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 »

Mix of peace and justice groups gather to protest F-35 fighter jets

Mix of peace and justice groups gather to protest F-35 fighter jets

MIRANDA JONSWOLD Correspondent MADELINE CLARK Staff Writer “Hey, hey! Ho, ho! The F-35 has got to go!” “Bernie, Leahy, Welch, and Miro: don’t make Burlington Ground Zero!” Wielding their shields and donning their capes, the self-proclaimed “Guardians of Peace and Planet” cast the power of protest in a demonstration Sunday against the F-35 fighter jets.… Read More »

Artisans give new life to Shelburne Farms cottonwoods: Century-old trees reach new heights as tables, bowls

Artisans give new life to Shelburne Farms cottonwoods: Century-old trees reach new heights as tables, bowls

JULIA BAILEY-WELLS Community News Service Tawny peels of bark and wood fiber flew from the cottonwood trunk on a recent Thursday afternoon. John Monks and his team at Vermont Tree Goods had lowered the saw to begin milling one of the trees they’d hauled from Shelburne Farms to their Bristol mill last winter. Vermont Tree… Read More »

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 »