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Clergy take to pulpits to decry religious and racial hate
Featured
January 11, 2017

Clergy take to pulpits to decry religious and racial hate

By Kevin O’Connor, VTDigger

Churches, synagogues and mosques usually focus on love. But recently, many are fending off hate. “Some people are using the current political climate to justify anti-Semitic or Islamophobic beliefs or degrade human beings,” Vermont Episcopal Bishop Thomas Ely said. “That’s not…

Holocaust hero Marion Pritchard remembered in Vermont
News Briefs
January 4, 2017

Holocaust hero Marion Pritchard remembered in Vermont

By Kevin O’Connor, VTDigger

When Gov. Madeleine Kunin learned of the recent death of 96-year-old friend Marion Pritchard, she recalled their meeting at Vermont’s first Holocaust memorial ceremony in 1987 — and their separate yet shared World War II experiences nearly a half-century before. Kunin,…

“Blessed beyond belief:” A Christmas story

“Blessed beyond belief:” A Christmas story

By Kevin O’Connor, VTDigger

BRATTLEBORO — If Hollywood ever chooses to turn the back-from-the-brink saga of Vermont’s Robb Family Farm into a feel-good holiday feature, it’ll need to cast actress Brooke Shields. That’s because this true story improbably stars her. Back in 1907, Thomas and…

Clergy rally at Statehouse against election-related hate
State News
November 22, 2016

Clergy rally at Statehouse against election-related hate

By Kevin O’Connor, VTDigger The problem began last summer, when one of two black members of the Vermont Legislature received racially charged emails and tweets, and has continued as late as this week, when a Middlebury Jewish congregation found a swastika on its front door….

Local News
June 26, 2015

Vermont journalist Norman Runnion dies at age 85

By Kevin O’Connor, VTDigger.org

Ask Norman Runnion for his life story and he’d point to a newspaper.

“I’m a newspaperman, my father was a newspaperman — I love that word, I grew up on that word,” he said in 1989. “It would never have occurred…