AUGUST 2014 NEWS ARCHIVE
When Vermont legislators were considering a bill this year to streamline the state’s process for involuntary psychiatric commitment and medication, a series of former psychiatric patients and their allies spoke out against the idea. But the bill wound up passing, drawing support from hospitals, psychiatrists, the state Department of Mental Health and a group representing patients’ families. The face-off was just one example of a larger national conflict over forced psychiatric medication.
Its future unclear, mountainside cottage keeps Grant’s memory alive.
Biologists have documented the first hopeful sign that the region’s bat populations may eventually recover from the devastation of white nose syndrome. The numbers of one species of bat affected by the deadly disease appear to be stabilizing, with some individuals having survived several years of exposure to it. read more
It wasn’t so long ago that there was just one choice for fresh juices in Saratoga Springs. But this summer, things have changed, with no fewer than five juice bars now operating within the city limits or just beyond.
Up until two years ago, the Bennington Museum mostly focused on local history, arts and culture from the 18th and 19th centuries. Then Robert Wolterstorff signed on as the museum’s new director and set out to increase its involvement with modernism, including the works of some pioneering 20th century artists connected with Bennington College.
Julia Morgan-Leamon’s “Split/Level” takes a suburban housing style from the 1970s and reshuffles it into a metaphorical zone that’s part personal history and part global reality. The exhibition in Gallery 51 of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts draws on the artist’s personal experiences and her ties to the evolving arts scene in Egypt.