Community

Susan Hartman at the VPR Studios in Colchester
Meg Malone / VPR

One of the state's leading advocacy organizations for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community has new leadership: Susan Hartman is executive director of the Pride Center of Vermont as of May 1.

Howard Weiss-Tisman / VPR

The Quechee Community Church is closing, and the church building will be sold.

After nearly a year of back and forth disputes, the town of Thetford has finally convinced former gubernatorial candidate and longtime resident Ruth Dwyer to take down a wall in her yard. 

She constructed the 24-foot-high wall to block her view of a newly constructed home across the street, but the town says the structure violates zoning rules. As part of an agreement created during court-ordered mediation, Dwyer has agreed to remove the structure by November 1.

Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

A grand opening celebration following a library renovation project doesn’t always attract a lot of attention. But when that library is one of only four built in Vermont, over a century ago, by Andrew Carnegie… and it happens to be in the House Speaker’s hometown, dignitaries take note.

Work on the Morristown Centennial Library started three years ago with a groundbreaking ceremony attended by then-Governor Jim Douglas. Today Governor Peter Shumlin greeted a full house in the newly expanded library. He said the expansion ensures the historic library will serve generations to come.

Building Somali Muscle And Community

Apr 25, 2013
Oliver Parini

This weekend, bodybuilders from around the region will gather at South Burlington High School to strike a pose, strut their stuff, and try to overpower the competition.

One of the contenders is Omar Ahmed, a young Somali refugee who now lives in Vermont.

Ahmed is hoping this contest will propel him into the big time. He wants to do more than build his own body. He also wants to help build his community. Omar dreams of becoming a professional bodybuilder, and he believes that will propel his career and his community.

VPR/Patti Daniels

Organizers estimate that more than a thousand people gathered at the Burlington Waterfront on Saturday afternoon for a 5-K run-walk to show support for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Get Moving for Boston was created by Ryan Polly of Williston, who ran the 117th Boston Marathon last Monday, but was stopped on the course less than a mile from the finish line after the bombs exploded.