Wear without repair? Funding tightens for local Long Trail caretakers

Originally published in the Manchester Journal on Feb. 14, 2018. Feb. 23 fundraiser will support the Green Mountain Club’s caretaker program, whose funds have decreased over the last decade.   By Cherise Madigan STRATTON — Hugh and Jean Joudry have spent the last fifty summers atop Stratton Mountain, and the couple — now in their …

History and heritage at Primitive Biathlon

Originally published in the Manchester Journal on Feb. 14, 2018.  By Cherise Madigan MANCHESTER — Eyes focused on the old-fashioned sight resting atop the barrel of his musket, Bill Hampton squeezes his finger around the trigger. A chaotic moment of cacophony, and all is still once again. This time, however, the target that Hampton has …

Manchester Fire Chief prepares to retire

Originally published in the Manchester Journal on Feb. 9, 2018 By Cherise Madigan Manchester Journal MANCHESTER — Chief Philip Bourn of the Manchester Fire Department will soon be retiring from his post for the second time, following almost 40 years of service as a Manchester firefighter. Bourn, more affectionately referred to by his childhood nickname …

The Opiate Epidemic: Manchester’s United Front

Originally published in the Manchester Journal on Feb. 2, 2018.  By Cherise Madigan Manchester Journal MANCHESTER — How can the Northshire community begin to combat the staggering opiate crisis that has swept our nation — and the overdose deaths that follow in its wake? That was the question for a coalition of local organizations, whose …

A Natural Education at The Mountain School

Originally published in the Manchester Journal on Feb. 2, 2018.  By Cherise Madigan Manchester Journal MANCHESTER — The Mountain School at Winhall encourages students to view “Vermont as their classroom,” and that belief has recently been put into practice by pre-K and kindergarten teacher Marisa Powers. Inspired by both her own childhood and the one …

Ryan’s story: Northshire schools talk suicide prevention

Originally published by the Manchester Journal on Jan. 8, 2018.  By Cherise Madigan, Manchester Journal MANCHESTER — When John Halligan’s 13 year-old son Ryan committed suicide in 2003, he knew that his life would never be the same. In the years since, Halligan has worked to turn his grief into positivity, embodying a memorable maxim …

Newcomer Brad Peacock launches bid for Senate

Originally published by the Bennington Banner on Jan. 7, 2018.  By Cherise Madigan, Manchester Journal MANCHESTER — Brad Peacock has served his country once, and on Sunday the Shaftsbury farmer announced that he hopes to do so once again — this time in the United States Senate. Running on an independent ticket, Peacock, is vying for …