‘The book is a portrait of my soul. Every word is true.’ — Emily Bernard reads from ‘Black Is the Body’ at Clemmons Family Farm

‘The book is a portrait of my soul. Every word is true.’ — Emily Bernard reads from ‘Black Is the Body’ at Clemmons Family Farm

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter The setting was perfect for Emily Bernard’s reading from her bestselling book “Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time and Mine.” It wasn’t just the beautiful and historic Barn House on the Clemmons Family Farm with the late afternoon light streaming in from the Adirondack Mountains… Read More »

Planning commission aims to keep Hinesburg like Hinesburg

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Eleven potential village design standards took up most of the discussion at the Hinesburg Planning Commission’s Sept. 11 meeting. There are 11 areas where the commission is considering if and how they would like to amend the town’s village-area design standards: Setbacks Permeability (the ability to see into commercial buildings through… Read More »

RISE works at CVU: Interest-based learning program successful, but school officials plan some adjustments

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Champlain Valley Union High School Principal Adam Bunting, Librarian Peter Langella and Personal Living Coordinator Carly Rivard gave a presentation on the RISE program at the Champlain Valley School District school board meeting Tuesday. The three were clearly enthusiastic about how the first year of RISE (Reflective Interest-based Student Experiences) went… Read More »

Hinesburg taps the brakes on ordinances

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer The Hinesburg Selectboard is tightening up a few local ordinances that should mean more money going to town coffers. The changes will also make it safer getting to and from Champlain Valley Union High School (CVU). At the Sept. 4 meeting, the selectboard decided to wait two weeks to confirm an… Read More »

Charlotte neighbors want action on rentals

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer At least three residents of Hills Point Road, which is just north of the Town Beach, came to the Charlotte Selectboard on Monday seeking a solution to problems with short-term rentals. Resident Mike Wool said among the problems are speeding cars to the rentals while his grandchildren are playing in the… Read More »

Hemp farming: An agricultural gold rush

Hemp farming: An agricultural gold rush

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer As in much of Vermont, some farmers in Charlotte and Hinesburg may have tossed the dice, drawn to an inside straight, gone all in – maybe even have bet the farm – on growing hemp for CBD production. “It’s a modern-day agricultural gold rush,” said Heather Darby, UVM extension professor of… Read More »

Feelings, memories shared in wake of David Auclair killing: Stepson, longtime friend say Auclair was well-liked in community

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer He is a stepson of Hinesburg shooting victim David Auclair. She is one of Auclair’s longest and closest friends. Both evoked the game of chess to explain their thoughts on the recent arrest of another of Auclair’s stepsons, Kory Lee George. George, 31, was charged on Sept. 4 with possession of… Read More »

Business project next to NRG withdrawn

Business project next to NRG withdrawn

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer The plug has been pulled on an 80,000 square foot commercial project next to NRG Systems in Hinesburg. On Aug. 27, town officials learned that Jan Blomstrann had decided to withdraw her application for a commercial development that would have leased office or light industrial business space. The project didn’t have… Read More »

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