Neighbors question suggested change to LaPlatte River wetlands classification

A roomful of Shelburne neighbors turned out to ask questions and voice concerns last Wednesday night as a petition to reclassify the LaPlatte River wetlands winds its way through the approval process. The LaPlatte wetlands, at the river’s entry into Lake Champlain, have long served as “a soup-to-nuts training ground for young biologists, ecologists, scientists,”… Read More »

Public hearing on LaPlatte wetland scheduled

Public hearing on LaPlatte wetland scheduled

It’s a place where rare birds and fish congregate, people paddle in search of new sights, pollutants stop short of Lake Champlain, and lake floodwaters halt their march toward land. Shelburne’s LaPlatte River Marsh Wetlands are a unique place, and a rare one in Chittenden County and in Vermont. On Aug. 30, the Vermont Agency… Read More »

UVM researchers studying Lake Iroquois

UVM researchers studying Lake Iroquois

Algae blooms, fueled by excess nutrients in the environment, have become a frequent summer occurrence in local lakes, potentially creating unsafe conditions for swimmers and other water users. At Lake Iroquois, a team of researchers from the University of Vermont is studying how one of these nutrients – phosphorus  – gets into the lake, and… Read More »

Hinesburg Fire Dept. trains at burning house

Hinesburg Fire Dept. trains at burning house

Several months of preparation and training culminated Sunday as the Hinesburg Fire Department burned down a house outside the village. Signs stood along the roadway, volunteers took turns directing traffic, and smoke billowed across Route 116 as firefighters practiced their skills in a real fire. Both fire and EMS trainings have been underway at the… Read More »

Big Truck Day draws a crowd

Big Truck Day draws a crowd

Saturday was the 19th annual Big Truck Day at Hinesburg Community School. Hosted by Hinesburg Nursery School, the event drew crowds of kids to the fields behind the school, where they found an array of vehicles just waiting to be climbed on and explored. Kids, many with faces painted, tugged parents from tractor to truck,… Read More »

Police charge driver in March U.S. Route 7 accident

On Friday, March 31, an accident on U.S. Route 7 in Charlotte led to two people entrapped in vehicles and four sent to the hospital. In a statement released this Saturday, Vermont State Police noted that in relation to this accident, driver Edward Woodruff, 70, of Westport, N.Y., was “cited to appear in Chittenden Superior… Read More »

Lake Iroquois meeting draws support, concerns

Lake Iroquois meeting draws support, concerns

Last Thursday night at Hinesburg Town Hall, every seat was taken and some folks stood in the back. Plenty of people, when signing in, checked “yes” in the column asking whether they wished to speak. The public information meeting, regarding the use of an herbicide in Lake Iroquois, drew concerns, support, and questions from an… Read More »

Grant helps keep Charlotte stormwater in check

Grant helps keep Charlotte stormwater in check

The Town of Charlotte will have a cleaner creek, and Lake Champlain will see a little less stormwater runoff, thanks to a 2017 Watershed Grant from Vermont Fish and Wildlife to the Charlotte Town Park Oversight Committee. At the Charlotte Park and Wildlife Refuge, a ditch was excavated in 2006 to capture runoff and prevent… Read More »