Well, my internship at the Addison Independent has come to end. Where did the time go? It’s hard to believe that I started working at the paper more than ten weeks ago. I am so thankful to have worked at the Addy Indy alongside some fantastic co-works who taught me so much. Getting to cover and meet folks in the 23 towns of Addison County was an unforgettable experience. Here are my final articles!
“International Filmmakers Give Their Unique Take on Cinema” – The Addison Independent
This may have been my favorite article from my time at the paper. I got to speak with several international filmmakers who will have their work screened at the Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival! I spoke with them about their films, their inspirations, and their creative processes. This was the cover story for the paper’s Arts & Leisure supplement. I hope you’ll check it out!
“Makeshift Gun Ranges Draw Fire; Call For Safe Shooting Spaces Grows” – The Addison Independent
Over the summer I covered several gun-related stories throughout Addison County. It’s weird, it wasn’t an issue I planned to cover but it just sort of became my beat. This article details the unsafe shooting spaces and informal gun ranges throughout many towns in Addison County. I found it to be a fascinating subject, since Vermont is such a pro-gun state. I wish I could have stayed at the paper longer and explored the issue more.
“Demo derby brings flips, fire, and fun” – The Addison Independent
Covering an Addison County tradition: demo derby! It was as super fun event where people fix-up old cars and smash them into one another. Here’s my play-by-play of the event.
“Fairgoers Find a World of Fun at Field Days” – The Addison Independent
A few vignettes from the Addison County Fair & Field Days.
“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.
“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.