Police Chief Recruitment UnderwayAs Montpelier Police Chief Brian Peete’s departure to the Midwest nears, City Manager Bill Fraser has opened the recruitment process with an opportunity for current officers in the police department to apply. The Monday, Nov. 28 deadline for internal candidates brought one application from a current member of the department. Fraser indicated last week that the review process will include participation by people representing the Montpelier community. “I will assemble a small interview panel made up of key constituencies. When we hired Chief Peete, this included the State’s Attorney, Washington County Mental Health, the Social and Economic Justice Advisory Committee, the Times Argus, the Community Justice Center, and Montpelier Alive,” he wrote in an email to The Bridge.
Monteverdi Welcomes Jolynda BurtonIn this season of gratitude, the Monteverdi Music School welcomes Jolynda Burton to the organization as its new music education coordinator. As the arts are still rebounding from pandemic shutdowns, this small and mighty music hub has plans to expand its programs, deepen community engagement, and increase access to music in our region. And for the promise of what is to come, they are so grateful. “Our board wanted to add a position that would best serve the school’s vision, expand our work, and bring out the best of what our faculty has to offer,” board chair Deb Smoller said. “We are thrilled to have found Jolynda to lead our school forward and to become more visible and engaged in the Montpelier music community.” A vocal performance major at New York University, Burton worked as a performing artist in New York City for a number of years after school. In 2017, she returned to Vermont with a breadth of nonprofit management experience gained in New York and Philadelphia. She has worked with Just Basics, the nonprofit that runs the Montpelier Food Pantry, and is on the board of the Montpelier Roxbury Public Schools Partners in Education. —press release
T.W. Wood Gallery to Host 2022 Audubon Photography Award Winning ImagesAudubon Vermont will host the 2022 Audubon Photography Awards Traveling Exhibition at the T.W. Wood Gallery in Montpelier, from Thursday, Jan. 5 through Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023. An opening reception is planned for Friday, Jan. 6, 2023 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a display of the stunning winning images and learn more about local birdlife in Vermont. Reproductions of the winning photos will be available for sale through the photographers. The T.W. Wood exhibit is one of 30 venues displaying the winning images throughout the country. In the 13th year of the contest, winning photos, videos, and honorable mentions were selected from 2,416 entrants from all 50 states, Washington D.C., and seven Canadian provinces and territories to appreciate the wonder of birds and the places they inhabit. The competition continued to award the Female Bird Prize and the Video Prize, which were successfully introduced last year. The Female Bird Prize highlights female birds, which are often overlooked and underappreciated in bird photography and conservation. The Video Prize recognizes the dynamic movement and behavior of birds and the ways we view and memorialize them. Registration is not required for the opening reception or for general viewing, but please check the T.W. Wood Gallery’s website for directions and hours of operation. —press release
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