Recycling post-holidays: Regift, reuse, recycle

The holidays are over, and after the flurry of present-opening is complete and the last drop of spiked eggnog has disappeared with auld lang syne, many a household is left with a pile of wrapping paper, dead batteries, bum string lights, and broken toys. Regift what you can but most of it needs to go.… Read More »

Holiday gift guide for the last-minute Santa

Four shopping days are left and if you’re like me, there still are names on your holiday gift list that aren’t checked off. No problem – there’s still time to match that special someone with a present and some of the best gifts are right under your nose. Now stop freaking out and go get… Read More »

Clemmons Family Farm wins $350,000 national grant

Clemmons Family Farm wins $350,000 national grant

The Clemmons family has a vision for their farm in Charlotte, and a recent grant award from ArtPlace America is bringing them closer to achieving their goals. The Clemmons Family Farm is one of 23 organizations – out of almost 1,000 applicants – to win a $350,000 National Creative Placemaking Fund grant. The funds will… Read More »

Bad day for a swim: dog rescued from icy pond

Bad day for a swim: dog rescued from icy pond

A few extra minutes of outside playtime for a Newfoundland retriever named Tank quickly turned dangerous on Monday and became a cold-water rescue for Charlotte first responders. Fire fighters had just returned to the station following a traffic accident Monday afternoon when they got a 911 call about a dog struggling in an icy pond… Read More »

Clearing happy trails in Hinesburg

Clearing happy trails in Hinesburg

A windstorm in late October caused damage and power outages across the state. In Hinesburg, downed trees blocked parts of the town trails near Lewis Creek on Hinesburg Land Trust property and in the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest. Volunteers recently spent time cleaning up the trails and removing trees that blocked access to the forest… Read More »

Community rallies for Bread and Butter Farm

Community rallies for Bread and Butter Farm

Beloved for its burger nights and well known for its beef and vegetable CSA shares, Bread and Butter Farm on Leduc Farm Road in Shelburne is a community hub. Supportive of their neighbors in many ways, the proprietors of the farm, Corie Pierce and Chris Dorman, are now feeling that support come back to them… Read More »

Five towns, six schools, one budget process begins

Five towns, six schools – the newly formed Champlain Valley School District is a $75 million enterprise. At its first budget meeting as a unified school board, school director representatives from each town, parents, educators, and community members from the five towns came to hear a presentation about the budget, then broke into smaller meetings… Read More »