Wastewater upgrade plan frustrates selectboard

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Flushing money down the toilet is frustrating, and in a sense, that is what the Hinesburg Selectboard is worried that the state is forcing the town to do. The selectboard was pleased to have four of the town’s state representatives at their meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, to hear their frustrations.… Read More »

Growing skills through play: Planting a SEED Space at Hinesburg Community School

Growing skills through play: Planting a SEED Space at Hinesburg Community School

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer The play’s the thing in Shakespeare, and at Hinesburg Community School, too. Counselor Vicki Nelson applied to the Champlain Valley School District for an Innovation Grant to build another playground at the school. But this would be a playground with a difference – it would be indoors. Nelson got a $5,500… Read More »

Confusion grows in Charlotte over farm act

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer The recent Charlotte Planning Commission meeting was big on conversation with very little conclusion. The first item on the Sept. 19 agenda was a discussion of the newest version of a proposed East Charlotte Village commercial district map. The drawing commissioner Charlie Pughe submitted had most of the commercial district to… Read More »

Young archer’s dreams, talent hit the target 

Young archer’s dreams, talent hit the target 

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer You might say that Whitney Williams was animated by an animated film. After watching Disney’s “Brave,” she decided she wanted to learn archery. And, wow, did she learn archery. At the National Field Archery Association’s Outdoor National Target Championships in Yankton, S.D., Sept. 7-8, Whitney not only won the national archery… Read More »

‘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 »

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 »