Questions abound as Hinesburg DRB reviews project

By Gail Callahan Earlier this week, the Hinesburg Development Review Board (DRB) once again discussed the Haystack Crossing plan, slated for construction along the west side of Vermont 116. They held a closed door, private meeting to discuss the proposal, which includes a more than 90-acre lot subdivision with 225 residential units, about 50,000-square feet… Read More »

Orchard Observations: Vermont’s younger farmers

Orchard Observations: Vermont’s younger farmers

By Megan Humphrey Shelburne Orchards We’re heading in the right direction with regards to farming in Vermont. Between 2007 and 2012, the number of farms has risen by 5 percent, agricultural land has increased by 1 percent, and the market value of agricultural products has gone up 15 percent. However, with the average age of… Read More »

Bark for Life returns Aaug. 1

Bark for Life returns Aaug. 1

The American Cancer Society will host Bark For Life, an event that brings dog owners and their pets together in the fight against cancer, Friday, Aug. 1 and it’s not too late to get involved. This non-competitive 1.5 mile walkathon will raise vital funds for the American Cancer Society while celebrating the special bond between… Read More »

Green up your pets

Green up your pets

By M. Kathleen Shaw, DVM Vermont Veterinary Medical Association Now is a good time to consider some Earth friendly practices to help the environment when it comes to our furry companions. Plastic is everywhere, and only 27 percent of plastic is recycled. Landfills can only hold so much and even then it takes 450 years… Read More »

Pet nail cutting basics explained

Just like human fingernails, a dog and cat nails grow all the time, so regular manicures should be part of every pet owner’s routine. In fact, the Pet Food Warehouse website suggests that trimmed claws are also less likely to snag fabric and inadvertently scratch people. Nail trimming is much easier if your pet has… Read More »

Charlotte Planning releases Town Plan Volume I

The Charlotte Planning Commission is pleased to announce the release of ‘Volume I’ of the 2015 Town Plan for public comment. The plan has been reformatted by moving the recommended policies and strategies to the front of the document (Volume 1) while retaining the important historical context of the town and supporting data in Volume… Read More »

Selectboard considers items during afternoon meeting

By Gail Callahan During a 90-minute meeting last Thursday, the Charlotte Selectboard discussed items aimed at strengthening parts of municipal government. According to town records the discussion centered on allowing Chair Lane Morrison to sign the Vermont Department of Public Safety Traffic Control/Enforcement Services contract, discussion on a “functioning” Selectboard, and wage classification plan and… Read More »

Dear Governor

Dear Governor

by Rebecca Foster Six weeks ago I asked Governor Shumlin a question.  I think Miss Manners would say I’ve given him enough time to respond before going to print with the letter I sent to him after the Vermont Sustainable Energy Summit on May 16 in Middlebury, which featured U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz,… Read More »