Phoenix Books has a New Year’s resolution: no more plastic bags

Michael DeSanto’s New Year’s resolution for Phoenix Books is to make the business a plastic bag-free zone. As of Jan. 1, the Vermont-based independent bookstore chain – with locations in Essex, Burlington, Rutland and Chester – has quit handing out plastic bags at their checkout counters.  The alternatives are recycled/recyclable paper bags or reusable totes… Read More »

Local pet food entrepreneur gets national recognition for freeze-dried dog meals

A South Burlington entrepreneur has been recognized by Pet Business magazine for the development of freeze-dried bland diet pet products. Kyla Sternlieb is founder and president of Under the Weather. She said her efforts were recognized by the trade publication, which highlights a handful of innovative new products each year. “We are honored to be… Read More »

Tax reform spurs Citizens Financial Group to give out $1,000 bonuses

In the wake of new federal tax-reform legislation, Citizens Financial Group recently announced that it will distribute year-end $1,000 cash bonuses to approximately 12,500 employees. Based in Providence, R.I., the parent company to Citizens Bank said the investment will cost the company $12.5 million and will cover more than 70 percent of its workforce. Company… Read More »

Vermont Natural Resources Council seeks applicants for smart growth grants

The Vermont Natural Resources Council is seeking applications for its 2018 Small Grants for Smart Growth Program that provides seed money for community-based, local initiatives. Grants are targeted to projects that include advocacy for better land use through municipal planning, regulations, or advocacy in the permit process. They also fund initiatives in the following areas… Read More »



Professor John W. Hennessey Jr, age 92, of Shelburne, Vt., and formerly of Hanover, N.H., died of natural causes on January 11, 2018 at the Wake Robin Continuing Care Retirement Community. A much beloved and respected professor and administrator, John Hennessey was a scholar, a feminist, a democrat, and an ethicist, with an exceptional academic… Read More »

January 18 Calendar

January 18 Calendar

COMMUNITY CHARLOTTE Masons Breakfast Jan. 21, 7:30-10 a.m. All you can eat pancakes, eggs, sausage gravy and biscuits. Adults $8; children under 12 $4. Friendship Lodge, 1453 Church Hill Road. Information: 425-5319 or ESSEX JUNCTION Champlain Valley Expo Yankee Sportsman’s Classic Show Jan. 19: noon to 7 p.m. Jan. 20: 9 a.m. to 7… Read More »


A keen-eyed reader from Ferrisburgh pointed out that a photograph in the Nov. 30 edition of The Citizen of snowmobilers likely misidentified the groomer and trail. Although the volunteer in the grooming machine was not visible, the individuals involved agreed it likely was a Ferrisburgh volunteer and machine at a spot farther south than initially… Read More »

Regional planners seek ideas for public projects

The Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission is asking the public to weigh in on ideas for regional transportation and land use planning projects in Chittenden County. The commission is currently preparing next year’s work program and the public is invited to participate in a public forum scheduled as part of the commission’s regular board meeting… Read More »