Charlotte mulls affordable housing fund use

By MADELINE HUGHES After hearing suggestions to try to jumpstart affordable housing efforts using a town housing fund, the Charlotte Selectboard this week posed more questions to the volunteer group that is offering the ideas. At its meeting Monday night, the Selectboard heard suggestions from the group that offered possible changes to the current affordable… Read More »

Charlotte to revive affordable housing fund

By MADELINE HUGHES In the mid-2000s Charlotters voted to create a fund that allocated tax dollars to build affordable housing. The fund currently has $140,000 in it for grants. The money was added over a decade ago but has since remained unused. On Monday night, the Selectboard will consider amending the fund’s grant policy in… Read More »

Schools to beef up security: District gets $115k in grants, nears officer contract

By MADELINE HUGHES and CHEA WATERS EVANS The Champlain Valley School District is getting just over $115,000 from the state for safety updates to its six schools, state officials announced last week. Gov. Phil Scott’s office released a list of the recipients of School Safety Grants, part of $5 million appropriated by the state Legislature… Read More »

Finding fresh air and family

Finding fresh air and family

By MADELINE HUGHES In a tradition that dates back over 100 years, 160 youngsters from New York City visited Vermont this summer through the Fresh Air Fund. Since 1877, the program has given  children the chance to experience life outside the city every summer. This year, about 200 families hosted kids ages 8 to 18,… Read More »

Shelburne Farms’ cheddar wins

Shelburne Farms’ cheddar wins

By MADELINE HUGHES Maddy Born swaps her shoes for Crocs, puts on an apron and hairnet, scrubs her hands and then turns on some Beyonce tunes before she begins “cheddaring” Shelburne Farm’s award-winning cheese. The farm’s youngest cheddar won first prize for this year’s American Cheese Society’s Cheddar – Aged Up to 12 Months –… Read More »

Hannaford reps skip grocery project hearing

By MADELINE HUGHES Hannaford Brothers Co. began its quest to build a supermarket in Hinesburg in 2010. Eight years later, after a trip through the local permitting process that went all the way to the Vermont Supreme Court, the Maine-based grocery chain is back before the town Development Review Board. But while the project was… Read More »

Old Lantern, neighbors settle longtime dispute

For years the owners of the Old Lantern Inn and Barn in Charlotte have been at odds with neighbors unhappy about noise from the popular party venue. The issues have spanned local regulatory hearings and decisions and spilled into civil court cases involving the business, its neighbors and town officials. Recently, however, Old Lantern owners… Read More »

Flynn Garden Tour strolls through Charlotte

Flynn Garden Tour strolls through Charlotte

Every year hundreds of people converge in one Vermont town to tour eight exceptional home gardens. Along the way, visitors use a guide written by tour organizers with the histories of the gardens, maps and every detail tour-goers may need. Participants often carry notebooks and cameras to chronicle plant varieties and settings, and record inspirations.… Read More »