December, 2005

Vermont Woman is Recipient of Press Association Awards

 

The Vermont Press Association (VPA) awarded Vermont Woman third prize for best editorial among daily and non-daily Vermont newspapers. The award was presented at the VPA annual banquet on November 6, 2005

 

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Jenni: Hear the Beat, Feel the Heat

 

Jenni Johnson, a self-described music “stylist” and entertainer, has been performing to enthusiastic audiences over the past decade, from Vermont to New Orleans to Russia. No one sits still when her band kicks in and Johnson’s voice takes hold of those present, reeling in anyone within earshot. Johnson glides seamlessly from Cajun to Blues, soft jazz to rock n’ roll.

 

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Burlington Mayoral Race - of Jogbras and Jockstraps

 

Vermont’s largest city can hardly be considered a politically stodgy place. It gave birth to the state’s only recognized third party, the Progressives; was one of the first municipalities in the country to develop innovative social programs; and elected Bernie Sanders as mayor, who is now the only Socialist in Congress.

 

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Made in Palestine: Meditations on Truth

 

Vermont is held in high regard as a distinctly special place – by those beyond our borders but particularly by those of us who call the Green Mountains our home. Consider, if you will, that this patch of geography is comprised of 251 towns and approximately 500,000 people. What must it mean, then, to a Palestinian that 700,000 people were driven from their homes and 418 villages razed, in the land they called home, as happened in 1948? Their name for it is Al Nakba – the Catastrophe.

 

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Kids’ Books Penned in the Green Mountains

 

Vermont is blessed with dozens of women who write and illustrate critically acclaimed and universally loved books for children. Marje Von Ohlsen, the children’s librarian at the South Burlington Community Library, instantly recalled thirty Vermont women who author children’s books, and claims that there are “many, many more.” Elaine Sopchak, “the book lady” at The Book Rack and Children’s Pages in Essex Junction, helped narrow the selection… many thanks to both. The seven picture books and three young adult books below, chosen for Vermont or female themes when possible, will make cherished gifts for the children you love, wherever they live.

 

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Wow ‘Em With Local Cheeses This Holiday:
Selected Platters of Vermont’s Award-Winning Artisanal Cheeses

 

Vermont’s artisanal cheese industry has been taking the world by storm for several years now, garnering more than a dozen awards for three years running at the American Cheese Society’s (ACS) Annual Conference and Judging. The Vermont Cheese Council, which formed in 1997, now boasts 31 members and the University of Vermont recently launched the Vermont Institute for Artisan Cheese (VIAC), the country’s first comprehensive center devoted to this delicious new field. With great thanks to Jody Farnham, outreach coordinator and program developer for VIAC, here are two sampler plates of cheese sure to please everyone from novices to more experienced palates!

 

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