Charlotte Congregational dedicates solar array

Charlotte Congregational dedicates solar array

With a $20,000 Green Mountain Power grant and other funding, The Charlotte Congregational Church installed a ground-mounted 23,100-watt solar array. The dedication was held on Oct. 18. The 84-solar-panel voltaic system should produce 28,000 KWH per year and could be expanded as the needs of the church change. The project consists of two arrays located… Read More »

Leaving a legacy of leadership

Leaving a legacy of leadership

A host of democrats joined together at the Emerge Vermont celebratory Legacy and Leadership cocktail reception at Shelburne Museum in Shelburne on Oct. 10. Emerge Vermont encourages and trains women to run for office, get elected and seek higher office. They offer an intensive, six-month training program. Two of the 2015 program graduates spoke at… Read More »

Sparks fly at annual career conference

Sparks fly at annual career conference

Young men, and their sometimes less-than-couth ways, had Chloe McNeil, 17, of Montpelier second-guessing her decision to enter the plumbing and heating trade at the Central Vermont Career Center at Spaulding High School. But she has stuck with it and shared her story at Vermont Works for Women’s 17th annual Women Can Do STEM &… Read More »

Grateful Dog Grooming recuperates after fire

Grateful Dog Grooming recuperates after fire

Sonny the shop dog waited patiently for a treat after being good all morning. Randi Ploof was happy to oblige after checking in Airedale terrier Cocoa, who was in dire need of a shave and a bath. Grateful Dog Grooming owner Ploof handed off Cocoa to groomer and shop manager Mindy Favreau. “Cocoa used to… Read More »

Vermont autumn from 3,000 feet

Vermont autumn from 3,000 feet

Champlain Valley Union High School grad Kate Songer took a solo flight in a Cessna 150 for her graduation challenge project last year. She flew alone for the first time on March 16, 2015, a day she will never forget. “There are no words to describe what it’s like to solo,” she said. “I’ve heard… Read More »

Hinesburg welcomes new zoning administrator

Hinesburg welcomes new zoning administrator

By Gail Callahan Three months after Zoning Administrator Peter Erb left Hinesburg Town Hall, members of the zoning office welcome Mitchel Cypes as Hinesburg’s new zoning enforcement officer. Cypes, of South Burlington, started his 20-hour a week job on Sept. 28. Unlike Erb, Cypes will only work as the zoning enforcement officer, and not review… Read More »

The 15th annual Tractor Parade

The 15th annual Tractor Parade

The green in front of Spear’s Corner Store in Charlotte was packed with people, food, games and music as 133 tractors made their way down Spear Street in the 15th Annual East Charlotte Tractor Parade on Oct. 11.

Local, first-hand account of harrowing derailment

Local, first-hand account of harrowing derailment

The coach car began to shake like the conductor had slammed on the brakes and the train was readjusting on the track, Shelburne native Jacob Grasso said. Dust engulfed the train so he couldn’t see out of the windows. He could only hear and feel the train crashing along and hope he and his fellow… Read More »

Where’s the beef?

Where’s the beef?

By Lettie Stratton Cows at Trillium Hill Farm in Hinesburg live a good life. They’re born outside and raised by mother for the first year of life. With thirty acres to graze, their only corral is a single line of electric fence. “When you buy from us, you’re buying the healthiest possible meat out there,”… Read More »

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