Area churches go green with Vermont Interfaith

Area churches go green with Vermont Interfaith

By MARIA VALIENTE Correspondent When people think about fighting climate change and saving the environment, religious groups may not immediately come to mind, but Vermont Interfaith Power and Light is doing just that. The group recently awarded matching grants for energy efficiency projects through the Katy Gerke Memorial Program to three local churches, St. John… Read More »

Women who make a difference in Hinesburg

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter March is Women’s History Month and to celebrate, the Carpenter-Carse Library is holding a panel discussion with seven women who have made a difference in Hinesburg. The discussion, “Women Making a Difference”, will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in the Community Room. Hinesburg has a history… Read More »

Local students disconnect devices for National Day of Unplugging

Local students disconnect devices for National Day of Unplugging

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN and MARIA VALIENTE Local schools participated in a district-wide digital detox last Friday in different ways, replicating the National Day of Unplugging on March 1. Though not mandatory, at Shelburne Community School many staff members and students unplugged, stashing away their laptops, phones, and other devices. For some, eliminating technology from their… Read More »

Community, former employees react as Pizza Putt prepares to close

By MARIA VALIENTE Correspondent With the closing date for the South Burlington arcade and entertainment center Pizza Putt quickly approaching, the local community is coming out in spades to give the family hangout a proper sendoff. The entertainment center and restaurant has been packed since the March 4 announcement, with nostalgic adults, families and children… Read More »

Getting schooled in Charlotte: The hidden past of the town’s early learning centers

Getting schooled in Charlotte: The hidden past of the town’s early learning centers

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter While several Vermont school systems are still struggling with school consolidation, not only has Charlotte and other towns in the Champlain Valley School District already dealt with merging, it wasn’t their first trip to the school merger rodeo. In 1869, Charlotte had at least 14 school districts, each with its… Read More »

Erasing hate in dramatic fashion at Champlain Valley Union: CVU students present “The Laramie Project”

Erasing hate in dramatic fashion at Champlain Valley Union: CVU students present “The Laramie Project”

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Engrossed in the fall musical last October, director Candy Padula wasn’t paying much attention to the news. She often listened to the “Legally Blonde” soundtrack on repeat as she commuted to Champlain Valley Union High School. However, one day she listened to the news, right around the 20th anniversary of… Read More »

Talking tolerance: Taking the race conversation beyond CVU

By MADELINE HUGHES Staff Reporter Race and privilege have been at the forefront of Champlain Valley School District’s thoughts. This year, students created the Racial Alliance Committee, which meets in the library on Wednesday mornings. At the past few school board meetings, students from the committee have asked the board to allow the group to… Read More »

Climate change on the ballot locally, statewide

By SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter Although lower in population, Charlotte and Hinesburg were a big part of a movement to get climate change resolutions passed in all Vermont towns on Town Meeting Day. Both towns passed the resolutions, so together they represented more than 12 percent of the 16 towns that approved measures urging the… Read More »

Charlotte Selectboard looks to engage voters

BY SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Reporter The Charlotte Selectboard unanimously chose Matt Krasnow as chair and Frank Tenney as vice chair at a short meeting on Thursday, March 7. They also decided that the regular time for selectboard meetings to start would be 6 p.m. At their regular meeting on Tuesday, they discussed ways to increase… Read More »

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