Encore: Mozart festival entertains new offers

LISA SCAGLIOTTI Correspondent As they regroup in the wake of this summer’s cancelled concert season, volunteers with the Vermont Mozart Festival say they are optimistic that new leaders may emerge to take over the troubled but popular musical endeavor. Just last week, Gene Richards said he received two unsolicited, “encouraging” inquiries from people interested in… Read More »

Charlotte Selectboard allows a wedding

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer On another beautiful late summer evening – one in a string of perfect Goldilocks evenings, not too cool, not too hot, just right – the Charlotte Selectboard held a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Aug. 12. And on this meteorologically romantic evening, the selectboard voted unanimously to allow a wedding at… Read More »

Moving for those who can’t: Cycle (and Walk!) 4 CMT raising funds for Charcot-Marie-Tooth research

Moving for those who can’t: Cycle (and Walk!) 4 CMT raising funds for Charcot-Marie-Tooth research

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer When Elizabeth Ouellette’s son Johan Bouchard was 7, she noticed that he seemed to have trouble gripping the monkey bars. And he seemed to have trouble holding a pencil. She was also bothered that he seemed tired a lot. Ouellette was shocked by her son’s diagnosis – Johan had CMT, or… Read More »

What’s in the water: Charlotte boater, entrepreneur takes lead on testing for cyanobacteria

What’s in the water: Charlotte boater, entrepreneur takes lead on testing for cyanobacteria

JULIA BAILEY-WELLS Community News Service Mike Dunbar has been boating on Lake Champlain since 1997, and lately, he’s decided to take steps on his own to be sure that the water is safe. The Charlotte resident and entrepreneur is in the process of becoming the first U.S. distributor of the BlueGreen Test, a home cyanobacteria… Read More »

Injunction threatened after trailhead murder

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Despite the threat of an injunction to close the LaPlatte Headwaters Town Forest trailhead parking lot, the Hinesburg Selectboard continues to wait for an outcome in the murder investigation of the shooting death there before increasing security. David Auclair, 45, of Williston, was killed on July 11 after being shot multiple… Read More »

Storms topple Old Oak in Charlotte

Storms topple Old Oak in Charlotte

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer The Old Oak Tree, the third largest tree in Charlotte, has fallen. Julian Kulski, a member of the Charlotte Park Oversight Committee, said he thinks it fell either July 28 or 29. There were storms both days, and many tree limbs were blown down in the 290-acre Charlotte Park and Wildlife… Read More »

The history, future of ambulance service in Hinesburg as St. Michael’s moves on

The history, future of ambulance service in Hinesburg as St. Michael’s moves on

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer After almost 50 years, Saint Michael’s Rescue is withdrawing from providing free ambulance service to Hinesburg. A committee was formed at the behest of the Hinesburg Selectboard to consider what the town should do to provide ambulance coverage. That committee is on hiatus now after requesting and getting approval to hire… Read More »

Charlotte’s tax rate goes up, barely

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer On the first night in August – a month whose name comes from the Latin word ‘augere,’ meaning to increase – the Charlotte Selectboard voted unanimously to increase the town’s property taxes, but not by much. On Thursday, Aug. 1, the total tax rate was set at $1.6857 for residents and… Read More »

Protecting bobolinks, one hayfield at a time

Protecting bobolinks, one hayfield at a time

JULIA BAILEY-WELLS Community News Service Out in the field, Allan Strong identifies birds by sight and by song as they call into the morning mist and zip by against the fog-soaked mountains. “American crow … and there’s a barn swallow.” He scratches both names into an orange notebook. A spritely male bobolink flits above the… Read More »

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