For farms, soggy spring balances dry summer

For farms, soggy spring balances dry summer

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer A farming season that started late looks like it may be back on schedule, but as always that depends on the vagaries of summer weather. In mid-June, many local farmers said their crops were two to three weeks behind. Many said that it was the wettest spring in memory. Now, with… Read More »

Charlotte hires zoning official, backs Thompson’s Point plan

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Daniel Morgan is Charlotte’s new zoning administrator. The selectboard voted Monday to hire Morgan to replace Aaron Brown, who’s now the town administrator — and zoning administrator — for New Haven. In Charlotte, Morgan will also be the sewage control officer, E911 coordinator and health officer. Carrie Spear made the motion… Read More »

A coyote secret: Kill them, and they will spread

A coyote secret: Kill them, and they will spread

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer More than 100 people packed (pun intended) the Shelburne Town Hall on Friday, July 14, to hear about the Eastern coyote. Although coyote expert Chris Schadler had them howling (again intentional) with laughter, her presentation also had its more somber moments when she discussed attempts to eradicate them. Although the coyote… Read More »

Water supply outlook strong in Hinesburg, research indicates

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer A conversation with Hinesburg’s consulting hydrogeologist Cindy Sprague has the selectboard feeling optimistic about the town’s water supply. At the selectboard meeting on July 18, board chair Phil Pouech reported that Sprague was not concerned about the town pumping water for 15 hours a day instead of 12. A week earlier,… Read More »

Questions arise over water supply: Recommended 2 cent tax rate increase and conflicting water pump opinions among Hinesburg Selectboard discussion items

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer The Hinesburg Selectboard got some good news and got some bad news at its July 11 meeting. The budget is in the black, but the water supply is still questionable. First the good news: Town Administrator Renae Marshall told the selectboard that town budget revenues were up and expenses were down.… Read More »

What I did this summer – put on a show!

What I did this summer – put on a show!

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Shea Dunlop of Hinesburg and Tommy Bergeron of Essex will have an impressive answer if someone asks them the timeworn question: What did you do on your summer vacation? They started a theater company and are starring in its first play – a musical called “35MM: A Musical Exhibition.” Dunlop and… Read More »

Hinesburg’s July Fourth means community

Hinesburg’s July Fourth means community

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer By 9 a.m. on the Fourth of July in Hinesburg, people had started staking out their favorite spots for viewing a parade that didn’t start for another two hours. Recreation Department Coordinator Jennifer McCuin, who oversees the parade, said that some people have been coming with their lawn chairs and blankets… Read More »

Changes to Town Meeting Day discussed

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Town Meeting Day – how and when should Charlotte do it – was a major subject at the July 8 selectboard meeting. The board discussed whether or not to change Charlotte’s unique voting process. No decision was made at the meeting, but the discussion inspired plenty of suggestions. Town Meeting 2020… Read More »