Hinesburg Selectboard reaches plan for Geprags money

Hinesburg Selectboard reaches plan for Geprags money

April 17’s Hinesburg Selectboard meeting included a discussion and decision regarding what to do with the funds the town anticipates receiving from Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. for an easement for drilling that took place in Hinesburg’s Geprags Park. The Feb. 20 and March 20 Selectboard meetings both hosted passionate board and public discussion of how… Read More »

LaPlatte River wetlands provide diverse, rare habitats

LaPlatte River wetlands provide diverse, rare habitats

Editor’s Note: Last week, we featured a story about The Vermont Natural Resource Council’s petition to reclassify Shelburne’s LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands as class I wetlands, a status that would provide greater environmental protection than this area currently has. This week, we provide a more in-depth discussion of this area’s ecology. The LaPlatte River Marsh,… Read More »

Pipeline goes into operation; citizens’ groups send letters

Vermont Gas Systems, Inc. released a statement on Wednesday announcing the completion of the 41-mile Addison Natural Gas Project. The statement noted that as of Wednesday, customers in Middlebury are now receiving service from the project. “This is great news for the thousands of families and businesses who have waited patiently for the choice and… Read More »

Fire takes house in Charlotte

Fire takes house in Charlotte

Early Wednesday morning, firefighters were dispatched to 540 Dorset Street in Charlotte for a house fire. Charlotte Fire and Rescue Assistant Chief Rob Mullin noted that personnel were dispatched at 3:45am, with the first responders on scene within two to three minutes. They arrived to find a fully involved structure fire. The two occupants of… Read More »

Petition submitted to protect LaPlatte wetlands

Petition submitted to protect LaPlatte wetlands

The LaPlatte River is a calm place to find a natural Champlain Valley environment in the developed corridors of Chittenden County. Now, the Vermont Natural Resources Council has submitted a petition to have the LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands designated a class I wetland. The petition area is unique and important for several reasons, said Arrowwood… Read More »

Amphibians emerge from their winter homes for spring migrations

Amphibians emerge from their winter homes for spring migrations

Shelburne’s gravelly Pond Road probably doesn’t look intimidating to human drivers. But to an inch-and-a-half-long amphibian, Pond Road divides worlds. And early spring’s warm(ish) nights are an active, sometimes dangerous, time for Vermont’s amphibians to move from one world to another. Amphibians, appearing in wetlands and on roadways on spring nights, play an important role… Read More »

Lewis Creek Association makes plans for upcoming field season

Lewis Creek Association makes plans for upcoming field season

There may still be snow on the ground but the Lewis Creek Association has begun its call for volunteers for its summer fieldwork. Planned for this summer is monitoring water quality in various local creeks, and managing the invasive plant European frogbit. Lewis Creek Association Program Coordinator Krista Hoffsis noted that monitoring water quality allows… Read More »

CVU educators awarded fellowship

Two educators at Champlain Valley Union High School have jointly received a three-year, $75,000 fellowship from The Rowland Foundation. Visual art teacher Abbie Bowker and librarian Peter Langella plan to use the fellowship in phases to introduce a new program wherein students may pursue projects of personal interest throughout the school year. Bowker noted that… Read More »

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