2015 Manchester, Vermont Town Meeting

Vermont Town Meeting is an annual event that I enjoy photographing and participating in. While each town will see the same “usual suspects” in attendance, and a few new faces, you never know what hot topics, or controversies may arise.

My text from 2014:

Town Meeting… Never heard of it? Then you probably don’t live in Vermont. Every year, the first week of March, towns across the state of Vermont hold individual meetings where local officials are elected, budgets are decided, and appropriations are doled out.

Most importantly, Town Meeting is an opportunity for individuals to have their voice heard. This is the one chance a year where you can get up in front of your neighbors, and express to them why you agree, or often disagree with the planned future of the community.

Unfortunately across the state, attendance at town meetings has declined over the years. Many towns have tried creative ways to boost attendance. Traditionally meetings were scheduled for the first Tuesday of March. Floor meetings are more frequently occurring on the Saturday before. Some towns prefer to split the public forum and Australian ballot days.

Done properly, Town Meeting is democracy at it’s finest. As we learned in Manchester, Vermont this year, margins on topics can be very small. If you don’t participate in the process, you’re letting others make choices for you.

2015 Special Olympics of Vermont Penguin Plunge (Bennington, VT)

With plunge time temperatures hovering in the low single digits, FAHRENHEIT, brave plungers once again took to the icy water of Lake Paran in North Bennington, Vermont on January 31 to raise funds for the Special Olympics of Vermont.

The North Bennington event is the first of three freezing events that are held throughout VT.

Once again, safety and support for the event was provided by the North Bennington Fire Department Cold Water Support Team.


1000’s pay their last respects to fallen NYPD Officer Rafael Ramos


Police, firefighters and other public safety officers from throughout the United States joined in paying their last respects to NYPD Police Officer Rafael Ramos, who was assassinated recently, along with his partner Wenjian Liu in Brooklyn, New York.

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New York Police Department holds wake for slain officer Rafael Ramos


Members of the New York City Police Department and community attended services for fallen Officer Rafael Ramos, who’s life was taken in an ambush last week, along with Officer Wenjian Liu of the NYPD.

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Norman Lear

In a partnership between Northshire Bookstore and WAMC, The Book Show host Joe Donahue sat down to interview legendary television creator Norman Lear in Manchester, VT in front of a live audience.

The legendary creator of iconic television programs All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Norman Lear remade our television culture—while leading a life of unparalleled political, civic, and social involvement. Sharing the wealth of Lear’s ninety years, Even This I Get to Experience is a memoir as touching and remarkable as the life he has led. -Northshire Bookstore 

Acer Objects – Manchester, VT (Google Business View)

In an unsuspecting building along Main Street in Manchester Village, Vermont, lies a treasure trove of home decorating items that many have never seen before.

Acer Objects, Manchester, VT

Acer Objects is a store that many have passed by thinking nothing of stopping, but trust me, once you’ve been inside, you’ll be back often to search out new and interesting items for your home.

Recently, Northshire Photo had the opportunity to create a virtual tour of this amazing interior decor shop, so that everyone can see what they’ve been missing out on. So be sure to take a look around the tour below, and then head on over the Acer Objects to get some unique furnishings!

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