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One Billion Rising: Rising Up Against Violence – Feb. 16, 2013

One billion. It’s the number of modern women who will be beaten or raped during their lifetime, according to the movement “One Billion Rising.” On Thursday, women across the globe took to the streets to dance as an expression of outrage against those statistics and joy in reclaiming their bodies. A group of about 150 women converged in St. Johnsbury to join the global day of dance.

They are women like Mitya Schoppe, who is one of the group’s local organizers. “What’s been really powerful for me is realizing that I’ve accepted as a norm that a third of my women friends have been abused. That my mother was raped when she was in her 20s. And that we women go through our day to day and we kind of tuck that away. Doing this has really brought out for me – wait a minute, that’s really NOT okay!”

The Unbelievably True, Tragic Tale Of A Traveling Balloon – Dec. 13, 2012

Last Saturday, David Greenwood was going about his regular chores and being a good neighbor by picking up a bit of trash on the edge of his field. Little did he know that so-called trash would turn out to be part of a much bigger story.

“I looked out on the edge of the tree line and this balloon was laying there,” Greenwood said.  “It’s got names and writing and a phone number on it,” he said. “We saw it said, ‘Happy 2nd birthday, Angel.’ And there’s a phone number and email address for Shannon Hensley, so we called her and left a message.”

A Family’s Survival Guide To Your First Gluten Free Holiday – Nov. 21, 2012

The holidays are a time for family, and most families organize their time together around a central theme: food.

So what happens when a loved one suddenly can’t eat what’s on the menu? If it’s your first time dealing with a gluten sensitivity in the family, it can be a recipe for stress for everyone.

This survival guide is for family members who want to prepare a special holiday meal that makes all of the family members feel special and appreciated.

The Gift Of Gratitude : Being A Gracious Recipient - Nov. 21, 2012

“Here’s my gift for you, Grandma. I hope you like it!” said the 11 year old with a mixture of glee at his own ingenuity and trepidation that she might not love it.

A while back I spent Christmas with a family that exchanged a mountain of gifts — quite literally, there was a mountain of gifts stacked in the corner of the room.

Target : Safety – May 19, 2012

“Melissa Jenkins. Pat O’Hagan. Brianna Maitland. Maura Murray. There is no shortage of tragic, cautionary tales. Life can change in an instant and local women are responding by arming themselves in ever higher numbers. According to Rick Gorham of Rick’s Gun Shop in East Burke, gun sales have been increasing dramatically, especially to women.”

Remembering Melissa – March 30, 2012

“It was standing room only for Melissa Jenkins’ memorial service in the Alumni Gymnasium of St. Johnsbury Academy. In every direction there were pink neckties on men, pink shoes on women, pink balloons and pink ribbons, all in a show of affection and respect for a woman who was deeply loved by her community.”

The Magic of Town Meeting – March 3, 2012

“If only national politicians would visit a Vermont town meeting, perhaps some of the civility would return to Washington. That’s what Nicholas Ecker-Racz thinks, and after 24 years as the moderator in Glover, he knows a lot about conducting a civil debate.”

The Leapling Chronicles – Feb. 25, 2012

“Virginia Frye and her grandson are both turning 17 this year. How in the world is that possible? Frye, who lives in Danville, is a leap year baby. Her grandson is not. The grandmother has only one birthday for each of the grandson’s four.”

Flying Without Wings – Feb. 23, 2012

“Everyone on the slopes at Bretton Woods knows Bella Hibberd, a fifth grader at Bethlehem Elementary School in New Hampshire. As she prepares for her next run down the mountain, numerous classmates stop and give her a high-five or shout an encouraging ‘Looking good, Bella!’”

Disaster Averted – Feb. 22, 2012

“It was a clear Sunday afternoon in October, 2011, when Rep. Janice Peaslee took off for an unforgettable flight in her Cessna 150. Peaslee got her pilot’s license in November 2009 and loves flying. “I tried it and I got hooked on it right off,” she said this week. “There’s nothing like flying.””

The Caledonian-Record Bridal Guide – Jan. 25, 2012

A 32-page special insert entirely produced and written almost entirely by Leah Carey.

A selection of articles:

Tips From An Expert Wedding Guest – “As you plan your wedding, one of the things you’re probably considering is how to make it an enjoyable experience for your guests. Jill Brewer is an experienced wedding-goer. In the past seven months, she has been to eight weddings spanning the globe, from Bethlehem, N.H., to Philadelphia to Jamaica.”

Marrying Your Financial Futures – “You’re marrying more than just his family. You’re marrying more than just her workaholic tendencies. You’re marrying into each other’s finances.”

Your Time Will Come (a personal essay) – “When I was a teenager, I didn’t date much. Relationships between males and females were a complete mystery to me. As my cousins and friends started dating, my mother’s mother would often pat me on the hand and say, “Don’t worry dear, your time will come.””

Part of the Family – August 12, 2011

“It’s a simple summertime pleasure – sticking your hand out the car window and letting it float on the air currents, playing with the wind. This simple game is unimaginable to a 10-year-old Fresh Air kid from New York City.”

Incoming SJA Students Earn Their HALOs – July 20, 2011

“It’s not every day you see a free lunch being served in the park outside the Caledonia County Courthouse. More precisely, it’s one day a year that incoming St. Johnsbury Academy freshmen serve lunch as part of the Hilltopper Alternative Learning Opportunities program.”

 Get A Rush – June 15, 2011

“When you’ve trekked all the trails and meandered through all the museums, the day comes when you want to do something out of the ordinary. That’s when it’s time to get your blood pumping and try something really unique. It’s time to find a playground for big kids. The kind of place that requires a medical release waiver.”

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