First, can you give us a little background about yourself and your history with the state? I love Vermont! I grew up in rural Hartland, Vermont, the son of a kindergarten teacher and an architect. I am a product of Vermont public schools, including graduating from Woodstock Union High School. During my junior year, I played second base on my high school baseball team and won a state championship at Centennial Field. I traveled outside of Vermont for college earning a B.A. at Yale University, where I double majored in American Studies and Studies in the Environment.
Jon Kaplan is the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Manager for the Vermont Agency of Transportation, based out of Montpelier. Jon manages all bicycle and pedestrian-related initiatives for the state. Here, he answers a few questions about the current status of biking in Vermont, some initiatives that he is working on and where he hopes to see biking in the Green Mountain State in the future.
Q. Is the number of bikers growing in Vermont?
NT: First, can you give us a little background about yourself? Where are you from? Where did your grow up?
EM: I grew up in Brandon. I’ve always been a Vermont boy. Realistically, my story isn’t really that exciting. I grew up in Brandon and I made it all 17 miles south to Rutland.
NT: And that was after high school?
EM: Yes, after high school. I graduated in 03’
NT: How did you come across the “I Am Vermont Strong” idea? Where did it come from? What did it take to actually commit to it?
Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms is an organization that aims to give volunteers experience in organic farming and to provide living space in a rural setting based on a host-volunteer relationship. Better known by its acronym WWOOF, the organization was created in 1971 in the United Kingdom as a way to connect volunteers to organic farms. In return for volunteer help, a WWOOF host farm offers food, accommodation, and opportunities to learn about organic lifestyle. Over its 40 year history, the organization has spread to over 50 countries.
Finally, the day has come. You are free from the clutch of your younger life. No more living at home. However bittersweet it may be for you, you will now be living on your own.
Whether you are looking for a transition from the college dorm, or simply wish to move out after high school, putting your name down on a leasing contract is a huge step. It’s therefore important to know what you’ll be getting into as you go through the steps of finding housing, committing to a lease, and finally moving in. Here are some questions you should have answers to before you make your mark.
Forrest, Andre, and Alex Burnham may seem like typical teenagers. They enjoy golf, hockey, and even extreme croquet, a sport invented in their own backyard. But unlike typical teenagers, the Burnham brothers are on top of the world, quickly making their mark on the nation’s music scene. Starting out by playing in their living room in Arlington, Forrest (14), Andre (16), and Alex (18) put their heads together to form a band known simply by their surname: Burnham.
Vermont is full of opportunities for musicians and artists of all kinds, from open mics to all the various restaurants that show art. The Burlington South End Art Hop, which takes place in September every year, features artists all over Burlington’s south end and often there are musicians playing at the various venues as well. Then there are restaurants and coffee shops throughout the state that host musicians and show art. We talked to Anais Mitchell, a young woman who grew up in Addison County on her parents’ farm, about what it was like for her as a musician in Vermont.
Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program, founded in 1980, works with the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. USCRI is a national organization that helps refugees find permanent, safe homes where they can rebuild their lives. USCRI determines the talents and skills of refugees and immigrants and places them in communities where they will have opportunity.
Libby Smith went to Essex high school and the Essex Technical Center where she graduated from Engineering and Architectural Design in 1998. She played basketball, soccer, and golf in high school, where she was an All-State selection in all three sports. She went on to play basketball and golf at the University of Vermont. Smith was the only woman in the United States to play and compete on a Division 1 Men’s Golf Team for all four years while attending UVM.
Stuck in the middle, Central Vermont is sandwiched between Lake Champlain and the Connecticut River but it’s certainly not closed off. It’s in the middle of it all.
With the smallest city in the United States (Vergennes), the only state capital without a McDonald’s (Montpelier) and one of the prettiest stretches of road in the country (Route 100), Central Vermont is just about the heart of it all. Whether you’re in the Champlain Valley, smack in the Green Mountains or in the Connecticut River Valley you’re bound to find something new and different.