the Pruitt-led EPA and the Trump Administration. I focused on the future of the project from a federal level and spoke with folks from the EPA and Vt. Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office.

As I wrote in the article, Leahy, as the Senate’s longest service member and the vice-chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, is in a great position to save the project. The Lake Champlain project is just one of a number of projects that Administrator Pruitt has proposed cutting.

Hamlet still hits home in 2017: Shakespeare on Main Street brings iconic show to Brandon” – The Addison Independent

I sat down with the cast of “Hamlet” to discuss what it’s like engaging with Shakespeare and playing his characters.

Summer off? No, these students dig into research – The Addison Independent

An article detailing some of the research conducted over the summer at Middlebury College.

Vergennes and Ferrisburgh firefighters earn statewide recognition” – The Addison Independent 

A follow-up to last week’s article covering two firefighters who were honored for their service by the Vermont Firefighters’ Association.

Stuff I Wrote: July 16 – July 22

Believe it or not, reporting matters” – The Addison Independent

An op-ed I wrote on the current media climate. S/o David Carr.

Local animated film earns international acclaim” – The Addison Independent

A story about “The Collinwood Fire,” a wonderful animated film that was selected for the PBS Online Film Festival. For the article, I spoke with the filmmaker and folks from Vermont PBS.

Whiting residents up in arms after neighbors open gun range” – The Addison Independent  

A long story about a Whiting resident who opened up a commercial gun range on his property. His neighbors are not happy. The town’s zoning administrator says that the range is a business and is a hazard to community. The owner disagrees.

County natives deepen their love of art with their own gallery” – The Addison Independent 

Profile: Local selectboard member embodies town’s commitment to education” – The Addison Independent

Middlebury short of owner approvals for tax district” – The Addison Independent

Stuff I Wrote: June 11 – 17

Meals on Wheels reduces staff; volunteers are angry – The Addison IndependentAge Well, a non-profit based in Burlington that oversees a number of programs in Vermont, including Meals on Wheels in four counties, fired their volunteer coordinators in each county due to federal funding concerns. Volunteers are not happy and say that doing so will cripple the program.

Downtown Middlebury tax district seeks extension to continue work on economic development – The Addison Independent

The town of Middlebury is looking to renew a seven-year ordinance that places a special tax on non-residential properties in downtown Middlebury. This money is used to fund improvement projects in the area, but some property owners are wary of paying even more in property tax.

Middlebury Union High School graduates; Work hard, speak up, and take action – The Addison Independent

A fun feature on the MUHS class of 2017 graduation.

Community rallies as farmer fights deportation – The Addison Independent

A GoFundMe campaign has raised thousands of dollars for a local farmer who was told he will be deported in a few weeks. The family declined to speak on the record at this time about their situation.

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Stuff I Wrote: July 9 – July 15, 2017

High-tech glasses help blind woman ‘see’ – The Addison Independent

A local Lions Club purchased innovative new glasses that are helping a blind woman regain some level of independence.

Meet the Chef: Tac-o’ de Town – The Addison Independent

A fun profile of a local chef.

$20K raised to help farmer fight deportation – The Addison Independent

Road projects abound in Addison County – The Addison Independent

Whiting zoning board to hear gun range appeal case – The Addison Independent