As 2015 draws to a close, we've taken a look through our archives for the sound that best captures some of events that unfolded this year.
Some of the stories were big: Sen. Bernie Sanders announced his bid for the presidency, protesters disrupted Gov. Peter Shumlin's third inaugural address and a Department for Children and Families case worker, Lara Sobel, was shot and killed, allegedly over a child custody battle.
Some of the stories were reverberations from afar: Vermonters participated in the Black Lives Matter movement, responded to the many mass shootings that took place around the country and voiced opinions on the growing number of Syrian refugees seeking asylum.
Some stories were loud and swinging, like the story of a passionate music teacher who retired after a 40-year career. Others were quiet and profound, like the reflections of a mother whose daughter died of an accidental overdose. At least one involved black bears.
Take a listen, and join us in this moment of reflection at the cusp of a new year.
The stories included in this feature are, in order of appearance:
- Sanders Calls For A 'Political Revolution' At Campaign Kickoff (May 27)
- Single Payer Advocates Protest At Shumlin's Inaugural (Jan. 8)
- In Burlington, A Show Of Support For Burlington Refugees (Nov. 19)
- Shumlin Will Not Seek Re-Election In 2016 (June. 8)
- KKK Recruitment Poster Sent To Two Burlington Residents (Nov. 2)
- Gun Rights Activists Crowd Statehouse Hearing (Feb. 11)
- In Wake Of Charleston Shootings, No Plans For Tighter Vermont Gun Laws (June 29)
- 102-Year-Old Vet Brings World War II Monument To Westminster (Nov. 12)
- Mulley: Not One More (Commentary, Oct. 26)
- At 100-Year-Old Middlebury Language School, Opera Singers Perfect Their German (July 15)
- As The Dorset Quarry Gains Internet Renown, Private Owners Struggle With Crowds (Aug. 4)
- Making Ends Meet: How One Family Survived Lean Financial Times (July 21)
- Fish And Wildlife Studies Impact Of Searsburg Wind Development On Black Bears (April 1)
- After More Than 40 Years, Passionate Music Teacher Bear Irwin Puts Down His Baton (June 2)