Anna Van Dine

Summer 2019 Intern, Newsroom

Anna was our summer 2019 Newsroom intern.

The exterior of the Cabot School
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR File

Last month, a 6-year-old boy in Cabot was suspended from school for 10 days after he drew two pictures which the principal of the Cabot School said "depicted a specific threat of violence." The incident is not isolated: According to state records, more than 300 Vermont children in first through third grades were suspended last year.

VTDigger education reporter Lola Duffort covered this topic in an article published Jan. 5.

Close-up of a car exhaust tailpipe
mheim3011 / iStock

Greenhouse gas emissions decreased 4% from 2015 to 2016, according to a report released this month by the Agency of Natural Resources, marking the first time Vermont's emissions have gone down since 2011.

However, the transportation sector remains one of the largest sources of emissions in the state — and actually showed a minor increase in its emissions during that same timeframe of overall decline.

A hand pouring a half gallon of Kimball Brook Farm whole milk into a red mug on a countertop.
Elodie Reed / VPR

One of Vermont's largest certified organic dairy farms is ending its dairy operation and turning its focus to hemp and CBD.

Three people stand smiling.
Anna Van Dine / VPR

Last week, eight pallets of Amazon packages were supposed to be brought to the post office in Burlington. Instead, the delivery driver dropped them off half a mile down the road at the Burlington Department of Public Works.

A cornfield in St. Albans
Anna Van Dine / VPR

In fall 2015, Green Mountain Power announced its plan to build a biodigester facility in St. Albans Town. It was supposed to take in manure from three area farms, as well as food waste from the region, and convert it into energy. It was also going to help reduce manure runoff into Lake Champlain. So what happened?

A road sign.
Anna Van Dine / VPR

Katie Sullivan, who lives in Albany, Vt., is curious about a road name in a town just south of her, in Marshfield. “How did Star Pudding Farm Road get its name?" she asks. "Is there a Star Pudding farm?”

A map.
Atlas of Bennington County, Vermont 1869 by F.W. Beers, Courtesy Dorset Historical Society

Brave Little State takes on more of your questions about mysterious Green Mountain byways in our Second Annual Brief History of Vermont Road Names.

A sign outside Harwood Union Middle and High School that says Welcome Back, Have a great Year.
Anna Van Dine / VPR

Last week, kids zipped up their backpacks, got on buses and headed back to school. For many school districts around the state, it's time to start thinking again about ongoing school district mergers under Act 46. For some districts, consolidation is underway and will likely result in a school closure in the coming years.

Bishop Coyne at a June 2018 ordination ceremony at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral in Burlington.
Jillian Alderman / Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington, Courtesy

Updated at 3:10 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington on Thursday released the names of 40 priests accused of sexually abusing children in Vermont since 1950. Thirteen of the priests named are still living, though none are in ministry according to Bishop Christopher Coyne.

A man in gold-rimmed glasses and a Malcolm X shirt stands outside a library.
Elodie Reed / VPR

On an evening in late June, Burlington poet Rajnii Eddins stood at a podium at the Fletcher Free Library. He wore a sweatshirt printed with Malcolm X’s face and looked out at the room through large, gold-rimmed glasses. 

An OxyContin bottle with pills arranged around it.
Toby Talbot / Associated Press File

Nearly 119.5 million pills were sold in bulk in Vermont by opioid manufacturers and distributors from 2006 through 2012. That's the finding from Seven Days, which analyzed data made public by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Revolutionary War reenactors exchange fire on a hillside.
Ray Parker, Courtesy

Early in the morning on July 7th, 1777, musket shots rang out over the ridge in Hubbardton, Vermont. This was the only Revolutionary War battle fought entirely on Vermont soil. More than two centuries later, at 8 a.m. on a bright Sunday, nearly 200 reenactors loaded up their muskets and walked out on that same grassy hill in front of a crowd of spectators.

A woman carries an umbrella and wheels a cart with a mounted boar's head on it.
Elodie Reed / VPR

Emmett is a mounted boar head. For 22 years, Emmett has hung on the wall in Vermont Supreme Court Justice Marilyn Skoglund's Montpelier office, where he went to live after Skoglund received him as a gift from an ex.

Headshot of Lisa Senecal
Lisa Senecal, Courtesy

Lisa Senecal of Stowe has been elected chair of the Vermont Commission on Women.

The Vermont Commission on Women is a non-partisan government board that works to advance rights for women within the state. Senecal takes over the position from Marcia Merrell, who is stepping down after serving as chair of the commission for the past decade.

Numerous chickens stand behind a fence.
Elodie Reed / VPR

The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is encouraging poultry owners to use electric fencing to protect their birds.

Sap bucket on a maple tree
Bakinbitz / iStock

Vermont continues to lead the nation in maple syrup production, with this year's yield up 7% from last season.

A woman stands against a wall mural.
Elodie Reed / VPR File

In her yearlong series, "Hooked: Stories and Solutions from Vermont's Opioid Crisis," Seven Days writer Kate O'Neill investigates the reality of opioid addiction in Vermont. O'Neill's June 5 article, "Between a 'Hub' and a Hard Place," shares three stories about the challenges of living with opioid addiction in rural areas.