Mount Philo State Park enjoys extended season

Mount Philo State Park enjoys extended season

CAROLINE SLACK Community News Service  Last Saturday was forecast to be a rainy day in Charlotte. Nevertheless, Mount Philo State Park’s parking lot was completely full that morning, and upwards of 300 visitors continued hiking undeterred when the rain started by early afternoon.   A plaque on the summit reminds visitors that Mount Philo is Vermont’s… Read More »

Wastewater upgrade plan frustrates selectboard

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer Flushing money down the toilet is frustrating, and in a sense, that is what the Hinesburg Selectboard is worried that the state is forcing the town to do. The selectboard was pleased to have four of the town’s state representatives at their meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 18, to hear their frustrations.… Read More »

Hemp farming: An agricultural gold rush

Hemp farming: An agricultural gold rush

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer As in much of Vermont, some farmers in Charlotte and Hinesburg may have tossed the dice, drawn to an inside straight, gone all in – maybe even have bet the farm – on growing hemp for CBD production. “It’s a modern-day agricultural gold rush,” said Heather Darby, UVM extension professor of… Read More »

Blue-green algae and ALS – connection or coincidence?

SCOOTER MACMILLAN Staff Writer In early 2014, Glynda McKinnon of Charlotte noticed that her partner David Scheuer seemed to be slurring his words, but he didn’t notice it. By late summer, even he acknowledged that something wasn’t right. In September, he was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosi, or ALS. Despite leading an active, athletic lifestyle… 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 »

Penguin Plunge 2019

Penguin Plunge 2019

Over 120 Champlain Valley Union High School students took the plunge on Saturday in Lake Champlain. It was 15 degrees at the Burlington waterfront on the cold February morning. The high school team raised over $34,000 for the Special Olympics. Hinesburg Community School sent 26 people who raised over $8,000 for the charity. The Champlain… Read More »