Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.
State officials have long encouraged young people to stay and work in Vermont. But still, many young Vermonters are choosing to leave the state to find opportunity elsewhere. To this end, the state launched a new jobs website last month, and the Vermont Strong Scholar Program seeks to reimburse tuition for Vermonters in some cases.
Tell us your story. Have you chosen to build a career in Vermont? Or have you made the decision to seek work elsewhere?
The World Cup action continued in Brazil this weekend, even though the U.S. team had a few days off.
In Burlington, the international flavor of the competition drew fans who cheered for teams from around the world. The U.S. men’s soccer team isn’t scheduled to play again until Tuesday, but that hasn’t stopped Vermonters from following all of the Word Cup games.
At Das Bierhaus in Burlington, sports fans gathered Sunday to watch a match. There’s a table of Dutch-Americans dressed in orange here to root for the Netherlands, who are playing Mexico.
Mackenzie Sivret is a two-time karaoke competitor and a frequent performer at karaoke nights in the Burlington area. For Vermont Edition's Summer School series, she shares her advice for anyone thinking about taking the mic.
“Start thinking about what song you’re going to sing before you get to the karaoke bar. Think about what artist’s voice seems similar to yours,” says Sivret.
But she warns against choosing an obscure song, even if you can sing it well.
Fewer people are fishing than in the past, but at Free Fishing Day this past weekend, quite a few Vermonters turned out. And the state is encouraging more kids to get involved in this Vermont tradition.
At the Little Anglers Derby in Colchester on Saturday, almost 50 kids showed up with their families for an afternoon of fishing.
The event was organized by “Let’s Go Fishing,” a division of Vermont’s Fish & Wildlife Department designed to encourage families to learn the sport.
Vermont is well known for its craft brewing industry, with several top rated beers produced in the state. But now, a number of craft distilleries are popping up. A recent course at Vermont Technical College gave students a glimpse into this growing industry.
Rum, whiskey, vodka, gin. While these drinks have always been locally enjoyed, spirits haven’t traditionally been a Vermont export.
That’s changing. The craft distilling industry is growing, with more and more spirits being produced by Vermonters.
Burlington was buzzing with activity Sunday for the 26th annual Key Bank Vermont City Marathon.
In Burlington’s South Cove neighborhood, spectators gathered to cheer on the runners during Mile 11 of the race.
Judy Flanagan is on hand to offer her cheers to the runners. She’s from Colchester, but her daughter lives right up the block, so this is the perfect spot to watch the runners go by - with easy access to the spread of bagels waiting back at the house.