State rejects herbicide use on Lake Iroquois milfoil

By MADELINE HUGHES A popular herbicide will not be used on Lake Iroquois to control an influx of Eurasian milfoil after the state of Vermont recently rejected a request by the Lake Iroquois Association and the town of Williston. In a decision dated Oct. 8, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation rejected a permit for the… Read More »

Police recover body of missing man in Charlotte

By Madeline Hughes A Connecticut man drowned in Lake Champlain at a Charlotte marina last week. Vermont State Police last Thursday found the body later identified as George Ruhe, 67, of Wethersfield, Conn., and Brattleboro. The Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday confirmed Ruhe’s identity and ruled the cause of his death an accidental… Read More »

Newly minted Republican takes on longtime incumbent in Hinesburg House race

By MADELINE HUGHES While this year’s midterm elections have been dubbed the “year of the woman” because so many Democratic women are running for office across the country, the political newcomer in Hinesburg’s House race is Republican Sarah Toscano, a recent defector from the Democratic Party. As a gun-rights advocate, Toscano originally wanted to support a… Read More »

Burglary spree targets child care centers, restaurants in Shelburne

By MADELINE HUGHES Shelburne Police are investigating a burglary spree on Shelburne Road over the past few weeks. Police believe multiple people are targeting child care centers and restaurants for cash. “They are primarily looking for cash,” Cpl. Jon Marcoux said. “We don’t normally consider these to be high cash targets… This is odd.” Two… Read More »

Hannaford project denied in Hinesburg

The Hinesburg Development Review Board has denied the Hannaford Brothers Co. grocery store project in a 4-3 vote. The board has been reviewing the project for months, analyzing a lengthy list of evidence brought forward from Hannaford and other interested parties. Four board members – Sarah Murphy, Ted Bloomhardt, Greg Waples and Jon Slason –… Read More »

School board hears about aliens, vaping

By MADELINE HUGHES Do aliens exist? That’s the question at the heart of middle school humanities and science this fall, taught by special educators Ashley Sutton and Matt Glass at Williston Central School. The teachers have noticed a difference in student behavior and learning in the classroom. The curriculum has “really shifted student engagement,” Sutton… Read More »

Gov. Kunin pens personal, poetic new memoir

Gov. Kunin pens personal, poetic new memoir

By Madeline Hughes Boisterous laughter roared from the secluded Coach Barn at Shelburne Farms on a recent Tuesday evening as Madeleine Kunin read excerpts from her new book “Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties.” Kunin’s reading also at times evoked solemn “mmmm-hmmmms” from the audience. At the launch of her fourth book Oct.… Read More »