It’s legal now: Smoke shop opens in Shelburne

It’s legal now: Smoke shop opens in Shelburne

By MADELINE HUGHES There’s a new storefront at the corner of Shelburne and Hullcrest roads. The front window is decked with a neon “open” sign and a hand-drawn poster. Inside, Bob Marley tunes play in the background and art hangs on the walls. South Burlington artist and entrepreneur Jordan Holstein sits behind a counter in… Read More »

State grant helps Lake Iroquois watershed

State grant helps Lake Iroquois watershed

By MADELINE HUGHES The Lake Iroquois Association is wrapping up a summer project aimed at improving a stream flowing into the lake near Pine Shore Drive in Hinesburg. Pine Shore Drive is a gravel road that leads from Pond Road downhill to a lakeside neighborhood. The runoff from the road and nearby retention pond needed… Read More »

Arts director scores state award

Arts director scores state award

By MADELINE HUGHES Allison Coyne Carroll’s work comes with many rewards. Sometimes the reward is seeing students and faculty from China overjoyed as they hear live music from their homeland played in Vermont, on the other side of the world. Another time, it might be when a Lithuanian student gets to speak in her native… Read More »

Deliberation begins on Hannaford project

By MADELINE HUGHES The Hinesburg Town Hall’s parking lot was nearly full Tuesday night – a measure of local interest in the final Development Review Board public hearing on the Hannaford Brothers Co. grocery store project. Hannaford began its quest to build a supermarket in Hinesburg in 2010 with plans for a 36,000-square-foot store and 128… Read More »

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 »