Erasing hate in dramatic fashion at Champlain Valley Union: CVU students present “The Laramie Project”

Erasing hate in dramatic fashion at Champlain Valley Union: CVU students present “The Laramie Project”

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Engrossed in the fall musical last October, director Candy Padula wasn’t paying much attention to the news. She often listened to the “Legally Blonde” soundtrack on repeat as she commuted to Champlain Valley Union High School. However, one day she listened to the news, right around the 20th anniversary of… Read More »

Talking tolerance: Taking the race conversation beyond CVU

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Race and privilege have been at the forefront of Champlain Valley School District’s thoughts. This year, students created the Racial Alliance Committee, which meets in the library on Wednesday mornings. At the past few school board meetings, students from the committee have asked the board to allow the group to… Read More »

Hinesburg says “Aye” to town budget

Hinesburg says “Aye” to town budget

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Over 100 Hinesburg voters came out to Champlain Valley Union High School Monday night to vote on the annual town budget. Residents voted from the floor and approved the majority of the items but were wary of a $50,000 ballot item proposed help fix the Vermont Route 116 and Charlotte… Read More »

Talking tolerance: The book is open, start turning pages

Talking tolerance: The book is open, start turning pages

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Christel Tonoki stood in the Champlain Valley Union High School gymnasium in front of 1,300 of her fellow students last week, gathered for a school-wide assembly for Black History month. A few dozen students stood with Tonoki as she told her story, how during her freshman year she  created a… Read More »

GMP, Renewable Energy tout home battery incentive program: “Bring Your Own Device” program offers $850 credit per kilowatt to homeowners

GMP, Renewable Energy tout home battery incentive program: “Bring Your Own Device” program offers $850 credit per kilowatt to homeowners

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Reporters filled Carole McCay’s Hinesburg living room Tuesday morning to report on the installation of a battery. But it’s not just any battery. The intimate home setting was where Green Mountain Power and Renewable Energy Vermont announced an energy part-nership to help install home batteries across the state. The companies… Read More »

‘That’s how it works in a small town’: Selectboard decides against eminent domain

‘That’s how it works in a small town’: Selectboard decides against eminent domain

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter In a standing-room-only meeting Monday night, the Hinesburg Selectboard voted against pursuing eminent domain on Lot 15, the space in town where Hannaford Brothers Co. wants to build the town’s largest grocery store. Tensions were high in the main meeting room of the Town Hall Monday night while the selectboard… Read More »

Talking tolerance: CVU confronts racist graffiti

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Champlain Valley Union High School officials were alerted last Wednesday afternoon to graffiti at the school with racial undertones. A swastika was found written on a library desk Wednesday afternoon. About 10 days prior, the N-word was drawn on a bathroom wall. Because of the incidents,  the school hosted a… Read More »

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