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Courtesy, artist August Burns

Ellen Seeger of Montpelier recommended artist Nick Neddo's wild-crafted images in a show called Digging for Roots, up now at the Vermont Arts Council gallery on State Street in Montpelier through February. Meet Neddo at an artist's reception on Friday, January 23rd from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Young Writers Project: 'Riding Cows And Hot Cocoa'

Jan 26, 2015

Ava Kendrick, a sophomore at Harwood Union High School, describes winter in Vermont – hat head, frozen noses and crazy antics – in her poem “Riding Cows and Hot Cocoa.”

Glenn Russell / Burlington Free Press

A group of teens is learning about nutrition, science and art through a high school cooking program in Plainfield. Students at The Central Vermont High School Initiative prepare a community lunch once a week. The techniques learned range from preparing fresh vegetables to churning and sculpting butter. The students also enjoy the experience of sharing their creations with the local community.

Kent McFarland

When you're on the ski lift or hiking up Vermont's mountains, take a look around to see the life zones of the trees on the mountainside. Biologists Sara Zahendra and Kent McFarland of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, rode the gondola at Stowe Mountain Resort for the view from Vermont's highest peak, Mount Mansfield.

Young Writers Project: 'Today Is The Day'

Jan 19, 2015

Samuel Boudreau, a senior at Bellows Free Academy in St. Albans, says he wrote this poem, Today is the Day, to reflect the multiple perspectives of a family – a mother and two children. He also wanted to highlight the importance of having a “beach day,” a day that is used for complete relaxation and pleasure.

Ryan Mercer / Burlington Free Press

Dining out is fun. There is no fuss, no cleanup and no thinking. But, it can also mean a big check. There are, however, many delicious, creative options in Burlington for $10 or less.

Photo courtesy, Goddard College

Gabe Halberg of Plainfield plays with the band 35th Parallel and he suggested the Neel Murgai Ensemble at the Haybarn Theater on Goddard College's campus this Saturday, January 17th at 8 p.m.

Peter Biello / VPR

Salman Rushdie is best known as the author of the novels The Satanic Verses and Midnight's Children. His book, Haroun and the Sea of Stories, is this year's selection for Vermont Reads, a statewide  community reading project sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.

Rushdie spoke at the University of Vermont as part of the launch of this year's Vermont Reads program. Introduced by poet Major Jackson, he discussed the art of storytelling and freedom of speech and shared stories from his career as a writer.

Noa Urbaitel has been writing with Young Writers Project since 6th grade and is now a senior at Champlain Valley Union High School. She hopes to attend Barnard College in the fall and plans to continue writing poetry and prose throughout college.

The Arctic Monkeys
By Noa Urbaitel
Grade Twelve, Champlain Valley Union High School